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CULC squatters enter third month of protests

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The Occupy CULC movement has built momentum across a broad spectrum of campus. Above, students refuse to leave the CULC building during a planned protest. By Mon E. Bags But could the building be just escaping from his dirt-stained lips. napkins,” Lee said. employment,” said Dan D. Lyons, a little too inviting? With such deThe squatters mostly sleep, but The next morning the room head of opposition efforts. Investment Banker lightful amenities it’s understand- more organized activity seems to was empty upon search. Security As this trend continues and the The G. Wayne Clough Un- able that it might attract those be on the rise. is doing its best to keep control of homeless begin to make homes in dergraduate Learning Commons who lack the essentials: shelter, “I don’t think I’ll ever recov- the situation, although they are the beloved CULC, students must (CULC) was created with the vi- warmth and powder rooms. er from what I saw that night,” faced with many obstacles. be wary of their surroundings. sion of having a sustainable buildThe first sightings of these said Brock Lee, a fourth-year “Our squatting campaign “We fully support the Occupy ing on campus that would serve as “Clough-squatters” or Clough- GHYTSN major. Mussolini’s eyes started out small, but is growing CULC movement. Its ‘We are the a gathering point for students to squats began occurring mid-Jan- clenched with the pained memory by the hour, as students increas- 99 percent’ slogan truly speaks collaborate on schoolwork, culti- uary, as temperatures fell under of what he witnessed the night be- ingly buy into our vision,” said to our values,” said Mickey Gorvate their passions and encourage winter’s strong grip. fore in the bean bag room. Jim Sox, the President of Tech’s bachev, Starbucks manager, who studious habits. The building pro“They make me feel awkward “There was hooting and howl- Occupy CULC chapter. “We are noted an 80 percent revenue invides everything a student could and uncomfortable while I am ing. They had a metal trash recep- the 99 percent.” crease over the past three weeks need for a long night; Starbucks, trying to study,” said Hugh De- tacle and were stirring something “Sometimes, I can’t tell wheth- alone. “It’s time that someone bean bag chairs, dry erase boards Mann, a second-year BA major, using a large wooden paddle. er it’s a squat sitting in the chair, bridged the wide gap between the and even showers in case the long as a Clough-squat was slumped in They were mostly naked, spare a typical college student or an art snooty and lazy one percent and nights become sleepy mornings. the chair next to him, deep snores loincloths made from Starbucks history student practicing for un- the hard-working 99 percent.”

Phasers approved for concealed carry

range, my long range capabilities have been With a unanimous deci- severely limsion by the state legislature ited. With the late last night, the right to ability to carry carry phasers on campus has my standard issued been approved. Kzinti phaser on and around “This marks a pivotal campus I’m now safe at any point in Tech’s history. Safety range. Tech students should and technology, two of our no longer have to worry great university’s biggest con- about criminals again. For cerns, have now come any would together to create a “For any would be thugs out single solution to a there, I say, problem that has been be thugs out ‘Come at plaguing campus for there, I say, me, Bro,’” sometime now,” said said WilInstitute President ‘Come at me, liam NimG.P. “Bud” Peter- Bro.’” roy, thirdson in a statement year DADA moments after hear- William (Defense ing that the bill was Nimroy Against the passed. Dark Arts) DADA ‘13 Students in supmajor and port of the bill agree with NRA member. Peterson, saying that the right The bill will now go to to carry concealed phasers on the desk of Governor Nathan campus will drastically re- Deal, who is expected to sign duce the amount of on cam- the bill into law. pus crime. “This piece of legislation “I’ve been carrying nun- is really cutting edge and will chucks and ninja stars for likely serve as a model for years. While effective at close safety on college campuses By Armand Hammer Star Trek Expert

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across the country. It’s some thing all Georgians should be proud of,” Deal said. This comes just days after the passage of another law supporting the lawful possession of lightsabers on campus and the great “Students for Campus Safety” riots. Already, the economy of the state of Georgia has seen an uptick in activity as ven-

dors from across the galaxy have been pouring in to take root in a previously untapped market. Spaceco, currently the largest manufacturer of phasers in the Milky Way Galaxy, has proposed plans to build a store in Midtown, where customers could try out different products before purchasing them.

News Briefs North Ave Dining Hall to roll out permanent 24-hour option Because the student traffic between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. at the North Avenue Dining Hall (NADH) continues to fall short of requirements, NADH has decided to place vending machines inside to continually provide 24-hour service to students. “It’s brilliant,” said Monsieur Ratatouille, head chef of the dining hall. “Now we won’t be wasting food or our time.” This plan still requires students to scan their BuzzCard to gain access to the machines. “We don’t want [the homeless] and the like coming here for the food,” Ratatouille said. “Then we’d have to refill the machines during the time period because they’d all eat the darn food!” However, the vending machines will still be closed Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. “Our goal is to save money,” Ratatouille said. “By closing these machines at that time, we’ll save money on electricity. ‘Tis the season for green. Environmentally speaking of course.” The content in the machines, however, will be the same as those throughout the campus. “We’ll have candybars and stuff like that in there,” said Koyn Slot, Vending Machines Global Infrastructure Consultant. “It won’t be anything special, but if 24 hours is what the students want, then that’s what they get.”


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GTPD partners with Robocops By April Fool Vigilante

A shipment of RoboCops is scheduled to arrive at GTPD early next week. GTPD has decided to implement RoboCops on campus in attempt to increase security at Tech. Desperate to decrease the amount of crime in the area, Atlanta City police directed GTPD to find alternative methods to fight campus crime. “Tech is getting a bad rap for its crime on campus. After attending the ‘Let’s Make College Campuses Safe’ Police Conference back in February, I was suddenly inspired during one of our weekly movie nights,” said Chief Deputy Ralphie Wiggum of the Atlanta Police. One of the featured films was the 1987 film, RoboCop. In this film, police in Detroit, Michigan develop cyborgs to combat the incessant crime and financial turndown of the city. Officer Guthridge is the mastermind behind the idea of installing RoboCops around campus. “RoboCop is a prime example of what Tech needs, and that is constant surveillance. There is only so much territory my buds and I can cover in a night,” said Officer Georgie Porgie. “We designed the features we think are most useful for a RoboCop to have at designyourownrobocop.com,” said Officer Billy Goat. RoboCops will have powerful sensors throughout their structures. Minor movement will be monitored, but the RoboCop is built to detect human movement. The RoboCops will be installed in areas all around campus. They will rotate areas periodically, however their locations cannot be revealed. Rumors say that some will be hidden in trees, Peter’s Parking Deck, the seventh floor of the library and some even underground locations. The GTPD will host an open forum on April 31 for students to learn about the impending Robocop program.

GT Housing confusion causes relocation to trailer parks

Photo by Olive Yew / Student Publications

Due to confusion with the new online housing system, hundreds of students left Tech for off-campus housing, mostly trailer parks. By Leroy Jankins Home Park Resident

Photo by Manny Kin / Student Publications

After facing months of campus safety issues at Tech, GTPD finalized the decision to mobilize Robocops.

The Department of Housing made a surprise announcement on Thursday, March 29, unveiling a new housing option it would be making available to students in Fall 2012. In addition to East and West Campus housing options, Housing will offer accommodations in the Home Park area too. The new Housing form, devised to make applying for housing easier, resulted in a large number of confused students either not applying in time or becoming so frustrated with the form that they gave up, preferring homelessness on the street to continuing with the form. “It was just too much to take. I was booted from the first page of the application eight times before

I made it through, and when I actually made it to the pick-a-room phase, every room on campus was filled with one-person room squatters,” said Ho Ma Liss, a second-year AE major. In order to keep such students in the system, Housing is providing a new housing option to students: trailers. The trailers will come equipped with all the amenities of freshmen dorms, with a few additional bonuses. The square footage will actually be a bit higher than that of the dorms, and come equipped with private bathrooms. “Really, I don’t see a down side. It really is a better option for the same price, and, with the extra robotic patrols, I don’t see safety as nearly as big an issue as it used to be,” said Mann Gaga, a fourthyear PUBP major.


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Hammond, Andrews pledge to“Stand Up,” advocate for students By Mike Donoohue News Editor

Hunter Hammond and Kia Andrews, candidates for SGA Undergraduate President and Executive Vice President, plan on making advocacy a central part of their campaign. “[SGA’s] not meant to get its name out there, not meant to be a brand generator. It’s meant to be an advocate,” said Hammond, a third-year BA major who is currently the junior class president in the Undergraduate House of Representatives. He has headlined his campaign with one big advo-

cacy project—get a student representative on the Board of Regents. “There is [a student] advisory council for the Board of Regents...but that’s not a voice. It’s an outlet to make you feel placated,” Hammond said. Hammond said he’s talked to several past SGA presidents and has a plan based on rallying support at Tech and across the state. “Pressure goes a long way,” Hammond said. Hammond’s opponent in the election believes the initiative might be too tough to See Hammond, page 7

By Lauren Brett Contributing Writer

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Mordel, Khanduri say “Spark” of experience will deliver victory By Mike Donoohue News Editor

Eran Mordel, a third-year ISYE major, and Amit Khanduri, a third-year BA major want to make two things clear in their campaign to be the next Undergraduate SGA President and Executive Vice President: they have the diversity and experience to best represent the student body. “I think we’re extremely representative [of the student body] between us in our involvements,” said Mordel, pointing in part to his Israeli background and Khanduri’s Indian heritage. “What we have done and

what we can continue to do in two years as opposed to one is unreal,” Mordel said of his time as Vice President of Campus Affairs and Khanduri’s time as Vice President of Academic Affairs for Undergraduate SGA. Mordel and Khanduri hope to continue and expand upon the initiatives they have worked on this year should they be elected. Khanduri pointed out the potential benefits of many of the academic resources his SGA committees are working on, such as a syllabus database. “[Focusing on] those reSee Mordel, page 7

Students, faculty and community flocked to the Ferst Center on Tuesday, March 13, for the 2012 InVenture Prize. In the competition, Tech undergraduate students submitted their own inventions, in the hopes of winning the grand prize of fifteen thousand dollars, the free services of a patent attorney, and acceptance to Flashpoint, Tech’s startup accelerator program. Sponsored by Georgia Public Broadcasting and hosted by New York Times columnist David Pogue and Tech professor Dr. Bahareh Azizi, the competition was streamed live on the GBP site, allowing for unlimited audience access. The show featured the six finalists, who were chosen from over 500 students, and then went on to make it through two more rounds of cuts. However, the InVenture Prize has goals other than handing out a $15,000 grand prize as well as a $10,000 second place prize. Gaining community attention, especially from a younger audience has been emphasized. This year’s competition had both a high school group as well as two elementary schools in its audience. “The importance of engineering…has been lost on younger generations”, said Vice Provost Ray Vito, “[The Inventure Prize] helps young people understand that engineering is actually a lot of fun and can be very useful in a lot of ways.” Vito believes that the competition has stimulated entrepreneurial activity. “Before the InVenture Prize, I did not know of many students with patents. Now, there are a number of students who have obtained patents”, Vito said. Students who have just been accepted to Tech are also encouraged to come to the competition. “One thing I’ve realized in life is that you get what you celebrate…and [the Inventure Prize] is an opportunity for us to recognize undergraduates and celebrate their achievements,” Vito said. The competition also hosted a panel of judges containing several businesspeople. Paul Ollinger, a regional VP of Sales at Facebook, was one of Facebook’s original 250 employees. Deborah Kilpatrick is a Tech alumna and Senior VP at Cardio DX, a genomic medicine company. David Phelps is the President and See InVenture, page 7

Assault survivors, poet speak at Take Back the Night By Jordan Lockwood Staff Writer

The Kessler Campanile was filled with students and candlelight on Thursday, March 15, for the eighteenth annual Take Back the Night event. A component of Women’s Awareness Month, the vigil was in honor of survivors of sexual assault and aimed to educate campus about issues related to sexual violence. The planning committee was chaired by Julie Champion, fifth-year BME major. “I decided to chair the event because my mother is a survivor of sexual assault and I am a survivor of intimate partner violence,” Cham-

pion said. Champion views the event as way to safely tell stories survivors might typically be uncomfortable recounting. “The best way to raise awareness about any gender-based violence is to talk about it, because it creates a safe space for other survivors to feel comfortable to tell their stories,” she said. Champion’s mother, K.T., delivered a speech recounting her experience being assaulted thirty years ago, moving many audience members to tears. Her speech was a new addition to the program and was met with a standing ovation. Also new to the program this year was a male ally, John Noojin,

who spoke in order to engage men on campus to participate in sexual and domestic violence awareness and prevention. He argued that simple risk reduction practices are not enough, but that bystander intervention and education are essential tools in the effort to eliminate sexual violence. “I thought Take Back the Night was a great event,” said Nick Gober, second-year CHEM major. “I really learned a lot about the issue of sexual assault and how I, as a guy, can help prevent it. I really enjoyed it.” Student speakers recounted their experiences with violence and their messages of triumph in hopes to in-

See Night, page 7

Photo by Sho Kitamura / Student Publications

Theresa Davis, a slam poet, performs at Take Back the Night. Presenters spoke about overcoming sexual violence.


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NEWS BRIEFS By Lauren Brett Contributing Writer Asst. tennis coach arrested

Tech’s assistant men’s tennis coach Conor Pollock was arrested Saturday, March 24 on charges of the rape of a 23-year old women as well as possession of cocaine and marijuana. Tech released a statement saying, “We are aware of the charges involving assistant men’s tennis coach Conor Pollock. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately, pending the outcome of the external investigation. We will address his continued employment at Georgia Tech when the necessary additional information becomes available.” The coach was arrested after a woman reported to the Atlanta police around 6:30 am Saturday that Pollock had raped her. A police report stated, “The victim advised police that she remembers being at the apartment and then waking up to the suspect raping her.” Pollock’s attorney, J. Tom Morgan told The Atlanta Journal

Constitution, “He is absolutely not guilty. That’s not defense lawyer [talk]. This kid is absolutely not guilty.” Morgan acknowledged that the two met at the bar and returned to Pollock’s Buckhead apartment, but said that Pollock did not rape the woman. NCAA Appeal Denied

The NCAA denied Georgia Tech’s appeal of a decision made by the Division I Committee on Infractions in July 2011. Last fall, on Sept. 9, 2011, seeking a reduction in the penalties assessed to its athletic program by the NCAA in mid-July for major violations committed by its football team. Tech submitted a written appeal to the NCAA. Tech appealed two of the four primary findings listed in the NCAA’s infractions report on the case, expressed an objection to multiple indications by the NCAA Committee on Infractions that Tech officials attempted to obstruct the investigation and

requested the reinstatement of the football team’s victory in the 2009 ACC Championship Game. The findings that Tech chose to challenge stemmed from an incident involving impermissible benefits provided to two former Tech football players, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and safety Morgan Burnett. Thomas accepted clothing and other items valued at $312 from either his cousin or a friend of his cousin; the confusion over this detail was a major point of contention between Tech and the NCAA and factored into the NCAA’s ultimate conclusions. Burnett was investigated for a similar incident, but the NCAA found that Tech had tampered with the investigation by notifying him about a pending interview with an NCAA official. “We are disappointed with the ruling of the NCAA appeals committee, but respect the process and the NCAA’s decision,” said Institute President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “We felt we owed it to the Georgia Tech community and to our student athletes to exercise the appeals process provided by the NCAA in order to defend the integrity of Georgia Tech and to reaffirm our commitment to the principles and obligations of the NCAA.”

Correction An article printed on March 9 regarding the SGA report about CRC accounting errors inaccurately depicted the adherence to line-itemized items in budgets and bills. The policy has always been present according to SGA officials. However, the executive order mentioned in the article was responsible for increased enforcement of this policy.


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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 Kyle Bulkey, Contributing Writer

Bill Summary Bill

Amount

GSS

UHR

Israel Fest Paintball Club Tournaments T Scavenger Hunt Ramblin’ Rocket Club Launch HyTech Racing Team Trailer Enterprise to Empower International Language Café International Karaoke Night ACS Bowling Night American Nuclear Society Grad. Student Conference Fund Women’s Rugby Team Playoffs Bretton Woods Symposium

$2411 $2000 $77.70 $367.66 $7011 $30.09 $303.50 $40.00 $300.00 $1,830 $25,000 $445.92 $125.09

27-0-0 25-0-2 20-1-1 17-0-0 26-0-0 17-0-0 17-0-0 17-0-0 6-12-5 16-0-0 16-0-0 24-0-0 ---

41-0-0 38-2-1 37-0-1 39-0-0 38-1-0 41-0-0 42-0-0 40-0-0 37-1-2 39-0-1 40-0-1 39-0-0 40-0-0

Prior Year: $265,449.48 Capital Outlay: $735,073.64

GSS passes budget, UHR next

Each year, student organizations across campus submit budget proposals to SGA in order to request funding for the upcoming fiscal year. SGA is responsible for funding large organizations like the CRC and the Student Center, the Technique and WREK Radio, and smaller organizations like sports and special interest clubs. This year, total budget requests for all of these organizations exceeded $5.4 million. SGA has set an allocation goal of $4.6 million. On Tuesday, March 11, the

UHR held its second in a series of meetings designed to review these budget requests and strike any unnecessary requests. The GSS completed its review process in a single meeting last Wednesday. When the UHR version of the budget is finished, a conference committee comprised of members of both houses will meet to reconcile differences and produce a final budget. In order to meet its allocation goal, SGA will have to cut $800,000 from various organizations. The Joint Finance Commit-

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tee gets the first look at the budget request and makes certain recommendations for cuts based on its policy—like limiting travel funding and limiting the number of events or competitions that SGA can fund for a single organization—as well as other cuts. With JFC recommendations in place, the budget stood at about $4.9 million. Charlie Crosson, President of the JFC, explained the rationale for some of the other cuts. “We try to scrutinize any large increases from the previous year. If an organization can justify asking for more funds, we’ll approve it, but otherwise, we try to keep all their line items at their prior year amounts,” Crosson said. In the budget process and during the rest of the year, SGA encourages organizations to look for outside sources of funding and decrease their dependence on SGA. SGA elections begin

Campaigning for SGA elections began on Sunday evening. Only one person each applied for the Graduate President and Graduate Executive Vice President spots: Michael Kirka and Gareth Guvanasen. Voting will take place from Friday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 11 online at elections.gatech.edu.

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Pilot restrained by passengers

A JetBlue pilot has been charged with interfering with his flight crew after an bizare midair behavioral meltdown which lead to an emergency landing on a flight from New York to Las Vegas. The pilot, Clayton Osborne, 49, faces a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. About halfway into the five hour flight, Osborne left the cockpit to use the lavatory, but failed to follow security protocol, alarming the crew. He then banged on the lavatory door and told the female passenger inside that he needed to go to the bathroom. By that time, the first officer had summoned another JetBlue pilot who had been traveling as a passenger to enter the cockpit and the two locked themselves inside. From the cabin, Osborne tried to enter his security code to gain access to the cockpit and repeatedly banged on the door and was mumbling about Sept. 11, Iraq, Iran, and terrorists. The first officer the ordered passengers to restrain Osborne. Several did just that, subduing the pilot in the forward

galley. The first officer declared an emergency and the plane landed at about 11 a.m. in Amarillo, Texas. Law enforcement met the aircraft and removed Osborne from the plane. - CNN

USG illegal immigrant ban defeated The provision in the Georgia immigration measure that would have barred undocumented immigrants from public higher education institutions has been dropped. The bill’s author, Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, said the bill lacked the support to move to the state House floor with that language. Loudermilk said the college ban “was stalling the bill” in the House and threatened to thwart other aspects of the measure. “It wasn’t worth jeopardizing the entire bill,” he said. Provisions still in the bill would tweak last year’s sweeping illegal immigration law, notably to the requirements for applicants for public benefits and to acceptable forms of identification for certain government transactions. The House is scheduled to vote on the amended bill Thursday, the last day of the session. If the House approves the bill, it would then return to the Senate for final passage before moving on to Gov. Nathan Deal. - The AJC


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achieve in a short time frame. “It’s not gonna happen,” said Eran Mordel, also a candidate for Undergraduate SGA President, of the idea of getting a student representative on the Board in one year. “I think it’s a great idea, but we have to remember what’s functionally possible in a year. We can lay the groundwork for two or three years.” Hammond is confident he would succeed despite the doubts. “A year was ample time in the past to have this discussion, it will be ample now in the present,” Hammond wrote in a statement on his website. Andrews plans to balANDREWS ance Hammond’s focus on advocacy with her own focus on engaging all parts of the student body. “SGA is responsible for reaching out and letting other students know what SGA is, and what SGA can do for all students,” said Andrews, a third-year B.A. major and chair of SGA’s Cultural and Diversity Affairs Committee. She pointed to athletes and international students, as well as minority and cultural organizations, as groups that could become more closely involved in SGA. Hammond, if elected, would be the first SGA President who did not serve on the SGA executive cabinet since 2004. Hammond is confident in his record. “I challenge anybody to say I don’t have as much experience as [Mordel] and Amit [Khanduri],” Hammond said. He views his ticket as a new option. “If you want to see a different SGA...you have to look a little bit outside of the construct,” Hammond said.

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sources will have such a huge immediate impact in the next few years.” Khanduri said. In SGA, both candidates oversee several committees, which perform much of the day to day work. One of the ticket’s opponents, Kia Andrews, a third-year B.A. major running for Executive Vice Presdient, said that some of Mordel and Khanduri’s initiatives should be attributed to the work of committee chairs. “A lot of [Mordel’s] accomplishments were accomplishments that the committee chairs were doing,” Andrews, who is one of Mordel’s committee chairs, KHANDURI said. “We put in a lot of effort and a lot of that effort gives glory to [Mordel]” Mordel’s campaign responded to that criticism over Twitter. “Committee Chairs = team. Our campaign IS our team.,” said the tweet from the campaign’s official account. When asked about campus safety, Mordel said his work could go to prevent muggings like the one near the Library on March 8. “Right where the [Library] Clery Act happened, that’s where the Midnight Rambler was supposed to come, but they didn’t have the money,” said Mordel, referring to his work to secure more comprehensive coverage. Mordel and Khanduri see this year as one where they bring to students a number of concrete initiatives while laying the groundwork for broader change further in the future. “We’re not going to change the culture in a year. We want to set the groundwork for that type of involvement in student government,” Mordel said.

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(L-R) Daphne Vincent, Kunal MacDonald and Elizabeth LeMar with David Pogue after winning the InVenture Prize. They and Alkindi Kibria (not pictured) invented a hand-rehabilitation device.

InVenture

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CEO of CreoSalus, one of the world’s most comprehensive peptide science company. This year’s InVenture Prize winner was a team of four inventors: Alkindi Kibria, Elizabeth LeMar, Kunal MacDonald, and Daphne Vincent. Their invention, called Re-Hand, provides a rehabilitation method for persons with hand weakness. “We believe that Re-Hand will allow people to gain back the independence that they once had.” said Vincent. “That’s why we are so excited about winning Inventure. Now that we have our first investment and a patent, we are headed in the right direction to make Re-Hand a reality.”

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form and inspire. “When I spoke at Take Back the Night, I was nervous because I had never shared my story with such a large crowd,” said Christianna Madson, third-year ALIS major. “In fact, many of my best friends hadn’t heard it. But my

Team Re-Hand has already begun to plan their next move since winning the competition “We plan to move forward with Re-Hand and try and get it to market and in the hands of patients,” Kibria said. “Some of our group members will be attending Flashpoint, Tech’s startup acceleration program, while the others will be reaching out to industry representatives and venture capitalists in order to get funding for Re-Hand.” The team took part in the competition in order to help patients and to learn how to develop a product and eventually bring it to market. “There are 30 million people in the US alone who suffer from weakened hand conditions,” Le-

Mar said. “These people are our motivation to continue forward with Re-Hand’s production to provide them with a fun and interactive method of hand rehabilitation.” “The biggest benefit of entering this competition isn’t the possibility of winning the money or the patent. It is the opportunity… to learn from faculty who are established in industry and are dedicated to helping you succeed,” LeMar said. Christopher Vollo and Matthew Stoddard came in second place with Stylii, an ultra-sensitive stylus. Kevin Parson, Matthew Lee, Priya Patil and Benji Hoover took third place with CardiacTech, a patient-friendly chest retractor.

feeling is, if telling my story can help even one person who has been abused to speak out too, then it’s necessary.” In addition to the speakers, the event featured representatives from the Counseling Center, officers from the GT Police Department, and slam poet Theresa Davis.

Davis visited the event and performed two of her slam poems, which dramatized her past experiences with domestic and sexual violence. Her accomplishments include being the Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion and Atlanta Art Amok Slam Team Grand Champion last year.


Opinions

Opinions Editor: Chris Russell All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. —Winston Churchill

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OUR VIEWS Consensus Opinion

SGA Elections

Students should look to candidates with critical eye

With SGA elections approaching quickly, it is important for students to start thinking about who will represent them and, even more, why they should care who represents them. In particular, it is important to keep in mind that the administration is also focused on more long-terms goals, goals that most students here right now will never see. Much of the Institute’s Strategic Plan is focused on the long-haul, five or more years down the road. Students, however, need someone who will focus on more immediate goals, ones that they might actually see the fruits of before graduating. Most importantly, students also need someone to fight for the issue that, for many, matters most: keeping tuition rates low and protecting what is left of HOPE. While it is naïve to think that the student body presidents can control these interests, they can at the very least apply pressure in the direction of students’ best interests. This recognition of the limits of the student body presidents’ powers is also important for students to keep in mind. If a candidate is making pie-in-the-sky promises to improve campus safety, keep tuition low and single-

handedly save HOPE, it’s important to ask whether they can have any significant influence on an issue—or better, a plan of action—or if they are just talking about issues they know students want to hear about. High goals are valuable and important, but it is also important to approach what candidate’s say with both a dose of skepticism and with an eye towards their smaller (and more likely to succeed) policies and plans. At the end of the day, the character and achievements of the candidates are important as well. It doesn’t matter how many titles the candidates have, how many honors they’ve received, which organizations they have been in or which fraternities they are a part of. What should be at the forefront of voters’ minds should be what the candidates have achieved, what they have changed and how organizations have benefitted from their contributions. In the same way that an employer will not be impressed by a list of titles without a record of achievement, students shouldn’t focus on what names a candidate can drop, but what they are capable of and what they have achieved.

The Consensus Opinion reflects the majority opinion of the Editorial Board of the Technique, but not necessarily the opinions of individual editors.

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CRC accusations unfounded, incorrect

Regarding the article “Report shows accounting errors at CRC,” the allegations made in the article were hasty. Ken Lovic has been an excellent Sport Club Coordinator through the years and has always made it clear to our club how to properly, legally and legitimately handle our finances. The CRC and Ken Lovic are trustworthy entities with outstanding reputations. Your article unfairly and hastily accuses Ken and the CRC of criminal activity. This is completely unfair. Especially before the meeting that was just held where almost everything was cleared-up, and it was determined that nothing was done incorrectly on Ken Lovic’s part. Please be more careful in your reporting. You have misrepresented an organization that is very important to me and my club. John Nahabedian Pres., GT Skydiving Club

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TEDx teaches Tech world-class ideas

“[T]here was something surreal about watching experts in their fields tell stories of the...amazing things they were doing”

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

Tech Beautification Day By Casey Tisdel

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Sharad Gopal Co-organizer, TEDxGeorgiaTech I first stumbled upon www. TED.com the summer before coming to Tech (in ‘08), and needless to say I was mildly addicted to the website for a while. There were not as many short and informative talks online about random interesting subjects including technology back then, and initially there was something surreal about watching experts in their fields tell stories of the fascinating and amazing things they were doing, discovering and inventing. For those that have not heard of it, TED is a set of conferences that has gained widespread popularity in the last couple of years, mostly due to the popularity of the talks that they started putting up online in 2006. TED stands for “Technology Entertainment and Design,” and the TED conference was founded in 1984. Over time it has evolved into more than just a conference, largely due to the community that it has created around the talks that are put up online. TED’s official mission is “Ideas Worth Spreading,” and over the years it has launched some other initiatives to fulfill that mission. TEDx is one such initiative. TEDx was created to further TED’s mission and to give local

communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to congregate and simulate dialogue through TED-like experiences locally. TEDx started as an experiment with the first event held at USC in 2009. Since, it has grown virally and established a presence at most major cities and universities in the US and internationally. Tech—being home to both ground-breaking research and world-class thinkers and innovators—is a perfect environment for an event of such a nature. of such a nature. In addition, such an event seemed to fill the disconnect that exists between the faculty doing ground-breaking research and their students, especially those undergraduates who watch silently from afar. Inviting these innovators to speak at a TED-like event brings together the curious and pioneers in their fields and provides a forum for both parties to have a dialogue. Take for example Dr. Weinberg, Director of the Center for Music Technology, and Shimon, the improvising musical robot. Like most students, I had seen Shimon on the Tech football PSA and again on Tech’s homepage. See TEDx, page 10


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Election season calls for even more apathy Ah, spring. That glorious time of year when students stumble back onto campus, nursing hangovers and attempting to slog through the last few weeks of the year. The weather, while warm and sunny, just adds to the headaches of the average student by reminding them exactly how much they’re missing while studying inside. These headaches are just exacerbated by two other annoying, highly visible characteristics of the spring semester: clouds of obnoxious pollen and clouds of campaigners out in force for SGA election season. Sometimes, though, I hesitate to even call it an “election.” “Facebook-powered smiling contest” might be a more accurate representation of what actually goes on. If my Facebook feed is any justification, the deciding factor will clearly be which candidate can get more of their friends to put a little “Vote for X!” badge on their profile picture. And really, isn’t this the way it should be? A rational discussion of issues and policies is nothing when compared to issues like who has the cuter little pastelcolored circle obscuring their friends’ faces. The devil really is in the details with these campaigns. The ever-important balance of black-and-white and sepia campaign photos, each candi-

date paying a “subtle” homage to the Institute by always wearing old gold, the buzzword tags on Twitter. It’s all just critical. But really, as with all things in life, what’s really important is who can capture the social media scene. While I wasn’t here for the enlightened reign of the great Corey T. Boone, Esq., how could I miss that masterful Old Spice spoof that he and his chiseled jaw used to win the election? I’m all aquiver to see what viral spoofs this year’s undergrad candi-

dates use to get that all important laugh-vote. Will it be a Mr. Quiggly style moonwalk through the student center? Or perhaps a having the grizzled voice of Clint Eastwood endorse the tenacity of a candidate as he walks purposefully through Home Park? All I can say is that I hope no “Sexy and I Know It” parodies find their way into the fray. The candidates are all lovely people, but the world is a better place without them wiggling in Speedos at the Campanile. Even given all this, though,

the thing I find most fascinating is that you undergrads still have elections. Here in graduate school, our apathy skills have been so finely refined that not only can we not muster up the attention required to vote, we can hardly even muster up someone to vote for. For the second year running, the campaign for graduate president is a single-candidate election, or, as I like to call it, a “coronation.” While it might be a while before he gets to use his graduation robes, the graduate president will almost certainly have a set of royal robes to keep him warm in the meantime. However, despite all reasons to the contrary, some students will resist the siren song of apathy and campaign for their chosen candidate. They’ll hit the pavement, they’ll shake hands, they’ll pass out stickers, they’ll create Facebook events and invite all their friends, they’ll wonder why all their friends are suddenly blocking them on Facebook and diving into bushes when they pass. They’ll turn Skiles and the Student Center into insurpassable minefields of flyers and candidate evangelists. They’ll climb ladders to post campaign flyers in Howie’s lecture halls, then completely forget about them until well into next spring. In short, they’ll care. And they’ll do their best to make us care, too.

Voting on issues necessary for Techies The election for a President of the United States is a big deal. A question that I’ve heard lately is, “Why should I vote if there’s no one I like?” The answer is, simply, because on some issue, you know more than your average American. If you don’t like the specific candidates, choose an issue to vote on instead. November may be several months away, but it is never too early to think about who is capable of running the US for the next four years. As a Tech student eligible to vote, your vote determines many options for your future. Depending on who is elected to office, your research funds as a researcher in GTRI could be greatly affected. Your salary as a nuclear engineer for the Navy can be affected by changes in the defense budget a president proposes. With an increasing demand in STEM careers, students graduating from Tech are undoubtedly going to play a role in our future. As a student majoring in ME, why should you care about this election? ME’s have a background and education in the manufacturing business. There are current US initiatives to revitalize the manufacturing industry of the US. President Obama has bailed out several car companies to bring back part of the car industry to the states. Many of the current candidates have these ideas on

tion, it is our duty as citizens to vote. We have the ability to put the people in power who we believe will best implement STEM developments and projects. STEM encompasses a plethora of fields, all Maddie Cook of which are relevant to the rest of our lives. We are intelliProduction Manager gent and informed in our areas of expertise, why not share our education with the rest of the four years. With an Economics nation? We all have something to education, voters can analyze our current situation and make contribute to this election, a decision on which candidate whether or not we prefer one has the best plan to further im- candidate over another. While we might not all prove the unemployment rate. We need the knowledge pursue jobs in the area we are of these majors and all other studying as an undergraduate studies at Tech to contribute student, we learn how to take to the presidential election. As a problem, analyze it and find one of the highest recognized a solution. Tech trains us to institutions for STEM majors, do this in the classroom with America needs our opinion, hopes that we apply it to situaand in a way, America requests tions outside of the classroom. My suggestion to those it. As he said in the State of who can’t make up their mind the Union this past January, which presidential personality Obama clearly recognizes the they like most is to not judge need for STEM educated US on the personality. Choose an issue that matters most to you. citizens. “Maintaining our leader- If there’s one thing you want ship in research and technol- the next POTUS to be able to ogy is crucial to America’s suc- accomplish, educate yourself cess...if we want innovation to on each candidate’s platforms, produce jobs in America and compare and decide which not overseas, then we also have candidate aligns best with to win the race to educate our your opinions. If you’re voting on something you have a conkids,” Obama said. Tech students represent crete opinion on, you are more this population of students likely to gain a sense of meanObama and other presidential ing of your vote. Your vote candidates wish to increase. As exists for a reason, and that is representatives of this popula- to express your thoughts as a

“We all have something to contribute to this election, whether or not we prefer one candidate over another.”

their platforms and are going to require the help of MEs to continue this initiative. This means that your vote as a ME will help select the president you believe to have the best vision to improve this policy. As a student majoring in CEE, why should you care about this election? The environment is becoming a more important topic every day. Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and the infrastructure of US roads and highways is outdated and needs improvement. Civil and Environmental Engineers have the background and knowledge of how to build and implement systems in an environmentally friendly way. CEEs, which candidate do you think will be able to enforce the most sustainable construction of US infrastructure? As a student majoring in Economics, why should you care about this election? As we know from the past few years, the economy has been a hot topic and will continue to be for at least the next

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Around Campus

What do you think is the most important issue in the SGA elections??

Chandler Price Third-year PSYC

“Campus Safety.”

Patrick Farrell Second-year AE

“Organizing events for the entire student body.”

Allyson Rogers First-year CHBE

“Advocacy to the Board of Regents.”

Coraline Brewer Third-year BA

“Campus Safety.” Photos by Chris Russell / Student Publications


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Healthcare bill both constitutional, feasible

OUR VIEWS |  Hot or Not

HOT– or –NOT They’re off!

Competition is a good thing, and this ideal most certainly extends to politics. Last year, the race for undergraduate student body president was an uncontested race. This year, on the other hand, a contest is heating up between the Hammond/Andrews and the Eran/ Amit tickets. With both sides taking very different approaches to the campaign, it promises to be an interesting election.

E-Day

In an effort to keep engineering students from transferring out of those programs, the administration teamed up with the Stay With IT campaign on March 14 to put on the Day of Engineering. Students got the chance to talk to professionals in a range of fields, as well as listen to NASA administrator Gary Bolden and Intel CEO Paul Otellini give talks at the Ferst Center.

Centennial

After approaching a man that was lying prone on the ground and making cries for help, a man walking through Centennial was hit over the head with a rock, stabbed in the back and robbed. While it is always unfortunate to hear of an attack or robbery near campus, when the victim is attacked in an attempt to be a good Samaritan, it just makes it all the sadder.

Over 9000

While Tech fans might be supporters of Old Gold, many students have spent the past two weeks cursing the color yellow. Spring is here, and it brought clouds of pollen with it. The yellow dust is covering every flat surface on campus, in particular covering cars in a lovely yellow sludge. Pollen counts in Atlanta over break skyrocketed to over 9000 ppm, shattering record highs.

By Andrew Shockey

The Daily Reveille, LSU

Few words carry as many negative connotations as the president’s health care plan, but in the face of vocal and often delusional critics, it’s no surprise Obamacare has turned into a dirty word. The president’s health care plan has been criticized as everything from a socialist plot to destroy private enterprise to a conspiracy to cut costs through death panels and forced contraception. In reality, Obamacare is a relatively benign piece of legislation that seeks to provide consumer’s protection from health insurance companies. The law helps the uninsured afford health insurance, prevents claim denials by insurers and fights discrimination based on preexisting conditions. In fact, Obamacare is so benign that many universal health care proponents feel while the law may be a step in the right direction, it ultimately falls far short of the universal health care system Americans need and deserve. American citizens have a right to basic health care to better protect their inalienable right to life. Obviously, there is no section in the Constitution or Bill of Rights that directly establishes this right, but the Founders recognized their own fallibility in the Ninth Amendment, essentially saying the rights of the people are not limited to those in our founding documents. Citizens should enjoy a right to health care to protect their right to life in the same way they enjoy legal representation to protect their right to liberty. If a citizen is accused of a crime and cannot afford representation,

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a lawyer is provided at taxpayer expense. The accused are granted representation because it provides them with the chance to defend their rights to life and liberty in the face of false accusations. Falsely imprisoning citizens unable to defend themselves for crimes they did not commit would constitute a failure of the state to protect their right to liberty when the citizens did nothing to deserve a suspension of their rights. Similarly, citizens who require medical treatment to protect their lives from unforeseeable illness or injury deserve assistance from the state because they did nothing to put their lives in jeopardy. Critics argue universal health care would hamper patient-doctor interactions. In reality, a singlepayer system would have minimal effects on patient-doctor interactions since a significant number of doctors are already paid through a single-payer system—Medicare. Arguments over doctor choice also rest on the fanciful premise that patients currently enjoy the freedom to choose any doctor they want. Health insurers routinely determine the hospitals and doctors their customers can visit. Many citizens are concerned a universal health care system would be economically unsustainable and point to the struggling Medicare system as proof. While Medicare is a single-payer system, it exclusively pays for the care of the elderly who generally have much higher health care costs than the rest of the population. If the costs of their care were spread out over the rest of the population, costs would become much more manageable, as younger citizens provide less drain on funds while contributing more.

TEDx

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However, there wasn’t really a forum that facilitated a face to face interaction or dialogue with the faculty that worked on Shimon. At our first TEDxGeorgiaTech event last year, we invited Weinberg as one of our speakers to share the insights, previous project iterations and past works that eventually led to the projects that he was currently working on. It was a fascinating experience. Organizing the event at Tech however came about quite by chance. After a previous organization did not pan out as my friends and I had hoped, we switched gears and got involved in bringing a TEDx experience to Tech. TEDxGeorgiaTech is a conference at Tech that brings together bold and innovative thinkers & inventors to give insightful talks in their areas of expertise. Like all TEDx events, it follows the TED format, wherein most talks are 18 minutes long since, according the the larger TED organization, the duration is “long enough to say something substantive, is short enough to hold people’s attention (even on the internet).” As such, TEDxGeorgiaTech hopes to be a catalyst in promoting the TED mission of “ideas worth spreading” in the Tech and greater Atlanta community. The second TEDxGeorgiaTech is next weekend on Saturday, April 7, and we have a lineup of speakers that have expertise in areas including neuroengineering, robotics, computing, music and biomechanics. If these topics are something of interest to you, or something you want to learn more about, please visit TEDxGeorgiaTech.org to learn more and register to attend. And, if you haven’t already, I would encourage you all to visit www.TED.com and explore the dozens of lectures available on the site.

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ooking is an example of the perfect balance between art and science. It artfully requires the ideal combination of taste, aroma and color that tickle the senses with delight, yet it also demands the careful science of identifying what ingredients work well to blend into a flavorful dish. Delicious, healthy food is a top priority amongst the chefs who have travelled far and wide to feed the brightest minds at

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

On average, a person will consume over 76,000 meals during his or her lifetime. This week’s Focus looks at different ways of making a few thousand of those meals tastier and more nutritious.

By Siddharth Gurnani | Focus Editor

Te c h . Feeding the enormous Tech community through the dining halls, catering events and the student center food court is no easy task. Before they came to feed the hungry stomachs of Tech students, Tech’s chefs have served food at Grammy Awards, The Olympics, NASCAR races, two Super Bowls, as well as the likes of Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Bill Gates. However, its a tough road to the top and not all fun all the time. “It’s not like it’s not glamorous, you have to roll your sleeves up. Some of these guys are up there but until you get there, it’s hard work,” said Graham Conner, the Executive Chef of Catering and food court area. “Food network and stuff has been wonderful and makes chefs look like rockstars but what people don’t understand is that they have a staff behind them doing things. Sometimes there is an illusion as to how hard this business is,” said Michael Gumbert, Executive Chef of Brittain Dining hall. Tech’s chefs have been in the food industry for several years, having worked at hotels, hospitals, convention centers and restaurants. Most came to Tech for the stability of the hours, having worked through erratic schedules to follow their passion for cooking. “When I got to my senior year in college I liked cooking more than writing term papers. In ‘91 I

went to culinary school, Johnson and Wales. Got into catering. Spent 20 years there then came here,” Gumbert said. “I got into cooking since I was a young guy because my parents owned a restaurant when I was growing up. They had land, they grew their own food. I know how the food goes from seed to the plant and from the plant to the plates. I learned how to cook then. When I graduated high school, they wanted me to go into the military but I didn’t. I wanted to learn how to cook. I went to the French institute and then the University of Kentucky for a degree in business and management,” said Rimbold Bordeau, the Campus Executive Chef. “The art of cooking is always evolving. I mean when you think it’s always been done it hasn’t. It is endless what you can do. It’s like music. Someone has a piano and takes the same keys and changes what’s been done. Similarly a chef can take a piece of chicken or beef and turn it into something new. One good thing is we never go hungry,” Gumbert said. “If you like to cook there is no reason why not. Sometimes people are intimidated by the process. Don’t be afraid to try things. When I first came here we did midnight breakfast. We served grits. I am a good old southern boy. We served it with butter, cream and salt. But here we serve it without anything. I asked the chef ‘what do you mean?’ But now I understand, because there are so many different people, with such

d i f ferent tastes,”

Conner said. As students, young adults often develop unhealthy eating habits, relying on fast foods and pre-packaged meals to be their primary source of nutrition. “When you go overseas, you spend a long time eating. You spend four hours eating dinner, digest before you go to sleep. Here time is so precious and people are always in a hurry,” Bordeau said. The express college life may not be something Tech can control but the chefs are doing their part to keep the students healthy. “We are trying to focus on not trying to use things that are fatty, such as mayonnaise, cheese, etc and use alternatives such as yogurt in place of ricotta cheese,” Conner said. “There is a gluten free option at each station at Brittan this year. There are vegetarian options all over campus. We now have late night vegetarian options at North Ave as well besides burgers and all. Instead of opening a $1 meal with tons of sodium, go to the dining halls, there are a lot of healthy options,” said Andrea Preininger, the Marketing Manager of GT dining. “If someone has an allergy, they can call us in advance and we can especially design the menu for them,” Bordeau said. There might be some students that are curious about culinary school and pursuing their interests in cooking. “They teach you the basics. You learn the foun-

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dation of stocks, knife cuts, trimming out and butchering meat,” Gumbert said. “You learn the process, the science of the food, where the food comes from, where tomatoes come from, where pasta comes from. You take that and apply that to everything,” Bordeau said. Rimbold Bordeau, the five executive chefs including Michael Gumbert and Graham Conner and a staff of about 300 others feed Tech’s community continuously and tirelessly.


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Late night eating made simple Vegetarianism rises due By Julia Wayne Contributing Writer

As the weather becomes warmer and finals loom close, late nights at the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons (CULC) and the library turn into the mandatory way to end a night. Despite all the dining options on campus, late night snacks can be hard to find. Many students resort to vending machines, ordering pizza or grabbing Wingnuts. Healthy snacks, however, are an underrated commodity not usually found in vending machines. “When I eat a healthy snack during a study session it helps me focus. There have been times I’ve had a milkshake or chocolate bar late at night and stopped studying quickly after,” said Trisha Long, a first-year ISyE major. Many students experience the same fatigue and lack of focus after an unhealthy snack or trip to the vending machine. To avoid this, make sure to plan healthy snacks ahead of time. “I like cheese quesadillas with salsa. Tomatoes are healthy and if you have low fat cheese that can be healthy too. I usually make three or four and bring them to CULC with me,” said Joshua Starker, a third-year ChBE major. Many of the ingredients found in a typical dorm room can be combined to create a healthy and filling snack. Peanut butter and

celery or trail mix can provide a protein filled fuel for a study session. Trail mix can be in many combinations with ingredients such as dried fruit, granola, chocolate chips, raisins and all sorts of nuts such as cashews, peanuts or almonds. Trail mix is full of fiber and protein and is a filling snack. “I like trail mix because it is a healthy variety and easy to make on the spot. Another potentially good thing about trail mix is you can completely forget you have it in your backpack and eat it a week later when you’re pulling an allnighter in the library,” said Zac Jarman, a third-year ChBE major. For snacks that taste more fresh than trail mix or peanut but-

ter, greek yogurt mixed with cut up fruit can provide a refreshing study break. Greek yogurt can be mixed with fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, papaya or any other sort of fruit. Greek yogurt is high in protein and low in fat while most fruit contains high amounts of antioxidants and vitamins. For students with a sweet tooth, dark chocolate with 70% or higher cacao is considered a health food filled with antioxidants. “I use dark chocolate as a motivator when I study. I’ll read a chapter of my textbook then have a block of chocolate. I try to continue studying until the entire chocolate bar is gone,” said Caroline Massaro, a first-year BMED major.

Photo by Will Folsom / Student Publications

Due to a lack of options while staying on campus late, many resort to the un-fulfilling, unhealthy option of vending machines

to health, social concerns By Avanti Joglekar Contributing Writer

The number of people in the US who describe themselves as vegetarian, vegan, or pescetarian has increased in recent years in large part due to concerns regarding obesity, healthy diets, and the treatment of animals. According to a study done by US News, the number of college aged vegetarians is on the rise, with 12% of university-bound students classifying themselves as vegetarian or vegan—a 50% increase from 2005. A vegetarian is one who does not eat meat, while vegans do not eat or use all animal products, including dairy and eggs. The increasingly popular pescetarian diet includes seafood, vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains and beans, eggs and dairy. The reasons for the increase in the vegetarianism trend include healthy diet awareness and obesity concerns, lifestyle choices due to religious or cultural background and also because dietary choices have become fashionable within certain subcultures. According to Chris Elam, program director of Meatless Mondays at the Monday Campaigns, a non profit public health initiative, students are ahead of the curve of their very campuses and food pro-

viders. They have already moved to a more plant-based diet, and the campuses are following slowly. In 2011, many celebrities publicly announced their dietary restrictions on meat and brought the trend into the public eye. Former President Bill Clinton, Tom Brady, Russell Brand, talkshow host Ellen Degeneres and even Oprah via her 21-day vegan cleanse are among the spokespeople for vegetarianism. Although maintaining a vegetarian lifestyle is difficult due to a lack of options and difficulty finding restaurants and grocery stores facilitating dietary restrictions, the increasing number of vegetarians has lead to greater emphasis on catering to their needs. Many hotels, airlines, and cafeterias across the nation now include entirely vegan options in addition to meatless meals, and specify preparation details to accommodate the diets. At Tech, competitions and initiatives sponsored by the GT Dining and the CRC highlight recipes and lifestyle choices targeting those students hoping to maintain a vegetarian or vegan diet. Keep some healthy and vegfriendly snacks on hand to ward off the temptation to indulge in those omnipresent late night pizzas or buffalo wings.


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Tech CHEFS promotes, encourages student cooking By Gaines Halstead Assistant Focus Editor

Ramen noodles, ham sandwiches, pasta; all are staples of the American college diet. These meals are quick, cheap and, most importantly, easy to make. And while money and time may play a bigger role in promoting this decision for many to avoid cooking, there is another major factor leading to this long-time tradition; know-how. For a majority of college students, these years are the first years of living away from home. A lot of things change. Each and every student has their own set of unique responsibilities bestowed upon them. No longer are mom and dad there to put dinner on the table every night. For the average 18-22 year old this is a major problem. It is every man for himself out there. If it weren’t for meal plans and dollar menus, a good majority of us would starve.

Thanks to a mix of clever marketing it has become easier and cheaper for college kids to shop at the value menu than at the local Kroger. While great for the wallet and terrible for the waistline, this lifestyle cannot last forever. Along with death and taxes, eating is inevitable, and thus through the commutative property, so is cooking. So drop the double cheeseburger, grab a spatula and look no further than CHEFS for help. Founded by fourth-year STaC Julia Turner during her freshman year, cooks for heritage, education, fellowship and service, or CHEFS for short, is Tech’s all encompassing food organization with a recipe for expanding the culinary knowledge and expertise of students on campus through a wide variety of different hands-on activities events. For Julia, starting an organization like CHEFS was the only natural thing to do. “I learned to cook with my sisters in high

school. It really started when we attempted cooking dinner for our mom on mother’s day (one of Rachel Ray’s 30 minute meals—it took an hour and a half). Since then it has spiraled out of control,” Turner said. “I’d make breakfast for my parents on the weekends, and then continued to branch out of breakfast into other areas of cooking. I have friends who don’t mind trying out whatever I decide to cook up once a week or so, so it’s nice to be able to bring together people with food,” said Michele Mandula, CHEFS treasurer and first-year BME major. Whether it’s learning tips from GT Dining, having one club member cook their own unique dinner for the whole club and participating in different cookoffs, CHEFS allows students to surround themselves in the art of cooking. “I’ve only been a part of the

See CHEFS, page 15

Photo courtesy of Julia Turner / Tech CHEFS

This year’s Tech CHEF competition organized by CHEFS featured recipes containing bananas, which was the key ingredient used

Student showcases improvisation, creativity through recipes By Madison Lee Contributing Writer

ingredients

When it comes to cooking on a budget and a tight schedule, some students prefer to throw together something quick and simple. Even so, with a little more effort it’s possible to create a tasty and fulfilling meal without spending much time and money. Here are two recipes from one of last year’s tech chef winners, Maya Oren, a fifth-year MGT major. “No matter how little you knew someone before, you instantly establish a commonality with those next to you when you share a dish,” Oren said.

2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 4 cups apples, chopped 1 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla

directions

Apple Cake

1. Beat oil and eggs together until creamy. Add sugar and vanilla. Mix until incorporated. 2. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Slowly add egg mixture, mixing until combined. The batter will be very thick. 3. Fold in apples. Spread batter into prepared bundt pan. 4. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until a fork comes out clean

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ingredients 1 3/4 cup soy milk 1/4 cup water 2 tsp cider vinegar 2 bananas 3 tbsp canola oil 3 tbsp maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 1/4 cup white flour 1 cup wheat flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup chopped walnuts

Vegan Banana-Nut Waffles

directions

1. Mix soy milk, water, and vinegar in a bowl. Set aside to curdle. 2. Mash bananas in large mixing bowl. Stir in soy milk mixture, oil, syrup, and vanilla. 3. Add dry ingredients, except for the walnuts. Combine with a fork. Mixture will be lumpy. 4. Add walnuts. Do not over mix. 5. Preheat, grease waffle iron Cook as per waffle maker instructions. Serve with sliced bananas, syrup.


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CHEFS

STUDENTS SPEAK Each week, the Focus section seeks student opinion on some of the important questions related to the theme of the week.

Campus opinion on Tech’s various dining options By Breanna Poteet Contributing Writer

With the return from Spring Break came the inevitable return to Tech’s dining halls, to the chagrin of some and the anticipation of others. Opinions on Tech’s current dining options vary widely from student to student, but most students have something to say. These suggested improvements range from more healthy and vegetarian options, to lengthened peak hours at the dining halls, to a way to make the dining options central to campus more readily accessible to students on meal plans. A population as diverse as Tech’s implies varying palates. Some students’ religion plays a role in determining what food they may consume, while others may choose a vegetarian or vegan diet based on their moral beliefs. “While the dining hall staff does a good job in general of having vegetarian options too, sometimes the labelling isn’t as clear as it could be. I remember one time where it was wrong, and I wound up eating a bite of chicken by mistake,” said Megan Shew, a first year EnvE major. “I would really like to see some healthy options offered daily, like grilled chicken, etc,” said Katherine Marchand, a first-year BME

major. “I have no gripes with the food here,” said Nick Popescu, a firstyear CS major. “It’d be great to have an option in the middle of campus where you can use your meal plan swipes instead of having to use Buzzfunds or Ramblin’, [because] some people don’t have the time to go to the middle of campus to eat between classes,” said Donovan Shuman, a firstyear ALIS major. “The food is not nearly worth what they charge for it at the dining halls,” said Nicole Ray, a firstyear EE major. Tech’s dining options are an important matter for students around campus, and the Student Government Association has tried to work hand in hand with the student body and GT dining to get feedback from the students to those responsible for putting out the food. This year, many of the Freshman representatives ran on platforms centered around making changes to the dining halls. Two of the four representatives who were elected, Gillen Heisler and Alex Bandes, are a part of a division of the SGA called the Dining and Retail Services Advisory Board. “I have heard concerns from students wanting the dining halls

to change their peak hours of service as well as keep the 24 hour service perk of North Ave and Brittain,” Heisler said. A new dining hall at North Avenue was a welcome addition to the dining options on campus.

No matter students’ individual opinions on Tech’s dining options, the general consensus seems to be that while there have been many improvements made, there is still room for various changes to whet the student’s appetites.

Photo by Will Folsom / Student Publications

24-hour dining service was reinstated at North Avenue Dining Hall following student outcry when the service was suspended.

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club for one year but have already done so many things with them. Our monthly dinners are a great time for both great food and great conversation and a chance to meet new people. It was really hard at the beginning of the year to meet people outside of my classes and this has been a great way to meet new people and become friends,” said Kathryn Murray, first-year BME major. CHEFS really heats things up by hosting one of the biggest food events of the year, Tech Chef. Much like Iron Chef and Top Chef, Tech Chef’s cook off focuses on having student participants compete in a campus cook off that is based around a secret ingredient. “Interested competitors send in an application with their original recipe that highlights the year’s key ingredient. Last year we had low fat ricotta cheese, this year was bananas. Competitors can choose to compete in one of three divisions (breakfast, entree, dessert), and if they are selected, they will have 45 minutes to prepare their dish for a panel of judges. This is the second year CHEFS has organized the event and the third year we’ve participated in one way or another,” Turner said. “Everyone had a really good time cooking, eating the leftovers and sharing recipes. Actually, that’s why I love cooking so much. I find it really fun to share recipes and experiences with other chefs,” Mandula said. Contact CHEFS for details on how to get involved.


Entertainment

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Games’ trilogy starts strong, sweeps the globe By Jessica Swafford Contributing Writer

FILM

The global phenomenon is here. Suzanne Collins’s trilogy, The Hunger Games, made it to the big screen last Friday, and fans were more than enthusiastic. Making $19.7 million from midnight viewings alone, The Hunger Games is already a hit. With a great cast and filming, both fans and those new to the storyline can be assured that their two and a half hours will be well spent. Avid fans may be disappointed that some parts have been left out or changed, but those who have never read the books won’t miss a thing. To the book fans who are thinking of skipping it because it isn’t all of the book, don’t. You’ll want to form an opinion for yourself, and could you really stand the suspense of everyone else talking about it? It’s an adaptation of a very detailed book, and a good one at that. Filmmakers took a gamble by only showing bits of the story’s excitement in the trailer, and it seems to have paid off. The Hunger Games is estimated to have brought in $155 million in its first weekend, which puts it in third place in opening weekend history behind Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows-Part 2 and The Dark Knight. As a testament to its profits, it cost $80 million to make and a mere $45 million to market. It must be mentioned that these statistics trumped all of the Twilight movies. Those who aren’t fans may ask, “What are The Hunger Games and who is Katniss Everdeen?” The Games occur in a futuristic postapocalyptic North America that is

Hunger Games GENRE: Action STARRING: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson DIRECTOR: Gary Ross RATING: PG-13 RELEASE DATE: March 13

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Photo Illustration by Vivi Kreisel / Student Publications Photo Courtesy Lionsgate

split into 12 districts. The Capitol (an all-governing body) is very corrupt, so the districts attempted to overthrow it. They failed and as a punishment, each district must send a teenage boy and girl to participate in the Games. Once selected, they are referred to as tributes and are put in a huge arena. Tributes fight to the death until a victor remains. The movie did a fantastic job of making a futuristic Capitol. With the weird clothing, fluorescent hair and impressive technology, it is almost impossible to imagine it being anything else. The crew also did a great job of creating the poorer districts and in particular, District 12, where the heroine, Katniss Everdeen resides. Viewers feel like they too are in the Appalachian region surrounded by shanties. The only complaint from District 12 is the shaky camera action at the start of the film. While more details could have been added to the movie, most of the cuts related to depictions of gore. Director Gary Ross allowed enough carnage to stay in step with the books, but cut enough to avoid an R rating which would have killed the teen novel’s fan base. The Hunger Games has a good balance of sentimental and semi-graphic moments to keep viewers happy. As a matter of fact, fans are more likely miss the emotional, and introspective moments that couldn’t be conveyed, rather than the graphic violence that couldn’t fit in. Liam Hemsworth (Gale), Jack Quaid (Marvel), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Leven Rambin (Glimmer) and Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh) provided more insight into filming at an exclusive Atlanta roundSee Games, page 23

Men premier eases back into drama after long absence TELEVISION

Mad Men NETWORK: AMC WHEN: Sundays at 10 p.m. STARRING: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

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After nearly 18 months off the air, AMC’s award winning drama Mad Men finally returned to television last Sunday evening with the two hour premiere of its fifth season, titled “A Little Kiss.” The extended break meant it had been quite some time since our last episode with the employees at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (Season Four ended in October of 2010), but the episode did an excellent job of reintroducing viewers to the show’s colorful cast and catching us up on their lives. Season Five kicks off in the summer of 1966, and centers

Photo courtesy of AMC

on the days surrounding Don Draper’s 40th birthday. Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce remains strapped for cash, but business is steady. Life has changed for series regulars Peter Campbell and Joan Harris, who have both become parents during the show’s hiatus.

Meanwhile, Lane Pryce has reconciled with his wife, Peggy remains her typically ambitious self, and Don himself is a newlywed, sharing a new apartment with his secretary-turned-wife Megan. As has become the standard for Mad Men, the episode’s writing

was clever and believable. Most every character feels real and alive, although some come across as shallow, being little more than standard archetypes used to fill office positions. However, the main cast continues to shine, and “A Little Kiss” delivered more than

its fair share of entertaining moments (none better than Harry explaining in detail the things he would do to Don’s wife, completely unaware of the fact she was standing behind him). See Men, page 18


ENTERTAINMENT

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Rejects push pop’s boundaries with Kids MUSIC

All-American Rejects Kids in the Street LABEL: Interscope GENRE: Pop Rock TRACK PICKS: “Someday’s Gone,” “Beekeeper’s Daughter” and “Fast and Slow”

OUR TAKE: ««««« By Amanda Florentine Contributing Writer

The All-American Rejects’ fourth studio album, Kids in the Street, was released March 26 worldwide. Following their third album’s success with the incredibly popular sing-along track, “Gives You Hell,” the album had some high expectations to meet. Prior to release, the Rejects leaked two tracks with music videos for the songs “Someday’s Gone” and “Beekeeper’s Daughter,” which happen to be two of the most highly reviewed tracks on the album. Both of these songs are incredibly enjoyable listens and catchy tracks that definitely make a beneficial impact on the album and its success. For the band as a whole, the Rejects have always been slightly overlooked, even with multiple successful singles. Their dedication to delivering quality music and careless attitude towards fitting into a mold is what sets them apart from other modern bands and what gives this new album potential. This is evident through the way Kids in the Street has already gained quite a bit of positive buzz and fantastic reviews, serving as a good indicator for the band and their new release. The title of the album evokes feelings of nostalgia, innocence

and fun, which perfectly correlates to the mood of Kids in the Street. This enjoyable atmosphere makes the album one of the Rejects’ best efforts to date, requiring maximum volume and multiple listens. Kids in the Street is powerful and well-rounded thanks to the band’s bold creativity and upbeat attitude. Despite the band’s growth in this album, they have not left behind their signature elements of big guitar hooks, great melodies and sing-along choruses that have made them into a powerful and popular band. Kids in the Street even possesses the potential to get listeners off their feet and encourages them to start really living, which is quite a difficult feat to accomplish for any band today. One interesting and somewhat strange element of the album is that the lyrics are not always as positive as the album’s title and accompanying music would imply, appealing to listeners’ curiosity. Although some critics may argue that this factor takes away from the album’s overall enjoyment, surprisingly, it instead adds to the album as a whole and makes for a more balanced and enjoyable listen. The titular tracks exemplifies the album’s overall atmosphere thanks to reminiscent lyrics and an upbeat rhythm with an electronic feel. Even with close to a five minute length, the song certainly deserves at least one listen, due to its reflection on the carefree and fun days of the past. Additional elements such as a strong drumbeat and the singer’s ability to paint a beautiful picture provide this song with the ability to serve as a timeless classic. Songs such as “Beekeeper’s Daughter” and “Fast and Slow” are some of the most upbeat and energetic tracks that serve as great assets to this new album. “Bee-

Photo courtesy of Interscope

keeper’s Daughter” shows off the band’s musical abilities with a great guitar solo, jumpy beat and catchy lyrics. The band’s musical talents continue to shine in “Fast and Slow,” which has a mature sound and an upbeat guitar rhythm. The lyrics of this song are great as well, showing off the band’s acuity and truly twisted attitude. There are also more emotional songs as well like “Someday’s Gone,” “Out the Door,” and the eerie track “Bleed Into Your Mind,” all of which add unique elements to Kids in the Street. These songs utilize various methods of sound to make them memorable and effective tracks. “Someday’s Gone” is especially potent thanks to its ability to make listeners sing along, laugh and think—simultaneously. “Heartbeat Slowing Down” is a powerful electronic track on the album that contains a slow beat while “Walk Over Me” counters

the song with a huge energy and incredibly fun rhythm. As the album comes to a close, there is a romantic-sounding song featuring a smooth strings section called “Affection,” which is followed by the final track, “I For You,” a powerful acoustic ballad. While other bands and artists have become more predictable and simple, the Rejects continue to break the boundaries of rock and roll music with Kids in the Street. The band’s candid attitude and more mature sound in their music makes the record cohesive and allows it to tell an interesting and captivating story. The Rejects have certainly stepped outside their comfort zone as well, bringing elements of freedom and fun that will definitely make the album successful and rank it as one of their best. Overall, Kids in the Street serves as a great proponent for the fact that the music world needs more bands like the AllAmerican Rejects.

Men

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Pair the cast with the show’s meticulously designed sets and watching an episode of Mad Men continues to feel like staring directly into the 1960’s. Cars, clothes, haircuts, habits and attitudes all come straight from a time fifty years past, and creator Matthew Weiner’s nearly impeccable attention to detail continues to impress. Admittedy, the plot of the premiere moved slowly, and it felt as if less happened in this two-hour episode than is standard for a typical one-hour showing. It allowed viewers to really get reacquainted with the lives of all the characters, something necessary after such a long break between seasons, but by the end of the episode things were beginning to drag. Thankfully the show will return to its usual 60-minute format next Sunday, which should rectify the insignificant pacing issues that marred the premiere. “A Little Kiss” also does a good job of setting up plot points that may well persevere throughout the season. Don’s birthday set the backdrop for an obvious growing chasm between the older and younger generations on the show, and the episode cast a serious glance in the direction of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights movement. As the season progresses, it’s likely the show will also examine the drama of the Cold War and Space Race, which were both significant occurrences of the period. Mad Men’s fifth season premiere wasn’t perfect, though “A Little Kiss” was an excellent example of why Mad Men has won so many awards in its four years running. The characters are rich and fascinating, the story is engaging, and every episode takes an unparalleled look at America in the ’60s. If you haven’t watched the show before, you owe it to yourself to check it out now.


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Axel Alonso talks Avengers vs. X-men with Tech By Hank Whitson Entertainment Editor

The Technique had a chance to chat with Marvel’s new Editorin-Chief, Axel Alonso about their huge summer cross-over event, Avengers vs. X-men (AvX ). Alonso has worked with DC and Marvel, Here is what he had to say about the event, set to hit stores April 4. Technique: Marvel is billing AvX as its biggest cross-over event ever. What makes AvX so groundbreaking? Alonso: The world’s two most powerful super-teams have never gone to war like this. All corners of the Marvel Universe are equally engaged in this story, and affected by its outcome. The X-Men have either sat out, or played tangential roles in, our previous big summer events. With Avengers vs. X-Men, they don’t. We simply haven’t done an event of this scale. Technique: There are a lot of big names involved with AvX: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker, Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert, John Romita Jr. and Olivier Coipel. As Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, how do you foster those unique talents and make sure everything stays cohesive? Alonso: It’s called teamwork. The scope of this event simply required the brainpower of some of our most respected writers and artists. Luckily, the team is a mutual admiration society that gets

along extremely well. Technique: Superhero comics are known for their huge and complicated histories. That lore frequently intimidates or deters new readers from diving in. Are there any crucial issues or collections that will help bring comic newcomers up to speed for AvX? Alonso: We designed Avengers vs. X-Men to be new-reader friendly, so you don’t have to read anything before you pick up issue #1 to be able to get right into the story. The setup couldn’t be simpler: a comet that razes worlds and plants the seeds for new life in its wake is headed toward Earth. The Avengers and X-Men take very different positions about what this means for the fate of the planet – positions that cut to the very core of who they are and what they stand for. The threat, the stakes, the battle lines – everything is set up very quickly. Technique: Civil War garnered some criticism for being too political. The X-Men franchise has a history of grappling with political issues like civil rights. Are we going to see any of those issues emerge in AvX? Alonso: Avengers vs. X-Men doesn’t provide a clear-cut political allegory like Civil War, which commented on the zeitgeist of the post-9/11 world, but it is far from simple. Both sides of the battlelines have defensible positions —there isn’t a clear-cut good guy or bad guy—but the battle will

Photo courtesy of Marvel

provide twists and turns that will test the loyalty of both the characters and, indeed, readers themselves. Fans are already pledging allegiance to a side before the first issue hits stands April 4, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of them switched sides before the story’s over. Technique: Marvel has done a lot of cross-overs. Some have been very well-received by fans, while others have been unpopular. What are some of the lessons you, and Marvel as a whole, have learned from previous cross-over events? Alonso: Problems occur when

readers detect fat on the bone. With Avengers vs. X-Men we’re looking to provide a focused, high-intensity event that crosses over only into the core Avengers and X-Men titles that are affected by it. There are fewer tie-ins and they all count. Technique: You have worked with the two biggest houses in the comic book business. What are your favorite projects from your time at DC and Marvel? Alonso: That’s like picking a favorite child. I’m proud of work on both sides of town because they required me to use a very different set of muscles. I’m proud

that the very alternative Preacher actually got to the finish line on its own terms and I’m proud that my tenure as group editor of the very commercial X-Men line laid down the seeds that grew into the story told in Avengers vs. X-Men. Technique: Every comic fan knows Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Peter Parker and Reed Richards. Are there any lesser-known comic books or heroes you would specifically recommend to Georgia Tech’s student body of real-world super-scientists? Alonso: Hit-Monkey. He takes no joy in his work. Do I need to explain further...?


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Street a buddy comedy triumph FILM

21 Jump Street GENRE: Comedy STARRING: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum

CITY SCENE

DIRECTOR: Phil Lord, Chris Miller RATING: R

Photo by Chris Gooley / Student Publications

RELEASE DATE: March 26

By Jonathan Peak Assistant Entertainment Editor

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Atlanta Film Festival

By Joe Murphy Contributing Writer

Although it may appear to be just another contender to the tired buddy cop comedy genre, 21 Jumps Street is actually wellworth the price of admission. The film, based off the 1980’s television show of the same name, hit theaters March 16. And while the posters and advertisements pass it off as just another cheap action gag-real trying to justify its overinflated budget, this film does in fact have a plot that is refreshingly original, as well as a few noteworthy performances. The story revolves around two best friends (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) in their midtwenties who are fresh out of the police academy and ready for a life of Bond-esque action and danger. After a few months of patrolling the park on bicycles and protecting ducks from harassment, they begin to doubt their career choice; that is, until they are assigned to an undercover mission to infiltrate the local high school in order to bust a drug ring. However, having to pretend to be high school students forces them to relive their own not-so-awesome high school experiences, resulting a hilarious clash of their early2000’s style and that of the mod-

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ern teenagers they encounter. Dave Franco (Scrubs), Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) and Ice Cube (Friday) costar. As far as its level of entertainment goes, 21 Jump Street benefits from the hilarious situations that always come with fish-outof-water comedies, but it is not just the plot that makes this film worthy of a positive review. After being nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Moneyball earlier this year, Hill once again proves his strength as an actor able to produce both dry humor and laugh-out-loud moments. And although Tatum’s performance may be slightly overshadowed by that of his partner, his humor complements Hill’s rather nicely at points, allowing the audience a more engaging form of entertainment that neither of them could provide on their own. The supporting cast, comprised of both familiar faces and rising stars, also provides a steady stream of background comedy to fill in the gaps. Looking at more recent entries in the buddy-cop genre, reviews

have either been highly favorable or universally negative, so it was really a coin toss as to how critics would accept or reject Jump Street. Luckily for this film, it tended to follow in the footsteps of the more positively reviewed The Other Guys rather than the overwhelmingly panned Cop Out, both of which were released in 2010. High-powered action sequences contrasted against a high school environment create a breeding ground for a refreshingly unique blend of comedies. Overall, 21 Jump Street succeeds by keeping up a quick pace and a smart wit, never giving the audience any reason to look away from the screen. On the whole, 21 Jump Street could be considered among the best action or comedy films of the 2012 film year so far. Of course, it is in no way a perfect film, but then again, not many are. What probably matters most to a potential audience member is that this film is well worth the ticket price, and will no doubt leave the viewer wanting more.

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Every April, Atlanta holds its very own Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) featuring independent films from a diverse range of genres. This year the festival is being held at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema (from March 23) and is showing films already vying for next year’s Oscar race. The festival has various showings throughout the weekend with closing night on Sunday, April 1. Some of the Films include V/H/S, The Invader and The Cabin in the Woods.

LASER Show

Spring has returned and with it an Atlanta tradition – the Stone Mountain Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision! For this year the traditional show returns project on the side of Stone Mountain, with new digital projection technology “Mountainvision” that simulates 3D effects. The show debuts Saturday (March 31) and will run through the season. The show is free with vehicle entrance – but bring your own blankets and chairs!

Simon Fashion Now

This Friday and Saturday (March 30, 31) Atlanta has its very own “Fashion Weekend” with runway shows and other promotions running at Lenox Square. Events begin tonight in the mall’s Luxury Wing with the latest styles on display, tutorials on styling and cosmetics and a student design competition. Saturday’s events begin at noon with runway shows and a styling competition. All events are free and promise to be fierce.


ENTERTAINMENT

Billy brings laughter, sharp steps SHOWS

Billy Elliot PERFORMER: J.P. Viernes, Leah Hockling, Rich Herbert LOCATION: Fox Theatre DATE: March 13-18

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Photo courtesy of The Fox Theatre

By Patrick Guiney Contributing Writer

Billy Elliot, the Broadway Musical hit, came to The Fox Theatre on its tour of the U.S. over Spring Break (March 13-18). The winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical was well received at its early showings in Atlanta. The show is based off of a movie about a motherless young boy from an English mining town who gives up boxing to discover his passion for dance. Billy (J.P. Viernes) faces adversity from his poor mining family, who don’t support his dreams. The controversy is further fueled by the stresses of a large organized strike by the British National Union of Mineworkers, based on true events in the ‘80s. To put it simply, the show is hilarious. Though it isn’t a comedy, it’s more funny than anything else. However, it is peppered with

brief dark periods from time to time. The dynamic between characters as well as the miner family’s reactions to Billy’s dream of dancing is laugh out loud funny, and every character offers a laugh every now and then. The comic relief provides a strong, but perfect balance to a background of turmoil and struggle. The set pieces weren’t quite breathtaking, but they did do a decent job of portraying the simplicity of a poor miner’s home. The costumes on the other hand did very well to recall the strange styles of the ‘80s, and often times added to the humor of the cast. The strongest part of the show would have to be the choreography, fitting for a story telling the tale of a dancer. Choreographer Peter Darling was brilliant, not only with stunning solo dances, but also with imaginative group performances. One of the most impressive was “Angry Dance,” an

electric close to the first act. Even if you don’t enjoy the rest of the musical, any avid dance fan will love it just for this performance. Though the choreography was very impressive, the vocals and score were a close second. J.P. Viernes’s voice was less than satisfactory, but in this category the show was stolen by Mrs. Wilkinson, Billy’s dance teacher played by the wonderful Leah Hocking. Her performance was arguably the best in the show. However, every group number was just as impressive. With a score written by Sir Elton John himself, audiences shouldn’t expect any less than the best. Overall, the cast gives strong performances all-around. With strong acting from Billy (J.P. Viernes), Leah Hocking, Dad (Rich Hebert), Grandma (Patti Perkins), and Tony (Joel Blum), and several more, Billy Elliot has a whole lot to offer. Although it isn’t quite a must see, if you can, go see it.

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table. Cast members reportedly grew close over the filming and underwent some intense make-up time and training. Quaid noted how hard it was filming the combat scenes with friends while Rambin mentioned that it took five hours to transform into a tribute attacked by tracker jackers (genetically engineered killer wasps). Okeniyi discussed the strict diet and training regiment most cast members had to endure during filming. Hemsworth decided to take the ‘hunger’ part seriously and lost 20 pounds, while 13 year old Amandla Stenberg spent her training time in trees and harnesses. The rest of the cast learned real combat skills and practiced with swords as well as the now iconic bow and arrow Katniss favors. Two of the four filming months were solely dedicated to training.

As far as graphics, most of everything that could be real was. The movie is so futuristic that Hollywood magicians could not replicate everything, though. The most noted of these edits is the iconic ‘girl on fire’ ensemble, which was clearly computer animated. Jennifer Lawrence makes a perfect Katniss, although the movie can’t translate all of her thoughts. This, perhaps, is the biggest shortcoming of the adaptation, as the book explains her actions in great and moving detail. The absence was well balanced, however, by a caring Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a concerned Gale, who only made a few appearances. Fans seem to anticipate Gale being more present in future installments, with the second being set to film this summer. All are hoping that the following movies will be even better than the first installment.

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more in the fourth inning on a double by freshman Daniel Spingola followed by an RBI single by Hyde. The Jackets held the lead through the ninth inning before the rally by the Eagles to give the Jackets their second loss in the series. In the second game of the doubleheader, sophomore Dusty Isaacs and freshman Cole Pitts posted the strongest pitching performance of the weekend, earning the Jackets a 2-1 win in the series finale. Dove extended his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games, posting two of the team’s six hits in a tough hitting day for the Jackets. The Jackets took an early lead again in the first inning with senior Evan Martin scoring off of a double play ball. Palka then extended the lead to 2-0 with an RBI single to give the Jackets their only runs of the game. Isaacs then went to work, allowing one run over the first five innings while only allowing three hits. Isaacs managed to preserve the 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, leaving the mound with the bases loaded. Pitts then came in to relieve Isaacs and earned his first save with the Jackets. Through the final four innings, Pitts allowed four hits with no walks and one strikeout to bring Isaacs’ record to 4-1 on the year. Tech then returned home for a two-game midweek series at home against the Georgia Southern Eagles. The Jackets could not come out with a win on the Flats on Tuesday, March 27, losing 5-3 before bouncing back on Wednesday for the win. In their first game against the Eagles, freshman Josh Heddinger earned the start on the mound, pitching for 6.2 innings. After posting a strong performance through the first six innings, Hed-

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Jake Davies records a hit in a game against Rutgers earlier this season. Through the week, Davis had his strongest outing in the second game against Georgia Southern with two hits and two RBIs. dinger struggled in the seventh, forcing Head Coach Danny Hall to turn it over to the bullpen with the bases loaded. The Eagles responded with a three RBI double, effectively giving the Eagles the win. The loss was charged to Heddinger, dropping him to 1-2 on the year. Dove continued his streak at the plate, going one-for-five on the day, while Thomas was the only Tech batter with two hits through the game. The rest of the team finished with a combined four hits. The Eagles set the tone early, taking a 1-0 lead at the top of the first inning off of an RBI single by Stryker Brown. Tech responded in the second inning with two RBI singles by Hyde and sophomore Paul Kronenfeld. Palka then drove in the Jackets’ final run of the game off of an RBI single in the fifth inning.

The Jackets would struggle at the plate through the rest of the game, and the Eagles took advantage of that in the seventh when Georgia Southern’s Ben Morgan hit an RBI ground out to bring the score to 3-2. Then, Eric Phillips drove in three batters off of a three-RBI double hit to left field that set the final score of the game. Georgia Southern reliever Jarrett Leverett picked up the win in 2.2 innings of pitching striking out four batters with no walks. The Jackets were then looking to respond the following day after the loss on Tuesday, and put together a strong hitting performance to top the Eagles 10-5. With the win, the Jackets took the season series over the Eagles. Pitts earned the start for the day on the mound, pitching for a career-long six innings. Pitts

moved to 3-1 on the year while posting a career-high eight strikeouts and allowing three runs on five hits. At the plate, the Jackets had 14 hits to drive in their 10 runs, with Thomas and freshman Connor Lynch each posting three hits. Dove extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Georgia Southern was the first to score in the fourth inning, posting two runs before the Jackets would respond with three more runs of their own. After the Eagles tied the game at 3-3 at the top of the fifth, the Jackets rattled off five runs on five hits to pull away and take the lead permanently. The Jackets will look to continue their success off of the win with a weekend series against the Duke Blue Devils beginning on Friday, March 30.

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losing the doubles point for the first time since the Florida State match on Feb. 25. At the No. 1 court, King and Spir dropped their match against Maryland’s Maros Horny and John Collins, 8-5. Then at the No. 3 court, Maryland’s Andy Magee and Jesse Kiuru dropped Miljevic and Segura, 8-6. The final doubles match at the No. 2 court went into a tiebreaker, where Maryland overwhelmed Hundal and Lopez, 7-1, to sweep the Jackets in doubles play and take a 1-0 lead. King helped the Jackets even things again at the No. 1 court, rebounding with an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over Maros Horny. At the No. 2 spot, Maryland’s Vlad Stefan broke Spir once per set to take a 6-4, 6-4 win and put Maryland back on top by a point. Then, at the No. 6 court, Lopez leveled things once again at 2-2 with the quickest match of the day, dismantling Andy Magee in a 6-1, 6-2 win. Segura started his match of strong at the No. 5 spot, winning 6-4, but could not win another set, eventually being bageled in the third set in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 loss. The Jackets would respond again, though, when Melian evened the game at three-all. Melian would overtake his opponent John Collins with a three-set, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory. Then, the results of the match came down to the thriller between Miljevic and Jesse Kiuru. After dropping the first set on a late break, Miljevic bounced back in a strong fashion to win 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 and give the Jackets their final point for a 4-3 team match win. The Jackets return to action this weekend on the road when they head to Chapel Hill, N.C. on Friday, March 30, to face North Carolina before facing Duke two days later.

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Fencing Club hosts Southern Atlantic Conference Victories in the team and individual women’s saber events were the highlights of a strong overall performance by members of the Yellow Jacket Fencing Club (YJFC), which hosted and competed in the for the Southern Atlantic Conference (SAC) Championship on March 24-25. The tournament, held at the CRC this year, featured club teams from 15 schools. Fencers competed in team and individual events in men’s and women’s épée, foil, and saber. This year’s tournament marked the first time in several years that the YJFC had fielded teams in all

six events. It was a notable step for the YJFC, which has seen growth among its ranks in recent years and had some 70 committed members as of the fall semester. “The club has never been this big and never been able to field a full epee women’s team… our growth has accelerated,” said YJFC President Jeff Lumish. The YJFC received its strongest performances from its saberists. The women’s saber team took first in the team competition after going undefeated in pool play and beating No. 8 William & Mary, No. 4 Swarthmore, and No. 2 Army in the direct elimination round. Senior Courtney Price and junior Emily Robey-Phillips finished first and second, respective-

as many games. Following the Griner dunk, both teams elected to play younger players for the remainder of the game. During that time, Tech went on a 22-6 run led by freshman guard Sydney Wallace. Wallace was a clear bright spot for Tech as she finished the game with 32 points off of the bench. Most of Wallace’s points came from behind the three-point line where she made eight of 12. “I just came out with a lot of confidence, and I told myself that I could knock it down. When a chance came for an open shot, I just took it,” Wallace said. Even though the season ended on a sour note for the Jackets, an argument could be made that this was the best team the Tech has ever had. The team reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history and broke several records including conference wins and overall wins in a season.

Tyaunna Marshall drives past a defender earlier this season. Marshall was the only player with a double-double against Baylor.

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Eric Lange fights épée against a fencer from UGA. Lange had a strong performance, taking sixth place in individual foilist play.

ly, in the individual competition. In men’s saber, Tech took second place in the team competition. Entering the direct elimination round as the No. 8 seed, the team defeated No. 9 UGA and upset No. 1 Swarthmore but ultimately fell to No. 2 Army in the final. Tech picked up another victory in the individual saber competition, though, as freshman Chris Denecke took first place. Other teams performed well in what was a strong all-around performance for the club. Men’s foil took third place and senior foilist Eric Lange took sixth place in individual play. Men’s foil finished fifth, and women’s épée and foil had respectable showings in their first team appearances at the SAC.

Women’s hoops falls to No. 1 Baylor in NCAA tourney By Alex Mitchell Senior Staff Writer

On March 24, the Tech women’s basketball team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa for a Sweet Sixteen matchup against No. 1 seeded Baylor. Although Tech jumped out to an early lead, a 20-0 run in the first half by Baylor would be too hard for the Jackets to overcome, and they fell to the Bears 83-68. Baylor was led by center Brittney Griner and forward Destiny Williams who combined for 53 points. The duo also combined for 15 rebounds and seven blocks, six of which came from Griner. Tech’s senior center Sasha Goodlett had played outstanding all year long, so Griner’s outstanding production against her shows that she is one of the best players in the nation. “Griner is the best player that I have ever coached against, and the

best player that I have ever seen play. She is a tremendous talent on both ends of the floor,” said Head Coach MaChelle Joseph. Tech was able to play with Baylor for the first four minutes of the game and actually led the Bears 10-6. From that point, Baylor dominated the first half, and led 26-10 just six minutes later. Baylor would add to its lead in the first half and headed into halftime with a 42-26 lead. Baylor was able to build the first half lead due to its post play. Baylor outscored Tech 28-10 in the paint during the first half and Baylor forced seven turnovers during the run. The teams traded baskets for most of the second half, and Tech was unable to cut into Baylor’s lead. With 6:29 left in the game, Griner received a long pass on a breakaway and dunked with two hands to give Baylor a 77-46 lead. The dunk was Griner’s second in

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Sophomore center Nate Hicks, a center who came off the bench for the Jackets, has chosen to transfer to another school at the end of the spring semester. Head Coach Brian Gregory announced Hicks’ decision on Wednesday, March 28. Through his career, Hicks played in 47 games, averaging 1.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting a career 54.9 percent from the field. After averaging 9.4 minutes his freshman season, Hicks’ playing minutes this season were reduced to 7.7 minutes per contest. Hicks believed he could find more playing time elsewhere and elected to transfer. Hicks had originally committed to Tulane University before a coaching change by the Green Wave. He was then released from his letter of intent and chose to enroll at Tech in the fall of 2010.

Burnett likely out for 2012 football season

Senior linebacker Julian Burnett will likely not play during his senior season due to an undisclosed injury or medial condition. Head Coach Paul Johnson addressed the media about the situation, though not in a specific manner. Burnett was Tech’s top tackler in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, despite starting the 2010 season as a reserve. Through his three seasons, Burnett has posted 250 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception. Burnett had three games in which he posted a career-high 13 tackles. Burnett, who was a team captain through the 2011 season, was also chosen as an AllACC second team member.

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After a midweek loss to rival Georgia, the Jackets faced a three game series on the road beginning Friday, March 23, against the Boston College Eagles. The Jackets came into the series with a 14-7 record overall and at 3-3 in the ACC, but the Jackets came out of the weekend with a 15-9 record overall and a 4-5 conference record after dropping the first two games of the series. In the first game of the

series, junior pitcher Buck Farmer dropped to 4-2 on the season as the Jackets allowed 19 hits en route to a 15-7 loss. Farmer only pitched for 4.1 innings, allowing 14 hits and 11 earned runs before junior Clay Dalton came in to relieve him for the remaining innings. The 15 runs and 19 hits were both season-high’s allowed by the Jackets, giving league-worst Boston College their first conference win of the year. At the plate, the Jackets had a decent outing, posting 12

hits and earning seven runs, highlighted by sophomore Mott Hyde’s three-for-four hitting day. Junior Sam Dove extended his hitting streak to 13 games, also having a strong day with a three-for-five effort. The Jackets began the day quickly, taking a 1-0 lead at the top of the first inning on singles by junior Brandon Thomas, senior Jake Davies and sophomore Zane Evans. However, Boston College responded with Farmer’s first pitch going over the right fence to tie the game at 1-1.

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bles match of the day against Akash Muppidi and Alex Skinner. Both teams held their serve throughout the match to finish with an 8-8 score, forcing a tiebreaker. King and Spir came back from a 4-1 deficit to rally and earn the 8-6 tiebreaker point and give Tech the doubles point. The Jackets continued the strong play through singles play, with only one match going into three sets. At the No. 1 singles spot, King won the first set easily before having to rally in the second set to earn the straight set 6-3, 6-4 win. Spir also continued his doubles success, decisively beating Alex Skinner in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. At the No. 3 court, Miljevic dropped the first set to Boston College’s Philip Nelson 6-3, but bounced back to easily win the next two sets for the three set, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 match. Miljevic fell behind 0-2 in the third set before scoring six

Tech then retook a 2-1 lead after a solo home run by Hyde before the Eagles posted four runs over two innings to take a 5-3 lead. The game then fell apart for the Jackets at the bottom of the fifth inning when Boston College got 13 batters to the plate, resulting in seven runs on five hits. The Jackets could not overcome the deficit, effectively allowing the Eagles to coast to the victory. Due to approaching inclement weather on Sunday, the teams agreed to play a doubleheader the next day, in which the Jackets split the contests. In the first game of the doubleheader, Boston College earned a walk off victory, posting two runs at the bottom of the ninth inning to win 4-3. Junior Luke Bard started for the day pitching for seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. However, Davies was charged with his first loss of the year, after coming in to relieve Bard and allowing the two late runs. Both of the ninth inning runs were unearned runs. Dove extended his hitting streak again with an early first inning single. Following Dove’s hit; singles by Thomas and Davies gave the Jackets the first run of the day. Then, a sacrifice fly by sophomore Daniel Palka gave the Jackets a 2-0 lead. Boston College responded in the second and third innings, posting one run per inning and evening the game at 2-2. Tech took the lead once See Baseball, page 28

Men’s tennis sweeps Boston College, tops Maryland

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Dusan Miljevic hits a backhand in a singles match earlier this season. Miljevic earned the final team match point for the 4-3 win over Maryland.

The Jackets came off of a 7-0 sweep of Miami at home before hosting Boston College and Maryland at home on March 23 and 25, respectively. The Jackets continued their hot streak, extending their winning streak to three matches with a 7-0 rout of Boston College before a 4-3 comeback win over Maryland. Tech started the day strong, winning the doubles point 2-1 starting with an easy 8-2 win by senior Dusan Miljevic and freshman Eduardo Segura at the No. 3 spot over Boston College’s Matt Wagner and Billy Grokenberger. Freshmen tandem Vikram Hundal and Sebastian Lopez could not clinch the doubles point at the No. 2 court, dropping their match 8-4. At the top court, senior Kevin King and junior Juan Spir had the toughest dou-

straight points and earning the Jackets the team match win for the day. Despite the remaining matches having no implications on the results of the team match, the Jackets kept up the intensity. Junior Juan Melian dismantled Boston College’s Jonathan Raude in straight sets, winning 6-1, 6-2. At the No. 5 court, Segura took his opponent to a first set tiebreaker before easily winning the second set for a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win. At the final court, Lopez sealed the 7-0 sweep with an easy 6-2, 6-3 win over Michael McGinnis. The Jackets did not have as easy of a day against the Maryland Terrapins two days later, though, coming from behind the majority of the day to win the match 4-3. The Jackets could not get things rolling in doubles play, See Tennis, page 28


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Klassen weaves suspenseful tale

The most scintillating documentary on TV is without a doubt, The Big Bang Theory. The series follows the research of a reasonably attractive young anthropologist operating under the alias “Penny,” as she studies the leisure, hygienic and mating habits of four post-doctoral candidates from the wilds of Pasadena, California; Homo Sapiens Technovorous Californicus. The brave young woman attempts to understand the incredible strangeness of this tribe of man-children as they engage in such alien activities as playing video games, talking about science fiction movies and super hero comics, tinkering with robotics and voluntarily performing advanced mathematics. Yet they display no interest in sports, binge-drinking or automechanics. It is hard to imagine a culture that is so hilariously estranged from the norms of modern society. One member of the tribe, Sheldon, does not even express an interest in mating, though this might be explained by the fact that he has the capacity for hermaphroditic asexual reproduction, as he created a female clone of himself, known as Amy Farah Fowler. If this were a fictional show, instead of a documentary, one might accuse the show’s writers of blatantly and lazily pandering to their audience by relying on

In every generation, there comes a story that seems to shake the very core of the earth with its sheer, provocative power. Living up to this expectation, children’s book author Jon Klassen released his latest psychological thriller this past year, entitled I Want My Hat Back. This shocking depiction of the underground world of forest animal thievery revolves around a day in the life of an anonymous bear. When the bear realizes that his most prized possession, a red hat, has gone missing, he is driven to madness. He journeys into the forest and questions every animal he meets, with no results. As he descends into a deeper depression with each failure, the bear reaches a point where murder becomes the only option if he ever wishes to see his beloved red hat again. With a suspenseful pace that surpasses the widely controversial Dora the Explorer series, I Want My Hat Back is sure to grip mature audiences from cover to cover. Providing an even deeper sense of mystery, Klassen’s characters have no names or backstories, but are all pawns in this forest’s conspiracy. I Want My Hat Back will push boundaries to the breaking point. Overall, themes of deception and revenge form what is undoubtedly a subtle critique of a flawed, anarchic society.

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CBS’s latest documentary The Big Bang Theory attempts to dissect the social and psychological paradigms of nerdy behavior, but while enlightening, the documentary fails to reach any conclusions. two characters with an identical personality. I also cannot help but wonder if this Sheldon is trying to toy with Penny’s research. He is remarkably adept at making clever scathing putdowns that imply a considerable degree of social awareness which is seemingly incongruous with his purported lack of social graces. Again, if this was not a respectable documentary, this personality would

likely strain audience’s suspension of disbelief, even in the logically charitable context of prime-time sitcoms. At the very least, such a character would seem insufferably rude as opposed to being endearingly eccentric and oblivious. It is anyone’s guess as to how long Penny will be able to keep up her ruse. Her current interactions with the group are predicated on the claim that she is a destitute

aspiring actress, who conveniently happens to work at the tribe’s favorite restaurant and can still inexplicably afford the rent for a spacious apartment in the neighborhood around Caltech’s campus. Those fascinated, but baffled by the ways of people normal society calls ‘nerds,’ will want to tune in for each new installment of this madcap documentary for a culturally enlightening experience.

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The inner machinations of my mind are an enigma. Why don’t people use correct grammar for the Slivers? MUD KIPZ MTV go away econ prof, wtf??? cant wait for HUNGER GAMES unicorns, unicorns Pardon me if I’m sweating you but, I wanna see something else in you before I invest in you THAT WAS WALE Roomie, if you’re going to cook fish in the apartment, OPEN the doors and windows so the smell can go out. Does 50% of GT even know who Wale is? Art students = architechture majors Digital art students = CM majors Arch or CM = No job put this in the technique so I can put on my resume I write for the technique no one cares about sga i average 8-10 hrs of sleep a night, man do i love mgt why does the creepy mgt business law professor’s always have stories that include women but not about his wife i look forward to the day when sga is not run by those in greek Going to work out at the CRC but uses the handicapped door and elevator. Not disabled? Oh, you must just be lazy. there are not enough hours in the week to do AE 3515.. I AM THE BOX GHOST!.. BEWARE MY POWER AND DOMINION OVER ALL CONTAINERS OF CARDBOARD AND CUBICAL DESIGN! New way to rank girls. Using draft round picks. Yet to find a first round overall, but lots of 4th round picks walking around. gt sucks To the people walking around campus barefoot: I hope you catch a disease that rots your feet off! ughhhh hate the week before spring breakkk i met this girl on monday, took her for a drink on tuesday Baba stop making people sliver trell and 5-o are the best combination ever I Rae dear ex-bf, you are a coward for making me break up with you. it makes me lol when guys date non-tech girls hookup buddies? so not tech ;) I really like how gt housing chairs have nails sticking up into ur butt been so busy, i forgot to sliver....

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Washington balances football, law By Marshall Erikson Legendary

For most of Tech’s football team, Saturday, March 31— which marks the end of the first week of spring practice—

By Frankie Milton Python Master

Friday nights, the football team will get together and play Madden together, but on March 9, Tech students, alumni and fans gathered to watch what was supposed to be a lighthearted Madden tournament between friends. It began as a few students glancing at the television screen as the football team played their videogame, but when a text saying “Nail biting Tech football game, come check it out!” was sent to several students, the news spread until thousands of fans appeared to see the action. At first, it appeared that people who drove from out of the Atlanta area were upset, but after watching the virtual tackling for a few minutes, a positive response began to resonate. “I didn’t think I’d like watching a television, but the environment was unique and worth staying for,” said Rock Bottoms, ME ‘65. Eventually, the 50,000 fans were moved into Bobby Dodd Stadium. The game was broadcast over the Jumbotron over the South End Zone. The Athletics Department is looking into replacing actual Tech football games with virtual ones instead. “Well, I never would’ve guessed this, but it looks like we’re going to have to explore the possibility of maybe cutting the actual football team and playing with a cyber football team. There were more fans at that first event than we average at a general football game,” Athletics Director Dan Radakovich said.

will be a day to relax after a week of grueling workouts. For rising redshirt senior quarterback Tevin Washington, however, there will be no time to relax. As soon as practice ends on Friday, Washing-

ton will fly out to Denver to begin his highest-profile case as a rising defense attorney. “Who wants to rest?” Washington said. “I’m just happy to be getting an opportunity like this to put my skills to work on a larger scale.” Washington spent last summer interning at Atlantabased law firm Pendergast & Associates. Not long after the 2011 football season ended, he secured an internship for the current semester with Wright & Co. Law Offices, a Los Angeles-based defense law firm that handles cases nationally. Before long, Washington demonstrated a sharp aptitude for courtroom procedures and was given the opportunity to lead a murder trial. He proved his client’s innocence and identified the real killer in the span of one day—then did the same in his next two trials. Next, he is scheduled to act as the defense attorney for Scooby-Doo in a case involving a grand heist of Scooby snacks from a storage depot for the product in Los Angeles. “It quickly became clear what Tevin can do in the world of defense law. He’s an ace,” said Wright & Co. veteran lawyer Phoenix Wright, putting on a pair of shades. “An ace attorney.” As Washington is typically a calm player on and off the field for the Jackets,

his mannerisms in the courtroom have surprised his teammates and coaches. In his trials, Washington frequently slams his desk to emphasize his points and shouts while objecting and presenting evidence. These mannerisms have affected his personality outside of court, as evidenced by his recent actions at practice. “I caught him one day in practice yelling ‘Take that!’ after every pass he completed. Turns out he yells that every time he presents evidence in court, and the habit just spilled over. It is what it is,” said Head Football Coach Paul Johnson. His behavior has not been confined to the field, either. “We were watching film, and [Quarterbacks] Coach [Brian] Bohannon made a comment about a wrong read Tevin had made. I swear, man, Tevin stood up, slammed both hands on the table, then pointed at Coach and shouted ‘Objection!’” said redshirt freshman quarterback Vad Lee. “I’ve never seen him that animated before. I think Tevin even caught himself off guard, because he just sat back down real quietly.” Washington said he may consider becoming a prosecutor sometime in the future. Still, his performance on the practice field is strong, and the redshirt senior balances school, football, and law with ease.

Ramblin’ Reck repossessed after payment default By Winnie Bago Repo Lady

On March 27, Tech’s 1930 Ford Model A was repossessed due to a default of contract. As of March 29, the “Ramblin’ Reck” still remains in custody of Lizard Lick Towing with no immediate plan for its release. The repossession came as a shock for those who thought that Tech owned the Ramblin’ Reck. However, the decision was made a year ago to sell the Reck to pay some of the money owed to former men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt, whose contract with GTAA required that he be paid several millions of dollars following the termination of his coaching appointment at Tech. Since then, Tech has been paying a small fee to the car’s current owner for use in Tech football games. Tech forgot to pay the owner after last season’s loss to Utah in the Sun Bowl, so the owner called for the Model A to be repossessed. Repossession men for the Lizard Lick Towing Company appeared at the Wreck’s garage late Tuesday night with a tow truck and proceeded to tie the car to the truck. The noise created by the repossession men woke up members of the Ramblin’ Reck Club who were, as per tradition, sleeping beside the car. About 30 members of the club tried

to reason with the repossession men, but to no avail. A fight ensued with one of the repossession men, Bobby Brantley, throwing every member of the Ramblin’ Reck Club to the ground while his partner drove off with the Model A. “I tried to stop them, but that one redneck giant was too strong,” said Gurton Buster, a member of the Ramblin’ Reck Club. After the Model A was repossessed, it was transported to Lizard Lick Towing Company in Raleigh, NC. The car will remain there until someone from Tech pays the $500 processing fee. The school managed to pay off the lender, thanks to the new academic fee, but the cash-strapped institution is having problems finding the necessary $500 in the budget. “If we just charge every student 15 more dollars each semester and call it an athletics fee, then we would have enough money to get the Reck back and then some,” said Athletic Director Dan Radakovich. For now, the 1930 Ford Model A still sits in the Lizard Lick Towing repo lot, but long-term plans are being made by high-ranking officials to ensure that the Ramblin’ Reck will be able to guide the football team onto the field for the team’s first home game next season on Sept. 9.

Photo by Gid Surnani / Student Publications

The Reck as it was towed away by the LIzard Lick Towing company. The Reck currently remains impounded because Tech has been unable to pay the processing fee to retrieve it.

March 30, 2012  

Volume 97, Issue 28

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