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Vol. 118, No. 70 | Athens, Georgia

Classes may meet on Saturdays By RACHEL BUNN THE RED & BLACK Students who made plans for Saturday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Feb. 12 may want to cancel them. The University sent a memorandum to faculty on Friday stating Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 will become optional makeup days for the days of class missed because of the snowstorm that

hit Athens during the first week of school. Saturday, Jan. 29 will be used to make up Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes and Saturday, Feb. 12 will be used to make up Tuesday, Thursday classes, according to an e-mail from Jere Morehead, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Laura Jolly, vice president for instruction, which was obtained by The Red & Black.

The e-mail also details other options available for making up lost class time including scheduling evening examinations and using eLearning Commons to hold online classes. “As you make changes and adapt a new schedule based on the delay in the start of the semester, we encourage you to make exceptions, as needed, to address individual student needs,” the e-mail said.

The e-mail states it is against University policy to use spring break or reading day as a makeup day. “I’m glad we’re not taking away the breaks, because people already have plans,” said Caroline Wicker, a senior English major from Macon. The University will operate on a normal class schedule on the

CLASS MAKEUP OPTIONS UÊ Saturday classes: Jan. 29 and Feb. 12 UÊ Evening examinations UÊ Online activities and assignments using eLC UÊ Posting lectures on iTunes

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Student charged in book theft case

LENDING A HAND Univ. students spend holiday helping others By KATHRYN INGALL THE RED & BLACK

By TIFFANY STEVENS THE RED & BLACK

For LaMona Wyatt and other members of the Black Student Union, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday meant helping the community — one box of food at a time “I think it’s important to do something because service was one of Martin Luther King’s main pushes for all people to do,” said Wyatt, who serves as president of the union. “To take it even further, this year is the 50th anniversary of UGA’s desegregation. I think we’re continuing Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Hamilton Holmes’ legacy with what we’re doing today.” About 20 students helped sort through food donated by grocery stores in the warehouse of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. They were in charge of removing damaged and out-of-date items as well as sorting items into snacks, drinks, groceries and nonfood boxes. “I actually have been having a good time,” said Victoria Nkemadu, a sophomore psychology major from East Point. “I’ve been laughing and having a good time with friends. It’s not that bad — except for the cold.” Nkemadu and other volunteers said this was not the first time they have served their community on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. They also have participated in Habitat for

A University student accused of stealing textbooks from other students turned himself into the Clarke County Jail Friday morning after University Police issued warrants for his arrest Thursday, according to reports on both the Athens-Clarke County jail website and University Police daily logs. Timothy Hudson Moore, 26, was booked on six counts of misdemeanor theft by taking and five counts of misdemeanor theft by deception. Moore was also arrested Thursday at 5:33 p.m. and charged with driving too fast MOORE for conditions and driving with a suspended license, but was discharged at 9:13 p.m. even though warrants were issued for his arrest. University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said 28 books were taken from the Miller Learning Center between Sept. 28, 2010, and Dec. 7, 2010. During police investigations, 11 students came forward to report the thefts, Williamson said. “Of the 11 victims, five victims signed prosecution requests. The other six did not want to prosecute,” Williamson wrote in an e-mail to The Red & Black. In the case of some students, investigations prior to Moore’s arrest lead to the return of their stolen books. Randall Beadling, a biology major from Peachtree City, said police responded quickly

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S LaMona Wyatt, a senior biology major, and Noemie Tshinanga, a freshman art major, sort canned food at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. Monday’s project marked the ninth Athens MLK Day of Service event, sponsored by HandsOn Northeast Georgia.

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Foursome disguises pop with ‘nasty’ rock By HEATHER KINNEY THE RED & BLACK

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S Comprised of three University students and one graduate, The Falcones blend indie-pop, raw-rock and genuine humor.

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Standing together in a tiny room decked with band posters, four friends hooked up their amps and let loose an explosion of sound. “We are a pop band trying to disguise ourselves as a nasty rock ’n’ roll band,” said The Falcones singer and guitarist Danny Hurley. Laughing amongst themselves, the connection between the members is as blatant as their carefree attitude to have fun. “Mike [Dailey] and I have actually gone to school together since first grade,” Hurley said. “We started playing together

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THE FALCONES When: Tonight at 9 Where: Caledonia Lounge Price: $5 (21+), $7 (18+) Also playing: What’s Going On? about three or four years ago and I had a studio that I built in Atlanta and we recorded a bunch of stuff on our own.” Comprised of two guitarists — Hurley and Charlie “Mothball” Wood — bass player Bradley Jones, and drummer Mike Dailey, the foursome is fresh to the Athens music scene, with only a handful of gigs to their name. “We have finally gotten established to where we can have a

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full set list and get out there,” Wood said. “We have a good repertoire for what we sound like when we try to really send it out there.” Tinkering between indie-pop and a raw-rock flavor, the band’s tightly structured song format is overflowing with energy and whit. “We have a lot of pop sensibilities but we also love to kick on our fuzz pedals and make some noise,” Hurley said. Headlining their second show at the Caledonia tonight, the members of The Falcones are eager to bring new material to fans and newcomers alike. “I’d say when we played at See MUSIC, Page 8

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THEFT: Police help recover textbooks

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¢From Page 1 when his genetics book was stolen from the Miller Learning Center on Dec. 2, 2010. “I didn’t expect them to look so hard for just one book,” he said. “But I got the book back in less than three days.” Beadling said the book was recovered after Moore attempted to sell the book back to the University Bookstore. To help with the investigation, Beadling provided police with more specific information. “I had marks in the book, and I told them specific pages,” he said. “I thought the police were really helpful, and I was really appreciative of what they did for me.” University Police Lt. Eric Dellinger said he is uncertain how many students were able to recover their stolen goods, however. “It was basically one big investigation,” he said. “The investigators are still typing up all the details, and so I’m not aware of those smaller details right now.” Though his book has not yet been returned, economics major Jamison Harris said he’s just glad police were able to arrest Moore. “It was stressful. It happened the first or second day of finals, and that class’s final was the next day,” he said. “It’s surprising that they were able to catch him. I don’t know if they’ll be able to get the books back. I just expected the guy to take the books and sell them. Luckily for me, it was like a $40 book, so I didn’t have a lot stolen.”

Fight outside of Toppers leads to arrests

They were transported to Clarke County Jail.

Two men were charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication after beating a pedestrian Friday morning, according to Athens-Clarke County Lt. Keith Morris. An officer observed two white males beating a black male on Jackson Street outside of Toppers International Showbar, Morris said. Morris said University student Frederic Levesque, 21, and Kevin Curtis Bower, 22, asked a pedestrian for drugs. The pedestrian later told the officer “just because he was black” didn’t mean he had drugs, Morris said. Levesque and Bower were reportedly “boisterous” and said the pedestrian began punching them for no reason. No injuries were reported and no one went to the hospital, Morris said. Levesque and Bower were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

Student reportedly urinates in public

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University student Clayton Walker Wilkin, 20, was arrested and charged with underage possession or consumption of alcohol, use of fake ID and urinating in public early Sunday morning, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police report. An officer witnessed Wilkin urinating on the side of a building at the intersection of Spring and South streets, according to the report. When the officer approached Wilkin — who was “visibly intoxicated” and had his pants “still unzipped” — Wilkin began to walk away from the officer, according to the documents. The officer reportedly stopped Wilkin and asked for his ID, and Wilkin asked why. After the officer said he saw Wilkin urinating, Wilkin handed the officer a Georgia driver’s license with a 1986 birth

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Documents date, according to the report. When the officer asked Wilkin his age, Wilkin answered, “18. No, 19.” The officer then placed Wilkin under arrest. After Wilkin was arrested, the officer found Wilkin’s real ID and saw he was 20 years old. Wilkin asked the officer what he was being charged with, and the officer listed his charges — including urinating in public. Wilkin responded, “How do you know I was urinating? Did you smell it on my breath?” according to the report. Wilkin said he was asking because he is a law student and “just wanted to know his rights,” according to the report. “If I was going to be handcuffed, I wanted to know what I was being handcuffed for,” Wilkin told The Red & Black Monday in a phone interview. “They didn’t tell me what I was being arrested for when they pulled out the cuffs.” Wilkin was arrested and transported to Clarke County Jail. Student flees from officer, leads to charges of public intoxication University student Allison Magee, 21, was charged with public intoxication early Sunday morning, according to an

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Athens-Clarke County Police report. An officer observed Magee “beating on the driver’s side door/window of a yellow taxi cab” after the driver kicked her out of the van, according to the report. Magee was reportedly preventing the taxi driver, whose vehicle was full of passengers, from driving away. The driver opened his door to push Magee away from the vehicle, according to the police report. The driver exited the van and “started yelling at [Magee] to get away while they both stood in the busy street,” the report stated. The officer approached Magee and asked for her ID, but Magee tried to run away, so the officer “chased her a short distance and caught her,” according to the report. Magee reportedly had the odor of alcoholic beverage on her breath, red eyes and was “staggering having a hard time standing on her own.” As the officer was placing Magee under arrest, she reportedly began yelling loudly, “I’m f’n 21 years old!” Magee was then transported to Clarke County Jail. Magee’s purse was searched after her arrest for identification, but she had no ID with her name on it, according to the report. — Compiled by Adina Solomon

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Friday’s story “Office enhances police force” incorrectly stated Officer Dan Silk worked for the AthensClarke County police. Silk used to work for Athens-Clarke County police, but now works for the University police force. The Red & Black is committed to journalis-

tic excellence and providing the most accurate news possible. Contact us if you see an error, and we will do our best to correct it. Editor-in-Chief: Mimi Ensley (706) 433-3027 editor@randb.com Managing Editor: Rachel G. Bowers (706) 433-3026 me@randb.com

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Holiday crime rate rises slightly By TIFFANY STEVENS THE RED & BLACK Forklifts, exit signs and portable toilets were some of the stocking stuffers for criminals in Athens during the 2010 holiday season. Campus saw a slight rise in burglaries and thefts from the 2009 reports over the holiday season, according to University police reports. However, officials say crime did not exceed expectations. “I wouldn’t say that there was a spike. I would say that we had a normal holiday crime season,� said University Police Lt. Eric Dellinger. According to police reports, six burglaries and 28 thefts were reported during December of 2010. Three burglaries and 21 thefts were report-

HOLIDAY CRIMES 2010: 6 burglaries 28 thefts

2009: 3 burglaries 21 thefts

2008: 13 burglaries 30 thefts

ed in 2009, and 13 burglaries and 30 thefts were reported in 2008. Dellinger said most stolen items were left or lost items. “Most of the larcenies were things people had left lying around or things taken from buildings,� Dellinger said. “So people probably

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just left books or book bags in buildings unattended.� However, some reported stolen items broke the pattern. Officers discovered a stolen forklift near the Ceramics Building. Two exit signs were reported stolen from Creswell Hall. Alpha Epsilon Pi reported missing golf clubs, a projector, guitar pedals and cables. Dellinger said most burglaries were resolved before school started. He said he hopes trends continue toward low crime rates. “We had a few more thefts than 2009, but we’re below where we were even the year before that,� he said. “Hopefully we’ll continue to be below where we were a couple of years back.�

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COMMUNITY: Day of service engages Athens ¢From Page 1 Humanity and Hosea Feed the Hungry. “I’ve done the food bank before. I also did HandsOn Atlanta — school beautification and painting houses,â€? said Zuri Hawkins, a junior health promotion major from Fayetteville. The food bank receives approximately two truckloads of donated food per week, which added up to 9.3 million pounds of food distributed last year. “This is food that is salvaged from grocery stores in the area or all across the Southeast, products getting close to expiration or ones that are just not moving off the shelves,â€? said Jim Pope, a part-time staff member at the food bank. “To me it’s almost like manna from heaven. The grocery stores were going to throw it away and we can get it and give it away.â€? Once the food is repackaged, it will be sent to one of 250 local agencies such as churches, shelters and soup kitchens. The food bank provides food for home-bound seniors and sponsors a program called Food 2 Kids. Patricia Dunn, a social work major at Athens Technical College, also volunteered at the food bank. “I heard about it from my instructor,â€? she said. “I didn’t know there were so

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S Vanessa Oduah, a senior biology major from Covington, helps sort cans at a local food bank. many places to volunteer until I looked on the website.� Members of the Black Student Union also volunteered at the Upper

SCHEDULE: Students say Saturdays ‘best’ time for makeup class day ¢From Page 1 makeup days, though it is up to each individual professor as to whether or not the Saturday makeup days will be used. “I think it’s the best option,â€? said Leslie Coots, a senior political science major from Marietta. “I’d rather go on a Saturday than on a break.â€? Wicker said she also thought Saturday classes were the best option the University had for making up lost class time, though for students with jobs or who already have plans for the makeup weekends, holding class on a Saturday may pose problems. “It’s hard to expect students to be there,â€? Wicker said. “I know I have already made plans to go on a retreat on one of the days. It’s difficult to expect people to be there, but it beats the alternative.â€? Coots said she has not heard whether any of her professors will hold Saturday classes. Wicker said she was unsure whether or not her professors would actually hold class on the makeup Saturdays. “I had four classes on Thursday and only one of my professors held class,â€? she said. “If they’re not going to hold class on a regular day, I doubt they will hold it on a makeup day.â€? Not all students are fine with the University’s decision to allow professors to hold makeup classes on Saturdays, however. “I think it’s dumb,â€? said David Cooley, a senior sports management major from Kennesaw. “I don’t think we should do that. I don’t think we should go at all.â€? When asked if he thought any of his classes might be held on one of the makeup Saturdays, Cooley said he thought some could be. “I don’t know. I think finance would,â€? Cooley said. “I probably would go if I had to. It would cut into work and stuff, though.â€?

Oconee Watershed Network and worked to restore the natural habitat by removing invasive plant species. University students met

with hundreds of other volunteers at the Morton Theatre before heading off to 33 service projects. There they were treated to breakfast and a performance by the musical group, The HEAP. The event marked the ninth annual Athens MLK Day of Service as well as the 25th anniversary of MLK Day as a federal holiday. Volunteers were also encouraged to sign a 40-day peace pledge. “It’s a commitment for 40 days of peace, a more peaceful community and more unison,� said Dominique Butler, an intern for HandsOn Northeast Georgia. The organization received a grant from Service For Peace for writing the pledge and presenting it at the service event. A group of elementary school students from First African Methodist Episcopal Church came to the Morton Theatre before leaving to work on a school beautification project at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School. When asked about the origin of the holiday, fifthgrader A’doria Jones remembered the achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s his birthday, and he’s the reason people of all colors can go to school together,� she said.

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Class in session Saturday makeup classes showcase a lack of preparedness from University

University officials have always said academics are a top priority. But with the recent decision to open campus on two Saturdays for professors “as needed,” the University seems to be shrinking from that responsibility. These makeup days are not mandatory for professors, and the editorial board believes most will not bother holding class — it’s just not going to happen. So why give professors the option? To keep up appearances, that’s why. No one expects professors to hold class, but when students or parents complain about not getting all of the classes they paid for or not getting all of the time they need to complete assignments, the University can pass the blame on to professors. “We gave them the option,” administrators can cry. On the flip side, if a professor does decide to hold classes on one of the allotted Saturdays, and a student complains, the professors can once again take the blame. The University has effectively distanced itself from the problem, putting the job of ensuring our instructional needs on professors. The editorial board believes this isn’t enough. Why did we have to scramble to create a makeup policy? We understand Snowpocalypse was unexpected — but shouldn’t we plan for every possible scenario? OK, we know Southerners like to joke about how we don’t know how to handle winter storms. But every winter the flakes fall and we have the same problems. Campus has dealt with snow days in the past, and we should have put a plan in place back then. We need makeup days built into the schedule, and administrators must enforce their use. Furthermore, the makeup days need to be at a time they will be useful to students. In late January and early February, no professors or students are working overtime to play catchup. But when March rolls around, we may need an extra day or two. Let’s take a cue from the Boy Scouts. Next time, let’s be prepared. — Mimi Ensley for the editorial board

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Crime reports hurt students Tiffany Stevens’ recent “Crime Notebook” story [Jan. 9] is a perfect example of what I have been trying to articulate about the careless and thoughtless writing at The Red and Black. The student arrest described in full detail in the first section of this story is dependent on the arresting officer’s report. The officer oversteps his role by diagnosing alcohol poisoning rather than simply describing what he observed which led to the arrest. Alcohol poisoning is very real, very scary, but is ultimately a medical diagnosis dependent on physical exam and lab results. The officer reports secondhand (I doubt he was in the ambulance on transport) that the student spat at the EMS. This 20-year-old student’s foolish, drunken behavior is now forever searchable online only because of this story. These type of stories, published quite regularly, seem to be an outlet for angry student journalists. This is very vengeful. This could be reported without the student name or the police report. Even worse, the entire climate at the University, contributed to by The Red and Black, discourages students from seeking medical attention for themselves or their friends when intoxicated. This is the real tragedy.

Other Universities have established a safety zone for students requiring medical attention for alcohol excess. No student knows the line between alcohol intoxication and alcohol poisoning, most adults don’t and I doubt this reporter does either. Yet she writes this with the utmost authority and certainty. The arresting officer was making his best guess, probably correct, but not yet documented factually/medically. Yet all of this follows the student online, in court and in the University student judicial system. The arrest report is considered fact at the University, however flawed or poorly written. I hope with a new editor this newspaper can rethink this practice of reporting the names and details of student misdemeanor arrests. ROBBIE BRACKEN, M.D. Charlotte, N.C.

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Lessons learned in Snowpocalypse T

he fateful day arrived. Fear and panic struck. A collective cry for help rang throughout the state of Georgia. Snowpocalypse had arrived. There were brief moments of joy — the great outdoors looked like Narnia. The University closed, but Athens’ trusty bars stayed open. Sunday Funday rolled right into Monday Funday. Then Tuesday, cabin fever set in. There was nowhere to go, nothing to do but watch “My Strange Addiction” and Facebook stalk. I was disheveled and stir crazy. It felt like Sunday, but Chick-fil-A was open. As a Northern transplant, I found the entire experience hilarious. Fellow Yanks often share my sadistic pleasure in watching the South crumble underneath what Stephen Colbert called “the weather of Northern Aggression.” Georgians don’t overcome snow — they succumb to it. I grew up in small-town Connecticut, where most people knew about rock salt and understood wearing jeans to play was a cardinal sin of snow etiquette. Plows cleared the roads as quickly as University students

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picked up cardboard boxes and trashcan lids to use as makeshift sleds. If nothing else, college has taught us to be resourceful, right? I knew Athens was about to get its world rocked by winter weather when my usually patient roommate almost beeped at an elderly woman who wasn’t “up to speed” with leaving us her parking space in the jam-packed Publix lot. In her defense, battling grocery store chaos is no small feat. If the egg- and milk-less shelves weren’t a sign enough, people’s Schwarzenegger-in-“Jingle all the Way”-like shopping should create concern. On the upside, if the Mayans were right about 2012 being our legit doomsday, Georgians will probably survive the longest. But when it comes to the snow and ice, too much remains out of Southerners’ control. I’ve come to realize one thing — as much fun as I make of it, pre-snow paranoia

— Melissa Buckman is a junior from Alpharetta majoring in publication management and film studies

WNEG changes risky for broadcast news

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athy Browne, a production assistant, worked at WNEG News for 20 years ��� until she, along with 16 other staff members, were notified of their termination. Browne and her colleagues became victims of an economy that has plagued the journalism industry. But it didn’t have to end that way. The University’s Research Foundation, along with University President Michael Adams, killed a program that benefitted students. They made their decision from a completely fiscal perspective that was shortsighted in its vision. There were large upfront costs and financial growing pains, made only worse by the economy. But the station’s acquisition was an important one, as only two other schools in the country have commercial stations — the University of Missouri and the University of Alabama. When the station moved here in late 2009, the newsroom dynamic was strained. I don’t think anyone who worked there would tell you otherwise. But as the months went on, we forged a more amiable relationship — one that proved to

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isn’t that outrageous. States like Georgia simply do not have the resources to handle snow and ice. Considering how rarely we get such weather, I’m not sure those resources are necessary. And the ice-related accidents last week can’t be blamed on bad driving alone. Two of my sorority sisters — one from New York and the other Maryland — couldn’t drive a car on an icy hill, but a car with a Tennessee plate sped right up. Northern drivers might have experience, but they get some help from plows, sand and salt. During my captivity, I realized I like to see my peers enjoy snow. It’s the Chupacabra of weather phenomena: mysterious and rarely spotted in the Southern states. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing wrong with going Benjamin Button on your biological clock to enjoy a day outside. Now that the snow has thawed, it’s back to normalcy. I’m thanking Zeus and President Adams for the out-of-classroom lessons Snowpocalypse taught me.

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ty,” The Red & Black (“WNEG changes: WNEG continues to suffer money woes and becomes WUGA after restructuring,” Jan. 10) said. Did anyone making these decisions and comments actually watch WNEG? There were already two live shows a day, and I know there was a large audience in Northeast Georgia underserved by the Atlanta affiliates — an audience who was, in fact, watching. Words matter. People read. You have to do your research, especially before you criticize. Otherwise, you do a disservice to readers and to the station. As we move forward, we can only hope WUGATV will be beneficial, but with no news organization, what use it has to students still remains to be seen. And last week, Gov. Nathan Deal’s new budget proposed a 12.3 percent from the GPB budget. The idea that GPB will be able to create a bureau in Athens after such a cut is pretty far fetched. It’s not only our education that’s affected, but also our reputation as a journalism school. Take, for example, a

tweet I read from a University of Missouri Student: “University Of Georgia Pulls the plug on WNEG... should have gone to #Mizzou #Journalism.” The tweet follows up with a link with the story from the website mediabistro, which is read by almost every professional broadcast journalist I know. Future graduates will have to make excuses for these problems in future job interviews. With Grady’s wealth of resources, the prestige of the Peabody Awards and some of the most talented professors — some of whom specialize in media management — it is incomprehensible to me how we couldn’t have figured out a better solution or had some dialogue throughout this process. We do work in the communications business after all. Despite the resources and expertise, Grady is still shutting the station down. Part-time employees get two weeks pay, full-time employees get four weeks. And for employees like Browne, 20 years ends just like that. — John Newsome is a senior from Smyrna majoring in broadcast news

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Teaching job offers adventures Russian trip ‘eye-opening’ By BRIANA GERDEMAN THE RED & BLACK For Adam Bloodworth, it all started with a Google search. When the University graduate decided not to go to graduate school, he began searching the Internet for ways to build his résumé, improve his Russian skills and give him “a year to figure out what I want to do with my life.” The search eventually turned up the American Home English Program offered by SerendipityRussia, which would allow him to teach English to Russian adults and teens while taking Russian classes. He was accepted and traveled in August 2010 to Vladimir, Russia — a small city of approximately 400,000 people about three hours from Moscow by train. Bloodworth had been to Russia once before, two years ago, when he spent two months studying in Moscow. “Ever since I came back from Moscow, I had really been looking for an opportunity to come over here and practice my Russian,” he said. The program he’s enrolled in now is “a strange in-between” of studying abroad and working, he said. On weeknights, from about 4 or 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., he teaches classes at a private English school. The classes are “low to low-intermediate English,” and his students vary in age from early teens to adults in their 50s. Two days a week, he takes classes to improve his own Russian. In his free time during the week, he volunteers at an orphanage and works out at a gym. Bloodworth lives with a host family — consisting of his host mother, who he said is more protective of him than his own mother, and her son, who Bloodworth described as

“a very, very odd character. He sits at home all day and composes little songs on the computer and doesn’t leave the house.” Bloodworth’s social life centers around other teachers he’s met through the program. “We’re pretty close,” he said. “We spend a lot of time hanging out, practicing English and Russian and cooking together.” Bloodworth said his work teaching is more satisfying than he expected. “When I took this job, I was not excited at all about the teaching,” he said. “I was just looking for a way to get over here as cheaply as possible and practice my Russian.” But now that has

changed. “I enjoy working here,” he said. “The adult classes are really good.” Still, he’s had to adjust to the weather and the schedule of working at night. “It’s very difficult to teach at night,” Bloodworth said. “I would much rather teach in the morning and have the night to relax.” Although Bloodworth has gotten less practice with Russian because he works with other English speakers, he said he has learned about Russian culture and Russian perceptions of America. “We have our Russian stereotypes and they have their American stereotypes,” he said.

Bloodworth said many Russians think all Americans eat fast food and drink Coke, are rich and drive fast cars, make friends too easily and act as “back-stabbers” to friends. After Bloodworth’s job ends in July, he said he might teach with another program in a different city or enroll in a university in Russia to study music or Russian literature. For students interested in teaching abroad, he said he recommends the trip. “If you’re thinking about it, if you’re at all interested, do it,” he said. “Both times have been some of the most eye-opening and enriching experiences of my life.”

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Panel encourages open dialogue on stereotypes By ADAM CARLSON THE RED & BLACK

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S Working together as a ‘unit’ to write and record, The Falcones have been working hard to release a full-length album in the next six months.

MUSIC: Batman inspires band ¢From Page 1 the Caledonia last time it was just cool to play in an actual venue and have it all mic-ed and just blasting out into the crowd,” Wood said. During the songwriting process, Hurley and Wood typically bring ideas to the table and Jones and Dailey organize the rhythm. From there, the band works on vocals. “I like that we really all have a lot of input into it. We all just do our own thing and make it as a unit ... which is great,” Hurley said. It takes roughly two weeks for The Falcones to perfect a song before they feel confident to present to the public. “I would say for the

next six months definitely we are getting a fulllength record,” Hurley said. “We’re kind of lucky because I have a very nice studio set up. I’ve been able to do it for us ... So really, as we get the songs, we can go throw them down — three songs in a weekend. A handful a week and you’ve got a record.” Opposite their steadfast dedication to creating and recording songs is the frivolous story behind the band’s name. “Around 19 years old, I discovered comic books,” Hurley said. “I was a really late-comer. And, when I say comic books, I really just mean Batman ... Specifically, ‘The Long Halloween.’ It is a Batman graphic novel.

And, the gangster family in that book is The Falcones. So, our name comes directly from comic books, because we’re cheap.” Though three of the four are University students — Jones recently graduated — the band is dedicated to its causes: writing music, booking shows and getting its name out there. “I feel like everybody says this, and everybody wants to make this claim, but it is really, really organic,” Hurley said. “I’ll write ... a full song, I’ll bring it here and by the time we are done with it, it will be completely different. It will be the same chord progression, but that’s about it. Maybe not even.”

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There are things we think, but do not say. At least, that’s one of the assumptions behind “Striving Toward a MultiEthnic Community,” a panel discussion arranged by the Greek InterVarsity whose goal is to get people past their politicallycorrect barriers and — more importantly — to get them talking, honestly, instead. “A big problem in the Greek system is racism,” said Paula Frances Gay, a campus minister at the University and organizer of the event. The issue, Gay said, is more than prejudice, however. People are socially-conditioned to not openly express these attitudes, it becomes difficult to confront and change them. “We’re afraid that if we admit what we’re feeling, we’ll be called racists,” she said, adding that there are still clear divisions across the campus. “The campus is not a united campus,” Gay said. “There are white groups and there are black groups.” This year, “Striving Toward a Multi-Ethnic Community” is, as Gay describes it, a step in the right direction. “We’re gonna give peo-

When: Tonight at 8:30 Where: Miller Learning Center, room 147 ple a space to talk and discuss,” she said. Equally as important is the event’s grouping with other week-long events commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the desegregation at the University — something that came after Gay had already begun preparation months ago. Originally, the panel was simply another in a now three-years-long series of annual events organized by the Greek InterVarsity. But now, the panel has new and added historical relevance. It was something that wasn’t necessarily planned, but it has nonetheless been welcome. It was after Gay had begun firming up the details of the panel — that it would include a range of speakers and try to attract a diversity of participants — that she realized the fortuitous timing. “Now we’re opening it up to the students because of the anniversary of what this means for the campus,” she said. The group has, in years past, arranged similar events that focus on outreach and student involve-

ment and that encourage discussion. But this year is different, Gay said, because of the unique sensitivity of the issues being discussed. One of the two major components of the event will be its speakers, Gay and Stevie King, both chosen for their seemingly diametrically-opposed races and backgrounds. Gay is self-described as “really white,” while King, a black man, came from a lower-class background. The juxtaposition will allow both speakers to expose and play-off of the stereotypes surrounding them, as well as to jumpstart the conversation about perception and secret prejudices. “Who stands up front matters,” Gay said. Afterward, a discussion is to follow with interested audience members. The conversations that arise out of it may, Gay said, prove to be the more constructive and revealing part of the event. Foremost is a focus on inclusivity. Getting people talking is only half the problem — adequately representing a variety of voices is the other half. “We always bring in other voices,” Gay said, “because it wouldn’t be right to pretend those voices don’t exist.”

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Players, coach differ on victory’s worth Commitments By RYAN BLACK THE RED AND BLACK A lot of people may think after rallying from a 16-point second half deficit to defeat the Florida Lady Gators on Sunday, the Georgia Lady Bulldogs basketball team can draw on the win in future adverse situations. That depends on who you ask. “I think it gives a boost to everyone on the team as far as confidence,” senior forward Porsha Phillips said. “When we’re down again in a big game, we know we can fight and push our way through it. We can learn through this experience.” Phillips’ teammate Meredith Mitchell — who scored a seasonhigh 15 points against the Lady Gators — agreed. “It was a good game for us because we fought back,” she said. “The other SEC games we were ahead, and I don’t think we were ever really behind. The fact we fought back — especially losing by so much — showed we know we can come back.” One person on the opposite side of the argument? Lady Bulldogs head coach Andy Landers, who then posed a question himself. “I think you look back at the last two games [Kentucky and Arkansas] — what did that do for our confidence?” he said. “Did that make us think we were really, really good? Wait a minute, we beat both of those guys on last-second shots. Both of those guys had shots on

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By TRAVIS RAGSDALE THE RED AND BLACK The 2011 Georgia football recruiting class, which has been dubbed “The Dream Team” by head coach Mark Richt, has turned into an absolute necessity for the future of the Bulldogs. With eight of the top 15 prospects in Georgia showing a strong interest in coming to play football in Athens this late in the recruiting game, this class could prove to be one of the best in Georgia football history. But first, the coaching staff must finish the drill with the remaining uncommitted recruits in Georgia. Some of the already committed recruits believe this class will finish as one of the best in the country. Committed to the University of Georgia, Amarlo Herrera, a linebacker out of North Clayton High School, is projected to be a run-stuffing machine once he steps foot on campus this summer. Herrera has both the size and tenacity to see playing time this fall at inside linebacker. But for Herrera, the most important thing the Bulldogs can do this offseason is finish with a strong recruiting class. “We’ll get rest of the players from Georgia who haven’t committed yet,” Herrera said. “All the big-time players HERRERA from Georgia really.” Two of those “bigtime players” are tight end Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell, who could play either wide receiver or defensive back at the college level. Both players are out of Valdosta High School and both are expected to commit Thursday. Attending their announcements will be uncommitted defensive end Ray Drew out of Thomas County Central. Drew, who will not commit until the official National Signing Day on Feb. 2, could play either defensive end or outside linebacker if he were to choose Georgia. The last remaining piece to the “dream team” puzzle would then be elite running back Isaiah Crowell out of Carver High School in Columbus. “I haven’t talked to Crowell in a long time, so I don’t know what he’s doing.” said Herrera. “A couple weeks ago he liked Georgia, though, so I don’t know.” With Rome, Mitchell and Crowell having taken official visits to the University of Alabama last weekend, the Georgia coaching staff will need to put its recruiting motor into high gear for the next several days and through signing day. But the coaching staff as well as committed recruits believe this class will prove to be special. “We have some surprises coming and we are going to finish strong,” said Sterling Bailey out of East Hall High School. “I think this class is going to be really good,” offensive line recruit Watts Dantzler said. “By the end of it, we should have a top-two or -three class [in the country].”

Lady Dogs back in rankings Apparently media members around the country have finally taken notice of how well the Lady Bulldogs have been playing of late. Monday, Georgia found itself back in the Associated Press poll for the first time since Nov. 29, coming in at No. 24. The Lady Bulldogs were preseason No. 19 in the AP poll. The Lady Bulldogs found themselves slotted one spot behind Arkansas, a team the Lady Bulldogs beat in Fayetteville last Thursday. Georgia is also behind Kentucky, who came in at No. 19 this week. The Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady Wildcats on Jan. 9 in Lexington, ending Kentucky’s 25-game home win streak. The only other SEC team in the rankings is Tennesee, the highestranked member of the conference. The Lady Volunteers clocked in at No. 5. in the AP poll.

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S Porsha Phillips (21) had 10 points in the Lady Bulldogs’ 70-64 win over the Florida Gators at Stegeman Coliseum on Sunday.

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llow me a moment to use a clichéd sports adage. “There’s no place like home.” That line, made famous in the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz,” seems to pop up among sports writers and fans alike any time their team is back from a grueling road trip and returning to the welcoming confines of the home court. For a long time, the Georgia men’s basketball team had to bank on that line when SEC play came around, because that’s all it had. The Bulldogs were 0-8 against conference opponents on the road last season. Put that cliché away for now. Georgia snapped a nine-game SEC road losing streak with a 98-76 win against Ole Miss on Saturday, and did so under sub-par traveling conditions. It was only four days earlier that the streak hit its peak when the Bulldogs — ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press poll at the time — dropped yet another conference road contest in a 73-66 loss to Vanderbilt. Then the inclement weather came, and the icy roads in Athens kept the team somewhere it struggled the most — away from Athens and out of Stegeman Coliseum. Yet, the Bulldogs played some of their best basketball of the year once the players landed in Oxford, Miss. The team led the entire game — getting all five starters into double figures and setting season highs in both free throw and field goal shooting, as well as assists. Maybe Georgia should be saying “there’s no place like the road.” Because last week, there wasn’t.

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MITCH BLOMERT How often would the Bulldogs have their best offensive turnout of the season on the road for almost an entire week? Against an SEC opponent with Ole Miss point guard Chris Warren, the conference’s leading scorer? After a tough loss to Vanderbilt, where the team racked up 23 fouls and lost starter Jeremy Price when he fouled out with 10 minutes to play? After a four-hour road trip in winter weather between Nashville and Oxford, having to practice in nearby gyms? If there’s any way to motivate a team, a win like Saturday’s will do it. To top it off, Georgia has been rewarded for the trying road trip — a threegame home stand. While the Bulldogs are a much-improved 4-1 on opponent courts this season, let us not forget where they are unbeaten — Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia hosts SEC East rival Tennessee tonight, an opponent hungry for recovery after starting 1-2 in conference play. The Bulldogs then face Mississippi State — winners of its last two without punches thrown — followed by Florida next Tuesday, another must-win SEC East matchup. “I do think there is great parity [in the SEC] ... and in our division especially. Every league has some teams that are

having a rebuilding season, but, in our division, we don’t have that right now,” coach Mark Fox said. “I think we have six really good teams in our division, so I think there’s going to be a lot of parity and nights we beat up on each other.” A win against all three would have Georgia sitting pretty in the SEC standings, where teams have beaten each other up to the point where no one is unbeaten in conference play anymore. If there was any time for the Bulldogs to get hot, now is a perfect opportunity. The conference lead is up for grabs. And if there was any way to be inspired, last Saturday’s win might have been the key. With the SEC road losing streak off its back, Georgia no longer needs to play with the mind-set that it can only win conference games at home. The Bulldogs are playing as a complete unit, and if they continue to compete with the tenacity they showed against Ole Miss, winning games on the road shouldn’t be as much of a challenge as they used to be. Instead of “there’s no place like home,” how about “there’s no place like anywhere?” — Mitch Blomert is a sports writer for The Red & Black

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Gym Dogs split weekend meets By ROBBIE OTTLEY THE RED & BLACK After the Gym Dogs completed their vault rotation against No. 3 Utah on Saturday, it looked like trouble lurked around the corner. The event wouldn’t be the mainstay of the Georgia lineup as it had been in the past, and the Gym Dogs would have to bounce back from a slightly disappointing 49.075 on the apparatus. That concern surrounded head coach Jay Clark and his team as they huddled up before walking to the uneven bars. “I said, ‘Those were strong vaults.’ I said, ‘Now forget scores … you know you did big vaults,’” Clark said. “It’s an emotional roller coaster out there sometimes … and it was just some real hard reminders of, ‘This was what we said we’re gonna do today. Now let’s do it.’” Georgia rebounded from the struggles on the vault and from a narrow loss against Utah to dismantle the No. 18 West Virginia Mountaineers on Monday 196.725-192.125. And against West Virginia, Georgia scored a 49.450 on the uneven bars, its highest score on bars since it tallied the same score against Kentucky last season. The Gym Dogs also posted three individual scores of 9.9 or better in the event. “That’s what sticking landings can do for you,” Clark said. “You start landing things like that and magic starts happening.” The Gym Dogs’ success on bars was buoyed by a 9.950 from junior Kat Ding, which was good for secondhighest on bars in the nation. Ding said she was calmer and better able to focus

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S Freshman Lindsey Cheek posted a critical 9.825 on the vault, helping the Gym Dogs to a 196.725-192.125 win over West Virginia. on her performance against West Virginia than she was against Utah. “Saturday was my first meet, [and it] was firstmeet jitters for me,” she said. “[It was] just a matter of relaxing.” Bars has been Georgia’s best event the last two meets, largely because the team has been able to train more frequently on the apparatus. Ding said she still feels both she and the team still have room to improve. “You can always improve, even if it is your best event,” Ding said. “We can have more people stick, more handstands, tighter legs, whatever.” However, the floor performance wouldn’t be all success for the Gym Dogs against West Virginia. Junior Gina Nuccio rolled her ankle on the dismount from her bars routine, and couldn’t compete in the floor exercises. Though X-rays will be taken on Nuccio’s ankle, Clark said the initial prognosis suggested a relatively quick recovery. “If it weren’t so painful

for it to happen, it’s almost comical,” Clark said of his team’s difficulties with injury. On little notice, Clark called on sophomore Christa Tanella to take Nuccio’s place in floor exercises. Tanella had warmed up as Georgia’s first replacement on floor, but didn’t expect to compete. “We just slid her right into that slot,” Clark said. “She handled it, and the team handled it.” While looking at a score sheet after Monday’s win, senior Cassidy McComb — who won three individual event titles against West Virginia and her third consecutive all-around victory — said, “Dang, where was this Saturday [against Utah]?” But she later added that the chief difference was mental. “It’s going into it mindlessly, and putting it on autopilot, and just doing it,” she said. “It feels like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. You can celebrate for the moment, but it’s on to the next match.”


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