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The Staff SPECIAL ISSUE EDITOR- Michelle Friswell

A letter from the special issue editor

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SPECIAL ISSUE DESIGNER- Chase Kennedy EDITOR-IN-CHIEF - Regina Kaza ART DIRECTOR - Chase Kennedy BUSINESS MANAGER - Michael Chandeck WEB EDITOR - John Kramer WEB DESIGNER - Phaedra Blaize COPY DESK CHIEF - Emily Mitchell-Cetti

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FEATURES EDITOR - Emily Bloch PHOTO EDITOR - Michelle Friswell SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Christine Capozziello, Ryan Murphy COPY EDITOR - Amanda Rubio STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER - Melissa Landolfa SENIOR EDITOR - Ryan Cortes

2012 Bonfire featuring The Misfists

24. 28. In memoriam Armed and dangerous

SENIOR REPORTER - Dylan Bouscher DISTRIBUTION MANAGER - Lore Khazem CONTRIBUTORS - Max Jackson, Breanndolyn Lies, Charles Pratt, Sarah Pruzansky, Abhi Saini, Claudith Saint-Jean, James Shackelford, Annalise Wershoven ADVISERS

Homecoming

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NEWS EDITORS - Lore Khazem, Lulu Ramadan SPORTS EDITOR - Rolando Rosa

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Bring in Barack

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Moving forward

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COVER PHOTOS BY Michelle Friswell, Melissa Landolfa, Ryan Murphy, Christine Capozziello, Max Jackson, Charles Pratt, James Shackelford.

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So the world didn’t end. And that’s a good thing, because we didn’t want to tell you how crazy 2012 was – we’d rather show you. You guys lived through a year filled with campus closures, a gunman prowling campus, and President Obama’s historic visit to FAU, which was one of my favorite moments this year (see photo above). That’s why we decided to create a year in review photo issue – just to jog your memory. Why a photo issue? Well, let’s face it, everyone loves pretty pictures. But more importantly, because this year was too much to put into words. So before you dive into your new classes, take a minute, kick back, and flip through 2012. And for those of you who were too busy “studying” to even hear about what you missed last year, here’s a chance for you to crawl out from under your rock and see what you’ve been missing. Michelle Friswell Special Issue editor


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Sandy didn’t stop Homecoming FAU’s Homecoming Concert brings Hawaiian band Pepper to school By Emily Bloch Features Editor

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On Homecoming week, Tropical Storm Sandy poured cold rain and huge gusts of wind, striking anything in her path. But the 2012 Homecoming Committee was not going to let the Owl Prowl Homecoming events get canceled because of the bad weather. On Oct. 24, comedian Ralphie May took the stage and left students roaring in laughter. The next day, local reggae band ARTIKal Sound System, ska/punk band from Orlando The Supervillains, and alternative/reggae headliners Pepper rocked the Barry Kaye Auditorium. Tickets for both events were free for students. By the time the first acts hit the stage, both shows were long sold out. Compared to May’s performance, which had students laughing in their seats, Pepper’s vibes worked well with FAU’s surf scene, full of excited students who enjoyed breaking the rules. One of these rules was crowd surfing — students bashed into the Kaye auditorium’s chairs all night. Another was indecent exposure, but Pepper wasn’t complaining. “Look at the hooters on her! No, the Owls!” The audience sang along happily until the show’s close.

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January 20, 2012 Photo by Charles Pratt

Grand opening of Mission Green’s first on-campus fruit, vegetable, and plant garden.

January 24, 2012 City of Boca Raton approves $35 million off-campus housing project for FAU students.


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New and improved FAU breaks ground on new residence hall

By Lulu Ramadan News editor

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Another year, another new residence hall makes its way into facilities planning — but the $46 million project that began construction this past August is unlike any other residence hall at FAU. The 614-bed residence hall will include a gym, lakeside dining, conference rooms, and a FacultyIn-Residence program — something we can’t say about any other dorm on campus. The building will include classrooms for the professors that will live among the students and teach their courses within the residence hall as a part of the program. On Aug. 6 last year, construction of the seven story dorm began as President Mary Jane Saunders and Vice President of Student Affairs Charles Brown spoke before a crowd of students, faculty, and staff at the groundbreaking ceremony. Construction is still underway and the dorms will be ready this coming fall 2013.

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FAU men’s basketball wins at the Burrow by a point against eventual NCAA Tournament team Western Kentucky on Kelvin Penn’s blocked shot at the buzzer.

FAU women’s basketball defeats FIU at the Burrow by a point on the same day coach Chancellor Dugan’s mother passed away but she still coached the game.

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February 15, 2012 Photo by Christine Capozziello Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright delivers speech on FAU’s Boca campus.


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FAU hosts first ever GeekFest By Annalise Wershoven Photos by James Shackelford Contributor This year, FAU played host to the first annual Florida GeekFest on Sunday, Nov. 18, drawing around 1,000 attendees. The event had comics, artwork, action figures, short films, and a costume contest. Inside, students were awestruck by the crazy costumes that people wore as characters like Bane and Darth Vader walked around the hall. Selfproclaimed geek or not, the event had something for everyone. The convention was free for students with an ID, and only $6 for outside visitors. After GeekFest’s successful reception at FAU, event creator Richard “Gonzo” Soligny now plans to take the convention to other universities around Florida.

February 19, 2012 FAU baseball begins season with three-game sweep over SEC opponent Alabama

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FAU men’s basketball blows a 19-point lead and loses by a point to Troy at the Burrow on Senior Night.


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Title time Baseball wins the Sun Belt championship as John McCormack earns new deal By Rolando Rosa Sports Editor

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FAU baseball will soon add another banner for their accomplishments. Owls baseball won the Sun Belt Conference title for the second time in three years. Led by the bats of Mike Albaladejo, Mark Nelson, and Kyle Newton, as well as the arms of pitchers Ryan Garton, Kevin Alexander, and R.J. Alvarez, FAU finished with a 32-22 record. The Owls began the season with a road sweep of SEC opponent Alabama and clinched the championship with a 4-3 home victory over FIU on a walk-off hit by outfielder Corey Keller. After the successful season, five Owls (Albaladejo, Alex Hudak, Alvarez, Garton, and Newton) were signed to major league clubs, and head coach John McCormack received a fouryear contract extension.

March 3, 2012 FAU men’s basketball concludes 11-19 season with 70-55 loss in opening round of Sun Belt Tournament to Arkansas State.

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President Barack Obama visits FAU By Regina Kaza Editor-in-chief

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President Barack Obama threw up the Owl Fingers in The Burrow, swamped with over 3,500 students, professors, and visitors. “I love you, man!” one student yelled at the president. And he replied, “I love you back!” On April 10, 2011, Obama visited FAU to talk about opposing the Republican congressional tax plan with the Buffett Rule for about 34 minutes. The Burrow was lit with cellphones and tablets trying to capture a souvenir of the president’s visit. Outside the packed arena, student organizations like the College Republicans protested Obama’s campaign and Buffett Rule plan alongside anti-Obama groups near FAU’s main entrance, waving posters and American flags. Metal detectors lined The Burrow entrance as some students skipped class and waited in line for two and a half hours to see Mr. President.

April 12, 2012 FAU students charge into Provost’s office during protest of summer class cuts.

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2012 Bonfire featuring The Misfists The only national act to grace FAU’s stage By Emily Bloch Features editor

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On Thursday, Aug. 23, FAU’s fifth annual bonfire welcomed a crowd of about 2,800 students and non-students to an open field. Anticipation was high because this year, thanks to the help of Student Government Coordinator Mike Burdman, the annual bonfire was promised to be bigger than ever. The Misfits, a punk horror band that’s been making a name for themselves since the ‘70s, played what was supposed to be an hour and 45-minute set. That is, until FAU police shut it down. As the band played known songs like “Static Age” and “Jack the Ripper,” the crowd became more unruly, breaking out into a chaotic circle pit with police officers standing in the center. “Don’t get us shut down,” pleaded The Misfits frontman Jerry Only, but his preaching wasn’t enough, and the band’s set got cut off after only a half hour. All was not lost, though — members of The Misfits hung around after the show taking pictures with excited fans and signing autographs.

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FAU baseball wins Sun Belt Conference title with 4-3 home victory over FIU on Corey Keller walkoff hit.

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Chopped Courses FAU faculty rallied against summer class cuts in April By Dylan Bouscher Senior Reporter

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On April 18, over 50 members of FAU’s chapter of the United Faculty of Florida (UFF) — a statewide union for higher education professionals — chanted and protested outside the Administration building for their “Save Summer School” campaign. It started after FAU was slammed with a $24.7 million budget cut approved by the state legislature last March. On March 21, Provost Brenda Claiborne sent the deans a memo, including new guidelines for summer classes. By mid-April, 800 classes were cut, according to the Bursar’s office. “The Provost’s Office never asked deans how this should be done,” Mike Budd, adjunct professor in the School of Communications, said at the protest. In October, the UFF conducted its annual, anonymous faculty survey. Some called for her resignation, but one comment faulted Provost Claiborne for “a swirling vortex of comically stupid [credentialing] decisions.”

June 5, 2012 Photo by Michelle Friswell FAU baseball pitcher R.J. Alvarez becomes highest Owls draft pick since 2004, selected in the third round (114th pick) by LA Angels.

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Sirens blared, police officers blocked all entrances, and students sat locked in buildings as an armed intruder roamed the Boca campus last November. The campus was locked down for over three hours on Nov. 29 after a man, dressed in all white with a black ski mask, robbed a freshman music student at gunpoint in the Arts & Letters Building. Within 15 minutes of the 911 call, emergency text messages were sent to students and faculty telling them of the situation. Campus police blocked cars from entering campus and searched cars as they were leaving. The investigation is ongoing and the armed intruder is still at large.

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2012 was FAU football’s opportunity for a fresh start. They brought a new coach (Carl Pelini), a new coaching staff, and new jerseys into a stadium built just one year prior. Early on, though, one thing remained the same: losing. After a four-point home victory against Division I-AA school Wagner, the Owls dropped their next six games. Yet throughout the losing streak, the Owls continued to make strides and show improvement, highlighted by the revival of quarterback Graham Wilbert. Wilbert stepped in for Stephen Curtis after halftime at the Wagner game and played the best football of his career. The senior, who had seven touchdown passes and 15 interceptions during last year’s one-win season, has thrown 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 2012, while completing 64.3 percent of his passes. The Owls bounced back in game eight with a 34-27 Homecoming victory over Troy, and a few weeks later knocked off Western Kentucky on the road for their first road win since 2010. A three- or four-win season may not seem like much of a difference, but Pelini at least has the respect of the players going forward.

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FAU held its first green market where local vendors feature organic foods and outdoor activities.

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August 31, 2012

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FAU football wins season opener 7-3 at home against Wagner in coach Carl Pelini’s first game.


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Former FAU running back Alfred Morris scores the first two touchdowns for an Owl in the NFL in the Redskins season opening victory at New Orleans.

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In memoriam

FAU shut down two campuses last year to an almost $25 July 1, due 2012 million budget cut By Dylan Bouscher Photos by Michelle Friswell Senior Reporter

Last year, FAU closed its doors on two of its seven campuses — Fort Lauderdale and Port St. Lucie — and suspended classes in Dania Beach after the spring semester. When the university absorbed a $24.7 million budget cut July 1, the Board of Trustees — FAU’s highest ranking decision makers — voted to suspend the campuses. Before closing them, administrators asked faculty and staff what they recommended to deal with the cuts. Of the 1,275 faculty at the university, most of the 210 who responded were in favor of closing the campuses. Classes on the Port St. Lucie campus were suspended before the summer semester began, but classes are being offered on the Fort Lauderdale campus this semester, until its expected suspension in June.

October 27, 2012 Photo by Michelle Friswell FAU football snaps six-game losing streak, defeating Troy 34-27 on Homecoming Day.

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Failure to launch Men’s basketball loses four players after not repeating as Sun Belt champs By Rolando Rosa Sports Editor

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One of FAU’s most hyped teams of 2012 ended up being one of its most disappointing. The Owls were predicted by many to make the NCAA Tournament after winning the Sun Belt in 2011. Instead, FAU struggled to an 11-19 record and four players (Ray Taylor, Dennis Mavin, Omari Grier, and Kore White) transferred away after the season. However, head coach Mike Jarvis’s contract was extended for three years. The 67-year-old disciplinarian acquired nine new players, including high-flying freshman guard Stefan Moody and 7-footer Dragan Sekelja to fill the void. So far, the Owls are x-x on the season.

November 16, 2012 Photo by Michelle Friswell

FAU football drops first and possibly only Shula Bowl at FAU Football Stadium to FIU 34-24.

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