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Vol. 117, No. 78 | Athens, Georgia
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Disease takes graduate’s life By CAREY O’NEIL THE RED & BLACK
Michael Kobleur didn’t want to be carrying his friend Jordan Woods’ casket Wednesday afternoon. He would have rather been sitting on the porch of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity house discussing sports and politics, Woods’ two passions. “The best memories that I have of him are sitting on the front porch,” Kobleur said. “Just he and I, sitting on the porch and enjoying life.” Woods, a 22-year- old graduate of the University, was found by WOODS his sister, dead in his family’s basement Saturday. He had planned to return to Athens to study politics and obtain a master’s degree, but he hadn’t always pursued politics. Woods was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and confined to a wheelchair early in life, and curing the degenerative disease became one of his life goals, said Jonathan Mitchell, a senior who roomed with Woods at their fraternity house. “He thought finding a cure for MD was too selfish because he had it. Getting into politics, he could help more people,” he said. Helping people always seemed to be on Woods’ mind. In addition to working on fraternity-sponsored charity events, Woods volunteered with several muscular dystrophy organizations. “I just know he was always volunteering, especially the stuff with MD. Every time he went home there was something,” Mitchell said. Woods was Mitchell’s “big brother” when Mitchell first joined the fraternity, making Woods responsible for teaching his “little brother” what it was like to be in Phi Kappa Theta. “The three years I was in the fraternity with him, he was my best friend,” Mitchell said. “All of my best memories from the fraternity were hanging out with him.
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(Top) Two students sit outside Myers in below-freezing temperatures Wednesday. (Bottom left) The Herty Field fountain freezes over Wednesday afternoon. (Bottom right) A student braves last March’s unusual snowstorm.
Snow, ice in forecast for first week of classes By MIMI ENSLEY THE RED AND BLACK Jason Barwig is no stranger to cold weather. Barwig, a junior from Suwanee, began his college career at Ohio State University, where he survived heavy snow and frigid temperatures throughout the winter months. But people at Ohio State were ready when extreme
weather came their way. “Up there you expect it and you’re prepared for it,” Barwig said. “We’re definitely not prepared like they are because they had everything.” As talk of snow and ice enters weather forecasts for Thursday and Friday, some students remember last March’s snowstorm — a blast of winter weather that led to class cancellations, power outages and dam-
age to some of the University’s buildings, including the roof of the Miller Learning Center. Gena Perry, a junior agribusiness major from Gray, said she was driving back to Athens when the snow hit last year. “It was definitely not a fun experience,” she said. And when the University reopened following the storm, students braved icy roads and sidewalks as they traveled to class.
“I lived on campus last year, so it wasn’t as bad,” Perry said. “But it was kind of tricky to figure out where you could walk and where you couldn’t because of the snow and ice.” Liz Rachun, public relations coordinator for the University Health Center, said she remembers some students coming into the center because of See COLD, Page 2
See WOODS, Page 5
Bulldogs turn focus, preparations to next season Dogs end season on a positive note By NICK PARKER THE RED AND BLACK
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S Safety Reshad Jones has announced that he will enter the 2010 NFL Draft a year early after a season full of criticism for the Bulldogs.
HISTORY LESSON The Lady Dogs have a chance stay perfect on the season and to make history all in one night. See page 11.
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As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., and the Georgia seniors walked off the field for their last time in the silver britches, thoughts immediately jump to what will transpire next. The team’s — and its coaches’ — main focus has shifted to next fall, and reclaiming its stake as one of the SEC’s top teams after the worst season in Mark Richt’s tenure. As a disappointing season came to a close on the night of Dec. 28, two
impressive victories will be the lingering thoughts in the minds of fans, players and coaches. Richt believes the program is once again heading in a better direction. Not to say an 8-5 season is acceptable in Athens, but the Dogs finished by winning four of their last five, including a victory over a top-10 ranked archrival and a complete rout of Texas A&M in the Independence Bowl. “People have a picture in their mind of what should be and we do. We certainly don’t want to say that 8-5 is the greatest season in Georgia football by any means. But I liked the way we finished. I liked the way the guys battled to the very end,” said Richt. Despite the lackluster season — by Georgia’s standards — Richt will
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have an impressive foundation returning in next year’s team as departing seniors only occupied six of the 22 starting positions. But junior safety Reshad Jones has announced his intentions to take his game to the next level, and is expected to be a second to fourth round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. While Jones has already announced his decision, junior linebacker Rennie Curran is currently pondering the decision and has not made an official announcement regarding entering the NFL draft a year early. The one vacated position likely to draw the greatest battle and attention is the quarterback position. Joe Cox’s departure lays the path for the long awaited clash
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COLD: Snowfall won’t always mean closings for University ¢ From Page 1
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S Two University students play in the snow last March. In the event of another snowstorm, the University community will be notified via e-mail.
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ice-related injuries. “We did see some people that did come in having fallen,” Rachun said. If snow does hit Athens today or Friday, the University will follow its “weather closing procedures” to determine whether or not classes will be cancelled, said Tom Jackson, vice president for public affairs. The procedures can be found on the University’s Web site. “Basically, it’s a matter of whether the roads are passable or not,” Jackson said. “Just because there’s a little snow on the ground, we don’t skip school.” Jackson said student safety was always a factor in making a decision about inclement weather closings, but he said the University also had an obligation to the state to offer classes whenever possible. “You just have to make the best decision you can
and move forward,” he said. University Police Lt. Eric Dellinger asked the University community not to call emergency numbers in order to get information about winter weather closings. “It really ties up our emergency capabilities when we get tons and tons of calls about weather,” he said. If the University does cancel classes, students will be notified through an all-campus e-mail. The decision will also be posted on the University’s Web site. Ron Hamlin, manager of Campus Transit, said buses do not operate if the University decides to close its doors. However, if students and faculty do have to bear the chilly weather and travel to classes in the cold, the buses will be there for them. Perry said she might
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Student jails her male visitor in dorms By DALLAS DUNCAN THE RED & BLACK
McVay (left) and Warren were both described by peers as selfless and friendly.
Two students die over break Remembered for kindness By MIMI ENSLEY THE RED & BLACK
The University’s senior class lost two of its members over the holiday break — students who will certainly be missed, according to their friends. William McVay, a senior from Midland, was found dead in his fiancee’s apartment on Dec. 11. Michael Warren, a senior from St. Simons, died in a car accident on New Year’s Eve. Both students were active in the University community — McVay as a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and Warren as a leader in the Wesley Foundation. “He was definitely a man who put his friendship and family over everything else,” William Creekmore, president of the University chapter of Delta Tau Delta, said of McVay. “He was definitely a selfless individual.” Similar sentiments were expressed about Warren. “I knew him from class, and he befriended me immediately,” said Sophie Howell, a senior from Atlanta. “I wasn’t surprised when I saw him at church and he always had friends.” Those who knew McVay said friends and family always came first for the 21-year-old business major. “He was just everything you could want in a friend,” said Kassandra Boyer, a University student who met McVay in their freshman year. “He always had a smile on his face, he could always make you laugh, and just wanted the best for everyone.” Boyer said she had fallen out of touch with McVay, but the two reconnected at last season’s first football games. “He started complimenting me and saying how much he missed me and how we should hang out,” she said. “He was really genuine and he really cared.” Creekmore described McVay as an invaluable member of their fraternity. “He was an excellent brother,” he said. “Will was an important part of our brotherhood and will be missed by each of us.” Coroner Sonny Wilson told the Red & Black the cause of McVay’s death was unknown. Warren, who graduated from Glynn Academy in Brunswick, died as he was traveling back to Athens. He is the fourth student in four years from the Glynn Academy to die while attending the University. The Florida TimesUnion reported that Warren was heading north on GA-15 when his vehicle crashed with another near Greensboro, the Georgia State Patrol said. Jay Butler, a senior from Johns Creek, who knew Warren through the Wesley Foundation, said Warren had considered becoming a missionary after his graduation in May. “Everyone knew him and loved him,” Butler said. “I was shocked. I never had one of my close friends die before and was shocked and in disbelief.” Butler also mentioned the numerous positive comments friends left on Warren’s Facebook page. “You could tell how many people were shocked with [his death] with how quickly it spread by seeing his Facebook profile and seeing the wonderful things said,” he said. “I haven’t seen one bad thing because there isn’t one.”
Lock-ins are usually associated with student group activities, but as one University freshman found out, unauthorized lock-ins can lead to being locked into a pair of handcuffs. University Police were called to an argument in Russell Hall early Wednesday morning, and discovered a female student had locked a male visitor in her dorm room. “The young man was locked in the room by the young lady,” Police Lt. Eric Dellinger said Wednesday. Dellinger said Lacey Erin Peek, a freshman from Powder Springs, was standing in front of her door when officers arrived. He said both Peek and Kyle Brian Monson, the Valdosta State University student locked in the room, were under the influence of alcohol. Monson was charged with underage possession and obstruction. Dellinger said the obstruction charge resulted from Monson running from officers after he was
let out of the room. Peek was also charged with underage possession. In addition, she was charged with false imprisonment under family violence law. Dellinger said the incident fell under family violence law because officers were able to establish cohabitation between Peek and Monson. He said police take a “pretty liberal view” of the word cohabitation — Peek and Monson had not necessarily been living together, but had been sleeping at each other’s residences. He said, in this case, establishing cohabitation was a prerequisite to a domestic violence charge. Peek declined to comment about the incident, and Monson was unable to be reached for comment. “It was just an argument that got out of hand,” Dellinger said. Street racer stopped short The University Police said she was fast — and now Kacey Leanna Jones is furious. Jones, a sophomore from
Statesboro, was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of racing on highways and streets. According to the University police report, Jones and Joshua Matthew Welch, an Athens resident, stopped in their respective vehicles for a red light at the intersection of Thomas Street and Washington Street. “Immediately upon the light turning green both vehicles quickly accelerated,” the report states. “As the vehicles were accelerating the tires on one or both of the vehicles chirped as they lost and regained traction.” The report goes on to say Jones and Welch reached abnormally high rates of speed before having to slow down for traffic at the intersection of Thomas Street and Broad Street, though the actual speed of the vehicles is not stated. Jones was pulled over on Lumpkin Street. “[The officer] said he saw us racing,” Jones said Wednesday. She said Welch pulled up right beside her, and she could tell he
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wanted to race. “I started to but decided not to,” she said. “I stopped as soon as I started.” Jones said she never went above 40 miles-per-hour in the 35 miles-per-hour zone. Welch was arrested for racing on highways and streets and violation of a limited permit. He could not be reached for comment, but his arrest cost him his job with the Domino’s Pizza location on Baxter Street. “As far as I know he no longer has a job here, because our general manager put on the schedule we need someone to cover his shift,” Kevin Adkins, assistant manager at the Baxter Street location, said Wednesday. “He was stupid.” Jones, who said she’s never been ticketed in her life, said she plans to contest the charges because she believes the arresting officer has no case.
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The Red & Black staff works hard in every weather to bring you your news We know what you did last night. You weren’t planning your back-to-school outfit or sharpening your pencils.You weren’t previewing the material in your new textbooks. You were glued to your 5 o’clock news channel, iPhone weather apps, or uga.edu hoping to read three magical words: classes are cancelled. Alas, you made the frigid trek to campus this morning and we huddled around space heaters as we put today’s first spring issue to bed last night. Less than one year ago, we did this very same song and dance to the tune of rumored snowfall and class cancellations. Sunday, March 1, 2009 brought six inches of snow to Athens and many students felt that one day of cancelled classes was not enough. The Red & Black was still without power Monday evening, but because there was no announcement for the cancellation of Tuesday classes, we went to the printer regardless. Using our publisher’s RV power generator, we turned a cold basement workstation of about five computers and seven staff members into a full-functioning newsroom. If students had to go to class Tuesday, we wanted to be there too. Sure enough, our inboxes were flooded with letters hashing out the horror stories of getting dressed for class without power, falling ice sheets overhead and slipping on snow-covered sidewalks. We can only hope the most recent shades of pink on the weather radar maps will encourage them to be more prepared this time around. Either way, we’re here to keep you informed and to be a place where your voice is heard. Each semester, The Red & Black transfers its management and leaders into new hands. We have made several changes internally to encourage a smoother operation, but only one major change that will affect our readers. We will no longer publish our weekly arts and entertainment section, Out & About. In its place we have developed “The Week.” This is meant to be a service to our readers — each week we will give you the happenings and goings on in and around Athens — and we’ll tell you which ones we think are most worthy of your time. Because this newspaper is just as much yours as ours, we are always interested in any ideas our readers have to improve The Red & Black. E-mail us, Facebook stalk us, tweet us, or, better yet — join us! We’d love to hear from you at email@example.com. Happy New Year and here’s to a productive spring semester. – Chelsea Cook for the editorial board.
Opinions page welcomes your column P eople tend to get heated when discussing their constitutional rights but many don’t exercise what may be their most important right — their freedom of expression. So, this is a challenge to you to exercise that right by writing an opinions column for The Red & Black. I’m excited to read what you — the students, faculty and staff — at this great University have to write for this page. This is your space to express your opinion on almost every topic. My job as the new opinions editor is to help facilitate that expression into an engaging page everyday. Easier said then done. So, I need your help. Do you have something to say on University issues, politics, relationships, college life, foreign policy, traveling, health and fitness, career planning or anything else imaginable? If your answer is yes, then you have the opportunity to discuss those topics with the 40,000 people that make up the University of Georgia community and the thousands more around the world that visit our website. I have spoken with many people who are interested in writing columns for the Red & Black but don’t know where to start. Here are some pointers that will make the process much easier for potential contributors.
— Write what you know. Are you a student soon to graduate in one of the worst economic situations in our history? Write a column about your struggles to find a job. Are you passionate about the arts and disappointed about your fellow students’ lack of interest? Write a column. Are you a professor who is an expert on topics that leave the general public confused such as health care or homeland security? This page is available to you to walk readers through these topics. Are you an administrator or dean who would like to explain or express an opinion on a University decision that has students in an uproar? This page is for you, too. — Localize the issue. If you are a student, don’t write a column on President Barack Obama’s decision to deploy an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. Leave that to the experts. Those columns usually sound like the reader summarized CNN’s report on the issue. A column discussing how this deployment order affects your military family would be much more powerful. These type of col-
umns put a human face on the issue. — Write concisely, clearly and engage your audience. You may have an amazing topic but no one will read it if it is boring, badly written or confusing. A catchy lead sentence or story helps draw readers but remember to not lose them in the rest of your column. — Columnists are journalists. That means there is no flexibility in what is considered facts. Your opinions should be based on facts and those facts need to come from reputable sources. Wikipedia does not count unless you are writing a column about the site. — Columns should be approximately 650 words or less. If you are writing more than that, it probably means you do not have a focused idea. Columns should include your full name, hometown and phone number. Students should also include their major and faculty, staff and other contributors should include their professional title. You can send columns to firstname.lastname@example.org. My door, or at least my cubicle, is always open for discussing possible column ideas or answering any of your questions. I look forward to reading your opinions. — Yasmin Yonis is the Opinions Editor for the Red & Black
Conflict over land opens eyes to opportunities in America Editor’s Note: Daniel Burnett, the managing editor of The Red & Black, joined 17 other college media students on a week-long trip to Israel. The trip was paid for by Project Interchange, a non-political institute of the American Jewish Committee. The organization brings various segments of American society to Israel to increase their knowledge about the country.
ERUSALEM — Imagine driving through a sunny town just miles away from the Mediterranean. Two young children — both in car seats — merrily gaze out the window. A siren begins wailing. You’ve been here before. And you know you have 15 seconds before a rocket will descend somewhere on your town. You slam on the breaks. 14 seconds... 13 … 12 ... The car stops and you fumble for your seat belt. 11... 10 ... 9... You get out of the car and open your child’s door. 8 … 7 ... Hands shaking, heart beating, you ask yourself one question: Which of my children do I save? This is the hell the residents of Sderot face — a situation that has caused many parents to only bring one child with them when they drive anywhere. And, for a time, a situation that led many parents to forbid their children from playing outside.
DANIEL BURNETT After a few days in the carefree city of Tel Aviv — where rocket attacks are largely out of range, out of mind — we spoke with those who see the conflict firsthand. For the residents of Sderot, located less than a mile from the Gaza Strip, the physical and emotional scars of the conflict can still be seen. One playground we saw had two giant concrete tubes painted as caterpillars. They weren’t for the children to play in, they were shelters from rockets. Not even on the playgrounds could children escape the misfortune of their town’s proximity to Gaza. Last year, there were three to four rocket attacks daily, or roughly one every 6 to 8 hours. They have dwindled to less than one a week, but when your 10-year-old child is too frightened to sleep alone every night — as is the case of one resident, Chen Abrahams — even a single rocket every 10 days is one too many. Here, babies instinctively throw up their arms when they hear the sirens because they know someone will pick them up and carry them away. Concrete shelters are still
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being constructed. This land and its people have been changed by the rockets. Geography and politics shoved this town to the heart of the conflict — and most are too poor or too patriotic to move. And on the Palestinian side, life for civilians isn’t much better. In fact, with 80 percent of residents living below the poverty line, it is probably worse. But that life is shrouded behind a regime not welcoming to the outside world. They, too, have children on playgrounds. Perhaps they are similar to the Israeli children just a mile away. And perhaps, if their lives weren’t so marred by never-ending violence, they could be friends with the children in the concrete caterpillars. But for us, the 18 college media students standing on a overlook, we could only see what comes out of Gaza — homemade rockets that rain down on Israeli towns. We do know some things. We know Palestinians feel their homeland was stolen from them after the United Nations divided the land into two states — one Jewish, one Palestinian. We know the Arab League did not accept the UN decision. We know there has been tension ever since. And we know one thing more: beyond the fences and the rockets and the rhetoric, under Hamas’ militant regime are people. People like us. People
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like the residents of the town of Sderot. They are people, however, that are often living in terrible conditions. Most of Gaza’s residents live in crowded refugee camps with some of the highest population densities on the planet. Throw in an unstable militant government that would rather Palestinians launch rockets into Israel than provide basic necessities for its people — and you are left with 1.5 million starving, uneducated refugees. The gross domestic product in Gaza is less than one fifth of Israel’s. The per capita income is about one tenth. Suddenly, it’s easier to see why the Palestinian people are unhappy. Desperate people are more likely to support militant regimes — which they did in 2006 with the election of Hamas. As Americans, we all have our own beliefs on the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Both sides have acted violently at times, and neither side is blameless. But before labeling yourself as pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian, take a walk in the other side’s shoes. Immerse yourself in the situation, and you may find that in the end, everyone wants the same thing: peace. To quote a terribly overused saying, the situation is not black and white. The Israelis are not correct. The Palestinians are not correct. And because violence still
occurs, everyone suffers. Who exactly are the Israelis? Who are the Palestinians? And why are they constantly fighting over this tiny, dry land that is smaller than the state of New Jersey? It takes some serious dialogue to even begin scratching the surface of this complex issue. Before this trip, I had only experienced the good life in America. My travels abroad were limited to sunny Carribbean Islands — not exactly places known for suicide bombers and millenia-old religious struggles. But at some point, people have a personal responsibility to abandon comfort zones and become exposed to the troubles of our world. Especially aspiring journalists. Thousands of miles away in the United States, most of us don’t live with a constant fear of attack. Our neighbors don’t launch rockets at us. Our playgrounds don’t feature concrete caterpillars. Our babies aren’t used to being shuffled into a shelter at the sound of a siren. And that’s something to be thankful for. Just a few hours after our group turned our backs on the dim lights in the distance — all we were able to see of Gaza — and loaded a bus for Jerusalem, another rocket was shot across the border into the nearby town of Netivot. And Israeli border babies lifted their arms.
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Cashing in on Christmas Professors seek to give Movies worth LEED credits to plants the millions? By DALLAS DUNCAN THE RED AND BLACK
My Jewish family does two things on Christmas: Chinese food and movies. Since Santa doesnâ€™t stop by our chimney, our Christmas afternoon was spent eating Chinese and heading for the theater. The winding ticket lines and sold-out postings we were met with were clearly indicative of the overwhelming flock of Christmas moviegoers. In fact, according to Box Office Mojo, Christmas weekend 2009 was the highest-grossing weekend in box office history, bringing in an astounding $270 million! These top five box office earners have been out for a few weeks now, and having seen them, Iâ€™m sorry to say that not all are actually worthy of their net worths.
Research involving toxin-absorbing plants is LEED-ing the way for a new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design credit. â€œWe want to give formal LEED credits for indoor air quality by removing [volatile organic compounds] using plants,â€? said Svoboda Pennisi, an associate professor in the horticulture department. She said the process for a building to obtain LEED certification was similar to a college major. An architect chooses which type of LEED certification he or she wants, and then has several credits to choose from in order to obtain that certification, she said. â€œAs I understand it, there is no formal LEED credit given to [indoor plants] other than something called â€˜greenwalls,â€™ and thatâ€™s more aesthetic and not related to indoor air quality,â€? Pennisi said. She said the LEED credit would be individualized for each building that wants to obtain it. All plants under this LEED credit would be phytoremediators, or plants that improve indoor air quality by reducing volatile organic compounds. Pennisi has been working alongside Stanley Kays, a part-time professor in the horticulture department, and researchers at Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea, to study the effects phytoremediators have on indoor air quality. Kays said he became interested in the project, originally started by Korean researchers, when air quality of two Athens homes was measured and discovered to be dangerous. â€œCoupled with the World Health Organizationâ€™s estimate of the number of deaths caused by indoor air each year and the fact that plants have the potential to eliminate the problem, we realized that this was a research area that has tremendous health implications,â€? he told The Red & Black.
â€œAvatarâ€? Christmas weekend gross: $75,617,183 Iâ€™ll admit it; â€œAvatarâ€? is really, really cool! James Cameron has earned his box-office black belt with this visually delicious sci-fi flick. In only its second week, Cameronâ€™s â€œAvatarâ€? had already earned more than a third of Titanicâ€™s entire domestic gross ($600 million), putting it on track to blow Titanicâ€™s record out of the water, pun intended. â€œAvatarâ€? proved that big bucks donâ€™t necessarily mean big names. There was no definitive Leo DiCaprio to bring in the crowds, just word of mouth and an exhilarating two and half hours worthy of your ten bucks.
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â€œSherlock Holmesâ€? Christmas weekend gross: $62,390,000 What is it with Robert Downey Jr.? I remember him not too long ago as being blacklisted â€” and, oh yeah, in prison â€” for unruly drug problems. But with four major movies in the past two years, Robert Downey Jr. has more than made up for lost time. Downey portrays Holmes as equally brawny and brainy with a spot-on accent, and his co-stars, Jude Law and Rachel McAdams, were dynamic, charming and equally adorable. Guy Ritchieâ€™s not-soobvious preparation for the sequel meant a lot more exposition than I would otherwise prefer, leaving an underdeveloped plot. Regardless, the Brits made bank.
â€œAlvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquelâ€? Christmas weekend gross: $48,875,415 Kid-friendly flicks will always draw in more crowds than the newest obscure Coen brothers film (â€œA Serious Manâ€?). While you can rave about the Coen brothersâ€™ cinematography techniques, donâ€™t even attempt to analyze the chipmunks and donâ€™t worry about being disappointed. Go in with no expectations and just laugh at their voices. They are chipmunks and they are cute: end game. However, if you must pick an ani-
mated film this season, I would definitely recommend the delightful â€œThe Princess and the Frogâ€? or Wes Andersonâ€™s witty â€œFantastic Mr. Foxâ€? instead.
â€œItâ€™s Complicatedâ€? Christmas weekend gross: $22,100,820 While your eight-yearold cousin was squeaking along with Alvin in theater 7, your parents and grandparents were most likely chuckling along with Meryl, Alec and Steve in â€œItâ€™s Complicated,â€? or at least wishing they were. From the director of â€œSomethingâ€™s Gotta Give,â€? this romantic comedy for the 50- and 60-something crowd earned big bucks. There is no denying the comedic chemistry between Streep and Baldwin. With one-liners about Viagra and Botox, what can go wrong?
â€œThe Blind Sideâ€? Christmas weekend gross: $11,470,000 The Golden Globe nomination for Sandra Bullock hasnâ€™t been the only surprise to accompa-
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We lost a lot of the fun in the fraternity when he graduated. Itâ€™s sad to think he wonâ€™t be coming back.â€? Kobleur said Woods was hard to dislike. â€œHe always had a smile whenever he rolled into the room. He was always cracking jokes,â€? he said. â€œHe was always there whenever you needed to talk to anybody. He was always there to see you through it. Overall he was more of an inspiration than anything else.â€? Kobleur said Woods almost never let his disability stand in the way. â€œJordan did ordinary
Pennisi said the importance of their research was multi-faceted. â€œThereâ€™s a health benefit to the humans that are living or spending part of their lives in a building,â€? she said. â€œIt will help agricultural producers and the economy by increasing the demand for these agricultural products.â€? Kays said to determine the efficiency of reduction, a plant is enclosed in a sealed glass container, into which a known amount of five different VOCs are injected. The researchers can measure the decline of the VOCs in the container. Pennisi said the cause of the variation in reduction has yet to be determined. â€œOur theory is that itâ€™s related to the individual metabolism of the plant,â€? she said. Megan Lee, an assistant professor in the textiles, merchandising and interiors department, called the research â€œreally innovative and extremely important.â€? She said for phytoremediators, such as ivy, to be used in homes â€” whether LEED-certified or not â€” homeowners must understand the plants must still be cared for, otherwise they could work against their purpose. â€œYou canâ€™t just look at it aesthetically,â€? Lee said. â€œYou have to understand how to care for them.â€? She said bugs and mold are potential problems for plant owners, both of which can lead to poorer air quality. â€œAlso, you donâ€™t need tons of indoor plants to improve air quality,â€? Lee said. More clutter and less ventilation could lead to mold, she said. Bobby Woodward, interim associate dean of students, told The Red & Black that Tate II is both LEED certified and contains indoor plants. â€œWhile it is an honor to have a LEEDcertified building, we remain committed to the idea of being sustainable and environmentally friendly,â€? he said. â€œWe would entertain the idea of plants that would improve the indoor air quality of the Tate Student Center and the Tate Student Center Expansion.â€?
things from extraordinary circumstances,â€? he said. â€œHe couldnâ€™t walk; he couldnâ€™t run; he couldnâ€™t do all the things that we can do, but he never let you know it.â€? Carter Bates, former president of Phi Kappa Theta, said he had known Woods for three years. â€œWhatâ€™s amazing about him was he was so involved, he was so outgoing,â€? Bates said. Bates said Woodsâ€™ positive outlook was an inspiration. â€œHe did so much and he was so active,â€? Bates said. â€œThe strength and the endurance and the perseverance that he had â€” it was amazing.â€?
ny this filmâ€™s success. I, for one, had low expectations for its blockbuster potential. But, for seven weeks strong, this big-hearted football flick with a twang has steadfastly stayed at the top as a box-office earner. It deserves it. Sandra Bullock is phenomenal as Leigh Anne Tuohy, the angelic upper class Southern housewife. The true story of Michael Ohr and his athletic triumph warmed my heart like a big cup of hot cocoa and Christmas weekend proved to be no different. â€” Melissa Cohen is a contributor for The Red and Black.
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t has been said a million times that “First impressions are everything.” But how often do you really take that into account by the way you dress? Can someone really presume to know who you are based on what you look like? Um, yes. At least at first. This new year, consider that, with the times being what they are, everyone from employers to potential partners are looking for that special first encounter to determine whether or not to proceed further with you — whether or not you are worth their time. Think about it. If two similarly-qualified individuals show up for a job interview, one wearing their ill-fitting, post“freshman fifteen,” high school hand-medown, and the other wearing a nicely cut and tailored three-piece, who has the upper hand? The answer is obvious. Guys, if you walk into a date rocking the same pastel collared shirt that every guy she has been out with for the past two years sported, does that scream “I’m unique and worth your time?” I don’t think so. And ladies, though you tend to be better at this than us, let’s just say those loose-fitting maternity shirts some of you wear so you can drink more on Fridays downtown aren’t doing you any favors. We really are a society of first impressions. Rarely do we get a second chance to remedy our initial faux pas. But hey, it’s the new year — the time we all make good-intentioned, ill-accom-
plished resolutions. Perhaps this year a resolution you actually keep should be to present yourself better. Now, not every interviewer or every date is going to cut and run if you stutter once or leave your zipper down or don’t look like David Beckham or Megan Fox. But still, take some time to put yourself together well. Instead of thinking, “What is everyone else wearing right now?” or even “Where are my sweatpants and Uggs?”, try asking yourself, “What is style-appropriate yet makes me look like an individual, not a llama?” Dress in the manner in which you wish to be perceived. Guys, believe me, if you do this, the ladies will notice, and they will be pleasantly surprised. It may just be the difference between a “Check please!” and a “Let’s do this again sometime.” Ladies, if you want to be taken seriously and to be respected by quality guys, dress like it. Plus, maybe then you won’t have to give the one-digit-off phone number trick to that over-eager downtown Don Juan. — Michael Whitworth is a variety contributor for The Red & Black.
Local guitarist dies on Christmas Day By JOHN BARRETT THE RED & BLACK On Dec. 25, 2009, one of the Athens music scene’s brightest lights burned out. Vic Chesnutt, a local mainstay since the mid’80s, slipped suddenly into a coma earlier in the week after overdosing on muscle relaxants. The news was confirmed on Christmas Eve, and the following day a family spokesperson announced Chesnutt’s death. Born in Jacksonville, Fla., and raised by a foster
family in Zebulon, Ga., Chesnutt began playing guitar and writing songs from a young age. In 1983, at age 18, he sustained serious injuries from a car accident that left him mostly paralyzed and in a wheelchair. This accident, though tragic, helped Chesnutt find his muse, and he soon set about penning dark, Southern Gothic-style folk songs that grappled with such serious subjects as mortality, memories and loss. R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe was an early supporter of Chesnutt —
Local musician Vic Chesnutt died on Dec. 25, 2009.
so much, in fact, that he offered to produce Chesnutt’s first two albums (1990’s “Little” and 1991’s “West of Rome”). The unique qualities that made Chesnutt’s lyrics stand out in the music world and garnered him so much acclaim were his brutally honest, fragile tone and his ability to convey humor through decidedly morose, painful subjects. Because of his inimitable style and undeniable talent, he has left a hole in the Athens community that won’t be easily filled.
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ATHICA hosts art show on parenthood By KATIE ANDREWS THE RED & BLACK
If honesty is the best policy, photographer and videographer Amy Jenkins is performing a hostile takeover of the administration of conservative art criticism. Yet, surprisingly, the controversial New Hampshire-based artist actually has no sociopolitical agenda to speak of. The mother of two will be visiting ATHICA on Saturday to attend the opening reception of her exhibit, “Nurture” — a collection of photographs and videos that narrate the inherent complexity and visceral necessity of familial relationships. “I don’t censor myself,” Jenkins said. “I work from a more aesthetic place. My art is not a political statement.” The images and videos featured in “Nurture” are taken from an assemblage of works that she loosely refers to as her “Cradle” series. The collection carries strong themes of parenting, childhood and one of the most intimate maternal experiences — breastfeeding. Unfortunately, where Jenkins sees beauty, others sometimes see indecency. That was the case in 2004 when Jenkins was hired to display “The Audrey Samsara,” an artistic film almost twenty minutes long of Jenkins’ twoyear-old daughter breastfeeding, in the New York gallery of prominent shoe design company Salvatore Ferragamo. “The piece was originally intended to be part of a group exhibition and it was censored from the show about an hour before the opening by one of the [Ferragamo] executives.” Jenkins went on to say that it was never revealed to her who insisted that her film be turned off or what exactly they found so distasteful about it, but she has her theories. “Ferragamo is a very high-end fashion retailer, and perhaps to see the breast being used for something utilitarian rather than as a fashion statement was actually too controversial — which is ironic,” Jenkins said. “The use of the breast by the fashion industry is very different from the use of the breast for breastfeeding.” After having her film removed from the gallery and not being compensated for her work, Jenkins was stunned that something she simply considered her motherly duty could be met with such hostility. “It’s hard for me to estimate what somebody would find offensive in the image of a child breastfeeding,” she said. Local writer Mary Jessica Hammes, also a pro-breastfeeding mom, wrote the catalog essay for “Nurture.” “One of my freelance jobs has been to write a lot about breastfeeding research work, so I’ve learned a lot about the science of it. We still don’t know what is actually in breast milk,” Hammes said, emphasizing how this mystery makes manufacturing a comparable formula next to impossible. “But we do know that it is the very healthiest thing you can do for your baby.” One issue Hammes discusses in her essay is the atmosphere of disapproval many mothers face when they chose to breastfeed their babies in public. “All that is happening is a child is eating,” she said. One particular inspiring issue she mentioned is the recent banning of breastfeeding photographs on the social networking Web site Facebook. “I think that’s so silly, but it’s totally indicative of what our culture is like,” Hammes said. “Basically, by putting breastfeeding images in a category of offensive material, [Facebook administrators] are saying that the act of feeding your child is indecent. It mirrors the attitude that society has when it comes to breastfeeding.” Essayist Hammes — along with ATHICA founder, “Nurture” curator, and breastfeeding mom Lizzie Zucker Saltz — will be teaming up to present a free Walk & Talk discussion of Jenkins’s work, as well as issues surrounding breastfeeding and parenthood in general, on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.
In addition to “The Audrey Samsara,” ATHICA is proud to be the venue of several Jenkins debuts. Some of her other works include “Audrey Superhero” – a photograph of the same toddler years laster donning a boy’s Superman costume; “Tug,” a metaphorical photograph featuring Jenkins and her husband, nude, engaged in a game a tugof-war; and “Held,” a brief video of Jenkins acting out the nap time rituals she observes in her young children. “‘Held’ is a humorous look at being a mother because there’s a very large painting of a baby – about 8 feet high – and a woman crawls onto the baby’s lap and falls asleep,” Jenkins said. Although the woman in these works is almost always Jenkins herself, she emphasizes that the work is not autobiographical in nature and that she creat-
NURTURE: VIDEO AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY JENKINS OPENING RECEPTION When: Saturday, January 9, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Where: ATHICA Price: Suggested donation, $3-$5 Note: Opening reception is free, refreshments provided by White Tiger Gourmet Exhibit will be on display from January 9 – February 28 ed these works with a more universal theme in mind. According to Jenkins, while she is always present in her works, it can relate to any woman, not just her. Therefore, she refers to the character she plays in any one work in the thirdperson. She is simply “the woman.” “Before that happens, [the woman] runs across
the baby once or twice and throws a little fit, as children often do right before they fall asleep — an emotional outburst of exhaustion.” Jenkins describes “Held” as a slight twist on “The Audrey Samsara.” “The mother is being put in the position of the baby looking for security,” she said. “As an adult, you really can’t just lie down in someone’s lap and give yourself over to sleep, but children do it all the time.” Jenkins describes the exhibit overall with warm, comforting words such as family, memory, intimacy and relationships. “There are many artworks within the exhibit which aren’t directly related to motherhood, but are about the desire to return to childhood,” she said. “We’ve all been children, so there’s many themes in the show that people will recognize whether they’re parents or not.”
S In “Held,” a video by Amy Jenkins, the artist emulates a child napping with its parent, reversing the traditional roles of nap time.
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Seniors share ‘special’ engagement day By MICHAEL FITZPATRICK THE RED & BLACK Senior Gym Dogs Grace Taylor and Marcia Newby have grown accustomed to receiving jewel-encrusted rings on the same day. From their lone Southeastern Conference title (2008) and three consecutive NCAA championships (2007-2009), they
were rapidly running out of finger-space for any additional bling-bling. But it was on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, that each gymnast received a new diamond ring that has absolutely nothing to do with gymnastics, but a ring that means the most of all. It was the day their boyfriends — both former football players — got down on one knee and asked for
their hands in marriage. Both said “yes.” “It was a really exciting day and it was so fun,” Taylor said. “Our fiances are really good friends too, so it was special. And it’s one of the days that you remember forever.” While some women would have preferred to have had their engagement day to themselves, Taylor and Newby are just fine
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sharing their moment. “It elevated our emotions even more,” Newby said. “Because we have been teammates for four years and have known each other even before we went to Georgia, so to know that we have kept our bond and our bond has grown stronger in college is awesome. And to know that we have one more thing for after college and after gymnastics just shows the cohesiveness of this team and that we all share something special.” Added Taylor: “It was really special because we are just great friends and we are going to be in each other’s weddings and it’s a cool kind of friendship that few people get to experience. “But how many things can you share with one person? It ridiculous. We share gymnastics and a lot of the same school aspirations and now this,” she said. “She’s just one of the friends that you remember forever.” Taylor and her fiance, Andrew Johnson, have already set a wedding date — July 24 — while Newby and her fiance, Demiko Goodman, have not yet set FRANNIE FABIAN | The Red & Black the date for their big day. “This year,” Taylor said. S Senior Gym Dogs Grace Taylor and Marcia “I’m so excited.” Newby will start their ‘memorable’ last season By receiving an engage- in red and black Saturday against Stanford. ment ring prior to the start of their senior season — about the past or future. huge all-arounders [like their last hurrah as Gym We want to keep our tradi- Kupets and Tolnay],” Dogs — it would only be fit- tion of winning.” senior Courtney McCool Despite the graduation said. “I feel like the emphating to end the year in similar fashion, by earning of a star-studded 2009 sis is going to be more on another championship ring. senior class of Courtney individuals picking up their “It’s our senior year so Kupets — arguably the individual scores and makits going to be a little more greatest collegiate gymnast ing this team and allimportant and a little more of all time — Tiffany Tolnay, around score kind of team. memorable and we want to Abby Stack and Paige “I feel like our senior start off with a bang, and Burns, and despite lacking class has always been a finish with a bang, too,” a bona-fide all-arounder, tag-team,” McCool said. she said. “We want to win a the top-ranked Gym Dogs “We tag-team it every meet, championship, not because plan to continue their his- and I feel like this team is a of what we did last year or toric NCAA title run of five- tag-team team because we to not be the class that straight titles. have each other’s back on “I feel like so many peo- everything and … I just didn’t win. We just want to be the championship team. ple are on two and three don’t think this team is We want to say, Georgia, in events this year that the going to have a big all2010, will be national cham- dynamic of all-arounders arounder and that’s not a pions. It doesn’t matter was bigger when we had bad thing.”
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Lady Dogs try for best start in program history By BEN BUSSARD THE RED & BLACK
LADY DOGS vs. KENTUCKY
As students and faculty alike return to work this week amid frigid temperatures, the Georgia womenâ€™s basketball team is looking to remain red hot. The Kentucky Wildcats (12-1) visit Stegeman Coliseum tonight, and will be looking to halt Georgiaâ€™s 14-game winning streak. Over the semester break, the No. 8 Lady Dogs (14-0) remained undefeated and equaled their best start in program history after home victories against No. 19 Virginia and Detroit along with road wins against Clemson, Savannah State and Alabama. The 5-0 performance over the holidays served as a major confidence boost for a team still looking for more consistency despite its unblemished record. â€œItâ€™s different because youâ€™re not in a routine, and by routine Iâ€™m talking about classes and study hall and games,â€? point guard Ashley Houts said. â€œYou have a lot of spare time to do things that you wouldnâ€™t normally do, so itâ€™s important that we did well, and it showed us that we can stay focused when we need to be.â€? A focus that was never more evident than Sundayâ€™s game in Tuscaloosa, Ala., when Georgia faced a 10-point halftime deficit at the hands of the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Lady Dogs managed to outscore the Crimson Tide 32-14 in the second half en route to claiming their 14th consecutive victory and proving once again that they have what it takes to win under any circumstances. â€œThe difficulty of our schedule has been good for us. Itâ€™s put us in all those situations and Iâ€™ve
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S With a win over Kentucky tonight, the Lady Dogs will eclipse the 1998-99 Georgia squadâ€™s 14-0 start and improve to 15-0 on the season behind senior Ashley Houts. never seen doubt on our face,â€? head coach Andy Landers said. â€œWe played perhaps the worst half that we played all year over at Alabama in the first, but I didnâ€™t see doubt. I think we were able to clear that up at halftime and go back out and address what we needed to address.â€? With the victory over Alabama, the Lady Dogs equaled their best start since the 1998-99 season at 14-0. That is the same season the Lady Dogs made their last Final Four appearance before falling to
Duke, and finishing with a 27-6 overall record. Even with this seasonâ€™s improbable start and the comparisons to one of Georgiaâ€™s best teams, Landers and Houts wonâ€™t jump the gun and book flights to San Antonio for the 2010 Womenâ€˜s NCAA Final Four just yet. Houts and her teammates must persevere through regular season conference play, as well as the SEC Tournament. â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™re really focused that much on the streak right now compared to what we
need to do everyday to get better and to win,â€? Houts said. â€œIt feels good to have done something [but] we donâ€™t really get anything for a clean non-conference schedule so weâ€™re really focused on what we can do for the SEC.â€? With Houts at the forefront of a squad chock-full of youth and skill, Landers strives to have the team fulfill the potential it possesses, and not focus intently on keeping a zero in the loss column throughout the season. â€œWe did not have a goal of being 14-0 or 15-0. We had an
FBALL: Departures leave holes for Bulldogs Â˘ From Page 1 between redshirt freshmen Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger. After turnovers plagued the season, Richt said the biggest key for the eventual starter is â€œrespecting the ball.â€? Itâ€™s still unclear as to whether Logan Gray will play a factor in that battle. It has often been rumored that he has pondered a potential switch to wide receiver â€” a possible sign that the Georgia coaching staff is quite pleased with the development of their two freshmen quarterback prospects. â€œTheyâ€™re both really smart kids, and I look at them and I know that both of them are past where I
was my true freshman year in understanding whatâ€™s going on,â€? Cox said. â€œOnce both of them get a chance to compete with the first team and understand that itâ€™s open â€” that this is their chance to play â€” that always changes your mentality of how you practice and your confidence level. The spring will do a lot for them, too.â€? However, the future isnâ€™t so certain for the Bulldogs on the defensive side of the ball. Players will be forced to learn a new defensive coordinatorâ€™s scheme, and will be looking to replace at least six defensive starters. Defensive tackle will be hit hardest by player departures, as Georgiaâ€™s top three players in the rota-
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DOGS IN THE DRAFT AT A GLANCE: RESHAD JONES â€” After deciding to forego his senior season, Jones will now enter the NFL Draft and is projected to be taken anywhere from the second to the fourth round. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound safety was second on the team in tackles with 73 and snagged four interceptions this season. JEFF OWENS â€” This infamous jokester and defensive tackle stands at JONES 6-foot-3 and is listed at 300 pounds. Owens is projected to be taken on the second day of the NFL Draft after racking up 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks and four tackles for loss this season. KADE WESTON â€” The biggest senior defensive linemen for the Bulldogs, Weston accumulated 29 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss this season. Along with Owens, the 6-foot-5, 315 pound tackle is projected to be selected in later rounds on the second day of the draft. GENO ATKINS â€” The 6-foot-1, 290-pound defensive tackle racked up 36 tackles â€” good for 8th on the team â€” three sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native is a projected as a second or third round pick.
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Diaz’s son signs letter of intent to play for Bulldogs By LISA GLASER FOR THE RED & BLACK Manuel Diaz’s Georgia tennis team family is getting a new addition from his family at home. In November, Diaz’s middle son, Eric, signed a letter of intent to play for the men’s tennis team starting this fall. “I’m excited he’s not only going to be apart of my blood family, but also part of my second family — this group of great young men that we have,” said the Georgia men’s tennis head coach. The Monsignor Donovan high school senior is the three-time state Georgia Independent School Association men’s champion. As the high school’s No. 1 singles player, he has led his team to three straight state semi-final appearances. He is also ranked fifth in the state in singles play. Eric’s decision to continue his tennis career and play with his father and the Bulldogs is due to several factors, including growing up around the team. “He really respects the great tradition of the University of Georgia and Georgia tennis,” Diaz said. “He’s looked up to our former players and current players and watched them and cheered for them and seen them win conference championships and national championships. He’s got a great feel for what we stand for and what we’re about.” Monsignor Donovan Athletic Director Jeremy Elliot agrees that Eric is drawn to the program because of his father and his desire to play competitively on a higher level. “I think that Eric chose UGA because of the school’s reputation and their tennis program. It is obviously one of the best in the country and it is right here in Athens,” Elliot said. “It gives him an opportunity to play on the NCAA’s biggest stage. I
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S Georgia’s men’s tennis head coach Manuel Diaz will juggle roles of father and coach next season, as son Eric is set to play for Georgia. think the familiarity with the program because of his dad doesn’t hurt either.” Diaz has coached his son casually, offering up the occasional technical advice or practice session, but never on a consistent basis. The connotation of a father taking on the roles of both dad and coach is not always positive, but Eric is not hesitant to step into that type of situation come next fall. “As of right now I have no worries. I think we will be able to get along just fine, but it might be a little awkward at first,” Eric said. “When we are on the court, I don’t want to be treated as a son and I don’t think I will be. I think he will treat me exactly the same as the other players.” As the only active coach with multiple national championships, Diaz plans to guide his son as if he were another incoming freshman athlete, showing no favoritism. “Just like everybody else, he’s going to have to
earn his stripes and he’s going to have to work very hard and ultimately that’s something he was willing to do,” Diaz said. According to Diaz, his main concern is becoming unequally demanding of his son, which has proved to cause a problem they have dealt with in the past. “Most of the time, when a father is a coach, he is a little bit tougher on his son or daughter. We used to have a lot of fights because I’m less patient with him and that’s not fair to him,” said Diaz. “We have come a long way since he was 12, 13, 14 years old. But it’s going to be a continuing challenge.” Both father and son look forward to that challenge and the other challenges next season will bring. For now, Diaz and the team have their sights set on the start of the dual match season, with the No. 7-ranked Bulldogs set to compete in the SEC Indoor Tournament beginning Jan. 15.