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An NYU memory of Egyptian revolution By Katie Simon

By Emily Yang I was studying in Cairo at the time of the revolution last year. On Jan. 25, 2011, one year ago today, my Arabic school canceled class. Protests blocked off the streets surrounding the school. The next day I headed to Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the protests. Protesters, as they pushed their way across the bridge toward Tahrir, were hosed down by fire trucks and bombarded with tear gas. A man, exhausted from trying to break through police lines, collapsed just a few yards from me as he choked on the gas. Tear gas shots landed 50 feet away, and I decided to head home. At the opposite bank of the Nile, police told me to turn around. This was the route to class I had traveled for weeks, but nothing looked familiar through the cloud of tear gas obstructing my view. Because I was a foreigner — a

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A year ago today, Egyptian civilians resorted to violence in opposition to their government.

When Christy de la Cruz was an undergraduate student at Fordham University, she never thought she would have to worry about paying for food. “You expect that when you get out of college, you’ll get a job that [will] make more than enough to survive,” de la Cruz said. “But the real wake-up call comes when you find out that it’s not enough.” De la Cruz is not alone. Almost 3 million New Yorkers — 35 percent of New York City residents — had difficulty affording food at some point in 2011, according to the Food Bank For New York City. The Food Bank, with the help of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, reported an increase in the number of residents with college, graduate or professional degrees who had trouble affording needed food in the past year.

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Midseason network dramas to rival cable’s best

By Jeremy Grossman

Ever since the conclusion of “Lost,” the major networks have struggled to find a worthy successor to such a complex fan favorite. “The Event,” “V” and “Terra Nova” represent only a few of the many recent failed attempts to recapture that magic. “Lost” was a rare commodity. Intricate, serialized dramas typically struggle on network television while the same shows, such as “The Walking Dead,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Homeland,” find loyal audiences on cable. This upcoming television season may finally provide network television with a worthy competitor to cable. The majority of new midseason replacement shows are dramas with sophisticated plot lines and big names attached, including Fox’s two new high-end

dramas, “Alcatraz” and “Touch.” While most of these new programs will only have around 13 episodes, the decision to hold them until midseason hopefully allowed the networks to spend more time and money on development. “Alcatraz,” aims to evoke nostalgia for “Lost” and even features actor Jorge Garcia and executive producer J.J. Abrams who both worked on “Lost.” The series, which featurs an FBI agent investigating the disappearance of prisoners from the famed prison, is an obvious ploy to replicate the success of “Lost.” And with a premiere that garnered nearly 10 million viewers, the plan is clearly working. “Touch,” created and executively produced by “Heroes” creator Tim Kring, seems primed for success. Starring Kiefer Sutherland, “Touch” centers on a troubled man who

discovers that his autistic son communicates by using numbers and can therefore see things that nobody else can. Kring is no stranger to characters with special abilities, but whether “Touch” can maintain its interesting premise beyond the planned first season is a mystery. Unlike Fox, ABC has grabbed inspiration from film rather than television. “The River,” an upcoming mystery-horror drama, comes from the masterminds behind “Paranormal Activity.” “The River” is filmed in a documentary format, a style normally saved for television comedies. The series follows a group of people traveling through the uncharted Amazon forest, who are seeking the mysteriously vanished explorer Dr. Emmet Cole in a tale that hopes to channel the “Paranormal” films’ scares and thrills. NBC, the network most in need

of a hit, luckily has the most buzz attached to its new series “Smash” and “Awake.” “Smash,” created by playwright Theresa Rebeck, chronicles the production of a Broadway musical based on Marilyn Monroe. Replete with big name stars, such as Anjelica Huston, Debra Messing, Megan Hilty and Katharine McPhee, “Smash” will hope to prosper from the praise its pilot has already received. “Awake,” which has yet to receive a premiere date, is possibly the largest example of television’s growing respect for its viewers’ intelligence as it contains two completely different universes. Best known for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” films, Jason Isaacs stars as a police detective involved in a car crash. Upon waking, he finds himself with the ability to travel between two worlds: one where his

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Sutherland in Fox’s “Touch” wife survived a car crash and one in which his son survived instead. “Awake,” like most of television’s new series this season, is brave, risky and might not be successful. Ultimately, they are proof that network television — not just cable — is a home for progressive ideas and storytelling. Jeremy Grossman is entertainment editor. Email him at entertainment@nyunews.com.


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NYU freshman petitions to stop SOPA

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Degrees don’t promise food The researchers, however, did not compute the number of college graduates in each individual borough who were unable to afford food or the schools from which they graduated. The report shows the percentage of New Yorkers with a college degree who experienced food insecurity increased by 6 percent. The percentage of residents with graduate or professional degrees increased by 11 percent. Nicolas Freudenberg, a public health policy professor at Hunter College, pointed to possible reasons for this increase as the continuing economic slowdown, the increase in the cost of college education, the difficulties in enrolling for food stamps and the stigma some perceive in receiving them. But as a whole, New York City residents who are unemployed, low-income and have no college degrees are more likely to have difficulty affording food than any other group. According to the survey, numbers in these groups have declined in the past year because of increased participation in the food stamp program called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as well as other nutrition assistance programs. It also attributed the decrease to pur-

chasing less as well as lower quality food, which could have a serious impact on an individual’s health. Alexander Williams, 24, said he has always been concerned about affording food because he does not have a college degree. “If you don’t have a college degree, it’s impossible to find a decent paying job to be able to afford enough food on top of rent in this city. And now, it’s too expensive to go back to school,” he said. To alleviate food insecurity, Freudenberg said a long-term change in wages and tax policies should be concentrated toward the less wealthy population, and a change to the country’s agricultural policies should subsidize healthier foods. “In the shorter term, New York City should make it easier for eligible New Yorkers to enroll in food stamps,” he said. “Second, New York City should make free school lunches available to all the city’s school children, not just those who meet income eligibility. Finally, New York City should reestablish public food markets that offer subsidized healthy foods in poor neighborhoods.” Emily Yang is city/state editor. Email her at eyang@nyunews.com.

By Feiye Wang

Wikipedia and Reddit gained the attention of Internet users across the country on Jan. 18 when they blacked out for 24 hours to protest the government’s Stop Online Piracy Act. But even before websites began to take action, CAS freshman Shashank Kasturirangan addressed his concerns over game development company Electronic Arts’ support for SOPA through a petition in December. Earlier this month, it was featured on the front page of change.org and had amassed 136,229 signatures at the time of publication. Originally proposed last October, SOPA was introduced to combat online piracy. If passed, it would allow the U.S. Department of Justice to seek legal action against any site enabling or facilitating copyright infringement. Opponents say it violates the First Amendment and also qualifies as Internet censorship. Kasturirangan said he wanted to send a message to EA highlighting the importance of supporting the best inter-

Staten Island receives bus tracking app By Tony Chau

Wait times at bus stops will decrease for Staten Island residents. Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority installed Bus Time tracking system for all Staten Island bus lines, allowing travelers to look up the location of their buses on computers and phones. MTA media liaison Aaron Donovan said the project began in April 2010, resulting in the pilot program last February on the B63 line in Brooklyn. This GPS-based mechanism is accessible online, where riders can search for their location by intersection, bus route or the unique code on each bus stop. People can also get real-time bus information in

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seconds by texting the bus stop code, which will let them know how far away the next bus is. The system is even easier for smartphone users. To receive the same information, they can simply scan the Quick Response code printed on each bus stop. Complete integration in all boroughs is scheduled for the end of next year, but it has not been determined which one will receive the tracking system next. “MTA Bus Time promises to fundamentally alter the way New Yorkers use buses to get around,” Donovan said. “Instead of waiting at a bus stop without knowing how long you’ll be there, you’ll be able to linger at home or at a nearby coffee shop. When you see your bus getting close, you’ll be able to go out and meet it.” Though integration of the system is still in its infancy, it is already drawing praise from bus riders. Irina Burdeynik, a Stern junior and Staten Island resident, said Bus Time is a useful application. “It allows me to save time waiting on the bus stop by leaving my house just in time,” Burdeynik said. A $7,200 installation of hardware and firmware is necessary for each bus — $1,200 of which is coming from the Bus Time budget. The remaining cost is covered by the smart card payment project budget. Software development and maintenance will cost an additional $1.17 million per year over a six-year period. NYU implemented a similar system called TransLoc real time bus locator in Nov. 2010, which tracks the NYU buses and is available on any device with Internet connectivity. Monthly hits through various smartphone apps and on the web have increased steadily, reaching a high of more than 53,000 hits during Dec. 2011, according to Fred Barlow, assistant director of NYU Public Safety. Tony Chau is a deputy city/state editor. Email him at tchau@nyunews.com.

ests of its main consumers by opposing SOPA. “If EA opposes SOPA, I’m sure that Nintendo and Sony will be forced to follow suit,” he added. Kasturirangan said EA, along with Nintendo and Sony, removed their names as supporters of SOPA only after public pressure. But he says they have not withdrawn their full support. His stance on SOPA stems from his belief that the bill is unconstitutional and harms small-time businesses and developers. By garnering attention within the gaming community, he hopes the public will become educated about SOPA’s harmful effects. “Opposition is in the vast majority among those who actually know about SOPA,” he said. “The problem is that there is almost no reporting on it in the mainstream.” But NYU Tisch ITP master’s candidate Mark Kleback says there are more effective ways of communicating the issues SOPA brings up. Earlier this month, he posted an open letter urging Senator Robert Casey to withdraw support from the bill on his blog.

Kleback feels that Congress is misinformed about the effects of SOPA. “Many Congressmen are ignorant — the [Motion Picture Association of America and Record Industry Assocation of America] are lobbying for the bill to pass, and because they have the money,” he said. “Congressmen don’t care what the experts have to say.” Klebeck, who founded an engineering startup called Kleebtronics, said SOPA will affect how the rest of his life will work out: “This is not just something that will change Silicon Valley. As long as there are these discussions, I will always be active [with SOPA].” As of publication time, the Senate has postponed finalizing any decision on the bill. Nonetheless, Kasturirangan is not letting his guard down. “I’m certainly glad SOPA and PIPA have been shelved. I’m still fairly sure it’ll come back, but we’ll be quite ready for it,” Kasturirangan said. Feiye Wang is deputy investigative editor. Email her at fwang@nyunews.com.

Gallatin prof. has high hopes for nominated film By Rita Solomon

Gallatin professor Keith Miller’s documentary, “Welcome to Pine Hill” was selected as one of 10 nominees in the narrative feature category at the prestigious 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. The genesis of the documentary, however, began with a confrontation. Miller first met his AfricanAmerican neighbor Shannon Harper while walking a dog he had rescued a few months before. Harper, who approached Miller and accused him of having stolen the dog, would later star in Miller’s “Pine Hill.” After a heated conversation, the two began to realize how their respective races had played a n important part in the story. Miller questioned why Harper had refused to knock on the doors of homes in the neighborhood to inquire after the dog. “I was fighting to keep the dog when I realized it was his,” Miller said. Miller soon noticed Harper’s unwillingness stemmed from the status quo, the expectation that he would receive no answer to his calls. “Have you ever been to East New York? You know what East New York is like?” said Harper, playing himself in Miller’s documentary. “What do you think, I’m going to go put up some signs? You lose him. You lose a dog, you lose whatever, you consider it lost.”

Miller said, “Our first conversation led me to the area where I wanted to make films in — the politics and dogma of everyday life.” “Pine Hill” follows Harper and the various aspects of his life as he tries to make amends for his misdeeds in the past. A former drug dealer, Harper works two jobs as an insurance salesman and a nighttime bouncer. Yet, though he tries to reform his old ways, people and circumstances in his life continue to hold him back. “Keith Miller’s debut feature is a truly special film that casts light on issues of race, identity and mortality while giving audiences a window into a man’s attempt to make a meaningful fresh start despite the temptation to give up,” said Josh Mandel, narrative features committee programmer at Slamdance. “There are moments in this film that are so honest, so poetic and soulful that they seem to be captured from real life.” Though a novice filmmaker with only five years of experience, Miller vehemently believes that his heartwarming narrative has a chance at winning in the festival. “With over 5,000 nominations this year, the fact that [the film] was chosen supposedly means that it has been recognized,” Miller said. “I hope this opportunity helps me get recognition to make other films.” Rita Solomon is a staff writer. Email her at univeristy@nyunews.com.


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One year later, a reflection of revolution potential object of international news — the police did not want to cause a scene, and they let me pass. I sprinted through the cloud of tear gas, blinded, not breathing. A group of protesters, chanting angrily against then-president Hosni Mubarak, marched in the direction of my neighborhood. I felt the excitement of the crowd. These were not symbolic protests — major change was taking place. Back at my apartment, I turned on the TV ­— my only source of information since cell service and Internet had shut down nationwide. New footage showed Mubarak’s party headquarters in flames. I headed back out. On the other side of the river, army trucks burned like bonfires. A block away from the flaming headquarters, a few guys handed out sodas looted from the building. Others carried furniture, computers and office supplies. While some locals encouraged me to help with the looting, others urged me to leave, saying it was too dangerous. A bone-numbing crash sounded near me. Part of Mubarak’s party headquarters had collapsed. I stopped briefly in a hotel and was shocked at the crowd of Egyptians inside. Tear gas consumed the lobby and debris littered the floor. I had entered buildings like this before for clean bath-

rooms and air-conditioning. In the morning I was able to call my parents, who wanted me to fly out. I told them I would call later. That evening a friend frantically alerted me to more terrifying news. Hundreds of escaped prisoners making their way through her wealthy neighborhood had surrounded houses and demanded valuables in exchange for the inhabitants’ lives. She warned me not to leave my apartment. Men in the street paced, carrying long knives and machetes, acting as a neighborhood patrol. I lived in a fairly poor area of the city, so it was unlikely the convicts would come here. I headed inside and made dinner to the sound of CNN reports and gunfire in the streets. My parents called again. What was happening around me was inspiring but also increasingly dangerous. Airlines cancelled flights to Cairo, and the U.S. had called for evacuation. I told my parents to buy the plane tickets. My experiences in Cairo taught me what no textbook could. I witnessed ordinary citizens creating history, and I won’t forget it anytime soon. Katie Simon is a contributing writer. Email her at features@nyunews.com.

Latin artist brings Paris to NYU

Painting by Jesús Soto

By Annie Kehoe Not since the solo representation at the Guggenheim Museum in 1974 has New York seen a collection of the works of Jesús Soto as large as the one currently on display at the Grey Art Gallery. Now, the gallery displays the works of one of the most celebrated avant-garde artists of the 20th century. Soto: Paris and Beyond, 19501970, which opened Jan. 10, features two decades worth of work by the visionary Venezuelan artist, including many of the pieces he created while living in Paris. The gallery is mainly ar-

ranged in chronological order and starts off with a collection of Soto’s more geometric abstraction paintings in 3D. LSP freshman Yves JeanBaptiste said he liked the use of color and bold black shapes in the second piece of the collection, “Sin título (Composición dinámica).” “They remind me of deconstructed Japanese characters, Kangi,” he said. “In the serial composition pieces, the patterns at first appear very conventional, but abstract enough to make the viewer pause and take a more detailed glance.” Much of Soto’s work became a part of the Kineticism movement, which emphasized movement and dynamic effect through physically moving parts or from the movement of the viewer around the piece itself. This is evident in Soto’s work with Plexiglas overlays. “Once he starts working with transparent planes, he becomes more and more interested in how he can radically change and open the structure so that you have even more interaction and there’s even more of a sense

of movement,” exhibit curator Estellita Brodsky said. “He keeps working with the idea of transparency and fluctuating planes in space.” The exhibit emphasized Soto as both a Latin American and a European artist. “By looking at Soto’s work from this period, we’re going to expand not only the different history of Latin American art, but also of European art during a period that many North Americans are not familiar with,” Brodsky said. “I also think that young artists today are clearly working with ideas of perception and interactive art and may realize that many of the experiments or explorations that they are undertaking are parallel to what Soto did.” The exhibit is available through March 31. There will be a symposium led by NYU graduate students called Soto and Latin American Artists in Paris on Friday, Feb. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. at La Maison Francaise. Annie Kehoe is a contributing writer. Email her at features@nyunews.com.


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Pushmo perplexes puzzlers By Kai Zheng While Nintendo has offered downloadable titles since the launch of the Wii, their digital catalog has lagged. Many expected the 3DS online store, the eShop, would suffer a similar lack of content. Developer Intelligent Systems has now delivered the system’s first must-have download-only title. “Pushmo,” a colorful, quirky puzzle game, centers around Mallo, a plump creature on a quest to save trapped children on amusement park rides known as pushmos. A pushmo is a cluster of colorful shapes that appear at first to be 2-D. The goal with each Pushmo is to arrange the individual pieces to allow Mallo to climb up and rescue the children. Early levels are simplistic, often solved by pulling out pieces in a basic staircase formation. Players are limited to moving each piece three spaces at most. “Pushmo” gradually increases in difficulty, and later puzzles will leave gamers stumped for hours as they try every possible solution. This difficulty does not hinder the game’s accessibility, as the user-friendly aesthetic extends beyond the colorful art style. Ev-

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ery level introduces a “theme concept,” which adds new mechanics, such as the ability to move pieces horizontally or warp pipes — reminiscent of Mario’s famed green plumbing pipes. Introductory demo stages afford gamers the chance to test out these gameplay twists before the integration of new concepts. The game’s rewind and reset features allow for quick retries if gamers find themselves at an impasse. Even if “Pushmo” only featured its 250-puzzle campaign, it would be a fantastic value. But fans can spend hours toying with the Pushmo Studio, which is available to players after they complete the tutorial levels. This game mode allows players to create their own custom levels that can be shared with others, and with a dedicated community, an endless stream of content could be available for the addicted puzzler. For those who rushed out to purchase the 3DS when it first launched, only to be disappointed with the slim downloadable selection, “Pushmo” is their saving grace. Kai Zheng is a contributing writer. Email him at entertainment@nyunews.com.

Artists strip down at theater festival By Ksenija Matijevic

Flashing lights. Rotating stages. Naked women galore. No, this isn’t the set of a tacky music video. Rather, these are just a few elements of this year’s Coil Festival, which ends on Jan. 29. Combining innovative theater with diverse points of view, this 25-day winter festival has premiered 11 ground-breaking works at eight New York City venues. When the New York based nonprofit arts center Performance Space 122 established Coil six years ago, it was intended to highlight diverse genres of performance theater. The increasingly popular festival has grown to rival other downtown winter festivals in past years, such as HERE’s Culturemart. As its fan base increases, Coil recycles the best shows from previous years in addition to the new performances. While experimental festivals strive to host the next big thing in new theater, what sets Coil apart is its emotional core that shines through while challenging the viewer’s preconceived notions of other cultures. An example is the much talked about festival favorite “Untitled Feminist Show.” Criticallyacclaimed playwright Young Jean Lee delves into the question of

feminism while debunking myths of the female identity. As the women walk onto a bare white stage, it’s impossible to ignore that they are naked. Though this may make viewers slightly squeamish — two men left the show 20 minutes into a performance — watching the show provides audiences with an artistic appreciation for the human body. Yet Lee’s show balances this artistry with whimsy. At the end, the women return to the stage, fully clothed intending to convey their personalities. It is at this point the viewers realize they have judged these women. The woman who made sexual advances and earned most of the laughs wears modest attire. The curvaceous wom-

an hides her body in a loose zebra shirt and leggings. Lee successfully shows us the alarming degree to which society treats people based on their appearances. Modern theater — often thought of as much bang for little buck — desperately tries to teach us something new but fails to do so because it feels contrived. When done right, modern theater can pack a powerful punch. Contemporary theater does not rely on the bells and whistles of traditional productions. It is shows like “Untitled Feminist Show” that demonstrate the beauty of contemporary theater. Ksenija Matijevic is a contributing writer. Email her at theater@nyunews.com.

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All-Star game played out By Laura Buccieri

Along with the annual NHL All-Star game comes the argument that the league should rid itself of the tradition entirely. This case has never been stronger than it is today. With the profusion of concussions recently suffered by hockey players, the NHL’s top priority should be to protect its players. Hockey is a brutal sport, a major reason why fans love to watch and players love to play. But it’s also a reason to eliminate the All-Star game altogether. Why risk injuries to the players deemed most talented in the game? While no one has suffered serious injuries in an All-Star game, a player should not take the risk of missing the regular season or playoffs when his team needs him most. Maybe if the game had consequences, like the MLB’s method of determining home advantage, the risk would be justifiable. As of now, the game means nothing more than a chance for the league to increase revenue. However, the NHL has novel, better, more profitable tradition: the Winter Classic. Unlike the annual exhibition, the classic features two teams competing for a higher spot in the standings. This year, for instance, featured the New York Rangers and Philadelphia

Flyers, who were fighting for first in the Atlantic division. The classic is also more popular than the All-Star game. An average of 3.74 million viewers tuned in this year. Last year’s All-Star game averaged only 1.8 million viewers. When the Winter Olympics roll around, the NHL doesn’t host the All-Star game, which is one thing the league does correctly. The Olympics serve as a national bonding experience, and players compete for gold and national pride. The 2010 Olympic final, for example, featured the rivalry between the U.S. and Canada and led to the sport’s popularity boom all over the country. In addition to being injury prone, pointless and obsolete, the All-Star roster always leaves out players that deserve a spot. It favors stars and players with hot starts. This year is no different, as deserving players — such as Florida Panthers right wing Kris Versteeg, who leads the team with 42 points — were snubbed in the voting. Versteeg could replace his teammate, defenseman Brian Campbell, who has a negative one rating. When it comes to the NHL All-Star game, if it’s broke, don’t fix it. Get rid of it. Laura Buccieri is a staff writer. Email her at sports@nyunews.com.

Halos play Cards in offseason By Cole Riley

The availability of former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols guaranteed a special offseason, one that has ultimately exceeded expectations. WSN highlights the biggest winners and losers, and the best free agent still on the market. Biggest Winner: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Heading into the annual Winter Meetings, everybody knew that whichever team landed Pujols (career totals of 445 home runs, 1,329 RBIs and .420 OBP) would walk away with the biggest prize. Nobody, however, expected the Angels to sweep the stakes by also signing pitcher C.J. Wilson, becoming a legitimate contender for the 2010 and 2011 American League champion Texas Rangers. Anaheim has desperately needed a power hitter since cutting ties with Vladimir Guerrero in 2009. Although Pujols, fresh off a second World Series championship, will still remain one of the game’s most feared hitters, he is at the end of his prime. His production at the plate will go downhill soon.

However, Pujols’ fully guaranteed 10-year, $250 million contract certainly has its caveats. It’s backloaded with about $50 million (plus bonuses) remaining by the time Pujols enters his 40s, and it can cripple the franchise if he suffers a severe injury or loses skill with age. The Angels also stole California native Wilson from the Rangers, solidifying a great starting rotation, which also includes Jered Weaver and Dan Haren. Last season Wilson posted a 2.94 ERA, 16 wins and 206 strikeouts. His experience in the postseason is equally invaluable. Biggest Loser: Miami Marlins A franchise may seem enticing when it starts throwing money at big-name stars, but this offseason was the wrong time for the Marlins to go all-in. With the opening of their new stadium, the change from “Florida” to “Miami,” and a brand new logo to sport, the Marlins management felt pressure to fill seats. Owner Jeffrey Loria spent $191 million on shortstop Jose Reyes, starting pitcher Mark Buehrle and closer Heath Bell. Reyes has missed over 190 games in the past three seasons

due to his injury-prone hamstrings. Buehrle, who will be 33 by Opening Day, has been consistent since his rookie year in 2000, posting a 3.83 ERA and 161 wins for his career. But now that he has to switch leagues, his future is uncertain. Expect Bell to also hit a wall and flounder under the pressure to deliver in Miami this season. Throw on top of those signings the comedic pairing of the newly acquired hot-heads from Chicago — former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano and former White Sox head coach Ozzie Guillen — and the result will likely be a disastrous year in South Beach. Best Remaining Free Agent: Edwin Jackson As a journeyman pitcher, Jackson has experienced a large share of ups-and-downs over his nine year career on six different clubs. Between the Chicago White Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals, Jackson was a solid starter in 2011 with a 3.79 ERA, 12-9 record and 148 strikeouts. He’s a perfect number three or four starter. Cole Riley is a staff writer. Email him at sports@nyunews.com.


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OPINION

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Election 2012

Gingrich absurdity an entertaining watch By Atticus Brigham

I love Republican primary debates. The hype, showmanship and inadvertent hilarity that an unruly and seemingly inebriated crowd bring to the table is almost too much to handle. But the debate of Jan. 19 — a carnival of a debate — was by far the best. I relish Newt Gingrich’s level of vitriol and disdain thinly veiled by rhetorical flourish. If viewers thought hell hath no fury like a woman scorned — as in the wake of his exwife’s salacious allegations regarding Gingrich’s request for an open marriage — they had yet to hear Gingrich verbally curb stomp CNN for raising the issue. It is fun to watch him publicly shame, if not emasculate, all moderators in his wake. He forcefully interrupts prompts and continually calls into question the media’s very jurisdiction to pose them in the first place. If Gingrich holds his Republican competitors in such barely constrained low regard, I cannot wait to see what he has in store for the “food stamp President.” His devilish grins following his feisty jabs display a level of self-satisfied arrogance Charlie Sheen could take a lesson from. At a rally in Beaufort, S.C., he said of Obama’s visit to the

ity with the potential to swing even the polygamous Romney vote. Marrying another mistress mid-campaign might bolster his approval rating at this point. Gingrich panders to the coliseum, reveling in the roars of Republicans like a Roman emperor as he declares, “Kill them,” in reference to America’s enemies. Though our executive branch may share such sentiments on assassination and denial of due process, America has yet to witness a mainstream candidate candidly call for blood like Gingrich has. He slyly hedges his aggressiveness by giving his daughters formulaic shout-outs at every campaign stop. This unconvincing gesture is but a tasteless reminder of the woman from whence they came. No one should be surprised by Gingrich’s decisive win in the South Carolina primary. Boasting Perry’s neo-confederate endorsement and a big win in “The Fight for the South,” Newt now thunders into Florida, drunk off success and filled with excess. If handlers do not eventually muzzle him, it would be a sight to see him smugly trade punches with Obama in actual debates. No doubt, Gingrich would put nails in his gloves.

Magic Kingdom, “I have to confess, I thought this morning about the president flanked on one side by Mickey Mouse and on the other side by Goofy — resembling actually sort of the cabinet picture of the administration!” He is a good ol’ boy of the first degree, shamelessly playing for guffaws from the under-educated with parlor politics wit. Yet, Gingrich and other sentient conservatives must realize that 2012 will be the biggest landslide election since fellow Georgian Jimmy Carter was blown out by Reagan. Newt embraces criticism like oil embraces water. His unrepentant swagger knows no bounds. “This is a grandiose country of big people doing big things,” Gingrich declared in response to Santorum, stating his thoughts were “not cogent.” Gingrich’s alternate reality is far from private. His commercials trumpet the message: “Nothing will turn America around more than election night when Barack Obama loses decisively.” Gingrich may be — or is — as out of touch as ex-senator Barry Goldwater, but his back-story is the hottest thing since Debbie did Dallas. He married his high school geometry teacher at age 19. For a man with more wives than chins, his unapologetic air reeks of a philandering viril-

Atticus Brigham is a deputy opinion editor. Email him at abrigham@nyunews.com.

Staff editorial

Economic plunge leaves grads hungry

If the Occupy movement wasn’t symptomatic enough of an economy in crisis, the Food Bank For New York City has just come out with a frightening report that might make you lose your lunch — literally. According to the research, 2011 saw an increase in the number of college-educated New Yorkers who could not afford food. Even to the lucky few who managed to land jobs in an impenetrable (or perhaps nonexistent) job market, the real world drew back to deal them a cold, cruel slap of reality. Although the stereotype of the starving college student is nothing new, the problem of food insecurity has now extended beyond the campus and is plaguing recipients of undergraduate as well as professional degrees. As for non-college graduates, they find themselves locked in a catch-22: it’s impossible to land a job in New York City without a college degree, but because of a lethal combination of tuition hikes and stratospheric New York rent, the possibility of affording a college education seems like an even more forlorn impossibility. The inability of educated, honest individuals to access a secure flow of quality food is evidence of an economic plunge that has taken the college student as its newest victim. Email the WSN Editorial Board at editboard@nyunews.com.

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