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You don’t say?!

February 22, 2010

OPINION Jonas McCafferyJunior communication major Do you know who's running for student body president?"No." If anyone could run, who would you like to see run?"Captain America, because he's good with national security."   Laura MitchellSenior art history major Do you know who's running for student body president?"No idea. Is that a bad answer?" If anyo...

Fed up

November 16, 2009

OPINIONS Three years ago, I was hit with news that changed my life forever: cancer. My doctor put me on a strict diet to help me get through chemotherapy, and I still try to follow it as a freshman living on campus. The problem is, no one at FAU can tell me the nutritional value of the food here. Freshmen living in the dorms are required to purchase a me...

Unusual classes

November 9, 2009

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR I'm a shy person, but I've never had a problem with school, and because of that I thought college was going to be a breeze. That is, until I had to dance to an Indian pop song for a grade. During the first week of Appreciation of Dance, the class had to mimic the movements to a song called "Tunak Tunak Tun." I started thinking to myself, "Would I have taken this cl...

New forum series seeks student input but fails to attract students

November 8, 2009

OPINIONS I was expecting some sort of town hall meeting. But when I walked in, I found tables covered in giant blank pieces of paper, markers in various colors, and lollipops. "I feel like I'm in preschool again," commented Ray Loftin as I took a seat beside the executive board member of FAU's chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association, an ...

In response to the e-mail entitled “Parking starting to cramp your style?”

October 3, 2009

I received FAU's e-mail encouraging students to consider using public transportation services instead of their own cars for commuting purposes. I believe the main reason for encouraging more students to use the public transportation option is an attempt to reduce the number of cars on campus. However, after doing a cost/benefit analysis, comparing pu...

Dropped from Greek Life

October 3, 2009

For exactly 48 hours, I was a sorority girl … well, almost. I "rushed," gushed about Greek letters, and got excited at the thought of potentially having new "sisters." I never made it to the fifth and final night of Rush Week (see sidebar), because I was dropped like a hot potato before the third night even began and without knowing why. Bye ...

Violated

September 20, 2009

When I became managing editor of the UP, I joined the FAU listserv, or FAU-l. This open e-mail list allows subscribers to share general info and FAU event details with one another. So, I subscribed to keep current on FAU happenings. But on Sept. 15, the FAU-l left me feeling violated vicariously. An FAU staff member had forwarded a distressed stude...

Roommate rivalries

August 30, 2009

College is about studying, having fun and perhaps the occasional midnight Star Trek marathon. But another big part of attending a university is dealing with roommates. I cannot tell you the number of horror stories of interrupted romantic trysts or finding urine in the shampoo bottle. I shudder looking back on my own first experience with splitting...

Random acts of rudeness

August 30, 2009

When I was in third grade, the principal awarded me a certificate for performing "acts of kindness." My mommy was so proud of me. Now that I'm a grown-up, mom expects me to be courteous without reward. But not FAU. The Division of Student Affairs' program titled "FAU Cares Through Random Acts of Kindness" supposedly awards certificates and sends letter...

Letter from the editor

August 18, 2009

In 2006 I transferred to FAU as a 23-year-old commuter student. I kept thinking, "Well, accept that you won't have any friends because you're different." But according to FAU, the average student is 27 1/2 years old and 90 percent of students live off campus. It turns out I'm a lot more normal than the students I saw with fohawks between classes. The scho...

Government agency locks down

July 19, 2009

FAU sophomore Carl Simonsen loves to fish. He often takes his blow-up kayak to the Boca inlet and spends hours on the water, often staying out past nightfall. Three weeks ago, this hobby almost made him fish bait. Carl lost his oar while trying to reel in a fish and was only able to talk to 911 operators for a few minutes before his cell phone die...

Attention-grabbers

July 5, 2009

Brandon Zeeb is an FAU football player who has never played soccer in his life, but that didn't stop him from texting me repeatedly to find out how a soccer team was doing. Not just any soccer team, but the U.S. men's national team, whose recent run to the Confederations Cup final made established fans happy and created fans such as Zeeb, who clea...