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UWF social work and service learning in Guatemala: A student’s perspective

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Photo by Kenneth King.

Kenneth King

Contributing Writer

When riding through the streets of Guatemala City, one cannot sit still. It is impossible. The roads are an endless path of cracks and potholes. You shift right, left, and then right again as the tires take a beating from an already beaten road. The honking never ceases, it just becomes a part of the conversation.

Fearless motorcyclists whiz by as they navigate between buses, trucks, and potholes while their girlfriends hold on for their lives. The fumes spewing out of rotten exhaust pipes assault one’s sense of smell, as everything begins to smell like burning trash.

It was good to get away from Pensacola, and an even better to get away from Guatemala City as we headed eastward to Zacapa.

Zacapa is a rural area that truckers pass through on a regular basis. Tourists are scarce in this part of Guatemala. It is where we, a contingent of University of West Florida students, spent the majority of our time. We handed out donations and learned about the social work programs of the country, which take place in women’s cooperatives, hospitals, and shelters.

However, one scene that still enters my mind everyday was a local dumpsite.

The smell of burning trash was so piercing that it induced a spell of slight dizziness. Collections of plastic were overflowed from black garbage bags. Dogs trotted and scavenged through the grey, toxic dirt – their rib cages exposed beneath their golden fur.

This was the Teculután dump. This filth was also home to roughly three hundred families. It was home for mothers, fathers and children who lived in makeshift tents.

Vultures picked through the trash side by side with the families. The vultures plucked what they wanted with their sharp beaks. The families used their dirt-coated hands.

I could not help but to be overwhelmed with emotion. The longer we stayed in Zacapa, the farther away we were from the United States and its problems. Now, however, we were face-to-face with the problems of Guatemala.

Unlike developed nations, there is no safety net for the poor in Guatemala. Those who fall sick must bring their own supplies to already overcrowded hospitals. We witnessed this firsthand at the Zacapa Health Clinic. We saw families huddled against the walls as they waited for their turn to be treated.

Fortunately, not all moments were those of sorrow. The non-governmental organization we worked with, Hearts in Motion (HIM), hosts an annual pool party for children with special needs.

Parents from all over Zacapa made the trip to the waterpark in Torta Mila for a moment of relaxation, while we entertained their kids.

I quickly forgot about any disabilities the second we all entered the water. Despite being foreigners, we were all able to connect with at least one child. At the end of the day, there were no “handicapped” kids—just children who wanted to have fun.

After Zacapa we headed toward the city called Antigua. It is an old colonial city with signature Spanish architecture and cobblestone streets. An iconic volcano towered over the city.

Inhabiting Antigua was every type of person one could find. Some were university students walking in groups, commonly sporting their college t-shirts and large shades. Others were the typical nuclear family looking to ‘get away from it all’. Senior citizens roamed through the narrow streets worry-free, until they had to step over a pothole or cross the street.

Travel writers huddled in trendy restaurants, the kind one might find featured in the New York Times, sipping coffee and working on their laptops. Drunks wandered aimlessly, seeking their escape from their troubles at home. That is, of course, assuming they had a home. Then there were the locals caught in the middle of it all. Everyone had been to Antigua.

A deep sadness struck me on our final day in the country. It is a sadness you feel when you lose someone or something that brought you so much life in a small and intense amount of time.

Those smiling faces, from young to old are something that will remain with me forever. I feel that the worst thing I could have done was not to leave the people I had connected with in such a short amount of time, but to forget about them.

The Service Learning in Guatemala program is a study abroad summer course offered by UWF. The course begins with six preparatory sessions before departing on the ten-day trip.

The course is an initiative of UWF’s Emerge Program and welcomes students from all disciplines.

While in Guatemala, students work with the non-governmental organization Hearts in Motion, in conjunction with local staff. Hearts in Motion provides shelter for disabled and orphaned children, medical supplies for hospitals, assistance for senior citizens and much more.

For more information about the program and HIM, go to http://uwf.edu/ceps/community-and-outreach/emerge/our-faculty/2013-2014-emerge-faculty-fellows/dr-chris-cotten/http://www.heartsinmotion.org/

UWF spring athletics, a look ahead

Jason Dustin

Sports Editor

Spring 2016 will mark the University of West Florida’s last semester without football.

However, the Argonauts will boast a lineup of teams that features a three-time NCAA Division II national champion men’s tennis team, two-time national champion men’s golf team and one-time national championship baseball team.

An overview of this spring’s Argonaut athletic schedule.

Baseball

2016 is UWF Head Coach Mike Jeffcoat’s 11th season. During his tenure, the Argonauts have won the national title and compiled a .652 winning percentage.

Jeffcoat is hoping his team can snap a two-year NCAA Division II tournament drought, which has come following a four consecutive appearances (2010-2013).

Last year UWF finished 30-18 overall, and fourth in the Gulf South Conference with a 21-11 record, according to UWF Athletic Communications. This year’s schedule is 50 games in total, with the Jim Spooner Field home-opener scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., when they will meet the University of Mobile.

Returning from last year’s squad is the entire infield, as well as the team’s top-performing pitcher, according the UWF Athletic Communications.

Jeffcoat’s lineup will feature five of the last year’s top seven batters, including versatile sophomore Nick Kerkmann, of Oviedo, Florida, who led UWF with a .338 average last year.

Pensacola’s Brandon Nagem returns for his final season. The Pine Forest High School product’s 2.00 ERA ranked third in the GSC in 2015.

The Argos home schedule is highlighted by a three-game series against defending national champion the University of Tampa, on Feb. 12-14.

Men’s Golf

The men’s golf team closed out the fall portion of their 2015-2016 ranked first in the nation.

The Argos’ schedule resumes on Feb. 8, when they travel to Lakeland, Florida to take part in the Matlock Collegiate Classic, which is hosted by Florida Southern College.

The team’s lone home course appearance will be when UWF hosts the three-day Argonaut Invitational, beginning Monday, April 4. It will take place at the Tiger Point Golf Club, in Gulf Breeze. The tournament will take place assuming Head Coach Steve Fell’s team maintains something close to their current form, they will open GSC tournament play on Monday, April 19 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

The NCAA Division II National Championships will be in Denver, hosted by Metro State University, and begin on Monday, May 16 for all who qualify. Fell led the Argos to the national title during the 2007-08 season.

Women’s golf

The women’s golf team resumes play on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the World Golf Invitational in St.Augustine, Florida.

The first opportunity for UWF fans to watch the team will be at the Argonaut Invitational on Monday, April 4, which will take place at the Stonebrook Golf Club, in Pace.

The GSC tournament begins on Monday, May 2, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. UWF will host the NCAA Division II Super Regionals in 2016. The three-day event, which will be in Pace, begins on Sunday, May 1.

The national tournament, for those who qualify, begins on May 19, in Aurora, Colorado.

Softball

Last year’s team finished with an overall record of 19-30.

The 2016 edition’s offense looks to be fueled by two sophomores. Meghan Toney’s .320 batting average was third best on last year’s team, when she was a freshman. The sophomore from Huntsville, Alabama will team with Pensacola native, and fellow sophomore Kaylen Rowell. Rowell led the Lady Argos with five homeruns in 2015, and was second with 25 RBI.

Becca Taylor, the team’s best-performing pitcher of 2015 returns. The Panama City product, now a junior, finished last year a record of 11-8 and a 2.62 ERA.

What defunding Planned Parenthood would actually mean financially

Josh Hart

Staff Writer

House conservatives have spent the last three months weighing the option of whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood. This is puerile and ignorant and a perfect representation of the religious right’s newly open detestation for women and the disenfranchised.

But you’ve heard that. In a way, it’s parroted by most non-fringe news institutions. What you might not have heard are the nitty-gritty details, the facts of what Planned Parenthood’s disappearance would mean.

Let’s talk finances, as that seems to be the only thing that can get Republicans to pay attention. There is no item in the budget labeled “Planned Parenthood.” Planned Parenthood simply receives money through government healthcare programs.

Money from a government program, Title X, makes up about 12 percent of the organization’s $528.4 million in government grants and reimbursements. A larger share, about 75 percent, comes from patients insured by Medicaid.

This means that defunding Planned Parenthood would primarily enforce the idea that Medicaid should be denied. A recent study by the Congressional Budget Office found that cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood would cost about $130 million.

There is no reason that anyone would think that denying healthcare to people that need it the most, a denial that would cost the state money, is in any way advisable. It’s inconceivable. We’ve reached a point in America’s political history that it would be silly to pretend that America’s major political parties have anyone’s well-being at heart.

How sad.

 

Climate change and denial

Tristan Lawson

Staff Writer

Last week, President Barack Obama, as well as many other world leaders, met in Paris for a conference on climate change. Meanwhile, here in the United States, Republican candidates for president, pundits on conservative news media outlets and members of local governments continue to deny climate change is actually happening.

This leaves us to wonder: Why are the most important and influential people in the world having a meeting about something that is not real? Don’t they have better things to do? Couldn’t they be playing golf? For educators, people attempting to provoke a serious discussion about possible solutions to climate change and others who just want to make sure that they leave the world better than how they found it, this is extremely frustrating.

Much like mental illnesses, you cannot get better until you admit there is a problem. So the domestic conversation on how to change our current course in regards to climate change and how to reverse the situation appears to be stuck in the mud, until people in denial come to their senses.

But why and how some people continue to deny the seemingly obvious will remain a mystery to many. There are, however, some very real reasons this phenomenon continues to occur.

Environmental science is extremely complex – so complex and so tied in to other fields of science that explaining our current situation to people even with an average knowledge of environmental science is much like explaining jazz to a fox.

The media does not help this situation. Much like other complex issues which require a lot of time and energy to just grasp the information, such as the economy, racial issues and the structure and function of government institutions, explanations about climate change just don’t fit very well into a 5-minute TV segment or a brief article on your news feed.

The causes, effects, solutions and inevitable sacrifices required to stop climate change are contained in volumes upon volumes of scientific studies, research data and the notes of dedicated environmental scientists.

Essentially, to really make a change in the crash course that humanity is headed for, the first thing we need to do is stop arguing and discrediting the life’s work of these professionals who have put all of their energy and have sacrificed a great deal to provide us with this information.

Stop listening to politicians about the environment. You would get about as much factual information from your toaster, and it would be mixed with a lot of rhetoric and opinion. Call your local news station and ask them to please spend a little more time discussing environmental issues, and a little less time talking about some celebrity sex scandal or professional athlete’s poor behavior.

The key to understanding what is happening to the environment, climate change, and how we can make a difference, is education. Take an environmental studies class, engage people who hope to make a difference and show them support, ask people who study the world what they have learned. The more you learn about how complex our environment is, the more you will understand how fragile it is. The more you learn about how we are affecting the world, the more you can learn ways to lessen your footprint by making educated decisions every day.

Listen and learn from those who decided a long time ago that knowing and understanding Mother Earth, and respecting and sharing what she is trying to tell us, is a noble and selfless ambition which should be respected. And next time you are having a conversation with someone who is in “climate change denial,” tell them they need help.

Islamophobia slams the door on Syrian refugees

090210Cassie Rhame

Staff Writer

With the recent Paris attacks still fresh, our country’s Islamophobia fever has spiked even higher, creating overwhelming support for a recently introduced bill that would “temporarily” shut the doors on Syrian refugees into the United States.

We all heard about Ahmed Mohamed and his clock “bomb.” This incident was clear indication that people still have an unwarranted fear of the Muslim community. ISIS continuing to terrorize around the world has not helped this hysteria lessen.

The bill, created by Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), “temporarily halts Obama’s plan to allow thousands of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until authorities can verify that none of them pose a security threat. Specifically, it would require the Homeland Security secretary, FBI director, and Director of National Intelligence to sign off on any refugees admitted to the U.S., holding them personally accountable,” according to The Hill’s website.

The bill sounds practical and decent when stated in this light; however, the issue comes with the overlooked devaluation this creates for these Syrian refugees, and the many holes that come from it. McCaul says his bill is to only temporarily put a stop the Obama’s open policy, when in reality, as expressed by FBI Director James Comey, it would make it impossible for any refugees to enter the United States. Comey also told administration and Congressional officials that this could create difficulty for “travelers from about three dozen countries that are allowed easier travel to the U.S. under the visa waiver program,” according to CNN’s website.

“With the sheer volume of refugees attempting to seek asylum here, it’s near impossible to screen every single one as thoroughly as needed,” UWF senior and criminal justice major Zac LeClair said. “It simply escalates our already vulnerable state to more possible terrorist attacks.” While LeClair brings up a valid point – the risk is simply not as high as many will have you believe.

In the 14 years since Sept. 11, 2001, the United States has resettled 784,000 refugees from around the world, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute, a D.C.-area think tank, which was posted to The Atlantic’s website. “And within that population, three people have been arrested for activities related to terrorism. None of them were close to executing an attack inside the U.S., and two of the men were caught trying to leave the country to join terrorist groups overseas.”

The bill cleared the House on Nov. 19 with a 289-137 vote, pulling support from 47 Democrats and a majority of Republicans. With threats of filibuster coming from Senate Democrats, McCaul says he hopes to insert the legislation into the inclusive omnibus spending measure, which must be passed by Dec. 11, in turn forcing it to reach President Obama.

Obama has made clear his plan to otherwise veto the legislation.

The quick clearance from the House on this bill is astounding, and nothing more than a classic result of fearmongering. With the backing of several Republican governors, and politicians such as Donald Trump spewing his nonsensical lies and blatant prejudice, citizens have quickly fallen under the spell of political manipulation.

Fact Check breaks down the truth of what these politicians are spreading. There is a false sense of hope that this bill has been instilled for the protection of the citizens, but with this obvious fear and urge to take the easy way out, it is clear that the bill is all but a positive enforcement of national security.

“We are not well served when, in response to a terrorist attack, we descend into fear and panic,” Obama said in the Philippines on Wednesday, according to CNN’s website. “We don’t make good decisions if it’s based on hysteria or an exaggeration of risks.”

What is exceptionally disturbing is Ted Cruz’s suggested religious test on these refugees, and how the states should only accept the sworn Christians. As if there is more proof needed that the only reason for this blocking of refugees is inherent of Islamophobia and bigotry.

These politicians in favor of the bill will have you believe that the refugee vetting process is quick and easy, and has terrorists popping in left and right. The process is extensive, and it takes up to two years for each refugee to get approved. To educate yourself of the process, visit here.

While the United States is busy responding to its own personal agenda, French president Francois Hollande has urged that the country will stay true to its values, and would accept 30,000 Syrian refugees over the next two years.

“Hollande said it was France’s ‘humanitarian duty’ to honor its commitments to refugees, even in the wake of the chilling terror attacks,” according to the Washington Post’s website.

“No one asked the U.S. to intervene in the Middle East,” past French UWF exchange student and business major freshman Aubane Decobert said. “They intervened, and bombed those countries. The U.S. should take responsibility and host refugees.”

In regards to the alleged Syrian refugee that was involved in the Paris attacks, here is a Washington Post article that breaks down exactly what we know so far.

“None of the identified attackers in Paris were Syrian citizens, although one was found with a fake Syrian passport (there is no evidence that he entered Europe in a group of Syrian refugees),” according to the Houston Press website.

So, again, where is this increasing fear of Syrian refugees even coming from, and why do we continue to label those escaping a war-torn country as terrorists? My answer is conclusive with a popular theory — the Islamic State wants you to hate refugees.

“I think it is pathetic that a country known for its acceptance of those from struggling worlds is going to hide in fear,” UWF sophomore communications major Courtney Randall said. “This nation was founded from refugees, and we are using our unnecessary hate of Muslims to make this ignorance OK.”

ISIS has been terrorizing its own states for years now, creating even more conflict in Syria and Iraq. By essentially building Syria up as nothing more than a war zone along with the Syrian government, they have deliberately put these families in the midst of violence and injustice. Why would they want them to find refuge?

ISIS wants to create conflict between the Muslim community and the Western World. They hope to create such hate from the West that Muslims have no choice but to run or join the Islamic State.

“The group calculates that a small number of attackers can profoundly shift the way that European society views its 44 million Muslim members and, as a result, the way European Muslims view themselves,” according to the Washington Post’s website.

The terror group seeks attention brought away from the reality, and onto even furthering the suffering of the already victimized Muslim community.

There is, as agreed upon by most, absolutely no doubt that this large of an influx of people into one country causes a threat, but the United States has never been commended for its refusal of refugees. We are a country known to accept and allow those who have lost all hope and are afraid of their homelands, a comforting safe-haven to turn to. We are not a country that hides in fear of our own lives, but one that reaches its hands out to help.

If we continue to live in fear of Islam, we are giving the extremists what they want — hate.

UWF organizations help ‘paws’ student stress

Wellness

Photo courtesy of Wellness Center webpage.

Amanda Gerow

Staff Writer

Playful pups, pizza and snacks were the attraction on Cannon Green on Thursday for students looking for relief from stress overload. The annual fall fundraiser, Paws ’N’ Pastries, is hosted by the University of West Florida Pre-Veterinary Society.

Pre-Veterinary Society Public Relations officer Elba De La Torre said the fundraiser helps raise money for future events and trips. It is held each fall semester the week before exam week.

“The purpose of this event is to help students relieve stress from studying for their finals by spending time with the therapy dogs that are brought in,” De La Torre said.

A $5 entry fee allows students to play with the dogs and partake in the refreshments supplied by the club.

Paws ’N’ Pastries is just one of the many outlets in which UWF students can participate to help cope with stresses occurring at the end of a semester.

UWF Wellness Services also is an avid supporter of using four-legged, furry friends to help students stay calm.

Each semester, Wellness holds Paws and Play. At this event, therapy dogs are brought to campus for students to play with, and the Wellness staff also provides other methods of stress relief. Activities such as Play-Doh, tea making, and coloring stations are just a few of the activities available during the event to allow students to take a break.

Wellness works to ensure UWF students have open access to information on how to maintain healthy lifestyles.

“It is important for students to stay in the know with what Wellness Services has to offer, because we care about students’ well-being,” UWF Peer Educator Lauren McCurdy said. “We want all UWF students to be in the happiest state, whether that be during finals or not.”

Playing with dogs is not the only way UWF students can find a moment of relaxation and ease of mind.

The Student Health and Wellness Center, Building 960, is located between the Center for Fine and Performing Arts and the tennis courts. To help relieve stress, the center provides massage chairs that can be used for 30 minutes at a time. A weekly meditation hour also is open and free to students, faculty and staff as a method to manage stress. To learn more, see the website.

Free aromatherapy take-home items also are made available to students. Students are encouraged to use these items for quick study-break relaxation.

Stress can create nervous habits, decrease your immune system, ruin your eating habits and more.

Learn how to take care of stress and feel strong in mind and body all year long. Students can survive finals-week stress by learning methods on how to cope, and even by just pausing to play with a dog or two.

 

Where to find your Christmas spirit in Pensacola

The Pensacola Christmas Parade presented by Cox makes its way down Palafox Pl. in Pensacola, Fla., Saturday, December 13, 2014. (Michael Spooneybarger/ Pensacola Today)

The Pensacola Christmas Parade presented by Cox makes its way down Palafox Pl. in Pensacola, Fla., Saturday, December 13, 2014.
Photo courtesy of Michael Spooneybarger/ Pensacola Today

Emily Doyle

Staff Writer

We may not get a white Christmas in Florida, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the Christmas spirit by attending these winter events in the area.

University of West Florida’s “A Christmas Carol”

Where: UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts (Building 82)

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13

Why you should go: UWF theater students are planning on raising Christmas spirits with their rendition of the classic story of “A Christmas Carol.” Students with a valid Nautilus Card can attend for free (but tickets are required; get yours at the Commons).
Winter Public Skate Sessions

Where: Pensacola Bay Center, 201 E Gregory St.

When: Dec. 18, 21-23, and 26-30 – Times vary. To stay updated with public skate times, visit the Pensacola Bay Center website.

Why you should go: Because Florida stays pretty warm throughout the year, residents do not get to experience the snow and ice that comes along with a traditional winter. So the Pensacola Bay Center provides us with a little taste of the cold with their public skate sessions.

Pensacola Saenger Theater performances

What’s showing:

  • The Pensacola Children’s Chorus’s “Christmas on the Coast” is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12, and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13
  • The Pensacola Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19 and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20
  • Nebraska Theatre Caravan will perform “A Christmas Carol,” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21

Where: The Pensacola Saenger Theatre, 118 S. Palafox Place. For tickets for any of these performances, visit the website here.

Why you should go: These classic Christmas tales of hope, joy and family are sure to make your heart grow three sizes this season.

Pensacola Winterfest

Where: Downtown Pensacola

When: Dec. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. The first performance starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday nights, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday nights. A new performance begins every 15 minutes until 8:45 p.m.

Why you should go: Downtown Pensacola will be transformed into “Christmas Town,” beginning with hot chocolate and having your name called out to be on the Polar Express and then taking you through a Christmas journey. Winterfest will attempt to transport you into your childhood Christmas dream. To get tickets, go to their website here.

 

Zoo Lights

Where: The Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Parkway

When: 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 27 (except Christmas Day)

How much: Admission for all ages is $10.

Why you should go: Not only would you be supporting our local zoo by attending this event, but you would get the pleasure of seeing animal themed Christmas lights — and who doesn’t love those? For more information, visit the website.

 

Pensacola Christmas Parade

Where: Downtown Pensacola

When: 5:15 p.m. Dec. 12

Why you should go: Lights, Christmas music, marching bands, the Blue Angels flight team, Christmas-themed parade floats, and a dancing Santa are all things you will see if you attend this annual parade. For more information and a route map, visit the website here.

A Christmas Carol returns for its 9th annual showing at CFPA

Iqueena Hollis

Staff Writer

“A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas” returns for its ninth season on campus at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) this week.

Performances of the famous play, written by Charles Dickens and adapted by Charles Wilson, began this past weekend and also will be held next weekend in building 82 in the Mainstage Theater. The next performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

This adaption has been performed at Houston’s Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage and at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Dozens of members of the UWF and surrounding community came out to support the theater students in their last offering of the semester.

This musical is set in London in the 1840s, and throughout the course of the play, the main character, Scrooge, learns to appreciate others and develops a deeper sense of kindness and compassion.

“This version was a bit different from the others I have seen each fall since freshman year,” said Carlisa Ward, a senior majoring in psychology at UWF who attends all theater performances held at the CFPA. “I enjoyed all of the performances, but this one might be the best yet. Why didn’t they do this sooner?”

With the stress of finals, and the bittersweet arrival of graduation for some, students say going to see the play is a great way to wind down the semester and step into the Christmas spirit.

“‘A Christmas Carol’ was my first time seeing a play here at UWF,” said Amanda Langehennig, a freshman at Pensacola State College. “The message of the play was great for this season; it reminds everyone to enjoy what they have and be nice to others.”

Ticket prices for all CFPA plays are: adults: $16; senior citizens/active military: $12; UWF faculty/staff and non UWF students: $10; children: $5; and UWF students: free. Tickets can be purchased online, at the CFPA box office or at the University Commons Service Desk.

For questions about performances and the theater department, contact Jerre Brisky, director of the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, at 474-6057.

UWF Women’s Basketball clinches first conference victory

Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

The University of West Florida women’s basketball team defeated the University of North Alabama 70-57 on Saturday afternoon in a Gulf South Conference match-up.

The victory marked the Lady Argos’ first win in the GSC. “We’ve been waiting on this one to come. We hope we can add many more this season,” said Head Coach Stephanie Lawrence Yelton. The victory improved the team’s record to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the GSC.

“It feels great, we’ve worked really hard,” junior Katie Bobos said. “After losing to UAH, we feel so much better. We played as a team today. We had a lot of energy exchanges, like touching each other and clapping. That’s what we strive for.”

Bobos, along with players Toni Brewer and Courtney Meyer led the Argos’ scoring drive. Bobos led with 20 points on the board. Meyer followed with 16 points, and Brewer put up 15 points.

Meyers also managed to tie a UWF record for blocks in a single game, with nine total. The record was set back in 2005.

As a team, the Lady Argos managed to lead each quarter, and held a strong lead for most of the game. Their strong defense and incredible teamwork attributed to this hard-fought victory.

“I thought we came out with tremendous effort in the first half, and that’s something we hadn’t done in a few games,” Yelton said. “We’re doing some great things, but we’re not doing them every possession.”

The Lady Argos will be on the road for their next two games.  They will meet Lee University on Dec. 12, and Shorter University on Dec. 14.

“It’s early in the season, and we still have a lot of learning and growing to do,” Yelton said. “I’m hoping we’ll get even better as the season progresses.”

For detailed game statistics and a complete team schedule, visit GoArgos.com.