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University Press March 20, 2012 Vol. 13 Issue 24

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THE MAKEOVER

Tasked with rebuilding a 1-11 football team, Carl Pelini steps out from the shadows of his brother and FAU’s former head man, looking to make his own name. PG. 11 How the president-elect has already made promises he can’t keep. PG. 4 upressonline.com

An update on former FAU

After four years, senior guard

ongoing trial.

his career.

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Briefs March 20, 2012 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mariam Aldhahi MANAGING EDITOR Ryan Cortes ART DIRECTOR Phaedra Blaize WEB EDITOR Andrew Alvino BUSINESS MANAGER Michae Henry COPY DESK CHIEF Michael Chandeck NEWS EDITOR Regina Kaza CRIME EDITOR Monica Ruiz FEATURES EDITOR Carolina Fernandez PHOTO EDITOR Charles Pratt SPORTS EDITOR Rolando Rosa SENIOR EDITORS Rachel Chapnick Gideon Grudo SENIOR REPORTERS Karla Bowsher Sergio Candido SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Christine Capozziello STAFF REPORTERS Dylan Bouscher Jordan Robrish STAFF DESIGNER Elena Medina STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Melissa Landolfa COPY EDITOR Jessica Cohn-Kleinberg CONTRIBUTORS Jessica Calaway, Michelle Friswell, Emily Mitchel-Cetti, Maddy Mesa ADVISERS MICHAEL KORETZKY DAN SWEENEY COVER Photo by Charles Pratt

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Police Blotter Feb. 19, 2012 Location: FAU Stadium

February 29, 2012 Location: University Village Apartments (UVA)

An administrator called FAU police after a student became hostile when she told him she couldn’t remove the hold on his account. The student wanted to withdraw from a class, but couldn’t because he hasn’t completed his community service and alcohol class sanctions he was given in November. According to reports he was yelling: “YOU DON’T CARE IF I GET A FUCKING ‘F’ IN THIS CLASS”, “THIS ISN’T FAIR”, “I JUST NEED TO WITHDRAW FROM THIS CLASS”. When the Dean tried to leave her office, the student got in her way and blocked the door. She was able to open it, but he kept yelling at her. The student was given a “Notice of Interim Suspension.”

FAU police were called on the scene after two roommates fought and a kitchen knife was brought out. According to the police report, roommate A was on the phone with her mother while roommate B came in her room with friends. Roommate B got into roommate A’s face, took her phone, threw it and they started fighting. Friends separated the two, but then roommate B went to the kitchen and grabbed a kitchen knife with a 4-inch blade, screaming: “I’m going to kill you!” The friends were able to intervene again and remove the knife. Roommate B was arrested for aggravated assault, simple battery and was kicked out of housing.

All information is taken from the police reports provided by FAUPD. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

News For the past week, Multicultural Affairs, the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters programs, Office of Pre-College Programs, and Student Affairs have been putting on events for Women’s History Month to honor women’s accomplishments throughout the years. There are 14 events planned for the rest of the month including self defense classes and discussions on whether or not women should get plastic surgery. For a full list of these events, visit upressonline.com.

Features FAU’s Department of Music is hosting a concert called “The Demonic and the Divine,” with a world famous piano duo, Duo Turgeon. The husbandand-wife team has won awards and performed around the world, including the Czech Republic and Amsterdam. They had their own PBS special, called Two Pianos –– One Passion. The concert with the Department of Music will be on Saturday, March 24 ,at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre on the Boca campus. It’s free and open to the public.

Sports On March 19, FAU football began its spring practice schedule. Practices are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30-6 p.m. Scrimmages will be held March 31 and April 7 at a time to be announced. Meanwhile, FAU baseball is dealing with a mounting list of injuries. Outfielder Alex Hudak and second baseman Robert Buckley are expected to miss at least a month. Hudak is out with a right ankle fracture, and Buckley has a torn meniscus. March 20. 2012

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News

Mo’ money mo’ problems Student leaders and administrators hold private meeting to raise fees By Dylan Bouscher upress@fau.edu

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eaders in Student Government want more of your money. The only problem is they can’t find enough ways to spend what you are already paying them. At a meeting few students knew about, Student Affairs administrators and student leaders voted to recommend a five percent increase in the Activities and Service fee. All students at FAU pay an A&S fee to fund Student Government. The proposed increase would help SG deal with the budget cuts the university

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might face next year. When the SG officials who weren’t at the meeting found out about it, they took action. The Boca House of Representatives recently passed a bill that publicly shows the House is against raising A&S fees. The Senate is also writing a bill to oppose the committee’s recommendation. If the increase is approved by the Board of Trustees, students will pay $12.56 per credit hour instead of the current $11.96. The increase was recommended before anyone in SG or Student Affairs knew how much money FAU would lose in the state budget cuts, or what the extra money would be spent on. “You don’t vote on an increase based on the state budget until the state budget is done,” Boca House Speaker Boris Bastidas said. “Before we even consider an increase, we need to know where the money is going.” When A&S fees went up in 2010, SG officials took a pay raise. The committee chairs, governors, SG president and vice president got a salary boost. Bastidas mentioned that his salary as House speaker went up $1.75 an hour.

How the extra money could be spent would be left up to the Senate, according to SG president Ayden Maher, who supports the increase. “The A&S fee is the only fee that goes directly back to students,” Maher said at a Boca House meeting. “This is something we need and I do agree that students should have been informed.” Maher also told the BHOR he would vote no on any other tuition or fee increase as the student representative on the Board of Trustees. Bastidas vented his frustration to other representatives who weren’t on the committee. “I found out that Student Affairs decided to get a group of SG officials together without telling anyone else but those officials, to discuss raising A&S fees on the student body.” Their conversation turned into a vote, which unanimously supported the increase, according to Bastidas. “Someone had an idea to take a vote right there,” Bastidas said. The vote is only a suggestion since the Board of Trustees votes to raise A&S fees. The campus treasurers who oversee all A&S fee money and how it’s used in SG were not on this committee. “The treasurers of each SG campus know more about A&S fees and how they’re used than any other student leader,” Boca Treasurer Christopher Naff said. “I was pretty disappointed with how the committee met,” Naff said. “I oversee all the A&S fees on the Boca campus. I think I would be able to advise people on the committee.” Students give their money to SG by paying the A&S fee in their tuition. After each division of SG submits their budget for the upcoming year, the University Budget and Appropriations Committee (UBAC) decides how much money each group will be given. “This is something the UBAC should have known about, according to the Statutes, and they didn’t,” Naff said. “No one ever told us about raising A&S fees.” Jason Wu, Boca Campus budget chair, who is on the UBAC and in the BHOR,

spoke up about the increase at a House meeting on Feb. 24. “It’s ridiculous,” he said. “If this increase happens in A&S fees, you can count on me going up to administration and telling them I want the UBAC to meet again.” Wu said he wouldn’t mind redoing the entire UBAC process so extra money from the increase is assigned by the UBAC. “I am not dealing with this little sidestep they’re trying to pull,” Wu said. “I did it once, I did it twice, I’ll do it three times. If we’re going to do it right, we’re going to do it right.” According to Bastidas, SG may not need the extra money. “There is money left over, every single year,” Bastidas said at a House meeting. Naff agreed and explained SG does not always spend what they budget for by the end of the year. When there is money left over in the A&S fee reserve account, there are no rules for how it should be spent. “The problem is the unused money — there’s nothing in the statutes about who oversees it, how it’s spent or where it goes,” Naff said. Vice President of Student Affairs Charles Brown started the committee which recommended the increase. “The vice president doesn’t feel there needs to be an increase in the A&S fee,” added Associate Dean of Students Terry Mena “The student body president has looked at the potentiality of increasing the fee.” Bastidas was told there would be a follow-up meeting a week after the first one. Then the follow-up meeting was cancelled. Since the recommendation to raise A&S fees was approved at the first meeting, administrators can show the Board of Trustees that students support paying Student Affairs and SG more money, according to Bastidas and Naff. “I think we need to be a little louder,” Bastidas said “I think we need to go to the offices of those administrators and tell them ‘hell no’ to any increases.” upressonline.com


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obert Huffman will start his term as Student Government president in May, but some of his campaign promises are already dead in the water. During their campaign Huffman and his vice president, April Turner, told students they would try and get a shuttle route between campuses, keep food costs low, and get Greek housing at FAU. As SG president and VP, those things aren’t up to them. While Huffman can use his presidential power to tell the Board of Trustees what students want, contracts and FAU’s master plan, doom some of his ideas from the start. This past month Huffman and Turner told students they want to keep food costs low and bring healthier options to campus. According to Assistant Vice President of Financial Affairs and University Business Services Stacy Volnick, prices aren’t up to the students or even FAU. Private vendors like Wendy’s and Starbucks determine their own prices. As for meal plans, FAU doesn’t negotiate prices with Chartwells. Their 15-year contract states how much meal plan costs can be raised. “For someone to promise no increases on meal plans,” Volnick said, “That’s not something they can promise.” Huffman and Turner also want to push for healthier food options. “It’s just simple things we can tackle and start working towards. We need healthier options on all campuses,” Turner said. “It’s something we’ve been battling for a long time and we really need to push on the right people to get it done.” But Business Services beat them to it. Based on an online survey done this semester, FAU will open 3-4 food venues with salads and organic options. “It will have some kind of frozen yogurt venue, a salad bar and other healthier options that will be freshly prepared,” Volnick said. Business Services has monthly meetings where students can talk to administration about the campus’s food choices – not only the SG president. Volnick said no SG members have come to talk to Business Services directly about these issues. Another one of Huffman and Turner’s concerns is transportation. To help ease the current parking situation in which students can’t find open spots on campus, they want a shuttle system that will take students from campus to campus. “If we can figure out a way to have a transportation option, to go from Davie to Boca, or even Jupiter to Boca,” Huffman said. “I think that will also be an option that would help ease the parking issue and also the transportation between campuses.” According to Assistant Director of

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Parking and Transportation Keith Totten, this route is not in FAU’s transportation plans, and can’t be funded through the university budget. “The cost of adding additional shuttles and drivers would far outweigh any available funding. Please remember the current shuttle system is designed to assist with our current parking system,” Totten said. But there is one thing the SG president can do about parking, Greek housing and improving student advising. He can vote on these issues as a chair on the Board of Trustees, who makes the final decision on these issues. Still, that’s one student vote out of 13 board members. Even with that vote, things like Greek housing are already decided on. Part of FAU’s master plan is getting Greek housing on campus by 2015. Some of Huffman’s promises like building and keeping traditions, don’t involve votes or contracts. These things he can get done. This past year, Huffman has promoted the Owl Prowl and Rat’s Mouth tailgating, while Turner worked on the Homecoming committee. “We have great traditions, we just need to educate people about them,” Turner said. Huffman and Turner plan to keep building traditions at FAU by telling incoming students about FAU’s football cheers and chants at orientation and attending sporting events. “Just educating the students when they come in, and educating people when you can,” Turner said. “Orientation is great; that’s a great place to walk in and say, ‘This is what we do at football games. This is how we cheer at basketball games, we can’t wait to see you at these events.’ Just building on those traditions and keeping them going is key.” Besides trying to get students to football games, Huffman hopes to talk to the other student governments and improve communication between campuses. “I think we did a decent job this year,” Huffman said referring to himself and current SG president, Ayden Maher, working together. “But I think communication can always improve between campuses and even between people on your own campus.” In his two terms, Maher made promises that never happened. During his 2011 campaign, Maher promised hammocks on the Boca campus. This idea ended up being denied by administration because of safety concerns about people falling out of them. “We tried, and that’s what matters: going and trying to do what you said and trying every avenue to accomplish the goal that you set out to do,” Maher said.

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Cover

THE MAKEOVER

After its worst season ever, FAU football turns to Carl Pelini to fix, well, everything by Ryan Cortes

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oward Schnellenberger used to talk often about his mentors. Bear Bryant and Don Shula. They’re men who spent their lives consumed by football. After Bryant’s last game, he was asked what he planned to do now, given that he was retired and would have hours to relax and enjoy life. “Probably croak in a week,” he famously said. Four weeks later, with football gone from his life, Bryant died. Carl Pelini, the man tasked with replacing the famous and infamous Schnellenberger, has different role models.

“I just read whatever I can get my hands on. There’s a new book I just found out about, called From Red Ink to Roses, and it’s about Barry Alvarez and how he took Wisconsin from being in debt, worst team in the Big 10, and how he changed the entire perception of the Moneyball. What a great book, what a great story.” The 46-year-old Pelini comes from a football

“I had seen him and his brother on the sidelines,” Athletic Director Craig Angelos remembers. “And I had heard they were intense people, which I liked.” Except that the reputation was always more perception than it ever was reality.

Nebraska, and Pelini himself has been a coach for the better part of two decades. But he isn’t like many

the footballs and awards Schnellenberger left behind. “People ask me who my mentors are, and a lot of times you wanna talk about the guys you’ve worked with, but my mentors have also been from history,” he says.

has a master’s in journalism, another in education. And

of who you are. I developed some close, personal relationships with the beat guys who covered Nebraska, and they knew who I really was, and still decided to show that perception because it’s a good storyline. I get it.” That ‘storyline’ included an incident from November 2010 when Pelini got into it with a photographer. Following Nebraska-Texas A&M (a game Pelini and his Cornhuskers lost 9-6), a cameraman captured Pelini

campaigns. It was amazing what he was able to do. Very he trained and motivated his guys was just ...”

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There is in Nebraska red, there’s Pelini, bent at the waist, hands on his knees, with a scowl covering his face. It’s the epitome of his reputation — loud, brash, football — in the truest sense.

make certain decisions on coaches based on how they’re acting in the game,” Pelini says. “That’s an intense time,

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Pelini stormed over to the camera and pushed, breaking off a piece of it. “It was a regrettable incident,” he says now. “One thing I should have just allowed the police to do their job and

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Offensive Coordinator Wright takes over for Darryl Jackson, who was an assistant coach under Schnellenberger since 2007. The 39-year-old holds a masters in arts and spent the last two seasons at Montana State. Under Wright, the Bobcats averaged 440 yards per game, the most productive two offensive seasons in school history.

JEFF SIMS

Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receiver’s Coach Sims takes over for Jared Allen, who is now the tight ends coach for Pelini. Sims, 39, was previously a quality control assistant for Indiana. Under Howard Schnellenberger, there was no official “recruiting coordinator,” so Sims gets the inaugural title.

KERRY DIXON II

me.” Merideth would eventually sign (as would others like allowing him to eventually see his favorite Pelini moment ever. and stolen all the pens from his desk. An enraged Pelini went looking for his pens, and he had a suspect. “One of the players did it,” Merideth says. “But he thought

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January,” Merideth says. “He had just got to Nebraska, just got hired. That day he was hired, he was out recruiting. He wasn’t moving with his family and that kinda showed me how important football was to him. He didn’t even move

One of Pelini’s many tasks after he got hired on Dec. 5 was to build a recruiting class. He had eight weeks to build relationships with players and coaches in South Florida, eight weeks to sift through Schnellenberger’s signees and “It’s kind of a daunting task,” he admitted to the Palm Beach Post on signing day. That day, Pelini announced a class of 23 players, shocking many. Not himself, though. The former Nebraska defensive coordinator believes the recruiting job he had back in up at in Boca. “A lot of people look and say, ‘well, it must have been easy to recruit at Nebraska,’” he says. “Not really.” Pelini’s assignment in Nebraska was to convince athletes in California to jump over 10 states and come play for the Nebraska senior defensive end Cameron Merideth was one of those players. Hailing from Huntington Beach, Calif. he needed some pushing and prodding.

From 2003-2011, Schnellenberger and his players were docked scholarships every year for low APRs (academic classroom of athletes. “I’m OCD,” Pelini says laughing.“I’m obsessive about stuff.” “The APR scores. I don’t want to be toeing that line anymore.”

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and Jamrog had no clue what it was about. Carl just left.”

Aug. 31 Wagner* And so now the job really begins. He inherits both a

When Angelos went looking for Schnellenberger’s replacement, he spoke to about 10 different coaches. Offensive guys, defensive guys. Young coaches, old coaches. He was looking for the total package. For a coach who knew enough about football to love it and teach, but yet, still be able to worry about academics. About life. About everything. “I believe it was important to get someone who could have a holistic approach to the job,” Angelos says. “He’s very well-rounded, very academic oriented, because that was a big issue. I wanted to make sure we had a coach who came in here and made sure these young men did well academically. That was a big piece of the puzzle.”

low, so inherently, Pelini will get the credit for any sort of turnaround. Which isn’t how he looks at it. “I’m not going to sit here just to make people think I’m working hard,” he says. “I’m comfortable enough in my own skin to say, when the job’s done, let’s go home.” A career spent coaching and moving, reading and learning, has left Pelini with something else: perspective. still in front of you and so is Monday and so is the following Saturday. Those teams that have a steady rise are the teams that don’t have great peaks and valleys. “So for me, I’m not so concerned with what it was last year, or what it was the last 10 years. I’m not going to be judged on any of that. I’m going to be judged on what happens from this point forward.” Yes.Yes, he will.

Sept. 8 at Middle Tennessee Sept. 15 at Georgia Sept. 22 at Alabama Sept. 29 North Texas* Oct. 13 at ULM Oct. 20 at South Alabama Oct. 27 Troy* Nov. 3 at Navy Nov. 10 at Western Kentucky Nov. 16 FIU* Dec. 1 ULL*

Running Backs Coach Just 30 years old, Dixon was formally the running backs coach at Montana State (alongside Wright, the offensive coordinator). Dixon takes over for David Serna, who served as running backs coach since 2005. Under Dixon’s command at Montana State, the ground game found the end zone 19 times and rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in 2011. Alfred Morris gave FAU 1,186 yards and nine touchdowns last year.

* Home games

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PETE REKSTIS

Defensive Coordinator Rekstis replaces Marvin Sanders, whom Pelini originally hired to be his defensive coordinator. Sanders accepted the job on Dec. 10 and left to USC (to become a defensive backs coach) on Feb. 12. Prior to Sanders’ brief stay, Kurt Van Valkenburgh manned the position since the program’s inception in 1998. Rekstis was formally the d-coordinator for Miami-Ohio.

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Cover continued from page 11

Meet the new guys Since&taking&over&as&head&coach&on&Dec.&5,&2011,&Carl&Pelini,&

Pelini stormed over to the camera and pushed, breaking off a piece of it. “It was a regrettable incident,” he says now. “One thing I should have just allowed the police to do their job and

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‘there’s nothing to apologize for.’” He’s learned now, he says, it’s a different time. “If you’re too emotional, up and down, you end up making

search&expands&F&a&lot&of&these&guys&[I&hired]&werenIt&on&my&

Offensive Coordinator Wright takes over for Darryl Jackson, who was an assistant coach under Schnellenberger since 2007. The 39-year-old holds a masters in arts and spent the last two seasons at Montana State. Under Wright, the Bobcats averaged 440 yards per game, the most productive two offensive seasons in school history.

JEFF SIMS

Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receiver’s Coach Sims takes over for Jared Allen, who is now the tight ends coach for Pelini. Sims, 39, was previously a quality control assistant for Indiana. Under Howard Schnellenberger, there was no official “recruiting coordinator,” so Sims gets the inaugural title.

KERRY DIXON II

me.” Merideth would eventually sign (as would others like allowing him to eventually see his favorite Pelini moment ever. and stolen all the pens from his desk. An enraged Pelini went looking for his pens, and he had a suspect. “One of the players did it,” Merideth says. “But he thought

list,&they&just&impressed&me.K&HereIs&his&four&biggest&hires:

BRIAN WRIGHT

January,” Merideth says. “He had just got to Nebraska, just got hired. That day he was hired, he was out recruiting. He wasn’t moving with his family and that kinda showed me how important football was to him. He didn’t even move

One of Pelini’s many tasks after he got hired on Dec. 5 was to build a recruiting class. He had eight weeks to build relationships with players and coaches in South Florida, eight weeks to sift through Schnellenberger’s signees and “It’s kind of a daunting task,” he admitted to the Palm Beach Post on signing day. That day, Pelini announced a class of 23 players, shocking many. Not himself, though. The former Nebraska defensive coordinator believes the recruiting job he had back in up at in Boca. “A lot of people look and say, ‘well, it must have been easy to recruit at Nebraska,’” he says. “Not really.” Pelini’s assignment in Nebraska was to convince athletes in California to jump over 10 states and come play for the Nebraska senior defensive end Cameron Merideth was one of those players. Hailing from Huntington Beach, Calif. he needed some pushing and prodding.

From 2003-2011, Schnellenberger and his players were docked scholarships every year for low APRs (academic classroom of athletes. “I’m OCD,” Pelini says laughing.“I’m obsessive about stuff.” “The APR scores. I don’t want to be toeing that line anymore.”

2012 schedule Georgia,& Alabama& and& Navy,& securing& the& team& over& $2& million& dollars.& PeliniIs& required& to& play& enough& gameS guarantees& (games& FAU& is& paid& to& play& in)& every& year& to&

Over and over again.

generate& $2& million& per& season.& And& although& the& team&

where&they&will&be&played&BThe&stadiumIs&just&a&building,K&

all we talked about was education. Until they were sick of hearing it, but I’m serious about it.”

he& says.& BBut& what& you& ultimately& see& with& a& stadium& is& an& administration& thatIs& committed& to& winning.& ThereIs& no& substitute&for&that&support.&You&canIt&win&without&it.K

and Jamrog had no clue what it was about. Carl just left.”

Aug. 31 Wagner* And so now the job really begins. He inherits both a

When Angelos went looking for Schnellenberger’s replacement, he spoke to about 10 different coaches. Offensive guys, defensive guys. Young coaches, old coaches. He was looking for the total package. For a coach who knew enough about football to love it and teach, but yet, still be able to worry about academics. About life. About everything. “I believe it was important to get someone who could have a holistic approach to the job,” Angelos says. “He’s very well-rounded, very academic oriented, because that was a big issue. I wanted to make sure we had a coach who came in here and made sure these young men did well academically. That was a big piece of the puzzle.”

low, so inherently, Pelini will get the credit for any sort of turnaround. Which isn’t how he looks at it. “I’m not going to sit here just to make people think I’m working hard,” he says. “I’m comfortable enough in my own skin to say, when the job’s done, let’s go home.” A career spent coaching and moving, reading and learning, has left Pelini with something else: perspective. still in front of you and so is Monday and so is the following Saturday. Those teams that have a steady rise are the teams that don’t have great peaks and valleys. “So for me, I’m not so concerned with what it was last year, or what it was the last 10 years. I’m not going to be judged on any of that. I’m going to be judged on what happens from this point forward.” Yes.Yes, he will.

Sept. 8 at Middle Tennessee Sept. 15 at Georgia Sept. 22 at Alabama Sept. 29 North Texas* Oct. 13 at ULM Oct. 20 at South Alabama Oct. 27 Troy* Nov. 3 at Navy Nov. 10 at Western Kentucky Nov. 16 FIU* Dec. 1 ULL*

Running Backs Coach Just 30 years old, Dixon was formally the running backs coach at Montana State (alongside Wright, the offensive coordinator). Dixon takes over for David Serna, who served as running backs coach since 2005. Under Dixon’s command at Montana State, the ground game found the end zone 19 times and rushed for nearly 2,000 yards in 2011. Alfred Morris gave FAU 1,186 yards and nine touchdowns last year.

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Defensive Coordinator Rekstis replaces Marvin Sanders, whom Pelini originally hired to be his defensive coordinator. Sanders accepted the job on Dec. 10 and left to USC (to become a defensive backs coach) on Feb. 12. Prior to Sanders’ brief stay, Kurt Van Valkenburgh manned the position since the program’s inception in 1998. Rekstis was formally the d-coordinator for Miami-Ohio.

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The long road down By Monica Ruiz upress@fau.edu

FEB. 9: Ho appears in court after he tried to hang himself and Carter died. He remains in Palm Beach Country without bail.

FEB. 4: Carter dies at Delray Medical Center from her injuries. She was shot twice and was paralyzed below the waist. First-degree murder is added to Ho’s charges.

APRIL 8: Status check for Ho. He is not in court, but state prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty.

MAY 31: Status check for Ho. He is not in court, but the judge grants more time to prepare for the case, trial date is set for Aug. 12.

OCT. 6: During a status check, it is decided his next court date will be Dec. 12. Ho is not present in court.

FEB. 3: Ho attempts suicide after he tries to hang himself in his Palm Beach County jail cell.

FEB. 2: Ho’s first appearance in front of a judge. He is ordered to be held without bond, to undergo mental evaluation, and to have no contact with friends or family.

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DEC. 12: For the first time since February, Ho is present in court. His defense attorney, Elizabeth Ramsey, asks the judge to let the defense rereview evidence in the case — without the state prosecutors looking over her back. According to Ramsey, state attorney Sherri Collins made it “impossible” to review evidence in privacy.

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FEB. 1: While in custody, Ho resigns from his position as corporal.

JAN. 31: Boynton Beach police arrest FAU police officer Jimmy Ho for the shooting of escort Sheri Deann Carter. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder and false imprisonment. He tells police it was self defense.

AUG.12: Court date is pushed back till Oct. 6.

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FEB. 29: The defense and state attorneys meet in court for another status check to see the progress of the case. On Friday, March 2, the defense has an appointment to review evidence for trial. It is decided that a calendar call will be set for May 14, in which, if both attorneys are ready, a date for trial will be set. upressonline.com


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A taste of FAU’s student talent Hoot/Wisdom Recording’s second CompOWLation album features a variety of talented artists, comes out March 26 By Maddy Mesa upress@fau.edu

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lex Kinsey has been writing music and performing at shows since he was in the tenth grade. Following in the footsteps of his idol, Jason Mraz, Kinsey seeks to become a world-touring singer/songwriter. He’s starting his career as one of the students signed to FAU’s record label, Hoot/Wisdom Recordings. Kinsey’s first major public performance was at Daytona Beach’s Bandshell in 2008, the city’s trademark amphitheater that holds 5,000 people. He’s a sophomore and marketing major at FAU whose latest single, “I Like It,” a mix of jazz and funk with a catchy hook, is featured on the new CompOWLation album which is set to be released March 26. It’ll be his first professionally recorded song to be distributed to the mass public. “My hope for the album is that people who haven’t heard of me yet get the opportunity to hear me,” Kinsey said. Like Kinsey, the CompOWLation features the talent of many aspiring student musicians. It’s a collection of songs written, recorded and produced by FAU students at the

Hoot/Wisdom studios –– and it’s the second of its kind. The name of the album is a play on words, combining the word “compilation” with “owl.” A compilation album is a collection of songs, like the NOW: That’s What I Call Music CDs. This specific one is full of FAU students’ original material. “There’s so many different people in it that the album really represents all different parts of the student body,” junior Brittany Miller said, president of Hoot/Wisdom and commercial music business major. “We have a little bit of everything and it’s a nice mixture, and it directly portrays the student body.” Songs on the album range from country/folk, to hard metal, to singer/songwriter pop. “Dancing Guns” by the band Phantomine, which has a cabaret feel to it, is reminiscent of an early Panic! At the Disco. Then there’s “Stray Dog” by Stonecutters, a folk band whose countrychill song makes for a great listen on the way to the beach. Miller went on to explain how all the songs on the album are engineered by students. “Which is another nice aspect because being an artist it can be intimidating going into a recording studio or working with industry

professionals when you’re starting out,” she said. Before CompOWLation Vol. 1 released in 2011, Hoot/ Wisdom Recordings would produce one album per genre. For example, there would be one classical album, then one rock album, and then one country album –– all featuring FAU students. “We realized we needed more of a presence in the student body and more outreach for people to start listening to us,” Miller said. “By creating a compilation which mirrored the student body we were able to market to students more and provide them that outlet to start listening to Hoot/Wisdom and understanding what it is on campus.” “It’s no mystery to anyone that right now it’s a ‘singles’ business,” Alejandro Sanchez said, faculty advisor to the record label and professor of music. “The age of the album as an artist is starting to become less and less.” This means that people are more likely to buy singles of their favorite songs, like on iTunes, rather than buying an artist’s complete album. “The advantage of having a compilation album is it gives you a variety of styles and it gives good opportunity for all the students who work the different aspects of production in the music business,” said Sanchez, who is also an executive producer during the making of the album. The new CompOWLation album is $5 and is available at compowlation.bandcamp.com. The album comes out March 26 with a release party at the FunkyBiscuit in Mizner Park on March 20, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be a charge of $10, but there will be food and drink specials all night. Artists from the album will be performing all night as well, and there will be giveaways from the Hoot/Wisdom Recordings. The album’s presale is now until the release date. Use the code HOOT and get the album for only $3.75.

A PEAK INSIDE THE ALBUM: the must-listens “Go Get It” by Audyo

“Conquer All” by Needless to Say It’s heavy metal all the way with killer guitar riffs that make for a rockin’ intro. The lead vocalist, Julz, does a great job belting out the lyrics, yet at some parts in the song it sounded more like the music was doing the conquering. But if you’re looking for a song to get you pumped before a big game or a test, then listen to this song. It’s the kind of the song

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“Prize” by Mandy Moon

An R&B song with a little bit of smooth jazz thrown in, the song works with a saxophone and guitar. The song’s message is: if you want something in life, you have to go out and get it. The lyrics are sung fast as the singer rattles off problems of today’s society, while background vocals sing “My generation’s complications got me pacing.”

Fed up with a romance gone wrong, Moon’s “Prize” is about moving on to something better. She sings: “See me now, watch me carry on, can’t bear the thought of you. Gonna start moving on to someone else new.” With a western twang, Moon’s vibe is reminiscent of a mini Carrie Underwood. It gets better and better the more you listen to it. With the singer’s voice and the song’s simplicity, it’s bound to grow on you.

“Alien Abduction” by Re’Lamont

“Stray Dog” by Stonecutters

Its pop melody makes it undoubtedly catchy, and its techno beats and synthesizers make it fun to dance to. The song is about a guy who falls in love with an alien, who “stole his heart.” You’ll have this song stuck in your head for days, but hey, at least thinking about the lyrics will make you laugh.

It’s a little folk and a little bluegrass. But it also has the vibe of a beach song to it. It makes you feel like you can kick back on a hot summer day, or blast the song with your windows rolled down as you drive to the beach. With lyrics like, “You may think that I’ve done nothing but at least I love my life,” many college students could probably relate. upressonline.com


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All over

Shavar Richardson’s college career has been full of ups and downs, but he cherishes his time at FAU By Rolando Rosa upress@fau.edu

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havar Richardson has no fear on the court. But in his room? That’s a different story. The senior guard from Brooklyn, N. Y., has hit big shots over his fouryear career at FAU including a pair of game winning free throws over Denver this season. Last year in his dorm, however, he was defenseless. One of Richardson’s roommates at the time, former teammate Dylan O’Sullivan, and current teammate Alex Tucker, Richardson’s best friend on the team, decided to have some fun. While Richardson showers, O’Sullivan hides on his hands and knees in his closet. Tucker is on Richardson’s bed, pretending to text, but actually recording. Richardson, wearing only a towel and slippers, unknowingly strolls out of the bathroom to an unexpected guest. “Dylan jumped out and scared me. I just clenched up, and because my slippers were wet, I fell on my back,” Richardson said. “If you watch it, you would probably think it was the funniest thing in the world, but to this day, I still don’t think it’s funny. People ask me about that often. ‘Were you the guy who fell when the guy scared you?’” Later in that year, though, Richardson would be well-known across campus for something else: helping FAU win the Sun Belt Conference. Richardson averages just 7.3 points per game, but his impact on the team is not in the box score. His leadership is evident even when he is on the bench. Instead of pouting, Richardson is often lively on the sidelines, clapping and cheering his team on. The team regressed in his senior season, but it’s the life-long friendships he’s made at FAU that are important to Richardson, especially the bond he formed with fellow senior Tucker. “You could honestly say we’re like brothers. He knows me like a book and I know him,” Richardson said. “When we came here together, it was an instant

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bond. We had our differences, we would fight and argue like brothers, but at the end of the day, I’ll do anything for him.” Tucker shares the sentiment, noting the brotherhood is forged by their experiences together. “Whenever I need advice, I turn to Shavar,” Tucker said earlier in the season. “We came in together and have gone through the same ups and downs.” Despite holding a 19 point lead, the duo lost their final game at The Burrow 83-82 against Troy, something the rest of the team regrets. “It was very disappointing. Those are brothers of mine and our team,” junior point guard Ray Taylor said. “For your brothers to lose their last game at our home gym leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, especially being up by so much on their senior night.” Nevertheless, Richardson still is proud of the fact the fan base has increased in his time as an Owl. He wants to play professional basketball overseas. “Directly after the season, I plan on working out and staying in shape. It won’t be practice but I plan on staying with the same regiment. Getting up early and working out,” Richardson said. “I don’t want to be idle, because then you get lazy and lose ambition.” If the dream of pro ball is no longer a possibility, the sociology major has another idea for a career. “I’m still young, I do want to play, but if not, I do want to work with youth because I feel I can relate to teenagers and young men going into college, and help them with the things I’ve gone through,” Richardson said. “Hopefully I can pass some of my wisdom on.” Richardson is set to graduate in the summer and believes his time at FAU has made him a more well-rounded person. “I think I’ve matured a lot, academically,” Richardson said. “I’m graduating on time, and that’s from balancing academics and basketball.” upressonline.com


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