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As money runs out, status uncertain By CAROLYN CRIST The Red & black University-owned television station WNEG could soon have plenty in common with former “Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien. And no, it has nothing to do with crazy red hair or insult comic dogs. Following months of declining revenue and a growing deficit, the station faces the real possibility of being taken off the air mere months after it started programming from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. WNEG has already burned through most of a five-year, $5 million grant and could “hit the brick wall” by September if woeful economic trends continue. “It all depends on what happens in between now and then,” said Michael Castengera, manager of the station now housed on the bottom floor of Grady College. “Then we’ll have to decide the next steps.” “We’ve been in Athens effectively since January 1, and it takes time to reorient,” said Culpepper “Cully” Clark, dean of Grady College. “With all the factors, the cash has burned much quicker than we thought.” With a fiscal year 2010 operating expense of $1.8

million and a projected annual revenue of $800,000 — which merely covers the $786,000 in staffing salaries — the station will incur a deficit of $1 million. The deficit will be drawn from what’s left of the grant. To meet the projected revenue, the station needs $70,000 monthly in advertising revenue. However, the station underperformed in January and February, calling for an additional $60,000 drawn from “reserve” funds. “We’re going on the basis now that we will make it through,” Castengera said. “Sales were so bad, and the economy was at its worst in December and Georgia doesn’t recover as fast as the nation. We had to tough it out.” At its acquisition in 2008, Grady College received $5 million from the University of Georgia Research Foundation to move the station from Toccoa to Athens and start operations. The money provided for the three stages of starting the project — $1.5 million to purchase the station, $2.1 million to build it in Athens and transform operations from analog to digital and $1.9 million as an operating subsidy. The grant — meant to last five years — is near See WNEG, Page 3

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Student mural brightens days for patients By JACOB LOVELL The Red & Black Sick kids at the Athens Regional Medical Center have at least one reason to smile, thanks to the efforts of some University students. Last semester, Whitney Moreland, a senior biology major from Cumming, was a volunteer at ARMC when she was tasked with thinking of ways to brighten up the pediatric unit. “I thought about it for a while and came up with the idea of painting a mural in the playroom,” she said. Moreland gathered volunteers from her service sorority, Gamma Sigma Sigma, and together they painted the jungle-themed mural. The time contribution from each student was significant. “I think we spent 24 hours [each] just painting on the wall,” she said, in addition to planning and prepping time. Volunteer UGA, another student-led organization on campus, paid for the supplies. Heather Atcherson, a junior biology major from Annapolis, Md., helped organize and work on the project. She said the group had six to eight volunteers working on the project each day, with about 15 students contributing to the mural. Atcherson encouraged even those who were not artistically gifted to participate. “It’s a great way to use the talents that we have,” she said. “We had so

Equestrian team wins third-straight national title By ZACH DILLARD The Red & Black

student volunteers. “It was phenomenal to work with the girls and this service organization,” she said. “They were incredible. They stayed here through all hours of the night; they were always happy to be here.” This was the first time Claas and her unit had ever partnered with an

Even well-kept secrets can be crowned champions. Meghan Boenig, head coach of Georgia equestrian, should be a staple in the conversation of Georgia’s elite coaches, yet has remained in relative Athenian obscurity. Not for long, perhaps. As Georgia’s equestrian team clinched the 2010 Varsity Equestrian National Championships Saturday in Waco, Texas, Boenig and her program quietly vaulted themselves into elite company in Georgia sports history. The down-to-the-wire national championship was No. 5 in eight years for Boenig’s program, including a dominating run of threestraight championships since 2008. The only other Georgia coaches to accomplish such a feat include the familiar names of Suzanne Yoculan, Jack Bauerle and Manuel Diaz. Elite company. “In truth, the only way that we won the title was by everybody getting their points, because it all came down to raw scores,” Boenig said. “Even though Lauren Love and Dee St. Hilaire were not able to pull off the win, their raw scores are also what contributes to us being able to do this. So if they had made mistakes and given up, that would have given Texas

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▲ Whitney Moreland (left) and Heather Atcherson stand in front of the mural they helped create for the Athens Region Medical Center. many people who said they couldn’t draw at all, but they still came out and helped, and it helped us a lot, too.” Impressed by the sorority’s efforts, ARMC recently asked them to paint another mural elsewhere in the hospital, a task they recently completed. The ocean-themed project took four days. Kelley Claas, a pediatric speech language pathologist at ARMC, raved about the work ethic and efforts of the



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Zach Mettenberger, a redshirt freshman quarterback, was dismissed from the Georgia football team by head coach Mark Richt for a violation of team rules, according to a news release issued Sunday by Georgia Sports Communications. Mettenberger was already suspended “a minimum of one game” for a March 6 arrest on charges of underage possession of alcohol, two counts of possession of false identification, obstruction and disorderly conduct for an incident at a bar called “Flip Flops” in Remerton, just outside of Valdosta. Mettenberger, out of Oconee County High School, was ranked as one of the nation’s top15 quarterbacks, and redshirted last season. Mettenberger was in a heated battle for the METTENBERGER starting quarterback position this spring with fellow redshirt freshman Aaron Murray and redshirt junior Logan Gray. His dismissal comes on the heels of G-Day, after he completed six of his 10 pass attempts for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Georgia associate athletics director of sports communication Claude Felton said Richt would have no comment Sunday on the dismissal of Mettenberger, and it isn’t yet known where which schools the quarterback will look to transfer to.


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Lower turnout for SGA election By TIFFANY STEVENS The Red & Black Students may be more involved on campus than voting percentage numbers indicate, some University officials say. Student Government elections generally draw a small percentage of the student body to the polls. However, percentage numbers are relative, said Ed Mirecki, director of student activities and organizations. This year’s election drew 18 percent of the student body to the polls, and Mirecki said voter turnout for this election was the second highest in the past 10 years. “The bigger question of why more students don’t vote, we work on trying to address that question every year,” he said. This year’s election drew 5,920 votes. Mirecki said some years, such as 2009, see higher turnouts because of specific issues students feel strongly about. One such issue was the green referendum, a mandatory $3 fee added last year that went toward an Office of Sustainability. “That was a huge contributing factor to the record turnout we had

last year,” Mirecki said. “This year was lower than last year, but last year was higher than we’ve ever had.” Patrick Moore, a senior majoring in political science, said he believed low student participation was due to a lack of faith in SGA. He said he didn’t think students understand how SGA affects them and are often confused when SGA platforms are similar. “When you have one party that promises to change how parking happens, and both parties do that, people know there’s no point,” he said. Mirecki said many students underestimate the student influence on campus. “Some students have the perspective of ‘What does SGA really do?’ and don’t necessarily recognize that students really do have a voice on campus,” he said. “I would really like to see students take a more active role in what’s going on on campus.” Other students said they did not know much about the elections, and chose not to vote. Lauren Ewing, a freshman film studies major, said the campaigns

did a good job in making a presence on campus, but she still had little information about the election. “The Green [Team] did a good job; they were everywhere. I never took the time to find out what they were about, but they were everywhere,” Ewing said. “I don’t think any of my friends voted. No one said anything about it.” Mirecki said students also may not vote because of a lack of familiarity with the candidates. Campaigning students are given encouragement to distribute their messages as widely as possible. “Our encouragement and messages that we give to all of the candidates is to really get out there and campaign in your school or college because those are the students who are ultimately going to vote for you,” Mirecki said. “Sometimes that means getting up in front of clubs or classes. There’s a million different ways to get their message out there and show how you’re going to better the community and the college.” And he said he hoped more students would be active in the future. “Get involved, because these are policies that are affecting you and your families,” he said.

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➤ From Page 1 organization from the University, and she was pleased with the results of the students’ efforts with the mural. “The kids love it. They come in, they talk about it, and we can use it as a therapy tool,” she said. “It’s not just a pleasure to look at, but useful, too.” Claas emphasized the need to have art for the children who must live at the hospital. “We work with children that have all different types of disabilities, that could be here from one month to possibly needing therapy for several years,” she said. When asked if she

Volunteer with ARMC: Call the hospital’s Volunteer Services Department at (706) 475-3510 hoped to partner with organizations from the University in the future, Claas expressed enthusiasm about the prospect of further collaboration. “I would love to,” she said. “If there are other organizations that see something that they could bring, or just individual volunteers who might sit out in the waiting room and read to our children or read lily price | The Red & Black to the siblings who have to come week after week and ▲ Volunteers from the sorority Gamma Sigma wait while their brother or Sigma painted a jungle-themed mural for chilsister have therapy.” dren at the Athens Regional Medical Center.

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WNEG: Station proposes three scenarios for uncertain future ➤ From Page 1 depletion. Shortly after the acquisition came a plunging economy and a huge death to media advertising everywhere, which caused the station to fall tens of thousands of dollars below budget month after month. Other factors — extended construction, a six-month delayed move, even theft of electronic equipment — forced managers to pull funds from upcoming fiscal years to foot the bill. “With WNEG, before last June, we counted on the access to athletics,” Clark said. “With a sameday showing of football, you know somebody’s going to watch that again and again and all night long.” Under contract to ESPN, football broadcasts were never available to WNEG. Station managers hoped to snag popular sports such as gymnastics, basketball and baseball to pull a large audience and advertising base. But beginning July 1, 2009, the Athletic Association reached an eight-year, $92.8 million agreement with ISP Sports for exclusive multimedia rights, including TV and digital media. “Many reasons explain why we are where we are, but those reasons are not sufficient,” Clark said. “We have work to do.” Considering the scenarios In the first quarter of this year — what Castengera called “the darkest hour” — gross revenue rolled in at $59,848 for January, $54,484 for February and $44,413 for March. Castengera said funds were projected to run out by May and proposed “scenarios” in February for different ways to move forward with station operations. The options included continuing regular operations, maintaining minimal programming or completely “going dark.” “We discussed a variety of scenarios,” Castengera said. “Everyone had to understand every possibility.” Scenario 1: Off the air Under the worst case scenario, the station would shut down and nearly reduce all expenses. “Shutting down the station completely is technically legal under Federal C om mu ni c a t i o n s Commission rules, but the station must return to air with programming within a year or face the loss of its license,” according to the scenario document. But a complete shutdown “may negatively impact the asset value of the station in the eyes of any potential buyers” and “may negatively affect relationships with our programming and other sources and make a ‘re-start’ harder.” Scenario 2: Minimal programming A second option allows the station to continue at a minimal level, maintaining basic programming with limited staff and technical support. The change would take operating costs down to $350,000, according to the documents, but raises several programming and legal questions. “Maintaining a minimal level of programming will keep an on-air presence and maintain some perception of viability for the station,” Castengera wrote. “Partnerships with other media outlets may still be possible as long as the station is on air. It is unlikely the station would be able to attract any significant advertising revenue. Our primary source of programming — This Network — may not want to continue under such circumstances.” Scenario 3: Status quo For now, the group decided to maintain the current staffing and programming level with the hope that advertising revenues will pick up and a partnership with a media company may come to fruition in May. This will leave $240,000 in cash reserves in the operating budget and $140,000 in the capital budget for fiscal year 2011. “Any public announcement that WNEG is ceasing or reducing operations significantly will negatively impact advertising and programming opportunities,” Castengera wrote in the scenario documents.

“Setting a time specific Even the foundation cut-off date of full opera- which purchased the stations will send a signal to tion is “taking it quarter by the community at large quarter now,” said David and the business commu- Lee, UGARF executive nity in particular that this director. is not a viable operation. “Obviously we’re conAdvertisers will be unlikely cerned the station has to ‘buy time’ and revenue spent money faster and will drop further.” hasn’t been able to build In February, the station revenue as quickly,” Lee was “still struggling with said. “None of the projechow to create a budget for tions originally about what FY11,” according to e-mail would happen have come memos b e t w e e n to pass, so we’re all a bit Castengera and Jessica wary about making projecOrbock, general counsel tions now.” for UGARF. Castengera Lee pointed out his conindicated there still isn’t a cern that researchers complete budget for the might worry about the ties next fiscal year, which between UGARF and starts July 1. WNEG in terms of funding. “The accounting folks The $5 million grant was a and I have a bunch of work- limited and defined investsheets, with a lot of differ- ment, and Lee wants ent numbers but also with University researchers to a lot of blank lines,” be assured that Castengera said in UGARF resources an e-mail to The are struggling due Red & Black on to other factors. April 8. “The $5 million is To Jeffry Netter, a significant sum of professor of finance, money but not so this isn’t unusual. large to change the “This is analofortunes of UGARF. gous to a business It’s of the magniin financial trouble tude that we’ve put and not that sur- CLARK into other projects prising,” he said last over the years and week. “The TV station isn’t is not excessive with a business like Exxon or respect to individual something. It’s dependent investments and proon other sources of funds. grams,” Lee said. “It is in The University also isn’t no way responsible for the sure of its budget yet fact that we don’t have as because of state revenue, much money to support and those decisions are other research activities being made this week.” right now.” Netter called this type of uncertainty a “cost of Still full steam ahead financial distress.” “When you’re not cerDespite seemingly tain of your cash situation, impossible budget numit’s hard to run the sta- bers, administrators are tion,” he said. “Managers pushing forward. As the and workers are not sure new fiscal year approaches, what to do, and advertisers Castengera projects are hesitant to make a con- improvement. tract when you look “Now it looks like we’re shaky.” going to be able to make it

longer, beyond September or October,” Castengera said April 5. “And the longer we can continue and get more advertising — like political advertising from candidates — the longer we’ll be here.” The station has heard from the Roy Barnes campaign, which advertised with WNEG in the past, and has gotten a “few nibbles” from other campaigns. Castengera hopes to hear more from hosting both the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial debates in January and February. Castengera said calls from new advertisers — a development agency in Franklin, N.C., looking to draw tourists and University entities such as the Georgia Center — are leaving them hopeful. With the College of Public Health and the Hugh Hodgson School of Music expressing interest in generating programming, he also sees the station getting closer to producing more original local programming. “It’s still a struggle, but we’re finally getting traction,” Castengera said. “With the workers and reporters, we tell them we have a lot of issues and they need to know them, but management is trying to make it work.” Waiting out the transition period is nerve-wracking for the reporters at times, said Amelia Hines, a general news reporter who joined the station in Toccoa after graduating from the University in 2006. “We do our job and hope we have the job security with that based on merit,” she said. “When we hear things are tight and the station isn’t doing so great,

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there’s not much we can do. Like all University employees, we’re furloughed. Not knowing what’s next is worrisome.” In an interview Thursday, Castengera and Clark seemed hesitant to predict “what’s next” but said they have “ideas with possibilities” as September approaches. Castengera bought ads on Wednesday from HSBT — the University’s studentrun advertising team of Grady College students — and plans to produce the “way cool” ideas of social marketing across campus and on Athens Transit with the slogan “non-stop news, weather and sports.” One idea is to make WNEG’s programming more “news intensive” and be “all news, all the time” during prime time hours, Castengera said. During the 6 p.m. to midnight programming hours, the 6 p.m. broadcast would be continuously re-broadcast until 10 p.m., when it would be updated and re-broadcast until midnight. Castengera and Clark also discussed involving student-generated content. “In the world we’ve been living through, we are not alone with financial troubles,” Clark said. “Every little idea helps, and we’re getting traction. We’re definitely not leaving stones unturned.”

Another idea includes partnering with media companies — such as Turner Broadcasting (who just recently signed a deal with none other than Conan O’Brien). Clark declined to talk about the options still in negotiation. A partnership with Raycom Media already fell through after some professors became concerned the station’s space would be shared without charging rent. Others objected when students in a newly-created “Digital Hub Internship” would work for free. Clark declined to explain why or when the partnership possibility ended but continues to remain positive about other prospects. He’s no stranger to the idea of starting a station on a university campus, after all. Clark helped to start a station at the University of Alabama while dean of the journalism school in 2001, but he said the experience so far has been “completely different.” “A station already existed in Tuscaloosa but moved when it lost a CBS affiliation,” he said. When the university purchased it, residents and advertisers already had a “comfort level” with a station. Although the station’s success never soared, Clark saw the potential of the Northeast Georgia market and mentioned the possibility of bringing a station to the University during his earliest interviews for Grady College’s dean position. “Every step we take opens the door to revenue, and possible partnerships could help push the timeline back,” Clark said. “We’re feeling pretty confident.”

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Pull WNEG’s plug

The University-owned news station is not in a position to stay in operation Have you ever wondered what the big letters on the outside of Grady College stand for? WNEG is the newly-acquired Universityowned and operated television station serving Northeast Georgia. After moving from Toccoa, Ga., into Grady on Jan. 1, the station is already facing extinction. Having nearly burned through its $5 million grant meant to last for five years in less than five months of production, the station could be off the air by September. Where did the money go? And how could management not have planned better? The Red & Black editorial board believes to justify nearly $800,000 in staff salaries, WNEG has to produce content that equals that of other professional television stations. And it doesn’t. Businesses nationwide are constantly cutting costs and people, and the journalism industry is the poster child of reducing costs to survive. And that is exactly what WNEG needs to do. WNEG’s business strategy has been relying too much on “hopes” and not enough on concrete and realistic plans. Hoping to have access to UGA athletics to expand viewership, as dean of the Grady College Culpepper Clark said the station did last year, is not a business plan. It’s a death wish. The Southeastern Conference did not make its record television deal with ESPN a secret, which gave the network exclusive coverage to football rights, amongst other sports. Nor was the UGA Athletic Association’s agreement with ISP Sports for exclusive media rights for the rest of Georgia sports a secret. If WNEG leadership sincerely believed sports would carry the news station through this economic crisis, then they have more problems on their hands than a low quality production. Clearly, what the station is producing is not cutting it, as evidenced by low advertising revenue and a nearly exhausted fund. Cutting programming — one of WNEG’s proposed options — will not draw regular advertising and seems like a prolonging of the inevitable. And maintaining the “status quo” has already failed the station. The best option is for the station to temporarily go off the air and develop a sustainable business plan. In the long run, is it best to keep bleeding money into a news station that does not appear to have the ability to survive? Or know when to pull the plug? — Michael Fitzpatrick for the editorial board


E-mail and letters from our readers

Merit-based pay hurts low-performing areas At first glance, meritbased pay in education seems wonderful, like a shot of adrenaline to a system that is struggling right now. Then, the question of what is meant by “merit” comes up. Gov. Purdue has proposed that “merit” in this case means “test scores.” I don’t know about you, but I would hate to have my pay as a teacher determined by how well my students performed on the SAT, CogAT, etc. Contrary to Mike Rose’s argument in “Merit-based pay incentive ‘fairest option,’” on Thursday, April 15 this new “incentive” will not encourage teachers to do their jobs better as much as teach their students the tests, decreasing overall teaching effectiveness, especially as the number of standardized tests increases (it already has.) Another problem is how well a student performs has only so much to do with the teacher. A great part comes from various factors such as the student’s own natural ability

and desire to learn, over which a teacher has little to no control. This new proposal will also dramatically reduce the number of teachers, especially recent graduates, willing to go to school systems with low test scores such as in rural South Georgia or innercity Atlanta, where there is already a need for teachers. Teachers, naturally, will try to find work in systems in more affluent areas with much higher test scores where they will be paid more. This runs counter to the entire purpose of education, which is to provide every student with as equal an opportunity as possible. Ultimately, the “incentive” of merit-based pay is really no incentive at all, except not to teach in the State of Georgia. A teacher’s merit is more than just a student’s test score. So much for education being a respected profession. garrison copeland Junior, Canton Linguistics

Taxes support Palestinian oppression M uhammad Qadus, a 15-yearold Palestinian teenager, was shot through the head as he was simply talking with his friends. Killed by a bullet paid for with your tax dollars. Taxes has recently been a buzzword in U.S. politics, thanks in large part to the Tea Party movement. But do we really know what our taxes are actually being spent on? The amount of our tax money used in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is by no means a drop in the bucket. Since 2002, Israel has received more than $21 billion in U.S. military and security assistance. The direct foreign assistance given to Israel — mostly for military purposes — makes up approximately one-fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget. Israel’s most recent military intervention in the Gaza Strip killed 1,300 Palestinians — the great majority of them innocent women, children and other civilians — and was largely equipped with weapons, munitions and military equipment paid for by U.S. taxpayers’ money, according to Amnesty International. So who is it exactly that our tax dollars are being used against? Who are these Palestinians who warrant billions of dollars to be taken from the paychecks of hard working Americans? Are they not simply violent, malcontent terrorists? Palestinians are often portrayed as terrorists bent on the destruction of Israel. If only they would denounce violence and recognize the right of Israel to exist, or so the argument goes, the conflict would solve itself. However, the fact of the matter is that the vast majority of Palestinians are resisting the Israeli occupation of their land nonviolent-

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ly and do recognize Israel’s right to exist. Recently President Barack Obama said he hoped Palestinians would find their own version of Martin Luther King Jr. or Gandhi, an idea repeated by Bono and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. These remarks completely discount the countless number of Palestinians who are struggling against Israeli occupation peacefully. From weekly, nonviolent protests in Bil’in and other towns in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, to boycotts of Israeli goods, Palestinians are already resisting peacefully in the spirit of MLK and Mahatma Gandhi. In fact, it was just this month that Martin Luther King III — MLK’s eldest son — and Rajmohan Gandhi — one of Mahatma Gandhi’s grandchildren — visited the West Bank to support the nonviolent resistance movement. It is in this spirit that Anna Baltzer, a Jewish-American Columbia graduate and the granddaughter of Holocaust refugees, will be speaking today at 7 p.m. in the Miller Learning Center room 102, hosted by Athens for Justice in Palestine. Baltzer, a volunteer with the International Women’s Peace Service in the West Bank and author of the book “Witness in Palestine,” will present her first-hand, eyewitness reports on the conflict, focusing on what Georgians can do for peace in the Holy Land. But it isn’t just Palestinians and

— Nate Christensen is a junior from Peachtree City majoring in Arabic and history and a member of Athens for Justice in Palestine

Denying marriage not government’s place


enial of the right of marriage to homosexuals and others is one of the greatest withholdings of human rights in modern America. Around the country, millions of people are told that their love won’t be recognized by the government, denying them many rights that married couples have. Gay couples don’t enjoy the special tax status that heterosexual couples do, nor do they have the same rights in adoption, child rearing or hospital visitation. It’s bad enough that these people aren’t allowed to be themselves as members of our military, and are socially discriminated against elsewhere. Denying them marriage rights is just another outrage, and as arbitrary as saying two redheads shouldn’t be able to get legally married. But this problem stems from a larger, more important issue that few people even realize — that you have to have government approval to get married. Marriage as an institution should be removed completely from the realm of government control. The president and Congress have no business determining who I marry. If I want to marry my girlfriend, myself, the dude next to me in

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Israelis who can make a difference and join the movement. In Atlanta and Athens, Palestinian solidarity groups have organized concerts, speaking events and demonstrations highlighting America’s significant involvement in the conflict. Even within Israel and the Occupied Territories, the movement transcends cultural and religious boundaries. Israeli and Jewish activists groups, such as Gush Shalom, as well as international activists groups, work side by side with Palestinians in nonviolent resistance. Although the Palestinian nonviolence movement is strong, Israeli policies do little to encourage it. Through use of beatings, live ammunition and the escalation in arrests, Israeli policies have been extremely effective in obstructing the growth of the nonviolent movement. Non-governmental organization workers working in humanitarian aid and vital development for Palestinians are increasingly denied entry or proper work permits for the Occupied Territories, which violates the Geneva Convention and international humanitarian laws. Although violence does exist within the context of Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation, the assumption that the Palestinian struggle is mainly violent is simply disturbing. In a time where Americans are increasingly worried about what they are being taxed for, knowing the truth behind one of America’s largest uses of taxpayer money — as well as who and what it is used to oppress — is of the utmost importance.

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Mark Miller accounting class, or 11 different people at once, why should anyone else be able to deny me that? Marriage should be between you, a loved one and — depending on what floats your boat — God. Approval by friends and family is a definite plus, but optional. The concept of a marriage licenses it especially outrageous. Love isn’t a car or a gun that you need government certification for. Even though almost no consenting heterosexual couples are denied them, the fact remains that you still have to pay and go through government bureaucratic channels to receive one. A license has no value, it wont make a marriage happier or more successful. Why have them at all? My girlfriend and I have discussed this issue at length and finally decided that, should we ever get married, we’ll have a wedding but will not apply for a marriage license. Even without government approval, I think we’ll somehow manage to have a happy, loving relationship.

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One might argue that we should get legally married for the tax benefits, but that only supports a similar problem. Your tax status shouldn’t be dependant on your marriage status. Why should people get punished for being single, and rewarded for being married? If we truly live in a free society, shouldn’t all lifestyles receive the same treatment? Some may argue that the deregulation of marriage would reduce its value by letting anyone get married to whoever, whenever, wherever. I would tell them that if you base your marriage’s value on the way other people treat theirs, you’re missing the point of being wed. To me, the fact that some people in this country are allowed to be married while others aren’t actually devalues the institution, not the other way around. I encourage everyone to stop measuring the legitimacy or any relationship, whether straight, gay, polyandrous or otherwise, on whether a bunch of cranky old men in Washington or Atlanta approve of it. A marriage has only one real qualifier — love. — Mark Miller is a junior from Griffin majoring in publication management

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Debate to clear purple haze around legalization HEADS vs. FEDS

By JULIA CARPENTER The Red & Black It was the beginnings of a beautiful friendship — Steve Hager, editor-in-chief of High Times magazine, and Bob Stutman, former DEA agent, ready to beat each other’s brains out in front of a college audience — verbally, that is. “We actually first met onstage, and we did not like each other, trust me. We did not get along. We almost had a fistfight on the stage the first time,” Stutman said. “But what’s interesting, is what happened, maybe a couple debates later we were at a school that was a very conservative school and somebody in the audience started attacking Steve personally. They werecalling him the devil, basically, incarnate.” But, a man of the law such as Stutman would not allow the civil debate be changed into a personal attack on his debate partner, even if they disagreed. “I couldn’t let that happen. I told the kid to sit down and

The debate to legalize marijuana with Robert Stutman & Steve Hager When: 7:30 tonight Where: Tate Theater Price: Free for UGA students/ $5 for non-students shut up and stop attacking people personally,” he said. “I think Steve had never had anybody like me stand up for him before. And suddenly we’ve become very good friends. And, you know, he’s done that for me at times.” Tonight at 7:30 in Tate Grand Hall, however, Stutman and Hager won’t be acting as friends — they’ll be verbal opponents in the University Union’s Heads vs. Feds Debate. Stutman and Hager will debate the issue of marijuana legalization before a University audience. Hager and Stutman have toured college campuses around the country to help students

explore different facets of this controversial national issue. “It usually sets a record for attendance for a lecture event at most schools,” Hager said. “Many have us back every two or three years because it gets bigger every time we re-visit.” According to HAGER Hager, the debate usually ends up surprising students by the way that the debaters interact and also how their feelings change as they listen to both sides. “A lot of stuSTUTMAN dents come expecting to jeer at Bob, but he hypnotizes them, and they end up liking him,” he said. “It probably helps that I give him respect during the show

and it’s obvious from the way we bust each other’s chops that we are actually friends.” Jonathan Gibson, head of University Union’s Ideas and Issues Committee, said he’s excited to see the duo’s unique dynamic onstage. “I think they’re certainly some of the most qualified people,” Gibson said. “I think as a former DEA agent and editor-inchief of High Times magazine. Personally I can’t think of anyone more qualified to talk about this.” Stutman said he always enters the debates prepared to defend himself against questions from a largely pro-legalization University body. “Probably 85 percent of the audience will be for Steve’s point of view. So I am always on the defensive. Questions will always be against me or they will be posed as questions, but verbal attacks against me,” he said. “And I understand that, that’s one of the things I try to tell students is just because you like what Steve says doesn’t

mean you should accept it at face value. You really owe it to yourselves to make him prove everything the way you make me prove everything.” Stutman has two main goals in mind to achieve with every debate. “Number one, we make them think. That’s the most important part. Number two, we do away with the caricatures of who they think we are,” he said. “In other words, you think marijuana user, you think Cheech and Chong. It’s completely not like that. You think of a narc, you think of, you know, a narc, right? And I like to think I’m not a narc like most of them will think I am.” Hager’s main objective is to make the evening enjoyable for students. “You introduce new data as it becomes available and try to keep it humorous and theatrical if possible,” he said. “You score points if you can get the audience to laugh, and Bob and I relish the laughter as much as anything.”

Gay Muslim activist to lecture on faith By ADAM CARLSON The Red & Black Faisal Alam is a gay Muslim — and he isn’t alone. With his “Hidden Voices” lecture, Alam speaks directly to universities around the country hoping to bring to light a group that many forget. “In my own process of trying to reconcile my own sexuality with my faith, I realized I wasn’t the only one out there,” he said. “And that’s really where my journey began.” As a college student in the ’90s who struggled to balance his religion and his identity, Alam organized a retreat for others in a similar position. Out of that grew a formal organization: Al-Fatiha (The Beginning or the Opening), which works to improve the condition of LGBT Muslims in the United States and abroad. Alam’s speaking engagements, though, are what allow him to cut

“Hidden Voices” Lecture When: 5:30 tonight Where: 150 MLC Price: Free straight to the heart of the matter. “The idea is to demonstrate that Islam is diverse and that the Muslim world is very diverse,” he said. “I incorporate issues that are going on around the world. [Like,] why is it that these countries are suddenly going after these marginalized groups?” In a post-9/11 world, the issues facing LGBT Muslims have become even more pressing, Alam said. Countries like Iraq and Iran persecute gay citizens, leading them to seek political asylum elsewhere — including the United States. Outside of the work his Al-Fatiha has done in reworking the image most

people have of Muslims in the LGBT community, the group also helps refugees in just such a position. Of the roughly 5-10 cases the group takes on a year, they’ve ultimately been successful with every one. “I think it’s because they have the backing of an organization that can legitimize their cause,” Alam said. “We can go up there and say, ‘Yes, these are the problems this person is facing.’” However, it is the unique work that Alam has done changing people’s minds and raising awareness around the gay Muslim community that brought him to the University. “We’ve never actually had a queer Muslim activist so I thought that would be a cool niche to fill,” said Nicole Brand, director of finance for Lambda Alliance and organizer of the lecture. From his unique perspective, Alam hopes to

share his experiences with others — and, he said, to bring to light the challenges facing a group that many don’t consider at all. “I think the [goal] is to really learn about some of the challenges that they are facing,” he said. “And to just learn about an issue that isn’t on everyone’s mind all the time.” During the event, Alam will begin by discussing the standard images of Islam that many people have and the truth behind those conceptions. Afterward, he’ll use video clips and his own story to illustrate the larger problems facing LGBT Muslims followed by a Q&A. The lecture’s organizers hope that this ability for him to engage directly students offers a valuable opportunity. “I’m really privileged in the sense that I’ve lived this message daily,” Brand said. “But I would hope [others] gain perspective, because it’s a common ground.”

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▲ Faisal Alam started the organization Al-Fatiha to help improve the lives of LGBT Muslims living in the Middle East and Abroad.


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‘Lounge-core’ band births album UGAnda Tour to raise awareness By JOE WILLIAMS The Red & Black

Though parts of the Athens music scene can be described as stagnant at best, Atlanta prog-rockers ODIST are breaking this mold with a little elbow grease, a philosophy and a whole lot of energy. Described by fans as lounge-core, heavy-jazz, or just “creepy,” the threepiece band consisting of bassist Jason Craig, drummer Sarah Wilson and guitarist Parker Newell will take the stage tonight at Tasty World. “We take influences from the emotional and inspiration side, as opposed to a technical side,” Newell said. “Our passion is all about music. We live, eat, sleep and breathe this stuff, and it’s just what we do.” Having toured straight across the country, ODIST’s unique blend of instrumental, melodic rock is best exemplified by their live performances. “We’re loud as [hell], with incredible amounts of energy,” Newell said. “It is epicness.” The new album, titled “On the 49th Day,” combines ancient Tibetan


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beliefs, human biology, reincarnation and even a dash of Christ. “The whole album is basically about birth and rebirth,” Newell said. “The Tibetans believe that once a person dies, the soul wanders around for 49 days, and on the 49th day the soul enters a body.” They also trace the name back to biology and human gestation. “The very interesting thing about this is if you look at human biology, with the fetus on the 49th day inside the womb it starts to develop its sex organs and it starts developing a heart beat,” Newell said. “It’s just really interesting how all three things wind up on the 49th day.” The concept of the album summarizes the accomplishments of the band thus far, both individually and as a group using the metaphor of

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▲ ODIST views its new album, ‘On the 49th Day,’ as the band’s birth after a long gestation. development and growth. “We’re viewing this album like our birth,” Newell said. “We’ve been playing music for about two-and-a-half years now, and really that was kind of our gestation period, our time in the womb. And now, you know, we’re starting to walk and stuff.” Still unsigned, but holding a headstrong “DIY” band model, ODIST has worked exceedingly hard for the album to even exist, all on their own merit. “We press all of our

CDs, have our own photographer and graphic designer,” Wilson said. “We put a whole team together.” With a fresh attitude and a lot of heart, ODIST is intent on making its presence known in Athens. “I think this music that we create is just an expression, you know,” Newell said. “It’s about freedom to do the music we want to make, and it’s really rewarding and a lot of hard work, but it pays off in the end.”

Campus will celebrate Earth Day all week By MATT EVANS The Red & Black In 1970 Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as an opportunity for environmental groups and activists worldwide to promote the benefits of consciously protecting the environment. This year at the University, ardent students have decided that Nelson’s designated 24 hours isn’t enough time and have lengthened the 40th anniversary of Earth Day into Earth Week. To promote a broad knowledge of campus sustainability, each day of Earth Week centers around a topic, with events promoting the day’s theme and active involvement in the cause. Throughout the week, groups such as Go Green Alliance and Students for Environmental Awareness will be around campus offering advice about and promoting a sustainable lifestyle.

EARTH WEEK EVENTS Monday: Energy Day At 6:30 p.m. in room 101 of the MLC there is a screening of “Kilowatt Ours,” a documentary by Jeff Barrie exploring renewable energy, conservation and efficiency. Afterward, there will be a panel discussion Tuesday: Food, Waste and Consumption Day The No Waste Dinner takes place at 5 p.m., the waste audit of campus buildings and composting demonstration from 6–8 p.m., and a free concert by the Ecotones at 8 p.m. Wednesday: Campus Sustainability Walking Tours, Reception and Film Showing Guided sustainability tours of North, South and East Campus depart from the West Tate Lawn at 3 p.m. and return for a

reception on the Green Roof of Tate, featuring live music and food. At 6 p.m. the documentary “Life” screens in room 171 of the MLC with a panel discussion afterward. Thursday (Earth Day): Individual Action Day Tate Plaza hosts a multitude of environmental groups, speakers, bands and performances from 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Friday: Car Free Day On Friday, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to not drive to campus and instead use alternative transportation. Teams promoting the cause will meet at the intersection of College Station and International Drive at 7:10 a.m. and 9 a.m. as well as at the intersection of Milledge and Oakland Avenues at 7:15 a.m. and 8 a.m.

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Invisible Children United at UGA will host the UGAnda Legacy Tour tonight in Tate Grand “Each [video] is called a Hall. The event is part of a bracelet video, and so each larger national tour orgaone will focus on one child nized by Invisible Children, and their story,” she said. Inc. UGAnda Legacy Tour “[The video] comes with will work to heighten stuthis bracelet that is made dents’ awareness of the in Uganda that’s a differwars and struggles ent color.” occurring in After the main Uganda. event, free food and The event will drinks will be providfeature two speaked, along with live ers from Uganda — entertainment from Comfort Okello the African Student and Norman Okot. Union, the African Okot is a leader Drumming class, and of the Acholi peothe Junkyard Dawgs ple, a group in breakdance team. Northern Uganda OKELLO Uchechi Ukuku, who have been who works on public affected by the Lord’s relations for the African Resistance Army, which Student Union, said they forces children to become will be dancing for the soldiers in the Ugandan Invisible Children event. civil war. “We hosted an event “Invisible Children rais- [with Invisible Children] es money and awareness last year also,” Ukuku said. about child soldiers and “We just want more people displaced Ugandans,” said in Athens to really underMatthew Beeson, ICU’s stand the issues and treasurer. “It’s a big deal to things that they’re facing have someone from and to make sure they Uganda who has lived know that we’re still trying through the war and every- to help people.” thing that has gone on Students will also have there. It’s good that you’ll the chance to purchase hear first-hand experiencmerchandise from reprees.” sentatives of Invisible Hillary Hunter, co-presi- Children, including handdent of ICU, said Okot will made African accessories speak on the war in crafted by the Invisible Uganda and his efforts to Children. help bring peace, justice “There’s going to be and hope to his people. awesome homemade merOkot and Okello will then chandise,” said Robyn speak on life in the disAbree, public relations placement camps and how chair for ICU. “There’s the United States and going to be necklaces, Invisible Children have bags, hats and really awecontributed in putting an some T-shirts. “ end to this war. Students are welcome Okot is also connected to make donations, but to another element of the they are not required, she event — the Invisible said. Children bracelet docu“They can write a mentary “Emmy” which check, or just bring any will jumpstart the night. amount of money,” she Hunter said the film said. “You don’t even have tells the story of Emmy, to bring money, just bring Okot’s grandchild who was yourself. That’s what we orphaned because of his want — to get people and mother’s AIDS diagnosis. spread awareness.”


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Thompkins’ return huge for Bulldog team H ead coach Mark Fox received Letters of Intent from commitments Sherrard Brantley and Donte Williams last Wednesday at the commencement of the spring signing period. But Fox’s largest spring coup came a day later in the form of three simple words spoken by sophomore forward Trey Thompkins. “I’m coming back,” he said at the Georgia men’s basketball team’s banquet. With Thompkins returning and the prior announcement of sophomore forward Travis Leslie’s return, Fox is suddenly armed with two of the premier players in the SEC next season. And Georgia will be armed with the SEC’s second-leading scorer last season and only returner from the First Team All-SEC in Thompkins. And 80 percent of Fox’s offensive production returns along with them. But just how far these Bulldogs will go next season is going to depend largely on the transition of two players to SEC competition: junior guard Gerald Robinson and Brantley. The missing link last season to complement Thompkins and Leslie was an uber-quick guard to penetrate the lane and fleet-footer defender to

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bother opposing team’s scoring guards on the perimeter. Fox seems to have found that fit in Robinson, who averaged 18 points per game at Tennessee State before transferring to Georgia. Transitioning wasn’t a problem at Tennessee State. Not even as a freshman when he threw up 24 points on Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. Not as a sophomore either when he had 25 points against Kentucky, or 16 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds against Georgia Tech. In his seven matchups against BCS-conference opponents, Robinson averaged 17 points per game. However, Robinson is going to have a hard time matching senior shooting guard Ricky McPhee’s perimeter shooting in the starting lineup, which opened up defenses on the inside for Thompkins and Leslie to operate. And Fox signed Brantley in hopes that he can fill that niche

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after shooting 43-percent from 3-point land — for 13 points per game — last season at Northwest Florida Community College. Even the national media has started to take notice of the foundation Fox has in place heading into his second year, as ESPN’s Andy Katz named Georgia one of his three sleepers next season for his preseason top25, citing the existence of Thompkins and Leslie as one of the nation’s premier duos returning. Robinson should relieve some of the ball handling burden for point guard Dustin Ware, free up jump shots for Brantley and Ware on the perimeter, provide a third scorer to occupy defensive attention for Thompkins and Leslie and give Fox some new-found depth in the backcourt. Reports out of practice last season gushed over Robinson’s scoring ability, and players raved of Robinson’s ability. Duke proved three legitimate scorers heals a lot of other deficiencies. It’s impossible to think an NCAA Tournament berth isn’t in the cards for year two under Fox. — Nick Parker is a sports writer for The Red & Black


▲ Forward Trey Thompkins is returning for his junior season with the Bulldogs.


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8 | Monday, April 19, 2010 | The Red & Black


Pitching problems mount for Bulldogs

Arevalo, softball sweeps Auburn

By DREW KANN The Red & Black

By ZACH DILLARD The Red & Black With the pink, came the power. With the black, came the pitching. The No. 11 Georgia softball team swept the Auburn Tigers in two different uniforms over the weekend, completing the three-game conference series with a hard-fought 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs and Tigers wore pink uniforms Saturday in recognition of Georgia’s “Strike Out Cancer” event, before reverting back to their usual attire for Sunday’s pitching duel. Sophomore Erin Arevalo — who had not pitched since an April 5 matchup with Georgia Southern — showed minimal rust in her complete-game shutout over the Tigers. Arevalo (16-5), who has been Georgia’s winningest pitcher in 2010, scattered four hits over the seven innings to bring her ERA back down to 2.02. “It felt nice [to get back

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▲ Junior Sarah McCloud put in eight innings of work in the Auburn series, striking out seven batters and allowing 10 hits. out there],” Arevalo said. “I was just nice and relaxed, and my defense showed up behind so I didn’t feel like I had a lot to worry about out there.” Despite her 16 wins, the sophomore from Lathrop, Calif., recorded just her third SEC win of the season on Sunday — a promising sign for Georgia (36-8, 14-6 SEC) as the postseason looms closer and closer. Arevalo received a helping hand from highlighttype defensive plays from left fielder Megan Wiggins and shortstop Laura Trout to preserve her lead and keep Auburn (23-20, 6-14 SEC) off the board. “I was just glad Erin

gave me some ground balls and some plays to handle, but she was pitching great,” Trout said. Added Arevalo: “Trout was an animal — she’s just a vacuum out there.” Sophomore designated player Ashley Razey provided her second gamewinning hit in the series off Auburn pitcher Jenee Loree in the sixth inning for the Bulldogs’ only run on the day. Razey went 1-for-2 with a walk in the game and laced a single into left field to score freshman Sara Sikes in the bottom of the sixth for her 32nd RBI of the year. The sophomore transfer from Southern Miss also

played the hero in the second game of the series Saturday, bringing home two runners on a basesloaded hit with two outs to give Georgia the lead in their 7-5 win. The Georgia pitching staff gave up only five runs in the series, receiving two overpowering starts from junior Sarah McCloud and Arevalo, as well as a strong combined effort by McCloud and freshman Alison Owen (10-0) in the second game. Georgia has now swept three-straight SEC opponents, with South Carolina on next weekend’s horizon — who is 1-20 in conference play. Although the Bulldog offense was effectively shut down in the series finale, Georgia was able to put up 14 runs on Saturday. “Maybe [pink] is just our color,” Wiggins joked.

man left fielder Zach Taylor knotted things at one-apiece in the second The Diamond Dogs are with a sacrifice fly that firmly in the SEC base- scored center fielder Zach ment. Cone from third. Their hopes of earning The Razorbacks took an SEC Tournament berth control of the game in the took a major hit Sunday third after a three-run when the No. 9 Arkansas second inning rally that Razorbacks completed a gave Arkansas a 4-1 lead. weekend sweep of the Cone’s team-leading Bulldogs with a 13-5 win 37th RBI of the season in Fayetteville, Ark. brought Georgia within Sunday’s loss stretches two runs in the third, Georgia’s losing skid to before Arkansas took a four games, after the 6-2 advantage in the Bulldogs dropped fourth, pushing both the Friday across a couple of night and Saturday runs against afternoon contests Georgia reliever to the Razorbacks Alex McRee, who by a score of 10-2. replaced starter Sunday and all Michael Palazzone. weekend long, the After surrenderBulldogs (11-25, ing a two-run home 3-12 SEC) simply run to Arkansas’ did not make MCREE Monk Kreder, enough plays in McRee continued key situations to to struggle with his keep pace with the control in the fifth inning. Razorbacks, who are on McRee was finally an 11-game win streak pulled in favor of freshand an SEC-best confer- man Cooper Moseley after ence record of 12-3. allowing seven runs — two “We got beat in every earned — on three hits phase all weekend. It’s with five walks and a that simple,” Georgia strikeout in just 1.2 head coach David Perno innings of work. said. “They’re really good “Especially after the and they’re definitely the way it started, [McRee] best team we’ve played, gets the fly ball to center but we hurt ourselves and then a double play today more than anything, and I’m thinking whew, and they made a couple that might determine the plays at key times that game, because at the time could have turned the it was only 4-2,” Perno game.” said. “He wasn’t quite After the Razorbacks missing [the strikezone] took an early 1-0 lead in as bad, he just couldn’t the first, Georgia’s fresh- repeat anything.”

TITLE: Georgia’s win ‘one for the books’ ➤ From Page 1 A&M the title. We had to fight for everything that we got, we had to earn it, and I think these ladies have proven themselves ... it was just extremely exciting.” As the third and final day of the VENC arrived, the remainder of the 12-team field had fallen off to reveal a two-horse race: Georgia and Texas A&M. The Bulldogs went on to clinch the championship in the Hunt Seat with a 5-3 Saturday win over Auburn, while Texas A&M won in the Western discipline. Georgia had already finished fourth place in Western. Texas A&M had already finished fourth place in Hunt. The results were an unprecedented two-way tie for first place in the final standings, resulting in the first-ever ride-off in

VENC history between the The Bulldogs looked to two schools. a select group to finish off “Our preparation all the intense competition season has been about get- and take home the nationting the job done in al title — and the the first ride, and riders delivered. we’ve been really Those names working on that, included Michelle particularly all this Morris and Kacy spring and practicJenkins. ing for going down Morris, a sophoand making unbeatmore who earned able patterns,” an individual Boenig said. “That national championall holds true MORRIS ship in Equitation through your chamon the Flat, stormed pionship rounds, as out of the gate in well as it did against the same event in Texas A&M. Of the ride-off, giving course, nothing Georgia a 174-144 always goes perfect lead from which — which led to the Texas A&M would point of the tie and never recover. a re-ride situation.” “[On Saturday] For Georgia to the adrenaline rush win, they were forced was just insane. to defeat the Aggies LIPMAN When we found out in four head-to-head we had to go in a dual matches by winning ride-off — which had never more events or, if splitting been done before in equesthe events, by outpointing trian history — we were so them on aggregate. intense and crazy,” Morris said. “To have it be that close and come out with the win was just incredible. Just an extreme, extreme moment ... every emotion possible was heightened. And honestly, before I went in the ring I was so nervous.” Jenkins, a junior English rider, would also win the Fences event for the Bulldogs. Although Texas A&M won both Western events to split the events 2-2, Morris’ ride proved to be the deciding factor as Georgia won on point totals 603.5-579. “I knew coming into the entire thing that Georgia’s team was one of the best in the country, but to actually experience it was something I will obviously remember for the rest of my life,” Morris said. “I’ll definitely be telling my kids and everything — this is one for the books, for sure.” No disrespect to the books, but the historic fifth title could also be labeled “One for the Thumb” — or for the tail. Boenig and her program now rank behind only women’s gymnastics and men’s tennis on Georgia’s all-time list of multiple national champions in one sport, and the extraordinary run appears to have no end in sight. “I think that we will definitely be winning two more,” said sophomore Emma Lipman, who took home the Bulldogs fourth individual championship in school history. “I’ll be getting four rings.” The debate will continue on whether to label this most-recent ring “One for the Thumb” or “One for the Tail.” But either way, it was one for the ages.

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