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Students visit booths to learn about diversity at last year’s event.

This year the Multicultural Diversity Committee will introduce the new business diversity minor. ALEX GOMES news staff writer

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Thursday, the atrium of Pamplin Hall will host “A Diversity Jubilee,” an event sponsored by the Multicultural Diversity Committee. Virginia Tech is home to several different organizations dedicated to the importance of diversity, and the upcoming event is a way for students to take a look at a variety of opportunities for broadening their perspective. In addition to free food, the open house event will provide plenty of information about what Tech’s multicultural organizations have planned for the future, and the ways students can get involved. “We welcome everybody to come in and look around and see what’s available,” said Roberta Russell, a Business Information Technology professor and member of the Pamplin Multicultural Diversity Committee. “There are a number of things we do in the college, and we wanted to bring it all together so people could see about it at the beginning of the semester. It’s kind of nice that it corresponds with Martin

We welcome everybody to come in and look around and see what’s available.” Roberta Russell Multicultural Diversity Committee

Luther King Jr. week.” One of the popular topics covered in the event is the business diversity minor, which is available to all students. The course is made up of classes that focus on how diversity affects both legal and social issues, as well as ethical dilemmas. While the words “diversity minor” might seem out of place among other minor degrees like real estate or leadership, Russell believes it’s critical to meet people who can contribute differ-

ent ideas and perspectives. “Companies are looking for students who have experience working in groups with people from different backgrounds and understanding things,” she said. In fact, many businesses will go out of their way to encourage it. During the annual Diversity Conference, which is held later in the spring semester, several companies host workshops that teach students the importance of

Companies are looking for students who have experience working in groups with people from different backgrounds and understanding things.” Roberta Russell Multicultural Diversity Committee

diversity in an office setting. “It’s always easier to work with people who are just like you,” Russell said. “It’s a little harder to work with people who are different, but the results are a lot better because you get a lot of different ideas, new approaches to problem solving, new approaches to marketing a product. It just opens up a whole new world.” In addition to the members of both the Multicultural Diversity Committee and Council, the event will feature representatives from the National Association of Black Accountants, the Multicultural Center and the Diversity Center. “Whether it’s recruiting faculty or recruiting students, we’re making sure that we have a climate here that’s conducive to different points of view,” Russell said. Follow Alex Gomes on Twitter @alexgomes_ct

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Harley Green, a state of Virginia concealed handgun permit holder, shows his support for guns on campus during a rally in Nov. 2011.

Virginia Tech becomes part of the conversation again as gun policies are debated nationwide. PRISCILLA ALVAREZ associate news editor

Gun control and gun violence are words that have been embedded in the nation’s vocabulary since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on Dec. 14, 2012. The conversation on gun protection has initiated debates across the country, raising questions on how to prevent tragedies like the recent shooting in Newtown, Conn., or the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007. President Obama announced a detailed proposal regarding gun policy earlier this month encompassing law enforcement, ammunition magazines, background checks and mental health. According to a Virginia Center for Public Safety press release,

family members of the Virginia Tech shooting supported some of his proposals regulating firearms. Andrew Goddard — president of the Virginia Center for Public Safety and father of Colin Goddard, a student injured during the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre — “endorsed proposals to limit high capacity magazines and ban military-style assault weapons,” according to the press release. However, in order to execute many of Obama’s propositions, his administration still needs Congressional approval. Nevertheless, Obama’s administration released 23 executive actions that will be taken immediately. Some of these actions include mandating an intricate background check system that would collect information from

federal agencies, reviewing laws and acts that prohibits making health information private, and creating a report on the most effective use of gun safety technologies. A key topic in many of

If you look at the other young men who have committed these massacres, they all seem to have some type of mental health issue.” Lu Ann McNabb President of Angel Fund

these actions is mental health. Specifically, starting a national dialogue on the subject that would be led by the secretary of

health and human services and secretary of education. Such a conversation would include discussing hiring school resource officers and connecting health care providers with law enforcement authorities. The administration is not the first to initiate a dialogue regarding mental health. The Angel Fund, aimed at “creating an atmosphere of acceptance” in schools, has recently made its mission to assist young people struggling with mental issues. The Angel Fund was founded in 2007, after the death of Tech student Reema Samaha, who was killed in the April 16th shooting. It originally began by focusing on mental health, campus safety and security, privacy laws, information sharing, and gun laws, according to its president, Lu Ann McNabb. As years passed, the Angel Fund began to notice the issues young students were facing at see GUNS/ page two

Mayor talks gun policy with VP DEAN SEAL associate news editor

On Dec. 21, 2012, Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam joined 11 other mayors in a conference call coordinated and led by Vice President Joe Biden, with the intention of discussing gun control methods. Rordam gave his stance on the discussion, as well as the Town of Blacksburg’s approach to a new era of gun violence. Collegiate Times: What can you tell me about the call with Biden; what did you all discuss, and how long did it go on? Ron Rordam: The call itself was for about an hour and 40 minutes. It was with 11 mayors from around the country. Some of the mayors from where some of the shootings had taken place were on the call. Everybody just laid out different experiences as to what had happened, and talked about different possible ideas they had. It was a good conversation from the local level. The mayor of Philadelphia was on there, and of course, he lives within

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Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam participated in a conference call focused on gun control methods. a different level than we do here, so there were a lot of different viewpoints. CT: What might you say about Biden’s candor during the call? RR: (laughing) He’s great; he’s great. I got to tell you, I

love him. CT: I understand President Obama has put Biden in charge of leading discussion in the matters of gun control. What did he talk about as far as his aim for the discussion?

RR: His aim was to gather our input, with specifics, and from experiences (we’ve had). He’s been very involved with mayors over the years. Some of these mayors he goes back with a long way. see RORDAM / page two


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school. “If you look at the other young men who have committed these massacres, they all seem to have the same thing,” McNabb said. “They all seem to have some type of mental health issue and many of them end up committing suicide.” McNabb and others in her community began to notice more problems students were struggling with. “We had kids suffer from depression, social anxiety and alienation,” she said. “So when we looked at all the mental health issues within our own community we decided that’s what we would focus on. So this past summer that’s what we did.” The group found that in Fairfax County, Va., one-third of high school students were reported to have depression, some of whom had attempted suicide or had thoughts of suicide. They also noticed that students battling these issues had fewer resources at their disposal in community colleges. “I think the commonwealth, prior to 2007, did not put enough resources into mental health funding,” McNabb said. “They did increase the funding after the tragedy, but now we’re back to pre-2007 levels and we can’t do that.” The Angel Fund approached the situation by working with legislators, including Vice President

Joe Biden, to implement mental health laws for universities. Prior the unveiling of Obama’s proposals, McNabb prepared a document on behalf of the Angel Fund, asking the administration to provide resources in community colleges for those dealing with mental illness, as well as addressing the lack of funding in the mental health system. While the administration reviews those regulations, others have concerns regarding Obama’s gun legislation proposed to Congress. “The legislation he proposed to Congress I completely disagree with,” said Eric Smith, president of the Libertarian club. “The assault weapons ban and I’m not as adamantly against the background checks, but I do disagree with those as well.” Smith is particularly against an assault weapons ban based on a previous ban issued in 1994. That year, Congress passed a federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, which according to the National Institute of Justice, temporarily decreased criminal use of banned guns. Smith also cited the less than 1 percent of crime that is committed with assault weapons in the U.S. Smith believes better security and allowing people to be armed would be the best preventive measure. PAUL KURLAK / SPPS Follow the writer on Mark Barbour, (top) criticized the “gun nuts” carrying pistols on their Twitter: hips and wondered what they were afraid of during a rally in 2011. @pitialva

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upcoming events Wednesday, Jan. 23 Thinking of Starting a Business Based on Your Research Discoveries?: 10:30 a.m. to

11:30 a.m. at Room 325 Bioinformatics Building. Come to a discussion for graduate students and faculty on assessing a new technologybased business opportunity and how the VT KnowledgeWorks Tech Transfer Challenge can help. Registration is requested but not required.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Diversity Jubilee (Open House): 10:00 a.m.

to 2:00 p.m. at the Pamplin Atrium. Join us in a jubilee celebration of the many ways diversity enriches our lives in the college and university. Sponsored by the college Multicultural Diversity Committee. Stop by for information, food, and celebration. Learn about student groups, international study, the diversity case competition, the diversity minor, and more.

Undergraduate Research at Virginia Tech (Info Session): 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m at Smith

Career Center, Meeting Room B. Come and learn about the exciting research resources and opportunities available to you on campus, nationally and internationally. Dr. Tomalei Vess, Director for the Office of Undergraduate Research Research, will provide you with borad information on the value and benefits of getting involved in undergraduate research.

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When he was here in Blacksburg, I got to meet him, but I didn’t know him very well. So it was a good cross section. He threw out some ideas the President had thrown out: ideas about background checks, mental health, technology and how technology can in the future help with safety. CT: Did he express what he was able to take away from this, and if he was going to be able to implement anything he learned from the discussion? RR: I think he did; I remember there was a lot of talk from some of the mayors from different cities about the size of the clips, and the rounds within the clips, and I think that’s one of the key points of the President’s plan — to keep a maximum of ten rounds in a clip. CT: Were any other mayors that you specifically talked to during this conference call? RR: No … we all talked back and forth. Though actually I talked to Mayor Hogan from Aurora (Colorado), who was on the call — I had talked to them after their incident last summer.

CT: As mayor of Blacksburg, what did you have to offer in the call? RR: I talked about some of the mental health aspects and the holes in that system. And of course that goes into background checks, and I talked about school resource officers, and that’s been implemented in the plan. And another thing I talked about at the very end is that it’s important to remember the trauma a community goes through when something like this happens. It has this ripple effect that spreads out within a community. And as we talk about these proposals, we can’t forget the victims. The victims range from those who didn’t make it, the injured, the families, the first responders, and so many other people … It never goes back to the same. CT: What is the Town of Blacksburg’s approach on the gun control debate right now? RR: With the town, we have no local say… It’s a statewide issue, and their debating right now about the whole idea of background checks. Personally, not in

the sense of the whole town, I hope they can move on that (issue). Forty or 50 percent of all (gun) sales are done without a background check. And think about if you went on an airplane, you have two lines, and you split up half to go through security and half don’t… So we’re talking about implementing those laws. The other thing that would affect us as a town is school resource officers. How do we find a way to put those resource officers into schools, because we have them in the middle school and high school, but do we put them into elementary schools? And then (another) question comes up — it’s a totally different approach you have to take with very young children. And how the resource officers train, and where would the resources for that officers come from? Because schools are county, but we are a town. Those are they types of things we’ll have to get into with the town. CT: Do you think the citizens of Blacksburg are more pro or anti gun control? RR: It’s hard to make

assumptions. I’ve talked to many people of different persuasions, and there seems to be a general consensus that we need to have a discussion. When April 16th happened, I know in my mind, I though this won’t happen. But it continues to happen. We need to have some sort of discussion. To just say that the status quo works … we can’t do that. My impression is the people of the town want to have a discussion, explore ideas and communicate with each other as to how we can do something to change the culture and atmosphere that (allows) these things to happen. CT: Any words to close on? RR: We tend to draw lines in the sand, and we’re not going to solve this by doing that; we’re not going to make any sort of progress. Some say just focus on mental health, or this, or that. But it has to be an overall plan, because no one thing will work.

Band-A-Rama: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Burruss

Auditorium. The Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and The Marching Virginians all come together to perform in an evening extravaganza! This concert is free and open to the public.

What is This Thing Called Freedom?: 8:00

p.m. at The Lyric Theater. Reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with violinist Diane Monroe in a special program featuring her jazz quartet and vocalist Paul Jost. Drawing on the passionate music of the Civil Rights Movement, these extraordinary artists relive, revive and refresh songs from Bob Dylan, Gil Scott Heron, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Pete Seeger, Dr. Billie Taylor, and many others who contributed to the soundtrack of an era. $20 general; $16 seniors, faculty & staff; $10 students and youth under 18. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.

CORRECTION In “End of an era: Offense coaching staff blown up after difficult season” (CT-Jan. 22) the writer’s name was omitted from the story. The story was written by sports editor, Matt Jones. The Collegiate Times regrets this error.

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Virginia General Assembly Voting gets to Access: Education: work in 2013 session MALLORY NOE-PAYNE news editor

Virginia’s bi-cameral legislature is currently working during its first session of the year in Richmond. The Republican controlled House of Delegates and the tied Senate are considering a variety of legislation on different topics, many pushed by Republican Governor Bob McDonnell.

The state senate Governor McDonnell approved a bill that has made education a would allow Virginians priority for this year’s older than 65 to vote legislative sessions. by absentee ballot Bills currently under without providing consideration would an excuse, ensuring make it easier to fire greater access to votteachers that coning for the elderly. sistently do poorly in However, another bill evaluations as well as that was backed by lengthen a teacher’s the Governor that probation period. would have restored Other legislation that voting rights to nonhas been approved violent felons, failed by a House committee in committee in the would bring Teach for House and passed America to the state. panel in the Senate.

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Governor McDonnell’s other big priority is a plan meant to fix transportation funding in the state. The plan depends on some major shifts in taxation. The proposal would eliminate the gas tax, making Virginia the first state to do so, and replace it with an increase in sales tax that would be funneled specifically to transportation funding.

Most attempts to further restrict gun ownership in the state were immediately scrapped by the Republican controlled legislature, including legislation that would have banned assaultstyle weapons and increased requirements for background checks. Republican delegate Bob Marshall has been vocal about proposing legislation that would require public schools to have one staff member trained in the use of firearms in order to carry a concealed weapon on school property.

One of the biggest hot-button discussions in the state is the issue of whether to lift the 30-year ban on uranium mining for energy use. If passed, the bill would allow the mining of uranium known to exist in Chatham, a town in southwest Virginia. Supporters of the bill say mining would bring economic benefits to the region. The ban was initially put in place because of health concerns associated with water contamination.

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Redistricting creates conflict MALLORY NOE-PAYNE news editor

The Virginia Senate narrowly passed a measure Monday night that draws new lines for the state’s legislative districts, dramatically altering districts in the Roanoke and New River Valley areas. Montgomery County would shift from the 21st District to the 20th. The 21st District is currently represented by Sen. John Edwards, a Democrat. The 20th is represented by Sen. Bill Stanley, a Republican. Edwards’ changed district lines would cost him a significant portion of democratic voters. Edwards’ new district would add Pulaski, Craig, Bland and Wythe counties. Additionally, the new districts merge two districts, both of which have been held by incumbent senators Creigh Deeds, a democrat, and Emmett Hanger, a republican. The sudden passage of the legislation in the Senate, which is tied 20-20, came as a surprise to many, including republican Governor Bob McDonnell. “The governor was very surprised to learn that a redistricting bill would be voted on by the Senate. He has not seen this legislation,” said Tucker Martin, communications director for the governor. According to Martin, if the legislation makes it to the governor’s desk McDonnell will “review it in great detail.” In order to make it to the governor, the legislation still has to pass the republican-controlled House of Delegates. The vote on the redistricting bill was taken Monday when democratic Sen. Henry Marsh was in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration ceremony, missing the vote. Marsh, a representative from Richmond, is a civil rights

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, republican, was unaware of the Senate Republican plan to pass redistricting legislation Monday. lawyer and was the first black mayor of Richmond. The changes affect his district. The vote fell along party lines, passing 20-19. Had Marsh been present and the vote been tied, Republican Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling would be responsible for breaking the tie. However, according to Bolling’s spokeswoman Ibbie Hedrick, the lieutenant governor does not support the actions of Republican legislators, nor the redistricting plan. “(Bolling) fears that this action could set a dangerous precedent for future redistricting actions, and he is concerned that it could create a hyper-partisan atmosphere that could make it very difficult for us to address other important priorities,” Hedrick said. Transportation and education have been priorities of the executive branch this legislative session, and it is possible this move could create difficulty in achieving compromise for the governor’s strongly-backed proposals. The actions were condemned by Virginia’s democratic senators Mark Warner

and Tim Kaine. In a joint statement, the senators claimed Virginia’s Senate republicans “took advantage of the absence of (Marsh) to push through a hyper-partisan change to Virginia’s... legislative district map.” “This is not the way we should be conducting the people’s business in Virginia,” said the statement, “We urge legislative leaders and other elected officials to do the right thing, to correct this disappointing and disruptive partisan action.” If the bill is ultimately passed, the new lines will go into effect for the 2015 state elections. Redistricting happens in Virginia every 10 years after the census, with minor changes allowed in between. The last time the lines were drastically redrawn was just last year. Democrats are calling the plan an unconstitutional change, and it is possible, if the bill passes, that litigation could follow.

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Gun control needs to be overhauled As the gun policy debate continues in the aftermath of several mass shootings in the United States, it is vital that mental health and background check reforms are implemented to minimize gun violence in America. To improve mental health care in the U.S., officials should reform health insurance to alleviate the cost of receiving mental health care and increase access for those who need it. And more programs, such as free clinics, are needed to make health care more widespread. Mental health care reforms are necessary to prevent citizens from harming themselves or others and provide help to those who

need it before their mental health deteriorates to such low levels. In addition, background checks must cover citizens who not only go out to purchase guns, but also those who own guns at all. Current background checks provide loopholes for gun purchasers, which can result in at-risk individuals falling through the cracks, so background check reform is crucial for effective gun regulation. As public discourse about gun laws moves forward, it is important to implement practical changes that can reduce gun violence, prevent at-risk individuals from obtaining guns and improve mental health care to identify and help troubled people.

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ore than a month has passed since Adam Lanza slaughtered 20 innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn. Almost six years have passed since the massacre that ravaged our Hokie Nation. How much time must pass until our government can do something meaningful to prevent more needless deaths? We must first make it easier to determine the best course of action to prevent mass shootings. Until the mid-1990s, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted scholarly research on gun violence. Then, the National Rifle Association (NRA) stepped in to virtually ban the CDC from using its funds to research gun violence. The research simply was not on the NRA’s side. In fact, according to one 1993 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Homes with guns had a nearly three times greater risk of homicide…” There goes the argument that more guns in the home magically make families safer. Fortunately, among President Obama’s 23 executive actions — not orders — announced on Wednesday is a presidential memorandum directing the CDC to conduct research “into the causes and prevention of gun violence.” All responsible Americans should hope the intentionally vague statute

blocking the CDC’s efforts in the past will cease to be a stumbling block. Knowing what will prevent mass gun violence, however, is not enough. Our congressional leaders must also have the courage to enact the best gun safety policies. Despite what some might say about the NRA, its influence as a lobbying group is as strong as ever on Capitol Hill. This influence derives from the immense campaign donations the organization makes to pro-gun candidates. Yet, according to the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group, of the $10.5 million the NRA spent on 2012 elections, only 0.83 percent of it went to races that ended with the NRA’s desired result. To release Congress from the stranglehold of the NRA’s pro-gun lobbying, legislators must realize how impotent the group has become. What about legislators who genuinely believe their Second Amendment rights will be infringed upon with enactment of any gun restrictions? This group must explain its thinking when it opposes such proposals as universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and armorpiercing bullets. With every right comes a corresponding responsibility, and our right to bear arms comes with the responsibility to use

those guns responsibly and in such a way as to protect children. A universal background check, eliminating the “gun show loophole” — whereby prohibited purchasers of weapons can acquire them without undergoing a background check — would not take away the right of lawful citizens to purchase guns. Just as convicted felons lose their most basic democratic right, suffrage, so must dangerous persons their right to bear arms. This is not a violation of the Constitution. Similarly, assault weapons do not belong in the hands of normal citizens; they belong on the battlefield. Neither self-defense nor hunting requires rifles with a grenade launcher or a flash suppressor. Armor-piercing bullets also do nothing but enable gun owners to kill police officers. While the effects of assault weapons bans must be researched further, Congress must allow research to be conducted. If we are serious about stopping the epidemic of mass shootings so prevalent during the last few decades, we must come into the discussion with open minds about real solutions. HECTOR QUESADA -regular columnist -junior -political science

Overconfidence hinders college students’ potential N obody ever said a little self-confidence is a bad thing, but being overconfident to the point of feeling entitled, however, is. That is exactly what is happening with our generation, as college students feel more entitled than ever before. The American Freshman Survey has asked more than 9 million students to rate themselves compared to their peers over the past 47 years. According to the findings since the survey began collecting data, college students today consider themselves to have higher intellectual self-confidence, leadership abilities, social self-confidence and writing abilities. On the other hand, less individualistic traits — cooperativeness and understanding others — have remained stagnant or decreased. It is important to keep in mind that all of this data is how the students feel about themselves. This is not, by any means, an accurate

depiction of college students today. For example, students today rate their writing skills higher than students in the 1960s. However, objective test scores show writing abilities among college students have actually declined. College students thinking so highly of themselves is actually not a good thing. First off, there is no evidence that shows self-esteem causes success, despite bookstore shelves being filled with self-help books. Also, increased ambitions accompany increasingly unrealistic expectations. Data actually shows that despite our greater drive to succeed, we actually work less than our parents and grandparents did. This unrealistic drive to succeed can lead to anxiety and depression later on in adulthood. Studies conducted by resea rch u niversit ies have shown interventions encouraging students to feel good about themselves,

regardless of work, may actually remove reason for work. This is similar to the silly and counterproductive idea that every child in the local community’s little league should get a trophy regardless of winning or losing. We have created a society where people do not feel they have to work as hard to succeed. As a result, people are having more failed relationships at home and in the workplace as they go through life. They believe they are more successful than they actually are because everyone is giving them a pat on the back no matter what. To put this into perspective, here at Virginia Tech, this would be similar to a student signing up for Relay for Life, not raising any money, but still believing they did something to help the cause by showing up for the free food. So why exactly do us college students feel as if we are

so much better today than previous generations? What have we done with our lives up to this point? Graduate high school and get into college, just like millions of other Americans do every single year? Is it because we joined our favorite club on campus and automatically believed our club is better than all the others? Or is it because social media allows us to pretend our lives are much more awesome than they actually are (which we are all guilty of, whether we like to admit it or not). Our generation turns on the news and complains about corrupt politicians, whining because they’re looking out for themselves instead of the people. We like to complain that corporate executives make too much money, which is hypocritical at best for college students who are working toward a degree that will earn them more money one day.

We don’t like it when “celebrities” are on TV making money for simply existing (see: the Kardashians and Jersey Shore). The reality is, however, our generation is the same way. We, too, are on a path to become those corrupt politicians and replace those greedy corporate execs. Too many of us only care about ourselves now, so why would that change later on? We are exactly like those people older than us or above us who we feel are burdening society, but that is OK because we are entitled to it. After all, we got accepted to college. Our generation needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror. Otherwise, we are destined to grow old in the society we so love to complain about.

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ACROSS 1 In secret 8 Picks up slowly 14 Staunch 15 Tank top? 16 Divine dinner 17 Bergman of film 18 Pricey order from a butcher 19 Caldecott Medal winner __ Jack Keats 21 Tropical cousin of the raccoon 22 Capital of Lithuania? 23 1971 Matthau film directed by Jack Lemmon

25 “__War”: Shatner series 26 One involved in litigation 28 Hard times 30 Parenthetical passage 32 Sommelier, often 33 Pitchman’s pitches 35 Became less ardent 36 Aesop character, usually 37 Skunk cabbage and jack-in-thepulpit, e.g.

38 Much-devalued holding, in modern lingo 40 Yorkshire river 44 Rule, in Rouen 45 Overpromoted 46 Common URL finish 47 Cub Scouts pack leader 49 Stem-to-branch angle 51 Radiohead frontman Yorke 52 Eat one’s words 54 Pervasiveness 56 ’90s Seattle-born music style

DOWN 1 Ornamental gilded bronze 2 Developed, in a way 3 Fork-tailed bird 4 Original network of “Fraggle Rock” 5 Unnamed alternative 6 Radio game show with a panel of gifted children 7 Apricot-like shade 8 Hatchback with a TSI engine 9 Home of counterculture? 10 Logical term 11 Sculptor’s framework 12 Put in order 13 Person in a picket line 14 Raconteur’s repertoire 20 Justice Dept. bureau 24 Lame excuse 27 “Spider-Man” director Sam 28 Female poet known to friends as “Vincent” 29 Oral Roberts University site 31 Dramatic transformation

33 Plays for a fool 34 Halle Berry’s hairstyle 35 Like a good witness 36 Not in custody 37 Like some spore reproduction 39 Place for a rest cure 41 Suzuki of the Mariners

42 Act the cheerleader 43 Winged statuettes 48 Swim meet division 50 Reader’s Digest co-founder Wallace 51 Harbor vessels 53 President pro __ 55 Logical letters

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Recipe: Jalapeno fried chicken BY BRIAN CROMER | features staff writer

BY EMMA GODDARD | features editor

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Brining the chicken is the most important step of this recipe. It helps the chicken retain moisture while cooking, thoroughly seasoning it with the flavor of the charred jalapenos. If you do not have a thermometer for the oil, put a popcorn kernel in the pot as it is heating. Once the kernel pops, the oil is to temperature. Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes

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The Three Wise Men recipe is more commonly known for its mix of Johnnie Walker, Jim Beam, and Jack Daniel’s. So prepare yourself if you decide to take it up a notch with this drink that holds double the whiskey. Have fun, but make sure to take it slow with this one. Ingredients: 1 ounce Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey 1 ounce Evan Williams Bourbon whiskey 1 ounce Jim Beam bourbon whiskey 1 ounce Maker’s Mark bourbon whiskey 1 ounce Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky 1 ounce Jameson Irish whiskey Directions: 1. Pour all six whiskeys into an old-fashioned or lowball glass. 2. Add ice and serve.

Ingredients for the brine: 8 cups of water 1/4 cup kosher salt 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 4 cloves of garlic 2 medium sized jalapenos

Ingredients for the frying: 8 boneless chicken thighs 3 cups of all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon paprika 2 teaspoons black pepper 2 teaspoons kosher salt 4 cups of buttermilk 8 cups of vegetable oil

Directions: 1. Turn the oven to the broil setting. Place the jalapenos on a sheet pan and put them under the broiler for 20 minutes, flipping several times. They should be charred, but not completely burnt. 2. For the brine, bring the water to a simmer in a saucepot. Add the salt, honey, garlic, jalapenos and peppercorns. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. 3. Trim the thighs of excess fat or skin and place them into a large container. Cover them with the cooled brine and refrigerate the chicken for six to 12 hours. This step ensures the end result will be moist even if it is slightly overcooked. 4. Remove the chicken thighs from the brine and allow them to dry and warm to room temperature. Combine the flour, cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour the buttermilk into a bowl and season it with salt and pepper. 5. Bring the oil to 320 degrees in a pot that is large enough to prevent the oil from splashing over the top. The pot should be filled about a third of the way. 6. Dredge the thighs first in the flour and then coat them with the buttermilk, shaking off any excess liquid. Dip the thighs back into the flour mixture for the final coating. 7. Carefully lower the chicken pieces into the oil. The frying will take two batches of four thighs each, so all the chicken will cook properly. Fry them for about 12 minutes, then remove them to a plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle them with salt immediately.

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SARA LEPLEY features staff writer

One size does not fit all when it comes to exercise. The majority of Americans share the same New Year’s resolution: a resounding hope to lose weight. However, there is more than one way of accomplishing this goal. Everyone must find an exercise that best suits him or her. Olivia Ellis, a sophomore HNFE major and Group X instructor at McComas Hall, finds that every student has different needs and should look into doing something they love. “Try different group fitness classes, small group training, or personal training and find the one thing that will keep you coming back, because fitness and health should be fun,” Ellis said. The staff at McComas understands that by enabling students to tailor their workout plans to individual preferences, they will not only stay motivated to achieve their fitness goals but will also sculpt a happier, healthier lifestyle. To help people find their passion, the gym will be hosting a free week of fitness from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28. All group exercise classes will be free, as will a small group training classes for the first time ever “We do that so people can get an idea of the resources that we provide for them,” Ellis said. “We want them to see how valuable and beneficial it can be for them and hopefully fall in love with it or find where they can fit in the fitness community.” McComas and War Memorial Hall offer over 100 different group exercise classes, some of which will be previewed for the first time tonight at the Group X Launch Party. The staff divides group training into six categories — strength, dance, mind/body, cycle, aqua and various cardio —

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Students take the opportunity to try out one of the many free classes, which now include some small group training classes offered this week at McComas before committing. in order to help guide students to what style of class may interest them. The small group courses vary by semester and currently include Combat Sport Conditioning, P90X, TRX, Intense Cross Training, marathon training, and half marathon training. The free week schedule, which can be found on the Rec Center’s homepage, is loaded with the various classes so students can get a feel for each before committing to a semester-long pass. The group exercise classes may be especially appealing to those who crave a socially stimulating atmosphere while working out.

Liz Greenlee, Tech’s fitness coordinator and group fitness instructor, said her favorite part about group exercise classes is the social aspect of it. “You can go and gain motivation through the other people that are there with you,” she said. However, those who prefer to work out on their own can find sanctum in McComas’ expansive weight room. Even workout veterans can explore new exercises due to the on-scene trainers who are there to explain how to use the myriad equipment found in the two-story gym. “I saw a machine that I’ve never actually used before

for cardio,” said Kim Leitch, a freshman communication major. “It’s that one where you can run, do stair master and something else all at the same time. I’ve never done that one before, so it’s cool to switch it up and have more options.” Leitch is highly dedicated to staying in shape, proudly checking off cardio and strength on her workout calendar each day. She even pushed her way into the eight percent of Americans who managed to achieve their New Year’s resolution by finishing a 15K race last year, “If it’s just something that you’re doing because

you want to look a certain way or you want to accomplish a certain goal, once you reach that, then there is nothing to keep you going,” Greenlee said. “You have to find something that you really love and you’ll do for the rest of your life.” Exercising for internal factors, as opposed to weight loss and muscle gain, does more than just motivate. In fact, when people are not distracted by the numbers on the scale, they can focus on the other benefits exercise offers. Exercise functions as a stress reliever, a mood booster and an endorphin releaser. Also, when people

improve in the fitness arena, whether by beating their push-up record or lasting longer on a run, the confidence and empowerment they gain translates into their personal and professional lives. “Not so much for the losing weight aspect, but for the all around health aspect, I think it’s important for people to stay physically active to avoid potential health risks later on in life,” Greenlee said. “I think it can also reflect in their schoolwork, their family life and their friendships. Physical activity will get you healthy and will improve all other areas of your life.”


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Hokies will lean on defense in 2013 Even though 2012 was nothing short of a train wreck for the Hokies, the defense, as always, still gave fans a reason to tune in or come out to each game. Against Georgia Tech, the defense intercepted Tevin Washington in overtime to seal the game. In the bowl game against Rutgers, it allowed less than 200 yards of offense and quarterback Gary Nova completed just 42 percent of his passes. The Hokies also avoided a scare from Virginia with a timely interception and allowed only one offensive touchdown. In short, the defense consistently bailed out a sputtering offense and gave the team a chance to win. But this has been the story for years, and it’s not going to change in 2013. Tech’s defense has always been the identity of the team. With the offensive side of the ball receiving a complete makeover, the defense will remain groomed and ready to go. The new-look linebackers are the unit that will have the biggest shakeup, mostly due to Bruce Taylor and Alonzo Tweedy graduating. Taylor and his All-ACC play will absolutely be missed, but his departure leaves an opportunity for guys like Ronny Vandyke and Tariq Edwards to step in. Edwards was the landmark of consistency before being plagued by injury last season, but should he return to form, he’ll be back in the starting lineup. And while Vandyke’s still unproven after only playing

in a limited role last season, there might not be a player on Tech’s roster with a ceiling as high as his. He now has a chance to prove why he was so sought-after coming out of high school. Jack Tyler has ascended from being a walk-on to team leader. With Taylor gone, Tyler will anchor the linebackers after his great 2012 season. The Hokies have long controlled games by dominating the line of scrimmage, and with guys like Derrick Hopkins, James Gayle and Luther Maddy coming back, the defensive line should be in good shape. When Gayle announced he would put the NFL on ice for one more year, ACC offensive tackles cringed, while Hokies fans rejoiced. Not only will the defensive line be a strong suit for the Hokies, it’ll also house plenty of veteran leadership. Just like last season, the secondary will be the most interesting bunch to watch, except this time around there should be less position changes. Cornerback Antone Exum joined Gayle in announcing he’d be coming back for his senior season, and he’s now added a year of experience at corner and discarded all the growing pains that came with the drastic position switch. Exum went from being targeted by opposing quarterbacks on passing downs (see the Cincinnati game), to being put on an island with a team’s top wide out (see the Florida State game).

Playing opposite Exum will be Kyle Fuller, a name that wasn’t called very frequently in 2012, mostly because opposing quarterbacks didn’t look his way very often. An early shoulder injury hindered his play last year, but Fuller has the potential to be a complete shutdown corner. Detrick Bonner and Kyshoen Jarrett are the expected starters at safety and rover, respectively. At this time last year, Bonner had essentially swapped positions with Exum, and therefore he went through the expected struggles at his new position, but similar to Exum, he improved down the stretch. Jarrett just always seemed to be around the ball last season and definitely plays bigger than his 5’11,” 195-pound frame suggests. Jarrett’s played in every single game since arriving at Tech and could be one of the team’s best players going forward. He’s cut from a unique breed of safety that can defend the run and pass equally well. While the offense will have a completely new look both on the field and on the sideline next year, the defense should provide some comfortable familiarity for Hokies fans. There are a few question marks at each level of the defense, but the key players are there to lead Bud Foster’s unit to another strong year. MIKE PLATANIA -sports staff writer -senior -communication

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Alonzo Tweedy and Bruce Taylor bring down a Rutgers ballcarrier in the Hokies 13-10 win in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla. The Hokies will have to replace both players next season.

Former Heisman finalist Mathieu looking toward NFL ADAM BEASLEY mcclatchy newspapers

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — This week is supposed to be about college football’s best seniors. (That’s why it’s called the Senior Bowl.) But as practice got under way ahead of Saturday’s allstar gala, an underclassman with a great nickname, gobs of talent and a checkered past was Monday’s center of attention. A year ago, Tyrann Mathieu — “the Honey Badger” — was arguably college football’s brightest and most explosive star. But these days, he’s trying to convince NFL teams he simply deserves a place in the league. Mathieu, the dynamic cornerback from LSU, is the ultimate red-flag case. LSU coach Les Miles kicked him off the team just before his junior season, reportedly after failing multiple drug tests. Two months later, Mathieu hit rock bottom, arrested on charges of marijuana possession. His collegiate career was over, and his pro prospects were on life support. But Mathieu said he’s now clean, stable and worthy of a chance. “I’m healthy,” Mathieu said Monday. “Everything’s in my past. I’m just going to let that stay there and just try to move forward and keep bettering myself. “I think honesty is going to be my best friend in the next few months,” he added. “I’m just trying to be honest

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Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu missed the entire 2012 season after being kicked off the team after failing multiple drug tests. and as open as possible, let those guys look in my eyes and let those guys know I’m speaking the truth.” Mathieu, projected as a sixth-round draft pick by CBSSports.com, says all the right things. But he knows words alone won’t sway skeptical league executives, usually loathe to

risk draft picks on players with character issues. That’s why Mathieu has consented to weekly drug testing to prove he has beaten his drug-abuse issues. He has spent the past few months in Boca Raton, living and training with Patrick Patterson Sr. — the father of his former LSU

teammate Patrick Jr. — who has helped Mathieu get his life in order. Mathieu has been through drug treatment, which he said has made him “a much better person, spiritually, mentally, emotionally.” And with his demons apparently subdued, if not beaten, Mathieu and

South Florida-based agent Patrick Lawlor decided now is the time to rehabilitate something else: his image. Earlier this month, Mathieu agreed to an indepth interview with ESPN and was open and accessible to fans and reporters Monday.

At the very least, the Dolphins are intrigued by his potential. Team scouts had casual conversations with Mathieu before this week, and the organization had a meeting planned with him Monday evening. If Mathieu can stay clean, there’s plenty to like. He was college football’s defensive player of the year and a Heisman Trophy finalist his sophomore season. Although just 5-9, Mathieu created 14 turnovers in just 26 games with the Tigers. He also averaged 15.6 yards per punt return, bringing two back for touchdowns. He probably projects as a nickel corner in the NFL, and the Dolphins might be a good fit. They allowed 248 passing yards per game last year and forced just 16 turnovers, fewest in franchise history. “I’m a Dolphin fan; they need some excitement,” Lawlor said. “He is a kid who will bring total excitement, not only to the team, but to the fan base.” That playmaking panache earned him the Honey Badger moniker in Baton Rouge. But on Monday outside of Mobile, Mathieu was just Tyrann, hoping for a second chance. “What I went through is something I put on myself,” Mathieu said. “I can’t blame anybody or put it on anybody, not even the circumstance or environment. “I think it’s something that’s definitely going to make me stronger going forward.”


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