JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY’S CAMPUS NEWSPAPER
VOLUME 66 • ISSUE 5 • September 30 - October 6, 2009
“Mark Twain” Entertains Page 4
An Argument for Abstinence Page 2
Halloween Horror Night Review Page 5
NCAA Week 5 Predictions Page 7
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7 Reasons to Choose Abstinence ROCHELLE ROSE STAFF WRITER
One-night-stands, first-date-sex and “hittin’ it and quittin’ it” are all normality’s of our age. The values that were branded into the livelihood of our predecessors are being compromised in the basic morality of the 21st century. Our culture promotes indulging in promiscuous sexual activities through advertisements, movies, sitcoms, music and more. It is not necessary to follow the crowd and glorify sex in the same manner as society because there are several reasons why abstinence is great. If You Like it Then You Should Put a Ring On It Beyonce said it best. Sex is paramount when it comes along with legal documentation — a committed relationship that is recognized under the eyes of the law — and, of course, a ring or two. Marriage is the ultimate goal to set the time to make love with someone because you will compromise nothing. At that time you can literally say, “What is mine is yours, and what is yours is mine,” including the best gift you can give anyone: your body. There Are Diseases There are plenty of treacherous illnesses that threaten daily life that may be contracted from simply walking around any community. You can get poisoned from eating food, or shake the wrong hand and catch swine flu
or even drink out of your friend’s glass and catch mono. The chances of you getting sick are more than sextuple when sex is added to the equation. I’ll go ahead and list infections to refresh your memories: genital warts, gonorrhea, syphilis, Chlamydia, pubic lice and hepatitis. There are even chronic ailments that remain incurable — ailments that create living nightmares — such as herpes, genital warts and AIDS. The more you have sex, the more you are at risk. Sex Has Potential to Run Your Life Literally, it can. Hours upon hours may be used worrying about it, talking about it and spent with sexual partners when they should be aimed at contributing to productive habits. I Have Eggs and You Have Sperm Eggs plus sperm equals babies! Most of us learned this in elementary school, yet many children are not planned because a lot of Mothers and Fathers forget this fact when performing mattress tricks. I have had friends who frantically mark off days on the calendar in hopes that they are not pregnant. This fact brings stress and unhappiness into their lives when it could be avoided by reading a book or something else instead of indulging in risky activities. Feel Happier Knowing You Don’t Have to Deal With Drama Drama is best when you are not involved. Factually, most of our friends are having sex. So the next time one of them comes to you with a sexually saturated dilemma, you can
The Mozart Effect
ROCHELLE ROSE STAFF WRITER
Most people have heard that listening to instrumental music has various beneficial outcomes, but how many truly take advantage of them? I know that Music majors certainly have no problem incorporating a daily dosage of classical music into their lives, but it is probable that the rest of JU’s population suffers from a shortage. The Mozart Effect is a phenomenon that has been scientifically proven: classical music increases brain activity and helps a listener’s health. Classical music is played in hospitals across the United States for this exact reason. Unfortunately, deejays do not play much Tchaikovsky at Rain on Wednesday, but club hoppers may actually be safer if they did. According to ipcaworldwide. org in 2004, British police decided to utilize classical music to the community’s benefit. London officials played classical music in the most dangerous cities of the
country for six months and robberies decreased by 33%, staff assaults went down 25% and vandalism was cut by 37%. If Beethoven’s 5th symphony can do that for a slum, I can only imagine how my life would improve by listening. Many college students would immediately toss a Handel compact disc into the waste basket — but upon further investigation — they may realize that a few of the songs are recognizable. Listening to classical music while working on homework notably aids concentration. It may behoove a student to study to the tunes of the 17th century and then party to contemporary songs afterward. This tactic adds a rhythm to life by separating business from pleasure in a harmonious manner. Besides the endless scientific studies, it may seem like listening to classical music is dull and boring. However, after listening to popular and well-known classical melodies, the genre can grow on you just as emphatically as Lady GaGa or Taylor Swift and you will get smarter every day.
sit back and smile (in your head) because you did the smart thing by abstaining. Now you can help them solve their problem without interrupting their story with your own issues. Be the Best YOU You Can Be By abstaining from sex, you learn how to be independent as opposed to being dependent. There is time to extraordinarily focus on school, hobbies, exercise, jobs and even community service. You can clearly observe the games that people play because they are thirsty for sex and then take notes for future reference (if ever necessary). At the End of the Day, You Have the Power Okay, so this one is strictly for the ladies. Ladies: there are plenty of girls out there who give it up quicker than a referee’s whistle. We should use this fact to weed out the men we would like to associate with and separate them from the ones we would rather not. It is simple — if a guy sees you as more than a kitty cat, he will continue to talk to you as a friend no matter the circumstances. Relationships based on friendships are the strongest and happiest anyway. Despite all of these wonderful facts, what you do with your body is your prerogative. Just do not be ignorant and be sure to protect yourself or use proper methods of planning. However, please do not fail to realize that abstinence is a beautiful thing.
Cornered by Love RICA CAUGHMAN STAFF WRITER
Q: I am a freshman and new to Jacksonville. I have found it very hard to fit in and make friends because I am very shy. I’m feeling very insecure and would like to know how to overcome this. A: It is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed and isolated in this atmosphere so please do not feel like you are alone. You are in a new place and left everyone you know (and everyone who knows you) behind. Of course you are going to feel a little insecure and maybe even a little lonely. The good news is that those feelings probably won’t last very long. In time, as it becomes
more familiar, you will become more comfortable with your surroundings. As far as making friends, you will have to take that risk and put yourself out there. If you close yourself off, even just to protect your feelings, others will be repelled by your behavior. Figure out what you are interested in and get involved. Smile and say “Hi” to people you pass on campus and you will be pleased to see that they will respond. JU is a diverse campus full of people from all walks of life so I’m sure you will find other students that share your interests. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to meet people with whom you may at first think that you have nothing in common and allow yourself to experience the benefits of going away to college.
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9/26/2009 2:45 a.m. Williams Hall, Alcohol Violation
Residential life staff observed a keg of beer being moved into a residence hall. Closed Referral
9/25/2009 8:34 p.m. Student Commons, Theft
A fitness center locker was broken into, and a cell phone was stolen. No suspect information is available. Pending
9/24/09 11:49 p.m. Oak Hall, Alcohol Violation
A resident student, under 21 years of age, was found to be in possession of alcohol. Closed Referral
9/22/09 6:30 p.m. University Center, Theft
A student was identified and admitted to stealing food from Sodexo Food Service. Closed Referral
9/18/09 5:00 p.m. to 9/21/09 8:00 a.m. Lazzara, Theft
Three laptop computers were stolen from the nursing computer lab on the second floor. Laptops discovered in lost and found, secured and later returned. Closed Unfounded
9/22/09 8:30 a.m. Botts Hall, Theft
Security officer discovered an extinguisher had been stolen from Botts Hall. No suspect information is available. Pending
If You’re not Married, You’re Single! JARED BROOKS NEWS EDITOR
Dana Gilmore, Def Jam Poet, stated, “And just because he was the epitome of my life doesn’t make me wrong nor right- Like I said,I was his friend, not his wife. And I should have acted within that capacity, And maybe then this breakup would have been just “one of those things”- instead of a tragedy. And all that time I spent mad at him, Hell- I should have been mad at me...”Attention: a girlfriend is a friend that is a girl that you like more than your other friends that are girls and the same can be said of your boyfriend. The only thing you owe your significant other is honesty. Nothing more, nothing less. If you are honest with your significant other and let them know that you want to see other people, this is acceptable if both parties are fine with the decision. This is more commonly known as an open relationship. If not, the relationship can be dissolved and both parties can go their separate ways. However in a marriage, commitment is a requirement, according to the vows. “To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.” Let’s see how long your girlfriend hangs around once she finds out you’re broke! No matter how you choose to look at it, the relationship stage is temporary. Either the relationship dissolves and you end up single or the relationship grows into something special and results in engagement. The point I’m trying to make here is when is it ever
wise to base your life around something uncertain or temporary? Why do people make all these drastic changes and sacrifices for a significant other who is nothing more than a friend? I am so tired of listening to my female friends vent about how their boyfriends think they need to be more assertive, outgoing, less naïve, less argumentative, more obedient, less outspoken, and more committed. Once they make the changes their boyfriend has been hoping for, they break-up and the female has to take time to find herself because she doesn’t know who she is anymore. She has lost her True self in the midst of trying to please her boyfriend. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you keep making all these changes for a temporary relationship, you could making yourself less appealing to the man who is trying to make you his wife. A quick way to tell if someone has conformed to the model his or her significant other has set in place is to analyze if that particular person could be in a successful, happy relationship with anybody else. What I’m saying is there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t appeal to more than one person at the relationship stage. I look at some females that have allowed their boyfriends to mold them into what he wants out of her and recognize she couldn’t please another person in the world if her life depended on it because all she knows is how to please that guy. Not her husband, but her boyfriend. Now who knows, maybe she has a reason to believe her boyfriend is that somebody she is destined to be with,
which is why she is conforming. My advice, step back and determine if your significant other is evoking change for personal reasons or with your best interest in mind. Statistics prove that there are less married couples today than there have been in the past. In my opinion, this is because more people are acting like they’re married so they don’t feel the need to take their relationship to the next level. People are cohabitating, consolidating accounts, putting cars and homes in each other’s names, paying each other’s bills, and having kids with their boyfriends and girlfriends as if it’s what you’re supposed to do. This behavior has become socially acceptably today and more people are falling victim to this mentality. When the break-up occurs and you’re broke and in debt because you’ve been spending all your hard earned money on a temporary relationship, you find yourself upset and distraught with no one to blame but yourself. Once this happens a few times, maybe you will be persuaded to start differentiating between your significant other and your spouse. Gilmore concludes her poem, “Wife, Woman, Friend,” by stating, “But I must admit, he was the one I wanted to commit, So either I wasn’t living up to my potential, or I was just an average chick. But I choose to believe I was a woman- Caught up in a feeling both physical and emotional, Who was way too willing to give her all to a man. And though it may sound stupid, guess what? I’d do it all again- Just next time for my husband, And not that man I call my friend.”
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Mark Twain Brought to Life
Kameron jackson features editor
This past Thursday marked the first of three events this semester brought to you by the Humanities Division Speaker Series. The theme for this fall’s program, “Framing Our Experience,” hails from the Freshman Common Reading Program’s book Persepolis. Other changes for the Speaker Series also include a change of venue as moved from the Gooding Auditorium to the more intimate confines of the Ross Theater in the Davis Student Commons. Introduced by Jacksonville University’s own Professor Pete Moberg, Ph.D was Bob Gill, celebrating his 30th year as a professional actor. Gill brought his Mark Twain one-man show to JU as a way of sharing with us how one of the most legendary satirist, novelist, and public speakers framed the world of his day in a comedic frame. The talented actor then took the stage in his best Southern attire, Southern accent, and, of course, Southern persona, as displayed by Mark Twain. Sporting a cloud-white beard as well as a pin on his suit promoting himself for President, “Twain” began to strut around the stage with a cigar, all the while telling a couple of recounts of his background to the hefty Ross Theater audience. Tossing numerous phrases and clever quips around in his monologue, the Twain was not shy of the audience as he would comment on things ranging from a simple giggle to a group of “young ladies” coming in later than everyone else. The performer also came loaded with a barrage of jokes and opinions on things such as the government, the economy, education and even fashion back in his era. Twain also filled the night with rich mottos formed around his thoughts on subjects like philosophy. “Some people say that
there is no difference between man and the jackass,” he said once, “but this view surely wrongs the jackass!” Other random yet insightful areas of interest of the monologue included his days stumbling upon gold as a miner, being the inspiration for President Roosevelt’s idea of the New Deal, as well as his despise for the coyote in saying that the animal is merely a “breathing allegory of want.” Well into his routine, Twain gave his performance of a 60-year-old slave and her accounts of being in the slave trade. A very passionate and emotionally driven speech, audience members were in awe of the actor’s versatility on stage. After that segment of the act, Twain steered the monorenae ingram jr. logue back toward its comedic Actor Bob Gill answered questions posed by attendees as himself and as Mark road by pouring a portion whis- Twain at last Thursday’s speaker series hosted by the Humanities Division. ky in a glass and proclaiming that he was drinking for the well-entertained members of the Mark Twain. “I’ve never done the same show twice,” said Gill as himself, “I add a little more for every performance.” One audience as Gill finally dropped his Mark Twain persona. Bob Gill then answered a couple of questions from the of the premier Shakespearean actors in the state, Gill was last audience. Performing this very routine for the past nine years, seen in the acclaimed role of Prospero in “The Tempest” at St. Gill’s collaborator got him started with the idea of “being” Augustine’s Limelight Theatre in May.
Big Dolphins Mentoring tiffanie saxton guest writer
Are you a first time freshman seeking guidance in a new environment? This year Jacksonville University’s Student Support Services is offering a mentoring program to freshmen to help make that transition from high school to college. Director of Academic Engagement, Char Wedge, along with Academic Success Coach Quinton Salery teamed up and created the Big Dolphins Mentoring Program. The program consists of an upper classman mentoring a freshman and coaching them on how to go about college life successfully — both academically and socially. One can benefit from the program by establishing both an academic and social foundation. The program offers academic help as well as exciting activities. Mentees of the program will attend a variety of events on campus and get to know other freshman in
the program. Having an upper classman show someone the ins and outs of JU is always a bonus for a first time freshman. The program does require the mentee to go to study hall one day out of the week, and attend a study skills workshop once a month. The mentees also have a great close-knit relationship with their mentors and they’re able to look up to them as a big brother or sister. I am a mentor for the Big Dolphins Program and I currently have two wonderful freshman mentees. They are learning a lot from the program and they both enjoy seeing life off campus as well. If you are a first-time freshman and you are interested in joining the Big Dolphins Mentoring Program, please sign up by emailing Quinton Salery at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are also available on the JU website; enter “Big Dolphins Program” in the search box for more info.
Fitness Trips tiffanie saxton guest writer
For students who love to stay fit and have fun at the same time, JU Fitness and Recreation has a year long schedule of athletic and exciting events. In addition to our new Director of Campus Activities, David Pugh, along with a small staff has decided to compose a series of events that are great recreational activities. David Pugh wanted to bring a new edge to Campus Activities and has done so with the new equipment and fitness classes such as spin, cardio kickboxing, and yoga. From his previous school, Savannah College of Arts and Design, the institution had similar fitness classes that JU now has the privilege to offer their students. The schedule of the 2009-2010 Fitness and
Recreation Events: October 10, 2009 – Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights November 21, 2009 – Rock Climbing January 23, 2010 – Skydiving February 27, 2010 – Swim with the manatees March 27, 1010 – White Water Rafting Senior Jake O’Keefe is excited about the events and is really seeing benefits from the experience. “We are doing things you have never done before and it gives students an opportunity to try new things.” The next upcoming event is the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights — which is only $20 per student. You can be a part of this event by signing up at the Campus Activities Office, 3rd floor of the David Student Commons. There is a limit to 35 people so be sure to sign up quick and reserve your seat.
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New Smoking Areas rica caughman staff writer
Ed Kelleher layout editor
Killa Kelleher: Alright fools, I regret to inform you, but I hate all of you. Even worse, my counterpart Killa Kam will be out of commission for a while. He got brutally assaulted by a mix of wannabe football players wearing both JU and Jaguar helmets. Before he was
taken away in a mini-van, Kam said to me, “Dem fools messed me up! Suckas keep tryin’ me like I’m a lame.” Yea, it was pretty dramatic but I guess you had to have been there. May our thoughts and prayers be with our fellow Killa. Speaking of drama, apparently one of my favorite black people is starring in the new “Ultimate Fighter.” Kimbo Slice will be back in action this week as the series premieres on Sept. 30th. This season is full of heavy weights, so we’ll have to wait and see if Kimbo can hang. While we’re on the topic of hard hitting black guys, it turns out that Tim Tebow had a near death experience after taking the hit of the century from Kentucky’s Taylor Wyndham. Though he was only out for a few seconds, God had a few choice words for Tebow before sending him back to his motionless body in KY. Since I don’t really feel like entertaining y’all for pages upon pages, I’ll let you guys in on the 10 things God said to Tebow while he was knocked out:
10. Dude, you got knocked the __ out!! 9. Seriously? Kentucky? I thought you were supposed to be good or something… 8. You know if I made you black you wouldn’t get half as much publicity. 7. Stop with the mission camps already! I’m not impressed! 6. Okay, listen, you’re really cool and stuff, but I’m not into dudes… 5. HA! Even you couldn’t save the Jaguars! 4. Can you sign my “Go Gators” tshirt?? 3. Oh, my self! It’s Tim Tebow! 2. Your girlfriend is smoking hot! Are you gay?…drop the celibacy thing! 1. Listen, Tim. Jesus said stop being a poser and take the WWJD bumper sticker off your hybrid…fairy.
In efforts to become a greener campus, Jacksonville University has newly designated smoking-restricted areas. The use of tobacco is now limited to the three strategically placed areas around campus and one area located near the Village Apartments. The designated areas are placed away from walkways and classrooms in an attempt to respect the air breathed by others. This new rule was implemented during the summer terms after students, faculty and staff were surveyed about their preferences regarding tobacco use on campus. The designated areas were created to relieve the concerns expressed by non-smokers and smokers alike to reach common ground on the matter. Along with the new smoking areas, JU is also attempting to assist students who wish to quit smoking by providing smoking cessation groups and individual counseling. Those interested should contact the Student Counseling Center.
Halloween Horror Nights’ Terrifying Debut Kameron jackson features editor
Ever wondered what it feels like to be chased in a dark forest by a ferocious werewolf? What about being trapped in the sick mind of the Jigsaw Killer and his traps? Or running from life-sized Chucky dolls from the legendary horror film, “Child’s Play”? Well, now numerous fantasies and dreams have become a reality. This past weekend, thousands of hardcore horror fans packed Universal Studios Orlando as the park debuted its annual Halloween Horror Nights celebration. The 19th anniversary of the event entitled, “Ripped from the Silver Screen,” put guests face-to-face with numerous scary movie icons such as Chucky the doll, the Jigsaw killer, The Wolfman (from the upcoming movie), as well as old-school legends of the silver-screen Frankenstein and Dracula. Upon admission attendees are faced with the first attraction, The Wolfman. In the initial maze, visitors were repeatedly shocked and startled as the infamous creature lurked around every corner in the blackest of forests. Not to be confused with Teen-Wolf, The Wolfman definitely seemed vicious and dangerous enough to make even the manliest of men tremble in their footsteps. Next, fans were invited to experience the wrath of horror movie icons — Dracula and Frankenstein — who had their own respective houses. “This is not your everyday Dracula and Frankenstein you see today on your cereal boxes,” says Michael Roddy, one of the show
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directors of this year’s event. “These versions are meant to be scary again and it’s our job to make that happen.” Basically, these two renditions of the classic monsters were much more modern and terrifying versions than the ones in the past. Two other houses displayed this year included, “Leave it to Cleaver,” and “The Spawning,” as both were geared more toward the “strong stomach” demographic. “Cleaver” featured many masked butchers who had a strange obsession for blood and gore on behalf of countless human beings. “The Spawning” put visitors in an eerie sewer where strange mutants haunted those who were brave enough to check it out. Making your way further around the park takes you to Chucky: Friends to the End. Guests step inside to experience what it’s like to live in the sick mind of everyone’s favorite demented killer doll. Visitors were then invited to witness mem-
orable traps from all five SAW movies as the infamous Jigsaw killer is back on the loose. After these legends of the silver screen came, “Silver Screams,” the last of the eight houses. In this fear-provoking maze, guests were presented with a “crash course” of horror film history as characters such as, “The Strangers” and “Shaun of the Dead,” roamed the Universal Palace Theatre. The paths to the houses were just as frightening as participants were forced to venture through six haunting zones where madmen and mutants feasted on the screams of innocent attendees. The zones made even a simple trip to the restroom tense and nerve-racking. The heavily decorated streets of Universal were flooded with different horror scenarios including an outbreak of the quarantined known as, “Containment,” an area full of flesh eating cannibals called, “Apocalypse,” a battlefield of zombie soldiers in “War of the Living Dead”, as well as “Cirque du Freak,” a
scare zone based on the upcoming movie of the same name. Opening weekend also featured actors John C. Reilly (“Stepbrothers”; “Talladega Nights”) and Josh Hutcherson (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”) to answer questions from the fans and offer an exclusive sneak peek at their new film, “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant,” coming this fall. Not to leave out two shows including the “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure”— both of which are annual fan favorites. The audience sat in awe as both cult classics were brought to life right in front of their eyes. The much anticipated “Bill and Ted” show returned with an all new adventure featuring many notorious celebrity impersonators, all while making clever quips and a plethora of jokes at their expense. Lovers of R-rated comedy are bound to enjoy the attraction while supporters of the likes of Shia Labeouf and Tyra Banks will probably walk out with a frown on their faces. For those who can’t take the feeling of getting rattled all night and want a taste of the original Universal Studios, “The Simpsons Ride”; “Revenge of the Mummy” as well as “Men in Black” Alien Attack, were also open to visitors. Overall, first timers at the event are sure to enjoy the unique sights and sounds of true terror. Veterans, however, may become immune to the scares over time, but the amazing detail and rich design of all the houses may still attract them. Each maze has its own terrifying personality as Halloween Horror Nights 19 surely delivers the goods.
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Cloudy with a Chance of Awesome LARRY MAXWELL STAFF WRITER
Photo courtesy of: kidoinfo.com
This past weekend I had the pleasure of seeing the hilarious 3-D animated comedy “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.” The movie was entertaining and pure fun from start to finish. You will find yourself sitting in your seat craving pancakes, gummy bears and cheeseburgers. The movie is an extended version of the children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett. It’s surprisingly witty and widely entertaining for both children and adults. There were jokes intended for the older generations and still fun enough for kids to enjoy while “learning.” The animation in the film was incredibly detailed even as to sneak visual jokes into the very corners of the screen. The movie was also filled with witty comments that left the entire audience laughing till the very end. There were references from just about everything from the twilight zone to first person shooters. The characters in the movie were designed in a very cartoonish and yet artistic manner. They were crafted with simple shapes,
Muppet style eyes, and similar physical features of the actors they portray. The other actors in this film include Ana Farris, Andy Samberg and Bruce Campbell. The movie follows a depressed fishing town called Swallow Falls and their resident “genius” inventor Flint Lockwood who is prone to accidents and manages to annoy the local police officer, voiced by Mr. T. In the film Flint (Bill Hader) invents a machine that transforms water into food. After an accident sends the machine into the clouds above Shallow Falls, it literally begins raining pancakes for breakfast, hotdogs for lunch and ice cream for dinner. Everything takes a turn for the worse when an avalanche of food threatens to destroy Shallow Falls and it’s up to Flint and his girlfriend (Ana Farris) to save the day. With plenty of laughs and memorable moments, not to mention one of the most creative animated movies to come out, I give “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs” four out of four dolphins. Be sure to catch this movie in 3-D for an added bonus.
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Tyra Banks Janelle Dey Junior Biology Major/Art Minor Ebony Pencil Drawing
I drew this portrait of Tyra Banks because I am also in the modeling industry, and she has been most influential to me. She was the first African-American woman on the covers of GQ & Sports llustrated Magazines. She now hosts two of her own television shows called “Americas Next Top Model,” and “The Tyra Show.” To begin the drawing, I used a photo from the internet that I thought would have the best results. I then sketched in the basic outline shapes or her eyes, nose, mouth, head, and hair. After the outline, I went in further to add details such as shading, eyelashes eyebrows and other structures. I used an ebony pencil as well as various numbered pencils for this drawing. I love to draw so this was done in my spare time.
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DB’s NCAA Predictions: Week 5 David Berry
Last week wasn’t a very good week at all for my predictions as I went 1-4 on a weekend that produced a few stunning results. Miami and Cal both showed that they weren’t quite ready for the big time and their top 10 rankings as they each lost convincingly to Virginia Tech and Oregon, respectively. The only pick I got correct was the Stanford upset over Washington. The trend this year seems to be teams that come off of big wins lose the next week to teams they shouldn’t. Will it happen this week? Follow me and you’ll find out.
DB’s Game of the Week No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 17 Miami
Miami is in the last stretch of an extremely tough four-game stretch that most recently included a 31-7 loss at Virginia Tech. Sophomore sensation quarterback Jacory Harris looked human for the first time all season, going 9-of-21 for 150 yards and an interception. He will be looking to rebound against a Sooner defense that hasn’t allowed a point in their past two games. The combined score of those games has been 1090, but the two games have come against Idaho State and Tulsa. Miami figures to be a slightly better opponent than either of them. The biggest question facing Oklahoma is the status of Sam Bradford’s shoulder. He has been progressing with his rehab, but it remains to be seen whether he will play on
Saturday or not. If he doesn’t, Landry Jones will start in his place. Jones has looked impressive in his first two starts, breaking the single-game record for touchdowns in a game with six against Tulsa. Like I said before though, they weren’t exactly playing the toughest teams in the country. Miami has plenty of incentive coming into this game. They did not look impressive at all last weekend, and I am sure that they want to end this treacherous fourgame start on a good note. I believe the Hurricanes will win because regardless of who starts at quarterback for Oklahoma, they will struggle against an angry and swarming Hurricanes defense. Jones will be going up against his first true test as a starter and Bradford will be a target because of his shoulder. Bottom line is this: the U isn’t fully back, but it’s closer than the experts think.
DB’s Game of the Week prediction: Miami 24 Oklahoma 20 No. 4 LSU at No. 18 Georgia This battle between SEC foes could go a long way in potentially determining the outcome of the national championship chase. Both teams are coming off of close victories, with Georgia slipping past 20-17 over Arizona State and LSU holding off Mississippi State on a goal-line stand to win 30-26.
LSU is an interesting team so far this season, because they have beaten some solid teams. That being said, the meat of their schedule is coming up with Georgia this week and the top ranked Florida Gators next weekend in Death Valley. If they win both games, it would be hard not to see them as the top ranked team in the country as of right now. The question that needs to be asked is this: do they get past this tough Georgia team between the hedges at Sanford Stadium? Their offense hasn’t exactly been lighting it up so far this season, only scoring 31 points against the likes of LouisianaLafayette. They may need to step their defense against a Bulldogs offense that put up points if need be. Home-field advantage is very important when it comes to conference play, and I don’t believe this will be any different. I believe that Georgia wins because they will play enough defense to contain the LSU offense. They will also score enough with their weapons to force the Tigers to try and play catch up. It is a close game, but I believe the Dawgs pull it out.
DB’s SEC prediction: Georgia
had their annual conference hiccup, this time against Washington. They rebounded last weekend against Washington State with a 27-6 victory. Cal didn’t have quite as good of a weekend, getting blown out on the road at Oregon by a score of 42-3. Cal showed that they were not ready for such a high ranking and it will be interesting to see how they rebound this week. They will be facing a strong USC defense that will be keying in on Jahvid Best. Will the Trojan offense be able to perform this week? They haven’t been up to par in recent weeks, and it just got worse for the offense with the loss of running back Stafon Johnson. They have the talent at that position, but they won’t be able to replace his experience. I think Cal will win because they definitely have a big chip on their shoulders right now. USC has a lot of things going on off the field that I don’t think they will be able to get rid of, at least not this week. DB’s Pac 10 prediction: Cal 24 USC 17
DB’s other predictions: No. 22 Michigan at Michigan State (Michigan State)
34 LSU 21
Washington at Notre Dame (Washington)
No. 7 USC at No. 24 California
Florida State at Boston College (Florida State)
This Pac 10 game doesn’t have the same luster as it did at the start of the season. USC
UCLA at Stanford (Stanford)
News and Notes David Berry Sports Editor The Jacksonville University football team will be back in action this weekend, taking on the Davidson Wildcats after coming off of their bye week. They will be looking to rebound after a tough loss against Old Dominion two weeks ago. The Dolphins go into their conference opener with a two-game losing streak against Davidson. Davidson currently has a record of 1-2 and is coming off a win in their first conference game against Campbell. They are struggling on offense however, averaging only eight points per game. Running back Kenny Mantuo-a Florida product-is the leader of the Wildcats offensive attack, averaging 77 yards per game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on 1010XL. The volleyball team is looking to continue a fivegame winning streak as they make a road trip into Georgia this weekend. Last weekend, the Lady Dolphins defeat-
kate dupre ed Florida Gulf Coast in an epic five-set match.
The Lady Dolphins fought for a win against Florida Gulf Coast University last Friday and finished victorious.
They followed that up by blanking Stetson three games to none.
Senior Libero Shelley Walroth is now the family leader in digs, surpassing her sister Julie in the process. She is now 119 digs away from cracking the top 25 in NCAA history for that category. JU will start the weekend at Mercer on Friday with the match starting at 7 p.m. and the match against Kennesaw State starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. The men’s soccer team is in the midst of a fivegame home stand as they will take on Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast to open up their Atlantic Sun conference play. The Dolphins split their games last weekend, defeating the College of Charleston 5-3 on Sunday afternoon after dropping a 2-1 decision to Alabama A&M on Friday night. The game against Stetson is set for Friday and kickoff is at 8 p.m. while the game on Sunday against FGCU is on Sunday at 2 p.m. The women’s soccer team will also be in action this weekend at home after coming off of back-to-back road conference wins. They will look to extend their four-game winning streak as they take on Mercer on Friday at 6 p.m. and Kennesaw State on Sunday at 12 p.m.
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Senior midfielder Stefan Runeman scores on a penalty kick against College of Charleston in JU’s 5-3 victory on Sunday afternoon
Florida in NFL Flux
For anybody who’s a fan of an NFL team in Florida, close your eyes because this could get ugly. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Miami Dolphins have combined for a record of 1-8. The Dolphins and Bucs will be starting new quarterbacks this week, and that certainly does not bode well for either team going in to the rest of the season. Miami is starting the Chad Henne era a little bit earlier than they planned, and Tampa Bay is starting an unproven commodity in Josh Johnson. Jacksonville is the lone team with a win in the state after the defeated Houston last week by the score of 31-24. The Jaguars were propelled by a strong performance from star running back Maurice JonesDrew, who had 119 yards and three touchdowns. The problems around the state are very different yet some of them seem to be the same. Miami lacks any playmakers on offense past Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams in the ‘Wildcat’ and they now
have to deal with the loss of quarterback Chad Pennington. Reinforcements were called in as the Dolphins traded an undisclosed pick to Kansas City for third-string quarterback Tyler Thigpen. The Jaguars problems seem to be on defense, where they can’t seem to stop anybody. The secondary is a problem, which is surprising given the talent back there with Reggie Nelson and Rashean Mathis. Tampa Bay just seems to have problems all over and they will have a hard time fixing them right away. Can the problems be fixed to turn any of these teams into a playoff contender? It’s possible, but for this year it seems like all three teams will be destined to rebuild. If there was any team I could say has the best chance of making it to the playoffs, I would actually say Jacksonville because the AFC South does not seem to be as tough as once feared. Miami could do it, but it would take a lot to get to the playoffs because of the difficulty of the AFC East.