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X-factor: Mickey Baucus and Fabbians Ebbele How effective Arizona’s offense will be in 2011 really just comes down to the effectiveness of its offensive tackles. If they can give Foles enough time to go through a couple of reads, he’s shown that he’ll find someone that’s open. If not, then things could get ugly.

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aking on three Associated Press top-10 opponents in the first four weeks of the season won’t be an easy task for the Record prediction: 8-5 after a loss in the PacWildcats, and if they can’t get any wins out of 12 Championship Game those games, it’ll be a long year. However, if the Bowl prediction: Sun Bowl team can pull off an upset against Oregon or Stanford, Arizona will regain some of the necessary confidence that it has been lacking for a long time. The Wildcats return a bevy of their offensive playmakers from last season, and there’s no doubt they have the ability but will they be able to produce when it counts?

Mike Schmitz X-factor: Offensive line One of the biggest offseason questions about DAILY WILDCAT the Wildcats offense was the concern for the lack of experience on the offensive line. With five new starters, will they be able to allow running lanes rizona picked a bad time to have two of the to open up and give Nick Foles enough time to top offensive players in the Pac-12. Nick throw the football? Only time will tell. Of the five Foles, Juron Criner and Arizona’s deep new faces, only Kyle Quinn has started, so it’s going receiving corps will shred opponents’ defenses, to be a steep learning curve for all involved. It’s simple though, if the line can stop the penetration, but the Wildcats’ schedule is too brutal to make a serious splash in the new-look conference. With the Wildcats will be able to run an offense. NAU, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Oregon and USC to open the season, Arizona could very well start Record prediction: 7-5 off the year 1-4. Then add in that Arizona will Bowl prediction: Sun Bowl most likely be without Adam Hall, Jake Fischer and Jonathan McKnight for that nearly impossible stretch and early success becomes that much more unrealistic. The good news is that even if they falter early, the Wildcats could still compete in the Pac12 South. But if they’re battered early on, it may be too tough to bounce back.

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rizona isn’t going to be a great team in 2011. There are too many holes on the offensive and defensive lines, to be specific, that the Wildcats need to fill to get themselves over the hump they’ve been stuck on the past two seasons. But Arizona also won’t be a bad team. The talent at skill positions is as good as anybody in the conference, USC and Oregon included. The youth on the O-line will burn Arizona at the beginning of the season when it starts out 2-4, but the unit will gel and Arizona will finish the season with momentum — something that hasn’t happened since 2008

X-Factor: Running back stable Mike Stoops has made it clear that, if the Wildcats have to, they’ll throw the ball 60 times a game. They certainly have the personnel to air it out, but if they want to compete with the big boys, capitalize on drives and close out games, they need a running game. That’s where Keola Antolin, Daniel Jenkins, Ka’Deem Carey and Kylan Butler come in. If two of these backs can emerge and Arizona’s offensive line can open up holes, Nick Foles won’t need surgery and the Wildcats won’t be one-dimensional. Arizona struggled mightily in the red zone last season, scoring touchdowns only 56 percent of the time, and without a running game, that trend will continue. Record prediction: 7-5 Bowl prediction: Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

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Arizona’s defense has its fair share of proven veterans. But for every established Wildcat, there’s a young and inexperienced player still yet to earn his stripes. Between Robert Golden, Trevin Wade, Paul Vassallo, Derek Earls, Justin Washington and Sione Tuihalamaka, the Wildcats do have a handful of established defensive players to run out there on Saturdays. Then add in proven commodities like Jake Fischer and Adam Hall when they return from ACL injuries, and Arizona will feature even more trusted players. But questions still remain for the UA defense:

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1. Will Wade return to form? Trevin Wade was a shell of his former self in 2010. After finishing 32nd in the NCAA in interceptions in 2009, Wade picked off only one ball last season. He also finished with 24 fewer tackles and nine fewer pass break-ups. Wade says he’s re-energized and focused after a nightmare of a season and it’s showed training camp. Wade picked off two balls at the Meet the Team scrimmage and appears to be back on track, but now must prove it in a regular season game.

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Head coach Mike Stoops and his team flopped in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl. Now, the Wildcats are hoping to bounce back behind a new theme that has brought the team together.

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we can do this thing and every time we step on that field we have to play with that passion, that fire. You can’t be hesitant at all, so that’s really what the band means. We’ll see at the end of the season.” The bands are a reminder that more than 200 people are dedicated to working toward the same common goal, which wasn’t the case toward the end of last season, players said. At times, not everyone bought into the system last season and the Wildcats suffered because of it. But for a handful of Wildcats, 2011 is the last chance to buy in and be part of something great. It’s all in or bust. “We’ve seen what it’s like to win and we know what it takes to win,” Beirne said. “We’re putting everything on the table this year. We’re not looking back. We’re not going to leave anything on the field.”

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Arizona football ended 2010 as a program filled with uncertainty. The Wildcats’ unfathomable lateseason meltdown led to question after question regarding the state of the program and Arizona’s relevance in the Pac-12. Why did the Wildcats close out the year with five straight loses? What happened to the once-promising season that included a top-10 ranking? Will Arizona ever make the jump from good to great? And how does a team possibly bounce back from a deflating loss in the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl? Senior quarterback Nick Foles and the rest of UA’s leaders answered those questions with a new mindset featured on the wrist of everyone involved with Arizona football: All In, No Looking Back. “We went through a lot of adversity last year,” said senior safety Robert Golden. “We saw how we didn’t respond. So this year we’re coming with a stronger approach, and just being all in for the team. If we’re going to play on this team we’ve got to be all in. Whatever it takes to win, whatever it takes to do the extra we’ve got to do it.” At the beginning of the summer, Foles, quarterback Bryson Beirne and a handful of other Wildcats had UA’s equipment staff make more than 200 black silicon bands. The black Nike bands can be seen on the wrist of everyone from head coach Mike Stoops to study hall coordinators. Although it’s only a rubber wristband, it represents something much more, encompassing the family atmosphere that’s developed as a result of the trials and tribulations throughout the nightmare that was the end of the 2010 season. “It’s just a band,” Foles said with a laugh. “All it is, is silicone. It’s all in your heart. Everybody has to buy in with their heart and their mind that

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will no longer represent the Stoopsbred secondary. Keola Antolin’s hardnosed running won’t be displayed every Saturday. So the seniors and their understudies

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have bought into the brand of Arizona football in hopes of weathering arguably the Pac-12’s toughest schedule. Arizona hasn’t won a game since October 30, 2010, and the Alamo Bowl loss to Oklahoma State was UA’s second consecutive embarrassing bowl performance, leaving the Wildcats with a sour taste heading into 2011. The wristband is a reminder of not to dwell on one game. “They put it on the wrist band — don’t look back at anything, keep moving forward,” said quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo. “You’ve learned a great deal, you’ve come a long way. It’s not going to change. You can’t look back and constantly harp on one game. That’s not who you are. Don’t let anybody judge you and tell you who you are based on one game.” This offseason, the Wildcats said they have captured the team unity they lacked down the stretch of last season. “We need to go to the next level of this program,” Stoops said. “We’ve established ourselves as a good team but we want to be a great and elite team and there’s certain things we need to get better at and continue to grow this program.” Of course, poor play and inferior talent could easily offset a solid mindset, but the Wildcats discovered an ingredient that was lacking last season and ultimately led to their demise. They found answers to those seemingly never-ending media questions and if they stay true to their newfound theme, they may finally be able to capitalize on a crucial 2011 season and rid the demons of 2010’s forgettable meltdown. “We’ve always had the potential. We’ve always had the players and the coaches to do it and I think so much about what you do is your mindset and how you approach things,” Foles said. “Right now we’re approaching things the right way and that’s the reason we’ll be successful.”


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Nick Foles came to Tucson in 2008 as a 19-year-old transfer with only eight collegiate pass attempts to his name. At the time, the ASU commit turned Michigan State backup was still searching for the right program to help him transform his NFL intangibles into collegiate success. Three years, 23 games, 39 touchdowns and 5,677 yards later, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback is now the face of not only UA football, but the entire athletic department. Foles proved last season that he could put up big-time numbers, ranking second in the Pacific 10 Conference in passing yards and sixth in the NCAA in completion percentage. But for Foles to step into the role of Arizona’s unquestioned leader and Arizona’s big man on campus, the Austin, Texas, native needed to take the reins this summer and make the Wildcats his team. Teammates say Foles has done all of that and more this offseason. Now, the fate of the Wildcats rests in his right arm. “He’s much more confident and a better leader,” said head coach Mike Stoops of Foles’ growth. “He’s just become a more complete player and really embraced the role of taking the team and putting it on his back, and doing what he can do to give us a great chance of winning. He does everything he can to put us in a positive direction.” Foles further developed those leadership skills this summer at the Manning Passing Academy, where he and 35 other Division

1. Willie Tuitama (2005-08) 9,211 yards 2. Tom Tunnicliffe (1980-83) 7,618 yards 3. Alfred Jenkins (1983-86) 6,016 yards 4. Keith Smith (1996-99) 5,972 yards 5. Jason Johnson (1999-2002) 5,749 yards 6. Dan White (1993-95) 5,723 yards 7. Nick Foles (2009-present) 5,677 yards I quarterbacks served as counselors. Foles learned from Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Archie Manning, with other top quarterbacks like Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Foles brought that newfound knowledge back to Tucson where he organized 7-on-7 drills this summer, helping the Wildcats grow as not only a team but also a family, teammates said. During scrimmages he walked both sidelines, giving his input on both sides of the ball. Backup quarterback and friend Bryson Beirne said Foles transformed into both a better leader and teammate, something that will help him handle his talented receiving corps, which figures to be one of the best in the conference. According to receivers coach Dave Nichol, Foles is “exactly what you want at that position.” “He’s just matured a lot more,” Nichol added. “He’s good about getting on the

guys when they need it and then loving them up when he needs to. You could tell he had it as a sophomore, sometimes he just didn’t know how to say it or put it or whatever. But now it’s his team.” More than anything, Foles understands that this is his team, making him accountable for everything he does on and off the field. He said his experience has taught him that he’s both leader-by-example and leader-by-command. “They rally around me,” Foles said. “I’ve got to be out there working my but off everyday. “I can’t have a bad day,” he added. “That’s unacceptable. I always have to have a good day and that’s something that I understand and embrace.” Foles showed flashes of that leadership last season, marching the Wildcats down the field for back-to-back game winning drives against Iowa and Cal early on.

But he fell short of expectations at times late in 2010. Despite putting up monster numbers, he flopped during the Alamo Bowl, inside the same dome he’d played in five times before as a high school quarterback. The Texan threw three costly interceptions — two in the first half and one for a touchdown — and forced a handful of throws as the Wildcats were stomped 36-10 by Oklahoma State. But Foles has put the underwhelming performance behind him, and with a solid senior season infused with more accountability he could cement himself as one of the greatest quarterbacks in program history. He’s prepared himself for the pressure that comes with being the leader of Arizona’s 2011 football team, and he’s tasted the success and failure of the past, giving him the necessary makeup to thrive as the big man on campus, according to quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo. “I think it’s obvious,” Scelfo said. “I think he embraces the atmosphere but also he’s very level-headed and keeps both feet on the ground.” Cool and collected, Foles is leaning on his growth as a leader to make his senior year his best yet. “I’m not going to put myself out there and say it,” Foles said. “That’s just the position I’m going to be in. The thing is I’m not going to change anything. I’m just going to stay true to who I am, and that’s what I’m always going to do. That’s how I play this game.”

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before going down in Arizona’s spring game. He racked up 58 tackles last season and notched two interceptions and two pass breakups. Fischer’s absence may be magnified by his replacement — neither junior college transfer David Lopez or freshman Rob Hankins has taken a Division I snap. But Arizona may be able to mask Fischer’s loss a little bit by playing more nickel defense, which replaces a linebacker with a defensive back.

The offseason was not a kind one to the Arizona defense. Three starters went down with a torn ACL — Jonathan McKnight, Jake Fischer and Adam Hall — and backup tackle Willie Mobley also tore an ACL playing pickup basketball. Here’s a look at each of the Wildcats that went down with ACL injuries #12 Adam Hall during the offseason: 6-foot-4, 220 pounds Junior safety #33 Jake Fischer Hall may have been the biggest play5-foot-11, 225 pounds maker in Arizona’s secondary. After Junior linebacker starting seven games in 2010, he was After starting eight games as a tied for the team lead with two intercepsophomore in 2010, Fischer was tions and had the ability to change the poised for a breakout year in 2011 game with violent hits. Hall’s size also

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made him a force in the secondary. Furthermore, Hall showed up when the stage was the biggest; he recorded a career-high of 11 hits at Oregon and also had a 22-yard interception return against the Ducks. #6 Jonathan McKnight 5-foot-11, 175 pounds Sophomore cornerback Coaches said McKnight had been Arizona’s most impressive defensive player in fall camp up until he went down with a torn ACL just more than a week before the season opener. A true sophomore, McKnight was slotted to start opposite either senior Trevin Wade or sophomore Shaquille Richardson, and he was likely to see time in punt return duties. McKnight appeared in all 13 games as a freshman, breaking up two passes and picking up 12 solo tackles.

#34 Greg Nwoko 6-foot-2, 235 pounds Junior running back If Nwoko had entered the 2011 season in good health, Arizona would likely be using more of a platoon at running back. Instead, senior Keola Antolin will likely get the majority of the carries, with Daniel Jenkins and Ka’Deem Carey splitting however many are leftover. Nwoko’s numbers don’t jump off the page — he was Arizona’s third-leading rusher in 2010 with 277 yards — but he’s a physical runner, a complement to the little guys in Antolin and Jenkins. Nwoko averaged 4.7 yards per carry in 2010.

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#96 Willie Mobley 6-foot-2, 280 pounds Junior defensive tackle Though he likely wouldn’t have started, Mobley would have seen significant time in the rotation at defensive tackle if he hadn’t torn his ACL playing basketball during spring practice. Mobley appeared in 10 games in 2010 as a redshirt sophomore, picking up seven tackles and a half-sack. 2010 was Mobley’s first year playing football since redshirting at Ohio State in 2008. Mobley attended Orange Coast Community College in Costa Mesa, Calif., in 2009, but didn’t play.

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If there’s something missing from Arizona’s receiving corps, it’s not obvious what. The Wildcats have a game-changing No. 1 receiver in Juron Criner, and one of the Pac 12 most reliable pass catchers in David Douglas at No. 2. Throw in two inside receivers with electric speed — Garic Wharton and Richard Morrison — and athletic freaks Dan Buckner, Austin Hill and Terrence Miller, and quarterback Nick Foles shouldn’t have any problem finding targets this fall. “You have so many options to go to,” Foles said. “I really don’t know how (the ball) is going to be dispersed.” The most dangerous thing about the group isn’t Criner at the top — it’s the depth beneath him. Foles is prepared for defenses to do as much as they can to take Criner away as an option. But because of the depth the rest of the group has, Foles isn’t fazed. “If they take Juron out of the game, that’s going to help our other guys,” Foles said. “They’ve got to make plays. If the other receivers are making plays, you can’t really key on one guy because you have all these other threats.” A big reason for Arizona’s depth at receiver is the evolution of senior David Douglas. Other than Criner, Douglas was the only one that separated himself from the rest of the group during preseason camp, according to receivers coach Dave Nichol. But that had just as much to do with what Douglas did off of the field as what he did on it. Douglas was able to add about 10 pounds of muscle this offseason, improving to his allaround game at receiver. “I just wanted to be a stronger, more physical receiver when it comes to blocking,” he said. Douglas put in the work in the weight room while doubling as Foles’ roommate, something that makes the duo even more dangerous on the field. “That chemistry goes a long way,” said

Waiting in the wings While there may be a logjam of upperclassman receivers out wide, Austin Hill, a redshirt freshman, has found his way into the mix. After an impressive spring turned into a successful fall preseason camp, Hill has been drawing comparisons to Juron Criner, who sits just above him on the depth chart. “I feel like he’s gonna be the next Juron Criner, if not better,” Golden said. “He can go up and get the ball, he’s physical … we have great receivers throughout the whole receivers crop.”

Douglas, who was on the receiving end of 515 yards and five touchdowns in 2010. Foles and Douglas aren’t the only ones with improved chemistry heading into 2011. The entire receiving corps has spent several years together, improving their communication with their quarterback and fellow wideouts. “As a whole, this receiving crew, all of us have been together for a long time now as a unit,” Douglas said. And that’s a nightmare for defenses, according to cornerback Trevin Wade. “They’re all on the same tune with Nick (Foles) in everything they do,” Wade said. “I think we’ve got the best guys (in the Pac-12) … they’re all really good, fast and have good chemistry with Foles.” Safety Robert Golden is on the same page as Wade, calling Arizona’s receivers “one of the best receiver crops out there in the nation.” Golden also said that the Arizona secondary has a leg up after practicing against the Wildcat receivers during spring and fall camp. “I feel like going against these guys every day in practice,” Golden said. “It’s gonna make game times a lot easier.”

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A loss in the BCS National Championship last season has done nothing to Oregon’s confidence coming into this year and the Ducks should still be primed to keep their run going. Although Oregon has to fill the void at the wide receiver position left by Jeff Maehl and DJ Davis, who combined for 1,546 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, the cornerstones of its offense are still there. Heisman finalist LaMichael James and gunslinger Darron Thomas both return to pace the Oregon offensive , and as long as head coach Chip Kelly is on the headset for the Ducks, it should be a quick shot to the inaugural Pac12 Championship game.

After preseason consensus No. 1 pick for the 2012 NFL Draft pick Andrew Luck decided to return to the Cardinal for his senior year, Stanford skyrocketed to the top of both major polls. Head coach Jim Harbaugh, however, was poached by the San Francisco 49ers in the off-season and he took defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with him. Now coach David Shaw’s co-coordinator front is creating skepticism about Stanford’s defense. If Luck stays hot like he was the entire season last year, then there’s plenty of reasons to believe that Stanford will be playing at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2

The Beavers have been stuck in the shadow of both Oregon and Stanford for the last couple of years, and it doesn’t look like much is going to change this season. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers was one of the most dominant backs in the nation last year, and the hole will be tough to fill for the OSU ground game. With the loss of tackle Stephen Paea, the Beavers will also be concerned with a weakened defensive line. Junior quarterback Ryan Katz returns after a successful 2010 campaign, where he completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,401 yards.

There’s some speculation as to whether head coach Jeff Tedford is in the hot seat. The Golden Bears didn’t make a bowl last season, and with the loss of Shane Vereen, the offense won’t be producing as many numbers on the ground as it has in the past. However, the Bears have greater mobility at the quarterback position thanks to junior Zach Maynard, a transfer from Buffalo. And last year’s leading receivers Marvin Jones and Keenan Allen return as threats to Maynard’s dynamic game. The Bears should cruise through their non-conference schedule, but if they want a bowl bid, they’re going to have to work for it.

Running back Chris Polk returns after running for more than 1,400 yards last season and comes in as the second best back in the conference. But with Jake Locker now in the NFL, the adjustment to new quarterback Keith Price could hurt the Huskies in the long run. Starting his third year at the helm, head coach Steve Sarkisian has yet to give the program real reason to keep his job secure and this year could be a make or break season for him as well. The Huskies can’t contend with Stanford and Oregon, so it’s essentially a battle for third and whatever bowl bid comes along with it.

They’ve been the cellar dwellers of the conference for years, and unfortunately it looks the same for the Cougars this season. WSU returns junior quarterback Jeff Tuel, whose surprising play last season accounted for 2,780 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Wazzou offense. WSU also returns its leading receivers from last year in Marquess Wilson and Jared Karstetter, who combined for 1,664 yards and 13 touchdowns. If the Cougs are lucky they might be able to squeeze out a win over Washington or Cal, but as of now it looks like they be fighting Colorado for the conference’s worst record.

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Although the Trojans are ineligible for postseason play, they’re without a doubt the Pac-12 South’s most talented team. USC returns quarterback Matt Barkley, who may be the top signal-caller in the conference, along with a staple of running backs, including the Trojan’s rushing leader last year, Marc Tyler. Leading receiver Robert Woods — who led the team in all-purpose yards after averaging nearly 140 total yards per game while doubling as a kick returner — also returns for his sophomore season, along with junior safety T.J. McDonald, who led the Trojans with 54 solo tackles in 2010. Beer Selection: Blue Moon

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The Sun Devils might not have a proven starter at quarterback, but Brock Osweiler has shown that he’s adequate enough to not to cost ASU any games. And linebacker Vontaze Burfict is one of the conference’s top players. The Sun Devils return six starters off the defense that led the Pacific 10 Conference in rushing defense a season ago, but linebacker Brandon Magee is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon and corner Omar Bolden is also out for the year after tearing an ACL during spring practice. The ASU offense will have big play capabilities, but it may struggle to consistently put together long drives. Beer Selection: Heineken

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A trendy pick to be one of the Pac-12’s worst teams in 2011, the Wildcats are too talented to be a bottom-feeder in the conference. Returning two potential All-Americans in quarterback Nick Foles and receiver Juron Criner, Arizona will have an explosive offense. But questions arise on the defensive side of the ball after the Wildcats lost three defensive ends to the NFL draft. If the Wildcats can win one game during their brutal three-game stretch (against Stanford, Oregon and at USC) to open conference play, they’ll have a shot to make it to the conference’s inaugural football championship game.

Utah is a talented team, but the Utes’ depth will be tested in the school’s first season in a BCS conference. Junior quarterback Jordan Wynn is just another name to add to the Pac-12’s list of top quarterbacks, boasting an 11-4 career record as Utah’s starter. But Utah’s secondary struggled against top quarterbacks in 2010, losing all three games against above-average opponents TCU, Boise State and Notre Dame. The offense should get a boost from the addition of offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who left UCLA to join the Utes during the offseason. The Pac-12 South schedule also isn’t in Utah’s favor — the Utes travel to both USC and Arizona.

The good news for UCLA is that the Bruins return eight starters off of the 2010 defense. The bad news is that defense ranked ninth in the conference in both scoring and total defense last year, and it’s without linebacker Akeem Ayers, who now plays for the Tennessee Titans. UCLA brought in highly touted quarterback recruit Brett Hundley, but he missed much of the Bruins’ fall camp after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee. Offensive coordinator Norm Chow bolted for Utah during the offseason, which disrupts the little continuity the Bruins had on offense entering 2011.

Colorado has lost 18 consecutive games away from Boulder, Colo., entering 2011, and that’s not going to be easy to reverse with the Buffaloes’ schedule. CU travels to Hawaii, Colorado State and Ohio State out of conference, and Stanford, Washington, ASU, UCLA and Utah in Pac-12 play. Senior quarterback Tyler Hansen will lead the Colorado offense after winning the starting job during the spring. But he may have been named the starter by default — he’s the only quarterback on the roster that’s taken a snap in college.


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Entering his redshirt freshman season, Ebbele hasn’t taken a snap at Arizona. He was a basketball standout while playing forward at Simeon High School in Chicago and also threw shot put. Similar to Baucus, Ebbele has ideal size for the tackle position.

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threw shot put for the track team.

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Height: 6-foot-8 Weight: 305 pounds Class: Redshirt freshman Hometown: Chicago

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“Mickey and Chris are really the same person. Chris got cut on his arm already, and he was like ‘Oh, cool.’” — Kyle Quinn

Height: 6-foot-8 Weight: 303 pounds Class: Redshirt freshman Hometown: Mundelein, Ill.

With last year’s entire offensive line lost to graduation, the Wildcats’ new crop of big guys up front collectively own a single game of starting experience under their belts. Here’s a look at the five names you should know:

3. Chris Putton

Height: 6-foot-4

After redshirting his first season on campus, Baucus is in a position to anchor Arizona’s line for the next four seasons. Although he hasn’t seen any game action, Baucus has the physical appearance of a prototypical left tackle.

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He said it “He’s just dirty. He doesn’t say much, he just goes out there and does his thing.” — Kyle Quinn

2. Kyle Quinn Center

The lone player on Arizona’s line with starting experience, Quinn was the unit’s vocal leader throughout spring and fall practice. Quinn, a history major, appeared in 12 of Arizona’s 13 games in 2010.

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Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 300 pounds Class: Redshirt junior Hometown: Brentwood, Calif.

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4. Trace Biskin Right guard

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Height: 6-foot-5 Weight: 295 pounds Class: Redshirt junior Hometown: Westlake Village, Calif.

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hen Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the division alignments for the conference last spring, hope was instilled in Wildcat football fans when Arizona was pegged in the South Division, far away from the powerhouses of Stanford and Oregon. But that was when fans were unsure how the schedule was going to be constructed. The general thought was that Arizona would simply have to beat the teams in its division — taking a break from either Stanford or Oregon — and by doing so, earn a slot in the Pac-12 Championship game. If this format were in fact, reality, it wouldn’t look so daunting for the Wildcats this season. UCLA football hasn’t been a problem for the Wildcats in years, and Colorado will be battling Washington State for the title of the Pac-12 bottom feeders. This leaves ASU and Utah as the only other contenders for the Pac-12 South title. Arizona would still have to take on head coach Lane Kiffin and his USC Trojans in Los Angeles, but with the Trojans still in their second year of a postseason ban, even second place would be good enough to play in the Pac-12 Championship. OK, so ASU and Utah — the Wildcats could handle that, right? Not so fast. Arizona couldn’t ask for a rougher start to the season after NAU. First, it’s preseason No. 9 Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla., then No. 7 Stanford and No. 3 Oregon at home. And following that, the Wildcats travel to No. 25 USC. That’s a four-

week buzzsaw against top-25 teams. While UA’s schedule is brutal, the Utah Utes aren’t scheduled to play either of Stanford or Oregon — the Wildcats and the Buffaloes of Colorado have to play both. It just doesn’t make sense. If the goal of a championship game is to have the two best teams in the conference playing each other, then it seems ill-planned to have a team that won’t even play the two best teams in the conference. What’s done is done. Now all the Wildcats have to do is play their game. Arizona’s been emphasizing a “No Looking Back” theme throughout camp so far, and for this first month of regular season play, the Wildcats will have to play with blinders on. Even if they glance back, even if they blink too long, they could be 1-4 midway through the season. From there, the schedule starts to taper down a little, so if the Wildcats can come out of the stretch still breathing, it will be considered a victory. That’s a big if. And on a different note, just a little advice for the powers behind scheduling Arizona football; don’t schedule a Thanksgiving weekend game against maybe one of the most random opponents ever. Nothing says irrelevance like a visit from the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns to close out the season. — Dan Kohler is a journalism senior. He can be reached at sports@wildcat.arizona.edu.

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After struggling with a co-coordinator system Joe Salave’a last season, head coach Mike Stoops revamped the Wildcats’ coaching staff with new roles and Defensive line coach three fresh faces. The departure of last year’s offensive line coach and co-offensive coordi- Coaching experience: Defensive line coach at San Jose State University in nator Bill Bedenbaugh gave Seth Littrell full 2008-09 control of the offensive coordinator position. Playing experience: Like Bedenbaugh, co-defensive coordinator Defensive tackle at the UA and secondary coach Greg Brown left the UA, 1994-97, played for the leaving longtime linebackers coach Tim Kish in Tennessee Titans from charge of the Wildcat defense. 1998 to 2002, the Baltimore Kish and Littrell have been staples in Stoops’ Ravens and San Diego coaching staff, moving up the ranks to their Chargers in 2003 and the current positions, but the new faces come in Washington Redskins from the form of Robert Anae, Ryan Walters and Joe 2004-06. Salave’a. Walters and Salave’a were late additions last season prior to the 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl while Anae jumped ship from BYU during Analysis: Salave’a is out to return the Wildcats’ defense to the Desert Swarm form he helped the offseason. create during his playing days at the UA. He brings eight years of NFL experience as well Robert Anae as an intensity and passion perfect for his role. Offensive line coach, Salave’a also coached under legendary Arizona run game coordinator coach Dick Tomey at San Jose State and appears to be a great fit for his alma mater. Coaching experience: Offensive coordinator at BYU from 2005-10, offensive line at Texas Tech Ryan Walters from 2000-04, offensive line at UNLV from 1997- Secondary coach 98, offensive line at Boise State in 1996, offensive line Coaching experience: Defensive graduate assisat Ricks College from 1992- tant at Arizona in 2010 95, offensive line grad assisPlaying experience: tant at BYU from 1990-91, Defensive back at Colorado and offensive line at Hawaii from 2004-08 from 1986-87. Playing experience: Analysis: Walters, 25, is a Offensive lineman at BYU Greg Brown prodigy and from 1981-84 the youngest coach in the Pac-12. The former Analysis: Luring Anae from the Cougars was Colorado standout clearly a huge victory for Stoops and his staff this has the respect of Stoops offseason. He has quite the challenge in front and his players, evident by the fact that Stoops of him, as he’ll have to coach up five offensive chose Walters over other, more experienced, linemen with a combined one start under their coaching candidates after the departure of belts. But Anae has the pedigree to do it. He also Duane Akina, who returned to Arizona briefly understands the spread offense well, thanks to this offseason before reneging on his decision his days at BYU and Texas Tech, making him a and returning to the Texas Longhorns. great fit for UA’s pass-happy offense. There’s a reason Walters has moved up at Anae will also be asked to man Arizona’s such a young age. He’s easy to relate to, yet running game, which has been unimpressive harsh enough to keep Arizona’s young secondduring the last few years. ary minding its P’s and Q’s.


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Best Bookstore

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Barnes & Noble is the leader in the specialty retail category for customer satisfaction for the fourth year in a row, according to the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index. The Bowling Green store is located two blocks south of the intersection of Campbell Lane and Scottsville Road, across from Wal-Mart. Barnes & Noble in conjunction with AT&T Wi-Fi service offers no fee, no charge Wi-Fi at every store.

Best Clothing Store

Greenwood Mall, 2625 Scottsville Road (270) 901-0191 www.forever21.com

Forever 21 is a chain of clothing retailers that offers fashion and accessories for young women and men. The Bowling Green location currently only sells women's clothing. The company’s made-in-the-USA merchandise is one of its sales points. Forever 21’s merchandise does not have uniform specifications, patterns or even sizes; these details vary by supplier. However, in a sense, this creates a certain treasure-hunt type of enjoyment for shoppers.

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861 Fairview Ave. ( (270)843-4334 (800)333-6377 www.deemerfloral.com

Deemer Floral Co. is family-owned and operated. They are committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. The professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why they always go the extra mile to make your floral gift exceed your expectations.

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Shenanigans Wine & Spirits differs from any other liquor store. It offers a huge wine and spirits selection, as well as an excellent selection of macro, micro and imported beer. They are a favorite of WKU students with their competitive prices, upbeat atmosphere and friendly staff. They will also special order you anything not in stock and call you when it comes in.

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The WKU Store is located on the third floor of Downing University Center on WKU's main campus. Additional store locations are on the WKU Glasgow Campus, WKU South Campus and WKU Owensboro Campus. The WKU Store is a full-service bookstore. They carry a wide range of WKU sportswear and souvenirs, as well as new and used textbooks, general course supplies, art supplies and computer software.

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"You can stack on a little, or you can stack on a lot," Stakz owner Kathy Higgins said with a laugh. Stakz offers a selection of 12 flavors of frozen yogurt such as sorbet and tart. Every week, they swap out one of their flavors for a new one, Higgins said. The shop also provides 50 toppings and fresh fruits for the customer to stack on the yogurt.

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Everybody's heard about "Thinking Outside the Bun." Taco Bell is the nation's leading Mexican-style quick service restaurant chain. Taco Bell serves tacos, burritos, signature quesadillas, burritos, nachos and other specialty items such as the Crunchwrap Supreme, in addition to the Why Pay More Value Menu. With locations near campus open to 2 a.m. the drive-thru is often filled with WKU students.

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Spencer’s Coffeehouse is the only cafe in southcentral Kentucky offering 100 percent organic, 100 percent fair-trade coffees from around the globe, hand-roasted in nearby Nashville. Quality-driven, locally owned, eco-friendly. From handmade soups to signature sandwiches, Spencer’s offers a quick, delicious and affordable meal, using only the finest ingredients and recipes to ensure that every bite’s as good as the last.

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BEST of the HILL 1922 Russellville Road (270) 782-0888 US 31-W By-Pass (270) 782-9911 www.papajohns.com

Best Pizza Place

Making a quality pizza using betterr ingredients has been the foundation of Papa John's for more than 25 years. Papa John's is the recognized g ed leader of the pizza p category g y and now n owns or franchises more than 3,500 restaurants in all 50 states tes and 29 countries. More than 25 years later, lat one thing remains the same — Papa John's is still fully committed mitted to delivering on its brand promise of "Better "B Ingredients. Better Pizza." 701 Campbell Lane (270) 846-3370 www.cheddars.com

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The Subway brand is the world's 's largest sandwich chain with more than 34,0 34,000 locations around the world. It has become the leading choice ce for people seeking quick, nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy. As Subway continues to grow, the he company is guided by a passion for delight delighting customers by serving fresh, delicious, made-to-order sandwiches. wiches.

1945 Scottsville Road, Unit 6 (270) 282-2410

801 State St. (270) 842-6878 www.mariahs.com

Best Restaurant

L Located downtown in Bowling Green's oldest brick house and listed on t National Register of Historic Homes, Mariah's continues to offer the c casual dining and great food and beverages as it has for more than 2 years. Enjoy the specialty salads, hand-cut steaks and seafood, 25 delicious pasta dishes and many unique items prepared in their woodfired brick oven.

Cheddar's is especially proud of its menu, including homemade favorites that th are still prepared the same way, in-house and from scratch.. The restaurant also take pride in its great team tea that takes care of the guests each and every day. At Cheddar’s, ’s, the goal is to live up to that original, simple idea: be a great restaurant that serves quality food fresh from the kitchen in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere atmosph at a fair price.

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"You can stack on a little, or you can stack on a lot," Stakz owner Kathy Higgins said with a laugh. Stakz offers a selection of 12 flavors of frozen yogurt such as sorbet and tart. Every week they swap out one of their flavors for a new one, Higgins said. The shop also provides 50 toppings and fresh fruits for the customer to stack on the yogurt.

2435 Nashville Road (270) 393-9666 1971 Cave Mill Road, 430 US 31-W By-Pass www.linzies.com

Linzie's Exceptional Sandwiches offers a wide selection of chicken, ham, pork, seafood, turkey, beef, Italian, vegetarian and classic sandwiches. Customers select bread and cheese and an array of toppings. Linzie's salads are made to order and hand tossed with a variety of signature choices.

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Best Sushi Place

BEST of the HILL 1423 U.S. 31-W By-Pass (270) 783-4110

Ichiban tends to be popular with WKU students because of generous portion sizes and reasonable prices. From a customer review: "The sushi chefs there are bar none some of the best I have ever seen. The cuts are perfect, the rice is spot on, and the freshness of each bite will make you wonder if these fellas have an aquarium in the back. The wait staff are friendly and attentive."

Best Bike Shop

1121 Wilkinson Trace (270) 842-6211 www.natsoutdoor.com

Nat's is a regional store with customers from all over Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. Nat's is a part of several buying groups and organizations (including Grassroots Outdoors) which ensures competitive pricing. With Nat's experience and reputation, customers can be confident that their transaction will be smooth and enjoyable. Nat's wants its customers to be a customer for life.

Best Golf Course

950 Village Way, Alvaton, Ky. (270) 393-4654 www.olde-stone.com

The 18-hole Club at Olde Stone course at the The Club At Olde Stone facility in Alvaton features 7,324 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . Designed by Arthur Hills, ASGCA, the Club at Olde Stone golf course opened in 2006. Olde Stone is listed in the top 100 of the 2010 Golfweek's™ Best Modern Courses.

Best Place for Outdoor Recreation

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kereiakes park The 53-acre park includes a disc golf course, six baseball fields, outdoor basketball courts, grills, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, playgrounds, soccer fields, tennis courts and walking and running trails, community garden spots and public restrooms, among other amenities. 1265 College St. (270) 495-0891 www.hilligansbg.com

Best Bar

Hilligan's is the ultimate sports bar where customers can enjoy great food, watch sports on 13 high definition TVs with NFL Sunday ticket and College Game Plan and play their favorite games whether it's pool, darts or arcade games. Hilligan's has live music, a dance area and three outdoor patios. They are open until 2 a.m. seven nights a week.

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1265 College St. (270) 495-0891 www.hilligansbg.com

O a short walk from WKU's campus Hilligan's caters to college stuOnly ddents with reasonable prices, daily specials and a fun environment. With an inviting front porch and free wireless internet, Hilligan's has W a full menu, and serves lunch and dinner for dine-in, carryout and ddelivery.


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Best Place for Karaoke

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Overtime regularly features karaoke every Tuesday and Thursday night from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you prefer not to sing there they also have cornhole daily, pool tables, dart boards, NTN BuzzTime trivia and Texas Hold 'Em. Overtime also has regular drink specials, daily happy hour and a full menu to order from.

Best Place for Live Music

Best On The Hill

522 Morris Alley (270) 793-9955

T Tidball's is Bowling Green's premiere venue for live music. It is located aadjacent to historic downtown Bowling Green, near the square. They strive to bring in the best local bands and those who are just passing st through town. They invite you to come check out live local music and th their great drink specials! th

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773 Bakersfield Way (270) 904-4430 www.overtimebg.com

1919 Scottsville Road 1-(866)-WUHU107, Request and contest line www.allhitwuhu107.com

Best Radio Station

WUHU (107.1 FM) is a radio station that broadcasts a Top 40 format, serving the Bowling Green area. The station features local favorite on-air personalities like Brooke Summers and Scott. WUHU is owned by Forever Communications and is very active in the Bowling Green community. 773 Bakersfield Way (270) 904-4430 www.overtimebg.com

Best Sports Bar

"There Ain't Nothin Like It!" Their slogan describes the atmosphere of this local Bowling Green hot spot perfectly. Overtime has 35 flat screen HD TVs and an 1800 square foot covered patio with TVs and music. The menu includes pre-game appetizers, the heavy hitters, ovenbaked sandwiches, wraps, pizza, salads and desserts.

Best Bank or Credit dit Union

500 E Main St. (270) 745-7600 810 Lain Ave. (270) 783-7240 3240 3 Louisville Road (270) 783-7260 www.usbank.com

With 3,013 branches and 5,323 bilingual ATMs, U.S. Bank makes it convenient to take care of your banking business. With three locations in Bowling Green, it is easy to find a branch near campus to take care of all your financial needs. U.S. Bank is the fifth largest commercial bank in the United States.

Best Car Wash

941 US 31-W By-Pass (270) 842-0286 www.regalautowash.com

Since 1989 Regal Car Wash has taken great pride in providing its customers with exceptional products and service. It is their goal to make every customer's experience at Regal Auto Wash & DetailÂŽ so special that the next time they will bring a friend.


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Best Cell Phone Service

1770 Campbell Ln. (270) 846-4611 www.att.com om

Best Place to be Spoiled by Your Parents

Greenw Greenwood Mall offers one-stop shopping and a family-friendly environment with more than 100 specialty stores and four department environ stores including Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s and Sears. Greenwood Mall has a full-size antique carousel and a 600-seat food court featuring complimentary Wi-Fi.

AT&T is the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the U.S. According to www.wku.edu/cellular AT&T offers WKU employees a 15 percent discount and WKU students an 8 percent discount.

Best Off Off-Campus CCampus ampus Housing

2426 Thoroughbred Drive Thorou (270) (270 781-7033

2625 Scottsville Road (270) 782-9047

Best Place to Study

helm cravens library

College Suites is minutes away from campus and close to all of the conveniences residents need. It also provides shuttle service to and from campus. At College Suites management believes in enhancing their resident’s college experience by offering an unforgettable lifestyle! Your College Suites apartment is not just a place to sleep at night. It is an experience to remember forever.

Best Place for Worshipp

1805 Westen Ave. (270) 843-9462 www.livinghopewired.com

The Helm-Cravens Library is WKU's main campus library. Cravens Library has nine floors, with plenty of space to find the perfect hiding spot to study. Java City Cafe is located in Helm Library and students stop by for not only a cup of coffee, but to relax and listen to live music performances that take place periodically. The University Libraries collection includes more than one half million books, 100,000 volumes of periodicals, 1.2 million microforms, and one quarter million government documents.

Best Place to Take a Date

The College Ministry at Living Hope is dedicated to helping college students get to God, grow in Christ and give to others. Their hope is that every person who comes into contact with the family of Living Hope Baptist Church will have an unforgettable encounter of encouragement, as the power and grace of God is reflected through the prayers and the praise of the people and the preaching of God’s Word.

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801 State St. (270) 842-6878 www.mariahs.com

Located downtown in Bowling Green's oldest brick house and listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, Mariah's continues to offer casual dining and great food and beverages as it has for more than 25 years. Enjoy the specialty salads, hand-cut steaks and seafood, delicious pasta dishes and many unique items prepared in their woodfired brick oven.


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Best Nail Salon

390 US U 31-W By-Pass (270) 842-6260 Na 2710 Nashville Hwy Ste C (270) 782-7536

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soho nails SOHO Nails is known for doing a great job. Their quick customer service and chic, relaxing atmosphere makes them a local favorite. They are ahead of the trends in the industry and offer a variety of services at a reasonable price 2530 Scottsville Road (270) 904-2620

Best Place for a Haircut

Tanglez Hair Studio's mission is to have a wonderful environment for everyone to enjoy being beautiful. Tanglez's stylists are known for really cares about what they do and their clients. They offer a variety of services from cuts to colors to manicures and pedicure. The fun and exciting atmosphere, along with reasonable prices make Tanglez a local favorite. (270) 745-6530

Best Place to Workout

Express Tan offers 5 levels of tanning to suit customers needs. Their tanning consultants will guide you through the "tan with a plan" method using all levels they offer. Keeping in mind skin care their tanning consultants assist you in your selection of quality skin care tanning products that are right for you.

Best Campus Organization (non ( Greek))

Baptist Campus Ministry is a non-profit Christian student organization supported by alumni, local churches, as well as the Kentucky Baptist Convention. They practice a non-denominational attitude toward students and worship. Weekly events include Freshman Leadership Team, 180 Worship Service, Conversational English with International Students and Dollar Lunch.

Best Campus Organization (non Greek)

preston center

FeelGood is a student-run, non-profit deli who focuses on raising money and awareness to end world hunger. By making grilled cheese sandwiches in exchange for donation, FeelGood can supports The Hunger Project, an organization that believes in empowering the hungry to be self-reliant. FeelGood's goal is to end world hunger in our lifetime. Their motto is to "Do good and FeelGood" as they create change for a more complete humanity.

The Preston Health & Activities Center offers students, faculty and staff a model physical fitness facility. It includes a weight room, fitness room, gymnasium, dance studio, racquetball courts, swimming pool, a proshop, the Outdoor Recreation & Adventure Center, a Health & Fitness Lab, separate locker rooms for faculty/ staff and students, a lounge and vending area and a first-aid room. And it’s free for students.

Best Fraternity

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861 Fairview Ave. (270) 843-4334

The Chi Eta chapter of Phi Gamma Delta was founded May 1, 2010. The chapter exists to promote lifelong friendships, to reaffirm high ethical standards and values, and to foster personal development in the pursuit of excellence. Phi Gamma Delta is committed to providing opportunities to each brother to develop responsibility, leadership, scholarship and social skills to become a fully contributing member of society. The chapter won first place in the 2011 Spring Sing. Gary Ransdell Hall (270) 745-5414

Best Major

elementary education WKU's roots are in preparation of teachers and the tradition continues. The program prepares students to teach children in primary grades (including kindergarten) through fifth grade. The students in the program will earn a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.

Best On-Campus Event

homecoming Homecoming is the largest event at WKU as students, alumni and friends of the university gather on campus to celebrate and reminisce. Events begin on Monday and culminate with the football game on Saturday afternoon. A pep rally, concert, parade, campus organization events and campus-wide tailgating highlight the activities. The Homecoming Queen is crowned at halftime of the football game.


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Best On-Campus Housing

meredith hall Meredith Hall is a three-story residence hall that was built in 1992 and is arranged in suites where two rooms share a bathroom. Meredith houses 188 upper class sorority women and is located on the south end of campus.

Best Place to Eat On On-Campus

Downing University Center

Best Sorority

Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women's fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning and developing leadership skills through service to the fraternity and community. The Alpha Chi Chapter of AOII prides itself on the uniqueness of each individual member and their contriution to not only the university but the community as well. Founded in 1965 on the WKU campus, the chapter has continued to exceed the expectation, maintaining quota and participating in a number of other organizations' philanthropies as well as their own.

Best WKU Athletic Team WKU Baseball has a rich tradition. In 90 seasons of college baseball, WKU's all-time record is 1538-1252-18. The team has gained attention for its work in and out of the classroom. Based on data from the Student Success Center, the baseball team finished the 2010 fall semester with a 3.07 team GPA. Sixty-eight percent of the players had a GPA above 3.0. The team has been involved in community service projects, including work with the Kelly Autism Center, the Bowling Green Humane Society and American Red Cross of Alabama.

Red Zone is WKU’s sports themed restaurant known for great food and sports. The menu is loaded with dishes bearing the names of WKU athletic greats and the decor reflects historic moments and athletes in WKU sports. Office: Grise Hall 415

Best Professor

"He takes time to know each student and is always available if a student needs any help," said Ben Lineweaver, a Louisville senior. Allan Hall is the executive-in-residence in the Marketing and Sales department in the Gordon Ford College of Business. He specializes in marketing, quality, entrepreneurship and supply chain management. Hall has more than 25 years experience with several companies.

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Located at the center of the campus, the 125-foot Guthrie Bell Tower and Plaza is a memorial to freedom and those who gave their lives defending it. The tower honors the memory Lowell Guthrie's brother, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Guthrie, who was killed in the Korean War, and all those associated with WKU who lost their lives in service to this country. Guthrie Tower features a clock/bell surrounded by benches and a courtyard with a garden. The top of the tower was designed to have the same look as the dome of Cherry Hall.

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Me-N-Ed's Pizzeria meets Coney Island Me-N-Ed's Coney Island Grill in River Park dishes out three times the fun By Jessica Chamberlain The Collegian Me-N-Ed’s Coney Island Grill is not the typical eating experience, with three different components for their guests of all ages to enjoy. The establishment is equipped with an arcade, a candy shop that will bring the kid out in anyone and a restaurant with a bar that can satisfy any appetite. The restaurant has a casual theme, and the surroundings offer a beach boardwalk kind of feel as customers move through each component. The menu and restaurant setting is modeled after the original Coney Island Fair’s food and activities. It is also a branch of the Me-N-Ed’s Pizzeria restaurants. Me-N-Ed’s Coney Island Grill employee Diana Davis h a s b e e n wo rk i n g at t h e restaurant for a year and a half. She works in the sweet shop occasionally, which is adjacent to the arcade. “It is pretty fun,” Davis said. “Kids’ faces light up when they see the candy and video

games to the side of them and all in one place. They get so excited.” Me-N-Ed’s Coney Island Grill offers an array of foods r a n g i n g f ro m t h e t u rke y avocado burgers and grilled BBQ chicken sandwiches to giant funnel cakes. T heir menu also consists of meals ranging from hot dogs with the works to an assortment of brick oven-baked pizzas. The list of foods doesn’t stop there. Authentic p a s t a f l av o r s , sauce drenched racks of ribs and flame broiled steaks also compose the menu. An assortment of salads and drinks at the bar wrap up the menu. The prices range from $5.49 to about $22.00 for a meal. The restaurant

offers different specials like two for $20 meals and three course meals for $14.99. There is also a VIP card for discounts on groups and parties that customers can get. Me-N-Ed’s Coney Island Grill can host small and large parties and business meetings. The arcade is small, but offers classic video games and family fun. As customers rock out at the games, they can win tickets that will lead them into the candy shop where they can select prizes to take home. The candy shop will bring out the inner child in customers with every sweet tooth buzzing. A T V s e t a lw ay s has a dif ferent childhood movie playing like “Finding Nemo.” Customers can go into a sugar coma just walking in and smelling all of the chocolatedipped nuts and

fruit, sugar-coasted sour candies and licorice. Candy isn’t the only sweet drawing customers i n t o t h e c a n dy s h o p. Gelato, Italy’s for m of ice cream, is for sale in multiple flavors and sizes. One unique aspect of the shop is the sugar straw. Customers can c re at e a s t r aw w i t h flavored sugars like root beer, sour apple and orange Creamsicle. Senior Megan Lubinsky said she loves the food at the Me-N-Ed’s Coney Island Grill, and is a big fan of the assortment of candy. “Of course my f av o r i t e p a r t i s t h e c a n d y s h o p, ” Lubinsky said. Me-N-Ed’s Coney I s land Gril l al so h as events that guests can participate in like hot dog and pizza eating contests that will further satisfy your c o m p e t i t ive d e s i re s. T h e winner’s pictures are posted on the website for their glory

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in winning. Me-N-Ed’s Coney Island Grill can be found in River Park across from the Edward’s Movie Theater, and right next to Color Me Mine.


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Grab a spoon and dig-ity into Fresno yogurt By Joel Perez The Collegian For those who are tired of the same boring old dessert, there is a new craze going on in Fresno. Fresno is going through the new sensation that has already hit Southern California — the frozen yogurt craze. Frozen yogurt places have been popping up across Fresno like coffee shops were a couple of years ago. In the last couple of m o n t h s , Yo g u r t l a n d h a s opened at River Park alongside Cefiore, and Tuttimelon Premium Frozen Yogurt opened at Fashion Fair Mall last November. Tutti Fruitti Frozen Yogurt, Yogurt Junction and Yodigity have already been in Fresno for a while now. Yodigity has two locations in Fresno, one in Visalia and another one in Bakersfield; it’s the Central Valley’s local frozen yogurt shop. T h e c o n c e p t o f f ro z e n yo g u r t i s ve r y s i m p l e. Customers with a sweet tooth select a cup size of their

choice and swirl in one, two, three or more frozen yogurt flavors as desired. Arrays of toppings are offered to pour on the flavor. While there are many different yogurt shops with a similar concept, people have their favorites and are loyal to it. Yogurtland employee Ajay Hira said employees wearing their unifor ms get stopped by yogurt fans at the bank, the g rocery store, the gas station and even the DMV to be told how much they enjoy Yogurtland. “The Fresno community has been awesome,” Hira said. One of the major reasons for frozen yogurt being so popular is because it’s the healthy alternative to ice cream when fans have an appetite for something sweet and creamy. Yogurt is non-fat or low-fat compared to ice cream that has a lot of fattening butter in their ingredients. “Most impor tantly, the customer gets to control the portion and the price,” Hira said. The atmosphere in many

of the Frozen Yogurt places around F resno is very i nv i t i n g a n d f u n . The possibilities a re e n d l e s s w i t h Yogurtland having 16 different f l avo r s, a n d Y o d i g i t y offering 25 d i f f e r e n t flavors ranging from non-fat, no-sugar added and non-dairy. Even people that are lactose intolerant can enjoy this dessert. If customers are not feeling frozen yo g u r t , T u t t i m e l o n has something for you. Tuttimelon also offers g e l at o a n d s m o o t h i e s alongside their fro z en yogurt options. “The slogan for Yogurtland is ‘You rule,’” Hira said. “When you go into Yogurtland, you never know what crazy but delicious concoction you’ll come out with.” Kyle Lowe / The Collegian

Customers leave feeling like a million bucks By Kristina Reveles The Collegian With a variety of Thai cuisine dishes to select from and an atmosphere customers w i l l e n j o y, T h e M i l l i o n Elephant Café and Bar will be the place to feel expensive for less. The Million Elephant Café and Bar is a one of a kind restaurant that brings fine Thai and Lao cuisine to Fresno’s Tower District. Customers can start a meal with appetizers ranging from stuffed chicken wings to egg

rolls. There are many hot soups, salads, curry, pan fried noodles or seafood dishes made to order. The Thai entrées display the real Asian meals like Phad Thai and sunrise eggs. Customers can end the night with Million Elephant’s fried banana ice cream for dessert. Phad Thai with tofu is the restaurant’s most popular dish on the menu with its sweet, spicy and filling taste topped off with bean sprouts and crushed peanuts. Spring into The Million Elephant and try their spring

rolls that can be a meal of its own with shredded iceberg lettuce, carrots, mint, cilantro, cucumbers and shrimp wrapped in rice paper — served with a unique peanut sauce. Rehabilitation counseling major Pahoua Lee has been to The Million Elephant before and enjoyed her experience there. She recalls her first visit to the restaurant when it first opened, with good food and good customer service. “ I l i ke t h e r e s t a u r a n t because it's more authentic than a lot of Asian restaurants

in town,” Lee said. “They had papaya salad, southeast Asian egg rolls and Phad Thai.” Criminology major Lali Ochoa said she loves the service offered by The Million Elephant. The food is something different to her and the menu has entrées that are a new experience at trying. “The menu was a little difficult to understand; there are no pictures,” Ochoa said. “Jambalaya was the plate that stood out to me, it was rice sausage shrimp spices and veggies — the food good.” Ochoa suggested The

Million Elephant for couples or individuals who want to have a nice dinner, and who want to be able to enjoy the evening. With the special food offered by The Million Elephant, there is also a bar that is located next to the restaurant that is for the 21 and older crowd. “ Fo r a m o re a u t h e n t i c s o u t h e a s t A s i a n t a s t e, I recommend it,” Lee said. Customers can visit The Million Elephant Café and Bar for Thai food or a round of drinks at the bar, or enjoy both aspects of the restaurant.

Fresno diner gives '50s feel a modern twist By Beeta Taidi-Laskowski The Collegian Customers can step out of their time machine and walk right back into the 1950s at Fat Jack's Restaurant, one that is dedicated to submerging customers into the fun and exciting feel from more than 60 years ago. Fat Jack's has been a family owned and operated restaurant since 1985, and the homey feel of the restaurant shows it. Fat Jack's exudes a 1950s atmosphere from its jukebox, down to the outfits the waitresses wear. From the inside and outside, Fat Jack's looks like it was pulled out of a magazine and placed right onto Shaw Avenue, just east of Willow Avenue. Business major Samantha Escalera said she has been going to Fat Jack’s for years, since early high school, if not junior high. “I like the atmosphere of the diner and the food is really good,” Escalera said. The price list is set at a

decent rate, especially for college students. With the majority of entrees around $6, students can be sure that they'll leave the restaurant happy and full, but for a price that won't hurt their wallets.

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like the atmosphere of the diner and the food is really good.” — Samantha Escalera, Business major

The menu offers a variety of options for that of a burger joint, as well as chicken sandwiches and wraps. The burgers are made to order, and the dessert can be a classic '50s malt or a variation of an ice cream float with the soda of choice. C u s t o m e r s c a n a lw ay s get their food to go — even if customers don't feel like leaving their car. Customers

can simply pull up to one of the to-go spots: flash their l i g h t s a n d a s e r ve r w i l l rollerblade over. “The people that work there are really nice, and I like that it's so close to Fresno State,” communications major Tyler Myers said. “I eat there about once a month with some of my good friends.” Fat Jack's is a great place to catch up with your friends. Customers pay for their meal as soon as they’re finished ordering. Fat Jack's isn't popular only with students. Users of Urbanspoon, an online website where users can comment and rate businesses in the area, have nothing but good things to say about the establishment and the employees. Since Fat Jack's is smaller and somewhat unknown, even to Fresno natives, building a strong reputation is key. Customers don't have to go too far if they’re in the mood for a flashback. Grab a chair and dig in at Fat Jack's, “Where the '50s come alive!”

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Out-of-this-world The golden look spring hairstyles A Touch of Gold Tanning Salon offers customers two places to tan By Janessa Tyler The Collegian

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Planet Hair is located in the River Park shopping center, next to Macy's. The salon is open Monday through Saturday.

By Allie Norton The Collegian As the weather warms up, winter wardrobes will retire and new styles will emerge — just in time for spring break starting this week. But a wardrobe isn’t complete without attention to hair, according to Planet Hair owner Roy Silva. Silva opened his business 16 years a go in F resno’s Tower District. After opening a second salon in River Park, he decided to combine the two salons into a bigger space in May 2010. “For women we’re seeing big hair — the bigger the better,” Silva said. “What the designers were doing is taking a one inch curling iron and kind of rolling the hair to get lots of texture.” S i l va s u g g e s t s u s i n g a thickening crème to get big curls, and then finishing it with hairspray. “Another big part of this season’s look is ponytails,” Silva said. “Designers were taking pony tails and putting a lot of gel in and kind of pulling it back into a loose ponytail.” H a i r a c c e s s o r i e s h ave become more and more popular. Silva said that one of the most common requests is to put strips of color in hair. However, this process is actually lengthy and can easily be substituted for clip in hair. “You can get them in all different colors,” Silva said. “They also come in braids.” Mikhaila Thomas is one of the many hair stylists at Planet Hair, and agrees with Silva. Thomas added that she’s “seen a lot of tinsel and a lot of feathers.” W h i l e wo m e n p l ay a n

impor tant role in Silva’s business, it’s men who are the frequent customers. “They come in more than women just because their hair grows faster,” Silva said. “They are in here every two to three weeks.” Like the women, guys are also seeing sleek style this season. “I’m seeing a lot more classic cuts, where it’s shorter on the sides and longer on the top,” Thomas said. Silva likes to work with B for Bed Head, a product line for men’s hair. “For guys is a product thing too. Whether it’s pomade, gel

or wax,” Silva said. “We came from the shagginess and now we’re going a little bit cleaner, styled and soft.” Facial hair will also transition with the weather. “As the weather gets war mer guys will start tailoring facial hair more,” Silva said. To keep hair safe from the sun, Silva suggests putting in leave-in-conditioner and using something with sun block protection. Thomas said to ask your stylist about what they recommend for your hair to maintain the feeling of a fresh haircut.

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determine how many minutes that they want to tan. The maximum time allowed in The Matrix is 10 minutes. Owners Mark and Susan Humphrey started the company in 1999, and the couple has expanded their salon to Studio City, Calif., in 2008. “A lot of celebrities go to that one [Studio city],” Guerrero said. One month unlimited in the silver bed is $53, and in the gold bed is $93. Customers can choose the option they wish to buy, a single session or a month package. Each tanning bed is equipped with a stereo, fan, small towel and a pair of goggles. Once a bed is sanitized after use, a sign that reads: “This bed is sanitized." C u s t o m e r s h ave t h e opportunity to buy a sample cup of tanning lotion for $5, or they can buy a bottle of the most popular lotions — Going GaGa by Australian Gold and More More More by Designer Skin. Spring break is the chance to take a dip in a nearby pool or to showoff that new swimsuit. A golden tan is the best accessory to any tank top, bikini or swim trunks.

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Tea lovers sip back and relax at new location Teazer World Tea Market expands to north Fresno at River Park

By Carlos Perez The Collegian To some, Honolulu is simply the capital of Hawaii. To Ann McAtee, founder and co-owner of Teazer World Tea Market, the "Honolulu" is the most popular drink sold at her tea shop now open in River Park. Teazer World Tea Market has been teasing taste buds since 2003. McAtee, along w i t h c o - ow n e r s To s h a k Yaakop and Ferry Santoso, opened their first eclectic tea house in Fresno’s Tower District, with hopes that people would find something new to do in a city that is infamous for being boring among most teenagers and college students. Seven years lat e r, M cAt ee e x p a n d e d the business to downtown Fresno. Seeing its success in both locations, Teazer spread itself to the opposite end of town — River Park. “There was a lot of request for a third location,” Rya n S a n t o s, a s s i s t a n t manager of the downtown Teazer, said. “[The company] debated between expanding to River Park, Clovis or

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Teazer World Tea Market allows customers to escape the stress of work and school with the feeling of tranquility.

Fashion Fair.” When Jamba Juice moved in River Park and left a vacancy, Teazer placed its bid on the space and crossed its fingers. Teazer opened its River Park doors on Dec. 19, 2010. Customers are now allowed the opportunity to have their favorite tea on the northside of Fresno, in addition to the Tower District location in central Fresno.

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“We weren’t completely ready at the time the doors opened,” Santos said. “There were boards on the ground, and the walls weren’t fully stocked.” As patrons enter Teazer in River Park now, its famous urban atmosphere and a c a l m i n g w at e r f a l l g re e t customers to their left. The g re e n a n d o r a n g e w a l l s are decorated with just the right amount of Japanese

culture. The warm, natural light brightens up the main seating area and the conversations of friends sipping tea fill the room. Walking to the back of Teazer, the walls are lined with fine teapots and other tea necessities. At the back of Teazer, customers will find four leather seats for comfort and a large window to view the beauty of River P a rk . T h e r e i s a l s o a n additional room that can be blocked off by a traditional silk curtain, if it’s privacy customers are looking for. One of the most common misconceptions about the Teazer is that the place only serves a few types of tea. The walls of the River Park Teazer are lined with more than 120 types of loose tea. The employees are trained and can create almost any type of mixed drink imaginable. There are house specials available, with the most popular being the Honolulu, Cherry-Lemon Teazer and Elephant Vanilla Chai. “ T h e b e s t p a r t ab o u t Te a z e r f o r m e w a s t h e creativity the employees have,” A n g e l a Ge row, a

Fresno State graduate student and a re gular consumer of Teazers, said. “I came into [the River Park] Teazer and said that I had a sore throat and in five minutes they made a tea that helped me.” Teazer provides a more re l a xe d at m o s p h e re fo r its patrons than some its conglomerate competition. According to its website, Teazer aims to deliver an o u t l e t fo r c u s t o m e r s t o experience peace, harmony and great tea. Like most Asian establishments, Teazer believes in the quality of serenity and delivers that to all those who enter. Fresno City College liberal studies major Mario Villar frequents Teazer for such a friendly atmosphere and delicious drinks. “Teazer is not just one of those corporate places where you’re supposed to come in, get your drink and leave,” Villar said. “I’ve been coming [to Teazer] for almost six years now and even when I first started, the employees made me feel comfortable.”

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Students ride the rapids with KRE to drive up the river around noon, to head back down the river an hour later. A quick retur n to camp at 4 p.m. to have snacks and happy hour, play games and relax followed by viewing the pictures and videos of the day. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., followed by ice cream sundaes. Customers can even get to experience both trips by taking a two-day trip and camping overnight.

By Megan Hamik and Janessa Tyler The Collegian An adrenaline-pumping adventure is only miles from the Fresno State campus. Customers can soar through 10 miles of river with cold water splashing in their face, and the best part is that customers are only an hour and half outside of Fresno, but it feels like a world away. Kings River Expeditions was started in 1972, and was the first company to lead rafting expeditions on the Kings River. The company is owned and operated by Justin E. Butchert, who is also a recreation administration professor at Fresno State.

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KRE matches customers with experienced guides, and they really try to cater to families as well as Fresno State students. “The river is so wide that it can be a great beginner or inter mediate river,” Julie Butchert, the office manager and part-time guide, said. “Anyone can do it.” Kings River Expedition has a really strong connection to Fresno State. Not only does the owner J.E. Butchert teach

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at Fresno State, but also most of the guides are current or former Fresno State students. Many of the guides took J.E. Butchert’s Rec 80 class and decided to become river guides, including cur rent guide Tyler Haglund. “I took Justin’s Rec 80 class; it’s a kind of a popular GE course,” Haglund said. “He’s the one who runs the company, so he kind of uses the course as an introduction for people who seem kind of cool and have a good attitude.” Kings River Expedition

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takes thousands of people down the river every summer. “I like to call us the Disneyland of whitewater rafting companies,” Haglund said. KRE is different from other similar companies because of their customer service. Customers never pump their own boats or cook their own meals. All equipment needed to enjoy a safe and fun adventure down the river is provided by KRE. For the best fit possible,

we t s u i t s a r e d i s t r i b u t e d depending on the height and weight of the customer. “We try to pamper our customers,” Haglund said. On a typical morning trip, customers will arrive at 7 a.m. and have breakfast followed by the orientation and safety talk. At 9 a.m. customers take a bus ride up the river, and the adventure starts by 10 a.m. Customers will return back to camp at about 1 p.m. for a barbeque lunch and viewing of pictures and videos. The g roup leaves camp

The full packages can cost between $90 to $275 per person during spring season and $140 to $314 during peak season. Butchert said KRE offers a “screaming deal” for students. Students can take the afternoon trip for $75 without food provided. Students can bring family members or friends who are not Fresno State students. Haglund said that many students enjoy KRE at the reduced price, become a river guide or book the full trip with their families.


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It's rodeo time! The Fresno community saddles up for the last weekend of April action. Saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding are one of the events that will keep fans on the edge of their seat. Friday night is also the concert night; where with your paid ticket to the rodeo you get a front row seat in the rodeo arena. This year, the special artist playing at the 97th annual Clovis Rodeo will be new country artist Easton Corbin. S a t u r d ay c o n t i n u e s t o carry on the western attitude with the annual Clovis Rodeo parade, encircling all of Old Town Clovis. T he parade be gins at 9:30 a.m., and following the parade is the coveted Miss Clovis Rodeo Queen coronation. T he Miss Clovis Rodeo Queen contest is held the Saturday prior to the rodeo, where the young ladies vying for the title will have to compete in poise, personality, horsemanship and scholastics. The winner will be crowned minutes before the Saturday performance starts. Sunday, the final day of rodeo competition, begins with the Special Kids Rodeo starting at 12:30 p.m. The Clovis Rodeo finishes of f with the top competitors of the weekend to see who is the best cowboy of the Clovis Rodeo, and who will take home the coveted Clovis Rodeo Champion buckle. Clovis Rodeo President Ron Dunbar is excited to see patrons pack the rodeo this year. “If you’re planning on attending your first Clovis Rodeo this year, we look f o r w a r d t o h av i n g yo u , ” Dunbar said. “We’ve polished our boots and are as anxious as you are for the next Clovis Rodeo.”

By Blair Smittcamp The Collegian Country singer Garth Brooks sang the words, “It’s bulls and blood, it’s the dust and mud, it’s the roar of a Sunday crowd,” in his 1991 hit “Rodeo.” What better way to celebrate the end of a great spring break than with cowboys, cowgirls, wranglers, short-shorts, cowboy hats and the western way of life? Business accounting major Courtney DiPinto said she attends the Clovis Rodeo every year. “It’s been a tradition for the past couple of years, and I couldn’t ima gine doing anything else at the end of April then go to the rodeo,” DiPinto said. The Clovis Rodeo comes once a year, during the last weekend in April, and is the second largest rodeo in California. There’s something for every one of all ages at the Clovis Ro d e o. E ve r y t h i n g f r o m buckin’ bulls to barrel-racing beauties, it’s the most fun one can have in the dirt. An array of foods, games and activities partake in the Clovis Rodeo. The Clovis Rodeo launches with the Professional Bull Riding Tour Thursday, April 21. This is the night to see the roughest and toughest cowboys compete ag ainst the clock, to hold on for eight seconds while riding the toughest bulls in the circuit. Recreation administration major Mike Ashbeck said the Clovis Rodeo embodies the essence of Clovis. “The people at the rodeo are really great, and everyone always knows how to have a good time at the rodeo,” Ashbeck said. Friday is the first night where fans could see all the

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Classic Billiards LLC has 19 pool tables for customers to enjoy. A small bar is located inside for 21 and over customers to sip on beer while playing a game of pool.

By Sarah Thomas The Collegian Located just a few blocks down the street from the Fresno State campus, Classic Billiards LLC provides a calm, relaxing environment for customers to enjoy the game of pool at an affordable price. Media often depict spring break to be an outrageous and chaotic weeklong party session. Some students talk about traveling, clubbing and living it up while school is out, while others are looking forward to catching up on sleep. For students who prefer an alter native to the party scene, but would at least enjoy getting out of the house, a game of pool might be a better fit. Classic Billiards has been operating in Clovis for 22

years. Manager Scott Hall welcomes the college-aged c u s t o m e r s, a n d o f f e r s a college-special discount every Wednesday for half price games of pool. C u s t o m e r s h ave t h e opportunity to play darts, shoot pool and play video games all while listening to the new and improved jukebox t h at i s c o n n e c t e d t o t h e Internet. “I wouldn’t just call it a jukebox,” Hall said. “With an Internet connection it has the capability to play hundreds of thousands of songs.” The unlimited amount of music available to customers offers a wide variety of genres to please a number of music preferences, adding to the comforting ambiance of the pool hall. Classic Billiards provides

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a bar where they serve a variety of beers and snacks. W h i l e t h e y d o n o t a l l ow outside drinks, outside food is allowed so customers can take advantage of the nearby restaurants while enjoying the billiards tables. Hall said the crowd of customers varies from the ages of 16 to 60. The most popular age group would be between the ages of 18 to 25, and most customers come in at night. Hall also said that they market to the high school age too, because it gives them an opportunity to engage in an adult-like activity without the age restriction. Some customers appreciate the mix of ages at Classic Billiards. Customer Tiffanie Jackson said that her group of friends goes to the pool hall because while she is 21, some of her friends are not, but they can hang out in the same place. “Night entertainment is hard when your friends are different ages because some can get into clubs while others can’t and you don’t want to leave anyone out,” Jackson said. “At Classic Billiards, everyone can get in and those of us that are 21 can still drink beer, and we all have the opportunity to hang out in one place.” Brendon Matsumoto bartends at Classic Billiards a n d h e l p s f a c i l i t at e p o o l tables. M a t s u m o t o i s a Fresno State student, and said that they offer a friendly atmosphere for all age ranges — especially students. “We have a lot to offer,” Matsumoto said. The location is conveniently located close to campus and the environment is fun and laid back. For customers who enjoy the game of pool and like to compete, Classic Billiards host pool leagues open to all age groups. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n visit the Classic Billiards’ Facebook page.


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Spring fashion launches around Fresno and at Springtini By Ciara Norton The Collegian Through the cold morning winds and the white blossom trees, spring is slowly emerging despite the month of April being here. F lip-flops can be seen gradually outnumbering the furry winter boots, and layers are steadily being shed. Styles are be ginning to change and new fashions for spring 2011 are being displayed in store windows throughout Fresno. While exciting window displays do help to bring customers in, some students prefer to shop elsewhere. “I usually find my clothes at Forever 21, Charlotte Russe or Macy’s because their prices aren’t too bad and their clothes really fit my personality,” Bernice Ceja, a psychology major, said. Many boutiques feature clothes similar to those at larger department stores, but are not necessarily as well known. Fo o d a n d nu t r i t i o n a l science major Bethany Rodriguez said she prefers to shop at boutiques rather than larger department stores. “I like to shop at Stella because it’s stylish and priced reasonably, and they have a great selection of classic items as well as what’s in style right now,” Rodriguez said. Khloe California, the sister store of Stella Laguna Beach located next door, will be involved in Springtini fashion show this year for the first time to showcase some of their hottest trends. Khloe California and Stella Laguna Beach have different styles, yet they are able to draw in similar shoppers because of their close location to one another. Employees are sometimes able to find merchandise for a customer at the other store. Khloe California has a more casual beach style, whereas Stella Laguna Beach is more up-scale clothing. “It’s what every California girl wants this time of year,” Khloe Califor nia employee Cassie Rambaud said. “Our sister, Stella, has dressier going out merchandise for your night on the town.” While this is Khloe Califor nia’s first time participating in Springtini, the store previously participated

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in Falltini and considered it a success. “We were part of Falltini last year and it was such an awesome experience: It's fun for everyone who comes,” Rambaud said. “We get a chance showcase what we have to offer Fresno, brands and looks that no one else has.” Some of the hottest trends for spring 2011 for women will include coral, bohemian inspired looks, jumpsuits, bold stripes and bright floral

Readers of Local Beauty Insider can also depend on the magazine to provide them w i t h u p - t o - d at e m at e r i a l about the hottest fashion and cosmetic trends. “All of the local boutiques around the Valley will be on their toes to feature these looks,” Giordano Ashjian said. “Also, go vintage and check out Yoshi Now in downtown Fresno or hit up the Tower District. Shop local.” Wi t h e n d l e s s f a s h i o n

choices to choose from, it is important for buyers to check out new places, keep an open mind and try something different. While looking for new places to try, check out Khloe California for helpful advice on fashion trends. “Our customers love coming back to us because they know we’ll be a great shopping buddy,” Rambaud said. “We love helping with any need or question they may have.”

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prints. For men, motorcycle inspired looks and flared jeans will make a comeback. “Go raid mom and grandma's closet, you're sure to find some killer treasures in there for this season!” Rambaud said. Nicole Giordano Ashjian, Y101 After Hours radio host and writer for the new magazine Local Beauty Insider, advises buyers on where to go with new trends always circulating in Fresno.

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Letter from the Co-Editors: Thank you for taking the time to appreciate the fourth print edition of the Woove, WUVT 90.7 FM’s premier music and arts review publication! The staff has worked hard all semester to bring you their thoughts on the latest and greatest albums, movies, comics, and more. In the middle of the issue, you will find ten DJ spotlights, each unique and entertaining. We included these with hopes that you will see a show or DJ that intrigues you, whether it be late night metal or afternoon Americana, and decide to give 90.7 FM a listen. Should you find yourself plagued with a severe hankering for more Woove articles, head on over to www.wuvt.vt.edu/WOOVE/, and you will find all the witty reviews and humorous Top 10 lists your heart desires. Thank you again for taking the time to support the Woove and WUVT by reading this publication. Your decision to pick up this magazine is a decision to support independent non—profit radio, brought to you only by your favorite college radio station, WUVT 90.7 FM. Enjoy the read and check out the website!

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Shake the Disease: A Contagion Review by Will Greene Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is a film with two goals. The first is to depict how disease spreads throughout the world, and how panic and misinformation spreads and serves to make everything worse. The second goal is to show how these events affect individuals. In order to cover the scope of this premise, the film spans the globe with an equally sprawling cast, which is both the film’s greatest strength and its greatest weakness. Let’s begin with the good. Many of the performances in this movie are fantastic. Matt Damon stands out in particular. He plays a worried father fighting against elements beyond his control in order to protect his daughter. You can really feel the relationship between his character and his daughter, played by Anna Jacoby-Heron. Other standouts include Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet, who play CDC doctors Ellis Cheever and Erin Mears. They battle both the disease and misconceptions that incite hysteria in addition to accelerating the rate of infection.

Not so good on the other hand, are Jude Law and Marion Cotillard. Law plays freelance blogger Alan Krumwiede, whose paranoid conspiracies are one of the main sources of the global panic. The problem is, while Law does his best, the character comes across as a means for writer Scott Z. Burns, to espouse his hatred for bloggers and the new media. Cotillard plays Dr. Leonora Orantes, an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization, who goes to Hong Kong in order to find out exactly where the disease came from. With the film sprawling in so many different directions, there is not enough time to explore her character adequately, and as a result, the parts of the movie featuring her fell mostly flat. Beyond the acting, the cinematography of the film is distinctive and striking. When the film goes where the infection has not reached, such as the labs and the CDC offices, the film has a very sterile look. Everything is whitewashed and fluorescent, and even the smallest quarantine room looks expansive. Conversely, wherever the disease has taken hold, the film takes on an appropriately sickly gray hue. The oppressive atmosphere is additionally compounded by a claustrophobic sense of dread, as you never know where the virus may be hiding in plain sight. The other most noteworthy element of the film is the score, composed by Cliff Martinez. The score is very much in the way of Trent Reznor’s work for The Social Network, with a dark, driving electronic sound that captures the kinetic frenzy of a riot in the streets in addition to making ostensi-

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Moon Prism Power! The Return of the One Named Sailor Moon Ah, Sailor Moon. Nothing brought me as much glee when I was a child. First published in 1992 by Naoko Takeuchi, the comic was a phenomenal sensation in Japan that eventually found its way to U.S. shores. For those of you who don’t know the story, Sailor Moon begins with a young girl named Usagi, who is one day confronted by a talking black cat named Luna. Luna shocks Usagi with the revelation that she is the” guardian of justice”-- Sailor Moon. Her duty is to fight alongside the other Sailor Soldiers, and to protect both the Earth and their unknown (but soon to be revealed) princess from harm. The story was perfectly tailored to appeal to nerdy girls with overactive imaginations, and when it first came to America it was like nothing we had ever seen before. The anime was featured on Toonami, and an Americanized version of the comic was available in stores. By 2005, however, interest in Sailor Moon had dwindled and the company TokyoPop’s translation of the story had gone out of print. DVD’s of the television show were hard to find, and copies of the manga were being sold on Ebay for at a high price. This, however, is no longer a problem. After years in publication limbo, Takeuchi‘s masterpiece has finally returned to American bookstore shelves. These editions are being released on a bi-month y basis, and include the newly added artwork featured in the Japanese editions. They are also presented in traditional right-to-left fashion, la technique that preserves the integrity of the original artwork and avoids “flipping” the images. What makes this release really different from the first, however, is the removal

of the American elementsthat were forced into the sto ry. For example, the original name for the teenage girl who transforms into Sailor Moon was Usagi, the Japanese word for “rabbit.” Tokyopop (then called Mixx) therefore saw it fit to name her “Bunny” in the American release so as not to confuse readers. Other Japanese names were changed, and references to American pop culture were sometimes made out of context. A lot of the additions that were made in the American manga release also carried over to the English dub of the anime, keeping the English sounding names and changing Usagi’s name a second time from “Bunny” to a more fitting “Serena.” One of the most famous changes made between the Japanese and American versions of the story, however, was the nature of the relationship between Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus. The original story has these two women as a lesbian couple, and at least in the original American release of the manga there were visible elements of that plotline still intact. In the English anime, however, they’re relationship was restricted to “cousins”, and therefore the meanings of their actions were completely altered. With the release of this new edition of the manga, many fans will be exposed to the full, complete story of Sailor Moon for the first time. The original story’s rerelease comes with a surprise-the first ever American publication of Sailor Moon’s prequel, Code Name: Sailor V. Most fans are aware that Sailor V was the name Sailor Venus went by ear lier in the series before she met up with the other Sailor Scouts, but few may know that her story was the original model for Sailor Minako who

is confronted by a white cat named Artemisand told she is a “guardian of know and love was born. One of the most common criticisms of Minako’s character in Sailor Moon was that she was too similar to Usagi, anthat she appeared bland and indistinct as a result. In reality, however, it is Usagi who is the copycat and Minako the original ditzy savior, a justice”…sounding familiar? Although Usagi makes a cameo or two in this early series, she was never intend to be the main character.

It wasn’t until Sailor V was popular enough to be optioned for an animated series that the concept of Sailor Moon was born, as it was believed the manga series would

gain more attention if it involved more characters. At this point Takeuchi decided to switch the focus of the ac tion, and the Sailor Moon we fact overlooked by many fans. Code Name: Sailor V isn’t anything special in comparison with its sequel, but it’s still a fun read and a worthy addition to any fan’s collection. It’s not just the comic book series that’s making a return, as stores have already begun selling brand new Sailor Moon merchandise-- the likes of which we haven’t seen for years outside of anime con ventions. T-shirts and costumes are what we have so far, and if this. trend continues this amazing story will have a new chance to dazzle young girls with dreams of prin-

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cesses on the Moon. Sailor fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief- the one named Sailor Moon has returned.

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Archers of Loaf Some artists have never gone away, while others left too soon. When bands reunite and tour it can often be a sad reminder of why the band is no longer on top or why they broke up in the first place. Most times it is just a way to capitalize on nostalgia and pay the rent. 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the Archers of Loaf’s formation and of course, the band reunited to tour in recognition of the milestone. I was never a huge Archers fan. I enjoyed what was played on WUVT (VT’s college radio station) and seeing them live solidified their rightful place in the regional musical community centered around the North Carolina Triangle and Chapel Hill, specifically.

whether or not the band could still rock as well as they did when they were 20. The set was comprised of the band’s “hits” with a strong focus on the band’s early work, debut Icky Mettle in particular. Watching them play was almost like going into a time warp; the only difference being an evidently older appearance. The pain and passion in their performance however, was pure, unfiltered and cerThe Archers’ tour began a few tainly not watered down by age. days earlier in Asheville, NC (the band members’ home- Twenty years ago people we town) and with a few days of refer to today as “douche“warm up” under their belt, bags” and “bros” populated by the time they arrived in the shows and slammed each Carrboro they were ready to other and everyone around just blow the place up. Com- them, often to the detriment ing out with “Audiowhore”, of the show or performance. the Archers immediately I have nothing against moshput to rest any concerns of ing when it is done right The last time I saw the band play was the early 90s at The Balcony (what is now Top of the Stairs) in downtown Blacksburg, so when the opportunity to see them play on their anniversary tour was presented to me I opted in. That the show was the first of two sold out nights at the Cats Cradle in Carrboro, NC, the band’s hometown made it all the more enticing.

and at the right shows it can be a major part of the experience, however, slamming around like an ass is not moshing. The Archers’ music and their shows often attracted such people. That wasn’t the case at this reunion show. The audience was moved and captivated by the band and its music, but not to the point of pointless, senseless violence. In other words, the people who came to the show wanted to be there to see a great band play a great set and that’s exactly what they got.

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DJ Spotlights 2 of your favorite tracks of all time/most played tracks: Heavenly Day by Patty Griffin – absolutely beautiful lyrics that have universal meaning—a true love song that reminds me of my wife, Robyn, every time I play it. Looking Glass by Darrell Scott – another poetic song; what is especially powerful about this song (besides the lyrics) is the fact that Darrell plays it on the piano. What is unique about your show: The “sampler” is what makes it unique. I cover all of the subgenres of Americana, focusing on singer-songwriters; I promote live music; I host live musicians; I support local events. Part of my intent is to help build community, one radio show at a time.

Show name/DJ name, air time and genre: New River Sampler/ Jim Dubinsky/ 7-9 am Friday mornings / Americana (since 2004)

What do you do outside of the station: I’m living my dream: teaching, living in a great community, and being able to participate actively in issues that matter, that help to foster a stronger community – sustainability (I also am the faculty advisor for the Sustainable Food Corps) and music – my wife and I host house concerts (visit http://monkeyhouseconcerts.net to learn more).

Position and responsibilities: FM DJ & Faculty Advisor, WUVT; Associate Professor of English / Director of Undergraduate Studies

Favorite artist(s) of all time and why: Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, John Gorka, Patty Griffin, and Darrell Scott. Each is an original. Each artist has touched many others and helped shape what we now call Americana.

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Show name/DJ name, air time, and genre: Morning Misanthropy con Esteban Bueno ; Wednesdays 9 AM – Noon Position and responsibilities I am currently Sales Manager, which involves selling on-air underwriting and print advertising in the Woove. Favorite track of all time My favorite song of all time is Hard to Explain by The Strokes. It does not matter if I’ve gone one minute or one month between listens. The intro to that song gives me goose bumps and sends a rush of adrenaline through my body every single time. What is unique about your show? I’ve worked pretty hard during my time as a DJ to give my show its own identity. I’ve been able to adjust my class schedule in order to keep my 9 AM to noon timeslot on Wednesdays for all but one semester (looking at you, STAT 4984). Through that, I have a lot of loyal weekly listeners. It has gotten to the point where I recognize their voices or know them personally when they call into the show. Something random and interesting about yourself: Knock before entering my apartment. I’m usually nude.

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Position and responsibilities: Metal director, bringing the best new releases of metal to the masses 2 of your favorite/most played tracks: Blast Radius by Hexen- it blows the shit out of your speakers and is the best thrash to come from the last decade. Metalstorm/Face the Slayer by Slayer- I’m a huge fan of Hanneman, King, Lombardo, and Araya. Face the Slayer is inscribed on my class ring. Something random and interesting about yourself: I was the most controversial opinion columnist in the history of the Collegiate Times Course of study/college (graduation year): Industrial Engineering, Spring 2012

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2 of your favorite tracks of all time/ most played tracks: I can tell you songs I hate more than those I love. I hate hate hate A Horse With No Name by America, I hate hate hate Alice’s Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie. Something random and interesting about yourself: Science pays the bills to allow for me to do the things I love. I write for Consequence of Sound – voted the top music blog on the web for 2010 and I produce a podcast called Audiography available at CoS and on iTunes. I used to co-manage Crossroads Music and Movies for about 7 years.

Show name/DJ name, air time, and genre: The Whatever Hour, Saturdays 9:00 p.m. to midnight. I play current/classic electronic music, hip-hop, and the occasional 80s track. Position and responsibilities: I have been a WUVT-FM DJ since Fall Semester 2008. Currently, I am the RPM music subdirector and a panelist/host on Tune Talk (Sunday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 p.m.). 2 of your favorite tracks of all time/ most played tracks: Red House Painters Drop (the saddest song ever recorded) & Pet Shop Boys Discoteca (the lyrics have a personal resonance) What is unique about your show? I’ll throw in little features that change every semester. This semester at 10:00 p.m. I am featuring new music added to WUVT rotation in a segment called “This Is The New.”

Show name/DJ name, air time, and genre: The Rare Groove; Len; Thurs evenings 9pm-midnight; any and all - seriously Position and responsibilities: Station Librarian, Jazz Director, former producer of the Local Zone (2000-2010), host of the Rare Groove, occasional panel member on Tune Talk and Random Talk

Course of study/college: Undergrad – Biology, Chem minor (if you must know, ’93) Graduate – Biochemistry (’98) 9) Favorite artist(s) of all time and why It depends on the genre – but in high school it was New Order without question. In the 90s I really loved Curve, My Bloody Valentine and a bunch of Brit Pop. Broken Social Scene, TV on the Radio, of Montreal, Sigur Ros and pretty much the entire Daptone Records label rank on the top of my list for the 2000s. Old school punk - the Clash, DKs, Germs, the Berkeley scene in the late 80s (none of that emo bullshit that became popular in the late 90s). I am also a Deadhead of sorts and a huge huge huge fan of soul – old school 50s-70s - and jazz – especially hard bop with my favorites being Lee Morgan on trumpet and Hank Mobley on sax.

Favorite artist(s) of all time: I have a healthy love of 1980s techno-pop: Pet Shop Boys, New Order, Depeche Mode, Erasure, etc. I adore Detroit techno (especially Richie Hawtin/Plastikman, Matthew Dear/ Audion, Ryan Elliott, anything classic and/or minimal). Sweetwater}, because they are the funky soul vibe that I discovered myself drawn to.

Show name/DJ name, air time, and genre: The Money Shot, Zy Bobbitt, Tuesday 9p-12a, Multi-cultural dispeptia 2 of your favorite tracks of all time/ most played tracks: Santana – Soul Sacrifice {Woodstock ‘69}. Always There Bobo Orgy {Live @

What is unique about your show? I never stick to a strict format but I never get too inconsistent. I like harmony. I try for an upbeat, soul/funk center with tastes of the influences and variations. And then there’s the half-thought, off the cuff, pseudo-political, socio-religious nonsensical babbling that sometimes winds up amusing. And I love a little salsa too Favorite artist(s) of all time: The Doors, Ann Rice, James Brown, Parliament, Funkadelic, Jamiroquai, Santana, John Lennon, The Beatles, Neil Young, Mr. Scruff, Thievery Corporation, Strut

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by Tanner Hagan Occasionally, a band comes along that seems somehow separate from the rest of the music scene. Whether it be the music that they’re producing, the public persona they put across, or some other “x—factor,” they seem to be viewed through a different prism, and judged with a higher set of credentials. Radiohead is, and for years has been, a prime example of this. Each new album stands entirely on it’s own merit, sonically and thematically different than the works that came before

it. Their newest release, The King of Limbs, is no exception to this rule. Once again, the band has managed to create an experience wholly new and original, yet still somehow familiar. From the moment one hears the disjointed, layered rhythms of the album’s erratic opener “Bloom,” it’s clear that this is not going to be a venture in accessibility. More direct than that, however, is the realization that this is not going to be a rehash of their previous record, In Rainbows. Where that was a very song— oriented album, dominated by conventional instruments and a cohesive theme, The King of Limbs is a much more abstract and vague record. As opposed to defining a framework and staying within those boundaries, it is more a collection of moods and images, with each song presenting its own independent experience. This is not an album that is meant to take you to a specific place; it’s an album that

will present you with a series of auditory inkblots and leave it up to you to decide just what it is that they’re hearing. Like many albums from other art rock bands, The King of Limbs is very much a “headphones record.” While it would sound perfectly adequate in the car, or played from your home stereo, there are too many elements that go unheard using these means. From the muffled piano melting into distant chimes on the haunting yet beautiful “Codex,” to the tiered vocal tracks that help to flesh out the acoustic driven number “Give Up the Ghost,” there are hidden treasures here, waiting for those willing to listen for them. This is due, in no small part, to the production of the record, which helps to elevate the more minimalist composition into something greater. The songs gracefully swirl in and out of themselves with subtle mastery, creating an engaging tapestry of at-

mosphere and tone. As vague and challenging as the album can be, however, that is not to say that there are not moments of instant gratification throughout. No matter how far into musical experimentation they may delve, Radiohead has always been a band whose prime strength is their songwriting, and this is no exception. The first single, “Lotus Flower,” will leave the people in the car next to you at the stoplight in hysterics, as you flail about to it’s infinitely danceable groove. And it won’t take long for your friends to tire of you singing the chorus to the infectiously catchy “Little By Little.” From addictive hooks and inspired dance beats, to moving ballads highlighted by Thom Yorke’s trademark falsetto and poignant lyrics, The King of Limbs has enough variety to strike a wonderful balance. While it may not be the bold statement that previous efforts have been, it doesn’t suf-

fer for this. This is an album written by a band that does not have to prove anything. From albums such as OK Computer, which changed the face of alternative music, to their more abstract works like Amnesiac, which seemed intentionally as obtuse and challenging as possible, Radiohead have made more than their fair share of revolutionary and career—defining works. The King of Limbs is less focused on changing the game, however, and instead falls into a much more comfortable zone: a band that could do almost anything simply writing the album that they would want to listen to. And, in that, they have crafted a delicate, earnest, and truly balanced piece. Whether you’re a longtime Radiohead fan or just curious about getting into them, The King of Limbs is worth your time. Give it a fair chance, and it will prove itself to be a truly deserving addition to your music collection.

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Rose Hill Drive - Americana by Stu Ruiz For years Rose Hill Drive could be seen as something of a commodity; a band in love with the classic rock years that has no qualms with displaying those influences at the loudest possible volume. Several times I’ve been introduced to a Rose Hill song, thought it was quite good, and moved on. But after stumbling onto an interview that saw them name dropping bands as varied as Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Spoon, James Blake, and Charlotte

Gainsbourg my attention was piqued. As it turns out, Americana is the kind of step forward that bands like this need to separate from the pack. The record’s sound is still reliably heavy with enough bluesy riffs and fiery intensity, but the performances also offer a level of sophistication in both arrangement and execution that pushes the songs beyond mere imitation. First, let’s get the obvious derivations out of the way: “Americana” and “Telepathic” both feature Queens of the Stone Age-ish breakdowns, nailing the elder band’s penchant for riffs and atmospheres that are both heavy and a spooky kind of weird. “Speed Dial” has a hook from David Bowie and half a chorus from Steven Tyler, while Chris Robinson shows up to belt out a chorus on “Your Mother’s Jam”. Jack White’s little ghost even drops by to tear out some solos. The songwriting, howev-

er, is strong enough that these spiritual cameos come ass as more tip-of-the-hat that than audience-grabbing rip off. It also doesn’t hurt that these bits are pulled off so enthusiastically; although that’s to be expected from a band that has become notable for covering entire classic albums on New Year’s Eve shows (look up their performance of Led Zeppelin I especially). The album kicks off with the title-track, and acts as something of a mission statement in both sound and lyrics. Booming drums and fuzzy strumming envelope as lead singer/bassist Jacob Sproul spits out rambling verses both visually weird and socially caustic, “It tastes so real I don’t care if it’s plastic/ Americana now it pays to be a cheapskate/Selling greatness by the bottle though it’s water-weight/Like a fat piranha, that’s Americana”. The song’s topped off with a breakdown

that betrays expectations of a big solo in favor of a stumbling drunk lead guitar falling into a steady groove amongst “nah nah nah” harmonies. Album highlight “Pictures of You” sees the band lowering the tempo level for the first time, miring themselves in a tumbling beat as sheets of keyboard trade off with overly fuzzed out lead guitar stabs, sounding like Mountain’s Leslie West barged in on a Doors recording session. “Psychoanalyst” heads back into familiar driving rock territory, based around a down-tuned Kyuss riff that’s dragged down by a chorus that doesn’t quite push the track to the levels it should. The whole affair is saved, however, when the drummer lays down a vintage kick-tom Meg White beat and lead guitarist Daniel Sproul drags out the digitechwhammy for some screeching Jack White pyrotechnics. “Speed Dial” sees the band moving a bit out of their comfort zone (not to mention begging the question of who uses speed dial anymore). Jacob Sproul runs through his phone, “You used to be number one/Then you were number two/You’ve never met three/but fours said she knows you”. The structure gives the lyrics a strong focus on an album where grooves and riffs are front and center, and Jacob comes to the task with lyrics that are both funny and espousing an obvious sense of craft (the internal rhyming and cadence on “Four, I open the door, she won’t leave/ Three and two are shoe-ins” are especially impressive). And after a run up and down the dial, the band takes off

in a ramp up that grows in volume and intensity before falling off a cliff into silence. The band manages to betray expectations again with “Birds Against the Glass”. Where most acts dragging out the acoustic would launch into a sing-songy ballad Rose Hill Drive take the more interesting route, building tangles of acoustic picking anchored by a light drone that form the basis for Sproul’s gentle rambling. The lyrics sketch separate stories of an idealistic in love girl escaping home and an idealistic in politics hippie making sense of a failed generation. Restraint is the key here, as drummer Nathan Barnes offers only a simple booming rhythm , adding a foreboding sense of inevitable darkness to the chorus, “In a world like this we burn and crash/Just like birds against the glass. The album closes with threepart, 9 minute (but surprisingly un-epic) Birthdays and Breakups. The first part comes out as probably the poppiest song the band has put out before transforming into a Strokes-ish vamp that gives the impression of stretching into infinity. It doesn’t quite though, as yet another song emerges, an acoustic strumming that would land too close to the Band’s “The Weight” if not for the excellent performance, hitting the catharsis button in your head with every high note. The band doesn’t quite hit the thing out of the park, but even if not a perfect summation of the album the last track shows the band’s willingness to mess with their own formula considerably, as if proving to fans that this band isn’t done.

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Twin Sister - In Heaven by Chris Winfield song’s masterful songwriting. The lead single sticks out Twin Sister’s lead single from even worse next to the folIn Heaven, “Bad Street,” de- lowing three tracks. And yet, parted from the band’s dream for three tracks, In Heaven pop roots. The Tom Tom Club feels like it has direction. It disco-inflected number was brings dream pop as high far less woozy and za whole as space pop. “Space Babe” lot poppier than previous EP features whooshing synths releases Color Your Life and and an electronic drum beat Vampires with Dreaming that are joined by beeping Kids. “Bad Street” split from keyboards. The slow echothe Twin Sister I knew. I was ing drums and video game quite shocked, but still very keyboards of “Kimmi in a excited. It seemed logical, too. Rice Field” only adds to the Last year’s single “All Around space age feelings. “Luna’s and Away We Go” was much Theme” is the biggest permore accessible than their petuator of “space pop” with other tracks. Had Twin Sister its slow tempo, vocals that found a heading towards cre- hold syllables for an eternity, ating an amazing pop record? an electronically low bassline The second MP3 single, and an echoing, simple synth “Gene Ciampi” was an even melody. Take out the precedricher pop creation than ing twelve minutes starring “Bad Street.” Minor key gui- the album’s two other persontar-keyboard-vocal melo- alities, add twenty five more dies rooted around a driving minutes of this with some rhythm section produced tempo changes and I wouldn’t a compelling two-minute be afraid to call In Heaven (a track that sounded like a pop fitting title!) one of the most soundtrack to a foreign film. inventive records of the year. There was still not a single Instead, following “Spain” like a movie effect soaked layer was in sounds sight. It seemed as if In Heav- soundtrack. The melody and en was the pop record Bad several of the guitar themes Street had introduced us to. seem to be lifted right from In Heaven ended up some of the old 60s James much more directionless Bond themes. The absurd than anticipated by “Bad string arrangement in the Street” and “Gene Ciampi.” background does not help the The leading track, “Daniel” feeling. “Gene Ciampi” follows immediately shatters the pop and, as stated before, follows fundaments of the two singles. the film soundtrack theme. The love song is as dreamy as The movie soundtrack vibe is the old songs. The following not a bad thing. Don’t get the track, “Stop,” feels just the wrong idea from this review. same way. Both tracks are Every track thus far is absobuilt around layers of effected lutely fantastically well put guitars and synthesizer. Lead together as a song by itself. singer Andrea Estella’s voice, “Saturday Sunday” is pure while clear and clean on the pop, but following less of the two singles, returns to its rhythm centric singles and strange roots which sound more of creating a layered like she’s emulating a kitten. It soundscape. The clash beisn’t a bad thing. It’s a breathy tween the sunny keyboards, style that works for the old guitars that seem to have as ethereal sound of the band. little direction as the LP, busy The fade-out transition from drums and bass that is just “Stop” to “Bad Street” is just plain wrong is unfortunate. as awkward as you might ex- The entire track feels like a pect. The album’s disorgani- failure. Estella’s bouncy vozation hangs heavy over the cals are too little to save it.

Album closer “Eastern Green” represents the band’s last ditch to save their record. It’s a slow-to-midtempo track that switches between a dreamy verse and a bright spacey instrumental refrain. It ends on a slower tempo vocal repetition that fades out to the sound of a piano playing the male vocalist (opposed to Estella) out. Every track besides “Saturday Sunday” is great strictly by itself. From dream pop, to “Bad Street,” to the spacey pop of the middle of the record, to the strange movie theme songs, there are many concepts Twin Sister could have embarked on. Instead, the record sounds like the debut record of a band that hasn’t been around years now with two critical-darling EP releases. They sound lost in the world, still exploring and trying to find their

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hen talk of publishing a supplemental issue started to circulate around the office, we knew we wanted to tackle issues sometimes too taboo to discuss. Thus, we’ve decided to bring sexy back this semester with our sex issue. Inside the next 16 titillating pages, we keep it classy and playful with topics revolving around the Chicago community and college students from all around. At The Chronicle, we understand what is on the mind of college students. This is why we wanted to provide you with fresh insight about the other aspects of sexuality you might be wondering about. If we found it interesting, we thought you might, too. We’ve explored sex and spirituality classes at Columbia and Chicago’s historic red light district. Our writers looked into events like Naked Girls Reading and quirky state laws, like how in Florida it’s illegal to shower naked. Who knew? We’ve even compiled the benefits of getting busy. So get excited and use this quickie issue as a break from our usual content. We hope you enjoy it.

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Give a lapdance Learn how to turn your partner on with these five steps by Katy Nielsen

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ut on a sexy button-down shirt, light some candles and find a comfy chair because if you want to give your partner a lap dance, the atmosphere should be tranquil and you want to feel in control. According to Michelle Anilao, pole and lap dance instructor at Sheila Kelley’s S Factor, 1400 W. Hubbard St., giving a lap dance is a present. Once you realize you are in charge, there is no reason to feel nervous. Anilao suggested practicing with an empty chair and pillows before you perform for real. Follow these steps, and you can learn how to tease and turn on your partner.

“It’s as much touch or exposure as you’re willing to give,” Anilao said. “Tease by coming in really close and moving away. Be as tantalizing as possible.” Roll your hips and move closer and further away from your partner. Be creative. Nothing you do is wrong because you are expressing yourself. Brush your body against your partner, and control how much he or she can touch you back.

Set the stage for your lap dance by wearing clothes you feel sexy in. You may also want to dim the lights to create a peaceful ambiance and turn on some music. “The first thing you want to do is to get comfortable with yourself,” Anilao said. “Wear whatever makes you feel sexy. For women, maybe that’s heels or bare feet, maybe that’s a button-down shirt. It can be that simple.”

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Start your advance in the same way a cat approaches its prey. It can be a walk or a crawl. “You always want to feel a sense of control,” Anilao said. “The lap dance is something you’re giving to someone as a gift.”

You can slide down to the floor or sit on one edge of the chair and roll your body up from there. Finally, as you walk away, you want to give him or her one last look of an exposed part of your body, such as your wrist. You can flip your hair or give a sexy look before you turn and go. “You walk away sealing it in,” Anilao said. “Like, ‘I gave that to you, and now I’m gone.’ It leaves them wanting more.”

3 The mount Once you reach your partner, you can either place your knees between their legs or your legs around them, depending on how much room you have. “The best way is to put your knee between the knees of your partner,” Anilao said.

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Sex An orgasm a day could keep the doctor away by Summer McCaslin Contributing Writer

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exuality is one of the ways we express ourselves as humans, and it forms part of our identity that spills over [into our everyday lives], said Amy Steinhauer, sex therapist at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists of the Chicago area. No matter how we choose to express ourselves behind closed doors, we all typically do the deed for one main purpose, achieving the big O. Steinhauer and her colleague, sex educator and counselor Kimberly Rice, gave their insights about the health benefits of having sex beyond the simple pleasures it can bring.

positive and beneficial,” Rice said. No, it won’t take away all of your problems, but it can provide you with a clearer mind, which in turn helps you handle the stressful situations much better.

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Feeling sluggish in the morning? Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you normally do, and use this extra time to surprise your partner with a quickie to start the day off right. If men are having more sex, their testosterone levels are higher, which gives them increased energy. On the other hand, insomniacs will be happy to hear sex helps you sleep better. The oxytocin released during orgasm prompts the muscles to fully relax and your mind to rest, Steinhauer said. Essentially, sex is like exercise.

An active sex life equals a healthy prostate

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Sex can provide temporary relief from pain caused by headaches and cramps. “Sex releases endorphins,” Steinhauer said. “Interestingly, during the sexual response cycle as arousal goes up, your body has a decreased perception of pain.” Antibodies are also stimulated by intercourse and work as a natural antihistamine, which can get rid of a stuffy nose. Put down that pill bottle and engage in a little foreplay with your partner for an au natural remedy.

The healing power of sex

A stronger sense of self Great sex can give you the extra boost of self-confidence you need to go after what you desire in life. “When there’s a trusting relationship where people can really reveal themselves safely, then sex can be very enhancing for confidence and self-esteem,” Steinhauer said. “If there is not that sense of permission, then it can reinforce insecurities.” Feeling satisfied about your sexual performance and experiences sets the tone for how you want to feel in your everyday life. If the sex is everything you want, then your self-esteem could skyrocket. chronicle@colum.edu

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Although there are no official studies to prove an active sex life helps decrease the risk of prostate cancer, resident nurse Jolene Williams, of the Scott Klein MD Urology Practice in La Crosse, Wis., said many physicians believe it to be true. Studies show that a male’s prostate specific antigen, revealed by a blood test used for the screening of prostate cancer, is generally lower in more sexually active individuals. A normal PSA can range anywhere from 0–4.0 and anything above 4.0 is considered an indicator for a biopsy.


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from the 1970s and 1980s, said Craig Roberts, clinical assistant professor and epidemiologist at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who specializes in sexually transmitted infections. “The long term data [shows] overall trends are quite low,” Roberts said. “It varies by disease.” STD incidence increased throughout last Some infections, like gonorrhea and syphilis, two years but decreased since1980s decreased 90 percent from where they were 30 years ago, he by Sam Charles TOTAL CASEs IN HUMANS AGED 20-24 added. Campus Editor Chlamydia Additionally, infection Gonorrhea with the human exual education, distribution of conSyphilis papillomavirus is the doms, and free HIV and sexually 450,000 transmitted disease testing are ia 455,918 most common STD in the d 438,311 y 400,000 m country. The infection, some of the methods colleges nation402,597 Chla which most commonly wide utilize to help curb the current 250,000 occurs in women, has no rise in sexually transmitted diseases 200,000 cure, but it can be treated. among people ages 20–24. However, the CDC has no Statistics gathered by the 150,000 concrete way of measuring Centers for Disease Control 111,788 Gonor 109,005 rhea 100,902 the exact number of cases and Prevention show two of 100,000 on college campuses because the most common sexually of the time gathering the transmitted diseases among 50,000 2,812 2,398 1,818 information would require, people ages 20–24, syphilis according to Roberts. and chlamydia, are on the 0 “Those studies haven’t rise, while a third common 2007 2008 2009 been done on college students disease, gonorrhea, is in decline. There is a higher concentration of from 2007 to 2009 by 53,321. Syphilis is up specifically,” he said. “There have been the diseases in this age group than of any from 2007 to 2009 by 994 cases. Gonorrhea, some studies of individual populations of however, decreased from 2007 to 2009 by students, like an HPV study done at the other included in the survey. University of Washington several years ago, Based on the center’s statistics through 10,886 cases. The number of cases dropped significantly where they found [approximately] one in 2009, reported cases of chlamydia increased

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four students have an HPV infection.” Columbia has its methods of combating STDs on campus. The college holds free HIV/STD tests once a month, and the results are returned within two weeks. Columbia has provided STD testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia but not syphilis. Informal surveys are also taken to try to determine a more exact number of cases on college campuses. But because students often address STD issues with their physician, the number is usually an estimate, Roberts said. The 20–24 age bracket has the highest concentration of cases among all surveyed. The 15–19 bracket has the next highest number of reported chlamydia and gonorrhea cases, while the second most cases of syphilis are found in the 25–29 bracket. A national health survey conducted by the American College Health Association disseminates information gathered from student health centers across the country. The results, however, do not give any information regarding STDs on campus. The survey pertains to students’ sexual behavior, such as the number of times they’ve had sexual intercourse in the past 30 days and how many different sexual partners they’ve had in the same time period. scharles@chroniclemail.com

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McWilliams ended the session by giving his students a mini review of what was to be on their next quiz. Topics on the by Shardae Smith quiz included Kegel exercises for men and Assistant Campus Editor women. Powell said although the course contains his class isn’t considered a traditional college course. It isn’t required for a graphic images and videos, she often starts specific major and there are other the semester telling students the course courses available to fill in for the college’s won’t feature 15 weeks of porn but writing, social sciences requirement. But this class is reading and discussion. “We discuss [porn] because it’s definitely centered on sexuality and is a popular choice for students. One teacher has some advice one of the pressing issues,” she said. “I try for female students: If your boyfriend isn’t to really look at what students are coming “releasing” fast enough, grab a hold of their [up] against and what they’re interested in. Porn is a huge industry, and it’s not just prostate and tell them to “giddy up!” Columbia’s Human Sexuality Seminar three people watching it. It’s something we is currently taught by adjunct faculty take up [together] and talk about it. I look members William Bradley, Sharon Powell at ways to talk about porn and put it into and Korey McWilliams for the Humanities, a context of culture and our relationships History and Social Sciences Department with each other.” According to Powell, she creates in the South Campus Building, 624 S. classroom agreements so what is said in Michigan Ave. The course focuses on a wide range the classroom stays within that circle of of topics related to sexuality, such as students. She said there are times when myths, sexual behavior, contraceptives she gets uncomfortable with some of the discussions but it’s human nature. and circumcision. McWilliams said because he doesn’t show According to McWilliams, sex is porn during his class, he allows students everywhere, and his goal for the seminar to pick a research topic they would like is to make students aware it’s part of their to explore further. But he said students attitudes and shaped by different factors. “I try to give students an opportunity to often come back with how-tos that aren’t use what they’re learning and apply it to academically educational, such as how to their lives,” McWilliams said. “If you aren’t perform oral sex on a woman or man. “I make them do research and find using knowledge, are you really learning? I try to create space for students to apply sources on this [topic] and they realize, ‘Maybe I can’t find sources on why I get these things to their lives.” A recent topic of discussion in his class lockjaw when I go down on my girlfriend,’” was male circumcision. After watching a McWilliams said. “Yes, you probably won’t documentary, which featured circumcised find that in the academic database.” McWilliams said he believes sex is a and uncircumcised penises, McWilliams asked his students if, when the time came, taboo topic in 2011 because the American they would consider the operation for their culture is so diverse there can’t be a unified son, or let him make the decision when the singular belief about sexuality. “We have a porn industry that puts out way child was older. more movies than Hollywood could even try to, and we’ve got Internet porn readily available,” McWilliams said. “But we’re still struggling with basic human rights around sexuality and gay rights, when a teenage girl sends pictures of herself to her boyfriend, we want to prosecute her for spreading child porn. It’s just this weirdness that will never go away. There will always be that tension. It’s just a cultural thing.” Sara Mays THE CHRONICLE

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n 1900, at the age of 21 and 23, Ada and Minna Everleigh moved to Chicago and began the most famous brothel in the country. When they closed the famed whorehouse and left the city in 1911, they had more than $1 million in cash, jewelry and stock, while a wider ring of vice remained in their place. There was a time in the city when 50 cents would buy a ticket to see pretty much anybody doing anything, and though it’s hard to tell Chicago’s seamy fact from fiction, at least some of the scandal is true: Prostitutes were plentiful, and Chicagoans could indulge their vices at any number of legitimized locations scattered around town without police interference. The Windy City’s lurid flirtation with red light districts—selective areas where prostitution, brothels and general indecency were tolerated by police and the public— spanned more than 30 years, peaking around the 1900s. Notorious bailiwicks—such as the Levee district, nowadays part of Chinatown; and The Sands, once located along the shore of Lake Michigan—catered to Chicagoans’ more disreputable desires, leaving traces of prostitution and other crime that continue to exist in certain areas today. “There’s hardly a neighborhood or street around the city that wasn’t a red light district at some point in history,” said Bill Griffith, Chicago historian. As early as the 1840s, small pockets of vice could be found in Chicago. By the next decade, areas along the southern edge of the Loop,

including Madison Street and Printer’s Row, had become infamous partially because of vice areas such as the Custom House district, which had its epicenter around Dearborn Station, 47 W. Polk St. The region south of today’s Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State St., was known as “Hell’s Half-Acre,” and contained some three or four dozen brothels, whiskey bars, pawn shops and opium dens crammed into a half block, according to Griffith. “Everything in the South Loop was just horrible for a long time,” he said. Likewise, State Street—from Roosevelt Road to the mid-South Side—was once known as “Satan’s Mile” after its more deplorably enticing features, which included prostitution, gambling, drinking and other wanton depravity. The Everleigh sisters ran the notorious Everleigh Club, a high-class brothel located on the 2100 S. Dearborn St. block. They occupied the upper-end of the red light spectrum, charging customers exorbitant fees for sex as long as they were rich and white. “[The Everleigh Club] was the really fancy one, where if you spent less than $50 a night—and that’s like, $50 in 1900 money—you would be banned for life,” Griffith said. Other madams, such as Black Susan Winslow, owner of a brothel underneath the Clark Street viaduct, currently the South Loop Target store on Roosevelt Road, held down the dregs. Black Susan is said to have been a nearly 500 pound woman who evaded arrest because police were unable to remove her from the building. Her story, while dubious, is rife with an amalgum of sex and crime.

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one of the spots many consider is a part of the Red Light District in Chicago.

“[Winslow’s brothel] was one of the places where instead of getting f***ed, you’d get robbed,” Griffith said. Before the White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910, Chicago had all but legalized prostitution, according to Ken Melvoin-Berg, creator of Weird Chicago, which offers local bus tours displaying a mix of ghosts, crime and unusual Chicago history year-round. Better known as the Mann Act, the federal legislation prohibited white slavery and the transportation across state lines of females for “debauchery” and “immoral purposes.” A common use of the act was to prosecute men for having sex with underage women, and limit prostitution and child pornography, all of which had previously been running rampant in Chicago’s vice districts. “Chicago was one of the areas in the U.S. that was seen as such a dirty town because we had a very corrupt political and law enforcement subset that would deal directly with prostitution,” Melvoin-Berg said. During the 1890s, Aldermen “Hinky Dink” Kenna and “Bathhouse John” Coughlin, of the 1st Ward, held an annual party called the First Ward Ball, where they used local hookers to raise money for their campaign war-chests. According to Melvoin-Berg, the name of a

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popular Chicago music festival originated with these parties when Kenna was quoted as saying, “It’s a lollapalooza,”—during a year when nearly 50,000 residents showed up for the drunken orgy. “The police were generally known to look the other way,” Griffith said. “It was more or less legal in most areas around there.” Largely accepted by law enforcement, local government and the public, the districts went unchecked for decades—the prevailing notion being that if a certain area existed solely for indulgence, other areas would remain relatively smut free. But the theory hardly worked out in practice. When red light districts were shut down in Chicago and elsewhere during the 1910s and ‘20s, the effect was to spread the vice across the city. Today’s more licentious communities can be traced to this shift. The intersection of North and Ashland avenues is currently a center of prostitution in Chicago, according to Melvoin-Berg. Other hubs can be found on The Far West Side, the Far South Side including Pullman and the Bucktown/Wicker Park area. “In some ways [the red light districts] still exist,” he said. “Not legally but illegally—it’s split in different areas of the city.” Modern day red light districts take form in areas populated by adult novelty stores, happy ending massage parlors and bondage dungeons, among

others. Stores such as The Pleasure Chest and Skyscraper Heels, in Roscoe Village, cater to the sado-masochistic, corset-loving, anal-beading, dildorocking, dominant/submissive in all of us. But Chicago’s gaudy history offered sex in a way that can’t be found in such legitimized grandeur these days. Nowadays, prostitutes average $27 a trick and are more likely to solicit business on the Internet, especially on sites like Facebook, according to Melvoin-Berg. However, they continue to be highly susceptible to abuse, homelessness, drug abuse and physical and mental problems. While the madams and whorehouses of Chicago’s 1900s no longer exist in the same form, they have been replaced with pimps and streetwalking hookers in many areas of the city, though not much is known about the prostitution industry nationwide. “[Take] me back in time and I could get you to a whorehouse without much trouble,” Griffith said. “Today, I’m not sure where you’d go.” A listing of prostitution arrests and descriptions of the statutes that govern prostitution law can be found at Portal.ChicagoPolice.org. dholliday@chroniclemail.com

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Hookup culture prevalent in colleges, social workers think it’s time to start a dialogue by Katy Nielsen

Assistant Health & Fitness Editor

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fter the weekend wraps up on college campuses, everyone has stories to share from the night before. These stories sometimes involve someone sleeping with someone else. Hooking up, whether it’s kissing, oral sex or intercourse, has become part of college culture and might be something campuses should address in classrooms and open forums. Two social workers discussed their experiences working with young people; how college students’ sexcapades do not follow the adult model of healthy relationship development and how creating a dialogue about sex could be helpful to students to develop their emotional awareness. “It’s a way to kind of hook up but not really be intimately involved,” said Cindy Solomon, a licensed clinical social worker, about the college campuses sexual culture. “You don’t have to deal with the intimacy, so you don’t have to deal with getting

hurt emotionally.” Solomon said she had college-aged patients who were more comfortable hooking up with people than maintaining romantic relationships. She said for some people, there is fear about creating too much of an emotional bond because that would make them feel vulnerable. “Some college students treat sex casually, like, ‘Oh, I’m drunk; I just want to feel good,’” she said. “It’s all about instant gratification, which at the time might be nice.” However, the next morning someone might regret his or her actions. It seems like college guys are more comfortable the next day with their actions from the night before than girls, which Solomon said she has observed in her practice. Solomon recommended sex education as a tool for college campuses because students take sex education in junior high and high school and may be too young to understand and apply the information to their lives. “What’s hard is to become involved

with somebody who you do care about,” she said. “Eventually there’s a shift. After a while people realize it gets old and it’s empty. They want something more.” According to Eva Reymer, another licensed clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, it involves casual interactions that are not equivalent to adult relationships. “College students try to separate the emotional connection from the physical connection,” Reymer said. “That is what happens when you don’t develop more of a relationship.” According to Reymer, this may have to do with an underdeveloped emotional maturity level among college-aged students. Between ages 18–21, many people are figuring out who they are, Reymer said, so creating loving and lasting relationships may be difficult for some young people. “I think overall, it’s a general culture of physical attraction,” she said. “It’s not about romantic intimacy.” The question is whether this is unhealthy, and if it affects their emotional development later in life. There is some debate about this topic. There may be a point during the middle of hooking up when someone feels nervous about going all the way, according to Solomon. That moment of anxiety may be something college educators could help students deal with. If they are made aware of that moment and are able to consider their options, perhaps they would be more in control of their sexual behavior, according to the

social workers. “That’s the moment that needs to be looked at,” Solomon said. She suggested opening a dialogue about the specific things that go on for people when they hook up from their emotional states to their physical desires. Solomon said ultimately college students might benefit from a discussion about these sexrelated topics. knielsen@chroniclemail.com

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by Brianna Wellen

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n overload of sexual imagery slips into movies, television shows, advertisements and more every day, drawing viewers and readers in for ratings, sales and any sort of attention these mediums can muster. Michelle L’Amour uses the sensuality and intrigue of a woman’s figure to draw audience members to worthwhile literature.

Naked Girls Reading started as a monthly reading series two years ago by Chicago Starlet founder L’Amour. The group celebrated its second anniversary on March 4 with a Mardi Gras theme by reading the work of acclaimed New Orleans authors and famous stories about the city. The idea first arose roughly three or four years ago when L’Amour was reading naked in her apartment. Her husband, Franky Vivid, came home to the scene and was

inspired by the image. The two of them, amused by the idea, originally intended to create a website focusing on images of nude girls reading books. Once L’Amour started a burlesque studio, she brought the images to life on stage. “There are burlesque dancers who do it, but it is not a burlesque show at all,” she said. “It is a literary salon where women come out naked and read to you.” The monthly themes range from science fiction to classic literature to newspaper and magazine articles. Material has stretched as far as movie scripts and interesting pieces from the Internet in an attempt to open people up to writing they would have not otherwise discovered. Greta Layne, one of the readers, said enticing audience members to explore new works is one of the unique format’s perks. “I understand a lot of people first coming to the show will do so for the nude aspect,” Layne said. “It’s the allure, but it’s so much more than that. Listening to the readings becomes hypnotic, and I think that’s why we see regulars. It’s a lot more than just the nudity. It’s a great literary experience.” Along with the existing literature reading, Naked Girls Reading held its first literary honors contest last year. Encouraging creative literary contribution, pieces were collected from March until September. In November 2010, the winning piece was read at the monthly show. Contributions for the next award are already being collected with the hopes of continuing interaction

with the literary community. According to Vivid, the show’s producer, the least visible demographic in the crowd is often single straight males. The audience is made up of couples, gay men and women and a younger art crowd coming to experience a feeling of the literary salons in Paris. “Whether the girls are reading William Faulkner or reading the Christian Bale rants at the lighting director, everything is so personal,” Vivid said. “What would seem to be a pretense, which is girls are naked, is actually something that strips away the pretense and invites you in the lives of these women giving you something really personal.” The shows’ success has caused the series to pop up in cities across the country and in the past month, an affiliated show took place in Melbourne, Australia. As for the Chicago show, the straightforward concept has been successful, so L’Amour sees no need for major changes. She’ll continue supporting the current format to keep the series thriving. “It’s not broken, so we’re not going to fix it,” she said. The next show in the Naked Girls Reading series is April 1 with a science fiction theme. The show will be at Everleigh Social Club, 939 W. Randolph St., at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for one ticket or two for $35. For more information, visit NakedGirlsReading.com. bwellen@chroniclemail.com

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Top 5 Film Despite more freedom from censors, sexuality frequently misconstrued by industry by Drew Hunt Film Critic

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he motion picture, because of its importance as entertainment and the trust placed in it by the people of the world, has special MORAL OBLIGATIONS.” So reads the Hays Code, capital letters and all. For those unfamiliar, the Hays Code—also known as the Production Code—contained an extensive list of guidelines that major studio films were required to follow. The code was in place from 1930 to 1968 when it was swapped for the in-power Motion Picture Association of America and its rating scale. In one way or another, American motion pictures have always examined sexuality. A better understanding of this comes from the comprehension of cinematic technique and appreciation of the diversity of sexual values in American society. Sex is used in narrative film as a device that often carries with it a social, historical or thematic context—which is what separates cinema from mere pornography. But it hasn’t always been easy for filmmakers to explore sexuality. During the Hays Code era, directors found ways to depict sexual IMDB activity while avoiding any explicit imagery. For instance, when Alfred Hitchcock ends “North by Northwest” with a shot of a train entering a tunnel, we know precisely what he’s referring to. Other films were far more insubordinate. Preston Sturges’ 1944 screwball comedy, “The Miracle of Morgan Creek,” is a story about a girl who gets excessively drunk at a going-away party for a group of soldiers and

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ends up marrying one of them—although she can’t remember which one. She soon learns she’s also pregnant but can’t be sure of the father as she admits to having multiple sexual partners during the course of the evening. Though far more blunt than Hitchcock’s visual metaphor, the Sturges film had to rely heavily on innuendo and suggestion to discuss sex. The films in which sex was portrayed naturalistically existed on the fringe of cinema. People like Maya Dern and Kenneth Anger—avant-garde filmmakers who rarely worked in narrative fiction—never had to deal with major studio interference. Meanwhile, independent directors such as Doris Wishman and Russ Meyer made films that relied heavily on sexual imagery but screened them in theaters known as grindhouses, which tended to attract noncommercial audiences. Ultimately, it was European art cinema that dealt the final blow to the Hays Code. In 1966, Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni’s film, “Blow-Up,” received mainstream American distribution and became the first example of full-frontal female nudity to advance beyond the ratings board. The image of Lucile Ball and Desi Arnaz sleeping in separate beds perfectly exemplifies the Hays Code effects. As husbands and wives around the country shared their bed, Hollywood thought it was improper to illustrate this. The sheer irrationality is enough to make you scratch your head, but versions of this kind of inane censorship continue to this day. Though it may not be obvious, sex in American film is filled with odd contradictions. Hollywood is an industry that suppresses while glorifying sex with equal vigor. In turn, mainstream moviegoers often take offense to sex in films but flock to movies with frank sexual themes. Before “Black Swan” became an Oscar-nominated film that found its way onto many critics’ best-of-the-year lists, the Internet was ablaze with the rumor of a sex scene between stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. The anticipation for that single scene was bigger than the film as a whole. Unsurprisingly, the scene was as steamy as advertised. But the problem here lies in the film’s stylization. Sex in real life is never as glamorous as it appears in the movies, yet controversy arises when a

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Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks, 1974

Brooks, a comedic film legend, tips his cap to the Hays Code with this innuendo-filled scene. “Woof” says it all.

Boogie Nights

Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997 Considering it’s a film set in the adult film industry, most of the sex scenes in this film are surprisingly delicate. Mark Wahlberg’s first onscreen foray with Julianne Moore is attentive filmmaking. film strives for a more naturalistic approach. Enter “Blue Valentine,” a film slapped with the dreaded NC-17 rating for its alleged graphic depictions of sex. But by comparison, the difference between the sex scenes in “Blue Valentine” and the sex scenes in “Black Swan” are a stern degree of realism. Sex looks and feels more real in “Blue Valentine.” But therein lies an odd dichotomy: The Motion Pictures Association of America chastised the film for being truthful, yet “Black Swan” and its farfetched eroticism remains unscathed. To be clear, the issue at hand doesn’t lie in moralism. By virtually all accounts, “Black Swan” is a vastly superior film to “Blue Valentine,” despite its more lurid sexual depictions. No filmmaker, at any time, should be made to feel guilty about his or her artistic choices. This is an ethical issue, one that lies squarely on the shoulders of the movie industry, which praises dishonesty and reprimands reality. That’s precisely what the Hays Code got wrong and what Hollywood continues to botch today. By sheltering audiences from the realities of sex, it distorts their perception of it. As censorship in film IMDB becomes more lenient, there remains an egregious disconnect between what is real and what is illusory. The power of the cinema is its ability to depict life as it really happens without any illusive distractions. Mainstream American film has lost all sight of that. ahunt@chroniclemail.com

Coming Home Hal Ashby, 1978

An underrated film from an even more underrated director, Hal Ashby’s Vietnam fallout film features Oscar-winning performances from Jane Fonda and Jon Voigt. The scene they share is a significant social statement.

Team America: World Police Trey Parker, 1974

A hilarious, post-modern take on the Hollywood sex scene. With all the thrusting and multiple positions, the marionettes have no genitalia to speak of, making it hard to even classify this as a sex scene in the first place.

Don’t Look Now Nicholas Roeg, 1973

Recently voted by TimeOut London as the United Kingdom’s best film, this movie’s cornerstone is this sultry scene is. Like the more serious cousin of the “Team America” scene, it’s a tasteful reproach to classic Hollywood standard for sex scenes with its rhythmic editing technique and commitment to realism.


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Commentary Bottom line with sex labels:

Nobody comes

out on top by Jackson Thomas Copy Chief

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aving sex and making love are often referred to as a beautiful intimate moment between two people in a heat of passion where their bodies experience maximum pleasure. If that’s the case, then why does the subject of sex continue to be seen as a taboo and something swept under the rug? And a bigger question is why people get even more uncomfortable when the discussion of gay sex is brought up. Sexual stereotypes based on sex roles in the heterosexual community have always been prevalent. Men are supposed to be more dominant and aggressive in the bedroom, while women are supposed to be submissive and passive. The most common of sexual positions— such as “missionary” and “doggy style” —prove this. Labels and stereotypes derived from

Sex & Spirituality by Louis Silverstein

Distinguished Professor in Humanities, History and Social Sciences

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here is a rumor going around about sex and spirituality. Have you heard it? I would imagine we either know from our travels in the sea of sexual love, or from what we have heard, read or viewed of the secret, yes the secret, when sexual love, that is, where flesh meets soul, when body becomes temple and sex becomes prayer, lovers are often heard to express in a most fervent, passionate and truthful manner these sacred words: “Oh, my god! Oh, my god! Oh, my god!” Why is this so? Because gods and goddesses yearn to become incarnate that they may experience the fruits, joys and ecstasies of sexual love. Because the sexual force is consciousness reaching for fusion. Philosopher and Zen Buddhist Alan Watts informs us: “The height of sexual love, coming upon us, of itself, is one of the most total experiences of one’s relationship to the other that we are capable of, but prejudice and insensitivity have prevented us from

sexual positions and assumed roles in the LGBTQ community have been growing but for the wrong reasons. The first questions on a gay man’s mind are usually: “Is he a top, bottom or versatile?” and “Is he masculine, feminine or in between?” According to an article from ScientificAmerican.com by Jesse Bering, titled “Top Scientists Get to the Bottom of Gay Male Sex Role Preferences,” many people believe there are two types of gay men in the world: those who like to give and those who like to receive, and “self-labels are meaningfully correlated with actual sexual behaviors.” The article said “those who identify as tops are indeed more likely to act as the insertive partner, bottoms are more likely be the receptive partner and versatiles occupy an intermediate status in sex behavior.” So why do we put these labels on ourselves? It is human nature to judge someone based on appearance and how much masculinity or femininity is evoked, but when did it become OK to critique people based on appearances and personalities and then connect it to sexual positions? What people do in the bedroom has nothing to do with how they carry themselves outside the bedroom. What I prefer to do in bed doesn’t

define who I am as a person. Men who have muscular frames or swimmers’ builds, are tall, have tattoos, baggy clothes or deep voices are considered tops, or the dominant ones who do the penetrating. They can appear to be “straightacting” and are given a masculine label. Stereotypes often associated with tops include not performing oral sex on their sexual partner and only favoring his partner’s junk in the trunk, better known as the bottom.

seeing that in other circumstances such delight would be called mystical ecstasy. For what lovers feel for each other in this moment is adoration in its full religious sense. Such adoration . . . would indeed by idolatrous were it not that in that moment love takes away illusion and shows the beloved for what he or she is in truth— not the socially pretended person, but naturally divine.” Wilhelm Reich, in his groundbreaking book “The Function of the Orgasm,” describes orgasm as involving the whole body not just the genitals. Reich believed a person’s emotional health was related to his or her capacity to experience, complete, whole body orgasmic release in the sexual act. He held that a full orgiastic discharge was one of the most healing experiences, physically and emotionally, that a person could have, and healthy sexual functioning

connects with an ability to experience higher states of consciousness. Because of our prejudice in favor of the mind, we may think of spirituality as an intellectual activity centered on belief and the pursuit of knowledge and skills, or even vision and values, but the religious literature of the world suggests overwhelmingly that spirituality is primarily an act of love allowing us to actually feel the rapture of being alive. To be in touch with life, to have deep spiritual

Society expects us to conform to these typecasts, and there is a huge difference between what is perceived and what is true.” Men who have skinny or petite frames, are short, wear skin-tight clothing, have an effeminate image and somewhat higherpitched voices or a lisp are thought of as bottoms, or the submissive ones who get penetrated. Stereotypes often associated with bottoms include favoring performing oral sex and being the passive person during intercourse. They usually are given a feminine label and are sometimes thought of as having a woman’s subservient role.

Looks can be deceiving, however, and there’s always more than meets the eye. The most masculine man in the world could be the biggest power bottom, and the most feminine man could be the biggest power top. It’s all about personal preference and what an individual likes to do. Society expects us to conform to these typecasts, and there is a huge difference between what is perceived and what is true. We’ve taken an incredibly unintelligent turn for the worse from being stereotyped outside the LGBTQ community to labeling ourselves within the LGBTQ community based on assumed sex roles. It’s important for gay men to not conform to these negative images or join those who define themselves by their sexual positions. Bering’s article mentioned how versatile men seem to have better psychological health because of “their greater sexual sensation seeking, lower erotophobia (fear of sex) and greater comfort with a variety of roles and activities.” All kinds of options for pleasing a partner should be explored, and being confined to one specific sexual role isn’t the way to go. Versatility might just be the spice of life. jthomas@chroniclemail.com

experiences, means to be in touch with the vibrancy, with the pulsing body we live in. In search of the divine, we go everywhere. We go to places of pilgrimage, visit temples, follow many paths and disciplines and in the process of doing so, ignore our bodies. Yet, the body—yours and mine—is the most sacred place of pilgrimage we will ever enter. It is the dwelling place of the divine spirit. It is the temple of God and Goddess. The power of sexuality, the giving and receiving pleasure—rather than enduring pain as in many dominator religions—in its most ideal form can convey more fully than virtually any other human experience, what spiritual bliss, oneness and timelessness are. In the total sexual experience we break through the confines of time and separateness to which our limited mind has bound us. Such an experience reminds us of our true existence in the eternal as complete, fulfilling, rich, joyous, nourishing and sustaining of spiritual reality as a human experience can be as we embark on the transformative journey to make of earth a heaven. chronicle@colum.edu


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WOMEN Sex through the ages Design by Jonathan Allen

by Heather McGraw Assistant Metro Editor

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or most young adults, their 20s are a time of maturing sexual awareness. Females buy their first sets of matching lingerie and males start to worry about their stamina and lasting abilities. But these years don’t start or end the lifelong cycle of sexual development. In fact, we constantly change as sexual beings, starting with puberty and ending much later with a possibility of promiscuity as a senior citizen. Maintaining sexual activity throughout the elderly years is normal, according to Reginald Richardson, vice president for evaluation and clinical services at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. And the differences between males and females continue for most of their lives.

Its’s amazing how aroused a man can get when his partner is uninhibited and enjoying having sex with him.” -Ava Cadell

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According to Alex Robboy, a licensed clinical social worker and founder of Sex Therapy in Philadelphia, people over than 55 who are in shape and healthy are likely to have an active sex life. “I think there’s a very strong correlation between just regular physical health and sexual health,” Robboy said. “Most people are going to continue having sex if they’re in good physical shape.” A Harvard study on the sexual lives of senior citizens found 43 percent of widows and 21 percent of widowers had been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. Robboy attributes this to the culture senior citizens grew up in. “It’s a population that has not grown up talking about sex.” Robboy said. “Certainly when they’re back into the dating world they’re not prepared for the conversation. They don’t have a language for it.” hmcgraw@chroniclemail.com

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She also said men in their 30s experience loss of erections for the first time in their lives because of a decreased amount of testosterone. According to Cadell, to combat this feeling, men should focus on giving their partner pleasure. “It’s amazing how aroused a man can get when his partner is uninhibited and enjoying having sex with him,” Cadell said. The upper forties typically bring the onset of menopause, though this varies from woman to woman. “It can affect how they feel about themselves because they are losing their ability to reproduce,” said Dr. Tammy Novak, OB-GYN. “They may not feel as attractive.”

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Generally, a woman’s sex drive is a little less strong than a man’s, even though physically not much is different, according to Richardson. However, men do reach their sexual peak at this age. He said the next big change comes around 25, when sex becomes an expression of love while in a committed relationship. Women remain constant in using sex as a point of connection. Richardson said while men may have multiple sexual partners, women in their 20s start looking to select one mate for the possibility of bearing children. According to 2010 statistics at KinseyInsitute.org, during a lifetime, 91.8 percent of males ages 20–24 have masturbated, while 76.8 percent of women in that age range have done the same. The percentage of males ages 25–29 who have masturbated in their lifetime was at 94.3 percent and 84.6 percent for women.

Novak said, men don’t lose their sexual drive, but it may not be so simple. “Men throughout their lives get aroused by magazines and thoughts,” she said. After 40, however, men begin to experience fewer automatic erections. Just thinking about sex may not be enough, such as when they were in their 20s—more direct stimulation becomes a key factor in intercourse.

43% widows

“[If] things are working [physically], there’s no reason for sexual activity to stop except our culture,” Richardson said. “We don’t think about continuing sex throughout our whole life span.” According to Richardson, it’s a more frequent occurrence than most young adults think. “There’s a whole lot of sex going

on in nursing homes,” Richardson said. While it might be a parent’s duty to have the birds and bees talk with their children, that discussion usually doesn’t go past what happens after becoming sexually active. “We prepare young people all of their life to obtain knowledge [in school],” Richardson said. “We want them to be critical thinkers.” This same model could be used to help people understand their developmental stages and what is normal or abnormal for sexual activity throughout one’s life, according to Richardson.

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According to Richardson, the next change in sexual attitude comes with the shift into marriage and parenthood. Men might have a problem seeing their mate as a sexual object when she’s pregnant and begins showing and start using sex as a stress relief. The woman might also have issues seeing herself as a sexual being. Richardson said after that step, raising children also gets in the way of being sexually active, but it mainly affects women. “In our society, women take the bulk of the child caring responsibilities, so she may typically be less interested in sex just because she’s physically tired,” Richardson said. At this age, a woman usually gains sexual confidence, according to Dr. Ava Cadell, founder of LoveologyUniversity.com. “That results in better, deeper, more satisfying orgasms,” Cadell said. “Most of my female clients explored their g-spots and learned how to ejaculate when they were more than 30 years old.”

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