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January 11, 2011

Presidential changes

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Mary Jane Saunders becomes FAU’s new president.

FAU gets a new stadium, Greek Life finds trouble, and Ludacris shows up late.

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Rusty Smith is drafted to the NFL and FAU’s baseball team wins Sun Belt Conference.

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Letter from the editor

A new year’s tradition

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We’ll get there, but it’s going to cost us Gideon Grudo Editor-in-Chief

special issue Editor Mark Gibson

FAU wants to become a traditional university, and 2010 proved that the endeavor isn’t easy — or cheap. On one hand, we finally broke ground on a nearly $70 million football stadium. On the other hand, the football team had a pretty awful 4-8 season. We brought some pretty big names to campus, like the Dalai Lama and Ludacris. But Ludacris cost $75,000 — which came out of student fees — and then canceled his initial appearance. FAU got a new president with a great smile and personality. But she started her first day in what seemed to be a violation of the Sunshine Law, according to lawyers. At the end of 2009, a hazing incident landed a student in the hospital. But at the beginning of 2010, FAU suspended the offending fraternity for a year. And 2011 brings with it the completion of the Innovation Village Apartments, FAU’s newest and most expensive housing complex — it’ll cost students around $5,000 a semester to live there. So, it’s safe to say that our tradition comes with a weighty price tag, and we the students will be covering the tab — remember our tuition was raised by 15 percent in 2010, too.

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signed, he canceled to attend a Fast and the Furious movie photo shoot. The Ludacris concert was meant to kick off the 2010 Homecoming Week. As FAU’s early onset of excitement saw flyers and posters litter campus, Student Government had a panic attack with the news that Ludacris was not coming. "It's devastating and you're like, ‘Oh, my God, what are we gonna do?' and you sulk about it and then, an hour later, you figure it out, which is what we did," said Alicia Keating, the adviser to Program Board. "If we're devastated and we're like, ‘Yeah, this really sucks, this is terrible,' then how is anyone

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Managing Editor James Shackelford

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Big Changes

Mary Jane Saunders becomes FAU’s sixth president

Photo by Todd Roller

A new era Mark Gibson Staff Reporter

With seven months under her belt, Mary Jane Saunders has been a very busy woman. Since June 7, she has been hard at work making visits to all of FAU’s campuses. "We must never lose sight of the fact that serving local students and communities is an essential part of our mission," Saunders said at her inauguration. Here is a look at Saunders’ presidency thus far:

Timeline March 3: Saunders is selected to be the sixth university president by FAU’s top officials.

April 4 to 17: Saunders visits FAU for the first time and gets acquainted with the campus.

May 26:

BIG CHANGES

Saunders’ contract is approved by the Board of Trustees. Not only did it grant her an annual base salary of $345,000, but it also entitled her to a brand new car of her choice, free of charge.

June 7:

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Saunders starts her first day on the job with a controversial closed breakfast with the Board of Trustees. Florida statute 286.011 states that all meetings of any board like the BOT must be public. However, trustee Ayden Maher, also the student body president, denied that any FAU business was discussed.

Sept. 1: Saunders delivers her first State of the University Address.

Oct. 29:

Although actively working at FAU for five months, Saunders is officially inaugurated as FAU’s sixth president. “My goal will always be to grow this university in a way that serves students and generates funding to create and support top-quality programs,” said Saunders in her inaugural address.

Oct. 30:

At the end of the homecoming game, Saunders hands the Shula Bowl trophy to the Owls football team after they defeat rival Florida International University 21-9.

Mary Jane Saunders was inaugurated on Oct. 29, 2010, becoming FAU's sixth president.


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Living Room Theaters opens to the public Chris Persaud Circulation Manager

Photo by Christine Capozziello

This building is not only a movie theatre, but a new headquarters for arts and letters.

Before Nov. 19, if you had wanted to see a movie close to campus on a Friday night, you’d have to go shell out at least $8 for a ticket — and at least $3.75 for any sort of food that isn’t candy — in order to watch a new release. Now for less than that, you can go to FAU's on-campus theater, buy a ticket and have orange cheesecake or meat lover's pizza hand-delivered to you at your theater seat. Since its opening, the theater at the Culture and Society Building has shown movies at FAU like the prostitute-laden Eliot Spitzer documentary Client 9 and the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho. The theater, operated by Portland-based

Living Room Theaters, sells tickets to students for just $6.50 ($5 on Mondays and Tuesdays), and delivers food or drinks directly to moviegoers’ seats for $2 more. Lower prices, however, don’t mean lower quality. Living Room Theaters shows films that can’t be seen anywhere else in town. For a list of these movies, visit www.fau.livingroomtheaters.com. Unlike many mainstream theaters, which use film reels to project scratchy video, Living Room Theaters uses all-digital projectors so that picture and sound quality is clean and clear, according to company CEO Diego Rimoch. Of course, if you’d rather view the films in double-vision, you can order yourself some alcohol. Living Room

Theaters serves 5.5-ounce glasses of wine like Spanish Protocolo Tempranillo for at least $6 a glass. Local draft beer like Fort Lauderdalebrewed Native Lager sells for at least $4 per 12-ounce bottle.

FAU opens its own medical school Karla Bowsher Senior Editor

BIG CHANGES

To learn more about the college, visit its new website, med.fau.edu/medicine.

Photo by Elizabeth Whitton

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After more than five years in the works, the Schmidt College of Medicine became FAU’s 10th college last year. It started in 2004 as a Boca-based branch of the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, according to an FAU representative. Medical courses were offered on FAU’s Boca campus, but students received their M.D. degree from UM and paid tuition to UM, explained College of Medicine Dean Michael Friedland. That all changed last year, however. Now FAU is on track to have its own medical school up and running soon. In January, the Board of Trustees — FAU’s 13 highest-ranking decision-makers — voted unanimously to end the partnership with UM. In February, they voted unanimously to open FAU’s own independent medical school. On May 15, Governor Charlie Crist seconded their vote by passing a bill that established FAU’s doctor of medicine degree program, meaning that students could receive an M.D. from FAU. “It’s a game-changer for FAU,” senior microbiology major Trevor Raborn said. “It’s better than any stadium being built.” In addition to an M.D., students could also

receive a dual M.D./Ph.D. degree, Friedland said. After completing the requirements for an M.D., students who take advantage of this option would then earn their Ph.D. from FAU or from the Scripps Research Institute, located on the Jupiter campus. First, however, the college must become accredited. It’s currently being reviewed by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the national organization that accredits M.D. programs in the U.S. and Canada, according to FAU officials. They expect to hear their status from the LCME by next month. Although it’s too early for FAU to announce when the medical school will officially open, the Board of Trustees has already decided on its price tag. In December, they voted to charge in-state students a total of $27,040.04 per semester. According to the dean, that’s about $3,000 less than students used to pay UM to attend their medical school satellite on FAU’s Boca campus. According to the Sun Sentinel, however, that’s a lot more than medical school at the University of Central Florida ($23,771) and Florida State University ($19,841).

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Helping Haiti The earthquake that rocked early 2010 had an overwhelming effect on many FAU students. Months later, students were still deeply impacted by the tragedy, but members of Konbit Kreyol, a Haitian student organization, got together immediately following the disaster to organize a relief effort for the Haitian people. According to FAU’s website, more than one out of 100 students is Haitian. In fact, Konbit Kreyol is recognized as the largest student club on campus. “It’s amazing to me,” said Konbit Kreyol Internal Vice President Mikerlande “Mickey” Erilus in March 2010. “Just sitting here at the [Breezeway drop-off] table having people that never knew about us bringing us clothes and food, it really shows how much people really care about us.” [Karla Bowsher and Stephanie Colaianni contributed to the reporting in this story.] Photo by Stephanie Colaianni

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On the evening of Jan. 19, more than one hundred students and alumni gathered for a candlelight vigil in honor of both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and those affected by the earthquake. Participants marched around the Boca campus and sang songs that included “Amazing Grace” and the Haitian national anthem. Photo by Stephanie Colaianni

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More than 100 people packed the Student Union’s Palmetto Palm Room past capacity on Jan. 13, the day after the earthquake hit. Members of Konbit Kreyol and the FAU community gathered to learn more about the earthquake and find out how to help with relief efforts.

Former FAU student John Paul “JP” Pitts, the lead singer and guitarist of local band Surfer Blood, helped raise $2,500 at Propaganda, a bar in Lake Worth. The bar had a benefit concert on Jan. 18, where 100 percent of the door fee and 10 percent of the bar sales went to the organization Doctors Without Borders. (taken from story)


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Hello, Dalai His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet traveled more than 8,000 miles to make his first-ever visit to Boca Raton on Feb. 24. More than 2,800 students — more than 10 percent of the student body — lined up at the FAU Arena to see and hear him speak. His Holiness spoke about the importance of world peace and

love in his lecture called "Compassion as a Pillar of World Peace." "Genuine peace must come from inner peace. Without inner peace, world peace is impossible," said the Dalai Lama in his speech. Here are some photos from the event: [Elizabeth Whitton contributed to the reporting in this story.]

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Mark Gibson Staff Reporter

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On Feb. 24, 2010, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet visited FAU for the first time.

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The good:

No more Lockhart On-campus football stadium scheduled to open this year Ryan Cortes Contributor

THE GOOD, THE BADD, THE WTF

Since its inception in 2001, the FAU football program has had to travel on I-95 and head south to play its football games at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Through hard work from many people, that will change for FAU next season. On Tuesday, Nov. 23, late into the night, FAU atheltic director Craig Angelos and his team finalized various documents and payments, and the fruit of their labor came in the form of a 30,000-seat oncampus football stadium. The stadium is currently under construction and scheduled to open and host FAU’s first home game of the 2011 season. Though FAU’s football program is too young by college football standards to be receiving an on-campus stadium, Angelos was able to secure it for the university. “That’s now going to allow us to do something hardly any other college campus does at this time of their existence, which is to build an on-campus football stadium,” said Angelos. Angelos began the process of getting and building an on-campus stadium by meeting in 2005 with then-FAU president Frank Brogan. The five-year process provided many moments of wavering faith, but Angelos believed it would happen. “I never doubted that we would find a way,” said Angelos. “It was just a matter of when.” Prior to the official documentation, FAU held

its groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 16, the second key phase of securing the stadium this past season. That day, 15 shovels went into the ground, symbolizing all the work that lay ahead. Beyond being merely an attraction to lure potential students and athletes to plant roots in Boca Raton, the stadium served as something more immediate: a lifeline for the football program. Without the stadium, there was much doubt as to the future of the football team and whether a fan base could be built without an on-campus stadium. “The one prize we really needed to stabilize [for] the football program was an on-campus stadium,” said Angelos. “There’s something that really unites a campus. It just really turns this place into a first-choice university.” Another key element throughout this process was head football coach Howard Schnellenberger. At his previous coaching stops, Louisville and Miami, Schnellenberger also pushed for an on-campus stadium, but to no avail. “After we were reasonably good at the University of Miami, I went to the president and told them that I thought in my judgment we needed a football stadium,” said Schnellenberger. “And his response was, ‘You’re right, coach, why don’t you go build one?’” Although the journey was arduous, Schnellenberger met with less resistance in Boca Raton, and the football stadium is one of his proud achievements of his tenure here. “I think it’s a great thing,” said Schnellenberger. “It’s the most important thing that’s happened here in football since football came here.”

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After many changes and speculations of wheether the stadium would open, ground breaking finally happened the fall semester of 2010


The bad:

Adding insult to injury FAU fraternity suspended for a year due to hazing incident

Ludacris reschedules his FAU concert and then shows up two hours late Mark Gibson Staff Reporter Oct. 15 marked the concert of musical artist Ludacris at FAU, but before the contracts were even signed, he canceled to attend a Fast and the Furious movie photo shoot. The Ludacris concert was meant to kick off the 2010 Homecoming Week. As FAU’s early onset of excitement saw flyers and posters litter campus, Student Government had a panic attack with the news that Ludacris was not coming. "It's devastating and you're like, ‘Oh, my God, what are we gonna do?' and you sulk about it and then, an hour later, you figure it out, which is what we did," said Alicia Keating, the adviser to Program Board. "If we're devastated and we're like, ‘Yeah, this really sucks, this

is terrible,' then how is anyone else gonna be excited?" Despite the fact that Student Government decided to start promoting a show that wasn’t 100-percent set, to their surprise, ticket sales rose by nearly 100 tickets a week after the news of the rescheduling. With the mess of rescheduling resolved, on Nov. 10, Freakers Ball finally kicked off. However, Ludacris arrived two hours late for his scheduled 9 p.m. appearance. The concert started on a slow note, getting passive reactions from the crowd as several opening acts desperately tried to delay the fact that the main event was very late. "Despite being late,” said Student Body President Ayden Maher, “Ludacris really knew his audience and got people off their feet.” [Gideon Grudo contributed to the reporting in this story.]

GOOD, THE BADD, THE WTF

Ludacris showed up two hours late to his scheduled 9PM appearance at the rescheduled Freakers Ball on Nov. 10th.

Absolutely Ludacris

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WTF?!

Spring 2010 marked a new semester at FAU, but also the start of fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon's (SigEp) one year suspension. SigEp was given a one-year suspension for a harsh hazing ritual that took place in November of 2009 that sent their fraternity brother, Nicholas Letteri, to the Boca Raton Community Hospital emergency room. According to Letteri, he was kidnapped, tied up, and forced to drink beer and shots by SigEp brothers as he rapidly threw up and blacked out. During their suspension, SigEp underwent membership review, disciplinary probation, a chapter reorganization plan, and monthly meetings and reports. "We're the strongest fraternity on campus. We have the highest grades; always number one in intramurals; always number one in sports; we always have the highest community service. This is not what we expected, and it's not going to help out anybody," said Jonathon Marquez, SigEp president, when referring to the suspension of the fraternity. To make a bad situation worse for FAU fraternities,

Nicholas Cady-Jantzen, a brother of the Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike) fraternity, was caught dumping more than 900 copies of the UP's Feb. 23 issue, which featured a story that investigated and exposed Greek Life hazing rituals. The story exposed fraternities like SigEp, Pike, and Sigma Alpha Mu for performing hazing acts such as sticking hoses up people’s rears. [Monica Ruiz contributed to the reporting of this story.]

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Work, weddings, and Nintendo

New engineering building combines work and recreation in an ecofriendly environment

Chris Persaud Circulation Manager

Davie research center looks to address ecological problems in the Everglades Chris Persaud Circulation Manager In November, FAU and UF cut the ribbon for a brand-new research facility with the goal of restoring the Everglades back to how it was 40 years ago. Located at FAU’s Davie campus, the research hub houses FAU and UF scientists who research the state of the Everglades and the animals that dwell within it. The research is funded in part by the South Florida Water Management District — a regional government agency — and the U.S. Geological Survey, a federal government agency. The restoration effort is meant to address four ecological problems: the introduction of non-native plants and

animals to the region, water pollution from fertilizer, loss of wetlands from housing developments, and changes in the amount and distribution of water in the Everglades. One graduate biology student, Bryan Botson, observes the Everglades’ wading bird population as an indicator for the status of the area. He said that if the population decreases, then there is a problem in the area. According to FAU’s website, the research building was designed to get a silver rating by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, a national program that rates buildings on their energy efficiency and environmentfriendliness. Silver is the secondlowest certification possible. [Sergio Candido contributed to the reporting in this story.]

Former Gawlik Lab member Garth Herring weighs a wading bird after catching it with a net-shooting gun.

Building for the village people FAU’s Innovation Village Chris Persaud Circulation Manager By August, up to 1,216 upperclassmen, grad students and professional students will have exclusive access to a gym and a pool, according to FAU’s website. The gym and pool will be located in Innovation Village Apartments, a new apartment complex for students located on northeast part of the Boca campus. According to Director of Housing Jill Eckardt, each of the building’s 1,216 prospective tenants must be upperclassmen, grad students or professional students. Eckardt said housing costs will be between $4,475 and $5,075 per semester — making it the most expensive housing on campus. Having been in the works since 2005, construction of the complex started in April 2010 and is expected to be complete by August 2011. The apartment complex will consist of two residential apartment buildings. Each apartment will have either two or four bedrooms, with a common area and a kitchen, according to FAU’s website. Eckardt has also said that each bedroom will have one bed, and each apartment will have two bathrooms. The apartments are part of the larger Innovation Village, which will feature a football stadium. According to the Sun-Sentinel, there will also be Greek housing and retail shops, but there is no set date for construction and completion.

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Photo courtesy of Gawlik Labs

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Students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science can now attend classes in a new building built to be the greenest academic building in the state, according to www. green.fau.edu — and they get to play a Wii. The college’s new home includes a student area — called the Cube — which features a Wii, a plasma TV, computers, and private suites available via reservation. There is also a dance floor, which Dean Karl Stevens requested since students wanted to get married on campus but didn’t have a good place to do so. Beneath the dance floor is a space for students’ bands to play or practice. The building isn’t just student-friendly, but environment-friendly. It consumes half the energy of an “average” building on campus, like the S.E. Wimberly Library, according to FAU Project Manager E. Henry Kraft. The windows, for example, let in sunlight but not heat, which saves on lighting and heating costs. Solar panels provide 4 percent of the building’s electricity, and 75-inch monitors mounted on the building’s walls let visitors know how much energy the building is consuming at that very moment. According to the college’s website (eng.fau.edu), the building was constructed in hopes of getting platinum-level certification from the Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design program — a national program that rates buildings on energy consumption and environmental impact. Platinum is the highest level of certification. While the building has not yet been certified, FAU has claimed just the opposite. In November, the UP discovered that the building was not yet certified platinum, though claims of platinum LEED certification were found on FAU’s web pages.

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Baseball team claims conference title FAU baseball claimed claimed its first Sun Belt Conference title in 29 years after the team was founded. Finishing their regular season 33-20 (23-9 Sun Belt), the Owls accomplished one of their most standout seasons ever. Adding to the team’s national recognition, infielders Sean Bukovich, Raymond Church and catcher Eddie Cassidy were named to the All-Regional team — one of the highest honors for players. Along with the players, head coach John McCormack was named Sun Belt Coach of the Year. Since 1990, FAU baseball has seen multiple players drafted and signed to Major League Baseball, and 2010 was no disappointment. Right-handed pitchers Mike Gipson and Ryan Burnal were selected in this year’s Major League Baseball Player Draft. Burnal was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 23rd round, while Gipson was selected in the 31st round by the New York Yankees. “I’m happy for them,” said McCormack. “They worked their behinds off.” Unfortunately, FAU fell to University of Florida in the championship game of the regional playoffs. However, the Owls finished with 37 victories overall, which is their most wins since 2005. “I think that we lived up to our expectations,” said McCormack. “I think we’re in good shape for next year and 2012 too.”

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Mark Gibson Staff Reporter

Although the Owls lost in the regional playoffs, the team won the Sun Belt Conference title for the first time in school history.

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Rusty Smith was drafted as a 3rd string quarterback for the Tenessee Titans

Mark Gibson Staff Reporter It was questionable whether 2010 would be FAU’s year to finally have a football player drafted into the NFL. The coaches were confident that it would be quarterback Rusty Smith, despite his injuries and inactivity that season. On April 22, while sitting in his Jacksonville home watching the NFL draft with his family, he received a phone call from a strange area code. Smith’s heart began to race. “About two minutes before it came across the TV screen that the Titans were on the clock I got a phone call from Tennessee and they asked me if I would like to be a Titan,” said Smith. “I said I’d love to be a Titan.” Smith is the first FAU player to be drafted and signed by an NFL team. Originally positioned as a third-string quarterback for the Titans, Smith has moved into the starting position. On Nov. 21, Smith played in his first pro game. In an away game against the Washington Redskins, Smith was put in the game mid third quarter. On his first play, he threw a 50plus-yard bomb downfield to wide receiver Randy Moss. The spectacular play was unfortunately negated by an offensive pass interference call.

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Sports Highlights

Walking with the stars

FAU student athletes shatter records and turn heads in 2010 Mark Gibson Staff Reporter Football and baseball weren’t the only sports that set records and had shining moments in 2010. Here is a look at some of the top individuals from other FAU sports:

Photo courtesy of FAU

Swimming Sophomore Eszter Bucz broke two school records in Atlanta while also posting NCAA provisionally-qualifying times in three events. She broke Laurence Bensimon’s 23-year-old school record in the 400-yard individual medley by 1.5 seconds with a fourth-place finish in 4:15.20. She followed that with a school-record 2:00.76 in the 200-yard individual medley and a career-best 2:14.73 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Golf

Golf Week magazine’s national poll ranked FAU No. 85 out of the 100 best college golf teams in the country. Along with the ranking on Aug. 2, 2010, junior Carl McCauley became the second FAU men’s golfer to be selected to play in the United States Amateur Championship tournament.

Cross country/track Tennis

Senior Marc Abdelnour won the University of Miami Fall Invitational after winning three of his four matches in the top singles flight. Abdelnour is now five singles victories away from matching the school record for career singles wins. He also posted a 2-1 record in the Invitational’s doubles competition and is tied for fourth place among FAU’s all-time career doubles victories with 46.

Volleyball

In July 2010, Krystena Castro was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Castro ended her star-studded volleyball career in the top ten in numerous categories in school history that didn’t all necessarily involve her main sport, as Castro won a shot put championship in track as a freshman.

Softball

Along with Krystena Castro, Blair Bodenmiller was also nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Bodenmiller is one of the most decorated student athletes in FAU history as the all-time leader in home runs, stolen bases and RBIs. She is also a two-time First Team All-Sun Belt selection.

[Source: www.fau.edu]

Friederike Feil set a new FAU school record in the 3,000-meter-dash while in Germany.

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FAU cross country senior runner Friederike Feil set a school record on June 30, 2010, when she ran a time of 9:52.77 in the 3,000-meter. This was Feil’s fourth school record in cross country and track.


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