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					     Volume XXXV Issue XIX                                                                          March 23, 2006                                                               

       Inside This Issue                        Russell Peters coming to Tech                      Peters’ humor combines bright
                                                                                                                                                                                            Students to
                                                                                                                                                                                            display array of
        E-Week in Pictures                        Florida Tech Press Release                observations with a youthful, hip-hop
                                                       University Communications
                                                                                            stage persona. He has been called an                                                            technical projects
                                                                                            international spokesperson on clashing
                                                       Stand-up comedian Russell Peters     cultures. His work has been on the Com-                                                           Florida Tech Press Release
                                                will perform at Florida Tech’s Charles      edy Network in Canada and on Com-                                                                      University Communications
                                                and Ruth Clemente Center on March 30        edy Central in the United States.
                                                at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Open to            Peters’ performance is made pos-                                                                Florida Tech College of Engineer-
                                                the public, his performance is $10.         sible by the Florida Tech Campus Ac-                                                            ing students team up to create design
                                                       A star in his native Canada,         tivities Board (CAB).                                                                           projects required for a Bachelor of Sci-
                                                Russell has been nominated for four                The Clemente Center is located                                                           ence degree in their chosen field. On
                                                Gemini Awards (Canada’s answer to the       near the corner of Babcock St. and Uni-                                                         April 14, they’ll exhibit over 100 of these
                                                Emmy Awards) and has won one. He            versity Blvd. For more information, call                                                        projects in the Student Design Show-
     Check out the main events from E-          most recently was nominated at the Ca-      Kasey Drennen at (321) 674-8080. Tick-                                                          case at the Charles and Ruth Clemente
     Week in this week’s Campus Life.           nadian Comedy Awards for Best Male          ets are available on campus and at the                                                          Center. The community is invited to view
              -------------------------------   Comic.                                      door.                                                                                           the exhibits from 1 to 4 p.m.

                                                LaundryView debuts in
                        E-Week on Page 3                                                                                                                                                           Projects include the radio-con-
                                                                                                                                                                                            trolled autonomous aircraft, formula car,
                                                                                                                                                                                            module robotic vehicle, computer visu-
       Review: 30 Seconds                                                                                                                                                                   alizations, pedestrian bridge, hydrogen
            to Mars
                                                various Residence Halls
                                                                                                                                                                                            powered jet boat, hydrogen production
                                                                                                                                                                                            reactor, and concrete canoe. Addition-
                                                                                                                                                                                            ally, some of the best and brightest
                                                                                                                                                                                            middle- and high school students from
                                                                                            many features including timers to inform            The university is using                     Brevard and surrounding counties have
                                                           Stephen Hanna                    the user when their laundry is done,         LaundryView to increase efficiency of the          been invited to participate in the show-
                                                      Science & Technology Editor           sound an alarm when there is a machine       laundry facilities for students as well as         case and display their science fair
     The Crimson’s Mike Torsiello                                                           available for use, and report any prob-      to discover and report problems with the           projects.
                                                      Food Services announced last          lems the machines are having to Food         machines in a more timely and effective                   Florida Tech seniors conceive,
     recently saw 30 Seconds to Mars            week that LaundryView, a website that       Services.                                    manner.                                            design, and implement their project,
     at the House of Blues in Orlando.          allows students to check the status of            The laundry facilities behind                 Florida Tech’s LaundryView page
     Check it out what he thought in this                                                                                                                                                               See “Technical Projects” on Page 2
                                                the laundry facilities on campus, went      Campbell Hall will be going operational      can be found at https://www.laundry
     week’s diversions.                         operational on the Florida Tech campus      on Monday, March 22, and Roberts Hall Keep reading
        “30 Seconds to Mars” on Page 5
                                                in Columbia Village. The website has        sometime the following week.                 The Crimson for further updates.                   Election 2006
      New books available
                                                                                                                                                                                            picks up steam
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Shaun Miller
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Political Analyst

                                                                                                                                                                                                   With a few primaries haven already
                                                                                                                                                                                            taken place, this year’s midterm election
                                                                                                                                                                                            season is beginning to pick up steam. If
                                                                                                                                                                                            early polls are any indication to what
                                                                                                                                                                                            the results will be in November, Demo-
     Evan’s Library’s newest addition to                                                                                                                                                    crats may have their first good election
     their website allows patrons to see                                                                                                                                                    cycle in a long time. They are poised to
                                                                                                                                                                                            capture at least one Senate seat, in Penn-
     the newest books added to their
                                                                                                                                                                                            sylvania, with several others tantaliz-
     collection. More information inside.
                                                                                                                                                                                            ingly close. They also have a very good
         -------------------------------                                                                                                                                                    shot at winning several important gov-
                     “Spotlight” on Page 3                                                                                                                                                  ernors’ races, most of which are being
                                                                                                                                                                                            vacated by retiring Republicans. On top
              Movie Times!                                                                                                                                                                  of that, several incumbents are vulner-
                                                                                                                                                                                            able. Though polls can change over-
                                                                                                                                                                                            night, it looks as if the Republican Party
                                                                                                                                                                                            may be in a slump where being labeled
                                                                                                                                                                                            as a Republican will hurt a politician’s
                                                                                                                                                                                            chances of reelection.
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Seven Republican governors are
                                                                                                                                                                                            retiring or are term-limited this year, many
                                                                                                                                                                                            of which are in large states. New York,
     The Crimson brings you this week’s                                                                                                                                                     Ohio, Massachusetts, Florida, Colorado,
     movie times from Melbourne’s                                                                                                                                                           Nevada, and Arkansas will all have their
     theatres in Diversions! Check out                                                                                                                                                      governor’s mansions up for grabs in
                                                                                                                                                                   November. All of these elections are
     what’s playing at local movie theatres     Where is your laundry? A screenshot of the recently operational Columbia Village LaundryView system.                                        being hotly watched, with New York,
     this weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Ohio, Massachusetts, Colorado, and
                  ---------------------------                                                                                                                                               Arkansas boasting rather large Demo-
                 Movie Times on page 6
                                                                                                                                           Columbia Plaque                                  cratic leads. Additionally, the Republi-
                                                                                                                                                                                            can governors of California, Alaska, and
      Your Security & You                                                                                                                 Dedication Ceremony                               especially Maryland are quite vulnerable
                                                                                                                                                                                            to losing their seat, given current polls.
                                                                                                                                                                                            However, Democratic are in danger,
                                                                                                                                         A few words. Dr. Patterson, Humanities             though not as bad as the Republican’s
                                                                                                                                         professor and Florida Tech historian, speaks       future, of losing control in Iowa, Michi-
                                                                                                                                         at the Columbia plaque dedication ceremony         gan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Pennsyl-
                                                                                                                                         during E-Week. The plaque joins the memorial       vania.
                                                                                                                                         outside Evans Library for the final crew of the           Democrats are also hoping to gain
                                                                                                                                         Space Shuttle Challenger.                          several seats in the Senate to reduce their
                                                                                                                                                                                            deficit or possibly regain control of the
     Chief of Security Kevin Graham                                                                                                      Columbia broke up during re-entry on               top house of Congress, though their
     takes a look at Spring Break, and                                                                                                   February 1, 2003, All seven astronauts on          chances are not as good at the Federal
                                                                                                                                         board perished.                                    level. The top three races to watch for
     some tips for keeping your spring
                                                                                                                                                                                            the Senate are all held by Republicans
     break safe.                                                                                                                                                                            in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                            souri. Additionally, three of Republican
           -------------------------------                                                                                                                                                  seats are likely to change party. On the
              “Your Security” on Page 8                                                                                                                    Courtesy of Stephanie Hopper                          “Election 2006” on page 2

                     The ACM Kernel                                                   Discovery Status Report                                                             Around the World
                                                                                                                                                                                            Check out some of the latest events
                                    ACM’s Michael Rywalt takes a look                                    The Crimson gives an update on STS-                                                taking place around the country and
                                    at internet archives, which archives                                 121, which has been bumped to July.                                                world in news. From an airline
                                    and catalogs millions of websites.                                   NASA also takes a break to look back at                                            blacklist to bird flu to more fighting
                                                                                                         several accidents over the past few                                                in Somolia, we’ve got it all.

                                  See “ACM” on page 4                                                         See “NASA” on page 4                                                    See “Around the World” on page 2

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     2 - News                                                                 The Florida Tech Crimson                                                                                            March 23, 2006
     Weather                                                                                                                                   Solar Table                                      Next Launch
                              Friday                                      Saturday                                        Sunday                                                                  STS-121 Return to Flight
                             Hi: 69                                        Hi: 68                                          Hi: 70                                                               Mission: STS-121 Return to Flight
                                                                                                                                                     Sunrise (SAT): 7:08 a.m.                       Orbiter: OV-103 Discovery
                             Lo: 43                                        Lo: 44                                          Lo: 50                    Sunset (SAT): 6:05 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Destination: International Space
          Partly cloudy with a chance of                  Mostly Sunny and chilly.                         Partly Cloudy and still remaining         Sunrise (SUN): 7:08 a.m.                                 Station
     showers in the beginning of the day.                                                        chilly.                                             Sunset (SUN): 6:06 p.m.                     Launch Date / Time: July 1 / TBA
     Windy. Unseasonably chilly.                                                                                                                                                                      Launch Location: Pad 39-B
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kennedy Space Center

           Around the                                                   Asia                     tem, if an airline is banned by a member      Election 2006                                           Though not as close as some of
                                                                                                                                                                                                the other races, neither of the big races
                                                           Two workers were injured when a       state, the airline is banned by the entire                            Continued from Page 1
                                                    fire broke out at a nuclear power plant in                                                                                                  to watch have a sure winner. The gov-
                                                                                                 EU, Norway and Switzerland. Airlines
                                                                                                                                               flip side, Republicans may be able to pick       ernorship was ranked the 11th most likely
                                                    west Japan. However there was no ra-         can apply to be taken off the list. Euro-
                                                                                                                                               up up to four seats if they can claim the        to switch sides, though the Republican
                                                    diation leak as the fire originated in a     pean travel agents are expected to name
                                                                                                                                               four Democrat seats in the top ten races         candidates have held a slight lead so
                                                    waste disposal facility. The fire did not    the airlines to their customers and are
                                                                                                                                               likely to switch parties. However, sev-          far. Senate Bill Nelson, a Democrat, is
                                                    affect the main power generators which       required to inform them is the airline has
                                                                                                                                               eral of the races on the bottom race will        not nearly as vulnerable as other Sena-
                                                    continued to function. The fire was con-     been banned.
                                                                                                                                               most likely stay under the same party,           tors, though his reelection is not assured
                                                    tained and the two workers have been
                  World                             treated for smoke inhalation. None of the                  Middle East
                                                                                                                                               which would still go to the Democrats’
                                                                                                                                               advantage. Five of the top six races are
                                                                                                                                                                                                yet. Once the campaign season begins
                                                                                                                                                                                                after the primaries are over, Republicans
                                                    plants employees where exposed to haz-             Initial tests suggest that the
                                                                                                                                               held by Republicans, making it possible          will funnel quite a bit of money into this
                       Africa                       ardous levels of radiation from the inci-    deadly R5N1 bird flu strain may have
                                                                                                                                               for the Democrats to close to the gap to         state to help keep control of Jeb Bush’s
            Intense fighting has broken out         dent and it is reported to have no envi-     spread to the Gaza strip. Tests were con-
                                                                                                                                               50-49-1, still in favor of the GOP, if all six   old house and possibly capture Florida’s
     in northern part of Mogadishu, Somalia.        ronmental impact either. Japan’s 55 re-      ducted after about 200 chickens died in
                                                                                                                                               races flip sides.                                second Senate seat.
     Witnesses say that around 23 have been         actors provide a third of the nations en-    the town of Rafah which is on the bor-
     killed and about 50 have been hospital-        ergy and the government wants to build       der with Egypt. Egypt recently reported
     ized. The fighting was for the port area,      another 11.                                  its fourth suspected bird flu patient.        Technical projects                                     The student project simulates a
                                                                                                                                                                                                real-world work environment challenge
     currently under the control of a power-                                                     Tests carried out on the birds in Rafah                               Continued from Page 1
                                                                      Europe                                                                                                                    in a variety of engineering fields. The
     ful businessman. Mogadishu’s militias                                                       have confirmed the H5 part of the strain
                                                           The EU has compiled a blacklist                                                     write a description, document the re-            students apply theory, think creatively,
     are clashing with the an armed Islamist                                                     but not the N1 part.
                                                    of ‘unsafe’ airlines. The list contains 92                                                 quirements, and gain hands-on experi-            and develop practical skills, such as
     group seeking to establish order. Vio-                                                            However officials say it’s highly
                                                    airlines that failed to meet safety stan-                                                  ence. Most students find that these              teamwork, professionalism, and leader-
     lence between armed groups has been                                                         likely that the cause of death was the
                                                    dards and these airlines are banned from                                                   projects make education fun.                     ship.
     common in Somalia since former military                                                     H5N1 strain. Israel conducted the tests

                                                                                                                                               WFIT alert system activated
     leader Muhammad Siad Barre was over-           operating in European air space. The list    for the Palestine Authority as they do
     thrown in 1991. The country has been           is available online and is updated every     not have the technology to do so them-
     without a government since then.               three months. According this new sys-        selves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                and many other emergency situations

                                      Campus News
                                                                                                                                                  Florida Tech Press Release                    within seconds of the news being issued
                                                                                                                                                      University Communications                 by officials at an event’s point of origin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       With EMnet installed, an emer-
                                                                                                                                                      Tech’s WFIT 89.5-FM is the first          gency management news outlet, such
                                                                                                                                               radio station in the state to have in-           as WFIT, eliminates the “daisy chain”
      High School Students to Compete in                                                                                                       stalled a Comlabs Communications                 relay system. The network allows broad-
                                                    tium for Oceanographic Research and                  An undergraduate team at Florida
        Ocean Knowledge at Tech Event                                                                                                          Laboratories’ Emergency Management               cast stations to be individually addres-
                                                    Education. It is intended to increase stu-   Tech earned first place in the Chem-E-
            Florida Tech will hold an InSTEP        dent understanding and knowledge of          Car event in the 2006 AIChE (American         Network (EMnet). The EMnet, an emer-             sable, enabling many locations to be
     Ocean Science Bowl competition on Sat-         ocean-related topics and fields.             Institute of Chemical Engineering)            gency notification system based on se-           specifically targeted at once. This speeds
     urday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.                                                        Southern Regional Conference. The             cure, satellite-based messaging, was             delivery, maintains signal quality and en-
                                                    Florida Tech Hosts Land-locked Youths
     InSTEP: Integrated Science Teaching                                                         conference took place on March 11 at          donated to WFIT. It is valued at $6,890,         sures that the message reaches those
                                                        for “Hands-On” Marine Biology
     Enhancement Partnership, is a relation-                                                     Mississippi State University in               installed.                                       stations that need the information.
     ship between Florida Tech and Brevard                 On March 23, Florida Tech’s De-       Starkville, Miss.                                                                                     In 1985, Comlabs, based in
     Public Schools, funded by the National         partment of Marine and Environmental                 One of 15 colleges and universi-            “The system greatly reduces the            Melbourne, Fla., was awarded the con-
     Science Foundation.                            Systems (DMES) will host 50 high school      ties competing in the event, Florida Tech     response time of our old emergency alert         tract to update, deploy and maintain the
            The competition, open to the pub-       students from a magnet school program        sent an interdisciplinary team of five—       system, where WFIT was just one in the           United States National Warning System,
     lic, will be held in the F.W. Olin Life Sci-   in Ames, Iowa, that focuses on marine        two sophomores and three first-year stu-      chain of contacts to be notified of an           NAWAS. Remaining the system’s cus-
     ences Building auditorium. Teams from          systems. The visit concludes the stu-        dents. They were Matthew Herdiech,            emergency.”                                      todian, Comlabs has since broadened
     Bayside, Cocoa, Palm Bay and                   dents’ two-week field trip to experience     captain; Charmaine and Christine                    WFIT can now broadcast a hurri-            the scope of its operations, diversifying
     Rockledge high schools will answer             natural Florida environments. This           Flemming; and Jimit Shah, chemical en-        cane evacuation notification, Amber              into the arena of satellite-based warn-
     questions in a round-robin style, in           marks the third year Florida Tech has        gineering majors; and Britney                 Alerts, and news of hazardous spills,            ing systems technology.
     ocean-related categories. These include        hosted students from this school.            Pennington, from the Department of Bio-
     biology, chemistry, and physics as well               “They’re back because they ap-        logical Sciences. Faculty advisor, Dr.
     as such non-scientific disciplines, such       preciate the job we have done the last       Maria Pozo de Fernandez, is an assis-
     as history, economics and culture. The         two years and we’re glad to have them        tant professor of chemical engineering.
     judge is Gary Wolfe, an Eau Gallie High        back,” said Dr. Elizabeth Irlandi, assis-            In the competition, teams design
     School marine science teacher and long-        tant professor of oceanography and pro-      and build a shoe box-sized vehicle that
     time National Ocean Science Bowl coach.        gram coordinator. The students will ex-      is self-powered by a chemical energy
            Coaches are Florida Tech gradu-         perience beach and lagoon studies at         source. The vehicle’s task is to complete
     ate students, Erin Emerson and Matt            Sebastian Inlet, led by Irlandi and other    a given distance carrying a water bottle
     Scripter, for Bayside High; Phil               DMES faculty and graduate students.          of specified weight. This year the com-
     Gravinese and Angela Johnson, for Co-                 They’ll study beach erosion, wa-      petition distance was set at 68 feet and
     coa High; Charles Mulligan and Diana           ter quality, and look at the effects wind    the amount of water was set at 250 milli-
     Raper for Palm Bay High; and Pamela            and vegetation have on beach stability.      liters. Teams are judged in the catego-
     Christian and Nadine Noorhasen-Smith           The students will camp out at Long           ries of presentation and performance.
     for Rockledge High School.                     Point.                                               The Florida Tech team earned the
            The event is modeled after the                   Florida Tech Chem-E-Car             right to compete against 36 teams from
     National Ocean Science Bowl. This is a                       Earns First Place              all AIChE regions in the 2006 AIChE Stu-
     competition sponsored by the Consor-                                                        dent National Conference.

     Melbourne citizens weigh in on country’s
     “oil addiction” in Hartley Room
                                                    with the Natural Resources Defense  for more informa-
       Florida Tech Press Release                   Council in Washington, D.C. Lovaas will      tion. Florida Tech’s Alpha Phi Fraternity
            University Communications               present “Securing America: Solving Our       and Gamma Phi Beta Sorority will host.
                                                    Oil Dependence through Innovation.”          For more information, contact: Jennifer
             Florida Tech students will host a      A question and answer period will fol-       Bucheit (; Seth
     town hall meeting to discuss “U.S. se-         low.                                         Green, chair, Americans for Informed
     curity and the global environment and                 The town hall meeting is part of a    Democracy (; or
     to specifically consider how communi-          national series of town hall discussions     Andrea Hughes (
     ties like Melbourne can help improve the       on the same topic, sponsored by Ameri-
     environment locally and globally,” said        cans for Informed Democracy. The ini-
     event organizer and student Jennifer           tiative, called Securing the Future: Think
     Bucheit. The meeting is on March 23 at         Global, Act Local, seeks to give commu-            Join in the meeting
     3 p.m. in the Denius Student Center’s          nities an overview of oil dependence,
     Hartley Room. The center is located in         which President Bush in his State of the
     the heart of the Florida Tech campus,          Union address called our country’s “ad-          Thursday @ 3:00 p.m.
     off Country Club Rd. The event is free         diction.”
     and open to the public. Refreshments                  Americans for Informed Democ-
     will be served.                                racy is a non-partisan educational orga-           in the Hartley Room
             The town hall will feature an open-    nization that seeks to engage Americans
     ing presentation from Deron Lovaas,            in discussion about the future of the U.S.
     director of the Oil Security Campaign          role      in     the     world.      Visit

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     March 23, 2006                                                     The Florida Tech Crimson                                                                                                  Campus Life - 3
     The new materials in the library E-Week in pictures
                                             One way is to browse through the                    Knowing what information the
            Sylvia Kroczewski                shelves of new materials on the first         library purchases for your education
         Evans Library Student Assistant     floor. Another way is to dive into            can be beneficial. If you are work-
                                             the online catalog and do a typical           ing on your thesis or dissertation,
           While reading your notes from     search on the topic you are inter-            the New Materials page would be a
     your biology lecture, you run across    ested in, limiting your search to re-         great place to locate the newest ac-
     a word you are unfamiliar with and      cent years. The BEST way is to go             quisitions. Want to impress your
     there is no explanation. Curiosity      to the “New Materials” section of             professor? Take a look at some of
     overwhelms you. That information        the LINK’s Library News. The dis-             the new materials in special collec-
     wasn’t covered in high school AP        play format, organized by month,              tions, then slip in a comment during
     biology. However, you are strug-        lists the call number, author names,          a conversation to show your inter-
     gling to find the term in your old      title, and location. These books, the-        est and passion for whatever you
     high school biology book. After a       ses, dissertations, CDs, DVDs, and            might be studying. The Evans
     few frustrating minutes, you still      annual serials are in call-number or-         Library’s staff is always working
     can’t find it. Another possible sce-    der, based on the Library of Con-             hard to make your college education
     nario: you have an assignment and       gress system. In February alone,              and experience better and easier, so
     the words “kernel” and “OS” were        there were well over 300 new addi-            take advantage of this online sys-
     mentioned a dozen times in the          tions to Evans Library’s collection.          tem that can add to your success.
     handout your professor gave you.
     Isn’t a kernel the same thing as an
     operating system? Using resources
     that are few years old might have                                                                                                                                                                    Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hopper
     disadvantages when it comes to re-                                                                                                    The machine by group “Little Red Firemen” was demonstrated on Wed. 3/1 as part of e-
     search and studying newer terminol-                                                                                                   week. Above, Elizabeth Diaz, Dean Waite, Jason Miner, Jared Doescher and Patrick Brewer-
     ogy and discoveries. The newest in-                                                                                                   Team Captian.
     formation is necessary for these
     topics and many others. Things,
     such has the latest research on ani-
     mals and, more so, the world of in-
     formation technology, change from
     day to day. To cope with the ever-
     lasting pressure to learn about the
     up-to-date developments happen-
     ing here on earth and in outer space,
     Evans Library is constantly adding
     new books and other materials to its
     shelves and its digital storage space
     for you to use.
           How can you tell what is new?
                                                                                                               Courtesy of Evans Library
     There are a few ways to locate ma-
     terials that are new to the library.    A screenshot of the Evans Library webpage featuring some of the newest books available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hopper
                                                                                                                                           The machine designed by “Little Red Firemen” that competed in the Rube Goldberg competition.
                                                                                                                                           The machine shredded 5 pieces of paper after almost twenty different steps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hopper
                                                                                                                                           E-week activities on campus culminated in two competitions. WFIT DJ’d the final events. The
                                                                                                                                           first was Fruit Works. The goal was to build a fruit structure capable of holding the most weight.
                                                                                                                                           The completions were held outside Olin Engineering, the winning team is pictured above.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hopper
                                                                                                                                           Stiff competition challenged all of the teams in the “Fruit Works” competition. Pictured above,
                                                                                                                                           another team vied for the gold.

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     4 - Science & Technology                                               The Florida Tech Crimson                                                                                          March 23, 2006
                                                                                              NASA pushes STS-121 launch to July            Shuttle program. KSC Director Jim                     On March 4, Discovery’s robotic
                                                                                              NASA plagued with                             Kennedy ordered a two-hour “safety             arm was damaged after a bridge bucket
                                                                                              safety mishaps; tank                          standdown” that stopped work in the
                                                                                                                                            entire complex.
                                                                                                                                                                                           struck the arm. The 50 foot arm has been
                                                                                                                                                                                           sent back to its Canadian manufacturer
                                                                                              sensors being replaced                               One of the biggest close calls          for repairs.
                                                                                                                                            occured two weeks ago when workers                    Technicians have been cleaning
                                                                                                         Stephen Hanna                      inadvertantly started a small fire on the      up glass shards since a March 3 inci-
                                                                                                     Science & Technology Editor            roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building.         dent where a technician working on ther-
                                                                                                                                            The 52 story building had two fully fu-        mal tiles knocked a heat lamp against a
                                                                                                     NASA officials have moved the          eled Solid Rocket Boosters inside              railing. The lamp shattered and sprayed
                                                                                              next launch of Space Shuttle Discovery        stacked on a Mobile Launching Plat-            glass throughout the cargo bay.
                                                                                              to no earlier than July 1, in order to swap   form. If the fire reached the boosters, a
                                                                                              out faulty low fuel sensors in the Exter-     catastrophic explosion could have              Worker dies after falling off roof
                                                                                              nal Fuel Tank. The fuel tank, after being     occured. Fully fueled, one Solid                      A worker for the Space Gateway
                                                                                              shipped from the Michoud Assembly             Rocket Booster contains over 1.1 mil-          contractor fell off a roof and died last Fri-
                                                                                              Facility outside New Orleans on Febru-        lion pounds of fuel, giving off 2.65 mil-      day, the day after the two hour safety
                                                                                              ary 25. The tank is now in its checkout       lion pounds of thrust at lift-off.             stand-down. The worker was doing roof
                                                                                              cell in the Vehicle Assembly Building for            Other recent incidents includes         repairs. According to Sam Gutierrez, a
                                                                                              final checkout.                               Endavour avoiding damage after work-           spokesman for Space Gateway Support,
                                                                                                     During some system tests, one of       ers did not lock down the orbiter’s            the worker removed his safety harness
                                                                                              the sensors gave a faulty reading. These      nosewheel landing gear. Weight was             and was moving towards the edge of the
                                                                                              sensors tell the shuttle’s computers          shifted off the jacks onto the landing         roof as a spotter looked on. The worker
                                                                                              when the fuel tank is almost empty, and       gear, causing the shuttle to pitch for-        then tripped over a lightning protection
                                                                                              shut off the shuttle’s engines properly       ward. However, the shuttle was                 wire and fell backward off the roof.
                                                                                              during ascent into orbit. The readings        stopped before damage occured.                        He fell about 12 feet, struck an air
                                                                                              showed a shift in the sensor’s resistance            A cooling pump package on               conditioning unit, and then fell another
                                                                                              to electrical current. The resistance level   Atlantis had to be replaced after work-        six feet, where he either landed on his
                                                                                              is key to accurate sensor readings.           ers over-pressurized the coolant lines.        head or his neck. It was unclear why he
                                                                                              While the sensor was still within specifi-    Another pump had to be repaired.               removed his safety harness.
                                                                                              cations, NASA officials decided to

     The ACM Kernel                                                                           switch out all four sensors - which bumps
                                                                                              the launch to no earlier than July 1.
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     30 Seconds to Mars tour                                                                       one of their popular songs. I am
              Michael Torsiello                                                                    pretty sure they played a brand new
                 Diversions Editor                                                                 song as well; whatever it was, it was
                                                                                                   very good. If this is any indication
           This past Friday, March 17, 30                                                          of their upcoming work, I am very ex-
     Seconds to Mars came to Orlando’s                                                             cited. Jared Leto, vocalist for 30 Sec-
     House of Blues on their first headlin-                                                        onds to Mars, told the crowd to make
     ing tour. They are on tour with Moth                                                          a bigger mosh pit than the one the
     Meets Machine, Aiden, and The Au-                                                             audience had for Aiden, and the pit
     dition (Emanuel was originally on the                                                         got fueled by “Battle of One”, one of
     tour but a car accident changed their                                                         the band’s faster and heavier songs.
     plans). I’ve been a fan of 30 Seconds                                                         They followed this with “Attack”, a
     to Mars for a few years now and I had                                   30 Seconds to Mars    song that got extreme amounts of ra-
     intended to see them in concert last          mance through their music and visual            dio play last year. This made the pit
     year but I didn’t get around to it. They      effects. They were a bit heavier than           (which was nearly half of the floor at
     are definitely a band to check out if         The Audition and they got the pits              this point) the strongest it had been
     you haven’t already.                          and crowd surfing going. Aiden is a             during their set. I believe the only
           Considering I had never heard           band that uses the Wall of Death at all         song that didn’t have a pit going was
     of the opening bands before, I didn’t         of their shows. For those who haven’t           “The Story”. The only criticism I have
     want to show up too early. The order          had the pleasure of experiencing it, it’s       with 30 Seconds to Mars’s perfor-
     of the bands was: Moth Meets Ma-              where the crowd splits up into two              mance is that I thought Jared Leto
     chine, The Audition, Aiden, and 30            halves (left and right) and on the cue          talked too much. I have no problem
     Seconds to Mars. I had never been to          of the band (usually the start of a             with bands keeping things interest-
     House of Blues before and my first            song), the two halves of the crowd              ing by talking a little between songs
     impression upon walking in was that           crash into other and try to push each           but Jared Leto stretched my limits
     it was small. Considering major bands         other back. It was pretty fun to watch.         with it. They ended their set with
     put on shows there frequently, I ex-                After a long wait following               “The Fantasy”, finishing off a fan-
     pected it to be a relatively large venue.     Aiden’s set, 30 Seconds to Mars took            tastic night at House of Blues. I
     Despite it being cramped, I found that        the stage. They opened up with “A               strongly recommend any fan of 30
     it had a more personal atmosphere             Beautiful Lie”, a single from their lat-        Seconds to Mars to check them out
     because no matter where you were,             est CD. Considering I’m a big fan of            in concert.
     you were fairly close to the bands and
     had no trouble meeting them after their
                                                   their first CD, I was hoping to hear
                                                   some of their older tracks with “Edge                       Concert Review                                                  Check back
     sets. The Audition was the first band         of the Earth” and “Oblivion” in par-              Date:         March 17, 2006
     I saw (I didn’t arrive in time for Moth
     Meets Machine) and they put on a
                                                   ticular. Unfortunately, they didn’t
                                                   play those songs; they did play “Bud-
                                                                                                     Location: House of Blues (Orlando)
                                                                                                               30 Seconds to Mars
                                                                                                                                                                                next week
     decent set. I’m a new fan of them now.        dha for Mary”, “Fallen”, and “Capri-
     Aiden surprised the hell out of me as
     they put on a very impressive perfor-
                                                   corn”. I was very surprised they
                                                   played “Buddha for Mary” as it’s not
                                                                                                                                                                                 for the
     New gunslingers in the scene                  normal fledgling band stereotype of             of the premier bands to see live. I imag-
                 Katy Shontz                       sounding like white noise. Highlighting         ine they sound just as good live as on
                    Staff Writer                   the band’s unique range are eerie, strik-       their first album… I see good things
                                                   ing, and emotional ballads like                 from Pistolita in the future. Check them
           How do you make an emo band?            “Voicebox” to hardcore-inspired piano           out or get their new CD, “Oliver Under
     Well, take a rather high-pitched singer,      rock songs like “Metronome.” A pair of          the Moon,” and support the band!
     add guitar, bass and drums and top the        lead singers, Justin Shannon and Conor
     whole thing off with some eclectic in-        Meads, gives Pistolita the typical emo                        CD Review
     strument like piano. Perfect. We now          sound, reminiscent of Andrew                      Genre:        Rock
     have another quartet added to the ever-       McMahon of Something Corporate; yet
                                                                                                     Artist:      Pistolita
     popular alternative circuit.                  their lyrical and compositional genius
           But new band Pistolita takes a          allows them to stand out in the crowd.              Oliver Under the Moon
     new approach on the genre. Taking in-                If Pistolita ever ventures our way
     fluences from bands such as Mae to            again, after being in Orlando with Saves
     Saves the Day, Pistolita transcends the       the Day yesterday, they would be one

     V for Vendetta, or Vibrant
                  Katy Shontz
                    Staff Writer

            I walked into the movie theater this
     past weekend only having seen a few trail-
     ers of the movie V is for Vendetta; I had
     no real idea what to expect. Based off
     graphic novels, or lengthy comic books
     with more of a plot to those who do not
     speak nerd, we quickly learn the charac-                                                                                                         Look for this week’s solutions in our next issue!
     ter V is our masked hero. He is fighting
     the injustice of the English government,
     which is much different from the free world
     of today. Take Brave New World and mix
     it with your historical knowledge of the
     Nazis and you have the new governmen-         rected and written movies I have seen in a                                 Warner Bros. Pictures
     tal system of England.                        while. From choreographed violence to
            V is fighting for justice, for those   tearful stories acted out brilliantly to sym-                Movie Review
     (including himself) who were victimized       bolic plot twists depicted elegantly
                                                                                                     Genre:      Action/Sci-Fi
     by the government and is taking out his       through cinematography, V for Vendetta
                                                                                                     Director:    James McTeigue
     revenge on the key figures who helped in      is a move you should not miss. The film
     the destruction of so many lives. He          takes you on an emotional roller coaster          Length: 132 minutes (2hrs 12mins)
     brings many of the government’s con-          and allows for reflection on the ideals pro-                 V for Vendetta
     spiracies to light through terrorist          posed by the creator and how they relate
     means… but the people listen.                 directly to the world of today. It is simply
            The movie is one of the best di-       fantastic movie.

             Upcoming movies, CDs, and shows
                  Movies                                           CDs                                           Shows
                    March 24                                    March 28                                        March 25
                   Inside Man                       Atreyu - A Death-grip on Yesterday             Ultra Music Festival 8 (Bicentennial
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                    Stay Alive
                                                                   April 4                                        April 9
                    March 31                             Bubba Sparxxx - The Charm                    Alkaline Trio (H.O.B. Orlando)
                       ATL                                Lacuna Coil - Karmacode
            Ice Age 2: The Meltdown                         Pink - I'm Not Dead                                 April 15
                     Slither                                                                          Avenged Sevenfold/Coheed and
                                                                 April 25                                 Cambria (UCF Arena)
                    April 7                             Goo Goo Dolls - Let Love In
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                                                               Failure to Launch review
                                                                        Michael Torsiello
                                                                           Diversions Editor

                                                                       Failure to Launch is about a man
                                                               named Tripp (played by Matthew
                                                               McConaughey) who is fully grown and
                                                               still lives with his parents. Tripp’s par-
                                                               ents (played by Terry Bradshaw and Kathy
                                                               Bates) want him out of the house. So,
                                                               they hire a woman named Paula (played
                                                               by Sarah Jessica Parker) to get him to
                                                               move out. How does she do this? She
                                                               does what she does to all her other cli-
                                                               ents: she fakes a relationship with the man
                                                               and in doing so gets the man to grow up                                                                               Paramount Pictures
                                                               and leave his parents’ home. Tripp isn’t             This movie has a half dozen well-
                                                               an ordinary client though. First of all, he   known actors and actresses which prob-
                                                               has an annoying voice thanks to Mat-
                                                                                                                                                                          Movie Review
                                                                                                             ably helped the movie hold #2 at the box
                                                                                                                                                                 Genre:   Comedy/Romance
                                                               thew McConaughey. Secondly, Paula has         office as of Monday, March 20. If you’re
                                                               trouble keeping her work separate from                                                            Director: Tom Dey
                                                                                                             a fan of chick flicks or you simply are a
                                                               her personal life. The rest of the movie is   chick, you’ll probably get a kick out of            Length: 97 minutes (1hr 37mins)
                                                               for you to watch on your own. On a side       this movie. If you’re not, you’ll probably               Failure to Launch
                                                               note, I personally found Paula’s friend Kit   be entertained if you take it for what it is: a
                                                               to be quite entertaining with her lack of     simple movie that isn’t supposed to force
                                                               enthusiasm towards anything.                  any deep thinking.
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                             Chief of Security
                                                     AMA-commissioned online survey
                                                     queried a nationwide random sample of
                                                     644 college women or graduates ages 17
                                                     to 35 last weeks.
                                                                                                           Thirteen percent said they had
                                                                                                    sexual activity with more than one partner.
                                                                                                           Ten percent said they regretted en-
                                                                                                    gaging in public or group sexual activity.
                                                                                                                                                  Critically Thinking                             UFO Conspiracies
                                                            The AMA is trying to call atten-        More than half were underage when they
                                                     tion to underage drinking among women          first drank alcohol on a spring break trip.               Nathan Miller                       tively dramatic spike in the numbers, one
                                                     because their bodies process alcohol                  The AMA said the findings high-                    Weekly Columnist                    can reasonably hypothesize that one
              Perhaps this following column,         differently and put them at greater risk       light the need for alternative spring break                                                   effect of this monumental development
       taken from the AMA web site, should           for health problems, Dr. J. Edward Hill,       activities. For example, the University of           They’re here… They’ve been               was to generate UFO reports. Perhaps
       have been published before the break          AMA’s president, said Tuesday.                 Nebraska, Lehigh University in Bethlehem,     among us for nearly a century. They             people were motivated to look up at the
       but now that it is over I would like our             Kathleen Fitzgerald, a 21-year-old      Pa., and the University of Wisconsin offer    move between the people of Earth, quiet         night sky more often, and to take greater
       female students to read this and recall, if   junior at Illinois State University, said      spring break “service” trips.                 as whispers. Claims of paranormal ex-           notice of the natural phenomena that
       you can, your behavior during the             the AMA’s effort to raise awareness is a              Gemma Kite, a 21 year old Lehigh       traterrestrial activities have been part of     they did not understand.
       spring break.                                 good idea, but probably won’t do much          junior, is in Brunswick, Ga., for spring      our culture ever since man dreamt of                   But let us not be petulant; a major
              “CHICAGO - The American Medi-          to curb drinking during spring break.          break this week, helping build a house        venturing out beyond our atmosphere.            part in the practice of good science is to
       cal Association is warning girls not to              “I think a lot of students wouldn’t     for Habitat for Humanity.                     Interestingly, such claims aren’t exclu-        keep an open mind (though not so wide
       go wild during spring break. All but con-     really pay that much attention to it,”                “It’s so much fun. We’re working       sive to lunatics donning tin-foil hats.         that one’s brains fall out). Most observed
       firming what goes on in those “Girls          Fitzgerald said. “They would just be like,     outside in the sun,” Kite said.               But is there really something to these          UFO phenomena must be taken on the
       Gone Wild” videos, 83 percent of col-         `Duh, that’s why we do it.’”                          She said many students see spring      contentions, or do the alleged UFO phe-         (hopefully sober) observer’s word. A few
       lege women and graduates surveyed by                 About 30 percent of women sur-          break as “your chance to go wild and          nomena perhaps fill a gap in our folk-          have even produced photographs with
       the AMA said spring break involves            veyed said spring break trips with sun         crazy in a different country where no         lore that was previously occupied by            picture clarity contending with murky
       heavier-than-usual drinking, and 74 per-      and alcohol are an essential part of col-      one’s going to know you.” Kite admit-         older, now less believable bogeymen?            swamp water. So far, some of the best
       cent said the break results in increased      lege life.Also, 74 percent said women use      ted those trips have a certain appeal, and           Back in the early days of the 20th       evidence for extraterrestrial activity
       sexual activity.                              spring break drinking as an excuse for         she hopes to take a more party-oriented       century before UFO sightings and ex-            comes from a creative interpretation of
              The women’s answers were based         “outrageous” behavior that the AMA             vacation next year.                           traterrestrial experiences became               declassified government documents
       both on firsthand experience and the ex-      said could include public nudity and                  “I like to have my fun,” Kite said.”   trendy, paranormal encounters were              from the 1950’s. These documents are
       periences of friends and acquaintances.       dancing on tables.                                    Well ladies, these are the facts as    still not uncommon. More accurately,            often censored to omit aircraft types and
              Sizable numbers reported getting              Of the 27 percent who said they         promulgated by the American Medical           claims of other-worldly occurrences             descriptions of unidentified aircraft de-
       sick from drinking, and blacking out and      had attended a college spring break trip:      Association. The slogan, “What goes           took other forms. Not unlike today’s            tected by the U.S. Air Force. Is this a
       engaging in unprotected sex or sex with       More than half said they regretted get-        on during spring break stays at spring        ET’s, these reported encounters                 massive cover up of a century-old gov-
       more than one partner, activities that in-    ting sick from drinking on the trip. About     break,” is not true…It lives on forever.      closely followed the entertainment              ernment-alien conspiracy to colonize the
       crease their risks for sexually transmitted   40 percent said they regretted passing                You can access the AMA web site        genres and topics of concern for the            planet? Is it not more reasonable to sup-
       diseases and unwanted pregnancies. The        out or not remembering what they did.          at                   period in which they allegedly oc-              pose that the release of information
                                                                                                                                                  curred. Many such fantasies took place          about potentially unfriendly aircraft that
                                                                                                                                                  in a time before television, so most            we have spotted has been deemed out-
                                                                                                                                                  paranormal encounters of the period             side the best interests of the safety and
                                                                                                                                                  matched literary creatures and situa-           security of our citizenry, particularly if it
                                                                                                                                                  tions, especially classic-inspired phe-         indicates potential weaknesses in the
                                                                                                                                                  nomena, à la Frankenstein or Dracula.           security of our airspace?
                                                                                                                                                  Space-based sci-fi has since become a                  While the evidence for alien visi-
                                                                                                                                                  significant contributor to our cultural         tors is painfully absent, the possibility
                                                                                                                                                  lexicon. Accordingly, we see green men          of extraterrestrial life is still present. Sta-
                                                                                                                                                  and flying vessels in place of the mon-         tistically speaking, the case is pretty
                                                                                                                                                  sters and vampires of yesteryear.               strong; there’s no shortage of planets
                                                                                                                                                         Sputnik 1, the first artificial satel-   out there. Also, how often would natu-
                                                                                                                                                  lite to orbit the earth, was launched on        ral selection give rise to intelligence in a
                                                                                                                                                  October 4, 1957. Sixty percent or 701 of        group of species? To the best of our
                                                                                                                                                  the 1,178 recorded UFO sightings in             knowledge, it’s only happened once. But
                                                                                                                                                  America in 1957 occurred between Oc-            that’s no reason not to look or listen, as
                                                                                                                                                  tober and December. This is much                long as we maintain some healthy skep-
                                                                                                                                                  greater than the 25% that one would ex-         ticism about the claims that arise. Until
                                                                                                                                                  pect during this quarter. From this rela-       next time, live long and prosper!

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     March Madness Upsets                        upon hours researching every team in           burgh 72-66; this, added to the upset of
                                                                                                                                             Keuper Cup Regatta
                                                                                                                                               Florida Tech Press Release
                                                                                                                                                                                         silver 7:57.5 from the Division I full
                                                                                                                                                                                         “scholar-shiped” boat. Temple’s
                Philip Meyer                     the tournament to make the right pick          (7) Wichita State over (2) Tennessee 80-             Sports Communications               “B” boat pulled up the rear with a
                   Staff Writer                  and choose those upsets that no one            73, proved that mid-major schools can
                                                                                                                                                                                         time of 8:28.7.
                                                 else sees. They become experts on the          really compete at a national level against
                                                                                                                                                   Temple University took back the             Florida Tech grabbed the gold in
            Bracketology is back with the        information behind every team playing.         the best in the country.
                                                                                                                                             Jerome P. Keuper Cup from the Florida       three varsity events including the
     NCAA tournament. Don’t know what                    With the first two rounds of the              Tennessee came into the tourna-
                                                                                                                                             Tech men after winning the final race       Men’s Pair with a winning time of 9:25.6
     bracketology means? It means the pre-       tourney over, here are the upsets of           ment mad when they were passed over
                                                                                                                                             of the day with a time of 6:42.0 three      with rowers sophomores Steve
     dictions for the NCAA brackets for the      round one. (12) Texas A&M beat (5)             for a number one seed in the tournament.
                                                                                                                                             seconds faster than the Panthers.           Lindstrom (Blackstone, Mass.) and
     NCAA basketball tournament, which in        Syracuse 66-58, Syracuse had rode Gerry        Experts expected them to go all the way
                                                                                                                                                   Florida Tech finished second          Tim Osterhout (Pensacola, Fla.) de-
     some cases can get rather confusing.        McNamara to a Big East conference              to the championship because of that, but
                                                                                                                                             with a time of 6:45.6. Both teams dealt     feating Stetson. The Crimson and Gray
     See, the NCAA has a selection commit-       championship and got a bid to the tour-        apparently the selection committee knew
                                                                                                                                             with a head wind on the 2,000 meter         also took the Men’s Novice Eight tal-
     tee it uses to pick which division one      nament. It would seem, however, that           something they didn’t, and gave Wichita
                                                                                                                                             course, last year Tech managed to           lying 7:20.7 on the race clock.
     schools get to play for the national        McNamara ran out of gas and had a dis-         State a berth in the sweet sixteen.
                                                                                                                                             break five minutes on a perfect day,              For the second year in a row,
     championship; they put them in four dif-    appointing end to his, some would say                 Another big upset was (11)
                                                                                                                                             but they placed second with a final         the women’s varsity four came out
     ferent regions and divide the 65 team       over-rated, career. (14)                       George Mason beating (3) UNC 65-60.
                                                                                                                                             time of 6:45.6. Embry-Riddle finished       ahead with the events’ best time of
     field into those regions with each region           Northwestern State beat (3) Iowa       UNC is the defending national champi-
                                                                                                                                             with the bronze time of 7:30.3.             9:18.3 finishing ahead of both
     having 16 teams. Think my math doesn’t      64-63. Northwestern State is one of            ons and George Mason dominated them
                                                                                                                                                   The 2005 winning time to beat         Stetson boats and Embry-Riddle.
     add up? You’re right; there are two teams   those mid-major conference schools             almost the entire game, showing every-
                                                                                                                                             was Florida Tech’s time of 5:57.3 to        Tech’s WV4 included coxswain
     that get selected and play each other       that no one thought would win one              one that UNC wasn’t the team they
                                                                                                                                             Temple’s second place finish of 6:04.7.     Desiree Tetrault (Naples, Fla.), four
     first to see who plays the number one       game in the conference. (11)                   thought it was.
                                                                                                                                                   On the women’s side, Temple           seat-Safia Tappan (Sarasota, Fla.),
     overall seed in the tournament (the best            George Mason beat (6) Michigan                Then (7) Georgetown demolished
                                                                                                                                             again managed to take home the              three seat-Jennifer Johnson (Port-
     team in the country). After the teams       State 75-65. Michigan State was one of         (2) Ohio State 70-52. Georgetown rides a
                                                                                                                                             Natalie Keuper Cup with a winning           land, Ore.), two seat- Jennifer Hefley
     have been placed and ranked in each         the schools a lot of experts picked to go      convincing victory to face (3) Florida
                                                                                                                                             time of 7:45.0. The Panthers finished       (Wexford, Penn.) and bow-Morgan
     region the bracketology begins.             to at least the elite eight but instead they   who is the only team to really dominate
                                                                                                                                             13 seconds slower still grabbing the        Tweedie (Osprey, Fla.)
            People can get a bracket from al-    went home after one bad game. (11)             the competition.

                                                                                                                                             Japan Crowned World
     most anywhere (I’m sure that you have               Wisconsin-Milwaukee beat (6)                  So as the tournament continues,
     seen the bracket challenge on facebook)     Oklahoma 82-74. Again Oklahoma was             watch for Duke, University of Connecti-
     and then the research begins. There are     considered a team that could go a long         cut, Florida, and Gonzaga to make it to
     people out there that are casual basket-    way into the tournament but instead            the Final Four, with Duke and Univer-
     ball fans that just pick the teams they
     like and leave it at that; however, there
     are people out there that spend hours
                                                 they got beat and went home early.
                                                         In the second round the upsets
                                                 kept coming. (13) Bradley beat (5) Pitts-
                                                                                                sity of Connecticut in the championship
                                                                                                with the University of Connecticut to
                                                                                                win it all.
                                                                                                                                             Baseball Champions
                                                                                                                                                                                         but fell in Round 2 behind South Korea
                                                                                                                                                         Shaun Miller                    and Japan, after dropping losses to
                                                                                                                                                           Staff Writer                  South Korea and Mexico. The Ameri-
                                                                                                                                                                                         cans finished 3-3 for the tournament,
                                                                                                                                                    Japan defeated Cuba in the finals    ironically the same record that eventual
                                                                                                                                             of the World Baseball Classic on Mon-       champions Japan finished with after
                                                                                                                                             day by a score of 10-6. The Japanese        Round 2. The U.S.’s lone win in Round
                                                                                                                                             team defeated South Korea in the semi-      2 came at Japan’s expense with a score
                                                                                                                                             finals soundly by a score of 6-0, after     of 4-3. However, the U.S. did earn the
                                                                                                                                             having lost to the South Koreans in         tournament’s largest victory, defeating
                                                                                                                                             Round 2. Cuba had previously defeated       South Africa by a score of 17-0 in five
                                                                                                                                             the Dominican Republic 3-1 before they      innings in Round 1. China finished with
                                                                                                                                             fell in the final. The South Koreans        the worst record in Pool A by scoring six
                                                                                                                                             boasted the best record throughout the      runs and giving up 40 to Japan, South
                                                                                                                                             tournament, having gone 6-0 through         Korea, and Taiwan.
                                                                                                                                             the first two rounds before their semifi-          Round 1 and 2 games were held in
                                                                                                                                             nal loss. Japan had only managed a 3-3      Orlando, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Phoe-
                                                                                                                                             record but managed to advance through       nix, Tokyo, and Anaheim while the semi-
                                                                                                                                             both rounds to meet South Korea in the      finals and final games were held in San
                                                                                                                                             semifinals. All six continents were rep-    Diego, California. Orlando hosted Pool
                                                                                                                                             resented in the tournament by the 16        D of Round 1 which contained the Do-
                                                                                                                                             teams that qualified.                       minican Republic, Venezuela, Italy, and
                                                                                                                                                        The United States advanced       Australia. Games were played at
                                                                                                                                             through Round 1 behind rivals Mexico,       Disney’s Wide World of Sports.

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     Darden hits in lone run for victory                                                                                                        Tennis wins Players of
                                                                                                                                                                                               the Week
                                                                                                                           “Our defensive
       Florida Tech Press Release                                                                                  effort was the best all        Florida Tech Press Release
              Sports Communications                                                                                                                      Sports Communications
                                                                                                                   season, to hold back
                                                                                                                   the Lions,” said
            Senior Kelly Darden (Orlando,                                                                          Hanover. “ I feel the               The Panthers (3-12) fought hard

     Fla.)hit a one-out, deep sacrifice fly in                                                                     driving force in the         to finally win a close match on a 5-4 de-
     the 12th inning to provide Florida Tech                                                                       victory came from the        cision in their favor defeating the Uni-
     with a 1-0 Sunshine State Conference                                                                          support by the bench         versity of Indianapolis (1-4) at the Fee
     softball victory over Saint Leo Univer-                                                                       which was excellent.”        Avenue Courts.
     sity in a game that saw Panthers’ pitcher                                                                             With the interna-           Florida Tech split the Greyhounds
     sophomore Amber West (10-2), who                                                                              tional rule in effect        with the Panthers taking the #1, #2 and        Courtney Harless
     hails from Apopka, Florida strike out a                                                                       from the 10th inning         #4 singles action. In the one spot All
     career high 21 batters, while Saint Leo                                                                       on, sophomore pinch          SSC player Keith Kessler (Brooklyn,                                Senior
     pitcher Katie Heintz (10-5) of Portland,                                                                      runner Thyra Dewey           N.Y.) upped his record to 9-6 taking                          Position:Catcher
     Oregon also fanned 21 hitters in a los-                                                                       (Chelmsford, Mass.)          down Jan Stastny 6-2, 6-2. Fellow All                           Hometown:
     ing cause.                                                                                                    started the inning off       Conference player Cliff Giel (Savaneta,                          St. Cloud,
            “This was a total team effort to-                                                                      at second base as a          Aruba) also improved to 9-6 on the sea-
                                                                                                                   pinch runner. She            son overcoming Ketan Saggar 6-2, 6-2
     night,” stated Panthers’ Head Coach
     Ellie Hanover. “Amber was outstanding                                                                         moved to third base on       as well. In the #4 singles match, senior                           Major:
     in the circle and Kelly came through big                                                                      a wild pitch and             Diego Quiros (Quesada, Costa Rico)                               Business
     at the right time.”                                                                                           Darden worked the            upset JD Greenlee 6-4, 6-4.                                   Administration
            The only two hits West allowed                                                                         count to 3-2 before hit-            “The team finally got it together
                                                                                                                   ting a long, high fly ball   today,” stated head coach Bill Macom.
     was a lead-off double by Lions’ first
     baseman Ashley Urbanik (Riverview,                                                                            to deep left field that      “They played tough and looked like they            Amber West
     Fla.) in the first inning, and a lead-off                                                                     permitted Dewey to           wanted to win.”
                                                                                                                   tag up and score with-              In doubles action is where the
     infield single by Heather Stroud (San
     Antonio, Fla.) in the seventh inning. She                                                                     out a play at the plate.     Panthers finally prevailed to grab their                        Position:
     walked one batter. Heintz permitted four                                                                              The Panthers         third victory on the season. Giel and                            Pitcher
                                                                                            Sports Communications threatened to score in        Kessler combined to defeat the tandem
     singles, two of them infield hits, didn’t                                                                                                                                                                 Hometown:
     walk a batter, but hit two.                  Safe! Darden hits the lone run to bring Dewey home.              the sixth when               Stastny and Saggar 8-6 in a heated battle.                      Apopka,
            The Panthers continue their win-      while the home team dropped to 2-2 in Chisena beat out a slow roller for a single             They improve to 10-5 on the season.
                                                  the SSC and 17-8 overall.                       and Naumoff beat out a bunt to lead off       While the bif surprise came at the #3
     ning streak to 17 for the year and Florida
     Tech breaks an all time conference record          Junior Katie Naumoff (Poland, the inning. Fettes was hit by a pitch to                  doubles action where Junior Christian                            Major:
     of seven straight SSC wins. The record       Ohio) collected two of Florida Tech’s load the bases two outs later, but Heintz               Smith ( Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago)                            Forensic
     for a non-losing streak was set in 2004      four hits, while fellow juniorsLaura forced Darden to pop up to end the in-                   and freshman Jeremy Casperson (Jack-                           Psychology
     when former coach Nancy Bottge went          Chisena (Ocoee, Fla.) and Kristen ning. Saint Leo threatened in the 11th.                     sonville, Fla.) outlasted their opponents’
     for 21 straight. Florida Tech now stands     Fettes (Deltona, Fla.) picked up the However, with runners at the corner with                 Justin Linder and Dustin Guthrie 8-6 for
     7-0 in league action and 18-3 overall,       other singles.                                  no outs, West struck out the side.            the match winner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cliff Giel
              Tuesday Mar 14                         Baseball                                           St. Thomas (NY)                                   W 17-4                                               Hometown:
              Friday Mar 17                                                                             Lynn                                              L 8-4                                                  Aruba
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Major: Civil
              Saturday Mar 18                                                                           Lynn Game 1                                       L 6-5                                                Engineering
                                                                                                        Lynn Game 2                                       L 11-2

              Wednesday Mar 22                                                                          Franklin Pierce                                   L 8-3

              Wednesday Mar 15                       Softball                                           Molloy Game 1                                     W 12-0

                                                                                                        Molloy Game 2                                     W 13-0

              Friday Mar 17                                                                             Saint Leo                                         W 1-0

              Saturday Mar 18                                                                           Saint Leo Game 1                                  L 6-5                                  Natalie Kohler
                                                                                                        Saint Leo Game 2                                  W 9-5                                        Not pictured
              Monday Mar 20                                                                             Florida Gulf Coast G1                             L 2-1
                                                                                                                                                                                               Hometown: Johannesberg,
                                                                                                        Florida Gulf Coast G2                             L 8-1
                                                                                                                                                                                                      South Africa
                                                                                                                                                                                              Honor: Placed 2nd in the NIU
              Thursday Mar 16                        Men’s Tennis                                       Washington College                                L 5-4
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Snowbird Classic
              Friday Mar 17                                                                             Univ. of Indianapolis                             W 5-4

              Saturday Mar 18                                                                           Rollins                                           L 7-2                                       Crew
              Tuesday Mar 14                         Women’s Tennis                                     Washington College                                L 6-3
                                                                                                                                                                                               Women’s Varsity
              Wednesday Mar 15                                                                          Univ. of Indianapolis                             L 7-2                                  Eight Boat
              Mar 9-11                               Women’s Golf                                       NIU Springlake                                    12th of 18                          Desiree Tetrault, Whitney
                                                                                                        Invitational                                                                            Given, Jessie House,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Maddie Smerin, Rachel
              Mar 14-16                                                                                 NIU Snowbird Classic                              8th of 15                           Purvis, Andi Cross, Anna
                                                                                                                                                                                              Beaman, Audrey Farson,
              Mar 5-7                                Men’s Golf                                         Buccaneer Invitational                            11th of 15                              and Nicky Weiler

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