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University employees are background checked when hired — but never after that. PAGE 3A Freshmen losing hope in HOPE? Univ. freshmen could be the group most affected by possible HOPE changes. Though Gov. Nathan Deal kept awards the same for next year, HOPE may cover half of tuition by their senior year.
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Recruiting heating up National Signing Day on Feb. 1 continues to draw ever closer. The Red & Black will cover it until every last recruit is signed, so head to our website for all the latest news.
University Judiciary under pressure Three student-judges resigned claiming the Office of Student Conduct pressured them to find others in violation. They also complained about the use of Facebook to gather student information.
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The week ahead Friday
• Retired University professor Betty Jeane Craige will present her lecture “We Are All Part of the Tangled Bank,” in observance of the University’s 227th anniversary.
Saturday • Family and Consumer Sciences presents the Chilly Dawg 5K road race at Sandy Creek Park in Athens. Registration is available on the FCS website and costs range from $15 for a single runner to $55 for a family of four.
Sunday • The student chapter of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians hosts the Annual Shelter Medicine Seminar at the College of Veterinary Medicine. This all-day event focuses on the management and medicine practices for animal shelters.
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• The Odum School of Ecology will host a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. with Jennifer D. Knoepp, USDA Forest Service, speaking on "Future Forest Soils Research: Building on Past Results." Reception will precede the event at 3:30 p.m. in the Ecology Building auditorium. • Panel of LGBTQ idenified students are hosting "Q&A with Queers" a panel discussion for anyone with questions about the queer experience from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Miller Learning Center.
Wednesday • 100 Days of Graduation begins, sponsored by the Alumni Association. The event aims to celebrate seniors' final 100 Days until May commencement. Cap, gown and invitations are available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Staff Council will meet at 2 p.m. at the Pharmacy South building, room 101, to prepare for elections that will take place during the next two months for president, vice president , recording secretary and coordinator.
Thursday • The Demosthenian Literary Society hosts a meeting at Demosthenian Hall for a night of debate and public speaking.
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Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings, 21, was arrested Saturday morning on charges of simple battery. Court documents suggest Commings Financial aid awards from the HOPE “hit [a woman] in the mouth with his scholarship may continue to shrink in fist” around 1:00 a.m. Saturday morning. coming years, but recipients of the Zell Police were alerted to the situation Miller scholarship will continue to after a woman pulled in front of a patrol receive full tuition. car and said one of her passengers — The Georgia Student Finance Commings’ live-in girlfriend — was Commission said around 5,000 more stuinvolved in a domestic violence incident. dents have qualified for the Zell Miller In a subsequent investigation, offiScholarship this year than anticipated, cers came to believe there was probable which means more money will be allotcause that the girlfriend was a victim of ted from the shared HOPE-Zell budget a simple battery. Later that morning, a to Zell Miller Scholarship recipients. judge signed a simple battery arrest A proposal was presented to the warrant for Commings. Georgia Legislature Senate on Monday An hour later, he was placed to revitalize the scholarships. under arrest and transported to Now, 11,600 students in the the Clarke County Jail. state of Georgia qualify for Zell In a Saturday media release, Miller. Mark Richt said he was aware of Comming’s arrest. ‘Walmart’ plans could have start“I’m aware of the situation and ed as early as March in the process of gathering necessary information. However, any Email correspondence suggests time a student-athlete is arrested, the company developing the proit is a matter of serious concern,” COMMINGS posed “downtown Walmart” and he said. mixed-use development complex began the process of purchasing University female arrested for urithe Armstrong & Dobbs property nating in parking deck off of Oconee St. in late March, months before their plans came to A University student was public attention last summer. arrested Friday night on charges Documents obtained by The of underage possession or conRed & Black indicate the land sumption of alcohol and urinating developer Selig Enterprises Inc. in public, according to an Athensmight have put an option — essenClarke County Police report. tially a reservation — on the propMegan Nicole Cancilla, 20, was erty as early as March 2011. approached by officers after they CANCILLA Jamie Boswell of Boswell witnessed her enter the parking Properties, the group negotiating deck on North Thomas Street. She the sale, said he could not reveal when “squatted down beside a green Jeep the property was put under contract urinating,” according to the report. because of a confidentiality agreement. The officer smelled the odor of alcohol on her breath and noticed she was unsteady on her feet. Cancilla told the officer “she wasn’t that drunk because she could still count the number of drinks she had consumed.” She was arrested and transported to Clarke County Jail.
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Two University students were found “wrestling” in bushes in North Campus on Saturday morning. Marvin Barge, 20, was being dragged by his foot out of the bushes by Silas Deluca, 21, when officers approached them, according to the University police report. The officers observed that both students smelled of alcohol and instructed them to produce their IDs. At first, Barge told officers he was born in August and was from Tennessee. He later produced a valid Georgia ID and reportedly told the officers he had been drinking downtown. Barge was charged with possession of fake ID and underage possession of alcohol. Both were charged with providing false names and dates of birth. Deluca and Barge were both arrested and transported to Clarke County Jail.
Director of student activities leaves University for new opportunity Ed Mirecki, director of student activities at the University, is leaving to take on a similar position at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Jan Barham, the associate dean of students and director of the Tate Student Center, will take over his job for now. Mirecki will be the director for student involvement at UW Tacoma with responsibilities similar to those he’s had at the University — where he works with organizations such as the Student Government Association and WUOG — as well as overseeing leadership programs, volunteer programs and recreational sports. He said he’s had an “amazing” experience at the University, which makes it hard to leave. Lineman decommits from Georgia Chester Brown, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound lineman Chester Brown in June, decommited with Bulldogs this week. He had been signed since June for his strong performance at University’s Dawg Night camp. He left for “personal reasons,” according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is the fifth decommitment in the class of 2012 for the Bulldogs.
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Univ. expects employees to self-report arrests The University doesn’t know what happened on Nov. 30, 2011. Rudo Kieft, 46, was arrested on that day on charges of DUI and improper driving, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police report. Kieft, a research professional at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, blew BACs of 0.136 and 0.149 at the Clarke County Jail after he was arrested. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08. The policy for the University System of Georgia requires any employee who is arrested while working for the system to report the arrest, said Duane Ritter, deputy director of University Human Resources. “If you break the law, you’re supposed to report it,” Ritter said. Kieft never self-reported his arrest to University Legal Affairs like the USG policy mandates. An open document request to Legal Affairs revealed that it had no documentation regarding Kieft. Kieft declined to comment to The Red & Black on Tuesday afternoon, saying only he didn’t know he was required to report his arrest. If a University employee does not self-report an arrest or criminal charge, the University might never know. Complete criminal background checks are only done when an employee is hired — in many cases, a check is never done again. Any student arrested in Athens is automatically reported to the University Office of Student Conduct, according to a September 2011 Red & Black article. But the same isn’t true for a University employee, even when it’s written on a police report that someone works at the University — such as in Kieft’s case. The University expects an employee to speak up if an arrest has occurred. “Once you’re hired, you do
have to report that because it’s illegal, so there’s really no point to do another background check,” Ritter said. The policy mandating background checks upon employment was enacted in 2007 by the Board of Regents. That means any professor, staff member or other employee hired before 2007 has never necessarily had their background checked. “When the Board of Regents policy came out, we weren’t going to go back and check everybody who was already employed here,” Ritter said. The exception is a “position of trust,” which includes jobs involving “interaction with children, after-hours access to facilities and access to financial resources,” such as handling money or credit cards, according to USG’s policy. Anyone hired or promoted into a position of trust is background checked. Promotions from assistant to associate professor don’t require a check, but a promotion from associate professor to department chair or department chair to dean does, according to the policy. “There aren’t really a lot of individual departments doing separate background checks,” Ritter said. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, which Kieft works for, doesn’t do periodic background checks to ensure employees haven’t been arrested while working at the University, said administrative manager LeGail Tudor. The department follows USG’s policy. And what is the department’s stance if an employee fails to report an arrest? “I’ve never had that happen, so it would be difficult to say,” Tudor said. She said if she learned of that happening, she would go to her department head. The head would then talk to human resources and legal affairs to find out what step to take next. “That’s how I would handle it,”
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Tudor said. An employee failing to report is exactly what happened at the College of Education in October 2008. Tenured professor Cecil Fore III had served jail time for multiple counts of sodomy and sexual abuse toward children before working at the University, according to a 2008 Red & Black report. Fore gave false information to the University about his past convictions. When the University found out, he was fired. In documents obtained by The Red & Black for another 2008 article, it was revealed that a “large component” of Fore’s work was to travel to schools to implement “positive behavioral supports to curb school-wide discipline.” After the events involving Fore, the College of Education doesn’t perform periodic background checks, said Andy Garber, business manager for the College of Education. “It’s not a common practice,” Garber said. “That’s something that’s usually just done at the point of hire.” As for the department’s policy if an employee doesn’t report an arrest, Garber said it would depend on the circumstances. “I don’t know of any college policy that’s in place,” he said. When an employee self-reports an arrest, the form sent to Legal Affairs asks the employee their position at the University, if they work in a position of trust and information about the arrest, according to documents obtained by The Red & Black. The employee’s supervisor then fills out the rest of the form, explaining the caliber of the employee and if the arrest is “a symptom of a bigger problem with his employment.” Ritter said he wasn’t sure how often people self-report their arrests. He said it’s against the law not to. “It’s certainly something that could happen,” he said, “but hopefully that’s not the case.”
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Not all SEC presidents live in official homes By JOSH JOHNSON The Red & Black University President Michael Adams has seen the inside of almost every Southeastern Conference presidents' houses, but his favorite is the one he calls home. “It’s not because I live there. It’s because the house is a magnificent antebellum home,” he said. “When you invite people to come there for something, the acceptance rate is very high.” The University President’s House was built in 1856 by Thomas Grant, from Virginia. The Bradley Foundation of Columbus, Ga., started by W. C. Bradley, acquired the house from the estate of W. F. Bradshaw and gave it to the University in 1949, according to a University site. “It’s a good place to live, and it’s a great place to entertain,” Adams said. “The biggest benefit is that it has been a terrific tool for entertaining and fundraising.” For an event to be held at the house, Adams, his wife, or both must host it. About 100 events are held every year. “We do receptions before virtually every football game, receptions and fundraisers with alumni, parent groups, and a good number of student and student leadership groups,” Adams said. “Use wise, it pretty well runs the gamut.” The President’s House has three levels — the bottom two are used for entertaining and the third is the private level, where Adams and his wife live. But not all university presidents live in their university’s official house. The University of Tennessee’s president Joe DiPietro lives in his own private residence. The UT house has been for sale since 2010. Gina Stafford, UT system spokeswoman, said UT will keep the proceeds from the sale of the property and plans to save the money associated with the house's maintenance and operation. “In consideration of potential cost
savings, the UT Board of Trustees in 2007 began discussing ending the practice of providing housing for senior administrators, including chancellors and the president,” Stafford said. Only one UT chancellor, the senior executive for the campus, lives in a university-leased residence. The UT president and other chancellors receive a housing allowance for entertaining and hosting events. President Bernard Machen of the University of Florida also lives in a private residence. After UF’s president’s house suffered damage from tropical storms in 2004, Machen decided to take advantage of the repairs process and make improvements to the house, adding a butterfly garden and expanding the back deck. Machen bought a private residence in 2006 near the UF campus, but the house remains a venue for university related functions, with approximately 70 events a year. Donna K. Stricker, director of presidential events and commencement at UF, said privacy had become too much of an issue and was a big factor in the president’s decision to move. Adams said the only house he hasn’t visited is Machen’s house. “As many times as I have been to Gainesville, I don’t know that I have ever been to the house there," Adams said. “The president and I are good friends — we’ve just never met there.” Adams ranked the University of Alabama’s house as his second favorite. “It too is a grand old mansion right there on campus that Mary and I have been privileged to be in several times, and I know that their president uses that house much like we use this one,” Adams said. But Adams said SEC presidents don't compete for the best house. Instead, they think of them as ways to enhance their universities.
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Students resign from University Judiciary Justices felt administrative pressure to suspend By KATHRYN INGALL The Red & Black The Office of Student Conduct and University Judiciary have always been independent organizations — but after recent changes in the office, some students say otherwise. Three students resigned from their positions as University Judiciary members with complaints that they were under pressure by the OSC to increase student suspensions. “We would have high level administrators talk to us about policy,” said Jessica Hennenfent, a senior who was part of the organization for two years before resigning in July 2011. “There was definitely a sense of pressure from administrators in Student Affairs to suspend more students, which absolutely disgusted me because we look at each on a case by case basis.” The University Judiciary is an independent student organization made up of 40 to 50 students who conduct hearings for students changed with conduct violations. Other complaints include the use of social media sites to gather information about students’ character and the use of information in informal hearings against a student. The office underwent major changes in October 2010 when it went from the Office of Judicial Programs to the OSC. Four top staff members left the office, including OJP Director Kim Ellis, who was transferred to a job as an assistant director of Family Housing and replaced by current OSC Director Kris Stevens. Hennenfent said she believes these changes began when the University was named the No. 1 party school by the Princeton Review in August 2010. “There was a huge backlash against it and that is where I believe the attitude came from that we will not tolerate these alcohol violations,” she said. Stevens said he did not pressure University Judiciary members to suspend more students. “I can’t necessarily say that I agree with that because I don’t feel like I pressured the judiciary to suspend any particular student,” he said. Stevens has held his position for one year and said he has little knowledge of his predecessor’s policies, as there was no overlap in their time at the
Office. Ellis declined to comment on the OSC. The process begins when a student receives notice of a violation of the Code of Conduct and schedules a meeting with a conduct officer. Students may decide to go through an informal process, through which an OSC conduct officer determines the correct sanctions, or proceed to a formal hearing overseen by the student University Judiciary. The group appoints two student justices as voting members in formal hearings. The third faculty member is selected through a volunteer process. Faculty members are invited to participate in a training process and panel positions are filled on a first-come, firstserve basis. Hennenfent said she was concerned when high level University administrators above the OSC began to fill this faculty position during the last few months of her time at University Judiciary. “I can say that from first-hand experience, these administrators felt we should be finding students in violation if alcohol was involved, even if the evidence was pointing the other way,” Hennenfent said. “It made me feel very uncomfortable to argue with someone who directly oversaw my job. They would say, ‘I simply feel they should be found in violation.’” Members of the hearing panel deliberate in a closed, private meeting. “I felt there was an automatic presumption of guilt before we started the hearing and this feeling was very common in the OSC,” Hennenfent said. Tyler Pate, executive director of the University Judiciary, said there is little opportunity for students to be pressured to increase suspensions. “The important thing to know about our process is that once a student says they would like to go to a formal hearing the University Judiciary independently fulfills that through an independent hearing,” said Pate, who has been involved with the group since spring 2009. “The University Judiciary decision
“We're not trolling Facebook or trolling Twitter looking for cases.” Kris Stevens, Office of Student Conduct Director
is final and the entire process past that point is handled by the University Judiciary. There really isn’t a way for there to be pressure from an outside force.” Pate said the organization made a policy change in September to clarify what could be used against students in formal hearings. Notification letters were revised to include the following statement: “During this meeting we will review the complaint I received and I will explain the conduct procedures. Any information gathered during this meeting and throughout the investigative process may be used in the informal or formal resolution of this matter.” But for former judiciary member Natasha Lemmens, this fine-print warning is not enough. “When an adult tells you, ‘Tell us everything,’ a student feels safe about it and they forget that same officer said, ‘Everything you say may be used against you,’” said Lemmens, who was part of the organization for a year and a half before resigning in September 2011. “I feel like the students don’t know what they’re getting into and what not to say.” Stevens said he informs students of this policy before they begin discussing conduct violations. “Nothing about the process suggests that it’s a confidential conversation and we do tell students that the Open Records Act applies to the office,” he said. Jeremy Dailey, the third member of University Judiciary to resign, advises students in an opinions column for The Red & Black against revealing any information in an informal meeting. Dean of Students Bill McDonald said he was not aware of any complaints from these or any members of judiciary. “I had not heard that anybody had resigned from the University Judiciary, and I have not heard any concerns about how the Office of Student Conduct operates,” he said. “They are very student centered. They try to help students make good decisions based on the allegations that have been brought before them.” Lemmens said new methods of the OSC were not pursued under the former administration and have created a harsher environment. She said the office now expands investigations beyond what is stated in a police report, going as far as to interview an arresting officer and to search a student’s Facebook page. Stevens said these interviews contribute more information to the decision-making process. “If I get a police report or if somebody makes a complaint against a stu-
SpRING 2011 Office of student conduct cases Total number of cases: 507 Origin of those cases: Housing: 180 ACC Police: 153 EITS/SecInfo/IT: 83 UGA Police: 66 Georgia State Patrol: 7 UGA Student: 6 Faculty/Staff: 4 Citizen: 3 Conduct Officer: 2 BARC: 2 Legal Affairs: 1 dent and the police report or the complainant lists other witness, then yeah, we will contact those other witnesses and ask them if they can come explain what happened,” Stevens said. He said social media sites were not used to search for new cases. “If a student made a complaint that involved something posted on Facebook or Twitter, then yes we’re going to look where the student directed us,” he said. “We’re not trolling Facebook or trolling Twitter looking for cases.” Another development Lemmens noticed was the increased presence of OSC staff members at public formal hearings. “Their presence made a point,” she said. “Kris’ physical presence in a hearing had an effect. When you’re sitting there questioning evidence that has his name on it, it’s really difficult to have the director of the OSC sitting there, burning a hole on the back of your skull — you can feel the pressure’s on you.” Stevens said it was not unusual for staff members to take an interest in a case and see it through to the end of the process. “Of course we take an interest in the hearing process because we’re a partner organization with the University Judiciary,” he said. “I don’t typically attend hearings just for the sake of attending hearings. Since a hearing is a public event, anyone can sit there. It’s kind of surprising to me they felt pressured in a formal hearing.”
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HOPE constant for now, freshmen worry BY JAMIE GOTTLIEB The Red & Black By fall 2014, the HOPE scholarship is expected to only pay about half of tuition. And though many University students may have already graduated by then, planning for the lack of funds begins now for some freshmen. “My dad’s a single business owner and pays for my college tuition by himself, so now, if HOPE is cut in half, my family is going to be hit really hard,” said Ryan Sichelstiel, a freshman speech communications major from Perry. According to the Governor’s budget report, an additional $20.5 million will be allocated to the HOPE scholarship for public schools in fiscal year 2012 in order to maintain the regular HOPE awards. However, after this, the lottery reserve will reach the lowest level the state will allow. Cedric Johnson, a policy analyst for the FY 13 budget report by the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, said at least half of the previous year’s expenditures must be in the lottery reserve — around $400 million. “If we tap the reserve to maintain awards at fiscal year 2012 level, we will reach that mark by fiscal year 2013, and we are not allowed to touch that reserve going forward,” he said. After FY13, all award scholarships will be based soley on the annual lottery revenue coming into the fund — an issue that the General Assembly will need to address, Johnson said. Ideally, the annual funds would cover the annual expenditures, according to Johnson. “But based on the information coming out of the Finance Commission and the Lottery Corporation, right now, we don’t see the lottery revenue growing at a pace to cover the program expenditures in the foreseeable future,” he said. With a 27 percent increase in in-state enrollment, Georgia encounters the problem of helping more students with less state support. In the existing system, HOPE covers about 90 percent of tuition, while the Zell Miller Scholarship covers all of it. Gov. Nathan Deal plans on streamlining Zell Miller with traditional HOPE to make invoice reports easier on the universities. Still, Zell Miller will continue to cover 100 percent of tuition and fees, while cuts will be made to the traditional HOPE scholarship, by FY13 — which begins July 1, 2012. “I don’t think it’s fair at all that everyone else’s scholarship money is being cut short, while the Zell Miller award is staying the same,” Sichelstiel said. “If everyone else’s money is being cut, why aren’t theirs being cut too?” The total tuition cost to attend the University is $3,641 for a student taking 15 credit hours, while the fee cost is $1,095, according to Tracy Ireland, the director of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Since 2008, the cost of tuition and fees have increased by 81 percent at research universities, including UGA. The rise can be attributed to the decline of state funding support and the desire to maintain the existing quality of the University, Johnson said. “The cost is being shifted from the state onto students and family households,” he said. “So, at what point do we start freezing out a portion of our Georgia students who will no longer be able to afford a postsecondary education?” The Board of Regents will determine the exact increases in tuition and fees later in the year, Ireland said. Michael Trainer, a
freshman biology major HOPE awards could posfrom Johns Creek, said sibly cut off some stuthe amendments in the dents from coming to HOPE Scholarship come school because they at no surprise. won’t be able to afford “The changes are it.” completely warranted,” About 61 percent of Trainer said. “It’s students who impractical to think applied for finanthat the money cial aid received originally donated awards, according would be replento the Fall 2011 ished in the current Common Data Set. economy.” The Office of With the potenStudent Financial tial depletion in Aid was unable to HOPE financial comment as to awards, enrolled whether it will be TRAINER and incoming freshable to provide men are left worried better support for about the upcoming students having to deal years. with the HOPE changes. “If they’re not worIn order to suppleried, then they definitely ment for the potential should be,” said Lesley diminishing rewards, Hauler, a freshmen premany freshmen students journalism major from are giving up opportuniAtlanta. “The decrease in ties that they otherwise
would have taken. “I can honestly see students sacrificing internships that they may want for paying jobs, not applying to study abroad programs or even dropping extra curricular activities on campus that cost money,” Trainer said. For Sichelstiel, this is already becoming true. “My brothers and I will definitely have to work to help support my dad with paying for our education,” Sichelstiel said. “With having to find a job, I’m going to have to give up some internships that otherwise would have benefitted my career.” Although, Tim Burgess, senior vice president for finance and administration, said he
does not foresee the outof-pocket costs affecting the University’s enrollment, some freshmen think otherwise. “Families might have to take out student loans that they originally did not plan to, which could ultimately affect some of the students’ decisions to come to the school because money is such a huge decision when picking a school,” Trainer said. “And the HOPE scholarship has been incredibly enticing for instate students.” For Devon Griger, a freshman international affairs and English major from Perry, it was. “The major reason I’m here instead of another school is because of the HOPE scholarship,” she said. “Out-of-state
schools offered me substantial scholarships, but the reason I stayed instate was because of the promise of HOPE for the next four years, and now, it may cost more for me to go to UGA than to an out-of-state school.” Going forward, the question of whether Georgia will have the ability to provide support for its students becomes a high concern. “The critical challenge for higher education is to maintain the quality, if not improve education and infrastructure, in the face of cuts,” Johnson said. “You find yourself with the mantra of doing more with less, but in reality, you end up doing less with less.”
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Many University employees haven’t received a background check.
he University is founded on a “culture of honesty.” But how thoroughly does this rule apply? It certainly applies to and is expected of employees hired by the University before 2007. Such employees are presumed to have been honest about their criminal records when applying for the positions they received. So honest, in fact, that a background check was never required of them. And after hire, employees are expected to be honest enough to self-report any crime they commit. But when rules — especially loose ones like this — aren’t enforced, and when trust is placed in the hands of those at risk of losing a job, violations are bound to arise. In 2008, the College of Education hired tenured professor Cecil Fore III. Only later did the University discover he had previously been jailed for multiple counts of sodomy and sexual abuse toward children. The “culture of honesty” relied on Fore III to come forward with his past. He didn't. Not only was this situation a grave embarrassment to the University community, but it also damaged the trusting rapport students had built with an educator. A presumption paired with inaction put students at risk. Students learned from a man convicted of criminal offenses because the University trusted him enough to know better. As students, we are taught that what we do at the University follows us out of Athens and into the future. We are expected to follow a code of conduct and to know that we will be published if we do otherwise. Neither the lesson nor the implications of violating the rules should be any different for the people who teach us. — Melissa Buckman is the opinions editor of The Red & Black
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High hopes for a brokered convention T
he circus-like Republican primary race has made for great TV and bombastic headlines over the past several months. Despite President Barack Obama’s vulnerability on jobs and healthcare, there’s a growing anxiety in the “establishment” that none of the remaining candidates can win in November. Imagine it this way: you are having a pool party and you invite Megan Fox, Heidi Klum and Brooklyn Decker. Instead, the only people who show up are the cast members of Jersey Shore — and Ron Paul. This is the mood in the Republican establishment. With no immediate end in sight to the primary, the quicksand trap has been set: the establishment is panicking, the base is furious, and Democrats are loving the show. There is only one way out for the GOP, but it’s mainly a fantasy. The brokered convention. Simply put, a brokered convention is one in which no candidate has enough pledged delegates from primary voting to secure the nomination. To secure the GOP nomination this year, a candidate needs 1,144 delegates. If the convention is brokered, then delegates and party leaders start making deals for votes. The last time either party nominated a presidential candidate by brokered convention was 1952, when the Democrats nominated Adlai Stevenson on the third ballot. Stevenson had not been previously running, but he was moved by party leaders at the convention to throw his name into the hat. Rumors swirl every year of a brokered convention, but this year the talk is coming from big names in the Republican Party. Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey told CNBC’s Larry Kudlow that he forsees a brokered convention.
Monday night, after the umpteenth GOP debate, a senior Romney adviser told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that if Romney loses Florida, a brokered convention would be necessary. Joe Scarborough, MSNBC host and former Florida Congressman, claims that many establishment figures are pining for a brokered convention. To get to a brokered convention, the key is for no one candidate to break
Above all else, a brokered convention would elevate political participation to a new high.
away and start racking up delegates. And with proportional allotment until April 1, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul can stay in and siphon delegates away from Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. As long as the race keeps bouncing up and down and each candidate is kept in check, nobody will gather the requisite 1,144 delegates. A brokered convention would presumably produce a nominee who is far more palatable to the conservative base and the establishment — a low standard at this point. Several names are tossed around regularly, but only a select few could actually take the nomination and run with it. The short list most likely consists of Mitch Daniels, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan, in that order. A brokered convention would throw the Obama campaign off its game. The Chicago brain trust, led by David Axelrod and Jim Messina, has been plotting against Mitt Romney for years, and they delight at the mere mention of Newt Gingrich. These two frontrunners are so damaged that Obama would win reelection even with unemployment levels over eight percent. And above all else, a brokered convention would elevate political participation to a new high. It would emphasize record over rhetoric. It would purge our airwaves of the Republican “race to the bottom,” instead prompting more serious discussion of the issues we face and the leaders best equipped to tackle them. Voters of all stripes would be engaged. And nothing could be better for politics than that. — Sam Hempel is a sophomore from Atlanta majoring in biochemistry
Opinion Meter: The ups and downs in the week that was
Hats off to creative alumni: What’s
the best proof we have that a college degree is still worth something? Just look at TV writer Blake McCormick, or YouTube starlet Sarah Walpert, both of whom graduated from the University ... or, at least, we hope that’s why they’re successful.
Justice, Interrupted: Five University Judiciary student justices resigned last semester. The justices claim they left the Office of Student Conduct as a result of feeling pressured to ensure the accused students face more severe punishments. Isn't the purpose of the OSC to be educational and ethical?
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Academic dishonesty: Welcome to the
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
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The weekly ’Tag
OSC mistreats students, ignores rights D
uring my tenure as a justice in University Judiciary, I was constantly accused of leaking secrets to The Red & Black. I never once shared any information or criticism outside of the realms of the organization. But since resigning from my position, I think it’s time to come clean. The Office of Student Conduct, which works in conjunction with UJ, has come to represent the worst of the University. At some point — perhaps when the University received that highly scientific No. 1 party school ranking — OSC has taken on a new look. After a complete staff turnover, a new mission was put into place in order to ensure that as many accused violators as possible are found in violation. OSC no longer cares about students. It cares about punishment. This being the case, there are some things you should know. First, do not share any information in your initial meetings with your hearing officer. Last semester, OSC began submitting a synopsis of what you reveal in these meetings as evidence should you decide to dispute your alleged violations. Don’t let them make you believe otherwise. This policy is included in the
Jeremy Dailey Staff Columnist
fine print of your original notice, but they will not share this information with you during your actual meeting. Regardless, your efforts to plead your way out of disciplinary action will be futile. If you speak, you’re screwed. Do yourself a favor and keep your lips sealed. Also, never accept harsh informal sanctions. Every student is offered the option to accept fault and consent to informal sanctions given by the hearing officer. But the sanctions offered by OSC have generally become so unreasonable that it is worth your chances to go before a Judiciary panel. If you do not believe you violated the Code of Conduct or disagree with the informal sanctions, exercise your due process and request a hearing. Throughout the process, remember to trust your University Judiciary adviser. When choosing to go formal, you are given the opportunity to be advised through the process by a trained member of UJ. Despite what others have suggested,
students in Judiciary are not puppets for the administration. In reality, UJ members are the only people who stand between you and the punitive-hungry administration. They are there to help you, and they want you to succeed. If you are found in violation, don’t hesitate to appeal. Use your right to file for a second review if you find your sanction to be too harsh or believe there was a procedural error during your hearing. Most importantly, do not let OSC trample on your fundamental rights. I feel OSC regularly ignores due process in favor of its own policies. If you believe OSC has violated your rights, consult an attorney and decide whether it would be worth taking your case to court. Finally, when faced with the University disciplinary process, do not take it lightly. OSC is similar to a prosecutor’s office — a victory for them is to see you lose. Study hearing procedures, and know your rights. Ensure that you have the best fighting chance for success. — Jeremy Dailey is a first year law student from Watkinsville with a degree in political science
Editor's Note: The Weekly ’Tag features tweets sent by Talk Red & Black followers using a hashtag we've shared with them. Using the hashtag #campusobservations, we asked students to share recent oddities they've noticed on campus.
Girls should check out their butt as much as men do, then they might notice their leggings are see through.
Saw a guy on a unicycle. Gas prices too high?
To the guy riding down Lumpkin on a Razor scooter while talking on the phone, I salute you. #madskill
With new definition comes justice
Guy with no hat or hood walking through the rain using his umbrella as a walking stick
Douchebros who refuse to move to the back of the bus and make room for everyone else. “No way bro I went to Lovett too!”
Tiffany Stevens Senior Reporter
Oh Lawd they’re playin “Knuck If You Buck” at the Tate Plaza! Its abot to pop off!!! Hahaha!
hen it comes to human rights, visibility matters. And for victims of rape, the fight to be seen has become a bit easier. Earlier this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation updated the definition of rape used to compile national crime data. Where the old definition only termed rape as the “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will,” limiting the crime to vaginal penetration by a penis, the new definition includes “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.” In other words, by discarding an outdated and limiting definition adopted during the 1920s, the new definition recognizes that men can be raped. It recognizes that while rape requires nonconsensual sex, it does not necessarily require physical force. It recognizes that anal or oral sex performed against the victim’s will is, indeed, rape. Because of this change, local law enforcement in states that hold similar definitions will no longer have to sift through their paperwork, singling out only the cases that fit into strict and limiting statistics. And states that do hold laws similar to the former FBI definition will be forced to submit crime data that previously would be termed sexual assault or aggravated sodomy. The new definition does not change law. It is not a sweeping victory for victims. Georgia will still only prosecute forcible, vaginal rape against women. The rapist who forces a student to have sex while drunk will still probably get away with it. The abusive man who forces his boyfriend will still only be charged under homophobic and antiquated sodomy laws. But this change is still immensely important — not only for how we as a nation understand the widespread problem of rape in our country, but also how we move forward in addressing victims who were previously not recognized by the federal definition. Underneath this definition, all nonconsensual sex and penetration will be counted. Intimate sexual violence, which happens for men and women and in all types of close relationships, will be recognized. Though Georgia may not put away the woman who takes advantage of another girl on a first date, or the rapist who assaulted a passed out man at a party, national crime data will recognize those people’s crimes for what they are — serious, life-altering events which deserve our recognition because they damage our collective humanity. And though Georgia’s law isn’t changed yet, we can hope that the new federal definition might push local law into more progressive territory. As we change and expand our understanding as a country, individual states and communities usually follow suit. As always, recognizing a problem is the first step to fixing it. — Tiffany Stevens is a senior from Macon majoring in women’s studies and newspapers
Hipsters jog in deep V's.
Most of Hull Street is a muddy swamp. When will the construction cease?
two guys discussing how they will time the birth of their future children...
It's STILL January, lose the shorts.
Tate preachers must not like preaching in the cold.
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Sexual orientation rules all in the world of hookup apps Craig Hayes
hree roommates and I stood in the kitchen. No one spoke. With our faces aglow from nearby touchscreens, we were too busy on our iPhones to talk to each other. Smartphones are a defining component of college life, and an ever increasing abundance of apps comes in tow. And when it takes getting hit by a car to interrupt a game of Temple Run — a result of one’s refusal to acknowledge the surrounding world — how are we expected to notice our attractive classmates, build the courage to ask them out, sweat excessively during the first date, fall madly in love and propagate the human race? Short answer: we’re not. Long answer: there’s an app — or two or few dozen — for that. Gone are the days of eHarmony and Craigslist. Now we have WhosHere, Blendr and Grindr. It follows that a generation of people obsessed with their phones would want to use an easy and somewhat impersonal method for dating and hooking up. But after downloading the three aforementioned apps, I’ve found that the app dating world is largely a place reserved for the LGBTQ community. That’s not to say WhosHere and Blendr (hetero-friendly apps) don’t receive some use, but the closest users were 15 miles and four miles away, respectively, with the closest female user between either app at a distance of 20 miles.
Compare these numbers against the couple hundred Grindr users within Athens-Clarke County and the whole tumbleweed vibe of straight apps might raise some questions. Blendr and Grindr creator Joel Simkhai produced the gay, bi and “curious” app in order to find other gay men in his area. Since we probably won’t break out pink triangles as sleevewear anytime soon, this was a brilliant move on his part. Despite having the same programmer, the philosophies behind Grindr and Blendr are defined well enough by their features. While Grindr asks for age, height, weight and ethnicity, Blendr allows users to share their favorite books, movies, sports, religion and political views. It seems insulting that despite Grindr’s greater population of users, Blendr would offer more features — especially since those features look beyond purely physical characteristics. Moreover, only Grindr has a “mature” iTunes rating. This presumes the LGBTQ community is looking for nothing more than sex. But perhaps Grindr simply harkens back to a time when people didn’t have their noses buried in their phones. Back to a time when you saw that chin or torso from across the gay bar and you believed in love at first sight. — Craig Hayes is a senior from Conyers majoring in biology
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Academic dishonesty highest since 2000 Record 224 cases reported By Megan Ingalls The Red & Black
Debbie Bell, coordinator of academic honesty, said the increase of dishonesty cases could be due to better reporting from teachers. Evan Stichler/Staff
The number of reported academic dishonesty cases reached an all-time high in fall 2011. A total of 224 students were reported for possible incidents of academic dishonesty last semester — 52 more than in fall 2010 and the highest since the policy was created 12 years ago. Debbie Bell, coordinator of academic honesty, said she had never seen numbers this high but could not pinpoint the cause of the increase. “I would like to think that there isn’t more cheating going on,” Bell
said. “I would like to think that faculty, graduate students and students themselves are taking the policy more seriously.” Bell said she receives reports of cheating for both undergraduate and graduate students and was not sure if the increase of incoming freshmen last year contributed to the spike. The breakdown of the statistics for fall 2011 will be in the annual academic honesty report for 2011-12, available at the end of the year. Bell said she is unsure as to whether or not an increased number of incidents will be reported again this semester. Academic Honesty Council member Win Blair, a senior consumer economics major from Commerce, said he does not think the high numbers will be indicative of
a future trend. “It’s probably just a cycle. I imagine the numbers will change as the student body continues to change,” Blair said. “It’s just a random occurrence.” Bell said she thinks faculty may simply be reporting more incidents than in the past. “We are doing a much better job talking to graduate students and faculty members about the policy,” she said. Honesty violations can be classified under five categories: plagiarism, unauthorized assistance, lying/tampering, theft and other. Bell said the majority of cases fall into the plagiarism or unauthorized assistance. For the 2010-11 academic year, 45 percent of cases were classified as plagiarism and 72 percent as unauthorized assistance. Students found
copying answers from another student’s paper or working together on an exam would be in violation of unauthorized assistance. Yet some students do not even realize what they are doing could be considered a violation of the policy, Bell said. “Our policy says that all work is to be individual unless the instructor has said it’s OK to work with another student,” she said. “A lot of times, students think just the opposite — that it’s OK to work together unless the instructor specifically says it’s not.” Bell said she is willing to talk to professors for students who want clarification. “Our policy covers even unintentional violations,” Bell said. “I do see a lot of those, where students truly thought that what they were doing was OK. Asking questions can never hurt.” Bell said some departments reported more honesty violations than others, although she would not specify which ones. M a n a g e m e n t Information Systems professor Janine Aronson said she thinks many academic honesty violations are detected in MIS classes because the use of technology makes it easier to find cheaters. “I wouldn’t call it a problem in the department,” Aronson said. “We have an automated system that can detect cheating.” Aronson said she suspects one of the contributing factors to the increase in reports is faculty awareness. “There might be more cases of students trying to raise their grades and keep the HOPE scholarship,” she said. “Faculty might just be getting better at detecting it.”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
Stringed success Professor Michael Heald is playing a violin recital — an excellent chance to see the classroom in action. look online
Variety Going viral
Courtesy Sarah Walpert
‘Shit Girls Say’ is a YouTube sensation. And so is the alumni-produced video it inspired. PAGE 2b Taming ‘Cougar Town’
A flying start
When Blake McCormick graduated from the University, he knew he wanted to write for
Inspired by the story of a very old man who very much wanted to skydive, Bailey Dunn was possessed with his mantra to ‘live bold.’ A logo followed, and then T-shirts and then fans.
television and film — so he went to Los Angeles. When McCormick joined the writing staff of ‘Cougar Town,’ he knew he loved it — so he fought for it, with the cast and crew, when no one else did.
Stomp the Center Love aggressive, orchestrated, highly syncopated dancing? Love marching band costumes? You’ll love Face-Off, which
has all of that — and more.
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‘Cougar Town’ set proves ‘fascinating’ Alum two years in as show writer
‘COUGAR TOWN’ When: Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. Where: ABC (check local listings)
BY ADAM CARLSON The Red & Black
Sarah Walpert (right) doesn’t want to be an actress — but she does love acting in the videos of 1072 Productions, like its hit ‘Shit Girls Don’t Say,’ made by her friends and alumni Evan Padgett and Vikas Shah. Courtesy Sarah Walpert
Profane YouTube meme gender-bends stereotypes ‘Shit Girls Say’ gets reversed BY ADAM CARLSON and JULIA CARPENTER The Red & Black They wanted a hit. Evan Padgett, Vikas Shah and Sarah Walpert were working with Campus MovieFest — the latter as an intern — and, in their spare time, they were making videos. Friends since elementary school and creative partners since college, Padgett and Shah wrote and directed videos under the banner of 1072 Productions — with an eye on cubicle-centered absurdism. The only problem was, no one was watching. They had “maybe less than 20 subscribers,” said Walpert — a 2009 alumna. But they wanted to be bigger, go bigger; they had an “itch” to have
original content, Padgett said. They just needed an idea. And all it took was a little shit. “Shit Girls Say,” the weeks-old YouTube video that spoofed supposedly feminine follies sparked many copycat videos — and 1072’s creative process. “And we were like, ‘Dude, we could do one of these,’” Walpert said. “‘These are funny.’” The brainstorming began in earnest. Names, like “Shit College Girls Say,” circulated the office.
“It was a lot of, ‘Is this too much? Is this funny enough?’” Sarah Walpert, star of ‘Shit Girls Don’t Say’
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Then Shah realized they could find success in the opposite. “What if we turn it on its head?” Walpert said. “And we were like, ‘Oh my God, that’s awesome.’” And so “Shit Girls Don’t Say” was born. But even before the birth, it was clear that Walpert would be the star. “She’s great when it comes to comedic timing, gestures and faces … She can play the bimbo role pretty well,” Shah said. They were certain of something else as well: the shoot would have to be quick. “Or the Internet would be on to the next meme,” Padgett said. Shot out and around Decatur — at a cemetery, an apartment and an office, among others — the video features Walpert constantly in mid-sentence: “And then he wanted to talk about feelings.” “I mean, ‘The Notebook’ is just so unrealistic.” “Yeah, I’d be into a threesome.” “You’re right. You’re right. You’re right.” The writing process itself was a series of stops and starts, starting with an email chain that circulated the office and including a multi-hour marathon session to bang out the best lines, or the funniest ones, or the most daring. “It was a lot of, ‘Is this too much?’” Walpert said. “‘Is this funny enough?’” By the end of the only day of filming — a 15-hour-day — they were all a little exhausted. And yet, in their exhaustion, they found more humor, running through re-dos of takes lost, with the first try, to shoddy audio. “We were all so delusional that some of those are actually the
funniest ones,” Walpert said. It was those kinds of moments, when Walpert and Padgett were trying anything, that the strongest stuff stuck out. “Hey buddy, eyes down here” — meaning Walpert’s breasts, meaning the not-named guy in-frame should ogle away — came out of one such moment, and Shah just spit it out on the spot. It is one of Walpert’s two or three favorite lines of the night, and of the video — and Shah’s, too. But there were times, during filming and after, in post-production, where the trio felt like maybe their feelings were wrong. Maybe they weren’t as funny as they thought. Maybe the video’s premiere online would go nowhere, unseen. “We just had to hold on to the fact that, initially, it amused us greatly,” Padgett said. Both Walpert and Padgett said they had moments of apprehension or anxiety as the video was being finished. “When it was finished, I was like, ‘I don’t even know if this is funny,’” Walpert said. It was as if, they thought, those hours they spent laughing over their one-liners wouldn’t be shared. They were wrong. The video went up on YouTube. “And then within one day we had like 19,000 views,” Walpert said. 1072’s subscriber numbers shot up, too: from the double-digits to the triple digits. They now have more than 800. Word about the words girls don’t like has gotten out. “My phone was literally blowing up,” Walpert said. Shah started seeing the video pop up in friends’ news feeds all over Facebook; people he didn’t know and comments by the hundreds came out, all saying the same thing: the video was funny. It worked. The goal now, for 1072 Productions, is to keep working. Padgett, Shah and Walpert are brainstorming possible follow-ups: “Shit Girls Don’t Say 2,” a blooper reel, or something else entirely. The what isn’t as important as the when. “We’re always looking to make something people haven’t thought of yet,” Shah said. And, for Walpert — the daughter of actors, formerly of commercials, lately a minor sensation — the when is only as important as the who. “That’s way more than doing some paid commercial acting job,” she said, “actually connecting with people.”
Bill Lawrence made Blake McCormick a promise. There was a meeting, six years ago, about a TV show. The show went nowhere, but the meeting went very well. And McCormick — a 2000 graduate from the University who had already been in L.A. a few years, selling scripts and hopping around the sets of “Futurama” and “The X-Files” — wasn’t the only one who thought so. Afterward, Lawrence said, “I promise I’m going to hire you one day,” according to McCormick. And he did. It was, in one way, the fulfillment of a sort of dream: Lawrence, who has created the TV shows “Scrubs” and “Spin City,” among others, had become like a hero to McCormick. But being offered a job was nothing quite new to the 20-something writer who “always knew” that he wanted to work in film and television. After six or seven months spent working “many, many jobs” around L.A., including at restaurants and around, McCormick landed as a production assistant on the set of Fox’s 31st-century-set animated series. From there, the course of his career began to zig — and then zag. McCormick moved on from “Futurama” to actual writing, once going “to work on a pilot you’ve never heard of because it didn’t go anywhere,” and then later going solo on a script, which he sold in 2004. The script, for a comedy film about three aimless friends who reappear in the life of their fourth, not-aimless, buddy, never got made — which was “kind of heartbreaking,” McCormick said, but a good lesson nonetheless. Selling the script was also a good way to make money, and he made enough of it from that deal to start writing full-time. And he did. That’s what McCormick had been doing, in the years between his meeting with Lawrence and the job offer that came out of it: Fox Television Studios had staffed him on one of its productions, sending him somewhere on the strength of that go-nowhere script he sold. Starting in 2006, McCormick spent three years on “King of the Hill,” which he loved even before he got to spend a few years writing for its final seasons. Then, with the end of the show, a sudden stop. “Because I had hoped to go straight from ‘King of the Hill’ to my next show and that didn’t happen,” McCormick said. Then, with one offer two years ago, a stop to the stop. McCormick came to “Cougar Town” after its first season — an important distinction, because it meant he “wasn’t there for some of the growing pains,” he said, that Lawrence’s winedrenched cul-de-sac comedy went through. And yet, two years after avoiding those first-year pains, and long after shirking his “new guy” label in the writers’ room, McCormick has been on-set for another set of difficulties alto-
gether. When “Cougar Town” ended its second season last May, the show went away — and then didn’t come back. Or, least, not back on the air. Behind the scenes, Lawrence and his production team, including McCormick, worked to finish writing and shooting a third season that had yet to see the light of a screen — or a schedule. The process was “fascinating and nervewracking and unlike anything I would imagine from a writing perspective,” McCormick said. Lawrence had other words for it, in a guest column he wrote for Entertainment Weekly last November: “[H]ow does it feel to be a midseason replacement?” he wrote, “Well, since I’ve only written 692 words so far: It sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks.” It didn’t just suck, though: with “Cougar Town” held indeterminately by the network, floating without a return date for the spring, the sucking became an opportunity, as Lawrence later launched what the Associated Press called “guerrilla warfare,” according to a January article. The war, as it turned out, was waged in screening rooms and conference tables with members of the show’s cast and crew holding screenings across the country — in Atlanta, Chicago and San Diego, among others. The cast even made the trip to Pasadena to attend a party thrown by the show’s creators for TV critics, in an effort to further the promotion and increase the hype. The goal was simple. “If I can turn out the same audience that enjoys the show for the first two years, this show will be on for six or seven years," Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly in January. “But it’s also an experiment.” And as an experiment, the screenings have had a few surprises. When McCormick’s turn came to host one, not all went as planned. “It was a nightmare … at first,” he said. And that’s because actress Busy Phillips, who co-stars on the show, was delayed in her co-hosting duties, held up in-transit. McCormick, forced to go at it alone, found the audience of 150 people held more than just fans. Some of them, he said, had come from Twitter, having corresponded with Lawrence via tweet or social network. “And here I am, meeting those people face-to-face,” McCormick said. To fill time, he chatted with the attendees and grew comfortable. After a few hours, Phillips arrived; the night and its screening continued and was a success. Afterward, more success: ABC announced a Feb. 14 return date for “Cougar Town.” The only if that remains — for the cast and crew and for McCormick, who’s learned from L.A. to “be thankful for work when you can get it” — is who. “At the end of the day,” McCormick said, “all that matters is, ‘Are people going to watch you?’”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
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A full life. A fatal fall. Student’s death ‘like the idea of a shooting star’ BY TIFFANY STEVENS The Red & Black It was almost perfect. In a remote area of Greenville County, S.C., Alan Lewis was spending a clear, late-April day with his girlfriend, Meara Spillum. Sun beat down, bleaching worn rocks, paving a path toward the forest-edged gorge some feet in front of the couple. Water trickled in shallow cascades over the 125-foot drop. Lewis’ dog, Charlie, explored nearby and Lewis and Spillum took in the moment. After five years entrenched in the University’s landscape architecture program, Lewis was taking a breath. For the moment, a future career sculpting natural settings into city scapes took a back seat. There would be time for a life of thrill-seeking, of chasing Phish concerts, of family. In time, Spillum and Lewis would marry. “We intended to be together. That was the plan,” Spillum said. “We weren’t going to get married until it was right, because we had forever.” But Alan Lewis died, and all plans were cut short. The Fall That last day in April began with Lewis’ love of secret places. After breakfast with his mother and stepfather, the 2011 grad surprised Spillum with hiking plans to a littleknown location near Heritage Falls. “He was like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to show you this place. It’s tucked away and it’s beautiful,’” Spillum said. “He always wanted to show me pretty things. He would always drive the speed limit because he said he was carrying precious cargo. And I don’t think he was only referring to me. It was the damn dog, too.” For Lewis, it was continual discovery. He moved from playing in a backdoor creek as a small child to kayaking Class 5 rapids as an Eagle Scout. And in all his accomplishments, especially those involving the natural world, his aim was not only to explore, but to share. “He took me when he was 14 to this place called Bulls Sluice and said, ‘Let me show you what I want to do,’” said Lynn Palermo, Lewis’ mother. “As we’re walking along the path to this waterfall, along the river, I keep seeing warning signs that are saying, ‘People have died on this river. Be careful. Don’t go kayaking.’ And he said, ‘That’s what I want to do.’” Though he was well experienced in facing potentially life-threatening outdoor sports, the hike that day in April was a low-key event. Lewis had traveled the gentle hike before, and others like it, without trouble — often accompanied by Spillum or Charlie. While sunbathing with Spillum near the edge of the waterfall, Lewis noticed Charlie moving too far away, too close to the drop. “Charlie’s a very well-behaved dog on a leash, but Alan’s very aware of what could happen in those situations because he’s an outdoorsy guy,” Spillum said. “One of us just had to get up and get him. He went up to get the dog and he slipped. And Charlie went down with him.” For someone skilled in the outdoors, attempting to pull Charlie back must not have seemed dangerous to Lewis.
Having once, his friends said, saved the life of another, helping others was second-hand. But he slipped. Then fell. Spillum phoned for help. And somehow, she began descending the steep cliff. “I don’t know how I got down there. I really don’t,” she said. “But there was a time when I was down there and looking around and realized, ‘I can’t get out of here either.’ You just have that gut-wrenching ‘Oh no.’ I was just screaming Alan’s name and ‘Oh no.’” Spillum made her way through the water, meeting Charlie and looking for Alan. To the call of “Go Dawgs,” Charlie began baying to signal their position. And across state lines, phones were ringing. Lewis had spent most of his life bringing friends together, helping solitary people find community. “If I had to pinpoint who considered Alan a close friend just within the Athens area, it would be about a 100 people,” said Kevin Carlan, managing partner of OPEN Print Consultants and one of Lewis’ friends. “Alan was one of the best guys I’ve ever met in my life. Every period of my life where I ever needed a guy, he was there for me.” Now they gathered for a very different reason. Circled around the phone, they were tense with hope for “the best guy [they] had ever known.” “It was so chaotic. You didn’t want to ask the questions to the people who got up there,” said Jody Smith, a former roommate of Lewis’. “Meara was in another world. And I was just sitting near her thinking, ‘I hope they never find him.’ Maybe he did really drift off into the sunset. We don’t really need to come to the finality of ‘Here’s dead Alan.’” But about an hour later, rescue workers found Spillum and Charlie — sitting near Lewis, having already attempted to resuscitate him. The morning’s breakfast was a far sight off. The search was over. “About four hours later is when we got a call from the sheriff,” said Gene Palermo, Lewis’ stepfather. “He told us first to get off the road and call him back and we did that. That’s when he mentioned that Alan had gone down the waterfall.” The Climb In the high places of the world, you’ll find Alan Lewis. Lewis’ death was met not only with mourning, but with a flood of remembrance. More than 500 friends and family poured into Athens, and later, into the Blind Pig Tavern for a post-ceremony night of music and tale-telling. “It was exactly what Alan would have wanted,” Lynn said. “The band was amazing. His friends were all together. Community was such an important part of his life.” And after the funeral and the party, Lewis’ loved ones returned him to the places he loved. “The day after the funeral, we went up to Bulls Sluice,” Smith said. “We went up there and Jay [Gaines] had made a little raft and everybody had scooped a little of the ashes into it. A lot of people had never been to this place before and then there were other people who had been there all the time from [Boy Scouts] camp. But they were all up there at Bulls Sluice, the most appropriate place.”
Onlookers watched the device float down the river. And Alan’s raft cut a perfect line through the rapid. “As they released it I just had to jump in the water and I swam over and grabbed a big rock so that I could be right in the middle of it to watch Alan come by,” Smith said. “This little molded together raft that’s just twigs and stuff — this little raft with no guiding system in any way — takes the perfect line.” A part of Lewis now lies near Camp Rainey Mountain, at the rapids that he loved. Another part lives in Colorado. Spillum, Carlan and Chad White, a 2004 University graduate and high school friend of Lewis, planned a journey to those Midwest mountains and rivers in the weeks that followed. “When he would come out to Colorado to see me I would always take him hiking and rafting and kayaking,” White said. “Meara came out to see me there after everything died down. She wanted to spread some of his ashes there because he loved Colorado.” And for Spillum, Lewis met her there. “It was a lot harder for me than I realized it was going to be,” Spillum. “It had been raining in Wyoming, and right when we passed over the border, I burst into tears because the skies opened up. Kevin and I looked at each other. I said, ‘We’re not bringing Alan here. He’s beat us here.’” With White as a guide, Meara spread Lewis’ ashes at the end of a mountain hike. And in a tree at the spot, they carved his nickname: “Top Dawg.” “It was rough on her,” White said. “But once she got to the top of it she was fine, said a few words, spread some ashes.” And though grief continues, Lewis’ friends and family find ways to keep him alive. “All of our lives are different now. I’m not the same person,” said Gaines, a childhood friend of Lewis. “It’s like losing a brother. Going and seeing new bands I sometimes want to call him up and be like, ‘Hey man, you got to hear this new band.’ That’s hard.” Carlan, Smith and Gaines have spent months in planning AlanFest, a fusion of festivities to take place yearly in April which will focus on bringing people together while replenishing a University memorial scholarship set up in Lewis’ name. “Our goal in putting this together is to remember Alan’s life, getting together and throwing down in the name of one of the better dudes I’ve ever known and putting a kid through college at the same time,” Carlan
Alan Lewis loved nature and being outdoors and music. So in the months since his accidental death hiking with his girlfriend, it is these things that his friends and family choose to remember most — and best — about him. Photos courtesy Lynn Palermo
said. Through continuing to bring people together, Lewis lives on. And except for Lewis’ absence, the outcome is perfect. “It was almost like the idea of a shooting star,” Smith said. “Looking back on it you just had the feeling that it was going to burn out. It was going to burn brighter than everybody else, but it was going to burn out sooner than everybody else. If Alan had a way to go, he went when he was hiking in the mountains on a river at a waterfall with his best girl and his dog. If there was ever a riding off into the sunset for Alan, that would be it.” 24330
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Alumna urges ‘bold’ thinking Starts T-shirt line focusing on ‘personal revolutions’ BY ALEXIS LEIMA The Red & Black Don’t just live, Bailey Dunn says — live boldly. “Live Boldly is a brand that encourages people to have their own personal movements, or personal revolutions,” said Dunn, University graduate and Live Boldly founder. The idea hatched from a group skydiving trip she went on in the summer of 2008. “A 90-something-year-old man was there to celebrate a birthday and was on our plane up with us,” Dunn said. “I watched him suit up in his red jumpsuit and pop out his dentures before boarding the plane. I remember laughing a little and thinking that this man was out of his mind and worrying that he was going to either have a heart attack or stroke.” Fortunately enough, the fall was a smooth one. “I asked him why he came skydiving since he was so old,” Dunn said. “He told me something along the lines of, ‘You only live once, so you’ve got to try everything once, right? I don’t got much time left. I got to be bold.’” The sentiment rang strong and true for Dunn, forcing her to reevaluate the way she had been living and the way she chose to spend her time. “I decided from then on, I was going to challenge myself to do bolder things so that I don’t have to catch up on lost time and opportunities when I’m 90-something-years-old,” she said. So she created a brand — and a lifestyle. After creating a few paintings proudly displaying her new logo, Dunn decided to take it a step further. A few fails, and a broken iron later, Dunn said, she bought a silk screen and started busting out professional quality shirts, at first for her sorority to wear for Relay for Life. The idea caught on from friend-to-friend, and more orders came in. “I want Live Boldly to take on its own connotation for everyone,” Dunn said. “I didn’t want it to scream ‘live wildly’ or ‘live daringly,’ even if that is how some people read into it, because everyone isn’t a daredevil. I want people to define ‘bold’ in their own way.” This idea resonated with Sarah Kane, a graduate student in agricultural leadership from Maryland, who discovered the idea through Facebook. “It’s just interesting for someone to do something like Live Boldly — getting somebody to transcend the norm,” Kane said. “I think It’s cool to challenge people to step out of the box and step out of their normal everyday routine. It’s just an inspiring movement.” To further help establish her projected aesthetic, Dunn compares her brand as a mixture between Live Boldy and Life is Good — differing from one by brand and the other by intensity. “In my opinion, Life is Good has a disconnect with people in our generation,” Dunn said. “To me, if you extend the Life is Good tagline, it would read ‘Life is Good, relax, play golf, grow a flower, walk your dog, fly a kite, sit on the beach in your bucket hat.’ No disrespect to Life is Good, but look at their t-shirts — that’s what their message is.”
Dunn’s solution aims to transcend age and foster a more individualistic attitude — something more flexible. “Live Boldly’s extension would be more of a ‘Live boldly, do something, get out of your comfort zone, transcend the norm with your one life,’” she said. However, with all of the other lifestyle-changing movements floating around, Dunn strives to set her brand apart. “I want people to be inspired,” she said. “We all know that we have one life to live, live like today is your last day, carpe diem and whatnot — yadda, yadda, yadda. But how often do people actually get off the couch and go do something that makes their day really count against the rest?” Kane put the idea into action through an assignment she gave to one of her classes. “I saw a Ted Talk on trying something new for 30 days and it reminded me of the Live Boldly movement with Bailey. And I decided that that would be easy to make an assignment for my class during their Thanksgiving Break to do something new for seven days to challenge them,” Kane said. And the response to this challenge was, for the most part, a very good one. “I had a lot of student athletes,” Kane said, “and they get so bogged down with their schedule and they forget about their other hobbies so they’re like, ‘Oh, I really need to invest in myself other than just schooling and sports and stuff.’” Brain Flannery, Georgia State graduate from Alpharetta, took the movement all the way up the East coast. “I decided to do the Appalachian Trail and I thought it might be an interesting idea to wear one of her Live Boldly T-shirts when I went because the idea behind the whole thing is to do something out of the ordinary, just kind of try something different,” he said. The shirts caught the eyes of many fellow hikers, and helped Flannery complete his journey from Georgia to Maine. “When we were out there at times we were looking at it like, ‘Why are we out here when everyone else is back home hanging out and relaxing while we’re hiking 20 miles a day?’” he said “And thinking about it, and the focus of doing something new kind of kept me going.” However, even with instances of positive response, Dunn realized the fragility of her original expectations. As often noted, and true in this case, easier said than done. “I’m 23-years-old,” Dunn said. “I’ve never done anything like this before. My major was in advertising, not business, not management, and I wasn’t part of the entrepreneurial club.” However, even with the unexpected additional workload, another surprise came as a pleasant one. “It’s not just about creating a business idea and
“[H]ow often do people actually get off the couch and go do something?” Bailey Dunn, Live Boldly founder
Bailey Dunn started Live Boldly so others would buy into its example: to live without worry. Courtesy Bailey Dunn figuring out how to turn a profit,” Dunn said. “It’s about knowing you have changed someone’s outlook and optimism in even the most minute way.” As her May graduation date approaches, Kane easily relates to what Dunn is experiencing. “It’s a great movement for people our age,” she said. “We’re just starting our careers, we don’t want to get stuck in a rut.” Flannery has also taken Live Boldly with him past his nearly 2,178 mile hike. “It was also another factor in my move to Austin, Texas. I grew up in Alpharetta, went to school in Atlanta, and just left,” he said. “So when I got done with the trip, the mentality of continuing to explore, of continuing to live boldly like that followed with me when I decided to up and move out here. I got a job just working at a restaurant right now, but I’ve been doing a lot more stuff outdoors like running, camping, hiking, climbing.” Dunn remains hopeful her idea will be further embraced by more people — but only time will tell. “In 10 years from now, Live Boldly could be nothing more than an idea that once lived,” she said. “Or in 10 years from now, the entire world may know about it, so stay tuned.”
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Sophomore a ‘mother hen’ to teammate Fuller keeps positive energy alive BY AJ ARCHER The Red & Black For Kate Fuller, tennis is more than just the execution of shots — it’s a mental warzone. “The matches, like this weekend [against Georgia Tech], sometimes don’t necessarily have anything to do with skills,” she said. “I think it can be really mental. I was prepared for it to come down to me. I think my opponent was not necessarily looking forward to that pressure, that situation, but I was super excited to be in it.” And that preparation has come from experience. “Being a sophomore, I think I’ve experienced a little bit more,” she said. “You expect adversity.” So it goes for tennis players: Adversity can manifest itself in a positive attitude, or it can be suppressed and overpowered. Fuller has no problem wrestling with the mental side of the game. “I think [my positive attitude] helps me stay in a lot of matches,” she said. “If I’m not playing my best, a positive attitude in the mental side of the game is so powerful out on the tennis court. I feel like I’m able to fight back from behind or being down a set.” And being down a set is exactly where she
found herself at the match against Georgia Tech. But for Fuller, that wasn’t the end of the road. It was just the beginning of a three-set journey. “During the Tech match it was pretty tight,” she said. “After I got down 2-0 in the second set, I really had to tell myself to relax and play freer. I started playing my game and having fun out there and having a much more comfortable attitude and I really felt the match start to turn from that point on.” Playing her game Many players know it’s difficult to dominate every match from the first point onward. “Tennis is a mental sport — sometimes you come out and you’re not playing your best, or you're feeling a little tight or you’re not liking the way the match is going,” she said. But what sets Fuller apart from other players is that she doesn’t let that feeling hinder her playing. “You’ve got to have short-term memory, but you also have to learn from each point,” she said. “We’ve been doing a little bit of video after the weekend, so we’ve been trying to make a few adjustments. You’ve got to learn from mistakes and use those to improve as the season goes on — it’s a long season.” She corrects each mistake and integrates the changes into her game almost simultaneously. When coupled with reading her opponent,
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these skills makes Fuller quite the adversary in her matches. Doubles partner Lauren Herring said the positive attitude and quick integration keeps the doubles pair moving forward and positive, not harping on a bad play. “We’re really working on making the right decisions on the court, but it’s more of, ‘If you don’t execute, then it’s alright — you’ll make it next time,’” Herring said. “Usually we’re really good about forgetting a bad shot and moving onto the next point — about staying up, being positive and looking at the bright side of things.” And her hard work does not go unnoticed. In after-match interviews, head coach Jeff Wallace has had great things to say about her. “Kate’s just done a great job,” Wallace told The Red & Black after
Georgia Tech. “We always say great things happen to people who work hard. I was so impressed with how she came back after losing that first set — she was a little tight but she kept plugging away and having a good time.” Wallace used a phrase at practice when talking to Fuller, and it seemed to resonate with her: Keep it simple. “Keep it simple means keep it about tennis, stop overthinking,” she said. “It can be easy to overthink or doubt yourself, but you have to trust your shots and trust your game. You can’t overcomplicate things — it is a simple game. It can be a challenge and some matches can seem really difficult, but we just keep things simple with strategies and the way we play.” Being one part of a whole For Fuller, being a team member is more than just doing her part
— it’s helping the other players do their parts as well. “Kate’s kind of like the mother hen — she always has been,” Herring said. “She’s kind of like our big sister in a lot of ways. We’re good friends off-court and Kate’s such a positive person, so it translates to how we play — positive energy.” The big sister role brings something special to Fuller’s game, as she shares her positive attitude and helps the other women incorporate it into their styles of play. “After we lost our match to Tech, I was really upset about it,” Herring said. “But she came over to me and was like, ‘It’s going to be OK. Get it out of your mind. You can redeem yourself in singles — it’s a great opportunity.’ She’s really good about being there for you, making sure you’re in a good state of mind all the time. It’s great in our doubles
because she does the exact same thing.” Fuller’s positive attitude does not only span match-to-match, however. Even in the off-season, Fuller began to look forward to competition and opportunities to play the game she’s practiced. “We all worked really hard over the fall, made certain changes to our games and worked on a lot of things in the offseason,” Fuller said. “I think each of us are anxious and excited to see those results and see how we grow over the season as a team. I think we’ve set ourselves up well for the season — we have a top 10 ranking and we have a lot of home matches, which is great. It’s going to come down to our heart in every match. There isn’t any limit on what we can do.” And with no limits comes a decline in pressure for the team. For Herring and her teammates, the point of the season is to grow as a team and stay on top as much as possible. “A lot of teams have outcome-based results and goals, but for us I want to see an improvement in how we’re playing and executing decisions,” she said. “Kate and I have a lot of potential, so if we’re doing those things right the results are definitely going to come. We can really do big things here at the University.” Fuller echoes her partner's sentiments. No matter how the season turns, she wants to know she did her best. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to win. “We want to go through the season with no regrets,” she said. “I want to work really hard each and every day so we do the best we can at NCAA here in our backyard. If we do everything the best we could and a team outplays us in the end, but we fought to the last point, then there’s nothing we can do. We’re doing well as a team and working together. We have a lot of talent and a lot of opportunities this season, but we’re looking forward to creating more opportunities for ourselves. We’re putting in the work and I think we can beat anyone who comes to play us.”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
THE RED & BLACK 3C
Transfer ‘likes to talk’ on the court Singh aims to help team ‘win a title’ BY NICHOLAS FOURIEZOS The Red & Black Georgia tennis player KU Singh returns a volley skyward, then shakes his racket in the air as he watches the ball soar out of bounds. “I can’t do that!” he shouts. Two plays later, he’s jumping on his heels, exclaiming after a baseline shot toes the white line — out. Singh may be the new man on campus, but he definitely isn’t going to be staying quiet. “KU likes to talk, but he has some good things to say, so when you can talk and say something, that’s important,” said Wil Spencer, who has been his teammate all of two weeks. “Not just talking just to talk. He’s a super nice guy and he’s going to be a great addition to the team.” Senior Sadio Doumbia agreed with Spencer. “Yeah — that’s the thing about [Singh],” Doumbia said. “ I don’t know much about Indian people, but he talks so much. I’ve never heard anybody talk so much, actually. But he’s a nice guy, he says smart stuff, so that’s fine.” But when Singh steps off the practice courts, still sweating, still breathing hard from his workout, he isn’t so interested in talking. Even as he talks to the media, he stretches, pulling his leg behind his back and twisting his arm. He admits that he feels more comfortable being vocal on the court and prefers to let other people make their own judgments of his character off of it. “On the court, I like to express myself in practice,” Singh said. “Off the court — well, that’s too tough of a question. Just go with what other people say. It’s tough.” Singh transferred this season from the University of Illinois, where he posted an 8-5 record while playing exclusively at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, even after battling a lingering wrist injury early in the season and being forced to sit out the year before due to NCAA eligibility regulations. But before all of that he was in India, playing in Futures tournaments, propelled forward by the dream of one day becoming a professional tennis player. Singh played well, becoming the proud recipient of two singles and three doubles titles at junior International Tennis Federation tournaments. The transition from India to the United States wasn’t as bad as one might think, according to Singh. “For me, there wasn’t much change because I was traveling to a lot of countries when I was young. When I was 14, I wasn’t home for a while. I think I spent one week at home in three years,” Singh said. “I was always around people and different cultures. I went to Spain, I went to Asia, so there wasn’t really adaptation there. I just treated it like a new place, new university, new people.” It didn’t take long for Singh to ingratiate himself with his teammates, who had nothing but good things to say about the newest member to their highlyregarded group. “He’s a really smooth player. He plays softly, doesn’t freeze too much,” Doumbia said. “It’s really easy, he has a lot of talents so tennis comes
UPCOMING MATCHES Sunday, Jan. 29: versus Tennessee Christian University Monday, Jan. 30: versus Nebraska or Virginia Tech — ITA kickoff easy for him. He’s a wellrounded player, does what he wants with the ball and is a great addition to the team for sure.” Doumbia is a team captain and also has experience with playing as an international student, having made his own journey from Toulouse, France to play with the Bulldogs. Singh’s transition from international play to collegiate tennis has been impressive, according to Doumbia. “The thing is that you’re far from home and you don’t see your family very often, so it’s pretty hard. You have to be strong mentally, so playing at Illinois and then transferring here, it’s hard to feel the groove in general,” Doumbia said. “It’s pretty hard, but he’s doing really good and I’m impressed by him. He’s putting the work in and he’s doing very good in the classroom, too, so I could not be pleased more as a captain.” Even Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz was quick to say that Singh’s adaptation to the team has been seamless, compared to the struggles most international students have to deal with. Diaz met his future player this past summer, when Singh met him at the airport after having played in tournaments in India. “I picked him up at the airport and he was coming from India, long trip, tired and he had a great attitude. He was very interested in everything we did as a team, wanted to get to know us and we wanted to get to know him and it’s pretty easy with KU,” Diaz said. “He’s very engaging and has a great personality and has a great knowledge and passion for the game.” However, there was no promise that Singh would end up attending Georgia after taking a long look at other prominent tennis programs. “He met a few of the guys, spent a lot of time with us and the coaches and he had some guys recommending — he did
KU Singh was born in India and sat out last season after transferring from the University of Illinois. He has already impressed his teammates and head coach Manny Diaz with his quick acclimation to the Bulldogs. EVAN STICHLER/Staff
have an official visit to UCLA, so we knew that he had a good visit here but you just never know,” Diaz said. When Diaz knew that Singh was going to join his team this season, it presented a huge opportunity for the Bulldogs to increase their depth and add a valuable new member to the program. “He gives us another very good player,” Diaz said. “He gives us greatly improved depth. We were deep without him — now we are even deeper with
him.” Singh said that it was his relationship with the coaches that ultimately won him over. “The coaches here — I just really hit it off with them really well,” Singh said. “I liked both the coaches, I liked the place, I feel like I can get better here and hopefully have a professional career after this.” Singh finally arrived in January, when the junior from Gurgaon, Haryana, India, settled in Athens before participat-
ing a mere few days later in the opening tournament of the new year — the SEC Coaches Indoor Championships. The newest Bulldog won two matches to reach the quarterfinal round, where he was defeated by Doumbia, who would eventually make it to the championship of the singles tournament. He also won his first dual match of the season against Clemson’s Gerardo Meza, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 .
But the Georgia player known mostly for talking was oddly silent when it came to talking about his own success. Even after a successful tournament run and a singles victory in the season opener, Singh’s sole focus was on the goals of the team as a whole “Just to help the team win a title,” Singh said. “That is the only goal this year — we need to get that. It would be amazing if we could lift that trophy at the end of the year.”
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BY LISA GLASER The Red & Black Anna Watson had a 50-pound weight swing in the last year. She’s eaten 900-calorie mass gainer shakes, mixed with milk and peanut butter. She’s bench pressed 155 pounds. She’s sculpted four inches of muscles on her arms in ten months — naturally. She’s been on the cusp of a $75,000 fitness-modeling contract. She’s obsessed over working out, leaving her miserable and tired. She left behind that possible modeling career after a suggestion for her to use a legal steroid. She drank only a sip of alcohol before her 21st birthday, and that came at communion. She’s an active member of Athens Church and plans to go on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic during spring break. She’s moved out of the Bible Belt to Hawaii only to come home again. She’s competed as either a gymnast or cheerleader since she was 5 years old. She made the latest addition to Georgia’s spirit squad, having gone through a late try-out last semester. She’s cheered for three home football games, froze a few times on the field, but felt the encouragement of her teammates. She’s made the cheerleading competition squad this January before she ruptured her Achilles tendon last week. Watson, a junior exercise and sports science major from Fayetteville, feels she’s lost and gained more than the muscles on her 5-foot-10 frame in the past few years. “I know that my identity is not in working out,” Watson said. “It’s not who I am. It’s not what I want people to see me as. Yes, on the outside, I’m a very fit individual, but when you get to know me, my life is not all about exercise and working out. I think it’s really important to stay grounded and know who you are and knowing that shaping your bicep is not going to shape your personality. It’s not going to shape your goals in life.” ==== Watson repeated the phrase twice. “Within 12 weeks, she had probably put on five inches in her arms,” she paused. “In her arms.” Watson described a series of pictures a modeling agent gave her. They showed a woman who worked out with the aid of Anavar, a legal anabolic steroid. The agent suggested Watson — who had been trying to gain almost 50 pounds in muscle to be signed as a model — do the same. “It was definitely something I was tempted with more than one time,” she said. “[The agent] made it sound as good as he could.” It was an offer made more than a year ago, before Watson had even made it to Georgia. It was before Watson realized her fitness regiment was getting obsessive and damaging. It was before Watson found peace in the strength training room at Ramsay, where she now works out.
Check out an exclusive photo gallery featuring Anna Watson on our website. She was at West Georgia College when she began bulking up to meet the requirements for her potential modeling career. She had been in contact with representatives from a Paris office of Elite Model Management, an international modeling agency, for more than eight months when she saw the pictures. A high-end workout wear ad campaign, $75,000 and the beginnings of a career as a fitness model were all in the works. She could be like the woman in the photo, who “put on the size she needed… got her job … made her money and … cycled off the steroids and was back to normal.” The drug could help blood pump furiously through her muscles when she lifted. It could help her grow stronger, faster. But Watson was a hard gainer. During the first four months after the modeling agency approached her, she only gained 10 pounds. This was despite the fact that Watson was eating “bear portions” throughout the day — plates of eggs and chicken and bowls of rice and vegetables. She was eating more than 3,000 calories a day. She was never hungry but always eating. She was in the gym at least an hour and half, six days a week. She was reaching most of their benchmarks set in the bi-weekly progress reports she had to send them. When she was at her strongest, she was bench pressing 155 pounds, squatting 255, doing bicep curls with 35-pound weights and dead lifting 230. But it wasn’t enough. These pictures, this woman with her arms growing at an unnatural rate, were the new benchmark. Watson had invested almost a year of her life, more than $500 toward supplements, and an immeasurable amount of stress and heartache. “Obviously, they just wanted to make money and they even told me that several times, ‘We just want to get you started so we can make money off of you,’ and I’m like, ‘I understand that, but I am a person.’” She felt tempted, but couldn’t do it. Her mother was worried. She consulted Hugh Kirby, a former national powerlifting champion at her church back in Fayetteville, who advised her against it. Who knows what the effects could be in 10 years or when I try to have children, she thought. Watson wouldn’t do it. “I don’t serve a modeling agent. I serve the Lord,” Watson said. “I’m not
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Anna Watson had the opportunity to become a fitness model if she took legal steroids. She declined to do so since she regarded her body as ‘a temple.’ Courtesy Anna Watson going to compromise my morals and my beliefs just to take pictures. I believe that my body is a temple and a beautiful creation, so I don’t want to put anything into it that can harm it.” About a month after she saw the pictures, the agency dropped Watson as a potential model. ==== Watson began weightlifting during her time at Hawaii Pacific University after a visit home for Christmas break. During her first semester of college, she lost about 35 pounds. She was stressed, and her family noticed. “It was a coping mechanism. I would go to the gym and do cardio all the time. I did get addicted to it,” Watson said. “So, I realized that I burned all the fat off my body. I burned all the muscle and so I couldn’t do my cheer skills anymore. I wasn’t strong anymore and I didn’t realize what I was doing to myself.” Her family and friends suggested weightlifting. She would have to eat more, gain muscle and feel stronger. It worked and Watson soaked up the knowledge of magazine articles and personal trainer friends. She felt more and more confident. But after she came back to Georgia and she began contact with the modeling agency, her workouts became obsessive. “I am competitive and when someone puts a goal in front of me, I’m going to go until I reach that goal,” Watson said. “And sometimes, it’s not a good thing, because I became almost obsessed with working out and you have to be careful, because psychologically, it can really play a game on you. If I wasn’t in the gym six days a week for an hour and half, I felt like I wasn’t making any progress.” When the modeling contract disappeared, Watson reevaluated her time in the gym. She still feels passionate about her health and fitness, but believes in moderation. She works out at least three times a week with the spirit squad and around five times individually. Watson said her time at the Ramsey Center is enjoyable, rather than a burden. Watson credits her Christian faith in helping her find balance. “When working out became a greater passion to me than serving the Lord and serving people around me and loving other people, then I realized that was a big no-no,” Watson said. “I was frustrated. I was cranky. I didn’t want to go to the gym, but I felt like I had to. I was stuck in this regiment and it was almost oppressive and it was like I was trapped. So being able to realize that working out is not my purpose in life really was able to set me free.” Watson finds community at both her hometown church and at Athens Church. After college, she’s interested in becoming a personal trainer and helping others find joy in fitness. She doesn’t wear headphones in the gym — she wants to socialize, help others and feel like a part of the community of the weight room. “I want to show people that working out can be freeing,” Watson said. “It can be enjoyable. It doesn’t have to be something that you have to do all the time. It doesn’t have to be oppressive and I think a lot of people just need to be freed from that image or that idea, ‘If I can lift five pounds more, if I can lose five pounds more, then I’m going to be better,’ because it’s a never-ending cycle.”
She also wants other women to find success in the weight room. Watson was intimidated the first time she stepped into a weight room, a place usually dominated by men. “It was hard for a girl, because psychologically, you’re like, ‘I don’t want to gain any weight, whether it’s muscle or not,’” Watson said. “And a lot of girls and even a lot of people [in] society look down on girls with a lot of muscle and personally, I can be biased. I think soft muscle is beautiful.” Her fellow cheerleaders notice Watson’s abilities in practice and in the weight room. Jessica Bakalar, a junior finance and economics major from Johns Creek, called Watson the “sweetest, nicest person,” but said she can’t lift with Watson. “I’ll never forget the one day she was lifting at the same station as me,” said Bakalar, who was in Watson’s sideline stunt group. “I would just be dying and she would be throwing the weight up like it was no big deal, so I told her the next day, ‘You have to go to a different station because I can’t keep up with you.’” Watson said she’s gained confidence since she’s gained muscle. While she has more than 30 pairs of jeans and only two fit — she praises Guess jeans as the best for athletic figures — she loves her workout outfits and feels proud of her body. Feedback has been mostly positive, except for the occasional passerby’s reaction to her muscular physique. “I noticed some of the stares and I would hear people whisper or make comments, but again, my image is not who I am.” ==== Watson is an athlete outside of the weight room. She competed as a gymnast for 10 years, before becoming a cheerleader her sophomore year of high school. “It’s an elite position to be a cheerleader at UGA,” Watson said. “They have hundreds of girls try out, and to be selected out of all of those people to be on the team, it’s kind of a big deal. So those girls were very humble and gracious and patient to help me just learn the basic stuff.” But Bakalar said Watson’s role on the team is important, despite her just joining. Bakalar called her a “huge motivator” and a “huge asset.” She also said Watson was intimidating at first — she’s tall, athletic and ambitious. “Everyone was like, ‘Oh my goodness, this girl is going to take all our spots. She’s so amazing. We’re not going to be able to stack up to her,’” Bakalar said. “And so definitely at first, it was intimidating, but once I got introduced to her and got to know her, obviously that changed.” Watson was selected to compete with the team in a national competition in April, but ruptured her Achilles tendon on Sunday night, making her status for the moment unclear . But she believes her journey as an athlete, a student and as a woman of faith is ongoing. “I’ve gained the weight,” Watson said. “I’ve lost the weight, I’ve been stuck in it. I’ve been tempted by it, but I’ve also been able to overcome it. So I guess my story kind of goes in a lot of different directions, but I’m so happy where I am now and I’m at peace... I know that what I’ve been through will hopefully be able to help other people, and it’s definitely made me stronger.”
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
THE RED & BLACK 5C
Dogs an ‘immature’ team Fox, players frustrated with issues BY EDWARD KIM The Red & Black The Georgia men’s basketball team has not started games well this season. In turn, the Bulldogs have grown accustomed to fighting back from big deficits. Against Ole Miss last Saturday — after being down as much as 15 midway through the second half — the Bulldogs played a complete five minutes to end the game and had two looks to tie the game as time expired. But their last-ditch effort could not make up for the first 35 minutes that was marred by inconsistent play. “We didn’t deserve a chance to win [the game] in my opinion,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said. "We just decided to play a little harder and more physical in the second half. We decided we were going to defend a little better and compete on the glass a little bit. But we still had some plays I know we’d like to have back.” For a team that has had a season of inconsistent game play, Fox has coined a term to explain his young team’s upand-down rollercoaster ride throughout the course of a game — “immature competitors.” “We’re immature as competitors, and so we don’t string together the minutes like we should,” he said. “We still have two-minute droughts, or two [minutes] of bad plays, or a minute here or there that separates winning from losing.” Sophomore forward Donte’ Williams agreed with his coach’s assessment of the team. “[Sometimes] we just play hard for the last two minutes and not the other 38 minutes in a game,” Williams said. “When it’s time to play, that’s when we play. While other times in the first half we just play off, miss some shots, miss some rebounds, not play [defense], but that’s probably one of the reasons [for our struggles].” Georgia’s issues have usually come from the defensive end, where they go through huge lapses of defensive miscues. In their most recent game against No. 1 Kentucky, after pulling within one, the Bulldogs allowed the Wildcats to go on a 15-4 run to end the first half to take a 38-26 lead into the locker room — and it was a run the Bulldogs would never be able to recover from. The run was full of wide-open 3-pointers and uncontested dunks as the Wildcats exposed the holes in the porous Bulldog defense. “Our defense needs to be more consistent,” Fox said after the game. “Our second half defense was better than our first and that’s something we have to establish… I’ve been a little disappointed in the consistency of our defense.” When Georgia has played a complete defensive game, the results have usually been wins. In their 57-53 overtime win against Tennessee, the Bulldogs played one of their best games defensively, holding the Volunteers to just 40 percent shooting. The Bulldogs managed to hold Kentucky — the second highestscoring team in the SEC at 78.4 points per game — to just 19 points in the second half and 57 for the game, a season-low. If not for one Wildcat run and one lapse in defensive coverage, the Bulldogs might have had a real chance for the upset. But strong defense has not been the norm this season as the “immature competitors”
have shown up on most nights, leading to a frustrated team that knows they are not living up to its potential. “I don’t know what it is but it’s very, very frustrating,” freshman Nemanja Djurisic said. “Especially after losses and especially after the way we practice. It’s very frustrating not playing well in the first half.” “It’s frustrating to watch,” Williams added. “[For me] watching [us] the last few minutes and the way [we are] playing, [I’m] thinking if we play like that the whole 40 minutes, we could probably win the game by 15 or more.” Although there has not been one solution to the team’s problems, some players do have
some theories on how to right the problems. “Having a win sometimes carries over to the start of the next game,” junior guard Sherrard Brantley said. “Then sometimes [we come] out sluggish because we are still happy from the last game and then we come out losing to start the next game, and its hard to come back [from that]. That happened to us against Ole Miss [after we beat Tennessee].” “It’s a mindset, preparing yourself before the game, having the right preparation,” Williams added. “It’s kinda mental. We have to execute [how we prepare] before the game.” But even though the struggles have at times
created frustration and disappointment for the team, which has won just one conference game in six attempts this season, Fox still believes that the Bulldogs are not by any stretch of the imagination a “bad team.” Instead, he believes they are building toward a better future. “We still have had some good minutes, and we’re getting better, and we’re having a tough start to SEC play,” Fox said. “But I don’t think, by any stretch of the means we’re an awful basketball team. We haven’t played well, but I think if we can just become a little more consistent and more mature, when the clock’s ticking, we can continue to get better.”
Georgia's inability to put together complete performances for 40 minutes has given head coach Mark Fox headaches all season. FILE/The Red & Black
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Know the score GEORGIA 2012 FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS NAME
JOHN ATKINS COLLIN BARBER FATON BAUTA MARK BEARD JAMES DELOACH LEONARD FLOYD TODD GURLEY QUAYVON HICKS JORDAN JENKINS KEITH MARSHALL MARSHALL MORGAN GREG PYKE TY SMITH JONATHAN TAYLOR JOHN THEUS BLAKE TIBBS
DEFENSIVE TACKLE KICKER QUARTERBACK OFFENSIVE TACKLE DEFENSIVE END DEFENSIVE END RUNNING BACK FULLBACK DEFENSIVE END RUNNING BACK KICKER OFFENSIVE GUARD TIGHT END DEFENSIVE END OFFENSIVE TACKLE WIDE RECEIVER
THOMSON CARTERSVILLE WILLIAM DWYER COFFEYVILLE JC JENKINS COUNTY DODGE COUNTY TARBORO PIERCE COUNTY HARRIS COUNTY MILLBROOK ARCHBISHOP MCCARTHY THE BOYS' LATIN SCHOOL COLQUITT COUNTY JENKINS COUNTY THE BOLLES SCHOOL KING
THOMSON, GA CARTERSVILLE, GA PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL COFFEYVILLE, KS MILLEN, GA EASTMAN, GA TARBORO, NC BLACKSHEAR, GA HAMILTON, GA RALEIGH, NC FT. LAUDERDALE, FL BALTIMORE, MD MOULTRIE, GA MILLEN, GA JACKSONVILLE, FL LITHONIA, GA
NO. 23 DEFENSIVE TACKLE NOT RANKED NO. 23 QUARTERBACK NOT RANKED NO. 86 DEFENSIVE END NO. 18 DEFENSIVE END NO. 13 RUNNING BACK NO. 3 FULLBACK NO. 5 DEFENSIVE END NO. 1 RUNNING BACK NO. 7 KICKER NO. 24 OFFENSIVE GUARD NO. 18 TIGHT END NO. 9 DEFENSIVE TACKLE NO. 2 OFFENSIVE TACKLE NO. 47 WIDE RECEIVER
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Team Record 1. Kentucky (61) 20-1 2. Missouri (2) 18-1 3. Syracuse (2) 21-1 4. Ohio State 17-3 5. Kansas 17-3 6. Baylor 18-2 7. North Carolina 16-3 8. Duke 16-3 9. Georgetown 16-3 10. Michigan State 16-4 11. Murray State 20-0 12. UNLV 18-3 13. San Diego State 18-2 14. Florida 15-4 15. Creighton 18-2 16. Indiana 16-4 17. Marquette 17-4 18. Miss. State 16-4 19. Virginia 15-3 20. Michigan 16-5 21. Saint Mary's 19-2 22. Kansas State 14-4 23. Florida State 13-6 24. Connecticut 14-5 25. Wisconsin 16-5
Team Record 1. Baylor (40) 19-0 2. Notre Dame 20-1 3. Connecticut 17-2 4. Stanford 17-1 5. Duke 16-2 6. Kentucky 18-2 7. Tennessee 14-5 8. Maryland 18--2 9. Ohio State 19-1 10. Miami (FL) 17-3 11. Rutgers 17-3 12. Green Bay 17-0 13. Purdue 17-3 14. Texas A&M 13-5 15. Delaware 16-1 16. Louisville 16-4 17. Georgia 16-4 18. Penn State 15-4 19. Nebraska 16-3 20. Georgetown 16-5 21. Texas Tech 14-4 22. Gonzaga 17-3 23. DePaul 15-6 23. Brigham Young 18-3 25. North Carolina 14-5
Team 1. Arkansas 2. UCLA 3. Utah 4. Nebraska 5. Oklahoma 6. Alabama 7. Georgia 8. Florida 9. Penn State 10. Oregon State 11. Ohio State 12. Stanford 13. Boise State 14. Illinois 15. Arizona 16. Auburn 17. LSU 18. Denver 19. Michigan 20. Missouri 21. NC State 22. Washington 23. Iowa 24. Maryland 25. West Virginia
Also receiving votes: West Virginia 96, Gonzaga 82, Vanderbilt 40, Louisville 35, Harvard 32, Wichita State 28, Cincinnati 20, Illinois 20, MTSU 9
Also receiving votes: Georgia Tech 46, St. Bonaventure 42, Oklahoma 32, South Carolina 28, Kansas State 27, Michigan 13, Kansas 12, Princeton 10, Arkansas 9, California 9
Note: Rankings are based on average team score
SEC STANDINGS Conference
W 6 5 3 3 3 2
L 0 1 1 2 2 2
W 20 15 15 13 16 14
L 1 5 4 6 4 5
EAMS T Kentucky Tennessee Georgia S. Carolina LSU Miss. State
W 7 5 5 4 4 3
L 0 1 2 3 3 3
W 18 14 16 15 14 13
L 2 5 4 5 6 6
LSU Alabama Auburn Tennessee Georgia S. Carolina
2 2 2 1 1 0
3 3 3 4 5 4
12 13 12 9 10 8
7 6 7 11 10 10
Arkansas Florida Vanderbilt Ole Miss Auburn Alabama
3 3 2 2 2 0
4 4 4 5 5 6
14 13 14 12 10 10
5 7 5 8 10 10
Bekah Bennetts Mariel Box Kati Breazeal Lindsey Cheek Noel Couch Chelsea Davis Kat Ding Kaylan Earls Cat Hires Demetria Hunte Whitney Kirby Laura Moffatt Gina Nuccio Sarah Persinger Camille Pfister Christa Tanella Shayla Worley
5-6 5-2 5-5 5-5 5-3 5-1 5-2 5-0 5-5 5-4 5-1 5-1 5-1 5-5 5-3 5-4 5-2
Nov. 11 Nov. 13 Nov. 16 Nov. 21 Nov. 22 Nov. 25 Nov. 28 Dec. 2 Dec. 7 Dec. 17 Dec. 20 Dec. 23 Dec. 27 Dec. 30 Jan. 7 Jan. 10 Jan. 14 Jan. 18 Jan. 21 Jan. 24 Feb. 1 Feb. 4 Feb. 8 Feb. 11 Feb. 15 Feb. 19 Feb. 22 Feb. 25 Mar. 1 Mar. 3
Nov. 11 Nov. 15 Nov. 17 Nov. 20 Nov. 26 Nov. 27 Nov. 30 Dec. 4 Dec. 6 Dec. 19 Dec. 20 Dec. 22 Dec. 28 Jan. 1 Jan. 5 Jan. 8 Jan. 12 Jan. 15 Jan. 19 Jan. 22 Jan. 26 Jan. 29 Feb. 2 Feb. 5 Feb. 12 Feb. 16 Feb. 19 Feb. 23 Feb. 26
Jan. 6 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 8:30 p.m. Jan. 20 8 p.m. Jan. 28 4 p.m. Feb. 3 9 p.m. Feb. 10 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 4 p.m. Feb. 24 7 p.m. March 2 7:30 p.m. March 9 6 p.m. March 11 2:30 p.m. March 24 4 p.m. April 7 TBA April 20 TBA April 21 TBA April 22 TBA
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TCU (83-60 W) at Georgia Southern (68-49 W) C. OF CHARLESTON (73-48 W) USC (67-60 W) Georgetown (Las Vegas) (64-56 L) Northeastern (Las Vegas) (81-61 W) S. CAROLINA STATE (85-48 W) GEORGIA TECH (75-68 W) at Mercer (80-43 W) Gonzaga (Las Vegas) (71-68 L) Montana State (Las Vegas) (63-49 W) APPALACHIAN STATE (81-37 W) FURMAN (83-58 W) ARKANSAS (67-57 W) at Tennessee (80-51 L) at Auburn (70-45 W) FLORIDA (61-55 W) at Mississippi State (68-51 W) KENTUCKY (69-64 L) at Ole Miss (61-47 W) at Vanderbilt TENNESSEE MISSISSIPPI STATE at Alabama VANDERBILT at South Carolina at Florida OLE MISS LSU
NOTABLE GAMES WEEK ELEVEN
NOTABLE GAMES WEEK ELEVEN
Jan. 26 Jan. 27 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Jan. 29 Feb. 1
Jan. 26 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Jan. 28 Jan. 29 Jan. 29 Jan. 29 Jan. 30
9 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m.
No. 16 Indiana at No. 25 Wisconsin Harvard at Yale No. 3 Syracuse at West Virginia No. 18 Miss. State at No. 14 Florida No. 5 Kansas at Iowa State No. 1 Kentucky at LSU No. 19 Virginia at North Carolina State No. 21 Saint Mary's at BYU No. 4 Ohio State at No. 20 Michigan No. 24 Connecticut at No. 9 Georgetown
8 p.m. Noon 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m.
No. 1 Baylor at Oklahoma No. 2 Notre Dame at St. John's Villanova at No. 16 Louisville Texas at No. 21 Texas Tech California at No. 4 Stanford No. 22 Gonzaga at Saint Mary's No. 11 Rutgers at No. 20 Georgtown Mississippi State at South Carolina No. 7 Tennessee at No. 17 Georgia No. 3 Connecticut at No. 5 Duke
AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA UB AA AA
WHAT’S ON DECK What: Georgia men’s basketball at Auburn When: Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Auburn, Ala. Two cents: The Georgia men’s basketball team has been able to capture only one victory in conference play through Wednesday afternoon after its 57-44 loss to No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday. The Bulldogs get a long break before they play again next Wednesday in Auburn, Ala. If the Bulldogs want to get another 'W,' they need to improve on the offensive end, as they own the worst field goal percentage in the SEC. Their upcoming opponent is a Tigers squad that has flipped the script compared to this same point last season. The Tigers were 7-12 at this point a year ago, but are 12-7 through Tuesday night.
Senior Meredith Mitchell (above) and the Lady Dogs face off against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers on Sunday in Athens. Georgia has lost to Tennessee in its last three meetings, but the Lady Dogs were victorious in Stegeman Coliseum in 2010.
EAMS T Kentucky Vanderbilt Florida Ole Miss. Miss. State Arkansas
8 p.m. WOFFORD (62-49 W) 6 p.m. BOWLING GREEN (63-54 W) 7 p.m. SOUTH DAKOTA ST. (72-61 W) 9:45 p.m. California (Kansas City) (70-46 L) 7:45 p.m. Notre Dame (Kansas City) (61-57 W) 8 p.m. at Xavier (70-56 L) 8:30 p.m. at Colorado (70-68 L) 7 p.m. CINCINNATI (57-51 L) 7 p.m. GEORGIA TECH (68-56 L) 10 p.m. at USC (63-59 W) 7 p.m. MERCER (72-58 W) 7 p.m. FURMAN (64-50 W) 7 p.m. WINTHROP (92-86 W) 2 p.m. DELAWARE STATE (58-51 W) 7 p.m. ALABAMA (74-59 L) 7 p.m. at Florida (70-48 L) 4 p.m. at Vanderbilt (77-66 L) 8 p.m. TENNESSEE (57-53 W) 4 p.m. OLE MISS (66-63 L) 9 p.m. KENTUCKY (57-44 L) 8 p.m. at Auburn 8 p.m. at Tennessee 8 p.m. ARKANSAS 1:30 p.m. at Mississippi State 7 p.m. at South Carolina 1 p.m. VANDERBILT 8 p.m. at LSU 4 p.m. FLORIDA 9 p.m. at Kentucky 1:30 p.m. SOUTH CAROLINA
Average 196.775 196.775 196.713 196.575 196.433 196.325 196.275 196.158 196.000 195.675 195.483 195.413 195.288 194.900 194.763 194.725 194.617 194.517 194.325 194.308 194.308 194.108 194.058 194.008 194.000
The Bulldogs have a long layoff after hosting Kentucky on Jan. 24, as their next game takes them on the road to Auburn next Wednesday.
SO SR JR SO JR FR SR SO SO FR FR SO SR FR FR JR JR
What: Georgia women’s basketball vs. Tennessee When: Sunday at 5 p.m. in Athens
Denver (196.525-193.700 W) at Alabama (196.475-196.325 L) at Auburn (195.975-195.600 W) LSU at Utah Arkansas Kentucky at Florida UCLA at Michigan NC State SEC CHAMPIONSHIP (Duluth) NCAA Regional NCAA Championships (Prelims) NCAA Championships (Team Finals) NCAA Championships (Individual Finals)
Two cents: The Georgia women’s basketball team will host its first Sunday home contest since its Southeastern Conference opener against Arkansas on Jan. 1. Georgia's opponent on Sunday is a familiar foe, as Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt and the Lady Volunteers come to Athens for the first time since Jan. 21, 2010. In that game, the Lady Dogs bested the Lady Vols 53-50. That stands as the last victory Georgia has over Tennessee, with the Lady Vols winning the last three meetings by an average of 28.7 points per contest. Sunday's matchup features two of the top teams in the league, though both have lost to conference front-runner Kentucky.
WOMEN'S TENNIS SCHEDULE Jan. 13 Jan. 15 Jan. 21 Jan. 27 Jan. 28 Feb. 5 Feb. 10 Feb. 11 Feb. 12 Feb. 13 Feb. 24 Feb. 26 March 2 March 4 March 9 March 11 March 23 March 25 March 30 April 1 April 6 April 8 April 14
vs. Kansas State vs. Troy at Georgia Tech vs. Missouri vs. Fresno State or FIU vs. Florida International ITA National Team Indoor Championships ITA National Team Indoor Championships ITA National Team Indoor Championships ITA National Team Indoor Championships vs. Memphis vs. Clemson vs. South Carolina * vs. Florida * at Mississippi State * at Ole Miss * at Arkansas * vs. LSU * at Kentucky * at Vanderbilt * vs. Alabama * vs. Auburn * vs. Tennessee *
W, 6-1 W, 7-0 W 4-3 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 11 a.m. TBA TBA TBA TBA 2:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 1 p.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 1 p.m. 12 p.m.
The Georgia swimming and diving teams head to Tuscaloosa, Ala. for their regular season finale on Saturday. EVAN STICHLER/The Red & Black
What: Georgia swimming and diving teams at Alabama When: Saturday at 2 p.m. in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Two cents: Both the men's and women's teams swept their home meets last Friday and Saturday at home against South Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The teams travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala. to face Alabama on Saturday to close out the regular season and prepare for the Southeastern Conference Championships, which begin on Feb. 15 in Knoxville, Tenn.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
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SEC’s support of Summitt refreshing Conference comes together to back legendary coach
he Southeastern Conference receives a lot of press — mostly for the outstanding performance of the conference’s athletes on the gridiron, court or other sporting arena. Recently, however, the SEC has begun to show something far beyond its well-documented sporting excellence. Last August, Tennessee women’s basketball head coach Pat Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia. In response to this news, the SEC launched "We Back Pat" week on Jan. 15. The week was designed to support the Pat Summitt Foundation, a charity set up on Nov. 27, 2011 in order to raise money to continue the search for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease. The battle that Summitt faces is unimaginable for those of us lucky enough to have young and active minds. Her struggle deserves all the coverage it has received, perhaps even more. While her publicizing the terrible condition she is battling can hopefully aid Alzheimer’s research, it has also had a special effect on one of the nation’s most competitive sporting conferences. The SEC has long built its reputation on being the toughest conference in the country as well as the rivalries it is home to. Every year, fans in the Southeast witness firsthand the Iron Bowl, Egg Bowl, Georgia-Florida and many other intense and endearing rivalries. The depth of these was captured well by ESPN’s documentary “Roll Tide/ War Eagle” which chronicled the fierceness the Alabama and Auburn rivalry and what it means to the people who live in that state. The film captured some of the more, let’s say, colorful characters in the Alabama-Auburn rivalry and displayed how much bragging rights mean in this conference. Three months after that documentary charting the intensity of SEC rivalries aired, a different kind of video is displaying a softer side to the SEC. During every SEC basketball game last week — which included 17 women’s games and 12 men’s contests — league coaches all asked their fans the same question: “I back Pat. Do you?” Andy Landers’ video message last Thursday seemed especially poignant
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given his extensive rivalry with Summitt. But it also summed up everything that is truly good about the SEC. In a time when one of their own is suffering — although seeing Summitt, you’d never imagine it — the entire conference has come together to support one of its recognizable figures. It spoke to the true natures of the people inside of the fans when before a top 10 contest against the Lady Volunteers, Kentucky fans took the time to tape hand-drawn pieces of paper to the wall of Memorial Coliseum that simply spelled out “We [Heart] U Pat”. Very few students here at Georgia, or any other college for that matter, were born in the decade that Summitt began coaching. In fact, it is likely that their parents would have been college-aged themselves. That shows why Summitt has been such a unifying force in a conference built on its divisions. She has been as much a part of the growth of the conference as anyone. She began her coaching career not only as a coach, but as someone who did anything else her team needed. It is that hard work and longevity that has allowed her to draw such support from schools she has worked her entire career to defeat. It is the amount of respect she has built over the 37 years she has been in Knoxville, Tenn., that gave rise to T-shirts appearing all over the confer-
“Respect is the key component of Summit's career, which is sometimes missing in sports — especially in its current climate.”
The SEC came together last week to show support for Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt, who was diagnosed with early onset dementia last summer. SEAN TAYLOR/Staff
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ence that bear slogans such as “I Bleed Red & Black but I wear Purple to Back Pat.” And respect is the key component of Summitt’s career, which is sometimes missing in sports — especially in its current climate. Summitt has earned that respect and through it, has been able to unite the conference not only in support of Pat Summitt the coach, but more importantly, Pat Summitt the person. Summitt would be the last to want any sympathy from the SEC community — she would much rather collect her 16th SEC Championship ring in March — but she has used her situation and public standing to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and attempt to raise money for research to find a cause. “We Back Pat Week” ended last Sunday, ironically enough, on an off day for the Lady Vols. The important thing now is that the league’s coaches, fans and administrators continue to promote the message and remember the unity that “We
What: SEC women's basketball game When: Sunday at 5 p.m. Where: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens More Information: The No. 17 Lady Dogs look to knock off the No. 7 Lady Vols for the first time since their last meeting in Athens in 2010. Tennessee has won the past three matchups. Back Pat” week has produced. The willingness of the fans, as well as coaches and players, to back Pat last week was both refreshing and inspiring. Much like Summitt herself. — Matthew Pearce is a graduate student in journalism from Manchester, England and a sports writer for The Red & Black
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2013 prospect praises Bulldogs Green views Georgia's Richt as ‘a big role model’ BY JUSTIN JOHNSON The Red & Black Just a month ago, Georgia head football coach Mark Richt was preaching through the press about the Bulldogs’ need at the running back position. One month later, the Bulldogs’ future at the spot couldn’t be brighter. Georgia picked up two commitments from North Carolina during that period — Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley — both of whom are rated as top five running backs nationally by multiple publications. For the class of 2013, the Bulldogs already have a commitment from Derrick Henry out of Yulee, Fla., and are interested in several other top running backs in a class that looks destined for Georgia to add two more backs. One of those prospects is Keyante
Green out of Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in McDonough. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Green has already been offered by Georgia, as well as 15 other programs, including California, Florida State, Mississippi, Ohio State, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Green revealed to the Red & Black his top four, which comprised of Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. But the Bulldogs are taking a backseat to that pack, sitting in fourth, according to Green. That hasn’t prevented Georgia from leaving a sizable impression on Green, especially in his GREEN relationship with Richt. “I like their coaching staff. I love Coach Mark Richt, he’s a great guy,” Green said. “I had like a 45 minute conversation with him. He’s a great guy. He remembers who you are, he remembers your character and who you’re living for. His main perspective is about character and what your character is — how you put God ahead of everything, so he’s a big role model for
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“I love their coaching staff. I love Coach Mark Richt, he's a great guy... he remembers who you're living for.” Keyante Green, Class of 2013 running back prospect
Gym Dogs working to stay focused BY ELIZABETH GRIMSLEY The Red & Black Jay Clark was not happy with his team at practice earlier this week. “We competed like a squirrel that couldn’t decide which side of the road to go on and got run over,” said Clark, the head coach of the Georgia gymnastics team. The Gym Dogs are preparing for their next match against LSU on Saturday. The team is hoping its kinks on the floor will be worked out by then. “The gymnastics has been there for a couple of weeks now,” Clark said. “We’ve got to get a much more aggressive attack and intentional mindset. We’ve got to be the squirrel that doesn’t make any changes in what he’s focused on because nine times out of 10, he makes it.” There may have still been problems on the floor, but the main issue was the team’s mindset throughout the competition. “I think we have enough strengths on all four events to compete with — and beat virtually anyone — if we’ve got the right mindset,” Clark said. “When you get timid and indecisive … bad things can happen.” Although the team has “flat-lined” since their strong start to the season, they still go into every practice working on the same things. “We’re definitely going to do the same things in practice,” Davis said. “But when we get to the meet we’ll focus on being more aggressive and staying loose.” The Gym Dogs' opponents — the Tigers — started off scoring just a 192.550, but have steadily gotten better as the season has progressed. The Tigers are ranked No. 17, but to help his team stay focused, Clark has employed a quote he continues to repeat often. “We have to maintain being aggressive and ‘keep our mind on the ultimate so that we don’t become captive to the immediate,’” Clark said. “That’s a quote by John Maxwell that I’ve emphasized to them before.” “They’ve got to keep their minds on hitting their routines and being aggressive about their routines versus being concerned about the circumstances and the things around them that they can’t control,” he said. “If we can do that, we’ll have done what we intended to do.”
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Events around Athens for the week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1
In living color Tycho spins designs into ‘hybrid’ sounds BY HILARY BUTSCHEK The Red & Black Tycho likes to walk a tightrope. Scott Hansen, the man behind Tycho, strives to balance his different interests in life and in music. The inherent originality this produces makes Tycho and its sound one of a kind. Previously a freelance graphic designer, Hansen decided to spotlight his passion for music about a year ago. But designing didn’t go. “I’ve always been a visually-oriented person,” he said. “I’ve been drawing since I was a kid.” Although his designs still flow, Hansen has given the majority of his time to music. “I gave design a good 10 years of my life, and I was always imagining that I would shift the focus to music,” he said. “I’ve got another 10 years budgeted for this. It’s not purely a visual pursuit — it’s an audiovisual project.” Even though Hansen is more experienced in design, he tries not to let one element overcome the other.
“There’s only so much you can do with a still image,” he said, “whereas music is more of a moving chain that changes every time you listen to it.” Hansen tries to recapture that union of both. “They both come out of each other,” he said. “There’s no real separation between the two.” Hansen is passionate about both the images and the sounds he creates, but neither is as important without the other. “I can only truly express myself fully when I’m using both at the same time,” he said. “You can’t truly understand either until you see them at the same time.” Despite his many-layered creations, Hansen often seems a little flat and straight-forward in conversation. Admitting to feeling his strongest emotions through music, Hansen’s art also enlivens the set of sounds, with background visuals rolling behind the band as it plays. Incorporating psychedelic colorful swirling, still photography and even home vid-
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When: Monday at 10 p.m. Where: Georgia Theatre Price: $10
eo-like footage, the montage is just as diverse and smooth as the music it runs to. Even without the visuals, however, the music of Tycho is an experience. Hansen classifies his sounds as ambient, electronic and psychedelic, plus experimentation. “I like electronicallytinged things — things that are a hybrid between electronic and rock,” he said. With aspects of performance also including trance and classic styles, Tycho’s show has a hook for everyone. If anything at all, Tycho will entertain. “I hope for an hour or so the audience feels transported,” Hansen said. “I want it to become a cinematic experience — not like the movie though, because it’s not as passive as a movie.”
It’s the kind of album you can put on and forget — almost. Tycho’s “Dive” is one of those albums that creates a soundtrack to life: the songs a personal narrator as it plays out before the listener. Borrowing portions from dance, techno, traditional electric guitar, acoustic guitar and chill wave in each song, it’s hard to categorize the album as a whole. Is this an album to play when happy, sad, excited or down? The answer is lonely. But Tycho’s evolution of sound and theme also creates excitement — without one word, the album thrills every moment with a new trill on the guitar, a switched-up beat on the drums or a moment of perfect stillness allowing for an acoustic solo. The resulting sound is so natural one might even forget it is playing — almost, with the highlight of the breakthroughs of a woman’s highpitched cries opening the title track. Tycho the persona, however, is hard to find on the album. After listening, one doesn’t know him any better, as the melodies float in and out and change rapidly. But then again, that isn’t all bad. Tycho didn’t make this album for himself, to show off or prove his powerful mixing skills — OK maybe a little bit. But, just maybe, he made it for us. — Hilary Butschek
Thursday, Jan. 26 Events
Founders Week Cupcake Giveaway Where: Snelling Dining Hall When: Ongoing Price: Free Contact: (706) 542-3411 Kress Film Series Where: Georgia Museum of Art When: 7 p.m. Price: Free Contact: georgiamuseum. org Africa Diaspora Film Festival Where: MLC 248 When: 7 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 542-5157 UGA Ballroom Dance Performance Where: Dance Building When: 8 p.m. Price: $10 (students), $15 Contact: (706) 542-8579
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THE RED & BLACK “The Princess Bride” Where: Tate Theater When: 8 p.m. Price: $1 (students), $2 Contact: (706) 542-3737 Clarke County Democratic Committee Where: Fire Hall No. 2, 489 Prince Ave. When: 6 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 202-7515 Trivia Where: Dos Palmas Restaurant & Cantina When: 8 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (705) 353-7771 Trivia Where: The Volstead When: 7:30 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 354-5300
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DAWGS AFTER DARK: WINTER WONDERLAND
preparation takes time — lots of it. “We already know all of the dates and themes for the Spring semester – that part happens a semester ahead of time,” Hansen said, “especially the It’s not about religion or drinking. dates, because we use so much space. It’s about the season. So we have to plan a month to two Dawgs After Dark’s Winter months out. We have one company in Wonderland theme is for everyone, said particular that we work with really student Katie AliFarhani, the event’s closely. We know what they have and division coordinator. they help us. We give them some really “Last December in our committee crazy ideas, like the ice sculptures, and meeting, we came together and they help us do it.” thought of all the ideas,” she said. “We Despite consistently imagining new knew we wanted something that had to components to add to each event, one do with the season, but wasn’t relielement of the Dawgs After gious-based.” Dark night remains constant: Instead, the event free goodies. channels the joys of cool“We always do free food, er weather with indoor When: Friday from and that’s usually a big activities, gifts and food 10 p.m.-2 a.m. draw,” Hansen said. “We’re — a crowd favorite. Where: Tate Student having Choo Choo’s, and “We have constructthat’s always popular. We’re Center a-bear — which is like hoping to get lots of people ‘Build-a-Bear’ — ice Price: Free through.” sculptures, a Mount (students with valid Whether it’s for the Everest rock climbing UGA ID), $5 games, the food or the memwall and snow boarding ories, the organizers behind games,” she said. Dawgs After Dark want stuElizabeth Hansen, dents to enjoy themselves, assistant director for without a cost greater than a few dolstudent activities, knows the imporlars. tance of having interactive games. The most important thing isn’t “We’ve had this type [of game] in how students enjoy themselves, but the past, with a surfboard,” she said. that they do. “It’s moving, so you have to stay bal“The main reason why we have this anced. And then there will be ski-slope is because it’s a clean, safe environarcade games. If the weather cooperment for kids to go to and have fun,” ates, it’ll be snowing too — and when it AliFarhani said. “Even if students doesn’t, the snow will be fake. We’re aren’t 21, they have peer pressure to go also showing ‘Ice Age’ at midnight. downtown. At Dawgs After Dark ... it’s That’s something we’ve been trying to free, fun and not illegal.” incorporate more, an extra entertainment element.” — Morgan Johnson With a function of such magnitude,
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Michael Heald Where: Hugh Hodgson Music Hall When: 8 p.m. Price: $5 (students), $10 Contact: (706) 542-3737 Dr. Fred’s Karaoke Where: Go Bar When: 8 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 546-5609 Mighty McFly Where: 40 Watt When: 9 p.m. Price: TBA Contact: 40watt.com Starlight Devilles Where: 40 Watt When: 9 p.m. Price: TBA Contact: 40watt.com Pilgrim Where: Caledonia When: 9:30 p.m Price: $7 (18-20), $5 (21+) Contact: caledonialounge.com Ginger Envelope Where: Caledonia When: 9:30 p.m. Price: $7 (18-20), $5 (21+) Contact: caledonialounge.com Moths Where: Caledonia When: 9:30 p.m. Price: $7 (18-20), $5 (21+) Contact: caledonialounge.com Bad Girl Where: Farm 255 When: 10:30 p.m. Price: Free Contact: farm255.com Green Gerry Where: Farm 255 When: 10:30 p.m. Price: Free Contact: farm255.com Pressed And Where: Farm 255 When: 10:30 p.m. Price: Free Contact: farm255.com Acquaviva presents Valley of Dreams Where: Georgia Bar When: TBA Price: TBA Contact: (706) 546-9884 Emancipator Where: Georgia Theatre When: 8 p.m. Price: $10 Contact: georgiatheatre.com Little People Where: Georgia Theatre When: 8 p.m. Price: $10 Contact: georgiatheatre.com Snap! Where: No Where Bar When: TBA Price: TBA Contact: (706) 546-4742 The Darnell Boys Where: Melting Point When: 8:30 p.m. Price: $5 (adv.), $8 (door) Contact: meltingpointathens.com The Farewell Drifters Where: Melting Point When: 9:30 p.m. Price: $5 (adv.), $8 (door) Contact: meltingpointathens.com
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American Art and the Great Depression Where: Georgia Museum of Art When: 12:15 p.m. Price: Free Contact: georgiamuseum.org “Drive” Where: Tate Theater When: 3, 6 or 9 p.m. Price: $1 (students), $2 Contact: (706) 542-3737 International Coffee Hour Where: Memorial Hall Ballroom When: 11:30 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 542-5867 Lunch and Learn at GMOA - American Art and the Great Depression Where: Georgia Museum of Art When: 12:15 p.m. Price: Free (Bring a lunch) Contact: (706) 542-4662 Dawgs After Dark - Winter Wonderland Where: Tate Grand Hall When: 10 p.m. Price: Free (students), $5 Contact: (706) 542-3737 A Taste of Oconee Where: Oconee County Civic Center When: 5 p.m. Price: $22 (adv.), $22 Contact: www.tasteofoconee.com Entre Flamenco Dance Company Where: Madison-Morgan Cultural Center When: 8 p.m. Price: $22 (students), $45 Contact: 706-342-4743 UGA Ballroom Dance Performance Where: Dance Building When: 8 p.m. Price: $10 (students), $15 Contact: (706) 542-8579 Live Music
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
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The Future Islands are a band without a home in any year, choosing to pick from several different decades — including the ’70s and ’80s — in order to compose its sound. Indeed, the group’s work, including its latest album for which it is touring, emphasizes the idea of journeying from one place to the next. Courtesy Future Islands
Future Islands Future Islands is stuck in the past – musically speaking. By blending genres of the late '70s and '80s, bassist and guitarist William Cashion believes the Baltimore-based band has found a combination that fits. “We’ve always called it post-wave, because we started our first band back in college, we decided we were going make a genre called post-wave, mixing post-punk and new wave,” Cashion said. “We call ourselves the pioneers of that genre … as far as using that name.” Cashion’s college years at East Carolina University are, in retrospective, the reason Future Islands exists – and how lead singer Samuel Herring and Cashion met. “We had like three of four classes together,” he said. “Literally the first day of school … I had four classes and Sam was in all four and by the end of that day … we both had a bunch of ideas.” During that time, the band was formed. And then the battle of finding a name arrived. “It was a toss up between Already Islands and Future Shoes,” Cashion said. “We thought with Future Shoes, we didn’t know what they look like, but we know we wanted a pair.” But a decision was made — one that even King Solomon would’ve agreed with.
“We ended up just combining the names,” he said. “As an after thought it made our drummer think about old Atari videogames.” And since that moment, Future Islands has been working non-stop. “We’ve been touring for about four years, pretty consistently,” Cashion said. “And the shows have been getting better and better.” In between its tours, the band records an album — often telling stories of moments passed and questioning what is next. For the members, their newest album, “On the Water,” was just that. In listening to the album, it rightfully takes you on a journey — whether melancholy or uplifting. “It was kind of a reflection of where we were at that point, in our career, our lives,” Cashion said. “And that journey that we’ve been on for a while now.” The album opened the door to many facets of their lives and has left them looking for answers, Cashion said. “I think it’s different for each of us, what we’ve been looking for,” he said. “I still think we’re looking for what we’re finding,” And just as the band’s genre is a melting pot of the past, their album’s theme is parallel. “It’s just the nostalgia of the songs and dealing with memories and holding on to the past,” Cashion said. “Trying to hold on to the memories and the idea of going down memory lane … and process all the
emotion that comes with that.” Future Islands will be playing songs from “On the Water,’ and its previous When: 9 p.m. album, “In the Air.” – Where: Caledonia with a couple new Price: TBA (21+), $2 songs thrown into (18-20) the mix. And even though the band is constantly working, the motif of its latest album has left the members with one foot forward, another foot back and hopes of what the future will bring. “It’s a sense of reflection,” he said. “You know looking back at what we’ve accomplished and what are we doing really.” — Randy Schafer
)))RedAndBlack.com Check out a review of the Future Islands’ new album, ‘On the Water.’
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Agobi Project Where: New Earth Music Hall When: 9 p.m. Price: $8 Contact: newearthmusichall.com
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Rooftop Society Where: New Earth Music Hall When: 9 p.m. Price: $8 Contact: newearthmusichall.com
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Saturday, Jan. 28 Events
Chilly Dawg 5K Where: Sandy Creek Park When: 8 a.m. Price: $12 (student), $15 Contact: (706) 542-3386 SCAVMA Auction Where: Tate Center When: 7 p.m. Price: $25 (adv.), $30 (door) Contact: (706) 542-3737 UGA Ballroom Dance Performance Where: Dance Building When: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Price: $10 (students), $15 Contact: (706) 542-8579
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Monday, Jan. 30 Events
Movie Mondays with Multicultural Services and Programs Where: Memorial Hall Tribal Lounge When: 6:30 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 542-5773
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AP and the White Boys Where: Amici Italian Cafe When: 11:30 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 353-0000 Ed Schrader’s Music Beat Where: Caledonia When: 9 p.m. Price: $2 (18-20), Free (21+) Contact: caledonialounge.com Future Islands Where: Caledonia When: 9 p.m. Price: $2 (18-20), Free (21+) Contact: caledonialounge.com
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Sunday, Jan. 29 Events
Trivia Where: Buffalo's Southwest Cafe When: 7 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 354-6655 24322
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Mountain Goats Where: 40 Watt When: 9 p.m. Price: TBA Contact: 40watt.com Nurses Where: 40 Watt When: 9 p.m. Price: TBA Contact: 40watt.com Beacon Where: Georgia Theatre When: 8 p.m. Price: $10 Contact: georgiatheatre.com
4D THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 2012
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Tycho Where: Georgia Theatre When: 10 p.m. Price: $10 Contact: georgiatheatre.com Open Mic with Kyshona Armstrong Where: Hendershot’s When: 8 p.m. Price: Free Contact: hendershotscoffee. com
Tuesday, Jan. 31 Events
Q&A with Queers Where: MLC 147 When: 6 p.m. Price: Free Contact: uga.lamba@gmail. com Poker Where: Flicker When: 8 p.m. Price: TBA Contact: flickertheatreandbar. com Trivia Where: Locos Grill and Pub (All Athens locations) When: 8 p.m. Price: Free Contact: locosgrill.com
The Yacht Rock Revue advertises itself as ‘The Greatest Show on Surf.’ Regardless of the hype, the band — playing the Georgia Theatre on Friday, can sell itself on the commitment it has to the smoothest sounds of hits from 30 years ago. Courtesy Yacht Rock Revue
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Karaoke Where: Walker's Coffee and Pub When: 9 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 543-1433
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“The Meeting” Where: Chapel When: 6 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 542-8468
Ike Stubblefied and Friends Where: Hendershot’s When: 8 p.m. Price: Free Contact: hendershotscoffee. com
Costa Rica Art & Culture Info Session Where: Lamar Dodd N211 When: 12:10 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 542-6023
Georgia Review Poetry Reading — Todd Boss Where: Ciné When: 7 p.m. Price: Free Contact: (706) 542-0387
Klezmer Local 42 Where: Melting Point When: 7:30 p.m. Price: $5 Contact: meltingpointathens. com
Artful Conversation Where: Georgia Museum of Art When: 2 p.m. Price: Free Contact: georgiamuseum.org
Trivia Where: Copper Creek Brewing Company When: 9 p.m. Price: Free Contact: 706-546-1102
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Wednesday, Feb. 1
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