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ommuters to the Boca campus have dealt with their share of parking annoyances. Over the course of the last year, more lots were built to alleviate the daily duels for parking spaces, but for the rest of the summer, they’ll get to enjoy doing it again. Two construction projects on the Boca campus are already underway. Parking Garage 1, next to the S.E. Wimberly Library, is completely closed

for renovation and repainting. Work will be done to recaulk and reseal the garage to extend its functional lifetime and hopefully reduce the amount of construction required in the future. Portions of Parking Lot 4 are also closed. Located just north of the College of Medicine and Engineering East, construction will be done to reconfigure the lot to align with the new Florida Atlantic Boulevard, which opens sometime in the

fall. Access to and from the lot is restricted to the southern entrance from Lot 2. Both projects are scheduled to be finished before the fall semester begins. But in the event that it takes longer than expected, parking may once again become a daily battle. “I’ve never had a problem parking for summer even when there was construction,” said sophomore elementary education major Dana Ramsay. “But in the fall, the space is

already so limited that it’s just going to cause people to park in the farthest spots possible.” While the construction is taking place, extra parking is available in Lot 5, located on the north end of campus just north of the football stadium construction. A shuttle service is available to take you to and from the parking lot to the north end of the Breezeway. For more info on parking and shuttle routes, visit www. fau.edu/parking. July 5, 2011 3


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“I just wanted to disappear. The only thing I could control was the length, depth and number of cuts,” echoes a young female voice above the rumblings of a lone piano. While she tells her story, images reflecting her feelings, such as an empty swing set, flash by, summarizing the speaker’s loneliness. These sounds and pictures compose a series of short films produced by nursing professor Rhonda Goodman. She interviewed teenage girls who have injured themselves in order to give them a way to express difficult, bottled-up feelings — what she calls “the deep ugly.” “They’re using their skin as the canvas on which they write their story,” Goodman said. For each film, Goodman recorded the voice of the narrator, who recounted her experiences and attempted to explain why she started injuring herself. Goodman then combined those recordings with a series of images. So far, Goodman has interviewed seven teenagers and produced four “digital stories,” as they’re called. All of them will remain anonymous; only their voices and their stories will become public. Goodman thinks the films are therapeutic for the participants who make them. One narrator confessed in her film: “I never told anybody — people were harsh enough.” Some participants have taken home a copy of their video to show family members, while others just like to keep it for themselves. Those who are not comfortable enough telling their full stories have even created two films — one to show others, and a private one.

Each of the pictures used in the films is hand-selected by the interviewee. The images illustrate a point in the story or a feeling described. One film compared selfinjury with other addictions, using a picture of alcohol and drugs. In addition to the images, the subject chooses a song or musical track that Goodman layers onto the images and narration track, which, after minimal editing, results in the final film, just a few minutes long. Goodman learned how to produce these digital stories at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, Calif., on a $2,500 grant from the National Association of School Nurses. According to Amy Hill, director of programs at the Center for Digital Storytelling, the center works on helping researchers “[develop and execute] large-scale digital storytelling projects.” It’s still a relatively new technique, but it’s being used across many academic disciplines as a research tool — though Goodman said that she hasn’t heard of anyone else using it within the nursing field yet. Goodman will be presenting some of the films at a National Association of School Nurses conference later this month, and then at a School Nurses International conference in Hong Kong. She hopes that giving their intimate stories an audience with school nurses from across the country and around the world will help nurses help adolescents of similar backgrounds who resort to self-injury. “It’s a safer way to tell your story,” Goodman said. “They use this as their voice.”

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A series of dark images taken from short films illustrate the grim reality of self-injury among young women. PHOTOS COURTESY OF RHONDA GOODMAN

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No ticket? No problem Sports

Athletic Director Craig Angelos remains confident in his lofty ticket sales goal

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ver the last month, the Sun-Sentinel and other areas than just home football games. According to outlets have reported that FAU was behind Angelos, the community development agreement on its goal of 12,000 season tickets sold for between FAU and Boca Raton allows for 15 “ticketed” its new stadium — that there was reason to worry and events to happen in the first year of the stadium. doubt. Angelos said he expects to fill those 15 spots, and But FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos dismissed a great deal of them will come from international that immediately. soccer games. He believes that with the Orange Bowl “Oh no,” he said quickly. “We’re not behind on now defunct and Lockhart Stadium overshadowed season tickets.” by FAU’s own endeavor into stadiums, soccer games The new 30,000-seat stadium’s pro forma, a paper will now come to Boca. detailing financial goals needed to make money, “I think we’re going to be the preeminent soccer called for the stadium to sell 12,000 tickets per game. facility in South Florida,” Angelos said. Angelos decided to set his sights on something Whether or not FAU reaches its goal of 12,000 bigger, something better. His goal became to not just season tickets, the athletic department believes sell 12,000 tickets a game, but rather, 12,000 season heavily that it can cover the pro forma goal of 12,000 tickets — before a single game had even been played sold tickets of any kind per game. in the stadium, which is still being built. Mainly because they’ve done it before. “I just wanted to go after the lofty goal of saying, “I don’t worry about not hitting our ticket sales ‘Those 12,000 [tickets] that we pro forma goal at all,” Angelos said. need for games? Let’s just make “Just because of our past, playing out them season tickets, instead of Lockhart Stadium, a dilapidated of single game tickets,” said stadium, 20 miles away from campus, Angelos. we were still selling more than 12,000 Last year, at Lockhart Stadium, tickets a game, so I don’t fear that at FAU sold 1,300 season tickets, all.” according to Angelos. As of There isn’t any worry coming from June 28, the team has sold 2,700 Angelos, and perhaps that’s because of season tickets for next season, or how visible and loud advertisements 20 percent of its goal, with three for the new stadium have been. months until the stadium opens The school hired Omni Advertising, on Oct. 15, when the Owls will an advertising agency from Boca, go against Western Kentucky and partnered with the company to University. produce ads. Athletic Director However, it’s not a necessary From radio spots on 790 The Ticket, Craig Angelos goal to have a solvent stadium. to television ads, billboards and buses Angelos is setting the goal high wrapped in FAU Stadium logos, there on purpose because it will allow FAU to fail at the hasn’t been a shortage of eyeballs on the new stadium. goal and still make money. “Kind of an all-out assault on our community,” “If we even hit half of our revenue goals,” said Angelos said. Angelos, “we’ll still have enough to pay off our debt Individual game tickets will be available sometime service every year.” in August, according to Angelos, with the team That debt service is a $2.5 million payment owed focused, for now, on reaching its goal of 12,000 to Regions Bank, beginning next year, and continuing season tickets. every year after for the foreseeable future. The new “We’ve hit that 12,000 sold tickets and beyond the stadium, a $70 million project, has $44.5 million due last few years at Lockhart Stadium,” he said. “So that in loans to Regions Bank. shouldn’t be a problem.” The new stadium will also make money in other 8 July 5, 2011

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his fall, students will face the university’s secondlargest tuition and fee increase over the past 11 years — totaling an additional $17.84 per credit

hour. The biggest was last year’s $20.26 increase per credit hour. Both decisions were made by FAU’s 13-member Board of Trustees (BOT), which decides how FAU’s money is spent. The board was almost unanimously in favor of the increase. Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs Dennis Crudele told the UP that the increase was supposed to be less drastic. Crudele is in charge of helping create and manage FAU’s operating budget. According to Crudele, FAU only planned on raising tuition to help offset the loss of federal stimulus money it got over the last two fiscal years. That was more than $11.6 million per year. Plus, FAU had to raise it according to state law. But then, the state cut FAU’s funding by approximately $12 million more than expected, Crudele said. To make up for this unexpected loss, tuition had to be raised even more. To do this, the BOT got permission from the state’s Board of Governors (BOG) to raise FAU’s tuition differential.

FAU’s base tuition increased from $95.67 to $103.32 per credit hour. That’s an 8-percent increase mandated by the state. FAU’s tuition differential increased from $12.80 to $21.42 per credit hour. That’s a 7-percent increase. 10 JULY 5, 2011

The tuition differential is a fee that the BOT can raise as long as total tuition doesn’t go up by 15 percent, according to state law (see table). According to Crudele, it’s meant to give BOTs flexibility in raising tuition. The BOG oversees the state universities’ BOTs. Crudele said the tuition and fee increases are expected to be raised $9,428,682 more this fiscal year than last, based on fall 2010 enrollment. Despite this, the operating budget will still be smaller, according to FAU’s 2011-12 Operating Budget Executive Summary. Because the budget will be smaller, “We will increase class sizes,” Crudele said. “If you have to add two or three students [to a class], it’s not going to hurt the faculty.” He added that there will be fewer classes offered, but the university will strive to maintain its quality of education. Student Body President and BOT member Ayden Maher, who campaigned on promises to oppose tuition increases, abstained from voting yes or no. “If there were no state cuts ... I would have voted no,”he said, adding that “the increases are needed because of cuts from the state … I am against the state’s cuts.” He also opined that the state should increase funding to FAU.

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Without the tuition differential increase, FAU undergrads taking 12 credits in a semester would pay $2,105.26. Instead, they’ll will pay $2,208.70 — more than $100 more. Sources: Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs Dennis Crudele and Student Financial Services

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If you take 12 credits this fall, you’ll pay more than $200 more than last semester.

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“I feel like we’re the school that’s the cheapest, so I don’t complain. It could be beneficial somewhere else, but at least it’s for the school.”

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“It would still go to school. More classes, maybe an elective.”

Jessica Astor junior english major

“An Xbox 360. You know, recreation from too much studying. Or food and beer.”

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“I want a longboard real bad. Could’ve gone to that.”

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The state denied FAU’s $8.2 million request for building and equipment maintenance

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rass is going to be browner than usual thanks to university budget cuts, and senior psychology major Alexander Antonucci is not happy about it. “It’s terrible because most of us are forced to live on concrete,” he complained. “The grass gives students a softness with nature.” FAU is going to have to water the grass less because Gov. Rick Scott vetoed giving FAU more than $3 million that would have gone toward upkeep of roofs, sidewalks, water pipes and sprinklers. Although there is a cut, students won’t face critical safety hazards because of it, FAU Architect Tom Donaudy said. “Maybe a sidewalk doesn’t get pressure cleaned … There should be very little impact on students and faculty this year.” Originally, FAU requested approximately $8.2 million in Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) from the state, according to Donaudy. PECO funding is used to construct new buildings, buy new equipment and maintain old buildings and equipment. But the legislature shrunk that original $8.2 million down to $3,251,463 before passing it on to the governor, who vetoed it. Instead, the state’s Board of Governors will grant FAU $775,488 from its PECO Cash Reserve, according to a presentation given to the Board of Trustees by Senior

Vice President for Financial Affairs Dennis Crudele on June 15. The BOT is FAU’s 13-member board that decides how FAU’s money is spent. The BOG oversees the state universities’ BOTs. Crudele is in charge of helping create and manage FAU’s operating budget. Despite the cut, Donaudy is not worried. “We can sustain what we’ve got this year … We’re still optimistic.” He noted that PECO money was not the only way FAU can get funding for equipment and maintenance, pointing out a $500,000 state grant to help improve air conditioning cost efficiency. “We’ll continue looking for alternate sources of funds.” In the meantime, he said, certain maintenance will have to be deferred until the next fiscal year. Among these things are maintaining some water pipes, watering and fertilizing some grass, and pressure cleaning some sidewalks. Donaudy said that FAU will try to get PECO funding next fiscal year. If it does come through next time, Antonucci said he’ll be very pleased. “I’d love it. It would be a great change in campus experience for students. I know that, after class, hanging out [on the grass] is a great way for me to relax and hang with my friends.” upressonline.com


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hether it’s being freaked out by a spider, watching a horror movie, or even talking to some hot girl who sits next to you in class, we are all afraid of something. But some people are unfortunate enough to suffer from phobias that can cause distress to their daily lives. Some of them are quite common — like being afraid of heights — while others are just

bizarre and unusual. The sad truth about these weird phobias is that there were enough people suffering from them to have names given to them. Some of them are so out there that we’ve compiled a list of what we think are the weirdest of them all. If you happen to suffer from one of these phobias, we are in no way making fun of your condition. (OK, maybe a little.)

Fear of the heart Fear of the heart may sound poetic, but cardiophobia is literally the fear of the heart organ. The very organ that is vital to life strikes fear in the hearts of some people. (Pun intended.) It’s one thing to be grossed out by a heart, but being afraid of your own organ is a little bit of a mind bender. Many things can cause your heart to pound heavily — fear being one of them. So if your heart is pounding from being afraid of it … whoa.

05. Anablephobia

Fear of looking up It’s one thing to have vertigo, but constantly being afraid of looking up has to be rough. Try not looking up for an entire day. As soon as you think about not looking up, what do you want to do most? Look up. But in the anablephobiac’s defense, there are some legitimate reasons for not wanting to look up. Random bird droppings are a prime example.

02. Sesquipedalophobia

Fear of long words It’s a little odd that the fear of long words is in fact a long word itself. If you suffer from this phobia, how many letters constitute a long word? Technically any phobia is a long word. You would think that whoever had the decency to name this one would actually shorten it up a bit. Another word for this fear is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. Now that’s just cruel.

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Fear of going to school Next time you don’t feel like going to class or you forgot to do your homework, instead of pretending you’re sick, just tell the professor you suffer from didaskaleinophobia. We can’t say that it will work, nor do we know of anyone who actually suffers from this phobia, but give it a shot. Just don’t try to pull it on your psychology professor.

Fear of being tickled by feathers

08. Porphyrophobia

07. Ereuthophobia

Fear of the color purple If you really analyze this phobia, throughout history, the color purple is often associated with royalty, power and sometimes divinity. So perhaps people who suffer from porphyrophobia aren’t really afraid of the color purple, but more afraid of what it represents … or maybe they are seriously just afraid of things like purple grapes. What’s really scary about purple is the fact that nothing rhymes with it. And as you rattle your brain thinking about that one, “nerpal” doesn’t count as a real word.

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06. Cardiophobia

10. Didaskaleinophobia 09. Pteronophobia

04. Barophobia

Fear of gravity There are people who are afraid of heights, free-falling, or having things fall on them. Then there are people who are just afraid of gravity itself. While there are plenty of things that gravity makes deadly, life would be impossible without it. Astronauts who have been in space for a long period of time often experience reduced muscle mass and loss of bone density. Without gravity, our bodies would be reduced to frail skeletons. Now that’s scarier than gravity.

For some people, being tickled by feathers is funny, and for others it’s a sensual act, but for a remote group of people, it’s terrifying. Maybe it’s the tickling feeling in general that’s scary, or maybe they had a bad experience with a Vegas showgirl. Whatever the reason, it’s just a little too odd to seem like a real phobia.

Fear of red lights If you think about it, red lights are a big part of people’s daily lives. You see at least one every day whether it be on the road, in your car, or even in your house. Now imagine being pulled over by the cops while being afraid of red lights. Yikes. If anything, people with ereuthophobia should not be driving any sort of vehicle on the road. They would be too afraid to stop.

03. Arachibutyrophobia

Fear of having peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth

Having peanut butter stick to the roof of your mouth is in no way life-threatening, dangerous or harmful to the human body. It’s more annoying than anything. In fact, when was the last time that has even happened to you? If this is happening on a regular basis, you’re putting way too much peanut butter on your sandwich. The good news is that arachibutyrophobia is 100-percent curable. All you have to do is never eat peanut butter. Problem solved.

01. Phobophobia

Fear of having a phobia President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Well, there’s a phobia for that. The ultimate phobia has to be phobophobia. And if you suffer from it, it’s only logical that you suffer from every other phobia known to man. Or at least you think you do. And that possibility scares you more than anything. You essentially fear fear, which in itself is frightening. And after thinking about all that, if anyone with phobophobia can function in daily life, it’s nothing short of a miracle. July 5, 2011 15


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FAU students Patrick Daleen (above left) and Brandon Forschino (above right) are the brains behind the new social networking website College Twist. The pair hopes the website will provide a more realistic view of campus life.

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FAU students Brandon Forschino and Patrick Daleen are looking to revolutionize how people get information about college in the form of a new social network. College Twist is a unique “twist” on your average interconnection website. It lets its users get the full college experience from the comfort of a computer chair. The site, set to launch on Aug. 1, is starting off small with FAU as the site’s only featured campus. “The goal is to have College Twist be an instant-gratification, photo-driven site, with discussion boards being a big part of the website as well,” said Daleen. It all started during Forschino and Daleen’s freshman year at FAU. Brandon, an architecture major, came to Patrick, a business major, and shared an idea. Forschino suggested a way to make a website that featured pictures of actual dorms, Greek Life and sporting events on campus — taken by actual students. “I noticed the difference of what college was really like versus what I thought it would be like in high school,” said Forschino, a 20-year-old junior. This led to heavily pushing the idea of displaying a very detailed and realistic college experience to the user. “You really don’t get to see college for what it is, even with a campus tour,” Brandon noted, based on personal experience. “I didn’t know what to bring to college, or what goes on around campus — restaurants, good deals or local scenes.” The site will attempt to change all

of that. Forschino and Daleen went around to local businesses and made connections that will benefit users in the way of promotions and deals in the area around campus. Other universities will be run by campus representatives, who will have to put in a lot of work researching the clubs, Greek Life and sports of their respective schools. A heavily customizable dashboard lets the user’s news feeds and photos create a catered stream of information to their screen. This, combined with an event calendar, where events that the user is interested in show up, should let students keep in touch with their schools more easily than before. “We’re not trying to replace Facebook, we’re using Facebook integration,” said Daleen. “Why try to be different when you can coexist?” According to Forschino and Daleen, they want this site to grow to every university in the U.S. Their goal is to be a network for college students and also be a tool for high school students and a place for alumni to check back on their former schools. Expect a lot of photographs and a little drama on the discussion boards. Rivalries will be sure to produce heated arguments, and inquiries about the schools will be met with students’ honest opinions. “It’s fair game — people can say what they want to say,” said Forschino. “It’s better to see pictures and hear the real words instead of something glorified on a college site.”

Students can start signing up, submitting their FAU images or applying to be a campus representative now on www.collegetwist. com at no cost. Look for their on-campus promotions and street teams that will have more information about their launch parties coming soon.

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