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VOLUME • IssUE 5 • september 30 - October , 2009
Sky’s the Limit for Ju athletics Page 8
Cafe reservation for renovation Page 3
Killa Kam’s Komeback Page 5
Clive King art Opening Page 6
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Relationship Question of the Week
wHAT wARRANTs A BREAK Up?
“Anything that would break trust and ignorance on her part.” –Khay Jordan, sophomore–
RENAE INGRAM JR. Co-Editor-in-Chief Photography Editor
“if you don’t like the person anymore” –ivy Hartley, Freshman–
DAVID BERRY Co-Editor-in-Chief Sports Editor JEANS FILS Business Manager SARAH WILLATS Copy Editor JARED BROOKS News Editor KAMERON JACKSON Features Editor ED KELLEHER Layout Editor COREY WOOLFORK Distribution Manager PETER MOBERG, PH. D. Faculty Advisor
STAFF Staff Writers LARRY MAXWELL RICA CAUGHMAN MERDEITH BROWN RYAN DIBENEDETTO JAZMINE SCOTT Staff Photographers DEANNA BLUE KATE DUPRE LAUREN TIDWELL
Cover photograph* KATE DUPRE
“dishonesty…” –Ashley August, sophomore– “if y’all just aren’t compatible and don’t click like you used to.” –Jasmine Clements, sophomore– “if you are putting your all into a relationship and getting nothing in return.” –steven Witt, Freshman– “Moving, because you don’t want to have a long distance relationship” –ivy Hartley, Freshman–
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Q: I have been feeling extremely homesick lately. I miss my family, my friends and my home. Any ideas on how I can get over this? A: Homesickness is a very common issue, especially when the shiny newness of the college experience begins to wear off and reality sets in about your workload and other responsibilities. I can’t even count how many times people have asked me how to adjust to all the new changes that come with college. So it might help to know that you are definitely not alone; others just might not be willing to admit their insecurities. The most important piece of advice I can give you is to not be too hard on yourself.
Allow yourself to feel homesick. Understand that your feelings are not immature. I don’t care how old people get, major life changes are traumatic, and you are going through a major change. Beyond that, I would embrace this experience. Instead of thinking about what you are missing, focus on what you are gaining. You have opportunities within your grasp that a lot of people only dream of. Another thing that would help is to get more involved. Figure out your priorities and find ways to manage your time so that you don’t feel too overwhelmed with your new independence. Getting over homesickness will take time so be patient. As you adjust more to your surroundings and become comfortable in your new life, these feelings will gradually dissipate. Questions/Comments? email@example.com
Where is Homecoming? SHaKira BaLLanTyne
Ju studeNt, JuNiOr
As many of you know, Dolphin Productions (better known as DP) is known for bringing us events such as Welcome Week, Open Mic Night, FinFest and various artists and entertainment that helps us relax and take our minds off the monotonous stresses of higher education for free. While I believe that DP’s intentions are good, a lot of the events aren’t advertised very well or in a timely manner. Many students enjoy and look forward to nights like Open Mic night — which are advertised well in advance and a favorite amongst students — but other events such as Homecoming are not. Did anyone know that Homecoming was next week?! I, for one, saw a poster in Kinne by the stairs that talked about
Homecoming Week. I haven’t seen any other posters and flyers anywhere else! Then there was the big banner that said, “IT’S COMING.” What’s coming?! That banner was sitting behind the baseball field up until some time last month. The only people who have information on this event are the clubs and organizations and the school is so much more than just clubs. There should be more flyers, bigger banners and more talk about Homecoming. Homecoming — although it’s really meant for the alumni to give them a sense of “coming home” — is all about school pride. It’s supposed to bring more people together. So go to the football game and participate in Mock Rock, the Bon Fire and all the other events during the week. With that being said, enjoy Homecoming! It’s next week Monday, October 11 through Saturday, October 17.
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10/11/09 8:30 p.m. to 10/11/09 Terry Conert Hall, Theft A bicycle was stolen at the Terry Concert Hall. No suspect information is available. Pending
10/11/09 2:15 a.m. Village Apartments, Disorderly Conduct Two men were involved in a physical fight. Closed Referral
10/10/09 10:58 a.m. Oak Hall, Criminal Mischief Unknown suspect(s) wrote on building’s windows.
10/9/09 2:16 a.m. Physical Plant, Criminal Mischief A bench outside Physical Plant had been turned over, and one leg broken off the bench. Pending
10/8/09 2:18 a.m. Oak Hall, Tampering with Fire Safety Equipment A resident student disabled a smoke detector in a residence hall room. Closed Referral
10/8/09 11:30 p.m. Village Apartments, Alcohol Violation
Four students, under 21, were identified as being in possession of alcohol. Closed Referral
10/7/09 11:15 p.m. Brest Hall, Alcohol Violation Students were found using a beer bong, one student under 21 years of age. Closed Referral
10/5/09 2 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Village Apartments, Burglary Unknown suspect(s) entered an apartment, stole cash. JSO contacted. Pending
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upcoming Makover for Crossroads Pundents Sound Off on JareD BrOOKS NeWs editOr
In an attempt to increase appeal, help with retention problems, and increase customer service, the Jacksonville University Crossroads Café will be undergoing renovations during Christmas Break. According to Ashley Curry, Sodexho Operation/Retail Manager, the renovations will begin the week of December 14, 2009 and fully operational by January 4, 2010, the beginning of the Spring 2010 semester. “The plans to remodel Crossroads Café have been the making for about a year now. The initial plans were to renovate the entire building but due to the economic situation, the plans were postponed. However, the café needed work so Sodexho decided to continue with the café’s renovations,” said Curry.
seats for the students. There are three different textures that will serve as tabletops throughout the newly renovated café. In addition to these changes, the Deli Section, more commonly known as the sub line, will be switched with the Classic Section in an effort to minimize the long lines. When asked about the goal of these changes, Curry stated, “We hope these renovations will give the University another impressive site to show on tours, give students a reason to be proud, and ultimately provide the students another fine dining restaurant on campus.” According to Senior Jude Leconte, the café’s new look will change some things, but not all. “The quality of the food won’t change and neither will the customer service but the new is always better than the old. The new look will give students a reason to be excited about going to the café. I’m looking forward to seeing how the new café looks when I get back from Christmas Br e a k.” Freshman I m e s h a McNeal thinks the renovations are a great idea. “This will enhance our campus and give students another nice place to eat on campus. Hopefully the new café will be able to address the overcrowding problems with all of the new students JU has coming in.” To get a better idea of what the newly renovated Crossroads Café will look like, stop by the restaurant and check out the poster by the register.
“The quality of the food won’t change and neither will the customer service but the new is always better than the old. ”
As mentioned previously, Sodexho is funding the renovations to the café. Curry stated, “There isn’t much of a dif- JUDE LACONTE ference between senior the cost to renovate and the cost to replace all of the old equipment that needs to be upgraded in the café. “ With that said, Sodexho’s decision to go ahead with the renovations is a sound financial decision that is not coming out of the University’s budget. The newly renovated café will offer students several features, advantages, and benefits, which should all contribute to the overall dining experience at Crossroads Café. The new café feature a mixture of booths and tables throughout the dining area, which will add an additional 50
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This time last year Barack Obama was preparing for one of the most anticipated U.S. Presidential elections in history, with the possibility of becoming the nation’s first black President. President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize just last week. According to nobelprize.org, the official website of the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama was honored with the prestigious award for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples along with his work for a world with no nuclear weapons. “Obama has as President created a new climate in international politics. Multilateral diplomacy has regained a central position, with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts.” According to CNN.com, “Obama said he viewed the decision less as a recognition of his own accomplishments and more as “a call to action.” CNN also reported the President as stating, “he did not feel he deserved “to be in the company” of past Peace Prize winners, but would accept the prize while pushing for a broad range of international objectives, including nuclear nonproliferation, a reversal of the global economic downturn and a resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.” President Obama winning the prestigious award came as a surprise to many. According to CNN.com, “Nominations for the prize had to be postmarked by Feb. 1, only 12 days after Obama took office. The committee sent out its solicitation for nominations last September, two months before Obama was elected president.” “Obama had not been mentioned as among front-runners for the prize, and
the roomful of reporters gasped when Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel committee, announced that the president was the winner.” CNN also stated that announcement of President Obama winning the award was shocking to the White House. Fox News reported on the media’s negative reactions to President Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. PoynterOnline quotes The Times of London as stating, “The Nobel committee has made controversial awards before. Some have appeared to reward hope rather than achievement: the 1976 prize for the two peace campaigners in Northern Ireland, Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan, was clearly intended to send a signal to the two battling communities in Ulster.” “But the political influence of the two winners turned out, sadly, to be negligible. In the Middle East, the award to Menachem Begin of Israel and Anwar Sadat of Egypt in 1978 also looks, in retrospect, as naive as the later award to Yassir Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin — although it could be argued that both the Camp David and Oslo accords, while not bringing peace, were at least attempts to break the deadlock. Mr. Obama’s prize is more likely, however, to be compared with the most contentious prize of all: the 1973 prize to Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho for their negotiations to end the Vietnam War. Dr Kissinger was branded a warmonger for his support for the bombing campaign in Cambodia; and the Vietnamese negotiator was subsequently seen as a liar whose government never intended to honor a peace deal but was waiting for the moment to attack South Vietnam.” Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari said that he sees this as an important encouragement. Hopefully President Obama will share Ahtisaari’s view but only time will tell if President Obama’s winning The Nobel Peace Prize was premature.
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Over the past weekend, Oct. 9-11 2009, St. Augustine was the host to the EXP Convention. Our own JU Anime Club was in the attendance for this event while participating in the special events and sales of artwork. EXP is a weekend long event that was held at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village’s St. John’s County Convention Center. The purpose of the convention is to celebrate and promote video games, Japanese animation, anime or manga (Japanese comic books), cosplay (where people create and model costumes based on characters), and other parts of Japanese culture. As is typical for anime conventions, this convention featured an artist alley, a dealer’s room, panels, a video game room, and guest who work or have hobbies in the field of Japanese animation. The specialty of this convention is the addition of a weekend long game where the participants have missions and battles during the event to heighten the experience. The convention had guest who are famous in the world of anime, and some who are just well known anime hobbyist.
The voice actors from Full-Metal Alchemist, God of War, etc., Vic Mignogna, and Troy Baker were some of the most celebrated at the convention. There was a special person there, PikaBelleChu. As an advocate for Pokémon, PikaBelleChu works as a teacher, artist, makes costumes for her work at anime conventions around America. Artist alley was a big deal for our Anime Club this year. They had a table in the artist alley booth, where they sold their own art featuring works of fan-art, originals, and modeling clay figures. Trin Calderon, Shana Cannon, Erin Feldman, and Noel Zimmerman are the artists who completed the works. When not playing games or buying things from the artist alley and dealers room, the attendees at conventions go to panels that interest them in one of the many rooms at the hotel. Some the highlighted panels include Q & A with the special guest, watching and discussing new animes/ mangas, and the Japanese fairy-tale theater from Animebelle. Overall the convention was a fantastic place to celebrate anime and Japanese culture. Even if you are not a fan of anime, this kind of event is a good way for you to learn about some of the world of animation that is given to us by our friends in the east.
Community Service Ops. JaZMine SCOTT stAFF Writer
Since, we all know there is not much time to spare during the week due to demanding class schedules, club meetings and homework, this new column will outline events that take place over the weekend. Before pursuing a community service event, students must first have the event approved by the Service-Learning Center. Complete and submit a liability form, with the completion of a timesheet and brief reflection. All questions and concerns can be directed to Dr. Laura Chambers in The Gooding Building, room#203. She can be reached via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 904-2567235 Don’t make community service just another job, make it a hobby. Being an open-minded individual builds character and employers are more accepting to a well-rounded student. Below is a list of upcoming community service opportunities for YOU to be involved in. •Friday, October 16th, 2009 Disaster Kids! Preparing Kids for Disaster: Working with children and teaching them safety tips for Hurricane Season Required Training Shift(s): 3:30pm- 5:00pm Project Leader: Jenny O’Donnell Volunteers Needed: 5 Volunteers Signed Up: 1 FCNMHP Animal Clinic: Working with animals Shift(s): 9:00am-1:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm Project Leader: Jenny O’ Donnell Volunteers Needed: 5 Volunteers Signed Up: 1 •Saturday, October 17th, 2009 Garden Party! Beautify the school grounds of Sallye B. Mathis Elementary School. Shift(s): 9:00am-11:30am Project Leader: Marianne Padgett Volunteers Needed: 15 Volunteers Signed Up: 9
Trilla Kam: Guess what??? I’m soooooooooo back up on the scene feelin’ 169% and ready to get back on track. Killa Kelleher is off due to an impromptu Klan rally at Gooding. I was hurtin’ the past couple of weeks due to numerous unfortunate accidents but thanks to my friend Drake and his free healthcare, I was able to make a speedy recovery. Nothing screams, “hard rapper” than being from Toronto. I also want to say thanks to the football team for visiting me in the hospital. I hear they’ve made some huge upgrades to their playbook as opposed to the old one against Old Dominion that consisted of three plays: “Passdarock”; “Rundatjunk” and my personal favorite, “Punt”. The new playbook is written on a napkin with a white crayon. Very creative. Speaking of JU sports, my computer somehow stumbled upon the school’s athletic website. I should have used my athleticism to click the “Back” button but instead I found some real gems. First off, a video appeared with some man who looked like a 40-year old Bobby Hill trying to convince me to buy season tickets for the upcoming men’s basketball season for ONLY $160. If ONLY I could slap that man. As I began to think of 160 reasons why I wouldn’t spend a dime to see those “ballaz and shoot callaz,” (even though the only shots they gonna be callin’ are the ones that prevent you from getting the flu), I was shocked to hear that if I bought the deal — aka the JU Choke Package — I would also be given a season pass
to all the women’s b-ball games absolutely free. Now most folks would think that this is an obvious setup for a women’s basketball joke for…. it isn’t. That’s because near the end of the promo he promises that you will receive a quadruple refund if you are seen at just one of the girls’ games. But wait, there’s more! Eighty more dollars (or doll-hairs for my Asian peoples) will get you a pregame meal of a salmon croquets as well as a scouting report that has the coaches talking about their favorite songs from Ginuwine. Another thing I noticed about the site and JU athletics as a whole was that there is no men’s track team. I think that’s because the guys who come here for track are always redirected to the football team’s locker room before they wander around on the “alleged” football field. Want to hear a funny joke? The Jacksonville Jaguars. This Sunday while watching the NFL Pregame show on CBS I asked myself, “Who put the horse in a suit?” before I realized it was Shannon Sharpe. In other news, Barack Obama recently won the Noble Peace Prize, mainly for being one of the only black men in America with decent credit. Am I the only one who’s scared to see Obama on National TV? Every time I see him I think something went down and now that he’s won this award, he is now an even bigger target for those rednecks while they sit around the table eating their pork’n’beans. Before I end this, I want to say congratulations to the WNBA Champions for winning the WNBA Championship. Join me next time as I try to research who just won the WNBA Championship.
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ARTS Dreamers Lust Opens in Brest Lauren Tidwell Guest Writer
Talented Welsh artist, Clive King, shared the story of his art work with us prior to his opening in the Phillips Fine Art center Thursday evening. His drawings portray somewhat illusively the inner workings of his very interesting life experiences. Some of them literal and some so figurative that every viewer interprets them a little different. King was incredibly charming and humorous as he addressed those present and gave us some insight into his artistic perspective. His experience teaching at FIU no doubt influenced his ease of communication with the crowd. As King described his processs, he let us in on a lot of his history that has influenced his work. So much of his art resonates with his childhood spent growing up in a small, superstitious village, the name of which meaning “The Valley of the Witches.” Drawing, King says, is the only thing that brings back the memories of that place. He prefers drawing over other mediums because of its “absolute immediacy.” He gave up painting more than 20 years ago because it just takes too long to see the desired result. According to King, the con-
cept that drawing is a portal that precedes other art forms is completely wrong, but rather drawing has so much power in itself. His work mostly consists of large drawings, almost always composed in ink. A lot of famous artists influence King’s work, but war artists have more of an impact on him than any others. Also, in all of his travels he subsumes a part of that culture into is art work. When asked if his art was therapeutic or more to share his experiences with others, King responded that he didn’t know why people liked his art. He wasn’t doing it for therapy or to make an impression on other people, he was simply calling forth and portraying his memories. When King is drawing, he’s trying to recreate a presence. He says before he starts producing any good material he has to waste about two hours to get things to start flowing. “I have to get a lot of things wrong before I get them right,” King remarks. King’s work undoubtedly left an impression on those present at his opening, and the messages he conveyed in his drawings triggered deep discussions by the attendees. His exhibit is definitely a sight worth seeing.
Untitled Lauren Michelle Tidwell Digital Photography Freshman My passion for natural photography led me to a local park. These two pine trees stood alone, each only branching to one side, but together they were complete. I feel that the clouds add a picturesque surrealism to the image, which contributes to the romanticism of the two trees uniting as one. By lying beneath them, I was able to portray the bond that I saw so that the beauty of their partnership could be appreciated by others. When I look at this photograph, I see equality. Neither tree dominates nor overshadows the other. One reaches out to the rising sun and the other for the sunset. They are in perfect balance and harmony with each other, meeting both at the root and at the peak and growing side-by-side in their climb towards the skies. Neither one is dependent on the othe. Each pine stands strong on its own, but living happily along side of each other. If you look at the branches, it appears that if you put the trees together they would fit perfectly. To me this symbolizes masculinity and femininity. These trees were simply meant for each other, and I’m grateful I was able to capture their companionship and share it with others.
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Who Rules the Campus? David Berry Sports Editor
The regular season is in full swing for all four fall teams on the campus of Jacksonville University. Winter sports are just about to start practice, and with homecoming going on this week, I don’t think there’s any time better than the present to rank the teams currently in play. The criteria for the rankings will be strength of schedule, conference play, impact players, and most obviously, wins. 1) Volleyball- There is not a hotter team on the campus right now than the second-place Lady Dolphins. They have not lost since Sept. 12, building a winning streak of 10 games. With eight games remaining, including one against conference-leader Belmont, Jacksonville is in a prime position going into the Atlantic Sun conference tournament. The Lady Dolphins have been led by senior libero Shelley Walroth, who has been a record-setter in her family as well as in the history books nationally. After her performance against UNF on Tuesday night, she is now in the top 25 all-time nationally in digs. The team as a while is in the top three in five out the seven team categories in the A-Sun. Going into the last part of their season, they are in a great position to make noise at the top of the standings. 2) Women’s Soccer- The Lady Dolphins have been impressive on the pitch as of late, going 5-1-2 in their last eight games. They currently sit in a tie for fourth place with 11 points and they are only one point out of third and two points out of second place. The team has been led by freshman midfielder Eva Leeper who has 13 points (five goals, three assists) this
season and she leads the team in goals. Freshman forward Lisa Hensley leads the team in assists with four. Sophomore goalkeeper Alexa Rooney is anchoring the defense with a 4-6-2 record and one shutout. The Lady Dolphins will be in action this Thursday at 7 p.m. as they visit Campbell in A-Sun play. They will be back at home next Monday to host cross-town rival UNF at 7 p.m. 3) Football- Their record is 2-3, but two of the tree losses have been heartbreakers at the end of the game. Especially heartbreaking was their loss to Marist last weekend, when they lost on a game-winning touchdown with seven seconds left in the game. The Dolphins have showed flashes of brilliance this season, but their problem seems to be finishing. They have been outscored 57-39 in the fourth quarters of games this season. Another problem is the turnover ratio, which has been bad to say the least. Jacksonville does not have a single takeaway this season, and has eight giveaways. The season is by no means over, but with the meat of Pioneer Football League play coming up, improvements need to come quick. It will start this week as they host Morehead State on Saturday at 1 p.m. 4) Men’s Soccer- They have struggled this season to a 3-7-1 record so far. They do not have any winning streaks this season. However, if the season were to end today they would be in the ASun conference tournament as the sixth seed. With their regular season coming to an end, they still have a chance to move up the standings with some wins. They will be on the road heading to Nashville this weekend to take on Belmont and Lipscomb on Friday and Sunday, respectively.