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It’s Election Season! Jarrett Bruckner SGA Elections Committee

The Avion Hosts Photography Workshop Trey Henderson Editor-in-Chief Ever wanted to learn how that DSLR sitting in your closet works? ...Ever wondered what a DSLR is? The Avion is hosting the ultimate in photographic symposiums in order to answer just that! 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11th, 3 of our very own photographers will be presenting on the topic of SLR operation, introductory-level photography techniques, skills, and ideas, as well as more advanced topics for attendees

who may have more experience in the field of photography. Our photographers have a wide background of experience and expertise. With a combined experience of over 2 decades, they have covered events from weddings to Space Shuttle launches to Rolex races and airshows across Florida. They have travelled the world developing their skills in portraiture and landscape photography and they have shot events on campus ranging from tennis to Family Weekend to Touch-N-Go’s BigShow.

Bring yourself and your equipment to COAS 126 and our photographers will work with you on learning the ins and outs of their operation. Canon or Nikon, we have photographers that are experienced with either brand. Don’t have a camera? No worries, The Avion will be bringing their entire collection of photography equipment to demonstrate with. We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any further questions, feel free to email




(4) Above and Right: A selection of photos from the keynote photographers who will be hosting The Avion’s Photograpy Workshop. Pictures range from portraits to aerospace to landscape photography. Photos 1 & 3 Credit: Richard Weakley Photos 2 & 4 Credit: Trey Henderson Photos 5 & 6 Credit: Austin Coffey



It’s election season here at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University! The Student Government Association has begun the 2014-2015 general election process by releasing election packets for the Student Representative Board, Student Finance Board, and the Executive Offices. Any student is eligible to run for the Student Government provided they have satisfactorily completed one academic semester at the Daytona Beach campus of ERAU. You may not be in poor academic standing with the university and must currently maintain a cGPA of at least 2.500. In addition, you must be registered with a minimum of six (6) credit hours for the succeeding

academic term (FA14). To run for the Student Government you should stop by our office in the Student Center (UC 104) to pick up an election packet. This packet will have the complete eligibility requirements as well as other stipulations to be completed prior to being accepted. No applicant is considered a candidate for the general elections until they return a completed elections packet and attend candidate orientation the first week of March. For specific questions you can contact us at sga. or stop by our office! Look for our committee logo on official press releases and election updates. For specific information regarding the three election packets continue to page A10. Continued on A10 >>

Behind the Scenes: NTSB Investigation of Asiana Flight 214 Andy Lichtenstein Senior Reporter The objective of this article is to describe the investigation process as it pertains to Asiana Airlines Flight 214. Several recommendations have been made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), or “The Board” thus far. But first, a little background information on the event. Last July, Asiana Airlines Flight 214, crashed on short final into San Fransisco International Airport (KSFO) in the United States. The flight was a Boeing 777 en route from Seoul, South Korea, with 291 passengers and 16 crew. The aircraft was a Boeing 777-200ER (extended range) which rolled out of the factory in February 2006. The customer, Asiana Airlines, opted for PW4090 turbofan engines, from Pratt and Whitney. The aircraft had accumulated over 36,000 hours from over 5,000 cycles. For those who may wish to look up more detailed information about the airplane, the registration was HL7742, line

number 553. Since its first flight in 1994, Boeing has delivered over 1,100 777 aircraft, 421 of which were the “200ER” model. For the last 20 years, the safety records of Boeing and the 777 aircraft have been largely positive. Moving into the event itself, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was cleared for the visual approach to runway 28L at San Fransisco. The runway is 11,381 feet long by 200 feet wide. This particular runway intersects with 2 perpendicular runways. The airport has approximately 1,200 operations daily, 75% are commercial. The facility sits 13 feet above sea level. Well prior to the crash, the glideslope (vertical guidance) was out of service and was properly accounted for in a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen). The FAA requested a flight test, which validated the localizer (lateral guidance). Winds at the time were out of the S SW at 7 knots, with 10 statute miles visibility, and no other LLWS (Low Level Wind Shear) or adverse conditions. Continued on B2 >>




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Lunar New Year Celebrated

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ASU and CSSA Welcome The Year of The Horse

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Chao Zheng Asian Student Union Pres. On Saturday Feb 15, 2014, The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) & the Asian Student Union (ASU) hosted the Lunar New Year festival to celebrate the year of the horse in the university cafeteria. The event was hosted by the president of CSSA, Liu Bolun, Kelly Deng and ASU president Chao Zheng. Lunar New Year is an important traditional Asian holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese

calendar. In China, it is also known as the spring festival and traditionally run from the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. This makes the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar and indicates a very special family time for Asian students. CSSA and ASU bought the tradition to Embry Riddle in hopes that the tradition can be experienced by more students and faculties in and out of Embry Riddle.

During the event, Dr. Maj Mirminani, the Dean of the College of Engineering, gave a welcome speech in chinese to the audience as celebration for Chinese lunar New Year. The celebration continued with traditional dancing, nun chucks performance, hip hop dancing, opera, cultural dance, guitar songs, traditional cheongsam, and modern fashion shows. There were also drawings of awards ranging from top notch printers to wireless speakers. Overall, the event was very successful. CSSA and

ASU will continue the tradition next year and we especially want to thank the sponsors. Without their generous support, this party could not be such a success. The following generous sponsors made the event possible: Dean Maj Mirmirani (College of Engineering) (Gold Level) Mrs. Zhang Mei Sino-Aviation (Gold level) Dr. Robin Roberts (Office of Diversity and Inclusions) (Silver Level) Dean William Grams (College of Arts and Sciences) (Bronze Level)

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Byungheon Choi Guest Reporter Many people do not know how lawyers in aviation work hard. They are often shadowed by aircraft crashes or accidents. Because of that, aviation lawyers are not well known and people really do not notice what they do. Most of the lawyers, who work for the airliners or in public general, seem to have a really hard work-

ing environment. First, they have to understand how an aircraft works. In addition to that, they have to understand the subject that relates to the aircraft’s accidents or crashes. They have to deal with local, state, and federal to understand the accident and get information. As a usual, aviation lawyers have independent investigator to evaluate specifically about what happens. Aviation law-

yers help pilots by being their representative to make sure right decisions are made by the FAA and Court especially when pilots are in injured. First, they analyze the evidence. The lawyer is a part of the investigations Second, they negotiate settlements. Before the outcome has been published, lawyers and insurance company have settled on “what is the situation?” Lastly, if such, a pilot is a

victim, they are involved in recovering compensation. This step is to compensate the damage, which the pilot has experienced. As one’s perspective, lawyers in aviation world seem busy compared to lawyers in criminal world. There are always dark movements that we cannot notice in their world. They are the ones who protect the airman.

ERAU Black Hawk Down Pilot Talks to Army ROTC Eagle Battalion

John Freed Army ROTC 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 staff of 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.

Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Durant visited Embry-Riddle and spoke to the Army ROTC Eagle Battalion on Feb 13. Durant is best known for his actions during the battle of Mogadishu on the 3-4 of October, 1993, that is depicted in the 2001 Film Blackhawk Down. On Oct 3, 1993, Durant was piloting a Blackhawk that was struck with a rocket propelled grenade over Mogadishu, Somalia. After crash landing under enemy fire,

he was captured and held as a prisoner of war for 11 days. He was a member of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment “Night Stalkers” and subsequently participated in the following combat operations: Prime Chance, Just Cause, Desert Storm, and Gothic Serpent. As a US Army Master Aviator he possesses many decorations including the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (with Valor Device), Meritorious Service Metal , three Air Medals, Pur-

ple Heart, and a POW medal just to name a few. In addition to his incredible service in the United States Army, he holds a BS degree in Professional Aeronautics and an MBA in Aviation Management from Embry-Riddle. Durant toured many of the new ERAU facilities including the new College of Arts and Sciences. A brief luncheon was held in the COAS with AROTC cadets in top leadership and others who are aviation related. Many things were discussed, ranging from Durant’s

time in flight school to the future of Army aviation. Following the luncheon, ERAU AROTC Eagle Battalion gathered in the Henderson Administration & Welcome Center where Durant spoke of the leadership challenges faced during his time in the Army and how to succeed in the ever-changing, dynamic environment of the military. Michael Durant is now the CEO, president, and owner of Pinnacle Solutions, a simulation company based out of Huntsville, Alabama.

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Sue Macchiarella Study Abroad For the 2013-14 academic year, we had almost 20 ERAU students studying abroad and 12 students are still abroad this semester. These students are comprised of undergrads and graduates, veterans and non-vets, males and females. Their majors include Aeronautical Engineering, Homeland Security, Aeronautical Science, Business, Software Engineering, Human Factors, Computer Engineering and more. With the end of the Spring semester closing in, it is time for students interested in studying abroad for Fall 2014 to come talk to the Study Abroad Office about the myriad of options available. But, for now, let’s talk about some myths you may have heard about studying abroad. MYTH 1: If I go on a Study Abroad, I won’t get academic credit and I will end up having to stay for an extra semester! This myth is FALSE! When you study abroad for a semester (or year) all of your courses will get credited and will be counted towards your degree

program. We are able to do this through prior approval from ERAU program coordinators and advisors. MYTH 2: I have to speak a foreign language in order to Study Abroad! This myth is FALSE! Most of the foreign universities we partner with offer a wide array of courses in English. In fact, most of our students who study abroad, study in English. MYTH 3: It is too expensive to Study Abroad! This myth is FALSE! Students studying abroad usually find it cheaper to Study Abroad for a semester or two rather than to stay in residence at ERAU. Students studying abroad pay ERAU tuition and then only pay the host university for meal-plans and lodging (if they choose to stay on campus). The host university may also have minor fees for technology, activities, etc. but they are usually very small fees. Many host universities have subsidized housing making housing costs cheaper when you Study Abroad. Also, you are able to use your financial aid and most scholarships to Study Abroad. Our veterans actually prefer to go on semester programs, which

are mostly covered by the VA. For information and details on financial aid, scholarships and the VA, please contact those offices directly. MYTH 4: It is too dangerous to Study Abroad! This myth is FALSE! Year after year thousands of students from U.S. universities study abroad and have no problems or incidents. Like any place in the U.S., you must be smart about your surroundings and use common sense. You should use the same protocol and thought process when you travel to a new area overseas as you would in the U.S. Interestingly, one of the concerns many foreign students coming to study in the U.S. have is that studying in the U.S. is dangerous. MYTH 5: Studying Abroad is one big party! This myth is FALSE! While you will have a great time exploring your region of the world and participating in various cultural activities, academics is what took you there in the first place. You will attend classes like you do at ERAU, study, meet with your project groups,

Photo Courtesy: Study Abroad Embry-Riddle students Mindy Corbitt and Kirstyn Edwards pose infront of a Massey University Diamond DA-40 Star in New Zealand.

complete homework, tests and quizzes similar to when you are studying at ERAU. An important item to note is that we send you there to experience the culture, to step outside your box and comfort zone, to explore, to learn more about yourself and to meet and work with other students from around the globe. With this in mind, your grades are recorded on your transcript as Pass or Fail. As long as you pass all of your courses, if you left

here with a 3.0 GPA, you will keep your 3.0 GPA and have 12-16 credit hours completed towards your degree program! The Pass/Fail grade is common practice with U.S. universities who send their students on a Study Abroad. …and those are the facts! So, what are you waiting for? We have students who have participated in semester, year-long, Summer and Spring programs willing to talk to you about their experience. If you would like

more information, please stop by or contact the Study Abroad Office. Visit room 263 in the Student Center Annex, call: 226-6215, e-mail: or join us on Facebook at “Eagles Abroad”. Go for the academics stay for the adventure. The pictures of the two females are Mindy Corbitt and Kirstyn Edwards, both Aeronautical Science majors who studied at Massey University, New Zealand last semester.

Cricket: The Forgotten American Sport Rishabh Patel Guest Reporter When people think about college sports, they usually have in mind sports such as basketball and football (unfortunately not at Riddle) with huge pep rallies and cheerleaders. Basketball and football are the two major college varsity sports which are publicized and advertised the most. But let’s look away from these varsity sports and focus on the not so well recognized sports (or at least not well recognized in America.) This sport is cricket. The few people who have heard about ir think it is a cheap imitation of baseball but this is not true.

When the British first came to America, they brought cricket with them but due to the expensive equipment needed to properly play cricket, the sport quickly faded away and made way for a similar and simpler sport known as baseball. To properly play cricket, one would need a bat, a ball, a pair of pads, a helmet, a cricket ball, two sets of stumps, a pair of wicketkeeper gloves and twenty two players (eleven per team). Oh and I forgot to mention a surface is need to bounce the ball on and free area 360 degrees around the surface. Usually the surface is hard ground with short grass which is 22 yards long

and 10 feet wide but for amateurs it can be a concrete slab with artificial turf. Getting all these requirements together is a lot of trouble to go through to play cricket and therefore many people just opted out of playing the sport. Even though there not much cricket left in America and its colleges, there is hope for those who still want to play. Even though cricket does not have the status of varsity sport in colleges across the United States, American College Cricket (ACC) is making steps to rejuvenate cricket in America and the Embry-Riddle cricket team is proud to be a member ACC allows for the

club teams of colleges which are part of ACC nationwide to compete against each other in regional and national championships. ACC is holding its National Championship on March 12 in Fort Lauderdale, FL and the Embry-Riddle cricket team will be attending for the tournament. The transportation cost and housing cost along with the equipment cost for the entire season adds up pretty quickly. Fortunately

the team has a ground to play on, but the rest of the expense are not fully covered by SGA allocations and unfortunately will have to come out of the cricket players’ pockets. There have been many past and future fundraiser organized by the cricket team in order to help reduce the burden on the players but there is only so much the players can do. This is why I am asking the readers to help support the Embry-Riddle

Cricket Club by donating on the link below. The goal is to raise enough money to pay for good equipment, go to the national tournament and not have the extra money come out of the pockets of the players. Any amount of donation is accepted and greatly appreciated. Hopefully at the end of this semester there will be a trophy in the name of Embry-Riddle. http://www.gofundme. com/5c1m6o

AFROTC Presents Colors

Zach Wilkinson/The Avion Newspaper Photo Courtesy: American College Cricket The American College Cricket Team poses for a picture after a victory.

Last Thursday, Cadets from Embry-Riddle’s Air Force ROTC Group performed a static display on The West Lawn. Our nation’s flag, as well as the POW MIA flag, were presented.

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Stock Car Hall of Fame Inducts Ricky Rudd Zack Wilkinson News Editor

On Jan. 17th Rotary International inducted NASCAR great, Ricky Rudd, into the Daytona Beach Stock Car Hall of Fame. Since 1990 the Rotary Club of Daytona Beach West has been getting together to recognize some of the best racers in the sport. Ricky Rudd was born in Chesapeake, Virginia in 1956 to a family who owned an auto parts store. Early in his life Rudd started racing karts and motocross, but eventually moved into stock cars. He made his NASCAR debut in 1975 at the age of 18 when he raced in the Carolina 500 at North Carolina Speedway. For that race, he was asked to drive the number 10 car of a family friend, Bill Champion. When Ricky Rudd took to the stage to accept

his commemorative plaque, he humbly exclaimed, “You all are going to have to take this award back from me after this story, because I don’t deserve the recognition.” To the warm laughs of everyone in attendance, He shared the story of his first race: At some point towards the end of the race, he rolled the car. While spinning, he thought to himself, “I knew this car had a tank with around 22 gallons of gasoline in it, and I was pretty certain it was going to catch fire and explode,” said Rudd. At the young age of 18, Rudd jumped out of the window of the now-stopped car and ran for the edge of the track as quickly as he could. He was about to leap over a guardrail when a NASCAR official caught him and said, “Excuse me son, but could you go back to that car, start it up, and get it out of the racetrack?” This troubled and terrified beginning led to one of the greatest racing careers a driver has ever had. In his career, Ricky Rudd has garnered many accolades; Greatest of which is his standing record of 788

starts in NASCAR racing. Ricky Rudd began racing full time in 1977; that year he was also named Winston Cup’s ‘Rookie of The Year’ while driving the number 22 car for his father. Ricky Rudd’s NASCAR Sprint Cup career spans 32 years and over 900 races. Throughout that time he has had 23 wins, 375 top ten finishes, and 29 pole-position starts. In 1998 Ricky Rudd was named one of NASCAR’s 50 greatest drivers. Last week’s induction took place at The Ocean Center and was opened with an exciting performance by Eric Lee Beddingfield . The band ‘Molly Hatchet’ also put on a great show for the attendees following the induction ceremony. A crowd of watchers quickly gathered in front of the Guy Harvey stage. The band Molly Hatchet hails from Jacksonville, Florida, and has been entertaining audiences since the 70s. They were quickly adopted into the NASCAR culture when their hit 1979 song ‘Flirtin with Disaster’ was chosen by NASCAR as one of it’s theme songs. Molly Hatchet often

visits Daytona Beach for Bikeweek and Race events to perform for the thousands who flock to Daytona and they have become a standard for local gatherings. A subshop near the beach features their name. In the Ocean Center, a silent auction was also set up between two Chevrolet sports cars featuring sports memorabilia, certificates from local vendors, gift baskets, autographed Guy Harvey prints, and even an airplane ride. The event was catered with a great lineup of food. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs on 23 racetracks around the country. The races entertain fans in diverse communities with rich cultures and traditions. These great races are known for their tailgating culture, so the event featured 23 food stations representing flavors from each region. It is the tradition of the Rotary Club to donate all proceeds to a local charity. This year, the funds will be given to Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds homes for those in need. In this case, it will go towards a home for a wounded veteran.

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At Left: A U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon, one of the 8 Thunderbirds jets, sits on the southwest ramp awaiting a practice flight on Saturday afternoon. Poor weather conditions kept the Thunderbirds from practicing according to their schedule. Scores of Embry-Riddle students flocked to the edge of the road to photograph the team members as they performed their famous lauching ceremony. The Thunderbirds will perform the flyover this Sunday.

Student Forum “What do you think of the new ‘speedhumps’ on campus which have replaced the speedbumps?

Chet Dyer Aviation Maintenance “I hate them, I don’t understand why we need them at all.”

Shelby Meyers Homeland Security

Gabbie Hoekstra

Berke Oweren

Aeronautical Science

Aeronautical Engineering

“They are annoying, they and they cause confusion for drivers”

“ I just don’t like the ones on Aerospace Blvd. The others are fine”

“They aren’t a problem to me, but I’ve heard others don’t like them”

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Hello fellow ERAU students! This is your Crew Club, updating you on our activities. It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us; last time, we were inviting you to join us for the beginning of a new school year. Since then, we’ve accomplished a lot, and we want to share that with you! We gained quite a few new members from last semester’s recruiting, and we’ve recruited enough women for a full women’s eight (that’s EIGHT female rowers in a boat of their own)! It’s been some time since we’ve been able to say |that. What’s more, the women’s half of our team is well on its way to becoming a varsity sport! Does that sound odd to you? That a portion of the team is becoming varsity? Well, believe it or not, the ERAU Crew Club hasn’t been a varsity sport; we

have always been and are still technically a club sport. That doesn’t stop us from going out and racing varsity rowers though! We compete at the varsity level and in Division I regattas (boat races). Speaking of racing, this semester is the crew racing season! We’ve got several regattas coming up, and if we do well enough, we’ll be representing the school at Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) Championships and possibly even at Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships at the end of this semester. Our first race will be in early March, and we’ll be working hard to represent ERAU everywhere we go. In the meantime, we’re always looking for support! Keep an eye out for some fundraising activities hosted by your Crew Club in the near future! Until next time have a great week!




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Hip-Hop Violinist Rocks Micaela Stewart Copy Editor The audience was dancing and singing in their seats Friday night when hip-hop Violinist Josh Vietti took the stage with a rocking violin performance in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s DLC auditorium. Vietti started playing at age four and by age seven was sponsored by Mischa Lefkowitz who he studied with for 10 years. Originally from Orange County, Calif., Vietti has since done various tours around the United States including a highly successful college tour in 2012, which was renewed this year to include Embry-Riddle. He has opened for top artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Ne-Oh, and Justin Moore. The Embry-Riddle community was very lucky to have him perform on Feb. 7. The performance was fun and interactive for the whole audience and included renditions of many well-known songs that had people clapping and singing along with. Vietti’s warm up included fun songs like “Can’t Touch This” and the theme song from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, adding to the lighthearted atmosphere of the DLC.

There was a good sized audience in attendance. The Board of Campus Activities teamed up with the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity to help promote the performance and they did a great job filling up almost 50 percent of the seats in the DLC. After a few introductory tracks, Vietti went to the microphone to properly greet the audience and tell a few bad musician jokes. A good one was: “What does a lawsuit and a violinist have in common? Everyone is happy when the case is closed.” Though on that note, people were still happy when the case was open when Vietti was playing. The next segment included a rendition of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” followed by “Sweet Home Alabama.” Vietti encouraged the audience to clap, dance, and sing to the songs that they knew. Other songs played were “Thrift Shop,” a “Accidentally in Love,” and his version of “Black & Yellow.” Vietti switched between styles easily. One moment he hip-hopped, the next country, and he even slipped into a lively Irish jig once. He was very talented, even one time playing on the back of his head. Later he said that he was off his game, but it was impressive all the same.

The second part of the show was more interactive with the audience. Vietti put a free copy of his new CD “Best of Both Worlds” to the winner of a Michael Jackson dance-off. One girl and one guy from the audience were invited to the stage to show off their moves. In the end both received a CD after a thunderous applause from the audience. Later he slowed it down to a waltz and invited anyone who knows how to dance to the stage. Two girls took the challenge and didn’t do too bad on the small stage. The show ended with a lively rendition of Canon in D, showing how even a restful tune could be turned into something up-beat through the talents of Josh Vietti. Before he left, Vietti asked for everyone to gather round so he could instagram everyone. The night was a great success and a welcome change from the usual comedian, although the show was funny in its own way. Vietti has his own web site [] and YouTube channel if you want to check out his work. Vietti’s music is available on iTunes as well for those of you who would like to purchase some of his CDs or tracks.

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Prescott’s Softball Premiere Ashley Ramirez Sports Editor The first ever softball season at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has begun! The season began Feb. 1 at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz. Since then, the team has been in Phoenix two other times and in California five different days. So far, the season has been rough as the team has only competed on the road. The softball team consists of many athletes that transferred from community colleges, but despite this experience, nerves set in as the Lady Eagles softball team scrimmaged against South Mountain Community College. Three days after the scrimmage, the softball team went to Fullerton, Calif. for a double-header against Hope International University. The first game went well as the Lady Eagles took Hope to eight innings. Sadly, they eventually fell to Hope by just one run. In the following game

against Hope, the Lady Eagles dropped again with a final score of 4-7. Hope competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference (G-SAC), which means the Lady Eagles have a chance to have a rematch at the end of the season to qualify for the NAIA national conference. Games continued on the road with a double-header against NJCAA nationally ranked Phoenix College. Although Phoenix College took both games, the team began to play more collectively and trust each other. The collectiveness and trust was shown on Feb. 10 when the Lady Eagles captured their first win. Their first win was in Phoenix, Ariz. against Arizona Christian University. The final score was 6-5. The Lady Eagles will play Arizona Christian University two more times, as they are their home opener and closer. As the season continues, the team seems to further trust each other and they are making more key plays. The hesitancy has come from many play-

ers, of the 11-player team, playing in positions they have not ever played in. With that said, it is apparent that defense is struggling. Currently, the team is focusing on minimizing the unearned runs scored. Offensively though, the Lady Eagles are playing very well as many players are getting on base and their teammates are getting them through to home plate. On Feb. 24 the Lady Eagles have their first home double-header of the season against Arizona Christian University at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The field includes four full bleachers behind home plate, possibly some sitting behind the outfield. The team asks that spectators stay away from the ball pin and not to fly any unmanned aircraft over the field. Coach Marie Thomason, ERAU head softball coach, and her team invites all students and faculty to the home opener to fill the bleachers and cheer on the newest team on campus to their first home win!



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Quick, Soft Breadsticks Melea Rhodes Copy Editor 1 cup warm water 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup oil 3 cups bread flour 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast Butter Garlic Powder

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Drag Show Turns Heads Eli Olson Correspondent In a show of support for LGBT students on campus, the Women’s and Diversity Center and the Pride Network partnered on Thursday, Feb. 13 to host Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s second drag show. Opening at 8:00 p.m., speakers pounded and a number of pink, red, and white balloons were spread out around the dimmed room as well as several helium filled balloons and sets of moving lights. The show attracted a crowd including students from on campus and from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. The beginning of the show did not go perfectly as technical issues delayed the show opening. To pass the time audience members ate the pizza and snacks provided and played with the balloons until the issues themselves were resolved and performers prepared their music. The first performer wore a tight black dress and lip synched while dancing on and off the stage, collecting light heartedly offered dollar bills. She did face some

difficulty walking in heels as she got off the stage however she concluded happily blowing kisses into the audience. The second performer went by Coco Minaj and wore a bright red wig to match her namesake. Entering third, with a completely different performance, was Professor Jacobs in a nun getup. Going by Sister Floyd, he performed to multiple songs including “Maria” from The Sound of Music. His choreography was intentionally excessive, involving showgirl kicks and hand holding, as well as smacking his partner with a ruler. After that came Miss Sharlene, wearing cowgirl clothing including the hat and an extremely curly wig. Working with country music, she worked the crowd, walking down the center aisle and around the seats. Sassiana was next, sporting a bandana headband and a leather jacket for the performance. The performance was overtly sexualized and she was unafraid to sit on a lap to make her point. The energetic performance earned more lighthearted dollar bills. Next up was Bobette, wearing a long black dress.

She was unafraid to show off the leg slit in the dress and provided a fantastic performance, showing particular attention to the front row of the crowd. During the show she got very close and personal, though she was quite willing to show off from the stage as well. Finishing off the night, Mike and Daisy Girl gave a very lighthearted performance to Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Every verse of the song was emphasized by some exaggerated action, such as a sign saying “I go to Embry-Riddle” for the line “so you’re a rocket scientist.” From there the two built upwards, playing an air guitar for an instrumental portion, showing off a drawn on eight pack and using a small children’s bicycle to represent a car. After the show concluded people immediately moved into the Queen of Hearts Dance party. The organizers were rather happy with the event, which was much more choreographed than its equivalent from the fall, but they expressed regrets that limited advertising had led to a smaller crowd than they had previously experienced.

Making breadsticks from scratch isn’t hard after all! With this simple recipe, anyone can easily make these as a side with salads, pastas, soups, and more. The first thing to do is to mix flour, yeast, and brown sugar into a large bowl. Stir it all together until the contents are well mixed. Then add the oil and warm water. Make sure the water isn’t too cool otherwise it won’t activate the yeast. However, if it is boiling it will kill the yeast and won’t rise.

Stir the water and oil in until it thickens into dough. Press the dough, kneading it together. Spray a cookie sheet and spread the dough out. Cut the dough into strips about 3/4 wide. Once the strips are cut, twist them about two times and then set them back down on the greased cookie sheet. Once all the strips are twisted and placed on the sheet, let the dough rise for 20 minutes or more if it needs longer. Then bake the dough for 10-15 minutes at 375 degrees. While they bake, melt butter in a bowl and stir until it’s smooth. Then add fresh garlic or garlic powder to the butter. When the breadsticks are done baking, pull them out and brush the butter and garlic mixture onto the top of them. To add a little more flavor, parmesan cheese would

be great. I thought that these wouldn’t turn out well, but they were actually pretty good. I would have added parmesan cheese to add more flavor along with putting a little more butter and garlic sauce on top of it. Also, mixing the dough can be a little bit of a pain and worrying about water temperature is also a cause for concern. I was pleasantly surprised by the way these came out. They weren’t exactly ‘pretty’ as the twists on some didn’t turn out, but that didn’t take away from the taste at all. Make sure to get enough of the other flavors onto the breadsticks, otherwise they will just taste like bread. I would definitely recommend these as they are inexpensive and tasty. My only complaint is that the cook time was a little long, taking about forty-fve minutes altogether.

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Best Pub Recognized Thor Blows People Away Robbie O’Connell’s

Dylan Pratt Guest Reporter Welcome to Robbie O’Connell’s. This is the place that no one has ever heard of, but walked by countless times. In a town that immediately wears thin on nightlife choices, it is the one place that never grows tiresome. Walking down Seabreeze Boulevard from the river to the beach, you will pass the Daytona Tap Room, a bar with live music and good food. Passing that, you will see a true hole-in-the-wall by the name of Danny’s Lounge. If you are unfortunate enough to poke your head into this bar, you will see the folks who are tired of life to the point of no return. They operate on a cash only basis, have an oversized pool table in an undersized room, and an arcade game where one strategically drops quarters in hopes to push more off of the cliff, resulting in a payout no greater than $4.75. As you make it past the large bank building, you will be on Daytona Beach’s version of what a usual college towns refer to as “the strip.” Anyone who has been to or come from a town with a strip will immediately acknowledge that Daytona’s is not very impressive. But as with anywhere, if you know the place to go to, it can drastically change your opinion. You should pass Bishop Tavern & Longue, go past the newly opened Tap Room (different place, poorly chosen name, I know), and past the pizza place; you’ll go back there later anyway, I promise. And I know strip clubs always seem like they are going to be amusing, but pass over Molly Brown’s too. When you arrive at the corner of Seabreeze and Grandview, you’ve completed all of the sightseeing that the strip has to offer, and coincidentally arrived at your location. Depending on the time or the day, there may be a very approachable bouncer sitting on a

stool outside of the entrance checking IDs. Life is full of hurdles, and once you clear this one, yours is about to become much more enjoyable. The hallway into the bar is one that you will not soon forget. It seems trivial, but a good foyer goes a long way. The walls are adorned with pictures of Guinness ads that are far too cool to still be part of their campaign, and the carpeted entrance gives you time to wipe your feet without knowing it; a feature that is only noticed when it is not there. Robbie’s immediately feels like home. This could be partially due to the fact that, much like home, you immediately know where the bathrooms are. This initially may feel like a silly thing to point out, but think; how many times have you been to a bar where when you ask where the bathroom is, and someone points to the furthest spot from where you are standing? You say “thank you,” but you really didn’t understand it, and only said it to not make things more complicated. One caveat, for some, is that Robbie’s is a smoke-friendly bar, and sometimes it can get very friendly. However, with ceiling fans that look like constantly spinning roulette tables, if the crowd is low and the smoking minimum, the initial wave will dissipate. The key thing that many bars either are not aware of, or just neglect to acknowledge, is that most casual drinkers want something to do. At Robbie’s, they have not only acknowledged this fact, but fully embraced it. Tucked into the corner of the downstairs bar is a range of games that will be alien to some, familiar to others, and comforting to both. A ski ball machine pumps out free drinks upon hitting a certain score, and a dartboard equipped with two sides; one for beginners, and one for those who think they’re more advanced. The true gem, though, is the shuffle-

board table. Regular size, in great shape, and with ample time to finish a game for the money paid, the Robbie’s shuffleboard table is not only a fantastic icebreaker, but also the best twenty minutes a dollar can buy. This bar is also equipped with a Touchtones Jukebox, so be sure to download the app and hijack the stereo with only what you want to hear. Even if you can’t, the good news is that when someone plays a song and the consensus is less than enthusiastic, the bartenders have the power to override it. When you have exhausted the endless possibilities that the downstairs environment has to offer, feel free to head upstairs. If it is a particularly slow night, which all bars suffer, they won’t bother with two bars being open, but Thursday through Saturday, this will not be something that needs to be worried about. A similar layout to downstairs, the upstairs bar offers a brighter environment, and a great view of the nightlife on Seabreeze Boulevard. Upstairs is not without its things to do, either: five pinball machines with varying themes, and a foosball table. Between the two bars there is never of shortage of things to play with. The drink selection at Robbie’s is not as the average joints, either. A selection of brews that could please even the beer drinkers of unique palates, and a full liquor bar, Robbie’s leaves no one feeling under-accommodated. A drink is only as good as its bartender, however, and the bartenders at Robbie’s will soon be your favorite. Whether it is Robbie himself slinging you a drink, the wild haired Doug, or the bearded enforcer Brian, the staff is truly the finest in Daytona. You don’t need to stray far from your surroundings to enjoy a night that you didn’t think possible in the surroundings of Daytona Beach.

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Oluwole Amosu Guest Reporter Last Thursday, Touch-NGo had a showing of Thor: The Dark World. This movie is the sequel to 2011’s Thor; an origin story of Marvel Comics’ god of thunder. Everyone knows that these comic book movies make a lot of money. Two years ago, one of these films came out with the biggest opening weekend America has ever seen, grossing a billion dollars. A billion dollars. With a number like that, comic book movies officially cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Which brings us to The Dark World. Is the title a little cheesy? Maybe. Thankfully, the movie is anything but. From the start, the stakes are delightfully high. The plot revolves around the destruction of a supernatural substance by the name of Aether; a weapon capable of plunging the entire universe into an all-encompassing darkness. Throughout the movie, the danger of this happening is very real and as a result, it makes for a very compelling watch. Thor fights

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enemies who are more than his match with a warrior’s ferocity; receiving just as many hard blows as he gives back. Thor: The Dark World excels at maintaining the balance between having a serious, respectable film peppered with light, humorous scenes. I cannot say it enough: this was a big step-up from the first movie. It is always fun to watch

these movies in the IC auditorium, just to hear the audience’s reaction. There was a funny moment where a good-looking main character is run through with a stake, and right then a girl screamed “NO!” almost as if she herself had been struck the death-blow. If you’re like me or just curious, wait for the post-credits scenes. You won’t regret it.

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Create. Lead. Change. Jarrett Bruckner SGA Elections Committee To some individuals on this campus the term ‘Student Government’ brings feelings of confidence and trust - a group of students consistently striving to improve student life and extracurricular activities on this campus. To others, the term ‘Student Government’ is as washed out and transparent as the feelings of apathy and neglect that they associate with our organization. Regardless of the category you fall into I have but four words for you to consider, “Do something about it.” The Student Government Association is the largest organization on campus and embodies every single student that attends class at the Daytona Beach campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Each spring semester this organization holds a general election providing equal opportunity for any motivated individual to run for one of three election tickets: Student Representa-

tive Board, Student Finance Board, and the Executive Offices. By now you should have noticed one of our many election advertisements with catch phrases such as STAND OUT and GET INVOLVED. These terms are intentional, designed to impress the importance of getting involved outside of the classroom. Furthermore, I encourage all of you to run for at least one of the positions available in the

2014-2015 SGA General Elections. The Student Finance Board (SFB) and the Student Representative Board (SRB) are detailed below. The Executive Offices of the Student Government Association include the President, Vice-President, and Treasurer. These offices are available to any student who meets the selection criteria detailed on the election packet (such as completed one semester at

Allocate. Organize. Jarrett Bruckner SGA Elections Committee The Student Finance Board (SFB) is responsible for managing the fiscal operations of the Student Government Association. Every student that attends Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is assessed a $100 SGA Fee that provides funding for student organizations as well as the various branches and divisions of the SGA. This money, in turn, provides students more opportunities to enjoy the academics and extra-curriculars of the university while in their tenure at ERAU. As a member of the Student Finance Board you shall be responsible

for allocating and managing the budget of the SGA between students, student organizations, and the university administration. Each semester contains an allocation period to which you (with the assistance of your fellow board members) will hear presentations from over 100 student organizations and determine a suitable fiscal amount as a working budget for that organization. You shall manage specialty events and seminars to help club/organization treasurers succeed within their organization and as a student leader overall. You shall attend one weekly meeting every Thursday afternoon at 12:45 PM in the office of the Student

Government Association and be held accountable for at least three (3) hours of your time a week to complete the required tasks set forth by the Bylaws of the SFB as well as your branch chairperson - the SGA Treasurer. The Student Finance Board is a unique way to get involved with your Student Government Association! There are currently six (6) board member positions available in the 2014-2015 SGA General Elections. Apply today in the SGA Office (UC 104) by obtaining an Election Packet and returning it by this Friday, February 28th. Get involved! Run for the Student Government today!

A Subtle Incentive Jarrett Bruckner SGA Elections Committee For some the promise of fame and glory may provide enough incentive to pursue a position in the Student Government. For others, a more tangible receipt of service may be required to convince those who would not

traditionally run for a public office. Talent and leadership are acquired traits and as hard as the Elections Committee may push your commitment towards your fellow student body we understand that some students require something more. There are many subtle incentives for joining the

Student Government Association that may not be as transparent as the projects and assignments we publish on a semester basis. For example, as an SGA official you will have access to the SGA office during extended business hours (0700-2100) for both professional and personal use. Through-

ERAU, maintain a cGPA of at least 2.500, etc.). These three offices are unique; they offer an experience that is unparallel to many traditional colleges and universities and, if I may be bold, several internship opportunities. The responsibilities and oversight that you will provide during your tenure will transcend well into the professional workspace and far beyond. The SGA Treasurer will serve as the student budget

manager of approximately $500,000 working closely with the SGA Advisor and university administration to ensure transactions are accounted for and allocated responsibility. They will manage a team of six (6) finance board members and provide the means for over 100 student organizations to function over the academic semester. The SGA Vice-President will manage approximately 22 representatives and

whose office will serve as a hub between the individual liaisons and university administration. They will initiate projects and programs that benefit the student body utilizing their representatives to construct and convey these endeavors. The SGA President shall bear ultimate responsibility for the activities conducted throughout the Student Government Association. They shall coordinate with ranking university officials including the university president, CFO, CAO, and more. They will attend administrative level committee meetings and be privy to information about the developmental progress of this university, when appropriate. The SGA President will have the ability -no, the privilege- to leave a lasting impression on this campus, a legacy to both current and future students who attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The next SGA President is just waiting to be found but... the next SGA President could be you.

Legislate. Represent. Jarrett Bruckner SGA Elections Committee The Student Representative Board (SRB) is responsible for conveying the ideas, concerns, and requests of the general student body unto university administration. The core of the representative board is composed into various committees and delegations that report to various university officials and administrative figures while under the stewardship of the SGA Vice-President. As a member of the Student Representative Board your first responsibility shall be to join one of six (6) specific committees that focus on one aspect of student life or involve-

ment. As a member of these committees you shall be able to program events and create projects pertinent to your committee’s goal. In addition to committee involvement a majority of the members selected for the Student Representative Board shall maintain a liaison position with a specific university official (such as IT, Bookstore, Facilities, etc.) throughout their tenure in the SGA. The Student Representative Board is split between the four (4) colleges of our university as well as a few specialty offices to embody the entirety of student life. Representatives selected shall hold one of the following offices: COAS, COA, COB, COE, Inter-

national Student, Housing & Resident Life, Graduate Student, or Veteran Student. Your academic standing or specialty office will determine more specialized roles and responsibilities as you represent those students that affiliate with your office. The Student Representative Board is an excellent way to get involved with your Student Government Association! The number of positions available for the SRB varies with enrollment - approximately 24 board members shall be selected during the 2014-2015 SGA General Elections. Apply today in the SGA Office (UC 104) by obtaining and returning an Election Packet by Friday, February 28th!

out your tenure you will be informed about various events with one of the greatest appeals to college students - FREE FOOD! Your involvement in the Student Government Association may also make you privy to unique information about the Daytona Beach campus and university administration as our goals traditionally correlate. In addition (albeit not one of our main

selling points) it should be transparent that all SGA Officials receive a Student Leadership Voucher of at least 10% off block tuition There are many more perks of getting involved with the SGA but I will not disclose them at this time. You will have to run and find out! To apply for the SGA stop by our office in UC 104 to pick up an Election Packet. Please return

the packet by Friday, February 28th! After your packet has been returned stay tuned for updated information in regard to election orientation and more! Remember, an applicant is not considered a candidate for the general election until a completed election packet is received and that individual attends the candidate orientation slated for the first week of March.

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Jonathan Lezman COA Representative As we head into the year 2014, Embry-Riddle continues to renovate the Daytona Beach Campus with many new additions. With the completion of the College of Arts and Sciences now complete, the campus will still continue to see drastic changes as the 2013-2014 year progresses. The newest additions on campus are brand new speed humps which are taking the parking lots by storm. At the Daytona Beach Campus, around

35 speed bumps have all been replaced by their much larger cousin – the speed hump. These are not your average speed hump like on Aerospace Blvd across from Apollo Hall. These speed humps are so tall, that unless you drive over them very slowly (as designed), expect damage to the vehicle. Another new project on campus revolved around the front entrance of the university off of Clyde Morris Blvd. A few dozen trees were cut down in front of the school and will be replaced with another landscaping initia-

tive to beauty up the front entrance, like the Aerospace Blvd/Clyde Morris entrance. The new landscaping will encompass new palm trees, jasmine bushes, and day beds. Although the university cut down quite a few trees, they are replacing them with even more trees for environmental sustainability. Not only new trees, but the university will also be purchasing a new front entrance sign to replace the outdated, sun-beaten sign that currently exists at the front entrance. New construction on another

project will break ground within the next 90 days on campus as well. The east sidewalk on Aerospace Blvd adjacent to the Flight Line will be removed, and the sidewalk across the street on the west side will be expanded and widened. With the new Student Union building getting ready to be built, many departments on campus will be forced to move as the old library is torn down. Starbucks will be moving to the mail room lobby, with the library moving to the mail room and bookstore. The mailroom will

Get to Know your SGA Damani Mitchell College of Engineering Representative Senior, Aerospace Engineering In his free time Damani enjoys trying new recipes, watching Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and Modern Family, playing flight sim and chilling with his friends. He has also been involved with a variety of organizations including ERRSA, Task Force One, the Robotics SUAS team, and was an emerging leader his freshman year. On the SGA, Damani served as the Executive Board Secretary for 2011-2012, and the Housing and Residence Life representative for summer 2012, until he took up an internship offer at Piper Aircraft. Damani’s goal as a College of Engineering representative is to enhance the experience of students who feel bogged down by studies, through enhanced communication between faculty, students, and the SGA. Damani has experienced a rollercoaster of satisfaction with instruction and feels that small changes could go a long way in improving programs for current and future students. Damani is currently the Resident Director for O’Connor and Stimpson halls, a member of the Caribbean Students Association, and a proud brother of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. If you have any ideas, questions, comments or concerns, feel free to contact him. Damani is very approachable and would love to hear your ideas for improving our campus.

move to Canaveral Hall, which will be renovated, as well as janitorial moving to Canaveral. However, the biggest question is “what will happen to the racquetball courts”? To answer that, the university will keep the martial arts studio and one racquetball court for students to use. The remaining courts will have to be used for storage of library archives. Information Technology as well as the Library staff will be moved to Mod 30-2, which will allow I.T. to remain closer to the campus for technological emergencies.

With all these changes to the campus occurring rather quickly, it is important to keep in mind the big picture on campus. Everything that will be changing on campus is designed with the future in mind. With a new hammock park, designed for students to relax, getting ready to break ground soon – have no fear, Facilities is here. If you have any questions on the new changes, or upcoming changes to campus, feel free to email me at and I will be sure to address any concerns you may have.

Adopt a Flower Bed! Alonzo Sweet COA Representative Did you know that as an on campus student organization, you have the opportunity to adopt a flower bed on campus? Susan Rannie is the grounds supervisor for facilities management and takes great pride in managing the landscaping and appearance of our beautiful campus. She is very enthusiastic about her job and is an excellent mentor for our environmentally conscious students. For students that would like to take the initiative in the Adopt- A- Bed program and pledge their support, Susan is more than willing to help any organization that requests to adopt a flower bed within our campus landscape. The services offered by her department include some of the following: a small library of plant reference material available for students to borrow, instruction in basic and intermediate gardening consultation in identifying suitable areas of campus grounds for planting, providing water accessibility and heavy equipment, if necessary, for approved projects, providing limited materials and plants for completion of student projects, as well as ensuring no conflicts with construction and planning considerations exist. Susan is an expert when it comes to inspecting the grounds as well as ensuring the plants selected for our campus are suitable

for the climate, soil, sun or shade, and wants to pass this on to any Embry-Riddle student who may be interested. The Adopt-A- Bed program is not only designed to add color and vibrancy to our campus, but also to promote the leadership and initiative of our students while being environmentally friendly. Your student organization’s commitment to create, care for and maintain an existing area of campus impacts every member of the community in a positive manner, and it brings recognition to your organization and their efforts to make this university a better place. This may be as simple as watering the area twice a week. Gardening is also a great stress-reliever for many people, and even if you don’t want to formally commit to maintaining a specific area on campus, your spontaneous assistance will always be welcomed and encouraged by our professional grounds staff. If you are interested in getting involved, come to the SGA Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) meetings on Wednesdays, in the SGA conference room at 3:30 PM. Stop by and talk to your friendly SGA representatives anytime. Alternatively, email our EAC Chair Alonzo Sweet at or our Grounds Supervisor, Susan Rannie at directly.

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DOJ Dismisses Santa Monica Lawsuit

Andy Lichtenstein Senior Reporter

Airshow Center New Smyrna Airshow New Smyrna Beach, FL March 28-30

• Hot-air balloons are what got this event started back in 2009. From a small gathering of a dozen balloons one Friday night, the New Smyrna Beach Balloon & Sky Fest has grown into a world class three-day aviation, entertainment, and educational event. _________

For the last several decades, the city of Santa Monica, CA has motioned to close the Santa Monica Airport (SMO), citing concerns over everything from finances to noise abatements. Last September, a private jet crashed at SMO and killed 4 people. Conveniently, the city made its most recent attempt, suing the FAA last October, pri-

marily on the basis of safety. “We need to get these legal questions answered. The community expects us to protect their health, safety, and welfare,” said Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor, citing that very event just a month prior. U.S. Representative Henry Waxman (D-California) even approached NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman, requesting she look into not only the accident itself, but the overall

safety of the airport. The Chairman stated she would take the Representative’s request under advisement. In a Feb 13 ruling, U.S. District Judge John F. Walter determined that the city’s argument was invalid, if for no other reason, it was outside their statute of limitations, or the reasonable amount of time to act on a legal matter. Additionally, under no prior circumstances did the FAA approve the city’s request to close the facility

or reallocate the land for use other than an airport. This happens to be nothing new. In 1948, the Civil Aeronautics Authority (CAA) signed a deal with the city of Santa Monica. The legally-binding agreement handed the land over to the city, on the basis that they would continue to operate it as an airport. If they decided to close the airport, the federal government would be well within its rights to take it back. The CAA later evolved

into the FAA that we know today. The city has been attempting to close the airport for the majority of the last 6 decades. The next major opportunity for the city will come in July 2015. This is another milestone outlined in the 1948 agreement. Whether or not the airport will continue to operate in 18 months remains to be seen. But at least we pilots can go to sleep tonight knowing our airport is safe for now.

highly regulated. Those who violate this agreement may be immediately removed from the investigation. Although seldom, this has happened. Those who are not allowed to be involved in the investigation, include insurance companies and anyone who aims to make a judicial claim that would compromise the investigation. Aviation professionals travel from all corners of the globe to assist in an accident. Some of these individuals are affiliated with airport operations, the FBI, the manufacturer,

tampered with by those who are not qualified to handle such an event. Worse yet, misguided individuals could be on scene, aiming to compromise crucial information that could identify a causal factor. After the crash site has been secured, the field investigators (either NTSB officials or delegated officials on behalf of the NTSB) will begin searching for any perishable evidence. Additionally, the Flight Data Recorder

Ocean. All of the information from the FDR and CVR is corroborated with other pieces of evidence and eye witness accounts, to eventually determine probable cause and issue safety recommendations. While all of this is going on, different groups to the investigation will begin to document everything. First to mention, is the operations group. They will document the geography of the site, document the cockpit, look at flight plans, flight kits, information the crew had accessed or had access to, overall aircraft conditions and configura-

sor Locks, CT. Survival factors personnel will survey the site, locate the 4 corners of the aircraft, identify critical components, collect data from seating positions, deployment and use of emergency slides, occupant restraints, and child safety. Human performance is also investigated by an individual or a small team of personnel. Usually, this consists of a 72-hour workup. These folks investigate fatigue, scheduling, any medications the pilots were taking, and will determine if alcohol was present in their system. Usually, this is done as soon as possible after an event, as this is perishable evidence. Time is very much the enemy. The human performance team may also look into how effective emergency response was handled. For this event, 9 Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) trucks were used with a combined 23 personnel. Depending on the event, a Crew Resource Management team will look into crew monitoring and coordination in the hours and minutes prior to the event. A CVR becomes incredibly useful when addressing these important aspects. Once the final report is released, we can expect to see a number of recommendations for Asiana Airlines. Possible recommendations may also be directed to SFO and the FAA. The airline has already taken measures to modify their pilot training curriculum. However, more in-depth analysis may prove that training is not be the only issue. Perhaps, it is a lack of proper safety culture and an over-abundance of respect toward experienced peers in the cockpit environment. Until the final report is released, all we can do is speculate. Fly safe everyone!

Tico Warbird AirshowTitusville, FL March, 14-16

• Jammed packed with ground

displays and aerial performances the TICO WARBIRD AIRSHOW 2014 will make a special tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and the missions they flew in their Red Tail P-51 Mustangs to protect our bombers in the European Theater during WW II. _________

Sun ’n Fun Fly-In Lakeland, FL April 1-6

• There’s always something at SUN ‘n FUN for everyone. Whether you’re actively involved in aviation or an aviation enthusiast, SUN ‘n FUN has an activity for just about every interest. As soon as the sky is quieted from the sounds of props and rotors, the night darkness erupts again in a blaze of fireworks. The SUN ‘n FUN fightline is pulsed with peonies, chrysanthemums, willows, dahlias, waterfalls and horsetails (to name a few)! _________

Vero Beach Air Show Vero Beach, FL May 10-11

• The Blue Angels will be the

stars. Be sure to arrive early to enjoy the excitement. You’ll thrill to the performances of the best air show acts in the country.

This Week in Aviation History Feb. 26th 1935

Adolf Hitler orders the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.

Feb. 27th 1945

First flight of the Curtiss XF15C, a US mixed-propulsion (propellor and turbojet engines) fighter prototype.

March 1st 1949

North American’s B-45 Tornado bomber sets an unofficial speed record of 675 miles per hour.

March 19th 1969

First flight of the turbojet powered supersonic passenger airliner or supersonic transport (SST), the Concorde

NTSB Investigation Continued from A1 >> The designated approach speed for this airplane was 137 knots. It was later determined that the actual approach speed was somewhere in the vicinity of 105 knots. According to the FDR, the “stick-shaker” was activated 4 seconds prior to impact. A go-around call by the first officer was made 1.5 seconds prior to impact. Because the flight crashed on American soil, the NTSB is responsible for investigating the event, as predetermined by international law. It is the NTSB’s responsibility to determine what happened and why. They also make recommendations to the aviation industry, particularly to the FAA. It is not the NTSB’s goal to assign blame to any individual or organization, nor do they release identifiable information, such as the names of the flight crew members. This was blatantly violated when a former, and yes I emphasize former, NTSB intern released false names to a news organization directly following the accident. So how is an investigation organized directly after an event? First, the NTSB will be notified in the minutes after the crash by the airline or airport authorities. The Board will then assemble a “go team”, comprised of an Investigator-in-Charge (IIC) and basically anyone he/ she feels could be of use in the following investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is always present during the investigation. Those who are selected to participate must sign a confidentiality agreement. Only certain individuals are allowed to comment on the on-going investigation, and what they may comment on, is

power plant contractor, the airline, airline unions, etc. These professionals will offer unique insight to the investigation and are organized into groups, which I will cover a bit later in this article. However, the NTSB is solely responsible for data analysis and determining probable cause. Those who assist the NTSB merely offer expertise and aid in data collection. Keeping the basic ground rules above in mind, mission one for the federal government is securing the crash site. Critical evidence could be

(FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) will be recovered, and immediately sent back to NTSB headquarters in Washington, D.C. These are absolutely critical to any investigation due to the extensive information they provide in the hours leading up to an event. The international investigation of Air France 447 was slowed significantly for months, because foreign officials could not locate these devices at the bottom of the Pacific

tion, evacuation, flight training, manuals, experience, Flight Management Systems (FMS), stabilized approaches and are responsible for interviewing the crew. Did I forget anything? Powerplant personnel will document conditions, photos, rotations at impact, fires, Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) parameters, and will send the engine back to the manufacturer for teardown. In this case, both Pratt and Whitney engines were sent to the company facility in Wind-



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Supersonic Transports Anonymous (SSTA)

Zack Wilkinson News Editor

Supersonic transport is an old idea that has taken on a new face. Supersonic speed is defined as any speed that is greater than the speed of sound. For objects traveling in dry air at a temperature of 20 °C (68 °F) at sea level, this speed is approximately 343.2 m/s, 1,125 ft/s, 768 mph, 667 knots, or 1,235 km/h. Spike Aerospace, based in Boston, MA. Recently released new info about it’s planned S-512 supersonic Jet. The aircraft will feature curved, super thin OLED displays within the passenger cabin instead of the windows often associated with commercial airliners. The Displays will project the majestic views of the outside scenery as the jet travels to its destination. This change has many benefits for the Jet. It allows the airframe to be much stronger and improves integrity. The simpler con-

struction will also reduce weight, drag, and complexity of construction. Spike projects that its aircraft will operate at speeds of 1.4-1.6 mach, much faster than the average speed of .85 of most subsonic airliners. After the discontinuance of the Concorde use in 2003, the aviation industry was left without Supersonic passenger transport. Since then, it has been a void many companies have desired to fill, such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, NASA, and JAXA. Concorde, though notable, was not the only SST to take to the skies. A similar project in Russia, the Tu-144, flew 2 months before Concorde. It struggled to excel in the skies. A prototype crashed at the 1973 Paris Airshow in front of the entire world. The passenger use of the transport continued until 1978, however in that year a second Tu-144 crashed while being delivered. The passenger fleet was then grounded permanently,

after only 55 scheduled flights. The Tu-144 continued to be used as a cargo aircraft through 1983. The last use of the Tu-144 was in the mid nineties when NASA purchased one of the few remaining airframes for use in high-speed transport tests and weather research. The largest factor which kept the Concorde from continuing to operate was bad press after the July 2000 crash. On July 25, Air France flight 4590 was to depart from Charles De Gaulle airport bound for John F Kennedy International. A small fragment of titanium debris from the thrust reverser cowl door of a Continental Airlines DC-10 was lost on the runway prior to the Concorde’s departure. Airport crews failed to perform a runway check before the Concorde takeoff, as was standard procedure for any of its operations. During the departure roll of the craft, the metal debris ruptured the Concorde’s tire, launch-

ing pieces of the tire at high speed into the underside of the fuselage and wings. A fuel tank was ruptured and a large plume of fire erupted from the plane, likely caused by contact with electrical wires. Engines one and two lost power, leading to only asymmetrical thrust being available to the pilots, and The left wing began to disintegrate. The craft was all but uncontrollable, and unable to climb or gain airspeed. It crashed into a hotel near the airport killing all 109 aboard, and 4 on the ground. The Concorde fleet was immediately grounded. Supersonic Transport Flight is enormously expensive, even prohibitively so. Neither British Airways nor Air France made a profit during the 27 years Concorde was in service, but it was kept alive by a strong sense of national pride. A Criminal investigation was launched by French authorities in 2005, citing Continental airlines as responsible for

the accident. Battles in court continued until 2012. Now, with the availability of composites, more efficient high bypass turbofan engines, and better Crew Resource Management techniques, the technology and capability just might have caught up with the idea. The market may not be there for mass passenger carrying, but Spike Aerospace expects the 12-16 passenger jet’s first customers to be businessmen and their management teams. “Passengers will be able to fly from NYC to London in 3-4 hours instead of 6-7 hours. LA to Tokyo in 8 hours instead of 14-16 hours,” states the company’s website. “They will be able to reach destinations faster, evaluate more opportunities and have a bigger impact on their enterprises.” Spike Aerospace group currently projects delivery of their craft by 2018 with an individual cost of $80 million dollars.

Delta IV Thunders to Space Richard Weakley Advertising Manager On Feb. 20 at 8:59 PM EST, a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV lit up the night sky lofting America’s latest GPS satellite to orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37B. The Boeing-built GPS 2F-5 satellite is the fifth satellite in the newest constellation of GPS satellites on orbit. The new 2F GPS satellites offer greater precision, better timing and a longer

operational life than the current generation of GPS satellites. This enhanced capability will improve the functionality of the vast array of GPS devices in the world today from car GPS receivers to GPS-guided bombs. GPS 2F-5 will replace an older GPS satellite launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a Delta II in 1997. The GPS satellite constellation is operated by the United States Air Force Space Command. Last Thursday’s launch marks the 25th launch of

the ULA Delta IV and the 79th launch for ULA. ULA is a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin that is responsible for engineering, integration and infrastructure for the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles. The Delta IV was first launched on Nov. 20, 2002 with a commercial communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Delta IV is an evolved expendable launch vehicle that can be configured with varying numbers of solid rocket boosters, Common

Booster Cores and different payload fairing sizes. The vehicle that launched on Thursday was in the Medium+ (4,2) configuration with two solid rocket boosters manufactured by ATK in Utah and a payload fairing measuring four meters in diameter. In this configuration, the vehicle has 1.2 million pounds of thrust at lift off. The two strap-on solid boosters burned for approximately 90 seconds before being jettisoned. This launch was originally supposed to take place on Oct.

15, 2013 but was delayed due to a 2012 upper stage anomaly that triggered an investigation into the performance of the RL10B-2 engine. The next launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will be SpaceX’s Falcon 9 with a Dragon spacecraft on the third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. This launch is scheduled to occur on March 16 at 4:41 AM EST. This launch was originally slated for April 6, 2013.

Launch Control Center CRS 3 - Falcon 9

March 16 @ 4:41 AM Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40

NROL-67 - Atlas V March 25 @ TBD Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-41

OG2 - Falcon 9

April, Date & Time TBD Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40

AsiaSat 8 - Falcon 9 April, Date & Time TBD Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40

GPS 2F-6 - Delta IV May 15 @ TBD Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-37B

AsiaSat 6 - Falcon 9 May, Date & Time TBD Cape Canaveral AFS SLC-40

ISS Sightings Feb. 27th

6:53pm - Appears 11 degrees above northwest and is visible for 6 minutes before disappearing 10 degrees above southeast.

Shuttle Spinoff of the Week Magnetic Bearings

In 1989 AVCON Inc. was contracted by NASA to develop magnetic bearings for use in the turbopumps in the Space Shuttle’s main engines. These magnetic bearings allow for friction free and wear free rotation which increases effiency and decreases energy required for rotation. Magnetic bearings are used in everything from industrial turbo pumps, to highly reliable medical pumps.

This Week in Space History Feb. 27th 1937 A 20 second flight of Goddard series L section B rocket achieving an altitude of 1500 ft and landing 3000 ft from tower

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Feb. 26th 1966 Launch of the Apollo 201 mission, the first flight test of the Saturn IB and an Apollo spacecraft.



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Ambassadors in Blue

Thunderbirds visit ERAU and the Daytona 500

Zack Wilkinson News Editor There’s no better addition to the end of our National Anthem than a flexing of American Military power. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in their famous red, white and blue clad F-16’s flew into town early last week to begin their weeklong visit to the Daytona beach area leading up to that famous flyover. The Thunderbirds team members spent most of the week visiting local high schools and elementary schools to demonstrate the values of the ‘Ambassadors in Blue’. As the face of the U.S. Air Force, their purpose is far greater than just air show entertainment. Their presence demonstrates the dedication and passion of military pilots to excellence in the air and in the community. Those values are not just confined to the air show circuits. They travel with the message that all things are possible, and that the best and the brightest will rise

to the top. Their vision in visiting schools is to inspire youth to become tomorrow’s leaders by instilling hope and compassion in their communities. On Friday morning, several members of the Thunderbirds team met with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s President, John Johnson, and the Executive Vice-President of Worlwide campus, John Watret. After meeting with the administrators the team members present met with several notable campus organizations. In attendance were members of Air Force ROTC, The Eagles Precision Flight Team, The Flight Line Assimilation Program and the Chairman’s advisory Council. The Thunderbirds team answered several questions after a presentation on the team’s values. The Thunderbirds have a long and storied history, which is intertwined with the history of our nation. The creation of the Air Force air demonstration team came just six years after the U.S. Air Force was

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adopted as a branch of the Military in 1947. In their storied past the team has flown nine different aircraft. In the team’s inception in 1953, The first Thunderbirds pilots flew F-84G Thunderjets.

Two years later they traded up to the F-84F model Thunderstreak, which had swept wings. In 1956, the team began using the brand new F-100C Super Sabre, which made them the first

Photo Courtesy: James Roddey/ERAU Communications and Media Relations

and only jet team to perform supersonic demonstrations before they were was banned by the FAA. For six months the team flew the F-105B ‘Thundercheif ’ until an accident forced a change back to the F-100C. The Thunderbirds flew the Super Sabre’s for 13 years. At the start of the 1969 season the Thunderbirds flew the D model F-100, however, in the spring of 1969, F-4E Phantom II’s were first used by the Thunderbirds. In 1974, the fuel crisis forced the team to switch to the smaller and more efficient T-38 Talon. The first emergence of the F-16 as the aircraft of choice was on June 22nd, 1982. The F-16 is entering it’s 31st year in service to the Thunderbirds. Though the current aircraft are far different from the first Falcons which were used, apart from armaments, the aircraft use the same modern avionics, navigation equipment, airframe and engines as the combat versions of the fighter. The gun is replaced with the smoke-oil device for air show performances. This Airshow season is the Thunderbirds 61st year of performing for the Air Force, and it most certainly won’t be the last. The Daytona 500 flyover is also the first event of the season for this years’ team which has been practicing together since Nov. The Thunderbirds practice from the most intense training syllabus in the U.S. Military. From Nov. to Feb., the team flies over two a day for five days a week. Their flight operations are filled with constant briefing and de-briefing of maneuvers and formations. The

Thunderbirds team is not just pilots, it is composed of 12 officers and 120 enlisted personnel across 30 career fields. Thunderbird officers 1-6 are pilots. Thunderbird 8 is the advance pilot, who coordinates last minute details and narrates the aerial shows. Thunderbirds 9-12 are support officers who perform expert medical, administrative, maintenance and public affairs functions. Each Thunderbird officer serves a 2 year tour of duty, with 3 of the 6 flying positions rotating every other year to ensure a smoother transition of training. The Thunderbirds also have a line team of 24 maintenance professionals with variety of skills. Each Aircraft has it’s own crew chief and assistant crew chief to ensure the plane is always mission-ready. The line team travels with the jets in a C-17 Globemaster. The airshow team also has two civilian positions; an air show coordinator and a secretary. The Flyover at this years Dayona 500 went off without a hitch. Last year, they were present but unable to perform due to low clouds. Lot’s of people come together to make this miraculous team fly. Our Air Force’s ‘Ambassadors in Blue’ are a vital part of our National pride and their message of leadership, passion and community development is a big part of that. Their presence at the Daytona 500 is a honor to American History. The Thunderbirds will return to the Daytona Beach skies in Oct., when they perform at Embry-Riddle’s Wings and Waves Air show on the 11th and 12th. Don’t miss them!

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Upcoming Games: Tuesday Baseball vs Davenport Daytona Beach, Fla. 6 p.m.


No Games

Thursday No Games

Friday Tennis at Northwood West Palm Beach, Fla. 1 p.m. Baseball at Warner Lake Wales, Fla. 2 p.m.

Saturday Tennis at Lynn Boca Raton, Fla. 10 a.m. Baseball at Warner (DH) Lake Wales, Fla. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m

Sunday MTEN vs Toledo Daytona Beach, Fla. 12 p.m. Softball vs Madonna (DH) Daytona Beach, Fla. 1 & 3 p.m. MGOLF at Warner University Sebring, Fla.

Monday Softball vs William (DH) Daytona Beach, Fla. 3 & 5 p.m Baseball vs Bellevue Daytona Beach, Fla. 6 p.m. MGOLF at Warner University Sebring, Fla.

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Eagles Hit Seven Standards on Day Two of ERAU Last Chance Meet

Brianne Wigley ERAU Athletics



The ERAU men's track & field team concluded competition Saturday at the ERAU Last Chance meet at the ERAU Track & Field Complex in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Eagles posted seven qualifying standards in their last meet before the March 6-8 NAIA Indoor National Championships. On the track, Paul McKenna led the team with an "A" standard in the 5000m crossing the finish line in a first place time of 14:54.22, the sixth-best time in the NAIA this season. Also on the track, three Eagles hit "B" standards in the 1000m. Alec Hernandez won the event in 2:31.46 pacing the Blue and Gold to a one-two-three finish. Jamin Mays placed second in 2:32.37 and Andrew Carpenter crossed the finish line third in 2:32.96. In the 3000m, Matt Graves

and Jose Diaz Jr. hit personal bests. Graves crossed the finish line third in 9:03.53, while Diaz Jr. placed 17th in 9:31.25. Freshman Angel Parra led the Eagles in the field breaking the school record in the weight throw win-

ning the event with an automatic qualifying standard distance of 17.62m. Competition in the pole vault saw two Eagles hit automatic qualifying standards. Kameron Turner and A.J. Bales hit the "A" standard each with a vault of 4.75m.

Also in the field, Zachery Farner hit a personal record in the weight throw, the discus and the shot put with marks of 13.20m, 39.00m and 12.48m respectively. In the pole vault, Maxwell Breier cleared a personal record vault of 4.65m.

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Women’s Track & Field Post Six Standards at ERAU Last Chance Meet Brianne Wigley ERAU Athletics The Embry-Riddle women’s track & field team posted six NAIA qualifying standards at the ERAU Last Chance meet on Saturday. The Eagles hosted the two-day competition at the ERAU Track & Field Complex, and it marks the last meet before the March 6-8 NAIA Indoor National Championships. ERAU newcomer Halle Green-Anderson led the team with three standards of her own. She hit an automatic qualifying standard in the long jump winning the event with a new school record distance of 5.82m. The Kingston, Jamaica native posted her second automatic qualifying standard of the day in the 60m hurdles with a second place time of 8.92. Green-Anderson also hit a “B” standard in the 60m dash placing sixth in 7.83, tying the ERAU school record.

In the field, Reta Woodard posted an “A” standard in the weight throw, winning the event with a throw of 18.21m. Woodard will look to reclaim her 2012 National Champion title in the weight throw at this year’s championships. Freshman Maite Mosco-

so hit an automatic qualifying standard in the 3000m race walk with a time of 14:58.84. Also on the track, Kristina Kendrick hit her first individual standard of the season, a “B” standard in the 400m, finishing third in 58.69. Rebecca Love posted a personal-best in the 5000m

clocking in at 19:23.53. Marina LeVine barely missed out on a “B” standard in the 600m with a time of 1:38.69. Ellie Staker, already qualified for nationals in three events, ran the mile in the men’s heat crossing the finish line in 4:48, shattering the school record by 26 seconds.

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No. 20 Mens Basketball Earns Victory at Warner vs Embry-Riddle: 70

Warner: 52

Michael Pierce ERAU Athletics The 20th-ranked Embry-Riddle men's basketball team got a double-double from Cesar Pastrana (10 points, 11 rebounds) and dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Royals

42-20 en route to claiming a 70-52 win at Warner on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Eagles finish the regular season with a 24-6 record, 13-5 in Sun Conference play, while the Royals record falls to 11-18, 4-14 in conference.

DeForest Carter led all scorers with 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting including 2-of-6 from behind the arc and 6-of-9 at the free throw line. Reed Ridder and Jason Powell each chipped in 11 points, while Rico Saldana added six points and eight rebounds. Eddie Delegal led the Royals with 13 points of 5-of-10 shooting while Antonio Ansley added 12 points and Mitch Rice tallied 10 points. Warner jumped out front early, running ahead 12-3 in the first four min-

utes of the game. Back-toback threes from Powell and Ridder pulled the Eagles to within two (1412) with 13:15 left in the half, and a Hudson Cadet tip-in put the Blue and Gold in front for the first time, 20-19 with 7:54 until halftime. Just 2:06 later a Powell lay-up pushed the lead to six (26-20) and Embry-Riddle would go into the locker room with an eight-point cushion, 37-29. O'Neil Lubin knocked down a jumper for the Royals that trimmed the lead to just three points

(40-37) 2:33 into the second half, but that would prove to be the closest Warner would get for the rest of the contest. A Saldana tip-in sparked a 10-1 run that grew the lead to 50-38 with 13:56 remaining. Saldana threw down a thundering dunk with 12:07 left that increased the margin to 15 (55-40), taking most of the air of the building along with it. The Royals never threatened any sort of comeback as the Eagles went on to win the game, 70-52. The Blue and Gold will now await the result

of Monday's Northwood-Thomas game to determine the seeding for The Sun Conference Tournament. If Northwood wins, the Eagles will be the fourth seed; if Thomas wins, a coin flip will determine whether Northwood or Embry-Riddle gets the third seed, with the loser of the flip becoming the fourth seed. Whether seeded third or fourth, the Eagles are guaranteed to host a conference tournament game next Saturday, Mar. 1, with the time and opponent to be determined.

Nelson’s No-Hitter Goes for Naught as Mens Baseball Falls Tuscaloosa vs Stillman: 2

Embry-Riddle: 1

vs Stillman: 1

Embry-Riddle: 0

Ryan Mosher ERAU Athletics

Game 1

Stetson Nelson threw the fifth no-hitter in Embry-Riddle history in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, but the Eagle offense was nonexistent in a twin bill sweep of the Blue and Gold by Stillman. The Tigers (5-7) won the opener 2-1 on a walkoff squeeze play before taking the final game of the day 1-0 without registering a hit. Embry-Riddle (5-7) couldn't give any run support to Nelson or Daniel Poncedeleon in the two losses. The Eagles and Tigers will conclude their threegame series on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12 p.m. (CST) for a single game.

A 1-1 game until the last of the seventh, the series' opener came down to a squeeze play by Stillman that was executed perfectly, giving SC a 2-1 win. Daniel Poncedeleon and his counterpart Joey Falletta traded three-up, three-down frames in the first as Poncedeleon struck out a pair of Tiger batters to send his team back to the dugout. Embry-Riddle jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second when Jordan Johnson singled to left field to plate Darryl Knight from second. Knight singled with an out before moving to second on a ground ball from Jake Cavender to

setup Johnson's RBI base knock. Poncedeleon got out of a jam in the last of the second with a pair of Tigers on first and second with one out, getting a weak ground ball that Cavender fielded at short, stepping on second before throwing to first for the 6-3 double play. The Eagles went quietly in the third, but the Tigers did not, starting a two-out rally with a single, followed by a walk and another single as Chris Brown scored from second to knot the score at 1-1. Poncedeleon got out of the frame with a ground ball to second, stranding two Tiger runners on the bases. Knight became the second strikeout victim of Falletta to end the visitor half of the fourth as SC's starter faced the minimum for the third time in four frames. Poncedeleon delivered the Eagles his second frame of facing the minimum in the last of the fourth, inducing a pair of ground balls and a fly out as the contest moved to the fifth, tied at 1-1 Hunter Bruehl became the first Eagle baserunner since the second with a two-out single in the fifth, but Falletta struckout his fourth Embry-Riddle bat-

ter to end the threat. After Liam Goodall singled with an out in the sixth, Kevin Lindheim nearly beat out an infield single on a ground ball hit to the first baseman, moving Goodall to second, but the junior outfielder was stranded in scoring position when J Rhet Montana popped a pitch up in the infield. Stillman loaded the bases in the home half of the sixth thanks to a single and a pair of two-out walks, but Poncedeleon kept the game square at 1-1 with a big strikeout on a 2-2 pitch. Knight began the seventh with an infield single before moving to second on a sac bunt, and after Johnson reached first thanks to a Tiger error, the Eagles looked to have something going. Both Bruehl and pinch hitter Colt Hankamer swung on the first pitch they saw from Falletta, flying out and fouling out respectively, ending the last chance the Eagles had to score. The Tigers won the game on a squeeze play after putting runners on the corners with one out against Poncedeleon. Clayton Wagner was called on in the tough situation and saw his first pitch bunted down the

first base line where the Eagles couldn't get to it in time as the winning run crossed the plate. The Eagles outhit the Tigers 6-4, but couldn't score after the second frame as Poncedeleon fell to 1-1 with the loss, throwing 6.1 innings, striking out four while allowing four hits.

Game 2 Junior left-hander Nelson was nearly flawless for the Eagles in the second game on Saturday, but a hit-by-pitch to lead off the third came around to score for SC as again, the Embry-Riddle offense was stymied in 1 -0 loss. Nelson faced off against SC's Tyler Vails for Stillman as Vails faced the minimum in the first, while Nelson walked one in a hitless inning for the Eagle defense. Montana collected a leadoff single through the left side to start the second, and despite moving to second and then third, couldn't touch home as the Eagles stranded him when Matt Jacobs grounded out for the last out of the inning. Nelson breezed through the home half of the second, setting down the three Tiger batters he faced in order.

The Eagles put two runners on in the third as Bruehl was at third and Goodall was at first, but a bunt back to the pitcher was fielded and thrown home to cut down Bruehl and the Eagles again failed to score. Nelson hit the first batter he faced in the last of the third and after a stolen base and sac bunt, the Tigers got a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead, one that held up for the final. The Eagles couldn't do anything in the fourth and the Tigers almost scored another in their half of the inning, but a soft liner to short went for a double play to end the inning. Goodall collected a single and stole second in the fifth, but the Eagles stranded their fifth runner of the game when Colt Hankamer grounded out to first base. Nelson retired the final six batters he faced in the fifth and sixth, but Vails struck out the side in the seventh to end the game and seal the victory for SC. The Eagles recorded five hits, as Nelson tossed the complete game no-hitter, falling to 2-1 with the loss. Nelson's no-hitter was the first for Embry-Riddle since Chris Maloney did it against Georgetown (Ky.) on March 10, 2007. ERAU pitchers have now thrown five no-hitters in program history.


Comics and Games

Sudoku on A9


ACROSS 1. Wise man in a turban 6. Ravioli filling, sometimes 10. Tablets and tonics, briefly 14. Like some bran muffins 15. Have it coming 16. Figure skater Kulik 17. Horrific drop for a team 20. Grouping system 21. Time being 22. George’s bill 23. Common degrees 25. Uno follower 26. Fund a fellowship, e.g. 30. It’s south of Borneo 31. Double date complement 32. Adorned 34. Big time? 37. Follow another’s lead 40. Feminine pronoun 41. Word of warning 42. “Do ___ others ...” 43. Disgusting stuff 44. Pullover feature, often 45. Some players in tag 48. Insert in the game 49. Fearless flier

51. Stairway pillar 53. Slowly fade away 58. Thoroughly 61. Brownish color 62. Hindu noble 63. “Once Were Warriors” folk 64. 1981 Beatty film 65. Movie star Pitt 66. Personal bias DOWN 1. Easily molded 2. Suspicious 3. Situated above 4. Office message 5. Receivables 6. Enter a highway 7. “Piece of cake!” 8. “Wherefore ___ thou ...” 9. Explosive cable network? 10. “___ and Otis” (film) 11. Oxlike antelope 12. Travolta’s dance 13. Fills completely 18. Charged particle 19. Type of kick, in football 23. Any grape, banana, etc. 24. Alaska native

26. Baby salamanders 27. Wordsman Webster 28. Doris or Patty 29. You can dig it 30. “___ on a true story” 32. Growls from Fido 33. Songs-and-skits show 34. Fish-eating eagle 35. Campus cadet org. 36. Run ___ (go wild) 38. Black magic 39. Gaiety 44. Snake products 45. Conclude from the facts 46. 9 a.m. service 47. Samurai weapon 49. Duck or evade 50. It’s hailed in rain 52. Big non-flying birds 53. Sicilian hothead 54. “And others,” briefly 55. Athens portico 56. It is measured in ears 57. Give off 59. Eye, poetically 60. Good golfer’s goal

Congratulations to Shannon Wiggins for submitting a correctly completed Crossword puzzle! Please stop by The Avion office to collect your prize! Before Next Issue: Enter The Avion Crossword contest! Submit your completed Crossword to The Avion office in SC 110 before Friday, February 28, at 5 p.m. to be considered. Only students can enter, please bring the completed Crossword and your Student ID.

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