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A North Korean artist uses satire to shed light on a regime he says needs change. 415

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NADH late-night attendance remains weak After 2 a.m., the number of patrons per hour at NADH drops quickly. To the right is a breakdown of when students visited it during a representative day each month while it offered 24-hour service. GT Dining did not collect data in December and did not offer 24-hour service in January.

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Number of patrons at NADH Infographic by Lisa Xia / Student Publications

By Sam Somani Staff Writer

Despite the reinstatement of 24-hour service and hot breakfast at North Avenue Dining Hall (NADH) earlier this semester, student traffic between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. at NADH remains weak. “We are seeing a little more activity from the 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. time period, but after 3 a.m., there are many 30-minute windows where there are no students coming in,” said Dori Martin, marketing director for Dining. “We have a facility open, food out, staff present and no customers.”

This poses a challenge for the longevity of 24-hour service at the location. During most business hours, an average of 30 people enter NADH every 15 minutes. However, between the hours of 2 a.m. to 7 a.m., fewer than five students enter the facility during each 15-minute interval. “We want to be sustainable as well and utilize our resources and put them where people are actually using them,” said Staci Flores, general manager for Dining. The reinstatement has been prolonged to the end of this semester as sort of goodwill to the community, according to Martin.

“Reinstating is not a permanent decision, in the sense that the numbers aren’t speaking to what the students want,” said Eran Mordel, SGA Vice President of Campus Affairs. “The administrators will look at this again.” At the beginning of this semester, Dining removed hot breakfast from the menu at NADH and cut its hours between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. This provoked a reaction from students who felt that they were no longer receiving the services they had paid for at the beginning of the year. “We didn’t have enough time to communicate it properly be-

cause of that December break,” Flores said. “We wanted to open back up and be transparent and communicate to students saying, ‘There is low participation and for us to continue this program that everybody says they would like, we need you to use it.’” According to Dining, the closure of the aforementioned services at NADH allowed them to reallocate resources to other projects and services. “When we did close during that time period, all of that food that was under-utilized was food dollars that we could put towards the lunch and dinner programs,”

Martin said. “So, you were seeing a lot more interesting, creative and more proteins, on the menu because we are better able to afford those things when we better utilize our food dollars.” The closure allowed for efficient allocation of staffing time. “We also redistributed labor at Brittain and NADH so they opened up an additional breakfast line,” Flores said. Following the outcry, Dining agreed to reinstate the cancelled services at NADH. The data that Dining acquires this semester will See Dining, page 7

GOP race sees talk of college, science Students hold By Mike Donohue News Editor

As the Republican presidential nomination race hurtles towards its ten-state Super Tuesday contest on March 6, the four remaining candidates have each staked out positions

regarding higher education, as well as science and technology. Concerns about a growing national debt and suspicion of college-educated elites have colored each candidate’s rhetoric as their public statements have drifted rightward since the beginning of the cam-

paign. Higher education has come up in the campaign partly as a proxy punching bag for those whom the GOP candidates believe are “elite,” including President Barack Obama, and partly as an example of federal overspending.

Most recently, Rick Santorum raised eyebrows when he called Obama a “snob” for what Santorum said on Meet the Press were Obama’s calls for all Americans to attend college and be remade in Obama’s

See Election, page 7

Photos by Gage Skidmore / Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich represented Georgia in the House of Representatives for twenty years, four of which he served as Speaker. He is credited with unifying and molding the modern Republican Party during his tenure, which was marked by a refusal to compromise and a tight fiscal policy. Despite shutting down the government for weeks, his Congress passed a balanced budget under the Clinton administration in the late 1990s.

Ron Paul

Ron Paul, currently serving Texas in the House of Representatives, is a staunch libertarian, garnering a consistent minority vote on the GOP ticket. He proposes a deconstructivist domestic policy coupled with an isolationist foreign policy, placing him at odds with many mainstream voters. Paul draws most of his support from the younger end of the conservative electorate, who often state that he receives too little media coverage.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has held positions in both business and politics, serving as CEO of Bain & Company and Governor of Massachusetts. He is the most moderate of the candidates and is thus considered most electable by many voters. His significant wealth and aloof persona have at times distanced him from less well-off voters. He remains the most successful in terms of delegates and many believe he is the most likely to win the nomination.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is a former senator from Pennsylvania who has crafted a presidential campaign from a resolutely conservative social ideology. He argues for the presence of government in determining social values and promotes conservative Christian positions on marriage and reproductive health. His persistent and rigorous campaigning ethic has given him a recent sweep of success and made him the second most successful candidate.

conceal carry license debate By Jordan Lockwood Staff Writer

Students gathered on Feb. 23 for an open forum to share student perspectives regarding the proposed Georgia House Bill 981. HB 981 would allow the concealed carry of a firearm on all educational campuses in Georgia, except for private institutions that choose to maintain their restrictions. Should the bill pass, Tech would not be able to opt out of the requirement to allow concealed carry on its campus. The College Republicans, GT Marksmanship Club and Students for Concealed Carry sponsored the forum. The moderator for the discussion was David Wilkes, vice president of the Marksmanship Club. Some students in attendance felt that this onesided sponsorship contributed to the heavily biased nature of the debate. “I thought that if they had reached out directly to more organizations, a more balanced debate could have been had,” said John Koch, president of the College Democrats of Georgia and a fifth-year HTS major. “I look forward to trying to work with them to have a more fair discussion of the issues.” “It was a bit disappointing that more people who are against it didn’t come out to let their thoughts be known,” said Andrés Celedón, chairman of the Georgia Tech College Republicans and a third-year PUBP major. Many students at the debate spoke in favor See Debate, page 5


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Campus Crime

Tenth Street Confusion

By Lauren Brett Contributing Writer BFFL’s

In the early morning of Friday, Feb. 17, officers on bike patrol noticed four students climbing the roof of the Student Center. The officer contacted the students and noticed that one of them had a “Blue Moon” beer bottle in hand. One student, who was underage, still had a half empty beer bottle; all four had flushed faces and red, bloodshot eyes. When questioned, they admitted they had been drinking. They had decided to access the roof of the Student Center to smoke cigarettes after partying at their respective fraternity houses. Paramedics were called for one of the students and the other three were informed that they were free to leave. The officer suggested someone stay with the fourth student until his examination was finished. None of the three wished to stay and left the scene without further incident. The Norm

Officers were dispatched on the morning of Feb. 15 to Howey Physics building. A professor informed the officer that around 5 p.m. the day before, a commotion was heard in the hallway, which was unusual since it was the end of a business day. He went to investigate and heard the sound of glass being broken. When he ar-

rived at the main door entrance, he recognized a student standing on the opposite side of the shattered door looking dazed. When questioned, the student admitted to shattering the glass. The professor then asked the student to come into his office to talk. The student explained that he was under a lot of pressure and depressed over his studies. The professor contacted the counseling center and the Dean of Students to make them aware of the student’s situation. Wannabes

A call was placed on Feb. 18 concerning four males in the North Avenue Apartment recreation center who were not students. When officers arrived at the apartments, the officers observed the four playing basketball. When questioned, all admitted that they were not students at Tech. Three suspects could produce valid identification, while the fourth provided only a verbal name and date of birth. When checked, this information provided no results, and the suspect confessed that he had given a false name. He then provided his real name and explained that he had not given his real name because he thought he was wanted for failure to pay a super speeder ticket. The suspect was released and given a warning

On Monday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m., officers arrived at the intersection of Tenth Street and Fowler Street in reference to a mentally ill person. Officers met a female who, when questioned, gave officers a blank stare. When officers offered to get her some water, she responded, “She would like some water,” but refused to drink it. She never stated that she wanted to hurt herself or another person, had committed criminal acts, or was off her medication. At 3:30 p.m., the officer observed the same woman yelling “Jesus” at the intersection of Center Street and Tenth Street. She was still unresponsive to help, but was eventually convinced to get into the police car. She was taken to the Atlanta Union Mission for Women, which refused to accept her because of her mental state. The women was then voluntarily taken to Grady Hospital to be evaluated. Are you lost, ma’am?

On Feb. 17 at 2:30 a.m., an officer observed a female walking around the fourth floor of the GT Library. The female had been seen earlier that evening and did not appear to be a student due to her age and condition of her clothes. When officers asked to see her Tech ID card, she stated that she had lost it. Her name was run through the police database, and it was discovered that she had an outstanding warrant. She was taken into custody and transported to Fulton County Jail.


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Council Clippings

Breaking

This week in Student Government

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ach Tuesday, elected members of the two houses of the Student Government Association, the Undergraduate House of Representatives (UHR) and the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), convene to consider allocation bills and discuss issues facing campus. Here is a summary of those two meetings.

By Sam Somani, Staff Writer

Bill Summary Amount

Bill

GSS

Sailing Club $14.00 23-1-0 Spanish Speaking Org. $446.00 27-0-0 Public Speaking Club $75.00 12-11-3 Public Speaking Club $54.00 27-0-0 Tech Beautification Day $2197.65 4-22-0 STAC $142.00 25-0-1 En2Em $208.55 21-0-2 Erato $467.89 19-0-0 Black Graduate Students Assoc. $487.50 16-2-0 Prior Year: $285,248 Capital Outlay: $725,108

Tech Beautification Day

Funding for the fourteenth annual Tech Beautification Day (TBD) came under close scrutiny this past week during consideration by the GSS. The initial versions passed by each house were different and had to be reconciled in a conference committee before this week. The bill was ultimately passed due to support from UHR, which overrode the GSS vote by exceeding the enactment ratio needed for the funds to be awarded. The primary reason for opposition in GSS was the fact that funds awarded to TBD would be used for projects that would improve Greek properties on campus, which are technically not considered to be Institute property. “Greek students have shown their commitment to improving campus year after year. However, the Senate was extremely uncomfortable with using student activ-

UHR 42-0-0 PASS 49-0-1 50-0-1 47-0-3 --49-0-0 --47-0-0

ity fee revenue to improve private property, and with the precedent that would [be] set,” wrote CE Sen. Aaron Greenwood, who served on the conference committee between the House and Senate, in an e-mail. Greenwood went on to say that he was against funding the cleanup of all private property, not just Greek houses. “We made very clear that it didn’t matter who owned the property (Greek letter organizations, religious groups or even citizens outside the Tech community), we did not feel that improvements funded through the SAF were appropriate,” Greenwood wrote. “We’re certainly grateful for all of the Greek involvement in TBD, but we’re not comfortable with funding improvements to private property owners.” However, UHR still chose to fund the bill with a near unanimous vote of 47-0-3.

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“The reason the graduate students were against this was because it was an improvement to private property, but this property is located on Tech property, so the representatives in the committee felt that these projects actually served the best of our students’ interests,” said Sophomore Rep. Nicholas Picon. CS Rep. Daniel Farmer spoke against the bill during the UHR meeting. He agreed with the graduates. “I was against it initially because the student activity fee was going to one part of campus, especially when there was none for other organizations such as CCF,” Farmer said. T-SPLOST

A new resolution was brought up in open forum of UHR supporting the new Transportation Investment Act. This act, also known as T-SPLOST, will seek to improve the transportation of metro Atlanta through its Atlanta Streetcar line, as well as the Atlanta Beltline Project by implementing a transportation special local one-percent sales tax (TSPLOST). “I think it lines up with every initiative that Tech pushes,” said Eran Mordel, SGA Vice President of Campus Affairs, citing the positive effects to campus safety, accessibility to Tech, the aesthetics, less congestion and sustainability in the nearby area. The resolution will be in old business for next week’s meeting, when a vote on the measure could be held.

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U.S. plumbing bill: $1 trillion According to a study by the American Water Works Association, the U.S. may need to spend $1 trillion over the next 25 years to improve plumbing infrastructure. The grid of pipes created in the late 19th century and throughout the 20th century is approaching the end of its life span. These pipes are responsible for carrying drinking water throughout cities, which are decaying rapidly. The payment for these repairs, however, may not come from taxes but directly from household water bills. —The Huffington Post

N. Korea Agrees to Drop Nuclear Activities North Korea has agreed to a suspension of its nuclear and long-range missile tests after discussions with the U.S. This will allow the International Atomic Energy Inspectors to carefully monitor the activities of all nuclear plants and to confirm the shutdown of their nuclear reactor in the city of Yongbyon. “These are concrete measures that we consider a positive first step toward complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner,” White

House spokesman Jay Carney said. In exchange, the U.S. has promised to meet North Korea’s nutritional needs, offering them 240,000 metric tons of food aid in return, and more if needed. The U.S. halted food aid in 2009, when talks about nuclear disarmament fell through. If the agreement moves forward, this would be considered a significant policy shift by North Korean leader Kim Jung-un, who took over from his father late last year. — Reuters

Automobile Rearview Cameras Mandated by 2014 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is planning to propose a new bill to Congress that would require the installation of rearview cameras in all new cars beginning 2014. The mandate could result in over $2.7 billion of total extra installation costs for automakers each year. “Safety is the number one priority at the Department of Transportation — and we give especially high priority to the safety of children. While the department has made progress toward a final rule to improve rearward visibility, it has decided that further study and data analysis — including of a wider range of vehicles and drivers — is important to ensure the most protective and efficient rule possible,” the NHTSA said in a statement. Each year, 17,000 people are involved in an accident due to a reversing vehicle, including 228 deaths, according to the New York Times. — The Los Angeles Times


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Tech facilities seek LEED seals By Lauren Brett Contributing Writer

As the emphasis on green technology has continued to increase over the past few years, Tech has become home to more LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings. LEED is a certification that can be awarded to buildings that meet certain requirements established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This certification verifies that a building was designed and built using environmentally friendly strategies. Tech has increased efforts to receive LEED certification in recent years and now has a total of seven LEED-certified campus buildings spanning classrooms, offices, athletics and residential buildings, with “six or eight projects in the works” according to Howard Wertheimer, Tech’s director of Capital Planning and Space Management. LEED certification comes at specific levels, Platinum and Gold being the two highest. Current policy states Tech’s new construction and renovations will also be designed and constructed to be LEED Gold certified or higher, as of 2009. However, this lofty award comes at a price. As a state institution, Tech does not receive a tax break or other financial assistance for these projects, and up-front costs for the technology needed to qualify as any kind of LEED certified building, especially Gold or Platinum, can be high. “The cost is in the plaque recognition”, Wertheimer said. Buildings constructed and renovated to meet LEED standards often help to pay for themselves, as they help to reduce energy con-

Photo by Sho Kitamura / Student Publications

A LEED Gold seal hangs in the North Avenue Apartments. LEED certification is a signal of environmental sustainability benefits. sumption and reduce the cost of utility bills. According to Tech’s Office of Environmental Stewardship, the sustainable technologies in place result in an 11 percent reduction in energy consumption, resulting in $7 million in savings. Motivation for this certification is fairly obvious. “As a university, we own and operate these buildings forever…so the initial up-front cost is pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things,” Wertheimer said. “Most of the time, our return on our investments is in less than seven years.” “We can take those savings… and reinvest them,” Wertheimer said, “[having technologies like] lights that go off when people leave rooms… and continuing to add controls to make things for automated… further reduce our carbon footprint and energy consumption.” “The focus is on doing the right thing… designing everything in the most sustainable and appropriately economical way that we can,” Wertheimer said.

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With emphasis on green and sustainable design only increasing in society, Wertheimer is aware of the impact LEED-certified facilities could have on students making their college decisions. “[LEED certification] is something potential student’s would look at when considering Tech,” he said. Tech’s five million square feet of sustainable buildings have already received significant media attention with regards to its work towards environmentally friendly and efficient facilities. The Princeton Review named Tech as one of the “Greenest Colleges in the U.S.,” placing it and 17 other schools on its 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll for maintaining the most sustainable practices, policies and course offerings among all campuses rated for their environmental friendliness. Tech also received recognition on Forbes. com on their list of “America’s Greenest Colleges in Universities” in 2010. See LEED, page 7

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Debate

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of the proposed legislation, saying it would be a positive change for overall safety on campus and the surrounding area.. “I have been waiting for a bill like this for a very long time. I believe that the constitutions of our state and country afford me the right to keep and bear my arms,” said Stuart Michelson, CS grad student. Other students in favor of the legislation cited the dangerous areas surrounding campus (including Home Park and English Avenue), the inconvenience of not having their weapons on their person and the unfairness of being unarmed given that criminals do not obey concealed carry restriction as reasons to allow concealed carry on campus. A few students, however, were vocal in their opposition to the legislation. Many of them said that relaxed gun restrictions for young, stressed and densely packed college students would be a recipe for trouble. “The College Democrats at GT believe that HB 981 would create an environment detrimental to

the Institute’s academic mission and would pose serious safety issues for the average Tech student,” Koch said. Those students opposing HB 981 are not alone. Both Chief of GTPD Teresa Crocker and Institute President G.P. “Bud” Peterson have voiced concerns about allowing concealed carry on campus in the past. No representatives of the police department or of the President’s office attended the debate. HB 981 also allows concealed carry in places of worship, state mental hospitals, polling places, bars, school zones and government buildings. Citizens involuntarily committed to mental health hospitals or drug or alcohol rehabilitation centers may not receive a concealed carry license within five years of discharge, unless allowed by a probate judge. The bill also removes the governor’s right to remove firearm rights in an official state of emergency, allows the use of silencers for hunting purposes and requires the return of confiscated firearms to their acquitted owners following legal trials.

Photo by Sho Kitamura / Student Publications

Students gather to speak during the conceal carry debate. A bill before the Georgia Assembly would allow guns on campus.


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REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RESULTS

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Colorado Caucus Date: Feb. 7, 2012 Winner: Rick Santorum Percent of vote: 40.3 Santorum’s first outright win after the drawn-out Iowa caucuses injected his then-flagging campaign with new momentum. His victory in Colorado was joined by simultaneous victories in the Minnesota Caucuses and the non-binding Mississippi primary.

Michigan Primary Date: Feb. 27, 2012 Winner: Mitt Romney Percent of vote: 41.1 Fending off a resurgent Santorum, Romney took his boyhood home of Michigan in a hardfought battle. Despite several gaffes highlighting his wealth, the former Massachusetts governor proved to some pundits that he is still able to connect with conservative voters.

Infographic by Ian Bailie / Student Publications

Election

from page 1

image. In later statements, Santorum clarified, saying he takes issue with what he believes is the liberal tilt and political correctness of college campuses, not the act of going to college itself. Ron Paul has called for the complete elimination of the Department of Education and for

the government to get out of the student loan business, although he says he would not immediately end student loan programs. He is against any federal assistance for universities, believing that state and local government should handle them. Each of the GOP candidates have called for lower federal spending, claiming that one of

the reasons the country has not fully recovered from the 2008 crash is decreased investor confidence due to unsustainable government spending. Few, however, have addressed funding of science and technology head-on. Gingrich, known for his selfdescribed “grandiose” ideas, famously claimed he would work to establish a base on the Moon

by 2020, funded through private investment. He has also called for more funding for the National Science Foundation. Romney has called for an increase in the number of H-1B visas, which bring in high-skilled workers from outside the country. Those new immigrants would be able to work in the science and technology fields.

Dining

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be made available to students before any changes are made regarding future service offerings. “What we’re doing at North Ave. every week is letting students know, on our plasma screens in fact, ‘Hey look, this is how much the participation was each day from a four-hour time period at North Avenue’ and kind of inviting them,” Martin said. Individual components of the plan, however, were attacked. “Regarding hot breakfast, it needs to be consistent,” Mordel said. “If they are providing it at Brittain and Woodruff, then this option need to be consistent across the board too. No qualms there.”

LEED

from page 5

The Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (CULC), one of the several projects in the process of receiving certification, is aiming for LEED Platinum standing. If accomplished it will make the CULC the largest LEED Platinum university building in the country. Tech has worked to make the CULC more sustainable, equipping it with solar panels and an underground cistern. This prevents it from having to use potable city water, which, according to Wertheimer, “saves 6500 gallons of water per day.” “It’s not just about LEED. I think that it is a very good benchmark…but at the end of the day it’s about doing the right thing and being good stewards of our environment,” Wertheimer said.


Opinions

Opinions Editor: Chris Russell Dawn: When men of reason go to bed.

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OUR VIEWS | Consensus Opinion

Late night dining

Nighttime food options severely lacking on campus

With GT Dining looking at discontinuing late-night dining and hot breakfast at the North Avenue Dining Hall (NADH) in Fall 2012, dining on campus needs to be reevaluated with an eye toward what students really need. Students ultimately need food options late at night. If it’s not financially viable, getting rid of the NADH’s late night option is perfectly understandable. However, that leaves Tech students to fend for themselves for late-night food. If Tech has a library that’s open for 24 hours and classes that require students to use it, there should be somewhere students can go to get some kind of food after normal dining hours. Such an option would not need to be comprehensive; expanding the food selection at Starbucks or replacing Jazzman’s with a Buzz-By graband-go would be more than sufficient. Since students in housing presumably have their own food for those hours, options in the center of campus would make more sense, so people working late could get something more than a candy bar.

It is important to keep in mind that GT Dining has complete control over students’ late-night options. Many of the options students used to have for late-night meals — like Quizno’s and Wingnuts — are no longer nearby, and the only option is Waffle House, which is not close enough to the center of campus to make it good for a quick bite. Dining should also reevaluate the value of the options it offers campus. Specifically, if it gets rid of the hot breakfast options at NADH, aspects of the pricing and quality scheme need to be modified. As it is, the cold breakfast it offers costs the same as a hot breakfast elsewhere on campus, which makes little sense, considering the high cost relative to the value of the meal. While Sodexo is an outside contractor, its overall performance and quality reflect on the Institute, both in terms of recruiting and the well-being of current students. Therefore, Dining should insist that Sodexo maintain a wide variety of options at a high level of quality.

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, Production Manager Mike Donohue, News Editor Will Folsom, Photography Editor Siddharth Gurnani, Focus Editor Ian Bailie, Design Editor

Nishant Prasadh, Development Editor Chris Russell, Opinions Editor Alex Sohani, Sports Editor Hank Whitson, Entertainment Editor

Priorities By Casey Tisdel

—Ambrose Bierce

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Friday, March 2, 2012

WAM builds support, fosters community

“‘Community of sisterhood is powerful...the gathering of women in solidarity leads to the development of their voices.’” Julia Turner

Chair, Women’s Awareness Month Committee

Women’s Awareness Month started as a week of women’s programs in 1997 and grew to a full month in 2000. For 12 years, WAM has been highlighting women’s empowerment, focusing on issues like heart health (the number one killer of women in the U.S.), sexual violence, gender stereotypes and much more. Back in September, the WAM executive committee went on a retreat to figure out how we wanted to shape this year’s month. In discussions and brainstorming sessions for the theme, we kept coming back to what had called us to participate in WAM: the women we met. The staff at the WRC, the other women volunteers, the women from the various event committees — these connections were what got us excited about WAM and the events held during the month. We were able to step out of the “woman” box, but we were only able to step out together. Arriving at this conclusion, we found the following quotation to assert what we were all thinking: “Community of sisterhood is powerful...the gathering of women in solidarity leads to the
 development of their voices, their skills and knowledge. Unfettered by expectations of
 submissiveness, surrounded by peers, a woman can say what she needs, share what
 she knows, ask for credit where it is due, learn her rights…She rises above the noise
 and discovers her presence, her gravity, her wisdom.” From this expression of the power of female community, we came to the theme “Together We Rise above the Noise.” We wanted to emphasize the community that WAM creates, not only during the month, but also for Tech women in general, at all times. Our advisor, Melanie DeMaeyer, summed it up by saying, “We feel it captures all that women in our community face each day and that it speaks to the power that resides in community of women. We are proud to be a part of developing our own community of women and hope that as you attend our programs this year that, you too, will be proud of our community and be inspired to continue to nourish and advocate for it throughout your time at Tech.” On Tuesday, as a preview event for WAM and as a program for Body Image week, we screened Miss Representation, a documentary about women in the media… and about how women are not in the media. The film highlights some of the “noise” we thought of when coming up with our theme for this year. The constant deluge

of images that promote women as objects rather than humans, as only valued for their bodies and not their minds. At WDS we bring together women for a day of service, in what, I think, begins to address some of the issues raised by the Miss Representation video. In a small way, WDS begins to show us how we can change the world, one project at a time — and more importantly, how we can change it together, as a sisterhood. Clothesline, a new event this year, supports women who have been affected by violence. The symbolic support of the line, the shirts hanging shoulder to shoulder — a visual representation of the community WAM upholds. In a similar way, Take Back the Night provides a safe space for victims of sexual abuse to reclaim some of their power. One of the most powerful effects of the space TBtN creates is that it encourages women who have not spoken about their rapes to speak out as well. By having the audience participate in a candlelight vigil, we provide a community of support for those who share their stories. I like that we’re ending the month with the Red Dress Fashion Show this year. Not only does the event raise money for a charitable organization geared toward women’s heart health, it also brings women from diverse areas of campus together to support a common health issue — one that is also a major problem for men. WAM has always been about creating a safe community for women on campus. As a collective of powerful women, we want to step above the noise created by the media, popular culture, societal gender norms and stereotypes. We hope that at month’s end, members of the Tech community come away with a better understanding of the issues we are raising, and more importantly, the reasons why we are raising them.

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Layers of procrastination escape undergrads Greetings, friends. As a grad student, I consider procrastination to be an area I excel in. In fact, given that I can’t really remember what I’m here studying—given the number rats I see here, I assume it is somewhere in the field of biology, though I wouldn’t swear by it—I would go so far as to call it my area of expertise. So, when I hear you adorable undergrads talking about how much you procrastinate, I can’t help but smile at your naivete. While I have no doubt that some of you spend more time on Facebook than you should, you clearly don’t understand the subtle shades of procrastination in the same way I do. As a general thought exercise, I like to compare each different flavor of procrastination to a different level in Dante’s Hell. The metaphor is really quite apt: a depressing spiral, where the deeper you go, the worse and more vile the offences you encounter. The occupants of the first ring of Procrastination Hell can, at some level, be considered productive, much in the same way that the residents of Limbo aren’t necessarily evil. At this level, procrastination is avoiding one assignment by doing another. It’s answering emails. It’s procrasticleaning. At the end of the day, some-

thing useful is done. While you occasionally see hardcore procrastinators here on a rare guilt-trip to the land of productivity, Procrastination Hell’s main resident is the freshman trying to convince himself that he actually is a hard worker. At this tender stage in life, students like to think well of themselves. Their fragile egos just can’t bear to admit that they don’t want to work, so they find things to convince themselves they’re staying busy. In the second ring, on the other hand, we find students

trying to convince others that they’re staying busy. Here, we find excuses like organizing to-do lists, making life plans, making coffee and—my personal favorite—cleaning out their inbox. Things that, in an abstract sense, could make them more productive but that, in all actuality, won’t. Once we enter the third ring, we reach the point of no return. Once you engage in the behaviors, there’s no easy way back, if any at all. Redditors, Stumblers, Tumblrs, serial blog-readers and Netflix-watch-

ers lurk in the murky depths of this ring. Much like the tar pit in Dante’s opus, once trapped by them, one does not simply escape the draws of this behavior. With an almost Pavlovian sense of conditioning that keeps you coming back looking for more, there are no casual users for these sites. Once here, you’re here for eternity. Past this, you get to the real honey badgers of Procrastination Hell: the ones who really just couldn’t give any less of a damn if they tried. The name of this pit of despair? Grad school. Here, at the bottom level of Procrastination Hell, are the people who when asked, “What are you doing?” can, in all honesty, respond, “Nothing.” Sitting, staring at the ceiling. Stirring your coffee while staring ahead in a daze. Throwing little paper balls into a glass. True, mindless, apathetic nothingness. Now don’t get me wrong, everyone does this occasionally, but the denizens of this ring of Hell take it to another level. Every morning, they wake up, take a shower (optional) and drive to their lab with absolutely every intention of staring into space for hours on end. So, my friends, keep this in mind when next you bemoan your procrastination. While you may be unproductive at the moment, just remind yourself: at least I’m not in grad school.

Direction, identity needed for success As I walk down Tech Walkway (formerly known as Skiles) and through the Student Center to get to the Technique office each day, I am accosted by flyers, free swag and awkward conversation-starters from organizational representatives. It might be an attempt to convert me to Spiritual Cause A. It might be a request to purchase flowers for a charity drive. It might be a bake sale to fund a trip to the park. It might be another, entirely separate attempt to convert me, yet again, to Spiritual Cause A. Across these dozens of requests, I might remember the organizational representative who tricked me into at least looking at a flyer by sticking it under my face and saying, “Hey, will you throw this away for me?” But otherwise, I have little recollection of what spiritual philosophy I entertained for five minutes, and I certainly cannot remember what event I partially funded with the change in my wallet. This series of events, coupled with short-term memory loss, makes me wonder: What makes an organization memorable, unique, useful and relevant to anyone’s daily life? This question applies to all kinds of organizations, from ones that have cropped up since you started reading this editorial to ones that have existed for a century, like this paper. When evaluating your organization, consider its origi-

collaborate to host an event or to push an initiative that only benefits those in your spheres of influence, which are typically only members of the involved organizations. Furthermore, collaborate with Kamna Bohra organizations with different ideas, skills and types of peoManaging Editor ple to bring to the table. From the moment you step onto campus, you are inundathosting events and producing ed with the idea of giving back relevant services. If a student to Tech before you’ve even athappens to find those events or tended a class or joined a club. services cool enough, not only Don’t get me wrong—nearly will he be able to communi- three years at the Institute have cate your organization’s ideals provided me with countless exto his friends, but he’ll also feel periences and a priceless educompelled to join. By doing cation, and I do want to give this, you roll your techniques back to it. But take a step back for recruitment and awareness when considering your organization in the context of Tech, into one. More recently, I’ve noticed and begin to think beyond a more collaborative approach Tech to Atlanta, to Georgia, to to programming and pushing the U.S. and to the world. When you graduate, you’ll initiatives on Tech’s campus. Collaboration is great because begin to contribute to the it consolidates large groups of greater community, and what people with similar visions, better time is there to practice and pragmatically speaking, engaging with those outside of it generates more funding. the Tech bubble than starting But don’t do it for the sake of now? Finally, don’t start an orgaadding “collaboration” to your organization’s long list of ide- nization for the sake of saying als. Create your own identity you started an organization or first so that when organiza- for the satisfaction of typing tions seek to collaborate, they that line onto your résumé. know what you have to offer. Your organization will never Also, be selective about collab- be particularly sustainable or oration—join forces with the long lived if you can’t transfer appropriate organizations on its ideals or your passions to its large events or major initiatives next generations of leaders or if that target every demographic you don’t consider its longevity of the Tech community. Don’t in planning.

“Create your own identity first so that when organizations seek to collaborate, they know what you have to offer.”

nal grander purpose. Does it still serve that purpose? For older organizations, you’ll often find that the purpose has evolved, but be sure that evolution is a product of time and the changing community and not an abandonment of seemingly lofty goals. You should also consider other organizations with similar goals and purposes, and avoid repeating organizations. Duplication or even triplication dilutes your ability to achieve your organization’s goals and often confuses students who are interested in your purpose. When looking for students to join your organization or your cause, don’t just host recruitment drives. Unless those flyers involve free donuts or Taco Bell, I will likely throw them away within 30 seconds of your shoving them into my hands. Unless the emails I receive from signing up involve free donuts or Taco Bell, I will likely filter them into my Spam folder. You should instead seek to raise awareness of your purpose to everyone by

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Around Campus What do you think of the NADH since it restarted hot breakfast and late night?

Teryn Adler Third-year BCHM

“I don’t eat there much as I think the service is terrible.”

Cambre Kelly First-year BME

“I love the hot breakfast and am glad it’s back.”

Apoorv Jain Second-year CS

“Not as good as it was earlier, as it’s now by request only.”

Jaequce Marine First-year BME

“Breakfast at 3 a.m. is always good.” Photos by Sharad Gopal / Student Publications


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HOT– or –NOT Accessible Rank

According to a soon-to-bepublished book, College Success for Students With Physical Disabilities, Tech now ranks as one of the most accessible schools for students with disabilities. The book, which aims to inform and guide students with physical disabilities, includes a listing of schools — of which Tech is a member — that provide more than the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dominant Drive

The women’s basketball team finished off one of its best seasons ever on Sunday, Feb. 26, defeating Clemson 62-50 on Senior Day to finish the year with a 12-4 record in ACC play. That mark is the best conference record in program history — and for the first time ever, the Jackets have secured a bye in the first round of this weekend’s ACC Tournament.

Hot Hot Hot

On Sunday, Feb. 26, a fire alarm went off in the north wing of North Avenue Apartments. While this is nothing new to residents of the complex, what was new was that an actual fire did set off the alarm. A grease fire went off in a student’s kitchen, triggering the alarm. Moreover several students in the building said that while their alarms started blinking, no alarm was being sounded.

Sudden Slide

At 7-3 through its first 10 games, the softball team seemed to be fine despite some early struggles—and then last weekend happened. Tech dropped four games in two days on Feb. 24-25 and lost a fifth game on Wednesday, Feb. 29, to fall to an even 8-8 on the season. Only one loss was to a ranked team, and Tech’s hopes of remaining in the top 25 are essentially shot.

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If I ever got a tramp stamp, I would want it to say “Caution. Makes Wide Right Turns.” It would only get BETTER with age! Is is sad that I know my library card number more than my credit card number? I need friends! Football players: saying you are one isn’t gonna get you some! everyone who likes GT memes should go to ebaums man i hate twiiter; why do people use it? if it was never submitted, is it just <dacted> ? next month is woman’s awareness month, so when is men’s awareness month? why do frats at tech suck? you just gotta believe!! worst thing about my awesome co-op: I can’t read slivers anymore :( x I like you too, but I don’t know what to do, silly! What she order? …fish fillet please don’t walk on grass? please don’t put a curve in a high traffic path. #burgerbowl #shortestpathisa straightline This co-op is missing campus, but loving the lack of homework keep them windows reallll tight dW = EBD Meme’s are becoming way to popular! Will the bubble burst? to the cute girl in my OS design class: i wish you existed dude who wrote about Techs’ difficulty thanks your article made me sit down and rethink my experience here at Tech shouldn’t cs1332 be about use/implementation instead of how to build from scratch? Can a professor really deny a student more paper on a written exam? Scumbaggery the sun has gone down, and it’s overcast-take your sunglasses off right now. patronize baby tommy’s. they have great pizza Dear students talking in class, just because you aren’t speaking in English doesn’t mean it isn’t disruptive.

Together we must end domestic violence, change attitudes More than 20 years ago, I read a study of junior high school students in Rhode Island that included one finding I’ve never been able to get out of my head. Students were asked if a man who spent money on a woman during a date was entitled to force her into sexual activity. An astounding 25 percent of the young boys said yes—and even more astounding—17 percent of the junior high school girls agreed. You may think that sounds like a long time ago—and it was. But, sadly, dating violence remains a very real problem in our country—especially on college campuses. Today, while in college, nearly one in five women will be a victim of sexual assault and one in ten teens will be hurt on purpose by someone they are dating. These aren’t just statistics, these are people you know: your roommates, your friends, your sisters, your classmates. This is a problem we all have to face. Awareness is the first step to pushing back against a problem this big. When I held Senate hearings on violence against women more than two decades ago, domestic abuse in American society was rarely spoken about in public. I’ll never forget the stories of abuse I heard in over a thousand hours of hearings. The brutality of family members, acquaintances and strangers against the women in their lives was absolutely devastating. It was those hearings that led to the Violence Against Women Act, and since then annual incidents of domestic violence have dropped by more than 50 percent. But for women in college and younger to-

“...ending dating violence and sexual assualt isn’t just a matter of laws and legislation. It’s about education. It’s about attitudes.” Joe Biden Vice President of the United States

day, the risk is still much too high. That’s why I joined with Education Secretary Arne Duncan last April to announce historic new guidelines for colleges and universities about their responsibilities under Title IX to prevent sexual assault. Under the federal civil rights law, schools have an obligation not only to respond appropriately when an assault occurs, but also to create a climate on campus that makes such violence unacceptable. I also started an initiative called 1is2many to help reduce dating violence and sexual assault among teens and young adults. We harnessed the power of technology to get our message out, launching a national contest to develop “Apps Against Abuse.” The two winning apps—which will be available later this spring—will let you get in touch with your friends quickly and safely so you can call for help if you need it and stop violence in its tracks. We’ve also made sure the National Dating Abuse Helpline can be reached by text, online, or phone 24/7. Last month, the FBI changed the way the federal government defines rape. The narrow, outdated definition—unchanged since 1929—said the assault had to be forcible and against a woman’s will to be classified as rape.

It’s just not true, and it’s a point that I make on college campuses all across the country. Rape is rape and no means no. No means no whether drunk or sober. No means no whether in the dorm room or on the street. There is never an excuse. Young women and men alike need to understand this. Under the new definition, rape occurs when there is no consent, and it also includes sexual assault against boys and young men in national law enforcement reporting. These are important changes, but ending dating violence and sexual assault isn’t just a matter of laws and legislation. It’s about education. It’s about attitudes. It’s about your participation. I need your help to address this issue in your dorms and on your campuses. Studies show that men’s ideas about what other men think is one of the strongest determinants of how they act. So guys, you need to speak out. The ultimate measure of a civilized society is how its laws and culture treat the abuse of women. Attitudes can change. Violence can end. But it can’t happen without universal understanding that dating violence and sexual assault will never be tolerated anywhere, at any time, for any reason. Period. That’s all of our responsibility.


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focus@nique.net Focus Editor: Siddharth Gurnani Assistant Focus Editor: Gaines Halstead

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Being at a diverse campus such as Tech, this Week’s theme of the Focus section takes a peek at different nationalities, languages and cultures on campus.

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Tech hosts variety of nationalities, cultures Olcay Sarmaz, an Operations Management grad student from Turkey. Different cultures have difDuring the 2010-2011 school year, Tech hosted 4,364 interna- ferent foods, different languages tional and scholar students, giv- and different lifestyles. Going to ing both international students school in a foreign land, missing and Americans here at Tech the home is inevitable. Sometimes it opportunity to experience foreign can be a familiar aroma or hearing cultures. On any given day, the a few words of one’s native tongue, hustle to class can be character- but it seems to be the food that ized by the sound of several differ- makes students miss home the ent languages as peers communi- most. “[You] can’t replicate the taste cate the trials and tribulations of of the food back home. The spices life and school. The six countries that send the are so different,” Sandhiniti said. “[I miss] My family and dumost students to Tech are India, China, South Korea, France, Tai- rian (a spiky fruit native to Asia), wan and Turkey, according to an they’re amazing,” Wong said. “Luckily, Atlanta has everyOIE report. The fact that Tech is a diverse campus will not come as thing I miss from France, but it’s a surprise to many. The myriad of just far more expensive, especially cultures and languages that rou- cheese,” Anquez said. Different cultures carry their tinely pass by Tech landmarks contribute to the uniqueness of own stereotypes and misconceptions. It happens every day all over the Institute’s campus. Most Tech students have at the world. Somewhere, someone is some point in their college life probably mistaking the continent come across an international stu- of Africa for a country, wearing a dent, whether it be in a residence beret around Paris, or assuming hall, at a football game or in a that all Americans only listen to class. But how much do Tech stu- country music. Many of these stereotypes dents actually know about these different nationalities, their lan- are common misconceptions guage, their food, their culture? that, while sometimes based on harmless fun, More imporlead to many tantly, what do they know “The biggest culture people getting about the chal- shock was how kind the wrong idea lenges they face people are to each oth- about a place and sometimes when they arrive in the U.S.? er. Even though you forming hurtThe biggest don’t know somebody, ful biases. “We’re not challenge facing they will just give you those new to the a ‘hello’ or nod their all super crazy smart,” Sandhicountry is the culture shock. heads, which is not the niti said. “Genera l ly Greasy food, case in Europe.” people think monster trucks, Olcay Sarmaz, MBA student the language of and the second Turkey is Araamendment are all things that many Americans bic. It’s not; it’s Turkish,” Sarmaz grew up with but are alien in other said. The American culture is very cultures. The cultural differences felt by different nationalities vary. different from many Asian cul“The diversity of people here; tures. “Americans tend to be straightthere’s so many different races and languages, and the pace of life var- forward when speaking, but we ies widely here,” said Jane Wong, (Chinese) tend to be more respectan undergraduate ID major and ful and use hedging when coman exchange student from China. municating,” Wong said. “We were raised in a complete“The amount of unhealthy food that is available,” said Vivek ly different culture. Whereas here Sandhiniti, a first-year BME ma- parents like well-balanced athletic and smart kids, most Korean parjor from India. “I was shocked by the amount ents only care about grades,” Ro of overweight people here. There said. While some misconceptions are heavier people in France, but not nearly as many morbidly are ignorant and politically incorobese people,” said Martin An- rect, some are just amusing. “Well, women in France do quez, a PHYS graduate student shave their armpits, there are nonfrom France. While some found the food nude beaches, and not everyone hard to adapt to at first, others smokes,” Anquez said. “Taiwan is not in Thailand,” picked up on everyday nuances. “In Korea, everything is very said Chung Yu Shih, a PHYS close by so people just walk every- graduate student from Taiwan. Tech’s campus is home to stuwhere or ride the bus. But in the [U.S.], everyone just drives cars to dents from many backgrounds get anywhere,” said Esther Ro, a and provides others the chance first-year BIO major from South to learn about these cultures. Students intrigued by different Korea. “The biggest culture shock was languages and nationalities have how kind people are to each oth- plenty of opportunities to engage er. Even though you don’t know with students from other counsomebody, they will just give you tries. There will seldom be chanca ‘hello’ or nod their heads, which es to interact with a diverse group is not the case in Europe,” said such as present on Tech’s campus. By Emily Moran Contributing Writer

Top 6 Ethnicities of International Students

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1. India 29%

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Population Capital Independence Currency Exchange Rate*

1.2 billion New Delhi 1947 Rupee 0.0203 USD

3. South Korea 15%

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48 million Seoul 1919 Won 0.0009 USD

5. Taiwan 2.8%

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23 million Taipei 2000 Taiwan Dollar 0.034 USD

2. China 21%+

Population Capital Independence Currency Exchange Rate*

1.3 billion Beijing 1949 Yuan 0.159 USD

4. France 4.8%+

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65 million Paris 1789 Euro 1.335 USD

6. Turkey 2.3%+

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79 million Ankara 1923 Lira 0.572 USD


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Email etiquette easy to learn, hard to master By Julia Wayne Contributing Writer

Just looking around on campus, it is a fairly easy conclusion that most students own a smartphone. Simultaneously keeping up with email, Facebook, text messages, Twitter and others can cause an information overload. On Facebook, Twitter hashtags have become the norm and students email each other in phrases that have spelling errors and abbreviations. With the ability to use so many forms of communication at once, students can have trouble altering their language to match the form. “One of the problems I have with owning a smart phone is that I’ve begun to email as another way to text,” said Meara Coy, first-year CHEM major. “I have a hard time

remembering to begin an email with a greeting and end with a signature. There have been times I’ve forgotten to address a professor correctly and it has been really embarrassing.” Perhaps due to the increasing number of informal emails received, some professors have included sections in their syllabi about the proper way to send emails to them. Classes such as CS 1371 include an entire lab dedicated to using the Buzzport email server to set up a signature. Another factor that leads to errors in email etiquette is how accustomed society has grown to rapid communication. In conversation, there is no way to pause and edit the words already spoken, but in an email there is as much time as needed. Often people neglect to review their emails,

and the results can come across as unprofessional and sloppy. Naturally email accidents happen, and it is important to recognize appropriate ways to remedy the situation. If a minor typo has occurred, there is no need to panic—mistakes happen. If an email has been sent to the wrong recipient, simply send a apologetic email and move on. Be conscious of attachment sizes. Large attachments will clog up the recipient’s inbox and cause trouble. Use services like DropBox or Yousendit.com to share large files. Another common misconception is that using exclamation points makes one seem cheerful. Keep exclamation use to appropriate events like celebrations.

ence a culture or understand the business ethics from the international experience? In a tough economic environment like today’s, it is becoming clear that students must find a way to reinvent the traditional education strategies in order to make themselves more competitive in today’s job market. While studying abroad can open the mind to different cultures and experiences, a Eurotrip isn’t necessarily going to attract

employers to candidates. International job markets are fierce and require students to master not only different languages and cultures, but also the ability to understand the business ethics of the world. In an effort to provide students with the highest possibility of success, Tech has created the Languages for Business and Technology program (LBAT). The LBAT program provides the opportunity for future currency traders, importing/export-

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An overload of communication outlets can lead to typos or the accidental use of casual language in important email messages.

LBAT offers real-world experience in foreign languages By Gaines Halstead Assistant Focus Editor

Part of Tech’s strategic education plan focuses on providing students with the opportunity to acquire some sort of international experience by the time they graduate. With study abroad programs, exchanges, international internships and more, picking the right program can be a challenge. Does the student want to have fun and travel or learn a language, experi-

ing agents and international stock brokers of Tech to immerse themselves in the cultural and economic practices of their target country. Students are given the chance to spend four to 10 weeks of their summer semester living, working, and traveling in one of nine different countries in order to gain a global perspective and new understanding of a particular country. “I felt like it was a great opportunity for me to learn more about Korea and its history and tradi-

tions outside of the classroom. I took up to the Korean 2002 level here at Tech. Though I did learn the basics of the Korean language, I yearned to learn more about the culture in a different way,” said Seol Lee, fifth-year ChBE major and participant in the Korean LBAT program. Each country’s program is specific to both the economic and cultural practices, but follows a See LBAT, page 14


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Language Institute teaches communication skills By Gaines Halstead Assistant Focus Editor

Nestled in the northeast corner of campus, just behind Mewborn Field, is a slightly unassuming looking building that goes largely unnoticed by the majority of students here on campus. Yet for some, this large and architecturally distinguished building represents more than just Tech; to them, it represents a nation, a populace, and a language. It is here that one finds the Language institute. Located in the halls and corridors of the O’Keefe Building, Tech’s Language Institute serves as a middleman between the university and the large number of international students who come to Tech to study in the U.S. Established in 1958, the Language Institute was created in order to provide non-native English speaking students with the opportunity to improve their English grammar and communication skills through an intensive English program (IEP). “[The Institute] started in modern languages. It was just a summer program and then through the years it kind of expanded. Because it’s a non-credit program, in the Eighties it shifted over to what’s now called Georgia Tech Professional Education. For many years we were just an intensive English program getting students ready to do university

work,” said Karen Tucker, director of the Language Institute. Run by an expert faculty trained specifically to teach English as a second language (ESL), the IEP provides highly specialized programs to help aid language skills development. During the course of the semester, students study for twenty hours a week in one of the many core classes offered in order to develop a proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and grammar. Along with this core curriculum, students can choose from a variety of electives that range from movie making, podcasting for pronunciation, and survival English. Not limited to just Tech students, the program is open to students who may be looking to attend other universities throughout the nation, non-academic professionals, and anyone else who is looking to polish off their English language skills. “We also had business people that would come to improve their English and sometimes people came for social reasons, but probably 80 percent are college bound. They could be Tech students, they could go to other places,” Tucker said. Besides providing help with the English language during the year, the institute provides summer educational programs such as pre-MBA work, graduate prep workshops, and a short-summer IEP course for students and any

one else in the Atlanta community. “I’ve been here in America for eleven months and the experience has been great. I improved my language skills and it’s been a really great experience,” said Mohammed Aljaizani from Saudi Arabi. The Language Institute’s desire to further the education of language skills for its students is not confined to the borders of I-75 and Ferst drive. By reaching out to other programs across the globe, the institute now has partnerships with universities and organiza-

tions worldwide. “Instead of just intensive programs, we’ve expanded our services. We do special exchange groups now for the campus. For example, there’s a Chinese summer program where Americans can go over to Shanghai Jioa Tong University and so we host Chinese students here,” said Tucker. Additionally, the Institute has created the Fulbright program, a conglomerate between Tech, the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) in the UAE, the Turkish Ministries of Education,

and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology created to address Tech’s growing interest in Middle Eastern culture and languages. Last year, Anna Potter, associate director of the Language Institute, conducted a recruiting fair in Brazil. “Brazil has a growing market for international students. The open doors report [published by the Language Institute] tells us where international students are coming from and Brazil has really shot up [recently],” Potter said.

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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.

International students find options for native food By Madison Lee Contributing Writer

Living away from home can mean a lot of changes for many students, but the experience can be dramatically different for international students and those who have spent much of their lives growing up in another country. Food is an integral part of a culture that becomes embedded in a person’s lifestyle over time. A diverse city like Atlanta offers many restaurants that reflect the varied tastes of its occupants. However, some national dishes are harder to come by than others, and like sleeping in a different bed or driving a new car, going without something that one has grown accustomed to can lead to serious withdrawals. For some international students, their favorite dishes and other favorite foreign fare can be found just a car ride away or without even leaving the house. “I love all kinds of Korean meat, Korean barbeque. I go to restaurants in Korea Town, and there are special events in the iHouse like iKorea where we cook foods from different places,” said Joon Kim, a fourth-year CHBE major from Korea.

On the other hand, some students find it a bit more challenging to get a taste of home here in Atlanta. “The most [typically] Danish food I buy is from Ikea, where they sell a rye bread mixture. Iit’s really the closest you can get to the Danish bread anywhere around here,” said Birgitte Krag, a second-year CM major from Denmark. Some are lucky and end up finding restaurants that cater to their tastes. “I know there is a restaurant called Babette’s Café nearby, named after the title of a Danish movie. I think it’s actually mostly European or French, but it also has some Scandinavian food,” Krag said. When the search for cultural delicacies yields less than fruitful results, sometimes preparing their own traditional dishes is the best way for students to satisfy their longing for that elusive national cuisine. “There’s a kind of thin yogurt called koldskål that I had for Valentine’s Day that’s really good,” said Michala Mathiesen, a secondyear CM major from Denmark. Usually made with buttermilk, raw eggs, sugar, vanilla and lemon, koldskål is a dish that is espe-

cially popular during the warmer months in Denmark. Yet, luckily for some, the traditional fare of some countries can be very similar to foods found in the U.S. and somewhat easier to come by. “I would eat lots of different vegetables, potatoes, lamb, cabbage, salmon and rashers, or back bacon, which is very lean and doesn’t have as much fat as the bacon you get here,” said Conor O’Malley, a third-year EE major from Ireland. Traditional dishes are not always a rare commodity and many cultures can be fairly represented in one’s diet with simple recipes and nearby dining. “I like beans on toast, porridge and fish and chips, all very English,” said Nikita Rao, a third-year STaC and ALIS major from India who was raised in the U.K. “There’s one [dish] that’s native to my region of India. It’s like a lentil and tomato-based soup with lime and spices, and you mix it in with rice called rasam or saaru. There’s also a place that sells food that’s close to Indian street food called Chat Patti, and a North Indian restaurant called The Palace, but of course my mother’s home food’s the best,” Rao said.

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Careful word choice should be able to express emotions without the use of punctuation. Still, some students prefer to use colloquial language in email to create a closer bond with their professors. “I know all my teachers by first name because I go to their office hours. They never complained when I shot them a short email filled with errors or forgot to address them as Doctor or Pro-

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general template in which after completing the required language prerequisites here at Tech, students continue learning the country’s language through language immersion classes, which are coupled with visits to historic and leading economic sites throughout the country. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skill on how to pursue internships or intended careers within their country of study. “My heritage is German. My mother was born there and married my American father. Once I came to Tech, I decided that I wanted to learn German and gain a minor in [it]. The LBAT program helped me achieve that,” said James Ruppert, a fifth-year ISyE major. “I am very interested in international corporations, and specifically German ones. I think we visited between eight and ten firms

fessor,” said Cameron Grace, a fourth-year ME major. Though professors may be friendly, it is best to assume they would like to be addressed professionally through email. The best way to do this is to include a proper greeting and signature with a descriptive subject. Before sending any email, read over the content to make sure that there are no spelling mistakes and no slang language such as ‘dude’ or ‘lol’ and the email isn’t signed off ‘xoxoxo.’ [and were] able to converse with some high-up executives from large German companies. I am currently in the process of finding a summer internship with a company that we visited while on the program,” Ruppert said. The LBAT program is currently conducted in Senegal, Germany, France, Spain, Peru, China, South Korea, Jordan, Russia and Japan. “The whole experience is something I would never trade. I am only half-joking when I say that Germany feels like a second home to me. I am actually going back this summer to participate in a internship,” said Emily Jackson, a third-year IAML major. Even though the deadline for the LBAT programs this summer has passed, students should plan early for 2013 and take classes accordingly in their next semesters to free up their schedules. For more information, visit http://modlangs.gatech.edu/ lbat.


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Song Byeok presents new perspectives on North Korea By Joe Murphy Contributing Writer

Freedom and peace. Those are the themes of the Korean artist Song Byeok, a man who lived under and escaped from one of the most oppressive regimes on Earth, and who, on Feb. 23, came to Tech to share his both his story and the new direction that his art has taken. Byeok began his career as a propagandist for the government of North Korea under the reign of the late Kim Jong-il over two decades ago. His art at the time depicted North Korea as a glorious country of privilege and power; however, when famine struck in the 1990s and Byeok was thrown into prison for trying to escape to China to find food for his family, the artist’s opinion of his country’s government turned toward contempt. After enduring nearstarvation in prison and the death of his family, Byeok successfully escaped the country in 2002 and resolved to show to the entire world the truth about the machine that is North Korea.

Byeok’s art now uses satire by the Tech Chapter of Liberty dom of speech has nothing to do where it once showed propaganda in North Korea (LINK), Song with North Korea.” on behalf of the state. A paint- Byeok’s visit consisted of a lecture And that is just what Byeok deing of Kim Jong-il’s face with by the artist himself and a slide- picts in his artwork: the freedom the body of Marilyn Monroe is show of artwork from his latest to speak out against your governone example of Byeok’s unique exhibition titled Departure. ment if you choose. style; he hopes to expose the un“My goal is to be the light of Many of Byeok’s pieces center believably oppressive nature of the hope… to people under oppres- on the caricature of Kim Jong-il; North Korean government simply sion,” Byeok said about the under- the glasses, the high hair, and the by showing just how ridiculous lying meanings of his artwork. “It boyish smile of the former North it looks in his eyes. Other recent is time to reform and open North Korean Supreme Leader are regupieces by Byeok include a paint- Korea, so that North Koreans can lar subjects of Byeok’s satirical ing of expressionless, complacent see what the real world is. Free- work. North Korean soldiers, and one Byeok does not expect the reof a group of schoolgirls who cent death of Kim Jong-il to “Instead of are blissfully unaware affect his artwork. portraying North Korea as a of anything beyond “He isn’t the bad country, I try to find a different the borders of their god he [porown country. trayed] perspective that will allow viewers to see it in a Sp on s or e d himdifferent light.” -Song Byeok primarily self

to be,” Byeok said. Therefore, it seems that Byeok depicts Kim less as a single person and more as a representation of the North Korean government as a whole. Despite all the hardship Byeok has suffered through in the past, the aim of his artwork is not to promote hatred or spite against the North Korean regime, but rather to prompt change from within it. “Instead of portraying North Korea as a bad country, I try to find a different perspective that will allow viewers to see it in a different light,” Byeok said. Although it is so easy to label North Korea as an example of absolute oppression, through his artwork, Byeok hopes to change that label and convince people that his homeland is simply a country in desperate need of freedom. Byeok plans to use his art to spread his message across the globe, beginning here in Atlanta and continuing on to cities like New York and Washington D.C.

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Limited acoustics subdue Dark Star’s Dead tribute CONCERT

Dark Star Orchestra PERFORMER: Dark Star Orchestra LOCATION: The Variety Playhouse DATE: Feb. 25

OUR TAKE: ««« « «« By Brian Edmonds Contributing Writer

A unique blend of people crowded the Variety Playhouse on Saturday, Feb. 25 to see and hear Dark Star Orchestra recreate a Grateful Dead concert. The audience ranged from veteran dead heads to teenagers too young to remember the Dead’s figurehead, Jerry Garcia, pass away in 1995. Dark Star has been touring for 12 years and has over 30 years of Grateful Dead concert material to recreate. The Grateful Dead is known as the original and per-

haps best jam band. Drummer Rob Koritz noted some of the complexities of recreating an act that spawned a generation of fans across the globe. “We certainly aren’t playing it note for note; it would be impossible and that would defeat the purpose of playing improvisational music. What we’re going for when we recreate a show is [to accurately portray] the set list that they played that particular night, the tones that their instruments had during that particular era, the tempos of the songs and arrangements of the songs during that particular era,” Koritz said. It is a big task but we were all dead heads before we joined Dark Star. We’ve all seen the shows. We’re all students of the music, being musicians and fans of the Grateful Dead.” This particular night, Dark Star played a set from June 29, 1976. Highlights included a fastpaced rendition of “The Music Never Stopped,” which featured

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the improvisation jamming that Dark Star and the Grateful Dead are known for, along with “Brown Eyed Women” that had the audience singing along to almost every note. However, the Variety

Playhouse did not lend itself to the grand spectrum of the Dead’s set. In the late 70s the Dead pioneered a speaker system known as the “Wall of Sound.” This mammoth set up delivered incredibly

loud volume to often large, open amphitheater venues. Variety Playhouse, on the other hand, is a small venue with limited acoustics See Star, page 16


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Tim and Eric parody film with bizarre humor FILM

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie GENRE: Comedy STARRING: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim DIRECTOR: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim RATING: R RELEASE DATE: March 2

OUR TAKE: ««««« By Andrew Ho Contributing Writer

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is even more absurd than it sounds. Taking the role of writers, directors and actors, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! have now taken their bizarre brand of humor into the domain of feature-length cinema with exceedingly mixed results. While many movies often have a fairly broad or numerous audience that they keep in mind, Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie is almost unquestionably geared to satisfy viewers who already love the sketch comedy antics seen on the television show. The bare plot in this film revolves around the creation of a fictional billion dollar movie by Tim and Eric, with a subsequent and vigorous condemnation given by the executives who fund the

movie, the Schlaaang corporation. Faced with the prospect of repaying their billion-dollar investment after having blown it on frivolous luxury items, the pair end up watching a kitschy advertisement with a ‘successful’ shopping mall owner (Will Ferrell) inviting anyone to come manage the business to make a billion dollars. Drawn by this exaggerated promise, they skip town to live out their new dream as shopping mall managers while avoiding their debt. As one might expect, this task is hardly a cakewalk and isn’t made any easier by the peculiar residents and shop owners that live in the mall. Rounding out the cast are wellknown actors taking odd roles, such as John C. Reilly, Will Forte and Zach Galifianakis. Aside from the strangeness of their roles, these characters can be surprisingly entertaining to watch interacting with the deadpan Tim and Eric. There are also some poorly acted roles, though Tim and Eric are also known for their use of amateur actors along with celebrity look-a-likes. Beyond this minimal plot and amusing cast, it is hard for viewers to follow. From the start of the movie, terrible commercials and public service announcements pull the audience out of the story before tossing them right back in. While it is hard to understand their humor, it is worth noting that the surreal nature of their humor can be appreciated if one doesn’t attempt to figure it out. There are

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a number of gross-out moments which are presented in bad taste, but these may also be part of the joke. Tim and Eric aren’t content to simply parody any medium, but they instead take the absurd or silly elements out of things such as PSAs, commercials, trailers and big films and throw them into the audience’s face. Heidecker and Wareheim were recently in town for a student press interview while touring the country. “Well we’d made 50 episodes, and felt like we finished that chapter, wanted to expand into short films. We’ve always wanted to make a movie from the very beginning,” Heidecker said of why they made the move from television to film. “Just like how the TV show is very much about television, so our film is very much about movies,” Wareheim said on the challenges

faced in the transition. In person, the duo possesses a similar deadpan humor, but responded seriously to the notion that their show and film had no narrative sense, and were against the term ‘anti-humor’ being applied to their work. “We think it’s a misnomer. Our intentions are always to be funny, to make you laugh, but we’re just not relying on tired old staples to be very comfortable for people. But we’re not against comedy, we’re all for comedy.” Heidecker said. Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie won’t win any critical awards, but that is not what the movie was created to be. It will make an audience chuckle, laugh and squirm in various ways, so it’s pivotal that viewers keep this in mind while watching. Fans will be thrilled to watch, but it’s not likely to win over new audiences.

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in comparison. While Dark Star was able to play the classic Dead hits with precision and accuracy, the concert experience lacked the festive environment that can be heard even in old concert recordings. On a different note, the seventies-era set list did have a country twang and sound that cannot simply be defined as rock and roll. Koritz explained the process the band goes through to choose their material. “It’s actually a pretty complicated thing to do. We have one guy who does it, because if every one of us tried to throw in our two cents we would never agree on a show to play,” Koritz said. He went on to explain some of the different parameters that determine their song preferences. “Some of the Dead setups are very small with one drummer and some of them are enormous with a massive drum set behind them with an organ and a keyboard,” Koriz said. “Also, we take into consideration what type of show we did last time we were in your market. If we did a seventies show last time, we probably won’t do another one because we want to give each market the flavors of every era. Sometimes for fun, we’ll be able to play a show from the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. But we have it all set before the tour begins.” Dark Star is an interesting act. However, those who aren’t original dead heads and were born a generation too late might want to buy a concert recording of the Grateful Dead instead.


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Tech Idol showcases strong singers The Alliance’s Wizard enchants all audiences By Brent Hornilla Contributing Writer

Last Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Student Center Programs Council (SCPC) held its first Tech Idol competition. The event was hosted by Mr. Georgia Tech, Jacob Tzegaegbe, and showcased the talents of 12 students, four of whom went on to participate as finalists in the second round. Kicking things off was Jerica Richardson, a fifth-year BME major, singing “Hero.” While she dazzled with her gold dress and rich voice, her a cappella performance could have been better. Bryan Lewis, a third-year CM major, sang “Everything” karaoke style, but in spite of missing a verse, he was quick to shake it off with a positive attitude and a powerful register. Niranjana Mani, ECE grad student, followed with a piano-accompanied “I Believe I Can Fly,” but seemed to play it safe during the song’s bolder moments, failing to make it her own. Fanye Abbey, a fifth-year ME major, sang “Golden Train,” but in spite of a strong falsetto and stage presence, the song itself didn’t fit his vocal range. Anne Meadows, a first-year BA major, delivered an impressive, acoustic rendition of oldies hit “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” Erin Lightfoot, a firstyear IE major, chose an original piece titled “Another Me,” playing both piano and vocals; the song itself was catchy and had a memora-

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ble, off-beat rhythm, but the audience participation may have been a stretch. Casey Jordan, third-year MGT major, sang “Crazy” and managed to wow with high notes, but the in between made it not the best song to highlight his voice. Hengyi Liu, a fifth-year Econ major, set herself apart with Chinese pop song “Lonely Bowling Ball,” a strong choice due to its wide vocal range and use of vibrato. MBA student Nathan Settembrini, played and sang an acoustic “Set Fire to the Rain,” but failed to capture the bold moments. Tamrynd Parkinson, a fourth-year BA major, also sang a song by Adele, but opted for “Turning Tables,” demonstrating a wide vocal range with nice swells. Maria Samuel, a first-year BME major, sang “Ain’t No Other Man,” and displayed a strong voice, but her inability to handle the microphone led to some fluctuation and feedback. Rounding out the competition was Preston Mayo, a second-year BA major, with “Feeling Good,”

accompanied by Tech’s Jazz Ensemble. As a panel of three judges scored the first round, there was a brief intermission featuring A cappella group Taal Tadka, whose signature South Asian/World fusion was a welcome addition to the evening. The second round featured Bryan Lewis, Hengyi Liu, Tamryn Parkinson and Preston Mayo singing “Hallelujah,” “To Be Loved,” “Stop and Stare” and “Me and Mrs. Jones” respectively. At the end of the night, Preston Mayo was crowned Tech Idol via text entry by the audience. While a number of live TV shows have adopted this method, it retains the same fundamental flaw regardless of where employed: opening a poll to an audience sacrifices professional opinion and turns a competition into a popularity contest. Voting mechanisms aside, the contestants gave splendid performances, setting the bar high for next year.

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By Allan Martell Contributing Writer

It has been 110 years since the first theatrical adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1902. The Alliance Theatre celebrates this anniversary and brings the classic play back to the stage. Once again, the whole family can walk down the yellow brick road on this 70-minute journey. Even though this story originates from the famous book by L. Frank Baum, the version the Alliance directs is based on the 1939 classic film directed by Victor Fleming. American television popularized this version and it has been aired repeatedly ever since 1956. The Wizard of Oz tells the story

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The Wizard of Oz PERFORMER: Sharisa Whatley, Lowrey Brown LOCATION: Alliance Theatre DATE: Feb. 25 - March 11

OUR TAKE: ««««« of Dorothy Gale, a young child from Kansas who arrives in the land of Oz after a tornado blows away her house. Sharisa Whatley embodies this innocent main character. Whatley’s performance grows as the plot develops, due in part to her playful empathy for the Scarecrow (Lowrey Brown), See Wizard, page 19

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GLobal Vibes: South Korea

BIGBANG bounces back with Alive MUSIC

BIGBANG Alive LABEL: YG Entertainment GENRE: Korean Pop TRACK PICKS: “Blue”, “Bad Boy” and “Wings”

OUR TAKE: ««««« « By Jonathan Peak Assistant Entertainment Editor

BIGBANG is back. This past Wednesday, an exciting event unfolded unbeknownst to many Americans: the unleashing of one of South Korea’s foremost idol group’s (boy band) latest album Alive. This release is notable for many reasons as Korean pop (Kpop) becomes a definite force in the world, and this release is an important recovery in the group’s career, but most importantly because the music is simply pretty awesome. Even though the quintet released an album, Tonight, almost exactly a year ago, the reality is the gap seems much longer. Previous to that album, the group had been on a two-year hiatus as they promoted themselves in Japan and launched solo careers. And even though Tonight was well crafted as ever and sold well, their hopes of re-entry into the public eye were shattered when two of their members faced headlining controversies and promotions were put on hold. Korea can be a notoriously difficult place for stars, where fandom abounds. The fans are extremely devoted and fervent, as are the detractors. Vocalist Daesung faced these difficulties after

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a car accident that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. Even though it was an accident with no drugs or alcohol, he was labeled a “murderer” by the media and netizens, forcing him into seclusion and an onslaught of guilt and depression. Soon after, BIGBANG’s leader GD fell under a great deal of scrutiny for testing positive for marijuana usage — even a miniscule amount of pot usage by a celebrity in Korea is a big deal. He was forced to withdraw from promotions and with two out of five members out BIGBANG’s future was unclear. Each member had solid solo careers they could pursue instead and it could have easily been the end of Korea’s bestknown and most-bankable group worldwide. This makes Alive’s release all the more important – a true comeback. BIGBANG does not shy away from their past, but rather embraces it. From the claims of “I’m still alive” over the intro track to the ending solo outing of Daesung the pain is acknowledged, but more so the triumph over it. Easily the best track on Alive,

“Blue” most openly faces painful memories while not falling into the usual K-pop melodrama. K-pop groups largely compete, at least seemingly, with each other to see who can win the vocal Olympics, dance the most inhumanly or wear the most outlandish clothes. BIGBANG often participates in these antics, but on “Blue” they opt for the subtle. Rappers, GD and TOP, lose their cocky inflection and the three vocalists don’t sing at the top of their lungs to express their hurt, making “Blue” soothing and sad — nothing short of a masterpiece. The rest of the album is far more upbeat as BIGBANG navigates through a different genre for each track. From the electronica of “Love Dust” to the R&B “Bad Boy” to the dance “Fantastic Baby,” they acknowledge and often outdo even the most popular artists stateside. The only problems with this album come from strange management decisions by their label. All six songs from the album (a typical length for a Korean release) are being simultaneously promoted as singles. Though all are strong

enough to stand alone, this severely limits the potential success of the tracks as they compete not just with other artists but themselves. Also disappointing is the image they have decided to take for this album, which is decidedly bad with even stranger haircuts and clothes than usual. As all tracks have music videos being released at the same time, this poor image will be reflected six times with no opportunity for change. That being said, BIGBANG has the potential to at least begin breaking into the American music market with Alive, leading the way for even more Korean artists. In the past few weeks they have managed to produce numbers that are hard to ignore. The “Blue” music video was viewed over 10 million times in a week on YouTube, featuring in the most viewed, and their album hassold well, staying in the Top 10 on iTunes for days despite little to no promotion in English. With an upcoming world tour and strong sales, BIGBANG may soon break beyond just Asia and Europe and tap into the largest music market in the world — America.

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the Tin Woodsman (Jordan Craig) and the Cowardly Lion (Brad Raymond). Reay Kaplan, another cast member, also deserves mention. She displays great artistry enacting Kikko and manipulating The Crow. While the first character is the head winged monkey, the second one is a bunraku-like crow puppet. To embody a non-human character like Kikko, Kaplan invests a lot of energy. She has to move in unfamiliar ways at all times. Moreover, puppeteering the Crow demands her full attention in the mechanical operation while maintaining a convincing performance. Besides the cast, the production team earns recognition too. The Wizard of Oz employs clever techniques to mimic depth and long distances. The producers display certain items on the center stage at one moment, and immediately after, the same item shows up again on a smaller scale in the upstage. This succession gives the audience the sensation of movement along an open space. Within the story, the Land of Oz represents the human drive for improvement: cowardice in search of courage, naivety looking for wit, indifference wanting to turn to tenderness and solitude hoping to go back home. The play may refer to two separate worlds, but the constant struggle of good versus evil connects both. After all, while some witches torment their lands with cruel enchantments and flying brooms in Oz, others just need unfair laws to infuse fear in Kansas. Nonetheless, this play proves that fellowship and love are stronger than any evil deed. Overall, The Wizard of Oz promises a magical, entertaining moment for the family while exposing a deep truth: There is no place like home.


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Umma’s dishes tasty Asian cuisine RESTAURANTS

Umma’s House Restaurant and Cafe LOCATION: Tech Square

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CUISINE: Korean, Japanese COST: $10 HOURS: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Photo by Chris Gooley / Student Publications

PHONE: (404) 477-3255

OUR TAKE: «««««

By Jonathan Peak and Lauren Payne Assistant Entertainment Editor / Staff Writer

By Jillian Broaddus Contributing Writer

Relay for Life Concert

Although virtually all Tech students can say that they have enjoyed dining out at Moe’s, Ray’s, Tin Drum or the everpopular Waffle House, few have heard of Umma’s House Restaurant and Cafe. Located just across the parking lot from Yogli Mogli in Tech Square, this Korean and Japanese restaurant opened last fall and seems to be the perfect option for gourmet meals in walking distance. Upon first entering the café, diners will notice the simple, lowkey atmosphere with a sophisticatedly comfortable, urban feel. Servers are certainly friendly and the overall interior seems like an attractive, brighter-than-normal noodle shop. The place appears clean and the ambiance is inviting, with trendy wall art and plenty of open space. Plastic utensils are merely one aspect of this metropolitan dining experience that makes you feel right at home. A variety of organic teas and coffee brews are offered, making the eatery an ideal spot for a student-on-the-go to socialize for a quick bite or sit down for a full lunch or dinner. The interior of the building is large and open, with Internet access for students

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to stop in and complete some work in the quiet, zen-like zone. In terms of meals, Umma’s offers an assortment of noodle, rice, and sushi options—with portion sizes that can easily provide leftovers. A range of available appetizers—from customary Korean classics to ordinary salads to tasty broths—are affordable and help to complement any meal. Whether you are picky and simply looking for a delectable teriyaki chicken entrée or whether you truly want a traditional, cultural hors d’oeuvre, the menu is diverse enough to please a crowd yet concentrated enough to remain a “well-being oriented Korean & Japanese restaurant.” However, no matter what course you decide upon, the chefs at Umma’s do not disappoint. The salmon is absolutely delicious, as was the wasabi, chicken curry and dragon rolls. The only downside to Umma’s is that the meals generally cost at least $10, after tax and tip; although this is relatively inexpensive for sushi-lovers, it may not be ideal for students on a college

budget. After all, one can walk around the corner and get an oversized chocolate-chip waffle for around $3, spend a few bucks for a kids’ meal at Moe’s, or spend Buzz funds — better known as parents’ money — for a large order of pizza. Though many businessmen can be seen happily dining in Umma’s during their lunch break, perhaps the semi-costly price range explains why the restaurant has not yet caught on with the campus population. Plus, the prices don’t seem competitive enough with Tin Drum, which serves meals just a few short yards away — and also accepts Buzzcards for that matter. Nevertheless, Umma’s offers a perfect option for a special occasion night out within walking distance of campus. It provides a refreshing break from the routinely tiresome dining hall visits and the food is not only delicious, but high quality and healthy as well. For those looking to skip that weekly burrito or that large order of pizza, give Umma’s in Tech Square a try.

Tonight, March 2, Alpha Phi Omega is holding a benefit concert for Relay for Life. Performers include Charley Winter, Taal Tadka, The Smangers and The Tides. The night will include a raffle for an iPod shuffle, giftcards and other alongside the performances. The show takes place at Under the Couch from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance but $10 at the door.

Ponce Crush Art Stroll Along Ponce de Leon Avenue this Saturday, March 3, three galleries will be opening their doors for their monthly public art stroll. Walk between the Beep Beep Gallery, Young Blood Gallery and Kibbee Gallery and view works from artists like Mike German, Ed Trask, Jaynie Crimmins and Grace Kim. Each exhibit has a different theme and distinctive works. The galleries will all be open from 7 p.m. through 10 p.m.

Soweto Gospel Choir

Music fans should not miss the Soweto Gospel Choir’s performance at the culturally prosperous Fox Theater on Sunday, March 4. Originating in the womb of Johannesburg, South Africa, choir directors David Mulovhedzi, Beverly Bryer and their army of vocalists have overcome a number of cultural barriers in the international stratus of music. Come celebrate the intrinsic vision and talents of the Soweto Gospel Choir that surpass the constrictive label of “world music.” Tickets start at $35 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

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Theme Crossword: Bank On It By James Barrick United Features Syndicate ACROSS

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in the second inning, when sophomore Zane Evans and senior Jake Davies drove back-to-back doubles to tie the game. The team scored four runs in the next inning and another three in the fourth to put the game out of reach for the Buckeyes. Sophomores Daniel Palka and Chase Butler homered for the Jackets, and Palka, Davies and sophomore Paul Kronenfield each had multiple RBIs. The Jackets could not find similar success on Saturday, dropping the game by a final of 7-3. Ohio State took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo shot that was just over the glove of right fielder Kronenfield. The Buckeyes then scored another two runs in the second inning. The first four Ohio State batters reached base to bring in a run and load the bases with nobody out. Then, sophomore pitcher Matt Grimes got the next batter to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, followed by another groundout to end the threat. In the bottom of the third, Evans brought home freshman A.J. Murray on a single for Tech’s first run of the game. Tech continued to dig themselves into holes defensively, facing three bases-loaded, no-out situations in consecutive innings. The first time, which occurred in the second inning, they allowed two runs. In the next inning, sophomore Alex Cruz came in at pitcher to relieve Grimes. He struck his first batter out and got the next to ground into a double play to get Tech out of a jam without giving

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Buck Farmer on the mound against Ohio State. Farmer opened the weekend striking out a career-high 13 batters in six innings. up a run. The third time prompted Tech to change pitchers as Ohio State scored another three runs. Grimes started at pitcher for the Jackets but did not last long, being pulled in the third inning after allowing three runs on three

hits while walking five and striking out one. Tech’s offense sparked in the sixth and seventh, but these late runs were not enough to overcome the Buckeyes’ early lead as Ohio State won the game. The Jackets’ offense found its

rhythm early in the final game of the weekend en route to a 13-4 blasting of the Buckeyes. In the bottom of the first, Davies hit a three-run homer to score junior Brandon Thomas and sophomore Kyle Wren. Then, in the third inning, freshman Connor Lynch stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and blasted a basesclearing double over the left fielder’s head to give Tech a 6-1 lead. The fifth inning was an explosive one for the Jackets as they scored six runs and ran two Ohio State pitchers out of the game. The first three batters of the inning walked to load the bases for Palka, who then hit a double to the left-center gap that scored two. A wild pitch during the next at-bat brought Thomas home, and Davies brought in another run with a double to right. An error by the third baseman off a Lynch grounder scored Davies and Evans and gave Tech a 13-1 lead. The Jackets’ pitching on Sunday was much more consistent than the previous day’s. Sophomore pitcher Dusty Issacs kept the Buckeyes batters at bay early. After giving up a leadoff triple and a run in the first inning, he settled down and pitched four scoreless innings before being pulled in the sixth. Overall, he went 5.2 innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three. Issacs faced a difficult situation in the fifth, with runners on first and third and only one out. But he persevered, getting the next batter to ground into a double play to end the inning.

With the game out of reach in the sixth inning, Tech began substituting players, bringing in a pinch hitter for all four batters that inning. All but three Tech starters had been replaced by the end of the game as the Jackets won by a final score of 13-4. The Jackets then returned to action on Wednesday, Feb. 29, when they hosted Kennesaw State. The game time was postponed twice due to expected inclement weather, but this uncertainty did not seem to faze the Jackets, who won the game 11-5. This was the fourth time in five games that they scored double-digit runs. Freshman Cole Pitts got the start for Tech, going four innings and giving up no runs on three hits while striking out five. He only faced 16 batters, being pulled early after Tech went up 11-0. Tech scored three runs, all unearned, in the second inning off of a few errors by the Kennesaw fielders before blowing the Owls away in the third. This seven-run inning saw back-to-back triples by Wren and Thomas immediately followed by consecutive doubles by Palka and Evans. Wren’s triple, his first of two in the game, came with the bases loaded and netted him three RBIs, tying him with Winn for the most of the day. Kennesaw did not go down without a fight, scoring four runs in the inning after Pitts’ departure. However, they were unable to maintain the surge and Tech won the game. The Jackets return to action this weekend when they face the Rutgers Scarlett Knights at home.


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nessee scoring run. The Volunteers scored four times on four hits during the sixth inning to further push open their lead over Tech to 7-0. Tennessee would go on to score two more runs in the seventh inning to finish off the Jackets 9-0. Tech would only get four hits compared to the Volunteers’ 15 hits. Day two of the NFCA Leadoff Classic was not much better for the Jackets. Tech faced Massachusetts in what was a pitcher’s battle and later competed against Mississippi State, losing 1-0 and 5-3, respectively. With the losses, the Jackets dropped to a 0-4 record on the weekend. In the first inning against Massachusetts, freshman Kylie Kleinschmidt had a tough start with two walks, a hit by pitch and a wild pitch that allowed the Minutemen to score a run. This put Massachusetts up 1-0, which was all they needed to finish with the win. Kleinschmidt had 6.1 innings of no hits, which was broken up by Massachusetts’s Diaz-Patterson’s single to the left. Kleinschmidt was strong on the mound with her first career start, recording nine strikeouts, the most of any Tech pitcher this season. In the second game of the day, the Mississippi State Bulldogs were the first to strike in the game. With the bases loaded in the first inning, a Mississippi State single up the middle led to the first run. Tech senior Caroline Hilton mishandled a ball that allowed a Bulldog to run across home plate for a 2-0 Mississippi State lead. Tech responded in the bottom of the third inning. Ashley Thomas hit a single up the middle and stole second base on the next pitch. Kuzma hit a single up the middle that allowed Thomas to pick up a run for Tech, setting the score at 2-1.

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Hope Rush at bat in a home contest earlier this season. Rush was one of the lone bright spots for Tech over the skid, shutting out Illinois State pitching, while hitting a double with the bases loaded. The Bulldogs drove in another two runs to gain a 4-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Ashley Thomas hit another single up the middle and stole second base. On a sacrifice bunt by Kuzma, Ashley Thomas moved to third base and ran across home plate on a groundout to the shortstop by junior pitcher Hope Rush, putting the score at 4-2. Mississippi State got another run in the top of the seventh inning from a suicide squeeze play, scoring its fifth run. To begin the seventh inning, freshman Katie Johnsky was walked and moved to second base after a pitch hit Dike. Johnsky stole third and scored a run after a throwing error by the Bulldogs’ second baseman, bringing the score to 5-3. This score would stand for the game. Rush gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits, while Ashley Thomas was two for three in

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the game, tallying two of Tech’s three runs. On the final day of the Classic, Rudnik’s two for four effort led the Jackets to a 6-0 shutout victory over the Illinois State Redbirds. Rudnik’s hits, both doubles, drove in a couple of runners. Rush was superb on both the mound and home plate. She pitched seven innings, allowing only two hits and striking out a season-high six batters. Rush went one for three at bat with a double to left field and a walk with the bases loaded. At the top of the fifth inning, the Jackets were the first to score a run. Johnsky, who was walked, was replaced on the bases by sophomore Kaitlin Kates. On a sacrifice bunt by Dike, Kates moved to second base. Fullem’s single to centerfield put her on first base and Kates on third base. Fullem was replaced on the bases by sophomore Hayley Downs.

Hilton drove a hard ball to second base to allow Kates score the first Jacket run for a 1-0 Tech lead. Chelsie Thomas was walked to load the bases and Ashley Thomas hit a choppy single, allowing Downs to cross home plate for the 2-0 lead. In the sixth inning, the Jackets continued their momentum. Rush hit a strong ball to left center field for a double. Freshman Caitlin Coffey replaced Rush on the bases, and moved to third base on Rudnik’s deep fly ball to right field. On a heads up play, Coffey slid in for Tech’s third run of the game on a wild pitch by Illinois State’s pitcher, giving the Jackets a 3-0 advantage. At the top of the seventh inning, the Tech batters came alive. Hilton started things off with a hit on the first pitch of the inning. Then, Chelsie Thomas and Ashley Thomas beat out their sacrifice bunts, which loaded the bases

with no outs. A walk sent Rush to first base and brought Hilton in for the fourth run of the game for the Jackets. Rudnik hit a deep fly ball all the way to the right field fence, allowing Chelsie Thomas and Ashley Thomas to cross home plate for the Tech 6-0 victory. On Wednesday, Feb. 29, the No. 25th-ranked Jackets then traveled to Panthersville, Ga. to face off against the Georgia State Panthers. A Georgia State homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead over Tech that eventually won it for Georgia State. The Jackets had won the last ten meetings between the two teams, giving the Panthers their first victory over the Jackets since 2008. In the top of the fifth inning, the Jackets were the first to score when Ashley Thomas beat out a single, stole second base and moved to third base from a groundout to second base by Downs. Thomas scored on Rudnick’s straight liner that was mishandled by Georgia State’s shortstop, giving Tech a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Kleinschmidt gave up a double that led to a run for Georgia State to tie the game 1-1. In the bottom of the sixth inning, a Panther runner hit a homerun over the left field wall to give Georgia State the 2-1 victory. Kleinschmidt had a no-hitter for four innings, ultimately allowing two runs on three Georgia State hits. She had a strikeout in every inning except for the fifth inning, amassing seven strikeouts throughout the game. The Jackets return to action to host the Winthrop Eagles this Friday, March 2, in Woodstock, Ga., for the Buzz Classic. The Jackets will also compete against Western Kentucky, Tennessee-Martin, Southeastern Louisiana and Elon, playing fives games over three days.


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Men’s hoops tops Maryland, falls to Boston College By Hattie Arnau Contributing Writer

The men’s basketball team managed to pull out a narrow victory on Saturday, Feb. 24, against Maryland that ended with a score of 63-61. It was only the second win in Philips Arena for the Jackets and the team’s third conference victory for the season. With the suspension of junior guard Glen Rice Jr., the team’s leading scorer, each of the starters was called to play at least 31 minutes in the game on Saturday. The Jackets were ready, and redshirt sophomore forward Kammeon Holsey led the team with his first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Tech started the game off quickly with two three-pointers by sophomore guard Jason Morris in their first two possessions of the game. Redshirt sophomore center Daniel Miller added four points soon afterward, and the Jackets had their biggest lead of the game, up 10-2 with 17:43 remaining the in the first period. Junior guard Mfon Udofia notched a career-high nine assists in the matchup, four of which occurred in the first three minutes of the game. Holsey scored his initial points on a dunk with 16:47 remaining in the first half, and senior guard Nick Foreman came in off the bench and drained backto-back three-pointers to put the Jackets ahead 18-11. Maryland quickly began mak-

ing a comeback. Tech held a small lead until Maryland guard Nick Faust scored a three-pointer with 3:49 remaining and gave the Terps a one-point lead. The half ended with Maryland leading 37-31. Less than a minute into the second half, Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin made three free throws to give the Terps their largest lead of the game. The Jackets were able to gain the momentum for the remainder of the half, tying the game after a dunk by Miller and two successful free throws by Holsey with 13:21 left to play. Maryland was only successful on two of its 22 shots for the beginning of the second period and finished with a shooting average of 23.3 percent for the half. The Jackets had an even-handed offensive performance with six players scoring at least seven points throughout the game and led by six multiple times in the second half. Maryland regained the lead when Stoglin, the leading scorer in the ACC with a 21.1 pointsper-game average, scored on a layup with 2:03 left to play to give the Terps a 56-55 lead. A three-point play by Udofia gave Tech a two-point lead heading into the final, action-packed 30 seconds. A three-pointer from redshirt sophomore guard Brandon Reed put Tech ahead by five at 61-56 with 27 seconds left. Maryland center Alex Len scored off a dunk and brought the Terps within three with 18 seconds to play. Holsey and Reed both went

to the free throw line and hit one of two attempts, helping to keep the Jackets in the lead despite a Stoglin three-pointer with just three seconds left in the game. On Wednesday, the Jackets traveled to Boston College to take on the Eagles in their second matchup of the year. A month ago, Tech had an important 51-47 victory over Boston College, who came into the game off a fourgame losing streak and tied with Tech for 11th place in the ACC. The game started off slowly with several missed shots for both teams, and Tech stole the lead early, taking a 7-5 lead 4:30 into the game. The Jackets were able to hang on to a close game until 12:33 left in the period when Boston College broke away and held the lead for the remainder of the half. At the start of the second half, Tech was behind 33-22. The Jackets were able to close the gap to five points after a Holsey layup with 17:40 left to play. The Eagles had their biggest lead of 17 points 10 minutes into the second period, but an 18-3 run by the Jackets closed the gap to two points. Holsey had a tip shot with 2:21 to play, but two free throws by Lonnie Jackson stretched the Boston College lead to 56-52, and the Eagles were able to hold on to the lead the remainder of the game. The Jackets play their final regular season game Saturday, March 3, against Wake Forest at the Phillips Arena.

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Kammeon Holsey attempts a shot over defenders earlier this year. Holsey had his first career double-double against the Terrapins.


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Men’s tennis drops ACC opener Women’s hoops closes season with two wins By Matt Schwartz Contributing Writer

The Men’s Tennis team lost their conference opener on the road against Florida State 6-1 this past Saturday, Feb. 25, dropping to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in ACC play for the season. Despite the lopsided defeat, Tech got off to a fast start, as senior Kevin King won his singles match at the No. 1 spot 6-1, 6-2 with little struggle. King and junior Juan Spir also won their doubles match 8-4 in the Jackets’ lone doubles victory for the day. King has arguably had the best year of his career thus far, moving to 14-3 in singles play and 8-4 in doubles play for the season. However, these were the only bright spots for the slumping Jackets. In doubles play, apart from King and Spir, the Jackets could not come up with a victory. The freshman pair of Eduardo Segura and Sebastian Lopez lost 8-5 to their opponents Anderson Reed and Dominic Cotrone, while junioe Juan Melian and freshman Vikram Hundal lost to their opponents Andres Bucaro and Benjamin Lock, 8-6. In singles play, Florida State’s Blake Davis quickly defeated Spir 6-1, 6-3, breaking the junior’s serve five times. This performance was indicative of Spir’s up-and -down season, as he is 3-4 at the No. 2 singles spot. The day’s drama centered mainly on the No. 3 and No. 4 singles matches. At the No. 3 spot, Melian found himself in a hole after losing the set to FSU’s Christian Gonzalez Mendez 6-4. However, Melian fought back, pulling even and seizing the second set 7-5. However, this was as far as he would get, dropping the third set tie-breaker 10-2. The loss Want to reach

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Kevin King preps to hit the ball back in a rally. King has had a stellar season in singles play, posting a 14-3 record through 2012. dropped Melian to 6-3 overall in singles play this season. In the No. 4 singles match, senior Dusan Miljevic fell behind after dropping his serve late in the first set, 7-5. Miljevic would storm back though, taking the second set in commanding fashion, winning 6-0. But just like Melian before him, Miljevic could not seal the deal and lost the deciding set 6-3. The Jackets’ struggles were not over for the day. Freshmen Edu-

ardo Segura and Sebastian Lopez lost their matches 6-1, 7-5 and 6-3, 6-1, respectively to clinch the team match win for the Seminoles. The loss dropped the Jackets to 5-6 on the season, below expectations for the team ranked No. 15 in the nation coming into 2012. The team will look to turn things around as they take on conference rival Clemson at home on Sunday, March 4, at Bill Moore Tennis Center.

The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to five games with a pair of wins over Virginia Tech and Clemson. The two wins clinched Tech a first round bye in the ACC Tournament and extended its school record for conference wins in a season to 12. On Feb. 23, the No. 17 Jackets traveled to Blacksburg, Va. to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Jackets won the game 76-66, but the close final score was not a good representation of the game. The Jackets outrebounded the Hokies 35-24 and shot better from the field in three-pointers, free throws and overall field goal percentage. Georgia Tech’s backups also outscored the Hokies’ backups 26-6. The Hokies managed to get within three points of the Jackets with five minutes to go in the first half, but the Jackets ended the half on a 16-3 run. Senior center Sasha Goodlett sparked the run for the Jackets with six points during the five-minute span. Goodlett finished with teamhighs in points and rebounds with 18 and eight, respectively. Virginia Tech got within seven points of the Jackets’ lead with just over two minutes left in the game, but six points from senior point guard Metra Walthour down the stretch sealed the win. Walthour finished the game with 14 points and two assists, while posting a perfect 7-7 line from the free throw line. Following the road win, the Jackets returned home on Feb. 26 to face Clemson. The Jackets won

their 22nd game of the season with a 72-50 win over the Tigers. Instead of their usual home at the Gwinnett Arena, the Jackets hosted Clemson at Forbes Arena at Morehouse College due to Senior Day. The game proved memorable for the Georgia Tech seniors as the win gave them 37 conference victories and 91 total victories in their collegiate careers — both of which are school records. Midway through the first half, the Jackets found themselves down 13-10. The Jackets proceeded to go on a 13-2 run that was started by a three-pointer from freshman guard Sydney Wallace. Wallace also finished the run with another three, giving Georgia Tech a 23-15 lead. Wallace, who started the game on the bench, finished the game with a team-high 16 points that included four three-pointers. Wallace played an important part in the game as the Jackets’ bench scored 44 of the team’s 62 points. After leading by eight at halftime, the Jackets found themselves leading by just five with ten minutes to go in the game. From that point, Georgia Tech went on an 11-0 run that gave the team the lead for the rest of the game. Georgia Tech’s five seniors — Goodlett, Walthour, forward Laquananisha Adams, forward Chelsea Regins and guard Mo Bennett — finished the game with a combined 18 points and 19 rebounds. The Jackets’ next game will be March 2 against either North Carolina or Clemson in Greensboro, N.C. for the ACC Tournament. The Jackets will most likely face North Carolina, who enters the tournament as the fifth seed.

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Hill impresses with athleticism at NFL Combine

Former Tech standout wide receiver Stephen Hill impressed scouts at the NFL combine on Sunday, Feb. 26, after posting a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash. Hill posted the fastest time of any player in the combine, tying with two other peer receivers. As well as his top time, Hill posted an 11’1” broad jump, the best of the combine. Hill was also a top performer in the vertical jump, posting the fifth-best jump among wideouts with a 39.5” leap. According to Tony Pauline and Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Hill dramatically improved his draft stock and could be taken as early as the beginning of the second round of the draft.

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Catcher Zane Evans hits a pitch in a game earlier this season. Evans had a solid outing against the nonconference opponents, with four hits over 12 at-bat appearances and three RBIs. Evans is hitting at a .321 percentage for the season. By Joe Sobchuk Staff Writer

The Jackets opened the season at home with a weekend series against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, Feb. 24. The No. 10 Jackets took two of three games from the Buckeyes, winning on Friday and Sunday, 12-4 and 13-4 respectively, but losing on Saturday

7-3. Starter Buck Farmer struck out a career-high 13 batters as the Tech offense put on a show in game one. Farmer, earning his first win of the season, gave up three runs on six hits through six innings, throwing a total of 105 pitches. He kept the Ohio State batters guessing all afternoon, getting ahead in the count early and forcing

them to swing at anything near the plate. Tech found itself trailing 1-0 early after the Buckeyes’ Josh Dezse hit a solo shot in the second. It was the first of three home runs in the game for the first baseman, who finished the day three for four with three RBIs. But that was about all the Ohio State offense could muster, as the rest

double to left field and a single up center field, to lead the Jackets 4-0. DePaul did not score for the remainder of the game. In response, Tech got its first run in the bottom of the third inning. After reaching first base on a DePaul walk, sophomore Ashley Thomas moved to second on a stolen base due to a DePaul error. Thomas advanced to third base from a groundout to the shortstop by senior Kate Kuzma and crossed home plate on an illegal pitch by the Blue Demons, setting the score to 4-1. Tech kept the momentum in the bottom of the fifth, putting up another run when freshman Chelsie Thomas got on first base on a walk, stole second base from a bunt by sophomore Hayley Downs and went to home plate on a chopper to first base by Ashley Thomas. This was the last time that Tech scored, ending with a 4-2 loss to DePaul.

Later that day, the Jackets faced No. 9 Tennessee in the second game of their doubleheader. Off of a couple of bunt hits, the Volunteers were the first to strike in the top of the third inning. With two runners on base, a sacrifice bunt allowed each of the runners to advance one base, allowing Tennessee to gain a 1-0 advantage. A hit to the left field that got by Ashley Thomas allowed another Volunteer to score and give Tennessee a 2-0 advantage. In the fifth inning, the Volunteers added to their lead when a batter sent a shot out to centerfield. After a Tech pitching change, freshman Karly Fullem went to the mound for the first time this year. Fullem began with a walk, but made solid pitches afterwards; however, a few illegal pitches led to a single out into left field, which began a Ten-

of the team was three for 29. Meanwhile, the Jackets found success throughout the lineup. Five Tech players had a multi-hit game, and the offense as a whole scored twelve runs on fifteen hits. The unit also went eight for 15 with runners in scoring position. The Jackets began to click See Baseball, page 24

On Monday, Feb. 27, the ACC released the conference’s 2012 football schedule. The Jackets will kick off the season with a primetime Monday night game against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Labor Day. After a Sept. 8 date against FCS opponent Presbyterian, the Jackets will face two more conference opponents at home in Virginia and Miami before a fourth straight home date against Middle Tennessee State. The Jackets then travel to Clemson, S.C. to face the rival Clemson Tigers on Oct. 6. After an open date on Oct. 13, the Jackets have two more home dates against Boston College and BYU before hitting the road to face Maryland and North Carolina. The Jackets will have their final home game on Nov. 17 against the Duke Blue Devils before closing out the regular season on Nov. 24 in Athens, Ga., against rival Georgia.

Softball struggles, drops five of six nonconference games By Danielle Sharpe Contributing Writer

The 17th-ranked Tech softball team competed in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla. this past weekend. On the first days of the classic, the Jackets dropped two games to DePaul and No. 9 Tennessee. Tech lost to the DePaul Blue Demons in a 4-2 game. Later that day, the 9thranked Volunteers handed the Jackets a 9-0 loss for their first shutout of the season. In the first two innings of the first game, there was minimal action from both teams apart from a first-inning error by the Jackets. In the third inning, the Blue Demons were the first to get a run. DePaul’s Ciezki sent a line drive straight to senior Danielle Dike, who mishandled the ball allowing Ciezki to get to first base. Taking advantage of the error, the Blue Demons batted a single to right field, a

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Shannon Bear slides to avoid getting out in a game earlier this season. Bear did not post a hit through the six game stretch as Tech lost five matchups.


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