Daily Archives: April 3, 2016

UWF baseball’s winning streak is challenged through 11 innings

Baseball

Teammates high-five Robert Lopez and Nic Strasser as they head back to the dugout.
Photo by Grier Wellborn.

By Grier Wellborn

Sports Editor

The University of West Florida baseball team’s longest winning streak since 2014 was challenged by the University of Montevallo Falcons in a mid-week series.

After dominating Montevallo 7-2 in the first of the non-conference two-game series on Tuesday night, the University of West Florida baseball team prepared to face them again on Wednesday afternoon.

In Tuesday night’s game, the Falcons took a quick 2-0 lead, and it was not until the bottom of the third that the Argos were able rally with three runs. It was a lead that would extend through the rest of the game.

The Argo win extended UWF baseball’s winning streak to six games, and the team looked for a seventh consecutive win on Wednesday.

Freshman Troy Brown made his fourth career start as the first pitcher on the mound for the Argos on Wednesday’s match at Jim Spooner Field.

Junior outfielder Jean Figueroa would be the first to score for the Argos in the bottom of the ninth after a hit from senior catcher Ben Emery sent Figueroa home.

Figueroa was named the Gulf South Conference player of the week after his outstanding performance over the last weekend. Figueroa batted .538 and also posted three home runs and a multi-home run game on Saturday.

“It was a great opportunity for me,” Figueroa said regarding his Player of the Week award. “We had a great week and weekend, and we’re going to have to keep working to keep having success in play on the field.”

The second inning ended with loaded bases and sent into the third with a 1-0 lead for UWF.

Leading off for the Argos, senior third baseman Jimmy Redovian was first to bat and first to score in the fourth after a hit from Figueroa scored Redovian before Figueroa was tagged out on first.

It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Falcons broke their scoreless streak and put a run on the board.

Freshman pitcher Garrett Peek took over for Brown on the mound in the top of the sixth but was replaced by senior Jarrod Petree for the remainder of the inning. With Petree on the hill the Falcons would sit at one earned run until the ninth inning.

The Argos scored for a third time in the game when a low hit into left field by Figueroa resulted in a run by Redovian (his second). The inning would end with two Argos left on base.

Senior left-handed pitcher Sean Kennedy replaced Petree in the eighth inning. Kennedy was replaced my junior Steve McClellan in the ninth and final inning.

Just as it looked like the Argos would take another sweep the series, the Falcons scored twice in the top of the ninth, tying the game 3-3. The game headed into a 10th inning with McClellan back on the mound.

Montevallo took its first lead of the game in the top of the ninth when senior Chase Bryant took it home for the Falcons, advancing to 4-3. Freshman pitcher Cole Crowder took over the mound in the 11th.

The Argos began the bottom of the 11th hoping to break their run-less streak. With the bases loaded and Redovian up to bat, the Falcons’ pitch hits Redovian, scoring freshman shortstop Robert Lopez.

“I was glad that I got to wear that pitch and get the tying run in,” Redovian said. “That was a tough pitcher. He was throwing hard but I just wanted to do anything I could to get the run in.”

A grounder by senior catcher Kyle Hamner and an error by Montevallo allowed sophomore second baseman Nic Strasser to score from second base, resulting in a walk-off win for the Argos. The 5-4 win for the Argos extended the winning streak to seven consecutive games.

“The crazy thing about baseball is that you can never let up,” Redovian said. “You have to keep the foot on the throat because that’s a good team over there and they did a good job fighting back in the ninth.”

UWF baseball looked to extend the streak even further when they took on Union University on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the Argos beat the Bulldogs in both games 8-4 and 17-4, respectively. The Argos continued their streak on Sunday with a 7-2 victory over the Bulldogs to sweep the three game series.

UWF is now 24-11 (16-5 GSC) on the season. The Argos will return to The Spoon on next weekend, April 9 and 10, to take on The University of West Alabama.

For the complete baseball schedule visit goargos.com

UWF students sacrifice their Spring Break to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity

By Mackenzie Kees

Opinions Editor

 UWF students traveled to Boca Raton over Spring Break to help Habitat for Humanity in South Palm Beach County. Photo courtesy of HFHSBC Facebook page.

UWF students traveled to Boca Raton over Spring Break to help Habitat for Humanity in South Palm Beach County.
Photo courtesy of HFHSBC Facebook page.

Many organizations exist to help the underprivileged, one of the more well-known being Habitat for Humanity. Rather than just donate money to marginalized communities, Habitat for Humanity does something more tangible: It builds homes for those most in need, and it takes more than just monetary contributions to do this successfully. People willing to volunteer their time to help build the homes is imperative.

Over Spring Break, March 13-19, several UWF students heeded the call to service and joined Habitat for Humanity in South Palm Beach County (HFHSBC) for week four of the 2016 Collegiate Challenge. UWF’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program made this outing possible through the efforts of trip leader Stacey Lee Field.

“Each ASB trip leader chooses a social justice issue that they want to work with; I chose to work with poverty and homelessness. It was through that decision that we decided to work with Habitat,” Stacey Lee Field, a junior majoring in psychology, said.

UWF teamed up with students from Indiana University to help repaint the homes of two families. Both of these homes were constructed by Habitat for Humanity back in 2004. “None of us knew that they would go back to [upkeep the homes]. It was nice to see that they helped keep the places looking good,” Field said.

In order to be considered as a potential Habitat homeowner, a long process must take place. A family must complete 400 hours of volunteer service, called sweat equity, which Mike Campbell, president and CEO for HFHSBC, told the Sun Sentinel “is [like] the down payment to their home.” Families also must complete 75 hours of classroom workshops to prepare for the financial responsibility of owning a home. The workshops also provide information on food and nutrition, as well as homebuyer education courses. So, Habitat for Humanity does not give houses away for free; instead, it provides people with the tools they need to better support their families, as well as a roof to sleep under.

Volunteers are the backbone of this nonprofit organization, and without the hard work of the UWF and Indiana University students who decided to sacrifice their Spring Break to help out those in need, these homes may have fallen into disrepair.

For more about UWF’s participation in the 2016 Collegiate Challenge, check out HFHSBC’s official Facebook page. To find out how to get involved with Pensacola’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, visit their website. More information on UWF’s ASB program can be found here.

 

 

 

 

CAB After Dark: coming Friday, April 15

By Sara Agans

Staff Writer

 A wristband is required for CAB After Dark. Image courtesy of the UWF Campus Activity Board.

A wristband is required for CAB After Dark.
Image courtesy of the UWF Campus Activity Board.

Food trucks and music are just a few things that CAB After Dark will have to offer while wrapping up the 2016 spring semester.

CAB After Dark is the Campus Activity Board’s (CAB) biggest party of the year. This event occurs towards the end of every spring semester, with something different planned for the students to enjoy.

“This year we are changing things up,” said Andy Sutton, a second-year graduate student at UWF in the College Student Affairs Administration program, and one of the graduate advisers of CAB. “We wanted the event to be more focused and more accessible than in previous years. Last year we had a lot of smaller-scale things happening at once such as games, music, food and giveaways. This year we have two large-scale activities making up the entire event.”

“During the first half of the event, we will have local food trucks in the Commons parking lot, who will be serving students that sign into the event. During the second half of the event, we will be transitioning into a concert hosted by Groove Boston. We wanted everyone to have an equally awesome experience and we felt that the old set-up was not providing this due to smaller vendors running out of things or people spending an hour in line.”

This event is open and free to all current UWF students and will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in the Commons parking Lot H. The event is also open to the general public with a $10 admission fee. Wristbands for students and the general public will be available starting on April 14.

“Putting together an event like CAB After Dark is one of the most mind-blowing and hectic, yet rewarding experiences ever,” said Latesa Jones, a UWF senior majoring in health science and the president of CAB. “Although the event looks amazing in the end and the students enjoy themselves, this event takes several months of planning and many people to execute properly. You would never believe all of the tiny details that must be taken care of with an event as large as CAB After Dark.”

“My favorite part of CAB After Dark is seeing everything in action,” said Jay-ana Benavente, a UWF sophomore majoring in hospitality, recreation and resort management and the CAB External Vice President. “I love the fact that we were the ones behind all the planning, executing, etc. It’s awesome to see it come to life.”

“CAB After Dark has always been very popular with the UWF community,” Sutton said. “We have changed things from last year to simplify the event and make it seem less overwhelming and more accessible. If you have never been before I think that this year is the best time to change that. At CAB After Dark you will get a chance to sample food from local Pensacola food trucks and to participate in an exciting concert powered by Groove Boston.”

“To students who have never been to CAB After Dark, you must go,” Jones said. “It is a unique experience and tradition that UWF has continued building on year after year. It is something to look forward to each year.”

This Saturday, April 9, the MS Walk will take place at Bayview Park to raise awareness.

By Claudia Carlson

Staff Writer

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This Saturday, April 9, the MS Walk will take place at Bayview Park to raise awareness and funds to support research and life-changing services to help people living with multiple sclerosis.

Online registration for Walk MS: Pensacola is now open. The goal for this walk is to raise $26,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to help people living with MS to live as full of a life as possible.

Even if you do not know anyone with this disease, you are still welcome to come to this walk to show your support and raise funds to put a stop to MS.

“Walk MS is the rallying point for the MS Movement and gives those affected by MS and their friends and family a chance to come together to change the world for everyone impacted by multiple sclerosis,” said Laura Pemberton, Marketing and Communications Manager for the National MS society Alabama-Mississippi Chapter. “Walk MS is a celebration of progress being made as we work together to end MS forever.”

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. According to the press release for the Walk MS Pensacola, most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two or three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

This walk is all about raising funds for MS, but there is no fee to participate in this walk. Instead, participants are asked to raise money for the cause. Participants who raise at least $125 will receive a 2016 Walk T-shirt, with other prizes awarded for additional fundraising.

“The cost of the event is underwritten by many generous community and national sponsors,” Pemberton said. “Our goal is for every dollar raised by participants to be invested in the mission of the National MS Society.”

Even though MS is usually a debilitating disease, there will be people at the walk who are currently living with MS. This walk comes the month before National MS day on May 25, which brings awareness to the challenges those living with MS face on a day-to-day basis.

“The National MS Society mobilized people and resources so that everyone affected by multiple sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever,” according to the Walk MS Pensacola press release. “Last year alone, through our comprehensive nationwide network, the Society devoted $122.2 million to help more than 1 million individuals connect to the people, information and resources they need.”

“It’s not too late to get involved,” Pemberton said. “Most people start their fundraising the week of the walk, so there is still plenty of time to make an impact. Your participation in Walk MS helps ensure no one ever has to be diagnosed again.”

To participate or volunteer for this walk visit www.walkMS.org, call 855-372-1331, or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org.

If you participate in this event, don’t forget to show your support with the hashtags created especially for this event: #walkMS and #WalkTogether,

 

Become aware of yourself

By Kelsi Gately

Staff Writer

Order Mikulas’ book to learn more about meditation.

Order Mikulas’ book to learn more about meditation.

On Saturday I went to UWF’s Japan House to listen to UWF professor William L. Mikulas speak about Zen Buddhism and mindfulness meditation. The two hour lecture included a lesson on the importance in breathing.

I have always had an interest in meditation and what it can do for my overall well-being. Mikulas’ lecture taught me that meditation is the best way to learn to focus my mind on daily tasks and relieve stress.

Many do not realize that Buddhism is not a religion, but instead a lifestyle. Mikulas stated that Buddhism is unique in that it adapts to the culture it’s in. Originally Buddha’s teachings were in India, it moved into China and later Japan. Each time it moved it gained information from different religions and cultures.

“I really loved the lecture,” said Erin Shoaf, English major. “Everything he talked about, from mindfulness and awareness to the ego making the mind run to mediation is all things that I have read about and been longing to study and know. It’s nice to know that I am on the right path in the beginning stages of this Buddhist journey.”

Mikulas explained that meditation helps you learn to focus on one thing at a time. By doing one task at a time or listening to someone speak, you are able to completely understand what is going on around you.

In the second hour of the lecture, Mikulas taught a simple breathing exercise. 4-2-4-2 is the count used when breathing. Count to 4 while breathing in, hold for 2 counts, exhale for 4 counts and hold for 2 more counts, then repeat. Focus on your muscles to make sure you are inhaling and exhaling all of your breath.

“I thought it was a great lecture,” said Danielle Hurt an elementary education major. “He explained the true essence of what Zen Buddhism is really about and how it was developed through history. It was amazing how he described how meditation could be applied to anything. I thought it was really important that he stressed that the Buddha never meant for it to be a religion and a lot of people don’t realize that. I had a great time and learned information to supplement what I already knew about Buddhism.”

I was very relaxed after the lecture. The 4-2-4-2 breathing exercise and meditation is something that I will continue to practice.

Meditation will help anyone who is stressed about school or work.

If you would like to learn more about Zen Buddhism and meditation, order Mikulas book “Taming the Drunken Monkey” on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

UWF encourages students to Take Back the Night at annual event this Thursday

By Sydney O’Gwynn

Staff Writer

 At last year’s Take Back the Night, members of Alpha Gamma Delta joined hands around the memorial for Susan Leigh Morris. Morris was a student at UWF and a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta when she was found slain on campus with signs of a sexual assault. Photo courtesy of UWF’s Take Back the Night 2015 Facebook page.

At last year’s Take Back the Night, members of Alpha Gamma Delta joined hands around the memorial for Susan Leigh Morris.
Morris was a student at UWF and a sister of Alpha Gamma Delta when she was found slain on campus with signs of a sexual assault.
Photo courtesy of UWF’s Take Back the Night 2015 Facebook page.

According to the Take Back the Night Foundation, one out of every three women and one out of every six men experience some sort of sexual violence every year. In addition, less than 50 percent report these crimes. The University of West Florida’s Wellness Center wants UWF students to change that.

The 17th annual Take Back the Night event, hosted by the Wellness Center, will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in the Commons Auditorium on campus. The event features various informational booths, guest speakers and tributes to survivors of sexual assault.

The Take Back the Night Foundation started over half a century ago in Europe, and aims to forge relationships and create a feeling of safety by coming together with the community and hosting events. Its mission statement, according to its website, is to “end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.”

The Wellness Center holds two events regarding sexual assault awareness, one in the fall called Rock Out the Red Zone, and one in the spring, which is Take Back the Night.

In addition to holding the two outreach events, the Wellness Center also encourages students to take the pledge to end sexual assault on the It’s On Us website. It’s On Us is a website where anyone can take a pledge to “recognize that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, to identify situations in which sexual assault may occur, to intervene in situations where consent has not or cannot be given, [and] to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.”

For more information about Take Back the Night, It’s On Us or other ways you can get involved in stopping sexual assault, please contact the Wellness Center at 850-473-7112 or visit the website. If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 850-474-2420 or visit the website.