AUGUST 16, 2011
STUDENT GUIDE NEW GAME CONTINUE
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The Game Begins
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Welcome, new player! If you’re reading this, you’re going to learn some of the most secretive secrets and mind-blowing tips to make it through your time at FAU — like how to get into a class that’s already closed. While the Owl Book you received at orientation told you about our mascot and the brand-spankin’new football stadium, this guide tells you little tidbits like how to avoid daily Glades Road traffic crawls, where to get free condoms and how to print a hundred-page paper for just five cents. The UP’s New Student Guide will show you some things you won’t
be able to read in administrationapproved books or pamphlets. So if you’d like to get to know FAU much more intimately, then make sure your eyeballs graze every word in this issue. You’ll learn things like which parking lots usually have ample parking, how to spot an unpopular professor, how to get past commuter-student apathy, and a hell of a lot more. This is where your game begins. It isn’t guaranteed to be easy, and it might be difficult and exhausting. But by reading this guide you’ll know how to play it better. Good luck.
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ERROR The Aug. 2 article “SG official resigns, replaced in two days” incorrectly stated that former Boca campus House ProTempore resigned July 15. According to the House’s July 8 meeting minutes, he actually resigned before July 8. The UP regrets this error.
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Glades Gridlock FROM THE NORTH: This route is more well known than the southern route, but can still get you to school faster than taking Glades Road. It involves entering FAU’s rear entrance via Spanish River Boulevard. Almost every morning, students going to FAU get stuck in brake-pad destroying traffic jams on Glades Road. If you don’t want to be stuck in traffic every day, check out these alternate routes that’ll get you to school without wearing out your brakes and your patience.
1.Take the Yamato West exit off I-95 to Yamato Road*. 2.Go WEST on Yamato Road to Technology Way. 3.Turn LEFT on Technology Way. 4.Take Technology Way to Spanish River Boulevard. 5.Turn LEFT on Spanish River Boulevard 6.Turn RIGHT on FAU Boulevard 7.Once you get to Lee Street/Florida Atlantic Boulevard, you’ll be in the FAU main loop. From there, you can pick out a parking spot.
*NOTE: If you don’t want to take I-95 or Yamato Road to get to Spanish River Boulevard, you can still get there by Congress Road, Military Trail, Dixie Highway or US1.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: For those of you who hate having to deal with any sort of traffic, this guide suggests not driving. Instead of getting behind the wheel, you could always take South Florida’s passenger train, Tri-Rail, or Palm Beach County’s passenger bus system, PalmTran, to FAU. First, take Tri-Rail from the station you get on to the Yamato Station. From there, take PalmTran Route 94 to FAU. You’ll be dropped off in front of the Kenneth R. Williams Administration Building. Go to Tri-Rail.com and PalmTran.org to get more information on train and bus schedules, respectively.
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FROM THE SOUTH: The UP’s editor-in-chief wasn’t happy about us revealing this not-so-well-known route — but we’re doing it anyway! UP Senior Reporter Karla Bowsher says this is the best way to go to avoid traffic.
1. Go EAST on SW 18th Street (a.k.a. Marina Boulevard)* until you get to SW 12th Avenue (a.k.a. Juana Road). 2. 3.
Turn LEFT at SW 12th Avenue.
Make the FIRST RIGHT onto SW 12th Avenue (directly after West Royal Palm Road).
Make a SLIGHT LEFT on to SW 12th Avenue and continue NORTH.
SW 12th Avenue becomes NW 12th Avenue after you pass Palmetto Park Road. Continue NORTH on NW 12th Avenue.
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You can take the blue route if the red one is too crowded. 1. From 12th Ave, turn RIGHT on NW 4th St. 2. LEFT on NW 11th Ave
NW 12th Avenue becomes NW 15th Street. NW 15th Street Becomes NW 10th Avenue.
3. LEFT on NW 9th Ct
Go past Glades Road, and you’ve arrived at FAU. Now, you can pick out a parking spot.
4. RIGHT on NW 8th St
5. RIGHT on NW 13th St
You do not have to take SW 18th Street to go EAST. You can also take Camino Real or Palmetto Park Road.
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Parking The Good PARKING GARAGE 2: We showed you how to get to school fast, and now we’ll show you how to find a parking spot fast. We’ve got three spots students say they easily find parking, and three you’d do best to stay away from. You can find the exact locations of these parking spots by checking out our campus map on pages 16 and 17.
On the far east side of campus, in the middle of a sea of gray and next to an artificial pond, you’re guaranteed to find parking, according to many students. “It’s less full than Parking Garage 1,” says sophomore education major Cherby Hilaire.
WEST OF THE STUDENT UNION: On the far west side of campus, across the street from the Student Union, lies FAU’s baseball field, soccer field, athletic center and basketball arena. Though they’re a bit farther away than your average parking lot, finding a spot in the lots around those places is as easy as taking pie from a baby. Just ask senior exercise science major Justin Carter. “Right in front of the basketball gym, there’s usually parking all the time.”
SOUTH OF ENGINEERING EAST: The lots directly south of Engineering East tend to have open spots during the morning rush hour. It’s farther away from main buildings than other lots are, but you’ll find a spot easily and tone your buns and thighs walking to class.
The Bad PARKING GARAGE 1: Unlike its eastern brother, Parking Garage 1—just west of the library—is usually filled nearly to the brim with cars during the mornings, so you’ll have hard luck finding any space there during that time. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t try. When he wants to find a parking space in the garage, senior biology major, Roberto Reyes gives people free rides to their cars. “If you see someone going into the elevator, ask if they’re leaving … [Do it] near the end of the hour, ‘cause that’s when they’re getting out of class.”
BEHIND THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS BUILDING: The closest row of lots to the College of Business building is for visitors only, so there is a smaller portion of spaces for students. As graduate exercise science major Pierre Boisrond observes: “They have a whole row of visitor [parking] … and I’m like, ‘Man, why they takin’ up all our parking? Give us back our parking, FAU.”
STUDENT UNION: FAU has over 28,000 students and just over 11,000 parking spaces on its Boca campus. You can avoid fighting over a parking space (as dramatized above), by reading our tips to find parking.
It may come as a surprise, but the parking lot of one of the most popular hangouts on campus is a terrible place to find parking. Senior exercise science major Justin Carter usually skips this place in the mornings. “Every time I go to … the Student Union, it’s already packed.” So, unless you’re one of the top dogs in Student Government, you’re more than likely not going to find parking.
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Textual Tips DO I NEED A TEXTBOOK FOR THIS CLASS? You can easily buy a textbook from the on-campus bookstore, but you run the risk of overpaying. Plus, you might not even need your textbook for your class. Check out these tips to find cheaper textbooks — or if you need one at all.
Here are some ways to know when you don’t need a textbook for your class, according to various students: m All your friends have the book m No assignments come from the book during the first couple of weeks of class m The professor doesn’t really reference the textbook in the first week
The on-campus bookstore usually has the highest textbook prices. Check out our textbook tips to find lower prices--or if you even need any at all.
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If you’re looking to get textbooks cheap, it’s usually best to look somewhere other than the campus bookstore. Here are prices for several widely used textbooks at the bookstore and several textbook websites. Psychology: The Scientific Approach (2010) by James Jakubow CLASS: Intro to Psychology CAMPUS BOOKSTORE: $136 BOOKSMART: $113 CHEGG.COM: $109.01 AMAZON.COM: $100 HALF.COM: $35.51 TEXTBOOKRENTALS.COM: $38.43 (if returned on Dec. 12, 2011) Emerging + Pocket Style Manual With 2009 MLA and 2010 APA Updates by Diana Hacker and Barclay Barrios CLASS: College Writing 1 CAMPUS BOOKSTORE: $83.25 BOOKSMART: $73 TEXTBOOKRENTALS.COM: $72.79 Anthropology: The Human Challenge (2010) by William Haviland CLASS: Intro to Anthropology CAMPUS BOOKSTORE: $81.85 (if returned on Dec. 8, 2011) CHEGG.COM: $58.43 (if returned on Dec. 23, 2011) AMAZON.COM: $119.99 HALF.COM: $48.16 (if returned on Dec. 28, 2011) TEXTBOOKRENTALS.COM: $56.88 (if returned on Dec. 23, 2011)
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There are more than 3,500 beds on campus, and if you’re going to be sleeping in one of them this semester, then you’ll want to read this.
On-Campus Housing IVA residents are mostly upperclassmen, but a few lucky freshmen will get to use IVA’s pool. PHOTO BY CHRISTINE CAPOZZIELLO
Innovation Village Apartments Innovation Village Apartments (IVA): IVA is the newest on-campus housing, opening this month. It’s made up of two apartment towers with more than 1,200 single-bed rooms. Most residents will be upperclassmen and graduates. According to FAU’s website, IVA has a volleyball court, outdoor swimming pool, convenience store and barbecue pit. Plus, each apartment has its own kitchen, washer and dryer.
Indian River Towers Indian River Towers (AKA IRT): IRT is the best dorm on campus to spot girls in bikinis sunbathing. In other words, it’s the only dorm on campus with its own sun deck. Plus, IRT’s suites are the only dorm suites on campus with their own common area. Unlike the other dorms on campus, IRT’s lobby is two stories. Freshmen and upperclassmen live in IRT.
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Political science major Sarah Keller has lived in several dorms. She advises IRT suitemates to talk about what to put in the common area ASAP, or else end up like her and her suitemates. “We didn’t see much of each other because of our schedules. No one talked to each other, and [the common area] didn’t have any furniture or anything in it for the first few months.”
Bikini-clad girls like Miriam Moyer can be seen tanning on IRT’s sun deck during the school year. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTINE CAPOZZIELLO
On-campus housing continued Each of GPT’s flags represents a team of residents who compete against each other for prizes each semester.
Glades Park Towers Glades Park Towers (AKA GPT): GPT is the freshmen-only dorm on the southwest side of campus. Inside, you’ll find a rainbow coalition of flags that represent different teams of residents. According to Housing Conference Clerk Rebecca Haynes, the teams are in a competition called a “color war.” “You get points for going to meetings and RA [resident assistant] programs during the semester.”
At the end of a month, semester or year, the team with the most points gets a prize, says Haynes. According to FAU’s website, all GPT residents must take the class “SLS 1503: Learning Strategies and Human Development” during the fall semester. And if you’re ever hungry, just go down to Outtakes on the first floor for a bite to eat.
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Below: Residents can practice music in the soundproof music room on HPT’s first floor. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTINE CAPOZZIELLO
Heritage Park Towers Heritage Park Towers (AKA HPT): Just north of freshmen-only GPT is mixedyear HPT. One of the first things you may notice in the HPT lobby are the large, laminated pictures along the wall that say things like “BUSINESS” or “MEDICAL.” This is because each floor of HPT’s north tower is separated by major, according to Housing Secretary Cheryl Fischer. Keller says that what she liked about living in HPT is it had fewer residents on each floor than other dorms. “I got to know my neighbors better there.” Keller
has lived in different dorm and apartment buildings on campus. But she has a warning for anyone who may think they have better things to do than play with an RA. “If you’re not careful, you will be dragged into something like ‘let’s play sudoku for an hour.’” If you’re not in the mood to join in on any games like that, you’ll have to find out your RA’s class schedule to know when to avoid them, Keller said. HPT also has its own music room on its first floor, and it’s fully equipped with a keyboard, a table and a mirror.
Algonquin Hall Algonquin Hall (AKA the Gonk): Built in 1965, the Gonk is the oldest dorm on campus. Every room in it has one bed, so no need to worry about disturbing a roommate late at night, or vice versa. The Gonk is open to freshmen and upperclassmen, but is “traditionally upperclassman” according to Housing Coordinator Jennifer Kemp, who’s been at the Gonk for the past three years. Most freshmen love the community. While other dorms on campus have more
than 600 beds, the Gonk has 94 beds according to FAU’s website. Kemp says this helps Gonk residents get to know each other better, and keeps them coming back. Junior English major Mykal Hill agrees with that. “There’s only one bathroom [per suite], so you get to know your neighbor.” Because of that, Gonk residents make sure not to step on each others’ toes, says Hill.
Below: Algonquin is FAU’s oldest dorm, and according to residents, has a tight community. PHOTO BY LORENZO PONCE DE LEON
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On-campus housing continued
University Village Apartments: Unlike the dorms, apartments in UVA have their own kitchens. Residents here don’t have to be on FAU’s meal plan. According to UVA Area Secretary Colleen Slocombe, UVA is quieter than the dorms because most residents are upperclassmen. “There’s no drama here.” One anonymous resident says there’s more perks that come with UVA being mostly upperclassmen. “Since the students in UVA are generally older, the RAs are usually more hands-off.” Keller says the kitchen can help bring roommates together. “My roommate and I would cook together … We would start talking while we were cooking, and we became friends.” But, there are some things to watch out for. According to the anonymous resident, “It’s basically a given that something in your room will break once a semester. I’ve had air conditioning units stop working, leaks make parts of my ceiling fall in, all kinds of great stuff. You’ll save a lot of heartache if you inspect your room carefully once you move in and file maintenance requests with the UVA office.” In addition to all of the above, UVA has a volleyball pit and a pool table in case you want to play volleyball or pool.
Got Something to Hide? Although it may seem fun living on your own at FAU, remember this: RAs can inspect your dorm or apartment from time to time, whether or not you’re there. And if they find something that shouldn’t be in there, it’ll be taken away, according to the University Housing Guidebook. Of course, if you do want to keep something hidden from an RA, it’s totally possible to do that. Here’s what RAs can and can’t do:
Tada... it’s an oven!
Unlike the dorms, UVA suites have kitchens that include — you guessed it — ovens. PHOTO BY LORENZO PONCE DE LEON
1. RAs CAN always enter your 3.RAs CAN look inside drawers dorm or apartment in case of an that aren’t closed. If you don’t close a emergency. According to FAU’s Housing Guidebook, “The University reserves the right to have authorized University staff or state designees enter the student’s rooms/apartments/ suites at reasonable times to inspect, maintain, and repair the premises and furnishings.”
2. RAs CAN enter your dorm or apartment at any time of the night
or day, as long as it’s a “reasonable time.” However, a “reasonable time” is not explicitly defined in the Housing Guidebook.
drawer all the way during inspection, an RA can take a peak inside the drawer, but only with their eyes, according to Housing Director Jill Eckhardt.
4. RAs CANNOT open drawers and cabinets, unless they have reasonable cause or a search warrant according to Housing Director Jill Eckhardt.
[Devin Desjarlais contributed to the reporting of this story.]
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Gettin’ Fit RYAN CORTES SPORTS EDITOR
We asked the UP’s strongman to give freshmen tips about the on-campus gym. Here’s what he had to say.
Before Mom let you leave to learn and grow, she warned you about college. Moms always do. Don’t stay out too late. Finish your homework. Behave. What she forgot to warn you about, though, is important as well: The freshman 15. Because all freshmen living on campus are required to have a meal plan, you
probably won’t be digesting the healthiest of options. This means the freshman 15, the notion that you’ll gain 15 pounds over freshman year, is even more threatening. To avoid that, you’ll need to find the FAU Rec Center. Soon. It’s hard to miss, as it’s located at the end of the Breezeway, across from the new football stadium. Freshmen often ask me (because I’m so charming and handsome, obviously) “When’s the best time to go?” And to be honest, it’s a difficult question.
The gym is at its busiest in the afternoon on weekdays, somewhere between 4 and 7 p.m. It’s quietest on the weekends or in the morning, while most are in class. To some, like me, the best time is the busiest time. What fun is it to bench press when there’s no one sitting next to you? Oh, come on. Like you don’t secretly have competitions in your head to see if you can lift more than the guy next to you? Just me? Regardless, the FAU Rec Center should be a daily stop for all. Don’t get fat!
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN FIND AT THE GYM:
GroupFitness The gym offers fitness classes all throughout the week. There are classes on hip hop dance, Pilates, spinning, yoga and even cycling and kickboxing. All free!
Massages The gym now also offers massages, starting at $35 for students, for a 30-minute massage. The prices go all the way up to $230 for a set of five hourlong massages. Among the massages offered are Swedish, sports, deep tissue and chair massages.
Pool Built last year, there is now a 17,000-squarefoot aquatic facility that includes 25-yard lanes to practice your Olympic swimming, and a zerodepth-entry pool on the other side for those trying to get a tan and check out FAU’s finest. But hey … enough about me, already.
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EVENTS m All shows in the Performing Arts Center are free to students. m All events Student Government puts on are free to FAU students. m Home basketball game admission is free to students with an Owl Card.
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Staff Advice We’ve picked the brains of the best and brightest students at FAU, the staff of the UP, to give you glorious drops of knowledge. If you’d like to know how to get into a closed class, or how to find out about hidden classes you may need to graduate, then you need to read what we’ve got to say.
What I would not do if I could start over: “Longboard. Bikes are more maneuverable and safer. If you longboard, people think you’re an asshole.” What I would do — that I didn’t — if I could start over: “Go to the gym sooner … It was intimidating, but the gym is not a scary place. I gained 30 pounds of muscle in 1 semester.” “Go to sports games — especially basketball games. They’re free, you get free stuff and they’re highenergy.” Cool places on campus: “Rooftop garden of Engineering East. It has a great view, it’s quiet and it has WiFi. It’s almost always in the shade.” “Upstairs library study area. It’s got a cool view and it’s a good place to do homework.”
What I would do — that I didn’t — if I could start over: “I wish I had gotten involved with the UP [and other extracurricular activities] sooner.” What new students will be most disappointed with about FAU: “Commuter-school apathy. Most students ... literally go to classes and go home. They don’t get involved as much as most students who live on campus.” Warnings for new students: “Don’t take classes for your major later [when you’re a junior or senior] unless you’re unsure about your major.”
KARLA BOWSHER SENIOR REPORTER STARTED FAU IN: 2007
What new students will be most disappointed with about FAU: “Lack of college-supportive community. Around UCF, there are lots of stuff geared towards college kids, but not at FAU and Boca.” Warnings for new students: “Don’t work for Vector Marketing.” “Try to get your paperwork done as soon as possible because you might run into unexpected snags, and you might miss your deadline if you wait till the last minute.” Other advice for new students: “Don’t expect to make a lot of friends unless you live on campus or are in clubs … [If you] live on campus, you’re forced to interact with people. You look for stuff to do on campus and meet people.”
TYLER KROME WEB EDITOR STARTED FAU IN: SUMMER 2006
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Staff Advice continued
What I would not do if I could start over: “Take six classes per semester.” What I would do — that I didn’t — if I could start over: “[Get] to know my classmates better, because class is social. That’s how most learning happens.” Cool places on campus: “The Hillel Center. It has warm, comfy chairs. And it’s quiet.”
RICKY MICHALSKI COPY DESK CHIEF STARTED FAU IN: FALL 2008
Cool places on campus: “The observatory. They have a huge telescope and viewing hours during the week … [It’s accessible to] all students. Actually they love for students to come up there. They don’t get many.” Warnings for new students: “Online classes are not for unorganized students. They should only sign up for them if they’re willing to be neurotic about keeping track of assignments. I would avoid them, as freshmen [will] already be overwhelmed with learning how to navigate classes,
What new students will be most disappointed
Warnings for new students: “Traffic jams and parking will make you late for class. Plan to leave early. I live a half hour away, but leave an hour before class in the morning.” Other advice for new students: “Talk to your professor outside class. Ask about the field they’re in. [Ask] ‘How do I get into that field,’ assuming you’re interested.”
college, etc.” Other advice for new students: “Pick your major very, very carefully. Do your research, ask around, etc. Before deciding … I chose [my major] because I wanted to be a journalist. But now the state of Florida has spent tons of money on an educating [sic] in which I didn’t learn anything useful to my major, or anything useful for that matter. If I had talked to people who were in the program before declaring I might have gone for something else.”
What I would not do if I could start over: “I wouldn’t have waited so long to get involved with student organizations. You don’t realize until too far in that just going to class will not get you a job.”
MARIAM ALDHAHI MANAGING EDITOR STARTED FAU IN: FALL 2008
with about FAU: “Almost everything closes at 5 p.m., and almost everyone leaves.”
Warnings for new students: “Journalism class professors don’t put much effort into what they’re doing. You don’t learn much about journalism.” “Don’t trust RateMyProfessor.com. Use FAU’s SPOT [Student Perception of Teaching]
DEVIN DESJARLAIS FORMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF STARTED FAU IN: SPRING 2008
evaluations instead.” Other advice for new students: “If you need to get into a class that’s full, go to that class on the first day … participate in class, and ask the professor after class [to let you in]. I was a freshman … I went to a class that had an open discussion, and answered questions the professor asked. After class, I asked if I could be in the class, and she said ‘definitely.’ You have to make yourself be seen by the professor.”
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Staff Advice continued
Warnings for new students: “As far as classes not to take, I would say SLS [Learning Strategies and Human Development, AKA SLS 1503] is a huge waste of time. I chose not to take the class, but hear from everyone who did, that it consumed a lot of their time with assignments and taught them nothing useful, while only counting as 1 credit. Registration is never easy for new students. There’s always something that comes out of left field that may take a while to deal with, so I suggest planning out a schedule and registering as soon as it becomes available.
Other advice for new students: I would tell incoming freshmen to get involved with clubs that interest them and are relevant to their major. It’s never too early to start building experience for a resume, and degrees alone will not be enough in today’s search for jobs. Lastly, every incoming freshman needs to know about the Rec Center. Free lockers, free classes, free pool. It has some pretty crazy top-of-the-line workout machinery. I’m not even into exercising all that often, and I love the place.”
CHRISTINE CAPOZZIELLO PHOTO EDITOR STARTED FAU IN: FALL 2010
What I would do — that I didn’t — if I could start over: “Join a student club/organization as soon as I came here. If you do nothing but go to class and go back home, don’t expect to have any fun or job prospects when you’re through with FAU.” Cool places on campus: “If you wanna see burrowing owls (that’s the school mascot), tortoises, armadillos, bats, rabbits, snakes and huge freaky spiders coexisting together, then check out the preserve. It’s a bit west of the new stadium, and filled with adventure.”
CHRISTOPHER PERSAUD NEW STUDENT GUIDE EDITOR STARTED FAU IN: FALL 2007
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What new students will be most disappointed with about FAU: “If they’re a student who isn’t part of a club, team, organization or dorm, they’ll end up complaining about how boring the place is. Google ‘FAU clubs,’ check the links, and if there’s nothing that interests you, then you’ll definitely be bored.”
Warnings for new students: “Some students have told me they had to stay at FAU an extra three or four months because they didn’t know they needed summer classes to graduate. Ask your adviser so you don’t have to do it after four years here.” “Here’s one for when you’re registering for classes: Even if you log in the second you’re allowed to register, it’s likely the website will be down. Last time there was registration for seniors, for instance, the servers were down for two hours past the time registration opened.” “There are two high schools within a one-mile radius of FAU that I know of. Sometimes underage high-schoolers roam FAU. I’ve heard that some students warn others to make sure their dates are at least 18.”
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What I would not do if I could start over: “Major in journalism. FAU’s journalism focus is highly theoretical, which doesn’t do much for me, personally.” What I would do — that I didn’t — if I could start over:
“Study abroad, because I’ve heard people’s anecdotes about it. Makes me think it might’ve been a good experience.” Other advice for new students: “Join a student organization. Your degree doesn’t mean much without one.”
GIDEON GRUDO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF STARTED FAU IN: SUMMER 2009
What I would not do if I could start over: “Double major … It sounded cool. ‘Double major! Hell yeah!’ But it was way too much work … If they advise you to do it, don’t.” Cool places on campus: “Coyote Jack’s. The fact that we have a bar on campus is pretty cool. They also show Monday Night Football and FAU football
games on the big screen … There are people there watching football every Monday.” What new students will be most disappointed with about FAU: “Overcrowded [academic] advising. They’re a little overwhelmed, and they’ll act like they know you, and they really don’t.”
MARK GIBSON FEATURES EDITOR STARTED FAU IN: FALL 2009
What I would not do if I could start over: “I wouldn’t drink in the dorms. If you get caught, you have to do 10 to 15 community service hours, pay $50 and watch a fourhour video on the dangers of drinking, and they make you take a test on it.”
RYAN CORTES SPORTS EDITOR STARTED FAU IN: SUMMER 2009
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Cool places on campus: “In front of SO [the Social Sciences building] there are huge, beautiful trees … There are people up in those trees … My friends climb it. It’s a real cool place to chill and hang.” “Upstairs Breezeway. It’s a good place to drink and smoke.”
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What I would do — that I didn’t — if I could start over: “As a transfer student, go to advising to see what classes you need. Don’t take classes just to get credits … I had 80 credits [transferred to FAU], and was having trouble with financial aid after I had 104 credits.” “I wish I had joined more clubs … because it’s boring to just go to class.” Cool places on campus: “The [Dorothy F. Schmidt Visual] Arts building. There’s lots of cool graffiti by the art students there.” “The IRM building [Computer Center building] behind the library. It has very fast computers.”
MONICA RUIZ SENIOR REPORTER STARTED FAU IN: FALL 2008
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What new students will be most disappointed with about FAU: “I work in [FAU’s] customer service, and … customer service sucks sometimes. People get sent to the wrong department or get the wrong timeframe for paper work … You have to do your research on how the system works.” Warnings for new students: “Don’t wait till the last day to pay your fees. If you do, you will be there all day, or the website might not work.” Other advice for new students: “Don’t do too many classes of your major too soon. You might have interest in something else, and there’s a limit on how many credits you can take [before having to pay more per credit hour].”
PHAEDRA BLAIZE STAFF DESIGNER STARTED FAU IN: SUMMER 2010
What I would not do if I could start over: “I wouldn’t buy textbooks before the first week of class because they usually don’t use them.” (For more info on textbooks, check out page 9.)
“The Free Speech Lawn. It has interesting speakers and events, like [Robert Platshorn, the most notorious drug smuggler, according to the federal government] Black Tuna and [evangelical preacher] Brother Micah.”
What I would do — that I didn’t — if I could start over: “Live on campus for a semester to a year. I feel like I didn’t really experience a lot of stuff at FAU as a commuter student. Like, I haven’t even been to the Rec Center yet.”
What new students will be most disappointed with about FAU: “If you schedule your classes all back-to-back, then you miss out on experiencing FAU because you’ll just go to classes all day then go back home.”
Cool places on campus: “The big tree by SO [Social Science building]. It really shows the college atmosphere, like with people hanging out on it.”
Warnings for new students: “Research your professors. Talk to people who’ve had them … I took a dance history class. It made you perform. It was horrible! I thought I’d just be learning the history and evolution of dance, but I had to perform every week.”
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