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UWF baseball defeats Spring Hill with walk off in the 10th

By Grier Wellborn
Sports Editor

The Argonaut baseball team congratulates Brandon Tyler after his walk-off single breaks a time game against Spring Hill College.
Photo by Grier Wellborn.

The University of West Florida baseball team took on the Spring Hill College Badgers Wednesday night for the second time this season.

The Argos and the Badgers last met on Feb. 24 when the Argos walked away with a 3-2 win. UWF’s long history with the Badgers is one of success. With three wins of the past four matchups and an overall record 45 wins and 14 losses against Spring Hill, things looked promising for the Argos.

Freshman pitcher and Gulf Breeze native Gray Dorsey made his first collegiate start on Wednesday night when he took the hill first for the Argos. Dorsey made his collegiate debut last Wednesday against Stillman College.

“I was a little nervous at first,” Dorsey said. “But after the first inning, I settled down a little bit and knew I had a good defense behind me.”

The bottom of the first inning was filled with excitement for the Argos. First up for UWF was sophomore second baseman Nic Strasser, who hit a double. Next, senior shortstop Alex Greene took first base. A hit by Justin Ambrosino far to left field would send Strasser past home plate with Greene on third and eventually home. After Greene’s run, Ambrosino scored next for the final run of the inning. With the bases loaded, a UWF strikeout sent the game into the second inning.

The Badgers would remain scoreless in the second while the Argos would put two more points on the board with runs by Strasser and Greene. The Argos would enter the third inning with a score of 5-0.

Neither team scored in the next three innings with freshman pitcher Cole Crowder, replacing Dorsey on the mound in the top of the fourth.

Spring Hill overcame its scoreless start by putting one point on the board in the top of the fifth.

The third freshman pitcher of the day, Garrett Peek, a Gulf Breeze native, made his second collegiate debut when he replaced Crowder in the seventh. A few errors by the Argo basemen in the seventh would lead to another run by the Badgers. With only one hit in the bottom of the seventh, the Argos extended the scoreless inning streak to five.

Junior lefty pitcher Sean Kennedy posted up on the hill in the top of the eighth for the Argos. Kennedy struck out the first three batters. The Argos’ dry spell was extended to six innings by the end of the eighth. The Argos lead 5-2 heading into the ninth.

Junior Steve McClellan replaced Kennedy in the ninth to close the game at The Spoon. The Badger offense was on fire in the ninth, by completing three runs.

What seemed like a promising lead for the Argos heading into the ninth turned into a tie game leading into the bottom.

Unfortunately, the Argo offense could not turn up the heat in the ninth, and the seventh consecutive scoreless inning would extend the game into a 10th inning.

The Argos put in the big guns when Kyle Hamner took bat for UWF. Hamner has not struck out in his last 59 at bats, making him the toughest player in NCAA Division I, DII and DIII to strike out.

A low hit into left field from Hamner and the Argos would take both first and second base. Next at bat was senior Brandon Tyler with a walk-off single, sending junior outfielder Ladeavon Matthews home, thus winning the game for the Argos 6-5.

“We came out with a 5-0 lead and we all thought we had it in the bag,” Tyler said. “All of a sudden they crept back up in that last inning, and it felt good to finish it off in the 10th.”

While the offense came out hot in the first and second innings, the seven-inning dry spell made an seemingly easy win lead to a 10th inning.

“We just got a little complacent after the second inning, “ Strasser said. “They have a good team with good arms, but we had some good guys come off the bench in big situations to get the job done.”

The UWF baseball team played No. 9 Alabama Huntsville this weekend where the Argos split a double header on Saturday, losing the first game 4-2, and winning the second, 4-3. In the third game on Sunday, the Argos defeated UAH 13-6.

The Argos will return to Jim Spooner Field on at 6 p.m. March 15 and 3 p.m. March 16 to face Embry Riddle University.

For a complete schedule, visit goargos.com

The nitty-gritty: Who thinks what and everything else you need to know before the Florida primaries

By Mackenzie Kees
Opinions Editor

The 2016 race for the presidency is well under way in the United States, and so far it has been wrought with mudslinging, half-truths and outright lies, and even has devolved further into thinly-veiled allegations and petty name-calling. Instead of thoroughly discussing the issues facing America today, the debates often entail several candidates talking at the same time with each one determined to be the loudest.

The Florida primaries are this Tuesday, March 15, and many voters will be forced to cast their ballot without truly understanding what each candidate wants for the future of America. The voters are not to blame for this miscarriage of justice, but nevertheless they are the ones who will suffer the consequences of it.

The Voyager has created this guide for you to study each candidate and his or her stance on the issues of utmost importance before you cast a vote this Tuesday. Deciding what issues are essential to the running of this country is a daunting task in itself, because in one way or another they are all important, but it is imperative that a few be chosen to concentrate on. The problems facing the world today are too numerous to hope that a single candidate will agree with everyone’s opinions for each issue.

Once the key issues have been decided upon, it is time to research what the candidates think about each one. This, too, can be daunting, because, as the old saying goes, “all politicians lie,” and it can be hard for voters to determine when a candidate actually is lying. Fortunately, in this modern age, we have the Internet, where information can be accessed effortlessly, and several organizations exist to provide citizens with information.

If winning a Pulitzer price is any indication of merit, PolitiFact is one such organization that can be trusted. PolitiFact is a division of the newspaper Tampa Bay Times, a self-described “independent fact-checking journalism website aimed at bringing you the truth in politics.” All the information provided lists sources to validate its authenticity.

On The Issues is a nonpartisan website also dedicated to providing “information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity,” according to its mission statement. The staff conducts research using documents such as debate transcripts, voting records, statements to the media and citations from books authored by the candidate in order to formulate their findings.

The research cited in this article was traced back to the original sources for all of the information contained here. References are provided in the conclusion for those who wish to do their own digging. This article has attempted to simplify the material on each candidate, with the goal of making your voting experience easier by proving accurate information on each candidate.


trumpDonald Trump, 69, is a real estate developer and businessman well known for his television personality and superb entrepreneurial skills. Unlike the other candidates, Trump lacks a background in government affairs, leading some to call him a “breath of fresh air” from the usual contenders who are constantly ingrained in Washington politics. However, this notable lack of experience with the inner workings of the government has some claiming that Trump is inept to deal with most of the traditional duties performed by the president.

As shown in the above graphic, Trump currently leads in the polls with 458 delegates (as of March 11), leaving him 779 delegates away from the Republican nomination for president. Despite his apparent success, PolitiFact has found that most of the statements made by Trump were either “false” or “pants on fire” false, which is their way of saying a totally invented fabrication. For the “true” declarations made by Trump, a dismal 1 percent of the judged statements fall under this category. So what does Trump actually think about the issues?

ABORTION: “The biggest problem I have with Planned Parenthood is the abortion situation. I mean it’s like an abortion factory, frankly, and you can’t have it and you shouldn’t be funding it. It shouldn’t be funded by the government.”— Aug. 11, 2015, in an interview with CNN.

HEALTH CARE: “The one thing we have to do is repeal and replace ObamaCare. It is a disaster. People’s premiums are going up 35 percent, 45 percent, 55 percent. Their deductibles are so high nobody’s ever going to get to use it. So ObamaCare is turning out to be a bigger disaster than anybody thought.” — Oct. 25, 2015, in an interview with Martha Raddatz of “ABC This Week.”

IMMIGRATION: “We are a country of laws. We need borders. We will have a wall [on the Mexican border]. The wall will be built. The wall will be successful. And if you think walls don’t work, all you have to do is ask Israel. The wall works, believe me. Properly done. Believe me.”—  Nov. 10, 2015, in an interview with Fox Business.


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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, 45, has experience in Congress after accumulating several years of service in the U.S. Senate. Cruz is currently trailing behind Trump in the polls with 359 delegates of the total 1,237 required to win the Republican nomination. As seen in the graphic above, most of Cruz’s statements have been judged to be almost 60 percent false by PolitiFact. His numbers are an improvement on Trump’s results, but they still leave room for voters to question his sincerity.

FOREIGN POLICY: “What we need is a commander in chief that makes clear, if you join ISIS, if you wage jihad on America, then you are signing your death warrant. I introduced the Expatriate Terrorist Act that said if any American travels to the Middle East and joins ISIS, that he or she forfeits their citizenship so they don’t use a passport to come back and wage jihad on Americans.” —Aug. 16, 2015, in an interview with Fox News.

EDUCATION: “We need to repeal Common Core. We need to get the federal government out of the business of dictating educational standards. Education is far too important for it to be governed by unelected bureaucrats in Washington. It should be at the state level or even better at the local level. ”— at the Heritage Foundation’s Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C., January 2015.

GUN CONTROL: “The right to self-defense is an essential component of the liberty we enjoy as Americans and is embodied in the Second Amendment. From successfully protecting law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights at the Supreme Court, to defeating legislation that sought to take away this right, I have always championed the right to keep and bear arms.” — statement on his official campaign website.



Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, 44, is a practiced attorney, politician and junior senator from the state of Florida. Rubio has dabbled in many occupational fields over the years, such as teaching and founding a law firm, which has afforded him a different perspective than the other candidates. His solid background in all things politics comes from years of working his way up the latter in the House of Representatives and the Senate alike.

Most of Rubio’s statements are a mix between “mostly true,” “half true,” and “mostly false,” according to the results of PolitiFact’s findings, pictured in the graphic above. In comparison to his fellow Republican running mates, Rubio shows more balance between what he says and what he means. Out of the three Republican contenders, Rubio does the best to sticking to the truth, which is an admirable quality in a politician.

ABORTION: “There is no doubt that a woman has a right to her own body, has a right to make decisions about her own health and her own future. There’s no doubt. And then, there’s this other right. And that’s the right of a human being to live. And these rights come into conflict when it comes to this issue. And, so, you have to make a decision … But when asked to make a decision between two very hard circumstances, I’ve personally reached the conclusion if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life. I’ll support any legislation that reduces the number of abortions.” — Aug. 9, 2015, at a Meet The Press interview.

JOBS: “If I thought that raising the minimum wage was the best way to help people increase their pay, I would be all for it, but it isn’t. In the 20th century, it’s a disaster. If you raise the minimum wage, you’re going to make people more expensive than a machine. And that means all this automation that’s replacing jobs and people right now is only going to be accelerated. Here’s the best way to raise wages: Make America the best place in the world to start a business or expand an existing business.” —  Nov. 10, 2015, at a First Tier debate hosted by Fox Business.

GUN CONTROL: “My position on guns is pretty clear. I believe law-abiding people have a fundamental, constitutional right to bear arms. And I believe criminals and dangerous people should not have access to guns. There are laws that protect those two things — but many of these [additional] gun laws are ineffective. They don’t do those things. They either infringe on the rights of law-abiding people and do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. And I’m troubled this debate is about guns. It should be about violence. Violence is the problem, guns are what they’re using. We are missing a golden opportunity to have an open, honest and serious conversation about these horrific violent acts, because everyone’s focused on passing these laws that have proven ineffective.” — April 14, 2013, at an interview with CNN SOTU.




Hillary Clinton, 68, is the former U.S. Secretary of State, a position she held for the first four years of the Obama administration. Clinton’s resume also includes a stint on the Senate, as well as eight years of holding the title of first lady. Her previous roles in the White House give her a level of expertise that her competitors lack. She knows what it takes to be president from watching her husband experience it, and she has felt the enormous amount of pressure it can cause. One thing to be certain about Clinton is that she knows exactly what she is walking into by becoming president. While the other candidates might have an idea of what all it entails, they still lack the actual experience of living through it as she did.

Clinton is currently leading in the polls with 760 of the 2,383 delegate votes needed to win the Democratic nomination. This figure does not include the superdelegates, where Clinton has a substantial lead, because their votes can still be changed.

In stark contrast to her Republican counterparts, most of Clinton’s statements have been judged as “true” or “mostly true” by PolitiFact. However, while Clinton’s statements may be true, that does not mean that the inferences she makes from them are always correct. The way one person interprets facts can vary from someone else; it all depends on the individual’s point of view and life experiences. Regardless, Clinton’s statements to the public can be considered relatively true and trustworthy.

ENVIRONMENT: “Today I am announcing a comprehensive strategy to modernize American energy infrastructure and forge a new partnership with Canada and Mexico to combat climate change across the continent, unleashing billions in investment, delivering reliable and affordable energy, protecting the health of our families and communities, and creating good-paying jobs and careers.” — Sept. 23, 2015, in a blog post entitled “Why I oppose Keystone XL.”

EDUCATION:  “[The Common Core] wasn’t politicized. It was to try to come up with a core of learning that we might expect students to achieve across our country, no matter what kind of school district they were in, no matter how poor their family was that there wouldn’t be two tiers of education. Everybody would be looking at what would be learned doing their best to achieve that.” — April 16, 2015, at her first official campaign event in Iowa, via C-SPAN.

DRUGS: “I think that we have the opportunity through the states that are pursuing recreational marijuana to find out a lot more than we know today. I do support the use of medical marijuana, and I think even there we need to do a lot more research so that we know exactly how we’re going to help people for whom medical marijuana provides relief. So, I think we’re just at the beginning, but I agree completely with the idea that we have got to stop imprisoning people who use marijuana. Therefore, we need more states, cities, and the federal government to begin to address this so that we don’t have this terrible result of a huge population in our prisons for nonviolent, low-level offenses that are primarily due to marijuana. ”— Oct. 13, 2015, at the CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas.



Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, 74, previously caucused with Democrats before actually joining the party in 2015. Sanders was the longest-serving independent in U.S. Congressional history before he switched parties.

Sanders has been a long-time defender of civil rights, from his early days as a political activist while attending the University of Chicago to his many careers after graduating college. Sanders’ political conquests include a mayorship, becoming a member of the House of Representatives, and eventually being elected to the U.S. Senate. Sanders is currently behind Clinton in the polls with 546 of the needed 2,383 delegate votes to win the Democratic nomination. This figure does not include the superdelegates, because their votes can still be changed, where Clinton has a substantial lead over Sanders. Like his fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, most of Sanders’ statements have been judged to be “true,” “mostly true,” and “half true” by PolitiFact.

CIVIL RIGHTS: “Black lives matter. The African-American community knows that on any given day some innocent person like Sandra Bland can get into a car, and three days later she’s dead in jail. We need to combat institutional racism from top to bottom, and we need major reforms in a broken criminal justice system. I intend to make sure people have education and jobs rather than jail cells.” — Oct. 13, 2015, at the CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas.

ECONOMY: “Millionaires and billionaires are pouring unbelievable sums of money into the political process in order to fund super PACs and to elect candidates who represent their interests, not the interests of working people. What this campaign is about is whether we can mobilize our people to take back our government from a handful of billionaires and create the vibrant democracy we know we can and should have. It is immoral and wrong that the top 1/10 of 1 percent in this country own almost 90 percent – almost — own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. That it is wrong, today, in a rigged economy, that 57 percent of all new income is going to the top 1 percent.” — Oct. 13, 2015, at the CNN Democratic primaries in Las Vegas.

FOREIGN POLICY: “[Obama] is trying to defeat ISIS. He’s trying to get rid of this horrendous dictator, Assad. But at the same time, he doesn’t want our troops stuck on the ground. And I agree with that. But I am maybe a little bit more conservative on this than he is. I worry that once we get sucked into this, once some of our troops get killed and once maybe a plane gets shot down, that we send more in and more in. But I will say this. ISIS must be defeated primarily by the Muslim nations in that region. America can’t do it all. And we need an international coalition. Russia should be part of it — U.K., France, the entire world – supporting Muslim troops on the ground, fighting for the soul of Islam and defeating this terrible ISIS organization.” — Nov. 8, 2015, during an interview on “ABC This Week.”


The Florida primaries are approaching fast; only those who are registered as a Republican or Democrat (not Independent) may participate. This vote will determine the two main candidates who will be in the running for the presidency, so its importance cannot be denied.

For those who are unsure of which candidate they agree with, take the ISideWith quiz to see which candidate best reflects your beliefs.

The information provided in this article has been verified and fact-checked. Links to the various sites where this information can be found are listed below.





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UWF’s calendar is jam-packed after spring break

By Sydney O’Gwynn
Staff Writer


“Spring into Action: Professional Development Symposium” will give students the opportunity to speak with career professionals and UWF alumni.
Photo courtesy of UWF Alumni Services.

Spring break gives students plenty of things to do — travel, visit Florida’s famous beaches or even catch up on a good book — but there are also plenty of events that will be happening at the University of West Florida for when we Argonauts come back to school.

The 15th annual UWF Women’s Studies Conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the UWF Conference Center. The event will be highlighted by keynote speaker Anne Fausto-Sterling. For more information about the event, visit the website.

“Day of Exploration, a Majors Fair” will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, on the Cannon Green. Previously called “Day of Declaration,” the event is open to current UWF students undecided in their majors or looking to learn more about the majors they have already chosen. Booths will be set up from the various colleges around campus with faculty and staff ready to address questions and hand out informational materials.

“It’s an opportunity for them to get some one-on-one time with people from departments that maybe they haven’t gotten to talk with yet, and for them to learn more about the internship opportunities, the potential career opportunities, and the future that might be available to them,” said Lindsey Walk, an associate director for Career Services. Walk said the event is a good stepping stone for students in their collegiate careers.

“It’s a good opportunity for them to come learn more about all of the options that are available on campus in terms of degree programs,” she said.

She also said this event is not only for non-major students, but also for students wanting to learn more about their own major and what they can do with it.

“I had a lot of students last year that told me they had already declared a major and that they were glad to have come,” she said. “So it’s definitely still for those who have chosen a major.”

Free pizza and drinks will be provided. In the case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Commons Auditorium.

The Education Club will host the first Recess Day from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. Various events, including corn hole, tug-o-war, relay races and even a campus-wide scavenger hunt, are planned. It is $5, and the money raised will go to Relay for Life.

“I think it is very important for us to raise money for the American Cancer Society,” Jenny Gustafson, president of the Education Club, said. “I think it’s something very important to a lot of people.”

The Education Club is open to anyone who loves education, whether you are an education major or not. The group holds monthly meetings with guest speakers from around the campus or county school district.

“We do a lot of volunteering in local schools, so it’s a great way to get your name out there in the community,” Gustafson said. “We hope everyone comes out and enjoys the day with us,” she said.

The fifth annual “Spring into Action: Professional Development Symposium,” hosted by Alumni Relations, is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the UWF Conference Center. Free lunch and door prizes will be offered, plus guest speaker Peggy Brockman, an inspirational speaker and author who will discuss how to be a real success and how to connect rather than just communicate.

“The symposium is that opportunity for us to bring those career professionals to campus or to also bring those alumni to campus to connect with these currently enrolled students, one-on-one in a very laid back, comfortable environment,” said Alesia Ross, coordinator for Alumni Services. Ross said she wants students to learn how to forge connections that will help them achieve their plan of success.

“A lot of times [students] don’t realize the benefit on how to network,” she said. “They don’t understand that all it is [is] talking to someone.”

Ross said she is enthusiastic about the event and said she believes both the students and mentors can learn something through interaction with each other.

“I’m always so pumped up to get people into a room and start connecting,” Ross said. ‘There’s so much beauty that comes out of that.”

Admission is free, but those attending need to confirm their attendance through the website by March 17. Once you click on the website, click on the link called Professional Development Symposium to register.

The American Homicide Book Talk will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in Building 70, room 115. UWF instructors Richard Hough and Kimberly McCorkle will discuss their newly released textbook, “American Homicide.” UWF faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

These are only some of events planned for the last part of the semester. Check the calendar listings at uwf.edu for more events.

So as Spring Break 2016 begins, don’t forget that UWF has a lot in store for when the Argos return!


Donors to use priority point system to obtain football tickets for fall

By Sara Agans
Staff Writer


Graphic courtesy of UWF Athletics

UWF’s inaugural football season will soon be here, and fans already are scoping out ways to get tickets.

The University of West Florida’s Argonaut Athletic Club (AAC), the fundraising division of the UWF Athletic Department, has developed a priority points system, designed to rank all athletics donors fairly and to involve them in the selection of their football season tickets, according to a football season ticket information brochure.

The intent of this policy is to reward those who have been loyal supporters of UWF Athletics while allowing new donors to secure seating options. All priority points are based on the donor’s previous and current support of West Florida Athletics, and each donation helps build up priority points. Argonaut Athletic Club members will have access to season tickets based on their priority points and contribution level.

April 16 is the deadline to earn priority points and the opportunity to buy football season tickets for the 2016 home games, which will be played at the Blue Wahoos stadium downtown. All donations must be turned in to the Argonaut Athletic Club, or made online, by this deadline. Season tickets must be paid for, in full, by July 1, 2016.

Luckily for students, they don’t have to be big spenders to get tickets to see the Argos play.

“All football tickets for this coming season will be free. Students don’t have to buy them,” said Brett Berg, UWF Athletics Development Director. However, “We do have a limited number of about 1,000 seats for students. Our process in place is through our Argo Armada, which is our student booster club where they can download an app on their phone. It is the way that we will distribute tickets for next season. We encourage all students to download the app now and start becoming familiar with it so they can have an idea of how they are going to get tickets,” Berg said.

If students attend any UWF home sporting events, and they check in on the Argo Armada app, they will earn points. The more points students earn, the more prizes they can win, such as Publix gift cards, free sandwiches, etc.

“The way it’s going to work for football tickets is the top 200 students who have the most points will get guaranteed tickets for football, and the other 800 will be put into a lottery system and students will be drawn as a lottery,” Berg said. “We’ve never done this before, so we aren’t sure how many students are going to apply, but we are trying to make it fair and to where students have access to tickets.”

“I plan to attend the football games for this upcoming season because it’ll be something different to do that’s high-energy,” said Keilani Hernandez, a UWF senior majoring in archaeology. “So you can assume I’m pretty excited for it. I haven’t begun plans for tailgating, but I’m sure there will be some on the horizon when the time gets closer.”

One thousand tickets will be exclusively for current students, Berg said. About 3,500 seats will remain to buy outside of the student tickets, and this is where the priority points system comes in to play. Not everyone is guaranteed to get season tickets, because there is more demand than supply of season tickets. A person will receive season tickets based on how many priority points he/she has accumulated. Someone with 10 priority points is going to get the chance to buy tickets before someone who has nine priority points, for instance.

Ben Stubbs, UWF associate director of Student Involvement, said he is excited that outside donors and the university community have an opportunity to be involved in this way and will get to attend football games. “I personally don’t have very many points accumulated myself, but I have some friends who do, and I think that they’re excited about seeing some benefit from being involved and contributing to the university, and I think that the football tickets are appropriate for that. It creates some excitement and an incentive for people to invest back into UWF. This is definitely something that I’m looking forward to and will take advantage of,” Stubbs said.

“We want the experience to be a great collegiate football experience for our current students, former students, alumni and all of our community,” Berg said.

For more information regarding season tickets, visit GoArgos.com/FootballTix, which has a 12-page football season ticket information brochure. You can also call 850-474-ARGO.


Protect yourself online: Center for Cybersecurity hosts self-defense workshop

By Kelsi Gately
Staff Writer

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University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity hosted guest speaker Glenda Snodgrass, president and lead consultant at The Net Effect LLC, on March 9. In her presentation, “Cyber Self Defense: Protecting your online identity,” she urged participants to take steps to prevent being a victim of cyber crime.

Snodgrass has been the lead consultant for The Net Effect since the company started in 1996. Her presentation covered everything people forget about when using the cyber world.

More than 16 billion computing devices exist in the world today. By 2020, this number will grow to 40.9 billion.

Cyber crime is now more profitable than the drug trade, Snodgrass said, and organized criminal gangs are even joining the cyber world. An entire underground economy is devoted to hacking.

These new cyber criminals are after everything: medical records, student academic records, email, Netflix and Uber accounts. Snodgrass encouraged everyone to take steps to protect their online accounts. This includes: Stop and think before you post something; check security settings every couple of months; do not use “login with Facebook” on other sites.

She also suggested that you lie on security questions. Come up with a place, person, pet, and school, but those answers should not relate to you at all. Someone should not be able to find the answers of security questions on your social media accounts.

Snodgrass said that laziness with reusing usernames and passwords for everything is the easiest way to be a victim of cyber crime. She also said when using the World Wide Web, users need to be aware of what is going on around them, just as when they travel to a foreign country.

“People over the age of 40 are more concerned about security,” Snodgrass said. “Those between ages 25 and 40 are less secure online, and those under 25 know and understand because they have grown up with the cyber world.”

Pay attention to what is in the background of your selfies. Your photos contain geo-tracking that can tell hackers your location accurate to within one meter. What you put on social media will be there forever.

Snodgrass mentioned that the new smart TVs also record everything that is said within range.

“I have a smart TV, I didn’t think about the microphone constantly getting information and recoding,” said Jeramey Lacey, cybersecurity major. “Should have known better.”

Snodgrass also advises to never use open Wifi. When you leave the house, turn off Wifi and Bluetooth on your phone. In just 20 minutes, a hacker can get into your device and retrieve private information. You are safer to stay on your cellular network until you can get connected to a secure, password-protected network.

And those “zombie apps,” the ones you haven’t used in months, delete them every couple of months, she said. Constantly check for updates, and if it is no longer in the app store, get rid of it.

“I need to be better about getting rid of my zombie apps,” said Niel Barbon, Pensacola State College freshman majoring in computer science.

Take the time to clean up social media accounts and update your security options. Check location settings on your phone.

Follow Snodgrass on twitter to stay up-to-date on the best ways to protect yourself. If you are interested in cybersecurity, email Eman El-Sheikh, director of the Center for Cybersecurity and professor of Computer Science, at eelsheikh@uwf.edu. For more information about the different computer science programs UWF offers, click here. Also, UWF Cyber Club is open to any student interested in learning about cybersecurity.

‘The Vagina Monologues’ empowers women while raising money for Rape Crisis Center

By Kaitlin Lott
Staff Writer

On Friday night, March 11, The Feminist Society of Pensacola turned the University of West Florida Commons Auditorium into a sanctuary of vaginal praise. “The Vagina Monologues” is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler, first performed in 1996.

All the monologues performed throughout the night were real stories from women all over the world, including topics from political issues to sexual encounters and social justice in a male-driven society. “The Vagina Monologues” brought attention to the “power of the pussy” from talking about the great debate of shaving and infidelity to sexual violence and homosexuality.

The Feminist Society of Pensacola supported the Rape Crisis Center at Lakeview for the first time with this performance. The event was free, but a $5 donation was recommended. The performance raised a little more than $3,500, said Kinsley Hess and Emily Echevarria, council members of the Feminist Society. The proceeds will help women of all ages who have experienced sexual violence, physical violence and emotional abuse.

Throughout the play, actresses pulled in the audience, engaging them with their witty interpretations of women’s stories about their vaginas. The monologues brought comedy and sadness, permitting both laughter and empathy. Presenters were vibrant and compassionate, having reverence for the women who experienced the trials and joy of womanhood and irrevocably changed the lives of others.

“I really liked the woman who talked about shaving her vagina, I thought that was pretty empowering,” said Emily Sheridan, senior marine biology major. “I liked the women who performed ‘My Vagina is My Village.’ That one was pretty tragic, but it was powerful.”

Haley Morrissette, a senior social work major and council member for the Feminist Society, performed “The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could,” which she said was tailor-made for her as it called for a “queer black woman.” Morrissette’s involvement with the Feminist Society has made her more comfortable with her sexuality and who she is as an individual, she said, which showed in her lively and crowd-pleasing interpretation of the story.

“I hope that this opens their eyes, because it talks about some of the violence that women face, period,” Morrissette said. “I hope it opens people’s eyes to that and it makes [people] see that we are not just one-dimensional creatures.”

The essence of “The Vagina Monologues” is overall empowerment of women. UWF boasts various clubs and societies that enhance our academic careers, but this play brought gender enlightenment.

Although there were extreme sexual and sensual references, in every monologue the word vagina had both literal and symbolic meaning. In this play, it is not only seen as a part of a woman’s anatomy, but as an essential part of who a woman is.

For more information on the Feminist Society of Pensacola, visit the Facebook Page.

Grammy-winning baritone leaves audience with a message deeper than his voice

By Kenny Detwyler
Contributing Writer


Daniel Belcher performs “Possente Spirto” by Claudio Monteverdi at last week’s concert. Blake Riley is the accompanist, and Nyasha Brice is assisting with page turning.
Photo by Kenny Detwyler.

The University of West Florida’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts was host to the melodious vocals of Grammy award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher on Monday night, March 7.

Belcher has an extensive career in the performing arts that includes an array of operas and roles in productions such as “Nixon in China” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

Belcher took to the Music Hall stage, performing works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Claudio Monteverdi, George Butterworth, Francis Polulenc and Gerald Finzi. Belcher was accompanied on piano by Blake Riley, assistant professor in the Department of Music.

“It was a wonderful experience,” Riley said. “He’s a very warm person and a strong performer. It’s easy to work with someone who knows what they want, and can express that intuitively rather than verbally.”

Even with the grandeur of UWF’s music hall, Belcher was able to give a performance that still felt intimate to the audience.

“His voice is so full; it’s from the bottom and he has a very rich expression,” student Marty Glover said. “His emphasis is really good.”

Belcher took a break from his career in music to spend some time with up-and-coming music students at UWF. He was invited by the Department of Music to perform, and once the dates were established, the department went to work putting together the show.

“I’m thrilled that there’s great interest in the classical arts,” Belcher said. “It’s very important given our political climate. We’re reminded that there’s some beauty instead of just anger.”

Belcher has had the opportunity to perform all over the country in venues such as Carnegie Hall, but even on a college campus he had no problem sharing his gift on stage before a crowd of college students.

“I’m 45 and still feel like I’m playing in the land of make-believe. I get to sing this music and create characters,” Belcher said. “There is a lot of great talent out there, and unfortunately because of economic conditions, not everyone gets the chance to do what I do, so I feel that it’s my responsibility to use it.”

Following a performance medley of classical works, Belcher returned to the stage for an encore performance of “What a Wonderful World,” made famous by Louie Armstrong. He used the song as tribute to his mother-in-law, who died two years ago.

“Since it was two years ago to the month she died, I considered it to be a love song to her,” Belcher said. “Her death was so sudden, that it’s nice that a piece of music can remind me of her.”

For more about Belcher, including videos of some of his performances, visit his professional website. For the schedule of upcoming Department of Music concerts and performances, visit the department’s website.




Spring break, but not booze, on the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk

By Claudia Carlson
Staff Writer


Photo courtesy of Jennifer Johns.

Spring break is here for UWF students, but if you are planning to go to Pensacola Beach, be aware. Some things are not as they used to be.

The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance that took effect March 1 banning the possession of open containers of alcohol in the central commercial areas of Pensacola Beach. Along with the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, this ban also includes parking lots, streets, sidewalks, parks and other public areas or recreational facilities within the restricted area.

Open containers (no glass) are allowed only in the sand, the beach itself, except for the family designated area of Casino Beach just west of Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier.

This ordinance means that when you go to a bar or restaurant on Pensacola Beach, you are not allowed to leave the premises with an alcoholic beverage, as in the past.

“I think this new ordinance is a really good idea,” said Natasha Coulter, Pensacola Beach Hooters waitress. “The laws on the beach about drinking should be stricter. There are so many people who get too intoxicated, and with this ordinance, I believe it will help make the boardwalk a safer place.”

“There are also so many underage people, or people in general, who try to sneak their alcoholic drinks into our establishment, so I really do think this will be a good thing.”

The ban on open containers of alcohol anywhere other than the sandy beaches was put into effect on March 1, just in time for spring break season.

“The move is largely aimed at the raucous behavior business owners say has become the norm at the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk on weekend nights during the tourism season. While drinking will be allowed inside bars on the boardwalk, drinking on the boardwalk will not,” according to a Pensacola News Journal story on March 1, 2016.

In November, the PNJ conducted a Twitter poll asking followers: “#PensacolaBeach alcohol ban a good idea or bad idea?” Thirty-four percent of recipients voted it was a good idea, while 66 percent voted it a bad idea.

While this may seem like a bad thing for spring breakers, tourists or beachgoers in general, this ordinance is for the safety of the public.

“I remember when I was little, my mom telling me how dangerous the boardwalk was at night, and how she never wanted me to go there,” said Emily Ioakim, a college student on spring break. “While on spring break this past week, I stayed at Perdido Beach because it is calm and safer, but I still went to the boardwalk one day, went to Bamboo Willies and got drinks with my friends. I didn’t think it was a problem, only being able to drink inside the bar. We didn’t even notice.”

The county will be monitoring crime and business statistics on the beach to see how well the ordinance is working. In June of 2017 the ban will either expire or become permanent, depending on the results of the statistics.

Spring breakers, be safe, have fun — just keep your alcoholic beverages in the bars or the non-restricted white sand.