At 3 a.m. on Nov. 3, Florida Tech Army ROTC cadets began preparing for the land navigation portion of their field training exercises. By 3:45 a.m, they set out onto the dark course.
The goal of the FTX, as field training exercises are referred to within ROTC, was to get cadets into a field environment where they could apply what they have learned, according to senior John Panik, the S3 of Panther Battalion.
The S3 is a leadership role that requires a significant commitment to the planning of Panther Battalion operations like FTX.
The FTX were cadet-led, with minimal intervention from the cadre, or the complement of instructors responsible for training cadets.
Panik said that this self-led method prepares cadets in the third year and beyond with direct experience to prepare them for their leadership roles as commissioned officers. First and second year cadets learn from them.
Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Crook, a military instructor with Army ROTC, elaborated on the requirements of the land navigation exercise.
“They had to find points in the night, turn in their points and check them,” Crook said. “And as the light came up, they had to find more points in the daylight.”
Panik said that land navigation is also an exercise in self-discipline, requiring cadets to maintain precision when plotting and staying on their paths.
Crook explained that in exercises like these, cadets are to treat instances of failure or incomplete success as learning opportunities. An after action report acts as a forum for cadets and cadre to go over successes and failures as a group, then formulate plans to improve.
“They saw where their errors were, so they had that immediate feedback of ‘This is what I did wrong, and this is what I can do better next time,’” said Sergeant First Class Jeremy Brandon, a military instructor with Army ROTC.
“It gave them a boost of confidence,” Brandon said. “They know what they need to do, and they also know how to go back and correct the errors that they made.”
Panik said that one of the duties of a leader is to address issues or challenges efficiently and correctly.
High temperatures presented one of these challenges on the morning of Nov. 2.
“We found it challenging to mitigate the heat,” Crook said, adding that cadets had a substantial amount of equipment to carry. “They had approximately 35 to 50 pounds on their back.”
They addressed the heat by taking a one-hour rest. Panik said that he came up with a plan to use the time wisely, bouncing it off of other leaders and putting it into place.
He emphasized the importance of being “able to keep a level head, not get frustrated, remain calm and being able to immediately start focusing on resolving the issue.”
“It’s one of those skills that’s hard to develop unless you’re in that situation,” Panik said.
Crook said multiple schools will meet for the spring semester’s field training exercises, which will focus on a platoon formation. The fall exercises focused on squad formation.
This training progression is targeted to cadets in the third year of the program.
“By the time we get to the end of the spring, we’ve put together all the pieces they’ll need to be successful at [cadet summer training] at Fort Knox,” Brandon said.
Crook explained that having multiple schools meet tests cadets’ ability to lead in a variety of situations.
“It gets easy to lead the same people,” Crook said. “It’s a challenge when you have to lead new people.”
“The [senior year] is almost like an internship in leadership,” Brandon said. “We’re giving them a job to do where they are putting into practice all the things we’ve been teaching them up to that point, and they have the responsibility of guiding and leading.”
This is intended to prepare cadets to be a commissioned lieutenant who is a “trained and ready” leader.
“A cadet in this program knows that our country is at war,” Crook said. “They know, upon graduation, they are going to serve in the Army. They know more than likely, they will serve in a combat area.”
He emphasized that the applications of their skills are real, and that their decision making will matter.
“They know that the skills that they’re learning, in a field training exercise today, for our seniors, could be six months from now when they’re on the battlefield,” Crook said.
Florida Tech has switched to a dual stream recycling program in order to curb thousands of dollars in contamination fines from incorrect recycling.
Quinn Duffy, the university sustainability officer, said dual stream process uses multiple bins instead of one bin for all recycled material and can help to make it a simple process for students to use since it eliminates the guessing of what is recyclable.
According to Duffy, Florida Tech has been working on switching to a better recycling system since they had been fined $18,300 for contamination over the past year.
“As it stands right now, we have switched to a dual stream system which is actually a form of simplification to avoid contamination fines from waste management,” Duffy said.
A new dual stream system was implemented in August after a pilot program was conducted this past spring.
According to Duffy, the fines from the trial period were decreased by $1,500, meaning that the program has been effective.
Duffy added that they incorporated this new system since the single stream bins are large and open.
In addition, the sustainability officer also emphasized that students have difficulty knowing what can and can’t be recycled in them, leading to contamination.
The new system is supposed to be a more intuitive way to recycle. Duffy said, “The blue bins are aluminum and plastic cans and bottles, and the green bins are paper and cardboard and everything else that is going to go to the landfill.”
The Student Organization for Sustainability Action focuses on these changes from a student perspective.
Taylor Greene, a senior in sustainability, is the president of SOSA. She said SOSA has been involved with Duffy in implementing the new dual stream bins and helped to set them up last Earth Day.
“We’ve really been working on how to fix our recycling issue on campus,” Greene said.
Duffy said that campus has a three-year plan to remove all of the old bins and replace them with the new and improved dual system bins that are permanent and can help meet the needs of students.
In order to keep making sustainable changes to campus, Duffy said it was important that students keep asking Facilities for changes and the correct information.
“They should keep pushing,” Duffy said. “Keep pushing for greener things on campus. Ask for improvements when they see them. The campus is here for them.”
Running a college newspaper can be difficult.
We attend not only a school where technology is the focus, but we also live in a world that encourages people to pursue careers in STEM and discourages those who want to do something outside of that. Working at the student newspaper when many people at Florida Tech don’t even know we have communications majors can be frustrating. It’s disheartening being turned down again and again and again by administrators when we ask for comments for articles we’re working on.
Visiting the Newseum and attending the National College Media Convention helped remind me and my writers how important our jobs are. We don’t write for ourselves; we write to provide information for others, to share stories and to shed light on the truth.
With that being said, uncovering the truth can be difficult. Some of the topics I’ve explored since I joined The Crimson have taken a year of investigation before anyone could write a story about them. When you look into issues other than typical campus activities and sports, people become uncomfortable. If you’re lucky, administration will dance around your questions. If you’re not, they’ll turn you down for an interview or ignore your requests entirely. Getting necessary information can be nearly impossible, especially since we are at a private university and that keeps us from having access to many of our records.
As we’ve come to the middle of the school year and the end of the fall semester, we at The Crimson have realized we no longer advertise the school, we report on it. We have started to report on issues we’ve been hesitant to touch on before. The process has been grueling, but we believe sharing the truth we find as reporters is important above all else.
Olivia McKelvey has been someone I can only describe as intensely hungry for knowledge and driven to report. She has found difficult stories and pursued them to completion; no matter how much pushback she has gotten, she has always fought to get her stories written and written well. As an editor-in chief-and reporter, I was inspired by her to keep working to find the truth and not back down when people made getting information extremely difficult.
While I am excited to be graduating, I am sad my time at The Crimson was not longer. However, I believe in her capability as both a leader and as a reporter and cannot wait to see how she improves The Crimson with every issue.
The widely anticipated “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” opens in theaters on Dec. 20. Disney and Lucasfilm have said this is the end of the “Skywalker Saga.”
The “Skywalker Saga” is all of the episodic Star Wars films produced up until this point.
Beginning with the adventures of Luke, Han and Leia, then the prequel trilogy focusing on Anakin, Obi-Wan and Padme, the sequel trilogy finally wraps up starring Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn and Poe.
With such a monumental nerd chapter coming to a close, here are my full Star Wars movie rankings—including the anthology films—and a quick predictions section for “The Rise of Skywalker.”
10. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Bogged down by a force-fed love story between Anakin and Padme, “Attack of the Clones” is filled with poor acting and head-scratching story decisions. Obi-Wan’s arc is easily the best part.
9. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Remove Jar Jar Binks and this would still probably rank ninth on my list. In one movie, George Lucas ruined everything we thought we knew about the Force and turned Darth Vader into a whiny little kid. We do, however, get one of the best lightsaber fights ever between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gonn Ginn and Darth Maul (shoutout to the music “Duel of the Fates” playing).
8. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Finally, we get to see Anakin become Darth Vader. Oh wait, maybe we didn’t want to see little Ani mercilessly kill younglings. In all honesty, this is probably the only prequel that I enjoy watching out of the three, mainly because there is real emotion when they execute Order 66. Also, the final fight between Anakin and Obi-Wan does pull at a few of my heartstrings.
7. Solo: A Star Wars Story
This may seem like I am ranking this movie low, but I actually enjoy “Solo.” The story, characters and action sequences are all enjoyable but it doesn’t provide any unforgettable moments in my opinion. While Alden Ehrenreich does the best he can playing Han Solo, my biggest problem with this movie is that he’s not Harrison Ford. Obviously, it would be impossible for Ford to play this aged character now but that just makes me question if we really needed this movie at all.
6. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
This is exactly what a “Star Wars story” should be: a well-crafted story around likable characters that we grow to quickly love throughout the film. We only see one lightsaber (the one and only Darth Vader’s) and it is one of the best scenes in Star Wars history. Not only does this movie perfectly lead into “A New Hope,” but it provides us with the “wow” factor we all crave when journeying to a galaxy far, far away.
5. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
This was nearly placed at number six on my list, but despite all the movie does wrong, the super sweaty, gasping-for-air moments in this movie give it the nod over “Rogue One.” Kylo Ren, also known as Ben Solo, is my favorite character of the new trilogy and I love everything he does in this movie. All of the moments between him and Rey are great (#TeamReylo), and their brief team-up against Snoke’s guards is pure Star Wars bliss.
4. Star Wars: A New Hope
Back where it all began. The teaching between Obi-Wan and Luke learning what the Force is, our first appearance of Han and Chewbacca, Darth Vader force-choking his subordinates and the beginnings of an iconic friendship between Luke, Han and Leia. The original Star Wars film will always hold a special place in our little nerd hearts.
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Some take points off for being very similar to “A New Hope” but I absolutely love “The Force Awakens,” even with the blatant copying. Star Killer Base was a misfire. However, seeing a Storm Trooper—Finn—go rogue, being introduced to the best pilot in the resistance—Poe—and meeting our midi-chlorian-filled scavenger Rey are all great character moments and sets the foundation for the next three movies. Also, Han (rest in peace), Chewy and Leia are heavily featured and it feels like a dream come true.
2. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
I do not mind the Ewoks. Inject the throne scene between the Emperor, Vader and Luke directly into my veins. Next.
1. Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
If this isn’t your favorite Star Wars movie are you really even a Star Wars fan? Some of the best elements are the battle of Hoth, Luke training with Yoda and Lando Calrissian and Cloud City. This movie also has some of the best moments of dialogue, including the moment between Han and Leia where she proclaims her love for him and he simply responds, “I know.”
There’s also this iconic exchange between Luke and Vader:
Luke: I’ll never join you!
Vader: If only you knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me you killed him!
Vader: No, I am your father.
The Rise of Skywalker questions/predictions:
- How and why is the Emperor back?
- Who was Snoke?
- How do they handle Leia?
- Kylo and Rey team up in the end to fight the Emperor.
- Kylo dies in the end.
- Rey, Finn and Poe all survive.
- We see Hayden Christensen reprise his role as Anakin Skywalker in the form of a Force ghost.
by: Ethan Qualle
This story was updated on Dec. 4, 2019 at 7:10 p.m.
TUI U.K., an English leisure airline, announced a potential commencement of service to Orlando Melbourne International Airport by 2022.
TUI, based in Luton, England focuses mainly on vacation travel for its customers located in the United Kingdom. The British-based airline company primarily operates seasonal vacation routes from its 16 bases, which include cities such as Aberdeen, London and Belfast.
TUI Group stated on Twitter, “At TUI, we’re committed to offering our customers an outstanding airline and holiday experience and we are delighted to be working with Orlando Melbourne Airport on their exciting expansion plans. Our new Orlando gateway will be perfectly situated to offer TUI U.K. customers total flexibility in designing their holiday around any combination of theme parks, beaches or cruising.”
According to Rob Himler, manager of Marketing and Communications for MLB, such developments are still underway and which routes TUI will offer out of MLB are unknown at this time.
“It normally takes me three to four legs to travel home from school,” said Yohann Emmert, a senior in business administration from Geneva, Switzerland. Emmert typically has endured multiple layovers in London, New York, Charlotte and Atlanta. Some of Emmert’s other European classmates have had to take stops in Iceland, which is more indirect.
Himler also stated that it is unsure if U.S. residents will be able to book flights from Florida to the U.K. MLB plans on announcing more details for passengers late next year.
With the new U.S. Customs Federal Inspection Station that can currently process more than 400 passengers an hour, facilities at MLB are capable of housing the larger aircrafts of TUI’s long-haul fleet, variants of the Boeing 787.
“The airport plans to invest even more in the airport’s terminal to increase its capacity for future operations,” Himler said.
MLB currently sees only domestic travel to major hubs in the United States such as Charlotte, North Carolina on American Airlines and Atlanta, Georgia on Delta Airlines. Porter Airlines—a full-service Canadian airline—was the only airline that previously had international operations directly out of MLB, but they have since discontinued their services.
Football: Overall record: 5-6
Nov. 16 42-3 Win vs Shorter
Volleyball: Overall record: 4-27
Nov. 15 0-3 Loss at Saint Leo University
Nov. 16 0-3 Loss at University of Tampa
Nov. 22 0-3 Loss vs Lynn University
Nov. 23 0-3 Loss vs Nova Southeastern University
Men’s Soccer: Overall record: 12-3-1
Nov. 14 1-3 Loss vs Palm Beach Atlantic
Nov. 23 2-1 Win vs University of West Florida
Men’s Basketball: Overall record: 2-3
The Panthers are off to a below-average start early on in their lengthy season.
Nov. 8 75-92 Loss vs Benedict College
Nov. 9 84-88 Loss at Auburn-Montgomery
Nov. 14 111-71 Win vs Johnson
Nov. 16 81-63 Win vs Puerto Rico-Bayamon
Nov. 23 70-75 Loss at Saint Leo University
Women’s Basketball: Overall record: 3-3
Nov. 8 67-75 Loss vs University of West Georgia
Nov. 9 75-73 Win vs Spring Hill College
Nov. 15 80-56 Win vs University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon
Nov. 16 53-75 Loss vs Clayton State University
Nov. 19 71-57 Win at Flagler College
Nov. 23 67-82 Loss at Saint Leo University
After the NCAA board of governors passed a law to allow college athletes to profit off their fame in several states such as California, Florida and Colorado, they voted unan- imously on a similar agree- ment nationwide on Oct. 29.
The board has asked the three divisions of the NCAA to create the necessary rules immediately in order to have them in place no later than January of 2021.
Bill Jurgens, Florida Tech’s athletic director, stat- ed that he does not have an opinion at this time, due to this information just being released, and the fact that the NCAA is still looking into this matter.
According to TIME, the NCAA needs to determine how athletes can profit off of their name, likeness and
image, while also maintaining rules regarding amateurism.
Jake Hahn, a junior on the lacrosse team, said he thinks that for these rules to be effec- tive, the NCAA would have to redefine the term of amateur- ism in college sports.
“I think the main thing that categorizes an athlete as a professional is that they get paid to play their sport,” Hahn said.
Hahn then explained that an athlete can’t be both a professional and an amateur at the same time.
He elaborated that the hard thing about allowing student athletes to make money off their name is the fact that once that student starts making money, it’s hard to say if they can still be considered an amateur.
Johnny Poret, a sopho- more on the football team, said he believes that players
should be paid based on the amount of money they bring into the school.
“Big time players bring in big time money for schools because people want to come watch them play,” Poret said. “The more money a player brings in, the more money that player should receive.”
How universities will assist students in profiting off of their name and likeness has not been decided.
Both Hahn and Poret brought up the suggestion of personal jersey sales, or team equipment inside the univer- sity’s bookstore or on their website.
As far as recruiting is concerned, Hahn said he believes that this new rule will potentially have no impact on the smaller Division II and Division III schools, but could have an effect on Division I schools.
Hahn went on to explain that the high quality athletes, such as those who are considered four or five star recruits, won’t have an interest in coming to Florida Tech, as they have the opportunity to
pursue Division I schools. With just a little over a year until this rule will be put in play, much more informa- tion regarding rules and regu- lations from the NCAA itself
are still to come.
This year’s Day of Giving exceeded Florida Tech’s goal of 1,500 donors with funds reaching just under $200,000 in 24 hours.
The funds that were raised will be used for everything from updating technology on campus, providing for scholarship and research grants and funding the new Health Sciences Building.
Mary Ida Spradlin, the assistant director of annual giving, is the main organizer for the Day of Giving.
The day was dedicated to raising money for the campus, and Spradlin said it is their biggest online fundraising event.
Spradlin graduated from Florida Tech two years ago, and said the purpose of the event is to bring in alumni donors.
According to Spradlin, her job is to connect with all current students and alumni, and she planned this year’s theme of superhero Pete the Panther.
Sydney Tai, a sophomore in biomathematics, works as a student ambassador for the development office and acts as a student caller.
Tai said that her job is to contact alumni to inform them about current events on campus.
This includes information about how alumni can donate. Furthermore, any alumni that donates more than $1,000 is eligible for invitations to special events, including Tastes of the Season, an annual banquet featuring a dinner made by award- winning chefs during the holiday season.
According to Spradlin, this year they had 1,984 donors in 24 hours.
Bess Handel, a junior in psychology, was assigned to work on Day of Giving for her public relations class.
Her task was to create awareness for the student body and the superhero theme, advertising on the School of Arts and Communication Facebook page.
Handel’s team received help from the Office of Development in running a
booth outside of Panther Dining Hall for students, where students could write down their superpower and participate in a social media campaign.
“The Day of Giving is essentially an opportunity to give back to Florida Tech and all it’s done for you,” Handel said. “Whether you are faculty, staff, a student or simply a local resident, all donations are welcome and appreciated. Even if it’s just some spare change at the bottom of their wallet, it can help both the university and you as a student.”
Handel said that knowing exactly where donations go can make alumni and students more inclined to donate.
“It gives people an opportunity to support their interests and hobbies instead of just handing over money and not knowing what it’s going toward,” Handel said.
Tai agreed, saying, “It all goes back to the students, whether it be through grants or scholarships or specific areas.”
Spradlin says donors can specify where their donations go, giving to specific colleges, Athletics or the Panther Fund.
Spradlin also added that the Panther Fund is the university’s president’s fund to use for Florida Tech’s greatest needs.
Handel had some ideas to improve Day of Giving as well since she said she feels that not much has been advertised beyond emails, suggesting that students expand participation with more groups being encouraged to run booths.
“Students are more likely to donate if students are promoting the event, as opposed to Florida Tech staff,” Handel said. “Students will do a lot for extra credit, as we all know.”
Spradlin said she has already started planning how to improve next year’s Day of Giving. “This year was the biggest year we’ve had yet, and I think next year will be even bigger,” said Spradlin.