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VOLumE  • ISSuE 9 • OcTObER 28 - NOVEmbER 10, 2009

Ju Soccer Shuts down rivals Page 8

new attitude for dCoB Page 3

Get Theatrical with debbie Jordan Page 4

Saw vi Chilling review Page 6


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Question of the Week

Would you be comfortable with your boyfriend or girlfriend having a best friend of the opposite sex? “I feel like if our relationship is built on trust, then I would allow her to have a best friend of the opposite sex without putting any strain in our relationship.” -Rodrigo Clark, senior“I can’t tell him whom he can or cannot hang with but I will have some guidelines.” -Brittany Hillard, freshmen“No, because I don’t think it is possible for a guy to have a girl best friend without having feelings for them.” -Drameka Griggs, freshmen“Yeah, because he isn’t having sex with her, but if he is that is another story.” -Cassandra Castro, sophomore-


Crime Log 10/24/09 1:10 p.m., Upward Bound Burglary (Attempt) Three juveniles surreptitiously opened an unlocked window and one made entry into an unoccupied room. They were scared off when confronted by building occupants. Pending 10/24/09 3:44 a.m., Village Apartments False Alarm of Fire Unknown person activated the fire alarm pull station in Village Aprtment Building 3. Pending 10/18/09 to 10/21/09, Parking Lot Criminal Mischief A student reported that her Jeep’s window was cut. No suspect information is available. Pending 10/18/09 to 10/21/09, Williams Circle Battery A student reported that the same man attacked him in three separate incidents. In one incident he fought off the attacker, knocking him out, and breaking his jaw, and his two accomplices fled. He delayed making a report of the incidents because he had the situation under control.

No witnesses were identified. Pending 10/21/09 10:30 a.m., Merritt Penticoff Criminal Mischief A custodian reported that unknown person(s) had vandalized the men’s restroom. Pending 10/6/09 4:00 p.m., Fieldhouse Theft A toolbox was stolen from the fieldhouse. Pending 10/20/09 3:00 p.m. to 10/20/09 6:30 p.m., Fieldhouse Theft Two students reported that valuables were stolen from their clothing while they were at practice. The items were stored in unlocked lockers. Pending 10/20/09 7:00 p.m., Parking Lot Theft A student reported that someone cut open her vehicle’s convertible top and went through her glove box. Change from her console was stolen. Pending

Cornered by Love: Man Trap riCa CauGHMan Staff Writer

Q: Does it really work to trap a man by getting pregnant? A: Okay, let me start off by saying that I am not Dr. Phil nor am I Ask Judy. However, you did email me so I am going to give you my opinion. Please understand that I am not trying to offend you but I feel that you need a strong dose of reality. It is NEVER okay to try to trap a man, whether it is by getting pregnant or by any other trick you can think of in your narrow little mind. Being manipulative is not the answer. It may give you what you want momentarily, but in the long run you will only find heartache. Could you really be happy if you knew that you had to manipulate someone into being with you? I can understand feeling like your man is slipping away and desperately wanting to hold on

to him. But there are definitely other ways to get what you need (notice I said need not want). You have to communicate with him and you have to accept how he feels. If he feels like your relationship has run its course, keep your dignity and accept that. Don’t start scheming on how you can keep him in your life. Men respond to women who are thoughtful and at the moment your thoughts are out of character for a real woman. I don’t even want to think of the consequences involved when it comes to getting pregnant. If you are not enough to hold on to him, what makes you think that bringing a whole little person into the relationship will make things better? That’s selfish and it’s unfair to everyone involved. Questions/Comments?


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new Standards set at dCoB

Jared BrooKS neWS editor

The Davis College of Business (DCOB) is making tremendous strides towards becoming one of the premier colleges of business in the nation. With AACSB (Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation coming soon, the college has implemented a new vision and mission statement and has set new requirements for admission.

THe viSion

We build thoughtful, engaged leaders who create sustainable high performance and value in their careers, organizations, communities, and world.

THe MiSSion

We do so by delivering high quality, relevant and accessible educational programs and scholarship that build the capacities of current and future leaders for… • Championing ideas that provide perspective and advantage through a creative, action-oriented strategic marketing. • Applying specialized knowledge and methods that make a sustainable difference and demonstrate significant business expertise. • Displaying outstanding leadership skills across their entire careers. • Acting with the highest standards of professionalism evidenced by their ethical character and integrity.

Dr. Joseph McCann, Dean of the Davis College of Business, feels the new mission and vision statement is a vital part of the success the college is expecting to have in the near future. The vision/mission is designed to be “aspirational” – to inspire all of us associated with Davis – in pursuing important, BIG ideals and goals. The current one certainly does that because it stresses our role in helping building leaders that have a lasting, sustainable impact in their own careers, organizations they may work in, their communities and even world. We have some students, for example, who want to work with communities in Ecuador and Haiti, not just Wall Street, and we want them to aspire to that goal. The vision/mission also helps align everyone so that our energies are focused and have greatest impact. It is the basis for defining our learning goals and objectives all the way down to the individual course level. We measure this impact.” DCOB has distributed wallet-sized cards with the vision and mission statement to its students with hopes of the students becoming very familiar with the statement. Some professors are even rewarding students for being able to recall the statement on the spot.

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Starting in the Fall 2010 semester, the Davis College of Business will require students to apply for admittance into the college. “In the past, a student could declare a business major the moment on arriving as a freshman and no


minimum GPA was required. This is going to be a big departure from that,” said Dean McCann. “It is an extremely competitive global economy now and we have felt in Davis a need to make sure students are prepared as best possible, and that means making sure they work as hard as possible while a business major. We also know that students need some time to really consider what it means to be a business major – it is not easy to excel in Davis courses – so the idea of asking students to not just have a 2.5 minimum GPA and to wait until their sophomore year to declare a business major gives them time to think about that decision. We are already seeing positive results, however, judging from students already applying for admission.” The upcoming AACSB accreditation has also played a role in DCOB implementing the requirements. “There are over 11,000 business schools in the world and AACSB has accredited only about 550 of those. They are the best of the best, with the top schools in the world. We want to be one of these, and will be, but this means setting and maintaining high standards for undergraduate and graduate admissions and minimum GPAs,” said Dean McCann. “These standards will place us in the same league as some very good business schools.” With students beginning to internalize the vision and mission statement and with more high quality students being accepted into the college, expect for the Davis College of Business to continue on their path to success.

Your Latest Budget Update Jared BrooKS neWS editor

The JU Board of Trustees recently met during a weekend retreat to finalize the budget and discuss other important matters. According to Dr. Derek Hall, Vice President for University Relations and External Affairs, “JU’s budget is strong and we are in good shape. We are not experiencing the budgets woes of many institutions across the country.” Jacksonville University does not release their private information to the public. However, here are some general statements concerning the 2009-2010 budget courtesy of Dr. Hall. As a not-for-profit institution, our revenue and expenditures run very close each year. We are not here to make a profit. Revenue comes from tuition, donations, auxiliary services and usually interest off our endowment. We did not take any funds from the endowment due to market conditions. The financial statement for the 08-09 budget year were finalized, and we finished in the black

again. We have run positive budgets for five years running. Prior to that (before Romesburg) the budgets ran in the red for about seven years. We had an increase in enrollment this fall. Those extra dollars went to cover the scholarship dollars we usually get from our endowment.

Two constants in the budget are: 1. Institutional Aid (scholarships) is a set at 30% of the overall budget. As revenue rises, so does scholarships. 2. For every 20 new students a new faculty member is hired. There were no salary increases for faculty and staff this year. 12% increase in the cost of health insurance. We experienced a 10% rate increase for utilities.

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Meet debbie Jordan KaMeron JaCKSon feature editor

Ever been to one of those JU Theater Productions and was blown away by the quality of the play? That’s mostly due to the direction of Debbie Jordan, JU’s Director of Theater Arts. Her latest production, “All My Sons” just finished its two-week stint at Swisher Theatre and has earned rave reviews from critics. Recently, I sat down with the 25-year-professor as we talked about things such as her background, her thoughts on the Theater department, and even a couple of future productions. Q: Where did you attend school? A: I did my undergraduate work at the University of Houston and eventually got my Master of Fine Arts at The Ohio State University. Q: Why you go into Theater? A: I actually started out as an undergraduate in Dance. I realized that the life span of a dancer was so much shorter and I lacked the background of most of the other dancers so I switched to Theater. I actually started out in Socialology but after a couple of boring classes, I lost complete interest. I had always taken Fine Arts classes so I figured I’d try that for a while

and it actually took me eight years to get a four-year degree so whenever my students are struggling, I say to myself, ‘Hey, I was about 30 when I got my degree’ so I totally understand what they’re going through. Q: How do you go about choosing your plays? A: In a four-year span, our kids need to know a range of work. They need to do comedy. They need to do drama. They need to do Shakespeare, period pieces, and classics. We pick them based on students that we know that are coming up through the ranks and what we think they should have in a four-year span. We’re actually looking at doing Hamlet next year. Q: Sounds exciting. What would you be doing if you weren’t teaching theater? A: I can tell you that in the summer, I go off to a monastery for 3-4 weeks because my sister’s a Catholic nun, but I don’t know if I could do that all the time! In all seriousness though, I knocked around so many years before I figured out that this was what I was called to do and think it’s a calling because you sure don’t get rich at it. Even though it’s hard work, its something that I have an incredible passion for. Q: Are there any messages you try to instill in your students?

A: One of the things that come up a lot is auditioning, which is really hard. I tell my students that if they don’t learn to love auditioning, than you won’t be very good at [acting]. This is too hard a profession to get into if you don’t get use the time and have the passion for it. And I always tell them that once you find a job in this field, your pretty much on vacation, you know, your work is literally trying to find work! Q: Yeah, this area of work is pretty risky. A: Well I ask them, ‘Do you want to be a star or do you want to be a good actor?’ and if they say ‘star’ I tell them to just go to Hollywood right now because there are lots of people with no talent that are making plenty of money! Q: With that said, do you think acting is a talent or an acquired skill? A: I think some students come in to it with some type of talent but you can’t rely on your talent every night to deliver. You still need to learn technique and that’s what I teach. After going through this Theater curriculum knowing how to work on a show. Q: Are there any plays that you’ve never done that you’d like to direct one day? A: I would love to do Hamlet, which is in the works, as well as A Streetcar Named Desire. I’d also like to do the musical, Hair at some point. Q: What’s your favorite thing about teaching?

A: The epiphanies my students have. To just see the light bulb come on for my students is something else. It is actually spiritual. It really takes their acting abilities to another level. Q: Any future productions you have in mind? A: We are actually talking about doing It’s a Wonderful Life around Christmas. It can be amazing. Q: What about a play that pays tribute to Bruce Willis with a bunch of explosions and violence. A: The pyro-technicians could probably make that happen. Q: Or you could have a play in 3D. I don’t know how you’d make that happen but….. A: Hey don’t get me thinking to hard, you never know. Q: Any advice for future theater majors? A: They have to remember why they got into this and that this is a calling. You also have to be willing to put in the work. If you’re not willing to put the work in, there are 2,000 other people waiting right behind you. Also, don’t take rejection personal. You have to take it as water off a duck’s back. Maybe you were too short or your hair color was wrong. You just weren’t right for the part.

dettra drops Hit for Speaker Series ed KeLLeHer LaYout editor

Killa Kelleher: Alright fools, I been away a few weeks but it’s good to be back I guess. I was away with a torn ACL, because I was torn at American Championship. I just couldn’t decide on which team I would rather watch my Phillies take down to repeat. I mean those Angels are good, but those Bronx Bombers are back up on the juice. I know A-Roid is since he hasn’t hit this good since the last time he was shootin’ up (and got caught). I know a number of you fools reading this are from up north so hopefully you represent your team, and it better be the Phillies. Now I don’t want to see some fake fans walking around who just dusted off their old Phillies hat since they won the NLCS. In all seriousness, I know only about three other people who deserve to be called true fans (they will remain anonymous because I can’t remember their names). As for the rest of you sickos, I refuse to believe that we have fewer readers then there are Phillies fans on campus.

Anyway, let’s get down to some real hating. I’m going to start with you so called Yankees fans. I can’t tell who is who! Who actually owns a Yankees hat because they are actually Yankee fans, and who bought one because everyone else has one? I’m going to guess that about half of everyone wearing a Yankee lid is a real fan. If that! I almost forgot, this weekend is Halloween and you know what that means! The true face of every woman shows itself on Halloween night. No, I don’t mean the hideous look ladies get without makeup, I mean ladies get to dress the way they really feel. Men know what women really want, it’s just sad that women can’t openly talk about “the dirty deed” as easily as we can. At least on Halloween the real scandalous bad girl inside can come out. And for that, I thank you all who dress to go work a pole and get dollar bills… except those of you who SHOULD be wearing masks and more makeup then usual. You know who you are. Happy Halloween, I’m glad I’ll be celebrating far away from you fools!

roCHeLLe roSe Staff Writer

Ryan Dettra shared a delicious recipe for success with the theatre full of students that attended “Dropping Hits in the Music Biz” last Thursday. Dettra’s ambition is to fill an artistic void that has been neglected in the St. Augustine area. While working as a waiter at a restaurant, he was motivated by the wholesome work ethic of his manager. Dettra later discovered direction when he attended an under promoted concert with only ten people in the audience. He realized that there were plenty of artists in St. Augustine that could have enjoyed such a show and decided to fill the missing niche. “You can’t be afraid to put balls on the chopping block,” Dettra says about working in the promoting business. In 2002 when he opened Café Eleven, a hot spot that doubles as an eatery and a concert hall. After climbing through the tangles of litigations that come with opening a venue, he primarily had to invite his friends to fill Café Eleven. His break came when Les Savy Fav performed a monumental act at Café Eleven. The night began with a wild, over-capacitated concert and ended with a rampage of people stripping while

storming down the streets of the St. Augustine. The members of Les Savy Fav told their booking agent, Robin Taylor, that it was the best concert of their tour. Fortunately for Dettra, Taylor is also responsible for booking well-known bands such as Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine. Dettra admits that he is lucky because that night was monumental toward Café Eleven booming into a success. Dettra’s active participation in artistic councils in his area created an opening for him to have the job now employs. He and (the associations)used the Sunshine Laws to obtain documentation about the renovation of the St. Augustine Amphitheatre because St. Johns County was not allotting enough funds for the venue to be utilized by non-profit and cultural groups in the area. As a result of their muckraking, Dettra and two others were hired as the team to bring the Amphitheatre to life. They worked over ninety hours a week toward seemingly unachievable goals with a depleted budget and volunteers for staff. Dettra was promoted to the Manager of the Cultural Events Division in St. Johns County in 2008 and now works with a multi-million dollar budget. The originator of St. Augustine’s Winterfest, Dettra is responsible for directing sellout concerts and mainstream festivals.


THE NAVIGATOR • October 28 - November 10, 2009


THE NAVIGATOR • October 28 - November 10, 2009

“Saw” Franchise Gets its Teeth Sharpened With Sixth Installment Ryan DiBenedetto Staff Writer

Having a “Saw” film being released the weekend before Halloween is like having fireworks on the 4th of July. This horror series began back in October 2004 and shows no signs of slowing down. These films introduced us to the demented Jigsaw murderer aka John Kramer, played by Tobin Bell, who has an obsession with teaching others the meaning of life, in rather painful ways. Most of the previous films in the series were fantastic. They kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, providing gruesome scares and (something you don’t see in many horror films), a good story — although the last 2 were a bit disappointing. My expectations for the release of the sixth installment were not very high thinking the series would just continue to go downhill. However, I was surprisingly satisfied with this film since they brought back some of the unpredictable plot twists that made the first 3 movies so enjoyable. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the “Saw” franchise, let me give you a brief

synopsis of the first five movies. The main antagonist is John Kramer (Tobin Bell). He is a successful engineer and is happily married to Jill Tuck (Betsey Russell). One day he finds out he is terminally ill with cancer and only has a short time to live. He becomes depressed and eventually tries to commit suicide, but fails. He then starts to notice things about society. There are people who take their lives for granted, who hurt others for their own pleasure. He becomes angry as he sees those around him “squandering the gift of life that he had just been denied.” He makes it his life mission to teach those around him the meaning of life. He does this by kidnapping people and putting them into a game. If the person wins, they get the reward of life. If they lose, they die, a gruesome painful death. In order to win the game the player must undergo severe physical and psychological torture. Seeing as he doesn’t have long to live he takes on two apprentices to take over when he dies; Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith) who is one of the few to survive his game, and Detective Mark Hoffman (Costas

Show Me the Thai Lauren Tidwell Staff Writer

Since I came to Jacksonville, the thing I’ve missed the most is the variety of ethnic foods back home in Miami. Ever since late August, I’ve been on a quest for some delicious Thai goodness. I’ve found some that came close, but nothing had that authenticity I was looking for. That is, until I found Basil Thai and Sushi. When I first approached the building it didn’t look like much. Its peachy-orange exterior doesn’t appeal to the eye, but the atmosphere is completely different once you step through the door. Dim lighting and décor made you feel comfortable and relaxed in this relatively upscale restaurant. Getting quite cozy in my booth, I took in a menu filled with food choices for both the experienced Thai enthusiast and the experimental. My eyes couldn’t help but wander as the aroma from the food beside us caught my attention. The Pad Thai, a noodle dish served with a choice of protein, looked fantastic. The woman next to me described it as “the best [she] ever had.” I began my course with a sushi roll. I had the Rainbow Maki Roll, which consists of shrimp tempura, roe, hot sauce, tuna, yellow tail, smoked salmon and scallions drizzled with a little teriyaki sauce. The presentation was enticing, and the sushi was of good, fresh quality. The hot sauce had a little bit of a kick, but I highly recommend this

roll to spice lovers. The main course was tantalizing. The chicken panang — a common Thai curry — was made perfectly. With a range of spiciness from levels 1 through 6, the 3 was perfect for me. It wasn’t too hot at first, but it worked its way up to a flavorful burn that balanced out well with the Jasmine rice on the side. The bell peppers and potatoes added just the right amount of texture, and I was also pleasantly surprised how well the carrots complemented this succulent dish. Though the prices are beyond what I can afford to pay for a regular night out, the food is well worth the price and is a nice treat for an occasional celebration. Lunches are more affordable and cost around $10 a meal. Dinners, however, don’t fit into my tight college budget. Prices range from $17 to $27 for an entrée and $5 to $14 for specialty sushi rolls. If you have extra cash to spend and want to experience some delicious, traditional Thai food, then I strongly recommend this restaurant.

Lauren Tidwell

Mandylor) who is blackmailed into becoming his apprentice after Hoffman framed Jigsaw with a murder he himself committed. Eventually Jigsaw and Amanda are killed, which leaves Hoffman to continue Jigsaw’s deadly game. Now let’s move on to “Saw VI.” “Saw VI” which is two different stories. One story involves Hoffman, who throughout the film becomes increasingly nervous that the FBI will find out he is the new Jigsaw killer. Hoffman desperately tries to cover his tracks when a ghost from his past return and may already know his secret. The other story involves a health insurance executive named William Easton (Peter Outerbridge) who has a past with John Kramer. We find out in a flashback, that John may have discovered a cure for his cancer. However, William denies John’s claim. Later on, William is kidnapped (supposedly by Hoffman) and forced to participate in Jigsaw’s newest game. What I liked about this “Saw” film was that it continued to provide plot twists that aren’t predictable. We don’t know who’s on whose side. Anyone could be involved.

The traps in this film are the best one yet, and for you gore fans out there I know you will agree with me. The traps are so terrifyingly twisted that it’s impossible not to cringe in your seat and cover your eyes. Even after six films Tobin Bell still creeps me out. He is so calm and cool; you wonder if he ever feels any remorse for his actions. The most impressive performance came from Costas Mandylor who plays Detective Hoffman. When he was first introduced in “Saw III,” I found his character stale. In “Saw VI” he breaks his stale shell and becomes a terrifying psychopath, who will do anything, and I mean anything, to keep his secret hidden. All in all, “Saw VI” is a highly effective horror film as far as sequels go. According to the “Saw” website there are two more installments being made and I look forward to seeing them in the future. If it’s Halloween, then it must be “Saw.”

I give it three dolphins out of four


THE NAVIGATOR • October 28 - November 10, 2009

THE NAVIGATOR • October 28 - November 10, 2009

Lady Dolphin’s Hidden Gem

Lady dolphins turn things around

David Berry Sports Editor

Renae Ingram Jr.

Redshirt sophomore midfielder Liz Fink controls the ball against a Lipscomb defender. The Lady Dolphins defeated the Bison 1-0 in double overtime. They start A-Sun conference tournament play against Mercer on Friday at home.

It is usually only a dream for someone to go to college to play a sport. It is even harder to go to school and succeed from the very start of your college career. Jacksonville University senior volleyball player Shelley Walroth has done it all and more. The senior libero from Cincinnati, Ohio has rewritten the record books for JU volleyball. Was this expected by her? “I know I wanted to work hard and be the best player I could be,” Walroth said. “I didn’t know that would happen, but I wanted to contribute to the team in anyway possible. My success is only as good as the team’s success, and I’ve had a lot of good coaching, training, and help from my teammates.” Walroth currently leads the Atlantic Sun Conference in digs per game (5.53) and is also tied for eighth in the country in that category. She is also the all-time leader for career digs for the school as well as the ASun with 2,280 digs. With her most recent performance against conference opponent USC-Upstate, she moved into 15th place alltime in that category. However, she is not the only prolific volleyball player in her family. Her sister Julie played libero for Evansville from 2004-07 and set a program record with 2,095 career digs. The younger sister passed her earlier this season to sit on top of the Walroth household in that category. “My family has influenced my career tremendously,” Walroth said when asked about her family and volleyball. “I have four older sisters and all five of us played volleyball so I have been playing for as long as I


can remember. Was she always setting out to compete with her sisters on the court? “We never made it a competition when it came to stats,” Walroth commented. “We’re all happy for each other and our accomplishments. I will say that it did feel pretty good to beat my sister Julie in digs.” The senior leader is far from the only Dolphin on the team. In fact, this JU volleyball team is in the midst of a season never before season in the program’s history. The Lady Dolphins sit at 16-5 overall (12-2 ASun) and are in the midst of a 13-match winning streak. That is the longest streak since JU joined the A-Sun in 1998. “The team has worked really hard and I’m glad that it is paying off,” Walroth said when asked about the success she is experiencing during her senior season. “There are always things to work on and we need to keep focus for the weeks ahead.” The Lady Dolphins are two and a half games behind A-Sun leader Belmont in second-place with six games remaining in the regular season. With the first and secondplace teams in action this weekend, the conference standings are sure to become clearer at the end of the weekend. “I believe this team can go very far,” Walroth commented about the state of the team. “We have worked really hard this year and I think we’re all ready to do what it takes. The conference tournament will be tough but I believe that we will pull through and come out on top.” With Walroth and fellow seniors Nicki Kent and Brooke Singleton leading the way, it is a sure bet that the final few weeks of the regular season and the conference tournament will leave us with games to remember for the JU volleyball team.

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