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University  Press April 12, 2012 Vol. 13 Issue 27

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April 12, 2011 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mariam Aldhahi MANAGING EDITOR Ryan Cortes ART DIRECTOR Phaedra Blaize WEB EDITOR Andrew Alvino BUSINESS MANAGER Michae Henry COPY DESK CHIEF Michael Chandeck NEWS EDITOR Regina Kaza CRIME EDITOR Monica Ruiz FEATURES EDITOR Carolina Fernandez PHOTO EDITOR Charles Pratt SPORTS EDITOR Rolando Rosa SENIOR EDITORS Rachel Chapnick Gideon Grudo SENIOR REPORTERS Karla Bowsher Sergio Candido SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Christine Capozziello STAFF REPORTERS Dylan Bouscher Jordan Robrish STAFF DESIGNER Elena Medina STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Melissa Landolfa COPY EDITOR Jessica Cohn-Kleinberg CONTRIBUTORS Jessica Calaway, Michelle Friswell, Allyn Farach, Taylor Johnson, Chris Lamann,Lamise Mansur, Maddy Mesa, Maria Mor, Sharlene Moulton Alejandra Parada, Amanda Rubio, Cyrus Smith, Farrah Wafa ADVISERS MICHAEL KORETZKY DAN SWEENEY COVER Photo by Charles Pratt WANT TO JOIN THE UP? email upress@fau.edu Staff meetings every Friday, 2 p.m. in the Student Union, Room 214

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OBAMA! By Mariam Aldhahi woke   up   Wednesday   morning   thinking   about   President   Barack   Obama.   Not   in   an   uncomfortable   Marilyn   Monroe-­JFK   sort   of   way,   though.  Really,  I  woke  up  feeling  more   like  a  sleep  deprived  Marilyn  Manson.  It   must  be  something  that  happens  when   you  spend  two  days  trying  to  document   the   president’s   two-­hour   long   campus   visit.     You  probably  already  know  the  basics:  The  president  came   to  town  and  took  away  a  lot  of  our  parking  spots,  about  3,500   people  were  there  to  see  it  and,  for  one  day,  students  became   infatuated  with  the  world  of  politics.  One  of  its  biggest  players   was  here  —  just  for  us. If  you’ve  read  the  the  UP  before,  you  might  have  noticed  this   issue  is  a  few  days  late.  Here  in  the  UPĂ?NEWSROOM Ă?WEĂ?lGUREDĂ? we  had  a  good  enough  reason  keep  you  waiting.  Since  Obama   is,  arguably,  FAU’s  most  famous  visitor,  the  bins  could  wait  —   and  we  could  spend  a  full  24-­hours  creating  this  special  issue.   But,  in  order  to  capture  FAU’s  presidential  makeover  and  bring   this  issue  to  you  just  two  days  later,  we  had  to  gather  our  troops. Over   20   UP   reporters,   photographers   and   designers   spent   all   day   (and   night)   running   around   campus,   meeting   excited   students   and   angry   protesters1.   Oh,   speaking   of   —   we   even   talked  to  a  math  professor  who  thinks  we  should  “abolish  the   presidencyâ€?2.   We   learned   that   students   (and   professors)   will   stand  in  line  for  over  an  hour  to  see  the  president  toss  up  the   /WLĂ?lNGERSĂ?ANDĂ?GIVEĂ?AĂ?SHOUT OUTĂ?TOĂ?#OYOTEĂ?*ACKS Obama’s   visit   exposed   us   to   more   than   just   the   Buffett   Rule3Ă?0EOPLEĂ?WEREĂ?EXCITEDĂ?&ORĂ?THEĂ?lRSTĂ?TIME Ă?&!5Ă?WENTĂ?FROMĂ? everyone’s  safety  school,  to  the  place  everyone  wanted  to  be.   Two  UP  reporters  said  it  best  “For  one  day,  FAU  didn’t  stand  for   Find  Another  University  or  Finished  and  Unemployedâ€?4. So  whether  you  were  in  Boca  as  one  of  the  lucky  3,500  who   made  it  inside5,  or  even  if  you  avoided  campus  at  all  costs,  this   issue  will  break  down  everything  you  saw    —  or  missed  —  on   the  day  Obama  came  to  campus.  

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1. Some weren’t happy to have the president around. Page  6 has everything you should know about Tuesday’s protests. 2. To read about Professor Stephen Kizlik and how he feels about the president, go to  

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page  11. 4. Two editors felt the energy and tell us why Obama’s speech, and his presence, matters. To read their side of the story, go to  page  14

5. Two of our reporters were in the midst of the madness, check out  page  16 for what they saw and heard inside The Burrow.

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hat  the  hell  happened  on  Tuesday?  Everything  was   off.   Students   waited   in   line   for   almost   an   hour   for   the   president,   when   their   attention   span   usually   matches   the   cooking   time   of   ramen   noodles.   Secret   Service   was  everywhere,  and  some  people  even  got  turned  away  from   an   FAU   event   they   had   tickets   for.   Then,   there   was   a   math   professor   who   poured   his   heart   out   about   how   he   hates   the   government   and,   as   expected,   the   Republicans   complained   about   Barack   Obama.   Here’s   the   rest   of   the   weirdest,   but   funniest,  stuff  the  UP  noticed  on  the  day  the  president  came   to  campus.

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Student’s  started  lining  up  at   12:30  p.m  and  Obama  didn’t   take  the  stage  until  3  p.m.

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“So,   you   know,   to   me,   I   am   no   longer   going   to   go   to   vote   because   I   think   it   won’t   make   some   large   difference.   I   will   not.   I   will   not.   I   will   not   collaborate   with   the  murder  of  innocent  children.”   “I  would  continue  to  abolish  the  Congress,   and  the  Supreme  Court,  all  of  it,  and  we   could  try  to  all  get  along  like  brothers  and   sisters,  like  we  were  meant  to.” “[The   government]   keeps   us   divided   to   be   conquered,   but   I   don’t   want   to   be   conquered.  I  don’t  want  us  to  have  to  pay   taxes  to  dumb  people  that  literally  say  that   the  poor  citizens  were  to  be  tortured.”  

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Obama Before the speech, students and visitors protested the president

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s     3,500   people   on   the   Boca   campus   waited   to   see   President  Barack  Obama  speak,  they  were  greeted  by   two  groups  of  angry  protesters.   It  was  April  10,  the  day  Obama  visited  FAU  to  deliver  his   economic  address.  FAU  placed  him  in  The  Burrow  and  closed   the   event   to   the   public,   only   allowing   students,   faculty   and   media  to  attend.   One   group,   a   Jewish-­Israeli   organization,   was   protesting   the  presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  foreign  policy.  The  other  group,  FAU  College   Republicans,  was  protesting  his  economic  policy.  We      looked   at  who  they  are  and  what  they  are  about.

Shalom International Led  by  69-­year-­old  Bob  Kunst,  this  pro-­Israel,  anti-­Obama  group  had   no  student  protesters. There  were  10  members  standing  on  the  corner  of  Glades  Road  and   &!5SĂ? MAINĂ? ENTRANCEĂ? 4HEYĂ? WEREĂ? THEĂ? lRSTĂ? THINGĂ? PEOPLEĂ? SAWĂ? ASĂ? THEYĂ? drove  onto  campus  during  the  several  hours  before  the  speech. Kunst  waved  a  banner  that  read  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israel  Jerusalem  United.â&#x20AC;?  He  had   a   2008   email   with   him   that   explained   the   organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   mission.   In   it,   Shalom   International   claims   that   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   bad   for   America   and   Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  bad  for  Israelâ&#x20AC;?  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  the  email  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  addressed  to  anyone.  It   also  read:  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jerusalem  has  been  Jewish  for  3,000  plus  years.  It  belongs   to  every  Jew  and  every  Jew  that  has  been  murdered  for  being  a  Jew.   It  isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  negotiable.â&#x20AC;? The  biggest  gripe  the  group  had  with  Obama,  according  to  Kunst,   was  his  foreign  policy  and  relationship  with  Hamas.   Kunst,  a  Miami  Beach  native,  said  he  feels  Obama  is  on  the  wrong   side  of  the  fence.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   have   a   common   enemy   and,   unfortunately,   Obama   is   siding   with  the  very  people  who  want  to  destroy  America  and  Israel,â&#x20AC;?  Kunst   stated.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  issue  from  our  perspective  is  his  foreign  policy  is  a  total   disaster.â&#x20AC;?

Shalom International protesters rally against Obama, stating his policies are anti-­Israel. Photo by Lamise Mansur

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Other  Shalom  International  protesters  didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  want  to  talk  to  the  UP. While  protesting,  the  group  was  challenged  by  two  people  in  a   passing  car  honking  the  horn  and  making  faces  at  them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go  to  hell,â&#x20AC;?  one  of  the  protesters  screamed  back.  Another   shouted,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Piss  on  the  Quran!â&#x20AC;?   When  the  strangers  were  gone,  Kunst  said  order  was  restored,   h.OWĂ?WEĂ?CANĂ?HAVEĂ?AĂ?PEACEFULĂ?DISCUSSIONv But  it  wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  long  before  more  cars  passed  by,  honking  and  yelling,   some  in  support  and  some  in  opposition  to  the  protesters. h;/BAMA=Ă?ISĂ?SOĂ?BUSYĂ?PLAYINGĂ?THISĂ?GAME Ă?HOWĂ?CANĂ?HEĂ?DEALĂ?WITHĂ?THEĂ? ECONOMYĂ?!NDĂ?WHOĂ?ISĂ?SUFFERINGĂ?THEĂ?MOSTĂ?4HEĂ?POORĂ?COMMUNITY vĂ? +UNSTĂ?SAIDĂ?h4HEIRĂ?UNEMPLOYMENTĂ?RATEĂ?ISĂ?EVENĂ?WORSEĂ?THANĂ?EVERYBODYĂ? else  and  all  the  millions  of  people  losing  their  homes.â&#x20AC;?

College Republicans The   FAU   College   Republicans   (CR)   was   the   second   group   people   saw.  They  had  gathered  at  noon  to  protest.   But   they   werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   only   students.   Among   them   were   non-­student   Republicans  with  a  common  denominator:  Obama  out. Together,   they   stood   outside   the   Student   Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   parking   lot   and   greeted   the   presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   motorcade   with   shouts   of   â&#x20AC;&#x153;communistâ&#x20AC;?   and   â&#x20AC;&#x153;socialist.â&#x20AC;? One   of   the   protesters,   an   older   man   with   a   large   wooden   cross   AROUNDĂ?HISĂ?NECK Ă?WASĂ?EQUIPPEDĂ?WITHĂ?ANĂ?!MERICANĂ?mAGĂ?ALMOSTĂ?SEVENĂ? feet  long,  while  sophomore  English  and  art  major  Theresa  Allen  held   up  a  sign  with  â&#x20AC;&#x153;FAILâ&#x20AC;?  written  across  Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  face.  Of  the  17  people,   around  half  were  students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   want   to   hear   some   truth,â&#x20AC;?   Mickey   Valentine,   the   man   with   THEĂ?mAG Ă?SAIDĂ?(EĂ?WOULDĂ?SOONĂ?STARTĂ?WRITINGĂ?OUTĂ?ANOTHERĂ?SIGNĂ?h4ELLĂ?THEĂ? TRUTHĂ?ABOUTĂ?TAXESvĂ?6ALENTINEĂ?IDENTIlEDĂ?HIMSELFĂ?WITHĂ?HISĂ?.ATIONALĂ?2ImEĂ? Association  membership  card,  saying,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;If  youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re  not  a  member  of  the   .2! Ă?YOUREĂ?NOTĂ?!MERICANv Another   non-­student   was   wandering   about,   asking   if   she   was   at   THEĂ?PROTESTĂ?%ILENĂ?7ICKEĂ?ISĂ?Ă?YEARSĂ?OLD Ă?ANDĂ?THISĂ?WASĂ?HERĂ?lRSTĂ?POLITICALĂ? rally. h7EĂ?NEEDĂ?AĂ?NEWĂ?PRESIDENTĂ?DESPERATELY vĂ?SHEĂ?SAIDĂ?h7EĂ?HAVEĂ?TOĂ?GETĂ? rid  of  Obama.â&#x20AC;? When  the  group  set  up,  there  were  three  students  with  the  CR  and   eight  adults.   Senior  Jeff  Arnold  said  he  was  the  new  president  of  FAUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  College   2EPUBLICANS Ă?ANDĂ?ONEĂ?OFĂ?THEĂ?ONLYĂ?STUDENTSĂ?TOĂ?HAVEĂ?STUCKĂ?AROUNDĂ?FROMĂ? setup  to  set-­down.   Arnold,  a  political  science  major  who  plans  on  being  a  pastor,  said   they  were  expecting  a  big  turnout.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   are   here   to   protest   an   ineffectual   economic   policy,â&#x20AC;?   Arnold   SAIDĂ?/BAMASĂ?SPEECHĂ?WASĂ?lTTINGĂ?TOĂ?THISĂ?SUBJECTĂ?ASĂ?ITĂ?WOULDĂ?FOCUSĂ?ONĂ? the  Buffett  Rule.  

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One of the anti-­Obama protesters, Frances Lowell, rallied outside of FAU to greet the president. Photo by Christine Capozziello

:URIĂ? $AVIS Ă? AĂ? FRESHMANĂ? COMMUNICATIONĂ? MAJOR Ă? SHOWEDĂ? UPĂ? AĂ? HALF hour  into  the  protest  and  brought  her  own  sign.  She  was  not  there  to   PROTEST Ă?SHEĂ?SAIDĂ?h)MĂ?HEREĂ?TOĂ?JUSTĂ?SHOWĂ?THEREĂ?AREĂ?STILLĂ?CONSERVATIVESvĂ? In  contrast,  Afra  Burtun,  a  junior  history  major,  showed  up  for  the   sole  purpose  of  supporting  the  CR.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;They  need  more  people  to  help  spread  the  word,â&#x20AC;?  Burtun  said. 7HENĂ?THEĂ?PRESIDENTĂ?ARRIVED Ă?THEĂ?STUDENTSĂ?IMMEDIATELYĂ?HELDĂ?UPĂ?THEIRĂ? signs. Ashley  Anastasi,  a  sophomore  and  former  CR  president,  led  a  chorus   OFĂ?h"OOSvĂ?ANDĂ?SCREAMEDĂ?ABOVEĂ?THEĂ?REST Ă?h/NEĂ?TERMv â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  president  is  a  communist.  Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  welcome  at  FAU.  See   this,  this  is  what  we  are  paying  for,â&#x20AC;?  he  said,  referring  to  the  presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   MOTORCADEĂ?h!LLĂ?OFĂ?THISĂ?#ANĂ?YOUĂ?SAYĂ?OVERKILLĂ?Ă?AĂ?GALLONv %VENĂ? THOUGHĂ? *EFFĂ? !RNOLDĂ? HADĂ? PLANNEDĂ? TOĂ? KEEPĂ? THEĂ? GROUPĂ? TOGETHERĂ? UNTILĂ? Ă? PM Ă? CITINGĂ? THATĂ? h;/BAMA=Ă? LIKESĂ? TOĂ? HEARĂ? HIMSELFĂ? TALK vĂ? THEĂ? protesters  dispersed  as  soon  as  Obama  showed  up  at  2:30  p.m.  They   had  classes  to  go  to,  they  said.

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Barack, A sitting president visits FAU for the second time ever

Buffett and the burrow By Dylan Bouscher

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The president explains the Buffett Rule to 3,500 FAU students, faculty and staff in The Burrow. Photo by Charles Pratt upressonline.com

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n   a   cramped   basketball   arena,   President   Barack   Obama   told   FAU   students  the  Republican  Party  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   do  math. Obama  spoke  to  to  students,  faculty,   and   staff     in   The   Burrow   on   Tuesday   about   making   college   more   affordable   â&#x20AC;&#x201D;   at   a   time   of   record   budget   cuts   and   tuition   hikes.   His   pit   stop   at   FAU   came   after   a   fundraiser   in   Palm   Beach   Gardens,   and   before   another   in   Hollywood.   In   his   speech,   Obama   compared   his   plan   for   the   economy   against  his  opponentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   add   up,   it   doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t   make   sense,â&#x20AC;?  Obama  said  about  the  tax  plan   congressional   Republicans   put   forth.   Using  their  own  numbers,  Obama  poked   holes   in   the   plan,   which   includes   $4.6   trillion  in  tax  breaks  over  the  next  decade.   One  number  stood  out  to  students  when   Obama  talked  about  the  opposing  plan:   10   million   college   students   would   lose    Ă?EACHĂ?INĂ?lNANCIALĂ?AIDĂ?4HEĂ?CROWDĂ? booed  in  agreement  with  the  president. h4HATĂ?DOESNTĂ?JUSTĂ?BENElTĂ?YOU vĂ?/BAMAĂ? SAIDĂ? ABOUTĂ? lNANCIALĂ? AIDĂ? PROGRAMSĂ? h)TĂ? BENElTSĂ? WHATEVERĂ? COMPANYĂ? MIGHTĂ? ENDĂ? UPĂ? HIRINGĂ? YOUĂ? ANDĂ? PROlTINGĂ? FROMĂ? your   skills.â&#x20AC;?   He   also   made   an   example   of   himself   and   his   wife   Michelle   as   !MERICANSĂ?WHOĂ?BENElTEDĂ?FROMĂ?lNANCIALĂ? aid   programs   and   gave   back   to   their   country.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We   made   an   investment   in   you,â&#x20AC;?  he  said  to  students.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll  get  a   return  on  the  investment.â&#x20AC;? Obama   told   the   audience   the   opposing   plan   would   bring   inevitable   cuts.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;If  you  donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  cut  student  loans,  they   have   to   come   from   somewhere   else,â&#x20AC;?   he   said.   The   president   also   defended   investments  in  research  and  education:   â&#x20AC;&#x153;This  is  not  some  socialist  dream.â&#x20AC;? The   president   challenged   his   Republican  opposition  to  outline  where  

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their  cuts  will  come  from.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;They  should   SHOWĂ?USĂ?SPECIlCALLYĂ?WHEREĂ?THEYLLĂ?MAKEĂ? those  cuts.â&#x20AC;? Then   he   talked   about   his   own   tax   plan:  the  Buffett  Rule. The   rule   would   lower   the   nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   DElCITĂ? BYĂ? RAISINGĂ? TAXESĂ? ONĂ? !MERICANSĂ? making  $1  million  a  year  or  more  to  30   percent.  The  rule  is  named  after  multi-­ billionaire  Warren  Buffett,  who  says  he   pays  a  lower  tax  rate  than  his  secretary.   Buffett  supports  the  new  tax  plan. Although   the   rule   raises   taxes   on   millionaires,  Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  plan  also  protects   the  middle  class  from  any  tax  increases.   He  said  he  did  not  want  taxes  to  go  up   on   the   98   percent   of   families   whose   income  is  less  than  $250,000  a  year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prosperity   has   always   come   from   the   bottom   up,â&#x20AC;?   Obama   said   when   talking  about  how  to  keep  the  economy   improving.   Congress   will   vote   on   the   Buffett   rule   in   six   days,   which   could   raise   the   income   tax   rate   on   the   mega   rich   to   the   same   rate   the   middle   class   pays.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are   we   better   off   when   everybody   gets   a   fair   shot?â&#x20AC;?   Obama   asked   a   cheering   crowd.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;And   everybody   plays   by  the  same  set  of  rules?â&#x20AC;? April 12, 2012

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Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic visit unites our university By Carolina Fernandez and Regina Kaza

After speaking to 3,500 people in The Burrow, President Obama ended his speech to raucous applause. Submitted photo

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he   excitement   was   building   with   every   passing   second.   The   Burrow,   a   packed   basketball   arena   that   seats   2,000  students,  was  loud.  Louder  than  it  had   ever   been.   There   were   3,500   people,   some   crammed   elbow-­to-­elbow,   others   squirming   in  their  seats.  Eyes  darted  across  the  room  as   everyone  waited  for  the  show  to  begin.   Minutes  passed  and  the  podium  remained   empty.   The   section   right   in   front   of   it   was   lLLEDĂ?WITHĂ?STUDENTS Ă?MOSTĂ?mAUNTINGĂ?&!5SĂ?REDĂ? and  blue.   Students,  professors  and  just  about  anyone   who  managed  to  get  a  ticket  came  together   and   displayed   their   pride   shamelessly,   THROWINGĂ?UPĂ?/WLĂ?&INGERS Ă?CHANTINGĂ?ASĂ?LOUDLYĂ? as  they  could.   4HOUSANDSĂ? OFĂ? SPECTATORSĂ? SCREAMEDĂ? h&OURĂ? more  years!â&#x20AC;?  or  â&#x20AC;&#x153;O-­ba-­ma!â&#x20AC;?  But  the  loudest   CHANTĂ?h& ! 5Ă?& ! 5vĂ?

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President   Mary   Jane   Saunders   praised   our   school   and   all   of   its   accomplishments   in   her   introduction,   and   students   echoed   HERĂ?ENTHUSIASMĂ?WITHĂ?CHEERSĂ?h&!5Ă?LOOKSĂ?LIKEĂ? !MERICA vĂ? 3AUNDERSĂ? SAIDĂ? .EXTĂ? TOĂ? HERĂ? HUNGĂ? AĂ? NAVYĂ? BLUEĂ? ANDĂ? WHITEĂ? BANNERĂ? READING Ă? h!NĂ? !MERICAĂ?BUILTĂ?TOĂ?LASTvĂ? The   crowd   was   out   of   their   seats   at   this   point  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  they  knew  what  was  coming  next. !NDĂ? THENĂ? HEĂ? WALKEDĂ? OUTĂ? "UTĂ? NOTĂ? THEĂ? president  we  had  all  come  to  see. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sorry   for   the   disappointment,â&#x20AC;?   Student   "ODYĂ?0RESIDENTĂ?!YDENĂ?-AHERĂ?CRACKED Ă?ASĂ?HEĂ? LEDĂ?THEĂ?CROWDĂ?INĂ?THEĂ?0LEDGEĂ?OFĂ?!LLEGIANCEĂ? Then,   after   Rebecca   Gaillaume   sang   the   national   anthem,   the   voice   on   the   loudspeaker  announced  the  President  of  the   5NITEDĂ? 3TATESĂ? 9OUĂ? COULDĂ? BARELYĂ? HEARĂ? IT Ă? NOTĂ? WITHĂ?THEĂ?CROWDSĂ?THUNDER President  Barack  Obama  strode  in  smiling   toward  the  microphone.  

I love you, man In  black  business  slacks  and  a  white  button   down   shirt,   light   blue   tie   with   his   sleeves   rolled   up,   the   president   leaned   in.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank   you!â&#x20AC;?  he  shouted,  his  words  drowned  out  by   the  crowd  cheering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  love  you,  man!â&#x20AC;?  someone  yelled. The  president  replied.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  love  you  back.â&#x20AC;?   The  students  took  out  their  phones,  trying   to   get   good   shots   of   the   president.   People   began  taking  pictures  of  themselves,  hoping   Obama  would  show  up  in  the  background. &ROMĂ? THEĂ? START Ă? HEĂ? LUREDĂ? USĂ? INĂ? THEĂ?

graduating  seniors,  the  science  majors  â&#x20AC;&#x201D;  as   if  he  knew  our  life  stories.   h0RETTYĂ?SOON Ă?YOULLĂ?BEĂ?CLOSINGĂ?THEĂ?BOOKSĂ?ATĂ? Wimberly   for   the   last   time,â&#x20AC;?   he   said   to   the   graduating  seniors,  the  science  majors,  all  of   USĂ?h-AYBEĂ?YOULLĂ?BEĂ?MAKINGĂ?THATĂ?ONEĂ?LASTĂ?TRIPĂ? TOĂ?THEĂ?BEACHĂ?ORĂ?#OYOTEĂ?*ACKSvĂ?)TĂ?WASĂ?LIKEĂ?HEĂ? knew  it  all.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then   comes   what   folks   call   the   real   world,â&#x20AC;?   Obama   said   as   he   started   talking   ABOUTĂ? THEĂ? RECESSIONĂ? !NDĂ? ALLĂ? OFĂ? USĂ? COULDĂ? relate   as   he   said   that   he,   too,   had   to   use   STUDENTĂ? LOANSĂ? ANDĂ? lNANCIALĂ? AIDĂ? TOĂ? MAKEĂ? ITĂ? through  college.   He  explained  the  amount  millionaires  and   billionaires  would  be  saving  if  we  supported   2EPUBLICANSĂ?TAXĂ?CUTSĂ?h(ERESĂ?WHATĂ? Ă? MEANSvĂ? &ORĂ? STUDENTS Ă? HEĂ? SAID Ă? ITĂ? MEANSĂ? an   improved   life   for   everyone   â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;   a   new   COMPUTERĂ? LABĂ? FORĂ? &!5 Ă? MEDICALĂ? CAREĂ? FORĂ? ONEĂ? OFĂ?OURĂ?GRANDPARENTSĂ?ANDĂ?AĂ?VETERAN Ă?lNANCIALĂ? AIDĂ?MONEY Ă?AĂ?YEARSĂ?SALARYĂ?FORĂ?AĂ?lRElGHTERĂ?ORĂ? POLICEĂ? OFlCER Ă? AĂ? YEARSĂ? WORTHĂ? OFĂ? PRESCRIPTIONĂ? drugs,  more  affordable  college  costs,  and  a   medical  research  grant  for  a  chronic  disease.   h Ă?COULDĂ?PAYĂ?FORĂ?ALLĂ?OFĂ?THESEĂ?THINGSĂ? combined,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Think  about  that.â&#x20AC;? 4HATSĂ?WHENĂ?AĂ?GUYĂ?INĂ?AĂ?BLUEĂ?SHIRT Ă?ONĂ?THEĂ? right  side  of  the  audience,  stood  up,  pounding   HISĂ?lSTĂ?INĂ?THEĂ?AIR Ă?THEĂ?EXCITEMENTĂ?INĂ?HISĂ?EYESĂ? ASĂ? LOUDĂ? ASĂ? HISĂ? VOICEĂ? h9ESvĂ? HEĂ? YELLEDĂ? OVERĂ? and  over  again. Obama   talked   about   justice,   not   just   â&#x20AC;&#x153;making  the  rich  richer.â&#x20AC;?  He  reminded  us  that   WEALTHĂ?DOESNTĂ?hTRICKLEĂ?DOWNvĂ?FROMĂ?THEĂ?TOP Ă? but  builds  from  the  bottom  up.   Slowly   but   surely,   it   looked   like   he   had  

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Here in America The  president  leaned  into  the  microphone   and   his   voice   got   louder   and   louder.   So   did   the  crowd. h(EREĂ? INĂ? !MERICAĂ? WEĂ? DONTĂ? GIVEĂ? UPvĂ? 4HEĂ? shouting  began  to  build.   h(EREĂ? INĂ? !MERICAĂ? WEĂ? LOOKĂ? OUTĂ? FORĂ? ONEĂ? another.â&#x20AC;?   Slowly,   people   started   getting   out   of  their  seats. h(EREĂ?INĂ?!MERICAĂ?WEĂ?HELPĂ?EACHĂ?OTHERĂ?GETĂ? ahead.â&#x20AC;?   The   entire   audience   was   standing,   yelling,   clapping.   So   loud   they   almost   overpowered  the  speakers.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;We  can  make  this  century  another  great   !MERICANĂ? CENTURYvĂ? !Ă? STANDINGĂ? OVATION Ă? ANĂ? adoring  audience,  a  deafening  roar  in  unison.   !NDĂ?EVENĂ?IFĂ?WEĂ?COULDNTĂ?HEARĂ?WHATĂ?HEĂ?WASĂ? saying,  we  could  feel  it. 4HEĂ? PRESIDENTĂ? CAMEĂ? TOĂ? &!5Ă? TOĂ? TALKĂ? ABOUTĂ? THEĂ? ECONOMY Ă? BUTĂ? WHENĂ? HEĂ? mASHEDĂ? HISĂ? /WLĂ? &INGERSĂ? AFTERĂ? HISĂ? SPEECHĂ? ANDĂ? THEĂ? CROWDĂ? mASHEDĂ?THEMĂ?BACK Ă?ITĂ?MEANTĂ?SOMETHINGĂ?MOREĂ? They  were  holding  them  up  higher  than  ever,   prouder  than  ever.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to go to UF and flip them a double

The sights and sounds â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from FAU students

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Jack  Whidden,   secondory  education  major

President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s FAU visit sparked an array of emotional reactions from students. Photo by Charles Pratt By Rolando Rosa and Rachel Chapnick

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ow   would   be   the   best   time   to   have   a   dorm   party,â&#x20AC;?  secondary  education  major  Jack  Whidden   commented   to   his   friends.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every   cop   in   Palm   Beach  Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  out  here.â&#x20AC;? It  was  1:16  and  students  had  been  shifting  across  Volusia   Street  while  lining  up  to  see  President  Barack  Obama.  The  line   had  been  open  since  12:30,  and  despite  students  pouring  into   The  Burrow,  it  still  stretched    over  a  mile  toward  the  womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   SOCCERĂ?lELD Students   were   skipping   class   to   see   the   commander-­in-­ chief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  really  special,â&#x20AC;?  Aeden  Braddock,  a  sophomore  computer   science  major,  explained.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;How  many  opportunities  am  I  going   to  get  to  hear  the  president  speak?  The  president  or  class?  Not   a  tough  choice.â&#x20AC;? Inside,  The  Burrow  was  more  full  than  it  had  been  the  entire  

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basketball   season.   Former   FAU   football   head   coach   Howard   Schnellenberger  mingled  with  the  crowd  beforehand,  smiling  and   posing  for  pictures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let   [Obama]   know   coach   Schnellenberger   is   reporting   for   duty,â&#x20AC;?  he  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  wonderful  to  be  here.  More  importantly,  we   get  a  chance  to  practice  a  wave.â&#x20AC;?   Although  the  wave  was  more  of  a  ripple,  students  still  asserted   Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  presence  was  great  for  the  university.   h)TSĂ?TIMEĂ?TOĂ?GOĂ?TOĂ?5&Ă?ANDĂ?mIPĂ?THEMĂ?AĂ?DOUBLEĂ?MIDDLEĂ?lNGER vĂ?*ACKĂ? Whidden  said. In  the  stands,  students  were  standing  and  snapping  pictures,   though  Obama  was  nowhere  to  be  seen.  Those  standing  closest   to  the  presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  podium,  however,  were  attempting  to  squeeze   between  the  barricades.     â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   dense,   but   I   guess   thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s   a   good   thing,â&#x20AC;?   Aleksandra   Krawczyk,   a   language   development   major   from   the   honors  

college,  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not  a  good  advantage  for  us  short  people.â&#x20AC;?   After   a   half-­hour   wait   inside   The   Burrow,   there   were   three   FALSEĂ? ALARMSĂ? BEFOREĂ? /BAMAĂ? TOOKĂ? THEĂ? STAGEĂ? 4HEĂ? lRSTĂ? ENTRANCEĂ? was   FAU   President   Mary   Jane   Saunders,   to   the   confusion   of   some  students.  One  even  asked  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who  the  hell  is  that?â&#x20AC;?   She  announced  the  next  speaker  would  be  the  president.  It   turned  out  to  be  Ayden  Maher,  the  student  body  president.  He   apologized  for  not  being  Obama,  and  then  led  the  crowd  in  the   Pledge  of  Allegiance.   Following  the  pledge,  FAU  student  Rebecca  Guillaume  sang   THEĂ?NATIONALĂ?ANTHEM Ă?ANDĂ?THEĂ?CROWDĂ?JOINEDĂ?FORĂ?THEĂ?lNALĂ?VERSEĂ? The  crowd  re-­rallied  to  an  â&#x20AC;&#x153;F-­A-­Uâ&#x20AC;?  chant.  Finally,  Obama  made   HISĂ?ENTRANCEĂ?ATĂ?Ă?TOĂ?mASHINGĂ?CAMERASĂ?ANDĂ?4HEĂ?"URROWSĂ?STEREOĂ? system  blasting  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hail  to  the  Chief.â&#x20AC;?   Obama  threw  up  Owl  Fingers,  and  thanked  Maher  for  teaching   him  about  burrowing  owls.  Maher  said  he  hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  expected  to   speak  with  the  president,  but  took  advantage  of  the  opportunity   anyway. h)Ă?SAWĂ?THATĂ?HEĂ?SPOKEĂ?ATĂ?5-Ă?ANDĂ?mASHEDĂ?THEIRĂ?SIGN Ă?SOĂ?)Ă?WANTEDĂ? to  make  sure  he  knew  about  Owl  Fingers,â&#x20AC;?  Maher  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then  he   asked  â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why  owls?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;  So  I  explained.â&#x20AC;? When  Obama  concluded  his  34-­minute  speech  to  The  Burrow   crowd  of  3,500,  FAU  students  appeared  enthusiastic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When  I  won  the  lottery,  I  literally  felt  like  I  won  the  lottery,â&#x20AC;?   graduate  student  Vanessa  Rossel  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  a  huge  honor  that   not  many  people  are  able  to  experience  in  their  lifetime.  To  be   able   to   be   a   student   at   FAU   and   have   this   opportunity   to   get   to  see  the  president  in  my  neighborhood,  basically,  I  feel  very   fortunate.â&#x20AC;? Trevor  Owens  could  not  hold  in  his  emotions,  either.  Owens,   AĂ?SENIORĂ?%NGLISHĂ?MAJOR Ă?WASĂ?lREDĂ?UP Ă?CLAIMINGĂ?THATĂ?ITSĂ?TIMEĂ?FORĂ? major  change  in  America  and  that  Obama  is  the  man  for  the  job. h)TĂ?WASĂ?VERYĂ?SPECIAL vĂ?HEĂ?SAIDĂ?h(ESĂ?OURĂ?lRSTĂ?BLACKĂ?PRESIDENTĂ? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  president  that  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve  been  able  to  connect  with  the  most,   as  an  African-­American  man  myself.  As  a  working  student,  I  feel   the  lash  of  all  the  things  heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  speaking  about.  I  see  the  gas  prices   rising,  Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m  applying  for  jobs  and  I  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  get  one,  even  when  I  am   QUALIlED Ă?SOĂ?)Ă?FEELĂ?THEĂ?PAINv Boca  campus  Gov.  Ryan  Ebanks,  however,  was  feeling  more   elation  than  pain,  as  he  hopped  up  and  down  on  the  stairs  in  the   Student  Union  remarking,  â&#x20AC;&#x153;He  touched  my  hand!â&#x20AC;? upressonline.com


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Ayden  Maher’s  

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BIGGEST DAY

The student body president shares a moment with the seat-­ warmer-­in-­chief By Ryan Cortes

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t   is   7:34   p.m.   and   Student   Body   President   Ayden   Maher   is   exhausted.   For   the   last   10   hours   he   has   been   scrambling  around  campus,   shaking  hands  here,  smiling   over   there,   politicking   all   over   the   place.   Despite   that,  there  is  something  he   wants  to  show  me,  slumped   shoulders  and  all. He   furiously   clicks   away   on   his   computer   and   up   pops   a   video   of   President   Barack   Obama.   Maher’s   shoulders   stop   slumping   and   his   weary   pout   transforms   into   a   smile.   A   big  one. “Thank  you,”  the  president   beams   into   the   microphone.   “Well,   it   is   great   to   be  

back   in   Florida.   It   is   great   to   be   back   in   Boca.   Great   to  be  here,  at  the  home  of   the   Fighting   Owls.   I   want   TOÏ lRSTÏ OFÏ ALLÏ THANKÏ !YDEN Ï for   not   only   leading   us   in   the   Pledge   of   Allegiance,   but   also   giving   me   great   details  about  the  burrowing   owls.   He   explained   it   all   to   me.   And   then   he   told   me   he   wants   my   job.   And   I  explained  to  him  that  the   constitution   requires   you   are   35   years   old.   So   I   will   keep  the  seat  warm  for  him.   For  a  few  years.” Maher   stops   the   video   and   turns   to   me.   His   face   is   red,   the   V-­shaped   vein   on   his   forehead   beginning   to  bulge.  This  is  the  kind  of   pride  no  politician  can  hide.

What follows is my exclusive Q&A with our own president:

UP: So you’re sitting 10 feet from Obama when you hear him say your name. What goes through your head? Maher: I was cheesing pretty hard. You just get caught so up in the moment, not just because he’s mentioning your name, but because he’s at FAU and you got 3,000 screaming students and professors — and I don’t know, man. You just take it all in. It’s remarkable.

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As you’re waiting in the hallway at the back of The Burrow and Obama shows up, what’s that scene like? You just hear the hum of motorcycles. The Secret Service is there. Once the doors open and his staff gets out and the press gets out, he just walks right up that hallway and shakes President [Mary Jane] Saunders’s hand and shakes her husband’s hand and takes a picture. I was next after them. It was amazing how down to earth and real the president of the United States was. Obviously it’s a glorified position, but talk about being very humble, very personable — he was excellent at doing that and he was very kind. After meeting him and all the hoopla settles down, there’s still a speech. What’d you make of it? People tend to think he’s a polarizing figure, but his speech was focused on students. He definitely played to the audience. He talked about student loans, student debt, pell grants, reforming student loans and also help for the middle class. I think he spoke to what the audience wanted to hear, but I don’t think it was a polarizing speech. He talked about bringing up a strong middle class, and I don’t think republicans or democrats would disagree with that. Was there anything Obama said that you disagreed with? To be honest with you, no. I connected with a lot from his speech because I’m a student who benefited from the student

loan reformat. I’m not going to be charged high interest, I went to college all four years on a pell grant, I come from an immigrant family, I come from a middle-class family, so I connect well with everything he said today. Only students and faculty were allowed to attend, yet Obama talked about the Buffett Rule — without giving tickets to Boca’s top 1 percent. Didn’t he want to talk to them? I don’t think he didn’t want to talk to them, he came into their backyard. That message resonates with students. Students are trying to make it in the workforce, sometimes we just need help. Most students aren’t wealthy, some may come from a wealthy background, but the message definitely resonated with his audience. You’ve mentioned before that you didn’t expect to meet Obama today, didn’t even expect to talk to him. If you were told this morning that you’d meet him, that he’d even be mentioning your name, how would you react? Probably wouldn’t believe you. It’s humbling. It’s a good day, I guess. [My parents] call me JFK. [laughs]. They think I’m going to be the next JFK. It’s one of those things that you’ll go to bed at night and wonder if it actually happened. What was the worst part of today, the day you met, talked to, and were complimented by the president of the United States? The end. Why would you want that to end?

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