Monthly Archives: November 2015

UWF’s Art Gallery presents works of graduating seniors in ‘Synthesis’ exhibit

Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

On Thursday, a new arts showcase took up residency in The Art Gallery (TAG) in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The “Synthesis” exhibit is a collection of artwork by six graduating seniors in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at UWF. This selective program is one for which students must apply and be accepted.

For these students — Andrew Adamson, Kenneth Jordan, Evan Glenny, Elizabeth Guerry, Abigail Harrell and Colleen Jennings — this is a finale of sorts to their artistic career at UWF. “They typically have two years to create a body of work that is essentially their thesis,” said Gallery Director Nicholas Krogin. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch them begin from sophomore level. I’ve had the chance talk about their ideas and their concepts, and what the best way to communicate their ideas is.”

The graduating seniors come from various backgrounds, and each brought unique perspectives to the exhibit. Jordan said it was his desire to “bring back poetry through the visual materialization of psychological isolation and desensitization of sensuality.” He did this through elaborate oil paintings that grace the walls of TAG. Adamson used ceramics in his works that he described as “ambiguous narratives based on past experiences.” Jennings tackled issues of the environment with her exhibit “Products That Ruined the World.”

After working for more than a year on their artwork, it’s no surprise that the artists are passionate about their work. Gurry used her section of the exhibition as a tribute to a grandparent and how dementia has impacted her family; hence the title of her project, “Nana.” She created drawings that represented memories in the human brain.

Harrell’s exhibit, entitled “Made Up,” is project that focuses on makeup usage and the societal beauty standards for women. She was photographed numerous times with varying degrees of makeup in order to show the different standards of beauty that exist in society. “I wanted to do a project based on how people perceive me. I believe that people have different definitions of the word beauty. It’s different for every culture.” Harrell said. “I wanted to emphasize that, because people put too much emphasize on how they look.”

Glenny used her piece of the gallery, “Moist Fur,” to discuss concepts of gender, sexuality, brutality, and discomfort in a way that grasps the viewers’ attention. “I am transgender, and I’ve been struggling with that for a long time, and I don’t typically do personal work. It’s autobiographic for me, and I hope it goes well.” Glenny also said that the characters and imagery were chosen “because of their relationship with aggression, masculinity and the artificial selection that has rendered them all functionally impotent.”

Overall the gallery gives the seniors a chance to shine and to show off some of the hard work they’ve put into the art program. Thursday’s reception was the opening of the exhibit and had strong attendance.

The gallery also was the subject of praise from those who saw it. “I’ve never been to an art gallery, so I didn’t know what to expect, but it’s really incredible,” student Kelsey Lee said.

“It’s really intense in here. There’s a lot to take in,” said student Sara Omlor.

“There’s a lot of variety,” said student Courtney Dwhitworth. “We see our own work within the classroom setting, but to see everyone’s work together in the gallery is very cool.”

The “Synthesis” exhibit will be on display until Dec. 12 at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. For more information about TAG, visit the website or the gallery’s blog.

UWF students less than mile away from Bataclan on night of Paris terrorist attacks

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Tommy To, UWF senior marketing major, poses with French policemen the day after terror attacks take place in Paris.
Photo courtesy of https://tommytto.wordpress.com/.

Cassie Rhame

Staff Writer

This past Friday, Nov. 13, marked a historically tragic day as Paris came under attack by ISIS, leaving visiting UWF students Tommy To and Carly Currier in a panic.

To, a global marketing senior, and Currier, a telecommunications and film junior, are currently studying abroad at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, England. The university has an “Enhancement Week” that allows students to take a week off from classes, which brought the pair to Paris the night of the attacks.

To and Currier decided to devote half of their week visiting the City of Light, unaware that they would be interrupted by a night of terror.

“I was in the middle of what could potentially be the start of a major war against ISIS,” To said in an interview over email.

The two students shared an eventful day visiting the Eiffel Tower, and To said his first instinct upon arriving back at the flat that night was to upload pictures to social media. “All that had to be done was to turn on the Wi-Fi, and that’s when my night in Paris made a dramatic twist,” To said.

Family and friends had messaged him frantically asking if he was safe, to which To said he thought, “Why would I not be safe?”

“We had no idea what was happening,” Currier quoted from her blog in an email interview. “In a matter of moments, my feelings of rest and relaxation vanished.”

To turned to the BBC news website and watched as it continuously updated and broke stories about a bombing at Stade de France, where France was playing Germany in a soccer match. When he first heard the news, To described his feeling as confused and dreamlike.

“We just looked at each other and couldn’t believe this was happening,” To said.

“The one weekend, possibly in my whole life, that I go to Paris, this happens,” Currier said.

The stadium was a good distance away from where To and Currier were staying.

But then came reports of shootings, and a hostage situation at the Bataclan Music Hall – less than a mile away from To and Currier’s flat.

“Less than one mile away… Was the next event going to be where we were?” To said. “What’s next on the minds of these terrorists?

“Everything felt so real, yet so surreal at the same time,” To said. “As a child, I grew up with the attack of the Twin Towers on 9/11 and remember that day vividly. I was a 7-year-old kid… I didn’t understand war. I realized that these attacks in Paris were clear signs of terrorism.”

Both students said they thought the possibility of an attack on the house they were staying in was slim, but still spent their night in fear.

“I kept thinking, what if we didn’t come back at the time we did,” To said. “What if we took this route home instead of the one we did? When I was sitting on the couch, I truly thought that my life could possibly be nearing its end.”

To said they listened to the sound of sirens for several hours, but never heard any gunfire. He and Currier were up most of the night responding to those worried about their safety.

“It’s hard to put into words what I was feeling. It’s all God’s grace, but I didn’t fear for my life. I wasn’t afraid. I was extremely tense, very nervous, and really unsettled. As I rapidly texted, I could feel my hands shake and my legs would twitch. Sitting still was impossible. I was running on pure adrenaline,” Currier said.

To said in his email interview that he felt sorry for his parents even more than himself on that night. He said they had been trying to get ahold of him for hours, and were unable to reach him.

“They were helpless, what could they do to get me out, to make sure I was safe,” To said.

“The reports continued. The death count grew,” Currier said.

The city’s residents were advised to remain at home the next day, so the pair did not get to see as much of the city as they had wanted.

The streets, described as having an “eerie silence,” were mostly filled with police, “and all of them were very openly carrying big automatic weapons,” Currier said.

Doug Mackaman, founder and president of GlobalizEDU, said in an email interview that the program has safety protocols in place for their students studying in France.

“Every single statistic on violent crime that one can name shows France to be an overall safer place for our students to live than at home in the USA,” Mackaman said.

Mackaman said he feels students respond well to “The Village,” the semester-long program in Pontlevoy, France, because it is located in a “tranquil and charming village two hours away from Paris.”

“We keep our students safe in two very specific ways,” Mackaman said. “Our program has an emergency protocol for a geo-political disturbance, which is very simple. Whomever is at “The Village,” is to remain there until the crisis settles to the point where locals have begun to return to their normal routines,” Mackaman said.

“Long before the sun had risen on the morning after the Paris events, every one of our students had heard from our program staff at The Village,” Mackaman said. “By 8 a.m. that morning, our emergency protocol was posted to our program Facebook page…No more than an hour after that, we had deployed a return travel plan for students who were as far away as London, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.”

The weekend following the attacks was meant to be spent enjoying the beaches of Normandy, but the excursion was cancelled by a unanimous vote from staff, even though Mackaman said no one felt there was any real risk in taking the trip.

“An ugly meeting indeed … but we were staying home and sparing ourselves any possible risk, and our families back at home any extra worry,” Mackaman said.

To read more about the “The Village” or its geo-political disturbance protocol, visit their Facebook page here.
For an extended version of To and Currier’s stories of that night, here are the links to their blogs:
Tommy To: A Weekend I Will Never Forget
Carly Currier: Vive La France

Local Mexican restaurants offer authentic cuisine

Tom Moore

Contributing Writer

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Photo courtesy of Rio Bravo.

Rio Bravo, Cordova Mall

We all need that extra splash of spice added to our life. Whether it be a business, casual, or family meal, Rio Bravo is the place to be. Nestled in a corner off Bayou Boulevard at Cordova Mall, Rio Bravo brings a tiny slice of a sleepy Mexican villa into the bustle of Pensacola life.

Stop in and unwind – it’s got a great atmosphere, cold drinks and an exceptional lunch menu under $10. While you are there, try out the all-day food and drink specials.

Daily specials include “Create Your Own Favorite Combination,” where you can choose from a wide variety of menu items with two sides. Select up to three for less than $10: enchilada, chimichanga, burrito, taco, tamale, quesadilla, flauta or chile relleno, all served with rice and beans.

And of course, my personal favorite: two-for-one margaritas. Choose from the house margarita, lemon/lime, rocks or frozen. Select any size, all day long.

All meals include complimentary chips, salsa, and a delicious spicy bean dip. All in all, you get a hearty meal, with a great atmosphere and outstanding service.

For a taste of spice, great service and affordable price: five stars.

Rio Bravo has two other area locations: 596 East Nine Mile Road and 3755 Gulf Breeze parkway. Visit their website here.

 

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Photo courtesy of Cactus Flower.

Cactus Flower, 3425 N 12th Ave.

Cactus Flower styles itself as “Authentic California style, Mexican Cuisine.” With a menu encompassing all aspects of Mexican food, it is the first choice for authentic taste on a budget. Founded by Lee Kafeety in 2001, Pensacola became the birthplace of the first Cactus Flower restaurant.

Hoping to gain publicity by word of mouth advertising, Kafeety reached out to local community organizations to help spread the word. One of the organizations that answered this call was the local Star Trek club, the USS Continuum. Led by Captain Jay Gallops, Kafeety offered the group a free lunch to help promote her business.

“The drinks are so cold the glasses are sweating when they reach the table,” Gallops said. “For $7 I got an entree, served with fresh lettuce, cheesy beans, and rice. The waitstaff was fast, courteous and extremely professional. I have lunch there about every two weeks now, and I have yet to be disappointed. I would say for the money, it’s the most authentic Mexican food in town.”

The unique thing I saw on my last visit was the use of electronic hand-held tablets instead of the standard order pad. Orders were typed in by the waitstaff, and at the end of the meal, the amount due was displayed on the screen, the card was swiped, and a receipt was printed right there at the table. Quick, easy, convenient. I never thought I would see waitstaff going digital, but clearly I was mistaken.

For geeky cool, as well as a locally owned business started here in Pensacola, I give Kafeety’s Cactus Flower five stars.

Cactus Flower also has locations on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk; 6881 West Highway 98; and 8725 Ortega Park drive in Navarre. Visit their website here.

Little Free Libraries: Take a book, leave a book

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A Little Free Library at Foxrun and Nine Mile roads.
Photo by Iqueena Hollis.

Iqueena Hollis

Staff Writer

Little Free Library locations are popping up all over the city of Pensacola, and they offer a great way for anyone to read new books and exchange old ones at no cost.

There are about 20 Little Free Library locations in and around the city of Pensacola that can be accessed any time of the day or night. Many of these locations can be found in the downtown and East Hill neighborhood area. The closest one to UWF is at 10191 Sugar Creek drive.

The Little Free Library company is comprised of thousands of locations around the country. The company’s philosophy, according to their website, is, “To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations.”

Members of the community who want to set up a location in their neighborhoods can visit the main company site and learn the steps to set up their own library. The builder is responsible for creating the actual post and structure of the library and will register it with an official charter to be assigned a company number.

Once the library has been set up and is fully operational, members of the community are free to visit and donate or swap out books to read. Any genre of book can be added to the library, and there is no sign-in system for people to borrow books.

“The Little Libraries gives people in the community the convenience of not going to a regular library,” said Elly Fisher, a member of the community who helped establish the little library location in Alabama Square downtown. “We have a lot of people in this area who come from different backgrounds, some of which may not have the resources to access books or the identification to get a library card. With this system, everyone has free access to [a] library.”

Fisher said she and her husband also donate books throughout the year to the Little Library location in Alabama Square to make sure it stays stocked.

The steps to begin your own little free library are fairly easy and outlined in detail on the main website of the company. Potential builders can also find tips, rules and recommendations for Little Free Library locations on the site.

“I started one at Warrington Middle School. It’s very successful and I love that several organizations will donate books as needed to replace ones that are damaged or not returned,” said Michelle Salzman, also a member of the community. “I love the little map (online) that shows how you are a part of something bigger than just your library. It’s a really incredible program.”

A map of all the local locations can also be found on the company site, along with links to directions and the exact street addresses. The company also has a Pinterest board, where you can see ideas for building a little library of your own.

Kevin Hines starts a conversation about mental illness with UWF students

Kevin-Hines-photo-Cracked-Not-BrokenEmily Doyle

Staff Writer

Kevin Hines, a known mental wellness speaker, inspired people with his story on Wednesday when he spoke at the University of West Florida.

“Cracked, Not Broken: The Kevin Hines Story” drew about 150 people to the Commons Auditorium to hear his story and tips that have helped him “live mentally well.”

Looking at Hines, it is not obvious that he has ever struggled with bipolar disorder and depression, but after hearing his story, it became easier to see that mental illness is an invisible disease. Hines attempted suicide when he was 19 by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, feeling that it was his only option. He told the crowd of a pact he made with himself that if just one person asked him what was wrong, or reached out to him at all on his way to the bridge, he would not do it – yet no one said a word.

Members of Active Minds, a group of UWF students who promote suicide awareness and work to reduce the stigma of mental illness, were present at Hines’ speech. The group is grateful that he has dedicated his life to helping achieve the same goals that they themselves have.

Sonia Yanovsky, the incoming vice president of Active Minds, said, “I was pleased by the crowd that showed up to the event, and glad that more people are showing interest in things like what Kevin Hines had to say. He did an incredible job of balancing powerful, moving anecdotes with some dashes of humor, and he kept my rapt attention and the attention of everyone around me.”

Amelia Granados, an Active Minds member, said, “Only when everyone has their arms and hearts wide open, can you create a community to support and help each other reach a new pinnacle of positivity.”

“Being a part of Active Minds makes me realize that even though there are points in one’s life that can be unbearable to endure, there will always be someone out there waiting to help you achieve better. I love knowing that our club can reach out to the community and make any individual feel like they are not alone on their life journey,” Granados said.

Hines’ story is one of struggle, pain, and a man finding his lowest point in life and overcoming it to experience all life has to offer. According to Active Minds members, this makes him the perfect person to spread awareness of suicide and mental illness prevention.

“Kevin’s speech helped me to remember to appreciate all that I can do as a person for this club, reaching out and helping, in any way possible, to those who are suffering with their illnesses and needing another arm for support and love,” Granados said. “I’m so glad to have had an opportunity to hear this man speak.”

Hines is lucky to have survived the jump off the bridge and fully recover, as he is one of the few people who ever has. Because of this, he said he has discovered that he is surrounded by people who love him, and it is this knowledge that has helped him to achieve a sense of mental health.

Edward Morris, a UWF senior and Active Minds member, said, “These stories resonate because any one of us could have been Kevin Hines or any number of others who were pushed to the point where we saw no other option. Hines’ story illustrates that there is no such thing as a point of no return when it comes to thoughts of suicide while also highlighting the need to stay connected with the world around us.”

“At any moment any of us can be that person on the bus or at the bridge witnessing a fellow human in need of help, and a moment of awkward conversation is far preferable to a lifetime of regret of wondering, ‘What if…?’,” Morris said.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Active Minds, you can find out more about the group and how to participate by following their Facebook page.

If you are struggling with your mental health, you can make an appointment, without any fee, to see certified mental health counselors at the UWF Health and Wellness Center. You may contact them by calling (850) 474-2172 or by visiting Building 960.

If you are having suicidal thoughts and need to speak to someone immediately, the National Suicide Prevention hotline is (800) 273-TALK (8255).

Free speech, protest movements and your ‘Friends’ list

Tristan Lawson

Staff Writer

Campus protests, marches and acts of civil disobedience like the ones happening now at universities and colleges across the country have not been seen since the 60s. A lot of things have changed since then, while other things seem to be stuck in the same spot. The demographic of our country, the Internet, smartphones and the nature of the media has changed… a lot. Every aspect of our lives is up for debate with the click of a button, and freedom of speech has gone from a soapbox to a worldwide audience. The next Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez or Eleanor Roosevelt could be on your Friends list right now… or, you might have blocked them already.

This country seems to be more polarized than ever, and so are the American people. There is a lot of discussion about how easily people are offended, and how every issue seems to invoke strong feelings as well as strong anger towards anyone who opposes our views. There have been many examples in the news lately of people lashing out at others for doing exactly what they are trying to do themselves: exercise their First Amendment right – the right to free speech.

Millennials are masters of technology and of using social media platforms to enrich their lives. It is easier than ever to engage with people from around the world on many issues. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are quickly becoming the chosen format for young people to get news and information. But there are some striking differences between your dad’s newspaper and your favorite newsfeed.

There are pages, independent groups and social media personalities sharing news and opinion on every issue you can imagine. Many of these are large news organizations and independent journalists trying to enter into a new arena of journalism and provide interesting and informative stories and news to keep you in the loop, while others are misinformed or just unethical people with an alternative agenda… and sometimes they are just people who just enjoy “stirring the pot.” All of these are protected as free speech.

But the great thing about Facebook and Twitter is, if you don’t “like it,” you can just “block it.” We all do it, and we all “like” and “share” the things we “like” and agree with… that is kind of the point, right?

The only problem with this is that we are only engaging in one side of the debate. With some media outlets becoming increasingly biased and polarized, and web-based news outlets fighting over “click-bait,” it means you are really only getting one side of the story – the side you agree with.

Whether we want to hear it or not, free speech means all speech, and alternative opinions and points of view are essential to the democratic process. A healthy society must be able to settle differences with conversation and reason instead of violence and intimidation in order to survive and prosper. Many of us are immune to the negative side effects of this one-sided overload of information, while others are extremely vulnerable.

But the “media” has played a part in their perception by Millennials. Many people have commented and observed how the media can “spin” the narrative of an extremely complex event or subject to fit nicely into a 1-hour show with 15 minutes of advertising. We saw examples of this during the Occupy movement, the protests in Ferguson, and the Black Lives Matter movement; many in these movements and their supporters complain of misrepresentation by the media.

All of this has led to a shift of attention away from large news organizations with a responsibility to report the news and which also carry the burden of accountability, to small “fringe” news organizations, with less than reputable credentials and no accountability.

However, millennials should keep in mind that politicians, police, universities and local governments are also struggling to maintain their composure under the microscope of social media. Many of these “fringe” news organizations are doing important work and taking risks to hold authorities accountable in a way that the mainstream media cannot and never has before.

College students and young activists should also remember that the success of a movement is reflected in the polls, not a 15-minute news segment. So far in the last decade we have seen the first black president, the first Latina Supreme Court justice, marriage equality for LGBT Americans and Facebook going public on the New York Stock exchange. Who knows what will happen next? You might read about it first on your newsfeed… or maybe not, if you’ve already blocked it.

 

Politicians’ manipulation of our emotions is nothing less than criminal

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Bernie Sanders (left), Hillary Clinton (center) and Martin O’Malley (right) at the Nov. 15 Democratic primary debate.
Photo courtesy of cnn.com.

Josh Hart

Staff Writer

During the Nov. 15 Democratic presidential debate, noted talk-show dance-off champion and occasionally effective presidential candidate Hillary Clinton argued that she could both take a hard stance on Wall Street glut while still taking millions in donations from Wall Street entities.

When questioned about this, Clinton maintained that the main reason bankers have flocked to her cause is because of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

“So I — I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked,” she said. “Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country.”

The hubris of this statement goes beyond its surface-level ridiculousness; it’s emblematic of the continued manipulation of the feelings Americans have towards a 14-year-old tragedy.

This manipulation is almost a trope of American presidential politics, something that every prospective candidate needs to at least touch upon, with some less than stellar results.

But it’s 2015. The shadow of fear cast by 9/11 should no longer exist at the forefront of American politics or culture.

We cannot allow ourselves to become a nation that defines itself by its greatest tragedy. We just can’t. That’s not America.

For years, I’ve been seeing T-shirts, bumper stickers and what-have-you with the slogan “Never Forget!” on them. As if anyone could. No one is ever going to forget.

The only people who want to relive that day are people who get a certain enjoyment out of righteous anger. And I get that – righteous anger can feel really good for a while. But anger, righteous or not, does things to a person. Anger wears you out. So does fear, and so does hate.

Allowing politicians to excuse practices that essentially sell the political autonomy of American citizens, which is what Clinton is essentially doing, is criminal. Allowing politicians to move towards war based on intense jingoism and the muddied association of a perceived enemy with an event more than a decade old is criminal.

The backlash against Clinton’s comments shows a new intolerance for criminal behavior, and I hope this intolerance, or at least a political culture based on scrutiny of manipulation, continues throughout this presidential race.

Driving in Pensacola is an exercise in frustration – with a few exceptions

Tom Moore

Contributing Writer

I have lived here in Florida all my life. I took the huge leap when I left home to move from Allentown, near Milton, to Pensacola. Since it was nearly an hour commute one way, I drove a lot.

Admittedly, I may not be the world’s best driver. I have been known to speed, get a small case of road rage and occasionally go the wrong way down a one-way aisle in the parking lot at Wal-Mart. However, the other drivers here are downright scary. After driving here for 17 of my 36 years, I realize one thing: If the car in front of me has its right blinker on, it simply means the blinker works. It does not necessarily mean they are turning. Same is true with brake lights.

I was three car lengths behind this joker the other day, and he just suddenly, randomly slammed on his brakes. No apparent reason whatsoever. Just testing his brakes, I guess, seeing if they worked.

But the worst of all, the one habit that triggers my road rage worse than any other, is when people sit at a green light! You have seen it, you may have even been caught up in it. The light changes from red to green, but instead of going, everybody just sits there! Are they waiting to log off of their smart phones, or for Facebook to give them permission to restart their morning commute? Come on, guys, if the light is green, you can go!

However, the other day I was pleasantly surprised. I was driving down Nine Mile Road, heading to class, and, the light in front of the Target shopping center turned red, and everyone stopped. It turned green and everyone went. I then turned off past the Circle K, the car in front of me used her turn signal correctly, much to my surprise, and even did a left-hand turn into the Boy Scout parking lot. I was so happy, I started singing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah!

For one brief, shining moment, my faith in the Pensacola driver is restored. At least until that next joker cuts me off!

UWF athletics weekly roundup

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

An Argonaut placed in the top third of the NCAA Division II cross-country national championships, the women’s soccer team’s 2015 season ended on a high note, and the volleyball team’s post-season mission commenced at home.

Cross Country

Early in the fall, University of West Florida cross-country Head Coach Caleb Carmichael declared his short and long-term goals.

“I want to build the team back up to prominence,” Carmichael said. “I want to go to the nationals every year.”

Thanks to junior runner Tim Wenger, Carmichael can say the team made tangible progress in realizing their ambitions. Wenger finished 81st out of 246 runners in the Division II national championships, which were held in Joplin, Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 21, according to a UWF Athletic Communication’s press release.

Wenger’s time of 31:10.7 was his career-best, according to UWF Athletic Communications.

Women’s soccer

Not all losses warrant regret.

The UWF women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to host and national No. 4 Barry University on Sunday, Nov. 15, in the NCAA Division II national tournament. The Lady Argos defense, which has been strong all year, held Barry to nine total shots and only two official shots-on-goal.

UWF’s allowed only .703 goals per game this season.  Measured in those terms, the Lady Argos defense finished the season ranked No. 30 in the nation. The Lady Argos finished the season as the stingiest team in the Gulf South Conference.

The Lady Argos graduate only two players in Julianne Gaubron and Amber Pennybaker. Pennybaker capped her UWF career with 19 goals this season, which was good for 8th-best in the GSC.

The Lady Argos will return the conference’s No. 2 and No. 5 scorers in sophomore Daryl Bell and junior Kaley Ward.

Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team entered the GSC tournament, which they host, with momentum.

The Lady Argos defeated Shorter University 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20) in the GSC semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the UWF Field House.  The win extended their winning streak to nine games as they readied for Sunday’s GSC final against the University of North Alabama. UWF is currently 28-5.

Earlier in the week UWF sophomore Emily Cosgrove was named GSC Defensive Player of the Week, according to a GSC press release. Cosgrove is the third Argonaut to be awarded that honor this season. She joined juniors Tori Martella and Kathryn Torre as 2015 recipients of the award. Martella has been recognized twice.

In other news, the men’s and women’s basketball teams’ make their home debuts this upcoming week. The men’s lone game is against Spring Hill College on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at the UWF Field House. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. The women have two games. They open on the road against Spring Hill, on Tuesday, and meet Young Harris College at 12 p.m. in the Field House, on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Kugelman Honors Program hits a fundraising sweet spot

Amanda Gerow

Staff Writer

The UWF Kugelman Honors Program held its 2nd Annual Chocolate Tasting on Saturday in the University Commons Auditorium.

The Chocolate Talk consisted of short presentations about the history of chocolate, the manufacturing process, and the tasting and connoisseurship of chocolate.

“I’ve been doing this as a hobby for probably 15 years,” said Greg Tomso, chair of the Department of English and World Languages at UWF. “The Honors students approached me last year and said, ‘Hey, will you do a chocolate talk with us and will you do it as a fundraiser?’”

Tickets to the tasting were $15 per person or $25 per couple. Tickets were sold out by the night of the event with the expectation of 60 students and guests to attend.

The goal of the event was to raise money to send honors program students to the Southern Regional Honors Conference being held in Orlando this spring.

“This year is a very unique year for us at UWF because we are hosting this conference,” said Anthony Noll, Honors Council fundraising chair.

The conference will allow students the opportunity to learn what is happening in other programs as well as to see many presentations that will connect to the students’ specific majors. The conference also allows honors students at UWF to meet other honors students while expanding their network and presentation portfolio.

“It’s a very different feel from just attending a conference to actually hosting a conference,” Noll said. “The biggest thing for us is setting the bar for other colleges to see what we are capable of and what we are able to present to them.”

The chocolate was from almost all over the world. Cocoa beans used came from Madagascar, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The manufacturers of the chocolate also hail from various parts of the globe: three French manufacturers, one Italian, one Belgian, and one American.

“We help people understand how chocolate is produced and teach some of the best ways to go about appreciating all of the chocolates that we have,” Tomso said. “We treat chocolate like a fine wine.”

Some UWF students outside of the honors program attended the event as well to enjoy the sweetness of the event.

“I’m just interested to see the different varieties of chocolate, because throughout my life I’ve really only been exposed to chocolate like Hershey’s,” said Melissa Coombs, sophomore pre-nursing student.

Others were more excited to test out the quality of their palate and see how much they really knew about the quality and taste of the chocolate offered.

“I’m a huge foodie, so I spend a lot of time at places like Whole Foods,” said Hannah Mizell, sophomore arts administration major.

The honors program has held two previous fundraisers this fall: a car wash and a Twister tournament. To learn more about the Kugelman Honors Program, visit their website or Facebook page. To contact Noll about honors program fundraisers, email him at atn6@students.uwf.edu.