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Season tickets offered for less Gamecock Club alters membership privileges, lower level now able to attend games more cheaply Derek Legette STAFF WRITER

Students and football fans alike may expect possible changes for the 2010 Carolina football season. “Football season t ickets can act ually be purchased for less than what they were two years ago before the YES program went into effect,” said Steve Fink , the director of media relations in the athletics department. “Prior to 2009, you had to be a member of the Gamecock Club at least at the Century level at $165 to be able to purchase season tickets.” Fink said members only have to be at the

Roost level now, which is priced at $55. “Even with the seat donation of $50, you still

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The Gamecock Club will ease ticket prices in today’s economy by changing membership policies.

would woul pay less now than prior to 2009,” he said. 2009 The Yearly Equitable Seating Th program, also known as the YES pro program, will be continued, and pro Fink said the Gamecock Club Fi dues du are being frozen in order to keep the cost as low as possible. k Fi F n k sa id t he economy has naturally made an impact on n t icket sales here, as well as ot her the country. sports venues throughout th However, Fink said it is too early to be able to compare season seaso tickets for 2010 with 2009. “This is only early April and, as you know, the kick off until September,” h season doesn’t d he said.

Students kick off footwear to demonstrate support for TOMS Shoes, which provides their products to those in need

Alumna organizes Facebook group to receive donations for African teens who lack adequate track equipment

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If you see multiple people walking around barefoot today, don’t be alarmed. USC st udent s w i l l be pa r t icipat i ng i n One Day Wit hout Shoes, a movement to ra ise awa rene s s about t he impact of shoes in underdeveloped countries. Thousands will participate i n t o d a y ’s e v e nt , w h ic h i s sponsored by TOMS Shoes. TOMS Shoes, according to first-year undeclared student S a r a h E l l iot t , p r o m i s e s t o p r ov ide a p a i r of s ho e s t o someone in need wit h ever y pair of shoes that is purchased. The business model is part of its “One for One” movement, wh ich El l iot sa id is a g reat cause. “It’s unnoticed how important shoes are,” Elliott said. “It’s important to think on the other side, even if it is just for one day.” E l l iot t s a id m a ny he a lt h risks are posed to children who g row up i n u nderdeveloped cou nt r ies w it hout shoes. According to the TOMS Web site, approximately one million people in Ethiopia are suffering from podoconiosis, a disease caused by walking around barefoot in volcanic soil. For t hose wit hout shoes, many diseases a r e t r a n s m it t e d through the soil and cuts and sores often become ea si ly infected. Elliott said some ch ildren ca n’t even attend school because shoes are a part of the dress code. Elliott said TOMS primarily sh ips shoes to A f rica and Sout h America and said the event is a great way to catch at t e nt io n f or t he cause. “ I f s o m e o n e’s walk ing arou nd ba refoot , people are going to ask,” Elliott said. Elliott ser ves as a TOMS

Campus Club member and volunteers her t i me r a isi ng awa rene s s about the organization and to help plan events. Elliott said she plans on organizing more events in the fall and encourages others to apply. The process to becoming a Campus Club member involves applying to the company, and Elliott said there are three Campus Club members at USC. To Elliott, the movement is a way to help improve the world. “I t hink it’s important for people to help other people just to better the world,” Elliott said. “It makes such a big impact.” For more information, visit www.toms.com.

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A f ter read i ng her f r iend e nd Sa m a nt h a Hoeh ner ’s blog l og og about an underprivileged track ack k team at a sout her n A f rica ca high school, Columbia native ve and Clemson alumna Rachel el Sparks became inspired to o help out her cause overseas. Hoehner said in her blog g that she didn’t realize the school had a t rack team until the day before district finals. “The debatably 4 0 0 -meter t rack had t wo m ild inclines and was dirt smeared wit h shards of glass. My students ts ran barefoot,” Hoehner said. d Courtesy of Rachel Sparks “The girls ran in skirts with Hoehner currently works with the no sports bras.” Peace Corps in Lesotho. Though she now resides in b e c om i n g i nvol ve d i n t he Colorado, Sparks said she felt compelled to support Hoehner, project after hearing about it a Peace Corps member who from Sparks. “As soon as I got the initial just began working as a high school math and science teacher informat ion f rom Rachel, I in Lesotho in November. With knew I wanted to start collecting l i m ited I nter net ac ce s s i n snea ker s,” Wa r ren sa id. “I Africa, Hoehner is unaware of immediately started e-mailing the donations she will be given. people and sending Facebook “I cont acted ever yone i n messages, and the response was my address book asking them great. It was within no time that for donations of secondhand I had my first pair of sneakers.” The team is hoping to send running shoes,” Sparks said. “I got an overwhelmingly positive the shoes through a diplomatic response, so a few friends and I pack age, wh ich is t y pically made a Facebook group to try mea nt for sending supplies overseas w it h f ree and get the word out.” A s of now, t he Facebook page named “Shoes for Samantha” has more than 200 fans and has been given 70 pairs of sneakers. According to Sparks, the group accepts all sizes of shoes, as long as t hey are at hlet ic shoes. The group also has collectors across t he state, including Columbia, Charleston, My rt le Beach and Clem son, as wel l as ot her states, such as Michigan and Colorado,, i n order to g a i n t hee ma x i mu m nu mber off donations. Courtesy of Rachel Sparks “We’re hoping for at Shoes for Samantha hopes to gather least 100 shoes,” Sparks sneakers for Hoehner’s track team. said. USC graduate student Stepha n ie War ren sa id she Shoes ● 4 was immediately interested in


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Green fee in progress SG proposes slight increase to fund sustainable initiatives Josh Dawsey

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When it comes to going green, USC’s St udent G over n ment m ight soon ask students to ante up. A proposal that will tack on an additional charge to the student activity fee is in the baby stages of development, according to senate leaders. The fee will provide money for environmentally-friendly initiatives and would require the support of both USC President Harris Pastides and the Board of Trustees. It likely won’t be put in front of the senate for awhile. “It’s a long way from being done. It still needs a lot of work,” Sen. Matt Ungar said, “but I think the kinks will get worked out and we’ll see what happens.” An online group in support of the proposal

said the fee would be $5, but Sen. Andrew Graczyk , chairman of the Environmental Affairs Committee, said he’d like to start the fee from $1 to $2. The online group asks students to join if they’d be willing to pay the money. As of late Wednesday, 82 people were members. Leaders hope a committee of students and University employees would control usage of the new fee. Plans are not yet clear concerning how the fee would be used. A new bike fleet on campus could benefit from the money, as well as new recycling initiatives, improvements in residence halls and university classroom buildings, according to Graczyk. Graczyk said the fee would hopefully create economically sustainable programs. “We just want to provide overhead to start up any new initiatives,” he said.

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Over 600 people attended sorority Chi Omega’s ninth annual War of the Wings fundraiser Wednesday night in the Russell House Ballroom. The event raised over $6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With the money raised, a local high school student named Megan, who is battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, will be able to travel to Disney World this summer. The event also featured a chicken wing eating contest, which over 20 teams participated in. The “Dream Team,” which consisted of journalism professor Lisa Sisk and three football players, won the men’s bracket with 33 wings. Sisk’s team also ran the public relations campaign for the event. Sorority Phi Mu won the women’s bracket with 18 wings. — Compiled by Assistant News Editor Jonathan Battaglia

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Columbia faces mayoral runoff as Coble leaves after 20 years Voters in Columbia will return to the polls in two weeks to elect their first new mayor in 20 years after a seven-way race Tuesday failed to produce a clear winner. Lawyer and lobbyist Steve Benjamin and city Councilman Kirkman Finlay III will meet in a runoff April 20 to replace Mayor Bob Coble. The Richland County Election Commission reported Benjamin garnered 6,067 votes or 35 percent, Finlay 5,485 votes or 32 percent. They were followed closely by lawyer Steve Morrison with 5,053 votes or 29 percent. Benjamin, a 40-year-old father of 5- and 2-year-old girls, could become the city’s first black mayor. His political experience includes his appointment by former Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges in 1999 to lead the state Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole — a post he held until 2002. The USC graduate previously served on the Columbia Planning Commission from 1995-97. Benjamin, who launched his campaign last August, has raised the most money in the race, according to The State newspaper. Finlay is the son of former Columbia Mayor Kirkman Finlay Jr., who served from 1978 to 1986. The younger Finlay took over his family’s real estate holdings and finances at age 23 when his father died. The 40-year-old father of 9-, 7- and 6-year-old daughters runs two restaurants in Columbia. Finlay has been credited with helping uncover the city’s multimillion-dollar budget woes after winning office in 2006. As chairman of the city budget committee, he has been vocal about the need to cut back to balance the budget. The new term begins in July. Coble, a 56-year-old father of six, announced in September he would not seek a sixth term, saying he wanted to concentrate on his family — including his grandchildren, ages 2 and almost 3 months old — and law practice. A Columbia resident since age 4, Coble has been popular since taking office, handily defeating all challengers. He said he enjoyed being known simply as “Mayor Bob” — a name that stuck from a radio station interview. “I think it’s an informal, approachable, guy-next-door name,” he said Tuesday. His tenure included massive redevelopment downtown and along the riverfront. He noted that before 1990, two Census counts found declining population and home ownership in the city, and he’s proud that has turned around as neighborhoods became more Courtesy of midlandsconnect.com livable. But the city has been plagued by budget problems in recent years. Coble contends they’ve been fixed, adding the city is under Bob Coble will leave 20 years as Columbia’s mayor as Steve budget so far this fiscal year has managed to put money back in savings. Benjamin and Kirkman Finlay approach their runoff.

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Search for miners restricted by high levels of toxic gas MONTCOAL, W.Va. — Two full days after the worst U.S. mining disaster in a generation, dangerous gases underground prevented rescuers Wednesday from venturing into the Upper Big Branch coal mine to search for any survivors of the explosion that killed at least 25 workers. Crews drilled holes deep into the ground to release the gases, but by late afternoon the levels of lethal carbon monoxide and highly explosive hydrogen and methane remained far too high for searchers to look for the last four people missing. “We just can’t take any chances [with the lives of rescuers],” said Kevin Stricklin of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. “If we’re going to send a rescue team, we have to say it’s safe for them to go in there.” Officials couldn’t say when rescuers might be able to go in. Stricklin said relatives of the miners backed the decision to hold off for now. “We’ve asked the families to be patient,” he said. Gov. Joe Manchin and others saw only a “sliver of hope” the miners survived by reaching one of the shaft’s rescue chambers, which are stocked with food, water and enough oxygen to last four days. Workers planned to drill another hole to lower a camera into one of the airtight chambers and see if anyone managed to get inside. “We’ve been working against long odds from day one,” Manchin warned. The federal mine agency appointed a team of investigators to look into the blast, which officials said may have been caused by a buildup of methane. The mine’s owner, Massey Energy Co., has been repeatedly cited for problems with the system that vents methane and for allowing combustible dust to build up. On the very day of the blast, MSHA cited the mine with two safety violations — one involving inadequate maps of escape routes, the other concerning an improper splice Jeff Gentner / Associated Press of electrical cable. Massey CEO Don Blankenship has strongly defended the company’s record and disputed accusations from High levels of dangerous gases prevented rescuers from entering a coal mine in hopes of finding any survivors of Tuesday’s explosion. miners that he puts coal profits ahead of safety. As of late Wednesday, there had been no signs of life deep underground since the explosion. During the drilling of the ventilation holes, rescuers banged on a pipe for about 15 minutes but got no response. Miners are trained to bang on drilling equipment and ceiling bolts if trapped. Family members could do little but wait. Alice Peters said she was told her 47-year-old son-in-law, Dean Jones, was among the missing, though Massey said it doesn’t know which four miners might be alive. Peters said Jones’ wife, Gina, has been at the mine site since the explosion and would not leave. “She’s not doing too good,” Peters said. “They told them to go home because they weren’t going to let the mine rescuers back in. They’re still drilling.”

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State of emergency called in Thailand after protesters’ activities BANGKOK — Thailand’s beleaguered prime minister declared a state of emergency Wednesday to quell weeks of paralyzing protests costing businesses tens of millions of dollars. But the demonstrators championing the rights of the rural poor remained uncowed, and it is unclear if the showdown can end without violence. The move by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva came after mostly peaceful protests turned chaotic when demonstrators burst into parliament and forced lawmakers to flee on ladders over a back wall, with senior officials hastily evacuated by helicopter. Wednesday’s chaos was a continuation of the long-running battle between partisans of the country’s former leader — Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a 2006 military coup — and those who oppose him. Thaksin was accused of corruption and showing disrespect to the country’s revered monarch. The demonstrators, called the Red Shirts for their attire, benefited from Thaksin’s populist policies such as cheap health care and village loans. They have demanded Abhisit dissolve parliament within 15 days and call new elections, claiming he took office illegitimately in December 2008 with the help of military pressure on parliament. Instead, the prime minister has offered to do so by the end of the year. Protesters have camped out in Bangkok since March 12, ignoring court orders and a massive security presence. Abhisit has become the target of harsh criticism for failing to take strong measures to end the disruptive demonstrations. He has entered negotiations with the Red Shirts and ordered security forces pull back from possible confrontations. Several shopping malls have closed and luxury hotels put under virtual siege since Saturday, when demonstrators moved to a busy intersection at the heart of Bangkok’s commercial district. Merchants have complained the boisterous demonstrations have cost billions of baht (tens of millions of dollars), and economists have expressed concern continuing protests will hurt the GDP. Abhisit, in a televised broadcast that interrupted regular programming, said the aim of the emergency decree was to restore normalcy to Bangkok and prevent “further related crime and disaster.” “I want you to understand and stop taking part in any illegal demonstration,” the prime minister told the protesters. The state of emergency decree allows “the performing of an act to the extent that is necessary to maintain the security of the State, the safety of the country or the safety of the people.” Security officials can detain suspects without charge for up to 30 days. However, the effectiveness of the decree is debatable. Although it gives the military greater powers to restore order, both Abhisit and the army know a crackdown could result in bloodshed that would be political poison. U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters Wednesday that the protesters have a right to express their views, but he urged them to avoid violence.

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Shoes ● Continued from 1 shipping. There will be a cost depending on the weight, but because Samantha receives a small payment from the Peace Corps, the group is planning to cover the cost with donations. “ Pe o p l e h a v e b e e n v e r y generous wit h mak ing donations to help with shipping t he sneakers, and we are on our way to meeting our goal of shipping May 1,” Warren said. “These are just sneakers

we aren’t going to use anymore that have the ability to change a child’s life in Lesotho.” To c o nt ac t t he g r oup or to arrange a t ime to donate sho e s , e -m a i l t he g roup at shoe sfor sa ma nt ha@g ma i l. com or on their blog at http:// shoesforsa ma nt ha.blog spot. com.

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Benjamin or Finlay: Decide city’s future One black candidate who would be the first African-American to hold the post. One white candidate who would continue the legacy of his father. No, it’s not the 2008 presidential election. It’s the runoff for the mayor of Columbia between Steve Benjamin and Kirkman Finlay. Likely, you don’t care as much about this election. That’s understandable; most USC students aren’t f rom Colu mbia, a nd The fact is that many aren’t even from this is the first time South Carolina. But the fact is that this is the first in two decades that time in two decades that Columbia will have Columbia will have a new mayor. That’s important. a new mayor. Columbia is poised for great change, and the new mayor will indicate the direction in which this state’s capital is heading. Who will lead this city along the road of progress, without stopping at the South of the Border of stagnation? You can decide. The gods of the election process even gave you a second chance to voice your opinion. Take it. If you love this University and what it stands for, you’ll cast your vote. When good Gamecocks grow up to be alumni, they donate to USC. But here is a chance to give back now: go out and vote on April 20 for the future of this city.

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Health care cannot be repealed Republicans don’t have numbers to overturn Obama’s inevitable veto Good news: Health care reform is now the law of the land, and, over the next few years, we will learn that people from House Minority Leader John Boehner to Sen. Mitch McConnell to Daniel Brennan will be proven wrong when confronted with the results. However, there are people who want to do nothing more than hang onto the fantasy of repealing all the law’s provisions. As a matter of fact, Bill Kristol said on March 21’s “Fox News Sunday” that he believed most Republicans would include repealing the law on their 2013 platforms. This is laughable at best and insane at worst, because of two overarching facts. First, as long as Barack Obama is president, he would never sign a repeal of health reform measures. It would be vetoed in a heartbeat. This Austin forces a veto overturn vote Jackson that doesn’t bode well for Second-year Kristol’s fantasy of repeal. political science student Second, the Republicans don’t h ave t he vot e s t o overturn that veto, not in this Congress or in the next. Here’s where it gets strange. There are 253 Democrats in the current House: 219 of them voted for the reform law and 34 voted against. There are 178 Republicans in the current House and four vacancies.

If the minority leader wanted to repeal the law in this Congress, he’d need 290 votes in the House — two-thirds, according to the Constitution — to overturn the president’s sure veto. This means he’d have to defect 78 pro-reform supporters. Even if John Boehner became house speaker again, his party just doesn’t have the chances for capturing this many seats. And don’t get me started on the Senate. To get the required two-thirds majority to overturn a presidential veto of Kristol’s repeal, the Republicans would need 67 senators to vote to overt urn. This is a problem for them since the GOP is in control of 41 senate seats and 12 of the 57 Democratic senators are moderately conservative. This brings the GOP to 53 votes to repeal. However, the motion needs 67 to pass. Sen. Mitch McConnell — the GOP leader in the upper house — would have to find some odd bedfellows. No Congress since Franklin Roosevelt’s terms has ever had as many as 67 Senators or more than 290 congressmen on a single side of the aisle. The only way Kristol’s wish can even be plausible is if the Republicans have an election like the Democrats had in 1932. They would need veto-proof majorities in Congress and the presidency to even have a sliver of that come to reality. Long story short: This law cannot be repealed any time soon, and by the time the GOP can even get control of the government again, the people will see the benefits and stand up to this Republican fallacy.

College lengthens life-span, improves quality Poor education standards threaten more than just career opportunities Four years as an in-state USC undergraduate will cost you around $36,000. What exactly do you get for your money? You get classes taught by expert faculty, access to the Strom and football games and a higher earning potential, among other benefits. But would you believe that you are buying a longer lifespan as well? College graduates live on average 6 years longer than those with just a high school diploma, according to a 2008 study from Harvard. I don’t want to mistake correlation with causality, but there is at least one interesting potential cause and effect relationship to examine. On Monday, at least 25 miners were killed after an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine. This is speculation, but I seriously doubt any of the victims in this tragedy claimed a college degree. Nor do many others we trust with these dangerous jobs, such as roofers, steel workers or construction personnel. There is somet hing in economics called

a compensating differential that explains the additional pay you will find in these risky jobs over safer menial labor, but this pay virtually never equates to that of most college graduates. Perhaps for this reason, the more dangerous the work, the harder it is to find college grads in those positions. This undoubtedly smacks of common sense to many reading this column. But consider the weight behind that fact. W hat allows most people to go to college? A decent education from K-12, a supportive family, a relatively safe environment in which to grow up and the means to pay for school. Most people who attend subpar elementary and high schools Peter Schaeffing are born into volatile families, live in Third-year violent neighborhoods or have little economics money never make it to college, student even if they are lucky enough to get through high school. Ty p i c a l l y, w h e n w e t h i n k a b o u t t h e impediments some Americans face in getting to college, we assume that the consequences of their disadvantages are less money and a less

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comfortable lifestyle. But a shorter life? That fact brings the discussion to a significantly higher level. No longer are we talking about people being deprived of frivolities or petty luxury, but about people being shortchanged years off their lives. The conclusion to this line of thought is that it is economically inevitable that less educated Americans will fi nd themselves in less desirable and often more dangerous jobs. However, it brings to the fore the necessity that college graduates — the you’s and me’s of the future — realize that we must act in a way that is mindful of those in more vulnerable positions than ours. That means that the mining company executives should pay whatever it takes to make their mines safer for their employees. The Ivy League educated politicians should contemplate the true value of the infantrymen being sent into battle before calling for war. And yes, the well-to-do alumni should support education through donations and higher taxes. It may seem like a political matter, or merely an economic one, but it is much more than that. It is a matter of life and death.

Burn belly fat! Blast flab! Lose 40 pounds in five weeks! Get the six pack you deserve with 20 minutes a day! A mer ic a’s nu mber one obsession is physical health, and if you don’t believe me, t u r n on you r telev ision. Within five minutes you’ll find an advertisement selling you the next piece of exercise equ ipment or some ne w workout routine. No matter what time of year it is, a better body tops everyone’s wish list, which is a great thing. People want to be healthy, want to be in shape and want to have a better sense of wellbei ng — just generally feel good. T here’s nothing wrong w it h a ny of those desires. Michael Wunderlich It’s a wonderful Third-year thing to see so broadcast much attention journalism bei ng t u r ned student to taking care of one’s body. Where I have a problem is how a majority of my fellow humans plan to achieve optimum fitness. I’m surrounded by a society that yearns to take the short route, and why not? We’ve built a world that’s predicated on getting things done quick ly, whether its communicating instantly with others over great distances or doing multiple things at once. But while these developments may serve to create a more efficient and exciting, if not more gratifying, world, they cannot be adopted in certain areas of life. Personal health is just that area. Ev e r y o ne k no w s Ne w Year’s and the two weeks prior to spring break are the times when gyms become packed w it h people who bel ieve t hey’re only a few week s away f rom a beach body or shedding the Christmas dinner (or dinners). People have resolved to get in shape, lose the love handles and gain a higher level of confidence through a better body. We’r e t a u g ht t h a t b y limiting our calorie intake to unreasonable levels, doing a few variations of abdominal exercises and running for 20 minutes three days out of the week will grant us Atlaswor t hy physiques. Bei ng a hea lt hy person doesn’t mean adhering to restrictive diets, having a picturesque midsection or sporting paint cans for biceps It’s more about discipline, about working hard to forge a better self mentally and physically without any shortcuts, and it all starts w it h where you get you r information.

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“If you’re in a bad situation, don’t worry it’ll change. If you’re in a good situation, don’t worry it’ll change.” — John A. Simone, Sr.

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5 iPod apps we’re obsessing about this PE A T IX M week Mix editors celebrate iPad’s launch with our favorite, must-have apps, including ones featuring Colbert, T-Pain

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music is also included with the app, so you can sing along to the beats or try to make a T-Pain freestyle. Try saying serious statements using the app and prepare for some comic relief, or catch your friends suddenly off-guard. After hearing your new T-Pain verse, they’ll see the humor, too. The app’s $2.99 price is well worth it.

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The Masters To help celebrate iPad’s launch, we at the Mix are kicking around the App Store and using some of our personal favorites on our iPod Touches and iPhones. Golf fans should be drooling over the free Masters app, which will let them experience one of golf’s biggest tournaments — made bigger this year by Tiger’s imminent return — on the go. Features include a live score tracker and live video coverage of the Amen Corner (holes 11 through 13) as well as holes 15 and 16. The app will also provide video highlights at the end of the day. So don’t worry; you can still have a life this weekend and catch the Masters wherever you are.

I Am T-Pain This app has been around for quite a while, but it is the best selling music app for a reason: its sheer hilarity. Say anything into the iPhone’s microphone, and suddenly you sound like T-Pain’s twin, thanks to a version of Auto-Tune. Background

Paper Toss It’s probably one of the simplest games the App Store has to offer, but this app has consistently been in the most-downloaded free apps for nearly a year now. Using the iPod’s touch screen interface, players just flick their finger across the screen, trying to get a ball of paper into a trash can. But take care: The office fan creates curves, and if you flick too hard the ball will soar past the can. It may sound stupid, but it’s undeniably addictive. The app’s designer, Backflip Studios, also introduced a “World Tour” version where you can toss paper in worldwide settings, but you’ll have to shell out a precious dollar to download.

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The Word Colbert Nation, this one’s for you. Hear Stephen speak of “truthiness” wherever you are with an app that’s compiled every installment of “The Colbert Report” popular segment “The Word” since the show’s launch in 2005. Maybe you feel like re-living what Colbert talked about on Oct. 16, 2006, or maybe you just can’t remember. Either way, The Word app is the best alternative source to get that dietary supplement of Stephen Colbert. And at just $0.99 for what amounts to hours of video, it’s one of the App Store’s best values.

Mirror for iPod and iPhone Ladies, mirrors are necessary, but can be a pain to tote around everywhere. Even small hand-held mirrors don’t fit into all bags, and let’s face it, it looks prissy to whip one out at the lunch table or in class. Fortunately, Apple has our backs with the Mirror app. The app allows you to see your reflection clearly, which is great for checking for sunburn at the Strom pool or for a piece of food in your teeth during a date.

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Cole Koehler and Ben Krueger’s “Snack Attack Samurai” premiered during the Super Bowl.

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Every year an advertising class led by professor Bonnie Drewniany gathers to judge Super Bowl ads based on select criteria: likability, persuasiveness and the brand ID. By the end of the evening they declare an overall winner, and this year’s 2010 Cocky Award went to “Snack Attack Samurai.” The ad was one of the winners of Crash the Super Bowl, Doritos’ super bowl ad competition. Stuart Beck, brand manager for Doritos, and Cole Koehler, who was both actor and cocreator of the ad, came on Wednesday morning to the Russell House Theatre. Cocky made an appearance, of course, shaking hands with the two presenters before sitting beside the stage. “Thank you,” he began. “I was a college student long ago; I know what it means to get up for 8:30 a.m. classes. So thank you for coming.” Beck was joking about the early presentation time of the award, which coincided with Drewniany’s usual class time. He explained his job as “covering the gambit,” meaning he does the advertising portion for Crash the Super Bowl. He essentially studies what products are doing best. He explained that Doritos has “a history of doing the Super Bowl; in 2007 we wanted to have purpose behind it.” They wanted to recapture the television audience and save money on costly productions, so they took a chance and turned over the ads to the consumers. It was a risk, but has so far paid off. “We believe in people, we felt like it was a perfect time,” he said.

What Drewniany’s students looked for in the submissions was a combination of things like production, talk value and something that was different. Cole Koehler then explained his half of the story. “Thanks for voting this commercial to win a Cocky. No offense Stu, but this is a little bit cooler than being on the Super Bowl,” he said. The other creator, Ben Krueger, was unable to make it for the reception due to a prior engagement, but Koehler spoke fondly of Krueger as his good friend and explained that they had met when he went to fi lm school. It was Krueger who found the Doritos Super Bowl contest and decided that they could to make a commercial. “When we learned of the contest, it was Ben that said [the Dorito chip] could be a ninja throwing star, and the throwing star could hit them in the neck,” he said. The idea turned into a commercial that they completed for less than $1,000. What followed was a grueling wait for months as Beck sorted through over 4,000 submissions. With a bit of luck, Krueger and Koehler were selected with six other finalists, and they had to eagerly wait during the game to see if and where they would be featured. Despite all the notoriety, Koehler insists that he’s only been “recognized once.” He has however been offered various jobs with Krueger. He does not intend to continue his acting career, but offered this piece of advice. “Wherever you are career-wise or in your life, it’s important to keep following your dreams,” he said. Comments on this story? E-mail sagcketc@sc.edu

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The audience was in for a treat when they gathered at 701 W haley for the Fashion Board’s Spring Fashion Show on Tuesday night. The show was a huge part of USC Fash ion Week , wh ich lasts until April 9. Other highlights of the week include Thursday’s Fashion Sy mposium at 7 p.m. in t he Public Health Auditorium. The show was appropriately themed “Eastside Elegance,” to evoke images of what glamorous New Yorkers would wear. Before it began, guests sipped drinks and browsed the selection of Fashion Board shirts in the lobby while local DJ Bakari Lebby supplied music. Five emerging designer lines were featured as well as ten local boutiques. To st a r t of f, Ca m i l le Ya n a i r sent barefoot models down the runway in 100 percent recycled creations. The models carried signs explaining what t heir dresses were made of. Tu r ns out the floral, striped and tribal print dresses were made from old baseball jerseys and dust ruffles. Next, Emma Graham Designs hit the catwalk with summery, preppy colors. Perfect for Carolina Cup, the high waist skirts had oversize pink bows on the back. Paired with a white tank and a sunhat, the models’ outfits were the epitome of Southern girl class. The next emerging desig ner line featured was Ellen and Ollie. Seemingly 1960s-inspired, this dress collection was packed with graphic patterns and large florals. Dresses were either oneshouldered or had high necklines. In high contrast to the more demure lines came the exciting Emily Claire Sm it h collect ion. The f ierce black lipstick and wayfarer style sunglasses on all the models conjured up images of Rihanna and Lady Gaga. The whole line had a tough-but-feminine feel to

it. The red and black lace high waist leggings worn with a tucked in tank and pumps were also refreshingly different. Brad Boultinghouse , creator of the line _aholic, sent his models down the runway in lots of black, with a green top as the only color in the collection. Voluminous gaucho pants with bubble hems featured prominently in his line, as did structured shoulder details. A surprise came in the form of a sultry black bandeau bikini. Nearly all of the models were adorned wit h abst ract animal pendants. After _aholic came the ten featured local boutiques. La Roque, Van Jean and Coplon’s stood out as being edgier than the rest, but there is a diverse enough crowd of women in Columbia Fashion ● 7

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Sustainability concert brings issues to campus Green Quad music fest attempts to educate students, promote eco-friendly lifestyles Mary Cathryn Armstrong THE DAILY GAMECOCK

Tak ing a walk around t he Columbia campus, sustainability may not be the fi rst thing that comes to mind. Styrofoam cups litter the ground; smoke billows from the top of Russell House. It’s certainly no secret that USC, like many universities across America, is feeling the push to move toward greener standards of living. Of course, the key to this movement is reaching out to the student body, and on April 8 the Sounds of Sustainability festival will bring environmental issues right onto campus. Sounds of Sustainability has been in the works since early this semester and will take place on the Green Quad Learning Center and Terrace. The event plans to focus on educating students about the importance of their impact on the environment. But don’t worr y, you won’t be sitting through Introduction to the Environment, where lectures may march in one ear and right out the other. Sounds of Sustainability Fashion ● Continued from 6 to appreciate the traditional b out ique s a s wel l. P i n k Sorbet seemed like a good bet for preppy pastels and sundresses. Britton’s was the only vendor to cater to the men in the audience and featured traditional polos and button downs in pinks, purples and blues. The two-hour show got a st a nd i ng ovat ion f rom t he crowd, a nd M a rqu is Bias, fourt h-year fashion merchandising major and president of t he Fash ion Board was pleased with the results. When asked about h i s f avor it e p a r t of t he night, he said, “seeing the whole thing come together. And Van Jean gave me this beautiful Tori Burch top.” Amy Woodell, a secondyear fashion merchandising

takes an approach that is much better suited to the younger generation looking for a break from class. Music will be the weapon of choice as a variety of local bands take the stage in support of a greener lifestyle. On deck to perform for the event are Austin Crane , Hip Young Gunslingers , Short Shorts , Zutahi Commission and several members of Say Brother. The bands will not only be providing great music for the masses, but will also be spreading the word about environmental awareness throughout their sets. Other entertainers will include fire spinners from right here in Columbia. A nd if t hat’s not enough, Sounds of Sustainability will also be providing a variety of resources like informative videos and literature on environmental initiatives inside the Green Quad Learning Center as well as free pizza from local restaurant Z Pizza in the Vista. Driving back from a youth conference on t he impact of climate change, Ivey Kaiser, the chief organizer behind Sounds of Sustainability, brainstormed ideas on how to bring a message of environmental impact to students in a way that would provoke both awareness and interest. “We knew that topics had to be relevant to people our age and had to be delivered in an interesting way for students to really get the message. So we thought, why not through

major and the vice president of prog ram m i ng , helped w it h model cast ing calls and fittings. She recruited Corrinne Queck, a secondyear public relations major, to model in the show. Queck heard about the casting call from flyers in the Carolina Col iseu m, a nd si nce she had modeled for prom and wedd i ng dresses i n h igh school, she decided to go

music?” Kaiser said. Kaiser was soon able to easily find local entertainers who jumped at the opportunity to spread the word about environmental issues. Kaiser hopes that students will not only be entertained at the festival, but will also reach a higher understanding of how their each and every move may have even the smallest impact on the environment. According to Kaiser, education is the most powerful tool that can be used to promote greener standards, especially on a campus setting. “St udents need to understand where t heir elect ricit y comes f rom a nd why it is important to conserve it. They need to understand that the way they eat has huge environmental impacts that can be more dramatic than turning off your lights, using less water and recycling combined. Hopefully, students will walk away from Sounds of Sustainability with at least one tip on how to be more sustainable in their personal lives,” Kaiser said. Sounds of Sustainability is today on the Green Quad Learning Center and Terrace from 5 to 10 p.m. Comments on this story? E-mail sagcketc@sc.edu

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Green Quad Learning Center and Terrace will host local bands and food catered from Z Pizza tonight starting at 5 p.m. to spread the message of sustainability.

for it. “I loved my white C o p l a n’s o u t f it I w o r e tonight,” Queck said. The fashion board is open to all students, and more information can be found at their Web site, http://hrsm. sc.edu / R ETA IL/default. html. Comments on this story? E-mail sagcketc@sc.edu

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Inside the Box ◆ By Marlowe Leverette / The Daily Gamecock

Calendar of Events What: Stride Gum Promotion When: 10 a.m. Where: Greene Street What: Ducks Unlimited Promotion When: Noon Where: Greene Street What: Tobacco Cessation Class When: 5:15 p.m. Where: Russell House, Witten

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What: Evangelism Mandate When: 7:30 p.m. Where: RH, Room 205 SPORTS SCHEDULE Men’s Tennis

Georgia Friday 2 p.m. Columbia, S.C.

What: Weekly Debate of the

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Baseball

When: 6 p.m. Where: RH, Room 322/326 What: Impact Movement: Men’s

Vanderbilt Friday 7 p.m. Nashville, Tenn.

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When: 6 p.m. Where: RH, Room 205

Football

Garnet and Black Spring Game Saturday 4 p.m. Columbia, S.C.

What: Bioethics Speakers When: 6:30 p.m. Where: BA, Room 005

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ANDY LEHMAN & THE NIGHT MOVES, SHAWN FISHER & THE JUKEBOX GYPSIES, TIM BRANTLEY, JERRY JACOBS 7:30 p.m. doors, $6 over 21 / $ 8 under 21 New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St.

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YARN CD RELEASE 6 p.m. doors, $6 The White Mule, 1530 Main St. VISTA AFTER 5 5:30 p.m., Free Jillian’s, 800 Gervais St. SOUNDS OF SUSTAINABILITY 5 p.m., Free Green Quad Learning Center and Terrace

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TOMORROW VINDICTIVE SOVEREIGN, GRAVES OF VALOR, ZEUS, NORTHBAY, HERO’S ARRIVAL 8 p.m. doors, $8 New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St. CHORDS FOR KIDS BENEFIT 6 p.m. doors, $10 advance, $12 day of The White Mule, 1530 Main St. VISTA COMEDY NIGHT 7 p.m., $8 online, $10 door Garden Bistro, 923 Gervais St.

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GEMINI Although you want to get your ideas out, now’s the time to carefully consider all the ramifications.

CANCER Everyone digs in, entrenched and stubborn. This would be a good day to pursue personal matters and

save your enthusiasm for later.

LEO Today is all about appeara nces. Hair a nd accessories do matter. VIRGO Your desire for independence takes you out of your normal work routine. LIBR A The challenge now is to love what you’re doing for as long as you’re doing it.

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Use y o u r t a l e nt s t o r e s o l v e d isag reement s about t he basics.

SAGITTARIUS The only way to get any where today is through team effort. C A PR ICOR N To get the most out of a relaxing time, display enthusiasm for someone else’s suggestion. AQUARIUS Keep the home fires burning today. You need space to pursue independent action. PISCES Consider ways to keep everyone focused. Creative minds have a way of wandering off. Reiterate the purpose.

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Ebert leads USC defeat of Charleston First baseman’s home run keys win over Cougars Ryan Velasquez STAFF WRITER

College of Charleston freshman Jake Zokan’s homecoming was far from what he’d have liked. South Carolina’s bats made sure of that. Playing in his first collegiate game in Columbia, the former Spring Valley Vik ing was chased after two and two-thirds innings after giving up four runs as the No. 8 Gamecocks (23-6) overcame a late comeback attempt to earn a 6-3 victory over the Cougars (23-8). With the win, Carolina improved its series record against College of Charleston to 42-5. “This is one of the better teams we’ve played. They were dangerous,” USC coach Ray Tanner said. “We were very fortunate to be able to win tonight.” The offensive barrage was sparked by f i rst basema n Nick Eber t . Coming into the game hitting .242, the senior went 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. “I never lost confidence in myself, not for a second,” Ebert said. “I knew what I could do and my coaches and teammates knew what I could do too. It was just a matter of when.” After a two-out single and an error put junior designated hitter Parker Bangs on second , Ebert

ripped a 2-0 pitch down the left field line for a double, driving in Bangs and putting the Gamecocks on the board. One batter later, sophomore outfielder Adam Matthews sent a 3-2 pitch up the middle to drive in Ebert and gave Carolina a 2-0 lead. Ebert’s big night continued in the third. With two outs and junior out f ielder W hit Merrif ield on second, the senior sent a 3-0 pitch sailing over the left field, notching his third home run of the season and putting the Gamecocks up 4-0. “He’s looking a lot better. I’m sure he feels better about himself,” Tanner said. “He’s had some quality at bats and he’s fought hard to get back to where he is.” W it h a t h ird-i n n i ng si ngle, Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 16 games and increased his career hit total, aiming for a spot in the top ten in program history. “It’s special. It’s something I kind of looked at coming in because I wanted to make my mark here,” Merrifield said. “It feels really good to be listed among those names. Hopefully I can keep going.” Freshman Colby Holmes earned the win , going five innings and allowing two earned runs. “I knew they could hit. I played with a bunch of these guys over the summer,” Holmes said. “I just went out there and did what I could to help the team win.” The Conway native got into a jam early, allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base. He managed to escape it, however, retiring the

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Senior Ebert scored two runs and had three RBI as the Gamecocks notch a 6-3 win against Charleston. next three hitters to shut down the rally. Holmes faced a similar situation in the second, allowing a first-pitch double to second baseman Baker Knox . After a sacrifice fly advanced Knox to third, Holmes forced first baseman Greg Blake to ground out to short and struck out right fielder Thomas Brittle. “Colby wiggled out of a couple situations,” Tanner said. “I knew it was going to be tough with seven

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The last practice before t he annual spring game is usually a brea k f rom pads, a nd USC coach Steve Spurrier described yesterday’s pract ice as a light, warm up to the spring game. With a number of players a l read y out recover i ng from injuries that may have occurred during the spring or the season, the bodies in yellow jerseys seem to increase as the day goes by. As of last night add another name to that list with Dion LeCor n . He su f fered a kidney injury at the end of a practice that saw the team strive to pick up its intensity. The Ocala, Fla., native was expected to be released from the hospital yesterday after being held overnight for observation on Tuesday. “He had a bruised kidney, they wanted to make sure he was OK,” Spurrier said. “I went by and saw him today, and he should be out later this afternoon.” This is not the first time t h at L e C or n h a s b e e n injured during the spring at Carolina. Just last spring, he suffered a broken leg during the last play of the spring game, an injury that seemed to plague him all last season. He was going to be held out of the spring game as a precaution to avoid an injury occurring like the one last year. “Dion is going to be fine,” Spurrier said. “He should have a good summer, and be ready to play come fall.” No-huddle helps out defense: When the offense decided to go to a more no-huddle style offense, the

lefties in their lineup. But he battled through it and did a nice job.” From there, Holmes was nearly perfect until the sixth, when a solo home run from center fielder Cole Rakar made it 6-1. After the next two batters walked and singled, Tanner decided to go to his bullpen. College of Charleston managed to bring around one more run but was foiled with the bases loaded when sophomore Steven Neff forced

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Dion LeCorn, shown in last year’s spring game, will miss this year’s due to a lacerated kidney suffered in practice. defense was forced to learn how to better communicate on defense and make t he adju st ment s a s t he offense came to the line of scrimmage. A s sist a nt he ad coac h for defense Ellis Johnson has been sat isf ied w it h the progression his unit has made over the spring. The defense is expected to see it from opponents on many occasions this coming season, and seeing it from the USC offense will help them be prepared for it. “It’s something that is becoming more prevalent in college football,” Johnson said. “We’ve seen it the past two or three years. The nohuddle tempo, we probably saw three teams last year

and four teams the year before.” Then they were two: After running back Jarvis Giles went down wit h a hip f lexor earlier in t he week, running backs Brian Maddox and Kenny Miles ag a i n took most of t he carries during the practice. The duo will probably see most of the carries during the spring game Saturday af ternoon. The inju ries have opened the door for freshman Matt Coffee to get some carries as well showing he has fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in his senior year of high school. Comments on this story? E-mail sagckspt@mailbox. sc.edu

Hartman also credited her teammate with As the USC track team hosted its final home meet of the year against nine other South helping to make her race easier. “Meg was running with me. That helped me Carolina schools , Carolina athletes didn’t a lot,” she said. “It’s a lot easier when you have consider winning their only goal. “This is a meet for fun, and for our athletes someone to pace with you.” Hartman’s main event is the 800-meter, to try to establish themselves and get a chance to be on our travel squad for the SEC,” which she also ran in high school. Her best coach Curtis Frye said. “About 25 of 30 are time, 2:19, is one that she hopes to repeat later established, and we’ve got five slots kind of in the season. “I’d definitely like to get under five minutes, available, and everyone here is trying to do their best so that they can influence the coach’s at least, in the 1500, and I’d like to get under 2:20 in the 800,” she said. decision about who gets to travel the The G amecock s w ill t ravel to rest of the year. And I think they’re Athens, Ga., this weekend to compete doing a good job fighting it out. We’re i n t he Spec Tow ns I nv it at ional , going to have some hard decisions to but Georgia isn’t the only team the make coming up.” Gamecocks are excited to face. One athlete who made a strong “This weekend, Southern Cal is case for herself was freshman Jessie coming to Georgia, and some of them Hartman. The Centreville, Va., native HARTMAN have been saying things about the real finished the 1500-meter in 5 minutes, 5 SC,” Frye said. “Some of our kids are seconds to finish first in the event. “I think it was good for my first race,” excited to run against Georgia, but when the Hartman said. “That was the first time I’ve real SC shows up this weekend, it’s going to ever raced the 1500. I didn’t go out too hard, be a battle to see which SC can run the best relays and who’s got the best quarter-milers, but I tried to finish stronger than I started.” Teammate Megan Rother took second place sprinters, the best throwers. It’s going to be a in the event. The freshman finished her race lot of fun.” Hartman doesn’t know yet if she will be just a second behind Hartman, and Frye said that having the two runners pace each other running this weekend, but she is eager to help her team if she can. was part of their strategy all along. “I’m not su re if I’m compet ing t h is “We want to be in the front. We don’t pull for one or the other, we just pull for the weekend,” she said. “I hope to be.” Gamecocks to go one-two,” Frye said. “For them to run hard and compete like that, push each other — you know, they train together, and somebody’s got to be first, so that’s a part Comments on this story? of the strategy, is to have us go one-two.” E-mail sagckspt@mailbox.sc.edu


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