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Housing waiting list grows Patterson Hall renovation limits residential living guarantees for students next semester, may force some to live off campus
Derek Legette STAFF WRITER
Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy inspires USC‘s football team, emphasizing hard work and team work for a successful season.
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‘Alice in Wonderland’
Tim Burton’s highly anticipated adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novels has fans buzzing, but Staff Writer Neal Hughes thinks it falls well short of expectations.
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Elliott Dodge, a second-year English student , currently lives in East Quad and hopes to continue to do so next year. He has applied to every quad on campus, as well as Woodrow and Thornwell on the Horseshoe. However, with the increased number of upperclassmen applying to live on campus, Dodge is one of the 800 people on the University Housing waiting list. He said he will just have to fi nd an apartment if he can not stay on campus. “I will be satisfied if I can stay at any of the places I’ve applied at,” Dodge said. “But I am a little frustrated with the whole system.” Joseph Fortune, the associate director for University Housing, said the closing of Patterson Hall for next year is what led to this increase of Alayna Dunkerly / THE DAILY GAMECOCK students on the waiting list. Many students have been placed on a waiting list for quad housing next year. “Since we’re closing the building for renovations next year, 605 beds will be lost on campus, especially to many fi rst-year female students who choice for students. He said they have many private competitors, but no typically reside there,” Fortune said. Fortune said University Housing is not “an exact science,” but they do other place has what University Housing can offer. Another reason is that some students are participating more in housing keep their applicants constantly informed. “We will be sending them a message revealing updates on their committees, which makes living and learning communities like Preston applications at least once a week,” Fortune said. “In fact, aside from and the West (Green) Quad more attractive to those seeking to stay on weekly updates, we’re probably going to send them more e-mails than campus. However, Fortune said that as long as renovations are going on, there will always be waiting lists. they want, just so they won’t feel left behind.” “The only way we can improve University Housing is via renovation,” Dodge said he is frustrated he would not be notified until July 15 about where, if anywhere, he will be living on campus. But Fortune said Fortune said. “And we can’t have students staying at a given residence July 15 is the date for incoming freshmen and that rising sophomores, hall with construction occurring simultaneously.” The renovations for Patterson Hall will be completed by Fall 2011, and juniors and seniors will be notified well in advance, prior to the end of the semester. Fortune said more upperclassmen are applying to stay on Fortune is confident that as long as the students who apply choose to wait it out, University Housing will work with them. campus because of the current economy. “I know how students and parents have that frustrating ‘what if’ feeling “Parents and students are always looking for the best deal, especially the students who are doing their research on this in order to fi nd the and worry about not getting in, but if they are patient, then things will best choice,” Fortune said. “They know that once the housing fee is paid work out,” Fortune said. for the semester, they don’t have to worry about paying for any other expenses like an electric bill, for example.” Comments on this story? Fortune is happy that University Housing still remains a leading E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Recently, many students may have encountered a Web site written on the ground in chalk. This link, www.BestUSCJobs.com, entices students to go to the Web site by showcasing it as a job search Web site. BestUSCJobs.com, however, is associated with Vector Marketing, which is considered by different sources, such as Spamlaws.com, to be a scam. Vector Marketing, a sales firm for CUTCO Cutlery Corp., offers positions as sales representative to students who then are required to pay numerous startup costs, which include registration fees and “display kits” for advertising. The BestUSCJobs Web site is not affiliated with USC, despite what the domain name might imply. The link redirects to WorkForStudents. com, one of Vector Marketing’s other Web sites. Information about Vector’s scholarship and job opportunities is available on the Web site’s front page. According to the Web site, sales representative jobs offer “excellent pay,” and the firm provides a base pay, varying by location, of $12 to $20 per appointment. “The base pay is not based on sales; and t herefore, it enhances the confidence level of Vector reps and helps maintain a comfortable purchasing env ironment for our customers,” said a statement on the Web site. Despite negative reviews and claims of fraud found on the Internet, many students who have worked for Vector Marketing say these claims are not true. M a r k B r a n dt , a f o u r t h -y e a r marketing and management student, has been working for Vector Marketing for three years and said it is not a scam. “It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Brandt said. “It’s just different, and people get scared by different.” Brandt has been the recipient of
two Vector scholarships for being a top company performer. In addition, Brandt said he was awarded academic credit at USC for his work wit h Vector. After graduating, Brandt said he plans to open his own Vector Marketing branch in Charlotte and continue building his career within the company. “With Vector, there’s a strong growth aspect within the company, and it’s always expanding,” Brandt said. “I believe in it so much, I’m starting a full career with them.” Brandt was not alone in his support for Vector Market ing. K ayleigh Kemmy, a second-year exercise science student, said she has also made a lot of money with Vector. Kemmy started working for Vector in the summer of 2008 and said she made $2,000 in the first 10 days on the job. That summer, Kemmy says she made a total of about $4,000. “I totally see where the skepticism is coming from,” Kemmy said. “It comes from people not knowing the right things.” Kemmy worked as an assistant manager in Vector’s Charlotte office in the summer of 2009 and made around $14,000. “Every representative who follows the program makes money,” Kemmy said. “It’s been a great experience, and people should hear about the success of USC students who have worked for Vector before writing it off as fraud.” Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
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Panel of military officers discuss state of national security Tuesday evening.
Military panel holds security discussion Officers answer student questions regarding national threats including dangers of Taliban hacking cyberspace, using technology Derek Legette STAFF WRITER
Senior officers from the Eisenhower Series College Program held a panel discussion on “U.S. National Security Challenges and the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars” Tuesday night in Gambrell Hall Auditorium. The program is an academic outreach program at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa. Senior military figures and citizens can enroll in graduate-level courses for a 10-month session. Capt. William Davis, the director of national security studies at the college, led the panel discussion with some of his students, including Cols. Burl Randolph, Randy Watt, Aaron Webster and Don Degidio, who were all officers of the Army or the Navy. Degidio introduced the panel and designated what his specific trade was, or as he called it, “a specialty in blowing things up.” Webster talked about the importance of having a secured cyberspace because insurgents can attack through such means. “When people ask me what I think could be the biggest threat, I say it is through cyberspace,” he said. Webster said popular Web sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, can possibly be used to breach national security. “Someone can copy and paste an image from someone’s Facebook and hack other sites for personal information, such as social security card numbers, and then forge a passport to gain access to this country,” Webster said. Randolph followed his discussion and said “hybrid threats” and “technology proliferation” are growing concerns of the military. “Our enemies aren’t as primitive as you think,” he said. “They are smart, use cell phones, take advantage of social networks and other cyber-related things.” Ultimately, the colonels said insurgency is basically a movement aimed at Panel ● 3
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Jogger killed by landing plane HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Robert Gary Jones was enjoying a moment to himself, jogging on the beach and listening to his iPod. Officials say the Woodstock, Ga., man neither saw nor heard what struck him from behind Monday evening: a single-engine plane making an emergency landing. The Lancair IV-P aircraft, which can be built from a kit, lost its propeller and was “basically gliding” as it hit and instantly killed Jones, said Ed Allen, the coroner for Beaufort County. “There’s no noise,” said aviation expert Mary Schiavo. “So the jogger, with his earbuds in, and the plane without an engine, you’re basically a stealth aircraft. Who would expect to look up?” The pilot, Edward I. Smith of Chesapeake, Va., and his lone passenger both walked away from the crash landing near the
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. Marshall Clary was sitting in his home office overlooking the beach when the crash happened about 6:10 p.m. He said he heard nothing when the plane hit Jones and didn’t realize something was wrong until he heard emergency helicopters overhead a short time later. From his back deck, he saw the plane in the water about 100 yards from where emergency responders used a sheet to cover the bloodied body of a man wearing jogging shorts. Jones, a 38-year-old salesman for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, was in Hilton Head on a business trip and was looking forward to returning home for his daughter’s Local ● 4
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A Lancair IV-P airplane lies beached on Hilton Head Island.
Woods returns for the Masters PALM HARBOR, Fla. — For Tiger Woods, this figures to be a Masters like no other. Woods said Tuesday he will end more than four months of seclusion and play at Augusta National in three weeks, shielded by the most secure environment in golf as he competes for the first time since a sex scandal shattered his image. “The Masters is where I won my first major, and I view this tournament with great respect,” Woods said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.” The Masters begins April 8. No other major championship attracts such a large television audience, and that’s under normal circumstances. Already the most popular figure in golf with his 82 worldwide victories and 14 majors — four of them at the
Masters — Woods returns as a disgraced star who will be under the greatest scrutiny of his career. “We’re all looking forward to having him back. We want him playing,” Jim Furyk said. “I’m sure we’re also looking forward to everything being business as usual. And it’s going to take awhile. We know that.” Woods last competed Nov. 15 when he won the Australian Masters in Melbourne. Twelve days later, he rammed his SUV over a fire hydrant and into a tree outside his Florida home, an accident that set off sordid tales of extramarital affairs. Woods announced Dec. 11 he would take an indefinite break to try to save his marriage. National ● 4
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Woods returns to play the Masters after his four-month break.
Iraqiya coalition falls in polls BAGHDAD — A secular coalition challenging the Iraqi prime minister in the country’s historic parliamentary elections has narrowly pulled ahead for the first time in the overall vote count, although it still trails in the crucial province-by-province count. The Iraqiya coalition, led by former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, seemed to be gaining momentum, taking a 9,000 vote lead nationwide, according to new totals released late Tuesday. But with about 20 percent of the votes still to be counted from the March 7 election, it was unclear whether that margin would give Allawi more seats in parliament, which will determine who will lead the government. The news came as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his
State of Law coalition accused election officials of manipulating vote counts and called for a recount, a candidate from his bloc said. It was the prime minister’s first challenge to the results, and his bloc drew a link between its accusations and Allawi, accusing some electoral commission staff of having allegiances to groups backing al-Maliki’s rival. Iraq’s vote counting has been winding and chaotic, with ballot results being portioned out piecemeal by election officials and almost immediately subject to fraud accusations. The winner will be tasked with forming a government that will oversee the country as U.S. forces go home. International ● 4
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An Iraqi Army soldier uses a bomb detector to inspect an electoral worker at the gate of a counting center in Baghdad.
Panel ● Continued from 1 overthrowing a government through violence and armed conflict. They view terrorism as a tactic to cripple a specific entity, such as government. Watt said the Taliban is not allowed to take over Afghanistan because they intend to overthrow the government. However, the military itself is not the only key element in combating insurgency. “Intelligence is the system that keeps the armed forces running,” Watt said. The auditorium was packed with students who were intrigued with the information. “I was really impressed with how they could answer such detailed questions,” said Jessamine Ali, a third-year international studies student. “It was very enlightening.” After the main discussion was over, students asked questions about the role of the military, handling insurgency and other in-depth questions concerning national security. Webster answered questions in regards to cyberspace security and said everything should not be computerized, otherwise the human element will be neglected. “We can’t have the best air force if none of our pilots maintain the skills to have such a status while relying heavily on unmanned vehicles,” Webster said. Donte Lazarus, a political science student, said the discussion was great for obtaining in-depth knowledge. “You normally don’t get to have access to this kind of information,” Lazarus said. Ken Baxter, a political science student, asked a great deal of questions and was satisfied with his answers. “It was wonderful to have such a group of decorative military personnel to answer questions, and they did it so candidly,” Baxter said. Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Students gather in Gambrell Hall Tuesday evening to discuss the state of National Security.
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PAGE 4 Local ● Continued from 2 birthday Wednesday, his mother said. “I was never so shocked in all my life,” Pauline Jones, of Dunedin, Fla., said, her voice shaking. “They say that God only gives you what you can handle. I said, ‘You know what, I’ve reached my max.’” The plane took off from Orlando, Fla., at 4:45 p.m. Monday and was en route to Virginia when it started leaking oil at about 13,000 feet, said Joheida Fister, spokeswoman for Hilton Head Island fire and rescue. Fister said the pilot determined he couldn’t make it to Hilton Head Airport. He told authorities oil on the windshield blocked his vision and the propeller had come off, forcing him to attempt a landing on the beach. Smith confirmed he was flying the plane when he returned to the scene Tuesday, when the four-seater aircraft was hoisted onto a trailer hitched to a pickup truck and towed from beach. Speaking in a subdued voice, Smith said he didn’t want to talk about the crash. “I’ve got a lot of issues going on right now,” Smith said. “I’ve got a plane that’s all torn up. And I’ve got a young man that I killed.” The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating, Fister said. NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said no cause had been determined for the crash. He said the plane was being transported to Virginia, where investigators would inspect it. Holloway said interviews would also be conducted with the pilot and any witnesses. “We don’t know what occurred, especially since we haven’t actually examined the aircraft,” Holloway said. “We are still gathering facts.”
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“The major championships have always been a special focus in my career, and, as a professional, I think Augusta is where I need to be, even though it’s been a while since I last played,” Woods said. “I have undergone almost two months of inpatient therapy, and I am continuing my treatment,” he said. “Although I’m returning to competition, I still have a lot of work to do in my personal life.” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said the club supported Woods’ decision to make his return at the Masters, adding that “we support and encourage his stated commitment to continue the significant work required to rebuild his personal and professional life.” Small wonder that CBS Sports president Sean McManus said last week of Woods’ return to golf: “My only prediction is when he comes back, it will be, other than the Obama inauguration, one of, if not the biggest, media spectacle in recent memory.” ESPN will televise the first two rounds of the Masters, and CBS Sports has the weekend. The highest TV rating for the Masters in the cable era was a 14.1 on the Sunday in 1997 when Woods, then 21, became the tournament’s youngest champion with a record 12-shot victory. “Obviously the ratings will be off the chart,” said PGA Tour player Heath Slocum. “It will be interesting to watch — not only the reaction from him, but from the fans, the media, the players. I would venture to say he might be nervous.” The Masters — “A tradition like no other” is a longtime CBS promo — has restrictions like no other major. Media credentials are limited even in normal circumstances, and the club has tight control over who gets in. Some fans with season badges risk losing them forever for violating rules, such as being caught with a cell phone or a camera. Among the rules: no running. Most players expect Woods to be heckled, although not as much — if at all — at the Masters.
Crucially, with 79 percent of votes counted, al-Maliki’s coalition was still winning in seven of Iraq’s 18 provinces — including all-important Baghdad — compared with five for Allawi. That could prove important since parliament seats are apportioned mainly by how well coalitions do in the provinces, not according to overall vote total. Still, the momentum apparent in Allawi’s overall, nationwide lead could be troubling the prime minister and his coalition, raising questions about how strong their lead is. The new vote results did not alter the picture much for the religious Shiite Iraqi National Alliance and the main Kurdish coalition, which lead in three provinces each. However, in the province of Tamim, Allawi was beating his main challenger, the Kurdish coalition, by only five votes. The province is home to the disputed city of Kirkuk, which is hotly contested among its Kurdish, Arab and Turkomen population. Allawi, a secular Shiite, has drawn on considerable Sunni support, likely due to his nonsectarian stance and repeated condemnations of the inf luence of Iraq’s powerful Shiite neighbor, Iran. Al-Maliki has drawn on support in the Shiite south as well as in the capital. With so much at stake, several leading candidates have raised accusations of fraud. Before Tuesday’s tallies were released, Iraq’s prime minister accused election officials of manipulating vote counts and called for a recount. The prime minister’s allegations surfaced in a complaint letter to Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission, saying al-Maliki’s bloc “received reliable information that supervisors of the electronic counting center” are linked to rival groups contesting the race, including some supporting Allawi. Ali al-Adeeb, a candidate on al-Maliki’s slate, said his coalition is accusing the counting center of doctoring the numbers and is calling for a recount based on tallies done in the country’s more than 50,000 polling stations before ballots were sent to Baghdad.
RHA prepares for Hands for Hunger Residence halls host poker tournament to end hunger, diversity awareness, environmentally-friendly gatherings Taylor Cheney STAFF WRITER
The Residence Hall Association tried to garner support of its upcoming campus-wide charity event during its meeting Tuesday night. RHA Vice President Brad Williams encouraged anyone interested in dealing for the upcoming Hands for Hunger Poker Tournament on March 25 to contact him via e-mail or notify residence hall leaders. Training is not required, and dealers will be taught on site. A nyone in need of
service hours is encouraged to apply. Secretary Dominique Lamas was a dealer at last year’s Hands for Hunger event and said she enjoyed it. “It isn’t as hard as it sounds and isn’t that difficult to learn,” she said. She said she hopes all residence halls will participate in Hands for Hunger because it is RHA’s biggest event on campus. The Honors Residence Hall is hosting its sustainability mont h t h roughout Ma rch. Last week , it screened documentaries concerning global warming and held debates on the subject. Future events include an organic tie-dye T-shirt event and an outdoor rave to promote less usage of light. Next week, they are hosting a luau, and in April they will be holding an annual end-of-the-year banquet. This week is also the last week for the Unwanted Jewelry Sale. All donations are acceptable and can be dropped off
at any on-campus housing location. Other events include Maxcy’s Haiti Relief Silent Auction that will be held on the 17th floor of Capstone from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 24. Also that evening at 6 p.m., Capstone will be presenting student music at its coffeehouse event to be held in the Capstone Student Ballroom. Starting March 19, there will be a diversity retreat held by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. According to OMSA, the purpose of the retreat is for participants to develop a greater understanding of what it means to be diverse, to accept the diversity of others and acknowledge their own diversity. RHA is co-sponsoring the event and encourages all students to attend.
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Honor Irish history by wearing green So, St. Patrick’s Day is here and between the green beer and plastic beads, there is more to this tradition than just partying. Taken prisoner by Irish raiders when he was 16, St. Patrick spent six years in captivity. During this time of silence and loneliness, St. Patrick turned into a devout Christian to grow in his faith. Due to his strong beliefs in Christianity, he is known to have first dreamed of converting the Irish people to Christianity during his time in captivity. Not only did he spread his It is a day to Christianity, but he celebrated Easter with the Irish people celebrate Ireland, with bonfires and he created the Celtic cross , a powerful symbol. its conversion to Irish This day is a day of of St. Patrick and Christianity and its remembrance is also a religious feast. Many Irish families attend church traditions. on this day since it is known to them as a religious holiday. Also, the fi rst St. Patrick’s day parade was surprisingly not in Ireland. It was in the United States in 1762 when Irish soldiers, who served in the English military, marched through New York City. So, today St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all across the world. Since it is traditionally a religious occasion, up until the 1970s many Irish pubs were forced by law to close on St. Patrick’s Day. In 1995, the Irish government started a campaign because they wanted St. Patrick’s Day to be a day where Ireland would be showcased to the rest of the world. So, don’t just go out and wear green while getting drunk off of green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. It is a day to celebrate Ireland and its conversion to Christianity through St. Patrick. So, wear your green for Ireland and respect its traditions.
OPINION GRAB BAG Columnists weigh in on what response Westboro Baptist Church’s actions warrant, whether they should be ignored or protested Though the Westboro Baptist Church is allowed to voice their opinions, there’s something to be said for ethics. Their ideals cross a line that shouldn’t be breached. Though they may think that their protests are meaningful, in truth the majority of people probably look at them wondering what kind of drugs they’re on. They have gone far enough with their public displays of hatred, however, I’m not so sure protesting is the best method of retaliation. I feel that if people protest the WBC, their efforts could backfire and more problems could possibly arise. — Lauren Hadley These people live in a world beyond rationale, beyond even the faith on which they support their activities. Their protests go so far as to disrespect murder victims and American soldiers, something which cannot be unmatched. We should protest this group for all they are worth; despite differences of belief, we should all understand a basic human decency that deserves to be unshaken. To ignore them allows their continued free rein and makes their sensational antics more of a threat than ever. — Michael Lambert
T he We s t b o r o B ap t i s t C hu r c h definitely has the right to voice their opinions, but someone should stand up against them. As all Christians know, God has a plan for everyone and even though it is sad that some of these soldiers are being killed, it happens for a reason and God would never do anything to harm his children. Obviously, Phelps needs to brush up on his Bible studies, not judge those around him and learn to accept the fact that bad things happen in the world that we cannot control and in the end it is to make people stronger. — Marilynn Joyner The WBC deserves to have its message countered by everyone. Students should turn out a rally against their hateful, moronic message. We should mean, but we can’t do, anything illegal. Shirley Phelps-Roper is a lawyer, and if the WBC sues you over something like throwing rocks it’ll just have more money to spread its ignorance. Remember, the point of protesting is to show that we’re better people than they are. — Ryan Quinn
Students lack etiquette, consideration for peers Arriving late, eating, texting among distractions to professors, those actually trying to learn in class Lack of classroom et iquette is mak ing it increasingly difficult for students to learn. Thanks to modern technology, we have many devices and gadgets that serve as distractions during class time. Surprisingly, none of these devices divert our attention as much as our fellow classmates do. Strolling into class late, stuffing their faces with snacks, texting, surfing the Web and gossiping during class have become usual occurrences in classrooms, especially big lecture halls, making it difficult for students to focus and learn. Sometimes there are things we can’t control that prohibit us from getting to class on time, such as getting stuck behind a train, uncooperative alarm clocks, unbelievably long lines at Starbucks and other random occurrences. This is understandable, however, I’ve noticed in several of my classes that some students are always showing up to class 15-20 minutes late. How is that possible? Does your
alarm clock forget to go off every single morning? Doubtful. Some students have a blatant disregard for their class schedules and have decided that they’re going to run on their own time, though I’m sure many have their reasons. This has become problematic because their continuous tardiness disrupts the class. Class time is not breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack time. I know that many of us have busy schedules and on some days there isn’t a slot to sit down and eat, but chowing down in class is really annoying to other students. Not everyone wants to hear you munch away on a bag of chips, or smell whatever dish you decided to bring along to lecture. Laptops are a great way to take notes in big lectures, but not everyone feels compelled to use them for note-taking. It’s understandable that you may get bored in class, but resorting to checking your e-mail and Facebook page during lecture can often be distracting to the others around you. Sure, they should be worried about what’s on their own screens or notebooks, but when a person in front of you is clicking away on Facebook chat it’s really hard to concentrate. We all have been guilty at one point or another for sending and receiving text messages in class,
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but sometimes that’s all people do. Keyboards and number pads are not silent. The little click-clack gets old very quickly. If you have an emergency, that’s understandable, but please save your social life for your breaks. The most disrespectful thing you can do during class time is chit chat with your neighbor. It’s annoying, and guess what? You’re never as quiet as you think you are. I could care less about the crazy game of beer pong you won the night before or what your latest “beau” said that caused you to have your own personal World War III. Shut up and pay attention or leave class because no one wants to hear all the juicy gossip in your life. I may come off as a nerd, but I’m Lauren paying tuition to get an education. Hadley If you don’t share the same idea First-year that’s fine, but have respect for those visual communications around you who are interested in student learning, because they can’t get that accomplished successf ully when you’re being rude and obnoxious. Get to class on time, put down the sandwich, get off of Facebook, put your phone away and please just shut up.
Payday lend i ng is a n ex ploitat ive pract ice t hat fails to successfully address consumers’ real needs. By target ing t he low-income population with short-term loa ns at ef fect ive a n nua l interest rates as high as 900 percent , this industry keeps those lacking fi nancial savvy from overcoming poverty. The arg u ment is of ten made that payday loans have such high rates because of the low credit worthiness of their borrowers. Relevant data does not back this up. One study found that payday lenders lost 3 percent of their loans while charging an average yearly r at e of 4 85 percent. In the sa me per iod banks lost 2.7 percent on credit card debt Peter yet managed Schaeffing Third-year t o s c r ap e b y economics w it h rates no student higher than 22 percent. For a variety of reasons lowincome consumers demand these loans at whatever rate possible, a nd f rom t hese reasons must come a solution. Allowing the cycle of poverty one more avenue through wh ich to per pet uate is unacceptable. Poor individuals take out payday loans for many reasons. Chief among these is the inaccessibility of traditional banking services. Banks tend not to pursue the meager savings potential fou nd in low-income customers. A savings account alone rarely returns much of a profit, so a small one can quickly turn into a negative number on a bank’s balance sheet — in the short-term, that is. If banks would act ively pursue and stick with these consumers, through their savings they could accumulate wealth no matter how small those savings might be at the start. Credit unions are another viable option for the lowi ncome. T he se memberowned, nonprofit institutions seem a sensible place for an abused sector of the market to turn. Lack of financial literacy a lso cont r ibute s to h igh demand for high-interest loans. A merica in general has been short on financial sense in the last decade or two, leading to a plummeting personal sav ing rate. Nonprof it a nd f i n a nc ia l institutions could do a great service by promoting financial literacy and would strike a blow to the payday lending industry in the process.
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‘Wonderland’ has far too few wonders Burton’s latest lacks best traits, deflates under manic script, stiff acting Neal Hughes
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Director: Tim Burton Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter Run Time: 108 minutes Rating: PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar
When first announced last year, the combination of Tim Burton’s has trouble cinematic prowess and Lewis Carroll’s bizarre novel, “Alice in Wonderland,” d e c i d i n g t h e seemed like an ideal match, considering Burton’s propensity to create o n uniquely dark movies and the book’s psychedelic subject matter. The direction it wants two should have melded together seamlessly. Sadly, brilliant theoretical to take. Burton’s villains, matchups can sometimes turn into overwrought movies that fizzle into the Red Queen and Stayne, are more frivolous than menacing anonymity. Yes, “Alice in Wonderland” is a meticulously designed film, with a and instill no sense of dread. In stunning environment and even more vibrant characters, but Burton fact, the most foreboding character channels more “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” than “The Nightmare is the Cheshire Cat -- voiced wonderfully by Steven Fry -- whose feline Before Christmas,” which he co-wrote and produced. The film certainly is dialect sends chills down the spine. Once Alice crosses the barrier from Victorian England to Carroll’s a visual feast and does not disappoint the optical senses. However, after the fantasyland, the film catapults the viewer into a manic storyline. No film’s rich display of Wonderland, the rest feels empty and shallow. “Alice” opens with a brief interchange between adolescent Alice and her explanations are provided since Alice seems to find the other world father, in which he informs her that the best types of people are mad. The completely normal because she has “dreamed” it before. It seems Burton film then cuts to a grown-up Alice heading to a Victorian-era engagement used this aspect of the plot as a cheap trick so he could avoid delving into party, which she has no idea is being thrown for her. During the soiree, the history of Wonderland. If “Alice in Wonderland” provided a rich a visually repulsive redhead named Hamish requests Alice’s hand in storyline, which it sometimes fl irts with, the fi lm would have been on marriage. The thought of such a weighty commitment overwhelms Alice, another echelon. Many of the characters seem to lack substance, but the most disappointing and she runs away partly to clear her head and partly because she sees a rabbit in a waistcoat and decides to chase him. Thus begins the adventure is Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter. Visually, the Hatter could not be more perfect, but once he opens his mouth he sounds like a drunk Scottish hobo. down the rabbit hole. Once Alice arrives in “Wonderland,” or “Underland” (the film calls it He babbles and acts like he is back on the “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” both), the strength of her character begins to fall apart. Mia Wasikowska set. The point of all this insanity is supposed to make him seem lovable, depicts Alice with a dull stoicism, which is odd because she is in the most but instead it provides a contradiction between his frightening looks and fantastical of worlds and surprisingly seems bored with it. Not a shred of family-friendly antics. “Alice in Wonderland” falls short mainly because of the incredible emotion is shown, and even in the face of imminent danger Wasikowska half-heartedly emits what seems to be the bastard child of fear and apathy. potential it possessed, but eventually it will be grouped among other recent “Alice in Wonderland’s” storyline deviates from the original animated fantasy duds such as “The Golden Compass” and “Eragon.” Disney film and takes place after Alice’s first visit. Burton’s characteristic dark style is absent from the film, which is easily the most disappointing Comments on this story? part. Expecting a more grim film, “Wonderland” seems cartoonish and E-mail email@example.com
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Girls lose pants, fashion sense Emerging outfit trend takes comfort to uncomfortable level Colin Campbell STAFF WRITER
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worn underneath something, whether it be a tutu, running shorts, a dress or a skirt. For a growing number of girls on campus to keep disregarding this fact is comparable to a guy wearing long johns out and about: ridiculous. Maybe we’re being too tough. After all, most guys probably don’t argue when they’re ascending steps to class or Russell House and they look up to see the pretty girl in front of them wearing nothing but a top and a pair of black tights. And ladies, if you’re comfortable knowing you’re attracting this type of attention to yourself because of your clothing decisions, by all means, leave those pants in your dorm room.
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Ladies, it’s time to address it. The past few months, one fashion trend simply refuses to go away. “Tights and Uggs,” “exercise pants,” “comfortable”; call it what you will, but do not allow yourself to continue to believe that t his garb qualif ies as legit imate clothing. The bottom line — you’re not wearing pants. You are walking around a campus of a little less than 30,000 graduate and undergraduate students, not to mention professors and other faculty members, and you’re not showing the decency to throw on some pants. Yes, as with Crocs, proponents of this unacceptable trend constantly reiterate the anthem used to defend and promote bad clothing everywhere: “It’s comfortable.” But honestly, if comfort dictated all fashion, stars would wear sweats and T-shirts on the red carpet. Granted, a college environment is no red carpet. At any given point during the day, guys can be
seen walking around wearing anything from a full suit to pajama pants and a beater. The dif ference bet ween t hese pajama-donning bros and their pantsless, tight-wearing counterparts is that the guys know what they’re doing. They are aware that they are making a statement with their clothing. It’s an unwashed, messy-haired, “I don’t care what you think about me, I’m going to roll out of bed, throw on some shoes and walk out the door” mentality. The ladies, who generally spend a little extra time on their appearance, aren’t making this statement. In fact, when they pull on these tights, they aren’t trying to send a message at all. But it doesn’t matter; when you walk outside without pants on, a message is being received, regardless of what your intentions are. Now, there’s always the in-between: that long sweater-ish top could almost qualify as a dress, but you would never wear it without a pair of tights because, let’s face it, it’s more of a top than a dress. Depending upon the actual length of said sweater dress, one could possibly wear it with tights and get away with it. Here’s what it comes down to: tights, worn in any situation — from ballet to jogging or fashion — are meant to be
Readers should embrace spirit of ‘road trip’ in coming months Katie Crocker
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A week ago, spring break blessed st udents w it h no schoolwork , exams or grades. Things were put on hold for a moment in time as students fretted the precious time away on things that really matter: getting wasted in a foreign place, drunken memories of that night at the karaoke bar and a bad after-taste in the morning. Or maybe you were like some who lacked the moo-la or vehicle to get to where they wanted to go and were forced to return home for the precious week and stride around the house like an unwanted visitor, passing through like tumble weeds on the prairie. Something changes when you go to college and try to go back home; your family has adapted to not having you around. Your room has become a dark place, overrun by various other members of the family. If you do have the money, it’s best to get away and find yourself. That’s what college is for, but with an overwhelming workload it’s sometimes best done on the open road. Nothing will test friendships like being stuck in a three-mile back-up for four hours. You’re cramped together in the blistering heat of the sun, and half of the passengers’ deodorant has worn off. The subject of the road t r ip is a favor ite a mong authors. Road trips are a case of serious misadvent ures served up like a piece of diner pie on a ceramic dish. With motley casts of characters or tight knit groups of friends, not h i n g s t a y s t he s a me and by the end of the trip someone has gone through at least four life-changing moments. A favorite among the road trip novel canon is “On the Road” by Jack Kerou ac . It’s based on the author’s real-life adventure, though t he m a i n c h a r ac ter i s a fictional man, Sal Paradise, who becomes inspired to hit the road after hearing others’ tales. It’s a rhythmic, timeless novel that echoes through the ages; a young man’s desperate attempt to be free of all society’s ties and live life to the fullest. T he novel is d ra mat ic and deep, but a good read for those who want to be inspired. Fo r t h o s e i n t e r e s t e d i n more s u r re a l novel s , “Jaguars Ripped My Flesh” by Tim Cahill is made for you. Cahill is an adventure writer and the book includes a series of adventures, like attempting to find the lost City of the Dead in Peru and parachuting out the back of an airplane. Broken up into neat chapters and containing around thirt y stories, the book is written with a smart, tongue-in-cheek tone that makes you both laugh and grip the pages in excitement. W hatever your preferences, the road trip novel is an excellent way to understand your true deep longing for something more when t he laz y su m mer m o nt h s c o m e u p o n u s . Perhaps they will give you the inspiration to have your own wack y tromps across the country.
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Stewart, Fanning light up rock legend Teen stars embody influential all-female rock band in ‘The Runaways’ Rafer Guzman MCT Campus
Here’s a challenge: Make a list of successful all-female rock bands, starting with The Runaways, the short-lived teen group from the 1970s. After the Go-Go’s, the Bangles and The Donnas, your list will probably be nearing its end. That may explain the enduring legacy of the band, whose brief but explosive career is dramatized in “The Runaways,” which opens Friday and stars Kristen Stewart as guitarist Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as singer Cherie Currie. Though dressed in authentic period regalia – teardrop sunglasses, platform shoes and shag haircuts – the all-girl band might look just as shocking, and certainly as unique, if it formed today. Based on Currie’s book, “Neon Angel: The Memoir of a Runaway,” the film tells a familiar tale of rock music, drugs and recovery. The gender of the players, however, adds new layers to the story, and the intimate relationship between Currie and Jett may surprise some viewers. The bond between the two women — partly sexual but mostly protective and supportive — is unusual to see in any movie. In some ways, that friendship is responsible for the movie’s existence. In 2005, Jett’s longtime manager, Kenny Laguna, began helping Currie find a publisher. Her memoir was not a typical tell-all; it had previously been released as a young-adult book with a strong anti-drug message. The new version, however, includes more grown-up stories from her chaotic stint with The Runaways and beyond. Now a divorced, 50-year-old mother living in Los Angeles (she is also, improbably, a chain-saw artist), Currie met with Fanning a few weeks before filming began last summer. “I think she loved that time in her life and maybe wished it had turned out differently, but it couldn’t,” Fanning said. “She was on a downward spiral and she made the choice to stop it.” When Currie’s book began to draw interest from movie producers, Jett, for one, was reluctant to participate. “I was never interested in having a Runaways movie made because I thought they could only screw it up,” said Jett, 51,
a native Pennsylvanian who now lives in Long Beach, Calif. But when River Road Entertainment expressed interest, Jett — who had been impressed by the company’s production of “Brokeback Mountain” — agreed to sign on. She and Laguna are credited as executive producers. Though famous for girl-power anthems like “Cherry Bomb,” “Queens of Noise” and “Born to Be Bad,” the Runaways were essentially created and controlled by Kim Fowley, a producer-songwriter played in the film by Michael Shannon. A flamboyant personality whose eclectic resume would eventually range from KISS to Helen Reddy, Fowley had a vision for a new kind of girl group. As he explained in a recent interview, he had noticed two parallel trends in the early 1970s: women’s liberation and male androgyny. “The feminization of American males,” Fowley said, “began the day feminism started.” The Runaways would eventually include lead guitarist Lita Ford, who would grow up to become heavy metal’s reigning queen during the 1980s; bassist Jackie Fox, who went on to study law at Harvard; and drummer Sandy West, who died in 2006. (One early member was bassist Micki Steele, later known as Michael Steele in the Bangles.) The sound was hard-charging, the attitude rebellious and the T-shirts tight (the band’s very name offered a hint of sleaze). Raucous shows at clubs and house parties led to a deal with Mercury Records and a self-titled debut disc in 1976. For all their success, however, The Runaways found themselves jeered as much as hyped by a male-dominated music press. “It was a little derogatory, but they were excited about them, too,” said writer-director Floria Sigismondi, a rock-video veteran making her feature debut with “The Runaways.” Judging by the media coverage, she said, “audiences were a little bit confused when they saw The Runaways for the first time: ‘They’re sexy, but they’re all girls! Should they be doing that? My God, they’re 15! Can they actually play?’” Their own manager didn’t treat them much better. In the film, Fowley is depicted as a sneering tyrant who refers to the girls as “dogs” and hires hecklers to pelt them with objects during rehearsal. Still, both Jett and Currie remember him with a certain bemused fondness. As for Fowley, he remains unrepentant: “Abuse? Shut up and play.”
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Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart star as Cherie Currie and Joan Jett in new music bio-pic, “The Runaways.”
HBO draws viewers for WWII drama Producers Tom Hanks’, Steven Spielberg’s new miniseries premiered to strong cable numbers Sunday Joe Flint MCT Campus
LOS ANGELES — About 3.1 million people signed up for the Sunday night premiere episode of HBO’s expensive World War II epic, “The Pacific,” according to Nielsen. HBO, which spent around $200 million making the 10-part miniseries and millions more on hype, said the audience for the debut was 22 percent higher than the premiere of its last big miniseries, “John Adams.” The pay cable channel has been heavily promoting the Steven Spielberg- and Tom Hanks-produced event and even took the unusual step of offering the fi rst episode for free on DirecTV as well as on its own Web site and on Fancast. For those curious as to how “The Pacific” stacks up against “Band of Brothers,” HBO’s first big World War II miniseries from Spielberg and Hanks, which premiered in September 2001, comparisons are more difficult. That’s because at that time Nielsen did not measure HBO’s individual channels, but rather combined the audience for all of HBO’s channels into one number. Having said that, it seems safe to say that “Band of Brothers” had a bigger audience in its debut. HBO had 10 million viewers that night, and it seems hard to swallow that 7 million of them were actually watching old movies on HBO’s various sister channels. However, the way people watch television has changed dramatically since 2001 and comparing ratings for individual episodes from these two eras may be stretch. Besides general media fragmentation and a growth of viewing options both on television and online, there was no HBO On Demand then, and the digital video recorder was still a dream. TV shows didn’t show up on DVD until months after their premiere. In other words, there was more of a must-see approach to viewing television then. Ratings for other HBO shows back this up. Last season, a typical episode of “Curb
Your Enthusiasm” averaged 1.5 million viewers in its Sunday night run, but when on-demand a nd DV R a nd second r u ns are factored in, that number grew to almost 6 million. In the case of “True Blood,” the Sunday night episodes average about 5 million viewers, but when all other viewing options are factored in, that number jumps to over 12 million. HBO insiders are betting on a similar trend for “The Pacific.” Of cou rse, because H BO doe sn’t sel l adver t isi ng, it Cliff Owen / AP Photo always stresses that ratings are not its main consideration in “The Pacific” follows precedent of “Band of Brothers.” determining the success of a program. Instead, HBO banks on maintaining its reputation for high-quality programming you can’t get elsewhere, building its subscriber base and developing ancillary revenue streams. “Band of Brothers” sold about $250 million worth of DVDs. Of course, one still needs compelling programming to keep those revenue streams flowing. HBO has already sold “Band of Brothers” abroad and will likely sell “The Pacific” here to a basic cable network after its run on the pay channel is done. The History Channel bought “Band of Brothers,” and it scored 4.6 million viewers when it made its debut there in 2004.
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A r i es R e l a x ! Work can proceed as planned if you allow your imagination to supply dreamy images. Soften the focus in order to improve production. T au ru s D e l e g a t e as much as you possibly can today. Three people contribute information and practical efforts. Success is yours. Gemini Relax into the rhythm of your new plan. Three associates contribute creative energ y and move everything forward. Cancer Focus your research on a single item. That’s not eas y, as you r mind wants to go in several directions at once. Jot down thoughts for later.
Leo Intelligent activity ca n on ly proceed if you inject enthusiasm into the formula. Others may lack the necessary energy without it. V irg o Use your imagination to fill in the blanks when others say what they want but have no clue how to get it. You see things they’re blind to. Libr a Be sure coworkers k now that you understand their problems. After all, you’re on their side. Use chocolate to maintain optimism. Scor pio If you get t i red of prov id i ng motivation, sit back and wait. Others will take up the slack sooner than you’d thought. Conceal the stopwatch.
Sagittarius Don’t slip up by depending on weak logic. You gain enthusiastic support when you sound like you know what you’re doing. Restate the details. C a pr icor n T he time for creative input is past. Get down to business now instead of later. Lights, camera, action! Aquarius Do what you love and the money will follow. Even if your side job isn’t paying much yet, it will grow. Be patient and stay the course. Pisces Because you dem a nded per sona l recognition, you also gained it for your team. They may not realize the importance of your contribution.
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Dungy speaks to Gamecocks Former Tampa Bay, Indianapolis coach offers inspiration to USC football team James Kratch
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USC opened and closed last night’s practice by breaking its team huddle on the words “hard work and teamwork”. The inspiration for the saying came from a meeting earlier in the day with a gridiron legend. Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, in town for speaking engagements, spoke to the Gamecocks prior to Tuesday’s second spring outing, stressing those two attributes as the key to winning football. “He emphasized hard work and teamwork,” said USC coach Steve Spurrier. “Those are two words that we’ll remember, and our guys seemed to do that better tonight.” The Super Bowl winner, who was the first African-American head coach to lead a team to an NFL title, was well received by the players. “It was pretty good. I’ve never met an NFL coach like that,” said freshman quarterback Connor Shaw. “He was a really great guy to listen to.” Dungy stressed to the team that talent isn’t always the difference in winning games. “He said when they won the Super Bowl in 2006, it wasn’t the most talented team he’s ever seen,” said junior quarterback Stephen Garcia. “But they worked together the best and the hardest.” For senior running back Brian Maddox, getting to hear Dungy was something he has always wanted to be able to do. “It was great. It was a great experience,” Maddox said. “I’m glad I finally got to here him speak. He’s been going all around the country speaking since he’s stopped coaching. He harped on hard work and teamwork. That’s what you need to be successful at any level.” Shaw impresses: All the quarterbacks threw the ball rather well in passing drills, but Shaw stood out, completing several deep balls and moving around well. “Connor made a couple of good scramble plays,” Spurrier said. “He’s got a chance; he’s just got a lot to learn.” “The main thing is the speed of the game,” Shaw said. “I thought I had a decent day, but there are some things I need to improve on.” Shaw said that his decision to enroll early is already paying dividends in terms of learning and adjusting. “I wouldn’t have been able to learn the playbook like I have if I didn’t come in early,” he said.
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New offensive line coach Shawn Elliott works with the line during Tuesday practice. Spirited Practice: Spurrier was very pleased with the tempo of the practice, calling it “spirited,” and said he thought the team got better on the night, in particular singling out the offensive line as a unit that improved on the night. Et Cetera: USC will practice next on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m....Stephon Gilmore, Akeem Auguste and Jason Barnes were fielding punts, with Gilmore looking the best....New offensive line coach Shawn Elliott and special teams coach Shane Beamer appear to be collaborating on the extra point and field goal team. Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
South Carolina demolishes Paladins Pitching excels as USC keeps record perfect at Fluor Field in Greenville
Pitcher Nolan Belcher picked up the win against Furman.
The southpaw ran into trouble in the bottom of the third, who gave up one opening single to Furman fi rst baseman Aaron Thompk ins and let him advance to second before getting caught trying to steal third base. Belcher gained back his composure, struck out the next batter and closed the inning with a groundout to second baseman Adrian Morales . Belcher improves to 2-0 on the season and is making his case to become part of the weekend rotation with his performance Tuesday. The bullpen combined to give up one hit and three strikeouts. Senior Jordan Propst pitched a 1-2-3 inning to close out the game and preserve the shutout. The Gamecocks, who only had four extra-base hits, took advantage of three errors by the Furman defense and aggressive base running lead to a five run third inning that increased the lead to 7-0, as the team never looked back. The team returns home tonight to face Davidson in the last nonconference game before SEC play begins this weekend.
Belcher struck out six and walked one, allowing only four hits on the night. In the seventh inning, Belcher gave way to the bullpen.
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Based on the way South Carolina plays at Fluor Field the team should consider scheduling all of its road games in Greenville. Earlier this season, the bats sparked a comeback from a four run deficit to defeat rival Clemson. This time it was the pitching performance of sophomore Nolan Belcher and the bullpen throwing three shutout innings in a 15-0 win against Furman Tuesday night in Greenville. South Carolina improved to 12-4 on the season and remains undefeated at Flour Field, also improving the winning streak to six games. The pitching staff, that was under scrutiny in Sunday’s game for blowing a big lead to Brown, was lights out as Furman failed to get a single run across and could only record a total of five hits on the evening.
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USC looks to snap skid against Razorbacks Gamecocks search for first conference victory, find replacement for starting pitcher Broyles Mallory Cage
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South Carolina softball looks for its fi rst SEC wins of the season hosting Arkansas in a doubleheader today. After losing starting pitcher sophomore Audrey Broyles during the Florida Atlantic Strike Out Cancer Tournament a few weeks before due to injury, the Gamecocks have begun looking to their other pitchers to fi ll the void left. Broyles will be having season ending surgery soon after throwing for two consecutive
one-hitters in the tournament. “Our pitchers have to pick it up, without having Audrey the rest of the year they’re all going to have to pick it up,” said USC coach Joyce Compton. Sophomore Kelsey Goodwin will be the fi rst to take the mound and she has been successful even though the team has not had a conference win this season. After facing one of the hardest schedules in the nation and losing Broyles, the team looks to improve on their record as they head into the bulk of their season. Compton says the team has been experimenting with different lineups in practice this week. “We’re still going to be moving people around trying to figure out what our best line-ups going to be both offensively and defensively,” she said. South Carolina (9-14, 0-5 SEC) struggled Sunday against LSU facing a 10-0 sweep, but looks to come out strong against Arkansas (15-8). “Starting with Wednesday we’re just looking for some kind of consistency with our team. I felt we had some really good at bats on Saturday, maybe not as good on Sunday. Defensively we’ve got to be more consistent. That’s what I think really hurt us,” Compton said. Arkansas will be entering conference play against South Carolina on a win streak. The Razorbacks are coming off an undefeated tournament win and a six-game winning streak. Under Compton, the Gamecocks have a winning record for the month of March, going 461-164 (.738). The Gamecocks also have a good history against Arkansas winning 23 of 35 meetings and nine of 14 games in Columbia. South Carolina struggled last year, however, losing to the Razorbacks in a doubleheader in Fayetteville. The Gamecocks had just seven hits while playing in the below 40 degree weather. The doubleheader against Arkansas will close out a stretch of home games before they hit the road to Alabama. Tonight’s game is at Beckham Field and the fi rst pitch is scheduled to be thrown at 4 p.m. The second game will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the fi rst. It is Garnet, Black and Green day. Fans can bring recyclable aluminum cans, plastic bottles and paper to exchange for reusable grocery bags.
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Softball coach Joyce Compton looks on as the Gamecocks face Longwood earlier this season on Feb. 16. Carolina enters today’s game with a 9-14 overall record and are winless in league play.
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SEC POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 1 Chris Cox
Despite dropping a home series to Kansas over the weekend, the Tigers have far and away the most talent in the Southeastern Conference this year, and look to once again by crowned College World Series Champions for the second consecutive season.
T he G ators st u mbled at home ag a i nst Charleston Southern on Sunday, dropping a 6-3 decision in what was supposed to be a weekend sweep. But the predicted winners of the SEC East are still strong, and enter league play with impressive victories over Florida State and Miami (Fla.). (13-3)
3. Vanderbilt Head coach Tim Corbin once again has an impressive team on the field and the Commodores look to bounce back from a disappointing season in 2009. The ‘Dores already have impressive wins over Oklahoma State and Southern California in Los Angeles. (14-1)
The Razorbacks once again field an impressive team, albeit not as highly ranked as last year’s squad that spent quite some time on top of the national polls. The Hogs look like the most likely team to challenge LSU for the Western Division crown.
The Tide may be without SEC Player of the Year Kent Matthes this season, but Alabama still has some production out of its lineup. Second baseman Ross Wilson headlines the club, but few else have been impressive early on for the tide — most notably former USC quarterback Chris Smelley, who enters this weekend with a batting average below the Mendoza line.
8. Ole Miss
The Rebels dropped a heartbreaking series with nationally-ranked Louisville over the weekend, but the Rebels and coach Mike Bianco are confident about this season. The Rebs don’t have quite the stars as usual, but should find themselves in a Regional once again this season.
9. Mississippi State
The Bulldogs are once again struggling without legendary coach Ron Polk at the helm. They enter conference play only four games over .500 and haven’t played — let alone beaten — anyone worth noting so far this year.
Former College of Charleston coach John Pawlowski has yet to fi nd his groove at the helm of the Tigers. AU entered this past weekend with a solid 9-2 record, but being swept by powerhouse Arizona State shows that Pawlowski has quite a long way to go.
5. S. Carolina Despite already accruing four losses on the early season, no club in the league has played quite the daunting schedule that the Gamecocks have. But they’ve righted the ship after series losses to East Carolina and Clemson, and begin on a hot streak as conference play rolls around.
11. Georgia My, how the mighty have fallen. Traditional contenders for the College World Series, the Bulldogs have struggled so far in 2010. Once a team ranked in the top five last season, UGA was swept by Florida State and was demolished by 10 runs against Kennesaw State at home last week , which coach Dave Perno called the worst week of his career.
The Wildcats are good, no doubt about it. But don’t be fooled by their impressive record. UK hasn’t played anyone worth noting and have always struggled down the stretch in conference action, minus its SEC Championship season a few years back. We’ll see how good Kentucky’s arms actually are this weekend against Ole Miss. (13-3)
The Vols are struggling once again this season and look to bring up the rear in a crowded SEC East. Tennessee coach Todd Raleigh is staring at the hot seat this year, as UT has already dropped games to downtrodden teams such as Eastern Kentuck y, Binghampton, Kennesaw State and Western Kentucky.
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