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February 4, 2011

St. Petersburg, Florida

Issue 7

photo by Carl Juste/Miami Herald



Do you have a fake ID?

Underage alternative risky for students

News & Features — Page 2

Harry Potter Generation


MTV’s latest disaster

Viewpoints — Page 7

We’ve got the books, the movies and a themepark

Entertainment — Page 16

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Executive Board Editor-in-Chief Petra Stevenson News Editor Laurel Ormiston Asst. News Editor Ashley Daniels Entertainment Editor Jeralyn Darling Asst. Entertainment Editor Shelby Howell Viewpoints Editor Jaclyn New Asst. viewpoints Editor Liz Tomaselli Sports Editor Will Creager Asst. Sports Editor Lincoln Andres-Beck Web Editor Max Martinez Web Master Shawn Craine Faculty Adviser Tracy Crow Director of Advertising Abby Gestl Director of Finances Beth Robison

Staff Writers Sarah Malhotra Emma Lord Rachael Sevier

Photographers & Illustrators Michael Specht Tonya Gabriel Brianna Dickinson Ethan Cooper

Contributing Writers Patrick Fallon Aaron Coder Anna Gobeil Mikhail Turner Sean Lawlor Ali Clines Brillianna Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Angelo Ethan Horbitc

â&#x20AC;˘ February 4, 2011 â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;˘ Vol. XXVIII Iss. 7 â&#x20AC;˘ 2

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fake IDs common at Eckerd Would you risk 364 days behind bars for a few hours on a bar stool? BY LIZZY BROPHY Contributing Writer

problems to deal with than a 20-yearold girl drinking at a With clammy hands and EDU´ VD\V *LDQRWWL a rapid heartbeat, you join He also added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The the line of people waiting police know that a lot outside the bar. You scan of the business of the the information on your local establishments fake ID. Trying to appear is driven by those cool, you chat with your under 21. If they were friends a little and fake a to strip places of this laugh. Suddenly, the person business, it would in front of you leaves and be devastating to the \RX ÂżQG \RXUVHOI IDFH WR local economy which face with the bouncer. photo courtesy of is already fragile.â&#x20AC;? Trying not to shake, you One bar frequented Fake IDs are available online. hold out your hand and give by Eckerd students him your ID. You take a is the Sloppy Pelican. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The house party scene at Eckerd is pretty hard swallow. He looks at you intently, then nonexistent,â&#x20AC;? says Sophomore Liz Hackett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Bartender EJ Matthews says that he sees a down at the card. Locating the birthday and students want to branch out from their usual ORWRIIDNH,'XVHWKHUHÂł$ORWRINLGVWU\WRXVH picture, he looks up at you again to compare. group of friends, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to go to the bars fake IDs that once belonged to other people,â&#x20AC;? <RXĂ&#x20AC;DVKKLPDZHDNVPLOHQRWLFLQJKRZ because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where the social scene occurs.â&#x20AC;? he says. He typically does not involve the dry your mouth has become. He glances back 6HQLRU $QWKRQ\ *LDQRWWL DJUHHV Âł0DQ\ police when he catches someone underage. at the card. He hands you the ID and gestures other colleges and universities, especially â&#x20AC;&#x153;I will take their ID and ask them to leave,â&#x20AC;? you onward. With disbelief, you walk in the large state schools, have established he explains. Matthews also adds that he has GRRU DQG SURXGO\ RUGHU \RXU ÂżUVW GULQN IUDWHUQLWLHV DQG RWKHU *UHHN OLIH WKDW never seen anyone arrested from fake ID use. Many Eckerd students share this makes the party scene more developed However, as rare as it is, the police can get experience. St. Petersburg is where they use then it is here at Eckerd,â&#x20AC;? he explains. LQYROYHGLQLVVXHVRIIDOVHLGHQWLÂżFDWLRQXVH IDNH LGHQWLÂżFDWLRQ WR JHW LQWR D EDU RU EX\ Underage students can get their fake IDs $FFRUGLQJWRPHGLDUHODWLRQVRIÂżFHU0LFKDHO DOFRKRODWVWRUHVIRUWKHÂżUVWWLPH$FFRUGLQJ through different means. Many students get 3XHW] XVH RI IUDXGXOHQW LGHQWLÂżFDWLRQ LV to an online survey, about 60 percent their alter-ego IDs from illicit manufacturers, a misdemeanor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The law would allow of Eckerd students have used a fake ID. paying upwards of $100. Other students up to 364 days in county jail,â&#x20AC;? he says. The reasons for having fake IDs vary. choose to use real IDs from friends or 3XHW] DGGHG WKDW ÂżUVW RIIHQGHUV DUH $OWKRXJKPDQ\VWXGHQWVXVHWKHPIRUJDLQLQJ family that have a similar appearance. rarely prosecuted to this extent. However, access to bars, half of survey responders $OWKRXJK QHUYRXV DW ÂżUVW VWXGHQWV the consequences can depend on other use fake IDs to purchase alcohol at stores. RIWHQ ÂżQG WKH\ EHFRPH FRPIRUWDEOH ZLWK factors, such as past criminal records. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I became of legal drinking age, XVLQJ WKHLU IDNH ,'V Âł$V WLPH ZHQW RQ , Depending on the circumstances, the a lot of students began asking me to remember feeling like I was actually 21 offender would probably be given a notice to purchase alcohol for them to drink with ZKHQ , ZHQW WR D VWRUH´ VD\V *LDQRWWL DSSHDUDVZHOODVFRPPXQLW\VHUYLFHÂżQH friends,â&#x20AC;? says Senior Drew Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Rourke. Âł$V , EHFDPH PRUH FRPIRUWDEOH XVLQJ or a weekend in county jail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The judges $VNLQJROGHUVWXGHQWVWRSXUFKDVHDOFRKRO the ID, my friends and I began to use have a number of different options,â&#x20AC;? he said. can be both inconvenient and costly. them at bars and concerts to get drinks.â&#x20AC;? Students seem to be unaware of Many students think that using an ID this possibility. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met anyone Many students will charge a fee for the purchase of alcohol to younger kids. Fake in St. Petersburg is easier than in other whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had any problems using a fake ID IDs eliminate the need for this exchange. places. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe the high crime rate in St. before,â&#x20AC;? says Hacket. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem Fake IDs seem to be prevalent at Eckerd Petersburg leads cops to ignore the underage like a big deal. In the worst case scenario, because of a lack of on-campus activities. kids drinking because they have far greater the bouncer might take your ID away.â&#x20AC;?

Police Blotter $PDQGD 'XHUU  ZDV DUUHVWHG -DQ  DQG FKDUJHG ZLWK RQH felony possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture and deliver; one felony charge of possession of controlled substances, Clonazepam and a misdemeanor charge; and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Pinellas County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. Duerr was released Jan. 8 on a surety bond.

Police Blotter /DXUHQ$&KLWHVWHUZDVDUUHVWHG-DQDQGFKDUJHG with two felony possessions of controlled substances, cocaine and clonazepam, and two misdemeanor charges, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, according to the Pinellas County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. Chitester was released Jan. 8 on a surety bond.

news & features BY ASHLEY DANIELS Asst. News Editor

H A I T I the year in review

photo by Carl Juste/Miami Herald Man calling attention to a survivor trapped under ruins in Haiti after the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake.

For Haiti, the poorest and least developed country in the Western Hemisphere, 2010 was not a year any Haitian would want to relive. January 2010 began with a devastating earthquake, followed by a cholera outbreak just six months later and ended with political crisis. The earthquake left the country and the densely populated capital, Port-au-Prince, in ruins. The quake took the lives of more than 200,000 Haitians and cost the country between $8 and $14 billion, accordLQJ WR D VWXG\ GRQH E\ ,QWHU$PHULcan Development Bank. The worst earthquake in more than 200 years displaced more than 1.3 million Haitians into more than 1,300 tent cities. Life in these tent cities is now considered normal, given that only 200 camps have closed down since the earthquake. $W D 0DUFK  GRQRUÂśV FRQIHUence, international donors promised Haiti $5.3 billion to help with the reconstruction. But Haiti is still waiting for the reconstruction to begin. Then, just as the country was starting to get back on its feet, cholera struck. It was suspected that Nepalese peacekeepers inadvertantly introduced the disease to the country. So far, the epidemic has killed more than 3,000 Haitians and infected more than 400,000. In a video by 7KH 1HZ <RUN 7LPHV $OL /XW] SURgram manager for Partners in Health said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cholera is a completely treatable disease. What makes it so devastating for Haiti is the lack of water

and sanitation systems.â&#x20AC;? The only hope Haiti had left for the year was for a successful election of a new president. What they got was a 1RYHOHFWLRQÂżOOHGZLWKGLVRUJDQLzation, voter intimidation and fraud. Twelve of the 18 presidential candidates called for the election to be canceled, but President Rene Preval had them continue as planned. On Dec. -XGH&HOHVWLQ3UHYDOÂśVKDQGSLFNHG successor and Mirlande Manigatt, IRUPHU+DLWLDQÂżUVWODG\ZRQWKHÂżUVW round of voting. Michel Martelly, a singer and political newcomer, came in third. $-DQXDU\UHSRUWE\WKH2UJDQL]DWLRQ RI $PHULFDQ 6WDWHV GHWHUPLQHG that the election had been fraudulent DQG 0DUWHOO\ KDG DFWXDOO\ ÂżQLVKHG second ahead of Celestin. On Jan. 16, Haiti was scheduled for run-off election. However, international allies stated they would not recognize a run-off not conducted according to WKHWHUPVRIWKH2$6UHSRUWDQGQR run-off was held. The issue then arises: what will KDSSHQRQ)HEZKHQ3UHYDOÂśVWHUP LVRYHU":LOOKHVWD\LQRIÂżFHRUZLOO Haiti fall in political limbo? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is an earthquake of an election,â&#x20AC;?said Leslie Voltaire, Haitian presidential candidate in a New York Times article. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This will divide the country, not unite it.â&#x20AC;? $FFRUGLQJ WR *LQJHU 7KRPSVRQ RI The New York Times, a Haitian elecWRUDORIÂżFLDOVDLGWKDW+DLWLPLJKWDOlow the three candidates to compete in the runoff as a proposal to end the stalemate. The second run-off will take place March 20.

UN panel places priority on rebuilding Haitian education BY LIZ TOMASELLI Asst. Viewpoints Editor Leaders gathered for a panel discussion -DQ  WR UHĂ&#x20AC;HFW RQ WKH FKDOOHQJHV DQG opportunities of Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children since the earthquake a year ago. Held in the Economic and Social Council chamber at the United Nations, the panel included Carolyn Miles of Save the Children U.S., Rodger Yates of Plan International, Corina Villacorta of World Vision International and two students from Haiti. The panelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s priority was to address the state of security, health and development of the children of Haiti. Sexual violence was one of the most pressing topics on the agenda, as recent reports have speculated about the issue

escalating in Haiti. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a tradition of violence against women and children there,â&#x20AC;? says Miles. The panel emphasized the use of schools and clubs as safe havens for children. Yates pointed to the lack of registered people in Haiti as a cause for increased violence. He suggests, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once people have proper registration you can create protective services around them.â&#x20AC;? Speaking through a French translator, two female students from Haiti spoke as \RXWKUHSUHVHQWDWLYHV$W\HDUVROGDQG ERWKZHUHSUHVHQWLQ+DLWLDWWKHWLPH of the earthquake and have witnessed the GLVDVWHUDQGWKHUHFRYHU\ÂżUVWKDQG$IWHU eloquently requesting a moment of silence to honor the lives that were lost, the students shared their views on the current state of Haiti and how they hope to change its future. The unfortunate status of the education

system in Haiti, mainly the secondary education system, is due in part to the fact that all of the universities were centered LQ WKH FDSLWDO $IWHU WKH HDUWKTXDNH most of the universities collapsed. Most cannot afford the private universities and state universities require an admission test and accept few applicants. Recognizing this issue, many organizations have begun to make school building a priority. However, no recovery or rebuilding effort would have any chance of being effective without strong support from the government. Unfortunately, Miles claims they are unsure of how much a priority this will be for the new government and concludes that their â&#x20AC;&#x153;focus is now on primary education.â&#x20AC;? Senior leaders on the panel agreed that education is one of the most pressing issues

in Haiti. Save the Children estimates that only 50 percent of children in Haiti were enrolled in school prior to the earthquake, and those numbers have only decreased. Miles recognizes Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s large private school system and small public school system as one of the greatest obstacles to overcome. One Haitian student comments that because of the current partiality in the system, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they learn only what they can pay for.â&#x20AC;? In their closing remarks, the Haitian students called for the children of Haiti to enjoy a healthy, full development, including adding schools in the Haitian provinces, educating parents and respecting the rights of children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our voices have to be heard,â&#x20AC;? said one student, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We request our place in the reconstruction of Haiti because we, the young people, are the future.â&#x20AC;? Friday, February 4, 2011


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Miami Herald photojournalist speaks to Eckerd students on Haiti BY PATRICK FALLON Contributing Writer Carl Juste â&#x20AC;&#x201C; photojournalist for The Miami Herald and co-founder of the Iris PhotoCollective â&#x20AC;&#x201C; recently visited to speak to students about Haiti and his mission as a reporter. The lecture gave students a chance to experience Justeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ZRUNIRUWKHPVHOYHV$VVWXGHQWVÂżOHGLQ-XVWHXUJHGWKHP to sit up front in what he assured were the good expensive seats. Once everyone was settled, the presentation began. Âł:KDW,GRGRHVQRWGHÂżQHZKR,DP´VDLG-XVWHÂł,GHÂżQH KRZ,GRLW´$QGKLVRZQZRUGVSURYLGHWKHEHVWGHVFULSWLRQ of what that is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take news and give it a human face.â&#x20AC;? Juste was born in 1963 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His father had been unjustly accused of murder only a few years earlier and wanted a safer environment. So in 1965, his family moved to the United States. Twenty-four years, a scholarship to Miami, and a photo minor later, he began working as a SKRWRMRXUQDOLVWIRU7KH0LDPL+HUDOG$V7UDF\&URZZKR teaches journalism here, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those with the best work HWKLF DQG WKH PRVW LPSUHVVLYH FOLSV DUH WKH RQHV ZKR ÂżQG jobs in this industry. The cream always rises to the top.â&#x20AC;? Juste earned his job working under a rigorous work ethic: hard work is not cheap and cheap work is not good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Dad UDLVHGXVDVVKHSKHUGVQRWVKHHS´VDLG-XVWH$QGIURPWKH looks of what was shown â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a number of slideshows and videos some being Pulitzer nominated material â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all that hard work SDLG RII +LV ÂżUVW WULS EDFN WR +DLWL OHIW KLP DV DQ RXWVLGHU

culturally, but still at heart part of the collective memory Haiti left him with. $PRQJ WKH VFHQHV GHSLFWHG IURP his trips was Sacred Rubble: a picture of the now decimated Sacre Couer church where his mother was married. Between buildings collapsed under the earthquake, a woman paralyzed by the pain of FKROHUDDQGDÂłXQLYHUVDOWRPE´ÂżOOLQJ up with casualties as people gather to pay respects; his work shows no lack of atrocities. But Juste contests that â&#x20AC;&#x153;even in the worst situation \RXÂśYHJRWWDÂżQGWKHOLJKW´ZKHWKHU that be from two boys playing in a refugee camp or a single smile. Justeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work has been praised for everything from subject matter to his tact as a photographer. Crow said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;His work contains an undeniable blend of composition and light, and he has this uncanny instinct about where he, the photographer, should be physically to best capture the storytelling angle within each image.â&#x20AC;? But what photo by Carl Juste/Miami Herald sets him apart is his message: one Haitian mourners outside a church.

of humanity and equality. People often approach a conversation about Haiti by noting the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resilience, but Juste has one thing to say to that: Haitians are not UHVLOLHQWWKH\DUHKXPDQ$QG it is the mission of his group, The Iris PhotoCollective, to represent fairly the humanity in all situations. Three of the collectiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members, Juste, $QGUH &KXQJ DQG &ODUHQFH Williams are former students of Poynter Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kenny Irby, and his principles of fair reporting make themselves well known in their work.  Âł:KDW GHÂżQHV \RX LV QRW only how you lose but how you handle wins,â&#x20AC;? says Juste. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you believe in something strong enough you can actually shape the world. I surrender to my belief that it is important to be accurate and as fair and balanced as possible.â&#x20AC;?

Eckerd alumna opens up on her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life in Haiti before and after the quake BY MIKHAIL TURNER Contributing Writer

distant relatives as well. I mostly lost people from my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side of the family because my father was born in La Tibonite and raised in Port-au-Prince and, therefore, I had family members from both areas who were either severely Tuesday, January 12, 2010 injured or passed away. My mother was born in Jeremie. I disaster struck in the Caribbean. lost less people from her side of the family but the people I $Q HDUWKTXDNH FDWHJRUL]HG DV did lose were distant relatives. Furthermore, the members a seven on the Richter scale of my family who survived the earthquake are still suffering hit Haiti, a country of about 10 from emotional shock which is something my entire PLOOLRQ SHRSOH $ERXW  family is now dealing with in addition to everything else. people died, over 180,000 homes How pleased were you with the immediate were damaged along with major worldwide response to this disaster? landmarks such as the National I was completely surprised by the worldwide response to $VVHPEO\ DQG 3RUWDX3ULQFH WKHHDUWKTXDNH$OWKRXJKWKHUHKDVQÂśWEHHQDQHDUWKTXDNH Cathedral. Now, almost a year courtesy of Valdine Henrius of this magnitude in Haiti in many, many years, Haiti has later, the effects are still being Eckerd alumna Valdine Henrius. been hit with natural disasters before that have been covered felt for those in the country HLWKHUEULHĂ&#x20AC;\RUQRWDWDOOE\WKHPHGLD,WZDVVRQLFHWRVHH and their relatives abroad. how much people really cared and were so willing to open Recent Eckerd graduate Valdine Henrius is of Haitian descent and her family was greatly affected by this their hearts and render services and donations to help the disaster. Henrius lived in Haiti when she was younger cause. Some of my professors and friends were also especially and visited frequently once she moved to Brooklyn. sympathetic, which is something that I really appreciated. How do you feel now almost a year later? In this interview Valdine discusses her history with ,GHÂżQLWHO\IHHOOLNHWKLVGLVDVWHUKDVVKHGDQHZOLJKWRQ Haiti, how her family is doing now, and Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. +DLWL DV D QDWLRQ $OWKRXJK WKH ZRUOGÂśV JHQHUDO QHJDWLYH Did your family have any damage to their perception of the country and its people may not have property? Did they lose a lot due to the earthquake? Yes. The house that I lived in Port-au-Prince, and frequently completely dissipated, I feel that society has become a lot visited when I would travel back and forth, was completely more sensitive and aware of the suffering of people in Haiti destroyed. Some, but not all, of members of my family lost their and other third world nations that are desperate for help. Do you think that Haiti has been forgotten a little homes as well. My uncle in particular, who is a medical doctor, ORVWERWKKLVKRPHDQGWKHPHGLFDORIÂżFHLQZKLFKKHZRUNHG VLQFHWKHÂżUVWUHVSRQVHV" This is an interesting question. I feel that Haiti was a Was any of your family injured or otherwise IRUJRWWHQQDWLRQORQJEHIRUHWKLVHDUWKTXDNHKLW$VGHYDVWDWLQJ harmed? I lost members on both sides of my family due to the as this disaster was, natural disasters occur all the time and I earthquake. Most of the family I lost was young children and honestly do not expect people to keep Haiti on their minds and some infants. They were mostly cousins but I also lost many in the limelight forever. My family will never forget, but those who were not personally affected might and I do not expect 4

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any different. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an unrealistic expectation, in my opinion What has your family had to do to relocate? Have they been helped at all by the funds promised by various nations, or the work of volunteers? I am not sure if my family has personally been helped by any donations outside of the ones my parents and other relatives who now live in the States have given, but I could be mistaken. I am also unsure if volunteers have helped my family. My parents have not informed me of any relocation plans for all of our surviving family members, but I do know that my older cousins and one of my aunts have a small house in the Dominican Republic and have been staying there since last year. Do you think that Haiti will fully recover from this disaster and why or why not? I am not sure if Haiti will recover fully from this disaster, but if they do, it will not be for an extremely long time. I believe that this has mostly to do with the political issues that the country has been plagued with for the past several years. In my opinion, the effects of natural disasters and other debilitating issues that can occur within a nation cannot be fully remedied when the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government is not sound. As an alumna, is there anything you would like to see Eckerd do help? I am proud to see the level of compassion the Eckerd community has shown for this and other pressing global issues. I would love to see a facilitation of a mission trip or community service trip to Haiti, rendering services to help remedy some of the environmental ruin that has occurred or helping build homes or shelters or anything else of that sort. Does your future involve Haiti at all? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve contemplated becoming an immigration attorney and using my bilingual ability to serve a mostly Haitian clientele. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve considered working for the Haitian embassy, or something to that nature. On a smaller scale, I would like to sponsor Haitian children in the future. I also would like to open a soup kitchen in my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown someday.

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Haitian adoptees adjust to life stateside BY AARON CODER Contributing Writer When Julie King and her husband Tom Dooley thought about adopting, they researched orphanages in Haiti, knowing the need for adoptive parents there was great. In 2008, after viewing photographs of orphans in Port-au-Prince, the couple made WKH ÂżUVW RI VHYHUDO WULSV WR 3HWLWV $QJH GH Chantal orphanage to meet Lise, an 8year-old girl from Port-Salut who had been surrendered by her poverty-stricken parents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We met her and realized how beautiful she really is,â&#x20AC;? King says. During the visit, they also met 6-year-old Evans, an orphaned boy from Port-au-Prince. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We really wanted only one child, but we met Evans and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of good reason not to adopt him, too,â&#x20AC;? King says. Haitiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proximity to the U.S. allowed the couple to visit often while waiting for the adoptions to go through. They spent several weekends with the children at a hotel across the street from the orphanage, building emotional bridges across cultural divides, including a language barrier. Neither of the children spoke any English, and the couple struggled to learn Creole on their own. /LVHÂśVDGRSWLRQZDVÂżQDOL]HGLQ'HFHPEHU 'RROH\Ă&#x20AC;HZWR+DLWLWREULQJKHUEDFN ZKLOH .LQJ PDGH ÂżQDO SUHSDUDWLRQV DW WKHLU KRPHLQ$OEXTXHUTXH2QWKHUHWXUQWULS/LVH and Dooley spent Christmas Eve snowedin at the airport in Dallas. King recalls how the young girl emerged from the car on Christmas Day and ran to her with open arms. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember thinking how glad I was that I had gone there so many times, that she already knew who I was,â&#x20AC;? King says. King describes Liseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adoption as â&#x20AC;&#x153;seamless,â&#x20AC;? but admits she was surprised by some of the obstacles the family had to overcome once they had brought the child home. Despite their familiarity, King says VKH IRXQG LW GLIÂżFXOW WR JDLQ KHU QHZ daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trust, a common challenge for parents who adopt older children. She says Lise would often open up to total strangers while remaining aloof at home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was hard for me,â&#x20AC;? King says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She held me at arms length because she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust that I was really going to keep her.â&#x20AC;? /LVH PLVVHG +DLWL DW ÂżUVW GHVSLWH DOO WKH hardships she left behind. She cried herself to sleep and found comfort in watching videotapes of her friends back at the orphanage. King was surprised to discover that Lise was afraid of the coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four small dogs. She learned that in the poorest parts of Haiti dogs are often seen as competitors for food, only to be chased away like pests. It was clear early on that Liseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exposure to $PHULFDQFXOWXUHZRXOGKDYHWREHJUDGXDO During a visit to the mall, King says, Lise became overwhelmed by all the stimulation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She just completely shut down,â&#x20AC;?

King says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was suddenly able to see all that through her eyes.â&#x20AC;? King says Lise opened up a lot more after Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival. But that arrival almost never happened. Evans was one of the lucky ones; he escaped injury. But the 2010 Haitian earthquake paralyzed much of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s infrastructure and brought already lengthy legal processes like adoption to a near-standstill. Before the earthquake, at least 50,000 orphans lived in Haiti. Some sources claim that number grew to 300,000 after the earthquake; others say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than a million. $PLGWKHFKDRVLQ+DLWLRIÂżFLDOVFDOOHGWKH family and told them to remain â&#x20AC;&#x153;on alertâ&#x20AC;? for news of Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s status. They applied for an emergency visa for Evans, and Dooley took off for Miami. It was the weekend of Superbowl XLIV, and the hotels in the area were booked. Dooley stayed at the airport in Miami for VHYHUDO GD\V EHIRUH (YDQV ZDV Ă&#x20AC;RZQ LQ under a humanitarian parole status from the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. With Evans safe at home, the family was ready to resume building the connections that started during those weekend visits to Haiti. The children were eager to attend school DQG OHDUQ DORQJVLGH WKHLU QHZ $PHULFDQ classmates. Within months, King says, both FKLOGUHQ ZHUH VSHDNLQJ (QJOLVK Ă&#x20AC;XHQWO\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;They really wanted to learn WKH ZD\V RI $PHULFD´ VKH VD\V But King knew maintaining connections to Haitian culture would be essential to the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adjustment. Through a Haitianborn journalist, King was able to connect the

children with a small local Haitian community. Haiti is gone. Part of the orphanage collapsed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve become really good friends with in the earthquake, and the hotel where the one Haitian woman in particular whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family stayed together during weekend EHHQ LQ 1HZ 0H[LFR IRU WZHQW\ÂżYH \HDUV´ visits was destroyed. Evansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last few nights King says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much Liseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auntie.â&#x20AC;? in Haiti were spent sleeping outdoors. King says she hopes to take the children back King says those kinds of connections have helped her stay aware of cultural to visit once the situation in Haiti has stabilized. In the meantime, the family plans to idioms she might have overlooked. focus on building â&#x20AC;&#x153; W h e n their bonds. Long Lise got â&#x20AC;&#x153;She held me at arms length weekend hikes here, all the Haitians told because she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust that I with the dogs allow them to spend me we had was really going to keep her.â&#x20AC;? time together to have her without feeling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Julie King hair done.â&#x20AC;? pressured to talk King says. the entire time. The Âł7KH\ ZHUH KRUULÂżHG EHFDXVH ZKHQ , approach seems to be working. had her on the weekends we just left Evans, now 9, is at the head of his class in her hair natural. So I immediately had WR ÂżQG VRPHRQH WR GR KHU KDLU KHUH´ math and recently went four rounds in a spelling King says the children like to stay bee. King says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interested in landscaping informed about what goes on in Haiti DQGHQMR\VZRUNLQJLQWKHIDPLO\ÂśVĂ&#x20AC;RZHUEHGV these days. Like most children their age, Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not to say he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tough, though. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had to get about six shots in each however, they show little interest in politics leg because they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to school or elections, but news reports of violence until they were up-to-date on their shots. and cholera outbreaks bring questions He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move a muscle,â&#x20AC;? King says, about old friends and relatives on the island. adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve only seen him cry twice.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Liseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest fear was that her family Lise, now 11, demonstrates a resilience had been killed in the earthquake,â&#x20AC;? King and determination that seems to echo that says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was sure their house must have of the Haitian people as a whole. King says fallen down. It was ramshackle to begin Lise struggles with math and will soon begin with.â&#x20AC;? King reminds Lise that the earthquake working with a tutor. But when asked to know didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t strike where her family live. her favorite subject in school, Lise replies â&#x20AC;&#x153;They constantly ask, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;is so-and-so ZLWK FRQÂżGHQFH DQG RSWLPLVP Âł0DWK´ dead?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? King says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speaking of death seems In a recent letter to her birthmother, almost matter-of-fact for both of them.â&#x20AC;? Lise wrote of her love for her new In fact, much of what the children knew in home, her brother and their dogs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She seems very content,â&#x20AC;? King says. $OWKRXJK.LQJVHHPVXQZLOOLQJWRWDNHPXFK credit for the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful transition, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clear she and her husband made exhausting accommodations to help the children feel comfortable in their new surroundings. But the hardest part, King says, was getting WKHFKLOGUHQWRHDW$WÂżUVWVSDJKHWWLQRRGOHV with ketchup were all they would take. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They had never even had milk or cheese before,â&#x20AC;? King says. King bought a Haitian Creole cookbook and tried to recreate some traditional Haitian fare like fried plantains, but her efforts were met with mixed reviews. But those culinary experiments led to a new tradition in the King-Dooley household. On New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day, which is the day the Republic of Haiti celebrates its independence, King prepares her version of joumou, a soup made of pumpkin or squash, which was a favorite among the French colonists of Hispaniola. The slaves who prepared it were forbidden from eating it, but since the Haitian Revolution in 1804, sharing a bowl of joumou Jan. 1 has become a tradition and symbol of freedom for millions of Haitians. The children have also grown accustomed WR$PHULFDQFXLVLQH photo courtesy of Tom Dooley â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll eat anything,â&#x20AC;? King says. Tom and Julie with their adopted children Lise and Evans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Besides asparagus. Friday, February 4, 2011


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Scoop on EC ROTC BY SHELBY HOWELL Asst. Entertainment Editor While Eckerd has a lot of great qualities, the high cost of tuition is often a cause of distress. However, some students have found a way to pay their tuition with the help of either Eckerdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ROTC 5HVHUYH 2IÂżFHUÂśV 7UDLQLQJ &RUS  SURJUDP RU $)527& $LU )RUFH 5HVHUYH 2IÂżFHU 7UDLQLQJ &RUS  Both branches are listed as part of Eckerdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s special academic offerings and consist of 1216 credit hours of course instruction. This takes place over a two to four-year period. During this time students are also working toward their undergraduate degree. When they graduate, they ZLOO EH RIÂżFHUV LQ WKH 86 $UP\ RU $LU )RUFH Âł7R EHFRPH DQ RIÂżFHU WKRVH DUH WKH JX\V ZKR give the orders and lead the troops, you can either go through one of the academies, like West Point or you can go through ROTC,â&#x20AC;? says Sophomore Nicholas Napoli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, when I graduate Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have DQ XQGHUJUDGXDWH GHJUHH DQG ,ÂśOO EH DQ RIÂżFHU LQ WKH 86 $UP\ ,ÂśOO EH D VHFRQG OLHXWHQDQW´ The compensation that students can receive for participating in the ROTC program is substantial. $UP\527&KDVPRQWKO\SD\VWLSHQGVUDQJLQJIURP $300-$500 and also provides uniforms, equipment and textbooks required for any classes or training. In addition, the ROTC provides competitive scholarships that will pay full tuition and up to $1200 for textbooks for regular Eckerd classes. <RXUHDOO\KDYHWRZRUNIRUWKHVHEHQHÂżWVKRZHYHU None of the training occurs on Eckerdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campus. Eckerd

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students in the ROTC program, known as cadets, must travel to either USFâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;St. Petersburg or Tampa. The actual training involved requires cadets to put in a lot of hard work both in and out of the classroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, we have to wake up around 5 a.m. to have physical training at 6 a.m.,â&#x20AC;? says Napoli. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty intense, lots of sit-ups, push-ups, running.â&#x20AC;? -XQLRU$OH[6LPSVRQVD\VÂł7KH\KDYHIDOODQGVSULQJ training sessions where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take you out to the woods for three or four days and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have training exercises prepared for you. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll split you up into squads and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have your rucksack and whatever gear youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically like being put in a combat situation.â&#x20AC;? 527& FDQ DOVR FRQĂ&#x20AC;LFW ZLWK (FNHUG FODVVHV ZKLFK FDQ PDNH LW GLIÂżFXOW WR meet Eckerdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graduation requirements. â&#x20AC;&#x153;ROTC is a huge time commitment,â&#x20AC;? says Simpson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You cannot take classes on Thursday because you KDYH 527& DOO 7KXUVGD\ ÂżHOG WUDLQLQJ DQG FODVV $QGWKDWXVXDOO\FDQFHOVRXW7XHVGD\VEHFDXVHZHGR Tuesday/Thursday classes [at Eckerd]. So you have to plan your schedule really well to work around that.â&#x20AC;? While this may seem like a daunting amount of work, many cadets interviewed said it was worth WKH KDUG ZRUN HYHQ RXWVLGH WKH PRQHWDU\ EHQHÂżW Âł,WÂśV OLNH WKH $UP\ VD\V LWÂśV MXVW RQH ELJ IDPLO\´ says Freshman Brittany Snyder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having problems you can rely on them. Even in the ÂżHOG \RX FDQ FRXQW RQ WKHVH PHQ DQG ZRPHQ to have your back in life or death situations.â&#x20AC;? 1DSROLVD\VÂł$IHZZHHNVDIWHU,VWDUWHG>527&@ZH had this guy visit our class who was on a two-week OHDYH DIWHU D WRXU RI $IJKDQLVWDQ $QG KH EDVLFDOO\ told us, you know, the truth that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pretty much guaranteed deployment when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re graduated. So, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all facing the fact that there is a chance weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all going to get deployed and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the biggest things. You look at these guys left and right and realize that these are the guys Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to graduate with and I may be deployed with these guys. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basically a big brotherhood. We all take care of each other.â&#x20AC;? Being involved in ROTC can also provide some pretty exciting opportunities. Cadets can specialize LQ RQH RI VL[WHHQ ÂżHOGV LQFOXGLQJ $YLDWLRQ ,QIDQWU\ Military, Engineering, and Law Enforcement. When Cadets graduate, they will hold the rank of second lieutenant. The active duty pay for this UDQN LV  D \HDU RU PRUH $OVR ZLWK EDVHV all around the world, cadets will have a chance of nearly endless travel opportunities after graduation. Sophomore Karen Wayes says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now it looks like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to go into one of two tracks. (LWKHU WKH VSDFH DQG PLVVLOH HQG RI WKH $LU )RUFH RU ZLWK 8$9 WKH 8QPDQQHG $LUERUQH 9HKLFOHV OLNH WKH GURQHV ,I , JR LQWR WKH 8$9ÂśV , KDYH WR GR WKH pilot track which is more competitive to get into. ,WÂśVDORWPRUHWUDLQLQJDQGEHFDXVHWKH8$9ÂśVDUHVR new they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really know exactly how their doing the training program, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d kind of be a guinea pig LI , ZHQW WKDW WUDFN´ :D\HV ÂżQLVKHV ZLWK D ODXJK For more information and scholarship enrollment, contact the Suncoast Battalion $UP\ 527& PDLQ RIÂżFH DW   

Newly formed SAC club Do you know your rights? BY SARAH MALHOTRA Staff Writer Imagine your roommate coming back to your room at 3:30 a.m. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hysterical, incoherent, WHUULÂżHG 6KH FDQÂśW VWRS VREELQJ RU VFUHDPLQJ 6KH ÂżQDOO\ FDOPV GRZQ enough to speak: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was raped.â&#x20AC;? $IWHU FRQWDFWLQJ WKH SROLFH department, what do you do? The newly formed Student $GYRFDWH &RPPLWWHH LV KHUH WR help. The entirely student run committee of advocates dedicates its time to helping student survivors of sexual misconduct through the conduct process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have students that are very interested and very passionate about it, so they wanted to get LQYROYHG´VDLG$VVLVWDQW'LUHFWRURI Campus Safety Tonya Womack. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sometimes is easier for students to talk to students. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to know students want to be a part of it.â&#x20AC;? 6RSKRPRUH /LODK *UHHQEHUJ started the committee after realizing that things often slipped through the cracks when a student didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t KDYH VRPHRQH WR VSHFLÂżFDOO\ JXLGH him/her through the procedures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The last thing someone whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just been raped wants to think about is deadlines for appeals, or making sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to have to face the person who raped them, or getting housing accommodations or no-contact agreements,â&#x20AC;? said *UHHQEHUJ Âł7KDWÂśV ZKHUH ZH FRPH in. We take care of all of that, and help them through all of the convoluted procedures and take on as much of the burden as we can. We want to help them regain some feeling of control in their lives.â&#x20AC;? The main goal of the committee is to support student survivors who want to pursue the conduct process within the school and make sure they know their rights DQG UHVSRQVLELOLWLHV $GYRFDWHV guide students through the procedure and support survivors. 'XULQJ $XWXPQ 7HUP WKH advocates went through a series of specialized training sessions, LQ DGGLWLRQ WR DWWHQGLQJ 5$ DQG SCSB training. The advocates have read and understand the relevant portions of the EC-Book and have been educated about the procedures

so they can explain them to students. While the advocates are not counselors, they do have some training on how to be supportive emotionally to survivors of sexual DVVDXOW DQG UDSH $QG WKH\ PDNH sure the student feels empowered throughout the conduct procedure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If a person were to call, having just been raped, I would answer the phone, offer to meet with them at 3 a.m. or whatever, comfort the person as best I could and most importantly listen to them and EHOLHYHWKHLUVWRU\´VDLG*UHHQEHUJ If a student wants assistance with the conduct process, an advocate will be assigned to help. The advocate will make sure the student understands the process, help the student deal with unwanted results and tell the student about all resources available on and off campus. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to help a friend or just want information about sexual assault, the committee can help. Located in the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center (at the back of Fox Hall), the committee provides information and referrals regarding healthcare, counseling, other rape crisis centers or other kinds of rape advocates. 7KH VXSSRUW JURXS RI 6$& Âł7KH Survivors,â&#x20AC;? will have an informational meeting Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center. The group is for victims of sexual abuse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sexual misconduct happens a lot on college campuses and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often ignored or not talked about,â&#x20AC;? said DGYRFDWH/L]$UJHQWRÂł,WKLQNZHQHHG to have more awareness on college campuses and stop pretending like it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen, because it does all the time, and those students deserve a voice in our community.â&#x20AC;? If you want to be a part of the committee, applications will be accepted every semester. The ideal advocate is extremely reliable, trustworthy, personable, empathetic, easy to talk to and a good listener. S/he must DOVR UHVSHFW FRQÂżGHQWLDOLW\ For students who want to be involved with the cause but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily want to become advocates, a public relation team is in the works. Feedback and ideas are also encouraged. The committee can be UHDFKHG DW 


â&#x20AC;&#x153; MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s controversy: Amusing


is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skinsâ&#x20AC;? too sexy for TV? BY LIZ TOMASELLI Viewpoints Editor Dear MTV, You blew it. I, like so many other young adults between the ages of 12 and 25, have had a tumultuous relationship with MTV over the years. First, there were the naĂŻve years. The years where MTV was purely a status symbol for me. This is why I probably canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t name one show on the air at that time, except maybe for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Room Raiders.â&#x20AC;? Then there were the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;honeymoonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; years, when the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Worldâ&#x20AC;? was worth watching and Carson Daily hosted â&#x20AC;&#x153;TRL.â&#x20AC;? There was also MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Newlywedsâ&#x20AC;? with Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson, which I absolutely adored, mostly for Jessicaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridiculous comments, but also because the idea of getting a glimpse into the seemingly normal lives of a favorite celebrity was enticing. Next came the era of â&#x20AC;&#x153;True Lifeâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Made,â&#x20AC;? which quickly became MTV staples. This was something I was willing to accept since they seemed to display, albeit maybe dramatize, the trials and tribulations of teens across the nation. Finally, after a brief separation (which consisted of me turning to the CW WR JHW P\ SULPHWLPH ÂżOO  I fell in love with MTV all over again. MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Laguna Beach,â&#x20AC;? and eventually â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hillsâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The City,â&#x20AC;? were everything a teen girl could want. They were all of the drama we see in high school plus tons of money, waterfront views, expensive clothes and tan skin. Jackpot. (Notice Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve failed to mention â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jersey Shoreâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D; no it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slip my mind, ,ÂśYHVLPSO\EORFNHGLWRXW

I have been lobbying for MTV to develop a teen drama for some time. It seemed like MTV had lost its sparkle, and why not follow in the success of other networksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; striking ability to hit our demographic spot-

on with shows like â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Tree Hillâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gossip Girlâ&#x20AC;?? It would EHOLNHDOORIWKHLUVXFFHVVIXOWHHQUHDOLW\VKRZVH[FHSWÂżFWLRQDO and with planned storylines. Finally in 2011, MTV created â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skins.â&#x20AC;? Fail. Âł6NLQV´ WKH IRUPHUO\%ULWLVK ÂżFWLRQDO GUDPD WKDW IROORZV D group of friends throughout high school, is off to a controversial start. The show, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s title is another name for rolling papers, has had six advertisers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Schick, Subway, Taco Bell, H&R Block, GM and Wrigley â&#x20AC;&#x201D; pull out of the time slot since the debut episode. With that, the Parents Television Council has made it their latest mission to get the show off the air. They call it â&#x20AC;&#x153;the most dangerous television show for children that we have ever seen,â&#x20AC;? and have even gone as far as to ask the government to open an investigation of child pornography. As a viewer who is undoubtedly included in MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s target audience, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say it was a waste of 60 minutes. The show ended with me feeling confused and a little pissed that I skipped a re-run of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Criminal Mindsâ&#x20AC;? to watch a bunch of mediocre looking minors do a lot of illegal things. Now, as a college student, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not offended by underage drinking and illegal drug use. However, the extent at which it was shown was childish. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skinsâ&#x20AC;? felt like a pre-teen testing how far it could push its parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boundaries. It was vulgar just for the sake promotional photo of being vulgar and most of the foul language, nudity and drug use were unnecessary to the plot. To add to MTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of blunders, the show views OLNH DQ LQGHSHQGHQW ÂżOP This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Sundance; not many young adults will be impressed by the artsy undertone and the ones who are will not be watching PDLQVWUHDP079WRÂżQGLW Too bad. MTV had a real opportunity to reengage and entertain a generation that is sick of watching teen moms and trashy quasiadults with fake tans and poofs. My loyalties are to the CW now. At least â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gossip promotional photo Girlâ&#x20AC;? has class.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you all become senators, please convert to metric and end this insanity.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A chemistry professor on U.S. students not knowing the metric system.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay away from the marijuana weed.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A creative writing professor giving advice on life.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying it has more electrons so it has to share? What a socialist you are!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A chemistry professor on rules for Lewis Dot Structures.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so tired and I even took speed a minute ago.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A creative writing professor exaggerating caffine intake during a late night.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really pretty freaking mysterious actually.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;A biology professor on centrioles, a cell organelle.

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If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have it yet, just wait. BY PETRA STEVENSON Editor-in-Chief When I was a freshman, I spent most mornings in class, PRVWDIWHUQRRQVUHDGLQJRQ.DSSDÂżHOGDQGPRVWHYHQLQJV in the library. I took excellent notes. I spent hours outlining textbook chapters and copying down glossary terms. , PDGH Ă&#x20AC;DVKFDUGV DQG SDVVHG ORQJ KRXUV LQ IURQW RI P\ computer screen, typing essays and reading responses. I bullet-pointed everything. Sophomore and junior year, my course load increased, and I passed a good portion of each weekend in the library, just trying to keep up. I often did homework on Friday nights. And of course, there was also this very newspaper to attend to, which takes much more effort to pull together every few weeks than most people realize. I often spent more time on the computer with Adobe InDesign, moving little gray boxes around a virtual page, than I did with P\VLJQLÂżFDQWRWKHU'LG,PHQWLRQWKDWZHOLYHWRJHWKHU" Okay. Flash forward to senior year. Suddenly, things arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so hard. Suddenly, I can write an eight-page paper on Sunday night, no biggie, though granted not a very good one. I guess my standards are lower. Sure, I still take pretty good notes in class, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re often second to notes on funny things that my professors say and visual interpretations UHDGGRRGOHV RIÂłNH\FRQFHSWV´,QHYHUGRKRPHZRUN on Friday night. Or Saturday night. Or any other night when I just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really feel like it. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work on assignments past midnight, but I do sit up watching reruns of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Family Guyâ&#x20AC;? on Adult Swim. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called priorities. I have to say, it seems rather unnecessary to take reading notes, ever. And outlining textbook chapters? Forget it. Yes, you could say that I have senioritis. According to, senioritis is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;crippling diseaseâ&#x20AC;? with symptoms that include â&#x20AC;&#x153;an over-excessive wearing of track pants, old athletic shirts, sweatpants, athletic shorts and sweatshirts.â&#x20AC;? Um, yes. I often wear athletic shorts with an old sweatVKLUW$QGĂ&#x20AC;LSĂ&#x20AC;RSV7KHVDPHĂ&#x20AC;LSĂ&#x20AC;RSV7KHRXWÂżWLWVHOILV crippling. Socially crippling. Senioritis also features a lack of studying, repeated absences, and a generally dismissive attitude, says Urbandictionary. 7KLV LV D IDLUO\ XQĂ&#x20AC;DWWHULQJ GHVFULSWLRQ , ZRXOGQÂśW VD\ Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m dismissive so much as more laid-back. I know that time will pass and that I will get things done, maybe. I usually go to class, physically speaking, though my mind is elsewhere. And lack of studying? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called improvisational test-taking. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a huge fan of playing it by ear, especially when it comes to presentations. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given dozens of presentations at Eckerd, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all been terrible. I am very good at giving consistently bad presentations. I mumble, I stutter, , WXUQ EHDW UHG DQG VKDNH LQ P\ Ă&#x20AC;LSĂ&#x20AC;RSV , ZDYH VZHHW SRWDWRHV DURXQG IRU HPSKDVLV WUXH VWRU\  , QHYHU JR WR the Rahall center. But anyway. I know that I am not alone. There are hundreds of us: seniors who feel too old to still be in college, yet too young to enter the working world. Seniors who want to squeeze out the last, juicy drops of their Eckerd experience, but who really, really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to study anymore. Who love their courses of study, but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bear to look at another textbook RUDIIRUGWREX\LW :KRJRRXWRQ7XHVGD\QLJKWEHFDXVH they can. And who, a lot of the time, just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give a crap. So welcome to Senioritis, which will run through the end of spring semester. Up next? Comps. Oh, yeah. 8

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Lessons from Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoir BY ETHAN PACKEY Staff Writer

major bipartisan initiative was the No Child Left Behind Act 1&/% ,URQLFDOO\RQHRI%XVKÂśVJUHDWHVWFRQJUHVVLRQDOVXSporters for this initiative was the late Senator Ted Kennedy, a Three months ago, President George W. Bush published his staunch Democrat. Student test scores rose drastically over presidential memoir, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decision Points,â&#x20AC;? giving his opinion on WKHFRXUVHRIKLVSUHVLGHQF\DQGPLQRULW\VWXGHQWVÂżOOHGWKH the events of his presidency. I have had the pleasure of read- education gap between themselves and white students. Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decision Points,â&#x20AC;? and while it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely change next major success was the Medicare Modernization Act of my opinion of President Bush, the book changed my percep- 2003. It created an extensive pharmaceutical drug coverage tion of his presidency and increased my respect for our 43rd program for Medicare recipients where none had existed before and provided great incentives for Medicare recipients to President. Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoir covers a great deal of material concerning switch to privately run Medicare Advantage Plans. It was a his presidency and approximately half the book is devoted to compromise that Bush reports he is still greatly pleased with. Another great domestic initiative I have to mention was KLV LQWHUQDWLRQDO SROLFLHV +RZHYHU WKH ÂżUVW FKDSWHU LV QRW about George W. Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidency at all, but a concise autobi- also done with the help of the late Senator Kennedy. In 2007, ography. It covers everything from his childhood in Midland, President Bush tapped Kennedy to make an attempt at comTexas, to his schooling in New England as part of the family prehensive immigration reform. The package ultimately failed tradition. Bush talks about his days working in the Texas oil by a close margin and included greater provisions for border security, a new temporary workers probusiness and his initial exposure to gram and greater incentives for businesses the greater world and its injustices to not hire illegal immigrants as workers. through his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s career prior to %XVKÂśVÂżQDOGRPHVWLFLQLWLDWLYHDQGDODUJH becoming vice president. However, part of his lasting legacy were the bailouts WKH PRVW PRYLQJ SDUWV RI WKH ÂżUVW of 2008, which saved our economy from tochapter are the stories of his faith in tal destruction. In his book, Bush expressChrist and his struggle to quit drinkes regret over expanding the size of governing (He says heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been sober since ment and its role in the private sector, but  ,WLVFOHDUWRPHQRZWKDWWKHVH ultimately feels he acted in the best interest formative years are when Bush develof the country. oped his passion for the basic human Finally, no review of Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidency IUHHGRPV DQG OLEHUWLHV WKDW GHÂżQHG can be complete without covering the Globso much of his work as president of DO:DURQ7HUURU *:27 WKDW%XVKLQLWLthe United States. ated following the fateful events of SeptemOne of the greatest impressions I ber 11t. 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Bush indicates that out of â&#x20AC;&#x153;thousands cells on which Bush spends an enof detainees, approximately a hundred tire chapter outlining the discussion and debate that went on within the courtesy of were placed into the CIA interrogation program, about one-third of those had administration and the Washington Cover of George W. Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memoir interrogations with enhanced techniques, SROLWLFDODUHQDDWODUJH+LVÂżQDOSRsition was that he would not approve more federal funding for and that only three detainees ever received water-boardingâ&#x20AC;? embryonic stem cell research. Bushâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice was redeemed in SJ 7KLVĂ&#x20AC;RRUHGPH %XW ZKDW DOVR Ă&#x20AC;RRUHG PH LV WKDW GR]HQV RI $O4DHGD RSlate 2007 when spectacular advances were made in non-embryonic stem cell research. 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Overall, I believe that this memoir gives an amazing portrait pained recollection of Hurricane Katrina, he recounts the mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accusations of racism against him as the lowest point of of a president who was unfairly scorned during his time in ofKLVSUHVLGHQF\$ÂżQDOSROLF\WKDWH[KLELWV%XVKÂśVXQERXQGHG ÂżFH+LVSUHVLGHQF\ZDVQRWIUHHRIPLVWDNHVDQGIDLOXUHVEXW faith is his support for international disease control, especially it does contain numerous lessons from which other political in Africa. In 2002, he announced a program, PEPFAR, which ÂżJXUHVFDQOHDUQ7KHPRVWLPSRUWDQWRIWKHVHLVWKDWFLYLOLW\ would contribute $15 billion over 5 years to help an estimated and cooperation should be prized highly and used wherever 2 million people suffering with AIDS. He reauthorized PEP- possible. It is sad that this legacy of Bush has not been conFAR in 2008 with $30 billion for the next 5 years. He also tinued. 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carbonless energy future. At present, competing economies are also investing in alternative energies. The presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech pointed to the fact that China now holdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the largest solar energy research facility. It also alluded to the advanced high-speed rail lines that now link the cities of Japan, China, and Europe. To match the modern worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards, two infrastructure goals were stressed that Obama suggested would help re-invent America into the 21st century. To create a nation that can compete with other advancing economies, the president set an agenda for â&#x20AC;&#x153;renewing America from high speed internet to high speed rail.â&#x20AC;?

As for college education, Obama called for the nation to revitalize community colleges and for Congress to create a tax credit for four years of college education that is worth $10,000. Also included in the section of education was a call for immigration reform. Obama defended students of illegal In his recent State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama attempted to set a new path for the American immigrants who get turned away from American education economy while encouraging a sense of togetherness among due to no fault of their own. Instead of turning away creative competing political ideologies. PLQGV WKDW ZLOO EHQHÂżW RWKHU FRXQWULHV KH VDLG ZH VKRXOG At the beginning, Obama gestured to the vacant chair of encourage foreign students to learn at our educational Congresswoman Giffords who had been shot a few weeks institutions to apply their skills toward a better tomorrow for before by an enraged gunman, suggesting the United States. that the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political leaders should Addressing an area of recent concerns, make an effort to tone down divisive Obama welcomed Congressional rhetoric. 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However, Obama cautioned that he will Obama proclaimed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure how not reverse legislation passed that prevents weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll reach that better place beyond health care companies from discriminating the horizon, but I know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get against people with preexisting conditions. there.â&#x20AC;? To improve his standing among Another concern that the president Republicans, Obama sounded proDGGUHVVHG ZDV WKH EXGJHW GHÂżFLW +H FDOOHG business by encouraging government for a domestic spending freeze that would aid and tax cuts to small businesses, the GHFUHDVH WKH GHÂżFLW E\  ELOOLRQ RYHU HOLPLQDWLRQ RI VXSHUĂ&#x20AC;XRXV JRYHUQPHQW the next few years. This spending freeze regulations on industry and increased would include capping the wages of federal investment in industries such as medical research, information technologies and government employees, cuts in the military clean energy. Obama cited recent trade budget, and a reform of the social security courtesy of Wikicommons victories such as the industry/arms 3UHVLGHQW2EDPDDGGUHVVLQJWKH6WDWHRIWKH8QLRQ administration which currently takes $45 sale with India and a new free trade billion more than it takes in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every day, agreement with South Korea, which he IDPLOLHVVDFULÂżFHWROLYHZLWKLQWKHLUPHDQV´ Currently, $8 billion in federal funds has been set aside for Obama said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They deserve a government that does the claimed would further fuel job growth with added foreign the purpose of building high speed rail lines in a few states, same.â&#x20AC;? investment. According to Obama, trade alliances with China and India Florida included. Employing historical references such as Overall the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State of the Union stressed two should support the growth of 250,000 new jobs within the the construction of the transcontinental railroad and the major themes, setting a new chart for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s destiny in the coming years. Also, the South Korean agreement should interstate highway system, Obama called for a new wave 21st century and the importance of striving for compromise create another 70,000 jobs. Obama made an overall estimate of infrastructure projects that can put people back to work. as one democratic union. It is often the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job to that American exports should double by 2014. His recent This would also train a new generation of technicians and establish order among competing parties in the federal appointment of General Electric CEO Jeffery Immelt to the engineers. By 2035, the president demanded that 80 percent of legislature, especially in times of crisis and disagreement, as Presidential Council on Jobs and Competitiveness echoes Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy should come from clean energy sources. our nation is currently experiencing. So it is no surprise that this call for pro-business policies. two of the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most quoted phrases in the speech were 7R IXUWKHU EHQHÂżW EXVLQHVV 2EDPD FDOOHG IRU VPDUWHU 2YHUDOO WKH SUHVLGHQW DGGUHVVHG WKH HFRQRP\ E\ DIÂżUPLQJ â&#x20AC;&#x153;togethernessâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Democrats and Republicans.â&#x20AC;? government by ordering a review of all government that America must seek to â&#x20AC;&#x153;win the future,â&#x20AC;? and this is how Toward the end of the State of the Union, Obama listed off weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do it. regulations. Rules that place an unnecessary burden on Continuing his diatribe, the president referenced another the recent accomplishments at the end of the last Congress American businesses would then be removed. However, he also cautioned that he would not hesitate to implement logical example concerning the atrophy of American greatness, in December such as the repeal of Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Ask Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tell, safeguards that protect Americans. This year, the president education. According to the president, America is ninth in the passing of the new START Treaty with Russia and the promised to further American business in South America by the number of children who achieve a college education. tax cut deal made with Republicans. Obama said he hopes The president suggested education in the U.S. can be this bipartisan partnership that has been so successful in signing free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama. Referencing competition from rising developing nations improved with added parental responsibility and respect for the last month can continue further into 2011. At times of such as China and India, Obama said that America is at a the occupation of a teacher. Once again using South Korea uncertainty such as this, we all must remember that our â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sputnik Moment,â&#x20AC;? one in which America could embrace the as a model, the president explained that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;in South Korea, GHVWLQ\ LVQÂśW VKDSHG E\ SDUWLVDQVKLS EXGJHW GHÂżFLW RU RXU opportunity of building innovative ideas that would insure a teachers are known as nation builders, and in America they Chinese competitors. As Obama put it, â&#x20AC;&#x153;our destiny remains our choice.â&#x20AC;? technologically advanced communication system as well as a should receive the same respect.â&#x20AC;?

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Q: What is your New Year’s resolution? “I want to be a better leader on and off the court. Off the court, I started mentoring at an elementary school.” “My New Year’s resolution is to read more than 50 books within the year. I’m a literature student so it should be pretty easy. I wanted to pick something that I knew I could acheive.”

—Darrien Mack, sophomore, right

—Leslie Taylor, senior

“I want to eat healthier. I started eating more vegetables and more fruit. I’m trying to eat a serving of fruit and a serving of vegetables with each meal that I have.” —Josh Snodgrass , sophomore (left)

“My New Year’s resolution was to lose some weight. I haven’t lost any weight to my knowledge yet, but I’m still working on it.” “My New Year’s resolution is to be fit. I’ve been working out a lot and I try to work out almost every day.”

—Ethan Packey, sophomore

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arts & entertainment We are the Harry Potter generation BY SHELBY HOWELL Asst. Entertainment Editor If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember a time when there was no such thing as Hogwarts and Horcruxes, congratulations. Like the rest of the Eckerd student population, you are part of the Harry Potter generation. Laugh, but when you stop to think about it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true. The ÂżUVW +DUU\ 3RWWHU ERRN FDPH RXW LQ  ZKHQ PRVW RI XV ZHUHÂżUVWOHDUQLQJWRUHDG6LQFHWKHQZHÂśYHJURZQXSULJKW alongside Harry Potter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Other kids grew up with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The &KURQLFOHVRI1DUQLDÂśRUÂľ1DQF\'UHZϫVD\V-XQLRU6WHSKDQLH Biagioni. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had Harry Potter.â&#x20AC;? What started as a simple childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book has grown into D FXOWXUDO SKHQRPHQRQ H[SDQGLQJ IURP ERRNV WR PRYLHV WKHPHGSURGXFWOLQHVUHFLSHVIRUVLJQDWXUHIRRGLWHPVHYHQ D WKHPH SDUN LQ 8QLYHUVDO 6WXGLRV )ORULGD :KLOH QRW HYHU\ NLGUHDG+DUU\3RWWHUJURZLQJXSVKRUWRIOLYLQJLQVHFOXVLRQ it was pretty much impossible not to be exposed to the Boy:KR/LYHGLQVRPHIRUP Âł:KHQ,ÂżUVWVWDUWHGUHDGLQJ+DUU\3RWWHU,DFWXDOO\GLGQÂśW UHDOO\OLNHLW´VD\V6RSKRPRUH)DWHPD2ZHQVÂł%XWLWZDVWKH only thing any of my friends were talking about so I felt like I had to keep reading it just so I could be included in the lunch WDEOHFRQYHUVDWLRQ(YHQWXDOO\WKHVWRU\JUHZRQPHDQGQRZ ,ORYHLW´ 7UDQVODWHG LQWR  ODQJXDJHV WKH +DUU\ 3RWWHU VHULHV has not only become a cultural phenomenon but literally a ZRUOGZLGHRQHÂł,GLGQÂśWJHWLQWR+DUU\3RWWHUXQWLO,PRYHG

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AQUARIUS Jan 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Feb 18 Last semester was stressful enough. Try to relax a little this semester. Do your homework in a hammock or sit LQDFRPI\OLEUDU\FKDLUORRNLQJRYHU the pond.

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SCORPIO Oct 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nov 21 Napping is more of a blessing than you could imagine. Last semester you lost WRRPXFKVOHHS,I\RXKDYHDGD\RII bank some hours of sleep for your next all-nighter.

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9 a.m. Clearwater Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market

2:45 p.m. Lewis House Lines from Woodland Lane

First Friday 7 p.m. Miller Aud. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Case of Angelicaâ&#x20AC;? Jannus Landing The Hip Abduction FREE

11 7 p.m. Miller Aud. Summer Wars

7 p.m. Raymond James Stadium Monster Jam

2 p.m. St. Petersburg Little Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicagoâ&#x20AC;? $10 for students

8 p.m. The Havana Club Fat Black Pussycat

8 p.m. St. Petersburg Little Theatre â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicagoâ&#x20AC;? $10 for students

7:30 p.m. Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning



8 p.m. Jannus Landing Highway to Hell FREE 7 p.m. The Venue Paper Tongues

6 p.m. Fox Hall Hip Hop Cultural Society

10 a.m. Downtown Bradenton Bradenton Craft Festival 3 p.m. Roberts 104 EC Chamber Music Concert

14 Happy Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day!

8 p.m. Jannus Landing Curren$y



8 p.m. Main Cafe Patio The Story Behind the Food

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Florida State Fair Irish Festival

15 6:30 Boyd Hill Night Hike $3

8 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall Willie Nelson

7 p.m. Florida State Fair Ranch Rodeo



Frenchyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rockaway Grill: soup for the soul BY JERALYN DARLING Entertainment Editor )UHQFK\ÂśV 5RFNDZD\ *ULOO LV ZRUWK WKH GULYH , SURPLVH /RFDWHG LQ &OHDUZDWHU DERXW  PLQXWHV IURP FDPSXV )UHQFK\ÂśVRIIHUVFKHHUIXOOLYHPXVLFDQGIDQWDVWLFEHDFKIURQW dining. 7KH DWPRVSKHUH LV IHVWLYH DQG WURSLFDO WKH VHUYLFH LV friendly and fast, but the foodâ&#x20AC;Ś I would swim in their shecrab soup. 1RUHDOO\,KDYHIRXQGWKH+RO\*UDLORIVRXSV2K\HDK itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that good. Their grouper sandwich was great as well, not to mention itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s locally famous, but the she-crab soup is the PDLQUHDVRQ,ZLOOEHJRLQJEDFN$WDERZO FXS  ,PLJKWHYHQVNLSWKHHQWUpHDQGJHWWZR6HULRXVO\JHWWKLV soup. If soupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not your thing, take a bite of any of their other IUHVKO\ FDXJKW VHDIRRG %HFDXVH )UHQFK\ÂśV LV ULJKW RQ WKH

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Dorm cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Portabella Burgers

on the beach

BY ALLY JINN Sex Columnist Dear Ally, :KDWGR\RXWKLQNDERXWIULHQGVZLWKEHQHÂżWV"&DQLWUHDOO\ work with no strings attached, or will someone eventually GHYHORSIHHOLQJV"$UHWKHUHDQ\JURXQGUXOHVWRIROORZDQGDW ZKDWSRLQWGRWKHVHÂłJURXQGUXOHV´EHFRPHWKHÂłVWULQJV"´ Sincerely, Frustrated Fran 'HDU)UDQ I thought about your question for a long time and all ,ÂśYH FRPH XS ZLWK LV WKLV PD\EH LW GHSHQGV , NQRZ IURP H[SHULHQFHLWLVSRVVLEOHWRKDYHDIULHQGO\VH[XDOUHODWLRQVKLS ZLWK QR IHHOLQJV RQ HLWKHU VLGH KRZHYHU , DOVR NQRZ WKDW VRPH KRRNXSV FDQ KDYH RQHVLGHG IHHOLQJV DQG WKDWÂśV QR JRRGHLWKHU,WGHSHQGVRQVRPDQ\GLIIHUHQWIDFWRUV+RZ ORQJ ZLOO LW ODVW" +RZ ZHOO GR \RX NQRZ HDFK RWKHU" +DYH there been feelings before? How often will you see each other? 6RPHJURXQGUXOHVQHHGWREHDGGUHVVHGEHIRUHDQ\VRUWRI UHODWLRQVKLSEHJLQVQRPDWWHUWKHFRPPLWPHQWOHYHO6RPH things to consider are why you are in a casual relationship and not a monogamous one, whether or not there will be texting or social time together, dates with the promise of sex after, etc. 2QRQHKDQGÂąWKHQRVWULQJVDWWDFKHGVLGHÂąDOLJKWVH[XDO relationship is possible, but not likely. In such a personal FLUFXPVWDQFH WKH SHRSOH LQYROYHG DOUHDG\ KDYH VRPH VRUW of chemistry. Once an intimate relationship is added to the mix, emotional attachment slowly sneaks its way in. To be LQDQRVWULQJVDWWDFKHGUHODWLRQVKLSRQHVWLOOQHHGVWRKDYH all the attractions of a committed relationship. Each party needs to agree on the uncommitted part of the relationship DQGKDYHDFOHDULGHDDVWRZKDWLVDFFHSWDEOH When I said it was possible, I meant it. As long as both LQGLYLGXDOV DJUHH WR QRW KDYH URPDQWLF IHHOLQJV WKHUHÂśV more of a chance for the relationship to remain â&#x20AC;&#x153;friendly.â&#x20AC;? +RZHYHU DV WKH FDVH XVXDOO\ LV RQH RI WKH SDUWQHUV KDV feelings that he or she does not express. If one partner does not want a serious relationship, the other may accept this IDFWDQGWU\IRUWKHQH[WEHVWWKLQJÂąIULHQGVZLWKEHQHÂżWV If you start to feel something more than just the attraction of sex, let your partner know. Communication should always EH WKH ÂżUVW ÂłJURXQG UXOH´ $IWHU DOO \RX DUH IULHQGV ZLWK EHQHÂżWV DQG IULHQGV WDON .HHSLQJ FRPPXQLFDWLRQ OLQHV open and being honest with each other could be the one thing that makes this sort of relationship work. 1RZ LI \RX QRWLFH \RXU SDUWQHU LV GHYHORSLQJ PRUH romantic feelings and you are not comfortable with this progression, you need to stand your ground. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel it out. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share the same feelings and want to commit to a relationship you may need to end the XQFRPPLWWHGRQH/HWWLQJWKLQJVJRRUHYHQOHDGLQJKLPRU her on, will only hurt someone in the end.

BY ALI CLINES & BRILLIANNA Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ANGELO Contributing Writers Ingredients

2.5 pounds Ground Chuck OR Portabella Mushroom Caps ½ Onion (diced) 1 Red Pepper (sliced) Italian Seasoning Olive Oil Balsamic Vinegar Salt Pepper Garlic Powder Worcestershire Sauce Tomato Cheddar Cheese Baby Spinach 11 French Rolls

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting warmer out and with grills available all over campus, you can make this fun, gourmet and cost-effective meal with ease. Gather some friends around 5 p.m. and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have the perfect amount of daylight to cook and a beautiful sunset to finish your meal. With this burger recipe, we made 8 meat options and 3 vegetarian options (for our more earth-friendly friends). In total with charcoal and lighter fluid, we spent $3.66 per person in making this meal. Mix together the ground chuck, onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce and marinate for at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of grilling. In preparation for the mushroom burgers, marinate portabella mushroom caps and red pepper with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, olive oil and balsamic vinegar for equally as long as the meat. When both have finished marinating, split the beef mixture into 8 equal patties and go scope out the perfect grill. Once youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve located the perfect grill among the plethora available on campus, light it. Once the grill is lit, place the beef patties and the mushroom caps on the grill and cook for as long as desired. Now top both with cheddar cheese, baby spinach, and tomato after placing on a freshly cut French roll. Have fun!


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Black Swanâ&#x20AC;? terrifyingly beautiful BY RACHAEL SEVIER Staff Writer Âł%ODFN6ZDQ´FHQWHUVRQ1LQD 1DWDOLH3RUWPDQ ZKRLV FDVWDVWKH6ZDQ4XHHQLQÂł6ZDQ/DNH´DQGWKHQHZIDFHRI her ballet company, booting out â&#x20AC;&#x153;oldâ&#x20AC;? Beth (Winona Ryder). Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) is the choreographer that pushes Nina to break through her sexual boundaries in order WROHWJRDQGIXOO\HPERG\WKHOXVWIXOVHQVXDO%ODFN6ZDQ Lily (Mila Kunis), the new, edgy, sexually free ballerina is the perfect person to help Nina shed those boundaries. 1LQDLVSHUIHFWDVWKH:KLWH6ZDQUROHEXWLVWRRVWLIIDQG ZRQÂśWOHWJRZKHQLWFRPHVWRSHUIRUPLQJWKH%ODFN6ZDQ /HUR\WULHVWRÂłKHOS´KHUE\PDNLQJVH[XDODGYDQFHV%XWLW isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until Lily gets Nina out of her house, with her childish bedroom and a mother reminiscent of a prison warden, that

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sports The daily routines of the EC sailing team BY LINCOLN ANDRES-BECK Asst. Sports Editor On the campus of Eckerd College, most students probably know a little about what an athlete goes through. The early morning practices, late night practices, travel to away games and missed classes for these contests. For members of the soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball teams, these are just parts of being a college athlete. But what is involved in being a member of the Eckerd College sailing team, how much do they practice and when and where do they travel? In general, how does this team function? The schedule of the sailing team changes as the season goes on. Practices run from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday on the water, sailing. Team meeting goes from 13 before practice on Wednesday, and they have workouts from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. This time commitment is similar to the amount of time spent by a varsity student-athlete on one of the mainstream sports teams here. The team uses Mondays as a kind of warm-up for the weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s VDLOLQJ2Q7XHVGD\DQG:HGQHVGD\WKH\ÂżQGDVNLOOWRIRFXV on for the week. Thursday is race day and Eckerdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teams will race while focusing on the topic for the week. Then every weekend, the team competes in regattas. The UHJDWWDVLQWKHIDOODUHĂ&#x20AC;HHWUDFHVZKLFKLQYROYHDSDLURI man boats: an â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aâ&#x20AC;? boat and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bâ&#x20AC;? boat that will score separate results. In the spring, the regattas are team races where each team has 3 boats out at a time and there is a team score determined by the time for all boats to complete the race as opposed to individual times. In addition, there are also single-handed races where one person races in a smaller sailboat. Some weekends also see

multiple teams from Eckerd competing in different events, Napoleonic wars. according to sailor and RA Michael Hemberger, up to 3 in a The FJs were originally built as training boats for the weekend. then-Olympic class Flying Dutchman boats and have a sail These events can range from local Florida events and events area of 100 sq. ft. The 420s are a class of monohulled boats in the southeastern U.S. to events going all the way up the measuring 4.2 meters long, meaning the hull is a single piece East Coast. There is even a possibility of a West Coast event in PDGH RI ÂżEHUJODVV GHVLJQHG IRU  VDLORUV ,W KDV D ODUJH VDLO the next year. Events last 1 to 2 days, but usually tend to be 2- area to weight ratio and is designed to plane easily, meaning day events. The closer events sailors can drive to the morning that the bow lifts out of the water and allows the boat to pick of Saturday or Friday night, while events farther north the up speed and skip across the water at higher speeds. There WHDPKDVWRKRSRQDĂ&#x20AC;LJKWRQ)ULGD\DIWHUQRRQDQGVWD\ZLWK is also a common use of the Laser Radial single-handed boat a host family or at a hotel, depending on the situation. for singles races. The Laser Radial was picked as the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s After graduation every summer, the Nationals event is held boat for single-handed competition at the Beijing Olympics that teams qualify for through regional competitions and in 2008 and a variant of the Laser Standard with a shorter TXDOLI\LQJGLYLVLRQVLQFOXGHWHDPUDFLQJĂ&#x20AC;HHWUDFLQJVLQJOH mast and reduced sail area allowing lighter sailors to sail in handed racing, and co-ed racing. While there is an all female heavy wins. class of sailing there is not a straight up male class for sailing, only co-ed races will have male competitors. Who races for the team at regattas is decided by the coach, Jesse Combs, and according to Hemberger, the decision is merit based. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To go to a regatta we have to choose those who will best represent the school,â&#x20AC;? he said. Hemberger went on to describe some of the qualities that should be shown to be chosen for a regatta, including commitment shown by showing up to as many workouts and practices as possible, improvement, and lastly Hemberger talked about the need for respect, clear communication, and awareness on the water during practices. The regatta assignments are also spread out, according to Hemberger, so that everyone gets a chance to race and no single sailor is away every single weekend, all year long. The most commonly used boats on the sailing team are the Flying Juniors or FJs and the 420s. These are both 2-man photo courtesy of Eckerd sailing racing dinghies, meaning a small boat and not necessarily the Eckerd sailing upwind at Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Atlantic Coast Championlifeboat that would be expected alongside a ship during the ships.

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Saturday, Feb. 5 v. Rollins 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 5 v. Rollins 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 5 v. Warner (DH) 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 5 v. Palm Beach Atlantic (DH) 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 @ Tampa 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 @ Tampa 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 7 @ Southeastern 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 6 v. Northwood (DH) 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12 @ Nova Southeastern 4 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12 @ Nova Southeastern 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11 v. Ave Maria 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 11 v. Bowie State (DH) 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 v. Florida Southern 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 v. Florida Southern 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 15 @ Saint Leo 6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 12 v. Warner Southern (DH) 12 p.m. Friday, February 4, 2011




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Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball wins third straight COURTESY OF ECKERD ATHLETICS The Eckerd College menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team held Florida Tech to 33 percent shooting in a 64-59 win on Monday at the McArthur Center. Lance Kearse, Walade Wade and Dale Carn each scored 10 points, as the Tritons (14-4, 5-3 Sunshine State Conference) won their third straight contest. The game was televised live on Bright House Sports Network. The Tritons won despite struggling with a season-high 25 turnovers. But Eckerd held the Panthers (12-9, 2-5) to 10 percent shooting from 3-point range (2-for-20 overall). Florida Tech, meanwhile, committed just one turnover in WKHÂżUVWKDOIDQGOHGDWWKHEUHDN7KH3DQWKHUVVFRUHG 11 points off 15 Eckerd miscues, but the hosts stayed in it thanks to 56 percent shooting. Eckerd grabbed control with an 11-0 run early in the VHFRQGKDOIWXUQLQJDGHÂżFLWWRDOHDGZLWK to play. The Tritons never trailed again. Justin Sedlak scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Panthers.

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball escapes with victory over Lynn COURTESY OF ECKERD ATHLETICS The Eckerd College menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team is currently ranked third in the nation in rebounding margin. The Tritonsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strength carried them on Saturday. Eckerd overcame a sluggish shooting afternoon with a strong rebounding effort to escape with a 69-67 victory over Lynn at the McArthur Center. Lance Kearse scored a game-high 16 points, and John Harper added 11, as Eckerd (15-4, 6-3 Sunshine State Conference) won its fourth straight game. 7KH7ULWRQVVKRWMXVWSHUFHQWIURPWKHÂżHOGEXWHQMR\HG a 45-27 rebounding advantage (14-6 offensive) in a physical contest that saw 54 fouls called. Terrell Williams led Lynn (4-15, 2-7) with 14 points. The Fighting Knights were hampered by a 15-for-27 (55 percent) afternoon from the free throw line. Neither team led by more than seven points in a see-saw affair that saw 12 lead changes. Eckerd used an 8-0 midway through the second half to grab a 51-48 lead with 8:56 remaining. Lynn responded with its own 8-0 run to take a 56-51 lead with 6:33 to play. But senior guard Chris Gray scored seven points in a 1:18 stretch to help the Tritons tie the game at 6060 with 4:15 left. Williams gave Lynn a 67-65 lead with a layup with 1:34 remaining, but the Knights were held scoreless the rest of the way. After a technical foul on the Lynn bench, Kearse made three free throws with 54.2 seconds left to give Eckerd a 6867 edge. Nick Agress added a free throw with 29 seconds left to SURYLGHWKHÂżQDOPDUJLQ

Second half run helps menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball top NSU COURTESY OF ECKERD ATHLETICS The Eckerd College menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team used an 11-0 run to start the second half en route to an 84-71 win over visiting Nova Southeastern on Saturday at the McArthur Center. Lance Kearse scored 15 points, one of four Tritons in double ÂżJXUHVWRKHOS(FNHUG 6XQVKLQH6WDWH&RQIHUHQFH  snap a three-game losing skid. Kearse also had a game-high seven rebounds. Wayne Sears Jr. scored 14 points, while John Harper and Woody Taylor each added 12. Alex Gynes had 25 points on 10-for-22 shooting to pace NSU (10-5, 3-2), and John Brooks tallied 19 points. But (FNHUGKHOGWKHUHVWRIWKH6KDUNVWRSRLQWVRQHLJKWÂżHOG goals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought we really raised our defensive intensity in the second half,â&#x20AC;? said Eckerd head coach Tom Ryan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our ball pressure picked up, and we came out a little stronger.â&#x20AC;? 168VKRWSHUFHQWLQWKHÂżUVWKDOIWRJUDEDOHDG DWKDOIWLPH%XWWKH6KDUNVPLVVHGWKHLUÂżUVWÂżYHVKRWVRIWKH second half and committed three turnovers as Eckerd jumped in front. Dale Carn (nine points) scored six points in the second-half run and capped the spurt with a jumper to give the Tritons a 47-38 lead with 16:24 to play. The Tritons shot 69 percent in the second half and 54 percent for the game. Eckerd led by as many as 18 points in the second half.

photos courtesy of Eckerd Athletics Top: Senior forward Lance Kearse (23) driving in a game against Florida Tech. Above: Senior center Nick Agress (40) leading a fast break in a win over Lynn. Friday, February 4, 2011



Rays stay busy during offseason BY WILL CREAGER Sports Editor Just months after leading the American League with 96 wins, winning the AL East division, and getting NQRFNHG RXW RI WKH SOD\RIIV LQ WKH ÂżUVW URXQG E\ WKH Texas Rangers, the Tampa Bay Raysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roster has been totally revamped. The biggest loss for the Rays was losing all-star left ÂżHOGHU &DUO &UDZIRUG YLD IUHH DJHQF\ WR WKHLU $/ (DVW rivals, the Boston Red Sox. Crawford led the Rays with a .307 batting average, 184 hits, 110 runs scored, 13 triples and 47 steals to go along with his 30 doubles, 19 home runs, and 90 RBIs. 7KH\DOVRORVWÂżUVWEDVHPHQ&DUORV3HQDZKROHGWKH WHDPZLWKKRPHUXQV%UDG+DZSHDQGRXWÂżHOGHUV Rocco Baldelli and Gabe Kapler. Six members of the bullpen also departed: lefty Randy Choate and righties Grant Balfour, Chad Qualls, Dan Wheeler, Joaquin Benoit and closer Rafael Soriano, who went to another division rival, the New York Yankees. The Rays then proceeded to trade away shortstop Jason Bartlett, who struggled in 2010 after a breakout 2009 campaign, to the San Diego Padres for four


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prospects. Just weeks later, the Rays traded 15-game ZLQQHU0DWW*DU]DDORQJZLWKRXWÂżHOGHU)HUQDQGR3HUH] and minor league pitcher Zach Rosscup to the Chicago &XEVIRURXWÂżHOGHU6DP)XOGDQGIRXUSURVSHFWV The Rays have added to their team in the past couple weeks, signing free agent veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to help provide depth to their depleted bullpen. They also signed three other veteran bats: RXWÂżHOGHU -RKQQ\ 'DPRQ GHVLJQDWHG KLWWHU 0DQQ\ 5DPLUH]DQGÂżUVWEDVHPDQ&DVH\.RWFKPDQ'DPRQ and Ramirez are both very familiar with the American League Eastern division, as teammates on the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox. It looks as though this might be a tough season coming up for the Rays, as both the Yankees and the Red Sox have very strong ball clubs. However, the near future seems bright for the Rays and their strong farm system. Four players in the Rays organization are among the Top 50 Prospects according to, including right-handed pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Chris Archer, who was one of the prospects received in the Garza trade. Left-handed pitcher Matt Moore and RXWÂżHOGHU 'HVPRQG -HQQLQJV DUH DQRWKHU SDLU RI KRW prospects to watch move through the system in 2011.

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The stairway to seven The Steelersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; road to a seventh NFL championship BY ETHAN HORVITZ Contributing Writer On Sunday, December 11, 2005, things looked bleak for the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, sitting on a 7 and 5 record. Everybody knew they had a solid team, going 15 and 1 the previous year before succumbing to Tom Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing attack in the AFC Championship game. But no one thought the team would win out and make the playoffs. Yet they did, and much more. Eight straight wins later, the Steelers were Superbowl XL champions. The Steelers hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t won it all since the era of the Super Steelers in the 1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Led by coach Chuck Noll with players like Quarterback Terry Bradshaw, running backs Franco Harris and Rocky Blier, and Recievers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, the Steelers won an NFL record four superbowls in six years and established the Steelersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as one of the NFLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest Dynasties. Perhaps that groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most famous moment was Francoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immaculate reception. Trailing in the fourth quarter of a playoff game to the Oakland Raiders, quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw a pass that bounced off a defenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helmet, only to be scooped up by Harris, who ran it in for a touchdown to win the game. If you travel to Pittsburgh International Airport today, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see a statue of Franco making the immaculate reception right next to one of George Washington. Perhaps no team is as important to its host city as the Steelers are to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has always been a football town. According to legend, Art Rooney founded the Steelers as the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933 from money he won at a race track. Since then, the team has taken on the personality of its city. The people of Western Pennsylvania were primarily blue collar coal miners and steel workers. The philosophy of their WHDP UHĂ&#x20AC;HFWV WKDW KHULWDJH WR WKLV GD\ 6WHHOHU IRRWEDOO KDV always featured a strong running game, a crushing defense, DQG VROLG IXQGDPHQWDOV QRWKLQJ WRR Ă&#x20AC;DVK\ 7KH GHIHQVHV of the 1970â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were exactly that. They were nicknamed the Steel Curtain for a reason. Players like Dwight White, Jack Ham, Ernie Holmes, L. C. Greenwood, and of course Mean Joe Greene punished any offense that dared oppose them and established the tradition of hard hitting overpowering GHIHQVH WKDW ZRXOG FRPH WR GHÂżQH WKH 6WHHOHUV IRU GHFDGHV to come. Now, 30 years after the original Super Steelers last championship, we may be in the prime of their second dynasty. +DYLQJZRQWZRRIWKHODVWÂżYH6XSHU%RZOVLQFOXGLQJDVL[WK title in 2008 right here in Tampa, The team appeared to be a serious contender to repeat as champions and win their seventh title halfway through the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;09 season with a 6 and 2 UHFRUG'HVWLQ\KDGRWKHUSODQV7KH6WHHOHUVZHQWRQDÂżYH

game skid primarily due to defensive breakdowns late in what seemed like every game. Part of the problem was the absence of defensive end Aaron Smith and Safety Troy Polamalu, who has the ability to change the pace of a game. Without their best defenders, the Steel Curtain seemed ordinary. They lost to some of the worst teams in the league including the Oakland Raiders, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns. They managed to rebound and win their last three games, including a 36-37 thriller victory over next weeks opponent: The Green Bay Packers. Ultimately, however, it was not enough to make the playoffs. But it did provide a glimmer of hope for fans of the franchise. Then the real trouble began. Events started to transpire that threatened to rip the organization to shreds. Quarterback Ben Roethlesberger was accused of sexual assault for the VHFRQGWLPHLQOHVVWKDQD\HDU7KHÂżUVWWLPHZDVE\DKRWHO employee in lake Tahoe. This time it was by a college student in Midgeville, Ga., whom allegedly was taken advantage of in a bathroom at a bar. He was never charged with a crime due WRDODFNRIHYLGHQFHRUDĂ&#x20AC;DZHGVWRU\QRQHWKHOHVVLWZDVD public relations nightmare. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Ben for four to six games for what he called at the very least poor judgment. Whether or not Roethlesberger did anything immoral, he did put himself in a vulnerable situation. Professional athletes are often the target of these sort of allegations because they are often easy targets. That said, Roethlesberger does have a notoriously bad reputation in Pittsburgh for refusing to sign autographs, cutting out on bar tabs and generally being considered a douche. Within days of the Roethlesberger incident, Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes was sued by an Orlando woman for throwing a drink at her in D QLJKWFOXE 7KLV ZDV QRW WKH ÂżUVW WLPH 6DQWRQLR KDG EHHQ in trouble with the law. In 2006, Holmes was arrested on domestic violence and assault charges, and in 2008, he was cited for possession of marijuana. After the incident, the Steelersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; organization, overwhelmed by scandals of two of itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top players decided to release Holmes. However, the Steelers were able to make the best out of a situation that could have gone very badly. Due to good behavior on the part of Roethlesberger, Goodell lowered his suspension to just four games, and behind back up quarterback Charlie Batch, the Steelers were 3-1 by the time he got back. 7KH6WHHOHUVZHQWRYHUWKHLUODVWJDPHVWRÂżQLVKWKH VHDVRQDW7KH\ZRQWKHLUGLYLVLRQDQGÂżQLVKHGVHFRQG LQ WKH $)& HDUQLQJ D ÂżUVWURXQG E\H LQ WKH SOD\RIIV  7KH\ then beat the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets in the playoffs, earning themselves their spot in the Super Bowl, where if they beat the Green Bay Packers, they will capture their seventh Super Bowl victory in franchise history, the most by any team in the NFL.

SUPER BOWL GUACAMOLE RECIPE Ingredients 3 avocados - peeled, pitted and mashed 1 lime, juiced 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup diced onion 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 2 roma tomatoes, diced 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper

Directions In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice and salt. Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes and garlic. Stir in cayenne pepper. Refrigerate 1 KRXUIRUEHVWĂ&#x20AC;DYRURUVHUYHLPPHGLately.

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photo courtesy of Eckerd Athletics Sophomore guard Woody Taylor (11) drives to the basket in a game against Nova Southeastern on January 15.

Eckerd sailing team

Tampa Bay Rays

EC men’s basketball

What it takes to be a sailor

Men’s basketball gets hot during recent conference play

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The AL East champion Rays undergo a busy off-season

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The Current Vol 25 Issue 7  

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