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The Daily Athenaeum is West Virginia University’s official campus newspaper. Commonly referred to as The DA, this publication is one of the largest newspapers in the state of West Virginia. It is also routinely ranked as one of the nation’s top college newspapers. Our main goals are to keep WVU’s students, faculty and broader community informed and to provide a medium through which members of the WVU family can debate important issues and contribute to the public discourse. This Freshman Survival Guide is a special edition of The Daily Athenaeum, designed to help prepare incoming freshmen for their transition to college. The following pages include information we wish we had known as freshmen, as well as some advice from current students and a

welcome letter from University President James P. Clements. The articles and columns featured in this Survival Guide are a sample of what we strive to deliver for students on a daily basis. During the fall and spring semesters, The Daily Athenaeum is produced Monday through Friday. During the summer, we publish one paper per week, each Wednesday. We were recently named the third best all-around daily college newspaper in the nation by the Society of Professional Journalists, and we are regularly ranked near the top of the Princeton Review’s annual college newspaper rankings. Our News section covers groups such as the Student Government Association, Morgantown City Council and the Board of Governors, as well as clubs, events and

anything of interest to WVU students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Our Opinion section contains columns written by a diverse group of columnists who offer input on various issues that affect students both on a local and national level. This section also provides all members of the WVU community with the opportunity to voice their opinions by contributing guest columns and letters to the editor. The Arts & Entertainment section covers everything you’ll need to unwind, refuel and relax during the school semester. Check out profiles of local eateries and coffee shops or find out about the local music scene and where to go see the latest movies. The Sports section includes anything related to WVU sports. This section is al-

ways one of the most popular, and it includes schedules of games, player profiles and game recaps. Additionally, there is a campus calendar page which lists WVU and community events, daily. This page also includes sudoku and crossword puzzles, as well as comic strips for your enjoyment. Our website,, includes all the daily articles and PDFs of the day’s newspaper. We post breaking news during the day and include extra content not published in the print edition. You can also check out our website on WVU’s official iPhone app, iWVU. The app also gives you the ability to flip through past editions of The DA. To keep up with the latest news, follow us on Twitter @ dailyathenaeum or find us on

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Welcome to WVU, from President Clements Welcome to our newest West Virginia University students! A university is often known by the quality of its students, and I am very proud of our student body at WVU. Our students compete incredibly well with students from across the nation – for scholarships, for internships, and for jobs after graduation. When you arrive on our campus, you will have a unique opportunity to make a name for yourself. Many of your fellow students have already made an impact! Students like: • Cody White, an engineering major who entered WVU as a freshman just two years ago and has already done nanotechnology research in China and received a prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Russia. • Paul Garton, a philosophy and international studies major, who studied in Morocco recently and taught a webinar about his experiences to fourth grade students in Taylor County, West Virginia.

• Codi Yeager, a journalism and biology major, who received a Young Botanist Award from the Botanical Society of America. • Zach Redding, a political science major and student body president, who is traveling with an elite group of American student leaders to Russia as a Kremlin Fellow. • Chelsea Hodgkins, an international studies and geography major, who spent nearly all of April in a remote village of Ghana helping to provide cleaner drinking water as part of a fellowship program and who will return to Ghana as a Boren Scholar. • Tim Repko and Collins Youngblood, both engineering students, who recently received U.S. Department of Energy Fellowships. They will travel to San Diego, California, and Greenville, South Carolina, respectively, to serve internships. We have thousands of other students who, each day, nurture new ideas, master new challenges, identify new strengths, and start making

their mark on the world. I look forward to seeing what you accomplish. Make the most of this year, as it will go by all too fast. Set goals and work very hard. Think about what you want to do as a future career and what you need to do right now to get there. Get to know your professors. They are some of the greatest minds in the world, and they can be lifelong mentors and role models. Be a good friend to your fellow students. Take good care of each other. Reach out to new people and help others when you see a need. This is a “big” year as we enter the Big 12 athletic conference! Please join other Mountaineers in truly welcoming our new partners and showing them wonderful West Virginia hospitality in our community. Best wishes for a safe and happy year!! Let’s Go Mountaineers! James P. Clements President, WVU



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Up All Night offers late-night entertainment BY TERRI PARLETT STAFF WRITER

Morgantown is known for its bars and clubs, but for students looking for a different way to have fun on the weekends, WVUp All Night offers another option. Up All Night is held Thursday through Saturday nights in the Mountainlair and offers a wide variety of activities for students. It was started in 1998 as an alternative to Morgantown’s late-night scene. Activities in the past have included game shows, free movies in the Gluck Theater and theme nights – all with free food. “It’s a way to build a sense of community when you’re here,” said Sonja Wilson, senior programming administrator at the Mountainlair. “We have so many things to

offer; we have free movies, we have free comedy, and we have free snacks literally all night long.” There is also bowling and ping-pong in the downstairs area, as well as a room for studying or tutoring, Wilson said. This fall, Up All Night will continue one of its most popular events, Mountaineer Idol. Just like its namesake, American Idol, Mountaineer Idol is a singing contest open to any student who auditions, and it’s a popular part of WVUp All Night. However, Wilson said, lots of students are fond of theme nights. “It really varies, but I’d say the most popular thing is the themes,” Wilson said. Through surveys and polls, Up All Night collected suggestions, and students wanted theme week-

ends. “What we try to do is have the food and the music and the comedy and everything follow the theme of the weekend.” This year the themes will be new and unique, Wilson said. They will include a safety weekend with drunken driving and texting while driving simulators, a golf weekend with glow-in-thedark miniature golf, an Olympic weekend and a salute to the military weekend, with Kinect Call of Duty and an inflatable climbing wall. Virtual paintball will also be a new activity at Up All Night this year. Students can submit suggestions of events and activities they would like to see at Up All Night. Visit the Facebook page at


Patrick Garcia performs “Sunday Morning” during the 2011 Mountaineer Idol Finale.




Eco-friendly store offers 100 percent recycled WVU apparel BY BRYAN BUMGARDNER CITY EDITOR

For Morgantown native and SustainU founder Chris Yura, living green isn’t just about recycling – it’s about creating jobs. That’s why his company, SustainU, is a leading producer of 100 percent recycled apparel made domestically by American workers. On Nov. 29, Yura brought the business home and opened SustainU’s first retail store in the Wharf District of Morgantown. The Waterfront location sells exclusive, environmentally friendly WVU gear – all of which is made from recycled cotton, plastic bottles and textile waste. Yura said he believes recycling is a smart business choice, not just a responsible one. “For me, being sustainable means caring for what we have, both in human capital and in resources,” he said. Global crop shortages have made recycled cotton cheaper than raw cotton. These shortages and job outsourcing overseas have drastically reduced American textile production, Yura said. “People were buying recycled cotton because they had to. I think that’s a sign of things to come. When resources run low, you look for alternatives,” Yura said. Yura’s company successfully utilizes those alternatives. All SustainU apparel is printed with eco-friendly ink. For every pound of recycled yarn produced, SustainU saves half of a gallon of gasoline. One ton of recycled cotton saves 1,200 gallons of water, 500 kilowatts of electricity, and it prevents the release of 1,700 pounds of nonbiodegradable waste. “It’s kind of a holistic approach to sustainability,” said Anne Bowling, a WVU graduate who joined SustainU in retail management. SustainU has partnered with organizations such as National Industries for the Blind to generate jobs and promote local growth. The company also contracts textile producers in North Carolina, Tennessee and neigh-

boring states, keeping the industry and the money in the United States. “Sustainability is important, but the real challenge is maintaining local business,” Bowling said. Revitalizing the U.S. textile industry is an important element of SustainU. “Reinvesting in the manufacturing sector is actually reinvesting in America itself. If we do that, we can start to grow our markets and be a player in the global economy,” Yura said. In the early 20th century, America’s industry was one of the most powerful in the world. Now, the U.S. imports twice as much as it exports. Bowling said SustainU hopes to breathe life into still-capable American texBROOKE CASSIDY/THE DAILY ATHENAEUM tile companies. “In this time of economic SustainU is an American clothing company that makes products from 100 percent recycled material. uncertainty, everybody is wondering how we can bring the United States back to being a powerhouse. Manufacturing things here and creating jobs are the two most important factors,” Bowling said. SustainU has its headquarters in Morgantown and is a successful graduate of the WVU Business Incubator, a program that supports new businesses through professional consulting and resource allocation. Yura said when he was inspired to start SustainU, he Jewelry knew he wanted to bring his company back to MorGreeting Cards gantown. Now that his business is growing, he hopes Unique Gifts to inspire others to think “sustainably.” Candles “Even if you have a little Home Decor idea, you have to think big,” he said. “All of us have the and so much more! ability to impact other people’s lives and the planet, and some of us don’t realize it.” To learn more, visit SusLARGEST tainU online at www.susSELECTION IN or visit the store, located across NORTHERN WV! from Oliverio’s in the Wharf 358 High Street District.


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With three campuses and abundant off-campus housing, many West Virginia University students choose to drive their vehicles to school. However, a car can change from a convenience to a nuisance if students are not familiar with parking opportunities and laws throughout Morgantown. For some students, the most difficult thing at WVU isn’t dealing with their roommates, biology or even calculus – it’s parking. All around campus as well as throughout Morgantown the Morgantown Parking Authority monitors parking lots and areas, towing or ticketing improperly parked vehicles. There are metered parking spots both on and off campus available to students, and

these are convenient for shortterm parking. However these could become expensive for longer periods or unavailable during busier times of day. There are also parking lots, both University owned and otherwise. The Mountainlair parking garage and other University pay-to-park lots are available but fill up quickly. Students can also buy permits for University lots through the Transportation and Parking website at People who overstay their time limits in metered spots or pay-to-use University lots will be ticketed. An expired meter is $5, while an expired University spot is $20. The longer a vehicle is parked in a spot, the more likely it is to incur further fines. As many students know, it is easy to obtain multiple tickets in a relatively short time. Racking up parking tickets will eventually result in repercussions including either towing or a boot. Vehicles with five or more unpaid University citations are subject to towing. Tire boots are used by the Morgantown Parking Authority, and while a major inconvenience, save the vehicle owner time and money when compared to the cost of a towed car. However, parking doesn’t have to be an expensive en-

deavor. For many students living off-campus, or for students with many classes on the Evansdale campus, free parking is available at the Coliseum. This lot is sizeable and can often be the most convenient place to park, as there is a shuttle to the Engineering PRT station, from which students can take the PRT to any other location or catch the Blue & Gold bus line, which will take them to the downtown campus. Keep in mind that the Coliseum lot is the only on-campus free parking available to students. This means that many students park in this lot every day, often leaving the lot very full. This lot is also closed to students on basketball game days. There are many factors that can affect the availability of parking on campus. Even in pay-to-use lots on badweather days, parking is at a premium. With so many students living off-campus, few people want to make a long trip on a bike or walk in the rain, so these days result in lots of cars around campus. Make sure to be aware of the weather and other considerations before you leave your home to ensure the best parking results.



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Getting to know your WVU student services


The Student Services Center is located across from Oglebay Hall.


For some new West Virginia University students, the transition from high school to a large university can be challenging. However, WVU provides various services for students experiencing rocky transitions to ensure their health, safety and productivity. Resident Assistants Each student living in a University residence hall will be assigned a Resident Assistant. Students will meet their RA on move-in day. Throughout the year, RAs will provide students with basic residence hall guidelines, information and suggestions on campus life and activities and can provide information on other University resources. Academic Resource Center For students struggling in the classroom, WVU offers free Academic Resource Centers, where students can receive one-onone help with courses, homework and projects. “It gives students an opportunity to get one-on-one help with various subjects, something they may not get in a classroom setting. Also, the tutors are students as well, so many students find it easier to relate to them as tutors,” said tutoring center employee Elizabeth Decker. “Plus, the center has convenient locations with convenient times.” For more information and a complete list of locations and hours for the centers, visit

academic_resource_centers. Student Health The WELLWVU: Students’ Center of Health offers medical, mental health and health promotion services for all WVU students. Empowered by decades of experience, the qualified physicians and other health care practitioners at WELLWVU diagnose and treat medical conditions of University students. For location, information on services or to schedule an appointment students should visit or call 304-293-2311. WELLWVU also provides The Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services as a service for students’ mental health. The Carruth Center offers individual counseling, group counseling and testing services. Group coordinator Tandy McClung said the Carruth Center provides students with the support they need in a trustworthy and professional environment. “Carruth is a very friendly place where everything students come and talk about with us is confidential,” she said. “The sooner you come, the better.” University Police WVU also has its own University Police Department to aid in on-campus crime prevention and safety. In an effort to enhance the quality of life in the University community, the WVU Police commit to preventing crime, preserving the peace and protecting lives and property by enforcing the laws in a just, impartial and equitable


A Morgantown police officer parks and exits his car, on his way to the Morgantown Police Department. manner. Students may learn more about crime prevention, UPD’s services or sign up for WVU Alert, the University’s cell phone text messaging emergency alert system, by visiting http://police. Disability Services As part of the University’s student-centered outlook, the President’s Office for Social Justice’s Office of Disability Services is dedicated to helping students achieve success regardless of any physical, learning, psychological, sensory or other documented disability. According to the office’s website, “The office is committed to helping students with disabilities achieve their academic goals by providing reasonable academic accommodations under appropriate circumstances. As part of the President’s Office for Social Justice, we handle the needs of students with disabilities and we take those needs seriously.” The Office of Disability Services is also capable of helping

students receive doctor’s excuses. Students that experience difficulties attending class because of medical reasons should contact the Office of Disability Services for aid. The office is located on the ground floor of the Mountainlair in Room G30. For more information call the office at 304-293-6700 or by visiting the office’s website, Office of Student Life In the event of emergencies, students and parents are urged to contact the Office of Stu-

dent Life at 304-293-5611. If the emergency occurs outside normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m.), students and parents are asked to call the Department of Public Safety’s 24-hour hotline at 304-293-3136. On the back of every WVU identification card, phone numbers for WVU information, the University Police, the Carruth Center and the WVU Student Health Service may be found as an easy reference.




WVU wraps up 2011-12 school year at Board of Governors meeting BY MACKENZIE MAYS NEWS CORRESPONDENT

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West Virginia University officials are looking forward to the future as they wrap up the 2011-12 academic year with record enrollment numbers. “It’s been a transformational year,” said President James P. Clements at a WVU Board of Governors meeting April 13. As the University enters the Big 12 Conference with a stable financial outlook and promising academics, Clements said the changes to come are an opportunity to show the country what WVU is all about. “This move puts us in great academic company and gives us a national stage to talk about our academics, to develop partnerships and to recruit undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and staff,” he said. “This provides a great natural set

of peers to collaborate with across the entire University.” WVU has seen significant growth in minority student recruitment as well, with applications increasing 20 percent and admissions up 37 percent. Donations made to the University have also risen, Clements reported. Alumnus Benjamin M. Statler made the largest single gift commitment in the University’s history earlier this year when he donated $34 million to the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, while The Hazel Ruby McQuain Charitable Trust donated a $10 million endowment to graduate education. In addition, Vice President for Administration and Finance Narvel Weese proposed an increase for next year’s tuition. In-state students would pay $284 more than last year, while nonresident students

would pay an additional $892. The rise in tuition is being considered by the BOG, and Weese said percentage-wise, the increases are on par with peer institutions. Clements also noted that the University has realized $12.4 million in savings and increased earnings through several initiatives. The University has replaced outdated utility equipment with new, energy-efficient models, resulting in $3.4 million in annual savings in energy and water consumption. A new workers’ compensation insurance carrier will also save about $600,000 annually while providing better coverage. The BOG approved the creation of a new doctoral program in computational statistics in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. The program will integrate with the University-wide Statistical Consulting Center being developed by the Department of Statistics. The next BOG meeting will be held June 7 in Charleston, W.Va.


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City prepares for Big 12’s economic impact BY BRYAN BUMGARDNER CITY EDITOR

West Virginia University has officially joined the Big 12 Conference, and WVU sports will be facing new teams, stadiums and fans in upcoming sports seasons. But how will the change affect Morgantown businesses

on game day? “It’s hard to project that at this point,” said Kenneth Busz, president and CEO of the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce. As teams from around the nation come to play in Morgantown, a number of their fans will follow them, Busz said, which should bring business to the area.

The Big East is supported by a fan base of 5.3 million people. The Big 12 boasts a fan base of 8.1 million. Most schools in the Big 12 are more than 1,000 miles away from Morgantown, Busz said, and there is no projection on how distance will affect game day attendance. “I know that their fan base tends to travel pretty well, and there are some major football schools in the Big 12,” he said. “I guess we’re all kind of waiting to see how this plays out and how many people will travel. Right now, it’s still up in the air.” Busz said he believes the change offers a new locale for Big 12 fans to explore. “I think there will be a novelty factor involved,” he said. “People who have never been to Morgantown or this area might want to follow their teams here.” Ron Hollingshead, an employee at the Euro-Suites Hotel, said business for the hotel is booming despite the conference change. “Right after they released

the football schedule, it was 18 minutes before our phones starting ringing,” he said. He said fans from around the nation were calling to reserve rooms for game day weekends. “My shift started at 10 a.m., and the schedule was released at 11 a.m. Before I went home at 3 p.m., the Oklahoma game was sold out, and the Marshall game was nearly booked,” Hollingshead said. The Euro-Suites Hotel is located on Chestnut Ridge Road, a short distance from Mountaineer Stadium. Hollingshead said the location of the hotel increases demand. “Our hotel has 79 rooms, with at least two adults per room. It was crazy how quickly we sold out,” he said. The biggest demand for hotel rooms still comes from local WVU fans, Hollingshead said, and he believes travel distance might keep Big 12 fans away during the first year of the conference. “Since it’s our first year,

maybe we need to show them we’re a good game. I think that’s the biggest thing,” he said. Hollingshead said he believes once Big 12 fans learn about WVU’s athletic program and Morgantown, more will come to visit. “I think that it can be a lot of fun for them and for us. I enjoy showing off the area to new people,” he said.

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Dining hall meal plans include off-campus, healthy options BY ERIN FITZWILLIAMS NEWS CORRESPONDENT


Customers order lunch at the Chick-Fil-A in the Mountainlair.

Morgantown offers West Virginia University students a variety of on-or-offcampus dining opportunities beyond dorm food. The off-campus dining plan offers students who live off campus the opportunity to have prepaid meals on or off-campus. On-campus locations like Burger King, Quiznos or Chickfil-A in the Mountainlair all offer the plan for some of their breakfast and dinner meals. WVU currently offers five meal plans ranging from 10 to 19 meals per week. The Mountaineer Plan, which costs $1,829 per semester, offers 19 meals per week and about 300 meals per semester. The Select 15 Plan, which costs $1,708 per semester, offers up to 15 meals per week. The Select 10 Plan, the cheapest plan, offers 10 meals per week for $1,540 per semester. Meals Plus money is included with each plan and is redeemable at many on-campus locations which include Burger King or the Lyon’s Den, located

in Towers. Lyon’s Den is a convenience store, which is open on nights during the week, offers madeto-order food and other necessities for students living in dorms. For those looking for more diverse dining options, two other plans are available. The Blue Plan allows for 209 visits, it also comes with $100 in Meals Plus, for $2,043 for the semester. The Gold Plan provides up to 229 meals per semester and comes with $100 in Meals Plus money, available for $2,116 per semester. All meal plans are redeemable at the many campus dormitory cafeterias, and many of the restaurants in the Mountainlair. The Healthy “U” option is a campus-wide dining initiative that offers a menu based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Signs noting Healthy “U “meal options are posted in the dining hall locations. If a student has a dietary concern, such as a gluten-free diet or diabetic-friendly meal, they can call ahead for a special menu. For weekly dining hall

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menus visit to view options and Healthy “U” alternatives. Downtown Morgantown offers many different restaurants such as D.P. Dough, Casa D’Amici, Chico’s Fat California style Burritos and Tacos, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandiwches, Tailpipes Gourmet Burgers and Shakes, Subway or Pita Pit, which cater to students and offer late hours to accommodate nocturnal student habits. Visit to see many of Morgantown’s restaurants, some of which offer online ordering, delivery and take-out.

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WVU graduate set to reveal, redefine West Virginia BY CARLEE LAMMERS STAFF WRITER

When Elaine McMillion sees McDowell County she sees beyond a hollow and broken community – she sees potential to empower and redefine rural America. McMillion, a southern West Virginia native and West Virginia University alumna, along with five other native alumni, will live and work in McDowell County this summer and produce the interactive documentary “Hollow.” “‘Hollow’ will be an interactive, nonlinear documentary that will explore the issues of the people of McDowell County. The main issues they are currently experiencing are population loss and unemployment,” McMillion said. “These issues will be faced, and these stories

will be told through the eyes of the people that live there.” Community members will take part in the filmmaking process by learning how to create their own documentaries and balloon maps to tell their personal stories. In 1950, when the coal market was booming, McDowell County was named “the nation’s coal bin” and was home to nearly 100,000 people. Today, only 22,000 remain. According to demographers, the 10 communities that make up McDowell County are just years away from extinction, McMillion said. “When industry abandons the people who made it great, it leaves behind a lot more questions than answers,” McMillion said. “The population loss is just too se-

vere in my opinion. It’s a personal issue for all of us, and we want to do what we can to help the future generations.” “Hollow” will also aim to empower and give voice to those who in the past have had none, she said. “A lot of people are curious as to why we chose McDowell County. It can’t seem to catch a break. If they’re not the third unhealthiest in the state, they’re the highest for overdose rates. This is a place to defy stereotypes and engage in joining together on these serious issues,” she said. “This is a chance to empower citizens and let them know that they can tell their own stories.” With all of the hardship this area has endured, McMillion said she hopes “Hollow” will spark communication and trust within the

local community – and ultimately the nation. “The problems in McDowell County are far too severe, but we hope it starts to spark dialogue. We think that communication builds trust, and the more neighbors talk to each other, the better sense of community it builds,” she said. “The social fabric has been ripped there. We want to get the community to start talking together again, then take their ideas and use them to empower those in other places.” In order to cover costs for production, workshops, travel, living and equipment for the summer, the team must raise $25,000. The team will begin filming “Hollow” in May, and the film is projected to go live in 2013. “I believe change comes

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The Art Museum of WVU set to open in 2013 BY CARLEE LAMMERS STAFF WRITER

Three thousand paintings, sculptures and other works of art in storage at West Virginia University will soon have a new home. Plans have been announced for The Art Museum of WVU. The building will include approximately 5,300 square feet of gallery space, a 30-student classroom and research labs. The museum, which is in the final stages of design, will be built on a grassy field beside the WVU Creative Arts center and will be connected to the Museum Education Center. Construction will begin at the end of the summer and the museum is expected to open late 2013.

Art Museum Director Joyce Ice said the Art Museum Education Center has spent years searching for a home for WVU’s art collection. “Over the past 40 years, this art collection has grown with gifts from various people,” she said. “We considered moving the collection into the old WVU Alumni Association building, but it’s not adequate for what we need. A lot of people think this is a recent idea, but it’s really been several years in the making.” Ice said her hope for the museum is to be able to enhance WVU students’ opportunities to learn about art locally. “Right now, art students have to go to Pittsburgh, which is already 75 miles away, or D.C., or Cleveland,

to see major museum collections,” she said. “It’s important to have the presence of art, not only for the University, but for the region. This is something that will contribute to the quality of life and the vitality of the region.” The Art Museum of WVU will strive to be a place for students from all fields of study to enjoy, Ice said. “As a part of a comprehensive education we want everyone to have the opportunity to learn about, enjoy, be stimulated by and inspired by this art. Art delights the senses, engages intellect and touches the spirit,” Ice said. “We want to have engineering students, math students, physics students come and see from a different perspective, and understand that creativity isn’t limited to one

field of study.” Despite a troubling economy, Ice said the University’s commitment to the Art Museum of WVU displays the University’s loyalty to students and the community. “This is a really great opportunity to make this contribution here even in a troubled economic climate. It’s a real testament to the University that they are still going forward with this project – I’ve really enjoyed the support of the University,” she said. Ice also said the museum’s presence on campus would provide students with opportunities other nearby universities already offer. “Many of our peer institutions such as Penn State, University of Kentucky, Ohio State and Virginia Tech all al-

ready have long-standing academic museums – we come a little late to the party,” Ice said. “This is really an opportunity to make a difference and to touch the lives of students, faculty and the community long after we’re gone,” she said. “This is not something that’s going to be hidden away just for a select few.” For more information, visit art_museum.

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Students awarded $10,000 each at statewide business competition BY BRYAN BUMGARDNER CITY EDITOR

West Virginia University student Meg Grzeskiewicz never imagined what started as a class project would eventually win her $10,000. “It was just an idea, then it kept getting bigger and bigger. Now, I realize I really want to go through with this,” she said. Grzeskiewicz is one of two winners of the sixth annual West Virginia Statewide Business Plan Competition, an event that gives students across the state the opportunity to develop business plans with guidance from economic coaches, professors and business professionals. Ten finalists are selected by a panel of judges, and two winners are awarded grand prize packages of $10,000 in cash. The winners will receive accounting and legal services as well as office space provided by the WVU Business Incubator to grow their businesses. Both winners are from The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design. Grzeskiewicz, an animal science student, developed a business plan for her “Bulls-I Cattle Breeding Technology.” Katie Workman, an agribusiness student, created “Home-Style Meals at Snowshoe.” The takeout or delivery service is designed to offer meals made with local ingredients to the residents of Snowshoe, W.Va. According to Kristina Oliver, contest judge and director of The West Virginia Small Business Development Center, entrepreneurs are crucial to West Virginia’s economy. “If we want to create economic development within West Virginia, we need to grow entrepreneurs,” she said. Oliver said more than 90 percent of the businesses in West Virginia are small businesses, and the impact generated by these entrepreneurs is essential to the state’s economy. “We understand what small business means to the economy of West Virginia, and we want to invest in these


Meg Grzeskiewicz was one of the two winners of the 2012 West VIrginia Statewide Business Plan Competition. entrepreneurs,” she said. Oliver said although the contest is held in an academic setting, the plans, and the prizes, are very real. “We’re starting here on the academic level because they have these questions; however, this contest is a real life, full-bore, private sector endeavor,” she said. More than 500 plans have been submitted and more than 20 businesses have been started since the competition began six years ago, including plans by students who didn’t win the grand prize. One of the contest’s former competitors, Nesha Sanghavi, went on to start University Girls Apparel, a fashion company geared toward collegiate clothing. Sanghavi returned to be a judge in this year’s competition. “The most important

thing, I think, is to be as realistic as possible,” she said. Sanghavi said she was looking for students who could balance ideas and ef-

fective planning. “We’re looking for somebody that’s on point, the person behind the business who can take it to the next level,”

she said. “If you’re the leader, I think it’s important that you get the whole picture.”




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WVU hosts career fairs throughout the year, which give students an opporutunity to meet with employers.


Looking for a job? West Virginia University’s Career Services Center offers

many services to help both incoming freshmen and graduating seniors find jobs on and off campus. Students can find everything from jobs and internships, to advice on finding jobs and inter-


The WVU Career Fair was held in the Mountainlair Ballrooms on March 1.

viewing, career counseling and fairs through Career Services. Career Services also hosts MountaineerTRAK, a Webbased recruiting management system which allows students and alumni to search thousands of job opportunities online and makes resumes available to any and all employers using MountaineerTRAK. All students from freshmen to graduates can benefit from Career Services’ assistance, said Sarah Glenn, associate director of Employer Relations at Career Services. “We assist students with picking a major and career goal, identifying the necessary steps in a job search based on their in-

dustry, writing professional documents such as resumes, CVs, cover letters and personal statements, developing networking and interviewing skills and connecting them with employment opportunities through career fairs, on-campus interviews and online job postings in MountaineerTRAK,” she said. Through MountaineerTRAK, students can upload multiple resumes, view jobs, sign up for on-campus interviews and register for career fairs. Alumni can use MountaineerTRAK to manage their resumes and store all of their employment information, both electronically and in print. Career counselors are also on hand at the Center to help with


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cover letters and other employment documents. Interested individuals just need to call the Career Services Center to make an appointment. Glenn said students who come into WVU unsure of their future career goals can visit Career Services and receive counseling to help them choose a major and a potential career path. FOCUS 2, an online education and career planning tool, and individual career counseling appointments are just two of the ways for students to get started, said Glenn. There are also two classes, offered for two credit hours each, which can aid students looking for help in the job market. Orientation 151 (Career Planning) and Orientation 252 (Job Search) are offered every semester and can prepare students for finding a job in the future. Another tool for students and alumni alike is alumni career mentoring. Students are paired with alumni and have an opportunity to learn about a specific field of study, including job shadowing. However, some services offered can only be accessed if students have registered, so all students are encouraged to visit the office, which is located in the Mountainlair, above the WVU Bookstore. “Our services are also available to alumni free of charge, so if May grads are still looking for a job, they should contact our office,” Glenn said. For more information, visit Career Services’ website at, or call at (304) 293-2221.




Study abroad offers travel opportunities for WVU students BY REBECCAH GRIFFITH NEWS CORRESPONDENT

West Virginia University offers a variety of opportunities for incoming students, and one of the best options is the Study Abroad program. The Office of International Programs at WVU provides students with the opportunity to travel abroad while enrolled in the University. OIP’s mission is to establish WVU as a global university and expose students to the life-changing cultural experience of studying abroad. Many students find themselves interested in studying abroad, but the prospect of making a travel decision and encountering a new culture can seem daunting. OIP provides a wealth of guidance and options regarding traveling abroad. While many students choose to take part in WVU’s Exchange Program or Mountaineer Programs Abroad, others may be interested in a shorter stay and become involved in a facultyled program. With all of these options, the study abroad programs at WVU have a destination and a chance for everyone. The Office of International Programs houses several different programs that involve studying abroad, including the Exchange Program and faculty-led programs. The Exchange Program is the best known of the study abroad opportunities and involves “swapping” places with a student at a partner university. “The WVU Exchange Program is a great way to experience a new country. Not only do you experience new opportunities to explore a foreign language, but you also get the chance to immerse yourself into a culture that can’t be accomplished through a vacation,” said Ethan Kirk, computer science student. Students continue to pay tuition at WVU while their housing and meal fees are paid either to WVU or the partner university. These programs generally persist for a semester or an entire school year, and the variety of possible locations is changing every year. Current exchange partners include the countries of Austria, Bra-

zil, Denmark, Hong Kong and dozens more. The University also sponsors Mountaineer Programs Abroad, WVU programs that take place overseas-an option that frequently involves classes taught in English and is supervised by WVU. Many students may want to study abroad, but don’t have the desire to stay away from home for an entire semester or year-for these students, the OIP offers other options such as faculty-led programs. Faculty-led programs are study abroad opportunities that operate for a shorter period of time, such as a few weeks or just over a break. These are often subject-specific courses that are taught in conjunction with a class at the university or by WVU professors overseas. Faculty-led programs available this fall include Ceramics in China and the WVU Semester in Strasbourg program, an interdisciplinary study in France, and the options will only continue to expand. The opportunity to study abroad is one that is un-


Ayaka Sano, a graduate linguistics student, waits for interested students at Japan’s booth during the Study Abroad Fair in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. matched and should be considered by every capable student. “These programs are beneficial because they give stu-

dents a chance to expand their horizons, to acquire real-world experience that’s unparalleled to classroom teachings,” said international studies gradu-

ate Megan Ciarolla, who has participated in a study abroad program.




WVU student takes her passion worldwide BY BRYAN BUMGARDNER CITY EDITOR

Chelsea Hodgkins is a West Virginia University international studies and geography student with a passion for helping others. In her time at WVU, she has traveled to Africa twice, including one trip to Malawi and another last April to help install a water treatment plant that will serve 59 households in rural Ghana. She recently received the David L. Boren Award, a scholarship that will provide up to $20,000 to help Hodgkins return to Ghana during the fall semester. She had a conversation with The Daily Athenaeum’s Bryan Bumgardner about her experiences in Africa, earning scholarships and her passion for helping people. BB– Had you been to Africa before or traveled anywhere else before you went to Malawi? CH– No, that was my first time out of the country. BB– So what was that like for you? CH– It was very surreal. You know, on TV you see a lot of ways that the media portrays Africa, or the ways that various organizations see it, like National Geographic, and a lot of it is like that. I can remember we got in a car at the airport, and the airport was two hours away from where we were staying. Just to drive through this city and into the countryside was surreal. I mean, you see people walking on the roads, people carrying water on their heads, people wearing tattered clothing ... You see all of these things that you see on the TV, but the biggest difference is that you’re there. There’s no buffer between you and that reality. BB– So when you decided to go back to install the water treatment plant in Ghana, how did you end up doing that? CH– It’s actually kind of


Chelsea Hodgkins in Ghana last month as she worked to install a water filtration system for a village of about 500 people. funny ... So I was taking international studies 199, and one day Dr. (Joe) Hagan was going through things I kind of already knew. I thought, well, I hadn’t been on MountaineerTRAK in a while, and I wanted to check for internships and stuff like that. So I clicked on scholarships and my areas of interest, and this scholarship popped up. I was reading through it, and I thought it was kind of impractical, it was for the whole month of April, I’d be missing a lot of class, X, Y and Z. But at the same time, I didn’t really think I would get it, but I know that if I didn’t apply, then I’m going to be unhappy with myself. I applied in early November, then about two weeks later I learned I was a finalist. Then, like two days before Christmas, I got the call that I had gotten the scholarship! BB– That’s a pretty fantastic Christmas present! CH– That’s what I said! I freaked out, because you know ... It’s one of those things when you apply for something you want really

badly, you don’t know how competitive it is, you don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s awesome when it works out in your favor. BB– And I’m sure you enjoyed the experience. CH– Oh my gosh ... That’s an understatement. I’ll put it to you this way. Malawi was amazing because it was super eye-opening. It changed everything I thought I knew and everything I thought I wanted to do. But when I came back from Ghana, I was sincerely hoping that I got the Boren Scholarship because I wanted to go back without breaking my wallet. I think at that point I had resolved that I needed to spend a whole semester over there. It was something I needed to do. BB– So that’s kind of the epitome of helping people, isn’t it? Providing clean water to an entire village? CH– Yeah, you know, it really shook me to my core. I know it sounds cliched, but it really did ... I remember

thinking, it’s crazy to me to be there and meet people who are just like you, but they don’t have the things that they need. Before I went, my biggest passion was education. I thought that’s what I wanted my focus in development to be ... but since I came back, water is my new thing, and I know that’s what I’m going to stick with. You don’t really realize how important it is until you don’t have it and work around people who don’t have it. BB– You said the experience totally changed your focus. Was there any one specific moment where you knew this is what you wanted to do? CH– There are a few memories that will stick with me no matter how old I am ... Some of the women in the village were pregnant, and I remember thinking one morning, this one woman had to have grown up drinking out of a dugout. She had no choice. But her baby will have the choice, and maybe this new generation will always have clean water. That was like my

‘aha’ moment, where I knew this was what I wanted to do. BB– I know there are other students who feel the same desire to help people that you have. What would you say to them? CH– One, I would say follow it. People are going to tell you you’re crazy, people aren’t necessarily going to understand why, but at the end of the day, that feeling you’re having is going to be there no matter what, and you owe it to yourself to follow it. You only get one life, and I firmly believe that you get these nagging desires or impulses. It’s not like you’re going to Target and blowing $100 – that’s different. It’s worthwhile to follow it because you never know where it’s going to take you ... The best advice I’ve ever gotten was someone telling me ‘it’s not your job to tell you no.’ It’s hard work to get there, you know? Nothing worth having is ever easy to attain, but it’s still worth it in the end.




Preparing for dorm life at WVU



Suitcases and new students line the sidwalks at Towers move-in day. Many students had to wait to get carts or Students carry their belongings into Towers during move-in day. check in due to a large crowd of incoming freshmen moving into the residence halls.


As they prepare to embark on their college careers, the one thing on the minds of many incoming West Virginia University freshmen is moving into a dorm room. Here is a list of dorm essentials to help ensure the first year of life in one of the 14 oncampus residence halls goes as smoothly as possible. Visit the housing website – While students may not be able to personally see their room before move-in day, they can visit the University housing website to get useful information about the residence halls. The website includes pictures of rooms in each hall, the dimensions of each room and other useful information about the residence halls. Communicate with roommates before move-in day – On STAR under housing

assignments, students are given their roommate’s contact information. It’s important to talk to your roommate about essential items such as the TV, a DVD player or the MicroFridge. Certain items are not permitted in the dorms – Candles, halogen lamps, hotplates or your shot glass collection are not allowed in the dorms. Review the housing website before you pack so you know what not to bring. Organization is key – For most students, the move out of the house and into the dorms is going to be quite the downsize. To make the most of and effectively utilize your space in the dorm, items such as overthe-door hooks, closet organizers and under-the-bed storage bins are effective. Also, remember that you cannot bring your entire room from home and expect it to fit into your dorm. Organization in your packing methods is cru-

cial as well. Move-in day can be hectic – As thousands of students travel into Morgantown on the same day to move in, there is bound to be at least some chaos. However, the University understands this and is fully prepared to accommodate and aid each resident as they move in. Be sure to take advantage of services such as the University police, who will help direct traffic flow and parking and the “hotshots,” upperclassmen hired to help you unload your belongings and get you into the dorms. Your RA is not the enemy – Resident Assistants do not exist solely to punish residents. In fact, many RAs enjoy being able to answer any questions and assisting students as they enter a new chapter of their lives. While citing students for infractions is part of their job, they are also great at creating programs, answering ques-

tions and offering guidance to help create connections and to allow students to find their niche at WVU. Your RA will go over your residence hall’s policies and procedures the first night you move in and will answer any questions residents have about life in the dorms. You don’t have to be best friends with your roommate – Oftentimes, tensions arise that can alter friendships of roommates who were already in preexisting friendships. You and your roommate do not have to be best friends, nor do you have to spend all of your free time together. The key to being and finding a great roommate is finding someone whom you can live with respectfully and peacefully for a year – even when arguments occur. Communal bathrooms are common – Part of moving into the dorms means giving up privacy and sharing a bathroom with others on your floor, and with that comes

having to deal with other resident’s germs. The key to surviving communal bathrooms is a shower caddy and a good pair of shower shoes. Dorms are a great way to meet new people – While living in close quarters with other students may have its downsides including noise and sometimes unwanted confrontation, residence halls also provide great opportunities to meet and engage with new people. RAs, Resident Faculty Leaders and the Residence Hall Association all plan events, programs and trips for students to interact with others within the dorm. The first people students meet at college are the friends they make in the dorm. Whether they continue those friendships or not, the memories students make in the dorms and the experience they gain will be ones they treasure forever.

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West Virginia University unveiled a new program in January 2011 that will make it easier for students to check their progress toward fulfilling their major’s requirements. DegreeWorks, an online system accessible from the Star tab on MIX, will enable undergraduate students to monitor progress toward their degree(s). A student can consider other majors, view the different classes required and what classes can or cannot be used for a different major, said Steve Robinson, WVU registrar. The program will help advisers because they will be able to see all of the classes students have taken and what they need to take. “It’s not meant to replace advisers,” he said. “But it’s a tool for students.” Kurt Morton, associate registrar for Technology, said students can use the system to check their GPA and calculate how anticipated grades for their classes will affect their overall GPA. Morton said majors and minors will also be part of the system in a “block” type

schedule. He said any issues with the system can only be overridden by an advisor. “Viewing DegreeWorks will allow students to see if everything is correct and go to their adviser if there are any issues,” Morton said. A green check mark will display for an objective or class that has been completed, while an empty red box means it has not been completed. A tilde means the objective is in progress. Robinson said the database of classes included begins with the 2008 WVU course catalog and will be added to as needed. Although current seniorlevel classes will be different for incoming freshmen, Robinson said if an issue with a class is shown with the program, advisers are able to manually apply the classes to the right objectives. Only undergraduate programs will be offered at first, Robinson said. “Graduate programs are so broad and often fitted for the individual,” he said. “We’re going to focus on the undergraduates and see if any issues arise with them.” Robinson said he does not

foresee any potential problems that could be created by the system. When the system opens it will not be the finalized version, Robinson said. More features will be online in the coming weeks. WVU bought DegreeWorks two years ago and a team has been creating the system with the WVU curriculum and specific requirements for each undergraduate major on campus, he said. Robinson said DegreeWorks has been piloted for advisers in the College of Business & Economics and the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. Feedback has been positive, he said.




Your time at WVU will be what you make of it OMAR GHABRA


It’s almost that time of year again. As summer vacation gives way to the fall semester, you and thousands of your fellow freshmen will begin your college careers on Aug. 20 gripped by a wide array of hopes, expectations and aspirations. Through Fall Fest, which is held during the first week of the semester, you will get your first taste of West Virginia University’s infamous “wild side.” This is a side of WVU many of you are already acquainted with, thanks in part to the notorious “I’m Shmacked” videos. The perception of WVU as a place for people who love to party is undoubtedly why some of you chose to come here. As you’ve probably heard, the Princeton Review placed WVU as the No. 6 party school in its annual ranking. The Review also ranked us No. 13 in the “students who study least” category, a few spots lower than the prized No. 1 spot we held two years ago.

This perception of WVU, while grounded in some truth, leads many people to overlook the plethora of opportunities the University has to offer students of just about any interest. Believe it or not, there is a whole lot more to WVU than wild parties, football games and couch burning. As someone who spent a year at a small liberal arts school that didn’t offer a fraction of the opportunities readily available to students here, I have a piece of advice for you: Do not take it for granted. These next four years will probably be some of the most memorable of your life, and they will shape who you will be for the rest of your adult life. Whether you are interested in student organizations, intramural sports, studying abroad or bonding with a world-renowned professor, West Virginia University has something for you. Although there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the time you have here, it would truly be a shame for you to pass up on all of the great opportunities afforded by the University. It’s no coincidence that WVU has produced 25 Rhodes Scholars, 33

Goldwater Scholars and 22 Truman Scholars. The unfortunate notion WVU is a place where people are concerned with little more than partying tends to overshadow the endless possibilities it provides for ambitious, motivated students. Regardless of whether you are looking for a unique new experience or searching for other people who share your background or interests, you won’t have to look very far. For example, if you are interested in fencing, there’s a student organization for that. How about astronomy? There’s a student organization for that, too. Human rights? The Republican Party? The Democratic Party? Protecting the environment? There are student organizations for all of those. And if you’re interested in something that doesn’t already have a student organization, you can start your own. Student organizations are a great way to build a network of people who share your interests and career goals, and they provide you with priceless leadership experience.

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WVU graduates prepare to receive their diplomas from President James P. Clements. Maybe you are interested in doing research in neuroscience? There’s a summer internship for that. How about research in nanotechnology or cancer? Well, there are also summer internship programs for those. Want to volunteer your time to help others or simply to build your resume? Check with the Center for Civic Engagement. There is always a steady stream of diverse opportunities to volunteer, ranging from recycling to disaster relief fundraisers. Whether it’s doing research on the human nervous system, studying abroad in Europe or volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, there is no shortage of opportunities for life-defining experiences here. It all comes down to how willing you will be to pursue these

opportunities as they come up – and they will come up often. You are now at the beginning of a journey that will probably transform you and one that will provide the foundation for your future personal and professional lives. During your time here, you will be given very powerful tools for success. All it takes to utilize these tools is a strong desire to achieve. If you have the will power and the work ethic to excel, you have the opportunity to put yourself on the track to being WVU’s next nationally recognized scholar. Or you could succumb to indifference and contribute to the negative image of WVU as a large party school with little more to offer than booze and a lively nightlife. The choice is yours.

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Fear is not acceptable on WVU’s campus ELISE COWGILL


In the past year, headlines have exploded with news of bullying incidents being blown out of proportion and even going so far as ending in suicides because many institutions don’t have systems set up to deal with such issues. West Virginia University refuses to be one of those schools. After peer institution Rutgers University faced harsh scrutiny in 2010 due to thenstudent Tyler Clementi’s suicide, bullying became a much more relevant issue. On March 16, a New Jersey jury found Dharun Ravi, Clementi’s former roommate, guilty of all 15 counts he faced, including bias intimidation – a hate crime. Ravi could now face up to 10 years in prison and faces the possibility of being deported to his native India. In West Virginia, however,

Ravi would have gotten a much lesser sentence. Even though Ravi clearly targeted Clementi because Clementi was gay, bullied him until he no longer felt he could carry out his daily life and felt the need to take it, that’s not enough to warrant a stern punishment in West Virginia. The state has a hate crime law. The law does not, however, make biased crimes based upon sexual orientation or disability illegal. This is one of many things that a group of dedicated people affiliated with WVU – ranging from professors, students, administrators, community members and everything in between – aim to change. The University took a huge step in April 2011 by beginning to offer limited benefits to employees’ same-sex partners and their children. According to Fairness West Virginia, a statewide gay and lesbian rights organization, the “soft� benefits include WVU Child Learning Center

discounts, employee wellness activities, certain privileges at WVU libraries and discounts at the Student Recreation Center. But the student representatives of the WVU community want more. The fire for this change comes from a “Bullying in the LGBTQ Community� panel held March 20. During this event, a review of WVU’s peer institutions was very revealing. According to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, WVU is ranked alongside schools such as North Carolina State and the University of Vermont. When comparing institutional structures promoting LGBTQ equity, WVU falls short. Our nondiscrimination policy does not cover gender identity – something that both of the aforementioned institutions include. In addition, the University does not have a student affairs women’s center or an LGBTQ center, despite the fact that the overwhelming

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actually set laws against bullying. Instead, it lumps bullying in with intimidation and harassment when the three are clearly defined as different entities. Take the message home. Realizing that the semester is over, and most WVU students don’t stay in Morgantown for the summer, I challenge you to take this message home. In the fall, there is a dedicated group of students and faculty ready to take on this challenge headfirst. We’re ready to let the University, its students, the community of Morgantown and the world know that this is our campus. We pay for the education we receive here. We pay taxes. We pay to live in our homes and to park in these garages or metered spaces. Therefore, we deserve to feel safe. I challenge you to take this message to heart and consider joining the movement. It’s time for us to all work together and let everyone know: Fear in our community isn’t acceptable, and we won’t tolerate it any longer.

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Be a part of the solutions to community issues JEREMIAH YATES


When you officially become a part of the West Virginia University community you should take pride in it. There is much to boast about this place; the people, the scenery and the atmosphere. But the area will not take off itself; it takes action from members of the community. Furthermore, when you take action for your community, it helps build a positive character that will follow you for the rest of your life. WVU hosts many clubs and organizations which offer opportunities to students, many of which involve community action and relief efforts in

and outside of our area. Almost everyone agrees the world could be a better place. Throughout the globe, children go starving, those searching for an honest opportunity are short to find it and the powers of greed can turn brothers against one another. While solving the world’s problems is a bit much for anyone to grapple, investing time and energy into your community is not. The WVU Center for Civic Engagement gives students the chance to do just that, and earn some credits in the process. The CCE, which was created in 2006, emphasizes the importance of education and community service to WVU students. How can society ever improve without progress within our local commu-

nities first? All WVU students should become involved with the CCE, which is always looking for more students to volunteer at events and help the WVU community progress. In 2011, the CCE raised a total of $335,100 during the annual United Way campaign. The CCE also organizes the Dollars for Disaster, which helps others during and after a disaster has struck. In the past, Dollars for Disaster has raised donations for Hurricane Katrina, Southern West Virginia floods and the Haitian earthquake. Students can earn credits through service-learning courses offered by the CCE. These courses vary each semester and challenge students to apply their skills to help the community. Students who are interested

should contact their advisors. When you volunteer your time and effort to the community, it not only gives you a good feeling about yourself, but you may actually be learning new skills, meeting new people and ultimately creating valuable resume boosters. Becoming more involved with the University allows you to meet new people, connections which may carry on to later years in life. Don’t be afraid to speak up and get involved – you’ll be glad you did. Furthermore, when you volunteer to assist the CCE, there is a likelihood it will encourage others to do the same. It’s better to be the leader, not the follower. Visit for information on the Center for Civic Engagement and

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most pressing issues. Shocking, isn’t it? Since grade school guidance counselors, teachers and parents have closely observed their students and carefully, even systematically, led their sheep into their potential flocks. Aptitude tests examined logical and emotional skill sets, thereby determining a range of career options for students. I remember being asked my freshman year of high school what I wanted to do or be when I grew up. If I had known then, perhaps I would not have switched my major after two years of college to not only save my education but study what I want to study. As freshmen, you are standing on the threshold of your house – your future. Your past experiences, family and high school friends are behind you now. These are the outside influences that walked you to the door of your future. College is the hallway you stand in and it leads to many rooms – your potential futures. But how does one choose a room, especially if one already has plans on living there without further examination? Excessive focus on one’s major or school work is detrimental to all freshmen and students alike. I am neither advocating going out and partying every night nor never doing your homework. I simply believe that taking advantage of the opportunity to find one’s self and embrace a liberal arts education are keys to a successful freshman year, and college career overall. It is fantastic to have some idea of what one wants to do with one’s life. I congratulate those who have figured it out. But for those who have “made the decision,” you may find yourself becoming burnt out and overworked by the end of your freshman year. By the end of your sophomore year, you might possibly question whether or not the major is right for you. West Virginia University has the privilege to offer courses from beginning to advanced studies in a wide variety of dis-

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Jenna Britton, freshman graphic design student, takes notes on ceramic pieces in the MFA Gallery. ciplines, from elementary math and piano to advanced physics and how to make wine. So why not try it all? GECs are required classes possibly unrelated to one’s major, which must be completed prior to graduation. Typically, GECs seem to be one’s least important classes – until your life is changed by them. By taking a wide variety of courses outside of one’s major, the overall focus on one’s school work and career development is greatly improved. Not only are GECs advantageous breaks from one’s intense studies, thus allowing the brain to think differently or potentially access the “other side,” but a single class can change the course of one’s school work forever. Having studied music education for two years, I found myself appreciating the profession of being a music teacher but knowing this job was possibly not my best fit. Knowing that I wanted to stay in music, I released myself from the major restrictions imposed on me since my freshman year and discovered that I wanted to learn about, teach and research the voice. By taking an introduction to linguistics class I was empowered and inspired to continue my course study in speech pathology and audiology. I knew I loved music, and I wanted to continue studying it, but with outside focus in medi-

cal studies of the voice through the ears, nose and throat. This combination, a bachelor’s degree in music and a minor in speech pathology and audiology, could lead me to further study subjects such as voice science, vocal pedagogy or speech pathology at a master’s degree level. But I am not the only student who knew that solely focusing on one’s major without an open mind would affect the course of their studies and health. Judy Grahack, a former psychology major, found herself overwhelmed as a psychology student. After taking two art history courses, Judy found inspiration in mental rehabilitation through art. Art therapy, much like music or physical therapy, aids in the rehabilitation of people who have experienced trauma. Coursework outside of one’s major is an inspirational tool that can rekindle or re-inspire the mind to focus on one’s future. So relax. You should not be overwhelmed with the required course work of your freshman year. Take the time to explore possible career options and have fun. The possibility of being inspired by a GEC or outside course could cause someone to reevaluate their lives. It takes an open mind and flexible schedule to evaluate the best next steps to one’s education.

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Don’t overspend: A guide to textbook shopping OMAR GHABRA


As freshmen, one of the first things you will learn in college is that textbooks are incredibly overpriced. Most of you will likely spend hundreds of dollars each semester on text-

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books you may or may not end up needing. With textbooks becoming increasingly more expensive, costing as much as $200 per book, students can easily end up spending upwards of $8001000 each semester. A study conducted by the California Student Public Interest Research Group found that students spend an average of $900 on textbooks per school

year. For many students already struggling to keep up with the costs of food, housing and tuition in this sluggish economy, this is simply too much. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index, the cost of textbooks is rising at more than four times the inflation rate of other manufactured goods. The fact of the matter is, students are being exploited. There is no reason anyone should be spending that much on textbooks, and there are plenty of options that make it easy to avoid these unnecessary costs. It seems as though many students are simply ignorant of these options. Thankfully, this can be easily changed. Taking the following simple steps will make you a smarter textbook consumer and can save you hundreds of dollars each semester. Don’t purchase textbooks before the start of the semester. Most of us have probably purchased textbooks that we don’t end up needing. Purchasing a textbook that only serves to collect dust on the shelf is one of the most frustrating ways for students to waste their money. This, however, is easily avoidable. Never buy a textbook before knowing whether or not it is required for the course. Textbooks will often be listed as a requirement for courses at bookstores or on the syllabus despite the fact that professors for that particular course cover all the material that is needed for exams during lecture. For these courses, textbooks are far from required and are simply reference books that one can easily do without. Unless you’ve spoken to fellow students who have already taken a particular course, there’s no way for you to know whether or not your book will be truly required. Wait until the class begins, and ask the professor if the book is absolutely necessary or if you can just as easily excel in the course without it. Often, you will find the latter is true, and, unless you want the book as a supplemental resource, you can pass on it. Shop online. After you’ve taken this first


Students should understand their options when it comes to purchasing textbooks. step and determined which books you will be needing, search for them online. Just about everything, from textbooks to notebooks, is overpriced in the on-campus bookstore. You will undoubtedly find your textbooks cheaper on the Web. Consider renting. A new trend in the textbook business that has been gaining traction is the practice of renting textbooks. Why buy a book for a semester-long course that you will probably never need again? Many students purchase overpriced textbooks and then sell them back to the bookstore at a fraction of what they are resold for. In the past couple of years, a number of services have popped up that provide a very affordable alternative to the traditional means by which students get their textbooks. Even the campus bookstore now offers a book rental service, although the selection is very poor compared to some of the online services. Either way, renting books is a great way to save hundreds of dollars. One rental website that has really taken off in the past year is Chegg provides a great selection of rentals at low prices, and they plant a tree for every order that is made. Why just save money

when you can help save the environment, too? If you’re going to buy, buy used. If you want to keep your textbook after the semester is over, then buying used is probably the way to go. There are many websites, including eBay, Amazon and, that provide a huge library of used books students can purchase at extremely affordable prices. Often, you will be able to find the book you need in excellent condition, selling for the price of a one semester rental. For even better deals, consider buying older editions of the textbooks. These will often be available for a fraction of the price of the newer editions but are essentially identical, save for a different cover and maybe a handful of revisions to the text. Don’t be rash. There are plenty of options out there for students looking to save money on their textbooks. Whatever your personal preferences or needs, there is an affordable alternative for you. It’s easy to be impatient and just go to the bookstore with your schedule and buy everything on the list they provide. But if you take the time to consider the alternatives, you are sure to save.




Community members should help keep it clean JEREMIAH YATES


Each weekend, bottles, cans and other trash litter the streets of Morgantown. This can be prevented by taking simple measures to contain the leftover mess from celebrations. Parking lots and sidewalks also fall victim to never-ending parties. Incoming freshmen can set a higher standard and move toward a cleaner West Virginia University community. There’s no need to let the community and neighborhoods be littered and trashed. In Sunnyside, where many students reside, the trash problem is ongoing, and the City of Morgantown has

worked hard to try to combat it with the Sunnyside Up Project. There is nothing wrong with friends gathered together for a responsible party, but waste must be disposed of properly. When there are large amounts of trash following a weekend of parties, it’s difficult to keep up, and that’s where it falls on the residents to make sure they are cleaning up after themselves. Those who throw parties or celebrations should keep in mind that excessive litter in a yard or adjoining sidewalk and street could result in fines. Be responsible, and pick up after yourself and your guests. Provide your guests with a trash can or two to keep the trash together, and they will be more apt to throw away trash if there are receptacles

available. Sometimes people throw trash in the streets during celebrations, such as St. Patrick’s Day, but there’s no reason for these acts of littering. It not only gives a bad name to the West Virginia University students, but it is also disrespectful to the community, and it’s embarrassing to have streets covered with trash. Furthermore, those who are paid by the city to clean the trash are paid with taxpayer dollars – in other words, your money. In a time when talk of outrageous government spending is filling town halls and every media broadcast, everyone should be doing their part to ensure taxes are well-spent. When the city unnecessarily pays for trash to be picked up on the street, that is doing just the opposite.


Kappa Sigma fraternity brothers help clean up Morgantown. At the very least, do your part to make sure you aren’t making a mess with plastic cups and empty bottles or cans. Encourage others to do the

same, and volunteer to help out and clean up afterward. Being a WVU student and member of the Morgantown community means taking care of it as well.




Don’t add stress to your semester: Follow these tips contains the promise of a fresh start for everyone, it TOMAS ENGLEE is especially true for college freshmen. GUEST COLUMNIST Unfortunately for many, the fall semester is one of making While a new year already mistakes, and the spring se-

mester carries with it the burden of learning from them. With that in mind, here are several ways for college freshmen (and other college students) to make the most of their semester. The biggest sword over most students' heads is academics. This is doubly true for those freshmen on academic probation who need to straighten up and fly right or face the prospect of going home. When guidance counselors and professors give estimates for the amount of time you should study per credit hour to stay on top of material, they aren't kidding. The rule of thumb is usually two hours of study per credit hour, every week. So, someone taking 16 credit hours would need to study for 32 hours a week to give themselves a fighting chance in their classes. To most, that sounds intimidating and conjures up images of a life in the deep quiet reading rooms in the downtown library, poring over textbooks, but it doesn't necessarily have to be that way. Hopefully, you have chosen a major that you have a natural interest in, so even if you are a freshman slogging through your GECs, you do have an end goal in sight. If you are in a major you do not enjoy but continue in the hope of a bigger paycheck after graduation, stop now. Even though this may seem like a good decision now, you will regret it in the end. In order to get the bigger paycheck, you need to be in the top percentage of your field. Those who are up there know their field like the back of their hand because they enjoy learning every facet of it. To them, learning is enjoyable, and you will always be at

a disadvantage to them, so go to the field of study in which learning comes to you in the most natural way. Despite the possible image of low pay in that field, you will now be one of those in the top percentage. And the best part will be that work will not feel like work. So, you have a major you enjoy, but two hours of study per credit hour every week still seems daunting. Unlike the Web ads that promise "one easy step to getting a flat stomach," there really are some surprisingly simple ways to achieve those two hours of study per credit hour, and thankfully, none involve getting malware or phishing viruses in return. One of the most important study habits is simply doing the homework. Just think of it as studying you get graded on. Not only do you know what the tests and quizzes will contain, but you can boost your grade at the same time. Even in the worst-case scenario of doing poorly on all your homework, you still have all the correct answers now on the graded homework to do well on the tests and quizzes. This leads us to the next, most important tip: As soon as you don't understand something, find a way to understand it. Most of the time, professors are more than happy to help you understand a concept and will be impressed that you are taking the extra time to actually learn something instead of cramming. The trick is to do this as soon as questions arise. Don't wait until right before finals. They will not be pleased or impressed with your timing. In the off-chance that your teacher is not helpful or you still have trouble understand-

ing the concept, go onto (YouTube) and look up "Khan Academy" or go to www. It is a free service started by Salman Khan, who in 2004 wanted to help a younger relative with her math and tutored her via Yahoo. From there, requests from other family members and friends of theirs poured in, enough that he quit his job in finance in 2009 to commit to Khan Academy on a full-time basis. So, while Khan's three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology give Khan Academy a heavy dose of math and finance, there are also tutorials on biology, chemistry and even dissections of current financial events to help those outside the industry understand them better as they unfold. Fittingly enough, Khan is a perfect example of going into the field of study you love most. He loves math, science and finance so much he wants to reach out to others and help them understand for free, which is way bigger than any paycheck. The most important thing to remember is that you are in control of your own destiny. Even though life is unpredictable and sometimes brings circumstances we can not control, whether you succeed or fail depends on the choices you make.


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Satisfaction is an important part of college BY ALEC BERRY WEB EDITOR

When it comes to motivation, personal satisfaction is the key, and toughest thing to come across. Why? Because the “personal” element drives our expectations higher. We only want the very best when it comes to our narratives. Thoughts of mansions, fame, love and money may do it for some, but even those who strive for job security and friendship set a high standard. How? It is still comfort, only made different by the details. Satisfaction is the key. When achieved, we are finally happy with our existence. It can come in different sets – sometimes overall, other times a day-by-day case. But it always matters. Even when not ours, satisfaction matters. Maybe even more than when we actually possess it. The need for it pushes us forward. For the incoming freshmen, college is something entirely new. While it may sound cliche, that doesn’t stop it from being the truth. High school, not to totally belittle the institution, really requires little of us. You show

up, sleep in math class, eat a bad lunch and then leave to think nothing of what you “learned.” It is a formula to follow, and the only aesthetic it carries is a mixture of social experiences and stereotypes. College shares the social aesthetic, but the work required is much more than what is expected in high school. OK, not entirely different. If you wanted, you could just attend class and do nothing else and be fine. On the freshman level, at least. But that personal satisfaction idea is what really matters. College is the chance to finally shape your own life. Parents kept you on a leash early on, and the later years of teenage sanctum still fell under some sense of home rule. You could not really be yourself as you were held to outside expectations, but, in college, you are away and the master of your domain. With this comes fear, though. When you goof up, you can be saved in college. You are still protected, as your parents sit just one phone call away. Trouble, as long as it is not murder or something outlandish, will not derail your life at this stage of development.

And really, college is when you should mess up so that you can study your mistakes. Get them out of the way now, and never repeat them again. You do want to consider the future, though. Where high school makes time feel slow, college does the opposite. Four years may seem like a lot, but really it is little when you consider your real life is just on the horizon. The real life is something you want to make sure you don’t mess up. Again, if you wanted, you could just scrape by at West Virginia University for that first year. Most will do that, and respect toward them. They live how they wish. Others start to look at themselves, though, harder than ever, and they will come to ask something. “How satisfied am I?” Then, the gears click, and they realize this is it. Life can be as you have always wanted it. Starting right here, right now. Then you begin to work harder, and just going to class seems like lazy behavior. It is important to find that source of motivation, that goal, and to apply it to your everyday. That is the trick to surviving college or, more specifically, your freshmen year; focusing on what will


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123 Pleasant Street vital to Morgantown’s music scene JEREMIAH YATES OPINION/A&E EDITOR

If there is one thing Morgantown has, it’s a vibrant night life. It’s no secret the students and local residents in Touchdown City love to get their groove on and let loose. For the girls wanting to get out and “shake it,” a number of clubs will meet their boogie needs; and the suave gentlemen searching for a connection are sure to follow. But not everyone is a “booty shaker” or a smoothtalking player with mischievous motives. Others just love live music. And there are many bars in Morgantown that feature live bands. Yet none contribute to the local music scene like 123 Pleasant Street. Every week, 123 features local favorites such as Fletcher’s Grove, ‘85 Flood, Square the Circle, the Greens and many more. Furthermore, it is an 18 and over venue so freshmen are allowed to enter. But 123 Pleasant Street is strict on underage drinking, so don’t think you can sneak a few drinks here and there – that will get you removed from the establishment quickly. Since the building opened its doors as The Underground Railroad in 1982, it has been the backbone of local music. Marsha Ferber, the original owner of the Underground Railroad, operated the bar with the intentions of spreading her liberal views of music, politics and art. With support from U92’s local alternative format, her creation quickly became a favorite among music and art lovers. Nationally acclaimed acts such as the legendary blues man Bo Diddley and The Red Hot Chili Peppers started to make appearances at the popular venue, which increased the buzz on campus. The Underground Railroad experienced much success through the 80s, but after Ferber’s mysterious disappearance in April of 1988, the bar’s flame blew out. Her employees kept the bar running for a year before they closed the doors. After the bar reopened in


Girl Talk performs a surpise show at 123 Pleasant Street. 1990 under the name The Nyabinghi Dance Hall, the popularity of the bar returned. An abundance of local bands filled the bar regularly until 1998, when the building was condemned by city officials. Following 100 years of supporting businesses and live music, rumors spread that the building was going to be torn down. But after the building was bought by current owner Louis Giuliani, he and several other supporters of the cause worked tirelessly to save the historic site. The bar again reopened under a new name – 123 Pleasant Street. To this day the bar continues to bring acts from around the country. Just this year, the bar has featured Hank Williams III, SOJA and The Clarks. “123 is one of the places we started ... I remember my buddy telling me that he saw Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana there together before “Nevermind.” I was like ‘holy crap,’ I’m standing on the same stage,’” said Jacob Hemphill, lead vocals and

guitar for SOJA. “We come back because we love the town and the fans. Morgantown is a place like no other. The hospitality is all around us.” Music lovers of all genres are welcome at 123. For those who want to get out the glow sticks and get down to laser shows and techno beats, 123 features the electronic dance night on Wednesdays. Other nights vary. Rap, metal, bluegrass, funk and country are all likely to be seen on stage at 123. No matter the taste, any fan of music can call the bar home. The bar is not the largest in Morgantown, nor is it the most technological or renovated. But the vibes felt inside are fascinating, and the entertainment provided is top-shelf. Other bars in Morgantown need to follow their lead and continue to support the local music scene. In the words of Plato, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

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Take time to find what’s outside of Morgantown JEREMIAH YATES OPINION/A&E EDITOR

Welcome to Morgantown. This is the start of a new chapter in your life. From now on you are not looked at as a child, but a young adult searching for your place in life. You will hear from upperclassmen and faculty that the best way to get through your classes is to simply go to class and do the required work. This is true, but there is room for students to let loose and have fun, as well. Actually, downtime is important to success. There will be many times that you may feel drained from your studies and will look for a release. Always allow yourself to have a break from the stress. The Morgantown area is the perfect environment to do just that. There are many options students have for this purpose. Whether it is an escape from the city to the country, or the escape to an even

larger city, there isn’t much out of reach. For the outdoors, West Virginia is well-known for its lavish landscape and wildlife. Every student should take the time to experience what this great state has to offer. There is much to explore in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia. It may be underdeveloped (when considering the economical standings of other states), but for reasons of adventure, beautiful landscapes and fascinating history, the state is amazing in its natural rural form. West Virginia University students should take the time to discover what the state has to offer, especially those from out of state. There is never a shortage of exciting outdoor activities, regardless of the season. For the winter months, West Virginia is any skier or snowboarder’s dream. The state boasts four major ski resorts with a combined 166 available trails. In addition to the resorts, there are multiple places to rent cabins or other lodging for those


A mountain biker puts his skills to the test at Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort. who just want to relax in a quiet country setting. Summertime activities in the Mountain State are equally impressive. The same snow-covered trails found at ski resorts are available for hikers and mountain bikers to explore when the weather is warm and the trees are green. The views from the trails during any season are breathtaking. West Virginia also has some of the best white water rafting in the United States; three of the state’s rivers have a class-V rating, which is the most difficult level in which a commercial rafting outfit-

ter will offer tours. But, there are plenty of beginner and intermediate rafting areas, as well. When you travel to any corner of West Virginia, you will uncover a deep and captivating history. From visiting the historic Native American burial mounds in Moundsville to the Anna Jarvis (the founder of Mother’s Day) House in Grafton, to the grand plantation on Blennerhassett Island in Parkersburg, there is a variety of historical travel options. For more on travel information or vacation packages

visit While obtaining a valuable education at WVU, make sure to take advantage of the amazing sights and activities the Mountain State has to offer. Although West Virginia metropolitan areas are limited, the city of Pittsburgh is in reach for city-dwellers looking for a weekend getaway. It doesn’t take much more than an hour’s drive before you reach the city limits, and there is much to do there; including professional sporting events (Pirates, Penguins and Steelers) and music events. I make the drive to Pittsburgh on a regular basis to attend concerts with friends. It doesn’t cost much when I carpool and share costs for a hotel room for a night. If you are new to the city, it is best to bring a friend who has been there before. Trafficking through the city can be confusing for some. But when you travel in a group and behave responsibly, it can be a fun place to visit. The life of a West Virginia University student can be exciting and adventurous if resources are used properly. Make sure to explore locations outside the Morgantown area to get the full benefit of being on your own.




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Be safe when traveling the streets of Morgantown BY JEREMIAH YATES OPINNION/A&E EDITOR

Campus safety is not an issue to be taken lightly in Morgantown. Violence can happen anywhere, and anyone can fall victim to it. Make sure that when you are going out on the streets at night, you are taking proper safety measures. The upcoming school year will mark the third anniversary of the vicious attack on former West Virginia University student Ryan Diviney, who has remained in a coma since the incident. On Nov. 7, 2009, Diviney was beaten in the Willey Street Dairy Mart parking lot by two individuals during an altercation that allegedly started because of a debate about the World Series. Diviney’s attack could have happened to anyone; he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. WVU students must take precautions for safety. Eliminate any aspect that makes you an easy target. For one, it is not a good idea to travel alone at night. In the event of an attack, you become an easy target when there is no one around to call for help. If you must walk the streets alone, make sure to stay in well-

lit areas and have a cell phone in case of an emergency. Think before posting anything online. Don’t advertise your whereabouts to the public. Posting on Facebook that you and your roommates are out of the apartment for an extended period of time lets possible intruders know that your residence is vacant. If you are involved in a confrontation with a stranger on the street, be the better person, and walk away. Fighting will only lead to more problems. Someone may be seriously injured and even arrested. You should obey all state alcohol laws. They are in place to protect you from harm, but if you decide to drink, be careful. Your judgment will be impaired, and your decisions may not be the smartest. You may feel invincible, but life-changing experiences can happen in the blink of an eye. Have a plan for the evening. Before you leave your residence, make sure friends know where you will be and a designated driver is available. If that fails, make sure money is set aside in case you must call a cab. Have fun while out in Morgantown, but remember that safety should always be a main priority.

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Traffic moves along High Street at night. Another danger many students face while strolling the streets of Morgantown is the threat of sexual assault. Sexual assault victims are forever damaged by their attackers. While physical harm may be short term, the emotional harm done may stay for years. According to www.rainn. org, 60 percent of all sexual assaults are not reported to the police and 15 out of 16 rapists will never spend a day in jail. These statistics are disturbing to say the least, and it should be everyone’s civic duty to speak up and put a stop to sexual violence. Victims of sexual violence should always come forward and prosecute their assailants. No matter the situation, it is never the victim’s fault. If you

do not come forward, the assailant will only be encouraged to repeat his or her offenses. According to the University Police Department, if you are a victim of rape, you should go to a safe place first, and then call the police. It is crucial that you do not bathe, comb your hair or change your clothes. Valuable DNA evidence needed to prosecute the assailant may be lost. The recurring characteristics (warning signs) associated with campus rape and sexual assault are: • Usually occurs at weekend parties. • 80 percent of all rapes are committed by someone known to the victim. • Rape is a crime of violence, power and control. No one “asks” or “deserves” to be

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raped. • Females ages 15 to 24 are most likely to be the target of acquaintance rape. • The woman is an underclass student, unfamiliar with alcohol and her surroundings. • The woman has not made arrangements with friends to travel together or “look out” for each other at parties. • The woman often goes to the perpetrator’s room or to her room alone, not suspecting that this isolation can put her at risk. • Some forms of sexual contact such as kissing, hugging and touching may be mutually welcome, but sometimes the offender interprets this behavior as consent to go further. Keep our campus safe and take a stand against sexual violence. Morgantown is a fun and exciting place to attend college. This column was not meant to persuade you to go elsewhere, but to inform you of real dangers which can happen anywhere. When you go out at night, use common sense, and don’t go out alone. This goes for men and women. You should go out and have fun, but do it responsibly. Welcome to Morgantown, I hope you enjoy this city as much as I do.




A new era of WVU athletics in a new conference MICHAEL CARVELLI LLI


A year ago, I wrote a very similar column to this one, in which I told last year’s group of incoming freshmen just how lucky they were that they were getting to come to West Virginia University during what could be four of the best years the school had ever seen. And, believe it or not, your class might be coming in during an even better time. Of course the biggest change that is making an impact on the landscape of WVU athletics is the Mountaineers’ move to the Big 12 Conference. When it was announced in February that West Virginia would be allowed to leave the

Big East for its new league on July 1, things immediately began looking up for just about every varsity sport the school has to offer. In its second season under head coach Dana Holgorsen, the West Virginia football team has the chance to compete in one of the best leagues in college football, and after the Mountaineers’ 70-33 victory in the Orange Bowl, expectations are as high as they’ve been since 2008. With veteran head coaches like Bob Huggins, Mike Carey and Nikki Izzo-Brown, men’s and women’s basketball and women’s soccer are ready to carry the success they’ve had in the past over to the Big 12 with teams that all made the NCAA tournament last season, while Marlon LeBlanc and the WVU men’s soccer team return one of its most experienced teams, as it will

play its first season in the Mid-American Conference. The Mountaineers have young head coaches like Jason Butts (gymnastics), Jill Kramer (volleyball) and Tina Samara (tennis) who have started to move their respective programs in the right direction. And, with the news that head coach Greg Van Zant will not be returning next season, the WVU baseball program is prepared to head in a different direction as it is entering arguably the best baseball conference in America next year. While all of these teams have jobs to do on the field, you – as students – have a job to do, as well. Go out and support all of these teams. Being a Mountaineer fan isn’t just about going to the games. It’s about a one-of-a-

kind, unique experience, and there are a few things you should know before you make your way to your first football game this fall:  As a student, you are going to be a part of one of the loudest, rowdiest and most feared student sections in the country. And you better be ready to pull your weight. That means you can’t just sit there and watch the games. Get up and be as loud as you possibly can. Show people across the nation why the Mountaineer Maniacs make Milan Puskar Stadium and the Coliseum two of the toughest venues to play in.  Stay for the whole game. As a student, I can honestly say it’s an amazing experience to hear an entire crowd sing “Country Roads” after a WVU victory, and knowing that you’re taking part in a big

tradition like that can make it even better.  Lastly, don’t just support the football and basketball teams. Those might be the two biggest sports, but going to soccer games and some of the other non-revenue sports this school has to offer is an experience that is great as well, especially for a freshman. It’s another good chance to get out there and meet new people and get accustomed to what goes on here in Morgantown. Once again, welcome to West Virginia University, and be ready for what should be another outstanding year for Mountaineer athletics. So, get out there and attend the games. Have fun, be loud, but above all, be responsible and enjoy your first year.






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Mountaineer Maniacs name new director for 2012-13 school year BY JOHN TERRY


The Mountaineer Maniacs have a new leader. Chris Northrup, a junior sport psychology student, was named the director of the Mountaineer Maniacs for the 2012-13 school year, replacing last year’s director, Steve Staffileno. Northrup was the community outreach coordinator of the Maniacs last year and was a community service chair the previous year. “It’s always been a dream and goal of mine to be involved since I’ve been a freshman here,” Northrup said. “I can’t wait to work with the students to bring different people with different backgrounds in to promote the different sports.” Northrup said his biggest focus this year will be improving attendance for both revenue and non-revenue sports. “Over the past few years, we’ve struggled with attendance,” he said. “We’re going to implement a couple different strategies.” He said the Maniacs have been considering a text alert system and sending weekly newsletters to members. The Maniacs had just fewer than 4,000 members this past season, and Northrup hopes that number will increase next year. He estimated about 700 people have signed up so far. Northrup also wants to define what it means to be a Mountaineer Maniac, he said. “We want to set an example and self-police the behavior,” he said. “Obviously, at any university, it’s difficult to police everybody.” Northrup said he thought the behavior at sporting events improved over the last year and there “were no incidents that were out of the ordinary.” He also said the Maniacs hope to continue the T-shirt amnesty program, which allows students to redeem an

inappropriate shirt for a gift certificate. There has been speculation after poor student turnout to football games in fall 2011 that the 12,500 student seats might be reduced. Northrup said he is not in favor of any reductions. “Our athletic director does one of the best jobs in the country giving our students premier seats,” Northrup said. “Upperdeck on the 50-yard line, that doesn’t happen at most universities. “As far as a reduction, I think that this year with the quality of teams that are going to come in, I’ll be shocked if every game doesn’t go into the lottery.” He said the transition to the Big 12 Conference will give WVU a chance to rid itself of the “bad fan” label. “I think it’s going to be our time to show the nation that West Virginia fans are very welcoming,” Northrup said. Playing in the Big 12 will also create difficulties for the Maniacs to travel to away games. Northrup said the Maniacs will probably take a trip to the Sept. 15 game against James Madison at FedEx Field outside of D.C. “It’s more feasible since it’s not going to be an overnight trip,” Northrup said. “It’ll be fun to see a game in an NFL stadium.” Northrup said he will also keep an emphasis on community outreach programs. He said the “Meal a Month” program, where Maniacs serve a meal at different soup kitchens around Morgantown, is going to continue. The Maniacs will also purchase two season tickets to men’s basketball and football games to create a “Tickets for Veterans” program. The tickets will then be given away to veterans. “I want to make the state as a whole to be proud of what we represent,” Northrup said.





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Club sports provide options for WVU students BY JOHN TERRY


Just a small percentage of the incoming freshmen at West Virginia University will be on a varsity athletic team, but that doesn’t mean the ones who aren’t can’t be athletes. That’s where club sports come into play. With 38 different club sport teams at WVU, outgoing Club Sports Federation President Jared Fabian said there is something for everyone. And the number of club sports teams continues to grow. Fabian said the number of teams has increased every year since the Club Sports Federation was founded. “By the end of the school year in 2013, our goal is to have more than 50 teams,” he said. Recently, club sports at West Virginia University have gotten a boost with the $8.4 million

state-of-the-art recreational fields, located in three different areas around Morgantown. “The new facilities are going to help us get kids involved because there will be more attention on club sports,” Fabian said. “I expect participation to increase more than it has in the past years. Students are going to be able to see all the activities go on, and they will want to become a part of it.” The new recreational fields will provide West Virginia club sport teams the ability to host tournaments and games in Morgantown, something Fabian said a lot of the teams haven’t been able to do in the past. In fact, Fabian said the rugby teams are the only teams that have hosted tournaments before. “I want to have five to seven tournaments,” Fabian said. “These new facilities will help

us put on tournaments. Hosting tournaments will help us raise more money.” The Club Sports Federation is responsible for dividing funds between the 38 teams. The federation will receive $100,000 from the University this year, after receiving $75,000 last year. The money is allocated based on the number of members and estimated budget. In past years, a team’s community service was taken into consideration, but that is now mandatory for all club sports teams. Fabian said it still isn’t enough, and most teams must charge dues. The amount varies based on the team’s budget. Fabian, who was also involved with the baseball team, said it charged its members $250 last year.

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Continued from PAGE 54 loyalty-based lottery. Students are awarded their points for the lottery throughout the season based on seniority and loyalty points. Before the season starts, all students will have at least one point. Seniors and graduate students start with five points, juniors have three, sophomores have two and freshmen have one. From there, for every game the student attends they will gain an additional point. After the season is over, 20 percent of the points a student earned will be carried over to the next year. Wells described the lottery system used as much like that of the NBA draft and said the lottery is usually used as many as four or five times per season. He said if students want to make sure they have a ticket for the bigger home games, like Oklahoma on Nov. 17, they should make sure to attend the smaller games at the beginning of the year such as Marshall in the season opener on Sept. 1. “The more points you have, the more chance they’ll have

to win a ticket,” Wells said. “It’s possible that someone who is a freshman and just has one point can win a ticket, but the seniors with five points are more likely because they’ll have five chances to win one, whereas the freshman will just have the one.” Once the request period is over, tickets will be distributed to the students and another email will be sent to the students’ MIX accounts telling them where to go to claim and print out the ticket. Go back to www.WVUgame. com and sign in using the same username and password. This time, the students will click “Claim Ticket.” Students will have two days to claim their ticket, and any ticket that goes unclaimed will be taken away and given to students who didn’t get a ticket on a first-come, first-served basis. The ticket will be used by students to enter the games, along with their valid WVU Student ID. Students will enter Milan Puskar Stadium through the east side of the stadium. Gates will open 90 minutes before kickoff, and since the seating is general admission, there are no assigned seats.



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For every home football game, West Virginia University makes 12,500 student tickets available. The majority of the seating is in the upper deck at Milan Puskar Stadium, and tickets are distributed through a loyalty and seniority-based process. This is the eighth season tickets have been given out this way, and WVU’s Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Sales, Matt Wells, said he feels the system is the best way for the school to handle giving out tickets to the students who want to attend games. “If you look at the system, the fact that there’s a second chance for students to get a ticket, if they didn’t request one or didn’t get one in the lottery, is great,” Wells said. “I can tell you, in the first seven years of this program, there’s never been a game where all the tickets were claimed in the initial claim phase. “There’s always a chance for every student who wants to

watch the game to get to go.” To request a ticket, students should go to www.WVUgame. com. Once there, click on the “Student Tickets” tab before clicking “Get Tickets” and being sent to the student ticketing website. When logging into the student ticketing site, students will use their MIX username. The password will be the last six digits of their student ID number. After that, students will be able to click “Request Ticket” for whatever game is highlighted in yellow. If the game is not highlighted in yellow, students aren’t able to request a ticket for that game yet. When requesting a ticket for the first time, students can only request one ticket. For the first home game of the season against Marshall on Saturday, Sept. 1, students will be allowed to request their ticket starting Saturday, Aug. 25 at 12:01 a.m. They will then have until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26 to claim their ticket.

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Wells said students should try logging into the site prior to when they want to request tickets for the first time, so they can get comfortable with where they’re supposed to go. “It’s important because it’s a new process for them,” Wells said. “It’ll help them learn how to log on. The key thing is that they make sure to request that ticket in the initial request phase.” Students will get the choice to sit in the “lower level,” “upper level” or “Maniacs.” All members of the Mountaineer Maniacs sit in the upper section of Milan Puskar Stadium, which is where most of the available student seating is located. After students request their tickets, an email is sent to the student’s MIX account to confirm that the ticket has been requested. If, after the request period has ended, there were more than 12,500 tickets requested, tickets will be distributed to students through a

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Located in the center of the Evansdale Campus, the West Virginia University Student Recreation Center has been a huge success since it opened in 2001. The s t at e - o f- t h e - a r t, 177,000-square-foot facility is located just a short walk away from Towers. Rec Center Director Dave Taylor says much of that success is due to the variety of activities students can do while there. “Th e Rec Center is a facility that has a lot of choices under one roof,” Taylor said. “A lot of our students will come out to play basketball or go out on the track, and there are a lot of students who are dedicated to the weight and fitness at the Rec Center.” The Rec Center has six basketball courts – which are also used for badminton and volleyball – a 50-foot rock climbing wall, a three-lane, elevated track and an aquatic center, which includes a six-lane, 25yard lap and fitness pool, a hot tub and a whirlpool. Overlooking the aquatic center is the cardio and


weight training areas. This is a 17,000-square-foot area that offers a variety of equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, weight machines and free weights. The Rec Center also has a squash court and three racquetball courts. With the large variety of things for students to do, another thing that has been able to keep the Rec Center popular across campus is the classes offered there, including Zumba, yoga, spinning and karate. There are more than 50 classes offered at the Rec Center at all times of the day, making it perfect for students who have to balance their time to exercise with class and work. “The group-exercise classes are usually taught in the evenings when students aren’t in class,” Taylor said. “It’s a positive that we open at 6 in the morning and close at midnight on Monday through Thursday. “That makes it so that we can fit just anybody’s schedule as far as classes go.” Even with all of these great options the WVU Rec Center has to offer, Taylor says there is one thing that really makes

this stand out compared to a lot of the other gyms in the area. Everything is free for students. To gain entry into the Rec Center, all students need to do is swipe their Student ID card. Taylor said at one time they did charge for classes, but that changed five years ago when they decided it would be best for the students. “We realized the attendance in those classes was not what we were expecting,” he said. “We are concerned about the health and wellness of our students, and once we opened up those classes, our attendance skyrocketed.” And, when it comes down to it, it’s all about being able to do what you like to stay in shape. “For a lot of students, this is an opportunity to continue on a wellness path,” Taylor said. “The earlier in our lives that we get on a wellness path, the better off it’s going to be later in life. “Hopefully we can help get students establish these excellent health habits.”

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Embrace candid moments at college By Casey McDermott


his is the part where I'm supposed to reassure you that you're in for the kind of Penn State experience you see in the admissions brochures. I say this, in part, because I know that's what I would've wanted someone to tell me three years ago. Really, that's what I was telling MY OPINION myself three years ago. I didn't grow up bleeding blue and white. In fact, Penn State was barely on my radar until I noticed that nearly everyone else from my suburban Pittsburgh high school seemed to be shipping off an application to University Park and talking up Happy Valley like it was heaven on earth. Somehow, Penn State went from an afterthought to the place I saw myself having the picture-perfect college experience. Looking back, I have to give the folks at Undergraduate Admissions credit. Sure, I had plenty of people telling me this was a great place to spend four years. I knew it had enough majors to accomodate my uncertainty when it came to what I wanted to do with life after college. I was impressed with what I saw on the student newspaper's website, too — I wasn't convinced that journalism was for me, but The Daily Collegian seemed like a good place to find out. But I had little go on beyond the handful of testimonials from friends' siblings and the pile of painstakingly researched "pro-con"

lists I'd amassed by the end of senior year. So it was those glossy brochures — and a few brief day trips to campus, parts of which looked like they could have been Photoshopped in real life — that, in a big way, helped to sell me. This is what college is supposed to look like, I thought, picturing myself among the kids strolling alongside emerald stretches of the Pattee Mall or laughing with friends in a cozy student lounge. I'd have no reason not to walk wide-eyed to class every morning. I'd have no problem balancing my homework and a social life. I'd find time to get involved in a dance club, or maybe seek out a spot in student government, on top of writing for the newspaper. I'd settle into a tight-knit group of friends freshman year, and we'd stick together through commencement. I'd feel right at home the moment I started singing the Alma Mater in the student section at Beaver Stadium. And I'd be donning perfect Penn State blue and white attire at every chance I got, of course. I'm not sure when it was — maybe the moment I tumbled in front of a 300-person class my first semester, spilling coffee and my books across the floor; or the moment I found myself wringing out my ballet flats after slushing through campus in a downpour; or the moment I found myself scrambling to find my class because I'd written down the wrong room number — but I soon realized there were parts of the college experience they left out of those admissions brochures for a reason. Brace yourself for your own set of cringeworthy experiences, the

countless times when you’ll find yourself thankful there was no one around to capture the moment on film and forward it along to thousands of prospective students. As for the way I pictured other aspects of my life panning out: Most mornings, I'm lucky if it doesn't take two alarms and two espresso shots to start my day. It takes a few calendars to get my schedule sorted out on a given week. I haven’t learned my lesson when it comes to procrastinating homework. I figured out that I usually prefer a quiet Saturday night to the awkwardness I felt at crowded State College parties. I tried feigning interest in football for a season or two, but I usually got too cold to care about the score and ended up losing interest by halftime. I didn't find a pack of lifelong friends right away, and I abandoned the dance and student leadership goals I first had in mind — in favor of falling in love with the home away from home I found at the Collegian. So I’m not going to tell you the next few years will be everything you picture as you prepare to move in later this month. Instead, I’ll leave you with this: Don't spend your time trying to recreate someone else’s Penn State or trying to make yours stick to the image you now have in mind. The experiences in college you never saw coming are the ones you stand to learn the most from. Somewhere along the way, I learned it’s worth embracing the candid moments — photos and otherwise. I hope you do the same. Casey McDermott is a senior majoring in journalism and sociology, and she is the Collegian's editor in chief. Email her at

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Without fail, your first semester at Penn State will go by faster than you ever could have expected. One day, you’re saying goodbye to Mom and Dad after you’ve settled into your dorm; the next, you’re rounding out your first finals week of your college career. From important sessions for new students at University Park to major campus events, break out your planner and make sure to take note of the dates below:

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2:30 p.m. Downtown LOOP Tour, guide to getting around on the Centre Area Transportation Authority bus system 7:45 p.m. President’s New Student Convocation at the Bryce Jordan Center

Aug. 26

11 a.m. First Sunday: Open House at Pasquerilla Center 5:30 p.m. Multicultural Resource Center and Paul Robeson Cultural Center Fall Orientation for New Students 8 p.m. Be A Part From The Start at Rec Hall, teaches new students about Penn State traditions, fight songs and more

Aug. 27

First day of classes

Aug. 27 & 28

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Involvement Days for Student Organizations and Campus Resources at HUBRobeson Center’s Alumni Hall

Aug. 29

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Involvement Days Volunteer Fair at HUBRobeson Center’s Alumni Hall

Aug. 30

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Involvement Days for Fraternity and Sorority Life at HUBRobeson Center’s Alumni Hall

4:30 p.m. Study Abroad 101, 117 HUB Auditorium

Sept. 3

Labor Day, no classes

Sept. 5

Oct. 2

7 p.m. Homecoming For The Glory Talent Show, Eisenhower Auditorium

Oct. 5

6 p.m. Homecoming Parade 9 p.m. Homecoming Pep Rally

First deadline to drop fall semester classes 7 - 9 p.m. 5th Annual Student Patio Party, Eisenhower Auditorium Patio

Oct. 6

Sept. 7

Oct. 19 - 21

5:30 p.m. Nittany Welcome Block Party, Pollock Road outside the HUB-Robeson Center

Sept. 6

Noon Homecoming football game vs. Northwestern THON Canning Weekend No. 2

Oct. 21

Last day to file final exam schedule conflicts

Late drop period begins 8 a.m. First deadline to add fall semester classes

Nov. 9 - 11

Sept. 7

Nov. 12

Late registration period begins

Sept. 8

Fresh START Day of Service

Sept. 11 - 13

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fall Career Days, Bryce Jordan Center

Sept. 12 & 13

10 a.m. - 6 p.m. University Libraries’ Open House

Sept. 22

Blue Out football game vs. Temple

Sept. 28 - 30

THON Canning Weekend No. 1

Sept. 30

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fall 2012 Housing Fair, HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall

THON Canning Weekend No. 3 Noon First day to request oncampus housing contracts for 2013-14

Nov. 16

Deadline to late drop classes

Nov. 18 - 24

Thanksgiving break, no classes

Nov. 29

Noon Deadline to request oncampus housing contracts for 2013-14 for Eastview Terrace, Nittany Apartments, suites, singles and Special Living Options

Dec. 14

Last day of classes Deadline to withdraw

Dec. 17 - 21 Final exams

Oct. 1

4 - 7 p.m. Homecoming East Halls Celebration, Findlay Commons

Sources: 2012 Fall Semester Orientation Express, Penn State academic calendar, Penn State Homecoming,, eLiving



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Meet your Penn State administrators President Rodney Erickson

Current President Rodney Erickson assumed his role as chief executive of the university on Nov. 9, 2011 after former President Graham Spanier was removed from his position by the Board of Trustees. Erickson will serve as Penn State’s president Erickson until 2014. Erickson came to Penn State in 1977 and served in leadership positions. Prior to assuming the role of president, Erickson served as the executive vice president and provostsince July 1999. As executive vice president, Erickson most notably oversaw the Academic Program and Administrative Services Review Core Council which was a group charged with identifying areas where the university could cut millions of dollars in costs. Erickson holds a bachelor of arts and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and has a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington in 1973.

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Robert Pangborn

Robert Pangborn assumed the role of Interim Executive Vice President and Provost in November 2011 after Rodney E r i c k s o n assumed the role of president. Prior to assuming the executive vice president role, Pangborn served as vice Pangborn president and dean for undergraduate education since 2006. Pangborn holds B.S. and A.B. degrees from Rutgers University in Civil Engineering and Business Administration, respectively, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanics and Materials Science. As executive vice president and provost, Pangborn serves as the

university’s chief academic officer and is highly involved in decisions related to education.

Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Rodney Kirsch

Rodney Kirsch has served Penn State since February 1996, first as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations and since May 2006 as Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. Kirsch graduated summa cum laude from the Kirsch University of North Dakota with a bachelor of arts in English and minors in German and history, and he earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from Indiana University in Bloomington. In his post, Kirsch oversees all Penn State development and fundraising efforts.

Vice President for Educational Equity W. Terrell Jones

As Vice Provost of Educational Equity, Jones is responsible for implementing Penn State’s strategic plan in support of diversity. Jones is a member with the Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology at Penn State, a board member of I n t e r n a t i o n a l Jones Partnership for Service Learning and has taught courses on race relations and cross-cultural counseling. Jones was also the president of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education, Inc., from 2008 to 2010. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University, Jones earned both masters and doctoral degrees in Student Personnel Services from Penn State.

Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/ Treasurer David Gray

David Gray, who was appointed early this year, leads Penn State’s financial endowment as well as oversees the administrative and business activities of all Penn State campuses. Gray also oversees Penn State’s Office of Physical Plan, University Police as well as the offices of H u m a n Gray Resources, Investment Management, Auxiliary and Business Services, Corporate Controller and Legal Services. Gray is a Penn State alumnus, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1977 as well as a master’s degree in public administration in 1979. Gray has worked for the University of Massachusetts, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and served on the House Education Committee Republican Research Staff for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Vice President for Vice President for Research and Dean of the University Relations Graduate School Henry William Mahon William Mahon currently serves Foley as the vice president for university

Henry “Hank” Foley assumed the role of Vice President for Research in January 2010. Prior to assuming that post, Foley served as the Dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology since November of 2006. Foley is responsibile for oversee- Foley ing Penn State research -- a Penn State enterprise that spends over $700 million a year. He also oversees the graduate school that’s home to over 150 post-undergraduate programs and options. Before coming to Penn State, he was a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware. There, he also was director of the University's Center for Catalytic Science and Technology. Foley's industrial experience includes working for American Cyanamid Company.

Vice President for Vice President for Student Administration Tom Poole Tom Poole serves essentially as Affairs Damon Sims

the president’s “chief of staff.” He supervises the staff, including the office of the Board of Trustees. Prior to this position, Poole served for nine years as Associate Vice Provost for Educational Equity at Penn State. Poole earned a B.A. from Roberts Poole Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. from Penn State in religious social ethics. Poole is a member of the President's Council, the University Faculty Senate, the Campus Environment Team, and the Emergency Management Group, and chairs the Facilities Naming Committee and the Honorary Degree Committee.

Sims began his role as Vice President for Student Affairs in August 2008 after working at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 1982. Sims also works as an Associate Professor at Penn State at both the Dickinson School of Law and the Sims College of Education. Sims is also an attorney who has worked on child sex abuse cases as well as been a legal consultant to other colleges. Sims received his law degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania after receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science and history and doing graduate work in journalism.

relations. Prior to assuming his role as vice president, Mahon worked as Penn State’s director of public information. In his post as Vice President for University Relations, Mahon Mahon oversees a few major areas. He oversees public relations, -including crisis management and major campus events -- marketing efforts, research communications, campus and community affairs and internet communications.

Vice President and General Counsel Stephen Dunham

Dunham, who was instated as Vice President and General Council earlier this month, heads Penn State’s legal offices, as well as provides legal advice to various other entities at the university including the Board of Trustees. Dunham is a 1966 graduate of Dunham P r i n c e t o n University and a 1969 graduate of Yale Law School. He has worked as vice president and general council of other universities, most recently at John Hopkins University where he has been since 2005. Dunham has also been a member of the Board of Directors and a Fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, a director of the American Judicature Society and chair of the executive committee of the Colorado Lawyers' Committee. Source: Penn State Live, Collegian Archives Compiled by Collegian Staff writers Adam Lidgett and Anna Orso.


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Ways to handle living with your roommate By Lauren Blum FOR THE COLLEGIAN

One of the most exciting yet nerve-wracking aspects of transitioning into college for many incoming freshmen is adjusting to living in a dorm with a new roommate. Acclimating to sharing a space and changing old habits in order to respect one's roommate may be unnatural at first, but after awhile, one feels relaxed and at home. Many LEAP students who attended summer session were able to have an early experience of living with roommates. “It was a little difficult at first learning how to live with other people but as long as you communicate with each other, you can get along fine,” Sarah Schuchman (freshman-undergraduate studies) said. “My roommates and I talk all the time and get along really well.” Communication is a key aspect to establish on the very first day. With communication and an open mind, roommates can sort out any

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In this photo illustration, two male roommates feud. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid toxic roommate situations. problems, insecurities or boundaries that may need to be set in order to be comfortable with one another. “Incoming freshman should try to keep an open mind when deal-

ing with their roommates and the best way to fix any drama is to communicate,” Emily Wajert (junior-education) said. “Even though we had a few tough times in the beginning we ended up being best

friends by the end of the year.” Along with communication, roommates should establish rules right away in order to have a smoother transition. “Set the rules on the first day including code words, quiet hours and room cleanliness,” Sarah Doyle (freshman-undergraduate studies) said. “You don't have to be best friends with your roommate but you have to respect living with them.” The idea of having to share a dorm with limited closet and cabinet space is slightly overwhelming for some students, but in time, sharing one's space with a new friend is easy. “You need to learn to share a closet, drawers, cabinets and a fridge that are kind of small which is different for most people,” Sam Jenkins (freshman-business administration) said. “However, after a few days, we were totally fine with it and found it easy to fit all of our stuff we brought from home.” For most roommates, it doesn't

take long for lasting friendships to form. Brigid Colligan (freshmannursing), who attended summer session, became close with her roommate from the start and is planning on rooming with her again in the fall. “I felt a tad insecure at first, but my current roommate is one of the sweetest, most respectful and polite people I know and we both get along really well,” Colligan said. “I look forward to rooming with her because we are so close that I won't feel as guilty if I'm not completely tidy or if I’d do something random or weird.” Although moving in may seem intimidating, meeting new people and making new friendships is one of the greatest parts of the college experience. “Having a roommate may not seem convenient all the time, but living with new people is a lot of fun and I’m excited to have three more roommates in the fall,” Tom Mullin (freshman- undergraduate studies) said.


Tips to establish good roommate relations By Mike Hricik Rooming with someone can mean forming a closer relationship than marriage. After all, how many married couples spend several hours in a cramped space every day? Few could stand that, but roommates must. Some married couples grow more and more MY OPINION in love as time passes. Others turn resentful and divorce. The same dynamics work in the apartments and dorms dotting Centre County. Having learned from the best roommates and endured the worst, here are some realistic

steps to make sure you can at up with a truly intolerable person. least tolerate your new living situ- Speak with your RA or landlord if ation. roommate drama becomes unmanageable and agree on the Keep standards low next logical step. I place emphasis on the word Penn State’s eLiving site also “tolerate.” includes a direct room exchange More likely than not, even if option for students living on camyour landlord has assigned you to pus. live with your best friend, hard Establish duties early times await. We’re all Penn State and we’re As corny as it may sound, writall human. Your roommate may ing down a list of responsibilities fall weeks behind on laundry, and expectations on move-in day causing the room to smell like old with your roommate will lessen feet. Such annoyances are too frustration for an entire year. common because of the diverse Agree upon cleaning duties, bed backgrounds new students come times, acceptable music volume from. levels and anything else that The ultimate goal of rooming comes to mind. with someone should be to build a If you choose not to do that, mutual understanding where simple communication goes a each person meets his or her own long way. If your roommate does responsibilities. something you dislike, call him or But, that doesn't mean putting her out on it immediately. If the


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issue stays unresolved, a simple pet peeve can turn into a grudge.

Leave the baggage at home

Believe it or not, you will cause about at least some of the problems in your living situation. Curb bad or annoying habits out of reverence for the other person in the room. He or she is as reluctant as you to live with someone outside of the family tree. Yes, it might be time to stop Skyping with your significant other constantly or spending all day in only boxers.

Find an escape

RAs, parents and others often default to a classic bit of advice for new students: “Keep your door open and introduce yourself to everyone.” Heed that advice

because it has more implications than staving off depression and loneliness. You need a place to go other than your room for sanity's sake. Going to someone else's room and engaging in a conversation can ease “domestic” problems.

Attempt friendship

Here’s the best case roommate scenario: you make a new friend, perhaps the most valuable asset a person can take from college. Bonding by going to the gym, eating at a local restaurant or playing video games can allow that to happen. Don't shut yourself off to a new experience if urged by your roommate. Mike Hricik is a junior majoring in print journalism and is a Collegian staff writer. Email him at


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You've all heard the rumors: College food makes people sick, or that you'll grow an abnormal body part if you eat certain things. However, the dining commons at Penn State might change your perspective on how college food really is. Sure, your Lion Cash funds can be used at some restaurants downtown, but after a while, things start to become a bit expensive. Eating on campus is a great way to save money, while allowing yourself to indulge in a wide variety of foods, in comfortable, buffet settings. There are five different dining commons on campus, each accessible with your meal points, and conveniently located near each area of residence halls. (3): In the East Halls, there lies Findlay Commons. Findlay Commons is the largest dining commons on campus. Within Findlay Commons, there is Fresh Express, a lower-calorie oriented food bar, that allows students to eat specific, fresh combinations of foods such as made-toorder pastas and stir-frys. The Sol de Cobre bar is an all you can eat station spiced up with mexican food options. The Big Onion food bar is filled with many popular food options such as pizza, cheesesteaks and salads. “If I could recommend any food here, it would be the pizza,” Lauren Glass (freshman-division of undergraduate studies) said. “I pretty much eat it everyday.” Another designated dining hall closely located to freshmen residence halls is Pollock Commons, within the Pollock Residence Halls. Pollock Commons is an all-youcan-eat dining experience, where everything is served on plates, in a platform style service, ready to be grabbed for convenience. Within Pollock, like Findlay, there are specific food bars, including



Leaf, Gusto, Swirl, and Envy. Leaf is known for its fresh salads, and different soups everyday. Gusto is the station for all italian eateries, such as pasta, pizza, and breadsticks. Swirl is the bakery station, and Envy is the fruit bar. “At Pollock, the greatest thing is the mashed potatoes,” Aryanna Hanson (freshman-psychology) said. “Everyone should eat them all of the time.” Besides the food aspect of the commons, the respectable couch areas of Pollock have a comfortable feel for the students here at Penn State. “I usually hang out with my

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friends after I eat for a while,” Kelly Dowd (freshman-business) said. “It's very comfortable here.” The South Food District, also known as Redifer Commons, is unique due to its food court style eateries. Within Redifer Commons, there are 11 different options for all-you-can-eat dining venues. Some of these include The Southside Buffet, City Grill, Fresco y Caliente, Hot Steel and Noodles and Urban Garden. The North Food District, known as Warnock Commons, also includes all-you-can-eat buffets with various options. Within Warnock, you could find made-to-

order pasta at RigaTony's or grilled sandwiches at The Bluespoon Market. Last, but not least, the West Food District at Waring Square by the West Residence Hall is notoriously known for chocolate chip cookies. But besides the fresh desserts, West offers made-toorder sandwiches at The West Wing, and organic food options at the Sisu bar. Although not high up on your lists for reasons to attend Penn State, the food here is definitely a plus, with its wide variety of options, locations, and convenience.

Students generally attend Penn State for its academics, athletics, social life and pride. However, there's another large incentive for attending school at Penn State that probably was not on your lists — the ice cream, straight from Penn State's own Berkey Creamery. Given its name due to donations from Jeanne and Earl Berkey, the creamery has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College community since Penn State's earliest beginnings. From its origin in the College Barns behind Old Main in 1865, to its newly renovated store attached to the Food Sciences building in 2006, the Berkey Creamery has had its fair share of changes, only to be continuously followed and supported by its biggest fans - the students. “Our busiest times are in between classes,” Jim Brown, Assistant Manager of the Berkey Creamery said. “Instead of going back to their dorms, students can come here and study while grabbing a snack or having some ice cream.” With well over 100 different flavors of ice cream, 10 different flavors of frozen yogurt, and six sherbet flavors, The Berkey Creamery has something sweet for everyone. “I really love Pralines and Cream, but they seem to rarely have it,” Alicia Dannibale (freshman-kinesiology) said. “I also love the fact that you can use your meal points.”



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STAFF PICKS There are plenty of downtown locations that offer delicious late night meals for all of the Penn State night owls. The Daily Collegian staff offers their best bets for any midnight craving. CASEY MCDERMOTT, EDITOR IN CHIEF “I’ll admit to being a sucker for the standard pizza and Pokey Stix. But if I had my choice most nights, I’d go for ‘real’ food. It’s not open quite as late as some other places, but Champs Sports Grill does deliver until about 12:45 a.m. and has pulled through plenty of times with delivery of a full pasta meal, complete with salad and the works.” McDermott





“As an avid lover of everything sweet, there’s no better late-night delivery than Insomnia Cookies. The cookies and brownies, which can be ordered with toppings, are always warm and soft when they get to my door. And seriously, the place delivers ice cream. I repeat: They deliver ice cream. Do I need another reason?”

SARAH FINNEGAN, PHOTO EDITOR “I conveniently live above Gumby’s so needless to say I have ordered Pokey Stix on countless occasions. The sizes vary so you can feed almost any size group. Gumby’s also happens to be open until 3 a.m. Just whatever you do, don’t try to save any of the leftovers you may have. Throw them out — you will regret eating day-old Pokey Stix.” Finnegan


PAIGE MINEMYER, NEWS EDITOR “Despite the other fast food offerings downtown, there is nothing better than eating a pile of greasy Taco Bell tacos at 2 a.m. There’s something about hot sauce in the middle of the night that really just rejuvenates a person. And plus, they offer giant sodas and Doritos and all other sorts of perfect snacks for late night hunger pangs.” Minemyer



“This is a pretty obvious choice, but State College’s McDonald’s, open 24/7, is the cheapest, fastest, best-located eatery in Happy Valley. Though places like Canyon Pizza might be more traditional, when it’s 3 a.m. on a Saturday night, who can turn down a good ‘ol Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese meal? I know I sure can’t.”


“Don’t eat out late at night. The temptation is to indulge in dollar slices of pizza at 2 a.m., but it will also lead to you gorging yourself on said low-cost temptations, as well as spending more money than you think you will — these dollar slices do add up eventually. Eating in your apartment will save you money, and heartburn, in the end.”

STEPHEN PIANOVICH, FOOTBALL REPORTER “Sick of long lines at Canyon Pizza? Then just take a few steps down the street and head to Grillers to cure your late night hunger. Grillers has variety and value, and you can get a grilled cheese, a hot dog or a taco for a dollar. If you’re seeking a short wait and a delicious other snack, look no further than Grillers.” Pianovich

JOSHUA GLOSSNER, COPY DESK CHIEF “Who doesn’t love a great sub as a midnight snack? Sure, Subway probably is not the first downtown restaurant that you would choose as a late night eatery, but hey, a five dollar foot-long is baller no matter when you eat it. And if you’re hungry for something sweet, grab cookies to accompany this already delicious bite to eat.” Glossner

“Wings are my thing, and the best place to go downtown late at night is definietly Canyon Wings. Nestled in the Beaver Canyon, they have a hefty list of flavors along with the choice of bone and boneless wings. Many a night I have shared with friends tucked into a booth, chowing down on some honey bar-b-que boners.”



“When one is up late studying and looking for a quick bite to eat, there is nowhere better to indulge then at Pita Pit. The pitas are reasonably priced, it provides a healthier option for those who are trying to avoid the ‘freshman 15’ and it is open until 3 a.m. My favorites are the gyro and the chicken ceaser pitas.”


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LOOKING BACK Current students offer advice to freshmen After spending some time at Penn State, you develop some tricks of the trade when it comes to dealing with classes, extracurriculars, roommates, friends and everything inbetween. Here, some of the veterans of University Park give a few tips for the new kids on the block:

ASHLEY HIDALGO SENIOR-PSYCHOLOGY “I think my number one thing that I would tell freshmen is to get involved really early, that way you can find out what your interests are and definitely make a big impact in your community and on campus.”

SARAN PATEM SOPHOMORE -PREMEDICINE “Work hard and also have fun; don't go crazy or anything, but make sure you maintain your grades. Have a good balance between education and making sure you don't overload yourself with work.”

JULIANNE PEKNY SOPHOMORE-BIOLOGY “Whenever I was a freshman I met a lot of my really great friends the first couple weeks I was here, so my advice would be to keep a really open mind to different people you meet and everyone’s different ideas.”


REYNALDO RIBOUL SENIOR-KINESIOLOGY “Find the easiest job that pays the most money for all of school.”


S E N I O R - S E C O N D A R Y E D U C AT I O N S O P H O M O R E - J O U R N A L I S M “Get involved in THON.”

“Map out your class route before your first day.”

Compiled by Megan Henney and Tess Stairiker



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GOING FORWARD Summer LEAPers share lessons learned Summer Session II each year offers a group of freshmen to get a head start on their peers for the fall by taking a few classes and adjusting to the campus in a much less bustling setting. This summer, they picked up a few key tips that could help those jumping into Penn State in the fall:

JIM BRESLIN BUSINESS “Keep a lot of water bottles in your room.”


TYLER MARGOLIS D I V I S I O N O F U N D E R G R A D U AT E STUDIES “Do your homework, or you’ll have no idea what’s going on in class.”

DYLAN SUNDY D I V I S I O N O F U N D E R G R A D U AT E STUDIES “Don’t come with any preconceived notions.”

“Make sure to communicate with your roommate before you get there so you don't bring double things.”

VICTORIA SOFF H E A LT H & H U M A N DEVELOPMENT “Don’t be shy and don't be overwhelmed about being on your own.”

JIERU WANG BUSINESS “Pollock Halls are way better than East.”

Compiled by Megan Henney and Tess Stairiker


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Buying books can be easy By Jess Savarese FOR THE COLLEGIAN

You may think you’re done making huge payments after sending in that final tuition bill, but you aren’t quite finished, because one last thing you’ll need for your classes is your books. An easy on-campus location to get them is at the Penn State Bookstore located in the HUBRobeson Center. They have a convenient system set up so students can swipe their ID+ cards and a computer will print out a list of books they need for every class. The Penn State Bookstore carries most of the books specifically required for classes, which makes it less of a hassle to buy the right books. The Bookstore also provides the option to buy books new or used. The used books tend to still be in good condition and offers an easy way to save money. Lindsay Grossman (freshmandivision of undergraduate studies)

Locations to buy books Penn State Bookstore, HUBRobeson Center Student Book Store, 330 E. College Ave. Neebo, 206 E. College Ave. said that’s where she went to get her books. Another option is the Student Book Store, 330 E. College Ave. This bookstore offers the same books and the option to rent books, providing yet another way for students to save money. “I like to rent them from The Student Bookstore,” said Sam McGowan (freshman-forensics). Some students said they prefer renting their books, especially after having to get books for five to six classes, as costs tend to add up quickly. For those who like to plan

ahead, buying books online before classes start can be even more helpful. “I get mine from Amazon because it’s cheaper. I’m also planning to rent them out after I’m done using them,” Kate Rouleau (freshman-international relations) said. Online sellers like Amazon, eBay and Craigslist will sell new and used books for what will most likely be the cheapest prices. The only downside to buying online is that it could take weeks for the books to be delivered. To get an idea of what books are needed if one wants to buy them in advance, eLion allows students to check online for specific courses. That said, some professors don’t actually require the books that are listed for the course. Regardless of how students go about buying or renting books, know that there have plenty of options with how to get them, some of which may be pricey.

Study spots, tutoring available By Shannon Sweeney FOR THE COLLEGIAN

Coming to a campus of over 40,000 students may pose difficulties to new students academically, but it is comforting to know that there is help right around the corner. In fact, help is closer than one may think. There are many study opportunities around Penn State to help students perform better academically as students begin their freshman year. “Take advantage of as many tutoring and studying opportunities as you can because they will help keep your grades up. I’m definitely going to do that while I’m here at Penn State, and I definitely suggest it to other freshmen,” said Kelly Murphy (freshmanaccounting). There are many on and off campus opportunities for tutoring, such as Nittany Notes and Penn State Learning. According to the Penn State Learning website, students can work with individual

tutors, study groups and team project work projects, located in the Boucke, Wagner and Sparks buildings on campus. As well as learning centers and tutoring opportunities, professors provide office hours to their students, where students can meet with their professors individually. “I definitely suggest talking to your professors and teacher’s assistants first. Utilize office hours because you’ll get to know your professor and you’ll also know what they’re looking for in assignments and papers,” said Aishia Correll (senior-health policy and administration). Correll, who also serves as a Resident Assistant, also said that RA’s will hold study groups throughout the year in the dormitories because each floor has a study area. “Going to RA study groups are always good, too. They help students out and usually there’s free food and drinks, which is also nice,” Correll said. Study groups are another bene-

ficial way of performing well academically, said Correll and Murphy. “Study groups are really helpful because chances are someone there will know something that you don’t and they can help you. They really help people out,” Murphy said. As for places to study, there are many places both on and off campus that are easily accessible to Penn State students. “The library is a really peaceful place to go to study, including the stacks. Other people there respect that you’re studying and it helps you concentrate since it’s quiet,” said Lauren Shevchek (freshmancommunication sciences and disorders). Correll also suggests going to the library, as well as areas in the commons, the Knowledge Commons and areas downtown. “As long as you use your resources wisely, like going to office hours and studying, you can definitely do well here at Penn State,” said Shevchek.

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STAFF PICKS Members of the Daily Collegian staff name their favorite places to study. CASEY MCDERMOTT, EDITOR IN CHIEF “Call it a side effect of working on deadline, but my studying is usually saved to the last minute — allnighters or quick bursts between classes. I count on bright, crowded spots like Redifer Commons to keep me awake during nocturnal cram sessions. For day-of prep, I focus better alone, so I hole up in quiet areas like the bridges in Chambers Building.” McDermott

ANNA ORSO, MANAGING EDITOR “I have this weird problem where I can’t retain any information unless I am in complete silence. When studying, I will likely choose a corner desk in an uninhabited classroom or a quiet area in the stacks of the Pattee Library. If there are people talking around me or playing music, I will scowl and walk away immediatly.”


PAIGE MINEMYER, NEWS EDITOR “I hate to study where other people are, I just get too easily distracted. So I am honestly one of those people who just prefer to study in their bedrooms. I shut the door and ignore my roommates, blast some music and get to business. And oddly enough, I typically find that my grades are better when I study to dubstep. Not quite sure why.” Minemyer



“Like Paige, I get easily distracted, so studying and I don’t get along. When I do attempt to study, though, I prefer to do it in solitude, so my bedroom is my most common choice. I think study rooms and the library are overrated, because I quickly found out a lot of people don’t know quiet and studying go hand-in-hand.”

JOSHUA GLOSSNER, COPY DESK CHIEF “While I enjoy some intense study sessions in my apartment with the Adele Pandora radio station in the background, I love going to libraries for some good hardcore studying. Libraries are some of the best study spots in State College, and it provides students with the sanctuary of peace and quiet. It just makes you want to hit the books.” Glossner

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Staying safe: The ins and outs By Tess Stairiker

Penn State University Police


Living in a dorm can be a completely new experience for new students, and the biggest worries they might have is learning how to do laundry, getting locked out of their room or getting lost. University Police Chief Tyrone Parham said that students often forget their own personal welfare when moving away from home. "I think it's always a challenge every year for the most because it's often a students' first time away from home,” he said. “Most students have never even done an overnight camp.” He said that University Police fields reports for a couple of common crimes, particularly thefts. Parham said students should lock the doors to their dorm rooms every time they leave, even if it's just to use the bathroom. “Because so many things tend to just walk off from the dorms, it's hard to believe that some students leave their room unlocked all day when they go to class,” he said. He also said ensuring that students avoid allowing other people to “piggyback” - or come in behind them without using their own cards to swipe in - is another way to prevent people from stealing items in the dorms. He said it may seem rude, but students should ask anyone coming in behind them to use their own cards. The Auxiliary Police hire students to “patrol the exterior areas of residence halls from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.” They also have to check the entrance doors to make sure the ID swipe works. Kevin Dougherty (freshmangraphic design) said, “Make sure you know the people in the dorm surrounding you.” Parham also stressed the importance of using locks on lockers on campus and locking bikes to the appropriate racks. Alcohol related incidents make up the other tier of crimes University Police deals with most often, Parham said. “A lot of times the people that drink too much are under 21,” he said. “Because they aren't used to drinking alcohol, they don't know the boundaries.”

Numbers and addresses to keep you safe

20 Eisenhower Parking Deck 814-865-1864

State College Police Department 243 S. Allen St. 814-234-7150

Centre County Women’s Resource Center 140 W. Nittany Ave. 814-234-5050

Security Escort Service via Penn State University Police 814-865-WALK (9255)

Emergency Numbers

Emergency: 9-1-1 Department: 814-863-1111

Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 501 Student Health Center Main number: 814.863.0395 Centre County CAN HELP: 1.800.643.5432

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Penn State detective Bill Wagner displays the University Police's new Vectrix electric motorcycle. University police have jurisdiction over on-campus incidents that necessitate police interference. He said the students who binge drink are the ones who run into serious situations, like assaults. He stressed that students stay in groups at night, as walking alone increases their chances of something happening. If a student is uncomfortable walking home alone, he or she can call for an escort from University Police at 814-865-WALK. Ryan Coleman (freshman-engineering) said, “Don't leave your dorm with people you don't know.”

A resident assistant also lives on each floor and they can always help students who are having safety issues. There are emergency phones all over campus, recognized by their blue lights. If you pick one up, it automatically dials the University Police . Parham also said new students tend forget that they can program the number for University Police into their phones to call the police quickly if they need.

“The students should really feel comfortable calling the police,” he said. Parham stressed that students should treat campus and the surrounding community the same way they would their hometown. “The same laws that apply in your hometown, apply here,” he said. Collegian staff writer Paige Minemyer contributed to this report.

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline

Penn State students from any campus can call 1-800-5507575 (TTY 866-714-7177) to access the 24 hour a day, seven day a week hotline.

Penn State Police Victim Resource Officer 814-863-1907

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This room can be found in the Simmons Residence Hall located in the South Residence Hall area on campus.

Dorm essentials for your freshman year By Jess Savarese FOR THE COLLEGIAN

Clothes, food, bedding, laptop, TV, school supplies — the list goes on when it comes to what you’ll need for your dorm. There’s so much that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by where to even begin. If you have an idea of what you want your room to look like, picking furniture and supplies can actually be fun. For starters, this list will cover the basic necessities:

Air Freshener

Sometimes the room may pick up an odd smell, especially if your roommate isn’t the cleanest person around, and you’ll want to get rid of it.

Alarm Clock

You won’t want to oversleep and miss that exam worth 20 percent of your grade.

Bed Risers

Not everyone uses them, but they help create additional storage space when the room sizes are so limited.

Wifi, so you’ll be using Ethernet all allergy medicine, cough drops, the time. The longer the cord, the or any other OTC drug. better, because you may have to stretch it across the room to reach Rug There will be nights when your Whether you’re doing it to decoyour desk. A 25’ cord should be roommate is asleep and you’ll rate or just to have something covfine. want a light to finish some lateering the floor, it’s nice to help night studying. Filtered Water Bottle keep the room looking clean. Any type of water filter will Box Fan Power Strip work: It’s easier and cheaper than With no air conditioning, the Your room will have a limited buying cases of plastic water botrooms can feel sweltering the first supply of outlets and there might tles. few weeks in fall and last few not be enough for the amount of weeks in spring. Food electronics you and your roomFor those worried about gaining mate have. Clothes the “Freshman 15,” bring your Don’t think you’re packing too Scale own supply of food. many t-shirts and sweats. That’ll Also for those worried about most likely be the majority of your Full Length Mirror gaining the “Freshman 15.” wardrobe when you’re going to It makes things a lot easier class. Get comfortable shoes when you’re getting ready to go School Supplies because you’ll be doing A LOT of It’s always good to have plenty somewhere, especially for girls. walking. of pens, pencils, a few highLaundry Basket lighters, notebooks, binders, PostCoffee Maker notes, index cards, It helps to get one that’s foldable It It’s perfect for early morning to make carrying it to and from scissors, tape and a stapler classes or late-night study sesthe laundry room easier. Also look handy. sions. for one with outside pockets for a Shoe Organizer place to hold detergent. Desk Organizer They come in all different It’s the easiest way to keep your Medicine shapes and sizes, but there are school supplies in order. Always have a bottle of some built specially to hang over Ibuprofen somewhere in the your closet door. Ethernet Cord room. You may also want The dorm rooms don’t have

Book Light/Overhead Lamp


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located in the HUB-Robeson Center

Shower Caddy

It’ll make carrying your soap and shampoo a breeze — pretty much a must-have.

Shower Flip-Flops

You won’t want to shower barefoot. Seriously


You’ll get plenty of use out of them when you’re hanging out with friends in your room and want to listen to music.

Storage Bins

They’re perfect for keeping miscellaneous items and can be stacked to work like an extra set of shelves.


There are plenty of TVs scattered throughout commons rooms, but sometimes it’s more convenient to have one in your own room.

Wall Decorations

Your room will automatically look nicer with your favorite posters or pictures of friends hanging up.


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YEAR IN REVIEW It’s been a whirlwind year at Penn State. Here’s a recap of some of the past year’s most memorable moments. EARTHQUAKE FELT August 23, 2011

An earthquake with its center near Washington, D.C. sent shockwaves throughout the Northeast -- including some felt right here in State College. Officials didn’t report injuries or damage in nearby areas as a result of the shakes, but the quake did cause evacuations of some classroom buildings throughout campus.

9/11 10TH ANNIVERSARY Sept. 11, 2011

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People evacuate during the quake.

PATERNO GETS WIN NO. 409 Oct. 29, 2011

The late former head coach Joe Paterno celebrated his 409th win against Illinois. The win made him the winningest Division I coach in history. However, in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky case, Paterno was stripped of this win, among others, as Collegian file photo part of a package of sanctions handed Joe Paterno accepts his award. down by the NCAA.

Collegian file photo

A service was in Shanksville, Pa.



In the wake of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky being charged with 40 counts of child sexual abuse, then-head coach Joe Paterno and then-President Graham Spanier were both removed from their positions by the Board of Trustees. Collegian file photo Students rioted in the streets followStudents riot after the firings. ing the announcement.


In the face of whirldwind week at Penn State, a Blue-Out game was held at Beaver Stadium against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Blue is the color associated with child abuse prevention. Prior to the start of the game, players Collegian file photo and coaches from both sides kneeled in prayer for those affected by child abuse. Students wear body paint.

JOE PATERNO DIES Jan. 22, 2012

After battling a stint with lung cancer, the former head coach Joe Paterno died in State College at the age of 85. An open viewing was held on campus and thousands came out to pay their respects as a hearse carrying his body drove through town. A service called Collegian file photo “Remembering Joe” was also hosted at Joe Paterno’s hearse passes by. the Bryce Jordan Center.

Associated Press

Jerry Sandusky is arrested.

Feb. 20, 2012

Pegula Ice Arena.


Courtney Lennartz and her running mate Katelyn Mullen were confirmed as the president and vice president, respectively, of the University Park Undergraduate Association 7th Assembly. On and off-campus representatives Collegian file photo were also elected in addition to at-large representatives. The winners embrace.


The report that detailed former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s internal investigation of Penn State was released, implcating former administrators with regard to their handling of Jerry Sandusky. Freeh was hired by the Board of Sarah Finngan/Collegian Trustees in November to look into the university. Louis Freeh speaks in Philadelphia.

Nov. 11, 2012

A candelight vigil was held on the Old Main lawn on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. The vigil was attended by thousands and was held to remember those affected by child sexual abuse. The event was organized in a grassroots fashion and featured music as Collegian file photo well as speakers -- some just weighing People gather at a candlelight vigil. in and others that experienced abuse.


Bill O’Brien, who was serving as the offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots, was named head coach of the Nittany Lions football team. O’Brien is the successor to Joe Paterno who was removed from his Sarah Finnegan/Collegian position in the wake of charges filed Bill O’Brien becomes head coach. against Jerry Sandusky.

THON RAISES OVER $10M Feb. 19, 2012

Collegian file photo

The THON total is revealed.

The Interfraternity Council/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon shattered its previous fundraising record by raising $10.6 million for pediatric cancer throughout the year leading up to THON2012 weekend. The funds raised went to the Four Diamonds fund which is partnered with Penn State’s Hershey Medical Center.


Penn State wrestlers clinched their second consecutive national title in March during the NCAA tournament in St. Louis. Wrestlers Frank Molinaro, Ed Ruth and David Taylor each won individual titles during the tournament. The Associated Press Nittany Lions were lead to victory by PSU wrestlers celebrate their win. coach Cael Sanderson.


Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse. Sandusky was charged with abusing 10 boys he met through the charity he founded, The Second Mile. Testimony lasted eight days and the Mara Ticcino/Collegian jury -- composed of Centre County citiJerry Sandusky exits the courthouse. zens -- deliberated for 21 hours.

NCAA SANCTIONS July 23, 2012

Associated Press

Source: Collegian Archives Compiled by Collegian staff writers Tim Gilbert, Alyse Horn and Anna Orso.

Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged on Nov. 4 with 40 counts related to child sexual abuse. The next day, Sandusky was arrested in State College and arraigned under Magisterial District Judge Leslie Dutchcot. A grand jury presentment was released that day detailing the charges filed against Sandusky.


BUILDING STARTS ON ARENA Construction on one of Penn State’s newest additions began in order to prepare the ground to hold the new stateof-the-art Pegula Ice Arena. After an $80 million donation from Terry Pegula, a Penn State alum and natural gas businessman, Penn State Courtesy of Penn State Athletics was able to upgrade to Division I ice hockey and prepare for a new facility. Plans have been drawn up for the

The 10th anniversary of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 fell this past year, causing Penn State students -- many of whom were still in grade school during the attacks -- and alumni alike to reflect on the hijackings that killed thousands. 9/11 is still regarded as the worst terrorist attack on American ground to have ever occurred.

Students react to the sanctions.

Following the release of Freeh’s investigative report of Penn State with regard to Jerry Sandusky, the NCAA handed down sanctions to Penn State’s football program that included a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl and postseason ban, a loss of 40 scholarships over four years and a vacation of all wins from 1998-2011.



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Stepping into life at Penn State could easily feel like stepping into life in a foreign country. A walk across campus or a few hours in class is sure to find you faced with plenty of terms you’ve never encountered before. To avoid any awkward misunderstandings, use this guide to brush up on your vocabularly before class starts.


fish tank — officially known as the HUB Aquarium, Nittanyville — formerly known as “Paternoville” for this landmark is frequently used as a meeting spot late head football coach Joe Paterno, this student tradition sees hundreds camping outside of Beaver Stadium’s Gate A in advance of home football games Allen Street gates — sitting at the edge of campus fracket — slang for “frat jacket,” you’ll hear this in refwhere the Pattee Mall meets College Avenue, this cam- erence to a piece of outerwear that can stand to be lost NPHC — National Pan-Hellenic Council; governing pus landmark was a gift from the Class of 1916 or left behind when going out body for historically black fraternities and sororities at Penn State ANGEL — short for “A New Global Environment for Learning”; many, though not all, Penn State instructors use this online course management system to send class announcements, administer tests and more Green Link — this CATA bus route runs along Curtin ARHS — Association of Residence Hall Students; Road between the Pattee Library and commuter park- Old Coaly — Penn State’s original mascot, a mule used represents students living on campus ing lots near Beaver Stadium to help carry materials used to construct Old Main in the 1800s; his skeleton has been preserved and is on display Arts Fest — conversational term for the annual GSA — Graduate Student Association; represents in the HUB Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Penn State graduate students Old Main — center of university administrative offices, located in the heart of campus; at one point, this building was the sole home of classrooms, dorms and other facilities at Penn State



Beaver Canyon — stretch of Beaver Avenue, in the general area of the 300 block, where tall surrounding apartment buildings form a “canyon” with the street below; this area has been the site of several riots and a flood of activity following Osama bin Laden's death



Happy Thursday — weekly student-led bike rides, Onward State — student-run website providing Penn sometimes also including unicycles and other vehicles, State news and commentary where participants shout “Happy Thursday” to passersby while riding through campus and downtown OPP — not to be confused with the subject of Naughty By Nature’s 1991 hit, this is the nickname for the Office of Happy Valley — nickname for Penn State and Physical Plant, which oversees nearly all physical BJC — nickname for the Bryce Jordan Center, a cam- the surrounding area aspects of campus including buildings and landscaping pus venue that houses athletic events, concerts, career fairs, THON and more HUB — short for HUB-Robeson Center; this student union building houses the Penn State Bookstore, a blue light phones — these devices are recognized by computer store, the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, blue lights at the top of telephone poles and are student organization offices, places to eat and more; scattered throughout campus; these emergency space on the lawn facing State College is also at a pre- PASS — Penn State Access Storage Space; students phones dial straight to University Police when mium when the weather gets warm get up to 10 GB of online storage through this activated Penn State Live — university-run website with Blue Loop — sometimes referred to by its nickname, announcements and other news releases the “Bloop,” these CATA buses run clockwise throughout campus and downtown State College PHC — Panhellenic Council; governing body for ID+ — Penn State ID cards; used for everything from paying for meals on campus to “swiping” into a resiBlue Out — in response to the Jerry Sandusky child piggybacking — entering a residence hall behind sex abuse case, this new football tradition turns the dence hall; can also be used to pay for items using someone without swiping your ID+ card student section blue, the color of the fight against child LionCash or linked to a PNC account abuse; proceeds from sales of the official Blue Out benPSUTXT — emergency communications system that IFC — Interfraternity Council; governing body repre- sends text messages and other forms of alert efited the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape senting Penn State’s IFC fraternities borough council — short for State College Borough Council, this seven-member council is the local munic- Innovation Park — located about a mile from Beaver ipal government; State College also has a mayor, Stadium and accessible via the CATA Red Link, this Elizabeth Goreham, and a borough manager, Tom part of campus houses the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, Penn State Public Broadcasting, some RA — resident assistant; student responsible for overFountaine class facilities and outside businesses seeing other students in on-campus living areas BOT — abbreviation for Board of Trustees, this 32-member board represents the most powerful deci- ITS — Information Technology Services; campus Red Link — CATA bus route spanning from White resource for technology-related questions and issues; Course Apartments to Innovation Park sion-making body at the university also provides tutorials and works with faculty to use ResCom — Residential Computing; assists with techbursar account — run by the Office of the Bursar, this technology in the classroom nology issues including campus Internet access essentially represents a student's financial balance for all transactions at Penn State, including room and ResLife — Residence Life; oversees on-campus living board, scholarships, tuition, fees and so on







land-grant school — the Morrill Act of 1862 provided funding for universities, known as land-grant schools, across the country; Penn State is Pennsylvania’s landSCPD — State College Police Department canning — major fundraising effort by THON; four grant school weekends per year, students embark on "canning trips" in which they travel to other towns to collect donations lanyard — a staple for plenty of freshmen, these acces- State College Spikes — minor league baseball team of loose change (and occasionally bills) in recycled sories are a go-to way to keep your ID+ card and other essentials on hand; be warned, though, sporting one S-Zone — football tradition that organizes a portion of canisters around your neck is a dead giveaway that you’re new the student section into a giant “S” CAPS — Counseling and Psychological Services; on campus located on the 5th floor of the Student Health Center, this center provides therapy, crisis intervention and late drop — after the typical “drop/add” period closes at the beginning of the semester, students can still other services for students drop classes up until a later point in the semester; TA — teaching assistant; often an undergraduate or CATA — Centre Area Transportation Authority; often there is a limit to the number of credits a student graduate student who helps an instructor with a class heard in reference to the "CATA buses," this trans- can late drop, and a late drop or late add comes with a portation system links State College with surrounding fee THON — short for Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic communities, local shopping centers and more LateNight — marketed as an alcohol- and drug-free Dance Marathon, this annual fundraising effort to fight alternative to weekend partying, LateNight Penn State childhood cancer is the largest student-run philanthroThe CAT — University Libraries online catalog takes place in the HUB and offers movies, activities, py in the world and culminates in a 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon each February course watch list — feature on eLion that allows stu- food and more dents to “watch” a class that is filled to capacity; stutownie — informal term for a State College resident dents will receive an alert if a seat opens up in the LifeLink — Centre County LifeLink provides local ambulance and other medical services classes they specify


CCSG — Council of Commonwealth Student The LION — Penn State’s student-run radio station, Governments; represents those at Penn State's 19 the LION 90.7 FM streams online and on the radio Commonwealth Campuses LionCash+ — a Penn State-specific form of currency Commonwealth Campuses — outside of University that can be used at on-campus locations, as well as groPark, Penn State also has 19 other campuses spread cery stores, restaurants, shops and more throughout State College out throughout the state


UHS — University Health Services; on-campus medical facility offering clinical services, immunzations, physical therapy and more; also houses a pharmacy

UPUA — University Park Undergraduate Association; student government for undergraduates listserv — the university uses a company called LISTthe Creamery — officially known as Berkey Creamery SERV to manage mass email lists for student organiand housed in the Food Science Building, this campus UPAC — University Park Allocation Committee; overinstitution attracts long lines of visitors with its ice zations and more sees distribution of funds collectec from the $65 cream so fresh it's earned a reputation for going “four Student Activity Fee days from cow to cone”




MGC — Multicultural Greek Council; governing body representing cultural and religious greek organizations “We are...” — oft-heard chant shouted at passing tour drop/add — general term referring to the period at the at Penn State groups and campus events, answered with “Penn State” beginning of the semester, during which students can meal points — used to buy food and drinks on campus drop or add classes freely; see p. 2 for details WebMail — Penn State’s email system drop box — method of turning in assignments via Mike the Mailman — one of the most well-known camANGEL; this allows students to attach files or type pus personalities, you’ll often find Mike Herr behind the counter in the University Park Post Office inside assignments into a text field for online submission McAllister Building DUS — Division of Undergraduate Studies; this program is for students who are still exploring majors; Movin’ On — generally held the last Friday of the spring semester, this annual spring music festival has attracted about one-fifth of first-year students enroll as DUS the likes of the Avett Brothers, Lupe Fiasco and Matt and Kim in recent years

Willard Preacher — a decades-old position currently held by Gary Cattell, this person delivers regular sermons on the steps of Willard Building White Out — football tradition in which the student section wears all-white; a “White House” expands this to the entirety of Beaver Stadium


White Loop — sometimes called the “Whoop,” this CATA bus route runs counterclockwise throughout Mount Nittany — visible in the distance from plenty of campus and downtown State College vantage points on campus, this landmark a few miles eLion — website housing information about a stu- east of the center of University Park is a favorite among World Campus — Penn State online degree program dent’s bursar account, class registration, academic students for hiking trips and boasts a view of Happy transcript and more Valley from the top


Mount Nittany (Medical Center) — hospital located just to the east of campus, off of Park Avenue


Zombie Nation — the song “Kernkraft 400” by Zombie Nation was a longstanding staple at football games Faculty Senate — the University Faculty Senate after big plays were made meets several times a semester to discuss educational issues at the university; it includes both faculty and student representatives Nittany Lion — Penn State’s official mascot; found on campus in the form of a shrine across from Rec Hall Sources: Collegian archives,,, Farmers’ High School — the original name of what’s and a character at campus events, known for its,,, now known as Penn State athletic and acrobatic prowess,




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Enjoy PSU sports in spite of sanctions By Adam Bittner


f you're an incoming freshman, you're not going to see Penn State play in a bowl game or Big Ten Championship game during the four years most of you are here, thanks to NCAA sanctions handed down earlier this summer. MY OPINION And if history is any indication, you're not going to see the men's basketball team compete for many championships, either. Those gloomy prospects will probably bum those hardcore sports fans among you out considerably. If you want to enjoy sports during these precious four years in

Happy Valley, though, I've got some advice for you: Get over it. Sports are supposed to be fun, and while, yes, championship seasons tend to be the most fun, they're not required to enjoy rooting for your favorite teams. I've been a Pirates fan for as long as I can remember. My dad took me to my first game at old Three Rivers Stadium when I was in preschool, and the ballpark has always been one of my favorite places to go since. The Pirates haven't had a winning season in nearly 20 years. Sure, they're doing well in 2012 and might finally snap their epic streak of futility, which leaves me basking in every last second of the glory. But I wouldn't trade the preceding 19 years of memories for anything, even if they were mostly memories of weeks-long losing

streaks and infamously terrible baseball players. That might seem like a cockeyed statement to make, but for me at least, the games have always been as much about who I was with as they have been what was going on down on the field. Once, my buddies and I all showed up at the ballpark and were handed Eat'n Park scratchand-win cards at the gate. We all won free pieces of pie. The Bucs got pounded on a foggy night at PNC Park, but afterward, we all cashed in on that free pie, and any night that ends with baseball and free pie is a winning night, regardless of what the box score says. Another time, we turned out for a rain makeup game against the New York Mets that was played at 12:35 p.m. on a Monday in fairly soupy conditions. There couldn't have been more

than 2,000 people in the park, so we screamed our lungs out from the upper deck trying to get the attention of fabulously-named umpire Wally Bell. In the eighth inning, he finally looked up and pointed to us. What a feeling. The Bucs ended up losing, but not before Garrett Jones came excitingly close to hitting for the cycle and our buddy, Bell, called Freddy Sanchez safe at first base on a play he was totally out by at least two steps (we went nuts with gratitude). I could tell stories like these for hours, and that's why I enjoy Pirates baseball so much despite almost two decades of ignominy on the field. So as you, my young schoolmates, prepare to start your Penn State journey, don't let the standings color how you feel about your school's sports scene. Sing the school's songs with

your friends. Chant “We want the Lion!” Say hi to a cute guy or girl a couple rows in front of you. Camp for a week at Nittanyville. Paint your face and have a (responsible) tailgate party. Check out a non-revenue sport. Do something that doesn't at all fit into this cliche list I just fired off. Because when you're old, wrinkled and driving the family shuttle between kids' soccer practice, those are things you're going to remember most and make you smile the widest. And no loss or NCAA sanction will ever be able to take those memories away from you. Adam Bittner is a senior majoring in print journalism and is the Collegian's football editor. His email address is


For freshmen: The items you need to have picked over. The stores here buy hoards of paper and pencils and Ethernet cables, but there are still 40,000 -plus people here. hen I was moving in for Go to the store before you pack my freshman year, a family friend - whose son up your car and travel to Penn State. was entering his Also, keep in mind that plenty sophomore year of other people here want the told me “it looks same things as you. like hoards of While you can buy some things locusts have here — like Ramen noodles and swarmed the snacks — make sure you bring stores [after stusome with you. And you'll definitedents are done ly want to pack a case or two of moving in].” I laughed and MY OPINION water. I'll never forget my sophomore nodded. year when I brought a case of But I didn't water to school with me and believe her until I got here. thought I was all set — only to The following serves as a kind run out way before the next time of “State College Preparedness my family was scheduled to visit. Guide,” tips to keep in mind so Buying water on campus can you don't find yourself learning be done, but it's better to do it the hard way. First rule of thumb for new stu- ahead of time. Carrying those things from the store to home on dents: Don't wait to buy school the bus is not a fun time. supplies here. Now, on to the weather portion. Don't expect to buy your pens Make sure you have an umbrella or pencils or notebooks here, and some sturdy rain shoes for because unless you're moving in Penn State. Thursday night or Friday afterLots of people wear rain boots noon, they will be gone. Well, maybe not gone -— but incredibly in State College, so if you see a

By Leah Blasko


cute pair or even just a plain pair, buy them. You won't be alone, and they make schlepping to class a lot less squishy. Umbrellas are another story. Almost everyone has them, but don't go thinking you have to buy the most expensive one, especially because it's pretty windy here, and you'll go through a few of them. No matter what style you choose, make sure it's sturdy. Look for me under a lime green one. When it comes to dorm life, there are a few things you certainly won't have enough of - for example, secondary lighting. The overhead and vanity lights in dorm rooms are dull, buzzing and can create a distinct prisonlike feel. In addition to a desk lamp, make sure you pick up something else to brighten up your space. A floor-to-ceiling lamp is a good bet. Holiday lights are also an option worth considering. They come in different colors and some have neat shape lights that come in lantern or cool retro bulb shapes. These can be run

around the room for a homey feel or put in your window to spice things up a bit. Make sure you unplug these when you're not using them, though, to help reduce wasted energy. Here's a habit you'll want to avoid: Did you know that most students don't change their sheets until fall break? Talk about swimming in germs. Make sure you bring extra bed linens and towels so everything is sanitary. Pillowcases are easier to change and will help keep your complexion clear. An extra toothbrush is a musthave for community bathrooms, and I highly suggest a trusty toothbrush carrier. Slippers are another must for the bathroom's floors and to keep your feet warm on cold tiles. Safety pins are also important for just about anything, and it wouldn't hurt to pack a little sewing kit, for males and females, because you never know when a piece of clothing you love might get a tear. Extra hangers are also necessary for when you inevitably bring up more clothes or buy some

here so make sure some of your hangers are empty or that you buy a spare pack. Adhesive strips are also a college student's best friend. Buy more than you think you'll need, and put them in a safe place because you can use them to add holiday decorations or other wall items later. They also never go bad, so if you have too many this year you can use them next year. Now, this suggestion is going to sound a little weird but just go with me on it: Make sure you do bring extra underwear and socks. Save yourself time and headaches by making sure you bring extras of all those little things. The last suggestion is to bring a few photos of family and friends from home. Right now, you're focusing on moving in and all the excitement - but once it wears off, you'll be happy to have those familiar faces around. Leah Blasko is a senior majoring in public relations and is The Daily Collegian’s Wednesday columnist. Email her at

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The overall total of fundraising money is revealed at the end of the THON 2012 weekend. The total was record-breaking and the funds go toward pediatric cancer.

THON ON A Guide: The world’s largest student-run philanthropy By Valeria Polit COLLEGIAN STAFF WRITER

Finding a cure for pediatric cancer is an uphill fight, but Penn State students have been fighting for that cause for almost 40 years. Every year, many Penn State students plan and organize the Interfraternity Council/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON) which is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. In 1977, THON partnered with the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital to help them fight against pediatric cancer. THON weekend happens in February, and students stand and dance for 46 hours at the Bryce Jordan Center . Besides dancing, students meet some of the Four Diamonds families that are receiving help from THON, and there's a line dance that students learn during those hours. This year's THON 2013 weekend will be held Feb. 15 to 17. For THON 2013 Overall Chairperson, Will Martin, (seniorcommunication science and disorders) his first time at THON in 2008 was a learning experience. “I didn't know what to expect

until the THON weekend. It was very emotional,” Martin said. “It's a very eye-opening experience for any student volunteer.” Barry Bram, senior associate director of unions and student activities in Student Affairs and THON's Adviser, said that THON is a great opportunity for students to get involved and make a difference in the lives of families and children who are being impacted by pediatric cancer. “The emotional intangible emotion of THON is beyond words, you really have to live it and experience it to understand what THON is about,” Bram said. THON weekend is very special for most people and there are some events that are memorable for them. The most memorable experience that THON Overall Communications Chairwoman Jenna Adams (senior-kinesiology) has from THON was during her freshman year. She was very happy when she first walked in to the Bryce Jordan Center and saw all the hard work everyone did. For Martin, his favorite moment during THON weekend is “family hour,” which is one of the last hours of THON. He said that when the families

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Cameron Push, 10 of New Jersey, does the 2012 line dance with moraler Max McKeon, a senior studying english, early Saturday afternoon. Push is the cousin of THON child Mario Ouardi. speak, it connects everyone. “When you hear their story, it's very inspirational and you want to do more and become more involved. There are many people that after THON weekend they

want to get involved right away because they are so inspired,” said Martin. Bram said he also enjoys the last few hours of THON because the building is so

alive, colorful and energetic. But THON does not only last for a weekend. The organization has many events during the whole year. Adams advised new students to find an organization that they are interested in and join the THON committees. “Attend the different THON events, get involved because it's a great experience,” Adams said. Martin echoed the sentiment, saying the first time a student participates in THON will be especially memorable. Students can also get involved by applying to be part of the THON committees. There are 11 committees and applications will be on THON's website on Sept. 10, Bram said. “Every single committee makes a difference and THON couldn't happen without any single student,” Bram said. THON events start in September with “canning weekends,” in which students travel with their different organizations to raise money for THON. Then, in Oct.13 there is the “THON 5K” and Nov. 7 is the annual “100 days till THON” event. To email reporter:

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IT’S ALL GREEK TO ME Penn State has one of the largest greek communities in the country, and the leaders of the major greek councils offer advice to joining a fraternity or sorority as an incoming freshman.

Interfraternity Council Panhellenic Council Interfraternity Council President Vincenzo Lizza said joining a greek organization is a “window” to adding depth to any incoming freshman’s Penn State experience. “Almost everyone in greek life I can say is involved with other organizations,” Lizza said. “It’s a good window to get involved with other organizations on campus.” Lizza (senior-energy, business and finance) said the first step for freshmen interested in joining a fraternity is to attend the Greek Involvement Fair, which is held during the first week of the semester. He said that’s the best way to meet the chapters face-to-face before making the decision to rush. “Basically all the chapters from all four councils just show their faces, and freshmen can learn a little bit more about each chapter and what they do,” Lizza said. From there, students can involve them-

For more information: selves in the rush process, he said. Open recruitment events will begin in early to mid-September. Lizza said this when the fraternities will open up their houses to freshmen, sophomores and transfer students, allowing them to learn more about each individual fraternity to narrow down a decision. For Lizza, his goal to erase the stigma associated and to make sure incoming freshman know that fraternities do their share around campus. He admitted he was “anti-greek” when he first came to Penn State, but said he quickly found that the “Animal House mantra” is not true.

Panhellenic Council President Julianne Robbins said greek life is a great way for students to work on their leadership skills and make connections after coming to Penn State. “It gives you that jump start to meet new people and really get involved,” Robbins said. Robbins (senior-biology) said freshmen interested in joining a sorority would follow a similar route to those interested in the Interfraternity Council. First, she said, interested freshmen should attend the Greek Involvement Fair. She encouraged students attending the fair to “keep an open mind” and to investigate each greek organization fairly. “I think that is one of the most important things is that each chapter has something different to offer and they’re all unique and individually important,” Robbins said. Once a student has selected a sorority

For more information: to rush, the PHC will allow interested students to regist for rush on its website. Robbins said it’s a very “straightforward and formal process,” and allows freshmen to also check out other things the PHC has to offer. Robbins said she wasn’t sure what to expect from greek life before coming Penn State, but it’s benefits are obvious. “I remember coming to Penn State and I knew of greek life, but I wasn't exactly sure what it would be like,” Robbins said. “Honestly, it’s given me so much more that I expected. When people utilize all that it has to offer, it opens so many doors.”

National Pan-Hellenic Multicultural Greek Council Council For students interested in joining an African-American fraternity or sorority, the National Panhellenic Council governs nine such organizations. Fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma and Iota Phi Theta and sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho are all members of the NPHC. The members of the NPHC refer to themselves as the “Divine 9” of Penn State. Students looking to join one of those fraternities or sororities can find more information about them at the Greek Involvement Fair. The NPHC fraternities and sororities often host step dancing shows and perform

For more information: at a variety of student events, showing off routines tailored to each of the different organizations. Recruitment for the NPHC typically begins with the “Meet the Greeks” event, at which interested students can meet members of each of the fraternities and sororities. Each of the groups also performs their step dance at “Meet the Greeks” to encourage students to get involved with the NPHC.

The Multicultural Greek Council offers other fraternities and sororities, unrelated to the offerings from the National Panhellenic Council. Organizations that are members of the MGC are also present at the Greek Involvement Fair in the fall semester, alongside sororities and fraternities from the other three councils. There are ten sororities and fraternites that are members of the MGC: Fraternities Alpha Nu Omega, Delta Sigma Iota, Lamba Phi Epsilon and Pi Delta Psi and sororities alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Alpha Nu Omega, Chi Upsilon Sigma, Lamda Theta Alpha, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Sigma Omicron Pi. The MGC also holds an annual showcase to kick off its rush events, allowing

For more information: interested students to get a better taste of the different organizations that are a part of the MGC. Some of the greek organizations involved with the MGC stress that rushing is not a definite commitment. According to Pi Delta Psi’s website, rush “merely provides a comfortable means through which students who are interested in our fraternity can ask questions and interact with the brothers while having fun at the same time.”

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PSU has performances for everyone


Keep this list handy for all the shows you need to see this fall.


Aug. 19 at The State Theatre

By Mindy Szkaradnik

‘Fiddler on the Roof’


ust because you're going away to school doesn't mean you have to miss out on seeing your favorite artists in concert. State College offers a variety of venues and draws many acts to the area. This November, “The Boss” will take over the MY OPINION Bryce Jordan Center. If past events are any indicator, Bruce Springsteen won't be the only big name act that will play a show at Penn State this year. Last year, many popular artists performed here, including Mac Miller , DJs Sebastian Ingrosso and Alesso , Drake and Avicii , to name a few. DAYGLOW also came to the BJC for two shows during the spring semester. Going to a concert is a nice change of pace for students some weekends, especially after football season is over, and could even be a great idea for a study break. And going to see an artist perform live seems to be a popular activity around campus. For example, when I went to see Yellowcard in the HUBRobeson Center last spring, the line was down the steps out the door and all the way down the sidewalk. Going to concerts at Penn State is fun for a few reasons. Instead of making a long trip to see your favorite band like many people have to do at home, you can take a short walk to one of the venues in the area.

Aug. 24 - 26 at The State Theatre

‘Capitol Steps’

Sept. 8 at The State Theatre

WWE Presents: Raw World Tour

Sept. 21 at the Bryce Jordan Center

‘From Up Here’

Sept. 25 - Oct. 5 at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center

‘Sweeney Todd’

Oct. 16 - Nov. 2 at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center

Jodi Benson

Oct. 14 at The State Theatre

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Bon Jovi performs at the Bryce Jordan Center on February 2011. The Bryce Jordan Center hosts a number of high-profile musical and performing arts groups over the course of the year. Some popular places to see concerts around Penn State are the BJC, the HUB and The State Theatre, which is located downtown. Another plus of seeing a show in State College is that many are offered to students for free, since they are funded by the student activity fee that every students pays in the beginning of each semester. Some of my favorite memories from my freshman year were

going to see a few free concerts in the HUB with some friends. It's fun to go with your friends and also to be surrounded by all college-aged people. Another free event offered at Penn State that thousands of students attend is the Movin' On concert at the end of spring semester. This outdoor show features all genres and types of bands, and is a fun event to round out the year that many people look forward to.


Oct. 8 at the Bryce Jordan Center

Last year, Ludacris , Young the Giant and the Avett Brothers played at Movin' On, alongside local performers. You might not think of live music right away when you think of Penn State, but there really are tons of fun concerts to see throughout the year.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ‘Wrecking Ball’ Tour

Mindy Szkaradnik is a sophomore majoring in journalism and is a Collegian staff writer. Email her at

Nov. 13 at the Bryce Jordan Center

Nov. 1 at the Bryce Jordan Center

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GET INVOLVED Multicultural groups offer new experiences Penn State offers a plethora of groups for any and all diverse cultures. The leaders of these groups offer their pitches below on why getting involved with their organization is the best decision, as compiled by Megan Henney:


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The NAACP holds a talent show in Heritage Hall in the fall of 2009. The first act was a group that did tribal dancing with drums. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also has a large presence on campus. Celiena Bady, the president, said the NAACP includes an abundance of opportunities for students who are interested in joining. The opportunities include BEAST, a mentoring program with Black Caucus and a THON group with SMART and Black

Caucus, among others, Bady (senior-international politics) said. Bady said the organization works to create an environment where everyone is equal and educate people about various issues in order to take action for change. "The NAACP is an organization intertwined in Penn State culture," Bady said. "We work to ensure students have a voice

when concerned about what is happening in the university and beyond. Also we teach how to take action to create change." Bady said any student can join the group by being involved in any of the committees, including political action, health, education, and public relations. To join, she said students should come to meetings at 6pm in room 106 at the HUB, or email



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Members of Penn State Filipino Association performed a traditional Filipino dance, which involved coconuts as percussion. The Penn State Filipino Association holds weekly meetings in 18 Henderson at 7 p.m., and members encourage all students to attend, if they’re not Filipino. The group’s mission, according to its website, is “to represent the Filipino community of PSU and promote interaction of the members among themselves and with the community at large.” The Filipino Association also hosts the annual “Barrio Fiesta”

event, which “showcases the culture of the Philippines through traditional dances, modern dances, skits, and musical acts.” No dancing, singing or acting skills are required to participate, and every student is encouraged to attend to familiarize themselves with the organization.


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Students from LGBTA organizations gathered outside of Old Main in 2008. Zach Davis, a co-president of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Allies (LGBTA) Student Alliance, said their group is about finding a safe place of students to come. “Students can voice their opinions and rally together around common goals and make sure the student voice is heard on campus by the administration,

students, and faculty,” Davis (sophomore-women's studies) said. He said the LGBTA student alliance is primarily an activist group where they meet weekly and hold rallies and protests, as well as celebrate LGBTA pride and National Coming Out Week. "It's really laid-back but it's also

very active,” he said. “It strives to make sure that everyone is heard and nothing is kept from the student population at large. We try to make sure everyone is informed.” Davis said the group meets at the HUB in room 325 on Wednesdays at 8 pm every week for those who are interested in joining.

“The Muslim Students Association of Pennsylvania State University (MSA-PSU) was founded in February 1964 by four students (who were natives of Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, and Indonesia) with a vision to create a haven for Muslims on campus and to spread awareness and tolerance for Islam,” according to the group’s website, The MSA holds a number of on-

campus events for students, including weekly prayers on Fridays and breakfasts. The MSA also points Muslim students toward halal foods, helps them find mosques to attend in the area, and hold celebrations. For updates on what the MSA is up to during the fall semster, follow them on twitter, at @MSA_PSU.



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Miss Latino candidate Ashley Calle performs during the talent portion of Noche Latina, hosted by the Latino Caucus in Heritage Hall in April. Ariel Coronel, president of Latino Caucus, said the club "is open to all students, no matter what your race or ethnicity is. If a student wants to learn more about Latinos, whether it be our culture or Latinos in politics or leadership roles in the United States, of course he can join." Coronel (senior-energy business and finance) said Latino Caucus was established in 1989

Students pray before eating at the Ramadan Fast-a-thon hosted by the Muslim Student Association in 2009 in HUB Alumni Hall.

and is the second oldest Latino organization on campus. Latino Caucus is the umbrella organization for every other Latino organization at Penn State, including greek, professional, and cultural groups, she said. The organization goes to different meetings at university levels, including an advisory board and meetings in the HUB in order to share the perspective of Latino

students, Coronel said. However, Coronel said the biggest event for Latino Caucus— the Mr. and Ms. Latina Pageant — is in the spring and involves over 400 students. “There’s a lot of ways to find Latino Caucus,” she said. “Go to the involvement fair or just find us in the cultural center.” Students interested in joining can find out more on its website,

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Spencer Paret (freshman-division of undergraduate studies) holds up a sign at a joint protest between the AASA and the LGBTA. The Atheist/Agnostic Student Association offers a group of likeminded individuals for some incoming freshman. “We are a community of nonbelievers dedicated to protecting first amendment rights, the separation of church and state, and giving a voice to atheists on campus,” according to the association’s website, The group holds weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 7:30 in 373

Willard, and interested students are encouraged to attend. The AASA also holds office hours in room 103-C of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. At their meetings, members of the group discuss living as an atheist in America, issues facing atheists and other “philisophical debates.” Interested students can also connect to the AASA on Facebook and Twitter.


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Penn State students that are members of Nittany Nation cheer at a men’s basketball game vs. Iowa. Collegian file photo

Penn State acting athletic director Dr. David Joyner hands wrestling head coach Cael Sanderson the Big Ten Trophy after the Nittany Lions beat Michigan 34-7 on Sunday afternoon in Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions finished 7-1 in the Big Ten Conference to share the conference title with Minnesota.

Other top sports offer variety, fun It can be argued that the most prized possession of any Penn State student is Nittany Lion season football tickets. Anxiously waiting for the time to arrive where they go on sale to the sight of the "confirmed" page is something that students can get excited about as they look forward to the beginning of becoming a part of the prestigious sports culture at Penn State. What a lot of students may look past are the other sports here at

Penn State, both men's and women's, that have been very successful in the past and continue to dominate the world of Division I sports. Take gymnastics, for example. Penn State women's gymnastics has been under head coach Jeff Thompson for just a year now, but his impact has been great. He led the team to a second place finish in the Big Ten Championship and placed into the NCAA Regional Championship as the No. 2 seed. The men's team is also coming over a successful season, placing

third of the team finals in the National Championships. The men's team has a record 12 national championship wins in its history. Two individual competitors, alumnus Tommy Ramos and Felix Aronovich, will be representing Puerto Rico and Israel, respectively, in this summer's Olympic games in London, who both have earned many individual honors at their time at Penn State.





Here's a rundown of some of the other teams new students may not be as familiar with:

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The Blue Band interacts with the crowd during the game on Saturday September 10, 2011. Alabama defeated the Nittany Lions 27-11.

Football can be about more than winning By Katie McKenna COLLEGIAN STAFF WRITER

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Redshirt sophomore Matt Brown Women’s volleyball players cele- Ariel Edwards, right, of Penn celebrates after a win. brate after a point vs. Ohio State. State shoots a lay-up vs Wisconsin. In only his third year as head coach of the men's wrestling team, former Olympian Cael Sanderson has transformed the players and team to one of the most successful teams in the country. This season marked the second consecutive year the team has been NCAA National Champions and Big Ten Champions. The team is only one of four in NCAA history that has achieved back-to-back National Championships. In both 2011 and 2012, the team has won first by outscoring their opponent in the final score by big margins. In addition to the team accomplishments, individuals have also become National Champions. In 2012, Frank Molinaro, David Taylor and Ed Ruth all captured individual titles. While Molinaro is listed as a senior, both Taylor and Ruth will return this upcoming wrestling seasion which kicks off in November. Sanderson will enter his fourth year of coaching Penn State’s wrestling team.

For the past 34 seasons, women's volleyball head coach Russ Rose has led the team to one of the most successful volleyball programs in the country. After never having finished a season with less than 22 wins, the 2011-12 season finished 25-8 overall. What stands out about Rose's career as head coach is his winning record and winning mentality to shape the program to what it is today. Rose is 1058-172 overall in his career, making that the highest winning percentage in National Collegiate Athletic Association history. Earning his first National Championship in 1999, the team made unprecedented history from 2007-10, earning four back-to-back National Championships. The team has also achieved 14 Big 10 Titles in its history. Penn State women's volleyball has had success in producing top-tier athletes, recently sending two former players to the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team's Olympic squad squad for the 2012 summer games in London. The season will open up on August 24 against Morehead State in Louisville, KY.

Lead by head coach Coquese Washington, the Lady Lions have been on the rebound the past few seasons, achieving great success on the court. Under Washington, the Lady Lions ended their 2011-2012 season ranked in the top 10 in the whole country, going 26-7. The Lady Lions fought their way back into the NCAA Tournament in 2011, and reached the Sweet Sixteen in this past season's tournament before falling to Connecticut 77-59. The 2012 season also marked the sixth year the Lady Lions have hosted the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone fundraiser. Held on their last home game of the year this past February, the Pink Zone game raised a total of $203,000, all going toward six breast cancer charities. The 2012 Pink Zone game was played in front of a record-breaking crowd at the Bryce Jordan Center, raising awareness about breast cancer and welcoming survivors to enjoy the game, all while raising donations for the cause.

Three minutes. That’s all it took for more than 16,100 student football tickets to sell out. On Sept. 1, more than 106,000 Penn State faithful will pack the stands of Beaver Stadium to watch the Nittany Lions take on the Bobcats of Ohio Universtiy and Bill O’Brien take the field as head coach for the first time. On July 23, Penn State was hit with arguably the hardest sanctions ever levied by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, but that did not seem to hinder the support of the Penn State community. “For all those kids who are playing sports at Penn State, it is our job as alumni to support the team and show that there is a loving Penn State community backing them,” Michael Smoyer, Class of 1984, said. The NCAA has hit Penn State with a $60 million fine, a fouryear football postseason ban, a vacation of all wins from 19982011 and a reduction in scholarships. “I never came to Penn State because of the football team. I will support the team whether they go 11-1, 4-7 or 2-9,” Smoyer said. “I love going up to Penn State and going to the games, but it’s not for the winning or the bowl games.” According to the Penn State Athletic Department, more than

3,400 new season tickets have been sold for the 2012 season, more than doubling last season’s season ticket count. About 94 percent of 2011 Nittany Lion season ticket holders have renewed their seats for the coming season. Penn State annually has one of the nation’s largest season ticket bases, which includes 21,000 full season student tickets that have since been sold out. “Regardless of how good they might be, I am still going to support the team that represents my school. I am really excited that I was able to get season tickets before they were sold out,” Tyler Wellman (freshman-business) said. “Having a new coach will start a new era in Penn State football and O’Brien seems to have a lot offer and I think that he will help lessen the effects of the sanctions by bringing in top recruits and taking the players to the next level.” More than 30 current players have taken the vow to stay with Penn State through the sanctions. Seniors Michael Mauti and Michael Zordich have been the most public about their commitment to Penn State, pledging to restore Penn State to greatness. Starting quarterback Matt McGloin took to Twitter, saying “I am a Nittany Lion and I will remain one.” To email reporter:


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Can you graduate in four years? 84% didn’t Khator: Current turnover rate for students at University ‘not where it needs to be’ Julie Heffler News editor

Compared to the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, the University of Houston’s four- and six-year graduation rates are not acceptable to UH President and Chancellor Renu Khator. The four- year and six-year graduation rates among UH students have risen to 16.5 percent and 45.7 percent, respectively, placing UH below the six-year or less average of 57.4 percent for public Texas universities. UT has a four-year graduation rate of 50.7 percent and a six-year rate of 82.9 percent, while A&M graduates 53 percent in four years and 83.6 percent in six years. “Our graduation rate is not where it needs to be,” Khator said. “When I meet successful alumni, I always tell them how proud I am of them. But for every successful alumnus, there’s another student who is left behind.” Student Government Association President Cedric Bandoh shares with Khator’s disappointment. “We have an incredibly talented and diverse student body, with many of our students at the top of their high school class and the first GRAD continues on page 18

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Textbooks take their toll on student wallets Ellen Goodacre Assistant news editor

Like many students this week, Justin Shaw, an English grad student, is looking for books for his Literary Theory course. | Joshua Mann /The Daily Cougar

Students preparing for the semester have probably spent the last week scouring the Internet for ways to save money on textbooks required for many of their classes. The National Association of College Stores’ Student Watch 2012 found that students’ estimated spending was approximately $655 on required course materials in 2011, down $12 since 2010. Much of the cost stems from physical textbooks, which are still the preferred option for many students despite the often hefty costs and difficulty reselling them that are not as common as their e-book alternatives. “I prefer traditional textbooks because of the availability — you can carry it around with you,” biology

sophomore Jonathan Chang said. “Compared to e-books, you don’t need to turn it on; you can just open it. If you’re stuck on a certain area or want to get back to the area you were in, just (use) a bookmark,” Chang said. However, the price and hassle often associated with traditional textbooks has convinced some students to opt for e-books instead. “They’re cheaper, and sometimes you can download them for free legally,” biology senior Chandler Collins said. “There’s nothing physical to turn, no pages, so sometimes it doesn’t feel like you’re making as much progress. But, having said that, you get the search function so that’s better than (physical) textbooks.” Despite what may seem like the BOOKS continues on page 17


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EDITOR’S NOTE Providing news coverage for a school like UH is a lot of things — exciting, challenging, exhausting — but it’s never dull. The campus is always changing. Construction alone could fill the pages of every one of our issues — sports facilities, residence and dining halls, classrooms, the Metro light rail and the University Center are all under construction. The Student GovernJoshua ment AssoMann ciation under President Cedric Bandoh is restructuring its bylaws, the campus is on its way to becoming smoke-free and the organizations are rolling out their Collegiate Link website. And those are just the obvious things; behind the scenes, money is moving, policies are changing and research is being done. Even The Daily Cougar is changing; returning readers may notice our hip new look or the shiny new blog and calendar sections on our website. And if you aren’t content with just reading, send us a letter or a news tip through thedailycougar. com or, if you’re a student, apply to write, draw, take pictures or edit for us. There’s a lot going on, and the Cougar is dedicated to being the eyes and ears and voice of our university’s students, faculty and staff amidst all the change. What follows is 56 pages of what we thought would be a good start to understanding the campus around you, so sit back, sip your coffee and read on.


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UH battles income inequality

AT A GLANCE 2012 Semester Calendar: Dates you should know

Brenda Resendiz Staff writer

Some important deadlines every Cougar should know.


27 First day of class September

3 Labor Day — No class 4 Last day to enroll in a class for the fall 12 Last day to drop a class without a grade 28 Fall 2012 regular graduation filing deadline October

26 Fall 2012 late graduation filing deadline November

2 Last day to drop a class with a “W” 22 Thanksgiving — No class December

11 Final exam period 20 Fall semester officially ends

The Pew Research Center released a study that reveals residential segregation by income is rapidly rising across the United States, and Houston is not exempt. Houston alone has a 37 percent share of lower-income households residing in majority lower-income neighborhoods. Houston, along with Dallas and San Antonio, was almost at the top of the list. UH has been acclaimed by the Princeton Review and the US News & World Report as being notably affordable for obtaining useful degrees. “The (University) was founded for the children of middle-class workers. The tradition lives on today. The overwhelming majority of students come from lower middle-class and working-class families,” said sociology associate professor Jon Lorence. Bridging the gap between upperand lower-income families comes from a rise in higher education enrollment rates, said the Center for Houston’s Future in its 2012 Community Indicator Report. One survey in the report shows an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent or less for Houstonians who obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher. This is less than the 10.3

percent unemployment rate for those with only a high school diploma. The Board of Regents voted in May not to raise tuition costs. UH continues to be one of the schools from which students graduate with

The income inequality is affecting our students more because their families are not increasing their income.” Jon Lorence, sociology associate professor the least amount of debt, said Frank Kelley, associate dean of undergraduate studies of the C.T. Bauer College of Business. “The income inequality is affecting our students more because their families are not increasing their income. It makes it more difficult for them to pay for the expenses of college,” said Lorence. Biology senior Marisol Bustamante feels that coming from a middle-class family has greatly affected her education. “It’s taken away from my study

time. If I didn’t have to work, I would have more time to study. It takes away from potential opportunities,” Bustamante said. For those that do have to work and study, solutions for saving money are all over campus, from living offcampus to using secondhand school supplies. “An economic program could be developed where students network to pass down books. Something like this would really help with book expenses,” said neuroengineering junior Joel Uribe. While the economic gap may cause some struggles, Kelley believes that the issue will remedy itself over time as new students adjust. “Houston is a gateway for immigrants. On the surface, there is a growing disparity between classes, but beneath the surface, the number rises because many individuals are new to Houston and new to the United States,” Kelley said. To help reduce debt, UH gives approximately 70 to 72 percent of students some sort of financial aid, whether that be a waiver or a loan. “I will not have student debt when I graduate,” said finance senior Ileana Perez.

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The Student Government Association is a representation of the student body to serve as a liaison between the University and the community. We work to enhance campus life and improve the student experience by interacting with students, faculty, staff and administration. SGA consist of three powerful branches. The Executive Branch that consist of Student Body President and his nominated advisors. The Legislative Branch that include the Student Senate. Every College elects representation in the Senate to work towards improving the student experience at UH. The Judiciary Branch is vested by the Court of Appeals. The court is comprised of the chief Justice and 6 Associate Justices who are appointed by the President and serve until graduation. There are many ways to get involved in YOUR Student Government Association at the University of Houston: 1. Attend a Senate Meeting biweekly at the Rockwell Pavilion in the MD Anderson Library. Meetings are open to the public and guests may address the Senate during Open Forum. 2. Serve on a University Committee. 3. Join the Emerging Leaders Program if you’re a freshman, sophomore or junior. 4. Look on our website under the Get Involved tab to find open positions.

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Improvement on all campuses UH progresses in research expenditures, enrollment and degrees awarded, not just on the main campus, but on all other campuses. Each university improved in their research expenditures, with UH-Clear Lake more than doubling. Degrees awarded has also increased for all four universities in the UH System despite most course completion rates staying constant. Expenditures per student across the system dropped.


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Student debt can overwhelm Joshua Mann Editor-in-chief

History senior Johnathan Richards, like many other students, took out governmental student loans to help pay for his education — his student debt totals somewhere on the order of $60,000, he said. When he graduated high school, he tried to apply for scholarships, but an error on his Free Application For Student Aid form forced him to miss the deadline and take out loans to pay

for school. “I took all AP classes, my GPA in high school was a 3.74 and I had decent scores on my SAT, so I was hoping to get some sort of scholarship,” Richards said. “After that first semester, my GPA wasn’t that good, so I was never able to get scholarships after that.” UH Director of Media Relations Shawn Lindsey said that in the 20112012 school year, 20,783 students at UH took out loans totaling $158.4 million — an average of a little more

than $7,620 per student — using the Federal Stafford Loan program. According to U.S. News & World Report, 44 percent of 2010 UH graduates had taken out loans, graduating with an average of $14,922 in debt, compared to 46.7 percent and $22,243 at Texas A&M and 51 percent and $24,667 at the University of Texas at Austin. “Some of (my loans) are Stafford loans from the government. What DEBT continues on page 12

Center leads for Tier One Channler Hill Staff writer

Despite UH’s efforts to reduce debt, students still struggle. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar

Since opening in 2009, The Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling has grown and gained success and recognition for its research, making it an important factor in UH’s Tier-One achievement. The center is working on 26 projects and has received more than $18 million in funding so far in 2012. “Excellence in research is an important criterion for a university to reach and maintain Tier-One status,” said Jan-Åke Gustafsson, director of the CNRCS. “Tier One status is determined by a number of factors, including research awards and expenditures. A productive research environment is one of the key foundations in building a nationally competitive research university,” said Shaun Zhang, UH professor and CNRCS researcher, in an email. “The Center is designed to contribute to the Tier One mission not only in research productivity, but graduate student enrollment and graduation as well as other areas.” The CNRCS’ funding has increased since its first year at UH, when grants awarded totaled $2.1 million. While part of the success of the CNRCS can be attributed to the significance and usefulness of its research, another part of what makes this center so successful might lie in the way it pursues funding. “We have grants from several sources, (such as) NIH, CPRIT and private funds,” Gustafsson said. “We are very active in writing grant applications, and we expect to see an increasing number of grants coming to our center over the next few years.” Another factor in its success may be that the center has recruited a variety of people who have helped to build a successful department. “There is a strong team feeling in the center and everybody is interested in collaborating with one another,” Gustafsson said. The center’s research is focused on the parts of molecules that allow for communication between and inside of cells. “Most of our projects concern nuclear receptors, (such as) proteins, in the cell nucleus, which are activated by certain hormones like male and female sex hormones. (These) bind to genes, thereby regulating the rate by which these genes CNRCS continues on page 17

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Affordable care for Cougars Taylor McGilvray Staff writer

Insurance coverage for students will change because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June to uphold the Affordable Health Care Act. It consists of a series of deadlines for health insurance reform, was signed into law in March 2010. The Daily Cougar spoke with Patricia Gray, director of Research and External Affairs at the UH Law Center’s Health Law and Policy Institute, to learn how these changes will affect college students specifically. — The Daily Cougar: What major changes will university-aged students see? Patricia Gray: Universities may review their own offers of insurance coverage for students when the insurance exchanges are up and running. However, that is still speculative at this point, as Texas has not made a decision about whether it will offer its own exchange or allow the federal government to create it. That decision will influence whether policies that would be beneficial and affordable. TDC: Does Texas have a deadline to decide whether or not it will offer its own exchanges? PG: Technically no, but since the exchanges are supposed to be up and running in 2013, time is running out for them to do their own. The governor has said he doesn’t want any part of it, but there appears to be some behind-the-scenes communication between relevant state agencies and federal agencies about how to make this happen in Texas. In my view, it would be better for Texas to design its own since it could take into account the needs of various populations in the state — rural, urban, families with children, single adults, etc. — but there is a mechanism for the federal government to set up such a program. TDC: How will health care coverage change for students who are under their parents’ insurance plan and for those under their own plan? PG: Coverage for students under their parents’ plans will change in a good way. Students may stay on their parents’ policies until they are 26 whether they are in school or not, whether they are being claimed as a dependent or not and whether they are married or not. This provision is in effect now. Previously, students who left school, were no longer claimed as a dependent or got married could not be maintained on their parents’ policies. Students who have their own policies will see no change as long as the insurer continues to offer the policy and does not make changes to the coverage. TDC: How will students who don’t CNRCS continues on page 17

The UH Health Center not only offers doctor appointments to students, faculty and staff, but it also has a pharmacy. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar

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CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE UConstruction Campus construction continued throughout the summer with much of the progress occuring in July. From parking closures to painting signs to building dormitories, UH has kept itself busy.

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Parking Lot 19A and ERP parking lot construction begins UC site begins to be fenced off and prepared for renovation Food trucks begin servicing campus Pedestrian access allowed through the south door of the Technology Building Intramural field renovations start and end Start of parking lot maintence Work on Calhoun Road and University Drive begins Parking Lot 6C closes permanently SR1 gets safety renovations

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Start summer parking lot and street maintenance project Work begins to expand Lot 19D Gated Lot 13A was closed for construction Lynn Eusan Park stage renovations begin Parking Lots 21B and 6A were changed from resident parking to faculty/staff parking Retail spaces in Stadium Garage begin finalization Parking Lot 1B closes permanently Road work begins on Calhoun Road between University Drive and the Melcher Hall Lot 1A is closed permanently Blaffer work completed

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Construction on 1A Parking Garage begins Lot 15D converts from student to faculty/staff parking while Lot 15F becomes student parking Construction on SERC fourth floor ends UH Regents approve $85 million to begin construction of new football stadium Lynn Eusan Park stage renovations ends Gated Lot 19A opens End of annual summer parking lot and street maintenance project

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New dining hall scheduled to be completed Hilton receives safety upgrades Fleming also receives safety upgrades Framing, shearing and infrastructure will continue for Cougar Place Replacement

Statue moves from the UC Joshua Mann Editor in chief

The statue that was in the UC Arbor came down Aug. 14 and was put in storage. | Hendrick Rosemond/The Daily Cougar

This semester, returning students may notice something missing from the University Center, assuming that they can find a way past the sheetrock quartering off the UC Arbor. UH had the untitled statue removed from the UC Arbor and placed in storage in the Energy Research Park to allow for the next step in the New UC project. The statue, which depicted a cougar attacking a longhorn and an owl, had to be cut in three, carted through the UC Underground and hoisted through a skylight by a crane. “The biggest problem here is just access,” said Justin Griswold, owner of CrateWorks Inc., the company that removed and transported the statue. “Luckily, it’s lightweight, which makes it easier to work with.” Michael Guidry, curator of the University Art Collection, said the ultimate fate of the statue lies in the

hands of the System-wide Art Acquisition Committee, but the statue won’t be going anywhere before several weeks of conservation work. “We need to find a nice, new home for it,” Guidry said. “It was one of the first pieces in the collection.” Texas artist Bob Fowler built the statue in 1966. He died in November 2010. “Bob used to come out once a year and clean it,” Griswold said. “That’s what it really needs, yearly maintenance.” Louis Albizu, a graduate art student who works for Griswold, said he would like to see it back on display. “I hope they put it in a spot where everyone can enjoy it,” he said. “It’s a pretty cool statue. If you look at it, it’s pretty intricate.” One possible location for future display could be the Metro light rail stop to be built on Scott Street, Guidry said.

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Cougar Place Replacement scheduled to be finished

Garage 1A scheduled to be open

Cougar Village II scheduled to open

Phase 1 of UC renovations to be finished

New stadium scheduled to be finished


UC and construction photos taken by Hendrick Rosemond, aerial photo courtesy of Student Affairs Information provided by Bob Browand, director of Parking and Transportation, and Lea Stewart, executive administrative assistant for Facilities Planning and Construction

WWII-era buildings down one Julie Heffler News editor

The demolition occured the week before class. | Joshua Mann/The Daily Cougar

The long-anticipated demolition of the Y Building finally happened. The mid-July party hosted by the Cullen College of Engineering ended the era of the Y Building. The Y was the old laboratory building for the College of Engineering, but the hazards associated with the building became too great for continued use. More recently, the old pre-WWII era hangar has been used as an informal place for students to relax. “It was not safe and incredibly ugly, and I say that as someone with no aesthetic sense,” said David Shattuck, associate professor in the Cullen College of Engineering and director of the Honors Engineering Program. “It was not appropriate for faculty and students to be in. It had used up its time as a useful

building.” The Y came before WWII and before the influx of temporary metal buildings necessary after the influx of students associated with post-WWII. “The Y Building was in use already during the war, so it was not part of the group of temporary metal buildings bought by UH later, after WWII,” said Oscar Gutierrez, assistant to the Chancellor and President for Communications. “The book, ‘In Time,’ mentions that at the conclusion of WWII, President Kemmerer, preparing for the anticipated influx of returning war veterans, obtained 12 temporary classroom buildings from the Federal Works Agency from Camp Wallace and Camp Bowie. These were sold to UH as surplus Army property.” Only two temporary classrooms are still in existence, each one already repurposed. “One is on Cullen across the

street from Cullen Oaks. Channel 8 was based there — this was Channel 8’s second home, the first being in E. Cullen — prior to the construction of the Melcher Center for Public Broadcasting. It is now used by TLC2,” Gutierrez said. “The second one is near the architecture building. It now houses the Burdette Keeland Center Design and Exploration Center.” The plans for the Y are less certain than those for the other two temporary metal buildings. “In the short term, the space will be turned into a temporary parking space. In the long term, we are obviously hoping it will become another building,” Shattuck said. “ We think we need more space, but everyone thinks they need more space. We’d love a new building so that we could improve upon undergraduate and graduate education.”

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heavily populated with the military academies and highly endowed private institutions,� he said. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, which compiles the rankings, graded each university according to five weighted categories: post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and academic success. Debt accounted for 17.5 percent of each score, fouryear graduation rate accounted for 11.25 percent and student satisfaction accounted for 27.5 percent. “The Forbes methodology also places great weight on the four-year graduation rate, which UH continues to work to improve,� Bonnin said. “Most rankings look at the six-year graduation rate, for which UH has made significant progress.�

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Forbes Magazine ranked UH as 482 out of 650, the bottom of the third quartile, in its annual list of top American colleges. “Last year when the football season went very well, people were excited to say, ‘Yes, I go to UH!’â€? said pre-pharmacy sophomore Jessica François. “But no one wants to go around saying, ‘Yeah, I go to UH and we’re ranked 482 on the Forbes list.’ It makes the University seem a lot worse than it actually is.â€? Richard Bonnin, executive director of media relations for the Office of University Communication, said Forbes places a strong emphasis upon student debt at graduation. “That is why the top of the list is


According to the CCAP, only 15 percent of UH students graduate in four years. This number is considerably low compared to other Texas universities — such as the University of Texas at Austin, graduating 53 percent of students in four years, Southern Methodist University graduating 60 percent and Rice University graduating 79 percent. “The four-year graduation rate is inappropriate for UH in terms of rankings,� said John Antel, provost for UH. “We are an urban public university. Many of our best students work to pay for their education, so it is unrealistic for many of our students to graduate in four years.� Student satisfaction was judged FORBES continues on page 19

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the Stafford doesn’t cover, I usually have to get through private loans, and for those I usually go through Sallie Mae,� Richards said. “If grad school requires me to take out more loans, it may go up as far as $200,000, but I don’t think I would even attend grad school if I had to get loans, because I’m already pretty much in the hole for undergrad.� There are some benefits to having some debt in school. According to Richards, if students stay on top of their payments, they can graduate with good credit. “I’ve got bills in my name, and they’re hefty bills, but there’s this sense of pride that eventually I will have paid for school on my own,� Richards said. “This is too big an investment for me to pass up. It was take out loans and go to school, or don’t go to school at all.� According to Richards there are downsides though, aside from merely having debt. “Just simply the numbers — it’s so daunting and so overwhelming that at times you can kind of get yourself in a rut, like, ‘How in the world am I going to pay all these bills?’� he said. “It can also be difficult tackling financial aid to get them to disperse your funds.� Richards says his plan is just to graduate and find a job before he attempts grad school. “A lot of these students are going to graduate, and they’re not going to have jobs. Six months later, the loan company — depending on who you go through — is going to want payments regardless of whether you have a job or not,� Richards said. “They’re going to get their money one way or another, and that’s kind of a scary thought.�

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growing popularity of e-books, digital textbooks still only account for a small percentage of the market. Less than 8 percent of respondents to an survey preferred e-books. “We also have news for anyone thinking that print books are heading the way of the dinosaur,� eCampus. com CEO Matt Montgomery said in a press release. “College students flat-out prefer old school, hardcover textbooks to e-textbooks.� Aside from decisions about the format, students also must decide between online retailers, discount stores and the on-campus bookstore.

They may have to do research to learn where they really save the most money or which store is most reliable. “The University of Houston Bookstore is a full-service operation, and its mission is to ensure that the right book for the right course is on the shelf at the right time,� said Felix Robinson, manager of the UH Bookstore. “Online retailers can’t guarantee that or accept financial aid or provide revenue, services or benefits to the students or school.� Buying is not the only way to acquire traditional textbooks — renting textbooks allows students to save a significant amount of money. “Students really do save a lot from renting. Rental prices can be



are transcribed into messenger RNA, which in its turn is translated into protein,� Gustafsson said. “In this way, nuclear receptors are extremely important regulatory molecules which are essential in health and disease.� The key to understanding and treating many diseases lies in the function of nuclear receptors and how different parts of cells and tissues communicate. “As much as 20 percent of prescribed drugs target nuclear receptors, and further targeting of nuclear receptors constitutes high priority programs in the pharmaceutical industry,� Gustafsson said. Zhang is working on a way to combat cancer by manipulating the function of a virus. “My group is focused on cancer virotherapy and specifically devoted to repurposing the herpes simplex virus two to combat cancer cells,� Zhang said in an email. “That project and others will hopefully see clinical trials in the future, with the ultimate goal of providing better treatment options for patients.� The CNRCS currently has ongoing team projects within the UH Center and various UH departments along with other universities and institutes, including The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas at El Paso. “There are many projects both at the Center and throughout UH with intramural and extramural collaborators,� Zhang said in an email. “Moreover, many of the projects involve collaborators from outside institutions, either in the nearby medical center, or across the entire nation.�

currently have insurance or are no longer eligible apply for insurance? PG: Students who don’t have coverage could be maintained on their parents’ policies or apply for coverage through the exchange once it is functioning. Until then, students may still seek coverage under a policy offered by the University or may contact independent insurance agents about coverage as an individual. If students seek individual coverage, they may want to consider a high deductible plan that would cost them a lower premium — higher out-of-pocket costs for routine care but could give

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anywhere from 55 to 60 percent off the list price,� said Sean Johnson, online marketing manager for Aside from the lower prices, other motivations to rent textbooks are free shipping and large inventories. In a recent survey conducted by eCampus. com, 79 percent of customers rented their textbooks and preferred it to buying used copies or e-books. “I would say the only possible drawback would be that you might get a book in bad condition,� mechanical engineering sophomore Hosanna Escalante said. “But (renting websites) usually say what condition the book is in. I’ve never gotten a book in bad condition.� While textbook renting does have

some restrictions — like not being able to highlight or write in the book — it allows students to return books they do not wish to keep once they have completed a course. “There are no worries about selling them back and getting much less than what you paid,� Escalante said. “Plus, if you decide you might need to keep the book, there’s always an option to do that and you only have to pay a little extra.� Students are also advised to use peers and classmates as a resource. “Being involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, books generally don’t change too much,� Escalante said. “So I find other people who’ve used the same books before.�

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experience coming from classes taught by instructors,” said the CCAP in “Compiling the Forbes/ CCAP Rankings.” Students who post ratings on the website are viewed as experts because of their significant experience with the professors they are evaluating. While some may be surprised by the overall ranking, there are

some positive statistics found in the article, François said. “I was actually very glad that there were about 80 percent of students receiving financial aid, because I think that’s a lot better than other universities,” François said. “I don’t believe this ranking is truly representative of UH because this doesn’t get the whole picture

of the University. It focuses on very specific details and doesn’t consider things like student involvement.” Although UH may be ranked low on the Forbes list, the University has fared well in other comparative studies this year. UH was ranked among 150 institutions nationwide on the list of “Princeton Review Best Value

Colleges for 2012” in February, recognized as one of the 100 “Great Colleges to Work For” nationwide by The Chronicle of Higher Education earlier this month, and also ranked 12th in the nation for graduating students with the least amount of debt in 2011 by the U.S. News & World Report.

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Comprehensively covering last season in C-USA our mission My goal for the sports section this fall is to provide the most all-inclusive outlet available for students, alumni and fans in regards to University of Houston athletics. This semester, we will cover stories our readers not just want to know but need to know. This is our campus, and no media source should be more reliable in getting to know our players Andrew and coaches Pate than The Daily Cougar. Along with my top-notch staff writers, I will go beyond the box score to provide stories readers canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find anywhere else. With the landscape changing for UH athletics and the Cougars joining the Big East next season, we will also seek to document the 16th and final year for Houston in Conference USA. Along the way, we will take a look

at the highs and lows of our athletic program in C-USA while recapping defining moments that caused each sport to get where it is now. In a state where football is the religion, head coach Tony Levineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cougars will receive the coverage they deserve â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but our section encompasses more than that. These are exciting times for our soccer and volleyball programs, both under the direction of first-year head coaches. Covering tradition-rich programs like cross country and golf will also be at the top of our priorities, along with womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball and swimming. Beyond our print edition, the same quality sports coverage will be available on our website in addition to play-by-play updates through our Twitter account. It is an honor to cover a premier athletic department with a history of final-four appearances, 16 NCAA golf championships spanning four decades, Cotton Bowl victories, a

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Under direction of Pfau, soccer kicks off season with new style Coogs keep up attacking nature, use non-conference schedule for tweaks Monica Rojas Staff writer

Three games into the season, the Lady Cougars stand at 2-1-0 after defeating the HBU Huskies 3-2 on Sunday at Robertson Stadium. Prior to the game, the Coogs faced Northwestern State at their exhibition match on Sept. 11, and defeated them with a goal by senior Katelyn Rhodes. The following game resulted in 2-0 loss to SFA on Sept. 17. “We are a new staff,” head coach Chris Pfau said. “We didn’t have the spring with them (so) it’s going to take some time getting comfortable with each other. That will change from game to game. Our big aspiration is to get everything figured out before we hit conference. We’ll take some losses trying to figure things out but the big picture is we want to be strong going in to conference.” Even so, junior midfielder Jasmine Martinez says the team is adjusting well. “Everyone is willing to do whatever he has us doing,”

Martinez said. “He’s bringing in a new style and everyone is working really well with it, getting to know each other and staying positive on becoming

Everyone’s willing to do whatever it takes. He’s bringing in a new style and everyone is working really well with it, getting to know each other and staying positive on becoming champions.” Jasmine Martinez, junior midfielder talking about the addition of new head coach Chris Pfau to the soccer program champions.” The new coaches’ style of play, a four-two-three-one differs from the four-three-three the team was accustomed to under former five-year head coach Susan Quill. “I think we all have the same idea of what we think soccer should be,” assistant coach Suzie Grech said.“We know it’s a beautiful game and we want to keep it that beautiful game. In the past they’ve played much more direct. We’re trying to a play a little bit more simple yet still attacking and going after teams. There are still things we’re looking to tweak

but at the same time we’re finding a nice foundation as to where we want to take this team. ” Such tweaking according to Pfau includes building on the positive and addressing problems. “I thought we kept our structure very well (Sunday),” Pfau said. “I thought we attacked very well, we created some very good goals, and we were dangerous at times and so we will build on that. We got to fix (things) defensively. We’re not strong in the air and we don’t walk up very well so we got to fix that, and going forward, we’ll be a good team.”. Conference USA games began Tuesday against SMU at Robertson Stadium and run through Oct. 26 in a culminating game against the Rice Owls at Robertson.

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Preseason poll provides motivation to veteran program Harrison Lee Staff writer

Coming off a 19-11 campaign last year, along with a fifth place preseason ranking in a Conference USA poll, the UH volleyball program has plenty of extra motivation. “We know that’s nowhere near where we’re going to finish; obviously we’re expecting to finish first,” senior Stephanie Nwachukwu said. “Being that underdog always lights that fire under your belly.” With several upperclassmen returning, the Cougars look primed and ready to be plenty competitive and eager to improve even further. A new sight on the sidelines is new Head Coach Kaddie Platt. Platt, who joined UH after a 17-year career at Houston Baptist, brings with her new Assistant Coaches Jenny Andrew and David Hyte. Sophomore setter, Caitlin Ogletree, appreciates Platt’s demanding

Under first-year coach Kaddie Platt, the Houston Cougars volleyball program is poised to take on a difficult schedule that includes matches against Ohio State, Missouri and Florida State among others. | File photo/The Daily Cougar demeanor. “Our coaches are expecting so much from us,” Ogletree said. “At

the moment you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so much,’ but once you’re done with practice, you

realize that they believe in you. Whenever you have (coaches) believing in you and pushing you

I feel like we are very capable of keeping this conference title in hand.” If appearances act as any indicator, Coach Platt does not have any fears about her first year at UH. “I’m a very competitive person and I’m good at building teams,” Platt said. “We will definitely be a different team today than we will be in two weeks.” The season kicks off against Toledo on Aug. 24, with the first home game taking place Sept. 7, against UTSA. Tickets are still available for 12 more total home games this season, but they are selling fast. Home games are held at the Athletics/Alumni Center and expectations are high. “We want to win Conference,” Platt said. “Settling for anything less than that would be disappointing. I feel like we have the talent to do it, we just have to build the right team to do that.”

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Nesbitt takes command of air-raid attack Andrew Pate Sports editor

Despite all the changes in the Houston Cougars’ offense this season — new quarterback, offensive coordinator, receiving corps, even uniforms — don’t be surprised if it still looks familiar. “Somebody who’s been out of town since last December and comes to watch us play Sept. 1, they wouldn’t necessarily know there’s been a change,” said firstyear head coach Tony Levine. “What we’ve been doing here is what we (look for while recruiting), so I wanted to find somebody in that shared philosophy.” Under new Offensive Coordinator Mike Nesbitt, who subscribes to the same fast-paced, air-raid philosophy of his predecessors, the Cougars are expected to appear similar to last season. “I think we’re going to have the same strengths we had last year,” said junior running back Charles Sims. “We’re basically running the same offense, just with a lot of different signals.” That’s where the parallels end, though. Under center, redshirt

Offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt will seek out ways to get the ball to play maker Charles Sims. Against Tulane last season, Sims averaged 20.7 yards per carry, breaking a 58-year school record. | File photo/The Daily Cougar sophomore quarterback David Piland will take the reigns, two years following his appearance during season-ending injuries to Case Keenum and Cotton Turner. “I think we’ve got a unique situation in our program in that

when you lose your quarterback to graduation, the guy replacing him really has no game experience,” Levine said. “We’ve got a young man who has eight games of starting experience under his belt and is unique in the situation as well


— that we were able to redshirt him this past year.” The normally pass-happy Cougars, who threw the ball 682 times and averaged 450 yards passing per game a season ago, will see significant contributions from a

largely new-receiving corps. “I’m not sure what it costs to buy a game program when you enter Robertson Stadium, but I recommend that fans in September at least pay the couple dollars and pick up one on the way in,” Levine said. “We’re going to have a bunch of guys catching footballs and scoring touchdowns for us, and you might need to match their jersey numbers with their name and picture in the program.” The mix of inexperienced players, an offensive line of four returning starters and Sims — who can break one at any moment — has the pre-season predictors playing the guessing game on where the Cougars will finish. “We’re really not concerned with what people think we’re going to do this season,” Levine said. “Some people have us doing real well, and a lot of people have us rebuilding and struggling this season. We’ll look back in December and find out how our regular season went and hopefully look back in January and have a successful bowl game.”


Cougars explore new defensive scheme Christopher Shelton Assistant sports editor

In order for the Cougars to compete for a Conference-USA title, the defense has to have a great impact, and there are challenges ahead. The Cougars are switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defensive scheme. Former linebacker coach Jamie Bryant will take over as defensive coordinator for Bryan Steward Stewart, who departed for Maryland. Bryant is looking to turnover a new leaf and trot out a competitive defense on opening day. “(I’m) not interested in last year,” Bryant said. “All I’m interested in is how good of a defense we can be this year and worry about what’s ahead of us.” Linebackers were the strength of the defense last year. Unfortunately, two key parts of the line backing core are no longer eligible. Gone are Marcus McGraw, who led the team in tackles with 141, and Sammy Brown, who led the nation in tackles for loss.

In steps a new crop, headlined by returning senior starter Phillip Steward, who led the nation in interceptions as a linebacker last year. Steward will be flanked with Derrick Mathews and fellow senior, Everett Daniels. Daniels will attempt to fill the heavy cleats of McGraw, starting as middle linebacker. “Quite frankly, out of the three linebackers this spring, Everett has played the best,” Tony Levine said at media day. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he does this year.” Steward, who had six interceptions last season, says he pushes the secondary to get better. “I like to challenge them; saying I’ll have more picks than you this game so we can go out there and compete,” Steward said. With a push from Steward and some real talent, the secondary should be a strength of this defense. The Cougars are in a good position at corner with Thorpe Award Watch List recipient D.J. Hayden and Zachary McMillian manning receivers on the outside. Chris Cermin and Jeffery Lewis will start at the safety positions. The defensive line is chocked

full of veterans who will rotate along that four-man front. Line coach Carlton Hall likes to keep his team fresh. Dominic Miller, on the inside, is a name to watch. The Blinn College transfer had 25 tackles from the nose guard position last season. Radermon Scypion “had as good a spring as anyone in our program,” Levine said. Scypion and Joey Mbu will split time from the tackle position. From the defensive end positions, Zeke Riser and Eric Braswell will supply pressure to opposing quarterbacks. Efrem Oliphant, Jon Witten and Desmond Pulliam converted to defensive ends since less line backers are needed to run the 4-3. Bryant says he knows that it takes a team effort to field a great defense. “We better have 11 guys that are the strength of this defense and hopefully 22,” Bryant said. The Cougars will look to continue improving on last season’s fifth place C-USA finish in total defense (380.29 yards per game) and seventh place finish in rushing defense (171.57 yards).

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Competition, experience highlight special teams fall preparations Christopher Shelton Assistant sports editor

The most often overlooked phase of the game is special teams. Not so at UH, especially with a head coach who has been a special team’s coach at four different destinations. Last season, the Cougars were among the nation’s best including Tyron Carrier’s three returns for scores — marking his seventh career return for a touchdown matching an NCAA record. “Special teams is one of the most important aspects of the game. You can win or lose it there,” kicker Matt Hogan said. “I think (Levine) really knows that and puts a lot of emphasis into it and it shows on the field.”

There is turnover due to graduation on the unit and the team is still searching for replacements. “When you talk about special teams, the big question mark, at least publicly, is who the returners are going to be, replacing Carrier as a kick-off returner and Patrick Edwards as a punt returner,” head coach Tony Levine said. At kick returner, Isaiah Sweeney and Jeffery Lewis will compete for the starting job. Both have experience in that arena so it is an interesting position battle. At least initially, Lewis and Sweeney will see time at kick returner. SPECIAL TEAMS continues on page 10

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HOUSTON COUGARS 2011 record: 13-1 (8-0 C-USA)

Head coach: Tony Levine; 1st season; 1-0 career (1-0 at UH) Key losses: QB Case Keenum; WRs Patrick

Edwards, Tyron Carrier Key returnees: RB Charles Sims; CB D.J. Hayden; LB Phillip Steward

Outlook: Though 13-1 is probably unlikely, the Cougars still have plenty of talent on both sides of the ball. With plenty of starters returning, the defense should be much improved. Will be a contender if: If David Piland has a good season at quarterback, the Cougars will compete for the C-USA crown. Besides UCLA in Pasadena and SMU in Dallas, all other tough tests are at home.

RICE OWLS 2011 record: 4-8 (3-5 C-USA) Head coach: David Bailiff, 6th season; 23-38 career (23-38 at Rice) Key losses: DE Scott Solomon; QB Nick Fanuzzi

Key returnees: RB/WR Sam McGuffie; CB Bryce Callahan; LB Cameron Nwosu

Outlook: Rice has good talent at the skill positions. If RB Sam McGuffie can stay healthy the Owls can be an exciting offense. Will be a contender if: Rice is a young team this season. The Owls need to improve dramatically on the defensive end if they want to compete.

TULSA GOLDEN HURRICANE 2011 record: 8-5 (7-1 C-USA) Head coach: Bill Blankenship, 2nd season; 8-5 career (8-5 at Tulsa) Key losses: QB G.J. Kinne, LB Curnelius Arnick

Key returnees: RB Ja’Terian Douglas; WR Bryan Burnham; LB Shawn Jackson

Outlook: Tulsa is replacing one of their best quarterbacks ever in G.J. Kinne. However if Nebraska transfer Cody Green plays to potential, the transition won’t be that rough. Will be a contender if: The non-conference schedule lightens for Tulsa this season. Though their games against UH and SMU are on the road this season, a 10-win season is possible.

TULANE GREEN WAVE 2011 record: 2-11 (1-7 C-USA) Head coach: Curtis Johnson , 1st season; 0-0 career Key losses: WR Jeremy Williams; RB Andre Anderson

Key returnees: QB Ryan Griffin; RB Orleans Darkwa; DE Austen Jacks

Outlook: Tulane is a building project. But with its quarterback, running back and top four pass catchers returning, its offense should put up points. Will be a contender if: Tulane has home games against Rice and UAB. Tulane’s arrow is trending upward — they can win more than one game in conference this season.

UTEP MINERS 2011 record: 5-7 (2-6 C-USA) Head coach: Mike Price, 9th season; 128-130 career (45-52 at UTEP) Key losses: RB Joe Banyard; LB Jeremy Springer

Key returnees: QB Nick Lamaison; LB Jamie Irving

Outlook: UTEP returns its quarterback, four of five starters on the offensive line, the top three tight ends and the top two receivers. The defense could make an improvement as well. Will be a contender if : The Miner’s schedule will prevent them from competing for a conference title. UTEP draws the top 6 teams in the league and must face Tulsa, Houston and Southern Miss on the road.

SMU MUSTANGS 2011 record: 8-5 (5-3 C-USA) Head coach: June Jones 4th season; 100-69 career (24-28) at SMU) Key losses: QB J.J. McDermott

EAST CAROLINA PIRATES 2011 record: 5-7 (4-4 C-USA) Head coach: Ruffin McNeill, 3rd season; 12-14 career (11-14 at ECU) Key losses: QB Dominique Davis; DB Derek Blacknall;

LB Cliff Perryman Key returnees: WR Justin Hardy; DB Damon Magazu; LB Jeremy Grove

Outlook: : East Carolina will be forced to replace star QB Dominique Davis and find a solution to a running game that gained only 109 yards per game last season. Will be a contender if: In 2011, the Pirates struggled to hang on to the ball finishing 119th in the country in turnover margin. If East Carolina can find a way to move the ball offensively and take advantage of home games against UH and Marshall, anything is possible.

SOUTHERN MISS 2011 record: 12-2 (6-2 C-USA) Head coach: Ellis Johnson, 1st season; (0-0 career) Key losses: QB Austin Davis, WR Ryan Balentine, WR Kelvin Bolden

Key returnees: RB Jamal Woodyard, WR Tracy Lampley, DB Deron Wilson

Outlook: The defending C-USA champs are poised for another championship run behind RB Jamal Woodyard and an offense that led the conference in rushing last season. Will be a contender if: If the Golden Eagle’s pass defense can generate some stops and last season’s backup QB Arensio Favor, now in the starting role can move the ball through the air, expect Southern Miss to take the East Division.

MEMPHIS TIGERS 2011 record: 2-10 (1-7 C-USA) Head coach: Justin Fuente, 1st season; (0-0 career) Key losses: DL Dontari Poe, QB Andy Summerlin, QB Taylor Reed

Key returnees: DB/LB Akeem Davis, LB Kenyata Johnson, RB Artaves Gibson

Outlook: The Tigers have won a combined five games over the past three seasons and are forced to replace first-round draft pick defensive lineman Dontari Poe. Will be a Contender if: First-year head coach Justin Fuente will not fix the program over night and Memphis is expected to struggle again.

UCF GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2011 record: 5-7 (3-5 C-USA) Head coach: George O’Leary, 9th season; 102-84 career (50-51 at UCF) Key losses: WR A.J. Guyton, LB Josh Linam, LB

Jonathan Davis Key returnees: QB Jeff Godfrey, DB Kemal Ishmael, RB Brynn Harvey

Outlook: The Knights, who were picked as the overwhelming favorite in the C-USA East, will be ineligible this postseason due to recruitment violations involving cash payments. Will be a contender if: Despite the sanctions, UCF will have the opportunity to serve as a major spoiler. The defense should continue its dominance in C-USA and if the offense can avoid costly turnovers, the team should finish with 3-4 more wins than last season. MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD 2011 record: 7-6 (5-3 C-USA) Head coach: Doc Holliday, 3rd season; 12-13 career (12-13 at Marshall) Key losses: DL Vinny Curry, LB George Carpenter, S

Omar Brown Key returnees: QB Rakeem Cato, RB Tron Martinez, WR Aaron Dobson

Outlook: Head coach Doc Holliday appears to have the program heading in the right direction following up its 6-6 regular season with a bowl victory over Florida International. Will be a contender if: Coming off a season where the Thundering Herd finished 96th in the nation in total offense, they will be relying on QB Rakeem Cato to have a much improved sophomore season.

UAB BLAZERS Key returnees: RB Zach Line, WR Darius Johnson, LB Taylor Reed, DB Ryan Smith

Outlook: SMU was one of the best defenses in C-USA last season and will field another talented group this season. The skill positions are intact with RB Zach Line and receiver Darius Johnson returning. Will be a contender if: Texas transfer Garrett Gilbert will have to play more like the 5-star recruit than the bust in Austin. SMU has UH and Southern Miss at home.

2011 record: 3-9 (3-5 C-USA) Head coach: Garrick McGee, 1st season; (0-0 career) Key losses: Four starting members of OL

Key returnees: QB Jonathan Perry, LB Marvin Burdette

Outlook: First-year head coach Garrick McGee has brought a sense of excitement to a UAB program that has not had a winning season since 2004. Unfortunately, with a defense among the country’s worst only returning just four starters, the Blazers are likely in line for another disappointing season. Will be a contender if: UAB will rely on its offense and returning QB Jonathan Perry to provide some stability – last season Perry finished the season with 10 TD’s and 8 INT’s. For an overall young team, this will be a rebuilding year for McGee’s Blazers.

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Aja Walker celebrated from afar last season when her sister Kayla scored her first goal as a Cougar on Oct. 7 against UTEP. Sunday, she celebrated her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game-winning goal against HBU, only this time from the bench. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were on the same Kayla Walker team in high school and play together very well because we work with each other on and off the field,â&#x20AC;? Kayla said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She plays midfield and I usually play up top. She gets me in, and we know what (the other is) going to do.â&#x20AC;? Having played together since

their mother placed them in the Fun Fair Positive Soccer League at a young age, the sisters have had a lot of practice together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got to play with her (before) so we know each other,â&#x20AC;? Aja said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t) have to learn how to work with each other because we already know.â&#x20AC;? Only 18 months apart and teammates for the majority of their lives, the Walker sisters are close, so much so that they even share a dorm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are pretty much the same person,â&#x20AC;? Aja said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do differ a lot on the field because I play midfield. I like to find passes and she likes to get the ball more and run and score. So we do differ there. Other than that, we are pretty much the same.â&#x20AC;? However, knowing each other so well has its disadvantages. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes if one of us makes a mistake or something, because we know each other so well, we

will yell at each other,â&#x20AC;? Aja said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Usually if someone else messes up we will be like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, good try,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; but because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sisters, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Come on, you can do that better.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Despite being on the same team, the sisters have not been able to play a game together as Aja suffered a leg injury two months ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been hard having her sit on the bench,â&#x20AC;? the sistersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother Margaret Walker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know her sister was crushed when it happened. She cried. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping maybe sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to play at the end (of the season) but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see how the therapy goes.â&#x20AC;? For now Aja cheers from the bench and Kayla takes care of her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to play with her again once her leg heals,â&#x20AC;? Kayla said.


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Oddly enough, the first time Caitlin Ogletree ever visited the University of Houston, she cried. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mom literally dragged me here on my official visit. It was the only week I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have volleyball,â&#x20AC;? Ogletree laughed at the memory. From a rather bleak and dreary beginning, she quickly warmed up to the idea of being a Cougar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I fell in love with UH Athletics and how they were part of a growing program,â&#x20AC;? Ogletree said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now that I am here and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting experience, with academics and athletics, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a privilege to be a part of that.â&#x20AC;? As if falling in love with the school wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough, Ogletree has become a key member of the squad, with head coach Kaddie Platt going as far to praise her as a natural born leader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her greatest gift is she makes the players around her better,â&#x20AC;? Platt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter who sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing with; her teams always win because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a winner.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely amazing,â&#x20AC;? said senior Stephanie Nwachukwu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love Caitlin; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always on fire. She loves volleyball so she makes you want to work so hard just for her and the team. She always pushes me to be better.â&#x20AC;? Her gung-ho attitude has

The sophomore from Montgomery appeared in 29 matches and led UH in assists (1,215) as the Cougars starting setter. | File photo/The Daily Cougar helped her advance in competitive volleyball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge difference between club play and high school play than coming into Division One,â&#x20AC;? Ogletree said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never realized how much I could push myself.â&#x20AC;? Along with the freshmen, the University has recruited some coaches as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The new coaches are awesome,â&#x20AC;? Ogletree said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel like they bring a completely different mindset to the game. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned so many new things.â&#x20AC;? Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just as quick to praise her teammates.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone is becoming a more versatile player. In practice, everyone is almost working on every position. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been great for us.â&#x20AC;? After being named fifth in a pre-season C-USA poll, a lot of pressure rests on Ogletree and her teammates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That made some of us a little mad,â&#x20AC;? Ogletree said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A conference title is a huge goal for us. Definitely a conference title and definitely making it to a tournament have been goals for us, especially for the returning players. You gotta do what you gotta do.â&#x20AC;?

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UH must replace coach, continue standard Channler Hill Staff writer

Still, even without a head coach designated and cross-country practice for men and women beginning Aug. 24, runners seem to be on the positive side. “(I) keep working hard and doing a lot of mileage, getting ready

for the season, the same from last year but this time, a little better. I know how my last season was, so this time I have a better experience,” said men’s cross country runner Yonas Tesfai. “I think it’s better to keep the same coach, but since he can’t be here, we’re going to see how the new coach works.

But we’re looking forward for a good coach.” Reflection has also been taking place before the upcoming season; with the Cougars first meet Aug. 31 at Houston Baptist, following the Rice Invitational Sept. 14. The Cougars will need to stay focused and correct incidents that took

place last season. “The whole team had a problem with injuries (last season). We’ve got to stay healthy. This is going to be a young team, said Tesfai. “All the seniors left, so we’re just going to be sophomores and juniors. So we’re going to have to take responsibility and step up and try to do

good (this season).” Anderson-Kaapa hopes to continue on towards a record breaking path, which is among his reasons for potentially having a great season and why fans should come out and support. RUN continues on page 10


Big East presents challenge, opportunity

Men’s basketball head coach James Dickey is utilizing the abundance of talent in Houston area when it comes to recruiting. This year, the Cougars class finished 21st in the nation by ESPN. | File photo/The Daily Cougar Christopher Shelton Assistant sports editor

UH is joining one of two preeminent basketball conferences in the nation for the 2013-2014 season, when it enters the Big East. If continued success is the goal, the Cougars need to take another step in recruiting. Without a trophy case to match championship programs like Georgetown, Syracuse and Connecticut, UH has to balance the scales with other factors. Women’s basketball head coach Todd Buchanan said he wants to offer a unique environment that prospective recruits and their family would like to be a part of. “I don’t make a lot of promises,” Buchanan said. “My promise to them as parents is that I’m going to take care of their daughter just like I’m going to take care of that guy right there,” Buchanan said, pointing to a photo of his 3-year-old son, Colton. Family sells. It is often an

underestimated aspect of sports. Viewing your team as your family glues a team together through hard times. Camaraderie and chemistry are built through time and trust. The Big East sells too, and it will allow UH to broaden its recruiting base. “We go in and we look for more physical kids — the athleticism changes,” said Ravon Justice, recruiting coordinator. “Kids are excited. They feel like if they’re the best, they want to play against the best.” For men’s basketball coach James Dickey, the goal is to recruit talent from Houston and surrounding areas. If players can compete on the highest stage at a viable basketball program near home, they may be more inclined to attend UH. Freshmen Danuel House and Danrad Knowles are prime examples of what UH can expect — highly touted recruits who turned down other offers in order to play for the Cougars.

“Looking from abroad, I always thought (the University of Houston) had a chance to make major damage if two things could happen,” said Associate Coach Alvin Brooks. “One, if they could get into a much more competitive league where they can get national exposure, and that’s happened with the Big East. And another thing is if they could upgrade the facilities. That’s in the works — Mack Rhodes has already put together a plan.” In men’s basketball, greater talent usually equals greater turnover of players. UH isn’t scared of one-and-done players, though. “We want to recruit the best players, obviously those guys, more than likely have a chance to play beyond college,” said Ronnie Hamilton, assistant coach. “If a guy can stay here one year, two years or three years and it helps him and helps the program, more than likely, it means we’re having success. We welcome that.”

MAKING THE GRADE Men’s Basketball Signing Danuel House and Danrad Knowles made a splash and pushed the squad into the top 25 of most respectable organizations. Also in the class are Valentine Izundu, Brandon Morris and Tione Womack.

Women’s Basketball UH added six recruits, two Juco transfers and an international prospect, including four-star recruit Jessieka Palmer, twins Tyler and Taylor Gilbert, Alecia Smith, Bianca Winslow and Marche Amerson. Yasmeen Thompson and Te’onna Campbell transferred from junior college and Sera Ozelci joins UH from Ankara, Turkey.

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Back receiving punts will be a combination of Damian Paine and Dewayne Peace. Payne returned a punt 76 yards for a score in 2011 against Tulane. If he can show that kind of explosiveness it will help minimize the loss of Edwards. Charles Sims is also a wild card to return punts. He took reps as a

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“The tides are turning as far as distance running. There are a lot of records being made and Americans are starting to be able to break into those levels where only Kenyans, Ethiopians, and a lot of foreigners could only run, and now we’re getting Americans up there,” he said. “This a time where you can see the strength of the human body and mental discipline and see athletes from the states who have conventional lifestyles, unlike

“Playing here with the highpowered offense that we have, I’m not gonna get a lot of chances, I don’t think, but when I do I’m gonna make the most of them,” Leone said. Hogan etched his name in Cougar lore with a 51 yard field goal that defeated Tulsa in 2009 as time expired. He’s backed it up with solid contribution as a sophomore and a junior. Hogan is back for a senior campaign after connecting on 13-17 attempts last season. The kicking game may be a bigger factor if the offense takes a step back this season.

people from other countries, actually doing what those other people can do.” The men’s and women’s cross country season will continue when both teams travel to Austin on Sept. 28 to compete at the Rouge Grass Routes Running Festival, followed by a trip to Fayetteville, Ark. on Oct. 13 to compete in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. Later, UH will head to the C-USA Championships, on Oct. 29, hosted by Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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Metro rail blurs line between city and campus Nick Bell Staff columnist


onstruction of the Southeast Line of the Metro light rail along UH property sparked a dispute between the University and the Metropolitan Transit Authority that was recently settled. The placement of the rail in close proximity to UH properties was a major part in the disagreement, which shed light on a big problem the University will face while trying to beef up their Tier One credentials: real estate. Once the rail is completed, scheduled for 2014, it will undoubtedly give way to a completely new form of transportation for students, commuters and residents. The problem with this ambitious project is that the construction is taking place on a sliver of land, which will cause an increase in traffic flow along the area. Although UH has vastly expanded the quality and sheer size of their on-campus facilities, nothing but a bottleneck effect can come as a result of the rail’s location, even after the construction clears. On one hand, the line gives students access to a variety of nightlife and social scenery in the city while also providing commuters with an alternative way to get to classes. On the other, urbanization brings an array of problems regarding safety and public image. There’s no question that UH is a very urban campus, but it has maintained a fairly spruced-up look. The rail has already changed the scenery of once less-utilized areas of

David Delgado // The Daily Cougar campus for commuters. The elephant in the room is that the Third Ward has going through a rapid gentrification period for the past couple of years. Several businesses and houses have already been torn down in the surrounding neighborhood because of the Southeast line. So while the rail is drawing a line between what is UH and residual Third Ward zoning, they’re making UH its own urban center for population flow and losing the small amount of surrounding land they had in the first place.

The rail is opening a Pandora’s box that will give UH’s public-representative staff headaches in the years to come. The introduction of the Southeast Line will allow people who are not UH students, to access buildings such as the residence halls and the childcare center. UH’s access was never exclusive, but its parking and ease of access was highly regulated. After 2014, UH will no longer have any semblance of a neighborhood environment, which judging by the businesses that were

weeded out and those that consequentially took their place, seemed to be the city’s plan the entire time. UH must decide if it wants to be a metropolitan campus or not, because the once-seamless transition between campus and the tree-filled neighborhoods outside is starting to disappear. Nick Bell is a media production senior and may be reached at’s Name Title or Position // The Daily Couga

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hile attending a university, you’re going to come across the viewpoint, “I pay tuition, so I deserve a better grade.” Unfortunately, the University of Houston is no different. This mindset frustrates students and teachers who believe that those with good grades should earn them through aptitude and hard work. It may be hard to believe some students would even entertain the idea that grades should come easy as a result of tuition, but Bauer Professor Michael Parks says such ideas exist. Parks has personally dealt

with angry students using the inane argument and he says that school should be a meritocracy, not a democracy — grades should be earned by merit and not by what the student wants. After all, employers and graduate schools don’t want students who buy good grades; they want students who earn them. A university is an institution of education, not a shopping center. Recent trends show that universities may be giving students higher grades as time goes on. Richard Schiming of Minnesota State University said in an article that the reasons vary from pressure to retain students, to driving up teacher evaluations, to faculty

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Athletics: A threat to academics Bryan Washington Staff columnist


t a glance, the obvious benefits of a nationally recognized sports program, from countrywide exposure to the perks of playing a household name, outweigh the negatives. Fortunately, for most universities, a glance is all potential students care to give.

They simply go with what they know. An impressive football program makes $50,000 tuition seem worthwhile. The burden prospective students face when choosing between an ESPN darling and just any old campus is relatively pleasant from UH’s perspective — a win-win scenario. But in the same way that a great athletics reputation

maintains a positive relationship with a student’s enthusiasm, the opposite does also. Just look at ticket sales after a bad season. You don’t need a master’s in English to catch the symbolism in a set of empty stands. Worse yet, any offenses committed by a university’s sports program, come with a stigma that’s just WASHINGTON continues on page 5

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Israel can’t depend on US Matt Story Staff columnist


ver the past couple weeks, a war of words has been escalating between Iran and Israel. Iran is resolved to progress with its nuclear program, and Israel is 100 percent committed to preventing a nuclear-armed Tehran. Israel believes that economic sanctions are not enough to discourage the Iranians from discontinuing their nuclear ambitions, Iran claims their actions are purely for civilian purposes and Israel seems to have begun preparations to use military options to curb the perceived threat Iran poses. The Iranian hard-line government has repeatedly stated that Israel does not have the right to exist, but in reality, these threats are a little more than rhetoric. The true root of the problem lies in the

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about impossible for any of the academic departments to shake. You could draft a textbook of examples. The Pennsylvania State University, despite being less than lauded as of late, has kept a top-notch technical education program for the past couple of years. But regardless of its academic accolades, its program will take a hit in exposure for the next couple of years, and for reasons that have nothing to do with educational standards. No matter what its organization turns into, who graduates, or who speaks on campus, their replacements will enter warily, if at all, recoiling from earlier events. No single entity should hold that much weight for a collective, but a university’s sports program does. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t matter if a school is academically competitive or a hidden opportunity for new students, because any energy taken for endorsing its strengths, accolades, or accomplishments ends up being redirected back to the school’s lacking sports program. It’s sad, but true. Should everyone be wary about this? Yes, absolutely. But more than that, people need to be aware that no matter how successful UH’s athletic endeavors are or aren’t, the repercussions will be felt all across the board. Sports culture is valuable, but in many cases it distracts from what truly is important to a school’s reputation and the futures of its students. Bryan Washington is a sociology and creative writing junior and may be reached at

fact that Iran feels threatened. Israel has nuclear weapons; it also has the means to deploy them against any regional foe, such as Iran. Consequently, the Iranians won’t feel truly secure until they have one themselves. Not necessarily to deploy, but to deter from what they feel is a hostile western society. It is the same type of posturing and saber-rattling seen during the Cold War. Neither side wants a war, but both sides wish to be the top dog. It’s the same reason the world didn’t end during the cold war: No one was willing to make the first move. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that the Israelis do not fire the first shot. Not only would a war between these two nations be immensely destructive, but there is also a good chance the US could be dragged into such a conflict. This is all very reminiscent of the situation in Korea, when the North

developed nuclear capabilities. Here was a militaristic government with an irrational, almost primal hate for its neighbor, one that felt it was under imminent threat from the West, yet even the North Koreans were unwilling to use their weapon and open Pandora’s box. Israel is a sovereign nation, and they must ultimately decide whether to use their armed forces. If they resort to military means though, they must prepare to fight a large-scale war on their own. They can’t just rely on the US to bail them out if things get dicey. Simply put, the US is in no place to fight another war. After all, we can hardly handle our own problems. George Washington once said America must “avoid entangling foreign alliances;” this is exactly what he was talking about. Matt Story is a kinesiology senior and may be reached at

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selfÊ “Will the area I parked in and walked through to get to my class during the day look the same when I get out of class at night?” If not, try to park where it will be light after dark. Always be cautious if you plan to travel in remote campus locations, especially at night. Go with your instincts. If something about the situation makes you feel uncomfortable, take another route.


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ess than a decade ago, finding several thousand dollars for a decent degree at an average university wasn’t uncommon, if not implied, among even the most modest of family incomes. There weren’t any hoops to jump through. The routine was that the money thrown in that direction would reciprocate itself in the long run, exponentially outgrowing whatever amount came from the bank to cover it at the time. A loan here and there wasn’t exactly a rarity, but it certainly wasn’t the sort of thing you’d mold your retirement around. If you had to get one, you got one, and you’d pay it off later. Nowadays, things aren’t so convenient. The new norm is not only the sort of loan that exceeds the amount of money required to attend the university

in question. It’s one that requires its borrowers to graduate with a good enough degree, acquire a good enough job, and pay it off in the long run. And that’s a pretty unpredictable possibility. This means financing college is becoming less of an effort designated solely to the student. Struggling students are finding it harder to zip through their four years on the fly, and in lieu of a co-sign, the mere notion of a student acquiring the documentation that’ll enable them to qualify for the big loan — assuming that they’re even in the eligible tax bracket — is an inconceivable one. Meaning said co-sign is exactly what they’ll try to get, which means the parents have to pay for college all over again. It puts the mountain of money on an extra set of shoulders. There was a point at which a parent might make it their obligation

to put their child through school, regardless of the obstacles before them, but those incidents are becoming scarcer. How many of us are attending this university, not because we wanted to, but because it’s the cheapest item on the shelf? In the best-case scenario, the answer is “not many,” but even one person is too many. Every decision that students make, from high-school graduation to tomorrow’s grocery list, are effects of the high costs of modern-day universities. There’s no more leeway, and it seems to only be getting worse. The fact that high tuition and student debt is the new normal is ridiculous, and it’s time we fix it before things get more dangerous. Bryan Washington is a sociology and creative writing sophomore and may be reached at

Campaigns cost too much Matt Story Staff columnist


he United States Supreme Court made an unprecedented ruling in the case of Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission in 2010, which allowed unlimited political campaign spending from corporations and unions. This exacerbated a problem with American politics that has been steadily growing since the 1970s.

Campaign spending, particularly during an election year, has risen over the past four decades. Within the past four years, the sums of money thrown into the presidential fray have reached exorbitant levels. The current election cycle has only just begun to heat up and already there has been a total of $600 million donated to the various presidential candidates. With no incumbent president in the running during the 2008 elections, there were many more

prospective candidates aiming for the highest office. By the end of the race, the candidates had raised and spent a combined total of more than $1.6 billion. It doesn’t matter which politician or party you relate to, even an average person can see how much money is being wasted on what has essentially become a popularity contest, especially considering the fact that this country is in the midst of a

he U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating Las Vegas Sands Corporation and its connections with money laundering and bribery transactions. The head of Sands Corporation, Sheldon Adelson, is a major Republican campaign contributor and has vowed that he will give $100 million to candidates during election season, sending some of that money to the Romney Super PAC. Romney shouldn’t be criticized for accepting money from Adelson any more than other candidates who receive money from Super PACs and undisclosed sources. This is not a move by “the left” to discredit Romney before this year’s elections, either. The casino has already been questioned about high-rolling customers spending extravagant sums of money, such as Ye Gon, who was indicted for shipping pharmaceutical products to Mexico for methamphetamine manufacture and using Sands’ accounts to exchange money. Although the investigation will most likely not produce any proof by the end of this year’s presidential elections, the U.S. Attorney’s Office shouldn’t put off global criminal allegations for fear of the political pundits’ backlash. Adelson has been a huge proprietor for Macau, China — the only region that permits such business — and has worked closely with regulators and politicians to secure his casino’s place. Granted, the gambling business in Las Vegas has always been associated with vast amounts of untraceable money that attracts illicit activities, but the growing social consciousness has shifted towards financial transparency since the

market collapsed. There has been a push for casinos to act more like banks in that they should know more about where their customers’ money comes from. In a highly publicized move, Paul Ryan visited Adelson days after he announced he would be the presumptive vicepresidential candidate, which can only be expected to garner attention from the media and liberal groups. The relationship between Ryan and Adelson will definitely come under question should the investigation prove the allegations against Adelson and Sands Corp. Politics aside, the idea that we have a financial institution allegedly laundering money through an already exploitative business for the same people who have exploited this country’s drug problem for years is disgusting. If Adelson truly believes in Israeli relations and legal profit through relaxed regulations, that’s fine. However, it seems as though he’s trying to gain influence behind the Republican pro-business platform many white-collar criminals claim to support as a façade for ulterior motives. It’s hard to say what the outcome of this probe will produce, but the subject of the investigation should give legislators a hint towards regulation. Not everything stays in Vegas, especially if it’s funneled through Mexican currency exchange firms. US citizens bear the brunt of every facet involved in this scenario, and more legislation needs to be provided to curtail ill-gotten gains in Vegas; that should be political consensus at this point, not a partisan issue. Nick Bell is a media production senior and may be reached at

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Another run would be no fun Neither party should support a Perry campaign for governor in 2014 Nick Bell Staff columnist


t has been about eight months since Gov. Rick Perry backed out of the running for the 2012 Republican Party nomination for president. Any politician that runs for office, in today’s split-second society, is bound for a rocky road filled with faux pas. Perry has had arguably some of the worst of all the frontrunners, barring maybe Herman Cain. Perry has been a master at fundraising since he took office as governor in 2000. After quickly raising the cash for his failed presidential run, he continues to raise millions through his own political committee. Republicans, and obviously Democrats, should cringe at the hint that Perry might try for governor in 2014. Democrats should oppose because of blatant platform disagreements, and Republicans should because the last two Texas

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financial crises, a war overseas, an aging infrastructure and a decaying education system. Everyone knows that these problems will need financial capital to fix, but the underlying question is always, “Where to get the money?” No one wants to pay more taxes, yet many of the same people throw money at politicians as if they were topless dancers. Over the last decade, the naïve mentality that all we need is the right politician to come to the rescue and save us has evolved.This is all a microcosm of the fierce partisanship that has defined American politics. Unfortunately, it seems that most people today would prefer to spend their time and energy blaming others, as opposed to

Republican governors’ appearances have brands in the state’s political arena. The exchange of a “can-do” bravado to get into office, instead of candidates with true probusiness policies, has created an unfavorable image of Texas political culture. The economy in the state of Texas is largely autonomous, so it seems as if most anyone with a smirk and the right financial backing can kick their cowboy boots around Austin’s capitol building. Perry is already the longestserving governor in the state’s history, and the time has come for a change of appearances on the Republican Party’s behalf. The idea that Texans are broad-picture people when it comes to politics doesn’t go over well with the other 49 states, nor should it in Texas. Regardless of political affiliation, no one should welcome the idea that Perry might seek another term as the state governor.

It doesn’t matter which politician or party you relate to, (anyone) can see how much money is being wasted on what has essentially become a popularity contest.” making efforts to fix the problem. Even if a mere 50-cent donation out of every dollar spent politically was given the Red Cross, the Texas Children’s Hospital, or even a local school district, we would all benefit, and we might just reduce some of the problems that we can only hope Washington will fix for us. Matt Story is a kinesiology senior and may be reached at

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Whether Americans like to admit it or not, politicians have to play politics. There is no candidate out there that doesn’t have to pull strings, that is why we choose them in the first place. A certain degree of being a scapegoat comes with the job description of a politician and only increases with importance. Republicans and Democrats alike cannot afford to let a “personality politician” prevail if we want to be taken seriously. Although Perry is a well-known name among Texans, Attorney General Greg Abbott might try to run for governor and has raised campaign money as well. There are plenty of respectable Republican politicians in Texas, but the ones who have been in the spotlight in the past decade have made Texans out to look like a caricature instead of a representation.

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attitudes and mission changes. There is a graph that a former Duke professor created showing the rise in GPA of different schools through time, located at www. With a median change of about .14 per decade, UH has increased grades at a rate lower than the average university, making it on the site’s Sweet 16 of Tough Graders. Locally, grades at the University of Texas have increased at .6 points over a span of about 20 years. Nationally, top schools like Duke, Dartmouth, and Harvard have increased around an entire letter grade for more than 45 years. It appears that UH doesn’t bend to the pressures as much as other universities. This could be good, as some could see that a student excelling at a consistently challenging school would carry some weight behind it. However, when you think about the competition that UH faces from prestigious schools that curve their grades, the refusal to budge might harm new alumni seeking job opportunities. Comparing prestigious schools reporting increasingly higher grades to up-and-coming schools like UH staying relatively steady; some might jump to the conclusion that students at universities with grade inflation are harder workers and better job candidates than UH graduates. UH President and Chancellor Renu Khator considers this a reflection of the overall quality of education available at UH and points out that Houston is the only Texas school that made the “16 Tough Graders” list. Although some employers may not know much about the trends in grade inflation and may take the person with a higher GPA between two equally qualified candidates from different schools, the issue has started to get some attention from publications such as Texas Insider and The Chronicle of Higher Education. The University could receive a boost in reputation as the problem of inflated grades becomes more widely known —the more people who start to recognize its tougher grading consistency, the better chance UH has to climb the national rankings. Jacob Patterson is a business senior and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar. com.

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Coog Radio revamps staff, sounds Variety of Darlene Campos Staff writer

Coog Radio, UH’s non-profit, studentrun radio station, was founded in fall 2011 by Conner Clifton, Markley Rogers and Matt Womack. The station offers more than 30 shows per week broadcasted by 40 DJs. Officially 1-year old this fall, the station has prepared itself for celebrations and new material for airplay. “This semester, students will definitely hear more from Coog Radio,” said Joyce Lin, the PR and Marketing Director of Coog Radio. “We’re planning on collaborating with

different organizations like SVN and UH sports. The station is also celebrating its one-year anniversary this fall — it’s going to be on Sept. 20 at Mango’s and we’re going to have a couple of local bands.” Since its debut, the station has been featured in Rice University’s student newspaper, The Rice Thresher, and in Study Breaks. Though Coog Radio does not offer any paid positions, it does offer experience to students interested in the communications career field. The station centers around variety programming, which provides something interesting for every listener and prospective DJ.

“Fat Tony was one of our DJs, and he had a pretty big following. Same with Aimee Rivas and her show “Pulse,” which was big with the (electronic dance music) crowd in Houston,” said Music Director Alex Segura. Coog Radio does not shut down during summer, either, as the station is always online. According to Station Director Clinton Blankenship, 17 shows were added over the summer and there are seven more debuting this fall. “We are on 24/7/365, including leap year,” Blankenship said. “Right now, we are only live while the UC is open, but we are playing music RADIO continues on page 3

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Greek organizations urge freshmen to join Beginning of fall semester heralds the heavy recruitment of fraternities, sororities on the University campus Andrew Pate Sports editor

When Panhellenic advisor Megan Francis came to UH from the University of Arkansas where she served as Graduate Assistant in the office of Greek life for 2 years, she saw an incredible opportunity in front of her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The women of the Houston Panhellenic Council are capable of making their community whatever they want it to be and I am excited to help them through the journey,â&#x20AC;? Francis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that my experience can help the women grow their community into one that is a nationally competitive Tier One sorority experience.â&#x20AC;? Both the Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council (IFC) are in the midst of recruiting

potential members for the Fall semester and while members of Panhellenic are excited about the influx of interest, UH fraternities are also seeing a spark in their recruitment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are more incoming freshmen looking to get the college experience,â&#x20AC;? Sigma Chi Fraternity president David Gelovani said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Largely, I feel that each fall the interest in fraternities grow and everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s benefiting.â&#x20AC;? To provide women with the chance to meet members and learn more, Panhellenic will be hosting several events on behalf of its 6 sororities in the upcoming weeks including a Greek picnic at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at Bayou Oaks.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Joining a sorority is a great way to make friends, especially for those new on campus,â&#x20AC;? President of Panhellenic Laura Singleton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity that will help women throughout college by providing them with a good support system as well as networking beyond school.â&#x20AC;? The support system along with a sense of loyalty is echoed by many throughout Greek life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many things I can take from my experiences with my sisters, but something I value most is always having someone by your side,â&#x20AC;? Chi Omega member Vanadie Carpio said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through thick and thin they are always there.â&#x20AC;? At UH there are 15 IFC fraternities. Vice

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COOPER COMES OUT O CNN’s prominent news anchor, Anderson An nderson Cooper, publicly discloses that he e is a gay man via an email sent to a friend friiend and gave permission to be posted on

PRIDE The annual Houston LGBT Pride Parade and Festival celebrates one of the city’s many diverse communities and welcomes approximately 320,000 attendees who light up the evening parade in the Montrose neighborhood. According to, next year’s parade will take place on June 22.

NEW SPIDER-MAN TOMKAT DIVORCE The five-year marriage of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes comes to an end when Holmes files for divorce in New York City in June. Holmes currently seeks sole custody of their six-year-old daughter Suri. News of the TomKat divorce dominates headlines in mid-summer.

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Premiere date: Sept. 30. on The CW Gabrielle Pierce’s meshing of “Dante” and “Gosford Park” looks to be ABC’s first soiree into the ethereal, demonic element. The cast is an eclectic combination of ABC elites, such as Terry O’Quinn and Rachael Taylor. They play characters residing in Upper East Side of Manhattan apartment building that may or may not be owned by the devil. Few plot leaks have hit the market, leaving potential fans and critics awaiting the first episode for any legitimate information.

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Premiere date: Oct. 4. on NBC It’s about time for guts to start bursting from uncontrollable laughter. “30 Rock” starts its seventh and final season in October. With 13 episodes including a one-hour series finale, fans can look forward to one last go-around of clumsy but loveable guffaws. With rumors of six seasons of guest stars making one last tour through the now memorable 30 Rockefeller Plaza, devotees can sit back and enjoy a retrospective on what true comedy is.

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Premiere date: Oct. 8 on CW One of the more underrated and underappreciated night-time soap operas in recent years is entering its sixth and final season this fall. Fans should be thrilled to see the Upper East Side gang because most of the starring cast, such as Blake Lively in “Savages,” have debuted in stellar motion pictures during the off-season. Rumors speculate that with only 10 to 11 episodes left, every episode might function as a mini-finale for each character. Other rumors suggest that guest stars such as Barry Watson and Sofia Black D’Elia are staying on the show for extended arcs.


“The Amazing Spider-Man,” which stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, officially reboots Marvel’s franchise of the blue and red web-slinger. The film premieres just before the Fourth of July and has a weekend gross of $65 million.


Premiere date: Oct.14 on AMC As season two came to a close, everyone’s favorite dysfunctional group of zombie survivalists stumbled upon a prison, a discovery that sparked dramatic music and left fans wanting more. “The Walking Dead,” one of the many potent bullets in AMC’s drama revolver, returns this fall with new characters and a darker plot line. Fans of the actual dead in the show need not worry; the show has never sacrificed dialogue for well-placed gore. Along with a darker storyline should come more of that awardwinning makeup and special effects.

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TRILOGY ENDS Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale finally conclude their Batman trilogy with the release off the highly bllockbuster anticipated summer blockbuster Rises.” The film “The Dark Knight Rises.” later becomes overshadowed overshad dowed and o shooting, spoiled by the Colorado where 12 people were killed k at the film’s midnight premiere. premiere.

LONDON OLYMPICS The 2012 Summer Olympics in London Lon becomes “the most watched entertainment or sporting event ever ente A on American television” — with 219.4 mill million viewers — according to an NBC report repo published by the New York Times. s. Michael Mic Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian of all time with dec m 19 medals, Gabby Douglas becomes Am America’s sweetheart overnight and the US brings home 104 medals, the most out off every country that competed. e

PRESIDENTIAL RACE CE CE Summer 2012 most notably concludess with Mitt Romney announcing his vice e presidential running mate — Wisconsin in n Rep. Paul Ryan. The 2012 Election Day on Nov. 6 is now less than three months away.


R&B GLORY R&B singer Frank Ocean confirms his bisexuality in a post on his Tumblr ahead of the release of his debut album, “Channel Orange.” Ocean’s letter is recognized for its brave and sincere message and refreshingly receives support from fans and hip-hop figures alike, including Jay-Z and Russell Simmons. “Channel Orange” debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart with 131,000 copies sold.

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CHICK-FIL-A Chick-fil-A’s donations to anti-gay organizations are in the spotlight again after the company’s president and chief operating officer vocalizes his thoughts against same-sex marriages. The controversy quickly causes strong debates and discussions about the First Amendment on Facebook and Twitter. Supporters and protestors alike attended Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day on Aug. 1.

The stars of the “Twilight” films — Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart — break off their real-life relationship after photos surface online of Stewart kissing the director of “Snow White and the Huntsman,” a film the actress starred in earlier this summer. The final installment in the novelturned-film series — “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” — premieres in November. Will the two be able to reconcile their differences and walk the red carpet with each other by then?

Bryan Dupont-Gray highlights the major titles in the coming months

The summer may have been a great lineup of titles for the video game world, but that’s nothing compared to the months of titles that lie ahead. The Fall semester is finally here and while students crack open new textbooks and ready their spirals, some gamers have already chosen to pick up their joysticks rather than study for finals. Here’s five reasons why:

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Developer: Namco Bandai Publisher: Namco Bandai Console: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U Rating: Teen Release date: Sept. 11

One of the best-selling fighting franchises is going back to its team-play roots with Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Based on the original, TTT2 is all about forming a solid partnership and duking it out in the square-circle. The game has a 50-character roster, harboring new and old fighters from the series and spanking new stages and also introduces “World Tekken Federation” to the online mode.

Master Chief is back and ready to take on a new opposing force that threatens the entire universe. He’ll be set in an entirely new environment with new Halo 4 enemies and new weapons. Developer: 343 Industries Now in the hands of a new Publisher: Microsoft Studios Console: Xbox 360 developer, Halo 4 is the start Rating: Mature of a new trilogy with heavily Release date: Nov. 6 boosted multiplayer option and cooperative and mapediting modes.

What do you get when you have a role-playing first-person shooter that has more than a million weapons, four different classes ranging from a stealthy assassin to a two-gun berserker and various species of monsters that drop money or items after being killed? Borderlands 2. Set five years after the events in the first game, four new vaulters look to save Pandora from Handsome Jack, a cocky narcissist looking to release a forbidden threat that will wreak havoc on the entire land.

Treyarch is reinvigorating the Call of Duty franchise with Black Ops II by taking an already near-perfect style of gameplay and bringing it to the future. From unmanned aircrafts to hovering robots, Black Ops II takes warfare to a new level. Strike Force missions will force players to make tough decisions that will alter the campaign storyline. Plus, what would Black Ops II be without an insane online mode with bigger and better maps the Zombies mode?

Borderlands 2 Developer: Gearbox Software Publisher: 2K Games Console: PS3, Xbox 360 Rating: Mature Release date: Sept. 12

“Call of Duty: Black Ops II” Developer: Treyarch Publisher: Activision Console: PS3, Xbox 360 Rating: Mature Release date: Nov. 13

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philanthropic causes are my favorite events to attend,” Carpio said. “It really goes to show where our values stand as Greeks. Yes, we like to have a good time, but we know there are greater things in the world and we have the opportunity to put our time and efforts into The IFC’s recruitment continues until Sept. 28 while the deadline to sign up for Panhellenic recruitment ends Sept. 7.

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Music fuels UH alumnus book debut Obama presidency inspires author to write Channler Hill Staff writer

University of Houston alumnus Chinedu Achebe’s debut novel “Blunted on Reality” follows the life of a Nigerian lawyer in his late ’20s who is trying to figure out the complexities of life, find value in his job, deal with his family and juggle two women during the Obama presidency. “I honestly never had any intentions of writing a book,” Achebe said. “I always thought you had to be famous or have some extraordinary story to tell before you could write something. I think after Obama won the presidency, I started to think about documenting this historic moment.” “But I didn’t want to write the storyline that everybody else was doing. I decided to carve my own unique storyline covering the span of one year beginning the day after Obama won the presidency.” He began writing “Blunted on Reality” in August 2010 and found musical inspiration from various artists like Fela Kuti, Jay-Z and John Coltrane. He completed the work in November 2011 and named it after The Fugees’ first album.

Although Achebe’s major was economics and he did not join any writing organizations in college, the craft has always been with him. “I feel that my passion for writing has been with me my whole life, but I think it took me writing this book to see the full manifestation of everything,” Achebe said. While Achebe published the 174-page novel himself, his editing company aided him by providing information on how to put together a book’s interior with the cover design, which symbolizing how life can be reflected in a multitude of lenses. Achebe, a native of Richmond, Va., worked as a sales representative with Nextel Communications after graduation until he landed his current job working in the tax department of a state governmental agency. The release of his novel has given Achebe confidence and he aspires to continue writing and pushing himself creatively. He is focused on marketing “Blunted on Reality,” which has received a mix of good reviews but low sales, and has learned through this process that everything takes NOVEL continues on page 10

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his summer introduced an overwhelming amount of relaxation and free time. The entertainment industry effectively capitalized on the liberty that young adults in college were able to enjoy over the past three months. Houston’s heat waves came with movie blockbusters, summer concert series, and one of my favorites — new music to listen to while soaking up the sun. Justin Bieber’s 26-year-old protégée scored a violin-based hit that topped the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks. Tweens and teens obsessed over the resurgence of boy bands — especially the one with five metrosexual British knock-outs. And Kanye West professed his affection for his Lamborghini Murciélago. Whether you hated or loved it, these were the songs that dominated the clubs, parties, and radio airwaves in the summer. — Allen Le

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time and patience. “You should just enjoy the moment,” Achebe said. “Don’t be carried away with thinking you aren’t a successful author because you didn’t make the New York Times Best Seller list. The reason that you wrote your book in the first place is because you had a story to tell.”

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Bloc Party outshines indie genre Album displays band’s depth, explores new sounds with strong instrumentations Christopher Lopez Staff writer

U.K indie-rock band Bloc Party has circled back to its post-punk revival roots with a refreshing twist in its new album, “Four.” After Bloc Party’s emergence in 2005, fans have missed its original style. However, the group has returned with a new sense of maturity. The album jumps off with the loud start of “So He Begins to Lie,” which showcases a heavy guitar and Americana sound many listeners are not used to. In the track “3x3,” the lyrics start off raspy and low, with wordplay like that of Slayer and Megadeth. It

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later switches to lead vocalist Kele Okereke hauntingly saying, “No,” before screaming, “Yes.” The album takes a break from hard rock towards the middle, but closes with “We Are Not Good People.” The interludes that connect the verses give off a standard guitar sound that American fans easily adapt to. Bloc Party’s best rendition of the harder style of rock is “Team A.” The untamed guitar near the end is exhilarating, and the adrenaline punch by the lyrics, “I am going to ruin your life,” serves as an icing on the cake. “Coliseum” stands out in “Four” because it starts off with a bluesy folk intro and subsequently

powers through with a strong guitar presence. The song’s ravishing tone builds up to the astonishing lyricism. Bloc Party still retains their irreplaceable depth in “Truth,” which has astounding vocal hooks and emotions relayed by the lyrics, “I am yours now respectfully. I am yours now truthfully.” The band’s second single, “Day Four,” is this album’s version of “This Modern Love,” from their début album in 2005. The song ends with echoing vocals and violin music fading into the distance. It also has a similar sound to Bloc Party’s other track, “Real Talk.” The second verse incorporates a banjo that assists the piece from start to

finish. The first single, “Octopus,” reminds the fans of Bloc Party’s older sound. From its moving hooks to the lyrical structure of the song, avid followers of the indierock music are no strangers to this playful tone. Some of the harder rock tracks do not fit the bill with this band, and may seem more like a tribute anthem than the original roots. The thresher tracks should not be dismissed, though. The more tranquil and less power-driven tracks are amazing, and give us back the nostalgia that this band has created since 2005.

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A new partnership between USC and Midlands Technical College is opening more doors into the university for first-time college students. This fall, 165 students will be part of the first class of Gamecock Gateway, a program that allows students who applied to and were initially rejected from the university to live in on-campus housing at the Roost while shuttling to the Airport campus at Midlands Tech for classes. After they earn 30 credit hours with a 2.25 GPA or higher, they will be eligible to transfer to USC. For those students who, according to Gateway Coordinator for USC Drew Newton, “fell just barely below admission,” the partnership will give them a second chance at a Carolina experience. According to Newton, the main goal of the invitationonly program was to provide access to South Carolina’s flagship university to more in-state students. “We wanted to ensure that every qualified South Carolina resident has access to a USC degree,” he said. “This program brings in students who otherwise would not have been admitted to the university and gives them personalized support at Midlands Technical College while giving them access to all the resources of a large research university.” The Gamecock Gateway program is the newest of many collaborative efforts between USC and Midlands

The freshman class is growing by only a hair this year, but by its sophomore year, the class of 2016 could be almost 5 percent bigger than the class before it. This year’s group inched up to 4,640 students, an increase of about 70 students, or 1.5 percent, and that figure will be bolstered by the 165 students in the Gamecock Gateway’s inaugural class. Students in the Gateway program will study at Midlands Technical College this year; if they complete 30 hours there with a 2.25 GPA, they’ll be eligible to transfer into the class of 2016 next year. The program’s start follows USC President Harris Pastides’ promise last fall that the university would not grow its incoming classes further. They’d grown enough, he told The Daily Gamecock then; housing was packed, facilities were overwhelmed and the student-to-faculty ratio was among the highest in the Southeastern Conference. It was time to reinvest in USC’s infrastructure and tend to its growing pains, he said. But Pastides said he isn’t worried about the potential for growth next year. “The modest addit ion to t he size of t he




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Ticket changes draw student ire Lost emails, accidental exclusions raise concerns Priyanka Juneja


Wit h t he t ransit ion f rom TicketReturn to Ticketmaster, students are wondering whether there might have been a few glitches in the system. Approximately 33 graduate students who were eagerly anticipating a ticket were disappointed to discover that they had been accidentally excluded from the lottery. “I requested my season football tickets before the deadline, and I was expecting to receive tickets because of my status with loyalty points,” Steven Khoury said, a graduate student in the accounting program. “I found out that the ticketing office forgot to include some graduate students in the lottery, and we would have to get tickets on

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demand.” Though the graduate students were eventually rewarded upper deck tickets, the students were displeased with the way their requests were handled. “A few days ago all the graduate students received emails in our junk mail folders giving notice that we received upper deck tickets,” Lawrence Brownyn said, a graduate student in the accounting program. “This is, in my opinion, student ticketing’s way of shutting us up to get rid of us. I’m still extremely upset about the fact that they didn’t actually try to solve the problem.” W h i le s t u d e nt s h a d m i n i m a l complaints about the changes, some students feel that the new system is confusing and hard to maneuver. “I feel like they made [students] aware of the change, but there’s not adequate instruction on how to use the new system because I had no idea how to check to see if I had been awarded


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tickets,” Brownyn said. “I also have no idea how to claim them, give them up or anything.” Graduate st udent s a re not t he only students with complaints about t he new system, however. Sen ior finance student, Chetna Mehra was disappointed with the outcome of the lottery. “I have an upper deck ticket, but I don’t know anyone that got upper deck. I’ve never had a problem getting a ticket before for a game so if there wasn’t a problem wit h t he system before why change it,” she said. “I can’t even sit with my friends and that really irritates me.” Yo u s e f I b r e a k , a s e c o nd -y e a r business student, agreed with Mehra and explained why he is not a fan of the new system. “The current system doesn’t seem to make any sense,” he said. “I know

Drinking underage is going to cost students both cash and football tickets this year, as USC moves to sober up its campus. Sanctions for a first underage drinking offense will increase to $250, up from $50 last year. The first-time drug fine, which was also $50, will increase to $350. In both cases, parents will hear about it with a call home from their child and his or her hearing officer. Previously, USC only sent them letters about a first drug offense or second alcohol offense, according to Director of Student Conduct Alisa Cooney. Punishments for second and third



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Renovations, new AD among summer news Kathryn Kranjc


EXTREME MAKEOVER: RUSSELL HOUSE EDITION — Sorry, the student union hasn’t gotten any bigger. But with $200,000 in swanky new furniture on the second floor, there’s at least a little more sitting room for the thousands of students who move through Russell House every day. The Russell also traded in its brick tiles for a $437,000 shiny terazzo floor, complete with garnet and black Cocky-esque ribbons to direct traffic on the second level (and to keep all you Einstein devotees in an orderly line). BIG BOX STORE SET FOR ASSEMBLY STREET — There may be a new superstore coming to downtown, between campus and Williams Brice stadium. After nearly a year of drawn-out negotiations, city council finally gave the OK the sell the Capital City Stadium, home of the Columbia Blowfish amateur baseball team, to a development company with close ties to Walmart. While officials could not confi rm if or when construction on the superstore would begin, current plans show a layout for a large concrete plaza dominated by a big box store. The decision was made after an environmental engineering group hired by the city found that the development would not worsen flooding at the Rocky Branch Creek floodplain, where the stadium currently stands. However, local residents and environmental groups, including USC geology experts, are still concerned about how the development will affect runoff and pollution and are asking that the city do something to protect the natural waterway. It may be years before the project breaks ground, as the development company seeks approval from city engineering. In the meantime, the Blowfish are planning to relocate to Lexington.

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GAMECOCKS’ CWS WINNING STREAK ENDS WITH DEFEAT BY ARIZONA — The back-to-back national champions found themselves in Omaha in June for their third run in the College World Series. This year, however, Arizona hit a double in the ninth inning to break a tie, and the Gamecocks returned to Columbia without the three-peat record they were hoping for. However, Michael Roth, Matt Price and Christian Walker all left TD Ameritrade Park with College Word Series records, and the Gamecocks came back to a standing ovation from approving fans at Carolina Stadium after a stellar season.

USC BREAKS HEAT RECORD — USC set scalding state temperature records when a heat wave from the central U.S. spread eastward and fi nally reached South Carolina. The official recording reached an unprecedented 113 degrees Fahrenheit on June 30. The previous state record of 111 was measured in Camden in 1954. It was enough to keep even the native residents of a city that touts itself as “famously hot” indoors and out of the haze.


TANNER NAMED ATHLETICS DIRECTOR — After former Athletics Director Eric Hyman resigned on June 29 after seven years at USC for the same position at Texas A&M, reports surfaced of Tanner’s resignation as head baseball coach to fill in the vacant role. The position of head baseball coach was quickly taken by former assistant head coach Chad Holbrook. ARTS WIN AGAIN — Surprise. Governor Nikki Haley vetoed all $3.4 million in funding for the South Carolina Arts Commission. But not without resounding retaliation from artists and art supporters in the community, including Mayor Steve Benjamin, who published an opinion piece chastising Haley for attempting to de-fund a major part of Columbia’s business sector. After a rally of artists at the Statehouse, both the House and Senate voted to overturn the governor’s vetoes, continuing the salaries of the state’s arts commissioners and restoring an additional $500,000 in grants to the commission.


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Tech, though the residential aspect of it is a new step for already-existent bridge programs. A similar program exists between Clemson and Tri-County Technical College, though students in the Clemson Bridge don’t stay on campus, but are hosted in a nearby student apartment complex. Midlands Tech Vice President for St udent A f fairs Sandi Oliver said many students previously asked why there wasn’t a similar program between USC and Midlands Tech. She said that demand plus the desire to “support ... state accountabilit y efforts and performance outcomes” were some of the key precipitants to the program. Besides living on campus, students are offered a variety of resources at USC, including access to the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center and Blatt P.E. Center, intramural sports, the Student Success Center and clubs and organizations. They won’t receive student tickets to football, basketball or baseball; be allowed to hold office in a student organization; join a social fraternity or sorority or participate on intercollegiate athletic teams. At Midlands Tech, students will be af forded access to a l l genera l resources, including the Academic Success Center, “Fast Track” refresher courses, counseling and career services and supplemental instruction. They are also able to join and lead student

organizations at Midlands Tech. “It is a big opportunity for them, and we’ll have smaller class sizes and counseling, academic and otherwise, that will help them be successful,” Midlands Tech President Marshall White said. Because the program offers “the best of both colleges,” according to Oliver, prog ram leaders ex pect a smoot h t ra nsit ion a nd successf u l t i me at Carolina. “We think the Gateway students will benefit because they’ll be motivated and know that they can graduate as Gamecocks,” Pastides said. “They can start and feel like they’re on campus, but they can get the attention that Midlands Tech is able to provide to their students.” Incoming Gateway student William Burnette said the slightly different path into Carolina didn’t discourage him once he was given the chance. “My whole family has gone to the University of South Carolina; Carolina’s home for us, so it was an automatic decision right when the letter was received to follow in the legacy,” he said. He’s already been in Newton’s office planning Gamecock Gateway intramural teams. He said he sees the Gateway program as a second chance and plans to major in business. “I’m just as ecstatic as if I was going in as a freshman,” he said. Comments on this story? Visit

WELCOME WEEK 2012 EVENTS Sunday 8/19

Church @ Shandon 9:30am Catch a shuttle from Russell House, Bates, or Capstone. 10am Bible Study 11:30 Worship

Monday 8/20

Blatt Block Party @ Blatt Field 5:30-7:30pm FREE burgers, COLD drinks, GOOD times.

Tuesday 8/21

Crazy Night @ The Coop 10pm-12am, 1100 Key Road Shuttles available all night from Russell House to the Coop every 30 minutes. No alcohol. Dance party. DJ. Flashing lights. Loud. HUGE.

Wednesday 8/22

Last Night of Freedom @ The Shandon House 8-11pm, 1804 Greene St Enjoy your last hours of summer with coffee, desserts & friends.

Thursday 8/23

Dodgeball Tournament @ Strom Gym #4 7-9pm Intense competition. Crazy fun. We’ll help you find a team.

Friday 8/24

Palmetto Patio Party @ Russell House Patio 5:30-8pm, Russell House Patio Get your “Southern” on. Grits buffet, shag lessons, how to dress for game day, how to tie a bow tie, and sweet tea.

Saturday 8/25

Lake Day @ Lake Wateree 11am-3pm Shuttles will take you from Russell House to Lake Wateree to enjoy water, sun, boats, and new friends.

Sunday 8/26

Church & FREE College Lunch @ Shandon 9:30am Catch a shuttle from Russell House, Bates, or Capstone 10am Bible Study 11:30 Worship FREE College Lunch on the level of Grandma’s home cookin’ after Bible Study and Worship.

Tuesday 8/28

Shandon Kickoff @ Russell House Ballroom 9pm, Russell House Kick off the semester with worship. You will be encouraged and challenged.




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Police encourage vigilance, registration for fall Law enforcement offers ID services to track stolen items Sarah Ellis


Like most other university campuses around the country, USC sees greater instances of larceny once large numbers of people have returned to campus, according to Capt. Eric Grabski of the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety. The USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety offers several services to students and staff to help recover stolen personal property and deter potential thefts. “Although we’re a safe campus by numbers, we do have property crime,” Grabski said. “That makes sense because we have a lot of people in a congested area.” He encourages students to be protective and aware of their property, but also recommends taking measures to ensure recovery should theft occur. Through the division’s Project I.D., students and staff can register personal items, including computers, cell phones and gaming systems, with campus police. Registered items are given an identifying number series and entered into a database. Once an item is registered, it stays in the database forever. Owners may also choose to have their items engraved with their identifying information. St udent s shou ld im med iately repor t missing propert y to campus police, who will promptly survey the scene for details and begin investigating. In case of a theft, investigating

of f icers are able to f lag t he propert y by its identifying numbers if it is found or if someone tries to sell it. Items that are reported stolen are also entered into a national crime database that is accessible to investigators around the country. “I f t here’s a n ident if y i ng ma rk (on you r property) and you file a report, the likelihood of us fi nding (that item) is dramatically higher,” Grabski said. Students and staff can also register their bicycles and mopeds with the division separately from registration with parking services. Registered vehicles are entered into a bicycle database and receive a registration sticker to display. The Division also offers a Protect-A-Book program, which marks students’ textbooks with an invisible stamp. If someone tries to sell a stolen textbook, local bookstores can identify the property by revealing the stamp under a black light and alerting campus officers. Grabski also recommends that students put some sort of unique marking in their books for easier identification and recovery. These services are free, and students and staff can access these resources online or in person at t he div ision’s headquarters. Of f icers also make stops in every residence hall at least once a semester to register and engrave personal items, and a table will be available for the services at Russell House Saturday for students moving in. For a $20 charge, students can also purchase a Security Tracking of Property, or STOP, Tag for their personal items. This anti-theft tag warns potential thieves that an item is registered with the police and features a unique identifying barcode. If the tag were to be removed, it would leave a permanent mark to identify the item as

stolen property. T hough c a mpu s law en forcement of fer s these tools to aid in property recovery, Grabski recommends that students take active measures to, first and foremost, protect their personal property. “(Property registration is) more of a recovery tool than a preventative method ... We have to do our part in keeping our own things protected and getting involved in prevention,” Grabski said. Grabski encourages students to lock their dorm rooms when no one is inside, keep valuables close to them or locked up and to not leave any property unattended in public areas. Students should keep their vehicles locked as well and parked in well-lit areas and keep valuables out of view in their cars. Additionally, students should not hesitate to report suspicious people or behavior, Grabski said, as accountable bystanders are a big help to prevent crimes or capture offenders. “I’m convinced that people who are out to steal our stuff, that even though they might blend in, people (in the area) will notice,” Grabski said. For questions about property registration or to request for officers to set up a registration table in a dorm or at an event, st udents can contact Sgt. Kenny Adams of Crime Prevention and Community Relations at (803) 777-0855 or Visit the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety website at for more information on any of these services or any further questions about campus crime and safety. Comments on this story? Visit

Health reform to increase preventative care More services covered under insurance law Kathryn Kranjc


A f ter t he U. S. Supreme Cou r t officially approved the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this summer, health care providers, insurance companies and customers are still struggling to find out what the new legislation means for them. Many students and are still confused

as to how PPACA will affect them. According to the new law, individuals will not be required to carry healthy insurance until 2014, but the university currently requires all graduate students and international students to carry insurance. For some, it means that they will be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance plan for a few more years (until age 26). For others, it means they will be paying $660 this fall for a university health insurance plan through Pearce & Pearce (though graduate assistants will receive a $275 subsidy from the university to help pay for their

required coverage.) At USC, Thompson Student Health Center executives are at least hopeful that new insurance coverage requirements from the PPACA will mean a higher demand for preventative health services from vaccines and blood pressure screenings to nutritional consultations and de-stress massages. Full-time students already pay a $169 student health fee for the 2012-2013 school year. The health fee covers office visits for routine and chronic

illnesses, 12 counseling sessions and support group therapy. That fee also covers a few preventative services, such as blood pressure screenings and fitness and nutritional consultations. In past years, students have had to pay out of pocket for vaccines, physical therapy and prescriptions. However, with the PPACA requiring insurance companies to cover more preventat ive ser vices — including INSURANCE ● 14

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USC police responded to 110 incidents in June and July, according to RAIDS Online, a crime analytics website. Most of those cases involved theft — 17 from buildings (16 percent) and 13 (12 percent) from vehicles. The depart ment responded to anot her t wo burglaries, a robbery and seven assaults, according to the site. But crime in the summer isn’t necessarily indicative of patterns in the fall and spring, said Capt. Eric Grabski, a spokesman for the University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety. W hen students move in, “opportunity crime” spikes, and thefts from dorms and the Thomas Cooper Library, all but dormant throughout the summer, pick up. Last fall, from move-in day to the last day of classes, police responded to 196 calls. Among them, 141, or 72 percent, were thefts. Another 27 (14 percent) were car break-ins. They also responded to 12 stolen mopeds, three stolen cars, six burglaries and two robberies. Assaults were less frequent on campus last fall, the data show. Over that semester, USC police reported just one assault case. Learn about how to avoid on-campus crime on page A4, and read more about this summer’s most prominent incidents below.

ALCOHOL ● Continued from 1 offenses have tightened a bit, too, Cooney said, but they mostly serve to support previously standing policies. A second drinking violation includes a $350 fine; for drugs, a return to Judicial brings up a suspension of at least one semester. The same consequence holds for a third-time drinking offense. The previous set of sanctions didn’t do much to deter students from “selfdestructive behaviors,” according to Vice President for Student Affairs Dennis Pruitt. Take a slap on the wrist and write a check, and the process was over. The crackdown will extend to football games, too. Students who are ejected from “any sporting event for any reason” will lose their season football ticket, according to a new ticketing policy provided by Adrienne White, the student ticketing coordinator. This year, USC expects to see about 150 students ejected from football games each week, Cooney said, though that number will probably vary from week to week. If those students are removed for drinking underage, she added, they’ll

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On Friday, June 1, two pedestrians were crossing the street in Five Points legally at about 3 a.m. when they were hit by a man in a red Camaro headed north on Harden Street. The driver didn’t stop for the two. Both of whom were injured, one requiring surgery. Just in McGlamr y, 21, was arrested in connection with the incident and was charged with two counts of hit-and-run and one count of disregarding a traffic signal. McGlamry is in custody at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

In a parking lot on College Street, a man in his late 20s brandished a gun and took a victim’s wallet and cell phone. USC police responded at the lot, between the James F. Byrnes Building and the Hunter Gatherer restaurant, at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28. The man fled down College Street toward Assembly. The suspect is described as a black man with braided hair in his late 20s, last seen wearing gray jeans and a white tank top.

2. 803 Hookah Bar parking lot

4. Cook-Out — 1109 Harden St.

At about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, June 17, two men got in a fight inside the 803 Hookah Bar on Sumter Street. They were kicked out after a suspect allegedly broke a beer bottle over the other’s head. In the parking lot, the fight escalated further, until that suspect shot the other in the leg and fled down Pendleton Street. Little is known about the suspect, according to a Crime Alert posted by the Department of Law Enforcement and Safety. He is described in that post as a black man last seen wearing a green shirt and white shorts.

be hit with the new fines as well. Many students have taken issue with the new rules, calling them excessive and saying they don’t treat students like adults. For some, like fourth-year political science student Katherine Brown, the fines represented “a huge burden on (first-year students’) parents,” because many of those students don’t have jobs. Ot hers took to Tw it ter to na me their qualms about calling students’ parents. Many jokingly compared that measure to their time in high school or kindergarten. A handful were more supportive, saying they hoped the ticketing provision would keep rowdy fans out of the stands. The new consequences stem from the university’s first review of its alcohol and drug policies in a decade, Cooney said. That process began in January, spurred in part by problems in the university’s culture of alcohol that administrators described as “environmental” and “systemic.” But motivation increased during the spring semester, as USC was shocked by two separate fatal incidents in which five people died.

A manager at Cook-Out was shot in his car at about 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 17. A man with a gun demanded money from him, and the manager began to back his car up. The suspect fired into the car, striking the manager’s shoulder. He was hospitalized and later released. That suspect hasn’t been located, but invest igators “have good leads,” Jennifer Timmons, a spokeswoman for the Columbia Police Department, wrote in an email.

Three were students, one was a former student. Each had been drinking. The new policies await official approval from the faculty senate in the coming weeks and are expected to pass as proposed. But in the meantime, Pruitt said, they’ll be enforced as a temporary measure. Administrators reviewed the policies of 20 other large universities as they reconsidered USC’s. The new policies, Cooney said, will catch the university up with the rest of the country in an area where it had lagged. They remove “legalese,” Cooney said, and delineate what USC prohibits — from being drunk in public to having empty containers or playing drinking games. The policies also include a “shared responsibility code” that holds underage students accountable for being around drinking or partying. “If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, you need to extract yourself from that situation,” Pruitt said. Collectively, Pruitt said he hopes the new rules and punishments will help to “raise the bar” on the university’s c u lt u re a nd to foster a sense of responsibility on campus.

In any case, the rules are sure to raise new f unds for the universit y, and those, Pruitt said, will be funneled into USC’s judicial and alcohol education programs. That’ll help cut delays in hearing students’ cases, and Cooney said that will make the meetings more impactful and effective. At present, she said, students wait about 30 days to meet with an officer. It’ll also fund expansion of the Carolina Awareness on Alcohol Policies and Safety (CA APS) class that students are required to take after a drinking offense. Last year, all of the class’s sections filled up, forcing administrators to increase caps on their size; that, Cooney said, reduces their effectiveness. The additions have Cooney and other administrators excited and hopeful, but they’re not alone. Haley Porter, a second-year nursing student, has found a silver lining, too. “Well,” she said on Twitter Thursday, “at least there’s a higher chance of me getting a ticket (to football games) now.” Comments on this story? Visit


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CP fall calendar goes heavy on comedy ‘Daily Show’ correspondents will headline $108,000 semester lineup


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Carolina Productions is bringing in the year with a lineup of programming that’s a little funnier than semesters past. Not counting the movies in Russell House Theater and campus open mics, almost half of CP’s planned events are stand-up or other comedy acts. The Daily Show’s Indecision Tour 2012 with Al Madrigal, Adam Lowitt and John Hodgman headlines the lineup, which also includes “oneman circus” Michael Dubois; OXYGY N’s Jen Kober; another Comedy Central event featuring T.J. Miller, Chelsea Peretti and Matt Braunger; and duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, formerly of MADTV. A nd for good reason: CP president K allie Linsberg said comedy has always been popular with the USC student body. “From Ralphie May to Rob Riggle and David Koechner, we’ve always been able to fi ll seats,” she wrote in an email response from London, where she interned at the Olympics this summer. “It seemed like the right move to plan toward that interest.” Comedy also tends to reach the most diverse crowds, according to Brandon W hite, CP’s vice president of internal affairs. He said CP crunches attendance numbers and breaks down the audiences by demographic after each event, which the organization is able to do since students scan their CarolinaCards at the door. “[Comedy shows] are our most consistent and reliable events,” White said. CP’s comedic coordinator, Andy Farag, who books and schedules those acts, said it makes sense that the comedians draw the biggest crowds. “A majority of people want a good laugh,” Farag said. “Nobody’s like, ‘Nah, I don’t want to laugh right now.’” The cost of the fall lineup, however, is no laughing matter — all told, it totaled more than $108,000. The most expensive shows were the Indecision Tour (a $41,500 event for which CP paid only $21,500 by partnering with Carolina After Dark), the Comedy Central event ($20,000), Max Brooks, author of “The Zombie Survival Guide” ($15,000), and Twitter co-founder Dom Sagolla ($15,100). A major mu sic concer t , wh ich hasn’t yet been announced due to a pending contract, is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 4. Past concerts have included The Wailers, Girl Talk, We the

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Kings, Young the Giant and Josh Turner. White said one of the analyses CP conducts is a “bang for your buck” rundown comparing how many people show up for performances and how much they cost. In many cases, he said, while show costs may seem astronomical, when they’re divided down, students have paid less to see the event at USC than they would have at another venue. Eric Bouchard, program coordinator for CP and Carolina After Dark, called the lineup “wellrounded,” even if it’s a little heavy on the comedy. He added that, especially by halving the cost

of the Indecision Tour by partnering with the Carolina After Dark, CP has managed to put together a solid semester while keeping its spring budget intact. Those type of co-sponsorships allow CP to bring bigger acts, but Bouchard said the partnerships are difficult to solicit, and they often fall into place by pure luck. “It’s not something we can really pursue, but as far as co-sponsorship on campus, I’d love to see more of it in the future,” he said. Comments on this story? Visit

New contracts rearrange Greek Village Incoming chapters move into empty houses Sydney Patterson


Three empty Greek Village houses, formerly occupied by Lambda Chi Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon, will have new tenants this fall. Alpha Gamma Delta, USC’s newest sorority, will not only be colonizing on campus this semester; it will also be taking over the lease for the Sigma Phi Epsilon house. Jill Harter, Alpha Gamma Delta’s director of communications, said that once the sorority was selected to start a chapter at USC, the university connected them with the property management company for Sigma Phi Epsilon. Because the sorority is beginning its first year, the USC chapter hasn’t yet recruited members, and it won’t be participating in the traditional formal recr u it ment process. Har ter sa id Alpha Gamma Delta will host its own events starting after university-wide

recruitment ends. Due to the current lack of members, the house will only be used for meetings and general gatherings of new members during the fall semester. After winter break, though, Harter said the sisters would be able to move in and the facility would start the full meal service. Harter said the central location within the village would help the new sorority assimilate into the Greek community. “Being in a housed area near other Greek organizations will help us build awareness and a sense of community w it h t he ot he r f r at e r n it ie s a nd sororities,” Harter said. Sigma Phi Epsilon was closed by its national organization in mid-December after what organization officials describe as a “pattern of unacceptable behavior,” including “continued neglect of the property and a failure to self-govern.” Sigma Phi Epsilon was also one of the fraternities cited in the Fall 2011 fraternity recruitment suspension. The Lambda Chi Alpha house was vacated in Fall 2012, and Beta Theta Pi will be moving in this fall. Beta

Theta Pi President Charlie Otten said the fraternity had first submitted an extensive application to build a house for themselves in the Greek Village expansion. Because of their interest, when t he Lambda Ch i alu m n i corporation began looking for tenants, the university suggested Beta Theta Pi. Jim Tothill, president of Lambda Chi

Alpha’s alumni corporation, said Beta Theta Pi stood out as a clear choice because of the organization of their chapter. Otten said members of the fraternity were extremely excited to be moving into the Greek Village, and he thought it would have a positive effect on the GREEK ● 8


Charlie Otten, president of Beta Theta Pi’s USC chapter, moves into the fraternity’s new house, previously occupied by Lambda Chi Alpha, Thursday afternoon.

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TICKETS ● Cont. from 1 of r isi ng ju n iors who attended every football game, in addition to other athletic events, and still did not receive football t ickets. Yet I k now of freshmen who received lower deck tickets.” Disappointed in the system, Adam McCutcheon, a graduate student in the accounting program, decided to take mat ter s i nto h is ow n hands. “I just aba ndoned t he st udent t icket i ng process all together and bought season t icket s from a Gamecock Club member,” he said. “Obv iou sly, t h is cost me a good bit of money but I am much happier spending the money than dealing with the ticket system anymore in the future.”

Freshman class breaks record average SAT score Lower acceptance rate keeps class size in check Caroline Baity


While data on USC’s freshman class is not yet official, it looks like the average SAT score will be above 1200 for the first time in the school’s history. The average is for the estimated 4,640 students in the class of 2016, 1.5 percent more than the class of 2015. The number of incoming transfer students also isn’t set yet, but the number has been increasing in recent years. This year’s group should be about the same size as last year’s, said Scott Verzyl, executive director of undergraduate admissions. USC expects about 1,350 transfer students to enroll. An estimated 53 percent of the freshman class hails from South Carolina. They’ll be met with students from 11 countries, 41 states, one U.S. territory and the District of Columbia, according to a university release. FRESHMEN ● 14


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30,000 — The estimated student population on the Columbia campus 65 — The expected number of high school valedictorians in the freshman

class 5 — The top five states (in order) where out-of-state freshmen hail from are North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and New Jersey. 53 - percent of the freshman class who are from South Carolina 6,815 — The number of undergraduates who will live on campus this year in residence halls and Greek Village houses 226 — The number of residence-hall mentors 202 — The number of sections of University 101, Carolina’s seminar class for first-year students 11 — The tons of cardboard expected to be collected and recycled during move-in weekend 97 — The percentage of freshmen from South Carolina who receive statefunded scholarships and grants 56 — The estimated percentage of females in this year’s freshman class, which reflects a nationwide trend as more young women enroll in college 43 and 11 — The estimated number of states (including one territory and the District of Columbia) and countries represented in the freshman class

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GROWTH ● Cont. from 1 sophomore class is easy to absorb, and one which we welcome,” he wrote i n a n ema i l response Wednesday. On campus, the Gateway students will live in the Roost with a handful of others. As of Thursday morning, the 165 will live with two students who requested t he dorm, eight or so t r a n sfer s , eight st a f f members and a handful of ot hers who have had room mate issues, according to Housing Director Kirsten Kennedy. Den n is Pr u it t , v ice president for st udent affairs, said the pinch on campus wasn’t in housing, but in lab space, which Midlands Tech has plenty of. “ T h e r e i s s u f f i c i e nt housing for freshmen on campus, and sufficient housing for upper-class st udents of f campus,” Pruitt wrote in an email. Plus, Pruitt added, the Roost has historically had the lowest housing request rate on campus. How ma ny G ateway st udent s event ua l ly mat riculate f ully into USC depends on their perfor mance in t he com i ng yea r, but t he program isn’t likely to grow much in the next few years, administrators say. Provost Michael Amiridis said he wasn’t sure where t he program’s grow t h would be capped, saying USC will wait to see how the first few years go. “Whether the cap’s going to be 200, 300 — I really don’t k now,” A miridis said. “I think to some extent we want to see how it goes. We want to see how many of these st udent s w il l ma ke it through the first year.” The Roost can only house about 20 0, accord i ng to t he Un iversit y Housing website. Where any overf low of students would live isn’t immediately clear. “ We have a need for even more housing for our home students, our own freshmen ... so we don’t have the capacity to radically expand the G a t e w a y p r o g r a m ,” Pastides said in an earlier interview. But as t he prog ram matures and if demands grows, Pastides said the university would work to accommodate it. “If a good percentage of them make the leap produc t ively a nd t he dema nd cont i nue s to grow,” he added, “we’ll cer t a i n ly look to see how we can expand the program.” Comments on this story? Visit news


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Welcome Week events prep students for fall Cooperpalooza among new programs added to signature introductory lineup Kathryn Kranjc


This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Carolina Welcome Week is packed w it h more event s, more f ree food and more academic emphasis than previous years. This year, 151 events are part of Carolina Welcome Week, beginning Friday, Aug. 17, and ending Sunday, Aug. 26. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12 more than last year, according to Russell House Director Kim McMahon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a stronger invitation to sponsor last year, and I think folks are better understanding how they can use Carolina Welcome as a way to start to get their name out there for the services or programs that they offer,â&#x20AC;? McMahon said. With a fuller schedule, the Carolina Welcome Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new website features a search engine tool which allows students browse events by t ype. They range from signature academic and social events, such as First-Year Reading Experience and First Night Carolina, to niche programming for

transfer students. So far, the Welcome Week site lists at least 37 events as academic, 87 as social, 67 as organization recruitment and 35 as religious. A nd in t he spirit of appealing to st udentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stomachs and wallets, at least 65 events are to have free food and 61 will include giveaways. McMahon added that students will see a greater variety of academic welcome events, in addition traditional social highlights, such as Carolina After Dark and Bustle at the Russell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a renewed focus on the academic experience of Carolina Welcome,â&#x20AC;? McMahon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part of Carolina Welcome is to prepare students academically for the fi rst day of class.â&#x20AC;? W h ile t he New St udent Convocat ion a nd First-Year Reading Experience have always been signature academic events, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Welcome Week schedule will tack on a â&#x20AC;&#x153;USC Connect Fairâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; part of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort to streamline studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; out-of-classroom experiences â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and an â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Can Succeedâ&#x20AC;? series hosted by the Student Success Center, where instructors and upperclassmen peer leaders give advice to fi rst-year students on how to pass fi rst-year English, math, Spanish and chemistry classes. A lso among this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new programs is the

T hom a s C o op er L ibr a r y â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s C o op er p a lo oz a o n S u n d a y, A u g. 19. L ib r a r y D i r e c t o r o f Communications Becky Gettys said this is the fi rst year Thomas Cooper is hosting a Welcome Week event in addition to their regular library tours. The evening will be laid out as a large-scale matching game, with several stations at which students will fi ll out a word bank. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re really excited to have an opportunity to have a lot of freshmen come and see the library, see that this is a welcoming place and fi nd out what we do here,â&#x20AC;? Gettys said. Student Government Chief of Staff Trenton Sm it h, a second-yea r pol it ic a l sc ience a nd economics student, says that Welcome Week is also a critical time for campus organizations to recruit students. He has been helping SG plan their Greene Street table for Welcome Week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though we have student organization space online, new students always get a better feel of what the organization actually is by talking to someone,â&#x20AC;? Smith said.

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Signature events Saturday, August 18

First Night Carolina Sunday, August 19

New Student Convocation Cooperpalooza monday, August 20

FiRst Year Reading Experience



Student Media Showcase What's the big deal about sweet tea? Bustle at the Russell Tuesday, August 21

Opportunity Knocks Part-Time Job Fair Get RECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;D at Strom Get usc-connected community picnic

Minority Student Welcome AAAS Cookout Hypnotist Joshua Seth thursday, August 23

First Day of Class! Merchants Fair friday, August 24

Carolina After Dark sunday, August 26-31

Poster Sale

wednesday, August 22

Cool-off carolina

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Saturday, August 18 Parking Project Residence Hall Association

Off-Campus Student Services staff, will be on hand to answer questions regarding involvement on campus and what to expect while living off campus.

Sat., Aug. 18 8am-5pm Residence Halls

First Night Carolina

From 8 to 5, the Residence Hall Association and its coalition of student leaders at USC help coordinate the flow of campus traffic on Move-In Day.

Fri., Aug. 18 8pm Greene St. in front of Russell House

Chef Al On The Prowl Carolina Dining Sat., Aug. 18 8am-5pm 1st Floor Information Desk (Outside the Grand Marketplace)

Have questions about your meal plan? Still need to sign up for a meal plan? No worries, Carolina Dining will be on hand to answer any of your dining concerns. Chef Al will also be “On The Prowl” with samples of tasty treats from Carolina Dining. Watch out for the man in the big chef hat!

Student Government Welcome Week Tent Student Government Sat., Aug 18 8:30am-11am RHUU Greene St.

Student Government leaders will be staffed at the table to welcome the incoming class to USC. They will also be able to answer any questions the students may have about being a student at USC.

Student Health Services Move-In Table Student Health Services Sat., Aug. 18 8:30am-4pm Greene Street

Chill Out: Snow Cones with Student Health Services

Freshmen Car Package Giveaway Reform University Fellowship Sat., Aug 18 9am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

Come grab some free goodies that will hopefully make Carolina feel a little more like home.

Parent Information Tent Office of Parents Programs Sat., Aug. 18 10am-4pm Greene Street

Stop by the central location for parents on Move-in Day! Take a break from moving in to pick up information about the services the Offi ce of Parents Programs provides for families of Carolina’s undergraduate students and talk with representatives from the Department of Student Life about the many ways your student can get involved on campus. Campus maps and information about the city of Columbia also will be available. Enjoy great music while cooling off with water and soft drinks and the ever popular misting fan!

Alumni Student Membership Welcome Carolina Alumni Association Sat., Aug. 18 10am-2pm Greene Street

Please come join us on Move-In Day to pick up special membership prizes, learn about the Carolina Alumni Association, and find out how to be a member of our student Advisory Board!

Presbyterian Student Association Open House Presbyterian Student Association Sat., Aug. 18 12pm-4pm 1702 Greene Street

Take a break from unpacking and bring your family over to check out PSA, plus beat Move-In Day heat with some homemade ice cream!

UTS Opening Weekend Support University Technology Services Sat., Aug. 18 12pm-6pm 2nd Floor Russell House Lobby

University Technology Services will provide technical support for students at the Russell House during Carolina Welcome Week. Staff will be available to provide assistance connecting your computer to the network.

Parents Meetings University Housing Sat., Aug. 18 1pm-7pm Residence Halls

Come and meet the staff in the Residence Halls to discuss the common issues parents experience when their student comes to USC. Check for flyers in the residence halls for times and locations.

First Year Off-Campus Student Welcome Off-Campus Student Services Sat., Aug. 18 6:30pm – 7:30pm RHUU 204 and 205

T he Fir st Ye ar O f f- C am pus Student Welcome is designed to reach out to the incoming freshman students who will be living off campus for the duration of their first year. Various student leaders, as well as the

Student Life

Meet at the Russell House at 8pm for First Night Carolina! You are cordially invited to a celebration for first-year students. Remember casual dress. If you are a student with a disability who needs accommodations for this event, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 803-777-6142.

Sunday, August 19 Carolina Dining “Ask Us” Center Carolina Dining Sun., Aug. 19 8am-5pm 1st Floor Information Desk (Outside the Grand Marketplace)

Have questions about your meal plan or want to know more about dining options here on campus? Then please stop by our Ask US center outside the Grand Marketplace. A representative from Dining will be on staff to provide you with the very best information!

Worship Sunday Presbyterian Student Association Sun., Aug. 19 10:15am-11am 1702 Greene Street

Join PSA for breakfast and the 10am worship service at Shandon Presbyterian Church.

Sunday Morning Worship w/ Hill of the Lord Hill of the Lord University Church Sun, Aug. 19 11am – 12pm Baptist Collegiate Ministries Building – next to Sandy’s on Main Street

Come join Hill of the Lord for our Sunday morning worship service – then lunch afterwards!

UTS Opening Weekend Computer Support University Technology Services Sun., Aug. 19 12pm-6pm 2nd Floor Russell House Lobby

University Technology Services will provide technical support for students at the Russell House during Carolina Welcome Week. Staff will be available to provide assistance connecting your computer to the network.

Arts & Sciences Convocation College of Arts & Sciences Sun., Aug. 19 1pm-3pm Russell House Ballroom

This is a welcome to the university by the dean of Arts and Sciences. You will also be able to ask questions about your major because representatives will be in attendance.

Golden Spur Gameroom Golden Spur Gameroom Sun., Aug. 19 3pm-10pm Golden Spur (Russell House Underground)

Have a great time at the place where Gamecocks have been going for decades ... the Golden Spur Game Room! Located in the Russell House Underground, the Golden Spur offers seven billiards tables, two ping-pong tables, foosball, air hockey, as well as Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360 with all of your favorite game titles! Be sure to bring your Carolina Card!

New Student Convocation Enrollment Management Sun., Aug. 19 4pm-5:30pm Carolina Coliseum

Convocation is the coming together of the members of a group – a formal assemblage. Our Convocation marks a new beginning, a special time for faculty, new students, and families. Convocation opens with an academic procession, led by the President of the University of South Carolina Student Government Association carrying the Mace, followed by the recipient of 2011 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor the Year Award; the Provost of the University; representatives of the University’s schools and colleges; the University’s vice presidents; the secretary of the Board of Trustees; and the President of the University.

Methodist Student Network Pizza Party, Walmart Run, and Welcome Dinner Methodist Student Network Sun., Aug. 19 6pm-7:30pm Campus Ministry Center – 728 Pickens Street

Come and enjoy a free home c ooked meal and meet new friends. Find out what’s happening at MSN and how it is a spiritual home for many students. All are welcome.

C.S. Lewis Student Center Open House GRACE Sun., Aug. 19 6:30pm-8pm C.S. Lewis Student Center – 1730 College Street

The C. S. Lewis Student Center (across from Capstone) welcomes you to USC. Our mission is to build up the Kingdom of Christ, especially through the writings of C. S. Lewis and other classic Christian authors.

COOPERpalooza University Libraries Sun, Aug. 19 6:30pm -8:30pm Thomas Cooper Library

Free food! Fun games! Cool facts! Come to the library to enjoy free food, games, giveaways and just enough learning to help you get started.

On-Campus Worship Christ’s Student Church at Carolina (Church of Christ) Sun, Aug. 19 7pm-8:30pm RHUU 315

The first of CSCC’s weekly Sunday worship times on campus. Come enjoy meeting new friends, singing, prayer, remembering Christ, and a message. Students and parents are welcome!

Hangout w/ Hill of the Lord Hill of the Lord University Church Sun., Aug. 19 7pm-8:49pm Davis Field

Frisbee, bocce ball, outdoor games! Come join Hill of the Lord as we hang out and enjoy some outdoor fun before the first fall week of classes! Feel free to bring your own balls, Frisbees, etc. or just come join us!

Service Leadership Institute Leadership Programs and Community Service Programs Sun., Aug. 19 7pm-9pm RHUU 203

Are you interested in jumping into Carolina early and getting involved? Do you want to meet other first-year students, learn more about your leader ship style, and connect to the Columbia community through service? Consider applying for the Service Leadership Institute! Up to 40 new students will be selected to participate in this interactive and fun 3 ½ day program designed to provide opportunities for exposure to opportunities on campus and in the community.

Sunday Worship with Holy Communion and Supper Lutheran Campus Ministry Sun., Aug. 19 7:30pm-10pm Campus Ministry Center – 728 Pickens Street

Join us for Sunday evening holy communion followed by a homecooked meal. We gather every Sunday evening for worship during the term. ALL are welcome.

Movies at the Russell House “American Reunion” Carolina After Dark Sun., Aug. 19 9pm-11:30pm RHUU Theater

Join us for the smash comedy, “American Reunion” at the Russell House Theater. Free popcorn will be provided! Valid USC ID required!

Monday, August 20 First-Year Reading Experience University 101 Mon., Aug. 20 8:30am-12pm Carolina Coliseum

T h e 18 t h A nnual Fir st-Ye ar Reading Experience will be held on Monday, August 20, 2012. Throughout the summer, students will read Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. Students are provided with a reader’s guide printed in the front of their book to aid them in preparing for a faculty led small group discussion about the text as well as assist them in identifying the key themes of the text.

Golden Spur Gameroom

Meet other Capstone Scholars as well as the Capstone Scholars staff prior to the start of classes. Capstone Scholars will receive their Scholars t-shirt, hear from staff and students about the program, upcoming opportunities, and listen from current Scholars on tips for a successful freshman year. End with the Fall 2012 class photo on the steps of Longstreet Theater.

Student Media Summer Showcase Mon., Aug. 20 12pm-2pm Russell House Patio

Come join fellow students in playing Ultimate Frisbee on Davis Field 1 (right next to the fountains in front of the library). Students of all skill-levels are welcome to come and join in on the fun. Sponsored by the campus ministry, The Navigators.

The Daily Gamecock Interest Meeting The Daily Gamecock Mon., Aug. 20 4pm-5pm RHUU 305

First Week Kick-Off

iSucceed: Technology Tools for Student Success

Midtown College Mon., Aug. 20 12:30pm-3pm Middle of Greene Street

Come by the front of the Russell House on Monday and party with us! We’ll have all the info you’ll need for the BEST CAROLINA WELCOME WEEK EVER!

Well-Come to Carolina: Creating Wellness in Body, Mind and Spirit Student Health Services Mon., Aug. 20 12:30pm-3pm RHUU 2nd Floor Lobby

Navigating college can be confusing and stressful. This event will help students identify campus resources that will help them develop a lifetime of healthy habits. Through interactive displays and conversations with health and wellness staff, students will begin to develop their personal toolkit for building wellness in body, mind and spirit. Students will meet medical staff and health educators from the Thomson Student Health Center, the Counseling and Human Development Center, Sexual Assault Violence Intervention & Prevention, Campus Wellness and Healthy Carolina.

Job Seeking and Keeping Student Leadership in the Workplace Mon., Aug 20 1pm – 1:30pm Senate Chambers

Looking for a job while you are a student? Learn about ways you can find a job (on or off campus) to fi t your needs, interests, and goals. This presentation will provide some factors you may want to consider when finding a job as well as information about the Student Leadership in the Workplace initiative so you can maximize your potential and value your job as more than just a paycheck.

Are you interested in working for The Daily Gamecock? Come meet with editors and fi nd your place on our staff! Whether you’re interested in writing, designing, copy editing or photography, we would love for you to get involved.

Student Success Center Mon., Aug 20 4pm – 5pm Thomas Cooper Library, Technology Classroom 304

Facebook. Quizlet. Twitter. Blackboard. VIP. As a member of the Class of 2016, you’ve probably been using some of these types of technology for years. Others will be new but no less important to your success in college. iSucceed: Technology Tools for Student Success is a session designed to help you become familiar with many of the best and most helpful technological resources available to USC students.

FRAVE Baptist Collegiate Ministry & FBC Columbia College Ministry Mon., Aug. 20 5pm-10pm Baptist College Ministry – 819 Main Street

Join us at the BCM for a fun night of making new friends, eating good food and seeing what the BCM has to offer students as their home away from home. Our goal is to make incoming freshmen and transfers feel welcomed to the Gamecock campus and to give them a place of refuge in the upcoming year. And don’t forget, there’s even a line dance/shag/ rave kinda thing happening too! You don’t want to miss this!!

Blatt Block Party

Join us for a Welcome Week Cookout: Free hamburgers and hot dogs, games, friends, and more at Blatt Field. All are welcome! Bring your old friends and come make some new ones - We can’t wait to meet you!

Presbyterian Student Association Mon., Aug. 20 6:30pm-8pm 1702 Greene Street

Mon., Aug. 20 1pm-4pm 2nd Floor Russell House Lobby

University Technology Services will provide technical support for students at the Russell House during Carolina Welcome. Staff will be available to provide assistance connecting your computer to the network.

Registration for Scavenger Hunt First College Ministry Mon., Aug 20 1pm – 4pm RHUU Greene St.

Service Leadership Institute Leadership Programs and Community Service Programs Mon., Aug. 20 2pm-6pm RHUU 203

Are you interested in jumping into Carolina early and getting involved? Do you want to meet other first-year students, learn more about your leader ship style, and connect to the Columbia community through service? Consider applying for the Service Leadership Institute! Up to 40 new students will be selected to participate in this interactive and fun 3 ½ day program designed to provide opportunities for exposure to opportunities on campus and in the community.

Sigma Lambda Beta Interest Info

Sustainable Carolina Tue., Aug 21 9:30am-11am RHUU Greene St.

This is your chance to learn about growing your own food ON CAMPUS! Sustainable Carolina wants to help you explore the Carolina Community Gardens and the food systems on campus. These gardens are located around campus and are available to students, faculty, and staff. Come learn about opportunities to grow your own food and where edible plants are located on campus. We may even get to do some harvesting as we walk. For more information about this event and other sustainability opportunities, please visit

Exhibition Tours of “Get Cocky! Students and Fans of Gamecock Athletics” McKissick Museum Tue., Aug 21 10am – 11am McKissick Museum, 2nd Floor, North Gallery

Since 1904, the students at the University of South Carolina have identified themselves as Gamecocks. Come take a tour of “Get Cocky!” and learn how athletics at the University and has impacted the students’ college experience. Ask yourself, am I a fan? Am I ready to “get cocky” and share in the Gamec ock spirit?

Interested in learning all about PSA? Come to PSA for a free open-house cookout held in your honor.

Game Night GRACE Mon., Aug. 20 7pm-11pm C.S. Lewis Student Center – 1730 College Street

Join us at the C. S. Lewis Student Center, across from Capstone, for Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Risk, and other classic board games.

Bustle at the Russell Russell House University Union Mon., Aug. 20 9pm Russell House

Come one come all! The Russell House is THE place to BE to make friends and get connected at Carolina! Enjoy free activities, music, food, DJ Dance party and prizes throughout the night, and a showing of “American Reunion.” Find out how the Russell House University Union is the place for you to begin your involvement as a Carolinian. Don’t forget your Carolina Card. Follow us on Twitter (@USCwelcome2012)

“Super Smash Brothers Tournament” Golden Spur Gameroom Mon., Aug. 20 9pm-Midnight Golden Spur (Russell House Underground)

Super Smash Bros Brawl Tournament! The hottest and most well-known game tournaments on campus! Come see if you are the BEST!

Tuesday, August 20 UTS Opening Weekend Computer Support University Technology Services Tue., Aug. 21 9am-4pm 2nd Floor Russell House Lobby and 3rd Floor Classrooms

University Technology Services

Are you looking for something fun? Are you interested in all aspects of the arts? We want YOU! Apply to be a member of the CMA College Collective!

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Interest Group Tue., Aug 21 11am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

The Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Interest Group at the University of South Carolina would like to welcome all freshman and transfer students! We have had one goal in mind since creating this interesting group; to start a legacy here at the University of South Carolina, one that will have a solid foundation, and bring together cultural understanding, diversity, and awareness on our beloved campus. As the largest multicultural fraternity (with strong Latino roots), we feel as if we can make an enormous impact! Stop by for more information!

USC Homecoming Commission Info Homecoming Commission Tue., Aug. 21 11am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

Help put on the best week at USC: Homecoming! We need spirited Gamecocks to assist with the planning, preparation, and execution of Homecoming 2012. A variety of positions are available- from marketing to rules and regulations. Welcome to all majors and all classes!

Intramural Sports Marketing Intramural Sports

Registration for Scavenger Hunt First College Ministry Tue., Aug 21 10am – 1pm RHUU Greene St.

This will be registration for the “FIRST iPad Race”.

Campus Crusade for Christ Information Table Campus Crusade for Christ Tue., Aug. 21 10am-1pm Pickens Street Bridge and Greene Street

Tue., Aug. 21 11:30am-1:30pm Greene Street

Intramural Sports staff will be on Greene Street letting you know what we have to offer this fall. Come play cornhole (and win a prize), grab a flyer to see what we are programming, and have a refreshing glass of Powerade on us! Ask our students how to sign up a team, how to become a referee or any other questions you may have.

Carolina Welcome Out to Lunch

Stop by our table for information about Campus Crusade for Christ.

Student Success Center

Mission Tuesdays

The Carolina Welcome Out To Lunch is an opportunity for you to meet other students in your residence hall, connect with professors, and enjoy a free meal! This is also a great chance for you to get a leg up in your coursework. Please join us!

Tue., Aug. 21 10:15am-12pm 1702 Greene Street

Mon., Aug. 20 1pm-2pm RHUU 315

University Technology Services

Carolina Community Garden Tour

Mon., Aug. 20 5:30pm-7:30pm Blatt PE Field

Student Success Center

UTS Opening Weekend Computer Support

RHUU Greene St.

Presbyterian Student Association

What’s The Big Deal About Sweet Tea?

This always popular event gives new out- of- st ate students a primer on the South, Southern culture, USC traditions and all the tips, resources and information they need to be successful socially and academically. Students learn about programs specially designed for out-of-state students, and they will get to taste favorite Southern foods such as fried green tomatoes, grits and of course, sweet tea.

will provide technical support for students at the Russell House during Carolina Welcome. Staff will be available to provide assistance connecting your computer to the network.

Shandon College Ministry

Presbyterian Student Association Open House Cookout

Mon., Aug. 20 11am-10pm Golden Spur (Russell House Underground)

Capstone Scholars Program Mon., Aug. 20 12pm-1:30pm Russell House Ballroom

Mon., Aug. 20 3:30pm-5pm Davis Field I

Our annual Student Media Summer Showcase is a fun way to meet current students involved in The Daily Gamecock, Garnet and Black Magazine, WUSC and SGTV. Come learn what each organization does and how YOU can get involved! Music will be provided by WUSC along an opportunity to win great prizes! Come check us out!

Golden Spur Gameroom

Capstone Scholars Welcome Luncheon

The Navigators

Student Media

This will be registration for the “FIRST iPad Race”.

Have a great time at the place where Gamecocks have been going for decades ... the Golden Spur Game Room! Located in the Russell House Underground, the Golden Spur offers seven billiards tables, two ping-pong tables, foosball, air hockey, as well as Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360 with all of your favorite game titles! Open until 10:00pm and be sure to bring your Carolina Card!

Ultimate Frisbee w/ The Navigators

Meet at PSA to head over to the Soup Cellar, one of Columbia’s local soup kitchens, to ser ve lunch and meet other new students.

Service Leadership Institute Leadership Programs and Community Service Programs Tue., Aug. 21 10:30am-4:30pm RHUU 203

Are you interested in jumping into Carolina early and getting involved? Do you want to meet other first-year students, learn more about your leader ship style, and connect to the Columbia community through service? Consider applying for the Service Leadership Institute! Up to 40 new students will be selected to participate in this interactive and fun 3 ½ day program designed to provide opportunities for exposure to opportunities on campus and in the community.

Golden Spur Gameroom Golden Spur Gameroom Mon., Aug. 21 11am-10pm Golden Spur (Russell House Underground)

Have a great time at the place where Gamecocks have been going for decades ... the Golden Spur Game Room! Located in the Russell House Underground, the Golden Spur offers seven billiards tables, two ping-pong tables, foosball, air hockey, as well as Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360 with all of your favorite game titles! Open until 10:00pm and be sure to bring your Carolina Card!

Engage in the Process: Orientation to National Fellowships and Scholarships Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs Tue., Aug. 21 11am-12:30pm Currell Room 107

We serve academically-talented students in competing for national scholarships — those not funded by USC. Our services are open to all students. Most of the national fellowships won by students support graduate study and study abroad opportunities. A few support undergraduate work. We especially encourage first-year students to attend and discover the exceptional opportunities.

Columbia Museum of Art Collective Info Table The CMA College Collective Tue., Aug 21 11am-2pm

Tue., Aug 21 12pm-2pm Bates West Social Room

Opportunity Knocks Part-Time Job Fair Career Center Tue., Aug. 21 12pm-3pm Russell House Ballroom

Come to the Opportunity Knocks Part-time Job Fair to fi nd either an on-campus or off-campus part-time job. The USC Career Center hosts this job fair to provide USC students an opportunity to easily find out about non-workstudy positions and work-study positions that are available. Employers attend the part-time job fair to identify students for current open positions. NOTE: A work-study position is a part-time job, available to students who are awarded Federal work-study as a part of their total financial aid award package. Business casual dress is encouraged.

Exhibition Tours of “Get Cocky! Students and Fans of Gamecock Athletics” McKissick Museum Tue., Aug 21 1pm – 2pm McKissick Museum, 2nd Floor, North Gallery

Since 1904, the students at the University of South Carolina have identified themselves as Gamecocks. Come take a tour of “Get Cocky!” and learn how athletics at the University and has impacted the students’ college experience. Ask yourself, am I a fan? Am I ready to “get cocky” and share in the Gamecock spirit?

Watermelon Welcome w/ Hill of the Lord

ing everything about athletic student tickets.

I DON’T Have My Season Ticket, What Do I Do Now? Student Ticketing Tue., Aug 21 3:30pm-4pm RHUU Theater

So, you weren’t selected in the season ticket lottery or you forgot to request your ticket. No worries, there are still opportunities for you to join your fellow students in cheering on the Gamecocks football team this fall. Join us as we walk through the process, next steps and what you need to know about getting available tickets this season.

Ice Cream Social w/ Study Abroad Study Abroad Office Tue., Aug 21 3pm-4pm 1st Floor of Legare College

An informal social gathering for new exchange students, new and current international students, study abroad returnees and study abroad prospective students to hang out, eat ice cream, and get to know each other. Ice cream, sodas, and water will be provided for free.

Job Seeking and Keeping Student Leadership in the Workplace Tue., Aug 21 2pm – 2:30pm Senate Chambers

Looking for a job while you are a student? Learn about ways you can find a job (on or off campus) to fi t your needs, interests, and goals. This presentation will provide some factors you may want to consider when finding a job as well as information about the Student Leadership in the Workplace initiative so you can maximize your potential and value your job as more than just a paycheck.

Exhibition Tours of “Get Cocky! Students and Fans of Gamecock Athletics” McKissick Museum Tue., Aug 21 3pm – 4pm McKissick Museum, 2nd Floor, North Gallery

Since 1904, the students at the University of South Carolina have identified themselves as Gamecocks. Come take a tour of “Get Cocky!” and learn how athletics at the University and has impacted the students’ college experience. Ask yourself, am I a fan? Am I ready to “get cocky” and share in the Gamec ock spirit?

Ultimate Frisbee w/ The Navs The Navigators Tue., Aug. 21 3:30pm-5pm Davis Field I

Come join fellow students in playing Ultimate Frisbee on Davis Field 1 (right next to the fountains in front of the library). Students of all skilllevels are welcome to come and join in on the fun. Sponsored by the campus ministry, The Navigators.

The Daily Gamecock Interest Meeting The Daily Gamecock Tue., Aug. 21 3pm-4pm RHUU 305

Are you interested in working for The Daily Gamecock? Come meet with editors and fi nd your place on our staff! Whether you’re interested in writing, designing, copy editing or photography, we would love for you to get involved.

Screening of film “Radio” McKissick Museum Tue., Aug 21 3pm-5pm McKissick Museum, first floor auditorium

McKissick Museum screens the 2003 film, “Radio,” in conjunction with the exhibition “Get Cocky! Students and Fans of Gamecock Athletics.” The movie is based on the true story of the relationship between James Robert Kennedy, nicknamed “Radio,” and Coach Harold Jones at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C. The film demonstrates that anyone can be a sports fan, as exhibited through Radio’s dedicated time and energy to the school because of his love of football.

Hill of the Lord University Church Tue., Aug. 21 1pm-3pm Davis Field I

Come join us for some FREE refreshing, cold watermelon on Davis Field! Whether you grab and go, or stay and chat, free watermelon is a great way to celebrate the ending of summer!

I HAVE My Season Ticket, What Do I Do Now? Student Ticketing Tue., Aug 21 2pm-3pm RHUU Theater

Questions about what to do with your student season football ticket? Didn’t receive a student football ticket? All questions will be answered at the event regard-

If I Can Succeed in CHEM 102, So Can You! Here’s How… Student Success Center Tue., Aug 21 4pm-5pm Williams-Brice Building room 231

Wondering what it’s like to have class with over 150 other students? Need CHEM 102 for your major? Come hear the inside scoop about what to expect on the first day and the entire semester from CHEM 102 Instructor Dan Freeman. Student Success Center Peer Leaders will share tips for success and be on hand to answer any of your questions!

Get USC-CONNECTED USC Connect Tue., Aug. 21 4pm-6pm RHUU Ballroom

Don’t just learn how to survive your freshman year…come learn how to thrive at Carolina! We want to help you make the most of your college experience by introducing you to the unique and exciting programs and activities that take place around campus and within your college/major. Ask a professor what classes will be like or what activities they recommend. Talk to an advisor or offi ce rep about experiences you can engage in beyond the classroom. Come connect the many opportunities USC offers for your specific area of study or interest. Come thrive with USC Connect!

CommUNITY Picnic LGBT Programs & Services Tue., Aug. 21 4pm-6pm RHUU Patio

The University of South Carolina is an inclusive community eager to welcoming all new and retur ning LG BT student s to campus! Join us during “Carolina Welcome Week” to mix and mingle with members from various LGBT-focused campus and community organizations while enjoying festive picnic food on the Russell House Patio. Find out about the resources of the campus and community as well as get some USC freebies.

High Tea GRACE Tue., Aug. 21 4:30pm-5:30pm C.S. Lewis Student Center – 1730 College Street

Join us for High Tea at the C. S. Lewis Student Center, across from Capstone. Free refreshments and great fellowship. You don’t even have to be English!

If I Can Succeed in SPANISH, So Can You! Here’s How… Student Success Center Tue., Aug 21 5pm-6pm Humanities Classroom Building 201

Anxious about classes or just not sure what you’re getting yourself into? Come hear the inside scoop about what to expect on the first day and the entire semester from Spanish Instructor Andrew Corley. Student Success Center Peer Leaders will share tips for success and be on hand to answer any of your questions!

International Student Services Welcome Event International Student Services Tue., Aug 21 6pm-8pm Golden Spur Gameroom (RHUU)

More than 300 new International Students will be joining the Carolina Family this fall. This evening of fun is aimed at providing an opportunity for new students from all backgrounds to make connections.

Welcome (Back) Cook Out! Lutheran Campus Ministry Tue., Aug. 21 6pm-8pm Campus Ministry Center – 728 Pickens Street

An opportunity to see old friends and make new ones as Lutheran Campus Ministry starts the new year. We will share what our ministry does and how we work to “Make Christ Known” on campus and in the community.

Get Rec’D at Strom Campus Recreation Tue., Aug. 21 7pm-9pm Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center

Come “Get Rec’d” at the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center. Learn about all the programs & ser vices we have to offer; aquatics, group exercise, intramurals sports, outdoor recreation, sport clubs, strength & conditioning. And even participate in some...3-point shooting contest, corn hole, group exercise demos, weight room orientations, climb the rock wall, kayak water polo, and more! And of course we will have snacks, soft drinks, and lots of giveaways!!

Cross Training w/BCM Baptist Collegiate Ministry Tue., Aug 21 7pm-9pm Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Join us as we kick off our weekly worship ser vice packed with our own live band and worship speaker. We’ll start at 7pm with snacks and the service begins at 7:30. A great way to see what we’re all about and meet new friends as well! Look forward to seeing you there!

Screening of film “Radio” McKissick Museum Tue., Aug 21 7pm-9pm McKissick Museum, 1st Floor auditorium

McKissick Museum screens the 2003 film, “Radio,” in conjunction with the exhibition “Get Cocky! Students and Fans of Gamecock Athletics.” The movie is based on

the true story of the relationship between James Robert Kennedy, nicknamed “Radio,” and Coach Harold Jones at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C. The film demonstrates that anyone can be a sports fan, as exhibited through Radio’s dedicated time and energy to the school because of his love of football.

Ice Cream Social w/ PSA Presbyterian Student Association Tue., Aug. 21 8pm-8:45pm Marble Slab RHUU

Join us at the Marble Slab (located upstairs of the Russell House) for ice cream with the old-timers before we go to the movie that Carolina Welcome Week is putting on.

Ice Cream Social w/MSN Methodist Student Network Tue., Aug 21 9pm-10pm Campus Ministry Center – 728 Pickens St.

Cool off from the heat, mix and mingle with new friends and current students and meet the staff at MSN while building your own ice cream sundae. Prizes will be given for the most creative sundaes.

Movies at the Russell House “The Five-Year Engagement” Carolina After Dark Tues., Aug. 21 9pm-11:30pm RHUU Theater

Join us for the comedy, “The Five-Year Engagement” at the Russell House Theater. Free popcorn will be provided! Valid USC ID required!

Wednesday, August 22 UTS Opening Weekend Support University Technology Services Wed., Aug. 22 9am-4pm 2nd Floor Russell House Lobby

University Technology Services will provide technical support for students at the Russell House during Carolina Welcome. Staff will be available to provide assistance connecting your computer to the network

PJs and Pancakes Carolina Dining Wed., Aug. 22 9:30am-10:30am Gibbes Court Bistro, Capstone House

Join Carolina Dining and General Mills as we team up to make your last leisurely morning a fun one! Join us for a pancake breakfast along with the PJ contest, Cereal Trivia and vote for your favorite cereal. Cocky, Chef Al and the Pillsbury Doughboy will all be there to greet you.

Pre-Med Orientation Pre-Professional Advising Wed., Aug. 22 10am-11:30am Russell House Ballroom

Our Department will welcome all the incoming Pre-Med freshman of the Fall 2012. We will have student organization members and our office advisors speak to the group regarding all services we offer throughout the year for our Pre-Med students.

Golden Spur Gameroom Golden Spur Gameroom Wed., Aug. 22 11am-10pm Golden Spur (Russell House Underground)

Have a great time at the place where Gamecocks have been going for decades ... the Golden Spur Game Room! Located in the Russell House Underground, the Golden Spur offers seven billiards tables, two ping-pong tables, foosball, air hockey, as well as Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360 with all of your favorite game titles! Open until 10:00pm and be sure to bring your Carolina Card!

Service Leadership Institute Leadership Programs and Community Service Programs Wed., Aug. 22 11am-12:30pm RHUU 203

Are you interested in jumping into Carolina early and getting involved? Do you want to meet other first-year students, learn more about your leader ship style, and connect to the Columbia community through service? Consider applying for the Service Leadership Institute! Up to 40 new students will be selected to participate in this interactive and fun 3 ½ day program designed to provide opportunities for exposure to opportunities on campus and in the community.

Cool-Off Carolina My Carolina Alumni Association Student Membership Wed., Aug. 22 11am-2pm Strom Thurmond Pool

Join the My Carolina Student Alumni Association for our annual back to school pool party at the Strom! There will be sun, food, games, prizes, and volleyball! It is a great way to relax before the fi rst day of class and meet new people! We look forward to seeing you there!

Intramural Sports Marketing Intramural Sports Wed., Aug. 22 11:30am-2pm Greene Street

Intramural Sports staff will be on Greene Street letting you know what we have to offer this fall. Come play cornhole (and win a prize), grab a flyer to see what we are programming, and have a refreshing glass of Powerade on us! Ask our students how to sign up a team, how to become a referee or any other questions you may have.

USC TRiO Welcomes You! USC Trio Programs Wed., Aug 22 11am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

Happy August from your friends here at USC TRiO! We look forward to welcoming our new and returning students this month!

SPURS Students Promoting the University’s Reach for Success Wed., Aug 22 11am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

This event will educate new and returning students about the importance of donor philanthropy here at Carolina while helping them make social connections at USC.

Columbia Museum of Art Collective Info Table The CMA College Collective Wed., Aug 22 11am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

Are you looking for something fun? Are you interested in all aspects of the arts? We want YOU! Apply to be a member of the CMA College Collective!

Greeks on Greene Fraternity Council Wed., Aug 22 11am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

Lost on your way to class? Curious about what Fraternity and Sorority Life is? Want to learn more about our different academic, leadership and service opportunities? Stop by our table on Greene St to learn more! Display NewEgg Wed., Aug 22 11am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

Come and grab some FREE swag from NewEgg Technologies!!!

Gamecocks Giving Back Pledge

Senate Chambers

Looking for a job while you are a student? Learn about ways you can find a job (on or off campus) to fi t your needs, interests, and goals. This presentation will provide some factors you may want to consider when finding a job as well as information about the Student Leadership in the Workplace initiative so you can maximize your potential and value your job as more than just a paycheck.

Lunch Bunch w/ PSA Presbyterian Student Association Wed., Aug. 22 12pm-1pm Grand Market Place

Gather with PSA at the Grand Mar ket Plac e in the Russell House for a casual lunch gathering. We’ll be sitting by the windows in the main dining area.

PSA Insider’s Tour of Campus Presbyterian Student Association Wed., Aug. 22 1pm-2pm Front of Russell House

After lunch, bring your schedules, and we’ll help you find where your classes are located. Meet in front of the Russell House on Greene Street.

What’s The Big Deal About Sweet Tea? Student Success Center Wed., Aug. 22 2pm-3pm RHUU Theater

This always-popular event gives new out- of- st ate students a primer on the South, Southern culture, USC traditions and all the tips, resources and information they need to be successful socially and academically. Students learn about programs specially designed for out-of-state students, and they will get to taste favorite Southern foods such as fried green tomatoes, grits and, of course, sweet tea.

Pre-Law Student Orientation Pre-Professional Advising Wed., Aug. 22 2pm-3pm RHUU Senate Chambers (322)

Our Department will welcome all the In-coming Pre-Law Freshman of the Fall 2012. We will have student organization members and our office advisors speak to the group regarding all the services we offer throughout the year for our Pre-Law Community.

“SCAVENGER” First College Ministry Scavenger Hunt First College Ministry Wed., Aug 22 2pm-5pm Blatt Field

Opportunity for students to fi nd out about Community Service and pledge to complete a set number of hours this school year!

Partner up and race to win the grand prize! You will use your cell phone to guide you through a scavenger hunt that leads you around USC and Columbia. You’ll get to know other students as well as the USC campus, and there will be a party at the end while the anticipation rises as we wait to announce the winners.

Leadership Opportunities

Whiz Rings w/ALD Honors Society

Community Service Programs Wed., Aug. 22 11am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

Leadership Programs

ALD Honors Society

Wed., Aug 22 11am-2pm RHUU Greene St.

Wed., Aug. 22 2pm-7pm Davis Circle (near RHUU Patio)

Meet the Leadership Team and find out more about leadership opportunities at USC!

Want to try your skills at tossing whiz rings (frisbee with a middle hole) at a target for prizes? Its free! You may also learn about USC’s largest student organization, an honor society and meet members. (If you earn a 3.5-4.0 gpa your fi rst semester you are invited to join.) More details at web site.

Find Your Classes Kappa Upsilon Chi and Zeta Sigma Chi Wed., Aug 22 11am-3pm RHUU Greene St.

Kappa Upsilon Chi and Zeta Sigma Chi Inc. are teaming up to provide freshmen or transfer students with an opportunity to come with their class schedules and find out where their classes are. From 11 am to 3 pm, any student in need may come to our table and a member of either Kappa Upsilon Chi or Zeta Sigma Chi Inc. will assist you in finding your classes on campus to prepare for the first day of class. We will be handing out free icicle pops and showing you whatever building you may need to find on campus.

MAPP Kick-Off OMSA Wed., Aug 22 11am-4pm Russell House Meeting Rooms

MAPP Kickoff: The Minority Assistance Peer Program (MAPP) will kick of f its year with an interactive Mix & Mingle. At the Kickoff first-year (incoming) students will have the opportunity to meet their MAPP Coach, as well as MAPP Mentors and other MAPP participants. This event will precede the Minority Student Welcome (MSW), which allows MAPP to meet key administrators and student leaders at USC.

Job Seeking and Keeping Student Leadership in the Workplace Wed., Aug 22 12pm – 12:30pm

If I Can Succeed in ENGLISH, So Can You! Here’s How… Student Success Center Wed., Aug 22 3pm-4:30pm Humanities Classroom Building Room 201

ENGL 101 and 102 at USC are not your parents’ college English classes! Come hear the inside sc oop about what to expect on the first day and the entire semester from English Instructors Erica Fischer and Nathaniel Street. Student Success Center Peer Leaders will share tips for success and be on hand to answer any of your questions!

Ultimate Frisbee w. The Navigators The Navigators Wed., Aug. 22 3:30pm-5pm Davis Field I

Come join fellow students in playing Ultimate Frisbee on Davis Field 1 (right next to the fountains in front of the library). Students of all skill-levels are welcome to come and join in on the fun. Sponsored by the campus ministry, The Navigators.

Minority Student Welcome Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Wed., Aug. 22 4pm-5pm Russell House Ballroom

The Minority Student Welcome (MSW) is an opportunity for students to meet key administrators and student organization leaders that will help guide students’ matriculation at USC. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) offers a myriad of programs to support multicultural students at USC. The MSW is the fi rst opportunity for interaction between OMSA and USC students. The MSW will be preceded by the MAPP (Minority Assistance Peer Program) Kickoff..

If I Can Succeed MATH, So Can You! Here’s How… Student Success Center Wed., Aug 22 4pm-5pm LeConte Room 412

Anxious about taking Math in college? Wondering what you’re getting yourself into? Come hear the inside scoop about what to expect on the first day and the entire semester from Math Instructors Dr. Doug Meade and Courtney Baber. Student Success Center Peer Leaders will share tips for success and be on hand to answer any of your questions!

Transfer South Carolina Beach Bash Transfer South Carolina Wed., Aug. 22 4pm-5pm Strom Thurmond Pool

Transfer students are invited to come out and meet one another at Transfer South Carolina’s first Beach Bash! Come enjoy the fun by the pool at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. Not only will there be music and games, but you can see what TSC is all about! This will be an opportunity to not only connect with your peers but with other resources and services on campus!

If I Can Succeed in CHEM 111, So Can You! Here’s How… Student Success Center Wed., Aug 22 4pm-5pm Jones Physical Science Center room 210

Anxious about a large lecture Chemistr y class in c ollege? Wondering what you’re getting yourself into? Come hear the inside scoop about what to expect on the first day and the entire semester from Chemistry Professor Dr. Michael Dukes. Student Success Center Peer Leaders will share tips for success and be on hand to answer any of your questions!

//FORWARD: An Introduction to USC’s Progressive Organizations //FORWARD Wed., Aug 22 4pm-8pm RHUU Theater

While South Carolina is one of the most conservative states in the nation, there are organizations on campus that appeal to those of us that try to be more progressive in our thinking. Come out to meet the members and learn about six different progressive organizations on campus with //For ward! There will be leaders and members from the feminist, LGBT, atheist/agnostic, democrat, amnesty, policy initiative and sustainability organizations on campus to meet in an environment to socialize and get excited for the year! Free food, lots of fun, & maybe even some free swag!

AAAS Back to School Cookout Association of African American Students Wed., Aug. 22 5pm-8pm RHUU Greene St.

The 2012 Back-to-School Cookout hosted by the Association of African American Students (A A AS) is definitely an event you do not want to miss! Come join us as we celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of the school year with old and new friends alike. There will be dancing, games, prizes, and let’s not forget FREE FOOD! So stop by Greene Street to learn more about our organization and for a guaranteed fun time!

Bodybuilding & Fitness Club Welcome Workout Bodybuilding & Fitness Club Wed., Aug. 22 6pm-7pm Blatt PE Weight Gym

The Bodybuilding & Fitness Club sports club at USC encourages exercise and hosts this open house of the weight facilities in the Blatt PE Center (Wheat Street) weight gym. You may stop by and hear from members,tour the facility or introduce yourself and work out. Bring your Carolina Card for entry to Blatt. The Club hosts fitness, strength and body-

building events for all students and trains members on nutrition and proper lifting technique during the year.

New Student Pizza Party w/ The Newman Club Newman Club Wed., Aug 22 6pm-9pm St. Thomas More Center – 1610 Greene St.

Hey everyone! We’re having a pizza party for new students, and everyone is welcome to stop by! So come on down to the Newman Center on Wednesday the 22nd at 6 pm for food, friends, and games.

Freshmen Interest Meeting and Ice Cream Social The Navigators Wed., Aug. 22 6:30pm-8pm RHUU 315

RHUU Patio

Stop by our tent on the RHUU Patio for some FREE ice cream!

Thur., Aug 23 6pm-8pm RHUU Patio

Golden Spur Gameroom

The International Student Association at USC welcomes you to our Welcome Week Barbeque! This event is a way for people from all over the world, including America, to mingle and get to know each other! The goal of the International Student Association is to promote different cultures along with teaching people from different places about the American culture. Food and drinks will be provided at the event. Come learn more about ISA and various different cultures! We hope to see you there!

Golden Spur Gameroom Thur., Aug. 23 11am-10pm Golden Spur (Russell House Underground)

Have a great time at the place where Gamecocks have been going for decades ... the Golden Spur Game Room! Located in the Russell House Underground, the Golden Spur offers seven billiards tables, two ping-pong tables, foosball, air hockey, as well as Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360 with all of your favorite game titles! Open until 10:00pm and be sure to bring your Carolina Card!

eTour de USC – A Cycling Tour of USC w/ Hill of the Lord Hill of the Lord University Church Wed., Aug 22 6:30pm-8:30pm Meet Outside of RHUU on Greene St.

Come join us with your bike and a helmet for a tour of USC on bicycles. All skill levels and types of bicycles are welcome! We will be seeing the sights on campus and also showing some of the better ways to navigate this city with a bicycle. We will keep the ride about 5 miles (or less) and will be beginner friendly with stops to regroup. This event is sponsored by Hill of the Lord University Church and you can see a map of the route we will likely be taking on our website (www.

International Cuisine Night Methodist Student Network Wed., Aug. 22 7pm-8pm Campus Ministry Center 728 Pickens St.

USC is an international comm un i t y a n d M S N h a s m a ny students from various countries. Come and sample the wonderful diversity USC and MSN have to offer. Enjoy free food. International dishes will be served. All are welcome.

Potluck Supper GRACE Wed., Aug 22 7pm-9pm C.S. Lewis Student Center

Come discover what the C.S. Lewis Center is all about. Just bring yourself!

College Life Club Young Life of Columbia

Thur., Aug. 23 11am-2pm Greene Street

The Merchants Fair will host local businesses such as restaurants, banks, etc. This event is an opportunity for students to engage with local merchants and find out about what services they offer.

Get to Know the Hill The Hill Thur., Aug 23 11am-2pm RHUU Patio

Take a break from the stress of the first day of class, and come hang out with The Hill! We will be giving out free popcorn, snow cones, tshirts, and more. Come meet some awesome people and find out more about The Hill!

Campus Crusade for Christ Info Table

Thur., Aug. 23 7pm-8pm C.S. Lewis Student Center – 1730 College Street

Join us in reading The Screwtape Letters this semester. No homework required...but there will be dessert and coffee!

Welcome Week A Cappella Concert The Cocktails Thur., Aug 23 7pm-8pm Rutledge Chapel

USC’s a cappella groups will be hosting a concert to celebrate the first day of classes. Come out to hear performances by The Cocktails, SoundCheck, and Cockappella and learn more about what the groups have to offer. Whether you’ve loved a cappella from the beginning, or think it might be a new hobby, come out to this concert and learn about how you can become a part of USC’s a cappella community!

Dodgeball Tournament

Campus Crusade for Christ Thurs., Aug 23 12:30pm-3pm RHUU Patio

Shandon College Ministry

Welcoming and inviting new and returning students to participate in our organization. Allowing students to meet other students already involved and make new friends.

A super intense Dodgeball Tournament at the Strom (gym 4) 7-9pm. Winners not only earn great prizes, but championship bragging rights until next year!

Intramural Sports Marketing Intramural Sports Wed., Aug. 22 11:30am-2pm Greene Street

Intramural Sports staff will be on Greene Street letting you know what we have to offer this fall. Come play cornhole (and win a prize), grab a flyer to see what we are programming, and have a refreshing glass of Powerade on us! Ask our students how to sign up a team, how to become a referee or any other questions you may have.

Thur., Aug 23 7pm-9pm Strom Gym #4

First Week Rave Midtown College Student Organization Thur., Aug 23 7pm-10pm RHUU Ballroom C

Come join us for a free dance party/rave to welcome all new and returning students! We’ll have free pizza, drinks, sweat bands, and glow sticks!!

NavNight The Navigators Thur., Aug 23 7:30pm-9pm RHUU 315

Our kick-off NavNight for the semester. Worship, testimonies, a message, new friends. Check out for more information.

Wed., Aug 22 7pm-10:30pm RHUU 305


Were you a part of Young Life in high school? New to Carolina? Interested in being a part of the biggest Young Life club ever in Columbia, SC? Think you maybe want to be a Young Life leader in college? If you answered yes to any of the above, our first College Life club of the year is for YOU! Come join Young Life leaders and countless freshman and sophomores who are interested in Young Life at YL CLUB!

Thur., Aug 23 5pm-10pm Baptist Collegiate Ministry – 819 Main St.

The Daily Gamecock Interest Meeting

Join us at the BCM for a fun night of making new friends, eating good food and seeing what the BCM has to offer students as their home away from home. Our goal is to make incoming freshmen and transfers feel welcomed to the Gamecock campus and to give them a place of refuge in the upcoming year. And don’t forget, there’s even a line dance/shag/rave kinda thing happening too! You don’t want to miss this!!

Thur., Aug 23 8pm-9pm RHUU 305

Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Welcome Back Prayer and Worship The Newman Club Wed., Aug 22 8pm-9pm Newman Center -1610 Greene St.

Join us for a night of worship as we prepare ourselves for the semester. We will be preparing our minds and hear ts for the semester to begin academically, socially, and spiritually.

Men’s Bible Study and Women Space

Hypnotist Joshua Seth Carolina Productions

Join us for a welcome dinner as we kick off these two small groups for the year.

Wed., Aug 22 8pm-10pm RHUU Ballroom

Comedy Hypnotist Joshua Seth performs a fast-paced, high-energy show that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish. With a mix of comedy and the unknown, you’ll leave laughing and possibly scratching your head.

Movies at the Russell House “The Five-Year Engagement” Carolina After Dark Wed., Aug. 22 9pm-11:00pm RHUU Theater

Join us for the comedy, “The Five-Year Engagement” at the Russell House Theater. Free popcorn will be provided! Valid USC ID required!

Thursday, August 23 Ice Cream Giveaway from FCM First College Ministry Thurs., Aug 23 10am-1pm

Navigator Information Table The Navigators Fri., Aug. 24 12pm-2:30pm RHUU Patio

Come and meet students and staff of the campus ministry The Navigators. Sign up for Bible studies and pick up information about our upcoming Fall events.


Merchants Fair Off-Campus Student Services

Find out what the Navigators are about…and eat tons of ice cream

C.S. Lewis Book Club

well as performing short dances in order to encourage students to come to our dance workshops and tryouts for the 2012-2013 season. Our dance styles include bollywood, hip-hop, contemporary, bhangra, and bharatnatyam. We perform at shows and competitions along the Southeast and hope to be bigger and better every year.

Presbyterian Student Association Thur., Aug. 23 5:30pm-6:30pm 1702 Greene Street

4th Annual “I Survived the First Day of Classes” Cookout Carolina Dining Thur., Aug. 23 5:30pm-7:00pm Bates Diner (Bates House)

End your “1st Day of Classes” with a delicious cookout and a souvenir of this momentous day. Come unwind from your first day of classes with good food, music, and friends. First 400 students will receive a FREE “I Survived the 1st Day of Classes”. One meal swipe of their meal plan and you get all-you-can eat! Menu includes BBQ ribs, Grilled Chicken patties, Turkey burgers, and vegetable kabobs as well as fresh Corn on the Cob, Watermelon, Salad, and Homemade cobblers made from SC Peaches!

International Student Association Welcome Week Barbeque International Student Association

Friday, August 24 Golden Spur Gameroom Golden Spur Gameroom Fri., Aug. 24 11am-10pm Golden Spur (Russell House Underground)

Have a great time at the place where Gamecocks have been going for decades ... the Golden Spur Game Room! Located in the Russell House Underground, the Golden Spur offers seven billiards tables, two ping-pong tables, foosball, air hockey, as well as Nintendo Wii and XBOX 360 with all of your favorite game titles! Open until 10:00pm and be sure to bring your Carolina Card!

Intramural Sports Marketing Intramural Sports Fri., Aug. 24 11:30am-2pm Greene Street

Intramural Sports staff will be on Greene Street letting you know what we have to offer this fall. Come play cornhole (and win a prize), grab a flyer to see what we are programming, and have a refreshing glass of Powerade on us! Ask our students how to sign up a team, how to become a referee or any other questions you may have.

Kappa Upsilon Chi, the Christian fraternity at the University of South Carolina, is hosting a Welc ome Week f lag football tournament located at the fields outside Strom. It is open to all males interested in meeting people and enjoying some fun and recreational activity during the first week of classes. It will take place in a tournament format, with a prize for the winning team, and teams will be made up of seven players each. Registration will open at noon, and participants can register as a team or can register individually and will be placed on a team.

Sunday, August 26 Welcome Back Cookout

Fri., Aug 24 3pm-5pm Davis Field

Newman Club

Come test out your frisbee skills with the Newman Club! Everyone is welcome!

Sports and Cookout at Blatt Field Campus Crusade for Christ Fri., Aug 24 5pm-7:45pm Blatt Fields

Come meet new friends, enjoy some food, and play sports with us Friday afternoon!

Ultimate Frisbee w/ The Navigators The Navigators Fri., Aug. 24 3:30pm-5pm Davis Field I

Come join fellow students in playing Ultimate Frisbee on Davis Field 1 (right next to the fountains in front of the library). Students of all skill-levels are welcome to come and join in on the fun. Sponsored by the campus ministry, The Navigators.

Palmetto Patio Party Shandon College Ministry Fri., Aug. 24 6pm-8:30pm Russell House Patio

Learn about all things CAROLINA and SOUTHERN. Dance the night away at Russell House on the patio and learn to Shag. If you don’t know how to dance, grab a student instructor. There will be lessons in how to tie a bow tie and where to find the best game day gear, dresses, and accessories. Stop by the buffet to sample a variety of grits - with shrimp, cheese, and jalapenos. Cool off with sweet tea and lemonade.

Game Night GRACE Fri., Aug. 24 7pm-11pm C. S. Lewis Student Center – 1730 College Street

Join us at the C. S. Lewis Student Center, across from Capstone, for Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Risk, and other classic board games.

Sun., Aug 26 5:30pm-8pm 1610 Greene St.

Welcome back to another school year! As you get back into the swing of things, come down to the Newman Center to catch up with friends and even make new ones as you enjoy some great food! Everyone is welcome to attend. See you there!

Worship and Dinner Methodist Student Network Sun., Aug 26 6pm-7pm Campus Ministry Center – 728 Pickens St.

Worship is at the heart of the MSN faith community. Worship is come-as-you-are, upbeat and Spirited. Each week’s worship is followed by a delicious free meal. All, regardless of religious background are welcome.

Choral Evensong and C.S. Lewis Bible Study GRACE Sun., Aug 26 6:30pm-8pm C.S. Lewis Student Center

Join us in our chapel for Choral Evensong at 6:30 p.m., and stay for pizza and our C. S. Lewis Bible Study at 7:00 p.m.

On-Campus Worship Christ’s Student Church at Carolina Sun., Aug 26 7pm-8:30pm RHUU 303

A devotional and fellowship time hosted by CSCC, the student ministry on campus sponsored by Churches of Christ. All students are welcome.

Sunday Worship with Holy Communion and Supper Lutheran Campus Ministry Sun., Aug. 26 7:30pm-10pm Campus Ministry Center – 728 Pickens Street

Carolina After Dark

Join us for Sunday evening holy communion followed by a homecooked meal. We gather every Sunday evening for worship during the term. ALL are welcome.

Fri., Aug. 24 10pm Russell House

The Daily Gamecock Interest Meeting

Carolina After Dark

Carolina After Dark is a great way to meet new people and have fun. Stop by the Russell House to make your own street signs, get an airbrush tattoo, make key chains and eat free food! Lots of stuff will be going on and the first 200 guests will receive a special prize! Be sure to have your Carolina Card to gain entrance.

Midnight Pancakes Methodist Student Network Fri., Aug. 24 11pm-12am Campus Ministry Center – 728 Pickens Street

A late night free pancake breakfast for hungry students needing to refuel.

Saturday, August 25

The Daily Gamecock Sun., Aug 26 8pm-9pm RHUU 305

Are you interested in working for The Daily Gamecock? Come meet with editors and fi nd your place on our staff! Whether you’re interested in writing, designing, copy editing or photography, we would love for you to get involved.

Poster Sale Russell House University Union Mon-Fri., Aug 27-31 9am-5pm RHUU 2nd Floor Lobby

Need to decorate your dorm room walls, come by the Poster Sale on the 2nd floor of the lobby to pick through and purchase various posters and artwork!

Service Saturday Community Service Programs Sat., Aug. 25 9:30am-1pm RHUU Patio

Service Saturday, join up to 200 students in a half day of service. Once a month, students gather on a Saturday to pack food at the Harvest Hope Food Bank, interact with residents at Agape Senior Assisted Living facility, or do trail maintenance at Belser Arboretum to name a few. Transportation is provided. Register in advance to secure a spot. https://

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Banner set to replace VIP, launches for admissions Technology overhaul expected to finish in 2014 Kathryn Kranjc


Universit y technolog y off icers celebrated a milestone this summer with the official launch of Banner, a web-based software platform that will completely replace VIP for all student records and services by Fall 2013. Si nce Ju ly 17, Underg raduate Ad m issions ha s been u si ng t he system to manage its day-to-day o p e r at io n s , m e a n i n g t h e n e x t freshman class will be selected using the new technology. The launch was a critical step in the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OneCarolina project, a $75 million overhaul of USCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 30-year-old student, financial and human resources system. Since the 1970s USC has managed its records through its own legacy soft ware, which many USC technicians say was outdated, highly specialized, and expensive to maintain. In 2008, the Board of Trustees approved funds to switch to Banner, a market software that is already used by thousands of u niversit ies. The project had been delayed for two years due to university budget cuts, but efforts picked back up January 2010. Last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s launch marks the fi rst step in the five-year project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A great university deserves great information systems â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re building,â&#x20AC;? USC C h ief I n for mat ion Of f icer Bi l l

Hogue said following the summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Banner launch. The system is divided into five modules: admissions, registration, billing/accounts receivable, fi nancial a id a nd g r adu ate st udent dat a. Project leaders say now t hat t he system is being used in admissions, the next step will be integrating fi nancial aid and registration. This means that by Spring 2013, students w i l l b e u s i n g c o m p le t e l y n e w accounts on a new site, not VIP, to sign up for fall classes. The cha ngeover to Ba n ner will also int roduce new feat ures to â&#x20AC;&#x153;st rea m l i neâ&#x20AC;? adv isi ng a nd registration, combining the function of VIP with the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s master schedule and course catalogue. Students will be able to track their prerequisite courses, communicate w it h t heir adv isor and see what cou rses are needed shou ld t hey switch their major. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would say, as a whole, the Banner experience will be much more user-friendly,â&#x20AC;? Project Director Bob Swab said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be lots of features that are going to be improved and easier to use from the old system â&#x20AC;&#x201D; class scheduling, a new advising system in which students will be able to work with their advisor online and look at their degree and requirements completed a nd new on l i ne bi l l payment.â&#x20AC;? Swab says that OneCarolina has a core group of over 100 university employees from different off ices BANNER â&#x2014;? 14



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The drum line for the Mighty Sound of the Southeast practices new songs at band camp.

Band sees 40-member increase New garnet uniforms include more white for player comfort Morgan Reid


The M ight y Sou nd of t he Southeast will look and sound a bit mightier this fall. With about 320 members — up from about 280 last year and 250 the previous year — the USC marching band is the largest it’s been since the 1970s, according to Jayme Taylor, t he assistant director of at hlet ic bands. In its second year under the leadership of Director Dr. Rebecca Phillips, the band expects to be a stronger presence on the field and in the stands both visibly and audibly. “The fans are going to notice (the growth), and they’re going to hear it as well,” Taylor said. Third-year history and psychology st udent and ret urning trombone player Ben Peele said he is looking for wa rd to seei ng how wel l t he largest band in three decades plays together. “ We h a v e a f a nt a s t i c g r o u p of f resh men a nd some really ex perienced ret u rning members this year,” Peele said. “Our sound is going to be incredible in the stands.” Ne w me mb er s a r e n’t t he only upgrades for the band. The

musicians will be marching out in new uniforms as well. Taylor said the color on the new u n ifor m s, u n l i ke t he old one s, a c t u a l l y m a t c h e s t h e s c h o o l’s shade of garnet. They also feature sig n if icant ly more wh ite, wh ich will be more comfortable for the musicians temperature-wise and will make the band stand out more on the field and look larger, Taylor said. The band will sport white pants at home games and black pants at away games and in cases of bad weather. Band members credit Phillips’ and Taylor’s leadership with growing and improving the sound of the band over the past couple years. “Dr. Phillips and Mr. Taylor have done a g reat job promot i ng t he band, which has helped it to grow,” third-year music education student and clarinet player Laura Zitelli said. Taylor believes t he g row t h of t he marching band is a result of successful recruiting efforts in local and state high schools and is likely also a reflection of the recent success of the football team. “You can’t deny the influence of a very successful football team,” Taylor said. “The team’s more successful, the band’s more successful, the band helps the team be more successful BAND ● 14

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INSURANCE ● Continued from 4 cholesterol screenings, vaccinations and birth control — students may have a greater incentive to seek out those services. That’s a good thing, according to Thompson’s public relations coordinator, Nicole Carrico. While it may take some time for many students’ families’ insurance companies, such as BlueCross BlueShield and Humana, to incorporate those services in their plans, she expects to see many more students seeking preventative care. “We really are counting on a lot more students to come in and start asking for those benefits once other, larger insurance companies start renewing their policies,” Carrico said. “Over the long term we really hope that students come in and ask for more of those preventative care screenings — lab screens, tests, HPV screenings, bloodwork and STI and STD testing.” The healt h center is already planning on expanding its office to streamline Thompson’s health services with USC’s two Campus Wellness offices, located at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center and the Blatt P.E. Center and the counseling center, located in the James F. Byrnes Building. Officials expect to break ground on the project spring of 2014. “The new building will bring all our services together in one location, so we’ll really be able to practice integrative care,” Carrico said. “It will be a lot easier, and that’s going to drive up visits.” Campus wellness already provides most general health screenings, such as nutrition and exercise consultations and stress management programs (including massage therapy). Carrico says these services can be just as important to preventative health as vaccines and lab screenings, and while they’re already free to students who have paid their health fee, the fact that many students’ insurance plans will also start covering these types of services is a step in a healthier direction. “I’m hoping preventative care benefits are going to get people thinking about their health overall,” Carrico said. “I hope people will become a lot more aware of what they can do, and I hope in that exploration that they look at all we offer here. We don’t want people to just use us as a last resort. We want students to come in, use our resources to avoid getting ill in the first place.” Comments on this story? Visit

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Members of the Carolina Band prepare for the upcoming season. The band will include 40 new members this year. BAND ● Continued from 13 and it’s a great spiral.” The band and its leadership have responded to some criticism in the recent past, including scrutiny from fans, student media and university leadership. When Phillips and her team took the reins in Spring 2011, they focused on improving the band in sound and numbers in response to a lot of the feedback they had received, Taylor said. “At the time, it hurt to be criticized,” Peele said. “Now I can see how much room we had for improvement, and I’m glad we were challenged to be the band that we have become.” Last fall, the band unveiled a new school song, the “Garnet and Black March,” as well as specific

BANNER ● Continued from 13 and campuses working on installing the project. Following admissions, the next step is transferring and reporting all student data so that t he s ystem is ready for housi ng applications by December, fi nancial aid by March and class registration by April. He added that students will still have access to their information on V I P for t he rema i nder of t he 2012-13 ac adem ic yea r, but OneCarolina will be mak ing the fi nal break after grades are released in December. Banner is expected to be in f u ll use at USC’s eight campuses by 2014.

songs and chants for each football down. Those routines will carry on this year, and the band will also be rolling out some new tricks for fans. The band will perform a pre-game parade through the farmer’s market before entering the stadium, and its on-field routines will incorporate more current “crowd-friendly” pop tunes, Taylor said. “ We’re rea l ly look i ng for wa rd to hav i ng everyone’s support out there ... We can be a big spirit engine for the team,” Taylor said. Comments on this story? Visit

“We are extremely excited that the first phase of OneCarolina is now live,” Swab said in a release from OneCarolina. “This is just the beginning of what will prove to be a complete transformat ion of the way the University of South Carolina does business. Over the nex t few years, we w ill see t hat facult y, staff and students will be able to more easily share and access the information they need, when they need it.” Comments on this story? Visit

Among them are 23 sets of twins, 65 valedictorians, 614 Capstone Scholars and 356 Honors College students. They come from the group of over 14,000 who were admitted to the university, Verzyl said. That brings this year’s acceptance rate to 60.8 percent, down more than two points from 2011, when 63.1 percent of applicants were offered spots. The decreasing acceptance rate coincides with efforts by university officials to raise USC’s academic reputation to the level of public universities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia. USC hasn’t achieved that goal, but the higher SAT scores and lower acceptance rate suggest that it is zeroing in on peer schools in the Southeastern Conference, like the University of Georgia and University of Tennessee. Comments on this story? Visit


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Credit union opens new branch in Russell House Center offers financial services, advice Kathryn Kranjc


A new credit union off ice in t he Russell House is more t han just a place for students to cash their checks. Carolina Collegiate Federal Credit Union opened its first on-campus

f i na nc ia l ser v ice center on t he second floor of the student union in June. Carolina Collegiate offers fi nancial services to students, faculty and staff of USC, Coastal Carolina, Midlands Tech nical College and Benedict College as well as members of the Gamecock Club and the Carolina Alumni Association. CREDIT ● 17

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USC ‘Bucket List’ at top of SG fall plans Other initiatives include campus launch of student legal services Kathryn Kranjc


Fo r S t u d e nt G o v e r n m e nt o f f i c e r s , t h e beginning of the fall semester means one last chance to start delivering on initiatives promised in the spring. In past years, ideas such as Carolina Cab have taken off with success, while others, such as taking the CarolinaCard off campus, have fizzled out. The Daily Gamecock spoke with Student Body executive officers to fi nd out what students can expect from SG in 2012-2013. USC Bucket List — Over the summer, SG has been trying to create a social media buzz around their official list of 100 campus mustdo’s before graduation, from kissing someone on the Horseshoe at full moon to high-fiving President Pastides. Student Body President Kenny Tracy praised the initiative, saying that it would encourage students to be involved in campus life and in the Columbia community, as well as reiterate longstanding Carolina traditions. He said the list already had a substantial following, but with a mere 727 likes on Facebook and 433

CREDIT ● Continued from 16 While the credit union already has eight ATMs on campus and an office on Pulaski Street, the new Russell House office will be a place for all students to cash checks, open and manage accounts and seek fi nancial advice on issues from loans to credit checks. Many of those services will be open to all st udents, not just account holders. T he center w i l l a lso of fer f ree f i na ncia l l iterac y classes i n

followers on Twitter, it seems SG has yet to impress the rest of the student body with the “bucket list.” Expect plenty of posters to be passed around on Greene Street this week. RidePost — The Greenville-based ride sharing program, through which students can post and search for rides via Facebook, will off icially launch on campus today. SG met with RidePost founders and USC alumni Marty Bauer, Blair Deckard, Nik Budisavljevic and Robert Pearce to get the program rolling as an alternative form of transportation on campus (and a solution to maxed-out parking spaces). Student Legal Services — SG approved a $3 student activit y fee increase in November to bring free legal advice to campus. According to the proposal, the $112,400 service would pay for an attorney and a paralegal to help students primarily with financial and lease agreements, although specific services would depend on the hired attorney’s expertise. Services would exclude representat ion in court, criminal lit igat ion, drink ing violations or cases involving traffic law. The service was approved in the Board of Trustees’ budget this June but has been off to a sluggish start as the university crawls through regulations at the state attorney general’s office to begin advertising the new position. W hile

partnership with the Student Success Center. Finance education was an important component for Carolina Collegiate Vice President Helen Powell, who taught fi nancial literacy as a University 101 teacher for 11 years. “We wa nt st udent s to succeed,” Powell said. “I’ve seen some not so prett y pict ures from st udents who’ve made f inancial mistakes. Once you’ve messed up, your credit stays there for a long time, so it’s important for students to learn the


The new credit union office opened on the second floor of the Russell House in June.

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Student Government leaders never named an official starting date for the program, Student Body Vice President Chase Mizzell assured The Daily Gamecock the new program would be set by the end of the academic year. 2012 President ia l Elec t ion — W h i le not directly related to campus, SG is hoping to infuse some excitement around November’s otherwise lackluster presidential election. A large voter registration drive will be held September 26, at which SG members hope to encourage more more out-of-state students to register to vote in Columbia. Cabinet members are working on organizing issue-specific debates and political dialogues. Congressional Advisory Board Chair Morgan DiSanto-Ranney confirmed that state senator and USC alumus C. Bradley Hutto, Rep. Trey Gowdy and renowned Spartanburg business owner Kim Daisy will be part of this fall’s speaker lineup before the election. The campaign season will conclude at USC with a swank y viewing party on election night with College Republicans and College Democrats in the Russell House Ballroom. Comments on this story? Visit

basics of self-discipline.” The office is staffed by 13 student interns, many of whom are in the Darla Moore School of Business a nd t he Col lege of Hospit a l it y, R e s t a u r a n t a n d To u r i s m Management (although Powell said positions are open to students of all majors.) Her goal is for the fi nancial ser v ices center to be completely student-run, similar to Georgetown University’s fi nancial center. Carolina Collegiate currently has 3,000 USC student members and over 13,000 members internationally, according to Powell. Members are eligible to receive private student loan ser v ice, custom USC debit cards, and “benefits plus” discounts at more than 70 participating local busi ness, i nclud i ng Son ic, M iss Cocky and Thirsty Fellow. Student Success Center Coordinator of Financial Literacy Catherine Sale does not recommend any particular bank or credit union to students, but she hopes that the mere presence of t he center w i l l get st udent s

interested in their own fi nances. “Obviously for st udents who use Carolina Collegiate, there will be a lot of conveniences with having the office in the Russell House, but it will also remind other students to think about finances while they’re in college,” Sale said. “It really encourages students to sit down and ask questions so finances aren’t a scary topic to talk about.” The center is pla n n i ng a g ra nd opening Aug. 27, but fourth-year international business student Alysia Malpass, an intern with Carolina Collegiate, says that simply having the office has already sparked the curiosity of passers-by. “ Hop ef u l ly t h is is goi ng to be something other schools look at and see is working,” Malpass said.

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College of Nursing names MUSC professor new dean Jeannette Andrews to take over January 1 Sarah Ellis


The College of Nursing has named Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing professor Jeannette Andrews as its new dean. Andrews will take over Jan. 1 for outgoing dean Peggy Hewlett, who will continue to serve through December. A ndrews makes a ret urn to t he Gamecock family, having earned her doctorate in nursing from USC in 2004 to accompany her u nderg r adu ate nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia. “I think USC is a great place, (with) a lot of opportunity and a great future,” Andrews “(The students) ANDREWS said. have such a stellar reputation across the state ... I’m excited about joining the family again.” Andrews has spent five years at MUSC in Charleston, serving as the associate dean for research and evaluation and the director of the Center for Community Health Partnerships. She has held a department chair position at the Medical College of Georgia and leadership roles within the nursing profession. A ndrews was a standout among t he f inal candidates, according to Dr. Michael Amiridis, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I can tell you I’m ver y excited about her,” Amiridis said. “We had a very strong pool of candidates. All four finalists that we brought in were associate deans or had previous dean experience at a national level ... (Andrews) really stood out. She was the clear choice.” Amiridis described Andrews as “very dynamic, very energetic.” “She comes in with a very strong research record. She also comes in with strong commitment to both graduate and undergraduate education in the

College of Nursing,” Amiridis said. Research has been a point of focus in Andrews’ career. Much of her work has related to “behavioral lifest yle inter ventions,” she said, including smoking cessation and prevention and weight control. She has been involved in community programs aimed at helping women in public housing neighborhoods quit smoking and develop healthier habits to cope with stress. Mobile health technology has been another focal area of Andrews’ research, including developing and using mobile technology to measure and report blood pressure and glucose levels as well as facilitate patient feedback. “I do plan to bring my research with me (to USC) and involve students and faculty,” A ndrews said. “I’m always interested in making a difference and making an impact ... There’s a lot of opportunity to improve health care development, and I want to be at the table for making things better.” A ndrews also plans to grow t he doctorate prog ram in t he school. One of her goals, she said, is to “look at ways to grow our pipeline from the undergraduate to the graduate program.” Her earliest goal once she arrives, however, will be to first listen and learn and understand how USC’s program operates, Andrews said. She said Hewlett has already been helping her make the transition smoothly. “She’s been very welcoming, she’s been very supportive,” Andrews said of Hewlett. “She loves the (nursing) school, and she loves the university. She’s just been a jewel in working with me and helping me transition.” University leadership is confident in the selection of Andrews and looks forward to bringing her on board. “This is going to be an outstanding team. We’re looking forward to having her here,” Amiridis said.

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Veiled increase in new class strains resources Gamecock Gateway is definitely an ad m i rable prog ra m. I n t heor y, t he university is giving in-state students who just barely missed the mark a second chance at admission to Carolina, which falls right in line with the state’s push to educ ate a s many Sout h “Simultaneously C a r o l i n a starting up a st udents as program that will possible at eventually grow its f lagship the class of 2016 university. We welcome t he sounds to us ne w a l mo s tlike squeezing Gamecocks, students in but given through a lon g hou s i n g loophole.” w a it l i s t s a nd p r o m i s e s t o s t o p a n d t e n d t o C a r o l i n a ’s infrastructure, we have to question the timing of the program. The announcement of this program comes while campus is already bursting at t he seams. A f ter t wo consecut ive record-break ing freshman classes, it seemed like the administration finally realized that USC couldn’t handle any more strain on its facilities. President Pastides made a promise to keep the f re s h m a n c l a s s s i z e s t e ad y. W h i le technically he kept that promise — the actual freshman class is only growing 1 percent — simultaneously starting up a program that will eventually grow the class of 2016 sounds to us like squeezing students in through a loophole. There’s no denying it; it’s important to be accessible to in-state st udents. But that’s a goal for when we have the resources to accommodate those students in addition to the ones we already have. There are plans to make that happen, adding housing and hiring many more faculty, but it hasn’t happened yet. And we can’t get ahead of ourselves. If USC is a family in a house that’s already too small, this program seems like our parents (read: administration) are deciding to adopt 165 new kids.

Students should focus on future plans Unemployment rates rise for college graduates A new school year always means a fresh start for a college student. W it h t he s u m mer over, m a ny of us eagerly return to catch up with old friends, see our favorite student groups back in action and welcome a fresh batch of incoming freshmen. It’s easy to forget, during all the excitement, that there ever was a world outside USC. Our anticipation becomes the center of the universe as we start a new chapter in our college careers. For t ho se of you who feel this way, now is the perfect time for a wake-up call. The impu lse at t he st a r t of ever y Michael new ac adem ic yea r Lambert is to offer advice or Fourth-year suggest ions on how French student to make the most of the college experience. But what students really need to be talking about is not how to make friends or which classes are the best — it’s how to face the challenges of the outside world. O ne of t ho s e c h a l le n g e s i s employ ment. According to t he A s s o c i at e d P r e s s , m o r e t h a n 53 percent of college graduates u nder 25 were u nemployed or underemployed compared to their education level and field of study. T h is is not ju st you r pa rent s’ pa r a noia t a l k i ng : A fou r-yea r degree does not directly translate into a salary that is any better than ou r t wo-year a nd t rade school

peers. For most of us, no matter our major, four years of school will leave us with a mountain of debt and a set of skills that few people are looking for and even fewer are willing to pay a competitive buck to have. Even worse, many of us will leave college with little or no idea of how to manage ourselves financially. It’s easy to pick up a few business c l a s se s , but it ’s h a rd to le a r n how to personally manage debt and savings in a way that builds individual wealth. That takes time, pat ience and planning — t hree qualities that are always in short supply, no matter the age group. We, as a generation, grew up with the Great Recession and the global financial crisis, and ahead of all others, we should learn the lesson that personal accountability is the only thing you can rely on when it comes to your money. As we return to another semester at USC , t he rea l com m it ment we should make is to improving ourselves for t he world outside college. It all starts with a little extra focus. Budget your expenses for the semester and for the year. Start to look at job offers in your field, and take note of the specific sk ills that employers want from ent r y-level workers. College is only one step in a process meant to create capable young professionals. If we cont inue to t reat it as an escape, the optimism we feel now as a new year starts will blind us to the rude awakening in store at graduation. It’s never too early to prepare for what lies ahead.

The first day of school is always intimidating. It was for me when I was in first grade, and it still is now, as I enter my junior year of college. As I prepare to return to USC, I feel somewhat like a freshman again, giddy and overwhelmed with all the possibilities for my upcoming year. In college these days, everyone always seems to be work ing towards some sort of end goal, be it medical school or law school with a solid career postgraduat ion. We are always on a constant search for Alice internships, to lead Chang clubs and build Third-year international resumes that will business student enable us to get to where we think we need to be. But it is important for us to remember that in the midst of all our scrambles for success lies one overarching goal, and that is simply to learn. So, onwards into a new year, lads and lasses, and remember that knowledge is often found where we least expect it. Our glory days of college (and of life in general) are comprised not necessarily of big events, but of the little things in between, of reading on the Horseshoe between classes or chatting with strangers on the steps of Cool Beans, of nights spent sneaking onto the roof of the business building, or that one life-changing professor we got to know really well because we went to office hours. So whether you are a freshman trying to decide on a major or a senior trying to apply for jobs, remember that there is not always a finish line, and it’s not always about who can get to the end the fastest. Sometimes, what matters the most is what we pick up along the way, and that, perhaps, will lead us to where we need to be.

Open mind necessary for true education School a time to question beliefs, seek truth, become more well-rounded To the freshmen, welcome to your first semester in Columbia. For everyone else, welcome back. The world has gotten a bit darker during the summer. Random shootings, hate crimes, civil rights battles, a war on women’s rights — and that’s just in this country. Syria continues to degrade, Europe’s economy teeters on the brink and Africa faces uncertainty as governments crumble. This is a world where there are few easy solutions and nothing is black and white. The world cries out for answers to difficult problems. Why does this matter to you? After all, you’re attending USC as a computer science major. You’re not studying political science. What happens in Syria doesn’t really affect you at all. It m at ter s bec au se we a re a l l con nec ted. Ever ything that happens on this planet sends tremors throughout the globe, and those ripples

have small but real effects on others. That shirt you bought cheaper at Wal-Mart makes it that much easier to justify sweat shops filled with children in China. The plastic bag you just tossed on the ground instead of in a trash can will eventually cause a bird to suffocate when it get s it s head st uck. The support you’re showing on Facebook for a fast food chicken restaurant is driving a closeted gay friend closer to suicide from depression. Those examples may be Scott Horn exaggerations, but when you add your Third-year own actions to those of hundreds or political science thousands of others, they become very student real consequences, no matter how unintended. That’s what happens when you live in a complicated world. College is not simply a place to train for your career. It’s a chance to grow as a person, expand your mind and question the beliefs you knew as a child. You’re not being forced to take “Humanities” and

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NICK’S LAST NIGHTS Columbia’s non-profit cinema moves to new location after 33 years Kristyn Winch



t’s out with the old and in with the new on Main Street this month as Columbia’s favorite nonprofit movie theater relocates to a bigger home. The Nickelodeon Theatre is moving, but the cinema’s new space isn’t far away from the current location — the address is still on Main Street. Still, Columbia moviegoers have mixed feelings about the relocation of the Nickelodeon theater. “I’m going to miss this place,” said Arlene Polinsky, a lifetime member of the non-profit cinema, while sitting in her usual seat before Thursday’s screening of “Cinema Paradiso.” “[I’ve been attending movies here] since before it was the Nick. It was an art theater before then,” Polinsky said. Local movie fan Allen Neal has been coming to the


Nick for the last 15 years. “For a stretch of 10 years, I didn’t miss a single picture,” said Neal, who admitted to seeing movies that didn’t always interest him just so he could “fall asleep in my favorite seat.” In honor of the “new” Nick, the theater is hosting a retrospective film festival to celebrate 33 years of movies. With at least two films shown every day, the theater is showcasing one film for each year that it has been in business. The celebration began on Aug. 10 with a screening of “Sunset Boulevard” and ends on Aug. 26 with “The Artist” followed by a send-off party. The movies in the final series were either favorites of the staff or popular choices of viewers. The Nickelodeon has been in the process of moving for several years. The new building was purchased in

2007, but raising the funds to renovate the space took time. Isaac Calvage, a USC graduate who serves as the Nickelodeon’s director of marketing and membership, is looking forward to the theater’s relocation. “We’re very happy for our move,” Calvage said. “We’re excited to have people out and about late at night on Main Street.” Like many patrons, Calvage has fond memories of the current location on 937 Main St. “The current location has so much charm and such a history,” said Calvage, who credits the Nick with giving him the first chance “to fall in love with independent cinema.” NICKELODEON ● 5


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Vampires, villains to hit theaters this fall Hollywood stars, action plots among autumn cinema draws Tyler Simpson


“Skyfall” After being postponed due to financial issues with MGM Studios, the 23rd Bond film will fi nally hit theaters four years after Daniel Craig’s last Bond film, “Quantum of Solace.” While the actual story is unclear, Bond’s loyalty to M will be tested when her past catches up with her. The inclusion of Javier Bardem, who portrayed the haunting Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men,” as the next Bond villain is reason enough to be excited. Plus, director Sam Mendes has shown in the past with films like “Road to Perdition” that he is equally skilled with gun fight scenes and quiet dramatic moments. In theaters Nov. 9.

“Taken 2” “Taken” was the movie that established Liam Neeson’s place in today’s movie industry as one of the biggest bad-a**es alive. He will again play Bryan Mills now on a happy vacation with his family in Istanbul until a man with a personal vendetta against him takes Bryan and his wife hostage, leaving Bryan to ask his daughter for help. Clearly, these guys haven’t seen the first movie. As excited as I am to see Neeson beat up bad guys again, I’m worried that the movie will pull a “Hangover 2.” In theaters Oct. 5.

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” Will t he recent K rist in Stewart scandal which broke the hearts of millions of Twi-hards affect this movie’s box office chances? I don’t care, because it will all be over on Nov. 16. The final film of one of the biggest franchises in movie history (but definitely not one of the best) is almost here. After the birth of her baby, Bella is now a vampire and is enjoying the lifestyle, but her baby still may pose a threat to vampires everywhere.

“Wreck-It Ralph” Disney has been on a hot streak lately with their non-Pixar films, with the

only exception being “Mars Needs Moms.” Their newest fi lm is about an arcade game villain named Wreck-It Ralph, who is tired of being a villain, crosses over to other arcade games and strives to prove he is hero material. This is a 3-D animated film with a very original concept and features video game cameos by Q*bert, Bowser from “Super Mario Bros.,” Zangief from “Street Fighter” and many others. In theaters Nov. 2.


The science fiction features to keep an eye out for include “Dredd 3D” and “Looper,” an interesting film about mob assassins called “loopers” who kill targets sent back from the future. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a looper forced to kill himself, that is, himself from the future, played by Bruce Willis. Opens Sept. 28.


Aside from the ups and down of his acting career, Ben Affleck proved he’s a smart director with “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town.” His ability to choreograph great action sequences may make “Argo” a critical hit. It’s a true story about a bizarre escape plan that involves CIA agents rescuing hostages in the Middle East while posing as filmmakers. In theaters Oct. 12.

“Frankenweenie” From “ E d w a rd S c i s s orh a nd s” and “Batman” to his stop-motion animated works like “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Tim Burton is a master of whimsical fantasy and melancholy drama. Based on a 1984 s hor t f i l m ab out Fr a n k e n s t e i n , “Frankenweenie” is Burton’s latest stop-mot ion project, a stor y of a boy who brings his dead dog back to life through the power of science. Burton actually directed the original film for Disney, but was fired after they deemed it too scary for younger audiences. So in a way, this is a second chance for Burton and it looks to be worthwhile. Opens Oct. 5.

“Flight” Robert Zemeckis has directed such classics as “Back to the Future,” “Forrest Gump” and “Cast Away.” Twelve years after his last live-action film and a

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Daniel Day-Lewis will star as the 16th president in Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” out Nov. 9. long affair with motion capture films, Zemeckis directs “Flight,” a drama starring Denzel Washington about a pilot who saves a plane from a crash landing, but also comes under attack because of his substance abuse problem. Washington joins a promising cast that includes John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo. In theaters Nov. 2.

“Lincoln” Daniel Day-Lewis is one of t he greatest character actors alive today, which he has proven with his roles in films like “My Left Foot,” “Gangs of New York” and “There Will Be Blood.” This t ime, Day-Lew is is work ing with Steven Spielberg for a biopic on Abraham Lincoln’s last four months and the political strategizing that pushed the Union victory in the Civil War. Since Day-Lewis is typically picky about what roles he chooses and always displays

sheer devotion to them, I say get the Oscar ballots ready. Opens Nov. 9.

“Red Dawn” Does this movie sound familiar? Here’s a hint: “Wolverines.” Yep, this will be a remake of the 1984 war film that starred Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen. So why are we seeing a remake? For the same reason I have been ranting about: the movie industry is lacking creativity and focus is primarily on earning money. In the remake, North Korea will be invading the United States instead of the Soviet Union and Josh Hutcherson from “The Hunger Games” and Chris Hemsworth join the cast . Opens Nov. 21.

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What concert venue are you? Take this quiz to find out where you should check out music shows in Columbia Kristyn Winch


Navigating Columbia’s music scene can be a bit daunting, especially if you are new to the area. From punk and hardcore to jazz and country, the capital city has lots to offer for fans of all types of tunes. If you have a hard time deciding which venue to attend, take this quiz to fi nd out which music venue you are.

1.) What kind of car do you drive? A.) A beat-up station wagon (when you aren’t driving your own band’s piece of junk tour van) B.) An older model (but not vintage — we’re talking 1997 to 1999) luxury car C.) An environmentally friendly, gas-saving four door sedan D.) A pick up truck 2.) What artist comes after Radiohead on your iPod?

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4.) What do you wear when you go to shows? A.) Ripped jeans and an old concert tee B.) Something laid-back cool like a scarf and worn-in Converse sneakers C.) A mix of Goodwill and American Apparel D.) Cowboy boots

5.) Who do you hang out with at shows? A.) Your band mates and your girlfriend (who doesn’t always like to be dragged along) B.) That really awesome guitar teacher from the School of Music C.) Your best friend and the bartender D.) Your sorority sisters

6.) What upcoming Columbia show are you most pumped about? A.) “Favorite Gentlemen Tour” featuring All Get Out, Harrison Hudson, Death on Two Wheels and Junior Astronomer B.) N Jety M, Oh Ginger! and Jason Lescalleet C.) Goldmine featuring Herbie Jeffcoat and Nikki Lee D.) Dierks Bentley

Mostly As: You a re New Brookland Tavern. You like your music loud and your PBR cheap. You most likely sport at least one tattoo and you’ve probably been to a stop on the Vans Warped Tour at least once in your life (don’t deny it). The concert venue, located at 122 State St., has been bringing local, regional and national rock acts to the Midlands for several years. You can shoot pool, grab a drink and mingle with like-minded music fans whether you’re 18 or 28. M o s t l y B s : Yo u a r e Conundrum Music Hall. You’re on the cutting edge of music, hanging out at one of Columbia’s newer music venues and taking in shows ranging in genre from jazz to ska to acoustic and alternative rock. You don’t mind being spotted through the venue’s glass windows that face the street and you love being the fi rst to hear up-and-coming talent. Conundrum is located at 626 Meeting St. Mostly Cs: You are 5 Points Pub. You like t he part y feel of Fi ve Poi nt s w it hout t he me s s of drunken crowds at venues like Bey’s or Saloon. You come often to catch national acts and hometown heroes (and underdogs) and even hit the stage yourself every once in a while, whether for an acoustic open mic performance or a karaoke performance your friends will laugh about for years. 5 Points Pub is located at 2020 Devine St. Mostly Ds: You are Tin Roof. Country is in your blood and you don’t mind standing outside in your cowboy boots to catch a good show. You travel with an entourage of sisters (or brothers) and always holler when you hear something you like. Tin Roof, located at 1022 Senate St., hosts regional acts every weekend and nat ional acts nearly once a month. The venue also serves up delicious quesadillas, sandwiches and beer by the bottle, glass or pitcher. Photos by Andrew Askins / THE DAILY GAMECOCK

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NICKELODEON ● Continued from 1 “I’ve sat in the audience with people who have attended [mov ies at t he Nickelodeon] for 20, 30 years,” Calvage said. But, as Calvage said, with that charm comes “a lot of maintenance.” The current location seats 75 while the new location will seat 99 with plans to add a second theater upstairs that will seat 199 people. The second theater will give the theater the opportunity to screen two movies at the same time. The theater will also feature separate counters for concessions and ticket sales and bathrooms in the lobby of the

theater. Even though longtime patrons will miss the old location, they won’t stop coming to the movies. “It’s the only theater in town that shows decent films,” Polinsky said. “The Nickelodeon gives [audiences] an opportunity to see films you can’t see anywhere else,” Neal said. The new theater will officially open on Aug. 31. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” will be the first film screened at the new location. Comments on this story? Visit


The lobby of the new Nickelodeon theater is nearly completed. The new location will officially open on Aug. 31 with a screening of “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

Here is a schedule of the remaining films in the Nickelodeon’s celebration series: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

“Like Water for Chocolate” (1993) — Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. “Orlando” (1994) — Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. Three Colors (“Blue”/”White”/”Red”) (1995) — Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. (“Blue”), 5:30 p.m. (“White”) and 8 p.m. (“Red”) “Bottle Rocket” (1996) — Aug. 19 at 3 p.m. “Waiting for Guffman” (1997)— Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. “Smoke Signals” (1998) — Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. “Buena Vista Social Club” (1999) — Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. “Timecode” (2000) — Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. “Yana’s Friends” (2001) — Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. “8 Women” (2002) — Aug. 22 at 5:30 p.m. “Bowling for Columbine” (2003) — Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. “Lost in Translation” (2004) — Aug. 23 at 5:30 p.m. “Junebug” (2005) — Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. “The Squid and the Whale” (2006) — Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. “Volver” (2007) — Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. “Man on Wire” (2008) — Aug. 25 at 2:30 p.m. “Let the Right One In” (2009) — Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. “A Single Man” (2010) — Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. “The Florestine Collection” (2011) — Aug. 26 at 2:30 p.m. “The Artist” (2012) — Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.


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Duo brings vibraphone-heavy tunes to town Charleston-based group Oh Ginger to play at Conundrum Music Hall on Wednesday Chloe Gould


It rings through the background of up-tempo pop hits and laces through smooth jazz rhythms as nothing more than an instrument in the line of percussion. It’s t he v ibraphone, like t he x ylophone or glockenspiel that outf itted the inside of your elementary school’s music room. And Oh Ginger, a Charleston-founded acoustic duo, has one mission in their music: to bring the vibraphone to the forefront. Oh Ginger will perform at Conundrum Music Hall, in their first east coast tour, Wednesday with N JETTY M and Jason Lescalleet. Michael Hanf, half of Oh Ginger, graduated from the College of Charleston in 2008 with a degree in music with a concentration in vibraphone. He’s always played folk and country music as a singer/songwriter, and he knew vibraphone wasn’t commonplace in either genre — really, more added background in percussion tracking. “I wanted to make it a real part of my music — like the guitar or mandolin,” Hanf said. “It’s an important instrument to get out there and no one else seems to be doing it right now.” Hanf met Lindsay Holler, the guitarist and covocalist of Oh Ginger, while he was at school in Charleston and the two began to casually play together as an acoustic group. But now, the band has stretched across the east coast all the way to New York. Hanf also plays the vibraphone in a Danish dance rock band called Hess is More which has played South by Southwest, Montreal Jazz Festival and a host of places in Turkey, Russia and Brazil. He’s also involved

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Lindsay Holler and Michael Hanf make up Oh Ginger. The acoustic duo will play at Conundrum Music Hall on Wednesday. in an experimental theater project in Pittsburg that will be touring France and Australia in the fall. Holler plays in Charleston-based group Matadero with musician Ron Wiltrout and is working on new music with the Western Polaroids. So between Danish dance rock and acoustic indie rock, where do the two strike their musical balance?

Similar music libraries and personal tastes have lent to a set stocked with both originals and covers that include Sonic Youth, Elvis and Radiohead. A favorite set signature is “Tonight You Belong to Me” from the 1979 Steve Martin movie “The Jerk.” They have eclectic tastes, but they share them. GINGER ● 7

Summer 2012 brings good, bad to theaters The Mix breaks down what films to see, which to avoid even on DVD Tyler Simpson


Summer is one of the hottest seasons for new releases, but not everything that hits theaters is worthy of your time and money. Here’s a look at the movies you should check out and the ones you shouldn’t even bother renting from Redbox.

Best movies 1. “Moonrise Kingdom” Everything that Wes Anderson has done so far has been leading up this. In his typical style, the acclaimed director presents an impossibly whimsical story about the realizations surrounding pre-teen love with a brilliant cast acting it out. With a colorful visual style and beautifully conceived cinematography, A nderson takes the audience to a brilliantly realized world with a captivating narrative and brings young talent to the screen. “Moonrise Kingdom” is not only the best fi lm of the summer, but the best fi lm of the year thus far.

2. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” proves that creativit y and a sense of imagination still exist in the movie industry today. In a movie about a young girl who is facing her own personal apocalypse, newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis

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Samuel Jackson plays Nick Fury in Joss Whedon’s star-studded film, “The Avengers.” deserves a standing ovation while director Benh Zeitlin makes a promising debut. Narrated through the curious eyes of a six-year-old girl, “Beasts” mixes fable magic with gritty surrealism in story that references multiple socioeconomic issues in our country.

3. “Bernie” Working again with “School of Rock” director Richard Linklater, Jack Black takes a break from his goofball roles and shows us he is above them. In this clever dark comedy based on a true story, Black plays Bernie Tiede, a Texas community leader who murders the town’s millionaire widow. Black is an absolute charmer in this role, portraying a man so likable that no one believes he could kill. With the townspeople expressing their fondness toward Bernie, Linklater allows a sweet sense of sincerity to fi ll the movie. I’m predicting a Golden Globe win for Black.

4. “The Avengers” Lots and lots of superheroes. That’s the basic synopsis for “The Avengers,” a movie with the potential to be a major disappointment despite its huge hype. But thanks to director Joss Whedon, it wasn’t. Beneath all the explosions and computer effects is a smart superhero film that is every comic book fan’s dream come true. “The Avengers” has substance, with a screenplay that expresses a sense of humanity and great direction that reflects Whedon’s own comic book love.

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GINGER ● Continued from 6 “We just like good songs,” Hanf said. Their musical pulls come from Ryan Adams and Gram Parsons, but there’s one duo that has defined the pair’s performances: bluegrass singer/ songwriters Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. The Americana, bluegrass background of the duo ties back into Hanf and Holler’s folk and country beginnings, but it’s the lower-key stage time that resonates with Oh Ginger. “A lot of work tends to be heavily orchestrated, but to just have t wo people on stage, it’s kind of amazing,” Hanf said. It’s the challenge of the “really epic, hard songs,” according to Hanf, that bring the acoustics and uniqueness of the vibraphone into play. Hanf said when the songs are played by a duo, it all “boils down to a really beautiful melody.” “With just the guitar, vibraphone and vocals, there is a lot of room for the music to breathe,” Hanf said. “There’s a lot more room for the audience to relate to us.” And, with the known risk of sounding cliché, Hanf said he hopes Oh Ginger’s

music “makes people feel less alone.” Oh Ginger is working on their third EP, the first two titled “Oh! Ginger” and “[ohginger].” With Hanf in New York and Holler in Charleston, there have been a lot of songs written via email, with solo performances and writing being pulled together as the one act. The group’s upcoming EP, due out next month, will include a full band with the hopes of a more hard rock arrangement. Hanf sees the two touring as both a full band and an acoustic duo, with the opportunity for stripped-down coffee house shows and larger-scale rock venues. Wednesday’s show will be the two’s first real string of performances, with Columbia holding the potential to be their big “claim to fame,” Hanf said. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit ohginger.bandcamp. com or

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Five Points isn’t lacking in the nightlife department, but 5 Points Pub is one of the only venues in that neighborhood that always caters to your live music needs. The club has hosted acts like Kopecky Family Band and William Beckett (formerly of The Academy Is...) and highlights local acts at least once a week. Frequent karaoke and open mic nights at the venue allow up-and-coming musicians to showcase their talents (and give daring less-talented singers a chance to belt out some disco tunes). And you don’t always have to be 21 to join in the fun


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MOVIES ● Continued from 6 a deep franchise that reflects his own philosophizing toward the essence of human nature, politics and sociology. And for “The Dark Knight Rises,” it works. The finale to the most thought-provoking superhero trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises” ends the series on a high note.

Worst movies 1. “That’s My Boy” It’s a wonder what went through Adam Sandler’s mind when he thought a school teacher seducing an adolescent and getting pregnant would be funny. Sure, Americans love crude, offensive humor, but there’s a big difference between offensive and mean-spirited. The movie is just a series of grossout scenes that don’t even demand a chuckle. This is no longer Sandler saying, “I’m trying.” This is him saying, “I’m embarrassing myself on purpose.”

2. “The Watch”

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When there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Well, not the team of Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill in what is the most disappointing comedy of the year so far. “The Watch” was supposed to be a fun, enjoyable film but ended up being a boring misfire in both comedy and sci-fi action. If Vaughn is starring in a movie, it’s safe to assume it will be a disappointment.

5. “Rock of Ages” It’s one t hing for actors to sing classic rock songs in the privacy of their homes or in a karaoke contest just like everybody else. It’s another thing to have to pay money to watch these actors enjoy some “celebrity karaoke” while the rest of us squirm in disgust. “Rock of Ages” not only had a completely generic, boring story line with clichés at every turn, but starred an uninspired pair of young actors ( Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta) that gave us nothing to root for. Same goes for the rest of the characters. Comments on this story? Visit

3 . “A b r a h a m L i n c o l n : Vampire Hunter” Just read the title. Silly, right? Well, that’s what it was supposed to be, just a silly film that didn’t take itself too seriously. I mean, it’s about former president Abraham Lincoln slaying vampires. But don’t let the silly title fool you, because the movie takes itself too seriously for such a ridiculous premise. The tone sucked out the potential for a fun film, and Timur Bekmambetov’s sluggish direction made things worse.

4. “Battleship” “Battleship” is basically the “Battle Los Angeles” of this year: you have the aliens invading Earth, overblown special effects and an R&B singer who needs to stick to what’s she is good at. With all the action and effects substituting for character development, a strong story and a decent script, Michael Bay could have directed this film. Director Peter Berg relies way too heavily on pretty faces and loud explosions to get the job done.

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Friday, August 17, 2012


Country, rock dominate local concert calendar Tin Roof, Colonial Life Arena attract national acts this fall Kristyn Winch


Need a break from homework and studying or looking for a way to kick back on the weekend? You don’t have to travel to Charlotte or Atlanta to hit up a hot concert. Check out these acts that are stopping in Columbia this fall.

Dierks Bentley at Tin Roof Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available online for $20 Tin Roof has been a concert hot spot for several years, with local and regional talent hitting the stage every Friday and Saturday night and drawing nationally recognized acts like Rick Springfield and Luke Bryan, who performed for a sold-out crowd last fall. Dierks Bentley, who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and the W hite House, will be bringing his country music stylings to the downtown venue for an outdoor concert on Tuesday. Tin Roof’s outdoor concerts are usually pretty packed, so get your tickets now to guarantee your spot in the lot.

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Dierks Bentley will stop in Columbia this week for an outdoor show at Tin Roof on Tuesday. Tickets are $20.

Friday, Nov. 30 Arguably the largest concert venue in Columbia, the Colonial Life Arena has brought big-name stars like Taylor Swift, Usher, Zac Brown Band, Drake and Red Hot Chili Peppers to local audiences. It is also the home of Gamecock basketball and attracts other touring entertainment, too, with past acts like the R ingling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, professional bull riding, Cirque du Soleil and several Disney On Ice tours. Next up on the arena’s bill? Country star Eric Church, famous for hits like “Guys Like Me,” “Love Your Love the Most,” “Drink in My Hand” and “Springsteen,” is bringing his Blood, Sweat and Beers tour to Columbia in November. Justin Moore and K ip Moore will be joining Church on the fall leg of the tour. Ticket sale date and prices have yet to be determined.

NEEDTOBREATHE with Parachute and Drew Holcomb at Township Auditorium Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $24.50 to $29.50 T he Tow n sh ip A ud itor iu m i s one of t he oldest concer t venues in Colu mbia. Bu ilt in 1930, the venue has hosted an array of talented performers t hroughout t he years f rom Br uce Springsteen and James Brown to Daughtry and Rage Against the Machine. Seneca, S.C., natives N EEDTOBR EATH E have played t he venue before and the Southern rockers are coming home with a stop at Township in September. Known for tracks like “Washed by the Water,” “Something Beaut if u l” a nd “Lay ‘Em Dow n,” t he g roup has won several Dove awards from the Gospel Music Association and receive a lot of airplay on

contemporary Christian radio. Alternative group Parachute and singer/songwriter Drew Holcomb will join the South Carolina rockers on tour. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or in person at the Township box office at 1703 Taylor St.

Pretty Lights with Eliot Lipp at Township Auditorium Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. All tickets are $32.50 Electronic act Pretty Lights (real name Derek Vincent Smith) played at Township in 2011 and is ret urning to t he M idlands t his fall on t he Illumination tour. Pretty Lights rose to fame on the festival circuit, most notably playing the 2010’s CONCERT ● 16

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O.A.R. will play the Pepsi Grandstand at the South Carolina State Fair in October. CONCERT ● Continued from 15 Coachella Valley Music and A rts Festival. Brooklyn-based electronic artist Eliot Lipp, will open for Pretty Lights on the tour. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or in person at the Township box office at 1703 Taylor St.

2012 Pepsi Grandstand at the South Carolina State Fair featuring Thompson Square with Colt Ford, Hot Chelle Rae with Allstar Weekend, O.A.R., Love Fellowship Choir featuring Hezekiah Walker, Boyz II Men, Newsboys with Building 429, Doobie Brothers, Jake Owen with Eli Young Band

best entertainment found in the city all year. Wit h past performances f rom t he Root s , Da r iu s Rucker and the Avett Brothers, the Pepsi Grandstand at the South Carolina St ate Fa ir has somet h i ng for all music tastes. This year will feature cou nt r y ac t s T homp son Squ a re and Eli Young Band, teen pop/rock favorites Hot Chelle Rae and Allstar Weekend, C h r ist ia n a nd gospel shows from Love Fellowship Choir and Newsboys, classic rock jam band Doobie Brothers and alternative rock from O.A.R. Tickets are available online now at Online purchases include fair gate admission.

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Oct. 10 to 21 Ticket prices range from $15 to $25 (admission to Love Fellowship Choir is free with fair gate admission) For t wo week s eac h O c tob er, South Carolina residents f lock to Columbia to stuff themselves with cotton candy and elephant ears, go for a ride on Crazy Mouse and the Ferris wheel and take in some of the

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Simpson votes against Ferrell film ‘Campaign’ Political comedy falls short of expectations Tyler Simpson


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Director: Jay Roach Starring: Will Ferrell , Zach Galifianakis Rating: R for sexual content, language and nudity Ch inese labor to work in Nor t h C a r ol i n a f ac t or ie s . E nt e r M a r t y Huggins (Zack Galifianakis), a naïve tourism center director who looks like he’s stepped out of a 1950s J.C. Penny catalog. He’s a bit of a small tow n prissypants, aiming to clean up the Washington, D.C., mess. To turn him into the viable political candidate, the Motch brothers hire ninja-like political expert Tim Watley (Dylan McDermott) to give Marty’s likability a complete overhaul. And he will need it, since Brady is not against using dirty tactics like claiming Marty is a member of Al-Queda and sleeping with Marty’s wife, often against the advice of his level-headed campaign manager ( Jason Sudeikis). For a movie that’s seemingly a satire of the American election process, there isn’t much satire within the comedy. T h e c o r e o f “ T h e C a m p a i g n’s ” comedy consists of increasingly absurd hostilities between Brady and Huggins that ridiculously result in an increase in their likability, from spite sex tapes to “hunting accidents.” The movie’s golden moment comes when Brady ac c ident a l ly pu nc he s a baby t h at Huggins was about to kiss. Swings are taken at the oxymoronic use of slogan-slinging and attack ads used in the American elections as well as how greed overpowers politics. But again, this is your average Will Ferrell comedy, so don’t expect it to be deep. The movie would be better if not for one key factor: the story, because,

b o r r ow i n g f r o m M a r t y Hu g g i n’s campaign slogan, “It’s a mess.” Screenw riters Ch ris Henchy and Shawn Harwell seem like they don’t know what to do with the story. There’s a n u neven f low bet ween all of t he absurdity and a couple of sentimental moments, like how t he campaign is affecting both candidates’ family life. Ferrell is just as f unny as always, but Brady isn’t as likable as Ferrell’s cha rac ters i n “A nchor ma n,” “Elf ” and “Talladega Nights.” There are sent iment al moment s where Brady reg ret s not spend i ng enough t i me with his son, but he comes off as an outspoken jerk that will do whatever it takes to win.


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Galifianakis is adorable but restrained as the simpleton Marty Huggins. The character does not allow the actor to go all out with the same amount of oafish likability he possessed in “The Hangover” and “Due Date.” T h is is f u n ny mater ia l t h at t he screenwriters are work ing with, but the deliverance just isn’t all there. This rendition of “Trading Places” meets “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” may deliver the laughs, but that doesn’t mean that story and characterization aren’t important too. Comments on this story? Visit

‘n’ roll sound.” The band looks to older ro ck ‘n’ rol l greats like the A llman Brothers, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones for inspiration, but their sou nd falls more i nto the easy-listening rock category with Southern ties. Ten Toes Up is a fourpie c e b a nd w it h t wo drummers. Percussion plays down the heaviness of established rock to create a more rhythmic sound, which is helped by a l it t le ha r mon ica and lyrics rooted in the South. “Most of ou r song s come f rom real-l ife experiences and most of us have spent our own lives here,” Craven said. “ We ’r e s o u t h e r n b y nature.” Ten Toes Up is touring from Washington, D.C., to Florida in a circuit centered i n tou r ist towns, where the band has the opportunity to pl ay for hu nd red s of d if ferent people w it h each performance. But with a new album, they’re gearing up for a farther-reaching list of gigs. The ba nd c u rrent ly has two recorded albums and one live disc and is work ing on t heir next l i v e C D, w h i c h w i l l be released before the end of this year. It will be t hei r f i rst a lbu m working with a big-name producer in Nashville. Ten Toes Up will play The Loose Cockaboose Saturday at 9 p.m.

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Zach Galifianakis (left) and Will Ferrell star as candidates vying for a North Carolina congressional seat in “The Campaign,” a political comedy that is in theaters now.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 17 JACOB JOHNSON, SIDE BY SIDE 7:30 p.m. doors / 8 p.m. show, $5 Conundrum Music Hall, 626 Meeting St.

BY THE BULL, KING MOUNTAIN 8:30 p.m., $5 over 21 / $8 under 21 New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St. HIP HOP IS ALIVE W/ YOUNG FAM, NARD DINERO AND MORE 9 p.m., $5 5 Points Pub, 2020 Devine St.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 “THE PALACE OF MOORISH KINGS” 8 p.m., $22.50 (half price student rush tickets available 15 minutes before curtain) Trustus Theatre, 520 Lady St. GALLERY TOUR: THE ART OF SEATING 1 p.m., free with admission or membership Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St. GOLDMINE FEATURING HERBIE JEFFCOAT AND NIKKI LEE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE RIVAL BROTHERS, THE VAGABOND UNION, ANDREW HELLIER 9 p.m., $6 5 Points Pub, 2020 Devine St.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19 VASABOO & FRIENDS 9 p.m., $5 over 21 / $8 under 21 New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St. GALLERY TOUR: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MUSEUM’S COLLECTION 2 p.m., free Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St.

MONDAY, AUGUST 20 “GET COCKY!: STUDENTS AND FANS OF GAMECOCK ATHLETICS” 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., free McKissick Museum, 816 Bull St. “TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBIT” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $18 (includes museum admission) South Carolina State Museum, 301 Gervais St.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 DIERKS BENTLEY 7 p.m., $20 Tin Roof, 1022 Senate St. TEN CAR PILE UP, HAWAIIAN SHIRT DAY, SURVEY SAYS, THE LAST SLICE 7 p.m., $5 over 21 / $8 under 21

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Friday, August 17, 2012

New retail, restaurants come to Midlands Grab barbecue, beauty products at recently opened establishments Kristyn Winch


Returning to campus means visiting your favorite restaurants and stores again. But this semester you may notice some new spots on the scene. Check out these new businesses that have cropped up in Columbia during the summer.


A new LOFT retail store, which is basically Ann Taylor’s edgier younger sister, opened in Trenholm Plaza in July. The store features LOF T’s “st yle closet,” a lounge containing the latest pieces from each season’s collection and ideas for personalizing style. The store will host another grand opening event in September.

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Frozen yogurt shops have been popping up all over the Midlands during the past few years and the demand for the sweet treat hasn’t slowed down yet.


Cola’s Restaurant in the Vista opened in June in a restored 1930s building that once housed cola bottling companies. Orange Leaf, a fro-yo franchise, opened a location in Five Points in late April, right in the middle of fi nals week. The shop has a vibe reminiscent of local fro-yo establishments like Main Street’s Yoghut and the Vista’s Tutti Frutti with fl avors rotating on a daily basis and a topping bar stocked with add-ons like shredded coconut, fresh fruit, waffle cone pieces and name-brand candy favorites. Though the walls are painted in a Clemson Tigers hue, Gamecocks will still like stopping by for some tasty frozen yogurt.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Considering that Dickey’s Barbecue Pit markets itself as “the world’s largest barbecue franchise,” it was only a matter of time before the chain set up shop in Columbia. The Southern food joint’s fi rst restaurant opened in 1941, so it’s pretty clear that Dickey’s has perfected its special take on barbecue. The chain opened a location in Sparkleberry Square in June.

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The mural depicting a couple raising glasses with the words “‘Here’s to ... American Cooking’” has graced the Vista for nearly a year, and the longabandoned building on Assembly Street has opened its doors at last. Cola’s restaurant and bar opened downtown in June and has been dishing up delectable meals ever since. The eatery is owned and operated by Jeff Balish, whose family owns the Italian fine dining restaurant Garibaldi Cafe in Five Points. The restaurant is located in a restored 1930s building that formerly housed the Chero, Nehi and RC Cola bottling companies. Cola’s unique menu offerings include lamb meatballs and potato dumplings, pecan butter sweet potatoes, pulled pork BBQ eggrolls, lobster mac and cheese and “Bloody Mary” oysters.


Stocking brands used by Hollywood’s top models and actresses, Sephora is one of the nation’s top makeup stores. You don’t have to travel far to get your beauty fi x anymore, though. Sephora opened t wo locations in Columbia this summer with a stand-alone store in Columbiana Center on Harbison Boulevard and a makeup counter inside JC Penny in the Village at Sandhills. Sephora carries products by Smashbox, Philosophy, Urban Decay, Too Faced, Tarte, Bumble and Bumble, Dior, Nars and many more.

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SHAW NUFF Junior quarterback prepares for first full season under center Rixon Lane



hen Connor Shaw a r r ived i n Colu mbia in the spring of 2010, most assumed that the young signal-caller from Flower y Branch, Ga., would one day take over the offense from then-junior Stephen Garcia. Few, however, would have ever guessed the sequence of events that would unfold before Shaw could finally claim the starting spot for good. A failed comeback attempt on the road at Auburn, a shaky start against East Carolina and eight victories later, there is no doubt who is in control of the Gamecock offense. As a freshman, Shaw was thrown


into the fi re on the plains of Auburn with South Carolina looking to avoid their first loss of 2010. Relieving a t u rnover-prone G arcia, Shaw marched the Gamecocks down the f ield t wice, but t hrew t wo drivek illing intercept ions as USC fell 35-27, an experience Shaw called “disappointing.” Garcia reclaimed the starting spot two weeks later as USC upset top-ranked Alabama, ending any thoughts of a quarterback controversy. Shaw won the starting job entering the 2011 season, but a rock y first quarter against East Carolina sent the sophomore to the bench until the Kentucky game. Shaw’s performance against the Wildcats led USC to a

54-3 victory and when Garcia was booted from the team the following week, Shaw took over the offense. The Gamecocks went on to win six of their next seven contests solidifying Shaw as the starter. Shaw’s play improved as the season progressed, especially after Garcia’s dismissal from the squad, a fact not lost on head coach Steve Spurrier. “Sometimes when the quarterback knows he’s the guy, he plays a little bit better,” Spurrier said. “Connor played very well in the final four games.” Shaw has been able to do what no q u a r t e r b ac k h a s do ne s i nc e Spurrier became the head coach at South Carolina: draw consistently

positive reviews from the Head Ball Coach, who has built a reputation for switching quarterbacks at the drop of a visor. “We didn’t have that real consistent game-after-game quarterbacking,” Spurrier said. “Connor is a guy who when a play breaks down, he can run for the first down.” Shaw’s legs were on display plenty last season, including his first start against archrival Clemson. Against the eventual ACC champions, Shaw scurried for 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He also passed for 210 yards and a trio of touchdowns on an SHAW ● 2


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SHAW ● Continued from 1 efficient 14-20 passing evening. Shaw’s accuracy through the air has been one of his more enduring qualities in his time at USC. He has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for the Gamecocks and currently stands as the most accurate passer in school history. Shaw’s ability to avoid the big mistake through the air has allowed him to rely less on his mobility. He has made a concentrated effort to remain in the pocket and look downfield, instead of looking to do damage with his legs. “I’m not going to take my legs away from me, because I think that is a key asset to my abilities,” Shaw said, “but I am defi nitely going to rely more on my arm than my legs.” Having Shaw under center will undoubtedly aid the Gamecock air attack, but USC will likely continue their trend of leaning on the rushing at tack , especially w it h t he ret u r n of ju n ior running back Marcus Lattimore, who missed the second half of last season with a torn ACL. Adding a formidable defense, led by Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor, means the Gamecocks will be expected to contend for the SEC Eastern Division title and a berth in the conference championship game. “We have a pretty good team this year, and we’ve had a good offseason,” Shaw said. “We have high expectations and feel pretty confident that we can achieve them.” The Gamecocks have had just t wo seasons of double-digit wins in their program’s history, which began in 1892. USC fi nished 10-2 in 1984, the most successful season in school history at t hat t ime, t hen t urned around and went 5- 6 the following season. This year’s squad hopes to avoid such a slide. With Shaw under center, t he G a mecock s have t hei r most consistent signal-caller in recent memory, which gives USC fans reason for optimism as the 2012 campaign approaches. I f t he G a mecock s do ach ieve t hei r goa ls this year, much of the credit may go to their quarterback’s concentration and focus. “Connor is a little different, and our whole style of offense is different than in years past,” Spurrier said. “He doesn’t have a lot of outside interest other than to be the best quarterback he can to help our team win games, be successful and hopefully win the SEC.”

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After replacing Stephen Garcia midway through 2011, Shaw led the Gamecocks to a 6-1 record to finish the year.

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Sit t i n g i n h i s s p a c iou s of f ic e overlooking Carolina Stadium, smiling and leaning back his chair, it’s easy to get the impression that Chad Holbrook doesn’t realize the task that has been set before him. True, he’s been handed the keys to arguably the most successful college baseball program in the past decade, and yes, the cupboard of talent is far from empty. But Holbrook isn’t just the new coach. He’s the coach that’s replacing THE coach. H is new boss, Ray Tanner, just happens to be the most successf ul coach in not only USC baseball history, but school h istor y. Fou r nat ional championship appearances, two titles, countless memories. It’s a shadow that is impossible to escape. But Holbrook refuses to be overcome by the shadow. In fact, he embraces it. “Even t hough he’s our at hlet ics director and not our baseball coach,” H o l b r o o k s a i d o f Ta n n e r, “ h i s fingerprints are going to be all over this program. This program is still his in

so many aspects, and it’s going to be a program that he is going to be proud of for a long time.” Tanner officially became the new athletics director at USC on a Friday, July 13, and it was quickly announced that the new head baseball coach would be announced the following Monday, July 16. It was, perhaps, the worst kept secret in Columbia that Holbrook would be the man to take the job. “It was a whirlwind,” Holbrook said of that time. “That weekend was a long one. I couldn’t sleep. I just reflected on how fortunate I am to work at a great program, for a great president, at a great university and with great players.” Holbrook is taking over the reins at South Carolina, but he spent the majority of his life at another Carolina, the one in Chapel Hill, where he played from 1990 to 1993 before spending the next fifteen years on the Tar Heels coaching staff. Holbrook said that despite his years with UNC, he never allowed himself to worry about what the future would hold. “I just thought about working that day,” he said. “That’s something I learned from my dad [Eddie Holbrook, former head men’s basketball coach at Gardner-Webb and Furman]. We all have a dream, but if you consume yourself with that dream, you won’t do

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Holbrook says he will likely give up his spot in the third-base coaching box in 2012. your current job as well as you could.” Now t hat he is t he head coach, Holbrook will be faced with many new decisions to make. One will be if he will remain in the third base coaching box, where he has been for each of South Carolina’s past three runs to Omaha. Holbrook said he thinks he’ll move to the dugout, but that nothing has been decided yet. “I want [pitching coach Jerry] Myers to knock on the door and tell me he wants me in the dugout,” Holbrook said. “That would make my job a lot easier. But Coach Tanner educated me on this, there’s too much going on during a course of the game to be coaching third. You have to be extremely cognizant of what’s going on during the game, and I’m just not that smart.” Holbrook will be in a unique situation, as this will be the first time since 2010 that the Gamecock team will not be defending a national title. Even though

the 2012 season did not end with a dogpile in Omaha, Holbrook refuses to view the year as a disappointment. “We lost to a great team that was playing at a very high level,” Holbrook said of the championship series against Arizona. “As a coach, you take great pride in the fact that your team played as well as they could have.” South Carolina’s new coach also said he will not judge seasons by whether the Gamecocks return to Columbia with hardware. “Our fans may not want to hear it, but our season’s success will never be judged by whether we win the national championship,” Holbrook said. “There are an awful lot of baseball programs that have won at the highest level that have never won a national championship, much less played for one. We’ve played for three in three years. We’re proud of

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Fall sports ramp up for new season FOOTBALL: August 30th – @ Vanderbilt September 8th – vs. East Carolina September 15th – vs. UAB September 22nd – vs. Missouri September 29th – @ Kentucky October 6th – vs. Georgia October 13th – @ LSU October 20th – @ Florida October 27th – vs. Tennessee November 10th – vs. Arkansas November 17th – vs. Wofford November 24th – @ Clemson

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Gamecock Invitational: (Columbia, SC) August 24th – vs. Temple, vs. Akron August 25th – vs. East Tennessee State, vs. UNC Asheville The Mason Inn Patriot Invitational: (Fairfax, VA) September 1st – vs. West Virginia, vs. George Mason September 2nd – vs. Navy, vs. Niagara Carolina Clash: (Columbia, SC) September 7th – vs. Clemson September 8th – vs. UAB, vs. Winthrop September 14th – vs. Georgia September 16th – vs. LSU September 21st – @ Auburn September 23rd – @ Tennessee September 28th – vs. Florida September 30th – vs. Ole Miss October 5th – @ Texas A&M October 7th – @ LSU October 12th – vs. Alabama October 16th – @ Coastal Carolina October 19th – @ Mississippi State October 21st – @ Ole Miss October 26th – vs. Auburn October 28th – vs. Texas A&M November 2nd – @ Missouri November 4th – @ Kentucky November 9th – vs. Mississippi State November 11th – vs. Tennessee November 16th – @ Alabama November 18th – @ Florida November 23rd – vs. Arkansas

WOMEN’S SOCCER: August 17th – @ Milwaukee August 19th – @ Minnesota August 23rd – vs. Mercer August 26th – vs. Jacksonville September 1st – vs. Clemson September 9th – vs. East Carolina September 14th – vs. Mississippi State September 16th – vs. Missouri September 21st – @ Texas A&M September 23rd – @ Arkansas September 28th – @ Auburn September 30th – @ Vanderbilt October 5th – vs. Tennessee October 7th – vs. Georgia October 12th – vs. LSU October 14th – vs. Ole Miss October 19th – @ Kentucky October 21st – @ Alabama October 25th – vs. Florida

MEN’S SOCCER: August 24th – vs. College of Charleston Gamecock Classic: (Columbia, SC) August 31st – vs. St. John’s September 2nd – vs. Northwestern USF Tournament: (Tampa, FL) September 6th – vs. USF September 8th – vs. Florida Gulf Coast September 12th – @ Charlotte September 18th – vs. Clemson September 21st – @ Tulsa September 24th – @ SMU September 29th – vs. Florida International October 7th – vs. UCF October 10th – vs. UAB October 13th – @ Marshall October 17th – vs. Wofford October 20th – vs. Memphis October 24th – vs. Coastal Carolina October 27th – @ Wake Forest November 4th – @ Kentucky

EQUESTRIAN: September 29th - vs. Oklahoma State October 4th - vs. Auburn November 2nd - @ Georgia November 16th - @ Texas A&M November 17th - @ Baylor November 18th - @ SMU (Hunt Seat)

CROSS COUNTRY: Gamecock Invitational: Columbia, SC August 31 @ Hilton Field in Fort Jackson Vanderbilt Pre-SEC Invitational: Nashville, TN September 15 @ Percy Warner Park Charlotte Invitational: Charlotte, NC September 28 @ McAlpine Park Queens Royal Challenge: Charlotte, NC October 12 @ McAlpine Park NCAA Preview Meet: Lousiville, KY October 13 @ E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park

WOMEN’S GOLF: Cougar Classic: Hanahan, SC September 9th-11th @ Yeamans Hall Club NCAA Fall Preview: Athens, GA October 5th-7th @ Georgia Golf Course Tar Heel Invitational: Chapel Hill, NC October 12th-14th @ UNC Finley Golf Course The Landfall Tradition: Wilmington, NC October 26th-28th @ Country Club of Landfall Nicklaus Course

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Eight football players worth watching in 2012 Rixon Lane


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The Gamecocks begin the 2012 football campaign on Aug. 30 at Vanderbilt. After a school-record 11 victories last season, the Gamecocks are hoping to build on last year’s success and make their second trip to the SEC Championship game in three years. South Carolina has never won an SEC title, but the Gamecocks have won 20 games in the past two seasons, have no controversy at the quarterback position and have a Heisman-caliber running back returning to the lineup. USC could also make Steve Spurrier the winningest football coach in school history with ten victories this season. While most eyes will be focused on Connor Shaw, Marcus Lattimore and Jadeveon Clowney, here are eight players who could also be key contributors this season.

Spur — Redshirt Sophomore

Shon Carson

Tailback — Redshirt Freshman

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Carson registered two carries against East Carolina in his freshman season before tearing his ACL on his only carry versus Georgia, ending his year. Carson received a medical redshirt and could be part of a platoon of running backs to get carries this year. Carson was a two-sport standout at Lake City High School, where he excelled at football and baseball. He became just t he t hird high school player in state history to score 100 career touchdowns, joining former Gamecock running back Demetris Summers and current teammate Marcus Lattimore. Carson rehabbed his knee throughout the spring and should see additional touches this fall.

Phillip Dukes

Defensive Tackle — Redshirt Freshman

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Golightly split time at Spur and strong safety last season, playing in the fi nal 12 contests of the year. He was used mostly on special teams, and recorded two tackles against Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. He enters the fall behind DeVonte Holloman at the Spur position. Golightly, a native of Decatur, Ga., played safety at Southwest DeKalb High School, where he fi nished his senior campaign with 113 tackles and two interceptions. An original commitment to Vanderbilt, Golightly could see action at several secondar y positions, especially when the Gamecocks go against pass-happy offenses like East Carolina and SEC-newcomer Missouri.

Victor Hampton

Cornerback — Redshirt Sophomore

Hampton is expected to step into a starter’s role this season, possibly to replace Stephon Gilmore. Hampton is one of USC’s more physical cornerbacks and could also be a kick returner for the Gamecocks this year. He was named the winner of the Everyday Attitude and Hustle Award at the spring game, along with wide receiver and fellow kick returner Br uce Elling ton. Hampton played in 10 games last season, recording 14 tackles and one interception, as well as returning seven kickoffs. Hampton was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio following his senior year at Darlington High School.

Du kes enters t he fall t h ird on t he depth chart behind Kelcy Quarles and Gerald Dixon Jr. Dukes was a Shrine Bowl defensive l i nema n at Ma n n i ng High School, where he led his team to the Class A A Lower State finals in his senior season. Dukes also played in the Offense-Defense All-American Game and was rated the fifth-best player in South Carolina by In his prep career, Dukes registered 289 tackles, 29 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and eight blocked kicks. South Carolina’s defensive ends will get the majority of the spotlight, but Dukes could be a steady presence on the interior line.

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Shamier Jeffery

Wide Receiver — Redshirt Freshman Jeffery has a chance to work himself into the rotation after redshirting last season. At 6 feet 1 inch, Jeffery is one of the taller receivers on USC’s roster. The Saint Matthews, S.C., native could help draw attention away from USC’s trio of Ace Sanders, Bruce Ellington and Damiere Byrd. As a wide receiver and quarterback at Calhoun County High School, Rivals. com rated Jeffery as the 13th-best player in the state. Jeffery played in both the Shrine Bowl and the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl following his senior year. USC fans hope he will follow in the footsteps of his older brother, former Gamecock A ll-A merican and current Chicago Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery.

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Drew Owens

Tight End â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Redshirt Freshman

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Owens injured his k nee on a touchdown reception during the spring game, which required surgery. The tallest Gamecock tight end at 6 feet 6 inches, Owens could work himself into the rotation if his knee holds out. With the Gamecocks targeting the tight ends more, Owens could see passes coming his way, especially in the red zone. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Owens was rated the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13th-best prospect by Rivals. com. As a senior, Owens snagged 25 catches for 524 yards, including five touchdown receptions. Justice Cunningham and Rory Anderson were the main tight ends last year, but Owens could find himself in the mix if his rehab is successful.

Jared Shaw

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Shaw was the story of spring practice, as the walk-on made his name known with several impressive scrimmages. A former transfer from Newberry College, Shaw could see time at safety or cornerback if the Gamecocks get in a pinch. Shaw was honored as one of USCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five Outstanding Walk-Ons at the 2011 spring game, but he left the team in August after suffering a concussion and having his appendix removed. After rejoining the squad in the spring, Shaw was named the Most Improved Cornerback at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring game. If USC has injuries in the secondary, Shaw might see the first extensive action of his Gamecock career.

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Thompson will likely be one Connor Shaw heartbeat away from the being the starting quarterback in 2012. Thompson solidified his spot as the backup during the spring and was named as one of the recipients of USCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Most Improved Quarterback award, along with Seth Strickland. Thompson played in four games last season, including Kentucky, when he rushed for an 8-yard touchdown, and Arkansas, where he went 2-2 for 17 yards after Shaw was knocked out of the game. He was also named to the Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll last season. Thompson was a Shrine Bowl selection following his senior year at Boiling Springs High School.


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Key Gamecock athletes work toward titles Rixon Lane


Bradlee Baladez Midfield/Forward — Junior

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Baladez helped lead the Gamecocks to the NCA A tournament last season, scoring a team-high seven goals. The Dallas, Texas, native also posted f ive assists on the year and led the squad in shots, shots on goal and points. He was awarded the Brian Winstead Award last season, which goes to the team’s offensive M V P. He w a s a l s o n a m e d a n A l lConference USA First Team selection. Baladez has started ever y game since arriving in Columbia and helped USC defeat Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in his freshman year by scoring the game-winning golden goal.


While plenty of eyes will be focused on the Gamecock football team, USC’s other varsity sports are also looking to bring titles back to Columbia. Here are eight USC athletes who are hoping to lead their squads to championships during the 2012-13 seasons:


Evan Beal

Pitcher — Sophomore


Ben Barnette Sophomore


Barnette went undefeated in dualmatch play as a freshman, posting a 5-0 record as the No. 6 player in the order. He also went 3-2 in double play during the fall of 2011, as he and partner Kyle Koch advanced to the quarterfinals of the A bracket at the UNC-Wilmington Col leg iate I nv it at iona l. Bar net te, a for mer Spar t a nbu rg H igh School standout, ended his prep career with a record of 106-5 and went 20-1 as the No. 1 singles player his senior year. He was named an all-state selection four times and helped lead the Vikings to five regional titles in six seasons.

Beal was one of South Carolina’s most used relief pitchers in 2012, making 28 appearances. The Virginia native finished the season with a 4-4 record and an earned run average of 3.81 in 52 innings of work. Beal earned his first career victory against Clemson, tossing four innings of relief and allowing just two runs while striking out five. He also pitched a season-high five innings against Arizona in game one of the national championship series. Beal was selected in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals. Baseball America named Beal the No. 2 best high school prospect in Virginia.


Lindsey Craft

Defensive Specialist — Junior

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Meredith Swanson Senior

C r a f t p l a y e d i n 23 m at c he s a s a s o p h o m o r e a n d 17 a s a f r e s h m a n . Last season, she posted 11 digs versus Kent uck y, as well as 14 digs and t wo assists in a road match against LSU. In her freshman season, she recorded 22 digs and her first career kill against BYU. Craft was named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll i n each of her f irst t wo seasons at USC. A native of Alpharetta, Ga., Craft played at Chattahoochee High School, where she was named to the 5A All-Georgia First Team and helped her team advance to the state fi nal four in her sophomore and senior years. Courtesy of South Carolina Athletics


Elizabeth Sinclair Midfielder — Junior

Sinclair, who was named a captain for the 2012 season, has played in all 48 matches since arriving in Columbia. Sinclair started all 23 matches as a defensive midfielder last season and averaged 87 minutes per game. She has logged over 2,000 minutes in each of the past two seasons. The St. Louis native was a key contributor to South Carolina’s success, as the Gamecocks ended the season as the top defensive team in the SEC. Sinclair will help lead a squad that was ranked No. 24 in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Sinclair was also named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in 2010.


Damien Leonard Guard — Sophomore

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Leonard played in all 31 games last season, earning 20 starts on the year. He averaged 21 minutes per game as a freshman and led the team in 3-pointers made and attempted. Leonard shot 31.6 percent from beyond the arc. Leonard also recorded 14 steals on the year and averaged 6.8 points per game. At J.L. Mann High School, Leonard was rated as the No. 22 shooting guard in the country, according to R, and was touted as one of t he best perimeter shooters in the country. Leonard shot 42 percent from 3-point range as a high school senior and averaged 22.4 points per game in his senior season.


Aleighsha Welch Forward — Sophomore

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Welch was named to t he SEC A llFreshman Team after leading the Gamecocks in rebounds a team-high 16 games last season. Welch averaged 7.0 rebounds per game in the NCAA Tournament to lead the Gamecocks in that categor y. In the Sweet Sixteen matchup against second-ranked Stanford, Welch pulled down a career-high 12 boards, including eight on the offensive glass. Welch helped lead Goose Creek High School to its first-ever women’s basketball state title in her junior season, where she netted 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the championship game. Welch was named Miss Basketball after her senior year for the Gators


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Swanson fi nished the 2011-12 season with a stroke average of 76.03, good for fourth on the team. She posted her first career top-10 fi nish at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and finished her season at the NCAA Championship, where she ended tied for 59th with a 72-hole total of 300. Swanson helped lead the Gamecocks to a fifth place finish at the NCA A Championship. A native of Roanoke, Va., Swanson was a two-time firstteam all-state selection at Hidden Valley High School, where she was also a two-time team captain. Swanson holds the women’s course record at Roanoke Country Club with a 66, which she scored at the age of 15.

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Tanner trading one uniform for another Former head baseball coach now leading school’s athletics programs Rixon Lane


Ray Tanner brought two national championships to South Carolina’s baseball program. Now he’s hoping to oversee the success of all the university’s athletics. Ta n ner, who spent 16 sea son s turning the Gamecocks into arguably one of t he top baseball teams in the country, was announced as the school’s new athletics director on July 13 by USC President Harris Pastides. Tanner stepped away from a coaching career that spanned more than three decades, including 25 years as a head coach. While Tanner won’t be putting on the uniform anymore, he is happy t hat accept ing his new job didn’t require a change in colors. “I had always hoped that, once my coaching career was over, I would get an opportunit y to remain at USC in athletic administration,” Tanner said. “The opportunit y presented itself with [former USC Athletics Director] Eric Hyman going to Texas A&M, and with the support of Dr. Pastides and the board, it just worked out great. I’m honored and humbled that I get to stay at this university.” Tanner solidified his spot as one

of the premier coaches in college ba seba l l du r i ng h is tenu re w it h t he G amecock s. Under Ta n ner’s g u ida nce, USC won, in addit ion to t wo nat ional t it les, t hree SEC championships, won six SEC Eastern division crowns, made the NCA A Tournament 13 consecutive years and made six trips to the College World Ser ie s. Ta n ner a lso took Sout h Ca rol i na to fou r nat iona l championship appearances. Although Tanner believed he still could have coached for several more years, the timing of the job opening was too good to pass up. “I had just finished my 25th year as a head coach and I felt like I had some good years left,” Tanner said, “but I felt that the timing was good. Certainly there are going to be days that I’ll miss baseball, but I’m excited about the opportunity to work with athletics.” Tanner nearly lef t t he game of baseball as a t hree-t ime nat ional champion, but his Gamecocks fell just short of capturing a third consecutive title. The success of the program was encouraging but made the decision to walk away from the game ver y challenging. “ It wa s d i f f ic u lt , b ec au se ou r baseball program has been really, really good in the past few years,” Ta n n e r s a i d . “ S o , f r o m t h a t standpoint, it was ver y dif f icult. I’m going to miss the camaraderie

of being with the players and the coaches, but, at the same time, I’m excited about the opportunity to head 20 sports instead of one.” With Tanner now overseeing the entire athletics program, the job of head baseball coach will fall to former associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Chad Holbrook. The hiring was Tanner’s fi rst official move as athletics director and was an easy decision for the new AD. “I don’t think our baseball program will miss a beat,” said Tanner. “Coach Holbrook is one of t he best head coaches in the country and one of the best recruiters in the country. The transition should be seamless and you can expect the baseball program to remain successful.” W h i le Ta n ner, who beg a n h is coaching career as an assistant for N.C. State in 1980, has an undeniable passion for the sport of baseball, there are things that he’s glad are in the past. “I’m probably not goi ng to be missing getting off that bus at 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning after a road trip,” laughed Tanner. “There are peaks and valleys in coaching, but I know there will be peaks and valleys as director of athletics as well. There will be parts of baseball that I miss, but there will also be parts that I won’t miss.” Tanner’s new job, which he officially began on Aug. 2, will include many


Tanner was a head coach at N.C. State before coming to South Carolina in 1996. new challenges. However, according to Tanner, the hardest adjustment has had nothing to do with facilities or coaches or players. “Getting accustomed to the new uniform, which has a necktie, that’s probably been the hardest part of the job so far,” Tanner said. “My old uniform didn’t have a necktie.”

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Frequently Asked Questions about USC sports Gamecock Jesus, Martin among people to know Rixon Lane


No one wa nt s to b e t h at p e r s o n w ho do e s n’t k now t he answer to the big sports question. Similarly, no one wa nt s to be t he st udent who doe sn’t know the answer to a USC sports question. Of cou rse, it ca n be embarrassing to admit that you’re clueless as to who George Rogers is or what SEC stands f or. But ne v e r f e a r, w e’r e h e r e t o h e l p . Here are some FAQs for USC sports:

How good can the football team be this year? H istor ic a l ly good, if ever y t hing goes t heir way. On paper, t h i s i s p o s s ib l y t he m o s t t a le nt e d t e a m i n s c h o o l h i s t o r y. USC has a formidable defensive line, a He i s m a n c o nt e nd e r at r u n n i ng back a nd a smart, accurate quarterback. However, t he G amecock s have a br ut al schedu le, wh ich cou ld derail a magical season. If the tea m fa lter s u nder t he expectat ions and lets their guard down at a ny p oi nt du r i ng t he year, USC cou ld st u mble to a n 8 - 4 record. I f t hey cl ick on all cylinders, there could be nat ional title talk in Columbia around Thanksgiving.

Will Frank Martin save the basketball team? It depends on your ex pectat ions. If you believe t hat USC s h o u l d b e a t o p -25 team and a conference t it le contender, you also probably bel ieved t hat Avat a r wa s a do c u ment a r y. However, if you expect the Gamecocks to post winning records and be a bubble team for the NC A A t ou r n a ment , Mart in can probably make that happen in a few years. His fi rst few seasons may be rough, but Martin seems like a g uy who cou ld get the program going in the right direction.

Who is the long-haired guy with the flag at the basketball games? T hat is G a mecock Jesus, a nd he is who you shou ld aspire to be. He is unwavering i n h is suppor t a nd has been a f ixt ure at USC sporting events, specifically men’s and w o m e n’s b a s k e t b a l l and baseball, as long as anyone can remember. H is na me is Carlton Thompson and he graduated from USC in 1980 with a degree i n nu r si ng. He i s loud, passionate a nd ever y thing a true Gamecock fan should be.

Is the baseball the only sport that USC has won a national championship in? The Gamecocks have t wo baseball national titles, but they are not the only ones USC has captured. The women’s track and field team won the national championship in 2002 a nd t he equest r ia n tea m won nat iona l championships in 20 05 a nd 20 07. T he equestrian team has also won the Hu nt S e at Nat ion a l Championsh ip t h ree t imes, in 20 05, 20 06 and 2007. FAQ ● 15


HOLBROOK ● Continued from 2 where our program is.” Along with his former position of associate head coach, Holbrook also served as the team’s recruiting coordinator for the past four years. He plans on staying active on the recruiting trail despite his new job. Although the program is currently on an unprecedented run in school history, Holbrook said that this is no time to think that the school will recruit itself. “If you take that attitude and that approach, you’re going to set yourself up for disappointment,” Holbrook said. “We have to get out there and recruit as if we’re trying to win our fi rst national championship or our first trip to Omaha.” While it may take USC fans some time to get used to seeing No. 2 carrying out the lineup card instead of No. 1, Holbrook hopes that duty will fall to him for many years to come. “This is a dream job,” Holbrook said of his new role of head coach. “I don’t want to work anywhere else. I hope this is my last job and I’m going to work as hard as I can every day to ensure that this is my last job.”

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Tanner McEvoy transferring after legal trouble Reserve quarterback fell to fourth string during camp

wish Tanner all the best as he continues his collegiate career elsewhere,” Spurrier said in an official press release from the school. McEvoy was ar rested by a Mecklenburg County sheriff’s deputy in late July in Charlotte, N.C., but posted $250 bail and was released. He was suspended from team activities by Spurrier, but was reinstated after a meeting with new athletics director Ray Tanner. “We’ve got a lot of quarterbacks here, and personally I believe that was the best thing for him to do because Dylan has come along very nicely and Connor has another year,” Spurrier said a day after McEvoy’s transfer was announced. “Quarterbacks transfer all the time. I think it’s the best opportunity for him so I hope it works out for him.” A former standout at Bergen Catholic High School in New Jersey, McEvoy spent his first three high school seasons as a wide receiver before switching to

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South Carolina quarterback Tanner McEvoy has decided to continue his football career somewhere new. The redshirt freshman’s transfer was announced by head coach Steve Spurrier, and came just over a week after McEvoy was arrested for speeding and driving after consuming alcohol as a minor. The 19-year -old McEvoy entered fall practice as USC’s fourth-string quarterback after redshirting during the 2011 season. McEvoy was listed behind starter Connor Shaw and was competing with Dylan Thompson, Seth Strickland and Andrew Clifford for the backup quarterback position. McEvoy played in the spring game and completed eight of 12 passes for 132 yards. “The Gamecock coaching staff and I

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quarterback in his senior year. In his only season under center, McEvoy threw for 2,264 yards and 32 touchdowns. The Hillsdale, N.J., native also gained 1,196 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns that season. According to, McEvoy also received offers from 15 other schools, including Boston College, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, North Carolina and Vanderbilt, before choosing to sign with the Gamecocks. If McEvoy decides to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision institution, he would have to sit out a year per NCAA rules. However, if he decides to attend a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division 1-A A) school, he would be eligible to play right away. W it h McEvoy ’s depa r t u re, t he Gamecocks now have six quarterbacks on t he roster: Shaw; T hompson; Strickland; Clifford; Austin Hails, a walk-on who joined the squad last fall and was redshirted last season; and

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McEvoy played quarterback for just one year in high school and redshirted in 2011. Brendan Nosovitch, a true freshman from Pennsylvania who holds the state high school record for total yards in a career.

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Friday, August 17, 2012


Gamecocks fall just short in Omaha Baseball finishes 2nd at CWS after 3 straight trips Rixon Lane


South Carolina’s bid for a third consecutive national championship came up just short this summer. USC made their third trip to the national championship series in as many years, but t he Gamecock s fell to the Arizona Wildcats in two games. T he G a me co c k s ret u r ned to Omaha with an NCA A-record 21game postseason win streak on the line. USC’s fi rst foe at the College World Series was a familiar one. The Gamecocks k nocked off the top - seeded F lor id a G ator s 7-3 behind Michael Roth’s 6.1 innings of work. The victory set up another all-SEC matchup, this time with the Arkansas Razorbacks. Against the Razorbacks, USC’s bats fell silent. Arkansas’ pitching staff limited the Gamecock lineup

to ju st fou r h it s a nd t he Hog s snapped USC’s record st reak at 22 postseason victories. The loss sent the Gamecocks to the losers’ bracket , wh i le A rk a nsas moved one game away from reaching the championship series. In an elimination game against Kent State, t he Gamecocks sent Roth to the hill again to keep USC’s season alive. The senior responded with a complete game, two-hitter, as USC prevailed 4 -1 to ex tend their stay in Omaha. Roth retired the fi nal 22 batters he faced, as the Gamecocks advanced to a rematch with Arkansas that evening. I n t he i r s e c o nd e l i m i n at io n contest of the day, USC survived once aga i n, k nock i ng of f t he Razorbacks 2-0. Freshman Jordan Montgomery, making his fi rst career start in Omaha, struck out six and walked only one, as he and Matt Price combined to limit Arkansas to just three hits. South Carolina became t he t hird team in CWS histor y to win t wo full games in the same day, and the first since

Holy Cross defeated both Western M ichigan and Penn State in t he same day in 1952. With a trip to the championship series on the line the following night, South Carolina came up with their third win in 36 hours, a 3-2 victory over Arkansas. Tyler Webb tossed four innings of scoreless relief and Matt Price picked up his fifth career victor y in Omaha to become the winningest pitcher in CWS history. The w in set up a championsh ip series between the Gamecocks and the Arizona Wildcats of the Pac-12 Conference. In game one, the Wildcats chased Gamecock starter Forrest Koumas f rom t he mou nd a f ter ju st 2.1 innings and opened up a 4-0 lead in the fi rst five innings before winning 5-1. South Carolina’s hitters had no answer for Arizona pitcher Konner Wade, who went the distance for



the Wildcats. The loss was the fi rst one suffered by USC in the national championship since the title game shifted to the best-of-three format. For the fi rst time since 2002, the Gamecocks dropped an elimination game at the CWS, as Arizona won game two 4-1 to claim the national championship. The Wildcats used a t hree-r un nint h inning to put t he game out of reach. M ichael Roth, making his fi nal start for the Gamecocks, went 6.2 innings and ended his CWS career as the recordholder for t he most innings and most starts as a pitcher. Roth, centerfielder Evan Marzilli and fi rst baseman Christian Walker were named to the All-Tournament team.

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Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes 2012 class New inductees to be honored at USC-UAB football game on Sept. 15 Rixon Lane


The University of South Carolina’s Athletic Hall of Fame will welcome seven new inductees this year. The South Carolina Lettermen’s Association a n nou nc e d e a rl ier t h i s mont h t h at s e ve n indiv iduals w ill make up t he Class of 2012, including Thomas Dendy (football), Paul Dietzel (football coach /at hlet ics director), Jay Ly nn Hodgin (football), Heather Larkin (volleyball), John LeHeup (football), Steve Liebler (men’s golf) and Warren Lipka (men’s soccer). Dendy, who played r u n n i ng back for t he Gamecocks from 1982 to 1985, rushed for 2,767 yards in his USC career, good for the fi fth-best mark in school history. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry, which places him second on the all-time list, and tallied 18 rushing touchdowns in his four years at USC. Dendy was a member of the 1984 “Black Magic” team that finished with a 10-2 record, which was, at that time, the most wins in a single season in school history. Dietzel coached the Gamecocks to their only conference championship in school histor y, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference crown in 1969. He also signed the university’s fi rst black

FAQ ● Continued from 8

What is everybody chanting prior to kickoff at football games? Once the ball has been teed off, ever yone in the stadium forms a spur with their hand. This is done by making and fi st, then extending t he t hu mb a nd pi n k y. Once t he spu r is made, ever yone makes a circle with their raised “spur,” while yelling “Goooooooooo...,” until the kicker makes contact with the ball. When the ball is kicked, everyone yells “Cocks! Fight! Win! Kick ... ” and we’re sure you can fi ll in the blank. If necessary, make yourself a cheat sheet for the fi rst game.

Has the football team always been this good? Not even close. I n 1998, USC

athlete to a football scholarship in 1970. Dietzel also wrote the “Carolina Fight Song,” which is still played to this day. He was also responsible for the hiring of Bobby Richardson as head baseball coach, which helped the USC baseball team attain a level of national prominence. The football stadium was also enlarged during Dietzel’s tenure. Hodgin played running back for the Gamecock football team from 1972 to 1974, rushing for 2,478 career yards and averaging 4.8 yards per carry. Hodgin scored 22 rushing touchdowns during his Gamecock career. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the 1974 Blue-Gray All-Star game and was a ninth-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers. Larkin, who played volleyball at USC from 1994 to 1997, is one of just four four-time AllSEC players in Gamecock volleyball history. She was a fi rst-team All-SEC selection from 1995-97. Larkin ranks fourth in school history with 1,293 kills. She also recorded 12 block assists in a match against Kentucky during her freshman season, the most ever posted in a five-set match in school history. LeHeup played football for the Gamecocks from 1970 to 1972 as a defensive tackle. He was named to the fi rst team Coaches All-American squad in 1972. Dietzel, who coached LeHeup, was quoted as saying that “John LeHeup is the best defensive tackle I have ever coached.” LeHeup went on to play professionally with the Toronto A rgonauts, t he Mont real A louet tes and t he

won the season opener against Ball State and then proceeded to lose 21 consecutive games. The Gamecocks didn’t win another game until the 2000 season opener against New Me x ico St ate. T he G a me co c k s have one conference t it le in t he program’s histor y, the 1969 ACC Championship. USC also didn’t win their fi rst bowl game until the 1995 Carquest Bowl. Keep in mind, the school started playing football in 1892. What you have seen the last t wo seasons is not t y pical. Savor every moment.

How do I get to the football stadium? The stadium is located at 1125 George Rogers Blvd. You can see the stadium from campus, so if you follow the crowd on Saturdays, you should be able to f ind it without

Gamecock hurdlers capture two silvers Richardson, Damus medal in London Games Rixon Lane


Two former Gamecocks w i l l ret u r n f rom t he London Olympics with more than just stories to tell. Jason Richardson and Lashinda Demus each won silver medals at Olympic Stadium, as Richardson placed second in the men’s 110-meter hurdles final and Demus won silver in the women’s 400-meter hurdles final. It was the first Olympic medal for bot h R icha rdson a nd Demus. Richardson ran a 13.16, f i n ish i ng .12 seconds behind compatriot Aries Merritt, while Demus finished just .07 seconds

behind Natalya Antyuhk of Russia. Demus’ time of 52.77 seconds was her best mark of the season. Richardson competed at USC f rom 20 05 to 2009, where he was a onetime NCA A champion, while Demus ran for the Gamecocks from 2002 to 2004 and was a member of the 2002 women’s national championship team, along with being a five-time NCA A champion. Both Richardson and Demus won gold at t he 2011 World Championships in South Korea. The 26 -year-old Richardson was making his first appearance at the Olympics. A native of Cedar H ill, Texas, Richardson won his first world title last year in South Korea, running a 13.16 i n t he i n t he 110 -meter hurdles. At this year’s Olympic trials,

Richardson ran a 12.98, finishing second. Demus holds t he American record in the 400-meter hurdles. Her time of 52.47 is the thirdfastest ever. London was Demus’ second Olympic Games. She competed in Athens in 2004 but missed making the 2008 team after giving birth to twin boys in 2007. Along with Richardson and Demus, three other former Gamecocks competed i n London. Natasha Hastings went as a member of the USA track and field relay pool, Iva Sliskovic played for t he Croat ian women’s basketball team and Ilona Burgrova competed for the Czech Republic on the women’s basketball team. Comments on this story? Visit sports

Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Liebler golfed at USC from 1978 to 1981 and was a two-time All-American. He recorded four top-10 finishes during his Gamecock career. Liebler played professionally on the PGA Tour before returning to USC to become the school’s golf coach. Liebler served as head golf coach from 1985 to 1995 and led the Gamecocks to four appearances at the NCA A Championship. The Gamecocks won the 1991 Metro Conference title under Liebler’s guidance. Liebler also coached six All-Americans during his coaching tenure at USC. Lipk a, who played goa l keeper for t he Gamecocks from 1982 to 1985, was the 1985 National Goalkeeper of the Year and an A llA merican. He was the team captain and the MVP of the 1985 team that fi nished with a 20-3-1 record, the most single-season wins in school history. Lipka ranks second all-time at USC with a .839 career save percentage. The Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held at the Zone at Williams-Brice Stadium on Sept. 13, and the new inductees will be honored at the South Carolina-UAB football game on Saturday, Sept. 15.

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any issues. One of the best ways to get there for students is to take the shuttle buses, which start running three hours prior to kickoff, usually f rom t he Carolina Coliseum parking lot. If you plan on driving yourself, leave several hours before g a m e t i m e . O t h e r w i s e , y o u’ l l find yourself listening to the first quarter on the radio while you sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Who is George Rogers? George Rogers was a r u n n ing back for South Carolina from 1977 t o 19 8 0. He won t he Hei s m a n Trophy in 1980, the only Gamecock to ever earn that honor. He was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 1981 N F L draf t by t he New Orlea ns Saints. You can see him at home football games with his trophy in the stadium parking lot.

Do all the sports teams at USC compete in the SEC? All of the varsity teams at South Carolina play in the Southeastern Conference, except for men’s soccer, which competes in Conference USA because the SEC does not sponsor men’s soccer.

Is the USC/Clemson rivalry really as big a deal as people say? No. It’s bigger.

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Friday, August 17, 2012


Lane: Conferences require realignment New leagues ignore geography, traditional rivalries In case you haven’t noticed, college football conferences are being scrambled more than the eggs at the local Denny’s. Missouri and Texas A&M arrive in the SEC this season, TCU and West Virginia are moving from the Mountain West and the Big East to the Big 12, the Big 12 now has 10 teams, and the Big Ten has 12 teams.

As if that weren’t enough, the SEC and the Big 12 have decided to create a new bowl game, similar to the Big Ten/ Pacific-12 Rose Bowl, that might end up becoming a national semifinal, along with the Rose Bowl, when college football implements its new playoff system. With those four conferences positioning their champions to have Rixon a clear shot at a national title, the Lane Sports Editor ACC and Big East may suddenly fi nd

themselves on the outside looking in. College football needs a simple solution to keep everyone happy. Since conferences no longer care about how far fans have to travel (see: Pittsburgh to the ACC, Missouri in the SEC, San Diego State to the Big East), new leagues can cross multiple time zones. No more mid-majors, no geographical bunching, just four major conferences whose champions will move on to the national semifinals. Here’s how the 125 Division I football teams should be split up:

RMC (Repetitive Mascot Conference)

ACC (Abnormally Colorful Conference)

Calling all Wildcats, Bulldogs, Cougars, and Eagles! This conference will determine which team can lay claim to the title of top dog (or cat or bird). Fur and feathers will fly in this league that will feature Clemson, LSU, Mississippi State, and Georgia, among others. Teams will have to prove their bark is as fierce as their bite, as the conference is heavy with contenders from the former SEC.

This conference will bring together the college football teams that show the sport’s true colors. These games will become “must see TV” for all fashion designers. Be sure to bring your earplugs to the stadium, as loud uniforms will be the norm in this conference featuring Oregon, Maryland, and Boise State.

Hairball Division: Arizona Wildcats Auburn Tigers Brigham Young Cougars Clemson Tigers FIU Golden Panthers Houston Cougars Kansas State Wildcats Kentucky Wildcats Memphis Tigers Missouri Tigers Northwestern Wildcats Penn State Nittany Lions Pittsburgh Panthers Washington Huskies Washington State Cougars

Fur ’n ’Feathers Division: Army Black Knights Ball State Cardinals Boston College Eagles Connecticut Huskies Eastern Michigan Eagles Fresno State Bulldogs Georgia Bulldogs Hawaii Warriors Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Louisville Cardinals Mississippi State Bulldogs Northern Illinois Huskies Rutgers Scarlet Knights Southern Miss Golden Eagles Stanford Cardinal UCF Knights

Technicolor Division: Alabama Crimson Tide Arizona State Sun Devils Arkansas State Red Wolves Bowling Green Falcons California Golden Bears Duke Blue Devils Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Kent State Golden Flashes Miami (OH) RedHawks Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Minnesota Golden Gophers North Texas Mean Green Syracuse Orange Texas Tech Red Raiders Tulane Green Wave Tulsa Golden Hurricane

Fresh Threads Division: Baylor Bears Boise State Broncos Florida Gators Illinois Fighting Illini Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns Marshall Thundering Herd Maryland Terrapins Michigan State Spartans Notre Dame Fighting Irish Oklahoma State Cowboys Oregon Ducks TCU Horned Frogs Temple Owls Virginia Cavaliers Virginia Tech Hokies Wake Forest Demon Deacons

PAC (Peculiar Animal Conference) OOC (Odd Occupation Conference) All unusual jobs are welcome in this hodgepodge of atypical working assignments. The SEC will be well represented, courtesy of the Volunteers, Rebels, and Commodores. Games would be additionally intriguing for those with curious employment (assuming their hours allow for workless Saturdays). Just imagine a packed stadium full of waste-management specialists and dog whisperers watching the Miners play the Cornhuskers? How could college football not want that? Armed ’n’ Dangerous Division East Carolina Pirates Florida State Seminoles Idaho Vandals Massachusetts Minutemen Mississippi Rebels Navy Midshipmen North Carolina Tar Heels Tennessee Volunteers Troy Trojans UNLV Rebels USC Trojans UTEP Miners Vanderbilt Commodores West Virginia Mountaineers Wyoming Cowboys

No Resume Required Division Akron Zips Central Michigan Chippewas Charlotte 49ers Indiana Hoosiers Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Nebraska Cornhuskers New Mexico State Aggies Oklahoma Sooners Purdue Boilermakers San Diego State Aztecs San Jose State Spartans Texas A&M Aggies Toledo Rockets Utah Utes Utah State Aggies Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

The Gamecocks would make their home in this new league, which would feature the wildest and wackiest critters in college sports. USC would have frequent matchups against Bulls, Bobcats, Buffaloes, and Beavers. More good news for Carolina fans; South Carolina and Arkansas would remain in the same conference, so Gamecock fans can use all the Bobby Petrino taunts they’ve been thinking up during the off-season. Four-Legged Division Buffalo Bulls Cincinnati Bearcats Colorado Buffaloes Michigan Wolverines Nevada Wolf Pack North Carolina State Wolfpack Ohio Bobcats Oregon State Beavers South Alabama Jaguars South Florida Bulls Southern Methodist Mustangs Texas State Bobcats UCLA Bruins Western Michigan Broncos Wisconsin Badgers

Safari Division Air Force Falcons Arkansas Razorbacks Colorado State Rams Florida Atlantic Owls Iowa Hawkeyes Iowa State Cyclones Kansas Jayhawks Miami (FL) Hurricanes New Mexico Lobos Ohio State Buckeyes Rice Owls South Carolina Gamecocks Texas Longhorns Texas San-Antonio Roadrunners UAB Blazers

It may seem like a lot of readjusting, but fans will have these new conferences ingrained in their memory before they can say “BCS buster.” Of course, if this new system doesn’t tickle the fancy of college football fans, there is always another solution. Colleges could decide

to keep their athletic teams within reasonable traveling distances for their fans, proving that they actually care about their loyal followers. But honestly, what are the chances of that ever happening?



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Lane: Football fans feeling confident Gamecock faithful surprisingly calm about possible collapse There is something very strange going on in the Capital City. Football season is arou nd t he c o r ne r a nd S o ut h C a r ol i n a i s expected to be good. Really good. So good t hat some brave sou ls a re t h row i ng out a ph rase t hat hasn’t been used in regards to the G amecock football team i n ma ny, ma ny yea rs. A ph rase t hat rhymes with “rational stamp eon dip.” W it h a l l of t h is goi ng on, a l l t hese h igh ex pect at ions, Rixon somet hing is notably Lane missing from the voices Sports Editor of USC football fans. Panic. G a mecock football fa ns are usually petrified when expectations are even slightly raised. They have good reason to feel that way. USC football has historically experienced collapses of monumental proportions when faced with the possibility of historic success. USC was ranked No. 2 in t he countr y with a 9-0 record going into a Nov. 17 meeting with Navy in 1984. South Carolina was one win from a potential Orange Bowl bert h and t wo victories from an undefeated regular season. Nav y was 3-5-1 coming into the match. Final score: Navy 38, USC 21. A y e a r a f t er t he G a me c o c k s we nt 10 -2 i n 19 8 4, w h ic h w a s

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then a school record for wins in a single season, USC limped to a 5-6 record in 1985, in a year that has been regarded as one of the most disappointing in the history of the program. USC looked poised for a potentially great season again in 2007, when the Gamecocks stormed out of the gate to a 6-1 record and a No. 6 nat iona l r a n k i ng. T he Gamecocks then dropped a home contest to a 4-3 Vanderbilt team that had not beaten Steve Spurrier in 14 tries. The Commodores upset USC 17- 6, a loss t hat put Sout h Carolina in a tailspin that derailed their season. Five consecutive losses to end the year kept the Gamecocks home for the holidays. Now, South Carolina, on the heels of t he most successf ul season in program history, seems primed to have a season for the record books, and USC fans aren’t reaching for their defibrillators. With a season t hat ha s so much potent ia l for heartbreak , G amecock diehards seem almost relaxed. This could either be the year that USC fans venture to the paradise of a BCS bowl, the land of milk and money, or a year where they see their hearts ripped f rom t heir chest and put through a cheese grater, and no one sounds worried about it. This team could be on the verge of shaking a barrel of monkeys off the program’s back. There is the possibility of laying the fi nal piece of g rou ndwork for a rock-sol id program that could last a decade, an opportunity for revenge against an

Arkansas team that has humiliated USC in recent years, a chance to put a choke hold on the recruiting edge in the Palmetto State and a shot at the school’s fi rst football conference championship since 1969. This is a time where Gamecock fans should be horrified, petrified, cowering under their easy chairs f rom t he sheer prospect of a disappointing 2012 campaign. And the fact that they aren’t could be the biggest sign that the culture is changing at USC. Not too long ago, Gamecock fans applauded the team’s 24-17 loss to No. 2 Auburn in 2006. Spurrier put a swift end to that. The Head Ball Coach let it be k nown that there would be no moral victories at USC, that applause was to be reserved for winning. He told fans that there were more important things than beat i ng Clem son. He sa id t hat

South Carolina had every resource to be a competitive football program and that fans should expect them to compete at the highest level. Well, now they do. If USC fans don’t seem worried about this year, maybe it’s because t h e y a r e n’t . M a y b e t h e y ’v e looked at the talent on the field, t he stabilit y at quarterback, t he ret u r n of a Heisma n ca nd idate and the reloading of a tenacious defense and they have decided that there is no reason to worry about disappointment. Maybe this could be the year of a passion full camp eon strip.

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