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If at first you don’t succeed, try again

July 20, 2009

The Mission Green Student Association wanted to do something that would help out both the environment and students. So, they organized a program for students to borrow bikes, which would help reduce harmful emissions in the air. That was, until all of the bikes were stolen. Six lime-green bikes were left unlocked near different dormitories around ca...

Designed for success

July 20, 2009

Laura Daniels' final exam was so good that you'll soon see it displayed all around Broward County."We designed a building, then a bus shelter. My teacher said I should submit my design to Broward County," says Daniels, a part-time architecture major at FAU.Daniels' bus shelter design includes bike racks, solar panels and protection from the weather. "...

FAU medical program gets budget surgery

July 6, 2009

The FAU College of Biomedical Science might have a quiet atmosphere this fall semester as FAU's young medical program was forced to accept fewer students. The limitation on acceptance to the program is due to the $16.7 million budget cuts affecting FAU. The College of Biomedical Science was forced to eliminate $1.7 million from its budget, and as a ...

FAU threatens to sink submersibles – forever

July 6, 2009

FAU graduate student Priscilla Winder is looking for sea sponges that will help her fight cancer ­­­— more than half a mile deep in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Crammed in a small four-seat submarine, she looks through an acrylic bubble down at the arrangement of sponges on the ocean floor. Her research depends on th...

An FAU student’s night being lost at sea ends with a rescue

July 1, 2009

Carl Garrett Simonsen got in his kayak on the Boca Inlet to fish. He left shore at 3 p.m. on June 22 and was only expecting to be out on the water until shortly after nightfall. Instead, he spent the night battling two storms and using a Coca-Cola bottle to empty the water from his kayak. At 9:30 p.m., a fish bit the end of the 100-foot line he had ca...

Living the high life

June 22, 2009

This fall, some of the incoming freshmen living in Heritage Park Towers on the Boca campus might be drunks and drug users. This dorm will house FAU's Living Learning Communities (LLC), in which students will know and live with 20 other students who have at least their major in common and possibly their social vices. So far, 160 students have signed up...

Cheaper books are in store for students

June 22, 2009

No one ever said that college was going to be cheap, but no one ever said that the cost of college textbooks would have students in a stranglehold, either. Many students can spend over $500 in textbooks alone for a 15-credit semester. Luckily, the College Textbook Affordability Act will guarantee more money in students' wallets after shopping for bo...

FAU associate basketball coach travels to Africa to teach local coaches

June 22, 2009

This month, Michael Jarvis II has coached children who prefer Nike brand sneakers. But in mid-May, he spent a day coaching children who were lucky if they even owned shoes. These children live in an orphanage that Jarvis II, associate head coach for FAU men's basketball, visited on a mission trip to Western Africa. He traveled to the countries of Mali a...

FAU will have a $22 million movie theater on the Boca campus in 2010

June 4, 2009

Even with the budget cuts and financial problems, FAU always seems to be breaking ground on new projects. Breaking ground on the Boca campus's new Living Room Theater, a multi-million dollar movie theater, is no exception. The project, totaling $22 million, received $19 million from the state of Florida, according to Manjunath Pendakur, dean of the Do...

New master’s program is here to stay

May 29, 2009

On May 26, the FAU Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new master's degree in teaching English as a second language (TESOL) and bilingual education after a two-year wait. Joan Friedenberg, one of the initial creators of the program, admits that she couldn't be more thrilled about the decision. "We expected [it] to get approved, and we're very e...

Up in arms

May 27, 2009

The Women's Studies Center at FAU was on the chopping block this year due to budget cuts, along with 221 other programs. After four months of debates and discussions, it was announced that the program will continue to operate for at least the next two years. "Even though I've graduated now, I'm ecstatic to know that my graduate degree is continuing at FAU be...

New master’s program changes Florida education

May 27, 2009

Florida ranks third in the country in the number of students who don't speak English, yet over 40 percent of teachers do not have the appropriate training. In spite of this, Florida state universities don't offer any degrees that better prepare teachers for situations like this — that is, until now. These facts were presented by the interim d...