Archive | September, 2010

Despite loss, Owl fan support still strong

27 Sep

The Owls might have lost Saturday night, but hoards of fans came out to the home opener to support FAU — win or lose.


FAU fans cheer on the Owls Saturday, Sept. 25 at Lockhart Stadium in
Fort Lauderdale. (Photo: Rachael Joyner)

Despite the 21-17 loss to North Texas, fans still had something to celebrate this weekend after last week’s stadium approval vote. If all goes according to plan, Saturday night’s game was the last home opener the Owls ever play at Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium.

More: Check out our photos from FAU’s home opener!

Up next: The Owls travel to Tampa to face South Florida on Saturday. Sign up for the Student Government $40 bus trip is now open. Contact the SG office at 561-297-3740 for more info.


It’s FAU game day!

25 Sep

FAU’s much-anticipated football home opener is today at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The Owls take on the North Texas Mean Green at 7 p.m.

FAU Football Pep Rally

Despite the rain, more the 1,000 students attended FAU's first football
pep rally. (Photo: Michele Boyet)

More: Photos from FAU’s first football pep rally

Pre-game tailgating events start at 4:30 p.m. Visit the Student Government and Student Alumni Association tents for free BBQ ribs and Amp Energy drinks.

Need a ride? There will be two free bus trips for students leaving from the Boca Raton campus Student Union at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Get your face in the paper! Look for an Owl Times photographer at the tailgate and in the stands during the game.

Go Greek?

22 Sep

Greek Life is a big part of the FAU experience. But with 24 fraternities and sororities to choose from, selecting the right one can be tough. Don’t fret, we’re here to help!

FAU has 24 fraternities and sororities, each with a unique history and membership criteria.

FAU has 24 fraternities and sororities, each with a unique history and membership
criteria. (Photo: Rachael Joyner)

In honor of Greek Life recruitment week, we offered each sorority and fraternity the chance to show off their stuff – and in their own words.

Click here to see what they have to say in our Special Greek Issue…

Keep in mind: The groups in this issue of Owl Times represent the community overseen by the FAU Greek Life Office. There are academic and professional sororities and fraternities that are run through FAU’s colleges – so check
with your dean’s office to learn more.

So how do I Go Greek, anyway?

Here are nine helpful tips for navigating the recruitment process, straight from FAU’s Greek Life Office…

Be yourself
The recruitment/intake process can be intimating, but the best advice for potential members is the simplest: Be yourself. As weird as the process may feel, everyone is simply trying to get to know each other in a short time, so make sure you stay true to yourself in order to find your best fit.

Have genuine and honest conversations
Just as the fraternity and sorority members are trying to get to know you, you should be trying to get to know them as well. Make sure you’re talking about things that matter to you. Seek out real conversations and people you connect with, because those people are your potential brothers or sisters – and if the conversation is not there now, it most likely won’t be there once you get a bid of membership.

Spend time really getting to know the members
Meet as many people as you can and make real connections with them. This sounds like a lot of work but the chapters are meeting a lot of people throughout recruitment and you will want the most people possible to remember your name and face. Additionally, you will want to make sure that you like the people who are currently in the chapter, not just one or two members.

Expose yourself to the chapter experience
Ask questions about what the chapter does. You will want to get a sense of what type of events the chapter is involved with, what they value, and what kind of things they hope their members will be a part of. Knowing these things ahead of time will help ensure that you are joining an organization that is similar to yourself and you know you will enjoy.

Seek accurate information
You have a right to accurate information regarding the chapters. Make sure you visit the fraternity and sorority life website, and check out reports or chapter profile information provided. You can also stop by the Greek Life Office located in the Boca Raton Student Union, Room 218, if you have more unanswered questions.

Look for the group where you feel most comfortable
At the end of the day, you should ask yourself: “Do I see myself as a member of this organization?” If you cannot answer that question with a yes, then it’s probably not the right choice. You will want to join the organization where you feel the most relaxed and comfortable.

Keep an open mind
Again, the recruitment/intake process can be very a strange and unsettling experience, but it is good advice to simply keep an open mind. There are a lot of rumors and falsehoods surrounding fraternities and sororities and it’s in your best interest to make your own first-hand assessment.

Trust the process
At the Greek Life Office, we believe this is the perfect phrase for the recruitment/intake process. What is supposed to happen for you always does. Don’t get too caught up in the day-to-day aspects, just make sure you complete the whole process. If you don’t get a bid or an organization doesn’t think you are a good fit for them right now, continue to check out everyone else before you give up.

Have fun
Fraternities and sororities are supposed to be a good time and something that enhances your college experience, not something that’s a stressor in your already stressful life. Relax and have fun!

Board of Governors approves funding plan for FAU stadium

16 Sep

If things go according to plan, FAU fans will watch the Owls play their home games in a 30,000-seat stadium on the Boca Raton campus by next year.

The Board of Governors voted Thursday to approve the $70 million Boca Raton campus stadium.

The Board of Governors voted Thursday to approve the $70 million Boca Raton campus stadium. (Photo: FAU, courtesy)

On Sept. 16, after two days of meetings, the Florida Board of Governors unanimously approved the $70 million funding plan for the stadium.

“Having our own stadium will give us the venue we need to come together as a unified community of students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University, sharing memorable experiences and building traditions that will be passed along to future generations,” President Mary Jane Saunders said in an e-mail to the FAU community after the vote. “This momentous endeavor lies at the very heart of our efforts to enrich the quality of campus life at FAU, and we are fortunate to be right here on the scene as it comes to fruition.”

Watch video from the Board of Governors vote and the student celebration with Owls’ head coach Howard Schnellenberger at

FAU will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the stadium on Friday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m.

Hang out with Schnelly

15 Sep

Join Owls’ head football coach Howard Schnellenberger and ESPN760 host Ken LaVicka every Thursday as they broadcast FAU’s weekly athletic department radio show live from Hooters in Boca Raton.

Join Owls' head coach Howard Schnellenberger and ESPN760's Ken LaVicka Thursdays at Hooters

Talk football with Owls' head coach Howard Schnellenberger and ESPN760's Ken LaVicka Thursdays at Hooters. (Photo: Dori Zinn, courtesy)

Review prior games and make predictions for the upcoming week with Schnellenberger and other Owls’ coaches while taking advantage of the drink and food specials, including the $5.99 Schnellen-BURGER. Keep an eye out for current and past players, who have made appearances at previous shows this year.

“The FAU Sportspage is a great way for Owls to show support for their football team and get a chance to spend time with coach Schnellenberger in an intimate setting,” says LaVicka. “It’s close to campus, the Hooters’ location has a great atmosphere, and it’s an excellent place to celebrate FAU football every week.”

The show is interactive and will welcome questions from both the live audience, as well as call-ins at 1-888-760-3776.

Listen live online or check out past show podcasts at

If you go…

What: FAU Sportspage (Facebook event invite)

When: Thursdays at 6 p.m. during the season

Where: Hooters, 2240 NW 19th Street, Suite 1101a, Boca Raton

Drink specials: $5.99 Miller Lite and Coors Light pitchers; 5-for-$12.50 domestic buckets; $1.99 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans; 5-for-$10 Pabst Blue Ribbon buckets.

Food deals: $5.99 Schnellen-BURGER with fries; 20 percent off food portion of your check if you present your Owl Card.

SG’s new Elections Chair is strict with a smile

9 Sep

Student Government Elections Chair
Thomas Levy

On his Facebook wall, Thomas Levy says he “will be the Superintendent of Broward County Schools in 12 years” and eventually, “the U.S. Secretary of Education.” But before that, the current FAU Student Government Elections Chair wants to go to grad school somewhere Ivy League.

“I want to go to Columbia, Vanderbilt or Harvard,” says the senior social science education major. “My long-term goal is to move back to Florida and help inner-city kids in Miami-Dade.”

Until then, Levy says he’ll focus on making this year’s elections the “best ever,” with competitive races and high voter turnout.

As Elections Chair, Levy will oversee two distinct sets of races: The fall election on Sept. 14 and 15, when students will vote for open seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate on each campus, followed by the spring election next semester, when FAU will elect its next student body president and vice president, along with the campus governors.

“Last year’s elections were a train wreck,” Levy says bluntly. “This year, they are going to be run very organized and by the book. I’m a nice guy, but I am going to be strict to ensure things run smoothly.”

As of press time, there were 95 eligible candidates running in this election – 68 of them on the Boca Raton campus. Levy was instrumental in getting these students to sign up. (Meet the candidates in this week’s issue.)

His goal: “Get more diverse, new faces involved in Student Government.”

His sales pitch? He tells students this is their chance to “make a difference on campus.”

“Do you know that $150 of your tuition goes to Student Government for your Activities and Services fees? That was a real light bulb to me,” Levy says. “We’re paying for what goes on around campus, and we should be involved in how it’s run and be a part of the decisions that get made.”

In his free time, Levy volunteers at a foster home in Fort Lauderdale, helping high-school dropouts get their GEDs. The program, called The College Boost, is something Levy says is very close to his heart.

“These kids were all left behind in the school system and they need support,” he says, adding that the program helps students study, apply for scholarships, and get involved in the community.

Says Levy: “Helping them really opens your eyes and touches your heart.”

His goal for this years’ elections: “To get 8 percent of the student body to vote. We had 6 last year and that was the highest turnout ever.”

His advice to students: “Speak up and get involved in Student Government. You have the power to make a difference and make significant changes at FAU.”


See this week’s issue: Issue 5, Volume 1

FAU flags at half-staff today

7 Sep

Flags on all campuses were at half-staff Tuesday in memory of Dr. Jill Jones, Nicholas Jones, Christopher Lowe and Joe Isadore.

Dr. Jill Jones, a former faculty member in the College of Education, and her son, Nicholas, who were tragically killed in a highway accident in Virginia on Aug. 8.

Christopher Lowe, a student in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters who passed away on Aug. 25.

Joe Isadore, a double alumnus of FAU and former Associate Dean of Students on the Jupiter campus, who died suddenly on Aug. 31.

The FAU community asks that you keep them and their families in your thoughts.


Memorial Service for Joe Isadore on Jupiter Campus Sept. 15

A memorial service for Joe Isadore, a former member of the Student Affairs staff who suffered an untimely death on Aug. 31, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the AD auditorium on the Jupiter campus.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Joe passed away at the age of 39 while serving as a dean at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. A reception in classroom AD 102 will follow the service.

Joe was a double graduate of FAU, having earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration here. When he left FAU in 2008, he was Associate Dean of Students on the Jupiter campus. Joe is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two young sons. RSVPs are not necessary.

For more information, please contact Terry Gearing at 6-8026 or

After hours with FAU’s new president

1 Sep

You’ve probably heard Mary Jane Saunders speak about science, research, and her goals for transforming the school into a more traditional university. But what you don’t know about FAU’s new president might surprise you: She loves Lady Gaga and Shark Week, and she’s in dire need of a recommendation for a good local Cuban restaurant.

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders. (Photo: Michele Boyet)

Before becoming FAU’s sixth president, Mary Jane Saunders was provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Cleveland State University in Ohio. Prior to that, she was the director of CSU’s Biomedical Health Institute and the founding dean of the College of Science, CSU’s second-largest college.

Before CSU, Saunders was a program officer and deputy division director at the government-funded National Science Foundation, director of the Institute of Biomolecular Science at the University of South Florida, and an assistant professor in the botany department at Louisiana State University.

FAU’s second female president earned her Ph.D. in botany from the University of Massachusetts and did her postdoctoral work through a science program at the University of Georgia.

And in her free time? Well…

“In my free time I really love to read novels and mysteries.” Saunders likes to read regional literature: “I read many novels in Cleveland that were about the area and I started reading Florida-based authors like Carl Hiaasen and Randy Wayne White.”

Might be yours. “I’ve asked all the staff and faculty to send me the books they have written. I read all the staff’s literature when I was in Cleveland and plan to do the same at FAU.”

Annavicenzo’s Italian restaurant (1930 NE 5th Ave). “I also really love Rocco’s Tacos. There’s just a great atmosphere and energy in there.” But, “I’m still looking for a good Cuban restaurant, I love Cuban food. I could use some suggestions.”

Project Runway. “I just love seeing the creations. My mother made clothes for me and my three sisters when we were younger, so I can appreciate how hard it is to do.” Also: MythBusters and Shark Week.

“The last movie I saw with my husband was Date Night. We were laughing until we cried.” But her favorite movie: “I don’t want to date myself, but I love The Big Chill. Brings back great memories of my friends in graduate school.”

“I hate to admit this, but I have Cher’s greatest hits album. But it’s still wrapped in the plastic!” Also: “I love Lady Gaga. Now she’s sort of a general phenomenon, but I believe I discovered her a long time ago. I think she is so talented and creative, and her music is fun.”

“I love going to the food court in the Breezeway and meeting students. I do some table-hopping and visit all the student organizations in the Breezeway.” Also: “The Jaffe Center for Books Arts in the library is just a treasure. I’ve never seen anything like it on another campus.”

“Actually, in my closet there is a wall for shoes – I’ve never had anything like it before and I love it. The Baldwin House is beautiful, but I love my shoe wall.” How many shoes? “I will not disclose how many shoes I own, but I will say there are only a few spots left.”

Saunders wants to add your art. “I want to showcase student and faculty art on the walls. It’s important to celebrate the accomplishments of our scholars.”

See this week’s issue: Issue 4, Volume 1