RE:please, please, HELP !!!
Juro's right - if the rod has a warranty you should take advantage of it and get a replacement. Otherwise, here is a repair method that may work:
1. Cut off the splintered end.
2. Mix up some epoxy and put it into the male end of the blank. Add enough to fill the blank in the ferrule.
3. Seal the end of the blank with tape.
4. Hold the rod vertically with the broken end downwards until the epoxy cures. This should leave you with broken end of the rod filled with an inch or two of cured epoxy.
5. Sand the end of the blank down enough to fit into the female ferrule. Use very fine sandpaper (400 grit???) and go very slowly.
This will be a real pain to do and may not work. Personally, I'd use this as an excuse to get a new rod. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.