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Budget released could indicate University cuts House to pass plan today By POLINA MARINOVA THE RED & BLACK Students, faculty and staff from universities across the state could find out today if their efforts protesting the budget cuts for higher education have paid off. The state House of Representatives will pass a version of its budget for fiscal year 2011 today, and the state Senate will pass its own version a few days later. The budget number passed today will be a strong indicator of the severity of the budget cuts the University will face once the two budgets are reconciled. John Millsaps, spokesman for the Board of Regents, said the board is waiting for the state House and Senate to negotiate and agree on a finalized budget before making any decisions about issues such as number of furlough days, possible layoffs or tuition increases. “We don’t expect anything until we see it,” Millsaps said. “We aren’t
going to speculate until we have actual state appropriations for the system that will enable us to go back and see what needs to be done in terms of the overall budget for the system. Like everyone else, we’ll be waiting.” Though the University System originally was asked to plan for a $300 million reduction, Gov. Sonny Perdue later submitted a revised budget plan outlining significantly fewer cuts. Today’s announcement will, at the very least, give worried faculty, staff and students more information. But Millsaps said nothing will be set in stone until the state legislature releases the final numbers. Once the Regents have a set budget to work with, they will begin analyzing what the budget cuts will mean for the various schools in the university system. “We’ll have to see what actually works out between the House and the Senate,” Millsaps said. “We’ll be waiting to see what the final state budget will be for the fiscal year once they have a budget adopted — which probably won’t be until the close of the session next week.”
Student blacks out, strangers give aid By MICHAEL PROCHASKA THE RED & BLACK
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State-hired engineers drill near Baxter Street to monitor the level of gasoline in the soil.
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In the midst of America’s oil crisis, part of the University’s campus is playing host to an oil drilling site — but without the added benefit of supplementing national reserves. Jimbo’s, a gas station located near Brumby Hall on Baxter Street, is the origin of an under-
ground gasoline leak that has spread across 1.7 acres and continues to leak onto campus grounds. Representatives at the Georgia Environmental Protection Division said they were unable to determine how much gasoline has leaked into the soil.
“That happened some time ago, and we haven’t been able to find out how far it has migrated yet,” said Undine Johnson, environmental engineer with the corrective action unit at the EPD. “It’s difficult to quantify because the leak has occurred over a number of years, and so once it gets into the soil it becomes difficult to See LEAK, Page 2
When Jacob Story fell unconscious after his body completely shut down, his friends and family — unaware of the situation — were unable to help. The timing seemed horrible. Amidst a sea of strangers, Jacob began suffering seizure-like compulsions; his eyes, glazed over, rolled to the back of his head; his face turned pale and his lips a faint blue. He blacked out and — had he been alone — could have died. And Story argues it was not the doctors who saved his life, but a miracle of anonymous heroism. “My body stopped completely,” Story said. “Last thing I remember is a bunch of female screams. I think one of them said ‘I don’t think he’s alive’ or something like that.” Story couldn’t remember the diagnosis, but said the doctor told him it was a condition in which the body shuts down after experiencing severe anxiety. “He said it’s extremely uncommon, but it happens,” Story said. Story was attending a lecture on HIV and AIDS in Aderhold Hall when his episode was brought on by unease over blood and needles. See AID, Page 3
Campus kiosk sells student-made products Class project turns to profit
Couture a la Cart is the culmination of a semester-long project for Adams’ Entrepreneurial Merchandising class, where 15 fashion merchandising students and their professor strove to create a business and a chance for students to showcase their talents. Adams said Couture a la Cart will sell student-made clothing and accessories for the next two weeks. She said some items were made by textiles, merchandising and interiors classes, while others were designed by students discovered by the class’s buyers. “It’s a pop-up store,” she said, comparing it to the kiosks seen in malls.
By DALLAS DUNCAN THE RED & BLACK It might not be Juicy, but new campus store Couture a la Cart promises to provide trendy designs for students, by students. “We learned how to start a business and make it grow,” said Kathryn Adams, a senior from Tyler, Texas. “Most students in fashion merchandising, the career they want to have for 20 years is to own their own boutique.”
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The kiosk will also sell items from past semesters. Alison Tucker, a senior from Valdosta, is both in the class and a student designer whose products are sold at Couture a la Cart. “The store was a hands-on experience of something that is ours,” she said. Tucker sews circle scarves to sell alongside clutch purses, jewelry and hair accessories at the store. “I’m completely impressed with [the clutch designer] and the quality of her bags,” she said. Emily Blalock, the lecturer in the textiles, merchandising and
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S Emily Blalock (front) teaches the students who run See KIOSK, Page 3 Couture a la Cart, which features student productions.
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LEAK: Drinking water should not be tainted ¢ From Page 1 measure.” Gasoline has been leaking from the site since April 2005, when it was first reported. Since then, the EPD has been attempting to determine the borders of the contaminated area so they can begin to remove the gasoline. “In this particular site it went into the ground and you have a large amount of free product at the site,” Johnson said. She said the EPD is looking to define the borders of the locations where gasoline concentrations are highest. Johnson said the EPD hired an engineering consulting firm called MACTEC to drill monitoring wells in order to sample ground water and help determine these borders. Approximately 20 wells have been drilled in the area surrounding Jimbo’s, including wells located at the Brumby parking lot. Johnson hopes these last wells will determine the borders of the contaminated area. Recently, rock sediment escaped one of the drilling sites near Brumby and joined with a tributary leading into Tanyard Creek. Correspondence between MACTEC and University person-
nel indicate the escape of sediment from the site was due to low preventive measures on the part of MACTEC. An e-mail sent to Bill Murdy, principal geologist of MACTEC, by John McCollum, associate vice president for environmental safety at the University, stated “protective measures were not being implemented to prevent the entry of turbid water to the UGA storm sewer system, which discharges directly to state waters.” Attempts to reach Murdy for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday. Johnson said the sediment escape at the site was due to a large amount of water used to flush the well, and that the well was not contaminated. “Those concentrations should have been below anything you could detect in a laboratory,” she said. “There was no gasoline that was released from that well. “ However, Johnson said it would take 60 days or more to receive results on any contaminants that might be in monitoring wells now being drilled on campus. “It takes about 30 days to analyze the material, and then about another 30 days to analyze it and write the report,” she said. Though the gasoline in the soil is migrating through groundwa-
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S Water samples were taken from various locations in and around the University campus to test for contamination. ter, Athens citizens should not experience problems with contaminated drinking water, Johnson said. She said when analyzing potentially affected wells, the EPD looks for benzene, a chemical found in gasoline. The standard benzene level approved for drinking wells is 5 parts per billion. “That’s only applicable if there are drinking wells nearby that people use,” Johnson said. “Normally in a city area like this, they are on city water.” Jamie Lewis, of the Athens EPD, said the EPD only monitors certain types of wells. Contamination in wells owned by only one household might be overlooked. “We do regulate drinking water, well water, but it’s normally on a
system of if there’s a park or trailer park that has a central well,” Lewis said. “But as to private wells, we would have no record of that.” Johnson said Jimbo’s would not receive a fine because of the spill due to their haste in reporting it. “They had closed out some tanks and as part of the closure they had to test the soil underneath the tank, and that soil came back with a positive hit. They are required by law to notify the EPD and we wanted them to investigate it a little bit further,” Johnson said. “Typically in these sorts of releases, they are not fined because they did report it.” McCollum said the University has had little involvement with the EPD’s investigation of the oil leak.
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Two University students reported their dorm rooms on the fourth floor of Oglethorpe House were burglarized between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on April 12, according to the University Police report. Although there was no sign of forced entry, both victims’ laptops, valued at a total of $2,500, were reported stolen. One of the residents told police that she lost her room key earlier in the week, so they had been leaving their room unlocked. Hazed and confused University Police received an anonymous tip of a student being hazed. However, later investigation concluded these charges were unfounded. “We received a call from a hot line,” Lt. Eric Dellinger said. “An anonymous person alleged an individual was being hazed. We looked into it and concluded it definitely didn’t have any hazing aspect.” — Compiled by Jacob Demmitt
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AID: Life saved by strangers ¢ From Page 1 “I heard a strange noise. It sounded like somebody was snoring at first and then I noticed that the breathing had started sounding more like a gargling sound — like somebody choking,” said University Research Technician Michael Maudsley. “At that point, I started looking around and noticed to my left that there was a student sitting there and realized that his head had completely fallen back.” Maudsley came to Story’s aid. “His lungs weren’t properly inflating, so that increases the adrenaline and his heart started speeding up rapidly,” Maudsley said. Rachel Gilmore, a junior from Atlanta, helped by immediately calling 911. “I’m used to working under pressure,” said Gilmore, who has experience lifeguarding for Ramsey. Story’s graduate teaching assistant, Kelly McFaden, helped clear the room and send for help. “There was a blood drive going on upstairs, and I sent someone up there who brought back one of the nurses,” she said. Before the nurse arrived, however, Story was aided by an unknown woman who said that she happened to be a part-time EMT. “She was off like a shot. She was over across the room before any of us reacted, trying to wake him up and taking his pulse,” McFaden said. Story, who made a full recovery, said that if the mysterious individual hadn’t helped him, he could possibly still be in the hospital. “My doctor was telling me that my symptoms would have been a lot worse if I didn’t get help immediately,” he said. And he said it was nice to witness human compassion. “This story is to show that people are willing to provide care for you and be grateful when they do,” he said.
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KIOSK: Professor predicts project to happen yearly ¢ From Page 1 interiors department who teaches the class, said the prices for products are only marked up 30 to 40 percent and are sold on consignment, with most of the proceeds going back to the designers. She said the other money will go to pay for expenses to keep Couture a la Cart running in future spring semesters. In addition to student designs, Blalock said the store was selling paper-bead jewelry created in Uganda. Sixty-six percent of the proceeds will go back to the country to help people affected by the Ugandan civil war. Whether shoppers come to support social responsibility or to check out circle scarves, Blalock said each designer and product was selected to appeal to Couture a la Cart’s target market of college females. “We’re targeting someone who’s up to date in trends but we’re not targeting the fashion leaders nor
the fashion laggards,” she said. Even the one male student in the class is an asset to selling to females, Blalock said. She said he had internship experience in the women’s fashion industry, which made him a strength to have in the class. Adams is one of two visual merchandisers whose responsibilities include working with the carpenter and interior designers to create the store, and Tucker is a research analyst who conducts research of different trends on campus. Students also fill several other positions. “The point is, when you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, you have to do all of those 15 roles yourself,” Blalock said. “This gives students an environment to take risks without repercussions.” Blalock said she was approached by a student last summer with the idea to create the class. The idea was presented to fac-
ulty in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, but getting funding for the class was difficult. “With budget cuts, there’s just not that much money in our department,” Blalock said. She presented the class idea to the Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation in Atlanta, and was told the group would grant her $2,500 if the University would match the donation. FACS donated the equal amount, and the class was born. Blalock said the name of the store was hard to come up with. Originally “A la Cart” didn’t make the cut. “That was what we argued about most,” she said. “Somehow ‘a la cart’ got thrown back into the list and someone presented it with the word ‘couture’ in front of it.” Couture a la Cart had its grand opening Monday and was almost sold out of one designer’s jewelry by Tuesday. “I think it went pretty well,” Adams said. “I felt like every 10
COUTURE A LA CART Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until April 23 Location: Dawson Hall More Information: Accepts cash or check only Price: $10 to $30 for accessories, $15 to $40 for clothing minutes there was a sale.” The store made $450 in its Monday and Tuesday sales. She said she plans to continue the class every spring, with students graded primarily on participation in the store, peer evaluations and creating a business plan. There has also been talk of collaborating with another TXMI class to create a Web site for the store. “Every single component of this business was done by students,” Blalock said. “It’s kind of hard to get 16 people on board with one idea, but it was an excellent example in group work.”
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Merit-based teacher salaries no solution
briefly considered majoring in education my freshman year. At a glance it looked appealing — the hours are great, you get summers off and graduate school is not required. I’m glad, though, that I decided against becoming a teacher, and majored in journalism instead. Not because I don’t particularly love kids, but because of a new merit-based evaluation system proposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. The new system would base teachers’ salaries on their students’ standardized test scores — higher scores, higher salaries. This would place enormous pressure on teachers, and I think end up discouraging college students from going into the education field altogether. No one wants to enter a profession and be evaluated on something they can’t control. Teachers can’t make students perform well on standardized tests. Sure, they can teach the material and attempt to motivate the class, but there are countless other factors affecting students’ test scores. One factor is students’ willingness to learn. Teachers can do everything in their power to engage their students and make learning fun, but some children simply are not interested. Another variable beyond a teacher’s control is each individual student’s intellectual ability. Some kids are better academically than others, and teachers can do only so much to improve their test scores. Even some of the most intelligent students don’t test well. In high school, some of the smartest kids in my class performed
poorly on standardized tests. Their scores did not reflect what they learned in the class, nor did they reflect the quality of instruction they received. I understand there needs to be some method of evaluation for teachers. And, yes, raising salaries based on good performance gives teachers great incentive to perform at a higher level. However, I do not think that standardized tests scores are an accurate measurement of performance. I think a more handson approach would be to ensure administrators have a better idea of what’s really going on in the classroom, who is teaching well and who isn’t. Administrators should observe teachers more frequently, pop in at random times and take a closer look at lesson plans and tests to see what students really are learning. Students majoring in education — particularly those who plan on teaching in Georgia — should write their local congressman and push these alternatives. They should do everything they can to keep this proposal from becoming law. Those considering choosing education as a major should follow this issue closely and consider whether they are willing to be paid based on their students’ test scores.
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ALEXIS ECONOMY In another scene, two people equally obsessed with their phones spend a whole date texting at the table instead of actually talking to each other. They eventually break up, and when the girl goes on a date with someone new, the new guy criticizes her for placing her cell phone on the table at the restaurant. Now you may think there is nothing wrong with placing your cell phone on the table while you eat. But sleep with your cell phone by your pillow? Answer the phone in the shower? I am not exaggerating. It happens. How many times have you heard friends say they forgot their cell phones and they feel “naked” without them? You may have even said it yourself. Now, I am not trying to hate on cell phones here. I think they are a great invention, and I use mine all the time. And yes, I admit to feeling “naked” without it. But I do not freak out if it is not near me during every second of every day. Cell phones may be the teenage pacifiers, but there is one big difference. Parents eventually wean their children off pacifiers. The same cannot be said about cell phones. — Alexis Economy is a senior from Stone Mountain majoring in newspapers
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I was greatly surprised when I saw that English department head Douglas Anderson objected to the posting of syllabi online because “state legislators or Georgia citizens might object” to the material being taught. Though it is certainly important to teach issues that many consider controversial, professors should be willing to defend and justify the material they teach. I would expect the same from teachers that sought to include work from conservative thinkers such as Edmund Burke, Leo Strauss or Allan Bloom in their course materials. Academic freedom is a two-way street — professors should be free to teach what they wish but must also allow for criticism of their selections and teaching. That professors are essentially legitimizing conservative hyperbole about the “radical university” instead of offering a well-reasoned defense of their course selections is astounding and undermines true academic inquiry at the university. TONY PELLI Sophomore, Alpharetta International affairs and history
Getting rid of C-minus more grade inflation So we get rid of the C-minus. Then what? Will our D-plus students start wanting an exception too? The grading scale works on cut-offs: a 100-93 is an A; a 92-90 is an A-minus, and so on. Cut-offs have to happen somewhere. The C-minus, one notch below the average C, signifies a grade that is just that: below average. If you don’t get a C, then you don’t pass. It’s as simple as that. There’s a better solution to not being able to “graduate on time,” and it doesn’t involve undermining the system. It’s not the system’s fault if you don’t make the cut. It’s called “studying” and it works every time. America has become a society of mollycoddling and our grades are inflated enough as it is. Between cutting funds and now lowering our academic standards, what will become of future Bulldogs’ educations? KALA GORBETT Sophomore, Alpharetta English
Discipline of students by public schools needed Michael Brazeal’s article “School punishment of students goes too far” (April 13) brings up an issue that those who have never been intimately involved with a school may not understand. Common sense may tell us a lot of things that should be done differently in the education system. The problem is common sense can not be used in this sector. Gone are the days of Americans
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Cell phone addictions epidemic for students ell phones are pacifiers for teenagers and college students. My father had this epiphany while my family was riding in our car together last weekend. He pointed out that instead of hearing us talking during the car ride, all he heard was the buzzing of phones in use by me and my two sisters, ages 20 and 18, and the sounds of our fingers typing on the keyboards. At first, I just laughed, assuming that he was annoyed with our texting habit. But then I started thinking, and I realized he may be right. Everyone knows that if you take a pacifier away from a baby, the baby will cry, scream and throw a temper tantrum. Roughly the same thing happens when a cell phone is taken away from a teenager or college student. Now maybe the 20-somethings will not stomp their feet and pout, but I guarantee you they will get extremely upset. This “epidemic” of cell phone addiction has gotten so bad that it inspired an episode on MTV’s True Life television series, titled “True Life: I Have Digital Drama.” The episode — which aired on March 22 — follows two couples and films as one partner ignores the other to text, Twitter, answer calls and check Facebook. In one scene, a boy leaves his girlfriend in a bowling alley by herself for over an hour to talk and text on his phone, claiming he was working. This couple even goes to therapy to try and kick this digital addiction.
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disciplining their children. Gone are the days in which parents actually sit down and help their children with their homework. Gone are the days of parents taking a parental role. For those coming from households that actually do have solid parental guidance, it is hard to understand how schools have become nothing but babysitters to so many parents. As the child of an educator and a future educator myself, I understand how ridiculous it looks from the outside. A similar case with bringing a weapon to school actually occurred in my stepmom’s classroom. She was forced to take the student to the office and he was suspended temporarily. We can assume he had no intention of hurting anyone but there is no way to know for sure. Schools are forced to take extra precaution to keep kids safe. The problem is not with the schools or teachers. The problem is the lack of parental input overall which forces schools to not only educate on academic levels but also on social levels. AMANDA TRAMEL Sophomore, Columbus Indiana State University Secondary education
Criticism of institutions necessary in free society I applaud The Red & Black for running the “offensive” cartoon of the Catholic Church. First, the criticism of powerful institutions is crucial to a free society. When it becomes taboo to criticize those in power, corruption, tyranny and abuse result. This is the very reason the First Amendment has always been regarded as fundamental: to guard against abuses of power. Would the cartoon’s critics rather America adopted a style more akin to those who would have a man murdered for drawing a cartoon of Muhammad? Second, the Catholic Church as an institution and its leaders absolutely deserve the criticism aimed at them. Whether refusing communion to politicians for political reasons, covering up the systematic rape of small children by men in power, claiming condoms increase the occurrence of AIDS and condemning their use — an act bordering on genocide in my own opinion — or any number of abuses, the Catholic Church has shown time and again that it engenders evil. When men are held to be infallible in espousing the perfect word of God, any mistakes they make need to be covered up to preserve the illusion. This approach is fundamentally flawed, as men are and always will be fallible. In endorsing the idea that the pope and his lackeys are above criticism, the Catholic Church advances corruption and abuse. This is inexcusable and contemptible.
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Depiction of Catholic Church’s abuse fitting I wish I could say I was surprised by the hostile response to Bill Richards’ cartoon on March 12. Yet no matter how much I hope, believers — and “believers in belief” — are unable to separate justified criticism from intolerance. It puts a serious wrench in the public discourse — or lack thereof — on religion. What if the crumbling St. Peter’s Basilica were replaced with the White House? Would liberals and Obama supporters be “offended,” and pleading for the newspaper to hire someone more “respectful” to cartoonists? Hardly. Over the last several decades, the Catholic Church has systematically hidden child rapists from the law. And by just moving these rapist-priests to separate parishes — with children — they willingly allowed rapes and abuse to continue. This is disgusting. Church officials should be arrested and jailed. Instead, we have Catholics posing as victims. No matter how you interpret this, an overwhelming feeling of nausea and rage should follow. So call me intolerant if I find the depiction of Pope Benedict as a worm rather fitting. After all, this is the man who claimed that condoms worsened the AIDS crisis. Perhaps a comparison to the Holocaust perpetrators would be more appropriate. ALAN REESE Junior, Savannah Music performance and music theory
Fear primary motive of deniers of gay marriage In Warren Mullis’s letter (“Denying gay rights not compassion,” April 12), he claims that denying gay marriage is a flaw in the Republican Party’s belief system. This reflects a lack of understanding of the Republican Party. Republicans fear that something, like immorality, lack of defense or a weak economy can break our beloved nation. Republicans aren’t denying gay people rights because they aren’t compassionate. They truly believe gay marriage is immoral. They believe that immorality is a threat to society. It is their fear, not lack of love for thy neighbor, that drives their stance. Although my stance is very different from the Republican platform, I cannot forget that fear drives my ideology, too. Americans must realize that we all value protecting our nation, preserving freedom, and striving for equality regardless of what party we affiliate with.
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By ADAM CARLSON THE RED & BLACK Something old is new again. The Mandala Journal will soon celebrate the publication of its annual issue, but with a twist: for the first time, the journal will be completely online. An entirely student-run enterprise with a focus on the multicultural, Mandala originally began as a newsletter sponsored by the Institute for AfricanAmerican Studies. It soon became a more substantial literary journal before going on hiatus. Then, in 2005, Mandala was revived to run for four more years before being reborn again â€” on the Web. â€œIâ€™m really excited that itâ€™s going to be all online this year,â€? said Samantha Plotino, a junior and one of the journalâ€™s non-fiction editors. â€œWeâ€™re all happy and really looking forward to this and trying to get the Mandala name out there so it wonâ€™t only be on the University.â€? The ability to reach a larger audience is a key reason the journal has made the jump. In its new electronic version, Mandala will be available to anyone with an Internet connection. â€œWe took it online to increase access,â€? said Ashley David, a graduate assistant and the journalâ€™s editor-in-chief. â€œWeâ€™re taking it global. Itâ€™s crossing the
When: 7 tonight Where: CinĂŠ Price: Free digital divide.â€? The evolution of format matches Mandalaâ€™s thematic evolution: this year, the journalâ€™s theme is cosmopolitanism, which explores questions of identity in a larger multicultural and multi-societal setting. â€œItâ€™s very easy for us to get wrapped up in our own little world and forget weâ€™re part of a planet,â€? David said. â€œThis journal is a reminder weâ€™re a part of that conversation and places that experience in a larger context.â€? Whatâ€™s more, the idea of diversity is central to the journalâ€™s theme, which argues for the power and necessity of having more than one â€œself.â€? â€œ[Thereâ€™s] this idea that in order for us to even engage in conversation with each other we have to realize we are multiple,â€? said Whitney Johnson, a non-fiction editor. â€œIf we hold ourselves to one identity, the possibility for engaging and having that conversation is less.â€? To best represent a diversity of voices and opinions, the journalâ€™s staff solicited submissions from across the country â€”
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including work from playwright Peter Zaragoza Mayshle and an interview with Kwame Anthony Appiah, who is a major proponent of the philosophy of cosmopolitanism. Some of its most important contributions, though, are from those in the Athens area. Working with graduate students in the Universityâ€™s creative-writing program, Mandala went to Athens-Clarke County schools for possible submissions. The resulting output from third and fourth grade students became a big part of what Mandala will showcase. â€œWe have amazing artwork. We have amazing interviews with some influential people,â€? she said. â€œThis is all the fruit of the labor of the Athens community.â€? Now that the work is ready to be shown to the world, the journalâ€™s staff is ready to enjoy it. â€œ[The release party] is a celebration,â€? David said. â€œWeâ€™ll be doing a little bit of a smorgasbord.â€? The nightâ€™s events will include a showcase of Mandalaâ€™s entries, including a reading of submissions by some elementary school students. In addition, editors will also select and read personal favorites. Following that will be a mixer, and scattered among the partying attendees will be computer terminals for the interested to
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S Tonightâ€™s Mandala release party will feature computer terminals where attendees can browse the Web site. log-on and browse the journal. They hope their workâ€™s multicultural focus translates just as well into the universal. â€œSomething we all have in common is we have all felt out of
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6 | Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | The Red & Black
Dogs use first Tech loss as motivation Spring football just By DREW KANN THE RED & BLACK Round one of this season’s annual grudge match between the Diamond Dogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets saw the two squads trade blows for eight highlyentertaining innings. But the Jackets finally landed a knockout punch in the eighth, a bases-loaded walk issued by Georgia’s Alex McRee that gave Tech the 6-5 win. That loss is still fresh in the minds of the Georgia coaches and players, and as the Bulldogs put on their gloves and grab their bats in preparation for round two tonight, many feel the outcome will be different this time around. “I think we’re just more confident,” sophomore second baseman Levi Hyams said. “The defense is playing well, just the way we want it. “When the defense plays well it gives pitchers confidence, pitchers throw well it gives hitters confidence, so it’s a big snowball effect and I think it’s going to go in our favor.” For a team that enters tonight’s game with an 11-21 record and that hasn’t strung together consecutive wins since
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GEORGIA VS. GEORGIA TECH When: Today at 6:30 Where: Foley Field Price: Free taking two of three games from Siena in March, the Bulldogs still show signs of swagger. The little momentum the Bulldogs carry into tonight’s showdown comes from the Bulldogs admirable performances against a talented, No. 15 Ole Miss squad, particularly in Sunday’s 6-3 win. “We learned that we can compete with anyone,” sophomore right fielder Peter Verdin said. “We won one and should have won another one and I think we learned we’re just as good as anyone else.” The erratic pitching that has troubled Georgia all season long has finally showed signs of improvement, especially in the Ole Miss series. The Georgia staff combined to post a 3.19 ERA, a far cry from the team’s lofty 8.02 total ERA this season. If the Bulldogs are to have any chance tonight against the No. 5 Yellow Jackets (27-5), the squad will need a much stronger
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S Right fielder Peter Verdin and the rest of the Diamond Dogs look to avenge their first loss to Georgia Tech at home tonight. performance from scheduled starter Eric Swegman, who failed to retire a single batter in a start last Tuesday in the team’s 15-5 loss to No. 16 Clemson. A win tonight, however, could go a long way in terms of building confidence for a Georgia squad
struggling to stay afloat in the SEC, with a pivotal three-game series this weekend at Arkansas looming on the horizon. “We need a little springboard to get us into a weekend knowing that we can win,” Georgia head coach David Perno said.
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n the words of Mark Richt, spring football is “different.” For the SEC, spring football games present a culmination of three months spent heartlessly deprived of football — only to have it stripped away until September. My buddy, Robbie, coined the analogy that spring football is similar to taking a girl out on a date that leads to an awkward kiss on the cheek at the end of the night. Then you have to torturously wait five months for her to see you again and get any real “action.” Applying the concept to spring football, that girl would then go study abroad and send you nothing but postcards for five months. Is Georgia football something promising and real, or are we getting too excited over a “thanks-forthe-dinner” kiss? The 2010 G-Day game left plenty on the table, as Georgia football’s first date with its fan base was trivial at best. The quibble continues in having to name one of the three inexperienced quarterbacks as the starter after playing in a “game” situation that was G-Day. How are the field generals supposed to be evaluated when they are scarcely allowed to be touched by defenders? “[If we allowed contact] we would know how guys react and scramble and move in the pocket,” Richt said after the G-Day game. Coach Richt, do you mean that if you let them play real football then you would know how good they really are? Therein lies the dangers of Saturday’s affair. As far as any Georgia fan is concerned, redshirt freshman Zach Mettenberger was markedly the best quarterback on the roster after Saturday. Mettenberger could turn out to be the best choice or the worst. Those
outside the program just will not know, especially since each quarterback faced a watered-down version of defense Saturday. Months and months of coaches’ evaluations go into preparing the best possible roster at each position. Spring games offer fans and the public the smallest sample size from weeks of practices and closed scrimmages. And the final product will be completely different from that tiny sample. How are fans supposed to draw conclusions from a lackluster scrimmage amongst teammates‚ one the head coach took little part in play-calling or coaching, even giving a TV interview for the first half? How are fans supposed to base opinions on a game that puts red versus black, and yet incomprehensibly dresses players out in red and white uniforms? How are spectators supposed to buy into a game filled with “intensity,” when the cheerleaders are outfitted in T-shirts and the even fans themselves fell far short of passionate? The Bulldog faithful do not have to become too wrapped up in G-Day performances because the entire day was a threehour, back and forth between starters and backups, “thanks-for-thedinner” peck on the cheek. Until football returns from its study abroad trip to give fans some real action, we can all return to baseball for the University of Georgia’s sports inspiration. Here’s to hoping that postcard comes soon. — Zach Dillard is a sports writer for The Red & Black