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Monday, November 29, 2010
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S Patrons of Pita Pit enjoy a latenight meal in downtown Athens.
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Downtown evenings don’t follow stereotype By POLINA MARINOVA THE RED & BLACK MAX BEECHING | The Red & Black
Editor’s note: What is a night in Athens like? The Red & Black took to the streets to find out, recording the sights and sounds of an Athens evening. We begin this week-long series with a look at the Athens downtown scene after the sun goes down. Some sources used for this report chose to remain anonymous or use only their first names, allowing downtown patrons to respond truthfully without fear of unwanted consequences for their honest answers. A typical Saturday night at the nation’s No. 1 party school doesn’t always involve taking shots and blacking out. Mark Vaughan, a University student, said he spends some Saturday nights working a late shift at Starbucks. “Normally, they believe that [the coffee is] sobering them up, but it doesn’t really work,” Vaughan said. Vaughan’s friends also find ways to entertain themselves if they’re working on a night when everyone else goes out. “My friends at 283 bar actually have a thing where they count how many breasts they see at night,” he said. “They’ll switch off doing the door and they’ll
S Sophomore Washaun Ealey (3) scores one of his two rushing touchdowns in a win over Georgia Tech.
Seniors cherish final home contest By RACHEL G. BOWERS THE RED & BLACK
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Top scholarship ‘humbling’ honor for Univ. student By KELSEY BYRD THE RED & BLACK The University’s newest Rhodes Scholar is excited and honored by her latest achievement. Tracy Yang, a senior from Macon, found out last week that she is the only person from the state to receive a Rhodes Scholarship. “It’s a tremendous honor first of all,” Yang said. “It’s very humbling, especially since the other candidates and finalists were so impressive and very nice people.” YANG The Rhodes Scholarship is an exclusive scholarship that awarded based on students’ performance, integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor.
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S Wideout Kris Durham (16) and his fellow seniors enjoy Georgia’s victory after helping the team become bowl eligible.
By NICK PARKER THE RED & BLACK Georgia’s senior class didn’t want to be the second senior class of the decade to lose to Georgia Tech. And they definitely did not want to be the bunch that was the first to not go to a bowl since 1996. And thanks to Saturday’s dramatic 42-34 win over Georgia Tech, they likely won’t be. “We wanted this win more than any other win we could possibly have this year, so for us to get that and make us bowl eligible, it means a lot,” senior
Kris Durham said. “Unfortunately it came down to this game, but to be able to have one more game is something I look forward to.” For a while Saturday, a bowl game looked far from a certainty. But for the first time all season, Georgia finished a close game in the fourth quarter, and has a chance to end the season with a winning record. “It would have been sickening to be 5-7 and not have a chance, and for it to be just over,” head coach Mark Richt said. “It would have been tough, so I’m glad we’re not dealing with that right now. I think it is important that we
evened our record and we have a bowl game and all those extra practices.” Those extra practices that come with a bowl are especially key for a group still in the first year of defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s defense. “I think that it’s important, particularly because of the team we just played. Because when you studied the team we played, they’re so different than anyone else you play all year,” Grantham said. “We’ve really been doing something that we won’t do for 11 games next year. I think that the practice is going to allow See BOWL, Page 6
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Where’s Mikey? After a long, hard weekend of victory celebration, President Adams will be relaxing to the soothing sounds of the clarinet at a faculty recital tonight.
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While several Georgia players were dancing on the cheerleaders’ platform in front of the student section, basking in the win over Georgia Tech, Kris Durham walked away from the hoopla with an ear-to-ear grin plastered on his face. He wasn’t dancing. He wasn’t yelling. He wasn’t cheering. He was in the moment, taking in the atmosphere because it was his last game. He had just played his last game as a Georgia Bulldog between the hedges. He had caught his last pass at Sanford Stadium and gone through his last Dawg Walk through Tate Plaza. “Right now, I’m still kinda speechless. I’m trying to soak it all in,” the senior wide receiver said. “I mean, I actually missed the celebration [after the game] when we came in because I
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Trader Joe’s not hurting Earth Fare, Daily Co-op By PATRICK HOOPER THE RED & BLACK Trader Joe’s is the new grocery store in town, but the shop is making fewer waves than one might expect from the Californiabased chain. Walt Swanson, co-manager of the Daily Groceries Co-op on Prince Avenue, said he’s seen it all before. “We didn’t think there was going to be a problem,” Swanson said. An 18-year-veteran of the Co-op and a manager for 10 years, Swanson has already seen the Co-op through the opening of Earth Fare at Five Points. “When Earth Fare came in, we took a hit for about a year and a half before our sales came back up to normal.” Opening its doors for the first time in Athens on Epps Bridge Parkway, Trader Joe’s sets itself apart from the typical grocery with a relative scarcity of brand-name products. The Athens location owes much of its existence to the efforts of University student Caitlin Sanders, whose grass-roots efforts, including a Facebook group, were key to making Trader Joe’s a local instal-
lation. Though situated near a Wal-Mart, Athens’ Trader Joe’s actually has more in common with smaller health food stores such as Earth Fare and the Co-op, which, by Swanson’s estimation, affords Athens residents the chance to buy from approximately 50 local farmers in a 20- to 25-mile radius of the city. Of course, it’s hard to tell there’s a new competitor in town with how little it has affected either store. The Trader Joe’s opening has amounted to little more than a slight decrease of sales, according to Swanson. He attributed the non-event, in part, to the fact that the two locations sit on different sides of town. Henry Kugler, store manager of Earth Fare, said there has been no change in the store’s business. And Kugler said he wasn’t at all surprised. “We figured the novelty of it would affect us some in the first few weeks as people go to see what it’s all about,” he said. Of course, even if Trader Joe’s had started siphoning customers, Kugler said he doesn’t mind newcomers in the market, as those
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S A clerk at Trader Joe’s helps a customer check-out. Though other alternative grocery stores exist in Athens, those stores aren’t concerned about Trader Joe’s stealing their customers. newcomers might start stocking goods that Earth Fare doesn’t and vice versa, giving the customer the widest range of selections. “Competition is good,” he said. “We welcome competition. We can learn from them.” Emily Smith, a graduate student in the College of
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es were also very seasonal, with most of her groceries coming from the local Farmer’s Market during the growing season. The Market is held on Saturday mornings at Bishop Park, though it has expanded to include Tuesday nights at Little Kings downtown.
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Student charged with underage possession after breaking down door University student Jacob Tabor Francis, 19,was arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol early Saturday morning, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police report. Tabor was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. after a resident in an apartment complex on the 900 block of East Broad Street reported a man had kicked down the door of a nearby apartment, according to the report. Officers found Francis lying down in the bed of one of the complex’s bedrooms, according to the report. Officers reported Francis seemed highly intoxicated, smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to have vomit on his face. Francis told officers that it was his girlfriend’s apartment, he had not kicked in the door and she had let him in. Officers were unable to locate Francis’ girlfriend or reach her for comment. Francis was arrested and transported to Clarke County Jail.
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“Some things I’ll buy there,” she said of Trader Joe’s. “There are certain things we’ll buy there — pre-packaged things like cheese and salad.” For most everything else, she said, she typically goes to Earth Fare for what she feels are superior quality products.
University student Catherine Amelia Cranford, 18, was arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol Saturday while impeding traffic, according to an Athens-Clarke County Police
Police Documents report. Cranford was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. after officers saw two females crossing Broad Street in front of traffic against the ‘Do Not Walk’ sign. Both admitted to having alcohol and consented to breath tests. Officers contacted the mother of the girl accompanying Cranford because of her minor status, according to the report. Cranford was arrested and taken to Clarke County Jail. Her companion was turned over to her mother, according to the report. Break-ins abound at student residences Athens-Clarke County Police received reports of break-ins at at least 16 student residences over the Thanksgiving holiday. Residences on College Avenue, West Hancock Street, Gaines School Road and Vine Street, among other locations, were targeted. Electronics, such as Playstations, Wiis and laptop computers were among the items reported stolen. A majority of the reports came later in the week, as students returned from the break and noticed items missing. —Compiled by Tiffany Stevens
Native American groups rare Enrollment usually low By JULIA CARPENTER THE RED & BLACK Students at the University can belong to any number of cultural student organizations designed to fit each and every interest: the Indian Students’ Association, the Korean Undergraduate Student Association, Persian Student Union, World Ambassadors club and African Student Union among a myriad of others. But one particular ethnic group has no place on this list of student organizations — no student group exists at the University for Native American students. Jace Weaver, director of the Institute of Native American Studies, said low membership is the major reason behind the lack of official Native American representation in the Center for Student Organizations. “We have a small native student population,” Weaver said. “We’re trying to increase that, but there are very few Native American students at the University.” Ervan Garrison, a professor of anthropology and member of the steering committee for the INAS, said the number of Native American students at the University is influenced by multiple factors.
“It depends on a lot of things that UGA can’t really control,” he said. Garrison said he has not been approached by a sizeable number of students to form such an organization. “I’ve talked about it with a couple off and on, but I guess they just can’t find a nucleus or enough people to make it worth their while,” he said. Garrison was at one time the faculty sponsor for a University chapter of a national Native American student organization, the American Indian Science & Engineering Society. The American Indian Science & Engineering Society is a national organization dedicated to increasing Native American representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The organization serves as an umbrella for individual projects helmed by professional members, retirees and University chapters. “I think for three or four years we had about a half dozen or more students who were pretty active,” Garrison said. Despite the organization’s reasonable success early on, Garrison said that over time, membership dwindled to a pitiful number until the chapter could no longer function and it disappeared. “Native Americans, or people who identify themselves as Native Americans, just aren’t enrolled at UGA, so there weren’t enough
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students to keep an active chapter,” he said. Weaver said he has not talked with any students calling for an official organization for Native Americans. “I haven’t heard of that,” he said. “But I’d be willing.” Garrison said despite the failure of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society chapter, he sees the need for such an organization growing as more Native American students enroll at the University. “There is a possibility that we will see more native students enrolling in UGA, not because we’re running out and recruiting them, but there is an interest on the part of some of the tribes in our area, like up in North Carolina and that, looking at UGA as an alternative school for their students,” he said. “And they’re really good students, so if they want to come here, they can come here.”
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DOWNTOWN: HOUR-BY-HOUR The sidewalks of downtown are pretty empty compared to the crowd that filled them earlier — before, during and after the Nov. 6 football game against Idaho State. The bars are beginning to open and the restaurants are beginning to switch from serving meals to serving drinks. But AthensClarke County Police Officer Chambers doesn’t expect the night to be too wild and crazy. “When Georgia’s winning, yes. When they’re losing, no,” he said in reference to whether a large number of people visit downtown after a football game. “Today was a blowout, so we just expect a regular Saturday night.” Though 8es bar has not filled its outdoor patio area and the sidewalk outside of The Loft and Magnolia’s are free of people, outside of Walker’s Pub a crowd is starting to gather around a group of street performers.
“This is called Poi. And it’s just fire poi,” said Molly, a member of the group. “There’s different types — LED, fabric — but this is fire.” The performers of Poi swing balls connected to a flexible cord in circular patterns. Win Tompkins, a University student, volunteered to let the Poi performers spin the balls of fire around him, as he knelt on the ground. Not every passerby was as excited about Poi as Tompkins. “Some old man was just freaking out,” said Taylor, a visitor to Athens. “He’s like ‘No fire in the streets, no fire in the streets.’” Taylor said he came to Athens to attend the football game and was enjoying his experience downtown. “It’s sick. Yeah, it’s sick,” he said. “I like it. There’s a
Lines are beginning to form outside of bars. For some, a night of drinking is just beginning, but others have journeyed downtown for different reasons. “We’re trying to raise money for Shop with a Bulldog,” said Allison Doyle, a University student. “Apparently, last night people got $150.” Doyle said she would be downtown trying to raise money for two or three hours. She and her fellow volunteers had already seen some interesting things. “We just saw a girl got stopped and she had to do the straight line test with a cop,” Doyle said. She said as the girl was taking the test people stood around and watched, yelling things such as, “You go girl! You pass that test!” as the girl made her attempt to walk in a straight line.
By now, the streets are full and so are many police cars. Outside of The Loft, a girl is arrested and placed inside a police car — one of the hazards of drinking downtown. Outside of Walker’s, Athens-Clarke County Police Officer Jennings said the night was not typical, arrest-wise at least. “I actually haven’t,” he said when asked if he had made any arrests. “It’s been kind of quiet the first part of the night. I think it’s because it’s so cold. And the early game. People who drink are not out here.”
People have filled up Magnolia’s and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, though the tables in the back of Little Italy are free. At Little Italy, people are celebrating the end of the night. Liz, Neal and Cat, three University students, ended their night with a jalapeño and pepperoni pizza. “We all want to have a good time and be safe,” Cat said of
Outside of Max Canada, the atmosphere isn’t quite so friendly. A gentleman who was refused entrance to the bar is yelling at the bouncers. “We refused him entry because he was too drunk, and he got very angry,” said Dutch, a member of the Max Canada staff. “[It was] just him yelling. I don’t want to get hit by anyone. Especially someone I don’t know.” He said the fight was unusual and he did not know the offender. “I’ve never seen him before. And that’s the thing. They’re not regulars, they’re just people who party too long because the games are early. They get drunk at 10 in the morning and late at night they’re a problem,” Dutch said. “If they can’t walk up straight, certainly [we refuse them]. I’m not sure how many people get refused, but we try to do our best at that, but it’s pretty hard sometimes.”
Jennings said having fewer people downtown was often a good thing. “Well, it just makes the night drag on. When you have something to do, it makes the night go faster, but that’s our goal,” he said. “We’re out here to prevent crime. We like to be visible. If everything’s peaceful and everyone’s behaving, that’s the top of our priority list.” At 8es bar, the patio is beginning to fill up and a line of people are waiting outside to get in. “Here at 8es bar, we’re going Cougar hunting,” said Zach Davidson, a University
nights spent downtown. As the friends ate their pizza, Neal commented on sharing a pizza together. “That’s good for the soul,” Neal said. “Athens is good for the soul,” Cat replied. Not all Little Italy customers were simply enjoying their pizza. One worker could be heard over the din saying, “Do not fight in the booth.”
bunch of crazy people down here — some weird ones too. A lot of weird ones.” Tompkins added to Taylor’s assessment of Athens. “First, I was at Last Call bar. I walked out and there were some, I would call them ‘townies,’ that tried to make out with one of my friends, who’s a guy,” he said. “Then tried to make out with one of my friends who’s a lady, then tried to make out with me. I declined, being a classy gentleman, and then she started humping me. I saw a camo club meeting. I saw like, eight dudes in camo jackets hanging out on the corner. I kneeled and had a wizard spin fire balls around my head for about 30 minutes straight. Another wizard is here. And now I’m headed back to my office to do some work, because I’m 21 and I’m allowed to drink. Please put me in The Red & Black.”
alumnus. “Why Cougars? They’re actually hard to get. The 21-year-olds, if you get enough shots, they’re too easy. But you get a cougar, she’s married; she might have like, five kids; she’s kind of a challenge. Love the challenge.” Davidson’s friend Scott Berger said he and Davidson were at a bachelor party and though a typical Saturday night for him was not like this, Davidson’s nights were pretty similar to this one. “He ends the night at The Loft, grinding on some girls,” Berger said. Davidson didn’t deny Berger’s state-
The bars are closing and people are pouring into the streets. At Cutters Pub, the bartenders are pulling in the stools as patrons finish their beers at the small outside patio. The late-night crowd begins to fill downtown restaurants. At Little Italy, the tables have filled up. As it nears 3 a.m., an announcement reminds diners to finish their pizza because the restaurant will close in 10 minutes.
ment. “That might be true. But if I end up in a college town that’s not Athens…,” he said. “It sucks,” finished Berger. Davidson said as a student he usually went out four nights a week and Athens was the best place to party. “I have been to several downtown places: Auburn sucks, Tuscaloosa. I’ve been to several downtown places wanting to give them a shot, and Athens is superior,” Davidson said. “Because for real. I tell my younger brother, ‘Listen: Athens is the place you will never want to leave.’”
The sidewalks of downtown are empty again. The bars have closed and downtown’s many patrons have left.
—Compiled by Rachel Bunn
NIGHTS: Shenanigans frequent downtown ¢ From Page 1 count how many sorority girls they see walk by with their boobs falling out of their dresses. Typically, it works better in the late spring/early fall, so that’s kind of fun.” Starbucks has a study area upstairs, and Vaughan said he normally sees approximately 10 people studying there late on a Saturday night. “This happens quite a bit,” he said. “Girls will come in decked to the nines with a backpack on. And the idea is that they’ll study for a couple hours and when they get through studying, they’ll go out and get drunk. So, it’s like, they’re studying so they can lose the information.” Cat and Liz, two employees at The Cotton Club, who requested their last names not be included, said they usually witness multiple arrests while at work. “Tonight there were no arrests and it was awesome,” Cat said. “Tonight was a non-typical night.” Cat and Liz said that because Cotton Club is located on the corner of Broad Street, they see a lot of what goes on at night in the downtown area. “You see unspeakable things,” Liz said. “I saw a
guy get dragged out of a taxi cab by the people he was with, and he was dead wasted on the street.” A University student who will work as a student teacher in the spring and who chose to remain anonymous, doesn’t spend his nights grading papers. So what is a typical Saturday for him? “Just go downtown, have a good time,” he said while at the entrance of Toppers International Showbar. “It happens. You know, we end up where we end up. If we end up at a strip club, we end up at a strip club. Usually, we end up at strip clubs on Wednesday nights when the covers are lower, but Toppers is not exactly the classiest place ever.” The doormen at 8es bar said they see approximately 300 patrons on a regular day. However, on a Saturday, the number increases to 1,400. James Warrior, an employee at Yoguri, said that on Saturday nights he sees “a lot of people who got a very drunk craving to get some frozen yogurt.” Warrior has had various experiences with people who walk into Yoguri for reasons other than just buying frozen yogurt. He said he sees some unusual occurrences. One night, a drunken patron hit
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S Late-night Athens offers drinks and drama. herself in the head with a door. “And she kind of like, plops down and starts crying for a couple of minutes,” Warrior said. “And I ask her if I can help her, and she just kind of looks at me and is just like, ‘You know what? I don’t want you to even look at me right now.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, is there anything that I can do for you?’ And she’s like, ‘Don’t look at me. That’s what you can do for me.’” When asked if he likes working on Saturday nights in Athens, Warrior had mixed feelings. “On Saturday nights, sometimes, it’s kind of hit or miss,” Warrior said. “Sometimes the customers, we have a lot of fun. Sometimes, they’re just drunk and obnoxious and I just wanna — yeah.”
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¢ From Page 1 After an intensive application process, Yang was interviewed on campus and then had a final interview in Atlanta alongside the other candidates from her region. Along with the prestige of being named one of only 32 recipients from around the country, the prize includes a fully paid graduate program at Oxford University. “What else is really great about the scholarship is it provides you with a great community of previous scholars who you will be learning from as well,” Yang said. Yang has already studied at Oxford when she participated in a Maymester program studying modern literature and genetics in society after her freshman year. This time around she plans to study global health science and possibly medical anthropology. Yang’s future plans include attending a medical school and pursuing a combined medical and master of public health program. “I would like to thank all the wonderful faculty mentors I’ve had and supportive administrators of the Honors Program,” Yang said. “It’s such a honor and I feel it’s reflective of all the support and access to resources that I had going to a university like UGA. So I’m very thankful for that.”
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Don’t ignore the victims of abuse W
atching movie mogul Tyler Perry describe to Oprah the sexual abuse he endured as a child was difficult for me. As the tears ran down my face, I couldn’t help but ask — why? Why are we allowing these monsters to strip children of their innocence? Perry explained he was molested by three different predators before the age of ten. “It is estimated that at least two out of every ten girls and one out of every ten boys are sexually abused by the end of their 13th year,” according to www.childmolestationprevention.org. This is outrageous. Child predators are targeting children they believe to be vulnerable and less likely to report the abuse. They gain the trust of children and then betray them as soon as they get the opportunity. Parents in the University community — be aware of the signs of sexual abuse. These include sudden mood swings, refusing to talk about a secret shared with an adult and displaying adult-like sexual behaviors, language and knowledge. Talk to your children about sexual abuse. Let them know no one has the right to touch them in any way that makes them uncomfortable. Most importantly, encourage your kids to talk openly and honestly with you. But what is a child to do when they are being abused by their parent or a close family member? “Ninety percent of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way; 68 percent are abused by family members,” according to www. childhelp.org, a national child abuse website. A child would definitely have issues trusting people after being abused by someone who is supposed to love and care about them. A week after Tyler Perry appeared on Oprah to discuss his ordeal, she filled her audience with more than 200 men who said they were sexually abused as children. Many of them never told anyone about abuse. They explained how
their childhood abuse is still affecting many of their lives today. Even as adults they have trouble feeling worthy and often struggle with intimacy issues. Some of you may have experienced sexual abuse as a child. Remember — you are not alone. Do not be afraid to tell your story and seek the help you need. We have to make children aware of the resources available to them if they are being abused. Understanding they are victims and will not be blamed is an essential part of the healing process. But healing can only begin when children feel safe enough to tell people they trust. Although the sex offender registry is designed to keep children safe, it is not enough. Members of every community must come together and demand tougher laws and punishment for child molesters. Students — be proactive in the fight against child molestation. If you mentor young kids in the Athens community or participate in tutoring programs, listen to what they have to say. Trust your gut. If something seems suspicious or unusual, it cannot hurt to take action and speak to law enforcement. You might be the voice for a child who is suffering. If you know a child who may be experiencing sexual abuse, it is your responsibility to report it. Do not stand by while another child is victimized. Organizations such as “Stop It Now!” strive to teach people about sexual abuse and what they can do to ensure the safety of children. Visit www.stopitnow.org to learn more about what you can do to prevent sexual abuse. We cannot allow this to continue. Now is the time to take a stand. — Jessica Walker is a senior from East Point majoring in publication management
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How is Susan Haire (“Body scans in store for some travelers,” Nov. 19) qualified to say what is constitutional and what is not? Someone remind her that the Transportation Security Administration is a government agency. It is beneath the Constitution. Things have not changed since 9/11, only people’s perception. How much are we willing to sacrifice for safety? We were willing to lock up thousands of AsianAmericans during World War II and our own citizens in the “War on Terror.” And now we are willing to subject little girls and boys to harmful radiation, legal molestation and x-ray pornography. This is not a liberal or
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f it’s dangerous, disgusting and legally banned, college students of course will want to try it. The highly-publicized malt beverage Four Loko is no exception. Four Loko’s reputation as “blackout in a can” has caused an uproar in recent weeks, with Washington state enacting an emergency ban of the brew on Nov. 18. Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma have also banned Four Loko and similar alcoholic energy drinks. Phusion Project, the distributor of Four Loko, has agreed to cease shipments to New York. Washington called for the ban after nine underage drinkers were hospitalized from drinking too much Four Loko at an Oct. 8 offcampus party at Central Washington University. School officials said the students had bloodalcohol levels ranging from 0.12 percent to 0.35 percent — and a female student nearly died. After all the hooplah, it’s crucial for society to step back and consider whether legal action is really necessary. Clearly, the panic leading to some of the state bans is because of alcohol abuse by minors. The knee-jerk reaction is overblown and should instead target those who sold the products illegally to the underage partygoers. The Food and Drug Administration has yet to categorize any caffeinated alcoholic beverage as a health hazard. The headlines, however, shout loud and clear the dangers of such concoctions. Instead of banning Four Loko and its counterparts, these products should go the way of the cigarette: heavily regulated by the
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MEGAN THORNTON FDA. If people are still allowed to ingest nicotine and arsenic, they should have the right to mix alcohol and caffeine. Hopefully our state liquor commission doesn’t decide to ban the beverage. Legal drinkers should be able to consume whatever drink they so choose without unnecessary state intervention. That said, Four Loko isn’t exactly the smartest or safest choice. In recent weeks, I’ve seen the drink spike in popularity because of all of the media coverage. I even saw two discarded cans in the Hull Parking Deck on my way to class. Not exactly the best (or most legal) place to indulge — but a sign of how popular this drink really is becoming. Did I mention it also tastes terrible? Without any legal interference, the novelty of consuming the drink with a taste so akin to battery acid will soon wear thin. As for now, everyone wants to see how intense the crazy juice really is. However, many fail to check out what is actually in the can. Should you stay away from the swill? Four Loko is obviously marketed to younger drinkers. With its brightly colored can and priced at about $2.50 for a pack of four, it’s a cheap way to get a serious buzz. But that kick can come at a much higher cost than its price tag.
Here’s the breakdown: These bad boys come in a 24-ounce can with a 12 percent alcohol content — three to four times the alcohol content of a standard 12-ounce can of beer at 4 to 5 percent, according to USA Today. Four beers in one can seems like a cost effective alternative to buying your average six-pack, no? Sure, but add in a caffeine equivalent of four cups of coffee, and you’ve got a dangerous combination. The caffeine in the mix works to subdue the effects of the alcohol and make the drinker feel he or she is not that drunk — and able to drink more. In reality, the drinker is getting hazardously close to his or her limit. To top it all off, one can has 660 calories. Bye bye, figure. Hello, Type 2 diabetes! If ingredients are visibly listed on the can, as they are with Four Loko, those of legal drinking age should be able to make sound judgments about choosing to drink it or not. State liquor commissions shouldn’t be able to ban specific brands just because of media hype and already irresponsible underage drinkers. For this drinker, the costs seem to outweigh the benefits. I may have enough in my wallet for a four-pack of Four Loko, but there’s no room in my budget for a trip to the emergency room. Remember to drink responsibly, because an uninformed drinker is just loco. — Megan Thornton is a senior from Marietta majoring in newspapers
Walking alone at night can be dangerous I M t came from the darkness. A swift elbow struck my right temple. I staggered where I stood, dazed. His hand grabbed my collar, keeping me upright. His other hand rammed a pistol into my gut. “Gimme your wallet, mutha-f-----.” I closed my eyes for an instant, a failed attempt to calm my nerves and my racing heart. I was certain I was going to be shot. Certain I was about to be another homicide victim. Trembling, I produced my wallet from my pocket and gave the gunman my cashless piece of leather, telling him it was useless to him, telling him I would cancel my credit cards. “Shut up mutha-f-----.” The gun dug further into my gut. “I shoot you, mutha-f-----.” He took the wallet, stuffed it in his hoodie, jabbed my stomach again for good measure, and fled.
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wanted to go home. Back to my bed, to curl up in a ball, to hope and pray it was just a bad dream. Unfortunately, what happened to me in downtown Atlanta is not uncommon. I was there to cover an Atlanta Thrashers game, in a place where gun and knife-wielding derelicts prey on the weak and unsuspecting. Prey on those trying to do a good deed. Prey on people like me, just as they do in cities all over the world. I learned something that night. And I’ll never forget it. Don’t walk alone at night. Yes, that’s one of the simplest and oldest of lessons, but too often, it goes unheard. I know people, girls especially, who would drunkenly stagger from downtown to Brumby Hall through dark and lonely streets. I won’t be mugged, they say. It would never happen to me. Truth is, it can happen to you. You can play
Russian roulette only so many times before you find the bullet. The Red & Black just finished publishing a 10-week series on crime in Athens, and I bet the victims of those crimes never thought it would happen to them. We are not invincible. No matter how well-intentioned we are, no matter who Daddy is, no matter your background, no matter your race, no matter how much we drink. If you feel so obliged to help the homeless, there are other ways to give aid. Volunteer at soup kitchens or give money to charity. But don’t walk into their trap. Keep yourself protected. Don’t be stupid, like I was. Because maybe instead of leaving me dazed, he might have left me dead. — Michael Fitzpatrick is a senior from Danvers, Mass., majoring in newspapers and is a sports writer for The Red & Black
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El Guincho — Pop Negro Take a little bit of Beck, add some Empire of the Sun, subtract the industrial aggression and techno repetition and you might wind up with something resembling El Guincho. I’m sure there’s a lot I’m missing about the kaleidoscopic “Pop Negro,” the 25-year-old artist’s infectiously fun fourth release. Take the name for instance. I didn’t realize “el guincho” was the Catalan word for an endangered species of bird from El Guincho’s native Canary Islands. That a control freak like me was able to enjoy this album so immensely is a testament to how good it really is. I don’t care that there is a hurricane of wordplay at work that I still don’t entirely grasp. Case in point: There is a picture of an octopus on the album cover. According to an interview with the New York Times, El Guincho reveals “pop” is Catalan for octopus. The album is just too good a listen for me to get hung up on ethnocentric bellyaching about how I can’t understand half of the almost exclusively Spanish lyrics. The man, whose actual name is Pablo Díaz-Reixa, has an incredible gift for rhythms and tunes, which allowed the songs to suck in even my purely English-speaking friends on the strength of their composition alone. I almost referred to El Guincho as a techno artist for how much his brisk nine-song run made me want to get up and dance. Don’t let that turn you away, though. Díaz-Reixa knows better than to get lost in the electric grind of that genre or any other genre, for that matter. The songs move and float with a palpable energy that manages not to be manic, recycled or pretentious. I heard what has to be steel drums in the opening track “Bombay” alongside sounds that are a little too manufactured to be anything but. It would have been easy to fall into the niche of the selfrighteous artist who uses only obscure instruments to prove his musical purity or lazily lean on a purely synthesized sound, but El Guincho suffuses his sound with an organic mixture that keeps my toes tapping. It’s difficult to put Díaz-Reixa in a particular genre, but I really don’t have to. As he explains in the opening of the “Bombay” video, Díaz-Reixa uses “Pop Negro” to explore the human condition with imagination, and the chaotic video reflects that. It’s a jumble of images such as a man threatening a panda doll at gunpoint. His cousins also contribute a short beach surfing video set to their mutual favorite “FM Tan Sexy.” I could stop and ask what any of this has to do with the music, but that defeats the purpose. It doesn’t have to make sense because the world is so often nonsensical. El Guincho asks us to kick off our shoes and let down our hair in the name of enjoying the world around us, even if it’s not exactly clear what that means. Finding out is half the fun, and if El Guincho is going to score our romp through reality, I’ll be leading the charge. — Patrick Hooper
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There is really only one thing you’ve got to know about Tristen. “I think lyrics,” said Tristen Gaspadarek, who performs under her firstname-only moniker. “I think words.” The Chicago-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter has made it her practice to focus on people and the lives they lead, and her penchant for narrative has become something of a calling card. “At the end of the day, I’m down with a good story,” she said. But careers are more than preferences — there are ups and downs and strange turns. One up for Tristen was moving to Nashville after graduating from DePaul University in 2007. “It’s a really great place to live and make records,” she said, adding that the local community of musicians she discovered became integral to her work and success. But there were downs — having to make her own music, an act of self-determination bred in part from her long history with self-motivated musicianship. “I didn’t really have any expectations of myself as an artist,” Gaspadarek said. “I just knew I could write songs.” Moving to Nashville on her own didn’t mean she was without resources. Gaspadarek had previous experience cutting demos, so
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S Nashville-based “neo-traditionalist pop” artist Tristen thinks in lyrics and words before melody. hearing a pianist perform and then liking what she hears, or deciding to incorporate a ukulele she received for her birthday years earlier. “A lot of it’s the toys you have around you,” she said. But if there’s one thing that ties Tristen together,
seconds-and-change sequence there are two, perhaps three, I-can’t-believethis-is-happening moments. And really, that’s for the best. By the end of the film, and to its credit, you want trapped amateur canyoneer Aron Ralston (James Franco) to hack off his own arm and go crawling, bleeding, into the light. The film, ostensibly bound by geography and time, never stagnates: it leaps, bounding, from flashbacks to visions to crammed-in corner-views of Ralston’s deep-crevice despair. At its best, and for most of it, “127 Hours” pulls you right along: a whirl of multimedia that’s emotionally muscular, as well as visual — and that’s because Ralston, locked alone for the whole titular, agonizing sum of seconds, is classic Boyle (like Alex Etel’s Damian and Ewan McGregor’s Renton before him). He doesn’t waste or wilt. He’s resourceful, eager, hungry; trapped but not forgotten. Intermittently exhausted in his attempts to escape, Ralston takes to livening things, with a video diary or (more often) hallucination. Boyle presents his struggles spot-on — with a canny feel for the physical and physic dimensions of entrapment. The best moments occur in the back-and-forth “interview” between Ralston, the mock television host of his own canyon-set morning show and Ralston, the pinned, unfortunate schmuck — man-made spirit and manmade technology combust together, amplifying both.
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But in all the hours that unraveled for the real-life pinned, unfortunate schmuck Aron Ralston during his ordeal — and, more importantly, in all the minutes that make up Boyle’s version — there was time for reflection and recrimination. See, it turns out Ralston’s real problem was not knowing how to best connect with people; that’s why no one knows where he is; that’s why he’s trapped. And this altogether decent and obvious conclusion is at the very center of “127 Hours,” and the altogether obvious and synthetic soul-searching it breeds are at the very center of the film’s worst moments. In between Boyle’s far more pragmatic conceptions and execution of the toll and presence of claustrophobia and struggle to survive are sun-streaked prophecies and rain-drenched “Christmas Carol”-lite mini-parables. “No man is an island” — and yada yada yada. We got it. Still, there are moments — and there is still the power of that amputation — as spectacle, endurance test, dénouement and visual metaphor. Forget the spare moments of dithering about not better appreciating people. It’s these moments of Ralston, alone, stuck but not stifled, that stick as he wriggles first and then finally walks, stumbling, arm-less, mouth streaked with blood — having cannibalized himself: an old arm for a new soul. — Adam Carlson
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INSTANT REPLAY GAME REWIND PLAYER OF THE GAME: Aaron Murray, Georgia quarterback It was a huge offensive day for both teams, and Aaron Murray was able to find receivers when it mattered most. The redshirt freshman was 15-of-19 for 271 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He took care of the ball and had help from senior wide receiver Kris Durham and wideout A.J. Green. Georgia’s passing game carried the Bulldogs through the game and ultimately got them their sixth win. OVERLOOKED PLAYER OF THE GAME: Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech running back Georgia Tech’s redshirt senior thrashed Georgia’s rush defense all night, especially up the middle, for 166 yards and one touchdown. Allen averaged 5.7 yards per carry and led the way for a Yellow Jacket offense that gained 411 total yards on the ground.
Top juniors consider draft By NICK PARKER THE RED & BLACK A.J. Green stood on the podium in front of the student section celebrating a win over Georgia’s hated in-state rival with his senior teammates as students chanted: “One more year. One more year.” The moment was a memorable one for the seniors in what was their final game in Sanford Stadium, but also one that will stay with Green, who knows the win over Georgia Tech could have been his last game between the hedges as well. “That’s always in the back of your mind, but I’m just going to make the best decision for me and my family,” said Green, who is rated as one of the premier prospects in April’s NFL Draft. If it was Green’s last game, he couldn’t have envisioned a much sweeter way to go out than a win over the Yellow Jackets to gain bowl eligibility for the seniors that took him in as a freshman from Summerville, S.C.
“It was like a dream come true,” Green said. “This went by fast. Now I’m a junior, and I’ve got an opportunity to leave and do what I love the most. It just went by so fast. Just sitting there, standing on that thing by the student section, hearing them chanting and going crazy, it was just a dream, man.” Head coach Mark Richt was asked after the game if he had heard the chant for Green, and he just smiled, replying: “I’m all for that.” As is quarterback Aaron Murray. “I called [the students] beforehand and told them to do that,” Murray joked. “No, I’m just playing, but no matter what he’s a tremendous player, and whatever he does, I’m still going to be one of his biggest supporters.” Both Green and outside linebacker Justin Houston are projected as first-round draft picks if they choose to bolt for the NFL after their junior season, but it’s a decision both said will have to wait until after the bowl game. “When this season is
completely over, that’s when I’ll think about it,” Houston said. “We still have bowl games, and we got to get ready for that.” Even with potential millions waiting for when they do decide to make the leap, it’s a decision neither is particularly looking forward to. “Every time I think about it, I just get a weak feeling in my stomach,” Green said. “It just went by so fast, and I put myself in position to make a lot of money some day or come back to school. I love this place, and I don’t know if I’m ready to leave it yet. So I don’t know.” Houston had similar feelings. “I don’t even want to think about it,” he added. “I’ll think about it later.” Richt said he just wants what is best for both men, but didn’t hesitate to campaign a bit for Houston’s return when asked about him specifically. “I have no earthly idea what the future holds for [Houston], but my hope is he’s a Bulldog for another season,” he said.
KEY DECISION: Georgia Tech purposefully conceding Georgia’s final touchdown With 1:38 left in the game, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jacket defense essentially let the Bulldogs in the end zone in order to get the ball back with enough time to potentially score and go for the twopoint conversion to tie the game. Though the Yellow Jackets could not convert on their next offensive possession, the decision to let Georgia score to get the ball back with plenty of time left was a smart one by Johnson. Georgia managed the clock poorly on its last scoring drive and Johnson threw the Georgia coaching staff on its heels with the decision, although it did not work out as planned. (TOP) MAX BEECHING (ABOVE) WES BLANKENSHIP | The Red & Black
S (Top) Justin Houston (42) scores a defensive touchdown for the Bulldogs, who forced four turnovers (above) against Georgia Tech.
SENIORS: Players deal with mixed emotions ¢ From Page 1 was out there just kinda soaking it all up for the last time.” Tight end Orson Charles said he could tell some of the seniors were getting nostalgic and somewhat emotional Saturday morning during the Bulldogs’ pregame routine. “You kinda seen them when we was at the hotel,” Charles said. “Everybody was like, ‘This is our last meal. This is our last Dawg Walk. This is our last game in Sanford Stadium.’ It was kinda emotional. That’s why [head coach Mark] Richt had everybody come back inside and get everybody’s minds together and go out there and just get ready for Georgia Tech.” Durham said he was the most emotional when he saw his parents during the senior ceremony before kickoff, but was able to hold off the bulk of the memories and emotions until after the game. “I was just trying to mainly focus on the game. That way I wouldn’t get overcome with emotion and that sorta thing,” Durham said. “But once the game got started, I was focused on that. After the zeros hit and I realized it was my last one, a lot of things hit me.” Linebacker Akeem Dent said he felt his emotions creeping up on him throughout the day Saturday, but he said he wanted Georgia to keep the Governor’s Cup in Athens. “Aw, man. It was a lot of emotions flowing,” Dent said. “Just memories just popping up in my head and things like that, but once all that stuff was over with it was time to
flip the switch because we had a ball game to play.” Despite Georgia’s 6-6 record and its less-than-desirable season, Durham, Charles and quarterback Aaron Murray said the senior class held the team together throughout the season. “All the seniors meant a lot to us. I mean, we might not say it, but they all meant a lot to us,” Charles said. “At one point we all looked up to them. They led us in practice, led us in the games. Our record don’t really show for how much we care for the seniors and how bad we all needed this game, but seniors meant a lot to us.” Murray said the seniors were the ones who picked up the rest of the team during the rough patches of the season and motivated the team to persevere to come out on the other end with positive attitudes. “I could name every [senior] and what they mean to this team is just unbelievable. They’ve held us through this whole season,” Murray said. “A lot of guys would just give up and just say, ‘Hey, the season’s done with.’ But I mean, those guys have stuck together. They’ve pushed this team through the ups and downs of the season.” Dent said he is proud to be a part of this senior class and proud Georgia is now bowl eligible, especially after the season did not go as well as the Bulldogs wanted. “[This season’s] meant a lot to me. It’s my last one,” Dent said. “One thing that I’ve seen with this group of guys, these guys, they won’t stop fighting so it’s just meant a lot.”
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S Aaron Murray (11) posted another impressive performance against the Yellow Jackets, throwing for three touchdowns.
BOWL: Memphis likely destination ¢ From Page 1 us to get back to doing the things that we need to do against the teams in the SEC East, the teams that we’re going to see — Boise [State] for example — and who we’re going to see in the bowl game. So it allows us to play young players, allows us to get back into playing more of a normal offense and playing our normal defense, so I think it’s real critical.” Richt said Georgia won’t know where they’re heading likely until “the BCS stuff is done,” but the head of the Liberty Bowl Steve Ehrhart told the Macon Telegraph that they’ve been “talking about Georgia for basically all season” and appear to be Georgia’s likely destination. The Liberty Bowl selects after the Music City Bowl, another bowl interested in Georgia, but with Tennessee’s
win Saturday, it looks as if the Music City Bowl will likely stay with the home state team, leaving the Liberty Bowl with either Georgia or Kentucky to fill their SEC affiliate. “At least we’re eligible [for a bowl], so it doesn’t matter where we go to,” A.J. Green said. If Georgia were to go to the Liberty Bowl, they’d face the winner of next Saturday’s Conference USA championship game between SMU and Central Florida. That game is set for Dec. 31 at 3:30 p.m in Memphis, Tenn. “I’m just happy that we have the opportunity to go to a bowl game,” Justin Houston said. “This wasn’t the best season and I think everybody knows that, but to be able to go to a bowl game, that’s still a blessing and we got to cherish that just like we’re going to a bigger bowl.”
KEY MOMENTS: Georgia Tech’s missed extra point/the Georgia defense stopping the Yellow Jackets in their last two offensive possessions The Yellow Jackets had the opportunity to tie the game at 35, but kicker Scott Blair missed the point after, leaving the Bulldogs with a one-point lead and some breathing room. After Georgia went up 42-34 with 1:29 left in the game, the Yellow Jacket offense took the field again with plenty of time left on the clock. But the Georgia defense came up with two tackles for loss and quarterback Tevin Washington threw two incomplete passes to turn the ball over on downs. On the Yellow Jackets’ final possession, linebacker Justin Houston came up with his third huge play of the game when he picked off Washington and fell on the ground to end the game. QUOTE OF THE GAME: Linebacker Justin Houston on his performance against Georgia Tech: “I wasn’t planning on doing all this, but I had fun doing it. It was great. It was great to be out there.” BY THE NUMBERS: Georgia Tech Total offense: 512 yards First downs: 32 Turnovers: 4 Third down conversions: 7-of-12 Georgia Total offense: 425 First downs: 18 Turnovers: 2 Third down conversions: 2-of-7 — Rachel G. Bowers