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Suspension follows shooting Headquarters halts operations at FSU’s Lambda Chi Alpha JESSE DAMIANI News Editor The International Headquarters of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity has suspended normal operations of the Florida State University chapter to provide time for

an in-depth review of the shooting and subsequent death of Ashley Cowie that took place in the Lambda Chi Alpha house in Heritage Grove this past Sunday. FSU Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Greek Life Robyn

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[Martin Luther King, Jr.] dreamed about being united, being connected. It wasn’t just about black or white. It’s about everyone being together. D’Mitri Brome, Media Productions

The annual, weeklong “Was It All a Dream? Remember the Past, Influence the Future” celebration to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day kicked off Monday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Globe Auditorium, located in the Florida State University Center for Global & Multicultural Engagement, with the Knowledge is King Academic Bowl, an academic competition that quizzed participating FSU students on different aspects of African American and Civil Rights history. Four students from each of the following organizations, the Black Student Union (BSU), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA), competed against each other in the two-round competition. “It’s just an opportunity for students to kind of look at their own history, and the history of their peers, African American history, Civil Rights history, including Dr. Martin

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Khorey Baker smiles at a student response at the ‘Was It All a Dream?’ Academic Bowl at the FSU Center for Global & Multicultural Engagement on Monday, Jan. 10. Baker was the MC for the event held to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Luther King, but also including some other aspects of African American History here in the United States,” said Aysha Daniels, an FSU graduate assistant in the Center for Multicultural Affairs and organizer of the event. Students could get involved by registering through the Center for SEE KNOWLEDGE 2

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ning in November, they said the event was in-line met each Tuesday to with Dr. King’s vision. “Martin Luther King plan the events. Brome, the media pro- dreamed about all kinds ductions chair of the Black Student Union, SEE HONORS 2

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The Black Student Union (students from left to right: Shekka Drayton, Candice Mckinnon, Kiaira MeCoy, and Adrian Williams) discuss a potential answer in the ‘Was It All a Dream?’ Academic Bowl at the FSU Center for Global & Multicultural Engagement on Monday, Jan. 10.

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cession, Florida was one of only four other states to have a fully-funded pension program—paid entirely by employers. Now, according to reports, Gov. Scott, along with House and Senate leaders, is calling for a sweeping reform of state and local public pension systems in order to help diffuse costs. Gov. Scott has said he will back legislation that would require all employees to pay into the pension fund. According to Little and Edmonsdon, however, the pension program is not broken and does not need to be reformed. Both agree that the FRS is one of the strongest in the nation and that the state legislators are acting upon myths in their hurry to cut the state’s pension costs. The current program, according to both experts, functions with relatively low taxpayer contribu-

tions, ensures that most public employees retire with benefits that are usually equal to or lower than those in the private sector, and suggests that the pension payments retirees receive are usually spent in Florida cities, which in turn, helps strengthen local economies. “Defined benefit pension systems in the state of Florida are the most regulated, the most highly-funded; they have the most highly-regulated and

Acabelles were quick to confirm their participation in the event, selecting a song from their repertoire to promote Dr. King’s message. The Acabelles applauded the other performers, and President Nikki Torres commended the organizers. “They were very efficient,” Torres said. “You could tell they were passionate about the event they were holding.” The NAACP, who together with Union Productions and the BSU sponsored the event, is also putting on parades in honor of Dr. King today and Monday. Lucas Daniels, assistant director of the Asian American Student Union, was supposed to perform a tap dance, but a lastminute broken tap necessitated a change of plans. He found the event pow-

erful and worthy of Dr. King’s name. “[Dr. King] was always looking forward to the youth and he had great hope for the youth and the youth’s talents, so I think celebrating youth is what he would want,” Daniels said. Daniels said he was especially impressed with the dancers. Azucar Dance Company, the Belly Dancers at FSU and various soloists performed at the event. Between the variety of artistic acts was the commentary of the two BSU hosts. Brome said he hoped the audience would enjoy the full variety of the show. “Hopefully they’ll be saying, ‘Wow,’ that not just one person’s great but the whole event was great, that it was diverse, and they had fun,” Brome said.

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ANA RODRIGUEZ Assistant News Editor Two months before the 2011 Legislature convenes, Florida’s AFL-CIO held a news conference on Monday, Jan. 10, to discuss rumored pension reform that is expected to be one of the most highly debated topics taken on by Gov. Rick Scott. At the conference, two actuarial experts, Chad Little, an actuary from Merritt Island, and Ray Edmonsdon, head of the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association, disputed the idea that the Florida Retirement System (FRS) is in trouble and needs to be reformed. Up until the recent re-

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the most educated trustees,” Edmonsdon said. He added that the average FRS retiree receives approximately $16,845 a year, with the average non-FRS city system paying out an average of $23,854 per pensioner. According to Little, the average Florida city and county spend only about 2.37 percent of its revenue from tax dollars on paying retirees—a percentage that is lower than the national average of

2.89 percent. “The health of the pension fund has more to do with the willingness and the ability of the plans’ sponsors to make the contributions than it does whatever the current level of the funding percentage might by,” Little said. That same day, the James Madison Institute published a study by Florida State University economics professor Randal SEE PENSION 4

HONORS from 1 of people doing all kinds of things,” Brome said. “We have a plethora of different artists—some are black, some are white, some are Spanish. He dreamed about being united, being connected. It wasn’t just about black or white. It’s about everyone being together.” Performers were selected from an online application, and anyone who was interested was included. Chanel Mathieu warmed up the house with her a cappella rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” and Eric Johnson sang a medley of “Amazing Grace” and “Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior” in honor of Dr. King. The Acabelles closed the night with some femalesoul a cappella renditions that had the audience clapping along. After they received an invitation via e-mail, the

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Chanel Mathieu sings an a capella version of ‘Hero’ by Mariah Carey at the Young and Gifted Martin Luther King, Jr. event in Club Downunder Tuesday night.

KNOWLEDGE from 1 Multicultural Affairs. Daniels said that students who participate enjoy the friendly competition. “I think there aren’t a lot of opportunities or venues for students to do this sort of light-hearted, competitive academia stuff on campus, and especially related to some of the minority students and African American populations,” Daniels said. “So getting a chance to really learn a little bit more about African American history, Civil Rights history, and how it’s impacted not only our nation, but Florida State’s campus and their lives, gives them that opportunity to really engage with each other [in what] they might not be able to find in another avenue

here on campus.” Adrian Williams, BSU president and participant in the event, agreed that the competition was good-natured. “We kind of don’t focus more on the competitive side; we just come here for fellowship and to learn,” said Williams, a senior Political Science major at FSU. The competition was ultimately won by the BGSA, who competed against the second-place BSU in the final round of questions. This is the second year in a row the BGSA has won the Academic Bowl. April McCray, a Ph.D. student in English Literature at FSU, was a member of the winning BGSA team.

“I wanted to do something to participate in the MLK activities this year to commemorate [Martin Luther King, Jr. Day],” McCray said. “It’s rare that we have the opportunity to do academic competitions among each other, so I like it.” Juan Guardia, director of Multicultural Affairs at FSU, said one aim of this event was to provide a way to instill an appreciation for African American history that goes beyond what students learn in the classroom. “This is a way for you to come away with some knowledge that you may or may not have known before,” Guardia said. Williams said that the event helped promote a connection between Af-

rican American history and American history. “I feel like African American history is important in itself because a lot of people classify it as something separate from American history, but really, it’s intertwined,” Williams said. McCray echoed a similar sentiment. “It’s not just like African American history’s just a subset of American history, that oftentimes is neglected in history books,” McCray said. “So I mean, this month is important to kind of promote that knowledge that isn’t shared universally.” This is the fifth year that the Academic Bowl has been included in the annual MLK celebration.

Each year, a committee of 15 people from across campus, including undergraduates, graduate students and staff, meet in October to decide on the year’s theme and to begin planning for this weeklong celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. “We start off very, very raw, and then get to this final culmination of events that we’re really proud of,” Guardia said. Overall, the event’s organizers said this was a successful kick-off to the week of celebration. “I think everyone had a good time,” Daniels said. “I definitely learned a lot, even though I came up with the questions, so hopefully other people also took something away from it.”

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Social psychologist talks global warming, attitudes Research suggests majority of Americans are still concerned with climate change KATHERINE CONCEPCION Staff Writer Florida State University Sustainable Campus Initiative hosted a lecture discussing public attitudes concerning global warming on Monday, Jan 10, at 7 p.m. Professor Jon Krosnick, a social psychologist at Stanford University, introduced information from a recent in-depth Floridabased study and other data collected over 15 years of national studies in order to address the issue of whether or not Americans are concerned about the effects of climate change. Krosnick has a B.A. in psychology from Harvard and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology from the University of Michigan. His research areas include the attitude formation, change and effects on the psychology of political behavior and methods of survey research. The percentage of Americans who believe that global warming is, in fact, a real phenomenon, has dropped from a steady 84 percent from 2007-2009, to 75 percent in Nov. 2010. Krosnick proposed five hypotheses to explain what caused the decline: The Climategate incident in Nov. 2009, in which e-mails and documents from the University of East Aglia’s Climatic Research Unit were made public; purported mistakes on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports; an awful economy that drove down willingness to pay; visible climate scientists expressing skepticism; and the fact that 2008 was the coolest year on record. Despite the media atten-

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Stanford professor Jon Krosnick presents a lecture on the social and envirmonental issues surrouding global warming on Jan. 11 in Bellamy Hall. tion the Climategate incident received, Krosnick’s research shows that only three percent of Americans remembered the scandal and felt scientists should not be trusted as a result. “It just, like so many other stories, passed by very quickly and had no impact,â€? Krosnick said. “Large majorities of Americans agree with natural scientists on the basics of these issues‌ among people who are low in trust in scientists, it’s actually change in world temperature patterns that drive the small change.â€? Krosnick’s research shows that between 40 and 60 percent of Floridians

would be willing to pay between $100 and $300 dollars per year to reduce green house gas emissions by 80 percent. The “issue public� activists for global warming make up 14 percent of the U.S. population. Krosnick also recalled that when Democrats are elected to the White House, contributions to environmental lobbying groups decrease; the opposite occurs when Republicans take office. With regard to Independents, Krosnick conducted a phone survey in which a hypothetical candidate was introduced with either a pro-green or anti-green message, and found that

79 percent of independent voters would have likely voted for the green candidate. Only 44 percent would have voted for the non-green candidate. “I thought it was surprisingly insightful,� first year grad student in chemical oceanography Angela Dial said. “It’s good to know people care.� The statistics cited by Krosnick were eye opening for some. “From a scientist’s point of view, it’s a different way of looking into a subject,� second year grad student in chemical oceanography, Alina Ebling said. Others took issue with aspects of his methods. “I think it was very well delivered, but he should have mentioned other polls for comparison,� climate researcher Rose Njoroge said. “[The issue] is more than politics; it’s about values—partisanship and ideology should be looked at as well.� According to Krosnick, social science is beneficial for everyone. “A world with social science like this is better than a world without it,� Krosnick said, when asked about what he wished attendees would come away with. “It makes the world a better place by giving everyone a voice, and Americans and Floridians are overwhelmingly on the green side of the issue.� Krosnick also commented on the standing-room only turnout for the lecture, calling it spectacular and a “warm welcome to Florida.� For more information on FSU Sustainable Campus Initiative, visit http:// sustainablecampus.fsu. edu.

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Samantha DeGennaro wins scholarship from NIAF toward studying abroad CHAD SQUITIERI Contributing Writer Florida State University student Samantha DeGennaro recently received the Maurizio A. Gianturco Scholarship, awarded by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). DeGennaro, who studied abroad in Florence, Italy, is currently a junior majoring in art history. The NIAF was founded over 30 years ago and began by awarding four scholarships of $250 each to students. The Foundation now awards almost 1,000 scholarships with amounts ranging from $2,000 to $15,000, with several fields of study considered, ranging from business to music. According to a press release from the NIAF, scholarship winners are selected based on academic merit, with the average scholarship amount awarded in the United States being just over $4,000.

Upon receiving the award, DeGennaro said she felt relieved of the stress involved with financing a semester abroad. “When I heard that I had won the scholarship, it was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders,” DeGennaro said. “I was going to study abroad no matter what, but the money that came with the award allowed my family and I to worry a little less about the financial side of the experience.” DeGennaro, who returned home from Italy in December, said that her experience in Florence would not be forgotten. “The people, both the students I lived with and the Italians I interacted with, all shaped me in a permanent and wonderful way that I wouldn’t have found anywhere else,” DeGennaro stated. DeGennaro added that studying abroad is beneficial to her studies as an art history major. “The classes I took for

my major provided invaluable teaching aids, in that our classrooms were the museums and piazzas where Michelangelo and other famous Renaissance masters once strolled,” DeGennaro said. “It allowed me, as a student of history, to look at the topics straight in the eyes.” DeGennaro said she plans to attend culinary school and hopes to study abroad another semester before graduating at Florida State. She urged other students to study abroad with the help of scholarships such as the one provided by the NIAF. “You really don’t know how very different and interesting American lifestyle is compared to the rest of the world until you’ve had the opportunity to live somewhere else, as a part of a new culture.” To learn more about the NIAF and to apply for a scholarship, visit www. niaf.org/scholarships.

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Guest speaker Pamela Keel gives a lecture at ‘Purging Disorders: Evidence for a “New” Eating Disorder.’ The speech took place during the first part of the Faculty Luncheon series held Jan. 11.

FSU fraternity and sororities team up for the holidays Pi Kappa Alpha throws ‘Christmas for the Kids’ for the Boys and Girls Club MICHAEL SAMPSON Contributing Writer On the week of Nov. 29 through Dec. 3, the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity held “Christmas for the Kids,” a charity event for children from the Boys and Girls Club of Tallahassee. Along with Pi Kappa Alpha, 15 oncampus sororities participated in this event, which, in addition to the children, helped benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank. In the week preceding the event, each sorority donated $50 to the effort. The sororities were also challenged to donate as many canned goods they could for Second Harvest, and assigned two or three children for whom to buy gifts. All the Panhellenic sororities participated in this event with the exception of Phi Mu. “We tried to have a little competition with all the dif-

ferent sororities,” Pi Kappa Alpha member, Ryan Otero said. “The sororities did an amazing job and helped with such a huge turnout for the event.” The week of events, which included advertising and collecting canned donations, was capped off on Dec. 3, where over 200 people, including children from the Boys and Girls Club, packed the Pi Kappa Alpha house. The children were thrown a Christmas party where pizza and Italian Ice donated by Ritas were served, while Santa Claus provided storytelling and gifts from their assigned sororities. “Being able to put a smile on kids who aren’t as fortunate as us is pretty satisfying,” said Otero. “It makes you feel like you are really making a difference.” With the help of nearly all the campus sororities, Christmas for Kids was

able to provide disadvantaged children from the Boys and Girls Club of Tallahassee an opportunity for a Christmas experience they wouldn’t have had otherwise. “Seeing all those kids happy just gives you a warm feeling and makes you realize what’s important and what’s not,” said Philanthropy Chair of Pi Kappa Alpha Brian Cosgrove. “A lot of these kids aren’t going to have as great a Christmas as we have them, so it was really special that we helped them out and helped the local community as well.” The canned food drive held in conjunction with Christmas for Kids for Second Harvest raised over 1,400 pounds of canned food. For more information on Pi Kappa Alpha, visit fsu.pikes.com.

pension plans, instead of a defined-benefit plan. Defined-contribution systems ask that employees invest their pension funds and manage them until they leave, while definedbenefit plans guarantee a set amount to employees every month when they retire, with the employer assuming all investment risks. Currently, Florida already has a defined-contribution option plan and some legislators have proposed that all new employees join it as the defined-benefit plan expires as current employees also retire. Plans for the reform will not be known until the Legislature convenes, although Dominic Calabro, with Florida Taxwatch,

has already crafted a list of pension reform recommendations Gov. Scott may take up. According to Calabro, reform that would require more of public employees could help save Florida more than a billion dollars a year. Union officials, however, argue that requiring more of already struggling public sector employees would only complicate matters more. According to union officials, public sector employees like teachers, who don’t make a substantial amount of money, might find it difficult to contribute to their own pension plans. For more on the FRS, visit https://www.rol. frs.state.fl.us/.

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Myths About Israel and the Middle East (2) Should we re-examine endlessly repeated clichés? In a previous installment in this series of clarifying messages about Israel and the Middle East, we examined certain myths which, by dint of constant repetition, had acquired currency and acceptance. We looked at the myth of “Palestinian nationhood,” the myth of Judea/Samaria (the “West Bank”) being “occupied territory,” the myth that Jewish settlements in these territories are “the greatest obstacle to peace,” and the myth that Israel is unwilling to “yield land for peace.” And we cleared up the greatest myth of all, namely that Israel’s administration of the territories, and not the unrelenting hatred of the Arabs against the Jews, is the root cause of the conflict between the Arabs and Israel. But those are not all the myths; there are more.

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Reality: There is no prospect at all that anything resembling a democratic state could be created in the I Myth: The Arabs of Israel are a persecuted territories. There is not a single democratic Arab minority. state – all of them are tyrannies of varying degrees. Reality: The over one million non-Jews (mostly Even today, under partial Israeli administration, Arabs) who are citizens of Israel have the same civil Hamas and other factions fight for supremacy and rights that Jews have. They vote, are members of the ruthlessly murder each other. Another Lebanon, with Knesset (parliament), and are part of Israel’s civil and its incessant civil wars, is much more likely. The diplomatic service, just as their Jewish fellow lawlessness and chaos that citizens. Arabs have prevail in Gaza since complete religious “It is in our national interest that Israel’s withdrawal is a freedom and full access to the Israeli legal, health and reality, not myths, govern our policy.” good prospect of what would happen if Israel – educational systems – foolishly and under the pressure of “world opinion” – including Arabic and Muslim universities. The only were to abandon this territory. As for difference between the “rights” of Arabs and Jews is demilitarization, that is totally unlikely. Because – that Jewish young men must serve three years in the with Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, most of military and at least one month a year until age 50. which are in a declared state of war with Israel, at its Young Jewish women serve for two years. The Arabs borders – an irresistible power vacuum would be have no such civic obligation. For them, military created. Despite pious promises, the arms merchants service is voluntary. Not too surprisingly, except for of the world would find a great new market and the the Druze, very few avail themselves of the privilege. neighboring hostile Arab countries would be happy to I Myth: Having (ill-advisedly) already given up supply anything else that might be needed. control of the Gaza Strip, Israel should also give up I Myth:: Israel should make “confidence-building the administration of Judea/Samaria (the “West gestures” for the sake of peace. Bank”) because strategic depth is meaningless in this Reality: What really is it that the world expects age of missiles. Israel to do for the sake of peace? Most of the 22 Arab Reality: Israel is a mini-state – about half the size countries consider themselves in a state of war with of San Bernardino county in California. If another, Israel and don’t even recognize its “existence.” That even smaller mini-state were carved out of it, Israel has been going on for over sixty years. Isn’t it about would be totally indefensible. That is the professional time that the Arabs made some kind of a “gesture?” opinion of 100 retired U.S. generals and admirals. If Could they not for instance terminate the constant the Arabs were to occupy whatever little strategic state of war? Could they not stop launching rockets depth Israel has between the Jordan River and its into Israel from areas that Israel has abandoned for populated coast, they would not need any missiles. the sake of peace? Could they not stop the suicide Artillery and mortars would suffice, since Israel bombings, which have killed hundreds of Israelis and would be only nine miles wide at its waist. Those who which have made extreme security measures – such urge such a course either do not understand the as the defensive fence and convoluted bypass roads – situation or have a death wish for Israel. necessary? Any of these would create a climate of I Myth: If Israel would allow a Palestinian state to peace and would indeed be the “confidence-building arise in Judea and Samaria it would be a democratic gestures” that the world hopes for. state and would be totally demilitarized. Countless “peace conferences” to settle this festering conflict have taken place. All have ended in failure because of the intransigence of the Arabs. President Clinton, toward the end of his presidency, convened a conference with the late unlamented Yasser Arafat and Ehud Barak, the prime minister of Israel at that time. Mr. Barak offered virtually everything that Arafat had requested, except the partition of Jerusalem and the acceptance of the so-called refugees, their descendants having swollen from the 650,000 who fled the nascent state of Israel during the War of Liberation, to an incredible 5 million. Arafat left in a huff and started his infamous intifada instead, a bloody war that has cost thousands of Palestinian and Israeli lives. Israel is America’s staunchest ally and certainly its only true friend in that area of the world. It is in our national interest that reality, not myths, govern our policy. This message has been published and paid for by

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Another season on the ‘Shore’ Season three of ‘Jersey Shore’ contains more drama than ever STEPHANIE SCHENDEL Daily Evergreen, Washington State U. via UWIRE The show everybody loves to hate is back. The first episode of the MTV show Jersey Shore’s third season premiered at 10 p.m. Thursday and, according to the Associated Press, the season’s first episode was the most widely watched episode in the history of MTV. People who have not seen the show have most likely have witnessed its side effects, which include fist pumping and the widely-used phrases “GTL” and “grenade.” All of the roommates from seasons one and two are back, except for Angelina, who left the show halfway through both the first and second seasons. Angelina, it seems, is gone for good. Her replacement is Deena Nicole Cortese, a short and sassy dental assistant who looks strikingly like a tanned gremlin. Deena is apparently a good friend of Nicole “Snooki” Pollizzi, and judging by her actions in the first episode—starting a fight and getting naked all within her first few hours in the house—she will fit right in with the other cast members. Despite the slight change in the cast, Jersey Shore fans will not be disappointed with season three. The first episode and the season sneak preview show that this season promises to be even more drama-filled t h a n

the previous ones, full of cat fights, break-ups and drunken arguments. The general premise of the show is the typical reality MTV show. It started off by bringing complete strangers, who are not famous at all, and giving them too much alcohol and cameramen to film their every move. This particular show began by taking eight people from New Jersey and New York and bringing them all to live in a house on the Jersey coast for the summer. The thing that makes Jersey Shore different from other reality roommate shows is the absolute ridiculousness of each cast member. Each person on the show is abnormally tan, loud and really not that good looking. Even their nicknames are bizarre, such as “The Situation,” “Snooki” and “J Woww.” The thing that all of these people have in common is the overuse of hairspray, protein powder and silicone. Jersey Shore proves MTV can make just about anyone famous. It is also the TV show responsible for making people think it is OK to fist pump while dancing. Anyone who likes trash TV and reality shows will love Jersey Shore because it has everything a good reality show should have, including sex, fights and alcohol.

Jersey Shore’s self-proclaimed ‘guidette’ makes her literary debut

SHORE THING Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi

HHHHH NICKI KARIMIPOUR Assistant Arts & Life Editor Since the show’s inception in December of 2009, it seems America has been afflicted with Jersey Shore fever. As the country braces itself to watch Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi dip her diminutive feet into the uncertain waters of the literary world, I can’t help but cringe. As if watching the show wasn’t enough, now the world has no choice but be exposed to her irrelevant musings about sex, life and pickles (often in that order). Even after revealing in an interview that she has only read two books in her life, Dear John and Twilight, “Snooki” has decided to make her debut into writing fiction. The MTV cast member, pictured on the brightly covered book in all her signature, poofy glory, seeks to provide her unique spin on relationships, drinking and dancing. The only problem is, this book was completely ghostwritten by a woman named Valerie Frankel. As a result, Snooki’s literary debut is not even solely her own—she revealed in an interview that Frankel co-wrote the novel. Frankel is also the mastermind behind Joan Rivers’ recent book. “The characters’ names are the names I want to name my kids. She helped me make i t

really good,” Polizzi said. The novel’s protagonist, Giovanna Spumanti, aka “Gia,” enjoys the simple pleasures in life. She has a predilection for boys from New Jersey (more commonly known as “gorilla juiceheads”), tequila and a sky-high poof hairstyle. Gia proves to behave and think much like Snooki herself—while the other main character, Bella, is eerily reminiscent of Jenni “J Woww” Farley, Snooki’s MTV co-star. Together, the two girls spend a carefree summer in the Seaside Heights area of New Jersey. Highlights from the summer include Gia and Bella nearly burning down their rented beachside condo, clashing with frenemies and indulging in fried Oreos by the shore. In one excerpt from the book, Snooki recounts an exciting night on the town, spent in the company of a male “guido” counterpart: “He had an okay body. Not fat at all. And naturally toned abs. She could pour a shot of tequila down his belly and slurp it out of his navel without getting splashed in the face.” Really. To be quite honest, this book should be viewed as nothing more than a very entertaining train wreck, in much of the same way Jersey Shore should be viewed. Or rather, as a case study into the lives of vapid and morally deficient ”celebrities” that are famous for… no real reason? With that said, if you are a fan of the show, you will probably be entertained by this book. Clearly one cannot expect it to be hailed as the next great American novel, but it serves a purpose—much like the “grenades” and “landmines” do for The Situation and Pauly D. “Sorting through jerk offs to find a decent man takes time. But you have to do it, or else become a lesbian.” Just a choice excerpt from Snooki’s new book is enough to let readers to know where the pint-size starlet is coming from—straight from the Jersey Shore.

COLLIN MIRANDA Staff Writer Raskulls seems to have quite a few things going for it. It’s a cross of genres, including action, puzzle, platforming and even some racing for good measure. The character and art design, while rather cutesy, is unique and appealing. The game’s cut-scenes are laugh-outloud hilarious, and the engaging gameplay mechanics are fun to use. For a while. My main issue with Raskulls is that, while fresh and fun at first, almost every aspect of the game got pretty old after a short while. The game starts off with a gang of rat space pirates, called “Pirats,” who crash land on Earth while searching for a planet made entirely of cheese. The Pirat captain soon hatches a plan to steal an object called a “Shiny Stone” (an object whose function is described simply as being “important to the plot”) from the Raskulls in order to power up their ship. The Raskull king then forms his own plan to create a tournament in which the winner will receive the Shiny Stone as a prize, and orders a dragonclad Raskull aptly named Dragon to enter the tournament and win. SEE EXTRA LIFE 7

Rising stars go ‘Country’ Paltrow and Hedlund strum up stellar performances in ‘Country Strong’ CHARLOTTE PARISH The Heights, Boston College via UWIRE Surrounded by the success and glamour of your own fame, who cares enough to restrain you? This is a problem central to Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest film, Country Strong. Paltrow continues to expand her versatile and successful career as she showcases the singing talent hinted at during her cameo on Glee. Paltrow plays the passionate yet weak Kelly Canter, a country superstar who used to take the world by storm, but now barely gets through a show after her early release from rehab. The tragic circumstances leading to her drinking

problem put a major strain on her relationship with her husband and manager, James Canter (Tim McGraw). He insists that she is strong enough to get back on the road with a new tour, yet her lover, Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor and fellow country singer, Beau Hutton (Garrett Hedlund), disagrees vehemently and comes on the tour to keep watch over her. McGraw makes one other addition to the tour group: Chiles Stanton (Leighton Meester), the opening act, who is a former Miss Texas and nicknamed the “country Barbie.” This child star is the perfect antithesis to Paltrow—wholesome, seemingly naïve, SEE COUNTRY 7

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The next generation of gaming A few strange new consoles you may not have heard of COLLIN MIRANDA Staff Writer Almost as long as there have been gaming consoles, there have been console wars. From Atari versus Nintendo to the modern day threeway battle between the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii, it appears as though gamers are constantly torn in an exhausting political fanboy battle. Fortunately, for those who are seeking a sort of Green Party-esque alternative, or simply dislike being pigeonholed, there are a few bizarre new consoles being released in the nottoo-distant future. Fans of the Genesis and the Dreamcast will be excited to hear that Sega is taking a break from porting Sonic games to anything with a screen and once again revolutionizing the console market. That is, if you’re man enough to play it. Sega’s new console, the Toylet, will make you feel as though you’re using a urinal for the first time all over again—a bit awkward at first, but ultimately an integral part of your public restroom experience. There will be sensors on the wall of the urinal that will sense both location, amount, and pressure of your stream. These attributes will be used to play an assortment of mini-games on a screen located above the urinal, at eye level. The games include washing graffiti off a wall, a measurement of how much liquid you’ve dispensed, and, my personal favorite, a multiplayer game which has you attempt to

use your stream to defeat a sumo wrestler who is as strong as the previous person to use the urinal. While this seems like the type of product to only be released in Japan, I’d imagine this console would make a killing at bars and clubs, especially in college towns such as our own. Having said that, this next piece of hardware would serve as the perfect companion to Sega’s Toylet. Both a powerful beer dispenser and a powerful gaming computer, Nvidia’s Kegputer is a recipe for success. While I’m not too keen on PC specs, the Kegputer was shown running Starcraft II on three monitors, which I would imagine is quite impressive. It also features a refrigeration and CO2 system, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy an icecold beer around all of your expensive electronics instantly, without any need for pumping. Whereas you might only be able to experience the Toylet in Japan, the Kegputer appears to be more of an American affair, so it probably wouldn’t hurt to have your hopes up for seeing it at a Best Buy one day. While this next one may seem naïve compared to the previous two consoles, don’t let that detract from the creativity and potential present in the Sifteo. The Sifteo comes in sets of three cubes (up to three additional cubes can be purchased separately for an enhanced experience). Each cube features a full color, oneand-a-half-inch screen,

3D motion sensors (like those found in Wiimotes and the Playstation Move), and the ability to communicate with one another, as well as wirelessly with your computer through a USB device. Games can be purchased online, and will have you sliding, stacking, spinning, arranging and manipulating the miniature screens in order to win. While I can see the main application of this technology being used mostly for puzzle-type games, it would be interesting to see developers push the boundaries even further with genres such as RPGs, or even platformers. The final console isn’t so much of a console as it is a severely primitive port of the insanely popular game, Angry Birds. In May 2011, fans will be able to experience their favorite timewaster without the frustratingly short battery life, $100plus monthly subscription fee, or even the constraints of a screen. The board game, Angry Birds: Knock on Wood, turns pixels into plastic and seems to do a good translation of the game into the real world. The game contains several plastic blocks of various shapes and sizes, a catapult-like slingshot, a set of green pigs, a deck of cards, and, of course, the angry birds themselves. One player draws a card, which has a picture of a structure which their opponent must build using the blocks, and the amount of points they will win if they can knock all of the pigs down with their poultry

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COUNTRY from 5 and uncorrupted by fame while Paltrow battles the pressures of stardom. Paltrow flawlessly transforms from actress to singer in this film, belting it out at the end with a stellar vocal performance. Tim McGraw lacks some of her transient abilities, as his character becomes convoluted. He is fantastically deplorable as the husband-manager who pushes his wife back into the limelight too quickly, disregarding her best interest at times. He is equally good and touch-

ing as the cuckolded husband who will always love his wife despite how many times she hurts him. Where McGraw fails is in making both personalities believable in one person, connecting the opposing facets. This connection is something that Hedlund does well, as he plays both the sardonic, irreverent bar musician and the omnipresent, doeeyed boy who loves Paltrow and hates to see her self-destructive slip-ups. Although his accent and

mumbling can be hard to understand, Hedlund makes Beau the most likable character in the film. The music is definitely the focus of this film (a warning to those who love Paltrow but detest country music), but it becomes mawkish at points when every character performs blatant autobiographical pieces. Beau best exemplifies this when mocking Meester’s first attempts at songwriting, particularly a piece titled “Honky Tonk Town.” Although the voices are impres-

sive, most of the songs fall into the honky tonk category of country, lacking enough authenticity to satisfy true country fans but containing too much banjo to engage non-enthusiasts. Additionally, although Meester cutely steps into her role—the characterization of which is encapsulated by her unseasoned and paralyzing stage fright at a tiny bar venue—her character lacks enough depth to make Chiles believable next to Hutton’s well-

developed persona. Interestingly enough, both Hutton and his character save Meester and Chiles from embarrassment in the film as he joins her on stage at the bar, renewing the crowd’s faith in her. Although the plot of the film is arguably predictable, the subplot of Paltrow’s last, disastrous performance at Dallas (not shown in the film) gives Country Strong a great deal of depth and human connection, transforming it from a mild reflection on indulgent pop

culture to an insightful adventure into the world of a woman who cannot control herself, despite her incredible talents. This aspect of the film is not employed nearly enough and Shana Feste —both director and writer of the film—should have given Paltrow more scenes with which to explore the most fascinating dimension of her character. Instead, Paltrow’s past demons are mentioned in passing and are only a frustrating taste of a truly moving storyline.

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Paltrow and McGraw play husband and wife, Kelly and James Canter, in ‘Country Strong.’

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Leighton Meester co-stars as beauty queen country singer.

EXTRA LIFE from 5 The gameplay consists of using your Raskull’s wand to destroy blocks in a side-scroller in order to reach a destination, race or solve a puzzle. There are also power-ups scattered in some levels which help to add some variety, as well as a feature known as “frenzy,” which involves filling a meter that, when activated, grants increased speed and block zapping ability. It’s a great time, at first. There are unique physics at play, such as water and finish lines being affected by the movement of blocks, and a variety of objectives to help keep things diverse, but ultimately, it feels as though everything boils down to the same thing, making the game feel repetitive.

This isn’t helped by the rather generic soundtrack, which players will get sick of hearing for the umpteenth time. The intro sequence is a display of comic genius. The satirical, tongue-in-cheek, fourth wall-breaking humor has impeccable comedic timing, and shows no fear in ridiculing its own game. The sequence is extremely well-written, and only more upsetting to witness these moments become less consistent throughout the game. Not only does the quality humor become less frequent, but it is instead replaced with a few, cheap, cringe-inducing jokes, such as a duckclad Raskull, who speaks with a lisp. Not to say there aren’t a few flashes

of genius throughout the game, but by the time you get to them, your mood will have been tainted by inferior, awkward jokes. As with the rest of the game, the multiplayer experience is initially exciting, especially if you have a chance to play splitscreen locally. Matches can get extremely close, and players can expect a lot of edge-of-your-seat photo finishes. The combination of power-up racing and the ability to set traps for one’s opponents make this mode strangely reminiscent of Mario Kart. Like the most recent entry of Mario Kart, however, it will soon become apparent that the game’s structure causes a rubber band effect, which explains the multitude of

near-ties. Considering the person in first place has to remove the blocks in their path, this also creates a path allowing one’s opponents to effortlessly stay on your tail. Furthermore, there is only one game mode in multiplayer. It wouldn’t have hurt them to throw in a few others from the single player quest. If you do decide to purchase this game, I recommend playing it in short bursts every so often. It isn’t a bad game by any means, but the monotony will rear its ugly head during extended play sessions. As Arrested Development’s Michael Bluth would say, Raskulls is not lasting fun. It’s fleeting fun. Like a bachelor party.

turn of a third- or even fourth-tier hero from the dead. The issue, written by James Robinson, isn’t strong, but neither is it weak—it is simply entertaining, while trying to deal with very dark subject matter, such as the death of a loved one and people’s attempts to deal with grief through self-medication. What makes the issue serviceable is the juxtaposing of the two main characters, as the current iteration of Starman is exceedingly liberal, while Congorilla—who debuted as a character in the 1940s—is filled with anachronistic ideology, yet still goodnatured in a nostalgic way. It’d be interesting to see these two characters in a limited or ongoing series, but as it stands, a one-shot is better than nothing. Check it out if you have the chance; otherwise don’t fret. Steel #1 Steve Lyon’s Steel #1 is the start of multi-part story dubbed “Reign of Doomsday.” Solicitations describe the event as the return of one of DC Comics’ more feared villains, Doomsday—the monstrous being that killed Superman back in 1992. For readers of a certain age, Doomsday will in-

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Prime-time comedies as logical extension of growing brand STEVE JOHNSON

Onion.com Web traffic has more than doubled, the company says, to some 7.5 million unique visitors per month since the addition of ONN, also the name for the Webbased collection of twiceweekly short videos. And even before appearing on TV, ONN’s online efforts have already won a Peabody, the medal usually bestowed on radio and television that ennobles the human spirit. The series each have 10-episode runs, with options to be renewed, and feel like the right place for Onion to go now, says Steve Hannah, the former traditional newspaperman who runs the Onion’s business operations out of a Chicago office. (Full disclosure: In a business partnership begun during the summer, Chicago Tribune Media Group handles ad sales, printing and distribution for the Chicago print edition of The Onion.) “We’re trying to take the Onion comedic brand and to translate it into video as we did first on the Web, and to take it to a large audience and to make people smarter as a result,� said Hannah, the company’s CEO and a true believer in the power of satire. “I think our brand is great comedy, but I think it’s really smart comedy.� In planning the plunge into television, Onion had in mind the track record of past humor giants such as Mad magazine, National Lampoon and Spy magazine. “All these comedy brands seem to have sort of a half-life,� Hannah said, and he wondered

Chicago Tribune (MCT) CHICAGO Even when The Onion was just a scruffy free weekly found in Madison, Wis., vestibules, its conceit was that it was the centerpiece of a big media empire. Is it a coincidence that this is becoming true? Or—cue portentous music—is it destiny? The Chicagobased comedy conglomerate moves into a new medium this month with not one, but two, new television series sending up TV conventions as vigorously as the original print product sends up newspapers. Tuesday on Comedy Central saw the premiere of Onion SportsDome, a parody of ESPN’s SportsCenter in which one of the blustery anchors is just back from suspension and a top story features young tennis prodigies who keep trying to run away during a match only to be forced back onto the court by their parents. And on Jan. 21, IFC debuts Onion News Network, a parody, more or less, of CNN, but with 100 percent less Wolf Blitzer. The slogan is “News Without Mercy,� and, in stories such as the one eviscerating a “viewer� who sent in a correction of ONN “reporting,� or the one about how profoundly a snowstorm has affected “the nation’s idiots,� it delivers. The shows are logical extensions of the satirical publication’s online video efforts, begun in 2007 and recipients of multiple Webby Awards, for best online material.

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“presumably sandwiched between a Whit Stillman marathon and a collection of short films about menstruation.� OK, maybe not wholly graciously. But the joke actually highlights a point: IFC has been moving away from its indie film roots (Independent Film Channel is no longer the name) toward a cutting-edge comedy orientation. Both Onion shows instantly nail the atmospherics: A littleknown fact is that ONN on the Web has actually used real CNN studios for its backdrops. In the TV shows, the graphics, the over-aggressive promos and the screen crawls bursting with distracting information are all deadon. But what really clicks are the actors playing the lead anchors and the material they’re given. On ONN, it’s Brooke Alvarez (Suzanne Sena, a former reporter/anchor for Dallas local news, E! and FOX News) who is horrified at how bad a kidnapped ONN reporter looks in a hostage video and whose official bio lists her “longstanding feuds with both Wolf Blitzer and Yo Yo Ma.� On SportsDome, it’s Mark Shepard (Matt Oberg) and the more alpha Alex Reiser (Matt Walton), the latter back from a suspension about which the show keeps dropping hints. One toss to commercial break sees the company’s HR person approaching the news desk to talk to Reiser. The meat, though, is the news parody itself. (The material for the TV shows is all new, although Onion does have the right to repurpose segments onto the

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why they didn’t last longer. One answer came during a chance meeting with a former National Lampoon publisher at a New York party some years back. “He said, ‘Are you the guy who is the publisher of the Onion?’ I said I was,� recalls Hannah. “He said, ‘You want some advice?’ He said, ‘You have to constantly reinvent. You can’t rest on your laurels.’ He said, ‘No. 2, you really have to protect your brand. You can’t put your brand over all sorts of things.’� So while Onion has had approaches from and meetings with TV people over the years, nothing felt right until Comedy Central and IFC came knocking. SportsDome and Onion News Network are produced in-house, in New York, headquarters for the Onion News Network Web video team and comedy writers whom Hannah calls “the beating heart of the organization.� “It’s so exciting to be in a position to do it on a larger scale, to do it for real,� said J.J. Adler, director and co-executive producer of the Onion News Network TV show. Adler is one of a batch of Columbia University film students the company hired when it first decided to make the investment in online video, figuring that was a good way to get smart and fresh-thinking people at a relatively low cost, Hannah said. Adler and her cohorts cut their teeth on the Web videos and now are running the full shows, along with production staffers who

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Horoscopes

Crossword Puzzle

’Nole Trivia

To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Lewis

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today is a 7 -- Your intuition may be challenged by lack of self-confidence today, especially when it comes to money. Choose what feels ethically right.

This week’s prize is a gift certificate from

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is a 5 -- Try again at something that you failed at before. For the next three weeks, there’ll be growth and expansion. This opens up a new avenue for what you really want.

What song did the FSU war chant originate from?

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

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Today is a 5 -Gather with friends for inspiration. The three weeks ahead look promising for project management. An opportunity develops to shift everything.

Just be the first caller between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight and leave a voicemail with your name, number and answer.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Sudoku

Today is a 6 -You may be entering a phase of repeating old patterns that could limit your creativity. Get counseling from an elder to get past your blocks.

Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is a 6 -Intense work lies ahead for three weeks. Take advantage of the situation. The intensity could affect health issues. It’s important to relax, and pace yourself.

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Today in History

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is a 7 -The next few days are good for travel. Watch out for your own arrogance. Listen and learn from others instead. There are more ways than one.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is a 7 -Enjoy the process of building or cooking something from scratch. When in doubt, friends help you understand. Your status is enhanced by day’s end.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is a 7 -- Take time to express your feelings. Get in touch with a distant friend, as well as with your closer loved ones. Be intimate, and others will be moved.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is a 5 -- Accept an older person’s suggestion, and acknowledge their contribution. More work comes your way. Harvest the fruit before distributing it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is an 8 -- You feel good about yourself, and you’re looking good to superiors. Your conclusion is most likely valid. Invent an exciting future that delights you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is an 8 -- Listen for words of wisdom. Friends want to contribute. Your financial situation is on the upswing. Make an investment for your physical comfort.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is a 7 -- Show respect to your elders, and accept tutoring gratefully from an expert. This builds your team and knowledge. Friends help make an important connection. Feel rich. Nancy Black and Stephanie Clement, Tribune Media Services

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On Jan. 13, 1794, President George Washington approved a measure adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. (The number of stripes was later reduced to the original 13.) On this date: In 1733, James Oglethorpe and some 120 English colonists arrived at Charleston, S.C., while en route to settle in present-day Georgia. In 1864, composer Stephen Foster died impoverished in a New York hospital at age 37. (In his pocket: a note which read, “Dear friends and gentle hearts.”) In 1898, Emile Zola’s famous defense of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, “J’accuse,” (zhah-KOOZ’) was published in Paris. In 1941, a new law went into effect granting Puerto Ricans U.S. birthright citizenship. Novelist and poet James Joyce died in Zurich, Switzerland, less than a month before his 59th birthday. In 1945, during World War II, Soviet forces began a huge, successful offensive against the Germans in Eastern Europe. In 1962, comedian Ernie Kovacs died in a car crash in west Los Angeles 10 days before his 43rd birthday. In 1966, Robert C. Weaver was named Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Lyndon B. Johnson; Weaver became the first black Cabinet member. In 1978, former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey died in Waverly, Minn., at age 66.

In 1982, an Air Florida 737 crashed into Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Bridge after takeoff during a snowstorm and fell into the Potomac River, killing a total of 78 people. In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation’s first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond. Ten years ago: An earthquake estimated by the U.S. Geological Survey at magnitude 7.7 struck El Salvador; more than 840 people were killed. Five years ago: President George W. Bush met with Germany’s new chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the White House. A U.S. Army OH-58 Kiowa helicopter went down near Mosul after coming to the aid of Iraqi police under hostile fire; its two pilots were killed. A U.S. missile strike in Pakistan killed a relative of al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri (AY’-muhn ahl-ZWAH’-ree) and a terror suspect, but also 13 residents, prompting outrage among Pakistanis. One year ago: Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital a day after a powerful earthquake, while in Washington, President Barack Obama pledged an all-out rescue and relief effort. During the first hearing of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, top Wall Street bankers apologized for risky behavior that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, but still declared it seemed appropriate at the time. Rhythm-and-blues singer Teddy Pendergrass died in Bryn Mawr, Pa., at age 59.

Today’s Birthdays Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Liz Anderson is 81. Actress Frances Sternhagen is 81. TV personality Nick Clooney is 77. Comedian Rip Taylor is 77. Actor Billy Gray is 73. Actor Richard Moll is 68. Rock musician Trevor Rabin is 57. Rhythm-and-blues musician Fred White is 56. Rock musician James Lomenzo (Megadeth) is 52. Actor Kevin

Anderson is 51. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus is 50. Rock singer Graham “Suggs” McPherson (Madness) is 50. Country singer Trace Adkins is 49. Actress Penelope Ann Miller is 47. Actor Patrick Dempsey is 45. Actress Traci Bingham is 43. Actor Keith Coogan is 41. Actress Nicole Eggert is 39. Actor Orlando Bloom is 34. Actor Julian Morris is 28.

Thought for Today “I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.” —James Joyce (1882-1941) — The Associated Press


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’Noles battle Devils in primetime Testing the limits

BRETT JULA Sports Editor Take your time and catch your breath, football fans—the 2010 college football season is officially over. After an exciting 14 weeks of regularseason football and a 36-day layoff, Auburn and Oregon tangled in Glendale, Ariz., for college football’s ultimate prize and ended the season with a bang, giving fans a highly contested national championship game that literally came down to the game’s final snap when Wes Byrum’s last-ditch, 18-yard field goal gave Auburn a 22-19 win and the program’s first-ever outright title. This season was full of big plays, compelling storylines and lots of drama. Of course, we’ll always have drama as long as the Bowl Championship Series exists rather than a playoff system, but that’s a whole different conversation. Through it all, however, one thing remained constant: a Southeastern Conference team won the national championship. This marks the fifth-straight year this has happened, and the seventh time overall in the BCS era. As if that weren’t dominant enough, the SEC is a perfect 7-0 in BCS championship games. With all that in the rearview mirror—albeit for only three days—it’s already time for college football junkies like me to start looking ahead to the 2011 season that lies ahead in September. Will the SEC continue its reign of dominance over the rest of the nation, or will another conference finally be up to the challenge? Here’s a look at my rapidly judged top-10 teams for 2011. 10. Stanford The Cardinal may have lost a very important piece to their success when head coach Jim Harbaugh left for the San Francisco 49ers, but the return of quarterback Andrew Luck almost single-handedly makes Stanford a top-10 team heading into 2011. Luck, the runner-up to Auburn’s Cam Newton in this past season’s Heisman Trophy balloting, will definitely be the preseason favorite to win the award in 2011 and could potentially lead Stanford to their first Pac Ten championship since 1999. 9. Texas A&M Arguably the biggest surprise of 2010, the Aggies won’t be sneaking up on anyone come September after winning nine games and earning a berth in the Cotton Bowl. A&M won sixstraight games to close the regular season due in large to quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who started five of those games and has plenty SEE PROJECTION 11

Lady ’Noles welcome conference foe Duke to town ERIC ZERKEL Staff Writer

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Due to the late tip-off of Wednesday’s matchup between Florida State and No. 1-ranked Duke, coverage of the game can be found on fsunews.com, including a recap of the game and full photo coverage of all the action.

In order to win a championship, you have to win big games. FSU women’s basketball failed their first and only test so far this season, after being decidedly handled by top-ranked Connecticut earlier this season. But on the heels of a fivegame winning streak, the No. 15 ’Noles face a new test, No. 3 Duke, presenting an opportunity to prove their worth on a national stage. Duke comes to Tallahassee with a perfect record, but what’s more impressive is the quality of those wins. The Blue Devils have rattled off four wins against top-25 opponents this season, including two wins against top-10 opponents Xavier and Texas A&M. Much like Florida State, Duke relies heavily on a staunch defense holding its opponents to just 54 points per game. The Seminoles SEE LIMITS 11

Rhodes, Fisher given All-American Honors Redshirt freshman corner’s performance, ten win season recognized Redshirt freshman cornerback Xavier Rhodes was named Freshman All-America by the Football Writers Association of America, which announced its 10th annual Freshman All-America Team on Monday during the association’s annual awards breakfast. First-year head coach Jimbo Fisher claimed the

first-year coaching honors. Rhodes, who was named the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, finished his first campaign as a Seminole with 58 tackles (49 unassisted, nine assisted), 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, four interceptions and 12 pass breakups. He ranked third in passes defended (16) in league

play. He also was named Rivals.com Freshman All-America, All-ACC Second Team, Phil Steele’s All-ACC Second Team, Rivals.com All-ACC Second Team Defense, College Football News Third Team All-America, CFN All-ACC Defense, CFN All-ACC Top Freshman, CFN Defensive Freshman

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As a freshman, Xavier Rhodes was a lockdown corner for the Seminoles, picking off opponents four times and recording 58 tackles.

of the Year and CFN All Freshman First Team. Fisher, taking over for the legendary Bobby Bowden, claimed the firstyear coaching honors, while his Seminoles finished with a 10-4 record after beating South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The team and coach are selected by an 11-person panel of nationally-prom-

inent writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel. The Seminoles and Fisher will return 17 starters for next season, including Rhodes and Brandon Jenkins, a stalwart at defensive end, and will look to build on the success they enjoyed this year. —Courtesy of Seminoles.com

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Coach Jimbo Fisher yells across the field at the Florida State versus Florida game on Sat., Nov. 27, 2010.


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Saturday showdown at the Tucker Center ’Noles welcome N.C. State to Tallahassee for ACC tilt SCOTT CRUMBLY Staff Writer When the Florida State men’s basketball team welcomes the North Carolina State Wolfpack into the Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday afternoon, it will be a matchup of two teams looking to raise their NCAA Tournament stock as they head into the meat of the conference schedule. For Florida State (11-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), a team looking to secure a NCAA Tournament bid for a third straight season, every game is huge,

especially when you play in the always-competitive ACC and every single victory must be earned. So far this season, the ’Noles have come up short when it counts the most, winning only one game against a ranked opponent—a 68-61 win over then-No.15 Baylor that came on Christmas Day. N.C. State (11-5, 1-1 ACC) enters the contest facing a similar problem: the Wolfpack have yet to record a signature win this year. The ’Pack failed to capitalize on statementgame opportunities earlier this year when they lost

to No. 22 Georgetown on Nov. 11, No. 24 Wisconsin on Dec. 1, and when they fell just short of an upset against No.4 Syracuse on Dec. 4. With both teams still looking for big wins to add to their tournament resumes, neither can afford another setback on Saturday. For Seminoles head coach Leonard Hamilton, however, this game is just business as usual in the ACC. “Now that you’re into ACC play, you have very little room for error regardless of who you’re playing,” Hamilton said

this past week. “You have to raise your level of concentration to another notch.” For the Seminoles, raising to that other notch on the offensive end has proven to be especially difficult. In their two games from last week, a pair of losses at Auburn and Virginia Tech, FSU was abysmal from the field: the ’Noles shot just 35 percent against the Tigers and managed only 35.5 percent against the Hokies. If it weren’t for the play of junior forward Chris Singleton, Florida State

might not have even competed in either of those two games. Singleton, who leads the squad with 15.6 points per game on the year, scored 20 points at Auburn and added 22 at Virginia Tech, but the rest of the team has struggled mightily when it comes to putting the ball into the basket. The Seminoles will need another strong performance from Singleton and contributions from other scorers like Derwin Kitchen and Michael Snaer in order to topple the Wolfpack and pick up another conference win.

If the ’Noles can muster some points against the Wolfpack, they have to like their chances. With the top-ranked field goal percentage defense in the conference, FSU has been stout on that end of the floor all year long and has only struggled as a result of its offensive ineptitude. N.C. State has won five of their past six games heading into Saturday’s matchup with FSU, and head into Tallahassee with some momentum on their side. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m., and the game will be televised by FOX Sports Net.

“Boom” Herron, defensive end Solomon Thomas and offensive tackle Mike Adams for those games due to NCAA infractions. If the Bucks can get through that part of the schedule unscathed, expect them to be right there contending for the national championship as the season winds down. 5. Florida State In just his first year as head coach, Jimbo Fisher guided FSU to 10 wins for the first time since 2003. What will he have for an encore? Seminole fans will expect bigger things in 2011 with 17 starters returning and what will likely be a top-three recruiting class. The season could hinge on a matchup in September with Oklahoma in Tallahassee. 4. Boise State The 2010 season was proof that the “little guys”

of college football can play with the big boys. One of those “little guys” is Boise State, and it shouldn’t shock anyone if the Broncos wind up in New Orleans playing for the national championship next season. If they do, it will be because of the left arm of quarterback Kellen Moore, who returns for his senior season after carving up opposing defenses for 35 touchdowns against only six interceptions in 2010. 3. Alabama So the Tide lose their starting quarterback (Greg McElroy), sure first-round draft picks at wide receiver (Julio Jones) and defensive end (Marcel Dareus) and a Heisman winner (Mark Ingram). Big deal. The Tide still bring back the incredible Trent Richardson at running back and nine starters on defense. As long as Nick

Saban is on the sidelines in Tuscaloosa, Bama will always be a team in championship contention. 2. LSU Les Miles made a wise decision to stay put in Baton Rouge after flirting with the idea of leaving to coach his alma mater, Michigan. Why? Because the Tigers will be loaded in 2011 with 18 starters returning from a 10-win team this past season. One of those starters is quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who played great down the stretch after having a rocky first half of the season. Much like Florida State, LSU’s championship dreams could be heightened or dashed early in the season with a big nonconference showdown against Oregon in Arlington, Texas. 1. Oklahoma

The Sooners likely would have been my No. 1 team even if wide receiver Ryan Broyles didn’t opt to return for his senior year. The fact that he did just made it all the easier. Quarterback Landry Jones will also be back after having a superb sophomore season, so expect to hear “Jones to Broyles” quite often on SportsCenter this fall. One challenge Oklahoma will face in 2011 will be replacing all-everything running back DeMarco Murray, but the Sooners have had a knack for reloading talent under head coach Bob Stoops. Two huge obstacles on the Sooners’ path to a potential national title will be road games against aforementioned Florida State and in-state rival Oklahoma State, who was the first runner-up of this top-10 list.

PROJECTION from 10 of confidence heading into the offseason. Along with returning its entire offensive line, the Aggies will also bring back nine starters on defense, making Texas A&M a force to be reckoned with in the revamped Big XII. 8. South Carolina Much like Texas A&M, not many expected South Carolina to have the year they did in 2010. The Gamecocks won nine games and played in their first-ever SEC Championship Game, and they should be favored to go back to the title game with what should be the SEC’s most explosive offense in 2011 featuring quarterback Stephen Garcia, running back Marcus Lattimore and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. 7. Oregon A couple analysts, such as ESPN’s Robert Smith and Mark Schlabach, have

the Ducks in the top five in their respective early-2011 rankings, but I’m not sure why. Oregon loses six starters on what may have been the most underrated defense in the nation, as well as the reliable Jeff Maehl at wide receiver and three offensive linemen. Head coach/offensive guru Chip Kelly, however, should still put plenty of points on the board with both his creativity and the returns of quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James, who was a Heisman finalist in 2010. 6. Ohio State There’s no doubt the Buckeyes’ success in 2011 will be made or broken the first five weeks of the season. Ohio State will be without five starters in quarterback Terrelle Pryor, wide receiver DeVier Posey, running back Dan

LIMITS from 10 hold their opponents to a comparable 58 points per game. Unlike Florida State, however, Duke has struggled at times on the offensive end. Duke averages 69 points per game to Florida State’s 72, but only has two players averaging in double figure points, Jasmine Thomas and Karima Christmas. On the other hand, the Seminoles lead a balanced attack into Friday’s matchup, with four players averaging double figure scoring: Cierra Bravard, Courtney Ward, Alexa Deluzio, and Natasha Howard. The ’Noles offense often relies on the size and expertise of frontcourt players Natasha Howard and Cierra Bravard, but Bravard and Howard will face a tough test in the size of Duke’s Krystal Thomas and Christmas. Bravard and Howard have averaged a combined 25 points per game, but will have to stay out of foul trouble, or the 6-foot-5 Thomas will wreak havoc on the boards and control the paint. Both duos average around 13 rebounds per game, controlling the painted area and setting the pace for the game. The Blue Devils’ Jasmine Thomas averages over 15

points per game, and will likely face Florida State’s defensive stalwart Christian Hunnicutt. While Hunnicutt’s stats don’t jump off the page—4.6 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game—the rangy guard has shut down team after team’s leading scorer including the likes of Missouri’s RaeShara Brown, who was held to just 10 points in Florida State’s 7443 win earlier this season. While the matchup appears relatively equal on both sides of the court, Duke possesses an intangible that can only be earned over time: experience. Duke’s trio of Christmas, Krystal Thomas and Jasmine Thomas are all seniors. The Seminoles possess one of the youngest teams in the country and young players like Natasha Howard must protect the ball if the ’Noles want to turn around their fortunes against the Devils. Duke is 13-2 against Florida State in the last 15 contests between the two teams, including a 30-point thrashing in last year’s 7343 rout of the Seminoles. But Florida State has tasted recent success, defeating Duke two years ago 82-75 in Tallahassee. The game will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan 14.

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Freshman Natasha Howard and the Seminoles will look to defend their home court in a big conference test against the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils at the Tucker Center on Friday.

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for that season. After leaving for San Diego State in 2009, Hoke led the Aztecs to their first winning record and bowl berth since 1998 and was named Mountain West Conference coach of the year this past season. Hoke and the Aztecs defeated the Navy Midshipmen 35-14 in the Poinsettia Bowl in December.

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Brady Hoke was hired as the new head coach at Michigan.

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Michigan hires former assistant Hoke as new head coach After a national coaching search, the Maize and Blue have found their man in former assistant coach Brady Hoke. The winningest program in college football history announced Hoke as their selection on Tuesday after current LSU head coach and Michigan alum was rumored to have been spoken to about the job. Former Stanford head coach and former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh was also rumored to have been contacted about the vacancy after Michigan fired Rich Rodriguez after the conclusion of the 2010 season. “The job was never offered to them,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said of the rumors about Miles and Harbaugh. “We did have different discussions with them that were helpful and positive.” Although it wasn’t the

most Hollywood of hires, Michigan is confident that Hoke can turn around a Michigan program that hasn’t quite lived up to its winning tradition in recent years. “Brady Hoke understands Michigan and he wanted this job because it has been his dream job,” Brandon said. “We won’t have to teach him the words to ‘The Victors’ and I believe our players will respond to him because I got 100 percent positive feedback from anybody who played for him here or since he left Michigan.” After graduating from Ball State in 1982, Hoke was employed as an assistant at various programs throughout the country before coming to Michigan in 1995. Hoke served as the defensive line coach under Lloyd Carr from 1995 to 2002, which included a national championship year for the Wolverines in 1997. “Brady Hoke is a great choice for Michigan,” said Carr. Leaving to return to his alma mater, Hoke had several losing seasons before leading the Cardinals to a 12-1 record in 2008, a performance that earned him Mid-American Conference coach of the year honors

Late in Tuesday’s contest against Wisconsin, it seemed that the Michigan State Spartans were doomed for another lackluster performance. Down nine with not a lot of time left in the clock, it appeared the Spartans (11-5, 3-1 Big Ten) had dropped the ball again. But senior guard Kalin Lucas had enough of the slumped shoulders, poor shot selections, and no hustle on defense. “The guys had their heads down,” Lucas said. “I said, ‘Hey, there’s a lot of time left. We’re going to win this game! We just have to get stops.” Lucas and the Spartans went on a 9-0 nothing run to end regulation and force overtime, and then held off Wisconsin (12-4, 2-2) in overtime to knock off the higher-ranked Badgers, 64-61. “We talk about having a character check,” Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said. “I’ve never seen a bunch of guys get knocked down more times than we got knocked down, and in every huddle, they still thought they could win.” Lucas finished with 17 points but the heavy lifting for the Spartans came from Draymond Green

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who finished with a career-high 26 points, including Michigan State’s first eight points of overtime. Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin’s leading scorer with 21 points, missed a desperation shot at the end of overtime to seal the victory for Michigan State. “We fell apart,” Taylor said. “They turned us over and did a good job of pressuring us.” Mistakes by the Badgers allowed the Spartans to hang around. In their first three conference games, Wisconsin only turned the ball over 13 times. Against Michigan State on Tuesday, they turned the ball over 11 times. “A couple turnovers there that are uncharacteristic for us,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. “But in the heat of the battle, they happen.” The win for the Spartans is a potential season changer. After starting the season ranked in the top 10, the Spartans have had a slow and frustrating fall from grace that saw their ranking dip to No. 24 at the start of the week. “This was important, very important,” Green said. “A loss could’ve changed our whole season.”

five rebounds and six assists. After Boston College led by as many as 11 in the first half, the two teams traded the lead early in the second half. Trailing with 4:17 in the second half 60-57, the Eagles hit three straight three-point attempts, two by senior Biko Paris and one by Corey Raji to break the tie and go up, and three free throws by Jackson cemented a 12-0 run by Bos-

ton College, putting the Eagles up for good. In the final moments, Boston College went on an 18-6 run to finish the game. The Wolfpack (11-5, 1-1) were led in scoring by Tracy Smith who finished with 18 points. North Carolina State moves on to play Florida State on Saturday and Boston College’s next contest is against Miami on Saturday as well. —Compiled by Nick Sellers

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The pair of red flags with black squares flapping in the fall wind over the Al Dunlap Practice Field declared something Florida State fans have been looking forward to since Sept. 7, 2009: It’s finally Miami week again. Fans of the game often point to Florida as FSU’s biggest rival when, in fact, the rivalry with Miami has been longer-running and has produced some of the more painful losses and triumphant victories for the Seminoles. Florida State (4-1, 2-0 ACC) and Miami have been playing since 1951 and on an annual basis since 1972. Miami owns a 31-23 advantage in the series and has won eight of the 11 matchups since the start of the new millennium, including a 2004 victory in the FedEx Or-

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comes into the game in quite the offensive rhythm. The now veritable three-headed monster of Jermaine Thomas, Chris Thompson and Ty Jones in the backfield have the Seminoles averaging 208.6 rushing yards a game, good for 26th in the nation. “Obviously we want to keep establishing the passing game, and develop it,” quarterback Christian Ponder said. “But right now, the running game’s working and we’ll try to take advantage of it.” The ’Noles will be facing a Miami defense that is first in the nation in tackles for loss and second only to Florida State in sacks. A key matchup will be the experience of the Seminole offensive line (with or without starting left tackle Andrew Datko) against an SEE COLLIDE 11

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Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s with The Lonely Forest—Tuesday, Oct. 5, doors 8:30 p.m., show 9:30 p.m. at Club Downunder. Admission: free for FSU students with valid FSUID, $12 for general public Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s is a folksy chamber pop ensemble from Indianapolis, Ind., known for their multidimensional and sometimes bittersweet sound. In 2004, singer/songwriter Richard Edwards and guitarist Andy Fry (of Archer Avenue and The Academy, respectively) joined forces to establish the band along with six other members. Together, they released their debut album, The Dust of Retreat, in 2006 with Standard Recording Company and split their sophomore album as Animal! and Not Animal with Epic Records in 2007. After making some changes to the lineup and leaving Epic Records, the newly minted six-piece released their third full-length, Buzzard, via their own label, Mariel Recordings, on

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notorious, charismatic, slightly crazy Napster creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake)— and against the advice of Saverin—Zuckerberg and a crack team of heavy-drinking programmers expand and develop a site that would, at a pace that would have been unbelievable if it hadn’t have happened only a few years ago, gain millions upon millions of users. Flash-forward a few years, as the film does sporadically, and the Winklevoss twins and Saverin are both taking Zuckerberg to court in high-profile lawsuits, which would both famously end with unfathomably gigantic out-of-court cash settlements. The Social Network, then, isn’t so much the story of Fa-

cebook, a cultural unavoidability that, yes, I’m currently logged into, so much as it is a story of how, in trying to create a unified social interconnectedness, someone ends up destroying his relationships with anyone who’s ever actually bothered to talk to him. Eisenberg is an absolute perfect choice for Zuckerberg: Eisenberg can play insufferable a**hole all he wants, but can also play it with enough awkward compassion and puppy-dog innocence that he can keep us sympathizing, somehow, every step of the way—with another actor, I’m afraid most would walk out of theaters saying, “Well, great, we just SEE NETWORK 6

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CAMERON GAUTHIER Staff Writer In the United States, the fight between the left and right can be disheartening, especially to those stuck in the middle or those who, for the most part, exclude themselves from politics. In the current phase of the political game, people look to their politicians for information, for what is right and wrong in accordance with their particu-

lar views and, as can be expected, politicians on both sides take advantage of this trust. The liberal news sources agree with and support the views of the liberal politicians and the conservative news sources agree with and support the views of the conservative politicians and, more or less, a very solid boundary is maintained along party lines. On a state level, it is perhaps easier to be “fair” to all of the voters, because many on both sides, due to similar economic situations and geographic proximity, will share some common, basic interests and needs. At this level, the whole political spectrum will be skewed to some degree. For example, a conservative from Massachusetts will likely

be relatively less conservative than a conservative from Wyoming and a liberal from Wyoming will likely be relatively less liberal than a liberal from Massachusetts. Because of this, at the state level, a Republican can maintain fairly high popularity in a “liberal” state and a Democrat can maintain popularity in a “conservative” state. On the national level, however, this type of situation is not possible. Voters on one side of the country are not only unaware of the differences in views and needs of voters on the other side of the country, but they are also largely unconcerned. Similarly, a representative who has grown up and is elected in a urban south Florida district isn’t

going to fully understand the needs and lifestyle of someone living in a rural Montana district and vice versa. This doesn’t mean either of them are wrong, but oftentimes, once these politicians arrive on the national stage, they assume everyone on the planet earth has the same ideas (or at least they should) and they cement it in their minds, as well as the minds of their constituents. At the national level, however, this is exactly what members of the House are supposed to do. Since there are only two possibilities on any vote, everyone in the country must be subjected to the desires and votes of the majority—even if some are firmly against it. We, as voters, often ar-

gue (in some unfortunate cases to the point of violence) and put down each other’s views. When both parties involved are very well informed on the topic they are debating, this is indescribably pointless, as no amount of words or yelling is going to change someone’s mind. There is, however, the case where someone is arguing for a side simply because they have been taught (by family or peers) that a particular view is the right one, even though they truly don’t understand the consequences or details of such a view. Sometimes the people who teach them this view don’t even understand it and it may be somewhat of a “tradition” in certain places. A

good example of this is that, in Arkansas, voters largely vote Democrat despite the very conservative tendencies of southern politics. This stems back to when the base of the Democratic Party was largely in the south before the Civil Rights Movement and the Republican Party’s use of the southern strategy lead to a geographical shift in the party bases. These geographical areas of party conformity are easily visible in heavily Democratic and heavily Republican elections when a few states will always lean one way despite overall national trends. In the end, it is a complicated system and a complicated game where nobody wins and nobody loses.

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byte HEATHER MCQUEEN Staff Writer In Tucson, Ariz., this past Saturday morning, a shooting rampage at a supermarket left 20 people wounded, including six fatalities and the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat of Arizona, who is still in critical condition after a gunshot wound to her head. Jared L. Loughner, the suspected shooter, has been charged with five federal counts, including attempted assassination of a member of Congress. The other victims included a federal judge, retirees and a nine-year-old girl. The massacre, though still in the early stages of investigation, is stirring up claims from all around—on the internet, via media outlets, as well as from both left-wingers and right-wingers, who are already pointing fingers about who or what may be responsible for whatever compelled the shooter to attack.

Letters to the Editor 14 trillion feet under I read that Speaker of the House John Boehner stated recently, “We’re digging ourselves out of a deep hole.” He was talking about the political situation the Republicans have been in. Also recently, President Obama stated, “We’ve got a big hole that we’re digging ourselves out of.” People may be complaining about not having any communication between the Republicans and Democrats, but clearly, on this issue, both are in agreement that there is at least one hole—maybe two—but it could be just the one. The response from both is a clear example of what is wrong

For one, it is seemingly an indication of the intensely hostile and volatile political climate that the U.S. political arena has become. The political rhetoric that permeates this arena is often angry, sometimes laced with conspiracy theories and extremist tendencies. Congress, too, has been

under public scrutiny as of late, with record low approval ratings and a saturation of supposed empty rhetoric. This attack, however, though there are no direct or clear answers as of yet, also raises awareness of two other underlying issues: the potential effects of accessibility to firearms

and under-acknowledged mental health disorders. But attacks on members of Congress, as well as any political figure, is nothing new in America, and even with these various factors being discussed as potential causes, correlation does not equal causation. In order to quell the already

hostile political climate, patience and civility must be employed throughout the investigation, with focus and thoughts on the victims, not on whom to blame. It is clear that sometimes, along with the freedoms available in the U.S., tragic consequences may occur all the same. Yet if

there is an upside to such a tragedy, perhaps an examination of the major underlying issues that this attack may have stemmed from will highlight some potentially overlooked risk factors and allow for a reassessment of the country’s current state of affairs, both politically and socially.

with the two parties. I was under the impression that, to get out of a hole, you had to climb out of it. Maybe if they make the hole big enough then everyone will fall in and then we really will be all in this together, unlike the way it is now, where poverty, job loss and foreclosures are being felt in nearly every corner of the country, but not so much in New York, Chicago and Boston—where most of the fraud and corruption is emanating from. Another solution might be to go on and keep digging the hole right through the center of the earth and out the other side. That way, all the American money that has been piling up in China will fall down the hole and back into the United States like a fountain. Do you think that will

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ready for battle. They are highly maneuverable moving platforms, and contrary to the defense secretary’s thinking, the long-range anti-ship missile systems of any foreign country probably do not have pinpoint accuracy at long distances to inflict damage on the carriers. Fixed long-range missile sites could be knocked out, if necessary, by a number of U.S. systems and by the conduct of special operations. At short ranges, enemy shipboard-based missiles would be subject to attack from our aircraft, surface warfare vessels and submarines. It is worthy to note the apparent value of aircraft carriers to China. It currently has four aircraft carriers under refurbishment, which it purchased from other countries. If Secretary Gates isn’t

going to rely on the carrier battle groups for close air support for our troops, then he will have to use land-based planes, which are typically located potentially far from the various hotspots in the world. The planes have to fly long distances to get to their targets and our fixed bases could be vulnerable to enemy air attacks and sabotage operations. As of the end of October, we had only three out of 11 carriers operational. Having two carriers in dry dock and six carriers in various stages of refurbishment, maintenance and recertification means we are not prepared to address potential conflicts around the globe. Three carrier battle groups would not be enough to counter a North Korean attack against South Korea. Furthermore, we need at least one or two

carrier battle groups to support operations in Afghanistan. It is estimated the six carriers in various stages of repair and maintenance could be made available for operations within 30 to 90 days, but this is unacceptable in terms of needed response times. We need to do a better job of having more of our carriers operational at any one time. Our security and the security of our allies are in jeopardy when eight of eleven carriers are laid up for repairs, maintenance and refurbishment. We probably need 15 carrier battle groups to cover our worldwide security commitments, and provide for downtime associated with in port maintenance activities.

—Alfred Brock, Wayne, Mich. Aircraft carriers unavailable This letter references numerous points in Steve Cohen’s article in Forbes on Oct. 25, 2010, entitled “Where Are The Carriers?,” which concerns the availability, value and number of U.S. aircraft carriers. As a former Navy enlisted man and Naval officer, I am concerned with our ability to deter, thwart and counter aggression in the world. Our carrier battle groups are formidable forces that can be forwardly deployed to remote and far-flung locations around the globe. Each carrier provides on the order of 70 aircraft

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