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President Pastides announces the new head director of Innovista, Don Herriott. In the press conference, Pastides explained the direction and purposes behind the Innovista in Columbia.
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I n nov ist a opened a new chapter as Don Herriott was welcomed as its new director at a press conference at the Discovery 1 building Thursday afternoon. Herriott was the CEO of Roche Carolina in 1996 , and later in 2004 became the head of Roche Global Chemical Manufacturing, a global pharmaceutical operation that involved Mexico, Austria, Germany and other countries. Herriott also ser ved on the South Carolina Board of Economic Advisors and the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center. “I’m honored to be here, and believe that
Innovista is one of the most important initiatives in decades,” Herriott said. “We want to increase per capita and make more jobs.” Hildy Teegen, dean of the Darla Moore School of Business, said Herriot demonstrates ver y compelling features. “We are ver y excited to welcome Don to Innovista,” she said. “He is capable of bringing the best of the world to us, and taking the best of us out there. University President Harris Pastides said he believes Innovista is the boldest initiative ever taken by USC. “Progress has been great. $200 million per year has been earned for research and project f unding,” Pastides said. “Patents are record high. The incubator has been incubating, while small and new businesses are hatching here in Innovista ● 2
E-readers change literature Kindle, Reader gaining popularity on campuses Taylor Cheney STAFF WRITER
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Ryan Drew Quinn Robinson Second-year First-year print journalism pre-law student student
Two columnists debate whether the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy should be reevaluated.
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In an era that’s seen DVD’s transfer to Blu-Ray and compact discs barely in existence, even Shakespeare has gone digital. Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader are becoming exceedingly popular and sales of the e-readers a re ex pec ted to double t h is year, according to the Chicago Tribune. With the substantial cost of textbooks, students are taking advantage of technological improvements and purchasing their books elsewhere. First-year broadcast journalism student Dominique Johnson was able to buy the majority of her textbooks on her K indle this semester and was pleased with the price difference. “One of my book s was 30 percent off and the other two were 25 percent off.” A n avid reader, Johnson said she uses her electronic reader for leisurely purposes but loves its accessibility. “The books are a lot cheaper and it’s a lot easier to carr y around,” Johnson said. “It’s just three clicks and you get a book.”
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The Kindle 2 reader is shown at an Amazon.com news conference. But Johnson said there are some negative sides to not having a real book. The highlighting feature on the Kindle makes it difficult to take notes, Johnson said. Averaging a couple of books a week, Maggie Love, first-year English student, says she loves her Kindle for the ability to have all her books in one place, “Having all of them on my Kindle makes reading seem to go by so much faster,” Love said. Love said through Amazon. com, new books for her Kindle can cost anywhere from $6 to $10, whereas classic titles are usually free or 99 cents at most. Love is
also a fan of all genres, classics to the Harry Potter series (which is not available through Amazon), but said that “certain books just look nicer outside of Kindle.” According to A mazon.com, the Kindle is advertised as having access to more t han 400,000 books, newspapers, magazines and blogs and can be auto-delivered in less than a minute. Also having an expansive library, the Sony Reader includes a freehand note option, including a page zoom feature and adjustable font sizes. The Universit y also makes it p o s s ib le f o r s t u d e nt s t o Reader ● 2
Columbia is going through major changes as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a bill worth a total of $787 billion. Columbia has already been allocated more than $38 million in federal grants to help beautify and improve the city in numerous areas, with grants worth $83 million still pending. The Columbia Police Department was given $2.8 million through the Cops Hiring Grant last July. I n order to receive t he money, the police department had to supply an application covering crime rate, how well police interacted with the community and extent of fi nancial need. “We had to put the lang uage in there and say ‘yes, we have a crime rate,’ that’s something you can’t hide,” Chief of Police T.P Carter said. With the money received through the Cops Hiring Grant, the police department will be able to hire 18 new officers. The money will pay the full salaries and benefits of these officers for 36 months, after which the city will be obligated to pay an additional 12 months. With the new additions to the force, Carter believes the grant will help the city as a whole. “It allows us to put more boots on the ground and more eyeballs in the cit y to protect citizens as well as we can,” Carter said. Will the department be able to sustain their new employment after the four years is up? “I’m hoping that there is enough money,” Carter said. “Nobody really knows how the economy will be in four years. As the city grows, the police force will grow as well. I’m assuming it will take care of itself.” Columbia was awarded $9 million through the Columbia Area Transportation Study formula grant for the improvement of North Main Street. Phase 1A, which stretched from Elmwood to Anthony Avenue is almost complete. Phase 1B will take place between Fuller Avenue and Fairf ield Road. Projects are set to include intersection improvement, water a nd sewer replacement a nd new sidewalk and pedestrian crossings. Plans for the beautification of the street include landscaping, decorative lighting and new benches and bus stop signs. “We will use all of the stimulus money,” said assistant city engineer for construction, Dana Higgins. “The city is moving forward with designs for shovel-ready projects and working with contractors so we’ll be ready for that next wave of money.” The City of Columbia was also allocated $524,000 for the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). The funds will be used for rapid re-housing activities such as rent payments and security dep o sit s. Mone y w i l l a l so go towa rd s homeless prevention activities such as case management and legal support when dealing with possible foreclosures. “This provides families with the ability to st ay i n housi ng rat her t ha n become homeless,” said Community Development Administrator, Eric Cassell. But af ter t he st imulus f unds r un out, Cassell said that the HPRP will not be able to sustain itself once the money is gone. Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
USC to open health-based farmers market Cancer program aims to combat disease with healthy options Track and Field hits the road USC’s te a m s fac e c h a l l e n g e s a s s o c i a te d with the near 700-mile trip to New York City where they will compete in an unfamiliar environment.
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The South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program at USC has been granted $1.5 million for the development of the nation’s fi rst health centerbased farmers market. The cancer program at USC is being recognized as one of the top 10 Cancer Prevent ion and Research Centers in the nation.
T he $1.5 m i l l ion t h at come s with this recognition puts USC i n compa ny w it h some of t he best cancer research centers in the country, including Harvard U n i v e r s i t y, U C L A a n d t h e University of North Carolina. Dr. Ja me s Héber t , d i rec tor of t he program and researcher at the A rnold School of Public Health, has worked hard for this recognition. “O u r c ent er h a s de velop e d r e s e a r c h p r o g r a m s a i m e d at healthy eating that could change t he face of ca ncer i n Sout h Carolina and beyond,” Hébert said in a press release. T he recent rec ipient of t he
N a t i o n a l C a n c e r I n s t it u t e’s Established Investigator Award in Cancer Prevention feels that Carolina adds a lot of experience t o t h i s g r oup of p r e s t i g iou s research centers. As part of its efforts to prevent cancer, the center plans to develop a farmers market at a community health center. The goal is to shine l ight on t he fac t t hat hea lt hy eating is a critical step in reducing cancer and disease rates. The far mers market w ill be located at a healt h center t hat serves both urban and rural areas. By making fruits and vegetables Market ● 2
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USC’s health-based farmers market would be the first of its kind in the U.S.
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Earthquake shakes California SAN FR ANCISCO — Re sident s of Nor t her n California’s Humboldt Count y were rocked by a magnitude 5.9 earthquake Thursday, but officials said there were no immediate reports of major injury or damage from the second large temblor to hit the area within a month. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake struck at 12:20 p.m. about 35 miles northwest of the community of Petrolia and nearly 50 miles west of Eureka. The shaking was felt within a 150-mile radius, as far north as southern Oregon and as far south as Sonoma County, according to the USGS Web site. Local officials and residents reported feeling a rolling sensation that caused items to fall from walls and shelves.
Woman leads in Costa Rica SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Costa Rican voters appear likely to elect the country’s first female president, a protege of Nobel laureate Oscar Arias who holds a nearly 20-point lead over two male rivals ahead of Sunday’s balloting. Laura Chinchilla’s election would mark another political triumph in the storied career of outgoing President Arias, who has been regularly called on to put out Central America’s political fires. If victorious, Chinchilla has pledged to continue Aria’s moderate free-market policies in what is considered the most politically stable country in the region. Costa Rica “got on the right path four years ago and now is the moment to stay the course,” Chinchilla said during a recent debate. “It’s not the moment for some change that will take us down a road we don’t know.”
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Pastides said that Innovista’s structure is still in working progress, but Herriott will work carefully about adding employees.
Columbia and around the Midlands.” Past ides sa id he k nows t hat not al l “ We w il l work w it h t hose who sha re establishments will succeed and admits that Innovista’s vision of goals,” said Herriott. some will fail. Herriott said he also believes that Innovista “The nature of the economy is to go a nd t he u n iver sit y w i l l h ave a clo se forth and take risk,” Pastides said. “Some relationship to work for a better future. will cross the fi nish line and others won’t.” “I’m a pragmatist,” Herriot said. “We will After the fallout of the previous director, work together and have a very synergistic Pastides said he was looking for someone relationship.” with a fresh approach and a strong business background. “I can live, work and play, and this is the Comments on this story? future I see for Innovista,” Pastides said. E-mail email@example.com Reader ● Continued from 1 conveniently purchase books online. By v isit ing w w w. sc.bncollege.com, textbooks that provide the e-textbook option are available, but only make up a small portion of textbook sales, according to the General Manager of the University Bookstore Andrew Shaffer. Through t he Web site, Shaffer said titles are viewed through a soft ware called V it a lS ou rc e t h at a l low s readers to have a similar e x p er ience to re ad i ng a physical textbook. “It includes pictures, graphs and a text layout that our students prefer, and does not
require that they purchase any additional hardware,” Shaffer said. “They are able to utilize their own laptop or PC to read and study.” Not an e-reader ow ner himself but a fan of historical fiction, Shaffer has used the Ba r nes a nd Noble Nook to test out their innovative products. While he agrees t he ne w d e v ic e s a r e a n interesting way to approach literature, Shaffer said there is a strong difference between the tangible book and the electronic one. “There are very few readers out in the market that can handle the rich text, pictures, and graphs found in college textbooks,” he said.
Market ● Continued from 1 available at affordable prices, low-income families will be able to eat healthier and decrease their risk of health conditions. Universit y researchers will work with the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association to choose an exact location. “We are currently in the planning phase of the health clinic-based farmers market,” said Darcy Freedman, a faculty member in the College of Social Work. “We know we want to locate in a community that has limited access to healthy food retail outlets.” In addition to making South Carolina a healthier place, the farmers market will provide an opportunity for local farmers as well. “By focusing on locally grown foods,
David Terry, a first-year English student, was given a Sony Reader for the holidays a nd has not put it dow n since. Using it mostly for recreational use, Terry said t hat a book he needed to purchase for his English class was nearly $10 less than the store price. “It’s really easy to use, except t he page numbers are different but you can bookmark the pages and type in certain page numbers,” Terry said. “It’s definitely worth it.” Comments on this story? E- m a i l s a g c k n ew @m a i l b ox. sc.edu
this project will also have the added benefit of improving economic opportunities,” Freedman said. The far mers market prog ram is estimated to be up and running in Spring 2011. USC’s health center-based farmers market will be the very fi rst of its kind in the United States. Student interns from the social work and public health departments will be working on the project through their field programs. All other students are welcome to become i nvolved i n t he pla n n i ng process as well. Volunteer opportunities will not be available till this summer, but interested students can contact Dr. Freedman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
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Tête à Tête ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ is double-standard; discriminating against gay troops weakens the military’s stability, budget
‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ enables homosexual, bisexual soldiers to serve in military without compromising unit cohesion
“Don’t ask, Don’t tell,” as well as its current extension of “don’t pursue, don’t harass,” needs to be repealed. The policy discriminates against the homosexual and bisexual citizens of our country who wish to defend it. These individuals are sent to die to protect our freedoms —— yet we deprive them of theirs through this policy. The primary evil of DADT is that it is a double standard. It prohibits homosexuals and bisexuals from speaking openly about their sexuality or from speaking about their homosexual relationships. Yet heterosexual service members can freely boast about conquests in the bedroom, or, on a more tender note, can tell one another how much Ryan they miss their spouses and significant others. Quinn Imagine a homosexual or bisexual overhearing Second-year such a conversation and running to his or her print journalism superior, shouting, “Sgt. Johnson is straight! student As an arrow! He does not go that way!” It’s ridiculous to imagine, yet heterosexuals are allowed to mouth parallel accusations. You can in fact tell as part of DADT, just as long as you have solid evidence. But what constitutes solid evidence? A homosexual make-out session caught on tape? How about an Elton John poster? Due to the nature of DADT, even without solid evidence an antagonist could get a homosexual or bisexual kicked out. A group of fellow servicemen have the option of throwing a “blanket party,” where they would throw a sheet over a suspected homosexual or bisexual and repeatedly beat him or her until the suspect gave him or herself up. Even more unfair is the fact that third parties can out individuals within the military. Anyone with a revenge motive has the potential to ruin a homosexual or bisexual service member’s career. Since 1993, when Bill Clinton crafted the bill as a compromise, 13,000 members of our military have been discharged due to DADT. We’ve lost millions in shipping these troops back home and recruiting and training new ones. This is ridiculous, especially in a time of war. Obama is right to seek an end to DADT. This policy is akin to not allowing blacks in the military to reveal they are black, or women to reveal they are women. Now that women serve alongside men in the military, there is no foundation to the claim that DADT keeps sexual interests out of the armed forces. What, it’s okay if someone looks at you as long as they are of the opposite gender? Tell that to the women in the military. DADT also interferes with states’ rights: Soldiers from Massachusetts can’t be in same-sex marriages, though their state allows them to. Homosexuals and bisexuals are professional enough to separate sexuality and war. Heterosexuals are professional enough to overcome their prejudices. Suck it up people; you’re in the goddamn military.
In 1993, a year after the murder of a gay member of the U.S. Navy, then-President Bill Clinton, acting on the campaign promise that he would allow people of any sexual preference into the military, established the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. This policy was enacted not to bar homosexuals from both genders from serving in the military, but to enable them to do so. Many believe the law should be repealed because it discriminates against homosexuals, which is simply not true. It should not be, for many reasons. Many of those against the law, including gay rights groups, etc., would like the general public to believe that in order for a gay individual to serve in the armed forces, he or she would have to hide their sexual identity. This is simply Drew not the case. Superior officers are instructed to Robinson not ask or follow any inclination into someone’s First-year sexuality under almost any circumstances, unless pre-law student they are in a romantic relationship with another soldier and under the same command. This fraternization rule applies to any soldiers of any sexuality and in doing so doesn’t discriminate. Asking a military fighting two wars to review and change an existing policy, which would be expensive and time-consuming, is simply ludicrous. The fi rst concern of anyone who makes policy concerning the armed forces should be the safety of those serving. To allow such a drastic change in the armed forces during a time of war would endanger many of those serving by distracting them from their jobs. Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, agreed: “while the law was not perfect, its repeal was too much to ask of a military that is already under the stress of two wars.” Another opponent of repealing the law, Tony Perkins, President of the conservative Family Research Council, also agrees: “Our service members wear the uniform to fight and win wars, not serve as liberal-social-policy guinea pigs. The sexual environment the president is seeking to impose upon the young men and women who serve this country is the antithesis of the successful war-fighting culture, and as such should be rejected.” Disciplinary wise, the military is just like any other job. No one would walk into McDonald’s and refuse to wear red and yellow, just as no one would walk into a recruitment office and say they’re going to be openly gay in the military. If someone respects the military enough to have a strong desire to join, then they should respect its current rules. If they wish to serve their country and be completely open about their sexuality, there are other positions they can fill in the CIA or FBI. A successful military force must be extremely disciplined and obedient to the orders of the higher command. If someone believes their sexual identity is too important to keep to him — or herself, then he or she doesn’t respect the military and its principles enough to serve in it.
Egotistical, hedonistic, misogynistic males need to ‘bro’ out Repulsive actions of college men poisons guydomreputation L a s t w e e k , m y r o o m m at e brought to my knowledge a Web site t hat lef t me puzzled a nd wondering what is happening to the state of the male race. A few of you may know of it, but I’m sure every one of you — at least the male half — will visit it at some point. Its called Bros Like This Site. The point of this moronic Web page is to document the trials and tribulations of being a “bro.” What exactly does it mean to be a bro? We l l , a c c o r d i n g t o B r o s Like This Site, a bro drinks in excess, sleeps with every woman that walks this earth — mind you as long as she’s Victoria’s Secret material, no ugly chicks allowed — and drops an F-bomb
in at least every sentence. Bros also ref use to use a condom, will never commit to long-term relat ion sh ip s a nd decl i ne to practice anything that requires even the most minute sliver of emotional intelligence. Now I’m not going on to trash the entirety of the male race — I am one after all. I have realized, though, that since I made the transition to college life there is a disturbingly large portion of us guys that honestly make us all look like a bunch of dim-witted assholes. Women across the land can’t stand us any more, and fellas, that’s not exactly a good thing. The extent of the evolution, or devolution, is extreme in some cases. All the time, I hear stories of g uys compet ing in t he act of “creeping” on girls in Five Points to see who can land the most women in their bed. Others challenge one another to drink until one throws up.
Some g u y s’ mu sic a l t a ste s are about as broad as a fence post a nd t heir abilit y to talk about somet h i ng ser iou s has diminished to the point of issuing a “Damn, that sucks dude” to anything u n f o r t u n at e i n a friend’s life. W hat is even scarier to me about t he p r ol i f e r at io n of the bro cult ure Jeremy is the fact that the Aaron First-year b r o s d o n’t t h i n k visual t here is a ny t h i ng communications wrong with acting student t h i s w a y. I k now t hat someone will argue that “we’re in college so we are obligated to live it up.” That statement holds up about as well as a fabricated piece of evidence in court. I’m sure a few came to college simply to party, but most of us are here to get a degree and learn how to be responsible adults — so
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A nd you know, that’s perfectly f i ne, I’m not wor r ied. Par t ly because the bro doesn’t believe in reading things like newspapers (or reading at all for that matter), but mostly because what the bro thinks doesn’t matter. I merely wish to inform the girls of the public that there still are mature and intelligent guys out there who don’t spend the t ime t hey should be using to study for Facebook-stalking the next girl they want to take home and then forget. T here a re st i l l t hose of u s who care about things besides upping our alcohol intake and the notches on our bedpost. You just have to look a little harder.
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we don’t fall to pieces once we graduate or, even worse, have to move back in with our parents. That is a fate that really is worse than death. I think by now that any of you non-bros ca n u nderst a nd my concern for the state of guydom. A nd I k now it’s quite obvious t hat I don’t consider myself a bro in the least bit. I part y in moderation, I drop F-bombs only when t hey’re needed and I’ve been dating the same wonderful girl for two years, which I am completely happy about. I love Joh n M ay er — I w a s at t he s u r pr ise concer t Tue sday, it was awesome — and Coldplay, and I enjoy t he arts and deep conversations. Now I’m sure with that selfdescript ion a lot of g uys w ill throw a string of expletives and atrocious names together about me that I’m not allowed to put in this column and then the bros will write me off as a lost cause.
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010
TIPS FOR YOUR
SUPERBOWL PARTY Kelsey Pacer
ASSISTANT MIX EDITOR
It’s that time of the year again: Millions of people will gather in living rooms across America to watch the NFL’s two best teams fight for the coveted title of Super Bowl champion. While the game action and halftime show should be exciting in themselves, a huge component of the day is having a great party atmosphere. At any party, everyone likes to feel comfortable, well fed, and relaxed (to a degree — football isn’t particularly soothing). However, if you’re a first-time host, it might be tough for you to get all of the details together for an optimal experience. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind:
When it comes to food, remember one word: overestimate. Make sure to make multiple plates of food so they can be replenished at a moment’s notice. W hen tr ying to plan for people’s servings, assume everyone is going to love everything. Serving wings? Plan for at least six per person. Chips and salsa? Plan for one bag per two people. Since keeping everyone’s bellies full can get expensive, ask guests to contribute some of their own favorite foods. That means more variety and less pain in the grocery store checkout line.
Some people don’t really love watching the game; instead, they just like to hang out in the football atmosphere. Don’t make those friends feel awkward by cramming them amid yelling, jumping NFL fanatics. Instead, create another area for people to read magazines, shoot the breeze or play cards. If you are in a small space (aka a dorm room) just position a couch and a few chairs away from the game madness.
2. COMMERCIALS The only time in football when fans actually look forward to breaks and timeouts is during the Super Bowl. Companies spend millions of dollars creating the most entertaining and controversial commercials possible to run during the breaks, and everyone has an opinion on them. This year’s crop of ads should be especially provoking, as there are rumors of an anti-abortion commercial. Try to keep the compliments and criticisms of each commercial light-hearted so the friendly atmosphere doesn’t become warlike. The only time feelings should be hurt is when the final score of the game is displayed.
4. KNOW-IT-ALL Even among your best group of friends, there is always “that know-it-all.” You know who they are — the guys (or girls) who sound like they want to coach their own team. That crazy play? “Yeah, I called that?” What should the Colts do next? “I already know, listen to me.” While entertaining for a few plays, the know-it-all will eventually grate on everyone’s nerves. Find a way to gently ask him/her to keep the superior play-calling quiet, and everyone will benefit.
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Aged acts bring down halftime energy Since 2004’s ‘wardrobe malfunction,’ performances becoming tamer, more boring Colin Campbell STAFF WRITER
It’s Friday. The week is at an end. And for some 100 million Americans, that means one thing: Super Bowl Sunday is a mere two days away. It also means that halfway between what is sure to be a fierce battle between the two best teams in the NFL, yet another group of geezers will take the stage at midfield and play classic songs they’ve been playing since their twenties — before most of us were born. Un le s s t h e c o u nt le s s C B S a d v e r t i s e m e nt s h a v e misinformed, legendary English rock band The Who will perform, making them the most recent in a line of age-old acts in the six years since the shocking Justin Timberlake/ Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004. Prior to that “revealing” incident networks had branched out, signing contemporary hits like No Doubt (2003), ‘N Sync and Britney Spears (2001), Christina Aguilera (2000), as well as Boyz II Men and Queen Latifah (1998). This surge of popular artists started in 1993 when, in reaction to plummeting halftime show ratings of previous years, the NFL and network officials selected superstar Michael Jackson to headline the event, setting a precedent for years to come. After that one tragic breast — I mean — breath-taking moment, though, networks have shied away from anyone born before 1960, instead favoring classic rock comebacks: Paul McCartney (2005), The Rolling Stones (2006), Prince (2007), Tom Pett y & the Heartbreakers (2008), Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band (2009) and now The Who.
Many members of the different acts have aged significantly since their prime, rendering them virtually unrecognizable (see: Keith Richards, 1963 and 2006). Some of the bands are fragments of what they used to be, missing up to half of the original members (The Who continues to perform after the deaths of both Keith Moon and John Entwistle). Above all, the music has largely lost the youthful rebellion, the context, and the vibe that made it classic. So while the motivation for choosing old-timers year after year is evident — there is little risk of Paul McCartney or Pete Townshend baring a 60-something-year-old body — the most-watched concert of the year needs an update. Those in favor of the old fossils will present many counter arguments. They stress that the main viewer demographic
for an event such as the Super Bowl — namely middle-aged men — demands the network hire an act that will play to that demographic. Understandable, but weren’t the same viewers watching as the pop groups of the 1990s made their rounds on the show? Yes, the ratings have skyrocketed since then, but there are more people at your Super Bowl party than just your dad, an uncle or two and their friends. Last year a national average of 98.7 million people in tuned in to the game. Even if half of those were middle-aged men, to categorically disregard the other 50 million people is just ignorant. For that matter, realistically, even your dad’s generation has to be growing sick of watching their childhood idols dance around and wave their wrinkly, saggy arms on high-defi nition television (Mick Jagger). I don’t disagree that today’s music has become largely commercialized and the industry has lowered its standards immeasurably since the glory of the 1960s and ‘70s. In fact, I’m a passionate proponent of that idea. I’m not asking that Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus perform. But anyone who argues that the Super Bowl halftime shows in the past couple of years have packed anywhere near the energetic punch that such an extravaganza has the potential for is downright delusional. Though the last decade has been admittedly bleak, any era of music has its beacons of light. Jay-Z, The Foo Fighters, Green Day, Alicia Keys, The Black Eyed Peas, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco — I’m confident these acts would, and will, make for fresh and talented halftime shows in the future. It’s just depressing that we’re probably going to have to yawn through the collective returns of Bon Jovi, Neil Young, AC/DC, Van Halen (if they can ever get their act together), and the Eagles before that day comes.
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The Rolling Stones perform at the 2005 Super Bowl. They represent a trend of older, tamer acts at halftime.
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Gamecocks sweep Auburn Tigers Bone’s double-double, Nainima’s outside shooting pushes Carolina to second win for the season over Tigers Chris Bilko
Trying to get themselves out of the middle of the pack of the standings in the SEC, the South Carolina Lady Gamecocks (12-10, 5-5 SEC) won in a thriller Thursday over the Auburn Tigers (12-11), 61-58. An exciting game from start to finish, the Gamecocks got a crucial road victory over a hot Auburn team who has had control over their home court this season. “This game really reminds me of how good basketball is in the SEC,” assistant coach Carla McGhee said. “You just never know what you are going to get on any given Thursday or Sunday.” Fre s h m a n c ent er K el s e y B one le d t he Gamecocks with 24 points and 14 rebounds in the contest. Bone fought hard down low against the bigger KeKe Carrier and the Auburn zone defense to get the double—double. Bone seems to have perfected the art of the baby-hook, which she used throughout the game. “Kelsey Bone played big-girl basketball today,” McGhee said. “That’s the inside presence we needed and I think that was a huge difference today.” Junior guard Valerie Nainima also came up big for the Gamecocks, but managed to score from a longer range than Bone. Nainima scored 20 points from the field and even hit both of her free throw tries in front of an openly hostile Auburn crowd to clinch the game.
“Our young ladies are fi nally buying into the idea of mental toughness,” McGhee said. Auburn came out of the gate hot, shooting 8-10 from the field. The Gamecocks kept it close with some well placed jumpers, and Auburn never led by more than five in the first half. Eventually USC gained the lead late in the half with a big bank-shot from the free throw line by sophomore guard La’Keisha Sutton, eventually pushing the Gamecocks to a 34-31 lead at the half. Continuing her barrage from beyond the arc, Nainima started off the second half nailing some three-pointers. The Lady Gamecocks eventually cooled down and the Tigers went on an 11-0 run, with USC not scoring in over seven minutes in the middle of the half. Both teams traded baskets until the end with the South Carolina coming through in the end. “Auburn did a very good job of controlling the tempo,” McGhee said. We didn’t get into our transition and we didn’t run a lot, but we managed to get through.” Next up for the Lady Gamecocks is a Saturday matchup in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs at 2 p.m.
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Freshman center Kelsey Bone drives the lane over Auburn on Jan. 17.
Carolina heads to Rocky Top USC goes for third consecutive victory in conference action Justin Warlick
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The South Carolina basketball team will travel to Knoxville tomorrow to take on the Tennessee Volunteers . The road has not been a friendly place for USC this year as they have a 1-5 record away from Columbia, but the Gamecocks could have an advantage Saturday in terms of fatigue. Tennessee (16-4, 4-2), which played last night in Baton Rouge against LSU, will be on short rest. UT coach Bruce Pearl has already voiced his displeasure publicly about the issue. Pearl has complained about the difference in days off between the two teams, with South Carolina getting six
days compared to one day for Tennessee. “Its going to be tough for us to come back from a late night tip at LSU,” Pearl said, “and t hen a Sat urday t ip against South Carolina. USC (13-8, 4-3) is currently riding the record scoring pace of senior guard Devan Downey, who has amassed 63 points in the wins this past week, leads the conference in scoring at 31.6 points during conference play. “He is obviously is in a complete zone,” Pearl said. “He does whatever he wants to on the basketball court, and no individual or team has been able to stop him.” Downey is the main scoring threat for USC, but coach Darrin Horn is excited to see other members of the team play up to their potential, as they did against Georgia. Junior center Sam Muldrow recorded his fi rst career double-double, while freshmen g u a rds Stephen Spi nel la a nd R a mon
Galloway hit key three-pointers in the fi rst and second half respectively of USC’s 78-77 triumph over the Bulldogs. “I really think that’s been the difference the last three or four games even going back to the Ole Miss,” Horn said. “We didn’t win, but played well to get back in it, and we seen some other guys do what they can do.” If the game comes down to a buzzer beater, there is no secret that the ball will be in Devan Downey hands, as he cherishes that moment. “He wants to be in that moment” said Horn. “He wants to be the guy that is tak ing t hat shot or mak ing t hat play. Combined with the fact he can do it, he is capable of making that play.” Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
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Senior point guard Devan Downey.
USC hopes to sustain strong play against Charlotte 49ers Coach wants South Carolina to develop mental toughness Ryan Velasquez STAFF WRITER
Coming of a strong showing in last weekend’s ITA Kickoff in Knoxville, Tenn., the South Carolina men’s tennis team will look to come away with another impressive performance when they face-off against Charlotte tomorrow afternoon. Fa l l i n g 4 - 0 i n t h e f i n a l t o No . 5 Tennessee after a 4-2 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in the first round, USC coach Kent DeMars felt the trip was worthwhile. “It was disappointing that we didn’t compete better with Tennessee. I know it was at their place and they’re very talented, but you like to think you can still compete with them,” DeMars said. “We’re probably still a couple of weeks away from hitting our stride, but we’re pleased enough that we got the win over VCU.
I have to consider the trip a good one overall.” Looking at the weekend as a whole, DeMars believes the Gamecocks took a step toward reaching their team objective. “When you go into your season, your biggest goal is to make the NCAA Tournament, and there’s a formula in which to do it. In men’s tennis, it’s usually getting six or seven wins against teams that will be in the tournament,” DeMars said. “I’m pretty sure VCU will be a tournament team. They have been for the last 17 years. They’ve got a good squad, so beating them gives us an important win.” With four spring matches in the books, one word that can be used to describe this team is balanced, something DeMars thinks has been helpful so far. “To be honest, I don’t think I can really identify anybody who’s broken out from the group, which is good in a way. We still need to improve, but it’s not like we’ve got a couple players that are really struggling,” DeMars said. “They’re all in about the same boat, which is fine for now. I think we’re playing decent, but
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Sophomore Ivan Muchado plays in singles action against Wofford on Jan. 16. we do have to play better.” As they prepare for their match against Charlotte, the first of a four-match homestand, the Gamecocks hope to continue making strides toward their goal of a tournament berth and get prepared for tough opponents down the road. “We just need to keep improving our match toughness because we have to turn right around and play a good N.C. State team on Tuesday that was a quarter-fi nalist in the
The Daily Gamecock Sports Staff’s Super Bowl XLIV Pick Colts 35, Saints 24
NCAA Tournament two years ago,” DeMars said. “This weekend is really about taking that next step and getting everybody playing a little bit better.” The match begins at 1 p.m. at the USC Field House.
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