BY LINDSEY BROOKBANK | features editor
erched on the brick stairs of the new Chipotle with shiny silver goggles atop his knitted ski cap, Dewey Nelson nonchalantly leaned against one of the off-white pillars last night, prepared to spend a night outside to be the Blacksburg store’s first paying customer. Not even shivering once, he made braving the frigid conditions outside the burrito haven seem routine. “It is a true test of manhood. It is a real test of my convictions,” Nelson said, adding that he makes campouts for events such as DVD releases a habit. “I wasn’t born with a silver burrito in my mouth. I have to work for it.” Nelson, a Roanoke resident, along with several other men, camped out in front of Chipotle Monday afternoon, prepared to stay wide-eyed through the night, just to purchase a burrito this morning. Blacksburg’s Chipotle will open today at 11 a.m. after several months of construction delays. There will be no delay in welcoming its first customers. At least four burrito-obsessed troopers intended to stay the night outside the restaurant. “It is like, why do we cry when we see ‘Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan?’ Why do we feel patriotic before we hear ‘The Star Spangled Banner?’ Why do we fall in love?” Nelson asked, his voice getting higher-pitched and rowdier with every question. see CHIPOTLE / page three
The wait is over DANIEL LIN / SPPS
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Six cadets injured after SUV flips into ditch LIANA BAYNE associate news editor Two members of Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets are in intensive care after a Saturday car accident. Six cadets were injured in the singlecar crash on Craigs Creek Road, near U.S. 460. All were hospitalized, and two remain in intensive care at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Corps of Cadets spokeswoman Carrie Cox said all six students were members of Echo company. Ed Spencer, vice president of student affairs, announced Monday afternoon during a University Council meeting that the six cadets were on the way to Caldwell Fields for a corps event. University spokesman Larry Hinker said in an e-mail it was “an officially sanctioned corps event called sophomore initiation, for the sophomores of Echo Company. At the event, planned for Caldwell Fields, the sophomores are officially welcomed into their company.” “This is a sorrowful outcome to what should have been a happy evening in the life of the cadets,” he wrote. A press release from Blacksburg Rescue said the students were traveling in “an older model SUV” when their vehicle “flipped and landed upsidedown in a ditch causing all six of the patients to be trapped inside.” Spencer said the vehicle was a Ford Bronco. He reported to University Council that the two passengers in the front seat were wearing seatbelts, but
four passengers in the rear seats were not wearing seatbelts. The press release said “five patients were flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with potentially serious injuries. One patient was transported to Montgomery Regional Hospital by Blacksburg Rescue with non-life threatening injuries.” Spencer said Monday afternoon two students were still in the intensive care unit at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He said the vehicle was one of several in a caravan going to the event. At the site of the accident, orange spray paint marked the car’s skid marks. The skid marks begin about 100 yards down the road from the entrance to the Jefferson National Forest Shooting Range. They stretched in an arc for about 40 yards across the road and ended at the edge of an embankment that is at about a 50-degree angle to the road. Orange spray paint marked the four corners of where the car laid in the ditch, on top of the end of a metal drainage ditch. A tree was down across the accident scene, an indication that the car may have brought it down when it rolled. Broken glass, a roll of leftover medical tape, bloodied bandages and debris from the inside the car, including a map of the state of Maryland, marked the place where the car lay. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation is ongoing and declined to release further details.
DANIEL LIN / SPPS
(Left) Police have indicated the skid marks that the cadets’ Ford Bronco left on Craigs Creek Road with orange spray paint. (Right) The car left debris and an indentation in the brush where it landed, apparently felling a small tree and denting the opening of a metal culvert.
Service day focuses on Haitian, world hunger Class of
2012 to unveil new ring GORDON BLOCK associate news editor
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More than 2,000 people participated in Saturday’s service day, where they were able to watch the football game between Virginia Tech and NC State as they worked.
THOUSANDS PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY EFFORT TO PACK MEALS FOR HAITIAN SCHOOL CHILDREN ERIN CHAPMAN news staff writer Hundreds of volunteers gathered in Squires Student Center Saturday to package meals to send to Haiti. Almost nine months ago, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake that left thousands of citizens homeless and without food and water. More than 2,000 Virginia Tech students, faculty and community members packaged meals that will be sent to feed school children in Haiti. Each package contains rice, soy protein,
dehydrated vegetables and a vitamin flavoring packet. More than 285,000 meals were produced. Student volunteers with VTEngage began setting up the event at 7 a.m. on Saturday before the shifts of volunteers arrived. About 700 people showed up to help with the first shift, which began at 10 a.m. Groups of volunteers filled packets with food and then sent them to a table to be weighed. After that, the packets were tossed to volunteers standing by to load them into boxes. The boxes were placed in a storage container and sent to Norfolk. From there, they
will be sent directly to Haiti to feed those in need. “This event is excellent to demonstrate that college students care and want a challenge,” said Ray Buchanan, founder and president of Stop Hunger Now. The nonprofit organization partnered with VT-Engage to coordinate the event. “University students need to take the lead to end hunger,” Buchanan said. “When we work together, we can do amazing things.” Stop Hunger Now has taken its project to several colleges across the country. “In collaboration with North Carolina State, the University of North Carolina, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington,
Tech will put the total meals packaged to over a million,” said Troy Henson, Stop Hunger Now’s program manager. On Saturday, members of various student organizations volunteered their time. Galileo, the Resident Leadership Community and Greeks Giving Back were among the groups that sent volunteers. “I wanted to help out a good cause,” said Amber Castle, a freshman member of Hypatia. “I think it’s a good idea to have an event like this in the fall.” “This is a good event to get students involved to help the rest of the world,” said Sean Dunn, a junior member of Theta Xi. Blacksburg United Methodist
This is a good event to get students involved to help the rest of the world. SEAN DUNN THETA XI MEMBER
Church and Blacksburg Presbyterian Church raised funds to support the purchase of the food that was packaged. Phil Courey, a community volunteer with Tech’s Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships, helped organize the event. “People should be involved with service projects throughout the year, not only in the spring,” Courey said. “The idea is that the fall day of service will become an annual event.”
Leaders of Virginia Tech’s class of 2012 are enthusiastic as they make the final preparation for the unveiling of the class ring tonight. Katie Longest, the chair of the class’s ring design committee, said the ring is a product of the eight-person committee’s “year of preparation.” “Everybody’s really excited to show the class what we’ve been working on,” Longest said. She added it was a “big relief” to see the final product. “It’s like my baby is coming to finalization, and it’s an honor to be able to show it to my class finally,” she said. Class of 2012 President Sandy Bass said the ring was “definitely not like any ring that’s come in the past.” Bass said the ring would feature fewer elements than other rings, and would focus on symmetry and elegance. “The elements (of the ring) will really stand out,” Bass said. Longest said the ring “embodies” the 2012 class. “It’s not an easy task to do, but it’s a challenge we accepted,” Longest said. Bass added the ring is a physical reminder of a student’s connection to the university. “Having that ring celebrates that you are a Hokie,” Bass said. “Your class created something that hadn’t been done by anybody else.” The ring premiere is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Burruss Hall, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks on the Drillfield will follow the program.
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A Virginia Tech student was arrested over the weekend for discharging a shotgun, according to Blacksburg Police. Police responded to the 300block of Pheasant Run Court at 1:25 a.m. Saturday morning to a report of a subject shooting a firearm. An investigation revealed 21year-old Nelson Tuckwiller, a business major from Lewisburg, W. Va., discharged his shotgun twice in an attempt to disperse a crowd in an altercation in front of his residence. No injuries were reported from the shotgun blasts. Tuckwiller was charged with brandishing a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm and discharging of a firearm within town limits. He was held at Montgomery County Jail on a secured bond.
The Hokies women’s soccer team got its first conference win Sunday, shocking the formerly undefeated No. 7 Maryland Terrapins, 1-0, in front of the home crowd. The win breaks a two game losing streak and gives the Hokies (7-5-0) some momentum after starting conference play by losing to No. 11 Virginia and No. 1 North Carolina. On a night when the Hokies needed a win badly, it was the freshmen that stepped up. After a scoreless first half, freshman Ashley Manning tallied the only goal of the night off of a lob pass from sophomore Kelly Conheeney. It was just Manning’s second goal of her career and first against an Atlantic Coast Conference foe. Goalie and fellow freshman Dayle Colpitts was also solid for the Hokies — tallying five saves and recording her third shutout of the season. Tech’s next match will be at No. 2 Boston College on Sunday. It will be Tech’s fourth straight game against a Top 15 squad, and the third time in four games where the opponent is undefeated. The Hokies lost their only matchup to the Eagles last season in a 1-0 affair at Thompson Field.
Latino comedian Ernie G performed last week in Squires Student Center. His appearance was sponsored by the Latino Association of Student Organizations. photo by ghislain delporte
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Larceny of Hokie stone
Vandalism to a handrail
Underage possession of alcohol, Appearing intoxicated in public
Appearing intoxicated in public
Appearing intoxicated in public
Appearing intoxicated in public
Theft of a motor vehicle
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Underage possession of alcohol, Appearing intoxicated in public
Grand larceny, obstruction of justice Oct 2
Sent to Office of Student Conduct
Underage possession of alcohol, Appearing intoxicated in public
North Main St
Sent to Office of Student Conduct
Larceny of a bicycle
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october 5, 2010
Chipotle: Anticipation for grand opening builds Monday night from page one
“Chipotle is the pure happiness of this world condensed into one tinfoilwrapped burrito.” Some Blacksburg dwellers, including Nelson himself, were lucky enough to get their hands on special Chipotle promotional cards, offering one free burrito, chips, salsa and a soda yesterday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the day before the actual opening. A customer offered the determined camper an extra card, but he refused it. On the other hand, Charlie Rearick, who hasn’t had a Chipotle burrito in a long time, since one of the restaurants opened in his hometown six years ago, was quite disappointed he didn’t receive a card. He was also frustrated while watching all the fortunate people who were blessed with burritos a day earlier than him. However, he was willing to wait, because in his opinion, it was worth it. Elizabeth Gaeta, local store marketing consultant for Chipotle, even asked the dedicated fans to come inside, but they wouldn’t budge. “There is really a great energy in this town. I love it,” she said, adding that DANIEL LIN / SPPS the devotees outside were awesome. Although a rumor has been swirling Joe Summers, Joshua Walczuk, Charlie Rearick, Alex Koma, Dewey Nelson and Andrew Sisson were the ﬁrst to wait for Chipotle to open, forming a line outside on Monday night. around campus that Chipotle will give the first customer free burritos for an entire year, Gaeta refuted this claim. Hence, the burrito lovers were simply waiting to bite into their long-awaited delicacies as quickly as possible. It had been six weeks since Joe Summers, a freshman university studies major, chomped on a Chipotle burrito, and he said he was dying. While Summers happily explained his ideal burrito, Josiah Walczuk, another freshman university studies major who prefers steak burritos, mocked his neighbor’s personal choices. Walczuk moaned when Summers said he didn’t like beans in his steak burritos and even proceeded to say “gross” when Summers mentioned he included sour cream on his creation.
It is like, why do we cry when we see ‘Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan?’ Why do we feel patriotic before we hear ‘The Star Spangled Banner?’ Why do we fall in love? DEWEY NELSON ROANOKE RESIDENT
“What about rice?” Walczuk asked Summers. “Well yeah, rice is just inferred,” Summers replied, before noting that biting into his longawaited burrito was going to be “magical.” For Summers, the decision to stay outside Chipotle for the night was also made for practical reasons. He realized the line for the restaurant would be out the door today, most likely creating an hour-long wait, a hassle he didn’t want to deal with. After all, he ate the chain’s burritos about three times a week over the summer, so he couldn’t handle the anticipation any longer. Knowing their hunger would soon be satisfied, the men came equipped with the crucial supplies for an outdoor all-nighter: Tents, fold-up chairs, blankets, sleeping bags and cushions, plus the necessary heavyduty winter clothing for the falling temperatures. Rearick even used a plastic chair to prop up a laptop for prime movie viewing. With lunch and dinner still in his stomach, Nelson seemed confident he could survive the long hours of the night ahead without leaving his post or falling asleep. Pointing to the plastic bottle of juice sitting near his feet, which he planned to use for sustenance, he said, “I’ve staked out the area. I’m staying put.” Until the doors open, of course.
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Kronos Quartet strings together classical and modern ALICE PARK features staff writer For more than 35 years, the internationally-recognized Kronos Quartet — Hank Dutt, David Harrington, John Sherba and Jeffrey Zeigler — has worked on establishing itself as the avant-garde string quartet in the modern music world. The quartet spends five months out
of every year performing in festivals, clubs and concert halls around the world. Blacksburg happens to be one of the many stops along the current tour. On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the Kronos Quartet will perform at the Lyric theater from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. But be warned, this isn’t a run-ofthe-mill, dreadfully droning classical music ensemble that many have probably come to associate with the
phrase “string quartet.” This ensemble takes the concept of the string quartet and applies it to new styles of music, audaciously breaking down musical borders, exploring new styles and discovering exactly what a string quartet can really do beyond the traditions of classical music. With Harington and Sherba on violins, Dutt on viola and Zeigler on cello, the quartet continues to test the boundaries (or rather, lack thereof)
of modern music by exploring jazz, rock, Mexican folk and almost every other genre, even making its own in the process. The Kronos Quartet’s lively theatricality makes its members alluring performers. The group’s name is derived from the Greek word “chronos,” or “time.” It is a reference to the quartet’s attempts to capture its time and generation in the music that it performs.
Since Harrington founded the group in 1973, the Kronos Quartet has collaborated with the likes of Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, Nelly Furtado, Dave Matthews Band and countless other prestigious talents. The group has even picked up a Grammy and seven American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers first-prize awards in the process. More than 600 works have been created for the Kronos Quartet’s
repertoire by composers of every style all over the world. The Kronos Quartet is also the head of the Kronos Performing Arts Association, which is a nonprofit charitable organization in San Francisco that focuses on collaborating with, mentoring and encouraging other emerging artists. To find out more about the organization, you can visit the website at KronosQuartet.org.
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traight from his garage/studio in Toluca Lake, Calif., Adam S “Ace Man” Carolla of “The Man Show” and “Loveline” fame has been entertaining for years while off of the mainstream air. For those who were old enough around 1999, Carolla needs no introduction. You either love his humor or hate it. His jokes usually center around being a man and manly activities, such as carpentry, cars, barbecue and what he likes about women. The podcast reveals a depth to the Ace man that his radio and TV shows never showed. Regular listeners are treated to humorous stories about his upbringing from a humble childhood and disclose just how hard he has struggled to get to where he is today. His children also occa-
sionally make cameo appearances, usually through off-mic shouts from down the hallway. The humor is often crude. If you are offended by foul language or “guy humor,” Carolla isn’t for you. His rants are often incredibly opinionated and the man does have the incredible talent to turn anything into a rant, but he doesn’t care.
“The Adam Carolla Show” can be found via iTunes and gets three hot dogs out of five.
Axis & Allies
pring 1942. The world is at war. The German Blitzkrieg has domS inated Europe, and Adolf Hitler has his eyes set on Russia as the rising sun of Japan hangs on the western horizon of the United States. Are you and your two friends bad enough dudes to stop them? Axis & Allies is a board game for two to five players set in the middle of World War II. Players control one of the Allied Forces (Britain, Russia or the U.S., for those of you who failed freshman history) or the Axis Powers (Japan and Germany). Gameplay is similar to Risk, made by the same company, because A&A is first and foremost a game of strategy. It differs in the nearly 20 pages of additional rules outlining the differences of air/naval/land units, the economic aspects of raising funds to buy units
and the different ways a turn can be taken. If you still want more rules, then there is an appendix of optional rules to make gameplay more varied for the different countries. House rules can also add depth or humor to the game. In my group, you can only speak in the accent of the country you represent, bonus points for fluency in the language. Surprisingly, and appealing to any other history majors, most times I have played the game, it pans out roughly like the war actually did. Germany runs headfirst into Russia, Japan into the U.S., then the U.S. counterattacks Japan. Britain and Germany bomb each other, the U.S. takes its massive economic backing to fight in Europe and the Allies win. The key for the Axis team is to disrupt this chain of events. That is where replay value
comes in and I often choose to play the villain just for the challenge and the sake of finding new ways to thwart my friends. The game itself can be very time consuming, especially for new players. The first game I played, with all brand new players, lasted about 24 hours spread out over a whole week during the summer. This was because we had to stop many times to go back over rules or go through the book for clarification. This game is not for casual players, so if you can’t dedicate an evening to a game, there is always Apples to Apples. A&A is appropriate for hardcore gamers or strategy enthusiasts, but it may not appeal to anyone who wants to just open a box and have fun with minimal setup or investment. It’s a little pricier than some board
games at around $30, but the investment will return many hours of great fun if you enjoy games with depth, like Risk.
A&A gets four waves of the white flag out of five.
MATT BORYSEWICZ -features reporter -senior -history major
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Speaking for the dogs of Tech, Blacksburg seems there are two kinds of in this world: dog-lovers Iandtpeople dog-haters. Although the title of this piece is a clear indicator of where I stand, I believe it is the majority. I am writing this for the dogs, to be read by the minority, the town of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech and dog-owners everywhere. This column will center primarily on the need for a dog park and, secondarily, on the general treatment of dogs as it is highly correlated to the main topic. After all, there are 77.5 million dogs in the United States and one in three people own at least one dog, according to Humane Society statistics. This is my sixth year at Tech and my desire to write this column has grown since my third year, the year I got Mantis, my beloved collie mix. Actually, scratch that, my collie/German shepherd mix. Why didn’t I include the shepherd part before? Probably because most of the apartment complexes in town have a policy prohibiting purebred or mixed German shepherd, chows, rottweilers, dobermans, pitbulls, bull dogs, boxers, mastiffs or huskies. I had to tell CMG Leasing that Mantis was a collie mix. When they asked, “Mixed with what” I quickly replied “golden.” They loved that. I moved a year later into a house so I wouldn’t have to pay the ridiculous and discriminatory pet fee. We hominids could never make these disgraceful generalizations about each other, and yet, it is OK with dogs because their personalities are fixed from thousands of years of breeding, right? Absolutely not. To those who think that, I bet you have never owned a dog; or at least owned a dog you truly treasured. A dog is like a child in that they have their own personalities, but the way you raise them makes them who they are: Nature versus nurture. I went to take Mantis for a walk this morning. When we pulled up to the Smithfield Plantation parking lot at 9 a.m., the gate to the cross country walking trail was closed. This 1.6-mile trail located on more than 30 acres is now closed at all times except when the cross country team is practicing, a whole two hours a day for some of the year. It used to be an open haven for anyone who wanted to enjoy this beautifully scenic part of the Tech campus, and one man had the power to take it away. What happened to make this drastic change from a 24/7 park to an exclusive membersonly club? Dogs happened. Dog-owners used the area as an “unofficial dog park” around 5 p.m., the same time the team was practicing. They would claim their fields were “covered in poop,” but generally the types of people who care enough to drive their dog to a dog park are the kind of people who pick up after their dog. Even if an owner happened to miss the squat and the gift that followed, I could find 10 times more trash on the ground. The only difference is dog droppings are biodegradable. After a year of one-sided threats, police calls and yelled obscenities from certain people, the story goes that a dog did actually nip the heels of a runner. I never said dogs were perfect. Although it was out of play and not ferociousness, it was over. Responsible dog owners were forced to tuck their tail between their legs and move on, but to where? I cannot take Mantis anywhere in Blacksburg where he can — legally — be off a leash. Blacksburg needs a dog park and I’m not talking about a 30-foot-by-10-foot fenced in square in the corner of an apartment complex. I love my dog with all my heart.
He is one of my best friends. He deserves a good life full of exercise and stimulation. He’s not going to get that by being on a four-foot leash every time he walks out under the sun. He deserves a dog park where he can run and swim and socialize with other canines. I have signed at least two petitions with hundreds of names on them and last year I was in Blacksburg’s Christmas parade with “Heartstrings Pet Lodging and Spa” representing the needs for a dog park. The town of Blacksburg has talked about making the vacated police shooting range at Tom’s Creek Park the new Blacksburg Dog Park for years, but it still remains a vacated and locked police shooting range. The town council is procrastinating, but in the end, it is only hurting Blacksburg. Let me explain. Biting, barking, pooping, stinking. These are all words dog-haters use to describe those butt-sniffing canines. Unfortunately, they may be right. Neglectful dog-owners are giving all dogs a bad name. Responsible dog owners have to either choose between breaking minor laws or raising an unsafe, unsocialized, unhappy dog. With the presence of a dog park and a change from bad owners, many negative stereotypes of dogs could be erased. My boyfriend and I took our dogs to Gillie’s last week. His dog is a border collie, pitbull mix. A surprised passerby asked how we got them to behave so well while we ate our dinner next to the street. The answer is plain and simple. We love them. This includes training them, setting rules for them, and walking them (legally and illegally) twice a day. Dog-owners either decide to do these things or they don’t, but dog misbehavior is caused by human neglect. This semester alone, I have seen three dogs tied up outside without water. I have seen dogs fenced in a pen all day going absolutely crazy. Dogs are social creatures who need a great, consistent pack leader to make them grow up into well-behaved pooches. The underlying issue here is dogs are not items or possessions to be stored out of the way when you’re not using them, and then played with when you feel like it. After all, they’re not cats (but don’t get me wrong, I love cats too). The lack of a dog park exacerbates the problem by making it more difficult to be a responsible dog owner. A dog park is a place where owners can take their dogs to get them tired, which will stop most anxiety-causing misbehavior. Remember, a tired dog is a happy dog. A dog park is a place where dogs can learn socialization to amend aggressiveness. It is a place where owners and dogs can develop a stronger relationship, which plays a vital role in respect and following commands. Leash-walking alone hinders critical development, especially at a young age. For example, there is a young pure-bred German shepherd down the street who has never been off a leash and because she hasn’t had proper socialization she is so scared of dogs she barks and growls desperately. I would never blame her or her owner, though, because it’s not her fault: Owners simply don’t have a legal dog park to go to.
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Tech not ‘liberal’ institution as Campus Reform claims ccording to CampusReform.org, Virginia Tech has a liberal bias. A In early August, the group published research claiming Tech was 82 percent liberal. However, its data are flawed. In college, we are taught to think; we are not taught ways to have a liberal bias. I am going to break down exactly why the information Campus Reform “researched” is unfounded. First, student organization funding does not come from the Student Government Association. Rather, it comes from Student Activities and the Budget Board. There are forms that any registered student organization must fill out in order to receive funding. The group’s information is misleading, for it says “no conservative student organization has received funding.” I beg to differ. Campus Reform considers the Jewish Student Union a “conservative” group, and they received funding last year, even though their mission is neither liberal nor conservative. Rather, it is to celebrate its Jewish heritage. Also, there is no discrimination when deciding who gets funding; most student organizations never even apply for funding. The funding process at Tech is unbelievably simple and I assure you there is no bias when deciding which student groups receive funding. Next, some of the “left-leaning” student organizations Campus Reform lists have absolutely no political pur-
pose — thus no “liberal bias.” For instance, Greeks Going Green exists merely to promote more sustainable living. Since when was that a conservative or liberal view? Also, the Women’s Center Club? How is that liberal? Lastly, I know plenty of people in groups such as Students for Sensible Drug Policy who are moderately conservative but see it as a fundamental student right to make the policy match Virginia’s policy. In addition, Gov. Schwarzenegger of California, a Republican, recently passed a law to reduce the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana from a misdemeanor to an infraction. Campus Reform discusses the Board of Visitors, which is appointed by the governor. It explained that, in 2008, Tech’s BOV donated to Democrats. Of course there was a bias toward Democrats by BOV members in 2008, since Democrat Tim Kaine was governor and was solely responsible for appointing people to the board. If we look at Gov. Bob McDonnell’s appointees to the BOV this past year, I guarantee they donated mostly to conservatives. Lastly, according to the President’s Annual Report, there are more than 7,000 people on paid staff, approximately 1,400 of whom are professors. Campus Reform wrote only 75 faculty and staff donated to congressional campaigns. From this data, the group
said Tech was 82 percent liberal. What that statistic tells me is Tech faculty/staff are apathetic. I find it hard to believe that they extrapolated 0.1 percent of the Tech population to represent the entire faculty/staff. All my professors in finance have been very conservative. I could tell you exactly why the minimum wage does not make sense. I’ve heard it in almost all of my classes. The beautiful thing about a collegiate experience is that teachers have the right to teach however they want. Some are liberal, some are conservative. The tenure process allows professors the freedom to teach without worrying about outside influences. At Tech, we are taught the importance of data and the scientific method. It troubles me Campus Reform would publish flawed data that, in essence, paints a false picture of Tech. Freedom is a beautiful thing. We should be thankful we are at school that focuses on teaching us how to think critically, and most importantly, on our own.
BRANDON CARROLL -regular columnist -senior -ﬁnancial planning major
When is a harmless college prank not at all harmless? hat happens when a prank crosses the line? W A good prank played on a colleague or friend may involve a brief moment of embarrassment to be humorously recalled by those involved in future years. Good pranks never result in suicide. Tyler Clementi was a victim of a prank that deviated from playful to malicious. His last words to the world were through his Facebook page — “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.” An 18-year-old freshman at Rutgers University, Clementi asked his roommate if he could have the room until midnight on Sept. 19. Clementi’s roommate, Dharun Ravi, agreed and went into Molly Wei’s room, where he accessed his webcam via Wei’s computer and spied on Clementi. Not only did Ravi witness his roommate engaging in sexual activity with someone, but he also streamed it live on the Internet for all to see. After finding out what had occurred, three days later, on Sept. 22, Clementi jumped from the George Washington Bridge, killing himself. Ravi and Wei have been charged with invasion of privacy, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. However, this is not the topic of concern. The controversy lies in whether the two students will receive hate crime charges (which are much more severe), as Clementi was taped while involved with another man. On one end, people are arguing the two students performed a simple prank, and it had nothing to do with Clementi’s perceived sexual orientation. On the night of the original recording, Ravi went to his Twitter and exclaimed that he saw his roommate “making out with a dude.” Ravi, however, said the initial broadcast was an accident — he just happened to dial his own computer from Wei’s computer, and he just happened to catch his roommate involved with another man. I do not believe this — I think Ravi was curious about what his roommate was doing. It appears he violated his roommate’s privacy to satisfy his own selfish curiosity. Was this motivated by the fact Clementi was involved with another man? If yes, then hate crime charges should be filed.
If Clementi were involved with a woman, I do not think the motivation to stream the interaction over the Internet and make it public knowledge would be there — there would not be as large of a following. It was reported by some students at Rutgers that it quickly became the topic of gossip around the dormitory Clementi and Ravi were living in. I do not think that would be the case if Clementi was with a woman. I feel Ravi was motivated to attempt to catch him in the act two more times because Clementi was perceived to be gay. On Sept. 21, the day before Clementi committed suicide, Ravi took to his Twitter to say, “I dare you to video chat me. ... Yes, it’s happening again.” On the other end of the spectrum, people are equating the actions of Ravi and Wei to manslaughter, saying the two students’ actions unmistakably, although unintentionally, led to Clementi’s suicide. Posts made by someone presumed to be Clementi on a gay men’s forum give glimpses into what a person in his situation may be feeling. The amount of mental anguish Clementi must have been experiencing because of his sexual orientation can only be imagined, especially since he was a religious man, even playing violin at his church every Sunday. Unfortunately, such an event is not a unique occurrence. Suicide by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths have been swarming the news recently. It is unfortunate embracing your identity can be dangerous to physical, mental and social health. I must agree with the New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in wondering how Ravi and Wei can sleep at night “knowing that they contributed to driving” Clementi to suicide. Although I will not equate the actions of Ravi and Wei to manslaughter (I feel that is a slippery slope and will only set a complicating precedent for the future), I do think this was a hate crime, with Clementi as the victim. Ravi and Wei, although questionably unaware, are the bullies. We in the 21st century like to think of ourselves as being more civilized than our predecessors were. In ancient Rome, it was seen as entertaining to watch as two people fight to the death
Suicide by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths have been swarming the news recently. It is unfortunate embracing your identity can be dangerous to physical, mental and social health.
or to see Christians brutally dismembered by lions. Even in America’s history, people in towns would gather round to watch witches burned at the stake or townspeople being hanged. We thumb our noses at such barbaric forms of entertainment, however, I challenge this notion. Are we really that different today? People still love seeing others humiliated and torn apart. On American Idol, one of the most popular shows on television today, many viewers tune in to watch the “bad” singers audition — people laugh as contestants have their hopes ripped apart by the judges’ stinging comments. Reality TV shows are so popular because they provide the viewers opportunities to laugh at other people’s misfortune and awkwardness. Society today needs to acknowledge the power of both foresight and empathy. By utilizing foresight, people such as Ravi and Wei could have realized what their actions could do, had they thought past mere instant gratification and looked at the long-term consequences. By empathizing with Clementi, Ravi and Wei could have done their best to try and understand what Clementi, a seemingly emotionally confused individual that kept to himself, was feeling, opposed to writing him off as a blank, emotionless target who should be fed to the lions.
JOSH TREBACH -regular columnist -junior -biological sciences major
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Annie Crane plays last show of tour in Blacksburg MIKA MALONEY features reporter Singer and songwriter Annie Crane has been rocking the international stage since the release of her debut album “Through Farmlands & the Cities.” She combines her Americana and Indie folk blend for a sweet southern flavor that is reminiscent of Gillian Welch or Lucinda Williams. The Collegiate Times spoke with Crane in anticipation of her upcoming show at Gillie’s Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., which will be her last stop on her southeastern tour. COLLEGIATE TIMES: You have been credited with refashioning folk music in a modernist and urbane guise, can you elaborate on this to describe your
sound? ANNIE CRANE: When you say to someone you’re a folk musician, they often think of the 1960s, which does influence me. I’m very influenced by Joni Mitchell; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, but also by music from my own generation, which really plays a role in how my sound comes out. I’m influenced by live music in New York. A lot of my friends are musicians, and I wouldn’t be where I am now if I didn’t live in New York. CT: You have toured extensively and internationally since the 2008 debut of your album “Through the Farmlands & the Cities.” What is your favorite place you have played? CRANE: My favorite place was in France in this little town (called)
Bescom. I played a show there in April. It wasn’t the biggest venue ever, but it was in this really old medieval French village in the southeast of France. The scenery was breathtaking and the people who ran the venue were so great. CT: You have shared the stage with some of folk music’s biggest legends, such as Emmylou Harris. What was your experience playing alongside some of the industry’s biggest names? CRANE: It was awesome. I was so excited. I remember being really giddy, but I really wanted to make a point of enjoying every minute and drinking it all in, because who knows when you (will) get a chance to do that again. Looking back on it, I’m surprised I wasn’t more nervous. I was just really happy to be there.
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CT: As a writer and a musician, where do you find inspiration for both your lyrics and your sound? CRANE: For my lyrics, the environment around me. In (New York) City it comes from the architecture, the mood of the day, the weather, people’s stories and interpersonal relationships. For sound, going out and hearing live music is the biggest inspiration. There’s something about live performances. CT: What are your hopes for the future of your music? CRANE: To be able to keep doing it. Hopefully, for what I do now, to grow and more people to get interested. To do it in a way that always makes me feel good and allows me to have a happy balance in life.
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Folk musician Annie Crane will play at Gillie’s Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
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MIKA MALONEY features reporter A miniature brown bear and cub sit on a pedestal in the center of Blacksburg artist Christine Kosiba’s studio, startlingly lifelike despite their rough fur and inert features. Wandering through Kosiba’s studio feels like passing through a storybook where the animals fix you with their intense gaze, and the nature-inspired pieces draw you into their mythical world. A cluster of black ravens hunker, balanced on various shaped and colored pedestals, glaring intently in different directions, beaks open in soundless screams. Bright blue turquoise stones clutched between their straining jaws create a stunning contrast to the dark, glazed clay. Kosiba is an artist inspired by the diversity and beauty of the natural world. She sees the subtle beauty in nature, such as the shadows cast on a forest floor and uses her art as a medium to reflect these wonders back to the world around her. Her process is organic, and her pieces evolve naturally to convey her gratitude for the marvels of the world around. Along with ten other artists, she opened her studio to the public this past Saturday and Sunday as a part of Art Tour Ten, an annual fall tour of the studios of New River Valley artists. For the fifth year, the tour fanned across Blacksburg, Radford, Riner and
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Christine Kosiba opened her studio as part of Art Tour Ten. Floyd and offered visitors a brief glance into the inspiration that lies behind some of southwest Virginia’s most popular artists. The array of work was diverse, including ceramics, photography, oil paintings, book making, wood, clay, stone and instillation sculpture. Seeing the artists’ work displayed in the space where they were produced created an experience that would have been impossible to achieve in a more traditional gallery setting. Visitors were able to view the range of tools the artists used, and ask questions about materials, ideas and the inspira-
tion for the work. By displaying the art in the artists’ studios, visitors were able to not only see the work, but also experience the creative process that led to its formation. Originally named Art Tour Ten for the 10 members of the tour, the meaning of the name has changed over the years as membership has increased, and the name now means the art is a “10.” Studio tours have been growing in popularity in the New River Valley area, and the high quality of the work in this one truly reflects the new meaning of its name.
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ust when you thought the Hokies were going to fold, Tyrod Taylor went all in. The senior quarterback from Hampton, Va., led two fourth quarter scoring drives of 50 yards or more, capped off by a sevenplay, 76-yard drive resulting in a touchdown pass to receiver Jarrett Boykin, catapulting the Hokies past NC State 41-30 on Saturday. Leading the biggest comeback of head coach Frank Beamer’s career, Taylor knew the Hokies were far from done when they went down 17-0 in the first half. “As long as your team keeps fighting,” Taylor said. “With the type of team that we have, we can come back from anything.” Perhaps the toughest quarterback in Virginia Tech football history, Taylor again proved he had the right cards. Taking shot after shot by the vicious Wolfpack defense, Taylor continued to get back up. Late in the second quarter, he took a blow to the helmet from linebacker Nate Irving. His back locked up. No penalty flag was thrown. The pass fell incomplete. Everything that could go wrong on a play did. Yet Taylor peeled himself off the Carter-Finley Stadium turf and called the next play. “This team doesn’t really understand the concept of quit, they don’t understand the concept of giving in,” said Bryan Stinespring, offensive coordinator. “They don’t give in, they don’t give up and they keep on playing.” Going into halftime down 177 with little working on offense, Stinespring had faith things would turn around. “We survived the storm early,” Stinespring said. “At halftime, everybody was calm and understood what we needed to do.” Taylor took a muscle relaxer for his strained back, defensive coordinator Bud Foster made some defensive adjustments and the Hokies were poised for a second half in which they would score 34 points. Running back David Wilson gave the Hokies more energy than a can of Red Bull, as he took the second half’s opening kickoff to the house for a 92-yard touchdown. Tech’s defense, led by sophomore cornerback Jayron Hosley, terrorized Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson for three interceptions, including the one that sealed the game for the Hokies. “Our defense played great, allowed
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Darren Evans gives Wolfpack cornerback David Amerson a taste of his punishing running style in the Hokies’ 41-30 win Saturday. me to sit back and make plays,” Hosley said. “And Bud Foster put the pressure on (Russell Wilson) and he threw it up for us to make those plays.” Hosley’s three interceptions on Saturday tied the Tech single game record. The Delray Beach, Fla., native already has four interceptions this season, and he may challenge the current single season record at Tech of nine, set by Ron Davidson in 1967. Hosley earned the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. Heading into the game, all the talk was about Wilson and the Wolfpack offense, and deservedly so. However, every time the game was getting away from the Hokies, Hosley was there to make a play. His two second quarter interceptions stopped the bleeding and allowed the tired Hokies defense to
get off the field. Despite allowing more than 500 yards of offense and losing the time of possession battle, Foster takes only one stat away from the game. “The stat for me, it’s the win-loss column,” Foster said. “(Wilson) was 21 for 49? I’ll take that every day of the week. We kind of joked all week that Russell wakes up out of bed throwing for 300. We knew it was going to be like that.” The Wolfpack offense was aided by several controversial pass interference penalties during the game, two of which were called on freshman safety Antone Exum. “On the interference calls, I thought we were battling for the ball,” Beamer said. “But you know that’s what the call was.” NC State’s Wilson would not go down without a fight, leading a five-play, 37-yard drive, which
ended with a field goal and gave the Wolfpack a two-point lead. When the Hokies offense came back on the field with 4:42 left in the fourth quarter and down 30-28, it was Taylor once again who put the offense on his shoulders. The home crowd was hyped and the Wolfpack defense was hungry. Yet it was four simple words by No. 5 in the huddle that set the tone. “Let’s do it now,” Taylor said. Taylor’s ability to make plays with his feet were critical on the final drive, as it looked like he was sure to take a sack on multiple occasions. The critical play on the drive came on third down and three from the Tech 47-yard line. A called pass in the huddle, Taylor took the shotgun snap and quickly pulled the ball down. “There were lanes for me to run and I just took advantage,” Taylor said. “I guess they were a man short and forgot about the run threat from me.” Taylor, who finished the game 12 of 24 for 123 yards and three touchdowns, was more deadly with his legs. He finished the game with 121 rushing yards, making it his fifth career game with three touchdowns and more than 100 yards rushing. Following a short run, Taylor dropped back and fired a 39-yard touchdown bullet to Boykin, the same play that had failed earlier in the game. “Normally we key the field-side safety, and I keyed the backside safety,” Taylor said. “I just came back to (Boykin) and he made a great catch and a great run after the catch.” “I was wanting that ball so bad, I was just waiting for that play,” Boykin said. NC State and Wilson’s comeback drive collapsed on the first play, as Hosley intercepted his third pass of the day. Running back Darren Evans sealed the deal with a touchdown and the Hokies went home with the victory. “I’ve been proud of this program a lot of times,” Beamer said after the game. “But I don’t know if I’ve been ever more proud than what we got accomplished here tonight.”
MATT JONES -sports reporter -freshman -communication major
Virginia Tech 41, NC State 30 3:30 PM ET, Oct. 2, 2010 Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C. Box Score #23
FIRST QUARTER TD
41 30 VT
George Bryan 7 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) Dean Haynes 2 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson
Josh Czajkowski 37 Yd Andre Smith 10 Yd Pass From Tyrod Taylor (Chris Hazley Kick)
SECOND QUARTER FG TD
THIRD QUARTER TD
David Wilson 92 Yd Kickoff Return 13 (Pat Failed) Jarvis Williams 34 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson 13 (Josh Czajkowski Kick) Darren Evans 54 Yd Run 21 (Tyrod Taylor Pass To Danny Coale For Two-Point Conversion) Josh Czajkowski 32 Yd 21
17 24 24 27
FOURTH QUARTER TD
Andre Smith 4 Yd Pass From Tyrod Taylor (Chris Hazley Kick) Josh Czajkowski 42 Yd Jarrett Boykin 39 Yd Pass From Tyrod Taylor (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) Darren Evans 3 Yd Run
Virginia Tech Passing T. Taylor
YDS 160 121 36 317
AVG 10.7 7.6 6.0 8.6
TD 2 0 0 2
LG 54 71 26 71
YDS 91 34 27 145
AVG 9.1 3.4 2.3 4.4
TD 0 0 0 0
LG 49 9 14 49
YDS 47 18 16 123
AVG 23.5 18.0 8.0 10.3
TD 1 0 0 3
LG 39 18 14 39
AVG 24.2 25.8 11.3 17.2
TD 0 1 1 3
LG 35 34 23 35
North Carolina State Passing R. Wilson
Virginia Tech Rushing D. Evans T. Taylor D. Wilson Team
CAR 15 16 6 37
North Carolina State Rushing M. Greene R. Wilson D. Haynes Team
CAR 10 10 12 33
Virginia Tech Receiving J. Boykin D. Roberts D. Coles Team
REC 2 1 2 12
North Carolina State Receiving O. Spencer J. Williams D. Haynes Team
REC 6 4 3 21
YDS 145 103 34 362
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