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STUDENT COMMISSION UNHAPPY WITH ONLINE COMMENTS, URGES WITHHOLDING MEDIA FUNDS, ADS CALEB FLEMING news staff writer Virginia Tech will not revoke funding to the Collegiate Times and other student media endeavors, contrary to the proposal a Tech advisory group laid out last Friday. “The university is not going to exercise administrative leverage to pressure the Collegiate Times,” said university spokesman Larry Hincker. “The chief legal counsel made clear that the actions (the Commission on Student Affairs) were asking for is not permissible under the law.” The Commission on Student Affairs had recommended the university ban student organizations from buying ads with university funds as well. The proposed financial cutbacks resulted from a controversy over anonymous reader comments posted to the Collegiate Times Web site. The CSA sent a letter early last week to Kelly Wolff, general manager of the Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech. The letter stated the Collegiate Times may be in violation of the university’s “Principles of Community” for its online commenting process, and declared that if the organization did not agree to negotiate the status of the commenting, the commission would recommend action be taken by the university.
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“In the Principles of Community, there is language talking about holding people with dignity and respect and having a civil tone,” said Ed Spencer, vice president for student affairs. “The commission members have been saying that if we’re going to publish comments, they ought to be consistent with letters to the editor so people in a civil community can be held responsible.” Spencer said the CSA and Collegiate Times began to discuss the current comment system, among other things, last semester. Spencer noted interest was generated again after a more recent article in the CT. “The interest got sparked again when some of the online comments came back in response to the article about the diversity summit,” Spencer said. “Commission members realized it was still going on and that’s why they asked to sit down and talk with the staff again about it.” Wolff claimed EMCVT would pursue legal action if the university followed through on the recommendations and rejected the offer to negotiate resolution. “Our role was to ensure that students’ editorial rights were defended,” Wolff said. She added that the effect of a funding cut would likely not extend as much to the Collegiate Times as it would to other student media organizations, such as WUVT, VTTV, and the Silhouette literary magazine. “Really, it would not have much impact on the Collegiate Times operations,” Wolff said. “It earns enough revenue to support itself.” Spencer said he was present at the first meeting in which more serious legislation was considered, noting his most prominent role was to explain the nature of the relationship between EMCVT and Tech, as well as its history. Spencer said the Collegiate Times currently receives free office space in Squires Student Center and $70,000 annually from Tech, among other things. The contract does not have an explicit end date. Wolff said it “continues in full force and effect until one part gives 24 months notice of the intent to non-renew/negotiate.” “It’s not the sort of thing you want to subject to the whims of this administrator or that administrator,” Wolff said. “It needs to be very stable.” Once the history of the relationship dating back to 1997 had been discussed, Spencer said “someone” on the commission made a notion to request further conversation with the Collegiate Times, and if that did not happen, to request that action be taken. Michelle McLeese, CSA chairwoman, presented the proposal that would recommend the university give notice that it does not plan to extend contract with EMCVT until an acceptable resolution was reached. The contract requires 24-month notice be given by either side before ending or renegotiating the contract. The CSA consists of 42 members, including students, faculty, and staff. see CSA / page two
The roof of Blacksburg High School’s gymnasium lies in ruins after collapsing on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 13. Students will not have classes this week.
High school gym future uncertain in aftermath of roof collapse ZACH CRIZER nrv news editor Blacksburg High School students will have the entire week off from school as officials continue to investigate what caused the school’s gym roof to collapse Saturday. There has been no announcement about where the students will attend school when they return to classes. All other Montgomery County Public Schools are operating on a one-hour delay Tuesday after being inspected following the collapse. A flat roof design may have contributed to the collapse of the gym at Blacksburg High School. The roof above the gym of the high school on Patrick Henry Drive collapsed Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries caused by the incident. Thomas Mills, a Virginia Tech associate professor of building construction, said the design of the gym’s roof made it more susceptible to snow and ice. Mills said current building codes require an ability to hold a snow load of 30 pounds per square foot. Buildings adhering to that code would be able to hold about four and a half feet of snow, but Blacksburg has only received about 28 inches of snow since Jan. 28. About 50 inches of snow have accumulated during the current
Large parts of the high school lay in rubble after the collapse of the roof. No injuries occurred. winter season. While Mills said nobody could be completely sure of the cause of the collapse without completing forensics, a flat roof design can create difficult conditions for specific areas of the building structure. “With flat roofs, you have a tendency for drifting to occur,” Mills said. “The snow gets taller and
higher right in those little areas, so you have a tendency to increase the loads in smaller areas. Typically, code loads are for a uniform surface area.” He said this could increase the loads on the edges of the roof, stressing the walls of the gym, as well as the roof. The flat structure could have also
inhibited drainage of melting snow, as water must flow off through roof drains and not simply down a sloped surface. “When it melts, the only place it would have to drain is through roof drains. Frequently, roof drains have a tendency to freeze. Ice gets in the drain, in the drain line, and water can’t run out.”
This effect could also have increased the load on the outside portions of the roof. He called the collapse a “gravity load failure,” and said the sudden nature of the incident was not unusual. The gym was the scene of a basketball game Friday night. The first signs of trouble appeared earlier Saturday morning, during a girls’ basketball practice in the facility. A crack developed on at least one wall, and debris began to fall from the ceiling. A Blacksburg Police press release said the building was cleared and an inspector was called in. School officials and the inspector were on school grounds, but not inside, when the roof collapsed. Neighborhood residents heard the collapse between 1:30 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. “We heard a loud sound, and my husband said, ‘I think the roof is collapsing,’ and we all ran to the window,” said Elizabeth Blankemeyer, whose house is on a hill overlooking the collapsed area of the building. “You couldn’t even see the high school. It was a brown cloud.” Debris from the collapse is now spread across the area. The building opened in 1974. Power to the building was shut off Saturday, but has been restored to the main area of the school.
Gun bill faces opposition ahead of vote ZACH CRIZER nrv news editor Blacksburg restaurant owners are lobbying against a bill that would allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol. Jason Brauns, who owns Top of the Stairs on College Avenue, is a concealed carry permit holder, but does not want concealed weapons in his establishment. “In a nutshell, I have a concealed weapons permit,” Brauns said. “I believe in gun rights and being able to carry guns, but I don’t believe that in bars or anywhere alcohol is involved is the place for them.” The Virginia House of Delegates has passed the bill and the senate is expected to vote on it Tuesday. The bill would change Virginia’s laws on concealed weapons. Currently, weapons are not allowed in restaurants that serve alcohol. The bill would allow concealed
carry permit holders to carry guns in restaurants, as long as the holders do not consume alcohol. Robert Hodges, who owns Bud Foster’s Restaurant, said the legislation would put restaurant owners in an uncomfortable situation. “I think this is the worst thing the legislation in Richmond could ever do to restaurants and bars,” Hodges said. Brauns said the stipulation that requires the person concealing the weapon to not drink would be difficult to deal with. “I guess that would make it a lot more challenging to enforce that,” Brauns said. “I think it needs to be a blanket law on that. You can either carry it in there or you can’t.” If the bill were to be enacted into law, Brauns said he would put up a sign prohibiting guns in Top of the Stairs. Hodges said adding the sign could create an image problem with patrons visiting from
other areas. “You can put up a sign on your door that says ‘No guns allowed,’ but I’ll be honest with you, how likely is someone from out of town to enter a restaurant or bar where they have a big sign posted that says ‘No guns allowed?’” Hodges is afraid difficult enforcement conditions could lead to safety hazards. “As an owner and operator of a restaurant that does serve alcohol, yeah I have some concerns and some safety issues with the legislation,” Hodges said. “The fact that someone can walk in here with a concealed weapon just because they have a permit, get intoxicated, and if there is an altercation pull a gun and discharge it in my establishment concerns me greatly.” John Welch, a Virginia Tech senior and spokesman for Students for Non-Violence, said local state government officials are not accurately representing the citizens of the Blacksburg area.
Delegates Dave Nutter and Jim Shuler, who each represent a portion of Montgomery County, voted for the measure. Sen. John Edwards, who represents a portion of Montgomery County, has yet to vote. None of the officials immediately returned phone calls from the Collegiate Times. “They’re sort of out of touch with a lot of people that they’re saying we’re out of touch with,” Welch said. Welch said the bill will likely pass in the senate, but he has been leading the opposition effort. “I think there’s a good chance,” Welch said. “It was so close when it was in committee, so now all the pressure is really going on Delegate Nutter and Sen. Edwards, and we’ve been pounding his e-mail inbox for the last 48 hours.” universtity news editor philipp kotlaba contributed to this report
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LOS ANGELES — At least 34 people have died in accidents involving Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles that allegedly accelerated out of control in the past decade, federal safety regulators said Monday, reflecting a sharp jump in the number of motorist complaints being filed in the three weeks since the automaker announced its latest recalls. The new count from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration includes 13 fatalities reported since Jan. 27, the day after Toyota ordered a sales and production halt of eight models in the U.S. to fix gas pedals that it said can stick and cause unintended acceleration. An analysis of the data by the Los Angeles Times shows that all but one of the deaths reported to NHTSA by motorists in 2010 actually occurred in prior years — as far back as 1992 — suggesting that recent public attention to the issue spurred people to file complaints regarding past incidents. Most of the incidents occurred between 2003 and 2009. According to accounts filed with the NHTSA, Toyota and Lexus vehicles suddenly raced forward, smashing into other cars, buildings and pedestrians. In addition to the fatalities, federal regulators said 22 people reported injuries from unintended acceleration accidents involving Toyota vehicles, which ranged from cuts and bruises to a woman left into a coma. The Times first drew attention to the unusually high number of deaths attributed to sudden acceleration events in Toyota vehicles Nov. 8, when it reported that the 19 fatalities linked to the problem since 2001 was greater than the total for all other automakers combined.
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McLeese did not answer calls seeking comment from the Collegiate Times. And what Wolff labels as a situation that is potentially of, “grave concern to first amendment advocates,” Spencer called a “strong message,” declining to speculate on what the CSA expected to happen, had the commission’s recommendations been forwarded on to the university administration and ultimately passed. “It seemed like the long history that Virginia Tech had of taking the hands-off approach had come to an end,” Wolff said. “The fact that there are a lot of administrators that sit on the CSA and none of them were knowledgeable about the laws applying to student media, or weren’t willing to share, is a message of concern.” As for the future between the two parties, Spencer said he was unsure of the direction it would head. “It’s on the agenda for discussion this Thursday, but I don’t know,” Spencer said. “I’m not sure what their pleasure will be at this point. I think if one rereads the letter, the commission really wanted to sit down and talk about it, and that remains the case.” Though legally a resolution has been reached, Hincker said cooperation from both sides would be required to pacify both parties. “I believe the guys at the CT still have some work to do with our readership,” Hincker said. “The CSA still has some work to do to understand or communicate what their concerns are. There still is an underlying issue that fellow students are concerned with. My hope would be that the dialogue would continue.”
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Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets color guard lower the American ﬂag in a formal retreat ceremony on Upper Quad on Friday, Feb. 12. The ceremony also included ﬁring Skipper and music by the Highty-Tighties. photo by daniel lin
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Big week for Tech basketball Softball team wins three of ﬁrst four games at Jacksonville tournament NICK CAFFERKY sports staff writer The Virginia Tech softball team kicked off its season this past weekend by winning three of four games in a tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. The tournament started with the weather causing problems, as it has up and down the East Coast recently. The Hokies were supposed to open their season on Friday against Drexler and then UNC Greensboro, but all of Friday’s action was cancelled because of rain the night before. Instead, Tech’s season began with two games on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman and the host, Jacksonville. The Hokies started off the tournament with a bang and had no trouble with Bethune-Cookman, taking them down 14-3 in six innings. Both the 14 runs and 15 hits the Hokies tallied set program records for an opening day game. The game was headlined by the performances of two players, junior Richelle McGarva and freshman Jasmin Harrell. McGarva, who spent most of last season injured, came back strong, going 2-5 with two doubles and four RBIs to lead the Hokies’ offensive onslaught. “It felt really good. I was kind of nervous, but it felt fine,” McGarva said. “I know there is room for improvement, but I didn’t expect too much from myself.” On the other side of the ball, Harrell was brought in to pitch during the third inning and pitched four perfect innings to get the win
in her first-ever collegiate game. Harrell’s success and playing time continued to be substantial throughout the weekend. S McGARVA he pitched a team high of 11.2 innings and gave up six runs. “I was surprised by how much I pitched, but I knew (assistant coach Barb Sherwood) told me I was going to be able to pitch in the tournament. I just didn’t know when,” Harrell said. In the second game of the day, the Hokies couldn’t duplicate the success they had earlier and fell 11-7 to Jacksonville. Junior pitcher Kenzie Roark got her first start of the season, but she struggled throughout. In six innings, Roark gave up eight runs, including a seven-run second. Out of the 11 runs, only five were earned, as the Hokies committed five errors. Because of the lack of time to practice on dirt because of the snow, problems in the field were a concern to head coach Scot Thomas going into the weekend. “For not having been out on the dirt at all until we got out here, I mean, you know you’re going to make mistakes,” Thomas said. “I feel like we did a pretty good job, but there are some things we need to shore up, that’s for sure.” Sunday brought an early start for the Hokies because their day consisted of two games, the first of which started at 9 a.m.
[ ] Tech will play this weekend in the Red and Black showcase, hosted by University of Georgia. The Hokies play Western Carolina Friday, and then No. 8 Georgia.
While the first day featured great hitting, the Hokies used Sunday’s games to show how successful they can be at pitching. Against Drexler, Tech only put up five runs, four of which came in the fifth inning, but Harrell was solid. She pitched five shutout innings, 6.2 overall and was only pulled after giving up three total runs late in the sixth and seventh innings. Roark came in to get the final out in just three pitches to earn her first save of the year. To end the weekend, the Hokies and UNC Greensboro got together to play in the final game of the weekend, with the Hokies winning 8-2 in 10 innings. Sophomore Kristin Graham got the start in her first outing of the year. She pitched 5.1 scoreless innings and gave up just four hits. Roark came in to relieve her and also was effective, pitching 4.2 innings and giving up just two runs to get the win after a six-run 10th inning by the Hokies. Even though the Hokies are content with how they performed in the tournament, Thomas observed some inconsistency at the plate, citing the inexperience of the team as a possible cause.
Junior guard Malcolm Delaney attempts a free throw during Tech’s win over UVa on Saturday night.
GAMES AGAINST WAKE FOREST AND DUKE THIS WEEK VITAL TO HOKIES’ TOURNAMENT CHANCES
espite sporting 20 wins and a stellar 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference record, the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team is by no means a lock for the NCAA Tournament. In games against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Duke Blue Devils this week, the Hokies possess a chance to silence those who doubt whether Tech can really maintain its position toward the top of the ACC standings. On the surface, Tech’s impressive record implies that it has experienced a dominating season. However, a poor strength of schedule, ranked at No. 161 in the country, and a Ratings Percentage Index rating of only 50 hold the Hokies’ tournament chances hostage. The Hokies have played 11 teams ranked 182 or higher in the RPI, including three teams over 300. Sure, last year Penn State won the National Invitational Tournament, and that appeared to be a quality win early in the season, but the Nittany Lions now sit at No. 225 in the RPI with an 8-16 record and zero conference wins. Tech also got stuck with Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, and the Hawkeyes currently rank 182 in the RPI, further weighing down the Hokies’ chances to move up in the rankings. Even Tech’s ACC schedule seems to be hurting the Hokies, putting them up
against the six top-50 RPI teams in the ACC only once: Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Maryland and Florida State. The Hokies are stuck with home and away match ups against RPI anchors North Carolina State, Boston College, Virginia, North Carolina and Miami, all of which come in at 80 or higher. With all that said, Tech must be at its best for the next six games, starting with tonight’s game at 7 p.m. against Wake Forest, a team that ranks No. 11 in the RPI. A win at home over the Deacons would be a huge boost to Tech’s RPI and would provide a second top-50 RPI win for the Hokies. Tech would also be placed second in the ACC standings. On Sunday, Tech travels to Durham to face the Blue Devils, which provides another opportunity for the Hokies to solidify its tournament resume. Duke ranks second in the RPI, and should the Hokies pull off an upset at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Tech should be well on its way to a tournament bid, as well as a first-place standing in the ACC. At this point in the season, the Hokies are not facing a must-win game, but a win over either team this week would be an incredible boost and would not put as much pressure on Tech to win at home against Maryland and away at Georgia Tech. Two losses, though, and the Hokies will be in a bind for the
remaining two weeks of the regular season, both at home and on the road. Beginning Tuesday, Tech fans and the NCAA selection committee can begin to get a real grasp of the true quality of this team. Despite playing poorly for entire halves and producing some pretty miserable shooting performances, Tech has still managed to win some important games. However, that sort of play will not suffice in the coming weeks. Overall, Tech truly sits in a unique position this year. If the Hokies show up offensively for both halves and continue to play excellent defense the remainder of the season, Tech will more than likely earn an NCAA tournament berth and legitimately compete for the ACC regular season title. Then again, if the Hokies begin to unravel this week, Tech may very well end up with yet another NCAA bubble bursting and another berth into the NIT Tournament. With the parity and unpredictable nature of the ACC basketball season, nobody can realistically predict what will happen, but starting Tuesday night in Cassell Coliseum, it will sure be fun to watch.
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[weekend box scores] Softball
SCORE BY INNING
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SCORE BY PERIOD -- 1 2
VT (1-0) - 202 055 --
14 15 0
Drexel (1-0) --
BCU (0-1) - 003 000 --
3 4 0
WP: Jasmin Harrell (1-0) LP: Chastity Sanders (0-1) SCORE BY INNING
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Virginia Tech (0-1) -- 5 4
VT Goals: Nonn, J. 3 (3 PTS), Bone, S. 2 (3 PTS), Duggins, J. 1 (1 PT), Carpenter, L. 1 (1 PT), Emala, A. 1 (1 PT)
022 100 2 -- 7 10 5
WP: Sarah Sigrest (1-0) LP: Kenzie Roark (0-1) SCORE BY INNING
Drexel (1-2) - 000 001 2 -- 3 9 3 VT (2-1) -
001 040 X -- 5 8 1
125: Peter Terrezza (DU) fall Schuyler Swanton, 2:39 133: Brock LiVorio (VT) maj. dec. Nick Adamo, 18-6
149: Brian Stephens (VT) fall Brent Jorge, 4:04 R H E
VT (3-1) - 001 000 010 6 -- 8 8 2 UNCG (1-2) - 000 040 110 0 - 2 6 5 W: Kenzie Roark (1-1) LP: Amber Harrell (0-2)
141: #10 Chris Diaz (VT) tech fall Mike Bell 20-4 (4:52)
WP: Jasmin Harrell (2-0) LP: Ellen Boundy (0-1) SV: Kenzie Roark (1) SCORE BY INNING
Wrestling #14 VT (15-5, 3-0 ACC) Duke (2-5, 0-4 ACC)
R H E
285: Konrad Dudziak (DU) wins by forfeit #14 VT (16-5, 4-0 ACC) NC State (6-13, 1-4)
125: Schuyler Swanton (VT) dec. Mike Moreno, 7-3 133: Brock LiVorio (VT) dec. Dale Shull, 14-13
J’Ville (2-0) - 172 000 1 -- 11 13 5 VT (1-1) -
197: John Barone (DU) maj. dec. Chris Penny, 15-4
157: #5 Jesse Dong (VT) fall Christopher Piccolella, 1:16 165: Matt Epperly (VT) dec. Ben Wales, 8-2 174: Voris Tejada (DU) maj. dec. John Dickson, 14-4 184: #19 Tommy Spellman (VT) dec. Diego Bencomo, 5-2
141: Nick Murray (VT) tech fall Scott Norris, 15-0 149: Brian Stephens (VT) fall Greyson Mills, 1:55 157: #5 Jesse Dong (VT) tech fall Brett Farina, 15-0 165: Matt Epperly (VT) maj. dec. Ray Ward, 13-2 174: Quinton Godley (NCS) dec. Taylor Knapp, 6-0 184: #19 Tommy Spellman (VT) fall Colin Genthert, 1:06 197: Chris Penny (VT) maj. dec. Christian McClean, 22-8 285: Eloheim Palma (NCS) wins by forfeit
february 16, 2010
Hokies play for second place tonight in Cassell Coliseum GARRETT RIPA sports reporter The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team will look to further shock the Atlantic Coast Conference with a win tonight against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at 7 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. Both the Deacons and Hokies enter Tuesday’s game on four-game winning streaks, sitting second and third, respectively, behind the first-place Duke Blue Devils in the ACC standings. Wake (18-5, 8-3) has climbed to second, thanks to big wins at the University of Virginia on Feb. 6 and at Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Hokies (20-4, 7-3) sit in third, with one more win than fourth-place Maryland. But the season and the two teams’ destinies are far from determined. “We still have to keep playing,” Tech junior guard Malcolm Delaney said. “We’ve got some games left and we have a chance to win the ACC if we keep playing the way we’ve been playing.” Fresh off an impressive 75-64 win over Georgia Tech, the Deacons come to Blacksburg tonight. Monday, they became ranked for the first time this season (No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll, No. 25 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll). Meanwhile, the pollsters continue to remain untrustworthy of the Hokies for such honors. Tech, fresh off a season-sweep of the Virginia Cavaliers, will have to rely on guard Dorenzo Hudson and forward Jeff Allen to maintain its high level of play against the Deacons. If Allen can play smart defense, he can be effective. If he can stay out of foul trouble, he can be a force. Against Virginia, the junior forward picked up two quick fouls and sat for nearly 18 minutes of the first half. When he returned in the second half, he played with more aggressiveness than he has all season and played the main role in the Hokies’ comeback “(Jeff is) playing with confidence,” Hokies’ head coach Seth Greenberg said. “He was hot in the last couple minutes of the game. We kept getting him the ball and he kept delivering for us.” Greenberg noted Tech’s ability to take advantage of the “hot” man, a common theme in some of the Hokies’ bigger wins against Seton Hall, a game in which Hudson scored 41 points, and at home against Clemson, when Delaney scored 30, en-route to a 70-59 win.
Tech guard Malcolm Delaney drives down the court against Virginia. “That’s how our team is: Whoever is the hot man, we keep going to him,” he said. Hudson will be counted on for a big game scoring against the Deacons. Ever since his explosive 41-point performance against Seton Hall, Hudson has become a regular name in Hokie Nation and someone the team can seem to rely on in clutch situations. Alongside junior guard Malcolm Delaney, who leads the conference in scoring but has recently been struggling to find a rhythm, Hudson’s combined ability to shoot long-range and finish drives to the basket makes him just the scoring threat that the Hokies need. Delaney says that while he has been struggling, he doesn’t care how Tech gets the wins — just as long as it gets them. “I don’t care. As long as we win,” Delaney said. “We don’t care how we win. We don’t have seven McDonald’s All-Americans. That’s what we’ve been (ugly) since we’ve been in the ACC. Teams don’t like playing us. We’re real scrappy. We get lost balls, dive on the floor. That’s what makes us.” Luckily for Tech fans (and Delaney’s scoring average), he’s had consistent success getting to the foul stripe and converting on his free throws. Delaney averages just over eight free-throw attempts per game and shoots a stellar 84.9 percent from the line. As a whole, the Hokies have out-shot
their opponents at the line in the past six games, including crucial shots made against North Carolina, Clemson and Virginia in the final minutes of those victories. If Tech comes away with a victory tonight, expect an advantage at the line. On the defensive side, the Hokies simply need to do what they have been doing. The Hokies are ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense and won’t hold anything back in aggressiveness tonight. Containing Wake forward Al-Farouq Aminu, who averages 16.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game and stands at six feet nine inches tall, will undoubtedly be priority No. 1. Deacons’ guard Ishmael Smith will also be a threat, averaging 13 points, 4.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game himself. But as long as the Hokies can stick to the junkyard dog-like mentality they have possessed in recent games, they might just be all right. “The league’s good,” Greenberg said. “It’s just, next game. We can’t worry about all the other static. We’ve just got to get the next game.” If you weren’t lucky enough to land a ticket, ESPN2 will be nationally televising the game. A win tonight gives the Hokies an opportunity to battle Duke for the league’s top position when they head to Durham on Sunday.
Hokies’ junior forward Jeff Allen looks for an open man during Tech’s 61-55 victory over UVa Saturday.
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lackout was a huge success. Once again, I would like to thank Hokies on Fire for all of their hard work during the course of the season to help create a winning atmosphere and energy in the Cassell. I can say without reservation that Cassell Coliseum is becoming one of the best and most difficult venues in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It’s because of the tremendous ownership, passion and energy that our student body has created throughout the season. One thing about the ACC is that you don’t have a long time to celebrate. Your next game becomes the most important game. You can’t live in the past; you’ve got to stay in the present as you try to build your resume and earn your way into the NCAA Tournament. That’s why tonight’s game against Wake Forest is so important. Protecting your home court, building on your past success and separating yourself is what tonight is all about. With the 7 p.m. tip-off, I’m asking you to arrive early and help prepare our players for a frantic 40 minutes of basketball. There is something special when you walk out for warm-ups and you see the student section filled. Tonight’s game will be televised by ESPN2. Let’s show the nation what we already know: The Hokie Nation is real, it’s passionate about Hokie basketball and it’s ready to make a difference as we march toward March. Also, we will hold a “Chalk Talk” in D2 at noon today. Come out, get some great food and learn about our preparations for tonight’s Wake Forest game. It’s a great day to be a Hokie!
Seth Greenberg Men’s Basketball Coach
s a researcher focused on advertising, the Super Bowl and its requisite ads are a night of business meeting pleasure. Not only did I enjoy seeing the Saints pull off a first attempt and win, but I took interest in seeing what the tone of the ads would be as a whole for the evening. The controversy over the Focus on the Family spot paid dividends for the group in terms of public relations exposure. (There is no such thing as bad publicity, although Tiger Woods may disagree with me.) However, CBS may reconsider its changed policy regarding advocacy ads if they become too prevalent; the evening is a celebratory one and people look forward to the ads for a change. Too serious, and viewers may opt to start taking the ad breaks for trips to the fridge and the bathroom again. Mancrunch likely got exactly what it hoped for in its attempt to run an ad for its gay male dating service. It pressed CBS every step of the way to qualify the rejection of its ad. First it was told there was no available ad space left. Then its ability to pay was questioned. Finally it came forward with a standards and practices rejection. But again, the free publicity Mancrunch brought to its service and a larger cause was worth far more than what it would have spent on the ad time. There is one bone I want to pick with Ben Woody’s column, “Super Bowl ads at their finest, worst” (CT, Feb. 11). Pepsi. Yes, it did not opt to run Pepsi spots and it did invest funds into the program that was mentioned. But in the same column, Frito-Lay was railed against for the number of Doritos ads that were run. Think about that for a moment. Who is the parent company of Frito-Lay? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not Coca Cola.
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he phrases are disrespectful, demeaning and, frankly, unimaginative. But they’re annoyingly ubiquitous. And that was even before The Wall Street Journal provided Sarah Palin a nugget with which to make political hay. “That’s just retarded” and “That’s so gay” have become all-purpose putdowns, used in contexts that have nothing to do with cognitively challenged or homosexual individuals. But just because words and phrases gain currency in the language doesn’t make them valuable or essential to discourse. The problem is, how do you eradicate hurtful expressions from common overuse? The Journal wasn’t actually calling out White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on his language in a late January story about liberal groups’ frustration with the Obama administration. The story reported that Emanuel, whose foul mouth has been wellchronicled, called it “f---ing retarded” for the interest groups to run ads attacking conservative Democrats whose votes would be needed on health-care legislation. Palin pounced via Facebook, chastising Emanuel for a “slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities — and the people who love them.” She didn’t take specific issue with his f-bomb, though. Curious, that. Why did the former Alaska governor’s reaction look only partly sincere? Because she then called it acceptable satire for Rush Limbaugh to huff that it’s no insult to call “a bunch of people who are retards, retards.” Not that he was defending Emanuel, mind you; Limbaugh used the slur to show his contempt for those liberal groups whose politics he despises. Seeing its own opportunity, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s campaign followed by telling CNN that Palin buddy Gov. Rick Perry had his own r-word issues: CNN had Hutchison campaign manager saying that in a phone call Perry consultant David Carney had called it “just retarded” and “the most retarded thing I’ve ever heard” for the Republican gubernatorial candidates to wait for their Jan. 14 debate in a building separate from where they’d be speaking. In these contexts, the r-word seems to mean moronic. But troll the online Urban Dictionary, and the many definitions offered include just the opposite of stupid. Such is slang.
You can also find debates over whether in an earlier r-word version of the Black Eye Peas hit “Let’s Get it Started” the word meant to get crazy dancing or drunk or just slow things down. Words and their meanings evolve, sometimes in good ways and sometimes in bad. Words fall into and out of favor. Sometimes the language changes with the times for perfectly good reasons. (Nothing wrong with “firefighter” instead of “fireman” when the job’s no longer gender-restricted.) Sometimes revisions made in good faith just sound silly or perverse. (Domestic engineer, anyone?) But whether bigotry, nastiness, vulgarity or meanness become more entrenched or acceptable — and how we prevent that — is more complicated. It’s taken decades and protests and public education and media awareness and shifting generations to purge some of the ugliest of English words from widespread American usage. Yet some persist in private conversation and public confrontations when small minds resort to malicious insults. At the same time, profanity has coarsened our culture and our everyday lives. The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t much like the f-word in any of its iterations. Nor do I. But think of how many people drop it — or the b-word that rhymes with “witch” — for everything from a threat to a challenge to an epithet, even to an unthinking placeholder like “you know.” Offensive as that is, though, it’s not equivalent to an affront toward an entire group of people who have done nothing more than be an easy target for denigration. How to eradicate offensive speech? With more speech that asks people to think about what they’re saying. March 3 is the second “Spread the Word to End the Word” awareness day. Maybe the organizers could get a plug from President Barack Obama, who on “The Tonight Show” a year ago tactlessly compared his pathetic bowling skills to “like Special Olympics, or something.” It’s not political correctness to say that some language is just too rude. That’s common courtesy.
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recently had the opportunity to escape from a snow-covered Blacksburg and do a quick trip to Disney World. I have always found Disney World to be a lot of fun, a chance to escape but also a place to get re-energized. As I was exploring the parks and enjoying the rides, I couldn’t help but notice the different slogans and images that people were wearing. People were going about their ways, but in some cases you saw folks approach each other if they recognized a particular slogan. For example, I was at lunch when someone stopped by the next table and asked an individual what year he had graduated from Wisconsin. This particular person had observed a red Wisconsin hat that the individual had been wearing. It turns out that the hat belonged to the individual’s daughter. Would you be willing to approach a complete stranger? I suspect that some of you might be saying, “Ray, don’t we wear these slogans all the time?” Well yes, we do wear slogans all the time, but it is interesting that in almost all cases we have become “blind” to them, as this is similar to what happens on campus when we walk past the public bulletin boards. Just as we take for granted the flyers, we often gloss over the images. As the university prepares for the fiveyear anniversary of the Principles of Community, this message of symbols is even more important. One of the principles states, “We affirm the right of each person to express thoughts and opinions freely.” This expression does not have to be verbal, it can be written, and it can be in the form of slogans or images that one wears or produces. Many of us have heard the popular refrain, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” so we have to be careful about how we individually react to what someone is or is not wearing. Have you ever caught yourself second guess-
ing or making an assumption? I believe that we all have at some point. What are the slogans and messages that I am taking about? These range from slogans that are logos for certain apparel brands, slogans of where someone went to school, or slogans that reflect a favorite team in whatever sport. On this particular day, the football shirts and jerseys were out in force with a lot of Colts and Saints fans. The slogans can indicate a place of work — an embroidered company logo — or they can represent a place that you visited, such as images of Disney World. Slogans can show a particular affiliation to an organization, such as a Greek-lettered organization. Slogans can depict images from a favorite movie, or a recent concert or event attendance, or a country of origin or ancestry. They can even be part of a political movement. Basically slogans and images can reflect many things. It is interesting that I was able to observe all of these slogans during my stay in Orlando. Each of these slogans and images sends a message about people’s identity and reveals something about their likes and dislikes. It is interesting that depending on the context of the message and where you wear something, it can have varied implications. We have heard the stories of how individuals that had shirts with Arabic writing were refused boarding on a plane and were forced to wear something else to cover the words. This was largely because other passengers had expressed concern about the Arabic script. We have also heard the challenges that Abercrombie & Fitch has faced with its line of apparel slogans and the concerns that communities have faced with the depiction of stereotypes. Abercrombie & Fitch has faced major issues with how it has depicted African and Asian Americans. Slogans and messages on apparel can
be used to help symbolize a team. I remember when we first ordered embroidered polos for the entire Pritchard Resident Advisor staff. The appearance of the entire staff in these polos sent a powerful message of staff unity and cohesion to the rest of campus. Years later, every RA on campus would receive a polo shirt from the department. Another example at Virginia Tech would be the students involved in the corps of cadets and respective ROTC programs. By virtue of wearing their uniform, it sends a message about their affiliation. Or take this past Saturday’s game versus the University of Virginia, as most of us wore black for the Blackout game. This and similar efforts for the Orange and Maroon Effect are ways that the community can come together to show support and pride. There is a powerful message and bond when thousands of people are wearing the same color. As we reflect about the wealth of diversity on our community, we also need to explore the messages that we send and share about ourselves. Sometimes we choose (whether consciously or unconsciously) the slogans and images that we wear. We shouldn’t shy from those things, as it is what makes each of us unique. As you sit in Squires Student Center or walk across the Drillfield, take the time to observe your surroundings. What are your fellow community members wearing? What messages are they sending? How are they identifying themselves? How are you identifying yourself?
RAY PLAZA -regular columnist -faculty adviser
t Prosim: That I May Serve. The mantra of this university finds its roots in a deep-seeded dedication to community service on a local, national and even global scale. As a student here, I feel empowered and I am grateful to be a part of an institution that prides itself on cultivating a passion for helping others in need. In times of tragedy beyond comprehension, Virginia Tech reaches within, where it finds an unprecedented camaraderie and kinship among peers, faculty and alumni. In an “anything goes,” “dog-eat-dog” society, it is that sense of community and loyalty that separates our university from those that foster the worldly values of bitter rivalry and relentless competition. At the heart of every Hokie is a desire to leave the world a better place than when he or she entered it. Whether expressed in small random acts of kindness or on a far larger scale, Hokies have forged a reputation of acceptance and empathy rather than the more common ideals of the world. From the Big Event, to the Clothesline Project, to Hokies for Haiti, Tech looks to help others find their way back from hardship no matter how much time, money and energy we have to expend
in the process. As we venture into the professional arenas of engineering, business, law, medicine, architecture, etc., I hope we can maintain our unique ability to find joy in helping others survive, thrive and succeed, while also pursuing our own dreams. Graduates from this university find their time divided between demanding classes and equally important community service projects that run the gamut from volunteering at the animal shelter to joining the Peace Corps. My hope for every Hokie is this: 10, 20, and even 30 years from now, when you find yourself consumed by the stresses of everyday, think of those whose worries are insurmountable and continue volunteering to make their lives better. As humans, we are innately selfish and are consumed by the daily toils of our lives. Yet, when put in perspective, our problems rarely contend with those of the person in another country or even next door. Here at Tech, tradition suggests that we make community service a large part of our lives; unfortunately, when we add to the mix a family, a career and all the responsibility that accompanies such ingredi-
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or me, Adult Swim has come to mean the hour or two I spend in front of the TV almost every night. This isn’t a newly brewed love affair or something I picked up in college, it is a relationship that has endured since my high school days because the network has managed to reinvent itself show after show since its inception in 2001. This isn’t to say that everything the network has shown has been gold; sometimes the programming seems more aimed at habitual practitioners of glue-sniffing than it does 20-somethings looking for a break, and this is something that has hampered its material as it has sacrificed some great efforts while favoring the incredibly asinine. To this day I am still upset that “Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil” was never renewed for a second season while the uninteresting ventures into sheer stupidity such as “Xavier: Renegade Angel” and “The Tim and Eric Awesome Show!” have been allowed to flourish. With this conundrum in mind, I was interested in seeing what would float to the top in the network’s new box set, “Adult Swim in a Box.” It seems sort of a daunting challenge for only six specially selected shows to act as the defining essence of a network that has had a slew of memorable programming. I can almost guarantee that if people were given the choice of selecting their six cream-of-the-crop shows on Adult Swim, they would all have different answers. And this is the same crisis that the people at Adult Swim have chosen to address with their newest release. Overall, the box set is a give and take. It has its strengths such as “Sealab 2021,” which follows the lives of a team of discordant underwater scientists as they humorously fumble their way through various aquatic endeavors. It’s this type of deadpan, absurd humor that set the tone of the network in its early years. The other show that
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follows this tradition is “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” whose second volume is included in this package. Many of my friends and I have been rather divided amongst the merits of this show and while I have never really been a fan, it has its occasional moment of glory. Another throwback show that is included is “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” which is essentially what happens when Generation X gets its hands on a talk show. It is wacky, purposefully half-assed and a little trippy. All in all: it reeks of the ’90s. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it is an incredibly unique show and nothing of its sort has yet to reappear on the air. Besides, it features Beck debating over whether or not he should eat a two week-old taco, and who doesn’t want that? But because of its guest lineup, which consists of many now household names such as Tenacious D, David Cross and John Stewart, and a rather squeaky clean sense of humor absent of sexual innuendos or overtly shocking com-
BOTTOM LINE: The pros outweigh the cons in this box set, but inconsistent choices keep the collection from being truly memorable.
mentary commonly found in most programming today, the show feels like a moment trapped in time. Speaking of shock humor, the set is rounded off with seasons from the shows “Moral Oral,” “Robot Chicken” and “Metalocalypse.” The show “Moral Oral” is essentially one big anti-organized religion joke that spans 15 episodes. It’s funny for the first few goarounds, but after awhile the show achieves just what it set out to mock: a message whose senders regard as the Truth with a capital “T” and who refuse to relent from pounding it into the minds of their audience. And after 12 years in private school, I’m good on that. The winner out of this batch is definitely “Metalocalypse.” The show is a nod to metal culture that both praises and mocks its listeners. It achieves an interesting balance of having well-written jokes, an epic plot and entertaining characters that are accessible to all while rewarding metal heads for their intimate knowledge of all that is dark
and brutal. For example, a fast food restaurant in the show is named “Dimmu Burger,” a reference that wouldn’t land unless you’re at least semi-familiar with the undertakings of Norwegian black metal gods Dimmu Borgir. The final disc in the set is a disc full of pilots, and there’s a good reason for this. Most of the pilots are painful to watch such as “Perfect Hair,” which tries to rip on Pokemon and ultimately makes you want to rip out your hair with anticipation of anything that even looks remotely humorous. While most of the pilots are what a shoddy piece of writing looks like, there is one hopeful that I wish had made it. “Korgoth of Barbaria” is essentially a 30-minute dose of “Heavy Metal” with a “Conan the Barbarian”-twist. It may seem pretty base but man is it sweet: The episode has its fill of action, lewd jokes and wizards. It’s hard to find the proper assessment of this box. For the most part it is a hodgepodge of the good and the bad, which is ultimately reflective of the network. For every shining moment of brilliance comes a talking wad of meat making a crotch joke or a drunken unicorn throwing up rainbows. This is just the nature of the beast and really the type of entertainment that our generation demands. We are still trying to figure out if its OK for the future leaders of tomorrow to be imbibing demented cartoons. Should we find it agreeable, at least we won’t have to wait for the night to tune into our Saturday morning dispositions.
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Martin Scorsese stays rooted in past with new ventures ROGER MOORE mcclatchy newspapers For Martin Scorsese, the older he gets, the more at home he is in the past. Look at his new film — “Shutter Island.” It’s set in 1954. A filmmaker already known for his film biographies (“Raging Bull,” “The Aviator”), he has a Sinatra biography he wants to shoot. And “Silence,” his next project, is about Jesuit priests in 18th century Japan. “I like the recreation of aspects of lost worlds, lost times,” Scorsese says. “We forget these other times and how much knowing what happened then can tell us about our present time. We need to know the past to live the present, create the future.” Named in poll after poll, in magazines from Total Film to Empire and Entertainment Weekly as the cinema’s “greatest living filmmaker,” Scorsese won his Oscar for directing “The Departed,” the sort of film he’s most associated with — a crime
picture with gangsters, crooked cops and rackets. But Scorsese, 67, has embraced history throughout his career, from Civil War-era New York (“Gangs of New York”), to Gilded Age Manhattan (“The Age of Innocence”), Jazz Age New York (“New York, New York”), to Biblical Jerusalem (“The Last Temptation of Christ”). “Shutter Island” allowed Scorsese to recreate the 1950s, with flashbacks set in World War II during the Holocaust. And ever the film historian, he paid homage to Alfred Hitchcock (“Vertigo”) and producer Val Lewton’s Jacques Tourneurdirected horror films as he did so. “‘Cat People’ and ‘I Walked with a Zombie’ — terrible titles, but beautiful works of film poetry, both made in the early 1940s. These two have a mood and tone and atmosphere and poetic dimension that make them timeless.” In “Shutter Island,” based on Dennis Lehane’s novel, a federal marshal (Leonardo DiCaprio) comes to an island prison hospital off the coast of
Massachusetts where a prisoner has escaped. His uncertainty over what is going on in the place is amplified by dark shadows in his own past — his war memories, the recent death of his wife and children. Scorsese saw an opportunity to do a paranoid thriller set in a paranoid age. “I was very, very young — just 12 or 13 in the mid-50s — but I lived through that era. I was very aware of the paranoia. We expected to be bombed any day. I was part of that generation of schoolchildren who were ordered to take cover under their desks from an H-bomb attack.” At 67, Scorsese is looking back in more ways than one. He’s putting the finishing touches on a documentary about the late Beatle George Harrison, to go along with his earlier blues and Bob Dylan documentaries and concert films “The Last Waltz” and “Shine a Light.” And he threw a little weight behind Showtime’s upcoming Roaring ‘20s series, “Boardwalk Empire.” He directed the pilot and as Steve Buscemi, one of many name
character actors to join the cast, put it, “When you hear Scorsese’s involved, you sign up. No questions asked.” “We recreated Atlantic City in the ’20s. Fun!” Scorsese gushes. “I was born in ’42, and by 1954-55, there was this big resurgence of interest in the ’20s — in the culture, on TV. They were a time of epic changes in the culture, a new openness in conflict with this ‘intention to do well’ with temperance unions and Prohibition, good societal impulses that turned out to be a very bad choice to make.” So what might on the surface be another gangsters-with-guns picture from the master is actually him recreating another “lost world.” After that, and finishing up the Harrison documentary, it may be feudal Japan for “Silence.” Or maybe he’ll get to make a variation of his long-planned Rat Pack biography — “Sinatra.” And alas, he just grudgingly had to back out of a planned young Teddy Roosevelt film biography, another piece of history he wanted to jam onto his crowded plate.
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february 16, 2010
Tricks, treats for festive Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” a celebration marking the last day of indulgence before the Lenten season begins. To most college students, it’s an excellent excuse to drink and become a slight exhibitionist without feeling much remorse. For junior aerospace engineering major Lauren Jean Bradberry, this year is only the second time she hasn’t been celebrating with friends and family on Bourbon Street. According to the Louisiana native, the true Mardi gras experience is one that is very particular to New Orleans.
Bradberry, who covets the holiday even over Christmas, recalls past Mardi Gras experiences. “One of my favorite parts are the parades,” she said. “The floats are so extravagant; they blow your mind.” Bourbon Street is transformed into a sea of purple, green and gold, with party goers decked out almost as much as the floats. “Pretty much anything goes,” Bradberry said. “People wearing crazy hats, feather boas or people just painted walking around the streets.” Regardless of the costume choice, every person is seen with a huge green drink called a “hand grenade,” a festive mixture of five different types of alcohol. “If you go on Bourbon Street, you have to get a hand grenade,” Bradberry said. Along with the traditional drinks, Mardi Gras food choices are heavy with Cajun tradition. Gumbos, jambalaya and fried fish are among the most popular menu items along Bourbon Street, especially during the festival. “Everyone just wants to get in touch with their Cajun side,” Bradberry said. As a tradition, Bradberry and her family
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make king cakes every year, a colorful dessert that traditionally has a trinket inside. Although Bradberry plans to celebrate with friends in Blacksburg, her family has helped bring part of the holiday to the New River Valley. “My mom FedEx’d me a king cake,” Bradberry said. As a senior finance major, Sean Pennington realized that this year would be the last he could go down to New Orleans to experience Mardi Gras first-hand. “I can’t really jump out of a job to go, so why not do it the last time I can while I’m in school?” Pennington said. Making the 12-hour drive with Ryan Flynn, a senior hospitality and tourism management major, the two plan to stay with a friend who lives in New Orleans. “The spontaneity of going down there is awesome,” Pennington said. “I know it’s going to be ridiculous.” Only letting academics marginally interfere with their festivities, the two seniors plan to return Wednesday after the whirlwind trip. “I have an exam Thursday morning, so we
have to get back,” Pennington said. For Tech students who can’t make the trip down to New Orleans, Blacksburg offers plenty of options for Cajun-inspired festivities despite the call for more snow on Tuesday night. Painted bodies may be a rarity in snowy Blacksburg for Fat Tuesday, but students who want to celebrate in style can find beads, masks and other Mardi Gras attire at Party Central on South Main. For the evening, drink specials at Boudreaux’s will include half-off hurricanes, and Awful Arthur’s will be hosting DJ Dirty Wake and is free for anyone 21 and up. Down Main Street, Hokie House will giving out beads, hats and masks at its door in addition to having a DJ upstairs and additional specials on hurricanes. Although Main Street will be no comparison to Bourbon Street on Tuesday, students can still celebrate Mardi Gras by warming up with a hurricane, competing for beads and relishing in the spirit of the legendary festival. “Mardi Gras is a celebration of just life,” Bradberry said. “Everyone is just so happy.”
Stay armed, ready with ‘Hand Grenades’ WHAT YOU NEED -1 1/2 ounces gin -1 1/2 ounces grain acohol -1 1/2 ounces melon liqueur -1 1/2 ounces rum -1 1/2 ounces vodka
HOW TO MAKE IT Mix together with crushed ice in a glass and garnish with mint leaves.
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Boudreaux’s manager Charles Howard whips up a hurricane.
Hand Grenades are one of the staples of Mardi Gras beverages.
Cajun-style cooking: How to prepare yourself an original New Orleans dish for Fat Tuesday’s madness ant to make some Gumbo the New Orleans way? Louisiana native and junior aerospace engineering major Lauren Jean Bradberry walked the CT through the best way to add some authentic Cajun flavor to your Mardi Gras meal: This is by no means the only gumbo recipe. There is an almost infinite number of ways to make gumbo, but this is the way I make it. I call this my “everything” gumbo. It’s a bit unusual in that the chicken stock is also infused with a seafood flavor from the oysters (or the shrimp shells and heads or both), and that it contains chicken, sausage and seafood. I don’t normally put okra in my combo because my family prefers it without it. You can convert this to an okra gumbo from a file gumbo by omitting the file step at the end of the cooking process. MAKING THE CHICKEN STOCK 8 quarts cold water 8 to 10 pounds chicken parts (backs, necks, etc.) and bones, or a whole chicken Shrimp shells and heads, reserved from the four pounds of peeled shrimp from the final step of the
gumbo (the heads are very important) 8 ounces onions, chopped 4 ounces celery with tops, chopped 2 heads garlic, cut in half horizontally Seasonings For Stock: 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns, cracked A few parsley stems 1 bay leaf 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves Remove the skin from the chicken (if you want a less oily gumbo) and chop into 3 to 4 inch pieces, making sure to cut through and expose the bones. Brown the chicken parts and bones in a skillet with oil or in a 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Put the chicken in a stockpot with the water and bring slowly to a simmer. Periodically skim off any scum that forms, and if you wish, use a skimmer to skim off the fat. Let this simmer for at least three to four hours, but the longer the better. It is this long simmering process that extracts the maximum flavor from the chicken meat and bones, as well as the natu-
ral gelatin from the bones. Add the onion, garlic, celery and seasons to the stock. Simmer for one more hour, and then add the shrimp shells and heads. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Remember that during the simmering process, it’s best not to stir the stock. The end result will be much clearer if it is not agitated while simmering. Strain the stock thoroughly; the best way to do this is to ladle the stock out and pour it through a strainer. If you’re using the stock immediately, skim off as much fat as you can with a fat skimmer or a piece of paper towel. Otherwise, cool the stock right away by either putting the stock in an ice bath in the sink or filling freezer bags with ice, then placing the bags of ice into the stock. To de-fat the stock easily, refrigerate so that the fat solidifies on the surface, then skim off. FOR THE ROUX 1 1/4 cups flour 1 cup oil Blend the flour and oil thoroughly in a thick iron pot and cook over medium-high to high heat, stirring constantly. Be very careful not to burn it. If you see black specks in the roux, you’ve screwed it up. Dump
it out and start over. Keep cooking and stirring until the roux gets darker and darker, until it becomes almost a dark milk chocolate color. Turn the heat down or off as the roux nears the right color, because the heat from the pan will continue cooking it. To arrest the cooking process and to soften the vegetables, you can also add your onions, bell peppers and celery to the roux as it’s near the end of cooking. Keep stirring until the roux is relatively cool. FOR THE REST 1 chicken cut up (can use the chicken from the stock) 1 to 1-1/2 pounds andouille sausage, sliced about 1/4-inch thick (if you do not have andouille sausage you can use hot or mild smoked) 4 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined (optional if you do not have access to shrimp) 6 gumbo crabs (optional if you do not have access to crabs or can substitute real lumped crab meat) 3 pounds okra, sliced (optional, especially if you don’t like okra) Gumbo file
2 onions, chopped 1 bunch green onions with tops, chopped 2 bell peppers, chopped 5 ribs celery, chopped Several cloves garlic, minced 3 bay leaves 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped Creole seasoning (black, white and cayenne peppers) Salt to taste A few dashes Tabasco — place on the table for people to flavor their servings 1-2 tablespoons file powder (only if you don’t use okra) 1 large can (16 ounces) oysters with juice Steaming-hot Louisiana long-grain rice Sprinkle the chicken pieces with Creole seasoning and brown in the oven or skillet. Slice the sausage and brown, pouring off all the fat. If you haven’t already added them to the roux, saute the onions, green onions, bell pepper and celery. Add the sausage(s) and brown for 10 minutes. Add the browned chicken. Add the chilled stock, the bay leaves and Creole seasoning (or ground peppers) to taste and stir. Bring to a boil and immediately
reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for about 45 minutes. Keep tasting and adjusting seasonings as needed. If including okra, add and cook another 30 minutes or so. Make sure that the “ropiness” or “stringiness” from the okra is gone, add the parsley, crab halves and claws (if you’re using them). Cook for another 15 minutes, then add the shrimp and oysters (and if you’ve omitted the hard-shell crabs, add the lump crabmeat now if you are using them). Give it another 6 to 8 minutes, until the shrimp are just done, turning pink. Be very careful not to overcook the shrimp; adding the shrimp and oysters should be the very last step. If there is any fat on the surface of the gumbo, try to skim off as much of it as possible. When the gumbo is finished, turn off the heat, sprinkling 1 to 2 teaspoons of file powder over the surface of the gumbo. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes, then stir the file powder into the gumbo. Once this has been done, any leftover gumbo may only be gently reheated. If this is brought to a boil again, the file will turn stringy and have an unpleasant consistency.