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  • TuesdaySeptember 4, 2012

    Volume CXXXVIssue 1

    For those of you entering your first year at Embry-Riddle I want to congratulate you on selecting the worlds best aviation and aerospace university. Our beginning was at a time when aviation was neonatal and we literally grew up with the American aerospace industry.

    In fact, we are the oldest and largest aeronautical university in the world and have a long history of preparing profes-sionals to meet the needs of aerospace companies. We teach nearly every aspect of aviation, aerospace, engineering, busi-ness and related fields of study and are rapidly becoming the place where industry turns for research to find solutions to real world problems.

    For those who are returning students, you already know much about our great university. You are aware of the changes that are occurring and understand that Embry-Riddle is a dynamic institution, constantly evolving to meet the needs of our students and our industry.

    You have seen many of the new build-ings that have gone up over the past few years. We are very excited about the imminent construction of the College of Arts and Sciences Building and the plans for the new Student Center that call for construction to begin in the next year.

    I know that the new degree programs that have been developed have also been well-received by our students. The new degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the research focusing on the develop-ment of autonomous systems are good examples.

    We are also very proud of the growth in the universitys first Ph.D. Degree

    Programs. In addition to doctoral pro-grams in Aviation, and Engineering Physics, plans are well underway for new Ph.D. offerings in Aerospace Engineering and Human Factors Psychology.

    As president of Embry-Riddle, I am very pleased with the extent of involvement of our students in the life of our university. Our students are frequently involved in research projects with mentoring faculty members.

    They are engaged in public service that helps to make our community a better place to live and work. Some are involved in helping people in other countries that may be in need of assistance. Faculty members and students who are helping to provide potable water to children in Haiti are a good example. This is a wonderful project. I refer to it as high tech-high touch. I have no doubt that this effort has saved countless lives.

    Some of the most successful people I know are those that get involved. I want to encourage you to focus your attention externally. Become a good university citizen. Participate in a club or project of interest. I can assure you that it will pay dividends.

    I know that you want to make good grades. I am for it. However, an important part of this process should be your focus on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in your chosen discipline.

    About 1000 students each year partici-pate in internships as appropriate to their field. Many receive job offers as a result. I encourage you to consider this addition to your plan of study.

    Please know that we are here for you. We wish you every success in the coming year.

    Welcome Back from Dr. JohnsonDr. John Johnson

    University President

    PRESIDENT JOHNSONS ACADEMIC CAREER spans 35 years and has also served as a provost, chief academic officer, college dean, and department chair before serving as the University President. His other schools include Texas A&M university-Texarkana, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Northern Kentucky University. Growing up the son of a career Army Office, Johnson lived abroad extensively. Outside of work, Johnson enjoys playing golf, boating, trav-eling, and flying.


    It is a brand new year, and the Avion has spent many hours over the summer prepar-ing for this moment. One of the biggest changes was to the Avion office, redesign-ing it to facilitate a more professional and

    productive workspace.Computer upgrades are also planned to

    keep the Avion working at peak efficiency so that we can serve the student body bet-ter.

    The news department is also shifting its focus towards reporting about major events on campus before they happen and

    moving away from reporting old news. We also want to run more feature stories like enrollment numbers, the effects of caf-feine and other similar stories. If you have an idea you think the student body would like to read about, we would love to hear from you!

    What this also means for you as the reader is that if you are involved in any club or campus organization, we would greatly appreciate you submitting articles about upcoming events.

    One of our exciting new projects is the Airplane of the Week contest. The Avion will be comparing two different aircraft from like categories, and you the reader will get a chance to vote for your favorite on our Facebook!

    The Avion is also increasing its Facebook presence, and we aim to have photographs of various campus events online as soon as possible after the events. We will also be glad to take photos of you at these events, and you can tag yourselves accordingly once they make it online.

    Alongside Facebook, the Avion web-site is being upgraded and will serve as a source for campus news in the event you are unable to get your hands on a physical copy of the newspaper.

    The executive board of the Avion wants

    to create a paper that the school can be proud of and we want you to be part of this movement.

    The Avion would like to correct the mis-perception that most students have about joining the newspaper. We do not require any experience at all, but we ask that you have a willingness to learn.

    Whether you want to be a reporter, pho-tographer, advertising salesperson, graphic designer, or layout editor, the Avion will supply you with all the required skills to succeed in your position.

    Outstanding members will also be afforded the opportunity to travel across the country to attend the semesterly Associated College Press Conference. The Avion, with the assistance of the SGA, will cover all travel, food and lodging costs, so this is a golden opportunity to learn about something different.

    The Avion meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Endeavor Conference Room, which is on the second floor of the Student Center. The production of the paper hap-pens every Sunday at 1p.m. in the Avion office, Student Center 110.

    If you have any questions whatsover, please stop by. So from all of us here at the Avion, have a great and awesome semester ahead!

    THIS SEMESTERS PRODUCTION TEAM has a lot of great ideas for the semester and will be implementing them as the weeks go by. For this week, get excited about our new airplane of the week showdown! You can head to our Facebook page to vote on which you like the best!


    The Avion is excited for the year ahead

    Peter TanEditor-in-Chief

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    Executive BoardEditor-in-Chief

    Peter TanManaging EditorAlena Thompson

    News EditorAllie Iacovelli

    Business ManagerChristopher Heale

    Photography EditorAustin Coffey

    Advertising ManagerTimothy Campanaro Editorial Staff

    Front EditorPeter Tan

    Campus EditorAlena Thompson

    SGA EditorCassie JamesonFeatures Editor

    Elizabeth WorshamOpinions Editor

    Christopher HealeSports EditorsAustin Coffey

    George MychawskiComics & Entertainment Editor

    Floyd Perkinson Staff Members

    Senior PhotographersAntoine DaugnyRichard WeakleyStaff ReporterTrey Henderson

    Matthew Mackenzie

    Guest Photographers Derell Campano

    Ryan ClarkeGuest Reporters

    Andrew LiechiensteinGraphics ArtistAbby DiekmannPage Editors

    Trey HendersonEllizabeh WorshamGeorge Mychawski

    The Avion is produced weekly during the fall and spring term, and bi-weekly during summer terms. The Avion is produced by a volunteer student staff. Student editors make all content, business and edi-torial decisions. The editorial opinions expressed in The Avion are solely the opinion of the under-signed writer(s), and not those of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Student Government Association, the staff of The Avion, or the student body. Letters appearing in The Avion are those of the writer, identified at the end of the letter. Opinions expressed in the Student Government and Student Life sections are those of the identified writer. Letters may be submitted to The Avion for publica-tion, provided they are not lewd, obscene or libelous. Letter writers must confine themselves to less than 800 words. Letters may be edited for brevity and formatted to newspaper guidelines. All letters must be signed. Names may be withheld at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. The Avion is an open forum for student expression. The Avion is a division of the Student Government Association. The Avion is a member of the Associated Collegiate Press. The costs of this publication are paid by the Student Government Association and through advertising fees. The Avion distributes one free copy per person. Additional copies are $0.75. Theft of newspapers is a crime, and is subject to prosecution and Embry-Riddle judicial action. This newspaper and its con-tents are protected by United States copyright law. No portion of this publication may be reproduced, in print or electronically, without the expressed writ-ten consent of The Avion. Correspondence may be addressed to: The Avion Newspaper, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114. Physical office: John Paul Riddle Student Center, Room 110. Phone: (386) 226-6049. Fax: (386) 226-6727. E-mail:

    Staff AdvisorJessica Searcy, Assistant Director,

    Programming and LeadershipContact Information

    Main Phone: (386) 226-6049Ad Manager: (386) 226-7697Fax Number: (386) 226-6727E-mail:


    The Eagle Fitness Center has a new face gracing its floors, as Samantha Hirth joins the ERAU family as the new Assistant Fitness and Wellness Director.

    Hailing from Milville, NJ, Hirth graduated with a Bachelors in Exercise Science from Rowan University, NJ. After her graduate studies, Hirth moved to Oxford, MS and completed a Masters in Health Promotion at the University of Mississippi.

    Before coming to ERAU, Hirth worked as an Exercise Specialist at Florida Southern College and a Health Promotion Coordinator at the University of South Florida in Lakeland.

    Hirth has been a personal trainer and has taught group fitness classes for about five years now. I want people to know that fitness is fun and does not need to be a chore, says Hirth, advocating her fitness philosophy.

    Hirth welcomes any questions regard-ing fitness and is passionate about shar-ing her knowledge with those around her. Regardless of where you are on your path to fitness, Hirths door is always open.

    The classes she teaches this semester are boot camp at 11:45a.m. and yoga at 4:30p.m. every Monday, boot camp at 5:30pm every Tuesday and cycle every Wednesday at 4:30p.m. In addition, the fitness center has also started Saturday group fitness classes, so keep an eye out!

    Hirth to keep campus fitPeter Tan


    SAMANTHA HIRTH IS THE new Assistant Fitness and Wellness Director.


    On Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. Dr. Barbie and contributing members of the ERAU fac-ulty will be in the Hunt Library to sign copies of the new book, The Tiger Woods Phenomenon.

    The book is a collection of widespread articles that focus on Woods impact on golf, his branding and role in the media, each giving a different lens to the same story. All articles but one are written or co-written by members of the ERAU faculty.

    Golf fan or not, the name Tiger Woods means something to everyone. Not only is he a driver in the world of golf, he has made a divot in the rest of society.

    Dr. Barbie became interested in this curious fascination that the public, the media and golf fans everywhere have for Tiger.

    Tiger Woods has garnered a lot of atten-tion and means a lot, not only to golf, but to the American people, and that only increased when the scandal broke. I am a follower of golf and a cultural anthropologist, so I do not just watch the players, I watch the people watching the players, says Dr.

    Barbie.While in the process of writing her own

    essay on the impact of Tiger Woods, it dawned on her that her paper was only one way of viewing the story. With that, Dr. Barbie asked other scholars to write their take on the Tiger Woods story and The Tiger Woods Phenomenon was put into action.

    Not a golf fan? The book is intended for a broad readership, says Dr. Barbie, It is not particularly about golf and not exclusively about Tiger Woods. It is for anyone who wants a better understanding of our culture and ourselves.

    Elizabeth WorshamCampus Editor

    Faculty holds book signing

    On Aug. 23 the International Student Programming Council (ISPC) hosted its first International Welcome Reception at the Womens/Diversity Center as part of orientation week.

    The event aimed to bring together new members of the international community and provide a friendly, fun setting to inter-act and meet other incoming, international students. The evening ran from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and featured an icebreaker pass-port activity and complimentary food and drink.

    The international reception helps the

    new students start the school year with friends that share the unique experience being an international student, said William Kusuma, one of the council members.

    The reception was the first of its kind on campus and boasted a very strong turnout with students from all over the world min-gling with each other and representatives of the ISPC.

    It is important to strengthen our bond as international students, learn each others culture and meet new friends that may share common problems, described Viktorius Adipratomo, another council member.

    The ISPC hopes the success of the first event will mark the start of a very prosper-ous year for the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University international community, who

    make up 15- 20% of the entire student body on campus. They hope to bring the interna-tional community together and provide a much more unified group than in previous years.

    ISPC aims to be the catalyst for the international student community. We aim to support the international student com-munity in every way we can and at the same time promote multicultural interac-tion amongst international students, and between them and local students, explains Kusuma.

    In addition, the ISPC has launched a mentorship program to support incoming freshman in adjusting to life in the U.S and at ERAU. Mentors are assigned by region and will help students who sign up as men-tees with any issues they may encounter during their initial months.

    The mentorship program in ISPC is a program where current international stu-dents would guide new students through their process of adapting to life here.

    Basically, we split mentors depending on their regions so new students would be ab...