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They’ll spend your money and make decisions in your name. The candidates for the Feb. 22-23 student government election have been announced. The UP found out what the candidates are all about. -9-

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AYDEN MAHER Next week, FAU will pick its FUTURE student LEADERS. This week, learn about leaders of the PAST. Read about who the first 30 SG presidents were, what they did and where they went after FAU. -3First issue is free; each additional copy is 50 cents and available in the UP newsroom.

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FAU has come a long way since opening its doors to students in 1964, and so have its student leaders — or some of them, anyway. We don’t know where eight of the first 30 student body presidents are today, but many became successful lawyers, politicians, and business consultants. Some are even still local.

university press February 15, 2011 Editor-in-chief Gideon Grudo Managing Editor James Shackelford ART DIRECTOR Mariam Aldhahi WEB EDITOR Tyler Krome Copy DESK CHIEF Ricky Michalski SPORTS EDITOR Franco Panizo Features editor Alyssa Cutter Entertainment Editor Briana Bramm PHOTO EDITOR Christine Capozziello senior editor Karla Bowsher LISTINGS EDITOR Kaceion Hudson Assistant art director Ariana Corrao Assistant Web Editor Paul Cohen SENIOR COPY EDITOR Rachel Chapnick SENIOR REPORTERS Brandon Ballenger Monica Ruiz Senior photograPher Liz Dzuro STAFF REPORTERS Ryan Cortes Sergio N. Candido Mark Gibson STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Todd Roller Elizabeth Whitton STAFF ILLUSTRATOR Adam Sheetz CIRCULATION MANAGER Chris Persaud ADVISER Michael Koretzky

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Leaders of the old school Take a look at the student body presidents of FAU’s first 25 years, then and now Brandon Ballenger Senior Reporter


hat do a convicted felon,

a treasure diver, a florist, a librarian, a Realtor and a millionaire lobbyist have in common? They were all student body presidents at FAU. The following pages contain not only information on the current candidates for student body president, but also the result of about four months of research, which began as mere curiosity: I covered Student Government for two years, and every day on the way to the UP’s office — right across the hall from SG, on the second floor of the Student Union — I’d pass a wall lined with plaques and photos of past student body presidents. This tribute to tradition was marred by a long series of empty photo frames, gaps in FAU’s history that suggested to me an embarrassing period of administrative indifference. Nowadays, as FAU approaches its 50th anniversary and we’re finally on the cusp of having our own football stadium, we’re all about tradition. Back then? Apparently not. That wasn’t the only curious thing about the wall of presidents. Four gold-engraved plates all marked with the same year revealed a time of instability — what happened to all these presidents? Were they assassinated? Impeached? Kicked out for low GPAs? I looked at all the strange names, and stranger faces, and had more questions — did people really have hair like that back then? Who’s that hippie? Why isn’t Chip Fuller wearing a shirt, and who names their kid “Chip”, anyway? I had to know: What were these people like? Did they do anything interesting? Were they any better or worse than our current crop of leaders? More importantly, did they make anything of themselves after graduating — does being a student leader matter in the real world? FAU didn’t provide a lot of answers. None of this history is on SG’s website, or FAU’s. Some students in SG had heard rumors about past presidents, but not enough to satisfy me. And when

I requested a batch of records from FAU’s department of media relations, they only had photos of 17 presidents — out of over 50. And it took over a month to get just those — in the words of associate director Lisa Metcalf, “all the ones we have on file, and all the ones that have been archived in the library.” FAU’s other information on the presidents also had gaps, but at least it was in much better shape — although it took them almost a second full month to cobble together. After asking around some more, I found out about the only other source that might hold the answers, the only way I could know what happened — short of tracking all these people down myself, anyway. The answer was locked away in a corner of the fifth floor in the Boca campus library — the floor you can’t access without special clearance. That floor is home to most of FAU’s history, among a lot of other interesting things — rare books, phonograph records, and other unique collections. With the help of FAU archivists Victoria Thur and Leslie Siegel — who accommodated my bizarre requests week after week without complaint — I found and went through decades of the archives of The Atlantic Sun, the original student newspaper of FAU. There were still gaps in the Sun’s coverage, of course — they did an especially poor job of covering early female presidents, for example. I didn’t find as much as I wanted, but it’s more than you’ll find anywhere else. Between the archives, what FAU provided me, and some Internet sleuthing of my own, this is what I pieced together about FAU’s first 30 student body presidents. I also had the amazing opportunity to speak with Dan Mica, the president who started it all — and who remains one of the most successful presidents we’ve ever had. He’s a former U.S. Congressman and a self-made millionaire who’s done everything, from dancing with the late Princess Diana to outwitting Russian spies with an Etch A Sketch. I hope you enjoy reading it all — FAU has a rich (and often amusing) history that most of us simply have no other way to learn about. And if you enjoy this, I’m sharing some of the other weird stuff I’ve read about in The Atlantic Sun on my UP blog, From the Archives. Check it out at February 15, 2011 3








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ne candidate’s commitment: sell every ticket for FAU’s first home football game. A second will fix leaks in the Breezeway. Another swears to have the school mascot at every event. Six students want the top two jobs in Student Government so they can launch initiatives like these. On Feb. 22 and 23, the decision is in your hands. But whether you vote or not, you are already paying for their jobs. The $12,500 salary for student body president and $11,250 for the vice president come out of the students’ raggedy pockets in the form of activity fees charged with tuition every semester. For every credit hour a student takes, $10.40 goes into the Student Government budget — a pot that holds more than $7 million a year, and which the two winners will have a role in spending on clubs, events and giveaways. On top of their salaries, they’ll also get student-funded cell phones, tuition waivers and personal parking spots. They have the power to influence where and when you smoke on campus and will speak on your behalf about tuition increases. Your fee money also goes to governors who occupy the highest position at each campus. Their salaries range between $8,000 and $10,000.

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Watch the candidates The UP and OWL TV filmed the six presidential candidates talking about who they are and what they plan to accomplish. Watch these videos at www. Also, continue checking our website throughout the week for videos about the presidential debate on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Boca Student Union, which will be moderated by the UP.

In their own words All the candidates were given six days (and multiple reminders) to submit personal statements. Presidential tickets were given up to 300 words, governor candidates up to 200 words, and had to submit their own pictures or pass by the UP newsroom to have them taken. The UP did not edit or alter their statements in any way.

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Ayden Maher


For Student Body President



For Vice President

urrent Student Body President Ayden Maher will make

history if he becomes the second student ever to be reelected for the top position. But according to him, he’s not doing it for the glory. “I really just want to be here to help advocate for the students, I want to make sure that we oppose the fee increases that the administration may propose, I want to make sure that we have an active voice in the capital,” Maher said. “I feel I really know the administration, I know how to work the university, I know who to talk to if there’s a student issue, and that’s why I feel like I’m the best candidate for student body president.” Maher said that one of his biggest accomplishments during his presidential term has been helping to change the culture at FAU. “It’s risky for a leader to say because it’s not a result that you can deliver physically, but when you go to a basketball game or when you go to our clubhouse, you really can see the difference,” Maher said. On the downside, he mentioned that he hasn’t been able to reach out to the partner campuses as much as he would have liked, but he has plans for it, if he’s re-elected. “I’m hoping to get a video conference communication system installed in all Student Government suites and their offices — that way we can communicate with each other,” Maher said. This time around, his presidential ticket will have a new formula. Current Student Government Vice President Evan Konecky couldn’t run again because he’ll be doing an internship. His spot will be filled by Robert Huffman, director of the Council of Student Organizations (COSO). “I saw how hard he worked as director of COSO. Since he has been in that role, 25 new organizations have started here at FAU,” Maher said. Huffman is also the founding father of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity, and creator of the Movember campaign, which raised nearly $3,000 for people suffering from prostate cancer. Along with Maher, he wants to advocate for the students. “Although we are two people, there’s 28,000 students here and I want to find what each one wants,” Huffman said.

Left to right: Huffman, Maher

They mentioned these goals: w“Our main goal is to continue changing the culture. We have a mascot program in which you are going to be able to see the mascot at almost every event. Students are going to be able to vote on the name of the mascot.” w“I want to make sure that we oppose student fees. We need to make sure that Florida Atlantic University is represented at the capital, we need to make sure that the governor knows that we can’t cut spending for higher education.” w“We need to advocate for more advisers … we have the worst graduation rate in the state, these advisers should take troubled students or those who want to transfer and say, ‘What could we have done better to keep you at FAU?’” w“Students want to see more support of Greek Life since it’s growing so rapidly here at FAU.” w“Better parking options … we don’t have a shuttle that takes people to the inside of campus.”

Ayden Maher­­—

I currently serve as the Student body president of Florida Atlantic University and hope to dedicate my life to serving the students for another year. I know the university system and truly understand how to be an advocate for the students. I love FAU and have dedicated above and beyond the responsibilities required for my position. I’ll continue to unify the university community, create and maintain traditions, oppose an increase in student fees and lobby the state to oppose budget cuts in education. Robert and I will help facilitate student life programs and push for more academic advising. We’ll be an advocate for better parking solutions, Greek housing, sustainability and most of all, you, the students. In order for us to continue to grow I’ve been working to better the student life centers on campus. Create a clubhouse for organizations and be a visible and active voice for the students. We strive to continue the progress we have already made and make FAU a better place.

Robert Huffman—

With Florida Atlantic University growing rapidly and student involvement being at an all time high, I want to ensure that every student’s voice is represented as changes are being made to the university community. Working as the Director of COSO (Council of Student Organizations) for the past year, I have had the opportunity to meet with so many leaders of over 200 clubs and organizations here at FAU. I have been able to discuss with administration about implementing new ideas to campus life that will help create a culture at FAU, where students, family, and friends will feel inspired and proud to step foot on our young and successful institution. I would love nothing more than to go to every meeting with nothing but the students needs in mind. Continued on page 12

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Bobby Peterson For Vice President


ver the past two years, current Boca campus governor Allison Gentry has been progressively climbing SG’s political ladder — first as House representative, then parliamentarian and speaker pro-tempore. Now she said she wants to reach the top. “I feel that with all the experience I have with my position and with other organizations on campus, that has put me in a position where I’m ready to run for president and I understand what the job entails,” said Gentry, who’s double-majoring in criminology and psychology. “I’ve seen it done by three presidents.” She also said that she’s doing it with new Student Government members in mind. “I feel like it’s important to allow the lower positions to other students to have the opportunity to be leaders. I don’t want to hold other students down,” said the 21-year-old. Besides being governor, she’s a founding sister of the sorority Alpha Delta Pi, an orientation week leader, and a member of the alumni association. Gentry has partnered with long-time friend Bobby Peterson, director of Program Board, to win the elections. They’ve come up with the party name S.M.A.R.T, which stands for “students that are motivated, accountable, ready and transparent” to help them get the student vote. “That’s what Bobby and I are — all these things,” Gentry said. “Make an educated decision and vote S.M.A.R.T.” For his part, Peterson wants to be vice president because he said he feels a passion to help students. “Coming from the Program Board side of Student Government, I can use that in my skills in being vice president as to how to promote SG, get it out there to the average Joe student who comes to class and goes home,” Peterson said. They said that what sets them apart from the other candidates is the diversity in their ticket. “We are the only ticket that has a Greek and a non-Greek on it, a male and a female, candidates from two different racial ethnicities,” Gentry said. “And we are the only ticket that represents three different academic colleges.”


Every ticket running has great qualities, but we are the only ticket that truly has what it takes to serve FAU’s students. Bobby and I both love FAU and have proven that we have pride in it through our non-stop dedication to this University and serving our fellow students. Since we first stepped foot on this campus our freshmen year, we’ve taken initiatives and risks, all while striving to make FAU a better place for the students. Instead of simply following in the footsteps of others, we have forged our own paths. While there were some bumps along the way, neither one of us has ever turned back or veered off. We’ve both left trails of accomplishments behind us, and it’s the challenges we faced along the way that have provided us with experience and knowledge that can’t be gained by reading SG statutes. This is what has made us into the leaders we are today.

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They mentioned these goals: w“Uniting the seven campuses as one university , I want to

focus almost as a campaign type effort: seven campuses, one university — Florida’s Owl country, not just Boca. Making the partner campuses feel like as much of the FAU culture as we are here in Boca.” w“Recruit for student government. Past house elections haven’t been competitive, we haven’t had students really wanting to be part of Student Government.” w“Make sure that that full football stadium is sold out for that first home game and that we really kick off the football season with a bang.” w“Being open and flexible to everyone else’s goals and everyone else’s ideas and using your role to help them execute them.” Although different, our paths have crossed many times. We’ve worked alongside each other in the House of Representatives, Student Alumni Association, FAU Ambassadors, 2009 Orientation Team, and in our current SG positions as members of the Governor’s Administrative Cabinet. As a result, we have developed a relationship and great teamwork throughout our years being highly involved at FAU. Our friendship is something genuine, not just put together to make a good ticket. Everything that we’ve accomplished and overcome so far, working to make every FAU student’s college years the best ones of their life and help this university continue to grow and develop, has prepared Bobby and I to be the most qualified candidates for SG president and vice president. When casting your vote, please make an educated decision. Vote S.M.A.R.T, and you will get Students that are: Motivated, Accountable, Ready, & Transparent!!

Christopher Puchferran


For Student Body President

Joseph A. Birkman For Vice President


They mentioned these goals: w“More transparency in Student Government, minutes need

to be posted online.” w“We need to fix the Breezeway and make it so it doesn’t leak. We have an engineering school; I think they can figure it out.” w“Work with sports teams in order to improve attendance and school spirit … we need to have FAU signs up and down glades road. I want to have tailgating from 10 o’clock in the morning until game time.” w“We need to do a better job to let students know what events are going on, when they are going on and where.” w“Work with the community and help Boca Raton realize it is a college town now. We need to get college-friendly businesses and college-friendly restaurants around FAU.”


Campus life at FAU has been on life support for too long. Candidates Chris Puchferran and Joe Birkman want to bring a new voice and new life to the FAU Campus, creating activities and traditions that will shape a student’s experience. At the very start of a student’s FAU career, Chris and Joe want to build school spirit and Owl pride by offering meaningful and fun activities during Orientation Week. However, these activities should just be the beginning of a student’s experience. Chris and Joe have plans to introduce a Sports Fest Weekend, Beach Fest Week, and bring new ideas and expansion to club orientation, homecoming week, Owl sporting events, and more. Chris and Joe also have some very practical ideas to create a better campus life, including construction of a backdoor library entrance, breezeway renovations (roof leaks), improved transportation between & around campuses, longer Rec

wo biology majors with less than 400 friends together on Facebook— that’s how presidential candidate Christopher Puchferran and his running mate Joseph A. Birkman defined themselves. Puchferran said that despite being considered the underdogs going against the current student body president and the governor of the Boca campus, he feels they are as much a part of the university as any of his competitors. “Just because we are not Greek or because we are not in the social clubs, [saying] that we are not part of the FAU community, that’s just not fair,” said Puchferran, who, along with Birkman, is a teaching assistant in the biology department and a member of the American Medical Student Association. He wants to be student body president to help build a new era at FAU. “I think FAU is on the edge of something great with the new stadium coming and the new dorms,” 21-year-old Puchferran said. Another reason why he wants to achieve the top student leadership position is because he feels there’s favoritism in Student Government’s current management. “I don’t want to have an administration where it’s 95 percent my friends and then a couple other people that applied for jobs,” said Puchferran, who aided in U.S. Representative Allen West’s campaign last year. “I want a Student Government that represents all of FAU as a whole, whether it’s different majors, races or years.” Birkman, 26, who dropped out of college for three years to work as a graphic designer, realized he wanted to contribute more to the university after his father died. “Seeing all these people in the hospital, you say, ‘Is this the best you can do?’ It really made me feel like I wasn’t doing a lot,” Birkman said. They said that to win this election they will appeal to the one thing they know best: students majoring in the natural sciences. “Biology is the biggest undergrad major in this school,” Birkman said. “And they are a big unheard voice at FAU.”

Center and pool hours. Chris Puchferran grew up in Boca Raton and has been a diehard Owl fan since attending FAU’s inaugural football game ten years ago in 2001. Chris is a junior, in pre-med Biology, with a minor in music and Spanish. As a Biology Lifeline Leader and Chemistry Teaching Assistant, as well as participant in various club activities and intramural sports, Chris has seen the need for new ideas and new life at FAU. Joe Birkman comes from a family enriched in FAU tradition and pride. He graduates this spring with a B.S. in Biology and Psychobiology and will continue with his masters in the fall. Joe is also a current Biology Lifeline Leader and is active on campus. Joe’s mother, Ellen Birkman, is a proud FAU Alum and current teacher at Boca Raton Community High School. Chris and Joe are the new voices to bring new life to FAU. VOTE PUCH!

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Law and society major Alex Lange said that what sets him apart is his experience. “I’ve done this job before,” said Lange, who served as Jupiter governor from summer to the beginning of fall 2009. “I’m not going to waste time in office training and learning new things because I already know them.” He was also a Jupiter House of Representatives member and Program Board coordinator. Outside of SG, Lange has been a college ambassador, a member of the Resident Student Association, an Orientation Week leader, and a member of Spectrum, the LGBT organization on the Jupiter campus. He wants to get back the position he once held for five months because he wants to continue projects that previous governors left unfinished. “I want to be that go-to person for the Jupiter campus students, but also be someone who already knows the system of FAU, how to get things done already and really take the position to new heights,” said the 21-year-old junior. One of his goals is to maintain green spaces. “We do have two big recreational fields … those are big important parts of our campus. The university was planning on building in these two fields, so the first thing would be continuing old projects, making sure our recreational fields are open and maintained properly,” Lange said. Lange also wants to increase school spirit on the Jupiter campus. “I want to encourage my cabinet … to also work on weekend programming, doing it more than once or twice a month, doing it almost every weekend.”

Biochemistry major Richard Smith said that if he becomes governor, he will build a better sense of community on a campus where many of the students are commuters. “I’m very passionate about getting stuff done and making sure that everything is equal to all students on campus,” said Smith, who is also a pre-med student. He considers himself a seasoned veteran when it comes to Student Government. He was a Jupiter House of Representatives member during his freshman year. During his sophomore year, he was elected speaker pro tempore, and he’s currently the House speaker, the top legislative position in SG. As governor, he wants to makes it easier to study on campus and cheaper to eat there. “I want to petition for an additional study room in the library,” Smith said. Smith said a study room in the library was converted into a printing room, leaving limited space for students. “Around finals time, students need a place where they can study. Because of the limited space in the remaining study room, students have to reserve the space and can only be there for a certain number of hours,” the 21-year-old said. He also wants to open a 24-hour computer lab. “As students, our main priority is to study,” Smith said. His agenda would also include making life on campus cheaper for students. “Some places offer faculty discount but there’s nothing for the students,” Smith said. “It’s a win-win situation: If more businesses offer discounts, they’ll have more visitors to their establishment.” He plans on taking a traditional approach to campaigning. “The flyer, and doing a meet-and-greet with students,” Smith said.

Hello potential voter, My name is Richard Smith and I am running for the office of MacArthur Campus Governor. I am currently a junior at the Wilkes Honors College located on the MacArthur (Jupiter) campus. I have been involved in student government since my freshman year when I was first elected to the House of Representatives. I have since spent over two years in the House of Representatives, where I have served on several committees, and held leadership roles such as Speaker ProTempore (2009-2010) and currently the House Speaker. I aspire to be Campus Governor to build a stronger sense of community, and raise awareness about the wonderful resources that the MacArthur Campus has to offer. As Campus Governor, I pledge to: 1) petition for additional study rooms in the Jupiter library and 24-hour access computer lab; 2) organize more FAU student discounts at local businesses; 3) work alongside Student Affairs/Media to get a better advertising system for campus news and events; and 4) petition for a “Student Business Center” in the Burrow with fax machines and copy services. My overall goal is that, together, we can build a better campus and a better FAU.


My main goal as governor will be to serve my constituents to the best of my ability, putting what they want in their University experience first as long as it is in the best interest of all of the students as a whole. Because of this, before declaring candidacy I asked people what they liked about student government and, more importantly, what they think would make their experience at FAU more enjoyable. As governor I plan to put some of the changes people want into action, most notably a better study area outside of the burrow and making newspapers available to students daily. Both of these potential projects were brought to my attention by students on this campus. In addition, I plan to make Student government a more accessible and well known entity, an organization that people see not as unreachable but as friendly and affable. I will have an open door policy and will expect the directors I supervise to do the same. To begin this trend, I have placed my phone number on all of my campaign materials and I am willing to answer the phone all and reply to text messages all the time: (954)579-7956 GO OWLS!



“Greetings, everyone! I am running for MacArthur Campus Governor for the 2011-2012 term! I have quite a breadth of experiences under my belt from being a member of the MacArthur House of Representatives, in which I chaired the budget committee, being a member of the MacArthur Resident Student Association, a member of the Jupiter PrOWLers and Spectrum, and serving as Coordinator of the MacArthur Campus Program Board. It’s time for me to step up to the plate and address all the needs of the MacArthur Campus students though my office as Governor. What sets me apart? Plain and simple, I have done the job before. I have served the MacArthur Campus as Interim Governor in 2009, which allows me to hit the ground running. My top priorities in office will be 1) to create an approachable, enthusiastic cabinet, 2) to continue the initiatives of past administrations, and 3) create a student forum session where students can air grievances about campus life and find ways to make campus life better. You can always reach me about any concerns or further questions about my campaign at 954.651.4492 or at alange3@ Make an informed decision about your next Governor and VOTE FOR THEM!”

Economics major Kadeem Ricketts said he’s all about new initiatives. He’s already founded a film club on the Jupiter campus, and now his next step is to become governor and accomplish his goals. “I think we have a very good governor, but from him below, I think the energy doesn’t radiate downward,” said the 18-year-old freshman. “It needs to be throughout the whole campus and I think we can include everyone a lot better.” Despite his short stint at FAU, he’s a member of the House of Representatives on the Jupiter campus. He is also currently treasurer of the FAU PrOWLers and chair of the budget committee for SG, which approves money requests from SG and its programs. If elected, Ricketts’projects include the construction of a Breezeway for the students at the Jupiter campus, something he said the students suggested to him. “Students wanted an outside study space similar to how you guys have the Breezeway and the seats outside,” Ricketts said. “There is no shade. Something similar to that with umbrellas would make it easier for people to study outside.” Ricketts also wants to have subscriptions to some of the top national newspapers so students can stay informed. Florida International University’s student government has a similar program where they get The New York Times delivered daily. “I want to have newspaper subscriptions in our dining hall for the students because they come in saying that they don’t get to read the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times,” Ricketts said. “I want to have subscriptions that everyone can use several times. It would benefit a lot of people.”

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raduate communication student Michelle Hipps believes she’s found the solution to helping the community and increasing school spirit: getting everyone naked. Hipps, who has a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida, said that every year, UF organizes a race where students donate all their clothes and run or walk for a mile only in their underwear. “That’s something that I would like to see at FAU, it’s fun,” Hipps said. “And it’s something that I myself would like to participate in.” The money from the clothes goes to homeless shelters and, according to her, the event gets students engaged in college life. Although she has never been in Student Government and is not a member of any student organizations, she said she wants to contribute the experiences she lived at UF to make FAU a more traditional university. “More athletic unity, I saw in UF there was a lot of that and I would like to see a lot more of that at FAU,” the 24-year-old said. “I feel like the students really don’t know how good the FAU athletic program really is and the potential it has.” If elected governor of the Boca campus she also plans to create more vegan special interest groups and more Greek programs. Hipps said she will not take the typical approach to campaigning; her strategy will be more “organic.” “I don’t think I’ll be doing any flyers or anything like that, I’m kind of environmentally friendly,” Hipps said. “Kind of more or less relying on word of mouth, I’ll probably do a lot of social networking.”



My name is Michelle Hipps and I am running for Governor at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus. I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Telecommunications and concentrations in Business and Psychology. I am currently a graduate student at the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies and have an assistantship that allows me to work closely with the AmeriCorp program. My hope in becoming Governor is to encourage more athletic unity among our students, invigorate more special interest student programs, and provide more outreaches for charity organizations. I would like to give back to the academic community for the education I have received and ensure Florida Atlantic University’s infamy by contributing my own academic successes and experiences I have gained. I have held many leadership and volunteer roles over the years and would like the opportunity to exercise my knowledge and skills here at Florida Atlantic University by serving our student body. I would appreciate your vote for me, Michelle Hipps, to serve as your new Governor at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton Campus. Go Owls!

wCurrent Treasure Coast campus governor Shaunte Robinson is running for reStudent Government treasurer for the boca

campus, Ryan Ebanks has been watching the game from the sidelines for over a year — and now he thinks it’s his time to step in. “The reason I applied for governor is because I feel that I can contribute more to the program because I’ve worked so close to it, so the most logical step is to become governor,” said Ebanks, who is double-majoring in biology and anthropology. Last year, Ebanks ran for vice president and lost. He will now try to achieve a position of power by himself. “I ran for vice president because I wanted to see change,” Ebanks said. If he wins the elections, he said he will use the contacts he has fostered as treasurer to improve communication between the different programs under Student Affairs on the Boca campus. “I want them to be more cohesive. I want directors to help each other, to communicate better,” Ebanks said. “Encouraging the members of each program to actually talk to each other.” Ebanks also said that once he gets the position, he will try to set an example for his successors through hard work. “I want to create a higher standard for all the governors after me, [that way] people will get more involved. Just like what I do with my current position, I strive to do better each time,” Ebanks said. “It’s not about me, it’s about the position.” He was a member of the biology club, but as long as he is treasurer he can’t participate in any clubs because “it would create a conflict of interest.”

STATEMENT— For Students By Students Many students are unaware of the programming and influence on campus life thatis facilitated by Student Government (SG). SG helps to protect the rights of students on the campus community and support initiatives that become a reality and have significantly improved campus life. SG works tirelessly on projects suchas; supporting equality among peers on the campus (LGBTQA);funding for the campus shuttle the Student Union and Campus Recreation. As Boca Campus Treasurer, I would like thank the SG Membership who gave so much of their time and talents.

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election uncontested, which means that regardless of the number of votes she receives, she’ll win the elections for her campus.

wBroward campuses governor candidate Helen Pferdehirt was thought to be

running uncontested until Student Government Director Heather Bishara announced that another candidate, who was not mentioned in the candidacy list, had appealed his solicitude and was now eligible to run. The UP decided it would be unfair to feature one candidate and not the other one, who didn’t have time to submit the necessary information. For full stories about Robinson and Pferdehirt, their ideas, statements and what they want to accomplish, please visit our website at

I am running for Governor of the Boca Campus. My experiences enabled me to formulate specific projects, which I believe would be valued by our community. I would like to work on the following: Expand Weeks of Welcome programming to be inclusive for the entire student body. Provide events over two week period that will by attended by all students, not just freshmen Initiate feedback from students regarding their interests and desired programming through out the academic year. Utilize this information to provide a framework for designing calendar events. Establish guidelines for programming initiatives, which will assist in keeping continuity for future programming.



past presidents

To read about FAU’s first Student Body President, Dan Mica, turn to page 20

Robert Griswell (1966-67) Graduated: ’67, BA Political Science While in office: Griswell struggled to help SG mature – many members regularly failed to show up to meetings while he was president. Griswell resigned after just more than two months in office, saying he had to work on his GPA and complaining that presidents should be “allowed one year off academically, to take only 3-5 credits.” After FAU: Unknown.

Henry “Hank” Petrillo (1967) Graduated: ’67, BS Biological Science While in office: Petrillo inherited the position and made the best of it, at one point personally driving to Tallahassee to protest a tuition hike – to no effect, of course. He then lost the students’ goodwill when he decided to, in his words, “go on an extended vacation from the university due to employment,” giving way to a third


president in a year. After FAU: Petrillo continued on to become a doctor, graduating from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dallas, Texas. He returned to Florida to practice, but ran into several legal issues – in 1986, his osteopathic license was revoked for malpractice and false advertising; in 1987, he served three months in prison for grand theft; two years later he was convicted of insurance fraud, for which he served eight months of a four-year prison term. Again in 1999, he was indicted for health care fraud, and when he refused to pay a $5000 fine, his license was revoked once more.

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James “Jim” McCollum (1967) Graduated: ’68, BS General Administration While in office: McCollum made that drive to Tallahassee with Petrillo, but that’s about all he did, since he was president for less than a month – as SG’s secretary of state, he merely filled in for Petrillo’s vice president, who hadn’t enrolled in classes that semester. After FAU: After his bachelor’s, McCollum got a law degree from FSU and practiced law in Sebring, Fla. He opened his own self-named law firm, and stayed very involved in the community, serving as president of the Sebring Chamber of Commerce and president or board member in several other organizations. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and died in August 2010.

THE FIRST FAU’s first 30 student body presidents

Paul Scherer (1967) Graduated: ’68, BA English While in office: As P e t r i l l o ’s VP, Scherer took up the presidency in September at the start of the semester. He, too, accomplished nothing in the one month remaining of what was originally Griswell’s term – elections were held in October. After FAU: Scherer went on to study law, passed the Florida Bar in 1973, and is now an attorney at Christopher B Young PA in St. Petersburg, Fla.


By Brandon Ballenger Senior Reporter

All photos courtesy of fau archives


Kenneth “Ken” Jenne (196768) Graduated: ’68, BA Political Science While in office: Only the third elected president, Jenne’s forceful personality imposed some muchneeded stability on SG, although he won the election by just five votes after picking Scherer as his VP and beating out McCollum for the top spot. As president, he saw the enactment of a revised SG Constitution – then called a charter – that he had mostly rewritten himself as a student senator. He held regular “bitch-ins” – his term – for students to voice their complaints and for him to address them directly. Jenne also fought for student discounts, putting students on administrative decision-making committees, and removing campus maintenance costs from the activity

Who they were, what they did, where they went

and service fee budget – in other words, making the administration pay for it, instead of students. Jenne also organized a series of campus lectures by local politicians, and began SG scholarship and book exchange programs. Jenne sparked controversy when, on a committee of two administrators and two students tasked with picking FAU’s “Man of the Year” and “Woman of the Year,” he voted for himself. The other student, female, voted herself Woman of the Year. Both “won,” to student outrage. After FAU: One of FAU’s most successful – and now infamous – alumni was just as productive after graduating. He went on to earn a law degree from FSU and quickly moved up the ranks of local government. He became a prosecutor for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office in 1972,

a county commissioner in 1974, commission chairman in 1976, and a state senator in 1978. He held that position for 18 years, then moved into the role he is most known for – Broward County Sheriff, in 1998. After a corruption investigation in 2007, he pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion and mail fraud and resigned his position. He spent a year in federal prison, and when he got out, went to work for another highly recognized and now disgraced lawyer: Scott Rothstein, who was convicted last year in one of the biggest fraud schemes in South Florida history. Jenne also fought a two-year legal battle to regain his pension plan, estimated at $134,500 year – and lost at every turn. Since Rothstein’s firm collapsed, Jenne has kept a low profile – the only Jenne in the news is his son, state Rep. Evan Jenne. February 15, 2011 17


Judy Larue (1968) Graduated: ’68, BA English Education While in office: When Jenne graduated in the summer, student senator Judy McAtee (her maiden name) took over, making her FAU’s first female student body president, though she had little time to accomplish anything before Jenne’s term was up. After FAU: Larue works as an insurance consultant in West Palm Beach.

David “Dave” Grover (196970) Graduated: ’69, BA Political Science While in office: Grover was the first student body president to enter office married. His wife Vicki was dubbed “FAU’s First Lady.” During his term, he tried to pick up past presidents’ projects and get them going or revamp them, including getting beer on campus, bringing back the textbook exchange and lecture series. After several students got food poisoning from the cafeteria’s macaroni salad, Grover sent a list of complaints about sanitation to the administration – including the reuse of dirty dishes and silverware, hair in food, and unrefrigerated food being left out all day – and demanded they be addressed immediately. They were. He resigned threequarters through his term shortly before graduating. After FAU: Unknown.


Kevin Miller (1970) Graduated: FAU doesn’t know. While in office: Miller is the president FAU forgot – perhaps understandably, after a confusing string of fill-ins. He has no photo or plaque on the wall of presidents outside SG, and a records request for information about all past presidents completely left out Miller. That’s OK, since he didn’t do much: He was Grover’s VP and took over for about two months. After FAU: Unknown.


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past presidents Michael “Mike” Moore (1968-69) Graduated: ’72, BS Mathematics While in office: Moore emerged from a field of four candidates to win with just under 39 percent of the vote – 435 students. Moore fought to allow beer on campus and to start student evaluations of teachers. After less than three months in office, he resigned due to “academic pressures and personal reasons,” although he continued to write for The Atlantic Sun. In one column, he came out in favor of legalizing marijuana, and also said “LSD has favorable effects.” After FAU: Moore is a computer programmer who has done work for big-name companies including Google, Home Depot, and Elbit Systems, a military electronics manufacturer based in Israel.


Miles McGrane (1970-71) Graduated: ’70, BS Management While in office: McGrane proposed the original student code of rights and conduct, and got it adopted. He also spoke out against FAU President Kenneth Williams, after Williams fired dorm administrator John Marshall. Marshall had criticized the university for turning a blind eye to marijuana use in the dorms, and McGrane urged Williams to rehire him and not to use him as a “scapegoat” for FAU’s poor enforcement. Florida’s senate became involved in the issue, and McGrane gave testimony that helped lead to policy revisions. After FAU: McGrane got a law degree from Samford University and has since practiced in Miami. He is president of McGrane, Nosich & Ganz and was president of the Florida Bar in 2003. He has been an adjunct professor in the law school at UM since 1980.


Rosa Miller (1972) Graduated: ’71, BA History While in office: Atria’s VP Rosa Gil (her maiden name) inherited the position when he either resigned or graduated – The Sun doesn’t say which. During her very brief presidency, she railed against the “catastrophic apathy” contributing to SG’s struggles. After FAU: Miller went on to USF to get her master’s degree in education. Although she became a Broward County librarian – and is now retired – she also stayed politically active, working on local campaigns for presidential candidates George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Bill Clinton. She still lives in Boca Raton.



Madeline “Matey” Veissi (1969) Graduated: ’68, BA Social Science Education While in office: Moore’s VP, Matey Horton (her maiden name) took over for the rest of his term – reluctantly, according to The Atlantic Sun. She received little attention in the paper after that, although her male VP was frequently quoted – perhaps a sign of the era’s gender inequality. After FAU: Veissi and her husband run Veissi & Associates, a real estate firm in Miami. She’s on Twitter as @MateyVeissi and keeps a real estate blog.


Xavier “Drew” Atria (197172) Graduated: ’72, BBA Management While in office: Atria ran as a writein candidate against a field of four others – and won. It helped that he was president of the dorm council and was already pretty popular on campus. It was during Atria’s term – although he had little to do with it – that the club predecessors to Owl TV and Owl Radio first began broadcasting, as FAU TV and Radio FAU. After FAU: Atria was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1987 and has worked in the Broward County Public Defender’s Office since.


Richard Perlini (1972-73) Graduated: ’72, BA History While in office: In the secondclosest election to this point in FAU’s history, Perlini won by just 28 votes. He immediately threw himself into the job and took up extra work, asking FAU President Kenneth Williams to send back the budget which had been submitted for next year so he could have a hand in it. He also pushed for quick revisions to the SG charter, saying the current one – Jenne’s, five years later – wasn’t “worth a damn.” He cut the document down from 17 pages to just five, and that wasn’t all he did to slash bureaucracy. He called for mass resignations in SG, frustrated with an absurd number of committees he couldn’t keep track of and meetings that people weren’t showing up to. In his words: “We don’t know who’s on the committees, when or where the committees meet, and whether the appointees have attended.” He also helped get FAU students a 25-percent discount to use the Florida Turnpike, which was the primary route to commute at the time. Perlini was also known for the scathing letter he sent to Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, in which he demanded that the search for FAU’s next president – Kenneth Williams had announced his retirement – be conducted in the public eye. During his term, the University Center – now the Student Union – first opened. A photo from the period shows President Williams and Perlini clinking beer mugs together at the Rathskeller – now called Coyote Jack’s. Both were grinning. After FAU: Perlini went for a law degree at UF and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1975. His self-named practice in Fort Lauderdale concentrates on personal injury, criminal defense, and family law.

Joy Shearer (1973) Graduated: ’73, BA Communication While in office: Shearer inherited the presidency from Perlini, and rounded out his productive term by abolishing the GPA requirement for student office, and continuing work to fund an FAU daycare. She also stood up to President Williams when he booted Atlantic Sun editor Ed Schiff and others and took control of the publication – an action that led to a legal battle that ultimately restored the staff. At 19, she


was the youngest SG president till that point. After FAU: Shearer went on to get a UF law degree and bar memberships from the Florida Bar, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court — where she argued two cases. She was assistant attorney general in Florida, and is now a magistrate in the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida — Palm Beach County.


John “Jack” Petsche (1974-75) Graduated: ’76, BA Philosophy While in office: Petsche had a rocky, controversial presidency. His main stated goals were to focus on student entertainment and the expansion of the Rathskeller. He failed to appoint students to important committees for months. He was accused by others in SG of spending student money on

James “Jim” Hardman (1975) Graduated: ’75, BA Political Science While in office: Hardman’s main goal was to get unrestricted parking on campus. In particular, he was annoyed by faculty’s reserved parking, and said in one meeting, “If the faculty insists on restricted parking, then damn it we’ll charge them for everything: for the use of the pool, the tennis courts, and all

other privileges that are supposed to be for students.” Although the student senate initially supported him and passed a resolution expressing a similar sentiment, the initiative went nowhere. After FAU President Glenwood Creech said “this isn’t the time” for a student-faculty war, Hardman backed down. After FAU: Hardman worked as a floral designer until he died in April 1992.

Chip Fuller (1973-74) Graduated: ’74, BS Engineering While in office: Fuller was known for something before becoming president: finding ancient silver coins and other sunken treasure. A marine archeological company called Seafinders Inc. hired him at the recommendation of the ocean engineering department. He got to help explore the shipwreck of the Maravillas, a Spanish ship lost in the 1600s, which they had found near the Bahamas. He was known for plenty in SG, too – he fought FAU President Glenwood Creech to allow students to distribute pamphlets teaching about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases; he went straight to Dorothy “Dot” Walker (197677) Graduated: ’76, BBA Criminology While in office: Walker was not only FAU’s first elected female president – all the others had won it through succession – she was also the first black president. She focused on state politics, lobbying the Board of Regents to include a student member and opposing their plans to switch the university from a quarter system to a semester system. But she was criticized for neglecting local duties and not spending enough time on campus issues: She failed to appoint an attorney general or election board for several weeks and missed several meetings. She was also criticized for attempting to call a closed meeting – when law dictated the meeting must be public – but canceled it and allowed a public one to be scheduled. After FAU: Unknown.

past presidents personal trips, renting campus rooms for birthday parties, and other nonsense that resulted in impeachment charges that ultimately went nowhere. To his credit, Petsche tried to organize a tuition hike protest — but nobody showed up. Not enough free food? After FAU: Petsche moved to Ohio and started a law firm: Jack A. Petsche III & Associates.

the Florida Board of Regents – now the Board of Governors – which manages all public universities in the state, and urged them to change dorm policies that allowed students to visit the opposite sex only during restricted hours; he continued work on previous presidents’ initiatives including a student daycare facility, an outdoor

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William “Will” Wallace (1978-79) Graduated: ??? While in office: Heekin made another attempt at the presidency, but Wallace, who had run twice before himself, was virtually guaranteed to win after he kicked off his election campaign with a keg party. He sought a greater portion of funding for student services rather than administrative costs, more favorable dorm visitation rights and policies, and the inclusion of dental as part of student health services. After FAU: FAU believes Wallace is dead, but provided no other information. Unfortunately, a more famous William Wallace made it virtually impossible to find out.


Timothy “Tim” Monaghan (1977-78) Graduated: ’77, BA Political Science While in office: Monaghan won the first seriously botched election at FAU. He won the first time – with almost 100 more votes than the other three candidates combined – but his soreloser opponent Terry Heekin filed 35 frivolous complaints about the election process. They were going to be thrown out, but the election board allowed him to rewrite them. Then they threw out the election, instead. In the second election, Monaghan still beat Heekin handily, by exactly 100 votes. Monaghan was the first president to have an assistant of any sort, got free legal advice for students, and for some reason opposed the existence of palm trees on campus. After FAU: Monaghan went on to get an MBA in 1979 and a law degree in 1984, both from FSU. He then returned to South Florida to practice, where he focuses on healthcare law. He has been an adjunct professor at FAU, and recently became a partner at Shutts & Bowen, one of the 250 largest law firms in the country as ranked by the National Law Journal in 2008. stage behind the Student Union, and allowing wine sales on campus. Fuller was also president when SG moved into its current offices, and insisted that they ask for donated carpet rather than spending student money to beautify their space. He also worked hard to promote SG during student orientation, and his efforts paid off when a record 21 students ran for nine student senate


seats in the next election. After FAU: Fuller actually came back to FAU for an MBA, which he earned in 1982. He then launched his own company near Atlanta, Ga., called Strata Systems, which manufactures and installs “geogrids.” These grids are specially designed meshes that reinforce structures and prevent erosion in locations with safety risks – highway embankments and railings, bridges, dams, levees, landfills and other places with steep slopes. It may sound weird, but there’s a national and even international market for them – Fuller’s company recently established a branch in India.

James “Jim” Koburger (197980) Graduated: ’78, BA Political Science While in office: Koburger, who had been Wallace’s VP, continued Wallace’s initiatives. He focused on creating the child care center that still hadn’t come to fruition, and placed some spending limits on Program Board, which was blowing its budget. Koburger was president when state officials made proposals to merge FAU and FIU – the plan passed in the Florida House, but ultimately, and fortunately, fell through in the senate After FAU: Koburger runs a Tallahassee branch of Florida Farm Bureau, an insurance company.


John Makris (1980-81) Graduated: ’84, BA Economics While in office: Makris, in talks with administrators, got rid of an annoying $25 “replacement key fee” that had been put in place to stop dorm students from giving spares to their boyfriends/girlfriends. He also mounted one of the largest FAU student protests of a tuition hike by starting a big letter-writing campaign – but it still didn’t change legislators’ minds. After FAU: Makris opened a self-named accounting firm in Boca Raton. He is the current president of the Atlantic chapter of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a professional accounting Continued on page 22 group that’s been around since 1905. February 15, 2011 19

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FAU’s first student body president


From protester to president, Congressman to CEO. Meet Dan Mica.

By Brandon Ballenger Senior Reporter


AU’s Student Government got started mainly because Dan Mica was complaining. Mica was a new student at a new school everyone was calling “Boca U,” and he wasn’t happy. So he wrote a protest pamphlet called the FAU Banana Peel with friends and handed it out on campus. “We would complain about things like food in the cafeteria, and student programs with no student input,” Mica recalled. “It got the administration’s attention and they appointed a committee to start a student government.” Mica became the first student body president in 1966 – two years after FAU started accepting students. Most of his term in SG was spent establishing policies and procedures, but he did accomplish a few cool things. One was wrestling with Student Affairs to allow more student input on campus events, which Mica politely said were “aimed at an older audience” until they intervened. He also helped start a decades-long relationship with a fledgling little football team called the Miami Dolphins. “I had the chance to meet with Joe Robbie, the owner,” Mica said. “We came up with the idea for FAU to adopt the Miami Dolphins. We supplied the cheerleaders, and had a student body block at every game” – with $1 tickets for students, plus bragging rights. Mica said that “for 10 or 20 years,” FAU was the only school in the country that had a pro team. As a student, like most of us, he had no idea what he wanted to be, and admired those who seemed to know what they were doing already. “I never really had my heart set on anything – I was a true bachelor of arts,” Mica said. “I had some sense that I wanted to be in public service or government, or possibly run a business.”

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He majored in education after a counselor talked him into it, and earned his degree in ’66. He met his future wife at FAU, and they’ve been together ever since. After graduating, he spent 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, led two successful Washington, D.C., advocacy groups, and just last month launched his own political consulting business to help companies muddle through the complicated legal issues and bureaucracy of lobbying for new government policy. Mica also started an FAU scholarship fund 30 years ago, has returned to campus to speak multiple times, and has made other financial contributions over the years. He has also been president of the FAU Alumni Association, which tries to maintain a community spirit among grads so they’ll donate to the university. Hitting the highlights Mica expressed concern about boring me with his life story, and the truth is you probably don’t want to read a Mica biography, either. But here’s an overview of how his career evolved: 1968-78: While student body president, he met Congressman Paul Rogers at an event on campus. After graduating, he went to work for Rogers, doing pretty much everything — “giving tours to visitors, opening mail, drafting responses to it, keeping the scrapbook, doing press assistant work,” Mica recalled. Rogers saw that Mica was reliable and dedicated, and eventually made him chief of staff. 1979-89: Rogers decided to retire, and talked Mica into running for his seat in the House of Representatives — Mica had considered the idea, but never seriously until that point. “I didn’t think it was in reach for me, I was from a very modest family,” he said. But he won — and won re-election four times.

He then ran for U.S. Senate in a long-shot bid — he couldn’t match the fundraising efforts of his opponents — and lost. “I enjoyed it, but there’s no sting like the public sting of defeat,” Mica says. “In politics, your loss is front page news.” 1989-96: After his defeat, he was recruited as the vice president of the American Council of Life Insurance, a trade group that advocates for hundreds of insurance companies around the country. Mica described his position there this way: “The life insurance industry at the time did not have major federal oversight, so it was more a position of keeping Congress and regulators informed and it was great training [for his next job].” 1996-2010: A search firm for the Credit Union National Association, after three tries, talked Mica into becoming its president and CEO — a job where he ultimately ended up with an annual salary above $1 million. “Actually it was a good bit more than that, but let me just stop there,” Mica said. He was the first credit union executive to hit seven figures, according to the Credit Union Journal. Mica cited two major accomplishments as CEO: “Shortly after I arrived there, they had a life-or-death struggle in the Congress and lost a Supreme Court case. Had it been allowed to stand, it would’ve required 20 million people to leave their credit unions. That would’ve been the end of the credit union. Helping preserve the system was a very tough fight and quite an honor to be involved in and win.” “I raised the level of exposure in Washington. The credit union system has been around for 75 years now and we had never been recognized as a force by any polls, data or research, but after five years [of Mica’s leadership] we always ended up in the top 10 trade associations of Washington, and went from 70 million members to 90 million members.” Continued on page 22

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2011: Mica stepped down from his job under his own terms. In January he launched his own consulting company, Daniel A. Mica, LLC. “I have a couple people working for me doing research, and I’m visiting folks and trying to make decisions. I’m going to take the first six months very carefully and make sure I do the right thing for the clients and for me.” He said he may also serve on some advisory boards and help with long-term planning, but hasn’t made any decisions yet. Wisdom from an old-school Owl Mica says the lessons he learned in SG stuck with him throughout life. “Part of it is being on campus: There were so many different factions, so many different views,” Mica said. “That helped me learn to bring groups together, find out not what separates folks but what they have in common.” In Congress, Mica was known as a moderate Democrat and a consensus-builder which opened a lot of doors. He was recruited to help run American Council of Life Insurers by Richard Schweiker – a Republican who ran on Ronald Reagan’s first presidential ticket, and trusted Mica as someone he could work with. “To this day, that [consensus-building] served me well, especially as a CEO,” said Mica, who had other advice: “Do the best you can do. At everything. Paul Rogers used to say, ‘Whatever you’re doing, do the very best at. Even if you’re taking out the trash, do it with vigor.’ Walk with purpose. Don’t just glide along. People you work for can easily tell if you’re putting in a focused, real effort or just trying to get by.” • “Take advantage of every opportunity and get exposed to as many different professions and occupations as you can because you never know what’s going to grab you and lead you into a career.” • “Spend as much time with your family as you do climbing

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past presidents the ladder. After all the lights go out and the cameras go off, “I initiated the study and construction of the PBC veteryou’re still there long-term with your family and that’s what’s ans’ hospital in north Palm Beach County, one of the biggest important. People say that in college, and you roll your eyes, hospitals in the U.S.,” said Mica. He tried to get it on the FAU but you come to realize that’s the most important thing.” campus – and maybe we would’ve had a medical school 30 years ago if FAU President Helen Popovich had been In the halls of Congress interested. Mica’s time in Congress allowed him to meet pretty im“We were looking for a site and I mentioned that FAU had portant people. He was friends with both presidents he served a great deal of land,” Mica recalled. “But the current president with – Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. didn’t want it. I say this respectfully, but I don’t think she had “I was very fortunate to be president of my freshman class the vision for it.” in Congress, and that again gave me a special opportunity to Mica said that, in hindsight, he regrets not going over her sit in on leadership meetings. I went to the White House on head to the Board of Regents in Tallahassee. “It would’ve occasion and went with them and got to know Jimmy Carter been an amazing addition.” and his wife. We watched some movies at the White House Mica was also involved in establishing requirements for theater.” Mica unfortunately couldn’t remember any of the foreign embassies, and making sure they were safe havens for movies they watched – perhaps The Empire Strikes Back or U.S. citizens and diplomats. Escape from New York? “I oversaw the investigation and bugging of a Moscow Mica said he also hung out with Reagan regularly, despite embassy,” Mica recalled. In 1987, on a visit to Russia with their different political views. “He was in regular contact now-Sen. Olympia Snowe, he had to communicate inside the with me and would call me at home and call me over for a embassy with an erasable writing pad – like an Etch A Sketch. sandwich and we’d walk around the Rose Garden. I thought Because the building was bugged, it was the only way to he was a great guy.” prevent Russian spies from hearing everything. As a member of the House Foreign Relations Committee, Mica says he was one of a few warning about the increasMica also got to meet some world leaders, including Hosni ing possibility of terrorism back then, when many people Mubarak, the newly-resigned president of Egypt, and Anwar didn’t take it seriously. “It wasn’t popular. Newspaper editoriEl Sadat, his predecessor. als said all the ‘terrorism talk’ was grandstanding,” Mica says. Also on Mica’s committees were many politicians still in “But it has come to pass.” office today. Mica said congressmen work a lot harder than they’re “[Sen.] Harry Reid served on my committee and I was his given credit for. “It’s a 24/7/365 job. I know there’s a lot of chairman, [Sen.] John McCain served on my committee and criticism and jokes, but most of them work their hearts out all I was chairman,” Mica said. Other well-known politicians day,” Mica said. “One or two percent make trouble and make he worked with: Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. Olympia Snowe, headlines.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Barney “The minute you get there you’re a ‘politician,’ but they’re Frank. just normal people like you and I,” he added. While in Congress, Mica worked to get what eventually became the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mica had plenty more to say. To read some funny life stories and hear his opinions about lobbying, Egypt, and more, which he considered a major accomplishment. check out

Desimone (1981-82) Graduated: ’83, BBA Marketing While in office: Desimone took Makris as a VP, but it didn’t help his popularity. After firing two SG officials early on in his term, Desimone was at war with his fellow leaders for the rest of the year. All sides in the battle descended into petty politics, accomplishing little. After FAU: Unknown.

Helen Strain (1982-83) Graduated: Majored in Economics While in office: Our second elected female president combined the most genius ideas of two predecessors: She held a letter-writing campaign against tuition hikes along with free beer. It still didn’t lower tuition, but it sounds fun. She was also known for promoting the separation of athletics fees from activity and service fees, and for working on improvements in health services. FAU doesn’t say whether she ever graduated. After FAU: Strain stayed in politics as a field organizer for Democratic political campaigns. She was a field director for Janet Reno’s governor campaign, Dave Aronberg’s state senate campaign, and West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel’s campaign, among others. She’s also been vice chair of the Florida Democratic Party and a member of the DNC, and is currently a VP for Planned Parenthood of North Florida. 22 February 15, 2011



him because she Thomas “Tom” Daniel “Dan” Hyndman was angry he (1985-86) Plante (1984had vetoed a bill Graduated: ’86, BSSE Electrical 85) that would’ve Engineering Graduated: ’84, BA given her $5,000 Communication While in office: Hyndman, sadly, is in travel money While in most known for being hit in the face office: Plante was with a crème pie by a student named to go to London, Raitano’s VP, and Michael Guzman, who died in a where she had finagling a raise was probably one early motorcycle accident a few weeks later. won a summer sign of his persuasive skills. He finally got In an Atlantic Sun column, Hyndman scholarship. SG mostly a child care center on campus and, like a wrote that he was struck with “a true politician, declined to comment on a caustic, creamy substance” that left sided with Causey, proposed tuition hike until he heard the him “shocked and nearly blinded.” He and saw no problem in giving students’ opinions of other student body presidents called it an “unbelievable atrocity.” He money to benefit one SG leader. in Florida. Plante presided over the first filed charges against Guzman, while Hyndman – dramatic as he might’ve been about it – did. Reporters from freshman class of FAU – until then, the SG tried to impeach him. university only had upperclassmen. Hyndman’s VP, Lynette Causey, The Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, After FAU: Plante became a political had orchestrated the pie-throwing to Boca Raton News, and Palm Beach campaign consultant, and has worked humiliate Hyndman, and she asked Post covered the whole month-long for Palm Beach County School Board Guzman to throw it so she could take circus. After FAU: Unknown. member Mark Hansen, U.S. Rep. Robert a photograph. She wanted to humiliate Wexler, and Florida Rep. Bill Hager, Virginia “Gigi” Sharp (1986-87) among others. Graduated: ’86, BS Physics While in office: Gigi Reed (her maiden name) Anthony “Tony” Raitano debated Ken Jenne’s – then a state senator – proposal (1983-84) for what would become FAU’s Davie campus, arguing Graduated: ’84, BA Economics that it would compete with the Boca campus and split While in office: Raitano won funding. She called it “Ken Jenne University,” and because he ran against a student staged a protest that prompted a direct response from senator who tried to single-handedly Jenne, praising her dedication and loyalty to FAU, change the FAU mascot from the though he disagreed with her opinions. Owl to the Seahawk, and then tried She also began two FAU traditions: the “Walk of to hide the fact. The most noteworthy Fame” – where the sidewalk by dorms is repainted each year – and the annual thing The Atlantic Sun reports him SG banquet. She, like many others before her, resigned. But out of the bunch, doing is giving his VP a raise. she had the best reason: to spend more time with her young son, Timmy. After FAU: Unknown. After FAU: Unknown




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