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False (sort of): Chuck Yeager is indeed the first human being to travel faster than the speed of sound. However, his X-1A is not the first object to travel that fast. Around 5,000 B.C., the Chinese invented the bull whip, which they used to drive cattle. The “crack” that was pro-

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On the cover: UWA student Leigh Pearce feels the pressure of studying bearing down on her. Turn to page 5 for some ideas on how to unwind on the weekends so you are refreshed for classes on Monday morning.

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“Godspell” was written Stephen Schwarts and John-Michael Tebelak and first premiered on Broadway in 1971. Embarking on an Australian Tour, in London, Toronto, Off-Broadway, a National Tour, a UK Tour, and Broadway revival as well as countless other states, “Godspell” has become world reknowned as “a family-friendly show that deserves to run forever!” according to Terry Teachout of “Wall Street Journal.” The University of West Alabama’s Theater director, Arthur Grothe, acquired the rights to perform “Godspell” for waiting audiences and excited cast members. With over 20 people on cast and crew this semester, the energy never stops at rehearsals. The cast explained what they were majoring in, any previous theater experience, how theater has changed their college experience, why they tried out, and what they hope to gain from being cast in “Godspell.” “I am a junior majoring in Nursing. I have been in many plays over the years, most notably ‘Rabbit Hole; as Becca, ‘Touch Blind Love Kandy’ as Kandy, and ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ as Germaine. Theatre gave me a sense of community micah lassiter in the college environment. It has been my home and allowed me to meet my ‘extended family.’ I tried out because I just can’t stay off the stage and I hope to continue to learn and grow as an actor, and to share a magical experience with my fellow cast mates.” –Micah Lassiter “I am a senior majoring in Sociology. I haven’t actually been in any other plays besides church plays. I love being around all these wonderful, talented and creative people. I tried out because Mr. Grothe nick finch has done productions that have looked really fun and I just really wanted to be a part of one of his productions at the University. I hope to gain the experience of performing in front of a live UWA audience. I have been in those audiences and watched in jealousy as everybody had his turn on the stage. I’m thrilled to have mine.” – Nick Finch “I am a junior at UWA majoring in Accounting. My first play was as Evilene in ‘The Wiz.’ I played Romona and Amy in ‘All in the Timing.’ I also got the chance to be Feste in ‘Twelfth Night’ and Esther in ‘Intimate Apparel.’ Being ashley betts in a play while still taking classes has been an experience. I have had good times and times I felt like calling it quits. To tell you the truth I came in this play hoping that I would find the fun again. I tried out because I thought that I would have fun in a musical. It has been almost four years since I have done one. I hope to gain patience and how to work with a big group of people with various personalities.” – Ashley Betts “I’m a junior majoring in biology and minoring in theater. Yes, I was in ‘Picasso At the Lapin Agile,’ ‘1984,’ ‘Into the Woods: The Musical,’ and ‘The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And the Wardrobe.’ Theater has helped me improve my acting skills and overcome my shyness. I auditioned is because I love auditioning for plays! I hope to gain lifelong friendships from the ‘God-

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spell’ cast and crew and put another play on my resume.” – Crystal Saunders “I am a freshman majoring in Nursing. I have been in Missoula Children’s Theaters International Program through the military crystal suanders and Pensacola Children’s Choir. Theater has help me come out of my shell and learn to show my real personality more. I tried out for ‘Godspell’ because I wanted to experience what a play at UWA was like and because I loved the movie, so I thought this was the perfect time to try. I hope to make more friends and gain a memorable college experience that I can be proud of accomplishing bekah beckham when I look back in a few years.” – Bekah Beckham “I am a freshman majoring in Math Secondary Education. I have been in two professional shows, ‘The Ballad of Sweeney Todd’ by ACT, and Shelton State’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.’ Theatre has allowed me to hang out with more fun and awesome people. I tried out because of the great songs I would like to be in, like ‘Day by Day.’ I hope to gain more acting expericameron conner ence from ‘Godspell.’ – Cameron Conner “I am a sophomore majoring in history and minoring in English. I haven’t really been in any other plays, besides ‘Christmas Around the World’ in second grade. After experiencing all the hard work that goes into creating a performance, theater has enhanced my respect for the fine arts. I tried out because I really enjoy the auditioning process. I hope to gain a base in which I could possibly build a dondraius mayhew career in fine arts.” – Dondraius Mayhew “I am a freshman majoring in Nursing. I have previously been in one play at UWA. I played Picasso in ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile.’ The theater experience has allowed me to meet new people. I tried out because my last play was amazing. This is my first musical, so I hope to gain insight as to the differences in preparing for a musical versus a regular play.” – Nick Spradling “This is my senior year, in which I am majoring in Business Administration. I’ve had the privilege of acting, nick spradling dancing, and even being like a coordinator for skits and dances at my home church in Meridian, Miss., Freedom Rock Chrisitian Fellowship Church. I’ll be playing the role of an angel, in a play pertaining to the life of Christ in church. I’m honored to be able to play that role. What caused me to try out for the ‘Godspell’ play, at first, was the fact that our choir teacher said he would give extra points to those who tried out- there’s my sense of humor.

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However, after going to the tryouts and doing the warm up exercises, I thought to myself, ‘This is what I should have been doing way before now!’ Being a part of choir and this cast is helping me cultivate relationships in my personal life. I am also currently working on finishing up with the recording process of my first CD album, in which I serve as a singer, songwriter, and performer. Having to not only dance, but sing at the same time is really getting me prepared for what I will have to be doing in my personal life. I appreciate this great opportunity, and I look forward to presenting to the UWA community and friends what we’ve amber g. walker been working on.” – Amber Walker “I am a freshman majoring in Psychology. I’ve been in plenty of plays; I’ve been involved in theater since eighth grade. Theater has helped me meet a lot of new people. I tried out because I’ve always like the movie ‘Godspell’ and I didn’t have a chance to audition for last semester’s play. It’s pretty amazing getting a chance at a lead role. Hopefully, I’ll do well alex nelson and I’ll come out a better actor for it.” – Alex Nelson “I am a sophomore and have yet to declare a major. I did theater for two years in high school in plays such as ‘The Taming of LaRue’ and ‘A Christmas Story’ in ninth grade. The choreography has definitely whipped me into shape! I’ve also gained confidence in my singing voice and acting skills. I tried out because I saw the play put on by Mr. Grothe last semester and figured it might be fun, especially since it’s the first musical. Actually, there’s something I hope to lose, and that is crystal welch my immense stage fright.” – Crystal Welch “I am a sophomore, and I am majoring in Nursing. I have acted in church plays and numerous skits and monologues in high school. Theatre has allowed me to open up more and feel more comfortable in my own skin. Acting opens the door for me to be more outgoing and make more friends. I went out for the play mainly because I love theatre. I love the stage. It’s mostly where I’m comfortable. I had hoped to gain what I already did: the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to show the real me and gain friends I will possibly have for a while. It has been such a blessing, and I hope the opportunity arises for chelsea harcrow me to be a part of more.” – Chelsea Harcrow

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“I am a junior and majoring in business and marketing. I’ve been involved in

men. My major is pre-med biology comprehensive. I do not have earlier theater experience, but I was in skits in my church. Theater has changed my college experience tremendously because it gave me extra things to do and the opportunity to make more friends. I tried out because I saw the previous play performed in December and it was great! And I love musicals, so I wanted to be a part! hope to grow more in my theatrical experience and to just have lots of fun performing.” – Shakira Young

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“Godspell” can be seen March 14-17 in Bibb Graves Auditorium.

environmental history laporchia mitchell

The first guest speaker in the Richard D. Holland Lecture series was Mark D. Heresy of Mississippi State University, author of “My Work is that of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver.” He chose the title because that’s how he sums up Carver’s work ethics. Heresy’s UWA lecture, George Washington Carver: Alabama’s Black Belt and the American Environmental Tradition, took place at the Bell Conference Center on Feb. 21, 2012, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Mark Heresy became interested in George Washington Carver a decade ago. Carver believed that African Americans were capable of academic

fiction and poetry “I’m a first-year fresh-

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On Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 the Department of Languages and Literature hosted the Callaway Schoolhouse Fiction and Poetry Reading. The guests of honor were Dr. Wendy Rawlings and Mr. Joseph Wood from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Rawlings is originally from Long Island, N.Y. Prior to becoming a professor her most interesting job was at a juice bar. Dr. Rawlings most recent work is entitled “Outlandish Plot and Other Threats to the Homeland,” which is about post 9-11 America at both the individual home level and as a country. The excerpt Rawlings read was from a piece entitled “Portrait of My Mother’s Head on a Plate,” in which she described the feelings spurred from her mother’s coming out. Rawlings’ mother, who was also

Dr. Wendy Rawlings and Mr. Joseph Wood at last weeks fiction and poetry reading

her high school art teacher, left Rawlings’ father for the school lunch lady. Joseph Wood is originally from Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to becoming a professor his most interesting job was helping to take care of aged Carmelite nuns. Wood read a piece called “Six” where he experiments with a mirrored triolet. A triolet is “a poem of eight lines, typically of eight syllables each, rhyming abaaabab and so structured that the first line recurs as the fourth and seventh and the second as the eighth” according to the Oxford American Dictionary. Wood also read “Baby Bear” which is another triolet about the day he moved out of his house with his ex-wife and the feelings of concern he had for his young daughter. Wood said when writing poetry “imitating yourself becomes boring (and one must) challenge themselves.” It was this tendency to imitate himself that led Wood to attempt triolets. Wood is currently working on a new book which will feature “The Spot,” a poem about the docks in Philadelphia, Pa, and “Anniversary,” a poem about opossum roadkill. The Callaway Schoolhouse Fiction and Poetry readings are just one of several events in the Languages and Literature Living Large in the Livingston Literary Scene series. The next event in the series include Poetry at the Lake, an annual event at Lake LU where students are invited to read poetry or short excerpts of fiction from other authors and also enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs and other snacks, on March 20. Poetry at the Lake will be followed by a Poetry Slam on April 9 in the Hunt Annex where participants are invited to bring their own poetry and go head-to-head for prizes.

achievements just like anyone else. Carver was mentioned in earlier years in textbooks, but today, Heresy feels as though no one takes Carter seriously. George Washington Carver was a scientist, chemist, and an experimenter. He is most famous for his production in the peanut industry, which helped revolutionize the agricultural

economy of the South. So little is known about Carver’s childhood that he doesn’t have an exact birth date, but some believe that he was born sometime around the end of the Civil War. Carver was a well-educated individual and was the first Black student to attend Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm, now Iowa State University.

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theater since I was around seven or so. Theater has definitely changed my college experience. It has given me a better enjoyment out of college because I love theater and music so much. It is definitely my relaxing outlet. I tried out because I love musicals and also because I love to be involved in theater. If I had not gotten a part I probably would have worked back stage. I hope that I will be able to have a great experience performing and also gain new friends. With every production, there is personal growth and experience.” – Clare Findley

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“I am a senior majoring in elementary education. I have been in many UWA plays. I was in ‘Intimate Apparel’ and ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile.’ Theater has opened my eyes to a new world of people and opportunities that I would have never even dreamt of. I tried out because I love musicals and I figured, ‘Why not? I can sing. Why not?’ This might be my door to the big lights. I hope to gain a feeling of accomplishment that I did something that I never thought that I could do.” – LeAnthony Walker

tke brothers from around the country listen to a presenter who spoke to the young men about risk management

tke conference The Livingston Iota Upsilon chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon traveled to Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 24 through Feb. 26 for a weekend conference. The TKE brothers gathered at the Grand Hyatt’s conference center to learn how to make the fraternity better as a whole. While there, they were visited by the TKE International Sweetheart. The gentlemen also took classes on everything from RUSH to risk management. After the classes ended, the TKE brothers went to conferences and banquets as one immense brotherhood. UWA’s chapter president, Timothy Truelove, said that attending this conference was very beneficial to the chapter because it taught the men who went skills to be better leaders as well as gentlemen. He also feels that the conference is good for them because they made life-long friends as well as connections that could benefit them in the future. The boys seemed to have had fun and came home grateful for everything they had been taught at the conferences. Throughout the event, each brother attended a different class to maximize their educational experience.


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cheers for the freakin’ weekend: weekend entertainment in livingston (3) Study! I know most college students do not want to spend the little free time they have doing homework, but the weekend offers plenty of free time to catch up on your schoolwork or to get ahead. Remember: you can never get enough studying in. (4) Hit the Gym! Working out is a great way to spend your weekend. It’s a great way to get in shape. On Friday afternoons, the gym even offers some exercise classes. (5) Hangout with your friends! If you’re just looking for a relaxing way to spend your weekend, try turning to your friends who are also still on campus. If you are in a sorority or fraternity, call up some of your brothers and sisters. Sometimes, just being with a group of people can create a remarkable weekend. (6) Go the theater! West Alabama offers every student one free movie a week and since we’re often too busy to use our passes during the week, save them for the weekend. Going to the movies can be a great way to en-

legacy program at uwa la house

On Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, the University of West Alabama had the Legacy Celebration of 2012. The program, which recognized February as Black History Month, took place in Bibb Graves Auditorium and was planned by Mr. Willie Williams, the director of Choral activities/ Instructor of Speech and Theatre. Mr. William states, “Our celebration is a showcase of the rich and diverse art forms influenced by the Black community, from traditional to the contemporary. Legacies exist to fill a need, the need for an event that unites people from all races to come together and celebrate contributions that are often forgotten. Even though various Black History Month celebrations take place in many communities, none are as memorable as we anticipate this year’s celebrations being!” Many people from all over the state came together to make the program a success. The program had singing, poems, danc-

ing, and even statues of people posed around the auditorium. Perry Turner recited a poem entitled “Phenomenal Man.” In this poem, he talked about how it is to be a black male. Jasmine Little did a dance to Whitney Houston’s song “I Want To Dance With Somebody.” House was a phenomenal icon who died this month. Allie Carson, James Dumas, and even UWA basketball star Alquan Mendenhall participated in the program by standing as statues. In the program, several of Whitney Houston’s songs were performed. Ashley Betts got the crowd’s attention when she sang “I Have Nothing” and Brittany Daniels brought tears to people’s eyes when she sang “The Children are the Future,” both made popular by Houston. Local singer DeAundray Jordan blessed the auditorium with his amazing voice and had the crowd standing up. Jasmine Brown also sang one of Etta James’

songs. James also died this year. There was plenty more singing and dancing for the whole night. The performance of the night was by Patrice Moncell a Mississippi native who can sing any kind of music. Her voice fills the room, and her personality changes the atmosphere. She performed two songs that showcased her beautiful voice. The University of West Alabama Choir closed the program with two songs. The first song was “My Love, My Life, and My All,” by Kirk Franklin. The lyrics of this song tell that after all the things people go through, they can still rely on God to be there for them. The last song was “He Never Failed,” with solos by Cody Dixon and Amber Walker. The song is a Negro spiritual. It signifies that after all the battles that black people went through God never failed them. The Legacy Celebration was a great success.

tertain yourself on a boring night, especially if you have a hot guy or girl to share popcorn with.

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It’s that time we have all been waiting for, the weekend! You have been waiting for some time to for excitement, but then you realize you are in Livingston, and all your excitement hits the nearest exit. I know we all dread those weekends when you’re stuck in little ole’ Livingston. However, there is more to do here than many think. I bet many of you have never even tried hanging out in Livingston to see what there is to actually do, have you? Well, I have, and I must say there are more ways to enjoy yourself than most think. (1) Make YouTube videos! This is a fun idea for the girls who love to dance or sing or just for people that love to be silly in general. Don’t be afraid to let people see your fun side. It’ll encourage other bored people. YouTube videos are a amazing way to loosen up and enjoy your time off. Just remember to insure the video is appropriate before uploading. You don’t want to make your school or yourself look bad. (2) Pinterest it UP! Pinterest is a great website full of wonderful ideas, especially for us ladies. You can find cool new recipes and creative arts ideas to add some excitement on those boring nights. The web site even offers up excellent fashion tips and ideas for us shopaholics.

(7) Go out to eat. There are several different restaurants here in Livingston. You could try eating out every now and again. You will discover that some restaurants have some awesome food! Living in a small town does not mean there isn’t anything to do on campus over the weekend. You just have to remember to keep an open mind and not be afraid to search.

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photography under fire

British photographer Paul Conroy was rescued by 35 Lebanese rebels from the Syrian city of Horns on Tuesday, Feb. 28, after being held captive for a week. Conroy was injured but is recovering well. Unfortunately, 13 of his rescuers did not survive, adding to the 250 who have died in the two-day span and over 7,500 who have died in the 11-month struggle to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

just a gift horse?

Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch, insists she was not gifted a retired British police horse that she was “loaned” through a program which provides care to retired service animals. Brooks’ husband is Charlie Brooks, a well known British horse trainer. The horse, named Raisa, went to live with a police officer after living with Brooks in 2010 where the horse eventually died of natural causes.

wikileaks lacks integrity WikiLeaks released five million emails and internal documents from private intelligence firm Stratfor on Monday, Feb. 27, which it claims “show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.” Many of the secret activities that the emails claim to unveil have been debunked in this short time and analysts believe many more claims will turn out untrue as investigations continue.

hung jury

Egyptian courts are having a tough time finding judges for the case of 43 pro-democracy workers, including 16 Americans as three judges excuse themselves on Tuesday, Feb. 28. The defendants are accused of illegally obtaining foreign funds to muckrake against the Egyptian government for the last year. All of the defendants have plead not guilty.

freaky huge penguins

Archeologists in New Zealand have recently uncovered fossils, which suggest that penguins as tall as 52 inches once inhabited the cliffs at Waimate in the South Island. Scientists believe the giant penguin would have weighed 132 pounds, twice what modern penguins usually weigh. The scientists who first began finding the remains of the giant penguin named in Kairuku, which translates in Maori to a “diver who returns for with food.”

stop tweeting

The Australian Olympic Committee has warned Australian athletes not to tweet while competing at the Olympics or in preliminary events. Mike Tancred, director of AOC, feels the athletes will be distracted by the social media despite the International Olympic Committee’s encouragement of the activity, which they feel will heighten the interest in the games. The final statement from the AOC stated that “Australian athletes are encouraged to use social media responsibly and during downtime in the village but their use of it should conform to the Olympic spirit.”

panda privacy please

In the hopes that the pandas Le Le and Ying Ying at the Hong Kong Zoo will feel a romantic spark, the zoo keepers have provided some private time for the cuddly couple. Much like their human counterparts, female pandas’ mating season only lasts for a threeday window. While the duo usually have separate living arrangements, they will be sharing quarters for the next few days in the hopes that there will be little baby pandas running around in the next 97-181 days.

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one hell of a horror film nelson sims

No matter how advanced special effects become and no matter how many millions are pumped into one film production budget after the other, the best films are the labors of love that up-and-coming filmmakers are able to produce on budgets that Michael Bay wouldn’t be able to produce seven minutes worth of footage with. Such is the case with the 2011 horror film, “Absentia.” The film debut of writer/director Mike Flanagan, “Absentia” follows the lives of two sisters as they become the victims of an entity that has been imagined in various ways through the folklore and superstitions of various cultures. While the film offers up no conclusive answers as to this entity’s nature, it does offer a terrifying, and even emotional, journey into darkness. This is what great horror is all about. Sisters Tricia and Callie begin the movie with a reunion that the viewer learns has been some time in the making. Callie has arrived to be with her sister while she declares her seven-year-missing husband, Daniel, dead in absentia. This understandably difficult time is further complicated by the fact that Tricia is currently pregnant with the child of Detective Mallory, the officer assigned to Daniel’s missing persons case. Just as Tricia looks to be moving past a life that seems to have been made up of little else than seven years of straight mourning, Daniel inexplicably reappears in a vastly diminished state. Only able to utter brief sentences about being “underneath,” Daniel’s disturbing behavior becomes more and more frequent, as Callie, a former drug addict and runaway herself, battles with her addictions. When Daniel disappears mere days after his reappearance, Tricia and Callie are forced to choose between comforting logic and the possibility that forces beyond their own understanding are at work and may be targeting them. What makes this movie so engaging is the ever important fact that it actually makes the viewer care about

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what happens to the people on-screen. The characters in this film are so well developed that Flanagan could have taken out all supernatural references and released the film as a straight drama, and it would have been just as good, if not a little more mysterious. The film is very much about making audiences question what they’ve just witnessed, offering an endless stream of alternate scenarios for every unexplainable moment. The viewer witnesses Daniel’s second disappearance from Callie’s perspective, then learns through the police investigation and a conversation with Tricia that Callie may have been under the influence at the time and that what she described seeing is very similar to hallucinations she had previously while on drugs. The film constantly offers the possibility, a possibility that often makes logical sense, that everything unfolding is not only completely explainable but that it often possesses a rather boring explanation. These boring explanations are often the source of comfort for the characters, even as the truth becomes more and more apparent. While it’s easy for Callie, who is far more of a free-spirit than the repressed Tricia, to eventually realize the living mythology that is targeting her and her sister, Tricia has far more tying her to a world of boring explanations because of the simple fact that she is pregnant during the story. “Absentia” has been winning awards since its March 2011 debut at the Fargo Film Festival. It has received best picture awards at the 2011 Shriekfest, the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival, the Phoenix Film Festival, and the Sonomal International Film Festival, just to name a few. “Absentia” is an engaging, absolutely unrelenting film that leaves viewers at its mercy until the final second. It’s not only an outstanding entry in the genre of horror, however; it is a stand-out in the genre of film.

Think back to childhood when teachers and parents would read “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in The Hat,” and “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” These creative, yet simple, rhymes are ones we will remember forever. If you would like to help give children the same experience of reading books, such as Dr. Seuss’s books, come out on Friday, March 2, 2012, to Read Across America Day, a day set aside to celebrate reading. In 1997, the National Education Association (NEA) pushed for a reading celebration day each year. Not long after the NEA brought this idea to the surface, plans immediately started falling into place. In 1998, the very first Read Across America Day took place on March 2, which happens to be the birthday of Dr. Suess. If you and your organization would like to volunteer in Livingston for Read Across America Day, contact Dr. Esther Howard. Volunteers are needed at Livingston Elementary School Friday, March 2, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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chimes of freedom top five nelson sims

“Chimes of Freedom - The Songs of Bob Dylan” is a four-CD-long collection featuring 75 Bob Dylan covers by artists ranging from Rise Against to Ke$ha. Covering Bob Dylan is nothing new; his songs have been played by his musical peers ever since the most prolific songwriter in history ever rose to fame. Jimi Hendrix’s version of “All Along the Watch Tower” is a rare example of a Dylan cover that exceeds the original, and Dylan actually adopted the Hendrix version for live performances after hearing it. Axel Rose attempted to cover “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” to a lot of fanfare, but he was utterly outclassed in 2003 when Warren Zevon recorded his version of the Dylan classic for his final album, “The Wind.” The songs on this album range from absolutely cringe-worthy to incredibly good, to completely forgettable. It’s a mixed bag of covers but with such a wide range of artists, a few bad renditions are to be expected. Rather than attempt to review the album as a whole, this writer will offer you his top five picks from the entire project. These are the ones that are worth listening to, in no particular order. 5. Ke$ha - “Don’t Think Twice, It’s

Alright” This cover is shocking, partly because who knew Ke$ha could sing without effects on her voice, partly because it’s not completely awful, and partly because Ke$ha certainly brings emotion to the song, openly crying in between lines on

the track. The performance isn’t brilliant, but it is certainly a bold and unique move on Ke$ha’s part. Someone as self-aware as Ke$ha must have at least the slightest artistic ember buried deep within her soul, and Ke$ha shows hers with this cover. 4. Bad Religion - “It’s All Over

Now, Baby Blue” Several artists on this compilation attempt to do punk versions of Dylan’s material. None of them do it better than these punk rock legends. 3. Dave Matthew’s Band - “All Along the Watch Tower” This live recording almost tops the Hendrix version, almost. 2. Johnny Cash - “One Too Many Mornings” No one will ever top Johnny Cash when it comes to covers. Cash has done memorable versions of songs by an astounding range of artists of various genres. His versions of “Personal Jesus,” The Beatles’ “In My Life,” and Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” are absolute gems. This Dylan cover is no different than the previously mentioned songs. Cash makes the song uniquely his own with this version, maybe not surpassing the original, but certainly standing on par with it. 1. Flogging Molly - “The Times They Are-A Changing” The “no particular order” listing only applies to every other song. This is the best and most unique cover on the album. The Irish flavor these punk rockers add to this Dylan classic, the lyrics of which are read in college-level American Literature courses, fits the song so well that the original version almost seems lacking.

deftones- “diamond eyes” cory sly

On May 4, 2010, Deftones released their sixth studio album titled “Diamond Eyes.” For those who aren’t familiar with Deftones, they are a five piece metal band from the Sacramento, Calif. area that formed in the late ‘80s and gained recognition in the mid-’90s. The band was rushed to release the album after it leaked on the Internet sometime in March. “Diamond Eyes” featured a significant difference over any other Deftones’ album in that it was the first record to not feature bassist Chi Cheng due to a tragic car accident that rendered Cheng comatose for over a year. At that time, the rest of the band decided to put their latest album “Eros” on an indefinite hiatus while the band contemplated disbanding entirely. Deftones soon came to a decision after Cheng’s health had not yet made a significant recovery and announced that longtime friend of the band Sergio Vega would be taking over in Cheng’s place. Deftones finished the recording process in just two months and all without the help of Pro Tools software. The band members felt as if they needed to record a more

optimistic album in light of the recent tragedy and wanted it to have more natural sound like their first two albums “Adrenaline” and “Around the Fur,” which they achieved without

the help of any recording software. “Diamond Eyes” does a perfect job of balancing out the heavy side of Deftones with their softer more melodic side. The first track is the title track and explodes with guitarist Stephen Carpenter’s heavy tuned

down riffs while lead singer Chino Moreno’s vocals soar beautifully. The fourth track, “You’ve Seen the Butcher,” is reminiscent of old “White Pony” era Deftones with some catchy drum beats by Abe Cunningham while Chino sings beautifully with his poetically obscure lyrics. The seventh track, “Rocket Skates,” was the first single and is also the most brutal on the whole album, with Chino’s shrill screaming vocals and Carpenter’s relentlessly heavy guitar attack you are left in a wake of harmonious metal destruction. The next track “Sextape” is a beautiful and melodic number with the sort of spacey feel to it that puts the listener in mind of the “White Pony” days once again. It’s no secret this is the best Deftones release since “White Pony;” even though Cheng was not featured on this record. The Deftones managed to come together and still retain their natural sound that is fresh but also reminiscent and unrefined. “Diamond Eyes” is another amazing piece of music from a band known for their quality and unique sound.

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A campaign for the sainthood of Father Edward J. Flanagan has been launched by the Omaha Archdiocese. Flanagan spent his life ministering to orphans and troubled youth. He famously founded the Omaha orphanage, Father Flanagan’s Boys Home, in 1917. He was portrayed in 1938 by Spencer Tracey in the classic film “Boys Town,” which earned Tracy an Oscar for best actor. Flanagan’s commitment to youth ran deep. He is famously quoted as saying, “There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, and bad thinking.” Flanagan was asked by President Harry Truman to travel the world in the aftermath of World War II for discussions about the numerous youths who were displaced and orphaned by the war. During his travels, Flanagan suffered a fatal heart attack in Berlin, Germany, in May of 1948. His body was fittingly buried in the chapel at Boys Town. The campaign for sainthood is often a lengthy process, as evidenced with Mother Theresa, who has undergone extensive review since her death in 1997. Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor of the archdiocese, stated that he believes the sainthood of Father Flanagan could prove to be hugely important to the state of Nebraska. “If Father Flanagan becomes sainted,” he said in a statement, “it would send a message to Nebraskans. If he could live a holy and exemplary life in Omaha, why can’t we all?”

academy awards Billy Crystal hosted the 84th annual Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 2011. Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog were in attendance and introduced a memorable performance by the Cirque du Soleil, set to the music of composer extraordinaire, Danny Elfman. The Muppets would go on to take home Oscar gold later in the evening when Bret McKenzie, of Flight of the Conchords fame, won the Best Original Song award for “Man or Muppet.” Additional winners were “Rango” for Best Animated Feature, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” for Best Original Screenplay, and Octavia Spencer for her supporting role as Minny Jackson in “The Help.” The 82-year-old Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor award for his memorable portrayal of Hal Fields in “Beginners.” Meryl Streep won her third Oscar and earned her seventeenth nomination in the Best Actress category for her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” Michael Hazanavicius’ film, “The Artist,” took home the gold in the Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Director, and Best Picture category, beating out nominated films such as Scorsese’s “Hugo,” “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” “Moneyball,” and Spielberg’s “War Horse.” “Hugo” and “The Artist” tied for most awards of the night, with each film receiving 5 wins.

gas prices rise Gas prices continue to rise, with the average price jumping 18 cents in the past week, bringing the price to $3.69 a gallon, according to a survey of gas prices conducted by Trilby Lundberg. “Fears about a possible hit to oil supplies from the Middle East are causing turmoil and confusion,” Lundberg explained. Turmoil and confusion are certainly running rampant is San Diego, which boasts the highest average price regular unleaded gasoline on Feb. 24 at whopping $4.24 a gallon.


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In 2009, with a maximum budget of $150, the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance premiered what will soon be one of the most inspiration, hysterical, and imaginative musical ever performed on stage. A Very Potter Musical told the story of the all to-well-known Harry Potter and his adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With his two best friends Hermione “can’t-draw” Granger, and Ronald “totally awesome” Weasley; this singing, dancing, and completely awkward musical has even those anti-harry potter fans laughing. With 8,095,975 views on just Act 1 Part 1 of this incredible YouTube sensation, its popularity has grown increasingly each year. Known as Starkid, the students who began the legend have since then graduated from the University of Michigan and have now taken root in Chicago. Starkid’s expansion over YouTube, allowed for mentions on MTV, Entertainment Weekly, the famous Perez Hilton, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine, and the National Public Radio. Though many great actors and actresses have endeavored in Starkid activity, Darren Criss is the most notable. Darren Criss, performed as Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical, went on to star in the renowned television comedy Glee as well as stepping in for Daniel Radcliffe on the Broadway musical How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The starkid’s are currently working on another parody called Holy Musical B@tman coming to Chicago March 22 and to YouTube in April.

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Did you know that around 40 million Americans share an Irish lineage? Irish-American Heritage month is a declaration by the United States government to showcase Irish immigrants’ and their descendants’ living in America accomplishments. March was chosen as the Irish-American Heritage month due to St. Patrick’s Day on Mar. 15. St. Patrick’s Day was the day chosen to honor St. Patrick, whom introduced Christianity to Ireland around the 5th century. The first proclamation of IrishAmerican Heritage month was March 1991 by the United States Congress. Congress also proclaimed March 1995 and 1996 Irish-American Heritage Month. Also, the United States presidents from 1991 to present day have declared March IrishAmerican Heritage Month. President Harry S. Truman was of ScottishIrish descent and attended the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade and gave a speech in 1948. The other Heritage months are: National African American History Month, National Hispanic Heritage Mont and Asia/Pacific American Heritage Month.

Known for her quirky sense of humor, and strange characters, Zooey Deschanel started out her career at the age of 17 on the television sitcom Veronica’s Closet. Born in 1980, Zooey was surrounded by a family of actors. Her father, Caleb Deschanel, was most notable for his cinematographer- he was later nominated for an Academy Award for- for The Passion of the Christ and her mother is most distinguished for starring in the movie Twin Peaks. Zooey Graduated from Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica and began to play ukulele for a band called If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies. Soon her involvement in the movie Mumford, sparked her dedication towards an acting career and the following year her participating in Almost Famous began her rise to fame. Her strange characters come from the odd natural of her true being. Zooey is not only allergic to gluten, dairy, and eggs, but she is also known to have been writing a screenplay called Circus Girl- a story centered around a strange “geeky” character that she herself is playing. Zooey is most famous for her roles in 500 Days of Summer, Our Idiot Brother, Yes Man alongside Jimmy Carrey, Elf alongside Will Farrell, Your Highness, The Happening, and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Zooey has also earned the title of Maxium magazine told 100 Hottest Women of 2008 as number 73 and FHM Australia 2011 100 Sexiest Women in the World as number 39. Zooey can be seen every Monday night on her newest show New Girl, alongside actors Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield, and Lamorne Morris at 8 p.m.


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A cemetery preservation workshop will be held at the Pelham United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 10. Lyle Meador, pastor of the Edna, Ala., church and a student at UWA explained that the workshop was being held in response to the extensive damage done by the April 27 tornadoes to the community and the church’s historic Bethlehem cemetery. Many of the headstones in the cemetery, some of them dating back well over 150 years, were extensively damaged by the storms. Some markers only suffered minor damage while others were broken entirely in half. Stonemason and marker restoration specialist Charles Thomas will conduct the workshop, showing those in attendance methods for cleaning and repairing even the most damaged headstones. The workshop will provide the opportunity for those in attendance to learn numerous cemetery preservation techniques, including a proper, chemical free, cleaning method and a setting and repair demo. The cost of the workshop will be $10 per person, but UWA students and faculty will be admitted for free. Meador explained the significant impact that the damaged cemetery has had on the small community of Edna in detail when he spoke about the Young family that lives directly across from the cemetery. The Young family members, who have been at their current location for as long as Meador can remember, are not only forced to cope with their own severe property damage, but they must also cope with the significant damage done to the final resting spots of their family members. This preservation workshop will seek to rectify the tremendous impact that the damage has had on these, and many other, residents. Saturday’s workshop will begin at 10 a.m. Those attending are asked to please bring a picnic lunch that will be enjoyed during the noon break. Immediately following the picnic, people will be split into teams of 4-6 for cleaning and teams of 2 to help reset the broken stones.

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The University of West Alabama played Nova Southeastern University on Friday, Feb. 24. The Tigers were coming off a six-win streak but it didn’t give them enough momentum to win. The Tigers played a strong game but ended it trailing Nova Southeastern 7 to 12. Pitcher Barry Meeks tried to help keep NSU’s score down. He pitched five innings only allowing nine hits and giving seven runs. The Tigers would move on to play NSU in a double-header on Saturday. The University of West Alabama played Nova Southeastern University on Saturday, Feb. 25. The Tigers split Saturday’s double-header. In the morning the Tigers trailed the Sharks 6 to 4. In the second game of the day, Coach Gary Rundles led the UWA Tigers to their first on the road win with a 3 to 1 win over the Sharks. UWA kept the score close throughout the game only trialing 0 to 1 all the way into the sixth inning. Matthew Magee helped put points on the board scoring a double in the top of the sixth. After that UWA went on to score one last point and only allowed NSU to put one on the bored. The win came at a good time as the Tigers had lost the previous two games to the Sharks and needed to make a defining come back. The University of West Alabama’s baseball team played Nova Southeastern University on Sunday, Feb. 26. The Tigers ended the game trailing the Sharks 3 to 9. They will play again on Feb. 29 in Montevallo. Their next home game will be March 6.

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The UWA men’s baseball team faced off against Miles College on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Golden Bears took an early 1-0 lead over the Tigers, forcing UWA to spend a large portion of the game trailing Miles. However, a homerun from Ben Cox at the bottom of the fifth would kick off a streak of complete dominance on the field for the Tigers. Cox knocking the ball out of the park brought the score up to 3-1, but the Tigers were far from finished. Seemingly motivated after finally taking the lead, the Tigers would go on to score eight more runs, completely shutting down Miles College, and finishing the game with a score of 11-1.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, the University of West Alabama’s Gym in Pruitt hosted a 3-pointer and free-throw shooting contest. Contestants from all over the campus came to the gym to compete. The gym was full of students watching fellow classmates and friends come together to just shoot and compete. Events like this help relieve some of the stress that students endure all week.

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The University of West Alabama women’s basketball team played the University of West Georgia on Saturday, Feb. 25. The game kicked off at 1 p.m. In the first half of the game the Tigers and the Wolves were playing a close game with a 27 to 27 tie. The Tigers stepped up their game and Coach Craig Roden led the girls to a 63 to 48 win. Guard, Nakia Jordan (1) helped to team win by tying a career high of 23 points during the game. The Tigers led by 17 points with 1:15 left in the game as Jordan shot a three pointer. The Lady Tiger’s record is now 11 and 14 overall. Their conference record is 6 and 8. They will move on to play in the Gulf South Conference tournament on Thursday, March 1 in Niceville Fla. The University of West Alabama men’s basketball team played the University of West Georgia on Saturday, Feb. 25.The Tigers kicked the game off at 3 p.m. The Tigers played a strong game for the first half of the game ending the period only trailing the Wolves by 11 points. However in the second half of the game, the UGA Wolves took control and beat the Tigers by 23 points. The final score was 75 to 52. UWA’s overall record is 8 and 19. Their conference record is now 5 and 9. The Tigers will play in the Gulf South Conference tournament starting Thursday, March 1 in Niceville Fla.

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Students have all had the one lesson on eating disorders. They have been told the names, the symptoms, and the signs that someone has a disorder. There are multiple definitions of what is considered an eating disorder. Some people even consider vegetarianism to be an eating disorder. The most well-known eating disorders are Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa. Bulimia Nervosa, usually just called Bulimia, is mostly known for the binge and purge behaviors. Binging is the process of eating past the point of being full, even past being overly full. Purging quickly follows the overeating and is the behavior of throwing up the previously eaten food before it can even be in the stomach long enough to digest. People with extreme cases of Bulimia will even go as far as to take laxatives to excrete the food that did manage to digest before the act of purging. Medical problems tend to surface if a disorder goes on for too long without being noticed and stopped. Bulimia can cause discoloring on the finger or fingers used to activate the gag reflex during purging. Enamel on teeth can be wore down, there might be cavities, or gum infections because of the stomach acid that comes

up when purging; people who have Bulimia do not just stop once they believe the food is all out of their system. They continue to vomit until they can no longer produce bile; it gets to the point where all they are throwing up is stomach acid. People with Bulimia Nervosa are hardly ever suspected of having the disorder until it is too late. Signs of the disorder include, but are not limited to, going to the bathroom regularly after meals, dry mouth, a ‘pouch-like’ look to the corners of the mouth because of the salivary glands being swollen, and even rashes and pimples. It has been shown that many people with Bulimia may also be effected by Anorexia Nervosa. Anorexia is probably the most well-known of all eating disorders; it also considered a psychological disorder. People who typically fall prey to this disorder end up sticking to such a strict schedule for eating, or lack thereof, that is more about control than the actual need to be thinner. Like with Bulimia, Anorexia has its own set of associated medical problems. Malnutrition is the main one looked at and is the cause of many of the other problems. Anorexia in its most extreme form is flat-out starvation and if left untreated, the lack of nutrients to the body can cause multiple complications. The malnutrition caused by anorexia has been linked to muscle failure and weak bones. If the body does not get everything it needs, it will begin to try and make up for what it is lacking.

It has also been shown that the body will begin producing more hair all over the body, in areas such as the stomach or more hair on the arms, in place of the lack of body fat. The body does this in an attempt to keep the body warm. On the contrary, hair on the head tends to stop growing or even fall out. Anorexia is actually easier to recognize than Bulimia. Signs that someone is suffering with Anorexia can range anywhere from dieting despite being thin or underweight to the fixation that the person is not thin enough. Denial of being thin, obsession with nutrition, calories, and grams of fat, being terribly harsh on appearance, and secretive or strange food ‘rituals’ are just more signs to look out for in someone with Anorexia. Eating disorders are a serious problem and typically seem to only happen in middle to upper class teenage white females. That is not to say that Anorexia or Bulimia does not effect males or people of other races or in other age groups. More information about both of the aforementioned eating disorders can be found online, in medical journals, even in magazines geared toward young teens and adults.

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The cast of the novels consists of the main character Zoey Redbird, her best friend Stevie Rae Johnson, and her three other close friends Erin Bates, Shaunee Cole, and Damien Maslin. Characters that appear repeatedly throughout the first novel and the rest of the storyline are the initial antagonist of the story Aphrodite LaFont, Zoey’s on-again off-again boyfriend Heath Luck, and the “hottest fledgling at the House of Night” Erik Night. The House of Night is the school attended by fledgling vampyres. The fledglings are marked with a crescent moon in the middle of their forehead; this symbol is known by the humans to mean that the people marked with it are vampyres. In “Marked,” Zoey Redbird is found by a Vampyre Tracker and branded with the crescent mark of the fledglings. Not only does Zoey find out she is to become a vampyre and go to the House of Night, she also discovers

that she has been specifically chosen by the Goddess Nyx. Nyx is the deity that the vampyres look to in times of need. Zoey finds out that she has been chosen by the goddess to possess an affinity for all five elements: Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Spirit. She quickly learns that she is not the only special one, however, when she discovers that her close friends hold closeness with elements as well. Stevie Rae has an affinity for Earth; Erin has a closeness with Water, Shaunee with Fire, and Damien with Air. Together, the five friends band together and try to survive through seeing classmates die during the Change from fledgling to full-fledged vampyre and a change in the leadership of the schools Dark Daughters. 16-year-old Zoey Redbird faces just the beginning of her trials and tribulations in the first book of the House of Night series by P.C and Kristin Cast.

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“Marked” is the first book in the House of Night series written by P.C and Kristin Cast. Kristin and P.C are a mother-daughter team that took on the task of writing a series of novels. P.C Cast is a teacher at a large public high school; she teaches freshmen and sophomores. She receives inspiration from the enthusiasm her students show her on a daily basis. Kristin Cast is a college student attending University of Tulsa with a major in communications. She was a journalist for her high school newspaper, editor for her high school magazine, and has even won awards for her poetry. The House of Night series has reached its ninth book as of Oct. 25, 2011.

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The month of March will bring about a celebration that has not always been recognized. Women’s History Month is a month long celebration of the contributions of women all around the world. Before the ‘70s, women’s history was vastly overlooked and ignored. However, the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women in California initiated Women’s History Week in 1978. The week of March 8 was chosen for Women’s History Week to coincide with International Women’s Day. Women’s History Week received much positive feedback and was soon expanded by Congress to Women’s History Month. When Women’s History comes to mind, many recall activists such as Susan B. Anthony, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks. Still, many more stories deserve to be told about women everywhere. The contributions of women have changed

of the structure of both penicillin and later insulin, which are both great improvements to healthcare. Another pioneer of science is Gertrude Belle Elion. Elion received a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her many discoveries in medicine. Because Elion could not obtain a graduate research position after completing her bachelor’s degree, she began work as a lab assistant where she made remarkable discoveries. Elion is credited with co-developing Purinethol which treats leukemia, and Imuran, an immune suppressive agent that makes organ trans-

societies, lives, and hearts around the world. Women’s History Month celebrates the works of all women whether momentous or minute. One noteworthy woman is Dorthy Hodgkin. Hodgkin was awarded a Nobel Prize for her contributions to Chemistry. Hodgkin worked on discoveries

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plant possible. Marian Anderson was the first black woman to sing with the Metropolitan Opera in 1958. Before this success, Anderson was not allowed to sing In D.C’s Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. This event caught the attention of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt

a delegate to the United Nations. Women’s History Month also celebrates Muriel Siebert. Siebert, known as “The First Woman of Finance,” was the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and the first woman to be Superintendent for the Banks of New York State. Siebert became an advocate for women in the finance industry and created the Siebert Entrepreneurial Philanthropic Plan which contributes to various charities. Siebert is also a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Paulette Barnes was the first woman to win a sexual harassment lawsuit in 1977 after she rejected her boss’s sexual advances which resulted in her losing her job. Barnes’ decision to stand up against sexual discrimination helps to protect all women in the workplace. Due to the efforts of women like these, the contributions of women will no longer be placed on the back burner. A new era of equality is here where every member of society can contribute and her works will be judged solely on their worth and not on the gender of the creator.


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nelson’s wrestling ramble III:

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Wrestlemania XXVIII will be held at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla., on April 1. This event promises to live up to the Wrestlemania name with a tremendous main event between the legendary Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the current face of the company, John Cena. Cena vs. Rock is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime match the only the WWE is capable of delivering. It will look to mirror legendary encounters such as Hulk Hogan vs. The Rock from Wrestlemania XVIII and the one that started it all, Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant from Wrestlemania III. However, Cena vs. Rock has the unique distinction of being booked a year in advance, in the aftermath of Wrestlemania XXVII, in which The Rock attacked Cena, allowing The Miz to pick up an unexpected victory over him. A whole year of build-up for a single wrestling match? It isn’t often that fans are able to enjoy any type of slow-build in wrestling, thanks to the increasingly fast-paced nature of the business. In the old days, feuds between wrestlers would rage for months, or even years, at a time. Todays, pro-wrestling has to churn out fresh storylines each month to keep the fans coming back for the next pay-per-view. Cena/Rock goes much further back than a mere year, though, as these two have been talking trash about each other since 2008. Cena instigated the entire matter when he spoke candidly, and at length, about The Rock when the wrestler-turnedactor came up in an interview. Cena explained that while he understood The Rock’s decision to focus on acting rather than wrestling, he could not stand the fact that The Rock claimed to love the professional wrestling business, while at the same time distancing himself. These comments were immediately blown out of proportion by the Internet, and suddenly wrestling news sites were full of “John Cena bashes The Rock in interview,” headlines. The Rock would go on to mock Cena publicly later that year, notably mentioning Cena’s box-office dud “The Marine” during the WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony. Rock’s comments were more than enough confirmation that these two wrestlers absolutely hated one another, which was certainly intriguing for many fans considering that Cena was currently enjoying The Rock’s former position as the top star of the WWE. The debate between the fans regarding which headliner was better quickly began to ensue, and it suddenly became very obvious that many fans would be willing to pay money to watch a match between The Rock and Cena. The only problem was that such a match would be impossible beacuase The Rock’s movie career would have to be put on hold and he’d have to go on a spending-spree of M.C. Hammer proportions to ever need to work a wrestling match again. In 2008, Rock/Cena was nothing more than another one of countless dream matches that fans could talk about, argue about, but ultimately never see. When The Rock returned to host last year’s Wrestlemania and immediately focused his attention on Cena, the most fans hoped for was a show-closing brawl between the two. The wrestling world was in complete shock when Cena walked out the night after Wrestlemania XXVII and made this year’s match official. There’s a lot of controversy in this match. For one, Cena hasn’t been getting the type of crowd reactions he’s been set up for in years. While Cena has played

the role of a good guy, audiences have continued to boo him in increasing numbers. Usually, such a vocal crowd forces the company to step in and take action. When Hulk Hogan showed up in WCW in 1994 and tried to sell the crowd the same act he started using ten years ago, the crowd revolted and began to boo the Hulkster relentlessly. Despite the fact that he had great reservations about going through with the match, Hulk Hogan shocked the world and became a bona-fide bad guy by forming the infamous New World Order at the 1996 Bash

at the Beach event. Bret Hart found himself in a similar position in 1997, and his character was forced to go from the heroic, take-on-all comers Hitman to a bitter, American hating whiner. Perhaps most fittingly of all, when Rocky Maivia walked out flashing his million dollar grin as the prototypical good guy wrestler upon his debut in the WWE, audiences soon began to welcome him to arenas across the country with chants of, “die Rocky die!” This reaction prompted the smiling sensation to develop an attitude and go on to unprecedented heights as the eyebrow raising “Great One,” better known as The Rock. Yet in stark contrast to these three examples, Cena has changed nothing about his character. He claims to welcome the boos he receives just as much as the cheers, and he does still receive a significant amount of cheers. Never before has a crowd been so split, yet so responsive, to a single wrestler. Many believed that Cena would finally embrace the dark side during his feud with The Rock, but with only a month’s worth of television to go until the big match, it’s looking more and more likely that Cena/Rock will demand that fans choose a favorite between the two. That’s where the second bit of controversy arrives. For a massive number of fans, that choice was already made a year ago when The Rock walked out on Raw to one of the biggest ovations in wrestling history. However, a vocal minority have become increasingly bitter towards The Rock as the build for Wrestlemania reaches its finale. The Rock was booked in the main event of Wrestlemania a year in advance, all in spite of the fact that he hasn’t wrestled a one-on-one match in years and has only rarely shown up on WWE television to promote this match. These fans aren’t mad because Rock left wrestling for acting; they’re mad because they believe Rock being in the main event of Wrestlemania is wholly unfair to the full-time roster, who spent the entire year working up to this event, only to find their positions on the card occupied by actors and part-time workers. This criticism isn’t entirely unfounded, although it is a bit uninformed. Firstly, featuring The Rock in the main event of Wrestlemania is absolutely guaranteed to draw more buys than it would if anyone else on the roster was in Rocky’s spot. Secondly, The Rock doesn’t have to wrestle a match. If he wants to show up on Raw every time he films a new movie, no one in the company is going to tell him no. The fact that The Rock is willing to get into ring shape and put himself at significant personal risk, all without the use of his stunt double, is clear evidence that he obviously cares, at least just a little bit, about pro-wrestling. As for the big question of who’s going to win, logic dictates that the outcome should be obvious. The Rock will cement John Cena’s status as a legend when Cena defeats The Rock in front of The Rock’s own hometown audience. The outcome should be obvious, but with the recent announcement that The Rock will be competing at next year’s Wrestlemania, suddenly things don’t seem quite as predictable. The WWE has touted the phrase “anything can happen,” time and time again, and Cena may very well find himself tasting bitter defeat at the hands of “The Brahma Bull.” However, this particular wrestling fan is going to go with his gut and predict Cena for the win. It’ll be a win he deserves, too.


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Students face a multitude of challenges every day, from waking up on time to the decision of whether or not to go to that night’s party. There are the more important choices to make, such as whether to study for that huge midterm that is the next day. No matter the problem, there is always a way to go about finding the solution. Step one: Calm down and relax. The best way to start thinking about what to do in a situation is to just sit down and stay calm. Go to a quiet place and just weigh the options. It is always a good idea to decide the pros and cons first; that way everything is out in the open and known. Step two: Figure out how much time there is. Determine how much time there is to come up with a definite answer to the problem at hand. If the question is “should I study for tomorrow’s exam?”, an answer should be immediate. Yes. However, if the

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THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Stephanie made it her business to try to convince Liam to give his marriage to Steffy another chance. Meanwhile, Steffy received a surprise gentleman caller at her front door. Amber confided in Marcus about her rediscovered love for Rick. Owen and Bridget returned to Los Angeles with big news. Jackie felt physically ill at the thought of losing Owen for good. Stephanie criticized Brooke for always taking Hope’s side over Steffy’s. Bridget and Nick reflected on their marriage. Hope surprised Liam by telling him that she would move in with him. Steffy’s blunt comments did not sit well with Hope as she prepared for an important night with Liam. Wait to See: A committed couple gets remarried. Phyllis Diller guest stars as Gladys Pope.

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Rafe and Carrie struggled with their feelings for one another, but Carrie was determined to stay true to her marriage to Austin. Daniel brought Nicole to the hospital after she fainted; her test results revealed that she was pregnant. John and Hope traveled to Alamainia to dissolve their marriage, where John’s contact agent with the ISA was secretly murdered. Madison swooned as Brady confessed his love. Lucas flew in from Hong Kong to help Sami with her latest crisis. Abigail followed Austin and Carrie on their romantic getaway. Gabi was determined to make Chad hers despite his rediscovered feelings for Melanie. Wait to See: Sami finds out that Lucas is engaged. Bo slips into a coma. GENERAL HOSPITAL Sam kept Jason in the dark about a secret in order to prevent a fatal episode. Starr Manning arrived in Port Charles. Matt didn’t like the idea of Maxie and Spinelli

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On Feb. 11, 2012, Brian Schmidt, 38, got drunk and drove to Woodbury, Conn., late at night. He parked his car at Throwbacks bar and walked to his ex-girlfriend’s house so that she would not hear him coming. When he reached the house, he knocked on the front door. He was surprised when the door opened and his girlfriend’s babysitter was standing in the doorway. He began accusing her of breaking up his relationship with his girlfriend and ordered her to leave. The weeping girl ran past him, climbed in her car, and drove off. Around midnight, Brian’s girlfriend walked into the house and opened the door to her bedroom. There, on the bed, was Brian, sound asleep. She woke him up and told him that she would drive him back to her car. On the way back to the car, he began screaming at the woman. When she let him out at the bar, he

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A female professor at a university in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Claudia Jones, was sitting in her office, watching a work crew dig the foundation for a new building on campus. Suddenly, a workman rushed into her office holding a cardboard box. After he finally caught his breath, the excited workman said, “Dr. Jones, my men found something while they were digging. I don’t know what it is, but it appears to be very old. I knew that you are a professor of archaeology, so I thought you might be interested in the find.” Dr. Jones thanked the man and shut the door. The lamp was very dirty, so she left her office and went to the bathroom to get some paper towels. When she returned, she began rubbing the dirt off the lamp. Suddenly, a cloud of smoke floated out of the spout of the lamp. The smoke began taking the shape of a human

being and—Poof!—a man dressed like a genie stood in front of Dr. Jones. The noise and strange smell coming from Dr. Jones’ office alerted her graduate assistant, who rushed into the room. The genie folded his arms and said, “I am the genie of the lamp. I was imprisoned in the lamp 1,000 years ago by an evil wizard. To show my gratitude for setting me free, I will grant you infinite beauty, infinite wealth, or infinite beauty.” Without thinking, Dr. Jones said, “I would like to have infinite wisdom.” Another “Poof!” and the genie was gone. Dr. Jones’ graduate assistant noticed that Dr. Jones’ eyes had become wide. “Oh, my God!” Dr. Jones exclaimed. “Veils of ignorance have been lifted from my eyes. The truth is crystal clear to me now.” “What is the truth?” asked her graduate assistant. “I should have taken the money,” Dr. Jones replied.


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