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Volume 61 - Issue 9
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Campus News
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Obama’s proposed health care plan: What it means for students
Staff Writer armando.ramos27@gmail. com
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The debate over the overhaul of the United States’ health care system has been raging in Washington over the past months. Congress has proposed complicated legislation, with bills ranging over one thousand pages. Rhetoric flowed back and forth, and tension has grown on Capitol Hill. Many believe the United States health care system is in need of reform. Both of the most recent Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain and current President Barrack Obama, made health care reform
part of their campaign slogans. The National Coalition on Health Care has reported estimates that expect health care costs to rise 6.2
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percent per year from 2008 until 2018, while expecting GDP to rise 4.1 percent per year. In addition, the NCHC reported that 62 percent of bankruptcy cases filed in
STAND: “Invisible Children” Photo by Brian Heinze
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Nobel goes to Obama? -Page 7
Arts & Entertainment Giovanni Whaley
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The University of West Georgia’s STAND, also
know as the Student AntiGenocide Coalition, held a screening of the documentary “Invisible Children,” in the UCC Ballroom on Monday, Oct. 5. This documentary, created by three young
filmmakers from California, Laren Poole, Jason Russell, and Bobby Bailey, informed the UWG audience of unpublicized atrocities that shocked everyone in the room, and left many wondering how could this be happening in the world and nobody knows about it. “Invisible Children” highlights the tragic story of many Ugandan children, who have been abducted from their families at very young ages and forced to torture and kill others to survive. A virtually unknown war, lead by the Lord’s Resistance Army against the Ugandan government has been raging on in Northern Uganda for decades. The leader of the LRA and self proclaimed host to the Holy Spirit, Joseph Kony, is responsible for millions of deaths, civil unrest, and the displacement of Ugandan citizens into refugee camps. In Kony’s army, it is either kill or be killed. The young women who are abducted are often times used as sex slaves and the See
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2007 were linked to medical expenses, even when 80 percent of those involved in these cases had health insurance. There are other worries in health care now. The continual use of reactive and defensive, rather than preventive, medicine is one. Unnecessary costs, such as extra medical exams and procedures in order to prevent malpractice lawsuits, are another. The World Health Organization ranked the United States 37 out of 191 member states. Although the US spends the most in terms of percent of GDP, it lags behind all other industrialized nations, like the United Kingdom (18th) and France (1st), See
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Staff writer Bprenel1@my.westga.edu Coupled with its bold beliefs and active members, Zion Campus Ministry kicked off their annual Zion Week, which included a jazz poetry night, a zesty Caribbean party known as A Taste of Z-Islands, and a Prayer Vigil for the school and the community. The first event in Zion week began with Poetry Night on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. “A goal of Zion is for everyone to know that there are people on campus who love Jesus Christ and are not ashamed to express it,” said Joseph Bryan who has been a member since 2005. Kimalya Clunis, a sophomore at UWG and a performer at the poetry event, said, “My favorite was Poetry Night. I liked the comradery of the saints, and hanging out with different See
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Matt Glen, one out of 5 members of the band Ambient Soul shreds the bass at their show Friday night at the Alley Cat.
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Taste of Z-islands: Zion brings the Caribbean to Carrollton
Staff Writer AJAquarius@gmail.com Surrounded by trees and tranquility with timid sound of the fountain near the UCC, sounds of reggae music could be heard. Plastic palm trees, balloons, a limbo pole, and a man dressed up in a dreadlock wig set the stage for a trip to the Caribbean. Wednesday night in the grassy triangle between Ingram Library and the UCC, Zion Campus Ministries held their Taste of Z Islands. “It’s kind of like a Hawaiian luau, but Jamaican,” said Vernisha Phillips, a sophomore pre-med major. The event also had a limbo contest in addition to games, such as Uno, Monopoly, and dominoes. “The main purpose for having the Taste of Z-Islands is that we’re trying to touch the lives of college From
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people that I never really met.” The lighting was dim, accented with miniature candles on the tables, creating an ambiance of a jazz club. The performers showcased their talents and the audience snapped to show signs of approval. The event begun with prayer, and the hosts explained the goal was to expose everyone to Jesus Christ, and for everyone to simply relax. Despite the quiet audience, the event had a good turnout. The band who played that night was The Zion Boys, featuring the saxophone, drums, guitar, and the keyboard. The talents ranged from poems, songs, skits and words of encouragement. The song birds of the night seemed hesitant at first, but found their comfort when they focused on the reason of why they were singing. “It was nerve-wracking singing in front of all of those people and having the fear of forgetting the words…but after singing for a while,
students,” said Joseph Bryan, senior music education major and president of Zion Campus Ministries. The event was catered by Scotch Bonnet, a Jamaican restaurant located off Campbellton Road in Atlanta. Some of the cuisine presented at the Taste of Z Islands included curry chicken, bananas, yams, plantains, buns and cheeses and of course, jerk chicken. “It’s our way of reaching out to the UWG campus,” said Bryan. Zion Campus Ministries operates out of A Place of Refuge Church, which is lead by Pastor Barry D. Walker. Zion Campus Ministries is lead by Chris Mallard, who is a UWG alumnus. “It’s somewhat of a networking event; one where we can meet new faces and spread God’s message,” said Mallard.
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I became comfortable because I was singing unto God and not people,” said Clunis. There was a brief intermission, where refreshments were served. Jehovah Java Coffee House brought their warm smiles and warm mochas to the event. They also host an event similar to poetry night every Friday from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. Whether it is playing Guitar Hero or surfing Wi-Fi, everything is free and all are welcome. ZCM also hosted A Taste of Z-Islands Wednesday night in front of the library, where they provided catered Caribbean food and Christian reggae music. For the Prayer Vigil, ZCM prayed on various topics, from students of UWG to the President of the United States Thursday night in front on the UCC. Although there were not as many attendees as hope for, there was no doubt the prayer vigil made an impact. “The UCC used to be the hangout spot when I first came to West Georgia. Back then I was lost,
Oct. 14- AIDS Testing, 10-2 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom Oct. 14- Talk on Sexual Assault , 12-1 p.m., Greek Village Community Center Oct. 18- Soccer vs. Harding, 1 p.m., Stadium Oct. 20- Volleyball vs. Valdosta State University, 6 p.m., Stadium Oct. 20- Climate Presentation on Global Warning, 7 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom
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Students enjoy a good old-fashioned game of Uno after enjoying a spectacular meal before participating in a limbo contest.
broken, and misguided. It was nice to see myself at the old hangout spot praising God with true believers,” said Carla Matthews, a senior sociology major and a member of ZCM. ZCM was created ten years ago by alumnus and former student minister Christopher Mallard, who is now the overseer of the organization. When asked about the goals of Zion week, senior music major and ZCM President Joseph Bryan said, “To let the campus know that Zion Campus Ministry is here and what we have to offer.” Some of the things Zion offers is a weekly bible study called Thursday Night Live located in Bonner Lecture Hall at 8 p.m., and Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. in Bonner Lecture Hall. Some of the other outreach programs that students can get involved in is Z-Cares, where members tutor children once a week and cook meals for a homeless shelter once a month among other activities. From
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young boys are turned into child soldiers. The film shows witnesses’ testimonies from many that have been affected by the ongoing war such as former child soldiers and locals who want to see a return of peace to this conflicted region of the world. The film featured graphic photographs of torture victims that displayed the capabilities of Kony and his child soldiers. The photos included young people with their noses and lips cut off and people with amputated limbs. “I feel so bad and horrified to see that a person could do such a thing. How could your spirit not tell you that this is wrong?” said UWG junior Rosa Madriz. The film displays a clear contrast between the filmmakers and the locals. In one scene, all three filmmakers seemed somewhat hopeful that peace talks between the Ugandan Army and the LRA would lead to an end to all the violence and bloodshed; however, the locals, who have been witnessing horrors unknown to many Americans for decades, were unsure that this meeting would be successful. After days of waiting in the jungle for Kony, word spread through the camp that he was not coming and that peace
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In addition to Z-Cares, Zion also has a praise team, featuring singers and musicians of Zion. Other services are Brothers of Zion and Daughters of Zion which are a mentorship and a bonding experience, where men and women do various events together, such as separate fall retreats. Two new upcoming outreach programs include the Zion newsletter, where once a semester, parents will get an opportunity to see what students have learned in Zion Campus Ministry and the Zion Dance Ministry. “I had a great time, but I wish the Zion week could have been longer,” said Bryan when asked about the success of Zion week, “ZCM is like a family, with a genuine love for each other, and we want to project love across the campus.” For more information about Zion Campus Ministry, contact Joseph Bryan at superjoe40@aol. com. For more information about Jehovah Java Coffee House, visit www.carrolltonphc.org. talks were off. The failed peace talks were extremely disappointing to the makers of this documentary and they continue to keep fighting for peace in Uganda by informing college students around the country of what is happening and encouraging them to take a stand. “It’s young people like us that will help to end this war,” said Travis Hammill, a member of the Invisible Children staff. “They never made this public! What happened to the Ugandan Government? What happened to their president? To have ten year old kids with guns in their hands is very sad,” said UWG sophomore AKS. A non-profit organization of the same name, Invisible Children continues to pursue this fight head on. Their “Schools for Schools” program gives students throughout the world the opportunity to fund the construction of new schools in Uganda. They have also helped in creating a bill, which they hope will lead to stability in that region with the help of President Obama. Today, Kony and the Ugandan government have failed to make peace. Kony and his child soldiers have gone on to terrorize the countries surrounding Uganda including the Congo.
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which spend a lower percentage on average. “It’s kind of sad when we are behind San Marino,” said Tyler Young, a junior math secondary education major when shown the rank list, “I’ve never even heard of the place before.” San Marino, 3rd in the WHO rank, is a land-locked country in Italy. Meanwhile, the President has been pushing health care reform through Congress, outlining a plan to help cover most Americans and provide basic protections for those who had insurance already. “As soon as I sign this bill, it
will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it the most,” said Obama on a speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9. The President also mentioned other basic protections, such as making insurance companies cover routine check-ups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies. The current reform plan also includes the creation of an insurance “exchange,” where people without coverage can shop for competitive plans. By uniting the single persons and families in one big pool, the exchange hopes to give them the same kind of leverage large
corporations and the government use in obtaining insurance plans with better quality and prices. One area of big opposition from conservatives and lobbying groups alike has been the public option. Under Obama’s plan, a self-sustaining public option would exist to increase competition in the market, in effect lowering prices. “The A.M.A. does not believe that creating a public health option for non-disabled individuals under age 65 is the best way to expand health insurance coverage and lower costs,” said the American Medical Association in a comment submitted to Congress. It cited concerns over the disruption of the private market due
to the government-backed option, which might drive out private insurers. As of now, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has held her ground, stating that a health care plan without a public option “wouldn’t have the votes.” One of the key areas of debate has been the cost of the health care overhaul. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the most recent plan, developed and backed by the Senate Finance Committee, to cost about $829 billion dollars over the next ten years. This estimate is lower than the last, which hovered over the $1 trillion mark. This has incited a push for a vote on the bill to be held Tuesday, Oct. 13.
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with the American Association for State and Local History. The mission of the Center for Public History is to research, document, preserve and promote public discussion of the history and resources of the West Georgia region and surrounding locales. Graduate and undergraduate students have spent thousand of hours researching and conserving the culture of the south and of Georgia. The Center provides consultation and services to the community in historical research, oral history, folk life fieldwork, architectural survey, exhibit development and public and community program development. Located in Pafford Hall, room 207, the center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about what resources are in the Bookshelf go to http://www.imls.gov/pdf/ BookshelfGuide.pdf. To learn more about what UWG’s Center for Public History, go to http://www.westga.edu/ pubhistory/index_5882.php.
Committee awards Bookshelf saves history Obama Nobel Peace Prize Maggie Hills
Editor-in-Chief email@example.com The five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded President Barrack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 9 for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the Committee said. The committee also took special notice of “Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.” On hearing the news, many argued the Committee gave the prize away hastily, only nine months into Obama’s presidency. “So soon? Too early. He has no contribution so far. He is only beginning to act,” said former Polish President and 1983 Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa. But Mohamad ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency and former Peace Prize winner, agrees with the Committee’s decision. “He has shown an unshakable commitment to diplomacy, mutual respect and dialogue as the best means of resolving conflicts,” said ElBaradei. Committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland explained the committee’s choice.
“Some people say — and I understand it — ‘Isn’t it premature? Too early?’ Well, I’d say then that it could be too late to respond three years from now,” said Jagland. The award should be viewed as “support and a commitment for Obama,” said new addition to the Committee, Aagot Valle in an interview with the AP. Because the award was given at an early point in Obama’s presidency, the Committee recognized that events may not go as planned. “If everything goes wrong, then one cannot say that this was because of Barack Obama,” Jagland said. “It could be that it is because of us, all the others, that didn’t respond. But I cannot exclude that Barack Obama also can contribute to the eventual failure.” In a White House speech, Obama said, “I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations […] To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize.” Obama will travel to Oslo this December to officially accept the prize. He plans on donating the $1.4 million that accompanies the prize to charity: no specifics have been named.
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Treasured objects and artifacts in the community and held by the Center for Public History will be preserved for future generations with help from the Institute of Museum and Library Services “Connecting to Collections Bookshelf,” a core set of conservation books and online resources donated by the IMLS. Residents in the region who are working towards preserving and conserving their collections are welcome to utilize the resources at the center. The Bookshelf provides support and direction for a wide variety of collections from historic photographs and archival materials that might be saved for family history to artifacts ranging from furniture to glass or ceramics. The Center for Public History received the set of resources based on a grant application written by former acting assistant director Sandy Pollard. IMLS has now awarded almost 3,000 free sets of the IMLS Bookshelf, in cooperation From
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As an evangelistic ministry, Zion Campus Ministries is on a mission to save souls on the West Georgia campus by focusing on drawing the lost back to Christ. “By having events like these we hope to meet other people and spread God’s message to the UWG campus about an opportunity to
live an eternal life and experience heaven,” said Mallard. Students are welcome to worship with Zion Campus Ministries, who have a bible study service every Thursday in Bonner Lecture hall. Throughout the year, they host several events such as bible studies, worship services, BBQs, step shows, musical performances, and poetry readings.
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Volleyball team sells “Think Pink” merchandise Cass Carter
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The West Georgia Wolves Volleyball team took on their rivals, the Alabama-Huntsville chargers, for their 40th match on Tuesday, Oct. 6 as the kick-off of their “Think Pink” campaign for breast cancer research. The Wolves were decked out in pink during their warmups at pre-game as part of their partnership with Komen for the Cure to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research during the month of October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Wolves offered
up merchandise during the match, such as pink miniature volleyballs and “Think Pink” T-shirts, with all proceeds from the sales going to Komen for the Cure and breast cancer research. Unfortunately, the Wolves fell to the Lady Chargers 3-1, with UAH bringing solid defense throughout the match. Despite this, setter Ellie Murphy pulled off 31 assists for the night in her first game since being moved from libero. The next UWG Wolves “Think Pink” event will be held on Oct. 13, with the team hosting Montevallo. After that, they take on Valdosta State on the 20, and finish the month off with a match against Armstrong Atlantic on the 27.
UWG intramurals: State Champs get revenge in ‘09
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, Oct. 8 was a big day for football at the University of West Georgia. While the Wolves showcased their talents on local television, the 2009 intramurals football championships took place at UWG. The men’s championship consisted of a rematch between the defending UWG champions the Living Legends and the state champions, the Hitmen. Both teams had explosive offenses during the
regular season, which led many fans to expect an offensive juggernaut in the championship. Despite their past offensive efforts, the game resulted in a defensive struggle that yielded zero points in the second half. The game started with fireworks on the first possession when the Hitmen intercepted and the Living Legends nearly returned the ball for a score. The Hitmen capitalized on the turnover punching it in for a score as quarterback Andy Johnson connected with receiver Trent Ross for the first score of the game. The Hitmen
followed with a successful conversion taking an early 7-0 lead. The Living Legends quickly responded to the adversity by marching the ball down the field and quarterback Cory Cross capped it off with a short touchdown run. The Hitmen stopped the Living Legends on the extra point attempt with a 7-6 lead. Failure to convert the extra point proved costly for the Living Legends as their offense did not find the end zone again. The Living Legends did not convert in their opponent’s red zone within the two remaining minutes of regulation, thus diminishing any
hopes of a repeat. This victory avenges last year’s intense championship loss for the Hitmen to the Living Legends. The two teams showcased their talents at the state tournament which consisted of flag football teams from nearly all the universities in the state of Georgia. The Hitmen went on to win the state tournament, while the Living Legends placed fifth. In this year’s tournament, the Hitmen will try to defend their state championship title. The tournament is set for the end of October.
Wolves battle Boll Weevils, relinquish territory again
Cass C. Carter
Sports Editor Cccarter23@gmail.com The University of West Georgia Wolves football team took on the University of Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils at University Stadium on Saturday, falling 3-34, marking their fourth loss in the Gulf South Conference. “I thought the intensity level and the spirit they had tonight was renewed and back to where we were at the start of the year,” said Wolves Head Coach Daryl Dickey when asked about the game. “The defense dug their heels in there and refused to let them score in the second half and I was really proud of their effort, it wasn’t perfect, we’ve got a long ways to go, but we’ll keep playing with that kind of effort and we’ll have a chance and it’ll be a real good thing to see.” The game started with UAM winning the coin toss, and electing to receive. The opening kick by Adi Brkic went back to the goal line, and UAM was able to carry it ten yards. The Wolves defense charged in aggressively, forcing the Boll Weevils to fight hard for each yard. The Weevils managed to score their first touchdown after four minutes of play, but could not make the PAT, bringing the score to 0-6. The Wolves offense took to the field with Yusuf Holloway making excellent rushing effort, but heavy pressure on a pass on third down forced a punt by Brkic which UAM took with a fair catch on their 19 yard line. The Boll Weevils managed to connect on several big passing plays and moved down the field rapidly on the next drive, taking it in for a touchdown with 6:51 left in the first quarter. They were unable to make the PAT again, bringing the score to 0-12 in favor of the Boll Weevils.
26-yard pass from Sean Gray to V.J. Hunt opened things up for the Wolves on the next drive, and placed them on the 34 yard line for an 18-yard pass from Gray to Matt O’Brien. The drive halted at the 13 yard line, putting the Wolves in position for a 30-yard field goal by Adi Brkic. The Boll Weevils returned the kick to the 23-yard line and moved the chains down the field, but the Wolves defense held strong and forced UAM to punt. The Wolves offense pushed down the field with a three yard rush from Yusuf Holloway, followed by a 14 yard pass to Malcolm Johnson. Sean Gray rushed for nine yards, but this was followed by a loss of three yards and an incomplete pass, forcing the Wolves to punt after the end of the first quarter. UAM took possession of the ball on their 20 yard line, and completed a 19-yard pass to push them further up the field. With some rushing action followed by a 27 yard pass, the Weevils played from the UWG 33 yard line to pull off a touchdown pass that brought things to 3-19. The Wolves started on their 43 yard line, and managed to move the chains down the field, but an intercepted 10yard pass led to a touchback for UAM that they capitalized on by following up with a 28 yard rush. The Weevils continued their drive, attempting a field goal which bounced Photo by Matthew Turner off the uprights and
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was no good. On the next drive, Yusuf Holloway managed to gain some ground, but the next play ended in an interception which allowed the Weevils to score a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The next Wolves drive also ended in an interception, letting the Weevils start off on the UWG 12 yard line to get in position for another touchdown which brought the score to 3-34 after the PAT. The Wolves were unable to capitalize on their possession, held back by the UAM defense. UAM took possession on their 39 yard line, and continued to drive down the field, but the Wolves defense were able to prevent the Boll Weevils from scoring again before the half ended. The Wolves returned the second half kick to the 45 yard line and drove it down the field 23 yards with some excellent rushing work by Yusuf Holloway, but the drive was stopped short by heavy defensive pressure contributing to several incomplete passes, and ending finally in a sack that forced the Wolves to punt. The UAM Boll Weevils took possession of the ball on their four yard line to start the next drive and despite their best efforts, could not overcome the Wolves defense and were forced to punt. The Wolves next drive was punctuated by a huge pass play with Malcolm Johnson
receiving for a gain of 24 yards. A 13 yard pass to Joey Harris gained them 13 yards after an illegal block call on UWG was offset by a face-masking call on UAM. Immediately after, Sean Gray again connected for Joey Harris for another 13 yards. Gray made a rush play of his own, and with a handoff to Holloway, the Wolves attempted to make the yard needed to convert the fourth down, but were unable to make it through. The Boll Weevils could not hold up to the pressure brought on by the Wolves defense and were forced to punt. An illegal formation on the kick forced a re-kick that put the Wolves on their 46 yard line. The Wolves moved the chains into UAM territory with an 11 yard pass to George Summerset followed by a short rush by Joey Harris. A crisp pass from Gray to V.J. Hunt gained 17 yards just before the end of the 3rd quarter, putting the Wolves on the 19 yard line. The Wolves attempted to capitalize on this excellent field position, but a pass intercepted from Sean Gray allowed the Weevils to retake possession of the ball on the Wolves 49 yard line. UAM was denied the chance to take advantage of this, however, by the aggressive work of the Wolves defensive line. The Wolves took possession of the ball on their goal line, and despite bold efforts by the offense, they could not push through and had to punt. The Boll Weevils took possession on their 48 yard line, driving it down to the goal line but stopped short by the Wolves defense again, forcing them into a field goal attempt which went sour, leaving the score at 3-34 with 3:19 left on the clock. The Wolves continued putting in their best effort, managing another 17yard pass play to Malcolm Johnson, but the gain was ruined by a penalty for illegal formation, and a sack which forced the Wolves to punt.
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Through a summer class in Advanced Communication Skills— one the teacher said would be more aptly named “Basic Communication Skills”—I put a finger on the rapid, simultaneous transaction they call communication. The course essentially taught students how people communicate and deal with problems and how to communicate more effectively—seemingly elementary concepts. Perhaps the fact that I find communication of almost any kind a simple task clouds my judgment, but there should not be a college level class on how to communicate. Communicating is an excessively
n e c e s s a r y tool learned somewhere in very early childhood. By the age of 20 or so, most everyone should have it down pat. I shudder to think of the consequences otherwise; and yet, there I was. A class surely would not stand if somewhere along the line someone hadn’t notice a need to define or reinforce a concept, certainly not in this case. This chain of thought then leads to only one conclusion: a great number of the current, traditional college student body must not be effective communicators. My experiences have yet to prove the conclusion negative, granted exceptions to the rule do exist. Though many explanations
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A Lesson in Critical Thinking
In my time writing for the paper’s Opinion section I have been confronted many times with personal attacks in an attempt to dismantle my arguments. What these attackers are hoping for is that I will be dismayed from my position simply by virtue of the fact that less than reputable characters hold to such views. This is a fallacy held upon a fallacy.
In the first place, when did America become a nation of labelgivers? I see this all the time occur here at West Georgia and everywhere else I’ve been. The labels of liberal or conservative are perhaps the most popular. It is as if we have put in place a labelocracy in which we only listen to the views of those whom share our respective labels. This only serves to muddle up any possible discourse occurring between differently labeled
come to mind, the most boggling suggests that the future breadwinners of the United States learned poor communication skills from the current breadwinners. Despite the virtual whirlwind of communication going on around every average American, the future breadwinners of the United States simply haven’t been taught to voice and expand upon their thoughts to the satisfaction of scholars—hence the course in Advanced Communications Skills. Saying students are illequipped communication wise is not an inference that their teachers are equally debilitated; no evidence supports such a claim. Rather, a sort of generation gap occurred in which said skills were overlooked as palpable. This oversight exists as only a fragment in the inter-generational gaps. For decades Americans have laughed at the family-center sitcoms on television detailing the parties. It seems as if in an attempt to make life easier for everyday man, we have committed a great crime against our understanding. We have attempted to make his life easier by labeling the world for him so he doesn’t have to busy himself with understanding it. In doing so, we have left ourselves without many who truly understand discourse. In order for it to be possible we must start by taking the other seriously. It seems our labeling, or rather mislabeling, has blinded us to the other completely. What we see is simply a label. We are essentially then, fighting straw men and thinking
misunderstandings between parents and their young that ring so true— All in the Family, Family Ties and George Lopez, to name a few. Personally, my mother once called me a “skank,” believing the term to mean dirty person, not knowing the current definition to be “loose,” if you will. All comedy aside, one noted generation gap goes hand in hand with communication: the younger generation finds it less offensive to discuss certain topics in public than do their predecessors. What parents and grandparents find crude or distasteful more often than not slides right off their children and grandchildren’s backs; where they choose to keep certain things hush, their spawn choose to speak. The conclusion to these generation gaps is simply put: My generation may stereotypically form inadequate sentences, but at least we voice them. we are the better. What someone is doing then when they label me as “Postmodern” or “liberal loony” simply because I am providing opposition to their view is closing off discourse. My opposition to a particular view should not make me then, the opposition in all cases. That is what our addiction to labeling has gotten us then, it has made every issue an “us vs. them” matter. While humans may stay in communities and may live according to traditions widely held in those communities, they are never, even See
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Letters to the Editor: Disgust over Nix coverage persist Letter to the Editor: This letter is in reference to the article entitled “Suicide: Lynde Nix Remembered” which was published on September 30, 2009. I first want to say that I am not opposed to the fact that you wrote the article, because it was news on campus. The part that concerns me is some of the details that were reported in the article. As a friend of the Nix family for over 20 years, I was shocked to read some of the details that were reported by a “confidential source” reported to your writer, including the possible amputation of her limbs as the reason for her death. I know from other friends and family that Lynde worked hard in her life to hide her illnesses, and it really bothers me that your reporter would From
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in that case, simply the community. As individuals we find ourselves in context at all times but this is not the sum of who we are. What we need to do then, is take people seriously. The fallacy is that in attacking the individual for what seems to be a label we already find ourselves opposed to, we also label him/her according to what we perceive to be his/her origin. We can never really know the individual’s origin or context. We do not have the ability to penetrate him/her and see how he/she really sees the world. Here, labeling is improper. Labeling itself, is a very useful tool to us. We often label with our minds so as to perceive the world
report such dreadful information, based simply on a “confidential source”. I presume this confidential source is not a family member, as I’m sure they would have gladly spoken out about their loved one! I am saddened to think that Lynde’s loved ones would be further hurt by the printing of information which may or may not be true. And, even if the information is true, if it is something the victim worked to keep concealed in life, shouldn’t we give that person the courtesy of confidentiality in death? Sandy Nix, Lynde’s mother, as you know works in the Athletics Department. This tragedy has affected all areas of her life! At the time of the printing of the original article on Wednesday, September 30, I know she
with more efficiency. However its usefulness ends when labeling keeps us from gaining understanding. In order to make good decisions democratically we must take the opposition to our views seriously. In order to do this we must take the individual who voices opposing views seriously and in order to take that individual seriously we must understand what those views are based on their own merit. So, please let us stop labeling each other when considering what the other has to say. In attacking the other view using the Genetic Fallacy you are not only doing them a disservice but also hurting your own ability to understand the world by missing out on discourse.
Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize: He deserves the recognition
Staff Writer email@example.com Last week, President Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize awarded by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Since the announcement, there has been a whirlwind of attitudes and opinions questioning the validity of the committee’s choice recipient. Last spring, Arizona State University denied President Obama an honorary degree though he delivered the commencement address at their institution. His “body of work is yet to come. That’s why we’re not recognizing him with a degree at the beginning of his presidency,” said an ASU spokesperson. Despite whether people agree with their decision, a prestigious institution does not even deem Obama worthy of a notarized piece of paper let alone an internationally sought after Nobel Peace Prize. The award announcement came to as a shock to many, including the President. According to CNN.com, Obama was “surprised and deeply humbled” and “accepts the award as a call to action.” “This year’s Peace Prize nominees included 172 people and 33 organizations, the highest number of nominations ever. Nominees included a female Afghan doctor who is outspoken for women’s rights and has been threatened for questioning Sharia law. Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was also on the list, as was a Colombian politician who helped secure the release of 16 hostages and was kidnapped herself ten years ago,” as reported by Fox News. Given all the admirable humanitarian work done by other honorable nominees as above, the question remains-- what has President Obama done? Obama, nominated two weeks before the nomination deadline, only served as President for a few weeks; however, by that time, he succeeded to mend and nurse the wound of a healing nation. His fight for courage, diversity, change, and building impactful interpersonal relationships domestic and abroad molded the foundation of his presidential campaign and set the
had not returned to work. However, what if she were to read this article? I’m sure she would be as horrified as I was when I read the article. I’m sure you’d agree with me if this were your loved one! The information above was what I’d originally written in response to the initial article. However after reading the “apology” written by the West Georgian staff, I was further disgusted. There should be a written, sincere apology, and it should be directed to the Nix family. I am more appalled now than I was last week! Sincerely, Christy Rabern Richards College of Business, 141 678-839-5045
As an alum of this institution, I have to express my horror at the lack of journalistic integrity shown in last week’s edition concerning the article on our staff member’s death. To quote hearsay and Facebook as sources is beyond belief. Further, to print information obtained in this manner that is of a personal nature demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge of journalism ethics. I realize it is early in the semester and I can only hope the writer is a first semester freshman. I hope one day both the writer and the editor who allowed the story to be published will look back on this story and experience the only appropriate reaction – shame. Lisa W. Ledbetter
Rant and Rave -If Obama got nominated for a Nobel Prize after 2 weeks in office and having largely accomplished nothing during his life thus far, shouldn’t I get an award for working three jobs, keeping a girlfriend happy, and taking a full class load? -UWGstudents are bigger Dawg fans then they are wolves fans!? -Wal-mart, tattoos, skateboard, movie theater ... the epitome of fun for Carrolltonians. -Nice guys really DO finish last! Time to stop saying please and thank you.. -Is it just me or is the Z6 slipping ALOT lately?
tone for his term in office and -Yay, the library’s third floor is finally open! appointing his administration. On Nov. 4, 2008, Obama set the standard and surpassed a milestone -Why is homecoming such a big deal? We’re just that titled him the first Africangoing to lose anyway, and why celebrate that? American president of the United States. He won 53 percent of the vote and voter turnouts were the -If your roommate complains that you’re too loud highest in 40 years. On Aug. 6, 2009, Obama and you go to your friend’s room, guess what? You appointed the nation’s first Hispanic just pissed off THEIR roommate. Learn to be U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia quiet or leave. Sotomayor. Cnn.com reported that “Obama remains extraordinarily popular overseas, particularly in Western Send Rants or Raves to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Europe. A recent Pew Research “Rant & Rave.” Center survey found that more than three-quarters of respondents in Britain, Germany, France and Spain approve of Obama’s foreign policy.” Political analysts and supporters speculate that the esteem associated with this award gives Obama and his administration vigor and public global support to ensure that their visions of world peace and diplomacy continue to materialize and excel beyond our expectations. Wangari Muta Maathai, winner of the 2004 Peace Prize, said, “It will be even greater inspiration for the world. He has shown how we can probably come together, work together in a cooperative way.” First was Theodore Roosevelt and then Woodrow Wilson and now President Obama is the third American President to receive the award concurrently serving a term. He is also the third AfricanAmerican to be bestowed this honor along with Ralph Bunche and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to individuals and organizations that show promise of dedication and strategic planning to combat the human errors of this world. No, they are not perfect. They do not have comic superpowers nor are they God. But they do have a desire to stand for progressive change and the passion not to wait on others to see it get done. The Nobel Prize Committee may have awarded Obama early on in his presidential tenure, but it does not discredit the swift strides this man is taking to revamp the United States, our political and social standing internationally and the progression of mutually beneficial relationships amongst other countries.
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MeccaFest brings community and artists together
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Staff Writer AJAquarius@gmail.com This past weekend, the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center was the place to be as the Carrollton Artist Guild hosted the annual MeccaFest Fine Arts & Crafts festival. As the patrons visited each booth, some bought work while some talked to the artist, hoping to get a feel of the inspiration behind their work. One of those artists is Helen Helwig, whose booth mostly contained ceramic mosaic works, incorporated some interesting objects into her work, including old school keys. Other works, such as the detailed ceramic benches outside the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, give insight into Helwig’s motivation about the art she does. “It’s a personal thing because I like doing functional art, but at the same time, it’s also a community thing because I like to get the people of the community involved,” said Helen Helwig, of Villa Rica. Helwig, whose husband is Dr. Paul Luken, an associate professor of sociology at UWG, has been making pottery for about 35 years and teaches a mosaic class at the Carrollton Cultural Art Center. Paula Marksbury of Buckhorn Ridge Studios in Athens, Tennessee, finds inspiration with experimenting with different art elements to create her unique fused glass designs. “Art is always a journey,” said Marksbury, “That’s how I describe my studio’s philosophy—as an everchanging journey.” Marksbury, who started blowing glass about 20 years ago, described her artwork as kiln-formed, fused, glass. “I delight in working with molten glass, manipulating into
striking designs,” said Marksbury, “I feel I have more depth and texture, and I enjoy creating out-of-the-ordinary designs.” The result is a colorful display of her passion for taking a traditional technique and creating something new and original. “My work continuously changes and matures as I discover new methods and skills,” said Marksbury, “Although I use many traditional fused glass, I love making things up as I go along,” said Marksbury. The inspiration for her designs derives from the specific things that she loves, including vivid images, colorful fabrics and vibrant places. “For me, art is always about the experience, the surprise, the ‘aha’,” said Marksbury, “Never the destination...always the journey. That’s what makes life and art worthwhile!” For Susan Clayton, a sculptor from Tallapoosa, Georgia, her inspiration for her work is to be able to make people comfortable “where they are” and to foster a connection between her work and the people who see it. “My people are always comfortable, and they are pleased with what’s happening around them. They find peace in their music, religion, the people they love, and the simple things they love to do,” said Clayton. Clayton, who received her B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of West Georgia in 1994, started making her hand-built ceramic sculptures in 1997. She uses brown stoneware clay as the basis of the detail-oriented process for these detailed ceramic
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masterpieces, such as “Taking Care of My One True Love” and “Carlotta Resting Up Just a Little Bit”. “First, I shape the basic form and then I go back and add the expression, details, and textures,” said Clayton. Once they are finished, they are then low-fired in a kiln and then painted with a matte glaze that brings out the details—those textures and the expressions as well as enhance the contrast without taking anything away from the natural color of the clay. While the artists talked about and displayed their work, there were booths for children to create and show off artistic works of their own. “We had a surprisingly good turnout both yesterday and today,” said Valerie Newport, of Villa Rica. Newport, a volunteer, ran the “Paint like Pollock” children’s booth. The booth, one of three children’s booths, taught children and some hesitant parents how to paint in the style that made Jackson Pollock famous.
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“There were so many children and a few parents who had fun and really got into it. I’m glad they liked it,” said Newport. Also volunteering at the booth were members of UWG’s Art Student Union, who took in some of the fun as well. “It was really cool to see so many kids excited to learn about Pollock and his style of art,” said president of UWG Art Student Union, Rachel Guest. The Carrollton Artist Guild is for visual artists ages 18 and up. The mission of the Carrollton Artist Guild is to support the public awareness of the visual arts. Activities include promotion of artwork, art demonstrations, group shows at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center, and the Mecca Fine Arts Festival, among other activities. For more information about the Carrollton Artist Guild, contact Penny Lewis at email@example.com or visit www.carrolltonartguild. com. For more information, about the MeccaFest Fine Arts festival, go to www.meccafest.com.
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Book feature: Student publishes “The Illuminator’s Hope” Casey Larue
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Courtney Ramsey, a junior at UWG, boasts many accomplishments. He has a successful college career, his own non-profit organization, and he recently published his own book - all before the age of 21. The book, named after his non-profit organization, is called “The Illuminator’s Hope”. Ramsey explains that the text is about “taking the worst person on Earth… and giving them light.” He says the book does not always have perfect English and grammar because he is “a speaker by nature,” and he writes what he thinks and feels, not necessarily what an English professor would have him write. He began writing his freshman year at Kennesaw State University, and during spring semester, he began sending his book to publishing companies. After considering many
opportunities, Ramsey chose a company to publish his book last year. In “Illuminator,” Ramsey writes about his experiences with what he calls “changing ideology” in people. He has done a good bit of work with people recovering from addictions, because he believes, “Everyone can
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be helped by somebody.” He has also contributed to various causes across the United States, including an orphanage in Indianapolis. Ramsey also works with different ethnic groups in the United States, trying to bring them to the forefront of society without changing their ideals and ways of
living. He is currently working with Native Americans by meeting with tribe leaders in Georgia to try to make people more aware of the Native American tribes in the state. “You should help other people,” Ramsey said. “Don’t be afraid of people. Anyone who asks for help I’ll pretty much say yes to.” Ramsey also believes in the theory of light and dark. To Ramsey, darkness is the absence of light. “So, you can take the worst person in the world, and give them light” he said, “Everyone can be changed.” Ramsey looks at “The Illuminator’s Hope” as a kind of business card for him and his organization. And although the book is not in stores yet, he always looks for new people to help with his organization. For more information on becoming an illuminator, contact Courtney Ramsey at cramsey3@ my.westga.edu.
Recipe of the Week Hispanic Heritage Month: with Danielle Davidson Sometimes the meat or fancy side dishes can take too long to cook, leaving little time for the extra side. These potatoes are super simple; prep time is 5 minutes at most, and once they’re in the oven, they cook themselves. Just make sure to start early enough to allow for full cooking time, and a little cooling time. To serve, you can either bring them out on the baking sheet or throw them in a bowl and squeeze out the baked garlic cloves to mix in. These tasty potatoes will compliment chicken or beef entrées, especially if grilled. Enjoy!
Roasted Garlic & New Potatoes Courtesty of The Pioneer Woman
20 small to medium new potatoes 5 to 7 whole heads of garlic 1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil 1/3 to 1/2 cup dry white wine Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper
SAC presents Havana Nights
Staff Writer ldalewilliams@yahoo. com Inspired by Hispanic Heritage month, SAC’s multicultural committee teamed up for the annual explosive fiesta known as Havana Nights. Located in the downstairs Campus Center Ballroom, the fiesta completely transformed the room into a spicy underground salsa club. From sexy red lighting to the maracas and red chili peppers presented on each table, the vibrant Hispanic culture was fully embraced through the rich décor. A dance floor was appropriately placed in the center of the floor for the free salsa lessons in store for the evening and upon
arrival each person was given a raffle ticket for a drawing to win T-shirts and trinkets at the end of the event. “We are teaching salsa dancing because it is Hispanic heritage month, it’s an annual event that we have provided actual professional dancers that came all the way for Tennessee,” said Ida Michael, head of the multicultural chair for SAC, whose main purpose is to provide programs and brainstorm events that teach the university about other cultures. The two professional dancers were one male and one female partner who led the elated crowd through the basics of salsa dancing. After an elaborate display of quesadillas, nachos, tortilla chips, rice, and enchiladas were served in healthy portions in a buffet catered
by Aramark, the nightlife of UWG came to life with an uproar of eager students took the floor in anticipation of the exotic dance. “[I came out to] learn about the diversity on the West Georgia campus,” said sophomore Chelsa Little. The male professional dancer also served as a live DJ to keep the momentum going from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. from a mixture of hip-hop and salsa music. Havana Nights is one of many free events sponsored by SAC. “Anybody can come join SAC at anytime [by visiting the Campus Center upstairs above the gym] and go in and fill out one of the forms. You can be on any committee and help out with pretty much any event,” said Chelsea Hood, chair of the traditional committee for SAC.
Quarter new potatoes and set on a large rimmed baking sheet. Lop off the very top of each garlic head and arrange throughout the potatoes. Drizzle olive oil over the tops of the garlic (cover the tops) and all over potatoes; do the same with the wine. Generously salt and pepper potatoes and garlic. Toss potatoes to coat. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 375 for 45 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 20 to 30 minutes until nice and golden.
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UWG enjoys “An Evening of Musical Theatre” Lindy Oller
Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The Kathy Cashen Recital Hall was filled with family and friends to see the final night of the annual An Evening of Musical Theatre. An Evening of Musical Theatre is an event filled with music and acting. Members of the UWG Opera sing and dance in a variety of Broadway songs. This year’s event featured songs from State Fair, Oliver, Anything Goes, Lion King, Annie, The Phantom of the Opera, and Hairspray. According to Dr. Larry Frazier, the artistic director of the UWG Opera Workshop, the kids have been working on this event since the beginning of school and would rehearse from 3:305 on Tuesday-Thursday and additional rehearsals in the evening.
Dr. Frazier said “the kids made the show by picking what songs to play and planning the choreography”. The members of the UWG Opera strived to put on a wonderful event, and they succeeded. “It was wonderful,” said Melanie Headrick’s grandmother, whose granddaughter was the lead singer in the song Anything Goes, and whose grandson Noah was the baby lion in the song Circle of Life. “Once we got to the actual performance it was fun,” said Ellen Qualls, one of the lead singers in the song Who Will Buy? from the play Oliver Twist. The evening began with the song “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” from the play State Fair, and the lead singer was Joy Anderson. The next song was Who Will Buy? from the play Oliver Twist,
featuring Lauren Koch, Ellen Qualls and Rose Blanchard as the lead singers, who were each holding either a bucket of milk, a basket of roses or strawberries. The third song of the evening was “Anything Goes” from the play Anything Goes, and the lead singer was Melanie Headrick. The song after that was “Circle of Life” from The Lion King, which had all the members singing and posing as different types of animals. The fifth song was “It’s the HardKnock Life” from the play Annie, which featured all the female members acting as orphans with their buckets of water, mops, and brooms. The following song was “Masquerade” from The Phantom of the Opera, featuring Christy Sabio, Marim Rosa, and Josh Loftin as the lead singers, who were wearing masks along with
the other members. The finale was “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray, which had all the members singing and dancing, and just having fun. My mother, brother, friend of my mother’s, and her children came along to see the show as well. “I enjoyed it a lot,” said Paddy Hollis. “I liked Circle of Life the best,” said Sydny Hollis. Overall, the event was a great success. Thanks goes to the members of the UWG Opera Workshop and Dr. Larry Frazier for putting on a great show. For more information on upcoming events involving the UWG Opera Workshop and the Department of Music, visit http://www.westga. edu/music.
The Spits: Best punk band Spending $6.50 with Grant: Nights and Weekends
Distribution Manager email@example.com Mumblecore is an American independent film movement of the early 21st characterized by lowbudget production, focus on personal relationships between twentysomethings, improvised scripts, and non-professional actors. I thought I would start my review off this week with a kind of warning label. I am sure that this genre of film is something only half of all viewers find enjoyable. Nights and Weekends is the newest in the genre due to the lack of microphones which make the actors sounds like their mumbling at times. Although a relatively new field of filmmaking, the basis for this style hasn’t changed. With Nights and Weekends, staples to the genre Joe Swanberg (LOL, Quiet City) and Greta Gerwig (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Baghead) return for a film that revolves solely around these two characters building and breaking apart in a timeless tale of breakups and makeups. In previous films of theirs, the two have never tried a relationship story where at least 90% of the film is shot only on them. The film was shot in Chicago and New York, however in a faux-ironic way; the viewer only
gets to see these beautiful cities for a few minutes as the majority is filmed in either apartments or hotels. I’m sure they did this technique on purpose to make the story seem more genuine. As you can probably guess, such low-budget idealism doesn’t transcend well to the masses, but luckily there is a thriving subculture out there that believes you don’t need a bunch of special effects and money to make a substantial and interesting movie. For instance, what better medium can you think of to show the hardest of all concepts, love. Real people having real conversations about real problems. It almost feels like watching reality TV, except the sincerity is tenfold and the people are more down-to-earth. The title stems from the long distance relationship dilemma of only being able to seeing your significant other on nights or weekends. It’s a sad but true concept because these situations can be extremely passionate but also heartbreaking. The passion and sadness are amplified to the extreme, however instead of coming off forced or unnatural, I felt the truest sense of longing and hope for the two characters. I felt a real sense of confusion, which, under any other circumstance I would find annoying and immediately turned off. However, this confusion only seemed to keep my curiosity on the brim as I increasingly wanted to see exactly what was going to happen. Are we friends or more? Do I want to be friends or something more? These are real questions that everyone has asked at some point in their lives. When put into a film like this, it feels as if you’re vicariously living through the characters in some scenes. Like I’ve said, many people will lose interest immediately within the first ten minutes simply because you’re only going to see and hear dialogue for the next hour and a half but, for those of us who can see this for what it is - happiness in the saddest form possible - N&W comes highly recommended from me. Nights and Weekends can be found on Netflix.
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Staff Writer email@example.com The Spits, one of this decade’s best and most overlooked punk bands, are back with a fourth self-titled album filled with more weird electronic punk songs chock full of catchy riffs and apocalyptic visions. The group mixes The Ramones’ simplicity and cartoonish tough guy images, today’s lo-fi garage punk sounds and the radiator punk weirdness of classic groups like The Screamers or Devo to create a sound that has made for a string of great albums and sloppy yet amazing live shows. Their live presentation also includes costumes, and not in an absurd Slipknot kind of way. The Spits have been known to make dinosaur costumes out of boxes or mummy outfits out of toilet paper. When they played Atlanta last fall, they were druids wearing aviator sunglasses. No one outside of Austria garage rockers, Batman and Robin, and possibly your girlfriend has more fun playing dress up. On their newest album, the band churned out ten more modern punk classics. The opener, “Tonight,” is the type of bitter anti-love song with pop sensibilities you would expect to hear from some of their U.K. punk predecessors, while “Rip Up The Streets” effectively mixes distorted vocals with simple three-chord punk rock and hypnotic keyboard parts. Actually, that last description covers almost all of their songs since they hit the scene in 2000. The Spits clearly get a steady diet of American punk and hardcore classics other than The Ramones, like The Zero Boys or Dead Kennedys, as songs like
“Live in a Van” and “Police” would not sound out of place on a compilation of domestic punk standards. “Eyesore City” is a standout, as it has the type of apocalyptic lyrics that go well with sloppy electro-punk. It is reminiscent of an early Spits song called “19 Million A.C.” or some of T.V. Smith’s darker lyrics he penned while with The Adverts. “School’s Out” is another strong number, with over the top lyrics about slashing your teacher’s tires. At risk of flogging the Ramones comparisons to death, they might have written this one 30 years ago if all four of them and not just Dee Dee had been on drugs. This album does not let up, as all ten songs are keepers. In fact, this may be their best effort top to bottom, though none of the songs are quite as good as classics like “Remote Control,” “Let Us Play Your Party,” and “Violence Cup.” Where do The Spits fit when it comes to today’s garage-punk royalty? They consistently put on great live shows, just like Atlanta’s Black Lips, and everything they touch seems to turn to gold, even when they try something new - just like Jay Reatard. It would not be a stretch to say they are on the level of those two groups and also King Khan’s bands. They hail from Seattle, so that’s a plus in their favor, too. In fact, Steve E. Nix from The Briefs and Cute Lepers was the first person to let me know that Seattle has a hidden punk rock treasure that has been consistent for nearly a decade. Head to Little 5 Points this weekend and flip through record bins until you see this record’s bizarre cover. It’ll be $12 well spent.
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