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UPRESSONLINE.COM September 27, 2011 Vol. 13 Issue 6

University PRESS

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Special Issue

Wrapped Up September is Safety Month at FAU, but you can learn in one issue what it takes a month to teach students.

How safe are the dorms? Apparently safe enough for sexual predators . Page 12 Thievery, Parking, and lots of pot. Check out police blotter. page 15 First issue is free; each additional copy is 50 cents and available in the UP newsroom.


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Special Issue Editor Monica Ruiz Special Issue Designer Phaedra Blaize Editor-in-chief Gideon Grudo MANAGING EDITOR Mariam Aldhahi ART DIRECTOR Phaedra Blaize WEB EDITOR Tyler Krome BUSINESS MANAGER Xin Zhang multimedia editor Lorenzo Ponce de Leon Copy DESK CHIEF Rachel Chapnick NEWS EDITORS Brandon Ballenger Chris Persaud CRIME EDITOR Monica Ruiz Features editor Mark Gibson SPORTS EDITOR Ryan Cortes PHOTO EDITOR Christine Capozziello SENIOR EDITOR Ricky Michalski LISTINGS EDITOR Kaceion Hudson Assistant art director Ariana Corrao SENIOR REPORTERS Karla Bowsher Sergio Candido reporter Zack Duarte CONTRIBUTORS Andrew Alvino, Jessica Calaway, Michael Chandeck, Jess Cohn-Heinberg, Sarah Edwards, Allyn Farach, Jack Hernandez, Elena Medina, Emily Mitchel

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COVER Photo by Christine Capozziello

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Monica Ruiz Crime editor

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In April 2008, someone brought a gun to a party at the University Village Apartments (UVA) and shot a couch. It wasn’t the first time either. The shooter, Omar Graham, wasn’t a FAU student. He had gotten into an argument with another party-goer and three shots were fired. No one got hurt, but the campus was locked down. Graham faced 90 days in jail and had to pay FAU $13,000 in restitution. Then, a few months later at another party in UVA, the police got a call about another gun. Eight men, who weren’t FAU students, came with 16 cases of Miller Light ready to party. A resident assistant (RA) stopped them and asked who they came to see, but they couldn’t give a name and went upstairs anyway. They found a party, but no one knew who they were, so they were asked to leave. They didn’t like that very much. An argument started and one person said, “Yeah, I’m threatening you,” and lifted his shirt showing something in his waistband that looked like a gun.

Students called the police, but no gun was found. September is Safety Month at FAU, but students should be concerned about safety issues every day. Administration knows students will find ways around whatever security is put in place, potentially making FAU unsafe (read pg.12 ... stranger). Graham and the eight men easily got on campus and could have hurt someone. If students were more cautious about who they let into the dorms, situations like this wouldn’t happen. After all, serial killer Ted Bundy was able to get into Florida State University’s campus, sneak into the Chi Omega Sorority house, rape and kill two girls, and bludgeon two others. The point is that it’s the students’ responsibility to care about who they let on campus, and report any suspicious incidents. Most of the time students are too nice and hold doors open or swipe their Owl Cards for someone they don’t know. Sometimes being nice is dangerous.

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Correction In the UP distributed Sept. 20, the cover story “Maher’s Money” stated that the SG President must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, according to the SG Constitution. However, according to university regulation 4.007, the SG President must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7. To learn more about this, visit the UP’s SG blog, Owl Watch, at OwlWatch.wordpress.com. S eptember 27, 2011

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Dorm tips

Safe Sex

Jill Eckardt

Courtney Weaver (via email)

Housing Director

Sexual Heath Coordinator

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“Always lock doors when you’re not there. Check both the bedroom and entrance door.” “Carry your student ID and keys.” “At night, never walk alone. Use the Night Owls escort service.” “Know serial numbers for your bike and electronics in case they go missing.” “Don’t carry a lot of cash.”

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“Use condoms to prevent the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections.” “When using condoms, be sure to check the expiration date and inspect the package for any damage. A damaged and/ or expired condom is a bad condom.” “Get tested for STIs and HIV every 6 months or in between partners.” “Communicate honestly with your partner about sex history, testing status and birth control options.” “Condoms are not a reusable resource. A new condom should be used for every new sex act.”

Don’t be a victim FAU administrators give tips on avoiding crime Alcohol and Nutrition tips Scott Lawler (via email)

Personal safety tips

Health Promotion Coordinator at Today and

Angie Gifford

Beyond Wellness Center l “Limit yourself to one alcoholic drink per hour – alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will help you stick to this rule and will help you avoid dreaded hangovers.” l “Follow the Food Guide Plate- It is the simplest way to get all the nutrients you need!” l “Remember to eat before you drink. Foods that are high in protein are best- they take longer to digest and will slow the absorption rate of alcohol.” l “If you go to a party with friends, make sure to have a designated driver or keep local numbers for taxis stored on your cellphone. FAU students can take advantage of University Cab Cash to ensure they always have cab fare!” l “Know the signs of alcohol poisoning. If you suspect someone you know is in need of help, call 911 immediately!”

FAU Victim’s Advocate “Keep your password(s) private.” “Vary your routine don’t take the walk the same way every time.” l “Tell someone if your are in a violent relationship, because it only gets worse.” l “If you are a victim of a sexual assault, get a rape kit. You can report it after you have more time to think about what you want to do.” l “Call a victim’s advocate to talk about what you think is a crime, and how to report [it].” l l

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Crime Prevention Charles Lowe (via email) Chief of Police l“Remove ALL valuables from the inside of your car or completely out of view including check books, electronics, wallets, brief cases or other items. THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE action you can take to significantly reduce your risk of becoming a victim.” l“Keep the inside of your vehicle clean. Even if you just keep a lot of ‘junk’ and non-valuable materials in the vehicle, the criminal doesn’t know that and may try to break in to sift through your vehicle’s contents.”

l“Disconnect portable navigation devices and take down the storage cradle or suction cup. An empty cradle, suction cup, MP3 adapter or power plug signals to the thief that you have a navigation unit or other electronic device and it isprobably in the vehicle.” l“LOCK your doors, close your windows tight and close your sunroof. You will be amazed how many vehicles are entered through an unlocked door.”

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Sameer Hinduja (via email) Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at FAU and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center l“University students should first and foremost be in it down.” control of their online experience. If you are being l“Don’t just accept every single ‘friend request’ that harassed, threatened, or intimidated work with the comes your way. It is not strangers who will victimize social networking site, cell phone service provider, or you, but those you have let into your life just a little.” l“Civil actions a victim can pursue against an offender Internet service provider to set up blocks in place.” l“Use site options/preferences/privacy settings to include: intentional infliction of emotional distress, control who has access to your information and status defamation of character, and possibly invasion updates, and who can send you messages or post to of privacy. Criminal law is also violated when cyberbullying involves coercion, might be considered your [Facebook] Wall.” l“Be very wise about what you reveal online because a hate crime, involves a certain level or type of you simply cannot trust everyone out there. Also, harassment or invasion of privacy, threats to the victim assume that the information that is out there about you or loved ones, stalking and sexually-explicit pictures if will be used to cause you harm - and take care to pull the victim is 17 or younger.”

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Charles Lowe (via email) Chief of Police l“Avoid giving out personal information such as your home address or telephone number to

people you meet on the net; not everyone is what he or she seems.” l“Exercise caution when agreeing to meet anyone in person whom you’ve met on the net. Before you arrange any such meeting, at least try to address the following:

l“Can you verify, through a third party whom you know and trust the true identity of this

person? Is there a way to verify the information provided by this person?”

l“Predators on the net thrive on the anonymity of the medium. You should find ways to

positively identify your potential romantic partner before you allow a meeting.” l“Where do they work? Can you call them at work? Where do they live and what is their telephone number?”

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atastrophes happen, but FAU has a safety committee whose job is to create a “Crisis Action Guide” so students, faculty and staff know how to respond to the unexpected. Here are some of the things the guide covers.

Hostile intruder on campus lRun away as fast as you can from the threat. lCall campus police. lDon’t run in a straight line. lKeep behind vehicles, bushes, trees or anything that could possibly block your view from the hostile person(s) while you are running. lIf you decide to hide, take into consideration the area in where you are hiding. Will I be found here? Is this really a good spot to remain hidden? lTurn your phone to vibrate. lIf the intruder is on a mass killing spree and you can’t run or hide, play dead if other victims are around you. Your last option, if you are caught in an open area, may be to fight back. If you are caught and decide not to fight, don’t look the person in the eyes, obey all commands and be submissive. lWhen the police arrive, follow instructions. You may be handcuffed for safety precautions.

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Bomb Threats

There are two types of callers who make bomb threats: 1. A hoax caller wants to cause chaos and disrupt the area where the explosive is supposedly placed. 2. A credible caller knows or believes that there is a bomb and tries to warn an official so that there is minimal personal injury or property damage. Types of bomb threats: lPhone lEmail lSuspicious package, letter, etc. lOfficial bomb and incendiary device expert If someone ever calls you about a bomb threat, don’t hang up. If possible, transfer the call to campus police, but if you can’t, stay on the phone for as long possible to get as much information as you can before the caller hangs up.

FAU survival guide

What to do when there’s a crisis on campus Intruder in the dorms If you’re in your room, lock it and call police. Barricade yourself in by pushing desks, couches, beds and anything you can against the door. Stay away from the window and turn off all lights, and anything that will make a sound. It’s important not to set off any fire alarms because it will make students evacuate, possibly putting them in danger.

Ask questions like: When will it (they) explode? Where is it (are they) located? What does it (do they) look like? What kind of bomb(s) are they? Who is (are) the target(s)? Who is the caller and how can he or she be reached? Why was it (were they) placed? For more information, go to: www.fau.edu/admin/cag2011/ BOMB%20THREATS%202011.pdf

Important numbers to have

Toll-free hotline: 1-888-FAUOWL (832-8695) Boca University Police: 561-297-3500 Jupiter University Police: 561-799-8700 Davie University Police: 954-236-1140 Fort Lauderdale University Police: 954-762-5120 Victim Services: 561-297-0500 Rape Crisis Hotline: 561-891-7273 Night Owls Escort Program: 561-297-6695 Counseling Center: 561-297-3540 Jupiter Counseling Center: 561-799-8621 Enviromental Health & Safety: 777-242-2357/58

For more information on the “Crisis Action Guide,” go to: www.fau.edu/admin/cag2011

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ibal Eid was able to get past two sets of locked doors, up the elevator in Glades Park Tower (GPT) and follow residents all the way up to their rooms — more than once. He was able to find out which floors had the parties, which were for the guys and which floor had the hot girls. But he’s not a GPT resident. He’s not even a student on the Boca campus. So how did he do it? Easy. He just asked. FAU Housing Director, Jill Eckardt, is so concerned about students letting strangers in the dorms that she sent four resident assistants (RAs) from the Jupiter campus to break into the dorms on Friday, Sept. 9. She was confident that they would get in with ease. And they did. “Our students are very nice, but sometimes being nice is not always safe,” said Eckardt. “Our students think they can trust everybody, and unfortunately that is not always the case.” One by one, the RAs were able to get into the dorms without a single student questioning them or asking to see an Owl Card. “Most will let you all the way to their room. They will tell you how the girls and guys are divided, even when I told them I was trying to creep,” said Eid, a senior biology major and RA for the Jupiter campus. After following the students to their rooms, the RAs told them that they had just violated Housing policy by allowing a stranger who could have hurt someone into

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the dorms. Then, they handed the students a printout with Housing guidelines. “You’d be surprised that most pedophiles look like me,” Eid tells students. J.D. Rashkin, a junior biology major and RA, explained that even after they told resident students what they were doing, the students “didn’t care.” “They say ‘I’m just trying to be polite’...yeah, but you let us in,” said Lauren Gomez, a senior political science major and RA. Melissa Stiksma, a junior psychology major and RA, said that when they went in a big group posing as strangers, students noticed something was up, but still didn’t say anything. “There was no resistance. Ever,” she said. “It’s funny how fast people will say where the hot girls are at,” added Eid. “Sadly, no one said ‘no’ to me once.”

Resident assistants from th GPT on Friday, Sept 9. Af RAs would hand them a n a stranger into the dorm.

“I’m Trying to Creep Tonight” Resident students will let just about anyone in the dorms, putting themselves and others at risk

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he Jupiter campus broke into fter residents let them in, the notice telling them they just let Photos by Charles Pratt

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According to Eckardt, this is an “age-old problem” that can only be fixed by inconveniencing residents. “It’s a push-pull between safety and convenience. If I want to keep you safe, I have to inconvenience you,” she said. “If you can breeze through a building, then it’s not a safe building, so it’s at odds for each other. For us, it’s always a balancing act of too much safety, [or] your life is very difficult.” All dorms have the same safety features: 24/7 locked doors that require residents’ Owl Cards to get in, security cameras, front desk service and an outside courtesy phone. The new Innovation Village Apartments are the only resident halls that need an Owl Card to access the elevator. Eckardt explained some of the “awful” incidents that have happened in the resident halls usually involve non-residents or non-FAU students. “Part of the struggle is a lot of our students are local and they will bring their friends from the surrounding community,” Eckardt said. “We don’t necessary say: ‘You’re coming onto my turf and my home and I need you to respect our rules.” If she was to rate the overall safety of the dorms, Eckardt said that she would give them a seven. “The features are an eight or nine. Our students are a five,” Eckardt said. According to her, the safest dorm is either Algonquin or the Jupiter resident hall, because of their sizes and the students know who lives there. “It’s kind of a built-in neighborhood watch.” With all of the security measures in place, Eckardt and the

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RAs know students will always find a way around safety features. “Whether it’s putting a rock in the door, and the rock is so small that it allows the door to look closed but it’s not ... or a student will tape down the door latches so they can come and go,” said Eckardt. “[But] their actions can potentially affect other people.”

(From left to right) J.D. Raskun, Lauren Gomez and Melissa Stiksima, RA at the Jupiter campus posed as strangers to see how easily they could get into the freshman dorm.

What you’re supposed to do when you see someone you don’t recognize trying to get in: Joey Mahia (left) and Kayley Rainer (center) let Nibal Eid (right) and a group of RA’s follow them from outside all the way to their dorm room, informing the RAs where the parties are.

lAsk to see an Owl Card. lDon’t let anyone follow you inside. lTell them to use the outside courtesy phone so the resident they came to visit can let them inside. lNotify a RA or call campus police if you notice a suspicious person. Check out upvison video of the break-in at http://ow.ly/6Fja7

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rime on campus happens every day, but sometimes the students put themselves at risk by either drinking too much, leaving their things unattended or driving under the influence of illegal substances. Part of practicing safe thinking is learning from others’ mistakes.

False alarm

Aug. 30, 2011 - 11:00 p.m. Location: Lot 16, Student Union parking lot A 44-year-old, non-FAU man was arrested, but released. A FAUPD officer was patrolling campus when he noticed a man sitting in the driver’s seat of a green Honda with the passenger window rolled halfway down. The officer asked for the man’s I.D. and did a records check on him. The man had an active tresspass warning from all of the FAU campuses. He was placed under arrest and taken back to the station for processing, but they found that he was only banned from athletic fields and athletic buildings. He was brought back to Lot 16 where he was originally arrested.

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Gone like the wind

Aug. 30, 2011 - 9:50 a.m. Location: Recreation Center, Men’s Locker room A student’s HTC HD2 phone was stolen from his gym bag, which he had left opened and unattended. The student told the police he left his open gym bag in front of some lockers when he walked around the corner to wash his hands. According to the student, there were two white males in the area where he left his bag, but when he came back, the men were gone and so was his phone. There are no surveillance cameras inside the locker room and the camera outside the door didn’t show the suspects. Lesson to be learned: Thieves are criminals of opportunity. If you leave something of value in plain sight, even for a second, chances are that it’s going to grow legs and walk away. If you care about your belongings, treat them like your children and keep them glued to your hip.

Lesson to be learned: First off, don’t sit in your car in the middle of the night for no reason. It makes you a target for the police to investigate. Secondly, a 44 year old man sitting in the parking lot of a college campus by himself at 11:00 p.m. is strange. But what’s weirder is that he’s not allowed to be around anything sports related. Photo illustration by Christine Capozziello

Police Blotter Back in the slammer

Aug. 31, 2011 - 10:04 p.m. Location: Lot 19, Library parking lot FAU police and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office served a warrant to a resident student who violated probation. She was arrested on the spot and given a student referral. Lesson to be learned: Don’t break probation, or else you’ll end up right back in jail.

All information taken from FAU Police Blotter

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Up in smoke

Aug. 30, 2011 -10:12 p.m. Location: University Village Apartments A woman called the police because her suitemate was smoking pot in her room. The police entered the apartment and walked into the room where the smell of burning marijuana smelled the strongest. When the student opened the door, she admitted to the police that she was smoking. She also went to her desk and pulled out a plastic container with raw rolling papers and about one gram of pot. She had a male visitor in her room who was given a trasspass warning. If he returns to any FAU campus and is caught he will be arrested. The student who was caught toking up was given a student referral. Lesson to be learned: If your suitemate, or anyone you live with, has to call the police anonymously, it’s probably because he or she has already told you that he or she doesn’t like you smoking in the apartment. Even if the girl’s suitemate hadn’t ratted her out, she probably still would have gotten caught. Burning pot is not hard to snift out.

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Vanishing decals

Sept.4, 2011-3:32 p.m. Location: Lot 34, west of Innovation Village Apartments A resident student called campus police because someone took the decal off of her car. The student came back to her silver Toyota Celica at about 3:30 p.m. when she realized that her decal was missing. She told the police that she had noticed another resident’s car decal was “molested.” The police contacted the owner of the other car. The student with the “molested” decal told the police that she parked her white Suzuki SUV on Thursday, Sept. 1, at about 11:00 a.m. and hadn’t been back since. The police told both students that they had until Wednesday to get a new decal. Lesson to be learned: The first student did the right thing by contacting the police right away and telling them about both cars. With their decal numbers, police can eventually find the perps who did this.

(The University Press cannot anticipate when FAU police sends records. Dates vary due to records request)

Running scared

Sept. 3, 2011-2:21 p.m. Location: Innovation Village Apartments, South A RA was following up on an animal complaint when he noticed someone smoking pot in a room. When the police knocked on the door, the student looked worried and immediately ran back inside the room in an attempt to hide a pair of shorts on his chair. The officer told the student to sit on the bed, and in plain sight, on top of the shorts, was a digital scale used to weight pot. There was a bag of marijuana in plain sight on the window sill, and another in his shorts. The student was placed under arrest for possession of paraphernalia and under 20 grams of marijuana. He was also given a student referral. Lesson to be learned: Don’t run. You made the first mistake by lighting up in a small area. If you’re caught, running to hide something isn’t going to help because police will search the room anyway.

Seatbelt troubles

Photo illustration by Christine Capozziello

Lazy parking

Sept. 2, 2011-4:57 p.m. Location: Lot 19, Library parking lot A student used his grandfather’s handicap parking permit to park in a handicap spot. The student told the police that he was dropping off a book at the library and that he didn’t know that his grandfather had to be with him in order to use the permit. Turns out the permit was issued to his dead grandmother. It was confiscated, and the student was given a parking citation and a student referral. Lesson to be learned: Sometimes it’s better to play dumb, but if it’s so obvious that neither you, the driver nor anyone in the car is physically disabled, then you shouldn’t use the permit. Not only that, but this happened at about 5 p.m., when there were plenty of parking spots. Walking an extra five feet wouldn’t kill you.

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Sept. 4, 2011-4:50 p.m. Location: Indian River Street Campus police were on patrol when an officer noticed a Black Mitsubishi Lancer with three men in the car. Both the driver and the person in the passenger seat weren’t wearing a seatbelt. When the officer pulled the car over, he could smell pot. The driver, an FAU resident student , admitted they had smoked. He told the police there was still pot in the center console with paraphernalia. When police searched the car they found: 1 bag of pot 1 green and blue pipe 1 green metal grinder 1 blue “Smoke Buddy” (a handheld air purifier) 1 fake ID Because the student cooperated with police, he got a student referral instead of criminal charges. Lesson to be learned: Most students don’t realize this, but it’s very common for campus police to find students with illegal substances after a traffic stop. Something as simple as not wearing your seatbelt could result in criminal charges.

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By: Allison Nielsen

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ights at FAU are deserted, dark, and in some parts, downright scary. Streetlights are out, some walkways are hardly lit, and in other spots, huge bushes and overgrown trees block pathways. As the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, it’s Tom Bradley’s job to identify unsafe places at FAU – especially for students walking around at night. FAU hosted it’s 5th Annual Safety Walk on Sept. 6 as a part of Safety Month. Bradley, housing directors and various staff members from different departments, patrolled the campus in golf carts (no walking included) in order to find potentially hazardous places. Bradley kept an eye out for bushes and trees too close to building entrances. Places with high vegetation allow “evil-doers” to hide and attack unsuspecting victims. FAU aims to have 95 percent of the lights on around campus at all times, but there are still parts of campus that are dark. By identifying these areas, Bradley and the Department of Environmental Health and Safety hope to fix lighting and landscaping issues as soon as possible in order to provide a secure environment for students.

Director of the Enviromental Health and Safety, Tom Bradley, points out safety hazards during FAU’s 5th Annual Safety walk on Sept. 6. Photo by Melissa Landolfa

Lighting up the night Safety Walk identifies hazardous areas for students

FAU makes sure areas on campus remain well lit with their annual safety wall Photo by Charles Pratt

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Map Courtesy of FAU.com

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Several streetlights were out in Lot 16 near the Student Union.

Streetlights were out in Lot 23 near Living Room Theaters.

Lights were out near the University Theatre.

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Several of the lights were turned off on the west side of FAU Blvd. UVA Lot 60 had many lights not working, most likely because of a lightning storm that occurred prior to the Safety Walk. There were very large and overgrown trees on FAU Blvd from UVA to IVA.

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The Ropes Course lights were not working.

The Athletic Center had overgrown bushes by doors that needed to be trimmed. The FAU logo near the airport (the one that is visible from I-95) was not illuminated.

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