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AASA holds Fifth Annual Poerty Slam

By: Alisa Festagallo

AASA Fifth Annual Poetry Slam at UWF.

AASA Fifth Annual Poetry Slam at UWF.

The room turned pitch black. A spotlight shined down on the first performer. The crowd anxiously waited to hear poems.

The African American Students Association put on its fifth annual poetry slam on Oct. 2. University of West Florida students and people from the community packed the Commons Auditorium to hear poets speak their words and connect with one another.

“This event facilitates communication skills as well as listening skills, and gives everyone the opportunity to let their voice be heard,” said Myliekia Stevenson, AASA president.

Stevenson said that AASA holds the event every year because students take on a lot with school, work and social lives.

“It’s nice to come and let go of your worries, and express yourself in a healthy way. It’s a way to keep the light going,” Stevenson said.

The poetry slam had 12 performers who read their poems about love, life and everyday struggles. Many of the performers had said they have never shared their poems with anyone before, but decided to share at the slam.

Brandon Robinson, a communication arts major specializing in broadcast journalism, was one of those students who said he was influenced by his friends to get on stage.

“I usually just write these for myself, and even though I don’t do this often, I guess I can kind of just get over my fear,” Robinson said.

Elizabeth “Mama Bear” Huestis attended the poetry slam for the first time. She recently started writing poems after attending an open mic night at Sluggo’s Vegetarian restaurant.

“It is very intense, empowering and very inspiring,” Huestis said. “I never wrote until I started going there about six months ago, and it is just amazing.”

Sluggo’s is located in downtown Pensacola and holds an open mic night every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Stevenson invited local poet Quincy Hull to the event after hearing him perform his poems at a prior show. He read poems titled “Two wrongs don’t make a right,” “The blood dirty south” and “The Bastard.”

Most of Hull’s poems are based on personal experiences that range from the stories he heard from his great-grandmother to the counseling work he did with battered women and gang members.

“When I look out into my audience, especially young people, I am always trying to remind them of the struggles people before them have been through, which are still the same problems they face today,” Hull said.

Laszlo Barr, a senior art major specializing in graphic design, walked in to the event just in time to catch a familiar performer.

“I have seen Quincy at Sluggo’s, and I am always happy to see him walk in,” Barr said. “Every time I see Quincy, I am always like ‘ears up and ears open.’”

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Argos! Set sail with Homecoming!

Set sail for Homecoming!Tuesday, Oct. 8

Search for the Golden Fleece

UWF Campus

All day event

A Golden Fleece will be hidden on campus. Participants will be left clues via Facebook and Twitter. Prizes include the fleece, spirit competition points, and a backstage pass to the homecoming kickoff with our special performer, T-Pain. Free shirts and other special clues will be left at certain locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

T-Pain brings the rhymes in the 2013 homecoming concert.

T-Pain brings the rhymes in the 2013 homecoming concert.

Homecoming kickoff: blowout pep rally and concert featuring T-Pain

UWF Field House

Doors- 7 p.m. Event starts 8 p.m.

Show your Argo pride with a pep rally supporting all UWF athletic clubs. Afterwards, stick around for a concert from Grammy-award winning artist T-Pain. Event is free to students, $15 for non-students. Tickets can be picked up at the Commons service desk. No food or drinks allowed. Students should bring Nautilus card to be allowed entry.

Thursday, Oct. 10

Cannon Fest

UWF Cannon Greens

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free food, music and student organizations come together to celebrate student involvement.

Argo Splash

UWF Pool

8:30-11 p.m.

Intramural sports get wet with Intramural Battleship, diving contests and cardboard boat races. HLS courtyard will be filled with inflatable games and challenges.

UWF volleyball game

UWF Field House


Cheer on the Argonauts as they take on the University of West Alabama Tigers.  Admission is free to students.

Friday, Oct. 11

Homecoming and family weekend tailgate party

UWF Soccer Field

3-7 p.m.

Students, faculty and alumni are invited to get ready for the men’s and women’s soccer games.  Tailgate setup starts at 2:30 p.m. UWF tailgating alcohol policy can be found at the event website, uwf.edu/homecoming/eventdetails.

Men’s & women’s soccer games

UWF Soccer Field

5 & 7:30 p.m.

Cheer on the Argos as they take on the Lee University Flames. Stick around for the Crowning of the 2013 Mr. and Miss UWF. Afterwards, there is a Bonfire in Oak Grove. Free s’mores.

Saturday, Oct. 12

Homecoming and family weekend festival

Parking lot H

4-8 p.m.

Immerse yourself in a carnival like atmosphere with games, rides and booths for the UWF and Pensacola Community.  Winners of the Spirit competition and the Blue and Green challenge will be announced.  Celebrity dunk booth with surprise guests from the UWF and Pensacola community.

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Outdoor Adventures heading to Bankhead National Forest

By Scott Pauley

If you are feeling worn-out from your daily schedule, Facebook, Twitter and all things that can drag a student down into the doldrums of the technological age, then maybe you need a weekend in the beautiful woods.

The University of West Florida’s Outdoor Adventures team is offering a three day minimalist backpacking trip through the Sipsey Wilderness in the Bankhead National Forest in Alabama, Oct. 18-20, for $70 a person.

The idea behind the trip is to take as little as needed to make it in the wilderness and learn to survive in the woods with little more than a sleeping bag, a tent, some food and the clothes on your back, Lead Trip Guide William Fike said.

“It’s not taking your big comfy mattress. It’s not taking all the comforts you would normally have at home,” Fike said. “You’re going camping to get away from that stuff.”

Interested students should have some familiarity with hiking, be able to carry a 40- to 60-pound backpack over some arduous terrain and expect to hike for roughly six to eight hours each day.

“You’ll learn how to build a shelter, how to make a fire without tools, how to find food,” said Shaun Boren, head of Outdoor Adventures. “We have our breaks that are an adrenaline rush, like rafting or skydiving, and we have our trips that are relaxing like canoeing, where you’re just floating down the river. This trip is somewhere in between, where it’s a break but you’re challenging yourself, carrying everything you need on your back.”

There are two mandatory meetings prior to the trip, but there is no registration deadline. Interested students should try to sign up at least a week before the trip leaves, Boren said.

“The first mile is kind of frustrating because you have this heavy bag, but then somewhere in there, a couple miles in, you start forgetting that you’re walking and forgetting that you have all this stuff,” Boren said. “If I were to just tell you to sit there and think for five hours you’d go nuts. But if you’re walking, somehow your mind goes free, and you can just think about life. To me you come back with an appreciation of all the things that you had when you left.”

For any questions about what to bring or where to sign up, you can look up the trip on UWF’s website on the Recreation and Sports services page at uwf.edu/recreation/OutdoorAdventures/falltrips.cfm. You can also contact the trip organizer, Adrienne Fike, at her email AFike@uwf.edu.

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University students gather to rock out The Red Zone

By Morganne Lenning

“We are excited to be a part of something that will have a positive impact on people’s lives.” – Isidro Yaptinshay, Manager of Lions Ambition

Students, faculty and staff gathered in the Commons Friday night to hang with friends, eat free food, enjoy live music but, most importantly, to Rock Out the RedZone.

The RedZone is the first three months of fall semester when students on college campuses are at a higher risk of sexual assault. The Campus Activity Board partners with organizations across campus to put on the event to educate UWF students about the dangers of over-intoxication and what Robin Thicke calls “blurred lines.”

The beginning of the semester and a new school year means students are forming new relationships and often living in unfamiliar areas. The rush of freedom also means that some students will experiment more with alcohol. These factors create an environment that has an increased risk for sexual assault involving students.

“We want to introduce students to the department, get them some resources and really just give students a sense of community here at UWF,” Junior Adam Smith said. Smith is a peer educator with Counseling and Wellness Services.

More than an educational event, the concert brought students together with each other and various organizations around campus as part of the Argo Arrival goal.

Students threw their hands in the air to catch the freebies that volunteers threw from the second floor in the Commons while other students swayed with the live music from Lion’s Ambition, the band CAB hired to play for the Rock Out the RedZone concert.

Members of the Seattle-based rock band Lion’s Ambition, were excited to travel to Florida to spread their message to connect with different people and share aspirations.

“At first we did not know about the event’s cause,” said band manager Isidro Yaptinshay in an e-mail interview.  “However, we were happy to find out about the event’s purpose. We are excited to be a part of something that will have a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Laughter and good vibes radiated from live music and the audience as senior Naomi Eustache said, “I think it was a good turnout. I like the band a lot.”

The Rock Out the RedZone event was aimed at educating students about protecting themselves and each other from sexual assault, and students walked away with great memories and a new perspective on the RedZone.

Sophomore Trent Durham was not sure what the RedZone was before coming.

“Someone just told me there is an event going on in the Commons,” Durham said. “I think it’s important to raise awareness because if students are aware of what things can happen, then less incidents of sexual assault will occur.”

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