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Helmet They will also wear black helmets next Monday, with an orange “VT” logo on each side and a maroon stripe that fades to orange down the center


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Tech-Inspired The Hokies’ jerseys have orange numbers with a special pattern that represents the engineering background of the university. The numbers are also accented in gray, which combined with the black honors the original colors of the university from over a century ago

Gloves As with last years gloves, when the two gloves are put together the VT logo is created

Ut Prosim Similar to last year’s outfit, the neckline of the jerseys features the phrase “Ut Prosim,” meaning “That I May Serve,” the official motto of the university

Cleats The team will also wear cleats with custom colors and logos Courtesy of Nike

JOSH PARCELL sports reporter The Virginia Tech football team showed off its new threads yesterday at the University Bookstore. As part of Nike’s Rivalry Series, the Hokies will wear special all-black uniforms for one game: next Monday against Boise State. The Hokies are one of 10 teams that will wear the uniforms, which are part of Nike’s innovative Pro Combat design. They were also part of the original Pro Combat series last season, when they wore an all-white uniform against Maryland and Virginia. Boise State will also take part in the series, wearing silver jerseys with blue pants on Monday night. Each participating team had the final say on the design of the uniforms. Each uniform is unique to its respective school. The Hokies’ jerseys have orange numbers with a special pattern that represents the technological background of the university. The numbers are also accented in gray, which combined with the black honors the original colors of the university from over a century ago. They will also wear black helmets next Monday, with an orange “VT” logo on each side and a maroon stripe that fades to orange down the center. Similar to last year’s outfit, the neckline of the jerseys features the phrase “Ut Prosim,” meaning “That I May Serve,” the official motto of the university. The team will also wear new orange cleats. There were only 460 replica jerseys sent to the

school, which were split evenly across the University Bookstore, Volume Two Bookstore and the official Bookstore website. Bookstore officials expected the jerseys to sell out by today. The replica jerseys were rolled out at exactly 10 a.m. at the on-campus site, where a crowd of more than 40 students eagerly awaited. Management had to place tape over the windows on the storage room doors to after customers tried to sneak a peek. “We felt it was important to do what Nike told us to do, which was to not reveal them before 10 o’clock,” said Steve Glosh, assistant director for University Bookstore. Also on sale are special black T-shirts, football gloves, and caps with the same theme as the uniforms. In addition, the Student Government Association has made special black T-shirts with “Ut Prosim” on the front and the “VT” logo on the back, along with the date and time of the Boise State game. Those shirts are part of a movement to “Black Out” Monday’s game, encouraging fans attending to wear black to FedEx Field. Among the other schools taking part in the Rivalry series include Alabama, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, TCU and West Virginia. Each school will wear the uniforms for a specially designated game. According to, both the men’s basketball and baseball team will also wear a special uniform at some point during their seasons honoring the corps of cadets.

Kent Square deck alters Business concept competition payment method, rates draws international students CLAIRE SANDERSON


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news reporter Patrons of the Kent Square parking garage downtown will have to get used to a new automated system, as well as increased rates. The garage had previously employed attendants until 11:30 p.m., but a new automated payment system operates 24/7. Before the change, patrons could potentially park for free if they left the garage after 11:30 p.m. Under the new system, automated payment requires patrons to pay any time they exit the garage. “It’s a way not to lose revenue as far as downtimes,” said Kevin Wench, area manager of Park Inc. “There was a lot of misuse, and an automated system will help crack down on that.” Park Inc., is the company that has managed the Kent Square garage for more than two years, according to Bob Pack of Pointe West Management, one of the partners that owns Kent Square. These partners include Park Inc., Pointe West Management and others. “It was set to an automated system on Aug. 24,” Wench said. “Park Inc., had the experience with that type of equipment, but the change was made as a mutual agreement between the partners that manage Kent Square.” Several employees who had been attendants at the garage were laid off or received reduced hours because of the change. “Those jobs were cut down to temporary hire,” Wench said. “That’s the downside to automated systems — you have to cut down on some employees.”



In addition to a new automated system, rates at the Kent Square parking garage will also see a slight increase in price, seen above. However, there will still be at least one person at the garage to handle problems. “There’s usually one attendant to help out in case someone doesn’t know how to use the automated system,” Pack said. In addition, hourly and daily rates have increased. Previously, the daily rate for two and a half hours or more was a

maximum of $3, which was also the daily rate for weekends or special event days, according to Stephanie Pascoe, manager at the Kent Square parking garage. The maximum daily rate is now $4 and $5 on weekends with special event days. The rate changes were also made as a decision between the partners that manage Kent Square.

Teams of students from universities all over the world are visiting Virginia Tech this week to celebrate student entrepreneurship and compete in a global business challenge. VT KnowledgeWorks, a regional group based in the Corporate Research Center promoting entrepreneurship and technology-based businesses, is hosting the weeklong Global Business Concept Challenge. “What we do at VT KnowledgeWorks is help people start and grow companies,” said Jim Flowers, VT Knowledgeworks director. “Someone can come see us with a germ of an idea and we can help them develop that.” The competing students arrived on Aug. 29 and spent several days at Tech hosted by local families. They met with regional technology companies and got to spend time with other Tech students. “It involves the whole community,” Flowers said. “The businesses have put up the money and allowed some shadowing, and the university has provided a lot to this as well, and they’re staying in local homes. We’re creating a global network in Blacksburg.” On Wednesday, the students traveled to Roanoke to attend a presentation and awards ceremony at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The winning team will receive a $25,000 cash prize, and the top two runners-up will receive $2,500. Competing teams hail from France, United Kingdom, Israel, Mexico, Italy, Uruguay and the U.S. All teams are previous winners of competitions in their home countries. The students’ ideas come from many different fields but are all technologybased. “All of these people have invented


The winners of the Global Business Concept Challenge, sponsored by Tech’s Corporate Research Center, will take home $25,000 cash prize. things that can be sold beyond their own borders,” Flowers said. The team from Telecom SudParis University in Paris developed a company idea called Artbeating. The idea is a creative marketplace where art and design students can showcase their talent and network, team member Romain Lauwerier said. “There’s a lot of youth talent and it’s very hard to stand out,” Lauwerier said. “We promote student skills in different design fields. It’s to enable students to stand out and make their mark in the business and start a career.” If the Artbeating team wins the $25,000 prize, Lauwerier said the team would use the money to help promote the company. Another team competing in the challenge is from Monterey, Mexico. The Mexican team developed Nari-Filter, a product designed to filter dust and

chemicals from the nostrils. “We focused our market on industry but we also think it could work in the commercial side,” said Barnado Gamboa Escobar, a team member. “It’s useful in mines and construction because there are a lot of people there who work in those areas, and over time they can get sick from breathing in the dust and particles.” If his team wins the first prize, Escobar said it would use the money to start a company to sell the Nari-Filter. The challenge will be decided Thursday at a formal gala dinner at the Hotel Roanoke, hosted by the NewVa Corridor Technology Council. The keynote speaker at the gala is David Houle, author of the book “The Shift Age.” Houle was also part of the senior executive team that developed MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.

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Suspect pleads guilty in Danville robbery A suspect in a 2004 robbery pled guilty to three charges Wednesday in Danville Circuit Court. Issiah Bernard Johnson, 24, of Yanceyville, N.C., pled guilty to the charges relating to a robbery in 2004. The charges include armed robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and wearing a mask in certain places. During the proceeding, Circuit Court Judge David Melesco asked Johnson a series of questions to make sure he knew that by pleading guilty he waived the right to a trial. He said he did. Johnson and two others are accused of holding up the Sunrise Store on Aug. 12, 2004. Three masked men entered store that night, grabbed the female cashier, held her at gunpoint and asked her to open the register, said Coleman Adams, assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney. Before she had a chance to open it she was pushed to the floor but witnessed one of the men take an undisclosed amount of money. When Danville police arrived at the scene, a K9 unit was able to track the suspects. The trail led to a ski mask, which was collected and sent to the Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke, Adams said. Investigators there found DNA on the mask, which they then ran through a national databank. This registered a hit from a jail where Johnson was serving time. Johnson’s sentencing hearing will be Oct. 29. -staff reports, mcclatchy newspapers

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Storm patterns match seasonal marks CURTIS MORGAN mcclatchy newspapers

MIAMI — In the last two weeks, it seems as though the tropics have exploded: Hurricane Earl, big, scary and steaming toward North Carolina and a string of states. Tropical Storm Fiona, nearing hurricane strength but heading into hostile conditions and out to sea. Add the latest wave to roll off Africa, which got itself together enough Wednesday to quickly move from Depression No. 9 to Tropical Storm Gaston. Its future power and path remain highly uncertain. There are more tropical waves behind it. The flurry suggests otherwise but hurricane season 2010 is actually running pretty much on schedule, number-wise. It’s September. It’s not unusual for the Atlantic to wing multiple storms down Hurricane Alley. “It’s just the same as it is every year,” said David Nolan, a professor of meteorology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. “We’re just coming up to the peak of the hurricane season.” All the ingredients are in place to cook a furious tropical stew, he said: Ocean temperatures at their warmest, low wind shear, a conveyor line of tropical waves off Africa. Some years, like this one, large weather patterns add spice. This year, Nolan said, there are three of them — the familiar La Nina and two “oscillations” that are not exactly household names, the Madden-Julian and the Atlantic Multidecadal. Hurricane Earl, only the fifth in a year federal forecasters predicted would churn out 14 to 20 named storms, regained its Category 4 strength after weakening slightly and remained on a path that could sideswipe much of the Eastern Seaboard. . The National Hurricane Center expected the 135-mph storm to spin close to the coast by late Thursday as a major storm, then veer off and skirt the coast on up to the Canadian Maritimes, gradually weakening along the way. Bill Read, the hurricane center director, said he was confident that Earl would turn when a cold front pushes across the East Coast, forcing Earl out. But the timing of that turn was going to be a close call, he said, particularly for the Outer Banks of


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North Carolina. If it turns offshore, residents might see no more than broken tree limbs and rip currents in surf too rough for swimming anyway. But, Read said, “If it comes in later, then the center of the storm or the eye could make landfall across the extreme eastern tip of North Carolina, and for them, that would be the worst-case scenario.” Despite the fine weather, Brittany Grippaldi and her family decided to pack their Ford Explorer in Hatteras and head home to New Jersey. “It’s sad because reality hasn’t really set in because it is so beautiful out. It’s like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to leave this,’ but it’s like the calm before the storm,” Grippaldi told The Associated Press. If the experts are right, it could be a drill repeated a number of times this year. Tim LaRow, an associate research scientist at the Florida State University Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, helped develop a computer model with an impressive record of pre-seasonal forecasting. He predicted 17 named storms for 2010, 10 turning into hurricanes. He’s still “semi-confident” about the prediction. Though the season started with average numbers, the tropics have turned more hurricane friendly toward the end of summer — as they usually do. Historically, Sept. 10 is the peak of the season. That’s when tropical waves — big, disorganized storm masses generated by temperature differences between

the northern part of Africa and the continent’s equatorial zone — begin pinwheeling west into the Atlantic. As the ocean warms up — and its temperatures now are as high as they have been since 2005, which produced a record number of storms — it fuels the tropical cyclone development. “It’s not going to be unusual over the next month to see a lot of storms forming from African waves,” he said. There are several weather patterns aiding development as well, scientists say. Much of the ocean remains in what meteorologists call the warm phase of the Atlantic Multidecadal oscillation, a pattern of temperature shifts that can last 20 to 40 years. Warm phases like this one, in its 16th year, tend to produce more storms. Another weather pattern on the opposite side of the globe also adds fuel: La Nina, which is marked by cooling temperatures in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, typically tends to reduce wind shear, making it easier for storms in the Atlantic to form and strengthen. The third is dubbed the MaddenJulian oscillation, which Nolan said amounted to a constantly moving boundary line — with one side favoring storm development, the other suppressing it. He said that helped explain the lag between Tropical Storm Colin, which formed July 29, and Hurricane Danielle, which formed Aug. 19, and grew into an intense Category 4 storm before curving out to sea. “There is an internal variation to

each hurricane season,” Nolan said. “Each season has about two or three weeks on and two or three weeks off.” For the moment, at least, it appears solidly on. Though experts predict storm numbers based on atmospheric conditions, they can only guess at strikes based on past statistics. The odds of multiple strikes also go up during active years — with a 90 percent chance of a landfall on the East Coast and 80 percent on the Gulf Coast — as do the risk factors for Caribbean countries. That’s because ever-shifting and unpredictable regional weather systems dictate where hurricanes go. They are, said James Franklin, chief of hurricane specialists at the center in West Miami-Dade, “passengers” not drivers on atmospheric steering currents. A large seasonal front famously known as “the Bermuda High” initially drove Earl west, said LaRow, until the storm found its edge and began curving more to the north where its next direction will be dictated by that approaching cold front. Danielle and Fiona also curved north along the edge of the Bermuda High but LaRow cautioned that trend may not continue. The National Weather Service forecasts that high pressure ridge growing stronger and expanding westward toward the mainland. That could, at least for a time, discourage storms from curving harmlessly into the Atlantic, LaRow said.

WASHINGTON _ As Mideast peace talks opened Wednesday at the White House, President Barack Obama condemned the killings of four Israeli settlers Tuesday by Palestinian Islamist militants and vowed, “This is not going to stop us.” Standing outside the Oval Office with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after their private White House meeting, Obama said that “there are going to be those who are going to do everything they can to undermine these talks, but we are going to remain stalwart.” He said the United States remained “unwavering” in support of Israel’s security. Obama thanked Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, with whom he was to meet later in the day, for proceeding with the peace talks despite Tuesday’s attack, for which the militant group Hamas took credit. Obama also was to meet privately with Jordan’s King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The leaders planned a private working dinner Wednesday evening. Direct talks between Netanyahu and Abbas were to resume Thursday for the first time in nearly two years at the State Department. The Obama administration has set a goal of one year for reaching a peace deal, but hurdles were high in both camps even before the Tuesday shooting near Hebron. In Israel, some voices were calling for Netanyahu to return home, and a settler organization threatened to break the Israeli government’s ban on new West Bank construction, according to news reports. Obama sought to keep the talks on track despite the added pressure. -margaret taley and warren p. strobel, mcclatchy newspapers

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US education leads to personal discovery W

hen growing up in my home country, Nepal, I was called by the nickname of “Hitler’s granddaughter” by my uncle. Unlike any other regular nicknames he could have called me by, he chose this bizarre nickname because I grew up as the only child for the first seven years of my childhood, and still acted like one long after my younger brother was born. I was spoiled to a point where I would not listen to anyone and was “authoritative in personality like Hitler,” my uncle would say. As a fourth-grader, I had no prior knowledge of Adolf Hitler or his standing as a leader, but the one thing I knew was that the authoritative personality was the key to leadership success — as my uncle always mentioned when discussing politics with his friends. Thinking this quality to be a good one, I took the nickname as a compliment for years, up until I was in ninth grade — when I moved to the United States with my family. It came as a shock when my English teacher taught us about the Holocaust. I felt like I had just been tossed off a cliff, hundreds of feet to the ground on this particular day in my English class, when my teacher mentioned the tally of Jews killed during the Holocaust under Hitler’s leadership. Knowing Hitler’s true identity shocked me less than not having basic knowledge of such a significant incident in human history. Millions were slaughtered on one side of the world and I learned of it only after coming to the other side. The education I had received for 15 years meant nothing. I was ashamed of myself for days. I asked my cousins and friends back in Nepal if they knew what the Holocaust was. To my disappointment, they didn’t have the slightest idea of what it was. Then it struck me. I got a glimpse of the meaning of “Third World country” through this encounter. I then started to recall my time in Nepal. I used to have a room that was about the size of my parents’ current house in the United States. Located on the fourth floor of my old house — the houses are comparatively taller in Nepal. My room had big windows with brilliant views of the Shivapuri Mountain Range, Swayambhu temple — one of the world heritage sites listed by UNESCO — and the heart of Kathmandu valley. I used to come home to spend peaceful time in this sanctuary after a busy day in school. I attended the top school in Nepal, well known in nearby countries. I used to have a circle of friends, which consisted of daughters of businessmen, nieces of politicians and granddaughters of industrialists. We grew up with the attitude that we would be continuing our studies abroad. However, I moved before finishing high school. I never had a chance to stop and look beyond my horizon. Of course, the life I lived wasn’t really as extravagant as it looked.

Our parents owned cars but had to drive them on narrow, rough roads. We wore new clothes, but as soon as we stepped foot on the street and walked a few blocks, the new clothes looked as old as the dust piled on them. Our parents bought gallons of mineral water not because they were too rich to be drinking from the tap, but because the sewage system was so bad there was a possibility of the sewage getting mixed with the tap water. It never occurred to me that life could be much better than this. I never had a chance to think about the way I lived. Sure, I went to the rural sides of my country a few times each year. My uncle actually lived in a small town, right off the Kathmandu valley, in a joint family with another uncle. Every time I went to visit, I used to go visit the paddy fields and village areas with my cousin and his friends. I was always amused by how many logs a little girl could carry on her head from the forest to her house for fuel. I was mesmerized by how women walked miles to get gallons of drinking water. While we dreaded going to school, boys in this countryside walked to a different village and back each day joyfully to attend school. So new to my lifestyle, I just stood there like a tourist and actually enjoyed their day-to-day struggle. Even to them it had become a part of life. So this is it. I had encountered the day-to-day life of both sides, rich and poor, but it never occurred to me how bad the situation was until I learned of the Holocaust. Finally, I realized the true meaning of a Third World country. After thinking about these occurrences throughout my life, it really came down to one thing. While the first and second world countries are competing in global markets or the space race, Third World countries are still struggling within themselves. While the affluent populations, as well as people who can barely survive, are sending their children abroad for further education, the less fortunate populations are working so hard, day and night, to fulfill basic necessities, that they cannot afford to send their children to school. As younger generations further their studies, the country is left in the hands of old-fashioned, uneducated and self-oriented populations. The Holocaust is just another example of significant information that Nepal and countries similar to it are still unaware of because of the state of the nation. In my opinion, until this ongoing social trend has changed, the world will continue to have a distinct division of the nations, and Third World countries will always be listed on the bottom.

NAMRATA SHRESTHA -regular columnist -sophomore -biochemistry major

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Ground zero mosque debate not so simple While in principle I agree with what Lizz Wenska “Ground Zero Mosque Lacks Legitimacy,” (CT, Aug. 30) is saying, she seems to have not done all of her research. If this were just a random mosque being built, then I would agree with her completely, but she has not mentioned anything about the man who is leading the movement to get the mosque built, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Feisal Abdul Rauf’s claim to fame is his statement that the events of Sept. 11 were partly America’s fault, and his attempt to legitimize suicide bombing by saying “How else are they going to get peoples’ attention?” and that suicide bombing is the equivalent of personal suicide. So while Muslims have every legal right to build a mosque wherever they can purchase the land, they should be opposed by the people of New York and the United States because this is not a peaceable place of worship, but a statement that America got what it deserved. This is the victory flag. In addition, many people have said no matter how bad an idea this is, the city can do nothing about it because there is no valid legal reason to stop it. However, many of the major cities of the U.S., New York City included, have prevented Walmart from opening stores within their city limits simply by stonewalling them and bringing frivolous court cases against the major corporation.

If they can do it for Walmart, they should be able to do it for this mosque.

Stephen Biernesser junior, chemical engineering

Sensible views need further consideration Lizz Wenska “Debate over Ground Zero mosque lacks legitimacy,” (CT, Aug. 30) and Ben Woody (‘Pundits should not involve themselves in NYC Mosque debate’, CT 8/25) sensibly argue in favor of the Park 51 Mosque. The sentiments of some of the Sept. 11 victims against the mosque are understandable. However, Muslims also died on Sept. 11 and the perpetrators made no distinction between non-Muslims and Muslims. The mosque would be objectionable if its proponents held the same beliefs as the terrorists. Fourteen centuries ago, Prophet Muhammad categorically forbade Muslims from harming innocents of any faith. He famously encouraged Christian priests to worship in his mosque. In his letter to the St. Catherine Monastery, he guaranteed complete religious freedom to Christians in Arabia. To foster brotherhood among allpeople,Muslimsmustchampion efforts such as the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s “Muslims For Peace” campaign here in America. If not, the views of people like Wenska and Woody will fall on deaf ears.

Syed Ahmad ECE graduate student

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Understanding impact, efforts of Hokies United F

ive years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Hokies United was mobilized for just the third time as a way for the Virginia Tech community to come together and help the victims on the U.S. Gulf Coast. We were all affected by the images of the devastating flooding in New Orleans and the destruction that the tidal surge caused along the Gulf Coast. In some cases, we were unable to help those that had to deal with the unimaginable conditions in the Superdome. We struggled to understand the ineptitude of the government’s response to the situation. Thousands of dollars were raised during that time from Tech and local communities. The community came together through special fundraisers at local restaurants and collection jars throughout campus. In addition, Tech agreed to accept students from the colleges and universities that were affected by the destruction. During winter break in December 2005 and spring break in 2006, Tech students and affiliated groups spent countless hours helping to rebuild homes, participating in cleanup efforts, etc. Since 2001, Hokies United has mobilized in the face of crisis situations that affect the university community. It has assisted victims of crises from when it first responded to the events of Sept. 11, to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, the events of April 16, 2007, and most recently the Haitian earthquake of January 2010. It is significant and powerful that through Hokies United, students and

other members of the Tech community can come together. It is the truest representation of “Ut Prosim.” While Hokies United has done an excellent job in helping to relay information and support for different causes, one question remains. This question is prompted by the Hurricane Katrina anniversary, and it is about the follow up to these efforts on behalf of Hokies United. In the end, you have to dig through the university websites to find out Tech, through Hokies United, raised $92,000 for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Why is this information not more readily available? Supporting a cause is much more than just giving money, as was stressed during the efforts for Hokies Helping Haiti. Wouldn’t it be great to see or have a listing of the different service projects that Tech groups have initiated to support the areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina? Wouldn’t it be great to see updates as to what all of the support has done? What happened with the support for tsunami relief? How did the effort make an impact? Take for example the effort with Hokies Helping Haiti — how have the efforts made a difference? We know that these efforts have made a difference, but can we document it? On the Hokies United website, its stated mission is: “Hokies United is a student-driven volunteer effort organized to respond to local, national, and international tragedies that may impact our students and community. This website will serve as a comprehensive source of information listing efforts within the university and

community and provide directions and opportunities to anyone who would want to contribute for a noble cause.” It appears to me that what is lacking is a central source for true information about Hokies United. Rather than wait until the next time Hokies United is called upon, I think it would be wise for this new group of students to reflect on the information and background of the Hokies United effort. Use this time to lay the foundation and groundwork to help the Tech community better understand the need, the impact and the legacy of Hokies United. While I understand that the students will come and go, the legacy of their efforts should not be forgotten. As time continues to go by, many within our community will not know of the efforts of Hokies United in the early days, nor will they understand the difference that Hokies United has made. When the next event happens that requires the mobilization of Hokies United, I plan to be ready and willing to help out in whichever way that I can, but can we say the same thing for the rest of our community? It is not too late to help educate the community about Hokies United, especially as it celebrates its 10th anniversary in fall 2011.

RAY PLAZA -regular columnist -graduate student -curruculum and instruction

Cooking doesn’t have to be hard: Use simple recipes, improve diet I

spent most of my summer reading cooking blogs that are updated every other day by people who have eons more time than me. This summer I attempted to be one of those people, sans-blog, and failed miserably. I started strong though, making dinners, deserts, at least one thing every other day, until I actually started summer — working, seeing friends and going to horrible summer movies. Suddenly I didn’t have time for homemade croissants, loaves of babka bread or pita bread from scratch — with freshly-made hummus. None of those are difficult to make. In fact, the worst part of the whole process was waiting — making croissants is a time trap, but deliciously rewarding. Now that summer is over, the only thing stopping me from actually eating well is the ridiculous course load I signed myself up for. I would imagine that I’m not the only student with more work than time, and unfortunately when push comes to shove our food is what gets burned. Perhaps this is why the importance of actually eating well — not McDonald’s or Burger King or anything else you immediately associate with college diets — is often completely lost on college students. What bothers me most is the abundance of easy recipes — and I don’t mean the Rachel Ray version of easy — I mean the macaroni and cheese version of easy, but better, in both taste and health. Make no mistake, I love macaroni and cheese — but why not step it up? We’re all adults here, we shouldn’t be eating from the kids’ table.

Why not try some Parmesan, Swiss, or maybe some Gouda? Just mix it with plain macaroni, butter, cream. You’ve seen it before, but I guarantee you that this version tastes better than the blue-boxed macaroni of your childhood. Not only is it comparable in time to prepare, but it’s also a step in the right direction healthwise. Another prime example: Spaghetti sauce. Do you use Prego? I certainly hope not, for the sake of your taste buds. I suppose it’s all right if you like it, but it could be so much better and so much richer. The taste could be intoxicating rather than bland, almost a meal in itself rather than a soupy substitute for real sauce. For a sauce that’s worth the pasta you put it on, you only need three things: Tomato paste, herbs/seasoning, and ground beef. I could go on and on about spaghetti sauce — probably the one thing everyone should be able to make. Instead I will just say that the real merit of a good sauce is how it ages, letting the herbs become bolder overnight as the tomato sauce absorbs their flavors. Healthier, happier food — something everyone should have; it’s the little things, the details that make a meal so perfect. I cannot attest to everyone’s eating habits, I only know what I occasionally witness when I go grocery shopping — ramen, microwavable meals, that canned stuff that tastes different every time — it’s not the best of any world. Pasta, chicken and salads — all are easy, healthy and delicious, which makes them perfect for busy students.

Despite what you think, cooking on your own is not so expensive. Ingredients for sauce, pasta, maybe some bread cost less than $10, and makes more than one meal. Chicken only needs herbs, oil and an oven, which is still less than $10, and KFC has nothing like it. Of course, a salad is the easiest and most obvious route to take for something fast, healthy and customizable. Just throw your favorite vegetables into a bowl (or whatever you happen to find in your fridge), add some oil and vinegar and you have a meal. Simple, light and filling. If you are looking for more than that, I don’t know what to tell you. This is solely an attempt to dissuade the average student from eating the average meal — from one of those aforementioned fast food tragedies, which achieve ‘flavor’ through fat, salt and sugar. This begs the question: What are you tasting? If the definition of flavor is nothing but sodium-infused, lard-battered trash then there is a problem. If you have the means to cook, you should be taking advantage of it. There are no rules when you are in the kitchen, it’s what you like, and how you like it — but more than likely, it’s better for you. Simple recipes make for rich meals, especially when it comes to meats and pastas, and all it takes is less than thirty minutes and a kitchen. Take that Rachel Ray.

SEAN SIMMONS -regular columnist -junior -English major

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‘Modern Family’ leads newcomers at Emmy awards SCOTT COLLINS mcclatchy newspapers LOS ANGELES — The TV academy, criticized for years as staid and out of touch with what viewers actually watch, swept in a new era Sunday night with a live-across-the-nation Emmy show that handed a total of six prizes to ABC’s first-year “Modern Family,” including best comedy, as well as trophies to first-time winners Kyra Sedgwick of TNT’s “The Closer” and Archie Panjabi of CBS’ “The Good Wife.” But Emmy voters didn’t totally dismiss the past: AMC’s little-watched but much-acclaimed paean to 1960s advertising culture, “Mad Men,” took home its third straight award for best drama. “It was completely unexpected,” Jon Hamm, who plays ad man Don Draper on “Mad Men,” told reporters backstage. “The quality of the nominees this season, more than ever, has been phenomenal.” At the three-hour telecast, hosted by Jimmy Fallon and aired on NBC, Showtime won seven awards, the most in its 34-year history, making it competitive with NBC (eight). Both lagged far behind the 25 for industry leader HBO, whose Tom Hanks-produced miniseries “The Pacific” alone won eight, making it this year’s mosthonored program. Among the Showtime honorees was Edie Falco, who produced a jaw-dropping upset with her title role on the bittersweet comedy “Nurse Jackie.” Falco thus became the first woman to win lead actress awards in both comedy and drama (she was a three-time winner as mob wife Carmela Soprano on HBO’s “The Sopranos”). “This is the most ridiculous thing that has ever happened in the history of this lovely awards show,” Falco said in her acceptance speech. “I am not funny!” NBC telecast the ceremony live to the West Coast for the first time since 1976. In a move that may hurt its final audience numbers, the awards program was broadcast during a traditionally sleepy viewing month in order to avoid scheduling conflicts with NFL football, a ratings powerhouse for the network. After seven straight years, voters finally booted CBS’ “The Amazing Race” from the winners’ platform in the reality category and instead honored Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Another surprise was the broad snub for ABC’s “Lost,” which was nominated 12 times for its heavily publicized final season but won just once, in an editing category. However, fans could console themselves by remembering that the desert-island thriller did win the top drama prize for its first season back in 2005. Fox’s high-school musical “Glee,” another odds-on favorite, lost to “Modern Family” as best comedy but

did scoop up four awards, including a supporting nod for Jane Lynch, who plays the villainous coach Sue Sylvester. The hour-long “Glee” may have been somewhat disadvantaged in a category typically dominated by halfhour shows. If it had won as best comedy, it would have been the first one-hour series to do so since “Ally McBeal” in 1999. But the most meaningful triumph may have belonged to “Modern Family,” the first family sitcom to take the top prize since CBS’ “Everybody Loves Raymond” in 2005, and the first ABC sitcom to do so since “The Wonder Years” 22 years ago. The “Modern Family” win offers a huge morale boost to broadcast TV, which has spent much of the past decade fretting about the decline of hit sitcoms, which have underwritten the network/studio business model for decades. At last year’s Emmys, Julia LouisDreyfus joked that she was honored to be presenting an award “on the last official year of network television.” There was no such sense of foreboding at this year’s show. In fact, broadcasters have remained comparatively strong in comedies, at least compared with the dramatic categories, which the onslaught of basic-cable shows increasingly dominates. This year’s comedy crop was especially competitive, with three new series — “Modern Family,” “Glee” and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie” — squaring off against established favorites: HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and NBC’s “The Office” and “30 Rock.” As that list suggests, cable programs are not about to disappear from the categories any time soon. Indeed, the last year that broadcast swept the nominations for best comedy was 2005. Meanwhile, the dramatic field reflected an Emmy mix of the new and familiar. CBS’ legal procedural “The Good Wife” was nominated in its first year of eligibility. HBO’s “True Blood” is about to wrap up its third season, but this was its first year in the drama category. However, Showtime’s “Dexter” has been nominated three years straight without taking home the top prize, and AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has now failed to win two years running. ABC’s “Lost” won in 2005, its first year of eligibility, but had faded from the nominee roster until this year. Overall, Sunday’s ceremony was infused with a sense of new programs and faces coming into their own. Alluding to “30 Rock,” the NBC sitcom that had logged three straight wins as best comedy, Steve Levitan, the victorious executive producer of “Modern Family,” observed: “It doesn’t give me tremendous joy to break their streak. I still love it.”

Wondering what’s going on around the ‘burg? Check out the events of the upcoming week. [Thursday, September 2] What: Music — DJ Phil Where: Awful Arthur’s When: 10 p.m. Cost: Free Note: Under 18 must enter before 10 p.m.

What: Music — Carla Where: Gillie’s When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free

What: Music — Stereofidelics Where: Gillie’s When: 10 p.m. Cost: Door charge of $3 & $5 for under 21 to help with travel expenses

[Friday, September 3] What: Seminar — Academic Success-Time Management Where: 111 Femoyer When: 9 a.m. Cost: Free

What: Music — DJ Phil Where: Awful Arthur’s When: 9 p.m. Cost: Cover

What: Music — Lizzy Ross Where: Gillie’s When: 9:30 p.m. Cost: Free

[Saturday, September 4] What: Music — William Ayers Where: Gillie’s When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free

[Sunday, September 5] What: Music — The Heavy Pets Where: Attitudes Bar & Cafe When: 9 p.m. Cost: $8 through or at the door Note: Ages 18+ with a valid ID

[Tuesday, September 7] What: Greek 101 Where: Squires Commonwealth Ballroom When: 5:30 p.m. Cost: Free What: Fraternity Orientation Where: Squires Colonial Hall When: 7 p.m. Cost: Free

What: Music — Dirty Wake Where: Awful Arthur’s When: 9 p.m. Cost: Cover

[Monday, September 6] What: Music — DJ Mix Live Where: Attitudes Bar & Cafe When: 9 p.m. Cost: $8 for ages 18-20, $5 for 21+

[Wednesday, September 8] What: Music — Dangermuffin Where: Attitudes Bar & Cafe When: 9 p.m. Cost: $7 Note: Ages 18+ with a valid ID What: Comedy Club — Clint Nohr Where: Attitudes Bar & Cafe When: Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $7 Note: Ages 18+ with valid ID

6Stereofiweekend delics to play at Gillie’s late night september 2, 2010

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A five-hour energy shot for your ears will be served up at Gillie’s Late Night tonight, where the Stereofidelics will take the stage at 10 p.m. Performing approximately 180 shows during its full-time tour, the Asheville, N.C., pair, Chris Padgett and Melissa McGinley, make Blacksburg a frequent stop, with this being the band’s fifth visit. The Stereofidelics bring a retro-flavored alternative-rock sound to Late Night, along with an eclectic repertoire of songs. According to Padgett, they are best known for their intense live shows and musical diversity. The duo, which has been together for three years, are known for having a full and varied sound. Both play a total of seven instruments, ranging from electric keyboard to violin. According to Tess Smedley, a Gillie’s employee, bands like the Stereofidelics draw a crowd. Late Night was started two years ago by Anita Bevins, who runs a nonprofit booking company for local music venues. The shows have become a regular


Unfortunately classes aren’t cancelled this Labor Day Monday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of the gorgeous weather predicted for this weekend.

If you haven’t already bought your Boise State vs. Virginia Tech football ticket, then what are you waiting for? It is the first game of the 2010 Hokie football season for goodness sake, so plop yourself down in front of your laptop and search for last-minute tickets so you can cheer on the Tech players.

COURTESY OF STEREOFIDELICS Melissa McGinley and Chris Padget make up the musically diverse Stereofidelics.

favorite for Virginia Tech students and local residents. “(Bevins) started contacting bands to get them to come,” Smedley said, “and now she gets more bands who want to play than there is space or time for.” Gillie’s typically hosts Late Night Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The vegetarian restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere and a variety of drinks, desserts and appetizers during shows, but the kitchen closes at 9:30 p.m. The show is sponsored in part by

WUVT, the student-run radio station owned by Educational Media Company at Tech, the Collegiate Times’ parent company. The station has a “mutual relationship” with Gillies, according to Rosalie Wind, the station’s Woove magazine editor-in-chief. “Gillie’s has done underwriting for us and we contract bands there sometimes,” Wind said. Tonight’s show has a $5 door charge for those under 21 and $3 for those of age.


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Venture out of your dorm or apartment, and get some fresh air at Pandapas Pond along the Eastern Continental Divide. This eight-acre man-made pond, located at 110 Southpark Drive in Blacksburg, offers fishing, walking and mountain biking trails and picnic areas.

Pull those hiking boots on and prepare for an uphill trek along the Cascades National Recreation Trail, located on Cascades Drive in Pembroke. You’ll not only fit in some exercise on this four-mile roundtrip journey, but you’ll also enjoy gorgeous natural scenery. The trail winds along a shaded mountain creek up to a 66-foot waterfall, which is simply breathtaking. Don’t forget to pack plenty of snacks, sandwiches and water for sustenance, because there are ample rock areas to stop and take breaks. Keep it local and fresh with a delicious Italian — and Mediterranean — inspired meal from The Bank Food and Drink. The restaurant, owned by Tech alumna and professor Nancy Jurek, and her husband Giovanni Guarini, uses only local and organic ingredients and is located at 101 North Main St. in Pearisburg. Prepare to step into a realm of rich and mouthwatering scents. Although it is a bit pricier than a college student’s budget can typically afford, the food is well worth it.



Want s’mores? Chocolate bars, marshmallows and graham crackers are essential items for a successful camping trip at White Rocks Camping, also located at 110 Southpark Drive. Enjoy grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, or even steak if you have a more refined palette, around a campfire at one of White Rocks’ 49 sites featuring tables, flush toilets and a trout fishing creek. Get rowdy on the New River’s rapids.


For all you 21-year-olds out there, why not sip on fine wines all day? What could be more relaxing and fun than that? Luckily, there are many wineries tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains, like AmRhein Wine Cellars located in Bent Mountain offering Virginia-style wines with a German influence, and Chateau Morrisette located in Floyd County. Clink your glasses together and cheers to that!

Get rowdy on the New River’s rapids. Rent a canoe, kayak or raft from New River Outdoor Co. located at 132 Sanders Bottom Drive in Pembroke. It also provides river and hiking shuttle services, cabin rentals and guided fishing trips.


If you’re not in the mood to leave our oh-so-beautiful campus, then at least make the short trip to the Duck Pond. It’s the perfect place to bring your energetic pooches, relax and read a book or magazine. West End Market is not far, so take advantage of your meal plan and bring a sandwich to-go to enjoy by the water. If you are in a cooking mood, then be nifty and pack your own homemade picnic.

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