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VOLUME 66 • ISSUE 15 • January 27 - February 2, 2010

Students Help in Hope for Haiti Page 4 Accreditation Affect Page 5

Racial vs. Racist Page 7

Marcus Allen Overseas Page 12




Cornered by love: Interracial Dating RICA CAUGHMAN COPY EDITOR

Q: I am in an interracial relationship. I love my boyfriend and we have a great relationship, but his family is not very nice to me. They refer to me as “the white girl” instead of my name. It is extremely hurtful and when I complain to my boyfriend, he just tells me that I’m being too sensitive. I’m lost and do not know how to handle this situation. A: Most people would love to live their lives believing that we live in a society that

no longer tolerates racism. However, those of us who are enlightened understand that racial tensions exist and that racism is still a huge problem within our society. People, whether consciously or unconsciously, tend to judge others according to the color of their skin. It would be nice if people judged solely on our character, but unfortunately that is not the case. I understand how hurtful it can be when people, especially people who can influence the person you love, refuse to respect you or your relationship. My advice to you is to stand up for yourself. I know you have told your boyfriend but

his lack of interest in your discomfort could stem from a fear he has of confronting his family. You are the one they are disrespecting and it is up to you to let them know that their behavior is unacceptable. You will have to go about this in a very adult way. Don’t lash out, or become aggressive. Just speak to his family and let them know that their behavior is hurtful. It might help to figure out who the unspoken leader of the family is, then speak directly to that person. The others will likely follow their lead. Most people respond to and have more respect for people who will stand up for

themselves. You cannot go thru life allowing people to treat you this way. If, after you speak with them, the behavior continues then I would suggest separating yourself from the situation. You have a relationship with your boyfriend not his family. You do not have to expose yourself to an uncomfortable atmosphere. Hopefully, with enough time for adjustment, his family will come around. Do not allow the ignorance of others to define the person you become. Questions/Comments? Email: rshelto2@

Crime Log

1/24/10. 8:24 p.m. Kinne University Center Criminal Mischief. Unknown person(s) damaged entry door. Pending.

1/23/10. 4:15 a.m. Botts Hall Disorderly Conduct. Several students became involved in a shoving match. No injuries were reported. Closed referral. 1/23/10. 4:30 a.m. Village Apartment False Alarm of Fire. Unknown person initiated fire alarm in apartment building. Pending. 1/21/10. 12:58 p.m. Williams Hall Possession of Marijuana. Three students were found to be in possession of marijuana. Closed referral.

1/20/10. 11:05 p.m. Oak Hall Alcohol Violation. One person, under the age of 21, was found to be in the possession of alcohol. Closed referral. 1/19/10. 12:25 a.m. Oak Hall Criminal Mischief. Two exit signs were damaged by unknown person(s). Pending. 1/16/10 Oak Hall Theft. A student’s football championship ring was stolen from his room. Pending. 1/19/10. 11:45 p.m. Off Campus Robbery. Two people were robbed on the sidewalk next to University Blvd., next to Boy’s Home. Pending.


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Facebook: For social networking or marketing? JARED BROOKS NEWS EDITOR

Someone please explain why I have over 250 unread messages in my Facebook inbox and over 32 event notifications on my home page. Please tell me why over 248 of those unread messages are concerning parties that I have declined, ignored, and accepted. And of those 32 event notifications, 31 of them are to upcoming parties and other random events that I have intentionally ignored but will continue to receive Facebook messages about. Notice the direct correlation? Either way it goes, club promoters have transformed Facebook from a social networking site into a Website for free marketing of events. I completely understand how convenient Facebook is for club promoters as it provides them easy access to thousands of individuals who are potential participants in their specific events. However, flooding my inbox with messages and notifications isn’t going to convince me to come out and party. That’s just plain aggravating! Sending me 13 messages about a party that I’ve already decided I’m not attending is, not only going to make me upset, but it’s going to motivate me to spread the word about how aggravating the promotion for that event is and why everyone shouldn’t go! Let’s be honest, does it really take all of that to remind me to come out to an

event? If I’ve already made up my mind on to the information of the event without an event, flooding my inbox isn’t going to receiving all of the unnecessary messages? change much. Unfortunately, that is impossible. And what makes the situation even worse Facebook is meant for social networkis the follow-up messaging. Everyone wants ing. In other words, I use Facebook as a tool to send you several messages thanking to investigate the lives of many of my closyou for coming to their event and remind- est friends, checking out their pictures gaining you to check out their next event and ing insight on how they live their lives. why it’s going to Every now be so much better “Although this isn’t the pri- and then I’ll meet than the previous some new people event. Why? mary reason, I don’t use and take a look I literally have into their lives event notifica- Facebook as faithfully as I via Facebook. tions for events Despite all of that are happen- used to; the unnecessary the other aggraing months from vating aspects of now! So even messaging defintely conFacebook, such if I completely as making your ignore the event, tributes to my lost interest friends drinks and I will still receive hitting them with notifications for in Facebook.” pillows, Facebook the event and its needs to do someupdates. The cre- ROCHELLE ROSE thing about all of ator of an event Junior JU Student this free marketcan send mesing and advertissages to those ing. attending, those maybe attending, those I understand the advertising on Facebook not attending, and to everyone they sent the such as, “Click here to win a PS3”, type of event to initially. advertisements. Facebook has to make their The only way to escape all of this money, which is completely understandunwanted messaging is to remove the able. However, in order to make everyone’s event from your list. However, what about Facebook experience much better, regulatthose of us who would like to have access ing the amount of marketing by promoters


So, apparently Jacksonville University is a small Liberal Arts University here in Jacksonville, Fla. I’ve been a student here for four years and have yet to really understand what that means! I understand the liberal arts perspective of the curriculum, with required courses such as Humanities and Music Appreciation. Although I’m a Marketing major, the core body of knowledge the curriculum is intended to provide during the first two years of student’s college experience has been a very enlightening experience. However, being from Orlando, Fla. I have exposure to another Liberal Arts institution, Rollins College. I’ll just say the environment is quite different than that of JU. Now I’m not here to compare the two universities and their amenities. However, there are certain expectations I have that come along with the term “Liberal Arts Institution” that I feel are missing from the Jacksonville

University student experience. I have quite a few friends who attend Rollins and certain activities have become the norm, such as extremely controversial speakers, and classes where sexuality and nudity are discussed heavily. It’s hard to put into words but bottom line is the vibe at Rollins College is drastically different from that of JU, yet the similarities are astonishing. I believe it has something to do with how liberal JU really wants to be. As I previously mentioned, the portion of the curriculum that focuses on the thinking skills of the Jacksonville University student body isn’t exactly what I’m talking about here. It’s more about the social environment that should come along with being a Liberal Arts Institution. I attended “Colored Windows”, presented by C.W. Dawson, Ph.D. last week and felt he was one of the best speakers I’ve heard at Jacksonville University. I absolutely loved it! When I think Liberal Arts Institution I think unconventional and discomfort. There’s abso-

lutely nothing wrong with bringing in speakers that challenge the minds of the JU community with topics that might touch the hearts of many of the student body. I participated in an Open Mic event in Nellie’s last year and was quite astonished with the responses I received after my performance. I read a modified version of a blog I wrote and was criticized by some of the student body for being too vulgar in the piece. Although nudity and profanity, in context and moderation of course, are imprinted in my mind as aspects that come along with the territory of a Liberal Arts Institution on a social level. In my opinion, many of the students, faculty and staff here at JU are afraid of how far the whole Liberal Arts experience could go in this context. I would like nothing more than to see JU really focus on this aspect of the student experience. Bring every dimension of the Liberal Arts Institution to the forefront and provide students with a true Liberal Arts experience. It just might redefine Jacksonville University.

is necessary. It seems like people literally launch their entire marketing campaign for their promotion on Facebook. Junior Rochelle Rose feels the Facebook marketing taking place definitely deters her from the social networking site. “Sometimes I go on Facebook and find all the messages in my inbox, leading me to believe someone who I care about is writing me.” “However, it’s simply people trying to market their respective events. Although this isn’t the primary reason, I don’t use Facebook as faithfully as I used to, the unnecessary messaging definitely contributes to my lost interest in Facebook.” I’ll be the first to admit that using Facebook to promote an event is a great way to spread the word and doesn’t require much time or money. However, as with anything, moderation is key. Letting people know that you’re having an event, notifying them of any updates, maybe even hitting them up with a message the day of the event, then following up with a message thanking them for coming and that’s enough! Why that is so hard to understand and actually follow through with is beyond me. Hopefully, I won’t have to delete every known club promoter from my Facebook page to prevent such messaging from occurring. But from the look of things, this trend is only going to get worse.


Unemployment in Florida and the U.S. continues to be a tough issue for all college seniors graduating this spring. You may want to consider doing a one-year daytime Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Jacksonville University. This is open for all JU graduates regardless of your undergraduate major. An MBA is a very practical degree and fits well with every major i.e. business, liberal arts, fine arts, nursing, engineering, etc. An MBA is a proven asset in securing better employment opportunities. If you would like to explore this new Daytime Accelerated MBA opportunity, please come and join us in the Davis College Business (DCOB)

for pizza on Wednesday, Feb. 3, between 5 and 6 p.m. in DCOB Room 171. The new program will begin in May 2010. If you join the inaugural class, you can graduate next spring with your MBA. This will not guarantee a job, but your chances will be greatly enhanced especially with our Professional Developer, who will guide you with internships and tips on job placement. Additional open houses will be conducted: 1. Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 – 12 p.m. in Davis 159; and (2) Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 - 12 p.m. in Davis Room 171. These two sessions will cover all MBA programs included in the new Daytime Accelerated MBA. For more information, contact: Mecca MonsonGere at 256-7459 or




Haiti relief conference held to raise awareness JENNIFER ESCOBAR STAFF WRITER

The Haitian Relief Conference this past Thursday aimed to bring several organizations together in order to both raise awareness and organize efforts for relief. The conference opened with Dr. Porter speaking on the three disasters that occurred in Haiti in the past week and a half. The first disaster was the earthquake itself, followed by the aftershock. The remaining two disasters are the after effects. Dr. Porter, a key speaker in the event, discussed how the initial earthquake devastated 85% of the structures in Haiti. There is “No Parliament, treasury, government, health resources, clean water, education,” or any other major resource available. Along with these structures being lost, 90% of the elected officials and employees in Haiti have not received contact, because there is no way of contacting them. This coincides with the second disaster- the need for aid. Haiti is in immediate need of shelter, food, clean water, and medical care. There are over 700,000 people injured in need of assistance. On top of 700,000 people that are injured over 1,000,000 people have been displaced and need food, shelter, and water. What Dr. Porter asked each person in attendance to do at this meeting was to “recognize the responsibility we have to

respond.” Humanitarianism stands as an imperative factor in all of this. As Porter said, “We all are humanitarians, because we are all human.” Although many of us may only have the ability to contribute small amounts of whatever the resource may be (money, food, clothing, water, etc.), we are all “parts” and when placed in “sum” can make a greater impact. Porter went on to say that “It doesn’t matter how small what you do is, but it matters that you do something.” The third disaster that we are facing is longevity. What will happen in a month or a year or 5years? These people will still be in need of aid, but will we have moved on to the next thing and forgotten about them. Sustainability is important because without continual effort to provide help to those in need, they will not be able to heal. The country needs rebuilding and this will not happen overnight. It is the responsibility of each of us to make sure we do our part, we continue to do so, and time goes on. Before this disaster, over 2 million people in Haiti were already in dire need of food. It is estimated that 60% of Haitians live off under $1 per day. The goal now is not only to build back this country, but also to “build back better.” The more time that passes, the more people are dying due to injury or being trapped under rubble. Just the other day the American Red Cross assembled a 26-hour rescue mission and saved 40 people. The longer we wait to react, the worse con-


Above: One common theme of the conference was to get people to realize that the earthquake was not the first crisis to occur in recent years for Haiti; therefore, it is the job of humanitarians to keep responding to the cries of the Haitian people in the upcoming weeks, months, and years from now. It was emphasized that the whole is much greater than the sum of the parts. Pictured above is one of three representatives of the local Haiti Outreach Ministry that encouraged others to stay active in their aid for the country. With one of the tenets of the organization being the pursuit of education, the ministry has built an orphanage and a school to help with the nation’s future. Right: JU Alum Grant Deacon (pictured), along with Economics professor Elizabeth Porter, organized the call-to-duty-type event that included approximately 15 different organizations. The goal was to educate the community on the best way to help in the rebuliding of 85% of lost infrastructure in Haiti.

ditions will become. A large discussion that has risen is Katrina in New Orleans. Many are upset that the response to Katrina was not as voluminous, or feel it was not. These are all relevant concerns; however, they are counter-productive. The focus should not be on mistakes made in the past, but on improving the future. According to the United Nations, approximately 75,000 people have died. Think of that number of people; picture it in your mind. There is a “pool of relief out there and we merely have an eyedropper with which to transfer that relief.” Regardless of how small, we have a means, and as Dr. Porter said, “It is our responsibility to use it.” Among the organizations present were: The American Red Cross, Fonkoze USA, Habitat for Humanity, Haitian Microfinance Inc., Haiti Outreach Ministry, Lespwa Worldwide, Office of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, Office of U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Rotary International, Social Enterprise Fund, St. Boniface Connection, The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, United Way, and World Relief. JU students have already pulled together to help aid the devastated country. Last Sunday, Jean Fils, Founder of Cool for Haiti and Tiffany Bromfield, President of JU Chapter of Hope for Haiti, hosted a collection drive on campus to raise donations for the relief effort. The event was successful and brought in a large number of food and supplies.



DCOB receives international recognition JARED BROOKS NEWS EDITOR

The Jacksonville University Davis College of Business has officially been added to the selective list of colleges with accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, more commonly referred to as AACSB. This achievement places the Davis College of Business among only five percent of other institutions worldwide that have accomplished this accreditation. In other words: AACSB is a huge accomplishment for DCOB. The accreditation, among other things, signifies a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and a quality business program. Dr. Mohamad Sepehri, Professor of Management, played a vital role in attaining the AACSB accreditation and, along with a number of other DCOB faculty, is optimistic about the future of the Davis College of Business due to the AACSB accreditation. “Such accreditation signals quality and quality always attracts better students. This accreditation is not only beneficial to the Davis College of Business but also to the students. This process was done with their best interest in mind,” said Sepehri. “AACSB accreditation is a huge deal for a small school such as JU and has opened doors for us on the international scale. We are currently in discussion with at least three international universities about joint partnerships, which is due in part to the AACSB accreditation.” The accreditation process will inevitably impact the future of the Davis College of Business, specifically in

MBA open house Unemployment in Florida and the U.S. continues to be a tough issue for all college seniors graduating this spring. You may want to consider doing a one-year daytime Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Jacksonville University. This is open for all JU graduates regardless of your undergraduate major. An MBA is a very practical degree and fits well with every major i.e. business, liberal arts, fine arts, nursing, engineering, etc. An MBA is a proven asset in securing better employment opportunities. If you would like to explore this new Daytime Accelerated MBA opportunity, please come and join us in the Davis College Business (DCOB) for pizza on Wednesday, Feb. 3, between 5 and 6 p.m. in DCOB

terms of enrollment. “Historical data provided by the AACSB proves that the accreditation directly correlates with an increase in enrollment.” “We are expecting more interest in DCOB, especially from international students. The accreditation will also positively impact the MBA program here at JU,” said Sepehri. With the Davis College of Business changing up their application process and launching a new full-time MBA program, the future of the Davis College of Business is looking bright. Senior Danielle Gray plans to begin using the AACSB accreditation to her advantage immediately. “I plan to use this AACSB accreditation on my resumes for grad school to further prove that my education and GPA actually mean something. This will mean that I will not only have finished my college years near the top of my class but managed to do so at an exclusive, top-notch program,” said Gray.

Room 171. The new program will begin in May 2010. If you join the inaugural class, you can graduate next spring with your MBA. This will not guarantee a job, but your chances will be greatly enhanced especially with our Professional Developer, who will guide you with internships and tips on job placement. Additional open houses will be conducted: 1. Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 – 12 p.m. in Davis 159; and (2) Saturday, Feb. 13, 10 - 12 p.m. in Davis Room 171. These two sessions will cover all MBA programs included in the new Daytime Accelerated MBA. (Contact: Mecca Monson-Gere at 256-7459 or

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“I will also be receiving recommendation letters from the professors of the Davis College of Business, which means that I’m being endorsed by some of the most worthy business professors in the world. I’m sure that will mean a lot.” Senior Latonya Wimberly also intends for the AACSB accreditation to attest to academic excellence. “I’ve been told by several professors throughout DCOB that this accreditation will place our program in an elite group, creating a more PHOTO COURTESY OF JU.EDU impressive resume, application, etc. With everyone going back to school earning business degrees, it’s comforting to know the AACSB accreditation will set my accomplishments apart from just any business graduate.” Other AACSB accredited institutions in the state of Florida include the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of North Florida, University of Miami, Rollins College, and the University of South Florida just to name a few. The process to become fully accredited takes between three to five years and is requires constant maintenance of accredited institutions. However, Jacksonville University passed with flying colors. Jacksonville University Davis College of Business is proud to be a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


Jacksonville University students, staff, and faculty have their first opportunity to have an extended relationship with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO). ShAdCo is an advisory committee that plans to meet regularly to convene with police officers about the general public’s issues and concerns. The initial ShAdCo JSO/JU meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Davis College of Business, Room 114. Advisory committee applications may be obtained by emailing Examples of issues that may be discussed are drug houses, vehicular traffic, home security, and community education. Jacksonville’s ShAdCo organization showcases commitment to community input of policy and procedure practices through

the direct exchange of information between officials and laymen. ShAdCo is organized in a unique manner. Police in Jacksonville split the city into six different zones. Each police zone is segmented into sectors that are assigned to a particular ShAdCo comprised of command officers and citizens of the area. Every single ShAdCo has an elected chairperson that manages the meetings for that particular area. The police commander of a zone meets with a respective subdivision once a month. ShAdCo provides an exemplary opportunity for citizens to act as a voice for the people. There are not many situations in which the public can have a lateral conversation with authorities about law enforcement. Active involvement in Jacksonville’s community through direct contact with government officials has the potential to






“Colored windows” sheds light on race JENNIFER ESCOBAR STAFF WRITER

“There is no such thing as race.” These were the words spoken by the guest for this month’s Humanities Division Speaker Series, Philosopher C.W. Dawson, Ph.D. of Bethune-Cookman University last Thursday evening in the Gooding Auditorium. Dawson presented the concept of race as something epistemological or constructed rather than something real or existent. He clarified this as race being simply a social construct created by members of society. This construct only maintains the power that society allows it: for without a society to utilize it, the construct is useless. One memorable moment was when he asked a student in the front row to hand him a dollar bill. He then applied this concept of race as a construct to this dollar bill. Dawson proceeded to demonstrate how the bill was actually meaningless without the construct attached to it by explaining that if we did not give this bill the power it has, it would serve no purpose. We create money from paper and without the extra value we place on it, it simply exists as paper.


Killa Kelleher: Well folks, it’s the return of Killa Kelleher. I took some time away despite the long winter break to thank God for how great my life is and how sorry yours is. Though New Year resolutions aren’t very timely to talk about, I’m going to anyway. My first New Year’s resolution is to train females on this campus how to act like and party like the ones I found in Vegas. Yes it most certainly is THE sin city, and our JU ladies could learn a lot by closing their mouths and letting their bodies do the talking like the ones I so nicely bumped into. Speaking of talking bodies, I think I heard Brett Favre’s screaming for mercy after that beat down the Saints put on him. Despite the loss, Favre was later misquoted on purpose (by me) saying, “I knew I should have stayed retired and gave to that Hurricane Katrina fund that Drew Brees sponsored.” In other semi-timely news, last week was the finale of my most hated show in existence, “Jersey Shore.” Because I am from South Jersey, I am horribly offended. It’s not so much the show that offends me since you will find Guidos all over Jersey. The people that disgust me most are the other South Jersey citizens who watch the show regularly and think it’s the greatest show on Earth.


The energetic Dawson kept listeners on the edge of their seats as he spoke to one of the largest crowds the Humanities Division has seen at such an event. According to Dawson, “The construct tells me what I am and what to think.” This, however, does not make it a reality. He continued on to say that we could either live for others or for ourselves. Living in this construct does not consist of necessarily living for ourselves, but living for a false representation of what we are believed to be

Unfortunately that title has already been given to “Barnum and Bailey’s Circus.” On second thought, a bunch of juiced up, drunken Guido men along with some chubby, fake-tanned, prima Donna women almost qualify as a circus freak show. I know you all think it’s cool to do the “Guido fist pump” at SOHO now, but let me assure you that it’s not. My second New Year’s resolution is very common, and it is to get into better shape for the summer. Those of you who put on weight over winter break a couple weeks back, I’m not surprised. Those of you who copied my resolution or have your own saying, “I will lose 25 pounds by summer,” most likely will not. If you’re over the age of 20 and have had bad eating habits and exercising habits for the past 20 years, this year is probably not going to be the year to change it. I would recommend just saving up the money and getting tummy tucks, lipo-suction, or just starving yourself like many of our sorority girls each week. Hey, it works for them and it could work for you too! Just don’t tell them I let you in on their secret. They hate me since I look this good dieting and exercising the RIGHT way. Anyway, enjoy life you sloppy faced fools and don’t forget to check out Campus Movie Fest this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

instead of what we are. He then discussed the concept of being educated and Black in America. The cited example in this case was a young man picking up the telephone and using proper grammar. Because this young child answered the telephone, “Hello, how are you?”, he was


referred to as “sounding white.” Dawson also delved deeper into this key concept by discussing Marxist views on class instead of ethnicity. The idea of this approach was that we are not so much separated by race as we are by class. This also, however, exists as yet another construct that society creates. “If we do not learn how to see through the glass better we will bury one another.” Attaching meaning to color becomes an issue when we are “immature thinkers,” when in reality, “98% of our genetic makeup is the same.” If we look at one another as a part and not separated by race, we will cease to be black, white, brown, or any other color, but human instead. This differentiation came to power because it was once “the tool of the oppressor,” and now we choose to use this tool on one another. Whatever the person’s “race”, our privilege and access should not rely off of it. One thing is for sure; we all make our own decisions and have our own desires. What Dawson wants is “for all of us to become Jazz musicians of the mind.” But in order for us to do that, in the words of a great man, “I think we have to be clear about who we are first.”




“Book of Eli” thrills looking for. Carnegie is after the book in order to use it as a weapon claiming that anyone who listens will believe and follow This past weekend I got to see what your every word. could be the movie of the year, “The Book The thought of having the book close to of Eli.” I know it’s early in the year to say him sent the ruthless leader into desperate something like that but The Book of Eli was frenzy. He sends countless men and even phenomenal. attempts to use his The movie daughter Solara is an extreme(Mila Kunis) in ly well made an effort to get the post-apocabook. lyptic action Solara ends up drama starjoining Eli in his ring non-othtravels using only er than Denzel her persuasion. Eli Wa s h i n g t o n . and Solara manage The Book of Eli to escape a deadis easily a crowd ly shootout but lose pleaser in terms the book in the of action and process. Without story. spoiling the movie, The film is Eli makes it to his set in an unspedestination and cific future PHOTO COURTESY OF E! ONLINE though he doesn’t where the planet has been destroyed by a have the book physically he has everything “blast.” In the film Eli (Denzel Washington) he needs. is a self-sufficient loner heading west with In the film you get to see Denzel a book. The book is not just any book, but a Washington kick butt protecting his book. precious commodity, a bible, while all oth- The plot of the movie keeps you on the edge ers have been burned in a previous war. of your seat and keeps you questioning just After Eli’s travels lead him to the power what power the book really has. This movie hungry Carnegie (Gary Oldman), he is is visually stimulating and worth watching hunted for the book in which Carnegie was at least once.

“Diana at the Piano”


EARWORMS OF THE WEEK “The Winner” By: Drake Because: “Guess it’s not about who you know, it’s just how you balance it.” Sufferer: Jared Brooks “I Don’t Know” By: Jamie Foxx Because: “We all have gotten over looked at point in time.” Sufferer: Corey Woolfork “Smooth Operator” By: Sade Because: “It’s the first song I heard on Pandora.” Sufferer: David Berry “2 Milli” By: Soulja Boy Because: “We all have gotten overlooked at one point in time.” Sufferer: Kameron Jackson “Don’t Leave Me” By: Blackstreet Because: “It takes me back.” Sufferer: Janesea Inman

“How Can We Make It” By: Amerie ft. Fabolous Because: “So true” Sufferer: Rochelle Rose “Replay” By: Iyaz Because: “My roommate played it this morning.” Sufferer: Lindsay C. Tropnas “Addams Family Groove” By: MC Hammer Because: “What do I see? A perm wit feet!” Sufferer: Larry Maxwell “Superwoman” By: Alicia Keys Because: “I don’t have a choice but to be just that.” Sufferer: Rica Caughman “The Best” By: Soulja Boy Because: “All year, 365-February to February” Sufferer: Renae Ingram Jr.


I created this piece to show a piece of me. Since I often experiment with different forms of art, I wanted to demonstrate two ways that I love to express myself artistically- painting and playing the piano. I’m also interested in individual growth and motion, so much movement is shown in my painting technique here. Though this painting is a very personal work, I hope its audience can find themselves in it as well.

Fine Arts Events Calendar Winter Dance Concert: Breaking Boundaries Feb. 4,5,6 7:30 p.m. Swisher Theater Jacksonville University Dance Theater brings you an evening of new dance for a new generation. Premiering a sought after work by David Parsons, along with original student and faculty works, JU dancers will push the boundaries of contemporary choreography. Composerfest Concert Feb. 7 3 p.m. Terry Concert Hall This concert will feature works by Jian-jun He, Thomas Harrison, and Tony Steve, as well as, other composers on the faculty at JU. Art and Human Evolution Feb. 10 7 p.m. Fine Arts Hall Associate Professor of Art History, Cheryl Sowder, will offer a symposium presentation examining how the instinct for art is as much based in genetic encoding as in culture. Music of Love Feb. 11 7:30 p.m. Terry Concert Hall First Coast Wind Ensemble play music from the heart with a full, vibrant, and uniquely American sound. Crimes of the Heart Feb. 18,19,20 7:30 p.m. P-19 Studio Theater Feb. 21 2 p.m. P-19 Studio Theater At the core of the tragic comedy are the three Magrath sisters, who reunite at Old Granddaddy’s home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi after one of them shoots her abusive husband. Past resentments bubble to the surface as they’re forced to deal with assorted relatives and past relationships while coping with the latest incident that has disrupted their lives.






Dolphin football to face interesting 2010 schedule DAVID BERRY SPORTS EDITOR

As I looked over the new schedule for the upcoming Jacksonville University football season, I was underwhelmed. Maybe it is because I have seen all of the teams mentioned before in my years here. This is not to say that it is a weak schedule. One thing I definitely cannot knock is the sexy of JU’s big name opponent. Appalachian State is back on the schedule and will once again be the game that Head Coach Kerwin Bell needs to win to truly validate the season. A Pioneer Football League championship would be nice, yes, but he has not beaten a major FCS team going into his fourth year at the helm. There are pros and cons in playing this game. A disadvantage facing the Dolphins is the fact that App State is playing the SEC power Florida Gators the week before. In 2008, the Mountaineers faced LSU the week before JU made their trip up to Boone, N.C. The trip resulted in a 56-7 loss for the green and gold but seemed to kick their confidence to a level that propelled them to the PFL title. It could work against JU because if Florida blows App State out, they will be looking to take their frustra-

tion out on the next opponent. Quite simply put, this is the make or break season for Bell and his football team. A mediocre season, and by mediocre I mean anything equal or less than last season, invalidates the success of 2008. It sounds harsh, but really think about it. That would show that there has been no progress. That “big money” game is vital to the perception of the whole 2010 season. There will always be that “what if” if they do not win that game, it is that simple. I think you will get an automatic gauge of where the team is when they open the season on the road against Old Dominion. Last season, the Dolphins coughed up a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost 28-27. They will show me something if they keep these leads against teams who gave them tough games last season and will only get better for the upcoming season. The biggest thing JU will have in their favor is what should be the best offense in the history of the program. The talent is there for a top 25-caliber offense so I wouldn’t be able to tolerate many excuses for anything resembling subpar. The home schedule is more than favorable for the Dolphins in 2010, with conference stalwart San Diego making the cross-country trip. The

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other home games include Webber International (the home-opener), Drake, Marist, and Campbell. The in-conference road games for JU could provide some peaks and valleys. Davidson is always a tough game for the Dolphins, and it took a defensive stand in the fourth quarter to hold them off last season. Valparaiso is a team that JU should truthfully beat and Drake is a team that will also be tough for JU. Butler won the PFL last year, but their only loss of the season was to yours truly, in a dominating effort by the Dolphins. Each and every one of the teams that will be coming to Duval County is on the rise. I do not think that JU has much room for error on this schedule. Teams that were doormats in the PFL previously, such as Butler, are stepping up to the plate. There is far too much time until the season starts for me to give any formal predictions, and even so, you saw how my preseason picks went for JU last season. This has been a wildly inconsistent team even in their best times, add to that a schedule which will be less than friendly and it will make for an exciting season coming up. The line between greatness and mediocrity for coach Bell and the Dolphins is as short as the hyphen between win-loss statistics in the standings.

DB’s Column: New track arriving DAVID BERRY SPORTS EDITOR

I have to commend the Jacksonville University athletic department as well as a donor who is already close to the school. The track and field team will finally have a track that mirrors their efforts as a team when they get back in the fall. Thanks to a hefty six-figure donation from Ron Autrey, CEO of Miller Electric as well as a member of the JU Board of Trustees, the track will be totally re-done in time for the start of fall practice in 2010. I’ve written about this subject before because I felt that this is something that should have been done a long time ago. I understand that money is a major issue, but when you are dealing with what has easily been the best team on campus, someone needs to step up. And someone named Autrey surely did. The new track will receive a new surface, curbing, draining, and upgraded jumps and throws areas. Believe it or not, this will give Ron Grigg, head coach of the track and field team, an advantage that is almost unfair.

I consider him one of the best recruiters in the region for women’s track and field. Honestly, it’s not a stretch to consider him one of the best recruiters in the country. It’s also not a stretch to say that he runs the Atlantic Sun Conference. He’s going for the conference trifecta this year: cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. As far as I’m concerned if he does that we should just rename the conference after him. The re-done track will attract even better recruits to JU, and that could turn the Dolphins from perennial conference rulers to regional and national contenders. Last season Grigg sent five athletes to regionals and four to the national championships during the outdoor season. All I’m saying is that if he is having that kind of success with these facilities, can you imagine the success he will enjoy with the upgrades the team will finally receive? This is one of the best things to happen to the JU athletic facilities since I have been a student here. What’s next? Well, what about those lights…?



Lady Dolphins fall short to Spartans ALEX LING STAFF WRITER

The JU women’s basketball team encountered a tough opponent Saturday, falling to conference foe USC Upstate 79-72, at Swisher Gymnasium. The highest-scoring game in their last seven was not enough for the JU women’s basketball team as they fell to conference opponent USC-Upstate 79-72 on Saturday afternoon in Swisher Gynasium. Down 25-20 late in the first half, the Dolphins finally hit their stride going on a 15-3 run to help close out the half and go into the locker room up 35-32 thanks to consecutive break away steals that led to layups by senior Crystal Grable. With the Spartans up 57-50 in the second half, sophomores Jessica George and Ashanti Williams scored on backto-back trips to narrow the deficit for the Dolphins. Then, with six minutes left in the game, junior Taneskei Richardson evened the score on a lay-up. The game would be tied two more times before the Spartans put the game away for good. The Spartans were lead by Chelsea McMillan, who was just dominant in the paint, finishing with 24 points and a game high 12 rebounds. “Her size makes her very hard to defend,” said Dolphin head coach, Jill Dunn. “She’s a very good player. She’s all-conference and she averages a double-double. She’s just a great player.” Grable had the tough task of defending McMillan and did everything she could.

McMillan was just too much down low. “She got a lot of steals off her and made a lot things happen with her athleticism,” said Coach Dunn. “She was big for us tonight, just not big enough.” McMillan wasn’t the only Spartan to hit the 20-point plateau, as Tee’Ara Copney recorded 23 points off the bench after going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. The Dolphins had five players end the game in double figures, led by Grable, who recorded a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). Richardson had a big game down low as well, finishing with 13 points and eight rebounds. “She had a very solid game for the whole game,” said Coach Dunn. “She has improved in each game and is really turning into a leader for us.” When the Spartans weren’t going down low to McMillan, they were on fire from long-range, shooting 71.4% (5-7). The Spartans also outrebounded the Dolphins 39-33. Despite the loss and the poor three-point shooting, the Dolphins had a pretty solid game all-around. But there is always room for improvement. “We got to defend better and rebound better, those are two things that really hurt us tonight,” said Coach Dunn. “We gave up way too many points in the second half and too many second opportunities.” The Lady Dolphins look to rebound and now start a tough conference road trip, which begins Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. against rival UNF. They then travel to Spartanburg, S.C. for a rematch against USC Upstate.

Men upstage Upstate


Senior point guard Ben Smith drives down the lane and goes up for the shot attempt in JU’s 65-52 win over USC-Upstate. The Dolphins have won eight consecutive games and will take on rival UNF on Friday night.





Former JU basketball star takes game overseas DAVID BERRY SPORTS EDITOR

As he sits in his three-bedroom apartment looking at the nonstop snow that continues to fall on the wealthiest part of Graz, Austria, Marcus Allen is thankful for his shot at the pros. The former Jacksonville University basketball star is the first player since Jesse Kimbrough in 2007 to be signed to a professional basketball contract. He was signed by UBSC Graz in the A Bundesliga 17 games into the season, the highest level of professional basketball in the country. “Even when I thought I should have gotten picked up earlier in the summer, I never stopped working hard.” Allen said when asked about getting an opportunity to play overseas. Allen fielded offers from teams in Finland, Denmark, and Switzerland. Choosing to go to Austria did not seem to be a tough choice for Allen. “Better situation, it was better for me to come here and play because it is a great league to start out your pro career,” Allen said. “This league is well respected around Europe.” The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native carries a stellar college resume’ across the pond. Allen is currently first all-time in JU history in games played (117), seventh in

rebounds (808), and 14th in scoring (1,312 points). He was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference all-freshman team. He is taking a solid post-game over to a country in which he does not speak the language. The transition has had its highs and lows in the time he has been there.

“It has been a major culture shock,” Allen commented. “It has snowed everyday that I’ve been here. There are things here that you just can’t do or get in Florida, like make snowmen and go to castles.” The language barrier is another hard obstacle to overcome, especially considering he has not been in the country very long. “Wow, it’s been difficult,” he said when asked about the language adjustment. “Every time I go to eat I have to find some-

one in the place that speaks English or call my teammates over and ask them.” He says that the people have been very nice and welcoming however, and that can be important when you are almost alone in a country. He needs the essentials to survive over there, such as a plug for his Xbox

different for Allen. The life of an NCAA student-athlete seems absolutely fabulous compared to the grueling schedule of a European professional basketball player. “We have two-a-days here and they have been pretty tough,” Allen admitted. “I was on two planes for a total of 15 hours and then had to practice that same night. When you come here expect to work hard because nothing is easy on or off the court.” The referees also are very different than what he was used to in the United States. Allen says that they “call the game different from college. Fouls are weaker, and they call travelling a lot, which I hate.” He says that he is averaging around 30 minutes so far, not bad considering he just got there. He has a lot of work to do but says Austria is just the first step to a hopefully successful pro career. “My dream had PHOTO COURTESY OF MARCUS ALLEN to start somewhere and a working laptop. The only and it’s here in Graz, thing he can relate to with most of his team- Austria,” he said. “But I do also have dreams mates is the basketball. to bigger and better things.” Dubbed the Savior by his team Allen does have plan on playing in mates, Allen is getting into a very tough situ- Australia or the Philippines after the Austrian ation with UBSC Graz. The team is still win- season is done in April. less after 19 games. It is tough but he does Wherever he ends up, he has already have experience in major turnarounds. He was proved that his hard work and determination apart of the biggest turnaround of the 2006-07 landed him an opportunity. in NCAA basketball (1-26 to 15-14). Where will he go from there? On the court, life has definitely been

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