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HOPE revenue to fall short of demand Finance Commission: HOPE to pay 50 percent tuition in 2015 By Jordan Lockwood Staff Writer
Students receiving the HOPE scholarship may soon see additional cuts in their award amounts. By the 2014 fiscal year, HOPE scholarship amounts could dwindle as the Ga. Lottery’s revenues fail to keep up with the demand for funding. This fiscal year, the Ga. Student Finance Commission projects the state will spend about $924.9 million
on HOPE awards and prekindergarten subsidies; however, the state lottery will only generate about $846.1 million in revenues. The commission expects that the difference can be temporarily covered using reserve funds, although new rules enacted last year that prohibit the reserves from dropping below 50 percent of the previous year’s proceeds will inhibit supplemental funding for HOPE in only two to three years. According
to a presentation given by the Commission, this would lead to HOPE covering only 50 percent of tuition at a research university like Tech in 2015. The inability of the Ga. Lottery to keep up with soaring enrollment is the primary cause of funding shortages. More than 256,000 students received a HOPE scholarship last year, up from about 200,000 a decade ago. Lottery revenues have not risen significantly in several years, much too slow to sustain the
continued rise in enrollment. Despite the looming cuts, the laws governing HOPE are expected to remain the same. “At this early stage of the session, there are no plans among legislative leaders to change HOPE,” wrote Dene Sheheane, Executive Director of the Office of Government and Community Relations, in an email. Sheheane wrote that his office would monitor any poten-
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as part of the Piedmont Project. Attendees described the experience as eye-opening, uplifting and worth the hard work, keeping with the project’s motto, “A Day On, Not a Day Off.” Organizers say that the King events at the Institute are unparalleled by other universities. 2011, marking the 50th anniversary of black student matriculation at Tech, rings with a special resonance. In 1961, Tech was the first public school or university in the Deep South to peacefully integrate without a court order, putting Tech in a significant role in the scheme of the Civil Rights Movement. “Tech has always been at See MLK, page 5
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See HOPE, page 3
Photos by Josh Silver and Sho Kitamura / Student Publications
Students volunteered at the National Divine Spiritual Church on Monday as part of Tech’s 2nd annual MLK Day of Service event (above, right). Speakers celebrated King’s work at the Academy of Medicine on Thursday (bottom left).
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Tech’s campus is a unique experience, especially as the year 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of black student matriculation at Tech. Being surrounded by this history coincides with this year’s King celebration theme: The Dream and the Journey Continue. To begin the ten-day commemoration, civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams delivered a speech disclosing her story of being a part of the civil rights movement in one of the most severely segregated states in the U.S. at the time. Her achievements during the movement and thereafter, for which her first
husband lost his life, place her in the ranks of women such as Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz. Emma Bones, a fourthyear EnvE major, described the speech as “phenomenal and really quite moving.” “[The speech] reminded me of just how far we have to go and how much change we have to embark on to make this world a better place,” said Gail Greene, Director of Human Resources in the College of Management. Following Evers-Williams’ speech, Tech students and faculty celebrated at the MLK Campus-Wide Celebration located at the Academy of Medicine. The student celebration placed an emphasis on the importance of celebrating how far the nation has come and the importance of continu-
ing the fulfillment of King’s dream. A fresh Tech tradition that was started just last year made a return into this year’s schedule of King events: the campus-wide initiative known as the MLK Day of Service. Organizers provided Tech students the opportunity to serve in teams and engage in service projects with Metro Atlanta community partners instead of relaxing over the long weekend. Over 150 volunteers checked in early at the Student Center Ballroom and worked until that afternoon partaking in projects like sorting coats for a coat drive; refurbishing used bars of soap into sanitized, new bars of soap that would be shipped out to other countries; fingerknitting scarves; and making
By Lauren Brett Contributing Writer
There is no denying the challenges today’s unstable economy provides. Reduced tax receipts and a political climate much more sensitive to spending than in years past have led lawmakers to carefully inspect every aspect of government budgets, including funding allocated for research. While state funding has decreased significantly at Tech in past years, federal funding for research and development has increased by as much as eight percent, allowing for continued work on ongoing projects. In just the past decade, Tech has seen growth in science and technology expenditures of more than 200 percent – increasing from $304 million to $611 million. However, this continued increase is not guaranteed for future years, and as the 2012 elections approach, there is even more uncertainty. “This will be a year of anxious discussions with funding agencies and the legislative branch, stressing potential impacts on research, innovation, and economic development,” said Bill Cheesborough, Director of Research and Academic Finance. Educational communities in Washington in charge of obtaining funds for their respective universities remain cautiously optimistic about the future, however. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, total federal spending on research and development will shrink in the current fiscal year by about 1.3 percent from last year’s levels, but universities will be largely spared from these cuts. Similarly, Cheesborough is confident that Tech will prosper in the near future. “Regardless of the uncertainty...in times of cuts the places to be are the universities with the best research faculty and the best students — and here we are,” Cheesborough said. To secure future federal money, there is a continued push from Tech’s representatives in Washington, D.C. to diversify funding sources and projects. Director of Federal Relations Robert Knotts and his staff in Washington work to secure federal funding for research from different government agencies and to make faculty in Atlanta aware of different funding opportunities in the forms of grants and competitions, as it is the individual professors who apply for funding, not Knotts and his office in Washington. “Politicians can’t see into the future,” Knotts said. He continued to explain that that is why it is important to bring to light the research that the Institute conducts and important financial aid programs that benefit its students, like the Pell Grant program. “Research and education are what make our future,” Knotts said. Research funding is crucial to Tech because it pays for both the specific research project in question and contributes to overhead operating costs. In Fiscal Year 2011, Tech received 37 percent of its revenue from sponsored research, of which federal funds make up a large part. This amount is double the revenue generated by tuition. Federal funds also assisted when state cuts were at their worst. In Fiscal Year 2010, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act contributed $12.3 million in funds to offset cuts in state appropriations. Those funds have since run out, however.
Tech celebrates King through service
By Angela Powers Contributing Writer
Federal research funds to grow in uncertain future
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By Lauren Brett Contributing Writer Birthday Suits for New Year
Police responded to call concerning a naked, intoxicated male on the fourth floor of the Georgia Tech Hotel in the early morning of Dec. 30. Said naked person, visiting friends at Tech for the New Year, explained that he and friends had been out drinking and that he tended to have problems “walking around” while being intoxicated. He could not provide a reason for his leaving his hotel room while naked, nor did he remember which room he was supposed to be staying in. He was however, able to provide the name of his friend, a student at Tech, who had booked the hotel room for him. This friend was contacted immediately and met with the visitor and authorities. Security authorities of the Georgia Tech Hotel stressed that they did not wish to press any criminal charges on the drunken individual, and only wished that
he be returned to his hotel room. The young man was alert and responsive to security authorities at all times, requiring no medical attention, and released without further incident. Midnight Snacking
At 2:30 A.M. on Jan. 8, a complaint was called in when an intoxicated student was found trying to enter a closet in the kitchen area of his residence hall. When authorities arrived on the scene, the student was found on the floor with vomit is his hair and non-responsive. Medical personnel soon arrived and transported the student to Grady Memorial Hospital for further evaluation. Mom Saves the Day
On Jan. 9, a student contacted emergency services he began to break out in hives and was itching severely. The student’s face had begun to swell around the eyes, nose, and mouth, and had hives
on his neck and arms. Paramedics were called to evaluate the student’s condition, however after waiting a period of time, the ambulance did not arrive. The student contacted his mother who came and took her son to Emory Hospital. Laid an Egg
On the morning of Jan. 3, 2012, a police officer was dispatched to Bunger-Henry in response to a gas leak. Two roof workers evacuating upon detecting the smell of rotten egg. The smell was released by a professor who accidentally turned the valve of a hydrogen sulfide gas cylinder incorrectly. The gas was vented to the roof before the building was reoccupied. Unwanted Guest
On Dec. 24, 2011, a police officer saw a male who appeared to be older than the average college student on West Campus. The officer followed the male in his car, and upon interrogation, the suspect indicated that he was visiting a friend on campus, but was unable to make contact. The officer found that the suspect had an active warrant in Riverdale and arrested him.
Correction The Focus section of the Technique from Jan. 13 included recipes and photographs that were used without permission. Both recipes were taken from www.eatingwell.com. The photograph accompanying the tofu stir-fry recipe was taken from the same site, and the photo with the lemon pasta recipe was taken by Lori Mama and used on www.food.com. We apologize for the error and will do our best to prevent such mistakes from occurring in the future.
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This week in Student Government
By Jordan Lockwood and Sam Somani Staff Writer, Contributing Writer
ach week, this section includes coverage of different aspects of Student Government, including the Undergraduate House of Representatives, Graduate Student Senate and the Executive Branch of both governments.
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Tech students seek the Triforce for charity
Bill Summary Bill
Yellow Jacket Airsoft Club Climbing Club Condolences Campus MovieFest
$1433 $8,426 -$14,390
17-4-2 39-9-1 21-1-1 41-1-6 Pass Pass 19-0-0 45-3-0
Prior Year: $346,413 Capital Outlay: $746,825
UHR representatives debated the bill for quite some time, particularly in allocating money to a sports club that was not involved in any competitions. However, a few representatives supported the bill, citing previous bill approvals by the SGA to organizations of a similar nature, such as GT Musicians. The GSS debated the necessity of funding to be allotted to off-campus storage, but ultimately concluded that such funding was necessary given that no equipment resembling a weapon can be stored anywhere on campus. Climbing Club
Heavy debate ensued for this bill in both houses, which was a request for funds to buy equipment for the climbing club and membership to a local rock wall facility. Many representatives found the request for an annual membership excessive, considering that the CRC offered a rock wall as well. However, the organizational representative explained the insufficiencies of the facili-
ties offered by the CRC for their level of advanced rock climbing, which they said were more useful for novice rock climbers. Other representatives and senators wanted to strike line items that requested funding for shoes, chalk, and other various items required to properly rock climb – and these line items, which were struck at GSS, were subsequently removed by UHR because of their availability to the club at the rental facility. Undergraduate Retreat
UHR held its spring retreat after its meeting on Tuesday. Representatives heard presentations from Joint Finance Committee Chair Charley Crosson and Treasurer Matt Vickers to prepare for the passage of the Student Activity Fee Budget later this semester. Representatives also met in small focus groups to brainstorm activities for the upcoming semester, focusing particularly on communication. “We’re a singular organization and we need a singular goal,” said BC Rep. Grace Stephens.
Photo by Will Folsom / Student Publications
(L-R) Nick Ranallo, Ryan Adams, Peter Sohl (back) and Joey Dolensky raised money for charity by playing The Legend of Zelda. By Nalin Verma Contributing Writer
Each year, a group of Tech students hold the “4/48 Zelda Marathon,” venturing into the virtual world of Hyrule in Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series of video games to raise money from a web audience for real-world children. Since its first effort in 2008, the group of friends has gathered each Dec. in the basement of Peter Sohl, a fourth-year BA and STaC double major, and raised over $4400 for the Child’s Play Charity. Started in 2003 by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the creators of the web comic Penny Arcade, Child’s Play works to deliver video games and equipment to children staying in hospitals. In 2011, the charity raised over $3.5 million and delivered to over 80 hospitals. “We are hoping that Child’s Play can give these hospitalized children the chance to play the
same games that we love and grew up playing,” said Ryan Adams, a fourth-year BIO major. All donations go straight to Child’s Play through PayPal and are tax deductible. The ‘4/48’ in the name of the marathon signifies the idea of playing four games in 48 hours, which was the group’s goal for the first two installments of the marathon. The fourth installment of the marathon, which took place in Dec. 2011, featured eight games, eight players and over 96 hours of gaming. The duration of the marathon was extended in response to the large number of donations made to Child’s Play by the group’s audience. Stemming from a challenge to complete The Ocarina of Time in one sitting, the marathon grew into an independent fan event to raise money for Child’s Play. “We are not affiliated [with] See Zelda, page 5
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tial changes to the HOPE scholarship and advocate on behalf of the Institute in matters affecting its students, if necessary. Student leaders are also watching the situation carefully. “Without all the options on the table, SGA will work for the interest of the students,” said Marina Leynse, Director of External Affairs for Undergraduate SGA. SGA plans to react to any changes affecting Tech students. “We plan to talk with legislators and lobby at the capitol if or when [a] bill gets moved there,” Leynse said. Some legislators have fought to protect current HOPE scholars from cuts, despite the prevailing sentiment that awards should be lessened to expand the amount of students who can receive awards. The attempt to add a grandfather clause for current students failed last year, but legislators are hopeful they may successfully add one if further cuts are made in the future. Many current students support such a clause, citing the necessity of the aid in making education accessible to them. “As a matter of good policy, our state needs more college graduates. And as a matter of fundamental fairness, we owe it to our current HOPE scholars to keep our promise to them as best as we can,” wrote State Sen. Jason Carter (D-Decatur) on his web site. The HOPE scholarship program was significantly modified last year in light of similar concerns over sustainability. Previously, HOPE covered full tuition plus a stipend for books and fees to all students maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Now, only students with at least a GPA of 3.3 receive full funding, from a program named the Zell B. Miller Scholarship. Those receiving the Zell scholarship would be immune from any cuts in 2014.
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the forefront, whether it be technology, civil rights, or research. We’re always at the forefront and this is no different,” said Stephanie Ray, Dean of Students, of the integration milestone. “We are well on our way for continuing the journey and dream that King had envisioned when he gave that famous speech in 1963,” Ray said. In addition, being in Atlanta gives international students the opportunity to visit world famous King sites to celebrate the man’s work. The relevance of the civil rights movement today is often in question, especially regarding different groups such as the disabled, the elderly and LGBTs. “When we remember the wrong that has been done to one group of people, my hope is that it will help us prevent making new wrongs toward other groups of people,” Ray said. “When we remember the wrong that has been done to one group of people, my hope is that it will help us prevent making new wrongs toward other groups of people,” said Dean Ray.
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Child’s Play or Nintendo in any way. It is something that we like to do and is for a good cause,” Sohl said. The group uses a Nintendo 64 and a Nintendo Wii to play all of the games in the marathon. They say their favorite games in the series are The Ocarina of Time, Twilight Princess, Majora’s Mask and Skyward Sword. The players broadcast the event online, with live video following along as they complete each game. Viewers can interact with the players through a live chat on the group’s web site, www.zelda448. com. As they prepare for the 2012 run of the marathon, the group plans to move the marathon to summer, instead of Dec., due to the clashing of their event with two other similar events. Many of the marathon’s teammates will graduate in Spring 2012. The group plans to keep the adventures going, however. “We’d like to do everything possible to continue the Zelda marathon event as long as possible. Our intentions are nowhere near closing it,” Adams said.
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Comm. certificate program launched By Aakash Arun Contributing Writer
The Graduate Communication Certificate Program initiated its first workshop this week to provide graduate students an opportunity to enhance their communication skills. The program comprises two main components: a series of core and elective workshops and a capstone experience. These workshops help develop written, oral and visual communication skills and are designed to reach out to a larger student population. The capstone experience helps students apply their skills and receive feedback from communication specialists. With the completion of the program, students are granted signed and dated certificates. “The idea for the program started about three and a half years ago...I started having conversations with a variety of graduate students and graduate SGA, and they were expressing an interest in having something more formalized where they could get instruction in communication re-
State funding Sponsored incl. federal • 43 percent of Tech’s expenditures went to research in 2011 • State funds were cut by 23.8 percent from 2009 to 2011, a total of $67.2 million Infographic by Lauren Brett / Student Publications
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lated projects,” said Karen Head, Director of the Communications Center. According to Head, the idea for the program came about after research was conducted on what was being offered in other institutions. The Library had offered a space for the Graduate Communications Center in Spring 2010. “Lori Critz, who does faculty development, was absolutely involved when we started getting the notion of how we were going to formalize the program. The last couple of SGA presidents have also been part of the planning process,” Head said. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Graduate Career Services and Communications & Marketing have been partners in this project. “We spent the fall of last year finalizing, scheduling, getting the web site up. Graduate SGA is helping with advertising,” Head said. There are some required workshops to be taken by students that are part of the program and there from page 1
A strong regional presence assists Tech in obtaining federal and state funds. Tech has launched 75 companies in the past decade, ranks as the number three patent producer in the state of Ga., and its overall benefits to the state economy are conservatively estimated at $6 billion annually by the Institute. In the past 15 years, Tech has begun to work much closer with the National Institute of Health (NIH), as the College of Biomedical Engineering has rapidly grown in size and significance, increasing from almost no funding to more than $40 million.
are also specialized workshops that can be taken by students depending on their need for it. There is a capstone requirement succeeding these workshops. Head is confident that graduates will take advantage of this program’s opportunities. “It’s not hard to get this kind of message out. We’ve let graduate advisors know about the program. There’s never really been a lack of interest in this kind of program,” Head said. The program may be accredited in the future. According to Head, grad students did not have the time to accommodate these workshops into their schedules in the past. In many cases, students could not get into communication classes offered, and these classes were very specialized, as opposed to the program, which starts from the basics and allows students to obtain a greater experience. “We’ve been able to schedule more workshops at more times and more days along with getting as many people as possible involved,” Head said.
More recently, Tech has begun to work closely with Department of Energy and the Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency, both of which have begun offering more funding opportunities to improve energy conservation. Tech is also making headway in a relationship in the Department of Agriculture in areas like food processing technology, working on quicker and safer methods for food testing and improvements in the poultry industry. Work with the Department of Defense continues, making up half of Tech’s research dollars, dealing with a variety of projects such as aircraft engines.
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Opinions Editor: Chris Russell Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. -Martin Luther King, Jr.
OUR VIEWS Consensus Opinion
Piracy runs rampant, but SOPA will not stop it
As many Tech students are aware, this past Wed., many popular websites protested a pair of bills (known as SOPA and PIPA) by either posting calls-to-action (as with Google) or blacking out entire sites (as with Wikipedia and Reddit). These protests are, unquestionably, necessary. They brought the bills to the attention of the average American and helped champion the cause for the free flow of information across the internet. The problem with SOPA and PIPA as they stand now is that they will not stop piracy. The tech-savvy will always find workarounds, especially when this legislation only affects U.S. sites. This was visible even in today’s blackouts. For every post or comment about Wikipedia’s blackout, there was another describing two ways to get around it. It is inconceivable that this same ingenuity will not be applied to find ways around the legislation. What this legislation will do is radically alter the shape of the Internet.
In particular, social media—sites that are built around the idea of sharing ideas— will be devastated. When businesses can be financially frozen due to one of their users posting copyrighted material— which SOPA, in its current form, enables—even giants like Facebook and Twitter have little hope of survival, let alone small blogs. Obviously, something needs to be done about piracy, but sweeping government regulation is not necessarily the answer. As mentioned above, such regulation could have devastating side-effects, and, if past efforts are at all indicative of future success, unlikely to be anything more than a speed bump to pirates. Companies and agencies should consider other options as well, including possible technological solutions. Copyright holders are obviously entitled to run their businesses however they see fit, but they should not have the right to dramatically alter the landscapes in which they operate.
The Consensus Opinion reflects the majority opinion of the Editorial Board of the Technique, but not necessarily the opinions of individual editors.
Technique Editorial Board Vijai Narayanan, Editor-in-Chief Kamna Bohra, Managing Editor
Maddie Cook, Advertising Manager Mike Donohue, News Editor Will Folsom, Photography Editor Siddharth Gurnani, Focus Editor
Nishant Prasadh, Development Editor Chris Russell, Opinions Editor Alex Sohani, Sports Editor Hank Whitson, Entertainment Editor
EDITORIAL CARTOON By Casey Tisdel
Friday, January 20, 2012
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Food waste harms society, environment By Doug Walp Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia U.
Approximately 263 million pounds of food were thrown away in the United States yesterday, despite the fact a majority of it was perfectly good to eat. Initially, it seems like a grandmother’s proverb —“Clean your plate. Don’t let it go to waste”— but recent empirical research has shown this rampant wastefulness could be far more damaging than just upsetting your sweet old grandma. A study from Timothy Jones, an anthropologist from U. Arizona, claims as much as half of all of the food produced in America each year is discarded due to multiple inefficacies throughout the consumer food hierarchy. This includes flaws in harvesting, preservation, transportation and distribution—as well as the fact that leftovers seem to be an increasingly rare commodity of the modern American household. It’s not a problem that’s completely localized to our country, but the statistics do implicate our society as one of the world’s worst offenders. Accordingly, an independent study conducted for the International Congress concluded North America wastes more than ten times the amount of food than Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia do each year. In fact, every year North America wastes what equates to nearly three-fourths of all the food produced in the aforementioned foreign regions, despite having vastly superior technology available. These statistics accurately depict the alarming disregard our society has commonly come to accept. Resources that were once thought to have been precious, such as food or clean water, are habitually taken for granted by the population—myself included. I want to be clear, I don’t mean to insinuate that if we all work together we can take all of our leftovers and cure world hunger. But, more effective strategies within the food industry could at least help to provide meals for the thousands starving here in America as well as positively impact the economy and environment. Too often we dismiss the notion of hunger as an epidemic that is only in impoverished nations when, in reality, it’s a crisis that exists throughout the U.S. I’ve seen families rummaging through my apartment’s trash, often waiting until dark to either remain undetected or hide their shame. It’s both heartbreaking and eye-opening to witness a brother and sister slump down in the seats of their old run-down van as their mother and father pillage through what some wasteful college students threw out, just to eat for the night. Just down the road, grocery stores are disposing of un-
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fathomable amounts of fresh food because of unjustifiable “qualitystandards,” sometimes locking their trash facilities to keep those unable to put food on the table from dumpster diving. America’s food waste is also much more than just a social issue. More efficient conservation policies in the food industry could help save the nation’s economy billions of dollars each year. For instance, most grocery vendors and wholesalers will throw out an entire carton of eggs if one is broken, or dispose of an entire container of fruit because one apple lost its ripeness. Coming up with feasible solutions to problems such as this, and similar issues within harvesting and transportation, could literally generate billions of dollars in revenue. Our environment has also been suffering because of our society’s abhorrent wastefulness. The EPA reports in 2010, 33 million tons of food waste were sent to landfills and incinerators, making it the single largest component of municipal solid waste in America. Despite the possible misconceptions that food sitting in a landfill is some kind of environmentally-friendly compost heap, it’s been shown this rotting food releases significant amounts of toxic methane into the atmosphere. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas that has 20 times the warming potential of carbon dioxide. The positive notion to take away from the countless reports and studies being published on the matter is that unlike carbon dioxide levels, it’s hypothesized by many that global food waste levels can be considerably diminished by simply increasing awareness and pursuing conversation efforts. As one of the leading offenders, the U.S. can set an auspicious trend by not only acknowledging food waste is indeed a prevalent issue globally, but deciding to pursue immediate real-world solutions to it. The responsibility begins with us, however, as the consumer, to continually raise our awareness as well as our ability to recognize just how detrimental our wastefulness can be.
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Blackout leaves some in dark on SOPA On Wed., Jan. 18, 10,000 various websites “blacked out” for upwards of 12 hours in order to raise awareness of two bills currently being considered by Congress—SOPA and PIPA. Big time tech names have touted these bills as being lethal to the current Internet we know and love. Wikipedia, Firefox, Google, Wired Magazine, Reddit—even Mark Zuckerberg—have attempted to bring these bills to the forefront of public attention in whatever manner they can, and request that people not sit idly by. Reddit put up a blackschemed home page, urging users to sign an online petition or to call their local lawmaker. The explanation on the Reddit front page read that the two bills “restrict innovation and threaten the existence of websites with user-submitted content.” Wikipedia blocked access to entire articles, creating a living hell for any unknowing students who were writing last minute papers at two in the morning Tuesday night (only later did I realize that you could hit “Stop” as the page was loading before the article was blacked out). It’s necessary to note that Wikipedia only blacked out their “English” site; it’s further interesting to note that this move was made only after 1,500 Wikipedia contributors agreed to do it, asking the Wikimedia Foundation for the direct blackout
“SOPA and PIPA should contain razor-sharp and irrefutable points, not vague and sweeping generalities...” Will Folsom Photo Editor
implementation. Google made a more subtle move by replacing their iconic logo with a black bar Doodle. By the time many people had caught on to what was happening, Wikipedia wouldn’t allow them to read up on SOPA. Many turned to Twitter more feverishly than ever before. Reddit creator Alexis Ohanian jokingly tweeted that Wednesday will be remembered as “Productivity Day.” On that note, what did I ever do before Reddit? Sleep? I don’t think so. Work out at the CRC? Nah, my body is naturally like this. Pay attention in class? Hardly. Whether you actively pursue every avenue you can protesting SOPA, or are glued to old West Wing episodes on YouTube, there is a plain fact of which you should be aware: Washington noticed the blackout. Read that again—let the underlying tones of instant gratification soak in. One day of blackouts and alarmist statements from some of the
biggest brass in Silicon Valley did what the non-profit “Fight For The Future” and both the New York and Los Angeles Times editorial boards have been trying to do for weeks. Even Senator Marco Rubio, one of the co-sponsors of PIPA made a post-blackout aboutface. Senator John Cornyn urged Congress to slow down on such “sweeping legislation,” taking the time to get the bill “right” rather than “fast and wrong.” Cornyn isn’t exactly an ignorable voice on Capitol Hill: He heads the Senate campaign committee—and more importantly, controls millions of dollars in re-election funds. Similarly, House Representatives Lee Terry and Ben Quayle pulled their support from SOPA. To momentarily play a sort of devil’s advocate, I must admit it is easy to see why the film, video game and music industries would want to shift from in-house technical and regulatory measures to rallying for more government support.
At Tech, everyone has had to take at least one programming class. Now imagine having to code epic adventure RPG’s like Skyrim. It’s easy to see why game developers would want a bit of compensation. The same goes for filmmakers. Imagine if Christopher Nolan’s boxoffice smash The Dark Knight didn’t make a single dime. It would arguably have changed the course of film history itself. I say all of this to demonstrate the necessity of rewarding quality works of multimedia. The problem lies in how the government has approached the subject all along. SOPA and PIPA should contain razor-sharp and irrefutable points, not vague and sweeping generalities that could alter free speech as we now know it. Political underpinnings aside, the fact remains that this effort has actually succeeded to some extent, slowing hasty legislation that unquestionably has the power to change the landscape of the Internet. Every Internet user of today was just done a huge service. Realistically, the worst is not over yet. Congress has yet to vote on these bills—but they have paused to reconsider. As young academics at a prestigious technological institute, we have the stage. Now is the time to make the most of that pause.
Digital lives weaken real-world skills Over seven years ago, I first signed on to the former glory that is America Online Instant Messenger (AIM). With my rhyming screenname and puppy of a buddy icon, I could now chat with all my friends from school from the comforts of my home, without having to pick up a phone, go outside or put on shoes. This instant conversation option immediately appealed to the awkward silences and easy distractions I found (and often generated) in phone conversations, and I never had to ask my mother if I could go out to play—it was all in the comfort of the gray box of my desktop computer. As time went on, I became closer to the middle school friends I still consider friends today through endless chat rooms to get us through our insufferable eighth grade science projects. The Internet began to evolve (or, in some cases, devolve) into social media, as I picked up accounts on LiveJournal, MySpace, Blogspot, Facebook and more, which all had chat and message functions that facilitated conversation and whose speed was driven by my then-masterful 110 words per minute (WPM). When I grew old enough to have a cell phone, I began to rely heavily on texting, still skillfully avoiding phone conversations and face-to-face interactions. I eventually hit a point of no longer under-
choices and my willingness to reveal personal details are wildly different. Another realization I came across was our society’s preference for electronic communications over face-to-face interKamna Bohra action. For some reason, I find it logical to type out a long Managing Editor grammatically correct email or text message with several questions and to then wait until the but still spending copious recipient chooses to respond at amounts of time online, I re- his or her convenience. It rarealized that, for many, internet ly occurs to me to simply find personalities are pretty dif- the person to have the converferent from the personalities sation right then and there. What’s more is that, even people give off in real life. Not to say that they have multiple though I have developed a betpersonalities by any means, but ter understanding of the perils it is significantly easier to let of solely communicating via down their barriers and to say the Internet and texting, the whatever comes to mind when next generation is not getting they have a plastic screen and any better. My days of wina wireless connection between ter break were often found in them. But when air is the only lines behind kids half my age physical barrier between two tapping away at their iPhones people, the dynamics of a con- and Blackberry phones. They versation become entirely dif- didn’t talk to their parents. They didn’t make conversation ferent, often strained. Unfortunately, I know that with the cashier. They didn’t I am the master of this. The so much as glance up to say, 500 words you’ve (hopefully) “Excuse me.” Basically, if it wasn’t hapread so far sound nothing like what’s going on my head, pening in the palm of their which, in turn, sounds noth- hand, it was like it wasn’t haping like what I would say aloud pening at all. Ultimately, if any of these about this topic. Of course, the occasional “LOL” man- forms of conversational confuages to slip into my everyday sion or social stumblings affect conversation, and sometimes I you, perhaps you should put exchange descriptions of fun- away your phone or close your ny Internet pictures and vid- laptop and see what people eos to get a point across. Still, have to offer your personal the core of my conversational growth.
“Basically, if it wasn’t happening in the palm of their hand, it was like it wasn’t happening at all.”
standing how to use Facebook chat, and at the time, I had a chronic distaste for the distraction of a chat option in my Gmail inbox. Still, texting somehow seemed preferable to me—I could spend as long as I wanted crafting my questions and chalk my response delays up to grabbing dinner or helping my mother. I thought I was so clever and resourceful. High school demanded my conversational skill for about eight to nine hours per day. (Un)fortunately, college forces me to interact with people from the moment I wake up until even after I fall asleep, as I occasionally answer questions from outside my door in my sleep. But now, instead of just exchanging rage comics and hilariously long acronyms, communication now actually involves speaking aloud, pronouncing words I mostly thought about in my head and processing body language. How emotionally and mentally taxing! In making this transition,
What are your thoughts on SOPA/PIPA and the blackouts?
Chunghee Kim Second-year BME
“I think it’s an important issue. The Internet is an important resource and tool.”
Jenny Sample Second-year BA
“I support the protests, since they’re fighting against a command economy...”
Victoria Falk Second-year CHBE
“I think having these large companies protest shows that the bills merit a second look”
Alborz Kashani Grad ISYE
“I just want Wikipedia back.” Photos by Chris Russell / Student Publications
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OUR VIEWS Hot or Not
HOT– or –NOT Communication
Grad students that want to show they capable of more than just hacking away at equations now have an official way do that, in the form of the new Graduate Communications Certificate. Unlike many undergraduate certifcates, these will be based more on completing seminars and workshops as opposed to for-credit classes, allowing students to certify their skills without cutting into their schedules.
Some students have taken a popular pastime at Tech— gaming—and put a unique spin on it: turning it into a charity. Four gamers took marathon rounds of the popular Nintendo franchise The Legend of Zelda, and turned them into a tool to raise money for Child’s Play, a children’s charity that raises money for toys and games for children in hospitals.
While it is common knowledge that the student faculty ratio has been steadily worsening in recent years, some students are beginning to feel its effects as classes are starting to overfill, some to the point where it is difficult to find a seat. In particular, many ISyE classes are feeling a bit tight, with several senior-level classes being upwards of 10-15 percent above the official capacity according to OSCAR.
On Wednesday, denizens of the Internet got a taste of what many fear will happen if two bills currently under consideration in Congress were passed. Many popular sites, like Wikipedia and Reddit, protested the legislation by blocking access to their sites for the day. The protests are fantastic ideas that gathered a lot of media attention, but it is unfortunate that they were necessary.
MLK holiday sparks reflection on past, current diversity at Tech Jan. 16, 2012 marked the twenty-sixth celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday observance. Nearly 44 years after Dr. King’s assassination, all fifty states in the U.S. and more than 100 countries around the are recognizing the birthday of one of America’s eminent historical figures. We celebrate his birthday but it was his tragic, senseless death that sparked a moral outrage that finally moved America to address the continuing injustices perpetrated upon African Americans and poor people in our nation. While we as a nation have made many strides over the past four decades with eliminating racial discrimination in public accommodations, voting rights and economic disparities, there is still much work to be done. In some ways, Tech’s history over the past 50 years is intertwined with the chaotic times that gave rise to Dr. King’s national prominence. In 1956, Dr. King achieved national attention for his leadership of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Just five years later, in 1961, Tech became the first public university in the Deep South to achieve desegregation without a court order. In the same year, in May 1961, racial violence and terrorism plagued our nation as the Freedom Riders, organized by the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) tested the Supreme Court decision to outlaw segregation in interstate commerce. The City of Atlanta and the leadership of Tech had the benefit of seeing the violence that erupted in the South over racial desegregation and decided that Tech was not going to allow violence to mark its campus. This
“[Tech is], in fact, one of the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse public universities in America today.” Archie Ervin Vice President of Institute Diversity
decision set an example of how forward-thinking people would work to accommodate the seismic shift that was taking place in America around issues of race. Tech’s integration began with the matriculation of Mr. Lawrence Williams, Mr. Ralph Long, and Mr. Ford Greene in the fall of 1961. No one suggests that those early days were easy for the first three black students, as this had never been done before. But the character of then Tech President Edwin D. Harrison and Associate Dean of Students shone through as they vowed that Tech would not be besieged by violence and that from that day forward, race and ethnicity would not stand in way of qualified students receiving a Tech education. Today, 50 years later, Tech is a national leader in the production of African American, Hispanic and women engineers. We are one of the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse public universities in America. Our history with accepting and encouraging diversity is our strength. Outstanding faculty and staff, graduate and undergraduate students want to come to Tech as they recognize that Tech is an inclusive community, where we embrace and value the diversity found among us. Today, in the competitive
landscape for the most talented students, faculty and staff, Tech appeals to broad cross-sections of people because we are diverse and inclusive. With the creation of Tech’s Vice President for Institute Diversity position, the leadership of Tech has charted a course build upon strategies that strengthen our diversity goals and outcomes. Tech’s current leadership has codified its commitment to diversity and inclusion in our Strategic Plan: “We aspire to be an Institute that pursues excellence and embraces and leverage diversity in all of its forms. In the years ahead, we must continue to enhance a culture of collegiality; close collaboration, global perspective, intercultural sensitivity and respect, and thoughtful interaction amend a divides community of scholars that include all of urn students, faculty, staff and alumni.” Our 2012 MLK Celebration included a first ever Institute MLK Lecture. Our goal is to use the lecture to help our community come together and to share ideas about how we can leverage our talents and energy to propel Tech toward its destiny as a leading 21st century technological university. Our diversity will be one of our strengths that will help to get us there.
The marinara sauce at North Ave is too watery dear prof of 8 am class: would it KILL you to send an EMAIL letting us know class was cancelled??? - the exhausted students who showed up I only have two classes this semester. I’m not sure how. Demaryius Timothy = success so excited for the first slivers of the new year! buzz is still the best to me ZSH! Activate! I got off of Reddit to come here, this better get posted. only the first week, already underwater. Let go of me, chbe here we go, senior design. come at me bro #4thyeardontcare Love the Reck? Love traditions?Apply to RRC! Dear campus maintenance, whatever you use to clean the bathrooms makes me gag. Why does it sound like a hurricane outside of my apartment? I THOUGHT THOSE DAYS WERE OVER!! Georgia Tech: where friendzoning is a way of life :( I’ll be praying for you T-BOW!!! God Bless. Sliver, you never let me down. To my non Asian classmate in Korean, I think you’re kinda cute and a whole new brand of awesome. What? Wikipedia’s down? How am I gonna do my homework? Has anyone actually gotten a date from posting Slivers? LOVE the double sized Sliver box last week I love my new Obol! PASSION 2012!!! Let’s fight against the 27 million slaves in this world together! to the person who was stupid enough to drop proff gall’s mse class...thank you Silly TwoBitMan So many slivers. Its hilarious. Kids Bop Why was 30 Rock lame? Lolita girl, you looked so cute! - Kimono girl
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“Innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity not a threat.” - Steve Jobs
Tech innovators help create future I
f necessity is the mother of all invention, then Tech is the great uncle. Each year innovative students and faculty throughout the Tech community design, create, and invent everything from new household goods to cutting-edge medical equipment. In this week’s issue of the Technique, we highlight four of those many students who are working, to not only better Tech, but also our world with their ingenuity.
Chosen to participate as part of Tech’s newest start up business program, Flashpoint, a second-year BA major and CS minor, Kurt Heinrich has created a way of seamlessly integrating inventory management and order fulfillment with his website ecommhub.com. Developed in grade school at the age of fourteen, Kurt needed a way to manage his own on-line iPod accessory store. What started out as a small, manageable web-store quickly evolved into a full-time job, generating over $20,000 within its first Christmas season open for business. Realizing that other small businesses were probably facing the same problem, Kurt decided to expand his handy bit of computer code from a personal application into a small-time enterprise. Fast forward to today and Kurt is making his way from New York to San Francisco demoing his product alongside the seventeen other companies involved with the Flashpoint program. According to Heinrich, “If you have a great idea that you are passionate about, then pursue it.”
Innovation comes in all forms and for Melissa McCoy, fourth-year ChBE, it came in the form of a conference she brainstormed and developed on her own, called ‘Enterprise to Empower.’ The name was derived from the ability of social enterprises to empower others (help others help themselves) rather than creating dependent relationships through handouts. A very involved student at Tech, Melissa was always fascinated by microfinance and the broader concept of social enterprise. While working in Chile for a mining company in spring 2010, she searched for a better way to implement this concept, based on principles of free enterprise. Her inspiration came from Muhammad Yunus and the story of how he founded Grameen Bank and started the microfinance movement in Bangladesh. When she came back to school, she organized a conference that had 20 speakers — CEOs, founders and academics in the realm that was attended by 120 students and professionals. The success and overwhelming interest in social enterprises led to the creation of an organization of the same name.
Old school methods, product development and marketing are a thing of the past for Jenny Drinkard, ID ‘11, inventor of the Groove. Her handy, multifaceted cleaning device used to clean those hard-to-reach spots that inhabit every household may be receiving a warm welcome from moms across the nation, but this fact is overshadowed by Drinkard’s real achievement. Her real accomplishment came through working in tandem with a new website called Quirky that is geared primarily at combining industrial design with an ever-expanding social-media medium to bypass traditional methods of product development by combining the efforts of numerous developers and designers to ease start up costs and streamline the development process. With this new resource, Jenny was able to develop, design, and render old cleaning brushes obsolete with her new all-in-one cleaning device with a detachable end — so much so that she appeared on the Rachel Ray Show this year to demonstrate the product.
Perhaps no other field of study has evolved as rapidly in the last fifty years than biomedical devices. Developing hand-in-hand with other technological improvements, there is no greater example of that than ever-expanding biomedical research being done here at Tech. Students like Ph. D. candidate Christopher Lee are paving the way for the future of health care. Working in collaboration with a cosmetic surgeon, Chris set out to develop a long-term injectable hydrogel as an improved form of soft tissue filler to replace the short shelf life current fillers. When Chris’s test results yielded a new form of hydrogel that is able to deliver fat-derived stem cells which could regenerate soft tissues at various degrees of hardness, he realized the practical medical uses immediately. He filed for a patent and licensing his development methods to a start up company here at Tech.
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Tech has some of the most innovative minds on the east coast, proven through many inventions and award-winning designs. It can’t be denied, however, that creativity takes work. Here are some tips to get the creative juices flowing.
Mind Games There are many activities and exercises for the brain to work up a mental sweat. Working logic problems and puzzles like crosswords or Sudoku helps strengthen your brain and help pass time. Although playing “Angry Birds,” while on the bus might give you glimps into the physics of flying birds, brain exercises and puzzles will improve brain function in the long run.
Create Another good way to improve your creative skills is to just do it. Take out a pencil and paper and try sketching whatever is on your mind. Or plan something out and develop a procedure for how to reach your goal. One tiny spark of a creative idea can explode into a firework finale of exciting thoughts, just waiting to be carried out. You’ll find when you start creating things you have more and more ideas along the way. The Student Center has several options classes available to help improve and cultivate your creativity.
Explore Trying new things and keeping an open mind is a very important aspect of creativity. The world has so many resources for you to both expand your horizons as well as channel your creativity. When you go out and do something you’ve never done before, often you’ll find out things about yourself you didn’t know. Even if the experience is not the best in the world, you will still have new knowledge you could not have gotten from doing the same old routine. There are many clubs on campus to help you explore and build your creativity through experience.
Overcome Bad Moods A 2006 study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded positive moods can increase creative thinking. Try to limit self-criticism as it can get you down and inhibit the creative process. The more positively you see a problem the easier it is to think of possible solutions. If you get stuck in a bad mood, just take a break from what you’re doing.
Personalized drug delivery device wins ME capstone expo By Avanti Joglekar Contributing Writer
Tech is a place that successfully educates students capable of combining creative pursuits with practical application to result in a variety of enhanced and new products to make the world a better place. As an technological institution, the education received at Tech intends on facilitating the future innovators, entrepreneurs, and engineers as they move from the realm of student to the realm of the employed. To supplement the education received from class and lab, events such as the Mechanical Engineering Expo for senior design projects are held to place students in a competitive setting similar to the one they’ll encounter after graduation.
The “Occlusion Reader,” a device that provides information regarding how a patient’s blood is clotting for doctors to use in determining drug dosages, exemplifies such student innovation and was awarded first prize at the Fall 2011 ME Capstone Design Expo. Developed by mechanical engineering seniors Pranav Gandhi, Siddharth Gurnani, Kelly Hefelfinger, Oscar Martinez and Nicholas Turturro, the device eliminates the potentially hazardous guesswork doctors face in determining the dosage of the drug Plavix for treatment of cardiovascular disease. Plavix, the third most prescribed drug in the U.S. and the most common treatment for cardiovascular disease, can cause internal bleeding if taken in excess; too little fails to prevent heart attacks. The
device mimics actual heart conditions of an individual patient to deliver a personalized dosage, reducing or eliminating the risk of improper dosage. The Expo, held in Tech’s Clough Commons on Dec. 8, provided a framework within which ME senior design students gained experience working in teams to systematically design, build and report solutions, in the form of prototypes for a variety of problems submitted from industrial sponsors or their own imagination. The challenge of presenting their models in a competitive environment forces students to consider real world applications of otherwise theoretical or esoteric components of their education. In order to stand out from the designs See Medical, page 11
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The ‘Occlusion Reader’ was the machine designed and built by team “Heart-Thromb”
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STUDENTS SPEAK Each week, the Focus section seeks student opinion on some of the most important and pertinent questions related to the theme of the week.
Education prepares students for careers
Personal innovations, creations By Emily Moran Contributing Writer
Tech is one of the most ingenious campuses in the world. Some of the brightest minds in the nation employ their ingenuity in a variety of ways, innovating in every sphere. Though Tech may be noted for students’ work inside the classroom, any student here can tell you the unique ways they applied themselves outside of the classroom. Ingenuity presents itself in many forms. There’s ingenuity in the sense of time optimization and in creating tools to complete everyday tasks. Every aspect of ingenuity deserves recognition, no matter how large or small. Some students put their ingenuity to work for them in the hopes of making some money; often creating something they saw a need for. “I made a soundboard app of the many sounds of the comedian Gabriel Iglesias,” said Nick Mathews, a first-year CS major. “[Iglesias] has some really funny sounds and there weren’t any other apps.” By combining his interests, Nick created something unique that has the possibility of making him some money. There are others that put their ingenuity to work for aesthetic purposes. “My roommate and I took an old vinyl record we found in the trash and turned it into a clock by baking it on a cookie sheet at 275 degrees to warp it, molded it to our liking, and let it cool, re-
peating several times until our desired shape was reached. Then, we bought a cheap clock at IKEA, dismantled it and the center of the record turned into the face of our clock. Plug in some batteries and BAM!, you have a clock that looks like Dali himself painted it,” said Sean Tighe, a first-year MSE major. While some create masterpieces, others create the party ambiance. “I made a light system for my annual New Year’s Eve party. I put a low-pass filter on my ear buds and attached it to a transistor. The transistor switched current to some LEDs which flashed to the beat of the music,” said Colin Baxter, a first-year AE major. Then there are some who put their ingenuity to a more practical use. “I finally figured out how the AC works in my dorm room,” said Carl Houde, a first-year ECE major. “I helped my friend test a remote control golf cart over winter break,” said Eric Aulet, a thirdyear AE major. “We built custom furniture for our apartment and installed backlight features and now everyone who visits can leave their mark with a highlighter, like a big wooden guest book,” said Paco Swift, a second-year CM major. As is apparent from these cases, there is no limit to how ingenious students at Tech can be in their solutions to even simple everyday problems. Go tackle a problem that’s bothering you. Figure out a way to make some money or create something fantastic that will make neighbors envious.
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Though Tech students might find it stressful spending countless hours reading papers, doing homework, preparing for tests etc, there are many real world skills gained through this education. By Lauren Townsend Contributing Writer
As far as university rankings go, Tech has remained amongst the top ten in the nation for a substantial amount of time. But what is it about Tech that lassos such good rankings? What factors make a Tech graduate stand out from a host of other applicants for a particular job? Does the education instill the ability to think for oneself and apply that to real world problems? The Tech education prepares students for the work force by enabling them with a specific set of skills applicable to the major in which they study. The rigorous workload which a lot of students complain about, forces students to learn meticulous time management and other essential skills like dealing with
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pressure and meeting deadlines. From start to finish, the mind of a student is continuously molded till he or she is equipped with the skills to think creatively and solve all sorts of problems. Faculty and staff at Tech work tirelessly to make sure that students who graduate from Tech are prepared for situations they will face in the real world. “I think there are two basic challenges that are unique to Tech that prepare students for the workforce. First, Tech educates students in science and especially the use of the scientific method. In the workplace an extremely valuable skill is the ability to observe a problem, think logically, and make decisions based on the information provided. Students who graduate from Tech are likely to use this type of analytical thinking to make decisions and
this makes them a valuable asset to the company,” said Dr. Christine Ries, Chair of the School of Economics. “Second, Tech is unique because it offers design courses to students. These courses focus on a real problem and ask students to bring their perspectives to the problem and create solutions. Therefore, students are forced to draw on book learning and apply these concepts to the solution for the problem. This allows new ideas to spread from the university to the workforce. From these two unique challenges, Tech teaches students the principles of application, embodiment and solution communication.” Professors also wish for their students to take away certain skills from their specific course material. See Education, page 11
InVenture showcases student creations By Rachit Kansal Contributing Writer
Welcome to the Inventure Prize, the place where Tech’s most brilliant and creative minds come together to compete for a $ 15,000 grand prize. For over three years, this competition has encouraged students to strive for something beyond their coursework. To create, to innovate and to succeed. The InVenture Prize gives students a glimpse into the real world, with real-life problems and challenges to deal with. Students leave the safety of their classrooms to venture out and make their inventions a reality. They learn to consider the commercial side of things, take costs and profits into account, study the possible market for their invention, and eventually patent their technology. In essence, everything needed to take their idea from the drawing board to a physical, mass-produced object. The highly competitive nature of this event guarantees to bring out the best in everyone, which is why even people with less concrete ideas are encouraged to join. It is a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to meet and know the ‘thinkers’ of Tech. This competition has a history of producing great scientific minds. Last year’s winner, Patrick Whaley, is highly successful. His
invention was a weighted shirt that utilizes a form fitting gel to create comfortable sports apparel. This can be used to increase the intensity of workouts, gain strength and help disabled people rehabilitate. After several important modifications to his product, Patrick successfully launched ‘Titin Tech’ encompassing a range of sport apparel. Retail sales are set to begin by the end of this February and estimates of current production look highly positive. Another idea, “The Chlorocyte Bioreactor,” whose creators won the 2009 Inventure Prize, has taken off as well. It involves using al-
gae to absorb carbon dioxide and eventually, help create a greener environment. The team created a startup company called Sora which is ready to commercialize this novel technology. Its future looks promising as well. This year’s competition promises to be grander and bigger than before, with 124 participants already registered to compete. With an able panel of mentors, guides and professors, the participants will have someone to fall back upon in case of technical difficulties. Students can catch the innovative and inventive spirit of their peers in action at the semifinals on Feb. 8.
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of other teams, students learn the importance of cross-functional considerations, such as marketing via professional, persuasive promotions, or creating unique product attributes from an enduser perspective backwards. As creators such as Steve Jobs and Henry Ford illustrate, disruptive innovations predict what the customer or market needs before they fully realize it themselves. The team, which called itself Heart-Thromb, took into account this end-user perspective when constructing their prototype and the result was a novel product with serious potential for practical application. The design of the device called for the team to take inspiration from a variety of sources – from biomedical sources to interface design. While the ME seniors received
Photo by Kelvin Kuo / Student Publications
The InVenture prize is an avenue for tech inventors to showcase their work. 124 teams are competing for a grand prize of $15,000.
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Dr. Ries, for example hopes that her students will take away “the ability to formulate and trust their own gifts and intuition,” from her class and understands that such skills will benefit students for their careers and the rest of their lives. “Being at Tech really makes me think more analytically than I’ve ever had to before in my life. It’s a lot of work too, which I think any student at Tech knows. But at the same time, even though there is a lot of work involved, I know it will all be worth it in the
a few “lucky breaks” in strokes of inspiration for their design, they faced several difficulties translating the idea into reality. For example, to ensure accurate test results a constant blood pressure is required; many iterations of trialand-error were necessary to tweak design attributes to fit this need. The hard work continued for the team until the day of the Expo, and with a cohesive, professional presentation and image, the ‘Heart-Thrombers’ received first place. Team members plan to continue working on the device and have hopes of seeing their design project becoming a reality. Ultimately, the lesson to be gleaned from Heart-Thromb is that by following inspiration to ideas, engaging in entrepreneurial efforts, and putting in the essential hours of hard work it is possible to create products that can change the world for the better. end. So far I’ve been able to better manage my time, just because I had to learn over the course of the two years I’ve been here,” said Timothy Milholn, a second-year BME major. “An education from Tech is more beneficial than you realize while you are still in school. Tech prepared me for the work force and it was easy for me to find a job soon after graduation because I had good skills and knew how to market them. That’s something Tech taught me too- how to market myself and make my skills appealing to businesses,” said Miles Phillips, STaC alum ’11.
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Arthur II incorporates strategy, politics, dragons GAMES
King Arthur II: The Role Playing Game CONSOLE: PC GENRE: RPG, Strategy DEVELOPER: Paradox Interactive RATING: T RELEASE: Jan.
OUR TAKE: ««««« By Brent Hornilla Contributing Writer
This Jan. marks the release of King Arthur II, sequel to King Arthur, the unexpectedly successful RTS/RPG hybrid released in 2009. Some time after the events of
King Arthur, the kingdom assembled in the first game is in dire distress once again as portals to the underworld spew trolls and dragons alike to wreak havoc upon Britannia. As the Once and Future King himself, it is the player’s job to make all right and good with the world once more. For those who have not played the first game, the setup is similar to the Total War franchise, with a campaign map in which players can move and manage armies and provinces — cutting to a battle interface whenever armies clash with another. Due to a ticket system that revolves around controlling specific land marks on the map, it is even possible for the smallest army in the realm to take down the largest — though unlikely. On the quest for righteousness, players are presented with various opportunities to recruit knights for the Round Table, who can be gifted fiefdoms and even a spouse. In return, they lead armies into battle and help maintain order throughout the kingdom. With the proper hardware, it is worth playing with high graphics, as the battlefields can be breathtaking given the
detail to both the environments and the individual units. While the RTS aspect is made evident through armies’ engagements, the role-playing elements are what set apart the franchise. As players emerge victorious time and time again, surviving knights and units will gain experience and level up, granting skill and attribute points which can be allocated freely to suit specific playing styles. If one wants a number of powerhouse generals to charge into the fray like the legends of lore, this can be done; if knights who delve into the arcane arts, calling forth thunder from the heavens amidst the chaos of battle, this can be done too; players can even be that boring person who makes their knights great at governing, granting peace, prosperity, and loads of extra gold from the fiefdoms they have been granted. As if that were not enough, the game incorporates old school role play in the form of text-based adventures that you can encounter throughout Britannia.
Thanks to some impressive voiceacting, these miniature epics give the feel of a Dungeon Master narrating an elaborate game of Dungeons & Dragons. Of course, all this so-called freedom begs the question, why play it by the book as some kind and rightful king? The short answer is: don’t. While some objectives are mandatory because not fulfilling them would bring about the complete destruction of the world, a number of them allow gamers to play the more villainous side of the story through branching decisions. These types of decisions result in a change of alignment, represented by a 2-D chart of behavior, with one axis ranging from Christianity to Old Ways (religion) and the other from Tyrant to Rightful (morality). This system should not be taken for granted either, as each combination (Christian Tyrant, Old Way Rightful, etc.) grants various perks, unique high tier units and even knights
who will join or take up arms against the king. King Arthur II meets all the expectations of a sequel and more, having polished and re-mastered the features that made its predecessor so impressive. As for what is new, flying units have been added to the game. This opens up a number of tactical possibilities, for both players and enemies (nothing intimidates like a dragon raining fire on troops from on high). This time around though, multiplayer has been completely removed in favor of a more rich and rewarding single player experience. While this is certainly the case, one cannot help but wish players could duke it out with fellow Arthurians. Past experience with the first installment means there ought to be decent maintenance in the form of patches and various DLC, and multiple alignments means there is literally hundreds of hours of game play at your disposal. If you are looking for something different than the norm, King Arthur II is worth a look, especially at only $40.
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Beauty’s reissue indicates artistic, technical stagnation FILM
Beauty and the Beast 3D GENRE: Animated, Romance STARRING: Paige O’Hara DIRECTORS: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise RATING: G
OUR TAKE: ««««« By Lauren Payne Staff Writer
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It is fortunate that Walt Disney Animation Studios has forged a stockpile of quality films to rerelease in 3D during periods of
creative drought. It is doubtful that the executives behind the reanimation of Beauty and the Beast simply wish to expose the film to fresh audiences as a gesture of good will. At the very least, this particular rerelease draws attention to the shortage of technological and artistic innovation that plagues Disney’s most recent cinematic output. Linda Woolverton’s rendition of an 18th-century French fairytale shows no serious signs of detriment: Belle’s (Paige O’Hara) bookish appeal continues to enchant audiences and dispel the traditionally feminine qualities of Disney’s past heroines, and Beast’s
(Robby Benson) inner contention between the human and inhuman poles of his existence remains emotionally poignant. This 1991 production may lack the cynical humor and popcultural references that came to characterize its successors, but the film manages to compensate with a sort of puerile charm largely absent from Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Beauty’s rerelease additionally speaks for the sudden surge of experimental computer animation that took hold of the industry during the late 1980s and prompted See Beauty, page 16
Chelsea falls flat despite cutting wit TELEVISION
Are You There, Chelsea? NETWORK: NBC WHEN: Wed. at 8:30 p.m. STARRING: Laura Prepon, Chelsea Handler
OUR TAKE: ««««« By Jonathan Peak Assistant Entertainment Editor
Yet another female-centered show entered as Are You There, Chelsea? debuted last week (Jan. 11) as a mid-season addition to the NBC lineup. Featuring the exploits of E!’s Chelsea Handler, Are You There, Chelsea? managed to stick to Handler’s winning formula from her talk show while still packing a few surprises for viewers. The biggest surprise was that the central character Chelsea is not actually played by Chelsea Handler, but rather by Laura Prepon of That 70’s Show fame. Although Handler in her own right is more than just a little entertaining, this move showed a good deal of foresight, giving a fresh young face to audiences as Handler begins show her age too much to joke about vodka and sex convincingly. In a twist that perhaps goes too far though, Handler portrays Chelsea’s very pregnant and “super Christian” sister Sloane. Just her name says about enough of their view on the conservatives Sloane represents — but offense is something Handler has never shied away from. And offend she does in the pilot episode, no one seeming to be safe from Chelsea’s cutting wit. Redheads, Asians and midgets alike fall victim to her sardonic (and often crass) pen. Most of the jokes are indeed funny — but some border on tasteless or ignorant, such as a joke told by Chelsea’s Asian best friend Olivia implying she is Korean when she is obviously not. But most of the humor relies on Prepon’s delivery, and there lies one of many problems. Prepon created an iconic character with Donna in That 70’s Show as the bitter and jaded girlfriend, always throwing her two cents (no matter how saucy) into the mix. This character carries
over into Are You There, Chelsea?, but is ultimately not quite right for Handler’s sarcastic-yetparty-girl image. There is just not enough party in Prepon’s Chelsea. Prepon’s demeanor and delivery suggests a bit of intelligence that is lacking in Chelsea as she is arrested for a DUI in the first 10 seconds of the pilot. Just as unconvincing is Handler as Sloane — a character that falls seriously flat. Hopefully, Sloane’s character will either improve in future episodes or fade away as she becomes even more unnecessary than she already is to the show. This is sad as Handler really is a funny comedian. It is telling that the funniest character in the show is actually Chelsea’s and Olivia’s roommate Dee Dee, perhaps the most obnoxious and annoying in a cast that has more than its fair share of such characters. But she is truly funny in her quirky innocence – but there is limited potential for her as she feels more like a onetrick pony than a character with any longevity. Despite all of these detractions, there is a genuinely funny show hidden in Are You There, Chelsea?. Perhaps Handler and company will be able to capture this in future episodes, or perhaps they will fall victim to cuts that are soon to happen in a TV schedule already saturated with at best mediocre sitcoms. Chelsea Handler, however funny she may be, lacks a central component necessary to a longrunning sitcom series: character development. On her talk show Handler has given the viewers the same persona for its entire running – something that is vital to a talk show. However, should the sitcom of her life follow this same path viewers will quickly become bored and annoyed with flat characters no matter how many good jokes they can tell. Should Are You There, Chelsea? address these problems head on and make some cuts to an overly large, mostly unnecessary cast, a good show could arise. The show and its creators already showed a good deal of insight in not casting Handler in her own main role — one can only hope they will apply this to the show’s many other problems.
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House follows Showtime formula TELEVISION
House of Lies NETWORK: Showtime WHEN: Sundays at 10 p.m. STARRING: Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell
OUR TAKE: ««««« By Avanti Joglekar Contributing Writer
House of Lies is the new halfhour comedy from Showtime starring Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan, a project manager at a highly successful management consulting firm called Galweather & Stern. Kaan works with his team comprised of the sociallyinept Doug (Josh Lawson), the sycophantic Clyde (Ben Schwartz, who also plays John Ralphio in NBC’s Parks and Recreation) and the smart, sassy Jeannie (Kristen Bell). The show’s premiere features Kaan and his team jet-setting to New York from their Los Angeles base to meet with a financial company, one that in the reality of House of Lies helped cause America’s sub-prime mortgage crisis. Kaan’s company essentially makes money by creating the illusion that they are indispensable to their clients. The last name “Kaan” (pronounced “con”) is an obvious play on words alluding to the nature of the managing consultant’s occupation, which he illustrates via use of freeze-frame shots in which he explains the job’s core components. Kaan’s ex-wife Monica (Dawn Olivieri) works for a higherranked competing consulting firm in Kaan’s exact same position, while Kaan’s roommates include his sarcastic father Jeremiah
(the wonderful Glynn Turman) and gender-confused son Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.). In classic Showtime fashion, the show features cursing and sex on a rampant scale, from stripper wives to lesbian bathroom scenes, and the potential for sexual exploits involving Kaan and seemingly any woman he desires is endless. Jeannie is included, though the banter between Cheadle and Bell leaves the viewer ambivalent towards the budding possibility of romance. Kaan is yet another flawed male Showtime lead—he’s a greedy businessman whose job is made of a lot of smoke and mirrors. He says things like the client should think “that their business is going to fail without you” and “closing is the thing I do that sets me apart from you. It makes me bulletproof. I can close anybody,” which results in dialogue that fails to endear the character to the audience. There is little to like in any of the characters and the scenes where Kaan is shown understand-
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ing with his gender-identity questioning son Roscoe fails to seem organic. Prominent critics returned with mixed reviews for the first episode, but generally had favorable reviews for the second episode entitled “Amsterdam.” The redeeming qualities cited nearly universally are that Cheadle is a great actor and despite his selfimportant archetype of a character, he is charismatic to watch. The rest of the cast perform admirably, and the banter between Kaan and his team is charming enough to make the audience wish to be a part of their world. House of Lies certainly fits in with the Sunday night lineup of flawed male characters on Showtime, as it is sandwiched between Shameless’s William H. Macy and Californication’s David Duchovny. However, House of Lies lacks the heart of Shameless and Kaan lacks the likability of Duchovny’s Hank Moody, which means we care very little about the characters after two episodes.
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By Pat Guiney & Jonathan Peak Contributing Writer & Assistant Entertainment Editor
Modern Art at the High Until April 29, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art will be featuring an exhibit of some of the most influential works of art from the 1900s, by artists ranging from “Picasso to Warhol.” Over 100 pieces will be on display, featuring in-depth views on each of fourteen legendary artists. Student tickets to the High Museum of Art are available for only $15 on most days. The first Saturday of each month is free for Fulton County residents — Tech students included with student ID.
The Choreographer’s Showcase is back for its fourth season, featuring 40 professional dancers of all kinds: with ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and tap, this show is a must see for any dance fan. Nine of Atlanta’s top choreographers will be showing off their work at the World Premier of the show on Jan. 20-21. Tickets range from $22 to $28 with the dancing beginning at 8 p.m.
George Washington Carver Exhibit
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The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum opened a new exhibit this week featuring inventor and humanitarian George Washington Carver. Come explore Carver’s journey from slavery to the invention of peanut butter. Also learn about his many accomplishments as a conservationist and activist on behalf of African American farmers. Admission to the museum and exhibit is $6 for students and runs until May 27.
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Jane premiere displays well-designed lead TELEVISION
Jane By Design NETWORK: ABC Family WHEN: Tuesdays at 9 p.m. STARRING: Erica Dasher
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Jane by Design, ABC Family’s newest teen-oriented television show, features an aspiring fashion designer who is stuck at the bottom of the totem pole in high school. Despite her larger-thanlife aspirations to succeed in the fast-paced fashion industry, Jane Quimby (Erica Dasher), is in a position far from achieving her goals until she lands a dream job with one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Suddenly, Jane is forced to contend with the responsibilities of a full-time job and surviving as a high school student. Jane is a smart and hardworking character who knows there is something better waiting for her outside of high school. Although she takes on the role of a social outcast, she refuses to let the status quo deter her from her designing dreams. Her upbeat persona and lively energy towards every strange situation she faces make her an entertaining and enjoyable character to watch. Jane also faces a challenging situation at home with her father having passed away and her mother having abandoned her and her unemployed brother. The two make a great, determined pair, both striving to succeed in their respective fields to provide assistance to the other, a fair reflection of today’s dismal economy.
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Jane is also accompanied by her best friend and social misfit, Billy, who serves as an accomplice in Jane’s fashion endeavors. His leather attire, faux-hawk and apparent disregard for fitting in make him an enigmatic presence. Despite his humorous, reliable, and helpful nature, he also has a few secrets. Chief among them: a secret romance with high school ‘queen bee’ Lulu. Lulu serves as the typical popular high school student who throws the hottest parties and torments the less fortunate students who attempt to ascend to her level. Although Billy wants to reveal the relationship, Lulu convinces him to keep it a secret because she does not want it to affect her popularity — typical of the high-maintenance persona she portrays. Despite her mean girl persona, Lulu has the potential to grow into something more. In the working world, Jane is
faced with another difficult character, a sinister coworker who is desperate to steal Jane’s boss’ job. India is deceiving and manipulative and makes many attempts, even within the first episode of the show, to attain everything she desires without any concern for others. Jane’s smarts prevail in this situation, where she successfully realizes India’s deceitful and cruel intentions and makes a stand to defend her boss and everything she is working towards. Jeremy, the creative mind behind Jane’s new workplace, portrays the pretty boy who all of the girls swoon over, but Jane manages to maintain her cool. His allure quickly abates once Jane spots him and India late in the office, solidifying her belief that India is not as sweet and innocent as she claims. Jane’s boss, Gray, is also incredibly tough and requires perfection. The fact that she is
extremely demanding and unrelenting in her judgment only adds to the complexity of Jane’s situation. Her passion for the fashion industry and desire to succeed at her new job make her determined to impress Gray. Throughout the pilot episode of Jane by Design, the characters are introduced and well-developed, providing plenty of promise, especially for Jane’s character. It is quickly made clear that Jane’s situation is something out of the norm. But Jane displays an unparalleled perseverance that is not present in many teen female leading characters on television. Despite difficult forces coming from both the career and school worlds, Jane maintains her optimistic and hardworking energy to survive the first week of what will certainly be an interesting and exciting career for Jane and an equally entertaining and intriguing show for viewers.
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a number of major-league entrepreneurs, including Steve Jobs, to invest in its development. The marriage of hand-drawn animation and computer-generated imagery seen in the iconic ballroom sequence undoubtedly stirs a pleasant sense of nostalgia, but it also serves as a reminder of the artistic experimentation that has more or less taken leave of Disney’s recent animated features—the fact that the Walt Disney Company has resurrected this piece of work for an additional run conjures an image of a hasbeen high school football star sipping whisky before a case of old trophies. The digital 3D does the film no serious injustice, but it fails to add dimension to the storyline or the artistic vision of co-directors Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale: The added expense primarily culminates in multiple layers of 2D animation within a single frame. It’s no secret that Disney’s upcoming line of 3D rereleases is first and foremost a ploy for commercial attention; however, this particular film choice simply lacks the dynamic visual landscape that 3D projection tends to usually flatter. Beauty hasn’t aged for the worse in the 20 years that have passed since its theatrical debut, but its rerelease mostly comes off as a conciliatory and insincere Valentine’s Day gift. Disney may continue to artistically and financially rest on the laurels of its second Golden Age in lieu of producing innovative material, but it could be worse: they could also rerelease The Little Mermaid in 4D. [Editor’s Note: Disney’s imagineers are already hard at work on adapting The Little Mermaid for a 3D theatrical rerelease next year using new “4D modeling” technology.]
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Theme Crossword: Relatively Speaking By James Barrick United Features Syndicate ACROSS
1. Traipse 5. Alpenstock 10. Cliff 15. Winglike parts 19. Lhasa -20. Atelier essential 21. Of a bone 22. Outlaws 23. Man with an hourglass: 2 wds. 25. Sci-fi vessel 27. Port-au-Prince native 28. Banded stone 30. “-- beloved...” 31. “Clueless” heroine 32. Era 33. Afrikaans 34. Examines 36. Granary for corn 37. Make up-to-date 41. Spinet 42. Broadway hit of 1957: DOWN
1. British mil. acronym 2. Moonfish 3. “Thin Man” pooch 4. “The Last of the --” 5. Sequence 6. Attar anagram 7. Hindu month 8. Abbr. in grammar 9. Run-down cinemas 10. Tanning plant 11. Rag 12. -- meridiem 13. Yay team!
2 wds. 45. Cat’s thatch 46. Rents 47. New York’s -- Island 48. Jokes 49. Courier vehicle 50. Old greeting 51. Composed 52. A vital sign 53. American pioneer 55. Place of punishment 57. Norman Vincent -58. Tower 59. The jackal is one 60. Softens 61. Bones of the feet 62. Wraps 64. Sacher or Linzer 65. First-rate 68. Rudd and Revere 69. “-- Andronicus” 70. OT prophet 71. Word in a palindrome 72. Muscles near the pecs
73. Penalties 74. Hardened 75. Ruler of old 76. Loam 78. Chekhov title: 2 wds. 80. Campus figures, for short 81. 75-Across, e.g. 83. Car 84. Hard to discern 85. Decomposes 86. Cavity, in anatomy 88. Noted rights org. 89. Newly 92. Beast 93. Works over: 2 wds. 96. Early Reagan movie: 2 wds. 98. Timid one: 2 wds. 101. Swag 102. Disgrace 103. Earmark 104. Villain in a play 105. Novel by Austen 106. Powdered ink 107. Holy smoke! 108. Eats
14. Comes first 15. Son of David 16. Cowardly Lion actor Bert -17. Indigo 18. Spot 24. People: prefix 26. Hitchcock’s “-- Window” 29. Desert area 32. Muppet name 33. Place near Mesa 34. Lima bean 35. Close friend: Hyph.
36. Vilified groups 37. Boost 38. Popular pol: 2 wds. 39. Absurd 40. Article of faith 41. -- du jour 42. One way to read 43. Liken 44. Thinks long and hard 47. “To -- -- human...” 51. Lessens 52. Trapper’s merchandise 53. Scalds
54. Roughly: 2 wds. 56. Like some orders 57. Read 58. Treated a sprain 60. Place to stay 61. Go -- -- (set sail) 62. Throe 63. Unmentionable 64. Color slightly 65. “Godzilla” setting 66. Traditional skill 67. That woman’s
69. Fey and Louise 70. Sea devil 73. To the greatest degree 74. Raised road 75. Mesozoic period 77. Lynn or Swit 79. Boundless 80. Page or LaBelle 82. Blackjack 84. Dines 86. Entrap
87. -- Hebrides 88. Black tea grade 89. Competent 90. Word on a gift label 91. Reading or drawing 92. Fiber source 93. Refuse 94. The 45th state 95. “-- -- My Heart” 97. Pi-sigma link 99. Yalie 100. Wrangle
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Hockey tops FSU, UGA to win Savannah Classic By Nishant Prasadh Development Editor
The Tech ice hockey team had already won a record six Thrasher Cup titles—and that figure increased to seven over the weekend. The Jackets took down Florida State 4-2 on Friday, Jan. 14 and cruised past Georgia 9-5 on Saturday, Jan. 15 to win the 2012 Savannah Tire Hockey Classic. It marked the second straight season and the third in the past four years that Tech had won the Classic. After a rocky start to the season, the Jackets have now won six straight games dating back to November, capping that stretch with wins over both of their rivals at Savannah. “During [the fall], we looked very rocky, and I was trying to get us to perform and have chemistry together. Coming out for Savannah…and to be able to bring down the house and put all these goals up, it’s a really good feeling for our team,” said club President and senior goalie Taylor Medford. The Jackets lost two key veteran contributors at the end of the fall, as seniors Marcus Lostracco and Dan Podratsky graduated. However, they did gain two key players back: senior forward Ryan Fritz, one of the team’s top scorers, and junior goalie C.J. Layer, a talented goaltender who spent the fall studying in South Korea. The four-team tournament featured Florida, FSU, and UGA,
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The Tech Hockey club celebrates their tournament win. The Jackets beat Florida State 4-2 before defeating rival Georgia, 9-5. with each of the four teams playing its traditional conference rival for the opening game and its instate rival on the final day. This pitted Tech against FSU on Jan. 14, with the Jackets looking to extend their three-game win streak over the Seminoles. The first period of that contest was rocky. Tech picked up goals from senior center Zack Berry, junior defenseman Wes Roberts, and Fritz, using good puck movement to keep massive FSU goalie Blake Wladyka off balance.
“We had known going into this game that we had to get their goalie moving side-to-side… and crash rebounds to get pucks in the net,” Medford said. It was not a clean opening period, though. FSU capitalized on two power plays to put the puck past Tech’s Layer, and the Jackets carried a slim 3-2 lead into the first intermission. Tech was relying on a number of young players, many of whom were making their first appearance in a major tournament, and
therefore nerves were an issue— but only for that opening period. “Being in front of 5,500 people, it’s the biggest game most of the freshmen have ever experienced…It was definitely a lot of pressure on them, being such a big game...but they really came through,” Medford said. “There were butterflies, but it only took 20 minutes of hockey to get them out,” Layer said. For his part, Layer was sharp over the final 40 minutes, and improved play by the Tech skaters allowed them to secure the victory. Layer saved all 20 shots he faced the rest of the way, and Berry scored early in the third period to give Tech a 4-2 lead that held the rest of the way. Because Georgia had beaten Florida the previous night, Tech’s win over FSU meant that the winner of the Jan. 15 Tech-UGA contest would take home the Thrasher Cup. The Jackets had already beaten UGA 7-4 at the Columbus Clash on Nov. 18 and, led by a historic performance from Fritz, made it two in a row over UGA. In terms of their roster, the Bulldogs were relatively undermanned compared to the deeper Jackets, but they held their own in the early going. Senior forward Matthew Zaske and Fritz scored for Tech, but UGA scored twice, forcing a 2-2 tie after 20 minutes. It could have been worse for Tech, though. Just a few minutes into the game, UGA earned a
penalty shot, but junior goalie Michael Klein made a crucial save. “After he made that save, the whole team had confidence in him,” Medford said. “A lot of people just said [UGA] missed a chance, but [Klein] brought us up a level by making that save.” UGA scored the first goal of the second period to pull ahead 3-2, but from then on, the game belonged to Fritz. The senior’s second goal gave Tech a 4-3 advantage. Shortly afterward, Fritz appeared to score again when he swatted a waist-high puck in, but the goal was waved off. It turned out not to matter; 14 seconds after that, freshman Kenny McCrary and Berry executed a sharp passing sequence that set up Fritz for his third goal, earning him the hat trick and giving Tech a 5-3 lead. Fritz scored two more goals before the game was over, and UGA replaced starting goalie Vince DiCarlo before the third period. Tech cruised to a 9-5 win to secure its seventh Thrasher Cup title. The Jackets—who play in the South region of Division III of the ACHA—are pushing for a postseason appearance and will face two of the region’s top teams next week, No. 12 South Carolina and No. 13 UNC Charlotte. “We’re playing the last two ranked teams we’ll play this year, [so] getting these wins would most likely propel us into a postseason berth,” Layer said.
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Swim &Dive drops ACC meet
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Freshman Ariana Berg competing in the 100 fly during the meet against FSU and N.C. State. Berg took a first place win in the 100-meter breaststroke event by posting the winning time of 1:05.65. By Adam West Contributing Writer
The Tech swimming and diving team was unable to defeat Florida State and North Carolina at a dual meet at home this past weekend. The Seminoles defeated the men 162.5-137.5 and the women 185-106, while N.C. State brought down the Jackets 197-102 for the men and 181.5-112.5 for the women. “It was a good meet and that was the closest our men have been to Florida State in a long time, so that was exciting. We have some things to work on over the next four or five weeks, but our focus continues to be the ACC Championship and I like how we’re progressing towards that as a team,” said Head Coach Courtney Shealy Hart, courtesy of ramblinwreck.
com. Freshman Andrew Kosic had a successful day on the men’s team, placing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:40.19. With that time, Kosic was onetenth of a second short of matching his season best in the 200-yard free. Kosic’s biggest victory of the day came when he tied for the win in the 50-yard free with NC State sophomore Jonathan Boffa. Kosic and Boffa were back and forth throughout the day, including a narrow win by Boffa in the 100yard freestyle. The Jackets also saw other victories by sophomore Anton Lagergvist in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:03.27, along with a win by freshman Nico van Dujin winning the 100-meter fly in 49.16 seconds.
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half all season. “I think you saw kind of a preview of what Maryland and Tech games are going to be like in the future. Mark and I come from a lot of the same school of thought in terms of defense, rebounding, and so forth. It’s hard to score out there. I think we played with a pretty good effort, pretty good intensity, and did a halfway decent job with some stuff,” said Head Coach Brian Gregory, courtesy of ramblinwreck.com Both teams struggled early, with the Jackets and the Terrapins going back and forth through the first 15 minutes of the game. With 5:19 left in the first half, Maryland Freshman Guard Nick Faust hit a layup to put the Terrapins up 1817. After a responding basket by sophomore forward Nate Hicks, Maryland went on a 7-0 run to go into the half up 25-19. “Offensively our shot wasn’t falling and in the first half our defense kept us in the game. That was pretty much it. You’re going to have games like that where offensively your shots might not fall, but at the end of the day you’ve still got to play tough and defend and rebound,” said junior guard Mfon Udofia, courtesy of ramblinwreck.com Despite a strong defensive showing through the first half, the Jackets struggled early in the second half defending from the perimeter. Maryland hit four of their first six shot attempts, including going three of four from beyond the arc. With 16:35 left in the game, Maryland’s Pe’Shon Howard hit a jumped to put the Terrapins up 36-26 before both teams could not land a shot for the next 3:02 of the game. The Jackets could not put together a string of offensive plays to get themselves back into the game, as they could only came
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within four points with 3:08 left. Maryland capitalized and closed the game out on a 7-0 run and eventually earn the win, 61-50. “We felt like that game was ours. We just gave it up. We played hard in spurts, but we didn’t play hard for 40 minutes,” said sophomore forward Kammeon Holsey, courtesy of ramblinwreck.com Holsey was the only Tech player in double figures, scoring 11 along with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. However, it was his counterpart on Maryland’s squad forward James Padgett who controlled the paint. Padgett scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, including seven offensive boards. His play on the offensive glass allowed the Terps to generate offense despite poor shooting. Tech also found itself on the wrong end of a lopsided free throw statistic, going to the line only 11 times, compared to Maryland’s 21 attempts, 19 of which were converted. It was a tough night for the Jackets’ junior guard Glen Rice Jr., who only made two of his eight attempted shots, finishing with 6 points for the game. Sophomore guard Jason Morris also struggled from the floor, making only three of his ten attempts in the game. Morris and sophomore center Daniel Miller both finished the game with eight points. Tech attempted a spirited comeback, but could not land any shots through the last three minutes, clinching the victory for the Terrapins. Faust was a vital spark off the bench, playing 25 minutes and converting three well-timed steals into layups that helped changed the momentum of the game. Faust’s spark was especially notable with a key steal at the end of the first half to put the Terps up by five. The Jackets will try to reverse their fortunes at Philips arena on Tuesday, Jan. 24 against the Miami Hurricanes.
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The women finished strong in the 200-yard medley relay. The two teams placed third and fourth, with the third place team finishing less than two seconds behind first. The Tech men finished second and fourth for their 200-yard medley relay. NC State picked up the first place spot, while FSU tied Tech for second. Off the one meter board, junior Brandon Makison picked up second place and sophomore Ashley Hardy and senior Helen Alvey picked up third and fourth, respectively. Makinson finished fourth in the three-meter dive, while Hardy and Alvey placed fourth and fifth, respectively. The Jackets will next swim against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg this Saturday, Jan. 21.
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WBB wins two ACC games By Kyle Gifford Contributing Writer
The Jackets’ women’s basketball team continued with its ACC regular season schedule with a pair of games against two tough conference opponents. The team beat Wake Forest, 71-67 at home on Thursday, Jan. 12, and followed that up with a big road win on Sunday, Jan. 15, against Boston College, winning 68-58. The Jackets tipped off against the Demon Deacons at the Arena at Gwinnett Jan. 12 in what turned out to be a close game. The first half saw the Jackets shoot 47 percent from the floor, including 20 percent from beyond the arc. Though Wake led by as much as four in the first half, the lead would be short lived as Tech played excellent defense, recording nine blocks for the game. As the second half got under way, Tech opened up a ten point lead, led by sophomore guard Tyaunna Marshall. Marshall recorded a solid double-double, scoring 20 points on 7 of 13 shooting to go with 12 rebounds. She also added two assists and three steals to the stat line. Senior center Sasha Goodlett tacked on 19 points, but struggled from the field, shooting just six for 18 from the floor. Goodlett made up for her poor shooting by adding three blocks, two assists and a steal to help Tech’s team effort. No other Tech player was in double figures for points, but senior center LaQuananisha Adams recorded three blocks of her own and sophomore guard Dawn Maye distributed the ball effectively with six assists, six points, and three steals. Though Wake fought back to close the gap at the end of the game, Tech held off the push despite not scoring a
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Metra Walthour looks for an open lane in an earlier game this season. Walthour finished with 21 points through the two games. field goal in the final 2:08 of the second half. Tech’s second contest of the week saw the team travel to Chesnutt Hill, Mass. to take on the Eagles of Boston College. The first half turned out to be a back-andforth affair, with each team drawing out two separate leads and playing to two ties. One advantage Tech had was in points in the paint, where the Jackets outscored the Eagles 18 to six. Tech also ran the floor well in the first half, scoring six fast break points, to Boston College’s two. Goodlett had a game high 26 points to go along with 16 rebounds, a block, and a steal. Tech shot 37 percent from the floor in the first half but capitalized at the foul line, shooting 80 percent. Marshall also had another strong showing, posting her second consecutive double-double. The sophomore from Maryland posted 15 points and ten boards and added four assists in 34 min-
utes. Another bright spot for the Jackets was senior point guard Metra Walthour, who added 14 points while shooting 33 percent from downtown. Walthour also chipped in three assists to the team’s total of 13 for the game. The second half would be all Jackets, as the team opened up a 14 point lead early and never looked back. Fundamentally the team played very well, outscoring the Eagles in points off turnovers and second chance points. The Jackets stepped up their defense as well, holding Boston College without a field goal for the final 5:07 of the game. Tech also limited their turnovers, recording just nine for the game while forcing Boston College to commit 13. With the two wins Tech improves to 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the ACC. The Jacket’s next game will be Sunday, Jan. 22, as the team heads to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida State. The game tips off at 2:00 p.m.
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grabbing boards this current 2012 season. Tech also has two other forwards in freshman Julian Royal and sophomore Nate Hicks who have helped pull in rebounds as well. “Rebounding is a total team effort. If we can just box out our men then one of us is going to get the rebound. We have had a lot of close games so we have had to depend on rebounding to win,” Miller said. Outside of helping out on the glass, Hicks and Royal have done a good job of spelling Miller and Holsey when they get into foul trouble or just need a break. “I try to pace myself during the game, but I know I can count on the other guys to come into the game, and give me a rest,” Miller said. The strong play from Hicks and Royal has not gone unnoticed by new Head Coach Brian Gregory. “Miller and Holsey are very important, and the thing that has helped us most is the development of some of our younger guys. Miller and Holsey have logged a lot of minutes… so depth becomes very important,” Gregory said. Holsey has also done a good job of scoring off of his rebounds so far this season, as he has increased his shooting percentage by nearly 20 percent and has already scored 41 more points this season compared to his freshman season in 2010-11. “I have always been a scorer going back to my high school days, but I worked a lot this offseason on my offensive game and getting bigger. Miller and I came to the gym a lot this summer and just worked on offense,” Holsey said. One could make the case that the hard work that Holsey and Miller put into the offseason has attributed to their success this
year. However, Gregory has also helped the forwards’ production by calling more plays for them. “We put a lot of pressure on our big guys to guard and score in post-up situations, and they have done a tremendous job with that,” Gregory said. Gregory’s coaching style has definitely played a role in the team’s rebounding success, but there are other factors that have led to recent success of Tech’s forwards. One of which is Gregory’s infectious and passionate personality that has made an impact upon his players. “Sometimes Coach Gregory just gets so excited that it makes you want to play harder for him and he makes us believe in our teammates,” Holsey said. Another factor attributing to the stellar play of Tech’s big men has been his assertive nature and attention to detail. “Coach Gregory has stressed attacking the basket and trying to be the first guy to the board. Usually the guy that is most aggressive is the one who comes down with the rebound,” Miller said. Finally, the forwards seem to genuinely like each other and only care about getting better as a team. “Miller told me that I am a beast and that he loved playing with me. When someone says that to you then you want to go out and try to make us both better,” Holsey said. Excitement, aggressiveness and teamwork are three things that were absent from the team last year. While all three of those things are important, perhaps the most impressive thing about this year’s big men is their unwillingness to settle for anything less than their best. “[The rebounding numbers] show our hard work and dedication, but we can always get better,” Holsey said.
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Tech rolls at Mich. Invitational to start spring season By Songee Barker Contributing Writer
The Women’s Tennis Team headed to Ann Arbor, Mich. on Friday, Jan. 13, to take on the Michigan Wolverines, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Washington Huskies for three days in the Michigan Invitational. The ladies started off the tournament Saturday morning with a perfect 8-0 record in singles play against the No. 24 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. Seniors Jillian O’Neill and Caroline Lilly of Tech took down the players from Arkansas ranked in the first and second positions of the invitational lineup. O’Neill blew past her competition winning her match 6-3, 6-0 as Lilly also came up victorious against her competitor in the number two spot, winning 6-3, 6-2. Senior Viet Ha Ngo was dominant against her opponent Stephanie Roy in the third spot, winning 6-3, 6-1, and Jackets’ junior Elizabeth Kilborn won her match in the number four spot in the invitational lineup. Continuing into the first af-
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Jillian O’Neill returns a serve in a tournament during the fall season. O’Neill earned ACC Player of the Week honors after defeating No. 10-ranked Denise Dy of Washington in three sets 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. ternoon of the tournament, the ladies took on the Huskies from Washington in doubles play. The Jackets kept their winning streak going, taking the lead in three out of the four doubles matches they played for an overall win over the No. 27 ranked Huskies. Leading into day two of the
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matches lasted a full three sets but the Lady Jackets came out on top again posting a perfect 8-0 sweep in singles play. Heading into doubles play against the Michigan Wolverines the Tech duo of O’Neill and sophomore Alex Anghelescu beat their first opponents Emina Bektas and
invitational, O’Neill started the day off strong with a win over the number 10 spot from Washington. However, O’Neill’s match was a tough three set match lasting two and a half hours that set the tone for the second day of play. The Huskies were not going down without a fight, as four
Brooke Bolender 8-5. The tandem of Bektas and Bolender were the No. 24 ranked team in the nation. As O’Neill and Anghelescu played, the team of senior Lynn Blau and Kilborn took on Kristen Dodge and Sarah Lee of Michigan, winning their match 8-3. On the third and final day of a solid start to their spring season the Jackets won all three of their doubles matches against Arkansas while winning three out of their six singles matches played against the Wolverines from Michigan. The Women’s Tennis program ended the invitational with an impressive record losing only four matches in both singles and doubles play. As a result of her tremendous play, senior Jillian O’Neill captured the title of the ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. The Lady Jackets will play their home opener on Saturday, Jan. 21 when they take on the No. 7 ranked rival Georgia Bulldogs at 1 p.m. in the Bill Moore Tennis Center. They will then close out the weekend against No. 68 ranked Memphis on Sunday, Jan. 22, at noon.
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Frontcourt Tech drops road contest at Maryland thrives in bigger roles By Alex Mitchell Senior Staff Writer
Last season, the Tech men’s basketball team relied heavily on guards like Iman Shumpert, Brian Oliver and Glen Rice Jr. for everything from scoring to rebounding. With the departure of two of those three guards, this year’s squad has asked the forwards to step up on both ends of the court. Tech’s big men have answered the call and are now one of the team’s main strengths. Leading the charge for the Jackets’ big men have been redshirt sophomore center Daniel Miller and redshirt sophomore Kammeon Holsey, who have both seen an increase in points, rebounds and minutes played per game this season. As of the time of press, Miller has doubled his points per game with 8.3 points per game compared to 4.4 points per game last season, and is only five points shy of scoring more points this season than the 137 he scored through the entire 2010-11 season. He is also grabbing two more boards per game, which has put him at eighth in the conference in total rebounds. “This season I just tried to get some reps in and get my confidence up. Last season, I didn’t do anything on offense. This year the team expects me to do what I am capable of, and it is finally starting to show,” Miller said. Holsey’s chief contribution this season has been his work on the offensive boards, putting him in the top ten in the conference in offensive rebounds per game. Holsey is averaging 4.8 rebounds per game and has 38 offensive boards on the season. “Offensive rebounding is all about knowing your teammates. I watch the team’s shots every day in practice, so I know how the ball will fall off of the rim. It doesn’t matter if I score off of it, but if I can get the offensive rebound, then we can extend our possession,” Holsey said. The work of Miller and Holsey has led the Jackets to out rebound opponents by an average of 6.8 rebounds per game, good enough for third in the conference. However, it is not just Miller and Holsey who have been See Frontcourt, page 22
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Jason Morris attempts to get past a defender in a home contest earlier this season. Morris had a rough shooting performance against the Terrapins, hitting only three of his ten shots and finishing second on the team with eight points. By Scott Hakim Contributing Writer
Maryland guard Sean Mosley scored 18 points while ACC scoring leader Terrell Stoglin chipped in 14 as the 12-4 Maryland Terrapins downed the 8-9 Jackets 61-50 in College Park, Md. The win over the Jackets was the Ter-
rapins’ second conference win, giving them a 2-1 start while dropping the Jackets to 1-2 in the conference. Mosley scored 16 of his points in the second half, closing out a bad shooting game for both teams. The Jackets lost for the eleventh straight time during the regular season against the Terps.
Tech set the tone early on defense but was unable to produce anything offensively. The Jackets blocked nine shots— including four players with two each—and held Maryland to only 33.3 percent from the floor in the game. The Jackets did not allow Maryland and easy shots as the Terrapins made more free throws than
field goals during the first half. However, the Jackets could not capitalize on the strong defense, as they shot only 33.9 percent from the floor including a 17.6 percent mark from beyond the arc. Tech’s 19 first half points were the fewest points they have scored in a See Maryland, page 21
Track & Field have strong outing at Kentucky Invitational By Joe Sobchuk Staff Writer
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Perron Jones sprints during the Invitational. Jones broke a Tech record in the 60-meter dash with a 6.77 second finish.
It was a record-setting weekend for junior sprinter Perron Jones as the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Kentucky Invitational. Jones finished second overall in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.77 seconds, breaking a school record. Jones also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash in 21.84 seconds, while seniors Michael Simms and Paul DeVito took eighth and thirteenth with times of 22.59 and 23.52 seconds, respectively. That was not the only success the teams saw this past weekend. Junior Shawn Roberts finished first in the 3000-meter run with a time of 8:20.53, being the only Jacket to finish first in an event all weekend.
The 3000 proved to be a very successful event for the Jackets, as the team saw five of its runners finish in the top ten. Along with Roberts, sophomore Alec Clifford, juniors Patrick Barron and Eric Powers and freshman Jeremy Greenwald finished third, fifth, sixth, and tenth, respectively. In the pole vault, senior Aaron Unterberger and freshman Nikita Kirillov finished fifth and sixth, both clearing a height of 4.87 meters. For the women, senior Leslie Njoku finished third in the 60-meter hurdles and eighth in the 200 meter dash. Seniors Melanie Akwule and Jasmine Isley also made it to the finals in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing seventh and tenth overall, respectively. Freshman Stephanie Kalu was
the Jackets’ top sprinter over the weekend, finishing seventh in the 200-meter dash in 25.03 seconds and third overall in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.58 seconds. Njoku, sophomore Julienne McKee, and freshman Jamilliah Middlebrooks also placed in the 200-meter. Erica Penk finished in seventh place in the pole vault, clearing 3.72 meters, while freshman Samantha Becker also had a strong outing with a 3.57 meter leap. Becker took an 11th place finish at the end of the day. McKee also took second in the long jump and third in the triple jump, leaping a distance of 5.9 and 12.2 meters, respectively. The Jackets will return to Lexington, Ky., in one week when they return to action in the Rod McCravy Invitational from Jan. 27-28.