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NOVEMBER 7, 2003


Halloween Comes To Florida Tech
Calvin Turzillo Staff Writer Some may think it is a bit odd to walk across campus and say hello to a Giant Gorilla or even a Toad, but on Halloween at Florida Tech, this seems to be the norm. Students really seem to get into the spirit around campus, wearing costumes throughout most of the day. Some are hand made, others are elaborate rentals, but either way, the sense of comradery among the ghouls always prevails. During the early morning hours and into the afternoon, most of the excitement was contained to the classroom. Here the professors would pick out the one or two students dressed up, and manage to make some witty comment about how they look better than usual. Offices, such as Student Accounting, also got into the spirit. A cackling voice would startle unsuspecting victims entering the office, just in time to walk into a giant stuffed spider. If that failed to wake students up for class, nothing would. Later that night, the Residence Hall Association set up a Halloween spectacular for the local youth to come and trick or treat. Events such as face painting and potato sack races were held in the quad, and the dorms were disguised as haunted houses. The chilling screams of children could be heard in the air, but always in good fun. At the opposite end of campus was the Haunted Lab, hosted by Tri Beta. Here groups could take a tour through an elaborate maze of science experiments gone wrong, and of course the obligatory mummy was thrown in for good measure. The final event of the evening for the Florida Tech

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Columbia Village Dedication

Photo by Jeff Kelly William F. Readdy, Associate Administrator in the Office of Space Flight, speaks at the Columbia Village dedication. Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese and astronaut family representative Dr. Jon Clark sit on either side.

Laura Seward Editor-in-Chief From the ashes of a tragedy arises hope for the next generation, shows the students of the Florida Tech in the wake of one of the worst incidents in space-flight history. On October 28th, just nine months after the untimely demise of the NASA Space Shuttle Columbia, the university dedicated its new residence hall complex of seven new dormitories in memory of Colonel Rick D. Husband, Commander William C. McCool, Lieutenant Colonel Michael P. Anderson, Captain David M. Brown, Dr. Kalpana Chawla, Captain Laurel B. Clark, and Colonel Ilan Ramon, the seven lost astronauts of Columbia’s final mission. On the morning February 1st, 2003, the world community anxiously watched the skies for the return of the STS-107 crew after a very

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successful mission, a demonstration of global collaboration and solidarity. Seconds turned to minutes and the minutes dragged on, and soon all watching became painfully aware that the crew had been lost. Debris fell from the sky and an investigation commenced, and all the while three nations mourned, no one more affected than the families of the crew and the greater family of Kennedy Space Center. Florida Institute of Technology was founded in 1958, the same year as the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, with the purpose of educating engineers, scientists, and businesspeople to filter into the missile program. It is because of our deep roots in the space program that our campus feels so strongly connected to the happenings at KSC. Our experiments fly in missions, our alumni work at Cape Canaveral, and our campus gathers together on top of the Crawford Science Tower and

elsewhere to watch every launch. It is no wonder that our campus community felt personally affected by the tragedy on February 1st. As a school we gathered to mourn and remember the lives recently lost around our Challenger monument dedicated to the memory of past lives selflessly sacrificed to scientific exploration, and as a school we requested that the memory of the Columbia Seven be etched into our campus forever. The event at Florida Tech was preceded by a private ceremony at KSC where the Space Mirror Memorial was unveiled with seven new names added to it. Members of all seven families as well as a number of NASA officials then made their way to Melbourne where they were welcomed to Florida Tech by helpful Student Ambassadors and a lovely lunch provided

At Florida Tech’s annual LASER (Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering Resources) Day on Nov. 13 from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m., 10th – 12th grade and community college students will learn about sunspots, lasers, hydrogen fuel cells, choosing the right college, and forensic psychology, among other things. LASER Day offers 23 activity-filled sessions, including bridge design, Latin American music and dance, poetry and technology, exploring the ocean by robots, and snake infrared vision. Visiting students may also talk to professors about studies and careers in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering. Parents, teachers, and guidance counselors may also participate. Parents may also attend a special session on how to pay for their child’s college education. LASER Day activities start with a welcome and orientation in Gleason Auditorium. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. in the Denius Student Center. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Sciences and Liberal Arts and the College of Engineering. The Florida Tech College Players present their fall production, “Move Over, Mrs. Markham! The bedroom farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman runs Nov. 14 and 15 and Nov. 20 through 22 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Gleason Performing Arts Center. This example of 1970s hectic British humor is directed by Sara Parent, with assistant director Joe Daniel. The play is produced by Kyle Rappe with technical direction by Jeff Bloomer. The leads, Joanna and Philip Markham, are played by Meredith Scholtens and Oliver Hanson. Due to the mature nature of the show, viewer discretion is advised. Tickets are $8, adults; $5, seniors over age 55; and $2, children under 12 and students with IDs. The Gleason Performing Arts Cen-

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ter is located on the Florida Tech campus at the corner of Babcock St. and University Blvd. The Third IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) International Conference on Data Mining will welcome worldrenown experts and accomplished researchers in data mining. The conference will be held Nov. 19 - 22 at the Holiday Inn, Melbourne Oceanfront, in Indialantic. According to the Gartner Group, data mining is the process of discovering meaningful new correlations, patterns and trends by sifting through large amounts of data stored in repositories, using pattern recognition technologies as well as statistical and mathematical techniques. Bill Hinkel, Sebastian Inlet Sportfishing Association (SISA) treasurer, was honored recently for the organization’s donation of $2,000 to Florida Tech’s artificial reef research. The university used the donation to purchase a Sony video camera, which will be used by the Departments of Biological Sciences and Marine and Environmental Systems, and by the university’s Sportfish Research Institute for underwater research. Psycho-Cinema: Psychology and the Movies, Florida Tech’s new film/ lecture series, is for filmgoers who savor a post-mortem on a just-seen movie who may enjoy analyzing with a professional. The series’ first presentation, on Nov. 13, will be Home for the Holidays. The 1995 film featuring Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr. and Charles Durning, will be screened at 7 p.m. in the F.W. Olin Life Sciences Bldg. first-floor auditorium. Admission is free. Dr. Ralph Turingan, Florida Tech Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, has earned a $60,000 Florida Sea Grant to research the key factors that affect the survival of marine ornamental fish in their larval stage, include angelfish and anemonefish. His work will focus on the critical period of first feeding, a major bottleneck in the aquaculture industry, using state-of-the-art, highspeed digital videography, with contemporary and traditional experimental techniques, to evaluate the development of feeding performance in these larvae. Dr. Wade H. Shaw, Florida Tech Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Engineering Management Review (EMR) by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) . The EMR publishes theory-based articles to serve the professional needs of mid-level and strategic managers of engineering and technology-based organizations.

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by the university administration. The ceremony began at 1:30 in the afternoon outside the new Columbia Village commons building. The area was packed with students, faculty, staff, and guests, some sitting in chairs, many standing, others watching from nearby balconies, all gathered to watch the dedication, what is believed to be the first such recognition in the country. First to speak was Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese, who welcomed the assembly. Members of Florida Tech’s ROTC program performed the Posting of the Colors, and Florida Tech’s College Player’s acapella group Players in Harmony delighted the audience with a rendition of God Bless America. President Catanese then spoke of heroes and our desire to be reminded of heroes every day, with the dedication of Gissom Hall in memory of astronaut Gus Grissom, with the creation of the Challenger memorial on campus, and now with the dedication of Columbia Village. It was, after all, the students’ idea to dedicate the new dorms in memory of Columbia, he explained. He shared two paraphrased quotes, one from U.S. President John F. Kennedy in his famous speech at Rice University in which he said that we exploring space “not because [it] is easy, but because [it] is hard,” and one from astronaut Gus Grissom describing the dangers of space flight, but how important it is that it is worth the risk. William F. Readdy, the Associate Administrator in the Office of Space Flight, spoke next. He pointed out that Florida Tech and NASA were both started at the same time with the same mission, to inspire the next generation of explorers and to explore life. He explained the importance of planting seeds with the International Space Station, with current astronauts, and with the ongoing missions, to reap vision and courage for the next generation. He quoted from Proverbs, “Where there is no vision, the people perish,” and added, “Vision starts here.” Melbourne Mayer John Buckley exclaimed that he was “triply honored” to have been part of approving the plans to build the new dorms, legal battles seemingly forgotten. Dr. Allen S. Henry, Chairman of the Florida Tech Board of Trustees, gave a brief history of the founding of the university to demonstrate how much times have changed. The Brevard Engineering College, as it was called, was established with an initial donation of 37 cents to train scientists and engineers to support Cape Canaveral. After nearly fifty years of technological advances and history changing the world, the human spirit still remains strong. The dedication of Columbia Village, he said, creates knowledge, understanding, and inspiration, “motivating generations of students for years to come.” Rebecca “Bec” Mazzone, Florida Tech Student Government President

and Computer Science senior, spoke on behalf of the student body. She described how the campus momentarily stops and comes together to view launches because they mean something to us. The Columbia incident spread a sense of loss throughout the campus, she said, but it is not the loss that we choose to remember, it is the dream. She read the thoughts of some of her student peers. Many felt that the dedication of the dorms will remind the school of the sacrifice the astronauts made and will inspire individuals to be like the astronauts and strive for their dreams. Another student will always remember how happy the astronauts seemed. One student recalled receiving an autograph from one of the Columbia astronauts with a note that the student will always treasure. She concluded by thanking those who had made this dedication possible, expressing that the university is “honored to say that we have a small part of [the Columbia astronauts] with us.” Dr. Jon Clark, husband of Dr. Laurel B. Clark, spoke on behalf of the astronaut’s families. His advice for the

audience was to chase dreams, live life to the fullest, and to lead the country into the future. President Catanese took the podium again to mention Aristotle’s description mankind’s urge to improve ourselves and Einstein’s quote about the more he learned, “the more I believe in God.” Father Doug Bailey performed the benediction, dedicating Columbia Village with honor with hopes that the village inhabitants will be dedicated to virtue and character and live life harmoniously as the seven diverse astronauts had done. He encouraged us to be more than we are and do more than we’ve done in this land without boundaries. Florida Tech’s ROTC returned to perform the Retrieving of the Colors before the crowded dispersed to view the unveiling of the dedication plaque and enjoy the reception. The ceremony was short but fitting, and the audience seemed to feel collectively uplifted after a wonderfully put together afternoon that touched the hearts of all who watched and participated.

Bomb Scare at Toys ‘R’ Us
Jeff Kelly Photo Editor Monday Nov 3. Police stopped traffic on U.S. 192 between Hollywood Boulevard and Irwin Avenue as a man held the local Toys R Us store hostage. Police scrambled a SWAT team, bomb squad, several K-9 units, and a mobile command center as Marvin Sullivan held two employees hostage and threatened to blow up the store with a device strapped to his arm. While the situation escalated over the span of three hours, traffic backups and detours caused many headaches. One professor commented on how he had to take Hollywood Boulevard to Eber Road and then go North on Babcock to get to the school. In addition to problems faced by commuters to Florida Tech, local businesses suffered alone the shut-down strip of U.S. 192. Sullivan finally gave himself up at 7:35 after hours of skillful negotiating through Sargent Todd Maddox. Sullivan is being charged with two counts of kidnapping, nine counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of planting a hoax bomb (although this may have been dropped). He is currently being held without bail.

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Photo by Jeff Kelly Toys R Us on 192, the site Monday’s Bomb Scare.

Calander of Events
CAB’s Local Noise 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Panther Plaza 7 Big Man on Campus 7 Film Society’s “Crna Maca, Beli Macor” 8:45 pm Olin EC118 8 Air Tunnel Trip 12 CAPS Seminar 7:00 – 8:30 Hartley Room 13 LASER Day 13 CAB’s Singer Mike Errico 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm Rat 14 Film Society’s “Amarcord” 8:45 pm Olin EC118 14 – 15 College Player’s “Move Over Mrs. Markham” 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Gleason 15 WFIT’s Golf Tournament Baytree Golf 15 – 16 Alpha Phi’s Charity Softball Tournament 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Fl Ave. Fields 16 – 22 Diversity Week 16 WFIT’s Twilight Jazz 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Goode Park 17 Holiday 20 – 22 College Player’s “Move Over Mrs. Markham” 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Gleason 21 Humanities Lecture Series 7:30 Olin EC137 21 Film Society’s “JFK” 8:45 pm Olin EC118 22 Admissions’ Fall Open House 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Clemente 22 Medieval Times 7 23 Residence Life’s International Affair 4:00 pm Clemente 27 – 28 Holiday December 1 Senior Sendoff 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Hartley 5 Film Society’s “Le Violon Rouge 8:45 pm Olin EC118 8 – 12 Final Exams 12 WFIT’s Christmas Concert All Faiths Center 13 Fall Commencement January 7 Spring Semester begins 10 WFIT’s Blues Fest Goode Park 16 – 18 WFIT’s Jazz Festival Cocoa Beach 18 WFIT’s Twilight Jazz 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Goode Park February 15 WFIT’s Twilight Jazz 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Goode Park March 1–5 Spring Break 21 WFIT’s Twilight Jazz 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Goode Park April 18 WFIT’s Twilight Jazz 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Goode Park 26 – 30 Final Exams May 1 Spring Commencement

Photo by Jeff Kelly Dr Novak watches his experiment go up in flames on Mole Day 2003. Mole Day, which takes place on 10/23, was honored by Florida Tech chemists in a night of experiments and scientific feats.

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campus was the Costume Contest held in the Rat. This year there were many entries, but as always only a few can win. Some came as “Holey” ghosts, others as fairies. All of the costumes were excellent, but four people in all won the prizes. The costumes of “The Matrix” and “The Boy Scouts” received third and a check for fifty dol-

lars. The “Cowgirl” from Toy Story 2 received second and a check for seventy five dollars. In first place this year was “Disney’s Robin Hood”, worn by Calvin Turzillo, and he received a check for one hundred dollars. All in all, this was another safe and successful Halloween here at Florida Tech. Now it is time to put away all the spider webs and candy and prepare for Thanksgiving. I know turkey is not really a fair trade for Hershey’s, but hey, there is always next year.

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Photo by Dwayne Edwards Florida Tech Students Kyle, Erica, and Kelly show off their Halloween costumes.

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Miss Pakistan Named Miss Florida Tech 2003
Christina Pelzer Staff Writer A night of beauty and glamour ended in the crowning of Annie Hashmi, Miss Pakistan, as Miss Florida Tech. Seventeen of our most beautiful and enthusiastic women at Florida Tech competed in cultural wear, club wear, beach wear, and formal wear before being eliminated to eight, and five contestants before a runner up and Miss Florida Tech were selected. Contestants represented cultures from Kansas to the Philippines, each culture memorable. The culture section began with a beautiful authentic Bull dance from Miss Spain (Paulina Jaramillo), and included everything from a rendition of the “Wizard of Oz” with the Scarecrow and Toto from Miss Kansas (Kimberly Calabrese) to a roll of the dice to represent the gambling of Atlantic City by Miss New Jersey (Ashley Helmatag). Favorites of the night included partner dancing from Miss Puerto Rico (Christal Carrasco), a race across the finish line with Miss Jamaica (Dionne Williams), a snowball fight with Miss North Dakota (Alaina Shelden), and a buoyant Dutch outfit worn by Miss Pennsylvania (Antoinette Zirpoli). Each culture was unique and fun. This competition was possibly the most impressive, and the work the ladies put into this was noted. Club Wear was an interesting new addition to the competition, and showed the girls sense of style when going out. Highlights of Club Wear included Miss Florida’s (Shayla Fisher) elegant white skirt complimented with a shimmering pink top; Miss Pakistan’s (Annie Hashmi) traditional sash that draped past her waist with her elegant all black outfit; and Miss Louisiana’s (Theresa Brushaber) ‘dressed down but done up’ look was very stylish with a pair of designer jeans and a flowing dark pink top. The Beach Wear competition ranged from slinky bikinis to snorkel gear. But no one could beat Miss Florida’s (Shayla Fisher) swimwear, which included a bright orange bathing suit with two orange halves on the top. The addition was cute! The most flattering competition was of course the Formal Wear. No one will be able to forget the stunning pink ensemble of Miss Photo by Danny Chardon Colombia (Melissa Marin). Other noted forKimberly Calabrese (Miss Kansas) and Paulina Jaramillo (Miss Spain) stand mal wear included beside Annie Hashmi (Miss Pakistan), this year new Miss Florida Tech. the shimmering black and gold gown of Miss India (Saranya Ragharan) (surely no one received Michigan (Katherine A Shreve) rep- the runner up to Miss Pakistan (Annie more applause in formal wear than resenting the fun and spunk of the girls Hashmi) who now has the title of Miss her), the glittering two-piece dress from the states, to the romance Florida Tech. worn by Miss California (Samantha brought by the Hispanic and Latin Annie is a junior accounting maLanning) outshined the others, and the cultures, to the mystery from the East- jor at Florida Tech. She is 22 years elegance of the gowns worn by Miss ern region of the world, the audience old. Her hobbies include singing and Spain (Paulina Jaramillo wore a fit- was enticed and entranced. choreographing; she is also an Alpha ted black gown which flared in pink Even though each contestant was Phi. at the bottom) and Miss Pakistan outstanding, in the end Miss Kansas (Annie Hashmi wore a curvy shim- (Kimberly Calabrese) was named as mering black gown) made all the girls in the audience wish they had dresses so flattering as theirs. The night truly had the feel of an elegant and exciting pageant. From the enthusiasm displayed by Miss

Florida Tech College Players Proudly Presents

Move Over, Mrs. Markham!
The Hilarious British Bedroom Farce By Ray Cooney and John Chapman November 14,15- 8:00pm November 16- 3:00pm November 20-22- 8:00pm Gleason Performing Arts Center Only $2 for students! What are you doing the next two weekends? It better involve seeing one of the most anticipated College Players productions ever! Let us treat you to a night of 70’s British humor that will leave you laughing at ever twist and turn. Tickets will be available at the door but avoid the lines! Buy your tickets early in the Student Union Building starting November 06 running through November 17. 11:00am-2:00pm weekedays. We hope to see you in Gleason!

Photo by Danny Chardon Miss Florida Tech Contestants show of their evening wear.

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Movie Reviews: Alien, Veronica Guerin and Kill Bill, Volume I

Three Kick Butt Women in Movies You Should See
Matthew Ruane Crimson Advisor This is a movie review, or should I say reviews, of three recent films starring significant female leads. All three movies should be seen, though one of them (Veronica Guerin) is already out of most mainstream movie theaters due to its marketing as an “art” movie. Each movie, on its own merits, offers something unique and different to the viewer and each is a movie that is above average. None of the three would be a waste of money if seen at full price. 1. The Movie You Won’t See, but Should: Veronica Guerin Veronica Guerin is the true story of the life and death of an Irish newspaper reporter investigating the heroin trade in mid 1990s Dublin. Starring Kate Blanchet, perhaps most famous for her roles in Elizabeth and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Veronica Guerin begins with the tragic death of the heroine who has just won a court case for speeding. Brutally murdered by unknown assassins at a stoplight on her way back to Dublin, she is caught unaware of her impending death, still chatting with a police officer colleague on her cell phone when she is shot repeatedly. The movie then unreels as a flashback, explaining how the title character ends up dead in her own automobile. Veronica Guerin is a newspaper reporter bored with covering society issues and traditional women’s topics that she had been assigned. Using some contacts made in the seedy criminal underworld covering an earlier corruption case, as well as a healthy dose of feminine sexuality meant to manipulate the male cretins she is forced to deal with on a daily basis. Veronica Guerin, little known outside of her native Ireland, became a folk heroine and her death in 1996 forced Ireland’s government to deal with loopholes in Irish criminal and civil law that protected drug dealers and their assets while hampering police investigations and criminal prosecutions. Threatened with death on several occasions, her crusade against the criminal underworld eventually brought about her own murder. Tough and resourceful, she refused to back down despite the risks she placed her family and friends in. She is shot in her own home, and perhaps in one of the most brutal, gut wrenching scene in the movie, she is beaten repeatedly by the “gentlemanly” criminal “mastermind” when she dares to come to his home to ask some questions. This beating is a vicious, visceral assault, perhaps one of the most realistic beatings I have seen on the screen in a long time. This is not cartoonish violence, but a sudden brutality that makes the rest of the movie more powerful and acts as an odd counterpoint to the short, sudden and vicious shooting on Veronica Guerin again at the end of the film. While the movie can be somewhat slow and plodding at points, and as other reviews have pointed out, Director Joel Schumacher has taken some liberties with

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the real story, the movie still manages to hold the viewer’s attention. There is particularly insightful criticism of the movie that can be found at ( 2003/10/17/veronica/). However, I still think the movie has a great deal to offer to the casual viewer and should bring this woman’s tragic death and the issues surrounding her life and murder it to a wider audience.

to anyone who has seen Reservoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction. Part anime, part Western, part martial arts film, and part Japanese gangster film, the movie melange seems to work this time around. Admittedly, there is not much of a plot to the movie. Uma Thurman plays the unnamed Bride, a woman apparently killed at her wedding by her former colleagues. The movie is a long revenge story, as one reviewer pointed out, a modern,

Photo courtesy Touchtone Pictures Veronica Guerin in theaters now.

2. The Movie You Should See, but May Have Skipped: Kill Bill, Volume One First off, this is the fourth film from Hollywood director Quentin Tarrantino, and the first one in several years to succeed commercially since the gangbuster box office and popular acclaim of Pulp Fiction. While the current “enfant terrible” of Hollywood, Tarrantino has turned out another homage to the history of Hollywood film making, past and present. Kill Bill, as the title implies, is the first episode of what has become a two-part film. Tarrantino rather than letting the audience sit through a three hour movie, I believe wisely chose to break the film into two parts. Though this might have backfired, box office receipts were sufficiently high enough to ensure that the second part will be released in theaters this spring. “Kill Bill: Volume Two” is currently scheduled to be released Feb. 20th in theatres. Kill Bill, whether you love Tarrantino movies or not, will inspire a great deal of post movie discussion about exactly what happened in the movie and where volume two is headed. Over the top with violence, this is first movie is a genuine gore fest, and I am not quite sure if the second movie should try to top or exceed the violence quotient of volume one. This movie, at 110 minutes long, is the ultimate gift comic book, told non-sequentially, which seems to be a bold choice according to some reviewers, or in my opinion, to make the first fight seem more plausible than if the movie had been told in strict chronological order. It is also a multi-genre film, something that has become second nature

feminized version of Death Wish. To say that dialogue is sparing would be an understatement, as there are long portions of the film in which little is said. However, the movie is neither short on action, nor on violence. In my opinion, it was a wise decision to split the movie in two for the simple reason that the violence would have become mind numbing for three hours. Stealing, or in Hollywood terms “paying homage to” a number of 1970s martial arts films, Tarrantino has made a movie that will either thrill you or turn you off. In a few cases, and other reviewers have confirmed my own thoughts, dialogue is quoted verbatim from earlier movies, particularly Jimmy Wang Yu’s The Master of the Flying Guillotine. Tarrantino also uses anime in an interesting manner to tell the life story of O-Ren Ishi (Lucy Lui) in an extended flashback to explain the character’s motivations and origins. However, the movie does feel incomplete. While the movie does end with the obligatory cliffhanger, I am not sure exactly what I will think of the movie without seeing volume two in February. Still, go see volume one and make up your own minds. 3. The Movie You Have Probably Seen, but Should See Again: Alien I may be dating myself here, but I saw this movie when I was 13, sitting in a darkened theater in New Jersey. The television commercials scarred the hell out of me as a kid, with the eerie yellowish green egg and the tagline, “In space, no one can here you scream.” I begged my mother to let me go and see the movie, my first R

rated movie in the old theater in town. The theater was packed, an old 1920s vaudeville style theater with three balconies worth of seating, the type of movie viewing experience that has disappeared with the modern multiplex. I know the theater was full, so there was probably close to 400 people in there that night. I was scared, watching the movie by myself, but I loved the experience. I jumped in my seats several times, and I still remember that numerous feminine (and probably a few male) screams at one point in the movie when the Alien makes a frightening appearance. It was a movie that I have never forgotten. Now the movie first released in 1979 has again been released into the theaters with some additional material added in a Director’s cut to Ridley Scott’s original movie. If you haven’t seen the original movie, I would recommend going to see this limited re-release in the theaters. This movie deserves to be seen in a darkened theater on the big screen. Though I have my own thoughts about the other three movies in the franchise, this review is about the original movie. The first thing that struck me more than 20 years later is how young the actors appear in this movie, especially Sigourney Weaver and Tom Skerritt. While many of the actors have gone onto bigger and better things, for Weaver, this was her breakout role and what eventually led to the roles she would receive in later films, and to be the only actor to appear in all four films. A classic horror film, the movie still made me jump three times in my seat and made my friend scream and jump at one point in the movie. While the story of the Nostromo and her crew are familiar to anyone who has seen the movie on the small screen (either on television or on VHS/DVD), it is only on the big screen that the claustrophobia and unsettling sets have a real impact. Thought some of the special effects, especially the computer technology and graphics used are extremely dated, the movie as a whole hangs together since many of the special effects used mood and atmosphere to achieve the tense mood and horror that fill the 115 minute running time. This recently restored version adds 11 more minutes to the original film, the longish sequence being one involving the fate of two of the crew and the first scenes of the Alien nests. However, the monster is seen more clearly earlier in the film, something that may not have been such a wise addition, and something that Ridley Scott fought Fox Studios over. If you want to see a good horror picture, and one that will provide a least a few genuine jolts still despite having seen the film before, go see this new release of Alien before it disappears from the theaters and onto DVD.

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Amit Chiman Patel Staff Writer “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Copernicus I, we have reached Lunar Base 12. If you look out the window, you will see Earth as viewed by many astronauts before you.” This is could a typical intercom message aboard a commercial space vehicle. Sounds like Jules Verne material, doesn’t it? Well, it may be possible in the near future due to the current development of the space elevator. Although this has not been the first time that it has been proposed, it has been the first time that NASA has begun a serious effort towards building this structure. So let us take a look at the theory and project designs of the proposed space elevator system. By definition, the space elevator is an elongated strong cable extending from a point on the Earth’s surface to a geosynchronous point in space in which a space vehicle can be pushed at phenomenally high speeds into deep space. Geosynchronous orbit means that the spin is at the same speed and time as the Earth’s orbit. Think of a gigantic pole or cable going out into space. This concept was proposed by Arthur Clarke in his book, “Fountains of Paradise.” In his 1978 novel, Clarke wrote about a world in which engineers constructed a space elevator on top of a mountain peak, linking the moon to the earth. Yet, Clarke’s book was based on earlier notions of such a structural anomaly. For example, Konstantin Tsiolkovski, a Russian scientist, suggested, in 1895, the idea of a “Celestial Castle” in harmony with the Earth’s orbit. This castle would be attached to a tower-like structure from a preferable spot on Earth. The essential concept that both Tsiolkovski and Clarke were observing was that the technology for such a strong structure would be available through the fruition or development in other areas. This is a very important concept to keep in mind. The concept of the space elevator wouldn’t even be a scientific proposal without the major developments in technology. Indeed, if this project were to begin this very day, your great grandchildren might be the ones that would see it operational. When considering the space elevator concept, we must also look at the basic components needed to complete a very basic prototype of a space elevator. According to “How Stuff Works.Com” the four basic components of a theoretical space elevator is a base tower anchored from an ideal spot on the Earth’s surface, a gigantic weight or mass which is known as the counter-weight with respect to the Earth, a super strong cable cord connected the base tower to the gigantic counter-weight, and finally a space

vehicle which would actually ride up the elevator. The counter-weight would be used to keep the cable taut and remove the possibility of the cable loosening or falling down due to a low structural integrity. The entire elevator is proposed to be about 65,000 km tall. This would settle the constant question of what is the tallest structure in the world. The space elevator would essentially be powered by a combination of solar power, electromagnetic propulsion and electrical power via laser installments. The space vehicle would initially be launched using electromagnetic tracks. This is known commonly as magnetic levitation or Maglev, and is the technology used in bullet trains in Japan and some theme park rides at Disney World. The identical poles of the magnetic tracks and the underside of the train create a levitating path which is nearly frictionless, neglecting the fluid friction of air at different atmospheric pressures. The Carbon Nanotube tether cord will guide and support the space vehicle on its travel up into a point on the elevator. The basic space elevator is proposed to have a stopping or braking point to load off certain materials or to speed launch a satellite into geosynchronous orbit (orbiting with the Earth). Afterwards, the space vehicle would continue on its path towards the very height of the space elevator. Now, one of the most crucial points about the space elevator is that it would be naturally rotating with the Earth just like a clock hand with its center. In reality, the Earth rotates at about 1100 mph. The sheer magnitude of the speed of the Earth’s rotation would cause the entire elevator to experience a massive torque or force at a distance. The height of the space elevator and the speed of the Earth’s rotation as well as the elevator’s rotation would cause a space vehicle to experience a massive centripetal force. Centripetal force is kind of like the force you feel when you are on a rotating theme park ride. Imagine this type of force several times in magnitude. This would theoretically allow the space elevator system to slingshot the space vehicle at such high speeds that the vehicle could reach Mars in a matter of days, rather than months. This is all wonderful, but what is happening in reality? NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concept, NIAC, has undergone a decision to begin a joint research venture for the development of a space elevator system. From September 12 through 15, 2003, NIAC held the Second Annual International Conference on the Space Elevator in Los Alamos, CA. The event was sponsored by the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Institute of Scientific Research, Inc., from Fairmont, West Virginia. Of the leading members heading this endeavor,

Dr. Smitherman, wrote an official thesis on the basic design and problems/solutions that the committee in Los Alamos came up with. The Institute for Scientific Research is focusing largely on materials, energy, and mass production of the technology needed for this program. Many agencies and corporations were willing to Graphic courtesy of take part in this proChase Designs gram. Among these were Lockheed This is a proposed space elevator. A self-sustained Martin, Boeing, orbiting station guides the shuttle travel. This Harvard Institute, system could be used to re-supply ships. Http:// Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. A seemingly impossible project has system would dominate the space inbegun its initial stages of research and dustry. They could launch vehicles development. into space faster than any other conIn conclusion, the space elevator ventional method. The system, of is one gigantic step into a brighter and course, will be very much a joint venmore efficient future in space explo- ture and the problems that are comration and development. One of the ing up are more than anyone can beneficial aspects about the space el- imagine. Yet it is as Dr. Andrews, a evator system are that it would tremen- top researcher in carbon materials in dously save money and resources to Kentucky, says: “It is too early to say launch vehicles into space. The cost yes, and it is too early to say no. We of launching a space shuttle into space must keep our options open for the is about $10,000 to $40,000 per future, as the tradition has been for all pound. The space elevator would cut revolutionary science.” the cost to a theoretical $100 per Thus, as the future progresses, the pound. The space elevator would also space elevator is something that will be a fuel-efficient system which could become a hot topic in science. Such eliminate the use of large amounts of a massive system will only come into hydrogen which are used in today’s reality through the development and systems. An enticing concept about research of different areas of science, the space elevator is that the nation whether it is nanotechnology or adwhich would gain authority over the vanced propulsion systems.

Graphic courtesy of Affordable Space Flight This is another proposed look of the elevator. The guiding rails would secure the structural stability of the space elevator. Just another theoretical model which helps visualize this near-to-impossible concept. Http://

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Bec’s Box
Bec Mazzone Student Government President First, here’s a recap for those who may have slept through an eventful week. Columbia Village Dedication: What a great day to be a student at Florida Tech. We were privileged to have representatives from NASA, the government, the board of trustees, and the astronauts’ families here for a simple, yet memorable ceremony. Everyone I met was thankful for our hospitality and impressed with our campus & students. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback for my speech since the dedication, but I could never have pulled it off without the help I received from some of you. Thank you Alli, Andy, Dr. Carroll Emanuel, Jon, Jim, Jody, and Rebecca, for sharing your thoughts on the dedication with me. Thanks also to the Student Ambassadors for once again serving as excellent representatives of our university. Halloween: Campus came together again this year to provide entertainment for the horde of children that invades campus every October 31. I’ve heard nothing but positive things about the event. The decorations were incredible and every booth was well attended. Thank you to all organizations that came out to make this a success. Miss Florida Tech: On Saturday ISSO pulled off another successful Miss Florida Tech pageant. Gleason was packed with people cheering on their favorite of the contestants. Congratulations to Annie Hashmi, our new miss Florida Tech. Congratulations also to first runner up Kim Calabrese and second runner up Paulina Jaramillo, who also won the people’s choice & Miss Congeniality awards. Let’s call it “Other:” A few people have asked me why the outside of the SUB has turned into a hardhat area. For those who haven’t been filled in, the long overdue elevator to the second floor will be going in between now and January. I’ve been told that as part of this renovation the ATM will be moving to an outdoor location where it will be accessible 24 hours a day. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read through Janene’s column this week. She’s got some important announcements and useful information from Student Government. She’s also constantly posting updates to our board in the sub. If you’ve asked about it, chances are something to address it is there. If not, email so we can get it there. We’ve also got some projects we’ve been working on that will hopefully be announced in the not too distant future. The semester is almost over. I know this because registration starts next week. If anyone knows a good CS elective to take that isn’t one of the 40 sections of Independent Study I’d be interested in recommendations. Oh the things you can get away with when you know the paper will publish anything… Seriously though. The Crimson has been great so far this year. I applaud Laura and her staff for a job well done. With the exception of a few comments about how the other pathetic excuses for comic strips can’t touch “Nuts & Dolts,” I’ve heard nothing but positive things about their efforts. It’s nice to see the paper getting back on it’s feet and not being 12 pages of CD reviews for bands no one has ever heard of. That’ll do it for this edition. May the powers that be smile upon you during your time of class scheduling.

Student Government Update
Janene Winton Public Relations for SGA Student Government has been looking into the issues posted at the Tuesday Table each week. One of the biggest issues that keeps coming up regards the Columbia Village electronic gate. Last week I spoke with Patti Kirk, the Assistant Director for Resident Life. She explained that in the original plans for the Columbia Village complex, the sidewalk that extends to the pedestrian gate stopped at the end of Anderson Hall. These plans were changed, and the sidewalk was extended to help the architecture flow. Because of this, and Melbourne city codes, a pedestrian gate was then required to be installed next to the automobile gate. The city only allowed the gates to be installed on the premise that traffic going into the complex would not slow down or disturb traffic on Babcock Street. The circle within the complex is strictly a fire lane for emergency vehicles. Other than those vehicles, only Florida Tech maintenance vehicles are allowed into the complex. The pedestrian gate has been restricted to only maintenance staff having access. This is because some students park their cars on Babcock Street (hence blocking traffic) and then others back out onto the street because they don’t have enough room to turn around. Not allowing students to have access to either gate will then prevent students from endangering themselves when they pull out into traffic or park in the street because there is no way into the complex from those gates for students. This also means that deliveries, such as from a pizza restaurant, will have to be delivered via the parking garage. More importantly, if the pedestrian gate was opened, then drivers would be more inclined to park in the entrance of the automobile gate, blocking the gate to emergency crews and maintenance. The issue of the long walks from Columbia Village or Roberts Hall to Babcock Street, such as when going to Southgate, has been brought to the attention of the university, however, as of right now, students who live in these two areas will have to walk across the Sheppard Bridge when going to Babcock. Ensuring the safety of the students is a priority of Florida Tech when it comes to convenience, and if the gates to Columbia Village were opened, then students could endanger themselves by not being cautious of the traffic on Babcock Street. It should also be noted that people, including students, who are found tampering with the gates, which also includes climbing the gates, will be fined $500. During April of every year, Student Government holds elections for the following fall and spring semesters. This spring, the procedures of these elections will drastically change. Student Government will be switching over to electronic elections in hopes of getting a better voter-turnout. These election polls will open on Monday April 5th and will close on Thursday, April 8th. On that Friday, the 9th, Student Government will announce the following year’s new President, Vice President, and Treasurer. Renovations to the Denius Student Center are underway. An elevator is being added to the building, and the ATM will be moved outside so students will have 24-hour access to it. These renovations will start this month and will conclude in January. If you have any concerns or gripes that you would like to see addressed, please come by the Tuesday Table in the SUB from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm every Tuesday. You may also e-mail the Student Government at Student Government meetings are held every Tuesday night at 8:00 pm in 118EC for those students who are looking to join.

Student Leader Luncheon
Compilation of Monday, October 20th and Tuesday, October 21st By Bec Mazzone and Janene Winton, SGA President Catanese’s Words: - Inquiries about the university up 60% - Physical campus is being improved - Columbia Village dedication [was] on October 28th at 1:30 p.m. – all students [were] invited to attend - Strategic plan under way * Working with landscape architect *Looking to change “face” of university on Babcock Street - Parking * Always a problem that they’re always working on * Three parking decks are proposed in long-term plan * Looking at ways to make getting around campus easier ~ Bicycles ~ More golf carts ~ Shuttle service? - Quality of Life Committee * President takes this very seriously and wants problems directed there - Ombudsman * Swedish concept- some one who can cut through the red tape when you’ve done everything and still need help - Suzee - an important person to know - Planning process * Provost responsible for academic enterprise - reason we’re here students most important part of institution * This is an intriguing place because of students * Will have quality growth as opposed to private schools * New degrees: Construction Management under consideration, forensic psychology just added * Introduce art and design courses? * Growth will not change essence of campus ~ Goal to reduce class sizes ~ Lectures under 50 students ~ No more large auditoriums ~ Keep ratio - twenty students per class ideal ~ Tenty-five percent of students international

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~ Five-thousand students: 2200 undergraduate ~ Two-hundred SEGS * Has talked with deans about semesters abroad ~ Many programs at GA Tech ~ Ten percent of their students go overseas - Three upcoming plans for advice * Strategic plan will be presented in December * Campus master plan ~ Michael Graves is the design architect ~ Move toward pedestrian campus ~ Close University Blvd. ~ Three parking decks ~ Central core like Washington Mall with water feature spanning campus ~ Will be presented to students down road * Landscape Architect Susan Hall ~ Work on Babcock first ~ Safety for Southgate ~ Fencing? ~ New signs ~ Jungle — President fascinated with it — Alumni love it — Restore area + More clean-ups — Thirty acres of land

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* The help desk is closed between 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. as well as weekends - Is there a staff position dedicated to searching for funding or grant opportunities? * There is no one on campus whose job is solely that * Bob Merrill, Terry Oswalt, and Fred Ham all do this on a semi-regular basis * No group on campus that assists in grant writing * Research is a major priority - When will there be Florida Tech football? * Not until further down the road because the cost is too high - Parking * With new parking areas, perhaps charge students for guaranteed space in covered parking - With growth, will there be new student center? * We don’t have a real student center * Plan calls for doubling size of this facility * Administration agrees it is needed - Any plans to work on school interaction with community? * President has had same experience * We’ve been hidden and have had a closed mindset in the past ~ Problems with neighbours ~ Now have better working relationship with local government and neighbours ~ President is amazed by amount of community service here - I’ve heard a rumor they’re going to fence in the school and Southgate What’s your take on that? * Susan Hall looking into it * Want to make campus safer without becoming a fortress Student Questions/Concerns: - Could we add more lights, increase security, and put in a hedge instead? - Campus network has been awful * Issue has been that the corner behind Clemente is “not so happy” * Possibly getting the second switch for the phone lines installed ~ School wants barriers because of crime nearby * Next year we’ll be using Florida Land Rail and part of WWW2 ~ School worries about potential problems * Maintenance affects network when people dig in and hit cables * Security provides an escort service - Lighting in the library not bright enough - Security has poor response time * Will go in and make sure there is proper illumination - Gate to Columbia Village has no pedestrian access * First they’ve heard of this as a problem * Cars waiting for students at entrance block Babcock Street traffic - A shuttle bus sounds like a good idea - Is swipe card access possible? * Seriously looking into other ways to get around campus * Pedestrian access brings cars * Has been brought up in the Quality of Life Committee - Speed limit on Babcock is too high; signals at crosswalks take too long * Perhaps a work study driven golf cart service would be implemented * Have been lobbying city to lower speed limit - Beautification of the campus – want more benches and shaded areas * Susan looking at designs to make crossing easier and safer * Architect is incorporating this into the plan * Will talk to city about lowering wait time at crosswalks * Looking at both benches and bike racks - There are not a lot of sports here for students to participate in to show * The idea of having each class leave a bench has been mentioned school spirit. Students want to bring more spirit and titles to the * They’re working with the agriculture school at another Florida campus. Joining teams is discouraging if you are not a top player. If university to look at incorporating more shade we got an Olympic-sized pool or a football field and started those - North & South university – campus does not flow teams, there would be more opportunities for students to get involved * Plan is to eventually close University Boulevard; looking into * Five new teams created opening up the old entrance to the university (road next to the SUB) * School on par with schools in the Sunshine State Conference * University Park Elementary school busses are a consideration * We hold titles in crew * City agrees University Boulevard is dangerous * Lack of swimming pool is a money problem - Need things for students to do at night, some place other than the Rat or ~ Site is identified the library to hang out and do work ~ Plan is done * School tried keeping Pete’s Java Den in the SUB open till midnight ~ Currently looking for donor; need $1 mill – this didn’t work well ~ School is very serious about this * Center Court is now open later * Track strong possibility in not too distant future * Will have the Quality of Life Committee do study * No division 2 or 3 football teams in state * Could be an idea for what to do with rooms that will be available - Come to intramurals - there is a lot of talent. when new Olin Physical Sciences building opens - Cricket - problems with funding * Possible student housing in the area by the harbor in the future - College of Engineering has more students and is having problems with * Looking at property to buy; could build better student center there lab equipment, things like senior design experimental values are * Alumni want a place to hang out as well; could all be incorporated always wrong and the students know not to use them. Will there be into one building any upgrade? * Will be an extension to the SUB in the long term * Due to infrastruct problems - No call boxes off of Shephard bridge * Priorities for this are going up in next budget year * Several boxes were added last year; this area could have been ~ Computer refresh program forgotten ~ Academic equipment moving up * Issue is being looked into ~ Problem is in all colleges on campus - Improve internet registration – problems when flow charts change ~ Students can help by prioritizing needs - What makes a big * Software to track graduation requirements already in banner, just difference and what plans could be enacted to solve problem needs to be implemented ~ Currently talking to industries about equipment * School is looking at incorporating degree audit and financial - School of Aeronautics – The airport handles students poorly. Our rank is reporting in banner dropping. There are not enough planes. Tuition was raised to buy things, but * Priorities are being re-reviewed - President asks if students think that computer access on campus is good all the students see is a King Air they’re not allowed to fly. * New dean started last year * Most people have at least one computer * New chair for FIT aviation * Campus is moving toward being totally wireless * King air will eventually be used for training * Network will be upgraded in two years * Plans just started to improve customer service to students * President asks if we should have a computer plan * Asked department to come up with a realistic approach to reduce ~ Custom machines are better because students can have what add time they need/want * It’s time for new thinking in this area * Hard to get access to a computer if you live off campus - Mechanical Engineering – Students have machine shop training prior to - Administration stresses importance of prioritizing student issues Senior Design and the shop is only open to students who are trained * Problem with trying to tackle too many problems at one time or who work there. Can students have more access or classes that use ~ Information Technology has 41 active projects the shop more? - No one around if network goes down on weekends * Did not realize this was the case with the machine shop * Students propose one number to get ahold of some one who can fix * Issue will be looked into the problem, in case of net emergency during the closed hours

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Jeff Kelly Photo Editor Everybody had gathered for the cake amid the myriad of screams. Jonathon sat silent and composed in the corner. “I don’t understand why I have to be here,” he thought, “I always feel like I get stuck babysitting at these stupid parties.” “Jonathon, have you seen the matches?” yelled a woman from the kitchen. “No, Mom,” he called out. Well, it was sort of true. He had not seen them recently. He had seen them as he slowly struck each matchstick across the box, watching all of those imbeciles play. Feeling guilty, he got up and gripped the doorknob that led to his room. He’d find another box of matches. After all, if things didn’t run smoothly, he’d be blamed anyway. He reached into his desk and pulled out one of the many boxes of matches. “Matches,” he muttered, “if only I had a box of them right now.” The rain was pooling along the folds in his cloak. The cloak was waterproof, but that didn’t do any good now. When the line that was being used to ferry the gear

over the rapids snapped, they had lost most of their supplies. Jonathon had jumped in to try to retrieve them but the currents were too fast. It wouldn’t have done much good anyway. It was probably sucked under by an eddy. Who knows where it would pop up? He shivered and sneezed. As he wiped his nose on his sleeve, he felt a pair of arms encircle him. “How are you feeling?” came the sweet voice of a woman. “You should probably get changed or you’ll get sick.” “My change of clothes was in the pack. I can deal with this Amanda, I’ve been in worse situations.” “If you say so, Jon. On the bright side, we still have a pack of food, so it wasn’t a total loss. Dig in!” She handed him a bowl with some dried meat and fruits. At least, they would have been dried if it wasn’t for that bloody storm. This was a little too unnatural for his liking. Jon unsheathed his dagger and started prodding at the meat. She was right, of course. They had made it across the border and into the forests. There should be no patrols from the castle over here; the gorge is viewed as a natural defense. There group was small but the had a mission they needed to accomplish…or die trying. To Be Continued...

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intolerable. Citizens have petitioned the government for redress on this issue. The government has responded with silence, resuscitations of bureaucratic tongue twisting, and most chillingly, threats of enforcement. Let me reiterate: citizens have asked their government for an explanation of government’s claim on the citizens’ paychecks, and the government has answered with “we will answer your question with enforcement actions.” I refer the reader to an article by Devvy Kidd called “IRS Makes Chilling Proclamation”. See Despite this example of Gestapo Americana, citizens have won judicial victories in court against the Federal government. In one particular case, the

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Who Owns You?
The Lonely Libertarian “No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty, or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no such thing as the right to enslave.” Ayn Rand Do you own yourself? If not, then, “Who owns you?” “How much of yourself do you own?” Why would I bother asking these silly questions? I do so because the answers to these questions have everything to do with how you are governed, taxed, regulated, and ENSLAVED. I do not use that last term lightly, particularly knowing the history of slavery in this country. In fact, I feel the need to say it precisely BECAUSE of the shameful history of slavery in America. Back to the question. You can argue that each of us is part of society. We are social creatures. You may even argue that we have an obligation to society. None of these sweet-nothings refutes the fact that you, as a thinking, rational human being are owned by no one but yourself and you, in turn, have no claim of ownership over another. What does it mean to own yourself and to have no claim of ownership over another person? It means that your body, your actions, and your mind are yours to do with as you see fit with one and only one caveat: never ever can your actions prevent another person from doing the same; harm another person; or take from another person what they do not willing give or exchange. This idea has tremendous significance, and can be summarized in one word: LIBERTY. Humans either are rational, independent, and autonomous or they are not. If they are, then no amount of “collectivizing”, “socializing”, or “governing” can make a person less entitled to their body, mind, and actions. Your actions are yours alone. Equality is a certain unalienable right, and no group of other individuals, being equal, can claim title over you. If humans are not rational and independent, on the other hand, then no amount of “governing” or “socializing” can make a group of humans all of the sudden “rational”. They would still have no claim over you. In either case, it is morally and logically indefensible for any other person or group to claim control over you, no matter their claims of motive or good intentions. If you own yourself, you must therefore own your actions. If you own your actions, then you must therefore own the benefit or loss resulting from them. If you paint a picture, build a chair, or dig a well, you have transformed something from a less usable state, into something that brings you more satisfaction, helps you survive, or both. You did so with your own action, your own labor – since no one can claim ownership over you, no one can claim ownership of your labor OR THAT WHICH YOU CREATED BY IT. Many colored slaves of antebellum America were neither whipped nor shackled, but they did not have a say in what they could do with the fruits of their labor. Were they any less enslaved than the shackled field hand? No. They were slaves because they were refused the freedom to act on their own behalf and to dispense of the fruits of their labor as they saw fit. This situation was ultimately maintained by the threat of force, for if slaves sought to assert their natural rights as free, rational humans, they would be challenged at gunpoint. You work a job to earn a living. A company hires you in order to utilize your skills to make a profit. The company compensates you at a rate that you and the company agree upon. You voluntarily give up your labor to the company, they voluntarily give up capital (cash) to compensate you. This relationship benefits both parties. If it did not, then neither party would voluntarily enter into the agreement. I ask you, then, what right does the government have to take the fruits of your labor? You do not need a third party to enter into a voluntary agreement with an employer. How then is a third party (the government) justified in taking of your labor (in the form of part of the pay you received as compensation for laboring) via an income tax? I submit that the government is not justified! It does so as a result of the fact that it can back up its claim on your labor by coercive force. You must give up that portion of your labor your supposed representatives have chosen to claim or be threatened with jail (or worse). How is this scenario philosophically different from the southern slave of the nineteenth century? There is none. We are slaves of the Federal government, who takes of our labor without our say. Whether or not we fought a civil war over ridding our country of slavery (that’s the subject of another commentary), this continued enslavement of the people by the government is shameful, tyrannical, and

IRS was unable to prove to the court that it had legal claim to a citizen’s justly earned pay. Internet buzz abounded about the future of the income tax over this ruling. Nevertheless, your liberty is under siege by the very organization that was implemented to preserve it: the government. I fear for our future and believe a fight to preserve our liberty against encroachments is alight in the bellies of more and more liberty-minded people. I hope this fight never comes to armed conflict but is won instead with the pen, the keyboard, and the newspaper. But it’s a fight that must be fought. I want my children to live free. I ask you, the reader: Are you prepared to live as a slave? Are you prepared to acquiesce your children’s freedom to servitude?

A Modern Proposal
Dwayne Edwards Staff Photographer I recently read that the current rate of rainforest loss in the world is 2.4 acres a second. That’s 149 acres a minute, 214,000 acres a day, and 78 million acres a year. This poses a problem because the plants in the rainforest re-supply the atmosphere with much needed oxygen. But I have thought of a solution that is both beneficial and economically sound. Simply, we kill the whales, yes, kill the whales. Whales eat plankton, as we all know, and in the plankton there are oxygen-producing organisms. Where do these whales get off thinking they can just rob us humans of our oxygen? I say we should put them in their place. Killing the whales solves more then just the oxygen problem; it solves this nation’s economic problem as well - jobs, that’s right, killing whales would, in a rough estimate, create close to a million new jobs. All you out-of-work people, just hang in there, because soon you can all sign up to man the great whale hunting ships that would be built. I can just imagine it now: vast fleets of ships with logos painted on their sides, because they would have to be sponsored, of course. And we could televise the killing on ESPN. I’m willing to bet that’s something the whole family would want to sit down and watch. Now, some people may want to know just what are we to do with all these dead whales? Feed them to the hungry, of course. Another world problem solved by the killing of whales. Whale blubber, lettuce and tomato would make a good sandwich. As a mater of fact, a good Eskimo friend of mine says there is nothing like a WLT on rye bread. Also, whale oil burns. Keep your oil, Al-Quida, we’re killing whales. You can even see how it is your patriotic duty to jump on the whale-killing bandwagon. Yes, it is very unAmerican to not want to kill whales. We will certainly have to work out the details before we start the whale holocaust, but as we can see, it solves many current world issues. So why not lend your support for this movement? Kill the whales, save the planet. With no more whales, we can deforest as much as we want with no worries, make a buck or two, and feed the world’s starving all at the same time. And hey, if it turns out to be a mistake, we can just leave the mess for the next few generations of humans.

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