Daily Archives: November 1, 2015

Hurricane Patricia’s remnants wreak havoc in Pensacola on Monday

Tristan Lawson

Staff Writer

While Hurricane Patricia was quickly downgraded after it hit the southwest coast of Mexico last weekend, the storm system was the largest ever recorded and was still powerful enough to affect multiple states including Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. It gave the Pensacola area a day of gusty winds and rain, flooding some areas and making driving and walking challenging.

Photos and video by Tristan Lawson.

 

Feminist Iconography II: A platform for justice

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“Blake’s Choice” by Dylan Napsady (digital animation.) The image is part of the WSC’s “Feminist Iconography II” exhibition, as well as a graphic novel that Napsady is creating.

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

“Feminist Iconography II,” presented by the Women’s Studies Collective (WSC) at the University of West Florida, in conjunction with The Art Gallery, will open on Tuesday and run through Saturday.

The show includes work submitted by community artists, alumni, current UWF art students, as well as students from other regional universities, said Erica Miller, WSC president. “The call for artists was open to the community; there were really no restrictions,” Miller said.

Pieces that would be relevant to the women’s movement were sought, and artists were encouraged to experiment with their personal form and style, according to the exhibition’s call for artists.

“Historically, women’s contribution to art has been somewhat erased,” Miller said. “So what we’re trying to do, first and foremost, is bring attention to our local and regional artists, both men and women, but artists who are feminists, who want to contribute to the feminist art movement.”

“Mental Frustration – Menstruation,” a sculpture by Jennifer Foehl-Rodriguez, a UWF senior, is one of three pieces the studio art major has in the 2015 show.

“I used wire and melted crayon to express the different shades of reds and even browns that are released during the shedding of the lined uterus,” Foehl-Rodriguez said in the piece’s description. “Do you really think a lot of people talk about that?” she said. “But bringing people into the studio forces people to do that.”

Another of her entries, “Sexual Crimes,” employs melted wax dripped upon and cascading a sketch of a provocative female figure. Below the figure, the wax pools, and within it is embedded a chain. She said that the piece is intended to note the high expectation of emphasized sexuality to which women are often held.

An Aug. 4 WSC Facebook post stated, “We believe that there are as many definitions of feminism as there are women on the planet.” There may be more.

Dylan Nadsady is a UWF junior who is male and a self-described feminist.

“I do consider myself a feminist,” Nadsady said. “I can say that I like the equality and the justice that should be there. The idea that seems to escape us a bit.”

“Queen by New Blood” is one of Nadsady’s three submissions.

“It started off as just a study, but then it grew afterward to fix the composition of the painting,” Nadsady said of the painting. “I turned the model into an amputee by removing her arm and bandaging it and adding a certain grit to it.”

The subject’s bare torso dominates the vertical composition, which Nasady said possesses a certain regality and confidence, despite the wound. The view extends from just above the relaxed and seated figure’s mouth to just above her hips.

“‘Queen by New Blood’ shows the journey and how much that journey affected her. How long and strenuous it was to reach this point of where she can be so proud,” Nadsady said.

The exhibition is charged with purpose on many levels, according to organizers and contributing artists.

“A big reason why I wanted to submit so many pieces to the show is because it is personal,” said Foehl-Rodriguez, who missed last year’s show.

“We have a lot of work that deals with subjects such as sexual violence, rape culture, just some of those concerns that exist within the feminist movement,” Miller said. “But other than that, we also have a number of works that illustrate the solidarity of the feminist movement.

“What happens is we have a diversity of these ideas come together, and we’re able to bring attention to the feminist movement show the public what feminism looks like.”

The exhibition also addresses artists as craftspeople apart from the cause, according to Nadsady.

“I like that constraint of themes,” Nadsady said. “I’m one of those people that believe that limitations actually help free your mind and make you think.  I hope more shows like this come up.”

The 2014 show’s opening reception drew more than 200 people, according to Miller. She says she is optimistic that with time the exhibition will draw increasing attention.

“That’s what we’re hoping, that it becomes an annual show,” she said. “That people will recognize the name ‘Feminist Iconography’ and understand what the purpose of this show is.  Not necessarily what to expect, but to have an idea of what we’re trying to do.”

Foehl-Rodriguez agreed. “It will bring people into a space for a specific amount of time and it will allow people to see these artworks created around this topic, soak it in, understand it, and talk to the artist if they’re curious. It may educate some people about what feminism is to that artist, or to themselves.”

The opening reception for “Feminist Iconography II” is from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in The Art Gallery inside the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Admission is free.

The future is being printed right now

Tom Moore

Contributing Writer

Cyberculture icon Stewart Brand’s famous notion that “information wants to be free” has been an almost ubiquitous refrain ever since utopian-minded hackers began populating computer networks in the 1980s. Today, 3-D printing has given the phrase a whole new meaning, allowing raw data to become real-world objects with the click of a button.

Started in 1989 by Belgian mechanical engineer Wilfried Vancraen to allow “flexible manufacturing” of precision parts, 3-D printers have evolved significantly over the past 25 years. Since then, nearly everything has been attempted to be built by a 3-D printer — even firearms.

On May 11, 2013, Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed printed, assembled, and

successfully fired the Liberator .110, the first fully functional 3-D printed pistol. The plans that Wilson used to print the parts were made available to download for free on the Defense Distributed website. Defense Distributed is a pending non-profit organization that has been using 3-D printing to print accessories for weapons since its inception. So printing a fully functional, all plastic weapon was simply the logical “next step.” And why stop at guns?

It is now possible to print cars using industrial sized 3-D printers using polymers. It’s possible to print human organs, using technology developed by scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, by laying down a synthetic scaffolding coated with the patient’s own cells. Not only does this allow the quick and relatively inexpensive manufacture of fully functional customized organs, but it also ensures the patient’s body does not reject them because they are coated with the patient’s own cells.

Since UWF introduced its 3-D printer in the library’s Skylab, hundreds of models, devices and demonstrations have been printed on it. And UWF archaeologists are using MakerBot 3-D printers to digitize artifacts and bones in their Virtual Bones and Artifacts Lab, Virtebra @ UWF. UWF art students also have access to 3-D printers for their work as well.

While still a novelty, 3-D printing rapidly is becoming mainstream. Nowadays a printer can be purchased for as little as $1,500. Once purchased, all you need is an idea. It could be the next Hot Wheels car, or it could be a new heart valve that could revolutionize medicine.

And that is exactly what the concept of 3-D printing is all about. It’s predictive of the future. No device in history has allowed regular, everyday people to build pretty much whatever they want right in the privacy of their homes, in a space not much bigger than an average-sized kitchen table.

To find out more about 3-D printing at UWF, including prices and to see a time-lapse video of it in action, visit this page on the library’s website.

 

The UWF Fitness Center: More than just weights

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The HLS facility.

Emily Doyle

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida’s Fitness Center provides students with alternatives to standard workouts to get active and have fun at the same time.

People looking to get out of their normal workout routine have a variety of options: personal trainers, group fitness classes, a rock wall, racquetball courts, pedagogy rooms, basketball and tennis courts, an indoor track, and an Olympic size pool in the Aquatics Center.

The Fitness Center provides group fitness classes such as Aqua Cycle, Just Dance, Jujitsu, yoga and more, all with knowledgeable instructors. Junior Alex Ryan said, “I really like taking group fitness classes because it’s generally people my age, so I’m comfortable, and no one is a bodybuilder or something extreme like that.”

To find the group fitness class schedule, click here. Note that group fitness classes are not held on holidays (Nov. 11 and Nov. 26-28).

“A great way to change up your regular cardio workout is to play racquetball in the courts or even the pedagogy room,” said student and Fitness Center employee Ali Funches, “There are so many fun ways to enhance your exercise routine here at the gym.”

To keep students motivated, the Fitness Center also has incentive programs. For example, through ArgoFit, a semester-long incentive program, participants receive prizes for consistently going to the gym three to four times a week.

Student and Fitness Center employee Jacob Sherrard said, “Don’t limit yourself to just the Fitness Center with weights; try indoor paintball, rock climbing, or even handball in the racquetball courts.”

If you are a novice or are interested in different ways to achieve the ultimate personalized workout, a one-on-one session with a qualified personal trainer can be scheduled for just $30. To look at profiles of personal trainers available here.

The UWF Fitness Center is free for all students enrolled at UWF. Memberships are available for purchase by UWF alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and their household members.

For pricing, hours and more information about the UWF Fitness Center, visit their website by clicking here.

Entrecon to provide wealth of knowledge, encouragement and support for aspiring entrepreneurs

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Photo courtesy of entreconpensacola.com.

Geri Battist

News Editor

Are you an aspiring entrepreneur, or have you already started a business and have that “I’m sinking in quicksand” feeling? Fear no more. EntreCon is here.

EntreCon is a two-day event, this Thursday and Friday, hosted by the University of West Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship and will feature locally and nationally recognized entrepreneurs who will share their experiences, pearls of wisdom and “dos and don’ts.”

“The event is about hearing stories and getting advice from people who have done it and have been there,” Mike Ensley, event director and a fellow of the Studer Community Institute told the “Pensacola News Journal.” (Taken from a PNJ story on Oct. 28, 2015.)

“Elf on the Shelf” founders Chandra Bell and Christa Pitts will share “The Story Behind the Story.” Editor of Inc. Magazine James Ledbetter will address “What are the secrets of today’s successful companies.” To see a list of all 30 speakers and 20 topics, go to EntreConPensacola.com.

EntreCon will begin each day’s schedule at 8 a.m. in the REX Theatre, 18 N. Palafox St., with doors opening at 7:30 a.m. Entrepreneur in residence Quinton Studer will provide opening remarks the first day, and close the second day with, “Quintessential Advice to Entrepreneurs, CEOs and Business Owners.”

Attendees will be encouraged to break out for networking lunches at downtown venues of their choice. After lunch, EntreCon will split into three tracks between two difference locations: the REX Theatre and the Wright Place, 6 E. Wright St., all within walking distance.

The cost for tickets is $249 for both days, or $139 for a single day. A discounted ticket price of $99 for both days is available to students and military, but you must provide proof of status when you pick up your ticket. Seating is limited for this event.

 

Startup Weekend gives entrepreneurs a head start on business ventures

startupweekendTom Moore

Contributing Writer

The roar was deafening. The sound of clapping and cheering was contagious. But it wasn’t a concert that incited the crowd – it was “Rock Paper Scissors,” a social mixer that whipped the crowd into a frenzy of shouting, stomping, clapping and chanting at the beginning of Startup Weekend of the College of Business on Oct. 16.

Timothy O’Keefe, dean of the University’s College of Business, said it best when he took the podium.

“The purpose of Startup Weekend is to give students a taste of how what they are learning in the classroom can be applied to the real world,” O’Keefe said.

Thirty-four potential businesses were pitched, explained and voted on, and the five businesses that survived to present their ideas at the end of the weekend were:

ResidenSeek: A database that matches recent medical school graduates to the best hospital for them to do their residency.

“Level Up” for real-life: A mobile app that would list community activities. Each person who participated in the activities would get points from the business.

Virtual Closet: Part database that would keep inventory of your closet contents, and part algorithm that would match cut, color, and summer or winter wear.

Virtual Eats: Database of healthy foods and virtual menus so meals can be perused virtually and healthy meals can be planned and purchased on a budget.

Item Return:  Mobile app providing return information and refund status through the company database.

Saturday, Oct. 17, was the day the five teams rolled up their sleeves, strapped on their work boots and settled in for the long haul. Some teams were there as early as 7:30 a.m. to begin work. Between 2-4 p.m., local entrepreneurs were on site to answer questions of the teams.

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 18, the teams had five minutes to present their ideas to the judges and investors. After each team’s presentation, judges had another three minutes to ask questions.

The winner was ResidenSeek, an internet database and algorithm that serves as a one-stop shop for medical school graduates to find the best hospital residency for them. The team received a prize package that included workspace for up to three people at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; day passes for the Coworking Annex at One Palafox Place; four hours of startup consulting at Coastal CxO Services; two tickets to EntreCon Pensacola on Nov. 5-6; one hour of legal consulting from Beggs and Lane; and user experience (UX) coaching from Accountingfly.

But win or lose, the real question is this: What happens next? How will the knowledge, experience and connections the teams developed during Startup Weekend be used in the long run?  The answer depends on each team. In this sense, Startup Weekend is not the end, but merely the beginning.

Hear veterans share their stories at Telling: Pensacola

tellingpcolalogoIqueena Hollis

Staff Writer

Telling: Pensacola comes to UWF this week to tell the war stories of six veterans in the form of theatrical recreations.

The veterans, led by their production director Lisa Powers, will recreate some of their most astounding memories from service in the armed forces.

“We want to bridge the gap between the civilian population and the veterans,” Powers said. “When they come back from service, they are so out of touch with the rest of the world, and through this program we try to create understanding.”

The first performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Mainstage Theatre for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The second showing will be at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Pensacola Little Theatre. After each performance, audience members will be able to participate in a moderated discussion with the veterans.

Six veterans were interviewed and selected by a committee to tell their stories, three of whom are affiliates of the university: students Debra Russell and Timothy Jones, and faculty member Scott Satterwhite.

Russell served 13 years in the Navy and suffered both sexual and physical trauma. Jones, a communication arts senior, served in the Navy, recently participated in a 203-mile walk for homeless veterans and has become a motivational speaker. Satterwhite, an English instructor, served nine years as a hospital corpsman in the Navy from 1990 to 1999.

The remaining three veterans are from other branches of the service. Elliot James Smith served two years in the Army and lost his right leg below the knee after being run over by a heavy equipment truck during checkpoint duty. Patrick McCrary served six years in the Marine Corps after dropping out of high school in 1967 to serve in the Vietnam War. He was wounded in 1968 while in heavy combat. Tabitha Nichols served eight years in the Army National Guard and recently has begun modeling after being injured in a rocket-propelled grenade attack.

The event is part of the national Telling Project, which was founded in 2008 to promote communication between veterans and civilians. Pensacola is only the second city in Florida to host the Telling Project, the first being Tampa in spring 2015.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event and the featured veterans, please visit the Florida Humanities Telling: Pensacola website.

CAB Fright Night brings out the screams for Halloween

frightnightlogoAmanda Gerow

Staff Writer

Campus Activity Board held its annual Fright Night on Thursday in the University Commons Auditorium.

Fright Night is a staged haunted house with various rooms representing different horrific themes. The free event allows students to walk through a maze of screaming figures and dead ends until finally reaching the end where a table with candy and other refreshments are spread out for all who survive the event.

The rooms vary in themes, such as a scene straight from the murderous set of popular television series “Dexter,” a killer bull-headed monster called a Minotaur, and a jail cell filled with screaming students.

In order to take part in the night of horrors, student organizations must submit applications for a spot in the event. CAB chooses the eight best applications allowing the ideas to become a reality.

“CAB looks for well-thought-out ideas and a detailed list of supplies they would need,” said Brandon Wood, CAB vice president of Internal Affairs. “We wanted to do something different from a Halloween party, so we decided on a student-run haunted house.”

CAB members began the setup of the Great Hall and the Commons early Thursday. The typically clean and bright environment of the Commons turned into a spooky, spiderweb-clad hall in a matter of hours.

Student Government Association Vice President Jake Hebert was a familiar, though this time more terrifying, face found inside the Fright Night rooms. Hebert was participating with the SGA freshman committee, and played the role of the killer Dexter. He said his favorite part was a mix between the actual setup of the room and actually getting to scare people.

“It was definitely fun to see so many students come out and get scared equally,” Hebert said.

Students began lining up at the auditorium doors before they opened at 8 p.m. Though the area was filled with excitement, a definite air of anxiety could be felt before students walked into the darkness of the Fright Night maze. The presence of a blood-covered, masked figure in surgical garb did not help those who scare easily.

Many students were excited to see what was different to the setup and room themes from the year before. Other students had never before experienced the fear in Fright Night.

“I love scary stuff, and it was a good way for me to get more involved in what was happening on campus,” freshman Claire Shetler said.

Fright Night may be over, but CAB has more events coming up this semester. To see more of what is going on, check out the ArgoPulse calendar and see how you can get involved.

Western coverage of Chinese economics, or how I learned to patronize a billion people

Josh Hart

Staff Writer

On Oct. 27, several American media outlets caught wind of a Chinese television commercial depicting animated characters singing a jaunty, vaguely-indie English-language tune extolling the virtues of China’s five-year economic plan. The coverage ranged from amusement to outright hostility, but all the coverage had something in common – a fierce Orientalism, a commitment to “othering” China. Most of the coverage focused on the absurdity of the video, its “psychedelic” qualities, the “youth culture”-based animated characters, the “upbeat” tune, etc.

This coverage fails to recognize that American television commercials covering the apparent financial destiny of the country are just as colorful and loud, the Met Life commercials featuring Peanuts characters being one example.

I think this fascination with China’s humorous commercial partially comes from ignorance in regards to their economic policy. There is nothing strange about a government that utilizes a social market economy, essentially a form of state capitalism, to advertise their economic plan. Unlike the mixed economy utilized by the United States, Chinese state capitalism has specific, tightly controlled goals. To fail to alert the public to these changes would be disastrous.

Americans have a bad habit of assuming that everyone who does not behave exactly like us is worthy of extra scrutiny, worthy of being placed as an object of entertainment. This media attention boils down to surprise that a foreign government that is stereotyped as totalitarian has a sense of humor, a not-so surprising statement of ignorance from a culture that appears to be steeped in it.

Orientalism has been a persistent characteristic of American media for more than 100 years, from the Middle Eastern exhibition at the 1893 World Columbian Exhibition in Chicago to the celebration of war crimes in a 2003 New York Times article to editorials excusing racial fetishism.

Noam Chomsky said it best, perhaps. “It all comes down to not being a stranger. Get out of your bubble. Racism and ignorance in the media can only be dealt with by being willing to learn about other people. Don’t be a stranger.”

For the media to make this change, we have to stop treating non-Western entities’ actions that are merely a part of the human condition (in this case, humor) as something newsworthy.

Women’s soccer defeats West Georgia on Senior Day

Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

The University of West Florida women’s soccer team hosted the University of West Georgia on Saturday, and the Argos swept the Wolverines with a final score of 3-0. With this win, the Argos’ record improved to 13-4 overall, and 9-3 within the Gulf South Conference. This victory extended an impressive 14-0 all-time record against UWG.

This victory marked the regular season finale for No. 2-ranked Argos, whose next game will be determined by the outcome of upcoming conference matchups.

Head Coach Joe Bartlinski said he was proud of his team’s victory, but he didn’t shy away from giving his players constructive criticism.

“The team has put in a lot of hard work this season, and they are finally starting to blend well at the right time of the season,” Coach Bartlinski said. “We can play better. West Georgia made it difficult. They defended well. However, we know we can play better.”

The team is looking to continue improving as they move into the Gulf South Tournament, which begins Tuesday.

Saturday afternoon’s game was also Senior Day. Before the game, seniors Julianne Gaubron and Amber Pennybaker were honored for their years of dedication to UWF soccer.

“Senior Day means that it’s last hoorah on your home field. You get to share it with the people you spend the most time with, your teammates and best friends,” Gaubron said.

“It’s Senior Day for me, so I wanted to work hard and show everyone what I can do,” Pennybaker said. “I wanted to work hard for not only myself, but my team.”

In addition to a victory and Senior Day activities, the game was also a part of Argo Athletics’ Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Donations to fight breast cancer were accepted as admission to the game, rather than tickets. The first 200 guests were given free T-shirts which read: “Go. Fight. Cure. With Argo Athletics!”

“Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer, so I really appreciate having events that raise awareness for breast cancer, and raise money to fight it,” Anna Lochas, athletics department intern, said. “I like being able to get involved with these events and donating my time as well as money.”

The breast cancer awareness activities did not stop at the Soccer Complex. The athletics volunteers packed up their equipment after the game and made their way to the Field House for the ninth annual Pack It Pink volleyball match. The Argos defeated Lee University 3-0.

For more detailed game statistics and a complete schedule for all sports teams, check out goargos.com.