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Kenny Miles shot in Irmo

Music instructor Robert Pruzin dies after long illness

Former Gamecock running back expected to be released today Thad Moore


Associate dean leaves lasting legacy Amanda Coyne


A “virtuoso” French horn player and former marine, Robert Pruzin was a strong presence in USC’s School of Music. As the school’s associate dean and director of undergraduate studies, he advised every incoming fi rst-year music student for 15 years. For 35 years, he taught every horn student who came t hrough t he School of Music. He planned to retire in May after 36 years at USC. On Oct. 29, Pruzin died at the age of 66 after a long illness. At his Friday morning funeral, a horn choir of 15 current students and 15 alumni played Pruzin off in Trinity Cathedral. “ T he Sc hool of Mu sic is i n a profound state of grief over this,” Dean Tayloe Harding said. “He touched everybody here.” The 6-foot-3-inch veteran was “a commanding presence,” Harding said. He was disciplined from his military service and was known to be stern yet compassionate with students. “He had a hard exterior, but with marshmallow on the inside,” said Paula Riddle, a former student and current music instructor at Furman University. “That’s what surprised people a lot, because they saw his intense side in the work environment, but there were moments when he was kind and caring and compassionate.” Pruzin used that balance to demand the best from his students, Harding PRUZIN • 3

Robert Pruzin June 17, 1947 – Oct. 29, 2013


Former South Carolina running back Kenny Miles amassed 1,341 career yards. He was shot Monday in Irmo.

Former Gamecocks running back Kenny Miles was shot Monday afternoon in Irmo, police said. Miles’ condition was stable Monday evening, and his injuries were no longer considered life-threatening, said Sgt. Curtis Wilson, spokesman for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. “That’s a good sign,” Wilson said. He had been listed in critical condition when he was taken to the hospital shortly after 1 p.m. The shooter was trying to rob Miles outside in a business park on Centrum Drive in Irmo, just off Broad River Road, Wilson said. Miles was hit in his forearm and spent Monday night in the hospital so doctors could observe him, USC Athletics said in a release. He is expected to be released today. The circumstances leading to the shooting weren’t known Monday afternoon, Wilson said. USC team doctor Jeff Guy said Monday that Miles is expected to be released from the hospital today. Miles graduated from USC in May after picking up 1,341 yards and five touchdowns in his four-year career, including two in South Carolina’s Capital One Bowl win over Nebraska in January 2012. DG

Famously fit USC ranked No. 26 fittest college by Active Times amenities. In addition to ranking “among the best of the best,” Strom also has student-friendly hours of 6 a.m. to midnight on weekdays. The university also offers fitness opportunities for students at the Solomon Blatt Physical Educations Center and the tennis courts on Blossom Street. Kim Dozier, assistant director of campus recreation, did not respond to multiple requests for an interview w it h T he Da i l y G a me co c k on Monday. Many USC students say fitness is somet h ing ver y important to t hem and believe t hat t here are many different aspects that go into achieving their fitness goals. Bei ng f it is about “a hea lt hy lifestyle, not just losing weight or anything, but making it a full circle,” said Erin Washington, a fourth-year retail management student. S ome s t ude nt s u s e t he USC

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he 192,00 square-foot gym USC students know as the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, with its long list of impressive amenities, is not just for show. USC ranked 26th on The Active Ti me s’ l ist of “ T he 50 Fit te st Colleges in America,” which judged colleges based on f itness, health and wellness aspects. Important categories of evaluation included athletic facilities and team sports participation, campus eateries and overall quality of student life. The Active Times called USC “a no-bones-about-it sports school.” Specifically, The Active Times was impressed by the Strom facility at USC, with its 52-foot climbing wall, two pools, large gym space, cardio weightlift ing decks and outdoor

Technology, aging intersect Fozard: Environment changes how people age Sarah Ellis



Video gaming skills didn’t come easily for James Fozard. After all, as a product of the 1930s, the technology available to him during his formative years was no more advanced than the rotary telephone. He watched his first television program at the age of 1. So playing car-racing video games with his young grandson was not easy. “Grandpa, you’re not very smart,” the child would tell his grandfather, an accomplished scholar of gerontechnolog y who studies the relat ionsh ip bet ween ag i ng a nd technology. But when the family invested in a Wii, Fozard says he was more

able to adapt to the technology. He could control the games by using natural body movements he was used to, and his grandson had to admit, “Grandpa, you’re not so dumb after all.” Wii video game technology helped Fozard connect with his grandson. A nd Fozard predicts that similar adventure-style gaming technology w i l l play a n i nc rea si ng role i n helping older people adapt to the aging process. “Gamification,” or the way gaming technolog y is used for education, health, work and communications, is one example of the intersection of technology and aging that has an increasing impact on generations liv ing longer in a n age of rapid technological development. “There’s no question that this is one of the fastest-growing areas of technolog y,” Fozard said. “If you are looking for new ways to explore technolog y, this would be a good


career choice.” Fo z a r d s p ok e Mo nd a y ab out how longer lives and technolog y are changing the way people live. This was the first of two lectures sp on sored by t he I n st it ut e for Visiting Scholars Program and the College of Social Work. For the first time in history, Fozard said, the old-age end of the world population spectrum is increasing faster than the younger end. A nd cha nge s i n t he env i ron ment — including technology — can actually change the way people age, he said. “I’m interested in studying and helping understand the interplay between how I’ve aged over the past 80 years and how you’ll age over the next 60,” Fozard said in an interview w it h The Da ily G amecock . “ You r ag i ng w i l l be qu ite a bit different than mine because of the environment in which one ages.” AGING • 3




USC alumna and budding country music star Janie Metts is back in town after finishing a new music video.

The South Carolina men’s basketball team defeated USC-Aiken 82-74 Sunday in an exhibition game.

Editorial Board: USC’s efforts to encourage health has made it No. 26 on a list of fittest colleges.



exercise facilities in order to maintain the level of exercise they had before they started college. “It’s really important for me to stay healthy while I’m in college because I played a lot of sports in high school and I don’t play them here, so it’s good for me to stay in shape,” said Leah Phillips, a first-year exercise science student. Other students work out in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The food students eat plays a big part of their perspective on staying in shape. “I think it’s important to stay in shape while you’re in college because the food here isn’t necessarily as good as it would be at home, and it’s important to stay healthy,” said Cole Kynoch, a first-year business student. Jo e R u o t o l o , a s e c o n d - y e a r marketing and management student, said USC is helps students achieve FITNESS • 3

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Columbia police officer Pygmy sperm whale dies charged with DUI off Hunting Island shore A City of Columbia Police Department officer was charged with driving under the influence at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, according to The State. The officer, 30-year-old Joshua White, had been assigned to the North Region and was stopped by the Traffic Safety Unit at the intersection of Huger and Whaley Streets for erratically driving a green GMC vehicle, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. During the traffic stop, White showed his driver’s license, proof of insurance and City of Columbia Police Department identification. According to Richland county Sheriff Leon Lott, White was brought to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center for processing and has been suspended without pay. — Hannah Jeffrey, Assistant News Editor

According to federal officials, a pygmy sperm whale died after being found in Beaufort County, just off the shore of Hunting Island, WIS reported. A marine biologist said the whale had been spotted in a marsh area on Sunday, according to the Island Packet of Hilton Head Island. Jessica Conway of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the whale was alive prior to becoming stuck in an oyster bed. Conway said that after the tide fell, the whale died. The cause of the whale’s death has not yet been determined. According to Al Segar of the state Department of Natural Resources, a different pygmy sperm whale was found beached on Hilton Head Island at the end of last month. — Hannah Jeffrey, Assistant News Editor

Mother to be tried for deaths of 4 children The state attorney general’s office will prosecute the case of the South Carolina mother charged following the deaths of her four children in a fire last April, according to WIS. Hope Hawk ins, 21, will face four counts of homicide by child abuse and illegal conduct toward a child. Prosecutor Will Rogers requested that the case be prosecuted by the attorney general’s office, as Rogers said he has potential conflicts of interest with those involved, the Morning News of Florence reported. According to authorities, Hawkins left her children at home alone. The children ranged from 10 months to four years in age. Hawkins claimed she was in the yard outside the house when the fire started. — Hannah Jeffrey, Assistant News Editor

The blotter comes from police reports released by the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety and doesn’t include crimes reported by city or county law enforcement.

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— An officer was dispatched to a call box near the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center around 9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 in reference to an indecent exposure. Four people told the officer that a light-skinned black ma le was wa l k i ng beh i nd t hem shortly before. W hen t hey stepped to the side to let him pass, the man stepped in front of them, unzipped his pants and began to masturbate in front of them. The victims screamed and ran to the call box. The man did not appear to react to their screaming and walked away. No crime alert was posted about this incident. — Ea rly on t he mor n i ng of Oct. 27, an off icer saw a st udent almost fall into t he bushes near Russell House. The officer called an ambulance and approached the student. The student said he had been drinking in Five Points and took a shuttle back to his room. The student provided the officer with

his ID, which confi rmed he was of legal drinking age. The student told a paramedic he had vomited before getting on the shuttle. He elected to go to the hospital. — A n of f icer wa s d ispatched to South Tower in reference to a resident vomiting late on the night of Oct. 25. The woman told t he officer she ate a “weed cookie” and she believed that was what made her vomit. Three other residents said they ate the “weed cook ies” as well. All four were transported to Pa l met to Hea lt h Bapt ist for ob s er v at ion a nd g i ve n s t ude nt discipline citations. — Compiled by Amanda Coyne, News Editor Briefs don’t include every incident from the last week, and suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Information could change as investigations continue.

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PRUZIN • Continued from 1 said. He approached each musician with the same expectation: that they succeed under his tutelage. “A lot of music faculty around the country who have high standards want students to fail to show how elite they are. Pruzin wasn’t like that,” Harding said. “We value the success of ever y student we take because of Bob Pruzin.” But while Pruzin wanted all of his students to succeed, he still held them all to the same high standard, according to Riddle, who graduated from the School of Music in 1994. She returned for graduate studies in 1999 and worked with Pruzin as a teaching assistant. Now a music i nst r uc tor at Fu r ma n, she sa id Pruzin’s teaching style was pivotal in developing hers. “There are some students who need that kick in the pants, and he was very willing to give that kick in the pants when they needed it,” Riddle said. “He was very flexible in how he approached each student, but at the same time, he had the same expectations for everybody.” The result of this flexible teaching approach is the best group of students and alumni the School of Music has ever produced, Harding said. Many of Pruzin’s former students played alongside him in the South Carolina Philharmonic, where he was principal horn for 33 years. “He certainly was an amazing, expressive player,” said Riddle, who still plays in the orchestra. “Sitting next to him and hearing this beautiful way of expressing pieces, you could

AGING • Continued from 1 The key to technology’s role in aging is not to prevent aging, but to help people age more gracefully, Fozard said. “ Tech nolog y ha s done a n enormous amount to help us monitor and understand how to help m a i nt a i n a he a lt hy lifestyle,” he said in his lecture. As examples of graceful-aging technologies, Sue Levkoff, an endowed chair in the College

hear he had a really intuitive way of expressing musical style.” But his students’ success was not lim ited to one orchest ra. Many band directors, music teachers and professional performers across the state and the country learned from Pruzin for their four years at USC. For many students, his influence stretched far beyond that. “He never really stopped being my teacher and my mentor. He never lost touch with his students,” Riddle said. “I went to him often once I was a professional and asked him for advice, and he was always happy and willing to give it when it was needed. I can’t say that for too many other professors.” Pruzin’s legacy will live on in the musicians he taught, Harding said, but the place he leaves in the School of Music will be very difficult to fill. “ T he g reate st t ragedy of h is passing is not that those who’ve known him and worked with him are grieving, but that all these students who have yet to come through the music school will not learn from him,” Harding said. Pruzin is survived by his wife Mary Ann and children Jason Pruzin of Milwaukee, Wisc.; Rachel Pruzin of Charleston; John Banks of Columbia; Emily Banks Riegel of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Scott A lan Clear y and Ellie R iegel of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; and his goddaughters Luc y a nd Grac ie Kisner-Drennan of Columbia and their family.

of Social Work whose research interests focus on t he ag ing population, pointed to the use of robotics and apps geared toward helping people “age in place.” “Our worst fear is to go into a nursing home and die in a nursing home,” Levkoff said. “A nd so t he tech nolog ies of today a re t r y i ng to develop t hings like smart homes and sma r t env i ron ment s so t hat people can age in place in their homes and environments and



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Students exercise at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center. Notable fitness facilities earned USC a No. 26 ranking on the list of “The 50 Fittest Colleges in America.” FITNESS • Cont. from 1 t heir goals for al laround health, “whether t hat be ca rd io a nd everything, eating right or lifting weights.” “The gym is definitely probably the best one I ’ v e e v e r b e e n t o ,” Ruotolo said. St udent s sa id t hey believe that if fitness is a goal that students have, it is possible to achieve it at USC. “ To me , f it ne s s i s feeling sat isf ied wit h your body image

com mu n it ie s where t he y ’re comfortable.” A scholar on aging visiting from the Universit y of South Florida, Fozard will speak again next Monday about technology and aging. A nd in the spring, he’ll lead a series of workshops helping st udents and facult y develop local project s using technology to modify the aging process.

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University does well to support healthy habits ISSUE USC was ranked the No. 26 fittest college in the nation by The Active Times. OUR STANCE The university deserves the distinction. Chicken Finger Wednesday not withstanding, USC is apparently pretty healthy. The university was recently ranked as the No. 26 fittest college in the nation b y T he A c t i ve Ti me s . T he award is judged based on fitness, health and wellness, and included evaluation of athletic facilities, team sports participation, campus eateries and overall qualit y of student life. It’s not hard to see t hat in general, fitness is important on

our campus. Dodging joggers and bikers has become a sport of its own for students trying to make it to class, and finding an open workout machine during Strom’s peak hours is almost always a lost cause. Healthy eating has become a focus for students on campus, too, as Carolina Dining has continued

“Establishing healthy habits in college can keep up healthy on into adulthood, too, and USC is doing a great job of supporting the development of those habits.”

add i ng hea lt h ier opt ion s to campus eateries and has made a poi nt of post i ng nut r it ion informat ion for nearly ever y meal. Then there are the athletic f ac i l it ie s . For mer A t h let ic s Director Eric Hyman spea rheaded a $20 0 m i l l ion master plan for athletics that has revitalized the area near The Roost and, clearly, boosted the universit y’s reputation for its focus on athletics. Fitness is obviously important, especially since our country as a whole isn’t necessarily known for its health. Establishing healthy habits in college can keep us healthy on into adulthood, too, and USC is doing a great job of supporting the development of those habits.

TSA agents shouldn’t carry firearms More trained police a better option to keep airport patrons safe After a shooting at LAX Airport Friday that left two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers injured and one deceased, major discussion has begun regarding the option to arm TSA officers. While many people may regard this as a way to increase safety, arming TSA officers cou ld prove to do t he complete opposite by providing more possible threats for violence. Placing weapons in more hands in a highly public place automatically increases the inevitability for a dangerous situation. TSA officers are not trained to handle firearms and therefore could do as much damage Kathryn as good if presented with them. An Duggan even more precise t ype of firearm Fourth-year journalism skill is required for use in areas that student generate a substant ial amount of traffic. To provide this training to the thousands currently employed by the TSA would prove expensive and time consuming. Lack of proper

training could result in misfire, possible dispossession of weaponry into unlawful hands or even an irate worker resorting to gun violence. Shootings like this can occur in any public venue including airports, yet that does not mean that we should place weapons in the power of every person working in a public place. A safer and more viable option is to increase security by trained police officers. Police officers are selected and trained after careful screening and proving they are capable to possess and manage firearms for the sole purpose of public safet y; therefore, they should be the only ones using them. Security should be heightened in all areas of the airport, especially the entrances and before security lines. Security increased nationally after 9/11. We focus highly on the fear of what people might bring onto the plane. This incident proves that damage can also be done inside the airport. The TSA officers have the responsibilities that come with their job; those do not include weapon protection. The best way to work toward preventing any more injuries from occurring is to increase the police personnel who are there for the sole purpose of ensuring security and protecting travelers and workers alike from harm.

Saudi Arabian women brave to protest Restrictions on driving repressive, unnecessary Over t he weekend, a brave group of women in Saudi Arabia got behind the wheel to protest an unwritten rule prohibiting women from driving. Despite threats from law enforcement to ar rest a ny woma n who challenged the ban, more than 60 women participated, dozens of whom posted videos online to spread the message. Although few arrests were made, police did set up roadblocks to peer i nt o c a r s t o det er m i ne t he drivers’ genders. One woman was detained for driving around her neighborhood and forced to sign a pledge to never drive again. The women who participated i n t he protest shou ld be commended for protesting an

u njust r u le. W h ile it wou ld be u nt h i n k able for such rest rict ions to be placed on women in the U.S., their foreign counterparts aren’t always as fortunate. Driving is an activity t h at shou ld b e av a i l able to anyone who u nder s t a nd s t he r ules of t he road and demonstrates t hey ca n safely operate a vehicle. Prohibiting women f rom driv ing is Chad discrim inator y Brown and promotes the Second-year idea t hat women insurance and risk management a re i n fer ior a nd student incapable of making their own decisions. W hen asked, opponents of allowing women to drive made some very poor arguments. One

man said that women shouldn’t drive because they might get a flat tire, and then wouldn’t know what to do in such a situation. The same could be said about men, but nobody is proposing banning all people from driving simply because there’s a chance you’ll get a f lat t ire. This is because the benefits of driving far out weigh t he occasional problems that come along with it. In addition to driving, Saudi women are also banned from t ravel i ng abroad, open i ng a b a n k ac c ou nt a nd work i n g without the permission of a male relative. Such restrictions on women’s rights are repressive; however, the courage displayed by t he women ac t iv ist s last weekend should go a long way towards changing both attitudes and policy in the country.

Students should put down phones, make real friends Ubiquity of technology can deter in-person interaction R apid ex pa nsion of t he tech nolog ic a l development wit hin t he 21st cent ur y has given billions around the globe the ability to “plug in” to various mediums through various sources. According to a U.N. study, the number of people around the world who have access to a mobile phone outnumbers those who have access to a working toilet, by 2.5 billion people. The ability to connect the globe has allowed for ideas and thoughts to be shared and contemplated, leading to innovations and cult ural revolutions that generally have benefited mankind. However, there is an impact in our daily l ive s t hat come s f rom bei ng “plugged in.” Many of us use social media in our everyday lives to receive daily news, informat ion, encouragement and just about a ny t h i ng el se we requ i re i n our lives. However, t he everChris increasing amount of usage of Norberg social media in ou r lives can Fourth-year pre-pharmacy cause negative effects if not kept student in check. One problem that has arisen from being “connected” is a false sense of con nec t ion. Steven St rog at z of Cor nel l Universit y said, “The distinction between genuine friends and acquaintances is becoming blurred. Users are spending time maintaining relationships with people they don’t really care about.” We all k now one person who has 3,000-plus friends on Facebook and brags about how popular they are. But do they really have that many friends in real life? As suggested by Strogatz, we can become caught in the trap of investing time and energy to maintain many meaningless relationships rather than building few genuine friendships. In times of need, what is going to be more beneficial, 40 people who like a depressing song lyric Facebook status or several close friends who are willing to lend a helping hand? In conjunction with causing us to be “alone together,” social media can put a dent in our self-esteem and cause unhappiness. A study published by the University of Michigan has deemed Facebook the mirror and Twitter the megaphone of our lives. The study determined that a portion of college students and adults use social media for narcissistic purposes and to control the perception others have of them. But what if t hose self-esteem-boost ing endorphins aren’t met? Social media has the ability to undermine the way we feel about our lives. Feelings of envy from seeing how wonderful people portray their lives can cause feelings of misery and loneliness. Perhaps instead of sharing everything online, we could venture off into the real world and pick up new skills, develop hobbies and obtain new k nowledge. Then maybe this would allow us to engage in meaningful friendships and develop new, “real” friendships. Next time when walking around campus, not ice t he a mou nt of people t hat seem disconnected from their surroundings because their eyes are fi rmly glued to a screen. It is quite amusing how many of those people will walk right into you because they didn’t notice you. If you are one of those people, why don’t you stop tweeting for a moment? Give a stranger a smile, who knows, they could become your best friend one day.

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USC alumna looks to make it big in Nashville Janie Metts discusses trip to country music capital Caitlyn McGuire


lthough Janie Metts has been singing her whole life, her face lit up as she talked about her newest ventures in the music business. Only days after flying home from Nashville, Metts was overjoyed to sit outside among the familiar scenery of Five Points and talk about her trip. “We edited for my new music video while I was there,” Metts said. “I’m really excited about it. I can’t wait for it to be ready.” The Columbia nat ive and 2010 USC graduate could not stop smiling as she talked about how she worked with Quaver Music and the National Association for Music Education at the Nashville staples the Ryman and the Grand Ole Opry. The aspiring country artist has been traveling and spreading her music in order to launch the career she’s been tirelessly working on. Her busy schedule is familiar to her, though, as she spent her time at USC balancing school and music. Although she went to school for fashion merchandising, she knew her first passion was her music. “I k new when I was little that I wanted to be a singer,” Metts said. “I used to sing a lot with my mom all the time.” Before the alumna graduated, she spent time in between classes working jobs to pay for studio time and vocal lessons in hopes of pursuing a career in music. On top of her busy college schedule, Metts joined with a commercial vocal coach in Columbia to hone her style and record five-song demos. From t here she met w it h Noel Golden from the old Edwin McCain studio in Greenville to revamp her style a little more. Golden introduced her to Jan Smith, Atlanta-based vocal coach who has worked with big-name stars like Justin Bieber, Usher and Matchbox 20. With Smith’s guidance, Metts and Golden created a new demo feat uring “If You’re Gonna Love Me,” “Sunny,” and “Boo Hoo Hoo,” which are for sale on iTunes. A few years later, the same ambition she had throughout college is still there, helping her to burst into the country scene with her unique vocals and positive attitude, which includes a mix of her three singles. Keeping Columbia close to her heart, Fisher Films shot the music video right outside


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Janie Metts, an up-and-coming country singer and 2010 USC graduate, recently visited Nashville to edit her new music video.

“ I’ve always wanted to hear my song on the radio. ... That would be so amazing.” — Janie Metts campus lines at 701 Whaley St. The songs featured were all cowritten by Golden, but Metts said she loves to write her own music has been writing since she was a small child. “My dad would write down the lyrics and I’d scribble paintings to go with them,” she said. “We still have them upstairs in my house.” Although her desire to write and perform hasn’t faded in the least, her

writing process goes a little differently now. Metts said she gets inspiration for her original music from movies to old books to real-life events and even thoughts that pop in her head while in the shower. “I keep those bath crayons in the shower,” Metts confessed. “If an idea pops in my head in the bath or shower I can write down the song.” No matter how she comes up with

her country songs, Metts said she is prepared to continue on the country path no matter how hard it is. She said she plans on moving to Nashville sometime next year to perform and release more singles, but is even more anxious to cross one item off her musical bucket list. “I’ve always wanted to hear my song on the radio,” she said. “It’s been on local shows and stuff, but I just want a hit on the radio. That would just be so amazing.” For more f rom Met ts, like her Facebook fan page at janiemettsmusic, follow JanieMetts on Instagram and @janiemetts on Twitter. DG

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“Cutie and the Boxer” shows Ushio Shinohara making art by punching a blank canvas with paint-dipped boxing gloves.

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Japanese artist Ushio Shinohara announces at the beginning of the intimate documentary “Cutie and the Boxer” that he has turned 80. His wife, Noriko, also an artist, is more than 20 years younger than him. The two of them live in a small, cluttered apartment in New York with separate studio spaces. Ushio is avant-garde painter who is most famous for his boxing painting. I n t he open i ng c red it s of t he f i l m, Ush io demonstrates his process. The shirtless painter puts on goggles and large boxing gloves with foam material on the ends, dips his hands into trays of paint and violently punches a blank white canvas repeatedly from

right to left. Ushio also makes outrageous sculptures of motorcycles and animals out of cardboard. Noriko does graphic novel-style drawings and paintings with naked characters named Cutie and Bullie, which are based on Noriko and Ushio. While the drawings are not meant to be a 100-percent accurate representation of their lives, they are very autobiographical, and the life of the characters aligns closely with that of the married couple. Her drawings are animated throughout the documentary to tell how the two of them met, fell in love, got married and had a child. Ushio was an alcoholic, and Noriko feels like she had to stop making art in order to raise their son, Alex. The artists have been married for more than 40 years, but it has clearly not been a smooth relationship, especially for Noriko. Throughout his life and even during the documentary, Ushio has struggled to sell his art and make a living. He goes to Japan during the CUTIE • 6

M.I.A has always set herself apart from other electronic artists with her use of unique instruments and sound effects. She’s like a dance f loor drill-sergeant. The banging of drums and sound of trumpets mixed with heavy bass and rap vocals give birth to a sound suitable for a troop of soldiers marching to battle and groups of ravers taking to the dance floor. M.I.A’s fourth studio album, “Matangi,” drops today, but has been available for online streaming since Nov. 1 through the exotic rapper’s VEVO account on YouTube. “Matangi,” named after the Hindu goddess of speech, music, knowledge and art, is heavily i nf luenced by M.I. A’s Sr i-La n k a n root s. The twang of a sitar and the f lutter of the venu, a traditional Hindu f lute, accompany the wubbing bass and synth-distort. Think “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack but more bump-and-grind-y. Think Bollywood on Molly. But to label t he a lbu m as a n exclusive celebrat ion of her Sr i La n k a n c u lt u re is impossible. In fact, the album uses so many different instruments and combines so many different genres and cultures that labeling it as anything is impossible. At times, the instrumental orgy reduces the song structure to a disembodied haze of noises, making it difficult to fi nd a beat to latch onto. It can sound like some sort of experimental sound project rather MIA • 6


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M.I.A uses an eclectic mix of instruments and cultures in her latest album, “Matangi,” which drops today.

than a song. Modern dance music is all about the drop, and “Matangi” has some pretty creative ones. “Double Bubble Trouble” uses some kind of Indian horn and will still manage to remove your face from its skull. M.I.A has always been known for her brilliant use of sound effects (remember how long the gunshots from “Paper Planes” were stuck in your head?) and “Matangi” follows suit. The chop of helicopter blades patter in the background of “Sexodus” to entrancing effect. As the bridge of “Come Walk With Me” builds, an iPhonevolume-click effect builds with it. The lyrics are half powerful political statement, half nonsense. “Boom Skit” addresses the racism she faced as a Sri-Lankan artist trying to spread her music to the United States. “Brown girl, brown girl / turn your s--- down / You know A merica don’t wanna hear your sound.” She follows the insightful observation with a full

minute of screaming “Boom boom shakalaka boom boom shakalaka” over and over. W hile t he album is innovat ive and smart, “Mata ng i” g rows repet it ive to t he point of irritation. Every single song features a chorus that repeats the same line about bringing “noize” or “freak” or “boom-boom” down upon uncool people like some kind of vengeful Hindu god of swag. And based off of songs like “Karmageddon” and the lines “Ain’t Dalai Lama / Ain’t Sai Baba / My words are my armor and you’re about to meet your karma” that might be exactly what M.I.A thinks she is. Although the album can be overly-repetitive at times and seizure-inducing at others, it is still a blast and would be fun as hell to see live. With this album, M.I.A held a Hindu-themed music festival and invited the whole world to join her onstage. So fall in line and prepare to storm the dance floor like a battlefield. DG

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film to try and sell some of his pieces. He packs them into a large suitcase and walks to the subway station. The fi lm tellingly never follows him outside the country because the fi lm is really told through Noriko. Zachary Heinzerling, in his directorial debut, has captured the everyday life of a pair of artists. They are not just shown painting or at museums but waking up, eating and even showering. One really gets the sense that the Shinoharas were not behaving differently because the cameras were following them. They seem indifferent and unbothered by the filming. The beauty and joy of watching “Cutie and the Boxer” is seeing how art shapes an artist’s life and how opposite people attract and love each other. In the fi lm, Ushio and Noriko have an art exhibit together, and he decides to call it “ROAR!” after seeing the exclamation in the comic book. In part of the exhibit, there is the phrase “Love is a ROAR!” Ushio says he does not like it and asks who came up with it. His wife says she did because it is true. She says, “Love is a ROAR!” Ushio and Noriko are frequently filmed on different sides of their apartment, facing away from each other and going about their own business. They argue, and she often derides him for not doing things her way. The two appear to be fighting and at odds with each other, but neither

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“Cutie and the Boxer” documents the Shinoharas’ struggle to make it as artists. could live without the other. Noriko says if she had to do it all over again, raising their son singlehandedly and halting her art career, she would. Ushio could have died a forgotten drunk if Noriko had not stayed with him. What has kept them together for more than 40 years is their love for each other and their art. Like Ushio’s art, their love might be messy and at times baffling, but it is beautiful and vital to him.


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Participate socially this month, and get lost in fascinating philosophical conver sat ion. O t her s are look ing to you for a decision. Once you com m it you’l l f i nd f reedom a nd relea se, a nd ot her s c a n m a ke their own. Perform an anonymous good deed.

Be caref u l. For fou r weeks, work gets except ionally f u n. Don’t get d ist racted while chopping. What could thrive in such a creative environment? Make a mess and find out. Spend t ime i n contemplation. Keep it practical.

At first, the task may seem impossible. L o ok i n g at it mo r e closely or f rom a different angle reveals new data. Gather new income now. You find your comfort zone, and confidence soars.

Travel looks tempting, but postpone until tomorrow, if possible (or dance with some surprises). Ignore someone who says you’ll fail, and make a list of goals. Plan actions and strategies to support your team.

Luscious romance takes center st age. Da nce you r way i nto t he spotlight. Others give you suppor t i n you r career, but you have to be willing to receive it. Postpone travel for now.



Don’t let obstacles slow you down. Practice with your teammate to break records. Get old business handled. The next month is good for saving money and handling finances. Go for fast, fun productivity.


Female magnetism plays a big role i n to d ay ’s successes. St reng t hen partnerships this month. Cost s may be h igher than expected. Proceed with caution, but you can handle it. Compromise, d e le g at e a n d d o n’t underestimate the power of cookies.



O pp o s it io n t o y ou r ideas could arise. They probably have a good reason. Try their shoes on, an d walk a mile before respond i ng. At least you’ll get some exercise and learn somet hing new. Make your own choices.


You’re even sma r ter than usual. A conf lict of i nterest s shows up at your door. Tr y to u nderst a nd ot her people’s feelings and it goes easier. Get outside perspectives. Keep your finances ethical.

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Don’t t h row mone y at the problem or you could ver y well make it wor s e . Wor r y i n g about it won’t take you anywhere. Use patience a nd bra i ns. Def i ne how you’d like it to go. Someone finds that very romantic.


Finish old jobs and new ones flourish and spark over the next month. Pad t he schedule for setback s. Decline an expensive inv itat ion. Listen to a wise relative or a real ist ic f r iend. Spic e you r c re at ion with subtlety.



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ACROSS 1 Magician’s bird of choice 5 Seattle’s Best product, slangily 9 Fall faller 13 Pub picks 14 Special Forces cap 15 Fairy tale starter 16 Strike gold 18 Give __ to: approve 19 Canadian coin nicknamed for the bird on it 20 Hand-waving or finger-pointing 22 For each 23 Mythical Egyptian riddler 25 Cornfield bird 27 Smallest prime number 28 27-Across plus one, in Italy 29 Lines of theater seats 30 Goes down in the west 32 Debatable point 36 Encouragement for a matador 37 Lane straddler 39 LAX hrs. 40 Welsh dog 42 Screwball 43 Dalai __ 44 A bit amiss 46 “Milk” director Van Sant 47 Oval segments 48 Guy “nipping at your nose,” in a holiday song 52 Inquire 53 Rand McNally references 54 Takes home from the pound 57 Yogi, for one 58 Singer of the 1961 #1 song found in the starts of 16-, 23-, 37and 48-Across 61 Can of worms, e.g. 62 “Drat!” 63 Brooks’s country music partner 64 Sources of immediate cash: Abbr.

65 Mends with thread 66 FBI personnel DOWN 1 Author Roald 2 Assortment 3 President’s weapon 4 Station with game reports and highlights 5 Clampett patriarch 6 Onassis patriarch 7 Brink 8 Declare to be true 9 Despises 10 Boredom 11 Piece of the sky, to Chicken Little 12 Shipping giant 14 “Sayonara!” 17 It’s roughly 21% oxygen 21 Unit of parsley 23 Tinker with 24 Franks 25 Hook nemesis, for short 26 Cylindrical caramel candy 27 General of Chinese cuisine 31 Loud call 33 Auto tune-up item

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34 Camp Pendleton letters 35 LAX incoming hrs. 37 Jazz licks 38 Approves 41 Amusement park racers 43 Longtime Dodger skipper Tommy 45 Brittany brothers 48 Sluglike “Star Wars” crime boss 49 Persistently bothered 50 Allegation

51 Missouri river or tribe 52 Cavity filler’s org. 54 Blissful sighs 55 Camping shelter 56 9-digit IDs 59 Deviate from a course 60 DJ’s stack

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Learning experience


Senior Brenton Williams will be counted on to lead the young Gamecock team this season. Williams buried a three-pointer late in the game against USC-Aiken to jumpstart the 82-74 win.

Young team overcomes adversity during 82-74 exhibition victory Kyle Heck


A f t e r h o ld i n g a c o m f o r t a b le d o u b le - d i g it le a d t h r o u g h t h e major it y of t he ex h ibit ion game against USC-Aiken, South Carolina met some adversity midway through the second half. The Gamecocks turned the ball over and Aiken went on a 13-0 run that trimmed the South Carolina lead down from 21 to three. If this game counted, coach Frank Martin would’ve called a timeout during that run to try and settle his team down. But since this was an exhibition, the second-year coach wanted to see how his young team handled the situation. So he kept sophomore Michael Carrera on the bench and waited it out. “ T h at g a me doe sn’t cou nt on my record or our NCA A resume,”

Martin said. “We had to learn. It was a great moment for them to take ownership and learn.” Brenton Williams, the only senior on the roster who is currently playing for the Gamecocks, was out on the court for the entire run and was the one who took ownership and led his team out of the slump. W il l ia ms na iled a long t h reepointer with 6:45 left in the game to give South Carolina a six-point lead and the shot jump-started a 14-0 run by the Gamecocks that the team rode to an 84-72 victory. “ You have to u nder st a nd how to manage a negat ive moment to figure out a way to make it a positive moment,” Martin said. “Basketball is a game of runs. The whole idea is that you want your runs to be 12-2 or 12-3 and you want their runs to be 7-4.” Carrera’s 14 first-half points and f resh ma n Si ndar ius Thor nwell’s 10 points in 15 minutes gave t he Gamecocks a commanding 44 -27

lead at halftime. However, Carrera played just one minute in the second half because Martin was unhappy with his maturity and leadership. Williams said that he began to see the freshmen’s composure start to rattle when A iken went on its run and it was then that he realized his leadership position. “It really did come to reality during that game that some of the freshmen were looking to the older guys for answers because they looked kind of conf used out there,” Williams said. “We just told them that this is college basketball and teams are going to make runs like that. We’re not supposed to allow them to happen but they tend to happen.” Overall, Martin said he is happy with his team right now, and for good reason. Ten different players scored a basket and freshmen stepped up to the plate and provided for the team. Freshman g uard Duane Not ice dished out six assists to go along w it h eight poi nt s a nd more

important ly, commit ted just one turnover. Freshman Justin McK ie also contributed six points and four rebounds. Sophomore big-man Laimonas Chatkevicius also had a big game, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to notch a double-double. “We’ve got guys that are multit a le nt e d a nd i nt e r c h a n g e able ,” Martin said. “So physically I’m good. Mentally is where our challenges are going to be.” South Carolina held A iken to a 30.3-percent field goal percentage a nd f or c e d 16 t u r no v e r s w h i le blocking seven shots. Defense has long been a staple of Martin’s teams and Aiken coach Vince Alexander noticed a difference between Ole Miss, who the Pacers lost to in overtime last Friday, and the Gamecocks on Sunday. “Carolina takes so much more pride on defense,” Alexander said. DG

Men’s soccer upsets No. 10 UAB 4-3 Gamecocks to face Old Dominion Saturday for Senior Night Connor Hazelton


The South Carolina men’s soccer team had a dramatic come-from-behind upset victory on the road against No. 10 UAB Sunday by a score of 4-3. The big win for the Gamecocks puts their record at 7-5-5, with a 4-1-3 Conference USA record. Sophomore midfielder Jeffrey Torda led the team with two goals in the game. One of them came in the eighth minute and the other came in the 84th. After Torda’s early goal, UAB scored the next two goals, taking the lead back. The Gamecocks tied it up in the 60th minute with a goal from freshman forward Eli Dent. South Carolina then fell behind another goal, but rallied late with two goals in the 84th minute, the fi rst by Torda, and the game-winner from junior forward Asa Kryst. Assists came from freshman defender Kot y Millard, junior midfielder Stephen A nderson and senior midfielder J.P. Rafferty. Freshman goalkeeper Marco Velez also contributed with three saves. A f ter t he game, head coach Mark Berson couldn’t have been more proud of what his team had accomplished. “To beat the No. 10 team in the country on the road is a good accomplishment. We had to come from behind twice to secure the win, which really speaks to the determination and fighting power of this team,” Berson said. “We’ve played a tough schedule. These guys are battle-hardened, and they showed it this afternoon. It’s also a very important win in the conference.” Torda was also proud of his team for its gutsy effort in the victory. “It was a big win for our team. You have to beat some of the best teams to be able to say that you


Jeffrey Torda scored two goals in the eighth and 84th minute to help lead South Carolina to the 4-3 upset victory over No. 10 UAB Sunday in Alabama. Torda said the win will give the team confidence going into the C-USA tournament. can play with those guys. I think we can compete with some of the best teams, and this is a good win to have on our resume,” Torda said. As the Gamecocks’ season is coming to an end, they will soon begin postseason play in the Conference USA Tournament beginning in a little over a week. With the Gamecocks’ big victory against UAB, Torda believes they have a lot of momentum going into the tourney. “We’ve been playing really well as of late. We recently beat New Mexico (a top-25 team) and have been hitting our stride, putting together a lot of good games lately, which is what you want to do late in the season,” Torda said. “If we can put together a good game against Old Dominion (on Saturday), it could really go

a long way, and I like our chances at making the NCA A tourney. We want to do everything we can to win our conference tournament, which I believe we have the capability to do. We just have to put the work in, never give up and just keep fighting.” The Gamecocks’ next game is Saturday’s Senior Night game against Old Dominion at Stone Stadium, and Torda knows they’re going to have to bring their A-game. “Old Dominion is a really good team in our conference and it’s going to be a battle like our last two games have been,” Torda said. “If we continue to keep working hard, play solid defensively and put in some goals, I like our chances.” DG

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