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More tickets sold to fill student section By RACHEL BUNN THE RED & BLACK 18,000. That’s the number of student tickets allotted by the University Athletic Department at each home football game. 10,000. That’s the estimated number of students in attendance at the Arkansas game on Sept. 18. For the next home game, the Athletic Department has a plan to fill those empty seats. According to an e-mail obtained by The Red & Black,
Athletic Promotion Director Tim Cearley said to boost student attendance at the next home football game versus Tennessee on Oct. 9, the University Athletic Department will sell 1,000 student tickets to students who received split ticket packages and did not receive a Tennessee ticket. Beginning at 9 a.m. today and ending at noon on Thursday, students in that category can request a ticket for the game. Awarded tickets will be loaded onto students’ ID cards.
Associate Athletic Director Claude Felton said the department was releasing the extra tickets to allow students who did not originally receive a ticket the opportunity to go to the game. “We have data from fall last year and this year until this point. And the students that all have tickets are not all coming to the games,” he said. Felton said under this premise, there will be extra tickets available for students. “If a student has a ticket, and finds out they’re not going to go,
they can donate it back to the system,” Felton said. “So you could have some of the donations in there, too, that could make up some of those 1,000 tickets. Based on the data we have, it would be highly, highly unlikely that all of those 18,000 students would come to the same game.” Athletic Director Greg McGarity said the Athletic Department made it easy for students to attend games, but filling the section is up to students. “So, you know, we’ve done
everything we could do and now we’re paying for it — not financially, but we’re paying for it by the students not living up to their deal,” he said. McGarity said the Athletic Department is working on a system that would prevent empty student seats for the 2011 season. He said the department is looking at ticketing systems used at Ohio State, Texas, Florida and Alabama to determine how to improve the system. See SEATS, Page 3
Q&A with A.J. Green
Receiver takes responsibility for suspension By RACHEL G. BOWERS THE RED & BLACK Georgia’s star wide receiver has broken his silence. A.J. Green was available for interviews for the first time in about a month What’s it been like sitting out this last month? Aw man, painful. But everybody makes mistakes in life. It’s taught me a valuable lesson. In this game, you need time to reflect and see who really was for me personally and see who was gonna stay in my corner through thick and thin and I really found out that and it made me a stronger person and just moving on now.
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S Nationally-acclaimed Athens music producers David Barbe (left) and Tom Lewis say classes have been running smoothly ever since the long-time Athens duo took over the Music Business program.
Music business stars fine-tune program By CHRIS MILLER THE RED & BLACK There have been a few skips and pops since last spring in Terry College’s Music Business Program, which had run smoothly since its inception in January 2006. Now, just a few weeks into the semester, the new management is getting the program back into the groove. Officially announced Aug. 2, David Barbe — nationally-renowned music
producer and Athens local — has taken over the Music Business Program with fellow Athens producer Tom Lewis. The official announcement came a month after Terry announced that original director Bruce Burch and several other faculty members would be leaving to start a similar program at Kennesaw State. Barbe was approached by Burch in June, after he had already made his plans known to Terry. As a man who worked for close to
30 years as an independent businessman in the music world, Barbe was initially a little surprised by the suggestion. “I thought their idea that I should be the new director of the Music Business Program was crazy,” Barbe said. Despite his initial reaction, the Music Business Program was founded by instructors with real-world experience, and Barbe has that dating back
What was the process like with the NCAA? At what point did you realize they were talking about a jersey GREEN rather than the party? I really didn’t think about it. It was so long ago. It was just a painful process. I’m not a type of guy that ever got in trouble here and stuff like that. It just sometimes I couldn’t sleep just thinking about stuff like that. It was a painful process, man. I’m just glad that it’s over. Did you know what the investigation was all about when it started? No, at first I didn’t, like I said. It was a long time ago, so really didn’t think nothing of it. Selling the jersey was a long time ago? Yeah. I didn’t really think nothing of it and then when that came up, they asked me so I told them and just moved on. When did selling the jersey come up? That came up probably a week before the game. I didn’t think nothing of it about when I sold the jersey. I thought everything would be OK and then that came up. And then they said how you got the money and all the stuff like that and I told them and I broke the rule. I paid my price. I’m just ready to play again.
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Student was a positive ‘light’ for friends and family By JEN INGLES THE RED & BLACK Family, friends and coworkers gathered at the Arch Tuesday night to remember alumnus Jordan Griner, 24, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver in June this year. Griner had been acting as the designated driver for friends the night he was killed. Tim Reed, Griner’s friend, spoke first at the candlelight vigil. “He was a light in everything he was involved in,” Reed said. Griner graduated from the University in December 2008, and he had been working at the Governor’s office after serving as an intern there. His parents, Toni
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and Autumn Griner, said his two defining characteristics were his ever-present smile and his relentless determination to achieve. “From second grade on he would set a goal and he would always reach his goal,” Autumn Griner said. She said she had worried her son wouldn’t be able to achieve his dream of coming to the University because of their family’s limited income. But Jordan studied hard and was accepted for admission. Patrick Smith, a friend who worked with Griner at the Governor’s office, also loved Jordan’s positive attitude and drive to make a difference. “Everything he did here on
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campus made him better prepared for his life ahead,” Smith said. “He worked harder than anyone I know.” During the vigil, while Griner’s loved ones took turns sharing their memories of him, a common theme was his ability to lift their spirits. Many expressed gratitude for his friendship and love. The irony that he was killed by a drunk driver on the night that he ferried his friends home safely as a designated driver was not lost on the crowd. “What happened to him can happen to anyone,” Smith said. “And what happened to the girl who killed him could happen to anyone.”
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Student vote may change Senate
‘Light’ frozen meals not instant healthy choice By AMBER THOMAS THE RED & BLACK
By PAIGE VARNER THE RED & BLACK Campus groups will have a greater voice in the University’s Student Government Association if the student body passes SGA constitutional amendments on the homecoming ballot. The SGA Senate amended its constitution Tuesday to include 15 representatives from student groups. The representatives will essentially act as senators, able to vote on resolutions, bills and amendments brought before Senate. These student life representatives amendments were a main promise on SGA President Josh Delaney’s spring campaign platform. If approved, a representative from each type of student organizations can serve, including residence hall life, South Campus, athletics and recreation, service, political, religious and arts. Three representatives would be chosen from Greek Life organizations, each from a different area within Greek Life. Gregory Locke, the
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S Student Government Association Vice President Stephen Thompson explains the SGA constitutional amendments Tuesday. Franklin College senator who proposed the amendment, said about 20 percent of the campus is Greek, so that percentage of seats should be for Greeks. Another three representatives would be chosen from multicultural groups, each from a different group. And two representatives would be chosen from other areas of student life. Though administrations could have different methods for selecting the representatives, Locke
said with this year’s SGA, all eligible students for each representative position would meet and vote among themselves. Representatives also would have to be confirmed by the Senate. Locke said the new representatives would likely start next fall with the new administration. He said this is because Senate only meets once next spring, and student groups could change. Gena Perry, senator from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,
asked Locke how the one representative from South Campus would be chosen since the math, science, education and social work departments are located there. Locke said “South Campus” was open to interpretation in various administrations. But he said this year, representatives would be chosen from groups related to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the School of Ecology.
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Missing items returned to Chabad center Rabbi Michoel Refson, co-director of the Chabad Jewish student center, said a table, chair and package of tea lights were taken last week from the property at 1491 S. Lumpkin St. The three items were on the lawn in the sukkah — a temporary shelter constructed during the Sukkot holiday. Refson noticed the items were missing Thursday around 8 a.m. He said he could not call the police because no work is permitted on the first and second days of the holiday, which started Wednesday. At about 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Refson noticed the items had been returned. He said he doesn’t plan on filing a police report. “It was nothing serious,” he said.
Police Documents Students arrested in hot-boxed car Three University students were arrested and charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in a car parked on Hall Street, according to a University Police report. Jeremy Alan Phan, 18, Austin Robert Parker, 19, and Elijah Joseph Locicero, 18, were arrested Tuesday at about 12:30 a.m. after officers noticed a suspicious vehicle parked along a yellow marked curb at the Hall Street turnaround. The car appeared to be filled with white smoke, according to the report. After asking the students to exit the car, officers searched the car and found a bag of marijuana and two glass pipes.
Phan and Parker were given an additional charge of possession of a drugrelated object. Shoplifted shot glass A University student was arrested and charged with shoplifting on Monday at the Georgia Square Mall, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report. Lauren Elizabeth Barron, 21, was arrested at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday after security officials at Macy’s saw her trying to conceal a blue shirt and a decorative shot glass, according to the report. The merchandise was valued at $28. Barron was transported to Clarke County Jail and is now barred from Macy’s and the Georgia Square Mall for a year.
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Diversity in travel is major goal By MARIANA HEREDIA THE RED & BLACK They are the elite. Their experiences set them apart. Their language skills open more doors. Yet not all students study abroad. Kasee Laster, director of Study Abroad at the University, said one of the program’s aims at the moment is to diversify. “Our goal is to have the same proportion of students of color studying abroad as they are represented at the University,” Laster said. “We are not quite there yet.” In 2009, about 18 percent of students at the University identified themselves as being a race other than white, she said. During that same year, about 14 percent of University students who studied abroad made the same claim. Nevertheless, Laster said she did not think race made a large difference in a student’s decision to study abroad. “I think there are a lot of cultural and family factors that play a role,” she said. “Maybe an ethnic group can play a role, but I don’t think it is a controlling role for a lot of people.” Ronny Ramirez, a Hispanic undergraduate
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Before popping that frozen dinner in the microwave, students may want to think about nutrition. TV dinners often get a bad name for their many calories, high sodium and lack of nutrition, but some brands — such as Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Smart Ones — are trying to give microwave meals a lighter touch. “Frozen dinners vary in their nutritional quality,” said University Health Specialist Connie Crawley. “Most of the ‘light’ versions may be lower in fat than other similar products, but even the lightest ones still provide significant amounts of sodium and not that many vegetables.” But the lighter brands compare well to the nutritional value found at restaurants. “The ‘light’ brands generally are less fatty and lower in calories, but sodium and fiber content varies,” Crawley said. “Compare their sodium levels to some take-out food, and the frozen dinners probably are better — most restaurant food is much worse.” University Registered Dietitian Katherine Ingerson suggests TV dinners can be healthy if they are eaten in moderation and chosen with care. Ingerson said to look for dinners that have fewer than 700 mg of sodium, feature whole grains and vegetables, and are low in saturated fat. “Lean Cuisine tends to be lower in total fat and saturat-
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S Alumna Erica Holland studied in Buenos Aires. Bringing more diversity to the study abroad experience is a goal for the University. student at the University, shared Laster’s sentiments. His race was not the deciding factor in his decision not to go abroad. “I was planning on doing a Maymester in [Cortona,] Italy — they have the science biochemistry program — but I ended up not going because I have to study for the MCAT,” he said. Erica Holland, University alumna and former study abroad student who is black, also did not see race as a decision-maker. “I definitely don’t think that because you are black you don’t go abroad,” said Holland, who graduated in July. “It depends on the resources that you have, and it is also a personal choice.” She also added that in making that claim, one has to look at the numbers. “You also have to look at the ratio, and see that the
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ed fat,” Ingerson said. “Some Lean Cuisines feature whole grains and vegetables, but not all of them.” Hannah Batsel, a senior from Marietta, has had only a few frozen dinners, but said students may be prone to buying them. “They’re convenient — and they are useful for when you’re swamped with work and don’t have the time or energy to cook something else,” Batsel said. Sophomore Danielle Burnette said that she eats meals such as Healthy Choice and Banquet about once a week. “I can’t cook, and running to the dining hall is sometimes a hassle. You pop one in the microwave, and six minutes later you have dinner,” she said. For those who wonder if the freezing methods make the food less healthy, Crawley had some words of wisdom. “Most foods are flash-frozen, so the nutritional value is not changed that much,” she said. “If you see ice crystals or the food seems to be dried out with what is called freezer burn, then the nutritional value and quality of the food will be less.” TV dinners can have longterm side effects depending on the brand, Crawley said. “Some are very high in calories, fat and sodium and low in fiber,” she said. “These are nutrients that contribute to the prevention and control of many chronic diseases including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis.”
OPTIONS ABROAD SESSIONS When: Mondays 3:35 – 4:25 p.m. Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:20 p.m. Thursdays 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Where: 110 E. Clayton St., Bank of America Building, Suite 300 Contact: Call 706-425-3274 to reserve a spot. majority [of students abroad] are white,” she said. “It’s obvious that they are going to have more participants.” Nevertheless, Laster did mention some minority students might keep from going abroad because of they are involved in several extracurricular activities here in Athens. “I think it is true that there are a lot of minority students that are very involved in campus, and sometimes they are reluctant to be gone for a while,” she said. Holland was one of these busy students. She was part of a sorority as well as Arch Society, Public Relations Student Society of America and other activities; none of these commitments held her back, however. “There were a lot of things on campus that I wanted to do, but I figured if they were important to me I would get into them when I got back,” Holland said. Laster also mentioned that the Study Abroad program is taking certain measures to encourage minorities to go abroad. “We try to reach out through the Multicultural Affairs Office of Diversity,” she said. “We have brainstorming meetings. We have a new diversity abroad network.” She said all of these measures are helping her team be aware of minority issues. “This is our next big focus: to have some real diversity — of color, major, disability, LGBT inclusion and even diversity in where people are going,” Laster said.
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Honor society strives to grow
Magical world of Tulsa mixes comedy, drama By ADAM CARLSON THE RED & BLACK
By RYAN BLACK THE RED & BLACK Barrett Brooks was tasked with a challenge — the fate of an entire student organization was on his shoulders. Brooks, a fifth-year senior from Dunwoody, is president of the honors leadership organization Omicron Delta Kappa. He was one of two final members of the University’s chapter when he joined in the fall of 2009. Brooks could not pinpoint why the group’s numbers had shrunk so dramatically. “I think it may be that they lost focus,” Brooks said. “And they had membership, but not having activities that we were really driving towards can create a lack of enthusiasm.” When the membership fell down to two, T.W. Cauthen, the associate director of student affairs at the University, approached Brooks and Mason McFalls, the other remaining member, to “kick it into high gear” and get the ODK chapter back on its feet. “That’s a tough spot to be in, especially if you want a group to continue its existence, and it put us in a little bit of a tight spot to come out of,” Brooks said. But Brooks called the undertaking “exciting.” “You know, there is that risk that you’re going to get to a point that you haven’t succeeded and you haven’t been able to bring people in,” he said. “But
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S Barrett Brooks (right) stands with T.W. Cauthen at the Omicron Delta Kappa honor plaza near the Tate Center. Brooks is working to grow the honor society. for me, I looked at it as an opportunity to get people excited about an organization that has been around for a really long time.” ODK was founded at the University on April 29, 1935. Dean William Tate, of Tate Student Center fame, became an honorary member two years later and went on to serve as the faculty secretary for the group until his retirement in 1971. And like Tate, Brooks is no stranger to being involved on campus — he has served as both an orientation leader and president of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity during his time in Athens. Now, ODK has grown in a big way — the group is welcoming 11 new members this semester alone. With the membership tally up to 23, Brooks said the main
factor to restoring prestige was changing the mindset of the group. “We’ve really focused hard on creating a culture of activity and active involvement by our members,” he said. “Our initial purpose is definitely to honor those people who have been really involved on campus and who have really contributed to the University community. The idea is to bring people together from different areas of campus to where they can interact with people they might not have otherwise.” And when Brooks looks back on his time at the University, his work with helping to prop ODK back on its feet will be near the forefront. “It’s been a great experience for me,” he said. “I wouldn’t give it up for the world. I think it’s a great way to finish my college career.”
SEATS: Officials look for new ticket options ¢ From Page 1 “How can we provide a system that will allow enough students in to where we can manage it, and know that Thursday at 5 o’clock that we have ‘x’ amount of seats left that we can either put on sale or reissue to students that didn’t qualify for tickets,” McGarity said. Joe Arnone, associate athletic director for ticket operations at the University of Tennessee, said the Tennessee ticket office knows each week before games which sections will be empty.
“We release student section tickets every week, pretty much. It would look bad if those sections are empty,” he said. McGarity said the empty student section reflects poorly on the University. “We’re suffering as a program, as an institution,” McGarity said. “When we’re on TV and they show the stadium, there’s 5,000 or 6,000 empty seats — that’s embarrassing.” — Tiffany Stevens and Zach Dillard contributed to this report
The world of “Tulsa Lovechild” is, quite literally, upside-down. The play’s characters walk atop a blue sky, stepping between clouds while around them, in every direction but one, are signs of road life: asphalt, yellow dashes and a pair of rearview mirrors. “It’s a very fun, surreal, magical kind of world,” said director and University professor Kristin Kundert-Gibbs of Tulsa’s set design. Add to that list comical with a bit of romance, all used in service of the emotional journey of its main character and the heart of “The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild: A Road Trip” becomes clear. “They’re all kind of looking for their place in life and how to live in a modern world and how to have values and morals and how to follow your heart,” KundertGibbs said. It’s just that, as scripted by Greg Owens, their modern world and any place within it has a decidedly atypical feel, with normal plot twists tweaked abnormally. The eponymous heroine is on a road trip — except she’s headed to bury her mother’s ashes at a motel located in the town of her namesake. While there, she runs into a former pageant contestant who’s been kidnapped by her boyfriend. Also in residence: a pretty-boy actor traveling incognito — and an overzealous preacher with a tendency to shapeshift. “It’s an interesting group of people that are sort of flung together for this,” said Tressa Preston, a second-year MFA student who stars as Tulsa. The mix of characters reflects the mix of material and tones at work in Owens’ play: comedy, both broad and fast-paced, intermingles with the weight of drama and the question of romance. Over it all is politics, both implicit and explicit, as “Tulsa Lovechild” is also a product of the Bush years. Tulsa, the offspring of hippie parents, now finds herself a progressive in an increasingly nonprogressive society. A driving question is born — can she reconcile her beliefs with the moral landscape evolving around her? “She’s sort of a little lost soul,” Kundert-Gibbs said. Driving her search, propelling
TULSA LOVECHILD When: Sept. 23-25, 29-30, Oct. 1-2 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 3 at 2:30 p.m. Where: Cellar Theatre, Fine Arts Building Price: $15; $12 (students) each of the more than 30 scenes forward, is the blend at the show’s heart. “It’s a great piece,” said Matt Bowdren, a second-year MFA student who plays the reverend, Melvin. “It’s pretty dynamic, you know, a lot like a TV sitcom.” Rhythm and tempo became especially important for the show. And, like so much else in the production, these elements evolved just off-center from the expected. In fact, some of the heavier emotional scenes move with great speed. “As a director, I feel like a conductor a lot sometimes,” Kundert-Gibbs said. No great focus was given to balancing each of the play’s parts, however. Rather, the cast and crew trusted in the integrity of the larger vision and world to mesh everything together. “In a lot of senses, I don’t worry about [tone],” KundertGibbs said. “If it’s a good play, that’s something that’s going to come together on its own.” Indeed, the strength of the visual design and high level of proficiency behind-the-scenes was a major uniting factor, especially in helping the cast realize the work. “There’s a lot of great work happening on all sides of production,” Preston said. The production has evolved into something that incorporates the varied requirements of “Tulsa” — including the extensive use of music and projected scene titles — easily most often coming down on the side of the sweetly comic. “I think it’s about sort of following your heart and trusting your instincts and making yourself available to life and love and the experiences that come your way,” Preston said. “And being able to embrace that.” More, from the perspective of the cast and crew, the show’s optimism and embrace of laughter goes beyond naiveté. It approaches faith. “In spite of all the shit in the world,” Kundert-Gibbs said, “it’s hopeful about the future.”
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any people are convinced the print newspaper industry is dead. Michael Prochaska is one of them. In his column Monday (“Online journalism hinders communication,” Sept. 27), Prochaska said “au revoir to print media.” Just as video killed the radio star, he believes the Internet has brutally maimed and crippled the oldest form of journalism. He resents this demise because he no longer sees students reading newspapers. He claims they get their news on laptops and cell phones — if at all. And he’s right. Newspaper circulation has declined in favor of technology. But he is wrong to think technological advances hinder communication. When used in the right way, online journalism can foster a more widespread dialogue. Case in point: this response was facilitated by the Internet. I read the article in question through my RSS Web feed Monday morning. Then I wrote this response in Google Documents and sent it in an e-mail to the Opinions editor. I’ve never met Michael Prochaska. But I got his message. He didn’t witness my immediate reaction as I read his piece, but I hope he reads mine and sees that not all conversations happen face to face. The circulation for the printed Red & Black is around 40,000 — not bad for a student rag. But The Red & Black’s website gives access to anyone with an Internet connection. That fact
ROBERT CARNES makes it difficult to track how a news article proliferates online. Perhaps this does dehumanize the profession. Perhaps it gives ignorant bloggers and anonymous commenters too much effect. But the public has embraced new media — and our responsibility as professional journalists is to deliver the news to them. By allowing the public to read newspapers online, they could be more inclined to do so and would benefit from the technological advantages digital has over print. I still prefer print. I read four papers every morning — the New York Times, USA Today, Athens Banner-Herald and, of course, The Red & Black. But I’m an extreme example — a journalism student, just like Prochaska. And I still consume a good deal of information from online sources. Print media may eventually give way to exclusively digital formats. But this could revive a hurting industry, giving it new life with less emphasis on the paper and more emphasis on the news. As long as journalists retain the same basic principles, people will follow our product. As long as we have an active audience, regardless of medium, communication lives. — Robert Carnes is a senior from Dunwoody majoring in newspapers
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Bible debate sparks campus conflicts I find it interesting, albeit unsurprising, that Jonathan Rich takes to attacking Christianity and mocking Jesus’ “self-righteous suicide” by the second half of his column “Do not use Bible to attack homosexuality” (Sept. 28). As a side note, I’d like to mention the Bible doesn’t claim all sins are equal (John 19:11 states the opposite). It’s odd that Rich only chose to ridicule Christianity and not Islam or Judaism, since all three religious texts have the same take on homosexuality. Regardless, I’ve witnessed the overwhelming majority of us show nothing but love to all those around us — even loving those who write articles mocking our religions. So I guess it’s a bit ironic, then, that the one spewing his hatred and attacking others the loudest is the guy writing about acceptance and love.
I’d like to commend Jonathan Rich for his valid argument that Christians can’t ignore some Biblical verses and worship others, while simultaneously declaring the whole book divine. All is the Word, or none of it is. It’s really that simple. Sure, some of it can be wonderful advice, but why in the world do we feel the need to proclaim it holy? Why do we let many believers get away with using the Bible as a “rational” basis for arguments? It’s faith-based reasoning as opposed to evidence-based. This way of thinking should not be shielded from criticism in the public discourse. Most importantly, why are so many of us supposedly basing our moral code off something so absurdly contradictory?
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any college students do it. But the thought of shopping at Wal-Mart sends a jolt of guilt to the pit of my stomach. It’s not the people there who upset me, or the unbelievably low prices. But when I walk through those automatic doors and into the bright, white lights, I see concentrated evil. I feel this way because I know the effects that large corporations — like Wal-Mart — can have on neighborhood businesses and economies. I grew up in California, in a neighborhood without a Wal-Mart. My mother and I walked to the neighborhood toy store, the candy store, the local grocery. Store owners knew our names, our stories. They cared about what was going on in our community. But one day our neighbors started worrying that our way of life could change, and there they stood shouting in unison that Wal-Mart destroys communities. They shouted that a Wal-Mart moving in literally would destroy a way of life. The toy store, candy store and grocery would shut down, crushed under the customer lure of WalMart’s unbeatably low prices.
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Now, I don’t knock those who shop at Wal-Mart. Its goods are affordable, and they’re all in one place. The lower your income, the more attractive those prices are. But it’s time for American consumers — you, me and a whole bunch of other people — to take strong, direct steps against huge, unfeeling corporations with such major impact on what we buy, where it’s produced and how much we pay. Profit-driven corporations including Wal-Mart are sending jobs overseas to take advantage of low wages paid in less-developed countries. Many corporations are firing American workers to cut production costs. They then charge American consumers more money than what it took to produce their products. Corporations flood the U.S. market with relatively inexpensive products, and have destroyed the local retail business structure in many towns across America.
— Crystal Villarreal is a senior from Lawrenceville majoring in magazines and women’s studies
Greenways improve bicycle safety, traffic W N K hen I saw the cops as I turned from the crosswalk at Sanford Drive and Hooper Street, they were staring me down. I thought my shortcut across the sidewalk from the turnaround parking lot behind the Miller Learning Center would prevent me from going the wrong way down Sanford Drive. Luckily, I thought to myself, a bicycle lane miraculously appears at the cross walk. I even looked both ways to make sure I wasn’t going to get pummeled by another biker coming from Baldwin Street. Unfortunately, on this day, the cops were out. They were stopping bikers — and one of them was me. My encounter with the cop was friendly and polite. They weren’t there to scare anyone away. They were educating bikers — trying to make bikers aware of the dangers of the area. I explained to them the predicament of bikers at the University. To get from North Campus to South Campus, we have three choices. We can go down Sanford illegally, or we can choose one of two more dangerous options:
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Why should we let such distant and cold corporate monsters set the styles for things such as the clothing we wear, movies we watch and music we listen to? I think we consumers should make our purchasing decisions based on how corporations treat their employees. In our current economic situation Wal-Mart pays low wages, and structures its work week so that employees are counted as parttime and don’t qualify for health care and other benefits. The New York Times reported that in Wal-Mart stores men are paid more than women in most job categories and in nearly every region. And some female employees have sued the company on the grounds of unequal wages. I am proud of these women for taking a stand against Wal-Mart, and they deserve our support. We do have a say in how corporations conduct their business at home and overseas. Think before you buy. Because what you buy and where can have costly effects for the rest of us.
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aimed at their heads. But alas, riding on the sidewalk is illegal. So many — left with the choice of fighting traffic or not riding their bicycle — choose to hang up the bike for good. It shouldn’t have to be this way. But what if there was another option? An option that provided a safer biking infrastructure, sustainability and greener development practices? Studies from Environmental Design and The University Architects have found that even with dense existing city infrastructure, it is possible to create greenways, green corridors, green wedges and all other manner of green things. These not only create an alternative transportation network, but are becoming an essential part of sustainable green growth for cities around the world. What is a greenway? Think of a park with paved trails leading you from place to place. This is the definition of a greenway — a safe, natural path for bikers and pedestrians to travel. No cars allowed. Imagine the greenways — such as the Oconee greenway — weaving
through the city like a web. You could grab your bicycle, hop on the bikeway, and be to work, school or downtown in no time. This type of development doesn’t just benefit bikers — it benefits all those who enjoy public green spaces. If riding a bicycle legally is safer for all, and bikers are provided with more and better options for navigating the city, we would see an increase in the number of those who ride a bike. We would also see a reduction in the number of people who ride illegally, not to mention all the other benefits for public health, the environment and our stress levels. Athens is a great biking community, and there are plenty of resources and groups out there to educate and advocate. If you are considering riding a bike to class, work or downtown, do so (put on a helmet first, please). There is power in numbers. Together we can make Athens a better biking community.
— Nick Kruskamp is a second-year grad student from Snellville majoring in geography
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Â˘ From Page 1 to the womb. â€œI was in the recording studio from the time I was a baby,â€? said Barbe, both of whose parents were professional musicians in Atlanta. â€œI really canâ€™t remember not knowing what a recording studio was or not knowing how youâ€™re supposed to act in a recording studio.â€? Barbe started recording his own bands by the time he was 11, and when he moved to Athens in 1981 he found himself at the center of the musical mecca that produced the biggest bands to ever come out of Athens. After his own band, Mercyland, parted ways in the mid-â€™80s, Barbe got an offer to do an internship in a recording studio with John Keane, another legendary Athens producer. â€œI felt like this is what Iâ€™m supposed to do, this is where I feel totally at home, the recording studio,â€? Barbe said. â€œTo me it was the same thing as putting on a pair of comfortable shoes.â€? After interning for Keane and attending a recording workshop in Ohio, a â€œcrash course in signal flow,â€? as Barbe described it, he started recording indie bands in studios around Athens, utilizing Keaneâ€™s studio as a home base. Barbeâ€™s innate feel for music and experience as a musician gave him an edge from the start. â€œItâ€™s a real advantage to have music in your blood, so to speak, because you speak the language,â€? Barbe said. After working in numerous studios â€” he estimates around 50 â€” in his early career, Barbe built Chase Park Transduction Studios with Andy LeMaster and Andy Baker in 1997. â€œMost people, the way they get into recording is they build a studio,â€? Barbe said. â€œTo me it was like, â€˜I think Iâ€™m going to work at this for a while and learn how the system works and then build a studio.â€™â€? Chase Park Transductions, which Barbe still co-owns with LeMaster, has since become one of Athensâ€™s top studios, in which the likes of R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Chris Martin, Drive-by Truckers and Queens Of The Stone Age have made recordings. Tom Lewis, Barbeâ€™s associate director for the Music Business Program, also had a storied producing history pre-dating many University studentsâ€™ births. He started playing music in high school and first dipped into the waters of production in college at Florida State University. â€œSomebody would ask the question, â€˜Well we wanna make a recording, how are we gonna do that?â€™ And my answer was, â€˜Iâ€™ll figure it out,â€™â€? Lewis said. In 1986, Lewis made his first â€œlegitimizedâ€? recording of a band that would leave a definite mark on music history: Sonic Youth. His live recording, which he asked the band if he could make while they were touring through Florida, was distributed by New Music Express in the UK. From there, Lewis says, he was hooked. Lewis moved to Athens in 1990 and began working as front of house manager for thenprominent Athens country music artist John Berry. â€œIt was pretty quick moving up here that I
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S David Barbe (left) and Tom Lewis took over Terry Collegeâ€™s Music Business program this year, bringing decades of industry experience to the program. didnâ€™t have any interest in doing anything but making records,â€? Lewis said. Lewis began working as producer in Athens and throughout the Southeast, working in the studio and doing live recordings. â€œA couple of times those first big festival live things was a little hairy,â€? Lewis said. â€œYou just look at everybody and smile and say, â€˜I know what Iâ€™m doing, everythingâ€™s gonna be fine,â€™ and at the end of the day you know something more about what youâ€™re doing and everything is fine.â€? His career has brought him together with a variety of acts in a variety of scenarios, including the Allman Brothers Band, The Whigs, Love Tractor and the Vigilantes of Love. His method to recording: â€œIn and out of studios, as many different places as we need to go to get done what needs to be done,â€? Lewis said. With a combined 50-plus years of experience between them, the main challenge of taking over at the Music Business Program was technicalities and scheduling. â€œThe trick was figuring out â€˜Can I do this and still do that?â€™â€? Barbe said, referring to his new responsibilities at the University and his professional recording career. â€œBecause I have to do that. Itâ€™s who I am, itâ€™s what I do.â€? But Barbe said his continuing professional career will help him teach. â€œFortunately for me, Terry College realized that my value to the program was greatly enhanced by the fact that Iâ€™m a working professional, not that Iâ€™m somebody that did something a long time ago,â€? Barbe said. Although balancing his two careers is a challenge, Lewis said the positive elements of this new venture are twofold. â€œI like to look at it as an opportunity, whereas I clearly canâ€™t do as much work as I might, so my positive outlook on that is that I can say â€˜noâ€™ more often. When it is the bread and butter, thatâ€™s a hard thing to say, you canâ€™t turn anything down,â€? Lewis said. â€œNow all I have to do is learn how to do that, I just havenâ€™t learned that yet. â€œIâ€™m learning, this is hit the ground running. Youâ€™re coming from one world into the academic world, and itâ€™s like bang, go. Fill out all this paperwork, here it all is, go get an ID and a parking sticker,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re
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The Georgia menâ€™s golf team went into the PING Golfweek Preview on Sunday as the third-ranked team in the country. That ranking ended up matching the teamâ€™s finish in the three-round tournament, which was held from Sunday to Tuesday at the Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State â€” playing on their home course and boasting the title of topranked team in the country â€” won the tournament at 14-over par 878, besting the second-place UCLA by four strokes and Georgia by five strokes. Senior Hudson Swafford led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing the tournament at even-par 216, good enough for second place individually behind UCLAâ€™s Pontus Widegren, who finished at 2-under. Following Swafford were fellow seniors Russell Henley (5-over) and Harris English (7-over), who came home in 10th and 16th places, respectively. The Bulldogs completed Sundayâ€™s round in fourth place overall, but moved into second Monday, putting themselves one stroke behind the leaders from Oklahoma State. To do so, Georgiaâ€™s squad chopped 11 shots off what had been a 12-stroke deficit entering the second round. Although Georgia came up short this time around, they can nevertheless take solace in one thing â€” they had the opportunity to get a feel for the host course of next Juneâ€™s 2011 NCAA Championships. As for the present, the teamâ€™s performance left head coach Chris Haack optimistic about the remainder of the season. â€œI am proud of the way the guys played this week,â€? Haack told Georgia Sports Communications. â€œWe put ourselves in contention after the second round, and I was happy about that. We made a good push, and this is something we can build on. This tournament is very competitive and this experience is one that will help us the rest of the season.â€?
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S Bobby Bowden, Mark Richt’s mentor, said he’s confident in Richt’s ability to turn Georgia around.
Coaching legend supportive of Richt Says Green is crucial to team By ZACH DILLARD THE RED & BLACK Coaching legend Bobby Bowden knows a thing or two about Georgia football. After all, one of his own guys is running the Bulldogs’ program. Mark Richt, who was an assistant coach for Bowden at Florida State for 16 years, has fallen on rough times in recent weeks due to his team’s dismal 1-3 record. But the difficult situation is not lost upon Bowden, who, even as one of the most successful coaches in college football history, ran into some trying times of his own in his 57 years of coaching. “I’ve been through the same thing, and if you stay in the game long enough you are going to go through it one time or the other,” Bowden said. “And of course it really tests ya, it really tests ya. But it’s the nature of the game. The game is that way — if you win they love you, if you don’t win they don’t love you. It’s as simple as that. Your loyal people will stay behind you, but the everyday fan ... they want to win. That’s the way it happened down here [at Florida State]. I wasn’t winning enough games to suit these people, you know? But anyway, Mark’s a little different situation because he is younger and he’s been so successful there.” Past successes are unquestioned in the Richt era. Two SEC championships and 91 wins have solidified him as one of the top coaches in school history. The issues pertinent to the problems facing the program do not look into the
past, though. The problems now facing Richt are in the present, for instance, the alarming reality that Georgia lost seven of its past nine SEC games. “It’s the nature of the job. It’s always what have you done lately. It’s always that way,” Bowden said. “And it’s just something you have to go through. I mean, Mark knew how this goes. He has seen how it went with me after 34 years here.” Losses have come for a variety of reasons in the past few seasons in Athens, whether it be last-second shortcomings or off-the-field issues. But Bowden found one thing a certainty — a star athlete such as A.J. Green could have changed the entire complexion of the 2010 season. “You know, sometimes it’s just one player. I mean sometimes you only need one player and that makes the difference,” Bowden said. “It’s fixable. You don’t fire the driver to fix the flat tire, you fix the flat tire. He’s 0-3 in the conference, he might be 2-1 or 3-0 right now with one player. He might, you can’t tell. So one player sometimes can make the difference.” With that one Bulldog player returning for Georgia’s upcoming game against Colorado, the season could take a complete turnaround in the coaching icon’s eyes. And although Bowden could not guarantee any future victories with the new and improved roster, the effort from his former apprentice will never be in doubt. “He knows he’s the guy in charge and it all falls back on his shoulders,” Bowden said. “And he knows that. But I do know he’ll give every drop he’s got to get it fixed.”
GREEN: Receiver ready to move on after mistake ¢ From Page 1 Did you know that you were breaking a rule by selling a jersey? When I did it, I really didn’t think nothing of it. I just thought it was something minor. I really didn’t think it was gonna be something serious when I did it. I didn’t think it through. I just did it. It just came back. It was a big thing. I served my punishment and I’m ready to play. Did they first think you went to the agent parties in South Beach? No. They know I’m not the type of guy to lie. Our AD, and Carla [Williams, associate athletic director] and Coach [Mark] Richt know I’m not the type of guy to lie. So when I told them, they believed me. What did you know about the agent parties in South Beach? Were you invited? I didn’t know anything about it. When the NCAA told me about it, they said they heard it from TMZ. Nobody told them. They just heard it. It was a rumor. So they came down here and asked me. And you said selling the jersey was for spending money on spring break? Yeah. I was just being greedy. Were you surprised the appeal process didn’t work out in your favor? Yeah, but like I said, it’s life. I really didn’t feel like I didn’t really care about that. It was four games. It was a mistake. I deserve a penalty for what I done. Do you have any idea how the NCAA found out about that? I don’t even know. They had all my bank statements. They had every bank statement going back to February 2009. So they looked and saw that and they were like, “Hey, where you get the money from?” And I told them. I’m not gonna lie to them or nothing like that to jeopardize my whole season. So I just told them. When did you find out you would be held out? They didn’t actually tell me they were actually gonna hold me out. We just waited for the decision. So it’s more the school was holding me out. The NCAA didn’t ever say anything about holding me out. But we were just playing it safe and luckily we did we probably would’ve had to [hold me out] a couple more games if I played.
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S Junior Marta Silva Zamora has taken four tournament titles and an All-American award home in her Georgia career — one that could lead to a professional career.
Golfer’s personality drives performance By DAVID MITCHELL THE RED & BLACK It was only 30 minutes before tee-time and Marta Silva Zamora was nowhere to be found. Kelley Hester, head coach of the Georgia women’s golf team for which junior Silva Zamora plays, had just sat down to a breakfast that was supposed to be shared with her star golfer. After five minutes passed, Hester decided it was time to call to find out what was holding her up — and was glad she did. “She was asleep,” Hester said. “She had slept through her alarm.” Though blunders like this might rattle even the steadiest of competitors, Silva Zamora wasn’t fazed. After hurrying to the course and arriving just minutes before she was scheduled to tee off, Silva Zamora proceeded to shoot under par, one of the best rounds of the day. But that’s just Marta, Hester said. “It didn’t affect her at all,” she said. “She was just calm and collected. Where some kids would have been so irritated, she just took it in stride and handled it the best way she knew how.” For two years, Silva Zamora has used her laid-back personality to help her become one of the best golfers in the country. “She does what she needs to do to be successful and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks,” Hester said. “By American standards, it might be perceived as not working hard enough. But she works as hard as she needs to work to be where she needs to be. She’s very efficient.”
Though she is only beginning her junior year at the University, she has already been named to the All-SEC team twice, the AllAmerica team once and was the SEC individual champion as a freshman. She’s looking to continue the trend this season. “I’ve won about two tournaments each year, so hopefully I can win a couple this year too,” Silva Zamora said. “Maybe more.” Perhaps the most impressive feat for the young golfer is the fact that she has maintained her relaxed personality amidst a fairly hectic lifestyle, Hester said. After moving nearly 5,000 miles from her home in Spain — leaving her entire family behind — Silva Zamora enrolled at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island. There, she was a featured cast member on the Golf Channel’s reality show, “School of Golf.” But not even a spot on a nationally televised program could shake Silva Zamora’s even-keeled approach to life. “I never watched the shows,” she said with a laugh. “People would text me or call me and tell me they just saw me on TV, but I just never watched it.” Teammate Kiara Hayashida, a good friend of Silva Zamora and a fellow attendee of the Hank Haney IJGA, claims this is a big reason for her success. “Things are just easier when you don’t worry too much about it, I guess,” Hayashida said. “[Marta] is really good at that. Nothing gets her too stressed out.” Hester reiterated this point. “The only thing that really gets her fired up is three-putts,”
TAKING THE TITLE Freshman (2008-2009) Won the Spring Invitational Won an individual SEC Championship outright Sophomore (2009-2010) Won the Duramed Cougar Classic with a career-best 18-under Won the Eat-A-Peach Collegiate tournament or taking three putts to sink a shot after landing on the green, she said. “Three-putts get her a little steamed. There’s definitely some fire in there, but she just makes it look so easy.” Though her personality has helped lead to great success at the collegiate level, Silva Zamora isn’t completely sure where she will go from here. It’s only recently that she has started to mention professional golf as an option. “Only in the last couple of months have I heard her start to mention it,” Hester said. “She’s not one of those kids that will turn pro early. She’s just too balanced to even think about that.” Silva Zamora has recognized the opportunity, however. “I think I will try to play professionally,” she said. “I want to finish my education first, but now that I’ve come this far, I feel like I’ll at least give it a try. If it doesn’t work or I don’t like it, I’ll just go back to Spain.” The former, however, won’t be an issue, in Hester’s opinion. “The question is if she really wants to do it, and I don’t know that she’s totally sold on that yet,” Hester said, “but if she wants to do it, there’s no doubt that it’s out there for her.”
Published on Sep 28, 2010