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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vol. 117, No. 112 | Athens, Georgia

Adams opposes weapons bill Senate could pass law allowing guns on college campuses By JACOB DEMMITT THE RED & BLACK There are few things every university president across the state can agree on. But when it comes to keeping guns off their campuses, most are on the same page. Twenty-six university presi-

dents, including University President Michael Adams, signed a letter sent to the Senate Special Judiciary Committee urging lawmakers to keep gun laws as they stand today. This letter was in response to the Georgia House of Representatives Bill 615, which

would allow the carry of concealed weapons in all areas of the state — including college campuses — with the exception of jails, prisons and courtrooms. “We believe the current law is sufficient,” said John Millsaps, spokesperson for the Board of Regents. “We feel it

provides the safest environment for our students and faculty.” Although schools in the University System of Georgia remain aligned against HB 615, a similar piece of legislation was introduced to the Senate See GUN, Page 2



Police Incident Report

Moreno accused of battery By JACOB DEMMITT THE RED & BLACK


Eric Swegman started for the Bulldogs, striking out two Presbyterian batters in Georgia’s 11-3 first home victory.

Big offense propels Diamond Dogs to win home opener By DREW KANN THE RED & BLACK Even with temperatures hovering in the low 40s for much of Wednesday evening, the Diamond Dogs’ (3-2) bats warmed up quickly in their 11-3 win over Presbyterian Blue Hose in their 2010 home opener. After junior starting pitcher Eric Swegman retired the first three Presbyterian batters he faced in his Bulldog debut, sophomore right fielder Peter

Verdin grounded to short beat a throw from Presbyterian shortstop Gabe Grammer to start the Diamond Dogs’ big bottom of the first. With two outs, freshman designated hitter Zach Taylor, who went 2-for-3 on the night, doubled to left center field, bringing home Verdin to put Georgia in front 1-0. “It was important. It helped liven up the crowd,” said sophomore right fielder Johnathan Taylor of the Bulldogs’s three-


Georgia 11, Presbyterian 3 run first. “We’re a young team, so scoring in that first inning was a relief.” The Bulldogs experimented with a number of different arms out of the bullpen, as seven Georgia pitchers made appearances on the mound in front of the 2,513 fans in attendance at Foley Field.

The Blue Hose scored two runs off of freshman right hander Malcolm Clapsaddle in the third to trim the Bulldog lead to one, and later evened the score in the seventh against Georgia right hander Steve Esmonde. “Clapsaddle struggled. I don’t think he was quite ready for the cold and being a freshman and not realizing he was going to be in there,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “When you See GAME, Page 8

A University student told police former Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno knocked him out with a punch to the face in a downtown bar last Saturday. Stephen Anderson, 18, filed a report with AthensClarke County Police Monday accusing Moreno, a running back for the Denver Broncos, of misdemeanor battery. According to the report, Anderson said he was intoxicated at the time of the incident, so he is basing the account on what several witnesses told him after MORENO the fact. The confrontation reportedly began when three males “jumped” Anderson, striking him in the back of the head and ear and tearing his shirt. Later, as his friends were escorting him out of Bourbon Street Bar, Moreno reportedly ran up and punched Anderson once in the face, knocking him unconscious. Although Anderson didn’t seek law enforcement or medical help at the time of the incident, he did go to the University Health Center the following Monday, where he was diagnosed with a concussion. At press time, Anderson had provided the name of one witness, but he told police there are several who could identify Moreno. Anderson declined to comment, and Moreno and representatives from the Broncos could not be reached Wednesday.

‘The Love List’ questions ideal qualities in a partner Adult humor has ‘some meat to it’ By MICHELLE BENNETT THE RED & BLACK Sex is number four on Bill’s love list. It’s a list of qualities he wants in a significant other. Friday night is opening night for the Town and Gown Player’s production of “The Love List,” where the character Bill, a divorced 50-year-old, explores his own love list after seven years of celibacy. “It’s a comedy that’s a lot of fun but also has some meat to it,” said

actor Allen Rowell, who plays the part of Bill. Bill receives the life-changing love list when his friend Leon, played by Jeff Evans, takes him out to dinner and gives it to him as a birthday gift. Little does Bill know that Leon got this list from a dating service run by a local gypsy and it would actually bring someone into his life. “This woman walks in like she owns the place. He thinks Leon has bought her for him,” said director Rick Rose. Justine, played by actress Bryn Adamson, appears in the first act and leads Bill and Leon through a whirlwind. “It is strategically an adult come-

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dy that deals with some adult things,” Rowell said. “We have some fun and there is a lot of humor.” But the humor the play extols is more dirty than dry. “It’s one of those plays you read and you laugh,” Adamson said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve done a rolling-in-the-aisles-laughing kind of play.” The humor, Rose said, also comes with some real substance. “The plot is cute,” Rose said. “If there’s any message of importance in this play, it’s be careful what you ask for.” It’s that very message that brings so much humor to the


S The Town and Gown Players use ‘rolling-in-theSee LIST, Page 7 aisles-laughing’ dirty humor in ‘The Love List.’

FOR BALLERS ONLY The Georgia men’s and women’s basketball teams play on the road tonight as the regular season begins to wind down. Pages 7 & 8. News ........................ 2 Opinions .................. 6

Variety .....................7 Sports ...................... 7

ON THE WEB What do Michael Adams, coal and spontaneous dance all have in common? Check our Web site to find out. Crossword ...............2 Sudoku .................... 7


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E-mail, C-minus on SGA agenda By RAISA HABERSHAM THE RED & BLACK This summer, students can say goodbye to UGAMail as the University embraces a new e-mail system. At Tuesday’s Student Government Association senate meeting, SGA members discussed the new e-mail system, Microsoft Live Outlook. The system, launching in the summer, will have expanded storage capabilities and sharing tools similar to Google, said Cameron Secord, vice president of SGA. Funding for the system came from the student technology fee, and there will be no additional costs. The inexpensive e-mail system left a $100,000 surplus, but just how the surplus will be used has yet to be determined. “It hasn’t been decided yet, but the student technology fee committee will convene to discuss that,� said Katie Barlow, SGA president. Another issue at the meeting was C-minus reform and SGA’s attempts to standardize the C-minus grade across campus, an initiative which began with

the Connor McCarthy and Nicki Batelli administration in Fall 2009. “A lot of colleges have the C-minus as a mark needed to progress into a major,� Secord said. “But everyone uses different language for it.� Secord said most faculty want to eliminate the letter grade rather than create a new policy that may be more confusing. The C-minus reform will require more professor input, Secord said, and SGA hopes to present a resolution to the University Council Curriculum Committee by the end of the semester. The SGA administration is also seeking changes in course evaluations. Secord said a major part of course evaluations is getting them standardized, something SGA has been working on since 2007. The purpose of standardizing course evaluations is to make them more accessible and fair. “You get different feedback based on question wording or the order in which they are asked,� Barlow said of the nonstandardized evaluations currently in use at the University.

GUN: New bill limits carry ¢From Page 1 on Jan. 12 which is supposed to alleviate some of their concerns. Like HB 615, Senate Bill 308 would do away with the provision banning firearms within 1,000 feet of college campuses. However, it would not allow carry in dormitories, research facilities or classrooms. Author of the bill, Majority Whip Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg), said he has been working with the University System’s Board of Regents to come up with a bill that pleases everyone. “A lot of things they listed as concerns in the letter I have been working with them on to find common ground,â€? Seabaugh said. “The original filing of SB 308 would have allowed carrying in classrooms, but the latest proposal would not. I’ve been getting input, and we adopted classrooms as a compromise.â€? Despite these changes, University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson still has his concerns. “If this law went into effect we would have to revamp training,â€? Williamson said. “When officers arrive on a scene, the guy waving a gun in the air is usually considered the bad guy.â€? However, Williamson said he would enforce the law no matter what. “When I took the oath of office, I didn’t take an oath to just enforce the laws I like,â€? he said.



S SGA president Katie Barlow explains the new e-mail and plus/minus systems Tuesday. Students will also have access to the evaluations to help with class selection. “The idea is that students should know the quality and instruction of classes,� Secord said. The University Council Curriculum Committee decided last week that the



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trial process for online standardization of course evaluations will begin in the fall. SGA hopes to have a standardized course evaluation implemented by Spring 2011. The next SGA senate meeting will take place Tuesday, March 16.


Oglethorpe House Dining Commons has played host to many Sunday brunches, study groups and maybe even a few cheap dates. But on Feb. 23, the dining hall was home to a discussion of a whole different nature. Ashley Laine Wilde reported overhearing a suspicious conversation while eating in O-House between 8:20 and 9 a.m. According to the University Police report, Wilde did not know the overheard individuals, but she said the content of the conversation worried her.


Police Documents Wilde could not be reached for comment. Apartment searched, drugs found Erik Lynch, 25, was arrested and charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana at 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 24. This arrest was a result of a drug investigation at his 1560 South Lumpkin St. apartment. — Compiled by Jacob Demmitt

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Percentage night to Chess team raise money for Haiti takes first in tourney By CAITLYN SEARLES THE RED &BLACK


More than one month When: 6 p.m. tonight has passed since a 7.0 magParticipating Businesses: nitude earthquake shook East West Bistro, Last Resort the nation of Haiti, but Grill, Doc Chey’s, Speakeasy, Dawgs for Haiti isn’t slowYour Pie, Pauley’s. Bourbon ing down its relief efforts, hosting a fundraiser downStreet, Sideways, SandBar town tonight. and Magnolias Already, the campaign has raised more than $60,000 and volunteers are actively pursuing the second $50,000 goal with phase will operate as a contonight’s large-scale event, tinuation of the first, in “A Night on the Town.� which the organization Several restaurants and hosted business percentbars downtown will donate age nights and fundraisers between 10 and 15 percent and sold T-shirts. of their revenue to Dawgs He also said Dawgs for for Haiti. Haiti is working with the “We definitely want to Athletic Association to sell support the community,� T-shirts and collect donasaid Brian Hunziker, man- tions at sporting events to ager of downtown restau- reach the large Bulldog fan rant The Last Resort Grill base. on Clayton Street. After the campaign met He said the resits first goal of $50,000 taurant is glad to for the initial relief participate in an effort, the funds were event benefiting split evenly and Haiti in the coundonated to Doctors try’s time of need. Without Borders and “Enjoy yourself, the American Red have dinner, have a Cross. few drinks,� said Both of these Patrick Dever, a organizations were Dawgs for Haiti DORNER active in the first few committee memdays after the earthber. quake. Dever said the University “Once we hit $50,000, we is lucky to have the down- decided we wanted to shift town area where business- the focus,� Dever said, addes are happy to support ing that more than 3,500 the cause. T-shirts were sold during Tonight’s event is part the first part of the camof the second phase of the paign. University’s fundraising Dorner said the organicampaign for Haitian relief, zation pledged to raise which plans to donate the another $50,000 to go to money raised to organiza- Oxfam International, a tions focusing on recon- development organization struction and the rebuild- working to rebuild the ing of Haiti. necessities on the ground “The situation changed, in Haiti. so the campaign needed to According to the Oxfam change,� said Stephen International Web site, the Dorner, president of program has sent more Volunteer UGA, which than 60 tons of emergency operates Dawgs for Haiti. supplies and equipment, Dever said the campaign including clean water, shelinitially focused on “stop- ters and sanitation tools. ping the bleeding� in Haiti, Event T-shirts will be and now it’s “healing the available today in Tate wounds.� Plaza for $10 and students “Our goal now is for sus- are encouraged to wear tainable development,� he them downtown tonight, said. however T-shirts are not Dorner said the second required to participate.

By AN NGUYEN THE RED & BLACK The Chess Dawgs can still brag about being the best college chess team in Georgia after coming in first place at the Georgia Open College Chess Tournament Saturday — for the second year in a row. Unlike last year, when the winner was decided in a tiebreaker, the Chess Dawgs went undefeated in each of the four rounds, winning the tournament outright. Seven schools, including Georgia Tech, Mercer and Emory participated in the tournament held at Emory this year. Georgia Tech’s team, who lost to the Chess Dawgs last year in the tiebreaker blitz round, came in second place again this year. The blitz round allows each player only five minutes to play a game. Two teams of four from the University participated in the tournament Members Ken Bennett, Ben Cartoon and Femi Ogunyemi each won Individual Achievement awards for going undefeated in all of the rounds they played. Unsure about how they would perform after losing two key players, the Chess Dawgs were pleased with the victory. “We weren’t really sure how strong we were going to be,� said Chess Dawgs president Geoff Malcolm. “But Ken Bennett led the team very well, and overall we had a strong team.� Bennett, a senior from Blackshear, has played chess since childhood and has found there are certain ben-

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The Red & Black’s event guide to happenings — news, variety and sports — in and around Athens from Feb. 25-March 3.

THURSDAY Lectures & Classes Who: Lamar Dodd School of Art What: Lecture: Kevin Snipes When: 5 p.m. Where: 150 Lamar Dodd School of Art Cost: Free Verdict: Come out and hear this dynamic speaker, who is a ceramic artist and artist-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, a public, nonprofit educational institution. Snipes’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Contact: 706-542-1593, tsaupe@uga. edu Events & Opportunities What: Peace Corps Globe Talk When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Where: 250 Miller Learning Center Cost: Free Verdict: Come learn more about the toughest job you’ll ever love. Returned volunteers will be available to answer questions. Contact Lisa Woodruff at

Who: Phi Kappa Literary Society What: Debate on Book Banning When: 7 p.m. Where: Phi Kappa Hall Cost: Free Verdict: Come and join in with the debate on ‘For the protection of the masses, books deemed dangerous ought to be banned.’ Contact: Who: Sustained Dialogue @ UGA What: Discussion: What’s the Major Issue? When: 7-8:30 p.m. Where: 269 Miller Learning Center. Cost: Free Verdict: Come watch a video and join in on a discussion about discrimination and biases held against certain college majors. Contact: jessti17@uga. edu.

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S The Jan. 9, 1961, Red & Black reports the arrival of Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, the first black undergraduates at UGA.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Holmes-Hunter Lecture Calling all Southerners, Georgia fans, history buffs and patriots — this annual lecture is one not to be missed. Black History Month is coming to an end, but the Holmes-Hunter Lecture celebrates more than desegregation of the University — it celebrates an important aspect of our American history. The lecture is in honor of the University’s first enrolled African-American students, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and the late Hamilton Holmes. This year’s speaker is Ron Clark, author and founder of the Ron Clark Academy in metro Atlanta. Clark is wellknown for inspiring a group of inner-city students in Harlem, N.Y. to achieve the highest test scores in their school. The Ron Clark Academy uses innovative teaching techniques to allow students to achieve academic excellence beyond most school districts’ standards. Clark will speak on race relations, inclusion and diversity, and students from his academy will give a special performance. A book signing and reception will follow. Who: The Office of the President When: 2 p.m. Contact: Matt

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Who: Hugh Hodgson School of Music What: Concert: Wind Ensemble When: 8 p.m. Where: Hodgson Hall. Cost: Free Verdict: Hear the melodic sounds of the wind ensemble as they play. Conducted by John Lynch. Contact: 706-5423737 Who: The Institute for African American Studies.


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Who: International Student Life What: International Coffee Hour and Black Business Expo When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Memorial Hall Ballroom. Cost: Free Verdict: ISL’s weekly Coffee Hour offers a smorgasbord of cuisine from around the world. Contact: 706-542-5867

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Sporting Events What: Women’s basketball at South Carolina When: 7 p.m. Where: Columbia, S.C. Contact: 706-542-1621, www. What: Men’s basketball at Vanderbilt. When: 7 p.m Where: Nashville, Tenn.; the contest will air on ESPNU Contact: 706-542-1231, www.

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Cost: Free for on-campus residents with UGA ID and housing sticker. Verdict: Join RHA for free food, refreshments and a night or roller skating. Contact:

Sporting Events What: African Diaspora Film Festival: “Scene not Heard� When: 7-9 p.m. Where: Fourth Floor Memorial Hall, African American Cultural Center Cost: Free Verdict: Watch a documentary by Maori Karmael Holmes about the music scene in Philadelphia. Contact: 706-5425157, Who: Student Academic Honesty Council What: Academic Honesty Forum When: 6-7 p.m. Where: 214 Miller Learning Center. Cost: Free Verdict: As a part of Academic Honesty Awareness Week, speakers lecture on the topic ‘Fair Play: Lessons in Honesty Learned through Collegiate Athletics.’ Refreshments provided. Contact: gordonls@uga. edu Lectures & Classes What: Geography Lecture When: 3:30 p.m. Where: 200C GeographyGeology Building Cost: Free Verdict: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s James Holt will discuss the context of geography at the CDC and how it is used to identify, control and prevent disease in certain regions of the world. Contact: 706-542-1753,

What: Softball vs. Iowa State When: 3:30 p.m. Also Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. Part of Georgia Softball Classic. Where: Softball Complex, 2330 S. Milledge Ave. Cost: Free Verdict: Support the softball team as they take on Iowa! Contact: 706-542-1621, www. What: Baseball vs. Stetson When: 5 p.m. Where: Foley Field Cost: Free for students Verdict: Watch a great game between Georgia and Stetson! Contact: 706-542-1231, www. What: Softball vs. Charleston Southern When: 5:45 p.m. Where: Softball Complex, 2330 S. Milledge Ave Cost: Free for students Verdict: Take a second chance to support the softball team as they take on Charleston Southern as a part of Georgia Softball Classic. Contact: 706542-1621, www.georgiadogs. com What: Gymnastics vs. LSU When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Stegeman Coliseum. Cost: $10 adults, $6 children, $2 UGA students. Verdict: Come out and support the Gym Dogs! Can’t make it? Watch it on March 7 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2-TV. Contact: 706542-1231,

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SATURDAY Events & Opportunities

Who: Campus Connection What: 2nd Annual Wild Game Dinner When: 6:30 p.m. Where: The Smith House, 1760 Old Epps Bridge Road. Cost: Tickets ($7) available in advance. Verdict: Don’t miss this sampling of deer, elk, goose, quail, squirrel

Sporting Events Who: Georgia Arborist Association and Tree Climbers International What: 13th Annual 2010 Tree Climbing Championship When: 8 a.m. Where: Flichums Phoenix in Whitehall Forest Cost: Free Verdict: Professional tree climbers compete for the title of Georgia State Champion. Also a free Fun Climb for ages 5 and up. Contact: 770-554-3735,, gaa@

What: Softball vs. Iowa State When: 2:30 p.m. Where: Softball Complex, 2330 S. Milledge Ave. Cost: Free Verdict: Continue to support the softball team as they take part in the Georgia Softball Classic. What: Men’s basketball vs. Florida When: 4 p.m. Where: Stegeman Coliseum Cost: $2 for students

Events & Opportunities

Who: Speak Out for Species What: Film: “Dealing Dogs” When: 7:30 p.m. Where: 102 Miller Learning Center. Cost: Free Verdict: View a film about a six-month undercover investigation at one of America’s most notorious dog dealers and the attempt to save the dogs being mistreated there. Part of the 5th annual Animal Voices Film Festival. Contact:, sos@uga. edu

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Who: Institute for Women’s Studies. What: Seneca Falls Film Viewing When: 10a.m.-noon Where: Memorial Hall Ballroom Cost: Free


What: Men’s tennis vs. East Tennessee State

SUNDAY Events & Opportunities

Who: Office of Student Financial Aid What: College Goal Sunday When: 2-4 p.m. Where: 148 Miller Learning Center. Cost: Free Verdict: Come fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both UGA and non-UGA students are welcome to attend this event. For more information, visit http://www.uga. edu/osfa/cgs.html Contact: 706542-6147,

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Who: University Housing What: Diversity Awareness Week at Georgia (DAWG) Days: Tunnel of Oppression When: Noon-8 p.m. Where: Grand Hall, Tate Student Center Cost: Free Verdict: Take a full sensory tour to help participants gain insight into types of diversity and oppression. Contact: 706-

Who: LGBT Resource Center. What: Discussion: Let’s Talk About it! Bisexual in a Binary World When: 6:30-8 p.m. Where: 147 Miller Learning Center. Cost: Free Verdict: Engage in a weekly discussion series that explores college life through the lens of gender and sexual identity.

Events & Opportunities Who: The Career Center What: Internships Workshop When: 4-5 p.m. Where: 150 Miller Learning Center Cost: Free Verdict: Learn the best strategies for finding and getting internships. Contact: 706-5423375,


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What: Softball vs. South Alabama When: 1:30 p.m.



Who: Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society What: Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society Induction When: 3 p.m. Where: Reception Hall, Tate Student Center Cost: Free Verdict: Celebrate as the new members of ABK are inducted into this illustrious honor society. Contact Bridgette Burton at

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When: 2:30 p.m. Where: Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Cost: Free Verdict: Support the men’s tennis team as they take on East Tennessee State! Contact: 706542-1621, www.georgiadogs. com.

When: 4:30-7 p.m. Where: Brumby Hall Rotunda Cost: Free Verdict: Engage in a forum for students to display their culture and talents. It’s a Blue Card Event! Contact: 706-542-2041,, Lectures & Classes Who: African American Studies, African Studies, African American Cultural Center. What: APERO Africana Brown Bag Lecture When: 12:15 p.m. Where: African American

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Afghanistan’s dead show reality of war


group of boys commit to the demolition of ant piles. They blow holes in the backyard. Whoops, they say. U.S. Special Forces troops, representing NATO, kill a reported 27 civilians outside Kabul, Afghanistan Tuesday. This is the second deadly erroneous airstrike in six months. Whoops, they say. Big difference — the army of boys don’t know any better. The army of men do. Yet an apology on national television by the commander of NATO and U.S. forces is the only atonement? American involvement in Afghanistan is designed to strengthen government influence over its people, creating a unified nation. The regrettable airstrike was made on civilians who appeared to be a group of suspected insurgents — the Taliban — attacking a governmentcontrolled Afghan unit. Now, I am no expert on foreign policy or military strategy, and I can’t see Afghanistan from my apartment window, but it’s absolutely clear to me that we aren’t making friends and influencing people. When our weapons are so imprecise, civilians are killed. Yes, war is hell and we can’t put the U.S. Army into conflict without understanding that good people as well as bad people will be hurt. But as a young woman concerned with my country’s future, and the world’s concern for us today, I ask whether there can be a better way. As I understand about the tribal culture of Afghanistan, if we kill one civilian in search for terrorists, all the civilian’s cousins become terrorists.


Our generation of students cannot reasonably be held responsible for how the U.S. Army operates in Afghanistan. But we have a voice in the affairs of our country, and pretty soon we will be in charge of those affairs. The U.S. spent over $700 billion in the 2009 fiscal year for military defense. Where does it go, you may ask. It goes to NATO, war efforts and supplemental programming. We need to know that. The U.S.’s contribution comprises about half of NATO’s total military defense spending. We need to know that, too. Why is it important to know this? Because that — along with learning from the accumulation of current affairs abroad — is a good start to how we will minimize the “whoopses” and maximize the results when it’s our generation’s turn in foreign affairs. So I think in addition to mastering our coursework in the art of growing up, we also — we, as in all of us — must understand our country’s foreign policy, and particularly what’s going on in Afghanistan. And whether for or against U.S. involvement in Afghanistan’s affairs, we need to show support. We need to find a temporary middle ground of responsibility between playing in the backyard and “playing” overseas. — Amanda Abbott is a senior from Alpharetta majoring in newspapers and spanish

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Keep drinking friends safe at parties Y ou may recall how a university student told a Red & Black reporter how she had been drinking so heavily that one or more men possibly sexually assaulted her and that she only wanted to reveal the details anonymously (“Four University rapes reported; zero charges pressed,” Feb. 15). Why? Because, she said, she feels ashamed and doesn’t want people to think she is a slut. The woman said she is embarrassed running into people from the party, where she said her assault occurred, for fear they may judge her. Like so many sexual assault victims, she is blaming the wrong person. “It’s very normal for victims to feel ashamed,” said Sally Sheppard, executive director at The Cottage Sexual Assault & Children’s Advocacy Center. Sheppard said victims feel responsible because society’s gut reaction to rape cases is to ask what the women did and what she wore to cause the crime. Instead of society asking what she did to deserve the assault, the woman should be asking why her fellow partiers didn’t come to her aid. If she sees someone who attended the party who knew or witnessed what happened, as she suspects they did, that person should feel ashamed. When the party attendees saw two men sandwiching a drunk


woman, why didn’t they rescue her? Her friend had some idea of what was happening to her, as she was passed out and possibly assaulted. “My friend thinks he tried to get me to give him head,” she was quoted as saying. At the very least, her friend knew she was intoxicated and vulnerable at a party with other drinkers and didn’t protect her. This student is not alone. Nationwide, over 70,000 students, between ages 18 and 24, survive alcohol-related sexual violence each year, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s report on college drinking. Alcohol increases the risk of sexual assault because an intoxicated person’s ability to interpret complex messages is reduced, leading to misinterpretation, according to a study by the Department of Justice. The study adds that some abusers use alcohol as an excuse to misbehave, and intoxicated victims have slower motor functions that reduce their ability to resist. It is actually more likely sexual assault will occur in a party environment, where we can watch out for each other, than in a dark alley. Eighty-five percent of sexual

assaults involve someone the victim actually knew and in places where they felt safe. It’s not our job to babysit our drunk friends, but we should look out for them nonetheless, so they may help us when we err in judgment. If you are going to drink, bring a designated friend. And if you are the friend, please watch out for vulnerable partiers. We should all practice personal responsibility, yet that doesn’t get us off the hook from intervening when we witness someone taking advantage of our friends. When she’s already drunk and a guy is forcing her head into his crotch, that is not the time to say she’s an adult and solely responsible for herself. Although the woman chose to drink, she did not agree to any sexual act, because intoxicated people cannot legally consent. I understand it may feel awkward to step in and play a parental role, but I would rather be a Debbie Downer than see my friend sexually assaulted. You should too. Ultimately the fault for sexual assault falls on the abuser. Yet when one in five college students are sexually abused, according to studies by the Center for Public Integrity, we all need to step up and look out for each other. — Rhiannon McClatchey is a senior from Atlanta majoring in magazines

Dawgs for Haiti pledging another $50,000


n Jan. 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti — the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The quake sent shockwaves around the world in the form of heartbreaking images, statistics and stories. Thousands of people died. Those who survived were left without homes, food, electricity, running water or medicine. Our forgotten neighbors had fallen, and they reached out a collective and desperate hand, begging for the world’s support. Volunteer UGA launched the Dawgs for Haiti campaign to bring the University community together to answer the call to service. It began with the filling of e-mail and Facebook inboxes, challenging students and organizations to look beyond themselves and help a neighbor in need. The outpouring of assistance came with overwhelming speed and strength. The combined effort of over 110 student organizations and tens of thousands of students, alumni, faculty and administrators, shattered our initial, and lofty, $50,000 goal in less than three weeks. Our community rallied in record time to donate its time, money and resources to help the victims of this tragic disaster. For a brief moment in time, it was a trend across the world, as people everywhere selflessly pledged their support to the victims. After several weeks, however, the initial shock factor began to fade and so, too, did support for the disaster.

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STEPHEN DORNER “We have no doubt that the Bulldog Nation will finish the drill and answer the call to service.” News cycles transitioned from orphaned children and dying mothers in Haiti to Glenn Beck’s provocative statements and Toyota’s testimony before Congress. As the world moved on, the devastation remained, and so did the need for help. Though the news has forgotten Haiti, the Bulldog Nation has not. As our neighbors work to rise from the rubble, we will be there to lend a hand. Dawgs for Haiti has pledged an additional $50,000 to help Haiti rebuild. The initial $50,000 we raised supported the Doctors Without Borders’ and Red Cross’ efforts to provide immediate assistance to the victims of the earthquake. The additional $50,000 will support Oxfam America and their reconstruction and development efforts in Haiti. Oxfam is undertaking the work that is needed to mend the wounds of this disaster, as they

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Snowboarding Club not deterred by lack of slopes By ASHLEY STRICKLAND THE RED & BLACK Watching Shaun White execute his Double McTwist 1260 and make Winter Olympics history last week is enough to inspire anyone to try snowboarding. But for students in Georgia, the idea of hitting the slopes feels like a pipe dream. Disheartened snowboarding fans, meet your new group therapy. Snowboarding Club, a tightly-knit group of adventurous students, is ready to welcome a new wave of beginners and avid snowboarders alike. Justin Dambach, a junior telecommunications major, turned his passion for the sport into a reality for likeminded students. He started with one of his friends, Jack Henson, and now the two are president and vice president of the Snowboarding Club. Henson didn’t know anything about snowboarding — he only knew it was something he wanted to try. His first run could have


S Justin Dambach (left) and Jack Henson, president and vice president of the UGA Snowboarding Club, founded the group to learn and teach boarding skills, even though snow slopes are in short supply in Georgia. been a disaster, but with Dambach’s advice, Henson fared well. Once novices gain their balance, the real fun begins.

They start learning the signature moves of the sport — such as back flips and toe sides — and eventually move on to more advanced moves, or even

create their own, just like Shaun White. But in the beginning, it’s the simple goals that mean the most. “The hardest part about

snowboarding is doing the toe side and learning it in the beginning,� Dambach said. “I thought, ‘I’m going to do this toe side,’ but I went off the mountain backwards. On the way down, I hit a tree with my wrist back. I had to climb back up the mountain with a sprained wrist.� Snowboarding can be dangerous without proper training and advice. By hosting group trips to places such as West Virginia or nearby Sugar Beach, N. C., Dambach and Henson hope to help beginning boarders find their snow legs. During their last trip to Canaan Valley, the snowboarders drove for 32 hours to reach West Virginia, only to hit a snowstorm on the way and get stranded on the highway. Undeterred, they finished the trek and enjoyed some time on the slopes before Christmas. “We had a good time and we taught new people how to snowboard,� Dambach said. “That’s our goal. Usually by the end of

SNOWBOARDING CLUB Want to realize your winter dreams? Snowboarding Club is hosting a welcoming meeting for new members. When: March 17, 6-6:30 p.m. Where: MLC 367 More Information: Contact club president Justin Dambach at the trip, beginners can do it pretty easily. We would love to practice more, and show people how to do it, but it’s just not probable.� Group travel isn’t only helpful to teach beginners — it’s more practical for college budgets. By finding likeminded people at the University, more students can travel together, learn from each other and possibly realize a new dream. “Most people think, ‘A snowboarding club here in Georgia? That’s crazy,’� Henson said. “But it’s very invigorating. Snowboarding is so fun, and especially if you’ve never tried it, it’s a new experience.�

Offensive struggles plague Lady Dogs LIST: Humor based on By BEN BUSSARD THE RED & BLACK As the Georgia women’s basketball team prepares for its final regular season road game, questions surround the Lady Dogs’ offensive output. The No. 24 Lady Dogs will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks (13-13, 6-8) tonight looking to avenge a loss suffered at Stegeman Coliseum earlier this month. The team is in a midst of a skid on the offensive end of the floor, losing six of its last eight games. Georgia ranks 197th in the country in offensive production and is second-to-last in the SEC with a shooting percentage of 38.8. The Lady Dogs’ (20-7, 7-7) offensive woes have plagued head coach Andy Landers all year long. “The shooting has affected us

individually and when I say that, we probably don’t have one person who feels good about the way they’ve shot the ball in a long time,� Landers said. “So when I say individually, it’s collectively too because it’s everybody.� Getting the ball inside to freshman center Jasmine Hassell — who is averaging 9.7 points on 44 percent shooting in PHILLIPS Georgia’s last three games — would help the Lady Dogs’ shooting inefficiency. In addition to Hassell’s solid play, junior forward Porsha Phillips has averaged 10.3 points on 45 percent shooting in the last four Lady

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8 | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | The Red & Black

Dogs faced with short turnaround time By NICK PARKER THE RED & BLACK

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S Guard Ricky McPhee and his teammates are set to play two games in the next three days.

The Georgia men’s basketball team will get its first experience with schedule changes because of the SEC Network this week, as it will play two games in three days. As a result of the creation of the SEC Network last July, which broadcasts every SEC basketball game, the conference’s basketball teams face the unfamiliar grind of having games scheduled Thursdays and Saturdays of certain weeks of the season. That leaves little turnaround time for the second game of the week since SEC teams usually play Wednesday and Saturday

each week. Georgia will head to Vanderbilt tonight in search of its first road win, but then has only one day of preparation before a home date with Florida Saturday. “You know I’m probably a little different because a lot of people in the league have brought that up, but for the last nine years I was in a league where we went Thursday through Saturday every week, so it’s a setup that I’ve been accustomed to,” head coach Mark Fox said. “It certainly limits your preparation time for the second game and it’s a little unique to this league, but it’s one of the tradeoffs that I think we would all make to get the television

GEORGIA VS. VANDERBILT When: Tonight at 7 Where: Nashville, Tenn. More Information: The contest will air on ESPNU coverage that were going to get with the new TV deal.” The PAC-10 Conference also has teams play Thursdays and Saturdays. The Big 12 and Big East conferences have TV deals with ESPN which require their teams to play games Saturday and Monday games on occasion. But up until this season, the SEC hadn’t been part of that crowd. “It’s going to be exhausting, but we have to take

one game at a time and come in with the right mentality,” junior Chris Barnes said. “We can’t get too high and too low in our emotions in the game, and I think coach Fox is going to prepare us very well for this.” Typically in between games, Georgia would have time for at least one full practice and a lighter practice the day before a game. But under the new TV deal, the schedule resembles an NCAA tournament feel with weekend games just two days after the weekday games. “We’ll have a lot of work to do in between Thursday night and Saturday afternoon, and we’ll just have to be really efficient in how we do that,” Fox said.

GAME: Veazy able to be with Dogs ¢From Page 1 look at it, after we got through his deal, the only things we really gave up were the first hitters of the innings and guys just had to settle in.” The game didn’t stay tied for long, as five doubles helped fuel eight runs from the Bulldogs in the bottom of the seventh, giving Georgia the 11-3 win. Diamond Dog freshman Chance Veazey joined his teammates on the field before the first pitch for the pregame introductions. Veazey has been recovering at his home in Tifton from an October motor scooter accident on campus that left him paralyzed from the waist down. “I can’t really go into words to explain how great it felt to be back here,” Veazey said. “I’ve been to a few practices but this was my first game being in the dugout as a player, and it feels great to be back with the team and to feel a part of the team. I’m glad to be here.”

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