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Board of Visitors approves increase in ‘08-’09 housing and tuition rates Average cost of on-Grounds housing expected to increase $215 per semester next year By Victoria Hinton Cavalier Daily Associate Editor

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Members of the Board of Visitors listen to a presentation on renovation projects taking place around Grounds. Debt collected from such projects has contributed to an increase in housing costs for students in the coming year.

Students living on Grounds can expect to reach even deeper into their wallets after the Board of Visitors approved increased housing rates for the 2008-09 academic year during yesterday’s Finance Committee meeting. The average increase for on-Grounds living is $215 per semester. According to Richard Kovatch , associate vice president for business operations, this change is primarily

a reaction to the growing costs of utilities and operating fees as well as a step to help cover housing renovation costs. “Some of our residence halls are over 30 years old and are in need of renovation, so we are also putting reserves aside for renovation projects, and that’s kind of an ongoing program,” Kovatch said. “The University is on a capital improvement program, so we have to increase our revenue source to cover our debt service.” He added that the debt is primarily the result of the construction costs of a new residence hall being built for fall 2008. Despite the increased fees, the University will still remain below the average of housing rates among

its peers, according to a Board document. On the other hand, Kovatch noted that the University remains above the state average for housing rates, which is holding steady at $3,912. Leonard Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the price increase was a way put the interests of students first. “We want to be able to accommodate any student who wants to live on Grounds,” he said. According to Kovatch, there are more than 6,000 beds available for students on Grounds, with the Gooch-Dillard and Copeley complexes claiming the highest numbers of vacancies. Please see BOV, Page A2

Sen. Clinton to visit University as candidates organize for primaries Candidates target Va. as major player for upcoming primaries By Emily Poe Cavalier Daily Associate Editor Students who signed up for Politics Prof. Larry J. Sabato’s Introduction to American Politics will get much more

than an introduction to the presidential race: They will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from Democratic contender Hillary Clinton in their classroom Monday. Sabato said the presentation, on the eve of Virginia’s Tuesday primary, is not an endorsement of the senator from New York. “All the candidates were invited to teach this election-eve class, on a first-

come, first-served basis,” Sabato wrote in an e-mail. “The Clinton campaign called first, so they got the spot.” According to Sabato, Virginia will be decisive in the Mid-Atlantic primary outcome. “Virginia has turned into the focus of the Mid-Atlantic primary,” Sabato stated. “Both Clinton and Obama are Please see Elections, Page A2


Sex, religion catalyze controversy for Nichol W&M President’s abilities questioned by alumni and Va. delegates for “Sex Worker’s Art Show” and removal of Wren Chapel cross

Girls trying out for the Universityʼs womenʼs lacrosse team enjoyed scrimmaging in the unusually warm weather late yesterday evening. Temperatures, however, are expected to drop back to normal this weekend.

By Alexandra Hemenway and Kathy Trawinski Cavalier Daily Staff Writers The leadership abilities of Gene Nichol, president of the College of William & Mary, have recently come under fire by some William & Mary alumni as well as several state delegates who are concerned about the president’s decision to remove the historic Wren Chapel cross and allow the performance of the “Sex Workers’ Art Show.” Nichol’s critics have also called into question the lack of action William & Mary’s Board of Visitors has taken in holding the president responsible to the

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House passes bill denying college admission to aliens Cavalier Daily Associate Editor A bill banning illegal immigrants from attending public universities passed in the House of Delegates this week and now awaits approval by the Virginia Senate. According to a survey by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia , 11 of Virginia’s 15 senior col-

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leges and universities have policies denying illegal aliens from gaining admittance. If passed by the Senate, the bill, proposed by Del. Christopher Peace, R-Mechanicsville, would leave undocumented students with the sole option of attending private universities. According to University Dean of Admissions John Blackburn , the University


does not admit undocumented students in accordance with the opinion of the commonwealth’s attorney general that illegal immigrants should not be enrolled in Virginia public institutes of higher education. Although Blackburn said it is very unusual for an undocumented student to apply to the University, SCHEV estimates Please see Bill, Page A2


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General Assembly praises nursing dean for school’s improved ranking By Ayn C. Wisler Cavalier Daily Associate Editor

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college. According to Del. Mark Cole R-Fredericksburg, chairman of the House’s Privileges and Elections Committee, the Privileges and Elections Committee held a meeting yesterday morning with four nominees to the Board to discuss concerns about Nichol’s abilities. “There’s been some concern among House members and William & Mary alumni about the direction William & Mary has been heading in the past few years and the leadership down there,” Cole said. “We thought it would be appropriate to have [the nominees] come

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Lancaster’s legacy attracts many Nichol | Va. delegates meet with BOV potential successors for open dean position to discuss concerns about censorship

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Continued from page A1 According to the resolution the Nursing School has improved its national ranking to stand among the top five percent of nursing schools in the country under Lancaster’s watch. “Through her leadership, her vision and her uncompromising standards for both education and nursing practice, she has raised the Nursing School to be a national leader in teaching, research and the care of patients,” said Nursing Prof. Valentina Brashers, a longtime colleague of Lancaster. Lancaster described how she mentors students, noting “today’s students are going to be confronted with and offered opportunities that others of us have never had, and instead of being afraid, I encourage them not to say ‘I can’t’ or ‘I don’t know how’ until they have exhausted all efforts to learn how.” Lancaster herself had the chance to break new ground while at the University; she noted that when she arrived at the University in 1989

she “was the only woman dean and there were very few women in senior administrative positions.” As Lancaster prepares to depart, the Nursing School is at a turning point, with new facilities under construction to house record enrollment numbers, a new master’s degree program and a new doctorate of nursing practice program. According to Brashers, “the Nursing School was not well-known prior to [Lancaster’s] tenure,” and Lancaster took on responsibilities of high-level administrative decisionmaking. “Her ability to make stakeholders fully appreciate the value of nursing education has most recently taken the tangible form of the new state-of-theart Claude Moore Nursing School,” Brashers added. Lancaster said she prefers to retire while people “envision [her] still racing around getting money for the school,” adding that she remembers her first dean saying, “Let me retire before they wish I was gone.” During her time at the University, Lancaster has accrued a number of

honors, including being named Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing. This first endowed professorship in nursing is an honor she received from working with nurses throughout Virginia. Outside of the University community, Lancaster also is finishing the end of a two-year term as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing this spring. “In service to the nation, [Lancaster] has informed state and national legislatures and the public about the expanding and crucial role of nursing and nursing education in improving the nation’s health and has moved nursing into the center of health care reform,” Brashers said. According to Lancaster, a national search for a replacement dean will bring five candidates to the University this month, but a decision will not be made until later this spring. Brashers said Lancaster’s accomplishments have led the Nursing School to attract applicants who want to come to the University because of Lancaster’s outstanding work.

Continued from page A1 to discuss these issues.” Del. Bob Marshall R-Manassas, said that the president’s decisions have had a detrimental effect on the college’s ability to attract donors, citing donor John McGlothlin’s decision to revoke his $10 to $12 million gift to William & Mary as a result of the October 2006 removal of the cross at Wren Chapel. “William & Mary lost rankings, money and support because of Nichol’s actions,” Marshall said. Marshall said he also felt Nichol’s decision to allow the “Sex Workers’ Art Show” to take place on campus Monday was in poor taste. In a statement released Jan. 28, Nichols said he would allow the performance because of the protection given to it by the First Amendment. He said aversion to certain speech or practices is not reason enough to prohibit a performance, noting he believes censorship has no place at William & Mary. According to the show’s page on, the performance offers a mix of cabaret, drag and burlesque to present dif-

ferent perspectives on “sex work,” including a celebration of prostitution. Marshall said he believes the free speech defense does not hold, contending that obscenity statutes suspend the performance of such material. Cole agreed with Marshall’s sentiment, arguing in a letter written to several state delegates that Nichol’s decision is “turning the public property of the College into a bawdy house venue for pimps, prostitutes and dominatrix.” Nichols is not alone in believing the performance is protected by the Constitution, though. Del. Joe Morrissey D-Alexandria said the show should be allowed at William & Mary, noting that a spectrum of views should be given free reign in academic atmospheres. “The expression of views in an academic environment is healthy, promotes learning and should be encouraged,” Morrissey said. “All views should be expressed, not just religious. When we do that, it makes for a better learning environment.” Cole said the meeting between delegates and Board nominees yesterday went well, adding that he hopes the nominees will address the delegates’ concerns.

Bill | University to continue denying alien enrollment BOV| Some graduate tuition Continued from page A1 that 800 to 1,000 illegal aliens are enrolled in various Virginia colleges and universities. Virginia Tech, Radford University, Old Dominion University and George Mason University are the four Virginia schools that do not bar illegal immigrants from applying, according to a press release from Peace’s office. Of Virginia’s 23 public community colleges, 12 allow illegal aliens to enroll. These undocumented students are charged out-ofstate tuition. “Institutions of higher education that allow

admission of illegal aliens are endorsing a practice that is in violation of our national interest and a burden [on] the hard-working citizens and immigrants who have become proud U.S. citizens through a long and legal process,” Peace stated in a press release. “We should end the practice of giving spots in our colleges to illegal immigrants and instead create more room for our sons and daughters.” The bill passed with a bipartisan majority in the House and has been assigned to the Senate Education and Health Committee, in which Democrats hold a 10-5 majority.

David Clementson, deputy director of communications for Attorney General Bob McDonnell said the attorney general “supports the legislation because he believes that individuals who are in Virginia illegally should not get the benefits of Virginia citizenship.” Although Blackburn would not comment on whether the University supported the legislation, he did say the University will continue denying admission to undocumented aliens even if the bill does not pass in the Senate. “That’s our policy,” Blackburn said. “The bill won’t change anything here.”

rates to see increase next year Continued from page A1 “Other residence areas are more popular, like Lambeth and Bice, which have almost 100 percent occupancy,” Kovatch said. Undergraduate students living on Grounds are not the only members of the University community who will see an increase in fees. Certain graduate students will

also see an increase in costs for the next academic year, as the Board approved a tuition and fee increase for three graduate schools. The Darden School will see a 6.3 percent increase, the Medical School will see a 6 percent increase and the Engineering School will see a 1.5 percent increase in graduate tuition. According to Sandridge, tuition rates “are set by the market.”

Elections | Mayor Norris hopes for “positive change in Washington,” endorses Obama Continued from page A1 targeting it and working the state hard.” He added that he believes that there is palpable political energy in the commonwealth. “I expect a very healthy turnout on Tuesday,” Sabato wrote. “The public’s interest in this election is through the roof, and it’s virtually unprecedented in my lifetime.” The Virginia State Board of Elections also expects a good turnout for Tuesday’s primary, according to Valerie A. Jones, deputy secretary at the Board of Elections. “We anticipate that we are going to have maybe a 30 to 40 percent voter turnout and we expect that a number of people will be voting for the first time,”

Jones said. According to Jones, there are almost four million registered voters in the commonwealth, 300,000 of whom are new voters. Although regular primary voting in Virginia will last from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, many citizens will be voting this week and this Saturday as in-person absentee voters. “The nice thing about [in-person absentee voting] is that you can go to your registered office and vote absentee,” Jones said. “You don’t have to worry about those lines.” Jones said some voters are enthusiastic to cast their ballots, noting that on Super Tuesday, the Board of Elections received nearly 700 phone calls from confused voters asking why their polling locations

were not open. “It shows that people are energized about what’s going on. They are eager to participate in the process,” Jones said. Other events leading up to Tuesday’s primary include Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris’ recent endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. “This year is critical and I personally endorse Obama,” Norris said. “I think he really does have what it takes to make a positive change in Washington.” Looking ahead to next Tuesday’s primary, Norris said that he expects to see “a much higher turnout” than at previous primaries. On Grounds, both the College Republicans and University Democrats are organizing for next week’s primaries. College Republicans Chair Robert


Martin said his organization has been assisting various campaigns through such methods as phone calls, literature drops and sign holding. Martin believes that the large military presence in Virginia will help Sen. John McCain of Arizona in the Republican primary next Tuesday and said he is interested to see the effects of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s suspension from the race. “It should be interesting to see where the support of Romney goes and how Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee can capitalize on this being a two-person race,” Martin said. The University Democrats are also preparing for the upcoming primary. This Saturday, a group of students from the University Democrats will be


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attending the Jefferson Jackson Dinner at Virginia Commonwealth University, which is one of the largest meetings of Democrats in the commonwealth. According to third-year College student Phil Sukys, University Democrats’ campaign and party coordinator “this [year ’s dinner] is very important,” because of the upcoming primary. “Both Clinton and Obama are coming to speak.” Sukys said. Sukys added that he is eager to see the results of the Virginia primary and what effect it will have on the Democratic race. “It’s very exciting for all of us who are very politically aware because we never thought we’d [have such an] important role in the nomination process,” he said.


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nthropology Prof. Fred Damon recently brought an important problem to the University’s attention. He is concerned about the fact that professors and coaches have “radically different expectations of what’s important.” Damon should be applauded for pointing out that the University is not doing enough to ensure that everyone on Grounds is focused on what is truly important: athletics. We have observed a shocking ignorance among professors about even the most basic rules of some sports. It is an outrage that the majority of faculty does not know how many points a safety is worth or what a full court press is — and of course nobody could explain the infield fly rule. The University ought to make sure professors are more involved in the athletic department. Rather than coaches acting like professors and encouraging athletes to devote themselves to their studies, professors should help the coaches with their jobs. Some professors might need additional help, but surely some tutoring resources can be reallocated to teach them the basics. Naturally, professors can apply their individual academic interests to the higher calling of NCAA sports. Classics professors can help coach track and field. The Navy ROTC faculty could be a vital asset to the crew teams. The University’s curriculum must be reformed to support the marketing of University athletics as well. Commerce courses dedicated to optimizing ticket prices should be introduced as a core requirement. The music department can put its students to work writing better songs for the Wahooligans to sing at soccer games and researching which AC/DC song yields the best results on an opponent’s third down. We can already suggest two new Media Studies courses that should be offered in the fall — MDST 105: Computer Animations of CavMan and MDST 334: Sean Singletary Pointing at Things. Compared with academic departments, a criminally small amount of financial resources have been allocated to the University’s sports teams. The Capital Campaign and its related construction projects should be re-evaluated in this light. Forget the South Lawn — what we need is a South Practice Field. Some students will raise objections that as the University moves to focus more on athletics, it must do so with an international approach in mind. Clearly, the Virginia Athletic Projection shows that Western sports hold an unacceptable monopoly over the athletic department. The University should consider adding non-Western sports like surfing, sumo wrestling, the Afghani sport buzkashi and Mayan ulama. Throwing bricks at opposing soccer fans might also increase our internationalizationishness. We at The Cavalier Daily are of course willing to do our part. We will be exploring options for moving Sports to the front page, which would imply moving coverage of the University’s non-athletic operations to a small spot just below the Sudoku. We believe this arrangement may better serve our readers. When one thinks of the great universities of this nation, rarely does one think of schools with small athletic programs that function mostly as a light-hearted distraction. No, the heights to which the University must aspire are the great state-school dynasties: Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State and of course that far superior institute in Blacksburg. We must strive to join the ranks of that hallowed pantheon.



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LETTERS to the editor Legislative neglect

Comprehensive change

Motivation for all species

Lindsey Wagner’s article (“Assessing the assembly,” Feb. 7) enumerates some of the issues facing legislators in this years General Assembly, including that of truck testicles. Not to discount such a weighty (sorry) matter, but I would like to point out some other issues from the session. Del. Adam Ebbin, D-Fairfax, introduced a bill, HB 1493, to codify the Governor’s executive order prohibiting discrimination in government employment based on sexual orientation (amongst others). It was killed in a subcommittee. HB 36, introduced by Del. Jim Scott, D-Fairfax, proposes to make illegal housing discrimination based on sexual orientation. It is not even on the agenda of the committee it is assigned to. Given the widespread prejudice against the LGBTQ community, the continued refusal of the General Assembly to protect us from discrimination is unconscionable. In his Feb. 6 State of the University address, President Casteen spoke of the University’s success in extending the ability to purchase gym memberships to partners of LGBTQ faculty, staff and students (amongst others). He also spoke of the University’s inability to offer spousal equivalent benefits, including health care, and noted that such an offering would require action on the part of the General Assembly that has not been forthcoming. While some of the bills that are raised each year are amusing, it is worth remembering that the legislature’s actions affect real people. Senators and delegates can promote fair treatment for all, or flatter the sensibilities of some voters at the expense of the human rights of others. I have a gay friend who is uncomfortable holding his boyfriend’s hand in public because he fears retribution at work should his sexual orientation be discovered by a co-worker. I plan to seek a tenure-track faculty position upon graduation, but I will not seek one in Virginia. Given the world of possibilities open to me, why on Earth would I choose to live, pay taxes in and contribute to a state that is so hostile toward gay men like me?

In Robby Colby’s column (“Petty change, Feb. 7), he criticizes the use of the word “change” in discussions of University politics. He suggests that no great changes are needed in Student Council, or other University institutions, because “in general they function well.” I beg to differ. People are not “satisfied” with Student Council, and every day I hear from students who are disheartened that Council has acted too slowly, or not at all, on dozens of issues, from safety to textbook prices to the Cavalier Daily comic controversy. Colby claims that “Student life at the University operates at a near optimum level for the majority of students,” and maybe this is the case, but securing a certain quality of life for merely the “majority of students” should never be the goal. Even now, many of our fellow students find some aspects of the University experience, Greek life and club membership for example, out of reach, merely because of their financial situation. Student Council is often deaf to the concerns of these students, and that must change. This entire Student Council election can be about change. If, like the vast majority of students, you think Student Council is broken, then you should vote to fix it. Change isn’t a word to be bandied about lightly and Colby is absolutely right that it is not synonymous with minor internal reforms or improvements. Change means a complete overhaul in how we view Council and how Student Council works for students. We must reach out to all students, through greater communication in student media and meetings with cultural organizations, club sports, fraternities and sororities, to include the entire student body in the process of student self-governance. Change means a movement, starting with this election, where the student body decides to take back their voice and elect someone who commits themselves to change. I pledge to be that candidate.

I want to thank Kevin Zdancewicz for his excellent column in today’s Cavalier Daily on Dave Leitao’s coaching style, and many kudos go to Mike Scott for his statements, which helped to prompt the column. For the last couple of years I have been complaining to my good friend here at work (a Hokie who has been kind enough not to rub things in regarding the head-to-head sports competitions this year) about the Leitao style, especially compared to the Greenberg style. Having been a student athlete (of sub-mediocre skills) at the University (First Year Tennis ‘67, Crew ‘70) and for the past near-decade having trained and competed at the international level in the sport of canine agility, I have some experience on both sides of the motivation-as-it-affects-performance question. Motivation is the third, and critical, part of the necessary package for competing successfully — the first two parts being skills and conditioning. It seems Coach Leitao and his staff do an excellent job at the first two, but not so much at the last. The Seth Greenberg approach is much more effective. The way you create a worrisome, hesitant, afraidto-make-a-mistake, slow agility dog is the Leitao way. The way to create a confident, happy and fast dog, a champion, is the Greenberg way. And what works for dogs works for not only the killer whales at Seaworld (and you do not want to be in the water with a demotivated, unhappy killer whale) but also for humans as well. After all the tremendously hard work these kids put in on their skills and conditioning, it would be great to see them have a chance to play the game without having to look over their shoulders all of the time. It should be at least some fun, and they are not having fun — you can see it in their faces. Even when they win, it is not happiness you see so much, but relief. They deserve better. The more relaxed they can be, the more they will win. The more they win, the more fun they will have. And it goes from there. Go Hoos.



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Unfair to Fairfax?

Painful puns

Admission for Northern Virginia should not be made easier

CIOs need original titles, not trite turns of phrase


OZENS of students from graphic advantages. Overall the region is the University spent Monday very affluent. Hugo’s county, according in Richmond lobbying for to 2006 Census Bureau data, has twice higher faculty salaries and more higher the median household income of the education funding. These Student Advo- United States overall. The region benefits cacy Day participants from a concentration would no doubt be of technology, governsad to learn of a meament, and military sure proposed in this employers. Applicants year’s House of Delelargely come from wellgates session. HB 1011, educated, affluent and sponsored by Del. engaged families. They Timothy Hugo (R-Fairbenefit from very good fax County), called for public high schools at least 75 percent of and from living within JAMES AM ROGERS admitted and enrolled minutes of our nation’s University students to capital. be Virginia residents. In the U.S. News & While well-intentioned, this proposal World Report ranking of America’s top was severely flawed, as it hurt the very high schools, Northern Virginia was institutions and individuals it sought to well represented by Langley and Oakton assist. Although it was killed in the Edu- High Schools. Additionally, Thomas cation Committee, the rationale behind Jefferson High School for Science and this bill is alive and well. Technology, a magnet school that annuGeorge Faatz, Legislative Aide to ally sends a large portion of its graduHugo, explained that HB 1011 was ates to the University, was declared inspired by “a growing problem in the top public high school in America. Northern Virginia. That is, many highly With such a concentration of affluent qualified students are unable to be households and talented students, it admitted Virginia’s top state schools should come as no surprise that admisdue to quotas around the state, and the sions competition in Northern Virginia high number of out-of-state students is intense. Raising in-state enrollment that are admitted.” The measure sought numbers will squeeze out applicants to rectify this “problem” by requiring from elsewhere in Virginia and will five state schools to increase Virginian provide an unwise and unfair crutch to enrollment to at least 75 percent. For Northern Virginians. the University, this meant the proporHowever, the most egregious comtion of in-state students would have to ponent of HB 1011 was the additional go up by a whopping 11.2 percent. This state funding it required. According radical proposal poses many negative to the Department of Planning and consequences. Budget, it would have cost Virginia Most glaringly, the admissions process taxpayers almost $37 million more per suffers, as Virginians are given prefer- year. Whereas out-of-state students are ence over out-of-state and international completely supported by private funds, applicants. Engineering three-fourths of Virginians are subsidized by the state each class hurts the University’s selectiv- government. Increasing the University’s ity and prestige over the long-term, as overall percentage of in-state students to out-of-state and international applicants 75 percent would necessitate the comshy away from an institution that dis- monwealth sending an additional $21 criminates against them. The University million to the University each year. This of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dem- money could be much better spent on onstrates such negative consequences. higher faculty salaries, as participants North Carolina’s legislature imposes an in Student Advocacy Day noted. Rather admissions quota. In fall 2006, 82 percent than increasing the percentage of Virof UNC undergraduates were in-state. ginians at the University, the General This system has created intense competi- Assembly should strive to increase the tion among out-of-state applicants and quality of education for all students. creates a two-tiered system on campus, Setting quotas and passing mandates in which many in-state students are will not serve Virginians in the longgrossly underqualified compared to run. Selective, competitive admissions their out-of-state peers. demands from in-state students the Hugo’s proposal was also flawed same skills and standards that will be because it favored one region of Virginia demanded of them in job interviews and over the rest. With his entire constituency graduate school applications. While HB consisting of four localities in Fairfax, he 1011 was defeated, the flawed reasoning has a narrow vision and agenda. North- behind it persists. Hugo has submitted ern Virginians have long complained this proposal each legislative session of the intense admissions scrutiny they since 2006, and we will see the bill again. face. They are unreasonable to expect In the interest of all Virginians, admisgovernment intervention, however. sions quotas and subtle geographic Applicants from Northern Virginia face favoritism must be considered dead intense competition with one another upon arrival. because they are, on average, highly James Rogers is a Cavalier Daily qualified. These applicants live in an associate editor. He can be reached at admissions hotbed created by a ence of several demographic and geo-


IKE MOST of us, I appreciate a good play on words. There is nothing wrong with a little innuendo from time to time, and even as most people roll their eyes in mock disgust, few things lighten a mood and get a chuckle as consistently as a corny pun. My tolerance for witticism has been tested mightily in my time at the University, however, and this trend is showing no signs of slowing. ‘Hoos for Open Access is a recently minted contracted independent organization on Grounds, but it is also the latest in the long and undistinguished line of CIOs that has tried to make the lackluster play on words work as a title. The group itself has something to do with Open Access, but beyond that there is no telling what stance it takes or what sort of agenda it pursues because its title is vague and unsubstantial. The club is in crowded, if not particularly good company, with the 19 other CIOs at the University that utilize some variation of that same pun on the unofficial school mascot, the Wahoo. That’s right, there are curGrant Woolard| Cavalier Daily rently 20 active groups at this school that have appropriated this would-be clever witticism and turned it into a mind-numbing and inescapable play on words that appears in and around Lauren Caldwell| Cavalier Daily every corner of Grounds. For the sake of posterity and originality, it must exist at this University is beneficial to worthless. stop. The phrase is so common on Grounds the group’s success. Titles are easier to It’s not that I fail to understand the pun; certainly, within the first few that CIOs that employ it in their recognize if they have not been used ad times of coming in contact with it, all title effectively are declaring their nauseam in the past. Wit is not in quesof us recognized the phonetic similar- unoriginality. Only tion here. Whoever ity between the contraction “who’s” those involved with Only those involved first coined the play and the abbreviation of “Wahoos,” the these particular clubs informal alternative to the official Cav- can discern them from with particular clubs can on words deserves his of credit for the alier for which this school is known. the mass of “Hoos” discern them from the mass share witticism, but since I guess some humor can be derived o rg a n i z a t i o n s t h a t from the fact that by attending this exist, while the rest of of “Hoos” organizations. then things have gone desperately downhill. university, we are all “Hoos,” but at a us only see an overcertain point this little joke eventually whelming mass of the same pun, Using the “Hoos” pun at this point in reworked and reworded over and over time, when upwards of 50 groups have loses its novelty. For me, this occurred roughly three again in a long and nondescript list of already taken it as a title in one capacdays after fall semester had started, organizations. It is enough to make ity or another, is just unoriginal. It is and since then the utter profusion of a student disinterested in the whole an offense to the original cleverness it “Hoos [insert club name here]” has system. “I don’t even know the differ- took to come up with the joke in the become a mindless and unbearably ence between ‘Hullabahoos’ and ‘Hoos first place. Beyond the fact that any humor it wearisome irritation. The play on for a Cure,’” complains Duke, “I just once held has long since passed, and words is hard to ignore, which leads to know they sound the same.” Taking a little time (say, five minutes) that it is outright uninspired as a name, an involuntary hatred of anyone and to actually name the the “Hoos” pun can have a negative anything that chooses club, rather than just effect on groups that seek to use it to use it. submitting to “Hoos” as a title. Students form a negative “Oh, it’s obnoxious,” mediocrity, is a rela- perception about a group if the name complains Second Year tively painless and effi- is annoying, and the commonality of Tyler Duke. “It wasn’t cient manner by which the phrase on Grounds can relegate funny to begin with to set that particular the CIO to the status of “just another and seeing it everygroup apart from all the ‘Hoos’ group” rather than set it apart where just makes it rest. Instead of blend- from other organizations. It isn’t funny, that much worse.” ing into the sea of poor it isn’t clever, and its use needs to be Reactions like this are DAVID A INFANTE N AN puns made worse, the swiftly terminated. The “Hoos” pun is as avoidable as they C I O w i l l s t a n d o u t played out, and at this point irritation are understandable; originality in the naming process of amongst others because its title sets is the only effect it evokes. a CIO or event will allow students to it apart. David Infante’s column appears Fridays in I do not participate in many CIOs, make a decision about the substance The Cavalier Daily. He can be reached at of the group itself, rather than imme- but it is a relatively safe assertion that diately shunning it as juvenile and distinction from the scores of clubs that

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WHO launches global anti-smoking initiative As tobacco companies target customers in low-income countries, WHO seeks to convince countries to implement controls on tobacco By David Brown The Washington Post


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Recruits of the Iraqi National Police force march during inspection at the Numaniya National Police Training Center. Conflicts continue to arise between army and police groups, creating tense situations in some villages.

Italy begins election process early Government collapses after small party withdraws from coalition; president calls for elections By Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times ROME — Italy’s recalcitrant politicians on Wednesday pushed the country into an early election, one that may return flamboyant business tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to power but will likely exacerbate long-running economic and social troubles. Acting with what he said was deep regret, President Giorgio Napolitano dissolved parliament and called elections, which were set for April 13-14. That is just two years after the last vote, and approximately three years ahead of schedule. The decision was the latest step in Italy’s ongoing political crisis, which unfolded, in its most recent spasm, after a tiny political party withdrew from the center-left coalition government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi. The desertion collapsed the government and Napolitano asked the Senate president to form an interim administration that could at least rewrite Italy’s flawed election law before new voting had to be called. But Berlusconi, rallying a slate of right-wing parties, managed to block those efforts, leaving Napolitano with

what he said was no choice. Berlusconi wants elections now because he leads in opinion surveys, despite his track record of corruption charges and scandal. The election law is widely blamed for Italy’s notorious political instability because it gives disproportionate power and influence to minuscule parties often formed around a single person’s ego. Prodi, never a charismatic leader, had managed to set a handful of badly needed economic reforms in motion. But inflation soared and surveys showed large portions of the population feeling poorer than ever. Now, while time, energy and millions of euros are spent on the election, the governing of the country will remain virtually paralyzed, analysts said. “Why can’t we be a normal country?” the newsmagazine L’Espresso lamented on its cover. “Italy in tilt,” it said. Game over. Prodi, a 68-year-old former economics professor, reiterated Wednesday that he will not run for re-election, choosing instead to anoint Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni as his heir and speaking of a “change in generation.” Veltroni, 52, a former communist with

decades in politics, is attempting to cast himself as a new face, a force for change. “Italy has the right to something new, to pull out of a period of conflict, division and political deadlock,” he told reporters. “There’s a need to turn the page.” Berlusconi is 71 and heads the largest party on the right. Veltroni heads a new Democratic Party, meant to emulate some aspects of the American party system, including the use of a primary to select its leader. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean was in town when Veltroni and a group of politicians launched the party. But Veltroni doesn’t have much time to overcome the legendary divisions within the Italian left. Berlusconi, by contrast, is the richest man in Italy with an enormous media empire at his command. He was attending his mother’s funeral on Wednesday and not making public comments. But earlier in the week he reiterated his demand for elections. “The country needs to have an operating government as soon as possible, to resolve the truly serious problems,” he said. “Elections are the highest and most noble moment of a democracy.”

Arrests made in Bhutto investigation Pakistani officials arrest two individuals in connection with December assassination of politician Benazir Bhutto; 40-day anniversary of tragedy observed in ceremonies yesterday By Laura King Los Angeles Times ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani officials announced yesterday that two more arrests had been made in connection with the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto. The arrests were the first apparent break in the case since last month, when police detained two suspects, including a teenage boy who told authorities he had been designated a backup suicide bomber in a continuing effort to assassinate the former prime minister. Bhutto was killed in a gun-andbomb attack Dec. 27 as she left a campaign rally in Rawalpindi. The arrests announced yesterday were made there, which is the seat of the Pakistani military. The authorities’ announcement coincided with the return of a threemember team of investigators from Scotland Yard, who are to disclose their findings in coming days. President Pervez Musharraf allowed the outside investigators to participate in the probe after critics at home and abroad said Pakistani authorities could not be trusted to carry out a full and impartial investigation of the assassination. Yesterday, Bhutto’s party held solemn ceremonies to mark the 40th day since her death, an anniversary that fell earlier this week. More than 10,000 people gathered in Bhutto’s ancestral village in southern Sindh province for prayers at the mauso-

leum where she was buried beside her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was executed by a military dictator in 1979. Bhutto’s husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who took over leadership of her Pakistan People’s Party in accordance with her wishes, delivered an emotional address promising to carry on his slain wife’s legacy. “If I am martyred before completing the mission of Benazir Bhutto, then I should also be buried here,” he said. Zardari is widely mistrusted by Pakistanis because of corruption charges stemming from Bhutto’s two terms in office in the 1990s. It is not yet known whether he will be the party’s candidate for prime minister if it performs strongly enough in Feb. 18 elections to seek the post. The latest arrests of suspects in the Bhutto case were announced by Javed Iqbal Cheema, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. He said the pair were scheduled to appear in a special anti-terrorism court as early as Friday, but he declined to detail their alleged roles. “These are important arrests,” he told reporters. Pakistani authorities have blamed militant Islamic leader Baitullah Mehsud for orchestrating Bhutto’s assassination, an assessment echoed by the CIA. Mehsud, who has denied involvement in the killing, announced Wednesday that his supporters had agreed to a cease-fire with government forces in tribal areas where

fighting has raged in recent weeks. Senior officials in Bhutto’s party say they believe elements within the government were complicit in her killing. Zardari has demanded a U.N. investigation, but the government has refused. Bhutto’s party said that with the end of the formal mourning period, its candidates would resume largescale rallies between now and the parliamentary vote, despite security fears. Musharraf’s popularity has plummeted since March when he first attempted to fire independentminded Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry. In November, as the Supreme Court appeared poised to invalidate his re-election as president, Musharraf declared a state of emergency and sacked the chief justice, along with dozens of other senior jurists. The state of emergency was lifted in mid-December, but not all liberties were restored. Many opposition party members say they fear re-arrest, and independent broadcast outlets, which were barred from transmitting in the weeks that followed the declaration of emergency, have been operating under restrictions that bar criticism of the president. Yesterday, a private television channel said it was temporary knocked off the air after it broadcast a commentary Wednesday night by a Musharraf critic. The channel, Aaj TV, was allowed to resume broadcasting hours later.

One billion people may die of tobaccorelated illness this century, almost all of them in developing countries, the World Health Organization warned yesterday as it rolled out an unprecedented global campaign to limit the spread of smoking. The effort provides for the first time a comprehensive look at tobacco use, as well as smoking control and taxation policies, in 179 countries. It also lays out six strategies to reduce tobacco use, many used by rich countries in recent decades, although far from fully deployed even there. Tobacco use is a risk factor for six of the world’s eight leading causes of death and causes about one in every 10 deaths of adults now. That toll is expected to rise steeply as tobacco companies target new customers, particularly women, in lowincome countries, WHO officials said. “What we’re saying is that we don’t want to let that happen,” said Douglas Bettcher, director of the WHO initiative. “We want to see the operating environment of the tobacco companies become as difficult as possible in the near future.” While WHO cannot force countries to make stringent tobacco control a priority, it hopes to convince them such efforts are cheap, proven, and especially beneficial to their poorest citizens. “In many countries, money spent by the poor on cigarettes is taken away from what they could spend on health and education,” said Patrick Petit, an economist at WHO who helped produce the 329-page report accompanying the initiative’s launch in New York. Margaret Chan, WHO’s director-general, said the compilation of data is itself a powerful tool for change. “I truly believe that what gets measured gets

done,” she said. WHO is using marketing techniques reminiscent of the tobacco companies. It has branded the campaign MPOWER — an acronym for the six strategies — and is eschewing scare tactics in favor of the theme “fresh and alive.” Press materials came with a box that looked like pack of cigarettes and contained a pad and pens describing the elements of the campaign. The six strategies are: monitoring tobacco use and control policy; protecting people by enforcing smoke-free laws; offering smokers nicotine replacement and counseling programs; warning about smoking’s hazards on cigarette packs; enforcing bans on tobacco advertising and promotion; and raising the price of tobacco through taxes. Numerous studies have shown that raising the price of cigarettes is by far the most powerful strategy. For every 10 percent increase in price, cigarette consumption overall drops about 4 percent, and about 8 percent in young people. While some cities, states and provinces employ many of the strategies in a coordinated fashion, no countries do so on a national basis, the WHO report said. Uruguay, the world leader, does three — graphic pack warnings; universal smokefree laws; and free smoking-cessation help. The United States does one-anda-half — national monitoring, and a national ban on many forms of tobacco advertising. Only 5 percent of the global population is protected by smoke-free laws; only 5 percent live in countries that completely ban tobacco advertising and event sponsorship; and only 6 percent live in places where cigarette packs carry pictorial warnings of smoking’s hazards. (In Brazil, some packs feature a man with a tracheostomy, a breathing hole created in the front of the neck created after treatment for throat cancer).

Police arrest high-profile mob figures in New York In largest Mafia takedown in recent history, 54 of 62 suspects in custody on charges including murder, extortion, major theft By Keith B. Richburg The Washington Post NEW YORK — U.S. and Italian law enforcement officials yesterday rounded up dozens of organized crime figures, including the entire top leadership of New York’s notorious Gambino family, in what was described by authorities here as the biggest takedown of the Mafia in recent memory. Sixty-two people were indicted in New York on charges ranging from murder and extortion to the theft of union pension funds, and as of yesterday morning, 54 of them were in custody. Those indicted include Gambino family acting street “capo” John “Jackie Nose” D’Amico and the underboss and the consigliore. D’Amico was still at large yesterday afternoon. Members of the Genovese and Bonanno crime families were also arrested, but most of those indicted and nabbed were from the Gambino family once led by John Gotti, who was known as “The Dapper Don” and “The Teflon Don.” The indictment names three Gambino family “captains,” three acting “captains,” and 16 family “soldiers” with numerous counts of racketeering and extortion, most of which carry prison sentences of up to 25 years. “These charges strike at the very core of the Gambino family,” said U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell, speaking at a news conference in Brooklyn. The sweep is the result of a multi-year investigation that involved, among other things, an informant who infiltrated the Gambino family and provided authorities with hundreds of hours of taperecorded conversations over a three-year period. Authorities in Italy also announced a series of arrests of major Mafia figures

in coordinated raids. The trans-Atlantic operation was called “Old Bridge.” Italian magistrates signed more than two dozen arrests warrants, according to news agencies, and several top crime figures, mostly in Sicily, were in custody, the news agencies said. Italian Prime Minister Roman Prodi called the raids “a brilliant operation against organized crime,” according to the Reuters news agency. The 80-page indictment unveiled yesterday at the federal court in Brooklyn details a web of organized crime activity stretching back three decades, including seven murders from as far back as the 1970s and 1980s. The indictment also documents the links between the Mafia and the construction industry in New York, with several of the largest New York construction firms allegedly controlled or influenced by the Gambino family and paying a “mob tax” to operate with protection. Through the construction companies, the Gambino family was able to steal union dues and pension benefits, the indictment alleges. New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the sweep had managed to smash one of the Gambino family’s most profitable enterprises, illegal gambling. “The Gambino organization spilled a lot of blood in New York, and it is being held accountable -- no matter how long it takes,” Kelly said in a statement. “This history of violence has been abetted, often unwittingly, by people who see nothing wrong with placing a bet with a mobbed-up bookie.” While officials hailed this takedown as a major victory against the mob, they also cautioned that organized crime was still a major force in New York. “You can never say that organized crime is wiped out,” Kelly told reporters. “They’re very resilient. They’re very tenacious. But this is a major blow.”






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Despite efforts of seniors Joseph, Singletary, Virginia falls to Tigers at home, 82-51 By Paul Montana Cavalier Daily Senior Associate Editor

The Cavaliers’ nightmarish season thus far just went from bad to worse. From the time Virginia lost its 6-2 lead early in the first half to visiting Clemson, the Cavaliers showed no signs of life as the Tigers earned their largest margin of victory ever in an ACC road game, defeating Virginia 82-51. Whether it was in the paint, on the perimeter or anywhere in between, the Cavaliers had no answer for Clemson’s offense all night. The Tigers shot 32-60 from the floor, including 16-26 from the 3-point line in the 31-point rout, while assisting on 22 of 32 field goals. Junior K.C.

Senior Sean Singletary managed only 14 points as the Cavaliersʼ menʼs basketball team dropped its fifth straight game and eighth in its last nine last night against Clemson. Senior forward Adrian Joseph led the team with 19 points, but could not prevent the loss. Jason O. Watson | Cavalier Daily Rivers exploded for 32 points on 12-19 shooting to lead Clemson. Rivers “had a couple of very impressive shots at the end of the shot clock,” Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said. “That’s a sign that he had it going.” Offensively, the Cavaliers were unable to surmount much resistance either, as they mustered just 19 field goals on a mere 49 field-goal attempts. Turnovers were a big part of Virginia’s lack of production, particularly in the first half, as the team

committed 18 turnovers on the game, 12 of them in the first 13 minutes. “We turned it over a few times under pressure, and it affected us mentally,” Virginia coach Dave Leitao said. “We didn’t stay in the right frame of mind, and it just spread from there.” Senior Adrian Joseph was the lone offensive bright spot for Virginia, as he finished with 19 points on 8-12 shooting. Virginia came out looking fired up after going into halftime with a 40-24

Senior guard Sharneé Zoll

halftime deficit, but things only grew worse for the Cavaliers as the second half began. After the Tigers shot 48.5 percent from the field in the opening period , the Cavaliers continued to have no answer for Clemson’s offense at the outset of the second half as the Tigers immediately embarked on a 5-0 run. Clemson continued to pour in points from all angles, slowly building their lead from 16 to as large Please see M Bball, Page B3

t finally happened. After losing game after game by the smallest of margins, the Cavaliers finally broke. In most of Virginia’s losses, there have been bright spots. Somebody unusual has a breakout scoring night; one of the big men puts up doubledigit rebounds; or Singletary puts on a dazzling display. But as Virginia coach Dave Leitao put it after one game, he never really took stock in the positives after poor overall performances. As he put it after the Cavs let recent Division I-addition Longwood hang around for much of the game in a Dec. 7 win against Longwood, “If you have a flat tire on your car, does it matter if it’s shiny?” Well, in this game, the car was pretty much totaled. And after freshman Mike Scott’s comments about the overtime loss to Virginia Tech Saturday, was this all-out collapse such an unpredictable outcome? Much has been made of what Scott said after Saturday’s game Please see Montana, Page B3


has contributed 8.3 points per game and leads the team with 123 total assists. Zoll and the rest of the team look to continue their winning ways against Maryland tonight.

Virginia hopes to make up for only defeat in past 12 contests Cavaliers head to Maryland tonight, hope to avenge previous come-from-ahead loss to Terps at JPJ; Wright, Mohammed lead team in scoring and rebounding, respectively By Sean Bielawski Cavalier Daily Associate Editor The Virginia women’s basketball team returns to conference action Friday night as it takes on fourthranked Maryland at 7 p.m. in College Park. The Cavaliers (17-5, 5-1 ACC) come into the game having won 11 of their past 12 games. The lone loss came to Maryland (24-2, 8-1 ACC) Jan. 18 at John Paul Jones Arena. Virginia lost that game 74-62, but led for the majority of the contest. The Cavaliers came away from the loss knowing they can compete with the nation’s elite, and they will not be intimidated going into a hostile environment Friday night.

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Cavs seek favorable position in ACC in this weekend’s competition in Durham Victory would give Cavaliers shot at ACC regular-season title By Aaron Perryman Cavalier Daily Sports Editor The Virginia wrestling team will travel to Durham, N.C., for an important Sunday doubleheader against ACC rivals N.C. State and Duke. As of yesterday, the Cavaliers (16-4, 1-1 ACC) were tied for second in the ACC with North Carolina, a team they beat at home two weeks ago. With two wins in Durham, the Cavaliers would take sole possession of second place and give themselves a shot at the ACC regular-season title. By beating N.C. State (8-7-1, 1-1 ACC) and Duke (6-7, 0-3 ACC) Sunday and Maryland March 8, the Cavaliers and the Terrapins would have the same conference record (4-1), but Virginia would win the tiebreaker because of its win against Maryland. “Maryland is a fantastic team,” Virginia coach Steve Garland said. “I respect the heck out of them. They do a phenomenal

job. I think [coach Pat] Santoro, he’s a former Olympic alternate, he does a great job of getting his guys peaked at the right time.” This weekend, however, the Cavaliers are focused on what they can do to better themselves and the team against the Wolfpack and Blue Devils. “This weekend I need to assert myself in the ACC right now,” sophomore Brent Jones said. “I wrestled with two popped ribs last time and I didn’t come out good in the last ACC match. So I want to go out this weekend and make a name for myself, and then going into the Maryland match, which will be my big match. So I’ve got to start this weekend and big my way up.” N.C. State features solid wrestlers in sophomore Joe Caramanica and Darrion Caldwell , both of whom have been ranked in the top 12 nationally at some point this season. “The big thing with N.C. State is ... Caramanica is ranked top-12 in the country at 149, total stud, former ACC champ — it’s going to be a tough one for us, huge matchup for ACC seeding,” Virginia coach Steve Garland said. “Then you’ve got the

top-8 guy, Darrion Caldwell, who was No. 1 at one point this season at 149. That kid’s unbelievable. That’s a huge matchup for us at 149.” The match to watch between the Cavaliers and Wolfpack will pit 2007 ACC champion and NCAA qualifier Virginia junior Rocco Caponi against a top-notch wrestler in N.C. State senior Randy Goodman. The junior will have his hands full grappling with Goodman at 184. “184 is the showcase match with two top-20 ranked guys,” Garland said. “Caponi ranked 12th and Goodman ranked 20th. And Goodman’s another one. Goodman’s a total stud. He took second in the conference [competing] at 197 and now he’s dropping down to 184.” Goodman is not only a stud, but a true athlete, having once played Division I Bowl Subdivision college football. “He’s an incredible athlete,” Garland said. “He was the backup quarterback for Nebraska then he transferred to N.C. State to wrestle because he wasn’t starting football. That’s how good of an athlete this kid Please see Wrestling, Page B3

“At this point, I’ll be honest with “I thought that we took care of busiyou — it’s just one of the games ness the way we should have,” Ryan that we’re playing,” Virginia coach said. “We got people good playing Debbie Ryan said. “We’re not going time and good minutes.” to put a whole lot of emphasis on, ‘We Maryland, on the other hand, comes can beat them. We’re into the game after three good enough.’ We of its last four games already know that. reached overtime . The So we are going to go Terrapins defeated Georup there and put our gia Tech in double overbest foot forward and time in College Park Friday. 7 PM. College Park. play the game.” 99-97 before falling at Maryland may be beatable The last time out, No. 3 North Carolina after splitting consecutive Virginia defeated 97-86 in double overovertime ACC matches. Morehead State in time. Its last time out, convincing fashion Maryland needed over88-43. Ryan used that game as an time to squeak past Virginia Tech opportunity to give her bench more 74-71 in Blacksburg. game experience that will help out in Please see W Bball, Page B3 conference play.



Virginia baton twirler wins big at Collegiate Championships A presence at Virginia basketball and football games, Virginia baton twirler Erica Seredni won four national championships at the fourth annual U.S. Collegiate and High School Twirling Championships at Purdue University Feb. 2.. Seredni captured the individual title in the Collegiate Individual Feature, Collegiate Freestyle, One Baton and Two Baton divisions. Seredni also finished third in the Three Baton Division. Her dominant performance helped the Cavaliers finish second in the overall team competition. Middle Tennessee State University took the individual team title . Seredni also finished first in the Collegiate Fight Song and Collegiate Solo divisions in the Virginia State Competition in Richmond in June. She will next compete at the Congressional Cup March 29 and 30 at Bowie State University. —compiled by JP Stroman

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LIFE Friday, February 8, 2008

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By Lindsey Wagner | CAVALIER DAILY SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR A sociable atmosphere, a welcoming community, competitions and a useful tool in an emergency — although this may sound like Facebook crossed with Sept. 11, the Amateur Radio Club, one of the University’s newest CIOs, can provide all of the above. Since its creation in October, the Amateur Radio Club has been working out the logistics of finding office space and obtaining funds from Student Council to purchase equipment, but the group expects to be on the radio waves soon, said third-year Engineering student Mike Benonis, club founder and president. This will not the first time the University has heard an amateur radio group. According to Benonis, the University had an amateur radio station in the basement of Peabody Hall until 15 years ago and, bringing an end to this interlude, the Amateur Radio Club plans to make its mark on the radio waves. Members of the club will not be broadcasting talk shows or sharing their favorite music playlists — that is the domain of mainstream radio. Instead, amateur radio operators — hams for short — use their radio know-how for chit-chatting, competitions and emergency situations if the need arises. “Amateur radio is kind of hard to describe,” Benonis said. “It’s better to describe the people. Amateur radio operators enjoy talking on the radio and the technological challenges it brings them.” To earn the privilege of broadcast power, potential hams must take a test to become certified. The test for Tech, the lowest level, concerns the laws of the Federal Communications Commission, general amateur radio rules and a few electrical engineering questions, according to fourth-year College student Kevin Bender. Once certified, all a person needs is a radio specially designed for amateur radio use, many of which operate on the frequencies just above those used for AM radio. While Benonis said most radios can pick up signals as far as 50 miles away, hams can also talk to other stations worldwide using radios with lower frequencies. Some radios can pick up signals from hams in Tokyo, Berlin and even Africa if the earth’s atmosphere is favorable for radio communication. Contacting stations internationally is a ham activity known as “DXing,” Benonis said. Hams can keep track of their worldwide contacts using special cards and can win awards for an outstanding number of cross-cultural connections. “It’s fun because you get to talk to people from different cultures that share the same interests as you,” second-year Engineering student Dan Tran said. Worldwide communication can become confusing, however. Benonis pointed out that although English is commonly used, thick

accents over an already-shaky radio connection can make talking difficult. Another amateur radio activity, known as contesting, challenges hams to make contacts with as many stations as possible within a certain period of time. Although Benonis attested that contesting is “a lot of fun,” he said some hams go a little overboard, noting that “some people sink tens of thousands of dollars into equipment” for the purpose of contesting. Amateur radio operation is not all fun and games, though. Amateur radios are also useful in emergency situations, especially during power outages or when land phones are down and cell phone service is impaired. “It’s really nice to have if your car breaks down,” Bender said. “A lot of people have them around here because cell phone service is so bad.” If a ham’s car breaks down or he has another emergency, he can send out a message on the local repeater, which will then re-broadcast the message to other radios in range. Chances are, Benonis said, someone will hear the request and can then call the police. Despite all of their possible uses, amateur radios are used most often for chatting. Benonis said many people keep their radios in their cars and talk to other hams on the way to work. Bender equated amateur radio with “a free cell phone.” “One of the things that I find nice about it is ... I can be in my car, and [Benonis] can radio to me and say, ‘Buy milk,’” Bender said, adding that chatting with other hams is a welcome alternative to Charlottesville’s mainstream radio station selection. Although talking over the radio while driving may sound similar to Citizens’ Band radios, Bender emphasized that there is a difference. While the content of amateur radio is regulated by the FCC, there exists no such rule for CB radios. Chatting over the radio is also a “heck of a social-networking tool,” Bender said. “You can talk to people about whatever ... You meet people who are into comic books, anime, computer games, fashion design” and a plethora of other interests. Amateur radio attracts technology enthusiasts. Of the club’s 12 dues-paying members, Bender said all but one is in the Engineering School. “I wanted to provide an organization for people who are interested in amateur radio to learn about it and explore all of it,” Benonis said. “People who want to contest, electrical engineers who want to build antennas — we can provide a place for all these people.” Though Benonis said he expects the organization to grow by a few people, he doesn’t expect more than 10 truly active members at one time; this, however works well for the group because of the amount of equipment it has. “Ten is comfortable,” he said. Tran, who earned his license about six months ago, emphasized the welcoming nature of the hobby. “It is a very open hobby, a very close community,” he said. “It’s almost like a brotherhood kind of thing.”

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cannot remember the last time I had one of those half-black, half-white cookies; my memory only holds that they were a delicious blend of lemon and chocolate. These black and white treats of my childhood parallel the way in which I perceived the world back then — in terms of the black and the white, of the definite. The world is no longer so simple and as I contemplate my everyday decisions, I wish everything were as straightforward as a cookie layered with white icing on one side and brown icing on the other. You may be wondering what a dessert has to do with, well, anything, and I am going to tell you. But before I do, I want you to think about the possibilities. When was the last time you made a decision that required no introspection whatsoever? I am not referring to stir-fry-or-Cajun-chicken-for-dinner type decisions, but more complicated ones. We all have to make them, and they are never settled without effort or time. Example (food for thought): I have made a conscious decision not to use the phrase “hey girl hey.” Why? The aversion to said phrase did not come about until approximately two and a half weeks ago. Some of my friends had been saying it for a while, here and there, more for fun than for any other reason. I am not even sure how the phrase came to be — I think I heard someone say it was from “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila”, but like I said, I’m not positive. Mind you, these were both male and female friends who were taking part in the usage of the now popular expression.

As I said, the incident occurred about two and were unsure why our walking past elicited such a half weeks ago. My friend and I were walking a reaction. back from a party on 14th Street. The theme of I was not scared by this occurrence as much the party made reference to the movie “Revenge as I was troubled by it. What if the group had of the Nerds,” but my friend and I decided not to accosted us? What if either side had had more to dress up. This was out of the ordinary for us, but drink? Would I have said something in response in hindsight, might have strengthened my case. to the assemblage of upperclassmen? What As we walked past the shops on the Corner, we would have followed? My natural reaction was passed a group of gentlemen in front of Cohn’s to keep walking and not look back, which is what On the Corner. The gentlemen were walking in we did, but what if we hadn’t? I realize that this the same direction as us, but with our dashing is not a hate crime of any sort, but what variable w good looks and speed, it was only would have had to change for it to b natural for us to bypass them. become one? My friend was talking about how Entering my first year at U.Va., I t little he had had to drink and we thought any person — black, white, A thought nothing of continuing Asian, Hispanic, gay, straight, bi o asexual — could walk across our conversation as we passed or G this group of upperclassmen. Grounds without having to worry Then, out of nowhere, one of the about being discriminated against. group’s members shouted “hey I thought I was coming to a place girl hey” with a lisp and an air where it was safe to walk alone, IAN AN SMITH M of homosexuality. The gentlemen and I hope that my next three continued to shout “hey girl hey” years here prove this to be true. as my friend and I walked faster and faster across With the flurry of articles, chants, protests and the street toward our dorms, hoping the tirade counter-articles of last semester, I guess I had would stop when we were out of sight. overlooked the underlying hatred and lack of We were wearing normal clothes: jackets, jeans. acceptance that is not only here, but prevalent. I had on a gray beanie. My friend’s voice (which An ironic aspect of this experience was that it was the only one that they heard) had a normal occurred at 12:23 a.m., the beginning of Martin pitch and tone. We did not switch our hips, walk Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 21. If I am not mistaken, with one hand out or flail our arms around in the Mr. King dreamed of equality for all people and flamboyant manner so many stereotypes convey. told his audience at the reflecting pool that he In addition, I had left my dancing shoes, ball wanted his children to live in a world where they gown and fairy wand back at my dorm, so we were not judged by the color of their skin. Some

people may suggest his vision is now a reality, but is it really? Do we live in a world where every person is treated as an equal? One does not have to go to U.Va. to know that while our world may be an improvement from Mr. King’s, it is nowhere close to being universally equal. I have heard about past instances when metaphorical blood had been shed over racial and discriminatory issues at the University, but I guess my naïveté had gotten the best of me when I thought we were beyond that. We live in a world that idealizes certain values and discredits others. We all stereotype whether we want to admit it or not, but not all of us act on our prejudices. Our world will never be just black or white, and our decisions will never be effortless. To fight the good fight or to rest assured knowing you were the bigger person may be a daily struggle for some people. They say that nothing easy is worth it, but how do you know when it is appropriate to quit? I did not say something to the group then, but I am now. I don’t care if someone doesn’t want to like me, but I would appreciate it if I were given a chance before such a judgment was made. Will we keep running into these worn-out issues of equality another 50 years from now? What has to happen for change to finally come into effect? I hope that Mr. King’s dreams come true and that someday white will be equal not only to black, but to every other color in the rainbow as well. Ian’s column runs biweekly Fridays. He can be reached at


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Wrestling | Caponi is sure to be W Bball | Toliver, Coleman lead Terrapins’ huge asset to Cavs against Duke Continued from page B1 is. I mean, it’s football, big-time football. He was the second-string guy. So he’s a very gifted athlete. That’s going to be a very interesting one to watch too.” After Caponi goes toe-to-toe with Goodman, he will have another tough battle with Duke sophomore John Barone. According to Garland, “he took third in the conference last year so Rocco’s got his work cut out for him this weekend. He’s got to have a good week at practice.” If the Cavaliers can record two victories this weekend in Durham, it will further their goal of being a presence in the ACC Tournament, something Garland already believes they will be.

“I would like to think we’re a big threat,” Garland said. “I like to think we’re an awesome tournament team. We placed ahead of all those ACC schools at the Southern Scuffle. That being said, obviously I have huge goals for us. I really, really think we should win the ACC. Maybe that’s being arrogant, but I think we should. I believe that much in my guys.” The ACC Tournament is down the road for Virginia, though. All the concentration for the team is on the here and now. “[The tournament] is in sight, but right now we have two big matches ahead and another in Maryland in a couple weeks,” sophomore Michael Chaires said. “Right now we’re just worried about the dual schedule and then ACCs will come.”

SPORTS IN BRIEF Tennis team takes on Kentucky, Harvard Virginia’s top-ranked men’s tennis team looks to extend its five-game winning streak this weekend as the team takes on No. 47 Kentucky Friday and No. 51 Harvard Sunday at the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The Cavaliers (5-0) return to play after this past weekend’s upset against Michigan, during which the Cavaliers came from behind after losing the doubles matchup to dominate singles and win the match 5-2. Kentucky enters Friday’s match after falling to Indiana 4-3; the Wildcats (4-2) were unable to win doubles tiebreakers and a decisive singles third set. Virginia should be prepared for face-offs against top Wildcats such as No. 31 junior Bruno Agostinelli, freshmen Brad Cox and Alberto Gonzalez and the No. 21 doubles tandem of Agostinelli and Cox. Agostinelli has earned an individual record of 10-5, while he and partner Cox are currently 5-2. Sunday, Virginia and Harvard will meet on the court as the Crimson return to action after a 6-1 blowout against Purdue this past weekend. The Crimson (2-0) took the lead early in doubles and then went on to snatch five of six singles matches. Virginia should also look out for doubles tandems of senior Ashwin Kumar and junior Sasha Ermakov as well as senior Dan Nguyen and freshman Aba Omodele, both of whom won their doubles matches convincingly, 8-6 in the team’s Purdue win. Virginia’s own No. 1 duo of seniors Somdev Devvarman and Treat Huey, however, may prove to be a relentless threat for both teams. After this weekend’s pair of matches, the Cavaliers will compete at the National Team Indoors before returning to the Boyd Tinsley Courts at the Boar’s Head Sports Club Feb. 23 as they go up against Old Dominion and Boston College in a one-day double-header. —compiled by Jenna Casey

fearsome offense, will be factor in rematch Continued from page B1

A big part of Virginia’s success lately has been the team’s defensive effort. In their last two games, the Cavaliers held N.C. State’s shooters to 19 of 63 shooting and Morehead State to only five field goals the entire second half. Sophomore guard Monica Wright and junior center Aisha Mohammed led the defensive effort Monday night. Wright tallied five steals while Mohammed grabbed 10 boards, enabling Virginia to out-rebound Morehead State 49-25. “I think we have shown that we can rebound with just about anybody

that we have on our schedule,” Ryan said. “We will come up against an extremely good rebounding team Friday night, so that’s going to be real key for us.” Wright leads the scoring attack for Virginia, averaging 17.4 points per game. Junior forward Lyndra Littles contributes 15.8 points per game, and Mohammed adds 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Senior point guard Sharneé Zoll has put together an outstanding senior season. She leads the team with 5.6 assists per game and leads the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.92). Zoll needs only eight assists to become the third ACC woman to

register 700 assists in her career. Maryland’s offensive attack is led by junior guard Kristi Toliver, who averages 17.1 points and 8 assists per game. Junior forward Marissa Coleman adds 16.3 points per game while senior center Crystal Langhorne chips in 16.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest. The game at Maryland will be one of Virginia’s toughest tests, but the Cavaliers believe they are ready for the challenge. “We definitely have a high confidence level,” Wright said. “I have faith in my teammates and I believe in us, but at the same time, we have to stay focused and stay grounded.”

Montana | Scott’s comments cast shadow on already bad season Continued from page B1 against Virginia Tech. For those of you who haven’t read his remarks, they go something like this: The Cavaliers, and the freshmen in particular, are suffering from confidence issues because they are worried about being pulled by Leitao for making a mistake. One of my fellow columnists at The Cavalier Daily, Kevin Zdancewicz wrote a column in yesterday’s edition in which he sided with Scott, saying Leitao should not quite be so quick on the trigger. And let me first say that I respect Kevin’s opinion, and more then that, admire him for the side he chose on this issue. It takes real guts to criticize someone with the stature of Dave Leitao. Nevertheless, I must respectfully disagree with Kevin’s assessment. It’s not so much that I think that Leitao is in the right, but rather that Scott was in the wrong. My first issue with was Scott said is not what he said, but to whom he said it. As a reporter, I am obligated to publish any content that would be of interest to the readership of this newspaper, and Scott’s words

certainly incurred plenty of interest. On the other hand, I must say that I was disappointed with the freshman for voicing his dissatisfaction to the media. If he had a problem with Leitao, he should have spoken to the coaching staff, an older teammate or someone else within the program and left it at that. I find it foolish and back-handed for any player, particularly a freshman, to use the media as an avenue for disapproval, with the rare exception of a leader who is trying to motivate his team. Scott, as a freshman who is only starting because of a depleted frontline, certainly has not yet earned leadership status, nor were his words in any way motivational. Second, while Scott’s feelings on his coach’s style have changed from positive to negative, Leitao’s ways have not wavered one bit. When Leitao was leading Virginia to a share of the ACC title and a fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament, was anybody questioning his methods? To the contrary, Leitao was a hero, the man who turned the Virginia basketball program into an ACC contender. And, in case anybody has forgot-

ten, Leitao was no different last year in his coaching manner. He was the same yelling, fiercely passionate head coach who would unhesitatingly yank a player at the slightest mental lapse. And Scott had to know this coming to Virginia this year. If he was paying any attention when he was being recruited, he had to see Leitao for the coach that he is. He had to see Leitao demands perfection and is critical of anything less. If you are a loyal reader of The Cavalier Daily, you know Leitao doesn’t keep any secrets about his game manner. In a telephone interview I conducted with him that was published several weeks ago in this paper, he was very candid, saying simply that he feels that the yelling, quick substitutions, and generally harsh game demeanor are all things that he feels are necessary to being a head coach. I am not in any way implying that I agree with Leitao’s confrontational style, nor am I suggesting that I disagree; my stance is that a head coach should do what he feels necessary both for himself and for his team. As a member of the press

who is essentially disconnected from the interaction between players and coaches outside of the game setting, I don’t think I’m in a position to say whether his coaching style is a factor in Virginia’s losing season or not. What I am saying is that when things aren’t going your way, it’s all too easy to blame the coach, and Scott fell into this trap in the worst of ways. The fact of the matter is that if Scott is not the type of player who can handle the criticism that Leitao so regularly dishes out, he should have recognized that before he committed to this University, not halfway through a losing season in front of the press. “That’s something that every player in America deals with, having to go out there and worrying about other factors,” junior Mamadi Diane said. “Everybody deals with it.” And that’s exactly what Scott, and anyone else who feels the same way, needs to do: deal with it. Just go out and play hard and be happy with the minutes that you get on the floor. Maybe then, the Cavs can pick up the pieces of their shattered team and try to salvage some semblance of a basketball season.

M Bball | Leitao calls for quick turnaround after Clemson debacle Continued from page B1 as 38 with 5:06 remaining. This is the largest deficit the Cavaliers have suffered this season. As Clemson continued to build its lead into the 20s, Cavalier fans waited, poised for the inevitable run that the home team always seems to make when faced with a second-half deficit. That run, however, never came, and as the Tigers’

lead climbed into the 30s, frustrated Virginia fans began to trickle out of John Paul Jones Arena. “It was our lack of energy that got us down like that,” senior Sean Singletary said. “They were definitely on top of their game, but we just weren’t into it.” The Tigers used a full-court zone press for much of the game, and it was effective in frustrating the Virginia attack. In a 2:12 span midway through the first half, the Cavaliers

were forced into a timeout, two turnovers and an offensive foul as Clemson took its first lead of the game, which it never lost. “I don’t know if pressure is the right word [for what is wrong with the team], but if there is a right word then I don’t have it,” Leitao said. “I think that each individual has to search within himself to find a way out of a personal or collective situation and make things better.” Virginia now has a quick two-

day turnaround before traveling to Winston-Salem for a matchup with Wake Forest. As Virginia tries to forget being embarrassed on its home court, the team hopes that getting back on the court quickly is exactly what the doctor ordered. “The quick turnaround is either going to be a very good thing, because you get right back at it, and you get a chance to correct it — or not, depending on what happens from tonight on out.” Leitao said.

LIFE Oh brother


t’s funny how distanced we are from family in college. There’s the obvious “college, no parents!” but the physical distance is evident, too. Family is always a phone call away, but a gap grows as we lead separate lives. For those of us with brothers and sisters, it’s strange to think how inseparable we were, like it or not, for 18 years, but now we only see each other on breaks and talk on occasion. Suddenly the days of fighting over the TV, the computer and snack foods are over. I am the older sister by two years, and I’ve always been uncomfortable with the role. Acting as the family trailblazer and the “more mature” one is rough. As the oldest, we are the examples of good and bad behavior, and we’re expected to “know better.” There’s also a lot of pressure as we get older to be the “cool one.” The cool older sister gives her younger brother wise advice about girls and buys her underage sibling Jack Daniel’s for Christmas. When my brother and I were really little, he had a plastic Prince Eric (from “The Little Mermaid”) action figure that he loved and allegedly I hid. He was inconsolable for weeks, and my mother had to

call numerous toy stores in the area to buy another about chicken. one for him. I say I “allegedly” hid it because I was So in the midst of singing I turn to my mom, 4, he was 2 and the year was 1990. I also feel, as who is holding the camera, and plead with her: the accused, there are several issues that should “Mommy, say ‘shut up’ to him.” He was interruptbe highlighted. First, “The ing my creative flow, and my Little Mermaid” was my frustration at my little brother is ccaptured forever on videotape — thing. Second, maybe I was w just being cute and playwell, probably not forever unless m ing a hiding game and was my mom converts our tapes to D wrongly accused of theft. The DVDs. But still. Evidence on ta youngest ones always get tape of acting like a mean sister! C more sympathy, I tell you. Caught in the act. Then there’s this really In June 2007, The New York T embarrassing home video Times published a study that fo my mother likes to show found the eldest sibling in a ffamily tends to have a higher IQ. to anyone I invite home of T me improvising a 5-minute To be snarky, I cut this out of the MARY BAROCH song about chicken. Bear in paper and stuck it to our fridge mind this is of me around the at home. I mean, the scientists same time of my Prince Eric said the oldest was the most kidnapping. As I’m singing, making up the words “dutiful and cautious” one. I had to represent for as I go along, my brother keeps chiming in about the first-borns. Although, dutiful and cautious Captain Hook. We were obsessed with Disney. seem a bit more like negatives than positives. But this had no relation to my song. My song was Who’s dutiful and cautious when doing a beer

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bong — am I right? But this made me wonder: Do the oldest children greedily steal all the smarts for themselves? Since we are inherently born with more face time with the parents, should we spend our time making up for it? And how so? Not by letting the younger brother play Xbox for four hours when Project Runway is on, let me tell you. And how can you be a good sister if you’re so far away? Not far away as physically an hour by car, but far away in terms of who knows what either of us is doing. Do we really want to know what sketchy antics our younger brothers and sisters are getting into? We are all too familiar with our own sketchy deeds from our early college and high school years as well as our current bad decisions. Are you a better sister when hiding Prince Eric dolls or when you call your brother every so often with no better advice to give than “Don’t drink too much?” I may have to set a good example and take a couple Jägerbombs to really figure it out. Mary’s column runs biweekly Fridays. She can be reached at



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29 Indian pastries 31 ___ Herbert, TV’s Mr. Wizard 32 100 qintars 33 Hands out 37 Constellation between Cygnus and Pisces 41 They’re plucked 42 Bird: Prefix 44 Star ___ 45 “___ of Six” (Joseph Conrad story collection) 46 “A parlor utensil for subduing the impenitent visitor”: Ambrose Bierce 48 1950s British P.M. 49 Mooring site 50 Stuffed with cheese, in Mexican cooking 52 D-Day arena: Abbr.






























53 Some licensed practitioners 56 Exercise animal? 57 Hopscotch 58 Tough to dig into, as soil



12 Mr. Rosewater in Kurt Vonnegut’s “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” 13 “Butterfly” actress, 1981 14 Clear the way to 15 Some babysitters 20 South Beach, e.g. 22 Northwest tribe 24 2004 Sondheim musical, with “The” 26 Corinthian conclusion 28 Country ___ 30 It can fill a yard 33 Elevator button











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Down 1 Notice 2 Home of many of the 1-Across: Abbr. 3 A long time in Lisbon 4 Fuchsite and alurgite 5 Assuming even that 6 They’ll give you the run-around 7 Illuminati 8 Place, e.g. 9 7-in. platters 10 More than exalts 11 Sound of change



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Puzzle by John Farmer

34 1968 hit whose 38 Seaman in a title is repeated ceremonial three times with honor guard “Oh” and then again after “Baby 39 Excise on some out-of-state I love you” purchases 35 Make hot 40 Mr. abroad 36 Passes 43 Pluck effortlessly 37 Miss badly

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51 “This is disastrous!” 54 Pulitzer category, briefly 55 Red ___ (young amphibian)

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). The rewards always go to those who are not afraid to claim them, and right now, that’s you. Tonight, you pave the road to success by learning to accept aspects of yourself that you once tried very hard to change.

by Henri Arnold and Mike Argirion

Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Know your mission and promote it heavily. Many people will be able to relate to what you’re doing. Financial luck and career opportunities are a direct result of your public relations efforts. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It’s always a happy feeling, and for you a frequent one, when you find something new to get buzzed about. Everyone around you wants to know about it and be a part of it too. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Like the shape-shifting moon, you are always able to reinvent yourself. People are now seeing you in a new and flattering light. Accept your props with grace -- you earned them.



Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.



LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). How you operate at work is an opportunity for self-awareness. You may feel freer to express yourself away from the influence of a spouse or family. An objective look at this part of your life will be extremely revealing.




(Answers Monday) FUNNY FROLIC AUBURN Jumbles: TULIP Answer: Must be considered when buying a balloon — “INFLATION”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The first idea that comes to you is not necessarily the right one. Ponder your plan. A crucial piece of information will emerge to help you put all the puzzle pieces together. Tonight, the right strategy comes to you in your sleep. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You are skilled in the art of play -- it’s your gift to the world. Engage those you love in a delicious game. Take things as far as you dare and they’ll be talking about this day for years to come.


SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Destiny always smiles on those who mine their own potential. Heed that feeling inside you that says, “I could do that, too … “ even when -- especially when -- it seems improbable. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Will you be an anchor in the storm, or will you be a lightening rod? It’s a good thing you like surprises because whichever choice you make, it will throw people, including you, for a loop. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re enriched by a greater appreciation for the familiar. You don’t have to get away to see the charm in your usual surroundings. Positive thoughts of home keep you in fine health. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll feel like the parent, especially when people around you act like angst-ridden, misunderstood teens. When prompted, you’ll provide earnest, useful feedback. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re presented with a variety of problems -- none of them your own. So first you must decide whether or not you want to take them on. If you do, make sure it’s clear why you’re doing it.


TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 8). Your belief in yourself is stronger than ever -- perhaps because you realize that it’s not your ego that makes things happen but the universe, working through you. Work and adventure are intrinsically linked through the spring. In June, you’re in a position to make top dollar. You hit it off famously with Libra and Pisces. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 20, 13, 44 and 18.

CRUMBELIEVABLE BY MARCUS ALLMON & DAVID GASSMANN Fill in the grid so that ever y row, every column, and ever y 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9.


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