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Swine flu at the home of the Owls

October 4, 2009

Josh Adams and his friend Jason Schenck went to the Rockstar Mayhem music festival in August. The festival was filled with fans screaming for more than a dozen artists performing at the yearly event. After the festival, both Adams and Schenck contracted swine flu, both of them went to the hospital, and one of them died."When I took him to the emergenc...

Parking wars

October 4, 2009

Deputy Police Chief Keith Totten and Officer Michelle Meyer from campus police both own shirts that claim FAU's parking is making them late to class. They bought the shirts from senior Dustin Balmuth on Sept. 29 because, just like many students on campus, they dislike parking, too. "The whole problem is the administration," said Meyer. "The fact is, t...

Up in smoke

September 27, 2009

On a balmy September evening, junior Shazad Beharry and a friend slouch over a table outside a dorm. In front of them sit his pack of cigarettes and a hookah, a water pipe for tobacco. Beharry, a double major, smokes from a hookah with friends to take his mind off of school. He smokes cigarettes to relax."That's one of the main reasons I smoke: the st...

Botched Student Government election reset to this week

September 27, 2009

Two weeks ago, Student Body President Tiffany Weimar decided to call off and reschedule the fall election after realizing the registrar's office accidentally screwed it up. "I felt the best thing, instead of all the confusion it was causing, was to start fresh and make sure the data we've received from the registrar's office was legitimate," Weimar s...

Extra credit

September 27, 2009

Less than eight years ago, Florida legislators passed a law increasing the cost of tuition payments on credits earned over 144 hours. Right before it was set to apply to students, the law was revoked due to its many loopholes and unclear guidelines. Harry Demik, university registrar, recalls reading the newspaper to discover the law had been dropped th...

The ‘peaceful protest’

September 26, 2009

Dustin Balmuth and his friends think they can fix FAU's parking problems by selling T-shirts. On Sept. 29 at 9:09 a.m., Balmuth and three of his friends will be in the Breezeway on the Boca campus selling shirts for $7 each that say "Top 10 Reasons Why I'm Late For Class," where reasons one through 10 say "FAU's Parking." Balmuth, a senior internati...

The case of the missing protest

September 25, 2009

It's 8:33 a.m. outside of the Baldwin House, three minutes into Jacob Ades' parking protest. The streets are supposed to be flooded with more than 200 slow-moving, honking cars from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., as the protest's Facebook event page stipulates. Problem is, nobody is there – not even Ades. In fact, the first car to show up in fro...

FAU students learn the dangers of roofies at “Club FAU”

September 22, 2009

A normally quiet corner of the Jupiter campus was transformed into a simulated "Club FAU" on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to teach students the dangers of date-rape drugs. Flashing lights, dance music and a refreshments counter allowed students to kick back and have fun after a busy day of classes. But underneath this supposedly relaxed atmosphere lurked a ...

FAU cafeteria joins the green movement

September 21, 2009

Michael Maloney, a senior graphic design major, is taking four classes that require him to carry around multiple heavy textbooks to and from class every day. He doesn't want to even imagine hauling anything more than is necessary, even if it's to help out the environment. Some fellow students think differently. They voluntarily carry around an eco-fr...

Money for the heart

September 21, 2009

Junior Amy Cartwright, along with 50 sorority members from Theta Phi Alpha, doesn't normally get up early, but on Sept. 26 they will be up before 7:30 a.m, and for good reason — to walk around campus for the Start! Heart Walk.  FAU's Start! Heart Walk will begin at 9 a.m. in front of the Weppner Center for the Civic Engagement & Se...

Men vs. women … in the classroom

September 21, 2009

Besides looking at women's breasts, butts and legs, men should watch out for their degrees — because women are getting them faster than their male counterparts. According to the FAU Web site, 59 percent of FAU students in 2008 were women, and the numbers continue to rise every year — not only in the state, but nationally."The fact that m...

Pritchett is ‘here for you’

September 21, 2009

John Pritchett has just one problem with the Baldwin House:  The guest quarters in the presidential mansion aren't large enough to accommodate his 12 grandchildren when they come down to visit."I am quite close to my family, and I love it when they come to stay with me," said Pritchett. The lights won't be dark in the Baldwin House, though.  P...