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Issue 9
November 16, 2004

 

Eagles play national tournaments - Women's soccer one for one in California

By Mark Soppet 
Staff Reporter


With their victory in the regional tournament, the Embry-Riddle women's soccer team won a berth in the NAIA national tournament. History hadn't been kind to the Eagles in postseason play, as the Eagles were winless in the national tournament. But that story changed on Nov. 17, when the Eagles eliminated the favored Spring Arbor Cougars (and their 18-1-3 record) by a tally of 3-2. The victory was a capstone on a 12-4-2 season that defied expectations in many ways. 
The intangibles facing the Eagles were numerous: they were playing away from home in the national tournament, and many of the players had never experienced California before. The Eagles appeared nervous at the initial kickoff, and they fell behind early in the game. Spring Arbor's Randi Baker struck first with a goal on a corner kick in the fourth minute. Megan Bauhof and Amy Douglas were credited with the assist. 
Shaking off their sudden 1-0 deficit, the Eagles forced the Cougars into a seesaw battle for possession of the ball. The stalemate was broken in the 29th minute, when Senior Rachael Lund took a shot that bounced off the bar; freshman Stephanie Steele positioned herself to field the rebound, knocking the ball past Kristin Faraday. 


Men's soccer loses only game, heads home


By Jacob Ottoson 
Staff Reporter


The Embry-Riddle men's soccer team's dream of a National Championship title came 
to an end in Kansas after a 2-1 first round loss to Judson College. 
The Eagles opened up strong against Judson College and were able to keep possession of the ball. It was quite evident that both teams were cautious going forward. The offensive opportunities were few in the first half, but the Eagles outshot Judson 5-2. 
Less than one minute into the second half, Doco Wesseh, Judson's leading scorer, capitalized on a scramble in the box, giving them a one goal advantage. The Eagles, now forced to play offensively, managed to equalize 10 minutes later. Senior Justin Crawford found Ian Thompson with a ball past the defenders, and Thompson used his speed and knocked the ball past the Judson Keeper. 
The score remained tied at 1-1 until the 82nd minute. A deflected ball fell into Wesseh's path and he showed why he is Judson's leading scorer, setting the final score of 2-1. 
The ERAU men's soccer team ends their season with a 14-4 overall record and was ranked No. 13 in the final NAIA poll. 


Accelerated ATC program not a reality

By Jonathan Mettin 
News Editor


In an interview with The Avion, Embry-Riddle President Dr. George Ebbs stated that, despite the school's best efforts, the accelerated Air Traffic Control (ATC) program he proposed in front of Congress will probably not materialize. He also defended the controversial Career Airline Pilot Training (CAPT) program, saying that it was a sound idea depite the losses it encountered this year. 
Similar in structure to the CAPT program, the proposed ATC curriculum would recruit interested students who already held college degrees and, in the span of six months, certify them as FAA controllers, according to a speech delivered by Ebbs to the House Aviation Subcommittee on June 15. 
Current federal regulations require that all ATC candidates undergo a six-week course in Oklahoma City before they enter the workforce. 
"What is contained in our four-year curriculum meets and exceeds the training program currently required in Oklahoma City," Ebbs told the subcommittee, urging them to allow Embry-Riddle to certify its own graduates. "It's unnecessary, they're well qualified, they should go directly into the program." 
"With a program such as this, we could deliver an additional 600 trained air traffic controllers to the FAA annually. This figure is 60 percent of the estimated national requirement," Ebbs argued, saying that it would save the FAA up to $18 million a year in costs for the Oklahoma City program. 
That would pave the way for an ATC equivalent to CAPT. Students would use the ATC equipment already in place at the university during its downtimes. Currently the ATC facilities see about eight hours of use a day. 
"I don't have much hope for my testimony, for a number of political reasons," Ebbs said, "We would need some assurances that these folks, when they were finished, would be hired, and the federal government can't guarantee that." 
"I think the opportunity is there for us to do this if we chose to," citing a backlog in Oklahoma City's program that has left several ERAU alumni waiting for slots, "I just don't see the government 
moving in that direction." 
Ebbs stressed that no money would be drawn from Embry-Riddle's existing funds, and that the tuition of the enrolled students would completely cover the program's costs. "It wouldn't cost Riddle 
anything." 
Several members of the Embry-Riddle community have expressed concern with forming such a curriculum at the university, citing the CAPT program's fiscal losses, their leadership issues, and the delay in graduating students. 
Ebbs was quick to defend CAPT, denying that it had not experienced any significant difficulties. 
"The CAPT program is on target for where we wanted it," Ebbs said, "We've had eight graduates." 
"We've had some difficulties in attracting people in a non-seasonal fashion," Ebbs said, noting that the majority of those enrolled in CAPT have prior commitments to jobs. 
"We have missed our targets for enrollment," Ebbs conceded, saying that was one reason the program did not meet its costs this year. Students enrolled in the CAPT program pay for the entire course up front, so a shortage in enrollment directly translates into a financial hit. He also attributed to the deficit to CAPT's conversion from a 10-month program to a 12-month program. 
"I think there were some hopes that this program would break even in the first year," Ebbs continued. "It didn't, I'm not surprised." 
"I don't know exactly what the numbers are," Ebbs said when asked about CAPT's deficit. "The deficit, whatever it is, is not significant; a couple hundred thousand dollars, perhaps... but we're on track to break even this year. I'm happy for that." 
"It's running extremely well," Ebbs said, saying he was confident the program would become a financial boon for the school in a few years. Whether or not this proves to be the case remains to be seen. 

University presidents making higher salaries

By Mark Soppet 
Staff Reporter


A survey released on Nov. 15 by the Chronicle for Higher Education revealed that the upper salary echelon of university and college presidents is growing in its membership. Seventeen public university presidents are earning salaries exceeding $500,000 a year. In 2003, this figure stood at only twelve presidents in the half-million dollar salary bracket. Only six university presidents had this distinction in 2002. 
The trend is similar for private universities. Forty-two presidents surpassed the half-million mark in 2004, versus only 27 for 2003. Tops in this field is William Brody, president of Johns Hopkins University. In 2004, he earned $897,786. 
The top earners among public university presidents lag behind those from private universities. The highest paid president of a public university is Mark Emmert of the University of Washington. 
He makes an estimated $762,000 per year. 
The increase in the number of highly-paid college presidents may be indicative of a larger trend towards higher executive salaries in the field of higher education. The median salary for private schools rose 19 percent over 2003 levels, to $459,643 in 2004. Salaries for public schools were surveyed for the first time this year; the median salary was found to be $328,400. 
By contrast, The Chronicle for Higher Education from November 2003 gives figures for the salary of Embry-Riddle's president, Dr. George Ebbs, for the 2001-2 school year. The journal puts his compensation at $238,066 per year plus $63,445 in bonuses. According to the school's 2004 IRS 990 form, in the 2003 fiscal year Ebbs made $335,900 in salary and $98,463 in benefits. 
David Ward, president of the American Council on Education, feels that college students are still getting a good value out of their college and university presidents. "Certainly in the private sector you'd be paying four, five, six times more for the same function," he told the Associated Press. 
Roger Bowen, general secretary of the American Association of University Professors, disagrees with some of the recent pay raises. He acknowledged the important work performed by these officials, but added, "...I think they're starting to look more like CEO's than college presidents, and I think public trust is a real issue." 
In some cases, increases in salary were linked to the hiring of new presidents rather than raises for existing ones. For instance, the president of the University of Washington, Mark Emmert makes $762,000 per year, while his predecessor, interim president Lee Huntsman, made only $405,000. The university's previous president made $296,400 per year. 
News Editor Jonathan Mettin contributed to this story. 

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