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Blatt to renovate pool Improved lighting, repairs to uneven tiles will make facility one of region’s best Derek Legette STAFF WRITER
The Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center’s swimming pool will close April 1, shutting its doors for three months while renovations are in progress. These new upgrades, combined with a new filtration system installed at the pool last year, are expected the make the Blatt facility one of the best aquatic centers in the Southeast, Director of Campus Recreation Herbert Camp said. “It’s long overdue,” Camp said. “It’s definitely going to make the University community better with this updated swimming environment.” There are two main adaptations to the project. The first is the lighting of the pool, which Camp said looks “dark and dingy.“ Currently the lighting system used in the pool is the same system from when the pool was opened in the early 1970s. The second adjustment will be the tile placement on the pool deck. Only one replacement has been made since the building opened. Some of the tiles are uneven, causing water to get on the surface, making the somewhat-slippery deck a safety hazard. Camp said that the improved lighting system will allow
the lifeguards to see through the water better, and the tiles being adjusted will prevent people from slipping. “With these new installments, the quality of water will increase, which will ultimately make it a more comfortable experience for students that use it,” Camp said. At a price tag of $700,000, Camp said the University did extremely well on the deal. “The cost and the quality of work is great from University Purchasing,” Camp said. “Everything we purchase is through them, so it was the best choice.” The new renovations will not necessarily make the Blatt pool better than the one located at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, for they have two distinct purposes: Blatt is designed for competition and Strom is designed for recreation. Both pools will only have the similar top-notch quality in terms of infrastructure. Camp said that there will be future renovations as money becomes available and the need rises. “We will have more changes being done because it is a heavily used building,” Camp said. He has high expectations for the new pool, which is scheduled to be finished by July 1. “I think it’s going to enhance our swimming and diving teams here at USC,” he said. “In order to stay competitive with other schools, we must have the best facilities available to the students.”
Jimmy Eichorn, the secondyear business student who fell out of a second-floor window of the Sigma Nu house last month, is now recovering at a Charlot te hospital near his home, Sigma Nu President A l l e n EICHORN H o t c h k i s s said Monday. Hotchkiss said the fraternity is planning a fundraiser for the family to help pay for the rising health bills. “They remain in our t h o u g h t s a n d p r a y e r s ,” Hotchkiss said. T here’s a l so a f u nd for donations* based in Charlotte. An investigation into why Eichorn fell from the house is still ongoing, according to USC Police Chief Ernie Ellis. Ellis declined to comment on the circumstances of the case until the investigation concludes. E ic hor n fel l out of t he second-story window Feb. 23 during the wee hours of the morning. Emergency officials responded to the call around 3 a.m. a nd fou nd Eichor n unresponsive.
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Students evaluate health care reform Concerned public divided over bill’s passage, future Josh Dawsey
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The controversial health c a re refor m bi l l pa s sed t he Hou s e l at e Su nd a y night, leaving Republicans t h reat en i ng to s ue a nd Democrats celebrating its long-awaited success. A lmost ever yone on U S C ’s c a m p u s s e e m e d to have a n i m med iate opinion on the bill. Some used t heir Facebook and Twitter accounts to express suppor t for President Obama’s success, say ing the bill would save lives and lower the national deficit. Others said the bill would increase the national deficit and would lead to bigger gover n ment a nd more entitlements. Most USC st udent s inter v iewed Monday expressed their displeasure w it h t he bi l l , but t he y almost all agreed they don’t know as much as they’d like about the legislation. “They passed it?” William Odom asked incredulously Monday. “Are you serious? I didn’t know that.” O do m , a f i r s t-y e a r political science student , said he didn’t really know enough about the bill to give
his opinion. Others seemed to know plenty. “It’s a load of crap,” said Rya n Park s, a f irst-year mecha n ica l eng i neer i ng student. “60 to 70 percent of the people disapprove. It’s not the will of the people. It’s basically socialism. You give the government an inch and they’ll take a mile.” H is f r iend A lex Dav is e c ho e d h i s s e nt i me nt s , say ing healt h care was a privilege and not a right. “It’s the rich giving to the poor,” Davis said. “Those who are lazy and don’t do anything don’t deserve the same health care of those who work.” Ot hers l i ke St udent Government senator Katie Thompson said they were against the bill partly due to procedure. “The way it was passed was tricky and manipulative,” Thompson sa id. “It was like f lashbacks to the SG elect ions. Somet h ing t h is monu mental passed backhandedly just isn’t fair. It should go away.” There were some s u p p o r t e r s of t he b i l l , though. “I t hink it’s act ually a good idea because it gives healt h care to t he lower a nd m idd le c l a s s ,” s a id Greg Wallace, a secondyear computer engineering student. “I haven’t seen all Health ● 3
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Jennifer Nyland canoes on the Amazon River while researching effects of mercury exposure.
Jennifer Nyland Professor conducts research, acts as Communication Fellow Sara Hartley
When USC professor Jennifer Nyland found herself sinking in a canoe on the Amazon River, piranhas weren’t the only thing she was worried about. Her study of mercury as an environmental toxicant brought her to Brazil in October. Exploring the countr y’s contaminated rivers was part of her research; swimming, however, wasn’t in the plan. “We got close enough to shore to jump out,” Nyland said, joking that “science can be fun.” W hile Nyland has been researching the effects of mercury exposure on the immune system since 2002, she now has an additional task after being named one of 10 U.S. Science Communication Fellows by
Environmental Health Sciences. As a fellow, Nyland will spend the next year working to effectively communicate research f indings to journalist s and general audiences. “Environmental Health Sciences is a not-for-profit organization interested in communicating science in a usable way to the public and the press,” Nyland said. After an extensive application process, Nyla nd was chosen to be par t of t he competitive group of scientists seeking to become better communicators. “We’re teaching each other,” Nyland said. “The idea is that they’re building a large net work of scient ists who can communicate their work.” The one-year contract for the program began in February. Since then, Nyland has been getting trained in how to write media reviews. This consists of reading scientific articles and evaluating how clearly and Nyland ● 3
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Five foods to benefit brain Salmon, Acai berries, green tea high in age-fighting vitamins Anna Walton
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In yesterday’s Brain Awareness Week series article by Eric Robinson, one of the tips offered to maintain a healthy and alert mind was to have a diet rich in certain nutrients. So, what sort of foods would be most beneficial for the over-worked mind of a college student? Here are my top five. Fish, but especially wild salmon, is famous for containing high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty acids “don’t sound very appealing or healthy, but numerous studies suggest that the Omega-3s are the fatty acids that most contribute to a healthy and active mind. Why? Because these fatty acids are an important component of the outer membranes of neurons, or brain cells, and the membranes are what conduct messages send from one neuron to another. When a student is sitting in class, all of the information about Napoleon Bonaparte, spring flora or macroeconomics is stored in the brain and new membranes and connections between neurons must be made. An ample supply of Omega-3 fatty acids is necessary to be able to make those connections. These fatty acids have been shown to lower the risk of dementia and stroke as we age. Acai berries, found originally in South America, may be the new “brain berry.” They contain the highest antioxidant levels of any of the berries ever tested, and also contain those Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon. However, Acai berries must be eaten fresh or quickly processed to reap all of their benefits. In other words, the dietary supplements claiming to contain Acai may not do the trick. The traditional brain berry, the blueberry, helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and has also been shown to improve learning and motor skills while delaying cognitive decline. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is
recommended for the same reason as the brain berries: it has strong antioxidant properties that slow the mind’s aging. The most important thing to consider is the amount of Cacao in the chocolate: 75% cacao and higher is the best way to go to calm the sweet tooth while getting vitamin E. Furthermore, those dark chocolate bars contain caffeine, which, in limited amounts, can help increase focus and concentration Epigallocatechin Gallate, EGCG, is found only in green tea and has been shown to fight cancer and aging, and provide overall health benefits. Green tea also contains antioxidants, vitamins A and C, Fluoride and L-Theanine, which is known to help the tea drinker become calm and focused. To get an even stronger shot of those brain friendly nutrients, Matcha, a green powdery substance that is in the entire green tea leaf, provides up to 10 times the concentration of those nutrients compared to a regular green tea bag. Though t he consu mpt ion of cer t a i n highly caffeinated drinks and triple espresso mochas with whipped cream on top is not recommended, the coffee bean does offer the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help the brain function. While caffeine in limited amounts has been shown to be beneficial to the brain and allow concentration, overdoing it can make you jittery, nervous and anything but focused. As previously mentioned, a healthy and wholesome diet consisting of fresh vegetables and fruits and limited processed foods is not only healthy for the body but also for the mind. Eating foods such as avocados, whole grains and other heart-friendly choices will not only decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease but will also increase the heart’s ability to pump blood to the brain — an essential part of staying alert and having an active mind. This information was adapted from the Franklin Institute, WebMD and BrainReady. Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
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Activist shares views from years of protest Taylor Cheney STAFF WRITER
A panel of distinguished authors and revolutionary leaders during t he 1960s spoke Saturday evening in Gambrell Hall as part of the
Student Activism, Southern Style conference. A nat ive of Det roit , Mich., Tom Hayden is an accomplished journalist who was arrested for protesting at the Democratic Convention of 1968 and is also wellk now n for more t han 40 years in politics and animal rights. Through his experiences, Hayden has formed a strong appreciation with his fellow panel members, including Connie Curry and Chuck McDew, both activists for t he St udent Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. “People have no idea how close we were,” Hayden said. Through his relationships with fellow public leaders, H a y d e n s a id he h a s a n altered view on why disputes are fought. “You really fight a war for your buddies,” he said. “The main issue is always who’s the scapegoat or who’s been demonized.” W it h t h is m indset, Hayden has passed more t h a n 10 0 le g i s l at i ve measures including a 10year effort to hold off tuition increases, establishment of a statewide Agent Orange r e g i s t r y, e x t e n s i o n o f sexual harassment codes to professional relationships and f u nding for gang intervention projects.
After studying the effects of a revolut ion t hat took place 40 years ago, Hayden said he still has difficult y understanding it. “There are certain things left out of the ‘60s, and the struggle for memory is most important,” he said. In his discussion, Hayden said there are three different types of promoting memory. “There are people who want to forget everything, people who want to glorify memory by teaching children and there are politicians who only remember select parts to remember.” This is why he considers it an injustice that streets named for social activists s uc h a s Ro sa Pa rk s a nd Malcol m X or post age stamps printed in their honor are supposed to sufficient memorials. However, his experience du ring t he cont roversial decade taught h im more than any formal education. “By get t i ng out of my c o m f or t z one , I g a i ne d more k nowledge than my six years at the University of Michigan,” he said. “My moments of transformation gave me the ultimate reality.”
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Nyland ● Continued from 1 accurately the writer communicates the topic. A lso, each mont h t he Science Communication Fellows must defend and write about two unpublished reports from scientific journals. The idea is to translate upcoming scientific topics i nto more approachable reports for the New Science section of “Environmental Health News,” a publication of EHS. Nyland said they will also be writing for “Above the Fold,” an online publication of EHS. The scientists are NYLAND needed to w r ite repor t s about current topics. Since starting the program, Nyland said she has discovered a lot of words that she regularly uses with colleagues but that need to be clarified for general audiences. For example, she fi rst described her work as st udying biomarkers of mercur y and immunotoxicity. Then to clarify, she said she looks for proteins in blood that show if the immune system changes from exposure to mercury. The latter description provides a better basic understanding for an average person, she said. Nyland studies this relationship between mercury and the immune system in animal models such as mice, and she has found that the toxic exposure affects autoimmune heart disease for the worse.
After examining this trend in mice, she looks at people who have been exposed to mercury by eating fi sh or for occupational reasons. For example, in Brazil, mercury is used in the process of collecting gold from rivers and streams . This method was also used in the western U.S. states during the gold rush, and mercur y continues to be emitted from some power plants. “Mercury is a global pollutant — it gets in the water and atmosphere,” Nyland said. “South Carolina happens to be a hot spot for mercury.” Nyland began her studies with mercury while earning her post-doctorate degree from John Hopkins University. A native of New York, she received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and went to g raduate school at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. In addition to researching mercury and its effects on the immune system, Nyland is currently an assistant professor of pathology, m ic robiolog y a nd i m mu nolog y at t he University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine. Her advice to st udents in any f ield is to read, talk to people and find a helpful mentor. “The best thing I’ve ever done is find good mentors,” Nyland said. “If you fi nd a good mentor, that’s a person who will be a resource to you for life.” Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
Health ● Continued from 1 the details of it yet, but I think it has good intentions.” The opin ions of ma ny on USC’s campus aren’t s u r pr isi ng, sa id K a it l i n Miller, a first-year nursing student. “ We a re i n t he D e e p South, so the opposition is expected,” Miller said. “It comes down to moralit y. A s people we should put others before profits. The insurance companies are out of control. We are the only advanced count r y to not have universal health care. I honestly don’t understand how we’ve gone this long without reform.” Comments on this story? E- m a i l s a g c k n ew @m a i l b ox. sc.edu
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Infamous Westboro still has its rights God hates fags. Not a sentiment you would expect to find in a newspaper opinion section? Nor is it expected in synagogues, high schools and even soldiers’ funerals . Yet the Westboro Baptist Church has displayed this hateful mantra in all of the aforementioned places, and now plans to take it to the State Capitol tomorrow from 11 a.m. to noon. Yes, the infamous Westboro, proud owners of the Web site “God Hates Fags,” is going on tour in South Carolina. They’ll likely sing all the classics, including “God Hates the World.” It will be kind of like a Slayer concert. There are two ways students Don’t allow their can respond to this: We can peacefully protest, or we can hate speech to cause ignore them. There are merits to each of these methods, but you to sink to their there is no merit in violence. If you go to the State House level .. if you protest, to protest, remember that the First Amendment guarantees t h e i r r i g h t t o s p e a k (a s do so peacefully. ludicrous as that speech may be). Don’t allow t heir hate speech to cause you to sink to their level. Or, rather, below their level: Westboro extols violence against America and homosexuals, but they never go beyond protesting, even though the “God’s will” they protest encourages violence. Shirley Phelps-Roper, a leader of the group and among the most vitriolic, is a lawyer and is known to sue those who go beyond the law to stop her and her followers. So if you start throwing things, you will likely be putting money into Westboro’s coffers. If you’re thinking about protesting, do so peacefully — Christians especially need to make clear to America that Westboro’s hate does not represent the mainstream of their religion. All who control themselves are welcome tomorrow. Don’t forget to bring your white doves.
Health care now states’ headache Once bill goes into effect, politicians outside Washington must enact it Battling through these last few weeks of the semester, I can honestly say I forgot about the health care reform bill until last night, when it passed the House. I have stayed out of the debate too long to catch up; like thousands of others, I have been left behind by the whirlwind of kickbacks, blame-filled politics and outright paranoia surrounding this issue. But the debate now belongs to the past. We now have a bill. That’s the gritty truth of it. Republicans, quit crying about the degradation of America — which you always describe as if it were a 1950s processed food commercial. Democrats, stop high-fiving yourselves to death after finally realizing what a majority means. Now the big boy work begins. Can we actually make the plan work? Perhaps money is not the biggest issue. At least, not at the present. The Michael $940 billion bill will hope — Lambert extreme, teeth-gritting stress First-year on the word “hope” — to make comparative literature up its cost by the near-infinite student funds lost through health care fraud per year. If that falls through, well, the Obama administration has shown an uncanny ability so far to make up large sums of money, dragging them mysteriously out of the ether. The money will likely be there, though my grandchildren
might be the ones paying it back. Now that the government is taking on health care, it has to think like a business: How do I sell this? Of course, there are the media pundits and the Capitol Hill Republicans, who by this point wouldn’t even support the measure for a Klondike bar. There is the public, which is one-part confused and two-parts mortified. Somewhere mixed in are those actually helped by the program, but somehow their voices don’t pierce the malaise en masse of our society. Who’s left? The real grunts of this new legislation: the states. Barely 24 hours after the bill passed the House, attorneys general from 11 Republican states planned to sue the federal government over the new legislation, saying it oversteps states’ rights. States’ rights — such an eloquent and rallying term for what these states are all thinking: “How the hell are we going to do this?” Medicaid costs already stifle several states and the mandates in this bill will add to that. The federal government promises to yield the funds, but that depends entirely on the turns of its own cogs, the different pressures and temperaments that plague any machine. States are now the wrecking ground for health care This, to me, is health care reform’s ultimate failure: Democrats spent their time pandering to congressmen who didn’t really matter in the greater scheme of things. All this time spent reconciling Democratic ambitions with Republican doubts could have been used bolstering trust among those who actually have to put the plan in motion.
Religion, politics need separation, mutual respect Councilman Mintz’s prayer crosses line between Church, State Last week the Spartanburg County Council opened a meeting with a prayer. Nothing unusual there, except that the chaplain who would normally lead the prayer was absent on this occasion, leaving Councilman O’Neal Mintz to fill in. The prayer the substitute chaplain chose to deliver was highly unusual. Councilman Mintz opened his prayer by noting that the council should be thankful to serve an “awesome God” who sent Jesus Christ to redeem our sins. He asked forgiveness for America, because “blood runs in our streets” due to abortion. He asked forgiveness for same-sex marriage because “not only is it sinful, but it’s sick.” Spartanburg resident Mary Miles says she had been growing uneasy about the nature of the council’s opening prayers for several years and fi nally chose to complain. It should be clear why Mintz’s prayer was not appropriate in a government meeting, but apparently not. No one at the meeting objected besides Miles. Mintz’s prayer was not of the nonsectarian
variety that is traditional for government bodies, but a specifically Christian one. In 2004, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that the town of Great Falls, S.C., could not specifically invoke Christ in a government meeting. Defending himself, Mintz offered a pathetic reply: “My lord and savior is personal to me.” But the business of the Spartanburg County Council is not to reflect what is in. Mintz’s personal interest. In fact, the Councilman was very clear about that in his own prayer, saying that he hoped God would “help us to elect people that would seek to not do their will, but to do Your will.” He’s also wrong about that. Elected officials are not to do their personal will or God’s will, but Richard Wood the will of the people who elected Fourth-year them. history student The expected response to all this is that the electorate is, in fact, Christian and would approve of the prayer. But the council should represent all of its citizens, not just the majority. What kind of message did Mintz’s words send to the Spartanburg Buddhist Center, which just so happened to be at the meeting
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to get approval for a public festival? That their constitutional right to petition their government was suspended? The fact that the Councilman felt he was justified in delivering such a prayer at all indicates something larger: There is a segment of the population that fundamentally misunderstands the role of religion in government. Incidents like this are the perfect target for devoted secularists. In recent years, we’ve seen challenges to “In God We Trust” appearing on coins and even to having invocations before government meetings at all. But the typical public invocation is a great compromise between two sides: It seeks to acknowledge the importance of religion to so many Americans without expressing a specific viewpoint. In swinging to one extreme it invites the wrath of the other. The ultimate guide in this matter is tradition. Americans are supposed to be “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” Quoting this line should be acceptable to all but the most sensitive non-monotheists, because liberty is one of those rights. No one has the right to be free from any public acknowledgment of religion, but they are free not to be hectored by an elected official with a political motive. Amen to that.
March 21, 2010 : A date that will live in infamy. The United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the Twitter and Facebook st at uses of t he empire of ignorance. A s t he u n i n f or me d of cyberspace cry out in pain, lamenting the end of America, some of us shout in jubilation. To d a y m a y b e j u s t t h e beginning of the flame war to end all flame wars. But today is also V-R Day: Victory Over the Republicans Day. And, oh, what a good day it is. After January 20 , we felt sidelined. Obama was elected. T he i l lu sion was gone. We were not st upid — we k new change would neither b e e a s y, nor Ryan Quinn would it come Second-year quickly. But on print journalism the morning of student I naug urat ion Day, as snow fell on Columbia, we wanted to believe the impossible. Obviously, the impossible did not take place. Inevitably, change stagnated. There was the expected disappointment, but t here was also an u nex pected d isg ust. The excitement and momentum of the Obama campaign was h ijacked a nd assi m i lated by t he Tea Pa r t y, a nd a conservative revolution began to take foot. It was, and still is, f u l l of u n helpf u l a nd unfocused rage. We witnessed the mustering of an army of muckrakers — men and women full of criticism, yet empty of solutions. It seemed that this force would consume Washington, and indeed it did. Yet a figure stood above t he sw irling deluge — the Democratic disappointment of President Obama. Kept from jumping into t he raging waters of defeat by his polarizing ally, Nancy Pelosi, Obama did not give up on health care. Obama now has his bill. T h i s i s a n u nden iable success. He may not have gotten a single-payer system, but t h i s bi l l i n s u re s a l l A mericans will be able to afford health care and that insurers will not be able to discriminate based on preexisting conditions. Not far into Obama’s second year, he has passed the single most important piece of legislation since Medicare. Already, he has achieved far more than many presidents in the past. If any consider this bill to be a failure, then they should listen to a quote from a great film, “Alexander” (2004): “His failure towered over other men’s successes.”
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TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010
MGMT stays true to original sound Electro-pop duo’s sophomore album satisfying as whole, songs lack hit single quality found on ‘Oracular Spectacular’ Colin Campbell STAFF WRITER
Album Review: MGMT- Congratulations ★ ★ ★ out of ✩✩✩✩✩
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MGMT is currently streaming “Congratulations” for free on the band’s Web site. The album is set to release April 13.
“Hey everybody,” MGMT’s Web site statement reads, “the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able to hear it from us. We wanted to offer it as a free download but that didn’t make sense to anybody but us.” Since their 2007 major label debut “Oracular Spectacular” shot the Brooklyn-based electro-pop duo, composed of Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, to stardom with insanely catchy hit singles “Kids,” “Time to Pretend” and “Electric Feel,” the band has been touring continuously and gaining a growing throng of international followers. Their distinct brand of memorable, kaleidoscopic keyboard melodies and thumping synthesizer bass lines has made them a party favorite and a solid addition to any playlist. After much anticipation, MGMT announced that their sequel album, “Congratulations,” was slated for release on April 13 of this year. On March 9, they uploaded one of the new songs for free download on their Web site. Titled “Flash Delirium,” it’s a quick-building, musically complex, synthesizer-driven anthem with a revved-up sound reminiscent of something off their debut. The lyrics reflect the panicked, psychedelic feel of the music: “Even if this hole collapses/ I can stand by my pillar of hope/ It’s just a case of flash delirium.” The “Flash Delirium” download has since been removed from the site, but, when the album leaked this past Saturday, the band uploaded it in its entirety for free streaming. In an interview with NME.com, MGMT pronounced hopes that fans would treat “Congratulations” as a body of songs rather than just downloading a couple of singles: “There defi nitely isn’t a ‘Time to Pretend’ or a ‘Kids’ on the album ... to make sure people hear the album as an album and not just figure out what are the best three tracks, download those, and not listen to the rest of it,” Goldwasser said. While the band’s intentions for the betterment of their music are obvious, one wonders whether this tactic will be harm their sales. Upon first listen, the album is unnervingly unremarkable; while it contains all the classic elements that
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Stephen Colbert interviews Raj Patel about his book “The Value of Nothing” in midJanuary on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”
Messiah controversy opens spectators to criticism concerning level of consideration given to media for solutions to life’s intricate problems
made “Oracular Spectacular” great, it does lack standout songs that grab attention as defined singles. The first track, “It’s Working,” has potential. A significant variation from their normally steady-beat, synthesizerspiked music, an electric surf-style guitar scale jump-starts the song and drums, bass and keyboards echo the guitar and pick up almost immediately. Each instrument uses bounteous amounts of delay and reverb to accomplish an almost Dick Dale tone, while still keeping an MGMT feel. The chorus has almost a sitar sound as the lyrics ask the question: “How will I know/ When it’s working right?” “Song for Dan Treacy,” also contains this upbeat urgency, but seems a little more old school. It features a memorable keyboard line that makes it recognizable and a guitar and drums reminiscent of Vampire Weekend. The following song, “Someone’s Missing,” is a falsetto-voiced ballad again using sitar-like effects and lots of delay. It slowly builds until it reaches a jangly bass-line that seems to combine all the best parts of The Jackson 5’s “ABC” and The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The title track, “Congratulations,” is another ballad and sounds more normal than almost any of MGMT’s other material. It does layer a high-pitched harp over the guitar to keep things interesting, but the vocals are less falsetto and song is more lyrically driven (“I’ll keep your dreams/ You pay attention for me/ As strange as it seems/ I’d rather dissolve than have you ignore me”) than what we’ve been accustomed to from the Grammy nominated duo. A ll in all, while no individual song lives up to the singles on “Oracular Spectacular.” “Congratulations” is a respectable second release from the sensational new musicians, and the more one listens, the more the music resounds as a quality body of work. Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Factor,” and when narrative programs advocate themselves as reality when they’re really anything but. Perceptions of reality are slowly slipping away. The issue of Raj Patel and Share International is not just about a loony religious cult who thinks they’ve found an answer where there is none. To dismiss it in that regard would be to downplay the central issue that these followers believe the Messiah revealed himself on television. Why shouldn’t he, though? Wouldn’t it be fitting for Jesus to descend from the heavens for the fi nale of “American Idol” and then jet over to the “Late Show with David Letterman” for an exclusive interview? Plenty of people would notice, and the ratings would be through the roof. Television is a fantastic medium. The vast technological increases over the decades since its creation have allowed us to experience our changing world in essentially real time. Much as Patel laments that people put their hope in one person to offer the solution, it’s equally shameful that people put too much faith in television to present them with the world’s reality. There’s no denying media drive our country. The Internet and television allowed us all to follow the health care reform vote as it happened. That itself is a blessing and an opportunity, but there will always be someone looking to turn the opportunities of communications media into simple solutions. That’s Entertainment. Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
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When Benjamin Creme predicted the second coming of Buddha with several cryptic clues to the followers of Share International, who would have known that late night comedy programming would have held the answer for our salvation? When author Raj Patel came on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” in January 2010 to discuss his new book, “The Value of Nothing,” Creme announced days later that the Maitreya, the official name of the reincarnated Messiah, had arrived. On paper, Patel perfectly fit the laundry list of prophetic tenets: he has dark skin, he was born in 1972, he traveled from India to London in 1977 and he occasionally speaks with a stutter — evidenced when he tripped over a few words during his “Colbert Report” interview. Last week, Colbert invited Patel back on his program via phone interview. The funnyman poked and prodded at the author by bringing up a clause of Creme’s predictions that says Maitreya will not admit to being Maitreya. Each time Patel denied his messianic status, Colbert playfully jabbed back that he was only furthering his case as a deity. Patel then turned serious, saying, “I’m the last person who should be the Messiah. I’ve spent a lot of time arguing that what we need is, you know, not to believe in great leaders and people bringing hope and change, and that we can change the world by actually small acts of rebellion and mutual aid. So, I think the whole idea of being a Messiah is entirely bogus.” In his traditional comeback mode, Colbert retorted, “that sounds very holy of you.” While Colbert has often cited the “Colbert Bump,” an idea that appearing on his show instantly boosts one’s popularity, as a phenomenon, it seems he’s accidentally bumped an interviewee to heavenly heights. Patel’s honest remarks speak to the detrimental importance our society places on the individual, and how the individual who appears on television is automatically a celebrity. The problem of Raj Patel, aside from the fact that he’s now being bombarded by people who genuinely believe he will change their lives, is that he’s a victim of a society that’s increasingly using television and media to search for answers. The cult of personality, be it in religious cults, musicians or President Obama, has certainly been on the rise. Of course, the responsibilities of the President and Buddha’s reincarnation are entirely different, but the underlying principle is the same: Television has an awesome power over the populace, especially when the line between news and entertainment continues to blur on programs like Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and Fox’s “The O’Reilly
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Gamecocks hit road to Statesboro USC on hot streak, ready to go against Georgia Southern Ryan Velasquez STAFF WRITER
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T.J. Johnson started in USC’s 16-10 victory over Ole Miss Sept. 24, 2009.
T.J. takes centerstage Former right guard prepares to play at center for 2010 season Sam Davis
T.J. Joh nson has never taken a snap at center in his football career. Yet last year, coaches had the idea to move him to center to replace departing senior Lemuel Jeanpierre, and began giving him his fi rst ever reps in front of a quarterback. Maybe it was his grittiness that coaches recognized as potential to become the core of the offensive line in 2010. As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Johnson was the only offensive lineman on the team and one of five Gamecocks to start every game during the season. He earned Freshman All-SEC honors and honorable mention Freshman All-American amidst an offensive line that saw its fair share of struggles. The tenacious streak in Johnson is one that sophomore quarterback Stephen Garcia recognized after just two practices of taking snaps from him. “I think he’s going to be a pretty good player,” Garcia said. “He’s physical. He’s got a little mean streak in him, and that’s what you need in a center.” But you need more than a mean streak to be a center in the SEC — the fastest and most elite conference in the nation. Knowledge and quick thinking, both in a football sense and otherwise, are essentials for one of the most crucial positions on the football field. This also seems to be one of Johnson’s strengths, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll last semester. He knows that the mental aspect of playing center requires just as much mental strain as physical, which just puts more on the plate of the redshirt sophomore trying to learn a new position. “Everything looks a lot different. To me, center is more of a mental game,” Johnson said. “You’ve got to be able to pick up blitzes and see where everything is coming from. So it’s a lot more mental and of course you’ve got to get the ball back there, too.” Not only is the third-year sophomore from Aynor picking up a new position but he’s also trying to adapt to his new role as the leader of the South Carolina offensive line. It’s a unit that desperately needs a leader to emerge after allowing 34 sacks in 2009, the second highest total in the SEC. After the very first spring practice, new offensive line coach Shawn Elliott declared that Johnson is the perfect candidate for the job. “T.J.’s a leader for us on the offensive front,” Elliott said. “He does everything
you ask of him in both the weight room and the classroom. He works his tail off, and that’s what we need to build leadership around center. He’s the foundation right now.” Joh nson embraces t he new role but believes he still has work to do before he can fulfi ll such high expectations. “I’d like to see myself as a leader. I have a lot of aspects I have to work on as far as becoming the leader,” Johnson said. “I feel like I’m making improvements but I don’t feel like I’m there yet.” Though it is still early, all signs point to Elliott being a perfect fit at Carolina. Johnson believes Elliot’s style of coaching will bring to USC the one aspect that it badly needed in 2009: discipline. “I like coach Elliott a lot. He’s one of those coaches who you know has your back but he’s going to coach you hard,” Johnson said. “I think he’s what you need. He’s going to make sure our offensive line has discipline. He’s going to be the t ype of coach that we need.” W it h t he new coach com ing in a nd tightening up procedures, Johnson sees the line making headway already. Not only in the way the team is practicing, but also in the relationship between each man on the offensive front. “I defi nitely believe we’re progressing,” Johnson said. “The way we’re doing things this year is a lot better for the offensive line. Everything is a little different than we did last year with coach [Wolford]. This offensive line is a lot closer than we’ve ever been. We all go out together and hang out together. It’s a lot different than when I fi rst got here.” Chemistry between he and Garcia is one thing that may not be prevalent yet but will develop as their reps multiply throughout spring and summer. As for now, there are some kinks to work out. “We’re working with snaps and stuff. He’s kind of a little bit low and I’m just trying to get him to where he’s comfortable snapping to me,” Garcia said. “It’s going to take work, but it’s nothing that spring and summer can’t fi x.” The pieces are slowly falling into place for the South Carolina football team, and in 2010 it will be time for the offensive line to hold its own. With a new coach in place as well as a leader at the heart and soul of the line, 2010 could be Carolina’s year. “ Ever y t h i ng is c h a ng i ng w it h t h is offensive line,” Johnson said. “We’ve been saying that this is the new Carolina but this year we really want to show the fans that this is the new Carolina instead of just saying it.” Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A month into the college baseball season, one would be hard-pressed to find a hotter team t han Sout h Carolina. Winning their last 10 games , including a threegame sweep of Tennessee in their SEC opener this past weekend , the No. 14 G a mecock s (16 - 4, 3- 0) will look to extend their streak to 11 when they face Georgia Southern (11-10, 2-4) tonight on the road. “I think what’s been good for us is that we’ve been in a lot of tough games. It’s not new to us,” said USC coach Ray Tanner. “We got our taste of having to play tight games, having to battle behind and having to maintain a lead. It might have benefitted us so far.” Playing a major role in those tight games has been junior W hit Merrif ield . Seei ng play i ng t i me at both third base and the outfield, Merrifield enters tonight’s game two hits shy of 200 for his career, a feat reached by just 22 players in program histor y. His two home runs also helped pave the way for Carolina’s first SEC sweep to start a season since 2001. “A n y t i m e y o u g e t a sweep in the SEC it’s huge,” Merrifield said. “The fi rst two years I’ve been here we lost both opening series, so
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Carolina infielder Scott Wingo has been integral in the Gamecocks’ 10-game win streak and 3-0 SEC start. it’s nice to start ahead for once.” A lso cont r ibut i ng on t he of f e n s i v e s id e h a s been junior infielder Scott Wingo. Known more for his glove than his bat last season, Wingo is hitting .370 so far in 2010 with three home runs, including a solo shot i n Su nday ’s victory over Tennessee. “That was enjoyable to watch. All you can ask of anybody is to compete at the highest level. It’s not going to work out all the time, but that’s exactly what you saw t here,” Tan ner said. “The guy competes for it, he always has. Now he’s having a little more success than he’s had his fi rst two years offensively. That was big. That’s all you can ask of your players.” Fac i ng a G eorg ia
Southern team that won the Southern Conference last season, Carolina will likely need to play with the same attitude and determination as this weekend to come away with a victor y and keep the winning streak alive. “ We k n o w G e o r g i a Southern is a really good team. They’re at the top of their league every year,” Merrif ield said. “We’re going to go in there with the mindset that they’re a SEC team. It’s going to be a good atmosphere and we’re looking forward to it.” First pitch is at 7 p.m. in Statesboro, Ga. Comments on this story? E-mail sagckspt@mailbox. sc.edu
Webb earns conference honor
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South Carolina left-handed pitcher Tyler Webb was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday by the conference offices in Birmingham. The southpaw earned his first career win in his first SEC start this past Sunday, hurling 5.2 innings of shutout ball with six strikeouts in Carolina’s 4-0 win over Tennessee, which gave the Gamecocks a three-game sweep of the Volunteers to open 2010 conference play.
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