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Volume XXXVI Issue III September 21, 2006 http://www.fit.edu/crimson Inside This Issue Gas prices may drop below $2 Tech designated as iTunes University Ballyhoo Review! William Ulrich Editor-in-Chief Press Release University Communications Gas prices continued to slide dra- matically on Thursday as analysts With Stanford University estab- boasted that the outlook for motorists lished as the flagship, Apple Computer keeps getting better. Oil prices contin- is choosing universities nationwide to ued to slip lower everyday this week be become “iTunes U” institutions. With with a close of $60.57 per barrel on Tues- this designation, an iTunes U may broad- day, the lowest since March 21. cast digital audio and video directly to A variety of reasons can be attrib- users’ iPods or other MP3 players. Nate Linsenbardt takes a look at the Florida Tech has become one of uted to the dramatic drop of petrol prices latest CAB sponsored event, Ballyhoo’s the select universities awarded partici- as of late. Market analysts believe the invasion of the Rat! pation. As such, the university will be calming of global tensions has been a ------------------------------- big factor in the drop. Traders remained William Ulrich, THE CRIMSON provided by Apple with licensing, a dis- Ballyhoo on Page 5 cautious while analysts remain skepti- Not an Illusion. Prices at the local Hess station continued to drop on Thursday. Gas prices tribution mechanism and a storage sys- cal when it comes to the current Iran situ- nation-wide have dropped thirty cents within the past month. tem. Letter to the Editor ation, noting current fears about Iran Beginning this fall, Florida Tech is rolling out content that is deliverable pulling oil off the market are far less than continue to slide downward. “We’ll see sub-$2.25 a gallon re- they were over the summer. Regardless of the reason, motor- tail prices by October,” said Tom Kloza, to the mobile iPod user. The university Spring forecasts of a damaging ists across the state are breathing a sigh director of the Oil Price Information Ser- will offer a public site, designed for hurricane season that could have dis- of relief as gas prices continued to drop vice. Residents in Kansas, Missouri alumni, prospective students, and rupted Gulf of Mexico oil production below $2.50 nation-wide. Some analysts and South Carolina are already paying friends of Florida Tech, which will in- have not materialized, leading many believe Floridian’s are not that far away below $2 a gallon and prices are expected clude general information, faculty and speculators to bet that oil prices will from seeing $2.00 a gallon retail prices. to go even lower in the coming months. guest lectures, learning materials, mu- sic, sports and more. A private, access- Professor Tom Utley responds to an article in last week’s Crimson and gives Kinney welcomed as new vice provost litical science, as well as his extensive restricted site will deliver course-based material and advising content. Florida Tech students will be able to review view. His work will his take on the link between global Jessica Klaibor affect both gradu- political lobbying experience will help to notes for a calculus test, for example, warming and Atlantic hurricanes. Staff Writer ate and under- bring in more funding for research pro- accessing distance learning through graduate stu- grams in each department. their Pocket PCs. ------------------------------- Over the summer, President dents, as he finds Mr. Kinney’s previous job was “We’ll offer a highly mobile way Letter on Page 2 to provide learning for the millennium Cantanese and his administration hired a way to realize Executive Director of the Technological new faculty members and re-arranged the President’s Development and Research Authority generation,” said Dr. Wade Shaw, pro- The Protector the current faculty in order to provide a goal to increase (TRDA,) a position remarkably similar fessor of engineering systems and mem- more efficient management structure. the level of stu- to his new role. His job there was to ber of the committee who helped to bring Mr. Frank Kinney, Florida Institute of dent involvement secure funding for technology based Apple iTunes to Florida Tech. “As an Kinney iTunes U, we’ll also be able to reach Technology’s new Vice Provost for Re- at the undergradu- economic programs around Florida, and search is the latest addition and pro- ate level in the University’s research his record there is a testament to his skill: parents, alumni, the community—the vided The Crimson an exclusive inter- programs. His masters education in po- whole world.” See Vice Provost on Page 2 Check out Jeremy Weber’s take on The Poster Sale Huge Success United Way kicks off Protector and see what he had to say Nathan Miller about Prachya Pinkaew’s latest movie. Staff Writer ------------------------------- More than 300 Florida Tech fac- Protector on Page 4 ulty, staff, students, community mem- bers, and other United Way supporters descended upon Clemente Center on The Lost Prophets Wednesday, September 6, to mark the opening of the program’s 2006 fundraising drive. uwbrevard.org The United Way 2006 Campaign began officially at 11:30 p.m. with a lunch- tinues to grow.” time pep rally opened by Dr. Anthony Early summer fundraising efforts Catanese, President of Florida Tech and (Pacesetter Campaigns) at various com- this year’s campaign chair. panies throughout Brevard County have The 2005 Campaign netted $5.8 already contributed an impressive $1.2 Logan Sailer, THE CRIMSON million in fundraising. This year’s goal million toward the $6 million goal. Checkin’ em out. Florida Tech student’s perused through hundreds of available posters up is $6 million. President Catanese re- The United Way Campaign con- The Crimson’s Katy Shontz gives her marked that “our campaign supports tinues to run from now until December for sale earlier this week. Sale officials stated that total revenue was 30% higher than expected. take on the Lost Prophets latest CD to They also noted that sales could have been even greater had a storm not forced the closure of more than 91 local programs at 48 health 8. More information, including updates, hit shelves. the poster sale on Tuesday afternoon. and human service agencies. The need can be found at United Way of Brevard’s ------------------------------- in our community is very real and it con- web site (www.uwbrevard.org). Anchorage options persued Lost Prophets on Page 5 Look for Puzzles! erty. Even today, many Space Coast resi- nated as part of the Downtown Devel- Jay Wilson dents have not seen firsthand the in- opment District in which we are already continuing University Communications credible growth we’ve enjoyed on the included. While we have deferred this Last spring, the university made the difficult decision to remove the de- main campus. But our friends and neigh- bors do see the Anchorage, and they application, we are working to improve the property in both the short and long Anchorage are not impressed. term. We have already removed the old cades-old boathouse on our Anchorage The city of Melbourne, in fact, is boats and salvage from the property. coverage property in downtown Melbourne. The so unimpressed that their consultant on This will improve the cleanliness, appear- in boathouse, never the most stable of the Downtown Development District ance and safety of the marina. Long term, campus buildings, had suffered tremen- urged the city government to convince we are entertaining options presented future editions We know you will be bored in class this dously from the hurricane seasons of us to sell the property and abandon the to us by developers for a new facility on 2004 and 2005. As a result, the structure downtown waterfront. This is something the property. While it could possibly be of week, so check out the Crossword’s The Crimson had become completely unsafe, and had we will not do. We did agree, however, a mixed-use facility, there are many al- and Sudoku’s in Diversions! to be removed. at the City Planning Department’s urg- ternatives to be considered. Whatever Since its removal, we have inves- ing, to apply for C3 zoning status. This we do, the new building will incorporate ------------------------------- tigated ways to better use and maintain change would place our property in line all the necessary elements to be a great Puzzles on Page 4 & 5 this valuable – and very visible – prop- with the other riverfront property desig- place to do research, row and sail. ACM Kernel Campus News Elixir for Ignorance Derek Brown takes a look at a plethora of Check out some of the latest releases from software and the choices you can make the University Communications department. Check out Bill Losapio’s latest Elixir for in this week’s ACM Kernel! This week a jazz cruise sponsored by Ignorance as he takes a look at the ups WFIT and a NASA research grant awarded and downs of the Market. to Steven Lazarus of DMES. ACM Kernel on Page 3 News on Page 2 & 3 Elixir on Page 6 Please purchase PDF Split-Merge on www.verypdf.com to remove this watermark. 2 - Campus Life The Florida Tech Crimson September 21, 2006 Weather Solar Table Launch Update Friday Saturday Sunday Space Shuttle Atlantis Hi: 87 Hi: 88 Hi: 89 Sunrise (SAT): 7:00 a.m. Lo: 68 Lo: 69 Lo: 70 Sunset (SAT): 7:55 p.m. Return: Wednesday Time: 5:27 a.m. Mostly Sunny & Nice! Partly Cloudy with afternoon Partly Cloudy. Sunrise (SUN): 7:00 a.m. Location: KSC sea-breeze. Sunset (SUN): 7:56 p.m. Vice Provost Global Warming Letter to the Editor at the TRDA, Mr. Kinney’s choice to resign has been surrounded by contro- cont. from Page 1 versy. Two former employees have filed When he started there in 1987, TRDA ethical complaints against Mr. Kinney, current influence, global atmospheric cir- casting desk had an annual budget of $31,200. When including allegations of contract steer- Tom Utley culation uncertainties, the influence of Dr. James Franklin. Dr Franklin has he left, the annual budget had grown to ing, racism, and the mishandling of a College of Aeronautics clouds on the atmospheric radiation grid, a PhD from MIT, spent fifteen years fly- over 6 million dollars. Most of this pornographic website run by a company uncertainties in thermal profiles of both ing into hurricanes and almost as many money goes to local high tech start-ups: who received funding from the TRDA. I recently read the article about Glo- the atmosphere and ocean and at least a working the tropical storms forecast desk The TRDA led the State’s efforts to pro- He has cited his new position at Florida bal Warming in the Crimson and felt the dozen other major factors that are not com- in Miami. He will tell you in a minute that mote the development of new alterna- Tech as his main reason for resigning, need to clarify a couple of major problems pletely understood result in large uncer- the forecast center has made measurable tive energy technologies by investing but some believe that the continuing with the conclusions reached. tainties in climatic model output and have improvements in hurricane track forecast- more than $5 million in Florida busi- investigation by the Florida Commission Let me first address this anthro- yet to be resolved. For anyone to state ing; however, intensity forecasting, since nesses. The TRDA is even involved in a on Ethics into his management deci- pogenic CO2 production global warming that they can provide an accurate numeri- the mechanisms for development are still project at the Melbourne International sions spurred his decision. Mr. Kinney nonsense. The earth has been warming, cal solution to parameters which them- not well understood, in still a ways off. Airport, a 30,000 square foot facility that has stated that “Unfortunately, I am not at various rates for about 18,000 years. selves are not well understood is both This from a man who has spent his life will ultimately house 30 new high-tech at liberty to discuss the specifics of the (This is a good guess based on data that arrogant and irresponsible. In fact much working on real time storms. I suspect that businesses. During his employment at complaint until the State’s inquiry into appears to me to be realistic and reliable). of the global climatic modeling input used few of the modelers in the very impres- TRDA, Mr. Kinney raised over $50 mil- the matter is completed.Mr. Kinney con- The undiminished attempt to blame man today amounts to little more than edu- sive climatic study have been closer to a lion for Florida’s businesses. These tinues to lobby for the university’s re- for this warming has always mystified me. cated guesswork. Why anyone would hurricane than their television set yet the valuable skills and knowledge will make search programs and faculty, regardless There are several critical issues with this make such outrageous claims about the want you to believe that their models can Mr. Kinney an important asset to Florida of the cloud of ethical misconduct that theory that never seem to be addressed. effectiveness of long range climatic model predict numbers and intensities of storms Mr. Kinney hopes to build on the he left at his former job. Mr. Kinney pre- One major issue is the fact that the vast output is a question that should be ad- decades into the future. Time for a seri- projects and labors of his predecessors, fers to speak on the larger picture. majority of the earth’s terrestrial radiation dressed. Perhaps it is as simple as “Fol- ous reality check folks. Utley’s Rule: “Just as well as the new programs and initia- “The bottom line for me was that is between 8 and 12 microns and carbon low the Money.” The modelers involved because something happens a few times tives here at Florida Tech. great things are happening at Florida dioxide does not absorb energy in this in the hurricane study make a living writ- that supports a pet theory of yours Despite his hard work and efforts Tech and I wanted to be part of it.” range. Any sophomore meteorology stu- ing and working on global climatic mod- doesn’t mean that you are right about the dent can tell you all about the “atmo- els. This process is exhaustive and ex- cause”. I recall the Fleischman and Ponds Interview with the new Vice Provost spheric window”. Since there is so little tremely expensive. Do I endorse their Cold Fusion research when I was an terrestrial radiation that can be absorbed work? Absolutely; modeling is almost cer- undergrad at the University of Utah. Their What’s your new position here at What are you most proud of at by CO2 why all the panic about small in- tainly the best way of making effective findings triggered a worldwide avalanche FIT? What do you do? the TRDA? creases of CO2 on decadal scales? It is forecasts of future climatic conditions; of research and research funding only to As Vice Provost for Research, I While serving as the Executive curious to me that we have never seen a however, making boastful, nonsensical be brought up short when “contamina- am responsible for overseeing the Director of TRDA, I was responsible for study evaluating how much of the avail- claims about having “closed the loop” is tion” proved to be the source of their posi- University’s Research Office. The pri- securing more than $50 million in State able terrestrial radiation (quite a small per- not only foolish, it undermines the cred- tive results. More recently we have had mary responsibilities of the office include and Federal funding to support the centage of the earth’s total radiation) is ibility of the modeling research effort. hundreds of weather folks working on the assisting faculty in obtaining research agency’s technology-based programs. already being absorbed by atmospheric As a case in point look at the Southern Oscillation Association, El Nino funding, negotiation of the grants and The TRDA led the State’s efforts to pro- CO2. Is CO2 already capturing most of the present hurricane season: We are clos- La Nina theory of Atlantic Basin tropical contracts, and the administration of the mote the development of new alterna- terrestrial radiation available to it? If so ing out September and have only had one storm development. Lots of research grants and contracts after they are tive energy technologies by investing then even major increases in atmospheric major hurricane and that one barely money was spent and lots of Masters and awarded to the University. The research more than $5 million in Florida busi- CO2 are irrelevant. achieved Category 3 status for very short PhD degrees were awarded validating that office is also responsible for Florida nesses. The TRDA also managed one Now on to Global Climatic Mod- periods of time and this evaluation was hypothesis until mother nature put an end Tech’s numerous research centers and of NASA’s largest technology transfer els. Current, short range weather forecast- based on predictions made from flight level to it a couple of years later. Closing Shot: institutes, as well as managing the programs known as the Space Alliance ing models are good, in fact in some ap- winds not actual surface conditions. The Climatic Models are not good predictors institution’s intellectual property port- Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) plications, and in the hands of expert syn- original forecast for this year was that the of anything yet. folio. which has provided assistance to thou- optic meteorologists, they have become Atlantic basin would produce 17 named They may be decades away from sands of businesses throughout the excellent forecasting tools. The present storms, 9 of which were to become hurri- any reliable output due to the incomplete What are your plans for the future nation. One of the agency’s highest pro- barotropic and baroclinic type models canes and five of these were to become understanding we have of the earths en- here at FIT? file projects is the new TRDA Business used to predict near real time (3 to 5 days) major hurricanes. By this time last year ergy processes. As an aside let me add: “ My initial plans for the research Innovation Center which will open its weather conditions have improved dra- we had 17 named storms, 6 of which were Just because the earth is warming is not office are to build on the success which doors in May 2007. The Innovation Cen- matically over the past 40 years and are very strong major hurricanes. To date this proof that it is due to the anthropogenic has already been achieved by my pre- ter is a 30,000 square foot state-of-the- currently about 82% accurate out to five year there have been only 8 named storms production of CO2”. I feel bad about the decessors Dr. Terry Oswalt and Dr. Rob- art office and manufacturing facility days. This is an excellent example of nu- and as mentioned earlier only one mini- polar bears and glaciers but there is no ert Sullivan. Florida Tech has some of which will be located near the Melbourne merical weather prediction. However, glo- mal major storm. Looks like mother nature data linking the Earth’s temperature rise the top research faculty in the nation. International Airport. The purpose of bal climatic models currently being used failed to read this impressive modeling to man’s contribution to increases in at- The focus of our office will remain on the Innovation Center is to assist high to predict decadal changes in the weather study. So much for “closing the loop.” mospheric CO2. In fact, the historical supporting the faculty and aggressively tech start-up businesses. The Center are a long way from being accurate John Williams (DMES) and I record shows clearly that the major por- pursuing the resources needed to will ultimately house more than 30 such enough for anyone to take seriously. His- traveled to the Miami Hurricane Center tion of the recent atmospheric warming strengthen the University’s research businesses. Florida Tech, University of torical data scarcity, data grid spacing, the last spring and spoke for some time to the preceded the increases in atmospheric program. One of the new initiatives Central Florida, and Brevard community complexity of the air sea interface, ocean chief of the Miami Hurricane Center fore- CO2, not the other way around. Campus News which will be supported by our office is College will all have a strong presence to offer assistance to faculty in the area in the facility. of proposal development. This service from University Communications will be offered through a joint partner- How do you feel about the ship between the research office and the allegations placed against you? Professor Co-Authors Book on Business Ethics Seminar Grill of Indialantic. Food will be catered Department of Humanities and Commu- As was recently reported in Non-directional Trading Breakfast Set for Florida Tech by Mikey and Brothers Catering. nication, and we expect to have this pro- Florida Today, two former employees Dr. Kermit Zieg Jr., a professor of The Florida Tech College of Busi- Musicians will entertain through- gram in place before the end of the year. of TRDA filed a complaint after they finance and investments at Florida In- ness Center for Ethics and Leadership out the boat. It will be a family affair with were laid off by the agency last year. stitute of Technology’s National Capi- will host an Ethics Breakfast Seminar on the Lorrie Hafer Quartet in the Queen’s You were previously executive Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to dis- tal Region (NCR) campus in Alexandria, Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 a.m. in the sec- Room. Lorrie recorded and was lead director of the TRDA (for 19 years). cuss the specifics of the complaint until Va., is co-author of the new book, The ond floor Hartley Room of the Denius singer for the well-known, “I’d like to What did you do there? How did you the State’s inquiry into the matter is com- Complete Guide to Non-Directional Trad- Student Center. teach the world to sing.” Husband Mike help get the organization started? pleted. ing. It is published by Traders Press Inc. The lecturer will be Rick Keller, Hafer is on keyboard. Son, Paul, age 17, The Technological Research and The premise of this book is that industrial/organizational psychologist plays the upright bass. Rounding out Development Authority (TRDA) was Anything else you want to say to the one no longer needs to predict the di- and training/development consultant. the quartet will be Dave Dunscombe on created by the Florida Legislature in 1987. students here at FIT? rection of future price movement to make His presentation is titled, “Discover drums. The purpose of the organization is to A strong research program is criti- money. “An important point to note,” How to Increase Your Business Ethics Deck II will vibrate with the Sunnie promote economic development cal to the overall education experience writes Edward D. Dobson, president of IQ.” Paxson Quintet, featuring Sunnie, one throughout the State of Florida using of every student at Florida Tech. As Traders Press, “is that the authors of Cost of the continental breakfast of the funkiest, soulful keyboard play- technology-based programs. I was Vice Provost of Research, I am commit- this book ‘walk the walk’. . . it is not is free to students and committee mem- ers around. A graduate of Berklee Col- hired as the first Executive Director of ted to supporting President Catanese’s written by academic theorists, but by bers and $10 for others. For information lege of Music, she recorded with leg- the agency and served in that capacity goal of increasing the level of student actual practitioners of the principles of and reservations, contact Sharon endary bass player Stanley Clarke. Her for 19 years. As the Executive Director I involvement at the undergraduate level which they write.” Carnohan, College of Business, at (321) music may be heard in several Holly- was responsible for the overall manage- in the University’s research programs. Zieg wrote the 216-page soft cover 674-7347, or at email@example.com. wood films, TV networks and movies of ment of the agency and reported to a The increased involvement of Florida book with Heinrich A. Weber, securities the week as well as at festivals and five member Board appointed by the Tech’s undergraduate students will not WFIT Hosts Paddlewheel Boat Trip consultant, and partner and risk man- clubs. Featured vocalist with Sunnie Governor. My primary responsibility only add to the University’s research ager of the firm DeTraCo. Weber resides Revelers will be rollin’ on the river will be DaVanda Simmons. An energetic was to establish the agencies goals and efforts, but also provide our students in Geneva, Switzerland. The Florida In- when Florida Tech’s WFIT hosts the singer with an attention-commanding secure the funding necessary to accom- with valuable experience which is not stitute of Technology’s NCR campus Jazzy Blues Cruise on the Indian River presence, she exhibits radiant warmth in plish these goals. The first year budget available at most universities. conducts numerous evening graduate- Queen Paddlewheel Boat on October 27. any genre of music. Featured saxo- of the TRDA was $31,200. By the time I level and graduate certificate programs The boat will leave Whitley Bay Marina phone player with Sunnie will be Tamara left TRDA, the agency’s annual budget in the greater Washington, D.C. area. at 6:30 p.m. and return at 9:30 pm. Board- Danielsson, a musician who blends so- had grown to nearly six million. Based in Alexandria, branches also of- ing is at 5:30 pm. phistication, vintage jazz, and swing to fer classes at the Quantico Marine Corps The cruise is sponsored by perfection. Tamara mixes it up and Base and Fort Detrick, Md. Lennar Homes and, in part, by Galaxy changes the pace with a kick and a funk. Please purchase PDF Split-Merge on www.verypdf.com to remove this watermark. September 21, 2006 The Florida Tech Crimson 3 - Variety The wonderful world of Digital Music your living room. ACM Kernel a choice of software... Plays for Sure certificate, suddenly Thilina Fernando Zune found their ally turn rival. Two days af- velopers. I choose Firefox and some Science and Technology Editor ter the Zune announcement, RealMedia, Derek Brown Linux, but I don’t choose Open Office introduced the Rhapsody DNA platform. Staff Writer and Thunderbird. I’ve see what kind of This new system is aimed at providing a breadth is possible from a former search On the September 12, Apple an- “seamless Rhapsody experience to con- One of the oddest things I saw company. I choose Gmail and Google nounced major upgrades across the iPod sumers via a broad range of portable, this summer was a sign advertising Sun’s Search, but I don’t choose Google Base line, started to sell movies in its iTunes mobile, and in-home devices”. At the OpenOffice suite, which said “stop giv- and Pictura. store (no longer called iTunes Music same time RealNetworks also an- ing a bully your lunch money”. While a It’s a simple thing, choice. And Store) and offered a sneak preview of a nounced a partnership with Sandisk to clever slogan, Sun has this advertise- the best thing about is it that the deci- set top box to hook on to your TV. Two integrate this new platform in the ment all wrong. Although it’s never sion is malleable. Change your preferred days later Micrsoft announced its digi- Sandisk Sansa series of digital music mentioned as such, the bully is programs whenever you like! I like to tal media service know as Zune. Two players. Microsoft, and the lunch money is the look at the newest releases of products days after that Real networks announced cost of the Office suite of software, which in a constant strive to improve my com- its Rhapsody DNA platform. What does Sun provides a free competitor for in its puting productivity. I worked on the all of this mean? Well after five years of OpenOffice suite. So, Microsoft’s a newest betas of Office 2007, and I love the iPod + iTunes dominance of the digi- bully, is it? I have to agree. I can’t tell the new interface. I’ll choose to stay tal music scene the rest of the world is you the number of times I saw Steve with Office. I’ve tried the newest betas finally catching up. Each of the three Ballmer personally hurl a chair or two at of Windows Vista, and I’m not fond of services offer plenty of sometimes con- innocent pedestrians in Seattle and force some of the features. I’ll probably stick fusing features, restrictions in the form them to buy Office. I mean, it’s not like with XP for now, but I might change my of DRM (Digital Rights Management) people have a choice about their soft- decision later. I tried the new Google and are likely to be incompatible with ware, right? Only Microsoft software spreadsheet and I wasn’t too fond of it. one another. Lets look at the story so After waiting five years for some- will run on Windows computers, so I tried the new Live Search, but I still far.... one to rise up and give the iPod some therefore people have to pay up to the prefer Google’s search. I tried Internet serious competition, the Redmond based bully. Explorer 7, and I do like the features iPod + iTunes company has taken matters in to its own But enough sarcasm, I don’t write added, but I’ll probably stick with Firefox The iPod was by hands and introduced its very own Digi- it well. Let’s move down to brass tacks. due to the extensions I’ve grown to love. no means the first digi- tal media service known collectively as All off the above mentioned prod- Competition brings out the best. Power is choice and choice is tal music player but it Zune. Having seen the importance of ucts and services are set to be available We’re given an option to take Office or power. Microsoft may control most of was the first to offer the offering the complete package (device + in time for the holiday season. Informa- OpenOffice, Linux or Windows, Google the operating system market, Google complete deal. Apple service + ease of use), Zune is a player, tion and specifications for all devices or Live. The choice is the key. I choose may control most of the search market, got all of the essentials an online store and social network. The and services are available at their re- Windows because of the amazing and Apple may control most of the mu- right; the player, the Zune player even offers some features spective websites. As we can see, new breadth of programs I can run with it. I sic player market. But let’s see what software and the store. that the iPod does not such as wireless battle lines have been drawn, alliances choose iTunes because of the clean in- some dedicated developers can do with The combination has connectivity and music sharing between have been made, the importance of of- terface, the iTunes music store, and its a Linux kernel. been so successful that players (with restrictions of course). fering both the device and the service iPod compatibility. I choose Google be- Let’s see if someone can really the iPod has now be- realized. While it is too early to see where cause of the quick page loading times knock Google off of its top seat. Let’s come a cultural icon. Rhapsody DNA everything is going, we do know for sure and excellent search capabilities. I see if Microsoft can successfully chal- Since then Apple as improved the player, is that this holiday season there is go- choose Office because of all the features lenge the mountain of iPods shipped by added music videos, podcasts, TV When MS decided to rollout its ing to be a lot more music players and and the interface work put into it. I Apple. It would be a shame to forget shows and movies to its online store own player and market place, all of the services to choose from. And that is just choose Gmail for its web-based interface that markets change with our choices, and is making plans to bring it all into vendors who depended on Microsoft’s the beginning. and labeling features. I choose Firefox and we all have a choice regardless of for tabbed browsing and extensions. what the market decides. Hurricane damage research grant awarded As a computer science student, I am as informed a consumer as I can be. For more information about the ACM and all we have to offer, please and earned a $300,000 grant from the “We will directly monitor the impact of I’ve seen the pure volume of software visit your Florida Tech chapter website Press Release National Science Foundation to work on hurricanes on structures at landfall in that MS can produce. I choose Win- at http://acm.fit.edu. If you’d like to see University Communications a wireless sensor network for monitor- an intensive field deployment program,” dows and Office, but I don’t choose an article in the Kernel, or would like to ing wind impacts. Pinelli is the director said Pinelli. “We believe this will pro- MSN or Hotmail. I’ve seen the rantings write one yourself, contact Derek Brown Hurricanes and the damage they of the Florida Tech Wind and Hurricane vide much needed full-scale data on of Linux fanboys and the quality of soft- (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tim Coulter cause are never far from the minds of Impact Research Laboratory (WHIRL). wind-induced structural stress during ware that can come from dedicated de- (email@example.com). most Floridians. The network will monitor pres- hurricanes.” Acting on this concern, Florida sures on roofs of buildings and can be The research will proceed in Tech associate professor of civil engi- valuable for measuring and characteriz- stages over a period of three years and neering, Dr. Jean-Paul Pinelli, applied for ing hurricane wind loads on structures. combine analytical and experimental studies. It will be integrated into the Florida Tech undergraduate curriculum as projects that College of Engineering students may choose as a requirement for graduation. Supporting this effort are Florida Tech faculty members, Dr. Chelakara Subramanian, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Dr. Ivica Kostanic, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, as co-principal investigators. DMES professor earns grant from NASA waters of the western Atlantic. They will Press Release conduct model simulations using high- University Communications resolution sea surface temperatures to create a low-level wind-dependent cli- Dr. Steven Lazarus, Florida Tech matology of the sea breeze and related assistant professor of meteorology, has circulations. received a $97,000 grant from NASA to Results from the simulations will extend an ongoing collaborative effort be used primarily in two ways. First, they in meteorology between Lazarus and will promote better understanding of the NASA’s Short Term Prediction Research sea breeze under different low-level flow and Transition center (SPoRT). scenarios; and second, they will help in The project involves development evaluating aspects of the model phys- of a model climatology of the sea breeze ics—especially the marine boundary circulation. “An advantage of using a layer and precipitation. Ultimately, this model is that, unlike observations, model work would help improve mesoscale data are available everywhere,” said weather forecasts and help guide model Lazarus. development and model improvements. Phi Sig awarded Chapter Excellence Researchers will configure a model over a forecast region that in- cludes the eastern Gulf of Mexico, pen- Mesoscale systems are larger than indi- vidual thunderstorms, but smaller than weather systems with horizontal dimen- score. The Iota Eta chapter worked hard advertisements for their chapter’s events insular Florida and the Florida coastal sions of several hundred miles. Stephanie Crow to achieve 259 points out of a possible on campus. Layout Manager 360 for their excellence binder, which in- The chapter also received honor- The Iota Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma cludes all of the details about chapter events and any information that is com- able mention for the Collegiate Philan- thropy Award. This is presented to the Lord Ravenswood Hall Sigma International Sorority at Florida piled in the school’s annual report. chapter that participates most fully in Institute of Technology was awarded The Public Relations Award is pre- fraternity, campus and/or local philan- 909 E. New Haven Ave. the Bronze Level in chapter excellence, sented to the collegiate chapter that thropy activities. 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I tend to think the later, because if “The Fake Sound of Progress” was all they wanted was money this album their first release which caught my ear would have been out over a year ago. with pop-punk industrial sound that was Instead the band held back and released admittedly a little too hardcore for my “Liberation Transmission” into an already taste back then. With their next album, flooded pop-sounding alternative market. “Start Something,” I was hooked. They So what makes this album step out broke it down to a more pop-base with of the white noise of the punk scene? Well, the harder influence on some of their honestly if you have never heard the Lost songs, a notably mature evolution Prophets before, they probably will not though old fans would call it a sell-out. sound like anything special. But just break Classic Nuts & Dolts by Chris Sonnenberg And the new CD improves on the sec- the sound down and pick out the hardcore ond album, solidifying the pop-alterna- and even 1970s influences on the score. tive sound with distinct harmony and Listen to each part of the songs and then driving baselines. maybe realize that the album shows true The Lost Prophets have altered ingenuity and uniqueness amidst the de- their music with the changing punk fined pop which is readily apparent. The scene, but the real question is not if they album is a worth hearing since it both gets are changing to be popular or have sim- stuck in your head but makes you appre- ply been influenced by others around ciate the whole sound. Get ready for Mew Mew’s music is to look them up on PureVolume, MySpace, or YouTube. Their Patrick Whelan Staff Writer best track is Apocalypso; which is faced paced and entertaining at the same time. Drummer Silas Graae is on key, supplying The last time we heard the name a solid beat to the well written song. The Ballyhoo! blows the Rat “Mew,” it was from the popular Pokemon only negative on the song is singer Jonas series. However, this time Mew repre- Bjerre is difficult to understand as he slurs sents a Danish indie-rock band. Their words into a mesh throughout most of the first single The Zookeeper’s Boy comes song. On the whole, the music flows sol- from the highly anticipated album: and idly and leaves you wanting more after the Glass Handed Kites. Released in July, the track is complete. Nate Linsenbardt the album has seen strong sales thanks Another solid track by Mew is en- Staff Writer to a spot on MTV 2, and a tour with Bloc titled Special. The title of the song clearly Party and the Secret Machines. It ap- defines the sound of Mew’s records. Before I pushed my way through pears as though Mew is trying to capital- Jonas Bjerre blends his voice into the the doors and made my way into the Rat, ize on the transfer of indie-rock from Eu- song with such power that the lyrics will I did not think that I would relate to the rope to the Americas as the Killers did a captivate you. The buzz around this band band after hearing the song “Route 40 little over two years ago. is definitely deserved as their listening Ho.” Meeting prostitutes is not one of The Zookeeper’s Boy is a venture crowd continues to grow. They are a very my hobbies, but both Ballyhoo’s four into a previously unheard realm of mu- talented band with the potential to grow band members and I have driven on this sic. Although their music can be com- into an act with the power of the Killers. route. Both Ballyhoo and I are from Bal- pared loosely to Coldplay, Mew is com- Listening to Mew will definitely timore, Maryland, and while hearing the pletely unique. Lead singer Jonas Bjerre serve as a shock to loyal indie fans. Al- song I thought of the times I had been is very talented and has a voice that though one may initially be turned off to through the area. I was actually surprised The Protector burns away meshes well with the guitar play of Bo Madsen. The music is very pleasing and will definitely please a majority of indie- rock fans. However, the song is very their music, they are definitely worth giv- ing a shot. After listening to them over and over again, you will truly appreciate the amount of talent Mew has to offer. that reggae rock existed outside of the band 311, but Ballyhoo took my expecta- tions and blew them away with pound- ing bass riffs, excellent vocals, and even shook the crowd with distinctive and Jeffrey Kelly, THE CRIMSON from the pool tables to the front stage. Jeremy Weber mellow and will disappoint listeners who Look for them on tour near you a few cover songs. memorable bass. Halfway through the CAB promoted the event extremely well Staff Writer are used to a faster paced indie rock. (Mewsite.com), or grab their CD at any Ballyhoo rocked out with an amaz- show, the band slipped into a cover of and deserves recognition for coordinat- The easiest way to find more of major record retailer. ing amount of energy that a reggae rock Sublime’s “Smoke Two Joints” and then ing it. What should one expect from an im- band could have. What’s more remark- seamlessly grooved into their own songs. After the show, Ballyhoo stayed to ported fight-movie title which was produced able is that the band kept this energy up Many were bluntly vulgar to the point promote their newest album “Do it for the for the Asian market and chopped together like in a chainsaw massacre by the Ameri- can movie import industry? Audioslave releases latest: Revelations for the entire time they played. While the audio was not perfect, the quality of the songs themselves made up for any tech- nical issues. Each band member played where the lyrics were completely laugh- able, but no one could complain when the music more than made up for them. Between songs, the singer Howi Money,” sell t-shirts, and talk. A lot of people ended up spending five dollars on the CD and Ballyhoo’s older music can even be downloaded from their website Having seen the original version of lar to the beginning of “Be Yourself” from era ended. Morello somehow pulls off accuses President Bush of “sleeping at a Nate Linsenbardt the second album, and then quickly tran- the most bizarre guitar solo and brings time when [he] should be wide awake.” very well, but two of the four stole the and turntables player Blaze took time to ballyhoorocks.com, all for free. If anyone “The Protector” [aka. “Honour of the Staff Writer Dragon” (English title), “Ong Bak 2” (Thai sitions into a usual mid-tempo Audioslave the song to a furious close. “Somedays” This serious tone is followed by another show: the singer Howi and the bassist chat with the audience and feel out the wants to hear more from Ballyhoo, the site title), “The Protector” (USA) and “Warrior song. While it isn’t anything special, it is begins with excitement and then fizzles mid-tempo song with the uneasy and bit- Mista J. Howi was spot on as he fused crowd. From my seat, I could tell that the is a great launch board into the band’s King” (UK)] one would have to agree that TF1 International Revelations marks Audioslave’s still a good quality song. Next is “One into a steady verse followed by an up ter “Nothing Left but to Say Goodbye.” guitar with his own vocals while Mista J Rat was packed full of people, all the way latest music, tours, and news. ing style as he goes against various corpo- Classifieds this movie, regardless of a good storyline, rate enemies and their hired assassins (A personal tip: find a way to watch third rock CD in four years, and although and the Same,” a song heavy on the wah tempo chorus. Surprisingly, the song At the end of the album, “Moth” starts FREE MS Word Seminar the original 108 minute Asian version and some of the songs offer a new take on the pedal and the expected guitar expertise of slows down even further during the with Morello and his delay pedal and then Spring Break 2006 Evans Library. 2nd Floor Link Multi-media already has a very bad screenplay to begin whose styles range from Capoeira to ... wres- not the 81 minute US version!) Audioslave experience, many sound simi- Tom Morello. 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Opinion - 6 The Florida Tech Crimson September 21, 2006 Bill’s Elixir for Ignorance Bill Losapio In time, people started realizing that the demand for property was not ultimately will begin to realize that prices will not recover. They see all the for-sale signs Studies show Derek cooled significantly over eons. How Weekly Columnist driven by consumers with real capital. up. They see the new neighborhoods do we know that this isn’t another in They are now starting to realize that the going up that were put in motion at the Brown a series of minor fluctuations in an “Bubbles are for bathtubs.” money really is not there. The mania height of the mania. They begin to real- ever fluctuating global climate? How Staff Writer many of you have realized by now that Condoflip.com resulted from borrowing on cheap credit ize the inevitable – “I will have to com- Pilots are trained to deal with a and against inflated equity. These pete with these new homes if I’m going the ozone layer that I mentioned at the phenomenon that may sometimes oc- would-be real estate tycoons are now to sell.” As each month sees higher and beginning of this paragraph has ab- cur on final approach: Microbursts stretched thin, committed to multiple higher payments due to reckless adjust- As a technology school, we solutely nothing to do with “global (also referred to as windshear). properties, or to more house than they able rate mortgages, many homeowners pride ourselves on the application of warming”? Imagine a large downdraft of air can afford, believing prices would al- will come under greater pressure to sell. science for useful purposes in life. What else do you know about rushing straight down some distance in ways go up. Our housing bubble pilots They will continue to reduce prices un- But, like fire, science can be a danger- medicine? I’ll bet again that some of front of an aircraft on final approach. have pushed too hard on the stick dur- til it becomes a race to the bottom. ous thing. Used for the correct pur- you know quite a bit. You know that The air flow curves outward as it ap- ing the updraft. There will be a panicked crash in hous- poses, fire is a miracle whose control tomatoes cause cancer. You know that proaches the ground becoming a hori- The Downdraft ing prices. For those properly posi- propelled mankind on the journey to diet soda causes cancer. You know zontal flow (called “outflow”). As the There is no question that the ma- tioned, it will be a field-day of cheap civilization so long ago. But fire used that tomatoes guard against cancer. I plane approaches, it first gets lift from nia in the housing market has subsided. property. incorrectly is also one of man’s great- have a game for everyone. Next time the outflow. An inexperienced pilot The demand has tapered off. Yet hun- RADAR est fears. Rome had its own fire bri- you read a news article about a me- might be inclined to push down on the dreds of new homes, town homes, and Modern RADAR technology has gade and even coined a popular prov- dicinal study, look for words such as stick or decrease power to counteract condos are under construction and given the commercial aviation industry erb about fiddling and fire (Please “helps”, “is linked to”, and “may ef- the lift effect. As it flies into the coming on the market—the result of de- powerful tools in dealing with the note the lack of proverbiage about the fect”. It’s a game called correlation, downdraft, the massive flow of air velopers attempting to address the mar- microburst phenomenon. Like RADAR unsanitary conditions of Roman toi- and the person who can imply causal- pushes the plane down hard. Now the ket signals at the height of the mania. to windshear, Austrian economic theory lets. A sponge on a stick is definitely ity from it first wins! The winner is pilot, compensating for excessive lift, Unless the FED can find a new bubble gives us powerful tools to recognize a worse than Charmin. And I do realize generally a major newspaper that finds him or herself pushing down on to inflate, there will be no place for the bubble phenomenon and proceed with that proverbiage isn’t a word, humor reads a release, misunderstands it, re- the stick or at lower power when the mountain of dollars created in the past caution. Now, imagine if the air traffic me.) So, when we are trying to use writes it, has it edited, and shoves it plane is blasted by a massive decade or so to go but into general cir- controllers maintained a strangle-hold science, do we understand it well on the front page as BREAKING downdraft. Occurring with the plane culation chasing consumer goods. on which technologies got implemented enough? NEWS. A lot of the errors can come close to the ground, this effect can ob- More money chasing the same amount into the system. Imagine if they scoffed What do you know about glo- from pure misunderstanding, but viously be catastrophic for the flight. of goods, all other things being equal, at RADAR, came up with outlandish ex- bal warming? I bet that some of you when malcontent is introduced, you This metaphor aptly fits the cur- will raise prices. Folks normally get re- cuses and smears to discredit it, and know quite a bit. Greenhouse gases, get fun correlations, such as the in- rent housing market. The FED’s manipu- ally grumpy when that happens. The prevented all but the most independent the ozone layer, and carbon neutrality verse correlation between global lation of interest and credit creates FED claims to try to target about two air traffic controller from even being are all topics brought up when experts warming hysteria and the presence of “windshear” in the economy. Home- percent inflation. With the ridiculously aware of its existence. This scenario is talk about the phenomenon of global peg-legged pirates on the high seas. buyers and property speculators can be huge amount of credit and currency cre- what faces the Austrian School of Eco- warming. Global warming must be melting sea thought of as pilots trying to land in ated, a pin-prick of that bubble will land nomics (www.mises.org) and its potent But I do have one question. caps, which are fresh water, and push- windshear. us in a sea of worthless money. Their analytical tool, the Austrian Theory of What is the temperature of Earth? It’s ing the salt water away, leaving less The Lift Effect song and dance about two percent in- the Trade Cycle. certainly easier to say that the tem- room for pirates. High prices due to outrageous flation will evaporate. The FED will have Conclusion perature of one point is something, but Science is the best thing human- demand signaled developers to increase to significantly raise interest rates (think We have the tools to see a bubble how do you measure the temperature ity has come up with. It is a guide that production to profit from the high de- Paul Volker in the late 70s under Carter) and to understand why bubbles occur. of a planet? Is it the average of all the can lead us to better lives. But that mand. Yet this demand was false. It or otherwise attempt to remove a vast But to use these tools is to expose the temperature data you collect? It should not mean that we take anything was an unsustainable mania. How do amount of “liquidity” from the market – need for freedom and laissez-faire in the shouldn’t be, because we’re a biased as true because a scientist says that we know? Booms happen for two-rea- removing currency from the market marketplace. It exposes the “need for group. A good portion of weather sta- it is true (and definitely not if a jour- sons: a change in time preferences of means less cash chasing the same government intervention in the market- tions exist in or near cities. Cities are nalist tells us a scientist said that it the consumers who wish to start buy- amount of goods. Prices fall – bad news place” as cynical propaganda used to heat sinks. It’s a known phenomenon. was true.) Science’s greatest asset is ing after a period of saving, or by the for the plethora of aggressive home- maintain government control over soci- So, what if the planet’s not getting its ability to root out its own flaws, influx of massive amounts of liquidity owners and speculators who thought ety. It is as if the air-traffic control folks warmer, but the places we’re measur- and flaws will always appear. There- created from debt (“out of thin air”). housing prices would always increase. prohibited RADAR because it might ing are becoming more urbanized, and fore, everything must be viewed with Americans dipped into negative sav- Now that the mania has subsided, our lessen their monopoly on control. Let therefore, warmer? Do we know that a skeptic’s eye. Shrugging your shoul- ings for the first time since the Great intrepid pilots are realizing the updraft them crash – we will not give up con- global warming isn’t a natural phenom- ders and saying “I don’t know” is an Depression. Clearly, the boom was not has shifted to a downdraft. In a panic, trol. enon? The Earth has warmed and acceptable answer in science. due to a massive number of new buyers they will attempt to correct their mis- Unfortunately, this microburst will with wealth created from savings and take. not be a mere local phenomenon. There investment. It was a circle of specula- The Crash will be a lot fewer pilots very soon. Visit tion by a largely naïve group of flippers. The over-stretched home-owners my website www.lwilliamlosapio.com. Critically Thinking to the side in her sketch Nathan Miller but swept back in real Weekly Columnist life.” In reality, she also In early August, law enforcement got the nose, the mouth, officials appeared to receive a break in the chin, the cheeks and the decade-long investigation of the the eyes wrong as well. murder of JonBenet Ramsey, best Joe Nickell, a writer for known as the 6-year-old beauty pageant the Skeptical Inquirer contestant who was slain in December (csicop.org), wrote that 1996. This was the first arrest made in “it was apparent that the the 10-year search. The ruckus over the resemblance between events leading to the arrest of John Karr and Allison’s imag- Mark Karr have included claims that the ined intruder-murderer late psychic “detective” Dorothy was actually little more Picture coutesy of Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal Allison had predicted Karr’s likeness than that between count- Not quite the same. Contrast between Allison’s sketch and Mr. and other identifying details. less other clean-shaven Karr’s likeness by Joe Nickell, Committee for the Scientific It’s not uncommon in highly pub- white men.” Come to Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. licized murder or kidnapping investiga- think of it, even Criti- tions for self-proclaimed mediums, cally Thinking’s columnist resembles to a few psychic hotspots on a map. psychics, as well as other performance the sketch more closely than Mr. Karr. These “clues” invariably prove mean- artists to creep out from the woodwork, While any chap who’s ever held a ham- ingless until after the crime is solved or especially if the police search is at an mer can claim the title “handyman”, it’s the victim located, whereupon the be- apparent impasse. Psychics thrive on not difficult to interpret German and lievers reinterpret the statements in light the media attention they receive by pre- Georgian connections, if they don’t fit of the actual facts. This process of af- tending to work on high-profile cases. outright, so that anyone who had any ter-the-fact matching is called “retrofit- In the case of the Ramsey murder, friend or connection relating to the let- ting,” and is the explanation for the Dorothy Allison made the claim that she ter G could match the aforementioned claimed success of the hundreds of self- could exonerate the parents (who were divination. Any serious attempt to ret- styled psychic “detectives.” In some Expires 10/01/2006 not being charged) with her predic- rofit the numbers 2-8-9 to fit anyone cases, pursuit of a “tip” from one of tions. Her specific claims were that the would be absolutely hilarious. And per- these performance artists can lead to a real killer was a former handyman with haps we could use her prophecy to prove waste in resources, or worse, hinder a “connections” to Germany and Georgia, that he had bestselling American nov- serious police investigation.The real the numbers 2, 8, and 9, and the names elist John Irving as an accomplice. (Just question in these cases is to determine “Martin” and “Irving”, the latter of kidding; as far as I know, he’s a contrib- whether the alleged psychic is a bare- which, she later added, would be the uting, law-abiding citizen.) Karr is not faced liar or is honestly self-deluded, one who committed the murder. In a fit being charged, perhaps rendering the the same way many religious fanatics of boredom, she even went so far as to comparison moot, but the point is that are. One hundred percent of psychic in- produce a drawing of the alleged killer the retrofitting performed in the wake vestigators fall into these two catego- (hey, it beats knitting). of his arrest shows that the predictions ries: fraud or self-delusion. They count Amusingly enough, upon Mr. made by police psychics can and will (and exaggerate) their “hits,” or success- Karr’s arrest, gullible believers trium- either be reinterpreted or selectively ful predictions, and forget or discount phantly declared Allison’s prophecies discarded at the discretion of their devo- the overwhelming number of their a success. The seeming break prompted tees. misses. It’s the same as giving oneself a bevy of retrofitting of her predictions While claims of psychics are 30 tries at guessing a number between from easy-to-fleece reporters and New popular in the media and it’s tempting one and ten. The result is like painting a Age aficionados. An example can be to accept the hope that they sell, the bull’s-eye around an arrow after it has Opinions Editor found in Newark, New Jersey’s Brad reality is that there is no record of any lodged somewhere. The fact is that there Harold Sims Parks’ column in the Star-Ledger: “The psychic ever cracking a case open. is no proof that Dorothy Allison – or email@example.com sketch her vision helped create speaks What they do instead is toss out vague anyone – has ever psychically located for itself. About the only thing she got “clues.” An image of leaves, or perhaps a body or solved a crime. And it’s this wrong was Karr’s hair, which is parted water, is common. Maybe they’ll point writer’s prophecy that there never will. The views of the articles in this section do not necessarily reflect the opinions and viewpoints of The Crimson’s editorial staff or those of the university. Please purchase PDF Split-Merge on www.verypdf.com to remove this watermark. September 21, 2006 The Florida Tech Crimson Sports - 7 NFL Week 2: A week of nail-biters and blowoutsson. After a huge win in week one against by the highlights of the game. For those the Eagles, the Giants were able to force season, bounced back from a 9 point Jeff Wiehe the highly praised Carolina Panthers, the of you who missed it, the Eagles kicker, one last drive that ended in an unbeliev- effort in week 1, to win against the Car- NFL Analyst Falcons were pit against the Tampa Bay David Akers, on one of the kickoffs, got able catch by 6 foot 5 inch, Plaxico dinals, 21-10. Denver won the field goal Buccaneers. The Buccaneers, losers of into an intense scrum with half of the Burress, giving the Giants the overtime battle against Kansas City, 9-6. Dallas Since the creation of the salary the 2005 NFC championship game, were Giants bench. Only in true rivalries do win. beat Washington 27-10, but in some ef- cap, the NFL has been filled with parody, hoping to jump out to a quick start this kickers actually get into the action. The In other games, Peyton Manning fect suffered the key true loss. Terrell spontaneity, and what some to believe season, but stumbled in week one game hit hard and fast. was able to out-do his little brother by Owens broke his middle finger early in to be chaos. With the implication of the against the Ravens. The game started Amani Toomer caught a 37 yard passing for 400 yards and three touch- the game, and despite playing through salary cap, it effectively evened the play- slow with a number of interceptions and touchdown pass from Eli Manning to downs against the Houston Texans, in a it, will now be missing 2-6 weeks. Buf- ing field for all 32 teams in the NFL. A punts, finally being ended by a Michael give the Giants the early lead. Brian win, 43-24. Ben Roethlisberger returned falo surprised the Dolphins with a 16-6 big market team from a city like New York Vick touchdown run. The Falcons de- Westbrook answered right back with a to the field for the first time this year, win, sending the high-hoped Dolphins would never have an upper hand against fense continued pressing Tampa Bay, touchdown of his own. The Eagles only to be shut out, 9-0 on Monday night to a 0-2 start. New England was able to a smaller market team such as Green Bay, and the Buccaneers went to the half added 10 more points to go into the half football by the Jacksonville Jaguars. hold off a last second drive by the Jets at least in terms of money. This is the down 14-3. The second half was an ab- winning 17-7. The game seemed to be all Chicago bulldozed the Lions, 34-7, show- to win 24-17. San Diego won for the sec- reason that every year, teams are able to solute slug fest of defensive brute but over after the Eagles scored on their ing that they have both an offense and ond straight week by more than 27 bounce back from disastrous seasons strength and absolute will. Many people opening procession, giving them a 24-7 a defense in the 2006 season. The Cin- points, winning over Tennessee 40-6. and become playoff contenders. This dislike the low scoring, field position lead, but the Eagles defense never truly cinnati Bengals beat down the Browns San Francisco got an impressive win, year is no exception. based, game of football, but true foot- was able to shut down Eli Manning. The in a 34-17 route. However, Chad Johnson beating the St. Louis Rams 20-13. In 2005, the Atlanta Falcons failed ball fans can appreciate an absolutely Giants scored two quick touchdowns in left the game (along with 3 other Bengal So, after week two, we can already to make the playoffs with an 8-8 season. grueling test that both teams were put the 4th quarter to make it a 3 point game. starters) in a physical game. The Saints start to see which teams have the true Critics were raving that a mobile quar- through. The game ended in with the The Eagles couldn’t make anything of Marched to 2-0 with a 34-27 win over potential to make a run at the playoffs terback such as Michael Vick was com- same score that sent them to the half at their following possession, giving the the Green Bay Packers. The Steve Smith- and which teams still need a lot of work. pletely overrated, and that Vick should 14-3 Atlanta, but the game was far more Giants one final chance. The Giants were less Carolina went to 0-2 with a last sec- Granted, this is the NFL where anything possibly be transformed into a wide re- interesting than it read. able to charge 85 yards in just under ond field goal by the Minnesota Vikings can happen, and so much can turn from ceiver. Vick was criticized for his lack of The second highlighted game pit- seven minutes and kicked the game ty- kicker Ryan Longwell. Baltimore demol- small key events. Week 2 turned out to leadership, poor game management, and ted the rival Giants versus the Eagles. ing field goal. The game was sent to ished the Raiders 28-6. Seattle, the team be an amazing week of football, and we poor game decisions after his 2005 sea- The intensity of this game is shown best overtime. After punts by the Giants and with the most total points in the 2005 still have 15 more weeks to enjoy! Please purchase PDF Split-Merge on www.verypdf.com to remove this watermark. Volume XXXVI Issue III September 21, 2006 http://www.fit.edu/crimson Panthers defeat Bobcats the essential game winner going into the Michigan controls Players of Notre Dame 47-21 the Week Nick Lauletta half. Assistant Sports Information Director The second half started much like the first with the Panthers pressing to Florida Tech earns their third shut- assure them a victory but they couldn’t out on the season as they defeat the Women’s gather the finishing touches to put the for a touchdown by Michigan’s Prescott Bobcats of St. Thomas University 2-0 in Bobcats away. Philip Meyer Burgess. the non-conference match on Septem- With the win in sights, Florida Staff Writer Notre Dame recovered though, ber 18, 2006. Tech notched the final goal of the game putting together a good drive down the Soccer Several early scoring chances set in the 69th minute with Jennifer Gillette From the beginning it looked like field capped by a three yard touchdown the path for the Panthers victory over (Ormond Beach, Fl) finding Teresa the over-hyped Notre Dame fighting pass from Quinn to receiver Ashley the Bobcats with Miranda Tessier (Vero Brantley (Satellite Beach, Fl) on another Irish couldn’t match up with Michigan, McConnell. After that Michigan took Beach, Fl), Erica Hildreth (Cocoa Beach, through ball which opened Brantley to even at home. Even before the season complete control of the game, scoring Fl), and Teresa Brantley (Satellite Beach, a 1-on-1 with the goalie which she bur- started many analysts and experts said four more touchdowns, three of which Fl) setting the pace for the Panthers. ied to put the Bobcats away. that Notre Dame’s defense was weak and were to receiver Mario Manningham on Melissa Pyles The Panthers pressured the Bob- Freshman goalie Melissa Pyles couldn’t compete with high-powered three receptions, before the half to Notre Position cats with some nice play in the midfield (Port Orange, Fl) earned her third shut- offenses, guess that means Michigan. Dame’s one. Goal Keeper and combinations with the strikers and out on the season and now holds a But it wasn’t just the defense that let During the third quarter the Irish’s Year outside midfielders to record scoring record of 3-2-1 on her collegiate career. the team down; it was also the offense defense looked a lot better, holding the Freshman chances. The Panthers broke through Pyles was also awarded the Sunshine led by Brady Quinn who, during most of Wolverine offense to just two field Hometown in the 44th minute with Alef DuRant-Wise State Conference Defensive Player of the game, looked like a deer stuck in the goals. But the Notre Dame offense still Port Orange, Florida (Eureka, Cal) finding Rachel Devlin the Week on September 18, 2006 for the headlights of Michigan’s defense. struggled with Quinn throwing two more Major (Titusville, Fl) on a through ball into the first time in her college career. From the beginning, the Michigan interceptions and a fumble that capped Undecided 18 yard box where Devlin buried the ball The Panthers next play Tampa on Wolverines had control of the game. On the Irish’s game was returned for a to notch the first goal of the game and September 24 in Tampa at 2 p.m. the second play from scrimmage Irish touchdown that made the final score 47- Men’s Soccer quarter back Brady Quinn threw an in- 21, the second most points scored by a Close match for Panthers terception which was returned 31 yards visiting team in Notre Dame history. Florida Tech Press Release teams’ season stats with a .316 attack percentage and fifth in the SSC stand- Panther Volleyball loss with Sports Communications Despite taking the early lead, ings. McCoy had ten kills for the match. Three other Panthers hit in double figures, including fellow junior middle Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Ryan Gilletti Position scoreboard, Tech lost their groove and Midfield Florida Tech was unable to overcome hitter Lindsay Foster (Titusville, Fla.). Florida Tech Press Release allowed the Eagles to go on a thirteen Year the home crowd advantage, falling in an grabbing the team high 12 kills. Junior Sports Communications point scoring rally to grab set two. Freshman upsetting five game loss 3-2. outside hitter Brenna Lane (Dade City, Four Panthers scored points in the Hometown Florida Tech took the first game Fla.) pitched in eleven kills hitting .241 Florida Tech unable to gain an second game with Foster again tallying Melbourne, FL 30-24 only to fall in the second game 27- for the match. Junior outside hitter Lisa upward momentum to overturn nation- two kills. Fellow junior Katie Dobek (Ster- Major 30. Again the Panthers took the lead, Cole (Liverpool, N.Y.) achieved one of ally ranked Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in ling Heights, Mich.) served Tech’s lone Forensic winning the third set 30-21, again to see- her best games with ten kills and eleven NCAA II South Regional action fell 3- ace in the second game. Psychology saw back giving up the fourth game 17- digs. 30. The deciding game unfortunately Defensively, freshman Sunshine to-0 tonight at the Alico Arena. The game In the third game, the Eagles Pyles went in favor of the Eagles 15-12 for the State Conference Player of the Week scores were 30-10, 30-15 and 30-15 in the jumped out to an 8-to-2 lead before a match victory being awarded to the Melissa Reinders (libero, Orlando, Fla.) quick played match. seven- point Florida Tech run gave the NAIA opponent Embry-Riddle (4-6). led all players amassing 41 digs. The Eagles took immediate advan- Panthers a brief 9-to-8 lead. Konopnicki Senior middle hitter Jenny McCoy Reinders is currently 2nd in the SSC for tage of their home court, before a packed and fellow senior captain Jenny McCoy crown, jumped out to a 7-1 lead. The (Titusville, Fla.) each chipped in two kills honored (Titusville, Fla.) again led the way of- digs averaging 5.88 digs per game for fensively for the Panthers, hitting a team her novice campaign. Junior Amanda Panthers were unable to get in a rhythm apiece for the third game. high .318 for the night. McCoy, who has Boyce was the only other Panther to dig only scoring ten points for the first game. Freshman libero Melissa been the only consistent offensive threat in the double figures. Boyce added 14 Eight of the ten came off kills with se- Reinders (Orlando, Fla.) led all players for the Panthers, is currently topping her digs and 53 assists. nior Megan Konopnicki (Plano, Texas) with 19 digs in the match; while Megan and junior Lindsay Foster (Titusville, Konopnicki and Lindsay Foster each Florida Tech Press Release Panthers shut down Barry Fla.) each contributing two kills in the first set. Again, the Eagles jumped ahead recorded five kills. The Eagles’ Brooke Youngquist had 15 kills while hitting .400 Sports Communications For the second week straight, Bucs 1998 streak with tie early never relinquishing the lead win- ning game two 30-15. Despite the Pan- thers coming close at 17-to-14 on the and picking up 16 digs. Ericka Fonseca recorded 14 kills and added four blocks in the match. Florida Tech has been honored with a Sunshine State Conference Player-of- the-Week. Freshman goalkeeper Mel- the first Sunshine State Conference team issa Pyles was Florida Tech’s first con- Florida Tech Press Release Sports Communications to shut down Barry since 1998, not al- lowing the Buccaneers one goal in the Final September Home Games ference honoree for the 2006 campaign. The Port Orange native recorded regular season match. her third shutout of the year, playing all Despite one-hundred and ten min- Tech attempted eight shots with Volleyball 110 minutes and grabbing two saves in utes of conference play neither Florida only one on goal that came from fresh- 9/23 vs. Florida Women’s Soccer a scoreless tie against Barry University. Tech (3-2-3, 0-0-2) nor Barry (1-4-1, 0-0- man Therese Svensson (Helsingborg, Southern @ 4 p.m. 9/27 vs. Lynn @ 4 p.m. Florida Tech earned a point in the con- 1) were able to break each others back Sweden). Barry also had eight shots 9/30 vs. Palm Beach ference standings for the first time in its lines. The Panthers, despite the tie 0-0, with two on goal against fellow fresh- Atlantic @ 2 p.m. four year history against the Buccaneers, did accomplish a program first having man keeper Melissa Pyles (Port Orange, Men’s Soccer which had not been shutout in SSC play held the Barry Bucs to a non-loss on the Fla.). Pyles notched her third shut-out 9/30 vs. Lynn since 1998. Panthers side. including one combined effort for a @ 4 p.m. Pyles graduated from Spruce The Panthers also proved to be shared shut-out. Creek High School and is a General Stud- ies major. Thus far this season, she has played in nine contests and started eight with the third best Goals Against Aver- age in the SSC at 0.48 percentage. She has played 745:12 minutes, with 24 saves, four shut-outs, and a .857 save percent- age. Pyles has only allowed four goals Sept 15 Women’s Soccer Barry University T 0-0 DOT in her nine games and has a 3-2-1 overall record. 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