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Alumni march on Statehouse ‘Garnet army’ demonstrates great enthusiam, addresses problems with educational funding Rebecca Kneisley


Carolina alumni represented another “garnet army” in their march to the Statehouse to show legislators their support and advocate for public higher education during the annual Carolina Day on Wednesday. Since 2004, Carolina Day, sponsored by the Carolina Alumni Association’s Carolina Action Network, has served as a day for alumni, current students and anyone interested in the University to meet with their local legislators and promote support for USC and public higher education in general. However, the message of the lobbyists leading this year’s event was clear: Carolina Day this year was not a day to ask for funding. It was simply a day for the alumni to show legislators their strong support for their alma mater. “Things haven’t been good at the Statehouse during tough economic times,” said Shirley Mills, a lobbyist from the University, in her speech at an advocate Chad Simmons / THE DAILY GAMECOCK briefing at the Capital City Club before the attendees headed to the Statehouse. Students and representatives gather at the Statehouse Wednesday morning to Mills said in light of the revenue situation, it was unrealistic to ask the support the University and promote higher education. Statehouse for specific funding. “They were considering putting us on the cut list, but the Salkehatchie “We’re going to show support for our flagship enthusiastically,” Mills said. campus gives people from Allendale and Walterboro counties an education “Just seeing this army coming over there means we’ve had a successful day.” Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications, said the opportunity that they might not otherwise have,” Parnell said. Advocates from the Carolina Alumni Association said legislators must realize group is a “new manifestation of the garnet army.” “You can be as enthusiastic as they are at basketball games,” Bierbauer said to the importance of the University to the state as a whole. Martin reminded attendees of the significant role the University plays in the state’s economy. those gathered at the advocacy briefing. According to Mills, the day of advocacy is “vitally important” because Carolina students and alumni contribute $400 million to state revenue, funding for Carolina and public higher education in general has been cut by 50 according to Martin. John Bordereaux, a member of the Alumni Association for 35 years, said it percent in the past two years. “Legislators are in a tough position,” said Casey Martin, another University is vital for the University to receive funding because the University represents the state to the nation. lobbyist who spoke at the event. “They are not gleefully cutting funding.” “We want to be on legislators’ minds when the economy starts fixing itself,” Representatives from some of the campuses of USC’s smaller branches such as the Salkehatchie campus and the Union campus, who attended Carolina Bordereaux said. Bordereaux said that while USC was considered a good university 31 years Day, said that they wanted to make sure they maintained a place in legislators’ ago, it is a great university now. minds as well. “The academics of USC are so strong and are growing by leaps and bounds,” Michele Lee, the business manager at USC Union who has been attending Carolina Day for three years, said that her school is the smallest in the system Bordereaux said. “Our goal is to be one of the top 50 universities in the nation.” Bordereaux said the Alumni Association is key to the success of the and that she viewed the advocacy day as “a good chance to come and meet University. people,” and that “not a lot is discussed about changes that need to be made.” “We want legislators to remember us because we are one. We are strong. We “It’s just a chance to meet the legislators so that if changes need to be made are unique,” Bordereaux said. down the road, we’ll have that relationship,” Lee said. Dustin Parnell, student government president at USC Salkehatchie, said that he would like to talk to legislators about his concern for keeping his school Comments on this story? E-mail open.


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An investigation on how the injections of nano-sized rods of gold may assist with problematic heart valves is being conducted by scientists at USC. Dr. Ed ie G oldsm it h, a n associate professor i n t he depar t ment of cell Biology and anatomy of the School of Medicine is one of the people engaging in the research. “Our current work stems from initial studies we conducted using gold nanorods to measure how cardiac cells deform or pull on t he proteins surrounding them, often referred to collectively as the extracellular matrix,” Goldsmith said. “W hile we init ially conducted experiments in two-dimensional films of collagen, a major extra-cellular matrix protein in the heart, we wanted to make similar measurements on cells in a more

native, three-dimensional environment.” After combining cardiac cells, gold na norod s a nd col lagen i nto t h ree dimensional gels, somet hing similar to “Jello,” as Goldsmit h said, it was observed that the gels with nanorods were softer than gels without nanorods. Goldsmith said her lab has an National Institutes of Health grant to study heart valve development and that she knew of several valvular heart diseases which result from changes in the mechanical properties of the valves including fibrotic or degenerative valve diseases. “We decided to conduct some pilot experiments to see if injecting nanorods into isolated heart valves would change their mechanical properties,” Goldsmith said. Her team obser ved t hat t he introduction of negatively charged gold nanorods into these valves made them softer than the valves which weren’t treated with the nanorods. This “golden” operat ion does not f u nct ion as one Heart ● 3

Tw o c a n d i d a t e s f o r state superintendent, Kelly Pay ne and Brent Nelson , p a r t ic ip at e d i n a f or u m discussion organized by the College Republicans , along wit h Treasurer candidate Curtis Loftis and Columbia Tea Party representative Allen Olson in Callcott College Wednesday night. “We’ve been really wanting to reach out to dif ferent parts of the University and we f ig ured t he educat ion g r oup wou ld b e a g o o d place because we’re all here for school and education is important to everybody,” said Daniel Brennan, a fourth-year political science student and Chairman of t he College Republicans. Approximately 20 people were in the audience, and Bren n a n sa id it wa s t he smallest meeting the club has had all year, attributing the

lack of attendance to the nice weather outside. There were not any prepared questions for the candidates, and the forum took the shape of a questionand-answer session. Members of the crowd were called on to address any concerns they had about the candidates. Brennan said he hoped this would get more students involved. “I t hink [t he for um] is really important,” Brennan said. “We’re one of the lowest r a n ked publ ic educ at ion systems in the country so I would like to get some good questions to the candidates.” Bren na n sa id t he st ate superintendent position is important and the current leadership hasn’t had a lot of success. “ We’r e ho p i n g t o g e t someone in there that can actually say they’re going to do something and actually have results to prove that t he y ’ve done t hei r job,” Brennan said. Olson took t he f loor first and made an opening st atement st re s si ng t h at he wa s n’t t here to st a r t controversy. Forum ● 3


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Active minds need exercise to stay sharp Healthy patterns, practices improve retension, memory recall Azka Nazir


Memory is universally defined as the ability to acquire information, store it and be able to retrieve it when needed. The information-processing model proposed by Stephen Lewandowsky and Bennett Murdock in 1989 explained the three basic processes through which information goes through: encoding, storage and retrieval. Encoding refers to collecting information and organizing it into a storable form so it can be entered into memory. Storage involves storing the information in the form of a memory for a period of time. Retrieval occurs for the recovery of stored information from memory so it can be used. Forming a memory involves a complex process, which requires an intricate network of areas across the brain. The region of brain mainly responsible for storing memory is the hippocampus, which is embedded deep in the brain. Usually, memory is categorized into short-term and longterm. Short-term memory is transient and lasts for a few minutes. While long-term memory, on the other hand, can last for longer periods of time. Maintaining a permanent, long-term memory requires periodic repetition. Long-term memory can be divided into declarative and procedural memory. Declarative or explicit memory requires a conscious effort. Examples include studying for an exam or

memorizing facts. Procedural or implicit memory does not require a conscious remembering. For example, driving your car or riding your bicycle are all examples of procedural memory. This type of memory is acquired through constant practice and effort. Since the 1950s, a number of studies have been performed on brain and memory. This research has not only enhanced understanding of the brain, but also provided us with ways to improve our memory. Studies done by Hermann Ebbinghaus led to the discovery of “the serial position effect,” which states that people are more likely to remember words from a list that are either near the beginning or near the end. This finding is quite applicable to students because it says if you always study your notes from beginning to end, chances are the information in the middle would not be as well-retained. Based on this idea that we can effectively shape our memories, there are some common tactics that can be used to enhance memorizing ability. Pay attention: you can only effectively encode information into your memory if you have paid attention. Don’t cram. If you wait until the last minute to study for biology or a social science exam, it is likely that you would not be able to make sense of everything in such little time. Organizing items of information into a meaningful unit or chunk can be an effective way to retain information for a long time. More tips include understanding basic ideas and focusing

on t he main idea instead of details. Repet it ion also helps because it converts short-term memory to long-term memory. If you do not repeat and rehearse, the information never makes it to long-term memory and is virtually lost. Another tip is to use mnemonics, such as acronyms. These are clues that will help your memory by making mental images. H a v i n g h e a lt h y s t u d y a n d nutritional habits also improve memory. Regular exercise increases oxygen to your brain and helps nourish the brain cells. Keeping your stress in check helps, too. Stress hormones affect the hippocampus and reduce its memory-storing capacity. Handle stress well and do not get “burned-out.” Also, getting a good night’s sleep has been shown to largely enhance the active functioning of brain. Research shows that people with a generally positive outlook on life are less likely to get sick and more likely to have a longlasting memory. So, stay positive about things and be happy. This information was adapted from an online article called “Improving Your Memory: Tips and Techniques” and a book “A Journey of Discovery” by Stephen Franzoi. Comments on this story? E-mail

POSSIBLE CHANGES COME TO SG Potential bill to create bicameral legislative system, foster greater graduate involvement Josh Dawsey


Historic legislation that would totally overhaul Student Government and give more representation to graduate students was introduced in front of the student senate Wednesday night after years of work and dozens of meetings. The bill wasn’t debated Wednesday night, and it will likely be weeks or months before the legislation gets an up or down vote. Supporters admit it could be a rocky ride, but they’re confident a version of the bill will pass. “I don’t expect it to pass with its current language,” Sen. Matt Ungar said. “But I do expect it to pass eventually.” The legislation would revolutionize the workings of SG, creating a bicameral body that represents both the needs of undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, both graduate and undergraduate students make up the body.

The current undergraduate senate and the Graduate Board would meet separately dealing with issues related to respective constituencies. It would also create another vice presidential role in the organization, with the leader of the graduate Senate having equal power to the president of the undergraduate Senate. Graduate and undergraduate students could run for SG president, and that person would have veto power over legislation in Jeremy Aaron / THE DAILY GAMECOCK both bodies. Graduate students would also have their own treasurer and executive-office support leaders. The two separate senates would meet together should business relate to both bodies. The Constitutional Review Committee, a group formed by the senate in 2009, has worked on the bill for months. There have been at least five or six drafts already, Ungar said. There were a lot of angry moments in meetings, current Graduate Student Association President Alan Tauber said. “I don’t think either side walked out totally happy,” he said. “But that’s how you know you have a good compromise.” Now, the bill will move to the Judiciary Committee, where Chairwoman Anna Hecksher expects to keep it for a few weeks. At least two-thirds of the Senate will have to pass the bill before it’s passed to the entire student body for ratification. “If you have questions, please ask,” Hecksher said. “We’ll have plenty of time to discuss this.”

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For at least the next year, there will be no prayer during student senate meetings on Wednesday night. SG Vice President Taylor Cain chose to eliminate the position of chaplain and begin each meeting with a brief moment of silence. The move seems to be almost universally accepted by the body, which has faced controversy in the past for its stance on public prayer. “We’re going to be aware of the beliefs of others or a lack of beliefs. A moment of reflection is appropriate,” said Cain, a third-year history student. “In the past, it’s been a controversial thing. It’s easier to just satisfy all parties because you can do whatever you want in a moment of reflection.” La st yea r, cont rover s y erupted after Senate Chaplain Lee Cole often began Senate with a prayer to Jesus. Cole later changed his stance on the issue, inviting on-campus leaders to speak and opening up t he session w it h nondenominational prayers and readings. Sen. M at t Ung a r , who criticized Cole last year, said the move makes Senate open to everyone. “It allows everyone to do what they’d like to do,” Ungar said. “I’ve always advocated for a moment of silence.” Sen. Ben Bullock echoed Ungar’s comments. “I as a Christian would love for us to have an invocation. But I understand it’s made people uncomfortable in the past,” Bullock said. “This is a little more appropriate.”


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WASH I NGTON — Wit h litt le fanfare, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Wednesday designed to ensure that no federal money can be used for elective abortions under the nation’s new health care legislation. The order had been demanded by a key bloc of anti-abortion Democrats as t he price for t heir support for the health overhaul legislation that narrowly passed the House Sunday night. Since then it’s been criticized by antiabortion groups who say it has no actual impact other than restating restrictions on abortion funding already in the law. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., leader of the anti-abortion Democrats, insists that’s not the case, but lawmakers supporting abortion rights did not object to the order because they said it Forum ● Continued from 1 “ I ’m n o t g o i n g t o b e confrontational. I have my beliefs, you have yours, and I hope you can respect that,” Olson said. His most powerful statement, which received the only applause from the au d ie n c e a l l n i g ht , w a s drawing a correlation between Wa s h i n g t o n a n d S o u t h Carolina. “What the Democrats are doing in Washington, the Republicans are doing in the state,” Olson said. Following Olson, Payne and Nelson took the f loor. Pay ne spoke f i rst a nd excitedly made her claims for the superintendent position t hrough personal success stories. She talked about her experiences as a teacher and the student programs that she set up which centered around a program called the “It” Kids. “I had this idea two years ago about getting my kids i nvolved i n t he pol it ica l process.” Payne said. “Not necessar ily becom i ng a Republican or Democrat, but just involved. I wanted kids following local issues and caring.” S o m e o f t h e ac c ompl i s h me nt s of t he st udent s i nvolved i n t he program included getting the speaker of the house and Gov. Mark Sanford to both come to Dutch Fork High School. Nelson took a different approach and spoke using specific solutions to existing problems. He talked about several steps that need to be made in order to improve education. First, he talked about offering more choices to parents and students, followed by the idea that better teachers deserved to be paid more. Lastly, he talked about families and communities getting involved in the schools. “Educat ion i n Sout h Carolina can not just be a government function,” Olson said. The first of four questions from the audience addressed the education budget in the state. Payne spoke of transparency and the importance of being able to t r ac k where a nd how tax dollars are being spent. Nelson agreed that transparency is an issue and said the South Carolina bus system is an area that can be changed to save money. “We run a very expensive bus system in South Carolina and we are the only state in the country that does that,” Olson said. “So maybe there is some cost savings there if we push that to the districts and encourage them to contract that out to private companies who can get save a whole lot of money and get kids to school a whole lot faster and more efficiently.”

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made no difference. Obama invited Stupak and other lawmakers to the Oval Office for the signing of the order but made no effort to draw attention to it, and no media were allowed in the room. The president signed the order a day after putting his signature on sweeping healt h care leg islat ion ex tend i ng coverage to 32 million u ninsured Americans over 10 years with a firsttime requirement for nearly everyone to carry insurance and with a ban on insurance company practices such as denying coverage to sick people. Meanwhile, debate was under way in the Senate on a companion bill to the landmark law, with Republican senators forcing Democrats to run a gantlet of politically dicey votes on a long list of amendments. Major components of the “fi x-it” legislation include scaling back a tax on high-cost insurance plans opposed by labor unions, eliminating a special Medicaid deal for Nebraska, clo si ng t he cover age g ap i n t he Medicare prescription benefit, and Heart ● Continued from 1

experiment, but rather as a series of experiments targeted at comprehending how the gold nanorods are altering the mechanical properties of heart valves, or in other words, what the nanorods are doing to make the tissue softer. Goldsmith said they would like to manipulate the chemical charge on the surface of these particles to see if they can tune the mechanical properties of the valves, making them either softer or stiffer depending upon the disease which is causing dysfunction. A l so work i ng on t he projec t a re me c h a n ic a l e n g i ne er i n g a s s o c i at e professor Sarah Baxter, former USC chemistry professor Cathy Murphy and Clemson Universit y bioengineering professor Delphine Dean. There is also a graduate student working on this project, and it is possible that undergraduate students may be involved. A t wo-year explorator y grant from t he N I H’s Hea r t , Lu ng a nd Blood Institute, valued at $275,000, funds the work . Goldsmit h said she hopes t he groundwork that they are doing now will lead to future studies with the ultimate goal of developing a minimally invasive treatment for people with valvular heart

imposing higher taxes on upper-income earners. But Republicans had other ideas. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., wants a vote on his amendment to prohibit coverage of Viagra for sex offenders. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, wants savings from Medicare cuts plowed back into the health care program for seniors, instead of being used to expand coverage to the uninsured. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., wants to gut penalties on employers w ho s e work er s w i nd up g e t t i n g taxpayer-subsidized coverage. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, offered an amendment to force Obama a nd ot hers i n t he gover n ment to obtain insurance coverage through new purchasing exchanges created by the law, something the law already stipulates for members of Congress and some staff. The W hite House responded by issuing a statement saying Obama would enter t he exchange voluntarily so Grassley’s amendment was unnecessary.

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New bans restrict sex offenders from parks Voters on health care met with harassment South Carolina legislators want to ban sex offenders from entering state parks after a California jogger who went for a run in a park was killed. Registered sex offenders who break that ban would pay up to $200 in fi nes or be sent to prison for 30 days. The legislation also would require the state’s parks agency to post warnings to the public after an attack that remains unsolved. State Rep. Chip Limehouse said Wednesday it’s a response to the rape and slaying of 17-year-old Chelsea King in a park north of San Diego last month. Parolee John Albert Gardner III, a convicted child molester, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Chelsea and attempting to assault another woman in December. Authorities say he is a suspect, but not charged, in the death of 14-year-old Amber Dubois of Escondido, Calif. Gardner had served five years in prison and three years on parole for molesting a 13-year-old girl and was released from supervision in 2008. Limehouse said state parks leave people vulnerable, often in rural settings with little or no lighting and scant law enforcement. The state lacks the money to increase security at parks, he noted. The measure would greatly expand South Carolina’s law that limits how near to schools, churches and parks registered sex offenders are permitted live. A California legislator plans to introduce a similar bill. Last year, the Hammond, La., city council banned registered sex offenders from entering city parks and recreation facilities amid concerns about the number of sex offenders living nearby. The bill has 38 of 124 House members as co-sponsors. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

Bricks have been hurled through Democrats’ windows, a propane line was cut at the home of a congressman’s brother and lawmakers who voted for a federal health care bill have received phone threats in the days before and after passage of the sweeping legislation. Authorities are investigating incidents in Kansas, Virginia and other places, including Rochester, N.Y., where a brick tossed through the window of a county Democratic Party office had a note attached that said: “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice,” roughly quoting the late Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican presidential nominee. The FBI and Capitol Police were briefi ng Democratic lawmakers on how to handle perceived security threats after at least 10 reported incidents, said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Those who feel they are at risk will be “getting attention from the proper authorities,” Hoyer said, declining to say whether any are now receiving added security. Normally only those in leadership positions have personal security guards. The threats surprised an official with a think tank that monitors extremist groups. “I think it is astounding that we are seeing this wave of vigilantism,” said Mark Potok of the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center. In Virginia, authorities were investigating after someone cut a propane line leading to a grill at the Charlottesville home of U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother. Perriello also said a threatening letter was sent to his brother’s house. The home’s address was posted online by tea party activists angry about the Virginia Democrat’s vote in favor of the health care overhaul. They had mistaken the brother’s address for that of the lawmaker.

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Prostitutes protest brothel legalization measure PARIS — Dozens of French sex workers proclaiming themselves proud to be prostitutes marched Wednesday to protest a lawmaker’s proposal to legalize brothels in France, arguing that such a law would deny them the freedom to work on their own. A lawmaker in France’s governing party has proposed reopening brothels just over six decades after they were banned in order to move prostitutes off the streets and provide them with medical, financial and legal protection. The protesters say the proposal limits their options to make their own decisions — and are demanding, instead, a repeal of a 2003 law that outlaws solicitation. “We are workers and we want the choice to work as we want,” said Thierry Schaffauser, 27, a sex worker from Paris now living in London. “For doctors, they can work for a company or they can be independent. I think the importance is to let people choose how they want to work.” Dozens participated in a daylong conference on prostitution at the Senate, organized by a lawmaker opposed to the proposed bill. Lawmaker Chantal Brunel, who proposed the law, was not present. After the conference, the men and women marched through Paris’ Left Bank, many dressed in their skimpy work attire. Some carried signs reading, “You sleep with us, you vote against us.” “There’s nothing to be ashamed of,” said Lola Bruna, a 19-year-old sex worker from Paris. They “used to say that this is the oldest job ever, and that’s not for no reason.” Brothels were legally outlawed in France Francois Mori / The Associated Press in 1946. The 2003 law tightened restrictions Sex workers in Paris demonstrate against new against prostitution by making solicitation laws which might restrict their freedoms. punishable with two months in prison and a 3,750 euro ($5,000) fine.

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Racism no concern SEIDEL SAYS for USC trustees Fun doesn’t stop with adulthood

Leah B. Moody, the only African-American USC board of trustee member, might not get the votes from the legislature to be appointed to the 22-month board next month. Due to this suspicion, State Rep. David Weeks is warning the new black football recruits to reconsider their decisions to attend USC, since there is a chance there will be no black member as a trustee. Again, he is encouraging young athletes to be cautious, but under his breath telling them to run. USC has never had a n USC has never u p c o m i n g f o o t b a l l p l a y e r ref use to come here due to had a football r ac ia l ten sion s. S o why i s t h is an issue? Yes, t here is player refuse to a Confederate f lag raised at t he St ate Hou se , but t h at nothing to do with black come here due to has football players not attending US C . I f t he pl a y e r s we r e racial tensions. of fended by t he f lag, t hey wouldn’t pick USC in the fi rst place. This issue should not even be brought up. Weeks is just sniffi ng around for trouble, taking this issue and spreading it around just for some face time. So what if there are no black trustees? That doesn’t mean the board is going to all of a sudden become racist. Plus, Moody could end up winning again and that decision is not picked by USC. The by-laws require the 16 elected board members to be elected by the General Assembly. So too bad. The players did pick USC , a nd t hey are coming here. Thankfully Spurrier is against this unnecessary situation and accepts all minorities. This problem shouldn’t have ever been brought up. Weeks is just trying to make a generalization of all of USC based on only an assumption.

Simple childhood activities help in relieving college-age stress Somet imes du r i ng ou r college careers while we are preparing for the real world, applying for jobs, and filing tax returns, we think about the simpler times of our childhood. Of course, the responsibilities that accompany adulthood can’t realistically be avoided, and none of us wants to end up living with our parents when we are 30 years-old because we refuse to grow up. However, there is something to Peter Pan’s Neverland theory of never wanting to grow up that is important to remember and keep close at heart. With summer quickly approaching, now is t he time to start unwinding and giving into a little childish f un by remembering t he good old days and not acting Chelsey our age. Seidel Second-year Jumping on trampolines print journalism and jumping on the bed are student two activities that chances are, no child was encouraged to do when they were little. But maybe for those of us feeling out of shape, wondering why our bad mood can’t be lifted, a pick-me-up that doesn’t involve a latte is in order. Jumping on trampolines releases endorphins just like other forms of exercise and is a great way to reminisce about being young again. So don’t be

embarrassed to jump up on a trampoline and play a game of “Popcorn” or two. Growing up, when parents would force us to go on shopping expeditions, there was only one way to entertain ourselves: playing hide and seek underneath the clothing racks in the store. Hearing the store manager shout was no deterrence when it came to the thrill of making it to base at the swimsuit display. Now, I’m not necessarily implying that a group of your closest friends make a trip to Belk and start a full on hide-and-seek battle, but sometimes playing these games helps relieve the stress accompanied with being a grown-up. The college dating game is not nearly as exciting and amusing as the dating game when we were seven. Dating in college is so predictable. When we were little, we could chase the object of our fancy around on the playground, share a sandwich at lunch and still completely deny any interest. Today, being in a mature relationship often means we lose sight of the playfulness and energetic spark we had when we were younger. Teasing a crush is a great way to relive that sense of humor we may have forgotten we even had. Grow ing up and becom ing an independent adult is the most thrilling part of college. But sometimes all anyone needs is a reminder of simpler times. Indulging in the games and activities we loved as children can keep us young at heart for a long time.

New tax on tanning unneccessary, ineffective Fee added by health care bill may have healthy advantage, yet freedom of choice more important To all the oranges, tomatoes, lobsters, bronzed idols and anyone else deep frying their skin lately, I’ve got your back today. Everyone will at some point generate an opinion on Tuesday’s historic health care legislation, whether that opinion be unfounded or well researched, there will be thoughts shared on the issue. There’s a lot that comes with the proposed health care bill, but one noticeable and somewhat humorous nugget of legislation tied into the President’s legacy defining proposal is the tanning bed tax. According to the bill, a 10 percent tax will now be levied on all customers looking for that artificial healthy glow. A recent Food and Drug Administration report gives further claims to the link between tanning beds and skin cancer and claims that over 30 million people, or 10 percent of the American public, visit a tanning facility at least once a year. This doesn’t even take into account how many

bodies slathered in tanning oil are sprawled on our now toasty beaches, looking for that bronzed look, so we’ll ignore the natural bakers for the time being. The tanning bed industry feels unfairly targeted with this new tax, seeing the tax as singling out one industry among hundreds that could be taxed. Honestly, there’s a lot that could be said about this tax to support it, the same type of stuff about how fake tans are lame, make people look like oompa loompas, so on and so forth, but I feel there’s something wrong about this. Ta x i ng p eople who wa nt to Michael Wunderlich volu nt a r i ly da mage t hei r ow n Third-year epidermis might seem like a way to broadcast discourage such actions and help journalism prevent skin cancer, but it really is a student totally unnecessary step to take. There are taxes placed on alcohol and Five Points still flows with booze almost every day of the week. There are also taxes placed on the purchase of cigarettes and on any given weekday you can still find yourself walking behind someone who thought it was hip to smoke a cigarette at a party because

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they thought it really did make their buzz feel a whole lot better. It’s like when your mom charged you a nickel for every curse word you said, it was an exercise with good intentions, but ultimately something that really wasn’t going to have much of an effect on you either way, because you were going to make your own choices. This is what the situation is with the tanning tax; People should be allowed to make their own choices without having to pay a little extra money due to the stupidity of their actions. If we taxed everything that could be linked with cancer we might as well start placing an extra charge when we talk on our cell phones, hasn’t that been linked to some form of cancer? It seems like everything’s linked to cancer or obesity now anyways, so why do we need to pay extra for our own choices? For the record, I’ve never set foot in a tanning salon, but I do sympathize with all of those who want to reject their natural skin color in the quest for artificial beauty, at least in this case you shouldn’t have to pay the extra cash to cook yourself.

With apologies to Paul B o w e r s , I m u s t b r ie f l y don t he ma nt le of t he Grammavenger. There is a growing plight afflicting our spoken language, perhaps the most irksome turn of phrase since “Wazzup” burst onto the scene a decade ago. Try this: in the course of your next conversation, say something quickly or just outright unintelligible. The next thing you hear might not be “Pardon” or “Could you repeat that,” but rather “Do what?” I’ve heard just about every demographic produce this plea for repetition. But in none of these situations was I asking that person to do something, nor were these sit u at ion s i n wh ich one would expect a request for action. A natural excuse for this grammatical non sequitor is that it comes after a misheard statement, so anything could have been said. The offender cou ld cla i m t hat he was a nt icipat i ng t hat he had missed an order. Un le s s one is speaking to an i ndiv idual with authority Peter Schaeffing o v e r h i m , Third-year t h is is ra rely economics a leg it i mate student ex pec t at ion. The colloquial “Do what?” is inappropriate when speaking to a superior. So ma ny per versions have become familiarities t hat a n E ngl ish teacher once told me that although the written form retained strict rules, spoken English was accept able i n a ny understandable form. Despite my displeasure with “Do what?” I admit that it fulfills the speaker’s purpose. I do not stand there in utter confusion, however, tempt i ng t hat may be; I politely repeat my previous statement. Surely every particularity of formal English need not be adhered to in everyday speech, but some reasonable limits must exist. It is wrong to depend on intonat ion alone to discern meaning. La ng uage belong s to everyone. Do with it what you will, but please treat it gently. For the good of our dear English language, everyone must pitch in and refuse to allow such follies of phraseology. L e t ’s h o p e t h a t “ D o what?” fades away quickly and quietly, never to show its grammatically grotesque face again.

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Smoke some pork on the grill and get into a regional groove. Explore barbecue’s seemingly endless number of variations, from the more widely known tomato-based sauce to the more local mustard-based sauce. And while Columbia offers plenty of great options for dining out and getting great barbecue, throw a southern feast at your house to celebrate this great warm weather. Throw some corn on the grill, make some macaroni and cheese and experiment with several varieties of sauces with your pork to accommodate any taste.

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W ho doesn’t like a loaded baked potato? Piling on the butter, the cheese, some sour cream, maybe even some bacon bits on top? Delicious. As good as a baked potato tastes out of the oven, there’s somet h i ng spec ia l about a potato that’s been evenly grilled. Tight ly wrap your potato in foil and keep it on the cooler side of the grill. The foil will keep the heat trapped in the potato, and keepi ng t he temperat u re down allows the cooking to go evenly. W hen that foil is finally unwrapped, you can enjoy t hat grilled potato heaven that went slightly missing during the winter months. Even the skin tastes better. Or cut the potatoes up into slices and make some delicious grilled potato wedges.


Next time you’re at the store buying grilling supplies, consider buying mangos, pineapples or peaches along with the chicken and beef. Grilling f r uit is a delicious, inexpensive way to stretch your meal and delight your taste buds. Try grilling mangos and chopping them up with peppers to make a sweet-yet-spicy salsa, perfect for chips or spread atop of chicken or steak. Topped with a dollop of ice cream, thick slices of grilled mangos and peaches have an amazingly mellow sweetness. Or if you’re looking for that extra bit of sweetness, use some melted chocolate to make a light coat of sweets.

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Grilled pizza may sound like a strange concept to some people, but anyone who has enjoyed a smoky, crispy slice knows it easily beats many deliverable kinds. A few tricks for perfect chargrilled pizza are to buy uncooked dough from a pizzeria and spread it into a 3/4 inch-thick crust. Be careful to not add too many toppings to the pizza, because you don’t want to burn the crust while waiting for the toppings to warm. Enjoy this uniquely delicious treat!

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Beef. Lots of it. Spring is back in Columbia, S.C., and we at the Mix are ecstatic. This weekend it might be time to fi nally pull the grill out of the closet, wipe the dust off and light it up. Nothing brings people together for warm weather quite like the sound of food slowly sizzling on a grill. Go for the standard — a juicy hamburger fresh off the grill is about as good as it gets, plus it’s easy to tailor to anyone’s taste. Add lettuce and tomato, melt some cheese on it or even throw on some bacon. Don’t just buy the pre-formed discs of beef patty, shape the ground beef yourself and add some spices on top to give it that extra zest.

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Opera at USC stages Mozart classic Organization’s production of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ features variety of experience Jimmy Gilmore THE MIX EDITOR

The Opera at USC has been prepping their production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” for nearly a year and will be playing an exclusive twonight engagement this Friday and Sunday. C om mo n l y k now n b y it s E n g l i s h translation, “The Marriage of Figaro,” the opera premiered in 1786 , and serves as a sequel to “The Barber of Seville.” The epony mous marriage is bet ween Figaro, who works for Count Almaviva , and Susanna, maid to the Countess Rosine and object of the Count’s affection. The Count vows to enact the custom of taking the bride on a servant’s wedding night, and the confl icts multiply from there. Draw i ng f rom a var iet y of st udent experiences, Opera at USC is part of t he Universit y’s School of Music , but holds auditions at the beginning of each academic year for all who want to throw their hats in the ring. Xavier Martin Moses , a senior music education major, says this is one of Opera at USC’s major draws.

“Every production “When I joined Opera at USC I have been a part of I had never been in a staged under her direction production. Everyone has has been not h i ng to start somewhere short of amazing,” and USC is Moses said. also one of few Schlaefer is not places that gives the only member undergraduates of what Moses the opportunity labels the “opera to have lead dream team” who roles,” he said. make decisions about Virtually every who will be cast in each academ ic level o p e r a . T he r e i s a l s o is represented i n Neil Casey, the opera’s work on the show’s c o nd u c t o r, a nd D r. product ion, w it h Ly n n K omp a s s , t he a st af f i nclud i ng music director. e v e r y t h i n g Speaking of the style f rom professionals t he g roup is t r y ing and USC alumni to bring to the wellto undergraduate k now n opera, H ill st udent s who are not said, “we are doing even affi liated with the t he t radit ional School of Music. sett ing of t he Moses and Serena production,” and H ill, a musical art s t h at c o m i n g up g raduate st udent i n w it h a successf ul vocal performance, said show involves fi nding a the real driving force perfect blend of different behind the program’s element s: how t he success is Ellen Mike Brown / USC Publications opera was or ig i nally Douglas Sch laefer , p e r f o r m e d , h o w it s d i r e c t o r o f o p e r a Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” will production has changed studies. be performed this Friday and Sunday.

over time and how to give a unique tilt to it. However, she’s sure to stress that there is “a certain amount of tradition because of how Mozart composed the piece.” For H ill, t hat mea ns t r y i ng to d ig deeper. “I always ... make my character a real person through her actions and thoughts,” she noted. For “Figa ro,” she w i l l be tackling the central role of the Countess Rosine. The members of Opera at USC also take into consideration where they will be performing each show. Since they do not have an opera hall on campus, they stage shows in available theaters or other spaces. “Converting a band hall into an opera theater takes creativity and genius to even think of, let alone put to action,” Moses said. “La Nozze di Figaro” will be performed in its original Italian, but English subtitles will be provided for audience members . Friday’s performance will be at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s performance will be 3:00 p.m., both in the USC Band Hall located at 324 Sumter St. Student tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the School of Music or by phone at 803-777-5369.

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LOS ANGELES — Hollywood is once again off to see the wizard. In fact, it may make several trips. As Tim Burton’s interpretation of “Alice in Wonderland” continues to attract audiences, film-world power brokers are looking to jump-start a number of remakes of “The Wizard of Oz” — a close adaptation of the original novel and a darker tale about Dorothy’s granddaughter in Oz. Two of the three are, like “Alice,” stories about a girl on an identity-forging series of adventures. Audiences who know the film only from TV runs and remastered DVDs of the 1939 Judy Garland classic could soon find themselves with several Oz options at the multiplex. But the remakes again raise questions about whether Hollywood is turning too often to its past — and whether a new version will

expand on the rich mythology of “Oz” or simply trade on it. Two “Oz” updates that have been set up at Warner Bros. — one at its New Line label and another at the parent studio — are suddenly surging in the wake of the $210-million worldwide opening weekend of “Alice.” The New Line movie is conceived as a comparatively faithful, non-musical adaptation of the original L. Frank Baum novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Produced by “Twilight” producers Temple Hill Entertainment , the film is written by “Shrek Forever After” writer Darren Lemke , who has completed a draft of a script. The script hews closely to the book — published in 1900, Baum’s novel lies in the public domain, thus allowing screenwriters to adapt it free of copyright concerns — with only small adjustments. (Dorothy is 16-yearsold instead of 14, for example.) Producers hope that the movie can become the basis of a franchise whose future installments would draw from the 21 other books Baum wrote about the Land of Oz. Warner Bros.,

whose “Harry Potter” draws to a close next year, is hoping the same. A second project is notably darker. Titled “Oz,” it’s written by Josh Olson, who also adapted “A History of Violence.” “Oz” tells the tale of Dorothy’s granddaughter, who returns to the Emerald City to fight evil. But it, too, takes cues from Burton’s “Alice”: It features a girl who returns to a magical land with which she has a history in order to right a wrong. But it’s precisely the title’s iconic status that has discomfited some observers, who, in the era of “Transformers” and “Battleship,” see it as evidence of Hollywood’s over-reliance on established names. And because “Oz” occupies a special place in the American consciousness, a remake comes with a stigma not unlike that of, say, Madonna covering Don McLean’s “American Pie.”

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‘Repo Men’ packs gross fun, misses satirical opportunity Bloody sci-fi film revels in guilty pleasure, lacks depth Neal Hughes


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Director: Miguel Sapochnik Starring: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Alice Braga In the near future almost anything can be bought on credit — cars, houses and your everyday vital organs. Heart failure? Not an issue, just sign here and here, and a payment plan that fits your income status will be provided to you. This bizarre concept is the crux of the film “Repo Men.” The concept sounds interesting and possibly promising, except there is one grisly detail that should not be over-looked — if you get behind on your payments, your organs will be repossessed. For those who are fans of the fi lm “Repo! The Genetic Opera,” this film is based on the book “The Repossession Mambo,” written by sci-fi author Eric Garcia, not a rip-off of the ridiculous and patently awful cult hit. The story picks up with Remy (Jude Law) breaking into an apartment as the couple in the other room is copulating. What the audience witnesses next is an unrelenting look at organ repossession. Remy cuts the man open and removes the liver that he had purchased on credit, invariably murdering the Casanova. Although the repossession concept provides incentive to steer clear of destructive behavior like binge-drinking, it does pose possible ethical issues with which many humanitarians would have qualms. As Remy continues his re-harvesting of synthetic organs, he begins to have doubts about whether or not what he is doing is right, especially after his son and wife witness his partner Jake (Forest Whitaker) perform repossession with the knife they use to cut veggies with. Remy finally realizes that even though he may be performing the handiwork of a surgeon, his occupation is probably closer to serial killing.

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Jude Law (right) on the run in “Repo Men.” After switching to sales and taking a massive pay cut, Remy finds he won’t be able to pay for the artificial heart that has been inserted into him after an unfortunate accident. Instead of taking a loan from the bank or borrowing money (that makes way too much sense), Remy decides that the only logical option is to fight back (he couldn’t give in — the movie still had an hour left). “Repo Men” is a movie without brains (probably already repossessed by release time), but that’s part of what makes it fun. Granted, the film could have made a poignant statement about health care and been thought of as a very conscious and relevant film. Instead it decides to fill scenes with action and wry dialogue. The film does drag at parts, and certain areas are left unexplained, like Alice Braga’s character Beth being able to go from junkie to instant judo expert in the fight scenes. Still, the film will satisfy anyone’s blood-lust, because there is probably not a stretch of two minutes without guts and gore decorating the screen. Director Miguel Sapochnik lets the viewer know quickly that “Repo Men” has not been made to stimulate moral conversations and is only there to entertain. He also demonstrates t hat he might have some psychological disorders, seeing as how the film’s most erotic scene is also its bloodiest. There are few pleasantly surprisingly parts that demonstrate potential in Miguel Sapochnik’s filmmaking abilities that will bring small unexpected smiles. Otherwise, “Repo-Men” is a guilty pleasure, and you could do much worse at the theater this weekend (I am looking at you, “Bounty Hunter”). Comments on this story? E-mail



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Calendar of Events What: Carolina Creed Week When: 10:30 a.m. Where: Davis Field

What: CRU When: 8 p.m. Where: Nursing, Room 231

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THE LAST STATION 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m., $6.50 Nickelodeon Theatre, 937 Main St.

AARON & GRANT CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISER 7:30 p.m. doors, $5 suggested donation New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St.

OBRASKAL, DECADENCE, HOST TO ANOTHER, SHOTGUN OPERA 9 p.m. doors, $5 over 21 / $8 under 21 New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St.

PALMETTO PANS CONCERT 7:30 p.m., Free School of Music Recital Hall, 813 Assembly St.

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Teams make jumps in week two Chris Cox

1. Florida


(16(16-3) (166-3) (up one sp spot) pot o) don’t have as much talent as LSU does, but they’re off to a The Gators Th Gaato tors rs probably pro p roba ro babl ba blyy do bl don’ n’t h better start The b be tter tt e sta taart in in league leag le ag g ue play. pla lay. y. T Th h Gators did what they needed to over the weekend, sweeping hapless Mississippi wee eepi ping haple pi ess M Mis issi siss sssip ippi pi State at home. That’s more than you can say for LSU, and d that’s that th at’s ’s why why UF U F is i the t he h new new ew No. 1 in this week’s rankings.


6. Vanderbilt Va a nd e r

(16-5) (up one spot) The Rebels probably had one of the most impressive weekends of all the league teams last weekend, destroying the high-powered Kentucky Wildcats in the first two games of a series in Lexington, Ky. The Rebs didn’t fare as well in game three, but to win a series on the road in this league is incredibly hard to do.

8. Auburn

LSU (16-3) (down one spot) The Tigers got a series victory over the weekend but still lost in game one against Arkansas. LSU is in a scary position as ace starter Anthony Ranaudo is in question. He didn’t pitch last Friday night, and no one knows when he’ll pitch again. It will be interesting to see how the defending national champions respond.

3. USC

(17-4) (up two spots) No one in the league is hotter than the Gamecocks. USC has matched its longest winning streak since 2004 as the Gamecocks have been victorious in 11 consecutive contests. They’re perfect in league play, but the competition increases drastically this weekend on the road against Auburn.

(15-5) (up two spots) The Tigers’ three-game losing streak to Arizona State sure seems like a long time ago. Auburn went on the road over the weekend and gained its first SEC sweep since the 2003 season. But the Tigers didn’t just win — they dominated. AU outscored Georgia by a whopping score of 43-9. Granted, the Bulldogs aren’t very well this year, but a sweep is a sweep nonetheless.

9. Kentucky

(16-5) (down three spots) The Wildcats had a disappointing start to conference play, losing two of three at home to Ole Miss. But the Wildcats are still a talented club. It’s hard to say a team’s postseason life may be on the line in just the second week of conference play, but UK’s series this weekend on the road at Vanderbilt is shaping up to be huge.


10. MSU

5. Arkansas

11. Tennessee

(16-2) (up three spots) The Crimson Tide is off to its best start in school history. Alabama made a fool of last week’s rankings, defeating the then-No. 3 team in Vanderbilt twice and coming just two runs short of a three-game sweep. AU’s experience and talented pitching staff has them poised for a postseason run.

(14-5) (down one spot) The Razorbacks got off to a strong start in league play last Friday night, defeating the talented LSU Tigers on the road. But they were unable to win the series, falling short in the next two contests. But the Hogs are still an impressive team and will definitely challenge the Tigers for the Western Division crown this season.

7. Ole Miss

(17-4) (down three spots) It was a rough week for the Commodores as coach Tim Corbin’s club lost its first two conference games of the season at Alabama before salvaging game three in a 5-4 thriller. But it wasn’t all that rosy, as the ’Dores were crushed by Western Kentucky 17-2 in the midweek. Vandy is still a talented club, but it has some work to do to live up to its high preseason expectations.

(11-9) (down one spot) It’s hard to believe that a team can only drop one spot after being swept on the road, but the Bulldogs have done just that. MSU may be winless in league play, but the club battled hard in the threegame sweep at the hands of Florida. They’ll pull some upsets this year; no question about it.

(11-10) (up one spot) If it’s hard to believe that a team can drop just one spot after being swept, then it’s even harder to believe one can go up a spot after doing the same thing. But the Vols have moved up, more so because of just how bad Georgia is than anything UT has done.

12. Georgia

(8-12) (down one spot) The Bulldogs are bad. Really bad. They’ve lost games to Kennessaw State and just got slaughtered at home to an Auburn team that is never really that good. It’s a surprise to see UGA struggle so badly, as it generally makes the College World Series in even numbered years. Don’t look for that to happen this time around.

Women’s tennis earns comeback win over Illinois’ Fighting Illini

Gamecocks break 11-game losing streak in extra innings against Coastal Carolina

Chris Bilko


Ed Neuhaus

Sports Briefs


Good things come to those who wait. The Gamecock softball team knows that for a fact. After 11 straight defeats, the Gamecocks (10-19, 0-10 SEC) had to wait a little bit longer to fi nally break their school record losing streak. It took 10 innings, but Carolina was eventually able to get the win its waited so long for, 3-1 over Coastal Carolina (14-15). Carolina’s winning hit came off the bat of junior first baseman Laura Mendes, who smashed an Ashley Frederick pitch over the right field wall for a two-run home run that put the Gamecocks on top for good in the tenth inning. Mendes was 2-for-5 on the day, increasing her average on the season to .376. Mendes’ two RBI padded her season total, giving her 21 on the year. Sophomore Kelsey G oodw in entered t he game in the bottom of the tenth, shutting down the Chanticleers to earn the save. The save was Goodwin’s second of the season. The Gamecocks return to action on Saturday for a doubleheader against Auburn at Beckham Field. First pitch of game one is slated for 1 p.m.


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Outgoing coach leaves victorious in final matchup with Clemson Tigers Corbin Ensminger


Coach Kent DeMars got to leave Clemson for the last time as a winner. South Carolina cruised to a 5-2 victory over its archrival Wednesday. It was only the second loss of the season for the Clemson Tigers but the second straight. After starting the season 15-0, they’ve now dropped the last two. Leading South Carolina were seniors Pedro Campos and Diego Cubas, who won their doubles match and both singles matches. South Carolina lost the first point in singles matches, but the team would surge and win the next three matches. Freshman Alexander Kostanov, playing in the number four spot, won 6-2, 6-2, earning the first singles point for the Gamecocks. Campos won his match 6-0, 7-5 and extended his winning streak to 11 games. In the number one slot, Cubas earned a 6-2, 7-6 victory. The team of senior Ivan Cressoni and sophomore Ivan Machado clinched the doubles point for the Gamecocks, winning 8-5. With the win, South Carolina has won six nonconference games in a row, and DeMars gets to leave the upstate a winner.

Rounding out its nonconference schedule, the No. 20 South Carolina women’s tennis squad (10-4, 3-1 SEC) defeated No. 39 Illinois (7-7, 2-1) Wednesday at the Maxcy Gregg Tennis Center. Junior Diljana Jocic continued her mastery on the court Wednesday, pushing her singles winning streak to 11 straight matches. Jocic now has a 23-4 singles record this season, which is a marked improvement over her 16-16 record during her sophomore campaign. Singles play was the high point for the rest of the Gamecock squad, winning four of the six matches and gaining a victory in the first three match positions. Sophomore Dijana Stojic dominated in her match, getting a 6-3, 6-0 victory. Senior Ana Marija Zubori and sophomore Anya Morgina also played well in their contests, both winning in straight sets. Doubles play was a bit of a different story for Carolina, losing two out of the three matches. Only the combo of No. 20 ranked pair Stojic and Zubori came up victorious. The Illini won the other two doubles matches and gained the one point.


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