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Back to the drawing board ’Noles look to get back in win column on Homecoming against UNC Brett Jula Sports Editor
Three days after an embarrassing Sept. 26 loss at home to South Florida last season, Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett defended his starting front five for what seemed would have a difficult time coming together as a group in the coming future. “We’ll bounce back,” Trickett said. “I like what I saw.” Now, more than 11 months later, Trickett, in addition to his defendants, have done exactly that: bounced back. Once considered the worst offensive line in country, the Seminoles starting five, highlighted by preseason AllAmericans in right guard Rodney Hudson and left tackle Andrew Datko, have the opposition on their toes for what is expected to be an exciting year in Tallahassee in which
both Hudson and Datko look to keep Seminoles’ quarterback and Heisman hopeful Christian Ponder out of duress in 2010. “We just have to learn how to overcome adversity,” FSU starting center Ryan McMahon said after Tuesday’s practice. Adversity wasn’t all the Florida State offensive line overcame either. “It was good having him back,” McMahon said in reference to Datko returning to practice after an offseason shoulder injury. “His shoulder seemed to be doing pretty good.” “It’s huge getting that guy (Datko) back in there on calls and what’s going on,” head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “He makes a big difference. “I’m sure he was a little rusty today after he got going on it and making his calls. Let’s put
it this way: if you don’t notice a lineman, that’s a good thing. He seemed pretty good for the first time out there. “It (my shoulder) felt pretty good,” Datko said. “It was kind of frustrating standing on the sideline and not being able to contribute, so it felt really good being back out there. “This happened to me last year, and I missed a couple of practices. They (the coaches) just wanted me to be healed and I want to play in all 14 games this year, so I didn’t want to rush back and something happens where I am out for the whole season.” Fisher constantly spoke about the importance of mental reps, and Datko, a junior from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. said that he made sure to get plenty of those while on the sideline. “Getting that guy back in there, calls and what’s going on and continuity, it makes a
big difference,” Fisher said of having Datko back. “Huge. I mean huge.” While juggling injuries to Datko, David Spurlock and Blake Snider (who is now out officially for seven to eight weeks with a broken foot), Fisher has gotten to see many of his younger offensive linemen perform against the top defensive linemen. Redshirt freshmen Garrett Faircloth, Bryan Stork, and Henry Orelus have all received significant work with the first team. Fisher singled out Faircloth and Stork, who is currently getting most of the reps in Spurlock’s absence, for their play in the last scrimmage. “Stork and Faircloth both played well in the scrimmage,” Fisher said. “They have made some big strides.”
FSU Defense vs. UNC Offense Nick Sellers
Assistant Sports Editor When the Florida State defense takes on the Tar Heel offense on Saturday, they will be up against unit that is mediocre at best. The Tar Heels rank in either the middle or the bottom of the pack in almost every statistical category in the conference—10th in scoring offense, eighth in total offense, 10th in rushing offense and fourth in passing offense. If the ’Noles should have any concern for the Tar Heel offense, it should be for senior quarterback T. J. Yates. Yates
has done as well as one could expect him to in the light of the suspensions and injuries that UNC has suffered. North Carolina lost their top receiver going into the season in Greg Little due to NCAA infractions that have him listed as “permanently ineligible.” To compound Yates’ problems, he lost the Tar Heels’ then leading receiver, tight end Zack Pianalto, two weeks ago to a season-ending injury. Yet, Yates has prevailed, throwing for 1,873 yards, 12 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Yates is third in the conference in passing yards, averaging 234.1 yards per game and second in over-
all passing efficiency. If there’s a wild card on the depleted Tar Heel offense, it’s Yates. That being said, the Seminole defense should have no problem containing North Carolina. The ’Noles are still leading the country in sacks with 33 on the year and the only two hiccups this year have come against an offense with a lot of weapons (Oklahoma) and an offense with one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the country (Russell Wilson of N.C. State). There are no words to describe how vastly improved this unit has become this season under the tutelage of Mark Stoops. My stomach doesn’t
somersault every time an opposing quarterback throws a ball deep because this year, I actually have confidence that a guy like Xavier Rhodes is going to be in the right place at the right time to swat the ball down, or the situation may not even occur because Brandon Jenkins or Markus White is already sitting on that quarterback’s chest. The size and strength of the Seminole defense is going to be too much for a Tar Heel offense that has been crippled by suspensions and injuries. Look the defense to get back on track Saturday and put forth another stout effort.
FSU Offense vs. UNC Defense Al Buzzelli
Senior Staff Writer As difficult of a loss as it was for Florida State last Thursday night against N.C. State, it was equally as difficult for the Seminoles’ coaching staff to have a first-hand viewing of the seven offensive penalties their players committed. And that is what FSU will have to focus on correcting this week against North Carolina if they want to keep pace in the ACC’s Atlantic Division. “A lot of the mistakes in that football game came from us,”
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Some of it may have been anxiety. We got to stay poised and relaxed in those situations.” Both the Tar Heels and Seminoles have been strong on the defensive side of the ball this season—FSU has the 15th-ranked scoring defense in the nation, while UNC is 38th—but where the ’Noles have the advantage will be on the offensive side of the ball, where they boast the 20th-best rushing offense in the country (207.4 yards per game). The balanced ground at-
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tack of Chris Thompson (485 yards), Jermaine Thomas (446) and Ty Jones (426) allows Fisher to keep his offense running on all cylinders without having to worry about overworking any one specific player, and with quarterback Christian Ponder suffering from a nagging elbow injury on his throwing arm, perhaps Fisher will focus more on the potency of his ground game. Since FSU’s 47-17 blowout loss on the road to Oklahoma, Fisher has evidently embraced that run-first, pass-later technique. Of the 526 offensive
plays the Seminoles have run from scrimmage so far this season, 55 percent of those have been running plays, and since the Oklahoma game, that percentage has jumped to 58 percent. With the Tar Heels allowing over 150 yards per game on the ground, look for Fisher to exploit that trend on offense. It will have a two-pronged effect. One, it will undoubtedly tire out the UNC defensive line by the time the fourth quarter arrives, and two, it will take more pressure off Ponder.
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Students cast their ballots FSU votes during midterm elections on Nov. 2
State Senator, District 6 Bill Montford, Democrat (66.97%) John Shaw, Republican (29.88%) State Representative, District 7 Marti Coley, Republican (74.30%) David B. Pleat, Democrat (25.70%) State Representative, District 9 Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Democrat (58.67%) Kirk Headley-Perdue, Republican (41.33%) Supreme Court Justice Justices Charles T. Canady, Jorge Labarga, James E. C. Perry & Ricky L. Polston all retained in Office District Court of Appeals Judges Nikki Ann Clark, Paul M. Hawkes, Charles J. Kahn, Jr., Phil Padovano, Lori S. Rowe, Kent Wetherell & Jim Wolf all retained in Office
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On Tuesday, Nov. 2, Florida State University students took a few minutes out of their daily schedules to exercise their right to vote. Leon County contains numerous voting precincts, including one on FSU’s campus in Salley Hall. FSU juniors Tanica Mann and Faraja Keyes voted together on Tuesday afternoon in Salley Hall. “Even if the situation doesn’t affect you now, it will in a few years,” Mann said. “I vote for the candidates whose values are closest to mine.” Keyes, who worked closely with Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek during his campaign, said that she believed the student vote would make a big impact in the election. “We have the choice to make things change,” Keyes said. Prior to the election, partisan political ads had the potential to make voting choices difficult for students. FSU senior Alexis Sears came to her decision by researching the candidates and their policies. FSU political science major Steven Vandercook said he wanted to vote despite the fact that many of his friends are not as passionate as he is. “There’s a lack of knowledge on the part of many FSU students about the importance of being registered,” Vandercook said. “It’s important to vote, regardless of who you vote for.”
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FSU students came out to vote at the Salley Hall voting precinct.
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FSU student seeks release from contract After sister’s death, student asks for lease termination Ana Rebecca Rodriguez
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On Thursday, Oct. 7, Florida State University student Ryan C. Joseph returned to his home at Tanglewood Apartments on Pullen Road and found his sister, 21-year-old Jennifer Lauren Joseph, deceased inside the apartment. According to Joseph, some-
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Right: Erin Gowen gives blood during the drive held in the Florida State University Ogelsby Union on Nov. 2.
Over 100 students donate to help benefit blood drive Michael Sampson Contributing Writer
The Southeastern Blood Alliance donation van was onsite at Florida State University’s campus this past Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, recruiting FSU students and faculty to give blood for their cause. In total, over 100 FSU students donated blood.
One of the donors, FSU freshman Ryan Mazon, explained that helping others was important to him. “I always thought it was a good cause,” Mazon said. “It’s a cool thing to know you’re helping others by giving them a part of yourself.” Another student donor, mechanical engineering major Katie Fiebel, said
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fused every year in the U.S. The average patient who receives a transfusion acquires approximately four units of blood. It is estimated that 85 percent of Americans will need a transfusion by the time they reach age 75, making the need for more donors a priority for all blood banks. “There is always a huge
need,” donor specialist Bryant Brown said. “Blood supply only lasts 42 days, so there is always a constant need for donors.” The Southeastern Blood Alliance is on campus every Wednesday at Oglesby Union from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on donating blood, visit www. scbcdonor.org.
Contract from 1 Joseph said his sister did not appear well and suggested she stop. At one point, Joseph said, his sister passed out. According to Joseph, Jennifer had a troubled past. She had attempted suicide about three months before her death, and still continued to use intravenous drugs with her boyfriend. Joseph said he allowed her to move in with him in hopes that she would stop seeing her boyfriend and perhaps sober up. Instead, said Joseph, the relationship continued. Joseph’s sister was not technically on the lease at the apartment at the time of her death. She had been at one point, Joseph said, but had moved out when she began dating her boyfriend and came off the lease. When she moved back in with Joseph, the lease was under his name. At approximately 9 a.m. that morning, Joseph said he headed to the FSU campus and waited for his 11 a.m. class to begin. After his class, Joseph said he decided to skip his two other classes for the day and headed home. When he arrived, he noticed that the boyfriend’s bags were gone, and although he found his disappearance strange, he turned his attention toward his sister. “I tried to wake her up because I wanted some candy that she had,” Joseph said. “She didn’t wake up and I thought that she was just passed out like usual. I listened to her breathing. I thought I heard her breathing and I wasn’t expecting anything, so I took a nap.” According to Joseph, he woke up when one of Jennifer’s friends called him and asked him to wake her up. When he tried to wake his sister up this time, Joseph said he realized she
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was dead. He called the police, who began an immediate investigation concerning her death. Since Jennifer’s boyfriend was allegedly the last person to see her alive, Joseph said that the police focused on her boyfriend’s involvement in her death, especially after neighbors allegedly witnessed her boyfriend pacing back and forth in front of the apartment. The investigation is still ongoing. Joseph, a senior at FSU who had planned to graduate in December, said that he temporarily withdrew from the University because of the circumstances. Although Joseph is back in Miami with the rest of his family, he is still legally bound to his contract with Tanglewood Apartments. Joseph said that he would like to be released from the contract and believes that he should not be required to pay the remaining months’ rent, due to his mental and emotional state. “Legally, they are allowed to do that,” Joseph said, “but I just feel outraged because it’s detrimental to my mental health; I can’t be in that apartment. I won’t step foot in there.” According to Joseph, when he spoke to the management team at Tanglewood Apartments, they informed him that he could not legally terminate the lease and would be re-
quired to pay the remaining rent. The only way to refrain from paying the remaining debt, they allegedly explained to him, would be to sublease the apartment. In a written statement concerning the matter, the management team at Tanglewood Apartments said that they are aware of the situation involving Joseph and his sister and are still waiting to resolve the ongoing situation. “I understand that this is a very difficult time for them,” the statement read. “I have not wanted to intrude upon their privacy but have been waiting follow up contact from them.” The statement went on to ask that Joseph and his family contact the management team and said they are willing to further assist the family in resolving the situation. According to Joseph, he plans on returning to FSU in the fall semester, at which time he hopes to graduate. He said he is not willing to transfer to a school down in Miami because his loyalty remains with FSU. According to Joseph, it was where he was educated, and he wants to make sure his diploma states that. If he is obligated to pay the remaining rent, however, Joseph said his return to Tallahassee could be in jeopardy
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The view of Tanglewood Apartments located off Old Bainbridge. pending his financial situation. “If they insist on me paying them, I don’t know if I can pay them,” Joseph said. “I won’t have any money to get an apartment up there, or my credit will be bad if I don’t pay them. It’s my education at hand.”
In the meantime, Joseph said that he is seeing a grief counselor in Miami to help him overcome his loss. “I have those images in my mind all the time.” Joseph said. “It’s my baby sister. We were really close. I’m devastated. I loved her more than anything.”
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Students gather at the Union Green on Wednesday, Nov. 3, to participate in the Seminole Festival and Pep Rally.
Homecoming week festivities continue with campus carnival Students gather to celebrate school tradition Ana Rebecca Rodriguez
Assistant News Editor As part of the annual Homecoming celebrations, Florida State University kicked off Homecoming week on Oct. 30 with the Torch Pursuit and Service day, followed by the Warchant concert on Halloween featuring Ludacris. On Wednesday, Nov. 3, the Homecoming Executive Council held the Seminole Festival and
Pep Rally from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Union Green. At the event, which featured a carnival-like atmosphere, students had the opportunity to enjoy carnival food, games and live entertainment. Games included Cornhole, sumo wrestling, activities involving water balloons and an assortment of different carnival rides. “I had a lot of fun at the event,” FSU student Christian Smith said. “It was a great way to get students
out and celebrate Homecoming.” Different student organizations set up booths at the event and featured their own games in conjunction with those provided by the Homecoming Executive Council. The Southeastern Community Blood Center was also present at the Festival and Pep Rally. Wednesday marked the last day the Blood Center accepted donations, as part of their weekly Wednesday pres-
ence on the Union Green for the month leading up to Homecoming Week. Homecoming court nominees were also present at the event, reminding those in attendance to participate in the voting process that closed at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. Homecoming week will continue on Friday, Nov. 5, at the Pow Wow pep rally with featured comedian John Oliver before the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Nov. 6.
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It’s not [just] about a campus organization. We want to unite everyone with ideas about clean energy. Erica King, Head of FSU Repower Florida
Event reveals oil company ad ‘tricks,’ ‘cheats’ FSU, FAMU students join to ‘unmask’ oil practices
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Left: On Oct. 27, Repower Florida held an event to discuss the deceiving tricks oil companies play. Top left: Thomas Salah takes a break from the FSU wakeboarding club meeting to vote on which oil company is the worst polluter. Top middle: Erica King describes how the voting system works to Mary Catherine Margaret and Ingham D’amtighac. Top right: Tim Lamhn takes a moment to vote on which oil company is the worst polluter.
Florida State University and Florida A&M University students gathered Wednesday, Oct,. 27, at Paddy’s Campus Beach Bar to discuss the influx of new, outside advertising spending on behalf of the oil industry, as well as other environmental issues on a local and campus level. The Halloweenthemed event, titled “Trick or Cheat,” began with a forum at 6:30 p.m., followed by an 8 p.m. reception hosted by Repower Florida for student environmental leaders from FSU and FAMU. “We are trying to build a student network that’s
unique to each of our five campuses,” said Britten Cleveland, director of Repower Florida in St. Petersburg. Organizers said they also hoped the event would encourage students to join together in the effort to promote clean and efficient energy. “It’s not [just] about a campus organization,” said Erica King, head of FSU Repower Florida. “We want to unite everyone with ideas about clean energy.” At the event, students had the opportunity to vote for the Snake Oil Awards—the awards for the year’s worst polluters. “The oil companies are not looking for the betterment of society, just for profit,” King said. King said her goal for the organization was to help build “a united student base interested in clean energy.”
Florida State sustains conservation setback University chooses not to participate in popular report, finds other outlets Kendal Kalish Staff Writer
Florida State University received a grade of “C” on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, a report generated by Greenreportcard.com that graded 322 U.S. colleges and universities and eight Canadian provinces by assessing each institution in nine categories such as Green Building and Student Involvement. Elizabeth Swiman, the new director of sustainability at FSU, said the grade is not a suitable representation of FSU’s effort
toward energy conservation. FSU chose not to participate in the report this year because they opted to invest their resources into a different reporting tool, the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Therefore, the Green Report Card assessed FSU based solely on information they evaluated online. “One of the problems with the College Sustainability Report Card is its quick turnaround rate,” Swiman said. “Since the report is released every year, it doesn’t give univer-
NEWSBRIEFS World Mom in Spain happy that her 10-year-old gave birth MADRID (AP)—A Romanian Gypsy woman whose 10-year-old daughter just gave birth in Spain says she’s delighted to have a new granddaughter. And she says she doesn’t understand why the birth has shocked anyone—let alone caused an international sensation. Spanish authorities have released few details about the case to protect the girl’s privacy. But her mother told reporters Wednesday that the baby’s father is a 13-year-old boy who is still in Romania. The mother has identified herself only as Olimpia. She and her daughter are Romanian Gypsies, and the mother says it is their custom to allow girls to marry young even though that’s against the law in Romania.
Nation Oregon voters reject first non-tribal casino PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Oregon voters approved a potentially costly proposal to create mandatory minimum sentences for repeat drunken drivers and serious sex
offenders, while turning down a proposal to build a casino near Portland. The sentencing measure’s main backer—Salem lawyer and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix— says it is worth any cost to
sities much time to make changes and implement new programs for the next data collection.” Sandy Simmons, junior and student coordinator for FSU’s Eco Reps—a group of students who work to educate peers on sustainable college living—said the placement of Swiman in the recently created position of FSU director of sustainability shows progress. “At FSU’s last home football game against BCU, the Garnet and Gold Goes Green program collected over four tons of recyclables,” Simmons
said. “We’ve been pushing for a director for a long time now, and that has finally become a reality. It’s all a huge step in the right direction.” The report card identified 52 colleges and universities as Overall College Sustainability Leaders for receiving a grade of “A-minus” or higher. The report revealed a substantial increase in energy conservation on college campuses, verifying that more schools are making the connection between sustainability and saving campus dollars. Compared to zero
schools in 2006, 75 percent of Green Report Card schools now have tray-less dining. 95 percent of schools now have sustainability committees, compared to 40 percent in 2006, and 79 percent have installed green building policies compared to only 22 percent in 2006. “Colleges and universities, as leaders of innovation in our society, have the potential to demonstrate sustainable principles in their campus operations and endowment policies,” Director of Communications for Sustainable Endowments
Institute Susan Paykin said. “Their examples can provide a road map for others to follow.” Most schools completed a survey for the Report Card, resulting in more than 1,100 full survey responses. This level of cooperation with the College Sustainability Report Card reflects the highest response rate, by far, of any college sustainability ranking or rating. For the first time, seven schools achieved the highest cumulative grade of “A,” which includes Brown University, Yale University and University of WisconsinMadison.
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Florida not-for-profit. Pingree, who started with the county in January 2007, presented his resignation letter to the County Commission at its meeting late Monday.
bio capped his dramatic rise with an easy win Tuesday over Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek in the race for Florida’s open Senate seat, keeping it with the GOP.
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Contributing Writer It would be hard to argue that Superman isn’t iconic. Between various comic books, radio and television shows and movies, Superman’s story has been well-trod, including the story of his origin. Unless you’re a shut-in, you know Superman is a god-like alien from a dead planet, later raised with small-town values and an unwavering moral compass. This basic story has been told, retold, mentioned and mined for material numerous times— each with varying degrees of success. The latest attempt at recasting the Man of Steel’s origin is DC Comic’s Superman: Earth One, which hit stands last week. Written by J. Michael Straczynski and drawn by Shane Davis, the hardcover book is a modern take on when Clark Kent first put on his blue tights and red cape. The basic premise of this latest origin revolves around 20-yearold Kent leaving his home for Metropolis. Unsure of what he wants, the hyperintelligent and physically gifted Kent wanders from one potentially high-paying job to another. Along the way, readers are introduced to mainstays such as muckraker Lois Lane and a particularly grating take on photographer Jimmy Olsen. In the middle of this soul-searching, an alien race attacks earth, forcing Kent to choose between keeping his powers secret, and thus maintain a life of acceptance and normalcy, or start cracking skulls and risk being feared and set apart from those around him. Overall, it’s a solid effort that looks much better than it reads. Nevertheless, this isn’t a case of style over substance; it’s a classic trap that comes with writing a Superman story. Because Superman was raised in small-town America, cheesiness has always surrounded the character—after all, there is a reason he is referred to as the “Big Blue Boy Scout.” These character traits can be shown to be incredibly strong. At the same time, however, a story about a man raised on clichés has the ability to turn into one itself. This is the main problem with Superman: Earth One. Sprinkled throughout the book are examples of a young man struggling for an identity but also more cheese than the dairy section at your local grocery store. For the most part, these saccharine moments are regulated to the Man of Steel’s father pontificating and uber-cheese ball Olsen willing to risk “anything” for the perfect photo. A particularly trite part of the book has the villain reveal his master plan, only to say it was a distraction. Sorry, folks, but pulling the stereotypical bad-guy monologue, in see earth 7
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FSU students gather at Langford Green for Warchant on Sunday, Oct. 31, to see performances by famed musicians Ludacris and Wale.
Assistant Arts & Life Editor As part of FSU’s Homecoming, Warchant
is an annual event that features well-known musical acts. This year, on the night of Halloween, famed rapper and actor Ludacris took the stage at Langford Green while special guest Wale opened the show. Hailing from Washington, D.C., Wale is known for his mixtape releases, his latest being Back to the
Feature, which preceded his November 2009 album release, Attention Deficit. With four No. 1 records under his belt and countless hits, Ludacris is a rap industry staple. His illustrious career has ranged from recognizable hits on albums like The Red Light District and his most recent, Ludav-
ersal. Beyond his musical talents, Ludacris has made quite a few movie cameos in films such as Crash, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Max Payne. In addition to his rap and cinematic ventures, Ludacris has recently started his own alcoholic beverage company. He is creating his own signature brand of Cognac
called “Conjure.” Before his on-campus concert, Ludacris was signing bottles of his Cognac at Seminole Liquors and Half Time Liquors. The concert was free and open to the public, with canned goods being collected for various food banks around town, including Second Harvest.
Bear Hands roars into town Brooklyn’s rising rockers to play The Engine Room on Nov. 8 Renee Rodriguez
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Bear Hands has opened for MGMT, The xx and Vampire Weekend, to name a few.
Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., by way of Connecticut, Bear Hands is a post-punk/ indie rock quartet consisting of Dylan Rau (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), Ted Feldman (guitar, percussion), Val Loper (bass, percussion) and TJ Orscher (drums, vocals). Currently on tour to support their
full-length debut, Burning Bush Supper Club, Bear Hands will take the stage at The Engine Room on Monday, Nov. 8. The foursome are no strangers to the road, having recently played at New York’s annual CMJ (College Music Journal) Marathon last month, and having opened for bands such as MGMT (fellow Wesleyan alumni), Vampire Weekend, The xx as well as Passion Pit, with whom they toured in Europe. Bear Hands recently released Burning Bush on Tuesday, Nov. 2, three years after releasing their debut four-song see Hands 6
It’s good to be Uncle Kracker Alternative singer brings his mellow sounds to The Moon on Nov. 5 Michael Ferraro Staff Writer
It would seem that Uncle Kracker isn’t quite sure where he wants to be musically. If you were to look up his statistics, you would see that his music has been all over the place—he got his start on the hip-hop scene
before switching gears into the pop and country worlds. There seems to be no limit to the musical boundaries he is willing to cross. “I just like making songs I would listen to,” Uncle Kracker professed. Most notably, the artist has worked closely
with rock star Kid Rock, co-writing his tracks of “Cowboy,” “All Summer Long” and even the song the world can’t get enough of, “Bawitdaba.” Rock claims Kracker’s songwriting abilities and melodic sense “are too great a mix to mess with.” Where would Uncle
Kracker place himself in the music industry? Aside from co-writing songs, he has had enough success on his own. His first solo record, 2000’s Double Wide, which was entirely produced and co-written by Kid Rock, contained an immediate hit on the adult contemporary charts with “Fol-
low Me.” “When you write with Kid Rock, he’s very selective as to what we put to tape,” Kracker said. “He doesn’t like ‘good enough’; he only likes ‘great.’” With 2002’s No Stranger to Shame, Kracker attempted to go bigger see kracker 7
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Comedians converge on Pow Wow FSU welcomes renowned comedians John Oliver and Fred Armisen
Assistant Arts & Life Editor A popular component of FSU’s annual Homecoming is Pow Wow, an event that includes performances by an array of on-campus student organizations, in addition to the comedy show put on every year. The FSU Cheerleaders, Golden Girls, Flying High Circus and various others are regular performers. In the past, the Civic Center has played host to acts by the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Jim Gaffigan, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Silverman, Dave Attell and Dave Chapelle. This event has a rich history, beginning with the first pep rally held in 1948. In the past, Pow Wow was marked by its famed musical performances, such as 1969’s Stevie Wonder, 1975’s Stephen Stills, 1981’s the Beach Boys and 1983’s the Talking Heads. In 1989, however, the musical acts ceased and the event began hosting headliner comics instead. This year, FSU Student Government Association, Homecoming and the Pow
Wow Team have worked to bring an array of entertainment to Tallahassee. Original headliners slated were to be Aziz Ansari and Nick Swardson, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the plan never came into fruition. According to an article featured in the Tallahassee Democrat, Joan Rivers was being considered as a replacement to Ansari and Swardson, but she had a prior engagement in London on Nov. 5. Despite the original mixup, this year’s headliners will be comedians John Oliver and Fred Armisen. Oliver gained notoriety through his involvement as a writer and correspondent with Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In addition, Oliver also plays a character in the NBC show Community, as psychology professor Ian Duncan. Armisen is known for his work on Saturday Night Live and on films such as Anchorman and EuroTrip. Pow Wow will be held on Friday, Nov. 5, at the
Civic Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.ticketmaster. com or call 222-0400.
Homecoming Pow Wow When
Friday, Nov. 5, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Where
Leon-County Civic Center lineup
John Oliver, Fred Armisen Admission
Advanced $18 FSU Students, $28.75 General Public, Day of Show: $19 FSU Students, $30.75 General Public
John Oliver will share his comedy at the FSU Pow Wow on Friday, Nov. 5.
Bear Creek celebrates four years Bear Creek Music Festival features new bands, attracts new patrons
Grace Norberg Senior Staff Writer
The fourth annual Bear Creek Music Festival will feature more days of entertainment and more funk, blues, soul and jamband favorites than ever before. This year, the fun begins early—patrons can choose to buy tickets to the park as early as Wednesday and Thursday nights, while the usual weekend pass is from Friday to Sunday. Bear Creek will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, with funk-rock band Aquaphonics from Stuart. “When things get bigger, sometimes they lose their vibe,” director of Bear Creek Paul Levine said. “I don’t think that’s happened at Bear Creek.” The overall vibe of Bear Creek, then, is one of ac-
ceptance and hedonism, while the focus is on listening to diverse music, observing the arts and meeting new people. “I like the energy of the crowd; you feel like you know everybody there,” FSU sophomore Noelle Mandolfo said. “It’s a good place to chill and see cool musicians and artists and eat good food.” Everyone, from firsttime concertgoers to seasoned music festival patrons, can feel like a family at Bear Creek. “The fans are as much a part of the music festival as the bands or the staff or anything like that,” Levine said. “There’s a partnership between everybody. When everybody plays their roles the right way, you’re able to have a magical experience.” One of the new acts to
grace the six stages of Bear Creek is moe. Hard workers with a healthy appreciation for their fans, this jam band has been rocking out for 25 years and shows no signs of slowing down. Another newcomer is the Maceo Parker Band, whose frontman—Maceo Parker—and two of Bear Creek’s artists-at-large, Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis, formerly made up James Brown’s legendary horns, as part of the band that would shape funk music into what it is today. “Seeing those guys come on our stages and being able to share these living legends, probably with an awful lot of young people who really don’t quite grasp who they are, I think we’re going to help a new audience of musicloving fans get turned onto
line that’s been going on the whole time.” Rau credits this sound to his current influences, a mix of mainstream artists, ’60s icons and emerging underground sensations, which includes Drake, Bob Dylan, Born Ruffians and El Guincho, to name a few. As for how they develop their songs, Rau tends to be the principal songwriter and creates most of the songs on his own and then shares them with the band. “Sometimes we’ll collaborate together but it’s rare,” he said. “Usually I’ll make a little sketch of the song on my computer or maybe on an acoustic guitar and we’ll play it together when we’re in our practice space.” While Rau and Feldman met at Wesleyan University, Rau knew Loper and Orscher from playing in
punk bands as a teenager. After moving to Brooklyn, Rau became interested in forming a band, an early passion of his, versus pursuing his intended career in film. “I was interested in making movies for a little while, but it sounds too hard,” Rau said, laughing. “You have to collaborate with too many people. I thought it’d just be easier to start a band.” That he did—but not without having to convince the others first. “It took a little convincing, definitely,” Rau recalled. “I had recorded a couple of demos at my house by myself and they were also playing in other bands so it took a while until I could get them to commit and be monogamous with me.”
this incredible music that these guys were a part of a long time ago and still are,” Levine said. In addition to the aural artists, Bear Creek also features visual artists who will be creating their pieces throughout the concert for everyone to watch. Bear Creek seeks to exude positivity—both environmentally and socially—in the community. For the first time ever, there will be a full-on recycling program at the park called the Green Program. Bottles, cans and plastic will be recycled, and there will even be a compost program. The food that is vended will be served on compostable materials and go to a compost area. “That composting will then be used for beautification projects in the park
and such, growing vegetables, et cetera,” Levine said. “We’re also cutting our festival program to a one-page kind of informational, and that will cut down on quite a bit too.” As for helping the community, there will be a canned food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Suwannee Valley. Patrons who bring five or more cans will receive a commemorative poster designed by Ralph Steadman, the artist who famously illustrated many of Hunter S. Thompson’s books, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. To prepare for Bear Creek, camping gear can be rented from the Rez for around $10. For more information, visit www.bearcreekmusicfestival.com.
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moe., Umphrey’s McGee, Aquaphonics and many more Admission
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hands from 5 EP, Golden, in 2007. Since their debut EP, the band has managed to develop a definitive sound, which is evident on their new album. While the 11-track release stays true to their post-punk sound, it also features a healthy dose of relatively psychedelic tones and fuzzy electronic bits, which give the album a danceable feel. “We spent more time writing in the studio probably than like putting it together on electric guitars next to each other,” Rau said of the differences on this album compared to their first. “We’ve been using a couple of different instruments, using more synth work and some drum programming, et cetera, so that makes it sound a little different. Otherwise, I think there’s a cohesive
When they finally came together in 2006, it wasn’t long before they began recording their new material and playing for local crowds around New York and, in 2007, they released their debut EP that was quickly met with critical acclaim from publications
such as Spin Magazine and NME, among others. Joining Bear Hands will be Tallahassee’s Holiday Shores, a band steadily on the rise, landing coverage on the sure-to-get-you-
famous Pitchfork and also making stops at CMJ and SXSW, along with fellow local band, Oh! Geography. For more information, visit myspace.com/bearhandsband.
IF You go When
Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. Where
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Bear Hands, Holiday Shores, Oh! Geography Admission
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
opera November 7pm November 4,4, 5, 5, 6, 6 atat 7:30pm November 7 at at 2pm 2pm November 7 Pre-opera lectures one hour prior to curtain in Wescott #060.
Bear Hands recently released their full-length, ‘Burning Bush Supper Club,’ on Tuesday, Nov. 2, via Cantora Records.
Call 645-7949 or Log onto www.music.fsu.edu
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any circumstance, is lazy writing. Period. As far as Supermanâ€™s origin stories go, Straczynski hits on all the main points. He explains where Superman came from, his costume, and why a man who could do anything slugs away as an underpaid journalist. The downside of this story is that Straczynski erred in setting it against the backdrop of an alien invasion. The scale of it seems wrong. Supermanâ€™s first appearance in 1938 had him saving an innocent woman from the death penalty. This seems more fitting, as it sets the tone
of a god-like person intervening in maleficent human affairs. Itâ€™s more interesting when an alien is more human than those he is routing. There is also something to say about the scope of an origin story that begins with the hero mostly saving the world. There arenâ€™t a lot of things grander than this. Perhaps Straczynski wants to showcase Superman as the worldâ€™s superhero and not just Metropolisâ€™ own crusader. Or, maybe, the scribe wants someone who could take a few punches. The presence of uncertainty is answer
enough. Another critique, and perhaps less noteworthy, is the title. Superman: Earth One is a reference to DC Comicsâ€™ multiverse and various alternative universes parallel, noncanonical characters inhabit. The title is a way to keep fanboys from pulling their hair out worrying when and where a given story takes place. That said, the title seems confusing for anyone not intimately aware of what it references. This is unfortunate, as an origin story should have the ability to draw in new readership.
and even covered Dobie Grayâ€™s 1973 single â€œDrift Awayâ€? (complete with guest vocals by Gray). â€œI think the fact that Dobie did the song with me is a huge part of why that song works,â€? Kracker confirmed. â€œI got really lucky with that.â€? He also sought out the group who sang backup for many of Elvis Presleyâ€™s songs, The Jordaniares. â€œIâ€™ve never see anyone sing like them guys,â€? he said fondly. â€œI just kept thinking that these guys sang for Elvis.â€? His latest record, 2008â€™s Happy Hour, was
produced by music giant Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock and My Chemical Romance). â€œWhen you go up with someone like him, I found myself writing a lot of songs and just recording the ones he wanted to record,â€? Kracker recalled. â€œWe didnâ€™t want to waste time in the studio; we just wanted to record the best stuff.â€? There seems to be no end of collaborative efforts for the star either. Aside from working with Kid Rock, Dobie Gray and even Kenny Chesney, who else could he possibly work in the future?
â€œWeâ€™ll just have to see,â€? Kracker assured. Uncle Kracker will be performing at The Moon on Friday, Nov. 5.
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Roundtable: Defunct TV shows
Why does it seem the best television shows always get cancelled? Regardless of the reason, some of our senior writers share their fondest memories of their old favorites. Heartbroken fans can be comforted by the fact that, if anything, there are always re-runs... and Netflix. We can talk about genius TV shows getting cut off before their time for days, because that’s mostly what genius shows do—get cancelled. But the truth is, a lot of these shows were so genius because they died young, and, had they lasted a couple more seasons, probably would’ve joined the ranks of 30 Rock and The Office in losing their luster in their later seasons; even some of the shows I consider the best ever, like Wonder Showzen and Mr. Show, probably would have overstayed their conceptual welcomes with another season or two—I even think Arrested Development may have benefited, in the end, from its third-season cancellation.
The show I miss most on television is Hell Date, a staple show on BET starting in 2007. At the beginning of each episode, an unsuspecting dater reveals his or her ideal mate, describing their looks, personality and other attributes. They think they will be embarking on a wonderful dating experience. Unbeknownst to them, they will be setup
Flipping through channels sometime during high school, I stumbled upon an episode of Nip/Tuck. With nothing else on TV, I found myself immersed in the outrageous plot of said episode, which revolved around Christian Troy (an egocentric, sex-driven, money-hungry Adonis and one-half of the McNamara/Troy plastic surgery facility) bedding a less attractive woman out of boredom—but not without first demanding that she place a bag over her head to hide her face. Though I was initially shocked by the in-your-face denigration of a female character, the show drew me in nonetheless. Little did I know I’d develop a weekly tryst with the scandalous show that eventually lasted until its 100th and final episode,
But let’s talk about the recently martyred, then posthumously crapped-on, Starz series Party Down. A comedy show with one of the highest laughs-per-capita I’ve ever seen, Party Down followed an ensemble of Hollywood has-beens and rejects working as private party caterers, and each episode meant a new party and a new group of certifiably insane characters for the wonderful core cast to bounce off. The result is a show that I genuinely think could have been watched for a Seinfeld lifetime, with absolutely juggernaut comedy writers and actors who could, and did, turn everything from a singles seminar to a failed orgy to Steve Guttenberg’s birthday party into such stuff as hi-
with the e x a c t opposite—a person whose personality traits they find most annoying. Their “perfect match” is in on the whole charade and will act progressively more ridiculous as time goes on until the contestant reaches a boiling point, at which the show’s iconic host, an midget dressed in
which a i r e d earlier this year. I grew to view Ryan Murphy’s Nip/Tuck as a tragic masterpiece, mirroring our society’s unfortunate obsession with physical appearance—each consultation opened with “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself”—while also revealing the flaws of outrageously beautiful people we might normally envy. As a beauty-industry satire that never shied away from incorporating bizarre twists into its already overthe-top plotline, the show’s
larious dreams are made on. Party Down found new life on Netflix Instant Watch, before being promptly, bizarrely pulled by Starz (again). There are several imitator shows now making their way to major networks, because of course there are, but do yourself a favor: find a way to watch Party Down immediately. —J. Michael Osborne, Managing Editor
a devil outfit, will come out to alert the emotionally bedraggled contestant: “You’re on Hell Date!” Past episodes have featured a woman ardently searching for a potential “baby daddy” in all the wrong places, an extreme germaphobe who won’t stop disinfecting every object in sight, and a woman who plays an extremist cult leader hoping to recruit her unsuspecting “date” as a new member. —Nicki Karimipour, Assistant Arts & Life Editor
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Soccer makes early exit Wake Forest stuns ’Noles in first round of ACC tournament
Joshua Dolchin Staff Writer
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Florida State’s offense struggled against Wake Forest, as the Demon Deacons allowed them to only attempt seven shots in the game.
Brett Jula Sports Editor
This wasn’t what the Seminole soccer team expected. Having won or tied 10 of their last 12 matches
and their only losses coming from No.1-ranked North Carolina and No. 4 Maryland during that stretch, Florida State entered Wednesday’s opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tour-
nament poised to make a run at the program’s firstever conference championship. Unfortunately for the Seminoles, Wake Forest— a team FSU had beaten earlier in the season—
had other plans. The Demon Deacons (12-7-1, 6-4-1 ACC) bottled up Florida State’s potent offensive attack, limiting the Seminoles to just two shots on goal, and got two goals from Jackie McSally
in the second half to earn a 3-1 upset win over FSU Wednesday afternoon at Wakemed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. For the Seminoles, it see exit 10
Moving on from ‘the fumble’ Ponder bouncing back, turning his focus to UNC Scott Crumbly Staff Writer
Quarterback is one of the most glorified positions in all of sports. When things are going well, the quarterback gets most of the credit from fans and media for the team’s success. Likewise, when things aren’t going so well, the quarterback is usually the first person to be blamed. Florida State senior quarterback Christian
Ponder has experienced the negative side of that phenomenon this week after he fumbled inside the opponent’s five-yard line in the final minute of the Seminoles’ 28-24 loss to N.C. State last Thursday night. As Ponder dropped back to pass to a wideopen Beau Reliford in the end zone for the go-ahead score, he grazed the knee of running back Ty Jones while carrying out a playaction fake, and the con-
tact was just enough to knock the ball out of Ponder’s hands. N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving recovered the loose ball, stopping the ‘Noles in their tracks and cementing the win for the Wolfpack. Ponder took responsibility following the loss, saying the fumble was his fault and that he extended the ball too far on the play fake. The reaction from fans and media—naturally—
has been to point the finger of blame at Ponder for losing the ball on that fateful play. The reaction from head coach Jimbo Fisher, however, has been one of support for his signal-caller. “The ball wasn’t extended,” Fisher said Monday. “The ball was in tight to [his] body and got deflected out. It happens.” Fisher also said that Ponder, as a natural-born leader, has a tendency to take too much of the
blame and credits his quarterback for much of the team’s success to this point. “The way Christian handles everything, [he] puts everything on his back, puts everything to blame, everything to heart,” Fisher said. “He was crushed and takes too much of a burden at times—way too much. But he’s the reason we’re in the position we’re in.” see moving 10
’Noles look for redemption on the road FSU tries to right ship versus Georgia Tech and Clemson Scott Crumbly Staff Writer
The Florida State women’s volleyball team will hit the road for the second week in a row to take on two conference opponents. The first game will be played Friday night in Atlanta, Ga., against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and the second game will be held on Sunday afternoon in Clemson, S.C., against the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles (15-8,
7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) will enter the weekend on the heels of a two-game losing streak suffered last weekend at the hands of ACC foes Virginia and Virginia Tech. Head coach Chris Poole and the ’Noles will look to get back on track after dropping both the aforementioned games in heartbreaking, five-set matches. Georgia Tech (15-10, 8-5) currently holds a one-game advantage over Florida State in the ACC standings, and sits in
third place overall behind Duke and North Carolina. The Yellow Jackets also come into their matchup with FSU fresh off a loss, as they were defeated by Duke on Sunday in a convincing three-set sweep. Georgia Tech is the ACC’s best team in terms of hitting percentage, averaging a .262 clip on the season. The Jackets, however, are near the bottom of the conference in opponent hitting percentage, which could give the Seminoles opportunities to convert offensively on
Friday night. Sunday afternoon’s game against Clemson (14-10, 5-8) will be an opportunity for FSU to take a season sweep of the Tigers after the ’Noles defeated Clemson by a score of 3-1 on Oct. 8 in Tully Gym. Clemson has lost six of its last 10 contests, including a pair last weekend against Duke and Wake Forest. Despite their struggles, the Tigers have played well on their home court so far this season, owning a 9-3 record at
Jervey Gym. The Florida State front line will face a challenge against the Clemson defense, as the Tigers rank No.1 in the ACC in blocks. Sophomore Alexa Rand is the main reason for Clemson’s success up front, as she leads the ACC by a hefty margin with 131 total blocks on the season—over 20 more than any other player in the conference. Clemson is in 10th place in the conference see noles 11
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It was heartbreaking, humiliating and weekend-ruining. I could not get myself to leave town for “The World’s Largest Outdoor Pillow Fight” in Jacksonville and be subject to Florida Gators ridicule. Rather than write a column harboring on the loss that seemed to simply “slip out of our hands,” I would like to reiterate to everyone that we are still the best team in Florida, and should still represent the Atlantic Division in the ACC Championship. Losing to a good N.C. State team in a hostile, primetime environment is understandable, but blowing a commanding lead and feeding the Wolfpack fumbles is not. Everything rides on Thanksgiving weekend, when our rout over the Gators forces Urban Meyer into an early retirement, citing heartburn from stuffing and gravy as the reason. Until then, find solace in marveling at the most hyped season in the history of professional sports: This year’s NBA season will truly be “where amazing happens.” Between the drama and intrigue surrounding “The Miami Thrice,” Boston’s quest for revenge, Kobe being Kobe, the Thunder improving and the Magic wishing they never traded for Vince Carter, there is no reason your Thursday night shouldn’t be devoted to the NBA on TNT and Charles Barkley’s asinine comments. That being said, I would like to state my predictions for the 2010-2011 basketball season... all bias aside, of course. Eastern Conference Champion: Miami Heat I spend the greater part of my day fantasizing about the Miami Heat owning the decade, with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade going down as history’s most selfless superstars of all time, all as I grow a Pat Riley-esque slicked-back hairstyle. I’m as biased as they come. I scalped a $50 ticket to the Miami Heat welcome party this summer, just to see the supertrio of James, Wade and Chris Bosh rise from the smoke in their jerseys for the first time. I am a die-hard Heat fan, and have been since the days when Eddie House’s high socks were the most entertaining facet of Miami basketball. Most may not respect my opinion, but I have great evidence and justification to support my thought process, and that evidence is called last Friday’s 26-point win over the Orlando Magic. During the festivities following the blowout in South Beach, I approached a Magic fan sporting a Rashard Lewis jersey. I felt the need to
SPORTSBRIEFS NCAA Paterno could clinch 400th win this weekend When Joe Paterno and his Nittany Lions take on Northwestern on Saturday, Paterno could earn career win No. 400. Paterno already holds the record for most wins as a head coach at college football’s highest level, ahead of secondplace Bobby Bowden. But as is his typical, old school fashion, Paterno downplayed himself and put the team in the spotlight. “I’m only concerned about these kids getting some wins while they’re in college,” said Paterno, who has been head coach at Penn State for 45 years and was an assistant for 16 before that. “They’re only here for four years. I’ve been [here] four, plus a couple more.” Paterno would be the first head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division 1-A, to reach the mark of 400 wins in a career. Currently, Paterno is third all-time in college football, behind Eddie Robinson of Grambling State (408 wins) and John Gagliardi at St. John’s (Minn.) (476). Gagliardi is still active in coaching. If Penn State (5-3, 2-2 Big Ten) is going to give Paterno his 400th win on Saturday, they’re going to have to overcome injuries on defense against a Northwestern offense that has proven prolific, and without starting quarterback Robert Bolden, who was sidelined two weeks ago with a concussion. The Nittany Lions have since relied on former walk-on sophomore Matt McGloin, although Paterno informed the media that he might play both this weekend. “We’ll let them have fun this week and let them compete and make the de-
cision later on this week,” Paterno said. “I imagine we’ll have to rethink playing only one kid. Maybe we want to play both since they’re both young kids— try to get them some experience.” Paterno and Penn State kick off Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
ACC ACC announces Sportsmanship Week The Atlantic Coast Conference will be celebrating Fall Sportsmanship Week at all of its sporting events during the week of Nov. 1 through Nov. 7. At every sporting event, teams will engage in a pre-game handshake, and the ACC will make the program known through various promotions and releases. “Sportsmanship has long been a priority within the ACC and this initiative will be a great way to continue promoting and emphasizing its importance,” ACC commissioner John Swofford said. “Our schools are dedicated to showcasing excellence, and the values of sportsmanship are essential not only from our coaches and student-athletes, but our terrific fans too.” There are over 40 ACC sporting events occurring throughout the week, including six football games and the ACC field hockey and women’s soccer championships.
FSU Seven Seminoles named to All-ACC team The FSU women’s soccer team had seven of its members selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team. Senior Amanda DaCosta and junior Tori Pressley were named firstteam selections. Juniors Tori Huster and Casey
Short, sophomore Ines Jaurena, redshirt freshman Kelsey Wys and true freshman Kassey Kallman were all named to the second team. “I think it is great that our kids are recognized for very good performances through the course of the season,” head coach Mark Krikorian said. “We know that we have an awful lot of talented players, and it’s nice to see the coaches in the ACC respect our kids’ ability and to award them by naming them All-ACC performers.” DaCosta is the only Seminole in school history to be named an All-ACC member for four years. Anchoring the midfield for the ’Noles, DaCosta has been a critical member of the team for the duration of her stay at Florida State. “Amanda has been special for four years here, and I think it’s clear she really helps to control the tempo of games for us,” Krikorian said. “She is doing an awful lot of work in the midfield, both on the attack and defending side, controlling the game for us. She is also a dynamic personality of the field, so I think that her recognition as a first team AllACC player is certainly justified, and I think that she has earned that.” Huster earned the honor as a forward, Short as a midfileder, Pressley, Jaurena, and Kallman all as defenders and Wys as a goalkeeper, a testament to the Seminoles’ stout defense. Wys has the highest save percentage in the ACC and the ’Noles as a team are tied for first in the conference with the least goals allowed. The seven All-ACC members of the Seminoles will look to continue their strong seasons at the upcoming ACC tournament.
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FSU announces track & field schedule Seminoles have a challenging slate of events throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons FSVIEW & FLORIDA FLAMBEAU WIRE REPORT BOSTON, Mass.— Florida State track & field coach Bob Braman and the school’s athletics administration staff officially released the 2011 track & field schedule Monday morning. The FSU track program will compete in 12 indoor events from Jan. 14 to March 5 before traveling to College Station, Texas for the NCAA Championships. The outdoor season kicks off on March 3 and the Seminoles will compete in 15 events before the NCAA Regionals take place on May 26-28 in Bloomington, Ind.
The outdoor NCAA Championships will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, and will start June 8. “Once again we’ve put together one of the best competition schedules in the country,” Braman said. “We’re able to get our best athletes to the best meets and we’re hosting three great meets at Mike Long Track.” Those outdoor home meets will occur on March 24-25 for the FSU Relays, April 8-9 for the Seminole Invite and May 6-7 for Twilight. In addition to some great competition in Tallahassee, including an event on March 11-12 at Florida A&M, Florida State will compete from coast to coast this year.
During the indoor season, FSU has meets from Blacksburg, Va., to Seattle, Wash. During the outdoor campaign, the ’Noles travel from Philadelphia, Pa., to Palo Alto, Calif. First up for Florida State is the indoor opener on Jan. 14 at the Virginia Tech Invitational. The opener for the outdoor season takes place in Jacksonville at North Florida on March 3. “Our schedule sets us up well to compete nationally at the highest level and to pursue championships,” Braman said.
was on her heels all game long and saved just one of Wake Forest’s four shots on goal. For the game, the Demon Deacons outshot the Seminoles by a 9-7 margin. After McSally’s first goal gave Wake a 2-0 lead, Florida State (13-5-1, 7-31), much like they had done all regular season, scratched and clawed their way back into the game when junior midfielder Katya Gokhman picked a good time to score her first goal of the season when her goal at 52-minute mark pulled the ’Noles within one at 2-1. But McSally’s second goal, which came in the 62nd minute, effectively knocked the wind out of a Seminole team eager to advance to the semifinals
and get a highly anticipated rematch with North Carolina after losing to the Tar Heels 1-0 on Oct. 14. While the game’s result may be somewhat of a shock to soccer fans across the conference, Wake Forest’s suffocating defense should not have been, given how resilient the Deacons’ defense was against FSU in their first meeting this season, when the Seminoles took 10 shots on goal before the 11th and final shot found the net in overtime to propel Florida State to a win. The Seminoles will now wait out the weekend and prepare for the NCAA tournament, where they are expected to receive an at-large bid.
—Story by Brandon Mellor, FSU Sports Information
—Compiled by Nick Sellers
moving from 9 When asked how he thought Ponder would respond moving forward to this week’s matchup with conference foe North Carolina, Fisher answered with confidence in his three-year starter. “He’ll be mature and he’ll move on, and he’ll be ready to play a new game this week,” Fisher said. Ponder himself acknowledged that the devastating loss took a couple of days to get over, but was ready to get back to work this week. “I was kind of waiting for Monday to get here,” Ponder said. “[I was] wanting to get over it, and get back on the practice
field and regroup and put [the loss] behind us.” Despite the loss last week, FSU still has a chance to reach the Atlantic Coast Conference title game by winning their three remaining conference games, coupled with a loss by N.C. State somewhere down the road. Ponder is fully aware of what must be done to keep that goal within reach heading into the homecoming showdown with UNC. “Everybody on this team has to do a good job of making sure that guys are focused and motivated,” Ponder stated. Heartbreaking losses like the one against N.C.
State have the potential for a hangover effect. This was illustrated in FSU’s narrow victory last year over Jacksonville State following the last-second loss to Miami in the season opener. The ’Noles came out flat for three quarters before barely squeaking out a win. As one of the leaders of the team, it will be up to Ponder to set the tone and avoid the same fate against a more talented Tar Heels team. He seems to be up to the challenge. “We still have four regular season games left,” Ponder said. “We can’t let one loss become two.”
Christian Ponder appears to have put his costly fumble against N.C. State behind him and is ready to lead the Seminole offense against a talented North Carolina defense.
exit from 9 was their first loss in the tournament’s opening round since 2002—a 4-2 defeat to Maryland. Wake Forest showed right out of the gate they were determined to better FSU’s intensity level throughout the match and avenge their loss to the Seminoles back on Sept. 30, as midfielder Bianca D’Agostino made the most of her lone shot on goal, putting the ball past All-ACC goalkeeper Kelsey Wys and into the net to give the Deacons a 1-0 lead just eight minutes into the contest. D’Agostino’s goal would serve as the only scoring in the first half. The usually dependable Wys, who entered Wednesday’s match with a .867 save percentage,
Breezy Hupp and FSU will now turn their attention toward the NCAA tournament.
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history from 9 remind him that Lewis scored only two points in the game, and that he should zip up his jacket to conceal his jersey and avoid further embarrassment. The five-minute argument concluded with him babbling to me that I’m a bandwagon fan for growing up in Ft. Lauderdale instead of Miami, as he tried to play an Orlandothemed song from the jukebox at the bar we were at. Sadly, nothing appeared. Clearly, not all Magic fans deserve this man’s ridicule, but it does not break my heart to tell any person in a Dwight Howard Superman T-shirt that they will not win the East this year. Orlando does not have the perimeter defenders to keep up with Wade and James, regardless of which is playing the facilitator role that particular evening. Howard will continue to assert himself as the top defensive player in the league, and even adjust his offensive game, but I have a feeling he will forever be known as the most impressive-looking specimen who just so happens to play basketball. The Boston Celtics, however, do have the ability beat the Heat in a seven-game series. I came away with two things from the opening night matchup between the Celtics and Heat: Rajon Rondo will surely make a dark-horse MVP run, and
the Miami Heat are going to need a least 20 games to “figure it all out”. The Celtics are a much-improved team with a tenacious hunger for another championship, but their signature defense and confidence will be second to that of the Heat come playoff time. Western Conference Champion: Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant is an assassin. In his mind, no one is beating the Lakers in the West, and it’s going to stay that way. Don’t be fooled by all the hype in Oklahoma City: Kevin Durant is going to earn the scoring title again this year, and the Thunder will be extremely relevant for years to come, but they have as similar a chance at winning the West this season as the Buffalo Bills do of winning a Super Bowl. They have the best young core in basketball, but it’s going to take time for them to become dominant and familiar with the phenomenon that is the NBA playoffs. I see the Houston Rockets seriously challenging the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals, but Kobe’s reign as the league’s “true” King is not over. The Lakers are labeled the team to beat this year, as they deserve to be in their pursuit of their second three-peat in 10 years. NBA Finals Champion: Miami Heat Part of me can’t possi-
bly imagine a team other than Boston or L.A. contending for this year’s title once again. Both teams are getting older, and both coaches are inching toward retirement. I can perceive the possibility of “Beat L.A.” chants embodying the 2011 Finals; it would be good for the NBA for one last epic series between the two before Miami starts its decade of dominance. The only award I foresee a Boston player hoisting at season’s end is either Rondo’s MVP award or Pierce’s flopping crybaby award. As for the Lakers, they were lucky to win the Finals last year. Kobe’s mentality is as mean as ever, but his talent level has suffered slightly. They are injuryprone, Artest-prone and surely vulnerable to a Heat team playing at full potential. I admit that the “Biggest Three” will have trouble determining their new roles as players; that Bosh and the rest of the team seem uncomfortable with their portrayal as villains so far on the road, and that the Miami front court is an area of concern against the likes of Boston and L.A. Despite these doubts, I have full confidence that this Heat team will prosper under one of the greatest defenses of all time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the Miami Heat were.
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Cannabis is common sense
FSView Editorial J. Michael Osborne Managing Editor
This past Tuesday, Nov. 2, California voters struck down the most legitimate hope for the legalization of America’s most valuable cash crop—cannabis— in this country yet, with Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control & Tax Cannabis Act. Said act would have fully sanctioned possession of up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of marijuana for personal use by those 21 and up, as well as make cannabis taxable toward the financial welfare of a bankrupt state. It was defeated 66.5 percent to 33.5 percent. I’ll admit: When I read my Google Alert feed that Prop 19 had been killed on Tuesday night, the first thing I did was curse. And the second thing I did was string together some more, increasingly colorful curse
Another red tide Well, it happened; the midterm election to end all midterm elections came and drowned the political map under a bloom of red tide. I found out that it’s unknown what specifically causes red tide in nature, but there are a few theories floating around involving rain, high temperatures and something called health care reform. Science lesson aside, the election results were not really all that surprising on Tuesday night. The Democrats lost control of the House and kept control of the Senate by a scant few seats. It’s been really odd the last two years—the Democrats had control of the House and the Senate as well as the Presidential administration and had plenty of opportunities to push forth their agenda. How did health care reform morph from creating a public option and reigning in costs to the impenetrable behemoth that became a lightning rod for all that is wrong with the current administration? Why hasn’t more been done for creating long-term jobs and repairing the economy?
words. For legalization supporters who saw polls in September that put the chances of Prop 19 passing at 49-42, this feels a far deeper wound than the usual story of a state rejecting a marijuana initiative, medical or not; honestly, it seemed like perfect timing. Prop 19 campaigners were successfully able to associate this bill with its valid ability to be taxed, and help pull California out of its economic crisis, which seems like a narrow window to capitalize on. And if California can’t pass an end to the senseless prohibition of cannabis, then how long will it take for Texas? South Carolina? Florida? It’s important to remember, however, that the death of Prop 19 hardly means the death of the hope for a not-too-distantfuture America that’s lost its grudge against marijuana, just as its passing wouldn’t have meant “Mis-
sion Accomplished.” With or without it, we’d still have a ways to go before we’ll stop seeing thousands thrown in jail for a drug that has never, ever, even once killed anyone— unless you count those dead as a result of its prohibition. First, we’ll have to untie marijuana law reform from its silly partisan associations. As any good libertarian will tell you, over and over again, legalizing cannabis is actually a conservative ideal (though they would also probably tell you they’d rather it not be taxed). When it comes down to it, many of those on the right who oppose even medical marijuana can’t come up with a reasonable excuse to keep up with this drug war other than, “The Reagans cared about it and liberals are being annoying.” But, more to the point, we need to untie marijuana itself from this conveniently placed stigma that
instantly discredits its advocates. For a huge chunk of America—despite that, according to the 2007 documentary The Union, 50,000,000 people in the U.S. have tried cannabis, and all without losing even a single brain cell— anything a young person says about its prohibition, even if they form complete sentences and use the word “indicative,” might as well be punctuated with a “man” or “dude” at the end of every factoid; that’s already how you’ll be perceived. Why can’t someone point toward the $14 billion in taxes marijuana legalization could put to work in a sputtering American economy, without being called a stoner? Why can’t someone compare (and it’s really not difficult, at all) cannabis prohibition to the obviously misguided alcohol prohibition of the early 20th century, which involved a drug that has proved itself infinitely
more dangerous than marijuana and single-handedly funded the creation of Mafias, without their intent being called into question? Let me clear that intent up: We’re not really fighting this law to get high—I promise, people can already do that pretty damned easily, as an illegal bag of marijuana is easier for kids to buy than a legal six-pack of beer. We’re certainly not fighting this law to stick it to some “man.” We’re fighting because marijuana laws are a battleground for those who want, need, to see common sense and reason and rational thinking in American political thought, and see us finally cast off the irrational and sensationalistic anti-cannabis campaigns of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s that are still, for some reason and whether we realize it or not, informing the mindset of politicians and voters alike in this discussion. Someone, somewhere along the way,
just stopped listening; how else can you explain the bizarrely continued prohibition of cannabis’ cousin, hemp, which doesn’t possess one iota of an ability to get smokers high? How else can you explain the total neglect of cancer patients who are saying this drug actually helps them? I’m remaining hopeful that we’ll still be alive to see the end of this endless, endlessly destructive drug war. I’m remaining hopeful that we’re not living a repeat of the late 1970s, when the chances legalization seemed similarly close, but were promptly yanked away with the Reagan administration and, later, “Just Say No.” But mostly I’m remaining hopeful that, despite Prop 19’s demise, we’ll see cannabis regulated, controlled and taxed because I’m remaining hopeful reason will always eventually (yes, eventually) trump ignorance—willful or otherwise.
I think that the Obama administration as well as Congress needed a wakeup call. The sweeping victory back in 2008 was on the platform of change, but the public obviously wasn’t satisfied with what has been put before them up to this point on Tuesday. What they saw was an increasing
deficit and an unfathomable health care bill rammed down their throats, mixed with half-baked corporate reform as the side dish. The economy has only recently begun to see any recovery, and few would connect it to anything done by those inside the Capitol. Now that we have elect-
ed a House Republican majority into what has been viewed as a pot of ineptitude or inaction, I wonder what is actually going to be accomplished within the next two years. President Obama could act like former President Clinton when his party lost the majority in Congress back in
the midterms of 1994. He could attempt to broker compromises while making small, incremental changes in order to advance his administration’s agenda. Slowly and subtlety, the president could push the country along. Another, less appealing option is a total political
gridlock gripping Washington for the next two years. Realistically, it’s probably going to fall in between the two—though I doubt we’ll be seeing any major legislative overhauls until the next election. —Erik Embrey, Contributing Writer
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Divide & Conquer? Not so much Heather McQueen Contributing Writer
This past Saturday, Oct. 30, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” was held at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in order to create a sense of unity and rejuvenation for Americans and their political beliefs by poking fun at the current state of affairs within our country. The negativity, hate, dissension and altogether alienating nature of the country’s political parties and government can often leave citizens feeling reluctant to partake in the system. Also, it can generate a population of supporters that perpetuates the often
futile efforts of either political party. The polarization that is occurring simply breeds fear and hate, which makes any attempt toward social change ineffective and impossible. According to a CNN report, the rally “carried a message about Americans turning their backs on hate and working together to make the world a better place.” The rally was essentially a comedy show, in typical Stewart/Colbert fashion, and featured a variety of entertainers and performers including John Legend, The Roots, Ozzy Osbourne, Cat Stevens, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock. It was, therefore, a perfect example of how humor can be effectively used in order to shed light
and attention on pertinent yet controversial issues. Hundreds of thousands gathered to show support and rally toward the disillusionment of American citizens and society in general. Inaction and hesitancy to “change” anything at all seem to saturate the already problematic and flawed government, and rhetoric, platforms, and little more than drivel seems to be all that political parties have to show for. Complacency and hopelessness are two seemingly natural responses to these institutions and socializing forces that create very little evidence of relevance and contribution to the betterment of society. It does, however, call into question what can
be deemed effective for actual change and what is merely an illusion. The lighthearted rally against politics-as-usual may be representative of a larger social perspective, but if change and action does not result from the rally, the entire premise may prove to be futile. But this paradox reveals an ongoing recurrence in our everyday lives—one that necessitates a single reminder: action creates change. Reaction, however, does not have to be relied upon for change to occur. The popular quote by Mahatma Gandhi is quite appropriate for this situation: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It is not only representative of the centrist ideolo-
gy that was largely present at the rally, but also speaks to those who are at odds with the current political tactics and governmental approach. Negativity from political parties, candidates and the overarching political structure is disconcerting for many people, and this creates a lack of enthusiasm for involvement. People do not want to be bothered with the internal factions and shadiness of the system, so, instead, many of the issues that need to be addressed and acknowledged are simply ignored. It seems as though this mindset can be taken into account even outside of the political sphere. People working together toward a common goal for
the overall welfare and wellbeing of society—it almost sounds too simple. What is scary is how difficult it is for people to grasp this concept. The divide-and-conquer approach is apparently the favored strategy, but considering where it has taken society thus far, it may be time to reconsider and potentially enact some of the suggestions and ideas comically presented by Stewart and Colbert. The distortion and polarization by the media and political parties hinders the ability to reason and make value judgments. With little left to lose, and an extreme amount to gain, this fresh outlook toward a new approach to unified politics surely holds some promise.
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Today in History Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 1980, Ronald Reagan won the White House as he defeated President Jimmy Carter by a strong margin. On this date: In 1884, Democrat Grover Cleveland was elected to his first term as president, defeating Republican James G. Blaine. In 1922, the entrance to King Tutankhamen’s tomb was discovered in Egypt. In 1939, the United States modified its neutrality stance in World War II, allowing “cash and carry” purchases of arms by belligerents, a policy favoring Britain and France.
Horoscopes Today’s birthday (11/4/10). Don’t worry about a demanding partner. Listen to their words, while paying attention to the mood. What do they really want? Sometimes you just need to hear what’s missing in order to transform challenges with respect and compassion. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 7 -- You could easily obsess over a partner’s injury or illness. It’s okay to show concern and even better if you understand the treatment or meds completely. Rest. Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Your work environment contains a hazard that demands attention now. Repair flooring or carpet to prevent accidents. Re-
duce clutter to a minimum. Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 6 -- An older person obsesses over creative details that don’t quite come together. Don’t force the pieces to fit together or you might break them. Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Household matters demand your attention. You wonder how you’ll get everything done and still manage your travel plans. Prioritize ruthlessly. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- You’re ready to take off on a bold adventure into parts unknown. On a practical note, pack for the destination. Do laundry, and then decide if you need something new. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Others add opinions to your situation. Listen, and then
research the facts before you decide what to do. That way you have confidence in the choice. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 7 -- Huddle privately with your coworkers. More gets accomplished in private today. There’s time later to go public, but first get consensus from the team. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 7 -- Finalize one more question before you present your ideas to the group. Consider the feelings of others as you add the finishing touch. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Family circumstances rearrange your schedule without asking. Surprise! Juggle the new priority and use spare moments to handle what you’d planned before.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 7 -- A new face enters the picture, bringing heartfelt feelings and a deep understanding of your career goals. Expect big changes, and take time for yourself. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -Today is a 6 -- Your finances alter when an older person reveals long-term arrangements. Allow this information to soak in before making any plans. Consider yourself fortunate. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Don’t freak out! An older person presents a problem, but you grasp a solution with minimal difficulty. Rely on your own values and information gleaned from research and study. By Nancy Black and Stephanie Clement, Tribune Media Services
In 1942, during World War II, Axis forces retreated from El Alamein in North Africa in a major victory for British forces commanded by Lt. Gen. Bernard Montgomery. In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president, defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson. In 1991, Ronald Reagan opened his presidential library in Simi Valley, Calif. with a dedication attended by President George H.W. Bush and former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald R. Ford and Richard Nixon — the first-ever gathering of five past and present U.S. chief executives. In 2008, Democrat Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the United States, defeating Re-
publican John McCain. Today’s Birthdays: Former first lady Laura Bush is 64. Actress Markie Post is 60. Rock singer-musician Chris Difford (Squeeze) is 56. Country singer Kim Forester (The Forester Sisters) is 50. Actress-comedian Kathy Griffin is 50. Actress Heather Tom is 35. Rhythm-and-blues/gospel singer George Huff is 30. Thought for Today: “The line of least resistance was always the most difficult line in the long run.” —Peter Cheyney, English author (1896-1951). The Associated Press
Children spot mountain lion 200 feet from bus stop HELENA, Mont. (AP) —A group of children waiting for their school bus Wednesday morning got a shock when they spotted a mountain lion in a field just 200 feet from their stop along a rural route. The bus driver and the children saw the wild animal at about the same time as the bus was pulling up to the stop south of Missoula, said Robert Mitchell, general manager of the bus company, Beach
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Number of times FSU has been defeated by North Carolina. The lone loss to the Tar Heels came in 2001, when UNC scored 34 unanswered points in the second half and pounded the Seminoles 41-9
Number of times Florida State has won on Homecoming. The Seminoles own a 51-10-1 all-time record in Homecoming games.
Passing yards by Seminole quarterback Christian Ponder in last year’s game against UNC—a career-high for him. Ponder also threw for three touchdowns— one of which went 98 yards to wide receiver Rod Owens.
Difference in yards per game allowed by the much-improved FSU defense. The Seminoles gave up an eye-popping 434.6 yards per game in 2009, but have only allowed 315.5 yards per game through eight games this season.
Football Schedule Florida State Seminoles
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Samford @ Oklahoma BYU Wake Forest* @ Virginia* @ Miami* Boston College* @ N.C. State* North Carolina* Clemson* @ Maryland* Florida
W, 59-6 L, 47-17 W, 34-10 W, 31-0 W, 34-14 W, 45-17 W, 24-19 L, 28-24 Saturday Nov. 13 Nov. 20 Nov. 27
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