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West Georgian A Public Forum Representing the Student Body of the University of West Georgia

Volume 62 - Issue 1


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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Super Speeder Law now effects Georgians

Kelly Quimby

Staff Writer While popular New Years’ resolutions might include losing weight and quitting smoking, an amendment to stop speeding might be a wise one to add to the list. Beginning Jan. 1, Georgia lawmakers enacted the new Super Speeder Law, the newest attempt to deter speeding. The law imposes an extra $200 to drivers speeding at 75 miles per hour on two-lane roads or over 85 miles per hour anywhere in the state. Not only will this hefty fine apply to drivers caught violating these conditions, but any other laws broken when the driver is cited will be enforced in conjunction, including the fees. The State House of Representatives approved the increased speeding fines last March, as well as increased fines for reinstating licenses following their suspension, increased fines for a DUI and an increased fee and penalty for failure to pay the original fee. The money collected from these citations will help to fund Georgia’s trauma care hospital system, which according to the Georgia Super Speeder Committee, is “where approximately 60 percent of patients are victims of car crashes.” According to Georgia Public

Broadcasting, Governor Purdue, who ratified the bill last May, hoped that the outcome would both decrease speeding and simultaneously decrease the number of trauma victims from car accidents. “We hope it will slow down people where we don’t have to issue tickets for speeding excessively,” said Purdue. “If we do that, we’re actually going to do more for trauma then any kind of money will do.” News of the law’s enactment should not be a surprise. Motorists traveling eastward on I-20 have most likely been aware of the Photo by Terence Rushin impending law since the This super-exposed photograph taken on Maple Street demonstrates the speed at beginning of last month due which some citizens drive. to the warning hanging over “If you want to be treating our Campaign, the Georgia Department the interstate near Thornton Road, roads as a race track, getting in a car of Transportation, Georgia Public reading “Speed will cost you.” This, and driving like there’s no tomorrow, Broadcasting, the Department of Public along with the host of public service then law enforcement, working Safety, the Department of Driver’s announcements and the flow of together with all Georgians to slow us Services and the Administrative Office warnings issuing from the Governor’s down will make it a safe state,” Dallas of the Courts of Georgia. Office and the Departments of Public said, wielding two Hot Wheels cars For more information regarding Safety and Transportation has made for visual effect. the Super Speeder Law and the effect it HB 160 quite the celebrity. The Georgia Super Speeder will have on Georgia drivers, visit the Bob Dallas of the Governor’s Committee has partnered with Georgia Super Speeder Committee’s Office of Highway Safety put forth several Georgia offices, including the website at www.safespeedsgeorgia. a dire and somewhat metaphorical Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, org. To view HB 160 in its entirety, warning at an Atlanta press conference Georgia State Police, The Clean Air visit last month.

SGA schedule laden, new programs, events to come Maggie Hills

Editor-in-Chief The Student Government Association has loaded its agenda for Spring 2010. SGA president Alan Webster said that the panel discussion Co-exist will hopefully air out racial tensions on campus this semester. The ten-member panel, to be held tentatively on Jan. 28, will consist of members and leaders from a variety of student organizations including the Black Student Alliance, the Latino Cultural Society, the International Student Club and Pan-Hellenic that will answer student-determined questions, said Shawn Lindo, secretary of student life. “If I can take one step in diluting [our racially charged campus] before I graduate, I’ll feel successful,” said Webster. Webster will serve as one of two moderators at the discussion.

The implementation of a program currently known as Degree Works is next on the list of upcoming events, with a tentative date of Feb. 1. Degree Works is an online program that will allow students to plan out each semester of classes in a manner that follows each department’s class schedule. Chairman of Academic Affairs Quin Roberts said that Degree Works will eliminate inconsistencies in the advising process, but will not replace advisement because the program may not tell students the order in which classes should be taken. The outcome of Degree Works is to eliminate class shortages by “[letting] administration know when [students] need certain classes so they can add more of those [classes]. [Degree Works] will fundamentally change the way students register for classes,” said Webster. In the near future, students can submit possible names for the program through a contest. The winner will receive $200 from the Office of Academic Affairs.

Snow rare in Carrollton Corryn Fraser

News Editor

For once, Georgia weather broadcasters were right in their predictions. Most times when a Georgia weather person claims snow in Georgia most people laugh it off and try calling their bluff. Already, last Thursday morning, the news stations were streaming school and business closings, but sky seemed all to clear. Around 2pm the UWG community became excited when flurries started hitting the ground. This snow, although light and fluffy, started sticking and caused regional school shut downs. By 6 am Friday morning public safety declared the school closed via SchoolCast text messages and MyUWG emails. Normally the UWG campus

On Feb. 14, a tentative date, an online survey will be open to students, allowing them to express their level of satisfaction with the current state of UWG and their desires for future change. Using business software provided by the Richard’s College of Business, the SGA will plug in data it receives online to get accurate statistics on student satisfaction and desires so it can make informed decisions. “The survey itself is a genuine opportunity to statistically infer what the student body wants to the administration.” Webster said that in addition to the SGA’s own survey material, it calls for students to submit issues for evaluation as well, because “there might be a situation we’re not aware of or never thought about.” During spring semester, the SGA also hopes to make course evaluations available online in an easy-to-use format so that students can make informed decisions on the classes they take.

The SGA plans to publish its own newsletter. It will first appear on the SGA website, but, if funds allow, the SGA will print and make the newsletter available to students on campus, said Webster. “The newsletter can be directly from the SGA to let people know what we’re doing.” The SGA feels that in moving toward becoming a bigger and better university, Carrollton needs to become more like a college town. In this manner, the SGA hopes to have the city change street signs on Adamson Square and Maple Street to reflect UWG’s presence. Preliminary ideas include changing sign color to blue and white and adding a wolf paw. “It’s subtle, but it’s something,” said Lindo. Changes in SGA bylaws will probably arrive around Spring Break and changes in the SGA constitution during SGA elections, said Webster. These plans are in addition to annual SGA events.


does not close. But do to the extreme conditions of the icy aftermath; the Jan. 13-Comedian, 7-9 p.m., Campus Center Ballroom University was forced to shut its doors. According to the West Georgia policy, it Jan. 13- Conversations about Culture, 11:30-1:30 p.m., Campus Center is the University President, or the director Ballroom of Communications and Marketing that has the power to make the final decision. Jan. 14- Men’s Basketball v. Allen No one seemed phased by the extra day off, especially considering Jan. 14- Women’s Basketball v. North Greenville most students were still recovering from vacation mode. On campus students were Jan. 16- Men’s Basketball v. West Florida using any materials to try to sled down snowy hills. Jan. 16- Women’s Basketball v. West Florida Most of the roads in town were completely iced over and remained so Jan. 18- MLK Candlelight Ceremomy, 8-9 p.m., UCC several days after the initial snowfall. For the past three years, on Jan. 7 Jan. 20- Last registration day for indoor co-ed soccer it has rained and had a high of about 75 degrees. For citizens of Carrollton, this Jan. 21-Co-ed indoor soccer managers meeting, 7 p.m., Campus Center 104 year, the weather dropped below freezing, cold enough to snow almost an inch, Jan. 28- Artist Talk, 1-3 p.m., Humanities resulting in a day off for students in the Carroll county region.

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Wolves face off against toughest opponent ever

Lauren Williams and Cass Carter

Staff Writer, Sports Editor,

The University of West Georgia’s 2009-2010 men’s basketball season looks like one of the best seasons yet for the Wolves. December was a month of strategy and preparation for head coach Michael Cooney and new and returning players. John Pringle, the soon-tobe MVP player of the season, is returning his senior year, with the hopes to finish his college career by steering the Wolves into the championships. The team triumphed over the winter break, winning the last 5 out of 7 games, with Pringle

averaging 16.4 points per game and shooting 53.7 percent on the floor. Rebounds made up a fourth of the final total of points for the Wolves. Pringle led the Wolves to 3 straight game wins at the Gulf South Conference in the last weeks and was recently crowned the GSC player of the week. This was an honor for his immense effort and dedication to breaking the Wolves from their losing streak at the start of the season. Now, the Wolves’ 2010 New Years resolution seems to consist of taking names and winning games. When the team competed against Ouachita Baptist University, they won with a lead of 14 points. Their momentum carried the Wolves from

Puerto Rico Mayaguez to Ouachita Baptist University with close wins, but they were soon off their winning streak when they played at Auburn, a game that robbed the Wolves from a win with the final score of 72-96. The Wolves play the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama on Jan. 9 and will play on their home court at UWG on Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Many are already anticipating the Wolves’ game against rival Valdosta State University on Jan. 30 at GSC, a game that gives the Wolves a chance to redeem themselves from last season’s loss of 90-75. In women’s basketball, the Wolves lost the last 5 out of 9 games, losing their recent game against

New year offers new sports action Cass Carter

Sports Editor It’s a whole new year for West Georgia, and our Wolves are looking to make their mark on the fields and courts, storming in at full force. We’ve got some fairly formidable teams on the Basketball front. The Women’s Wolves Basketball team have been a commanding presence on the court, making breakthrough, new firsts and delivering tight games that have been thrilling. The men, for their part, have taken on a Division I-A opponent in Auburn, the most formidable opponent in our school’s history, and while they did not get the big W, they certainly proved they could hold their own against some of the best in the country, keeping

within a respectable margin. We’ve got some big games coming up this week two games on Thursday. Both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams are fighting; the men take on Allen at 5:30, and the Women face off against North Greenville at 7:30. On Saturday, we’ve got both men and women taking on their West Florida counterparts; 5:30 for the women, 7:30 for the men. Looking far forward, we have some action coming up on the baseball and softball fields. Back in November, the baseball team recruited some excellent players. Right-handed Pitcher Mitch Crutchfield is coming in with a 2.33 ERA on his record and a 6-2 record, and we have a couple more right-handers in Walker White and Jamie Sexton, boasting formidable win records as well as some saves. We also have Justin Key

signed, with an 8-3 record and a 3.25 ERA, who can also play outfield in a pinch. Jerod Slaven is a right-hander from GPC who throws over 90 MPH fastballs and is seen as a possible weekend starter. Finally for baseball, we’ve got Danny Bodziak with a .456 average, 12 doubles and 18 stolen bases last spring, as well as Stuart Drew, a Coffee High School recruit coming in for second base coverage. With this lineup, it seems that the Wolves baseball team is going to pick up some speed. The softball team is just now shaping up as well, and we’ll be bringing you all the latest info on the newest picks and the upcoming schedule for the softball season with our Wolves. We’re set to see some great games this Spring, and things are only just beginning.

Ouachita Baptist University by 5572. This weekend, the Wolves faced off against North Alabama, both Men’s and Women’s teams. The Women’s team lost 48-64, but with commanding performances from Mayberry and Wyatt. The Men’s team also fell, 84-70, but Deion Sims aggressively took to the court to deliver 21 points, followed by Vojin Svilar’s 17 points. The Men’s team is set to face Allen on Thursday in the Coliseum at 5:30. The Women’s team will follow, facing off against North Greenville at 7:30. On Saturday, both teams take on their West Florida counterparts; 5:30 for the Women’s game, 7:30 for the Men’s.

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Maggie Hills Editor-in-Chief Maggie Hills

Editor-in-Chief New Year’s resolutions are annoying, an argument with three main thrusts. One: Such resolutions often require significant effort, for which no one has the energy. One after another, after another, the holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas,


Hanukah, Kwanzaa and New Years— swoop upon the American people, leaving them as breathless as a smoker after a marathon. Every ounce of energy and drive is spent on getting it all over with and done. To seriously expect one’s self to go through a whole new rigmarole, well, that’s just plain delusional—of course, exhaustion has that effect. Two: Resolutions are generally ill thought-out or thoughtless. It must be that delusion-causing exhaustion kicking in that makes the preparation and execution of resolutions

such a difficulty. Resolution-makers identify something in their lives as a problem or a vice and set out to correct it. The hitch is, they don’t look to solve the source of that problem, just the problem—which any psychiatrist worth a dime would argue is worth less than the time spent. If change is the goal, the plan to that change should be more than vague words uttered in the night. Three: Resolutions don’t stand the test of time. Because of the two aforementioned points and most likely a lack of will power, resolution-makers quit anywhere from mid-January to February. If change were truly desired, this wouldn’t be the case. But at least that means the gym

Drinking from the Fountain Fully with Eduardo Mendez

Limitations of the Government Mindset


What Americans have come to know as government is truly in the essence of the guardian state. Physical solutions to problems abound. By physical solutions I am referring specifically to the way our American government and the people who uphold its institutions view cause and effect. Specifically, the way we go about attaining certain results, which is strictly through physical or legal restriction. It can be seen in the way the president is handling the Christmas bomber. His language has been apologetic, almost like a quarterback in football who hasn’t made the game winning pass. It is sad, really. It reminds me of an experience I had my freshman year here on campus when my girlfriend and roommate’s game consoles were stolen by a midday, door-opening thief. Shortly after we discovered the mess he or she made of our room, the blame game was initiated. Almost automatically my current wife but thengirlfriend placed the blame at my feet for not having locked the door on my way out that morning. Granted, we live in a world where stealing is common

Katheryn Elie

place and we should expect to prepare ourselves in case such things occur, but something irked me at having to hear that I was the responsible party for the missing Xbox. When did we begin to believe that thieves and robbers are natural occurrences? When did we begin to blame the mugging victim for not carrying a weapon? Or the rape victim for allowing herself to be raped? It is as if we have come to blindly accept the worst parts of our humanity without question and then turned and blamed the victims of such crimes for not being physically able to halt their own victimization. The same tone lies under the government’s rhetoric when it comes to attaining desired results. Perhaps it comes from our overly scientific mindset, which believes that the only causes and effects are of a physical nature. It’s as if halting terrorism, stopping the illegal drug trade, keeping nuclear war from breaking out and fighting poverty all involve strictly physical and thus monetary solutions. We are beginning to ignore the humanity underneath all these problems both in government and in society. If we are to ever solve any of these or other problems on some sort of grand scale, we need to include


Ads Manager Don’t be confused by the title. This is a new section dedicated not to weather, but to anything and everything dealing with economics. This semester is going to be an insightful and delightful one in which reader participation is a must. In order for this to work, please send in any and all feedback, ideas, opinions, comments or thoughts about anything published in this section to Discussion is the only way to come up with solutions to the problems this generation will face in the very near future. This week’s topic: Gas Prices on the Rise – why? It is not hard to remember when gas prices went up to over $4.00 per gallon in 2008. It was the same time the cost of paper rose, unemployment rates increased, the pain of subprimelending was still evident in the hearts of former home-owners, shareholders’ eyes filled with tears as the stock market continued to plummet, and the national debt continued to grow as America fought against terrorism and their own addiction to overspending. Now, crude oil is around $82.50 a barrel (barely below a 14-month high), and the average price of unleaded gasoline is $2.71 nationwide. This is a 7 cent jump in just the past week alone! “Gas is going to continue to get higher,” said Darin Newsom, senior analyst with Telvent DTN. This could be a potential problem for consumers, and some economists think that $3.00 a gallon for gas will lead to a noticeable change in spending behavior, which will lead to even more problems with an already fragile economy. The economy is a cycle of earning



and spending. For example, Person A goes to work, gets paid, and spends their earnings on bills, food, clothing, gas and more. While Person A is spending their earnings, Person B is at work, because Person A is spending while Person B is earning. When Person B receives their pay, they go and spend their earnings while Person A is working. Thus continuing the simple cycle of placing money back into the economy. However, problems may emerge causing a break in this precious cycle. Person A only earns a set amount of money. If the price of something that is a necessity (and let’s face it, oil is a necessity that fuels our nation) goes up, then Person A doesn’t have as much money to spend elsewhere. Person B suffers from the lack of Person A’s spending, and when Person B receives their earnings they have less to spend as well. Businesses hurt when gas prices go up. The price of shipping a product, running a piece of equipment or powering the factory increases. Businesses, too, only have a set amount of money they can spend. They can’t get rid of the machines, so instead they lay off their employees. If Person A or Person B lose their job, than they can’t pay for their house, bills, or food. “The consumer doesn’t need any additional burdens,” commented Sean Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida. “They are still dealing with the fallout of the housing bust and double-digit unemployment. Rising gas prices could be another straw on an already strained back.” Chief economist Chris Probyn of State Street Global Advisors in Boston agreed with Newsom and Snaith stating “Oil prices will go up over 2010… [however], the effect isn’t big enough to derail the recovery, but

humanitarian solutions alongside our physical or monetary ones. The reason is simple. Humanitarian solutions are far-reaching and longer lasting. Physical solutions require that we are omnipresent, there to stamp out resistance wherever it takes hold. We cannot be and never have been. Strictly physical solutions will kill us in Afghanistan, as evidenced by the Soviet downfall, and physical solutions will not halt the drug trade plaguing our border, as evidenced by its rise despite an ongoing effort. Where Obama will fail at this is in his response to the Detroit Christmas day incident. It is not just a matter of paying for more security or technology, it is also a matter of changing the security culture in this country. Without the help of private citizens, we can never hope to achieve full security. Yet throwing money and gadgets at the problem seems to be the norm. What needs to be done is a mass effort to alter the attitudes of travelers and security people. Laziness on the job helped to cause the problem just as much as a lack of necessary equipment. Thus a mental and physical problem requires a mental and physical solution. Obama used the right language in

will only be crowded for a month or so. So, in an attempt at showing everyone how it’s done, I’ll share my own resolution—one that passes the outlined annoyance standard. I resolve to be more selfish. One: It requires little effort—a simple, “What do I want?” Two: In resorting to selfishness, I realize I give in to others’ wishes and desires as a means of avoiding conflict. By thinking of myself more often I’ll be standing up for myself, thereby taking better care of myself physically and mentally. Three: Well, I’ve got the first two down and I want my resolution—hey, I just started! his earlier speeches and responses on the abortion issue. Instead of resorting to the physical language, of falling back on legality and restriction as the possible solution and end to the debate, he seemed to understand at the time that the problem was really underneath all the abortion legality dialogue. The problem had been covered over by our insistence on debate and legal solutions. The problem has always been to make having a baby in the midst of personal crisis a live option. Instead of asking if we should restrict potential mothers by physically cutting off abortion as a live option, Obama decided to ask how we could all come together to solve the real problem of why abortion needed to be a live option in the first place. Whether he will follow up on this remains to be seen. Our naturalism has become very explicit here in America. Even the religious groups who seem to fight naturalism on the religious front forget their own beliefs when it comes to solving social ills as well as the ills of our nation on the global stage. They choose to revert back to the language of physical explanations of cause and effect. Will anyone ever push us hard enough to get us to remember the very human center to all these problems? Have we all become naturalists when it comes to solving problems, naturalists who believe that there are only physical solutions to problems that actually have much more depth, a much less physical and more human heart to them?

with Katheryn Elie it is obviously a drain on purchasing power if you have to pay more for gas.” So, why is the price of oil on the rise? Well, it’s not a coincidence that gas prices started to rise again last year when more signs of a decline in the value of the U.S. dollar emerged. In 2008, OPEC leaders tried to explain to President Bush that “the problem isn’t limited production but the weak dollar and other economic woes in the United States.” According to Kristin Forbes, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, economists have predicted the rise in gas and oil prices for years. “As the U.S. economy has been weakening, interest rates have been falling, and when interest rates fall, investors want to hold less of that currency because they can get a higher return someplace else.” The price of oil in the world market is given in dollars. However, the value of the dollar does not equal that of foreign currencies. The dollar’s value is lower, meaning that other countries can buy more oil for the same amount of money. This means the U.S. loses out. For example, if oil is $100 a barrel, equal to 70 euros, and the euro appreciates against the dollar by 10 percent, then it only costs 63 euros to buy a barrel. It then becomes a matter of simple supply and demand. When other foreign countries buy more oil, demand rises and the price increases in dollars. Thus, oil becomes more expensive. So why is the value of the U.S. dollar dropping? The decline in the value of the dollar has many causes. One of the main reasons involves the U.S. debt of over $12 trillion. Foreign investors feel concerned that the U.S. will let the dollar decline to the point that

the relative value of its debt is less. The large debt could force the U.S. to raise taxes (which is already in progress, but that is for next week’s issue) to pay it off, which would slow economic growth. As more countries join or trade with the European Union, the demand for the euro increases, causing foreign investors to diversify their portfolios with more non-dollar denominated assets. There is even talk of moving to a Single Global Currency (again, a discussion for another time). Simply put, the U.S. brought this problem upon itself. A solution to the rise in oil prices is again another simple Economics 101 concept -- if the price stays too high, new supply will come onto the market, such as Canada. As much as Americans like to make fun of the Canadians, they have the world’s second-largest oil reserves in the world. In fact, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Production, current oil sand projects are economically viable at crude oil prices of $18 to $20 a barrel. Here’s an idea: maybe the U.S. should join forces with the Canadians, like how Batman and Superman should team up , to form a supernova of allied forces. According to the U.S. Department of State website, “The relationship between the United States and Canada is the closest and most extensive in the world. It is reflected in the staggering volume of bilateral trade--the equivalent of $1.5 billion a day in goods--as well as in people-to-people contact. About 300,000 people cross the shared border every day.” Perhaps it is time to take this relationship to the next level. As a summation of this week’s issue of Rain or Shine, the forecast is cloudy with a chance of sunshine. Highs around 50 degrees, lows around 34.

The West Georgian - Opinions

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Man on the Street

What is your New Year’s resolution? Christina Thompson

Staff Writer

Photo by Christina Thompson

Fred Curtis, sophomore: “My New Year’s Resolution is to get closer to God and be the change I want to see.”

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Jeannie Jean, senior: “I want to lose weight and grow closer to God!”

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Gabrielle Hortman, freshman: “I need to curse less...I curse entirely too much.”

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Kaylyn Brown, freshman: “My New Year’s Resolution can be summed up in TLC--tell my story, live my passion, change my world.”

Letter from News Editor

Corryn Fraser

News Editor Each new year brings opportunities for change and fresh starts. 2010 is the turn of a new decade, and for the West Georgian, it means a change in staff. In December, Danielle Davidson, the former News Editor, graduated, opening the door for someone new to fill the position. Since the school year started, there have been many significant staff changes for the members of the West Georgian. With a completely new lineup, it’s safe to say that the student newspaper is making strides towards becoming a better, more effective paper. At least, that’s the goal I have in mind. The position of News Editor is challenging and new. But as an experienced staff writer and former Arts and entertainment editor, I do have the proper qualifications to deliver the news you want to read. I have been on staff since fall 2008. I chose to step up and become News Editor because I love the West Georgian and the infinite potential it has. I started writing before I even stepped into a mass communications class, because I loved writing and being a part of this awesome campus.

I started going to meetings and I felt more connected to the campus. I felt like I was attending more events sponsored by the university and I was broadening my social network as a whole. Today, I still feel just as strongly about the University and the student paper. I only hope some of my passion towards West Georgia rubs off on you as a reader. I do not take the job of News Editor lightly. This is a new avenue for me to learn and continue to develop my skills for life after college. Delivering the news every week means more than just writing up stories that are late and semi-interesting. It means producing stories that the whole campus really enjoys reading. I anticipate bringing in more information about the art shows in the student gallery and in galleries off-campus. I also want to freshen up our music section and talk about local or regional bands. Another one of my goals is to have information available about fun events before they occur. For instance, I want you to know at least the week before about “Batboy” the musical, instead of publishing a story about it a week later. Overall, I’m striving to make our paper even more interactive and to make it a publication that more students cannot wait to read on Wednesdays.

Rant and Rave

-Why didn’t the University salt the roads if they new it was going to snow? -Creating spam about spam on myuwg defeats the purpose of a spam catching device! -We had a snow day the first week of classes!? Maybe this will be a good semester!

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Tadaisha Cook, freshman: “I would like to eat healthier and manage my time better.”

Just Peachy

-How is a convenient store (C3) supposed to be convenient when the prices are so out of hand? Send Rants or Raves to with subject line “Rant & Rave.”

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Buon appetito at Bella’s Coffee shop

Samantha Godwin

Staff Writer Any good Italian knows the expression “L’Appetito vien mangiando” or “Appetite comes with eating.” However, any UWG student knows that this adage often fails to apply to Carrollton. After trying multiple enchiladas at the Border or The Grillage, tasting every type of coffee and dessert at Gallery Row, and eating dozens of lunches or dinners at the Corner Café, even the most indifferent food consumer begins to perceive food as more of a burden than a pleasure. Luckily, owner of the recently opened Bella’s Coffee Shop Dawn Newborn, plans to create a little Italian flavor to improve the student dining experience. With a variety of Italian meals and desserts and a fire burning inside, the café offers a cozy,

delicious getaway for disenchanted food and coffee lovers. Newborn decided to open an Italian-style coffee house after multiple trips to Italy and Greece. “I fell in love with Italian culture after living in Italy for about a year,” Newborn said, pointing to the paintings of Italian villas on the walls. “I wanted to bring my experiences back home with me and share them with everyone.” Newborn’s café, which boasts homemade desserts and meals, certainly reflects her desire to recreate the Italian experience. For anyone seeking a tasty lunch or dinner, the café offers a variety of panini and soup combinations. A light, quick lunch, for instance, might consist of a zesty turkey panini with rosemary chicken dumpling soup. For the dinner crowd, a roast-beef panini with a cup of thick, Italian bread soup would certainly prove satisfying.

Students cramming for exams or simply looking for a place to chat with friends could try the variety of coffee and tea options. Someone looking for a break after a workout might even try a refreshing mango or pomegranate smoothie. All of these options, however, fail to compare to one bite from the gelato selection. With twelve different flavors, the gelato corner offers something for everyone. For first timers, stacciatella, the Italian equivalent of chocolate chip ice cream, provides a solid option. People who enjoy fruit would love fragola, a strawberry-flavored gelato. Nutlovers should try the vanilla pistachio, and dark chocolate gluttons should aim for the cioccolate fondente. Best of all, students can enjoy a large gelato and still maintain any New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. While regular ice cream consists of 10 to 12 percent fat, gelato’s 3.5 percent

enables consumers maximum taste with more health benefits. Unlike the processed ice cream in restaurants and grocery stores, gelato uses fresh ingredients. “All of this is homemade,” Newborn explained. Indeed, Newborn insists that all of the food at Bella’s remain fresh. Unlike regular restaurants, she homebakes all of the cannoli and Italian desserts the night before. “Sorry, we’re out,” she explained to a customer one evening. “I didn’t have time to make [the cannoli] yesterday.” Although a panini-soup combination, medium gelato, and cup of coffee costs anywhere from $9 to $12, the effort and quality of the selections make it worth it. Located on 929 Maple Street, most students should find the location convenient. If anything, the café at least provides an alternative to the Border.

look, a look accomplished with belts of any width. The trend also added splashes of color to bland outfits. Belts and cinched waists are a fashion trend that continues even today. Several celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Rihanna and Victoria Beckham experimented with the “bob” hairstyle, a trademark of 2007, and many other woman around the world followed suit. Whether short and choppy, with bangs or not, ladies all over supported the “bob” movement and kept this look alive for years. Skinny-leg jeans, popularized in the 1980’s, made a major comeback in 2008. While only a few individuals were wearing these pants in the years before, it seemed like almost everyone had at least one pair of “skinnies” in their closet in 2008. With this particular cut, the fabric is form-fitting from the hips all the way down to the ankle, perfect for dressing up and comfy enough for dressing down. The jeans are still so loved today they will surely walk right into the New Year of fashion. 2009 included the resurrection of the trend of emphasizing the shoulder. Many stylists and celebrities now add more fabric to the shoulder area. Singers Rihanna and Beyonce were both spotted in 2009 wearing jackets with a little extra shoulder padding, meant to broaden the shoulder and to make it stand out. The trend is expected to really pick up this year. Perhaps the once detested “shoulder pad” is back for good.

Looking back on a decade of fashion: the 2000’s Christina-Danielle Thompson

Staff Writer

Now that the New Year has rung in, there will be several new fashion trends to look forward to and a few old trends from years past to revisit. Many trends from the last decade have contributed to the creation of today’s fashion industry. The first two years of the millennium were the years of denim. Not only did people wearing denim jeans, they also wore denim jackets, vests and just about anything else that could be made of this thick fabric. Middle and elementary school students attended classes in ultra-flared jeans, full denim body suits for girls and denim pant and jacket suits for guys. Even Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, the then-“It” couple, stepped out for a night on the town rocking this formerly popular look. The two pop sensations were draped head to toe in a flowing denim dress or a denim pants suit. They topped off the look with a jean-patched hat or tiny handbag. Now, the look may seem a little outrageous and over the top, but ten years ago, denim was the way to go. Sneakers ruled the urban-fashion industry in 2002 and 2003. Nike’s athletic shoe, the “Air Force 1,” literally stepped back onto the scene. Several men and even some women desired a pair of these hot shoes and could match them to their outfits due to the

various color combinations available. The shoe’s success even spawned a song after its namesake, performed by rapper Nelly, further boosting the sneaker’s popularity among the hiphop crowd. Although new, successful sneaker prototypes have arrived since the early 2000’s, some Nike lovers still purchase “Air Force 1”s to this day. In 2004, layering was big. Men and women layered tank tops with V-neck sweaters and shirts and wore long-sleeves under short-sleeved T-shirts. Color played a very large part in this trend, allowing individuals to wear as many colors as they wanted at a time. Old Navy stores aided the thenrising trend by selling their ribbed tank tops in almost every imaginable color.

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One popular trend from the year 2005 was the cropped denim jacket. These jackets were usually worn by women, and sometimes paired with flowing dresses and skirts. Younger women, like Paris Hilton, simply wore their cropped jackets with a plain top and nice pair of jeans to match. Although the cropped jacket has gotten a few inches longer over the years, some celebrities can still wear similar jackets today. 2006 was the beginning of a trend that put emphasis on the female waistline. This was the year that many women accessorized their tops and dresses with belts. Belting at the waist created a very feminine and curvy

Recipe of the Week

Macaroni-Chicken Bake

with Maggie Hills

1 to 1.5 lb. Chicken breasts, cubed 4 to 5 cups Macaroni noodles, cooked 1 can diced tomatoes 5 to 6 cups sharp cheddar cheese Onion salt to taste Garlic salt to taste Pepper to taste Fajita Magic to taste

A variation from an old family recipe, this casserole warms my heart and tummy. It’s incredibly filling and flavorful and provides a multitude of leftovers to feed the average student all week long. I enjoy this with super sweet tea and crescent rolls.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook cubed chicken in greased pan; season to taste using above ingredients. Combine cooked chicken, tomatoes, cheese and cooked noodles in greased baking dish. Leave enough cheese aside to put a thin layer on the tope of the mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

If you have a favorite recipe, send it to Maggie at for her to review.

Sunday Live bandsMellow Mushroom


Photo by Maggie Hills

Events around Carrollton

Game nightLast Call

Free Poker at 2 Nerd Night- The p.m.- The Mansion Alley Cat


Trivia 9 p.m.Last Call Radical Trivia 9:30 p.m.- Alley Cat Poker 7 p.m. and karaoke 10 p.m. The Den


Open Mic. NightLast Call Trivia and Live AcousticsThe Irish Bred Pub Open Mic. NightAlley Cat Trivia 8 p.m.- The Den Karaoke 9 p.m.Mellow Mushroom



“Last Call” Thursdays Live D.J. or bandsw/ live D.J. - Last The Pub Call Live D.J.’sD.J. Kell - The Irish The Den Bred Pub Live D.J.- The Live DJ -The Den Mansion Trivia 8:30-9 p.m.Mellow Mushroom

Saturday Live bandsThe Den Live bandsThe Irish Bred Pub Tree House TalkThe Alley Cat

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PAGE 8 --- WEDNESDAY, January 13, 2010

Grant Wallace

Spending $6.50 with Grant: The Cove

Distribution Manager Welcome back everyone. Per request, I will be reviewing only films that have either been in theaters or have just gone out of theaters and on to video. In the likely event the film I review isn’t playing in Carrollton, I’ll give you the location of the theatre. Thank you. There’s no easy or soft way to begin this review so I’m just going to jump right into it. Every year and even as I’m writing this, a dolphin holocaust is underway. 23,000 dolphins and porpoises are killed in Japan every year where 2,300 of those dolphins are slaughtered at the cove. Ric O’Barry, former dolphin trainer for the hit TV-show “Flipper”, decided after abruptly leaving the show in the 1960s that he needed to make a stand about how dolphins should never be captive. And how does one do this? Illegally, of course, costing him a $59,000 fine for releasing two former Navy dolphins in addition to the numerous times having been thrown in jail. The cove is located in the beautiful dolphin-loving National Park at Taiji, Wakayama, in Japan. Everywhere you look, on every store, every boat, at the Taiji National Dolphin Museum, you see an adoring connection between the

people of Taiji and their majestic dolphin. Travel a couple miles out to sea beyond anyone’s sight and you’ll find a completely different story where the water is anything but blue. Ric O’Barry and his self-found team of highly qualified insurgents including two professional divers whose specialty is deep diving without air tanks, an A/V tech assigned for making video cameras blend in as rocks, a couple of lookouts and a getaway driver who is responsible for keeping everyone alive. And that last part isn’t a joke. There have been reports of people being murdered, including a friend of O’Barry’s, for trying to save the dolphins. During their missions in Taiji, the team’s James Bond missions became almost too real for me. Years of preparation and planning went into these late night dives and surveillances. O’Barry is notoriously known for his participation as a dolphin activist, which proves as no surprise that he is followed by anti-dolphites everywhere he goes in Taiji. His team is not only risking jail and hefty fines, but also their lives.

So was it worth it? The footage illegally captured is something that no words can describe. At least the dolphin meat is being put to good use. The mercury-high meat, which is code for poisonous, has found its way into children’s school lunches across Japan which may or may not give them cardiovascular disease, infertility and high blood pressure. I believe Japan is a little too optimistic for my tastes because, as we all know, children are at their least vulnerable

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stage in their life for healthy and rosy-cheeked growth. And we all know that dolphins absolutely hate to swim thousands of miles, so it only makes sense we should restrict them to fishbowl-sized tanks. The Cove is currently out of theaters after racking up an incredible amount of praise and can currently be rented or purchased. I encourage everyone to lend their support to something that is not going away any time soon.

Best Albums of 2009, Boddy style

Collin Boddy

Staff Writer In the spirit of 2010, I find it’s always nice to look back on the greats of last year, to reflect on the good times music gave us, and other sappy stuff like that. Without further ado, these are my picks for the best albums of 2009. Russian Circles: GenevaThis instrumental trio has made my list for the past few years for their unrelenting musical drive, if nothing less. At times beautiful, and often brutal, their instruments all mesh into one awesome sound. Grizzly Bear: VeckatimestWhat can be said about this album that hasn’t been said already? Winning awards left and right, Grizzly Bear destroyed 2009 from Bonnaroo to Late Night talk shows. This is my album of the year. Dredg: The Pariah, the Parrot, the Delusion- While most may not have heard dredg, they still keeping making amazing music for those willing to listen. Cymbals eat guitars: Why there are Mountains- Not counting how awesome their band name is, these guys produce raw, visceral music in the vein of old Weezer, but much bigger. Phoenix: Wolfgang

Amadeus PhoenixOh, Phoenix. I think it’s safe to say you’ve made it once you score a Cadillac commercial and maintain your street “cred.” Jolly good show. Monsters of Folk- While I still haven’t completely warmed to the name, these men truly are the reigning titans of folk music. Jim James, Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis, and M. Ward come together to make sweet music together, while maintaining their individuality. It’s a win, win situation. Passion Pit: Manners- Giving Phoenix a run for the money for the danciest record of 2009, was Passion Pit, a spastic amalgamation of otherworldly beats fused with get of your seat vocals. You seriously can’t (not )dance. Bon Iver: Blood Bank EP- Bon Iver keeps impressing both fans and critics alike. I would say this guy should take a break and let everyone else catch up …but he already did that. Which makes many people sad. This EP is nearly perfect with Justin’s pitch-perfect falsetto vocals guiding the entire journey. Dignan: Cheaters and Thieves- These truly great guys (and girl) from Texas came out with one of the better indie albums of the year. Taking

their older sound, and making everything just a bit louder, makes for an amazing album. Fun: Ignite- The old singer of the Format came out with this band, and just in time. I was beginning to think he would never produce again. His voice is far too good to go to waste, and he proves it on this album. David Bazan: Curse Your Branches- David Bazan, lead singer of indie staple Pedro, the Lion came back huge with this solo record, as well as touring the nation with his band. Beautiful stuff. The Pomegranates: Everybody, come outside!These guys escaped my ears for far too long. They sound like a Beirut gone more melodic. Truly original sounds. Port O’Brien: ThreadbareCombining the nostalgia of their stomping grounds in Alaska, and the sadness surrounding the unfortunate death in a family, Port O’Brien crafted one of the most beautiful records of the year. I guess sometimes good things do come from bad things. Dan Deacon: Bromst- This overweight, sweaty white guy comes up with the best dance beats today. Check him out. O’ Brother: Death of Day- The best band in Atlanta working today. You can quote me on that.

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