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Tuesday May 29, 2012

Volume CXXXIII Issue 2

PooPrints plans to clean up Florida Christopher Heale

managers and their tenants. Fortunately, Tennessee based Managing Editor company BioPet Vet Lab believe they have come up with a soluDogs are often described as tion in the form of PooPrints, and man’s best friend, and the figures have recently expanded to the back this up. During the last 30 Florida area. years the number of canines in “PooPrints works by creating a the United States has doubled, community database the DNA of with an estimated 78 million dogs each dog on the property. DNA currently in American homes. is collected via a non-invasive, However, with all those dogs painless cheek swab of the pet. If comes a whole lot of waste, 21 pet waste is left behind, a small billion pounds of sample can be colwaste annually to lected and matched be exact. So when back to the correct a large number of dog and its owner” people and pets says their press live in an apartrelease. ment community They hope that together, this can by using this methbecome a probod the amount of . lem. pet waste will be While most reduced and indiapartment comvidual owners can -POOPRINTS PRESS munities provide be held accountable. RELEAESE facilities for dog In addition the comwaste and impose fines for not pany hopes to raise awareness clearing up after your pooch, of the health and environmental 40% of pet waste still goes un- risks associated with pet waste. scooped. “Studies conducted throughout According to a 2010 Consumer the US have shown that 20% Reports survey, uncleared dog of fecal coliform bacteria found poo ranks #6 on America’s Top in contaminated water can be Gripes list. Pet waste and its traced back to dogs.” they say, control therefore is a constant “Other pathogens from pet waste challenge for apartment owners, (including roundworms and their

eggs) can survive in the soil for several years. These pathogens pose a health hazard as they transfer to other pets who walk by, and just as shocking, transfer to humans.” While some people might question keeping databases of

pet DNA, BioPet Vet Labs cite more uses of the system than the identification of miscreants. “Other benefits of the online registry include a lost-and-found service with positive proof of identification, online storage of veterinary records and vaccine

history, and discounts on commonly used pet supplies” they say. So if you are a responsible pet owner balking at those who don’t clear up after their animals, rest assured that justice could soon be heading your way.

esting” training video, the Avion was ready for its first combat mission. Armed with laser tag Mac-11, P-40, M-4 and more, the Avion went on its first Assassination mission. The Avion’s mission was to protect one person on it’s team and relocate them to certain checkpoint in the warehouse. Meanwhile, the other team bombarded us with fire attacking our guns and vitals. We lasted mere minutes before we horribly lost. Every mission tested the limits of the Avion team’s strategy and team work. Another mission consisted of the Avion team trying to retrieve four vials hidden in the office to protect against a zombie apocalypse. Under a time limit of ten minutes and having constant oncoming fire the Avion success-

fully retrieved three of the vials and killed all opposing team members. The last mission was an all out free-for-all with pistols in a house environment. Though none of the Avion members were the winner of the match, it was a great opportunity to get back at an Avion Editor or Photographer. The Avion Newspaper consists of an array of students with majors ranging from Meteorology to Engineering Physics. Very few of the Avion Staff had prior newspaper experience but thrive on learning new and innovative

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Newspaper, had little to no experience with the Newspaper. The closest I had been was eating in the Newspaper room at my high school with friends. The Avion Newspaper allows for the development of skills including taking pictures of rocket launches and using PhotoShop and InDesign. If you are interested in being part of the SGA division: The Avion Newspaper, stop by the Avion in Student Center Rm 110. We have a meeting this Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. for everyone who is interested. We will teach you everything from photography with our special cameras to laying out with our software. We look forward to meeting you!

...contaminated water can be traced to dogs


AS DOCILE AND GENTLE as this dog seems, she can have a huge impact on the environment. Every year dogs produce 21 billion pounds of waste littered with fecal coliform bacteria and round worms. If you are a responsible pet owner balking at those who don’t clear up after their animals, rest assured that justice could soon be heading your way.

The Avion goes on a field trip Alena Thompson Editor-in-Chief

When the Avion Newspaper members are not hard at work creating the next newspaper, they enjoy the company and friendship of their fellow members and an outing or a trip. It was brought up during an Avion meeting who would be the best for a Zombie Apocalypse team. Unfortunately, in a newspaper environment it is difficult or impossible to test anyones talent with a gun. The solution: go to Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks is a military grade laser tag facility with several different environments including a warehouse and office scene. After watching a very “inter-

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SpaceX launches Dragon capsule

Battleship’s action trumps plot


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A2 Executive Board Editor-in-Chief Alena Thompson Managing Editor Chris Heale News Editor Megan Demmert Business Manager Tim Campanaro Photography Editor Richard Weakley Advertising Manager Carlos Mejillones

Editorial Staff Front Editor Alena Thompson Chris Heale Sports Editor Tim Campanaro Features Editor Megan Demmert Richard Weakley Comics Editor Alena Thompson Entertainment Editor Chris Heale

Staff Members Guest Reporter Matthew Mackenzie

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ERAU Women’s Tennis Trio Earns All-America Recognition Michael Pierce

ERAU Athletics KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Members of Embry-Riddle’s 2012 women’s tennis team continued to rack up individual honors as three student-athletes were tabbed as AllAmericans by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics on Tuesday. Yi Ching Chen and Rocio Frej Vitalle earned first team All-America recognition, while Ekaterina Kamendova was named to the second team. In addition, Kristina Marova and Josefine Strom garnered honorable mention honors. One of only two Eagle players to go 7-0 in league play, Chen was named The Sun Conference Senior Player of the Year for the second straight year and ranked sixth in the ITA/NAIA national singles poll with a 22-7 singles record. Chen is only the second student-athlete in ERAU women’s tennis history to earn first team honors three times and leaves ERAU as the alltime leader in singles (72) and doubles (79) victories. The South Region Player of the Year, Chen also did well in the classroom and her 3.53 grade point average afforded her Academic All-Conference, NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-District honors as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). For the second year in a row, Chen and

Strom enjoyed a successful doubles partnership, capturing their second USTA/ITA Florida Regional doubles title in October. The duo ranked fourth in the national doubles rankings and closed out the season at 26-7 overall. Frej Vitalle matched Chen’s overall singles win record of 22-7 and was 6-0 in conference action to take home first team All-Conference honors. The 2011 USTA/ ITA Florida Regional singles champion, she ranked 17th in the national singles poll. Like Chen, Frej Vitalle was also named to the Academic All-Conference, NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-District honors courtesy of her 3.55 GPA in Aerospace Engineering. She partnered with Kamendova for a 26-2 doubles mark. The duo was ranked 11th in the national doubles poll and closed out the 2012 campaign on a 19-match winning streak. Kamendova anchored the third position in the Eagle lineup in 2012 and turned in a team-best 24-4 singles record, including a 20-2 mark in dual match play. Kamendova, who repeated as a first team All-Conference selection with a 5-0 conference ledger, was a three-time league Player of the Week and was named the NAIA National Player of the Week on Apr. 18. Ranked 22nd in the national singles poll, she was a perfect 8-0 in doubles and singles matches combined at the NAIA National Tournament.

Marova was also a first team AllConference selection. Ranked No. 34 in the nation in singles and 19th in doubles with Paola Montero, she closed out her second season wearing the Blue and Gold with a 21-8 singles record, playing the majority of her matches at the No. 4 spot. Marova and Montero teamed up for a 22-5 doubles record and was the only duo to post six doubles wins in league play. Marova’s 2012 honors include being named The Sun Conference Player of the Week on Apr. 9 and earning Academic All-Conference and CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition with her 3.80 GPA in Business Administration. Strom closed out her career wearing the Blue and Gold with a 13-11 singles record. A 2012 second team All-Conference selection, she was 6-0 in league play and earned Academic All-Conference and NAIA AllAmerica Scholar Athlete honors with her 3.57 GPA in Business Administration. As a team, the Eagles enjoyed the most successful season in program history. The Eagles rolled through conference play and did not drop a single set on the way to a perfect 7-0 league record and the program’s third straight conference regular season and tournament titles. The Blue and Gold finished as the national runnerup after falling to Auburn Montgomery in the title match and closed out the 2012 season with a 23-4 overall record, setting a program record for single-season wins.

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Bardge, Bonk Capture National Titles Michael Pierce

ERAU Athletics MARION, Ind. - Crystal Bardge and Nicole Bonk each won individual national championships on Friday, highlighting the second day of competition at the NAIA Outdoor National Championships for the ERAU women’s track & field team. For the second consecutive year, Bardge won the 100m hurdles. Bardge shattered the national meet record in the event as well, clocking in a time of 13.28, over three-tenths of a second faster than her title-winning time last year. Bardge dominated the field, finishing ahead of Verone Chambers of Oklahoma Baptist (13.86) and Northwestern (Iowa) runner Karen Hutson (14.20). Her time of 13.28 also qualifies as a “B” standard time for the U.S Olympic Trials, meaning Bardge may have an opportunity to compete at that meet later this summer.

Bardge then came back to run in the 400m hurdles semis, where she won her heat easily in 1:00.96, advancing to tomorrow’s final. Bonk dominated the 5000m Race Walk, winning the event by more than 24 seconds to claim her first NAIA Outdoor National Championship. Two months ago, Bonk won the Indoor National Championship in the 3000m Race Walk. The Chalfont, Pa. native won Friday’s race in 26:43.05, finishing ahead of Cornerstone’s Janelle Brown (27:07.29) and Lindsey Wilson’s Reini Brickson (28:30.65). Baleigh Hyatt ran a solid race in the 800m prelims, clocking in a time of 2:13.36, good enough for seventh place and a trip to tomorrow’s final. The 4x800m relay team put on quite a show in their final, climbing from ninth place after the first leg to end up with a third-place finish. The team of Holly Sandon, Hyatt, Karina Coelho and Ellie Staker broke the school record by eight

seconds, finishing with a time of 8:59.34. After 12 scored events, the Eagles have 31 points and sit in fourth place overall. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) leads with 44 points followed by Concordia (Ore.) with 39 and Oklahoma Baptist with 35. The Eagles will start day three with Aleiyah Ross competing in the marathon, which is scheduled to begin at 6 a.m.

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Eagle Relay Team Earns AllAmerica Honors Michael Pierce

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Robinson came up just one-tenth of a second short of qualifying for the finals of the 100m. Robinson ran a 10.77, finishing 11th. The top nine qualified, with ninth place clocking in a time of 10.68.

In the day’s final event, Evans Kirwa had no trouble advancing out of the prelims of the 5000m, racing his way to a 15:23.81 and a first-place finish in the first heat. He will compete in the 5000m final tomorrow as the second overall seed.

After 11 scored events through two days of competition, the Eagle men sit in a four-way tie for 12th place with 10 points. Shorter (Ga.) leads the way with 47 points followed closely by Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 44 and Concordia (Ore.) with 28.

The Eagles will start day two bright and early with Alex Frazier competing in the marathon, scheduled for a 6 a.m. start.



Eagles finish 24th at National Championships


MARION, Ind. - The Embry-Riddle men’s track & field team completed day two of the NAIA Outdoor National Championships Friday, and an All-American run for the 4x800m relay was the highlight of the day.

The 4x800m relay team exceeded all expectations in their final, finishing fourth with a time of 7:32.80. The team of Joe Fuller, Alec Hernandez, Mallory Jackson and Brett Galloway came in to the meet as the number 15 seed. They ran five seconds quicker than their fastest time of the season in yesterday’s prelim; in today’s final they lowered that time by another nine seconds, improving a staggering 14 seconds over their original qualifying time.

In the 4x400m relay, the Eagles squad of Fuller, Reagan Beal, Jackson and Alex Dori wasn’t quite able to qualify for the finals, finishing 15th in t h e preliminaries with a time of 3:15.20. Leon

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LEON ROBINSON RACES AT the NAIA Outdoor National Championships. As a team, the Blue and Gold finished 24th overall with 11.5 points. Shorter (Ga.) won the team championship with 93 points, followed by Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 69 and Wayland Baptist (Texas) with 67.

SpaceX Launch



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SpaceX and NASA launch COTS 2 Mission capsule and in the attached unpressurized trunk. The crewed version of Dragon will be Photography Editor able to carry seven astronauts to the ISS. Following launch, the Dragon spacecraft The second SpaceX demonstration completed a series of complicated tests to launch for NASA’s Commercial Orbital determine if the spacecraft was ready to Transportation Services (COTS) lifted off berth with the ISS. On May 25 at 9:56 AM from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s EST, the Dragon capsule was grappled by Launch Complex 40 at 3:44 AM EDT on the 57.7 foot Canadarm2 robotic arm on the Tuesday May 22, lifting the Dragon capsule ISS following a laser guided approach. The into orbit bound for the International Space spacecraft was then pulled to the docking Station (ISS). ring for a berthing. Berthing is less complex The 157 ft tall SpaceX Falcon 9 slowly than the docking procedure that the Shuttle rose from the launch complex, illuminating and Soyuz spacecraft performed with the the fog covered grounds of Cape Canaveral orbiting outpost. Docking is the joining of Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space two separate free-flying spacecraft, while Center like a swift sunrise. The clear night berthing is where an inactive vehicle or sky on Tuesday morning allowed for the module is attached to the mating interface vehicle to be easily seen until second stage using a robotic arm. The Dragon berthing engine cut off (SECO). is more similar to attaching a module to the On Saturday May 19, the SpaceX launch ISS rather than docking a crewed vehicle. team had attempted to launch the vehicle, This mission marked the first time a comhowever, lift off was automatically aborted mercial spacecraft has berthed with the ISS, at T minus 0.5 seconds after a high pres- an accomplishment done by only a few sure anomaly was detected in engine five. governments. Engineers and technicians later found the After ensuring a proper seal between cause of the issue to be a faulty check the ISS and Dragon, the Expedition 31 crew opened the hatch on Saturday at 5:53 AM EDT. After opening the hatch, the astronauts explored the Dragon capsule. NASA Astronaut Don Pettit said about the capsule that “it looks like it carries about as much cargo as I could put in my pickup truck.” The Expedition 31 crew will spend Monday and Tuesday transferring cargo from Dragon. 1146 pounds of cargo was carried up on the flight including food, PHOTO COURTESY NASA TV experiments, cargo bags and SPACEX DRAGON IS GRAPPLED by the a laptop computer. International Space Station’s robotic arm in one of The mission is set to conthe first steps of the berthing process. clude on May 31 with a splash down of the Dragon valve. This flight comes after nearly a year capsule in the Pacific Ocean. Dragon will of delays due to further testing and evalua- carry 1455 pounds of payload back to Earth tion of the launch vehicle and spacecraft as including experiments, systems hardware required by NASA. and un-needed spacewalk hardware. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle is powered by The next launch from Cape Canaveral Air nine Merlin engines providing 854,000 lbs of Force Station will be a United Launch Alliance thrust. The Merlin engines are powered by Atlas V 401 carrying a classified spacecraft liquid oxygen (LOX) and refined petroleum for the US National Reconnaissance Office (RP-1). The Dragon capsule is 12 feet in on June 18. The 401 configuration has a diameter and 14.4 feet tall, making it 4 feet four meter diameter payload fairing, no solid taller than an Apollo capsule. The Dragon rocket boosters and one Centaur upper stage capsule is capable of carrying over 7000 engine. pounds of cargo to station in the pressurized Richard Weakley





ISS EXPEDITION 31 CREW members Don Pettit, Andre Kulpers and Joe Acaba inside of the Dragon spacecraft answered questions about the operation.

THE FALCON 9 LAUNCH VEHICLE climbs to orbit while flying over (from right to left) the Atlas V’s launch complex 41, the crawlerway and former space shuttle pads 39A and 39B.

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Space Feature



NASA Funded Research Shows Existence of Reduced Carbon on Mars Dwayne Brown

NASA Press Release WASHINGTON -- NASA’s call to scientists and engineers to help plan a new strategy to explore Mars has resulted in almost double the amount of expected submissions with unique and bold ideas. About 400 concepts or abstracts were submitted to the Concepts and Approaches for Mars Exploration Workshop in Houston, which was organized to gather input for the reformulation of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. Submissions came from individuals and teams that included professional researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, NASA centers, federal laboratories, industry, and international partner organizations. NASA is reformulating the Mars Exploration Program to be responsive to high-priority science goals and President Obama’s challenge of sending humans to Mars orbit in the 2030s.

“This strong response sends a clear message that exploring Mars is important to future exploration,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington and an astrophysicist and astronaut. “The challenge now will be to select the best ideas for the next phase.” Selected abstracts will be presented during a workshop June 12-14 hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. Selectees are now being invited to present and discuss concepts, options, capabilities and innovations to advance Mars exploration. Workshop discussion will help inform a strategy for exploration within available resources beginning as early as 2018, and stretching into the next decade and beyond. Proceedings will be streamed live online. “Developing abstracts is very time consuming, requiring intense preparation, and we appreciate the fabulous response,” said Doug McCuistion, director, NASA’s Mars Exploration Program in Washington. “Even though

space is limited, to ensure transparency in the process anyone can observe the scientific and engineering deliberations via the Web.” Based on the abstracts selected, associated working groups will consider the ideas and concepts in depth during the workshop. Near-term ideas will be taken into consideration for early mission planning in the 2018-2024 timeframe, while mid- to longer-term ideas will inform program-level architecture planning for 2026 and beyond. The Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG), tasked with developing options for a reformulated Mars Exploration Program, will consider the workshop inputs for the various options, taking into consideration budgetary, programmatic, scientific, and technical constraints. Options developed by the MPPG are expected to advance the science objectives in the National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey. The survey rated the return of Mars samples to Earth as a top scientific goal. Developed in consultation with the sci-

entific and technical community, the MPPG report is expected to be delivered for NASA review at the end of the summer. The MPPG reports to Grunsfeld, who chairs the overall, agencywide reformulation strategy along with William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati and NASA Chief Technologist Mason Peck. “Getting to Mars is hard,” said Grunsfeld. “We’ve had successes and losses, but the human spirit to continue exploring the Red Planet prevails.” This August, NASA will land the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, on the planet’s surface. This roving science laboratory will assess whether Mars was or is today an environment able to support life. In 2013, NASA will launch the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter, the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.

ATK offers NASA their Liberty Launch System Megan Demmert News Editor

By using America’s current launch facilities, the aerospace company that built the solid rocket boosters for NASA’s space shuttles has developed a complete astronaut transportation system to fly astronauts to and from low-

Earth orbit. The Utah-based Alliant Techsystems, or ATK, says that this system, known as Liberty, would be a complete commercial crew transportation system. The spacecraft will be able to carry seven passengers and could be used for space tourist flights and flights to private sector space stations. With NASA’s retired space shuttle

fleet, the space agency relies on the Russian space industry, but if NASA lends its support to Liberty, the project may end America’s dependence on the Russians Soyuz spacecrafts to take astronauts to and from the space station. The Liberty system is designed to be more cost effective compared to the current $60

million that the Russians are charging NASA. The first crewed flight is scheduled for 2015, with test flights beginning as early as 2014. However, without funding from NASA, Liberty program manager, Kent Rominger says, there’s “no way I can meet a schedule” for the first crewed flight in 2015 (MSNBC).

ronmental impacts associated with launch vehicles. Some of these impacts include liquid propellant medium class launch vehicles with a solid propellant second stage, and a bipropellant third stage, Athena-1 and Athena-2, Minotaur, Taurus, and other Castor 120-based or Minuteman-derived booster vehicles; Peacekeeper-derived booster vehicles; and small sounding rocket

launch vehicles. By expanding the two launch sites, the EA will help the Federal Aviation Administration in approving the sites for a joint Launch Site Operators License and allow for static test firing of different sizes of rocket motors and other small sounding rockets. Lockheed Martin, Masten Space

Systems, and the NASA Orion abort test booster have publicly stated interest in using the launch sites. Mastem Space Systems, is scheduled to use Launch Complex 36 next month to test launches of their liquid-fueled, small-list reusable vehicles. Both launch sites could be used as soon as a year after requesting permission (Space Florida).

Environmental Assessments supports expansion of launch sites Megan Demmert News Editor

Florida’s aerospace economic development agency, Space Florida, intends to finalize an Environmental Assessment (EA) this summer with plans to expand Launch Complexes 36 and 46 at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport and analyze envi-

Entertainment Entertainment center to open in Daytona Beach Page


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Carmen Malhotra Press release

Luckys Entertainment Group, Inc., announced today that construction is underway on “Lucky’s”, Daytona Beach’s largest entertainment center. Luckys, located at 2900 Bellevue Avenue, across from the Daytona Flea Market, will feature a 50,000 square foot indoor upscale Family Entertainment Center. Luckys will offer 14 state of the art bowling lanes 6 of which are available for private and group events, 2 lanes of Highway 66 mini bowling, 50 cutting-edge interactive video and prize games, party rooms, a full service restaurant seating 150, three bars and a bar and lounge area with live music and large outdoor deck. Scheduled to open June. Luckys contemporary design will

attract all ages. The Qubica AMF bowling lanes will consist of glow lanes, automated kid bumpers and their Bowling Entertainment System (BES) interactive scoring. Each of the 14 lanes will have custom sofas, six of which are available in a private setting if desired for private and group events. In addition, 2 lanes of Highway 66 mini bowling are available. A fun light and sound show will be featured during our Blacklight Midnight Madness Bowling sessions at night and on weekends. The full service restaurant will offer an East Coast American fare cuisine, with a Southern flare. Luckys will also feature a pizza bar with a brick oven that sits front and center of the open kitchen for all to enjoy. The bar and lounge with adjacent outdoor deck will provide an atmosphere to relax and meet with friends. Full food and beverage service will be available

throughout the building in all areas including the bowling. The 50 cutting-edge interactive video and prize games including a new lazer maze, will provide fun for all. The system is ticketless and is operated by a card system that ensures ease of use. Luckys will be having open job interviews the week of May 14th from 10am to 6pm at the location, please check our website for exact details and job listings. We will be hiring approximately 90 team members for positions of restaurant and lane servers, restaurant hosts, bartenders, team assistants, game and bowling hosts, line cooks, preps and dish machine operators. We are looking for applicants that “have a passion for helping people and enjoy turning new guests into regular guests.” We use Interdition (a group interview system) of hiring in order to give the applicant

an opportunity to show us their great guest service, sales and communication skills. Lucky’s operating hours are Sunday through Wednesday from 11a.m. to 11pm.; Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, please visit

Battleship’s action trumps plot


Carlos Mejillones

Advertising Manager The movie Battleship, directed by Peter Berg, is an action film centered on naval warships combating against alien cruisers in a bitter struggle for the fate of humankind. While the general idea and special effects were interesting and impressive, the overall plot and realism of the movie may have left much to be desired. If such improvements were taken into account, this movie would have had the potential to be a popular and successful production. In past years, even tracing back to movies such as Independence Day, movies depicting humanity’s tenacious opposition to annihilation from an alien source are extremely popular. The unity of people in the face of a common fatal threat is a popular idea that movies, of the likeness, have successfully portrayed. Such examples of this can be seen from productions such as that of Battle LA and Independence Day. With this being said, Battleship had the great starting potential to become popular or falter as seen in the production of Skyline. One very great, and assumingly

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BATTLESHIP LEAVES THE AUDIENCE in awe of the special effects and action sequences, however the plot and dialogue are lacking. Overall the movie is not a must see but worth watching if there is nothing else going on. expensive, aspect of this movie was the special effects. The depiction of modern warfare in certain battle scenes was acceptably achieved with the right displays of explosions, gunfight, and aliens special effects. The alien aircrafts were created in high detail, with special attention made to lighting and shading, forming a convincing picture. The only improvement that could have been made, in ways of special effects, are some of the sounds made by the alien vehicles. It can be clearly heard that some of the sounds were taken straight from other movies such as that of Transformers. But overall, for special effects, the movie was well executed. The overall plot of the movie is surprisingly weak as compared to other movies of its kind. A strong plot depicts a strong sense of direction with small tangents that complement but

not disrupt the whole overall idea of a movie. Playing key to this is a plot that seems realistic from a physical and logical point of view. Examples where Battleship fails at this can be seen when the alien ships first reach earth withstanding a full impact of a direct water landing, but are vulnerable to the impact of an orbiting satellite. Other examples include the movement of the spacecraft on water, which seem sluggish despite having the technology to travel from one planet to another, and the targeting system used by the destroyer when radar was inoperable. The targeting system used by the combat officers was based on water displacement sensors in buoys originally designed to detect tsunamis. The combat officers would then guess the movements of the alien crafts to deploy offensive arsenals on a grid comprised of these sensors. This is the overall center idea of why this

movie was based off the old classic board game Battleship. While the idea seems plausible, the amount of sensors, or tsunami buoys, displayed on the battlefield is immensely exaggerated compared to the reality. This as well slow progression to get into action, as well as lack of plot fluidity harms this movie’s overall popularity more than anything else. If improvements, or further plot developments were made prior to release date, this movie may have been exceptionally successful. Concluding, the movie has great action scenes that can make you feel as if your there in the action. The overall plot as well as the realism of the movie may be questionable. Because of that, the movie is not something that is a must see, but can be enjoyed if a person has free time and nothing planned to enjoy the company of friends and family.

Entertainment Port Orange goes through the Californication process



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Business Manager Malibu Beach Grill has a diverse menu of sandwiches, seafood, and burger choices. The side to your main dish also came with your food at no extra charge. The flavor of the food had a nice combination of restaurant style with a homemade feel mixed in. By this I mean the California Chicken Sandwich I ordered tasted very natural and not overdone with different seasonings. Finally when I was finished I felt full but not bloated. The atmosphere was very tranquil and true to the beach theme. The positioning of the booths and walls seemed to almost quiet the noise level. While you could see other people talking in the restaurant the acoustics seemed to drown out the other customers’ conversations. The décor was very nice. The lights, window shutters, walls, pictures, etc. all had a very clean and sleek design to them. Nothing was overly eye catching or interesting but I don’t believe that is the

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MALIBU BEACH GRILL IN Port Orange offers great food, service and atmosphere inspired by the cuisines of California. main focus of Malibu Beach Grill. While it has simplicity, that in itself possesses a nice aesthetic quality. Sometimes too much vibrancy in the décor can lead to a diminishing of listening skills. The service was top notch. All the staff from the moment we entered the restaurant were very attentive. Our serv-

er Megan was great! My glass was refilled even at the halfway mark, which was very nice. If there is one major category that deserves a high mark it is this one. I recommend this restaurant as a venue for student club/organization events and for dates and special occasions.

in Men in Black made this movie; the aliens in the film stood out excellently despite their earthly origins due to the special effects. Men in Black Cubed proves that Steven Spielberg still knows how to create amazing cinematography even if he doesn’t know when to scarp a screenplay. Josh Brolin who portrays a young version Tommy Lee Jones used his skill to bring the essence of Jones’ character onto the screen. Despite Jones’ brief appearances in the film, Josh Brolin was able to fully attain the mannerisms and the emotionless and gruff character of Jones. Brolin was so in character that there was virtually no difference between both actors. Despite amazing special effects and acting, Men in Black Cubed failed in the moments of the movie. After an action scene meant to wrap up the plot

the ending of the movie is all just incoherent nonsense brought to you by the same idiots who wrote the screenplay for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. My recommendation to anyone attempting to watch Men in Black Cubed is that after you see the mission accomplished, just stand up and leave the theatre, don’t even look back or you might turn into a pillar of salt. The ending of Men in Black Cubed completely overwrites the previous accomplishments of these special effects and acting, which would have made this movie a success, but instead leaves a marginal film with 3 airplanes out of 5. If you do decide to go see Men in Black Cubed, I would follow Indiana Jones’ advice and “Don’t look Marion. Whatever you do, don’t open your eyes” after the Men in Black win.

MIB 3 let down by poor ending Floyd Perkinson Staff Reporter


Will Smith is back in black for Men in Black Cubed which is the third installment of the Men in Black series. Secrets are revealed and back stories come to light as Agent J travels back to 1969 to save Josh Brolin from becoming Tommy Lee Jones, and also from getting killed and dooming the Earth. It’s been clear that Men in Black Cubed was going to be in 3D since Will Smith said “I’m about to make 3D look good” but that statement did not really encompass just how good he was going to make it look, James Cameron take note. The 3D effects of Men in Black were of such high quality that I wanted to slow the movie down so I can look around at the whole screen. The 3D

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