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MORTGAGE BROKER Todd Grantham keeps his business face on during billable hours. But when the market closes for the day, he steps into a softer role. By RACHEL G. BOWERS THE RED & BLACK

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(Top) Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is the consummate teacher on the field, acting as more of a father figure behind the scenes. (Above) He also serves as Mark Richt’s rambunctious alter-ego on the sidelines.

• 1990-96 — Virginia Tech graduate assistant, defensive line coach last two seasons under Frank Beamer • 1996-98 — Michigan State defensive line coach under Nick Saban, served as assistant head coach in 1998 • 1999-2001 — Broke into NFL coaching ranks as defensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts under Jim Mora • 2002-04 — Hired as defensive line coach on the inaugural staff of the Houston Texans • 2005-07 — Became defensive coordinator for the first time in his career for the Cleveland Browns under Romeo Crennel • 2008-09 — After three lessthan-stellar seasons in Cleveland, stepped down to defensive line coach under Wade Phillips for the Dallas Cowboys

In just seven months, Todd Grantham’s impact on the Georgia defense is undeniable. In just seven months, he has gained the trust of his players. In just seven months, he has earned the ultimate title from his players. “He’s like a father figure,” safety Bacarri Rambo said. “I feel like I can go to him and talk to him about stuff that’s not related to football. Like if I’m having a family problem or school problem, I can go to his office and he always talks to me and [tells] me to come to his office and talk to him about my personal problems and stuff.” Georgia’s defensive coordinator, who was hired Jan. 15, has managed to cultivate worthwhile relationships with his student-athletes and has played a significant role in their lives on a day-to-day basis since arriving in Athens. Achieving that was something Grantham considered essential when he made the decision to accept his new job — returning to the college game after 11 years coaching in the NFL. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be in college football, because I do think you can affect a young man’s life at this age. I enjoy being around players. If a player is going to go out and give you everything he’s got, I think trust is important there,” Grantham said. “I do think you have to do what’s best for the player, as a coach.” Cornerback Brandon Boykin said Grantham is ferocious and impassioned in motivating his players to perform on the field, but Grantham’s off-the-field persona is quite contrasting, though he still remains a mentor in both arenas. “Outside the field, he’s a great person. Not even a coach. You wouldn’t view him as a coach,” Boykin said. “He’s just someone you can talk to. Sit down and talk to about anything — sports or girls or anything like that. I feel like that’s the type of relationship you really want with your coach outside of football.” With his office door always open and his text message inbox full of messages from his players, the accessible Grantham established a strong level of comfort and trust with his student athletes from his very first day on campus. The Pulaski, Va. native came in as a straight shooter, while using sincerity to lay a solid foundation. “The first meeting we had, he came

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Researchers ‘shocked’ by stem cell funding cut By MICHAEL PROCHASKA THE RED & BLACK Animal science professor Steven Stice has cloned bovine embryos. He’s commercialized a human embryonic stem cell kit through his self-launched company. He’s seen science achieve what humans once thought impossible. But hearing that stem cell research would go from cutting

edge to the cutting board marked the first time Stice was speechless. “I think this shocked everybody in the field and caught everybody by surprise,” Stice said, referring to Monday’s ruling by a federal district judge to discontinue federal funding on embryonic stem cell research. The decision, blocking President Obama’s executive order, was approved due to an

existing law known as the DickeyWicker Amendment, which forbids federal financing for research in which a human embryo is destroyed, discarded or subjected to injury. “The cleanest way [to reverse the ruling] would be for Congress to actually act and clarify that amendment or bill that gets passed every year,” Stice said. Though the ruling has no effect on currently funded grants,

Stice, who is the director of the University Regenerative Bioscience Center, said grants under review will be rejected, renewals will be discontinued and several jobs could be lost. There are several alternatives to using embryonic stem cells, Sitce said. One is a process known as cellular reprogramming — the conversion of an adult tissue-specific cell to a reproduction of an embryonic stem cell.

KICKING OFF FOR A CAUSE Country star sings for kids By SARAH JEAN DOVER THE RED & BLACK

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Money to go to ugaMiracle Pat Green — musician, writer and 3-time Grammy nominee — will be performing tonight, rain or shine, at the University’s Legion Field to help raise money for a more than worthy cause. The concert is sponsored by ugaMiracle and the Nomad Artists Association, and 50 percent of gross proceeds will be sent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “I love playing in Athens, and this is going to be a great cause,” Green said. Other venues in Athens that GREEN Green has preformed at include the Georgia Theatre and the 40 Watt Club. Green does many benefit concerts every year. In an e-mail to The Red & Black, Green stated a certain past concert that meant a great deal to him was one performed for the victims of Hurricane Ike that struck Galveston. Although Green does not head up any charities

“By turning the switch back on, those cells reverted back to look like an embryonic stem cell and behave like embryonic stem cells,” Stice said. “Now the issue is, are those reprogrammed cells the same as embryonic stem cells? Whether it’s as effective as generating same cells is under debate.” Ian White, a post-doctoral

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Groups raise awareness, volunteers By ASPEN SMITH THE RED & BLACK The three largest student-run organizations on campus want you to get involved. During the first two weeks of the semester, UGA Relay for Life, ugaMiracle and UGA HEROs used the hype of a new year to recruit students and raise awareness. To jumpstart its 16th year as a University organization, ugaMiracle launched Miraclefest, a weeklong series of events to draw in recruits and inform everyone of Miracle’s mission — rais-

ing money for the nonprofit hospitals of the Children’s Miracle Network. “The goal of this year is to increase — whether that’s people or money, it doesn’t matter,” said Beth Bettis, ugaMiracle executive director. “We want to improve each year.” To increase funding, ugaMiracle is teaming up with country singer Pat Green for a benefit concert at 8 tonight at Legion Field, and to mark the end of Miraclefest, the organization is holding a percentage night at Your Pie at Five See CLUBS, Page 5

Though opinions differed when the program was first announced, the first registration period of the new Terry Foundations First program has gone smoothly for most students. Foundations First requires new Terry students to register for their business core classes within their first two semesters at Terry. Students are also placed into cohorts according to major, which allows them to take Terry courses with a common group of students. Cindy Daniel, a student affairs professional in Terry, said the registration process for new Terry students has had few problems. “For students who listened to their advisers, read OASIS and registered on time, there were no issues,” she said. “Most of the problems we have seen have been student-imposed, like registering late.” In order to minimize scheduling conflicts, Terry students can choose between two time frame options for their cohort classes. The courses are offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 75 minutes each. For students with double majors outside of Terry, Daniel said that some schedule adjustments had to be made, but there were few major issues overall. Kim Vongo, a junior from Lawrenceville and first-semester Terry student, said she is looking forward to the cohort system, despite some initial scheduling issues. “It gives you a chance to get to know people in your major more,” she said. Vongo had initially considered a double major in marketing and advertising, but was unable to fit the Introduction to Journalism class into her schedule because the class conflicted with the 75-minute time schedule of Terry courses. “I talked to advisers in Terry and Grady and they said I would have to wait another semester to apply to See TERRY, Page 4

Garden grows to honor researcher’s memory By DALLAS DUNCAN THE RED & BLACK Situated between Cali ’n’ Tito’s and Barrow Elementary School is Chabad House, a small, neutral-colored stucco building surrounded by newly-planted blueberry bushes, ornamental flowers and a mosaic tile display. The garden might be small, but it’s full of meaning. “We recently moved over to this new building, and we had this yard which had some potential, but I’m not much with landscape,” said Rabbi Michoel Refson, a co-director of Chabad of Athens-UGA. Efrat Gamliel-Atinsky, a post-doctoral associate in the plant pathology department, volunteered to head up

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a project to bring a garden to Chabad House, Refson said. Shortly after, Atinsky, her mother and her two children — 5-year-old Noam and baby Ya’ari — were killed in a car accident in the Negev Desert, Israel. “A car met in a head-on collision, came across and hit her. She didn’t die from the impact — the car went up in flames, and she died from the fire,” Refson said. Noam, who was a student at Barrow, was still alive when rescuers got to the accident, but rescuers made the decision not to open the car and put everyone’s lives in danger, Refson said. “It was a terrible, terrible tragedy,” he said. “It was a personal loss, and I felt personally involved in trying to

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do something about it.” At the memorial service for the family, Refson suggested continuing the garden. “I’d suggested to make it a memorial garden, because it was a project she’d thought of,” he said. “She was into botany, and a garden is something that’s living.” Lauren Zeichner, an instructor in the School of Environmental Design, and two local artists were recruited to head up the new project. “Even though [Efrat and her family] hadn’t been here for a long time, they were people who made a huge impact in the community,” Zeichner said. “People wanted to do something. It’s a way for dealing with

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S A garden at the Chabad House was planted in honor of University researcher Efrat GamlielSee MEMORIAL, Page 5 Atinsky, who was killed in a March car accident.

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TERRY: System ensures a knowledge base ¢From Page 1 Grady. It would have pushed my graduation date back, so I decided not to do it.” Cole McIntyre, a junior from Atlanta, is a marketing major with an international business co-major. He said his registration was very simple, and the cohort system makes sense to him. “It’s working fine for me, and it’s convenient to have the same people in your classes,” he said. Mark Dawkins, associate dean for academic programs, said the Foundations First system was developed with the input of other departments. “We’ve been talking to Franklin advisers, Terry advisers and the Honors program, so it has been a collective effort between Terry, Franklin and Honors,” he said. Dawkins, an associate professor of accounting in Terry, said the Foundations First program makes things simpler for Terry professors because they know their students are coming to class with the same basic knowledge. “As a whole, Terry faculty are supporting the cohort system,” he said.

research fellow at the University’s Dalton Lab biology center, said the University would have a tough time adjusting to the shift to private funding. “Private money is extremely limited,” he said. “It’s very rare, and there’s a lot of competition for it. It’s extremely difficult to be functional with that money. There is private money available — we use some private money — but there just

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S Students in Principles of Management class get ready for their lecture in Sanford Hall. Terry College of Business recently began a new cohort system.

isn’t enough to survive.” Another option would be using only adult stem cells. However, Stice said it would be difficult to fully rely on mature stem cells. Stice said neurological diseases require embryonic stem cells over adult stem cells. Damaged heart muscles and insulin-producing cells would also require embryonic stem cells. Biology major Greg Greene, whose father is a Type 1 diabetic, gets defensive when religious groups protest embryonic

stem cell research. “I feel the biggest barrier between the religious right and science is honestly a lack of knowledge,” he said. “A lot of the religious communities don’t understand the nature of this work. All the embryonic stem cells come from embryos that are slated for destruction, so it’s not like we’re taking human life.” Stice likened embryonic usage to organ donation, though Greene compared it to vaccine experimentation.

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Caddy theft attempt leads to arrest University student William Macewen, 21, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Thursday after attempting to steal a napkin and condiments caddy from Blue Sky bar, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report. Officers arrested Macewen after a doorman at Walker’s Pub reported him for allegedly attempting to steal the caddy. Macewen returned the caddy and was transported to jail on charges of public intoxication, according to the report.

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“We’re just making use of what is available,” Greene said. “I have trouble understanding how the religious community can act so rashly without actually really diving into it. It definitely has the potential to cure a lot of conditions that don’t have any other solutions to some of these problems. It helps stroke victims, heart attack victims and victims of other forms of cancer, such as leukemia, re-grow healthy cells and to have a chance of living a normal life again.”

Arrest warrant issued for University student University police have issued a warrant for a student connected with a battery that occurred Sunday at about 3 p.m. in Russell Hall, according to a University Police report. Louis Gustafson, area coordinator for Russell Hall, told police that two residents were involved in a domestic dispute in which both parties received minor injuries, according to the report. University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said a warrant was issued for University student Shelby Danielle Fox, 18, on Thursday, due to an investigation of evidence received from a third party. Williamson also said, due to the victim and Fox’s relationship, Fox would be arrested on domestic vio-

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Two University students were arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol Thursday around midnight, according to a University police report. Zachary Parker,19, and James Allen Bradford,19, were arrested after an officer approached them for skateboarding down a ramp inside the Hull Street Parking Deck. According to the report, both students were found with open cans of beer. Parker was also charged with possession of a fake ID. Both students were transported to Clarke County Jail. — Compiled by Tiffany Stevens


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CLUBS: Charity groups hold kick-off festivities ¢From Page 1 Points on Sunday. Bettis said all proceeds from the week’s events benefit the Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. UGA HEROs had its own recruitment and awareness week, known as WOW Week, to spread the word about changing the lives of children affected by HIV and AIDS. “The two guys that started HEROs said that if it’s not ‘wow,’ then it’s not worth doing,” said Taylor Buie, the public relations and marketing chair of UGA HEROs. “We want to have that hero factor.” UGA HEROs was founded seven years ago by two University students, who eventually moved the organization’s headquarters to Atlanta under the name H.E.R.O for Children. With more than 2,500 members, UGA HEROs provides 70 percent of the funding for H.E.R.O. for Children. Today, the organization is pushing recruitment with the theme, “Can You Join Me?” The group will hang pictures in Tate of celebrity HEROs, such as Mark Richt and Paula Deen, to encourage students to join. This week is leading up to the official kick-off celebration on Sept. 9 in Tate Grand Hall. The group anticipates a crowd of 1,500 students. UGA HEROs hopes to recruit more than 2,500 students for the fall

MEMORIAL: Gardeners strive for symbolism ¢From Page 1 your grief.” The mosaic tiles are especially symbolic. “These tiles basically embody the values we felt this family embodied,” Zeichner said. “Some of them are in Hebrew and some are in English — things like excellence, friendship, compassion, sincerity, hospitality.” Zeichner said the garden really came together Sunday, when members of the Jewish community, students and Atinsky’s colleagues worked to plant and create something that would be a lasting memory. “The people from plant pathology brought blueberry bushes, because that’s what she did her research on,” Zeichner said. She said she remembers how well Atinsky connected with people. “She was the kind of person that when you met her, and you talked to her for a short time, you really felt like you knew her,” Zeichner said. “Her daughter was similarly a special kid who knew how to relate to other kids that maybe had trouble finding kids to relate to. And the little baby, I fell in love with him. He was like a pastry, just so cute and bright-eyed.” Efrat’s Garden will be a part of many of Chabad’s activities in the upcoming months — cooking classes, Jewish holiday celebrations and weekly Friday night dinners. “A memorial garden is not just for what you end up with,” Zeichner said. “It’s the process of how you end up with it — of people being able to bring something they feel represents that person and to put it together.”

CORRECTIONS The Aug. 25 issue of The Red & Black misstated Manuel Diaz’s home as Costa Rica instead of Puerto Rico and incorrectly referred to Javier Garrapiz as a junior instead of a senior. The Red & Black regrets these errors. The Red & Black is committed to journalistic excellence and providing the most accurate news possible. Contact us if you see an error, and we will do our best to correct it. Editor-in-Chief: Daniel Burnett (706) 433-3027 editor@randb.com Managing Editor: Carey O’Neil (706) 433-3026 me@randb.com

semester. UGA Relay for Life is also gearing up for its kick-off on Sept. 2 by passing out information in residence halls and on other parts of campus and by holding several awareness events. Although the organization did not hold its own weeklong event, the student responses so far are forecasting an impressive year. Just one day after creating a Facebook event for the kick-off, Relay had 600 confirmed guests, said Justin Mann, the executive director. He said he is expecting 1,000 students to attend the event, which will be held in downtown Athens. In its 11th year at the University, Relay for Life has raised $2.3 million for the American Cancer Society, which in turn funds cancer research as well as awareness and prevention programs. “We want to be the ones who cure cancer; we want to be the ones who help those who have cancer; we want to be the ones who keep people from getting cancer,” Mann said. “It’s a disease that I stand behind and want to eradicate completely.” The executive directors of the “Big Three” all say students should get involved no matter which organization they choose. “We are all huge organizations and do great things for students,” Bettis said. “If they are getting involved somewhere, it’s better than not getting involved at all.”

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GREEN: New album due this year ¢From Page 1 of his own, he is part of some rather well known organizations. “I work closely with the American Red Cross as a member of their celebrity cabinet, and I’m on the board of the Gladney Foundation in Dallas,” Green said. Reasons to attend tonight’s concert include several noteworthy pieces that should be listed on Green’s résumé and boasted for the public to see. Dubbed the “Springsteen of the Southwest” by People Magazine, Green has sold more than two million albums worldwide. His latest album premiered at No. 2 on Billboard’s country chart. Green has toured with other country music celebrities including Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney. For a true relation to the University — as it is the No. 1 party school in America — students should listen to a song of Green’s entitled “Everclear.” Green is set to release

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A wrap-up of the week’s ups and downs Judge blocks stem cell research When a Republican and a Democratic president can agree, you would figure that the law would follow. Apparently not. The recent ban on stem cell research flies in the face of scientific and legal precedent. Doesn’t this country want to improve in math and science? Considering this University is one of the leaders in human embryonic cell research, this doesn’t look good. Students’ increased involvement on the Opinions page Religion and politics really shouldn’t go together. Never mind the constitutional issues, we’d simply like to keep the shouting to a minimum. But in this week’s Opinions page, that debate brought The Red & Black letters and columns galore. Thank you to the numerous students who wrote in, angry or not, and gave their opinion. We need more people like you every week. Islamophobia and mosque debate As much as The Red & Black editorial board loved the barrage of letters and articles, the national tone has become a little too ... scary. All too often, there is a rush to blame the wrong people. It is understandable that some people are emotional and scared. But that is no excuse to give in to the fear-mongering spread by politicians with their own agenda. Islam is not terrorism. The First Amendment must not be ignored. Build the mosque. WNEG receives even more money ...for what? Well, there’s $71,390 down the drain. There comes a time in every failing news station’s life to pull the proverbial plug. We think that time has come — and gone. But, alas, WNEGTV remains. It’s time to stop pouring money into a black hole of mediocre newscasts and sub-par content. The viewers have already decided (to change the channel). Now it’s time for the University of Georgia Research Foundation to follow suit. Athletes travel far to get to UGA Why anyone would leave the beautiful beaches of Puerto Rico or a town in Southern France for the country that gave the world Lindsay Lohan and the Westboro Baptist Church is beyond us. But we’re really glad they are! Athletes are coming to the University from far and wide to play for the Bulldogs, and we couldn’t be more proud. More Sarah Palin cartoons! Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin makes headlines no matter what she does — and she also makes it into the Opinions page cartoon. Stay tuned to The Red & Black as she tries to make her way from Wasilla to Washington. As long as she keeps shootin’ wolves from helicopters and lookin’ so gosh darn cute doin’ it, we’ll keep drawing. — Daniel Burnett and Courtney Holbrook for the editorial board Quote of the week: “The faith I have fallen in love with — no political brainwashing involved — commands its believers to forbid evil and enjoin good ... If you want to learn about the true Islam from a practicing Muslim, I’m always willing to have a cup of coffee and answer your questions — American to American. — from the Thursday’s column “Islamophobia promotes ignorance” by Yasmin Yonis LETTERS POLICY Letters must include name, year in school, hometown, phone number, major or job title or other appropriate identification. Letters are not edited for spelling or grammar, but are subject to editing for length, style and libelous material. All letters will be published — either in print or online.

Threesomes now the sexual thing to do T he more the merrier — but three’s a crowd. When it comes to activities in the bedroom, which phrase is better? Threesomes are growing increasingly popular — if they’re not in your own bedroom, they’re definitely on your television. Ronnie from “Jersey Shore” was swapping spit with two “grenades” the other week. Even “Gossip Girl” referenced the sexual phenomenon. The upcoming movie “Wanderlust” has “The Good Girl” Jennifer Aniston stripping and hopping in the sack with her husband and another, according to The Sun’s online article. To be honest, I’ve never had a threesome. That’s probably why I use the word “phenomenon.” And really, I just don’t get how it works. The most well-known type of the threesome seems to be two girls with one guy. FMF, right? How does that work? I mean, someone can give you two ice cream cones, but you can only eat one at a time. What is the other ice cream cone supposed to do? Melt in your hand? Go and get its own sprinkles? So I did my research.

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A few of my friends have swapped horses on the sexual merry-go-round mid-ride, and to my surprise, one actually informed me of the multiple rules for this situation: Men who are having a threesome with their girlfriend and a mutual friend should “see the stars” with their girlfriend, not the friend. If your girlfriend hints at a threesome and requests your input on picking a partner, don’t choose the friend you told her was hot last week ... or ever. Talk about it. At great lengths. Express what you want to do, and more importantly, what you don’t want your partner to do. Wait awhile after you and whoever else come to an agreement, just to be absolutely sure. But I’m a little more interested in the “why” over the “how.” I’d wager most students aren’t married ... or even close to considering it. So why are they copying the

— Samantha Shelton is a senior from Auburn majoring in newspapers and women’s studies

Georgia Tea Party falling in Washington C ongratulations, Tea Party — you’re irrelevant. Believe it or not, there is one thing the Grand Old Party establishment is excellent at doing. That’s deflecting the anti-Washington sentiment away from its Washingtonian contingent. Rob Woodall won the District 7 primary against his Tea Party opponent, Jody Hice. Hice’s claim to fame was a billboard he erected off of I-85 that read “Tired of Obama’s Change?” exchanging the C in Change to a Soviet hammer-and-sickle. Karen Handel, backed by Tea Party hotshot Sarah Palin, managed to beat out long-time House Representative and party apparatchik Nathan Deal. Yet she lost the Republican gubernatorial primary by a tiny margin. She had a good ad campaign, now co-opted by Roy Barnes: Deal is a corrupt D.C. insider. Deal’s campaign was better: Handel cozies up to homosexuals and is slightly less fanatically anti-abortion than I am.

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behavior typically shown among the nuptial-bound members of society looking to spice up their monotonous sex life? Well, we’re relatively young. Our bodies still bend in ways that will send us to the quack-o-practor in 20 years. Most of us aren’t saving ourselves for marriage like generations past. But shouldn’t we save something for when our bedrooms are filled with dust ruffles instead of sexy lingerie? I’m not against threesomes, nor do I judge those who have already shared their bedroom with more than one — like I said, they’re my friends. If I ever do consider a human sex sandwich in the future, I’ll definitely listen to my friend’s rules on threesomes. But for now, I’m just wondering what’s going to be left for our generation to experience after a decade with the same partner? What uncharted territories will remain to amplify our love lives then? Bestiality? Good Dawg.

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and illegally and unconstitutionally bequeathed to strangers in other states! Every winning state is found in that dreaded elitist, un-American part of the country known as the East Coast. Hawaii, the Communist-in-Chief’s own supposed birthplace, was clearly paid off for forging his birth certificate! But Perdue and his staff were delighted to receive the money. He made a joke that the Board of Education chairman might do cartwheels in joy. Even Deal, after wavering slightly, agreed that this was a valuable win for Georgia. The Republican nominee for state school superintendent, John Barge, pledged to faithfully institute the program. Why should I care? Am I just another “socialist” Tea Party hater? Maybe. But more importantly, I’m a law student. I entered school with the promise of success. I took on three years of hell believing that upon grad-

uation, I would enter the job market without worries. Not exactly. The Tea Party hates the government, and believes that we can all magically make it on our own. Well, that’s not true anymore. In this economy, any and all Tea Party rhetoric is simply that — rhetoric. They’re dangerous. They’re loud. But thankfully, they’re being increasingly dismissed. So where are the Tea Partiers? Where are the AntiFederalists, the AntiTaxers and the States’ Rights Supremacists? You might be able to hear their voices in tiny forlorn corners on the Internet, but in the halls of our gold-domed Capitol, you’ll only hear the sounds of our Republican leaders patting themselves on the back. Now that’s a job well done.

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Modern Skirts aim for rebirth By CHRIS DESANTIS THE RED & BLACK Every band seems to go through its growing years — that awkward little time when it takes everything off the table and wipes the slate clean. There’s always a chance that the fans won’t be as on board for a drastic fresh start as the band. However, it doesn’t seem to matter for Athens’ own Modern Skirts, who after two years and much local anticipation are finally releasing a new album — entitled “Gramahawk” — in November 2010. “It might as well be considered a first album for the Modern Skirts,” said vocalist and guitarist Jay Gulley. Since 2004, the Modern Skirts have been entertaining fans with high-energy shows, bringing along a stage presence that is truly “love it or hate it.” The band’s two previous albums — “Catalogue of Generous Men” and “All Of Us In Our Night” — have garnered significant local praise and countless accolades. Even with its 2-year album hiatus, the band recently headlined at the 2010 AthFest. “To be honest, our music prior to now has had a touch of insecurity,” Gulley said. “I finally feel like we are mature enough to embrace our need for exploration, both lyrically

and structurally speaking.” This time around, the Skirts are looking to change their sound by literally not changing their sound at all. “The songs are left basically the same as they were when they were first written,” Gulley said. “By leaving things alone, ‘Gramahawk’ is our first album that borders on unstable. That feels invigorating to say.” Both previous LPs were written and recorded in the studio, but the Skirts decided this time around to release material for “Gramahawk” that the band has been playing for years. “We decided to put it out there because WE like it,” Gulley said. As for the other material, the band remains above the influence — of genres that is. “[There are] no genres, no styles,” Gulley said. “I am more likely to listen to music because it intrigues me. That’s why I don’t think it’s very apparent where the new stuff comes from.” Quirky as ever, the Skirts, in making a new album, found many items — both everyday and bizarre — to influence their sound while maintaining their unique, eclectic style. The strange array of items and sounds include a TDK cassette player, the sound of a shower turning

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on, a Braun electric razor, cans of snuff, tongs and children’s toys. The most obscure includes Portasounds and a Z-Vex pedal. “I like to build songs around what is at my disposal,” Gulley said. “The collaborators are all inanimate this time around.” The Skirts also tried to keep the recording process as low-key as possible. “[The best part was] not giving a fuck,” Gulley said. “Most of the songs were initially recorded in my bedroom. I guess each song depends on the day it was recorded. I may have been under the influence. I may have been clothed ... I don’t know. All I know is that I recently went back and looked at the original lyrics. I can’t spell for shit.” The future looks bright

for the Modern Skirts, who continue to gain attention throughout the Southeast. “I like writing songs more than anything and that will never go away,” Gulley said. As for technique, it doesn’t look like that will change either. “I have been writing songs ever since JoJo showed me how to operate a 4-track, and nothing has changed since,” Gulley said. Though the Skirts are evolving in sound and production, some things never change. “As far as technology goes, I don’t even know if I will ever move past where I am now,” Gulley said. “The songwriting will develop, but my simple methods for writing songs may never budge .... I don’t know.”

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Georgia’s defensive line underwent offseason reconstruction and features a new look in 2010. By NICK PARKER THE RED & BLACK The common misconception perpetrated by the media is that the nose tackle position must be occupied by the classic, mammoth nose tackle. However, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is quick to remind that the nose doesn’t necessarily have to be the pharaonic defensive lineman. No matter the size, all great nose tackles possess one synonymous attribute: The ability to demand a double team. “Anytime a guy demands to have two guys block him, someone is free. So if you have a guy that can do that, then you’re a lot better,� Grantham said. “Anytime they can single block a guy, particularly the closer you get to the ball, the more struggle you have stopping the run and things like that, so it’s critical that [the nose] doesn’t get blocked one on one.� Now it appears an unlikely candidate has emerged to fill that invaluable role: redshirt junior Justin Anderson. At 6-foot-5, 330 pounds, Anderson has long been known as one of the strongest players on the team — and the biggest — making him an ideal candidate for the nose. One problem: Anderson hasn’t played defense since his junior year of high school, even starting six games on the offensive line last season. Nevertheless, Grantham saw the potential and wanted to see what “Bean�, as he’s known around the program, could do. To complicate matters, Anderson sat out all spring with an injury. A lack of experience hasn’t stopped Anderson from seeing his first action on defense in five years, though. His strength has shined through and he’s now running with the first-team unit as the starting nose tackle,

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lodged between defensive ends Demarcus Dobbs and DeAngelo Tyson. “Bean’s doing better. I think Bean is competing, and I’m impressed with his knowledge of the system so far,� defensive line coach Rodney Garner said. The fact that Anderson is being praised for his knowledge of the system is an ironic twist of fate, considering he often struggled with the playbook on offense — which ultimately contributed to the move. Luckily for Anderson, though, his new position is the one with the smallest playbook on the defense. “Coming to defense, I was kind of nervous at first because I knew I was going to eventually do well, but in the past, on the offensive line I’ve had trouble with playbooks. So that was my biggest skepticism,� Anderson

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EVICTION NOTICE? Mark Richt’s job stability is a heated debate heading into the season. Is the head coach making ends meet or is his rent past due? RICHT SHOULD GO MICHAEL FITZPATRICK

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S Mark Richt’s job security has become a hot topic among Georgia fans.

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n today’s cynical world of college football, it is easy to be quick to judge. You can attend a university with a perennial powerhouse of a football team, headquartered lavishly at 90,000-plus seat stadiums, where players are seen as superstars, the fans consider Saturdays the pinnacle of the school year and the head coach is the school’s own personal deity. So what happens when that god-like figure that runs the football team has a less-than-spectacular season? From the perspective of many fans, he falls back to Earth. Unfortunately, that’s what has happened to head coach Mark Richt, whose “family man� persona and do-no-wrong demeanor has had fans perceive a halo over his head for almost a decade. Until now, apparently. Richt is coming off his worst season as Georgia’s head coach since joining the team in 2001. The Bulldogs finished 8-5, even ending the year without a top-25 ranking—a first for Richt. As the season progressed, fans grew tired of pretty much anything one can think of. Inconsistency. The defense. The penalties. Joe Cox. At season’s end, someone had to face the heat for a historically sub-par season—and it was Richt. Murmurs from students and fans proposed a dismissal for Richt if he made them suffer through another bad season. Now it’s time for the 2010 season and Richt faces what may be the most pressure he’s ever had as Georgia’s skipper. He looks to avoid another five-loss season and the distrust of Bulldog nation. So what happened to all the love we’ve shown the man over the past nine seasons? Do we honestly have the heart to show the door to the current longest-tenured SEC coach after everything he has accomplished here? I would hope not. Richt is 90-27 since

MITCH BLOMERT becoming head coach, 50-22 within the conference. He’s 7-2 in bowl games, has two SEC titles and has six 10-plus win seasons this past decade. Only twice has Richt finished a season with just eight wins. If that tells you anything, it should be that Richt doesn’t settle for eight-win seasons that often. In fact, the last time he won eight games (2001, his first season) he churned out 13 the year after — a career high. So think twice before you cast off Richt as a viable coach. Think about what Richt has done for Georgia this past decade, then think about what the future may hold for his program. Then ask yourself: Is there an available coach out there that could do more with what Richt has

now? You’d be hard-pressed to find one. The best teams in any sport hit the skids every once in a while. But with such tight competition in the SEC to win a conference title, a BCS bid or commitments from the top recruits, teams lacking in talent and experience for a year or two are bound to take a few more losses. Then they get older, faster and stronger. And with the right coach, the wins start coming back. Richt is that right coach. Remember, there are 120 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision—only one can win the BCS National Championship. If it isn’t Georgia, don’t cry uncle on Richt just yet — give him more time. If there’s anything this past decade has taught us about him, he can win. And he’ll do it again sooner than we think. —Mitch Blomert is a sports writer for The Red & Black.

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Georgia guy who came from the University of Florida — the pressure on Richt is mounting. Disappointing seasons are one thing, but to continually lose to rival Florida (Richt is 2-7 against the Gators) is embarrassing. He is too loyal to his assistants (see: Martinez, Willie), and his players seem to continually find themselves on the wrong end of the law. Eight Dogs were arrested in 2008 — when they were the preseason No. 1 — and seven have been arrested this past offseason. The last few seasons have been borderline disgraceful — on and off the field — and the status quo can’t remain the same forever. —Michael Fitzpatrick is a sports writer for The Red & Black.

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Aaron Murray is the new kid on the block in a well-established neighborhood. Georgia’s return on investment hinges on what is put into developing the redshirt freshman. By NICK PARKER THE RED AND BLACK Joe Cox threw 24 touchdowns last season, one short of Matthew Stafford’s single-season touchdown record at Georgia. A different statistic on Cox’s résumé remains indelible in the minds of Georgia fans, though: Interceptions — 16 to be exact. Those 24 touchdowns did nothing to diffuse Cox’s status as Georgia fans’ scapegoat for last season’s disappointing 8-5 finish. Forget the fact that Cox didn’t have a running game for the first six games of the year. Forget the fact that it was his first year starting. Forget the fact that the offensive line, which was supposed to be the strength of the offense, endured a plethora of injuries and didn’t gain the continuity needed until midway through the season. With Georgia sporting the third-worst turnover margin in the country a year ago, game-changing turnovers are all Bulldog fans remember — and rightfully so. “Whoever wins the turnover battle in the game usually wins the game,” cornerback Brandon Boykin said. “That’s something we know.” It’s also largely the reason a Georgia offensive unit returning 10 starters, including arguably the nation’s premier wide receiver, has become an afterthought to Alabama, Arkansas and Florida in the discussion of the SEC’s top offense. It is also the reasoning behind Georgia’s preseason ranking swooning dramatically between publications — from as high as No. 3 (College Football News) to as low as No. 64 (Orlando Sentinel). Similar to last season, Georgia finds itself in the uncomfortable position of starting a first-year quarterback, the one void in an offense stocked with experience. Even head coach Mark Richt isn’t quite sure how Aaron Murray will do taking care of the ball. It is one

thing to do it in practice, where the Bulldog quarterbacks aren’t allowed to get hit, but it is another to do it with 92,000 fans looking on and 300-pound SEC defensive linemen breathing down your neck. “It’s hard to totally get that taught without a guy being live, when you’re in the green jersey and you’re not getting hit, its hard to know a lot of things. Until he plays, he’s going to experience some things in the games that he hasn’t experienced in practice,” Richt said. “Getting hit at the major college level is a different experience than getting hit in high school, but we’re not willing to simulate that right now. It’ll have to happen in the game and we’ll see. We’re pounding it in the film sessions and out on the practice field, but until it actually happens, it’s hard for him to understand.” One of many advantages Murray has that Cox didn’t is one of the nation’s most experienced offensive lines, with 129 starts among them. It is that reality that gives Murray tremendous confidence as he heads into his first season starting. “[The offensive line] has done a tremendous job of giving me time, trusting them in the pocket, not trying to get out of there too fast, sitting in the pocket making my reads, and if nothing is there, trying to make something with my feet,” Murray said. “The big thing is just trust them and know they’re going to give me time.” Having A.J. Green to catch his passes doesn’t hurt, either. “I would say the No. 1 thing for me comfort-wise is knowing I have a great offensive line, but second is I have a tremendous receiving corps. Of course A.J. heads that off, and those other guys are tremendous and have been making plays throughout camp,” Murray said. “With A.J., you can pretty much throw anything at him, and he’s going to catch it. So it’s definitely

“I would say the number one thing for me comfortwise is knowing I have a great offensive line, but second is I have a tremendous receiving corps.” AARON MURRAY QUARTERBACK

very comforting to have him out there and those other guys. It’s just that safety valve, if I’m in trouble, he’s going to give me a shot if I throw it up — he’s either going to catch it or knock it down.” Not only should the offensive line and receiving corps be stronger this season, but Murray is also a lot more mobile in the pocket than Cox, buying more time for receivers to get open and less chance for embarrassing interceptions when the pocket collapses. “[Murray] moves around real well in the pocket, and he’s very quick,” said left tackle Clint Boling, who will be in charge of protecting Murray’s blindside. When that pocket does collapse, Murray can do what he’s always done: Look for tight end Orson Charles. “That’s all we did in high school. That’s where I got all my yards,” Charles said of Murray making plans with his arm on the run. “When he scrambles out, I know where he’s going.” “He’s always been good at coming back to the ball or finding little holes in the defense for me, and knowing when to get into a hole in the defense,” Murray said. “He’s very football savvy and definitely helps me out.” Charles became Murray’s favorite target when they won the state championship their senior seasons after Charles transferred into Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. Charles took little time adjusting to the college game in 2009, accumulating 374 yards on 23 catches — good for third on the team. “[Charles] creates such unbelievable mismatches when you try to put a line-

backer on him,” Murray said. “I don’t think even SEC linebackers, who are supposed to be the best, there’s very few that one-on-one can match up for him, which is a great thing for me as a quarterback.” The talent around Murray is in place — an experienced offensive line, a dynamic receiver, two matchup nightmares at tight end and a sound running game. But can Murray live up to the hype and play his part, taking care of the ball and keeping defenses from stacking the box? The countdown to clarity is on. But until then, Murray remains anxious — as does the rest of Bulldog nation. “I’ve been waiting for a long time for this to happen, so I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Murray said.

(Right) Aaron Murray takes over his new role with veterans around him. (Below) Mike Bobo will be calling the plays of an offense with key components in place and Murray under center.

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