HEALTH & FITNESS Walking Barefoot page 19
New Harry Potter movie Ninth installment of Harry Potter franchise is coming to the screen in the near future.
Gay “Glee” character upsets
Davis overcomes setback
MBFGC writer returns to analyze “Glee’s” Kurt Hummel and other gay men on TV.
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A look at the only club on campus where you can dress up as your favorite fictional character. page 17
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Kappa Karnival likely to undergo changes By Rose Kraemer Asst. News Editor This year’s Kappa Karnival might be different than those of recent memory. There are rumors of it being moved to a different day and time. “Well, that has not yet been decided,” Dean of Students James Annarelli said. Annarelli is gathering a group of students and staff who will represent the planning and implementation of Kappa Karnival to examine whether or not the carnival date and time should be changed. “These questions,” he said, “are being raised to ensure that the carnival, which is so important an event to our community across constituencies — students, faculty and staff — is offered at a time and in a way that does not contribute to students overindulging in substances in ways that impact their own health and safety and the experience of all carnival goers.” Two years ago there were no issues of any consequence, including no instances of transports, Annarelli said. The goal is to return to that figure. “This is a problem we face both in the planning and execution of sanctioned college wide events and in dealing with the unsanctioned large gatherings that students plan informally,” he said. “In both cases, a vibe is created that feeds pre-gaming among those who are under-
courtesy of Lilah Greenberg (‘13) via Eckerd Flickr Students enjoy the 2012 Kappa Karnival.
age and also, perhaps, encourages, indirectly, excesses that students would normally not engage in.” The question the representatives will be facing is how the college should deal with this is-
sue while continuing to offer fun sanctioned events for students. Annarelli’s team of Kappa Karnival representatives will search for ways to mitigate the tendency for some students to pregame.
“One of the suggestions made originally by a student is that we, in effect, play on Kappa Karnival being first and foremost a fun carnival, and to schedule it early in the spring,” he said, “perhaps in April,
Cowboys and Indians party under scrutiny By Ely Grinfeld Viewpoints Editor The Cowboys and Indians party Oct. 5 marked the second themed party organized by students at Eckerd this year — and a significant amount of damage to campus. As administrators attempt to curb binge drinking, substance abuse and vandalism by appealing to students prior to parties, some question whether Eckerd is becoming more destructive at its social events.
A window was boarded up at Nu 7 after the party. Please Recycle
Cowboys and Indians is a party held annually by students of Nu and Omega. This year, residents of Omega were Indians and Nu residents were cowboys. Dean of Students James Annarelli held a meeting with residents of complexes other than Omega and Nu to discuss possible deterrents for substance abuse and damage to campus. Much like the recent Dine and Discuss at Kappa, Annarelli greeted students with pizza and beverages in hopes of a communal discourse on party etiquette. At the event, Annarelli discussed the thenprospective Cowboys and Indians party, and implored students to reduce the water damage as much as possible. RAs were also instructed to hold meetings with their residents to encourage respect during the unsanctioned party. Per the meeting with Nu and Omega, residents of the upperclassman dorms photo by Ely Grinfeld requested all waterworks be held on the
ground levels of the residences and that those who were clearly not participating be left alone. Additionally, extra staff were present to handle any additional situations in the wake of the five student transports to local hospitals and 11 calls to EC-ERT during the Toga Party Sept. 21. Despite concerted efforts, the party still took a toll on the dorms. Trouble began when an unknown perpetrator set off the fire alarm at Omega complex during the Cowboy and Indian festivities after 11 p.m. A fire truck came in response to the alarm. Director of Campus Safety Adam Colby ordered everyone to evacuate Omega temporarily as firefighters addressed the alarm. While Colby’s orders and the fire alarm may have been a setback for the partygoers, residents of Omega were distressed. Senior Cassie Hill and her roommate Junior Shelby Smotherman were deeply concerned when they noticed their pets’ anxiety in response to the pulled fire alarm. “We had anticipated that our room would get wet,” Hill said about her pet rabbit, Coconut, “so we moved her cage to the back room, so we could close the door.” Hill feared Coconut would have been too affected by the water war if she stayed in the main room of their Omega suite. Smotherman owns a See PARTY, page 4
during Springtopia, on a Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening. That will allow more faculty and staff to attend with their children, and many of them already do attend with their See KARNIVAL, page 7
Changes still forthcoming for serving policy By Aaron Levy News Editor According to Director of Outreach Services and Health Promotion Makenzie Schieman, the Alcohol and Other Drug Task Force has not met again to discuss and advise changes to the alcohol serving policy since their first meeting. Up for discussion is hours of alcohol service at the pub, charging for alcohol at Palmetto events, restructuring Pitchers with Professors and allowing alcohol in locations like South Beach and Kappa Field. Dean of Students James Annarelli’s projected that a decision would be reached by the end of September. Check www. theonlinecurrent. com for updates.
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LET’S BE BRIEF By Aaron Levy & Taylor Glaws News Editor, Asst. News Editor
New York Times
Federal authorities shut down the online drug marketplace “Silk Road” Oct. 2, arresting the alleged owner Ross William Ulbricht, 29, known online as “Dread Pirate Roberts,” and charging him with one count each of narcotics trafficking conspiracy, computer hacking conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. The website, which was located on the part of the internet known as the “deep web,” was hidden from normal search engines and accessible only by the anonymous web browser Tor. Anonymous users could purchase drugs, weapons and computer hacking information and have it shipped through the mail from other members of the website. The site used the digital currency Bitcoin instead of dollars. Federal authorities are said to have seized $3.6 million worth of Bitcoin. Ulbricht is charged with having trafficked 9.5 million Bitcoin, roughly equal to $1.2 billion, through Silk Road.
Speaker of the House John Boehner went on the ABC news program “This Week” Oct. 6 to reaffirm his support for the conservative wing of his party in their ongoing struggle against President Barack Obama’s healthcare law. Some in the House and Senate are highly critical of Boehner and firebrand House Republicans, and believe that a bipartisan agreement could be reached if Boehner would allow a vote. Boehner has denied this claim, saying that such a bill would receive limited support among House Republicans. Democratic Senator Charles E. Schumer countered Boehner, saying “I’m hearing from my Republican colleagues that this is a strategy going nowhere that’s hurting them and hurting the country.”
51 killed, 240 injured in latest Egyptian clash
FBI shuts down billion dollar black market website
A confrontation between law enforcement and supporters of the deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi left 51 people dead in the latest eruption of violence in Egypt Oct. 6. The clash is the latest in the ongoing conflict that has ravaged most of the country since longtime President Hosni Mubarak was outed in 2011. Pro-military backers exchanged gunfire, rock-throwing, tear gas and firebombs with supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood associated Morsi. The bout of violence marks the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, also known as the Yom Kippur War, which is celebrated as holiday through much of the country. Though conflicts were reported through much of the country, Egypt’s Health Ministry reported 40 casualties in Cairo and the remainder in surrounding provinces.
Italian migrant shipwreck leaves 211 dead AP
The government of Italy declared a national day of mourning one day after a deadly shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa. The boat, which carried about 500 migrants of all ages and genders from Africa, caught fire and sunk half a mile from land. As of press time, divers recovering bodies were able to confirm 194 deaths, leaving 150 missing and 155 confirmed survivors. Nearly all the migrants seeking refugee status in Italy were from the African country of Eritrea.
Plane crash in Colombia kills three Americans New York Times
A small DH-8 aircraft contracted by the American government as part of the $165 million Central America Regional Security Initiative crashed Oct. 5. killing three Americans and one Panamanian. Two Americans survived the crash, which happened in the northern jungle region of Colombia, and were taken to a hospital in Bogotá by Colombian soldiers. Though the cause of the crash is still unknown, Colombian officials reported that it was not gunfire from rebels that brought down the plane. The aircraft had been tasked with discovering and monitoring drug trafficking routes.
Local Pilots N Paws saves dogs Tampa Bay WTSP
Volunteers at an organization called Pilots N Paws flew hundreds of dogs to safety Oct. 6. 400 dogs were rescued from a high kill shelter in Georgia and transported to Tampa and four other states to find homes. Pliots N Paws coordinated its rescue effort with the help of 50 volunteer pilots. One of them, Eric Whiteside, who has been involved as a volunteer for two years, said “It’s an extra expense, but look at how cute these guys all are. They are worth it.”
Saturday Morning Market opens for season 11 Tampa Bay Times
Local farmers, artists, small business owners and Eckerd students, as well as people from all over Florida gathered for opening day at the St. Petersburg Saturday morning market Oct 5. Many people, like Ashley Shumard, come to the event for the healthy locally produced food. “A lot of the farmers carry things you can’t find other places,” Shumard said. Others, like Melissa Bonilla, see the market as a vehicle for community building. “It’s the fresh food, the music, the people, the fact that you can bring your dogs,” Bonilla said. “It’s a great way to get the com-
Armed guards patrol local private school Tampa Bay Times
Shorecrest Prep, a private school with enrollment from the preschool level through 12th grade, recently hired armed guards from the security firm CIS (Crisis Intervention Services) to patrol the school and protect students. The school’s headmaster Mike Murphy made the decision in the midst of the national debate on guns, and particularly in the wake of tragedies like Sandy Hook. “And it wasn’t that the other shootings haven’t been terrible and offensive. But little children — that was a whole new world of ‘wake up, everybody,” Murphy said of the Sandy Hook massacre’s impact on his decision. In an effort to address the concerns of some parents worried about the guards, Murphy pointed to the fact that many of them were in the military, and some are even trained in child psychology.
Man charged with soliciting child for sex Orlando Sentinel
A Volusia county man was arrested when he was on his way to a meeting he arranged with a 14-year-old girl Oct. 4. The man, Cliff Oshman, spent months communicating over the internet with an undercover police officer who responded to Oshman’s internet advertisement. In the advertisement, Oshman “was looking for someone to add to his cozy family and that the age of the person did not matter.” Oshman is facing charges of using a computer to solicit a child for sex, and traveling to solicit a child for sex, among other crimes.
Boehner continues hard line on healthcare
Boy, 9, penetrates security, boards flight to Las Vegas A 9-year-old boy successfully made it to Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, got through security and boarded a plane to Las Vegas without any adult supervision or a ticket Oct 3. Flight attendants aboard the Delta Airlines flight noticed mid-flight that the boy was not listed among other unaccompanied minors on the plane. The boy was taken into custody by authorities when the plane landed in Las Vegas. This successful attempt was apparently the boy’s second, after he took the train to the same airport the previous day, but was unable to board a plane. Delta Airlines officials did not comment on the incident, but the TSA did release a statement saying, “The child was screened along with all other passengers to ensure that he was not a threat to the aircraft.”
Study points to link between air pollution and honeybee activity LA Times
A study published in Scientific Reports, an online open access scientific journal, shows that some chemicals in diesel exhaust can interfere with honeybees’ ability to smell out flowers to pollinate. The conclusions of the study are a source of hope to many scientists, farmers and ordinary people concerned by the bees’ steep decline in recent years. As Robbie Girling, the leader of the study, pointed out, it is estimated that pollinator insects contribute over $200 billion to the global economy annually. Additionally, 70 percent of the global food crop is dependent on bees for pollination.
California to allow undocumented workers to earn licenses CNN
California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will allow the state’s immigrant workforce to obtain driver’s licenses Oct. 3. This is an important step, both symbolically and practically, for many undocumented workers. One such such individual, Frida Hinojosa, said “To have a license is not a luxury. It is a necessity, because in cars we go to work, to school and shopping and without a license really we are limited in many things.” While more and more states are increasing undocumented worker access to licenses, lawmakers in others such as Arizona and New Mexico are working to restrict this trend.
Campus Relay For Life kicks off at Eckerd RelayForLife.org
The cancer research charity event Relay For Life will begin at Eckerd Oct 14 at 7 p.m. in Fox Hall. At the event, which will be sponsored by the American Cancer Society and EC Colleges Against Cancer, students will walk around the soccer field (weather permitting) to raise money for cancer research. Across the nation the charity movement raises around $400 million for cancer research and treatment annually. The Relay For Life organization makes it clear that everyone is welcome at its events, saying, “We appreciate all of our Relay For Life participants and celebrate the uniqueness of everyone who is interested in helping make this cancer’s last century.”
First ever Eckerd Zombie Run Palmetto Productions
Palmetto Productions will be hosting Eckerd’s first Zombie Run in the GO pavilion Oct. 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. At the event, which costs $5 to attend, students will sign up either as runners or zombies. The runners will need to make it through various obstacles while evading the pursuing zombies. After the run, humans and zombies alike can stay and watch the season premiere of “The Walking Dead”. The $5 sign up cost covers food and an “I survived” T-shirt from the event.
Fall Funfest at the Waterfront The Flush
Fall Funfest Fire Night is coming to the Waterfront Oct. 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Students are invited by ECOS and the Waterfront to kick off the weekend with “Carnival games, fair food, music, goofy prizes, face painting, s’mores [and] fire pits.”
Triton tip off
Benjamin Schlesselman, Sports Information Director The Eckerd basketball team will start the 2013-2014 season soon, and the annual Triton Tip Off will be held Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. in the McArthur Center. There will be special presentations by the cheerleading and dance teams, prize giveaways, and many other activities for students to enjoy. The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be The Current’s Sports Editor Mike Geibel. There will be a party for students in the pub after tip off.
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Set phasers to stun: A look at EC Search and Rescue’s new trainees By Margaret Evans Staff Writer Freshmen, sophomores and transfer students have been invading the Waterfront, but not everyone is going there for watersports. With the start of a new school year comes a new batch of trainees hoping to find a place amongst the ranks of EC-SAR. Every year the members of Eckerd College Search and Rescue, the school’s student maritime search and rescue organization, hold an orientation to explain to freshmen, transfers and any other interested students what it means to be a member of EC-SAR. The team was started in 1971 to provide safety services to Eckerd’s Waterfront program. Now the team serves the entire Tampa Bay area. “Phaser” is the name given to the newest recruits, a term derived from their placement in the phases of training. Phase I spans all of fall semester, while Phase II and III are the first and second parts of winter term and spring semester. Phase training is an intense, serious process; the phasers face a battery of written and physical tests in the first few weeks of training, all of which require an 85 percent or higher to pass. Senior EC-SAR Instructor Alicia Lorfink explained how phase training works. “Phase Training is the introduction to becoming a full fledged SAR member. It’s the process where we teach you all of the skills you’ll need to function as a water rescue specialist crewmember for the next four years. The only required training is becoming rated crew, completing phase I, II, III and radio operator.” However, many people continue onto advanced training such as a coxswain or first responder. Around 100 people turned out to the 2013 orientation. If this year follows the pattern set in previous years, by the end of the semester there will be around 15 to 20 Phasers. As it stands, there are 18. It may seem like a huge drop, but it happens every year. Many people don’t return after orientation, and others drop throughout the semester. “I’ve been really enjoying it, it’s getting intense,” Sophomore Conner Cain said. Those who are still around after two months all seem determined to stay. “I originally was going to do it because of my (marine science) major… I thought it would help me get a job,” Freshman Emily Sullivan said. “I just want to help people and
Eckerd to strengthen student-alumni relations By Malena Carollo Editor-In-Chief Eckerd is working to enhance the relationship between students and alumni. “What already exists is not much and not much that’s formalized,” Director of Alumni Engagement Chris Collins, (‘97), said. Currently, alumni have the opportunity to opt-in to a website and maintain a profile to connect with other alumni and are occasionally asked to speak to students when available. The only formal alumni engagement is during Alumni Weekend in March, and even then the agenda is fairly informal. “The plan is to have a real focused effort on talking to all alumni,” President Donald Eastman said, “and particularly some of our key alumni who have shown evidence of wanting to be engaged and to help the college over the next 18 months [to] two years — to help them understand more and be committed to the role that alumni have to play in supporting their alma mater for it to really prosper.” Several steps are planned this year to strengthen alumni programs, culminating in an alumni summit tentatively scheduled for the 2015 Alumni Weekend. To begin, Col-
Sustainability update: Sun powered radio By Evan Bollier Sustainability Fellow How can the sun power a radio? With a 10-watt solar panel and 12-volt battery, of course. Over summer, the recycling golf cart was equipped with a 200-watt marine grade JBL radio
mounted to the inner rooftop. It’s powered by the 12-volt battery hidden underneath the utility bed and is trickle-charged all day by the solar panel. By taking the radio “off the grid,” we prolong the life of the golf cart’s battery and require less electricity per charge.
courtesy of Evan Bollier The solar panel on the roof of the recycling golf cart.
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lins hopes to strengthen existing events. “One of the things I really want to do more of in March is have student interaction with alumni when they’re here for Alumni Weekend,” Collins said. At Pitchers with Professors on Alumni Weekend last year, nearly 400 alumni showed up for the event. Collins hopes to harness this desire to reconnect in new ways. “The more that I use reunion weekend to showcase the campus,” he said, “and the campus being not only the buildings but the things that are happening on it and the people who live on it, the better educated our alumni become.” Collins plans to take this message on the road and go to alumni in different cities across the country to learn about how to best engage them with campus. photo by Aaron Levy “We want to take all that and have a summit that encompasses what we need from alumni,” The Advancement department in Franklin Templeton. Collins said. “And ultimately, what happens is, man both acknowledged is the lack of emphathe more students that are involved in that, sis on fostering in current students a sense of the more students understand what kind of continued community through alumni efforts. alumni they will be when they become alumni.” “We need commitment from [alumni] and The summit format and content are un- we have not done the best job in trying to get decided as of yet. Collins will use the infor- them to understand how important it is,” Eastmation gathered on the road to more fully man said. “We haven’t done as good a job as understand what alumni need from Eckerd we ought to do with our students before they and explain what it needs from Alumni. see Alumni, page 5 One area of weakness Collins and East-
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Evidence suggests LSD “flashbacks” could be myth By Sarah Raney Staff Writer You might have heard the horror stories that using LSD, commonly called acid, can cause you to have “flashbacks” days, weeks, months, even years after using it due to “brain damage.” Whether or not these flashbacks are real is up for debate. An article published Sept. 23 on the magazine Popular Science’s website cites multiple studies suggesting that flashbacks are a myth. Often times, similar to deja vu, a person sees something that reminds them of when they were tripping. According to Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard University John Halpern, as quoted in Popular Science, “it could be as simple as a provocative memory — the recollection is so strong it’ll feel like they’re tripping again.” Fueled by urban legend, recollections like these can cause a former user to believe that permanent brain damage has occurred. Typically, the brain filters out these types of sensory input. However, it is possible for a person to develop Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder (HPPD). Symptoms of HPPD include seeing flashes of color or afterimages that one would commonly see while tripping, according to Popular Science’s article. This clinical condition, however, is not the same as experiencing a sudden “flashback” but more so a continuous alteration of vision. While HPPD is uncommon, confounding factors such as use of other drugs, neurological conditions or other disorders can lead to flashbacks reminiscent of a trip. Because scientists cannot con-
duct clinical studies testing how LSD affects the human brain, scientists are not certain what exactly happens during a trip. However, there are three categories of common symptoms, according to Eckerd Visiting Professor of Chemistry Lisa Bonner. She received her Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at Purdue University while working with David Nichols, emeritus professor of pharmacology at Purdue, who is renowned for studying the effects of drugs on the brain, including LSD. “They are divided into somatic, which has to do with your whole body and how you feel, like dizziness or nausea,” Bonner said. “The next is perceptual, which is where you get the altered shapes, altered colors. This would also be like a sharpened hearing. Basically, your perception of the world is altered.” The third symptom is described as psychic. “This has to do with altered mood, a dream-like feeling and a distorted sense of time,” Bonner said. During a trip, time can either feel faster or slower than it actually is. Because of the dream-like state, a trip can also feel like a religious or mystical e x p e r i e n ce . T h e s e symptoms occur because of how LSD
binds to serotonin receptors in the brain. “Those receptors are localized in regions of the brain that control our perception and our imagination,” Bonner said. These receptors are located in the frontal cortex and the neocortex, which is the newest part of the brain. Scientists know this due to clinical studies using other animals like rats. The waters become a bit muddier when looking at how LSD affects the human brain. “There is no evidence that
animals like rats, cats or even primates, to some extent, experience what humans do when they take a drug like LSD. Their frontal cortices are not as developed,” Bonner said, “We think that they dream but not in the way that we dream.” Urban legend has also suggested LSD can linger in the body or bind to other receptors and cause a flashback later on. This is not the case. “The idea that LSD can exist in the body and can be stored in fat is completely false,” Bonner said. “The LSD molecule is very unstable and would never survive long-term in nerves, fat or anything else.” Flashbacks do not occur because of this misconception. As Bonner has said, it is similar to remembering a dream, a memory or experiencing deja vu. “Interestingly, which is not commonly known, LSD usage is physiologically safe,” Bonner said. LSD binds to the serotonin receptors. It is non-addictive as it does not affect specific dopaminergic systems that mediate addiction, Bonner said in an email. “People do not become addicted to LSD. They might take it a lot, but they are not physically or psychologically addicted to it,” Bonner said. According to the EC-Book, because LSD is an illegal drug, using it or being in possession of it, as well as manufacturing or distributing LSD is pro-
hibited. Being caught with LSD also violates local, state, and federal laws. If you or a friend is struggling with drugs, there is always help available on campus as well as off campus. “It is as easy as calling or coming in to the Counseling Center to get started with counseling. We do offer consultation appointments if someone is looking for limited input or is hesitant to fully commit to counseling at that time,” Sarah Siegrist, an Eckerd Staff Psychotherapist who is a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) said. Counseling can seem unnecessary to some, but Siegrist believes there are potential benefits for everyone. “I believe that counseling can provide an opportunity to openly and honestly discuss any substance use concerns in a nonjudgmental, caring environment,” Siegrist said. “It would be my hope that clients would identify and discuss any negative consequences that they have experienced either directly or indirectly related to their alcohol or other drug use patterns.” Even though evidence suggests that acid flashbacks are an urban myth, LSD is still illegal in the U.S. However, scientists are conducting research about whether or not LSD could be useful as a therapeutic drug. In his paper Acid Redux: Revisiting LSD Use in Therapy, University of Wisconsin Sociology Professor Adam Jacobs explores this possibility. “While early enthusiasm about the benefits of hallucinogenic therapy was overstated, LSD may still have some utility in therapy when combined with other elements of therapy,” he said.
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cat named Aryan along with a snake and gecko. “The noise is so high-pitched, for animals it’s even higher for them,” Hill said. “It can really hurt their ears, especially for cats and rabbits.” Pet owners at Omega were further concerned when they were told to evacuate Omega for the duration of the fire alarm, as they wished to tend to their anxious animals. The alarm flushed most of the party-goers to Nu, where the majority of damages took place. The windowpanes of the Nu 6 guest room were shattered and the windowpanes of the Nu 7 guest room was partially shattered. “It was just like, come on, really, again?” Junior Will Solomon, who lives in Nu 6, said. “I’ve had windows break in past years, and I just wanted to have fun that night. Cowboys and Indians is one of the biggest parties of the year.” Solomon witnessed a friend of his break the first windowpane, who later confessed to Campus Safety. While Solomon attempted to clean up shards of glass from the first incident, an unknown student later came by and broke the second windowpane with a thrown water balloon, despite pleas from Solomon for a cease-fire. The atmosphere in these parties is leading students to question their perceptions of Eckerd as a place of safety. “One of the things I was talking about with [Assistant Director of Campus Safety and Security] Tonya was [that] I’m really disappointed in whoever did this,” Hill said. “I thought we went to Eckerd.” Smotherman, also disappointed with the hectic atmosphere at the Cowboys and Indians party, was concerned at how the party represented the Eckerd populace.
“I don’t understand how they could, like, forget, all of a sudden how they fell in love with Eckerd for all these reasons, and then go ahead and do that [pull the fire alarm],” Smotherman said. “It was really out of character for the Eckerd community. Why are we compelled to break things?” Though figures for the damage caused by each of the parties weren’t available at the time of press, the level of rambunctiousness is another on this year’s resume. According to ECOS President Brady O’Donnell, Assured Transportation, which provides buses downtown for First Friday, expressed concerns to Associate Director of Campus Activities Lova Patterson because of aggressive and disrespectful behavior of students during First Friday in September. Because of a vomiting incident earlier this year, staff are no longer permitted to ride the buses downtown. In response, O’Donnell and Patterson elected to hire Gator Guard Full Service Security, a private security firm who often works Eckerd’s larger events, to monitor actions at both stops of the downtown service. O’Donnell also sent out an email to all students reminding them they represent the college as well as themselves off campus. The guards were paid for out of O’Donnell’s presidential budget. According to Assistant Dean of Students Fred Sabota, at $14 to $16 per guard per hour, the guards cost between $476 and $544 for the night and will be used until student behavior settles down. “My hope is that we won’t need the security guards every First Friday, but just as a precaution we had them,” O’Donnell said. “And from every student I’ve asked it
was still a social event where everyone was singing on the bus, but there was less pushing and shoving to get on the bus and less disrespectful behavior on the bus such as going out the back doors and whatnot.” Visit www.theonlinecurrent.com for further developments regarding damages caused
by parties. If you have any information on the vandalism that occurred, please contact Campus Safety at 727-864-8260, firstname.lastname@example.org or submit an anonymous tip at www.eckerd.edu/ safety/silentwitness.php. Malena Carollo contributed to reporting.
photo by Ely Grinfeld Two windowpanes broke in the Nu complex during the Cowboys and Indians party.
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Yellow bike program enters ninth year By Aaron Levy News Editor In its ninth year, Eckerd’s Yellow Bike Program has become a staple for students looking to get across campus without starting their car. According to www.eckerd.edu/ green, the program has become “a new symbol of Eckerd College.” Dean of Students James Annarelli brought the bikes to the school in 2004.” In addition, as a true community bicycle program it has become a potent symbol of the values of the Eckerd community,” Annarelli said. The idea started small with only a fraction of the bikes that Eckerd now has. Annarelli said he had a friend who owned bike shops in the area. “I initially ordered 35 yellow bicycles, and that was the start of the program,” Annarelli said. Campus Safety, with the assistance of Dean Annarelli, were the first to direct the program as well as oversee all maintenance needed for the yellow bikes. Today, Assistant Director of Campus Activities Weston Babelay is in charge of the program as well as the Yellow Bike EMT’s, the group of students who work to keep the bikes in riding condition. Babelay said most of the money set aside for yellow bikes goes to replacing stolen bikes. “Mostly what the cost goes to is replacing bikes that have gotten so damaged that we can’t use them or theft, which is always going to be our biggest problem,” he said. “I’m not really comfortable talking about [cost] numbers, but we usually do put out about 100 to 120 bikes per semester.” A large number of those are never seen again. “We usually lose about 40 to 50 percent of the bikes per semester,” Babelay said. As we deal with the capacity of about six to eight Yellow Bike EMT’s per year, about 100 bikes is all we are capable of doing since there isn’t a bike shop on campus.” Babelay said most rudimentary
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problems can be fixed by EMT’s. “The responsibilities of the Yellow Bike EMT’s include tires, chains, handlebars and all that kind of stuff. Basic stuff,” he said. One of the Yellow Bike EMT’s is Junior Jon Walters. He is in his second year working for the program. “You don’t have to have any prior experience or anything like that,” he said. Aside from student-inflicted damage on the bikes, which Walters believes is mostly the result of students riding on handlebars and being lackadaisical about where they leave their bikes, the biggest problem is bikes that get taken off campus where they are stolen or lost. “I understand students would love to take a bike to CVS, and eventually we would love to get to where we could take bikes off campus, but the problem is if you leave the bike alone for like two minutes, someone is going to steal it. It’s just common sense,” Babelay said. As for those mysterious stickers that warn the rider of a possible GPS tracker in the bike, they remain a mystery. Neither Babelay nor Walters would confirm or deny the existence of such devices.
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“Those stickers we started about two years ago I think,” Babelay said. “Again, possibly there could be one or two bikes out there, or they could all have GPS in there.” Sometimes, yellow bikes have to be rescued from off campus. Both Campus Safety and the St. Petersburg Police Department help the school do this. “Through Campus Safety, we’ve developed a relationship with SPPD,” Babelay said. “They’ll tell us if there is a bike they’ve seen or we’ll come out and retrieve a bike from someone they’ve arrested because they saw it was stolen.” Annarelli said the program “has not been without it’s problems and challenges” but that it has still been a positive program. “The program has been successful as a means of encouraging the use of bicycles rather than automobiles to move from one part of campus to another,” he said. “Even the development and implementation of strategies to meet those challenges have provided opportunities for campus collaboration and community values clarification.”
I hope everyone’s year has been great so far, and time is already flying by. We in ECOS have been extremely busy since the year began and it is time for an update. Since the summer began, Executive Vice President Henry Ashworth and myself have been working hard on a lot of projects that students let us know were important to them. So far this year, ECOS has completed the following things. Ashworth researched and purchased a new, professional, transportable scoreboard available for all clubs who request it and it will be at intramural championships as well. Look for it at the next home rugby game. A new ECOS program has begun under my supervision called Eckerd’s Emerging Leaders (EEL). The goal of this program is to provide another outlet for students to get involved early in their Eckerd career, foster student leaders, create opportunities to make a difference on campus and most importantly, to gather students who care about Eckerd. It is open to freshmen and transfer students and meetings have already begun. The pub is now open earlier on the weekends. The pub
now opens at noon and meal swipes are accepted until 2 p.m. Did you have trouble receiving packages early this year? Executive Vice President of Financial Affairs Alek Matthiessen helped alleviate the problems by extending the hours of the mailboxes until 4 p.m. on weekdays. Make sure to use the extended hours to show the mailroom that they are necessary. The library is now open an hour earlier on Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. in case you are an early riser. We aren’t stopping with these projects, however. There are a couple changes going on right now to ensure you are having a great college experience. Projects in the works include: the Nu Outdoor Kitchen, safety mirrors at danger zones for longboarders, re-paving of the sidewalk in front of Nu and senator dorm projects. Until then, look for the return of the Small Changes, Significant Impact campaign. If you see something on campus that you want or see something that is missing or even something that needs repairs, let us know. Your submissions can be sent to email@example.com, posted to the ECOS Facebook page or submitted to the new ECOS Website, students.eckerd.edu.
Network creates community From ALUMNI, page 3
leave in getting them to understand how private colleges prosper long-term, or don’t.” A targeted part of this effort, Eastman said, begins with getting current alumni on board. “We don’t want simply to educate our [alumni] on how to write a check, although that’s part of it,” Eastman said. “Great colleges prosper because they create a community that doesn’t go away when people leave campus. “We need a better sense from our alumni who are out that they’re part of a web and we need them to help our students find jobs, find internships. We need our students to feel like when they go to a new town, they find out real quickly, electronically who are the Eckerd [alumni] and they feel confident that, ‘If I call or email these Eckerd [alumni] that those who can are going to get back to me and do what they can.’” Alumnae Kaitlyn Repko (‘13) said she has no idea how to get in touch with current students to network, and would have appreciated help from alumni as a senior in college. “None of my friends that graduated with me got help from Eckerd to find jobs or had help from alumni [or] other students to find jobs,” Repko said. She is open to a more formalized approach on the part of the school to connect students and alumni. Until he takes to the road, Collins is working with Director of Career Planning and Apllied Learning Jessica Neander in the Eckerd College Alumni Student Network, a group on to connect current students and alumni. Ne-
ander encourages students to join. “Hopefully what we have here,” Collins said, “is a more systematic ways for [alumni] identifying themselves to students as saying ‘Hey, call me anytime or email me with a question’ and for students to be able to find alumni in the area.” The alumni and students with a LinkedIn profile only need to request to join the group. “Alumni have the potential to really steer the direction of the college,” Collins said. “More trustees than ever are alumni, and they really understand this place and understand the benefits they receive from it and want to guide it. And so, the more people we bring to that table, into the fold, I think the stronger it will be because they’ll have a deeper understanding of what our students’ needs are and how they can help.” Senior Erin Stringer echoed the disconnected sentiment of administrator, and welcomes new ways to get in touch with alumni. “I like those ideas for networking. I’d jump at the chance,” she said. “I’d really like to see more integrated interaction than a once a year meeting or electronic relationship. We have such a special community while attending Eckerd you’d think it’d keep students and alumni in closer contact with each other.” With Eckerd’s first 50th reunion just around the corner next March, Eastman is ambitious about reaching alumni relations goals quickly. “We will probably evolve that over the next 50 to 100 years,” he said. “But I’d like not to wait that long. I’d like to fertilize it and make it happen faster.”
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By Teresa Young Staff Writer Maintaining a balance between homework, your social life and a job can be difficult — especially if you’re having trouble finding a job. Luckily, the Office of Career Services offers a variety of options for any student in search of an on-campus job. Before applying for jobs, students should first check their financial aid package. Eckerd awards many students Federal Work Study, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education based on financial need. Many jobs available on campus are set aside specifically for students in the work study program. “I think the work study program is definitely a good thing to have,” Freshman Tiana Outram, a work study student involved in Eckerd’s recycling program, said. “Without work study positions, the campus wouldn’t be able to have programs like recycling.” Other students feel similarly about the usefulness of the Federal Work Study program. Freshman Yasmin Galindo, a student employed at Student Affairs through work study, thinks the program has helped prepare her for a future career. “I find the program really helpful because it has given me my first real-world job experience,” she said about her job as a work scholar for Student Affairs.
While only students who qualify for Federal Work Study can apply for those positions, other opportunities are offered for students who don’t meet the qualifications. “Students can still get a job via Student Assist if they don’t have work study,” Executive Director of the Center for Career Planning and Applied Learning Jessica Neander said. Unlike the Federal Work Study program, which relies significantly on funds from the U.S. Department of Education, the Student Assist program is sponsored by outside grants, though Eckerd does help partially fund both programs. Every department on campus has a budget for work study positions, and many have a separate budget set aside for the Student Assist program as well. Student Assist positions are offered to all students. Before they can begin working, students must fill out several forms, including the I-9 employment form, a federal employment form required for all workers in the United States. All necessary employment forms are available in the Office of Career Services and online. Job listings for both Federal Work Study and Student Assist positions are available on the Career Services website, and additional opportunities can be found by talking to directors of individual departments on campus. Not all students believe this pro-
cess is as simple as it appears to be. Freshman Andrea Herrmann said she has been looking for a work study position since the beginning of the semester. Even after talking to several department directors and looking online, she has had little success. “The ones that are left now are kind of hidden,” Herrmann said. When it comes to contacting hiring managers to inquire about an available position, Neander emphasized the importance of making a personal connection. Although it may seem easy to only send an email, making a direct contact is more efficient and you won’t be overlooked. “Just go in person,” Neander said, suggesting students should either call or personally talk to a hiring manager when searching for a job. Students with questions or who are still searching for a Federal Work Study or Student Assist position are encouraged to stop by the Office of Career Services to find out more information about new job opportunities. Neander also encourages students to take initiative and make personal contacts when looking for employment on campus. “Don’t be afraid to ask. Don’t be afraid to come in the door,” Neander said for students still searching for on-campus jobs. “Career Services will go out of their way to help.”
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photo by Spencer Yaffe Some members of the 2013 EC - SAR Phaser Class.
Search and Rescue trainees put to the test From PHASERS, page 3
spend a whole lot more time on the water. I like helping people,” Freshman Kerrigan Lewis said. The training regimen for ECSAR is intense. If a Phaser fails a test, they can appeal and may or may not be allowed to retake the exam. If one fails an exam and doesn’t pass their appeal, they are dropped from the team. Phasers get four appeals per year. “There’s a lot of studying that goes into the tests that we take every week.” Cain said, “And also the physical aspect of EC-SAR training like learning how to heave lines properly and tying knots. So far it’s just been practicing every day and making sure I meet the physical aspects of things and passing my tests every week.” The cadre of students are professionals, working with the U.S. Coast Guard, 911 dispatch and other agencies on their cases. Team members wear uniforms on cases
and to all official team functions, and they follow strict on-and-offthe-water chains of command. As Lorfink explained, students don’t always see the amount and quality of work that EC-SAR is doing. “Unfortunately we don’t get to show the Eckerd community the cases that we’re on because we’re so far out into Tampa Bay sometimes,” she said. “Who we help, and who we get to meet and the type of work we get to do is not something you can do at any other university, and it’s something that really makes my day special.” EC-SAR is headed by the three SAR Coordinators: Ryan Dilkey, Emily Sandrowicz, and Cayman Brownfield. All former EC-SAR members, they make higher-level decisions and handle management. Along with the SAR Coordinators, the upperclassmen also serve as mentors for the phasers. Emily Sandrovitch lectures
the phasers every Sunday night, and upperclassmen that are ranked as instructors work with them once a week in smaller groups on the physical skills. That is the official training schedule, but many of the students practice outside of this time. Instructors will spend countless hours of their personal time working with the younger students in order to help them pass the written tests and master the skills they need. Cain expressed her surprise at this camaraderie when talking about the team. “I’ve only been around for a couple of months now, but everyone is like a family,” Cain said. “You spend so much time with these people that you’re working with, they become your friends and your family.” Many of the Phasers already feel close with the team. “The team feeling is a lot greater than I expected. It’s even closer than an athletic team, and I grew
up on athletic teams,” Lewis said. “I love all of them. They really instill a sense of team.” EC-SAR is part of what makes Eckerd so unique. “It’s so different from any other college. You don’t get to do this anywhere else. That doesn’t happen,” Sullivan said. This feeling extends to the upperclassmen as well. “I’m always excited when people come and be a part of the team that are as passionate about it as I am or the others are,” Lorfink said. “I love meeting the EC-SAR freshmen because we all have the same mentality, the same purpose of wanting to help people and wanting to make a difference in our community. It’s a good group of friends.” At the end of first semester the Phasers who have passed all of their Phase I tests can either leave the team or sign a year long contract and continue with their training. “It’s so awesome that I don’t want to stop,” Sullivan said.
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By Conor McKenna Columnist Just in case you weren’t so sure before, most scientists are now 95 to 100 percent certain that humans are responsible for this climate change we’ve seen evidence of recently. Yes, data suggests climate change is real. I’m so sorry. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary of findings Sept. 27 making it more clear that humans are the ones cranking up the world’s thermostat. The new data from the findings consisted of average surface temperature and more accurate sea level rise measurements. The IPCC produces a report every six years, and the previous one from 2010 suggested that the scientists involved were
only 90 percent sure humans are responsible. As if 90 percent wasn’t already convincing enough. This warmer climate means not only do we need stronger air conditioning at Eckerd, if that is even possible, but sea levels are going to rise. If that happens, I’ll have to be showing my kids the college I attended way back when while scuba diving. Data in the report also indicates that the sea level rise is projected to be between 26 to 82 centimeters by the year 2100, up from the originally projected 18 to 56 centimeters. A difference in centimeters may not seem much, but these small differences are important to the people of the coast. Especially in Florida, where many of us live not very far from where fish swim. Not only are we more certain we are causing global warming, but it may have a bigger impact than we had thought.
The important concept to take from this is that scientists are more certain. Scientists hope politicians take away a message to make more environmental decisions much more than they have up until now. To those who denied the climate change theory, the IPCC responded by saying that their new data suggests change in short periods are not indicative of long term trends we have seen before. Basically, what we have been seeing is not so natural. I’m sure many of you science majors have already thrown several beverages at this article and are shouting “no Duhh.” But it is good that scientists are updating their findings with the times and explaining reasons behind their claims, something that Eckerd students must do. It helps us remember to fact check our claims, something any of you guys who worked on your writing portfolio should know to do. So maybe we won’t be scuba diving at Eckerd anytime soon. But sea level rising is still a problem. We all have known this for some time, but what we can take from this is that you can never be too sure of something, and that it is important to gather important facts when supporting an argument.
Time, day of 2013 Kappa Karnival being discussed From KARNIVAL, page 1
to anything,” she said. “If it’s going to be earlier, you’re still going to have all the crazy students showing up and they’re still going to be crazy.” Associate Dean of Students for Campus Activities Fred Sabota said that years ago, the carnival was on the Friday of the last day of classes. More excesses of substance use were seen because too many students did not have many finals, so the scheduling had little deterrence on their consumption. “Problems developed,” Annarelli said. “It was too much of an occasion for one last hurrah, so to speak, before leaving for the summer.” To alleviate the problems, the carnival was moved to the Friday before the last week of classes because students would still have assignments due and finals to study for the week after that one. “For the most part, that helped lessen the number of incidents,” Annarelli said. “This past year, however, we saw the resurgence of incidents and that is why we are looking at ways in which to even further mitigate the impact of such incidents.” One student is skeptical if the date change will actually have any effect on the safety precautions of students. “I think it is going to be super weird because no matter what day or time they change it to people are still going to show up all crazy,” Sophomore Samantha Brito said. Brito thinks moving it to a Sunday will not reduce the amount of transports likely to be made. Senior and ECOS Kappa Senator Kyler Thomann also disagrees with the assumption that moving the carnival from nighttime to daytime will lessen the amount that students indulge in substances. “It doesn’t seem to affect much on paper as Kappa Karnival isn’t something that has been set in stone, especially when you consider the scenery change last year,” he said. “If it is an attempt to curb drinking or other behaviors then I don’t think it’s going to courtesy of Lilah Greenberg (‘13) via Eckerd Flickr work. This campuses’ student body doesn’t
children although they leave early.” Sophomore Nicole Flug is wary of the actual difference the date and time change will make. “If they change it to Sunday and have it at an earlier time,” she said. “It would just mean that you would be introducing all the craziness to all of the younger children who are potentially going to be there.” Flug said that professors and staff members often bring their children earlier in the day rather than late at night, so a time change isn’t necessary. “The point is that when it becomes night time they take their kids out so that way all the crazy students there are not going to be exposing them
A ferris wheel at Kappa Karnival
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change from noon to midnight. The event is also centered around bands, DJ’s etc. which prefer night in order to operate.” Senior Ben Elliot, who lived at Kappa for his sophomore and junior years, said he understands the idea behind the hypothetical change, but is also dubious whether the changes would be positive or not, saying the event will not have the same “energy level and hype.” “I think that the reaction is not going to be very good, just because people don’t want to be babied, I don’t think,” he said. “This is an adult place and to make it that early begs the question of what is the difference between this and any other carnival off campus. It’s understandable, but people are going to do what they are going to do. The backlash could be worse than the good intentions of the change.” Sophomore Jessica Piper, however, has a different stance in consideration of the new responsibilities she holds. “I’m kind of a devil’s advocate for it,” she said. “Yes it’s on Sunday, a day that a lot of people use to regroup and to study. However, coming from me, being an RA, I think it’s a lot safer.” Although Piper said she had fun at Kappa Karnival last year, she also was shocked from seeing multiple peers getting transported to the hospital. “I passed Tonya [Womack], and she told me to get out of the road because an ambulance was coming,” she said. “Apparently some girl was tripping off of drugs. That was scary.” According to Piper, many of the transports were not just results of alcohol, but also from student drug use. Either way, she said, there are ways substance abuse might be deterred. Eckerd has contracted with fire rescue to have paramedics on site for large events like Kappa Karnival. Annarelli said the campus is going to redouble their efforts by mandating house meetings. RAs will lead a discussion regarding health and safety issues as a preventative measure. There will also be an information campaign sponsored by Health Promotions in advance of the carnival. Annarelli met with Brady O’Donnell, ECOS president, to include the RespECt initiative in helping campus raising their standards. O’Donnell has reported that students wish for a stronger focus within the RespECt campaign upon the risks of substance abuse and on advocating for the importance to our community of good bystander behavior among students. “We want to see students exercise greater responsibility personally and greater bystander responsibility in terms of being their fellow students keepers,” Annarelli said. “The vast majority of our students are terrific. They want to do the right thing.” Thomann agrees that students will remain positive despite possible changes. “Ultimately,” he said, “if the students are the fun loving individuals that I know they are, then they will have a blast at the carnival no matter what it looks like.”
St. Petersburg Mayoral Candidate Kriseman visits Club By Conor McKenna Staff Writer St. Petersburg Mayoral Candidate Rick Kriseman gave a speech to Eckerd students in Zeta Lounge during one of the Young Democrats Club’s first meetings of the year Sept. 23. Kriseman came to address the campus community, to respond to any questions or concerns and to share his background on politics. “I have been in ongoing communication with the Rick Kriseman campaign since this summer,” President of the Young Democrats Club Greg Johnson said. “A director from his campaign actually reached out to me to set a date for him to visit Eckerd.” Kriseman was happy to visit Eckerd, calling it a “hidden gem.” Around 20 students attended the event, many who expressed interests in political careers. Kriseman only had time to answer four questions but gave a talk addressing his first political experiences. Kriseman talked about a few of his visions for St. Petersburg including more civil citations for smaller crimes and wanting to create more future opportunities despite past mistakes. “I do want to see us expand the arts and music in this community,” Kriseman said. “I think we got a great music community, with some really cool places to listen to music. I can see us in some point of time competing with Athens” In regards to his political career, he said his first political experience was as a campaign manager for a high school friend running for the Florida House of Representatives in 1986. They lost, but Kriseman appreciated the experience. He had also lost running for St. Petersburg City Council in 1999. “If you ever run for office and you don’t win - and the chances are you won’t win - don’t disappear,” he said. During the question-and-answer period, Kriseman expressed his desire for a greener city. “It amazes me. We’re a green city, but we don’t recycle,” he said. He also pressed the issue of accomplishing tasks set to be completed by certain dates. This included hopefully finishing the new pier by 2015 and establishing better relations with other cities. Kriseman encouraged students to become part of a campaign, sharing stories of his early doorto-door encounters. After this, Kriseman had to leave for a funeral, leaving his field director, Jacob Smith, to share his experience with the students while enjoying tea and pizza provided by the Young Democrats Club leader. When asked about future club events, Johnson replied “My goal for Young Democrats this semester is to set a precedent for all political clubs, regularly bring notable guest speakers and host engaging discussions in order to increase enthusiasm on campus regarding politics.”
Oct. 11, 2013
Government shutdown examined through Triton lense By Margaret Tronsor Contributing Writer
Lack of funds means locked doors.
The government fiscal year ended without a new spending bill being passed September 30. Conservative House Republicans have stated that they will not pass a bill without changes to the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Without a spending bill to decide how money is spent, the government can’t spend any money, and shuts down. The main concern is that people will not be getting paid to do important jobs such as patrol our national parks or work the immigration offices. This means that many government operations and services do not get funded and their workers do not get paid. Congress, however, does get paid. While a projected 800,000 government workers will not get paid photo by Aaron Levy during the shutdown, Congress will
continue to collect their paychecks. Not to worry, police and emergency services will continue to operate, as they are deemed essential, so “The Purge” will not be taking place anytime soon. Along with emergency services, mail will continue to operate as well as air traffic control workers, branches of the military, and various other critical services. If you are dealing with a federal loan, you will have to wait on processing, according to a CNN analysis of the shutdown. Concerning the economy, the shutdown could do some damage if it goes on for long enough. “A protracted shutdown would cause larger, escalating disruptions including induced declines in private production and rising risk premiums in financial markets,” economist Mark Zandi of Macroadvisers.com told XXXXX. The whole debacle has caused significant confusion among Americans, as well as Eckerd students specifically. To put it in a better perspective, ECOS President Brady O’Donnell and Vice President Henry Ashworth discussed what would happen if ECOS shut down.
“If ECOS shut down there would be more consequences than I could explain,” Ashworth said. Many campus programs would be cut such as club funding, activities and he adds that there would be, “almost zero representation of the student body to administration.” Without representation to the administration, students’ opinions and voices would go unheard and decisions could be made without considering student input. Shutdowns in the past have varied in duration, with some lasting for up to 21 days. Luckily, ECOS has never and hopefully will never see a shutdown that lasts as long. In the event of a full ECOS shut down, “All club, campus activities, and ECOS events would cease to happen,” O’Donnell said. “I would be waiting outside of President Eastman’s office until it started running again.” Hopefully we will see the end of the shutdown in the next few days, and never see one at all on Eckerd’s campus. It seems that ECOS, though, would be much more motivated to get back to work than Congress appears to be.
B l a s t f r o m t h e pa s t Welcome to the “blast from the past,” a feature showcasing articles from our archives. These pieces, from the Triton Tribune Oct. 6, 1995, detail the hot tub installed in Beta Kennedy and give advice to students.
The Oracle of SAL SAL says what’s up with RAs & ex-boyfriends Dear Sal, I just broke up with this guy and I am feeling really down. We went out for three months and I really thought it was going to work. It took me by surprise when he dumped me. How can I get over him? -Down and outDear Down, It really is tough to get over a guy, especially when he dumped you out of the blue. I advise talking to him about it. If you know why he did it, maybe it will be easier to get over him. Hang out with yourself for a bit, but don’t forget your friends. I’m sure they can help you cheer up and maybe even find a new guy. If all else fails, get a hobby or a punching bag. That will get rid of some of the anger. Good luck! Dear Sal, I’ve been at Eckerd for two whole weeks now and don’t have one single friend!!! I’m a transfer student and it seems as if everybody has already formed their little cliques. HELP!!!! -Lone RangerDear Lone, What is this self-pity routine? I’m sure there must be some way for you to make friends. Get
your butt of the couch and go to every meeting possible. Become asocial butterfly and talk to everyone that passes your way. If in the end you still don’t have any friends, write me and I’ll help you find some courses to make friends (our of cardboard). Dear Sal, I cannot stand my RA. She is always in my room telling me what to do. She thinks that because I don’t have a roommate that I am bored or something. I am perfectly O.K. without a roommate and if she tells me that I “just need a hug” one more time I will explode!!! -Going crazyDear Going, Well, maybe you do need a hug. Just kidding. The only way you can resolve this is by telling her that you like to be alone sometimes. You have ot be honest with her even if it hurts her feelings. The next time she comes into your room, sit her down, tell her how you feel, and then ask her if she needs a hug. Dear Sal, My RA is just not sensitive toward my feelings. I was telling him my guy problems when the phone rang. He picked it up and told me it would
take a while because his father was talking to him about football. What a creep!! During my time of need and despair he just shot me down. What should I do? -Deeply disturbedDear Deeply, Have you considered moving? Why don’t you switch rooms with Going crazy? Well, you really should talk to him. He is supposed to be there for you at all times. That is his job. If he does not fulfill his duty, he needs to be replaced. In the meantime, find someone else to la your problems on. Someone who will listen and give you feedback. However, it is important to realize that your RA may have something more serious oing on his life and that he was discussing football was his way of avoiding having to disclose something he is not at liberty to discuss. Remember, I’m always here for you! Dear Sal, I have problems with wrestlers from Ohio. What’s up with that? -Some dudeDear Some, Okaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy!?!? So don’t talk with them. It really is that simple, Ed.
Kennedy gets a hot item in lounge
The men of Kennedy House are going to become even more popular than they already are. Yes, the rumors are true -- Kennedy House now has a heated Jacuzzi in their upstairs lounge. Hold on, do not grab your swimming trunks just yet. The Jacuzzi is to be used only by Kennedy residents and their “close friends,” according to Brian Murphy, hwo has played a large part in making the Jacuzzi a reality. The idea of putting in a Jacuzzi originated last year, but they had some problems actually finding an affordable Jacuzzi to buy. Eventually they did find one for $450 through a newspaper ad. It was in fairly good condition, with only the outside casing in
need of fixing-up. After buying some lumber, they refurbished the casing in only a night. So now the Kennedy guys have an awesome Jacuzzi and everything is perfect, right? Wrong. Eckerd College Housing has caused a few problems, but Murphy is not expecting those problems to exist much longer. “Housing is concerned about the chemicals involved and the filter, but we have everything under control,” Murphy said. Murphy will be testing the chemicals everyday to ensure user safety. He expects Housing to conduct an inspection to make sure everything is in working order and safe, so that no students are injured. “We realize that they will find things
wrong with the Jacuzzi, but we plan to take care of that by asking Housing for a list of wrong things so that we can correct the problems. We want to keep this Jacuzzi because we have worked hard for it,” Murphy said. Along with the initial inspection, Kennedy is expecting monthly inspections from Housing, which is understandable. Kennedy is taking precautions to ensure that no one will get hurt. They have placed a lock on the Jacuzzi to prevent any potential accidents. They also have had and will have numerous dorm meetings concerning the safety.
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Oct. 11, 2013
Viewpoints Kappa complex vandalism increasing Broken glass, trash disrupting Kappa resident life By Julia Collins and Jennifer Lincoln ContributingWriter, Staff Writer
amages at Kappa are at an all-time-high. According to Housing, the costs for damages last year at Kappa were more than $16,000, nearly enough to cover an entire semester’s tuition. For most of campus, Kappa is no more than a music-bumping party scene that people roll up to when the clock strikes midnight. But for some of us, it is our home. Whenever music blasts across campus, you know it’s probably coming from Kappa and you’re most likely on the way over. This complex attracts students every day of the week, and a passerby will see anything from residents playing the violin in front of an excited crowd to hulahoop dancers and fire throwers. However, some students forget that Kappa is still a housing complex, and not some romper room. Residents of Kappa Complex have to skip over dark leaves, a trail of glittered glass from broken windows and bile-battered bathrooms. In September, Dean of Student James Annarelli greeted students from all over campus with pizza at Kappa’s lounge to discuss how they can prevent future vandalism from occurring at Kappa. Whether it is broken windows or trashed bathrooms, the residents of Kappa are ready to take action to prevent these unnecessary expenses and destruction from happening. The most notorious vandalism is breaking the Kappa lounge windows. Why inebriated people find joy in smashing glass with the nearest object they can find is something I will never have an answer for. But no matter that
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Work Study program not anticipating job overflow By Riley Huff Staff Writer
photo by Ely Grinfeld A broken door leading into Kappa Morris after Cowboys and Indians.
person’s motives, their disrespect of the residents of Kappa has impacts on multiple levels. Another large problem is with the heavy volume of cans and glass bottles that accrue throughout the night. Throwing cans away in the recycling bin is not something you can deflect responsibility from by claiming drunkenness. It’s blatantly disrespecting the complex and makes the residents feel as if they really can’t call Kappa home. At the Dine and Discuss meeting,
Annarelli made the important point that “Most Kappa residents live here responsibly.” Trashing Kappa is more than just disrespecting the students who live here, you’re also disrespecting Benjamin, Kappa’s housekeeper who is kind enough to clean up the copious amounts of litter left around Kappa every morning before you even roll out of bed. Kappa has a pet dorm — Scott. While broken glass in someone’s foot is bad, broken glass in a puppy’s foot is worse. Last year Meeko,
a pet dog who at the time lived off campus but now lives in Kappa Scott, cut his foot on a piece of glass in the courtyard. This resulted in a nasty infection that required expensive surgery and visits to the vet almost every day for a month. Part of the unspoken agreement when one comes to a Kappa party is that if we are letting people into a home, they need to respect it. Kappa residents and the school administration understand that See KAPPA page 10
Female body hair: history of women shaving By Beth White Staff Writer According to a survey of 540 American women conducted by the American Laser Center, women shave about 12 times and buy $15 worth of shaving products per month. Also, each shave takes almost 11 minutes. Added up, it comes out to around 58 days of the average woman’s life just shaving, and potentially over $10,000 in spending on shaving products. This research didn’t go so far as to calculate the environmental impact of disposable razors and shaving cream (their production, transportation to stores and disposal), but we can all imagine that the shaving habit has a significant carbon footprint. The point is, though, that American women are spending quite a bit of time and money on shaving that they could be spending on things or activities that enrich their lives. Of course these are averages, and I’m sure the numbers fluctuate based on age, weather and many other factors. Think about the traveling, research or community service that a person could do with 58 days and $10,000. Where did this desire for smooth armpits and legs on women come from anyways? My mom insists that shaving our armpits and legs is about cleanliness, but if body hair makes people so
dirty and smelly then why don’t men shave theirs? Prior to the 20th Century (and still to this day in many non-Westernized countries) shaving one’s body hair was never even a consideration. But in the mid-1910s, women’s fashion shifted toward sleeveless dresses. Razor companies jumped on the opportunity to bring women into the fold of razor consumers. There was a massive ad campaign by Gillette from 1914 through the 1920s that dominated magazines and catalogs asserting that it was unfashionable to have “unsightly” hair and that for a woman to be “hip” she “needed” to shave those underarms. Razor companies found it a little more difficult to pitch leg shaving as necessary since hem lines varied in length across class lines and age. Plus in the decades from 1910 until World War II, the fashion standard for skirt lengths were in flux. By the ‘50s though, with help from images of pin-up girls, leg shaving became part of the mandated feminine beauty regimen in the U.S. and things haven’t really changed since. Personally, I haven’t shaved my thighs in well over a year and my shins and armpits haven’t seen a razor since April. I’m not the only woman on campus who decides to keep her body hair. “I think that people see it as defying the role that women normally play, Senior Julia Calder said, “they have this notion that all women
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have to be trimmed and kept well and if they don’t look a certain way they’re against men or don’t want to please them in anyway. But it’s not that we don’t want to please men, it’s just that we are choosing to please ourselves more than others because our focus is on how we feel about ourselves, not how people look at us.” Despite the fact that we all know nice, young women on campus who don’t shave, I constantly hear students conflating hairy female bodies with women who hate men. As a gender studies major, we review the definition of “feminism” in many of my classes. For those who don’t know, feminism is a school of thought whose proponents seek equal rights and social equality for men and women. We also discuss what feminism is not. In every single one of those discussions the negative stereotypes of feminists are listed as bra-burning, angry, crazy, man-hating, deranged, hairy and lesbian. As someone who identifies as a feminist and also as queer, and who doesn’t shave her legs nor wear a bra sometimes, it makes me wonder why burning a bra, lesbianism and body hair are placed on the same level as being crazy and hateful. Do I have less validity as a feminist because I don’t shave, because I don’t wear a bra or because I love women? Why is being lesbian See SHAVING page 11
Dozens of young adults rush around visiting job after job. Most are rejected. Only a small few actually get the spot they want and then work to pay off their college tuitions. No, I am not describing the current job market among college graduates. Rather, students at Eckerd College are already having trouble seeking employment before hitting the real job market. Students on Work Study and Student Assist alike are coming up short of job experience and cash. Federal Work Study is a program in which students can work and receive a little money to pay off tuition. However, many have difficulty finding work, let alone enough hours to pay off the full amount of Work Study aid they are given. Others simply have to take what they can. Even if it is not enough to make ends meet. “All people can rely on is doing littler jobs like note taking,” Junior Cat Pappas said. At one point, Pappas said she was working over 50 hours a week, which included teaching yoga on campus. She still found herself coming up short. Eventually, she had to petition for greater financial aid in order to stay at Eckerd. Junior Amanda Whelden was also on Federal Work Study. However, the school could not find enough opportunities for her to earn all of her financial aid. Instead, she began working for Bon Appétite on campus. Still, she remains frustrated at the lack of opportunities for a steady income. “It’s a fictional ambince that you’re going to make ends meet, that everything’s going to be okay,” Wheden said. Now with Bon Appétit, Whelden hopes to establish Work Study as a part of her Fork-toFarm Committee. She and Pappas also suggested the idea of having Work Study jobs in areas like housekeeping and landscaping. For those who do not receive work study like Whelden or Pappas, there is always Student Assist. Yet even fewer positions are open for students under this program. Their parents’ income often falls within a higher tax bracket. Yet in many cases students who come from a wealthy background do not necessarily have the same financial means while on campus. “Honestly, there’s a lot of people whose parents do have money but they’re not always going to send them [their kids] an allowance,” Sophomore Drew Moorman points out. I asked Moorman if he had any potential ideas for alternative employment. He told me what I have See WORK STUDY page 10
Oct. 11, 2013
Feminista: Celebrating International Day of the Girl By Hailey Escobar Asst. Entertainment Editor
Recently, a young Pakistani girl visited Harvard University and was honored with the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at only 16. Malala Yousafzai has become a symbol of hope since she survived being shot in the head by the Taliban last year and a voice for other girls who are missing the key opportunity to be educated. When I first heard about the attack on Yousafzai, I was in shock. Here was a girl years younger than me who was making such a difference in the world that one of the world’s most-known terrorist groups felt they had to silence her. Since then, I have not only followed Yousafzai’s progress, but I have also been educating myself on the issues surrounding the education of women and girls around the world. Through these resources, I found so many positive stories about girls who had become empowered or were on their way by getting themselves educated. One resource that I found was called “Half the Sky,” a book written by journalist couple Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, released in 2010. The book, and the film that would be inspired by it, follow true stories of girls suffering around the world from inequality. The film was filmed in Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. It included celebrities such as America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde to add some star power. Of the six stories I saw in the documentary, the one that touched my heart
the most was of Somaly Mam and her girls from Cambodia. When Mam was a young girl, she was kidnapped and sold into sex slavery where she was tortured and raped. After watching her friend be murdered, she could no longer stay silent. Since then, she has worked to help girls like her become empowered again. Dozens of girls became a part of Mam’s foundation, including one who had lost an eye to a brothel owner, and her youngest survivor, who was only three years old. According to The World Bank, statistics based from research have shown just what can happen if a girl is properly educated: “[A] girl with an extra year of education can earn up to 20 percent more as an adult.” The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization stated that there are 66 million girls out of school globally. Through the U.N., I discovered International Day of the Girl Child, which takes place Oct. 11 to help educate the global community on the benefits of empowering women and girls. The event’s website said this year’s theme “will address the importance of new technology, but also innovation in partnerships, policies, resource use, community mobilization and most of all, the engagement of young people themselves.” We are lucky at Eckerd. Girls are empowered and are actively pursuing their dreams and education. In other places, girls aren’t nearly as lucky. Many girls don’t even have the opportunity to go to school and, if they do, they don’t make it past secondary school. Instead, they are forced to work, married off at young ages or sold into slavery. There are stories in the news every day, like the recently publicized death of an eight-
Vandals unwelcome From KAPPA page 9
accidents happen, but it’s when no one takes responsibility for those actions that damage costs pile up for those who chose (and some freshmen who didn’t choose) to live in Kappa. If you break something, admitting to it is both the right thing to do and the only way to alleviate a hefty charge to the Kappa residents. The meeting Kappa had about the damages attracted almost the entire complex and evoked an opinion from every student there. “I believe the meeting was effective in the sense that there is now a heightened awareness about the vandalism that has been occurring recently,” Senior Amy Li said. “Hopefully the student body can become more vigilant about the problem.” The vandalism at Kappa is more
than just a lack of respect for Kappa as the complex that hosts a lot of the parties, it is also a lack of responsibility taken by those who do cause the damages, who are both residents of Kappa and students from all across campus. As Kappa residents ourselves, we firmly believe that if everyone makes a conscious effort to respect our complex, then we can improve both Kappa itself and the general sense of community on campus. However, it’s going to take some work for everyone to come to a consensus. Next time you show up to a Kappa party ready to throw it down, think twice about the fact that it is not just your personal party scene, but also the home of some of your fellow students.
Demand high for jobs From WORK STUDY page 9
found to be the general consensus among students. With no car, options are limited. “Unless you want to work at Publix and longboard there,” he adds. Thus, financial desperation leads some students in the red to look for alternative job opportunities like those in the black market. The Barnes & Noble Bookstore on campus is one such institution hiring students on Student Assist. Like many places of employment on campus though, no positions are currently open. “I tell people to come back mid to late October,” says Bookstore Manager Enrique. Last year, the bookstore hired only four Eckerd students. Of course, it is not the bookstore’s fault. Many students are having a hard time anywhere they look. Director of Career Services Julie Carr sympathizes with students try-
ing to find Student Assist positions. “They are definitely more competitive,” she says. However, work study is a different story. Carr said there are more positions available for students than there are students who actually receive work study aid. Whether students know about these jobs or not is a different story. “We only know about positions when the office [of whoever is hiring] contacts us,” Carr mentions. Thus, it is possible Eckerd students do not know about many of the jobs currently available to them. Students need to hurry their search though. “The popular ones go quickly,” she admits. Bleak job prospects plague the Eckerd bubble. But do not fear, fellow students. Hopefully like in the outside world, we can focus on making job creation, or at least better communication, a priority in the near future.
courtesy of malalafund’s Instagram Malala Yousafzai in the Bronx Girls Prep School named after her.
year-old girl named Rawan who died of internal injuries from her wedding night. This story, along with many others, show that girls all over the world are still experiencing injustices and a lack of opportunities the rest of us often take for granted. Women like Yousafzai and Mam show us that it is possible to take a stand. There are
many ways to educate oneself or donate to these causes. Or one could start an event to help support girls in the St. Petersburg community who don’t have as many resources for a well-rounded education. By adding our voices to the topic, we can all help educate the world about these issues. Let’s all celebrate Day of the Girl Child by helping our fellow girls.
PerspECtives Do you think Eckerd is a party school?
“Yes. We have parties every weekend. If not officially, then unofficially someone’s partying somewhere — most likely Nu.” — Amira Bundy, junior.
“I think it has the potential to be a party school — if you wanna and drink and do a lot of drugs, that stuff ’s definitely out there, but there’s also a sober part of campus.” — Jack Layden, freshman.
“Yes, we have crazy parties. I mean, we just had ‘Cowboys and Indians’ yesterday.” — Reid Powers, sophomore.
“We just have a lot of fun together. It’s just a real community, so just like how families have parties together, we have family parties — we can just go out and enjoy each other’s company.” — Robert Musci, sophomore.
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A watching we will go By Colin Casey Asst. Sports Editor
It’s hard to find a better conduit to society than TV. Whether early in the age with great broadcasters reading the news, to the 21st century, TV has been the best way for a message to reach the common masses. One would stereotypically expect LGBT individuals to not exist here, after all gays were a tough sell to America for the majority of TV’s existence. In this difficult environment, NBC created one of the endearing shows of the late 1990s in “Will & Grace.” The series focused on Will, a gay lawyer. Unheard of at the time, as most gays were portrayed as flamboyant and feminine guys. The audience loved the character because he felt real, he had depth and caused the American public to look at itself hard in the mirror regarding their biases against the LGBT community. Well, it’s been a rough time for character development in gay characters on television. For every success such as ABC’s “Modern Family”, there seems to be one musical juggernaut stealing all the spotlight. “Glee” has become a tent pole show for the Fox Network. It’s catchy lip syncing stereotypes of characters is like a modern day “Breakfast Club” garnering praise for their new look at teen society. Despite the praise, the look of the show appears to just be stereotypical cardboard cutout shadows dancing on a cave wall. And the biggest problem, for me at least, comes from the gay cutout. The character Kurt Hummel makes me uneasy. It’s not just because his character sings songs a full octave below his vocal range, it is his actions that trouble me. He was in love with, and tried to turn, a straight football player. He wears flashy clothing and considers himself one of the girls. Could you be any more stereotypically obvious to what your character is? Not to say that people like Kurt do not exist, but simply characterizing based on a stereotype seems like lazy character development. Will wasn’t necessarily written independently of all stereotypes but if the audience wasn’t explicitly told about him being gay they wouldn’t know immediately. In basing a character solely on a stereotype you limit the development of other facets of the character. What makes a TV program groundbreaking isn’t awards or
viewer numbers, it’s the character and how real he or she feels. Yet, the popular media seems to be heralding Hummel. Chris Colfer, who played him, won a Golden Globe. His character is only a stereotype. Why not rise above the stereotyping and write a more lived—in character? Perhaps even put the person in a situation that is highly unexpected. West Baltimore is hardly the place to find a good man. It’s an area run by gangs, with a lack of morality mixed with the poor in a desperation filled urban wasteland. Stereotypically, hardly the place the typical viewer would expect to find an LGBT person. But if you truly believe stereotypes, there’s a character here that will hunt you to prove how wrong you are. I recently rewatched the greatest TV show ever made. “The Wire”, (sorry “Breaking Bad” fans) was designed to tear through Baltimore, Md. like a riptide, shedding light on the troubles plaguing its citizens, police, schools and government. Within this hostile environment lies one of the best made TV characters in history: Omar Little. Little was a gangster on the show. He stalked the streets in a trench coat carrying a sawed-off shotgun. He and his gang imposed a sort of morality to the streets, killing gang leaders who were acting out of line. Oh, and, by the way, he was gay. In Little, the creators of “The Wire” wove a twisted story of aggression, morality and struggle into the most unlikely gay character. He ran a gang of LGBT runaways who were abandoned by their families and he is hunted with a bounty double that of top level leaders due to his homosexuality. Yet, he was an endearing figure and a primary character on the show until the final season. Little is the polar opposite of Hummel. Instead of embracing a stereotype as an easy out in character design, Little was written as a tormented moral soldier with fear on his side. Yet, he is of a sexual preference that marks him as an outcast both by society and his environment. In spite of a brilliant performance, the portrayal of Little never won a major award. A tragic ending for a truly brilliant character where being gay was merely a footnote to what made him memorable. What is to be learned here? A gay character can change the conversation if he is written in a manner that challenges popular perceptions. It could get people thinking about the way they treat those that are different. Little’s portrayal helped change the conversation about, not just LGBT people, but the nature of people in general. It is just a shame that some networks cannot learn the difference between a cardboard cutout and a layered human being.
Shaving stereotypes From SHAVING page 9
or having body hair or being braless considered so negative? If you ask women with body hair why they choose not to shave I guarantee that many of them wouldn’t say, “I don’t shave because I hate men.” Women choose not to shave for a variety of reasons, including time management, cost-effectiveness, environmental impact and just plain self-esteem. Which brings me to an impor-
tant point. If you love shaving and your hairless legs make you feel confident, then more power to you. Ultimately, we should all feel free to present and conduct ourselves in ways that make us feel good about our bodies and actions and not be harassed or put down for those choices. So please, don’t conflate hairiness (or queerness or bralessness for that matter) with manhating insanity. It’s simply a matter of personal preference.
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Psychology Professor If you’re communicating with dead people, you have no place in science. #PseudoscienceESP
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How to fix budget deficit
Key Point “Don’t increase taxes”
By Alek Matthiessen ECOS Vice President of Financial Affairs
It sounds all too familiar. The country is in trouble and our representatives are busy playing the game of politics. Their childhood antics, consisting of stubbornness, injured pride and selfishness, have cost approximately 800,000 government workers to be furloughed, thus crippling the country. Enough is enough. With each day that the government continues to be shutdown, our nationalism and our faith in the federal government deteriorates. This current controversy highlights an issue that is prevalent in every political campaign on almost every level. What will be the make-up of the future budget? The two approaches of maintaining a balanced budget are either to increase taxes or decrease spending. A leading argument against the former is that it gives too much control to the federal government and eliminates the incentive of entrepreneurship, while a central argument against the latter is that such a decrease would hurt individuals that depend on government programs. These are the two primary ways of equalizing our revenue with our expenditures. It is important to note that both methods have been historically successful. Many economists, including Milton Friedman, believe that raising taxes might potentially solve the short term problem of a budget deficit, but over time, it will lead to greater spending. If the government were to
Fixing the budget is not an easy task. Having a government that would rather shut down than compromise to solve the issue makes solving the budget is even worse. The current debt is right around $16 trillion and is increasing. Being a simple undergraduate student, I would never claim to have the answer to fix such a huge issue, but I do understand that once you find yourself in a hole, the first thing I’d do is stop digging. If I had to put together a plan to cut the deficit, it would involve cutting spending and raising taxes. Most of the federal budget goes to entitlement programs like Medicare, Social Security. In my last article, I discussed how it would be best to reform Social Security which involves competition in the private sector, but I believe that most of the cuts should come from defense spending. The military makes up roughly 60 percent of the budget. According to the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, the U.S. spends more money on defense then the next top fifteen countries combined. However, even if we drastically cut defense spending, any gained revenue will only make a small dent to the deficit. This
raise taxes people would become less inclined to take risks, like starting up a small business for example. A decline in risk-taking would lead to a decline in the creation of new business and expansion of old ones. A study conducted by Ernst & Young LLP, a professional service firm, concluded that raising taxes would decrease investment, wages, jobs, and create a smaller aggregate economy. Ultimately, the tax revenue of the U.S. might be smaller because of the decline in corporate and personal incomes. A New York Times article by Christina Romer, however, takes the opposing view. She believes that taxation leads to less economic consequences than cutting spending. Her argument is based on the assumption that if a person’s taxes are raised, they will decrease the amount they save, not spend. As opposed to cutting spending, where the overall demand of an area would decrease. Both are valid points, but I would imagine the results of higher taxation to be catastrophic to our economy and the strength of the nation. It is not the most economically sound solution. However, knowing the necessity for compromise in government, I would imagine the House and Senate would negotiate a deal between spending cuts to domestic programs and taxation for the top marginal income.
is why I feel that by cutting spending appropriately, mainly with defense spending and then moving it out to earmarks and some entitlement programs, a bigger impact can be made. Cutting spending is only half the battle though; to really fill back the hole we have dug taxes need to be raised. I would create a national sales tax on all products so that tax is based upon individual consumption. I feel that the schism has grown between the highest and lowest income groups so I would also propose a tax on incomes over $1 million. This formula of cutting spending and raising taxes has also been working. The Washington Post reported in the 2013 fiscal year the debt grew by a record low of $750 billion compared to $1.16 trillion in 2012. $750 billion is not a number to be proud of, but it is a start and a way out of the hole we have dug ourselves. This topic needs further debate, which can only happen if the government begins to have open, realistic conversations about cutting defense spending and funds for entitlement programs. Hopefully through compromise and unselfish thinking a solution can be found.
Key Point “Cut military spending.”
By Henry Ashworth ECOS Executive Vice President
Oct. 11, 2013
Pope Francis brings new perspective to Catholic Church: Student explores Pope’s views on homosexuality and direction of Catholic Church By Jake Allgeier Staff Writer Pope Francis turned heads at a news conference aboard the papal airplane on July 28 when he asked, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” The media went crazy over this statement, and so did religious organizations around the world. This is the first time that a pope has spoken of homosexuality in a different light. Nearly every pope in the history of the Catholic Church condemned homosexuals and offered no support on their behalf. Both of Francis’ predecessors, Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, had scathing views on leftwing issues such as gay rights. Since the Pope is the top representative of Catholicism, his opinion can drastically change the function, priorities and mission of the Catholic Church. If this statement about judging homosexuals is the only instance of Francis talking positively about LGBT people, it wouldn’t have made nearly such waves. Since the July 28 news conference, however, Francis spoke on numerous occasions about the role of the Catholic Church in the LGBT community. These instances have made a crack in the seemingly im-
penetrable shell of intolerance that surrounds the Catholic Church. “I used to receive letters from homosexual persons who are ‘socially wounded’ because they tell me that they feel like the church has always condemned them,” Francis said in an August interview with America Magazine. “But the church does not want to do this.” The Bible teaches of love, acceptance and forgiveness, and it seems that Francis is taking this teaching to heart. It’s important to realize that these instances don’t mean that Francis is a supporter of homosexuality. Francis still follows the church doctrine that homosexuality is a sin, but he recognizes LGBT people are first and foremost human beings just like everyone else. We all sin, even Francis. “I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner,” he admitted in an interview. By humanizing himself, Francis has allowed himself to be relatable beyond the religious realm and has allowed Catholicism to become more accessible.
The bigger issue that Francis wants to address is the direction the Catholic Church is heading. The Catholic Church has been under heavy fire in the past decade for their scandals and backwards thinking. Francis feels that it has veered from its goal as a religious institution and turned into a sort of government. “[I]t is not necessary to talk about these issues [related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods] all the time,” Francis said. By making this statement, Francis has subverted the influence the Catholic Church has on these c o n t r o v e rsial issues. There is a strong possibility that this is all part of a public relations move. “I’m not sure whether Francis’ pro-gay statements are genuine or not, but I think it says something positive about our society that falsifying pro-gay comments could be considered a good PR move,” Senior Sally Burnette said. Even if Francis’ pro-gay comments have ulterior motives, it still can have a positive outcome. World leaders constantly play towards the popular opinion for their own gain.
“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”
courtesy of popefrancis’ Instagram Pope Francis during Easter festivities.
Although deceitful, these instances have led to changes in law, government and even religion. There’s no guarantee that Francis’ beliefs on homosexuality are going to make a significant impact on the Catholic Church and its doctrine. But this is a major step in pulling the Church from the
rut it has been in for centuries and helps it connect with modern—day society and its views. So no, Francis isn’t the next Harvey Milk, and there won’t be a Vatican Gay Pride Festival anytime soon. Still, Francis’s actions are a major step towards tolerance, whether he realizes it or not.
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Entertainment Busch Gardens Halloween opens By Gary Furrow Jr Quickie Editor
This year, Howl-O-Scream has Busch Gardens’ lovable Elmo running for his goldfish, Cookie Monster tossing his cookies and Big Bird taking refuge up north. However, one cannot shake the question: where did “The Darkside of the Gardens” go? This HowlO-Scream seems less scary and less of a PG-13 event with little, screaming kids running around the entire park. The event is still breathtakingly good and scary in some parts, but it seems like it is being censored down in other parts. In past years, Howl-O-Scream wanted to make the clear distinction that this was not an event for families and even changed their name to “the Darkside of the Gardens.” They even put in their previous advertisements that this was a PG-13 event. But now the name is changed back, disclaimers are gone and the roaming scare hoards seem to have fled, too. The Go Go Club 13 looks more like a stage show from Walt Disney World. Even though the club is catered by the delicious Taco Bus, it does not make up for how cheesy it has become. Customers also no longer have to be 18 or older to get into it. The place still serves alcohol at the Carni Bar and throughout the park to guests 21 and over. “Our target audience has not changed. We are still offering the same level of adult-oriented material from blood and guts to naughtiness. Just ask the Fiends Nurses,” Creative Director Scott Swenson said. The overall theme for HowlO-Scream this year is The 13 (evil monsters). The park advertises a surgeon, butcher, psychopath, zombie, clown and Voodoo Queen as the evil 13. The other seven demons (the possessed, the torturer, the hunter, the banshee, the cannibal,
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photo by Steven Whitton Freshman Gary Furrow poses in front of the attraction “Pain Lane.”
the hangman and the demon) are not as prominent as the others when it comes to advertisements (besides the website) and are not that identifiable as the 13 because of it. The new haunted houses featured this year are “Death Water Bayou” with a “Princess and the Frog” from hell theme,and a butcher shop themed house called “The Basement.” Both are just okay and lack that certain bone curdling scare to truly be remembered. The returning Blood Asylum lacks that special wow factor scare too. Busch Gardens also needs to stop trying to revamp the failing saga of the Vampire Casino Houses. Each year they just get more and more idiotic. This year it is just a sad “Twilight” knockoff where vampires battle werewolves to scare you. It is
just not scary and not worth the 30 minute wait in line either. The house with a theme that has already been overdone in the media is too predictable and has too many cheap tricks (jump scares) to scare people. “I prefer Halloween Horror nights over Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream,” Freshman Caitlyn Hayes said, “because they attempted to make it scary but it doesn’t work out.” Even with all the new, less gory changes that were made, some of the Howl-O-Scream classics are still no laughing matter when it comes to scare. Every year Busch Gardens tries to make the haunted houses scarier and more high tech like “Circus of Superstition 3-D” did. In this house besides having to survive the devilous clowns, guests
also have to make it out alive while dealing with 13 superstitions. This house has some of the latest 3D technology adding an even creepier dimension to those unlucky clowns. The fan favorite “Zombie Mortuary” is also making its return and these zombies are still hungry for human brains and hearts. Which leads to the question: does one have the heart to go through it by themselves? The one that stood out the most was the swinging “Nevermore” pendulum. This house brings to life some of the most terrifying poems of Edgar Allan Poe. The horrific words are being ripped right off the page of stories like “Nevermore,” “The Pendulum,” “The See SCREAM, page 16
“Grand Theft Auto V” runs over past installments By Hayden Johnson Asst. Entertainment Editor
Rockstar Games has created another video game classic with “Grand Theft Auto V.” For many years, the Grand Theft Auto series has been a pioneer in the open world gaming genre. The games in the series create an openended environment in which the player can explore as he or she chooses. For many reasons, GTA V exceeds its 2008 predecessor. The biggest innovation this game brought to the series is the three-character experience. Players can switch on and off between three different characters that have their own developed stories and exclusive missions. Who are they? The first character players get to know is Franklin, a young repo man who is looking for better opportunities. The next character, Michael, is a former bank robber under protection from the Federal Investigation Bureau. He is a character who finds chaos while living the American dream. Finally, there is Trevor, a lunatic meth and arms salesman who actually seems like one of the most sane characters in the game. The dynamic of the three-character system is spot on. It creates an uncanny yet sublime gaming experience. Situations that players get into will require them to switch from one character to another to complete a task based on a character’s skills. Players might be in a situation in which one character is under heavy fire from enemies and they’ll need to switch to another to help them out.
What adds even more to the dynamic is that each character has their own special abilities as well as stats that can improve upon like an RPG (role playing game). In the last Grand Theft Auto game, combat felt clunky with the aiming system, but in this new installment it feels more like an over the shoulder shooter like the “Gears of War” series. You can even organize the way that you want to pull off a heist adding into the player’s say in the story line. At points the gameplay itself feels cinematic. Gamers will figure out how all the characters connect and know each other through the game’s main story, which is loaded with satire. Everything from U.S. government-issued torture, e-cigarettes, reality television and more than can be mentioned briefly. The satire even reaches a meta-level when Michael has a son who plays a “Call of Duty” parody all day and verbally abuses people online. Another part of the game that makes it worth the $59.99 pricetag is the setting. Rockstar has upped the ante with the open world feeling. The whole game takes place in the city of Los Santos and its surrounding countryside. Los Santos, as it was featured in the previous “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” is a loose parody of Los Angeles as Liberty City was a parody of New York in other games. All around the virtual world there is a city where players can cause
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mayhem with mountains, forests and beaches to explore. Rockstar stepped up the environments by adding wildlife out in the wilderness and events as players travel the city. Sometimes while trekking through the woods a deer will pass by, or maybe players will just get mauled by a mountain lion. “Grand Theft Auto V” also has sharks, sharks that will eat you. “Grand Theft Auto V” is a phenomenal game. It can even be considered many games within one. Los Santos is packed with scenarios like heists, car chases, submarines, aliens to battle when on hallucinogens, tennis, skydiving, haircuts, yoga and way more. Rockstar outdid themselves this time, and there’s no telling what they will do next for the series. GTA V earns its five-out-of-five stars.
International film series celebrates 10 years screening on Eckerd campus By Hailey Escobar Asst. Entertainment Editor In the back of the chilly Miller Auditorium, a projection room sits at the ready to take the St. Petersburg community to unknown places around the world. The International Cinema Series has become a Friday night staple on campus since it was started in 2003 by Associate Professor of Philosophy and Film Studies Nathan Andersen. “We show critically acclaimed and important films from around the world,” Andersen said. “That’s kind of our mission statement.” The series draws students who are interested in seeing international films not yet available on Netflix and attracts film enthusiasts from the area surrounding the Eckerd bubble to new, ground-breaking films. This is the 10th year of bringing film aficionados together in an open atmosphere. Last year, the series found a second coordinator, Christina Petersen, who was welcomed to the faculty as a full time film studies professor. Petersen had her first try as a coordinator last year when Andersen was gone for fall semester. “Last fall when I put it together, I said I would spend 20 minutes discussing the film “Film Socialisme” by Jean-Luc Godard and the audience included students and people from the outside community and stayed there for about an hour, hour-and-a-half,” Petersen said. Andersen said, “I thought that we ought to have some art house cinema on campus. There wasn’t a lot of opportunity for that in the area. I wrote up a proposal, spoke with President Eastman about it suggesting that this could be a really good thing both for adding some cultural offerings on campus, some things people could do on Friday night, as well as it could contribute to the curriculum in the sense that faculty could send students to go see the films. I was very excited when he agreed and supported it.” This semester, the series inSee FILMS, page 15
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7 p.m. Fall Funfest
9 p.m. Triton Tip Off
6 p.m. Zombie Run
5:30 p.m. Hoop Jam
7 p.m. International Film
10:30 p.m. Tip Off After Party
7 p.m. CPS EC Relay for Life Kick Off
7 p.m. CPS Sustainability at Eckerd College
5:30 EC Trade Circle Gathering
9 p.m. Walking Dead Party
10 p.m. Drag Queen Bingo
7 p.m. CPS Why Can’t We Speak to Dolphins?
10 p.m Kappa Kitchen
8 p.m. Open Mic Night
4:30 p.m. PWP
6:00 p.m Howl-O-Fest Boyd Hill
7 p.m. Howl-o Scream International Film Sexy Poetry Night
6:30 pm 10th Annual Haunted Hike Euclid St. Paul ESP neighborhood
11 a.m. Bodies and Bagels
Noon Sunken Gardens: Ian Holistic workout
5:30 p.m. Hoop Jam
7 p.m. CPS Behind the Beautiful Forevers
5:30 p.m. EC Trade Circle Gathering
7 p.m. Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes CPS
7 p.m. Slam Poetry
3 p.m. CPS An Afternoon of Chamber Music
8 p.m. Karaoke
The St. Pete Sampler Local fun and fine dining Want to find a great place in St. Petersburg to dine well and eat healthy? Check out these venues for a bite of good food that’s good for your body. Britney Spears is back to making music.
“Breaking Bad” is finished for good. The author of “Eat, Pray, Love” just came out with a new fiction book. Miley Cyrus is not pregnant with Juicy J’s baby, despite rumors. Kanye’s all-caps Twitter rant against Jimmy Kimmel over fashion Bill Nye was voted off Dancing With The Stars. MGMT’s new self-titled album. Justin Bieber made his bodyguards carry him up the Great Wall of China.
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J.K. Rowling to cast new spell on fans By Hailey Escobar Asst. Entertainment Editor
“I think it’s neat that this world that she’s spent so much time creating won’t just fade into the distance with the end of Harry Before the movies and theme parks, a Potter,” Sophomore Caitlin Hughes said. single mother named Jo dreamed of introWhile the film will no longer be folducing the world to a little orphan boy with a lowing Harry and his friends through lightning scar. Over 16 years, her words would Hogwarts, we will be getting a glimpse of move an entire generation to read books magic and characters we’ve never seen. that rivaled textbooks in size. Her work be- The new story will surround the supposed came seven books, eight movies, a theme author of the textbook, Newt Scamander park at Universal Stu“Fantastic Beasts and “I think it’s neat that this Where to Find Them” dios in Orlando, an interactive website a prequel nor world that she’s spent so isa neither and even a musical sequel to the Harry series on YouTube. much time creating won’t Potter series, but an “I love the fantasy extension of the wizof it and the adven- just fade into the distance arding world,” Rowling ture of it,” said Senior with the end of Harry Pot- said in a statement on Ellie Smith, “what it her personal website. teaches kids about ter” — Sophomore Caitlin “The laws and customs morals and values.” of the hidden magiHughes. After the last of cal society will be fathe Harry Potter films miliar to anyone who came out in 2011, fans clung to the remaining has read the Harry Potter books or seen sources of the wizardry world such as the annu- the films, but Newt’s story will start in New al International Quidditch World Cup or the York, 70 years before Harry’s gets underway.” several books that author J.K. Rowling wrote Since the announcement went public in since “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” September, Warner Bros., who produced Their waiting has proved effective as Row- the first eight films and will be working on ling has announced that she will officially this new endeavor with Rowling, has been return to her world of magic in the form of buying the trademarks to many words and a new film. The film will be titled “Fantastic titles of the Potter universe. Some of these Beasts and Where to Find Them” and will titles include “The Tales of Beetle the Bard” be based on one of textbook companions and “Quidditch Through the Ages.” These to the original series. This will also be Rowl- buy-ups have been leaving fans wondering ing’s debut as a screenwriter. David Heyman, if they will be mentioned in the new film or the producer of all eight of the original Pot- if they will become films of their own and ter films, will also be involved in the spinoff. become the new branch of the franchise.
“I am hopeful that this new movie provides a new perspective on the fictional world,” said Junior Brady O’Donnell. “ I’m excited that the new nine-part saga continues.” Whether or not there will be a new film series or not, there is still much for fans to be excited about, including the newest expansion of the theme park that will open in 2014. This new film is just another stepping stone to this generational phenomenon and billion-dollar franchise. There’s no telling how long Rowling’s reign as the wizardry queen will reach, but it will no doubt last for years to come.
“No Shame” brownie recipe: easy to make, harder to put down By Gary Furrow Jr Quickie Editor There is no shame when taking a bite out of these chocolate filled, easy to make brownies. Considering the daily demands of a college student, it is hard for one to be able to eat let alone bake something from scratch. However, these no shame brownies will make a tasty treat or help you be the college “hostess with the mostest.”
photo courtesty of jk_rowling, posesssion of Twitter J.K. Rowling writing for her Twitter profile.
YouTuber’s new makeup line is more novelty than practical
photo by Amanda Taft The summer getaway portion of Michelle Phan’s “Life Pallete.”
pans, the colors are heavily saturated, so they should be on your eyelid as well, right? Wrong. It took me three layers of the first color before it made a noticeable appearance on my lid. The second and third colors were the same, but it took less layering to achieve my desired result. They blended easily and, though, I soon had my bronze smokey-eye effect like the box. The highlight of the product was the lip color: a shimmery rose color that leaves your lips looking shiny and bright. Despite a few successful elements of the palette, I’m a bit disappointed with the overall product. Sure, the presentation and the two-year process that went into creating the “Life Palette” is very creative, but the contents don’t match up to the quality of what Phan promised. If you have the money and the interest to purchase a “Life Palette,” then by all means, go ahead. But for now, I’d rather spend my money on products I can trust, not ones that are popular just because they were created and endorsed by a YouTuber.
photo courtesy of Amanda Taft The cover of Michelle Phan’s “Life Pallete.”
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Cooking equipment: -Oven -Bowls -Measuring cups -5 inch by 9 inch cake pan -Paper towels -Two spoons -Knife -Spatula -Two plastic “Ziploc” bags -Mixer (optional) Ingredients: -One box mix of “Betty Crocker’s” fudge brownie mix -Two eggs -cup of water -cup of vegetable oil -One sleeve Oreo cookies -10 Chips Ahoy cookies (regular not chunky) -One container of chocolate icing *Substitute any brands for your preferred option
By Amanda Taft Contributing Writer With nearly 5 million subscribers, 7.9 million views and 274 videos, Michelle Phan could be viewed as the most successful beauty guru on YouTube. From creating a look inspired from Taylor Swift to advice on how to take the perfect selfie, Phan has touched every area that every pre-teen/teen should know about fashion, skincare and makeup. Phan, along with a partnership with L’Oreal, launched her original makeup line, “Em” in August. As the days crept up to the worldwide release date, Phan would release sneak peeks of future products, the most highly anticipated of which was “The Life Palette,” a plastic makeup case with a variety of 36 refillable shades of eye, lip, and cheek color. Each of the six palettes come with their own theme: beach, career, night, party, day and love. They all come with their own tutorials of how to achieve different looks, which are featured on the website. With a $75 price tag, I wasn’t able to purchase one of the palettes that I had been dreaming of owning since Phan posted the preview on her channel, so I discovered an alternative: a $10 trial palette with three shadows and a lip color. I chose the beach themed palette, “Summer Getaway,” an appropriate selection for students living so close to the beach. One of the great things I discovered with the trial palette was the selection of eyeshadows. The three pans were picked to complement each other with the idea to give the user a bronze-brown smokey eye effect, perfect for the beach or for any natural look. As I applied the makeup, my expectations of this product were shot. In the
photo by Ian Lindsay Freshman Gary Furrow Jr. enjoying one of his “no shame” brownies.
Promotional photo Johannes Zeiler in “Faust.”
Cinema series brings films from around the world From FILMS, page 13
-cludes 11 different films spanning 11 countries. The series will also be collaborating with the Japan foundation with a focus on the Japanese director Shôhei Imamura. Imamura, who passed away in 2006, was responsible for 25 films including those featured at the end of the season: “Stolen Desire,” “Endless Desire,” “Ballad of Narayama” and “Black Rain”. Imamura’s film “The Eel” was screened during the second year of the series. Petersen, who will be in charge of the spring season, has already begun to plan her lineup for next semester. One of the films she is considering is “The Grandmaster” from China. She’s also planning to keep an eye on what comes out in the next few months and is waiting to see what the winter term group going to the Sundance Film Festival has to say on upcoming films. While the U.S. has become known for our blockbusters and big named celebrities, the International Cinema Series allows us a glimpse of cultures around the world.
photo by Alex Zielinski A few of Gary’s “No Shame” Brownies.
Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Take a half of sleeve of Oreo cookies and five Chips Ahoy cookies into a Ziploc bag, seal, and then crush cookies with a spoon until they are crumbs. Take the other half sleeve and five cookies and repeat the process in a separate bag. One bag is for the brownie mix and the other is for decoration at the end. 3. Put one bag of the cookie mixture into a bowl and then pour the powder brownie mix into the bowl. Then mix in the water, oil and eggs with a spoon or a mixer until the only lumps are the cookie crumbs. Pour into a greased cake pan and bake for as long as the brownie mix box says to. 4. Take out of the oven after they’re done baking and let cool for about 10 minutes. This is important because the brownies need time to set and cool before icing, or else a mess will follow. 5. Frost the brownies with the spatula and pour the second bag of cookie crumbles on top as garnish. Enjoy.
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Behind the horror scenes at Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream attraction From FILMS page 13 Tell Tale Heart,” “The Raven” and “The Cask of Amontillado”. This house was always a terror but now with addition of better light, visual and audio effects it takes the thumping sound of the heart right out of the the floor and into the victims. It is a Victorian ball gone mad with prisoners in every wall. “My favorite thing about Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream is that the entire park is decked out in Halloween decorum,” Junior Andrea Petruccelli said. “Everywhere you walk there is something creepy or gory to keep you in the Halloween spirit. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and Busch Gardens helps to keep it my favorite.” The event also features a new one-on-one hands on terror in “The Experiment.” “(In) The Experiment we have taken what we learned from ‘Alone’ (predecessor) and made the experience more interactive, more psychological and more real,” Swenson said. “There are plenty of startles, but the personal nature of The Experiment also allows us to bore into their minds and set up the anticipation of what is about to happen. “The guests have told us that The Experiment is the most unique haunted attraction they have ever been through and they will remember it for quite some time...even if they try to forget it.” The experiment is the only house in the park that is an extra admission fee of $50 and needs
a reservation, the rest are free with general admission tickets. “It is a lot of fun,” Sophomore Connor Zink said. “They have a lot of good haunted houses.” The new scare zones were also very terrifying like the BDSM themed, “Pain Lane” and “The 13” (really six) were really blood chilling. The best however was the “Harvester’s Hunt” a scary farm themed zone that would make Dorthy from the “Wizard of Oz” say, “Toto, we sure as heck are not in Kansas anymore.” “Each year we listen to our guests and try to focus on their suggestion,” Swenson said. “Based on that, our goal this year was to increase the number of Haunted Houses (eight this year versus seven last year) and bring back more scare zones. After the opening weekend, we have added more roaming zombies, fog, lighting, audio and more to the streets of Howl-O-Scream.” If someone does not want to face his or her fear in the haunted houses, they can ride one of the park’s many rides like Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Gwazi and Kumba. “I heard about the naughty male nurses last year,” Junior Caitlin Harding said. “That sounds fun as well as all of the different shows.” In the sultry show “Fiends,” another Howl-O-Scream classic, join Dr. Freakenstein, Igor and his naughty code-pink nurses as they head off to Freakenstein University to make the most gut wrenching monster “Bieberstein” in this new revamp version of the show. This show is a sinful delight
and apart of the Fright Feast Buffet and show at the Desert Grill. “Our haunted houses and scare zones run the gamut from classic horror to sinister voodoo to visceral cannibalism to vibrantly wicked clowns. Everyone is afraid of something different, so we need to offer as many options as possible,” Swenson said. “During opening weekend, I was able to spend some time at the exits of the haunted houses and the thing that made me proudest of our team was the fact that at every house at least one of the exiting guests said, That is the scariest one so far.” Howl-O-Scream runs Thursday through Saturday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m on Oct. 3 to 26, General admission varies savings on general admission tickets from promo codes are available in advance at participating Taco Bell and Applebee’s locations in Central Florida. Also take advantage of VIP upgrades like tours, Fright Feast, Frontline Fear Passes (Haunted Houses and Rides) and more discounts. To find out about any more upgrades, ticket pricing, reservations or general information about Howl-O-Scream, just go to Howl-O-Scream.com, or call 1-888800-5447. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter for even more evil updates. For current Eckerd student’s, Palmetto Productions will send you to Howl-O-Scream with discounted tickets and transportation to and from Howl-O-Scream on Oct. 18. Stop by Palmetto Productions office for the details.
Viral video update:
Quitting, Lip syncing and Wild Cat
“An Interpretive Dance for My Boss Set to Kanye West’s Gone” Uploaded Sept. 28
“Lip Sync Battle with Joseph Gorden Levitt, Stephen Merchant and Jimmy Fallon” Uploaded Sept. 24
“Introducing Wild Cat” uploaded Oct. 3
Style under the sun: Dressing across traditional gender
boundaries becomes newest fashion trend for students By Shannon Vize Fashion Columnist & Viewpoints Editor When you walk into a clothing store like Forever 21, Urban Outfitters or Pacsun, men’s clothes are always on one side of the store while women’s are on the other. Most customers take this as a rule to stay on their respective sides, but in fashion rules are always waiting to be broken. Androgyny is in. And borrowing from the boys (or girls) has never been more fun. I love exploring the men’s clothing options and I have even ventured into plus size sections without realizing it. When I shop, I’m drawn to clothes that catch my eye with their colors, textures or style. Looking at the size or what section I’m in eventually dawns on me, but it doesn’t make me refocus my attention to where I’m supposed to be shopping. Although, it does get some confused stares from other shoppers or employees at times. For fellow females, I would recommend checking out the men’s section for several reasons. They usually have slouchier fits compared to the ever-shrinking fits in the women’s section. I’ve found they also have more comfortably fitting graphic t-shirts with more interesting designs than those offered to girls. Also, the tank tops and jerseys made for men tend to look perfect with a bandeau peeking out from the longer-designed armholes. Another benefit of checking
out the men’s section is that it almost always guarantees an unique and interesting item you won’t see other girls walking to class in. I recommend going down at least one or two sizes to find the perfect fit in men’s clothes. I generally do my androgynous shopping at Forever 21 or Urban Outfitters because they have the most stylish and affordable men’s clothes that transition well on women’s figures. Urban Outfitters has arguably the best sale section, especially when it comes to men’s clothes, so be sure to check it out at International Plaza in Tampa. For my fashionable male counterparts, don’t be afraid to explore the women’s section as well. If the men’s section (which tends to have a smaller selection than the women’s selection
t-shirts that may fit your body better than the men’s do, and a variety of accessories and other options not usually available to you. You will need to go up around one or two sizes since women’s clothes are usually much smaller than men’s, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find something that works on your body. When borrowing from either the men’s or women’s section, the fitting room is your best friend. Always try on your items in various sizes
to see what fit works best for you. More stores are adding plus-size options as well, which is another category I encourage everyone to explore even if you are petite. The benefit of buying plus-size clothes is that you can rework them into other things. I may not be plus size, but when looking for oversize sweaters I don’t even bother with the one-size-fits-all sweaters displayed in the women’s section and instead go find a plus size sweater that will actually look oversized. Shopping in the
plus size section also allows you to be more creative. For example, a swimsuit cover-up I always receive compliments on is actually a 3-XL blouse. Several of my favorite articles of clothing in my wardrobe have been made for men or plus size women, but they get me more compliments than the clothes I own that were made for women my size. So when it comes to gender and size sections, I encourage you to think outside the categories we are put in and instead start looking for clothes that express you, no matter what size or section they are in.
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Across 1 90’s boy band N’_____ 5 Scholastic Aptitude Test 8 Dimwit 12 “_____ Unfortunate Souls” 13 Corn gas 15 Wish ____ a star 16 ____mobile 17 To hang 18 _____ the waters 19 ____ing hairline 21 _______ banking 23 President Rutherford B. 25 Klutz 26 Lil’____(cartoon character) 29 List of charges 31 Speed _______ 35 Shipping containers 37 Don’t smoke ___ 39 ___ Year 40 ___ Thai 41 To recite 44 You’ll ___ the day 45 President’s office 47 “Planet of the ___s” 48 Cherry 50 Cowboy show 52 Usage 54 Foolish fond 55 Pop ___ 57 You put in your drink 59 What people put on their faces 62 School bus color 65 Soft mineral 66 Mother 68 Spring flower 70 Snob 71 A ____ Thread 72 To sleep during the day 73 “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. ____ 74 Billion years 75 Show on Fox
Down 1 After finals week, you need a day to Safety Harbor ___ 2 Not mine 3 End it on a bad ___ 4 Grandma hobby 5 Beale ____ 6 Expression of surprise 7 Typing mistake 8 Obedient 9 ____-ended 10 Don’t ___ your key 11 “Tom and Jerry” weapon 13 “Ed, Edd, and ____” 14 Comedian Jay 20 Dog-_____ 22 Science class requirement 24 Lacking energy 26 Brad Pitt 27 For a job well done 28 Mythological water nymph 30 Can have feathers or fangs 32 National ____ Scholar 33 DVD player’s parallel lines 34 Eckerd’s lovely ____ bumps 36 Everyone loves ___World 38 ____ Tac 42 Computer component 43 Award 46 Pipe cracks create _____ 49 Eckerd athletic rival 51 Type of rock 53 Earlier form of a word 56 Antacid brand 58 ____ Madrid team 59 Quaggy 60 Destructive rain 61 Catholic leader 63 Freud stage 64 Clean off 65 Car speed 67 Cow speak 69 South southwest
Club Spotlight: The Cosplay Club By Gary Furrow Jr. Quickie Editor Dressing up like a favorite hero or villain seems to be something one could only do as a little kid on Halloween. But one of Eckerd’s newest clubs is making that concept happen thoughout the school year, without an age limit. The Cosplay Club celebrates and engages in the art of cosplay, an American sensation that started as a Japanese tradition of dressing up like characters from a movie, video game, television show or manga (Japanese comic book). “Our club will provide an environment for cosplayers that is free of judgment and a sense of community for all who wish to try their hand at making cosplays,” Co-Vice President Isaiah Pursel said. “They will not have to fear harassment for their ideas, or negative criticism of any kind. We are only here to help individuals create pieces that are tailored to their tastes.” The club plans to help its members design and make their cosplay costumes for the anime conventions they plan to attend. “We would like to attend EvilCon, KhaoticCon, Asylum and if possible, a few others,” Pursel said. “These conventions are an excellent
courtesy of Isaiah Pursel Freshman Isaiah Pursel battles fellow cosplayer as Kishin Asura from “Soul Eater”.
way for cosplayers to interact with each other while immersing themselves in their culture and enjoying the fruits of their labor.” Co-Founder and Co-Vice President Samantha Brito says the only requirement to join is to, “Have some interest in cosplaying and conventions. It’s that simple.” “Because it’s fun and whacky, whatever you’re into, chances are someone here is into that too,” Brito said. “It’s a safe, bully-free place where people can let their creativity run loose. How amazing it is to set foot into a room full of all these people and instantly feel an immense amount of happiness.” The goal of the Cosplay Club is simple. “We are special for the simple fact that we are bringing to light a very under-represented aspect of
our culture,” Pursel said. “Few people know about the culture of cosplay, and fewer still appreciate the effort and devotion that cosplayers put into their art.” The club is also bringing a sense of community to Eckerd Cosplayers. “What I love most about us, and cosplay in general, is the sense of community. Most everyone who is involved in cosplay simply wants to see themselves and others succeed in their endeavors,” Pursel said. “We all delight in seeing the works of others.” The Cosplay Club meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Student Lounge (location may change). Contact President Mercedes Fernandez, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
courtesy of Isaiah Pursel Freshman Isaiah Pursel imitates his favorite manga character at Metro Con.
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Health & fitness How walking barefoot is good for you By Nicole Zavala Staff Writer A common occurrence you’ll probably see on campus is people walking barefoot. Maybe you’re one of the many participating in this trend. Maybe you’re one of the shoebies who think those people are crazy. Whatever the case may be, most people don’t know about the risks and benefits there are to being barefoot. To point out this apparently surprising fact, humans were built to walk barefoot: our toes are designed to grip and spread as the ground lay before us. The balls of our feet have evolved to take the shock off of our step and our arches are made to provide natural support. Shoes take away the function of our toes and change our Many students walk barefoot around campus. gait, causing pain and weakening the foot Even if you’re flat-footed, walking barefoot muscles, which make injuries more likely. shouldn’t hurt and should actually feel good. However, walking around barefoot strengthens those muscles and makes it less Feet, just like our hands, are sensory organs. likely that you hurt yourself and prevent- After all, who doesn’t like running their hands ing future injuries that shoes tend to cause. through cool, soft grass? The bottoms of your So why do we have so many podiatrists (foot feet have particularly thick skin because feet doctors) like Dr. Scholl’s telling us we need gel were made to walk over a variety of surfaces. Walking barefoot continues to toughen the arch supports and special shoes when we walk? I’m sure the media and advertis- soles of your feet and shouldn’t cause blisters ing has something to do with it, but un- unless you’re doing some heavy duty walking. less you have blisters, tendinitis in your Strolling in your bare feet is betfeet or strains in your lower legs, you ter for your posture, and back and should be completely fine walking with neck pain may be reduced as well. regular shoes—or better yet, barefoot. When you make a step while barefoot,
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don’t rely on your heel for the brunt of your weight; shift your weight off of your heel onto the balls of your feet to prevent any pain. Also, to prevent cracking in your skin when walking au naturel, just make sure to moisturize your soles with something oil-based (like coconut oil) and file your heels with pumice occasionally. Nowadays, there’s always going to be the chance that you’ll step on something that will hurt your foot, but at Eckerd, there is an avid no glass bottles policy. Hopefully your peers comply with this rule, but another simple way to avoid any sharp objects is to watch where you’re going.
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Facts, myths about eating gluten-free By Leif Flor Staff Writer
several vitamins and minerals. For this reason, omitting gluten-containing foods can often create a deficiency in crucial nutrients, specifically B vitamins, iron and fiber. This means it’s crucial for those who avoid wheat to find alternative sources for these nutrients. Quinoa, amaranth and millet are whole grains that are often used as a replacement for gluten-containing wheat products. They are less commonly found and a little pricier than wheat, but their nutrient content allows those who are sensitive to gluten to keep their body functioning properly without the consumption of gluten. One of the most common myths about the gluten-free diet is that by switching over, you’ll lose weight. Although some people may have experienced this as a result of going gluten-free, this is not always the case. What is really making the difference is avoiding high calorie foods such as most pastas, processed foods and pastries. However, more and more gluten-free options of these high calorie foods are becoming available. Gluten-free foods can also contain high levels of saturated fats and cholesterol. So if you were thinking about switching to a glutenfree diet in order to lose weight, think again and try lowering your fat and calorie intake.
More and more advertising of glutenfree products can be seen in grocery stores, health food stores and even our own cafeteria here on campus. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and several whole grain foods that we reach for every day. For those who have celiac disease, the body will react with antibodies as an immune response to gluten. Gut inflammation, diarrhea, anemia, bone pain and skin rashes are some of the symptoms that could indicate celiac disease. Fortunately celiac disease is quite rare in the U.S. and most likely won’t be the diagnosis for you. Gluten sensitivity, however, is much more common than celiac disease. It’s less severe than celiac disease, but it can still cause abdominal pain, gut inflammation and digestive issues. For many people, cutting gluten out of their diet is a must. Junior Cat Pappas, a yoga instructor on campus, has to completely omit gluten out of her diet. “It’s very difficult to stay away from gluten products. Even some protein powders have a gluten in them.” When asked about how well she thinks Café Bon Appetit is doing with providing gluten free options, she explained that the options are fairly limited and don’t make up for the vitamins that are lost when going on a glutenfree diet. She’s even more limited at the Triton’s Pub, where salads, cheese and fruit are pretty much her only options due to cross contamination that occurs on the grill. On its own, gluten itself isn’t very nutritious, but the foods that it’s found in, such as wheat, contain The main cafe has a new gluten free section.
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By Nicole Zavala Contributing Writer It is common to have disagreements with your partner and some of them will arise because of a close friendship that they have with someone else. It is often difficult to decipher someone else’s intentions, no matter what kind of relationship you’re in. However, it’s more important to trust him or her than another person involved. Here are some tips to get rid of that bad feeling and make the green monster go away. To begin with, you shouldn’t be in a romantic relationship with someone you cannot trust. Communication is critical with any kind of relationship, and if you or your partner cannot come to an agreement about honesty, then you really shouldn’t be together. Now, there’s always moments when jealousy takes over and you have second thoughts about your partner’s best friend. That person may possibly be attractive and it scares the crap out of you when your partner starts spending more time with this person than you. It’s important to make your expectations for the relationship clear as well as your expectations for your partner’s friend. Any kind of past relationship or present feelings should be discussed and the importance of this person’s friendship should be explained. If you haven’t already tried to make friends with this person, then attempt to. If it’s not possible to get to know the other person and become friends, then it’s essential to compromise; figure out an agreement that
you and your partner are fine with. Also, make sure your partner makes it clear to his or her friend that you’re the only lover in the scene. Even if the friend claims they are a “social person,” excessive touching can give the wrong idea to both parties and can cause your relationship to be strained. Any kind of physical contact shouldn’t be overly affectionate, and your partner should make that clear to their friend. This doesn’t mean that they don’t value the friendship; it’s a matter of respect and understanding between a friendship and a romantic relationship. Your partner’s friend needs to realize where the line is drawn. However, if your lover had this friend before you and your partner had been platonically affectionate with them, it’s not your place to control their friendship. You should also make it known that it makes you uncomfortable, but don’t force them to change their behavior because you’re in the picture. Neither of you change what happened in the past and it’s best for the both of you to move on. Finally, remember your lover is with you for a myriad of reasons rather than someone else. Remind yourself of that fact whenever you feel distressed or insecure about someone else in your partner’s life. Respect their friends and graciously make it known that you expect the same. If you can’t trust your partner, then you should examine your relationship closely. Otherwise, I hope a friendship can bloom with your friends and your partner’s friends and a happy relationship can blossom between you and your partner.
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Foods to eat while watching weight By Andrea Depina-Gomes Contributing Writer Losing weight can be difficult. That is why people turn to pills, drinks and diets the media advertises daily. Although these methods may be effective in the short run, they aren’t healthy in the long run, according to WebMd. The best way of losing weight can be done the old fashioned way: by watching what one eats and exercising. To help improve results, try eating foods that naturally help shed off the pounds. Getting these foods are as easy as visiting the local grocery store or being mindful of the foods offered at the caf. To find out more nutritious advice about losing weight, I talked to Sophomore Max Silvers. Silvers became environmentally involved at 10 and since then has continued studying herbology and phytochemistry. He obtained his certificate in permaculture last year after enrolling in a commune in Israel. “Cinnamon can increase one’s glucose metabolism and lower fat storage ability,” Silvers said. According to WebMD, research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that a little cinnamon can help control post-meal insulin spikes, which make you feel hungry. Another USDA study also showed that people suffering from type two diabetes found that their blood sugar and cholesterol levels were lowered after eating only a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day. WebMD also shows that other foods
such as beans, avocados and eggs help advance the weight loss process and are some of nature’s healthiest hunger suppressors. The digestive hormone cholecystokinin found in beans is a natural hunger suppressant, meaning that it keeps people full longer and therefore helps prevent them from snacking throughout the day. Beans keep one’s blood sugar at an even balance as well. Avocados are also helpful for dropping a few pounds. Although avocados are known for their high fat content, that is what makes them beneficial for weight loss. The monounsaturated fat found in them increases sati- Eggs and olive oil. ety, or feeling full. Eggs, which are full of protein, also make one feel full for a long time. Green tea and olive oil have also proven to be helpful. Green tea contains antioxidants called catechins that help speed up metabolism and fat burning. The anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil keep people from bloating and prevent chronic inflammation. Although these foods may help people
Tiffany’s Treats: Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
By Tiffany flor Staff Writer It’s finally October, and that means it’s pumpkin season. So why not celebrate with a healthy and delicious pumpkin flavored snack? Or maybe you don’t like pumpkin. I don’t like pumpkin either, but, somehow, this shake manages to taste like heaven. I can’t take the credit for it though; I found it on Pinterest last year and couldn’t stop drinking it for a month straight. This is the best alternative to ice cream I’ve had in a while, and who can complain with the fact that it’s actually a protein shake? Enjoy.
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lose weight, some type of physical activity must be involved. Foods, pills and other methods can’t do all the work. “The real weight-loss drug is you and your own willpower,” Silvers said. “The issue of weight-loss is better solved with a strong conviction, no short cuts, a cynical view on pseudoscience and marketing ploys and constant unwavering diligence about everything you eat.”
Ingredients: 1/2 cup pumpkin (canned or freshly cooked) 1/2 frozen banana 3/4 cup almond milk 1/2 scoop (or approximately 2 tea spoons) of vanilla protein powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice* pinch of ground ginger* *Don’t worry if you can’t find some ginger for this shake. I managed to make mine without that and the pumpkin pie spice for a while. But obviously, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon can only make this shake that much more delicious.
Counseling Center provides ways of dealing with stress by Savannah Sprague-Johnson Staff Writer
When seeking counseling, one can choose from a few different settings. One option is individual counseling, which can be scheduled to fit one’s agenda. Each appointment is When one hears about the Counseling about 45 minutes long and the typical treatCenter, it may make one think that it’s just ment is six sessions, but there is no limit of for people who have serious issues that rethe number of sessions offered to students. quire a therapist. What you probably didn’t Group counseling is another way to share know is that the Counseling Center can one’s problems confidentially while getting help you with issues both big and small. support and advice from peers. Someone The Counseling Center is a place to go in the group has likely gone through the whenever you are feeling troubled. It is located same issue and their input could be helpful on the opposite side of the Bookstore in Edin one’s recovery process. A group of four mundson Hall and the people there are there to 10 students with one to two experienced for you. Besides helping with personal probgroup therapists is a community: safe, comlems, a visit to the center could help with time forting and helpful. Students can take admanagement skills and assist you in finding vantage of this every semester. other ways to thrive academically. The Counseling Center can Academic coaching consists of help with a substance abuse probworking with students to enhance lem. They will assess a student’s their time management and orgaproblem and give you counseling nization skills, set realistic goals for for it. It is free for residential stuthemselves and stay on-task toward dents. This service can be helpful, those goals. Our workshops focus but it does not take the place of on assisting students with study and a treatment ordered by the court. test taking skills, improving reading If one is in need of something comprehension, time management that isn’t an emergency and it is and stress management abilities.” after hours, then one can visit the “The Center for Innovative Counseling Center online at the Learning provides academic coachEckerd website. There one can ing services and academic success find links with self-help resources. workshops to all students,” DirecArguably, the self-help docutor of Counseling and Disability ments for mental health are Support Services Scott Strader said. significantly more imporThis coaching is meant to help tant than time management. students who want to live up to They are printable and helpful. their full potential academically. Students can come schedule They help students with peran appointment whenever they sonal goals, time management are upset or have a problem. If skills and whatever else could be it’s an emergency, then you will holding them back academically. be seen by a counselor as soon as These services are molded to fit possible. If you have an emergeneach student individually in orcy when the Counseling Center der to aid them as best they can. isn’t open, you can call Campus Some of the tools they use Safety at 727-864-8260 for a counare a semester outline, the week selor available around the clock. schedule and the month calenTo schedule an appointment, dar, as well as some ways to figcall the Counseling Center at ure out one’s week in hours and (727)-864-8284. Students can walk to stop wasting time. For those in and schedule a time during students feeling overwhelmed, business hours. The Counseling there are guides to help de-stress. photo by Alex Zielinski Center is open Monday through But perhaps a student is Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. lonely, having a disagreement Coordinator of Health Promotions Mackenzie Schieman’s office. with someone close to them, dealing with grief and loss, feeling guilty, confronting a substance abuse problem, enduring feelings of inadequacy or simply looking to be more aware of life and themself. They can go to the Counseling Center whenever they have any of these feelings. The sessions are completely confidential, so when they are looking to talk to someone outside of the situation, free of judgement and bias, just visit or schedule an appointment at the Counseling Center. There are various ways to get help when one is are feeling bad, confronting a problem, having trouble staying on top of things or just needing someone to talk to.
photo by Tiffany Flor Ingredients for a pumpkin spice smoothie .
Directions: Throw the ingredients into a blender and enjoy. I like to add ice and less almond milk to make it less like a shake and more of an ice cream consistency You can also use water if you want to cut some of the calories. Don’t be afraid to play with it a bit. After all, shake consistency is a personal preference.
courtesy of meerkatbaby’s Flickr Pumpkin spice smoothie.
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Sports Davis redefines perseverance By Mike Geibel Sports Editor Erin Davis, transfer midfielder for the Eckerd women’s soccer team, has had an extraordinary journey through her soccer career that redefines the term “non-traditional student.” Along with being 26 years old, Davis overcame many obstacles during her playing career. She attended several different schools, studying everything from anthropology and human development to visual arts, fashion and photography. Davis’ play on the field has won her many accolades and commendations at virtually all levels of the sport. Davis began kicking grapefruits as soon as she learned to walk, an early indication that soccer would be her sport. She played throughout her childhood, and achieved high levels of success in her high school career. In high school, Davis
was named to the All-County First Team twice and All-League First Team once. She helped lead her club team to four state titles and was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America Adidas Youth All-American in 2003. Davis was selected for the U.S. women’s youth national team in 2002. Davis underwent a minor surgery in 2004 and bounced back well. In 2005, the Philadelphia Inquirer named her Rookie of the Year during her freshman year at the University of Texas in Austin. After her rookie season, Davis decided to transfer to the University of Florida, where she was starting defender on 2006 SEC Champion team. That same year, Davis was also named to the SEC Academic All-Conference team and Academic Honor Roll. But despite the high points of that championship season and her career leading up to that point, Davis was diagnosed with compartment syndrome in her legs
courtesy of Erin Davis Davis and her father pose for a picture at the University of Florida in 2006.
in 2006, and her promising soccer career ended. Compartment syndrome is a disorder in which swelling in muscle groups puts extra pressure in the limbs and cuts off circulation and nerve response. She had surgery in 2004, but it was not completely successful. “I never fully recovered,” Davis said. Davis took medical leave from the game she loved and everyone believed she would never play again. Between 2006 and 2010, Davis underwent six surgeries on her legs to attempt to relieve the nerve damage and chronic pain associated with compartment syndrome. During one of those surgeries, the doctor accidentally severed the main sensory nerve in Davis’s legs and she lost all feeling from the knees down. Davis said, “Sometimes I trip or stumble, just because I don’t feel it.” After graduating from the University of Florida in 2008 with a degree in anthropology, Davis moved to New York to follow her passion in fashion design. She attended Parsons New School of Fashion Design where she studied fashion marketing and design. Davis battled chronic pain throughout her legs from the nerve damage caused by the compartment syndrome and the numerous surgeries she had until her final trip under the knife in 2010. During the final surgery, Davis was under anesthesia for so long that she lost partial vision in one eye. Her eyesight returned gradually after a few months and Davis said her legs felt entirely recovered after the surgery as parts of the nerves were removed completely to alleviate the chronic pain she was feeling. After the surgery, she moved back near home in Philadelphia and enrolled in the Art Institute of Philadelphia, studying photography. It was in 2012 that the soccer bug struck again. Davis had been a competitor her entire life, battling opponents on the field and the syndrome in her own body. She knew she wanted to play soccer again despite the numerous critics telling
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Soccer coverage page 24 her she couldn’t. Davis was told because she took medical leave from the University of Florida, she could not play again. Medical leave is equivalent to signing away the remainder of a player’s eligibility and giving up the game. Davis appealed the rules and eventually the NCAA informed her that she could play Division II. Davis got in contact with women’s soccer Head Coach Danielle Fotopoulos and the two began working with Director of Compliance Jeff Bromley. In what seems to some as a miraculous comeback, Davis enrolled at Eckerd and joined the women’s soccer team for the 2013-2014 season, courtesy of Erin Davis with one remaining year of eligibility after this season. Davis playing for the University of Florida in 2006. has been very welcoming. They “Her consistency in playing and her mentality as a high level have accepted me into their group player is what I know she brings and helped me a lot,” Davis said. The physical aspect hasn’t to the team,” Fotopoulos said. Davis has certainly made been a smooth road either. “Less than a year ago was the first an impact already this season. She has started all eight of time I had really run since the surthe women’s games so far and geries, and this preseason was the is currently tied for fourth on first time I had really kicked a soccer the team in points with three. ball in almost 6 years,” Davis said. “I know her potential and she Along with her points in the stat line, she brings several im- is working on it every day. Her measurable assets to the team. perseverance is [a story] that “She is quiet like the wind but should be told,” Fotopoulos said. Davis has modest goals for heryou can see the difference she makes around her, like the wind ef- self this year, saying she wants to get fects everything it touches,” Foto- back into the swing of things after poulos said. “Davis does this for us.” so long away from the sport. “I just Davis is studying human develop- want to help as much as I can with ment and visual arts at Eckerd. She the younger members of the team plans to earn another Bachelor’s de- so we can win games,” said Davis. gree while playing out her two years Her coach also believes of eligibility. Davis hopes to work in her growth as a player. in some sort of counseling role af“She is slowly building to make ter she receives her second degree. more of an effect each practice The transition back to the and each game. I know by the game she dominated earlier in end of the season there will be her life hasn’t been an easy one a different Erin Davis competbut Davis believes her team- ing for the Tritons than the Erin mates have been a big help. Davis that stepped onto the “I’m still adjusting, but the team field in August,” Fotopoulos said.
Volleyball earns first-ever sweep of Mocs before losing to Rollins, Tampa By Mike Geibel Sports Editor The Eckerd volleyball team hosted their first three conference games of the season Oct. 2-5 at the McArthur Center. The women came away from the series with one win and two losses. The four-day conference schedule opened with Florida Southern Oct. 2. The Tritons fought hard in the matchup, winning each of their three sets by three points or less. The victory marked the first time in program history that the Tritons had swept the Mocs. “The [Florida] Southern game was great. We all went out there focused and ready to play. Everyone played great and contributed what they needed to for the team for the win,” Senior Setter Madison Burr said. The defeat was Florida Southern’s first conference loss of the season and snapped a 7-match win streak. Eckerd’s sweep was their seventh total this year and second in conference play. Senior Lindsay Biggs led the Tritons with 13 kills photo by Cypress Hansen and 24 digs, as well as serving up three aces. Grace Jones giving her all on Friday against Rollins. The Tritons weekend went downhill
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after the sweep of Florida Southern. The Tritons dropped their next match against Rollins College Oct. 4. The Tars beat Eckerd in straight sets despite a valiant effort by the Tritons. Eckerd pushed the first set to extra points before eventually giving up the victory. The final set also went down to the wire with Rollins again coming out on top by two points. Junior Katarina Milojevic had an impressive showing for the Tritons, tallying ten kills. Biggs added ten of her own and Junior Ali McAlvany rounded out the trio at the top of the stat line with nine. In the final game of the conference weekend, Eckerd hosted No. 3 Tampa. Oct. 5. The Tritons jumped out to a quick start, taking the first set by an impressive 25-17 score. Unfortunately for the Tritons, Tampa soon fell into their rhythm and took the next three sets by increasing margins (25-20, 25-18, 25-14). Berkley Whaley, sister of former Eckerd volleyball player Taylor Whaley (‘13), was the star for the Spartans with 12 kills and service aces at key times which started rallies for Tampa. Senior Madison Burr recorded a double-double in the matchup with 34 assists and 12 digs. Sophomore transfer
Tjasa Kotnik had an attack percentage of .571 with eight kills in the effort. “After losing two tough matches to Rollins and Tampa we found some things that needed improvement in our game,” Burr said. “As a team this week we need to work on really pushing each other in practice so we are ready to push back at our opponents come game time. We just need to focus on having a steady mental game throughout our matches and practice and I know everything will start working out well as we continue the season.” The Tritons finish their homestand on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in a non-conference matchup against the University of St. Francis (Ill.). After the last game of the homestand, the women go on the road for the remainder of the month of October, including four games in Pensacola at the University of West Florida Regional Crossover. The Tritons are currently directly in the middle of the SSC volleyball standings and will need to make a big conference push after the regional crossover to reach the second place finish they were projected during preseason polling. However, opportunities are available to move up.
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SPORTS Oct. 11
WOMEN’S SOCCER 7 p.m. v. Florida College
6 p.m. v. Palm Beach Atlantic University
7 p.m. v. University of Saint Francis
WOMEN’S SOCCER 1 p.m. @ Lynn University
3:30 p.m. @ Lynn University
Sports Briefly Eckerd Women’s golf in tournament The women’s golf team finished its first tournament of the season in South Carolina Sept. 28 and 29. The Tritons wrapped up the Lady Bearcat Invitational at the Old South Golf Links finishing in 18th place overall. Senior Mara Singleton was the highest on the individual leaderboard at 84th place. The team will return to play Oct. 21 for the Saint Leo Invitational.
Sailing wins two regattas Eckerd Sailing won two regattas in two different states. The coed team captured the South Points #4 in Gainesville, Fla. The team has two South Points events remaining on the schedule. The women’s team also won the SAISA Fall Women’s Championship.
Men’s golf in progress The men’s golf team finds itself in a hole after the first day of the Guy Harvey Invitational in Palm Beach Gardens, Flor. The second round of the day suspended due to weather. The team was led by Sophomore Jake Solomon who shot 73 on the day. Seniors Greg Reilly and Jeff Evanier shot 74 and 77 respectively. The tournament was still in progress at press time.
National US win Presidents Cup The U.S. retained the Presidents Cup on Sunday in Ohio. World No. 1 Tiger Woods delivered the clinching point against South African Richard Sterne. The weekend was plagued by poor weather conditions, including the final round on Sunday. The Presidents Cup will next be defended in 2015 in South Korea.
Baseball playoffs begin The Major League Baseball Playoffs have begun and a clear favorite has been established. The Boston Red Sox won their first American League East crown since 2007. With a dominating lineup containing such mainstays as David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia the Red Sox look for their first Pennant since the 2007 World Series victory.
US calls in roster for qualifiers U.S. soccer Coach Jurgen Klinsmann recently called in his squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Jamaica and Panama. Team stalwarts Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Jozy Altidore look to gain maximum points in qualifying. Joining the squad are Mikkel Diskerud and Aron Johannsson, both are seeking a starting spot.
8 p.m. @ University of West Florida
University @ UWF
Oct. 1 @ University of Tampa L 5-1 Oct. 5 @ Florida Tech W 2-1
Oct. 5 @ Florida Tech L 3-0
3 p.m. v. Christian Brothers
Sept. 28 @ No. 17 Saint Leo University L 4-0
Oct. 2 @ No. 4 University of Tampa L 2-1
7:30 p.m. v. University of Tampa
Sept. 25 v. Barry University T 1-1 (2 OT)
Sept. 28 @ Saint Leo University L 5-0
12:45 p.m. v. Valdosta State University @ UWF 5:15 p.m. v. University of North Alabama @ UWF
Sept. 24 v. Barry University W 1-0
5 p.m. v. University of Tampa
courtesy of Morgan Crescent Eckerd students partaking in White Out at volleyball game on Oct. 4.
Volleyball Sept. 28 @ Lynn University L 3-1 (19-25, 25-14, 2325, 18-25)
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7 p.m. v. Nova Southeastern University
Oct. 2 v. Florida Southern College W 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 2522) Oct. 4 v. Rollins College L 3-0 (26-28, 19-25, 2325)
6 p.m. v. Nova Southeastern University
Oct. 5 v. No. 3 University of Tampa L 3-1 (25-17, 20-25, 1825, 14-25)
courtesy of Stefan Kapcynski Junior Isaac Anderson tackles an Ave Maria Papist player on Oct. 4.
Sept. 23 and 24 @ Jay Jennison Memorial Invitational Tied for 12th of 17
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Men’s golf starts 2013 fall season By Will Creager Asst. Sports Editor
Eckerd women’s soccer players discuss leadership outside their sport By Mike Geibel Sports Editor College athletes sometimes get a bad rap from other students on campus. Students sometimes think athletes are only at Eckerd to play a sport and not to get an education. It doesn’t help the stereotype when athletes on ESPN at bigger schools are caught getting paid for autographs or embroiled in any number of other scandals. That stereotype is unfounded when it comes to Eckerd. One team in particular is working to break through the stigma associated with athletes by getting involved in other ways outside of their team. The Eckerd women’s soccer team has developed a strong presence in leadership roles off of the field. ECOS President Brady O’Donnell and I recently had a discussion with members of the women’s soccer team who also hold leadership positions outside of their sport to get a sense for why they dedicate so much time to both soccer and also their other leadership roles. Sports like soccer may cultivate leadership skills in players, thus creating an environment in which those players are more apt to be involved with other aspects of campus life. These sports also teach the students valuable skills that can be applied to their school and work lives. “Time management is huge for me.” Junior Goalkeeper Morgan Crescent said, “balancing school and soccer has taught me to be more organized and really focus on prioritzing everything that I do.” “We are student-athletes, not just athletes,” Senior Defender Kelly Coughenour said, “ we have to work hard and do all of the normal things students do, but also go to practice and games on top of that.” Their motivations for getting involved are as diverse as the roles in which they fill. “Personally, for me, getting hurt really made me want to get more involved from the school side of things,” Junior Defender Kaitlyn Curley said. Curley works with ECOSAthletics relations and is in-
strumental in planning events that combine both departments including Triton Tip Off. Several members of the women’s soccer team are also resident advisers. Coughenour became an RA to meet people who she made not have had the chance to interact with in other circumstances. “As a team we spend so much time together, so I wanted to be an RA because I like meeting people and I wanted to branch out and expand my friend group,” Coughenour said. Sophomore Midfielder Haley Burger is also an RA and loves the position and what it means to the school. “I think as members of the soccer team, we are already kind of a face for the school and we represent our school to others through the team. But as an RA we also get to be role models for students on the residential side,” Burger said. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is an organization made up of athletes from all NCAA sports. This year’s president, Junior Midfielder Arie Anahory, is also a leader on the soccer field. Anahory currently leads the team in points and has been a captain that teammates look to for support and leadership. “I feel like students get a feel for other schools based on their sports teams, because that’s the only contact they have with schools like Rollins or Saint Leo,“ Anahory said. “If we represent our school in a positive way, then that’s what other schools with think about Eckerd.” “Being on the team really creates a good base for working with other people,” Sophomore Midfielder Missy Madison said. “We have to cooperate to win games on the field and we also work with others to be successful off the field.” Along with cultivating a leadership foundation for the women, the team also acts as a support structure. “I know at the end of the day that I have 28 sisters who are there for me and who will help me out with whatever I am doing,” Curley said. “It’s a good feeling to know that the girls all have your back.”
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The men’s golf team started their 2013-2014 season off with two tournaments last month. The Tritons are looking to build off of their success last season when they made it to the NCAA Championship South/Southeast Regional last May, finishing 16th out of 20 teams. Head Coach Bill Buttner has lofty goals for his team this season, but realizes the road to get there will be difficult. “We’ve been to regionals the past two years,” Buttner said. “I would love to go back to regionals again, with the hope that we can make it to nationals. Obviously nationals are really hard, because our region is super, super competitive, with six of the top 10 teams [in the nation] in our region.” They began the fall portion of their season at the Coastal Georgia Fall Invitational in St. Simons Island, Ga., on Sept. 16 and 17. They finished fourth in the 130-team field with a team score of 898. Three different Tritons finished individually in the top 20. Sophomore Jake Solomon finished in eighth with a three-round total of 218. Seniors Jeff Evanier and Greg Reilly finished 15th and 17th with scores of 224 and 226. Buttner was pleased with the way his team played. “It was a very good comeback,” Buttner said. “We didn’t have an individual play well, but we played well as a team. That’s what it takes to be a very good team, you have to use all five players.” The team did not fare quite as well in their second tournament, the Jay Jennison Memorial Invitation at St. Augustine, Fla., Sept. 23 and 24. They finished tied for 12th out of 17 teams with a score of 908. Evanier and Reilly led Eckphoto by Stefan Kapczynski erd, each finishing the tournament tied for 42nd. Sophomore Jake Solomon teeing off.
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Oct. 11, 2013
Mistakes cost rugby, settle for draw By Colin Casey Asst. Sports Editor The men’s rugby team’s friendly against the Ave Maria Papists resulted in a 0-0 draw Oct. 5. The Tritons were aiming to avenge last season’s final-second defeat to Ave Maria, which sank Eckerd’s playoff hopes. Eckerd was unable to convert opportunities for points the entire game, but with time running out, they were awarded a penalty kick from five meters out. Junior Taylor Harned stepped up to the ball placed less than ten meters from the sideline and put the kick wide right. Harned later admitted that despite the angle of the kick, he cost his team. “It was a really bad angle but I should have made it [the kick]. I wasn’t feeling the greatest at that point in the game,” Harned said. Eckerd dominated the possession and field position statistics for the game. At times, the play was so one sided that it seemed Ave Maria could barely cross midfield in the game. All this dominance came after Eckerd was dealt a double blow. At the eight minute mark of the first half, Senior Steven Bell and Junior Garrett Dunne collided while pursuing a loose ball. The collision opened a gash in Bell’s head and both were removed from the game and did not return. Dunne was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms by the athletic trainer on site and has been pulled from practice for one week.
Bell was taken to the hospital for stitches. Despite the loss of Dunne and Bell, Eckerd continued their strong play. However, the Tritons were unable to capitalize on numerous scoring chances from inside the Papists’ 10 meter line. Near the end of the first half, Eckerd was deep in Papist territory. After winning the scrum just meters from the try line, the Tritons charged across the line for what appeared to be the opening score of the game. The try did not stand due to an illegal hook of the ball by an Eckerd player. The referee for the friendly match was Eckerd Coach David Hedges who agreed to call the game in order to start the match relatively on time. This marks the second consecutive game where the booked referee was late to the match. Hedges had a simple response to the issue of Eckerd failing to score. “Right now we’re lacking game management,” Hedges said. “Key players went off early so key decisions weren’t made.” The story was essentially identical after halftime as the 100 fans in attendance clamored to see just when their team would take the lead. The next opportunity came all the way to the Papist try line before Eckerd lost a scrum. The subsequent moments nearly cost Eckerd the game as the Tritons were whistled for a high tackle penalty giving the Papists the ball. Suddenly, the trend was reversed and only after two consecutive clear-
photo by Stefan Kapcynski Junior Zack Illare delivers a hard stiff-arm as an Ave Maria defender attempts to hold on to the tackle.
ing kicks from midway through their own try zone by Senior Mitch Mosser did Eckerd resume its usual playing style. Junior Chris Higgins, the team captain, was positive about the match in spite of the final score. “We’re not upset with the result. It was a good draw, and a good experience for the team,” Higgins said. Higgins said the team’s issue with scoring when less than ten meters from the
end zone was something to work on in practice. “The biggest issue is we couldn’t get the ball low enough to count the try. We’ll be working on that this week.” In spite of the loss, the Eckerd fans were in good spirits at the end of the game. The team is still waiting to open their scoring acount on the season. The men’s rugby team now looks ahead to their next home game in an exhibition match against the University of Miami on Oct. 19.
Men’s soccer wins on road By Simon Scheidegger Asst. Health & Fitness Editor
photo by Cypress Hansen Women’s soccer seniors (left to right): Kelly Coughenour, Erin Davis, Caroline Bond, Kelsey Pomerleau and Mia Whylly
Women’s soccer drops first SSC game
By Simon Scheidegger Asst. Health & Fitness Editor
The women’s soccer team has dropped three straight games, seeing their record fall to 5-4. Their last win came with a great performance on the defensive end, when they defeated Barry University 1-0 Sept. 24 at the Turley Athletic Complex. Despite strong offensive pressure by Barry at times, the Eckerd women held on to the lead Sophomore Forward Lauren Monce built right before intermission. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Tippett shot a free kick to the middle of the box where Monce took advantage of the space she found in the Barry defense and beat Goalkeeper Becca Rogers. The Tritons were outshot by Barry University 16-7, emphasizing the important role that defense played in the win. A
major part of that defense was Junior Goalkeeper Morgan Crescent, who recorded a shutout for the fourth time this season. Eckerd then traveled to Saint Leo University Sept. 28. The first half remained scoreless, but Saint Leo saved all their goals for the second half in their 5-0 victory against the Tritons, who suffered their second defeat of the season. Saint Leo Forward Arielle Kabangu was the star of the game. After she had opened the score right at the start of the second half, she assisted on the second goal by Saint Leo Midfielder Genevieve Gignac only six minutes later. After an hour of play the last hopes of the Tritons for a comeback were dashed, when Forward Ari Foreman netted the third. Kabangu completed the hat trick, scoring the last two goals for the L`ions, who im-
proved their record to 4-3-0. The Tritons were close to a surprising result at the fourth placed Tampa Spartans Oct. 2. However, their strong defense was overcome within the last two minutes of regulation when Tampa Midfielder Paige Smith found Candice Shields with a cross, and the forward had no problem passing Crescent. Tippett had equalized the early Tampa lead when she converted a penalty kick after 17 minutes, only three minutes after the home-squad's goahead-goal on a fast-break by Tampa Forward Cici Gonzalez. The Tritons were unable to turn their streak around when they went to Florida Tech Oct. 5 for their first conference game of the season. They lost 3-0, giving up a goal in the 21st minute and then two more in the second half.
The Tritons men’s soccer team sits at 3-4-2 as they find themselves dropping two straight in the middle of their conference schedule. The Tritons were beaten by both rival Tampa 5-1 on Oct 2 and Saint Leo 4-0. The men hadn’t gained a point since they fought to a 1-1 draw against Barry on Sept. 25. The Tritons nearly grabbed an early lead but a cross by Junior Forward Nick Murawski was cleared by a Barry defender before Sophomore Forward Joe Swindell could perform a header. Eckerd continued to apply pressure, but Barry Goalkeeper Johnny Rodrigues first denied a shot by Senior Midfielder Daniel Lopez and then held on to a penalty kick by Murawski after a handball in the box. Barry barely had possession of the ball early in the game, but began to see offensive momentum midway through the first half. Senior Goalkeeper Toni Virtanen came up with his first save of the night 30 minutes in. Although this opportunity was not particularly threatening, it served as a wake-up call for the Buccaneers' offense. A few minutes later, Barry Forward Patrick Drmola hit the post on a wide-open header 30 feet from the goal. Eckerd lost their defensive organization, and offensively they could not continue to create chances. Freshman Midfielder Jordan Lee, however, helped his team on both ends of the field, running up and down to defend and revitalizing the offense with his rushes on the wing. The intermission came at the right time, breaking Barry's momentum, and Eckerd was able to rediscover their offense at the beginning of the second half. After 55 minutes Lopez put the Tritons on the board
with a precisely-shot free kick goal, giving the home team a 1-0 lead. The Buccaneers took advantage of Eckerd’s missed chances in the second half. Barry Forward Thomas Coombes, who had been hazardous to the Eckerd defense throughout the game, stayed persistent after a long pass. Eckerd defenders could not clear the ball, and the striker finished with a shot into the far-left corner of the net to tie the game at 1-1. Late in the second half, Freshman Forward Shakeem Albouy had chances to put Eckerd ahead for good. The Barry defenders could not keep up with his speed, which opened up some lanes for the Tritons' offense. But a well-timed cross by Lee to Albouy missed the target by inches, which sent the game into overtime. Neither team could find the net in double-overtime as the teams fought fatigue and tried to protect the draw. The Tritons continued their recent struggles and fell to the University of Tampa Oct. 1. After a scoreless first half, Spartans' Forward Tyler Blackwood netted a pair of goals, one with a penalty kick and the second only shortly afterwards with a header. While these two goals were scored relatively early in the second half, the Tritons stayed in the game almost until the end. But within seven minutes Tampa added three more goals. Eckerd Senior Midfielder Daniel Lopez converted a penalty kick shortly afterwards. However, it was no more than a consolation goal. The Tritons were able to get back on track on Oct. 5 when they beat Florida Tech 2-1 in their first conference game of the season. Murawski scored in the 51st minute to tie the game 1-1, and then Lopez was able to net the game-winning goal with just 16 seconds left.
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