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Student initiative key to higher ‘Green’ report Derek Legette STAFF WRITER
Rugby getting notice The South Carolina Club Rugby team looks for success in the Southeastern Conference Tournament after recently cracking the Top 25.
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USC gets ‘B’ for sustainability
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009
The University of South Ca rol i n a received a ‘B’ overall on the nation-wide C o l l e g e S u s t a i n a b i l it y Report Card released Oct. 7. M ic h ael K om a n , t he director of the Off ice of Sust a i nabil it y, sa id t hat progress in specific areas led to the overall improvement. “Basically t he commitment of t he ad m i n ist rat ion, such as the hard work of Pastides, efforts on climate change, campus cleaning and others led to us getting the grade,” Koman said. Even t hough USC was already above average last year, the school received a C - plu s r a n k i n g. T he campus received several ‘A’s and ‘B’s in areas such as administration, climate change, food, green building and other topics. Koma n say s St udent Government and student par t icipat ion i n genera l made a major contribution to the school’s success. “Groups like SG, SAGE and R H A star ted cooperat ing on different things last year, and student efforts jumped the ranks from ‘C’ to ‘A.’” Koman said. SG President Meredith Ross said student groups
l i k e S G a r e e x c it e d t o b e i n v ol v e d i n m a k i n g t he Un iversit y more sustainable. “We’re happy to take an active role in this endeavor,” said Ross, a fou rt h-year political science student. Koma n sa id St udent Media is also doing a great job of getting the word out to everyone on campus. He said that it makes a positive contribution towards the score. Having a ‘B’ grade is good, but Koman says USC is on t rack for t he ‘A’ as well. USC has the ambition and the capability to do so, but improvements will have to be made. Committees are bei ng m ade to work on academics, curriculum and overall education process. The lowest grade, a ‘D,’ was in investment f unds, shareholder engagements and the process of investments, so that area w i l l b e s c r ut i n i z e d f or major changes. A lso t ra nspor t at ion, wh ich ear ned a ‘C ,’ is a current issue that needs to be dealt with. Koman says that USC’s ideal goal is to be entirely carbon neutral. That goal is possible to obtain, however it will take decades for the school to reach that point. Having a fleet of eight electric trucks and 33 automobiles that run on biodiesel, USC is on the right path. “T he people foc u si ng on transportation plan on making an announcement o n t h at i n t he c o m i n g
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USC earned an ‘A’ in student involvement on the national College Sustainability Report Card. of t he col leges they select, and, coi nc ident a l ly, Koman says that it is the students that will be the driv ing force towards ef forts to improve. “Last year was g r e a t a n d I ’m looking forward t o w h a t ’s t o come.”
months,” Koman said. A lt hough t hey are aggressive in their pursuits, t hey wa nt to keep t hei r plans under wraps for now, so Koman was unavailable to give out any specifics. T he ca mpu s wa nt s to achieve the highest grade possible, but not for just the sake of rankings. “ We’re not j u s t competing for the grade, but st udent s who a re college searching do tend to look at green rankings a nd sust a i nabil it y when selecting schools,” Koman said. Students expect much out
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Day in the Life of a Priest
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Neighborhood Watch Housing policy for first-year students seems arbitrary — it follows more like a residential form of Plan Jeremey B than a Aarons substantial First-year set of rules. advertising student
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Rev. Paul Sterne, an avid Elvis fan, dedicated a bathroom in the student center to the king.
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“Anchors Away”-themed sculptures were erected Tuesday to benefit Harvest Hope as part of Homecoming festivities.
Homecoming contestants cobble Canned Creations Nautical-themed can sculptures will go to Harvest Hope Taylor Cheney
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Spurs and Struts 6 p.m. Greene Street Float Building 8 - 10 p.m. Greene Street Intramural Field
Fol low i n g a lo n g w it h Ho me c o m i n g ’s n aut ic a l t heme, 23 groups set sail Tuesday to part icipate in Canned Creations, an annual contest in which teams build and assemble structures out of 200 cans and other nonperishable items. I n just fou r hou rs, t he students built a structure less than eight feet tall or wide. Teams were critiqued based on adherence to the “Anchor’s Away” t heme, aest het ics,
design and presentation to a panel of two faculty members and one staff member from the sponsoring organization H a r ve st Hope. O nce a l l of t he t e a m s’ c r e at io n s wer e j ud g e d , t he y wer e disassembled and the cans were loaded onto a truck and donated to the Harvest Hope food bank. Har vest Hope is a nonprof it org a n i z at ion t h at dist ributes more t han 19 million pounds of food to needy Sout h Carolin ians every year. Jessie Miller, a second-year ex perimental psycholog y student, and her team created a boat with a USC flag on top CANS ● 3
Campus reverend takes new approach to spreading faith Sarah Peterman STAFF WRITER
Paul Sterne is a Father, but not a dad. No, it’s not a riddle: Rev. Paul Sterne is a priest.
Sterne spends most of his time at St. Theodore’s Anglican Chapel, which is also home to the C.S. Lewis Center on College Street across from Capstone House. There he holds seminars, teaches classes and fosters discussion among students. It’s where “Christianity and culture connect,” according to f lyers posted a rou nd
campus. “Exposing students from all backgrounds to classic Christian literature has been our best outreach,” Sterne said. Each week there are many events at the center. From meetings like Chapters and Verse, when students look at PRIEST ● 3
Apology from the Editor In Tuesday’s paper, Kate Jaffe and Sydney Daigle were featured as Gamecocks of the Week. After speaking with these extraordinary women, we discovered that our story did not do them justice. Look for FMLA as an upcoming Organization of the Week. We apologize for the corrections that must be made and promise our readers that we will continue to work our hardest to serve you the best we can. — Amanda Davis, Editor-in-Chief • • • •
Jaffe and Daigle tutor children from low-income families in Columbia. The quote regarding FMLA should have said: “We’re all about gender equality.” Daigle is a fourth-year anthropology a nd women a nd gender st ud ies student. Jaffe studied with Semester at Sea, visiting 13 different countries.
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Daigle spent a semester in Senegal to study sustainable development and doing independent research on women’s role in agriculture. Jaffe is a member of Delta Zeta sorority. Jaffe wants to go into the school of psychology. Daigle wants to get her master’s in Public Health.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009
LOCAL & WORLD NEWS
What: Young Life When: 4:45 p.m. Where: RH 315
SC chairmen apologize Two Republican county officials in South Carolina have apologized after they disparaged Jews in a newspaper op-ed in support of a fiscally conservative U.S. senator. The chairmen, Edwin Merwin Jr. and Jim Ulmer, wrote the newspaper in backing Republican Sen. Jim DeMint’s opposition to congressional earmarks. “There is a saying that the Jews who are wealthy got that way not by watching dollars, but instead by taking care of the pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves,” according to the piece published Sunday in The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg.
What: Student Senate
Meeting When: 5 p.m. Where: Senate Chambers
What: NAACP Meeting When: 5 p.m. Where: RH 305 What: Spurs and Struts When: 6 p.m. Where: Greene St. What: FMLA Meeting When: 6 p.m. Where: RH 302 What: Journey of Hope
... From Violence to Healing When: 6 p.m. Where: BA 005
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Tuition cost continues to rise Average tuition prices rose sharply again this fall as colleges passed much of the burden of their own financial problems on to recession-battered students and parents. Average tuition at four-year public colleges rose 6.5 percent, or $429, to $7,020 this fall, according to the College Board’s annual “Trends in College Pricing” report, released Tuesday. At private colleges, the average list price for a year of coursework rose 4.4 percent to $26,273. Those f ig u res h ide w ide va r iat ions — publ ic college students in California, Florida, New York and Washington have seen double-digit percentage increases, while the University of Maryland used federal stimulus funds to freeze tuition this year.
4 killed in university attack
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Suicide bombers attacked an Islamic universit y popular with foreigners in Pakistan’s capital Tuesday, killing four students in apparent retaliation for an escalating army offensive on a Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold near the Afghan border. An Associated Press reporter close to the battle zone in South Waziristan met a group of Taliban fighters who challenged army claims of progress in the four-day assault, saying they had pushed soldiers back from the strategic town of Kotkai. Intelligence officials also said the army had been repelled from the town after being close to taking it. They asked that their names not be used for operational reasons.
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Mist rises off the Congaree River Tuesday morning near the Riverbanks Zoo.
WEIRD HEADLINES Gunman prays with clerk, police ride-along was found guilty of animal cruelty after he jumped out of the police then finishes robbery INDIANAPOLIS — Police said a gunman spent nearly 10 m i nutes on h is k nees praying with the clerk at an Indianapolis check cashing business before fleeing with her cell phone and $20 from the register. Security video from the Advance America branch clearly showed the man’s face during Monday’s stickup, and a 23-year-old man surrendered Tuesday on a preliminar y charge of robbery.
Man on police ride-along stomps opossum to death DANVILLE, Va. — A Virginia man on a
car and stomped an opossum to death. The Danville Register & Bee reported Tuesday that 23-year-old Evan Bryce Schuler saw the opossum run along a fence. A police officer testified that Schuler ran up to the fence, grabbed the links and “started stomping.”
Cops: Man grabs football, bites neighbor on mouth CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Police say a Detroit-area man bit through a neighbor’s lips af ter he picked up a football t hat accidentally had been tossed onto his lawn by some teenagers.
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1797 The USS Constitution, a 44-gun U.S. Navy frigate built to fight Barbary pirates off the coast of Tripoli, is launched in Boston Harbor. The vessel performed commendably during the Barbary conflicts, and in 1805 a peace treaty with Tripoli was signed on the Constitution’s deck.
In one of the most decisive naval battles in history, a British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeats a combined French and Spanish fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar, fought off the coast of Spain.
1918 The last torpedo of World War is launched from a German U-Boat submarine as Germany ceases its policy of unrestricted submarine combat.
1956 Actress Carrie Fisher, who went on to co-star in the blockbuster “Star Wars” series, is born.
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Career assessmet helps job hopefuls The Success Company matches test-takers with optimal path Kyara Massenburg
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Are you trying to decide what career to pursue? Then you should find out where your passion lies. Will Helton and Larr y Lott are the owners of The Success Company, LLC , a new local company with offices at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator. They have developed a one-hour online Career Assessment tool wh ich assesses a n individual in three ways: motivations and passions, preferred think ing st yles and behavior traits. Once st udent s complete t he assessment they are provided
with a three-dimensional overview on what career path best suites their personality. Helt on s p e nt de c ade s prac t ic i ng law a nd Lot t worked for a text ile manufact uring company. L i k e m a n y, t h e y s p e nt a n e x t en sive a mou nt of t ime work ing in specif ic career fields they were not passionate about. â€œ T her e h a s g ot t o b e a better way. We are on a mission to get people 16 years and up to recognize and focus on pursuing their passion,â€? Helton said. Pe r s o n a l e x p e r i e n c e s and t he recognit ion t hat t he major it y of work i ng people are not satisfied with their careers sparked the motivation for developing the assessment tool. Th is par t ic u lar career assessment has had a 93 percent success rate for more
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Christian literature, to a night of C.S. Lewis, this is certainly a different approach to college ministry. â€œIt is a chance to think about your beliefs and openly discuss opinions on various topics that come up,â€? said Virginia Noxon, a second-year biomedical chemistry doctoral student. â€œYouâ€™re not asked to leave your mind at the door.â€? Sterne also promises to feed you, whether itâ€™s pizza, sandwiches or dessert and coffee. â€œItâ€™s a chance to feed your soul, body and mind all at the same time,â€? Sterne said. But before a s soc iat i ng Sterne with the preachers on the street corners, there are a few things people should know. Sterne loves Elvis. He loves him so much that there is an entire bathroom dedicated to him in the student center. Elvis wallpaper, Elvis photos, even a singing Elvis bust, cont rolled w it h a remote cont rol t hat look s l i ke a microphone are all featured in the bathroom. â€œ I t h i n k it â€™s t he o n l y Elv is bat h room i n a l l of Christendom,â€? Sterne joked. Sterne is also on Facebook, has a XM radio (but no TV) and loves desserts. â€œHe wonâ€™t preach your ear off and is always ready to hear a good story and tell a few as well,â€? Noxon said. â€œHe also has a major sweet tooth and has great taste in music.â€? Sterne doesnâ€™t just hold events in hopes that students will come. He wakes before sunrise each day and walks around the campus saying prayers for students and the Universit y. He makes it a point to eat with students at Gibbes Court inside Capstone House regularly, but can often be found simply sitting on his porch, playing with his cats and greeting students as they walk by. â€œI t h i n k t he cat s are a draw for students,â€? Sterne said. â€œThey miss their pets at home and my cats become like surrogate pets.â€? Sterne said he seeks to truly invest in the campus. â€œThe most difficult part is seeing the apathy of students and seeing how everyone is so tuned into their iPods and cell phones and tuned out from God,â€? Sterne said. â€œI think it really reveals a need for connection and meaning.â€? He hopes that his ministry will encourage students to come, ask questions and learn what Christianity is really about. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www. StTheodoreSC.org.
of it out of their cans. â€œThis is somet hing different and a good way for people to come together,â€? Miller said. â€œIt takes a lot of talent, a lot of creativity, a lot of people and a lot of tape.â€? Ho m e c o m i n g a d v i s e r Becka Neary said she was pleased to be able to continue with Canned Creations this year. â€œThis contest, as well as Spurs and Struts are t he
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than 15 years and is unlike the traditional assessments such as the Myers-Briggs test because it is formulated to test in a variety of ways. The Success Company has developed a program that is tailored to individuals by using artificial intelligence t hat generates u n ique questions for each tester. Instantly, after finishing the assessment, testers are given a color-coded index based on their passions and strengths. Re s u lt s a re comp a red against a database of more than 12,000 detailed career profiles that give a concise pict u re and tex t of what careers match test takers. Following the downloadable, printable color profi le, The Success Company provides a 20-minute consultation with a licensed doctor who answers questions helps test takers pursue a career path. longest standing traditions we have for homecoming,â€? she said. â€œCanned Creations has taken different formations throughout the years but itâ€™s always been a part.â€? For one team, basic physics were a serious problem. â€œThe laws of gravity are keeping our tower from standing up,â€? said Chris Molony, a secondyear undecided student. W i n ne r s f o r C a n ne d Creations will be announced Fr id a y, a lo n g w it h t he
â€œT h is test is essent ia l because it helps you link your passion with your abilities, and thatâ€™s priceless,â€? Lott said. The assessment is available online v ia The Success Companyâ€™s Web site. After accessing the Web site, students can register and pay the standard $199 price to take the test. Helton a nd L ot t have g iven a l l USC students interested in taking the assessment a $50 discount. Helton and Lott have been inspired by their assessment results and hope to inspire more college students to take action and spend the time to fi nd what career best suites t he m w it hout s p e nd i n g unnecessary time and money while seeking a degree. Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
RHA Meeting Bulletin Invisible Children benefit concert postponed until March Derek Legette STAFF WRITER
The benefit concert for the Invisible Children has been postponed to March 27 due to too much paper work and issues concerning the general motive of the concert. East Quad Senator Tyler Boone said that is for the best because it gives the Senate more time to organize and promote the concert. He said the weather will also be much better for the concert during the spring. Columbia Hall Senator Alex Waelde said he is happy the concert was postponed. â€œItâ€™s for the best this way,â€? he said. Vice president Brad Williams discussed how professional the Senate should behave, in response to all the laughter and unnecessary conversations in the meeting last week.
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Wilson proves glamour overshadows message Apparently all publicity really is good publicity, especially in the overly polar political world in which America currently finds itself. South Carolinians are not the only, or even the majority of, Americans who recall the now infamous “You lie” comments made by Joe Wilson at a joint session of Congress earlier this year. Inevitably what ensued was a new opportunity for Republican versus Democrat to clash over every issue under the sun, and campaigns are profiting off of it. Since the incident, Wilson’s We have a new campaign has raised almost $2.7 million (most of which problem at hand: came f rom pat rons outside of our home state), while his opponent Rob Miller partisanship to Democrat has garnered $1.7 million — 95 of which rolled in after the extent of percent “You Lie.” Ever y elect ion, people talk ignorance. about voters who jump on the campaign bandwagon, voters who go to the polls not with the issues or names in mind, but images of elephants and donkeys dancing in their heads. Watch out voter apathy, there’s a new bandwagon in town: over-partisanship. We live in a count r y whose public t hrives of f of sensationalism (Did we really watch an empty balloon all afternoon?) and conflict. Since President Obama’s election, political apathy is no longer the pressing issue it once was, but now we have a new problem at hand: partisanship to the extent of ignorance. Instead of well-informed, open-minded constituents, the pugnacious us-versus-them mentality of politics is making for a political arena in which names and party lines dictate loyalties before people take the time to look at what and who they support. It’s disturbing that one comment, and frankly an ignorant and embarrassing five seconds for parties and states alike, can rack up this magnitude of support. We wonder how much these patrons know about these representatives past “We support Wilson” and “We hate Wilson.” Before you pride yourself on reintroducing politics to the dinner table, make sure you haven’t given in to the glamour of a political battleground.
OPINION GRAB BAG Columnists weigh in on whether war in Afghanistan should be continued Now that an international audit has revealed that Karzai got less than half the vote and only won due to f r aud, Ob a m a need s to rethink whether this war can be won. Are we supposed to support an illegitimate government? If we can sort this out, I support sending over 40,000 troops, but until then Obama shouldn’t make a decision. — Ryan Quinn T he wa r ca n not be won, a nd sending over 40,000 t roops to A fghanistan would be a huge mistake for Obama. I will not back the president on this issue unless he can prove that this war would be effective. At this time, he cannot guarantee any success. — Jessica Hardin I think Obama needs to take a look at history, because time and time again it has been proven to repeat itself; Alexander the Great couldn’t win a war there, and neither could the Soviet Union. He should take every troop out of that country because they are fighting a war that can’t be won. — Bryan Wendland
President Obama — as a state senator in 2002 — once said that he “wasn’t opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” The real question in Afghanistan today is whether this has become a “dumb war.” If it has, it’s time to pack up and leave. If it hasn’t and if he and Gen. McCr ystal can formulate a strategy that works, we should end the war by winning it. — Austin Jackson Obama proposed during his running that one of his f irst t ask s was to pu l l t roops out of Afghanistan. So, why is he thinking of sending 40,000 more troops over? I think we should get out of this war, because if we don’t it will never end. America is exhausted and tired of trying to fi x something that can never be fi xed. Even though it will take some time to get out, it will be beneficial in the end. — Marilynn Joyner
Penalty support swayed by bottom line High cost of capital punishment makes difficult to defend, especially when deaths never transpire Capital punishment has always been an issue that sparks debate across the board. Those who are for it argue it benefits society by abolishing the scum that taints us while those against it plea the inhumane card, plucking our heart strings and reminding us that killers are people too. Personally, I am for the death penalty, but only in the most extreme cases. I agree with what I was taught in high school and Church — the Catholic point of view that the death penalty is only considered acceptable punishment if the guilty cannot be contained. However, the other 67 percent of Americans who favor execution are swaying my stance. A recent study by the Death Penalty Information Center revealed that executions in the United
States can costs taxpayers upwards of $25 million; even more daunting is that after spending $100 million over several years, t he government produces little to no executions. As the report explains, a death penalty trial will cost $1 million more than a non-death penalty trial. Given that one in every three capital trials result in a death sentence, that one criminal’s verdict will end up costing taxpayers $3 million. Taking it a step further, only one in ten sentences results in an execution — ultimately, taxpayers could pay $30 million for one man’s death. So is it worth it? Although I would like to enforce the religious beliefs inflicted on me by the patrons of my alma mater, I can’t defend wasteful spending that wields little results. The death penalty may be a necessity for safety in some people’s opinion, but how necessary is it if only a handful of criminals are executed after “we, the people” spent over $100 million sentencing them to death? Ultimately, we are paying for an ineffective scare tactic that offers us no security.
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Not only is this practice a waste of time and funds, but there are other programs more deserving of our money. While a state may spend this significant sum on death penalty trials, it is simultaneously suffering cutbacks in other areas of justice. We don’t need a procedure that dries up our resources when we could be utilizing the funds for a more effective and positive program Mandi — one that diminishes murder rates Sordelet rather than avenge it. Fourth-year W hile the cost of keeping an public relations student inmate imprisoned for life might add up to a high price in the long run, no cost of living would reach the staggering amount of money we’d pay to kill them. And while it may sound callous to defend a person’s right to live in terms of money, it is still a logical argument that we just can’t afford to kill criminals right now — the government is just going to have to find another way to deter crime.
So here’s t he sit uat ion: You’re a freshman and you’re pledging in one of the many Greek organizations here at USC. The fall semi-formal is quickly approaching and you want your boyfriend or girlfriend who goes to school a few hours away to be your date. Awesome, it should be a good time. One tiny problem though: Your significant other is left out in the cold or sleeping in a room full of strangers because of USC’s visitation policy for the freshman residence halls. This sticky situation is all thanks to the University’s very own form of contraception for freshmen: The Plan B visitation policy. Under this policy none of the freshmen residence halls allows the opposite sex to sleep in the same room. What perplexes me most is that the policy can be changed by vote in the spring to allow visitation to be open on the weekends. What really bothers me is that we are members of this fine academic inst it ut ion, expected to be Jeremy responsible for Aaron our studies and First-year actions but the advertising administration student doesn’t t hink we can handle the other gender for a night or two. I mean, girls don’t still have cooties, do they? But! If we are one of the lucky freshmen to be placed in upperclassman housing like Preston College or Bates West, we don’t have to worry about Plan B, as long as our guests are signed in. I have no problem with having to sign someone in. But is one semester of waiting really going to make a difference? There are ways around the system. But that requires us to break university policy that, if we’re caught, has our files marked up in red ink. Even worse, we may have to go in front of the judicial board to be reprimanded. It’s not like this everywhere though. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill there is no such policy. You don’t even have to swipe a card past a rent-a-cop at the front desk. If the finest public institution in the country (apart from our wonderful Carolina of course) can trust their students, why can’t USC trust us? S o f o r n o w, w e , t h e unfortunate recipients of Plan B, will wait patiently. Or tell the security guard that our boyfriends and girlfriends are sleeping upstairs with a friend and hope the cool RM won’t notice.
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“I can get up in the daytime these days. I used to be your regulation vampire. I didn’t see too much of the daytime hours. For some reason, I still do better at night.” — Dr. John
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009
Class comes together to explore genre Madden trades traditional lecture for student-led discussions in Gay and Lesbian Literature Chloe Gould
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Far from the boundaries of mainstream — classic texts, lecture halls, close readings and essays — lies an English class that takes a twist on the norm, to explore the largely overlooked genre of gay and lesbian literature. Gay and Lesbian Literature, taught by Ed Madden, offers students a look into the history of alternative identities, as well as modern-day culture, through study of a wide range of novels, films and plays. “I really start in the late 19th century with the invention of what we think of as a modern gay identity,” said Madden. “The early texts we’ve read are very much texts about what it means to be gay or lesbian ... trying to define it, trying to define what coming out is and really reflecting the historical moment they are a part of.” The small, discussion-based class, which meets in Gambrell on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 a.m., goes far beyond the early, defi ning texts. A carefully picked syllabus, which includes everything from pulp-fiction to graphic novels, explores British, American and even Irish texts, while bringing in a mix of male and female literature. “The books that we read and the movies that we see are incredible. They are well written, or they’re not well written for a reason,” said fourth-year English student Amy Scott. “Since so much of the class is dedicated towards identity and definition, and finding the discourse to talk about yourself, a lot of the books are really personal.” This personal edge, which stems from works such as “The Well of Loneliness” by Radclyffe Hall, the first lesbian novel depicting the struggle of English woman Stephen Gordon and her “sexual inversion,” allows for the conversation that shapes the atmosphere and very being of the class. “The people that are straight, they’re being immersed in this culture they don’t know about, and gay people are being immersed in their culture and their identity. It breeds discussion,” said second-year English student Shannon Minick. “Sometimes we just get off on these tangents and talk as a family. It’s like we’re at dinner, without the food.” Each class, planned to the minute by Madden, succeeds in combining the structured material with more free-form conversation. “I think it’s a brilliant way to run the class, because a lot of the people in the class do have real life experiences with some of the stuff we’re reading about, or something that relates to something that we’re reading about,” said Scott. Madden, who taught the class for the first time in the spring of 2007 and is now returning to teach second semester of the
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Gay and Lesbian Literature, instructed by Professor Ed Madden, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays in Gambrell at 11 a.m. course, does realize the diversity of his students and all the different experiences and insights they have to offer. He embraces the student discussion, as it brings the students closer and more in-depth with their analysis of the material. “The classroom should be a safe space, not a comfortable place. We are going to be dealing with issues and topics that are uncomfortable, and I think we learn more when we’re uncomfortable. But, since the classroom is a safe space, what we say in the classroom stays in the classroom,” said Madden. “I want people to feel free to engage in the issues at whatever level they want to engage in them.” The students, who are all so knowledgeable about the topic at hand, and able to carry their own conversation throughout the class, pride themselves on keeping up with the assigned readings to further develop their in-class discussion. “This class, it can be intimidating. There are a lot of wellspoken, well-read people, who have this incredible rhetoric and this really intense vocabulary,” said Minick. “Everybody wants to keep up with each other, but it’s not competition. We all just want to engage in educated discussion, so we’re all prepared.” To build on this knowledge and fuel up for each week’s
discussion, the class extends beyond the set schedule, with trips to local performances, all surrounding the gay and lesbian community. Whether it is more of a class outing, or an individual extra credit opportunity, the students have had the chance to attend “Humpday” at the Nickelodeon Theatre, “Most Fabulous Story Every Told” at Trustus Theatre and “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” at Longstreet Theatre. “You can’t just do a course on gay and lesbian literature and not acknowledge the outside context that play a role in how we’re reading those texts,” said Madden. The class gives students a chance to learn about something that may reach far out of their realm. “All hatred, all prejudice, stems from ignorance. It all stems from you are scared of them, because you don’t know what’s going on, or you don’t understand, you misunderstand and think you know,” said Scott. “Taking this class is the perfect opportunity to delve into something that you have never learned about.” Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Divorce this dismal ‘Stepfather’ remake Director McCormick’s film debut falls flat on substance, creativity Neal Hughes
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The Stepfather NOW IN THEATERS ★ out of ✩✩✩✩✩
Director: Nelson McCormick Starring: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley Run Time: 101 minutes Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence W h e n I w a s 11, I u n d e r w e nt t h e excruciating experience of having my teeth drilled without novocaine, topping the list as the most painful event in my life. I never thought it would be rivaled until the 101 minutes I sat in complete agony viewing “Stepfather,” fervently hoping the stepfather would stop chasing his family around, come into the theater and put me out of my misery. “Stepfather” is a poor remake of the forgettable 1987 movie of the same name, proving that once again creativit y and originality perished long ago in Hollywood. Nelson McCormick makes his big screen directorial debut — and hopefully finale — with such a deplorable effort that it almost
feels that considerable energy had been put into this movie to make it this disgraceful. The movie opens with David Harris (“Nip/ Tuck’s” Dylan Walsh) strolling nonchalantly around what seems to be a warm family home around Christmas. As he walks out the door with luggage in hand, the camera cuts to a child’s corpse then pans through the whole “family portrait” which Harris has presumably laid waste to. Unfortunately, now the audience knows Harris is a killer and has to wait tortuously long until one of the cast members figures this out, resulting in nearly 80 minutes of agony and numerous exasperated sighs. After Harris changes his appearance, which seemingly has been working to throw the authorities off his trail for years, he moves on to the Harding family, who is in emotional turmoil with their recent divorce. Harris then woos Susan Harding (Sela Ward) — not a very difficult task because she plays the most obnoxiously ignorant character of t he f ilm, and wit hin t wo minutes of her being on screen it is hard not to yearn for her to die first and graphically. Harris assimilates into the family just in time for her prodigal son Michael (Penn Badgley) to come home from militar y school. The two go through the whole alpha-male struggle while Michael begins to suspect that there is something dark about David after David has little slips when lying about his past like getting his daughter’s name wrong. “Stepfather” limps through Michael’s sleuthing, which takes up about 30 percent of the movie. The other 70 percent is filled with Michael gratuitously making out with
Courtesy of MCT Campus Dylan Walsh stars as the antagonizing stepfather David Harris who wreaks havoc on a suburban family in the remake of 1987’s “The Stepfather.” his perennially bikini-clad girlfriend, who gives Susan Harding a run for her money in the most aggravating character category. The movie presents so many flaws that I can safely say the only thing it did right was eventually end. It has such terrible dialogue that I found my digging my fingernails into my temples to escape the pain of what I was hearing on screen. “Stepfather” lacks a remotely likable character and half way through I began
hoping that Harris would k ill them all and at the end commit suicide. The movie unsuccessfully tries to use the Harding’s emotional tension as a basis for its more dramatic situations, resulting in shamefully cheesy scenes with the word “family” being used more than “an” or “the.” Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
The Daily Gamecock ● WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2009
Inside the Box ● By Marlowe Leverette / The Daily Gamecock
The Scene USC
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TODAY STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN & MICHAEL W. SMITH 6:30 p.m., $20 Pepsi Grandstand, S.C. State Fair
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LUCAS WAR HERO 8 p.m., $5 The White Mule, 1530 D Main St. MR B’S GOODTIME KARAOKE EXPLOSION 8 p.m., free Art Bar, 1211 Park St.
TOMORROW CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY 5:30 $6.50 Nickelodeon Theatre, 937 Main St. NIGHT SCHOOL FIRST SEMESTER WITH PROFESSOR GLDFNGR 9 p.m., free Art Bar, 1211 Park St. JAM TRONICA, DOUGS FRIENDS, MISHAPS OF JOHN 8 p.m., $5 over 21/ $8 under 21 New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St.
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Romance is the
stuff of fairy tales. You can have your story today if you pay attention to the moral.
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Beaut i f y your env ironment. This could include food preparation, or something that you’ve wanted for a long time.
L I BR A W h at e v e r you want you can have. Opportunities pop out of the woodwork at the most unexpected moments. Pay attention. S C O R P I O Pay at t ent ion to wh at you eat today. You may find yourself presented with the exotic food you’ve been craving.
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SAGITTARIUS Life may seem l i ke a n uphill battle, but you’re a l most at t he su m m it . Once you get there, you can see forever.
C A PR ICOR N Group activities provide opportunities for g at her i ng i n for mat ion and fitting pieces into the puzzle.
AQUARIUS This is a really good time to paint or decorate. Tackle a project you’ve had on hold. PISCES Schmooze w it h t he g roup. Plan a nice dinner and celebrate remarkable success.
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SEC POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 7 Chris Cox
(Up 1 spot, def. USC 20-6) The Tide has looked impressive in every game so far this season, and that doesn’t seem likely to change — until they meet the Gators in the SEC Championship Game, that is.
(Stays the same, def. Arkansas 23-20) We’ve officially become so impressive by Alabama that we’re moving them up to the No. 1 spot. But we’re not ready to take Florida out, either. No point in taking a team out when they’ve won as many consecutive games as Florida has.
(Stays the same, DNP last weekend) The Tigers’ offense may be in question, but they’re still 5-0 with their only loss coming to the No. 2 team in the land in Florida. The Bayou Bengals will probably grab bowl eligibility this weekend, as they host a suddenly reeling Auburn team.
5. Arkansas (Up 1 spot, lost to Florida 23-20) The Razorbacks may be only .500 overall, but they are one of the hottest teams in the country with one of the best quarterbacks there is. Ryan Mallett has his squad winners of two of the last three, with the only one coming on the road to Florida.
(Stays the same, lost to Alabama 20-6) The Gamecocks definitely showed some promise last weekend, despite earning a loss. Carolina got past an early turnover and kept itself in the game from the outset — something many teams haven’t been able to do against the Crimson Tide.
6. Tennessee (Up 1 spot, DNP last weekend) The Vols may not have played this past weekend, but you can’t justify not moving them up after Auburn lost at home to a winless Kentucky team.
(Down 2 spots, lost to Kentucky 21-14) It’s definitely become a love-hate affair with coach Gene Chizik. Gets hired, they hate him. Goes 5-0, they love him. Loses to straight, time to hate him again.
(Stays the same, beat Vanderbilt 34-10) The Bulldogs got back on track with a solid road victory against Vanderbilt. The daunting schedule isn’t gone yet, though. The Bulldogs travel to Jacksonville to take on the rival Gators.
9. Ole Miss
(Stays the same, beat UAB 48-13) The Rebel offense looked impressive against the Blazers, but it’s hard to justify moving a team up after a thrashing of a C-USA team.
11. Mississippi State (Down 1 spot, beat MTSU 27-6) Dan Mullen’s crew continues to play hard. The offense is continuing to improve. Don’t be shocked if they pull an upset before the season is over.
(Up 1 spot, beat Auburn 21-14) The Wildcats got a big win on the road against Auburn. Had they lost, UK might have been on the outside in when it comes to a bowl berth.
12. Vanderbilt (Stays the same, lost to UGA 34-10) The struggles continue for Vandy this season. For Carolina’s sake, they hope it continues this weekend.
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Gamecock Rugby searches for continued success
South Carolina’s oldest club sport breaks into Top 25 as team heads to SEC Tournament James Kratch
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The Men’s Rugby Club has made a lot of progress this fall, but their biggest test comes this weekend. Fresh off a Palmetto Union championship, the club will travel to Birmingham this weekend to compete in the SEC Championships, looking to improve upon its 10-2 record and last season’s fourth-place fi nish, when the club fell to Florida in the championship consolation match. “I think we’ve done well,” senior captain and club
president A nthony Hughes said. “We have a lot to improve on, but as far as comparing us to last year, we’re a lot more talented and work a lot harder.” The Palmet to Un ion t it le was made even more impressive by the fact that the team only had a handful of its ‘A’-level, or elite, players present because of fall break. “We went up there with kind of a renegade team. To come out of there with a win defi nitely meant a lot. It’s a testament to how far our club has come,” Hughes said. Founded in 1967, The Men’s Rugby Club was elevated to USA Rugby South Division I (the sport is not NCAAsanctioned) in 2007, with 2008 being their fi rst season ranked in the national Top-25. According to Hughes, the program has grown leaps and bounds in four years. “W hen I was a freshman, I was one of only three freshmen that had ever played before. We had about 35 guys on the squad. Now we’re getting guys in who have played three, four years in high school from all over the country,” he said. “We’re looking at 70 guys consistently at practice. It’s a huge difference.” Recent successes have landed the squad back in the national polls, as USC jumped Monday from unranked to tie with the Gators for No. 22 in the Down Under Endeavours Top-25. This weekend will present a stiff task for the club, as several nationally-renowned programs reside in the SEC, including UF and No. 6 LSU. Hughes feels the team has the right mindset as they head to the tournament. “We’re hoping that we fi nish better than we did last year. Our ultimate goal is obviously to win it, but there’s some prett y stiff competition. The best teams we’ll
PHOTO COURTESY OF USC CLUB RUGBY
The club rugby team poses after a Gamecock victory. face will probably be Florida and LSU,” Hughes said. “LSU last week beat the No. 2 team in the nation, so they’ll probably going to be the favorites. We’ll go down there, play hard, and hopefully come away with the championship.” Play begins in Birmingham this Saturday, with the championship match scheduled for Sunday.
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