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Gov. Mark Sanford admitted he isn’t sure if the General Assembly will allow him to finish his term or if an impeachment process will put him out of office. But if he does finish, he hopes to embark on an ambitious agenda that will include a vast restructuring of state government, a long-term cut in state spending and economic development. “If there’s one thing that’s clearly believable, it’s that I’m not running for president,” Sanford said with a laugh. “But God can make lemonade out of lemons, and we can do something good with these fourteen months I have left in office.” He laid out his plans for the next year Tuesday night at USC’s College Republicans meeting where about 100 people showed up at Gambrell Hall to hear his lecture. Much of Sanford’s meeting was low key. He came in blue jeans and boots, and he talked frequently of his love for farming and the simple life. He walked around the room, having conversations with audience members. He lingered around for minutes, taking pictures with onlookers and talking

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Gov. Mark Sanford, clad in blue jeans and boots, answers students’ questions Tuesday in Gambrell Hall. to many individually. And though the College Republicans planned for him to only take pre-screened questions, he opened up the floor and allowed about 10 students to fire away. At many points, he put his hand to his chin and contemplat ively consider an answer for seconds before speaking. Much of his advice was philosophical to college students.

“You’re going to have mistakes in life,” he said. “But you have to figure out where you want to go.” He admitted he was “way past the category of critiquing and criticizing others.” He noted his “well-chronicled failure” early in the meeting, apologizing to the audience like he has to dozens of groups in recent months. He declined a question Sanford ● 3

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It’s all in the cards, catalog cards that is. The librarians at Thomas Cooper are working to hold a series of events to honor t he card catalog, it s use in t he t ransformat ion of knowledge and the people who created and used it. “ We w a n t t o commemorate it and raise awa reness about what it did and all the generations of library staff that made it what it is,” said Jeffrey Ma k a la, t he assist a nt special collections librarian. “Commemorate and celebrate.” During Welcome Week there was a game night and a boat race featuring cards from the catalog. T he l at e s t e v e nt i s a compet it ion challeng ing students to get creative and see what they can make with catalog cards. “ We a r e l o o k i n g f o r different way to get many different t y pes of people i nvolved i n t he event s,” said Marilee Birchfield , a reference librarian at the Thomas Cooper Library. The competition has four categories: functional (serves a pu r p o s e), f a sh ion able (wearable), fou ndat ional (building models) and free form. Students are allowed as ma ny ca rds at t hey would like and t here are no specified rules for the competition. Julie Lanier, a second-year business student, said she noticed the cards as she was walking past the circulation

desk i n t he l ibra r y. She wa s c u r iou s , but d id n’t think much of it until she saw a flyer advertising the competition. “I’m really craf t y so I thought I’d give it a shot,” said Lanier. Lanier has already made two paper holders for her desk and two ID holders. She pla ns to ma ke I D holders for her friends for Christmas and is working on making an office set with the catalog cards. She sa id she is st ill bra i nstor m i ng ideas for the competition and hopes to make something more complex t han t he simple designs she’s made so far. Bi rc h f ield s a id s he i s hopi ng t hat event s such as this will help students remember days before the electronic filing system. New cards haven’t been added to t he u n iver sit y card catalog since April 15, 1991. While the catalog is no longer in use, it is an important piece of university history and the librarians didn’t want to just throw it away. But space is limited. “We needed the space for more desks for students, but we didn’t want to just get rid of it,” said Birchfield. The catalog is comprised of 3,168 drawers with about 1,260 cards per drawer. This makes for 3,991,680 cards that have become obsolete. The Web site dedicated to the card catalog is featuring a different card every day. With interesting tidbits of information on the cards, such as spy books, signed ed it ions a nd my ster ious splotches and spills, libraria ns are hopi ng to pique the students’ interest. Birchfield said she hopes Cards ● 3

Today we remember the lives of six Gamecocks and one Tiger who died tragically in a house fire on this day two years ago. Though our hearts have healed from this tragedy, we will never forget the lives of these young men and women. May they serve as a reminder to all of us to live life to its fullest.

Rest in Peace:

Justin Michael Anderson Travis Lane Cale Lauren Astrid Mahon Cassidy Fae Pendley William Robert Rhea Allison Christine Walden Emily Lauren Yelton

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Things are going to be a little bit different for the fifth annual Miss Gaymecock drag pageant, hosted by the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Alliance. Last year, USC alum Rashad Gaines won the crown in the competition, which traditionally features only members of BGLSA vying for the title of Miss or Mr. Gaymecock. But this year, for the first time, BGLSA is allowing non-members to compete in the contest, which will take place at 10 p.m. at PT’s Cabaret in Five Points Thursday night. The organization’s public relations director, second-year English student John Gulledge, said the change was made to reflect the club’s diverse membership. “BGLSA is not just for gay people, it’s for straight people as well,” he said. “We don’t want to limit ourselves to only having gay people compete in our event. We’re open to anyone.” Gulledge said the contestants will be judged using traditional beauty pageant competitions, including presentation, talent, evening gown and an on-the-spot question-and-answer round. But the contestants will also be judged on how much money they can inspire the audience to donate to BGLSA. Audience members can show their support by tipping a contestant. The amount of money each contestant raises will figure into his or her overall score. Local drag performers, including Carla Cox, Kiki DeVille and Lady La’Poodle will also make appearances at the event. Tickets for the event cost $5 for BGLSA members or $8 for non-members and can be purchased at the door. Funds help support BGLSA. — Compiled by Justin Fenner



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LOCAL Lawmaker talks impeachment South Carolina lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse this week to debate tweaking state law to grant employment benefits to thousands of people, but at least one legislator wants to use Tuesday’s special session to throw embattled Gov. Mark Sanford out of office. The Legislature adjourned for the year in June, days before the GOP governor skipped the state to rendezvous with a woman in Argentina he called his “soul mate.” Since then, a litany of state Republicans have called for his ousting, and the State Ethics Commission has launched an inquiry into Sanford’s travel, including his use of state planes for personal and political purposes. Several Associated Press investigations questioning the governor’s travel prompted the probe, which should be completed next month. State Rep. Greg Delleney, R-Chester, says lawmakers would have explored impeachment immediately, had they been in session when Sanford returned from his five day sojourn to South America. He says the results of the Ethics investigation aren’t needed for the House to begin work on impeachment, and he plans to introduce a resolution Tuesday that accuses Sanford of dereliction of duty for abandoning his post without telling anyone in the chain of command where he was going.


Yves Roth, a USC alum, and Coty Taylor, a third-year mathematics student, play “Magic: The Gathering” during a rainy day in a lounge of Russell House.

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TODAY IN HISTORY Palin cashes in on memoir ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former G OP v ice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reported Tuesday that she has received at least $1.25 million for her hugely anticipated upcoming memoir “Going Rogue.” A disclosure statement released Tuesday discusses Palin’s finances from Jan. 1 to July 27, when she resigned as Alaska governor. Palin says she received the money from publisher HarperCollins for the book. The document only provides a partial picture of the book deal because it doesn’t cover the three months she has been out of office. Palin doesn’t elaborate on her book compensation, describing the $1.25 million figure only as a “retainer” that appears to be a reference to her lucrative advance. Her personal spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, declined to provide more details of the book deal. “The Governor has complied with Alaska disclosure law by her filing,” she said in an e-mail Tuesday. “Now, as a private citizen, her business dealings, including her publishing agreement, are confidential.” It’s likely Palin will make more money when it’s all said and done.

1775: The new commander in chief of the British army, Major General Sir William Howe, issues a proclamation to the residents of Boston. 1886: The Statue of Liberty, a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States, is dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

1918: Sailors in the German High Seas Fleet steadfastly refuse to obey an order from the German Admiralty to go to sea to launch one final attack on the mighty British navy, echoing the frustrated, despondent mood of many on the side of the Central Powers during the last days of World War I.

1918: On this day in 1918, sailors in the German High Seas Fleet steadfastly refuse to obey an order from the German Admiralty to go to sea to launch one final attack on the mighty British navy, echoing the frustrated, despondent mood of many on the side of the Central Powers during the last days of World War I.

1919: Congress passes the Volstead Act over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. The Volstead Act provided for the enforcement of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, also known as the Prohibition Amendment.

1922: On Oct. 28, 1922, hundreds of young men gather around radios in Western Union offices, speakeasies and a Princeton University physics lab to hear the first-ever cross-country broadcast of a college football game.


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Mussolini’s army, already occupying Albania, invades Greece in what will prove to be a disastrous military campaign for the Duce’s forces.

1962: The Cuban Missile crisis comes to a close as Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agrees to remove Russian missiles from Cuba in exchange for a promise from the United States to respect Cuba’s territorial sovereignty.

Sunni disunity weakens cause BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Sunnis, long dissatisfied with the Shiite-led government, seek more power, respect and a bigger share of oil wealth in upcoming elections. But disunity among their political leaders and the sheer force of Shiite numbers threaten to derail those hopes. The result, some analysts and Iraqis fear, could be increased violence as some embittered Sunnis try to destabilize the government and gain power. Sunday’s bombings that k illed 155 people in Baghdad sent a chill across the country, with an al-Qaida-linked group claiming responsibility. Three years ago, Iraq descended into intense violence when Sunni extremists launched bombing campaigns that aggravated the underlying Sunni-Shiite tensions, fueling a vicious cycle of sectarian reprisals that brought the country to the edge of chaos. For now, mainstream Sunnis seem willing to seek what they want through the ballot box in a nationwide vote scheduled for January.

— The Associated Press

1965: Construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.


The Residence Hall Association Senate had a change of atmosphere this week as they met at the Inn at USC. “We wanted to provide a special environment for once, as a way to show gratitude towards all the senators who have committed their time and effort towards RHA,” RHA President Jim Manning said. “We also wanted people to bond and socialize outside of the classroom.” •

Residence halls will begin voting on whether to change the opposite-sex overnight visitation policy on each floor of each individual dorm.

Some senators have been missing meetings. They are allowed three absences without substitutes. After that, they risk being booted out of the Senate.

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The Daily Gamecock ● WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009 Sanford ● Continued from 1 from a local TV reporter about why he no longer wears his wedding ring. Sanford focused a lot of his time on his agenda for the next year. If he gets what he wants, the nine constitutional offices outside of the governorship won’t be elected, appointed by the governor. Statewide spending, which he called out of control, will be reigned in. The Budget and Control Board will be abolished, and the lieutenant governor and governor will be elected on the same ticket. After years of fighting with the state legislature, he’s not sure if he’ll be able to accomplish these lofty goals, he quickly

conceded. “But that’s why I’m here tonight to talk to college students,” Sanford said. “If enough of them called their representatives in the House and Senate, things will happen.” He focused much of his time on economic development, too. He pointed to a need for a creation of new jobs in South Carolina and vowed he’d spend his remaining time in office doing that. Regardless of the controversy, College Republicans President Daniel Brennan said he didn’t hesitate in getting Sanford to campus. It’s t he most recent of many well-known speakers, including Lieutenant Gov. A ndre Bauer and

Cards ● Continued from 1 that all of the events centered on the card catalog will help to honor what was once central to the university library system. “ We wa nt to have a l it t le f u n a nd contribute to the spirit of the university,” Birchfield said. There are further plans for the cards throughout the school year and the librarians are always open to more suggestions. Any

Attorney General Henry McMaster that’s visited the group in recent months. “We’ve had a lot of support from the state party in helping us build a sustainable and strong chapter here,” Brennan said. “A nd t he upcoming governor candidates have been very helpful.” Sanford’s longest pause of the night arguably came when someone asked him what’d he do when he left office. “I don’t have a clue,” he said. “But if I’ve learned anything from this, it’s to live the day you’re in.”


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cards that are left are going to be recycled. “At the very least people can take a card and use it as a bookmark,” Makala said. Submissions are due Nov. 30 to t he r e f e r e n c e d e p a r t m e nt . Fo r f u r t h e r information, visit w w /librar y/ inthecards.html.

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Public must not forget about Afghanistan war October has been the deadliest month in the eight years America has been fighting the War on Terror — and it’s not even November yet. What’s worse is knowing how many thousands of Americans will not know that 53 American troops have died this month and do not know the significance of Nov. 7 (the runoff election in Afghanistan). A s our countr y cont inues Americans need to lose soldiers in t his war, Americans continue to gloss over to close out of disturbing war headlines and stay ignorant about what should and be the nation’s most pressing issue. Avert your eyes, please, for few moments off of the health focus on news that acare bill and remember the war this nation has been fighting matters. since university students were in middle and high schools. Back in the days of world wars and Vietnam, the public used to rally around the flag or protest — they actively kept themselves informed about what their troops were doing overseas. Here and now, however, the war story is on the backburner, being replaced as the public gives in to selective attention. It’s sad to live in a country where more people know about “Imma let you finish” than a helicopter crash that left 12 dead this week. A country where people gathered around their televisions not to give respect to a fallen young man or woman, but to watch a weather balloon hoax. Just because you close your eyes to war, doesn’t mean it is over. And just because George Bush’s presidential term ended, does not mean the war has. For now, waiting for these elections, President Obama has done little on the war front. Come Nov. 7, this needs to change. And in the mean time, Americans need to close out of and start caring again about the news that matters. Remember where you were eight and nine years ago, gathered around the newspaper or television with your family watching history with your families as the twin towers fell and our soldiers entered Iraq. Bring back that care.

OPINION GRAB BAG Columnists weigh in on whether ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ should be repealed I think it should be repealed. Our military needs as many soldiers as it can get, and homosex uals are being driven away because t hey feel they have to hide something. If anyone fi nds out they’re gay, they’re punished. Americans should know that gays are in the military and are fighting and dying to protect us. Our soldiers have fought in wars — I think they can handle homosexuality. — Ryan Quinn

W ho is t he m ilitar y to judge homosexuals? Soldiers are there to fight and their personal lives should not matter. The military should pull away from this judgment in order to recruit more soldiers. — Marilynn Joyner

What position are we in to turn anyone away who wants to be a soldier? Society in the U.S. is slowly but surely starting to get over its homophobia; it’s time the military does the same. — Johnny Harper

No mat ter what t he militar y’s policy is on gays, I think homosexuals will most likely be discouraged from coming out during service because of the long-standing traditional views within the service. — Jeremy Aaron

I don’t think it should matter to the militar y whether you’re gay. Obama should keep his promise and end “don’t ask don’t tell. — Bryan Wendland

Preparation key to surviving zombie attack Hints for students to heed this Hallows’ Eve from Brooks’ book, ‘The Zombie Survival Guide’ To state the obvious, Halloween is a few days away. That fateful Oct. 31 is leering around the corner, close enough to smell fresh jack-o’-lanterns and stale candy corn. There have been enough television specials and feature articles on the holiday to get us into the spooky spirit, and if you still don’t feel it yet, allow this column to suck you in. T he fol low i ng w i l l not be a lighthearted banter about Halloween Mandi m ishaps, but rat her a su r v iva l Sordelet guide in preparation for a potential Fourth-year phenomenon featuring some of the public relations student most feared of Halloween nemeses: zombies. For those who have read Max Brooks’ arguably-fictional work, “The Zombie Survival Guide,” this may be mere review.

But for those unexposed to the resources for such an attack, please read on to gain the knowledge that your life may depend on while celebrating at USC during this year’s Hallows’ Eve (NOTE: There has been no conducted research supporting a correlation bet ween zombie outbreaks and Halloween; an outbreak can occur at anytime, so plan to always be prepared). The first step towards surviving a zombie world takeover (also known as a Phase IV Attack) is to fi nd a safe haven. For those living on campus or staying here over the holiday, I would suggest staking a claim in the Russell House; once the entrances are barricaded, it would make a fine fortress with enough food and drink to last a large group for at least a few months. “But what about weapons?” you may ask. True, we attend a campus that does not generally permit concealed weapons — a welcomed safety precaution on the normal day-to-day, but during a zombie attack, the lack of fi rearms could cause concern. However, we do not need to rely solely on guns to exterminate zombies. In fact, guns are the last thing you would want to combat an undead — gunshots make noise which can attract a horde, in

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which case, you will need a gun. Instead, knives would be the ideal weapon — zombies are no threat from far away, but once they get close, a knife is more reliable than bullets. As Max Brooks delicately states, “Blades don’t run out of ammo.” As for transportation, should you be stranded and need to seek shelter while an outbreak occurs, ignore the instinct to jump into a car. Instead, head towards one of the many bike racks scattered around campus and rely on that as your vehicle. Automobiles are big, bulky and make a lot of noise, which, like gunshots, is bad. Also, because zombies are slow and uncoordinated, you don’t really need to be fast, just faster than them. The last piece of advice I leave you with is to research before they rise — don’t rely solely on this 500-word article to be your guide. Look into the Zombie Survival Guide for better preparation, watch “Dawn of the Dead”-inspired flicks to gain perspective of different outbreak scenarios and play realistic video games featuring zombie attacks, such as “Left 4 Dead,” to hone your skills. When it comes to survival, you can never be too prepared. On that note, Happy Halloween!

So the public option is back to the forefront of the health overhaul debate, despite being ignored like a socialist uncle by the Obama administration. But it’s not back in full force; some in Congress want states to have the option to opt out. Sure, a health care bill will be much easier to pass if states are given a choice. But some of us live in states where we don’t agree with the majority — in fact, the majority often doesn’t agree with itself. If South Carolina is given the opt ion to opt out of the public option, then it will opt Ryan out. Heck, we Quinn weren’t g iven Second-year the option print journalism to opt out student of t he U. S . Const it ut ion, b u t w e d id a n y w a y. We opted out of laws and called it nullifying. Recently, some of us tried to opt out of the stimulus funds. This means South Carolina is going to hurt itself. One of the hardest-hit states in the country will not have the public option. Many out of the large group of unemployed people in our state will be without health insurance. Now, you may say t hat if South Carolina wants to hurt itself, it should be able to. No way. Giving our state the option to opt out is like giving a dog chocolate: the poor thing doesn’t know any better. And if I’m a citizen of that ignorant state — a skin cell on that chocolate-eating dog — then I don’t want to go down with the ship. Many are treating this as a states’ rights issue, saying that the federal government shou ld n’t b e able to tel l states they have to pay for something they don’t want. But by g iv i ng st ate s t he choice over the public option, you are taking it away from individuals. Originally, an individual was able to choose for himself; now, a state will choose if you get to choose or not. Congress should treat this issue like it did the integration of schools. Sure, a state could decide not to integrate its schools, but they could kiss their federal transportation f u nds goodbye. I f Sout h Ca rol i n a c ho o se s to not support the public option, then the government should w it hd r aw defen se f u nd s. Georgia will finally be able to settle its border dispute. If South Carolina is allowed to opt out of the public option, I should be allowed to opt out of South Carolina.

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Where’s the horror? It seems these days Halloween is more about who has the better costume or who’s having the best party. Halloween used to be a time that struck fear in the hearts of young children and made grown men weep at the thought of walking alone at dark where only the darkest imaginations could tell what lay in the shadows. Which is why we present a list of the top five horror novels to bring back that old scared-out-of-your-wits feeling, just in time for the darkest day of the year.


“World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks

Zombies are often the site of more than just brain-munching terrors. They force of us to realize the extent of our human nature when it becomes the “to kill or be killed” situation. The novel is a fictitious account of what would happen if the world were to be overrun with the undead. This novel is number one, not for its graphic horror, but for the sheer terror of having to come to terms with our own brutal instincts that only awaken in a crisis.


“Ragged Man” by Jack Priest

A classic case of people in need of exorcisms. The protagonist finds himself up against a demonic spirit that he incidentally picked up during his trip to Australia and the same demon is using a series of human hosts to kill off his loved ones. Yet how do you fight something that is already dead? This is a good ghost story that will make you hold your onto your soul for dear life.


“Silk” by Caitlin R. Kiernan

A new twist on the theme of Heaven vs. Hell with Spyder, the patron saint of the alienated and lost, bringing people to discover the dark secrets of both sides. The novel blurs the lines between the traditional sense of good and evil and instead presents a motley group battling against an unholy power. The novel has almost a gr u ng y feel, not skipping out on the drugs and underbelly life that comes with being an outcast in a modern society.


“Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King

Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” has got nothing on this new and improved version where it can be described if Dracula came to America. The novel takes place in Maine in a small, tightly knit community and begins with the arrival of a ghoulish man who opens an antique store and moves into the haunted house on the hill. Soon afterward, people begin to disappear and the protagonist has to piece together just who or what has entered their town, as it becomes a battle to survive against an unbeatable force. No sparkly vampires here!


“Hell House” by Richard Matheson

Take one creepy old house, put it in the middle of nowhere, throw a bunch of people into it for a night and you have a recipe for demonic influence and sheer terror. “Hell House” is the story of how a paranormal investigation goes horribly astray, in a house that was the center of “unspeakable”’ acts. The book is said to be graphic, so you have been warned.

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Popular country musician Corey Smith performs for an energized crowd Friday.

Smith rocks Club 1800 Independent country artist sells out local venue Scott Fowler


Corey Smith, the No. 3 independent cou nt r y a r t ist on MySpace, sel ls out a l mo st e ver y show. H i s Fr id ay p er f or m a nc e at C lub 18 0 0 w a s no exception as the venue was packed with more than 600 USC and high school students. The show featured the usual lineup with Rob Henson on upright bass/bass guitar and Marcus Petruska on drums. Smith opened up with “Carolina” and the entire club went wild, screaming at the top of its lungs with everyone singing along. S m it h c o nt i nu e d t h e s h o w w it h “ Twent y O ne,” “Pa r t y,” “Dr i n k i ng Again,” “If I could do it again” and “Let Me Love You on a Backroad.” The band even went electric and performed an excellent cover of Rehab’s “Bartender (Sittin’ at a Bar).” When Smith decided to take a break he

allowed Henson and Petruska to take over and show their talents. They performed an inst r umental version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” while the crowd provided the vocals. Smith’s music is an edgy and honest beer bucket all about getting through life with a hangover. He is a bit of Hank Williams and a little Jimmy Buffet with a whole lot more mixed in. Smith obviously draws on his south Georgia traditions with a back porch-country acoustic twang mixed with blues and rock. The band currently is touring as far north as New York City and as far west as Austin, Texas. In 2008, Corey Smith and his manager grossed $4.2 million, impressive for an independent artist that loves to give away his music for free. On his Web site most of his fan favorites are posted to download at no cost; yet, all five of his albums can be purchased and downloaded from iTunes. At each show he says that he is flattered and appreciates it when people download, burn and copy his music for others. Comments on this story? E-mail

Students will think twice before shopping while intoxicated Robert Johnson


individual go to a convenience store for? Why, more booze of course, assuming you can get the glass door open. When the drunkard finally steps away from the beverage area with beer in tow, the extra weight of the beer immediately causes him to lose his balance and crash onto the tile floor. This is the start of our top-heavy friend’s woes. His motor control is so drained from his sad, alcohol-induced state, he can barely flail around on the floor, let alone get up on his feet. The clip is virtually unedited, too, so you get to see him flop like a fish for a full two minutes or so before a passerby finally notices the drunk in distress. As if this wasn’t sad enough already, it takes three people to finally get the man back on his feet. Remember, this guy somehow managed to walk there, without getting in an accident somehow. As hilarious as this guy is, it actually makes the act of binge drinking very unappealing. There isn’t likely to be too many people who would want to be caught this drunk. Impressionable freshmen will gaze at this disgraced fellow, trying so hard to leave the store while being propped up by a charitable citizen, and they will never want to drink themselves senseless again. This poor soul will probably be remembered for this for a good while and unwittingly has stumbled his way into the spotlight of YouTube infamy. But of course, all that is just too sobering. Let’s just laugh at the hopeless goof on the computer screen.

No one is safe when the surveillance state meets YouTube. Commit an embarrassing act in public? If it’s outrageous enough, you’ll find yourself an unwilling celebrity in cyberspace. For years this has been the case with several “Darwin Award”-type criminals. However, those clips usually came from television news stories. In more recent times, various security camera clips have somehow leaked their way onto the Web. One of these types of videos became one of YouTube’s big hits last week — sure to become a favorite for college students and a sobering warning for binge drinkers. A s e r ie s of s e c u r it y c a me r a s i n a convenience store caught a strange man in a short ponytail lumbering through the door. The man’s entire upper body is slanted backwards and sometimes towards his left. Within seconds of the video, it is obvious this man is comically drunk. Indeed, it is a miracle this man even made it to the store in the first place. Funnily enough, he seems to be trying to disguise how impaired he is by keeping his expression tight, but his bobbling head renders this effort futile. Note the daylight pouring through the windows, too. This guy is hammered and it’s still morning. Comments on this story? So what does an incredibly drunken E-mail

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USC basketball tips off Horn urges students to attend exclusive team practice Chris Cox


The move was risky at the time. For years, the student section at South Carolina basketball games was a joke. T he a rena echoed f rom corner to corner as hundreds of seats sat empty while the Gamecocks took the court. But the 2009 basketball season was shapi ng up quite differently than its predecessors. At 12-4 overall and 1-2 in the Southeastern Con ference, USC had a chance to make the year a special one. But it wouldn’t work out if the team didn’t h ave t he s upp or t of it s students. Enter the Garnet Army, the newest creation in South Ca rol i na basketba l l. It’s inception came against the nationally ranked Florida G ators on a Wed nesday night. USC won that game at the buzzer, 70-69, and hasn’t looked back since. “To us they’re second right behind the actual players that we recruit,” USC coach Da r r i n Hor n sa id i n a n exclusive interview with The Daily Gamecock. “They are apart of our team. We need them to be successful. A 7-1 home record in the SEC [last year] was a direct result of their involvement.” The expectations are even higher this season, as both Sout h Ca rol i na a nd t he Garnet Army enter the 20092010 season with sky-high aspirations. “We want them to grow and there be more,” Horn sa id. “ We wa nt t hem to

get more passionate and more organized and just understand in our minds that they’re an extension of us.” That begins tonight, as the team hosts its second-annual student-only practice at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. It lasts from 5 to 6 p.m. The event was a big success last season, as hundreds of students attended the practice that featured a full-court scrimmage and instructional period on how to recite chants for the upcoming season. Horn has amped up the event t h is t i me a rou nd; tonight’s festivities include a DJ, free pizza, lunch with coach Horn and prizes such as an iTouch and iShuffle. St ude nt s w i l l a l s o b e treated to the first viewing of South Carolina’s newly designed uniforms. “What’s great about the practice is that they’re going t o b e r ight dow n t here with us,” Horn said. “Even though they’re close at the games, at the Strom it’s our environment. Our guys are students and they’re students and we’re just all going to be in there together.” Hor n hopes t he event boosts the Garnet Army to even greater heights, as the students’ participation was one of the many highlights from last season’s 21-8 regular season campaign. “The environment in the Colonial Life Arena was a tribute to our students,” Horn said. “When I talk to fans, they don’t talk about how much they enjoyed it. They talk about how different it was because of the students. And how much they enjoyed them being into it. Our students drive it.” Horn’s goal is to make the environment at the Colonial

Chris Cox


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The Sout h Carol i na men’s soccer tea m has t wo opportunities to make a statement this week, as the Gamecocks face off against conference rivals UAB and Marshall. Currently, South Carolina (2-1-2) is ranked fourth in the C-USA behind Marshall, Tulsa and UAB. The Gamecocks take on the University of Alabama Birmingham Blazers (4-1-1) tonight at 8 p.m. in one of their last games of the season. Carolina is looking to bounce back from Saturday night’s loss to Florida International, when the team played to a draw. Keeping USC from doing that won’t be an opposing team, but rather the flu bug. “Right now we’ve had five guys in the past 10-15 days that have had a virus with a fever and that type of thing, so it’s rolling through our group right now,” USC coach Mark Berson said. Mario Burstein is out with a hamstring injury, Mark Wiltse broke his leg at the beginning of the year and has been out, Eric Martinez did not travel to Miami Saturday because of illness and Jeff Scannella traveled but was then unable to leave the hotel because of illness. “We’re thin and we’re testing ourselves a little bit. We’re going through a stage where we have to press through that and with a big test coming up against UAB Wednesday night. UAB is an excellent team and they’re playing very well right now and the game is on the road at their place so that’ll certainly be a big challenge” said Berson. The Gamecocks then return home Saturday night for a

(No change, def. Miss. State 29-19) If you ask Tim Tebow, winning ugly is still winning. And according to the leader of the Florida Gators, he’ll take those any day. The boys from Florida have won 17 consecutive games dating back to last season and don’t show any signs of slowing up.

( No change, def. Tennessee 12-10) It took an out-of-t hisworld game from defensive tackle Terrence Cody, but t he Cr i mson Tide was fi nally able to scrape by the Volunteers. If Alabama has any hope of a national title, it’ll need its offense to start stepping up — something they haven’t done in weeks.

(No change, def. Auburn 31-10) Q ua r terback Jorda n Jefferson finally put together the game he hasn’t given all season. The youngster accounted for three total touchdowns as the Tigers are quietly mak ing a run at the SEC West title. If they can keep their offense clicking, Alabama might be in trouble.

(No change, def. Vanderbilt 14-10) It was closer t ha n a ny Gamecock fan wanted it to be, but USC finally was able to beat the Commodores, somet hing it hasn’t done si nce ’06. Quar terback Stephen Garcia is tak ing ca re of t he footba l l a nd has already accounted for 14 total touchdow ns and over 1,700 yards passing. Impressive stuff for just a sophomore.

( Up 4 spots, def. Arkansas 30-17) T he Reb el s m a ke t he biggest jump in this week’s power rankings, as quarterback Jevan Snead has made his team winners of consecutive games. The Rebs have a chance at a third, as they travel to Auburn this weekend- who finds itself losers of three straight.

(Up 2 spots, DNP last weekend) The Bulldogs move up without even taking a snap. Despite teetering w it h a .500 record, UGA’s offense showed signs of life against a pretty solid Vandy defense two weeks ago. We’ll see if they have the guns to keep up with Florida this weekend.

(Down 1 spot, lost to Alabama 12-10) Don’t look now, but it looks like Vols coach Lane Kiffi n might actually know how to coach. UT probably should have beaten Alabama, a nd are show i ng sig ns of life that they’ll get to a bowl game based on their schedule down the stretch.

(Down 3 spots, lost to Ole Miss 30-17) W h ile t he Hogs m ight have been pretty deflated after such a gut wrenching loss two weeks ago at Florida, it didn’t stop them from not showing up last week at Ole Miss… defensively, at least. The Hogs will get back to .500 this weekend against EMU.

(Down 2 spots, lost to LSU 31-10) A not her week, anot her Auburn loss. The Tigers have now lost three-straight after beginning the season 5-0 and show little signs of improving. They’ll host an ever-improving Ole Miss team in what might end up being their fourth straight loss.

( No change, def. La. Monroe 36-13) The Wildcats have won t wo st ra ight a nd host a pretty mediocre Mississippi State club this weekend. Big Blue has a chance to keep the winning streak going. Pretty impressive after having such a poor start to SEC play.

( No cha nge, lost to Florida 29-19) T h e B u l ld o g s p l a y e d valiantly against the Gators last weekend, but didn’t have quite enough to pull off the upset. Ma ke no m ist a ke a b o u t it t h o u g h , t h e s e Bulldogs are getting better week after week.

(No change, lost to USC 14-10) T he Com modore s a re definitely disappointed after let t ing last week ’s game ag a i n st USC sl ip away. Vandy had a chance to pull it off in the final minutes but ju s t c ou ld n’t do it . Certainly symbolizes the type of season they’ve had in Nashville.


South Carolina basketball coach Darrin Horn.


Members of the Garnet Army celebrate after a game. Life Arena, which USC went 16-3 at last year, an even more raucous one than it was last season. “They strike fear and make life difficult on the opposing team. They have a role to play just like I have a role as a head coach and Devan Downey has a role as a star and somebody

has a role coming off the bench,” Horn said. “When all of us play our role well, our team is going to be good. And we’re going to have a better chance to win at home.” Comments on this story? E-mail sagckspt@mailbox.

Depleted Gamecocks prepare for C-USA matchup Team battles sickness as squad takes on UAB Blazers


big test against Marshall at Stone Stadium. The 4 -2-0 Thundering Herd is also ahead of t he Gamecocks in conference play and currently fi rst in the conference. “Marshall is one of the top teams in the league this year and they have played very well,” Berson said, “hat’s our final regular season home game and it’ll be our senior night and this group of seniors has made a tremendous impact in our program and I know out players will be excited for that.” The game starts at 7 p.m. and the senior players will be recognized before the game starts. This year’s seniors include Burstein, Wilste, Scannella, B r y a n L o w d e r, S c h u y l e r Reardon and Tyler Ruthven. “That group has all done a great job and our team will be very anxious to make sure they give a great effort on Saturday night against Marshall f or ou r s e n ior night.” South Carolina will wrap up the

regular season with an away game Nov. 7 at Memphis. The C-USA tournament will take place Nov. 13-15 at t he home field of the regular season champion.

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