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Royster named new Ivan Allen College Dean By Emily Chambers Editor-in-Chief

Photo courtesy of The Ohio State University

New IAC dean Jacqueline Jones Royster will arrive this summer.

Jacqueline Jones Royster has been named the new dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts following a semester-long search and month-long inalist application process to ill the position. Royster will ill not only the position of dean of the college, but will also join the faculty as a professor in the school of Literature, Communication and Culture where

she will bring her expertise in rhetorical studies, women’s studies and literacy. She is expected to arrive on campus over the summer and begin work by the start of the fall semester. he search for the new dean was led organizationally by the consulting irm of R. William Funk and Associates, the same irm used during the search for the current Institute President, and was chaired by Provost Gary Schuster. “With a proven record of lead-

ership and scholarship, Professor Jacqueline Royster brings a great wealth of academic and administrative experience to the Ivan Allen College,” Schuster said in the oicial announcement of the position. “As one known for fostering interdisciplinary collaborations, she will not only be a strong advocate for the College, but also work with faculty, students and staf to expand its role within Georgia Tech.” Royster comes to Tech after

New dining slated for Student Center

working in various positions at he Ohio State University, where she recently served as the senior vice provost and executive dean of the school of Arts and Sciences. Royster’s new position at Tech is actually a return to Atlanta. She received her Bachelors degree from Spelman College, her Masters and PhD from the University of Michigan and held a previous academic position at Spelman. See Dean, page 5

Strategic Planning draft released By Kamna Bohra Contributing Writer

open Fall 2010. Jackets/WoW Cafe and Wingery is tentatively planned to remain open, but it will become a purely burger restaurant. However, multiple issues such as nearby construction and its shared kitchen with Pandini’s is causing issues in planning.

Following months of discussions and meetings with students and faculty across campus, Tech’s Strategic Planning Committee publicly released the irst draft of the Strategic Planning Report. he documents highlight the positive aspects of Tech, including its growing diversity, strong research preeminence and cohesive Tech tradition; however, the drafts also address the poor student-faculty interaction, lack of lexibility in both the classroom and degree choice as well as negative student attitude about expectations. he draft’s papers analyze how Tech started of as a white male society and has transformed into ethnic and gender-based subcultures. Tech is now the leading producer of African American and Hispanic scientists and engineers in the nation. “[Tech needs] to apply the same process skills it teaches to setting a clear course for its own future in the globalized 21st century,” said Joseph Bankof, President and CEO of Woodruf Arts Center in Atlanta. “A few cultural aspects [at Tech] are negative. Generally, they are vestiges of times past that have not yet completed the transition to the modern era,” the draft said, citing students’ negative attitudes and the battle for attention between engineering and other academic disciplines as ongoing problems. “hese concerns have manifested themselves in the form of less favorable word-ofmouth among current students...and delayed institutional giving patterns by young alumni,” the draft said. he draft also heavily emphasize poor student-faculty interactions. Tech is nationally ranked in the Princeton Review for

See Dining, page 4

See Draft, page 5

Artistic rendering courtesy of Auxiliary Services

By Zimu Yang Staf Writer

he Student Center is getting a makeover with the addition of ive new franchise restaurants. An expanded Chick Fil-A, Subway and Taco Bell restaurants will replace the current space occupied by Pandinis. Construction on that space is currently scheduled to begin on Mar. 13. “Sales at Pandini’s have continually fallen, and we’ve gotten feedback from our faculty, staf and students that waiting ten, ifteen minutes for a meal, even though it’s really good, [but because] everything is made to order that makes things diicult and is not conducive to a college environment. So we decided that with such a big location, we were really losing out, and we could really do more with the space,” said Dori Martin, marketing manager of GT Dining. he other two additions will be in the upstairs food court. With Burger King’s contract ending soon, the fast food res-

Photo by Virginia Lin/Student Publications

The Pandini’s restaurant and surrounding dining area will be transformed into a fast food court featuring Taco Bell, Chick Fil-A and Subway in the Student Center. taurant and Chick Fil-A’s spaces will be replaced with Zaya (a Mediterranean restaurant) and Café Spice (an Indian restaurant), respectively. However, both Burger King and Chick Fil-A will stay open through the rest of the spring semester, and will not close for reconstruction until the summer. All of the new venues will

snow snow day day T T Snow fell Friday, Feb. 12 afternoon throughout north Georgia, accumulating almost three inches. The snowfall and cold temperatures led to class being cancelled at 2:30 p.m. that day. Photo by John Nakano/Student Publications

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Campus Crime

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By Vijai Narayanan Assistant News Editor A hit of silver

On Tuesday, Feb. 9 a student iled a report about getting struck by a silver vehicle while crossing North Avenue, NW. he incident occurred in the morning around 10 a.m., but the student did not report the incident until ive hours after it occurred. he student stated that the vehicle was outside the lane of travel and did not slow down before striking him. He stated that he was displaced from the crosswalk to a nearby sidewalk on the north side of North Avenue, NW. he driver exited the vehicle before being advised by

the student that he was ine, and did not wish to ile a report. he student was evaluated and cleared by Stamps Health Center. he student iled the report following his release from the Health Center. Elevator Entrapment

At around 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 9, an oicer responded to a call about an elevator entrapment at the Undergraduate Living Center (ULC). he oicer found a student trapped in elevator number four on the ground loor. An elevator specialist arrived at 3:55

An oicer responded to a call about marijuana smoke at the Smith residence hall on Feb. 12. he oicer met with the occupants of the room where the smell originated. he oicer observed the occupant of the room having bloodshot eyes and sweating profusely. he occupant stated that there was one more person in his room, who also denied marijuana use. he on-campus hall director responded to the location and gained entry into the room. he oicer discovered another occupant in the room, whom the remaining occupants failed to mention. No contraband was found in the room and the occupant was referred for a Code of Conduct Violation for lying to GTPD.

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Council Clippings

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.

his edition of Council Clippings covers the UHR and GSS meetings from Feb. 16, 2010. Caribbean Expo

he Caribbean Student Association (CaribSA) requested funding from SGA to host the second annual Caribbean Expo on March 10. According to the organization, the event will showcase the culture of the Caribbean Islands through dances, skits and a fashion show. he bill requested funding for decorations and advertisements for the event, totaling approximately $431.48. he bill met with JFC policy and passed UHR 440-0 and GSS 21-4-3. SCA

he Student Construction Association (SCA) presented a bill before SGA to cover the costs of attending a national conference and design competition in Washington. he bill requested funding for travel, registration fees, and lodging, totaling $3464. he bill was amended to conform to JFC policy regarding noncompetitive organizations, bringing the total down to $3224. he bill passed GSS 26-3-1 and UHR 44-0-0.

By Vijai Narayanan, Assistant News Editor Conceal and Carry on the resolution.

UHR considered a resolution opposing legislation currently in the Georgia General Assembly to remove the ban on concealed weapons at college and university campuses in the state of Ga. In recent weeks, the legislation has aroused reactions from a diverse range of groups. Just recently, presidents of the universities and colleges in the state of Ga. voted unanimously 34-0 on a resolution against the legislation. he faculty senate similarly passed a unanimous resolution against the house bill. Furthermore, SGA presidents from universities and colleges in the state of Georgia, also voted to pass a resolution against the house bill with a vote of 32-3. he debate in UHR began with a report from a representative for the U-council, a body representing the College of Computing. he U-council distributed a survey asking for student opinions on the legislation and presented a detailed list of statistics during open forum. According to their internal survey, a majority of students favored the house bill. UHR representatives considered a motion to postpone a vote on the resolution for one week in order to perform similar research before deciding

Opponents of the motion argued that representatives should always perform background work on the bills before consideration during the meeting, and postponing a bill to perform more research when it was past due was according to one representative, “shameful.” Proponents contested that while many representatives hadn’t prepared well for the discussion, it would be irresponsible for UHR to vote on the bill without prior research. Other representatives were concerned that voting on this issue would attach a political statement to the Institute as a whole, suppressing the views of students with the minority opinion. A majority of representatives believed that it was appropriate for UHR to vote on this resolution, as it could have a direct impact on student life. A debate also ensued about the efect of guns on campus, with representatives supporting the resolution stating that guns would escalate violence on campus and others claiming that college students were responsible enough to use weapons only to defend themselves. In the end, representatives resolved to postpone the resolution and reach out to constituents.

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lot of things went on outside the bubble of Tech in the past week. Here are a few important events taking place throughout the nation and the world.

Three killed in UA shooting rampage A biology professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville is accused of fatally shooting three of her colleagues and injuring three others. he woman, Amy Bishop, was allegedly distraught over the biology department’s decision not to grant her tenure. Bishop earned a degree in neurobiology from Harvard University and joined the UA faculty as an assistant professor in 2003. According to reports, Bishop allegedly shot and killed her teenage brother in 1986, but the previous shooting was ruled accidental.

Top Taliban commander captured in Pakistan he White House conirmed the capture of Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Karachi on Feb. 8. He is reported to be the

second in command behind the Taliban’s leader, Mullah Omar. Baradar was arrested during a joint operation by the CIA and Pakistani security forces. he White House hailed the development as a signiicant step for joint US-Pakistani eforts in the region. he Taliban claim, however, that Baradar is alive and still in Afghanistan. he arrest came as US and NATO forces continued a week long ofensive called Operation Moshtarak, a surge in Helmand province. he ofensive is considered to be the largest against the Taliban since 2001.

Winter Olympics begin he 2010 Winter Olympics began on Feb. 12 in Vancouver, Canada. Over 80 countries will participate in the event, lasting through Feb. 28. Over 60,000 people were in attendance at the opening ceremonies. he games began on a sobering tone of mourning, following the death of a Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili, during practice. As of Feb. 17, the United States led the medal count with 12 medals overall.


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Dining

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“We’re trying to keep it open, we have people evaluating whether it can be kept open while we’re doing construction there,” Martin said. he decision to bring the four new chains to Tech and expand Chick Fil-A came as a result from market research by Sodexo, Tech’s food service provider. Student surveys indicated that Subway and Taco Bell were the most popular restaurants to bring on campus. “We’ve had students asking us for a very long time for Taco Bell. I mean, years and years and we couldn’t respond then because of space,” Martin said. While the Pandini’s area will host a variety of new fast food restaurants, the food court will attempt to adopt a more international lavor with Zaya and Café Spice. “[Students] got what they want. hey wanted more variety from ethnic options, and with the growing amount of vegetarian students we have on campus, we want to select options that ac-

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commodate them as well,” Martin said.Changes in the restaurants and their locations will also vary the menus of each establishment. “Right now at our Chick Fil-A at the food court, we have a very limited menu and that’s for a lot of reasons. Space is one of those reasons but also Chick Fil-A, the way they work is you have to earn the ability to carry their full menu. We really do hope to earn more and more of Chick Fil-A’s menu item,” Martin said. Subway’s menu is currently planned on including everything in their menu, except for pizza which will be sold at Pizza Hut. he menu for Taco Bell has yet to be inalized. he construction will include increased seating areas in the Student Center, and may include dining options for students on weekends as well. With construction tentatively scheduled to be near and around spring break, Auxiliary Services and the Student Center hope to open some of the restaurants as early as mid-June.

Commencement fair gives a real world look to undergraduate students

Photo by Jarrett Skov/Student Publications

Soon-to-be graduating students sign and look over deals for class rings, announcements and regalias with vendors at the commencement fair at the Student Center on Wednesday, Feb. 17. By Vivian Fan News Editor

Photo Courtesy of Auxiliary Services

Plans for the new dining area will remove the glass wall on the side of Pandini’s and replace it with some additional bar seating.

For hundreds of fourth, ifth, sixth and even seventh years, Wednesday Feb. 17 marked the beginning of their last days at Tech as undergraduates with this semester’s commencement fair in the Student Center Ballroom. Previously called the “graduation fair,” the commencement fair was once limited to a single table at the Barnes and Nobles bookstore at Tech Square. Over the last year, the fair has grown to include a number of different resources and vendors to serve upcoming college graduates, with about 25 percent of the graduating class attending the irst fair

during fall semester. “Basically all students are future alumni. We want to help students build a lifelong connection with Tech while you guys are on campus. We want students to remember their alma mater. We have alumni clubs across the country to help you stay connected with Tech,” said Derek Lee, marketing research analyst for the Alumni Association. Touted as students’ “one-stopshop” for commencement needs, the fair gave students an opportunity to take care of everything from purchasing regalias and class rings to taking their picture for Blueprint. As well, it featured a number of departments and third-parties

who provided information concerning homeownership, job searching and higher education. “We have a committee made up of departments integral to the commencement process including the Alumni Association, the commencement oice, graduate studies, the CRC because they do have alumni memberships, the registrar’s oice and others,” said Lisa Pusateri, Event Coordinator for Communications and Marketing. “After coming here I understand that one—I am graduating, and I learned the things I need to do before graduating like signing up for the alumni association, and student foundation. hat was definitely helpful,” said Brian Tyson, ifth-year EE major.

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Two goldish were in a tank. One says to the other, “You drive, I’ll man the guns.” What do those orange glasses mean?? you’re so weird...its like your mind makes a spider web of thought and by talking you tangle yourself in it. he yellow bandannas are causing paranoia! i luvs da crash diet... now with 90% more vomit t-pain Can we please stop saying “Who dat” I have no problem failing you Subway, Taco Bell and a bigger CFA where Pandini’s is? Awesome! THE BEAR I’m gonna go singing on my way home from the library. Why? Because I can, and I need to let out some stress someway... Table in the food court with the structure, that looked awesome! I’m falling asleep at the keyboard... If AFK is away from keyboard, SAK would be sleeping at keyboard? Who was that group playing Smash Bros. next to West Side? Ok, so, has anyone ever been at the library 1st loor west computer terminals early in the morning and seen/heard those silver clocks turn on their own!?? freaky stuf, man….. spooky scary. boys becoming men. men becoming wolves. realsies he Queen is a tyrant. Of with her head. Ryann I want you to sit in the front with me give us guns, please. when all else fails, play minesweeper. my people are the misits; the ones that don’t it in. the stars are holding you tonight. the time for being subtle is past. man up. I wish they would lower the out-of-state tuition We’re wobegone with Wingnuts welocating westward of course I’ll go to a concert with you Just ask - indie girl just when you think you’ve got it made, tech happens.


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Committee accepting provost recommendations By Vijai Narayanan Assistant News Editor

he Provost Advisory Search Committee began actively reviewing candidates for the post earlier this month. he current provost, Dr. Gary Schuster, announced his decision to step down in Oct. he committee will invite inalists to campus later in the spring for an extensive interview process. he new provost would ideally take up the post at the start of the next academic year which begins in July so as to prepare for the Fall semester. he search committee was formed last semester and consists of faculty, staf and student repre-

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“lackluster faculty-student characteristics.” “he physical locations where professors and students live, work and play are all independently different from one another. his does not provide any ‘extracurricular’ opportunity for faculty and students to interact,” the draft said. he draft suggests a residential modiication, modeled after other colleges. According to the draft, “Live-Learn-Play” communities would create close-knit student-faculty relationships, while supporting a “global village” that would put various diversities in direct contact with one another. he draft cites large and

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sentatives. hey interviewed several executive search irms to aid in the search, and identify a wide variety of candidates. he committee chose R. William Funk & Associates, a professional search irm that also assisted in the Presidential search last year and the Ivan Allen College Dean search. “We chose to use the services of an executive search irm because of the critical importance of this position. We selected R. William Funk and Associates after interviewing three top search irms. We were very impressed by Bill Funk’s knowledge, expertise and experience,” said Dean Steve Salbu, the chair of the committee. he search irm will work with

the committee to identify candidates receive applications for the post, but will not have a direct role in the selection of candidates. “hey use their contacts and outreach to develop and cultivate the broadest, most diverse possible pool of top candidates for the position. hey assist us with the interview process itself, and provide guidance and expertise to the committee as needed,” said Salbu. According to Salbu, a candidate for the post must have experience in a discipline represented within the Institute, and ten or more years combined experience in higher education administration, instruction and research. “We seek to identify people with great vision, who have suc-

cessful leadership experience at a research-intensive university. Someone who understands the complex operations and dynamics of a top research-intensive university,” Salbu said. Of-site interviews will be conducted in mid-April to narrow the pool of applicants. Campus interviews will be held in early May. he inal selection will be made in early June by the President. “he position of Provost at Georgia Tech is a very attractive one to potential candidates. President Peterson and the search committee are conident that this opportunity will attract a very talented and accomplished pool of prospects and applicants,” Salbu said.

Royster was on campus on Jan. 26 to give a presentation to members of the Tech community, speciically Ivan Allen College members. While there she covered her views on the political and social responsibilities of education, as well as her views as an educator. “I believe that if we put good people, who take themselves and their work seriously, together in spaces that promote good work, excellence can happen on a regular basis and that the role of the institutions that surround is to keep structures, processes and protocols in balance as we learn how to get out of the way of good people so that synergy, collaboration and dynamism can happen,” Royster said at her Jan. presentation.

impersonal classes, the faculty’s lack of interest in teaching and minimal lexibility in curriculum as issues. One of the “Big Ideas” in the draft includes “studentdirected, discipline-independent degree programs and leadership development.”To bring more academic diversity to Tech, the drafts call for more liberal arts programs, and for cross matriculation planning with Emory University. “Some faculty members perceive that good teaching is not rewarded in the promotion and tenure process,” the draft said. According to the draft, the lack of efective teaching may result in less-than-honorable activity. “In some cases, they have led

to duplication of efort and unproductive internal competition,” the report said. Externally, the Strategic Planning draft calls for more statewide, national and global cooperation. “As [Institute President G.P. “Bud”] Peterson has toured the State, he has found that while everybody appears to have great respect for Tech, many residents view us as aloof, arrogant and committed to a world view that few Georgians identify with,” the drafts said. From an educational standpoint, the draft plans to raise math scores in Georgia and to offer joint-enrollment to all Georgia

high schools. Tech also plans to work with other post-secondary institutions to create a college of law, engineering-entrepreneurship degrees and statewide engineering programs. From an industrial point of view, the drafts note Tech’s inluence in Georgia by “spinning of technologically-based startup companies.” Tech hopes to make use of Atlanta, “riding [its coattails] in the rare combination of inspirational vision and pragmatic advantage of being a port city connected to the world.” “We can do a better job using Atlanta as our classroom. We looked at a number of other universities who have a wider range

of living and learning options, and how some of these places used these arrangements to increase student-faculty interactions,” said Dr. Larry Jacobs, Associate Dean for Academic Afairs. Beyond the state, “an onground presence in key ‘innovation hot spots’ is essential, where remote or periodic visiting collaborators are simply not enough,” the draft said, naming the issue a “barrier against developing national inluence and the ability to draw the very best and brightest from around the nation and globe”. To read the reports’ drafts in full, visit http://gatech.edu/vision/reports.


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Tau Beta Pi, SWE celebrate Engineers Week By Coby Lu Contributing Writer

his past week, Feb. 14-20, engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi hosted National Engineers Week (E-Week) at Tech. “We’re the largest engineering school in the US in terms of attendance and enrollment and so it seems important that Georgia Tech would really push to have a nice E-Week celebration,” said Jason Cordero, ECE graduate student and president of Tau Beta Pi. he events stretched throughout the week and included and a number of events across campus, including socials, scavenger hunts, building contests and a movie night. “I think it was a very good selection for E-Week. It’s a good start. It’s a good reminder of what engineering and the sciences can

do. And so it’s kind of inspiring in that respect,” said Santiago Hassig fourth-year EE major. In addition to hosting their own events that week, Tau Beta Pi and the Society for Women Engineers hosted an E-Week social at the Academy of Medicine. Motorola sponsored the event, which featured Dr. Jane Ammons, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering. In past years, Tau Beta Pi’s celebration of E-Week was limited to a single day event on Skiles Walkway. Diferent engineering societies like the honor societies from the diferent disciplines would come and showcase. “Basically they would bring a contraption or some kind of presentation and they would showcase this on Skiles Walkway. Students could walk by and see what the diferent organizations were doing. At the end of the day, the

engineering society that had the coolest presentation got a prize,” said Kiersten Petersen fourth-year BMED and Tau Beta Pi vice president of programs. “We really wanted to expand our celebration because it’s an Engineer’s Week and we were only having a one day event – not taking the full advantage of the full week,” Cordero said. hrough the week, organizers are trying to increase awareness in diferent facets of engineering. “[Engineering is] not just tests and exams and working your calculator and MATLAB. It’s how you become professional, how you network and make contacts, how you license to practice engineering in your state and a lot of diferent aspects of engineering that we are trying to introduce our students to,” said Ryan Westafer, EE grad student.

Photo by Dean Liao/Student Publications

College of Engineering Associate Dean Dr. Jane Ammons speaks to members of Society of Women Engineers at the E-Week Social.

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Night at the Aquarium brings new shows, leadership By Basheer Tome Contributing Writer

Students got to spend a night with the ish at this year’s GT Night at the Aquarium. he event was co-hosted by the RHA, SGA and Student Center Programs Council’s (SCPC) new Atlanta Life committee. “his was our second year doing the event. Last year we were clueless about what would happen but this year we knew about what was going on. he biggest wrench was working with new people within both organizations,” said Elliot Mork, third-year AE major and president of RHA. Although in the same location, and at approximately the same time in the spring semester as the irst annual campus aquatic tour, the event featured a plethora of changes and additions to both the operations behind the scene and the activities and entertainment available. While the price increased from $7 for all entrants to $8 for the irst 2000 students ($14 after the irst 2000), the nights exhibits included free admission to the Planet Shark and Ocean Voyager exhibits, behind-the-scenes tours and vocal performances from Nothin’ but Treble, the Sympathetic Vibrations and the men’s glee club, rather than the Tech Student Orchestra.. “I thought the price was more than fair, deinitely a bargain if you’re going to compare to the

Photo by Basheer Tome/Student Publications

Students gaze at marine life at the Georgia Aquarium for the second annual GT Night at the Aquarium. The event was co-hosted by the Student Center Programs Council, RHA and SGA. normal price admission,” said Simon Turgeon, second-year ARCH major. “he aquarium had a double booking that night and so that’s why we got backstage passes to the Ocean Voyager exhibit, which was closed for the irst hour and a half. If they [students] came with-

in the irst hour and a half you got to see the Ocean Voyager exhibit from the back,” Mork said. In addition, RHA coordinated scavenger hunts and trivia throughout the night. An estimated 2300 students were said to be in attendance at the event, a slight drop from last year’s irst-

time turn-out of 3,200 students, more than double the expected attendance during the event’s irst ever year. “We were kind of worried about attendance this time. We knew we had lots of people last year,” Mork said. What difered most between

this year and last year’s events was the planning of the aquarium night, with the participation of the SCPC’s Atlanta Life committee. he event was previously organized by the Arts committee of SCPC, yet this year’s Night of the Aquarium marked the irst event of the newly created Atlanta Life committee. “All of the of campus events were initially scattered about different committees and diferent organizations so the Atlanta life committee brings all the of campus events into one committee like the Aquarium, Six Flags night, if we were to do Buzz around World of Coke that would have been our program,” said Paul Brideau, second-year ME major and chair of the Atlanta Life committee. “he purpose of the committee was to combine it all into one with a single goal to get them to experience life outside of campus.” With the new committee, the group brought a new perspective to the event, one that was more focused on engaing students in the Atlanta comunittee, rather than just entertaining students at various venues in town. “It’s always a great pleasure to cosponsor an event with other organizations. When you combine forces you end up with a higher quality event than if you do it alone. Everyone brings something to the table. When you combine all those ideas and plan together it really brings out the best in all parties involved,” Brideau said.


Opinions

Opinions Editor: Matt Hofman However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

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OUR VIEWS CONSENSUS OPINION

YOUR VIEWS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

New Dean, new direction

College Dems. also bring in speakers

IAC must reposition itself to play larger role at Tech he appointment of Jacqueline Jones Royster as the Dean of the Ivan Allen College validates Tech commitment toward enhancing the educational community through academic and social diversity. Her strengths will broaden the capabilities of not only the IAC faculty but the Tech faculty as a whole. Her prior experience with other Atlanta Universities should also help Tech better connect with more academic institutes. With a new dean, the Ivan Allen College is also at a cross-roads, and should seek to enhance its role at Tech. Too long the college has played a supplementary role within the Institution and must exploit this opportunity to play an equal, complimentary role. It needs to lead the way in innovative learning techniques, since many of the other colleges seem to be lagging. All students would beneit from a stronger and more diverse liberal arts education, giving engineering and science majors a chance to better broaden

their horizons, and allowing others to ind educational pursuits more to their interests. But in order to achieve these goals, the college must grow in all ways. Enrollment within the must increase, and active recruitment could go a far for such endeavors. Academically, the college should look to ofer more majors within the diferent schools, especially Modern Languages. Many more masters and doctoral programs are also needed within the college. Partnerships with other colleges within the Institute would also prove to be highly beneicial to achieving these goals. IAC could be the key to transforming the goal of Tech leading the way in interdisciplinary practices into a reality. Even as an engineering school, Tech must develop graduates that understand more than just textbooks; Tech must develop students with a true understanding of many facets.

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

Technique Editorial Board Emily Chambers, Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Saethang, Managing Editor Hahnming Lee, Business Manager Jennifer Aldoretta, Entertainment Editor Vivian Fan, News Editor Nishant Prasadh, Sports Editor Kate Comstock, Focus Editor Matt Hofman, Opinions Editor

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he “hot or not” section of last week’s Technique [printed Feb. 12] incorrectly asks the College Democrats to bring political candidates to campus, in light of the College Republican’s two speakers this semester. However, last semester we brought to campus, among several other speakers, two Gubernatorial candidatesGeneral David Poythress, a former Secretary of State who ran the Georgia National Guard for 8 years, and then Georgia House Minority Leader DuBose Porter, one of Georgia’s longest-serving and most highly regarded public servants. Both events were well publicized and well attended (40+ attendees for Poythress and about 30 for Porter), and I recall a Technique editor was at the Poythress event, but there was no follow-up article. I really don’t care that the Republicans are getting glory articles for bringing in their candidates, but it would be nice if you could refrain from incorrectly slighting our organization, considering that we beat them to the punch. On March 1, House Rep. Kathy Ashe will be speaking to us, and we will be reviewing the current legislative session. On March 8, we will be holding a campaign event with Michael Mills, who is running for Secretary of State. On March 15, Georgia Attorney General and Gubernatorial candidate hurbert Baker will be on campus for a large campaign event. We will hopefully be bringing former Governor Roy Barnes to campus in early April, pending inalization of plans. hank you! Kristofer Carta Fourth-year HTS

Mass Efect 2 has shortcomings he excellence of Mass Efect 2 is hard to overstate. In regards to last week’s review [“Mass Efect 2,” printed on Feb. 13], however, to say that the bad elements of the game are not worth mentioning is to do a disservice to those looking for a balanced review. One of the most common complaints concerns the mineral scanning, which is a tedious process of panning over planets looking for “blips” of resources on your radar. his, if anything, was a step back from exploring planets by vehicle in the original Mass Efect. he time spent on this monotonous task can range from minutes to hours, depending on the number of upgrades desired. Additionally, I feel BioWare removed too many of the role-playing game elements. he combat and irst-person shooter aspects are vastly improved, certainly, but the near-complete removal of any inventory system and oversimpliication of the leveling system

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left a bit to be desired. Overall, I will not fault BioWare for striving to improve their game in its weakest areas, but I felt that these negatives were important to be mentioned. I still highly and wholly recommend this game. Ross Llewallyn hird-year ECE

Campus MovieFest losing amateurs he annual Campus MovieFest event is a deeply lawed competition. Campus MovieFest does not provide the necessary guidelines to ensure a level playing ield among the competing teams. As a result, the winning teams are often those with access to the best resources, not those with the best creative insight. A competition, as a concept, distinguishes the best skill, talent and cleverness among a group of voluntary participants with similar backgrounds and training. In most quality competitions, the administrators take great care to ensure that no one competing individual or team has an unfair advantage. Whether in athletic games, talent shows, academic bowls or other competitive events, establishing these equitable conditions and avoiding mitigating factors ensures that the winners are determined only by these aforementioned traits. Campus MovieFest, however, exercises little oversight on the ilms that their student teams produce. While all of the teams are given a standard set of video equipment at the start of the competition, many with access opt to rely on more professional cameras, microphones, lighting and video editor software. Furthermore, even though Campus MovieFest was originally designed to be an amateur’s competition, teams will often bring on board (or be composed entirely of) students with considerable ilmmaking experience. A quick browse on Campus MovieFest’s YouTube channel reveals dozens of videos that almost look to be the product of a highly-equipped, well-trained See Letters, page 10


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Journalists report on issues, not luf I was 17 years old the irst time I was ever asked to censor an article. At that point in time, I had just taken over the position of opinions editor at my high school newspaper, and the principal of our school in north Atlanta had tasked me with the job of severely editing down a piece on the Junior-Senior wars that occurred every year. It technically was not my article but an older editor’s, yet the experience felt very close to heart. hus, I fought back in my irst act of professional rebellion. Rather than cutting and replacing excerpts, I covered out nearly 75 percent of the article in large black boxes wherever a red slash or mark appeared in the principal’s edited version, and attached a small, italicized note at the bottom, which read, “Edits courtesy of the [name withheld] high school administration.” his anecdote is not to promote the idea of “taking down the man” or rebellion, in any case. Rather, it’s to demonstrate what a ine balance that journalistic writing and providing the news must maintain. Each writer, news program or newspaper must separate their own emotions and experiences out from a story to inform the public, not to sway them. It’s the public’s own responsibility to make a judgment, not the writer’s. When a journalist covers a

“We should aspire to not stand as enemies toward those in power, but shed light and voice student...opinion.” Vivian Fan News Editor story, he or she must be selfless, leaving personal vendetta or passion behind. In the same manner, oficials (whether from student governments like SGA, school administrators, or even the federal government) should not come to expect to control or sway the media in anyway. As Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black once said, “he press was to serve the governed, not the governors.” Censorship is not always as black and white as it may seem. Yes, there are the extreme instances of censorship, but even the slightest of biases or a withheld verse could have detrimental efects on a population of any size. In the world of journalistic integrity, there can be no “luf” or “happy stories,” only the delivery of the truth, however unpleasant as it may be. Journalists also have the responsibility of acting as a voice for the people and a critic for any person in power when necessary and in the most objective manner. Rather than try to quash or feel hostile to-

ward the press, those in power should embrace it and use it as a tool to enhance themselves or symbol of what unchecked power could be. For example, the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 has seemingly been erased from the history books, newspapers and even minds of China’s population, so much so that when four present-day students at Peking University (the institution whose students led much of the protests 20 years ago) were presented by PBS reporters with the iconic “Tank Man” photograph, many of them confused it with a military parade. Yet as journalists, we should aspire to not stand as enemies toward those in power, but shed light and voice student and the people’s opinion. While a majority of time these stories can be negative, the goal is not to assume that governing bodies are all corrupt. In fact, our own SGA has made a number of strides to better academic and social life for students at Tech. Yet,

there is always room to improve and things to uncover. More so, the general student body has no way to monitor constantly what administrators and elected representatives may choose to do. hus, journalists must act as the middleman, even if it means playing good-cop-bad-cop. A supposedly “critical” story goes a much longer way to improving a problem than a “happy” story that does nothing but ignore it. If a newspaper was illed with articles touting the triumphs of XYZ campus organization in all its 32 pages, it assumes there are no laws. At that point, the newspaper loses its purpose, and becomes merely a piece of organizational propaganda. here is no perfection in any organization or position of power; there is always something to criticize or room to improve. After all, it was two journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who were the irst to report on the Watergate scandal, one of the most notorious instances of political corruption in American history. It would be naïve to believe otherwise. Despite what tension may exist between the two parties, the press and the government (in any form) must coexist. While it is possible to work together, that partnership should never come at the expense of the truth.

Tech must enhance its online oferings For such a tech-savvy school, Tech doesn’t have nearly enough of a presence in online education opportunities. While several peer universities maintain a healthy presence on iTunes U and YouTube with courses, tutorials, and lecture series, Tech is noticeably absent from this arena. While our school has certainly grasped the use of social media for things like announcements, news and keeping in touch with its students, it seems a little behind the curve in using it to get actual intellectual content out to people who can use it. While Tech avoids expanding into this area, several universities—many of which have far less prestige than Tech—have embraced the idea with open arms. Anyone with a computer and an internet connection can go online and learn about any topic under the sun. From economics, to C#, to the theology of Tolkien’s Middle Earth, if you want to know about it, some university has posted a lecture of it online. Some universities even take it past just posting a few interesting tidbits. MIT’s OpenCourseWare, for example, allows internet users to study whole courses at their leisure, with everything from audio, to video, to lecture slides available for perusal. It seems like maintaining at least some presence on iTunes

here at Tech. Of course, a big potential concern with posting lectures online would be students skipping out on lecture entirely. While this is certainly a valid concern, I don’t see it afectChris Russell ing attendance too drastically. Students already have lecture Online Editor slides, textbooks, friends’ notes and solution manuals to replace going to lecture, so professors posting lectures on giving them one more resource YouTube. Aside from making isn’t going to result in any these universities seem more paradigm shifts in lecture ataccessible and impressive, it tendance. also made Tech’s absence that Even if it did, who’s to say much more noticeable. It made that’s a bad thing? he stume think, “If these schools are dents who care would still atconident enough in their ma- tend, and would probably benterial to put it up for the world eit from a smaller class size to see, why isn’t Tech?” anyway. If it is worth going to Making a bigger efort here class, students will still go. If might also go a long way to- not, then why should they atwards increasing Tech’s pres- tend anyway? tige up to the next level. Too here’s always a lot of talk often it seems that Tech is about interdisciplinary educaovershadowed by some of it’s tion being the next big thing, contemporaries, even when so why not let students learn there’s not really much dif- about another ield without ference in the quality of their making them wade through a education. degree’s worth of prerequisites In computer science, for so they can take a class? example, the names to beat While a student might are the ones I listed above: not be willing to go through Stanford, MIT and Carnegie- the hassle of taking or auditMellon. Regardless of whether ing a class, that same student or not these programs are any might not mind spending an better or worse than Tech, afternoon skimming through they’ve got name recognition videos on the topic. If they’re as the places to go for a good going to be watching YouTube CS education. he problem is while “studying,” why not at equally about shifting people’s least let them get something perceptions of Tech as much as out of it? it is about improving programs

“Maintaining at least some presence in iTunes U or the like would also be an excellent recruiting tool.”

U or the like would also be an excellent recruiting tool for the school as well, at a fraction of the efort required by several of Tech’s current program. At any recruitment event I know of, a visit to a class is always one of the main things on the agenda, so why not allow students to see a class without dragging them all the way down to Atlanta? For me, at least, a major part of the college search was seeing what I could ind online about the colleges on my short list. hough Tech was deinitely at the top of my list by this point, I was put of by the utter lack of any examples of courses here. I found dozens of examples from what seemed like every one of Tech’s academic rivals, and even several that I wouldn’t consider anywhere near Tech’s level of performance. Stanford, MIT, and Carnegie-Mellon all maintain a fairly large collection of coursework online, both through organized channels like iTunes and simply through individual

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Baseball season kicks of today at Russ Chandler Stadium against Missouri State. he beginning of baseball should give students another opportunity to ditch their studies for some fun. hey are poised to get a lot of production out of senior irst baseman Tony Plagman. he Jackets also are looking to make a trip Omaha this year after failing to make to make the trip last season.

Flowing draft

he release of the draft of the strategic plan gives an insight as to the purpose and hopes the administration has for the document. While nothing is oicial yet, the plan has shown a great understanding of the current Tech and ofers tangible goals for the Institute as it pushes forward for the next 25 years. he should help lead to Tech new heights in education thought nearly impossible before.

Delayed reaction

he Institute’s decision to wait until late afternoon to cancel classes last Friday in the face of the snow storm showed a lack of foresight. Atlanta is notoriously ill-prepared to handle weather events, and putting students, faculty and staf in the middle of the chaos was unappreciated by most. In the future, swift, more timely decisions like those this past Monday would be appreciated.

Pandini’s passing

While the new options coming to the student center are much welcomed, the preservation of Pandinis should have been given greater consideration. Keeping Pandinis in some fashion would have been preferred by many students over a continued Jacket’s presence. Since the two already share a kitchen, maybe some of the Pandini’s elements, say, the Bufalo Chicken Pizza, could be spared.

Letters from page 8 Hollywood studio. hese are not amateur ilms by any stretch of the imagination. As a result, Campus MovieFest is often unfairly biased toward teams with better access to superior equipment and professional talent. It destroys the equality that most competitions are supposed to ensure. How is a team of casual friends with no ilm background supposed to compete with a team from, say, BuzzStudios or Berkeley’s Digital Film Institute? Campus MovieFest is in danger of being overrun by upcoming ilmmakers looking for a new venue for their craft. Campus MovieFest needs to re-evaluate their guidelines to return fairness to their competition. First, Campus MovieFest should prohibit any student currently or formerly associated with a ilm production club, department or studio from participating. Teams may consult such individuals in an unoicial advisory role, but these individuals may have no direct involvement in any stage of production. All teams should sign an honor statement to this efect. Second, Campus MovieFest should require teams to use only the video equipment that they issue. hey should also require their teams to edit their videos in iMovie, which is much faster and simpler to learn than Final Cut Pro. hese latter two guidelines will equalize the technical aspects of ilm production. When Campus MovieFest started at the beginning of the decade, it presented a great opportunity for students to produce and show of casual videos. here are plenty of other venues and exhibitions for students looking to turn ilmmaking into a serious hobby or career. Let’s give Campus MovieFest back to the amateurs. Joshua Cuneo Grad. Student LCC

Consensus of point, rebuttal needed I would like to ofer a rebuttal to the main points raised in the Consensus Opinion. You argue that the sword attack on campus is an example of why students shouldn’t be allowed to have weapons. he sword attack on campus underscores the inability of law enforcement to prevent violent crime and the inefectiveness of current laws as a deterrent. It is just as much of a felony to carry a blade over 4 inches as it is to carry a irearm on campus. he arms race that you predict between students and attackers has not taken place in the rest of the city or, for that matter, the 48 states that allow concealed carry. Allowing carry on campus will do nothing to reduce crime because of the small population of students and faculty who qualify for a Firearms License. here is a strong correlation between the proliferation of right to carry laws and reductions in violent crime during the 1990’s. Even if we ignore the statistical data, denying a fundamental right to a section of the population because they are a minority is constitutionally and morally wrong. You argue that the average student or faculty member would not be able to help themselves with a weapon during a crime. I would ask that you show more respect toward your peers. he U.S. Department of Justice also disagrees with you. According to the DOJ Crime Victimization Survey, victims who use a gun to defend themselves from an attacker are the least likely (3.6 percent) to sustain injuries in an attack. Victims who do nothing (the suggested tactic by GTPD) are injured a startling 55.2 percent of the time. You also state that the academic environment is too stressful for irearms. However, none of the horriic accidents that you predict

have occurred at universities that allow students to carry concealed weapons. he same pressures that you cite exist of campus. Like it or not, irearms are deeply rooted in our culture and society. We can pretend that they don’t exist by banning them on campus but that is a naive, headin-the-sand approach. Ignorance is the real danger to our community and anytime we promote it we are doing more harm than good. Nick Reaves Fifth-year ME

gtRIC succeeded only with gracious help I want to thank you for covering he Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference (gtRIC). here are several points in the article that I want to clarify. First, I want to thank all of the volunteers, students, staf and judges that helped at gtRIC. he student response was overwhelming, and this event would not have happened without dedicated volunteers. gtRIC emerged from the Graduate Symposium and owes a lot to the work of prior conference chairs and organizers. I want to particularly thank Janna Blum. In addition to overseeing the conference last year, Janna was the technical director this year. he technical challenges of a conference this large are immense and she did a fantastic job. Second, I want to clarify that there were a total of 300 posters. We actually had more entrants than we could accommodate in the space we had. hird, I wanted invite presenters, judges, volunteers and staf to complete, a short survey at http://www.surveymonkey. com/s/2NQLWRL. Our goal is to improve this event next year. Baruch Feigenbaum Grad. Student CE

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Team work requires responsibility, maturity leader. I have to show that I am going to do my part, and, in a way, guilt others to do their part. It sounds simple, but most people have been in similar situations, things did not go as Matt Hofman but smoothly. Somebody deOpinions Editor cided not to their part and everybody sufered. And In college, we are forced to work in that is where the maturity comes in. group projects and take part in organi- Move on. zation that are reliant on groups people If the problem cannot be ixed, there working together to achieve goals. We certainly is no point in wasting time are told that in the “real world” em- on it. Take the hit, get acquainted with ployers are going to expect us to be able a bottle of your poison of choice, wake contribute and successfully complete as- up the next morning and ask, “What’s signments. But ultimately, the ability to next?” I have found this acquired sense of succeed in any and all of these situations helplessness reassuring and grounding. It boils down to responsibility. teaches me that sometimes life happens. If one person fails, the group fails. But there is also a bitter sweet justice I am in my third year, a senior by hour when such a circumstance occurs. he of credit and in ME 1770. Personally I person who fails to fulill their end of am terriied that my grade in the class is the bargain damages much more than a highly contingent upon my group mem- grade; they damage their reputation and bers. It is not that I do not trust them or the reputation of the company organithat I think they some how will not hold zation they represent. In the especially up their end of the bargain in terms of small world of today, that fault cannot the project, but I know that I cannot con- swiftly be made up for. trol their actions. I have to assume they For all the supposed evils of instant are responsible. And that is very unset- access to information and the constant tling. stream of gossip that goes with the “now I, like most over-achieving people at society,” this beneit is invaluable. It alTech, believe I am the only person who lows paranoid people like me to research can do everything perfect all the time. I any company before I buy anything or it believe my way is always right, and suc- allows me to check reviews and health cess is my destiny. his disposition of department ratings for restaurants before mine also causes me to be paranoid when I even look up the address. I have work with and trust people. his forced accountability has been Admittedly, I am not a very trusting the greatest lesson I have as of yet taken person either, even in situations where from my still uninished college experianother person’s work is the point of con- ence. Responsibility deines people, orcern. So what am I suppose to do? Freak ganizations and companies alike. We are out at every instance I have to work with forced to be accountable to one another. a group of people? Professional networks and shorter caNo. I have to be responsible and ma- reers mean the days of being able to leave ture enough to adapt. Regardless of what town and get a fresh start are all but over. happens I must do my personal for what Burnt bridges will need to be traveled I am responsible for. I have to be a passive over one day.

“If a problem cannot be ixed, there is certainly no point in wasting time on it.”

Academic diversity needed to excel in modern age “Our aim is to enhance the curricula with... skills students need to be contributors to society.” G.P. “Bud” Peterson Institute President Since initiating the strategic planning process last fall, I have often been asked: “Given the rapidly changing world in which they will live, how can Tech continue to prepare its students with the critical skills and knowledge base required to ensure that they will be successful in their careers?” At its core, this is a question of the role of academic diversity in the Tech curricula and one that we are trying to answer as part of our strategic planning process. As competition for jobs and resources becomes more focused globally, there will be an increasing need for Tech graduates to maintain a competitive edge. Engineers will be required to have a command of more than just a traditional skill set to compete efectively in tomorrow’s marketplace. Our objective is to understand what has in the past, and what will in the future, diferentiate our students and ensure that we are preparing our students for this competitive environment.

One of the ideas being considered by the Redesigning Education Strategic Vision Subcommittee is to add new areas of study to better equip our graduates with the adaptability and lexibility they will need to succeed in the increasingly global environment. We need to provide our students with opportunities to examine new languages, cultures and studies in policy, law and health-related areas – along with the critical thinking and problemsolving skills necessary for them to adapt and succeed throughout their careers. As part of this process, we are investigating how to modify our curricula so that students can develop a broader range of capabilities, without losing the focus and challenges provided by a technological university. he ability to think critically, solve problems and exhibit leadership are just some of the skills that are as vital as those acquired in one’s own discipline. Some majors on campus already allow more interdisciplinary lexibility

in their core classes, and we are looking at ways to incorporate more lexibility across all disciplines across. While there are arguments on both sides of this issue, our aim is to enhance the curricula with the technical and humanistic skills students need to be contributors to society, stewards of knowledge and global citizens. Graduates with a broader, more comprehensive knowledge base can innovate more efectively and solve problems by looking at them from diferent perspectives. During these diicult economic times, we need to make tough decisions. In order to modify or add to existing curricula, something has to change. hose of you who are engineering majors already have a packed course load, so how do we adapt your education to relect the changing nature of the marketplace, without increasing the length of time it takes to get an engineering degree? here are no easy answers to these questions and no major decisions have been made, but these are the types of important discussions that are ongoing as part of the strategic planning process. I urge you to take advantage of the Institute’s eforts to chart our future course, get involved and have your voice, the student voice, heard.

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For the seventh year now, Tech’s African American Student Union will host its Black Leadership Conference over the Feb. 19-21 weekend, focusing on their I-Change campaign: a call to individual change in and out of their normal communities. “he Black Leadership Conference is a breeding ground for those who believe in leadership and diversity and those that are willing to grow in their leadership journey,” Jakeisha Smith, third-year IE and co-chair of this year’s Black Leadership Conference (BLC) committee, said, “his year in particular is ‘I-Change: illing the void between self and community.’” he conference starts with the Partnership and Alumni Reception, co-hosted by the Black Alumni Organization, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Georgia Tech Alumni House. he irst major events start the next day at 8 a.m. in the Management Building, featuring workshops and keynote speakers. Saturday morning and early afternoon, business professionals from

companies like Proctor and Gamble, Turner Studios and ADP will cover areas of community leadership, personal inancial strategies and entrepreneurship. Scot Safon, a CNN Worldwide executive vice president responsible for marketing the CNN brand, will also deliver a keynote address on personal branding—a recent career management technique most pervasively used by Donald Trump, like “Trump Tower” and “Trump Steaks.” To end the day, actor and youth leadership activist Luis Ramos will moderate a town hall panel discussing important diversity. Sunday will start with a community service project in the morning and end with a keynote speech in the Ferst Center for the Arts, delivered by Dr. Mae Jemison—the irst African American woman in space—and Chuck D—author and co-founder of Public Enemy. he speech is free to all Tech students, and Smith aims to completely pack the theater. Smith has gone as far as asking her past professors to ofer extra credit to students who attend.

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The African American Student Union sponsors the Black Leadership Conference where several campus leaders are honored each and prominent African Americans are invited to speak . The theme for this years’ conference is I-Change.

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CISTP brings unique speakers, views to campus By Chris Russell Contributing Writer

Tech’s campus has recently seen a number of big named speakers. Between the famous comedians, Nobel Laureates and four-star generals, one question is bound to come up: who brings all of these big speakers to campus? For many of these speakers, the answer is the Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy (CISTP). Angela Levin, CISTP’s Program Coordinator, described the Center as, “the research arm of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.” According to Levin, CISTP sponsors a number of programs, from emerging and nano technologies, to political regional hotspots. One of CISTP’s big programs is their lecture series, where they bring big names to campus to give talks on their area of expertise. he program recently drew a great deal of attention for bringing General David Petraeus, the former Commanding General of the multinational force in Iraq, to the Ferst Center for a discussion with students. According to Levin, it’s a bit of a mixed bag who comes to campus. “Many of our lectures are geared towards [our] speciic programs, but not all of them are. Some of them are just wonderful opportunities that come along. If an ambassador or an intelligence expert is around and wants to speak at Georgia Tech, we jump on it. hat’s how we got Gen. Petraeus,” said Levin. Last November, an of-campus attendee mentioned that Petraeus would be speaking at the Cherokee Town Hall in January. CISTP immediately called a member of Petraeus’ staf, and the next day, the event was scheduled. Students who missed Petraeus’ discussion can ind a link the full video of the event on CISTP’s website at www.cistp.gatech.edu. See CISTP, page 15

Tech Equestrian Club to be honored by APD By Julia Turner Contributing Writer

Recently, the Tech Equestrian Club found a way to distinguish itself in the Atlanta community as well. On Feb. 24 at 12 p.m., the Atlanta Police Department (APD) will be making seven members of the club: Gillian Newberry, Meg Russell, Megan Harris, Eden Smith, Rachel Cornelius, Kristy Stengard and Claire Campbell honorary members of the Mounted Patrol for their help with the unit’s horses. For the past few months, these girls have been going out to the unit’s barn, located near the Atlanta Zoo and Turner Field, to exercise the unit’s horses. he Mounted Patrol is a key part of the police department and is especially good for crowd control at events like parades and outdoor festivals. hey also patrol the parks around the city and even a few neighborhoods. Keeping the horses in good care is a critical element for the patrol’s functioning ability. “here are 15 to 16 horses and 14 oicers,” said Stengard, IsyE

‘09 and club president, “when the oicers go out, they leave behind 6 to 10 horses.” hese horses need to stay in shape by exercising almost every day, which is where the Tech equestrian club comes in. he members try to go out to the police department barn two to three times a week, and at least one rider is there every day of the work-week. “We groom them, tack them, stretch them, and then exercise them by putting them through their paces,” said Stengard. According to Stengard these are some of the most well groomed horses she’s ever encountered. Occasionally, the girls have gotten to go out on the streets with the oicers, though not to patrol. “hey still have a few horses who spook easier,” said Stengard, and they need to become accomodated to where the oicers will need to take them. hey usually just take them around the surrounding area near Turner Field but, it is enough experience for the horses to get acquainted with street riding. Like many exceptional opportunities, the chance to help the

APD arose rather spontaneously. One of the club members ran into an oicer of the mounted patrol while working at her second job. he APD had had to ire their former exercisers, and when the Tech Equestrian Club came up the idea fell into place. “Right now we just have the higher level riders going out there,” said Stengard. Because the club has members of all riding levels, the less experienced ones could have been more hindrance than help. Next year, though, they plan on opening the opportunity to all members through a kind of big Photo courtesy of Clair Campbell sister-little sister proEden Smith, Meg Russell and Claire Campbell ride with the APD mounted gram. unit in Grant Park and stop to visit the kids at the Cyclorama and the zoo. he club has two types of members: club riders and team riders. compete. he club has instructors over English; it was developed by he club riders are part of the club in both the Western and English American cowboys who needed solely for recreation and the team disciplines. Most people probSee APD, page 14 riders are members of the club to ably recognize Western riding


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“We want participants to take this sort of accountability that I feel is necessary for us to progress as a people,” Smith said, “I want us to create community-minded people that are going to be willing to reach out to their neighbors and be a resource to others.” he entire conference weekend costs $20 per Tech student. Advertised extensively at Tech and in the metro area, this year’s BLC will also include alumni and students from UGA, metro Atlanta high schools and even Kent State University in Ohio. “We’re deinitely expanding the program, and it should also be noted that it is one of the biggest student conferences in the Southeast,” Smith said, “If someone’s aware of the conference all the way in Ohio, then it just goes to show how we’ve expanded the program so far.” Smith considers the conference the “big inale” of the African American Student Union’s (AASU) year-long I-Change campaign. Members with the BLC committee have contributed 500 hours to community service in metro Atlanta since August, including starting an SAT-prep program and working with local volunteer organizations like Team Buzz and Hands On Atlanta. “It’s about making the impact, because you can’t become a leader in two or three days that is the BLC. hat’s why we started planning last year,” Smith said, “We

also partnered with career services at one time to have pre-conference workshops so that students can have a transition process prior to the conference” he Black Leadership Conference is the AASU’s signature event during Black History Month; however, the Black History Chair is responsible for Black History Month advocacy across campus, featuring several events to celebrate Black culture. Events include a jazz night, arts festival, trivia night at Junior’s Grill, a high school essay contest and the Onyx Ball. “Our main focus right now is black history, and it’s more so based upon social action. We’ve always tried not being complacent, and we are always being vigilant about what’s going on around us,” Smith said, “We are addressing issues that we think are pertinent right now in the Black community. We want to create that family feeling amongst our community at Tech.” he BLC committee coordinates the conference as well as the Leadership for Tomorrow program, a mentoring academy started last September for about 50 inner-city high school students. he students involved will be presenting their information at a gala the Saturday of the BLC, where the students are divided into small groups to plan and execute community service projects. Smith is a second-year mentor whose group last year had a bake sale and donated their contributions to Haiti police eforts. All projects are fully funded by cam-

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pus sponsors like SGA, Career Services and the Institute of Leadership and Entrepreneurship, who irst sponsored the BLC. Another successful youth program is the high school SAT prep program. Students are all from local metro area Atlanta schools, like Maynard Jackson High School. “Last semester we had about 75 [high school] students, but due to overwhelming responses we’re looking to expand it this semester to 200 students. We are reaching out to departments on campus to see if they could donate the SAT practice books to us,” Smith said. Last semester AASU has other social events like movie nights, which are usually in the Instructional center; for this, they have partnered with some of the Pan Hellenic Council organizations in the past. Also this year, sometime in April, they will start the Legends Ball program, highlighting dynamic people in the community in several categories. AASU is also seeking to expand membership; of their roughly 200 members, most of them are of African American race. “I would love to get to a point where we have persons of all skin tones that are going to be; I want AASU to grow in such a way so that not just black people feel comfortable coming to our meetings or coming to our events,” Smith said, “Although we have participation from other races, I just want our numbers to increase so we can move forward with that.”

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a diferent style saddle to be able to eiciently rope animals while English riding comes from European military riding form. English riding also includes jumps. Even with these accomplishments, ifteen years after its founding, the club is still in its “growing pains stages,” as Stengard says, who is now club president. he members who do go certainly appreciate the closeness of the ADP’s barn. he two barns that they use for the club are about forty-ive minutes away. “Riding is a big time commitment. We have to get out there, ride, get back, shower. You really have to block of four to ive hours when you’re planning it,” said Stengard. Even so, the club has about 20 competitive riders in addition to several non-competitive ones, and this u p coming publicity from t h e ceremony o n Feb. 2 4 brings hope to the c l u b

members that the honors will garner the campus’ attention and maybe with that the potential of new riders. According to Stengard, the arrangement with the Mounted Patrol Unit will continue indeinitely, establishing a new way for Tech students to ofer their skills to the Atlanta community. he team riders compete through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (ICHSA) in both Western and English styles. Last year, despite being one of the smaller entrants, they came in fourth overall for Western style and ifth overall for English style.

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here’s no set pattern as to who gets invited to give a talk. “It’s a combination. Either we seek a speaker, or someone comes to us and says, ‘We could arrange for so-and-so to come speak,’” said Levin. Among recent speakers are experts on almost any policy topic imaginable, from national intelligence, to politics in east Asia, to nuclear non-proliferation, to the recession’s efect on Europe. CISTP nabs many of these speakers while they’re in town for another event or two. Often when an ambassador or expert in an area comes to give a talk at the Carter Center or the Capital, CISTP extends an invitation for them to come speak at Georgia Tech as well. While money does occasionally change hands to attract speakers, it’s not always the case. “We don’t always ofer an honorarium—sometimes we do, if the program supporting the speaker has a little money for it—but we get a lot of big names even without an honorarium,” said Levin. Several of the Center’s speakers with military or government backgrounds are actually forbidden from accepting honorariums for giving lectures; they

just do it out of a desire to get their message out to students. On hursday, Feb. 24, CISTP will be holding a colloquium on intelligence in the United States. he event is open to students, and speakers from several public and private sector organizations—including Georgia Tech—will be present. “We’ve got some marvelous speakers, all of whom are experts in their area, [though], in many cases, you would not know the individual names,” said Levin While individual names might not ring any bells, several of the organizations represented will. Oicials from the CIA, FBI and NSA will be present, as well as several representatives of the Director of National Intelligence. Students are welcome to attend, even if they can only attend one or two of the events, though they are requested to RSVP at CISTP’s site. Students will also get the chance to meet with several intelligence experts at a networking session held at the end of the day. he keynote speaker for the event is Margaret Maxson, representing the Oice of the Director of National Intelligence. According to a brochure for the event, the topics covered will include cyber security, intelligence issues in the 21st century, intelligence issues in east Asia, and others Another major event on the horizon is CISTP’s Sam Nunn Policy Forum in late March. According to the Center’s site,

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The Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy brings speakers to campus. Shown here (counterclockwise): Adam N. Stulberg, Dan Breznitz, Dr. Gary Samore and Jason Owen-Smith. the forum “is designed to foster informed discussion of critical issues confronting the United States in the 21st century. Ofering a signiicant venue for policy-relevant research and dialogue, the Policy Forum transcends disciplinary boundaries and engages scholars, practitioners, students, and the public.” he forum—sponsored by

Bank of America—will be on the topic of nuclear non-proliferation. he goal of the forum is to discuss ideas for the road to zero nuclear weapons and will speciically focus on Europe. For students interested in seeing future speakers, CISTP keeps an up-to-date list of upcoming speakers available on their site. On Feb. 23, CISTP will host a

talk by Mark Blyth, a Professor of Political Science at Brown University, titled, “Europe, the Financial Crisisn, and ‘Staying on top’ in the 21st Century. Two days later, CISTP will also play host to Ambassador Morton Abramowitz, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador to Turkey. According to the CISTP site, he will


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Lunar New Year celebrated by many cultures on campus By Jonathan Saethang Managing Editor

Typically, when you receive a red envelope on Feb. 14, you expect to see a Valentine’s Day card. his year, however, many people who got red envelopes on Feb. 14 did not receive cards, but rather a bit of cash. hese red envelopes are a bit diferent—they are called hóng bāo (Mandarin), lai see (Cantonese) or lì xì (Vietnamese) and are just one of the many traditions associated with Lunar New Year. Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in many cultures around the world, especially in Asia. he date of Lunar New Year changes every year depending on the irst new moon on the lunar calendar. his year, the beginning of Lunar New Year fell on Feb. 14 on the Gregorian calendar. Each year is also associated with one of 12 animals on the Chinese zodiac; 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. Lunar New Year is celebrated extensively by many cultures and their respective populations around the world, including Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, to name a few. “It’s the most important holiday in Chinese culture, even more important than Christmas,” said Ginger Tsai, fourth-year BMED and president of the Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA). Because of the importance of the holiday and the many traditions associated with it, Lunar New Year is traditionally a time spent with close friends and family. Because it is a time to spend with family many people travel home for the holiday. “On New Year’s Day, my family eats a traditional dinner together either at a restaurant or at

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Photo by Jerry Fu / Student Publications

On Feb. 17, the Chinese Student Association had a Lunar New Year celebration that featured the Wing Sing Lion Dance. home and the adults give children meanings; for instance, bamboo red envelopes illed with good shoots, egg rolls and oranges symluck money. We then spend the bolize wealth, and a whole ish rest of the celebration week visit- symbolizes prosperity. ing relatives and wishing them a “We have a big traditional happy new year,” said Jasmine Fu, dinner with our family, or if our a third-year IE and member of family isn’t here, with our second the Chinese Student Association family—our friends. he dinner (CSA). consists of ten dishes and must he tradition of greeting fam- include one whole steamed ish, ily members and wishing them never eaten fully to ensure continluck for the upcoming year is one ual fortune throughout the year, that is revered and maintained, along with nian gao or year cake, even with family members half- which symbolizes higher/greater way around the world. success,” Tsai said. “I celebrate Lunar New Year “Vietnamese New Year, or tet, by joining with my family to have is actually a three day event…of a dinner then make calls to the course, food is everywhere, from families in Korea to wish them condiments such as all kinds of Happy New Year,” said Sunny mut (pressed fruits), banh tet and Lee, fourth year management ma- banh chung (rice cakes),” said jor and a member of the Korean Anh Tran, third year IE and presiAmerican Student Association dent of the Vietnamese Student (KASA). Association (VSA). Like many major celebrations, here are countless other tradia big highlight of Lunar New Year tions associated with the new year is the food. Diferent types of season as well, some of them datfood served have special symbolic ing back centuries.

A member of the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company performs a ribbon dance at the Lunar New Year celebration hosted by CSA. “Before Chinese New Year traditions since growing older and people clean. A lot. hey believe coming to college. in cleaning the house to sweep “I’m sure things are the same as away bad luck to make way for they were when I was a child, but incoming good luck,” said Doug my perspective of the holiday has Wang, fourth year EE and presi- probably changed. When you’re dent of CSA. a kid, holidays are about playing “he irst guest at your door games and having fun. You’re althe day after new year is the most ways with your family, so spendimportant because they are the in- ing time with them is taken for dicator of your fortune in the next granted. After going away to colyear, so generally you would want lege and not seeing them so much, a prosperous, healthy individual you realize just how important to show up on your doorstep… they really are,” Wang said. overall, the new year is perceived “I really appreciate having a to set the tone for the whole year family dinner now that I’ve grown so it is only a time of happiness. It older since I hardly ever go home is a drama-free three days,” Tran these days. Although the big dinsaid. ner seems a lot smaller, the rar“When I was a kid, we lit ity of the occasion is more than irecrackers during the festival. I enough to compensate,” Tsai said. liked the vivid atmosphere, and he rich heritage and tradithe noise is what makes the festi- tions associated with Lunar New val,” said Zhengqin Fan, president Year continue to be carried out by of the Chinese Friendship Asso- student groups at Tech. ciation (CFA). VSA, TASA, CFA and CSA all Students also have expressed a hosted events to celebrate the ludeeper appreciation for childhood nar new year season.


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Entertainment Editor: Jennifer Aldoretta Assistant Entertainment Editor: Zheng Zheng

NUCLEAR COWBOYZ

By Robert Solomon Contributing Writer

Motocross freestylists make heads spin at georgia dome

Photos by Kelvin Kuo/Student Publications

GEORGIA DOME

Nuclear Cowboyz WHAT: Freestyle Motocross WHEN: Feb. 13, 2010 RIDERS: Adam Jones, Mike Mason, Nate Adams, Todd Potter and many others

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he beauty about America lies not only in a company’s ability to meet the needs of a public, but to also create entertainment that serves a need that many of us did not know we had. How else can we explain Disney on Ice or this, the Nuclear Cowboyz. I am certain that if any of you are familiar with motorcross or supercross, you are thinking of one thing above all: riders on dirt bikes performing really sweet jumps. hese are the kind of jumps where the rider goes airborne beyond all bounds of sanity. hey are also jumps where the rider often leaves the seat to perform some maneuver in which the slightest mistake would result in a massive payout on an insurance settlement. Just look at those pictures! Somewhere, somehow, the creators of Nuclear Cowboyz decided that World Wrestling Entertainment had the right idea, that competition was best discarded in favor of hackneyed storylines topped of with female dancers and absurd amounts of pyrotechnics. Nuclear Cowboyz is an adolescent male’s greatest dream, if that adolescent spent the vast majority of his spare time riding an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). here was no better illustration of this than halfway through the show, where a lone rider of an ATV was featured.

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After performing ridiculous jumps, including a full front lip, two of the scantily clad female dancers got on the ATV with the rider. As the rider drove back towards the starting gate, he pumped his ist in the air as massive amounts of ire shot in the air behind him. It was a dream comes true on the scale of rock concerts, only on four wheels. Up until this point, there was a fairly predictable pattern that emerged. A rider would come out and do some tricks, surrounded by ire. he “Nuclear Cowgirlz” would come out and do a dance number, surrounded by more ire. hen, more riders would come out, doing even more ridiculous jumps. he dancers come out with stripper poles and all the while, ire everywhere. his served it well for the irst half of the show, cleansing the audience’s palate so that neither activity got old. By the second half, the show had run out of ways to escalate the excitement, leading one to feel slightly detached from the proceedings. Yes, even with sweet jumps, there can be too much of a good thing. his was the only detriment to the show though. he riders themselves were all technically lawless, soaring into the air in streams and performing tricks in sync with one another. here was a particular goal that this show wanted to accomplish, and accomplish it See Cowboyz, page 20

Scorsese’s Shutter Island redeines thriller genre FILM

Shutter Island GENRE: Drama, Thriller STARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese RATING: R RELEASED: Feb. 19, 2010

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By Chris Ernst Staf Writer

Shutter Island, based on the eponymous 2003 novel by Dennis Lehane, is one of the best real thrillers to come around in a while. he ilm stars Leonardo DiCaprio, a seeming favorite of director Martin Scorsese. he ilm follows DiCaprio’s character, Teddy Daniels, as he investigates

a disappearance in a prison/mental health hospital. Saying Shutter Island is of the thriller genre, it is not to be confused with horror/thriller or action/thriller, which are very popular these days. Unlike most movies in the box oice lately, Shutter Island contains hardly any violence or even action. hat is not to say it is a tame movie, but instead it inds ways to excite

the audience without resorting to those tried and tired methods. his is really just a plain old thriller. Shutter Island does not seem wholly original at irst. Until about half way through the movie, it comes across as a rehash of several others. However, as the movie progresses and “the truth” comes out, it becomes more and more entertaining and original.

Some might claim that they knew how the movie would end. But on the contrary, it makes the audience question so much and so many things, that all possibilities are seriously considered at one point or another. he movie is about seemingly crazy people, which Scorsese portrays very well. He uses some cinSee Shutter, page 21


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ENTERTAINMENT

Hi-Rez Studios hosts Global launch party VIDEO GAMES

Global Agenda DEVELOPER: Hi-Rez Studios CONSOLES: PC GENRE: MMO Shooter RELEASED: Feb. 1, 2010

OUR TAKE: ««««« By Yameen Huq Staf Writer

his past Feb. 1 saw the release of Global Agenda, the greatly hyped release by Hi-Rez Studios. A project ive years in the making, it pushes innovation through its oxymoronic blend of shooter style and massively multi-player online role playing game (MMORPG)

elements. he MMORPG aspect of this game, allowing for thousands of players all over the world to assume customizable avatars, works seamlessly with fast-paced combat. Accessible through Valve’s Steam application, this is quick fun that any casual gamer can pick up. he game’s production history is also worth noting. he company, Hi-Rez Studios, is homegrown in Ga. and comes from humble upbringings. Ga. itself has lately become a hub for digital entertainment with the Georgia Game Developer’s Association (GGDA) pushing for legislation that allows local industry growth. “We’ve worked with legislators to create tax credits for the video game industry. We meet with international executives to get them

to relocate here and have a trade show called SIEGE that’s grown to over 900 people this year,” said Clinton Lowe, President of the GGDA. “[Hi-Rez Studios] was founded by entrepreneur Erez Goren. He had this idea of going back into the games industry and making the games he always used to play,” said Todd Harris, the Executive Producer of Global Agenda. his ive-year project was done in conjunction with the development of its own studio and team. “he inspiration was that MMO’s allowed you to be in a persistent world, but we liked that combat and energy of shooters. We wanted a game that was really fast-paced like an online shooter, but the matches would be persistent and really matter,” Harris Image courtesy of Hi-Rez Studios

said. Using the popular role-playing game World of Warcraft, Global Agenda frames classic RPG elements, such as creating and developing the character’s unique identity, and puts it in an actionoriented context. he shooter component of the game is similar to the series Tribes in that it features a jetpack for light as well as third person action. Stylistically, the game’s colorful design and graphics are reminiscent of the Disney movie Tron, and, while not stunning, are certainly easy on the eyes. he controls and mechanics of gameplay are all simple enough to learn with of a curve of a half an hour at most. With relatively accurate and easy to use guns and swords, the game is well suited for beginners and veterans alike with not too much of a skill gap. A game like this has actually been attempted in the past. he game Planetside also featured similar elements, but unlike this one, failed from too many glitches and technical problems. Fortunately, Agenda avoids such issues with its constant patches and upkeep. “We’re starting a genre which has challenges of its own. Like foreign food it’s unfamiliar at irst, but you get used to it. Planetside was deinitely a key milestone. However, our encounter size is a lot smaller and we avoid having tons of people,” Harris said. Global Agenda is unfortunately not available on Mac. On the PC, for a monthly fee, players can gain access to features like weapons creation and player versus player combat. A fun, easy-to-pick-up game makes this one a winner. Whether one seeks a long-term commitment or quick action, Global Agenda can ofer both.

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did. It cannot be said that the audience left unsatisied if they came to see what the show had to ofer. But let us not be too critical. When one comes to a gigantic show in the Dome, one expects a visceral experience and not an intellectual one. With the loud music reminding you of songs that you had forgotten existed (Prodigy’s “Breathe,” for instance) and the action working in close connection with it, the resulting experience transcends all attempts to categorize it. It is very diicult indeed to describe just what makes the Nuclear Cowboyz so appealing to those who are not already primed for its joys. It is like going to a heavy metal show or a professional wrestling match. You can’t think about it too terribly much, nor should you. Instead, you should simply let the almighty roar of the engines and the audacity of the post-apocalyptic storyline wash over you. After it was all over, I could say only one thing: God bless America and the inventor of pyrotechnics.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Romeo & Juliet shine at Shakespeare Tavern PERFORMANCE

Shakespeare Tavern’s Romeo & Juliet STARRING: Mary Russell and Lee Osorio DIRECTOR: Laura Cole DATES: through Feb. 28

OUR TAKE: ««««« By Patricia Uceda Contributing Writer

he New American Shakespeare Tavern’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet has been a staple on its repertory for 11 straight seasons, illing the Feb. time slot for the past nine years. his timeless tale of forbidden love is perfect for the month of Feb., especially around Valentine’s Day. It has become as essential to the holiday as roses and chocolate. his year’s performance, directed by Laura Cole, is no exception. A talented cast and crew breathe new life into Shakespeare’s classic play. he theatre itself consists of cabaret-style seating, with tables all the way up to the stage. here were a few tables that were impossibly small and it was pretty crowded. However, that is to be expected in a sold out show. he theatre is a non-proit venue, and relies on donations and word of mouth to keep it running. he food was excellent, with an “authentic British pub” menu full of delicious plates such as Shepherd’s Pie and Cornish Pasties. Many people probably remember reading Romeo and Juliet in high school. If you were like myself, you found it very boring and incomprehensible. Don’t worry,

you’re not alone. However, it is often said that Shakespeare’s works were not meant to be read, but were meant to be seen. You don’t read movie scripts in English class, do you? On stage, the words take on a whole new meaning when they are paired with actions. Conversations that were supposed to be comical or sad may not appear that way on paper, but when acted out, the intended emotion is conveyed. Almost everyone is familiar with the story of Romeo and Juliet. Capulets versus Montagues, boy meets girl, they fall in love, boy gets banished, plan to reunite goes wrong, and both kill themselves. It’s a classic tale of teenage angst. What saves this play from being totally depressing is the lesson learned by the young couple’s parents, as they realize that they drove their children to this with their pointless feuding. It ends with them promising to end the ighting once and for all. Artistic director Jef Watkins has said that he was greatly inspired by Franco Zeirelli’s take on Romeo and Juliet. his is evident in the way he incorporates music into the play, using real period instruments in the dance scene. he actors even perform a period dance on stage, which is pretty impressive. Another commendable aspect was the way lighting was used to convey morning, night and daytime. he audience knew instantly what time of day it was by how bright or orange the lights were. It was extremely useful. Lee Osorio plays Romeo and Mary Russell is Juliet. hey both did a marvelous job, and were very believable in their roles. Osorio did a good job of conveying the ickle, boyish nature of Romeo.

After all, the young lovers were only 14-years-old. Osorio as Romeo goes from being hopelessly in love with a girl named Rosaline, to falling head over heels for Juliet in only one night. While this could make Romeo appear annoying, Osorio manages to keep him likeable with his sweet, sincere and vulnerable acting style. His long-winded speeches did get a little tedious sometimes, but they were few and far between. Russell and Osorio were very good together, and they brought a lot of chemistry and tenderness to their scenes. Juliet is just as naïve, and Russell conveys her youthful and dramatic nature perfectly, jumping from a sad to joyful disposition in the blink of an eye. Her acting style, like Osorio’s, was also very sincere, making the character of Juliet very relatable to the audience members. When her father is forcing her to marry Paris, you feel her pain. When Juliet is debating whether or not to drink the poison, you feel her confusion. She also did a marvelous job in the comedic scenes with her nurse, played by Jane Bass. Other notable performances in Romeo and Juliet were the two characters of Mercutio and Benvolio, played by Daniel Parvis and Nicholas Faircloth. hese two were meant by Shakespeare to create comic relief, a fact that is often missed when reading the script. Parvis and Faircloth did a great job of carrying out their characters’ intended purposes. his comedic duo was hilarious, especially Parvis, who has a real talent for comedy. hey did not hesitate to engage the audience with their jokes, egging them on and hamming it up. hey had the whole theatre laughing. he audience became connected to the

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Mary Russell and Lee Osorio both shine in Romeo and Juliet. characters, and you could feel the sadness when Parvis’s character Mercutio is killed in the middle of the play. hose same plays you hated so much in high school just may take a new form on stage, especially during the month dedicated to love. If you don’t get the chance to attend this play, more Shakespearean masterpieces are soon to come. From the depiction of King Lear in March to April’s presentation of Taming of the Shrew, the Tavern will keep theatre bufs happy all year long. Seeing a play at the Shakespeare Tavern is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I highly recommend it to everyone. he Tavern is only blocks away from campus and is a great idea for anyone who enjoys good entertainment.

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ematic tricks to keep the audience just a little of-kilter. At times, the image is very warm and inviting, but switches between shots and becomes very cool. Over the course of a conversation, what is in the room and facial features become shrouded in shadow and then are illuminated again, much like the experience of DiCaprio’s character throughout the ilm. he ilm always keeps the audience confused. What is really reality is always in lux and there is never much more evidence than hearsay to back up any claim. Believing who or what for certain is impossible without just picking a side and refuting all else. his is why this is such a good movie. he progress of the story is revealed several times and it is always something completely different. he ilm builds a reality and then gives all the necessary evidence to convince otherwise, yet it just seems too implausible. he inale, however, leaves little to question. Shutter Island is well written, which has more than a little to do with being a successful novel previously. By the end, it is possible to think back and see the clues and hints. he ending is fairly deinite, purposefully and heavily providing evidence to support one claim, which goes against other claims that audience wants to believe. he ilm does not hide behind old tricks to entertain. It presents a story and develops it. Furthermore, that story keeps the audience intrigued by involving the audience itself. Between the Red Scare in the movie and the threat of terrorism now, the fantastic becomes plausible both in the movie and to the audience. Shutter Island gives an unsteady closure that would seem very tied-together and neatly done in another time. he ilm is simple and well done, a rare combination.

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THEME CROSSWORD: PARADE REST By Robert Zimmerman United Features Syndicate ACROSS 1. Loony 5. Gloves 10. Signed on the dotted line 15. Famous baker? 19. Small purse 20. Very, in music 21. Minister’s house 22. Pulls along 23. March, to a mapmaker 25. His march was long, historically 27. Kind of political group 28. Put in public oice 30. Man of the cloth 31. Use the red pencil 32. Long, steep slope 33. Handel oratorio 34. Uncle’s child 37. -- Unis 38. On a grand scale, in literature 42. -- and outs 43. His “March of the Toys”

debuted in 1903 46. Trio for Nero 47. Native dwelling 49. Gotcha! 50. Kid stuf 51. Internet designation 52. Pull down, so to speak 53. Green agcy. 54. Cofeehouse order 57. Caterpillars, later 58. Prisoner’s restraint 60. Felt some pain 61. Glass bead for sewing 62. Squeals, in a way 63. Wit’s asset 64. Wouk’s minesweeper 65. “Cielito --” 66. Moms in Montmartre 67. One-wheeled carts 69. Drive in Beverly Hills 70. Remove 71. Chem. suix 72. Intoxicating drink of ancient legend 74. War god 75. Suix in politics

77. --, amas, amat 78. Heavy haulers 79. Buddhist doctrine 80. Composer of “Marche Militaire” 85. Suix for ordinal numbers 86. he works 88. Old hi-i input 89. Island chain of Scotland 91. PBS TV series 92. Started a hand 93. Frankfurt’s river 94. Actress Milano 97. Pepys kept one 98. Bookkeeping issues 102. He warned Caesar about the Ides of March 104. He created Augie March 106. his is one 107. Long battle 108. High achiever in scouting 109. Actress Anderson 110. Angel’s armful 111. Boo-boo 112. Tapered of 113. Wineglass feature

DOWN 1. Cotillion VIPs 2. At the summit 3. Roll up 4. Puts in order: with “up” 5. Vermouth creation 6. Atoll 7. Despot 8. Yellowish brown 9. Motorcycle add-on 10. Put underwater 11. Civil-rights org. 12. Bowline 13. Superlative conclusion 14. Loses heart

15. King of the Huns 16. Grimace 17. Holds title 18. He wears stripes 24. Salad herb 26. Spew out 29. Builder’s strip 32. Greek colonnade 33. Builder’s strategy 34. Quote 35. Shaq or Tatum 36. 1964 ilm role for Fredric March 37. Wharton’s “-- Frome” 38. Receded

39. Fictional chronicle of the March family 40. Supple 41. Cries from the kennel 44. Underworld VIPs 45. Appraiser 48. Switchyard sights 51. Reptile with upturned snout 53. herefore 54. Former irst lady 55. High points 56. Not these 57. Early national-park advocate

59. Preix for some Asians 61. Naked 63. Unit of frequency 64. Pirogue 65. Actress Sophia 66. Bad person 67. High IQ is not her strong suit 68. Hit with force 69. Tear down 73. Gray 75. Peril for mountaineers

76. Pro -77. Dad’s sister 78. Walk with long steps 80. Newbie on campus 81. Fisherman, at times 82. Blacken 83. Bishop of Rome’s domain 84. Support for rails 87. Arch 90. Ominous tollings 92. Muralist Rivera 93. “Atlantic City” director

(1980) 94. Author in Yiddish, d. 1957 95. Dancer Falana 96. -- Majesty 97. Hairdresser, at times 98. Annoys 99. Soak up a spill 100. Muscle quality 101. Do the crawl 103. Bach’s “-- on the G String” 105. Motorists’ org.


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2010 Georgia Tech By Kyle Conarro, Staff Writer STARTING PITCHERS Alex Mitchell, Assistant SPorts Editor 25 D. McGuire (R) 28 37 19 38 30

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Baseball Preview LINEUP: PLENTY OF TALENT RETURNS, PARTICULARLY LEFT-HANDED HITTERS he Jackets’ lineup heading into 2010 has several key hitters returning. Tech’s 111 home runs last season led the ACC and put them at third in the NCAA. Despite losing two key middle-ofthe-order hitters in catcher Jason Haniger and right ielder Luke Murton, who led the team in homers last year with 20, the Jackets should continue their trend of power hitting in 2010. hree returning players hit over 10 home runs last season. Senior irst baseman Tony Plagman had 16 homers and led the team in

RBI, driving in 73 runs as Tech’s clean-up hitter in 2009. Junior shortstop Derek Dietrich hit 10 homers and registered 54 RBI, and sophomore third baseman Matt Skole was second on the team with 17 home runs. Junior center ielder Jef Rowland will resume his role at the top of the order. Rowland hit .340 last year and inished with 13 doubles. Rowland’s speed allowed him to steal 21 bases as well. Seasoned junior Cole Leonida is prepared to take over for Haniger as the starting catcher. Leoni-

da played in 25 games last season, hitting .306 with ive home runs. “I think [Leonida] has total respect of our team and pitching staf and I fully expect him to have a great year,said head coach Danny Hall. Hall has indicated that Skole will be the main backup catcher. he defense looks to be set, with Skole, Dietrich, Plagman and senior second baseman Jason Garofalo all returning to man the inield. Junior homas Nichols and senior Patrick Long will continue their dual roles as relief

PITCHING: MCGUIRE LEADS ROTATION, JACOB ANCHORS BULLPEN Tech will have to ind a way to replace weekend starter Zach Von Tersch, who went 6-2 in 13 games last season and was drafted by the New York Mets. Sophomore right-hander Mark Pope ofers one option. Pope was Tech’s primary closer last season, but Hall said that he expects to employ Pope as a starter this season. “We started to transition [Pope] towards a starter because we felt as though that was...better suited for him,” Hall said. Tech has another option in sophomore lefty Jed Bradley, the lone southpaw starter last season. Bradley posted a 6.65 ERA but had some bright spots, including a victory at Georgia.

he Jackets could also turn to freshmen right-handers Luke Bard and Buck Farmer. Both had stellar high school careers. Bard, who is the brother of Boston Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, was 10-0 with an 0.37 ERA as a senior. Tech returns a number of pitchers who performed well last season, including junior closer Kevin Jacob. Jacob started seven games for the Jackets last season and logged 55 innings. He went 5-3 with a 4.69 ERA. His strong play in the summer Alaskan League led Hall to make the First Team All-American his closer for 2010.Tech also returns two lefties to the bullpen in junior Zach Brewster and sophomore Jake

Davies.Brewster made a teamhigh 32 appearances out of the bullpen, 20 of which were scoreless outings. He had a 3.73 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .214 average. Davies made 27 appearances last season posting a 3-0 record with a 3.54 ERA. Senior right-hander Andrew Robinson will be a key set-up man. Robinson came on strong at the end of 2009, with a 1.47 ERA in his last 10 appearances. Senior Patrick Long and junior homas Nichols, right-handers who double as reserve inielders, ofer additional relief arms. “It’s the deepest pitching staf we have ever had,” Hall said.

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On the mound, junior righthander and First Team All-American Deck McGuire returns as Tech’s top starting pitcher. McGuire is 19-3 in his career at Tech and has a career ERA of 3.48. As a sophomore McGuire led Tech starters with a 3.50 ERA and was selected as the ACC Pitcher of the Year. McGuire’s 118 strikeouts last season showcased his ability to get batters to swing and miss using his four-pitch repertoire. Tech also returns its second starting pitcher in junior Brandon Cumpton. Last season, Cumpton was second on the team in strikeouts with 63. He inished the season with a 4.76 ERA while allowing an ACC-low three home runs.

pitchers and backup inielders. he outield returns plenty of talent, but former starters Murton and Chris House are gone. Rowland will be joined by junior Chase Burnette in right and redshirt senior Jay Dantzler in left. Sophomore Evan Martin will be one of Tech’s main utility players of the bench. One side story is the addition of Roddy Jones to the roster. he redshirt sophomore A-back will probably not start much, but his speed should make him a viable pinch-runner. Tech will need to ind righthanded power after losing Haniger and Murton.


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Jessica Coan winds up for a pitch at Mewborn Field. Coan started Tech’s irst game of the 2010 season, striking out nine over ive shutout innings against Canisius to get the win in the 9-0 victory.

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inning home run by Yee—who later added an RBI double—and a fourth-inning shot by Adkins were more than enough support for Rush in the circle. he freshman phenom pitched another complete game shutout and came one out shy of throwing a no-hitter in Tech’s 3-0 win. After allowing a walk in the irst inning, Rush proceeded to retire 18 straight Pirate hitters and allowed just two balls in that span

to go beyond the inield. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, ECU left ielder Marina Gusman-Brown knocked a single to right to end the no-hit bid. Rush allowed another hit to the next Pirate batter, but Gusman-Brown was thrown out, ending the game and completing Tech’s third straight shutout to open the year. he tournament inale pitted Tech against Florida Gulf Coast, and while the Jackets inally allowed a run and committed ive

errors in the game, Tech’s bats led the way to a 10-5 victory. Adkins, the starting pitcher for the Jackets, got two quick outs in the top of the irst but allowed the Eagles to manufacture a run on a walk and two singles. She made up for it in the bottom half, though, at the plate. Adkins drove in Yee and sophomore Shannon Bear with a tworun double to put Tech ahead 2-1. Tech added three more in the bottom of the second increasing the lead to 5-1.

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Over the next three innings, the Jackets scored ive runs, with Yee and Weseman again combining to drive in three runs in the ifth. Tech gave up a run in the fourth and three in the ifth, but all were unearned and resulted from a series of defensive mishaps. With runners at the corners and one out in the top of the sixth, Head Coach Sharon Perkins shifted Adkins to third base and put Coan in to pitch. he sophomore Coan struck out the next two Eagle hitters to end the inning, then struck out the side in the top of the seventh to close out the game and improve Tech’s record to 4-0 to open the year. Of the ive runs that Adkins surrendered, only one was earned. Adkins gave up seven hits and two walks in 5.1 innings pitched, striking out two. Coan pitched the inal 1.2 innings and struck out every batter she faced over that span. At the plate, Weseman went 3-for-3 with four RBI, and she fell a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Yee, batting leadof in the game, went 2-for-2 and drew a pair of walks, and she scored all four times she reached base. he Jackets will travel across the country as they look to continue their strong start at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas from Feb. 19-21. Tech will face ive teams there before returning for their irst home game of the season against Kennesaw State on Feb. 24.

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Track & Field strong at Tiger Paw Invitational

Tech’s track and ield teams traveled to Clemson for the Tiger Paw Invitational on Feb. 12-13. Sophomore Melanie Akwule took irst in the 60-meter hurdles. he Jackets won both 1,000 meter dash events, with sophomore Annie Martin winning the women’s event and senior Billy Mateker taking the men’s. Senior Tifany Grant took irst in the women’s 300-meter dash, and sophomore Teri Ann Grant won the women’s high jump.

Jones, Walls on ACC’s AllAcademic Team Two Tech redshirt sophomores, A-back Roddy Jones and defensive tackle Logan Walls, were named to the ACC’s All-Academic Football Team.Jones started at A-back for much of the year and had 345 rushing yards on the season. Walls was one of Tech’s main four-man tackle rotation and recorded 25 tackles and two sacks.


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Men’s Tennis faces No. 27 Auburn By Hahnming Lee Business Manager

After falling behind 3-1, the Jackets won the last three matches to claim the victory over No. 27 Auburn on Feb. 17 at the Bill Moore Tennis Center, 4-3. Facing their ifth straight ranked opponent, the Jackets broke a two-game losing streak and stayed undefeated at home. Tech took two of three of the doubles matches to take an early lead. he teams of junior Guillermo Gomez and junior Ryan Smith and freshman Magin Ortiga and freshman Juan Spir each won their matches, securing the point heading into singles play. Tech’s No. 1 team of junior Dean O’Brien and junior Eliot Potvin could not take down Auburn’s team of Tim Puetz and Alex Stamchev, ranked No. 6 in the nations in doubles. Still, despite falling behind early, the Tigers were able to take a large 3-1 lead to force the Jackets to win all of its remaining matches in order to win the matchup between the two schools. All of Tech’s higher-ranked players lost their matches. O’Brien, No. 3 on Tech’s singles team, was the irst Jacket to drop his singles match, losing in straight sets to Tim Hewitt. Ortiga, No. 2 on Tech’s singles team, was next to lose, also losing in straight sets to Alex Stamchev, ranked No. 86 nationally in singles play. he inal score was 6-4, 6-4. All-American Gomez, ranked No. 4 in singles play in the na-

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Eliot Potvin makes a return during Wednesday’s game against Auburn. Potvin defeated Auburn’s Oliver Strecker in three sets. tion, lost a three-set match on top court, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. It was just the second match Gomez has lost this year in singles. Gomez’s opponent Tim Puetz had earlier in the year lost to Gomez in the ITA National Indoor Championships in the Round of 32 in three sets. Tech began the come back when Spir won his point, 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 4 matchup. While Potvin lost his irst match set, he won the next two, blanking opponent

Strecker. he inal score was 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Tied at 3-3, Tech turned to sophomore Kevin King to break the tie for the victory. King beat Auburn’s Alexander Sajonz, 6-4, 6-3 to secure Tech the comeback win. Tech will next play its ACC opener against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. on Feb. 21. he Jackets lost last year’s meeting at Bill Moore Tennis Center, 5-2.

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head coach Paul Hewitt said in Monday’s teleconference, courtesy of ramblinwreck.com. “In assessing the video and looking at some of the things we did in the game, I thought we did some really good things...and I just hope we carry that into Tuesday night.” And carry good things into Tuesday night they did. he Jackets took the loor in Atlanta on Tuesday night to face a struggling North Carolina team for the second time this season, and again Tech came away victorious. he win gave the Jackets their irst season sweep of UNC since the 1995-96 season. Both the Jackets and the Tar Heels started slowly, notching three fouls and two fouls respectively in the opening two minutes. UNC took the initial lead, but three Tech dunks helped the Jackets tie the score at seven with 15:51 on the clock. A jumper by freshman forward Derrick Favors pushed Tech in front 9-7, and they never looked back. By the eight-minute mark, the Jackets had extended their advantage to 10. UNC cut it to nine twice over the next minute, but a three pointer by Rice propelled Tech’s lead back to double-digits, giving them a 30-18 edge with 6:37 remaining in the half. whe Jackets went on an 11-3 run in the inal six minutes of the half, giving them a 41-21 lead at the break. he second half saw Tech continue their dominance. After just over ten minutes transpired, the Jackets had increased their lead to an insurmountable 28 points, putting the score at 57-29. he Tar

Heels were able to reduce the differential down to 17 with 1:20 to play, but Tech held them scoreless for the remainder of the match to take the 68-51 win. he Jackets shot well against Carolina, shooting 44.6% from the ield as a team and 40% from beyond the arc. he points were more evenly spread across the lineup as well, with the starters contributing 30 points and the bench adding 38 to the board. “hat’s the way the game should be played,” Hewitt said of the more even point contributions. Favors, who led the team in scoring on the night, inished with 13 points and nine rebounds. 11 of his 13 points came in the irst half. “It’s always important to get [Favors] of to a good start,” Hewitt said. “Obviously he is a guy that can have an impact on the game.” Oliver and Peacock each recorded 12 points, and Miller added 11 to give him his second straight double-igure game. he free throw shooting dropped of compared to the Wake Forest game, as the Jackets shot just 12-for-24 from the line in the contest. Both Favors and Lawal loundered at the foul line, going just 1-for-5 and 1-for-6 respectively. Despite their 50% free throw efort, Tech actually outshot Carolina in this category. he Tar Heels shot just 41.7% from the stripe, hitting only 10 of their 24 opportunities. “It’s good to get the win,” Hewitt said. “I thought our guys played really well in the irst half and pretty good at times, especially at times in the second half.”

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Women’s Basketball tripped up vs. No. 10 FSU

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Metra Walthour looks toward the basket while handling the ball in Monday’s game against Florida State. The Jackets were ahead at halftime but could not complete the upset of the No. 10 Seminoles. By Alex Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor

On Monday, Feb. 15, the Tech women’s basketball team hosted the No. 10 Florida State Seminoles. he Jackets played hard but ultimately did not shoot well enough to beat the Seminoles, hitting just 32.8 percent from the ield and 15.4 percent from threepoint range. he loss was the irst loss at home this season for the Jackets, who now stand 20-6 overall and 6-4 in ACC play. Early in the game, both teams looked like they were evenly matched. Halfway through the irst half, the score was tied at 10

apiece. Senior forward Brigitte Ardossi and junior guard Alex Montgomery kept the Jackets close early, combining to score all 10 of those early points. Ardossi scored a game-high 23 points, nine rebounds, and added four assists. After the early tie, the Jackets seemingly began to pull away by going on a 12-2 run. Ardossi scored six straight points for the Jackets, and then sophomore center Sasha Goodlett made three straight jump shots to give the Jackets a 22-12 lead with 4:32 left in the irst half. Goodlett inished the game with 16 points and nine rebounds. She also shot 50 percent from the

ield. She picked up her third foul late in the irst half, though, and was forced to sit, allowing FSU to take advantage. he Jackets were able to build their lead thanks to their strong play in the paint. Tech’s forwards combined to score 21 of their 26 points in the half, and Tech outrebounded the Seminoles 28-14 in the irst 20 minutes. After allowing Tech’s low post players to dominate the majority of the irst half, FSU ended the irst half on a 14-1 run. FSU’s Alexia Deluzio came of the bench and scored four points and Alysha Harvin ended the half with a long jump shot to pull the Seminoles within three at 26-23.

he Seminoles used their momentum from the latter part of the irst half to grab the lead early in the second half. In less than a minute, Jacinta Monroe’s four quick points gave the Seminoles the lead, 27-26. Monroe inished the game with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half. A pair of successful free throws by Montgomery at the 9:02 mark kept the Jackets within one at 42-41, but from that point onward the Seminoles controlled the game. FSU went on a 14-4 scoring run to give them a commanding lead, 56-45. Sophomore guard Mo Bennett tried to keep the Jackets close with a layup with 2:08 left in the game, but it was not enough. FSU’s Monroe and Harvin scored six of the Seminoles last ten points to give Florida State the win, 69-59. here was one bright spot for the Jackets as Montgomery hit a three-point shot with 11.3 seconds left in the game. he outcome of the game was already decided, but the shot was special because it made Montgomery the twentythird Tech player to reach 1,000 points in their career. Montgomery inished the game with 10 points and 13 rebounds. She struggled from the ield, though, hitting just two of 15 ield goal attempts. “Alex did a tremendous job on the boards but her shot just wasn’t falling,” said Head Coach MaChelle Joseph, courtesy of ramblinwreck.com. he Jackets look to rebound from this tough loss on Friday Feb. 19 when they host No. 8 Duke in their second consecutive matchup against a top-10 opponent. Duke is currently at the top of the ACC standings with a conference record of 9-1.

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from page 32 victory for the Volunteers despite Ngo’s 6-3, 7-5 win over Zubor in the court four match. Tech rebounded in the last of its three contests in the tournament, defeating host Wisconsin 6-1 on Sunday, Feb. 14. he Jackets took the doubles point, winning two of the three matches. All were close contests, but Falconi and Krupina defeated Aleksandra Markovic and Angela Chupa 8-4 on court one and Ngo and Davis held of Hannah Berner and Kathleen Saltarelli 9-7 to clinch the point for Tech. In singles play, Tech won four matches in straight sets as Falconi, Krupina, Ngo and Kilborn cruised to victories. Blau won by default after taking the irst set of her match 7-6. Wisconsin’s only singles victory came as Alaina Trgovich edged Davis 7-5, 7-5 on court six. he Jackets have ten days of before opening ACC play at home against Clemson on Feb. 24.

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Softball goes 4-0 to open ‘10, including win over No. 3 UF By Nishant Prasadh Sports Editor

he opening weekend of the 2010 season was a record-breaking one for Tech’s softball team. Led by freshman phenom Hope Rush, who pitched two complete-game shutouts and homered in the irst plate appearance of her career, the Jackets defeated No. 3 Florida— marking their irst-ever win over a top-ive opponent—and opened the year 4-0 at the University of South Florida’s Wilson-DeMarini Tournament from Feb. 13-14. It was a solid start for the Jackets, who were ranked No. 13 in the preseason National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll and predicted to repeat as ACC champions. he tournament was scheduled to begin on Friday, Feb. 12, but rain throughout the day in the Tampa area prevented any Friday games from being played. Tech had been set to face Long Island and then Florida; the Long Island game was cancelled, while the contest with the Gators was postponed to Saturday afternoon. As a result, Tech opened the season against Canisius on Saturday morning, and the Jackets had little trouble in picking up their irst victory of the year. Sophomore Jessica Coan carried a nohitter into the ifth inning and three Tech players homered as the Jackets rolled to a 9-0 ive-inning victory over the Griins. Tech took the lead right out of the gate, as Rush, the designated player, hit a two-out, oppositeield two-run homer to deep right in the top of the irst. Junior irst baseman Kristine Priebe and senior third baseman Kristen Adkins reached scoring position later in the inning but were unable to score, and Tech inished the frame ahead 2-0. Canisius threatened in the

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Jen Yee hits a ball to right ield in a game at Mewborn Field. Yee hit .778 with two homers and was named ACC Player of the Week. third inning, loading the bases with two outs. Coan, though, induced a lyout to escape the jam, stranding all three runners and escaping with no damage. he Jackets went on to add seven runs over the next two innings, two in the fourth and ive in the ifth. With the bases loaded

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in the fourth, sophomore right ielder Jessica Sinclair doubled down the left ield line. Senior Kelly Eppinger—who pinch-ran for Priebe—and Adkins scored on the hit, but sophomore left ielder Kate Kuzma was thrown out. Redshirt senior second baseman Jen Yee led of the top of

the ifth with a solo home run, increasing the lead to 5-0. After sophomore shortstop Kelsi Weseman was hit by a pitch, Adkins reached on an error and Kuzma drew a walk, Sinclair struck again as she hit a grand slam, bringing her RBI total for the day to six. With Tech ahead 9-0 after ive innings, the mercy rule was invoked and the Jackets won the game. Coan shut down the Griins’ lineup, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out nine. Sinclair’s 2-for-3, six RBI performance powered the ofense as the sophomore got of to a big start after struggling from the plate in 2009. As a team, Tech took advantage of every opportunity at the plate, scoring their nine runs on just seven hits and leaving just four runners on base in the game. he Jackets returned to the ield later that afternoon to face No. 3 Florida. In addition to being a battle between top-15 teams, it marked the ifth time the Jackets and Gators had met since the start of the 2007 season, with UF winning all four games over that span. Additionally, two Tech players, Adkins and Priebe, had transferred to Tech from UF. Tech sent the freshman Rush into the circle to face UF junior Stephanie Brombacher, who had gone 42-0 with a 1.10 ERA in her irst two seasons with the Gators. It was Rush, though, who proved to be the star of the game. he Gators put two runners on base in each of the irst two innings, but both times the Jackets were able to escape with no damage. In the top of the second Gator second baseman Aja Paculba hit a line drive up the middle; Rush caught it, then quickly ired to Adkins at third to complete the inning-ending double play.

In the third, UF loaded the bases with one out, but Rush got a strikeout and induced a grounder to third to end the inning, once again with no damage. Tech was having no success at the plate against UF’s Brombacher, though. After junior center ielder Christy Jones led of the game with a bunt single and stole second, the Jackets were unable to get another hit until the ifth inning. heir only baserunner in that span came in the fourth, when Weseman was hit by a pitch. In the ifth, Tech inally got on the board. Sinclair doubled with one out, and after freshman designated player Caitlin Jordan grounded out, Kuzma knocked a triple into the right-center gap to plate Sinclair and put Tech ahead 1-0. he Gators went quietly in the top of the sixth while Tech added two more runs in the bottom half. After Yee hit a lead-of triple, Rush launched a long home run to deep left to increase the Jackets’ lead to 3-0. Rush then retired the side in order in the top of the seventh, striking out two Gator hitters as she inished the complete-game shutout and handed Brombacher her irst career loss. he victory over the No. 3 Gators marked a milestone for Tech, as the Jackets had not defeated an opponent ranked higher than No. 9 since Louisiana-Lafayette in 2004. Tech hosted then-No. 3 Washington in last year’s Super Regional round but was swept in the best-of-three series against the eventual national champions. Tech faced two more opponents on Sunday, Feb. 14 and notched another pair of victories over East Carolina and Florida Gulf Coast. Tech’s ofense was fairly quiet for most of the game, but a irstSee Softball, page 28


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Friday, February 19, 2010

Women’s Tennis takes one of three at ITA Indoors By Nishant Prasadh Sports Editor

Facing some of the top teams in the country, the No. 9 Tech women’s tennis team‘s early-season unbeaten streak inally came to an end. he Jackets fell 5-2 against No. 3 California on Feb. 12 and 4-3 against No. 13 Tennessee the following day before rebounding to defeat host Wisconsin 6-1 on Valentine’s Day at the ITA Team Indoor National Championships. he Jackets qualiied for the tournament two weeks earlier when, as the host of one of 15 regional tournaments on ITA KickOf Weekend, they defeated Arizona State and Kentucky to clinch a berth in the 16-team tournament. With the eight highest-ranked the country qualifying for the tournament as well, the Jackets were unseeded and received a irst-round matchup with No. 3 California. It marked the second year in a row Tech had faced Cal at the ITA Indoors. Last year, the Jackets dropped the second-round contest 5-2 despite a win by nowsenior Amanda McDowell in the irst light. his year, Cal jumped out to a quick lead by sweeping all three doubles matches. Sophomore Hillary Davis and junior Viet Ha Ngo went down 8-3 against Cal’s Marina Cossou and Kasia Siwosz, and sophomore Lynn Blau and freshman Elizabeth Kilborn dropped their match by the same

Photo by John Nakano / Student Publications

Irina Falconi makes a return at the Bill Moore Tennis Center. Falconi, the nation’s No. 1 singles player, faced two top-10 opponents, beating Cal’s Jana Juricova but losing to Tennessee’s Caitlin Whoriskey. score. On court one, sophomore Irina Falconi and junior Sasha Krupina came closer to victory but ultimately fell 8-5. he highlight of singles play was on court one, where the top two singles players in the nation faced of as No. 1 Falconi took on No. 2 Jana Juricova. he match was close throughout, and ulti-

mately Falconi exacted revenge for her 2009 loss to Juricova with a 7-6, 7-5 victory. By the time their match inished, though, the Golden Bears had already clinched the match. Cossou, the No. 10 singles player in the ITA rankings, took down No. 66 Krupina 6-2, 6-1 in the irst match to inish. Tech re-

bounded as McDowell completed a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Siwosz to give the Jackets their irst point. Cal took the next two matches, sealing their victory. On court six, Cal’s Tayler Davis defeated Kilborn 6-4, 6-3, and Mari Andersson knocked of Ngo 6-0, 6-3 to clinch the victory for the Golden Bears.

In the court ive match, Blau took an early lead on Cal’s Annie Goransson but fell 3-6, 6-4, 10-1. With the loss, Tech moved into the consolation bracket to face No. 13 Tennessee, which had lost its irst-round matchup with No. 2 Northwestern. he Jackets were once again swept in doubles play, but they put up a ight. Falconi and Krupina had a tough matchup against the nation’s No. 1 doubles tandem of Caitlin Whoriskey and Natalie Pluskota, but they kept the match close before falling 8-6. Davis and Ngo dropped their court two match 8-3 against Zsoia Zubor and Rosalia Alda, and Blau and Kilborn fell 8-4 to Maria Sorbello and Katie Lee. he Jackets evened things up in the irst singles match to inish, as McDowell notched a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 comeback victory over Alda in the third light. Blau and Tennessee’s Jennifer Meredith played a close match on court ive, but Meredith held of the sophomore for a 7-6, 7-6 win. Court one saw the closest match of the day--another battle between top-10 players in Falconi and No. 6 Whoriskey. Falconi edged out a irst set victory, but Whoriskey held her of to win sets two and three to take the match 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. Kilborn knocked of Lee 6-2, 6-0 on court six to keep Tech alive, but Sorbello’s 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 win over Krupina clinched the See W-Tennis, page 30

Men’s Basketball stumbles at Wake, cruises past UNC By Kyle Conarro Staf Writer

Photo by Kelvin Kuo / Student Publications

Brian Oliver puts up a shot against two UNC defenders during Saturday’s win against UNC. Oliver scored 12 points.

A close game between Tech and Wake Forest swung in the Demon Deacons’ favor late, and the Jackets lost their fourth straight road game on Saturday, Feb. 13 as Wake won 75-64. Tech rebounded, though, shutting down North Carolina 6851 on Tuesday, Feb. 16 to complete a season sweep of the Tar Heels. When Tech and Wake met in Jan., Tech downed the Demon Deacons 79-58 in their biggest victory in conference play. his time, Wake Forest returned the favor, handing the Jackets their second straight loss and dropping them to 5-6 in the ACC and 17-8 overall. he Demon Deacons struck early in the irst half, building up a 15-5 lead within the irst ive minutes of play. By the 11:29 mark, though, Tech had stolen the lead, hitting ive three-pointers to put them in front 20-18. Junior Maurice Miller hit one for the Jackets, and freshman guard Glen Rice, Jr. and freshman forward Brian Oliver hit two apiece during the run. After exchanging leads for a couple minutes, Wake Forest pulled ahead by nine with 5:04 left in the half. Tech surged back before the break, though, slowly cutting into the Demon Deacons’ lead and ultimately tying the score at 37. Eight of the Jackets’ 13 points over this period came from the foul line as they shot 84.6 percent on free throws in

the irst half. but the rest of the starting lineup Tech jumped back in front head- combined for just nine points. In ing out of the locker room, as junior fact, 40 of Tech’s 64 points came of forward Gani Lawal hit the second the bench. Rice notched 14 points, of two free throws to give the Jackets Oliver and Miller recorded 12 each, a one-point edge. Wake distanced and senior Zachary Peacock added the score yet again, though, going two of his own. Peacock, who averon an 8-0 run to take a 46-38 lead ages 9.6 points per game, shot just with 16:19 to play. Tech responded 1-for-8 against the Demon Deacons. with an 8-0 run of their own to tie “I thought we played a good the score, and the next seven min- game on Saturday night against a utes saw ive more ties as the Jackets very hot Wake Forest team,” Tech battled to keep it close. A jumper by Wake guard IshSee Men’s, page 29 mael Smith put the Deacons ahead 64-62 with 5:18 remaining, and they never gave it up. An 11-2 run gave Wake Forest an 11-point lead with one minute left, and they held that lead until the inal buzzer. he Jackets had one of their best nights from the foul line, going 16-for-20 from the stripe. Lawal, who has struggled from the line, shot 7-for-10 on free throws. Despite their solid efort from the free throw line, the Jackets were held to just 34.5 percent from the ield. Neither of Tech’s starting guards scored in the game, as freshman guard Mfon Udoia shot 0-for-3 and sophomore guard Iman Shumpert went 0-for-7 Photo by Tim Nowack / Student Publications from the ield. Lawal led the team with Moe Miller looks to make a pass while 15 points and 12 rebounds, running in Tuesday’s game against UNC.


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