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The Student Newspaper of UAH

Volume 41, Issue 7

October 28, 2009

News Briefs

$2.5 Million Awarded to UAH Researchers

The UAH Honors Forum met on Oct. 20 for a poetry reading by Robin Behn. Besides being a published poet, Behn is the director of the University of Alabama’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She also plays the flute, the penny whistle and the sax for Waxwing, a traditional music band. She has published four books of poetry; her fifth, “The Yellow House,” is expected next year. See BEHN on Pg. 2

Arts & Leisure Briefs While it may seem the Rocket City has little nightlife, there are a few very interesting places scattered throughout town which host events such as comedy shows, indie rock events and dances. Finding the perfect hang-out spot is perhaps the hardest part, as these venues keep a very low profile and grow exclusively through word-ofmouth. See VENUES on Pg. 4

Science & Tech Briefs According to the UAH website, “UAHuntsville seeks to appoint an individual who has an established record of outstanding leadership and success in managing college level activities and initiatives in a collaborative style that effectively engages academic, governmental, national laboratories and other agencies with a deep commitment to all endeavors relevant to the mission of the College and the institution. See DEAN on Pg. 6

Sports Briefs With the end of the volleyball season quickly approaching, the Lady Chargers have a lot in store for their final home games. See VOLLEYBALL on Pg. 7

Index News...................................  Arts & Lesiure.....................  Science & Tech................... 6 Sports..................................  Crossword........................... 8 Sudoku................................ 8 H T T P : / / E X P O N E N T. U A H . E D U/

lisa barbella Senior News Writer

UAH received approximately 2.5 million dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) awards to fund research projects. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was created to stimulate the economy by cutting taxes and investing money in education, infrastructure, health care, and scientific research. The $787 billion stimulus package was ratified by Congress and signed by President Obama on February 17th 2009. The grant money was allotted to specific projects based on proposals submitted by UAH faculty. In addition to the $2.5 million awarded, UAH researchers submitted proposals worth 15.5 million dollars which are pending approval by the government. The ARRA grants are a significant boost to UAH’s yearly research funding which totaled $76.9 million in the fiscal year 2009. According to Dr. Thomas Koshut, Associate VP of Research, although the proposals are created by UAH faculty members working as individuals or teams, they are an agreement between the University and the government. If the principal investigator (PI) of the project leaves UAH the grant either stays with the school or is transferred with the PI with special permission

from the government. The ARRA is intended to aid the current economic crisis in the U.S. so the process to receive grants was expedited. The window for applying for ARRA grants and the turn-around time to receive the money are shorter compared to traditional research grants. There are also more stringent reporting procedures so the government can ensure the money is being spent in congruence with the approved proposal. Dr. Pamela Twigg, Assistant Research Professor and Chair of the Chemistry Department, received a $220,750 award to fund her research entitled “Investigations into the structure, function, and activity of E2-25K.” Dr. Twigg describes the goals of her research: “The ability of the cell to degrade its own proteins at the proper time is essential to its development and survival. The target of this research, E2-25K, is a protein component of this cellular degradation system, and has been shown to play a role specifically in both Huntington’s Disease (HD) and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Because E2-25K is implicated in the development of some neurodegenerative diseases, it is an interesting target for drug therapy. This aim of this research is to understand how this protein functions in the cell.” Dr. Carmen Scholz, chair of the chemistry department, received a $124,616 award to fund her re-

Illustration of Dr. Scholz’s chronic retinal implant. Photo courtesy of Dr. Scholz

search to develop a chronic retinal implant. The chronic retinal implant will restore vision to people with damaged photoreceptors caused by diseases such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. The project will produce an electrically active device to replace damaged photoreceptors. Scholz and her team partner with Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cornell University and the University of Louisville to develop the device. Her role is to make the surface of the implant biocompatible so the body does not attack or damage the device. Over the course of the eight-year project the team successful hermetically sealed the device so water in human tissue will

not reach the electrically charged device. The project evolved from Cochlear implants, which restore hearing to people who are deaf due to damaged or missing hair cells in the ear. Although the dollar amounts awarded to UAH and other educational institutions are the focus of much attention in discussions of the ARRA, Koshut claims that it is the differential advantage created by the research that is most important to the future of the university. He cites the opportunities created by the grants, such as the chance to partner with national research and technology centers such as Oakridge National Laboratory, as an example of the way in whichthey create a competitive advantage for the university.

UAH Student Government Association Goes Green

Linkeshai Green Staff Writer

UAH’s Student Government Association is attempting to make a big push when it comes to student and faculty “environmental friendliness.” The SGA is currently working out the kinks in a campuswide “green” Campaign. A major step is relocating recycling bins throughout campus, as well as providing additional bins. Based on a survey administered earlier this month, students are not provided a sufficient amount of recycling bins in many of the buildings. The SGA also plans to target on-campus students by placing a recycling bin in each and every suite, as well as on each floor in every residence hall. Residents should expect to see these changes as early as next semester. Ann Marie Fraly, chair of the Green Initiatives Committee, is excited about these new modifica-

tions being made on campus and looks forward to turning UAH into an “environmentally friendly campus” very soon. “Advertising will be a huge portion of our campaign. We are working on getting things up right now, so be looking for things around campus soon!” said Fraly. There will also be recycling competitions between clubs and organizations such as Greeks, as well as competitions within residence halls. The Green Initiatives Committee and the SGA are also focusing on promoting environmentally friendly awareness among the faculty and administration by encouraging the use of environmentally safe light bulbs in offices, classrooms and throughout buildings. “We are hoping to encourage the administration to replace old light bulbs with new, more energyefficient light bulbs. This would save the university time, energy and money,” explained Fraly. Another related campaign to be

on the lookout for is the “‘Switch’ Your Thinking” campaign. This campaign will encourage students, faculty and staff to turn off electronic devices such as computers, televisions and lamps when they are not using them. The committee’s campaigning efforts would also push the administration to turn off lights in vending machines. While the machines would still be operational, this would save millions of dollars a year in electricity expenses, freeing up money for other purposes. Other schools and universities have taken some of these same steps and have saved tremendous amounts compared to previous electric bills. To the Green Initiatives Committee and the SGA, going green is more than just starting a campaign encouraging good deeds. It is a promotional campaign for our future and that of following generations. About seven out of ten college students attend school to make better lives for themselves and their families financially, so

it makes sense for them to want to better their family’s physical wellbeing as well. “The committee is so excited about making UAHuntsville an environmentally friendly campus, but we can’t do it by ourselves! We need help from everyone. Look for opportunities in the coming weeks and next semester to recycle! We are open to new ideas/input, so contact us if you have any!” said Fraly. The SGA and the GIC are hoping that the campaign will be a success and that students and faculty alike will be willing to break a few daily routines and bad habits as far as recycling and environmental friendliness are concerned. To find out more information, please visit the SGA Web site at and click on the tab labeled “Contact Forum” under “About SGA.” Alternately, students can call the SGA’s main office at (256)824-6375.


The Exponent - October 28, 2009

Issues in Communication: UA Writing Professor Robin Behn Discusses the Editor-in-Chief Speaks Combining Music and Poetry at Honors Forum Raymond gilstrap Editor-in-chief Recently, it has been brought to my attention that The Exponent has become a source of fluff articles that do not criticize the administration or contain content that is considered by many to be “hard” news. I have to say that I disagree with these accusations to a certain extent. The Exponent has not become a source of fluff articles. I have been a part of this newspaper since its return several years; the newspaper has never been a source of articles that no one cares about or which don’t have a profound impact on events that are going on around campus. As it was under the previous editor-in-chief’s leadership and as it is under my current leadership, The Exponent continues to report news around campus in our four sections of news, arts and leisure, science and technology, and sports. We even cover events that take place outside of campus as long as they are relevant to university life. I consider that to be a job well done for our newspaper, because we are fulfilling our duty by providing students, faculty and staff news stories in a timely fashion, even if we don’t publish certain topics that a select few want to read about. The Exponent is not a mouthpiece for any particular group or individual. With that being said, it is our job to provide news, and we will continue to do that. Some people will be angry about our content and will gossip that The Exponent is a rag with useless material; how-

ever, what those people need to understand is that we cannot publish every single topic that pertains to UAH. There is only so much you can do with a weekly, eight-page publication. Now, on to the “hard” news critique. I do agree that the Exponent needs to cover bigger issues that happen around campus, more than we have been so far this semester. We are currently working on new ways to tackle these stories, now that we are comfortable with a weekly publication and I have been made aware of whispers that have yet to reach my ears. Complaints have been running rampant about my availability. I admit that in the past, it was difficult at times to get a hold of me due to various problems with an e-mail situation needing resolution since last spring, as well as cell phone issues. But those issues are in the past. So I wanted to take the opportunity to inform all students, faculty and staff that I am more than willing to have anyone contact me via e-mail or phone about anything. If you want to compliment The Exponent, then feel free to let me know. If you want to criticize the paper, then I am open to hearing criticism as well—as long as you can support your claims. From now on, if someone has an issue or concern about The Exponent, hi, my name is Raymond Lamar Gilstrap, and I’m the editor-in-chief of UAH’s student newspaper. You can contact me via e-mail at exponent. or via phone at (404) 542-0611.

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raghu godavarthi Staff Writer

The UAH Honors Forum met on Oct. 20 for a poetry reading by Robin Behn. Besides being a published poet, Behn is the director of the University of Alabama’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She also plays the flute, the penny whistle and the sax for Waxwing, a traditional music band. She has published four books of poetry; her fifth, “The Yellow House,” is expected next year. Behn talked to the students about the elements of poetry, and through her poems illustrated the use of sound and structure in poetry. She wrote her first poem at about the age of 12, and her first book – “Paper Bird” (Texas Tech University Press, 1988) – came out when she was 26. Her early poems reflected her life, but since then she has written mostly about the music in her life. She majored in music for many years, but it was only on meeting the poet Donald Justice that she was “challenged” to write about music. The result was her poem “The Bassoonist,” which she read

SuperTeaching: Further Reading jason varnedoe Business Manager Published on Oct. 21, 2009, The Exponent ran an article regarding Bernhard Dohrmann’s business venture SuperTeaching. In this article The Exponent pointed out several legal entanglements in which Dohrmann was involved and their relationship to his newest venture, SuperTeaching. The Exponent has received several requests for further information, which we provide here. A good source was an article published by the San Francisco Chronicle on June 7, 1995, entitled “Ex-Marin Executive Guilty of Contempt.” The URL can be accessed at http:// cgi?f=/c/a/1995/06/07/BU56292. DTL. Regarding Dohrmann’s patents, a quick search of the U.S. Patent Office reveals the pending patents of SuperTeaching to be 20090148825, 20080248455, and 200220132216. Naturally, when faced with any amount of unknown information a search for the person’s name is performed using a search engine like Google or Yahoo. The UAH home for SuperTeaching is http://superteaching.

as well at the forum. Her talk led the students from defining poetry – “using words as words . . . more than goal-directed speech” – to understanding the “architecture” of poetry and the “pattern-hungry” nature of the human mind. She suggested going away from a blueprint, while understanding that poetry can be spatial and temporal. Her forthcoming book, “The Yellow House,” is a novella in verse, and has archetypal characters. She describes “House” as surreal: “a yellow cube floating in space, or a yellow houseboat.” The idea is also using poems as a still life, “a moment frozen in time.” With the band Waxwing, a popular innovation is the use of poetry within music. The piece is

explored by each instrument; Behn then reads a poem, and the music follows at the end. This is helped by keeping in mind the title of the poem. The music allows the audience to ponder over the title, and when the poem is read, listeners form deeper connections with it. Another way of keeping the title alive is by playing with the words in the title. An illustration is her poem “The Quarry Cross,” in which she looks at all possible meanings of the words “quarry” and “cross”. The poem is written in quatrains, thus adding another dimension to the work. Questions followed the poetry readings. Students were keen to know if she planned what she See BEHN on Pg. 8

Arts & Leisure

A Tribute to Konrad Dannenberg

amber rauschkolb Senior Arts & Leisure Writer

A tribute honoring the late Konrad Dannenberg, one of the last surviving German-American rocket pioneers, is being held Nov 7th from 10a.m. to 4p.m in the Salmon Library. Open to the public. Born in Weissenfels, Germany, Dannenberg received his mechanical engineering degree from the Technical University of Hanover. After serving in the German Army in 1940, he became employed with the German Arms Research and Development Center located in Peenemude as a rocket propulsion specialist. There he helped develop a rocket engine for the V-2, the world’s first ballistic missile, which was later used in WWII by the Nazis to bomb London. After WWII ended, Dannenberg left

Germany for the United States. From the late 1945-1950 he went to Fort Bliss, TX where the Team was locatd until moving to Huntsville, Al in 1950. From 1950-1956 he worked with the Team at the Redstone Arsenal with the Ordance Missile Laboratory. The Army Ballistic Missile Agency was established in 1956 whom he worked for until transferring to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in July of 1960. From 1960to 1973, he worked under various programs including the Deputy Manager of the Saturn program. He went on to help develop the largest rocket ever built, the Saturn V, which took the first human beings to the moon. Dannenberg received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1973 for this success. An actual Saturn V rocket can be toured inside the Davidson Center off I-565.

Along with many other achievements, Dannenberg supported rocket education. His wife Jackie Dannenberg commented on his dedication to rocketry, “He wanted to pass on his dream of rocketry to the next generation.” Established by the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in 1992, “The Konrad Dannenberg Scholarship” grants a winning youngster a Space Academy session free of admission. Later into his 90s, Dannenberg was still dedicated to his dream. In 2006, he visited and lectured to students, engineers and employees at the Kennedy Space Center to further stress the importance of rocketry. He died at age 96 on Feb. 16 2009 in Huntsville, Alabama. The Konrad Dannenberg Collection will feature speakers from various eras of his life such as Julius Braun, Klaus Dannenberg, Robert Schwinghammer, Sonny Morea, Ed Buckbee, and Jackie Dannenberg, who will show a slide presentation. Admission is free for those who are not eating lunch. To make your reservations for the luncheon cost $20, contact konrad2009@ or call 256-603-0055 or 256-628-2799.

October 28, 2009 - The Exponent

Get to Know Jeff Sands

raghu godavarthi Staff Writer

Those who attended UAH theatre’s season opener “The Rimers of Eldritch” might recognize Dr. Jeffrey Sands. But far from being the stage rookie, Sands has his Ph.D. in theatre history and criticism. It was during his graduate years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that he became friends with David Harwell, then an MFA student. This friendship was renewed when Sands came to Huntsville last year to become UAH’s vice president for university advancement. The Office of University Advancement directly or indirectly connects to the Power of 10 goals. These include achieving $100 million in annual endowments and through the Office of Corporate Relations, placing students in at least a 1,000 co-ops and internships. Sands states that this is possible only through the support from UAH alumni, the corporate community and friends of the university. Sands brings over 25 years of experience in university administration and fundraising to his demanding job, but modestly calls it “good preparation.” He describes

Photo by Jeff Sandridge

UAH as a “young institution” with a small alumni population. This, he believes, will change over time. Also, traditionally, many alumni were part-time graduate students whose loyalties were also divided among their undergraduate schools. “There are challenges everywhere now – fundraising, nationwide, has been badly hit,” he said, referring to the recession. For him, this is the “building phase, of trying to raise [the] level of consciousness among our alumni, among our students and among the community.” Emphasizing the need for uniSee SANDS on Pg. 8

Celebrate Halloween with a Jack-o’-Lantern amber rauschkolb Senior Arts & Leisure Writer Did you know that Halloween originates from the Celtic holiday Samhain? Meaning “summer’s end,” Samhain runs from sundown Oct. 31 through Nov. 1. The holiday holds particular significance since it marks the end of the Celtic calendar year. It was a night to honor loved ones, similar to the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. Carved gourds, turnips and potatoes were set out on porches to welcome deceased loved ones home and to ward off evil spirits. The modern tradition of carving pumpkins for Halloween originated not only from the carved gourds of Samhain, but also from the use of pumpkins as lanterns. Early settlers of America, particularly Irish European settlers, found the native pumpkin to be large enough and suitable enough, if not perfect, to carve as substitutes for lanterns. Not until the late 1800s did the holiday become more cel-

ebrated. Today, we use cheaper and safer candles instead of the originally used lumps of coal to light each jack-o’-lantern. To get started you will need the following items: a suitable pumpkin; a spoon or an ice cream scoop; one sharp, thin-bladed knife; one paring knife; and some newspaper. A useful technique for cutting the top out of a pumpkin is to cut at a 45-degree angle; if you cut straight down, the top can fall in. Also, be sure to use a suitably sized candle for your pumpkin; otherwise, your pumpkin can burn or catch fire. If you can’t find a candle small enough, just leave the top off of the pumpkin. This will help ventilation and leave nothing for the candle to burn. If you feel adventurous and

Photo by: Jeff Sandrigde

want some great ideas for your jack-o’-lantern, check out http:// for some pretty intense design strategies. But for the novice pumpkin carver, try for patterns.

Shop for pumpkins at local stores for better price and quality: Store Address Location CT Garvins Feed & Seed Inc** 2215 Holmes Ave Huntsville Ayer’s Farms 2015 Memorial Parkway Huntsville Madison County’s Farmers Market 1022 Cook Ave Huntsville If you prefer to get it from the source, check out this site for local pumpkin patches http://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore. org/ALphuntsv.php. For your convenience try your closet Walmart, Publix, Kroger and other grocery chains. **Note: closest to UAH Campus

The Exponent - October 28, 2009

Off-Campus Venues: The Most Exciting Places around Huntsville pierre Nelson Staff Writer While it may seem the Rocket City has little nightlife, there are a few very interesting places scattered throughout town which host events such as comedy shows, indie rock events and dances. Finding the perfect hang-out spot is perhaps the hardest part, as these venues keep a very low profile and grow exclusively through word-ofmouth. Lowe Mill is arguably the most unique place in Huntsville. A former textile mill erected in 1901, Lowe Mill contains the Flying Monkey Arts Center, a not-for profit venue that focuses on diversity. The Flying Monkey hosts various events from indie rock shows, fashion shows, poetry readings, comedy improvs, and visual and performance arts geared toward an open-minded and mature audience.

A clean and comfortable bar offering a variety of drinks. Photo by: Nick Franklin

Located on the second floor of Lowe Mill is Vertical House Records. This independent record store has a wide selection of used CDs, tapes and records ranging from punk to rock ‘n’ roll. It also hosts local and national band per-

formances. In the mood to go clothes shopping? Karma Rags, adjacent to Vertical House Records, is a clothing store geared towards outlandish and hip clothing. Lovers of clothing outlets such as American

Bandito Burrito’s offers great food at low prices. Photo by: Nick Franklin

Apparel and Urban Outfitters will be delighted at the wide selection of shoes, jewelry, scarves and other accessories for a fraction of the price. Once you’ve seen a few indie shows, picked up a t-shirt or two and bought an old favorite album, it’s probably time to start studying again. Bring your study group to Kenny Mango’s, where you can relax and study under the palm trees–literally. Located in Madison across from Insanity Skate Park, this coffee shop has a 19th-century Moroccan atmosphere with lush Ashley Tromba Bardwell insists that he did also think that using hypothetical couches, wooden tables and giganStaff Writer nothing wrong. He states he is not threats involving their children as tic rugs that will put your mind at a racist and was only “concerned their reason behind denying them ease when cramming for that EngOn Oct. 6, 2009, Beth Hum- for their children.” that is farcical. My opinion is that lish test you procrastinated about. phrey, a white woman, called Keith Students across campus were if you have a problem with biracial Kenny Mango’s also hosts various Bardwell, a Louisiana justice of asked their opinions on the mat- marriage, you shouldn’t make an local and national musicians, poets the peace, requesting a marriage ter. The question was: What do you excuse about it.” -Alex Gouker, ju- and comedy shows daily. license. She wished to marry her think about a biracial couple being nior, math The Coffee Tree Books and black boyfriend, Terence McKay. denied a marriage license on the “It’s 2009. “J”” -Terry Chil- Brew is another place to enjoy a They were asked if they were bi- grounds that their children would dress, freshman, psychology fresh cup of robust coffee for cheap. racial; upon affirmation, they were not be accepted by either of the two “He shouldn’t be in a position Located across from Grissom High denied the license on the grounds races? to deny them because he doesn’t School in southeast Huntsville, this that their children would not be ac“I honestly disagree with it. If have others’ opinion and he’s just coffee house is a constant meet-up cepted by either of the two races. people want to marry that’s fine. going off his own biased opinion. place for various clubs and organiBardwell did not, however, break All children are equal. And peo- I have no problem with biracial zations, which make it an excellent any laws as he did not prevent them ple should marry whoever despite marriages. It’s who you’re with place to meet friendly faces. It’s from marrying and told them where color. No children should not be and why you’re with them. He’s also a used book store, where you they could attain a license and the accepted just because of their race. definitely in the wrong. There are can find your favorite classics and couple did so two days later. I believe all children are equal.” a lot more, bigger things to worry even newer books at inexpensive Even though no laws were -Ben Brackney, freshman, math about than interracial marriages.” broken, the constitutionality of the and physics -Anthony Shrader, sophomore, event comes into question. Cur“I think it’s an idiotic percep- computer engineering rent Louisiana laws prohibit mar- tion or idea and people just have “I don’t agree with it at all. It riage between two people that are to get over the fact that biracial seems that he’s trying to hide his the same sex. All other couples, marriages are going to become a racism by using excuses such as despite race and color, are allowed common thing. At the same time that. It wasn’t really justified in to marry. Beatrice Carter, a clerk we can’t prevent people from do- any way at all.” -Bradley Calvert, of the court of the East Carroll Par- ing improper things, but the Con- freshman, mechanical engineering ish, stated, “We’ll marry anyone stitution allows people freedom of “What issues? It’s silly to have as long as they have a birth cer- speech and he can’t be arrested. issues with this. I don’t think there tificate, no matter the color, as long This is the controversy. What is should be any problems with two as they have the credentials. Not the right thing to do? Should he be individuals getting married--reany same-sex marriages though.” brought to justice or should he have gardless of race, sex, ethnicity, or Carter’s job, as well as Bardwell’s freedom of speech? It’s a product religion. Heck, marry your car if job, is to “just issue licenses. . . . of democracy.” -Veronica Chkad- you want to.” -Andrew Adrian, se[We will] never turn anyone down ua, masters, political science nior, biology for a marriage license, and we will “I would never be in a biracial Most students did not know tell them where they can get mar- couple. But whatever makes you anything about the issue in Louiried.” happy. It’s all about your looks and siana specifically. Popular public Bardwell is an elected official being accepted. I pick my friends opinion seems to be that what ocand as such can be fired or voted not on how they look but their per- curred in Louisiana was completely out of the position if found to fail sonality and if they have the same wrong and an intense case of bigotin the duties he swore to uphold morals as I do.” -Kathryn Ward, se- ry. However, most students could upon his oath as a justice of the nior, accounting and finance only comment on their belief that peace. Louisiana’s current gover“I think it’s silly. I think that marriage should be open to anyone nor, Bobby Jindal, calls for his im- anybody who wants to get mar- that wants to get married. What do mediate dismissal. ried should be allowed to and I you think?

ChargerTalk: Asking Students Questions the World Cares About

prices. Gamers should venture out to Bridge Street, where the newly built Station Two hosts a 12-lane bowling alley, pool tables and many arcade games. There is also a restaurant where patrons can grab a bite to eat at a reasonable price. While you’re at Bridge Street, enjoy a good flick at Monaco Pictures. If you show your UAH ID, you can even receive a student discount. Fans of cheap Mexican food can check out Bandito Burrito’s wide selection of tacos, enchiladas, nachos and, of course, burritos. There are three locations throughout the city at which to enjoy tasty food at a very low price. Posted throughout the original Governor’s Drive location are memorabilia from crust-punk band stickers, Mexican pesos and flyers of upcoming events. If you’re over 21 and love a good brew or two, visit The Nook, known for its large selection of beers—over 180—from all around the world. Located at 3305 Bob Wallace Drive, this non-smoking venue hosts beer sampling events that let you preview a taste of possibly your new favorite ale. See VENUES on Pg. 8

Charger Stampede 2009

October 28, 2009 - The Exponent

Event Calendar Wed Oct. 28

Chicken Little and Let’s Get Invisible will be playing at the Flying Monkey. Chicken Little is a folk punk band from Nashville, and Let’s Get Invisible is an indie/experimental band from Jacksonville 8 p.m. $5 The UC will be transformed into a haunted house! There will be thrills around every corner. Show starts at 8 p.m. and will last until 10:30 p.m.

Thurs Oct. 29

The student council for the Honors Program will have a celebration of food, raffles and a costume contest inside Frank Franz. The festivities began at 7:30 p.m. The last day to view “Signifier as Material from Outer Space (There Lies the Metaphor” is today at 7 p.m. This art gallery inside the library contains various drawings by Assistant Art Professor Kathryn Johnson. UAH Students for Freethough, Logic and Reason will have a guest speaker discussing the theory of evolution. The meeting will be in the Shelby Center in room 109 at 8pm.

Fri Oct. 30

Alpha Epsilon Delta and Medical Careers Club will be hosting their annual Health Careers Day. Speakers will talk with students about their professions at the UC. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Economics Club is meeting in the Business Adminstration Building 106 at 12:30 p.m. They will be having officer elections. SGA will have a trunk or treat at the parking lot outside Spragins. Represent your sorority, fraternity, sport or club by decorating your car and coming out to give out candy! 4-6 p.m. “The Orphanage” will be shown in the multi-purpose room inside Frank Franz. This foreign horror movie starts at 6 p.m. Liquid Caravan will perform at Crossroads. Show starts at 8 p.m.; admission is free. Moondust Big Band will perform at the Flying Monkey. 8 p.m. $5

Sat Oct. 31

The UAH Concert Choir and Chamber Choir will present an evening of sacred and secular music at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Recital Hall. It is free to all students. The Flying Monkey will have a halloween party featuring a costume contest, live music and various other festivities. The party starts at 8pm and is free. Local bands Daikaiju, The Crashing Falcon, and Cancerslug will be playing at Crossroads as part of its annual Halloween bash. There will be a costume contest with cash prizes. 9 p.m. $5 The annual Nightmare on Clinton Street party will be held on top of the Clinton Street Parking Garage. The event is 21 and up. 8:30 p.m. $5 While you’re downtown, be sure to check out the Historic Halloween Hoopia located at 108 Cleveland Street. There will be face painting, hay rides, a dog costume contest, story tellers and haunted trolley rides. It is free and will last until midnight. All Charger Stampede photos by Nick Franklin and Jeff Sandridge

Science & Tech

The Exponent - October 28, 2009

Ever Wanted to Learn Photoshop?

The Search for a Dean of Engineering

ashley tromba Staff Writer

Hopefully you’ll learn how to Photoshop pictures better than this. Photo by: Matt Sayar

Matt sayar Senior Science & Tech Writer The UAH English Department is offering Photoshop CS2 classes for anyone interested. Classes for beginner and intermediate levels of expertise are available, with each workshop lasting three hours. The beginner level class starts registration at 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 14. The actual class begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. This covers basic tools used in Photoshop, allowing participants to perform basic image manipulations. The intermediate level class starts registration at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 14. The actual class begins

at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m., and it builds on the knowledge gained in the beginner’s class. The tools used in this workshop will allow participants to perform more complex modifications normally associated with “photoshopping” an image. Anyone is welcome to participate in the workshop, but UAH students get a large discount. For each class, students pay $20, faculty/staff pay $30, and everyone else pays $50. To participate in either class, a spot must be reserved by e-mailing Cindi Brasher at brasherc@uah. See PHOTOSHOP on Pg. 8

This Week in History

Ashley tromba Staff Writer

Throughout history, certain scientific advancements and events shaped the course of mankind; they shaped the rise of technology, modern thought and science. This week, like any other week, holds a wealth of historical scientific and technological events that advanced mankind’s march towards the future. Oct. 28: • Thomas Edison applied for a patent for the electric voice recorder in 1868. • In 1946, German rocket scientists begin work for the U.S.S.R. • The United States performed some of the first nuclear tests in Nevada in 1951. Oct. 29: • In 1814, the first steam-powered warship was launched. • The Lunar Orbiter 1 crashes on the moon in 1966. • In 1988, the Soviets scheduled their first space shuttle launch but it was postponed. Oct. 30: • In 1862, the first machine gun is patented by Richard Gatling. • In 1952, the first frozen peas were sold. • In 1969, the 22nd space shuttle mission was launched. Oct. 31: • The first Halloween was observed in 834. • In 1815, the miner’s safety lamp was patented by Sir Humphrey Davy. • John Dunlop patents the pneumatic tire for a bicycle in 1888. Nov. 1: • Dr. Roux announced a vaccine for diphtheria in 1894. • The first synthetic rubber is introduced by DuPont in 1931. • In 1952, the first hydrogen apparatus exploded in the Pacific. Nov. 2: • In 1947, Howard Hughes flies the Spruce Goose, the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built called. • In 1957, the first titanium mill was opened in Toronto, Ohio. • In 2000, the first crew arrived at the International Space Station. Nov. 3: • The artificial leg was patented in 1846. • In 1954, the first Godzilla movie is released in Japan. • An Alabama woman was bruised by a meteor in 1955. • In 1994, the Atlantis 13 is launched into space.

According to the UAH website, “UAHuntsville seeks to appoint an individual who has an established record of outstanding leadership and success in managing college level activities and initiatives in a collaborative style that effectively engages academic, governmental, national laboratories and other agencies with a deep commitment to all endeavors relevant to the mission of the College and the institution. The candidate should understand the role of the College in the institutional mission and have a commitment to develop outstanding undergraduate and graduate engineering education opportunities and an ability to champion and facilitate opportunities for faculty and students.” Can such an individual be found? The current College of Engineering dean search committee hopes to close the void within the college by appointing a new dean by the end of this semester. The position has been vacant for more than a year and unfortunately little has been done to expedite the selection process. The search is still in the very early stages. When asked to comment, the selection committee members will only say that no interviews have been conducted and the interviewees have not even

been selected yet. The job listing was posted and the application selection process was outsourced to an outside group in hopes to better match appropriate candidates to the job. On Monday, October 26, 2009, the committee plans to meet and narrow the candidate pool, which is currently more than sixty applicants, to only twenty-five to fifty candidates. Once these candidates have been selected, the interviewing process will begin. The committee members are reluctant to release any information about the interviewing process or the selection process until after their meeting. Kader Frendi, the department chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering, merely stated that “the search is still on and we should have a new dean picked by the end of this semester we hope.” Despite their reassurances and firm belief that a dean will be chosen soon, engineering students are still quite unsure about the entire process. Currently thirty percent of the entire UAH student body is comprised of engineering students, thus the position is one of importance and power within the university. The search is an external search and the position could be given to someone locally, nationSee DEAN on Pg. 8

Chemistry Seminar Series: “Stimuli Response of Polymers”

ashley tromba Staff Writer The UAH Chemistry Department will be continuing its lecture series with a speaker who hails all the way from Dresden, Germany. Dr. Margarita Guenther from the Institute of Solid State Electronics at the Dresden University of Technology will be lecturing about polymers from 2-3 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2009, in the Shelby Science Center Room 107. A polymer is a large molecule with a structured pattern of repeating units that are generally connected with covalent bonds, bonds where electrons are shared rather than transferred. The most popular and well-known example of a polymer is plastic; however, polymers can be considered a large group of materials, natural and synthetic, with a wide range of properties. Guenther received her Ph.D. in 1988 from Kiev State University in Ukraine. Her work was on the physics of semiconductors and dielectrics. Guenther will speak about her research on the stimuli response of polymers. This lecture is open to all interested students and will be in the Shelby Science Center from 2-3 p.m. in Room 107.


October 28, 2009 - The Exponent

Charger Sports Calendar Men’s Soccer Regular 4-6-3 Gulf South 2-0-1

Women’s Soccer Regular 6-6-0 Gulf South 2-3-0 Time 12 pm 4:30 pm

Volleyball Record 7-24 Gulf South 1-6 Date October 30 October 31 November 2

Opponent West Georgia Alumni Game West Alabama

Site Time Home 6 pm Home 1 pm Home 7 pm

Ice Hockey Record 3-3-0 CHA 0-0-0 Date Opponent Site Time October 31 Bemidji State Home 7:05 pm November 1 Bemidji State Home 1:05 pm

The Chargers will play their first conference games at the Von Braun Civic Center on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 against old rivals Bemidji State. Bemidji State, located in Bemidji, Minn., is currently a member of College Hockey America; however, they will be joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association next season. The Chargers played Bemidji twice last year, winning one game (4-2) and losing the other (2-1). UAH has been playing very strongly this year, beating the No. 5 team, Notre Dame, and sweeping Air Force. They ran into some bad luck Oct. 23 and 24 against Western Michigan, losing both games (2-1), leaving the team with a record of (3-3). The Chargers will once again be playing at home with the Oct. 31 game (starts at 7:05 p.m.) and Nov. 1 game (starts at 1:05 p.m.).

Senior Sports Profile: Ori Ben-Shalom Eric Morgan Staff Writer Name: Ori BenShalom Sport: Soccer Number: 19 Position: Midfielder Major: Marketing Are you currently employed, and if so, where and for how long? “I’ve been working at the fitness center pool since my freshman year. My boss, Pat, and my fellow guards make it a great place to work.” Why did you choose UAH? “For its great academics programs.” What do you like about UAH? “It’s like a big school in terms of academics but like a small town in the sense that everyone knows everyone, and people are very approachable.” How long have you been playing soccer? “Probably since I was 7; [I] started playing on a team at 13.” Why do you enjoy soccer? “The team work, the effort, and the fact that it’s a game where anything is possible.” What makes you a good soccer player? “My determination, work ethic, and ability to read the game.” What are your hobbies? “Obviously soccer, but I also like running, swimming, surfing, [and] hiking.” What are your plans after graduation?

Strong Finish for Chargers at Gulf South Conference Meet

Eric Morgan Staff Writer

Date Opponent Site Time October 28 Christian Brothers Home 2:30 pm October 31 Bryan College Dayton, TN 7 pm

Date Opponent Site October 28 Christian Brothers Home October 31 Bryan College Dayton, TN

Chargers Face Off Against Bemidji State

Photo courtesy of UAH Athletics/James Burnum

Eric Morgan Staff Writer On Oct. 24, the UAH men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the Gulf South Conference Championship meet in Birmingham, Ala. The men ran in the 8k and finished third with 73 points, just under the University of West Georgia, with 68 points. Harding University blew the competition away, scoring only 31 points. Josh Moshier placed third overall, with

Lady Chargers Plan Several Themed Home Games Eric Morgan Staff Writer

“In the short run I would like get a job in a public relations or advertising firm, in the long term I would like to own my own business.” Ori also added, “In the past three years I have learned that southern hospitality is not a just a myth. I am very grateful for all

the friends I made during my stay here, and I invite you all to come to Israel for your next vacation to be my guests.” If you are a senior sports player and would like to be considered for a feature Senior Sports Profile in The Exponent, then e-mail Eric Morgan at

With the end of the volleyball season quickly approaching, the Lady Chargers have a lot in store for their final home games. For example, the Oct. 27 game against University of North Alabama was themed “Dig for Pink.” For this game, fans were encouraged to wear pink in support of a cure for breast cancer. A pink ball was used; donations went to the Liz Hurley Foundation. This foundation was created in 1999; it is named for a local television journalist who became an advocate of breast cancer awareness. October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness month. At 6:00 p.m. on Oct. 30, the team will be playing West Georgia in Spragins Hall. This game will be a Halloween dress-up game. Fans are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the game and cheer for the Chargers. The best outfit will win a pizza party. Oct. 31 is the “Alumni Game.” Current volleyball team captain Allison Cousins explained, “We invited a lot of alumni volleyball players to come back and play each other.” The current volleyball team will not play; however, they will certainly be in the stands cheering. Cousins said, “I think it’s a great idea. . . . I would come back to play if I were invited.”

a time of 26:17.10. Will Rodgers finished eighth at 26:43.27. Stevie Dolan came in 11th with a time of 26:49.58. The women ran the 5k and came in sixth overall with 163 points. Harding placed also first in this competition with only 20 points. The top finisher for UAH was Gwen Kyser, who came in 17th at 20:13.54. The Chargers will compete in the NCAA Division II South Regional Championship in Tampa, Fla. on Nov. 7.

Charger Sports Scores Men’s Soccer Record 4-6-3 GSC 2-0-1 October 23 Delta State Chargers Women’s Soccer Record 7-6-0 GSC 2-3-0 October 23 Delta State Chargers Volleyball Record 7-24 GSC 1-6 October 23 West Florida 3 Chargers 0 October 24 Valdosta State 3 Chargers 1 Ice Hockey Record: 3-3-0 CHA 0-0-0 October 23 Western Michigan 2 Chargers 1 October 24 Western Michigan 2 Chargers 1

The final home and conference game is against West Alabama at 7:00 p.m. on Nov. 7. This game is also the “Parent and Faculty Appreciation Game.” Cousins said, “Each player picks a professor and invites them to the game to thank them.” The 2009 season ends in midNovember, so now is your chance to come out and support the Chargers volleyball team.

The Exponent - October 28, 2009

From BEHN on Pg. 2 wrote. “Mostly I write what comes, but sometimes I give myself limitations,” Behn said. Art, according to her, is the realm of not knowing what you want to say, and the process of going from there to saying something meaningful. Responding to a question about publishing poetry, she said that while her books have underlying “themes,” poetry publishing can sometimes just be a collecting together. A sample of her poetry is available online. “Gray Poem,” published in The Cortland Review, can be read at Behn also performs regularly with Waxwing. More information about the band can be found at www. From SANDS on Pg. 3 versities to provide a greater value to alumni, he said the university was now offering “free lifetime career support to all alumni.” He hopes that this will help build stronger bonds with alumni. He looks to the Base Realignment and Closure transfers with optimism, observing that this could provide a strong support for students. “The success of BRAC is absolutely essential to the success of UAHuntsville, as it is for the rest of North Alabama,” he said. New sources of support are also an area of focus. The recent appointment of Dr. Michael Griffin has brought connections that were not available before. He hopes that the new deans to be appointed for the college of engineering and the college of business will be able to build more such networks. He stressed the role of the deans, stating that there is a need for a commitment from them toward strengthening the university’s relations with the community. Given his background in the-

atre, it is no surprise that he has been asked to teach a course in theatre history in the spring 2010 semester. “Work comes first,” he says, but “[I hope] President Williams will be understanding.” He often finds himself daydreaming about the opportunities while at his desk, and said it helped to have the Power of 10 board hanging over his head. From VENUES on Pg. 4 Once you’ve left The Nook, enjoy another beer or two at Olivia’s Sports Bar and Grill, located within walking distance from school (across from the Off-Campus Bookstore). Watch the latest baseball highlights or play on the large shuffleboard table. Live karaoke is provided on most nights, so sing your heart out. This certainly isn’t comprehensive; there are plenty of other places throughout town. Of course, the only way that you will find them will be to venture out. You may be lost a few times, but once you’ve found it, the employees will know you by name. From PHOTOSHOP on Pg. 6 edu. Both classes take place in the UAH Salmon Library Computer Lab, Room 211. Paying and registering for the workshop will occur on the day of the workshop. For more information about the classes, contact the instructor, Sue Barbara, at From DEAN on Pg. 6 ally, or even internationally rather than an entity already on the inside of UAH. At this point, one can only deliberate on who the new dean will be.


Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains every digit from 1 to 9 inclusive.

Crossword Across 1. Informally 11. Indian exercise method 12. Continent 13. Lure 14. Apollo landing craft 16. Fight 18. Estimated arrival times 19. Become dim 20. Forest 21. Characteristic actions 22. Baby powder 26. Capital of Italy 27. Suspension of breathing 31. Listen to 32. Repeat 33. Person who lies 34. Worthless person 35. Small children 36. Student at mixed school 37. Speech defect 40. Woody plant 42. Overturn 43. Public disturbance 45. Musical composition for one 46. Fiddle 47. Resembling suds 52. Cut 53. Cab 56. Run away with a lover 57. Possesses 58. Overwhelming fear 59. Trim 60. Middle Eastern bread 61. Soldier 62. Direct route

Down 2. Russian no 3. Narcotic plant 4. Selves 5. Narrow beam of light 6. Having one dimension 7. Kiln for drying hops 8. A person that uses 9. Location 10. Overdue 13. End of life 14. Toil 15. Measured 17. Academy award 19. Distant 23. Greek writer of fables 24. Shoe ties 25. Unrefined 28. Schemes 29. Kind of explosive (Abbrev) 30. Artist’s support

36. Swearword 38. Inhabitants of Ireland 39. Ancient Greek city- state 41. Relating to wind 44. Apex 48. Bone of the forearm 49. Achiever 50. Stout pole 51. Abominable snowman 53. Hindmost part of an animal 54. Against 55. Capital of Shaanxi province, China 58. Philosophy, politics, and economics (Brit)

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