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Sometimes, FAU has no class

July 5, 2009

I am only in the second semester of my major, and I'm already worried about graduating any time in the next decade. The UP's news editor, Monica Ruiz, wrote a column last issue about how she can't get into one class that will kick off her major. That got me thinking: What other problems are students having with FAU? It didn't take a lot of thinking ...

Having class

June 21, 2009

I'm not going to graduate in four years like I want to. The likelihood of graduating three years from now with a diploma in hand is slim to none. Why? Because I need to take just one class to start my major, and FAU only offers that class once per semester. As a multimedia communication major, it's a requirement to take MMC 1540 (Intro to Media Stu...

Sex crosses racial boundaries

April 12, 2009

Former Student Government Treasurer Chris Ayala is charged with having sex with a 13-year-old girl — and she was black. The reactions to Ayala's charges have run the gamut from shock to denial. But as I talked with other students about this story and shared the only detail about the young girl, I was surprised to see the change in reactions when peop...

Protection for all

April 12, 2009

Protect and acknowledge all. This is the message FAU students need to send to the FAU Board of Trustees. Regulation 5.010, the University's Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment regulation, sets up protections and procedures for students who are discriminated against or harassed. This regulation includes race, religion and sex among a group of "prote...

FAU Myths Busted

April 5, 2009

On the first day of my freshman year, I heard a myth that I decided to follow without ever stopping to question it. Four years later (last week), I actually found out the truth.  After waiting 10 minutes for my astronomy professor to show up for class, a guy turned and said, "You know, if a professor is 15 minutes late for class, you can leave...

The etiquette of Twitter

March 29, 2009

Last week, FAU started following me. No, the campus isn't stalking me — FAU started following me on Twitter. I have been on Twitter for three months now and can officially say FAU and its @FAUOwls account has no idea what it's doing on the 3-year-old social networking site. FAU is not the only organization on Twitter. Dunkin Donuts (@DunkinD...

Tell me something I don’t know

March 22, 2009

He started his career as an elementary-school teacher. He declines bonuses for the sake of the greater good. He was an Owl before he led the Owls. And despite being my father's age, he is wise enough to reach my generation YouTube-style when addressing grave matters. That's why I'm glad it's President Frank T. Brogan navigating FAU through eight-figure bu...

Student court settling SG election

March 22, 2009

This year's official Student Government election timeline starts on Jan. 12, when students can turn in applications to run for office. Voting is on the timeline for Feb. 24 to 26, and "Unofficial" results are released the next day. But, as you've probably realized, that's not where it ends. The last date on the timeline is "3/17 Onward." Clearly, we've rea...

Going Green Takes Big Bucks

March 8, 2009

Everyone always pushes the idea of "going green," but as a student I think the idea is easier said than done. The "going green" process can start with recycling but really becomes an issue of how to help the environment without spending a lot of money. After thinking about this, I realized that what students can do is limited, and FAU isn't really he...

Green Guilt: Too Busy to Help the Environment

March 8, 2009

I'm rushing to class, already 10 minutes late, dodging slow walkers, people standing around talking on cell phones and crazy skateboarders. Just as I get past what seems to be the FAU student rush hour in the Breezeway, a girl dressed in a long, '70s-like hippie skirt and crochet top jumps out in front of me and asks, "Excuse me! Do you have a minute ...

I Have a Green Baby With Wheels

March 8, 2009

Last summer I turned green, but not because Al Gore told me an inconvenient truth. Hungry polar bears drifting away on ice cubes, as sad as that is, don't directly inconvenience me. Commuting from Delray to FAU's Boca, Fort Lauderdale and Davie campuses at $4.16 a gallon at the peak of gas prices in mid-July definitely did. So, I leased a green Toy...

Beyond the Classroom: Letter from the Editor

February 23, 2009

Last semester was my most exhilarating semester yet at FAU. I went sailing on a Friday afternoon, I watched some guy climb a 45-foot wall, and I threw a Frisbee for the first time. Then I met sophomore David Rundio, and I realized I was not taking advantage of what FAU had to offer. In fact, until I played Frisbee, I didn't realize FAU even had on-ca...