A gray sky sheds rain
It waits while classes meet
Storms again after
Open the day’s lunch
Pausing from tasks and “to do”
A most welcome rest
Don’t Kill Flori’an, a limerick
We all think the weathermen lie
Despite them all showing the eye
Oh please ole Dorian
Don’t kill Flori’an
We are all not ready to die.
The Aftermath, a limerick
Oh wow — that was quite a scare
Dorian ended up fair
Pray for the affected
Not all were protected
Some were even left bare.
The Panther’s Varsity Training Center is filled with more than just sweaty athletes.
It is now home to an extremely irritating and flesh-eating disease: scabies.
Scabies is a highly contagious skin condition that causes severe itching from sarcoptes scabiei mites, also referred to as itch mites.
The itch mites burrow into and lay eggs in the outer layer of the skin, resulting in nonstop itching and an angry rash.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, scabies is mainly caused by poor hygiene and is spread through skin-to-skin contact.
What is even more worrisome about the recent outbreak is the fact that this it is not the first time, nor the second time, but the third time the skin rash has wreaked havoc on campus.
There have been numerous outbreaks in the past three months, all of which have been due to a lack of proper hygiene practices.
“It’s almost second nature,” one athlete in a Facebook post. “I think the team has had a scabies problem longer than it hasn’t since I’ve started.”
While the athlete declined to speculate where the outbreak started, a Florida Tech coach has been investigating on his own.
“It’s a lot of he-said-shesaid, but I think I’m closing in on the culprit team.” The coach requested to remain anonymous. “Wouldn’t want it to be from my own court, you know?”
Showering , washing clothes and equipment and other basic cleaning practices that you would think to be essential to people’s everyday routines have proved not to be so essential.
The VTC will close down for a day so the athletic trainers can wipe down a few racks with a Clorox wipe and declare it “all good.”
“Hopefully certain players on the field will invest in some soap and a nice hot shower,” said the investigative coach.
Athletes might then be able to rid themselves of disgust and infestation, as well as put the rest of the student body out of misery and fear.
After seven years of development and crowdfunding, Best Games Studios has finally fulfilled its promise of “creating the game that everyone dreamed of.”
Fourth Life is a massive multiplayer online first-person role-playing action survival sandbox simulation sports shooter real-time strategy battle royale game that has the most innovative game-play mechanics the world has ever seen.
Unlike other game developers, the people at Best Games Studios understand and know what the gaming community wants for their games.
Instead of choosing inferior and obsolete gaming platforms such as PCs and consoles, the developers of Fourth Life wanted everyone to enjoy the game and have made the decision to release exclusively on mobile because “everyone has a phone.”
The processing power and the state of the art hardware of smartphones are capable of handling the otherwise impossible engine that the game runs on for around 30-45 minutes, depending on the player’s preferred phone of choice.
If the player decides to get the Ultimate Deluxe Collector’s edition of Fourth Life for $300, the game will also come with a compact-portable power bank which will extend the possible play time.
Now let us talk about what makes Fourth Life so special: the game-play.
In Fourth Life, the player gets to choose to be whatever they want to be.
The forward-thinking developers of the game have added over 500 gender and sexual orientations for the players to choose from, such as Attack Helicopters, Goats, Pizza and Chairs.
The players are even allowed to customize the look of their character pixel by pixel, which is the true character building that everyone wanted.
After choosing what or who they want to be, the players are thrown into the immersive world of Fourthland, a place where magic and technology coexist and the world is open for the players to explore.
At the very start of the game, the players have to find a purpose for themselves as the game heavily emphasizes on making your own choice, which means that there are no set objectives and no real NPCs to interact with the players.
However, with a small fee of $30 per month, the player is able to access additional features of the game such as crafting and learning magic.
On top of the monthly subscriptions, the players can also purchase in-game currency to participate in what is probably the most exciting and addictive game mode of all time: Loot Roulette.
Unlike the questionable loot boxes that some other game companies have been implementing, the Loot Roulette is a perfectly fair and balanced mode that allows the players to acquire loot by playing the in-game roulette.
Although the win rate and chances of Loot Roulette were not posted by the developers of the game, Best Games Studios has assured players that the roulette is perfectly balanced because it functions just like a real-world roulette.
Aside from the breath-taking Loot Roulette game mode, the game also has a very competitive and advanced battle royale mode.
Unlike most popular battle royal games before the launch of Fourth Life, the battle royale mode of the game has completely removed the element of luck, as this would make the game unfair and not fun to play.
Instead, the players can use the in-game currency they’ve purchased to choose accurately where they’ll be dropping and what kind of loot they will acquire, a truly fair and open battle royale indeed.
Fourth Life is a completely perfect and functional game that will just keep improving by itself.
Even the developers at Best Games Studios have claimed to stop any further development and maintenance of the game shortly after its release because of how perfect it is.
To conclude, I’ll give Fourth Life the highest score and recommendation: 10/10; it’s all right and the only entertainment you will ever need.
“We’ve finally had enough,” Veri Upsette posted in the “Presidents for Change” forum March 24.
As the third president in the past year for the student organization Un-Adulting, Upsette said she “can’t even with this school anymore.”
“It’s like we shout and they don’t listen, you know?” Upsette said.
Upsette said organizations have been “shouting from the rooftops” about change, but their cries have gone unheard by administration.
Upsette said once she realized the administration wasn’t listening to their metaphorical cries, she decided to create the “Presidents for Change” forum, a website dedicated to posting ideas for change and complaints about the school, in the fall 2018 semester.
“I hadn’t heard about the Presidents for Change until last week, when they tried to organize a riot,” Hahn Deman, a junior in construction management, said. “Campus security was freaking out about it and sent out emails with screenshots.”
Deman said the only reason he saw the email was because he had accidentally sent his Domino’s verification email to his school gmail account.
Deman said that while he “believes the intentions were good,” somebody should have pointed out that “riot” was not the proper word to use.
“It was supposed to be ‘protest’,” Bill Fates, president of Future Business Billionaires, said. “Veri likes to make a hype around things and I guess her exec board said riot would get more attention.”
Fates joined “Presidents for Change” in February, despite knowing about the forum since the beginning of last semester.
“Veri is the longest president Un-Adulting has had, so I wanted to make sure that she was legit before joining,” Fates said.
The first president of Un-Adulting didn’t show up for the first two meetings; the second president said it was “too much for comfort” on Facebook and tagged Upsette as the new president.
Kale Ships, president of Food Fighters, said this isn’t the first problem Un-Adulting has caused for the presidents.
“They make a lot of noise online and tag other presidents so administration will think it’s a group effort,” Ships said. “I never said I wanted a live panther for the mascot. That was a lot to unpack when it came out.”
Ships and Fates said the riot scheduling has caused grief for their organizations and they won’t be signing up for any other Un-Adulting initiatives.
The post they had signed up for said “in order to help raise awareness of issues our organizations have on campus, sign up to volunteer.”
“It was short and simple so all of us thought it would be like a meeting or something with the administration,” Fates said. “Even SGA signed it. We were all put on the posters that Veri sent out saying “Presidents for Change is organizing a riot for April 1st.” Yeah, we thought it was a joke too.”
SGA declined to comment on their participation in the event but an emailed statement on their latest Panther Release addressed the issue.
“SGA stands behind organizations and their issues. However, we do not condone organization. We will not be attending the riot Presidents for Change is scheduling.”
Security also released an email stating “Organized riots will not be tolerated on campus,” along with the guidelines of unorganized chaos on campus and the procedures for these events.
If any student or organization has future plans for protests, riots or organization, they can refer to the guidelines on handybook.fit.edu.