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VOL. 103, NO. 58 ● SINCE 1908
‘TITANS’ COACH VISITS, INSPIRES STUDENTS Herman Boone encourages dialogue as key to relationships
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Men’s Basketball The Gamecocks prepare to p l a y to u g h te a m s such as LaSalle at this weekend’s Charleston Classic.
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The Mix Tape “This American Life,” the Bo b D y l a n Chr i stma s album and the new live Tom Waits album are three great listens Mix Editor Colin Jones highlights in this week’s Mix Tape.
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Uncaging the Danimal Text messaging proves handy in escaping awkward or sticky situations.
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Herman Boone, the coach who inspired the memorable Disney movie “Remember the Titans,” spoke about leadership and teamwork Wednesday evening to a crowd that fi lled the Russell House Theater. Boone, who wa s played by Den z el Washington in the movie, was introduced by one of his former athletes, Rob Bass, who many remember as Sunshine. Bass set the tone for the evening by providing the historical background of the famous Titans football team. “There was a lot of turmoil,” Bass said of Alexandria, VA in 1971. At this time, three high schools had to integrate for t he f irst t ime or lose funding. Not only were the schools racially segregated, but they were also bitter rivals. “Amongst that challenge, we had to fi nd a coach,” Bass said. “[Boone] was able to bring the team together.” Boone spoke of his experience at the integrated T.C. Williams High School, where he was named head coach over the prominent white coach of the town, Bill Yoast. He faced the challenge of uniting white and black teammates at a time when diversity was not accepted. “The white kids didn’t like that I was black and the black kids didn’t like that I wasn’t black enough for them,” Boone said, bringing the audience to laugh. A s many remember from the movie, Boone’s team learned to accept each other and became state champions in the midst of t hese challenges. Boone att ributed t he Tit a ns’ success to tea mwork a nd leadership, emphasizing the importance of communication. “By talking to one another, [the players] got the chance to understand one another,” Boone said, adding that communication fosters trust. “I truly believe that dialogue is the foundation of good relationships.” Boone said that the Titans should be remembered as an example of how to accept individuals for who they are. He worked this into his life advice to students, which is to foster respect, communication, hard work and a sense of humor. “In order to overcome adversit y, you must have a sense of humor,” Boone said. At the end of his speech, Boone accepted questions from the audience, several of
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President Meredith Ross presides over the SG meeting on Wednesday. Her veto was overturned by a 21-10 vote.
Senate overturns SG President’s first veto Positions to be filled within three weeks of inauguration Josh Dawsey
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Coach Herman Boone speaks in the Russell House Theater Wednesday night to students. wh ich concer ned t he accu rac y of t he movie. Boone estimated that about 85 percent of the fi lm was true, making sure to mention that the real Sunshine did not actually kiss one of the other players. Alexandra Rippy, a second-year business student, is the ideas and issues coordinator for Carolina Productions and said that Boone also met with Steve Spurrier and the Gamecock football team Wednesday. “We wanted to bring some kind of sport speaker to campus,” R ippy said. “We thought [Boone] had the perfect story.” Those who attended appreciated hearing Boone’s inspirational story and sense of humor. “It was interesting getting the chance to listen to a legend,” said Drew Culp, a first-year broadcast journalism student who at tended t he event. “It was ver y entertaining just because of how funny he was.” Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
USC’s Student Senate overturned Student Body President Meredith Ross’s first veto of her tenure, voting 21-10 to force the st udent body president to appoi nt someone to e a c h c ab i ne t p o s it io n within three weeks of the inauguration. Since 31 of the available 50 seat s were f illed on Monday night, the body needed 21 votes -- or twothirds -- to overturn said veto. The override got exactly that many. The bill brought contentious debate from bot h side s. T he Ru le s Com m it tee asked Ross to limit her comments to her weekly report and not speak during the debate, leading her to devote most of her report to her veto. She passionately defended her posit ion, r e m i nd i n g t he S e n at e that it doesn’t benefit her to leave a ny p o sit ion s open. She also noted her opinion t hat t he power
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SHARE informs students about AIDS Daniel Solley Fourth-year pre-law student
Condoms, pamphlets offered to promote good sexual health
AIDS BOX • 52 percent of all existing HIV infections in the U.S. are in the South.
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would “cross boundaries t hat do not need to be crossed.” Ross went on to say that it could be diff icult for future presidents to meet such a deadline. “W hile I would trust t h is body not to use t his for pu nishment or impeachment, we cannot be su re t hat f ut u re Senates would not,” Ross said. But Sen. Matt Ungar, the sponsor of the legislat ion, said he trusted future Senates to understand the intent of the legislation. Ungar’s main content ion in t he bill is that not having a person for each cabinet position hinders Student Government. Currently, the Secretary of Environmental Affairs is t he only cabinet position not filled. Ross nom i nated a potent ia l candidate, Morgan Henley, in September, but the Senate didn’t approve her for the position. “Less gets done when we don’t have a Cabinet cou nter par t to help advance the initiatives of a committee,” Ungar, a third-year public relations
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USC’s Sexual Health and Violence Prevention took the lead Wednesday at the Russell House in regards to keeping students aware about staying sexually healthy. “We want to keep students, our campus and the community alert and not to condone risky behaviors,” said SH A RE’s World A IDS Day Coordinator Ebony Allen. Allen, a third-year political science student, said abstinence is also one of the concepts advocated by SHARE. “We also believe in abstinence since it is 100 percent safe,” Allen said. Allen said this is one of the many projects t he organizat ion holds throughout the year. Last October was Domestic Violence month, and in the spring, SHARE will host Project Condom. There are t wo task forces for SH A R E , one for men a nd t he other for women. A llen said her organization wants to keep students informed with the alarming statistics involved with HIV/AIDS. She said people should be more open about the subject and speak more about it. “People shouldn’t just rely on myths. They should go by the facts and if they don’t know them, then they should just ask,” she said. Allen thinks HIV/AIDS affects
• South Carolina ranks 8th in the nation for new AIDS cases. • South Carolina ranks 7th among all states in AIDS rates among female cases. • Approximately 775 people are diagnosed with HIV each year in South Carolina. Keri Goff / THE DAILY GAMECOCK
Sexual Health Coordinator Ryan Wilson passes out information pamphlets on World AIDS day and condoms to inquiring students Wednesday afternoon. e ver yone , e s p e c i a l l y A f r ic a nAmericans. The rate of reported new HIV/AIDS cases among AfricanAmerican South Carolinians is eight times that of Caucasians. Ryan Wilson, a f ull-t ime staf f member of Sex ual Healt h Coordination, said they use the theme “Get Tested” on their merchandise in order to motivate people to regularly get their health checked for sexual and other reasons. Wilson said they hand out thousands of condoms to students on an annual basis. “Today we will have passed out maybe one to 2,000 condoms which isn’t a lot for this school’s population, but we also hand out brochures so that spreads the word,” he said.
Last year a total of 15,000 condoms was passed out and so far this year SHARE has already distributed that amount. SHARE utilizes volunteers like Caitlin Carey for such services. “I think it’s a good way to inform p e o ple ab out s o me t h i n g t he y wouldn’t think about otherwise,” the third-year international studies student said. Despite the statistics given for South Carolina, USC alone has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for sexual health. SHARE aims to maintain that status. Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
• One in five new HIV/AIDS cases repor ted in South Carolina is among people age 25 and under. • More than seven out of every 10 newly-diagnosed HIV infections occur among African-Americans, who represent one third of South Carolina’s population. • Among women newly diagnosed with HIV / AIDS in South Carolina, approximately eight out of 10 are African-American. — Information from Student Health Services
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CALENDAR What: Study Abroad
Table When: 9 a.m. Where: Russell House
Lobby What: African Ameri-
can Male Institute meetings When: 5 p.m. Where: RH, Room 303 What: Weekly Net
Impact Undergrad meetings: Biodiesel, Lights Out Watchdog When: 5 p.m. Where: BA, Room 351 What: SG Diversify
Yourself Forum When: 6 p.m. Where: RH, Room 302 What: Weekly debate
of the Carolina Debate Union When: 6 p.m. Where: RH, Room 322/326 What: Indian Cultural
Exchange meeting When: 6 p.m. Where: BA, Room 003 What: Men’s Time When: 6 p.m. Where: RH, 3rd floor
lobby What: VOX meeting When: 7 p.m. Where: RH, Room 309 What: Academic Team
practice When: 7 p.m. Where: Gambrell 204
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A man on South Carolina’s death row for killing two police officers in a land dispute over a highway widening project said Wednesday his sentence should be overturned because prosecutors tried to play on jurors’ emotions by showing scenes from one of the officer’s funerals at trial. Attorneys for Steven Bixby also argued before the state Supreme Court that the murder convictions should be overturned because the trial judge was wrong when he didn’t allow an expert on title searches to testify about how hard it would have been for Bixby and his family to fi nd the highway department’s right of way on their land in Abbeville.
NATIONAL Lutheran church branches out NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. — The split over gay clergy within the country’s largest Lutheran denomination has prompted a conservative faction to begin forming a new Lutheran church body separate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Leaders of Lutheran CORE said Wednesday that a working group would immediately begin drafting a constitution and taking other steps to form the denomination, with hopes to have it off the ground by next August. “There are many people within the ELCA who are very unhappy with what has happened,” said the Rev. Paull Spring, chairman of Lutheran CORE and a retired ELCA bishop from State College, Pa.
INTERNATIONAL Obama trip to China censored BEIJING — State media heralded President Barack Obama’s maiden trip to China as a triumph, but ordinary Chinese were shielded by their government from his most critical remarks and activists were disappointed by the tone of those remarks they did hear. One blogger even pined for the tough line taken by former President George W. Bush. “Like a star rushing from one show to another, Obama has come and gone, without stirring the slightest ripples,” blogger Zhao Dezhu wrote in an online post.
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Ms. Easter Veal prepares a fresh espresso drink for a student at Starbucks in the New Honors Residence on campus.
H1N1 UPDATE Student Health Services will offer a clinic to distribute the live, attenuated intranasal H1N1 flu vaccine today from noon to 5 p.m. on the main level of the Thomson Student Health Center. These vaccines will only be available to faculty, staff and students with their CarolinaCard. There is no charge for the vaccine. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the intranasal vaccine will be made available to healthy faculty, staff and students under the age of 49 as long as they: • are in good health • are not pregnant • are not living with or caring for children six months or younger • are not caring for someone with a chronic health condition or compromised immunity • do not have chronic health conditions • do not have a weakened immune system The injectable vaccine will not be available. The current supply of the H1N1 flu vaccine is limited, and this clinic is one of many that SHS will offer as additional vaccines are made available. Visit www.sc.edu/flu for updates on future clinics and information on how to prevent the flu.
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DONATIONS FOR THE CAROLINA/CLEMSON BLOOD DRIVE CAN BE MADE UNTIL FRIDAY AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. Russell House Ballroom 10 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. Greene Street bloodmobile WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. outside of the BA FRIDAY 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. bloodmobile outside the Colonial Life Arena No appointments are needed. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in generally good health and provide identification. All blood donors will receive a long-sleeve T-shirt and free food. Carolina beat Clemson by 700 donors last year. This year’s winner will be announced at the Carolina/Clemson football game Nov. 28.
SG ● Continued from 1 s t u d e nt s a i d . “ Pa s s i n g t h is is for t he ab solute betterment of the student body.” He also said the Student Body President has three t o f ou r we e k s b et we e n t he elect ion and t he i naug u rat ion to beg i n searching and appointing posit ions, and SG codes a l lo w t h e p r e s id e nt t o openly do so. Ot her Senators spoke on the bill, both for and against it, but some were upset af ter t he meet i ng when they weren’t allowed to voice t heir opi n ions. St udent Body Vice President A lex St roma n initially motioned to allow
more senators to speak , but t he Senate voted to override Stroman’s ruling. They weren’t t he only ones upset. In agreeing not to speak to the entire body, Ross said she knew other senators were prepared to reiterate her point s a nd make new arguments. “I wasn’t frustrated with the override of the veto, but a number of senators were goi ng to spea k on my behalf and they were silenced,” Ross said. “That frustrated me greatly.” Sens. Steven Vereen and
Tammy Van Pala echoed Ross’s comments. “I k now t his has been a long meet ing,” Vereen noted at t he 78 -m i nute point of the meeting. “But we need to make sure we st ay a rou nd a nd do t he work of the student body.” Va n Pala said she was prepared to reiterate Ross’s comments but was stopped.
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AP’s biased treatment of Palin book unusual Almost every celebrity from Barack Obama to Miley Cyrus has a book out these days. The most recent to join the ranks of these usually narcissistic biographies is Sarah Palin with her autobiography “Going Rogue.” Since her entrance into national politics, Palin has embodied one word clearly — though there are many one could volunteer here — that word is polarizing. Palin is a figure people love and others love to hate, so it is no surprise that her autobiography, has been all over the news. The interesting thing is why. On Nov. 14, the Associated Press released their review of Palin’s book, citing many discrepancies between Palin’s statements and evidence to the contrary. First off, what politician, especially one who Media scrutiny will most likely run for national office soon, wouldn’t want to should treat Palin write a book wit h a posit ive slant? W hat politician hasn’t that already? the same as her done Palin probably did embellish a way history wouldn’t have, male and liberal in but for people who are picking up Palin’s book, would this catch counterparts. them by surprise? Not really ... Second, the AP’s accusation a re not w h at h a s g a r ne r e d headlines. The number of writers involved in fact-checking Palin’s book — no less than 11 — is what has really stirred up the media. Eleven is a lot of writers to be contributing to one story. Why would the AP put that many writers on one project? The easy answer is that the media is liberal and that bias led them to want to overly critique Palin, because she represents a strong conservative viewpoint. They put a lot of writers on the project because they wanted to find discrepancies. How many fact-checkers were assigned to “Dreams From My Father?” Even if you don’t agree with her, Palin deserves to be treated the same as her male and liberal counterparts when it comes to media scrutiny. While countries all over the world have been more accepting of female national leaders, we continue to use a double standard. The 2008 election was a huge step for minorities, but let’s not allow progress to stop there. This country could use more female politicians, and obviously Hillary and Sarah don’t represent all the viewpoints of American women.
UNCAGING THE DANIMAL
Text messaging not all bad Popular form of communication may limit relationships but handy when caught in painfully awkward situations I recently wrote an article that pointed out flaws in text messaging, especially when trying to form relationships with members of the opposite sex. However, af ter certain events have transpired in my life, I found that the text message can also be incredibly effective to help one get out of particular sticky situations. A few weeks ago I agreed to attend a date function with a girl I recently met. The theme was ‘Famous Couples’ and after donning the Fred Flintstone costume, I knew it would be a long night. Sadly I was correct — the night did Dan Solley not get better from there. Fourth-year Furthermore, instead of pre-law focusing any attention on me student and making sure I had a good time, my date left me alone in my sea of enemies to fend for myself. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as I am somewhat of a social butterfly and had absolutely no qualms introducing myself and initiating conversation with others. Nonet heless, I fou nd myself in a n incredibly awkward situation wearing an absolutely absurd costume. I attempted to
make the best of the situation, but after a few hours passed, I decided I have had enough and began looking for a way out. I did not want to go to Wilma and be like “Look, this night sucks, I’m out.” So, I turned to my handy dandy cell phone, soliciting advice from my friends on how to put an end to this miserable night. Then it hit me — I could use the power of the text message. Frantically, I texted a buddy of mine: ‘dude. lame party. need to jet. text me with an emergency.’ Like a good friend, he responded within seconds: ‘Dan, please man i need your help. my dog wont quit puking and choking. i need a ride to the vet. please man. please.’ Shallow yet effective. I put on my best concerned face and approached my date with the text. Lucky for me, she is a dog person and could not stomach allowing a dog in need to go without appropriate medical care. I made “whole-hearted” apologies to everyone at the party and jetted for the door, leaving the Flintstone apparel behind for someone else to wear for the night. I spent the remainder of my night in the waiting room of the emergency vet while that poor little puppy made a full recovery. And by that, I mean I went out with some real friends in real clothes. Moral of the story — although the text message can dumb down communication between two people, it can also be highly effective in getting one out of the Prehistoric era and back into reality if executed properly.
College guys should treat girls with respect Social changes, rise of feminism cause increase in immature lifestyles over gentlemanly behavior OK guys, I’ll cut you some slack. You’re in college, you want to have a good time and let’s be honest, you want some booty. But it comes to the point where meeting girls in Five Points and taking them back to your place under the influence isn’t so fun anymore. Young men need to steer away from this constant hook-up lifestyle and treat women the way they should be treated. Whether you want a relationship or not, shacking up with several girls a week is not the way to treat women. After recently jumping back into the single life, I can count more jerks I have come in contact with than gentlemen. It is sad to see these animal-like young men constantly on the prowl for a woman to take home. Where have all the good guys gone? Whatever happened to guys opening the door for girls? Instead, guys either stay in their car when picking up a girl or use the honk. Sorry, but no girl wants to be honked at.
A lso, g uys a nd g irls now have dif ferent perceptions of what a ‘date’ is. A date is when a guy takes a girl to dinner and actually pays for their dinner. The majority of college guys, especially those who have never been in a relationship before, don’t usually think its necessary to pay for their date’s dinner. But every guy should pay for a girl until the point of getting into a relationship when an even amount of money should be spent on one another. Also, just a little hint, flowers are always a plus for the first date. Lastly, with texting being the most popular way of communication, there is a line that can be crossed when it comes to asking a girl out. After meeting a girl, guys should take a short amount of time out of Marilynn their day, get off their high horse Joyner Second-year and call that girl. Yes, this takes English and some g uts, but text ing is nondance confrontational and should not be student used to ask someone out of express emotions. Guys should ask girls out
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face-to-face, but again guys, I am cutting you some slack. So calling is OK. But enough with bashing guys, what about us girls? Our decrease in expectations and confidence have lead some of us to answer these guys’ booty calls. Some girls just throw themselves onto boys. Girls should stand up for themselves instead of falling into this trap, because it will be harder to find a relationship in the future. Plus no girl wants the bad reputation of being known as ‘easy.’ Yet the cause of all this social commotion is the rise of feminism. Back in the olden days, men took care of women by being the provider while the women took care of the household. Now, women are on the rise with their success in the job market, and men are no longer expected to provide that loving, respectful care. Women have learned to take care of themselves and no longer rely on men like they used to. But even with our strength and success, we still need comfort. So I encourage all of you gentlemen out there to start now by treating women with respect because most likely you will have girls knocking at your door.
Before I beg i n w r it i ng anything, I have to admit that Nu’Keese Richardson is in fact from my hometown, and I in fact did boast about him being able to play college football. I was proud of Richardson becau se he was f rom my homeland first and foremost, but also because Richardson’s neighborhood isn’t exactly the best. Hailing f rom Pahokee, Florida, Richardson was blind to all the detrimental aspects of such an impoverished town, ignoring all opportunities to get caught up in the wrong things and actually got out of the state to play football at Tennessee. He w a s o n t he Pa hokee football team and won four st raight st ate championships as a part of Michael one of the Wunderlich g reatest h igh Third-year school football broadcast programs in journalism the nation. student F a s t forwarding to this week, I can only feel a level of disgust for him now. Richardson and two other players on t he Tennessee team were accused of armed robber y on the K nox ville campus and Richardson and one other player have already been expelled. Richardson was one of the most talented football players to come out of a school that has produced among others, A nq u a n B old i n , a nd a n area that has produced Fred Taylor, Riedel Anthony and Santonio Holmes. The pat h for h im to succeed and rise above his humble beginnings was set by others before him, but an act of stupidity and complete disregard for the well being of others was displayed. When the news broke of Richardson’s arrest, a number of my friends chastised me for supporting a person who ultimately turned out to be a thug. Pe o p le w ho t h i n k it ’s a l r ight to hold a g u n to someone and demand things that aren’t theirs, don’t need to be a part of this world at all. R i c h a r d s o n ’s a c t i o n s display ever y t h i ng t hat’s wrong with not just college at hletes, but a number of people from my generation. The sense of entitlement a nd d isrega rd for t h i ng s that are wrong, cannot be tolerated. Richardson got off lightly in my mind. Nobody like Richardson needs to even be remembered.
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“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” — Sergei Rachmaninov
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2009
5 things we’re obsessing about PE A this T MIX week. Colin Jones MIX EDITOR
Bob Dylan’s ‘Christmas in the Heart’ We were prett y sure by now t hat Bob D yla n cou ld n’t get any weirder. Then he went and released this tidy, over-chipper collection of Christmas classics and rarit ies on “Christ mas in the Heart.” Sometimes we really wonder what is going through Dylan’s head in his older age, b ut “ He a r t ” i s s u r p r i s i n g l y entertaining and deft in st yle. D ylan doesn’t just g ive t hese songs a reimagining but gives t hem a f re sh new look f rom his perspective. Songs covered include “Winter Wonderland,” “The First Noel” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” For some extra Dylan wackiness check out the video for “Must Be Santa” which features Dylan in a blond wig stumbling drunkenly around what appea rs to be a hol iday party. Seriously.
‘This American Life’ podcast I r a Gla s s ha s a way w it h words a nd people. There is something captivating about the way he weaves tales around p e ople on t he f a med N PR prog ram “Th is A mer ica n Life.” Every week Glass takes a different subject or theme and brackets it with stories from real people. His interviewing style wraps around the personalities of t hese ever yday people and makes them interesting. Suddenly stories about run-ins with the police or televangelists become engrossing tomes on the A merican psyche. W hile “This American Life” can be heard on NPR, the podcast of the show is available on iTunes.
Nine easy-to-follow steps for twisting scientific reports So you pop open your browser or turn on the TV to grab a bit of news and you see a new report saying that “So and so scientists from such and such big school has discovered that ... ” Like any good American, you must anxiously absorb this important new information about our world, and then proceed to thoroughly warp all sense of the report. For those amateur science-twisters, here is a step-by-step guide to completely misconstruing a scientific report:
1. Assume that the reporter has read the article and actually understood what was going on. This includes all incredibly offthe-wall and ridiculous claims made about what the study actually means — like the implications of the latest brain scan research or vaccinated autism scare. Of course the reporter knows what he’s talking about, he read the article. 2. Never, ever, u nder a ny cond it ion s, read t he article yourself. This could put you at risk of actually u nderstanding what was said and t he implicat ions legitimately explored by the researcher, which would completely cut you off from off-handed speculations. What fun is science if you can’t toss it around carelessly? You might not be able to do that if you actually understand what is going on. 3. Now that you’ve avoided the article, pretend like Fourth-year Interdisciplinary student
Tom Waits’ ‘Glitter and Doom Live’ The twisted troubadour with the voice like gravel and whiskey has retuned to the stage for a live album. Collected from his roundabout world tour last year, “Glitter and Doom Live” covers a retrospective of Tom Waits’ career. Winding through each of his albums up to the opus “Orphans,” the album features songs “Singapore,” “Trampled Rose” and “Goin’ Out West.” Collected from performances from Dublin, Paris, Atlanta and others. The album also comes with an extra disk compiling Waits’ ruminations from the stage.
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Bored to Death We’re a little late jumping on this bandwagon since the season a l ready ended, but HBO’s Jason Schwartzmanled comedy is too good t o r e s i s t . Fo l l o w i n g t h e adventures of a writer-turnedprivate detect ive Jonat han Ames and based on the writing of real author Jonathan Ames, the show’s acerbic humor and irreverence is palpable. This isn’t necessarily the gross out humor of frat pack movies like “The Hangover,” but with a cast featuring Ted Danson as Ames’ pot smoking boss, the wit is surely there. Look for repeats of the show on HBO over the next year to prepare for season t wo, which was recently picked up. Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
you know what you’re talking about. Post an intelligent sounding update on Facebook and strike up a conversation over lunch about how nanotechnology is preparing the way for our future overlords. 4. By all means, ignore all uncertainty and process involved in science and assume that your position as a citizen in a democracy, complete with free speech, now somehow authorizes you to judge the qualit y of the science and make definitive claims about standards of evidence. 5. Assume that this development will be the last big one in this field and will radically alter the structure of society for centuries to come. You know, like cloning. We’re all cloning each other now, right? 6. Now, don’t forget that this technology will be used by the worst possible people in the worst possible way to cause the worst possible destruction, and condemn the fi nding on that premise. 7. More to the point: if you agree with the implications
of the study, laud it as the most important discovery of the year. If you disagree: just claim the researchers don’t know what they’re talking about or point to the fact that fi fty years ago they predicted we’d be colonizing other planets by now. 8. Forget about the article for a few weeks then have it randomly pop into your head at precisely the wrong moment so that you can use some vaguely remembered, not even barely understood piece of science as your authority in a debate with the guy next door over whether your radio is too loud—or some otherwise unrelated incident. 9. Now that the science has been rendered completely useless and twisted, forget that your life is surrounded by and largely defi ned by science, and hop on the computer or turn on the TV to start again. Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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USC to play in Lowcountry Carolina scheduled for three games in Charleston Classic
Gamecocks given late season break Bye week welcome respite before Clemson
So far in the young 2009-10 ba sketba l l sea son, t he Sout h Carolina basketball team has had no problem burying smaller, less talented teams into the ground en route to a clean 2- 0 start. This weekend looks to be South Carolina’s toughest task of the early portion of the season as they play in the 2nd annual Charleston Classic. The field includes notable teams such as Penn State, Miami and Dav idson, who ended t he Gamecocks’ postseason in the first round of the NIT last year. First up though is a talented LaSalle team that won’t roll over for coach Darrin Horn and USC. “Our approach is simply that we’re preparing for a very good opponent. This is a team that has four returning starters back. They’re really long. They’ve got good versatility,” Horn said. “I think it’s a game that’s going to be a real test. When we looked at our schedule and wanted to upgrade it this is a great example. They’re going to compete for their league championship. We’re going to have to play well to win.” One of the major matchups for South Carolina will be LaSalle’s star point guard, senior Rodney Green. Last year, Green averaged 18 points a game with five rebounds
Christine Thompson will lead the Gamecocks in long-distance events, and the 200 free relay, consisting o f s e n i o r s S h a r nt e l l e M c L e a n and K ristina Delp, junior Bridget Halligan and Claire Thompson, will look to follow up its first victor y of the season with another strong performance. O n t he men’s s ide , f re s h m a n M ichael Flach, last week ’s SEC Freshman Swimmer of the Week, will look to continue his winning way s. F lach received t he awa rd after winning the 400 individual medley with in an impressive 3:59.12 in Tennessee. He also won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:51.20 and took second in the 200 free. Sophomore James Crawford and freshman Bobby Cave also had strong performances against the Volunteers. Crawford, who was victorious in the 200 backstroke, and Cave, who took second in both breaststroke events, hope to continue their impressive seasons t his weekend. Freshman Brooks Ross will attempt to drop more time after swimming seasonbests in the 500 and 1000 free events in Tennessee, As big as the meet is, the team is not worried about the pressure and is optimistic about the competition. “We’re going to be able to fi nally c ap of f t he seme ster w it h some fast swims,” Moody said. “I think M ichael’s goi ng to put up some good times. The freshmen class as a whole is going to make a big step this weekend.” Prel im i nar ies i n t he 50 0 f ree, 200 individual medley and 50 free will kick off at 10 a.m. today at the Carolina Natatorium.
It will be a long two weeks for the South Carolina Gamecocks, with plent y to think about and plenty of kinks to be worked out. With rival Clemson coming to Columbia during the last week of the season, the late season bye is certainly a welcome one for USC following three consecutive losses. With a productive two weeks, the Gamecocks can end the season on a positive note in front of their home crowd. A major factor in the difficult f inal stretch of the season has been injuries. One of the more significant players who is banged up for Carolina is junior defensive end and team captain Cliff Matthews, who suffered a shoulder injur y against A rk a nsas but st ill played hurt against Florida. More players on t he defensive Sam side of the ball were Davis Second-year ba nged up i n t he broadcast battle against Florida. journalism Freshman Devonte student Holloman and sophomore Melvin Ingram both suffered a minor injury and will greatly appreciate the extra time off to heal. Not only has USC played a football game in 11 straight weeks while nearly every other team in the country had a bye week somewhere in the middle of their schedule, but the last six games have been against SEC teams. The fierce competition week af ter week has certainly contributed heavily to the wear and tear on this Carolina football team. “Eleven weeks straight of football and (six) games in a row of SEC football is pretty tough,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Stephen Garcia said. “Playing against the competition we’ve been playing, it’s much needed. I think everybody is pretty excited about it. Everybody needs the rest, the break for a little bit. We’ll come back and be ready for them.” Beyond the physical exhaustion that comes with an entire season of SEC football week after week, USC also has quite a bit of preparing to do as archrival Clemson will come into Columbia likely as a favorite in the Palmetto State Classic. While Carolina has been defeated in four of its last five contests to fall back to a 6-5 record, Clemson’s second half has been quite the opposite. The Tigers have won five straight and clawed their way to a national ranking of No. 18. They squeaked past No. 10 Miami in an overtime barnburner and have trounced three solid ACC opponents in Wake Forest, Florida State and North Carolina State in the process. It’s been another tough ending to a season for USC. But ending the year with a win over the Clemson Tigers in nine days would help Carolina a great deal in making this season remembered as a good one. The odd placement of the team’s bye week coming at the very end of the season rather than towards the middle has definitely hurt the team thus far. The brutal SEC schedule had the squad bruised and battered heading into each of the last few games. Now though, the respite might give USC just enough time to get ready to grab one from the Tigers when they visit Columbia.
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USC senior guard Devan Downey (2) will need to contain LaSalle’s Rodney Green in tonight’s game. and added 3.5 assists. “Their point guard is terrific. He’s about as good as we’ll see all year,” Horn said. “Hopefully its something that doesn’t hurt us.” With an efficient floor general and a long, athletic team that runs the floor well, the transition game is an important aspect of the game for Carolina to advance to the second round, where it would take on either Davidson or South Florida. “Our biggest concern is going to be the same it always is. We have to do a good job in conversion and not giving them easy baskets in
transition because they are really good at that,” Horn said. “Not giving up open threes. Not letting them get second chances.” Succeeding in the Charleston Classic this week against a tough field with major-conference teams would be instrumental in getting the Gamecocks off on the right foot to start off the year. But this early season tournament is vital in another way as well. It will test the team’s ability to play talented, out-of-conference teams with little to no rest and hardly any time to prepare.
“A tournament situation gives you quick turnarounds. We���ll have a Friday night game and a Sunday night game, which is exactly what we’ll do in league play so that’s some quick preparation,” Horn said. “Dealing with whatever comes up in those games and playing the next day or two days after. So there’s a lot of things you can take from it. You’re going to get three good teams that may be completely different.” Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
SWIM AND DIVE HOSTS HOME MEET Men’s, women’s squads to welcome several elite programs to Columbia Paulina Berkovich
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T h e U S C w o m e n’s basketball team will face archrival Clemson tonight in t he upstate. The Gamecocks are coming off a thrilling 70-66 overtime win at UNC-Charlotte in their regular season opener Monday night. Now, t he team has set its sights on a 2-0 record and avenging last year’s loss to the Tigers. With a win, USC will start 2-0 for the second time in three seasons, and coach Dawn Staley will get her fi rst win against Clemson. Revenge is a factor to t h is ga me according to Staley. “They beat us at my fi rst home game here,” Staley said. “We want to return the favor. There is always revenge when they beat you here.” Fo r t h e G a m e c o c k s
to accomplish t hat, t hey have to contain t he Tigers leading scorer and rebounder senior g uard/ forward Lele Hardy. Staley plan to contain Hardy is simple. “ We’re goi ng to g ive her different looks,” Staley said. “Well throw a bigger guard at her, and make it difficult for her shots and catches.” Even though she hasn’t been stressing the rivalry herself, Staley decided to let the older players stress t he i mpor t a nce of t he game. “I prett y much let t he older players,” Staley said. “I think they know more about the rivalry.” The team also wants to return the favor of beating them on their home-court. “T hey beat us dow n last yea r,” ju n ior g ua rd Valerie Nainima said. “We want to beat them in their hometown.” Comments on this story? E-mail sagckspt@mailbox. sc.edu
Starting today, the South Carolina swimming and div ing teams will welcome over 400 swimmers to the annual Gamecock Invitational. James Madison, College of Charleston, Georgia Sout hern, Florida, East Carolina, Duke, Old Dominion and North Carolina will compete with USC. The men bring a record of 1-4 into the invitational, while the women are still winless at 0-5. The teams have not competed since Nov. 6 at Tennessee, a meet the men lost 184115 and the women lost 179-121. At last year’s invitational, USC finished second on both the men’s and women’s sides. “I do t hink we can repeat t hat performance,” USC coach McGee Moody said. “We swam really well at this meet last year. But while team score is important, we’re really more focused on individual NCAA cuts.” An exciting athlete to watch will be junior diver Taryn Zack, who set a pool record at the meet in Tennessee. Zack won the 1-meter event with 310.35 points and fi nished second in the 3-meter. But junior Courtney Forcucci, who was victorious in the 3-meter with a score of 330.23, is out for the season after breaking her leg on Tuesday. “Losing Court ney hurts a lot,” Moody sa id. “But we have good depth on the boards, and we’ll be fi ne.” In the pool, juniors Claire and
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