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Gov. Mark Sanford is planning an “education summit” later this month to combat rising tuition costs and pricey capital spending projects at the state’s public universities. The summit looks to bring together lawmakers, college administrators, students and parents for a candid discussion about higher education,

its affordability and reforms that will both allow universities to thrive competitively and students survive financially, Sanford said in comments released Wednesday. Spokesman Ben Fox said details of the retreat are still ongoing. SANFORD Both USC’s and Clemson University’s tuitions increased by about 7 percent for the 2010-11 school year. College of Charleston’s tuition increased by 15

percent. On average, in-state students pay more than $8,000 a year for a college education. That’s double the rates of North Carolina and Georgia. It’s also the highest tuition paid by in-state students in the Southeast. USC administrators say they welcome the summit to discuss higher education with the governor. “We would do all we can to make sure it is meaningful discussion,” said Ted Moore, vice SUMMIT ● 3

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High-rise ropes course built for students over summer Josh Dawsey NEWS EDITOR

The contraption, if you can call it that, is 50 feet tall, juts out in all directions with colorful rungs and large nets and took 30 large tree poles to build. The best term for it, though, is challenge course, USC Outdoor Recreation officials say. The University built both a high-rise and low-ropes course near the Bates House bridge this summer, hoping to lure USC campus organizations who were paying money elsewhere to use similar facilities. Outdoor Recreation officials wouldn’t immediately prov ide t he cost of t he challenge course, but director Katie Coley ROPES ● 3

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The low ropes course seen here is used for team building and development activities for student organizations.

Plans to move the Darla Moore School of Business to Innovista are progressing with the construction of a new building set to begin i n Ju ne 2011 a nd to be completed by May 2013. The 450,000-square-foot building will be built on University-owned property at the corner of Greene and Assembly streets and is being designed to allow more interaction between students. “Right now they have a lot of different phases of design,” director of Campus Planning and Construction Jef f Lamberson said on We d ne s d a y. “ We j u s t , as a matter of fact, today f inished t he concept ual design, [which determined] about how big we think the building will be and what we think it’s going to look like.” The $90 million-project will be funded in part by leasing t he Close-H ipp Building, which currently houses the business school. Last year, USC made an agreement with the U.S. Dep a r t ment of Ju s t ic e to lease this building for 20 years. Lamberson said this leasing agreement will pay for $65 million of the project via revenue bonds, and another $15 million will come from institution bonds issued by the University. A $10 million gift from the Business Partnership Foundation will fund the remaining portion of the project. For several years, there had been talk about renovating the Close-Hipp Bu i ld i ng or add i ng on portions to accommodate t he business school, La mberson sa id. The opp or t u n it y for a ne w building presented itself

when the Department of Justice asked if more space was available on campus. “One of t he major drawbacks of the [current] business school is the highrise nature,” Lamberson said. “People are segregated by f loors, and there’s not a lot of interaction. This ma ke s it ha rd to teach and model good business practice.” The new fou r-stor y building will be specifically de s ig ne d t o s ol ve t h i s problem, with all classrooms on the first floor so students from different majors can interact. The ground floor will feature the library and lobby, the third floor will house executive education and administ rat ion and f ac u lt y w i l l b e on t he fourth f loor. The facility is also being designed to promote env ironmental sustainability. It strives to achieve a platinum rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Bu ild i ng R at i ng System and also achieve a Net-Zero rating, meaning the building would generate the same amount of energy it consumes. The U.S. Department of Energy will be assisting with these sustainabilit y goals through a Commercial Building Partnership which part ners t he Universit y w it h t hree nat ional labs. These include t he Law rence Berkeley N a t i o n a l L a b o r a t o r y, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “We’re starting to do our schematic phase, figuring out exactly what it will cost to make sure we’re under budget,” Lamberson said. “Then we’ll enter the full design stage after that.”

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the way. According to Student Government President Pro Tempore Matt Ungar, the SG initiative has had a long journey but is back on track. “There are no loopholes,” Ungar said. “It’s a free service and is the safest, most convenient way for students to go to Five Points.” From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., the student transportation service picks up at Capstone, the Russell House, the COCKY ● 3

Student Government’s Carolina Convoy will travel to Auburn, Ala., on Sept. 25 to watch the Gamecocks take on the Auburn Tigers. Tickets are $100 and include a T-shirt, boxed lunch, snacks and a goodie bag. They can be purchased in the Student Life office with Carolina Cash or check. Only 12 tickets are left.



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Dog fighter released early

Experts study Great Recession

Iran takes flak for stoning

A South Carolina man once described as a the nation’s No. 2 breeder of fighting pit bulls was granted parole Wednesday by state officials, six years into what was originally a 40-year sentence. The Probation, Parole and Pardon Services board voted 5-2 to grant parole to David Ray Tant, who told the panel he is a changed man and accepts full responsibility for his crimes. “That old life is behind me now,” Tant, 63, told board members via video conference from prison, adding that he attends church services twice a week. “I assure you, I have learned my lesson.” In July, a three-member panel voted 2-1 in favor of parole, but the split vote meant Tant would be heard before the full board. Under the conditions of his release, Tant is not allowed to have contact with dogs or online chatrooms about dog breeding or fighting. It will take several weeks to process Tant’s paperwork, so he will not be released immediately, officials said. Tant, 63, was arrested in 2004 after a surveyor near his Charleston County property triggered a booby trap authorities said had been set to keep intruders away. Investigators removed dozens of pit bulls from Tant’s compound, also seizing caged treadmills, cattle prods, shotguns and rifles and small explosive devices. The dogs were cared for by an animal shelter in Charleston but later euthanized because they were deemed too aggressive for adoption. Tant was charged with 41 counts of dogfighting, one for each dog seized, and assault and battery for the surveyor’s injuries. Just as his trial got under way, Tant pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the assault and six of the dogfighting charges. That sentence was reduced to 30 years after he paid $80,000 to the shelter as restitution for taking care of the dogs. Tant’s arrest came just weeks after South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster partnered with state police to create a special dogfighting task force. Since then, McMaster’s office has prosecuted dozens of dogfighting cases, most of which resulted in fines or up to five years in prison.

LAS V EGAS — Nevada had unrealistic growth expectations before the nation’s financial meltdown battered the state’s tourism industry and erased billions of dollars in real estate equity, an economist told a federal commission examining the causes of the Great Recession. “The state was overbuilt and some 100,000 jobs were predicated on a level of growth and consumer spending that seemed to evaporate almost overnight,” Jeremy Aguero, an economist for Applied Analysis, told representatives of the 10-member Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission on Wednesday. The group questioned bank executives, analysts and public officials during a daylong hearing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as part of a series of public hearings to gather testimony for a formal report due Dec. 15. Vice Chairman Bill Thomas, a Republican former congressman from California, said the commission created by Congress was seeking testimony to deliver to Wall Street bankers and others “who have no real on the ground knowledge of the suffering that goes on in a number of areas.” “Laying the record is very important,” Thomas said. The expert panels included sworn testimony from U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden and others with expertise in the Silver State, where foreclosures, bankruptcy and joblessness pace ahead of every other state in the country. W hen asked by commissioners why prosecuting mortgage fraud wasn’t a bigger priority in Nevada, Bogden’s answer echoed the sentiments of many who have struggled during this recession. “We’ve tried to do the best we can with the resources we’ve got,” he said. Aguero said Nevadans have lost billions in real estate equity, with home prices down to roughly the same levels as they were in 2000. He said there are 40,000 to 60,000 excess homes on the market today with no demand to buy. “I think that signs existed, and certainly I missed it,” Aguero said. “There is little doubt whatsoever that this community got out in front of its skis.” Phil Satre, chairman of both slot machine maker International Game Technology and utility NV Energy Inc., said he thinks Nevada is at the “bottom of the food chain” in terms of financial recovery, depending on other states like California to drive tourism spending in Las Vegas and other destinations.

BRUSSELS — European Union nat ions and the continent’s biggest human rights organization slammed Iran on Wednesday for its plan to stone a woman convicted of adultery, while Iran’s ambassador to the Vatican said there is “hope” the punishment could be eased upon review by Iranian authorities. The plight of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, has cast a harsh light on Iran’s version of Islamic justice and caused a global outcry. Iran says it has put the stoning on hold for now but has also indicated Ashtiani could be hanged for her conviction of playing a role in her husband’s 2005 murder. In an interview broadcast on Italian state TV Wednesday, Tehran’s envoy to the Holy See gave the strongest indication yet that Iran may set aside the death penalty — or at least the stoning — in Ashtiani’s case. He was asked what response he could give to the many appeals from around the world to stop the stoning, including concern from the Vatican. Ambassador Ali Akbar Naseri stressed that Islamic law was “inspired by clemency and forgiveness.” Asked if that meant there was some hope Ashtiani could receive clemency, he replied that “one hopes for some easing of the punishment.” But he insisted that Iranian judicial authorities were “fully independent” and would not be swayed by “threats.” Ashtiani “after having had illicit relations with numerous men, killed, in a savage way, her husband, wit h t he complicit y of one of t hese” men, t he ambassador said. “Her guilt has been demonstrated, but the judicial authorities, before issuing the definitive sentence, are re-examining the case with utmost care and attention, and one hopes for an easing of the punishment,” he said with a slight smile and without elaborating. His comments also appeared to be a positive response to the Vatican’s hint that it would try behindthe-scenes diplomacy to spare Ashtiani’s life. The European Union Parliament in Strasbourg, France, passed a resolution Wednesday condemning Tehran, a move that comes on the heels of EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso calling stoning “barbaric.” The vote passed by a huge 658-to1 margin with 22 abstentions. The vote against was an error and was to be amended in the parliamentary records later. — Compiled by The Associated Press

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The Daily Gamecock ● THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010 ROPES ● Continued from 1 said it “wasn’t an exorbitant amount.” Just last month, the organization reduced t he Blat t hou r s c it i ng budget issues, leading to some criticism. “ We are sensit ive to budget issues,” Coley said. But t he challenge course brings a recreation element USC has never seen, Coley said. “It’s rare for a campus to have a challenge course free and accessible to the community,” Coley said. The large ropes course catches one’s eye while crossing the bridge. It’s two feet shorter than the climbing wall inside t he St r o m T hu r mond We l l ne s s a nd F it ne s s Center but feels much taller to climbers, said Ivey Kaiser, the challenge cou r se coord i nator. A climber can scale to the top, ha r nessed i n, of course. But there are also nets to climb, hanging poles to s w i ng on a nd a sway ing ladder for pull-ups. “When you climb to the top, you can see the city,” Kaiser said. “It’s a great view.” It’s not the only part of t he new area: A smaller ropes course was con st r uc ted for tea mbuilding and development ac t iv it ie s . T here , you barely leave the ground. There is also a large swing where you can travel from the high ropes course to a pole across the area. Employees from Alpine To w e r s I nt e r n at io n a l s p e nt a w e e k i n Ju ne constructing the courses. Campus recreat ion employees were trained in early August, and the facility opened to groups about three weeks ago. So far, two groups — or about

40 people — have tried out the courses. Currently, the course is on ly open to USC s t ude nt org a n i z at ion s w it h a reser vat ion. Outdoor Recreat ion hoped to have a full-time staff member operate the course so students could use it indiv idually, but budget cuts took away the posit ion. USC off icials have also installed cameras and a securit y fence to ensure students without harnesses don’t scale the ropes course. Orga n izat ions who w ish to use t he course c a n cont ac t O utdoor Recreat ion for more information.

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SUMMIT ● Continued from 1 president for finance and planning. “USC is committed to affordability and access, and we look forward to learning more about the summit and getting an invitation to it.” Sanford has previously called for both a tuition cap and a halt on new construction projects while the state struggles with record unemployment rates. He’s also criticized universities, including USC, for focusing too much on economic development projects and not enough on teaching. One of the governor’s favorite targets is Innovista, a project he called “floundering” last month. “The fact is that our current system is broken, and allowing a broken system to continue is unfair to taxpayers, unhelpful to so many young South Carolinians who dream about attending college one day and indeed unworthy of our great state,” Sanford said. But University administrators say capital projects are necessary to thrive, and tuition hikes are unavoidable

COCKY ● Continued from 1 Blatt P.E. Center, the Greek Village and the Five Points fountain every five minutes. Any student can ride Cocky’s Caravan by showing his or her Carolina Card. “I would love to see ridership

PAGE 3 when state funding for higher education sags every year. During the 2009 fiscal year, South Carolina spent $4,820 per in-state student, Georgia spent $7,788 and North Carolina spent $11,552. The price of college in these states is similar, which means tuition must be higher in South Carolina, according to administrators. Moore said the system needs repairs, but noted South Carolina universities are educating more students than ever before. Although Sanford will leave office in January after eight years of combat with the Legislature, college tuition issues will likely be debated in the S.C. Legislature next spring. Several high-profile lawmakers, including Sen. Hugh Leatherman and Rep. Chip Limehouse, have already criticized tuition hikes. Comments on this story? E-mail

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Sanford’s good idea hard to carry out Gov. Mark Sanford is organizing an “education summit” to be held later this month for all lawmakers, college administrators, students and parents of South Carolina. He plans to address tuition costs and capital spending projects at public universities. While details of the summit are still being ironed out, we believe this is a good start for discussing financial “A one-time summit issues on education, consider i ng USC will not be enough e x p e r i e n c e d a 7 to lower tuition for p e r c e n t t u i t i o n i ncrease t h is year, every institution.” and tuition has been skyrocketing over a long period of time. Congratulations to Sanford for addressing these issues, but how deep will his effort go? Each college in South Carolina has its own problems, and a one-time summit will not be enough to lower tuition for every institution. If Sanford’s plan is going to be successful, it needs to be a customized effort. Sanford will be leaving office in January. Does it make sense to start working on this issue now? If Sanford somehow does make progress, hopefully his successor will be able bring South Carolina’s tuition increase problem to an agreeable end.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Media giving ‘Burn a Quran Day’ too much attention, perpetuating conflict This controversy surrounding “Burn a Quran Day” strikes me as a little odd. How is a church with only 50 members garnering international press like it has? The answer is because opinion pages of newspapers around the world, including The Daily Gamecock, are giving it more attention than it deserves. If not for t he da ily deluge of denouncements, if people were to ignore this congregation like the fringe group it is, there wouldn’t be a controversy. If people were honestly disturbed over just the act of burning the Quran and not who is perpetuating it, why don’t we see the same outrage over the fact that Americans have the right to burn the American flag? Technically, both have been determined to be protected acts of expression, but I find both equally abhorrent.

Unfortunately, it seems the chance to tie all of Christianity to the members of Dove World Outreach Center cannot be missed. In fact, it seems that the goal of the Viewpoints page this year is to attempt to discredit all Christians as thoughtless, racist, classless, bigoted and what have you. I w i sh t ho se w it h t he p ower to influence people, particularly the media, would be a bit more forthcoming about the fact that this church is a tiny sect that in no way represents mainstream Christianity and further would be as appalled when issues insensit ive to Christians arise. However, the common mantra seems to be “free speech for me, but not for thee.”

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In-state tuition not for illegals Students should not receive special privileges without following rules As the national immigration debate continues to swirl in all directions, one 20-year-old illegal immigrant, Miriam Torres, recently spoke about her plight to receive in-state tuition to Georgia Tech. Currently, federal law does not deny illegal immigrants from attending public colleges; however, Georgia law does require illegal immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition. Torres supporters argue that a hard worker like her would be an asset to the college and in-state tuition should be granted. However, as an illegal immigrant who has no consideration for the law, it is ridiculous that Torres should demand such rights at all, considering she is currently residing in this country illegally. Torres’ supporters argue that as a 4.0 student in high school, she would benefit the college and in-state tuition should be awarded. If hard work and dedication were the only criteria for acceptance to college, then maybe their argument would have merit. Fortunately, being a legal citizen has always mattered a great deal

and is not so easily discarded. To behave as though she has the “rights” of a legal citizen is outrageous. Advocates of Torres’ appeal argue that this country does not sympathize enough with hardworking immigrants who come here trying to create a better life for themselves. The issue is not whether Torres is an exemplary student worthy of a college degree, but rather the fact that she has been living in this country illegally and now Chelsey feels entitled to in-state tuition Seidel when her family has not paid Third-year print taxes or even attempted to begin journalism the application for citizenship. student There is no deny ing t hat To r r e s’ m o t he r d id he r a disservice by not applying for citizenship when the family first arrived on their tourist visas close to 10 years ago. However, once 18, Torres had the responsibility to begin the process of applying for citizenship herself and should have made a sincere effort to become a legal citizen if

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she knew that she would want to attend college in the United States. In an article from The Atlanta JournalConstitution, Torres said, “The United States has given me so many opportunities, yet it is letting me waste all the opportunities and throw them away simply because I do not have the proper documentation.” Torres fails to understand that the United States is the reason she received a decent education in the first place. According to the article, her public school education as an illegal immigrant cost hardworking, legal tax payers $65,000. Why should Georgia Tech allow her to attend college on in-state tuition and pour its own money into her education, when upon graduation Torres will be unable to find a job because she is here illegally? Torres and her defenders alike complain the process for citizenship is too arduous and can sometimes take years to complete. By making excuses and creating loopholes for illegal immigrants, these activists are supporting Torres’ and all illegal immigrants’ attempts to skirt around the law.

Nine years ago this Saturday, we will remember an event that shaped our generation: the terrorist attacks of 9/11. However, this year our remembrances may take a different mood. W h at o n c e w a s t h e “stand together” attitude of ea rl ier yea r s m ay now fall on deaf ears, as recent controversies have revealed a growing opinion in A mer ic a : Islam is the enemy. T h i s statement Michael i s n ’ t Lambert Second-year foreign comparative to most; literature student m a n y k n o w others who have shared that opinion for several years. However, in earlier day s, we a s a nat ion recognized only radical Mu s l i m s t h r e at e ne d us. Our ow n Muslim communities, while not perfectly tolerated, were shown respect. But with news coverage of t he ground zero mosque, the simmering fears of many Americans have come to a boil. There is no clearer example of this than the Dove World Outreach Center wh ich w ill observe 9/11 as “Burn a Quran Day.” There are problems with this on so many levels. First: never burn a book . Book s aren’t ju st about spread i ng ideolog ie s or tel l i ng stories. They’re objects of c u lt u r a l memor y, rem i nd i ng u s of ou r species’ greatest triumphs, deepest shames and everything in between. However, the largest problem with this event is that it takes a decade-old conflict between the U.S. and radical terrorism and paints a crude, general picture of it, making it t h is apoc a ly pt ic wa r bet ween Christ ianit y and Islam. To reduce our Middle Eastern wars to this endangers the safety of our communities and our soldiers abroad. The conflicts that 9/11 set in motion will ultimately be decided not by men or guns but by an image — t he sou rce of ou r strength and, sometimes, our curse — t hat this center threatens. These men and women disrespect those who died on 9/11 and the image of America that they died for.

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One of the most renowned celebrity t weeters, the breathy crooner and incredible blues guitarist is k nown for his unorthodox yet always entertaining site updates. As a celebrit y in general, he’s been prett y cont roversial; he attracted a lot of negative light in a certain Playboy interview, when he compared Jessica Simpson to “sexual napalm” and spoke frankly and openly about masturbation. However, the good has usually outweighed the vain in Mayer’s case. For fans, his Twitter page has offered a crucial means of communication and PR coming st raight from Mayer himself. When he played at the Carolina Coliseum last semester, the only way to find out about the show was to read his tweet 20 minutes before the free tickets were distributed. To follow him, search @johncmayer.



Kanye West

Kanye made ne w s l a s t Su nd a y for t weeting that he is truly apologetic for his actions at last year’s VMAs and has allegedly written a song for Taylor Swift. “I wrote a song for Taylor Swift that’s so beautiful and I want her to have it. If she won’t take it then I’ll perform it for her,” tweeted the occasionally (OK, frequently) loud-mouthed, very opi n ionated (“G eorge Bush doesn’t care about black people”) rapper. West refuses to allow the 140-character-per-tweet max to limit him, instead tweeting entire series of thoughts in sequential updates, often only minutes apart. With an interesting comment no matter what the subject, Kanye’s Twitter is always one to keep on your radar, even if to only be blown away by his next egotistical tirade or “horrendous spelling and bad grammar.” Follow him at @kanyewest.


Jimmy Fallon

T h e l at e n i g ht comedian’s tweets are every bit as funny as his “Late Night” and “Saturday Night Live” material. He frequently responds to his followers’ t weets and often attaches links to videos both from his show and other sources — a few, for instance, taken back stage at t he Emmys. Fallon’s tweets range from the less-than-serious (“Gonna go jump in the pool — jackknife or cannonball? Fake getting shot? Nestea plunge?”) to the downright ridiculous (“My roommate used to hang his boxers on the light switch”). While he may not be quite as controversial as our other celeb-tweeters, his page is always an amusing one to follow: @jimmyfallon.


Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

It ’s Sno ok i . W hy el s e? A ny o ne w ho h a s e ver seen “Jersey Shore” knows the situation with this little Italian Tasmanian devil. Her tweets are every bit as hilarious, crazy and fun-filled as her “Jersey Shore” personality and trademark poof. Using more exclamation points than any tweeter possibly needs, the guidette updates her fans — or as she calls them, “tweedos” — on not only her show but on her daily life as well. She regularly promotes herself, using different variations of the word “Snook,” and mentions her co-stars, music and random incidents occurring in her life. As of yesterday, she was tweeting about her trial (for causing a public nuisance) and her relief at the judge’s decision. Two hours later, she was complaining about traffic. Follow the Snooks at @sn00ki.


Dalai Lama

Better than your da ily horoscope and a whole lot less vague, His Holiness t he Dalai Lama’s words of wisdom always advise how to better guide your life and affect change for the better in the world around you. Yesterday he posted that “Compassion is the foundation of a good heart, the heart of one who acts out of a desire to help others.” In the self-absorbed societ y of online networking, it’s nice to read one or two lines about the good in the world. Regardless of what religion you choose to follow, or whether you believe in religion at all, everyone could take something from the life lessons of the Tibetan spiritual leader. Follow his teachings at @ dalailama. Comments on this story? E-mail gamecockfeatures@

‘ALMOST PERFECT’ LINEUP AT NEW BROOKLAND Guitarist Phil Bogard discusses Ingram Hill’s new release, new label, tonight’s show with Benjy Davis Project Chloe Gould


Southern pop rock band Ingram Hill, best known for hit singles “Almost Perfect” and “Will I Ever Make It Home,” is playing New Brookland Tavern tonight at 8 p.m., with labelmate the Benjy Davis Project. With a sound akin to Hootie & the Blowfish and Sister Hazel, Ingram Hill is gearing up for the release of their third full-length album “Look Your Best,” set to drop Sept. 28. Tonight’s show is a stop on their Southeast tour to promote the highly-anticipated LP. “We’re just putting a few new songs in the set to showcase the new record — preview it, if you will,” guitarist Phil Bogard said. “For people who know us, it’s stuff they’re familiar with for the most part.” The trio, Bogard, vocalist Justin Moore and bassist Zach Kirk, officially debuted on the Southern pop rock music scene with 2004’s “June’s Picture Show.” Their second release, 2007’s “Cold in California,” proved to be a more pop-influenced track list, still showcasing the band’s infectious sound but failing to produce the same Billboard hits. This fall’s “Look Your Best” takes a turn back to the original Ingram Hill sound. “We went back to the first producer that we did “June’s Picture Show” with, so it’s drawn a little more towards that and less towards our second record,” Bogard said. “The same old cliché answer I think every musician gives is that it sounds more grown-up, more mature as you age. You hope that you get better at it.” “Look Your Best,” which took about six weeks to write and another six weeks to record, features new material from the Southern rockers, as well as a couple of oldies. Onstage favorite “Hey Girl,” which was co-written by John Mayer’s guitarist David Ryan Harris, will be making its long-awaited studio debut on the upcoming release. “We’ve gone through probably four or five different variations of how we perform it, and it took quite a while for us to hone in on how we actually wanted it to sound,” Bogard said. “It’s always been a fan favorite even though it’s nothing anyone could ever own.” After releasing their first two albums with Hollywood Records, Ingram Hill has now joined forces with Rock Ridge Music, home to acts like Sister Hazel, Reel Big Fish and Benjy Davis Project. “Right before ‘Cold in California’ came out, we sat in the head of Hollywood’s office with another signed band. They’re a group of fine, young men, and they’re called the Jonas Brothers, and you can see where our budget money went,” Bogard said. From there, with musical inspirations such as Tom Petty and the Black Crowes, Ingram

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Southern pop rock band Ingram Hill jams to promote their new album, “Look Your Best.” Hill has gone on to do bigger and better things, touring with highly-acclaimed acts like Better Than Ezra, Hootie & the Blowfish and Hanson. “A huge one for me was Jonny Lang,” Bogard said. “He was one of my favorite guitar players when I was younger, and it was pretty wild getting to be on tour with him.” Tonight’s show, with an $8 cover, will relive a little bit of Ingram Hill and Benjy Davis Project history and showcase the two bands’ similar but signature Southern pop rock sound. “We were the first band they ever went out on the road with, but it was a long time ago,” Bogard said. “Since then, we’ve seen them here and there, but it’s been a long time since we’ve actually toured together.” With a nice list of shows set up throughout the South, visit for Ingram Hill updates and pick up a copy of their new album “Look Your Best,” out Sept. 28. “Right now, we’re just focused on releasing the record and conquering the world,” Bogard said.

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USC off to another strong start Gamecocks look to continue winning ways against Clemson Ryan Velasquez STAFF WRITER

With the first five games of the season under its belt, the South Carolina women’s soccer team is once again off to a promising start. Hosting its second tournament in the last three weeks, the No. 19 Gamecocks (3-1-1) will look to continue their strong play at Stone Stadium when they take on Clemson

(5-0-0) and Furman (3-2-0) in the 2010 Carolina’s Cup. Just over the half way mark in their non-conference schedule, the Gamecocks are confident that their strong slate of competition will make a considerable difference when they open up SEC play in two weeks. “We love playing a tough schedule,” USC coach Shelley Smith said. “The SEC is such a strong conference that we want to play quality opponents as we prepare to go into that second half of the season. It’s a great test, especially for our young team, to see what it’s like playing a high-level team.”

With a roster f ull of young talent, Carolina has spent much of the first half of the season getting game experience for its large group of freshmen. So far, eight have seen playing time and three have made appearances in the starting lineup. “We’ve been trying to get more minutes and more experience with our freshmen. They’re talented and they have a lot to offer,” Smith said. “The more experience they can get early on, the better they’ll be as we go into SEC play. We’ve been trying to get them minutes against good competition, and they’re handling it well.” One such freshman who played a major


Forward Danielle Au (12) is one of the handful of true freshmen the USC women’s soccer team has relied upon early in the season.

role in Sunday’s draw with Arizona State was defender Kelsey Barr. When junior midfielder Kira Campbell was pulled out of the game due to illness, Barr was called upon to fill in and went on to play most of the second half, recording a shot along the way. “Kelsey got the most minutes when we lost Kira. People like that are putting themselves in position to compete for spots and time,” Smith said. “I’m definitely proud of the way they’ve stepped up when they’re asked to play a role. Once they cross that line, we tell them they’re not freshmen — they’re playing for each other. And they’re doing that.” With USC’s annual showdown against the Tigers set for the first game of the weekend, Carolina will be charged with shutting down one of the hottest teams in the country. Hoping to learn from the experiences gained in their first five matches, however, the Gamecocks will be looking to once again show their prowess at the Graveyard. “Obviously, we don’t want to tie Arizona State. It’s hard not to get a goal when we had so many opportunities,” junior forward Maria Petroni said. “The loss against Louisville the other week wasn’t a great one, but it happens. I’d rather get it out of the way now and build off that and win the rest of the games this season.” Carolina will face Clemson on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Furman on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Comments on this story? E-mail

At a glance: The Carolina’s Cup field Clemson, Furman, High Point round out participants in USC’s second home tournament Ryan Velasquez STAFF WRITER

After spending 2009 at the bottom of the standings, the Tigers (5-0) have kicked off the 2010 campaign with a bang. Led by third-year coach Hershey Strosberg, Clemson enters the weekend as one of the hottest teams in the country. A relatively young team, the Tigers return just two seniors while sporting 12 freshmen. Leading the way so far has been sophomore forward Maddy Elder, whose four goals and three assists have powered Clemson’s offense in its first five matches. The biggest of these goals came against Belmont, when Elder’s penalty kick in overtime gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory in their first road match of the season. In the back, Clemson has relied heavily on freshman Lauren Arnold, who has started at goalkeeper in all five matches this year. Arnold entered the season as Top Drawer Soccer’s No. 1 ranked high school player in the South Region.

Coming off a decent showing last season, Furman (3-2) has gotten off to a solid start in 2010 and will look to keep it going this weekend. Behind fifth-year coach Andrew Burr, the Paladins bring a balanced roster, boasting eight freshmen, eight juniors and four seniors. Forward Rachel Shelnutt has sparked the offense in the early part of the season. After five games, the junior leads the way with three goals and four assists, including two goals and an assist in a 3-0 romp of Alabama. Junior Jessica Smith has provided a steady presence in the goal so far this season. Starting each of the first five matches, Smith sports a .862 save percentage, a 0.78 goals against average and has earned three shutouts.

Entering the season as the defending Big South Champions, the Panthers (1-4) have gotten off to a slow start in 2010, coming into the weekend on a four-game losing streak. In coach Marty Beall’s second year at the helm, High Point returns just two seniors on a roster dominated by 10 freshmen. The Panthers’ lone goal of the season was scored by forward Becca Hemby in a 1-0 victory over Francis Marion. She was assisted by senior midfielder Jillie Johnston and junior defender Danniel Rosado. Junior Andrea Ritchie, who started all six games in goal, enters the weekend with a .677 save percentage, a goals against average of 2.42 and one shutout. Comments on this story? E-mail

Volleyball comes home, looks for win Carolina women return to Columbia to host tourney Ed Neuhaus


USC volleyball coach Ben Somera did not like what he saw out of the Gamecocks this past weekend in Rock Hill. The 0-3 performance by USC certainly left a lot to be desired. In practice this week, Somera used video of the Gamecocks’ matches as evidence of what they need to work on in preparation for this weekend’s Gamecock Invitational. “Video doesn’t lie. It shows you exactly what you look like, exactly where you played the ball,” Somera said. “That gives us an opportunity to look at some of the technical aspects and say these are the things we need to get better at. I think everybody came in here after the video with a really clear idea of what to improve on.” The Gamecocks (0-6) will need to improve upon those areas in order to notch their first victory of the season this weekend. After two straight winless tournaments, Carolina hopes to take what it learned in practice and apply it on the court against S.C. State, Furman and Lipscomb. “Really, we’re looking to get better at

the things we’ve identified for these guys, and hopefully, they’re carrying it on to the match,” Somera said. Carolina’s last two matches ended in five and four sets each. Additionally, USC’s match aga i nst Clemson last Friday included a loss in the first set after Carolina had set point. Somera cited a lack of taking advantage as a reason for the Gamecocks’ struggles so far this season. “What we need to do is get a little bit more efficient, and that’s our preparation to play balls in each phase of the game,” Somera said. “As we watch video, that’s what we’re showing these guys — is how much more efficient they can be so they’re not giving up any advantage throughout the rally.” And that advantage may be there for the taking if Carolina can muster it, as two of the Gamecocks’ three opponents enter the weekend with a combined record of 3-10. Carolina takes on S.C. State at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning, and the Bulldogs (1-6) enter the match battered and bruised just like the Gamecocks. S.C. State lost all three of its matches in the UNCWilmington tournament last weekend in three sets apiece. The other team that Carolina hopes to catch at the right time is the Furman Paladins (2-4). They enter the tournament


Senior Hannah Lawing (6) and the Gamecocks come into this weekend winless at 0-6. after managing a win against UAB while going 1-2 last week in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Carolina’s toughest challenge may come from Lipscomb (5-2). The Lady Bison come in strong, after taking two of three at the Blue and Gold tournament in Pittsburgh. The three teams that USC faces will pose a challenge, but Somera insists that the Gamecocks’ work in the gym should

help them this weekend. “What we did [in practice] is we really just isolated the things that we want to do better,” Somera said. “And I feel like when we do that, we get better at those things and our team gets better.” Comments on this story? E-mail

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