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Tuesday February 8, 2011

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By the beginning of March, the Student Government Association (SGA), will install television screens in the Studnet Center (SC), in place of banners that currently advertise club/organization event or display other notifications.

According to Justin Fletcher, President of SGA, this project came in “significantly” under budget. The bid was recently signed and the project is in its works. This followed last semester’s controversy as clubs complained their message was not appropriately displayed to the student body with just a few monitors and no banners at all. The next project that students

will recognize is the upcoming painting in the SC. Although SGA is not funding this, they were asked for their input in design. This project is slated to start around the beginning of Spring Break. The student Departure Lounge is almost complete as a new sign for the lounge was placed last week. “The lounge is close to completion, it’s an evolving thing,”

Fletcher said. SGA’s current focus according to Fletcher is to give money to student organizations. “This benefits the students directly, giving them money back; its respectively what we’re doing,” Fletcher said. The SGA has welcomed a new Vice President and new representatives this semester. “There have been no bumps,

everyone’s very well adjusted and getting trained to do their job and getting ready for elections,” Fletcher noted. This semester, SGA is also involved in the upcoming elections that will take place in April. Applications will be available in the next few weeks for anyone who wants to run for a position. Fletcher encourages anyone seeking to get involved with the SGA to apply.

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787 Test Pilot to Speak Tonight, the Aeronautical Science Department is bringing Boeing’s Chief Research Pilot and test pilot, Bill Roberson to campus. Roberson will speak on his experiences with the 787 Dreamliner and answer questions in the IC Auditorium at 6 p.m.

“This Life in Blackness” Tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the IC auditorium comedian and commentator Elon James White presents “This Life in Blackness.” White is a Brooklyn-based comedian, writer and host of the popular web series “This Week in Blackness” a satirical look at race, politics , and pop-culture in a so-called “postracial” America. White has been a commentator on VH1 and is often compared to John Stewart of the “Daily Show.”

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‘Ladies Night’ leaves students in amusement Hannah Langhorn Staff Reporter

Friday Night Laughs featured two female comedians, Jen Kober and Kira Soltanovich, as part of Touch-N-Go’s “Ladies Night.” Soltanovich, who kicked off the night’s festivities, was originally born in Russia but later moved to the San Francisco area with her parents. As a writer, producer and actress she has a full plate. Having recently given birth and gotten married she was still able to come out to give the students at Embry-Riddle a night of laughs and with much crowd participation. Though she has worked on many projects she is most commonly noted for her role on

“Oxygen’s ‘Girls Behaving Badly’” and as the joke writer for the hit show, “How Did You Get so Rich?,” which is featured on TV Land and hosted Joan Rivers. Kober is a native of Louisiana and recently relocating to Los Angeles. Kober is also an actress and was trained in improv, a form of comedy (short for improvisational comedy) at Second City and Improv Olympic. Having headlined at over 280 colleges and been on “Oxygen’s ‘25iest Celebrity Bad Girls Gone Good,’” Kober has had countless other appearances on television and movie screens alike. Both comedians did not hold back the jokes and kept the audience continuously laughing. Though this is not the first

time Touch-N-Go has featured female comedians, Kober and Soltanovich were featured in keeping with the theme of diversity and for a “Ladies Night” (guys were not excluded). It was a treat for all who attended and only raised the bar higher for the next performers to be featured in Friday Night Laughs. There will not be Friday Night Laughs next week, but Feb. 18 will be Casino Night with poker, food and free prizes. To find out what other events will be featured for the month you can ask a Touch-N-Go member, visit their website,, or simply look for the featured events posters that are posted around campus every week.

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Two bands will be performing at this years concert -- the first band is a group of five individuals that formed at one of the largest universities in the state of Florida. Touch-N-Go Productions presents Big Show on April 9 at 8 pm.

Students can now apply for the Embry-Riddle Endowed Scholarship online via ERNIE under Student Services tab, Financial Aid & Scholarships, Apply for Scholarships. The application will only be available through February 14th. Recipients will be selected based on the scholarship application and specific donor criteria. All applications will be notified via email of the scholarship decision by June.

This Saturday bring students from UCF and ERAU to a day long conference filled with programming and speakers. Admission is free to students.

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JENNIFER KOBER AND KIRA Soltanovich took to the stage last Friday night as part of Touch-N-Go’s Friday Nights Laughs. Soltanovich and Kober kept with the theme of diversity for the week with a “Ladies Night.”

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Touch-N-Go celebrates diversity Hannah Langhorn Staff Reporter

“The Black Jew Dialogues” were featured on Wednesday, Feb. 2 in the Student Center and for the first time, it introduced diversity comedians (who work as a duo). Ron Jones and Larry Jay Tish were the stars of the show which cleverly combined the aspects of a play, comedy and history concerning African-Americans and Jews in particular, but not excluding people of any and every walk of life. Their objective in the traveling show is to increase the awareness and respect for all people rather it be race/skin tone, religion, sexual orientation or nationality. Touch-N-Go, who sponsored the event for the night, was pleased to have it be the “kickoff” to the month of February and Black History Month while also setting the tone for many more events to come. The majority of Jones’ and Tish’s

inspiration for their comedy sketch stemmed from the Sept. 11 attacks that they believe not only affected our country in losing innocent lives, but also losing our respect for everyone regardless of their race or religion. “To solve a problem you must first face it,” Jones and Tish said. They continued to say that it is easy in concept, but not always as simple to recognize and apply it to everyday life. Fortunately at EmbryRiddle, we have the great fortune of seeing a “melting pot” of cultures and people from many different walks. The same concept and motive for the America’s being established, a place where people from anywhere can come and live their life (including their religious beliefs and lifestyle) without being prosecuted or forced into anything they do not want. “That’s who we are in America. We are everybody from everywhere else,” Jones said.


Honors Program Distinguished Speaker Series


IN THE IC AUDITORIUM on Monday, Jan. 31, the University’s Honors Program had Steven Solomon as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. Solomon was on campus to share his presentation and book, “Water: The Epic Struggle of Wealth, Power, and Civilization.”

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EMBRY-RIDDLE’S PRESIDENT SERIES hosted Bill Press, a radio and television host, who spoke of his book “Toxic Talk” followed by a question-answer session. Press was open to all students, fauclty and staff as well as the general public in the IC Auditorium last Wednesday, Feb. 2.

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Pep rally leads to Greek Night


SUNDAY, JAN. 30 THE fraternities and sororities joined up with the men’s basketball team to have a pep rally in the ICI Center to build excitement about the next day’s game against No. 2 Northwood. There were several events including lipsync and a dunk competition. Even the University President, Dr. John Johnson, and Coach Steve Ridder got into the action with teaching a new cheer and dance of thier own.

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A3 COB Student Advisory Board presents: Business Eagles program The Avion, February 8, 2011

Matthew Falkler

College of Business On Thursday, Feb. 10, the College of Business (COB) Student Advisory Board will be distributing information about the new COB Business Eagles Program. The event will be from 12 p.m. through 2 p.m. in the COB Atrium. The Student Advisory Board is composed of two student representatives per academic year and one graduate student representative. It is an integral part of the COB Student Affairs Committee, chaired by Dr. Janet Tinoco. These students are hand selected for their leadership, hard work, outstanding academic accomplishments, and dedication to the College of Business. The Business Eagles program has been designed to launch exceptional business students into the competitive world of the aviation and aerospace industry. The program will expose students to a series of activities that have been developed by Embry-Riddle’s Career Services Department in conjunction with the industry, to produce a graduate capable of rapid employment and advanced levels of produc-

tivity. This will be achieved by providing students with the training and hands-on experience needed to gain the attention of first time employers. In order to be eligible for the Business Eagles program, students must be enrolled in the College of Business; undergraduate students must at least be rising sophomores and MBA students must at least be in their second semester of graduate studies. Applicants must have a minimum 3.3 Cumulative Grade Point Average. Furthermore, business students must agree to the following ‘contract’ with the College of Business: must maintain a CGPA above 3.3 throughout their course of study, register with Career Services and meet with the program manager, attend at least one resume writing and one interviewing session with Career Services, attend at least four employer informational sessions per academic year, participate in at least one internship during their academic career, and participate in the College of Business mentoring program. The benefits of the Business Eagles program include providing paid internship opportunities for each student in the

program and recognition in College Awards ceremony with a certificate, Letter of recommendation from the Dean’s Office, industry connections, and networking. The Business Eagles program cannot be successful without the dedication and support of forward-looking firms, one of which is Boeing. The Boeing Corporation has agreed to film a three to five minute clip on the value of internships to be shown at open house, student orientation, and other appropriate events. They have also agreed to work with Career Services and the College of Business to promote internship opportunities, explain the application process, present at least one informational session per academic year, participate in the mentoring program, and interview any eligible student interested in an internship with Boeing. For more information about the Business Eagles program, please come to the College of Business Atrium, Thursday, Feb. 10, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., or contact Dr. Dawna Rhoades, who is located in College of Business room 286. She can be emailed at rhoadesd@my.erau. edu.

Get to know your SGA Representative

Beatrice Enckell

My name is Beatrice Enckell and I am from Sweden, Karlshamn. I originally came to Daytona Beach for vacation and found Embry Riddle. I am now pursuing a degree in Business Management and am a part of the Track and Field team.

College of Business My main events, as a track athlete are the 400 meters, 400 meters hurdles, triple jump and relays. Being a part of an athletic team at this school is a great experience, and we have a lot of fun together. I recently became a member of the SGA

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and will represent the College of Business. I want to keep up and improve the support of the Athletic teams and help out with international projects. It’s a great honor to be selected as a representative and I will do my best to improve our college experience.

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Sophmore Jade College of Aerospace McClenahan Engineering Engineering

Jade has known since seventh grade that she wanted to be an aerospace engineer when she grew up. Over the years, she has never once doubted this decision. Jade McClenahan is a sophomore Aerospace Engineering student from Albany, New York. Choosing to pursue her education here at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University was the best decision she ever made. Ever since her very first tour on campus, Jade has been inspired by the student’s spirit and enthusiasm. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has already given her infinite outlets for development as a student and a leader. Through getting involved in many organizations on campus, Jade is working hard to give back to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is a member of the Honors Program, Orientation Team, Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Board, Alpha Xi Delta and now Student Government Association. Being a part of the Orientation Team is one of the most rewarding experiences Jade has had in college. Jade is a positive influence for

freshman during such a vulnerable time, by helping them get started on the right foot with accurate information and an open mind. She also gets to put her out-going, upbeat and loud personality to use when displaying her school spirit and pride. As a member of the newly formed Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Board, Jade will be addressing student suggestions and concerns regarding the AE curriculum, degree program, and course material. As Public Relations Representative, Jade is excited to make a difference by turning students’ every day complaints into active, radical change. Jade has found a family in her sisters of Alpha Xi Delta. Greek life here constructively contributes to the quality of student life. Jade is very enthusiastic about raising money and supporting “Autism Speaks,” Alpha Xi Delta’s national philanthropy. These organizations have taught Jade professionalism, time management, effective communication and the importance of teamwork – all skills that will be put to good use as a part

of the Student Government Association. Jade is thrilled to be the newest College of Engineering representative on the Student Representative Board, and is eager to get started! She is excited to work with her fellow COE representatives arranging the spring semester forum to benefit all engineering students. Jade plans to be the link between the SGA and the AE Student Representative Board in order to complete projects efficiently and make change without delay. She is very passionate about going green and thus is dedicating herself to the Environmental Awareness Committee (Mondays 4:30 p.m. Endeavor Conference Room). She will be planning exciting events for Earth Week (April 18 to April 22), to educate and motivate students on being environmentally savvy. Jade will also be contributing ideas and time to the Respect Campaign in an effort to augment school spirit. Lastly, Jade is in charge of the SGA Suggestion Boxes on campus and encourages every student to get their opinion in there; she ensures you it will be heard.

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Department adds new program NSCS invites Anthony Woods

Air Traffic Department We are lucky to be enrolled in Embry-Riddle’s air traffic control program: state-of-the-art simulators and excellent professors with copious amounts of experience. Having said that, our program is now more enhanced. With the help of air traffic controllers at Orlando-Sanford tower, a new option has been added to the Advanced Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower class. Announced last week by Professors Lauth and Rinkinen, the program will make it easier for students to coordinate a job shadow in a real ATC facility. The professors have coordinated five days each week that a student can choose to visit the Federal Aviation control tower.. Realistically, any US citizen with photo ID can take an ATC facility tour. The differ-

ence this program offers is that students who already have a good knowledge base will be able to experience a full work shift with an active controller. Students will leave the facility with a better understanding of ATC and the environment that controllers work in – it can be a shock if you haven’t been there before. Experiencing the environment first-hand will also reinforce long-term goals and invigorate our already-dedicated students. Joe Anderson, an air traffic student, commented on the new program, “I’ve visited many air traffic facilities and every single one has been different. The experience I received from interacting and watching the controllers was invaluable.” This is an outstanding opportunity that professors and students alike are excited to be a part of. The optional program will have some limitations: it is only

available to students enrolled in the Advanced ATC Tower (AT415) class, it is only available when the controllers at Orlando-Sanford are available, students can only shadow one day and you have to provide your own transportation. Ryan Billings, an air traffic student, commented that every opportunity is a good opportunity,

“It might be only one day, but that’s still great experience regardless. Not everyone can coordinate a full eight hour job shadow.” To the Orlando-Sanford controllers and Embry-Riddle professors: Thanks for all of your hard work in starting this program. The students truly appreciate your enthusiasm.

2010 semester, the EmbryRiddle Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design team was faced with a very difficult situation. With only weeks remaining until the annual competition and no money left in the budget, the team’s airplane was still missing one critical component, the engine. Enter Rob Guarriello from High Fly Hobbies. Rob and his incredibly knowledgeable staff were able to help us select the appropriate engine for our plane and had every supply we could possibly need to get our plane up and running in stock and available. Due to their convenient location just a few miles south of the school on Ridgewood, we were able to

make frequent runs for supplies and advice. All employees have many years of RC and hobby experience, so their expansive knowledge of the field proved invaluable. In addition to helping select an engine, Rob’s expert guidance in tuning allowed us to achieve over 18 pounds of thrust from an engine with only 0.65 cubic inches of displacement. This spectacular output helped allow our design to take second place in the 2010 competition. This would never have been possible without our friends at High Fly Hobbies. For 2011, the aircraft has been completely redesigned to make use of a significant amount of composite and hon-

eycomb materials, as well as new electronic and data acquisition equipment. Again, the advice of High Fly Hobbies employees aided in selecting appropriate sized electronics, so that the smallest and lightest possible components could be used. With the implementation of these new design features and electronics, the Aero Design team has very high expectations for the aircraft in this year’s competition. For more information about the Aero Design team, contact Michael Grzelecki at . And for all hobby needs, check out High Fly hobbies at 3184 South Ridgewood in South Daytona.

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Local hobby shop saves club Michael Grzelecki SAE

Each year, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) hosts an Aero Design competition, in which collegiate teams from across the globe compete to see who can create the lightest remote control airplane capable of carrying the heaviest payload. The aircraft is also required to have a data acquisition system to measure certain flight characteristics. As one might expect, EmbryRiddle typically performs very well in this competition, despite our team being smaller than most. At the end of the spring

Students host CATIA tournament Rowena Alburto SWE

Engineering Week is coming Feb. 20 to Feb. 26. There will be tons of great events going on that are in need of your participation! What’s better that cheering on your friends as they compete to win amazing prizes like an Amazon Kindle, or CATIA or MatLab software kits? Being the one that WINS! The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Tau Beta Pi are hosting a CATIA Tournament, where those who register can compete

head-to-head in a timed race to recreate a CATIA model given by the host. Do you think you have the skills to win big? Registration is Feb. 7 to Feb. 11 on the Flight Deck. That’s THIS WEEK! The actual tournament will be on Feb. 22 for the first and second rounds, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lehman Building Atrium. The final rounds will conclude on Feb. 24, same place, same time. Only 64 can compete in the single-elimination

tournament- style competition! You thought March Madness was fun, wait until you can watch and cheer your friends on while they fight to win the BIG prizes! Everyone who participates will receive a free pad of engineering paper (and you KNOW you’ll use that!). Those who make it to the ‘ S w e e t 16’ will then get an extra prize and it only gets better from there! The CATIA Tournament Champion and the three run-

ners-up will get to choose from the best prizes of the pot, like software kits of MatLab or CATIA, among other great prizes! All contestants will be randomly selected to compete against each other and proceed to competeRegistering as a contestant means that you will be there when your name is called. If not, then you forfeit and your competition moves up to the next round. Don’t forget, if you have a friend who signs up, be there to cheer them on! SWE and Tau Beta Pi can’t wait to see you there! Enjoy Engineering Week!

It’s invitation time! The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) has sent 300 invitation packets to high-achieving freshman and sophomores at Embry - Riddle. To join NSCS you must have at least a 3.4 GPA and be at the top 20% of your class. Last Thursday NSCS held its first formal meeting of the semester in COB 268. We got together to welcome the newest invitees and let them know how we operate at Embry-Riddle. This informational session turned out quite well and was followed by a reception catered by the always popular Jimmy John’s. The following Friday the executive board and around fifteen members gathered at the Chili’s on International Speedway for food, friends and great times. This is just the beginning of an energy filled next week for NSCS. This week the National Society of Collegiate Scholars is recognizing, promoting and celebrating technology through several events starting tonight: •Tuesday, Feb. 8 – Integrity Discussion Night Featuring Dr. Robert Oxley in COB 118 at 6 p.m. (food served) •Thursday, Feb. 10 – Integrity Banner signing and Survey

on the Flight Deck in the SC 11:15-1:30 p.m. •Friday, Feb. 11 – Integrity Day BBQ on the West Lawn 5:30 p.m. So we hope students, faculty and staff will come out to join us in supporting integrity this week, personally, professionally and academically. NSCS revolves around academic integrity and is founded on three pillars: scholarship, leadership and service. The Embry Riddle chapter works hard to promote personal, campus and community growth through programs sSCh as Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence (PACE). NSCS is an honor society that works hard for its members. One of the most incredible benefits that NSCS offers is its access to exclusive scholarships: almost $250,000 in scholarships to members each year! Other benefits include amazing leadership opportunities, networking possibilities, career development programs and discounts with over 50 business partners. NSCS’ member fee is only $75 for lifetime membership. Still have questions? Visit or contact AJ Woods via e-mail woodsa@ or phone (206)-3042185. Track our meetings and events on Facebook: www.

Sorority hosts Dance-A-Thon Helena Hobbs ΛΘA

Founded in Spring 2010 the FIERCE & Legendary Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Incorporated is the first and only multicultural sorority on campus. The newest sorority at Embry-Riddle, we are always looking for new and creative fundraising ideas that have never been done before so on Saturday Feb. 5 we decided to hold our first ever dancea-thon offering $100 to the person who could out dance the rest of the competition . Contestants who entered were required to dance for five hours or until there was only one person left dancing. Music of all

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genres were played including hip-hop, techno, R&B, pop and reggae. Of the 18 contestants that entered the competition only ten remained at the halfway point of the contest. At the end of the day there were only six competitors left and there was a dance-off to determine who would be crowned the winner. Each competitor had their own unique style so it was tough to decide a winner but in the end it was Paul Anderson with his charisma and non-stop energy throughout the whole competition that took home the prize. We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us in our event. Especially, the brothers of the Xi Beta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, whose entire chapter came out to our event.

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Student Forum “What is Super Bowl for you?”

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Daniel Chiericoni Sophomore Aeronautical Science

Robin Despins Junior Aerospace Engineering

Alexander Reynolds Sophomore Aerospace Engineering

Krystel Parra Freshman Safety Science

Danny Gambino Sophomore Air Traffic Mangement

Logan Paul Freshman Aeronautical Science

“Super Bowl is nearly insignificant for me”

“The only reason I watch the Super Bowl is to cheer for the wrong team and make people angry.”

“It’s fun; also, it can be used as a hat.”

“Never watched a football game in my life.”

“Happy football day”

“Super Bowl means not watching TV, and not giving in to the conformative of mass media”

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Allison Cisneros Copy Editor

Stephen Rayleigh’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle presentation drew the largest crowd in history for an American Aviation Historical Society Prescott chapter meeting. Since he arrived last semester at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Rayleigh has looked for outlets to impart his UAV expertise upon an audience. Professor Nick Manderfield gave him a venue as part of one of the monthly Wednesday meetings of the AAHS on Jan. 19. The beginning of “Flying UAVs in Iraq” actually began two days prior to the presentation when Jo Ann Johnson worked her publicist skills to have Tonya Mock and Lew Rees of AM Arizona interview Rayleigh on television. Mock and Rees were very engaged in the TV segment as the charismatic Rayleigh answered all of their questions and kept the session energized. There was also a radio interview with Sandy Moss of KQNA the day of the presentation. Riddle Radio then broadcast the interview later in the afternoon. Usually the AAHS presentations are comprised of the more

elderly crowd with historical tales from years ago. However, Rayleigh worked with UAVs as an operator in a military operation still continuing to this day. It is much more influential upon ERAU students to listen to a presentation involving a war America is still in presently. “Flying UAVs in Iraq” attracted all age demographics. This helps to explain why the seats of the Davis Learning Center were almost completely filled Wednesday night, a rare occurrence. The presentation began with Manderfield giving a basic background of Rayleigh’s life in front of a projector slide of Rayleigh helping set up a UAV for launch in Iraq. Manderfield explained how Rayleigh had approached him with a pre-made presentation the young man had already made to various groups. A UAV is designed to carry a payload. Rayleigh mainly flew the Shadow and carried a camera. They could switch between a “television type camera” and an infrared camera. They sometimes watched a specific place and reported activity. The infrared camera was used to find weapon caches, dangerous people, and improvised explosive devices.

“It was very rewarding work,” Rayleigh stated, “it felt great to do it.” When U.S. soldiers in Iraq discovered Rayleigh operated the UAVs that helped keep the U.S. military safe, he was thanked. When a U.S. convoy was scheduled, a UAV checked the route for IEDs and ambushes. The main base he lived on in Iraq was Forward Operating Base Hunter. It was dangerous work for the UAV operators.

The UAVs had to be pulled outside the concrete walls to launch. People would set up missiles on a washing machine timer that launched into and exploded in the base. One landed about 20 meters from where Rayleigh slept. Despite the heavy topic of war, Rayleigh easily pulled many laughs from the large audience. He walked through a typical day in Iraq for a UAV operator. Rayleigh showed

many pictures of the UAVs and the UAV operation center. Despite the danger and high importance of their work, the pictured soldiers who faced the camera were smiling. Almost everyone stayed for the question and answer section. Most of the questions came from the non-ERAU affiliated crowd. They ranged from what kind of engine a UAV used to how UAV operators spotted IEDs. After “Flying UAVs in Iraq” came to an official end, people still milled around the Davis Learning Center. Rayleigh had a small crowd gathered around him still asking questions. Suzanne deLong, an ERAU librarian, had a table with UAV material available for perusal. deLong said that Rayleigh wanted to suggest more UAV material. Rayleigh does not think that many people understand and know about UAVs. He wishes to change that and through presentations such as his, he is sure to succeed. Rayleigh clearly outlines the significance of UAVs and the possibilities for the future. While his future plans are unsure, it is very likely UAVs will continue to play a part.

is here to stay Brandon Leadbetter Correspondent

As some are aware, the name “Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University” that we all came to know well was in consideration to be changed. This statement, made last fall, surprised many. Executive Vice President Dr. Frank Ayers explains that all schools go through this process every ten years. This is a good process to get a fresh look at the school. This is just an exercise to see what people think as generation after generation of students go through the school. The aerospace community suggested the name to be changed to “EmbryRiddle Aerospace University,” since many people are either aerospace students or are in an engineering major. The other suggestion was brought up by the Global Security Intelligence Studies community and other majors to shorten the name to “Embry-Riddle University,” to encompass every major. Before any rash decisions were made, the university took a step back and looked at the situation. They first spoke to the faculty of both Prescott and Daytona campuses and considered their

input. After the counting was done, it was unanimous that the name should stay the way it is. Seeing that the faculty wanted to keep the current name, the next step was the students. Last fall, several surveys were given asking what students thought about changing the name of the university. Ayers explained this was done on a secret ballot so no one would be pressured to answer a certain way. Again, this was a unanimous decision by the students to keep the name. President Dr. John Johnson even stopped by the university last fall to add his input. He too wanted the name to stay the way it was. The faculty, students, and even the president of the university all sided to keep the name “Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University” the way it was, so the board of trustees let the matter settle itself. In the end, Ayers said, “this is a heritage that is rich since 1966.” When the name changed from Embry-Riddle Institute to what it is today, the world knew what we stood for. Most of us in all fields will graduate to a career that will deal with aircraft of all shapes and sizes. “Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University” is here to stay.

Golden Eagles win regional championship


John Guidotti

Special to Horizons The Golden Eagles Flight Team has brought back their 25th consecutive Regional Championship! From Jan. 13 to 16 the team was at Brackett Airfield in La Verne, Calif. The host school of the competition was Mt. San Antonio College. Other schools in attendance included San Diego Christian College, San Jose State University, Cypress College, and The Air Force Academy. The competition is comprised of both flying and ground-based events. A large portion of the points needed to win the competition come from the three core ground events: SCAN, CA, and ACID. These three events consist of timed written tests. SCAN, or Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation, tests a pilot’s knowledge of rules and regulations as well as flight planning, weather, weight and balance, and aircraft performance. CA, or Computer Accuracy, consists of an exam where the only equipment allowed is an E6B or CR3 flight computer. A variety of math questions are asked on CA tests. The last is ACID, or Aircraft Identification. In this event,

competitors are shown all or a portion of an aircraft and must determine what aircraft it is. There are also three core flight events. They are Navigation, Short Field Approach and Landing, and Power Off Landing. A team of two participates in the Navigation event; one pilot and one “naver.” The “naver” receives coordinates and plots them on a sectional. The time to each point as well as the total time to the last point is calculated. The total fuel burn back to the airport is also calculated. Competitors are allowed a 10 percent margin of error. If they over- or under-burn by a margin greater that 10 percent, a penalty is imposed. Navigation teams are expected to reach each point at the planned time while maintaining the planned ground speed plus or minus a specified margin. In the Short Field Approach and Landing competition, often called “Power-ons,” competitors are expected to land on a chalked line on the runway while at a minimum controllable airspeed with flaps fully extended. Competitors are allowed to keep the engine at the power setting of their choice, however, once they reduce power, they cannot add any back in. Power-off landings have the same goal of

landing on the line. However, power must be pulled to idle upon reaching downwind abeam of the line. The competitor may choose to land at a flap configuration of their choice. This event is basically a power-off 180-degree turn to a spot landing. Drew Voss and John Guidotti placed first in Navigation Nick Clyde placed first in Power-ons Ian Hummell placed first in Power-offs. Other notables: Elliot Holt received the Outstanding Team Member Award Billy Jacobson received the Top Pilot Award Reed Willis placed first in the IFR Precision Flight Event The Golden Eagles placed first with a total score of 346 points. Mt. San Antonio College placed second with a score of 190 points. San Diego Christian College placed third with a score of 105 points. The top two schools in each region will receive an invitation to the national competition hosted by Ohio State University in May of this year. The Golden Eagles are striving to become 2011 National Champions. Although this was a good showing, there is much hard work and studying to be done to secure a national title.

ERAU receives funding for turbine blade strength testing Joshua Miller

Correspondent Earlier this semester Dr. David Lanning, an associate professor in the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus, in response to his proposal, was awarded the Aerospace Defense Initiative grant from the Science Foundation of Arizona. ERAU was chosen among several other Arizona universities to partner in

a collective effort to increase the aerospace industry and research within the state. The Aerospace Defense Initiative grant is a portion of the $1.3 million allocated by Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer last October “to boost the state’s [Aerospace and Defense] industry and help the state become more globally competitive in this growing and fast-paced sector” . An ERAU grant would provide funding for a research project into the foreign object damage (FOD) prob-

lem currently facing all operational turbine engines. The “FOD Problem,” as Lanning puts it, encompasses understanding and predicting the severity of damage and thus, the life expectancy of titanium turbine blades as a result of a turbine engine ingesting foreign objects, such as sand or dust. Lanning intends to replicate a small portion of the FOD problem by performing fatigue tests on notched titanium specimens. When sand is ingested into a turbine engine,

due the high revolutions of the turbine blades (on the order of tens of thousands of RPMs), sand particles can quickly eat away or effectively “notch” the outer surface of the blades and thus, decrease blade strength and fatigue life. The titanium specimens Lanning expects to use 10-12 titanium specimens each for three different geometries. A hydraulic load frame in the Aerospace Experimentation and Fabrication Building will per-

form the fatigue loading experiments. The concept of fatigue loading is that an object is loaded and then unloaded repeatedly. Each specimen will be loaded and then unloaded until the specimen fails. Dr. Lanning’s previous experience with the USAF High-Cycle Fatigue Program at WrightPatterson Air Force Base has assisted in the development of predictive methods for estimating the fatigue life of components with stress concentrations.

Lanning, will be performing preliminary elastic-plastic finite element modeling of the titanium specimens and then comparing the experimental data with predicted values. In a university news release by Director of Marketing and Public Relations Susan Larsen, Dr. Ron Madler, dean of the College of Engineering, credits this research opportunity to Lanning’s experience and dedication to developing ERAU’s state of the art facilities.

Eagles come back against Edward Waters B2

Baseball wins two in Saturday’s double header B3

Womens tennis wins over NCAA D-II Tampa B2

A review of school spirit and fan support for athletics B3 AUSTIN COFFEY/AVION




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Eagles rally for 81-78 win over Edward Waters EMBRY-RIDDLE EDWARD WATERS

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Alison Smalling

ERAU Athletics The Embry-Riddle men’s basketball team stepped outside of conference play to take on former conference foe Edward Waters on the road on Saturday and came away from the Tigers’ AdamsJenkins Sports Complex with an 81-78 win overtime in one of the Eagles’ most exciting games of the season. Playing in a very physical contest, the Eagles battled back from being 22 points down with 13:45 left in the second half to improve their overall record to 23-3 on the year. Feeding off the energy of a lively, vocal home crowd, the Tigers scored the first four points of the ballgame and did not relinquish lead until the overtime session. The Eagles managed to pull within one (25-24) with 7:51 left in the half, but the Edward Waters defense responded by forcing back-to-back turnovers and capitalized on a 15-5 run to build the lead up to 10 points (40-30) at the 1:29 mark. The Tigers were 55.6 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from long range and 10-of-11 from the free throw line in the first stanza and at the half they held

a commanding 44-32 lead over the fifth-ranked Eagles. The Eagles, who managed just nine baskets and two three-pointers in the first frame, continued to struggle in the second. The Blue and Gold was unsuccessful in its first six offensive sets and it wasn’t until Glenn Dalcourt’s three at the 17:11 mark that they were able to get on the scoreboard in the second period. Meanwhile, the Tigers continued to shoot the ball well and their offense, coupled with a pesky defense, helped the home team extend its advantage to 59-37 with 13:45 left to play. The Johnny Nelson tip-in that gave the Tigers that 22-point lead, prompted ERAU Head Coach Steve Ridder to call a timeout to rally his troops. Coming out of the huddle, Dalcourt sank another three and that was the start of the Eagle comeback as they scored seven unanswered, prompting Tiger coach Anthony Mosley to burn a timeout of his own. Following another Tiger lay-up that made the score 61-44 at the 10:52 mark, the Eagles steadily chipped away at the lead, forcing two turnovers and outscoring Edward Waters 12-5 over the next five minutes to make it a 10-point game. The momentum that was with the Tigers throughout the majority of the game slowly started to swing to the other end of the court. At the 5:33 mark, Brandon Caputo pulled down a Tiger miss and raced to the other end of the floor where he was fouled as he completed the unassisted lay-up and made the resulting free throw to

make the score 66-59. The Eagles forced a turnover on the Tigers’ next possession and a foul at the 4:26 mark sent Blake Touchard to the free throw line. The junior made both free throws to make it a five point game. With renewed determination, the Eagles set about the task of getting a stop on the defensive end of the floor, and David Butler provided just that with one of his three blocks of the night to give the ball back to ERAU. Touchard’s short-range jump shot bounced off the rim, but Jarod Leonard battled for the rebound among three EWC players and his lay-up cut the Tiger lead to three (66-63) with 3:40 left to play. An Eagle turnover and a pair of missed field goals allowed the Tigers to go back up by four, but with 53 seconds left in regulation, Touchard curled toward the basket and then passed the ball back out to Dalcourt who drained his third three of the night to make it a one-point game (70-69). Two free throws by Byron Shemwell made the score 72-69 in favor of the Tigers and left the Eagles with 19 seconds to make something happen. Touchard reclaimed the ball-handling duties and tried to create a play for his teammates, but a screen by Rawlings gave Touchard an open look from beyond the arc and he nailed the long range shot with four seconds to play to tie the score at 72-72 and send the game into overtime. A three-pointer by Brett Rawlings got things started for the Eagles who scored the first five points of the overtime

period. Edward Waters came back with four unanswered points of their own, making the score 77-76 in favor of the Eagles with 2:35 remaining. Over the next two minutes, both teams registered multiple turnovers and failed to convert on their shot attempts, but with 28 seconds left, Touchard was fouled and broke the minidrought by making one of two free throws. Down by two, the Tigers opted to go for the tie rather than the win and got what they needed from Jason Hollis whose tip-in knotted the score at 78-78. With 8.5 seconds remaining, Touchard took the ball up the court. As he left his feet for a shot attempt just inside the arc, the defense collapsed on him, but Touchard managed to kick the ball out to Rawlings at the top of the circle and the senior ended the overtime period just as he started it; with a made three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left to give the Eagles the win. Touchard led all scorers with 19 points, six steals, four assists and four rebounds, while Rawlings finished with 17 points and five boards. Butler got his 10th doubledouble of the year on 18-points and a career-high 19 rebounds, and Dalcourt completed the list of Eagle scorers in double figures with 11 points and four assists. William Walter-Brown finished with 18 points and six rebounds for the Tigers who drop to 8-15 with the loss. The Tigers also got double-digit scoring effort from Shemwell (16 points) and Charles Evans (10 points, 10 rebounds)

Women’s tennis blanks Tampa 9-0 in season opener Alison Smalling

ERAU Athletics Just one day after being tabbed as the No. 5 team in the country according the NAIA National Coaches’ Preseason poll, the Embry-Riddle women’s tennis team went on the road and returned with a 9-0 victory over NCAA DII Tampa in the Eagles’ season

opener on Wednesday. In doubles play, the Eagles surrendered just four points in three matches. At the top spot, Josefine Strom and Yi Ching Chen dispatched Leslie Raymond and Kathleen Beckham 8-1, while Ekaterina Kamendova and Rocio Frej Vitale downed Lauren Hewett and Maddie Caropino by the same margin at the second doubles position. ERAU’s

No. 3 doubles pair of Paola Montero and Kristina Marova came back from a 2-1 deficit to top Tampa’s Megan Manchini and Briana Ryan 8-2. Playing at No. 1 singles, Chen had little trouble getting by Hewett, downing the Spartan freshman 6-0, 6-1. Montero, a freshman herself, quickly followed with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Amber Fahrner to score the clincher for the

Eagles. At the No. 2 spot, Kamendova was down 5-4 in the first set but rallied to take the set 7-5 and won the match with a 6-0 defeat of Raymond in the second. Frej Vitale posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Mancini at No. 3, followed by Marova’s 6-4, 6-1 win over Ryan at No. 4, and Strom closed out the Eagles’ scoring with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Caropino at the fifth spot.

Eagles hold off fire, 78-73 EMBRY-RIDDLE SOUTHEASTERN

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Alison Smalling

ERAU Athletics The fifth-ranked EmbryRiddle men’s basketball team survived a spirited rally by Southeastern to earn a hardfought victory over the Fire, 78-73, in Sun Conference action on Wednesday. The win moves the Eagles to 22-3 on the year and 10-2 in conference play, while the Fire falls to 13-12 and 3-8 in league play. David Butler scored the first six points of the game and his

eighth point not only increased the Eagle lead to 13-4, it also gave Butler his 1000th career point at ERAU. The senior is only the 11th player in EmbryRiddle history to achieve 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. He achieved that feat in just two years at Embry-Riddle and will graduate as the Eagles’ all-time leader in blocked shots having set a new career record in that category earlier this season. The Eagles seemingly had the game in hand as they led by 14 points (27-13) with 9:32 left in the first half. While Butler led the way for the Eagles in scoring with 10 points in the first half, Brett Rawlings was dominant for the Blue and Gold on the boards recording eight of his nine first-half rebounds in the first six and half minutes of the game. But Rawlings’ and Butler’s performances could not prevent the Fire from

staging a comeback. After Rawlings hit a three at the 9:32 mark, the Eagles struggled to find the offense that had served them well in the opening minutes of the first frame. Over the next seven minutes, ERAU turned the ball over five times and those miscues were compounded by the fact that the Eagles were unable to convert on offense, missing eight field goal attempts in a row. Meanwhile, the Fire was able to get its offense going and backto-back free throws by Javaris Jackson gave Southeastern its first lead of the game (33-32) with 3:09 left in the half. Both teams took turns clinging to one-point leads in the last three minutes of the half, but neither team was able to pull away and when the clock expired, the score was tied, 36-36. Just nine seconds into the second stanza, Blake Touchard got the ball Rawlings on the wing


DAVID BUTLER SCORED HIS 1000th career point and his 500th career rebound at ERAU. The senior is only the 11th player in Embry-Riddle history to achieve this record. Butler has achieved this feat in only two years at Embry-Riddle.

and the senior drained his second three-pointer of the night to put the Eagles back up by three, but the lead was short-lived as Southeastern tied the score on a John Williams lay-up and moved back in front (41-39) on a lay-up by Malcolm Pollock. The Fire managed to hold on to the lead for the next three minutes until Ray Graham’s lay-up drew the Eagles level a 48-48 and Touchard drained one of his four three-pointers to put the Eagles ahead 51-48 with 13:35 left to play. Over the next two minutes, both teams jockeyed to stay on top until the 11:18 mark when Touchard hit another long range jumper to put the Eagles ahead for good. On two separate occasions, the Fire were able to pull within one point, but both times, the Eagles had an answer and at the 7:42 mark, Rawlings’ third trey triggered a 12-4 run that gave ERAU its largest lead of the half of nine points (72-63). The Fire looked to the longrange shot to put them back in contention in the closing seconds of the game and got one each from Chris Patterson and Nathan Marshall. On the defensive end, Southeastern elected to send Embry-Riddle to the free throw line, but the Eagles responded by hitting each of their last four attempts from the charity stripe to seal the win. Butler finished just one rebound shy of a double-double, tallying 12 points and nine boards to go with four assists and seven blocked shots. Rawlings also just missed the double-double, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and two assists. Touchard was the leading scorer for the Blue and Gold for the second straight game, totaling 18 points, 12 of which were of the three-point variety. Blankenship matched Touchard’s scoring total of 18 and pulled down 13 boards in the Southeastern effort. Julius Williams (14), John Williams (11) and Marshall (10) joined Blankenship as the Fire’s double-digit scorers.


EAGLES FIGHT BACK TO to defeat Edward Waters 81-78 in overtime. The Eagles battled back from being 22 points down with 13:35 left in the second half. The Eagles improve their record to 23-3 on the year.

Upcoming Sporting Events MEN’S BASEBALL

Friday, Feb. 11: vs Barry Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12: vs Warner Daytona Beach, Fla. 1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 14: vs Brewton Parker Mount Vernon, Ga. 4 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 9: vs Florida Memorial * Opa Locka, Fla. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12: vs St. Thomas * Miami Gardens, Fla. 7 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 12: vs St. Leo Daytona Beach, Fla. 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12: vs St. Warner * Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m.


Friday-Saturday, Feb. 11-12: Tiger Paw Invitational Clemson, S.C. TBA


Friday, Feb.11 : vs Barry Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.12 : vs St. Leo Daytona Beach, Fla. 11 a.m.


Friday-Saturday, Feb.11-12 : Tiger Paw Invitational Clemson, S.C. TBA *-TSC Opponents


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Eagles begin 2011 slate with two wins Ryan Mosher

ERAU Athletics A dramatic come-from-behind victory in game one, and a dominant pitching performance in game two allowed the Embry-Riddle baseball team to begin their 2011 campaign 2-0. The Eagles defeated Auburn University at Montgomery 6-5 and 8-4 in Saturday’s doubleheader, dropping the Senators to 4-4 overall.


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The Blue and Gold looked to be in trouble in game one after falling behind 4-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Eagles scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the sec-

ond inning after senior Aarong Glaum lead off the frame by tripling to right center, then scoring on Tyler Robbins’ double to left center. The lead wouldn’t last long as Eagle starter Tucker Jensen gave up a run in the top of the third to the Senators’ offense. Neither team was able to plate a run in the fourth, but the Senators struck for two runs in the fifth and another run in the sixth to take the 4-1 lead. But the Eagles would not go down easily, showing flashes of their 2010 season by striking for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The frame started with junior Ian MacGeorge reaching base by wearing a pitch from AUM pitcher Nathan Brown, then continued with Glaum drawing a walk. Greg Smith reaching safely on a fielding error by an AUM infielder that advanced MacGeorge to third and Glaum to secont to load the bags. Robbins got his second RBI of the contest by sacrificing MacGeorge home on a fly ball to left field. An infield hit by Frankie Arias and another

error by the Senators led to another Eagle run. Junior JT Warmoth brought home another ERAU score in the next atbat to knot the score at 4-4. A Steve Sabins’ triple to left field gave the Blue and Gold the lead before the home team added an important insurance run when junior Chris Page singled home Sabins to give the

Eagles the 6-4 lead. Preseason All-American Phillip Reamy entered the game for Jensen in the top of the seventh for his first save opportunity of the season, and the senior wouldn’t waste it, striking out one and getting two more outs via a ground out and a fly out after allowing one run earlier in the frame to give the

Eagles the 6-5 victory. Jensen earned the win, going 6.0 strong innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on 10 hits while striking out two Senators; while Reamy earned the save. Robbins finished 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, Arias, Sabins, Page and Ben Kline all added two hits for the Eagles. Tyler Dent was tagged with the loss for AUM, moving his overall record to 0-1 on the year.



INFIELDER J.T. WORMOTH SLIDES into first after Auburn University pitcher Nathan Brown trys to throw a pick-off.

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The Eagles scored six runs in the first inning of game two to take a commanding lead over the Senators, and were able to hold on for the 8-4 win thanks to an impressive outing by sophomore left-hander

Kevin Maloney. ERAU batted around in the first, thanks in large part by wild pitches, well placed singles and three bases loaded walks to grab the 6-0 advantage. AUM used three pitchers in the first inning, giving up five walks and a hit-by-pitch. Embry-Riddle scored once each in the third and sixth innings before getting a little scare from AUM in the top of the seventh as the Senators cut the lead to 8-4 before senior Steve Ortman came in to shut the door for the Eagles to help them improve to 2-0. Maloney was masterful in 5.2 innings, scattering six hits while fanning six Senators, earning the win to move to 1-0. Ortman’s 1.0 inning of work earned him his first save of the year. Page went 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Kline plated two runs on one hit and junior Clint Whitman added a pair of RBIs of his own. The loss went to Josh Smith (1-1) for the Senators. Hunter Cross went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the visitors.

No. 2 Northwood tops We want an Eagles win! No. 5 Embry-Riddle R. Alexander Rodriguez Guest Reporter


Alison Smalling

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ERAU Athletics The Northwood men’s basketball team came out on the winning end of a battle between two Top 10 teams as the secondranked Seahawks downed No. 5 Embry-Riddle 66-60 in Sun Conference action on Monday. The outcome marked the first Eagle loss at the ICI Center since Jan. 23, 2010, and brings their overall record to 21-3 overall and 9-2 in league play. The Seahawks controlled the opening tip but it was the Eagles who scored first on a lay-up by Ray Graham. The next five minutes for the Eagles were dominated by Brett Rawlings who recorded a pair of blocks, two rebounds and hit back-to-back three-pointers to put the Eagles up by six (10-4). The Seahawks, who came into the game shooting almost 42 percent from long range, quickly closed the gap to two points (14-12) courtesy of three pointers by Noah Keeton and Jonathan Dunn. Dunn’s second three-pointer gave the Seahawks their first lead of the night and they continued to lead until the sevenminute mark when David Butler got the ball in to Brandon Caputo for a lay-up to put the Eagles back on top, 23-22. The Eagles were able to build lead back up

to as many as five points, but once again Northwood rallied to reclaim the advantage and closed out the half on a 6-2 run to take a 36-30 lead into the locker room at the break. The start of the second half saw the Seahawks widen the gap to 10 points and still held that advantage (51-41) with 10:27 left to play. After Noah Keeton hit his second three-point of the half Jarod Leonard finished a feed from Butler to make the score 51-43. Glenn Dalcourt pulled down the rebound from Dunn’s long range miss on the next Seahawk possession and that led to two more points by Butler to make it a six-point (51-45) game. Northwood was able to go back up by eight on the next trip down the court, but the Eagles continued to battle back and Blake Touchard’s hand-off to Butler in the paint led to an emphatic dunk that pulled the Eagles within five, 55-50. Fueled by the very vocal support of the 1,466 fans in attendance, the Eagles recorded a key defensive stop with 5:28 remaining when Ray Graham blocked Dunn’s lay-up attempt. The Seahawks were able to come up with the offensive rebound, but weren’t able to beat the shot clock, giving the ball back to the Eagles. Once again, the Eagles were able to get the ball to Butler on the inside, but this time the senior was fouled on his way to the basket resulting in two free throws. After making the first free throw, Butler grabbed his own rebound when he missed the second. At the 4:22 mark, Dalcourt got the ball to Touchard at the top of the arc

and Touchard drained one of his five three-pointers to make it a one-point (55-54) game. With 2:04 left to play and the Eagles still trailing by one (56-55), Dalcourt forced Tyrone Davis to turn the ball over at mid court. Dalcourt’s quick attempt at a three-pointer bounced off the rim and into the hands of the Seahawks who immediately called a timeout. Coming out of the huddle, the Seahawks got the ball to their leading scorer, Dunn (24.2 ppg) knocked down one of his four three-point baskets to build the Northwood lead back up to four (59-55). On their next possession, ERAU managed to draw a foul. The Eagles, who found little success at the free throw line, shooting just 43 percent for the game, missed both free throw attempts and after Northwood rebounded the second miss, the Eagles resorted to fouling in the last 1:10. Despite the roar of the crowd willing them to miss, the Seahawk players made 10 of 12 free throws in the second half, including seven of their last eight attempts en route to the six-point victory. Touchard, who scored all of the Eagles’ last five points, finished as the high scorer for the Blue and Gold with a seasonhigh 21 points, four assists and two steals in 33 minutes of action. Butler had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go with his six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Dunn also had 21 points for the Seahawks who solidified their hold on the top spot in the conference race and are now 21-2 overall and 10-0 in league play.

With 600 students behind me yelling and cheering for their team it was the best college experience I’ve had off of the baseball field. That night in the ICI Center, when number six ERAU faced number two Northwood, the student section was not only full, but on their feet the whole game. If you’re wondering, I normally write for the Avion on behalf of the athletic department and am a part of the athletic media department, but today I come to you as a fellow student who wants to see Embry-Riddle embrace what it is: an unbelievable academic institution with a great athletic program. It is evident that we have some of the best academics in the world because we put out the very best pilots, astronauts, and our Aeronautical Engineering program has been ranked number one the past 11 years by US Weekly News and World Report. Embry-Riddle is a university that prides itself in being the best in what they do, the athletic department is no different. The athletic department has come a long way to reach the same level as its academic counterparts. Last year our athletic teams won 10 out of 11 conference championships, the baseball team went to the NAIA World Series and placed third, the basketball team was in the elite eight, men’s soccer was in the Elite Eight, women’s golf placed fourth in the nation and our tennis program has been among the nation’s elite for over a decade. As a whole, our athlet-

ic department has won the Commissioner’s Cup, an award that is given to the best overall athletic department in our conference, 11 straight times. Our athletic department has also placed in the top 15 of the Director’s Cup, the national version of the Commissioner’s Cup, one year shy of a decade. Some people say there is little tradition on this campus, but I disagree. This University has produced six astronauts, has won an inordinate amount of championships and has a dedicated alumni and community support group that cares about the students that go to this school. The athletes at Riddle are so proud to wear the colors of blue and gold with ERAU across their chests, but it stings a little when our customers, the student body, supports the athletes with only a fraction of what it could be. As a student I know the amount of time and work it takes to maintain good grades and have a balanced life. With degrees like engineering physics, aeronautical science, and well, any degree program offered at Riddle time is a precious thing. So as a Riddle athlete it means that much more when we have a good sized crowd Monday’s game was a perfect example of what our campus community could be. Our Eagles were playing the number two team in the country. Our Greek community came out in full support. Our fans never sat down. Never shut up. Never showed any quit, and you could see how it impacted the team. As much as it hurt the players to lose that game, I could tell that it meant just as much

to the entire student body that was present. At any point of the game you could have walked in the gym and not have known it was a small school because every student was on their feet wanting the team to succeed. It was tragic when the Eagles lost to Northwood, but I was happy to see that the students who were there were hurt when we lost because it meant they cared about the team. It is these moments when the small school of Embry Riddle no longer seemed like a small NAIA school but a regular NCAA college with a few thousand students in attendance. I can almost guarantee that if every game were like the Northwood game, school spirit would be completely different and every student would walk around campus proud, not just because of their athletic programs, but of our University. At the end of the game and best atmosphere the ICI Center has ever seen, not only did I thank the fans for coming out, but the players walked to the crowd and showed their appreciation even after a tough loss. If you were one of the few who missed out on the game, I feel bad that you missed out on such a great game and atmosphere, but fortunately there is one last home game on February, 16 at the ICI Center to help bring it back. There is one last opportunity to bring the campus together for an event, throw aside our differences, and all agree on one thing: We want an Eagles win! I challenge every student to come to the last home basketball game and to step out of your comfort zone and embrace what it means to be an Eagle.

THE FLOCK EVENTS FLOCK 50 TASKS Task 49: Attend one game of each sport Task 32: Wear the jersey of an ERAU player Saturday, 12 February 11 a.m. ICI tennis courts Mens and Womens Tennis Saturday, 12 February 1 p.m. Silwa stadium Conference baseball game Task 39: Catch a foul ball Saturday, 12 February 1 p.m. Silwa stadium Conference baseball game Task 18: Ride in the Spirit Cart Catch the Spirit Cart around campus this week (Hint: Thursday and Friday)



Entertainment ‘Sanctum’ caves in Another Dutch Maestro Page



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Guest Reporter In a movie where bad acting is trumped only by an even worse plot, the outcome will never be good. Producer James Cameron and director Alister Grierson collaborated on the new film “Sanctum”, an adventure that takes place in an unexplored underwater cave. The cast con-

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sists of second-tier actors Richard Roxburg, Ioan Gruffudd, and Rhys Wakefield, who try constantly to make viewers care about them and their desperate situation. The film takes the audience on a journey alongside a skilled team of underwater cave explorers. Deep in heart of Papua New Guinea lies the Esa-ala caves, the largest , most intricate maze of caves in the world, barely explored by humans. For months, the team has been working their way deeper and deeper into the system of caves trying to find an outlet leading to the ocean. The team leader is Frank McGuire, the world’s most experienced cave diver (who unfortunately is also experienced in poorly executed dialog). Exploring the caves with him are his best friend, George; Frank’s estranged 17–year- old son, Josh; Carl Huxley, the man responsible for funding the expedition; and his girlfriend, who is not as skilled as the other explorers (hint). Everything is goes smoothly until a cyclone strikes the island causing the cave to quickly flood, subsequently sealing off the only known exit.

With not much time to make decisions, the group agrees to take what little air supply and gear they have left and try to find the outlet to the ocean, not knowing if it exists or not. Since the character development up to this point is so unoriginal, it quickly becomes obvious who will live and who will die in the caves. With a script as mundane as a cave is dark, Sanctum suffers from plot holes wider that the caves it explores. This movie is downright predictable; the only thing you will not see coming is the idiotic decisions made by some of the team members . To give “Sanctum” some credit, it does offer about three minutes of dazzling scenery and another three minutes of marginally intense drama. The lackluster 3-D, clichéd plot, uninspired acting, and lame dialog all snowball to make “Sanctum” feel like the longest and most beenthere –done- that two-hour film so far this year. Even with big shot James Cameron, of Avatar fame, as executive producer, “Sanctum” still fails to deliver. Trust me; this movie it is entirely forgettable. I urge you seek sanctuary in a different theater.


THE HIGHLY DANGEROUS WORLD of cave diving is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for ‘seat of your pants’ type adventurers and thrill seekers. With this in mind the cast of “Sanctum” find themselves between lots of rocks lots of hard spaces, lots of water and not a lot of air.

The New Daylight Dash Berlin

Peter Tan

Staff Reporter The debut album of a progressive-trance project created in 2007 in The Hague, Netherlands. Dash Berlin is fronted by DJ Jeffrey Sutorius and shot to fame after the inclusion of the first track on this album by fellow Dutchman Armin van Buuren in his critically acclaimed album “Universal Religion”. Backed by the legendary team of Eelke Kalberg and Sebastiaan Moljin, Dash Berlin rocked

clubs worldwide when they first appeared on the scene, quickly creating a name for himself and forming what is now the “Dash Berlin Sound”. Not just a mash of synthesizer sounds and beats, the “Dash Berlin Sound” contains a lot of singing and has moving and emotive lyrics that contribute a whole different element to dance floors around the world. A very different type of trance album, I like the sound it brings to the genre, as this album is more palatable for daily listening, compared to hard trance albums which could be headache inducing. Similar to OceanLab, Dash Berlin makes extensive use of female vocalists who can hit and maintain high notes. These vocalists bring a somewhat angelic element to the music, providing a nice variation between electronic sounds and human singing. The first track “Till the Sky Falls Down”, starts out with a slightly down played beat and sound. There are gaps in the music and the vocalist does not go into the higher octaves. Heavy synthesizer phrases don’t kick it till half-way making it a good warm-up song to the rest of the album which

goes heavy into fast beats, high octaves and extended synthesizer usage. The fourth track, “Waiting,” features Emma Hewitt, an Australian songwriter/vocalist who has featured in numerous works of other trance artists. This song has a more ballad feel to it, but the bass line and effects constantly remind you that this is still very much a trance song. Parts between the verses have a very strong trance anthem influence, with a heavy synthesizer phrase. The lyrics basically tell a story of a girl who’s waiting for someone to take her away. Almost every song features a different female vocalist who each have distinctive voices and they shape the music, and along with the beats and tunes, bring the listener on a musical journey. Songs worth listening to include “Till the Sky Falls Down,” “Waiting”, “Never Cry Again” and “Janeiro” Overall, this album deserves a shot and with trance music easily available online through legal means, you owe it to yourself to at least listen to a few of the tracks before deciding if you should obtain the entire album.


FROM THE LAND OF windmill and wooden clogs comes the distinct and critically acclaimed sounds of Dash Berlin . Since the release of their first album in 2007 Dash Berlin has trilled trance listeners around the world with their synth and vocal combos.

Dead Space’s killer return

Dead Space 2

Joseph Frias

Guest Reporter “Dead Space 2” marks Isaac Clarke’s second outing with

the sinister Necromorphs: corpses reanimated through a virus of unknown origin. Once more Clarke must defy the odds and fight his way through hordes of enemies with little in the way of supplies and ammunition to destroy the Marker, an alien artifact which is said to be the cause of the infection. A far cry from the dreadfully dead USG Ishimura from the original Dead Space, the sequel takes place in the Sprawl, on Titan, one of Saturn’s many moons, which is an active metropolis prior the outbreak. Unlike the original, which placed greater emphasis on instilling fear and a sense of impending doom that comes with the feeling of soli-

tude in an extreme survival situation. The sequel places a greater focus on action and storytelling, making no small effort to engage the player with intense, heartpumping fire fights that force the player to strategize to survive. As well as immersing the player in the inner workings of the mind of Isaac as he struggles with his demons on top of the Necromorphs. All the while he must work together with an unlikely group of allies to reach his final goal and put an end to horror of the Necromorphs once and for all. All in all, this is a must have for fans of the original Dead Space, and definitely worth checking out for any fan of the survival horror genre.


THE FINAL FRONTIER FOR the survival horror genera, zombies in space. Isaac Clark returns as the hero of this saga in the vacuum of space. Hacking slashing, and shooting his way through the onslaught of the mutated zombie horde. All the while struggling to put is troubled past behind him.




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