Monthly Archives: September 2016

Vocalist Jane Dutton well-received in first Pensacola performance

By Juliana Liévano Uribe

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida welcomed soprano Jane Dutton and pianist Davis Hart for a Sept. 26 performance at the Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. It was the first time Dutton and Hart, longtime friends and associates, have performed in Pensacola.

Dutton has performed in some of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, English National Opera in London, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and the New York City Opera, where she is a dramatic soprano.

The program was divided into four acts. Dutton opened the concert with “Ah! Perfido, Op. 65,” with music written by Beethoven, and continued with “Wesendonk Lieder,” with music written by Richard Wagner. After an intermission, she performed “Shéhérazade, with music written by Maurice Ravel, and finally “Blue Mountain Ballads,” with music written by Paul Bowles.

Dutton sang in four different languages, one for each act: Italian, German, French and English, respectively. “I can actually sing in five different languages,” Dutton said, referring to Russian as the fifth language, “but I can speak and carry out a conversation in German besides English.”

Inside the program, an English translation was available for each song she sang.

At the end of the concert, Dutton and Hart received three ovations. Both artists were pleased with their performance as well as the audience. They said it was their first time in Pensacola and that they loved being here.  “This hall has beautiful acoustics, and it’s very pretty too,” Dutton said.

Many attendees said they enjoyed the concert.

“I thought it was amazing,” said Katherine Engelmeyer, music performance and education major. “I liked her emotion when she was singing and her facial expressions.”

“I like how she’s singing and how she lets her music become her,” Isabelle Areola, freshman music performance and education major, said. “The fact that she used four languages is incredible.”

Dutton is currently an associate professor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, though she spends considerable time in Europe.

UWF Women’s soccer team loses to Columbus State

By Claudia Carlson

Staff Writer


The Argos scored twice, but ultimately lost to Columbus State on Sept. 28. Photo courtesy of

A series of back-and-forth scores in the University of West Florida women’s soccer team’s match against the nationally-ranked Columbus State Cougars on Wednesday, Sept. 28 ultimately ended in a loss for the Argonauts.

“A loss is never fun, but I think it’s a good learning experience,” said senior midfielder/forward Kaley Ward, who scored one goal. “We can see what we need to fix and where we need to go from here. This can be a good turning point for us to really pick it up and bring everything we have to the rest of the games. Losing is not a fun feeling, so we know what we need to do to fix it.”

The Argos took the lead 12 minutes into the game, when Ward scored the first goal, assisted by freshman midfielder/forward Marjorie Boilesen. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Forward Cassandra Wade scored for the Cougars 11 minutes into the second half, giving the Cougars the lead. Less than one minute later, Boilesen scored on a penalty kick for the Argos tying the game back up at 2-2.

Defender Brooke Nail went on to score a third goal for the Cougars, 21 minutes into the second half. The Argos fought for another shot, but the score remained 3-2 for the rest of the game, resulting in a loss for the Argos.

The Argos are now 6-3 this season.

“We knew this would be a tough game,” senior defender/midfielder Svenja Burkhardt said. “Our coach has prepared us well, but we just didn’t bring it. We knew what to do, we knew the tactics, and we knew it was going to be a tough game. It’s always a good game against Columbus. At the end of the day, they worked a little harder than we did.”

UWF senior midfielder Sara Helgadottir was named Gulf South Conference’s Player of the Week on Sept. 27. Helgadottir, from Grindavik, Iceland, “recorded five assists on the week to go along with one goal,” according to the GSC Women’s Soccer weekly release.

The Argos’ next home game will be at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, at the UWF soccer complex.

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Review: ‘Chasing the Dragon,’ though doe-eyed and sappy, paints a frightening portrait of addiction

By Josh Hart

Opinions Editor


The subjects on the screen are chosen carefully: an Eagle Scout, a cheerleader, a corporate account executive, the mother of an infant child. The subjects on screen are a veritable cross section of mundane America. We are soon made aware of the fact that all of them abused prescription painkillers. The sentiment is clear: Opiate abuse has reached the heart of America. Beware the alkaloid compound devil. William S. Burroughs, the pope of dope, has astrally projected onto the mindscape of our children. The end is nigh, etc.


Title sequence to “Chasing the Dragon,” produced by the FBI

“Chasing The Dragon,” produced at the request of FBI director James Comey, is exactly the kind of hyperbolic anti-drug statement that’s been making the rounds, with a variety of cosmetic changes, since the mid-20th century. This is a PSA, a distinctly artistically shot one, but a PSA nonetheless. The film features direct testimony from overdose survivors and members of the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The message is clear: We, as a society, need to pay attention to the growing specter of prescription opiate abuse.

It’s so easy to balk at the film – at its sincerity, at its moral absolutism, at its clear intent. But that would be viciously cynical, and I don’t think that quite fits the millennial praxis. New “New Sincerity” is in. Genuine feelings are in. A desire for comfort is in. What kind of person would I be if I bristled at an anti-drug PSA? A post-structuralist? A practitioner of rhetorical image analysis? A jerk?

I wasn’t even swayed by the statistics cited in the film, the FBI and DEA research showing that about 46,000 people die from drug abuse annually in the U.S., more than the combined number of Americans killed in car accidents and because of gun violence. What does that mean to me? It’s 2016. We exist in a world in which any and all discourse is non-hierarchal. I can know anything or nothing, entirely at my leisure. What do statistics have to do with me?

You know what did sway me, though? Do you know what did make me feel immense despair at the plight of opiate addicts? Cierra Vallejo. Overdosed at 22. The film follows her mother, bleary-eyed. We see baby pictures of her daughter – happy kid, round face. Dead at 22. Polaroids of the discarded needles in her bedroom. 22. Too young.

Message received. Public service committed. No more pills for our youth. Football season is over. “Chasing the Dragon” did its job.



UWF Women in Business Organization discusses wage gap

By Mary Jo Gruber

Staff Writer

Providing young women the skills to do their part in closing the wage gap was the focus of the Women in Business Organization’s first meeting of the semester on Sept. 23.

Guest speaker Amber Hutchinson, general manager of ESPN Radio in Pensacola, shared insights from having worked in a male-dominated industry for more than 10 years.

“It was difficult in the beginning because I work primarily with men, and it was obvious they liked me, but they didn’t want me as their boss,” Hutchinson said. “Let’s just say, they’re all in line now.”

Attendees included 13 females and one male. Hutchinson provided the group with a packet from the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department, which detailed how women on average make about 78 cents to the dollar paid to men.

Hutchinson offered advice on how women can work to close that gap, which she said she believes is due largely to young women’s lack of confidence.

“Young women are statistically less likely to ask their employer for a performance evaluation, which would open the door for the opportunity to ask for a raise in salary,” she said. “I don’t know about you, but I’ve never died from a ‘No.’ I may have cried, but never died.”

This is the second semester WIBO has been in place at UWF. The organization’s president, senior marketing major Melissa Bassignani, said its primary goal is to provide young women with a place to network and discuss important gender issues.

“I really hope we make a difference in even one young lady’s life. I would love to see our members gain the confidence and soft skills to be successful in all their career goals,” she said.

There are currently 25 registered members in WIBO. Previously, in the spring semester, members of the organization traveled to The Judson’s Women Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Ga., and also participated in the UWF Reverse Career Fair, which gave members a chance to engage with potential employers.

The next WIBO meeting will feature guest speaker Kolleen Chelsey, director of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast. The meeting will be held on Oct. 7 at 3:15 p.m. in the College of Business Education Center, Building 76A, Room 102.

Chinese course now offered to faculty and staff

By Claudia Carlson

Staff Writer

Ms. Fei Li, who is from Hainan, China, will be instructing the course. Classes for fall semester are held from Sept. 13 through Nov. 17, and faculty/staff can register through Continuing Education for a $30 fee.

The course is broken into two semesters in the fall and spring, with HSK I being the first section. The course description on the UWF website details that HSK I is designed for non-native Chinese learners and introduces students to Mandarin Chinese.

It will help students obtain a knowledge of how to write and speak Chinese on a basic level, which will be done through learning Chinese vocabulary, grammar, sentence patterns and more.

“Throughout the semester, class will also introduce elements of Chinese culture and traditional customs to students,” the UWF events page states. “It is a slow-paced class designed to ensure maximum retention and student enjoyment. Faculty and staff are encouraged to join. UWF staff/faculty who complete both semesters and pass the final basic proficiency test are eligible to receive a substantial scholarship to attend the annual summer program in China.”

This is an event offered only to faculty/staff, and not students. Students are able to register for Chinese and Mandarin classes when offered through the University.

“The course is every Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 12:50 p.m.,” Roslyn Brown of the Confucius Institute said. “We currently have 12 faculty/staff members signed up and taking the weekly Chinese classes. Students who successfully take two semesters of the faculty class are eligible to go on the Confucius Institute summer trip to China. They will spend 15 days traveling to four fascinating cities, with all in-country expenses cover.”

For more information on the Chinese language course, as well as photos and journal articles from the past two summer trips, visit the Confucius Institute Facebook page. Information is also available through the UWF website.

UWF Homecoming making changes

By Emily Doyle

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida will hold it’s Homecoming Oct. 17-23, and said it plans to make the events more inclusive for all students.

One of the changes made will be rebranding the pep rally concert, and calling it “Colchis,” which is the name of the city where Jason and the Argonauts fought their battle. By doing so, the Homecoming directors are steering the celebration away from specific groups and making the celebration about all UWF students. This event will be held Oct. 19 at the Field House, beginning at 7 p.m.

UWF has officially announced that the musical artist, Waka Flocka Flame, will be performing for Colchis. When the announcement was released, it became a trending subject on Twitter among UWF students.

The concert is free for UWF students with student ID, and $10 for the general public. No advance tickets will be sold for the concert, so attendees should show up early.

UWF mascot, the Argonaut, and students prepare for previous Homecoming event. (photo taken from UWF website)

UWF mascot, the Argonaut, and students prepare for last year’s Homecoming event. (photo taken from UWF website)

“We definitely are trying to cater to the student body,” UWF events director Alex Francois said.  “We had surveys and asked students how we can make this year’s Homecoming better, and we did our best to make those things happen. Overall, Homecoming is an event that you don’t want to miss, especially the concert on Wednesday. We changed everything to provide for the entire student body.”

Another change from last year’s Homecoming is the court nominations process. This year, anyone can be nominated. One person who is said to truly embody the UWF spirit will win the title of Mr. or Ms. UWF. The UWF website states, “Members of the Homecoming court are nominated by a UWF department, program or organization. Nominees are then invited to apply for the Court. See the Court Expectations/Guidelines for details.”

“Especially with our football team bringing the campus together, it’s allowing the campus culture to transform, and I love it, executive director of Homecoming Taylor Suwarow said. “I’m excited to see all of our hard work come into play.”

The homecoming football game starts at noon, Oct. 22, and the tailgate at the Blue Wahoos Stadium begins at 8 a.m.

You can find details about all Homecoming events, including Colchis, here.

Dali exhibit featured at the Pensacola Museum of Art

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By Juliana Lievano

Staff Writer

The Pensacola Museum of Art is currently showcasing “Controversial Lines: Late Prints by Salvador Dali.”

Dali, one of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, was known as the father of surrealism. This exhibition shows prints of his work from the 1940’s to 1980’s, as well as his famous, unfinished short film “Destino,” which he made in collaboration with Producer Walt Disney in 1945-1946. The Walt Disney Company brought the project back to life, and the film was released in 2003.

Valerie Peacock, the museum’s education coordinator, said the exhibition was named “Controversial Lines” because it is not known whether all the works displayed were finished by Dali. Although all are signed by him, some might have been finished by someone else after his death in 1989.

The exhibition, curated by Suzanne Duvall, was made possible by The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, which loaned many of Dali’s works to the PMA, and local art collectors who loaned prints to the museum.

Dali’s watercolors and drawings fill two full gallery rooms. Themes in the collection include “Carmen,” “Destino,” and “Conquest of the Cosmos.”

People who have seen the exhibition are happy with it. “The sequencing of paintings for the ‘Controversial Lines’ exhibit was incredible,” said Jamieson Everett, a junior English major. “Some of the paintings were illustrations of the opera ‘Carmen.’ They were beautifully detailed and wonderfully surreal. Wouldn’t expect anything less from Dali.”

Everett also said he felt the exhibition needed more information about the artist and the works made available on the walls, as in other museums.

“The works on display were some of Dali’s more low-profile pieces,” Lora Elizabeth James, a senior marine biology major, said. “His surrealist approach allowed me to expand my understanding of the human psyche and empathize with Dali’s quest to explain it through art.”

The “Controversial Lines” exposition will run through Jan. 7, 2017, at the PMA. Another exhibition, “The Life and Art of Mary Petty,” organized by the Syracuse University Art Collection, is also currently on display at the PMA. That exhibition includes various illustrations by Mary Petty, an American artist who illustrated more than 40 magazine covers for “The New Yorker” magazine. The exhibit runs through Oct. 8.

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Partnership disputes lead to the closing of Emerald City nightclub

By Tom Moore

Staff Reporter

The sudden and unexpected closing of Emerald City on Sept. 12 left many of the club’s visitors surprised and saddened.   Eighteen years after opening its doors, Emerald City shut down with little notice.

“It really sucks,” said Robert Smith, who moved to Pensacola five years ago from Tampa. He had been going to Emerald City for nearly a year and a half. “I really enjoyed relaxing with drinks on the back patio after work,” Smith said.

The LGBTQ night club Emerald City was a prominent nightclub in downtown Pensacola.

The LGBTQ night club Emerald City was a prominent nightclub in downtown Pensacola.

Emerald City, formerly located at 406 E. Wright St., closed its doors as the result of a partnership dispute.  As a prominent LGBTQ nightclub in Pensacola, it had built a following among the gay and straight communities alike.

“I loved it,”  Shawana Moore said. “Where else can you get all you can drink for just 10 bucks in this podunk town?”  Moore, a 22-year-old paralegal and part-time fitness instructor, said she enjoyed “Drink and Drown,” where she and her girlfriends enjoyed all-you-can-drink vodkas for only a $10 cover charge. “Great club, great atmosphere, I’m really going to miss it,” Moore said.

Angela Gray commented on the EC Facebook page:  “There is no place like home. That place was my home for so long, and I am heartbroken it’s gone.”

When asked about the circumstances of the closing, Robert Smith said, “A partnership dispute should be able to be resolved amicably by both parties. By just shutting the place down, you are not only denying residents a place to kick back and unwind, but you are also ensuring that nobody makes any money.”

Tina Childes had a different take on the closing.  “I think it was an act of God,” the 34-year-old waitress said of the closing.  “It is time we clean up this city and make it a place where respectable, God-fearing Christians can live. I believe the closing of that den of iniquity is a good first step toward that.”

Either way, Pensacola has lost another hangout.

New apartment complex on the edge of campus marks 3rd in 3 years

By Claudia Carlson

Staff Writer

The Edge apartments are coming to Pensacola, and are being built just outside the UWF campus entrance on University Parkway.

Over the past two weeks, a large plot of trees was cleared and construction started on the new housing complex. It is estimated to be up and running in August of 2017. Freese Johnson of Marietta, Georgia is the contracting company.

The apartment complex follows a common trend, and will be the third built in three years so close to campus. The construction site is located right off campus besides the archeology building.

“While Next and other new communities have recently emerged, there have always been living options close to campus,” said Ruth Davison, Ph.D., director of housing and residence life. “We have always had off-campus competition. While we certainly pay attention to our competition and want to make sure we provide excellent accommodations, Housing and Residence Life on campus provides a different experience to students who choose campus life over an off-campus rental.

“We provide housing that is geared to single students. The off-campus market provides a great option for the student who also must consider the needs of additional family members.”

To make room for the new apartments, a plot of trees was taken down. The fact that those trees were knocked down for another apartment complex troubled some students.

“I can’t believe another apartment complex is being built,” sophomore Francesca Breccia said. “I hate that they knocked down all those trees for an apartment complex.”

In a Sept. 15 press release, Freese Johnson shared plans in store for The Edge complex.

The press release said, “The Edge will provide students a safe, convenient place to live that is just a short walk to all areas of the campus and within a few hundred feet of a trolley and bus stop.

“The property will have 84 apartment units including 344 bedrooms, and each bedroom will have its own bathroom.  It will offer top-of-the-market market amenities, including a resort-style swimming pool with cabanas; a club room with bar area, pool table and foosball; as well as a fitness center, yoga room, cyber café, study rooms and a tanning bed.”


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UWF volleyball extinguishes Lee University Flames in home game

By Brooke Weber

Staff Writer

The Argos continued their winning streak in the game against the Lee University Flames on Friday, Sept. 23. Photo from

The Argos continued their winning streak in the game against the Lee University Flames on Friday, Sept. 23. Photo from

The University of West Florida’s volleyball team remains undefeated in Gulf South Conference play after Friday night’s 3-1 victory over the Lee University Flames at home.

The Argonauts and the Flames were neck-and-neck in the first set. The Argos had 12 kills, six errors and 31 total score attempts. The Flames had eight kills, six errors and 33 total score attempts. However, the Argos won the set 25-17.

In the second set the Flames were in the lead 9-6 early on. When the Argos were down 17-14 Head Coach Melissa Wolter called a timeout. The Argos came back at the end of the set and were only down by one point 21-20, but sophomore libero MaKayla Beebe’s service ace won the match for the Flames 25-22.

The third set began with a serve from senior middle-hitter Catherine Conley which gave the Flames the first point of the set after a service error by the Argos. However, the Argos finished the set with 11 kills, three errors, 26 total score attempts and won by a 25-11 margin.

West Florida finished the fourth set with 19 kills, two errors, 34 total score attempts and won 25-14.

“We need to continue to be aggressive playing our game and having fun,” junior outside-hitter Katie Kulhmeier said following the Argos fourth GSC win. “We play well when we’re having fun.” reported that the 3-1 victory over Lee gave the team its 53rd-consecutive regular-season conference win at home, with more than 300 people in attendance.

“It feels great to be back in our own gym,” senior defensive specialist and libero Tori Martella said. “We have been away for a couple weeks now, we just wanted to give our crowd a great show.”

The Argos previously defeated Valdosta State in four sets on the road on Sept. 20, which reported to be the first time UWF has beaten the Blazers on the road since 2013.

Martella said the victory at Valdosta State gave them a lot of momentum.

Red-shirt senior Kathryn Torre had 12 kills, five blocks, and one ace against Lee, junior outside-hitter Katie Kuhlmeier was a game statistic leader with 13 kills and two blocks, and junior setter Monique StCyr completed the game with a total of 43 assists.

“We need to pass well, set well and terminate the ball,” Martella said before competing against Shorter University over the weekend. “We’re doing everything like that, so it should be another really good game.”

The Argos faced Shorter University at home Saturday, a match they also won 3-1.

The women’s volleyball team will battle at home against Mississippi College Tuesday night at 5 p.m.

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