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McCASKILL SPEAKS ON MU ATHLETICS RANKS MIDDLE EAST TURMOIL EIGHTH IN BIG 12 SPENDING The U.S. senator spoke at a town hall forum in Columbia on Wednesday.

Although the MU Athletics Department has the third-most programs, it spends less than most Big 12 counterparts.



Gospel Event shares music roots The event is part of the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government. SALLY FRENCH Staff Writer


Columbia resident Haitham Alramahi wraps himself in a flag and and yells for Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to end his reign during a rally Wednesday afternoon at Speakers Circle. The event was organized by the Muslim Students Organization and other Columbia residents.

Too close to home Protesters with family and friends in Libya showed support for the uprising.

MADELINE O’LEARY AND GARRETT RICHIE of The Maneater staff Chants demanding Libyan freedom from Moammar Gadhafi’s tyranny echoed from Speakers Circle early Wednesday afternoon. Although the conflict in Libya is playing out on the other side of the globe, the violence strikes a personal chord for some Columbia residents who once called Libya their home. Protester Ahmed el-Walid said Libyans demand a democratic society independent of Gadhafi’s iron fist. “Gadhafi is attacking any protester that wants a democracy,” Walid said. “He stated that if the protest against his regime doesn’t end, he will cleanse Libya of protesters house by house and is currently bringing mercenaries in from other parts of Africa.” Libyan unrest began Feb. 15 as a result of opposition to Libya’s

See RALLY, page 6

“I want to see some sort of justice in the lifetime of my parents.” — Fatima Bendardaf, protester

The Muslim Student Organization held a Qiyam, or night prayer service, on Thursday. Read more on page 5

Gospel music rang through Jesse Hall as the opening event of the 34th annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government commenced Thursday night. Thursday’s event was dubbed the Gospel Extravaganza and featured performers, including dancers, singers and a mime, from MU and the Columbia area. “This is a staple piece that we do every year,” said Lisa White, Big XII Conference Planning Committee chairwoman and Legion of Black Collegians president. “It’s to give a spiritual taste of what’s going on.” The Gospel Extravaganza shared the evolution of gospel music, beginning with music in the folk tradition and progress-

See GOSPEL, page 6

INSIDE MU'S OWN IRON CHEFS The Residence Halls Association hosted a week of festivities, including an Iron Chef that paired Campus Dining Services chefs with students. PG. 3, NEWS

PLANNED PARENTHOOD FUNDING IN DANGER The U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut the $75 million in federal funding to Planned Parenthood. PG. 9, OUTLOOK


Veterans sue MU over tuition dispute

The Tiger softball team dropped two of three games in San Diego this week. PG. 12, SPORTS

The veterans claim Missouri schools are violating the Returning Heroes Act.


KAITLYN GIBSON Staff Writer A lawsuit filed against MU and other Missouri universities could change the application of the Returning Heroes Act, a statute designed to reduce tuition for combat veterans, on a statewide level.

MU and other state schools that receive federal funding are, under the Returning Heroes Act, required to cap undergraduate tuition to $50 per credit hour for veterans who served after Sept. 11, 2001, in a designated combat zone. In-state undergraduate students typically pay $245.60 per credit hour. Controversy surrounding the statute has arose due to the question of whether the federal aid should be distributed before or after the addition of non-tuition fees, such as room and board rates. MU does not include costs besides tuition

when applying the aid granted veterans from the Returning Heroes Act. “Our campuses use the methodology recommended by the Department of Higher Education, which is to apply other financial aid first, then the Returning Heroes,” UM System spokeswoman Jennifer Hollingshead said in an e-mail. Simon Law Firm in St. Louis will represent a group of veterans comprised of MU students, as well as students from other federally-funded Missouri higher education institutions. See VETS, page 6

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RHA Week boasts ‘Iron Chefs,’ res hall parties The Insane Chef Posse won the RHA Iron Chef competition. ANA STOCK Staff Writer The Residence Halls Association’s week of events concluded Thursday with the opening of voting for the group’s presidential election. RHA began the week with Monday’s congressional meeting. The rest of the week’s events included a meet and greet with the presidential slates at The Shack on Tuesday, the Iron Chef competition Wednesday in the MU Student Center, and election parties in 10 campus residence halls Thursday. Results for the election, which pits Chris Rucker, a sophomore and the RHA vice president, against Jared Grafman, a junior and two-year member of RHA. Results for the election will not be available until Friday afternoon. But RHA’s focus remained on legislation, not upcoming events, at Monday’s Congress. “(In congress on Monday), we passed a resolution in support of the diversity intensive course that faculty council is looking into and we tabled a resolution to show support of The Good Samaritan policy, both of which MSA already passed,” RHA

President Lauren Thomas said. “We are now looking at them to make them joint resolutions.” During Tuesday’s meet and greet in the MU Student Center, the RHA presidential slates said the turn out was not as high as they would have liked. “There were lots of cabinet and executive members, five or six senators and a couple of passers through, but as a whole we didn’t really reach out to too many constituents,” RHA Vice Presidential Slate Caleb Krenning said. “The questions asked were very good and both slates really exemplified what their goals are if elected as well as for cabinet.” Krenning said it was disappointing that only a few people showed up because people did not get to hear what the slates are all about. Wednesday in the Student Center, teams who had signed up previously competed in the RHA Iron Chef competition. Each member of the winning team received a $50 gift card to the Columbia restaurant of his or her choice. The winning team, The Insane Chef Posse, consisted of Justin Seabaugh, Alexis Lyle and Caroline Merten. Their chef was Jeremy Elmore, a cook from the Student Center. “I work at Mort’s, Caroline works in the dish room and Justin works in the Student Center kitchen,” Lyle

said. “(For our team) we tried to find people that we knew enjoy cooking and who like to cook and have knife skills.” The Insane Chef Posse’s first course was a tofu cake with golden raisins and chipotle apricot raisin barbecue sauce, followed by a course of raisin-cured duck on a bed of spinach and orzo with raisin ratatouille on top. The third course was cinnamon raisin ice cream on top of a donut. Thursday’s polling parties in various residence halls were not largely attended, but each student received the link to the polling site in an e-mail last night. “The event is a good way to encourage residents to vote and it was intended to be a reminder to them to vote, in case they didn’t when they received the e-mail last night at midnight,” Thomas said. Thomas said Krenning’s Events and Planning committee planned the polling parties, but Krenning himself was not allowed to attend because he is a slate. RHA week will come to a close 5 p.m. Friday with the RHA Ball at The Upper Crust Bakery downtown. “The purpose of the Ball is to announce the results of the presidential election and each year we do a different spin on it, so that residents can come out and just have fun,” Programming Coordinator Natasha Desai said.

MSA Senate elects Sloan as new speaker AMANDA CAPUA Staff Writer The Missouri Students Association Senate elected Budget Committee Chairman Jacob Sloan as the new senate speaker Wednesday night. “I’m really excited that I got senate speaker,” Sloan said. “It’s a big deal, and I’m glad it finally came through.” The Senate had to participate in a run-off vote after Sloan initially tied for votes with Academic Affairs Committee Chairman Everett Bruer. During the first vote, the two were tied 14-14. One senator abstained and one voted for current Senate Speaker Evan Wood as a writein candidate. According to the bylaws, if a vote results in a tie, a runoff between the top two nominees should occur. As Wood’s name was submitted during the vote, he unintentionally became a third-party nominee. There was much confusion over the correct procedure for Senate Speaker elections. “I’m frustrated in retrospect because Evan didn’t know if he had a vote, so he said he would only vote if there was a tie,” Operations Committee Chairman Justin Mohn said. Wood said he never had any intention to run for the position again but that he would have under certain circumstances. “In the event that no one was going to run, I would have stepped in,” Woods said. Sloan won after a second vote with a tally of 16-14 in his favor. Thirty out of 57 senators were present for the vote. Mohn said this outcome was foreseeable. “I think the race would’ve been close either way,” Mohn said.

Sloan said he officially decided to run for senate speaker a few weeks ago. “I thought about running for a while, and I was on and off about it,” Sloan said. To be eligible to run for senate speaker, the candidate must have been a senator or an officer of the senate for at least two semesters, Wood said. They also needed to be current senators. “You basically need two semesters of experience,” Wood said. Sloan has been a senator for nearly two years, most of this time spent as a member of the budget committee. Sloan said his major goal as senate speaker was to follow Wood and previous MSA President Tim Noce’s efforts in lobbying for a voting student curator. “The under-appreciation of the student curator is an issue,” Sloan said. Secretary of Auxiliaries Matt Sheppard spoke on behalf of Sloan at the Senate meeting. He said Sloan has executive experience and will do an amazing job. “I’ve learned a lot from working with faculty members, and I want to create a system where committees communicate more with the faculty,” Sloan said. Although his term as senate speaker has ended, Wood said he still has a seat on the Senate. He doesn’t know what to do with that seat yet, he said. “I don’t want to encroach on the new senate speaker,” Wood said. “I don’t know what to I still have projects in progress, and I still want to work on them through Senate or some other means.” Sloan said he is going to take his new role seriously. “I am going to be very passionate about the position,” Sloan said.


Sophomore chef Caroline Merten prepares the appetizer for the winning team, Insane Chef Posse, on Wednesday at the Residence Halls Association Iron Chef Competition. The event is a competition teaming up Campus Dining Services chefs with student chefs from residence halls.

Thomas and the newly elected president will also be making a speech.

The event is open to everyone who wants to come and tickets are $5 at the door.

Plans for ‘One Mizzou’ underway JIMMY HIBSCH Associate Editor In response to the Hatch Hall racist graffiti incident, student leaders met Tuesday to discuss the inception of the new “One Mizzou” campaign. “Bascially, the program is an initiative to promote diversity and community on campus,” Missouri Students Association President Eric Woods said. “Different groups on campus are coming together to find some solutions — be it programming, goals, events or ideas — that we can use to promote that.” At Tuesday’s meeting, the majority of discussion revolved around the selection of a logo. The logo will be dispersed throughout campus, notably on banners that will be hung in the MU Student Center. “It sounds kind of silly, but we’re trying to brand this thing,” MSA Multicultural Issues Committee member Sean Nahlik said. “We wanted something iconic, simple and recognizable — that’s really the whole idea behind One Mizzou.” These banners will be unveiled at an event in March. Woods said the campus will see a “One Mizzou Day” sometime in midApril, but didn’t want to reveal the surprise of the day just yet. This year, student leaders chose to react differently to the graffiti incident than they did last year when students dispersed cotton balls outside the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. “When issues like this have occurred in the past, we generally focus on initial responses,” Woods said. “We talk about how upset and offended we are, but very rarely do we take action to do something that will have lasting impact.” MSA Senate Speaker Evan Wood said

a pragmatic approach is what sets One Mizzou apart from events such as last year’s Town Hall meeting concerning the cotton ball incident. “Instead of just talking about how we’re all appalled, we’re talking about how we can move forward,” Wood said. “This isn’t something that is going to set off a bang and then go away. It’s going to be around for the foreseeable future.” This was one of several initiatives MU will take to combat racism. “Obviously, I don’t think this is going to kill racism,” Nahlik said. “But it is a step in the right direction.” Racism is something almost impossible to kill, Wood acknowledged. “The thing that I’ve learned seeing this happen two years in a row is that there are always going to be people with extreme views and occasionally, they’re going to act on them,” Wood said. “But at the same time, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be doing everything we can to foster a higher sense of community and togetherness.” Representatives from the Residence Halls Association, Triangle Coalition, the Asian American Association, Four Front and the Graduate Professionals Council were also present at Tuesday’s meeting. They will most likely meet weekly, and hope to see members of the Legion of Black Collegians attend in the future. “We’ve got multiple students from diverse groups on campus who are all interested in seeing this succeed,” Woods said. “That’s what I think is the best part of this – it’s not just MSA or LBC trying to address the issue of diversity. It’s everyone working together to address these issues once and for all in a way that will hopefully be on a big scale.”






Receiving stolen property

2. POLICE INVESTIGATE IPAD THEF FROM DORM ROOM MU Police Department officers responded to a report of a stolen iPad in Jones Hall just before 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.



Jones Hall Larceny


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At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, Mandi F. Billingsley, 17, was arrested after a fight involving using a computer and drug accusations. In an e-mail, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said the assault occurred at 1804 Heriford Road when the suspect and the 15-year-old victim began arguing over using a computer and accusations of drug use. Billingsley was charged with third-degree assault.



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Walmart First-degree burglary

ASHLEY LANE | GRAPHICS ASSISTANT The black iPad with a blue cover is valued at $600, MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer said. “The individual reported that the device was stolen out of her room on the sixth floor,” Weimer said. 3. WOMAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF BURGLARIZING WALMART Rhonda Matney was arrested Wednesday at Walmart on 415 Conley Road. Wieneke said offers arrested Matney after she attempted to leave the store with over $400 in merchandise she had not paid for. After the arrest, offi-

cers learned Walmart issued Matney a trespassing warning from Walmart on a previous occasion. She was charged with first-degree burglary. 4. SUSPECT FOUND WANDERING CAMPUS BUILDING AFTER HOURS A Columbia man was arrested on multiple charges after he was found in the Physics Building early Wednesday morning. Weimer said officers found Nicolas Strus, 19, in the building shortly after 5 a.m. with 20 milligrams of the prescription drug Adderall in his possession. “There was a campus security

guard on patrol and that’s how he was discovered,” Weimer said. Strus was arrested on suspicion of second-degree trespassing, violation of liquor laws and possession of a controlled substance. 5. SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY PAID SOMEONE TO STEAL LICENSE PLATES Around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Scott J. Bates was arrested on charges of unlawfully receiving license plates. Wieneke said police were called about a theft at 1311 Cynthia Drive. Officers were told that stolen plates were on a vehicle at that address. Officers confirmed that

a Volkswagen there had stolen plates. They also spoke with Bates, the owner of the vehicle. He told police that he had paid someone to steal them. Bates was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. — Kelsey Maffett and Ally McEntire, of The Maneater staff If you have information on these crimes, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS. All calls are confidential. If a court authority later proves innocence of a charge stated in the Blotter, contact The Maneater to request an updated entry.

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MU sports spend less than most in Big 12 JIMMY HIBSCH Associate Editor MU ranks third in the Big 12 for its number of athletic programs, but its ranking drops to eighth in total expenses, with eight programs spending the least of any Big 12 program in the same sport. Despite its relatively low operating budget, the Athletics Department is thriving, Athletics Department spokesman Chad Moller said. “It’s certainly been a challenge,” Moller said. “But that’s just been our philosophy under Mike Alden’s leadership – that our mentality here has to be that we do more with less. There are a lot of people out there who believe that having more money than anybody else guarantees winning and top-notch programs. We don’t think that’s necessarily the case.” With operating expenses at $53.2 million, MU managed to generate $55.7 million in revenue between July 2009 and June 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The department is completely financially independent of MU, Moller said. MU is one of few departments in the nation that can boast this fact. “The Athletics Department used to receive money from the campus to go toward debt retirement for our facilities,” Moller said. “That was to the tune of a couple million dollars a year. We have, over the past three years, worked that off of our books so we no longer receive any money from the university.” This was set as a goal in response to Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal to cut state appropriations for the UM


MU runs on less money than most of the other universities in the Big 12.

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System by 7 percent, which would amount to a $12.7 million drop in funding for MU. “It just makes sense for a lot of reasons,” Moller said. “With the scrutiny that universities are under in this day and age with the economic situation, there’s a lot of thought out there of whether athletics is something that a university should spend its limited money on. I think the fact that we


The Tigers celebrate their eighth victory over Kansas since the creation of the Big 12 Conference during the Border Showdown on Nov. 27 at Arrowhead Stadium. MU athletic teams operate on a smaller budget than most other Big 12 teams.

can show our level of success and be sufficient makes everyone feel good.” Still, donating these funds will not affect MU’s 20 athletic programs, Moller said. In fact, many teams have seen some of their most successful seasons in recent history, regardless of their budgets. The wrestling team, a nonrevenue sport, has the lowest operating budget in the Big 12, but it still managed to produce an individual national champion and a top 10 finish for the third time in the past four years.

“If your mindset lets it impede you, it will,” wrestling coach Brian Smith said. “Would it be easier if I had more money? Heck yeah. Anybody that answers that question and says they would rather work with less money would be lying. But my mindset when I took this job was, ‘We can build this into a really great program.’ You have to approach it with a ‘glass half full’ approach.” He said the team uses fundraisers and alumni donations to supplement its budget. The team’s budget is

something Smith said rarely comes to his mind, and thus he does not worry about it much. “The situation is what it is and you have what you have,” Moller said. “You have to develop a plan to wisely spend the money that you do have, and we feel good that we’ve found the right balance of taking what resources we have and creating an environment where you can have a successful program. There are more ways to support a program than just having an unending checkbook.”

‘You in Mizzou’ asks, ‘Do racial MSO hosts Qiyam night for Libya stereotypes still exist?’ KATE GRUMKE Reporter Students, staff, faculty and community members met in Memorial Union on Tuesday to ask the question, “Do racial stereotypes still exist today?” This dialogue was part of the monthly “You in Mizzou” series, which is sponsored by the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative. The discussion topics for these meetings are chosen from suggestions from last year’s participants. “It’s a venue for people to come together and discuss issues that the students want to discuss,” said Noor Azizan-Gardner, MU Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative director of diversity programming. At the beginning of the meeting, after getting their free pizza and drinks, the participants were divided into groups led by facilitators to discuss the night’s topic. Each participant was given an index card and asked to write, “I’m ‘blank,’ does that make me ‘blank’?” The cards describing racial stereotypes were then collected and passed around the groups at random to start the discussion. Some of the answers were “I’m a middle aged black man, does that make me dangerous?” and “I’m white, does that make me entitled?” “Race is kind of a sensitive topic for a lot of people and the basic purpose of this program is to create a safe space where people can

come in and feel free to talk about diversity related issues,” student coordinator Yuan Gao said. “It’s difficult to open up a conversation like this, but you’ve got to learn something and express different opinions.” The small groups discussed for about an hour and then came together to review what they learned. “I really liked it,” freshman Robert Green said. “I just wish there was a little bit more time because the discussions were quite interesting. We learned a lot of different perspectives and viewpoints.” The advertisements for the event said participants would explore their differences and discover their similarities during their discussions. “The point is to educate or to hear other perspectives and to learn to respect,” Gao said. “I don’t expect people to really change something fundamentally in the way they go on with their life.” Azizan-Gardner said dialogue could lead to personal change and then to action. “We think that students are amazing, and they are powerful and also very enlightened,” Azizan-Gardner said. “They can listen and think about an issue and many of them can come up with really creative, positive solutions to the problems we have at Mizzou. Dialogue is powerful. We


SPRING SCHEDULE There are two meetings left in the spring 2011 You in Mizzou series.

Sexual Banter: Flirting or Hurting? Wednesday, March 2, 2011 7–9 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union Transgender: Navigating the Gray Zone of Gender Identity Wednesday, April 6, 2011 7–9 p.m. in S203 Memorial Union Source: Chancellor's Diversity Initiative website ASHLEY LANE | GRAPHICS ASSISTANT

can foster action.” Gao said a goal is to raise awareness. Some solutions to racial stereotypes were offered at the discussion. “I think we need to have more diversity programming, and people need to learn more about each other’s cultures and just get to know each other better,” Green said. “You in Mizzou” was started in 2006 and has met monthly since then. It is held the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. This discussion was rescheduled after it was canceled because of the snow days. “This is, I think, an important enough topic that students really wanted to discuss it,” AzizanGardner said about the reason the event was rescheduled.

GARRETT RICHIE Staff Writer In a sharp dichotomy from the loud chants of Wednesday’s rally at Speakers Circle, the Muslim Student Organization hosted a Qiyam Night on Thursday to pray for the situation in Libya and other uprisings in the Middle East. After Wednesday’s charged declarations of “Down, down Gadhafi” and “Free, free Libya,” about 15 students and Columbia residents fought their way through the unexpected snowstorm to gather in the quiet unfurnished prayer rooms at the Islamic Center. With Internet shutdowns across Libya, Columbia residents who used to call the nation their home have limited communication with family overseas. MSO President Arwa Mohammad said the Qiyam provided a way for people to participate in the struggle. “A few of the officers got together and decided that this would be a good way for college students to be involved somehow to try and affect the happenings halfway across the world,” Mohammad said. Mohammad said Qiyam, or “night prayers,” are a tradition many Muslims already observe year round, and the events in the Middle East provided an extra incentive to do so. “It’s one way for us to choose to do some extra worship during this time, asking God to alleviate the oppression of everybody around the world, not just in Libya but in all the

different countries that are similarly oppressed,” Mohammad said. Qiyam, the most virtuous form of non-obligatory prayer in Islam, includes readings from the Quran and supplications to God, in this case to help those in the Middle East, junior Taha Hameduddin said. “It’s a special prayer we’re doing, asking God to help those that are in Libya because they’re going through a very hard time,” Hameduddin said. MSO spokesman Mahir Khan said the prayers are a great way for Muslims in America to have an impact on the conflicts going on in the Middle East. “We’re just trying to do whatever we can to help out, even if it’s just prayer,” Khan said. “You know the power of prayer; you can’t really quantify it, so that’s why we organized that and why we’re trying to do as much as we can.” A second Qiyam Night might be held Saturday in accordance with a request from prominent American Muslim scholars, Mohammad said. “Some of the scholars in America have called on Muslims everywhere to try to do something, even if they’re not directly involved in (the conflict),” she said. With Libyans and other Middle Eastern countries struggling to overthrow autocratic rulers in the region, Khan said this is an opportunity for Muslims to have a major impact. “This is a time for Muslims to show, especially Muslim youth, Muslims our age in MSO, to show that they have a voice and can make a difference in this world,” he said.




RALLY: Local residents partner with MSO Continued from page 1 autocratic ruler Gadhafi. What originated as a series of protests has since evolved into violence. Gadhafi openly declared war on his people in an attempt to maintain his 42-year reign. The rally was a collaborative effort between members of Columbia’s Libyan community and the Muslim Student Organization. MSO spokesman Mahir Khan said a few Columbia residents with family ties to Libya contacted MSO to help organize the event. “It was something really simple that we could do,” Khan said. “It’s important because we wanted to show the solidarity that we have, even all the way over in Missouri, for Muslims in Libya, Egypt, Bahrain and all across the Middle East where these revolutions are taking place.” Columbia resident Haitham Alramahi, wrapped in a Libyan flag and hoarse from two hours of screaming, occasionally interjected with chants like “Game Over, Gadhafi” and “Too late to repent, Gadhafi, go back to your tent.” “Being the president is like a game to him,” Alramahi said. “It’s like a joke. He’s more like a ‘Scarface.’ He’s sick. He’s psycho. He’s crazy. If anyone tries to stop him, he will kill them.” Despite the violence, protester Fatima Bendardaf said Libyans will fight until all lives are lost because they’ve got nothing left to live for. The time for revolution is now, she said. “We’d all go to Libya today to fight,” Bendardaf said. “We’d die today. We’d do that. There are photos on Facebook of coffins and of

Gadhafi’s regime opening fire at people’s funerals. The people of Libya want him dead. They want the man to suffer. I want him to be taken to court like Osama, but the list of crimes he’s committed is too long for that.” Bendardaf said communication with her family in Benghazi has been limited. Recent phone calls have been frantic with audible gunfire and shouting in the background, she said. “I want to see some sort of justice in the lifetime of my parents,” Bendardaf said, choking back tears. “The only thing I’ve wanted for my dad is (for him) to see this and be able to go back to his country and see his parents’ graves.” Protesters donned black “Free Libya” shirts, complete with the country’s flag, waved small flags and chanted along to cries of “Down, down Gadhafi” and “Free, free Libya.” Some protesters wrapped keffiyeh scarves around their necks to signify support of solidarity in the Middle East. Walid said what’s happening in Libya is an atrocity. “How do you attack the people you’ve been leading?” Walid said. “The United States and the United Nations are just standing and watching. The United States issued a statement three days after Ghadafi began attacking his people and blamed the delay on President’s Day.” Columbia resident Ahmed elTayash who led the anti-Gadhafi chants for the majority of the rally, said the event was the best viable option to voice opposition to Gadhafi’s reign in Libya. “We’re just here to show our support and show that we want Gadhafi


Moammar Gadhafi seized control of Libya in a military coup in 1969, he has been in control for about 42 years. Feb. 15 Inspired by similar events in Egypt and Tunisia, protests erupted in Benghazi against Gadhafi's regime, calling for democracy. Feb. 17 Eight reported dead, "Day of Rage" against Gadhafi's regime organized on Facebook. Feb. 19 At least 12 reported dead as the army is ordered to fire into a crowd of protesters in Benghazi. Feb. 20 Violence spreads to Tripoli, the capital and largest city. Government buildings are set on fire by protesters. Feb. 21 Libya's Air Force is ordered to bomb Benghazi, but two planes refuse by landing their jets in neighboring Malta instead. Feb. 23 Reports vary on the death count, but estimate 300-400 deaths so far.


A young supporter of the uprising in Libya holds a small Libyan flag Wednesday during a rally at Speakers Circle.

out and call him out for what he is — a tyrant, a murderer, a killer, a thief,” el-Tayash said. Bendardaf said Libyans have no voice. “Ghadafi has silenced them by cutting off their phones and

Internet,” Bendardaf said. “There is not one Libyan here who hasn’t been affected. Not one Libyan here doesn’t have a family member who hasn’t been imprisoned, murdered, tortured or forced in to political exile.”

Feb. 24 The Los Angeles Times reports Gadhafi has lost control of most of the country including the second and third largest cities. Happening Now Protesters have surrounded Tripoli, where Gadhafi-loyal militia are fighting them back. Al-jazeera reports military aircraft are bombing protesters in Tripoli. Switzerland ordered Gadhafi's assets be frozen.

Source: Al-Jazeera, LA Times, Twitter


GOSPEL: 40 universities represented and boasts keynote speakers including CNN anchor Soledad O’Brian. ing to rap genres. The night ended The Big XII Conference on Black with two performances of stepping, a Student Government will culminate form of rhythmic dance with African with a Step Show and party on Sunday roots. night. The purpose of the conference is to “The Gospel Extravaganza sets the teach students to become leaders, but tone for the entire weekend,” Planning Thursday’s event had a spiritual side, Committee member Lakeisha White said. Williams said. “It’s important “As a black stubecause, for so dent here, you are This whole weekend is impormany years, the facing issues that Christian — the tant, because it's teaching us as other students Baptist — reli- a race to not be complacent. in your situation gion has played can’t relate to.” such a big role in Lischen Reeves Between perour community,” Workshop Committee member formers, videos White said. “We depicted footage looked on it to find our leaders, so it of African Americans throughout makes sense that this is a leadership history. conference.” “This whole weekend is imporStudent representatives from tant, because it’s teaching us as a 40 universities around the coun- race to not be complacent,” Workshop try attended the conference, which Committee member Lischen Reeves includes workshops relating to topics said. “It’s important to show that we’re like health, finance and leadership progressing.” Continued from page 1


Sophomore Kheyra Halane performs at the Gospel Extravaganza, the opening event for the 34th annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government on Thursday. The evening featured performers from MU and Columbia.

Performers have been rehearsing for the event since the beginning of the semester, freshman singer Symonne Sparks said. “It was really awesome because it wasn’t for me — it was for God,” Sparks said. “It gives us a chance to come together and enjoy each other’s company.” The Big XII Council on Black Student Government was created in 1977, when African American students from each of the schools in the Big Eight Conference came together to address problems in their schools.  MU  students formally created the Big Eight Council and Conference on Black Student Government in 1978. Since then, the conference has expanded to include more schools and takes place at a different school every year. “The gospel event is something that you take not in mind, but in body and soul,” White said.    “It’s supposed to uplift you in a way that nothing else can.”

VETS: MU refuses to release comment on veterans' lawsuit Continued from page 1 Attorney John Campbell said the suit rests on the belief the federal aid should cover not only tuition, which comprises on 40 percent of most college costs, but the costs of attending college as well. “The primary problem is that right now is that if someone receives aid from the federal government the schools are applying it all to tuition even though that aid is also for room

and board, etc.,” Campbell said. “The result is that the school is often paid its full tuition, the same tuition you or I or anyone who is not a combat veteran would pay. Often the aid is completely depleted paying the tuition and the combat veterans’ federal aid is gone.” MU General Counsel Phillip Hoskins and Vice Provost for Admissions Ann Korschgen did not comment on the situation, as MU’s legal policy does not permit discus-

sion on pending litigation. The veterans’ charge against MU will focus on the clear intent of the Returning Heroes Act to reduce tuition for combat veterans, Campbell said. “In the say it’s being applied right, we do not believe (the Returning Heroes Act) is reducing tuition in most cases and even the cases in which tuition reduction occurs the reduction is less than it should be under the law,” Campbell said. “We

believe the statute requires that the tuition for combat veterans be reduced in a significant way.” Campbell said the lawsuit became necessary after conversations involving the law firm and the university yielded no result. In addition, the law firm hopes the decision, whether made by a judge or a court of appeals, will impact Missouri on a statewide level, rather than just MU. “Once a court of appeals speaks with some authority or we reach

an agreement as to what the law means and how it should be applied, all schools should follow suit, and we’ll see uniformity in application,” Campbell said. Campbell said he considers representing the veterans an honor to himself and his law firm. “I don’t know if it is necessarily an advantage, but it is a privilege to represent combat veterans,” Campbell said. “To an extent right now the statute helps them less than it should. "

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Ohio union workers protest Senate Bill 5 at state capitol UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI — More than a thousand demonstrators from around the state bottlenecked at the doors of Ohio’s Statehouse Tuesday in support of killing — or at least maiming — the controversial, allegedly union-busting Ohio Senate Bill 5. If passed, SB5 would abolish collective bargaining rights, the ability to negotiate on behalf of a union. Critics of the bill, however, say SB5 will essentially dismantle the foundation of a union and eventually end up annihilating unions in Ohio altogether. State troopers controlled access to the building and patrolled the capitol’s hallways, watching approximately 1,000 demonstrators let into the building. Troopers barred anyone else from entering, leaving hundreds of protesters demanding entry.

By Eamon Queeney The News Record

LGBT Resource Center looks into gender-neutral bathrooms UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS — The University of Kansas LGBT Resource Center has established a new gender-neutral bathroom task force this semester. The task force is conducting a survey on the amount of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus as well as single-stalled bathrooms that can be converted into gender-neutral bathrooms. The task force wants to create more campus bathrooms that serve the diversity of university students and their needs. “There are restrooms that can be easily altered with changing the sign on the door,” LGBT Resource Center Coordinator Diane Genther said. Genther said more gender-neutral bathrooms would help transgender students, disabled students with a different gendered attendant and parents with different gendered children.

By Adam Strunk The University Daily Kansan

Protests in Puerto Rico not reflective of U.S. democracy UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS — Police brutality, constitutional violations and government sponsored propaganda are rampant and currently destroying civil liberties in Puerto Rico. Although nearly everyone is aware of the recent uprisings in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, the injustices being suffered by Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens, are hardly mentioned in mainstream media. Students and faculty at the University of Puerto Rico have been holding “civil disobedience” strikes since Dec.14 in protest of a recently imposed $800 fee. Approximately 50 percent of the population in Puerto Rico is living at or beneath the federally declared poverty level. The flat fee combined with dissolution of fee waivers, previously available to honor, athlete and low-income students, will prevent thousands of students from studying this semester.

By Jacqueline Hall The Daily Collegian ­— Compiled by Lauren Bale, Staff Writer


Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., answers questions on topics ranging from the new national budget to the bank bailout during her town hall meeting Wednesday at Columbia City Hall. McCaskill held town hall meetings across the state this week to answer questions and listen to Missourians voice concerns.

McCaskill speaks out on Libya, budget cuts at town hall forum GREGORY ZAJAC AND KARI PAUL of The Maneater Staff Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., advocated reducing the deficit and defended President Barack Obama’s policy on Libya at a town hall forum Wednesday in Columbia City Hall. She said increased contracting oversight and cuts in military spending are necessary to balance the budget. “Cuts have to happen,” McCaskill said. “They have to happen in the discretionary domestic budget, but they also have to happen in the discretionary defense budget.” Ahmed El-Tayesh, who attended the forum and has family in Libya, asked McCaskill what she and the Obama-Biden Administration were doing to put pressure on Moammar Gadhafi, the Libyan dictator of 42 years who is engaging in violent crackdowns against protestors in the country. “I’m not asking for troops,” El-Tayash said. “I’m just asking for America to take a strong stand and Obama to take a strong stand against a dictator, a tyrant, a killer, a murderer of innocent people.” McCaskill avoided specifics but said she was sure the administration was taking action behind the scenes. She explained she thinks the Obama Administration is doing its best to solve the complicated problem of Middle East conflict. “The entire situation


Susie Thoma, a member of the Cooper County Tea Party holds a basket of questions and listens to an attendee of Sen. Claire McCaskill’s town hall meeting ask a question Wednesday. To keep things fair, Thoma was put in charge of picking the questions for the senator to answer because she said she would never vote for McCaskill.

in the Middle East is very tricky, because the United States needs to monitor it, the United States needs to express its displeasure over innocent people ever having to suffer bloodshed because they want to be free, but at the same time we cannot be seen as meddling or trying to dictate to all of these nations what happens,” McCaskill said. She went on to say it is important to help people who want freedom, but the U.S. government’s main focus should be on its own security. “While we really want to protect the people of Libya and Egypt and Yemen and all of these places that want freedom, we also have to stay focused on our number one priority, and that’s our national security,” McCaskill said. McCaskill said she thinks

such events are best handled outside the public’s view. “Sometimes, exerting political pressure is more effectively done in the area of foreign policy over the phone and in rooms far away and not on the front page of the newspaper,” McCaskill said. She said she would rather see budget cuts to the Defense Department than tax cuts for the wealthy, but said she recognizes the deficit requires everyone to make sacrifices. “Over the next 10 years, you should just assume that if you’re receiving funding from the federal government, it’s going to shrink,” McCaskill said. “You should assume that it’s going to shrink significantly, and I will be someone working to help it shrink.” McCaskill said we cannot afford to do all we are doing

now and budget cuts need to be made, but said she disagreed with the House’s recent budget cuts which are on their way to the Senate. “Everybody needs to share the pain,” McCaskill said. “I am not somebody who believes that all has to come at the expense of the working poor and the middle class, which is essentially what most of the cuts they did were at the expense of.” Jim Lambert expressed concern to McCaskill about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed last year with virtually no Republican support. “While I certainly agree that health care needs to be reformed, it just seems like this bill has passed in a fast moment of time within the Senate without really debate or discussion, and essentially got shoved down people’s throats,” Lambert said. McCaskill said the bill was debated extensively in the Senate and includes many positive provisions which people who have not read the bill are not aware of. She said House Republicans were essentially shoving their proposed budget cuts down American’s throats by passing it without bipartisan support. She said she thinks both parties should work together to support the working class and make decisions that help all Americans. “They voted on a partisan basis, not one Democrat voted for what the Republicans did in the House of Representatives,” McCaskill said.

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Cursive brings back the bizarre


Cursive describes its newest song-writing as more bizarre and intricate, drawing from the vibe of their older work.


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Tech N9ne shares how he feeds off of crowd and fan approval.


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CHASE KOENEKE movie columnist

'Unknown' a bit overzealous “Unknown” definitely gets an “A” for effort. It tries so hard to be a psychological thriller, it sometimes resembles an overenthusiastic puppy. But like a puppy, it wastes a ton of energy chasing its own tail by throwing in twist after twist, taking the plot nowhere. It begins harmlessly enough. Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) and his wife Elizabeth (January Jones) are in Berlin for a biotech conference. When they get to the hotel, Harris finds that he left his briefcase at the airport and takes a cab back to retrieve it. On the way back to the airport, the cab gets into an accident that leaves Harris in a coma for four days. When Harris comes to and tries to find his wife, he finds she’s with another man, a person claiming to be — cue dramatic music — Dr. Martin Harris, with all the documentation to prove it. From there, Harris is on a mission to prove he’s not crazy and ends up uncovering a r e v i e w conspiracy. It might seem as if I’ve given UNKNOWN away the whole plot (I know ME JAU DIRECTOR: when I saw all of this in the COLLET-SERRA trailer, that’s what I thought too), LIAM : FEATURING but believe me, this is only the NEESON, DIANE KRUGER, beginning of a movie so full of JANUARY JONES twists it would take an army of RATING: PG-13 chiropractors to straighten it out. 1 E: RUNNING TIM All these turns make the film HOUR, 53 MINUTES needlessly complicated, often of 5 asking you to recall things that happened five twists ago, despite not really making much of a difference in the long run. Early on in the movie, there’s a code written in a book of Harris’ that’s quite easy to figure out, though it stumps Harris for a good hour of the movie. And when he finally does figure it out, it does nothing to help him, instead turning out to be pretty inconsequential. Even with the weak plot, the film isn’t all bad. The performances are pretty solid. Diane Kruger is outstanding and outshines everyone (I’d take her over Natalie Portman any day), she just needs to attach herself to a better movie. Neeson is alright, but not spectacular and January Jones nails the “pretty block of wood” role of Elizabeth Harris (which is lucky, since that is the only acting Jones seems to be capable of). But the plot is just not up to par enough to warrant seeing “Unknown.” It’s a movie that demands your full attention, requiring you pick up on all the small details, but then fails to reward you for all your meticulous observation. I’ll admit, I didn’t have high hopes for “Unknown” going into it. I like Neeson, despite some of the disappointing roles he’s been taking recently (“Clash of the Titans,” “The A-Team,” etc.), but frankly, “Unknown” looked like a generic thriller flick taking advantage of a weak movie market with the Oscars right around the corner. But “Unknown” isn’t generic. It really does attempt some interesting things – and I applaud its spunk — but unfortunately, its execution continually disappoints, resulting in an ultimately forgettable movie.



In celebration of the 83rd annual Golden Globes, Ragtag Cinema will be showing a series of Oscar nominated short films, from the animated, live action and documentary genres. Lasting through March 2, you can continue to bask in the glow of the little gold guy, even after the sappy acceptance speeches and risqué wardrobe choices are over.


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Cursive fans should expect old and new tracks in concert After breaking up before the release of its second album in 1998, Cursive re-formed upon the return of its lead singer, Tim Kasher, from Portland. “He came back, and we started hanging out,” bassist Matt Maginn said. “It was just like, ‘Well, people moved back here. Maybe we should do this again.’” Cursive did do it again, releasing four more LPs and becoming a Saddle Creek Records staple. The band will be making a stop in Columbia on the way to Miami to start a tour with Bright Eyes. “We wanted to book shows on the way down, and we always have a good time in Columbia, so we wanted to stop there,” Maginn said. Maginn said Columbia fans should expect a mix of old and new tracks. “We’re going to play a good mix of a lot of the stronger tunes on the last two records,” Maginn said. “And ideally we’re going to play one or two new songs as well.” Cursive is working on new songs as part of its new record currently in progress. “I would describe it as a little more back to some of our older style of bizarre, intricate but uptempo and kind of anthemic, rock-

ing tunes,” Maginn said. Since releasing the break-out The Ugly Organ to universal approval, the band has built a following with a sound described as emo and post-hardcore by some, but dubbed simply “rock and roll” by Maginn. The band’s origin lies with Saddle Creek Records and the Omaha music scene. “It was the guys in The Faint and Bright Eyes and Cursive all sort of working around each other at the same time and encouraging each other in a real positive, creative way,” Maginn said. “We were all friends and you always wanted to make them happy or have them dig what you were doing. I think, we all went in different directions, but we’re always trying to push ourselves to do something unique.” Multiple members of Cursive have contributed to Bright Eyes records. Maginn has played bass on six Bright Eyes LPs. “I like it because, for me, it’s just different,” he said. “It’s a different style and type of music so it gives me a chance to play just a little differently.” There is also the benefit of getting to play without having to deal with the normal obligations of a band.

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“I can just write my parts and record it,” Maginn said. “You don’t have to be quite as worried about all the other day-to-day work that band members that are part of the band have to do.” While Conor Oberst has hinted that The People’s Key could be Bright Eyes’ last album, the members of Cursive have no concrete plans of calling it quits any time soon. “We talk about breaking up after every record, I think,” Maginn said with a laugh. “I think we’re just going to keep doing it until it’s not

fun and we don’t feel like we’re getting any creative experience out of it. I guess that’s about it. That’d be the decider.” Cursive will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Mojo’s, with Call Me Lightning and Boreal Hills. Tickets are $12 beforehand and $14 at the door. brandon foster | staff writer

* of the full interview with Cursive


Tech N9ne returns to The Blue Note Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne’s left hand is scarred from the gripping fingernails of frenzied fans. And he loves it. “I like to feel their energy 100 percent,” Aaron Yates, AKA Tech N9ne, said. “I love intimate shows, up close and personal. In big venues, it’s hard to see faces, hard to touch people.” That’s one reason Tech N9ne has performed at The Blue Note a dozen times. “There’s a really good fan base there,” Strange Music label Publicity Coordinator Korey Lloyd said. “We have a great relationship with the Blue Note, and it’s close to home. College campuses are good spots to be in, because there’s lots of fan appreciation. We love their support, and we love to show them that we don’t overlook them.” Tech lists other reasons to return as “all the overwhelming love that they give me,” the sold out shows and the beautiful women. He feels they might soon need a bigger venue, because his shows at The Blue Note are consistently sold out. Tech’s visit to Columbia offers him a break from his studio work. He’s recording his next album All 6’s

and 7’s, set to drop in June. “It means in a state of confusion, in a state of disarray,” Tech said. He explained that, like his previous album Anghellic, the title stemmed from a tattoo he planned to get. “It describes me,” Tech said. “I embraced my confusion, my sadness. I embraced my madness.” Tech said he can’t confirm rumors about tracks featuring Eminem and Nicki Minaj on the new album. “I have songs for them,” he said. “But we don’t know if they’ll do it yet.” Such kingpin collaborators aren’t out of reach for Tech, who recently released a mixtape produced by Dr. Dre, among others. Tech said he would also like to work on tracks with System of a Down, Slipknot and Floetry. Tech said he bases his songs off the background tracks. “Once I listen to the beat, life will tell me what to do with it,” Tech said, humming the beat to “Caribou Lou.” “That beat’s telling me what to do.” These background tracks range

from the party-ready “Caribou Lou,” which has 12 million Myspace plays, to the eerie piano in “K.O.D.” “It sounded so wicked that I had to make it the theme of the album,” Tech said of the piano track. “I love the piano riff. It sounded like Hannibal Lector eating somebody’s liver.” Tech is best known for his flow and his speed-rapping abilities. His stage name, Tech N9ne, was given to him by rapper Black Walt because of Tech’s ability to rap fast as a TEC-9, a semi-automatic handgun. To Tech, the name signifies the complete technique of rap, because nine is the number of completion and “tech” is short for “technique.” Tech usually wears face paint on stage to get in performance mode. “I feared clowns when I was younger,” Tech said. “As I got older, I became feared. When I’m on that stage, the clown makes it possible for me not to be shy. It’s like I’m invincible. The clown protects me from all.” What fans might not expect about the rapper is his love of The Doors. Tech said Jim Morrison has been his inspiration in music. Tech’s label, Strange Music, was inspired

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by “People are Strange,” a Doors’ song. When Tech performed in Paris, he stopped and drank some Jack Daniel’s with Jim Morrison at his grave in Pére Lachaise Cemetery. “It was a big thing for me,” Tech said. “My music took me to a place where a guy was born that inspired me to do something great.” Tech N9ne will be performing March 2 at The Blue Note with Stevie Stone and The Cold Cuts. teresa klassen | staff writer







For fans of Officer Farva and Finkelstein, Broken Lizard’s Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme will be performing their stand-up routine at Deja Vu. Two parts of the mastermind comedy troupe behind Super Troopers and Beerfest, they’ve already won your laughs.

Celebrating modern composition, the Columbia Civic Orchestra will perform pieces by local composers Hugo Vianello and Tom McKenny, as well as national and international works spanning the past decade.

One-man band Phillip Reilly Stendek records his songs in pieces. A mash-up of mixed live recordings, his song pool draws from a variety of genres. With a stage name stemming from the mysterious 1947 airplane crash, the Star Dust airliner, his work promises to be nothing but original.


Maitre de MOVE

El Rancho: diamond in the rough The perfect menu landscape of Mexican cuisine for a date night in * MOVE spends a night in a late-night Columbia staple. KRISSY TRIPP food columnist

Columbia might offer quite a few date night options, but if you’re tired of movies and downtown, try staying in and having some fun with food. Yes, food. Cooking can be fun for any couple, no matter where you’re at in the relationship. You’re creating something together and then enjoying the fruits of your labor. You might even learn something in the process. Aren’t new experiences what keep those I’mcompletely-in-love-with-you-still endorphins going? If you’re outdoorsy and the weather is nice, try grilling something. Get out the charcoal and relax together while it heats up. You don’t have to be an expert in cuts of meat to make this work. Hamburgers and hotdogs will do just fine for this laidback atmosphere. But, if you’re looking for something a little healthier, try veggie skewers or marinating vegetables and wrapping them in tin foil on the grill. This is perfect for group settings or simply relaxing with your sweetie. Looking for something more romantic? Try making fondue. Unless you have a real fondue pot, you’ll have the best luck making this in a pot (be very careful not to burn it), and then transferring the chocolate to a bowl, so it doesn’t burn sitting on the stove. There are few foods more euphoric or associated with sensuality than chocolate fondue, so it’s a good choice for any date, especially if you can have fun thinking of things to dip in it. A few suggestions: bananas, strawberries, apples, nuts and marshmallows — the more things you sample, the more fun you’ll have. Quick note: cheese fondue is also a delicious choice, but doesn’t carry the same je ne sais quoi chocolate does. Decorative desserts are possibly the most fun you can have in the kitchen. Try baking cookies and then decorating them for one other. Angel food cake with whipped cream and fruit is another fun alternative, especially if the fruit is in season. Hy-Vee is kind enough to stock mini cakes and whipped cream in the fruit department, so you don’t have to do much searching. Think especially hard about trying whipped cream for a topping — it can be fun after dessert. If cooking outside or getting messy with sweet treats isn’t your taste, it’s hard to go wrong with Greek or Italian dinners. The trick is keeping it light. If you stuff your face with pasta, you’ll probably end the night wishing you wore sweat pants and passing out uncomfortably on the couch. Instead, try grilled chicken salad — Greek or Caesar salads work well for this, and go great with wine. Any Mediterranean recipe using fish will probably have a more exotic flavor than most pasta, and it will be much lighter, avoiding that disgusting overstuffed feeling. Date night food can be of any variety, the trick is having fun with the preparation and enjoying your creation together.

Being from Texas, I have been spoiled by the abundance of Latin flavor found around every corner, and, inevitably, have been unimpressed with what Mexican food my new Midwestern home has to offer. That is, until I made my first visit to El Rancho this week. This local favorite is an authentic and tasty escape from the otherwise mediocre Mexican cuisine our small college town has to offer. Open as late as 3 a.m., it is an exciting alternative to your typical boring array of late night munchies options. 10:25 p.m.: culture clash As I walked into El Rancho, I immediately noticed the unique authenticity its atmosphere offered. A combination of loud colors intertwined tributes to the cultures of both Mexico and Columbia, creating its unique aesthetic identity. The bright blue and green walls featured mariachi-playing children alongside paintings of Memorial Union, the columns, downtown and sombrero-wearing tigers. The window overlooking East Broadway is lined with twinkling Christmas lights, and piñatas and streamers hang from the bright blue ceiling. A few of the tables were occupied with small groups of college-aged friends quietly enjoying steaming plates of fajitas and colorful beverages in a laid-back, familiar atmosphere. Heard over the upbeat tempo of Mexican pop music were the sounds of Latin dialect coming from behind the counter as the cooks playfully teased a disgruntled female worker to cheer her up. I sat down with my tacos and coke near a young man and woman. Their slightly nervous

conversation and guarded body language indicated they were on a first or second date, but their empty margarita cups and stacked plates made it obvious they were enjoying each other’s company. 11:10 p.m.: late-night muchies The sounds changed from Spanish banter to loud English giggles and chatter as business picked up and boisterous groups of people filed in. An eclectic looking mix of middle-aged locals joyously greeted two young men with long dreadlocks sitting at a back table, and immediately joined them to devour a plate of nachos, before ordering more food. The wide, content grins on each of their faces, the focus and attention with which they wolfed down their food and their hazy conversation marked by chronic snickering and random bouts of riotous laughter made it clear just how much they were enjoying their late-night munchies. 12:40 a.m.: underground lake When the counter wasn’t occupied by eager patrons ordering their favorite Mexican dishes, the young charming cooks engaged in friendly Spanish conversation with me. An elderly man with one arm, and not exactly in his right mind, had been bumbling around the restaurant for some time now, chatting up the workers and customers. He approached me and we had a slightly uncomfortable conversation, which included his detailed description of an underground lake. 1:00 a.m.: peaceful exit I took one last look around as I got ready to leave. A shaggy-haired teenage boy, maybe a high school or MU student, wearing glasses and a tiedyed shirt sat at the counter, gazing through the

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Roberto Lopez cooks and prepares food Wednesday night at El Rancho. El Rancho’s authentic Mexican food is popular among MU students. window into the street with his to-go box and a pack of Camel Turkish Royals sitting in front of him. The couple was still there, looking much more enchanted and comfortable in each other’s presence. susan costa | reporter


A proposal to end the laugh track * Leave the laughter to the viewers I found something completely off-putting when I watched CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” for the first time the other day. That something was its laugh track. For those who are out-ofthe-loop there, laugh tracks are fake laughter that sounds off in the background during the punch line of jokes on many popular sitcoms. “Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men” use them. Sitcom heavy weights of yesteryear such as “Friends” and “Seinfeld” also used them. But laugh tracks are (and should be) a thing of the past. With the new era of comedy, there is a demand for a more mature, quieter background noise. I understand the appeal of laugh tracks: People like laughing with other people. If you watch “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” with a group of friends, you’ll probably laugh harder than when you’re alone. But what is so unnerving about the laugh track is how insincere it sounds. After all, it is a television simulating human beings laughing. And, to make matter worse, it seems like the audience is laughing after every sentence in “Big Bang Theory,” even on the lines that aren’t funny at all.

The laugh track has a long history. Early talk shows and radio shows often used live audiences and incorporated their responses in the finished television product. But when live audiences just didn’t cut it, producers and directors added additional laughs to simulate hilarity. Think of it like steroids for sitcoms. But if you take a look at the best sitcoms on television right now -- “30 Rock,” “Community” and “Modern Family” among others – none of them have the choreographed chuckles that were onzzzzzce common in primetime television. The trend of ditching the laugh track isn’t a new concept either. “M.A.S.H.” neglected the fad. “The Office” could be credited for resurrecting the silent audience. Laugh tracks patronize the shows themselves and the expected gratitude for each joke is a bar set too high. What if I don’t want to laugh when that nerdy guy on “Big Band Theory” says something smart and that hot girl across the hall doesn’t understand it? (Which, by the way, are 99 percent of the jokes on that show.) Audiences are intelligent enough to know when and when not

to laugh. Perhaps, more than anything, the silent audience is a mark of the future. Live audiences were primarily made up of families (Think: “America’s Funniest Home Videos”) But American audiences are bored with the platonic family sitting around the house making family-friendly jokes. It is no longer a reflection of our time period. We want our sitcoms to be more like “South Park,” not more like “Married With Children.” The new breed of sitcom deals with issues of the day, it’s older and challenges traditional values more than ever before. We want to see Cam and Mitchell kiss on “Modern Family,” we want to see the gang on “It’s Always Sunny” pick up girls at an anti-abortion rally, we even want to see David Duchovny bed a nun on “Californication.” And without a laugh track assaulting our eardrums, every joke is honest and received. To all television producers: let your audience laugh in peace. pierce courchaine | associate editor


After weeks of preliminary rounds to determine the five best local and regional acts, all of the Bandamonium battlers’ hard work is coming to a head in the final round Saturday at The Blue Note. One band will walk away with $2,000 and the Bandamonium title.



Tangled in the four-piece folk band’s Eastern European routes, "100 Lovers" is Devotchka’s first album in four years. Its methodic piano work and pop-friendly use of a variety of instruments make the album well worth the wait.



Irish-punk rockers the Dropkick Murphy’s promise their seventh album Going Out in Style will be their best work yet. The story of Cornelius, an Irish Immigrant, flows throughout the album, which packs the same high-energy punch fans have come to expect from the Murphy’s.



Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ Alexander Ebert’s debut solo album, Alexander promises a different, but equally deserving sound as the Zeroes. The album’s singles “Truth” and “Million Years” tease a tranquil, hypnotic sound, drawing from a wide variety of genres.

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House votes to pull federal funding from Planned Parenthood budget KARI PAUL Staff Writer The United States House of Representatives voted 240-185 on Friday to strip Planned Parenthood of its $75 million of annual federal funding, a measure Republicans have called a victory for taxpayers and anti-abortion advocates. The bill, if passed by the Senate, will cut all government funding to Title X programs. Title X was enacted as a provision of the Public Health Service Act in 1970, which provides funding for family planning clinics, Planned Parenthood being the most well known. By law, Title X funds are forbidden to be used for abortion, but instead are used for providing health services such as STI screenings, pregnancy diagnosis and counseling, breast and cervical cancer screening, and contraceptive services for low-income families and women. Michelle Trupiano, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Affiliates in Missouri, said she is worried Missourians will think Planned Parenthood has shut down and it will therefore lose business. “It’s important for people to know that the bill hasn’t been passed yet so we haven’t lost any funding at this time,” Trupiano said. “We are still open for business.” The bill was passed to prevent government funding from going to abortions, but Trupiano said it is important to recognize the other services Planned Parenthood provides. She said this bill would especially hurt low-income women and cause an increase in unwanted pregnancies.


Planned Parenthood on Providence Road provides reproductive health services to residents of Columbia and around mid-Missouri. The House passed a bill last week withdrawing funds to Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide.

“Planned Parenthood doesn’t just provide abortion services,” Trupiano said. “This bill will hurt the over 80,000 patients, both women and men, in Missouri that we provide with important and vital services for.” According to spokesman Paul Sloca, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., voted for the bill because he


does not support the abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood. “Blaine does not believe that taxpayers should be funding abortion,” Sloca said. In a recent statement, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said she believes our nation’s deficit needs to be taken care of and believes many sacrifices need to be made, but said she thinks cut-

ting funding to Planned Parenthood is ineffective. McCaskill supports the Hyde Amendment, which denies government funding for abortions unless in the case of rape or incest, and said she thinks abortion should be safe, legal and rare. “We all have to work at making cuts in the federal budget,

but as a Senator who believes contraception services must be available to all women, these cuts make no sense,” she said. “These cuts will cause more abortions, not prevent them.” Visit to read the full letter from Bill Watkins


Rec Center sees spike in thefts

City manager shoots down excessive force complaint against CPD

Throughout three days this week, five different students reported an item stolen while at the Student Recreation Complex. The first theft was reported just after noon on Monday when a student found her black and gold purse had gone missing while she was in The Jungle Gym. MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer said the purse contained multiple credit cards, her driver’s license and $50 in cash. A second incident was reported just before 3 p.m. the same day a student returned to the men’s locker room to find his wallet had been taken. Weimer said the wallet, which was inside the student’s backpack in the locker, contained $30 in cash and his student ID card. “The combination lock was on the door, but he said he may have forgotten to lock it,” Weimer said. Shortly after 8 p.m. Monday night, MUPD received two more reports of theft from The Jungle Gym in the recreation center. Weimer said one student

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returned to his cubby in the easternmost side of the room to find a cell phone and wallet containing cash and several gift cards gone. Half an hour later, another student reported a pair of sweatpants missing from The Jungle Gym. “The moral of the story is to not leave your stuff anywhere,” Weimer said. “We have surveillance in the surrounding areas, but we can’t station an officer there all the time.” Wednesday afternoon, MUPD officers responded to the fifth report of theft at the recreation center in three days. Shortly before 5 p.m., a student reported a North Face jacket had been stolen from a Jungle Gym cubby while working out. “The best thing we can do is to make sure the public is aware that this is happening and that the people at the recreation center know it’s going on,” Weimer said. No arrests have been made in any of the five cases. —Kelsey Maffett, staff writer

KELSEY MAFFETT The complainant in the Citizens Police Review Board’s first excessive force case exhausted his final appeal Monday. In November, the review board sided with complainant Derek Billups, who said Columbia Police Department officer Nathan Turner used excessive force when restraining him outside a local nightclub in December 2009. Decisions by the review board are not binding; after every decision the board sends the police chief a letter outlining its reasoning. “Chief Burton stuck with his original decision in this case, so at that point the complainant has the option of taking it to the city manager for a final appeal,” CPD spokeswoman Jill Wieneke said. City Manager Bill Watkins issued a letter upon his review of the case stating he disagreed with the board’s decision. “It is my finding that Officer Turner acted properly, acting reasonably to avoid escalating the situation based on what he knew at the time,” the letter stated. Citizens Police Review Board

Chairwoman Ellen Locurto-Martinez line with our best practices.” said she was disappointed with Locurto-Martinez said she thinks Watkins’ decision, but not surprised. the city manager should sit in on “I think this puts him in a dif- the witness testimony in the future. ficult situation,” she said. “He has to She also said that, going forward, be concerned with whether to sup- the board should look at the appeals port the board, which was created structure and who is making the based on community concern, or to final decision, whether it should be support an employee who reports the city manager or an independent directly to him. That’s difficult.“ third party. In a Dec. 1 letter, Burton rejected “I think most people recognize the board’s rulthat the ing and said review board he stood by his has a function We’re doing what we’ve and so does original view that Turner acted been charged to do by the city the police ordinances. We’ll continue to department,” appropriately. try and do right by it and do it Wieneke said. In the letter, honestly. Watkins request“ Wo r k i n g Ellen Locurto-Martinez ed Burton look CPRB Spokeswoman together is over the CPD still relatively policy regardnew to us, so ing handcuffing procedures and we’re still trying to work out the mechanics of arrest to see if it could kinks.” be revised. Locurto-Martinez said Despite the negative feedback reviewing the two policies is a step from Watkins, Burton and the in the right direction and she hopes Columbia Police Officers Association Burton will look into making some on the board’s decision in the Billups definite changes. case, Locurto-Martinez said the “Not every policy change is a board’s future will not be affected. popularity issue, but the chief will see “We’re doing what we’ve been how the community feels and take charged to do by the city ordinances,” it into consideration,” Wieneke said. she said. “We’ll continue to try and “He wants to review the policies in do right by it and do it honestly.”




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Review board should provide real check on police power The wheels of bureaucracy have been a-turnin’ within the Columbia Police Department and the Citizens Police Review Board, and, as usual, nothing seems to be moving. In the review board’s latest case, the board ruled in favor of Derek Billups and his claim that excessive force was used against him by a police officer. The case was brought to CPRB after being addressed by CPD (who ruled in favor of the officer), and again we get to see how ineffective the system is. The process goes like this: a complaint is filed to CPD, who conducts an internal investigation. If the complainant is not satisfied with CPD’s ruling, they can take their case to the review board. If the board rules in favor of the complainant, they send a letter back to CPD, who promptly ignores it. If the complainant is still not satisfied (which they probably aren’t), they can appeal their case to the City Manager — Bill Watkins, presently — who then is forced to make an awkward decision between siding with a prominent city employee or a review board composed of citizens. Anybody with a basic sense of logic will notice that there’s something wrong with the process designed to give the citizens the power to monitor the police department. Clearly, the police department essentially gets to veto any decision against them made by the review board. What’s the point of having an organization to check the power if they have no power themselves? Every time review board tries to do something, they get shot down. It’s almost like the system is designed to make the citizen run around for their voice to be heard, when in the end it doesn’t even matter. Without real power, the review board just becomes a group of people bitching about the police under the façade of a legitimate organization. The only thing that has changed since before the review board’s formation is the creation of its name. Angry letters going back and forth between the police and the review board get nothing done. If the city wants to have a legitimate check on CPD, which there should be, then the review board needs to have legitimate powers, because all its decisions continue to fall on deaf ears. If anything, the police department and review board could at least start a legitimate discussion on police matters in Columbia. That would be better than the ineffectiveness that the current system continues to radiate. But in the long run, the review board needs real power to have a real check on the Columbia Police Department.

Stand up, stay informed A crowd of protesters shouting in both English and Arabic dominated the scene at Speakers Circle on Wednesday, showing support for the uprising underway in Libya. The protest, facilitated by the Muslim Student Organization and local Libyan Americans, was a wake up call to many students who weren’t well-informed on the crisis in the North African nation. In a nutshell, having been inspired by the overthrow of the Tunisian and Egyptian dictators over the past few weeks, the people of Libya have risen up against Moammar Gadhafi, their “president” of 42 years. Gadhafi reacted by attacking his own people, killing thousands of protestors in just days using guns, tanks and even fighter jets. Similar protests have erupted across the Middle East in countries including Morrocco, Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, Iran and Iraq — and that’s just the short list. But ties between these conflicts and life in mid-Missouri seemed like an unlikely option. Turns out, the violence in Libya strikes a deeply personal chord with some of our neighbors and fellow students. And on Wednesday, they let everyone know. Listening to the protesters, you might have heard that many of them have family in Libya. One protester said the last time she talked on the phone with her family, she could hear gunshots and yelling in the background and that she was lucky to have even been able to contact them. Over the past weeks, there has been a lot of discussion about racism and xenophobia at MU. The situation in the Middle East offers students the opportunity to stand strong with people of another culture. We would like to commend the Muslim Student Organization for helping to keep the situation in Libya fresh in the minds of students. The best support we, as a student body, can offer the people of Libya is by showing support for their families here in Columbia. We can pressure our politicians to do more to help end the gross human rights violations. We should also simply remain informed of the injustices across the globe. And since The Maneater’s strength isn’t in international reporting, information is easily accessed through news organizations like CNN, BBC or Al Jazeera, among others. It’s time that we, as a student body, show our support for the Libyan people. MSO and Libyans in Columbia have reached out to us, their fellow students and citizens, to show solidarity in the face of evil. This affects their lives more than the rest of us can imagine, and we should all do our part to reach back.



What is the Board of Curators? It was once a rumor for months. Murmurs of a tuition increase and an increase of fees spread across the media like wildfire. “The University of Missouri plans to raise tuition,” they said. “Curators prepare for a hike in tuition.” However, what many Missouri residents and students don’t realize or know is how tuition increases are decided and who decides them. Who is this Board of Curators that the media speaks of? Before I begin to explore this question, I’d like to first give a little history. As you may well already be aware, the University of Missouri is a system of four schools that began as a single university in 1839 in Columbia. Throughout its history, it has added three campuses and grew to become one of the largest and most prestigious public research universities in the United States with more than 70,000 students enrolled. Throughout all of this change and expansion, one thing has remained relatively constant — the governing board. The governing board of the University of Missouri System is known as the Board of Curators. It is a nine voting member board with a curator representing each of the nine congressional districts of Missouri. These curators are appointed by the governor of Missouri with the advice and consent of the Missouri

Senate for a term of six years. In addition to the nine Curators, there is also a non-voting student representative to the board who is selected for a two year term which rotates among the four campuses. The current representative is a student from Missouri S&T whose term expires in January, when the Governor will appoint a new student from UMKC. Although its composition and size has changed over the years, the mission and purpose of the Board of Curators has not. Its purpose is to govern the University

students. The next meeting of the Board of Curators will be at the Missouri S&T campus on March 21 and March 22 in the Havener Center. For more information regarding the Board of Curator meetings, you can visit the UM System website. So what does this all mean to you? What all students should take away from this article is the importance of the Board of Curators. Students should also realize the impact that the curators have

As a student, you should know what the curators are doing, why they are doing it, and what it means for you and your future. I encourage you to be proactive, make your voice heard, make your presence known, and fight for what you believe in not only in regard to the University, but everything else as well.

of Missouri System through such activities such as setting and clarifying the mission and purpose of the University, setting tuition and fees, hiring staff and faculty, and making financing decisions regarding construction projects, just to name a few. They meet every few months to discuss the main issues concerning the University and to make decisions regarding these issues. The most recent meeting of the Curators had centered on setting the tuition rates for the next academic year. Board of Curators meetings are open to the public and can be attended by anyone including

upon the students and this great university system. As a student, you should know what the curators are doing, why they are doing it, and what it means for you and your future. I encourage you to be proactive, make your voice heard, make your presence known, and fight for what you believe in not only in regard to the University, but everything else as well. — Andrew Meyer Associated Students of the University of Missouri Board Chairman

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From promoting support of the protests in Libya to commenting on the new parking garage on the corner of 5th and Walnut Street, The Maneater received Tweets on many subjects this week. New parking garage on the corner of 5th and Walnut Street will open March 1.

Question of the Week Each week, we will pose a question to readers on a certain issue.

The Maneater: How prevalent is racism at MU? “Is it not in the names of the very buildings we go to class in?” — Scott Scheese (ScottCheese) via Twitter City Council discusses new apartment complex, honors officers. “And if the TIF for the Regency so here comes Columbia’s next monolithic parking monstrosity!” — Charles E. Dudley Jr. via Facebook No. 21 Tigers trounce Baylor at home, 77-59 “Sick shot James!” — Peter Yankowsky via Facebook From Column: Walker, hold your ground in Wisconsin I represent the cows: BREAKING: King Walker erects a wall of cheddar around the Royal Palace. His Royal Highness disbands senate, transfers legislative power to cow. No, in all seriousness: at this point, refusing to compromise is just a power trip for him. Politics is all about negotiation, and his refusal to do so is just as bad as the democrats fleeing the state. Cutting collective bargaining rights is basically destroying the unions. How about cutting pay for city and state officials who make over 100k? Why teachers, when Wisconsin’s starting salaries for teachers ranked 49th?

31% said racism is very prevalent. Racism is a major problem for MU.

43% said racism is below the surface but is in need of being addressed. 26% said racism is only a problem in rare cases and doesn’t need to be addressed

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Last week’s response to “How prevalent is racism at MU?” Total Votes: 75


"Wahooo," wailed an unidentifiable source from outside the confines of my janky Honda Civic. I was cruising down I-70 last month, in the midst of my 2Pac sing-along to "Brenda's Got A Baby" when I was suddenly interrupted by what sounded like the moan of a dying farm animal. Startled, I jerked the wheel almost colliding with what I was surprised to discover was not a mutilated cow with a gimp leg that thwarted its migration to greener pastures. Rather, puttering along in the lane beside me was a Mr. Six (the Six Flags dancing buffoon) doppelganger, but titillating dance moves wasn't the only thing this old gent was lacking. Sporting only a neon pink Speedo and aviator goggles, his cheeks (I won't specify which ones) flapped in the wind as he zipped past me revving the

engine of his vintage moped. Despite the sheer terror that should have been flooding my mind at the prospect of almost running down an partially exposed senior citizen, there was only one thought that arose: my god, I cannot wait to be old! Anti-aging creams, Botox, hair plugs, Joan Rivers: within 10 minutes of watching VHI you can already see the negative connotation aging has in our society. I will admit I find myself also falling subject to these anxieties. But seniority should be celebrated, not feared, so I want to take some time to address the pros of becoming a geezer. I call this life philosophy F.U.N.K. (FUN, UNRESTRAINED, NOMADIC, KINKY). Now F.U.N.K. should only be implemented in the last stages of life, advisably post child rearing and retirement.


Growing up blows, but once you have reached a certain age you get to jump back in the ball pit, except this time with a

bottle of whisky and a smoking hot stripper (or significant other of varying attractiveness). You are done fulfilling your duties to society, or at least you gave it a good shot - either way, now it's time to pull out all the stops.


Elderly people can get away with anything; it is like they are granted a universal get-out-ofjail-free card. When I was a kid vacationing with my grandmother, I remember her clearing out the mini bars, stealing the window foliage, and making off with various other hotel commodities at the places we stayed. When management finally caught on she simply used her old person voodoo to go from heavy fines to free extra stays. Old people are like Yoda: They have this commanding Force that enables them to escape the hassles of lines, parking, rules and dealing with annoying people without physical or emotional abuse and wearing pants in the locker room.


Eventually the ties are cut, kids move out and friends die off. While this sounds depressing, I prefer to see it as liberating. No more obligatory petsitting (or in my case pet-killing) for friends, attending children's events such as elementary attempts at music that just leave your ears bleeding, or abiding to anyone's schedule but your own. You can just leave! You are globally nomadic. Jet off to anywhere! Savings? Who needs it anymore - go wherever your heart, or loins, leads you.


Old people sex is the best. All physical requirements go out the window and pregnancy is no longer a concern; go bareback. You are not worried about what your partner is going to think about your naked physique, nope — you are just glad to be getting some! Now as your birthday cake slowly becomes more of a fire hazard don't fret, aging you should let, so funky you can get.


Free market deals with racists without violating First Amendment rights Nick Calcaterra Rand Paul, R-Ky., has said on multiple occasions he disagrees with points in the civil rights act that affect private businesses. Naturally he has received a considerable amount of criticism for his opinions, but I agree with him. While recency heuristics will embolden my opposition, Paul's explanation is lackluster and needs libertarian clarification. I think it's fair to say the fundamental role of government is to organize cooperation amongst individuals without victimizing any number of those individuals. I believe people should have the right to do anything as long as it doesn't impede on another's personal property, body, possession or anyone whom the person may care about. Furthermore, any law denying us this right is coercive and,

therefore, immoral. I condemn racism and do my best to not be a hypocrite. However, I think freedom of speech must be protected unless someone is actually victimized by bigotry. Maligning graffiti on a statue in a public university is unavoidable and offends countless individuals of all races. An individual who commits this crime should be expelled from the university for breaching contract, and pay for the harm he has caused to his peers. That being said, I don't consider many of the points in the Civil Rights Act to be necessary. Privately owned businesses should be allowed to make or deny contracts with whomever they want. After all, a business is owned by people. Forcing those people to act against their will causes a morality tradeoff I don't believe we need to make, for economic and social reasons. Practicing prejudice rarely makes sense for private industry.

Consider this situation: A white guy and a black guy are bidding on your car. If you sell the car to the white guy, although he has a lower offer, you are worse off in the end. Even more practically, why would you ever bar a customer from making a purchase, and, effectively, lose money? This is a slight simplification, but only for the sake of brevity. Denying purchase to select groups also has another negative effect. I think it's safe to say our society's views on racism are predominantly negative. We mark anyone who commits racist acts with hate. South Park has even suggested a wrong answer on Wheel of Fortune will brand you for life. Therefore it's reasonable to conclude if a business repudiates anyone, for reasons beyond their personal utility, they will see negative backlash. Just look at what we did to a certain graffiti artist. The accomplishment of the Civil Rights Act was taught as making social progress as a society, but how can it be called

progress if it is forced? The millions of racists in our country didn't change their ways. In fact, they became increasingly more polarized. A bunch of white senators congratulating each other for not being racist isn't going to change the consequences of the Jim Crow laws. Although we have moved a long way as a society, we still live in a world of racism. Even if globalization reaches max entropy, someone will still discriminate against others based on sexual orientation, class or, in the future, their home planet. Discrimination cannot be fought by any amount of democratic legislation due to the inherent minority flaws of democracy. I'm not saying the libertarian system is perfect, but I think it would be an improvement on what we have now. The only way to punish those who wrongly profile others is to live in a world controlled by a true free market.




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Eastbound and up When the news came through the wire Tuesday, no one in the NBA community was quite sure how to react. There had been a blockbuster trade, one that would undoubtedly impact the league, the country and, perhaps, the world. I’m sure at this point you’ve heard, but just so it sinks in I’ll repeat it again: Timofey Mozgov is officially a Denver Nugget. Ok, so maybe a small forward by the name of Carmelo Anthony was a bigger name in the deal. In total, nine players, numerous draft picks and an undisclosed amount of money were exchanged between Denver, New York and Minnesota, who I’m told still hosts an NBA franchise. In the end Anthony, one of the league’s premier scorers, and Chauncey Billups, a steady veteran guard with playoff experience, landed in the Big Apple, where they’ll team up with established star Amar’e Stoudemire. And then, before we even had time to take a breath (and order our “Hello ‘Melo!” t-shirts on, another of the league’s premier players packed up and headed east. Deron Williams was dealt Wednesday from Utah to New Jersey for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first-round draft picks and cash considerations. Within 24 hours the power struggle in the NBA had shifted. Of course, this eastward migration didn’t start on Tuesday. This past summer saw the most epic and star-studded free agent market in league history, and slowly but surely big names decided either to move to or remain in the Eastern Conference. Dwayne Wade stayed in Miami. Lebron fled to South Beach, as did Chris Bosh. Joe Johnson stayed with Atlanta, and Ray Allen remained in Boston. Carlos Boozer went to Chicago, and Stoudemire took his defensive laziness to New York. At the end of it all the Western Conference was left in the dust. The Carmelo and Deron Williams trades were just the next step in that process. That’s not to say that the East is necessarily the superior conference. Since Michael Jordan, Jud Buechler and the Chicago Bulls repeated their three-peat in 1998, the Western Conference has won nine of the last 12 NBA titles. The Lakers and Spurs dominated the past decade, and in many ways the Eastern Conference as a whole seemed to be a watereddown version of the West (like any of the Baldwin brothers compared to Alec). In fact, in the past 5 seasons the Eastern Conference has had five sub-.500 teams make the playoffs, as compared to zero in the West. What does that tell you? This past summer’s acquisitions as well as recent trades have seemed to bring balance to the basketball Universe. In previous seasons, the Eastern Conference touted one or two excellent teams that dominated the conference and served as the Western Conference’s only real competition. Now, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Orlando and New York are all legitimate contenders. And if New Jersey can build around Williams and Brook Lopez, they’ll be added to that mix. Sadly, the same can’t be said for Cleveland, Washington or Toronto. For me, these moves are just another reason to be excited about the future of the NBA. The league has more young stars than it ever has, and there’s a buzz in Boston, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago simultaneously for the first time…ever. The only thing that depresses me is the fact that the playoffs are still a few months away. On the bright side, while I have to wait months for the playoffs, my “Hello ‘Melo!” shirt should be arriving in a matter of days. Be jealous.

Tigers stay undefeated at home

Junior forward Laurence Bowers led all scorers with 20 points. JOHN MONTESANTOS Staff Writer Baylor senior guard LaceDarius Dunn leads the Big 12 in scoring this year. His 20.8 points per game made him the only player in the conference averaging over twenty points. But that was before he played inside Mizzou Arena. The conference-scoring leader was held scoreless for the entire first half Wednesday as the Missouri men’s basketball team hosted Baylor. With the Bears struggling on offense, the Tigers coasted to a 77-59 victory. “I think just finding him wherever he was on the floor and making him take tough shots was key,” junior guard Marcus Denmon said. “It was something that I was looking forward to just because he’s been leading the Big 12 in scoring and its just another challenge.” Dunn would finish with 12 points, but that wasn’t enough to bring Baylor back after falling behind early. After a slow start, Missouri took control 5 minutes in and never looked back. By halftime the lead was 33-20, and it would have been even bigger if Baylor freshman guard Stargell Love didn’t end the half with a half court 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Bears cut it to eight in the second half but the Tigers quickly regained control and led by as many as 21 points before the final horn. Junior forward Laurence Bowers posted his best numbers of the season, posting two

FANTASTIC FORWARDS The Missouri Tigers used a balanced attack to beat the Baylor Bears Wednesday, with four players scoring in double digits. Junior forwards Ricardo Ratliffe and Laurence Bowers led the way for the victory:

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season-highs with 20 points and six steals to lead Missouri. The lanky Tiger also nabbed seven rebounds and two swats. Joining Bowers in the blowout performance was junior guard Kim English. The slumping English found his stroke in this one, hitting four times from deep on his way to 16 points. As for the big men, junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe nearly had a double-double by halftime and finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. English said he loved the work from the Tiger big men in the win. “They complement each other very well,” English said. “With Ratliffe being the inside presence that he is and Lawrence being that inside-outside guy, it reminds me of Leo (Lyons) and DeMarre (Carroll).” Ratliffe said he knew he had to control the paint against the big forwards of Baylor. “Coach has been challenging all of the forwards to get doubledoubles, so we’ve tried to step up our game on the boards and it’s been paying off the last two games,” Ratliffe said. “Some of those guys are projected to go to the NBA, so I tried to rise to the occasion and step up to their


Junior guard Kim English drives past Baylor’s A.J. Walton on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena. Fresh off topping the 1,000-point mark against Iowa State, English finished with 16 points to help the Tigers to a 77-59 victory over the Bears.

level.” Baylor had five players reach double figures in the losing effort, three of whom scored 10 points. Junior forward Quincy Acy led the Bears with 13 points and nine rebounds. Dunn finished 4-of-14 from the field with a game-high six turnovers. Missouri improves to 22-6 on the season and 8-6 in the Big 12. Baylor falls to 17-10 and 6-7 in conference with the loss. Missouri has now won four

straight and five of its last six. The Tigers are also 17-0 inside Mizzou Arena this year with just one home game left in the regular season. They remain the only Big 12 team with a perfect home record. That final home matchup will be when Kansas comes to town next Saturday. But before then the Tigers will take road trips to Kansas State and Nebraska. Tipoff with Kansas State is set for 11 a.m. Saturday.


Tigers drop two of three in San Diego Classic PAT IVERSEN Staff Writer The Missouri softball team’s normally high-powered offense seemed to sputter with the rain, and the Tigers finished their opening weekend in stormy San Diego having lost two out of three games. Missouri begins the University of South Florida Tournament in Tampa, Florida on Friday and will look to get back on track against Illinois State. After run-ruling No. 22 San Diego State in a 9-1 win Feb. 17, the Tigers only managed three more runs in losses to Fresno State and California the following days. Senior infielder Abby Vock, who led the offense in the tournament with four hits and a .500 batting average, attributed the poor showing to opening day jitters. “I think this first weekend, everybody is just trying a little too hard,” Vock said. “(The key is) just to relax, and even if they’re a great pitcher or even a

mediocre pitcher we just have to have the same approach to both types.” Bad weather forced the Tigers to play San Diego State mere hours after deplaning, and coach Ehren Earleywine said the rush actually benefited the team’s performance. But he also said that once they got settled and started thinking about the upcoming games was when they let the excitement get to them. “These girls were so revved up that they couldn’t play,” Earleywine said. “They learned a valuable lesson from it.” California pitcher Jolene Henderson stymied the Missouri offense, only giving up two hits while allowing no runs. Vock said the Tigers were kept off-guard by Henderson all game. “We were hitting the ball, we were hitting right at them,” Vock said. “The pitcher was throwing pretty hard. She kind of kept us off our rhythm, trying to quick-pitch a lot of players. We just couldn’t get comfortable.”

Sophomore Chelsea Thomas made her long-awaited return to the mound against California, her first start since suffering a stress fracture early last season. She went all seven innings, allowing only one unearned run on three hits while striking out eleven batters. Earleywine said he was impressed that she struck out so many while limiting using the rise-ball. “We held her back, because we don’t want to injure her,” Earleywine said. “So sometime near the end of the season, when we say ‘Hey kid, you’re healthy, your atrophy’s gone… throw thirty rise balls.’ How many strikeouts is she going to have then? She’s going to be filthy.” Thomas said she didn’t feel any soreness after the game, and admitted she was worried about how she well she would perform without her signature riseball. But she said a simplistic approach helped her. Coach Earleywine said the Tigers “learned a lot” from the



Despite a poor overall showing by the Missouri softball offense last weekend, senior Abby Vock and junior Jenna Marston had productive weekends at the plate.


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rough opening weekend, and Thomas said she believes the team has what it takes to make a quick rebound this weekend. “I think we all need to stay within ourselves and not try to overdo everything,” Thomas said. “If everyone can do what they do best and not try to go above and beyond that, we’re going to be just fine. And I think everyone is on the same page.”





Senior RaeShara Brown makes a drive toward the basket against Kansas on Jan. 26 at Mizzou Arena. With a loss to Nebraska on Tuesday, the Tigers drop to a record of 4-9 in the Big 12.


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In a sweep of vengeance, the Nebraska women’s basketball team said its Big-12-Conferencegoodbye to Missouri on Tuesday night in Lincoln, Nebraska. Avenging a previous loss in Columbia, the Cornhuskers dealt the Tigers their worst loss of the conference season, 76-34. The loss was the second straight for the Tigers and brings their record to 12-15 overall and 4-9 in the Big 12. Nebraska controlled all aspects of the game from the moment it started. The Cornhuskers notched the game’s first seven points and dominated the rest of the first half to take a 39-15 lead into halftime. That margin widened continuously throughout the rest of the game. Behind a mix of strong shooting and defense, Nebraska made use of all its resources en route to a 42-point victory. Nebraska put itself in a position to win in style by shutting down the heart of the Tigers. Senior guard RaeShara Brown entered the game averaging more than 17 points a contest but was held to one of her lowest point totals of the season. Brown led the Tigers in scoring again, but this time with just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting. Sophomore guard Trenee Thornton also scored nine points

and junior forward Christine Flores chipped in with eight. The low scoring outputs were a reflection of one of the worst shooting performances Missouri has had all season. The Tigers connected on just 10-of-55 shots — just an 18 percent clip. The opposite was the case for Nebraska, who matched Missouri’s shooting woes with a fine shooting display of its own. Whereas the Tigers scored just 10 baskets for the game, the Cornhuskers scored 10 threepointers and shot just short of 50 percent from the field for the game. The 42-point margin of defeat was a rarity for a rebuilding Tigers squad as it was the first time in 10 games the Tigers had lost by 20 points or more. It was also the first loss by 20 points or more to a team that is in the bottom half of the Big 12 standings. Despite back-to-back losses, Missouri coach Robin Pingeton has to continue to like the fight her young Tigers have given in what was widely expected to be a challenging year of rebuilding. The Tigers have already doubled last year’s conference total with four conference victories and have matched last year’s win total of 12, despite playing one of the more difficult schedules in the country. Although the regular season has hit the home stretch, the challenging road is far from over for the Tigers. The Tigers look to avenge an earlier loss to Colorado tomorrow but will finish the season at No. 3 Baylor on Mar. 2 and home against No. 24 Iowa State on Mar. 5 before the Big 12 Tournament kicks off.








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