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Dean candidate pledges to listen to students By JULIA CARPENTER THE RED & BLACK At the dean of students candidate forum Tuesday, Shay Davis Little promised to do a lot of listening should she eventually supervise student activities and developments as the new dean of students. “Frank discussions are key,” she said. “It’s important for me to know exactly

what you want me to know, and that involves a lot of conversation.” Little, director of administrative operations for University housing, is competing with one other candidate, Mary Beth Mercatoris, for the new position. The new dean will oversee the Department of Campus Life — including Intercultural Affairs,

Judicial Programs, Greek Life and the Center for Student Organizations — through the senior leadership team in the Division of Student Affairs. Little especially touted her experience as a supervisor and administrator. “The administrative part is something I feel like a dean of students has got to be, right off the bat, at the most basic level,” she said.

Little presented her first-year goals should she get the position. She plans to solicit student and faculty concerns, understand the vice president’s goals for her position, increase the dean of student’s visibility at campus events, and articulate her goals and vision with broad input from University students. “What’s the first year going to look like? To me,

it’s going to involve a lot of listening,” she said. “Listening to students like you, listening to other students, listening to staff and faculty about what this role is supposed to be, and what the potential for this role is.” After Little shared her experiences, goals and her view on the position, Josh D e l a n e y, Student Government Association

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S Student Daniel Brettschneider gets ‘stoned’ with a water balloon Tuesday at ‘Stone a Heathen Day,’ sponsored by UGAtheists. Participants held up signs with Bible verses about biblical stoning.

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It wasn’t divine intervention that saved the lives of the University’s atheist students during “Stone a Heathen Day” Tuesday. Those “stones” were actually water balloons, and people laughed, not died, when they were hit. “I think 70 percent of people walking by will find it hilarious,” said Randall Bourquin, president of UGAtheists. “And 30 percent will get really angry.” Members of UGAtheists held up signs citing Bible verses — Leviticus 24:14 and Deuteronomy 21:21 — that

condemn blasphemers and rebellious children to death by stoning. Bourquin and other atheist students encouraged people walking in Tate Plaza to stone them according to the Bible’s commands. See STONING, Page 3

Shay Davis Little is one of two vying for the dean of students position. president, opened the floor to student questions. See DEAN, Page 2

New leader prepared for transition By POLINA MARINOVA THE RED & BLACK Laura Dunn Jolly will permanently fill the position of vice president for instruction at the University effective today. Jolly, who has served as dean of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and interim vice president for instruction since January, said she’s ready for her new position. “It’s exciting,” Jolly said. “It’s just a different view of the University, and I think it’ll take some time and some steps to make a smooth transition. In the interim role, I’ve really enjoyed the variety and just the whole range of areas I have to work in.” Jolly will fill the position Jere Morehead, senior vice JOLLY president for academic affairs and provost, previously held. “I worked with [Jolly] when she was dean of her college and I was serving as vice president for instruction,” Morehead said. “I’ve certainly been working with her closely in both roles since she’s been interim for the last few months. She’s a great listener and an outstanding leader, so I’m very optimistic about the direction that she will take instruction on this campus.” Jolly initially decided to come to the University in August 2007 and take on the role of dean because she said the University’s family and consumer sciences program was one of the leading colleges of its type in the country. She said working as a dean has been rewarding, and she has learned things from her former position that she plans to carry over to her role as vice president. “I’ve learned to always engage with students and faculty and stay in touch with the pulse of the campus,” Jolly said. “I’ve learned to collaborate and work with them because you’ve got to keep your eyes on the reason that you’re here, which is supporting everything we’re doing in terms of the instructional program at the University. So you have to be out See JOLLY, Page 2

Italian eatery offers balls of the non-meat variety By SHAWN JARRARD FOR THE RED & BLACK What has nine balls, lots of hands and loads of fun? A game of bocce ball, of course. “Bocce ball is a traditional Italian yard game,” said Jon Arnold, an owner of the DePalma’s Italian Café on Timothy Road. “You start out with two sets of balls, different colors obviously. They’re pretty big, like a grapefruit, and then you got a little ball. It’s called a pollino,” he said. Ben Tibbitts, another DePalma’s owner, came up with the idea to bring the game to the

restaurant before relocating from the Homewood Hills shopping center to Timothy Road. “He was talking about it before we moved over here, and we finally saved up some money and got it done,” Arnold said. “Once it cools down a little bit, we’ll be starting up our bocce ball league. We’re going to do that every Wednesday.” Bocce, pronounced “botch-ee,” pits two teams against each other on a grassy pitch built in front of the restaurant. After deciding who tosses first, everyone stands on the same side of the small field. “You throw the little pollino down the court, and then each

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team tries to get their balls as close as they can to that one as possible,” Arnold said. A rule sheet is available for players, as well as instruction from the DePalma’s staff, but in the end Arnold considers bocce ball to be a gentlemen’s game with only one strict guideline. “Don’t just chuck them into the woods or something. I guess that would be our house rule. We’d like to get the bocce balls back eventually,” Arnold said. League play is free to sign up and will take place around 7 p.m.

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A University Parking Services employee reported being threatened after ticketing a car parked in the Athletic Learning Center parking lot, according to University Police. The complainant, a parking services monitor, told officials the driver approached her after she placed a ticket on the windshield of the car. The driver began cursing, tore the citation and threw it at her, according to the report. The complainant told officers the driver returned to his vehicle and accelerated quickly toward her. The employee told police she felt she was in danger, according to the report. The driver then exited the lot, picked up the citation and apologized to the employee, according to the report.

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Wells Ellenberg, a sophomore Franklin College senator, wanted to know about Little’s plans for the campus Greek scene. Little said she supports these organizations’ philanthropic efforts, but she’d like to work with them on adhering to outside activity protocol and preserving the Greek organizations’ images. “We know they make strong alumni because they’re very loyal,” Little said. “I think at times those students can also make poor choices, and because of their affiliation with a Greek letter organization it can become, ‘Oh, this is what we should expect.’ I’d love to partner to celebrate the really big successes that those students have had on campus so that more people can see that instead of just the social piece.” Ellenberg also asked Little about

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what lessons she’d take from Dean William Tate’s campus legacy. Little expressed her admiration of the dean and his hands-on demeanor, but she also said some of Tate’s policies are now obsolete “There’s this other part of stuff Dean Tate did that was very parental, very ‘you’ve got to follow these rules,’” she said. “I think the times are different, and I think our view of higher education is different.” Will Burgess, a sophomore Franklin senator, was interested in Little’s plans to involve students in University administration. “I wouldn’t be completely honest with you if I wouldn’t say that if I were to assume this position I’d have to ask a lot of questions,” Little said. “I think I’d have to do some listening and talking with others on campus to really understand that picture to see what the best avenues would be to include students in that process.”

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connecting with people in order to do that.” Jolly’s new responsibilities include overseeing and working with the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Student Financial Aid, the Office of Curriculum Systems, the Division of Academic Enhancement, the Center for Teaching and Learning and student programs such as the learning communities and the Washington Semester Program. The office also collaborates with the vice president for public service and outreach. “I’ll be looking for opportunities to collaborate with the colleges and the schools and the other vice presidents to look for ways we can work together on larger projects that would have a significant impact on our campus,” Jolly said. “The most exciting thing is that you’ve got this broader view and an opportunity to look at ways to bring people together to focus on initiatives that would move the University forward.” In addition, Jolly has taken on several tasks which are new to the vice president for instruction position — implementing the Quality Enhancement Plan, building the instructional capacity at the University’s satellite campuses and helping to create a more robust distance education program at the University. Morehead said Jolly faces other challenges as well. “UGA continues to recruit an outstanding student body that has very high expectations for the quality of instruction,” Morehead said. “So for Dr. Jolly, the challenge is balancing the various demands that are placed on instruction and wisely using our resources to ensure the best learning experience for our students.” However, the University’s resources are limited after facing severe budget cuts that could affect instruction. “We will continue to look for private funding and other types of external funding,” Jolly said. “We will be entrepreneurial by looking at ways to offset state budget cuts with opportunities that there may be in the private sector or through foundations and grants. We just have to learn to be creative.” Despite all the new demands that come with the job, Jolly wants to continue to maintain contact with students. She has met with students in the University’s learning communities and student leaders from the Student Government Association. “So far, I’ve had quite a number of opportunities to interact with students,” she said. “I hope to teach one of our freshman seminars when we launch the new first-year seminar series next year. It’s exciting. I’m really looking forward to that.” Anne Sweaney, professor and department head of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has worked with Jolly since she became dean of the college in 2007. Sweaney will serve as the interim dean of the college while a national search is conducted. “I hope that she will use her insight and good judgment in strengthening our instructional program at the University,” Sweaney said. “She is so much fun to work with, and she works well with everyone.” Jolly has to work with the University’s other vice presidents, all of whom are male. She said a lot of people have commented on the fact that she is the only female vice president. “I haven’t really thought about my gender influencing the work that I do,” Jolly said. “It may be because I’ve always been surrounded by very, very strong female leadership. I’ve felt supported by the colleagues on the president’s cabinet and the other vice presidents, so I think it’s a great working environment. They’re open and receptive to my ideas, so I think it’s a strong leadership team.”


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Local police ticket STONING: few texting drivers Biblical Hard to see studies offenders complex By KELSEY BYRD THE RED & BLACK

Local police have written few tickets to punish citizens for texting while driving — though the ban has been effective for two months. Maj. Carter Green of the Athens-Clarke County Police Department said there have only been four tickets issued, as it is difficult to catch drivers texting. “In terms of just driving and writing tickets for it, you really have to be paying attention and be able to see into the car,” Greene said. Senate Bill 360 — the Caleb Sorohan Act — states, “No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, electronic mail, or Internet data.” Jenna Grygier, a junior from Marion, Ohio, got pulled over for texting when she was stopped at a red light. She said the officer was on a motorcycle, so it easier for him to see what she was doing. “I did know about the law,” Grygier said. “But I didn’t think they were serious about enforcing it. I thought it would be impossible for them to see me texting.” The police officer let Grygier off with a warning after explaining the law and safety risks for texting in the car. “Google ‘Georgia Code Texting Law.’ It states you can’t be on the roadway at all to text,” Greene said. “You have to be pulled over off the roadway and stopped.” The law states only drivers who are reporting emergencies or crimes, are

medical personnel or public utilities workers, or are in a parked vehicle may send text messages while in a motor vehicle. The fine for texting while driving is $150. For some, texting will be a hard habit to break. “It’s not second nature because I realize it takes a lot more thought process than picking up a phone call,” said Kaylee Bradley, a psychology major from LaGrange. “But reading texts while driving is second nature — that’s not hard at all.” Some students say the law is hard to follow when even some officials cannot keep their hands off their phones. Charles Hall, a junior from Jesup, said he has seen several state employees texting while driving. He said the ambulance driver who drove his grandmother to the hospital after she had a heart attack was texting while driving the ambulance. “I find it hard to respect a law that the state has passed when state employees fail to abide by that law themselves,” Hall said. Even after the law’s implementation, people still text and drive, but some say they try to be safer about it. “While I’m driving, I will shorten my answers to abbreviations or one letter responses,” Bradley said. “There are certain places I won’t text, like intersections or on a busy road.” Even after being pulled over, Grygier said she cannot kick the texting habit. “I try to wait until I’m stopped now, like at a red light, to get my phone out,” Grygier said. And Hall said the law is nothing to worry about. He still texts and drives. “As long as you are smart about it — and honestly by now, you should already be smart about your texting versus driving amount — texting while driving is fine,” Hall said.

¢From Page 1 Leviticus 24:14, a command from God to Moses, reads: “Take the blasphemer outside the camp. All those who heard him are to lay their hands on his head, and the entire assembly is to stone him.” The UGAtheists laughed at their own selfcondemnation. “Jesus said, ‘Let he who is without sin cast the first stone,’ but he said nothing about water balloons,” Bourquin said. Bourquin said he realizes these biblical laws were for a society that existed thousands of years ago. “We haven’t heard of any instances of Christians stoning heathens recently,” he said. “Take a deep breath. Don’t take it so seriously.” But Bourquin said one reason his group organized “Stone a Heathen Day” is because it is not easy to be an atheist in a community such as the one at the University. “It’s pretty tough to extract sympathy from almost anyone,” he said. “It’s more or less socially unacceptable to come into a room and say, ‘I’m an atheist’ and get a pat on the back.” Kathryn Macias, a freshman from Warner Robins, does have sympathy for the group, though she said she is not an atheist. “Atheists are some of the most down-to-earth people,” she said. “This is a fun way to promote UGAtheists.” Butler Stoudenmire, a sophomore from Albany, watched Bourquin recite Bible verses and ask for the group’s punishment. “They’re definitely poking fun at religion,” he said. “It doesn’t personally offend me, but they’re giving Christianity a

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S Water balloons burst in Tate Plaza Tuesday as the University’s atheists asked to be stoned. In ancient times, stoning was extreme punishment. bad name.” Stoudenmire said the UGAtheist demonstration is akin to when preachers hold up signs in Tate Plaza condemning sinners to hell and shouting to students passing by. “They’re both kind of extreme,” he said. After one atheist student asked if Christian student James Wood would throw a water balloon at him, Wood declined. “Behind that action I think is a sinful desire to get back at them,” said Wood, a senior from Marietta. “I don’t think Jesus would throw a balloon at them.” Stoudenmire said the Bible verses the group used were irrelevant given Jesus’ words in the New Testament. This idea — either negating the Old Testament or picking just some verses to strengthen arguments — is what Bourquin aimed to uncover. “People use the Old Testament to justify a lot of things,” Bourquin said, citing arguments against teaching evolution in schools and homosexuality. “They use it for this but say what we’re doing is ridiculous.” Richard Elliott

Friedman, professor of Jewish studies in the religion department, said any argument using the Bible — whether theist or atheist — requires extensive study. “It’s not for amateurs to interpret the Bible,” he said. The Leviticus verse that UGAtheists used referred to what Friedman called a very, very serious offense in the ancient world: cursing God. Readers today might consider the stoning punishment extreme, but it

was part of the ancient Israelite culture, Friedman said. “Prisons weren’t invented yet, and fining isn’t enough,” he said. “It was either a fine or execution.” And stoning a rebellious son, the law from Deuteronomy, almost never happened, Friedman said. After all, both parents had to take the child to court, knowing the son would die. “How often did that happen?” Friedman asked. “We know of no case.”

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ompliments to The Red & Black for condemning the University football players who break the law. They make themselves, the team and the University look terrible. However, I don’t think Daniel Burnett, writing for the newspaper’s editorial board, hit hard enough on a certain reality. Our great University and future diplomas are being devalued by this menial behavior in newspapers across America. Burnett correctly pinpoints the damage done to our reputation. But I don’t think Burnett — or the football players — realizes how deep the damage is. Forbes’ “America’s Best Colleges 2010” ranked UGA at 150 ... out of 250. Continuing with that article, the “typical grad debt” for our amazing education is $14,295. The 2010 Roush Mustang costs $14,156, according to Consumer Guide Automotive. When yet another Georgia football player breaks the law, he might as well just pull a hit-andrun on that Roush. The equivalent blemish is applied to our diplomas every time our players are blasted on newspapers as far as The San Francisco Examiner. You know those Gators we all hate? They’re ranked 92. They have also had 28 football players arrested since 2005, according to “Arrests

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SAMANTHA SHELTON could impact the way the university is viewed by outsiders” (June 17) in The Independent Florida Alligator, the University of Florida’s independent student newspaper. We’ve had 16 in the offseason — since 2008. I call on Coach Mark Richt to get his players in check. Stop acting like a movie star adopting/recruiting these children/football players. Stop letting them run rampant while you film your next movie — or Ford commercial. Urban Meyer might be a crybaby on the field, but at least he cracks the belt on his players. I call on the University to take a look at its values. Maybe if we put our emphasis in — I don’t know — education, our representatives wouldn’t be pigskin-toting delinquents. I implore this University to return to the promotion and development of knowledge. Perhaps that will force our football players to actually learn from their teammates’ mistakes. Or at the very least, be smart enough not to break the law. — Samantha Shelton is a senior from Auburn majoring in newspapers

Phi Kappa debate teaches life skills S J even p.m. Phi Kappa hall. As a three-year veteran of a large corporation, I felt that my speaking skills were well developed in comparison to my fellow workers. Convincing CIOs and directors of IT to go with our networking products seems to come naturally to me. On my walk over to the hall, I think about how I’m going to show these young students what real debate is about. As I sit in a chair listening to veterans of the Phi Kappa Literary Society debate on a topic I know very little about, I realize that my skills are relatively moot in this new realm. I can only debate about which I feel comfortable. No matter what business someone goes into — whether it be finance, graphic design, advertisement or even turf management — there will always be room for debate. Regardless of industry, you can always negotiate a better salary or convince management that your way of doing things is more effective. Unfortunately, debate is a lost art for the majority of the Athens population. As I meet other students at this University, most of them want to argue about who the next best quarterback will be, who throws the best parties or who has the best “game” with those of the opposite sex. It often seems that these are the arguments of choice on a Friday or Saturday night downtown. Granted, they’re all fun, but they won’t help you down the road when trying to get a job or in the long run of life. Henry Grady once described his experiences at Phi Kappa as the best

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education he ever received. Having attended almost 10 debates now, I can safely say that the education I am receiving from Phi Kappa rivals that from this University. Not only is debate a great way to learn, but it allows your opinion to be heard. And that opinion can then be critiqued. This can make you reconsider the point of view you’ve maintained throughout your life. The ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes is imperative in this day and age. This critical thinking and its applicability to life was shown in a debate about the gold standard. In this shaky economy, it is important to learn about finance and how major fiduciary decisions affect the United States. What better way to learn about our financial systems than to study their history and debate them with your peers? By now you’re probably thinking to yourself: “What’s this guy talking about? Debate isn’t a lost art. I’m great at debate! I argue with my friends all the time about business, education, politics, religion, the works…” Oh yeah? You think you can roll with this? Then head down to Phi Kappa Hall on a Thursday at 7 p.m. and see how you fare against the best in the business. Bring your A-game. We’ll be waiting. — Jason Orlosky is a senior from Augusta majoring in Japanese

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arah Palin’s tweets are destroying America. In her self-righteous, facile indignation and thinly-reasoned, grossly over-abbreviated cyberblasted truth bombs, the former sportscaster/possible Leader of the Free World is doing her darndest to staunch constructive conversation. With only 140 characters, Palin is able to send out dense, thoughtful messages to the fans that clamor around her like legion: “Think Trumka’s frustrations r w/Obama, not me (high unemplymnt, deals w/Obama&his subsequent broken promises) so understandable Rich’s ticked.” Oh, right, my bad: “dense, thoughtful messages” were probably a little misleading. Let me re-phrase this. With only 140 characters, Palin is able to communicate with the fuming incomprehensibility of a fifthgrader who just got tripped in front of everyone. She complains and she rails and she distorts — but does she ever take a breath and stop a moment? Does she ever stop and think, “Hey guys, maybe this forum — specifically designed for the quick comment, update or musing — isn’t the best place for me to practice political discourse?” Oh, but then however would she enlighten us? ”Dr. Laura=even more powerful & effective w/out the shackles, so

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watch out Constitutional obstructionists. And b thankful 4 her voice, America!” (A Constitution 101 sidebar, Sarah, in case you skipped that day at North Idaho College: Dr. Laura is a victim of nothing but an inability to speak without a foot shoved firmly down her throat.) The biggest joke of all, of course, isn’t that our Lady of Wasilla is an illiterate nag — it’s that she’s an insidiously clever tweeter. Carefully, craftily, she prepares her missives to the masses. Half of it may read like nonsense, but the other half is packed to the rafters with vaguely disgusted referential language that circles back on itself like a strung-out Sean Hannity. She’s a mean ol’ schoolyard bully, no doubt about it. And she’s oh-so-eager to fill the air with everything she has to say about what we aren’t being told about what bothers her. Is it wrong to compare a collegeeducated former governor to a child? Better question: is it wrong for a college-educated former governor to act like a child? If, in fact, Palin does end up

— Adam Carlson is a sophomore from Dallas majoring in magazines

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H1 may have loved the ’90s, but Georgia football sure didn’t. I am sick and tired of people criticizing head Coach Mark Richt and saying this year is a make-it-or-break-it season. It is downright ignorant to dismiss the fact that Richt has singlehandedly vaulted our football program to its current elite status. I realize not all of you have been watching Georgia football since you could open your eyes. Not everyone bleeds red and black with their first little scrape. I’ve spent 25 years following Georgia football, and my first three years as a student in the Redcoat Band. Maybe instead of blaming Richt, we should be taking a close look at the greed of the Bowl Championship Series system. Our University is a part of the Football Bowl Subdivision. Football is the only sport, college or pro, that does not utilize a playoff system. Last season, four teams were undefeated — Alabama, Texas, Boise State and TCU. Only two teams can

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attempting a presidential bid in two years, I wonder what position her Twitter account will occupy. Sure, it might be a little unseemly for her to keep using it on the campaign trail with her usual frequency and flagrant gusto. But then again, it sure is keeping the eyes of the press drawn to her, isn’t it? And it sure is keeping those partisan fires stoked high and boiling hot. Sarah Palin clearly fancies herself the face of the opposition. But her opposition-making accomplishes nothing so much as a distortion of actual issues being debated in places where actual debates take place. She tweets, surely, but only to conflate and enlarge the problems, not solve them. For someone who still aspires to run an entire nation, I wonder — and worry — at the thinking behind her behavior. Why doesn’t Palin remove herself to forums that allow for more complete, thoughtful treatments of the issues that so concern her? And why doesn’t she stop poking at the partisan divide for the sake of the ire and notoriety it raises? Go back to Russia-watching, Sarah. Leave Twitter to Gaga.

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teams in our conference have the best coaches and players — the competition is intense. Only twice has a team come out of the SEC unscathed in the BCS era — Alabama in 2009 and Auburn in 2003. Ask yourself one question: how many national championships would our beloved Dawgs under Richt have had if there was a playoff system? I’ll tell you — one or two. The 2002 Georgia team was unstoppable, going 13-1. And that was just Richt’s second season here. In case you forgot how agonizing Georgia football was before Richt came along, let me give you a quick reminder. We had losing seasons three separate times in the early to mid ’90s. We beat Florida once during the entire decade. As a pre-Richt football team, they averaged just over seven wins a season. What do you see when you glance at Richt’s tenure? I know. I see two SEC Championships and three BCS Bowl appearances. Richt has won 10 or more games in six separate seasons.

We have finished in the top 10 in the end-of-theseason rankings six times out of the nine years Richt has been here. Oh, and he has a higher career winning percentage (.769) than that of even the legendary Vince Dooley (.715). And he’s the third winningest coach in the FBS. Do you know how unbelievable that is? Sure, we don’t have a National Championship yet. But think about how many we would have if we had a fair and balanced playoff system. Before Richt, we were but puppies, anxious and curious about the man’s game of football. Then he came along and transformed us into true bulldogs, tenacious and determined beasts hellbent on winning. And he has done just that, averaging 10 wins a season since he’s been at the helm. How about giving Richt the credit he so rightfully deserves. Thank him for transforming Georgia football into the most formidable team it’s been in 20 years. — Daniel Curran is a senior from Leesburg majoring in English and history

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The Classic City welcomes back B-52s singer By CHRIS MILLER THE RED & BLACK The Athens music scene has a set of forefathers who built a tradition for alternative music that still resonates in local clubs. Ola Moon is a band that follows in that tradition, except that the woman holding the microphone was one of the founders. Back in 1977, a new Athens band performed its first show at a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day. The events that followed are the dream of every dive-playing Athens rocker today. That band sold millions of albums, had hits in the top 10, and is still touring the world. It helped start the Athens music scene and establish a new style of music. That band is the B-52s. Cindy Wilson, original member and vocalist of the B-52s, is bringing the old school Athens vibe back with a youthful twist in the form of Ola Moon. Wilson, along with classic Athens musicians Paul Scales — co-founder of the 40 Watt Club — and Dana Downs — of VieTNam, started in B-52s era Georgia — have joined up in this quintessentially Athenian group with newer-to-the-scene indie rockers Ryan Monahan, Danny Kirschner, Josh McMichael and Lemuel Hayes. “I love the dynamic that we have — classic Athens old school rock ’n’ roll, that’s what we are, Dana and Paul and myself,� Wilson said. “And with Ryan and the guys, they give it a new energy, and it’s really interesting.�

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S Cindy Wilson of the legendary B-52s will be performing tonight at The Melting Point, alongside Paul Scales, co-founder of the 40 Watt Club, and Dana Downs of VieTNam. That dynamic is reflected in the set, a mix of covers from blues to ’60s psychedelic, all with the band’s original spin. The origins of the band begin with another Athens staple: a party. Monahan, Kirschner, McMichael and Hayes first met Wilson when hired for a party as another project of theirs, Beatles tribute band Beatles for Sale. “We throw a lot of parties here

at my house ‌ and they were so good that we kept hiring them,â€? Wilson said. Eventually Wilson and other partygoers including Scales and Downs played a few songs with the band. “It was kind of just like a ‘let’s have fun and fool around’ kind of thing, really informal, and every time we ended up playing at her house it got a little more orga-

nized,� said Monahan, lead guitarist for Ola Moon. The band played its first official show at the REM 30th birthday party at the Melting Point in April. Because of Wilson’s busy touring schedule with the B-52s, Thursday’s show will only be the band’s second official performance since then, but Wilson is confident in the band’s potential.

“Everybody brings something to the table — it’s been just incredible to see that. That’s what the covers are really about, to just see what everybody can do,� Wilson said. “It’s fun, it’s kind of a hodge-podge right now.� Monahan agrees, and appreciates the challenge of playing with long time pros. “We’ve driven ourselves really hard to put on the best performance we can to live up to Cindy’s standard. It’s been a really good challenge for all us, and a really good time,� he said. The band plans to continue playing and possibly to begin writing originals as other engagements allow. For now, bassist Kirschner sees that the band’s efforts are fun and valuable. “[Playing with Wilson] is a good experience, and probably helps us believe that it’s possible to make it with our own music if we just keep on working towards that path,� he said. “The B-52s did it in the ’70s, made it pretty big, and anyone can make it in 2010 if you’ve got the right stuff and put in the effort.� As for Wilson, the set is most importantly fun, and she is willing to follow another Athens tradition of going with the flow. “It’s refreshing to be able to stretch, even though they’re covers. Don’t get me wrong — I love the B-52s, but it’s really fun to just be doing something else,� she said. “Right now it’s just fun. We’ll see where it goes.�

Bulldogs recruit commits due to location BOCCE: DePalma’s By RYAN BLACK THE RED & BLACK “Location, location, location� is usually a phrase reserved for real estate. Don’t tell that to Georgia’s newest football recruit, defensive tackle Chris Mayes, who said Athens’ proximity to his home in Griffin was the key factor in his Aug. 22 decision to commit to the Bulldogs. When the time came to choose which school would gain his services — Miami and Oklahoma State were his other finalists — Mayes received assistance in going over his options. “Me and my mom sat down and talked it over, and we just agreed that Georgia was the best fit,� he said. Mayes — who has talked with head coach Mark Richt, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and defensive line coach Rodney Garner already — was

told by the coaches he would fit well in the Bulldogs’ 3-4 defensive alignment. “They’ve been giving me words of wisdom here and there, and they just feel I’m going to be a great fit for the new defensive scheme,� Mayes said. “They feel like they can put me anywhere.� The Spalding High School standout is considered a three-star recruit, with Rivals.com ranking him as the No. 31 defensive tackle prospect and Scout.com MAYES ranking him No. 45 at the position. While those rankings may sound low to some, consider that this upcoming season is only the second year of his playing career, as Mayes decided before his junior year to trade his sneakers on

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Murray attempts to keep excitement in check By RACHEL G. BOWERS THE RED & BLACK Aaron Murray is getting juiced up for Saturday — sans the needles. The redshirt freshman quarterback will take the field in Sanford Stadium for the first time as a starter in Georgia’s season opener against LouisianaLafayette. And with his first start as a Georgia Bulldog comes the question of Murray’s nerves. “I wouldn’t say [I get nervous before a game],” Murray said. “I’d say a little juiced up. I get real excited. Like, I need to take it down a notch. “I get extremely pumped up. It’d be good if I was on defense. I would probably try and take someone’s head off.” Murray said his adrenaline will be pumping overdrive as he prepares to put his talent on display in front of 92,000-plus fans and television viewers against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Knowing Saturday will be his first start, Murray said he will avoid getting too worked up before kickoff and channel his energy into making sure he manages the game efficiently. “Offensive-wise, especially quarterback, you wanna be a little bit more mellow. But I get a pretty juiced up, pretty amped up. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing,” Murray said. “I think I’ll be fine. There are ways to calm down. “I’ve worked hard for a while and I just wanna get out there and play. I’m just excited about the opportunity at hand.” Despite Murray’s inexperience, he has an advantage over last season’s first-year starter Joe Cox: Murray will start at home. The thousands of fans looking on will be decked out from head to toe in red and black. Murray said that simple fact “makes everything a lot better.” Though Murray will do everything possible to keep calm, cool and collected to lead his team, head coach Mark Richt said Murray will “make mistakes.” But the head coach also said the offensive veterans on the field with Murray will lift him up and

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S Redshirt freshman quarterback Aaron Murray said he gets ‘amped up’ before games rather than nervous. help calm his nerves. “I hope it’s friendly for him,” Richt said. “He’s a freshman and he’s going to have nerves just like everybody else. I’m a 50-yearold man and I’ll be nervous too, which is a good thing. He’s going to be finding his way and hopefully his teammates will help him out offensively and defensively

and even in the kicking game. All those areas can really help a young quarterback. I feel good about that. I feel good about the guys around him.” Murray said he is feeling very healthy physically and will play some “mellow, slow-jam country music” on his iPod Saturday morning to calm himself.

The Tampa, Fla., native also said once he goes through the motions of warming up and gets over the initial shock of the atmosphere, he’ll be ready to get to work and apply what he has been working on for the last seven months. “Now it’s here. Now it’s time to hit someone with another

color jersey instead of banging on your own guys and face a different defense other than our defense. It’s just exciting. If you’re not excited and pumped up and amped up for that, I don’t know why you’re playing football, and I think all of our guys are excited and ready to get out there.”

Gym Dogs’ offseason lockout reaps rewards Workouts rev up intensity By MICHAEL FITZPATRICK THE RED & BLACK

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S Junior Kat Ding had to find other summer activities after Jay Clark locked the team’s gym.

At the conclusion of last year’s gymnastics season, head coach Jay Clark locked the Gym Dogs out of the gym. Was he sending a message to his team, the first Georgia squad in 27 years to fail to make nationals? Yes, but the beauty of the message was in its subtlety. Every season, the Gym Dogs will always find locked doors to their practice gym, but usually it is at the end of May, even early June, but never as early as last year. “We wanted them out,” Clark said. “We wanted them to have time to let that loss sink in.” Junior Kat Ding had no idea what do to with her-

self, so she reluctantly went to the pool. “I was like, well I guess I can go to the pool, but it was strange and I didn’t like it at all,” Ding said. While it was difficult for each Gym Dog to be banned from her gym, which had served as a metaphorical home since December, the girls began to discover the method behind Clark’s unique decision. “It’s reverse psychology, you know,” sophomore Christa Tanella said. “If he had made us stay in the gym we would’ve hated it, but by forcing us out and not letting us in, we really wanted to be in there … and it made us all want to work really hard over the summer.” And with the start of voluntary workouts two weeks ago and mandatory practices on Sept. 13, Clark’s subtle message has appeared to sink in with his student-athletes. “I think we all felt that we were supposed to be in

[the gym] because we didn’t know any other way,” senior Cassidy McComb said. “But they wanted us out of there because we needed time to rejuvenate and to let what happened sink in, and it was just awful. But getting us out of the gym was probably the best for us.” With the bitter disappointment of last season still fresh in his mind, when several of the Gym Dogs simply wore down, Clark said he decided to up the ante on fall conditioning. And the team has certainly felt it. “It’s really been hard,” Tanella said. “I don’t remember a lot of it from last year, which concerns me, because maybe I blocked it out. This year it’s definitely hard, but it’s a good hard. It feels good being pushed that hard.” Yet, the Gym Dogs aren’t complaining, because as Ding put it, the end to last season continues to serve as “a jabbing

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