THE BG NEWS Monday
February 2, 2009 Volume 103, Issue 92
ESTABLISHED 1920 A daily independent student press serving the campus and surrounding community
New sheriff in town
Transportation liability issues
Organizations are discouraged from using personal vehicles to get to events, but some groups find it’s the only way | Page 3
Learning from a comedian
Forum Editor Kyle Schmidlin suggests we can learn a lot from what the late Bill Hicks said in a comedy sketch that aired recently | Page 4
Dedicated to the homeless
Dr. Bob Donovan works to make a difference by providing medical treatment to homeless individuals | Page 9
Kentucky receives help
After many residents were negatively affected by recent ice storms, the National Guard stepped in to help out | Page 5
Match against NIU victorious The men’s basketball team had their third consecutive win this weekend against Northern Illinois University, 69-61 | Page 6
AT BGNEWS.COM: Check our Web site for video footage of President Cartwright’s address.
New president remains positive in address despite economic issues
Cancel classes before I get on the road!
Guest columnist Audra Kimball thinks the University needs to be more prompt when alerting students about snow days | Page 4
BEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS
IT’S OFFICIAL: Newly installed University President Carol Cartwright gives the State of the University Address in the ballroom Friday.
By Andy Ouriel and John Bisesi The BG News
Students bring world lessons to BG By Ella Fowler Reporter
A group of student activists is trying to inspire change in the Bowling Green community. FREEDOM is an organization utilizing experiences from various trips to an Arizona Navajo reservation, South Bronx and other “engagement experiences” to inspire community change here at home. “The idea [of FREEDOM] is you bring back whatever you learn from those places and use it here [in Bowling Green],” said Reise Sample, president of FREEDOM. FREEDOM is about helping the community by centering on different aspects of social awareness, Sample said. “FREEDOM is a community focused on social justice, cultural awareness and the art of human expression, which encompasses all ways of how people express themselves and how important that is in getting community work done,” she said. This definition of FREEDOM is what Sample puts on posters throughout the University, but FREEDOM does so much, it is hard to describe what the group is, she said. FREEDOM has been involved with a wide range of community activities including after school programs, community gardens, open mic nights, activism workshops and on-campus protests.
See FREEDOM | Page 2
As University President Carol Cartwright was installed Friday as the University’s 10th president, she was honored not only with the traditional presidential charter and medallion, but with something Board of Trustee Chair John Harbal II said she could put her good luck toward. At her State of the University Address, Cartwright was given a lottery ticket with numbers like
one, as in being the first woman president of any state university in Ohio and the University, and 10, as in the number of total presidents at the University. If she does hit, Harbal has an idea what she could do with the money. “I think the jackpot is around $30 million and that should help the students here,” Harbal said jokingly. Previously at Kent State
See PRESIDENT | Page 2
State waits for budget announcement By Freddy Hunt Editor-in-Chief
University administrators across the state of Ohio are holding their breath as Gov. Ted Strickland prepares to announce the first draft of the state’s new two-year budget today. In his State of the State address last Wednesday, Strickland said he will balance a $7.3 billion deficit by calling for state program reductions somewhere between 10 and 20 percent and also with the help of $3.4 billion in federal aid. Education has always been a priority of Strickland’s, and educators across the country let out a collective sigh of relief Wednesday after he reconfirmed that higher education is a priority and a part of the state’s recovery plan.
PHOTO PROVIDED BY JOHN SPINELLI
MENTOR AND FRIEND: Spinelli was on friendly terms with many of his students.
Professor dies at 69 By Kate Snyder Assistant Campus Editor
Joseph Spinelli taught geography at the University for 35 years. He died last Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at age 69. Spinelli had no children, but over the years he kept in contact with several former students, some he considered his goddaughters and godsons. During the weeks before he
See EDUCATION | Page 2
See SPINELLI | Page 8
PEOPLE ON THE STREET
TROTTING INTO ANDERSON What did you think of Bruce Springsteen’s half-time performance at the Super Bowl?
TRAVIS PARKER Sophomore, ENGT
“It was okay but not really my thing.” | Page 4
ENOCH WU | THE BG NEWS PHOTOS PROVIDED BY FREEDOM
RAZZLE DAZZLE: A Globetrotter dribbles a ball between his legs during a pre-game freestyle at Anderson Arena. Turn to page 10 for more photos from the game.
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LIVING ROCK BOTTOM PRICES
2 Monday, February 2, 2009
BLOTTER THURSDAY, JAN. 29 2:31 P.M.
Erica Ealey, 35, of Detroit, Lashanda Anderson, 25, of Detroit, and Michael Davis II, 29, of Southfield, Mich., were arrested for tampering with records. 8:25 P.M.
Christopher Winkle, 24, of Bowling Green, was arrested for underage alcohol sale after selling a 12-pack of beer to an underage customer. 9:08 P.M.
Andrea Krejci, 19, of Toledo, was cited for underage alcohol sale after selling a 6-pack of Busch Light to an underage customer. 10:09 P.M.
Virginia Gee, 43, of Pemberville, was arrested for theft after switching UPC codes on three items at Wal-Mart to lower the cost.
FREEDOM 2:19 A.M.
Complainant reported the front window of Cucina Di Betto Restaurant had been shattered and glass was on the sidewalk in front of the building. 2:22 A.M.
Terrence Minter, 19, of Detroit, was cited for disorderly conduct after publicly urinating on the front porch of Uptown/ Downtown Bar. 2:36 A.M.
Stephen Pfeiffer, 21, of Toledo, was arrested for criminal mischief after picking up a large chunk of snow and then throwing it at a moving vehicle, striking it on the windshield. 3:02 A.M.
Jason Mould, 20, of Coshocton, Ohio, was arrested for underage drinking and criminal trespass after being observed trying to get into a vehicle parked in a driveway on Baldwin Avenue. 3:58 A.M.
FRIDAY, JAN. 30 1:37 A.M.
Austin Cartwright, 24, of Bowling Green, was cited for operating a vehicle under the influence. 2:39 A.M.
Eric Clendenin, 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for theft after being found in possession of five sealed Playstation video games from Meijer. 2:55 A.M.
Eric Larsen, 23, of Bucyrus, Ohio, was arrested for criminal damaging, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct after breaking a window and being found in the garage of the complainant’s residence. 2:19 P.M.
James Lopez, 54, of Waukegan, Ill., was arrested for theft after removing a TV converter box from the packaging and then attempting to return the item for cash at the Wal-Mart customer service desk. 11:59 P.M.
Complainant reported an unknown subject approached him and punched him in the face, leaving a cut above his left eye which required six stitches. 4:34 A.M.
Jace Crossland, 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for disorderly conduct and underage drinking. 3:24 P.M.
Eric Clendenin, 20, of Bowling Green, was arrested for robbery after stealing eight cans of Red Bull from Wal-Mart.
SUNDAY, FEB. 1 12:01 A.M.
Andrew Conroy, 20, of Lorain, Ohio, was arrested for underage drinking after he was observed stumbling in the roadway on Clough Street. 12:15 A.M.
Deandre Lee, 20, of Toledo, was arrested for underage possession and open container after he was observed drinking from a bottle of vodka in the backseat of his vehicle.
Reese Brossia, 20, of Curtice, Ohio, was cited for possession of marijuana after being observed rolling a marijuana cigarette while in his vehicle.
SATURDAY, JAN. 31
Antoine Francis II, 18, of Toledo, was cited for underage drinking.
Asia Anderson, 18, of Bowling Green, was arrested for underage drinking and escorted out of Uptown/Downtown Bar by staff members. Alexander Balogh, 19, of Bowling Green, was cited for disorderly conduct after a complainant reported music could be heard from the hallway of her apartment complex. ONLINE: Go to bgnews.com for the complete blotter list.
From Page 1
The United Christian Foundation, located on 313 Thurstin Ave. across from the Union, is the home of FREEDOM. “[The] UCF is focused on community and students,” Sample said. “They are really trying to help students be a part of their community as opposed to [students] living on campus and not experiencing Bowling Green.” In fact, it was through the UCF that FREEDOM got its berth. Bill Thomson, the minister of UCF, has been traveling to the South Bronx and the Navajo reservation with students for years. “The UCF runs what are called engagement experiences,” Sample said. “They take students into different cultures and areas with various social justice issues like the Navajo reservation and the South Bronx.”
PRESIDENT From Page 1 University from 1991-2006, Cartwright understands the hard times facing the University including upcoming budget cuts, a likely decrease in the amount of staff and enrollment. She said she knows the problems, but with strategic planning and using resources to the fullest, Cartwright believes the University can fix any looming deficit. “The state of our University is strong at its core,” Cartwright said during her speech. “However, we are subject to the stresses of an unprecedented national economic crisis, just like everyone else.” Change might be necessary to keep up with the current economic crisis, but Cartwright’s speech mainly highlighted key aspects that make the University a standout higher education facility. Cartwright noted that the University has succeeded in
EDUCATION From Page 1 “We will strengthen Ohio by maintaining our commitment to affordable access to our colleges and universities,” Strickland said. Strickland announced Wednesday that Ohio community colleges and regional campuses will maintain the tuition freeze for another 2 years, and that main university campuses will maintain the tuition freeze in 2010 and keep any tuition increase less than 3.5 percent in 2011. Although the governor has proved again to be a true friend to higher education by prolong-
It was through these experiences that FREEDOM was eventually born. “FREEDOM grew out of a group of students who came back [from the South Bronx] and wanted to have a place where they could generate ideas and manpower for projects and the community,” Sample said. Lyndsey Dougherty, who graduated last August with a degree in social work, is still involved in the group and feels people who join FREEDOM want to change the world. “The people who usually get involved ... feel like they are alone, and they see all these problems but don’t know how to do anything about them or where to go to do anything,” she said. FREEDOM is the outlet for students to get involved in the surrounding community. “I think people who want to change the world come to FREEDOM,” Sample said. “This is a place to start learning how to
change your community.” For some students, being involved in FREEDOM has allowed them the opportunity to get involved in other social service avenues. Craig McAdams, a senior majoring in political science with a minor in peace and conflict studies, recently got hired by AmeriCorps, an organization that provides various services including mentoring youth, building affordable housing and cleaning parks and streams across the U.S. “I got hired almost a month ago,” McAdams said. “It was a great transition, and I am basically doing the same work [I do with FREEDOM], but now I am just doing it through AmeriCorps.” McAdams added he believes it was his work through FREEDOM that helped him get his AmeriCorp job. For Sample, she was ready to transfer to the University of Michigan but felt FREEDOM
really had something to offer her and the community. “Then FREEDOM really started going, and I understood there was something really important about being here right now,” Sample said. One aspect of FREEDOM, Sample, Dougherty and McAdams all mentioned was the use of the Navajo tradition of a talking circle. “Talking circles are really, really important,” Sample said. “That is how Navajo people make decisions and build their community and FREEDOM uses it in the same way. It is a way to regroup and come back to each other. We use it to generate ideas and figure out what our common problems are and what to address next.” FREEDOM meets every Monday at 9 p.m. at the UCF and welcomes anyone who would like to join. For more information, e-mail Reise Sample at email@example.com.
enrolling students over the age of 25 as well as first-generation college students. She said the University has also succeeded in having a graduation rate 9 percent above average, being one of only 24 public and private universities to exceed its expected graduation rate. Cartwright also noted the success of the Building Dreams campaign, which managed to raise $146 million, far surpassing the original goal of $120 million. Along with meeting higher education goals defined by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Cartwright said the University has excelled through faculty involvement in projects ranging from marketing schemes for Toledo’s new arena football and hockey teams, to helping rebuild Ohio’s economy through the solar industry in Northwest Ohio. The speech was focused mainly on University achievements and aspirations rather than soon-to-face challenges because Cartwright felt the installment
called for a more celebratory tone. “As I thought about my message, I decided that today was not the day to dwell excessively on practical realities — as significant as they are,” she said. “I assure you that we have important goals for this semester: balance the budget, focus on enrollment, complete the strategic plan and fill leadership positions. But in the end, today is an opportunity for a clarion call to be engaged in the future — to imagine Bowling Green after the economic recovery.” There were many important members of the University community in attendance to witness the installment, including University Board ofTrustees members and many well-known alumni, such as State Representative Randy Gardner. Gardner said the University is in good hands with Cartwright leading the school, especially while facing considerable budget problems among other challenges.
“I think it’s great that we are not bemoaning the fact that times are tough, but we are prepared to help lead the recovery,” he said. Bruce Johnson, president and CEO of the Inter-University Council of Ohio, had introduced Cartwright as a confident leader who is “not afraid of change.” “I felt inspired by what is a pretty clear vision,” Johnson said. “Bowling Green has a great story. There is a lot of competition, so the clarity of her message will really help to appeal to students.” But Cartwright is trying to do more than appeal to students; she is trying to reach students. “It’s more about what we want to decide and what we want to change,” Cartwright said. “The president has to empower people and inspire them and provide the support required.” By forming more of a partnership, Cartwright wants to stand side-by-side with students and their opinions. “It’s not what I decide,” she said, “it’s what we decide.”
ing the tuition freeze — the twoyear halt on tuition increase that made Ohio the only state in the nation with no tuition increase in any of its public institutions — state funding reductions are suspect in the current economic climate. University Chief Financial Officer Sherideen Stoll said she is preparing for a zero to 10 percent reduction. “We still don’t know,” Stoll said after hearing the governor’s address. “Will it be a 10 percent cut? We know state agencies have been told to develop their budgets from a 10 percent cut to a 20 percent cut ... but it’s still very difficult to tell what the governor will do.” In her own State of the
University address Friday, University President Carol Cartwright seemed confident in the governor and his commitment to higher education in the midst of an “economic tsunami,” despite three budget cuts in 2008 to balance the state budget. “Gov. Strickland has made it clear that he will do everything in his power to continue to support funding for higher education,” Cartwright said Friday. “In his State of the State address on Wednesday, the governor again affirmed his belief that higher education will drive our economic recovery. He recognizes that graduating a highly educated workforce will help the state attract new business and industry. With that expression of confidence comes great responsibility. We must be certain that we are making the absolute best use of the resources that are provided to us.” How much money higher education will receive from the state will be determined in the next months after the announced budget is approved by the state’s House and Senate, but how much of that the University will receive will be based off a new system come mid-June.
The current system to determine how much state funding is allotted to each state university is based on enrollment. The new system proposed by Gov. Strickland is based off of graduation rates and success, Stoll said. “What the state is saying is ‘we will reward you for moving your students through graduation in a timely fashion’ ... And as taxpayers, that is what we want and certainly what our students want,” Stoll said. Regardless of how much state funding the University will receive, Cartwright made it clear in her State of the University address that she is prepared to move ahead. “Going forward, we need to embrace today’s budget challenges as an opportunity to change the way we operate, to increase our efficiency, enhance our programs and services and be nimble in our response to the rapidly changing playing field of higher education,” Cartwright said. “Not only do we need to be open to partnerships with other colleges and universities and businesses, we need to actively seek opportunities for collaboration.”
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Monday, February 2, 2009
UNION BALLROOM RINGS IN THE CHINESE NEW YEAR GET A LIFE CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Exhibit #9: “You Call That Dancing”
By John Buckingham Reporter
The Family Campaign is starting its fundraiser this morning with the Family Campaign Kickoff. The purpose of the Family Campaign is to encourage University faculty, staff and retirees to donate to the University and help support it through the financial hits it has taken from the sagging economy. Dan Karns, director of the Family Campaign, said the goal is to raise $750,000 this year and to gain the participation of at least 50 percent of University faculty, staff, administrators and retirees, the sole contributors to the campaign. The Family Campaign has raised nearly $9 million since it was created in 1999. “This is an opportunity [for employees] to donate to the University in a way that is meaningful to them. They can give to areas they are passionate about,” Karns said. “Whether it’s to help support undergraduate students, leadership programs or the Wolfe Center for Performing Arts.” Although the Family Campaign has been around for 10 years, it has introduced a new component to bolster students in today’s harsh economic climate. Nonspecified donations go into a special fund for “Sustaining Tomorrow’s Scholars.” “This year’s theme is ‘Give to a scholar,’” Karns said. “We’ve created this fund to help provide scholarship support for students.” AlthoughtheFamilyCampaign is targeted toward University employees, some students know little or nothing about it. Bookstore employee and sophomore Angie Oler said she works for the University and didn’t know anything about the campaign, but thinks that if University employees want to give their money back to the University, she has no problem with it. “If they want to give that money back, they’re welcome to do so,” she said. Although some students employed by the University were not informed of the event, most agree the Family Campaign is good for the University. Freshman Vance Wickard thinks asking employees to give back to the University is a good idea. “I think [the Family Campaign] is a good thing,” Wickard said. “Education is important and it’s good that [University employees] are willing to make the sacrifice. There needs to be more money for students who can’t afford to come [to the University].” Sophomore Mike Schippers said the campaign doesn’t impact him, but that he approves of its goals. “[The Family Campaign] doesn’t really affect me at all,” he said. “I don’t really know much about it.” Karns said the money donated is deposited wherever a donor wishes, and it’s important because the University cannot justifiably raise fundsfromtheoutside withoutgiving its own the opportunity to give back. According to the Family Campaign home page, “The tradition continues, as the campus community demonstrates, that we, who know the University best, are dedicated to ensuring a future of continued excellence.”
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CHINESE NEW YEAR: Students and community members enjoy food and entertainment at the 2009 Chinese New Year celebration in the Union ballroom.
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Noel-Levitz Student Success Improvement Team 201 Union - Sky Bank Room
Student organizations find difficulty with travel insurance By Jason Henry Reporter
As the University struggles with financial issues, some student organizations have had to set aside money to purchase or rent transportation to avoid legal issues associated with carpooling in a personal vehicle. Other organizations have had to take these risks due to their limited resources. Accord i ng to t he Underg raduate Student Travel Policy outlined in the Student Handbook, student organizations are “st rong ly d iscou raged” from using personal transportation to Universitysponsored events because of the lack of protection it offers. “The driver assumes liability in that situation by using their own personal vehicle,” said Denny Bubrig, assistant dean of students. While the University does offer liability waivers for students to sign when traveling to University-sponsored events, it does not protect a student using their personal vehicle, but instead protects the institution from any liability, said Kim Miller, director of risk management. “I don’t really know that there are specific things that students can do to avoid that liability,” she said. The best way student organizations can avoid putting their members at legal risk is by renting or purchasing a vehicle that would fall under the
Un i v er sit y ’s i n s u r a nc e, according to t he St udent Transportation Policy. The Chapman Learning Community at Kohl recently purchased a mid-sized van, which can carry 10 people at a time, specifically to combat these types of issues. “We bought a van so that the University insurance covers them first.” said Gail Brinker, the secretary for Chapman Learning Community. “It was a protection for our students.” The organization often does service learning programs where students do volunteer work at various locations, some within walking distance but others as far as Toledo, said Madeline Duntley, director of the Chapman Learning Community. “The University supported the service learning, but we didn’t have transportation available for those volunteer opportunities,” Brinker said. Since getting the van, Duntley said it isn’t enough. The organization still has to rent other vehicles, costing around $100 each time, because it has 130 members across 10 service learning programs and only the one van to transport them with. She said her organization was lucky to even get the van. She set up a deal with the College of Arts and Sciences last year before the budget cuts were announced to pay for half of the cost of the van, but the van still cost the group $9,000. “It would have been extremely difficult for us to get the van this year if the [College of] Arts and Sciences had not supported the purchase with half the funding,” she said. “We probably
“The University is going to have to realize these kinds of programs do need certain types of planning and resources. And I think we can be efficient with those [resources] ...” Madeline Duntley | Director of the Chapman Learning Community wouldn’t have got the van, essentially, if we had waited until later.” Ot her orga ni zat ions with limited funds, such as the International Relations organization, have not been as lucky. According to Marc Simon, the faculty advisor for the organization, it is too expensive to rent several vans. Each year, the International Relations organization attends the American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago and transportation is always an issue. “What we end up doing ... is that we have students basically drive their own cars,” Simon said. “And we just hope for the best.” The organization hasn’t had any accidents yet but has
to continue to carpool because they can’t afford any of the alternatives, according to Simon. “The cost ends up being so much higher that it would stop us from doing our conference,” Simon said. “The University is going to have to realize these kinds of programs do need certain types of planning and resources,” Duntley said. “And I think we can be efficient with those [resources] so that they don’t need to disband these opportunities.” The Office of Campus Activities has worked with Enterprise to offer cheaper rentals to organizations, but there aren’t really any other alternatives at the moment for organizations who can’t afford rentals, Bubrig said.
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“The people who usually get involved ... feel like they are alone and they see all these problems but don’t know how to do anything about them or where to go to do anything.” — Lyndsey Dougherty, University alumna and FREEDOM member, on why students join FREEDOM [see story, pg. 1].
PEOPLE ON THE STREET
Monday, February 2, 2009
What did you think of Bruce Springsteen’s half-time performance? “I don’t know who he is.”
“I love him.”
“I didn’t see the whole thing, but it was good.”
“I didn’t get to see it.”
Sophomore, Special Education
WALKING IS STILL HONEST
KEITH PAKIZ | THE BG NEWS
University needs to be more timely when delaying classes On Wednesday, January 28, while most students got the word that classes had been delayed and crawled back into bed, I was driving on Route 199 and Route 6. I went 20 miles per hour and what usually is a 20-25 minute drive turned into an hour drive due to very hazardous conditions. Why was I driving to school if classes were delayed? The University opted not to notify students until 7:49 a.m. through text message and 7:52 a.m. through e-mail. As I was in my car and do not have a cell phone, I received the news over the radio at 7:54 a.m. My class began at 8:00 a.m. and so I left my house at 7:15 a.m. to brave the weather and get to school. My mom, who attends Owens Community College, received a phone call from her school at 6:30 a.m. saying her classes had been delayed until 1 p.m. She even called to ask if I would be going to class today, to which I answered yes because I had received no indication classes would be canceled. Needless to say, I was more than a little upset after almost an hour on the road in such treacherous weather conditions when the University decided to delay classes only 10 minutes before my class started. The University needs to realize they have more than a few nontraditional students and that we need to be considered in making decisions pertaining to classes and schedules. Even students who do live on campus
“The University needs to realize they have more than a few nontraditional students and that we need to be considered in making decisions pertaining to classes and schedules.” were impacted by the mistake the University made, as several students woke up and walked through the awful conditions to go to 8:00 a.m. classes only to realize their efforts were for nothing, then having to go back out in the snow storm to get home. I was not the only one who made the trek onto campus Wednesday morning. Several people told me I should have just stayed home but there is another issue lying with that. Several professors have issued such iron-clad attendance policies that a student such as myself, with two small children and a fiancée with a hellacious work schedule to accommodate, is forced to drive to school despite the level two snow emergency in the county from which I drive in order to save the one excused absence day I have, in case a family member falls ill or I am unable to find a sitter. Even in situations where a family member or I do become ill, there is still a possibility in some classes this may not be excused. I will never forget being seven months pregnant two semesters ago and walking in with a note from a hospital after having been admitted overnight, only to be
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Letterman finally apologizes after 15 years for censoring Hick’s skit KYLE SCHMIDLIN FORUM EDITOR
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Few emotions are more difficult to express than genuine, deep regret. Last Friday, on “Late Night,” David Letterman made a respectable attempt for atonement. His crime occurred over 15 years ago, when a rising comic by the name of Bill Hicks made his 12 appearance on the show, only to have it censored and unaired. Struggling at the time with pancreatic cancer, the setback could have cost Hicks his big break. He tragically died a few months later at the age of 32. Mary Hicks, Bill’s mother, was on the show to accept L et ter ma n’s apology. It’s unclear how much damage Letterman’s censoring of Hicks’s routine actually caused, but on Friday night, the controversial sketch finally aired. And it left many wondering where the controversy ever was in the first place. As Letterman said after watching the sketch, it strongly suggests Bill Hicks was ahead of his time. Doing most of his well-known comedy in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Bill’s most frequent targets were corporate pop stars like the New Kids on the Block and Reagan and Bush, Sr.-era Republicans. None of this is really new, and it isn’t as though politicians and pop culture are original targets for a comedian’s barbs. But Bill took the comedy to an entirely different level, offering a message along with it. His routines had far less to do with scoring cheap laughs off the pop stars in question and far more to do with exposing the deeply rooted mediocrity at the core of society. For Hicks, television and radio were just there to soften the audience up
for the commercials in between segments. When the material was political, Hicks was as unforgiving and irreverent as Lenny Bruce and as sharp and intelligent as Mort Sahl. Perhaps the most representative joke dealt with Pentagon analysts during the first Gulf War: when pressing Pentagon officials for evidence as to how they knew Iraq possessed significant quantities of incredible weapons of mass destruction, the Pentagon replied: “We looked at the receipts.” Remarkably, even though it was recorded over 15 years ago, the routine aired on Letterman’s show Friday night hadn’t aged a day. Sure, the ref-
out ranting about elite power that controls the world under a totalitarian government which uses the media in order to keep people stupid, my throat gets parched. That’s why I drink Orange Drink.” Bill’s reintroduction to a mass audience on Letterman’s program last night is indicative of a reopening of society. Comedians today talk very little about serious subject matter, and when they do, it’s very often unsophisticated. But throughout history, some of the most pointed social observations have come from comedians, whether they are writers, like Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain or Joseph Heller; or stand-ups like Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Bill Hicks. The comedy of Bill Hicks was all about evolving ideas, moving humanity forward in the way we think about and perceive the world. Notions of inequality based on race, gender or sexuality were completely torn down in his comedy. Authority was constantly being called into question, from the Waco debacle to the War on Drugs. Hicks’s voice is one of the most important unheard voices of the last several decades. Letterman’s efforts to undo past mistakes were admirable, and hopefully, a whole new generation of young people will listen to Hicks and be motivated much as I was upon first hearing him. Change may have come to the White House, but it won’t come to the country until we bring it. Hicks is something of an intellectual figurehead in certain progressive philosophies, and his is one of the few messages which could help make the world a better place. Which is more than I can say for Dane Cook, anyway.
“[Bill Hick’s] routines had far less to do with scoring cheap laughs off the pop stars in question and far more to do with exposing the deeply rooted mediocrity at the core of society.” erences were a little antiquated — but it wouldn’t be difficult, when talking about banality and mediocrity in pop culture, to replace Billy Ray Cyrus with his daughter Miley, or to swap Michael Bolton out and talk about Fall Out Boy instead. If anything, the times we live in now may be catching up to Hicks and his philosophy. Some of what Hicks had been trying to expose for much of his career was brought straight to the surface, where Americans could no longer avoid it, during the Bush administration. Rampant commercialism, corruption and outright criminal activity at the highest levels of government — all of these were important elements in Hicks’s comedy. Above all else, though, Hicks was funny. One of my personal favorite lines of his dealt with being offered to be a spokesperson for a product called “Orange Drink” by a British soft drink company. Hicks’s response to the offer encapsulated his entire persona: “You know, when I’m
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After national salmonella outbreak, experts say health inspectors need more training By Kate Brumback and Greg Bluestein The Associated Press
BLAKELY, Ga. â€” A Georgia health inspector who toured the peanut butter plant now at the center of a national salmonella outbreak noted only two minor violations in October. Less than three months later, federal inspectors found roaches, mold, a leaking roof and other sanitation problems. Food safety experts say the lapse is a major concern and shows state inspectors are spread thin and might need more training on how to spot unsanitary conditions. â€œItâ€™s surprising to me that that many major deficiencies were observed at one time, and none of these were picked up previously,â€? said Michael Doyle, head of the food safety center at the University of Georgia. In October, state inspector Donna Adams noted only two violations in her report on the Peanut Corp. of America plant: tote containers with butter residue and â€œblack buildupâ€? and â€œmildew and possibly some static dust on ceiling of butter storage room.â€? No samples of the finished product were taken for salmonella testing during the October inspection, despite a push by the state to check for the bacteria after a salmonella outbreak was traced to another Georgia peanut butter plant in 2007. The October report showing
only minor violations seems to conflict with conditions observed by at least one former employee, though others said they saw no problems. Jonathan Prather, who said he worked in the plantâ€™s peanut butter room until he and most of the plantâ€™s other employees were recently laid off, said he sometimes saw old and soggy peanuts being used and other unsanitary conditions. When he raised concerns about the plantâ€™s cleanliness, Prather said he was ignored by managers. â€œThe only thing they said is,â€˜Weâ€™ll handle this, weâ€™ll handle the problem,â€™â€? he said. â€œBut I donâ€™t see that they did because if they had, none of this would have happened.â€? Another former employee, Jimmy Boozer, said he worked at the plant for six years and never noticed any unsanitary conditions. Co-worker Lewis Smith, who had been working at the plant for about two years, said the plant appeared generally clean. One problem Smith noticed was a roof that leaked for months and continued to leak even after plant managers said it had been repaired. A leaky roof would likely cause some concern for inspectors: After the 2007 salmonella outbreak was linked to a Georgia peanut butter plant operated by ConAgra Foods Inc., company officials said jars were contaminated when moisture from a roof leak and a
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SALMONELLA OUTBREAK: An Early County Sheriffâ€™s car sits parked in front of the Peanut Corporation of America processing plant in Blakely, Ga. In the face of a national salmonella outbreak, Peanut Corporation of America is voluntarily recalling all peanuts and peanut products processed in its Blakely facility since Jan. 1, 2007.
malfunctioning sprinkler system mixed with dormant salmonella bacteria in the plant. Adams, who inspected the plant twice last year, did not come to the door to speak to a reporter who visited her home in southwestern Georgia. A man who identified himself as her husband referred all questions to the state. Georgia agricultural officials did not immediately return repeated phone calls Friday. Earlier in the week, Agricultural Commissioner Tommy Irvin defended his inspectors, saying they did the best they could with limited manpower and funding. Irvin said the department has
about 60 inspectors responsible for examining 15,000 sites â€” or 250 food sources per inspector â€” ranging from ice machines to sprawling factories. Some territories are left uncovered, forcing the state to shift employees from one area to another. Peanut Corp. did not respond to several requests asking for details of plant operations. The company issued a general statement late Friday that emphasized its top concern continues to be ensuring public safety. â€œFor Peanut Corporation to engage in any discussion of the facts at this point is premature,â€? the statement said.
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Investigators scour crash site for clues to deaths of Chinese tourists By Felicia Fonseca and Amanda Lee Myers The Associated Press
DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. â€” Yesterday, federal investigators closely examined a stretch of rural Arizona highway near Hoover Dam looking for clues to the cause of a tour bus crash that killed seven Chinese tourists. The six investigative team members would be measuring and photographing the site, evaluating the condition of the highway, and looking for skid marks and other clues, National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson said. â€œThese markings can be very important in telling the story of what happened,â€? Knudson said. The bus crashed Friday on a straight stretch of U.S. 93, about 70 miles southeast of Las Vegas. The tourists had left Las Vegas early Friday on a trip to the Grand Canyon, and were returning when the bus veered right and
then left across the median, rolling at least once before resting across the southbound lanes of the highway. Along with the seven people killed, 10 others were injured. After inspecting the crash site, the investigators planned to head south to Kingman to evaluate the bus. That will include checking whether the wheels and brakes were in good working order and whether any mechanical malfunctions may have caused the accident, Knudson said. He said the investigators also plan to interview the 48-year-old bus driver, who was in fair condition at a Las Vegas hospital, and the surviving passengers. â€œThe more people we talk with, the more information weâ€™ll be able to get,â€? he said. The investigation will take 12 to 18 months to complete, with the bulk of the work being conducted at the NTSBâ€™s headquarters in Washington, Knudson said. Representatives of the Arizona
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TOUR BUS CRASH: Officials investigate the scene of a tour bus crash. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a tour bus overturned on a highway near the Hoover Dam, killing at least six passengers and injuring at least 16.
Department of Public Safety said they likely will have some preliminary results this week. â€œWas it mechanical failure? Was it driver error?â€? DPS spokesman Lt. James Warriner said. â€œAll that will come with looking at the vehicle and conducting interviews.â€? Warriner said of the weather at the time of the wreck that it was a â€œnice, clear day.â€?
$900 billion stimulus bill under fire, faces defeat By Douglass K. Daniel The Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said yesterday the massive stimulus bill backed by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats could go down to defeat if itâ€™s not stripped of unnecessary spending and focused more on housing issues and tax cuts. The Senate version of the bill, which topped out at nearly $900 billion, is headed to the floor for debate. The House bill totaled about $819 billion and earned no Republican votes, even though it easily passed the Democraticcontrolled House. At some point lawmakers will need to compro-
â€œ... what I mean is that the basic approach of this bill is wrong.â€? Jon Kyl | Arizona Senator mise on the competing versions. McConnell and other Republicans suggested that the bill needed an overhaul because it doesnâ€™t pump enough into the private sector through tax cuts and allows Democrats to go on a spending spree unlikely to jolt the economy. The Republican leader also complained that Democrats had not been as bipartisan in writing the bill as
Obama had said he wanted. â€œI think it may be time ... for the president to kind of get a hold of these Democrats in the Senate and the House, who have rather significant majorities, and shake them a little bit and say, â€˜Look, letâ€™s do this the right way,â€™â€? McConnell said. â€œI canâ€™t believe that the president isnâ€™t embarrassed about the products that have been produced so far.â€? Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said he was seeing an erosion of support for the bill and suggested that lawmakers should consider beginning anew. â€œWhen I say start from scratch, what I mean is that the basic approach of this bill, we believe, is wrong,â€? Kyl said.
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WINTER WEATHER: Spc. Michael Hagan with the Kentucky National Guard walks past storm damage as he goes door-to-door checking on residents. National Guard troops made their way into isolated Kentucky communities like Clinton Sunday to check on residents walloped by a winter storm that Gov. Steve Beshear called the biggest natural disaster ever to hit the state.
Troops aid storm-ravaged Kentucky By Roger Alford The Associated Press
CANEYVILLE, Ky. â€” Thousands of National Guard troops swinging chainsaws cut their way into remote communities yesterday to reach residents stranded by a deadly ice storm, freeing some to get out of their driveways for the first time in nearly a week. The soldiers went door-todoor handing out chili and beef stew rations to people cooped up in their powerless homes as authorities ratcheted up the relief effort for what Gov. Steve Beshear called the biggest natural disaster ever to hit the state. The sight of Humvees rolling up one street in rural Grayson County, about 90 miles southwest of Louisville, sent children bouncing off the walls inside the generator-powered house where Bryan Bowling and 18 other people have been hunkering down
by a fireplace. â€œThe kids were looking out the windows and yelling, â€˜Yay! Weâ€™re saved!â€™â€? said Bowling, 30, who has a 7-year-old and a 4-yearold. â€œItâ€™s just good to know that people care.â€? Kentucky was hit hardest by the ice storm that paralyzed wide areas from the Ozarks through Appalachia early last week. Officials blamed or suspected the storm in at least 42 deaths nationwide, most from hypothermia, traffic accidents or carbon monoxide poisoning from improperly installed generators or charcoal grills used indoors. At its height, the storm knocked out power to 1.3 million customers from the Southern Plains to the East Coast, more than 700,000 of them in Kentucky, a state record. By yesterday, the figure had dropped closer to
400,000 in Kentucky, with scattered outages in other states. The 4,600 soldiers Beshear ordered on duty, including his entire Army National Guard, swept through the state distributing food and water, removing fallen trees, providing security and checking houses in hard-toreach areas. They brought food to Henry Mudd, among others, who said he has had nine family members staying in his powerless apartment, usually home to just three. â€œIt ainâ€™t been easy,â€? said Mudd, a saw mill operator. â€œThe biggest thing we need is electricity,â€? Mudd said yesterday, one day after he finally cut through the fallen trees and branches that blocked his road and made it to the store, only to discover there wasnâ€™t a battery to be found. â€œBut weâ€™re managing with wood heat. Weâ€™re staying warm.â€?
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