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Florida Football Recap The Gamecocks were defeated 24-14 by the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators, but USC was a challenge to the success of Tim Tebow’s offense.
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Sophomore Kayla Grimsley runs toward the goal during Friday night’s 4-0 victory over Davidson. USC advances to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
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“Radium Girls” Review USC students shine in a moving play about factory workers exposed to dangerous conditions by uncaring managers.
The South Carolina women’s soccer team notched the first two NCA A Tournament victories in program history this weekend, dropping Davidson and Rutgers to advance to the Sweet 16. With the wins, Carolina improved its winning streak to five and its home record to 11-0. “This has been an amazing season,” USC coach Shelley Smith said. “To be at home again playing in front of these fans is just tremendous. We made
history with Friday night’s win and Sunday it was just amazing to get a bit more.” It all started with Friday’s first round match against Davidson. Outshooting the Wildcats 163, Carolina’s offense controlled the tempo from the very beginning. Sophomore Kayla Grimsley notched two goals and seniors Brooke Jacobs and Samantha Diaz-Matosas added one a piece as the Gamecocks rolled to a 4-0 victory. “We were so excited to be in this game,” Grimsley said. “That first goal really set us off and we pumped up the intensity for the next 15 minutes and kept putting balls in the back of the net.” Sunday’s match was a different story, as the Gamecocks found themselves in a toe-to-toe struggle with seven-seed Rutgers. The Scarlet
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A USC student relaxes while donating blood. Organizers have high goals for this year’s drive.
Blood drive calls for donors Carolina, Clemson compete in 25th annual competition
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Knights brought pressure early, coming close on two separate occasions in the first ten minutes. But two outstanding plays by junior keeper Mollie Patton kept Carolina from falling behind early. “My coaches told me there was a chance they would try some through-balls and that I needed to be ready to get off my line quickly,” Patton said. “When they hit the ball, I don’t even think I thought about it. I just flew out and got it.” The early stops proved to be crucial, as Carolina’s offense brought some pressure of their own in the first half. Finally, Jacobs found the back of the net in minute 36 after two great passes by sophomore Maria Petroni and freshman Christine Watts. With
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This week, USC has the chance to put its rival to shame in a competition off the football field: the 25th Annual Carolina/ Clemson Blood Drive. The amount of blood raised will determine which school receives the trophy at this year’s game on Nov. 28, and student volunteers have spent months planning and preparing the blood drive, which will take place Nov. 16 to 20. “Our committees have been working very hard, alongside the American Red Cross, to make the 25th anniversary of the blood drive a great success,” said Mindi Thommes, Carolina’s head chair of external affairs for the Carolina/Clemson Blood Drive. The f ive committees that have been preparing for the blood drive include the Public Relations/Advertising, Community Involvement, Food and Prizes, Student Organization and Volunteer committees. Each was responsible for a different aspect of organizing the drive and recruiting volunteers and donors. Lauren Dolan, a second-year elementary education student, is a volunteer on the Student Organizations Committee. She learned about the opportunity through the
Student Organization Fair and has been meeting with her committee every week since September. “We go to different student organizations, like fraternities and sororities, and try to get them involved in the blood drive,” Dolan said. The committees also went canning at football games and other events to collect money for the drive. Thommes, a fourth-year chemistry student, said that the money will provide T-shirts, food and raffle prizes for those who donate blood. “This year we had to raise a little more money since some Student Government funding got cut,” Thommes said. Everyone who donates blood will receive a black long-sleeve T-shirt, which Thommes said is different from the white shirts given out in past years. In addition, there will be a variety of free food and all donors will be given the chance to win raffle prizes. John Mecke , a third-year finance and global supply chain management student, is the blood drive co-chair of the Student Organizations Committee and said the goal for this year is to have 4,500 donors. This is a step up from last year’s total of about 4,000 donors. In addition to the committees, there will also be about 50 to 75 volunteers working the drive each day. They will pass out information on Greene Street, help the nurses and make sure everything runs smoothly, Mecke said. BLOOD ● 4
It is no secret t hat homele s s ne s s i s a lo c a l i s s u e , w it h o v e r 1, 0 0 0 people liv ing on t he st reet s or in shelters on a g iven day in R ichla nd and Lex ington count ies, according to United Way of the Midlands. T h i s mo nt h p r e s e nt s continued efforts to address this problem in Columbia, with plans developing for a ne w homele s s shelter and National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week taking place Nov. 15 to 21. As part of the “Blueprint to Address Homelessness in South Carolina,” a 10year plan submitted by the Sout h Carolina Cou ncil on Homelessness in 2004, the shelter will include new approaches that set it apart from current shelters. The goal is to provide a 24/7 safe haven for homeless adults, despite their current mental or physical state. “ We had a su m m it i n 2005 that brought together all the stakeholders and the government,” said A nita Floyd, Vice President for Com mu n it y I mpac t at United Way of the Midlands who is also part of the S.C. Council on Homelessness. Floyd said t he pla n was accepted in 2005 and
since 2006, private efforts have brought together the care prov iders, business com mu n it y a nd fa it h com mu n it y to make t he plan a reality. After running into zoning issues in the past, Floyd said they have now found a propert y on the corner of Elmwood and Main Street that is already zoned for a shelter. “We hope to close on the property this month,” Floyd said, noting that designs are still being fi nalized but that the building process could potentially begin in March. “We’ve had tons of meetings with providers to ensure that the design will be successful.” Dorothy Kendall, a ps ych iat r ist for t he C olu mbi a A re a Me nt a l Health Center who works with mentally ill homeless people through MIRCI, is a native of Columbia and believes the new shelter will improve the community. “Wit h t he limited resou rces we have, no one-size-f its-all solution is practical,” Kendall said. “Treat ment needs to be tailored to the individual and the cult ure of homelessness needs to be considered.” T he ne w s helt er w i l l be built by the Midlands Housing Alliance, a partner of United Way, and seeks to meet t he se need s by providing safety from the streets as well as a day center fulfilling basic necessities and a recuperation center SHELTER ● 4
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CALENDAR What: Delta Sigma
Theta Cups for Cures When: 11 a.m. Where: Greene Street What: Study Abroad
information table When: 3 p.m. Where: RH lobby What: Students for Life
meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Where: RH 302 What: Drug and
Alcohol Abuse Forum When: 7 p.m. Where: BA 003 What: Navigating
the Road to Federal Employment When: 7 p.m. Where: BA 350 What: BGLSA meeting When: 8 p.m. Where: Gambrell 005 What: Amnesty
International meeting When: 8 p.m. Where: RH 315
SPORTS SCHEDULE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL November 16 Charlotte 7 p.m. Charlotte, N.C. November 19 Clemson 7 p.m. Clemson, S.C.
MEN’S BASKETBALL November 16 Georgia Southern 7 p.m. Columbia, S.C.
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MYRTLE BEACH — A judge has dismissed some charges against the suspended mayor of a troubled South Carolina beach town. The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports Saturday that disorderly conduct and trespassing charges against Atlantic Beach Mayor Retha Pierce were dismissed because an arresting officer failed to appear in court. The town police chief arrested Pierce in January, saying she became loud and boisterous in an argument with town officials, then refused to leave. Pierce has been arrested four times in two years. She says all charges are false and created to discredit her. The dropped charges are unrelated to her suspension. Gov. Mark Sanford suspended her Oct. 30 after she was indicted in an April hit-and-run accident. She’s also charged with drunken driving.
NATIONAL Tuition difficult for immigrants CHELSEA, Mass. — It seemed like a given that Mario Rodas would go to college. The Guatemalan-born student certainly had the academic credentials, going from English as a second language classes to taking advanced placement exams for college credit his senior year at Chelsea High School. But pay i ng for it was a not her mat ter. A s a n undocumented immigrant in 2005, Rodas would have had to pay out-of-state tuition fees to go to a public college in Massachusetts, and he couldn’t afford that. If he had lived in Texas or Utah, states that allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates, Rodas, now 22, might have graduated already. “Every year we have more and more students in limbo here,” Rodas said. “And every year we have more and more students taking advantage (of in-state tuition) elsewhere. I don’t understand.” Nearly three years after Massachusetts House lawmakers soundly rejected a bill that would have allowed illegal immigrants to attend college at instate tuition rates, lawmakers are preparing to revisit the issue. The tuition fees for students from outside Massachusetts are more than double the costs for a state resident.
INTERNATIONAL Obama to hold talks in China SHANGHAI — President Barack Obama is walking a tightrope on his first trip to China, seeking to enlist help in tackling urgent global problems while weighing when and how — or if — he should raise traditional human rights concerns. Obama arrived in Shanghai late at night, in a driving rain, hustling through a phalanx of umbrella-holding dignitaries to reach his limousine. On Monday, the president is holding talks with local politicians and, in one of the marquee events of his weeklong Asian trip, conducting an American-style town hall discussion with Chinese university students. Thirty years after the start of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the ties are growing — but remain mixed on virtually every front. The two nations are partnering more than ever on battling global warming, but they still differ deeply over hard targets for reductions in the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause it.
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A veteran stands in the upper deck and takes pictures with his camera phone of the jets flying over the USC football game against Florida on Saturday afternoon.
WEIRD HEADLINES Million-Dollar Car Crashes in Phoenix says a former student at the school returned two overdue books checked out 51 Marsh LA MARQUE, Texas — A man blamed a low-flying pelican and a dropped cell phone for his veering his million-dollar sports car off a road and into a salt marsh near Galveston. The accident happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday on the frontage road of Interstate 45 northbound in La Marque, about 35 miles southeast of Houston.
How to Make Pumpkins Fly Start with one delightfully warped science project contest for grown-ups. Add a touch of county fair and a whole lot of tailgating. What do you get? Flying pumpkins. Every year on the first weekend after Halloween, competitors bring catapults, trebuchets, air cannons and all sorts of other pumpkin-launching contraptions to a vast cornfield near Bridgeville, Del. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin draws fans from all over the country to rural Sussex County, where a pumpkin is a “punkin” and “chunkin” rolls off the tongue so much easier than “chucking” after “punkin.”
Library Books Returned 50 Years Late PHOENIX — A high school librarian in
years ago along with a $1,000 money order to cover the fines. C a me lb ac k H i g h S c ho ol l ib r a r i a n Georgette Bordine says the two Audubon Society books checked out in 1959 and the money order were sent by someone who wanted to remain anonymous.
Stripper Mobile Halted in Las Vegas LAS VEGAS — Live strippers on the back of a truck is too much — even for Sin City. A Las Vegas strip club has agreed to stop an advertising promotion that involved hauling bikini-clad exotic dancers around in a truck with clear plastic sides.
Fla. man arrested for calling 911, asking for sex TAMPA, Fla. — Florida police say a man arrested for repeatedly calling 911 looking for sex claimed it was the only number he could dial after running out of cell phone minutes. Tampa police said 29-year-old Joshua Basso made sexual comments to the 911 dispatcher and asked if he could come to her house. Investigators say she hung up, but he called back four more times.
TODAY IN HISTORY 1776: During the Revolutionary War, Lieutenant General Wilhelm von Knyphausen and a force of 3,000 Hessian mercenaries lay siege to Fort Washington on Long Island.
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Confederates under General James Longstreet fail to defeat a Union force under General Ambrose Burnside near Knoxville, Tenn.
1907: Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory collectively enter the United States as Oklahoma, the 46th state.
1941: Joseph Goebbels publishes in the German magazine Das Reich that “The Jews wanted the war, and now they have it” — referring to the Nazi propaganda scheme to shift the blame for the world war onto European Jewry, thereby giving the Nazis a rationalization for the so-called Final Solution.
1945: In a move that stirs up some controversy, the United States ships 88 German scientists to America to assist the nation in its production of rocket technology.
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SHELTER ● Continued from 1 for t hose leav i ng t he hospital. The development of this shelter is timely considering Nat ional Hu nger a nd Homelessness Awareness We e k , w h ic h k ic k s of f today at 11 a.m. with the 20 09 Homele s s Cou nt Report Release at Trinity Cathedral. A prayer service on homelessness will follow at noon. A supply drive sponsored b y Un it e d Wa y o f t h e M id la nds a nd M id la nds Interfaith Homeless Action Cou nc i l w i l l t a ke place throughout the week. “We’re trying to collect specif ic t hings t hat homeless people need a lot of,” Floyd said, listing items such as toothpaste, socks, washcloths and other small necessities. Jennifer Moore, director of the Financial Stabilit y Cou nc i l for t he Un ited Way of the Midlands, said the supplies will be divided
and dist ributed bet ween local homeless shelters and providers. “[The items] will be put into quart or gallon Ziploc bags so that they are easily portable for people,” Moore said. Moore said that the drive raised enough supplies for 1,600 k its last year, and t hey hope to collect t he same amount or more this year. People can help by dropping off kits and bulk items or volunteering to sort the supplies. D o n at io n s s ho u ld b e taken to Trenholm Road United Methodist Church bet ween 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday t hrough T hu r sday or bet ween 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday. The kits will be distributed to local shelters and providers, i n c l u d i n g t h e r e c e nt l y opened winter shelter.
BLOOD ● Continued from 1 Blood donations can be made in the Russell House Ballroom from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Greene Street blood mobile will be open daily from 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m., and the blood mobile outside of the Moore School of Business will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. The blood mobile outside the Colonial Life Arena will be open Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. It is safe to donate blood every 56 days, and donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be 17 and older or 16 with parental consent. The blood drive occurs annually at the start of the holiday season when the blood supply starts to weaken, according to the Carolina/
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Clemson Blood Drive press release. The universities have collected over 80,000 units of blood over the past 25 years, potentially saving over 240,000 lives. “Last year, we had great support from the school and community. We would like to exceed our total donors from last year and beat Clemson,” Thommes said. Unlike previous years, both Clemson and Carolina are bound by a contract to not release any numbers to the media about the daily totals. Thommes said the Red Cross asked both schools to do this and the decision to do so was mutual. Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
BLOOD DRIVE DATES AND TIMES Monday — Friday RH ballroom 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. Greene Street blood mobile 10 a.m. — 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday Moore School of Business blood mobile 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. Friday Colonial Life Arena blood mobile 10 a.m. —
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Daily Gamecock not biased to University Lately the Daily Gamecock has been getting a lot of flack over USC sports — specifically what some saw as lack of coverage of the women’s soccer team’s SEC tournament win and Thursday’s Blitz, which prominently featured Tim Tebow. First of all, we are a student-run newspaper which strives to cover USC better than all others — not just in sports, but in all areas of Carolina life. That being said, we are not a mouthpiece for the University. We aim to spread information, that’s not always flattering, because we think our readers always need to hear the real story on all issues — not just the ones that portray USC in the best light. Other times we are simply limited. That was the case with the soccer coverage last week. Yes, We can promise the women’s soccer team secured a great victory against LSU to that we have never win the SEC championship, and we at the Daily Gamecock were and will never print just as excited as everyone else — but when it came to running meaningless PR over coverage on the game we were limited. First, the game was held in Alabama, and we simply don’t the real stories. have the funds to send writers and photographers to every USC sporting event. We knew we didn’t have the resources to give the Carolina women the coverage they deserved for their victory on Monday, so we waited until Tuesday to run the full story, complete with photos and quotes that actually captured the spirits and accomplishments of these outstanding women. As far as our Blitz coverage of this weekend’s game against Florida, like it or not Tim Tebow was the story. Although he might not play for USC, we could not ignore the fact that he was who everyone was talking about when it came to Saturday’s game. If you looked past the orange and blue layout and actually read the article, you would see that the story was about the challenge USC faced in playing the Heisman winner and his undefeated, No. 1-ranked team. Believe us — if we had had a photo of Eric Norwood tackling Tebow from last year’s contest we would have loved to run it, but that only occurred twice in last year’s blowout game and we didn’t have a photograph. The point is, we aim to cover all elements of USC, the good and the bad, in the most comprehensive way. We can promise that we have never and will never print meaningless PR over the real stories, and not covering Tebow’s impressive record would have been just that.
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Be a Cock, don’t act like one USC fans offered more jeers to Tebow than cheers for Carolina; students still need to be respectful to opposition Wa l k i ng i nto W i l l ia m s-Br ice la st Saturday, the energy was everywhere. Even though our players faced a formidable team in Florida, Gamecock fans crowded the stadium. You could almost reach out and grab the energy, it was so palpable. Coupled with the moving halftime ceremony — put on by the Wounded Warrior project — we as Gamecocks had a great opportunity to revel in seeing our players give their all and remember the effort already given by our brothers and sisters in uniform. However, that opportunity nearly disappeared, was nearly drowned by — of all things — Gamecock fans themselves. In our zeal and excitement, we gave in more to taunts rather than cheers, insults rather than support for our Michael own players. Of course, I’ve Lambert First-year been right there booing our comparative opposing team at every game. literature But the desire to jeer overcame student everything for Gamecock fans in the student section. The taunting itself was not the problem so much as the timing. I remember distinctly students trying to yell insults at the Florida team while one of our own players was injured on the field. They were quickly silenced by other students, but the damage was done. Some even tried to boo members of the Florida team as they passed during the
halftime performance, something I couldn’t begin to fathom at the time, and still can’t. A friend of mine put it nicely: “So much for American brotherhood. Now let’s go back to hating Florida.” I’m not saying we should have made the Florida team our best friend. Far from it. What I’m saying is that negativity does not win ball games. Do you think Tim Tebow honestly cares what you scream at him? Is your strategy for a Carolina win to make an award-winning quarterback have a nervous breakdown? If so, you need to get your priorities straight. Our players needed every screaming voice they could, a constant reminder that the Gamecock nation was behind them every step of the way. As much as this state’s reputation has been hurt this past year, there’s no need to make it any worse. As college students, we represent the best and brightest of what this state will someday offer the world. Perhaps that’s too idealistic, too reminiscent of the speeches your parents gave you when you did something embarrassing. But we are the future; we are the hopes of our parents, our families and our mentors. This is not the way to act when we come together — whether for a football game or otherwise. Another friend — who sat near the Florida section — overheard their fans saying how poorly the Gamecocks were acting, how embarrassed we should be. Told to be embarrassed by the Florida fans? Have you seen their colors? We all get caught up in the heat of the moment, drawn in by the wildness that sports often bring out in us. But we are better than what we were last night. It’s time that we proved it.
Suspects should stand trial in New York City No real danger in bringing men to US to be tried in civilian court; great chance to re-establish justice So President Obama has decided to send the men suspected of plotting the Sept. 11 attacks to New York City to be tried in a civilian court? Bring em’ on. Many are worried that bringing these men here and trying them a mere blocks from Ground Zero is a threat to the United States. They say it’s an insult to the 3,000 that died in the attacks. They think that terrorists will attack in protest. These people need to take a chill pill — just as long as they didn’t get that chill pill crushed up in an anonymous envelope. This is just like the debate, which flared up not too long ago and is still smoldering, over where Guantanamo detainees should be transferred when the base closes. Many Americans feared placing them
in a supermax prison here in the United States. Well, no one has ever escaped from a supermax prison, but Harold and Kumar escaped from Guantanamo Bay. Seems like the supermax is the safer option. We did some bad stuff in Guantanamo. We did a little waterboarding, a touch of wall stapling, a hint of invasive laser lobotomies — wait, that wasn’t declassified yet. Basically, we need to prove to the world that we are still a just and lawful society, according to Geneva (Get it, like the Geneva Accords, ha ha ... ha ha ... ha ... I’m dying on the inside). So is it worth endangering our nation to prove to the world that we Ryan are still America? No, but endangering Quinn America isn’t an issue here. These Second-year suspects aren’t going to be able take print journalism a breath without permission from student security. In fact, the biggest danger will be from New Yorkers killing the
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suspects. That’s a real possibility, one that neither me nor anyone else cares about. Bringing the suspects back to the scene of the crime is symbolic and fitting. Have them come to the greatest city on Earth. Have them look at what they did. Have them see the real faces of the real people whose friends and family they killed, and have them realize that we are all people, no matter our ethnicities or beliefs. Have them see that we are still thriving. If they see and still are not sorry, interview them about it and use it in court. If they are to be executed, they should be executed here. Some say they are military criminals and should be tried in a military court. But by calling them such, and by using phrases like the “War on Terror,” we are making them out to be warriors for their cause. Instead we should label them as mere murderers and try them in civilian courts, thus denouncing their religious war as a simple criminal act. Plus, some of these men could be innocent. Or we could just drop them off in the Bronx.
It’s time to start planning for next semester already. Advisement appointments and registration days are already in progress. Even t hough most of us are stressing over just getting finished with this semester, we have to make sure that we set ourselves up for success in the spring. This is my first semester at USC and I can say that I overest i mated my selfmotivation. I scheduled my classes back-to-back starting at eight i n t he mor n i ng, including Friday classes. Even though I have had to make this schedule work for me, it was not the best schedule for myself. I have found that many other students made the same mistake. The first thing you need to do while signing up for classes is to be realistic. Are you a morning person? If so, get t i ng up at seven to be in class at eight s h o u l d n’t b e a problem. How e v e r, i f Jessica you are a night Hardin owl a nd st ay Second-year up to the wee print journalism hou r s of t he student m o r n i n g, a n ea rly mor n i ng cla s s ju st doesn’t seem plausible. I k now the thought process behind signing up for early morning classes: get the day started early, knock school out first thing, and then have the rest of the day to work or participate in other activities. I had the same thoughts myself. However, because I am not a morning person, I just set myself up for failure. Another important part of your spring semester is taking classes that are required for your major. I know this seems obv ious but you wouldn’t believe the amount of people I he a r say t he y t hought they needed HIST111 and HIST112 when they only needed one or the other. Make sure what you are taking is what you need. If not, you are wasting your time and your money. Advisement sessions are there for this specific reason. If you aren’t sure exactly what is required, ask your advisor for a list. S c he d u le y ou r c l a s s e s around your extracurricular activities. If you know you will be playing an intramural sport on Tuesday nights, you don’t want to schedule a lab for the same night. College is a balance of work and play. Everyone needs an outlet. So ensure success by watching out for work and play scheduling conflicts. Spring semester may seem far away, but remember that this is your time to set yourself up for success.
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009
‘Radium Girls’ tells tale of injustice Play based on true story of workers’ fight for compensation resounds with emotion Maddy Alford
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Radium Girls ★ ★ ★ ★ out of ✩✩✩✩✩
Director: Shanga Parker Run Time: 2 hours Remaining Shows: Nov. 18, 19, 20 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $16 general public, $10 students Purchasing Information: (803) 777-2551 Audiences at Longstreet Theatre last Friday were taken on an emotional ride with a young factory worker fighting for worker’s compensation as they viewed the opening of guest director Shanga Parker’s direction of D.W. Gregory’s “Radium Girls.” The premise of the play is the true-life story of 1920s factory girls like Grace Fryer, played by Katie Krueger, a second-year MFA acting student, that were knowingly poisoned by the U.S. Radium Corporation. The women, who painted watch dials with glowing paint containing radium, were told to sharpen their brushes by licking them. These workers quickly fell ill with a mysterious disease of the jaw and had to fight for their compensation from the company, which refused to admit responsibility for their employees’ plight. The life and death subject matter of the performance is enough to grab the attention of any audience member. Krueger, who convincingly plays the hardworking, innocent Grace, is easily heart-winning and genuine. Other standout performances include that of two second-year MFA acting students, Lin Ying’s quirky Kathryn and Daniel Hill’s idealistic Mr. Roeder. The entire cast is expertly matched to extremely fitting parts. The show was written for a cast of nine or 10, with the intention of most members playing multiple parts. However, the effect came off as slightly confusing when the
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Second-year MFA acting students LaToya Codner, Katie Krueger and Lin Ying star in D.W. Gregory’s “Radium Girls.” same actors reappeared onstage in different roles with little costume differentiation. The show moves at an energetic pace, despite the heavy subject material. Quick and frequent scene changes move the audience from fights, to scandals, to secrets. There is a good contrast between the harsh scenes in the office, where the company’s fi nancial bottom line is the motivation, and the intimate scenes in the Fryers’ home, where Grace’s health is the motivation. It is easy for the audience to sympathize with the poor
factory girls, and by the intermission, the audience badly wants Grace to triumph over the selfish U.S. Radium Corporation. Comic relief comes periodically in the form of two busybody reporters competing for the latest headlines about the radium scandal. The audience also laughs over the sexual innuendos between Grace and her male suitor (played by Ryan Krause, also a second-year MFA acting student) and gossip amongst the factory girls about a coworker contracting syphilis. The minimalistic set on the arena stage allows the focus to remain on the character’s struggles and deep feelings. The creative use of sliding, see-through screens mimics walls and windows, and a few chairs and tables are the only other necessities for the set. The lighting designers effectively block off areas of the stage with darkness and project “windows” of light onto the hanging screens. Perhaps the most exciting theatrical aspect of the show is Grace’s dream scene, where surreal choreography, flashing lights, wicked laughter and ticking clocks work together to evoke the unsettling feeling of an eerie nightmare. This scene showcases the teamwork of the lighting, set and sound designers as well as the cast. Theatre South Carolina is proud to have special guest Shanga Parker direct “Radium Girls.” Parker, whose TV credits include “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Family Matters” and “Married ...With Children,” heads the BA program at the University of Washington School of Drama. His extensive acting and directing experience clearly shines through as an asset for USC’s budding theater hopefuls. “Radium Girls” is a powerful story that leaves audiences with a soft spot for injustice against the working class. Its emotion and despair capture the audience for the two-hour duration, as they get swept up in the characters’ trials. For those that would like to see entertainment with more lasting moral and emotional impact than the latest box-office fluff, consider “Radium Girls” for an engrossing evening well spent at the theatre. “Radium Girls” will be at Longstreet Theatre until Nov. 22. Tickets are $16 for the public and $10 for students. Show times are Nov. 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.cas. sc.edu/thea.
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‘Way We Get By’ tackles humanity, American spirit Emotional film tracks senior citizens’ tribute to returning soldiers Jimmy Gilmore STAFF WRITER
The Way We Get By NOW IN THEATERS ★ ★ ★ ★ out of ✩✩✩✩✩
Director: Aron Gaudet Starring: William Knight, Joan Gaudet, Gerald Mundy Run Time: 84 minutes Producer: Gita Pullapilly Playing: Nickelodeon Theatre, through Nov. 17 Documentary filmmaker Aron Gaudet’s first feature, “The Way We Get By” is a small, poignant film that is stunning in its heartbreaking simplicity. It is a film about basic human kindness and small acts that speak great depths, but also about the tragedy of our existence and the fragility of life. In Bangor, Maine, three senior citizen, including two veterans of the armed forces and the wife of a late veteran, voluntarily place themselves on call 24/7 to shake hands with all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who pass through their airport. Though all three are over 70 years old, they have personally thanked over 900,000 troops since 2003. Gaudet’s f ilm is ver y simply composed. He follows his three subjects — Joan Gaudet, William K night and Gerald Mu ndy — around airport terminals wit h appropr iate d ist a nce. A lway s
holding back and observing the action rather than infiltrating it, he films troops as they telephone their parents and loved ones. I nterspersed bet ween t hese segments are solemn reflections by the three citizens of their own lives and the pains of their mortality. Gaudet follows them around their homes as they try to find happiness while filled with the knowledge that their own deaths are perhaps too close for comfort. He provides us with vignettes of them doing things as mundane as shaving, playing with their dogs and donning their own uniforms for a Bangor parade, although the director’s visual modesty makes each of these events seem important and powerful. The three speak candidly and frankly, telling wonderful stories of their lives and unexpectedly slipping into small and poetic ruminations on the fragile tension between life and death. “The Way We Get By” is a f ilm caut iously poised arou nd gateways. The airport terminal that structures the film is merely the most concrete and accessible, for through it we witness the journey overseas of courageous individuals and the warm returns of soldiers who are overwhelmingly thankful for a simple handshake. The film is not “about” war, nor is it necessarily “about” patriotism. Yes, those are major themes, but filmmaker Gaudet has his camera far more focused on capturing humanity. In his three subjects, he has found marvelously moving portraits of citizens trying to keep their lives and spirits strong even as they recognize the impending twilight of their entire generation. This focus makes up the film’s other, far more sobering, gateway. T h a n k i n g s old ie r s f o r t he i r unflinching service is itself a form
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Aron Gaudet’s new documentary, “The Way We Get By,” follows William Knight, Joan Gaudet and Gerald Mundy, veterans who meet returning soldiers in airports to shake their hands and welcome them home. of unflinching service that, for these three, gives them a haven to escape from their perpetual worries and concerns. “The Way We Get By” hits the heart like a gigantic hug. In a time of cynicism and political outrage, where each side of the spectrum is wrapped up in concerns about what is “best” for America, Gaudet’s film reminds of the potential of the American spirit. What Gaudet lacks in technical prowess as a filmmaker, he makes up for in unashamed emotion. Always heartfelt yet rarely sappy, “The Way We Get By” is an affecting footnote of a film, exemplary in its depiction of soldiers returning from war and of citizens trying to honor them. Though it is completely contained in the lives of its three subjects, Gaudet’s film seems to nag at a somber subtext for our society as a whole: why can’t more of us find this kind of selfless compassion? Photo by Sean Carnell
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Documentary director Aron Gaudet uses vignettes of everyday life to showcase humanity and a range of emotion in his new feature film.
‘FARTING FIRES’ FULL OF RAW, ABSTRACT POETRY Blackburn’s self-published collections hit highs, lows Katie Crocker
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“Farting Fire” and “Female Human Whispers” BY JUSTIN BLACKBURN ★ ★ ★ out of ✩✩✩✩✩ Justin Blackburn, a former University of South Carolina student and poet, has self-published two small poetry books over the last year. “Farting Fire,” which was his first poetry book, and “Female Human W hispers” focused on homeless men, learning about women and ever ything Courtesy of Justin Blackburn in between. While the titles may catch a person off guard, there are some rather Former USC student Justin Blackburn has intriguing pieces of poetry, such as the one released two poetry books in the past year. in “Farting Fire” titled “As my Pain Waits to Die,” in which pain is personified as a himself, yet wanting to have sex with a slouching roommate that you cannot get girl and fi nding it difficult to accomplish. rid of, and as much you hate him, you feel The poem’s lyrical quality is one of the jealous as soon as he moves on to someone better of the two books, where the poem else. Many of the poems do not follow portrays a man torn between satisfying any particular rhyme scheme or rhythmic his primeval urges and yet retaining his outline like those typically taught in most dignity, while coming to terms with self and accepting others as they are, even high school English courses. Blackburn’s poems contain a certain raw when they hurt you. The poem beckons quality that has the power to make readers readers to question everything we know wrinkle their noses and curl their toes at about ourselves, asking if we could do what suggestions, and the occasional curse word a savior does. As it often is with critics and poetry, thrown in for some shock value. Some of the poems do not even make sense, such as who can really determine what is good? “Daddy Says Jesus was a Carpenter” from When you fi rst pick up a book, do you do the book “Female Human Whispers.” In anything more than glance at the cover it, the first line talks about attending a and read a few pages before you set it Ku Klux Klan rally and then the speaker down again? It is the same with a book of claims “he was dressed as an apricot.” poems — you choose a few that you may Deeper symbolism seems to be missing. find interesting without much thought. Why would you go dressed as an apricot? Keep in mind the rating given; while some Is the speaker trying to suggest that they of the poems are perhaps the worst you were of a different color, or that they were will ever read, there are those that stand perhaps standing out at the meeting? Or, out and actually have a deeper meaning to maybe the author is trying to insert a line them. Test the boundaries of your comfort just so he can move on to the next line of levels as you begin to delve deeper into the conscious that is self and enjoy these the poem. Another poem from the book “Farting poems. Fire,” “My Savior,” talks about a young man’s problem w it h being an outcast Comments on this story? of societ y and being comfortable with E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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FLORIDA (10-0) 24
USC falls short of history Fourth quarter interception ends Carolina’s upset bid James Kratch
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His head buried in his hands, Steve Spurrier’s reaction said it all. After Florida defensive end Justin Trattou picked off Stephen Garcia’s third-and-3 pass on the first play of the fourth quarter, the South Carolina head coach hunched over in anguish, signaling the reality — his team’s chance at an upset had gone up in smoke. “We were in position there to maybe tie it up, and obviously one play seemed to doom us,” Spurrier said. Tr at t ou’s i nt er c e pt io n a nd subsequent 53-yard return was the turning point Saturday night, as USC (6-5, 3-5) fell to No. 1 Florida (10-0, 8-0) 24-14. “It’s tough losing the way we did,” Garcia said. “We had them.” On t he U F 21-ya rd l i ne, it appeared Carolina would at least get a field goal and a 17-17 tie. Instead, it found itself frantically chasing down Trattou to its own 25-yard line. “We were trying to throw it to [ Jason Barnes] on the right, but Stephen thought he saw something on the left with Moe [Brown] there. I don’t even know if Moe was looking, to tell you the truth,” Spurrier said. “They got the ricochet. That was not exactly what we were trying to do.” Reading t he defense, Garcia checked down and threw at Brown. The throw hit off a Gator and into Trattou’s hand. “It was intended to be a slant on [the right] side, but I saw there was inside leverage. I decided to play
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A dejected Stephen Garcia speaks with UF coach Urban Meyer after Saturday’s game. USC lost, 24-14. the left side. I don’t know if [Brown] wasn’t looking or I wasn’t ready for it, but that play changed the entire outcome of the game,” Garcia said. “It’s very, very hard for the team to regroup after that.” Brown wasn’t ready. Nor did the senior receiver shy away from responsibility. “No, I wasn’t,” Brown said when asked if he was expecting the ball. “It’s on me though. Ever y play you’re an eligible player. Garcia thought I was open and he slung it in there to me.” Unt i l t he n , a l l mome nt u m belonged to the Gamecocks after a slow start. When it took Florida qua r terback Ti m Tebow on ly five plays to engineer a score on the first drive of the game, hitting Riley Cooper on a 68-yard bullet, a blowout seemed likely. However, USC responded. Brian Maddox rumbling over the goalline from the 1-yard line on the next
drive for the tie. Florida came back and built up a 10-point lead, but Carolina embarked on an eight play, 65-yard drive late in the second quarter, ending when Garcia found Weslye Saunders in the corner of the endzone with 2:10 left in the half. “I definitely felt like we needed to make a play right there,” Saunders said. “We didn’t want to settle for a field goal.” The score held up going into the final period, in large part to a third-and-1 stop of Tebow in USC territory by the Gamecocks. As the clock ran down on the period, it appeared imminent that USC would tie or take the lead. “ We d e f i n i t e l y h a d t h e m o m e nt u m r i g ht b e f o r e t he interception,” Saunders said, “There was no doubt in my mind we were going to go out there and score.” T he y d id n’t . A f t er t he interception, it took Tebow less than
90 seconds to take Florida to the end zone, his keeper from the 1-yard line sealing the win. USC got the ball back, but any sort of rally proved too daunting. “There was some time left, but they stuffed us,” Spurrier said. “We were not good enough to pass-block those guys.” In the end, it was more bitter disappointment for USC, as its losing streak extended to three games, with only a meeting with archrival Clemson in two weeks left to try and stop a late-season tailspin. Aggressive all night, Carolina came to win, and had its shot at an upset. A shot that, in a matter of seconds, was gone. “I’m sick right now. It’s hard for me to talk to y’all right now,” Brown said. “This one hurts. Bad.” Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Defense impresses against top-flight Florida offense Heisman winner Tebow has average day, save first quarter touchdown pass to Cooper Ryan Velasquez
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After a pair of lackluster performances in its previous two games, the South Carolina defense that made headlines earlier this season finally reappeared Saturday evening against No. 1 Florida. Facing one of the nation’s best offenses and arguably the best player in college football, the Gamecocks certainly held their own in a losing effort. Coming into the game averaging 438.7 yards per game, the Gators were held to just 339, with most of them coming on a 68-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tim Tebow to receiver Riley Cooper in the first quarter. “I was proud of the effort,” assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson said. “Obviously, [the Carolina defense] have really got something to them. To have as little age experience as we do, they really fought hard.” Despite being battered with injuries, Carolina’s defensive line made Florida’s night far more difficult than many expected. Led by a stellar performance from junior Clifton Geathers, the
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The USC defense responds after stopping Florida on third down in the second half. Gamecocks totaled two sacks, three quarterback hurries and eight tackles for loss. “This was a very emotional game,” Geathers said. “Everybody went out there trying to play their best and looking to show their capability to make big plays.” Adding to the defensive line’s strong showing was t he ret urn of junior Clif f Matt hews.
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Freshman forward Dani Henry handles the ball during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Rutgers. USC advanced to Sweet 16 for the first time ever.
the goal, Jacobs extended her tournament scoring streak to three games. “Christine and Maria both played great balls,” Jacobs said. “I knew I was close to the goal, saw an open net and just took a shot.” The second half saw more close calls for both teams, but the closest came in the game’s final minute. With 26 seconds remaining, Patton made a diving save on a Rutgers header, securing the 1-0 victory and pushing the Gamecocks past the Scarlet Knights. “I really just reacted pretty quickly and got the ball, thankfully,” Patton said. “I hadn’t been tested the whole half and being tested
Recovering from a sprained shoulder, Matthews provided a steady presence for the Gamecocks, recording two tackles and one sack in limited playing time. “We knew we had him available, we just didn’t know whether or not to play him,” Johnson said. “He hadn’t tested his shoulder much in practice but he’s fine. He played well.” W hat really changed t he game was t he Gamecocks’ ability to stop Florida on third and fourth down. Entering the game with the SEC’s No. 1 third down percentage, the Gators only managed to convert on five of 14 attempts, and on a critical fourth-and-1 play from Carolina’s 28-yard line in the third quarter, Tebow’s usually effective quarterback keeper was stuffed by senior linebacker Eric Norwood. “We feel good about the way we played tonight, but we know that we can play better,” Norwood said. “We played well at times but we’re still not satisfied with where we are.” Looking ahead to their annual showdown with the Clemson Tigers on Nov. 28, the Gamecocks will need a similar performance from their defense if they are to end the season with a victory. “We’re going to play even harder for the Clemson game,” Geathers said. “No doubt about it.” Comments on this story? E-mail email@example.com
in the last 20 seconds, I was just happy to grab it and get it out of bounds as quickly as possible.” As the tournament rolls on, Carolina will look to continue their impressive run when they face Wake Forest in the third round of the tournament next weekend. “Wake Forest is always good and one of the best in the ACC,” Smith said. “They have a much stronger history in their program than we do, but that’s not something we’re looking at. We’re confident that we can beat anybody on a given night.” Comments on this story? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
USC faithful must shake oﬀ defeatist view As I sat in Florida’s postgame press conference, UF coach Urban Meyer had a ver y interest ing comment on defensive end Justin Trattou’s interception of USC quarterback Stephen Garcia to start the fourth quarter. W i t h t h e Gamecocks driving w it h less t ha n 15 m i nutes to play and down by only a field goal, Trattou reached up and Chris Cox grabbed a deflected pass, rumbling all Fourth-year print journalism the way down from student Florida’s own 21-yard line to USC’s 26. “It’s almost like expected to make a play,” Meyer said. “I don’t know myself, our team does. When they line up to punt in that 50-yard area, you expect it to be downed inside the 10. That’s good football.” Cornerback Joe Haden echoed those sentiments. “It doesn’t matter if the other team has it on the 1-yard line, the 2-yard line, wherever. We feel like the next play is our play,” he told ESPN.com’s Chris Low. And that, folks, is the difference bet ween a championship team like Florida and a team like South Carolina. Me yer a nd h i s tea m s , a nd Florida fans, expect to make gamechanging plays. No matter the circumstances, the Gator faithful know that in the end someone on their team will change the entire outlook of a game. South Carolina fans hope to make a great play. They expect the worse. I’m cer t a i n ly not acc u si ng the Gamecock football team of believing such things, but the majority of USC fans are guilty of it. Does that translate to wins by the team? No. The Gators have won 20 straight because of unbelievable talent. But coaches, fans and players belief in each other can’t hurt either. As Garcia and Co. were driving down the field toward the end of the third quarter trying to tie or take the lead against the No. 1 team in the country, I wonder how many fans were expecting their team to find a way to blow it? If those few fans didn’t expect that, would the pick not have been thrown? Probably not. But in the future, belief in the Gamecocks won’t hurt. That became apparent t h is week, when sophomore cornerback Akeem Auguste made an interesting remark on the support of his team. “I don’t k now who out side [doesn’t believe in us], but inside us, we believe,” Auguste said. I realize that in order to get support, the Gamecocks have to show that they can do something besides lose down the stretch. But Carolina faithful have to try their best to support the team. If G amecock fans want t he big-time recruits, quit giving up. Don’t get on the message boards and complain about the mediocre history. Recruits see that, believe me. Let’s be frank. The majority of the upper deck in two weeks will be predominantly Clemson fans. So if you want to beat the likely ACC Atlantic champions at home in a practically must-win game, don’t let a big play suck the air out of the stadium. D o n’t g i v e u p . A s f o r me r quarterback Todd Ellis said this week, “we’ve got to stop this selfdefeating prophecy that we have. We talk ourselves into late-year slides.” As much as a three-game skid doesn’t show it, the players won’t give up, either.