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Vol. 117, No. 160 | Athens, Georgia
Music Business loses key staffers
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S Dogs and people alike are welcome at this happy hour. There are both indoor and outdoor areas for owners to enjoy their drinks, and for dogs to play with others. Doggie freebies are given out each week.
Downtown hotel hosts weekly happy hour for dogs and owners By ALLISON WILLIARD THE RED & BLACK You don’t have to be a Bulldog to enjoy a cocktail in the Classic City — all dogs are welcome at this “hairy” happy hour. Hotel Indigo, located downtown on College Avenue, is known for its trendy looks and environmentally-friendly design, but perhaps its most unique attraction is its Canine Cocktail Hour. Every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., attendees can mingle with other dog owners and enjoy doggie-themed drink specials, such as “salty dogs” and “greyhounds.” Nikki Boatwright, assistant general manager of Hotel Indigo, said the event began as soon as the hotel opened last August. “Athens is such a pet-friendly city,” Boatwright said. “We thought it would be a good way to involve the locals.” Catherine Hay, a 2009 University alumna, said she lives in the downtown Athens area and was surprised by how petfriendly the city is. “There are surprisingly a lot of places that allow dogs,” Hay said. “I heard about the Canine Cocktail and decided to check it out. It’s really a neat event.” The hotel features a large lobby and extensive outdoor area, allowing guests to choose where to sit depending on the
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Univ. Golf Course stays green during the summer By MITCH BLOMERT THE RED & BLACK Just because a golf course has putting greens doesn’t mean it’s easy to keep its color. The University Golf Course, located south of campus on Riverbend Drive, is paying close attention to the health of its grass this summer so that all 18 holes are in optimal condition against the unforgivable weather. With temperatures in Athens reaching the 90s and humidity at its peak, keeping the course suitable for golfing is a challenge for groundskeepers. “It’s extremely difficult because everything is growing and continuously needs to be kept up and Mother Nature never plays fair,” Golf Course Superintendent Scott Griffith said. “These are the times when I wish we could close for a few months and put shade tents over our greens like Augusta National does.” The course uses a type of grass known as bentgrass, which Griffith says grows at an optimum temperature of 80 degrees. The high temperatures
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S The University Golf Course uses various techniques to monitor the water to keep the course in top shape this summer in response to the high heat and humidity. and humidity in the summer can damage the grass and make it difficult to play on. “This year alone we have seen our canopy temperatures of the greens consistently above 110 degrees, with the soil temperature around the roots in
the mid-90s,” Griffith said. “The high humidity prevents the plant from cooling itself naturally because of the reduction of evaporation.” To prevent the grass from overheating and becoming unfavorable for golfing, the
By JEN INGLES THE RED & BLACK Primary elections for the state of Georgia are July 20 and, in televised debates, the candidates for governor of both parties struggled to stand out. During both the Republican and Democratic debates that aired on FOX 5 Atlanta July 11, candidates often agreed with one another on issues ranging from immigration to education to health care. Republicans Nathan Deal, Karen Handel, Eric Johnson, and John Oxendine all pledged to downsize the state govern- HANDEL ment if elected governor. Dan McLagan, spokesman for Handel’s campaign, said by phone after the debate that Handel will cut the state government by 10 percent, adding that education and public safety would be exempt from cuts. Regarding taxes, there is some difference of opinion. Handel and Deal support the Fair Tax, a program that would eliminate income tax and implement a retail sales tax, at the federal level, but
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course uses a soil moisture probe, which monitors the grass with a volumetric water content meter and allows groundskeepers to find the areas where watering is needed the most. Irrigation is used only when it is needed, which encourages the grass roots to reach deeper into the soil for water, making them more self-sufficient. “We constantly monitor the weather and pay close attention to how much water we are losing,” Griffith said. “The greens have to be monitored daily to inspect for unfavorable changes that might arise and a timely appropriate action must be taken to alleviate whatever stress the plant is under.” The areas that do die when the weather warms up require placement of new sod, especially around the teeing grounds, fairways and the edge of greens. But the extra maintenance during the summer does have its advantages. If monitored carefully, bentgrass is favorable for golfers, especially on the putting green. This makes the
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Even though three of the top players in the Music Business program are leaving the University to do work with Kennesaw State University, the dean of the Terry College of Business is not worried. “It will certainly have an impact on us,” Dean Robert Sumichrast said. “I’m sorry they are going, but they built a strong foundation and I think we will be able to hire new people that will have the Music Business Program continue to improve.” KSU recently started the new Music and Entertainment Business Certificate Program with the help from their Coles College of Business and Atlanta entertainment attorney Joel Katz. Katz gave a major monetary contribution to KSU, leading to the beginning of the program. “I am honored to provide the foundation for the Kennesaw State University entertainment and music management program,” said Katz in an interview with KSU. “The other key factors are timing and geography,” Katz added. “Georgia needs a first-class offering like the KSU entertainment and music management program, which will complement Atlanta’s strong heritage of great artistry and music history in the South.” KSU has hired Bruce Burch, Keith Perissi and Heather Malcom, leaving the University program with no director, assistant director or fundraising officer for the fall.
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ELECTION: Candidates talk money, criticize education cuts ¢ From Page 1 not at the state level. Oxendine and Johnson, however, both support the Fair Tax at the state level. All four candidates said they believed the Obama administration’s healthcare plan will be devastating to Georgia’s state budget and to business in Georgia. Another point of consensus was the possibility of drilling for oil off of Georgia’s coast. All said they were in favor of it. Democrats also had a
debate in name only. The Democrats have a strong frontrunner in Roy Barnes, with more than 50 percent of voter support as of July 8 in a poll taken by Survey USA. Thurbert Baker, DuBose Porter and David Poythress also participated in the debate. Baker polled second at 18 percent. All four Democratic candidates said the responsibility for enforcing immigration law lies with the federal government. None of them are in favor of a new state bail-
out, although Barnes said he would like to see more federal money for education. The Democrats and Republicans alike spoke passionately against cutting funding for education at the state level, although not all spoke out against furloughs specifically. However, neither the debates nor the information on their websites revealed how the candidates would deal with University students’ concerns about the sustainability of the HOPE schol-
arship. or any sort of “means testDue to the recession, ing” for the scholarship. the lottery sales that fund “When you start doing HOPE have been on the income cap, the decline, while you run into fairtuition and fees to ness issues,” said University students Brian Robinson, are increasing. press secretary for One solution to Nathan Deal, who the developing disalso does not favor parity between funds the proposed caps. needed and revenue Only spokespeogenerated may be to ple from Handel’s add a need-based and Deal’s camrequirement to the PORTER paigns were availmerit-based scholarable for comment ship. at press time. McLagan said Handel Robinson said Deal does not favor income caps wants to ensure HOPE will
MUSIC: Terry stays strong in face of absences ¢ From Page 1
“I’m going to hire someone as director who has the same sort of practical experience that Bruce Burch did,” Sumichrast said. Requirements for the position, besides the right credentials, are enthusiasm, contacts in the industry and a willingness to work with the student in developing a career. As soon as the announcement was made that Burch, Perissi and Malcom were leaving, nominations started pouring in for their replacements. Sumichrast received names from alumni, faculty, staff, administrators and supporters of the program and has considered most of them. “I’ve gotten several very good nominations from people who could step in on very short notice,”
“Initially we need to hire a new director,” Sumichrast said. “We will get someone in who will have a say in who the assistant director will be. In terms of a fundraising officer, we can redistribute some of that from work within the existing Terry College development staff.” The Music Business Program is designed to help students understand the career opportunities in the music industry. Students are given a chance to experience many facets of the industry through extensive internships and externship programs, providing them with powerful contacts and networking systems in the music field.
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Sumichrast said. “I think we will have someone in for the fall semester with no problems.” With about 90 students in the Music Business Program each year, classes require close contact with the professors and a strong desire for the music industry, not necessarily in the performance field. Courses are expected to continue as normal in the fall, just with some new faces in front of the class. Sumichrast is excited for the fall semester. “I don’t think smaller class sizes are likely,” he said. “The students who are in those courses are going to enjoy the experience and find it worthwhile. I think we will continue to have strong interest in the Music Business Program.”
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Alumnus aims to clean up 316 By RYAN BLACK THE RED & BLACK Most Athens residents and University students know that Georgia Highway 316 is one of the most heavily-traveled â€” albeit dangerous â€” highways in the surrounding area. One University alumnus has set out to change Ga. 316â€™s reputation as a deathtrap once and for all. Jefferson Taffet, who owns a custom bake shop in Athens, was prompted to start a Facebook page to raise awareness and bring change to the highway following the death of Bogart preacher Larry Townsend, who died May 23 following an accident on Ga. 316. The page now has close to 1,000 followers â€” 971 as of July 15. â€œHere was a preacher dying on a peaceful Sunday afternoon on a road thatâ€™s always crazy,â€? Taffet said. â€œIt just showed how outof-whack that road really is. There were people saying that he was a father figure to people in the community.â€? The majority of the problems on Ga. 316 stem from the fact that the road has a posted speed limit of 65 mph, similar to the speed limits imposed on interstates. The difference with Ga. 316 is that instead of being a limited-access highway like an interstate â€” which has on- and off-ramps â€” it has at-grade intersections. People who are traveling at or above the posted speed limit may have to quickly press on their brakes to stop for red lights, allowing traffic to turn onto the highway from other parts of the intersection. â€œItâ€™s just silly that we have lights when people are going 65 to 75 mph, legally, and expect them to always get on their brakes in time,â€? Taffet said. According to numbers the Georgia Department of Transportation provided in 2000, during the five years following the com-
pletion of the final leg of the highway in 1995, 41 people died on the road. There have been numerous accidents since 2000, but the GDOT has not released exact numbers on that statistic. The highway was originally supposed to be a limited-access design, with overpasses and on- and off-ramps, but economic factors in the 1970s worked against that plan. Taffet has been hoping to get help from local politicians to accelerate the process of changing Ga. 316. â€œNot one of them has reached out to me,â€? he said. Teri Pope, a spokeswoman for the GDOT, said her department is doing everything it can to make the highway safer for drivers. The problem is the GDOT has a lack of funds at the moment, she explained. â€œWhile [the GDOT] would love to make many more improvements on Ga. 316 â€” weâ€™d love to start construction on it right now and change the entire corridor to limitedaccess â€” the fact of the matter is, we just donâ€™t have the money for it,â€? she said. Pope mentioned the possibility that a regional sales tax, the special-purpose local-option sales tax, or SPLOST, could help pay for the highway quicker. â€œAs part of that particular transportation SPLOST, where communities could choose to tax themselves an additional penny and use that for transportation projects, the GDOT hopes that could help pay for improvements on [Ga.] 316,â€? she said. Taffet said he just wants to see something done about what he considers a flawed highway design. â€œI want to keep the pressure on the state [government] about this,â€? he said. â€œPeople are pretty passionate about seeing this changed.â€?
The tanning industry is feeling the burn â€” and not from too much radiation. In an effort to offset the costs of the $940 billion health care reform bill, a 10 percent tax on all indoor tanning services went into effect July 1. It is expected to generate $2.7 billion over the next 10 years. â€œIâ€™ve had to upgrade the computer software system and change the way I structure my pricing,â€? said Kenneth Woods, owner of Sunshine Tan. The 10 percent tanning tax replaces a 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery originally created by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. That tax, nicknamed the â€œBotax,â€? met with strong opposition from cosmetic surgeons and lobbyists in the medical and dermatology industries. The Botax was expected to generate $5.8 billion, more than double the amount of the new tax. Critics of the tax argue the tanning tax targets middle-class Americans and female-owned businesses, whereas the Botax may have been aimed towards wealthier Americans more able to afford it. â€œI think that [the government] should not have taxed only the tanning industry,â€? said Kacy Lyons, a third year University student and employee at Super Tan. â€œWe had already anticipated [business] to be slow this summer, but once school starts in the fall, the tax will make a difference.â€? Lauren Guidot, a recent University graduate, disagrees. â€œI donâ€™t think that the government is trying to target businesses,â€? Guidot said. â€œItâ€™s just trying to send a message that tanning is bad.â€? Woods says it is yet unclear how the tax will be collected. â€œThe tanning industry has implemented the tax, but no one knows how to pay the government,â€? Woods said. â€œThey donâ€™t have agencies in place to collect it yet.â€?
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Fender bender preventer When we’re too lazy to pack up and head to Athens on Sundays, the surplus of traffic lights on Georgia Highway 316 can stop us from making it to our least favorite 10:10 class — with the attendance policy — on Monday mornings. The Red & Black editorial board is all for the elimination of the lights on Ga. 316, and we think that adding on-ramps instead would be beneficial for students and drivers in general. It would be nice to have a limited access highway. No one likes to be speeding along at 70 mph, listening to their favorite song on max, only to come to a screeching halt, thanks to a stale green light. Plus, this would be an opportunity for there to be less fender benders — did I mention a screeching halt? — head-on collisions and fatalities. As far as talks about turning the highway into a toll road facility – that’s a no-go. Remember: We are broke college students. Some of us take frequent trips to Atlanta. Buying a pass or keeping spare change on hand would most likely become worse than the lights themselves. But, we would like to reap the benefits of a smooth ride to and from Athens, because everybody wins. — Crissinda Ponder for the editorial board
Makeup no more I E first started wearing makeup in eighth grade. It was mainly eyeliner that I “needed” — it was absolutely essential. I wouldn’t go anywhere without it, and it was pretty much the first thing I ran to when I woke up in the morning. Three years later I was set on being barefaced at my wedding day, and every other day of my life for that matter. For a solid year I went sans makeup (other than a few cover-ups here and there.) I boxed up my makeup under my sink and vowed to never take it out again. After being once desperately attached and soon after adamantly against and even resentful of these paints in pretty little bottles, I have done quite a bit of thinking on the matter. At the tender age of fourteen I noticed how in the span of a few months I had become completely dependent on a product that changed the way I looked. This discovery, quite frankly, left me very distressed. Why was I not comfortable? Why did I feel inadequate without it? And was there any way to feel really pretty again, naturally? I pulled out the box of makeup again, about six months ago, but I’ve set for myself limits and rules. I need to not need makeup to wear makeup — and if I “need” it, I shouldn’t be wearing it. I’ve watched makeup take a large role in warping the self-esteem of so
many girls, and twisting the confidence of the feminine culture at large. It seems counter-intuitive that something that might make one prettier could make one feel so insecure and ugly. Why does People magazine feature “celebrities without makeup”? Because when these play-goddesses take their masks off, we can see that they aren’t really goddesses at all, but indeed, girls just like us. And they’re still pretty! Not perfect; no, far from it. But pretty like a woman is pretty. Makeup is, for so many people at different times in their lives, a mask. A mask we put on in the morning before any one can see us without it and take off in the privacy of our own rooms. A mask to which we become, quite literally, addicted — but only if we let it. Makeup cannot be a mask. Instead, we must let it be like a frame—let every feature be framed—but let us always remain comfortable with the true fact that a beautiful painting does not need a frame to be beautiful.
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ill history be kind to Glenn Beck? Because he certainly hasn’t been very kind to history. A close-cropped demagogue and a roly-poly of misinformation, there’s no denying one thing foremost when it comes to Beck — the man is entertaining. In the whirligig pageant of indignation that Fox News has become, he stands alone, by turn simpering, simmering and sarcastic — but compelling above all. Beck may bug-out, turning molehills into mountains, but here’s the catch — he’s a nimble performer, careful never to lose an audience to the enormity of his own ego. Something Rush Limbaugh would be wise to learn from. Famous, initially, for spontaneously crying oncamera whenever a wave of patriotic righteousness would overwhelm him, Beck’s only expanded his melodramatic oeuvre, now capable of a miniature host of inclusive, him-and-the-audienceversus-the-world gestures. There’s the sternly compassionate fingerwag, the sardonic halfsmile and the flummoxed head shake, all well used in service of making his endless stream of babble seem more than coherent — he makes it plausible. Conspiracy comfort food. Ah, but here’s the catch’s catch. His endless stream of babble is also something even more than it is interesting — it’s dreadfully, erroneously and perhaps dangerously wrong. The man may be allergic
ADAM CARLSON to the truth. Does it matter, you wonder? We’re talking about Fox News, after all. But in this pre-midterm-election, post-2008 world Beck’s ratings have been fluctuating broadly, and downward, for a while, sometimes cut by close to 30 percent. Are people getting wise? I’d never chance to be so optimistic, but maybe a few of his wilder slips off
the path-of-truth have finally stuck, somewhere, in someone’s craw. What slip-ups, you say? Below, some personal favorites. Beck’s explanation on preeminently thorny philosopher-author Ayn Rand: “They all said her story was crazy!” Uh, Glenn, it was. Here’s his version of Woodrow Wilson as fusty old racist — a view expressed to his guests with a twitchy passive-aggression. Or, how about that continual, all-encompassing, Theory of Everythingesque conspiracy that’s never far from his tongue,
the one where communists have infiltrated every level of everything everywhere for God only knows what? That one is simply the lunatic icing on the crazy cake. Taken all together, what runs through Beck’s head and out of his mouth can be seen as nothing less than a living document of the ebb-andflow of far-right nonsense. He’s a magnificent resource for cluing in to what the crazies are thinking. Lately, though, it seems Beck’s inaccuracies have begun to devour him — a fact that provides more rationale for his sinking ratings. It’s not that the audiences are turning away from the television host; maybe it’s the other way around. This is a man who has decreased the number of actual interviewees on his program by an alarming rate, choosing instead to fill the airtime with his chatter … and all that chatter, Glenn, is starting to unravel. Soon enough, as the elections heat back up, the viewers may come flocking back, comforted even still — if a little less so than usual — by the known quantity of Beck’s paranoia. Or, it may be that the black hole only keeps growing, fueled by loops and loops of faulty logic and specious claims. What then? Beck may be left with his smallest audience yet: himself. — Adam Carlson is a sophomore from Dallas majoring in magazines
Quit your job while going out with a bang W J W ith as much confidence as I have that the sun will rise and another football player will be arrested, I feel I can say with utmost certainty we’ve all been there — stuck in a stupid little outfit, smiling at people we’d rather strangle, while explaining the intricate details of a return policy. Heck, it’s probably a scientific certainty — you can only scan so many boxes of super-absorbent tampons and neatly fold so many bundles of silverware before you begin to daydream that your place of employment is a pile of wispy, black ashes, burnt to the ground by your very hand. Perhaps that’s a tad dramatic. However, when an employer makes it clear you are no longer wanted/needed, and the days in which you receive a scant little minimum wage check are numbered, perhaps it is best to go out in a ball of flames. Figuratively, of course. I’ve never been a particular fan of corrupt authority — especially when I rely on that person to sign my check so I can eat. Maybe it’s a flaw in my personality, but I’d rather starve than feel as if I’m compromising my personal integrity for that of a part-time, career-draining retail job.
few bad apples were involved, may I say this – in the military we had a saying, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Your team’s strength is only as strong as the weakest character on the roster. It is time to sequester your players and to be an authoritarian versus their “buddy.” Since the players have problems in the evenings/early morning hours, I think a bed check at 11 p.m. would protect us innocent people and keep your players off the streets. This way you can keep the promises you made to the player’s parents to watch after their children. It would also teach them military discipline — which is sorely lacking both on and off the field. It is sad that society has changed where right and wrong
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I stress the career draining part. First off, as it happens so many times, we seek these jobs as a means to an end — you want an education AND a place to sleep at night. Solution? Flip some burgers. Fold some shirts. Hug a baby or two. Then time makes us its victim. Our part-time job becomes the reason we wake up — extra spending money becomes bill-paying money. That little frame on the wall that says “Diploma” in script letters becomes just that — decoration. I refuse to become that person, to make my days at the University anything more than a learning experience (and maybe a chance to get on Pauley’s Wall of Fame.) That being said, how we quit is just as important as why. It’s easy to put in your two weeks notice, watch your hours slowly get cut and then refer to “that place” only in passing as the “hell-hole.” No, not me. I’m risking the chance of living
is now replaced with “I deserve a second or third chance.” Bear Bryant once benched Joe Namath — a pro and college Hall-of-Famer — for the Sugar Bowl due to violating curfews. Would you have the guts to bench a player for any game but Louisiana-Lafayette? I seriously wonder. In closing, I would like to add this profound point. Looking at the rest of the University sports teams, I don’t see the major alcohol incidents week in and week out. Certainly there must be reasons for this. Do the other teams value personal character more than you, or do those coaches keep a better eye on their players? If you say you can’t watch them 24/7, then move into the dorm with them and act like a
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in a cardboard box, mixing Ramen noodle seasonings to perk my taste buds, and watching my friends at Tech escalate to immortal-geekstardom all so I can combine some nouns and adjectives, and maybe afford a satisfactory life for my “someday” family. If I’m going to go out with a bang, it’s sure as hell going to be with the aid of my overpriced Macbook — not by the hand of a middle-aged man who watched his dreams pass by so he can stand behind a counter and try to sell people on cheap, worthless goods. No, that’s just not me. Instead of pulling fire alarms, tipping over displays or calling in a bomb threat, I’m going to do what comes best — form some words and hope a person or two nods his head in agreement. I could have stomped my feet and pointed the finger at a dying corporation, but instead, I write to you with a happy heart, a Sprite on my desk, and a drive to maintain personal integrity. The next two words are for Earth Bound Trading Company. I quit.
drill sergeant. It is time to finally say that enough is enough. THOMAS J. CANDETO Junior, Covington Business management
Evans, not media, should be ashamed In response to Thomas Anthony Jones, Sr.’s letter, Damon Evans’ skin color has absolutely nothing to do with the media’s coverage of his DUI. His position as Athletic Director, however, has everything to do with it, and this is understandable. Being in such a position at such a prestigious university means you are held to a higher standard, and I have little doubt
— Joe Williams is the Opinions editor for The Red & Black that if his skin color were any other shade that this would make the situation any less publicized. Years ago this event may have just been ‘brushed aside,’ but not now. The fact that few people knew about FDR’s wheelchair was a testament to that time, not the present time. And in this present time, if you are one of the main faces of the University and you break the law, it will be on the news. Lastly, Damon Evans has no “backstabbers’ trying to ‘trip him up;” he tripped himself up when he decided to get in that car under the influence. It’s him that should be ashamed, not the media! RACHEL HINSON Alumna, Sylvania Psychology
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Pageant celebrates itty-bitty beauty By CC NOLAN THE RED & BLACK
condition — but, Nooruddin admitted, she was anxious before the swimsuit portion of the competition because of a few small scars on her leg. “When I was up on that stage, the judges didn’t notice the small imperfection on my leg,” Nooruddin said. “They were looking into my eyes and saw that my confidence radiated on stage and they knew I believed in myself — that was the key.” The pageant was hosted by Hazely Corporation at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort. Each winning contestant was awarded the official USA Petite Miss sash, crown and trophy as well as numerous gift certificates. Even though the pageant is over, Nooruddin’s duties as
USA Petite Miss have just begun. She will represent petite women all over the nation and promote her platform, “Beauty without Boundaries,” to the press and different organizations. “Pageants build character and I have personally seen the difference that it has made in myself,” Nooruddin said. “You should never let anyone tell you that you aren’t good enough or try to change who you are. Because, where there’s a will, there most certainly is a way!”