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Congress may repeal plan By WILL BROWN THE RED & BLACK Ryan Johnston didn’t vote for President Barack Obama in 2008, and he probably won’t support him in 2012. But Johnston does recognize he is one of many young adults benefitting from Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to repeal Obama’s health care law. The repeal is not expected to reach a Senate vote. “Given my financial situation as an intern, it would be impossible for me to buy my own health insurance,” he said. “Being able to stay on my parents’ plan has let me keep personal costs low.” Johnston, a 2010 graduate, interns at a marketing firm. Though he is paid, he lacks benefits such as health insurance. Starting in September, though, the health care law allowed Johnston to remain on his parents’ health insurance plan. The provision allows people under 26 to remain on their parents’ insurance as long as they are not eligible for health care through their employer. A 2009 Commonwealth Fund report found 13 million Americans between the ages of 19 and 29 — roughly one out of three — were uninsured. As a result, lawmakers tried to aim the health care law at young Americans. Other options for young adults include health insurance exchanges that offer a variety of plans. In 2014, people making less than $43,000 may be eligible for tax credits to help purchase insurance. The provisions aim to reduce the number of uninsured. But Johnston said he thinks the law will cost more than it’s worth. Jamie Jordan, chairman of the College Republicans, said he agrees. “Anything that the government passes that adds to the debt puts a burden on us,” Jordan said. “I want to find solutions for problems without creating more problems.”

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S Tom Jacobs, a University graduate student, demonstrates various plants in Wayne Parrott’s lab located in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics. The lab focuses on several genetic engineering projects.

Genetically modified food at ‘center’ of debate By DALLAS DUNCAN | THE RED & BLACK Editor’s note: This is part one of a twopart series about genetically modified organism research at the University. Part two will continue next week with legislation concerning GMOs. We begin with part one and the questions surrounding the GMO debate. Some call it frankenfood. Others call it playing God. But at the core of the matter, genetically modified food and crops are at the center of a debate between government, science and humanity. “You get a variety of plant that says ‘new and improved’ — we’re the people who make new and improved plants,” said Wayne Parrott, a professor in the crop and soil sciences department. “From an academic perspective, a [genetically modified organism] is any of the plants that have been new and improved over the past century or so. From a sort of popular perception and media perception, a GMO is a plant that has become new and improved not by traditional methods but by splicing a new gene into it.” There is a fine line between traditional breeding and gene splicing technology, Parrott said. “Traditional breeding is normally within a species,” he said. “You find one toma-

TERMINOLOGY UÊ}i˜ïV>Þʓœ`ˆvˆi`ʜÀ}>˜ˆÃ“Ê (GMO): an organism that has had its genetic makeup altered UÊVÀœÃÃLÀii`ˆ˜}: the act of mixing different species to produce a hybrid UÊ}i˜iÊ돈Vˆ˜}\ the isolation of a gene from one organism and introduction of the gene into the DNA of another organism to that you like but maybe it’s not sweet enough … you find one that’s sweet enough and you cross the two together so that in the progeny you’re going to find one that has everything you had before but you brought in the extra sweetness.” Parrott said there are a variety of traits that can be bred into new plants via traditional crossbreeding — mating two different types of an organism — including color, maturity date and insect resistance. However, traditional breeding methods are useless when a desired trait is not

found in the plant species at all. “If the trait is not in the tomato, we’ve got to go elsewhere to get the trait. And that’s where gene splicing comes into play,” Parrott said, adding “elsewhere” could include a microbe, bacterium or virus. “You just take the one gene out of the bacterium … and you splice that gene into the tomato.” Gene splicing is the process of removing a gene from one species and inserting it into another. There are two common ways to perform a gene splice, both of which involve work at a single-cell level, Parrott said. The first way is to literally shoot the gene into a cell. The second involves using a bacterium that causes galls, or abnormal growths, on plants. “[The bacterium] naturally got the ability to transfer its own DNA into plants,” Parrott said. “We stick the gene into the bacterium DNA and then when it tries to form a gall in the plant, it sticks in the DNA that we added.” Parrott’s lab, located in the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, focuses on several different genetic engineering projects, most of them on soybeans. He collaborates occasionally with Michael Adang, a professor in the See SCIENCE, Page 2

Gym Dog injuries put team in ‘bad spot’ By ROBBIE OTTLEY THE RED & BLACK

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S Kat Ding, who suffered a foot injury last year, has returned, and her uneven bars routine has been critical to the Gym Dogs’ success.

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Over the past two seasons, Georgia gymnasts have begun to resemble the cast of “Survivor.” Last year, injuries played a major role in foiling the Gym Dogs’ quest for a sixth consecutive national championship. Junior Kat Ding suffered an injury during warm-ups for the crucial NCAA Regional, and after an ankle sprain late last season sophomore Shayla Worley returns to the lineup this season. And every week, it seems like another Gym Dog is getting voted out of the gym — be it freshman


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Kaylan Earls, who is redshirting the season after rupturing her Achilles tendon late last month; sophomore Kati Breazeal, who rolled her ankle prior to Saturday’s competition; or junior Gina Nuccio, who has been fighting a herniated disc and will sit out Friday’s meet against Auburn after an ankle sprain against West Virginia. “When those kinds of things happen, you throw your hands up and you go, ‘At some point it’s gotta stop,’” said head coach Jay Clark, who has described his team’s struggles with injury as “almost comical.” But even before the sea-

son began, Clark recognized his team’s propensity for injury, and has adapted the gymnasts’ training accordingly. Clark has been careful not to push his team beyond its breaking point due to the slew of injuries. “If we have a rash of injuries, we could get in a bad spot quick. So rather than risk a lot of extra difficulty in our routines, we’ve tried to do an adequate amount of difficulty, but to go as clean as possible,” Clark said last November. “We’ve got enough difficulty to be competitive with anybody in the country. What we don’t have is the luxury of


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being able to lose any of those people.” Already, the team’s performances are affected by the specter of injury. Floor exercises were the Gym Dogs’ worst event in Saturday’s meet against Utah, and the team’s difficulty on that apparatus led to the narrow tenth-of-apoint loss. Though Clark recognized his team’s failure to perform its best Saturday, he pointed out that Georgia has trained less on floor in hopes of lowering the chance of injury. “We didn’t have the health issues on last year’s

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SCIENCE: Consumers skeptical about genetically altered crops ¢From Page 1 entomology department, whose research on Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, helped create such genetically modified plants as RoundUp! Ready cotton and soybeans, marketed by Monsanto. “They’re both very different — I don’t know if you can really compare them,â€? said Scott Angle, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, discussing Parrott and Adang. “But they’re both on the forefront of this argument, of ‘are GMO crops something useful or not?’â€? Unanswered questions Essentially, Angle said, what the GMO argument boils down to is a deceivingly simple question of risk assessment. “Herbicides we know have risks associated with them and can quantify those risks, versus a GMO where we can’t generally find any risk,â€? he said. “The main argument always used against them is ‘you don’t know what you don’t know.’ And that’s true. We can’t study questions that we haven’t asked yet.â€? It’s these unasked — and, consequently, unanswered — questions that raises consumers’ skepticism on the subject. One of the main concerns consumers have with GMOs is how they will affect human health, Angle said. “Basically, there’s no study of the longterm health effects of GMOs,â€? said Kayla Calhoun, a senior from Colquitt. “We’re basically just a giant science experiment.â€? Those who are pro-GMO, including Parrott and Angle, say the blame for public confusion and misinformation lies with both the industry and the media. Angle said he once hosted an annual GMO symposium with the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA eventually ended the event, which was intended to include the public in the communication surrounding GMOs. “They decided that this information was too complex and confusing to the public,â€? Angle said. “And while it is com-

plex, the alternative of doing nothing just allowed the anti-GMO groups to get the upper hand.â€? Parrott said much of the information about GMOs disseminated to the public includes studies that were later proven to be erroneous in method or in results. “There have been incredible amounts of tests done on [GMOs] and they’re as safe as non-GMO foods,â€? he said. “One out of every 100 studies shows something adverse, and we have to go in and see if there is something adverse because there is something adverse, or if there was something wrong with the study. And thus far, there’s always been something wrong with the study.â€? The primary red flags can include the researcher not feeding animals what she said she did, or using small sample sizes. There are even unanswered questions about the future of GMO research. “The next wave of our ability to feed people in this world is going to come from GMO crops,â€? Angle said. “There may be some new traditional plant genetics, but ultimately the answer is growing more food per acre in areas of the world where they don’t have a lot of resources ‌ In third-world countries, GMO crops will be the savior if they have any hope at all.â€? Who will develop these new GM crops? China, according to Parrott and Angle. And why not the U.S.? “They seem to have fewer regulations about research than we do and they have plenty of money,â€? Angle said. Parrott called the future of GMOs in the U.S. “very bleak.â€? “Right now, Secretary of Agriculture [Tom] Vilsack is going away from sciencebased regulatory policies ‌ and it’s setting a very bad precedent,â€? he said. “Once you’ve shown testing, there’s nothing to be gained by repeating the same test 100 times ‌ It has set us back 10 years and they’re sending us back every day that goes by.â€? The question of sustainability Angle said a recent debunked study








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eral impacts on the environment,� he said. He said he believes GMOs and organics can coexist in the agriculture industry. “In the organics industry, they’re opposing us and I never figured out why because they’re really very compatible technologies,� Parrott said. According to the National Organic Program, organic farms can have levels of GMOs up to 5 percent of Environmental Protection Agency levels, Parrott said. “NOP is very clear that non-intentional presence of GMO does not impact your GMO status,� he said. “So the claim that ‘I’m going to get pollen from them and then I’m going to lose my organic certification’ is completely bogus.� Shannon Lawrence, a 2010 alumna who now serves as the instructional resources project manager for the CTAE Resource Network, may not agree completely with Parrott, but she can see the two types of agriculture meshing. “I don’t think it’s an either or, I think it should be a blending,� she said. “But I don’t think that people in power are ready to accept organic or accept raw milk or accept things that aren’t going to be money makers.�

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was about the relationship between monarch butterflies and GM crops. “We looked and the data first showed that we were killing off monarch butterflies, but once the experiment was repeated we found serious mistakes,â€? he said. “But that study was picked up around the world and people said we shouldn’t use GM crops because we killed off monarch butterflies. But the study wasn’t true.â€? Angle said the real unanswered question in terms of sustainability involves microorganisms scientists might not even know exist yet. “That’s when the questions get more difficult to answer,â€? he said. Calhoun said there are some potential benefits in GMOs, but is unsure whether these outweigh the unknown costs. “I guess you could argue for environmental benefits, because they use less pesticides and herbicides, but you can do that anyway and not have to have GMO seeds,â€? she said. Parrott is a strong proponent of GMOs as a way to sustainable agriculture. “If you look at biotech crops, they use a lot less water, and we’re limited for water. They use a lot less fuel ‌ they use a lot less insecticides, which has a lot of collat-


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University student Brett McClain Epstein, 21, was charged with DUI and center lane violation Tuesday night, according to a University police report. Epstein’s vehicle was reportedly traveling 52 mph in a 35 mph zone on Milledge Avenue. The officer reportedly stopped Epstein’s vehicle and noticed a “moderate odor commonly associated with alcoholic beverages coming from the vehicle.� When asked if he had been drinking, Epstein said no, according to the report.

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stated the breathalyzer would give either a positive or negative reading for alcohol, not an exact BAC. University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said the BAC machine at the station — which Epstein declined to use after arrested — is the only reading that could used in court. The portable device used by the officer on Epstein would be invalid for an exact BAC. “The test in the field does give a number, but the officer can only testify in court if they were positive or negative for alcohol,� Williamson said. “The machine just substantiates.� After blowing into the breathalyzer, Epstein was charged and arrested, according to the report. “It was a bad decision. People shouldn’t do it,� Epstein told The Red & Black. After the arrest, the officer reportedly searched Epstein’s vehicle and found “a partially emptied box of Bud Light beers, a container of vodka approximately one-third full and a container of dark liquor less than full.� — Compiled by Adina Solomon

CORRECTIONS Wednesday’s story “SGA proposes revisions for tailgating restrictions� incorrectly stated the SGA elections timeline had changed. However, the timeline stands as Feb. 23-March 3. The Red & Black is committed to journalistic excellence and providing the most accurate news possible. Contact us if you see an error, and we will do our best to correct it. Editor-in-Chief: Mimi Ensley (706) 433-3027 Managing Editor: Rachel G. Bowers (706) 433-3026

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Artist grateful for HBO show A JACE EVERETT

By ELAINE KELCH THE RED & BLACK HBO saved Jace Everett’s career, and he is in no way shy about admitting that. “My career was out on cinderblocks in the front yard when [True Blood] happened,” Everett, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter, said. Everett’s song “Bad Things” carries the opening credits of the HBO hit show that stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. For Everett, “True Blood” has done more than give him airtime. “It gave me confidence,” he said. That confidence began before the show even aired, influencing his 2009 album “Red Revelations.” “We knew that “True Blood” was going to happen, so [with “Red Revelations”] we did that swampy sound,” Everett said. “I love that kind of music.” It’s important to note Everett’s love for the music he is able to create today. He hasn’t always had that luxury. In 2006, Everett released a self-titled debut album —

Where: The Melting Point When: Tonight, doors open at 8:30 Price: $7 in advance, $10 day of show including the “Bad Things” track — under the Epic Records label. “I’m not a country star,” he said. “It was weird to be presented to country-western audiences. I failed miserably but it gave me the freedom to unabashedly pursue [what I want].” That freedom has influenced not just his genre of choice but also the audiences for which Everett plays today. “I try to keep it as pure as possible,” he said. “I write for me … or a project or a film thing, I don’t write for an audience per se.” Everett’s stop in Athens tonight is significant beyond being his first show in the Classic City: he doesn’t play to American audiences that often. “People think you travel and get to see the world, but there

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isn’t a whole lot of sightseeing. Usually you see the band, the venue and the bus,” Everett said. “I don’t really tour the U.S. Mostly I do so in Europe, Scandinavia.” Even with a lack of U.S. tour dates, Everett likes to perform. “I enjoy having a good show,” he said. “Performing and writing go hand in hand — I wouldn’t be comfortable just putting out albums and not performing.” Everett is adamant, though, that he holds no bad feelings for fans who come only to hear “Bad Things.” “The album was a huge hit in Europe, ‘Bad Things’ was up to No. 9 in Norway — certified gold,” Everett said. “So yeah, when you’re doing three to four radio interviews, a print interview and then television at night — playing ‘Bad Things’ at all of them — it can be a bit tedious, but I don’t resent that hit [song].” Still, Everett is grateful. “Better to be a one-hit wonder than a no-hit wonder,” he said.

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S Touring mostly in Europe, Nashville singer-songwriter Jace Everett is excited to bring his music to Athens.

Southern Tier takes over Aromas’ beer By ZACK TAYLOR THE RED & BLACK Aromas Wine Bar will be taken over, and its staff couldn’t be more excited. “A takeover is when you invite a brewery to come into your establishment and literally take over the taps,” said Charlie Meers, beer buyer for Five Points Bottle Shop, an affiliate of Aromas. This will happen to Aromas when all 10 of its beer taps serve Southern Tier beers exclusively for four days. Though Heather Allistair of Aromas said she is excited about the overall selection of beer for

BEERFEST Where: Aromas Wine Bar When: Today – Sunday Beers featured: Southern Tier collection, including Choklat, Pumking, Oat and Mokah the event, there was one beer she said she was particularly happy about featuring. “I believe we have one of the last kegs of Pumking,” Allistair said. “It has all the components of pumpkin pie — the sweetness, the creaminess and the spices to round it out.” Pumpkin pie will not be the only dessert represented at the event. Southern Tier’s entire Blackwater series, a collection of beers representing the sweeter side of stouts, will also be on tap. Brian Roth, a representative for beer distributor Leon Farmer, said he is not excited about just one sin-



gle beer. “The coolest thing is that these beers are seasonal, and this event gives people an opportunity to try them all at once,” Roth said. Although this is the first time Aromas has done something like this, it certainly won’t be the last. Meers said he expected to do another takeover as soon as next month featuring He’Brew Beer. “We have a couple things in the works,” Meers said. The festival represents the ever-growing craft beer culture in Athens. “With Five Points, and Owen Ogletree doing the Classic City Brew Fest, the culture really has started to blossom,” Meers said. “The beer sales at Five Points are mainly from craft beer now.” Most importantly, Allistair wants people to know this is not just an event for craft beer lovers. “Southern Tier has so

many different styles from Crème Brulee to Choklat, which tastes like a brownie in a glass,” Allistair said. Roth said this festival is a great way to educate people about the qualities of craft beer. “I think it gives a chance to bring some people out who may have not had much exposure to craft beer,” Roth said. “It’s great to bring people down there and engage them on the different flavors of these beers.” And flavors ranging from chocolate to a delicious cup of coffee will not be the only things featured at the event. “There are going to be some giveaways,” Meers said. “I was told hats and shirts.” The event lasts four days, but the beer may not. “Things run out — come as soon as possible,” Allistair said. “There are a couple kegs we are holding for Friday.”


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The Red & Black’s guide to music in and around Athens from Jan. 20-Jan. 22.

Detroit Pop City: Prussia


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40 WATT CLUB 8 p.m., $5 The Athens Band Local youngsters honor the tradition of place band names with classic rock Bombs Bombs Bombs Indie pop rock, clean guitars and dynamic drums Dr. Squid Catchy pop songs with a ’90s garage sound THE MAX CANADA 9 p.m., $2 ODIST Atlanta three-piece experimental rock that hits hard and in ways you’d never expect Sleeping Friends Guitar-based bouncy garage pop Woodfangs Local psychedelic earthy blues with post-punk yelps and hollers


40 WATT CLUB 9 p.m., $8 in adv. Bambara Psych-rock with a metal ’tude; strange and strong Dead Confederate Indie-Southern five-piece show off their punchy, melodic rock Ruby Kendrick Singer/songwriter specializing in catchy, quirky acoustic pop Kuroma Pop rock that shimmers and buzzes with soothing melodies CALEDONIA LOUNGE 10 p.m., $5 Mr. Falcon Brooklynites bouncing through poppy dance punk Tumbleweed Stampede Huge fun live. Hyperenergetic dance-folk pop Now You See Them Asheville Americana focused on


40 WATT CLUB 9 p.m., $10 Free Mountain Heavy-hitting locals playing straight rock ’n’ roll. Matt Joiner Trio Hefty, guitar-centric bluesfunk The Rattlers Super-charged psycho-billy; like ’50s rock ’n’ roll on drugs THE MELTING POINT 9 p.m., $15 in adv. Black Oak Arkansas Oldtime raspy bluegrass country HENDERSHOT’S COFFEE BAR 2 p.m., $5 Concert for Kids A whole slew of underage bands performing to benefit local after-school programs LITTLE KINGS SHUFFLE CLUB 10 p.m., $2 Incendiaries Athens’ first ladies of angular, energetic mathy-rock Monahan Diverse in genre, from electricAmericana to post-punk pop, all melodically enchanting Sharks and Minnows Crunchy indie rockers whose melancholy doesn’t slow the tempo So It Goes Technically tight punk metal, plus a little ska/reggae for kicks NEW EARTH MUSIC HALL 9 p.m., $10 Ben Samples Half of Fresh2Death, spinning dub and glitch, with a pinch of crunk CALEDONIA LOUNGE 10 p.m., $6 (21+), $8 (18+)

CALEDONIA LOUNGE 9:30 p.m., $5 (21+), $7 (18+) Adam Klein and Friends Folky bluegrass with beefy Americana rock melodies Thayer Sarrano Whispy, stunning vocals on a stark Western musical landscape FARM 255 10 p.m., Free The Goons Three-piece rock band in the guise of an indie group The New Sound of Numbers Experimental dissonant pop; music for the dystopian disco NEW EARTH MUSIC HALL 9 p.m., $8 Papadosio Trance, electro-prog rock. Spacey instrumental melodies Up Until Now Local electro-duo whose singular mission is booty shaking

beautiful harmonies and lighthearted merry-making Yo Soybean Folk-edged, melancholic indiepop FARM 255 11 p.m., Free Darnell Boys Country blues with upright bass and junkyard percussion Witches Shimmering garage pop, full of energy and soul FLICKER THEATRE & BAR 8:30 p.m., Free Hope for Agoldensummer Desperately, frighteningly beautiful minimalist folk from the Campbell sisters and friends Whistling School for Boys Noises, sounds, crashes, jingles … experiments into what “music” might mean World History Big ol’ indie folk rock songs to lift your heart The Gold Party Electro-disco dance pop, lots of synths and sing-a-longs Sugar and Gold Funky, shimmery disco music from California Yip Deceiver Ex-MGMT/Whigs member’s big beat/electro-pop project

he word “Detroit” probably doesn’t conjure up any immediate images of experimental pop music. Factories, cars, maybe even Madonna are good first thoughts, but freak-pop? Well believe it or not, Detroit is the home of a blossoming DIY music scene complete with goofily-named underground clubs and a widevariety of musical acts, including freak-pop-soul band Prussia, which will make its way down to Athens Sunday. On first listen it’s hard to see how the yowling voice, the horns, the strings, the funky bass and African beat drums all work together. Turns out Athens isn’t the only town that can produce totally original and catchy pop bands, and Prussia does so not just for the sake of being original or poppy. “There was never a conscious effort on our part to have an idea like, ‘Alright, let’s go into making experimental pop music,’” said Prussia guitarist/organist Brenton Bober. The band, which formed in 2007, has been driven by the diverse musical taste of its

members, leaning heavily on Motown-style soul, folk and electronic music. “When you have a bunch of people all being inspired by different things — take a song and when everyone gets a hold of it, by the time it’s done, it’s something that no one expected it to be,” Bober said. With Detroit’s recent economic troubles, Bober said the music scene wasn’t necessarily helped, but it didn’t hurt. “The fact that Detroit is kind of barren is actually something the artists are using in their favor,” he said. Cheap rent and low pressure — he contrasted the town with New York, “where you go to get made” — have spurred along the creative and dedicated DIY scene, which birthed his and many other bands in the area. “Detroit is somewhere where people really care about what they’re doing and really care about Detroit,” Bober said. This scene of widely varying styles and general appreciation isn’t going unnoticed either, according to Bober, who says several friends have

PRUSSIA When: Sunday at 10 p.m. Where: Farm 255 Cost: Free Also playing: Green Gerry, Sunspots

been interviewed recently. “I think it’s definitely starting to get some attention and some notoriety,” he said. As for Prussia’s near future, its sophomore effort, “Poor English,” will be out this spring. “We’ve always jumped to releasing things quickly, so now we’re kind of waiting on

this one to make sure it gets a proper release,” Bober said. Their newly-released EP “Four For Attention” previews two of the new full-length’s songs. They’re quirky but surprisingly full of hooks and amazing, jarring lyrics, such as, “Each and all my mother’s friends are whores.” Catch the full deal this weekend before they mosey on to another strange new world. “We’re obsessed with making music,” Bober said. “So we’re already a good way in into something else.”

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Remember unity in this semester U nity Ball is a celebration of the unity and integration of all students at the University. Yet, over the past few years most of the students in attendance have been black. As it is the 50th anniversary of the University’s desegregation, I expect the number of black students in attendance this year to increase dramatically. But I don’t believe that’s good enough. All students — no matter their race — should feel welcome to attend Unity Ball. The vision for Unity Ball arrived out of the passion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had for equal rights for all citizens. Unity Ball is held annually after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and this year the theme is “Creating Paths, Changing Tradition.” It will take place on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Tate Grand Hall. I cannot think of a title more fitting for the commemoration of the desegregation. The courage that Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Hamilton Holmes and Mary Frances Early displayed here only 50 years ago is a prime example of the vision Martin Luther King Jr. had years ago — inclusion. Though the circumstances are drastically different on campus today, as


a whole, race relations are still not where they should be. This year, you can change that by attending Unity Ball and making a commitment to help break down social walls some of us still maintain today. Think about it. We all have more in common than you would believe. We experienced the onslaught of snow over the past two weeks, we scoffed at the idea of attending classes on Saturday and we cried when our basketball team lost to Tennessee. There is more that unites us than separates us. Unity Ball is a clear example of that. Dr. King’s vision is one that will continue to live on throughout this country long after we have left the University’s hallowed halls. Time can fly when you make large leaps of change. The 100-year anniversary is only 50 years away. We’d better get started. — Kelby Lamar is a senior from Americus majoring in political science and newspapers

I missed the memo on tights and cowboy boots. Why are there no microwaves on campus? I want Hot Pockets! Not even a full week of classes ... I need another snow day. Why does everyone like Lady Gaga? She sounds like a moron. Can we skip out on Saturday classes if we promise to go to church on Sunday? If you go to class looking like a stripper, shouldn’t you have a better name than Judy? Stop talking about what an amazing writer you are. You’re not. How do they get away with unpaid internships? It’s slave labor. No exaggeration. Please get well puppy (Big Bad Bruce). If I want to smoke in Smoker’s Alley, big deal. Just walk down to the next door and get over yourselves. As we get closer to graduation, I can only await my eventual homelessness. Can we please buy alcohol after 11:30 p.m. from Kroger? I’d appreciate it.


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ey, baby, what’s your sign? Normally, I’d not even bother answering, But after the revelations of our changed astrological system? “Oh, well, I was a Sagittarius, but now I’m an Ophiuchus. I don’t know how I feel about being an Ophiuchus. I never put much thought into it. I don’t actually believe in astrology. But who wants to pick up an Ophiuchus?” Yes, we have sign No. 13. And it’s called “Ophiuchus.” I wish I really was an Ophiuchus. What is cooler than a man grasping a serpent? It’s just plain badass. But sadly, I’m not. And apparently, neither is anyone who follows the western zodiac — which is pretty much all of us. Here in the west, our zodiac isn’t based on the actual rotation of the constellations from which we derive our sign names. Our system is completely based on seasons. Therefore, Aquarius not falling precisely within the tropical — or western — zodiac makes no difference. And this is nothing new. Unless you consider “new” 130 B.C., when Hipparchus realized this would one day happen, according to Parke Kunkle, a board member


of the Minnesota Planetarium Society. Though I’m betting the shoes from that season are a little dated. Kunkle went on to say the earth and sun slowly reposition themselves around one another. Slowly — as in 3,000 years. That’s not overnight at all. However, the freakouts were overnight. I got such a kick out of the freakouts. Twitter and Facebook — even Myspace got a little action — went viral with horrified people deplor-

ing their new sign. I believe E_DASH86 tweeted it most perfectly: “Birds dropping dead, fishes floating dead, now they wanna change zodiac signs! Wtf is wrong with you earth?” You never know. Maybe this “new” zodiac will take over. Gladiator sandals made a comeback, and they’re as old as this “new” zodiac. If Lady Gaga endorses it, popularity will ensue. This seems just bizarre enough for Lady Gaga to endorse. If so, I truly feel bad for the people who got zodiac tattoos. Having an identity crisis permanently inked to your ass might just drive anyone insane. No, seriously. I’ll even admit to being a bit taken aback by my “changed” sign. And I put nothing on the zodiac — though having Cosmo tell me which sex position is best because of my sign is always helpful. Luckily, our western zodiac and western astrologers assure us nothing has changed. Maybe I will go get that tat. — Scarlett Cowart is a junior from Titusville, Fla. majoring in classical cultures

Look past smoking biases in SGA proposal


here is nothing in the world like a nice fat cigar. The only better thing? Smoking my nice fat cigar as I leave Sanford Stadium after a good win. But now, a third of the student population, half the faculty and a few dweebs in the Student Government Association say they support the witch hunt to ban smoking on campus, according to surveys from the SGA Smoking Ban Implementation Committee. It looks like I’ll be left without my Montecristo on game day. Naturally, I think any sort of proposal by SGA is simply ridiculous. But I will admit it — I don’t enjoy being around cigarettes. I also dread having to walk down Smoker’s Alley next to the Student Learning Center. However, I have some great advice to help the whiners cope: Get over it! I’m not sure at what point this country decided to be so politically correct we must repress everything anyone finds

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stick, I think you’re safe. “Cigarettes make my asthma flare up.” I empathize. I really do. But college helps prepare students for the real world. And out in the great beyond, Big Brother isn’t going to prevent you from encountering smokers. I am allergic to stupid people. But unfortunately, I bump into them every day. We must keep on doing what we always do — cope, adjust and persevere. Now I’m sure I sound insensitive to some. So for those of you who are so offended by smoking you are unable to get over it, I have some alternative solutions. Wear a face mask. I recommend a Hillary Clinton one, but a medical mask will do. After all, they were all the rage among conspiracy theorists back in the H1N1 — also known as swine flu — days. I think it’s about time they make a comeback. If that doesn’t suffice, take alternative routes.

We’re one of the fattest states in one of the fattest countries in the world. The exercise from the long journey will probably do you good. And if all else fails, just don’t breathe. Make it a game. My sister and I hold our breath every time we go over a bridge. You can do the same when you pass a smoker. Then everyone can be in on the fun. I understand some crusaders in SGA want to make campus a healthier and better place, and I applaud that. But removing the rights of some to ease the discomfort of others is unjustifiable. I urge the student body to look past the biases against smokers and see reason. And who knows? We may not win a single game next year. At least you’ll have one less smoker to deal with on campus. — Jeremy Dailey is a senior from Conyers majoring in political science

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Lady Bulldogs look to correct free-throw issues Practice makes perfect at the foul line By RYAN BLACK THE RED & BLACK It is the only shot guaranteed to be the same distance every time — 15 feet. It is the only shot guaranteed to be attempted without a defender in a player’s face. And it is the only shot guaranteed not to be blocked. This shot — the free throw — is something the Georgia Lady Bulldogs have struggled with all season. Georgia ranks last in the SEC in freethrow percentage this year, shooting just 60.9 percent from the line. This is not a one-season anomaly, however. It is a trend. Each of the last three seasons, the Lady Bulldogs’ free-throw percentage has dropped. The team shot 67.4 percent in 200809 and 66.3 percent in 2009-10. But the issues at the line this season come as a surprise to the team. “We come in here in the gym every day and we knock them down with ease, and then we get into the game and we’ve struggled a little bit there,” sophomore guard Jasmine James said. “I definitely still wouldn’t say we’re a bad free-throw shooting team, because I feel like when it’s really needed, we’ll knock them down. I just think we need to focus on doing that in the game.” Even with his team’s abysmal performance in free-throw percentage,

LADY DOGS VS. ALABAMA When: Tonight at 9 Where: Tuscaloosa, Ala. More Info: The contest will air on CSS Georgia head coach Andy Landers has not altered the team’s practices. “We didn’t make it an emphasis when we were No. 1 or No. 2 in the league, and through the years, that’s where we’ve been, top two in the league,” he said. “We do what we do with free-throw shooting at practice, and it is what it is. I think your good free-throw shooters shoot free throws well. The ones that don’t sometimes never become good free-throw shooters.” And a good free-throw shooter is hard to come by these days, according to Landers. Why? “Kids don’t practice [free throws],” he said. “At a younger age, kids don’t practice. They’re playing too much summer ball. They don’t practice because they’re playing AAU [Amateur Athletic Union] basketball all the time.” Senior Porsha Phillips is not one of the non-practicing “kids” Landers was referring to. Phillips is Georgia’s top free-throw shooter this season, hitting on 80 percent (40 of 50) of her attempts. To solve the Lady Bulldogs’ woes at the line, she offered up a simple solution. “You just need to go in the gym and get extra shots up and just focus, individually, on the free-throw line,” she said. “Free throws win ballgames.”


S Georgia head coach Andy Landers said he believes the Lady Bulldogs’ free-throw struggles are a result of players of all ages not devoting enough attention to their free-throw shooting away from practice.

Rumors fly about Searels’ departure New recruit ready to ‘hit By NICK PARKER THE RED AND BLACK Georgia offensive line coach and running game coordinator Stacy Searels could be leaving the Bulldogs for similar positions at the University of Texas. Searels left on a private plane from Athens bound for Austin, Texas, Wednesday afternoon, according to, a website that covers Texas athletics. A review of the Ben Epps Airport flight tracker showed that a flight did in fact leave Wednesday afternoon from Athens bound for Austin. Texas head coach Mack Brown has been in search of an offensive line coach since Mac McWhorter retired in December. Searels arrived in Athens

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from LSU in 2007. This season, the offensive line was expected to be one of the nation’s best and ended up as one of the SEC’s worst, despite having experienced starters across the front. The running game Searels was in charge of finished 10th in the conference in rushing. Neither Texas nor Georgia had issued a comment as of press time.

By TRAVIS RAGSDALE THE RED AND BLACK Ferocity — perhaps the single most important quality in linebacker play, and also perhaps the single aspect lacking from Georgia’s linebackers over the past several years. But a changing of the guard is coming to Athens, and ferocity is coming with it. “It’s going to be intense. We are going to fly all over the place and make some turnovers,” said Amarlo Herrera, a 6-foot-1, 224-pound linebacker out of North Clayton High School. With the departure of Justin Houston, Darryl Gamble and Akeem Dent, as well as Nick Williams and Marcus Dowtin being released from their scholarships, the 2011 linebacking corps under defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will need Herrera to help anchor the load. North Clayton head coach Rodney Hackney believes he can do just that. “I think he will definitely be able to play early on. You know, he’s going to have work his butt off because the SEC is a whole new level, but I think he can do it,” Hackney said. With the 3-4 scheme employed by Georgia and all the complicated blitzing patterns that go along with it, Hackney said he knows Herrera will have to put his nose in the playbook.

INJURIES: Challenges help Gym Dogs bond ¢From Page 1 team, so we’re training completely differently than we did last year,” he said. “Maybe we haven’t gotten enough numbers in on floor to expect a level of consistency that can be there every time.” By contrast, Georgia’s best event in the last two meets has been uneven bars, chiefly because that’s an event where the Gym Dogs can train without fear of injury. Ding didn’t compete in the team’s first meet, but her return — and her accompanying high scores — has sparked the Gym Dogs’ success on the apparatus. “That’s a pretty automatic bar routine that [Ding]’s got going now,” Clark said of the gymnast who won the individual title on bar against West Virginia. “It’s the event that we put the most time and numbers into because it has the least amount of impact on their bodies.” Senior Cassidy McComb, who has largely

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avoided long-term injuries during her time at Georgia, said the best way to avoid injury is to focus mentally and execute the routines she’s practiced. “It’s basically just keeping it between the ears, you know, and doing what I can do,” she said. “[I’m] happy that I’m healthy right now.” But McComb said the challenge of injury helps the team develop cohesiveness and maturity. More than anything else, she said she feels these characteristics set this edition McCOMB of the Gym Dogs apart from last season. “When is anything ever ideal? You just have to take things as they come, and that’s what makes a team great is when you have adversity,” McComb said. “We definitely need things to hit us like that early so we can handle it come Nationals time.”


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“We ran some of it [3-4 scheme] here, but it was nowhere near as complex as what Georgia’s doing,” Hackney said. “Amarlo will most definitely have to study to get it down.” Herrera’s goals are not limited to himself — he wants to play a small part in developing a level of consistent success at the University of Georgia. “We want to make a dynasty,” he said. “Me and the other guys coming with me want to build a dynasty. We want to win everything.” One of the guys coming with him will be fellow linebacker and most recent Georgia commitment Ramik Wilson out of Tampa, Fla. “I met Ramik this HERRERA summer when he first got offered,” Herrera said. “We played together in the Offense-Defense All–American game. We roomed together there.” Anchored by converted running back Richard Samuel and Southern California transfer Jarvis Jones, the inside linebackers will have a nice infusion of depth with the arrival of Herrera and Wilson. Herrera said the duo plans to bring the pain that’s expected from great linebackers. “All I know is that we are going to hit some people in the mouth this year,” Herrera said.

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