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Volume CXXX Issue 6

Reorganization takes place to improve functionality Priyanka Kumar Copy Editor

Changes in structure and reorganization are taking place within Student Activities and neighboring departments. Lauren Moran is the new Associate Director of Student Activities and Campus Events for Student Organizations and Involvement. Shane Ryan is the new Associate Director of Student Activities

and Campus Events for Orientation and International Programs. According to Aaron Clevenger, Director of Student Activities and Campus Events, the additions of staff were made to “bring more staff members to support students and to be able to help with the development of new programs and consistency; a person changes everything,” Clevenger said. Also, now the entire Student Activities staff will help dur-

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Organization award packets available Award packets are now available online. Student organizations can now apply for multiple awards, including Gold and Silver Wing status and Organization of the Year. Packets can be found at and are due on March 4.

Housing SignUps Fall 2011 Students who plan to live on campus for the Fall 2011 semester may submit housing contracts from now until March 2. Students will be receiving their lottery numbers on March 16.

TNG hosts Game Show Night Touch N Go productions will be hosting a Game Show Night in the SC on Friday at 8 p.m. Come out and win free cash and prizes. For more information, visit

Arts & Letters Guest Speaker Join Marylene Dosse tonight at 7 p.m. in the IC Auditorium for an evening of Chopin, Debussy and Schumann. These great classical musicians will be relived in the IC by Dosse as she performs her critically acclaimed piano performance playing some of the most famous piano pieces by these great classical artists.

Heroes for Red Cross kicks off Embry-Riddle is proud to sponsor the American Red Cross as they kick off their Heroes for the Red Cross Celebration. The event will be held at the Flight deck beginning at 12:30 p.m. today.

Speed Interviewing Today at 5 p.m. Simulate a real interview and practice your interview skills. Sign-ups only open to those who have viewed the “Ace the Interview” presentation in Blackboard.

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ing Orientation instead of just one team. Clevenger said that at the end of the day, the changes are to meet their mission to “create an environment where students can explore their interests, help with leadership and to help with engagement on campus. Our job is to develop students to become the people they want to be,” he said. As far as the new Associate Directors’ roles, they will be helping student organization,

as it will get more attention in training, event planning and leadership according to Clevenger. “The benefit to Orientation is that now they will get a lot of help instead of past administrators doing all the work with Touch-N-Go,” Clevenger said. According to Moran, who will be taking on her new position, Embry-Riddle is very team-oriented and is one of the reasons she is so enthusi-

astic to come back to ERAU to work. “I love working with students and the interaction, it’s amazing. It’s very family-oriented and team-oriented here,” she said. Likewise, Ryan will be in charge of a new department and is already involved with many tasks. Clevenger notes the whole reorganization process change to be “more productive and assist faster.”

Lauren Moran

Shane Ryan

Associate Director for Student Organizations and Involvement

Associate Director for Orientation and International Programs

Lauren Moran was formerly the Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Volunteer Services. Moran will be supervising the Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, will advise all Student Organizations and coadvise Club Sports. Involvement Programs such as Bonus Bucks and Evening Eagles will also fall under Moran’s advisement.

Shane Ryan was the Program Director of Orientation and Parent Relations. Ryan will continue to head these areas and will be the new advisor for International Programming and coadvisor for Club Sports. For six months in 2010, Ryan served as both the Orientation and Interim Assistant Director of Fraternity Life.

Housing SignBig Show band Ups for Fall 2011 names announced now available by Touch-N-Go Jarrett Bruckner

TNG Chairperson Who is it going to be? TouchN-Go Productions is proud to announce the artists for this year’s Big Show. Before the two bands are released we would like to describe how the selection process went for the spring concert. Every semester Touch-N-Go Productions (TNG) hosts an event known as Preview Day. It is on this day that the general members of TNG hold a screening to brainstorm and decide on specific acts such as comedians, novelties and other forms of entertainment. Last semester’s Preview Day was held on Oct. 30, 2010 and it was on this day that we created a list of most popular selections for the upcoming [Spring 2011] Big Show. Once an act has been selected, it is relayed to our booking agent who then proceeds to contact the respective artists and negotiate a price and availability. On more than one occasion a nominated artist is either unavailable for the specific show date or their performance cost is outside of TNG’s allotted concert budget. In the end, the following two bands were selected and will be performing for the spring concert. The first band, Less Than Jake, is a group of five individuals that formed at one of the largest universities in the state of Florida, University of Florida in Gainsville. The second band surged

from an underground following to mainstream rock when they debuted their single “Sell Out” in the summer of 1997, which became a radio and MTV favorite. Reel Big Fish recorded their original albums at Mojo Records, a record label in California that was founded by Jay Rifkin. The bands performed together for the first time when they shared the stage during the 2007 Warped Tour. Touch-N-Go strives to provide top quality entertainment to every student of the EmbryRiddle community. While we cannot accommodate to every individuals preference, we try to pull acts from all different genres to keep entertainment diverse and appealing to as many

students as possible. Every member of the ERAU community is invited to our Spring Preview Day, which will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 12 p.m. in the Student Center. If you have a suggestion or idea for upcoming entertainment (most notably the homecoming comedian), let your voice be heard! Attend Preview Day, email us at or attend any one of our general board meetings with your idea. Keep in mind that the ultimate decision on act selection resides in the members of TouchN-Go Productions (one of the many benefits and incentives of getting involved). Check out www.touch-n-go. org for more information.


HOUSING OPTIONS FOR THE 2011/2012 year are Doolittle, McKay, Apollo, Adams, Wood, Stimpson, O’Connor and Chanute Residence Halls. Juliet Okeke

Staff Reporter

TOUCH-N-GO PRODUCTIONS HAS RELEASED the names of the two bands for the Big Show this semester. The Big Show will be hosted on April 9 at 8 p.m.

President Speaker Series brings in famous author

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The Department of Housing and Residence Life has commenced sign up for the Fall 2011 semester. The housing contracts are available online for students seeking to live in residence halls for the Fall/Spring 2011/12 semesters. Students who are interested in living on campus for the 2011/12 academic year are to fill out the housing contracts before 11:59 p.m. on March 2. A lottery party will be held right before spring break at the student village atrium. At this event, students can pick up their “lottery card” (which will be

required for room selection on March 30 and 31). Housing is guaranteed for rising sophomores and for most rising juniors and seniors who complete and fill out their online housing contract. The ERAU institutional research annual data shows that students who live in ERAUmanaged housing earn higher gpas and are more likely to stay in school. The housing contract can be found online at www. . For more information and questions, students may contact their resident advisors or the department of housing and residence life at

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President Speaker Series ERAU research looks takes break from politics to further exploration Ainsley Robson

Campus Editor On Wednesday, Feb. 23, another session of the President’s Speakers Series was held in the Captain Willie Miller Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker for this event was David Maraniss, a Washington Post journalist and author, who came to speak about some of his books, current issues and to answer questions from the audience. Maraniss took time to speak about two of his different books, “When Pride Matters” and “Into the Story.” The twotime Pulitzer prize-winning author and reporter also shared a little bit of insight on his next book about President Barack Obama. Taking a short break from the usual political direction that the series takes, Marc Bernier,

Special Assistant to EmbryRiddle President John Johnson, started the night off with a little discussion about legendary Green Bay Packers Head Coach Vince Lombardi and Maraniss’ book, “When Pride Matters”, which is about Lombardi. Maraniss described Lombardi as a man who died in the height of his career. Maraniss shared that the Head Coach learned everything from his religious education and that Lombardi felt that in order to succeed you needed to learn all about the subject and learn the fundamentals first. Lombardi worked to “build a sense of team and love” and that he endeavored to “build a family from a bunch of strangers.” Now when talking about love, Marnaniss clarified that Lombardi was thought of as more of the “Old Man” and that it was his love of the game that drove him. In fact, the priori-


TWO TIME PULITZER PRIZE wining Author and Washington Post Journalist, David Maraniss, takes time to share his books with the campus and local community.

ties that Lombardi held was the Packers, God, and then Family. He also shared that this story was also made into a Broadway play entitled “Lombardi.” The second book, “Into the Story”, is a collection of 32 different stories that cover different times in Maraniss’ life as a reporter. The question and answer section of the presentation also covered political topics including Libya, the tax controversy that is happening in his home state of Wisconsin, Obama, and border control and immigration issues. There were some questions about Maraniss and the way he writes his stories. In response to the question about what made him go into writing, Maraniss shared his background of working at his father’s press office and that writing comes naturally to him. He also talked about how he loves to do the work and “if you love what you are doing, then it doesn’t seem like work.” Another point that he made about his writing was how it is important to go to where you are writing about, especially with non-fiction, and to remain organized. He shared how it is important to go out and find the facts when telling a story. Overall, Maraniss will have a total of ten books to his name upon finishing his current work on President Obama, which will follow Obama from youth all the way to Presidency. He also commented on his earlier visit to Daytona Beach with family who live in the area, where he worked on his book dealing with young Obama. Both of Maraniss’ books were available at the Embry-Riddle Bookstore the night of the event and they could be autographed by the author after the interview. If you would like more information on these and other books written by him, visit

ERAU sponsors “Heroes” Laureen Martinez Press Release

Hundreds of volunteers within the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region have been heroes for thousands of people throughout Central Florida, lending aid during times of disaster, seeing to the welfare of military families and providing citizens with lifesaving CPR and first aid skills. Now the Red Cross needs your help! All during March, the Red Cross is asking individuals, groups, business and organizations to step forward and be “Heroes” for the community by pledging to raise $1,000 to keep vital services alive and well throughout the area. One local university, which saw an F2 tornado destroy its administration building and damage classrooms and training facilities in 2006, has already committed! Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will host the Heroes Campaign kick-off on its campus. Please join us as we introduce some of this year’s “Heroes.” On Tuesday, March 1,

2011, an event will be held at Embry-Riddle’s Aeronautical University’s John Paul Riddle Student Center, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. “We know what it is like to suffer damage after a major storm,” said EmbryRiddle President Dr. John Johnson. “We want to support our community and help ensure that a viable Red Cross is here in the future to help keep people safe, provide them with food to eat, and take care of their basic needs.” The goal of the campaign is to raise $50,000. In addition to Embry-Riddle, corporate sponsors who have already committed to the campaign include Bright House Networks, Orlando Utilities Commission, and United Healthcare. The Red Cross is also looking for local heroes who acted as good Samaritans or demonstrated extraordinary courage and leadership. Nomination forms can be found at www. The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time and money to do its work. In the past year, the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region

Executive Board Editor-in-Chief ....................... Tim Kramer Managing Editor ................... Aaron Craig News Editor ...................... Costas Sivyllis Business Manager ............... Matt Stevens Photography Editor .............. Austin Coffey Advertising Manager ...... Alena Thompson Editorial Staff Front Editor ............................ Tim Kramer Campus Editor .......................... Peter Tan SGA Editor ............................. Bhakti Patel Student Life Editor ......... Alena Thompson Opinions Editor.............. Lanie Wagenblast Space Feature Editor ........... Matt Stevens Sports Editor ........................ Austin Coffey Comics Editor ................. Tilford Mansfield

responded to 2,714 local emergencies, assisted 6,929 military families, and trained more than 60,000 people in lifesaving skills. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to disasters nearly 200 times every day. The organization provides a round-the-clock link between those in the military and their families, and supplies blood and its products to approximately 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. For more information about the Heroes campaign please contact the Chief Public Relations Officer. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information on the campaign, please visit

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Richard Weakley Staff Reporter

The ability to refuel spacecraft in orbit is essential to furthering space exploration beyond low Earth orbit and the moon. Research being performed by Embry-Riddle students and faculty is making this a reality one step at a time. For the past several years, Dr. Gangadharan from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Embry-Riddle, has advised the teams participating in research on spacecraft fuel slosh as part of NASA’s Microgravity Research Program aboard a modified 727 aircraft. Fuel slosh is the dynamic effect that liquid fuel moving around inside of a tank has on the rest of the vehicle the tank is in. This issue is prevalent in spin-stabilized spacecraft where a change of momentum of the vehicle can cause the vehicle to veer off course and not reach its intended destination. This past Fall Semester, the team worked on a project called FAST (Facilitated Access to Space Technologies.) According to Embry-Riddle graduate student researcher Nate Silvernail, the team has “a contract with United Launch Alliance (ULA)

that has [them] working on inorbit fuel depots, especially propellant transfer techniques.” Jim Sudermann is a NASA Engineer at the Kennedy Space Center who mentors the students doing the research. Sudermann believes that “the whole idea of a fuel depot where you could go, up get on orbit, re-fuel or top up your tanks is a real game changer. Right now where ever we go [in space] we have to take every ounce of fuel for that mission with us from the surface of the Earth. So if you could launch light, you could launch more payload and then fill up or you could go farther, changing the whole equation on how you plan and carry out space missions. It’s analogous to how when the military started mid-air refueling and could then reach clear across the globe.” Silvernail explains how this latest experiment will lead into a future experiment. “The FAST flight was a preliminary experiment into onorbit propellant depots where we took [a model of] ULA’s Centaur stage alone and saw how the slosh posed on that itself, to glance into the depot. Now we’re designing an experiment to simulate the flow of propellant from one tank to another to see how fuel slosh

affects the rotational stability. We’re constructing the entire depot and performing an actual transfer. Once that’s complete, the next step would be a docked spaceship for a transfer from the completed depot to the actual spacecraft in zero gravity.” Currently, Gangadharan and Silvernail are looking for dedicated undergraduate engineering students and a team leader to lead an upcoming experiment that they will design starting in the fall semester. Gangadharan said, “This would be a big commitment [for a student] including doing outreach, raising funds for the experiment and going out to Houston, but there are high rewards.” Silvernail is a supporter of the experience gained through performing microgravity research. “This is as close as you get to real engineering while still being in school, you’re in school, but you’re doing real engineering projects on your own. “ Undergraduate engineering students interested in participating should contact Dr. Gangadharan in the Mechanical Engineering Department for more information on how to be a part of the research project. At this time, only United States Citizens are eligible to participate.


FLOATING IN MICROGRAVITY ARE Dillon Sances from SpaceX, Keith Schlee from Orbital Sciences and Dr. Gangadaran from ERAU. All three were working together on a project related to in-orbit refuelling and fuel slosh in vehicles.

Flight Team receives new aircraft


CESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY AND Embry-Riddle have renewed their agreement together until 2017, making Cessna the sole provider of single-engine, non-complex aircraft to the university. Cessna CEO, President, and Chairman Jack Pelton and ERAU President Dr. John Johnson signed the agreement in front of the ERAU Flight team, University, and Cessna administrators on Feb. 25 at the Daytona Beach Campus Fleet Maintenance Hanger.

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COE Forum huge success Jade McClenahan

College of Engineering This past Tuesday, Feb. 23, Engineering Week began with the College of Engineering Forum. The event was sponsored by Boeing, the Student Government Association’s College of Engineering Representatives, Career Services and Engineering Week. These organizations worked hard to advertise and provide food and raffle prizes for the forum. Mark Lyden, Boeing’s Lead College Recruiter and ERAU alumnus, hosted the event. The forum kicked off with a compelling success story by Areef Reza, an ERAU alumnus and Boeing Employee. Reza graduated with a less than favorable gpa and no industry experience. Through hard work, perseverance and help from Lyden, Reza landed an internship followed by a job with The Boeing Company.

A panel of nine ERAU students who have accepted internships or full-time job offers with Boeing shared what they believe made them stand out and get hired by Boeing. The floor was then open to the students to ask questions addressed to Boeing or the student panel on tips and tricks of landing an internship. The forum revealed that less than 10 of the 1,000 to 1,500 interns Boeing hires annually are ERAU students. Lyden believes this statistic is ridiculous and stated that the best of ERAU students are comparable to the best of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students. Boeing can and would like to increase their hiring of ERAU students by tenfold, if the students would only apply. Students need to apply online following the “seven steps” which can be found in the Career Services Center, located in the C-Building. Lyden and the panel

encouraged the students to use their resources (such as Career Services) to perfect their interviewing skills and tailor their resume appropriately. In addition to the approximately 250 students in attendance, the Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. Mirmirani and the Chair of the Aerospace Engineering Department, Dr. Eslami, were present. Mark Rehren and Katherine Semmer, along with other Boeing Recruiters were available to speak with students and answer questions before and after the forum. Also, the Aerospace Engineering Student Advisory Board was distributed surveys to Aerospace Engineering students to collect their opinions of the Aerospace Engineering curriculum. The forum was a great success especially because students of all majors benefited from the information on how to get an internship or job with any company, Boeing in particular.

see the list of dates for the next two suggestion tables: Monday, March 7: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Dining Services Feedback Table in Student Village Monday, March 14: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Dining Services Feedback Table in Landing Strip In addition to these suggestion tables, a Dining Services Advisory Board (DSAB) meeting was held to allow students to voice concerns directly to Sodexo. These Dining Services Advisory Board meetings are typically held twice a semester; in attendance are members representing Greek life, athletics, residence life, ROTC, international students, faculty and staff. The main suggestions from the last DSAB meeting were to improve the pizza and burgers in the student village, the Asian concept in the Landing Strip (less salty and oily foods) and more seafood options. The second DSAB meeting of

the semester will be held on Monday, April 4 at 1p.m. If you have any suggestions for this meeting or would like to attend, please send an email to cooke@ The dining services website, posts the daily menus from all dining services locations and also acts as a great communication link. The site offers a suggestion link for you to leave feedback that will be promptly received by higher-ups in dining services. There are three different ways to access the dining services menu: • Call 386-226-6080 • Go to Sodexo’s website at Tweet at • T W I T T E R . c o m / ERAUMENUSC for SC • T W I T T E R . c o m / ERAUMENULS for Landing Strip • T W I T T E R . c o m / ERAUMENUSV for Student Village

Boeing “4-1-1” q Less than 10 of the 1,000

to 1,500 interns Boeing hires annually are ERAU students.

q The best of ERAU stu-

dents are comparable to the best of MIT, Cornell, and RPI students.

q Boeing can and would like to increase their hiring of ERAU students by tenfold, if the students would only apply.

Sodexo collects feedback for Dining Services Emily Cook

College of Engineering If you see a table in the Student Center on a Monday during lunch, or in the Student Village during dinner, with an attention grabbing “Lettuce Know” sign beside it, it is because Dining Services has been working hard to collect student suggestions in order to improve on-campus food. At these tables you will find Bob MacKay, the General Manager of Sodexo, John Tinstman, the Operations Manager of Sodexo, Will Smith, the Resident Dining Manager and your Student Government Association Dining Services Liaison. Sodexo and SGA have been working together this semester to collect and implement student suggestions and all we need is your input and suggestions. These suggestion tables will continue throughout the semester and below you will

Tour new hanger facilities Curtis Dodge

College of Aviation The Student Government Association is hosting a tour of the new hangar facilities on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. This tour will include a tour of the new hangar complex on the flight line as well as a chance

for students to see active maintenance occurring on the flight line. The new hangar facility is one of the largest hangar complexes in Florida and has considerably increased the efficiency of the maintenance department. Jack Haun, the maintenance director at ERAU has assisted the Student Government

Association by allowing students to tour the new facilities. If you are interested in attending the event there is a sign up sheet in the Student Government Office located in the Student Center next to the information desk. There is a limit of 25 students max for this event so please sign up early if you plan on attending.

Get to know your SGA

Get to know your SGA

Karen Zhao

Chris Higgs Student Finance Board Senior Aerospace Engineering

Student Finance Board

Hello! I am Karen Zhao from Brooklyn, NY. I am currently a Junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Safety Science with a minor in Air Traffic Management. Being an air traffic controller at the tower in John F. Kennedy International Airport is one of my biggest dreams. Luckily, I will be spending this summer interning at JFK which brings me one step closer to my dream. I am definitely a city girl that enjoys shopping whenever I have free time. I love to eat all type of Asian food, especially Malaysian, and I am addicted to sour gummy candies. I have a bad habit of walking really fast with music blasting in my ears, so I am very sorry for everyone that tells me I passed by them without saying hi. At ERAU, I am currently on the Student Finance Board for the second semester. I enjoy what I do for all the students and will be running for elections to be a member next school year. I also par-

Junior Safety Science

ticipate in the Safe Ride Committee and the Environmental Awareness Committee, which are only a few of the many committees everyone can participate in. Aside from SGA, I also serve as Vice President of Asian Student Union with a goal to unify a diverse group of Asians and to spread awareness of our culture. For three years in high school I was on the fencing team but unfortunately, there isn’t one on campus. Thus I’ve moved on to badminton and now serve as Treasurer and Secretary for the Badminton Club. Even though I have a strong passion for air traffic management, I am also interested in safety. I am a member of American Society of Safety Engineers and International Society of Air Safety Investigators. Besides clubs and classes, I work in the Admissions Department as a student assistant. If you are interested in joining any clubs I am in, feel free to contact me at .

Hello Embry-Riddle! My name is Christopher Higgs and I am a senior enrolled in the Aerospace Engineering degree program with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics. Though I have been living in Florida for the past ten years, I am originally from across the pond, hailing from sunny old England (Fact: England is actually pretty miserable, it rains for more than 300 days each year). This is my second year serving on the Student Finance Board. During my tenure with the Student Government, I have been working hard to make sure that the Finance Board allocates money to benefit our campus in the best ways possible so that students get the most out of their collegiate experience. Along with the other members of the Finance Board, I help to ensure that each and every Student Organization receives the funding they need while operating within our fiscal limitations. In addition to my SGA responsibilities, I try to be as involved as possible in student life and campus activities. I believe that this broad out-

look on campus life gives me a better capacity to serve the students. I have served as an officer and member in several different clubs including the Honor Students Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Gamma Tau, Order of Omega, ERRSA and the Senior Class Council. I am also proud to be a Brother and Vice President of the Florida Mu Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. For two years I worked as a writing tutor in our Writing Center but now I am an intern with Raydon Corporation in Port Orange. There, I get paid to play with virtual reality simulators for the US Army. After I graduate this May, I will be taking a position with the Engineering Career Foundation Program with The Boeing Company in Seattle, WA. In my spare time, which I rarely have, I enjoy water-skiing of any kind, especially wakeboarding and bare-footing. Other interests I have include riding my motorcycle or bicycle, swimming, going to the gym, soccer and skydiving. I also like to partake in the antiquated entertainment medium that is the perusal of books.



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Color blindness and effects come into focus What causes color blindness; how many people are color blind; and how does it affect life; can color blind people easily confuse colors on web sites, in traffic? These are some of the questions I had when I first started doing some research on color vision. It turns out that roughly 8% of the male population and 0.5% of the female population are color deficient (“color blind”). To explain how a person becomes color deficient let me first give some general information about the human eye. The part of the human eye that ‘sees’ are specialized nerve cells called rods and cones. Rods are for seeing in low lighting conditions and for detecting movement and cones are for seeing things more clearly and in color. There are three different types of cones and three different photopigments

that correspond to those three types of cones. The most common types of color deficiency are caused when there is an inherited breakdown in one of those photopigments. Females are less likely to be color deficient due to their genes. The X chromosome has the genes that code for two of the three types of photopigments and because females have two X chromosomes they have double the chance of having normal color vision. There are three more common types of color deficiency called deuteranopia, protanopia, and tritanopia. Out of these three types, deuteranopia and protanopia are the most common. A deuteranope is a person who is deficient in the ability to see colors like green. A protanope is a person deficient in the ability to see colors like red and a tritanope has trouble with

colors like blue. When it comes to designing be a webpage, a board game, or even a sign you want people to see, it is important to keep in mind that color deficient people don’t see colors the same way as most people. Something that would be a great help to anyone in the design business is a list of colors that can be effortlessly distinguished by both those with normal color vision as well as individuals with mild color deficiencies. This is what I am working on with Dr. Jon French in the Human Factors Department. Using methods based on the literature, we have come up with a list of colors that we believe will be easily distinguished by both color normal individuals as well as mildly color deficient individuals. We are actively seeking individuals interested in helping us determine how

clear these color are from one another. If you would like to know more about your color deficiency, we can give you a full diagnostic for free. If you think you might be color deficient or you have been previously diagnosed, or if you are simply interested in finding out more information about this study, please contact me via email at faacolorstudy@ Our next planned study will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in LB 374. Additionally, if you found this article interesting and are interested in expanding your knowledge of life sciences, you should take a look at ERAU’s Aerospace Life Sciences minor in the Human Factors Department, contact Dr. French (386-226-6384, frenc70f@erau. edu) for more information. ~ Rosie Abeyta


Student Forum “What did you think of the shuttle Launch?”

- Compiled by James Holt

David Harrison Freshman Aerospace Engineering

Dustin Allard Junior Aeronautical Science

Kahlil Benjamin Freshman Aeronautical Science

Kenneth D. Rands Freshman Aerospace Engineering

Thomas Guido Freshman Aerospace Engineering

Virgilio Jamotillo Freshman Aerospace Engineering

“It was really cool since it was the first time I ever saw it.”

“It was my first launch and it was AMAZING.”

“It was a spectacular sight.”

“We should be having more of them.”

“‘Twas a spectacular spectacle of high powered rocketry and delight.”

“It was EPIC.”


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Space Shuttle Discovery takes to the skies one last time On Thursday, Feb. 24, Space Shuttle Discovery marked the historic and final flight of the Discovery Space Shuttle. After experiencing months of delays, the 27-year old vehicle and the crew of the STS-133 mission launched into blue skies toward the International Space Station for its eleven-day mission. Aboard the flight were two Embry-Riddle alumni, Nicole Stott and Alvin Drew, who both served as Mission Specialists. According to Spaceflight Now (, a fuel leak was found during a routine check in the final days before Discovery’s original launch date on Nov. 1, 2010. The expected one-day delay ended up being the first of many which would push Discovery’s launch back further. Numerous cracks were found in the external fuel tank after further inspection, which prompted NASA officials to remove the space shuttle assembly off of the launch pad in mid December for a more thorough inspection. Additional foam insulation was then applied to the intertank of the external fuel tank. After multiple repairs, one last delay before Discovery’s launch on Thursday caused NASA officials to set an additional hold to that scheduled at T-9 minutes in order to fix a problem that was in the command system computer. With two seconds remaining in the launch window, the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing, and controller of the Eastern Range system, was able to resolve the “no-go” computer glitch and send Discovery on its mission. The STS-133 mission carried with it three main components that included the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PPM) the Logistics Carrier 4 (ELC4), and Robonaut 2. The PPM will be attached to the Space Station permanently, and along with the ELC4, will provide extra space for experiments and storage on the Space Station. Robonaut 2 is expected to be “the first humanoid robot in space.” After a primary demonstration of its abilities, it will be tested and modified to eventually be able to help astronauts outside the Space Station during spacewalks. After one last sentimental flight around the Space Station, the STS-133 crew will begin its final descent to Earth and land on March 6. From its first flight on Aug. 30, 1984 until this final landing, Space Shuttle Discovery will have about 143 million miles in its service to the United States and the world. ~ Lanie Wagenblast



GREAT NEWS! The university has approved tuition and housing discounts this summer! Tuition for all flight and academic courses will be discounted 10%! In addition to this great benefit the Flight Department is offering flight rebates; a flight rebate is a credit that a student would earn for completing a course (FROM START TO FINISH) during the summer.

Tuition/Housing Discounts


Tuition for all courses (flight and academic) Housing (Summer A)

10% discount $200 discount

Housing (Summer B)

$200 discount

Flight Rebates: Students who start and complete a course will be rewarded with an ETA credit for the following amounts:



$1,500 $900

FA 121 (Private Pilot ASEL) FA 221 (Instrument ASEL)

$1,200 $700

FA 321 (Commercial ASEL) FA 323 (Commercial Add-On AMEL FA 122 (Private Pilot AMEL)


FA 222 (Instrument AMEL) FA 322 (Commercial AMEL)

$1,200 $900

FA 324 (Commercial Instrument AMEL)

$1,000 $350

FA 326 (Commercial Add-On ASEL) FA 417 A&I (Flight Instructor & CFI-I ASEL)


FA 460 (Flight Instructor AMEL)


Students can use the credit in the ETA system towards their next course or for aircraft rental. Come fly in the summer, save money, and earn flight time! Questions? Speak to your flight instructor or stop by the flight line!

Embry-Riddle knocks off conference opponent B3

Eagles take care of Ave Maria B2

Basketball takeS conference tournament crown B2 Womens golf finishes 11th B3 ANTHONY SEKINE/AVION

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ERAU Athletics The Embry-Riddle men’s basketball team entered the 2011 Sun Conference tournament as the No. 2 seed and emerged as the conference tournament champion after holding off No. 1 seed and top-ranked Northwood in a double overtime thriller, 70-69 on Saturday. With the win ,the seventh-ranked Eagles (29-4) secured an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National

Tournament in Branson, Mo., March 9-15. A strong fan base on both sides set the backdrop for an exciting contest between two of the top 10 teams in the nation. Both teams were very evenly matched as both teams had identical 30.2 shooting percentages for the game. Northwood held a 46-42 edge on the boards, while the Eagles had a 9-7 advantage in three-point shooting. The biggest difference came at the free throw line where the Eagles were 82.6 percent (19-of-23) and the Seahawks were 78.6 percent (22of-28). “I thought this win was gigantic for our program,” ERAU Head Coach Steve Ridder said. “I thought it was great to reward our fans who have followed us throughout the year and who were with us tonight both in person and listening on the radio. “We came into the game real-

Upcoming Sporting Events MEN’S BASEBALL

Friday, March 4: vs Southeastern * Daytona Beach, Fla. 6 p.m.

teams played tight defense. On the following Eagle possession, Brett Rawlings hit one of his three three-pointers to put the Eagles back on top by two, but Horstmann and Dunn combined for six points over the next two minutes to move the Seahawks ahead by five (45-40). The Eagles battled back to reclaim the lead and with 2:25 remaining, the visitors led by six (51-45), but once again, the Seahawks had an answer and after Courtney Walters and Jonathan Dunn combined to pull the Seahawks within three (5249), Horstmann knocked down his only three-pointer of the night with 26 seconds left in regulation to knot the score at 52-52. The Eagles had a chance to win the game in regulation, but Blake Touchard’s shot bounced off the rim to send the game into overtime. Dunn struck first for the Seahawks in the first overtime period, drilling one of his three long-range shots to give Northwood a 55-52 lead. The Sun Conference Player of the Year then went to the free throw line and knocked down both attempts to increase the Seahawk lead to five with 1:21 left to play. Rawlings who Ridder noted made some big plays down the stretch for the Blue and Gold, hit a three-pointer, grabbed a rebound off the Walters miss on the other end and then put back a David Butler miss to tie the

game at 57-57 and force a second overtime period. Embry-Riddle won the jump ball to open the final five minutes and went up 60-57 on a Blake Touchard three. Dunn immediately answered with a three of his own, but the Eagles raced down to the other end of the court where Butler scored two of his 18 points to make the score 62-60. Over the next two minutes, neither team was able to score during the run of play, and free throws by Hortsmann and Dunn put the Seahawks back in front, 63-62. With 1:09 showing on the clock, Rawlings was fouled and hit both of his free throws to reclaim a one-point Eagle lead. The Eagles looked for a big defensive stop and got just that from Butler who blocked Dunn’s jump shot, pulled down the rebound and was then fouled by Horstmann who exited the game with his fifth foul. Butler also made good on both his free throws, but then he too was forced to leave the game when he was called for his fifth foul on Dunn. An 83 percent free throw shooter on the year, Dunn could only come up with one of two from the charity stripe, which left Northwood trailing by two (66-64) with 14 seconds remaining. On the Eagles’ next trip down the court, Ray Graham was sent to the free throw line and he hit both of his attempts to make it a four-point game. Now back on

defense with eight seconds left, the Eagles opted to foul and this time Dunn made good on both free throw shots to make it a twopoint game. Following Dunn’s free throws, the Eagles inbound the ball to Glenn Dalcourt who was immediately fouled by Dunn. The ERAU senior calmly stepped up to the line and sealed the Eagle win with two free throws. Dunn used the final four seconds to get the ball down the court and as the clock expired he banked a three-point off the glass, but it was not enough as the Eagles walked away from the Countess de Hoernle Center with the onepoint win. Butler finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors. Joining Butler on the All-Tournament team was Touchard, who had 11 points, seven boards, five assists and five steals. Rawlings turned in one of his best performances of the season, finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds. Dunn (30 points, 10 rebounds) and Horstmann (13 points, 14 rebounds) also earned AllTournament team recognition for Northwood who move to 30-3 on the year. The Eagles will now prepare for their 11th trip to the NAIA National Tournament, hosted by the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. Game times and pairings are yet to be determined.

Saturday, March 5: vs Southeastern (DH) * Daytona Beach, Fla. 1 p.m. Sunday, March 6: vs Bellevue (Neb.) Daytona Beach, Fla. 6 p.m. Monday, March 7: vs Jamestown (N.D.) Sanford, Fla. 6 p.m.

izing that we needed to do something a little different. We were just a possession or two from winning both games in the regular season, so we didn’t panic; we just tweaked our game plan defensively. They beat us bad on the boards last time so our main focus was on rebounding. We realized that we were going to face some adversity tonight, but we were locked in from the time we got to the locker room and that made all the difference.” The Eagles quickly established themselves on the Seahawks’ home floor, taking a 12-6 lead to open the game. A stingy Eagle defense forced four Northwood turnovers in the first seven minutes and allowed ERAU to build the lead to 13 (24-11) midway through the first half. The Blue and Gold was able to maintain that cushion until a jumper by Patrick Horstmann at the 8:08 started a 10-2 run that pull the Seahawks within three (28-25) with 1:45 left in the half. The Eagles were able to recover from the brief scoring drought and scored the last three points of the half to take a 31-25 lead into the half time break. Coming out of the break, the Seahawks scored 11 points to just five by the Eagles and at the 13:44 mark, a Jonathan Dunn jumper gave Northwood its first lead of the game, 38-37. The only point over the next two minutes came in the form of a Dunn free throw as both

Tuesday, March 8: vs Tennessee Wesleyan Daytona Beach, Fla. 6 p.m.


Friday, March 4: vs St. Thomas * Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5: vs Lynn Daytona Beach, Fla. 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8: vs Eastern Kentucky Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m.


Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5: Indoor Nationals Geneva, Ohio TBA

EMBRY-RIDDLE EMERGED AS conference tournament champion after holding off No. 1 seed and top ranked Northwood in a double overtime. With the win the Eagles secured an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Tournment.

Eagles take care of Ave Maria Ryan Mosher

ERAU Athletics The sixth-ranked EmbryRiddle Eagles completed their fourth sweep of the season, and their third sweep in Sun Conference play as they downed Ave Maria in a doubleheader on Saturday, 4-2 and 7-3. ERAU (13-2, 9-0) took care of the Gyrenes (6-13, 0-6) with timely hitting and steadfast pitching at Sliwa Stadium, keeping their home record perfect at 9-0.


Friday, March 4: vs St. Thomas * Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 5: vs Lynn Daytona Beach, Fla. 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8: vs Eastern Kentucky Daytona Beach, Fla. 3:30 p.m.


Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5: Indoor Nationals Geneva, Ohio TBA *-TSC Opponents


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Tucker Jensen earned his fourth win of the season and Phillip Reamy recorded his sixth save of the year in ERAU’s 4-2 victory in the first game of the day’s doubleheader. Jensen moved quickly through the first two innings, not allowing a run to cross the plate, but AMU would take their first and only lead of the series in the top of the third when Trace McDermott scored on a Brian Trymbiski sacrifice fly to make the score 1-0 in the visitor’s favor. However, the lead would not last long as the Eagles struck for two runs in the bottom half of the third to claim the 2-1 advantage. Steve Sabins ran his hitting streak to 12 games with a double down the left field line that scored Jeff Lemon after the sophomore had doubled to left center in the previous at-bat. Junior Chris Page singled down

the right field line as Sabins touched home for the Eagles’ second run of the contest. ERAU added another run in the fourth frame, Tyler Robbins grounded out to the second baseman, but Ian MacGeorge was able to reach home as he was on third base. Jensen worked cleanly through the fourth through sixth innings, but the Gyrenes were able to make it interesting with a run in the seventh to cut the lead to 3-2. Sabins provided an insurance run for the Blue and Gold in the home half of the seventh on a sacrifice fly to left field that was deep enough to allow Greg Smith to tag and score from third. Reamy entered in the ninth and went one-two-three for his sixth save of the year and his fifth in as many games. Jensen (4-0) went eight complete, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning four AMU batters. Lemon went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored, Sabins was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run scored himself. The loss was given to Nolan Luyk (1-2), as he threw four innings, giving up three runs on just five hits and one walk.


four strikeouts and moved to 2-0 overall. ERAU scored twice in the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead they never gave up throughout the rest of the game. Aaron Glaum started things off for ERAU with a single to center field then advanced to third when Lemon stroked his third double of the day down the left field line. Page also doubled, this time to right center, and both runners would come home for Embry-Riddle. Gyrene starter Justin James got into more trouble in the third inning, giving up three runs, two via bases-loaded walks, as the Eagles took a 5-0 lead. Lemon registered a one-out walk, then was moved to third on a Sabins’

single, extending the Austin, Texas native’s hitting streak to 13 consecutive games. Page picked up another RBI with a single through the right side to score Lemon in the next atbat. With the bases loaded, J.T. Warmoth drew an RBI walk on five pitches, followed by an RBI walk by Keaton Stroud. Glaum crossed the dish in the fourth inning on a Page single, running the score to 6-0 for the Eagles. Warmoth scored an unearned run in the fifth on a Stroud single through the left side that increased the lead to 7-0. Ave Maria would get a run in the sixth off of Maloney, and then a second run on a home run from

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Kevin Maloney had a quality start for Embry-Riddle, as the Eagles out-hit AMU 10-6 en route to their 7-3 win and a series sweep. Maloney went six innings, surrendering just one run on two hits with


EMBRY-RIDDLE EAGLES COMPLETED their fourth sweep of the season and their third sweep in Sun Conference play. The Eagles downed Ave Maria in a doubleheader on Saturday. Keeping their home record perfect at 9-0.


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Embry-Riddle knocks off conference oppontent

Men’s tennis blank SCAD Alison Smalling

ERAU Athletics The Embry-Riddle men’s tennis team showed little ill effects from a 14-day lay-off as they opened a two-game road trip with a 9-0 shutout of No. 25 SCAD Savannah in Sun Conference action on Saturday. The Eagles extended their unbeaten streak on the

year to 4-0, while the Bees fell to 1-2. The Eagles won both the first and second doubles flights by identical 8-6 scores as Patrick Besch and Jan Hoekzema teamed up to defeat Dean Loock and Kaan Yaylali and Chris Freeman and Peter Francis downed Mihai Draganeszu and Noah Moerkerken. Simon Felix and Adrian Bayh completed the doubles sweep with an 8-4 win at the No. 3 spot. All six singles matches were two-set victories for the Eagles who are now 2-0 in conference play.

No. 5 Eagles turn back No.9 Bees

After finishing tied for first in the conference regular standings a year ago, the Embry-Riddle women’s team notched its seventh program win against SCAD Savannah, topping the Bees 7-2 on the road on Saturday. The fifth-ranked Eagles improved their record to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in Sun Conference play, while the Bees, ranked

ninth in the NAIA preseason poll, drop to 2-1 and 0-1 in the league. The Eagles were able to move ahead quickly after notching victories in all the doubles matches. Top-ranked Josefine Ström and Yi Ching Chen topped No. 16 Theresa Schmaus and Courtney Collins 8-5 and Ekaterina Kamendova and Rocio Frej Vitallé bested No. 12 Hillary Collins and Magdalena Bresson by the same margin at No. 2 doubles. The freshman duo of Kristina Márová and Paola Montero completed the doubles sweep with an 8-0 shutout of Lucy Zhang and

Charlotte Debrey at the third doubles spot. The Eagles won easily at the No. 3 through No. 6 singles positions as Márová defeated Courtney Collins 6-0, 6-2, Ström bested Zhang 6-1, 6-1 and Caroline Nilsson blanked Debrey 6-0, 6-0 to clinch the team win. The matches at the top three spots were very tightly contested with all three going to three sets. The matchup at No. 1 singles put second-ranked Chen against No. 16 Hillary Collins. Chen easily won the first set 6-2, but fell 6-3 in the second. The junior regained her focus in the third

set and easily dispatched the SCAD Savannah senior 6-0. At the No. 3 spot Bresson notched a 6-4 first-set win against Frej Vitallé, but the Embry-Riddle junior battled back to win the second set by the same score to force a third set. Frej Vitallé was unable to ride the momentum of her second set win and fell 6-3 in the third. The Bees second win came at the No. 2 spot where Bresson got by Kamendova 6-4, 0-6, 6-1. The Eagles will back in action at 10 a.m. on Sunday in one of their toughest matches of the season as they take on NCAA II No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic.


THE EMBRY-RIDDLE MEN’S TENNIS team opened a two-game road trip with a 9-0 shutout against Sun Conference opponent SCAD Savannah. The Eagles extended their unbeaten streak on the year to 4-0. The Embry-Riddle women’s tennis team notched the program’s first ever win against Rollins and extending their over all record to 5-1.

Women’s golf finishes Eagles roll past Warner 11th at lady Moc Classic into tournament final Austin Quinn

ERAU Athletics The Embry-Riddle women’s golf team finished 11th overall and shot a 315 in the third and final round of the Lady Moc Classic Tuesday. After a rough start on the first day of the tournament, the Eagles were able to bounce back in the final round by cutting 26 strokes off of their first round score and 20 strokes off of their second round score. Heather Wiquist led the way in the final round, shooting the lowest round of the tournament for the Blue and Gold with a 76. Fabys A. Barreto Guzman was the next scorer, finishing just one stroke behind Wiquist with a solid 77. Zala Pia Jenko and Bea Serra both came in at 81 for the Eagles, while Connie Pitenis shot 84. Overall, Barreto Guzman was the low scorer for the Eagles at the two-day 54-hole tournament, shooting 86-82-77=245 and finishing tied for 37th overall. Jenko was only two strokes behind, finishing tied for 41st with an 88-78-81=247. Wiquist and Serra both finished tied for 47th with an 83-93-76=252 and 84-8781=252 respectively. Pitenis was the fifth Eagle competitor coming in 61st overall with a 89-88-84=261.

NCAA Division II Nova Southeastern won the 15-team tournament by shooting 29-290299=888. Florida Southern (312-300-298=910), Belmont Abbey (310-304-306=920), Bradley (315-322-301=939) and Flagler (317-313-320=950) rounded out the top five. “I was very proud of the way

the girls bounced back today,” said Head Coach Maria Lopez. “That was definitely more like us, our putting and fear got the better of us yesterday and today we rose above it.” The Eagles will compete again on Mar. 18 when they host the Eagle Invitational at Pelican Bay Country Club.


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HEATHER WIQUIST SHOT A team low 76 during the final round of play helping the eagles to finish 11th overall.

The second-seeded EmbryRiddle men’s basketball team put on one of its strongest defensive performances of the year en route to an 86-57 victory in the semifinals of The Sun Conference Tournament on Friday. The Eagles, who lead the nation in defensive field goal percentage (38.1 percent), held the Royals to just 26 percent shooting from the field to improve to 28-4 on the year and earn a spot in the conference title game for the seventh year in a row. The Eagles were consistent offensively shooting 45.7 percent from the field in each half of play. The Blue and Gold also did a good job of passing the ball and getting everyone involved on the offense as they registered assists on 22 of their 32 made baskets. Ray Graham and David Butler led the way with 14 points each, with Butler leading all players on the boards with 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the year.

Blake Touchard finished with 13 points and five assists and Jarod Leonard totaled 11 points and four boards as 12 of the 13 players who saw action for the Blue and Gold got their names in the scoring column. Graham scored the first six points of the contest on a pair of field goals and two free throws and Touchard scored the next three to give the Eagles an early 9-2 lead. After Warner’s Brennan Taylor hit one of his two first-half three-pointers to make it a six-point game (115), Glenn Dalcourt hit a jump shot from the left side and that score triggered a 13-2 run that increased the Eagle advantage to 17 (24-7) with 8:39 left in the half. The Eagles, who are 39 percent from beyond the arc on the

year, managed just one longrange basket in the first half, but they made up for the shortfall at the charity stripe where they were 8-of-10 and that helped them to a 41-24 lead at the intermission. In the second half, ERAU improved its shooting from beyond the arc, connecting on seven of 18 attempts from the three-point line to match the season average. The Royals tried to use the long-range shot to get back into the game, but were bothered by the Eagle defense and made just one of their 21 three-point shots in the second half. The Eagles did a good job corralling the misses, out-rebounding the Royals 33-25 on the defensive boards and converting them into points on the scoreboard.

THE FLOCK EVENTS FLOCK 50 TASKS and EVENTS Friday, March 4, 6 p.m. Daytona Beach, Fla. Baseball vs. Southeastern Saturday, March 5, 1 p.m. Daytona Beach, Fla. Baseball vs. Southeastern Friday, March 4, 3:30 p.m. Daytona Beach, Fla. Tennis vs. St. Thomas Saturday, March 5, 1 p.m. Daytona Beach, Fla. Tennis vs. Lynn


EAGLES USE ONE OF strongest defensive performances of the year en route to an 86-57 victory in the semi-finals.



Entertainment Unable to deliver Marvel vs Capcom Page



Zane Pratt

Guest Reporter Unintelligible, uninteresting, or unlikeable-- any of these would have been a more suitable title for the latest actionthriller Unknown. Do not let the trailers for Unknown fool you; it may preview like one

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of 2011’s best films, but it most certainly is not. Yes, it is fun to see Liam Neeson play a rebel good guy as he did so well in Taken, but nothing else about the movie is quite as captivating. Along with Neeson, Unknown stars January Jones, Diane Kruger, and Frank Langella, all who deliver uninspired performances. In the beginning, director Jaume Collet-Serra teases the audience with a storyline that promises to be a first-rate mystery, but the film quickly and literally takes a plunge. Unknown’s plot is similar to a maze in the sense that it has annoying twists and turns that lead to a dead end. Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) and his wife Liz (January Jones) arrive in Berlin for a science summit in which he is supposed to speak. On the way, they are involved in an accident that lands Harris in the hospital. After four days in a coma, Harris wakes up to a new reality. His wife does not acknowledge him as her husband; instead, she introduces him to a man

who claims to be Dr. Martin Harris, her husband. Teetering on the verge of insanity, Harris tries to sort out his reality, and as he does so, he digs up a conspiracy more labyrinthi ne than he could ever have imagined. At this point in the film, the absurdities begin to pile up. Sadly, this movie really does come close to being enjoyable. It has the Bourne series identity- crisis angle, fun beat ‘em up scenes, and a spectacularly destructive car chase, but the lame plot drags the positive aspects of the film down with it. For those of you who think this film may be an unofficial Taken sequel, I assure you that the only thing “taken” out of the first movie is Liam Neeson. Unknown thrashes around creating a handful of possible outcomes and finally settles on the worst one possible. By the time the credits roll, you will be wondering, “why did this movie make it to the big screen?” Trust me--the answer to that question remains unknown

Marvel vs Capcom 3

Joseph Frias

Guest Reporter Ten years after the release of its predecessor, the fifth

game in the Marvel vs. Capcom series has finally hit shelves. Following in the footsteps of its ancestors, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 features the same fast paced, over-the-top tag team fighting goodness the series is known and loved for. Featuring simplified controls for more casual gamers as well as a sleek and structured design powered by Capcom’s proprietary MT Framework engine, Marvel vs Capcom is both a treat to watch and play. Because of the pure graphical power behind it however, both the scale and speed of the action have been toned down somewhat from the previous titles, but this is of little consequence, and most will not notice it once the action starts. The game modes

offered are fairly standard. Offline game modes include Arcade, Versus, Training, and Mission mode (in which players are tested to perform certain combos with characters of their choice). Online mode offers a simple interface and options to jump quickly jump into the online fray, offering relatively lagfree gameplay. The game also features a Gallery mode, in which players may view character artwork and profiles, shedding some light on the origins and backgrounds of characters for those unfamiliar with some of characters in the game. As a whole, Marvel vs Capcom 3 has much to offer and does little to disappoint, and is a must have in any fighting game library that will likely be played for years to come.


LIAM NEESON [RIGHT] AND January Jones [left] star it the suspense thriller “Unknown.” This action laden romp through Berlin lands short of expectations and falls flat in the plot department. Despite the best efforts of Neeson’s rebel good guy performance.

FANS OF THE POPULAR and classic “Marvel vs. Capcom” series that traces it’s lineage back to the stand-up arcade games of old, will rejoice with the release of the third installment of this 2D fighter on the current generation of consoles. Your favorite characters of classic US comic book company Marvel and classic Japanese video game maker Capcom face off.

Homebrewed Album

Wait For Me Moby

Petet Tan

Staff Repoter The ninth album of American electronic artist Moby differs from all his previous offerings, as this is the first album that was totally recorded in his own apartment, rather than in a professional studio. The sound of the album has a distinctly different feel from that of his previous recordings, especially that of “Last Night”, his previous and last studio album. “Last Night” was a throwback to the club scene, with music fitting that pur-

pose. “Wait for Me” on the other hand is an album that goes back to Moby’s roots of creating the music based on inspiration and muse, rather than making the music for a specific purpose. With a wealth of experience to draw from, Moby has taken all the lessons from what has made his music work and put them together into one work of art. His voice is mostly absent from the album, with a few songs such as the seventh track, “Mistake”, finally featuring his vocals. Moby knows that he is not the best singer around and as such, females who have singing talent cover most of the vocals in the album. While previous albums featured tracks that were mostly independent of one another, with sudden jerks in moods from highs to lows, “Wait for Me” is possibly the first album of his to feature a steady progression through the tracks. This album is a mostly downtempo, quiet album, meant to be played on sad, rainy days, where one might sit in a comfortable chair in melancholy, contemplating the meaning of life. Having listened to all his albums, the disadvantage with

an album like this, where the music is soft and flowing, is that no particular song particular stands out. Songs like “In My Heart” from the album “18” and “Spiders” from the album “Hotel” jump out at the listener when they come on. This album features more use of the piano and violin than ever before. While his first few albums feature loud, noisy, sometimes even screaming sounds and vocals, they progressed to more club-like beats and radio friendly music. With this album, Moby has taken a step toward the postrock and ambient genres, and a step away from the techno and electronica genres. The title song, “Wait for Me” is the eleventh track on the album and features the sultry vocals of one of Moby’s many unnamed female vocalists. The lyrics are simple and repetitive, masking a melodious piano/ violin duet. Overall, this album is a great listen, but fair warning, this is not an album to listen to if you need your mood picked up. The songs in this album are slow and melancholy and will bring you peace if you’re stressed out, but could just as easily make you sadder if you already were.


Electronica artist Moby released his recorded at home album “Wait For Me” in 2009. Like him or hate him he has proven his staying power in the music industry. Of note in this album is the switch from him doing his own vocals to out other more talented singers.

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Issue 6 of The Avion for Spring 2011