Monthly Archives: September 2015

Five places to spend the night out

Emily Doyle

Staff Writer

University of West Florida students have done their share of exploring Pensacola, so if you’re looking for a place to go out, here are the five best places chosen by UWF students to spend a night out in Pensacola.

1. O’Riley’s Irish Pub

With two locations at 321 S. Palafox and 3728 Creighton Rd., O’Rileys Irish Pub has the perfect locations for UWF students looking for something close to campus and also downtown. They’re open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday-Sunday and have live music on the weekends. Beer pong, darts, billiards and a relaxed, smoke-free atmosphere are reasons that UWF students love to spend time here.

UWF Junior Brianna Duncan said, “My favorite place to go is O’Riley’s, because it is a lot of fun and the music is always good, too.” On most nights at O’Riley’s, there is no cover charge for anyone 18 and older, and students over 21 can take advantage of drink specials. For example, on Thursdays at the Creighton location there are $1 pitchers till 11 p.m., $3 well drinks, and $3 flavored Smirnoff drinks for the ladies.

2. Wild Greg’s Saloon

Located at 22 S. Palafox above Beef O’ Brady’s, Wild Greg’s Saloon is a Western-themed bar. Some of the draws to Wild Greg’s is their huge dance floor for line dancing and a mechanical bull for anyone brave enough to take a ride. They are open from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday and have nightly specials. Although on Fridays and Saturdays Wild Greg’s Saloon is strictly 21 and older, they do provide a college discount on Thursdays with a college ID.

UWF Senior Collin Knight said, “Well, I personally like Wild Greg’s because they’ve always got people line dancing and they have the bull to ride. It’s something different from every other bar or club around here.” So if you are looking for a place to break out your boots and dance, Wild Greg’s is the place for you.

3. Seville Quarter

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in Pensacola who hasn’t heard of Seville Quarter. Located at 130 E. Government St., the historic building is a restaurant by day and a bar and club by night. The layout has seven rooms, each with a different name providing a unique experience and something for everyone to enjoy. In some of the rooms they have karaoke, dancing, billiards, a piano bar and beer pong.

UWF senior Larry Bell said “Seville is one of my favorite places downtown. I take all of my friends there because I really enjoy the atmosphere. The rustic, cool building also adds to the experience, making it unique to Pensacola.”

Though most nights are 21 and older, on Thursdays they have college night for students 18 and older, where you can show your student ID and get in for a discounted price. To keep up with their rotating drink specials, visit their Facebook page here.

4. Cabana Nightclub

At 7164 N. Ninth Ave., Cabana Nightclub (more commonly known as Cabanas) is close to UWF, and because anyone 18 and older can get in every day of the week, it has become a favorite among UWF students. Cabana’s advertises “the longest happy hour in the entire state,” beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

UWF senior Michael Krueger said, “I honestly enjoy going to Cabanas, because especially my freshman year I felt a lot of my fraternity’s [Sigma Alpha Epsilon] presence there., I felt welcomed and comfortable, so I always had fun.” Cabanas hosts tons of events, such as foam parties and ladies’ nights, with each event having a drink special of its own. Also, every Friday evening is college night where you get in for free with a college ID.

5. Vinyl Music Hall

Vinyl Music Hall, located at 2 S. Palafox St., is a live music bar that brings in both local and big artists to play. Though this isn’t technically a nightly bar, a lot of UWF students keep their eyes open for bands they would like to see. Famous artists such as Ludacris and Wiz Kalifa have played at Vinyl Music Hall in the past.

Senior Bridget Walker said, “Vinyl has live music and a relaxed atmosphere and speedy bartenders, what’s not to like?” You have to be at least 18 years old to get in for most concerts, and if you are over 21 there is a full bar. You can look for upcoming performances and purchase tickets here.

Even though there are many areas in Pensacola where you can spend your evenings, you might want to consider going to one of these five student favorites.

 

UWF MEN grows to near 100 members

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Photo by Geri Battist

Geri Battist

News Editor

On Sept. 10, the University of West Florida Men’s Empowerment Network (UWF MEN) accepted 11 inductees at their Fall Induction Ceremony at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The audience included campus liaisons, UWF MEN Advisory Board members, community MENtors, current UWF MEN members and university staff.

At the inaugural induction in the fall of 2014, 17 members were inducted. Then the program exploded in spring 2015, with the induction of 67 young men. In the span of one year, UWF MEN has grown to 95 members.

Now nearly 100 strong, UWF MEN offers academic and social support to male UWF students. The program also provides mentoring opportunities with committed campus and community professionals.

“Any issue the students encounter, there is someone among the campus liaisons in key areas that they can talk to,” said Chief Diversity Officer/Associate Vice Provost for Equity, Diversity and International Affairs Dr. Kim LeDuff.

After the ceremony, Dr. Kim LeDuff beamed with excitement as she shook hands and welcomed the inductees.

“I am amazed at how this program has grown in the last year since its inception the fall of 2014,” LeDuff said. “We gave the groundwork, and it has taken on its own life.”

The development of the UWF MEN program was LeDuff’s first initiative as CDO when she was hired in September 2013. “Graduation rates for male college students were at one-third of the classes,” LeDuff said. “The goal of this program is to increase recruitment, retention and graduation rates of male college students from all backgrounds.”

The program is structured so that it builds each academic year, providing members self-enrichment, empowerment, encouragement and an opportunity to pay it forward by mentoring local elementary school students.

The program is still in need of funding and campus or community professionals to participate as mentors. If you, or someone you, know, is interested in participating as a mentor, please email Multicultural Communication Coordinator Eryka Wallace at ewallace@uwf.edu.

In its inaugural year, UWF MEN has already begun impacting the lives of students at UWF.

“It has come full circle. I struggled to navigate the waters of UWF my first semester,” said senior communication arts major Timothy Jones. “Now, as a member of this powerful initiative, I’ve found my paddles and have begun to make my way safely towards that graduation stage next fall.”

As a current member, Jones has had an opportunity to experience the benefits and support of UWF MEN. “UWF provides many opportunities that equip us with peak experiences,” Jones said. “Now with UWF MEN, it anchors our ship with a world-class network never before seen on another college campus. We are the change happening around the nation. We can watch the conversation take place or we could join the conversation and be the change we seek.”

At the close of the ceremony, UWF MEN members stood together with their campus liaisons and community mentors to recite their pledge.

In unison, these are the words that bounced off the walls of the CFPA Music Hall: “I, support the University of West Florida Men’s Empowerment Network’s values of professionalism, leadership and character. I will strive for excellence in pursuit of success through scholarship, civic engagement and social support. I will maintain the highest level of respect for my fellow students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities of the University of West Florida. I challenge myself and those around me to agree to the standards of commitment, discipline, responsibility, respect, support and versatility. I am UWF MEN.”

Interested students can learn more about the UWF MEN program and how they can participate next semester by accessing their website. Although students may have missed an opportunity to join this fall, they are strongly encouraged to attend the UWF MEN conference in October.

 

Cheap eats

Tom Moore

Contributing Writer

As a starving college student here in Pensacola, one of my favorite pastimes has been to find places with inexpensive food. So grab your knife and fork as we embark on a journey down the path of inexpensive dining.

1) Wendy’s value menu

This is the only fast food place on the list, but because of the sheer variety, it is worth mentioning. Most fast food places advertise a value menu, but none are as comprehensive or encompassing as Wendy’s. For $5, two people can eat and have fountain drinks. Choose from either crispy chicken sandwiches or cheeseburgers for a dollar. On the drink side, you can get small soft drink or sweet tea, or if it is hot, that frosty will complete your order.

2) Fazoli’s

If you are into Italian food, Fazoli’s is a sure bet. They have meals for $3.99, but drinks are extra. There is nice inside dining, even though you do pick up your meal and fill your own drinks. Two can eat for $12 before tax, and if you dine in, you get unlimited breadsticks.

3) The Number One Chinese Restaurant

Nobody does inexpensive food like the Chinese, so the next three items on the list are Chinese restaurants. The Number One Chinese Restaurant, located on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Olive Road, has delicious lunch specials for $4.95. The containers are steaming hot, and the savory aromas make your mouth water even when you are full. The portions are so large you can fill yourself up and still have enough leftovers for another satisfying meal.

4) Chow Tyme Chinese Buffet

Pick up your appetite and loosen that belt, we are now moving into “big boy” territory. Chow Tyme Chinese Buffet, on Ninth Avenue and Creighton Road, is the Cadillac of inexpensive buffet dining. For $9 you get to choose from six food bars, as well as a salad bar, a sushi bar and a hibachi bar. You would be hard-pressed to even eat a little off every bar and leave any way but stuffed. Now this price is for the lunch menu only, but it’s still an amazing value for your money.

5) Asian Seafood

If you are looking to feed a large number of people cheaply, Asian Seafood is the way to go. They don’t have the dining atmosphere that Chow Tyme does. The food is prepared right out back on a barbecue grill. They have a variety of food you can pre-order, including wings, shrimp and scallops. But the true value is with the buffet. You get a choice of either fried rice or lo mein noodles for a mere $6.50 plus tax. The portions are huge. They pile it on, so you definitely get your money’s worth. A to go box can last a day and still have leftovers.

6) CiCi’s Pizza

On the subject of buffets, if you are in the mood for Pizza, CiCi’s is always a good option. It’s a bit less expensive than Chow Tyme, under $6, but they only have two bars, salad and pizza. They have a good game room that is a great hit with the kids.

7) Waffle House

And last but certainly not least: good ol’ Waffle House. Their menu offers a variety of meats, hash browns and salads. While all their food is reasonably priced, they have a specialty menu with 15 meals for $5. You get a meat, or sandwich, a hash brown, salad or chili and a drink.

And there it is, straight from the dense innards of the urban jungle – your very own “Broke Student’s Guide to Inexpensive Dining.” So, the next time you get hungry, remember, you don’t have to go broke just to get a quick snack, or spend the time cooking.

Partying with a purpose

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Photo courtesy of Jasmine Romano

Amanda Gerow

Staff Writer

By day, the UWF Cannon Green plays host to lounging students, organizational barbecues, and sometimes even a Cornhole game or two. However, on Sunday, the peaceful area turned into the prime location for Alpha Tau Omega’s ATGlΩw.

ATGlΩw, a typically popular event on campus, has returned after a year hiatus. Through a partnership with GlowRage, ATΩ worked to raise money for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, or SAVE.

SAVE is an organization that works to prevent suicide by raising public awareness and providing education. The organization also works as a resource for those who have been affected by suicide.

“The cause hits home for us because we had a brother commit suicide in the past, and we want the community to know that suicide affects so many lives,” said John Rock, a brother of ATΩ at UWF.

The event consisted of upbeat music, live disk jockey’s, and tons of paint that helped add to the party. However, the “party with a purpose” made sure to fill the night with various speakers that shed a light on the impact of suicide, especially what is happening on college campuses all over the country.

One speaker addressed the data that found there are 642 suicide attempts on college campuses every day. These shocking statistics were made known during the event in an effort to encourage those in attendance to be more aware of their peers. Just because it does not seem like someone is struggling, does not mean they are not.

Though the event was held on campus, it was open to the public. A cover charge of $10 for students and $20 for non-students made sure as much money as possible could be raised for the event. The additional selling of event shirts, sunglasses, bracelets and paint helped raise even more funds.

The event had a total of 952 people in attendance and raised $14,390. The promotion of the event helped bring out community members and students alike.

“My friend begged me to go, and I’ve never been, so I went.,” UWF junior Raquel Corkill said. “I liked it a lot because even though it was a paint party, it was also about awareness.”

From the hype before the event, to the well-placed stage and various UWF police patrolling, it was easy to believe this was a real rave rather than a campus philanthropy event. However, the goal of raising money for a worthy cause was always in the forefront.

Kim Davis: walking, talking Christian privilege

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Ted Cruz (left), Kim Davis (center) and Joe Davis (right)
Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News

Josh Hart

Staff Writer

Kim Davis broke two laws when she refused to grant marriage licenses to the several gay couples who had the misfortune of going to her Kentucky office to get licenses.

This broke the law of the land, bringing a contempt of court charge and five days in jail, but it also broke the law of her privately held Christian creed. Particularly Romans 13:1-7 which states, among other things, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

Now, I’m not implying that we should all bend over and take whatever people in authority decide to give us, nor am I suggesting that they are there because of some sort of divine right. What I’m saying is that the Davis case highlights the fact that the Christian right completely overestimates their own value in political discourse.

This can be observed in the way that Davis has been embraced by the ever-more ridiculous and archaic American right-wing movement. Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee urged Americans to support Davis, saying she was a victim of “Judicial Tyranny” during a rally in front of the jail in which Davis was being held. Ted Cruise, Bobby Jindal, and Rand Paul also showed support, Cruise even attended the same rally.

Davis also was shown significant support on a more grassroots level. A cursory glance at social media will reveal an out-crying of support for her. Some have even gone as far as to compare her to Rosa Parks.

Never, in my wildest flights of fancy, could I imagine being so entitled, so oblivious, and so comfortable in my own privilege.

Religious freedom does not include the freedom to infringe upon the rights of others. The Bible doesn’t bequeath some sort of moral high ground to its readers. Christians are not a marginalized, battered sect. They make up 83 percent of America. Being discriminated against and not having your every whim catered to is not the same thing.

Any limitations on behavior set by any religion or personal creed should only apply to the person who holds that religion or creed. Assuming that anyone else should oblige your philosophical musings is absurd and disrespectful to the concept of free will.

As for Davis, if she didn’t want to be subject to the governing authority, she shouldn’t have taken a position that actively requires her to do so. That simply sounds like bad planning. And bad planning, like her own myopic world view, is a personal problem.

UWF students explore China

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Photo courtesy of UWF website

Iqueena Hollis

Staff Writer

Twelve UWF students visited China this summer for the first time in UWF history through a program funded by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in Beijing, China. Students were afforded the opportunity to explore and go sightseeing in Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu and Shanghai, and attend Chinese language classes at Sichuan International Studies University (SISU) in Chongqing.

All travel, boarding, meals, cultural trip expenses, classes and textbooks were covered by the scholarship from the Confucius Institute. Students were only responsible for round-trip airfare.

On May 12, the students departed from the states and arrived the next day in Beijing, where they were escorted to their lodging at the China University of Geosciences International Hotel.

While in Beijing, students were accompanied by a guide who escorted them to the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Confucius Institute, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

During their last day in Beijing, students traveled to see the Summer Palace and the Great Wall. After three days in Beijing, students flew to Chongqing and spent 10 days there, making it the largest part of their two-week trip. While in Chongqing, students took Chinese language classes at SISU and visited historic sites, cities and museums such as Hongyadong, Ciqikou, and the ancient Buddhist rock carvings in Dazu.

“One of the most memorable parts of my experience in Chongqing was the culture shock,” Matthew Todd said, a senior majoring in International Studies. “Not just in the way they do things, but also because of their beliefs.”

For instance, at SISU, Todd says many of the students’ classmates were from different countries that look down on homosexuality, and in some cases it is illegal and punishable by death in their country.

“I felt like I was stepping back into the closet and hiding my sexual orientation after finally revealing myself to my friends and family at home,” Todd said. “I didn’t want my classmates to ignore me or outcast me while I was alone in a different country, so when they asked me questions like where my girlfriend was, I just played it off or changed the subject. That experience has made me happy to say I am from a country that is so accepting of people of different sexual orientations.”

During their stay in China, students also took the HSK, a Chinese language assessment test. All participants passed and received certification in the Chinese language.

“It’s a great resume builder because it puts them a step above all other applicants for any job they may apply for,” Roslyn Brown said, administrator for the Confucius Institute on campus. “It is also very helpful to the students in their careers because most of them that went on the trip are International Studies majors.”

Before departing from Chongqing, students boarded a bullet train to the city of Chengdu where they spent the night. While there, students had the opportunity to visit the Chengdu Panda Base, the world’s largest housing of pandas, before returning to Chongqing.

Back in Chongqing, students took a short flight to their final destination: Shanghai. Here, students were able to explore more of the modern side of China as well as more historical sites such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund area and Shanghai People’s Square Museum.

In order to qualify for this opportunity abroad, students must take and pass at least one semester of a Chinese language class at UWF. A maximum of 20 students may participate in this trip each summer.

CHI 1100 (Chinese I) is offered every semester from 4 – 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 11 – 11:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. CHI 1101 (Chinese II) is offered every semester from noon to 12:50 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“I want students to know about this program because so many of them choose to take Spanish or French, and then they get to travel to those countries but they have to pay thousands of dollars to go,” director of the Confucius Institute Dr. Kuiyuan Li said. “If they take Chinese language, not only will it give them leverage in an applicant pool for a job, but they get to explore another country almost completely for free.”

For more information on scholarship opportunities and/or classes please contact Dr. Li at (850) 474-2287 or kli@uwf.edu.

The Irish experience: studying abroad

Lackagh Bridge, Ireland Photo courtesy of Kerry Sandell

Lackagh Bridge, Ireland
Photo courtesy of Kerry Sandell

Emily Doyle

Staff Writer

This summer, University of West Florida theatre, art and music students took a life-changing study abroad adventure to Dublin, Ireland, where they expanded their minds and delved into the world of the arts.

They embarked on their near month long experience May 28 and returned June 21 with a whole new life perspective. Senior theatre major Josh Thomas said, “I can’t describe how amazing Ireland was for me. I can’t explain how it changed me. But as a student, and an actor, the time I spent in Ireland changed my life forever, and I’m so glad I took the risk and went on that adventure.

“I met some wonderful people, and learned so much from them.” he said. “The experience is invaluable and is a treasure that I won’t ever forget, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of that.”

UWF has rich and thriving study abroad programs for students of all majors. With the theatre students participating in the “Irish Experience: Emerald Coast Meets the Emerald Isle,” they were able to experience learning opportunities unmatched in this area.

The students’ headquarters while in Ireland was at the oldest Catholic college in the country, Carlow College. It was here that they began their daily journey to explore more about the country and their own personal artistic identity.

Music professor Howard Reddy, who joined the students on the trip, said, “The experience also included a dynamic and engaging touring itinerary throughout Ireland providing primary research for ‘Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa’ (a play set in Ireland in 1936) for the theater students, and invaluable opportunities to create for the art students.”

Senior theatre major Christopher Warren said he learned about the opportunity through friends and his department head Charles Houghton, who gave him the information he needed to know about audition times and additional information about the trip.

“I think this trip would be majorly beneficial for other students.” Warren said, “This trip was one I will never forget, it was challenging but also very rewarding. I learned a lot more than just about my craft in musical theatre; I learned about myself as a person and a member of the human race.”

For students who wish to travel abroad, but feel this goal is financially out of the question, scholarships are available.

If you are interested in getting a small taste of what these students experienced while abroad, you can come support the Art Department in their Gallery Show, Sept. 8-12 in TAG, the Art Gallery in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The opening reception is from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 11, and “Dancing at Lughnasa” will be in the Mainstage Theatre at 7:30 p.m. For more information and updates about the show visit the departments Facebook page. The tickets are free for students with a UWF ID.

Uber drives toward UWF

Tristan Lawson

Staff Writer

You’ve probably heard the name Uber has been has had its name-dropped in many popular songs, television shows and movies within the last few years.

Uber is hot out of the gate on the New York Stock Exchange, and the name has been in newspapers in cities all across America with good and bad publicity – even right here in Pensacola.

Uber is a technology company that created an application for smartphones, which lets you tap into its network of rides for hire in an instant. Essentially, get a ride anywhere you want to go within minutes.

Since its creation in 2009, the company has revolutionized how we see the future of public transportation. Jobs like the ones Uber provides aim to put extra money in your pocket and hope to appeal to those with a few hours to spare a day and a car to put on the road.

How does Uber impact the life of students at UWF, and why they are choosing Uber over public transportation and traditional taxi services?

“It’s better than taxi’s. It’s cheaper, and generally the people that drive tend to be more optimistic and friendly,” said Zachary Whiteford, a sophomore studying anthropology.“It definitely makes it easier to get from downtown to here (campus).”

Being new to town and not knowing your way around, limited parking, a night out with no DD (designated driver) or just not having a ride of your own might all be reasons you might need a taxi… but what makes people choose Uber instead? The answer seems to be the convenience and ease of use that the app provides.

Brook Teracka, a freshman studying athletic training, has used Uber on Pensacola Beach. She needed a ride one day and tried it out. “It could make things safer for people who are out drinking,” she said, saying that it is “the perfect DD”.

UWF is not the only university in America experiencing the transportation revolution on campus. “From a college student’s perspective, Uber Technologies may have become the most important app I will ever use,” (Why Uber Has Changed College Campuses, Jennifer Prushan, 2015) says Jennifer Prushan in her story about how Uber has benefits for the lifestyle of college students.

Tanner Bowen, a junior studying exercise science, had never used Uber before, but knew exactly what it was and how it worked. “Parking is usually packed all the time. For people who live a little bit off campus they could probably use Uber to get here and get in and out faster,” she said.

And while the cost might not balance out right now, it is a growing trend.

“Growth also comes at a time when millennials are increasingly ditching the idea of owning a car.” According to Nenad Tadic, in her piece “Uber Lyft” (Car services targeting universitie’s.).” In more urban environments, many college students are opting for choices like such as taking public transportation, riding a bike or using services like Uber rather than dealing with the complications and expenses involved with owning a car.

At the moment, however, in Pensacola and at UWF, we have a ways to go before the campus is an Uber hot spot. Chip Chism, the head of Parking and Transportation Services on UWF had this to say about Uber: “If they didn’t have cars, didn’t want to use mass transit and didn’t have a friend (with a car) and needed a way to get somewhere, I can see that need.”

But Chism said he didn’t think Uber would alleviate the parking issues on campus. “I wouldn’t see how it would, unless they are going to call Uber and have them drop them off on campus. However, if that were the case, we would encourage them to use the three bus stops on campus, and it stops 13 times a day.”

“I had a friend whose car broke down on campus in the middle of the night and I had to come get them, but if they knew Uber existed they could use it at that point,” said Megan Marx, a junior of in legal studies. When asked what other reasons people might want to use Uber, she replied, “The safety of students. Say you’re on campus and you walk home because it’s past the time for the trolley, you can call an Uber and get home instead of walking home in the middle of the night on a city street or waiting for a city bus.”

A another issue with traditional taxis is the cost. Steven Pearce, a sophomore of fine arts, has never used Uber but has used traditional taxis. “Twice from my house to glow-rage on the beach it was expensive, about 60 bucks round trip.”

Often times Uber uses what it calls “surge-pricing” when you travel into highly congested areas, while taxis are technically not allowed to do this as it is considered price-gouging. So the argument that Uber is cheaper than taxis is still up for debate.

But with cost set aside, the majority of Students students agree that it is nice to have the option. And there was not a single person interviewed who did not know what Uber is… so if that tells you anything it is in the consciousness of the modern college student and only time will tell if it has the impact on our campus that it is having on the rest of the world.

Youthful UWF volleyball squad serves notice in debut

Jason Dustin

Staff Writer

sports_jdustin_wk2_8The first-set fury unleashed by the University of West Florida volleyball team did not extend into the decisive fifth set against 2014 NCAA finalist Southwest Minnesota State University, Friday at the Hampton Inn-Vitational.

The host Argonauts lost 3-2 in their second game of the tournament, following their 3-0 sweep – and 2015 debut – of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, earlier in the day.

 “I think we had a really good game plan, and our girls executed it really well out of the gate,” said Melissa Wolte, UWF head coach. “There were a lot of ebbs and flows to the match.’

The ebb and flow of sets two and three were bookended by an 8-0 stretch by UWF to begin the match, and a 4-0 SMSU streak to begin the decisive fifth set.

“In the fifth set we could have started off a little stronger, and I think it would have gone a little differently,” Autumn Duyn, Argo captain and senior outside hitter, said.

If the tightly contested match with the nation’s third-ranked team is an indicator, the two-senior-young Argos may reach the NCAA tournament for the 10th consecutive year.

“They’re just more experienced then we are,” Wolters said. “In those long matches like that experience is going to pay off.

“But definitely, we can play,” she said.

The momentum of the 25-19 first-set victory carried into the second set, which the Argos opened with a 4-1 lead. UWF maintained that three-point margin and led 9-6, at which point the SMSU Mustangs went on a 12-point run. The Mustangs tied the match at 2-2, following its 25-16 second-set victory.

The third set was the tightest of the day. It ended 25-22 in favor of UWF. The set’s longest streak of consecutive points was the three UWF secured to close. The fourth set was back-and-forth, as well, and ended 25-22 Mustangs, to tie the match at 2-2.

UWF closed within two of the Mustangs in the fifth set, following their initial four-point slide, but eventually lost the set 15-10 and the match 3-2.

“I think this will be a poignant moment in these players’ careers, specifically for this season,” Wolter said. “We weren’t going to give up anything without a fight. We just have to learn how to come out stronger in that fifth set.”

The Argos’ roster is heavy with underclassmen; it features five freshmen and four sophomores. The team returns 2014 Gulf Coast Conference second-team selectionsCora Bidlack , a junior, and sophomore Katy Kuhlmeier.

UWF will travel to Denver  to compete in the Colorado Premier Challenge where they will open against Missouri University of Science and Technology, on Sept. 11. The Argos will get another early-season test, in their second game of the tournament, when they meet Ferris State University. FSU is ranked 18th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll.

Argos Return and Unite!

Iqueena Hollis

Staff Writer


Hundreds of students and a variety of campus organizations gathered at the annual Argopalooza festival in the UWF Field House to end the festive week of Argo Arrival.

This year’s event was hosted by Brandon Robinson, an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and featured a number of performances by student groups such as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the UWF Dance Team and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Each year, students are able to sign up for any of the organizations offered that range from academically-driven groups such as honor societies, to outdoor groups such as the surfing or hiking club.

A wide range of student organizations were in attendance, such as March of Dimes, Circle K, a variety of Greek organizations, as well as the Residence Hall Association, the UWF Fencing Club, the Haitian Student Organization, the Hispanic Student Organization and many more.

I really appreciate that so many different student groups came out tonight,” said Sarah Jones, a third year student at the university. “It shows that we have a diverse campus that offers something for everyone.”

This year’s event also featured a T-Shirt Swap where students who brought in a T-shirt from any other college or university were able to swap it out for a special edition Argonaut T-shirt.

Light refreshments were provided by the student organizations in attendance.

I enjoy attending events like this on campus,” said Bruce Beckett, a third-year student. “It’s important that we promote things like this so people can become active members of the university and realize that college has a lot more to offer than just a formal education.”

For a list of all active student organizations and other ways to get involved on campus, logon to ArgoPulse, an online tool that students use to get involved and stay up-to-date with campus events and opportunities.