Lakeland honors victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Previously in the Southern, Nov. 2, 2018 (Vol.133 No.5)
By Reems Landreth and Jillian Kurtz
A message of light and love united the Lakeland community on Oct. 28 during a service of unity and remembrance at Temple Emanuel.
Mike Scolnick, former Vice President of Temple Emanuel, wipes away tears during the service on the front lawn of Temple Emanuel on Oct. 28, 2018.The service was in response to the deaths of 11 at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. on Saturday, Oct. 27. According to The New York Times, this event has been described as one of the deadliest attacks against the Jewish community in the United States.
Florida Southern freshmen Gabby Araguiz and Melina Ramirez attended the event after being notified by an email sent out to all students from President Anne Kerr at 4:15 p.m.
“I just feel a really strong connection to my community and we prayed here [Temple Emanuel] about a month ago for the high holidays,” Ramirez said.
Araguiz stated that her former rabbi used to attend Tree of Life synagogue.
“I feel like you need to show that you care and this matters and this shouldn’t be happening,”Araguiz said.
Dr. Catherine Eskin, advisor for FSC Hillel, was in attendance.
“It isn’t about faith,” Eskin said. “Generally, when this kind of thing happens, it doesn’t have to do with whether you believe in God, it has to do with whether you love other human beings.”
Temple Emanuel Rabbi David Goldstein spoke to reporters before the service that he was disheartened but not surprised that an incident like this occurred.
Rabbi David Goldstein and Sheriff Grady Judd embrace during the service at Temple Emanuel on Oct. 28, 2018.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd spoke during the service addressing the Jewish community saying, “You are not alone. We will do everything possible to protect you. You already know that we love you.”
He went on to say that his officers will do whatever it takes to protect the citizens of Polk County and bring swift justice to anyone who opposes their freedoms.
“Personally I never thought that safety in a temple would ever be an issue because that is a spiritual and safe zone,” FSC Hillel President Andrew Gapinski said in a message. “We shouldn’t have to hide from the world to practice our religion.”
Hannah Flemming marks sixth school record
Previously in the Southern, April 19, 2019 (Vol. 133 No. 14)
Sophomore Hannah Flemming marked her sixth all-time Moccasin track record as she ran the 5,000 meter run in a blistering 17:30.58 at the 2019 Bison Outdoor Classic on April 13 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
Just one week prior, she reset her own school record in the 1,500 meter run at the UNF Invitational on April 5 in Jacksonville, Florida . Flemming ran in the 1,500 meter invite race as one of two Division II runners in the field of 13 and with her 4:42.40 personal-record time, she now holds the top four spots in the Florida Southern record books.
Flemming also holds individual records in mile run (5:21.99) and in the 800 meter run (2:22.46), and team records in the 4×800 relay (10:08.38) and in the distance medley relay (12:59.54). She holds a total of eleven top-10 times in two years so far as a Moccasin.
“It’s honestly really fun to be at the point where I’m breaking my own records,” Flemming said in a message. “I started out this season pretty rough, starting the first two months of the year completly out of running because of an achilles injury.”
Flemming is expected to break her 800 meter record at the South Florida Invitational this weekend, her third school record in as many weeks.
At the UNF Invitational, Addison Cantor (4th – 18:03.17) marked the fifth-fastest time in school history while Jolene Vergauwen (21st – 19:08.89) ran her own personal record in the 5,000 meter run. Madison Santore (35th — 19:57.37) also completed the race.
The 1,500 meter run saw Alayna Goll (3rd – 4:52.16) run the seventh-fastest time in school history while Amber Winton (25th – 5:27.94) also finished in the mixed Division I and Division II field. The 800 meter run saw Haley Rodriguez (30th – 2.39.18) and Winton (32nd – 2:45.88) finish in a mixed field.
On the men’s side, Thomas Gardner (7th – 11:10.91) marked a top-10 finish and a personal record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the UNF Invitational. In the 5,000 meter run, Michael Balseca (14th – 16:11.05) and Mikey Papa (28th – 18:36.86) also ran in a mixed division field.
A week later, Florida Southern Track headed to Lewisburg, Penn. for the 2019 Bison Outdoor Classic where Goll (50th – 17:45.14) also recorded the fourth-fastest time in school history.
In the 10,000 meter invitational run, Ysabella Guerra (41st – 38:22.04) ran a personal record to enter the record books with the second-fastest time in school history while Hannah Nelson (16th – 41:41.82) marked the eighth-fastest time in school history in the 10,000 meter unseeded run.
Mitchell Kozik (33rd – 9:39.59) marked the second-fastest time in school history for the 3,000 meter steeplechase. In the 5,000 meter run, Josh Wagner (53rd – 14:55.99) marked the ninth-fastest time in school history with his personal record performance while Mason Jones (74th – 15:28.26) also competed.
Florida Southern will be running again on April 19-20 at the South Florida Invitational in Tampa, Florida.
Men’s basketball back on track after 24 point comeback victory
Previously on the Southern Online, Jan. 24, 2019
Jonathon Lawton (29 pts) and Brett Hanson (23 pts) led Florida Southern to a 24 point comeback tonight as they defeated Saint Leo, 86-83.
Florida Southern (14-4, 7-3 SSC) came off a 14 point loss to Rollins College last Saturday while Saint Leo (8-10, 5-5 SSC) came into the matchup on a four game win streak with wins over major conference opponents.
The Mocs stumbled in the opening minutes as they quickly took a 7 point deficit (2-9) before Jack Rauch and Hanson each put in two to hold a 6 point deficit (6-12) with 16:23 left in the half.
Southern failed to match Saint Leo through the bulk of the first half, letting the point margin slip through their hands to a 24 point deficit (25-49) with 4:49 left in the half. Ben Marello and Rauch put together a small comeback in the first half to narrow the margin to 15 (53-38) at the half.
The second half brought out a completely different Moccasin team. Lawton opened the half with 5 points in the first two minutes to start off a 22 point rally by Lawton and Hanson over the first 10 minutes of the half to put the Mocs within 4 points of the lead (63-67).
The Lions found their groove again, holding their four point lead before Lawton tied the game up with 2:39 left and Rauch retook the lead 40 seconds later.
Lawton and Marello finished it off for the Mocs, scoring the final 7 points.
Hanson had 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in today’s match up while Lawton recorded 29 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Marello also had 12 points while Rauch put in 15 points and 9 rebounds.
The Mocs will have the weekend off before making the trip down Interstate 4 to play the University of Tampa (9-9, 3-7 SSC) at the Bob Martinez Athletics Center in Tampa, Fla.. That game will start at 7:30 p.m. and can be viewed on the Sunshine State Conference Digital Network.
Three Florida midterm races still undecided
Florida Governor, U.S. Senate, and Florida Agg. Commissioner in Recount
Previously on the Southern Online, Nov. 16, 2018
The races for U.S. Senate, Florida governor, and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture all fell within the 0.5 percent margin of difference, which by law forces an automatic recount in the state of Florida.
According to Ballotpedia.org, “Florida state law provides for automatic recounts when the margin of victory for a given office or measure is equal to or less than 0.5 percent of the total votes cast for that office or measure. If the margin of victory is equal to or less than 0.25 percent, a hand recount is ordered (automatic tabulators are otherwise used).”
The race for U.S. Senate is being recounted after Republican Rick Scott received 4,098,107 votes (50.07 percent) and Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson received 4,085,545 (49.92 percent).
The Florida governor’s race is being recounted after the Republican ticket of DeSantis / Nuñez received 4,075,879 votes (49.59 percent) while the Democratic ticket of Gillum / King received 4,042,195 votes (49.18 percent).
The race for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture is the third election in recount as Democrat Nicole “Nikki” Fried received 4,030,337 votes (50.03 percent) while Republican Matt Caldwell received 4,025,011 votes (49.97 votes).
“Florida has never had a full statewide recount. It’s about to have three,” Andrew Weinstein, the national chairman of the Democratic Lawyers Council, tweeted.
The Political Science department hosted a bipartisan watch party on election night which started at 5:30 p.m. and ran until 10 p.m. The night focused on 34 political science students who participated in 16 different presentations discussing key races across the country.
Junior Carson Mitchell, a Political Science and Political Communications double major, presented with Jessica Davis on the sixth congressional district of Illinois. Mitchell and Davis presented the race between Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Sean Casten where they correctly predicted that Casten will replace Roskam in 2019.
Mitchell said that the midterm watch party was “a lot calmer this year because it was not a presidential election.” She went on to say that this was because not as many people care about the midterm elections even though voting is important because the Florida is looking at less than a 30,000 vote difference, “so every vote really does matter.”
For the U.S. House of Representatives District 15 seat, Republican Ross Spano defeated Democrat Kristen Carlson by 6 percent.
Republican Ashley Moody defeated Democrat Sean Shaw by 6 percent while Republican Jimmy Patronis defeated Democrat Jeremy Ring by 3.5 percent for the position of Chief Finance Officer.
13 Amendments for the Florida Constitution were voted on with 12 of the 13 passing with the minimum 60 percent requirement.
Constitutional Amendment one, focusing on the increased homestead property tax exemption, failed with only 58 percent of the population voting yes.
All other Amendments and Revisions passed with at least the 60 percent threshold.
The most-discussed amendments were Constitutional Amendment 4, which restored felon voting rights; Revision 9, which places bans on offshore drilling and indoor vaping; Revision 12, which limits lobbying and the abuse of office post-term and Revision 13, which will end dog racing by 2020.