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See who’s signing where on pages 4-5. Vol. 118, No. 81 | Athens, Georgia

Student reports rape on East Campus Smoking ONLINE

By TIFFANY STEVENS THE RED & BLACK

Police Documents

A rape reported Monday marks the second rape this semester — and the second rape report from East Campus Village. The rape was reported in Rooker Hall Monday, according to University Police reports. A woman reported the rape at around 4:30 p.m. Monday to the University Health Center. The Health Center then

reported the rape to University Police. The woman stated she was raped by a known person in Rooker Hall sometime Sunday morning, according to the report. The woman told University Health Center personnel that she did not wish to meet with law enforcement, according to

the report. The same woman filed a report later that day with University Police while at the Athens Regional Medical Center, University Chief of Police Jimmy Williamson said. “[Athens Regional Medical Center] contacted us on that person’s behalf,” he said. Police do not believe a rape reported on Jan. 22 at East Campus Village to be related to Sunday’s incident, Williamson said.

“The majority of rapes we see are acquaintance rapes,” he said. “It’s fairly common that they know the person who committed the act. I don’t want students to get the impression that there’s a stranger on campus raping students.” Sunday’s incident marks the fourth rape case reported on campus since June 2010. The other two reported campus rapes occurred at Mell Hall and Creswell Hall on Oct. 4 and Oct. 13 respectively.

TAKING NOTES

Rockstar becomes University music professor

FRANCES MICKLOW | The Red & Black

SBoasting experience as the co-founder and frontman of two bands, Camper Van Beethovan and Cracker, as well as a degree in mathematics, David Lowery was a picture-perfect fit for teaching music business. By CHRIS MILLER THE RED & BLACK

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t’s getting crowded in Terry College’s Music Business Program office. Yet another internationally renowned, nationally proven and locally beloved music figure has joined the staff this semester, and he’s no slouch next to the other big names already there. David Lowery, lead singer of bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, mathematician, and long-time music businessman is teaching Fundamental Concepts in Music Business this semester, in which he will share information he’s collected throughout 26 years in the biz.

Lowery’s career as a musician started in 1985 with Camper Van Beethoven after graduating a year earlier from the University of California-Santa Cruz. Setting precedent for Lowery’s tendency to take alternate routes through the music business world, the band put out its own record and sent it out all over the place, including college radio stations in the U.S. “College radio in 1985 … nobody sent their records to college radio. Students used to have to bring in their albums and play them,” Lowery said. “It was a cool thing for us to do that, but it was also not really heard of much at the time.” Lowery pursued music through CVB

and Cracker, formed in the early 90s, eventually reaching levels of commercial success. “It was a long, gradual process that took about 10 years to mature,” Lowery said. But performing was hardly the only thing on Lowery’s mind throughout those years. In his time of touring and recording, he started businesses, ran a recording studio and produced records for other bands. He even worked in real estate. “So I was doing all this other stuff aside from being a full time onstage artist,” he said. See TEACH, Page 7

ban gets shot down By KATHRYN INGALL THE RED & BLACK

The final proposal of the Smoking Ban Committee was voted down by the Student Government Association’s Senate Tuesday. The final vote failed with 16 yes votes, 17 no votes and one abstention, though the committee will still present its findings to the administration. The final recommendation of the committee is to implement a ban of 50 feet from any building entrance and at bus stops. The proposal says the 50-foot ban would translate into a 25-foot ban in reality. “If you have a 10-foot ban and if you are 9 feet away from the door, it is very hard to say than if you have something like 50 feet,” said Gregory Locke, Franklin Senator. SMOKING SGA will host FORUM an event tonight where students When: Today, 8 will have the p.m. opportunity to Where: MLC 213 speak with the More Information: committee. “I apologize for Students will be this being rushed able to voice their like this — we opinions about the thought it would proposed ban have at least another month — but [the University’s administration] wanted it ASAP,” SGA Vice President Stephen Thompson said. He said University President Michael Adams asked for the committee report on Wednesday, but agreed to wait until next Monday. “The president of the University is going to make his own decision, but he’s come to us and he’s asked for the student perspective,” Thompson said. Some senators voiced reservations about acting on the ban so soon. “The first thing that worries me is the fact that we’re voting on this proposal tonight before we have student input,” said Franklin Senator Wells Ellenberg. “We get our legitimacy and we get our credibility because we provide rights to students. It really worries me that we’re now discussing taking rights away from students. Stripping rights from students is dangerous. I don’t feel that we have — as an organization have much to gain from this, but we have much to lose.” Ellenberg said the decision should be left to the administration. “If they choose to impose the ban, let them be the bad guys,” he said. Thompson responded. “Senator Ellenberg makes a very good point, but he also makes a very cowardly point,” he said. “Yes, they’re going to do what they want to do, but we’re going to voice the student opinion on this.” Two amendments proposed by Senator Wes Robinson to suggest police officers carry measuring tapes and to outline non-smoking areas in red paint were also defeated.

Athens’ groundhog emerges to predict spring By DANIEL CURRAN THE RED & BLACK Tired of wearing two jackets and shuffling across campus in a constant shiver? Hopefully Gus, Athens’ resident whistle pig, can help. As part of Groundhog Day, the Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail is conducting its annual celebration, featuring the main attraction, Gus the groundhog. “We’re going to use the particular fanfare of the day to get across our actual message, which is basically the stewardship and continual learning of our natural spaces, focusing mainly on our backyards,” said Clint Murphy, organizer of the event. “

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GROUNDHOG DAY When: Today from 9 - 11 a.m. Where: Bear Hollow Trail Price: Free The exhibit and presentation is as natural as possible, mimicking a natural “prediction” from the wild. “We’re not gonna take him and put a fez on him and make him ride a tricycle with an umbrella,” Murphy said. The zoo is expecting a large turnout of 200 or more to see if Gus pops out and sees his shadow. The main focus, of course, will be on the education of the groundhog itself. “Along with that, we’re also

REBOUND See how Georgia basketball plans to right the ship against Arkansas tonight on page 8.

Where’s Mikey? We still don’t know. We still haven’t gotten the schedule. If you have questions about where Mikey is, call the president’s office. They might know.

going to talk about the history of Groundhog Day, where it came from, where it got its roots,” Murphy said. People can expect to learn the various other nicknames of the groundhog, such as woodchuck and whistle pig, as well as some other interesting information about the animal. “Most people don’t understand that the southernmost range of the groundhog is north Athens,” Murphy said. “On the southern end of the loop you won’t see them, but on the northern [you will].” The fanfare will center around Gus’ enclosure, where everyone will wait in anticipation

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ALLY WHITE | The Red & Black

S Gus, the resident Bear Hollow groundhog, will make a much anticipated appearance today as he See GUS, Page 7 reveals whether spring will come early this year.

PROTESTS IN EGYPT Find out about the University’s relation to the situation in Egypt. Page 3 Variety ..................... 7 Sports ...................... 8

ON THE WEB What group can help you manage money? Look online to find out more. Crossword ............... 2 Sudoku .................... 7


NEWS

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Dean finalists announced Mentors needed By DALLAS DUNCAN THE RED & BLACK Thirty-eight applied, and now the number of candidates for the new Dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences has been whittled down to three. The search committee announced Tuesday that Linda Fox, Laurie Kramer and Jay Whelan would be vying for the position, which was vacated in September 2010 when Laura Jolly was named vice president for instruction at the University. “It’s very exciting,â€? said Kramer, the associate dean of academic programs and professor of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “I’ll be visiting campus ‌ and learning a lot more about the college and the campus, and hopefully they’ll be learning more about me.â€? Arthur Horne, dean of the College of Education and head of the search committee, said the 38 applicants were from a variety of areas, including agriculture, education and psychology, as well as family and consumer sciences. No one from the University KRAMER applied. “[The search committee] will be looking for the experience, leadership style and familiarity with a large land-grant university,â€? he said in an interview in January. The search committee, which includes representatives from each department in FACS as WHELAN well as students, met to review applications shortly before the semester began, Horne said. Fox is the associate dean and a professor in the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University, where she also serves as associ- FOX ate director of Extension. Kramer said she was a faculty member in the department of human and community development for more than 20 years and has been in the associate dean position for four years. Whelan is both the nutrition department head and a professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee.

FINALISTS ON CAMPUS Jay Whelan’s Seminar: Feb. 14 at 9:30-10:30 a.m. in 312 Dawson Hall

By ASPEN SMITH THE RED & BLACK

Laurie Kramer’s Seminar: Feb. 17 at 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center Linda Fox’s Seminar: Feb. 21 at 9:30-10:30 a.m. in 312 Dawson Hall

He said finalists found out about two weeks ago that they had made it to the next stage of the search process — presentations at the University detailing their background, vision and philosophy for FACS. Fox said she was excited to be considered for the position, and make it into the finalist round. “I hope my skills will help take the college to the next level of continued excellence,â€? she said. If he gets the position, Whelan said his first goal would be to sit down with department heads and administrators to review the college’s strategic plan. “I want to meet with students, faculty; let them know my job is to let them do their job,â€? Whelan said. Kramer expressed similar goals if she were to receive the position. “My first goal will be to listen carefully to everyone who has a role in the college,â€? she said. “I want to get input from faculty, students and alumni.â€? Fox said she visited the University on her own before submitting her application, but after the visit she knew she wanted to apply. “The quality of programs and reputation,â€? she said referencing why she wanted to come to the University. “Programs that I am passionate about serving ... I think it’s the focus at the University of Georgia that sets it apart. I think the University of Georgia pushes its students to be global citizens.â€? Though Whelan and Kramer had dif different reasons for wanting the position, both said the strength of the University and FACS as high contenders. “I had a wonderful career [at Illinois],â€? Kramer said. “I’m very attracted to the College of Family and Consumer Sciences ‌ It’s incredibly strong. I really like the focus of the college.â€? Whelan said he liked the similarities between the Tennessee and Georgia programs. “I’ve been department head for nine years,â€? he said. “I feel as though I developed the skills necessary to be a good department head and a good leader, and to also seamlessly fit in with the faculty at the University of Georgia.â€?

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When University student Jennifer Detwiler returned home from a summer abroad in Barcelona, she listened to eight voice mails from a “sassy� fourth-grader. The messages were from Taniya, a student at an elementary school in Athens and the young girl Detwiler has mentored for two years. “When I was gone, she would e-mail me from her school computer and tell me how much she missed me and how I’m the most important thing to her,� said Detwiler, a junior majoring in advertising.� The Clarke County Mentor Program was started with the intent to foster relationships between adult mentors and students. Because this January marked the 10th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, the Clarke County Mentor Program is actively recruiting volunteers — especially University students — to mentor students in the Clarke County School District. University students, such as junior Elizabeth Holmes, comprise 67 percent of the total number of volunteers. “As a 21-year-old UGA student, I never in my wildest dreams thought that the thing I would look forward to most on Friday afternoons would be driving across town to hang out with an 8-year-old,�

Courtesy Jennifer Detwiler

S Elizabeth Holmes (right), a junior broadcast news major, serves as a mentor to 8-year-old Kiasha (left). Holmes said. But the program is unable to serve all of the children on its waiting lists. The majority of volunteers are women, creating a greater need for male mentors, said Paula Shilton, director mentor program. “Just knowing that there is an adult who cares enough to listen and talk about their goals and play games does amazing things for a young person’s self-esteem,� Shilton said. Students interested in becoming a mentor must fill out the application on the program’s website, undergo a background check and attend a two-hour training session on either Feb. 8 or March 8.

CRIME NOTEBOOK ONLINE

Student charged with disorderly conduct, breaking Tanner Building windows Warrants were released Monday for a student charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass after breaking windows on the Tanner Building and yelling at police Sunday, according to a University Police report. Police approached William Howard Holloway, 22, at about 3 a.m. after an officer noticed Holloway standing shirtless in the road on Fulton Street and yelling obscenities at the officer’s passing vehicle, according to the report. The officer reported

Documents Holloway also threw what appeared to be a cell phone at his vehicle near the intersection of Fulton Street and Jackson Street. After approaching Holloway, the officer noticed the student was covered in blood and had a ripped shirt hanging around his waist, according to the report. The officer reported he noticed two shattered window panes on the Tanner Building and blood on the sidewalk beneath each pane. He also reported Holloway continued to yell at him

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and another student that Holloway had confronted earlier. The student told officers that Holloway had attacked him unprovoked, but had not injured him due to being heavily intoxicated. He also told officers that Holloway had punched one of the window panes and that the second pane was broken during a short scuffle. The student declined to press charges, according to the report. Other witnesses confirmed the version of events and provided written statements, according to the report. Holloway was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital. A Physical Plant official estimated the value of the damaged window panes to be $250, according to the report. Panhandling leads to barring notice Two men were barred from University property and campus transit after being reported for panhandling Monday, according to a University police report. Officers approached Jeffery Dennis Darrell and James Lawrence Moore at about 1 p.m. after an individual reported them for panhandling near Tate Plaza. The two men said they were asking for food and cigarettes, according to the report. Both men were barred from University property and campus transit for 90 days and were photographed, according to the report. — Compiled by Tiffany Stevens

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NEWS

Egypt’s protests hit home Student hears good news from family

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Can you point to Egypt on a map?

By DREW HOOKS THE RED & BLACK Thousands of people crossing a bridge, water tanks spraying protesters and cheering Egyptians shouting in the streets. These are the scenes that excite Mona Malacane, a senior psychology student from Roswell who is half Egyptian. Malacane said her mother is Egyptian and she still has four uncles and 16 first cousins living in Egypt. After the protests against Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak started, she began to get worried. “My initial concern was safety and looting,” she said. What was at first concern has turned into excitement after hearing from her relatives. “When I speak to them, they are very happy. The looting is very minimal and the fighting seen on the news is started by plainclothesmen who are under Mubarak,” Malacane said. “I’m not worried about their safety as much anymore. It’s so much different there since everyone takes care of each other.” Malacane said the American media has not been portraying the revolt in Egypt as it actually is. She said the media has displayed it as somber, though the people are actually celebrating. “All they want are these basic human rights and a government that will work for them,” Malacane said. She said in addition to democracy, one of the rights people are fighting for is access to employment. Malacane said people would have to go to government offices in order to get jobs prior to the protests. “They would have to pay first to get a job,” she said. “It was basically bribery. The people who pay the most get the job. That’s not how you should get a job.” Malacane said this and other methods, such as selling enormous tracts of land to foreign companies and neglecting the infrastructure, have been some of the ways Mubarak has been keeping money away from the populace. She supports the protests in Egypt because she said they are led by the people. “I think it’s amazing that the entire country is coming together to fight for the basic rights we take for granted,” she said. “It’s a happy time for the Egyptian people.”

Malacane said her whole family has been involved with the protests. “Three of my cousins are in Cairo marching,” she said. “One of my cousins is pregnant and she is marching.” Even Malacane and her mother are participating in making history. They attended a peaceful demonstration of solidarity in front of the CNN Center in Atlanta on Saturday. Malacane said the demonstration encouraged her mother about the situation in Egypt, and now she is talking about it to anyone who asks. “She is extremely happy about it,” she said. Malacane said her family in Egypt is supportive of the new military presence. “The military is for the people. They are against Mubarak,” she said. “The best scenario would have the military take over.” She refuted the claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has been the main instigator of the protests and said the Egyptian people do not support the Muslim Brotherhood. Malacane said one of the main problems during the protests has been the lack of communication with her family in Egypt after Mubarak ordered the Internet to be taken offline. “It’s so difficult. Regularly, I could Skype, Facebook and text,” she said. “Now, there’s no Internet.” Even though the cell phone services have been taken on and off connection throughout the protests, Malacane has been able to receive a few texts. “I got a random text from my cousin that said, ‘All is well. We’re very happy’,” she said. Malacane said foreign leaders calling for Mubarak’s resignation would be fruitless. “I don’t think any country can tell Mubarak what to do,” she said. “He should listen to his people.” Malacane said she was surprised to learn about how much money the United States gives to Egypt. “And it’s not going to the people,” Malacane said. “At CNN, there was this big picture of a man holding a tear gas can that said ‘Made in the USA.’ I didn’t know that.” Overall, Malacane said she is excited about what is happening. “Egypt is tired of it. Tunis is tired of it. And I guess now Jordan is tired of it,” she said. “It’s history. It’s really, really cool.”

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MAN ON THE STREET: Voices on Egypt There is more to Egypt than ancient pharaohs and pyramids. Of late, nearly every major newspaper headline and evening news discussion relates to Egypt. So what’s actually going on? Less than a week ago, Egyptian protesters began what many are calling “The 2011 Revolution.” Tunisia’s recent success to overthrow the president inspired Egyptians to begin a similar revolt. Egyptian President Honsi Mubarak’s 30 years of autocratic governance has led the nation to high unemployment, poverty and little political freedom for citizens.

EMILY JOHNSON freshman fashion merchandising major from Wilmington, N.C. “Something about the President? I heard there’s a crisis, but I’m not sure what it is because I don’t watch the news often.”

By DREW HOOKS THE RED & BLACK How much does that bottle of water really cost? Today, the Go Green Alliance and the Ecology club are teaming up to sponsor a Take Back the Tap event at Tate Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the event, there will be a Nalgene bottle giveaway, a tap/bottle water taste test and a petition for students to sign who are willing to give up bottled water and push to end the sale of bottled water on campus. The University Bookstore is also giving a 15 percent discount for the purchase of one of its reusable water bottles during the day in support of the event. Emily Karol, a senior journalism major from Marietta who is a cochair for Go Green Alliance and is a photographer and news writer for

TAKE BACK THE TAP When: Today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Tate Plaza More Information: The event will include a reusable water bottle giveaway, a water taste test, a petition and a waste audit of the MLC. The Red & Black, said the event is geared toward educating students about the effects of drinking bottled water. The event will feature a waste audit of the Miller Learning Center, which will show the amount of water bottles thrown in the trash that could have been recycled. When you buy bottled water, “you’re not just affecting the environment, you’re affecting politics, the social world and your wallet,” she said. Some think bottled water is a waste of both natural resources and money. “Tap water is less than a penny for a gallon,” said Kalle Cubitt, a junior environmental economics and

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junior biology major from Dacula “I know pretty much what’s on my Yahoo! homepage. Nothing specific, just quick reads.”

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“There’s some bombings. Only reason I know anything is because we prayed about it in church.”

“I hear there’s a lot of rioting, political disputes and checkpoints. I didn’t pay attention to the news at first but now I’m picking up on it.”

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sophomore criminal justice major from Dublin “There’s curfews and stuff. I don’t think what the government is doing is right, even if there is a revolt. It’s like telling freshmen not to drink, they’re still going to go downtown.”

Event will evaluate costs of bottled water Students promote sustainable option

The Egyptian government has not responded positively to protesters demanding impeachment, causing a wave of social and political unrest. Recently, the government blocked all Internet services in the country. Human rights advocates have reported approximately 300 deaths as a result of the protests, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Red & Black asked University students for their opinions on the situation in Egypt. — Deanna Mitchell

management major from Cumming who is an intern in the University’s Office of Sustainability. “You can fill it up every day for nine years and spend $1.25.” Karol also noted the high price of purchasing bottles of water instead of filling a reusable bottle or cup with water from a tap. “If a person is paying for bottled water, it is $465 a year,” Karol said. “It’s kind of ridiculous to pay so much more for something that is practically free.” Cubitt and Karol said this event is a kick-off program to educate students about the effects of drinking bottled water and ways to cut back on waste and costs through using refillable bottles. The event is also meant to lay the groundwork for support in asking the University to establish a system of water bottle refill stations and banning the sale of bottled water on campus. “We’re not crazy,” Cubbitt said. “This is not just five students. It’s a national movement. It would be great to see us at the forefront.”

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senior nutrition science major from Chattanooga, Tenn. “I know what’s going on because my home page is the New York Times and every day the headline relates to Egypt.”

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National Signing Day crucial for Bulldogs Regardless of what happens today, this recruiting class will go down as one of the better efforts of head coach Mark Richt’s tenure, especially coming off an extremely disappointing 6-7 season. For the first time in a while, the Georgia coaching staff has focused all its efforts on protecting the Bulldogs’ home turf first, and it’s paid off in a big way.

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AMARLO HERRERA, ILB Hometown: College Park High School: North Clayton Measureables: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Herrera is a physical inside linebacker that loves to hit and will bring some needed toughness to the teeth of the Georgia defense.

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QUINTAVIOUS HARROW, S Hometown: Columbus High School: Carver Measureables: 5-foot-10, 180 pounds; 2-star recruit At a glance: Harrow is the high school teammate of Isaiah Crowell that received an offer from Georgia late in the process. He possesses a great deal of speed but is undersized.

MALCOLM MITCHELL, CB/S Hometown: Valdosta High School: Valdosta Measureables: 6-foot-1, 190 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: The biggest question mark for Mitchell may be which side of the ball he plays on, as he figures to factor into the rotation immediately at wide receiver or in the secondary.

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NATHAN THEUS, snapper Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla. High School: The Bolles School Measureables: 6-foot-3, 252 pounds; 2-star recruit At a glance: Theus is considered one of the elite long snappers in the country, and it doesn’t hurt that his little brother is a five-star junior offensive tackle.

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Hometown: Rochelle High School: Wilcox County Measureables: 6-foot-2, 186 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Marshall is an athlete that could play multiple positions, but projects to cornerback. He should have little trouble making the transition to the defensive backfield.

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JAY ROME, TE Hometown: Valdosta High School: Valdosta Measureables: 6-foot-6, 240 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Regarded as one of the nation’s top tight ends, Rome is a talented pass catcher but needs to add weight to become a complete tight end.

Hometown: Griffin High School: Griffin Measureables: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Moore is a physical safety prospect that has all the tools, but will need to get stronger and put on weight at Georgia.

Hometown: Norcross High School: Wesleyan School Measureables: 6-foot-2, 276 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Andrews projects at the center position, where he can use his intelligence to make the offensive line calls, but needs to add weight before seeing the playing field.

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RAY DREW, OLB Hometown: Thomasville High School: Thomas County Central Measureables: 6-foot-5, 255 pounds; 5-star recruit At a glance: Drew is an explosive pass rusher that figures to factor into the outside linebacker rotation immediately and may even start as a true freshman.

Hometown: Griffin High School: Spaulding Measureables: 6-foot-5, 295 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Mayes is an athletic specimen, but has only been playing football for two years and will need to work on his technique before seeing the field at Georgia.

Hometown: Dallas High School: North Paulding Measureables: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Conley has all the tools and is the most likely of the wide receiver group to see the field as a true freshman.

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Hometown: Atlanta High School: Grady Measureables: 6-foot, 175 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Swann has great speed, perfect for cornerback, but is electric with the ball in his hands and will likely see time on both sides of the ball and be a factor in the return game.

Hometown: Gainesville High School: East Hall Measureables: 6-foot-4, 230 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Bailey could project at outside linebacker or defensive end in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme, depending on how much weight he adds. But either way, he’ll need to add strength.

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CHRIS SANDERS, S Hometown: Tucker High School: Tucker Measureables: 6-foot, 175 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Sanders is a blazing safety prospect that projects best at the free safety position, where he’ll need to add 15-20 pounds before he sees the playing field.

Hometown: Dalton High School: Dalton Measureables: 6-foot-7, 310 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Dantzler has collegeready size but needs to get stronger in the weight room before waging war in the trenches on the collegiate level.

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JUSTIN SCOTT-WESLEY, WR Hometown: Camilla High School: Mitchell County Measureables: 6-foot, 202 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Scott-Wesley is a track star that is widely regarded as the fastest player in the state, but he’ll need to work on his route running to see the field at Georgia.

Hometown: Rossville High School: Ridgeland Measureables: 6-foot, 175 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Bowman is blessed with tremendous change of direction that should allow the high school running back to make a quick transition to cornerback.

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XZAVIER WARD, OT Hometown: Moultrie High School: Colquitt County Measureables: 6-foot-7, 245 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Ward has the athletic, massive frame that colleges covet in offensive tackles, but he’ll need to put on a lot of weight before he ever sees the field.

Hometown: Matthews, N.C. High School: Butler Measureables: 6-foot-2, 190 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: This talented quarterback prospect didn’t play football his entire senior year after being suspended from his high school and will likely redshirt his freshman year.

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SANFORD SEAY, WR Hometown: Leesburg High School: Lee County Measureables: 6-foot-4, 200 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Seay was an unheralded prospect that received an offer from Georgia after blowing up his senior season with 1,180 yards receiving.

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Hometown: Memphis, Tenn. High School: Briarcrest School Measureables: 6-foot-4, 290 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Long is the brother of Georgia offensive tackle Austin Long, although Hunter projects best on the interior of the offensive line, likely as an offensive guard prospect.

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RAMIK WILSON, LB Hometown: Tampa, Fla. High School: Jefferson Senior Measureables: 6-foot-3, 228 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Wilson is an athletic linebacker prospect that could project inside or outside on the next level depending on Georgia’s needs.

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ZACH DeBELL, OT Hometown: Tarpon Springs, Fla. High School: Tarpon Springs Measureables: 6-foot-7, 265 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Debell is intense and has great athleticism and footwork for an offensive tackle but needs to put on weight.


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‘Dream Team’ two big-time prospects away from reality By TRAVIS RAGSDALE THE RED & BLACK Today, Georgia players and coaches will join each other for what they hope will be a joyous celebration of the recruiting success the Bulldogs have achieved this offseason. As it stands now Georgia has 23 committed prospects, two of which have enrolled early, leaving Georgia with room to add four to five more prospects to the “Dream Team” recruiting class. Head coach Mark Richt’s concept of signing a recruiting class full of the best players in the state of Georgia to form a socalled “Dream Team” seems to be paying dividends with the prospects of this class, but perhaps even more importantly with the high school coaches of the prospects as well. “I think it was a great idea,” said head football coach Matt Land of Dalton High School and coach of offensive line recruit Watts Dantzler. “It’s pretty clear that these guys are buying into the idea of coming to play for their home state. I think it will pay off in the years to come as well simply because other instate players are going to want to join with the great class Georgia has put together.” For the players themselves, the possibility of playing for their home-state school with other instate players was too much to pass up. “I like [the Dream Team]. Georgia boys are about to take the country by storm,” said fourstar cornerback Damian Swann of Atlanta. If Georgia is able to sign the final players on its board today, then the 2011 class would compare favorably to the 2006 class, which would eventually lead Georgia to a No. 2 final national ranking as well as a victory in the Sugar Bowl. The 2006 class included the likes of Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, Asher Allen and Reshad Jones; all of which are now playing in the NFL. Rivals.com national recruiting expert Barry Every said he feels the recruiting class put together thus far can be successful, and there are several players he said he believes will see the field right away. “I would say Corey Moore because he is ideal for kick coverage and is willing to hit and either Ramik Wilson or Amarlo Herrera,” Every said. “Georgia is in need of some tough jokers to bounce around between the tackle box and make plays. They should also excel on kick coverages.” Other likely immediate gamechangers will include recently committed defensive end Ray Drew and Malcolm Mitchell, who could play wide receiver or cornerback in Athens. Every said he believes that Mitchell can help Georgia win games this year if he sticks with one position. “I would not be jerking this kid around,” Every said. “Stick with either WR or DB and maybe kick or punt return. Then if he excels at his main position maybe let him see the other side of the ball.” But it’s two players yet to make decisions — Isaiah Crowell and John Jenkins — that Every said he believes could be the biggest factors for Georgia if they end up deciding to don the red and black. “Georgia’s biggest holes this past season were along the defensive front and at tailback,” he said. “It became pretty clear early on that they were going to address those issues this off-season. If Georgia does land Crowell and Jenkins, it will be a step in the right direction.” Another hole Georgia has sought to address is along the offensive front, where it already have five offensive lineman committed and are waiting to hear from massive left tackle prospect Antonio Richardson of Nashville, Tenn. “They need offensive lineman badly in my opinion, so Richardson would add some needed depth and improves the chances of someone in this class making an impact early in their careers,” Every said. Even if Georgia strikes out on all its remaining prospects today, which is extremely unlikely, but signs everyone it already has committed, Richt and the staff will have put themselves into a position to win right away, something that has been missing from Athens for the past several years. “With the class we put together, we want to make a dynasty,” linebacker Amarlo Herrera said. “We want to win everything — SEC, National Championship. We got the players now, but we just got to all get to campus and work hard this summer.”

$%#)3)/.3 $%#)3)/.3 ISAIAH CROWELL, RB Hometown: Columbus High School: Carver Measureables: 6-foot, 215 pounds; 5-star recruit At a glance: Crowell can make an im-

mediate difference for Georgia and has drawn comparisons to South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore. He could be Georgia’s most important signature in years. Chances he’ll be a Dog: Crowell’s long-awaited decision is down to two schools: Alabama and Georgia. With his cousin and teammate Quintavious Harrow committed and a gaping hole at running back, it’s hard to imagine Crowell not ending up in Athens. Announcement time: Today at 1:30 p.m.

JOHN JENKINS, DT Hometown: Perkinston, Miss. Previous School: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Measureables: 6-foot-4, 340 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Jenkins is the massive

space-eater up the middle that Todd Grantham needs for his 3-4 defense to be successful and could be a huge difference-maker as a freshman. Chances he’ll be a Dog: Jenkins visited four schools, but brought his mom on only one visit: Georgia. The Georgia coaches have made it readily apparent how much he is needed, and it’d be a surprise if went elsewhere. Announcement time: Saturday, Feb. 5

JEOFFREY PAGAN, DE Hometown: Asheville, N.C. High School: Asheville Measureables: 6-foot-4, 270 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Pagan is one of the

country’s top defensive end prospects, but he tore his ACL during his senior season, which caused some schools to back off. Chances he’ll be a Dog: Pagan previously committed to Florida, then later Clemson, and now it looks as if he will land at either Alabama or Georgia on signing day. Whoever he ultimately selects won’t feel secure until the ink is dry on his letter of intent. Announcement time: Today at 9 a.m.

ANTONIO RICHARDSON, OT Hometown: Nashville, Tenn. High School: Pearl-Cohn Measureables: 6-foot-6, 310 pounds; 4-star recruit At a glance: Physically, Richardson

looks ready to play right away, with the type of size offensive line coaches covet. But he’ll need to work on his footwork and technique. Chances he’ll be a Dog: Richardson is set to decide between Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee. But it should be tough to pull him out of the Volunteer State. Announcement time: Today at 10 a.m.

KENT TURENE, ILB Hometown: Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. High School: Boyd H. Anderson Measureables: 6-foot-2, 235 pounds; 3-star recruit At a glance: Turene has a college-

level ready body and looks tailor-made for one of the two inside linebacker positions in Georgia’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Chances he’ll be a Dog: Turene decommitted from Southern California, but could still choose the Trojans over Georgia and Nebraska, who are also vying for his signature on signing day. Announcement time: Unknown

THE WHAT-IFs It’d be considered a huge upset, and major surprise on the national landscape, if Georgia didn’t get both Isaiah Crowell and John Jenkins. The need is immediate for both and the signatures of the two would push Georgia into the top five in the country, if not the top three. Any others after those two would be simply icing on Mark Richt’s National Signing Day cake, as Crowell and Jenkins would fill the Bulldogs’ two biggest voids. The Georgia coaching staff has gone all in on both and appear poised to sign both. However, if Georgia did somehow miss on both, Georgia fans and coaches would undoubtedly walk away from this class with a bitter taste in their mouth, despite the strength of the remainder of the Dream Team.

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RANK ’EM Georgia’s recruiting class unanimously ranks among the top 10 in the country and could move into the top five if Isaiah Crowell and John Jenkins decide Athens is where they want to spends their college years. Either way, this class is poised to become the best class for head coach Mark Richt since 2006. Here’s how the recruiting experts have ranked the top 10 recruiting classes this year:

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Protesters demand Egypt’s president resign ... and students don’t really care Name the president of Egypt... Hosni Mubarak. Lucky guess? On this campus — absolutely. After riots in Tunisia overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, revolts against oppressive leaders spread to ... you guessed it: Egypt. Why the condescension from the editorial board? Why the annoyance and anger? Well, today’s “Man on the Street” sought University students’ thoughts on the Egypt situation. Some students were aware. Others prayed about it in church. Still others made vague comments about bombs. But most knew nothing. This is not acceptable. The protest against Mubarak is one of the most important events in the history of Egyptian and American foreign policy. Many human rights’ organizations consider Mubarak a dictator. Yet, the United States has aligned itself with this man for three decades. U.S. leaders see Egypt as the major player in negotiations for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These protests have shaken American diplomatic relations with the Middle East. And believe it or not, this does affect students. We live in this country. We pay taxes. Some of us even vote. As we saunter through college, preparing for reality, we must remember who we are: The youth. That’s right. We’re that group politicians disdain, businesses ignore and grandparents coddle. We are a stereotype — lazy, selfish and uninvolved. If we continue to act in accordance with stereotypes, we will never be taken seriously. We will be forever known as those “kids.” The protests in Egypt are filled with active young people leading the charge against oppression. These youthful Egyptians are taking control of their country’s future. American youth must follow in their footsteps. We must pay attention to the events that shape our lives and homeland. It’s time to grow up. — Courtney Holbrook for the editorial board

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Smoking ban has no real legitimacy It’s great to see that the Student Government Association finally accepts that its “all-campus ban” was “unrealistic.” Better yet, it only took them the better part of a semester to reach this conclusion. The problem is that in acknowledging their naiveté in trying to ban smoking everywhere on campus, SGA has forfeited all claims to relevance or legitimacy in passing it. The idea that smoking shouldn’t be permitted within a certain radius of a building entrance is neither new nor particularly impactful. I don’t foresee any place on campus radically changing if SGA decides to ban smoking near doorways (except the walkway outside Jittery Joe’s). In making the ban only “partial,” SGA highlights its enforcement’s essential lack of necessity. A partial ban means that campus cops will need to use discretion to determine if a smoker was smoking too close to a doorway. Why is this necessary? Is there nothing more worthwhile that these cops could be doing than analyzing the specifics of an act anyone over 18 is

legally allowed to do? If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. JASON LONGORIA Sophomore, Alpharetta English and psychology

HOPE funds saved by an income cap Joshua Delaney and Corey T. Boone (“HOPE decisions need student input,” Feb. 1), among others, issue the common proclamation that HOPEdeserving students shouldn’t “have to go into debt” when paying for college. Yet nowhere in their list of suggestions is the dreaded income cap. If HOPE is designed to save the money of gifted students, why are we paying for those who had the foresight to choose wealthy parents? And more importantly, why are the lottery participants (i.e. the poor) paying for them? An income cap would not only save money, but would be more morally acceptable. A tier system related to income is a decent idea, with more funds going to those with less. Let’s give help to those who need it. ALAN REESE Senior, Savannah Music performance and music theory

Veganism a healthy dieting option M

y college years were filled with culinary indulgence. I was about eight pounds heavier than usual, my skin didn’t look great and my energy levels were way down. So I decided to make a change. I went vegan. And maybe you should as well ... It’s been a month. So far I’ve dropped five pounds, my skin has cleared up and I’m more energized. No surprise there. This is coming from a person who was eating about 90 percent of her meals out and whose second favorite food is — or was — cheese dip with a side of beer. I’m sure other college students with low budgets and high stress understand. Surprisingly, the diet switch hasn’t felt like much of an adjustment. Some people have warned me eating a vegan diet is more expensive. But the money I’ve saved staying in and pouring four different canned veggies and some beans in a pot has been huge. I did a few calculations. I was spending around $100 a week eating and drinking out. That’s a little less than half my monthly budget. But $60 at the grocery store will last me at least two weeks. People — moms — worried I wouldn’t be getting the proper amounts of protein, calcium and B12. But it all comes down to preparation. I make sure to have protein (beans mostly) in every meal, and I’ve replaced Diet Coke with calci-

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Athens Vegan Options UÊ Espresso Royale UÊ Earth Fare UÊ Big City Bread UÊ Clocked UÊ The Globe um-enriched orange juice. I’m taking a multivitamin every morning for whatever else I’m missing. But remember, should you decide to eat this way — there’s a difference between a vegan diet and a “being vegan” lifestyle. Being vegan is much more than cutting dairy, eggs and meat out of your diet. Some vegans have objections to consuming yeast. Others don’t use honey because bees produce it. Some people avoid goods made in factories that are not vegan friendly, according to Barnivore.com. Honestly, I don’t know what sort of life yeast is and I am not sure what bees use honey for — but I’m

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HOPE the deciding factor in college choice

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OPE. That word has been a driving force in my academic efforts. After all, it’s paid for my tuition and part of my books. As a high school senior, the one thing on my mind was having a 3.0 so that I could get the HOPE Scholarship. Without it, Athens and this University would never have been on my radar. The difference in cost of tuition for the University versus Macon State College was more than my parents could afford. In fall 2007 the cost of the University’s tuition and fees was more than $2,000 a semester. Macon State’s semester cost was $1,130. My family had already experienced the cost of tuition without HOPE when my older sister lost her eligibility after her sophomore year. I saw how difficult it was for her. I did not want to experience that stress. So, I used HOPE as a motivator. I made the grades necessary to follow my dreams to attend the University and become a journalist. HOPE and the lottery made it possible. Now, our beloved pro-

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learning. When you consider consumption, it’s much more than what goes in your mouth. One friend asked if I was going to give up my birthday present, a leather jacket. Another wondered what my favorite boots were made of. I haven’t made up my mind about beer or honey. I still have an unfortunate amount of leather accessories. So I’m not calling myself “vegan.” And I’m really OK with that. You can be too. Sure, some people see veganism as an extreme way of life, full of pretension and malnourished hippies. I don’t believe eating a vegan diet makes me better than others. All I know is I feel full, healthy and happy each day. I’m not doing this perfectly, and I don’t think a vegan diet is for everyone. But if you’ve considered it and thought it would be too difficult or time consuming or expensive, I’ll tell you: it’s really not. The cultural implications that come along with attending the “Vegan Academy” don’t have to be radical if you don’t want them to be. I’m just a baby vegan dieter reaching out to let you know a busy college student can pull this off. Go for it. A friend’s mom once asked me: “What can you even eat as a vegan? Beans and grass?” Yes, ma’am — and they’re delicious.

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The HOPE Scholarship gave us hope — pun absolutely intended — that a college education was possible. It also made it easy for me to take the benefits for granted. It has always been there. I assumed it always would be. I didn’t pay attention. I thought I wasn’t affected. But I am. As are all students in the state of Georgia. I can offer no solid solutions. The Red & Black editorial board has suggested alcohol excise taxes (“Raise your glasses,” Feb. 1). Others have suggested raising the mandatory GPA from the 3.0. Still others want to reinstate the income cap, which would make the program need-based. But I do not believe cuts and changes will alleviate all the stresses placed on the program. All I can do is hope HOPE won’t be stripped away. Myself — and many others — would not be here without it. — Abbey Joris is a senior from Macon majoring in newspapers

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Co-workers join forces to perform at 40 Watt By ELAINE KELCH THE RED & BLACK What reads like the logline of an indie comedy, or the synopsis of a hipster’s dream, is in fact a description of Athens Business Rocks, a benefit for Nuçi’s Space: co-workers band together to form just that, a band. Beginning tonight and running through Friday, 26 bands composed of employees from 33 Athens-area businesses will perform at the 40 Watt. “[Athens Business Rocks] is the evolution of an event that was done for us a few years ago when a few downtown bars and restaurants got together for a battle of the bands and they raised the money and gave it us,” said Bob Sleppy, executive director of Nuçi’s Space. “When that wasn’t going to happen again we thought, ‘let’s open it up to any business.’” Announced just a month ago, Sleppy isn’t surprised by the number of eager participants, but is intrigued by the variety of businesses participating. “The feedback has been really positive so far. Everybody from banks to Flagpole, who’s always been a big supporter, is coming out.” Sleppy said. “It’s kinda cool that Athens First [Bank & Trust] has a band; you don’t really think of bankers as rockstars.” Joining Flagpole and Athens First Bank & Trust are 31 very different, though uniformly enthusiastic, businesses including venues such as 40 Watt and Caledonia, restaurants such as Mama’s Boy and Transmetropolitan, art studios, retail stores and service-oriented businesses such as Epting Events and D&D Heating & Air Conditioning. “The kind of camaraderie that comes with this sort of event, playing with your co-workers, is just great,” Sleppy said. “What we really wanted was to bring businesses and the music community together, they’re so interdependent on each other. We want to raise awareness through a music event and in a very public way.” For Sleppy, as well as Nuçi’s Space, raising awareness of and respect for depression and mental illness, specifically within the music community, is its mission. And although Nuçi’s Space takes its role in fulfilling that mission quite seriously, it doesn’t prevent its fundraising and community efforts from being lighthearted. Take Athens Business Rocks as an example. “It’s all about having fun and it’s all cover songs.” Sleppy said. “It’s not a talent competition and we don’t get into the job of telling people if their music is good or bad. So we encourage all bands to pick names related to their work or some other theme.” Bel-Jean Copy & Print Center, who Sleppy said “has been really good about raising money,” has embraced the call for a creative play on their business’ nature in naming their band 80# Cougar. “We’re going to be playing sort of glam rock from the ’70s in the U.K.,” Jason NeSmith, a Bel-Jean employee, said. “[80# Cougar] is a type of paper, but it also works on so many levels — all of them pretty lowbrow.” NeSmith, who also plays guitar for Athens-based Casper & the Cookies, credits word-of-mouth as the means through which he found out about

ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS What: Athens Business Rocks Where: 40 Watt When: Tonight, Thursday and Friday; 8 p.m. Price: $5 at the door More Information: Donations, a.k.a votes, on behalf of bands can be given at athensbusinessrocks.com. All proceeds benefit Nuçi’s Space.

PARTICIPANTS Wednesday: Waffle House, Sunshine Cycles, Flagpole Magazine, Wisevest/ White Systems/Classic Installations/ Auto Max, Musicians Warehouse, Caledonia Lounge, Smith & Goff LLC/ ACC School District, Hot Breath Glass Studio/L Marie Adams Inc./Ware Tutoring Thursday: The Red Zone, D&D Heating & Air Conditioning, Thrasher Photography & Design, Mama’s Boy, Hendershot’s Coffee/Jittery Joes Tasting Room, Partner Software, Baxendale Guitar, Bel-Jean, Transmetropolitan Friday: Epting Events, Athens First Bank& Trust, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Partner Software, 40 Watt, TSAV, PaechMac, Volo Trading Inc., Nuçi’s Space Athens Business Rocks, and knowing how many of his co-workers play, the decision to enter Bel-Jean in the event was immediate. “We’ve had three practices and I think we’re ready,” NeSmith said. “I’m curious to see what [Flagpole’s] McCommunists sound like.” But behind all the fun of the event, Athens Business Rocks is a benefit for Nuçi’s Space. For the bands, however, soliciting votes has gotten as creative as their name and music choices. “We have a Facebook event set up and we’ve made band stickers and even have a donation jar set up right on the counter at Bel-Jean,” NeSmith said. “And we have sold quite a few of the stickers as a matter of fact.” Each of the performances will be judged on five criteria: showmanship, creativity, badassness, attendance and fundraising. The first three carry a max of 10 earned points, judged by a collection of Athens ‘celebrities’ including musician Patterson Hood. The latter two rely on the businesses’ promotional efforts and are therefore unlimited in the number of points possible to earn. The leader board will be updated online daily through Feb. 19. NeSmith is eager for Bel-Jean to take the top spot. “We’re No. 2,” he playfully said. “We’ve got to find some way to dethrone Volo Trading, Inc.” With the response Athens Business Rocks has garnered before taking to the stage, it is not too early to anticipate the event being an annual tentpole of Nuçi’s Space’s calendar. “What’s unique about Athens is that there’s so many players in this town,” Sleppy said. “You could be at the bank and the guy behind the desk, the teller, could play guitar.”

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GUS: Program hopes to educate ¢From Page 1 for the groundhog to come out. “They’ll talk to Gus, and they’re gonna see what his prognostication is — whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of winter, or is winter about to end,” Murphy said. The first mentioning of Groundhog Day was in a journal entry dated February 5, 1841 by James Morris. It has since spawned celebrations nationwide, including the most famous of all groundhogs, Punxsutawney Phil, who was featured in the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. Residents in

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8 | Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | The Red & Black

SPORTS

Bulldogs look to play ‘better basketball’ after losses By MITCH BLOMERT THE RED & BLACK The Georgia men’s basketball team is hoping a new week means a new identity on the court. And that goes for everyone — not just two or three starters. The Bulldogs (14-6, 3-4) visit Arkansas tonight hoping to snap a two-game skid after dropping contests to Florida and Kentucky last week. Scoring slumps by key players hindered Georgia’s offensive production in both losses. “I felt like both Florida and ourselves might have our hands full over the weekend because it was such a slugfest during the week, so that one didn’t really surprise me,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said. “I just thought we both might have a little bit of a hangover from a mid-week

GEORGIA VS. ARKANSAS When: Tonight at 9 Where: Fayetteville, Ark. More Information: The contest will air on CSS. game.” The offensive deficiencies were uncharacteristically low Saturday, when top scorers Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie were limited to a combined 14 points and couldn’t find the net when Georgia tried to steal a win with a late rally at Kentucky. Thompkins, who averages 17.1 points per game, was doubleteamed on nearly every possession and had a season-low nine points while going 2-for-10 from the field. Leslie fared even worse, shooting 0-for-7 and finishing

with five points. “We had a chance to win in the last six or seven minutes, and neither one of them played well,” Fox said. In last Tuesday’s loss against Florida, Gerald Robinson was the starter with the poor offensive performance, scoring only seven points while turning the ball over six times. With the Bulldogs still vying for a NCAA Tournament berth, wins are becoming more crucial every week, and their FOX starting five will need to score consistently the rest of the regular season. And the team cannot afford for Thompkins, Leslie or Robinson to have bad nights. That case is especially impor-

tant against an inspired Arkansas (14-6, 4-3) team that has won its last two games after upending No. 23 Vanderbilt on Saturday, and is undefeated at home. “We just have to go back to playing better basketball,” said Dustin Ware, the only starter to hit double figures in both losses last week. “The big thing is that we just have to get back to just playing hard and playing as a unit.” But unlike last week’s blunders against division opponents, Georgia has played well against the SEC West this season, going 2-0 with a road win over Ole Miss and a victory at home against Mississippi State. As a result, winning against

the West may be the Bulldogs’ best — and only — chance to improve their SEC standings. “They are important because they still count in the standings the same,” Fox said. “The thing about Arkansas is they are undefeated at home, having a good year and have a good team, and it is a good chance for a good quality win.” Regardless, though, the Bulldogs are well aware that their tournament life is on the line and their margin for error has slowly diminished. “You want to win them all but you definitely want the games you don’t get a second crack at,” Ware said. “You want to go ahead and take care of business and just come out and play hard against all of them and get as many wins as you can.”

Gray set to transfer to be near his home By NICK PARKER THE RED & BLACK Georgia quarterbackturned-wide receiver Logan Gray will transfer for his final season of eligibility after graduation in May, Georgia announced Tuesday. Gray will graduate with a speech communications degree and will pursue a master’s degree closer to his GRAY home in Columbia, Mo. Gray considered transferring last spring after he wasn’t awarded the starting quarterback job but was convinced to stay and moved to wide receiver. He finished with just nine catches on the season.


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