Tuesday 81 0% 60
Wednesday 83 10% 64
Thursday 79 10% 67
“This Year Sucked.”
Friday 83 10% 65
Saturday 84 0% 65
ERAU with a Western Twist
An Avion-Horizons Collaboration
Trey Henderson/The Avion Newspaper Prescott’s Academic Complex 1 stands against the blue skies and desert brush native to the Arizona area.
Trey Henderson Editor-in-Chief Richard Weakley/The Avion Newspaper New and old SGA Executive members. From left to right: Carlos Giraldo, Mark Millimet, Trey Henderson, Leah Cornelius, Mariah Law, James Dougan, Gabbie Hoekstra, Vince Ramsey, Andre Prescott, Kaloki Nabutola, Jarrett Bruckner, Denean Kelson, and John Christian.
John Christian SGA President “This year SUCKED!” This is the statement that invaded my dreams one year ago; the night I was elected SGA President. This statement was my fearful premonition of what would mark the end of my term as president – that reflected the way in which the ERAU student body felt at the end of the year. Fortunately, my greatest fear was not realized!!! One year ago, just a few weeks after my very bad dream, I charged my
executive board with the mission to make this year awesome. To do more, to give more, and to think bigger than ever before in order to make this year special. Everyday this year we challenged each other to do just that. This is just a snap shot of the SGA’s amazing accomplishments this year. The SGA began the year by sending home mailers to each incoming student welcoming them to Eagle Nation. As Orientation began, the SGA was there to assist the orientation ambassadors in welcoming the
new students to campus by participating in and hosting various events and activities. Touch N’ Go productions had record breaking attendances throughout the year from orientation to the seriously funny comedy series, which concluded this past friday. Our radio station, WIKD 102.5, is now using listener driven radio programming, WIKD on-demand, as a tool to play what you want to hear. WIKD is currently the number two college radio station on iHeart radio. Continued on A4 >>
President’s Speakers Series:
Seal Speaks About “Trident” Jeff Icker Correspondent When I decided to attend this last President Speaker Series, there was some reluctance on my part. I didn’t want to sit in an auditorium for an hour and listen to a moderator drone on while the guest politely answered non-relevant questions. Marc Bernier hosted the forum, and was overtaken by the presence that is Jason Redman. Mr. Redman acquainted the audience
with his past and upbringing, and how this affected his decision to join the Navy SEALs. Mr. Redman was very warm in his presentation of his book “The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader.” The book isn’t just about getting your ‘wargasm’ on, but about a deeper feeling when you sit with the world against you. It also brings forward the realization that, when you don’t think you have anything else left to lose, there is so much more to
give and keep going for. Mr. Redman wasn’t just the typical motivational speaker; he has lived and practiced what he preaches. Not to say the message is cliché, but Mr. Redman is right in relaying that nothing gets in your way but you. Jason also spoke of founding his Wounded Wear product line and how it supports those wounded in action. After the cameras stopped rolling and the official presentation was over, Mr. Redman spoke with the
audience. He signed and personalized books that were available for purchase, and even sold out. Mr. Redman remained approachable and warm while interacting with those in attendance. Hearing Jason Redman speak reminds us that the scars of our generation aren’t just on the surface. As with all other President’s Speaker Series, Mr. Redman’s account of his life can be viewed on the university Youtube channel, EmbryRiddleUniv.
One year ago this week, I was first elected to the position of Editor-in-Chief as a second-semester freshman. Still relatively new to the university and the newspaper as a whole, I had a slew of ambitious ideas and plans. Without a doubt, the most exciting of these plans was a generous opportunity offered to me to visit the Prescott campus and collaborate with the amazing people of our sister campus’s newspaper, Horizons. After a friendly meeting with our president, Dr. Johnson, and his executive assistant, Chantal, plans were set in motion for my trip to meet with the Horizons staff. As someone who doesn’t travel often, it was a sudden blur of plane seat reservations, lodging accommodations, and transportation planning. I was anxious to visit our sister campus and to work alongside my counterparts at Horizons. The weeks between the meeting and the trip passed in the blink of an eye (to my fortune.) Seemingly no time later, I found myself boarding a McDonnell Douglas MD-90 parked in Daytona’s gate 2. A quick one hour and fifteen minute hop to Atlanta found myself with a 51 minute layover. Just enough time to reach the other concourse and grab some of Nathan’s World Famous Hotdogs before boarding. The four hour and three minute flight to Prescott was nothing less than anticipation building. Not only was I excited to get to campus, my window seat continued to taunt me with the vistas of desert. Having lived in the southeast my entire life, the concept of
desert was entirely new to me. It was no time and the Boeing 757-200 was reaching the tarmac at Sky Harbor airport in Phoenix, Arizona. All that stood between me and reaching my destination was a two hour shuttle ride into the jagged, desert mountains. It was a fun ride, experiencing cacti and being amazed by the irregular mountain formations created from nothing but dirt, rocks, and dead plants; it was an entirely different world from the prehistoric, jungle-like air of Florida. As a side note, it was also on this shuttle that I learned that people from the area are partial to the pronunciation “Prescuit” (like biscuit) as opposed to our traditional pronunciation of the word. I dropped off my belongings at the Spruance House and we went into town to a great restaurant known as the Prescott Brewing Company. Located just off Whiskey Row, the historic area of Prescott, after dinner was the perfect opportunity to grab some photos of the area, including the Yavapai County Courthouse just across the street. A little-known fact to non-Prescott students: Prescott, Arizona was once the capital of the state. After a long first day, I returned to the Spruance House and got some rest before Horizons’ production the next day. This is what I was here for: to steal the secrets of Horizons’ production. Our sister newspaper is a nationally recognized, award winning newspaper, awarded as one of the best in the Associated Collegiate Press’ Best of Show Competition for multiple years in a row. Continued on A7 >>
Executive Board Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor News Editor Business Manager Photography Editor Advertising Manager
Congrats Student Employees of the Year
Trey Henderson Matt Michlowitz Zack Wilinson Lyndsay Hurilla Austin Coffey Richard Weakley
Page Editors Front Editor Campus Editor SGA Editor Feature Editor I&T Editor Sports Editor Comics Editor Entertainment Editor
Trey Henderson Nathan Dworak Andre Prescott Ryan Hurilla Ryan Hurilla Austin Coffey Michael Hix Michael Hix Michael Wildes Photo Courtesy: Student Employment
Staff Contributors Reporters Photographers
Anthony Carpeneti Yazan Samara Antoine Daugny
Correspondents Jeff Icker, J.R. Anderson, Matthew Rutowski, Matthew Liddel
Staff Advisor Wesley Lewis, Asst. Director, Media & Marketing
Contact Information Main Phone: (386) 226-6049 Ad Manager: (386) 226-7697 Fax Number: (386) 226-6727 Editor-in-Chief Managing Editor News Editor Business Manager Photography Editor Advertising Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
The Avion is produced weekly during the fall and spring term, and bi-weekly during summer terms. The Avion is produced by a volunteer student staff. Student editors make all content, business and editorial decisions. The editorial opinions expressed in The Avion are solely the opinion of the undersigned writer(s), and not those of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Student Government Association, The Avion, or the student body. Letters appearing in The Avion are those of the writer, identified at the end of the letter. Opinions expressed in the “Student Government” and “Student Life” sections are those of the identified writer. Letters may be submitted to The Avion for publication, provided they are not lewd, obscene or libelous. Letter writers must confine themselves to less than 800 words. Letters may be edited for brevity and formatted to newspaper guidelines. All letters must be signed. Names may be withheld at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. The Avion is an open forum for student expression. The Avion is a division of the Student Government Association. The Avion is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press. The costs of this publication are paid by the Student Government Association and through advertising fees. The Avion distributes one free copy per person. Additional copies are $0.75. Theft of newspapers is a crime, and is subject to prosecution and Embry-Riddle judicial action. This newspaper and its contents are protected by United States copyright law. No portion of this publication may be reproduced, in print or electronically, without the expressed written consent of The Avion. Correspondence may be addressed to: The Avion Newspaper, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. Physical office: John Paul Riddle Student Center, Room 110. Phone: (386) 226-6049. Fax: (386) 226-6727.
Student Employment is very proud to announce that Alton “Joe” Anderson AND Mohamad Safri Sabur are the 2014 Student Employees of the Year. For the first time in seventeen years we had an absolute tie of points for both gentlemen. Even after resending the tie student’s nominations back out to the judges and receiving the first four responses back to us, we still had a tie! Both Joe and Mohomad are well deserving of this award. Ms. Xinni Lin came in at a close second and also should be recognized. Please congratulate all the students who were nominated this 2014. All nominees were treated to a formal dinner in the Henderson, Welcome Center and were showered with gifts of appreciation for their hard work!
Student Involvement in WIKD J.R. Anderson Correspondent Student involvement will always be a top priority for the Embry-Riddle Student Government Association; however, every student pays for the events and activities put on by the SGA, yet some are unaware of what is going on, according to the WIKD 102.5 FM Program Director. “If the student body wants to come out to events we put on, that they paid for with their $100 per year dues…they need to go on Connection and see what’s going on, otherwise they’re just paying $100 for nothing,” said Sam Lenderman, a junior aerospace engineering major and WIKD Program Director. “Don’t waste your $100!” Lenderman got involved at ERAU almost as soon as he enrolled; his love of On April 16 the sisters of Sigma Sigma Rho accepted a new member into their Sorority. Her name is Rachel Sydow. When Elika Cruz was asked about the history of her sorority she said, “Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Incorporated is a south Asian based sorority that was brought to Embry-Riddle on December 3, 2011. Holding true to the principles of Sisterhood, Society, and Remembrance, these girls are always striving to not only excel but to give back as well.” Hemali “Intrinsecus” Virani, Jovita “Covert” Pinto, Jeana “Elite” Shindo, Marlis “Vendetta” D’souza, Elika “Amaranté” Rivera, Olivia “Cadenza” Williams, and the newest addition Rachel “Prodigal” Sydow.
music made WIKD a natural fit, and his affiliation with Touch and Go Productions and the Avion newspaper underpin his commitment to student involvement. When asked about WIKD’s vision, Lenderman stressed the mantra of “students first” and community service. “WIKD really wants to get the students involved, we really put students first,” said Lenderman, “but we also try and provide a good service to the Daytona Beach community and provide the students with a way to showcase their music in a way they normally don’t get to.” As Program Director, Lenderman is responsible for everything that goes on the air, from automation to live programming, which consists of ensuring the DJs are properly trained and at their best through collaboration
with the Training Director. WIKD 102.5 FM serves as one of many conduits the SGA utilizes in order to not only provide entertainment, but to advertise the many events and activities scheduled throughout the year. “A lot of people come by the studio,” Lenderman said, “wanting public service announcements to be done, or wanting a live DJ for whatever event they’re doing.” Lenderman stated that one of the most rewarding aspects of working for WIKD is exposing the students and the community to local, up-and-coming artists that other stations do not provide, and the positive feedback he gets as a result. Additionally, Lenderman said one of the greatest achievements for WIKD 102.5 FM was the number two ranking for
college stations on iHeart Radio for good programming and promo. Lenderman understands the stresses and demands that students face every semester, but also believes in maximizing the student experience, which is why he encourages student involvement. “We do the best that we can to help students succeed in their college life,” Lenderman said, “and also to be involved in co-curricular activities that help students get their minds off school.” Lenderman finished by stating that the SGA has about 15 methods of advertising events and programs, where other universities only use about two. The information is out there, and all students have to do is ask any SGA member, look around campus for fliers, and listen to WIKD 102.5 FM for all the latest information.
Welcoming a New Sister
Photo Courtesy SigmaSigmaRho
Industry /Technology Peek-A-Boo! ADS-B Sees You!
Matthew Rutowski Correspondent The FAA announced last Monday, April 14th, that nationwide equipment installation of all Automated Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) towers was completed in the US. This announcement, coming roughly a year later than their original deadline of 2013, was a relief for most. Communications company ITT Corporation was particularly happy after being awarded that contract in 2007 for this $1.8 billion endeavor for the at the
time 796 planned towers. The total just topped 800 this April when the FAA made the announcement. ADS-B, which is slated to be required in all aircraft by January 1st 2020, is a system being adopted by the FAA primarily for aircraft tracking. In addition, ADS-B offers pilots free broadcasted services such as NexRad weather radar feeds, traffic advisory, and airborne flight planning service. As all pilots at Embry-Riddle’s flight line have experienced, ADS-B allows all aforementioned info to be displayed in
Photo Courtesy: Matthew Rutowski
plain English, graphical, easy to understand formats right in the cockpit. ADS-B has proved to be a lifesaver for pilots in adverse weather or, high volume airspace, where collision avoidance tests even a seasoned pilot’s multitasking skills. The benefits in situational awareness throughout the cockpit baffle even the most tech savvy. What’s the FAA’s push for ADS-B? Well, it probably isn’t so that a student pilot can pull up ADS-B traffic on his iPad during class and be entertained by Southwest passing over the campus at FL390. Rather, ADS-B is arguably the most vital heartbeat for the NextGen System. According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, “Of the 230 air traffic facilities across the country, 100 are currently using this system to separate traffic”. Hartsfield Jackson is the largest metroplex utilizing the program right now for separation, where other facilities, such as Miami, are using it to aid in performance based navigation (RNAV) until infrastructure will later allow for reduced separation capabilities. According to the FAA, NextGen with the help of ADS-B will allow for a 15-20% increase in departures per hour: 8-12 more aircraft off the runway every 60 minutes on
Photo Courtesy: Appareo Systems
average. With figures like these, less students will experience a delay out of Daytona as they ride the MD-88 on their first leg home for the holidays. With every new development in technology however, there are always the skeptics. Most published concerns are accepted as serious issues by many in the aviation industy. One concern known as “frequency overload” is already an issue for air traffic in extremely dense volume airspace such as that surrounding Oshkosh during EAA’s Airventure, or Lakeland Linder around the time of Sun ‘N Fun. This overload is what causes ATC to mandate transponders being turned to ‘Standby’ 30 miles out. If all aircraft are equipped as per FAR’s in 2020, will the
FAA be responding with higher capacity equipment? The second concern which hits a little bit closer to home for most flight students is GA User Fees. For the past few fiscal years, the FAA has included “GA User Fees” in their annual operating budget, however only recent legislation has moved that idea forward. GA supporters despise the idea of having to pay for ATC services as ‘pleasure flyers’ or even private corporate carriers. Technology wasn’t quite there five years ago to send a bill to each Skyhawk or Arrow doing touch ‘n go’s in Flagler, however with the aircraft’s unique ID being broadcast through ADS-B every 4.7 seconds, tracking GA hasn’t been easier. Aircraft owners could now face the real and
present danger of finding a bill in their mailbox for every nautical mile flown, every takeoff and landing, and even every instrument approach- actual or practice. The question is, come 2020 will the FAA use this new mandate to make a few extra bucks? Would that in turn put FBO’s and even manufacturers out of business? 45% of south Florida’s air traffic is GA: that’s a lot of money to be made. Aviation safety should be every pilot’s priority. Hazard awareness, collision avoidance, and severe weather planning all make a difference from the time the master is on ‘til the keys are on the dash. With the technology of ADS-B, cockpit management can be a dream; that is IF you are willing to pay the price.
How Deep is Deep?
Imagining the MH370 Search Underwater Anthony Carpeneti Staff Reporter Just how hard is it to find a plane at the bottom of the ocean? Imagine standing on a mountain top and trying to spot a suitcase on the ground below. Then imagine doing it in complete darkness. That is basically what crews involved in the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 have been trying to do for more than a month. Saturday April 19, 2014 is Day 36 in the search for the plane that mysteriously vanished on March 8, taking with it all 239 passengers and crewmembers. The real challenge that the search crews face is the depth of the water they have to deal with. The pulses that were detected a week ago on Saturday, and again on Tuesday, came from the ocean floor 15,000 feet below the surface. That is nearly 2.8
miles (4.5 Kilometers). Lost Thursday, officials said another signal might have been detected from Sonar Buoys. Just how deep is 2.8 miles? It’s deeper than an inverted Statue of Liberty (305 feet); deeper than an inverted Eiffel Tower (1,063 feet); deeper than an inverted Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world (2,717 feet). In fact, if you stacked the Burj end-to-end five times, it would only reach 14,000 feet, which is still not deep enough to reach the spot searchers, believe the pings are coming from. At depths like these, marine life is unlike anything most people have ever seen. “The deeper you go you find less and less,” Marine biologist Paula Carlson said. “They have to be very cold tolerant, they might not even have eyes. They may be blind, because they don’t need to see; there’s
no light down there.” The pressure at nearly 15,000 feet is crushing, so much so that very few manned submarines can withstand it. “There are only about half a dozen subs that can go to half the ocean depth with a number of countries having that capability,” said Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer for National Geographic. If a submarine does collapse at this depth, there is absolutely no chance of survival for anyone on board, as it basically implodes and crushes everything inside of it. Only a handful of people have traveled to such staggering depths. One of the persons who went down and was lucky to tell the tale was none other than movie director James Cameron, who, using a state-ofthe vessel, dropped 35,000 feet (which is 7 miles!), to the deepest place on earth,
the Challenger Deep in the western Pacific Ocean. Finding the plane is a daunting task, but bringing it back from the deep is much more difficult. “At these depths…there’s no recovery like it,” said Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation. When the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic on April 14-15, 1912, it took some 70 years to discover the wreckage. When Air France Flight 447, with 228 people on board, plunged into the South Atlantic Ocean during a storm in 2009, the precise location of the wreckage remained a mystery for almost two years, until it was discovered in 13,100 feet of water in 2011, where Miniature robotic submersible vehicles retrieved Flight 447’s voice and flight data recorders. Because Flight 370 is
in much deeper water, it presents challenges much more extreme than what were found in the search
for Titanic and Air France Flight 447. But like these two disasters, flight 370 will be found.
Photo Courtesy: Mina Liu / The Daily & National Geographic
“This Year Sucked.” Continued from A1 >> During homecoming we witnessed the entire school working together to make it a success. The administration pledged more money for homecoming and student groups joined to help decorate the campus in blue and gold. Various departments participated in the SGA sponsored office decorating
The Old SGA... competition to show their school pride. This theme of working together continued throughout the year from participating in the annual Sigma Sigma Sigma fashion show, to the Dating Game put on by Delta Upsilon, and sponsoring various activities such as the Color Me Kate 5K. Moreover, one of the major partnerships from which future students will benefit is the Night Flight program. This program runs Sunday through Thursday
between 8pm -1am. A student crime prevention practitioner (SCPP), driving the SGA golf cart, transports students across campus safely. The ditches behind the student center, Lehman, and Doolittle were filled in and in a few weeks, the SGA sponsored hammock park will be completed and ready for all to use. Additionally, The SGA continued to host “Things for Thursdays”, movies of the week, radio shows, break
shuttles to Orlando, forums, and various seminars for the student body. While there is still more work to be done, this year has been fantastic. Our accomplishments have brought significant and positive changes to our campus. I’m confident Andre Prescott, Denean Kelson, and Carlos Giraldo will be able to lead us into an even better and brighter future! But know that they won’t be able to do it without your help. As
next year comes, and talks of the new student union transpire, events unfold , and ideas about things to make next year great happen, please make sure you get involved--give your time and energy to help because EAGLE NATION begins with you! As I reflect on this year and everything we accomplished, I would like to say THANK YOU to the SGA executive board, SGA officials, student organizations, council of presi-
dents, the administration, board of trustees, and all the departments across campus. The SGA could not have accomplished anything without your hard work and support. I remain honored and humbled to have had the opportunity to serve as president for the student body. I am eternally grateful to everyone, but most importantly, the students without whom there would be no SGA. THANK YOU for making this year AWESOME!
Richard Weakley/The Avion Newspaper
Words From the Former Treasurer Gabbie Hoekstra Former SGA Treasurer What a whirlwind this past year has been! When I became SGA Treasurer I had one main goal: to educate organization treasurers. I remember when I became the treasurer of a club during my freshman year. I was handed a folder of receipts and some bank account information. I had no idea what I was doing! Throughout that semester I realized that my organization would have had a much more successful semester if someone had been there to teach me the process. When I became Treasurer of the SGA, my first priority was communicating as much information
to treasurers as possible. This became more difficult when we transferred the funding and reimbursement process to ERAU Connection, but nevertheless the creation of the Treasurer Resource Manual, Treasurer Certification Course, and other efforts from the Student Finance Board such as post card reminders, phone calls, and magnets kept our school’s 150+ treasurers accountable and informed. Obviously, this year hasn’t been perfect. The most challenging part of holding a position for one year is that you rarely have time to accomplish everything on your to-do list or fix any mistakes. I wish I had had more time to spend with orga-
Remember Your Former SGA John A. Christian II 2013-2014 SGA President 2013 Graduate, Aeronautical Science John Christian is a MBA student from Boston Massachusetts. He graduated from Embry-Riddle with a bachelors of science in Aeronautical Science with minors in UAV’s and Business in December 2013. During his time at Embry-Riddle he has been a member of many different clubs and organizations on campus, most notably the Student Government Association where this past year he served as president. John enjoys spending his time giving back to his community and fellow students. He encourages all students to take advantage of this time in school and live your life to its full potential. This upcoming summer he will be interning for United Airlines in Chicago, with dreams of eventually flying professionally. nizations and getting to know their operations. I’m always blown away by what our student organizations accomplish! I know that Carlos, the Treasurer-Elect, will con-
tinue to improve upon the new online funding process as well as enhance relationships between organizations and the Student Finance Board. I would like to thank
the student body for electing me to this position, organization treasurers for their patience and willingness to learn, and John and Vince for supporting me through every
tough decision. It’s been an honor to serve Embry-Riddle in this capacity and I wish the best of luck to the new SGA officials and student organizations. Onward and upward!
... And the New
Zach Wilkinson/The Avion Newspaper
Andre J. Prescott SGA President In case you haven’t read our April 8th issue, THANK YOU. It still blows my mind how fast time has flown in the past few years. To me, it feels like it was just yesterday that I was serving as a Member-atLarge for the SGA, and now I am learning the ropes of what it means to fill the shoes of Presi-
dent of the SGA. With the knowledge of how quickly a year can go by, your SGA is already working hard to ensure that the summer is fully taken advantage of. That’s right, we are most definitely active throughout summer A and B; in fact, the months of summer are incredibly valuable time for getting projects completed or started. If you would like to get involved with the SGA
during the summer, we could definitely use your help as a Member-atLarge. Feel free to get in touch with Denean Kelson, our SGA Vice President at sgavpres@ erau.edu for more information about being a Memberat-Large. The other announcement I would like to share with you is that the application process for selecting a new Executive Assistant (EA) has begun. The EA is a valuable member of the SGA’s Executive Board, and they are responsible,
Get to Know your SGA Zachary Wilkinson SGA Director of External Affairs Junior, Aeronautical Science My name is Zack Wilkinson and I’m a junior at ERAU studying Aeronautical Science, working on my commercial pilot license. This year I have served on the Student Representative board and have been the News Editor here at the Avion Newspaper. I’m also the President of an On Campus Organization, Baptist Collegiate Ministries. Throughout this summer I will be serving you as the Editor-in-Chief of the Avion and Director of External Affairs of the SGA throughout the academic year. I spend a lot of time on campus working to help on SGA projects and assist the different branches with events. While I love doing what I do for the students, I also enjoy reading, videogames, and exploring different areas of Florida during my free time. My favorite animal is an Iguana. The best advice I could offer you is to get involved with something new and challenging whenever you can, not just to grow as a person and be a part of something greater, but also to make the best of your college experience.
Richard Weakley/The Avion Newspaper
but not limited to, of leading the Council of Presidents meetings, keeping a record of SGA meetings, working directly with the President and being involved in executive decisions of the SGA. If you are interested in applying for this position, please stop by the SGA office this week and pick up your application. As the semester comes to an end, like most students, you may be focused on making sure that all your pending projects and class
work are taken care of. While that should be your number one priority, I hope you give thought to the opportunities ahead of you and find your place within the ERAU family and how to best serve the student body to make this campus a better place. I hope you take the time to help your peers in their struggles, and celebrate graduation accordingly with all of our soon-tobe alumni. This summer has a lot in store for us, and we can’t wait to see what fall 2014 has yet to bring.
Trey Henderson/The Avion Newspaper
Private Pilot Certificates:
DONG YUN YI ABDULAZIZ YOUSEF A ALBAKRI ADEL MANSOUR S ALJAFN PATRICK ALLEN PERNELL ADAM PETER ZAK KARIM ADEL GUIRGUIS
Private Multiengine Add-on Rating: ROBERT CHARLES JAWORSKI ABDULLAH BAKUR M BAZAID
Instrument Rating Certificate:
ROBERT JAMES BURR ADAM ROLF THORSEN JOSE ANTONIO ALVAREZ RIVERA VICTOR MANUEL LOVO SEAN JAMES LOUGHLIN ESTEBAN VASQUEZ VELEZ AARON MICHAEL BRIGGS KENNETH ANDREW REYES LORING ANDREW LEVESQUE
Commercial Pilot Certificate:
JUSTIN STEPHEN LAREAU TERRY PATRICK SHANNON ANTHONY JOSEPH RANDAZZO LYLE JOHN RICHARD PICKLES MALIK SAEED G OTHMAN
Commercial Multiengine Add-on Rating:
ALEXANDER RYAN BOY CASEY DANIEL WALKER TANNER LOGAN RUSCHMAN JUAN IGNACIO RONGVAUX ERIC JOHN BREMER
Commercial Single Engine Add-on Rating:
HANAMARI IWASAKI JOSHUA STEPHEN JUILLERAT
Flight Instructor Airplane Certificate:
JOHN ROBERT TIPLADY MOHAMMED ABDULAZIZ S KHUSHAIM GABRIELLE ELISE HOEKSTRA ABDULLAH BAKUR M BAZAID
Flight Instructor Multiengine Certificate: MICHAEL RAYMOND WELCH LUIS FRANCISCO TAVERAS
INNOVATIV E MIND? INNOVATIV E LE A DER.
Looking for a promising career after you graduate from college? The Navy can get you started on a career path that puts your education to use. There are opportunities in dozens of in-demand fields. Everything from aviation to engineering, intelligence to information warfare. Whatever your interest area, you’ll receive paid hands-on training from leading professionals, leadership development and tuition assistance to help advance your education. WANT TO LEARN MORE? CONTACT YOUR NAVY OFFICER RECRUITER TODAY. XXX-XXX-XXXX JOBS_districtnametogohere@navy.mil (800) 342-8123 | firstname.lastname@example.org 409DADGOF12
©2012. Paid for by the U.S. Navy. All rights reserved.
Prescott Campus Continued from A1 >> The next morning I woke up in anticipation of what differences their production workflow would inevitably have compared to ours. I got ready and began my long walk down to campus from the Spruance House. Despite their production starting at 10am, leaving 20 minutes early wasn’t nearly enough. I found myself thoroughly sidetracked with walking through the desert and observing the differences in flora and the difference in scenery in general. Not only was the scenery different, the climate was extremely unusual for what one would expect from a desert. At an altitude of over 5000 feet, Prescott is considered “high desert,” where temperatures stay relatively low and can get especially cold at night. The first night I was there, the low reached a near-freezing 34 degrees fahrenheit. After the mild diversion on my way down to the Horizons office, I finally reached their office where I was greeted by David and
six other Horizons staff members, many of whom I remembered from our Avion-Horizons dinner at the Associated Collegiate Press Conference earlier in the semester in San Diego, California. I was surprised that the production team was so small. As a comparison, the newspaper you are holding is produced every Sunday in a room filled with anywhere from 12-18 people. Working with these seven people, it was quickly clear that they were very good at what they do. They taught me the design styles of their newspaper and how their objects, articles, and images all come together. After getting the basics down, it was mostly smooth sailing from there. Only a few minor tweaks from my standard Avion design habits were necessary. Within a handful of hours, I had completed a whopping 4 pages; an entire section of the newspaper. At The Avion, each member typically completes one page of the paper. As other sections started coming to completion, the staff got ready to go to a Lu’au and dinner on campus which is hosted annually by Prescott’s Hawaii
club. The event was set up in their gymnasium, the smaller equivalent of our ICI center. Blue and gold permeated their gym just as it does ours. Along with that color scheme was a stage and background colorfully painted in those same blues and golds in a very Hawaiian theme. Soon, the show began. Kicked off by an impressive battle cry by David Ochoco, the Hawaii Club president, followed by some more relaxing hula performances by a local dance group, the show came to its climax with a thrilling fire twirler. Complete with authentic Hawaiian food, the Lu’au was an event that will surely leave a lasting memory. Finally, my last night in Prescott was coming to an end. Though, before calling it a night, I had a long walk around campus with Editor-in-Chief elect of Horizons, Mr. Carsen Cooper, and afterwards one last conversation with David about both of our organizations: what we each did well, what we each had struggles with, and where we both could improve. Next year is certain to be a great year for both Hori-
zons and The Avion. I’m extremely excited to have made the connections I have made, and I thoroughly look forward to working closely with my future partner in crime…err…news, Mr. Cooper. Not only will you see changes to the paper influenced by this trip, you will begin to see many changes in the fall semester ranging from design tweaks to massive online integration and even an Avion application for both iOS and Android. Next year is going to be big, and I can’t wait to serve it as your Editor-in-Chief.
Trey Henderson/The Avion Newspaper
Trey Henderson/The Avion Newspaper
Alternative Spring Break Goes to Costa Rica Jacob Malsam ASB Participant From March 14th through March 24th, seven students and two faculty members from Embry-Riddle were fortunate enough to travel to Costa Rica for a unique Alternative Spring Break. This amazing opportunity was an idea born from Student Activities who partnered with the on-campus student research funding program, Ignite, to make the idea a reality for ERAU students. The vision was to offer students an alternative
spring break that combined research, environmental conservation volunteerism, and journaling methods with exposure to a new culture and an opportunity to see another country on a significantly subsidized budget. The inaugural alternative spring break group went to Buena Vista, Costa Rica in conjunction with “A Broader View” volunteer organization to work on sea turtle conservation projects. It is safe to say that each and every one of the participants on the trip learned a great deal about an incred-
ible project that stressed environmental conservation and sustainability, and took pride in knowing their volunteer efforts were making a difference in something important. The group also became familiarized with an entirely new culture that contributed to what was overall one of the greatest experiences of their lives. The journey began early Friday morning to Orlando, where we took a direct flight into the capital of Costa Rica: San Jose. Our project coordinator, Nicki, met us at the airport with a gigan-
Photo Courtesy: Alternative Spring Break
tic A Broader View banner and proceeded to settle us into our hostel and present an overview of the project we were to work on. For lunch that afternoon, we got our first taste of Costa Rican diet – that is, rice and beans. And then more rice and beans. It was definitely tasty but after ten days, I think all of us were ready to have something new! We buckled down for a long 5-hour drive through the Costa Rican countryside to our project location (Buena Vista) that next morning. Buena Vista is a protected beach near the small, but popular tourist town of Samara. Located on the northwestern side of Costa Rica, the weather reached a balmy 90 degrees everyday, and saying it was beautiful would be an understatement. We were located right next to the ocean on a beach that we had almost entirely to ourselves. Living conditions were extremely basic – water was pumped, “open to the elements” living, no electricity, etc. – but still comfortable and perfectly safe. Our work schedule consisted of hacking a path through the jungle every morning from 6-8am that was to be used for future supply runs and water lines and a two-hour hatchery shift in both the
afternoon and the evening. Hatchery shifts served the purpose of checking the turtle nests for hatched baby turtles; these nests are transferred from where adult female turtles initially lay them into the hatchery as part of the conservation project. There were also miscellaneous tasks we assisted with, including cleaning of the camp, hauling supplies to the camp, and pumping the water. While we did work 6-8 hours each day under the hot Costa Rican sun, there was plenty of leisure time as well. We were able to visit the small town of Samara twice during our trip, allowing us to buy souvenirs and check out some local restaurants. Plenty of time was spent in the ocean, and a few of us even learned how to surf. Probably most of all, we played cards and read several books in the hammocks or under the coconut trees. Every day and night spent in Buena Vista was absolutely beautiful from sunrise to sunset. Ultimately, our group was able to not only spend ten days on a beautiful ocean working for a great cause, but we were also given the opportunity to learn about a different culture and expand our horizons. Not having any Inter-
net, hot water, or basic amenities we were accustomed to was much smaller of a challenge than one would think. In fact, I believe each and every one of us would readily give those up for another chance to participate in such a great program. Unfortunately, we were unable to see any baby turtles hatch; however, we did witness a fully grown female turtle lay her eggs in the dead of night – definitely an incredible thing to watch! All the students that participated in this program – Kirsten Kasper, Darisa Laurens, Lycourgos Manolopoulos, Jacob Malsam, Victoria Barkley, Jacqueline Huneke, and Christopher Rose – want to express our sincere gratitude to the hard work of Wes Lewis and Anne Stokes for putting together this program, and to the Ignite Program and Student Activities for providing a significant amount of the funding. This would not have been possible without you! As a group, we consider ourselves extremely lucky for such an opportunity and strongly encourage each and every student to consider any future opportunities to participate in Alternative Spring Break. You won’t regret it!
335 feet. Face down.
ANNUAL PASSES START AT
PER MONTH. Free parking No blackout dates No down payment
l Annua Pass
EZpay available only for Florida residents. Certain restrictions apply. © 2014 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved.
Dive like a bird of prey from a 335-foot drop tower at 60 mph face down. Introducing Falcon’s Fury™, America’s tallest freestanding drop tower. Feel the Fury, only at Busch Gardens®, Florida’s Thrill Ride Leader.
Austin Coffey/The Avion Newspaper
Sun Conference Menâ€™s Tennis Tournament Crown Returns to Daytona Beach vs Embry-Riddle: 5 Alison Smalling ERAU Athletics The top-seeded Embry-Riddle men's tennis team captured its sixth consecutive Sun Conference Tournament title with a 5-0 win over third-seeded Webber International on Saturday evening. Ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, the Eagles played two matches in the
Webber: 0 same day to win the crown and improved their overall record to 18-3. The Eagles began the day by finishing their semifinal match that was suspended after doubles due to bad weather on Friday evening. The Blue and Gold matched up against fourth-seeded Northwood in the semis and took a 2-1 lead after doubles into Saturday's action. The Eagles
further extended their advantage when Deni Zmak set a new ERAU single-season record for singles wins with 31, courtesy of a 6-3, 6-1 decision against Alvaro Iturriaga at the top spot. At No. 4 singles, Luke de Caires easily won the first set 6-1, but fought off a stiff challenge from Nikita Borodatov, winning 7-6 with a 14-12 edge in the super tiebreaker to send the Eagles into the championship. ERAU got off to a fast start in the title match against WIU with a 3-0 sweep in doubles. At the top spot, Zmak and Simon Felix teamed up for their 30th doubles win of the season with an 8-1 deci-
sion against Mislav Colak and Justus Klocke, marking the third time in Felix's career that he has hit the 30-win threshhold in doubles competition in a single season. De Caires and Miguel Lopez Gomez were next off the court following their 8-3 defeat of Firmiano Filho and Nicklas Kammer, and Patrick Besch and Jaime Sanchez-Canamares Rios completed the sweep by topping Jonathan Cohen and Rodrigo Santibanez 8-2 at No. 2. Lopez Gomez registered the first singles point for ERAU, downing Rodrigo Santibanez 6-0, 6-2 on court five to widen the gap in favor of the home team. With Sanchez-Cana-
mares sitting out of singles play due to an injury, Besch moved up to the No. 2 spot in the singles lineup. Playing in his final match at the Crotty Tennis Complex, the senior recorded the clinching point by besting Cohen 6-4, 6-2. "I thought the guys did good job today," ERAU Head Coach Dave Paschal said. "We played really well at doubles. To me, that's one of the best matches I've seen Luke and Miguel play and I was very happy with how they've progressed. It was nice to Jaime go out there and tough it out with an injury that he had; he played very well. I was also very happy for Pat who played very well in the last
home match of his career at Embry-Riddle." "We've kept the streak alive of being unbeaten in the conference for 10 years," Paschal continued. "Now is the time to have some fun and get ready to go play at nationals." The conference tournament title secured a spot for the Eagles in the 24-team NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, Ala., May 13-17. The tournament bracket will be announced on May 4. "For me personally, it was nice to clinch in my last game here," Besch said. "The tournament was perfect preparation for us as we get ready for nationals in the next couple of weeks."
Photo Courtesy: ERAU Athletics
Austin Coffey/The Avion Newspaper
Antoine Daugny/The Avion Newspaper
ERAU Womenâ€™s Tennis Wins Sun Conference Tournament Crown vs Embry-Riddle: 5 Allison Smalling ERAU Athletics The top-seeded Embry-Riddle women's tennis team celebrated winning its third conference tournament title in four seasons after besting No. 3 seed SCAD
Savannah: 1 Savannah (8-7) 5-1 in the tournament finale, Saturday at the Crotty Tennis Complex. With the win, the Eagles, ranked fifth in the most recent NAIA National Coaches' Poll, improved their record to 15-5 overall and earned an automatic
bid to the NAIA National Championship in Mobile, Ala., May 13-17, for the fifth consecutive year. "The ladies did a great job today," ERAU Head Coach Dave Paschal stated. "I'm very proud of their effort. To back up the regular season championship with the tournament championship is something that should build their confidence. Now if we can match up our talent with belief, nationals should be fun!" Paula Ortiz Couder and Eva Vilar got the scoring started for the Eagles with
an 8-1 defeat of Ana Dominguez and India Hart on the third doubles court. Anna GĂśtz and senior Paola Montero extended the advantage to 2-0 when they bested Daniela Arcila and Carolina Viteri 8-3 at the second doubles spot. The match-up at No. 1 doubles pitted the topranked ERAU tandem of Hui-I Huang and the Eagles' other senior Kristina Marova against sixth-ranked Theresa Schmaus and Maja Plavsic. The SCAD pair built on an early lead and held off the Eagle tandem 8-6 to pull the
Bees within one heading into singles. The Eagles' first singles point came on court three where Marova easily dispatched Hart in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. A few minutes later, Ortiz Couder widened the gap to 4-1 with her 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Dominguez at the No. 6 spot. The clinching point came at the fourth singles position where Vilar improved her overall record to 13-4 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Arcila to seal the championship for the Blue and Gold. "I'm proud of how we
played," Marova said. "I'm especially proud of the two freshmen who stepped up and scored the final two points for us. We are looking forward to going to nationals. It's something we've been preparing for the entire year. We will do our best to go as far as we possibly can. We want to have fun as a team, but we will also be fighting very hard. Paola and I are looking forward to closing out our careers with a great student-athlete experience." The national tournament bracket will be released on May 4.
Photo Courtesy: ERAU Athletics
Austin Coffey/The Avion Newspaper
Austin Coffey/The Avion Newspaper
YOU ARE. WORLDWIDE. You don’t have to be on campus to take classes this summer. With Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, you can take classes from home – or wherever you are! With Embry-Riddle Worldwide, you may be at home, but you’ll never be on your own. Faculty members assigned to Web-based classes are as accessible and supportive as they are in the classroom, and online learners develop a strong sense of community and camaraderie through online support groups, email discussion forums, online help desk and an academic support system. Daytona Beach Campus students who would like to take online summer courses must follow these procedures: • Students who do not enroll in any Daytona Beach summer course may take any Worldwide online course on this list. • Students who do enroll in any Daytona Beach summer course may take Worldwide online course(s) that Daytona Beach is not offering during summer 2014. • Have your program coordinator sign your registration form. Take the signed form to the Records and Registration office and ask for Yvonne Terry. • Register for Embry-Riddle Worldwide online courses at the Daytona Beach Office of Records and Registration (386-226-6338). Registrations for the May 2014 (May 31) term will be accepted now through May 24 and for the June 2014 (June 13) now through June 11. • Self-enroll in ORNT 001 before online classes begin, to get familiar with the online format. Other information: • The Worldwide online May 2014 term runs from May 31 through August 1 and the June 2014 term runs from June 13 through August 14. • Previously failed courses may not be repeated via Worldwide online courses. • Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation may not participate. • Tuition is $620 per credit hour. Books and incidentals are not included in tuition. This special summer online tuition rate is offered exclusively via Embry-Riddle Worldwide for the May and June 2014 terms only.
For more information about Worldwide online registration dates and schedules, please call Yvonne Terry at (386) 226-6338.
EMBRY-RIDDLE WORLDWIDE ONLINE UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER 2014 SCHEDULE * Available courses for the May 2014 (May 31 - August 1) summer term. COURSE # ASCI 254 ASCI 404 CSCI 109 ECON 210 ECON 211 ECON 420 ENGL 123 ENGL 143 ENGL 221 GOVT 331 GOVT 340 HIST 130 HUMN 142 HUMN 300 HUMN 310 HUMN 330 MATH 111 MATH 112 MATH 222 MGMT 201 MGMT 203 MGMT 210 MGMT 311 MGMT 312 MGMT 314 MGMT 317 MGMT 320 MGMT 321 MGMT 324 MGMT 325 MGMT 335 MGMT 371 MGMT 390 MGMT 391 PHYS 102 PHYS 142 PHYS 301 PSYC 220
COURSE TITLE Aviation Legislation Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law Introduction to Computers & Applications Microeconomics Macroeconomics Economics of Air Transportation English Composition Studies in Rhetorical Theory Technical Report Writing Current Issues in America U.S. Foreign Policy History of Aviation in America Studies in Literature World Literature American Literature Values and Ethics College Mathematics for Aviation I College Mathematics for Aviation II Business Statistics Principles of Management Management for Aeronautical Science Financial Accounting Marketing Managerial Accounting Human Resource Management Organizational Behavior Business Information Systems Aviation/Aerospace Systems Analysis Methods Aviation Labor Relations Social Responsibility & Ethics in Management International Business Leadership Business Law Introduction to Project Management Explorations in Physics Introduction to Environmental Science Astronomy Introduction to Psychology
Available courses for the June 2014 (June 13 - August 14) summer term. COURSE # ASCI 254 ASCI 404 CSCI 109 ECON 210 ECON 211 ENGL 123 ENGL 221 GOVT 340 HIST 130 HUMN 142 HUMN 300 HUMN 330 MATH 111 MATH 112 MATH 222 MGMT 201 MGMT 203 MGMT 210 MGMT 312 MGMT 314 MGMT 317 MGMT 320 MGMT 324 MGMT 335 MGMT 371 MGMT 390 PHYS 142
COURSE TITLE Aviation Legislation Applications in Aviation/Aerospace Law Introduction to Computers & Applications Microeconomics Macroeconomics English Composition Technical Report Writing U.S. Foreign Policy History of Aviation in America Studies in Literature World Literature Values and Ethics College Mathematics for Aviation I College Mathematics for Aviation II Business Statistics Principles of Management Management for Aeronautical Science Financial Accounting Managerial Accounting Human Resource Management Organizational Behavior Business Information Systems Aviation Labor Relations International Business Leadership Business Law Introduction to Environmental Science * This schedule is subject to change.
Questions and No Answers
Matthew Liddel Correspondent Perhaps the most disappointing thing about the new sci-fi film Transcendence is its endless list of ethical questions with absolutely no chance of getting answers. Human beings become mechanical hybrids, nano machines invade rainwater and the soil, and a man becomes far greater than humanly possible, thanks to his new shell of a body. These things are all naturally bad according to the film, but if you expect anything more than a generic explanation of what it means to “be human”, or how technology enslave us rather than free us, then you’re out of luck. Transcendence comes to us from first-time director Wally Pfister, who previously worked as a cinematographer on many well-received films, namely the works of Christopher Nolan. While Nolan and Pfister had previously toyed with sci-fi elements in films like The Prestige
and Inception, Transcendence intends to take things further by asking big questions about the relationship between organic life and technology. Johnny Depp stars as Will Castor, a famed scientist, who finds himself with only a month left to live after an attack on his life by a group of radical anti-tech terrorists. In order to preserve his mind, his wife Evelyn, (Rebecca Hall) and their collaborator, Max Waters, (Paul Bettany) download his memories and brainwaves onto a complicated computer system. Surely enough, things start to get out of hand, as the new digitized Will decides to take over the Web and build a scientific research facility in the desert, leading to a showdown between his new army of superhumans and the government agents set on destroying his source code for good. For the first hour of the film, people question Evelyn as to whether or not Will is actually himself or if he is fully a machine now. There are also the
Photo Courtesy: Craig Hunter/ http://www.screenrelish.com/
voice and make advances toward his wife, the result is completely ridiculous and comical. Kate Mara is unassuming and unthreatening as the RIFT leader, and Rebecca Hall has little to work with next to Depp’s boring delivery, even if he is just a computer. As far as I’m concerned, everyone in the film is already
mechanical enough, so the threat of a nanotechnology takeover is nary an issue. This is all a bit disappointing, because most recent films dealing with these questions have limited themselves to AI systems run amuck ala Skynet, but Transcendence at least takes a more fresh turn by questioning the
limitations of the human mind and soul. But nothing in the film is original enough to stand up against the sci-fi juggernauts it mimics, leaving nothing but sterile hallways and meaningless code running through computer screens. It’s all flash and no brainpower, and even the flash is barely there.
Last Week’s Crossword Solutions
Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill
terrorists known as RIFT, who attempt to destroy Will in order to set back technology before it further traps humanity. But as the film progresses and the action takes over, these questions are either ignored completely, or become muddled. Are we as the audience expected to hate technology purely because it is not human? How is the collective consciousness that Will creates in the desert any different from a hive of worker bees, all with jobs to do but with the mental capacity and free will of a human? The film automatically assumes that its audience thinks it isn’t right for Will to become greater than the rest of humanity, as if it violates some unsaid rights. It treats the viewer in the same way that it portrays RIFT: not with rational thought but with a dogmatic mistrust of technology just because that’s how it always works in these movies. The issue of autonomy versus hive-mind mentality is glossed over after only a brief mention, but it is probably the most interesting and relevant question in the context of the film. By the final act of the movie, I was left wondering what point of view it was taking in regards to its own questions. I’m still not entirely sure, because it seems that Pfister has taken the easy way out by presenting a multitude of opinions and leaving the audience to decide which side is less ridiculous. It doesn’t help that the entire cast is entirely bland and without an inch of character. Pfister directs his cast with such rigidness that it’s hard to take everything seriously. When Will uses the bodies of his servants to speak his
Whatzit Sollution: Give Up the Ghost
The Lego Movie: Movie Review Yazan Samara Staff Reporter
The Lego Movie
Rarely do we come across a movie so well done, a movie so intricately done, that one has to take a step back to appreciate its pure “Awesomeness”. No I am not talking about any of the Lord of the Rings movies, nor am I talking about the Star Wars franchise. I am talking about a movie that created a whole new level of cinematography, a movie that jumped off the screen, and straight to the heart of our inner child. A movie that showed us that art can be found in multiple forms. I am, of course, talking about The Lego Movie. Most of you have either rolled your eyes, or just simply shook your head after reading the title, nonetheless, bear with me here. It is true, I may have over exaggerated
the simple notion of what this movie is, but I feel that this movie is deserving of all the appraise I have given it. Growing up, most young children, boys or girls, have had the pleasure of experiencing the joy of playing with Legos. Firstly, let me start by addressing the remarkable style of animation used in the production of this film. All characters, objects, scenes, fire, smoke, and pretty much everything else of this movie was made entirely out of real life Lego pieces. Just imagine how much time and effort was needed to create the masterpiece presented to you. With this unique style, The Lego Movie managed to stay true to its origins, filling the viewer with a sense of romantic nostalgia. Furthermore, examples of this achievement can not
Singing into Spring Jeff Icker Correspondent I was asked to attend the AcaBellas spring concert a few weeks back. I won’t lie; I had my reservations about attending the event. I finally mustered up the initiative to attend the event, and I was surprised. After the Alma Mater was done I prepared for an evening of dull singing at the Henderson Building and dug in. The wonderful AcaBellas were a lively bunch, including comedy with their singing routine. Right away you could tell these ladies were having
fun, with their impromptu can-can line and emotional singing. The group is well rounded as many of the performers take up multiple roles, or will switch roles between songs. All possess an upbeat attitude that permeates their performance. The AcaBellas took a break to tell bad jokes, yet there were plenty of laughs to follow because the jokes lived up to the promise. Following the bad jokes things took a very emotional and serious turn. The graduating seniors brought about tears in the group as they thanked the other members for a
pleasant experience, then they thanked the other members in song. It wasn’t long after the emotional goodbyes that the tempo picked right back up and the Bellas were in full swing once again. It was at the onset of the ultimate bar room summoning that I first became unsettled. They sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” With all the positive energy in the room I wasn’t worried about Cthulhu appearing; perhaps a rainbow unicorn rising from the Henderson pool, but not the flat response the audience gave. It was when the Aca-
only be seen in the style of animation, but also in the actual movie itself. (So, before I continue, I am obliged to warn you readers that there might be spoilers ahead.) Towards the end of the movie one of the main characters is seen stepping on a Lego piece, which I am more than certain that has happened to anyone who was ever played with Legos. If that does not bring back your childhood rushing to you like a steam train, I don’t know what will! To convince you even further that is movie is deserving of my critical acclaim, I wish to address the witty humor found in the movie. It is with a heavy heart I say this, but unfortunately this sense of humor is long lost in movies. I honestly can not name any recent movie with this exceptional sense of humor, but The Lego
Movie did a fantastic job of bringing it back. There was not a moment throughout the whole movie that I was not rolling my head back in laughter. The kind of laughter where you laugh straight from your heartnot a small giggle from the surface, a genuine deep laughter of joy. All in all, The Lego Movie did a stupendous job in creating a masterpiece which will surely last for the ages. They had a great plot that possessed a remarkable plot twist at the end; the animation helped create a true Lego atmosphere; and the witty humor just complemented the whole movie in all aspects. I highly recommend anyone who has not seen it to watch it on Thursday in the IC center. Needless to say, I am ecstatic for the sequel, because in the words of Emmet: “It was awesome!”
Bellas started to look for a champion or a hero that the audience came alive, and continued this positive energy to the end. A thunderous crescendo erupted for the finale and had the audience energized as the singers echoed their triumph throughout the building. The AcaBellas will be performing for the spring graduation. This is a group that warrants attention in the future. I will be looking forward to any future concerts they are putting on, and will invite everyone on the fence about the Bellas to take the same chance I did and be awed.
Photo Courtesy: AcaBellas
Comics and Games
Sudoku on C2
ACROSS 1Some recyclable containers 5Big swallow 9Joint tenant? 14Vivid swimmer 15Miner profits? 16Get used to 17Levy on investors 20Where gladiators fought 21Like a centenarian 22Pre-Roman European 23Bloodsucking African fly 26Stereo’s predecessor 28Recovery program 30Like a direct descendant 34Feminine pronoun 37Tropical getaway 39Oscar category 40What inmates watching a movie are? 44Not easy to fool 45Old Italian currency 46Letters for help 47Laundry additive, sometimes 49Customary functions 52”___ there?” 54Pre-painting application 57Holy Ark locale
60Cave dweller 62Songs-and-skits show 64$50 back? 68Without an escort 69Singer Aimee 70Guzzler’s sound 71Island nation near Fiji 72Eye part or flower 73See in the distance DOWN 1___-Cola 2Away from one another 3Backs of necks 4Brawl souvenir 5State in Western India 6Internet address, briefly 7Big name in building block toys 8Davidic song 9Fishy appendage? 10Position firmly 11Renaissance instrument 12Word before hygiene or exam 13At the front of the line 18”Little Man ___” (Foster flick) 19Worshipped object 24Knife behind bars 25Support for art students
27Legalese for “unless” 29”The ___ Witch Project” (1999 film) 31Forever and a day 32Big name in the oil biz 33Wine sediments 34Wound covering 35School passageway 36Pointless Olympic event? 38Common Market money 41Working with a dragnet 42Allergic reaction 43Broad valley 48King of the road 50English noble 51Type of hammer 53Pheasant stew 55Monkeys’ taboos 56Accumulate, as a debt 57”Shoo!” 58Angelic light 59”Once ___ a time ...” 61Aspen ascender 63Like rich quiche 65Drink “for two” 66”Corn” or “cycle” prefix 67Companion of “outs”
Congratulations to Jacky Qi for submitting a correctly completed Crossword puzzle! Please come by the Avion office to pick up your prize. Thank you to everyone who participated in this semester’s cross word competition! Look forward to the summer and fall issues for more crossword competitions! Only students can enter, please bring the completed Crossword and your Student ID.