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new orleans inspired Cover artist Dylan Cooper, freshman, dabbles in all mediums of art. However, since visiting ‘Nola’ he has found some jazzy painting inspirataion.


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ere at the University of West Alabama, students are always encouraged to expand their horizons outside the classroom, and explore other means through which they can express their own unique talents and artistic abilities. Freshman Dylan Cooper has definitely taken full advantage of his free time outside of school and work to let his creative side flourish in the form of painting. The works of art are superb for someone with no previous training whatsoever. Dylan, like many of us, leads a very busy life. He began painting as a child, but life got in the way of his art and his painting days were put on hold for a few years. Only recently has he begun to paint again; he rediscovered his love for painting last summer, and hasn’t stopped since. Its’ clear, though, that even through his extended vacation from painting, he has definitely not lost his touch. The forensic chemistry major was reminded of his love for art and painting while visiting New Orleans, Louisiana with the UWA Honors Program. His recent pieces reflect a certain jazz styling that is so prevalent in the Big Easy. Saxophone players, piano keys, glowing streetlights, and bright colors frequent his pieces, giving them an undeniable caleb walters New Orleans quality. Painting isn’t the only artistic medium practiced by this aspiring art connoisseur: he also has a passion for photography, drawing, and graphic design. His photographs reflect a sense of intense attention to detail; his drawings, whether simple or complex, reveal a great deal of talent; his designs for t-shirts and flyers show that his art can be used for practical purposes. Dylan’s inspiration for his art stems from the sense of escapism he feels when he is immersed in a painting or drawing. He uses these art forms as a way to get his mind off of life’s everyday challenges. Though it might be tempting to request your own personal Dylan Cooper painting, he says that he won’t really take them because for his art to be good, he must be interested in the subject matter. He will, however, make some exceptions for fraternities and sororities. If you were to want to buy one of his original paintings, the cost would be anywhere from $20 to $50, depending on the size of the canvas and the amount of material used. He commented that he doesn’t really have any plans to sell his works yet, though. He hopes to continue to improve his painting abilities, and to one day paint as a side job. Maybe one day in the not so distant future, Dylan Cooper will become a household name, and his signature will be found in paintings all around the country! Good luck to him in his attempts to express himself!

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moving towards a cure

relay for life tackles an age old disease

Ah, Spring! Spring means cool, not cold; rain, not snow; and outside, not inside. So spring is the perfect time to plan a fun outdoor event. The American Cancer Society has planned the Sumter County connie Relay for james Life for the evening of April 8th on the UWA Intramural Fields in Livingston, Alabama. Everyone should participate in a Relay for Life event. This night will change your life. These events are family-oriented nights when the community gathers to celebrate the lives of those lost to cancer and the stories of the survivors who benefit from the knowledge gained by research funded by the American Cancer Society.

“Everyone is invited to form a team and Relay with us on April 8th,” Community Representative Jennifer Hallman said as she spoke to a Journalism class on January 10th. If you are interested in forming a team or want more information about the Sumter County Relay For Life, you may call Amy Jones at 205-652-3558, Event Chair for this years relay.'” The question of ‘Why We Relay?’ will be answered by each person there with the

same answers- We Relay for our family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances who have been faced with a cancer diagnosis. “You have Cancer” is the worst thing a person can hear from a doctor. And if you live long enough, you or one of your family members will hear those words. Cancer touches everyone at some point in their life. Whether it is a small skin cancer or a massive tumor, cancer can be devastating. Cancer is a disease of the body cells. Abnormal cells grow into lumps, lumps into tumors and then abnormal cells spread to other parts of the body. Archeologists have found cancerous cells in dinosaur bones from 80 million years ago, in mummies from Egypt in 3000 B. C. and 400 B. C., and in Incan mummies of pre-Columbian Peru. Papyrus from 1600 B. C. was found with treatments including cutting out the tumor or burning with redhot irons. Stomach cancer was treated with boiled barley mixed with dates. (Dates are considered as an antitoxin today.) Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, documented different names for the cancers of 300 B.C. In 50 A. D. the Greeks and Romans used surgery and catheterization to treat tumors. No medicines healed cancer, and surgery would often spread the cancerous cell. Other treatments included blood letting, change in diet, herbal medicines, powders and symbolic charms. Do these sound familiar? These are the same things heard today. From the 1500s A.D. until the 1800s, medicine improved little. During the 1840s, the control of infection improved surgical methods and aided the control of many diseases. By 1900, x-rays and radium have been discovered. Later, they would play an important part in the treatment of cancer. Research into the causes of cancer and diagnoses helped to improve the treatments as well. The

discovery of Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy followed in 1945 and 1950. Today with the research into causes and new breakthroughs in treatments, cancer is not considered a death sentence. The American Cancer Society has a five-year survival rate from 1999-2005 at 68 percent. Other figures the Society wants people to think about are the following: 1 in 2 males and 1 in 3 females will be diagnosed, but only 1 in 4 will die of some form of cancer. Lung cancer is still the top killer. With the early detection, research into new drugs and new treatments, the survival rate for prostate, thyroid, melanoma, testis and breast cancer is now over 90 percent. The reason to this increase is education. Many clubs, organizations and churches have programs to educate their members about new tests for early detection. Pamphlets, commercials and television doctors discuss warning signs and symptoms. And the American Cancer Society funds gave seven grants for research project at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in recent years. These funds came from monies raised through Relay For Life. One of these projects may one day be a life saver for you or your family.


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charitable shoes achieve campus popularity

why shoes? •Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk: •A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause. •Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, but they are also dangerous when wounds become infected. •Many times, children can’t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t have shoes, they don’t go to school. If they don’t receive an education, they don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.

Shoes for the shoe-less. Want to help? Buy a pair for yourself. In 2006, Blake Mycoskie, American traveler, became friends with children in Argentina. He discovered they had no shoes to wear. Feeling a calling to help, jordan he created story TOMS shoes. This shoe company promises its customers that with every pair it sells, TOMS shoes will give a pair to a child in need--one for one. Mycoskie returned to Argentina later that year with a group of staff, family and friends carrying 10,000 pairs of shoes. This gift made was possible by TOMS customers.

sga revokes constitution motion

If you were to walk in to freshman Tabitha Shaver’s dorm room, you would not be able to help but notice a blue and white striped flag hanging on the whole. It boasts the letters TOMS. Shaver owns four pairs of TOMS. “I got my first pair as a birthday present, and I loved them so much that I keep getting new ones,” she said. Shaver said she has many reasons for enjoying TOMS. “[TOMS] are really comfy, and they serve as a great way to help the less fortunate,” she said. “So every time I wear them, I think of a kid who is hurting a little less thanks to the shoes.” Crystal Welch, freshman, also owns a pair of TOMS. “I only have one pair, but I wear them all the time,” she said. “ I really like the fact that every pair of shoes sold goes to Museadb.pdf 2:44:39 PM a child in need. Not to10/8/10 mention, they are pretty cute, too.”

In the fall the constitution committee which was formed within the SGA passed a motion to gather constitutions from all of the organizations represented on campus. The purpose in mind was to establish the integrity of the local chapters that request money from the SGA. This was most important for organizations that exist solely on the University of West Alabama’s campus. Many of the greek organizations raised concerns that providing such information would be a violation of their national chapter’s bylaws. A motion to revoke the original motion was brought forth by Nicholas Finch, senator of the college of liberal arts. The new motion was passed by majority vote.

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18 hour rains cause flood in brazil

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uring the week of January 10, torrential rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, caused massive flooding that has devastated the land and caleb walters taken an even worse toll in lives. At last count, the death toll was somewhere close to six hundred. This number is expected

to rise even further, as rescue crews are just now able to enter some areas to help those in need. Electricity to several nearby towns and cities has yet to be restored; those without power and resources have been placed in makeshift shelters and are receiving the best assistance they can with the limited resources available to help them. This is the worst natural disaster to hit Rio since 1900, and is considered by some to have even surpassed the damage and death of that natural disaster. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of Rio and the surrounding areas.

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Earlier this year, astronomer Parke Kunkle from Minnesota discovered a new astrological sign called Ophiuchus. The new sign would in between November 29th through December 17th. Adding this new sign would mean that everyone’s sign is now different from what they were originally used too. Kunkles’ new sign is based on the fact that because of the Earths gradual tilt has caused a shift in the constellational pattern thus creating a new sign. The original twelve signs, now up to thirteen, would mean that everyone’s would go down a sign. I was originally an Aquarius, but according to this new sign I would now be considered a Capricorn. As proud as Mr. Kunkle is about his new discovery, most people are not as anxious to accept their new sign.

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more online classes moving from: to be offered division of online programs Technology is thriving at UWA. The classrooms have smart boards, the SUB has Windows 2010, and Blackboard will allow you to connect with professors and fellow students from home. Now UWA has gone above and beyond classroom technology with the Division of Online Programs. The Division of Online Programs began as a discussion in The Provost’s Conference Room on April connie 10, 2002. Six colleagues james with traditional academic backgrounds saw that the future at UWA needed to include web based classes. This discussion gave birth to The University of West Alabama’s Division of Online Programs. The Division of Online Programs has proven to be another star in the UWA crown. From the beginning of online courses in the Fall of 2002, the programs have grown from 13 students to 2,578 in the Fall of 2010. Students from 48 states and many foreign countries have worked with the instructors to utilize the technology available in order to enhance learning in today’s busy world. The Division of Online Programs integrates the latest advances to make online classes more like the traditional classes on campus. Skipe® is used for conferences, and Tegrity® sessions are used to record lectures, show the smart board, and demonstrate with pictures and audio what is being said so that it can be understood by the students on the other side of the computer screen. The faculty members have also set up virtual office hours. All this is done to use the tools available in this modern world. The UWA Division of Online Programs now offers more than 30 degrees in their undergraduate and graduate programs. “In collaboration with the College of Education we have responded to the needs of our stakeholders. These programs, along with new scholarship initiative


for active military members confirm we are continuing to travel in the right direction with UWA Online.” Dr. Hocutt said with pride. She went on to explain that “the Division of Online Programs in Education are accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), that is important. If a degree program is not accredited in the state in which the student lives the state does not recognize the degree and it cannot be used to qualify for a job.”

One important thing that online students need to remember is that they do have to apply for graduation. They sometimes forget to let Dr. Tina Jones, Dean of Educational Outreach, know that they are ready to graduate. That is a necessary step in the process. (Kent Partridge said as he thinks about the most asked questions the programs receive.) Financial Aid is also available. He also said that Dr. Hocutt, himself and other faculty from the Online Programs stay busy presenting the UWA’s Online Programs to Conferences across the United States to insure that UWA Online Programs’ enrollment will continue to grow.”

The future in higher education lies with meeting student s needs, which includes alternatives to the traditional on-campus offerings. Dr. Hocutt explains. Online courses meet those needs of the working man or woman.

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Dr. David Taylor, UWA Provost, said “The growth of the online program is not meant to replace the oncampus experience. The University believes that, particularly for the undergraduate, a residential experience is desirable because the undergraduate student often learns as much from extracurricular activities and social interaction on campus as he or she does in the classroom.” The advantages of online classes are that you do not have to travel hours to get to class. The class work can be completed at your convenience, not at a set hour of the day, so the teachers can do the coursework and still teach and do housework. The disadvantage is that you miss the college atmosphere, however if the student is a graduate student, he or she has had that experience and now must work to support a family while continuing their education.

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As we begin another semester here at UWA, some students are living like the glass is half full: last semester went by smoothly, and their grades were perfectly fine. For the other half of the student body, though, whose grades weren’t quite up to par, something different has to happen in order to prevent a repeat of their previous GPA. A student’s grades are a reflection of his dedication to his college educacaleb walters tion and thus reveal a lot about his character as a person. If you’re one of the latter individuals, you might be asking yourself “What am I doing wrong?”. Well, there’s no crystal clear way to answer that question, but there are a few key strategies that are sure to improve your G.P.A. First off, to be successful in school- and in life in general for that matter- you have to get your priorities in order. Granted, college is supposed to be the greatest time of a young person’s life, but the main goal of college is to get an education. To get that education, the most fundamental thing a student can do is study. This statement may sound a little redundant, but you’d be surprised how many students actually don’t know how to properly study. The key to studying is finding the strategy that fits both your style of learning and the content of the course. If you are a visual learner, something as simple as flash cards can be highly beneficial to learning new material. If you are more of an auditory learner, reading material out loud can assist in your memoriza-

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tion of new facts. Kinesthetic learners (those who learn by performing an action) can study by re-writing notes or by trying to re-enact a classroom lecture. To fully take advantage of any of these strategies, though, distractions must be avoided. The definition of “studying” for many students is having a textbook and notes open while Jersey Shore is on TV, their favorite song is blasting on the stereo, their friends are constantly texting about random gossip, and their hands are full of chips and a Coke. All of these things inhibit the absorption of the material you’re trying to study and need to be cut out in order to study properly. Besides studying, though, there are several other things one can do to help improve his or her grades. Surprisingly enough, the amount of sleep you get on a nightly basis really does have a profound effect on your grades. Physicians recommend that everyone try to get

around eight hours of sleep nightly. Now, I know that this is pretty unreasonable and unheard of down here, but the three or four hours that most of us get really needs to be increased! The difference in how you feel and act will be noticed by everybody. So, what’s the perfect solution to increasing that always-daunting GPA? The sad truth is that there just isn’t a magical quick fix. However, if you follow a few of the tips listed above, those bad grades that have been plaguing you forever will surely become a thing of the past!

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keys to success


student life improvement College life seems to be a never ending battle between a student’s social life, schoolwork, and sleep. Learning how to balance these vital parts of our scholastic lives is, needless to say, an incredible challenge. It seems that once you have had time for your social life, you have to choose between sleep and schoolhannah riley work and vice versa. However, even though this is a difficult challenge, it is important to learn the balance between this triangular scuffle since each of these three parts will play an extraordinary role in your life now as well as in your future. A college student’s social life is number one on most students’ priority lists. Even though it probably should not be number one, it is still an important factor of college life. A great way to get involved on campus and improve your social life in a positive manner is by joining the many organizations that are available on campus. If you hold our environment as well as the community close to your heart, UWA PALS Clean Campus Program would be excellent choice for you. Or, if you want to be a leader and speak your mind on what is going on around campus, get involved in UWA’s Student Government Association. These are just two of the many organizations that are available to better you as a student and improve your social life. These and other great organizations can be found in the Tiger Paw Student Handbook. After you are done with your social endeavors you will probably encounter fatigue or, in plain ole’ Southern English

be just “worn out.” However, there is a problem; you just realized that you have an assignment due in the morning and must stay up or- God forbid- pull an allnighter. When you reach this point, it a good idea to sit down, remain calm, and figure out the best way to manage your time. Time management is an essential way to improve your student life. Through time management, you can eliminate the battle between schoolwork as well as sleep. One may want to consider in investing in a planner. Through a planner, you can write down everything you need to know, whether it be class assignments or the next time your organization meets. Planning will allow you to see what comes next in your schedule which relieves your brain of one less thing to remember. Your college career should be one of the most amazing and life altering events that occur in your life; just be sure you know how to live it. Even though your college life may seem like a never ending battle of difficult choices, it is a battle that can be won and a battle that you can improve upon. Through campus involvement and a little time management you will find that you can accomplish many things that will improve not only your college life but the life that you strive for as well.


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William E. Gilbert Award For Outstanding Teaching Nomination Form The William E. Gilbert Award recognizes outstanding teaching and excellence in classroom instruction in the undergraduate programs at the University of West Alabama. Each currently enrolled student may submit one nomination for the Gilbert Award. The nominee should be the most outstanding teacher the student has encountered at the University of West Alabama, based on demonstrated excellence in the classroom through diligence, effectiveness and outstanding conduct of his or her classes. A special S.G.A.-selected student committee will choose the winner from among the nominees, and the professor will receive a plaque and a cash award at Spring Commencement. Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2011, at one of the following locations: Provost’s Office (Webb Hall 102), Deans’ Offices (Wallace Hall 211, Wallace Hall 407, Bibb Graves 101, Bibb Graves 118, Brock Hall 104), Library, Student Union Building, or the lobbies of Spieth, Seldon, Stickney, and Sisk. ______________________________________________________________________________ Nominee: _____________________________________________________________________ (Print full name of teacher) Remarks (Optional): ___________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

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greeks recognized as key part of campus life

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Greek life forms a huge community on campus at the University of West Alabama, and your chance to become part of that community is just around the corner. Spring Recruitment for Greeks is a great time to get to know the what the different organizations are all about. Many of you have met Greeks throughout campus during the fall semester and have heard them discuss their “Greek Life.” Now it is your turn to meet those brothers and sisters you have heard so much about. Recruitment was kicked off by Alpha Sigma Tau on January 18th resulting in a great turn out. The ladies of Alpha Sigma Alpha invite you to join them Tuesday, ashlynn frith January 25th in the Tiger’s Den. Don’t forget to also join Phi Mu on February 8th on the 4th floor of Selden Dorms for their Rush as you finish off your rounds with Panhellenic. The brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon ask everyone to join them on Tuesday, January 25th in Brock Y-Hall as they kick off “Fraternity Rush Week.” Wednesday, January 26th the brothers of Sigma Pi will be hosting their event in the Tiger’s Den as they welcome new members. Delta Chi will be finishing up the week in the SUB Lobby on Thursday, January 27th. The ladies of Pan-Hellenic will begin their interest meetings on January 26th, with Zeta Phi Beta getting them started. Keep your ears open to hear about other organizations on campus, such as Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Pi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Sigma. No matter what you are looking for in Greek Life, you’ll be sure to find it on UWA’s campus!

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spring sports kick off

- baseball

- softball

The GSC honored the league's top newcomers on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 and the Tigers were represented by Ladarrius Cole, Jeb Huber and Barry Meeks.

The University of West Alabama Lady Tigers softball team placed three players on the 2011 Preseason All-Gulf South Conference Team: Kelli Hartley, Valisha Fincher, and Jessica Powell. They were named to the team because of their outstanding performance on the field. Hartley, a native of Northport, Alabama, started a total of 59 games for the Tigers. She caleb walters became the first player since 2002 to be named to the AllGSC team for three seasons in a row. She achieved five homeruns, 41RBI, and scored a total of 35 runs. Fincher, hailing from Tarrant, Alabama, had 23 starts during the 2010 season. In her season, shortened by an injury, she scored six homeruns, 24 RBI, and 26 runs overall. Powell, of Orangevale, California, started in 57 games last season. She racked up three homeruns, 39 RBI, and scored a total of 46 runs. UWA also named three players to the top newcomers list for this season: Taylor Beck, Madison Fuller, and Kristen Skinner. The new season starts on February 12 in Columbus, GA. Good luck to the girls for a great season!

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In an away game on Saturday night, the University of West Alabama women’s basketball team was upset by UAH with a final score of 78-74. The loss brings the team’s record so far to 14-3. This loss was the first the girls have faced on the road. LaShandra McCoy led the Tigers offensively by scoring a total of 18 points. Mystee Dale and Latashia Greer scored 14 points, and Suede Middleton added 11 more to the board. The first half of the game seemed to be going in favor of the Tigers, but the tables quickly turned in the second half. West Alabama had a pair of opportunities late to tie the game as it trailed by three but were unable to capitalize on two Lady Charger turnovers. West Alabama will look to rebound from the loss in their next upcoming games

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tara costa visits to inspire biggest loser

UWA had the privilege of having Tara Costa, the winner of the hit T.V. show “The Biggest Loser,” come and speak to the students. Tara shared her own story of her childhood and the moment she realized that she needed to lose weight. As a result, she inspired and motivated many students to participate in UWA’s own “Biggest Loser.” She also gave the crowd some secrets to weight loss. First and foremost, she stressed the importance of water. Water can help relieve the body of toxins, keep the body hydrated, help with acne problems, and, of course, help lose weight. Although water is Tara’s number one answer to pretty much all brittney ivy questions, she did give other tips. Of course, eat healthier. She even gave out a great list of healthy foods or even replacement food. For instance, eat mustard on the sandwich instead of mayonnaise, eat plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, and eat whole grain food. She made dieting sound pretty easy by giving a list of replacement foods that taste just like the sugary foods loved so much. Naturally, she mentioned that one dreaded word for losing weight . . . exercise. There really wasn’t much she could say to make exercise sound easy because, as she said herself, it’s hard. However, she did say that motivation and endurance would help get through exercise. She also said that she views exercise as a new challenge, and who doesn’t enjoy conquering a good challenge? Tara did not over-romanticize the idea of losing weight. She said that she made a goal board so that she could always see the goals she is working to reach. She encourages students to do the same. That way, when it seems like it is impossible to stick to the diet and exercise, the student can be reminded of what is at stake and perhaps stay motivated to continue on with the challenge. The only question that really remains after Tara spoke to the students and provided needed encouragement is, Who will be the next “Biggest Loser?” Is it you?

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Bob Dylan: The Original Mono Recordings

This reviewer began listening to the radio in 1961 when he was eleven years old. I distinctly remember Peter, Paul and Mary singing a remarkable song titled “Blowin’ in the Wind.” Even as a boy, I could tell that the songwriter had the ability to tap into the fears of a nation poised to become even more deeply mired in Indochina. I realized, for the first time, that music could do more than make you tap your foot. It could make you think as well. As I entered high school and college, the folksy, radical poetry of Bob Dylan’s lyrics expressed my generation’s disenchantment with a nation that was losing sight of its ideals. You can understand my joy, therefore, when Capitol Records released “The Original Mono Recordings” last October. This box-set of Mono recordings includes Dylan’s first eight albums, beginning with his 1962 debut album and ending with 1967’s John Wesley Harding. Capitol Records attempted to replicate the look of the original album covers with inner sleeves,

labels, and inserts. Along with the mini-LP style discs, the buyer receives a sixty-page booklet containing photographs from these recording sessions and an insightful essay on Dylan’s music by Greil Marcus. For those Dylan fans who are far too young to remember the golden age of vinyl, Capitol has a link to mp3 downloads as well as a bonus track, “Positively 4th Street.” The real hook, however, is the pristine quality of the music itself. Details that only a trained musician could hear are now on the surface for everyone to enjoy. The piano on “Like a Rolling Stone” and the bass on “Blonde on Blonde” seem to emerge from the CD and take a place in the room with the listener. The rhythm section on “All along the Watchtower”carry the listener along with the singer on a headlong plunge into Armageddon. Even the bizarre chuckle at the end of “Desolation Row” is clearly audible. Granted, the sound quality on these recordings will not please everyone. Some fans have complained that Mono subdues the guitar, making Dylan’s lively guitar playing more difficult to

hear. Others say that the very details that Mono amplifies are a distraction, forcing the lyrics themselves into the background. Frankly, I welcome any refinements that make Dylan’s occasional mumbling delivery a little easier to understand. The Original Mono Recordings is not cheap; it lists for $129.98. However, for fans who grew up with Bob Dylan, like this reviewer did, this is a small price to pay for the soundtrack of our lives. Downloads: “Like a Rolling Stone”; “Tangled Up in Blue”; “Subterranean Homesick Blues”; “Mr. Tambourine Man”; “All along the Watchtower.”

top 10 pop singles

1. Bruno Mars No. 2 “Grenade” (Elektra) 2. Katy Perry No. 1 “Firework” (Capitol) 3. Rihanna feat. Drake No. 4 “What’s My Name?” (SRP/Def Jam) 4. Ke$ha No. 3 “We R Who We R” (Kemosabe) 5. Pink No. 5 “Raise Your Glass” (LaFace) 6. Enrique Iglesias feat. Ludacris & DJ Frank E No. 6 “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” (Universal Republic) 7. Wiz Khalifa No. 8 “Black and Yellow” (Rostrum) 8. The Black Eyed Peas No. 7 “The Time (Dirty Bit)” (Interscope) 9. Bruno Mars No. 9 “Just the Way You Are” (Elektra) 10. Rihanna No. 12 “Only Girl (in the World)” (SRP/Def Jam)

top 10 albums

1. Taylor Swift No. 1 “Speak Now” (Big Machine) 2. Nicki Minaj No. 4 “Pink Friday” (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown) 3. Bruno Mars No. 7 “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” (Elektra) 4. Daft Punk No. 6 “Tron: Legacy (Soundtrack)” (Walt Disney) 5. Eminem No. 2 “Recovery” (Web/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope) 6. Rihanna No. 3 “Loud” (SRP/Def Jam) 7. Kanye West No. 5 “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) 8. Mumford & Sons No. 8 “Sigh No More” (Gentleman of the Road) 9. Jason Aldean No. 13 “My Kinda Party” (Broken Bow) 10. Soundtrack No. 149 “Country Strong” (RCA Nashville)

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1. Tim McGraw No. 1 “Felt Good On My Lips” (Curb) 2. Carrie Underwood No. 3 “Mama’s Song” (19) 3. Kenny Chesney No. 4 “Somewhere With You” (BNA) 4. Keith Urban No. 5 “Put You In a Song” (Capitol Nashville) 5. Chris Young No. 7 “Voices” (RCA) 6. Jason Aldean No. 2 “My Kinda Party” (Broken Bow) 7. George Strait No. 6 “The Breath You Take” (MCA Nashville) 8. Luke Bryan No. 10 “Someone Else Calling You Baby” (Capitol Nashville) 9. Reba No. 8 “Turn on the Radio” (Starstruck) 10. Blake Shelton No. 11 “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” (Reprise)

The Union Elton John and Leon Russell Mercury 2010 Pop, blues, rock, and country fuse on The Union, a flashback to the 1970s. With some 250 million album sales to his credit, Elton John, influenced heavily by Leon Russell in his early days, takes a moment to share the limelight with his old friend and idol. How Russell fell off the radar when so many others he collaborated went on to outrageous fame and fortune remains a mystery. In the 1960s, Russell worked with Phil Spector and Joe Cocker. As a session musician, he worked with names even known by today’s youngest audiophiles: The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Byrds, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. He’s written songs performed by such diverse artists as The Carpenters, George Benson and, more recently, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera. As a solo artist, Russell is best known for “A Song for You, “Tight Rope, “Lady Blue,” and “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues.” Most recently, Russell’s audience expanded when he performed at the keys during the 2010 Grammy Awards accompanying the imminently popular Zac Brown Band. Certainly, his interim obscurity is not from lack of talent, as this senior effort proves. The majority of tunes on this time-trip to the past are penned by long time writing pals Elton John and Bernie Taupin, reminding those with at least a few gray hairs of the glory days when Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy ruled AM and FM airwaves. From dirge-like to upbeat boogie-woogie, The Union’s songs offer the best from two original piano men who have been equally flamboyant in style, though in fairness Russell never donned a Duck costume in concert. At times, the two play off one another like the piano equivalent of dueling banjos. At other times, each acts as the other’s perfect complement. Russell’s aging, raspy voice sounds more emotionally haunting than ever and balances perfectly with John’s more mature, non-commercial, relaxed vocals. John’s stripped-back sound recalls his Madman Across the Water days, when art came before pop stardom and movie soundtracks. A further testament to the power of this duo is on-album vocal harmonies by The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Neil Young, whose contribution to “Gone to Shiloh” rivals any work performed with Crosby, Stills, and Nash. But that’s not the only gem. Russell’s gritty voice recalls Carney in “I Should have Sent You Roses.” The background choir vocals in the final track, “In the Hands of Angels” at times feel like a overwrought call to salvation. Meridianittes and trainspotters will enjoy an ode to The Singing Brakeman in “Jimmie Rodger’s Dream.” The best cuts include “If It Wasn’t For Bad,” “Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes,” and “There’s no Tomorrow,” a cautionary funereal march that reminds us “There’s no tomorrow / There’s only today.” The Union begs the question of whether the student has become the teacher, yet the question remains unresolved. Both men seem truly inspired by one another, with material that transcends time and space, a bridge from Britain’s near-best to Americana at its most original. Still not convinced this merits a listen? The Union collaboration is overseen by Grammy Award producer T-Bone Burnett, the genius behind O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the unlikely team of Alison Krauss and Robert Plant. Burnett also took home a Best Original Song Academy Award for “The Weary Kid” in 2009‘s Crazy Heart. Short on Cash? Best bet downloads: “Gone to Shiloh” “If It Wasn’t For Bad” “Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes” “There’s no Tomorrow”

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easy chicken recipe using leftover connie james

Everyone loves fried chicken, and everyone knows it is cheaper to buy a box than a piece. So save your leftovers and put together this easy recipe in a microwave. Put 3 pieces of chicken in container and cover with 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup and 1/2 can of water. Cover and cook. If you like rice, you can add 1/2 cup of minute rice half-way through the cooking process. In a microwave, cook 10 minutes on medium or 5 minutes on high. Stir and set timer again until it is steamed through. If you add rice, let it stand for 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

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food for thought


“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift; that’s why they call it the present.” Eleanor Roosevelt

movie night top 10 video rentals

1. Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) Steve Carrell 2. Salt (PG-13) Angelina Jolie 3. Resident Evil: Afterlife (R) Milla Jovovich 4. The Town (R) Ben Affleck 5. Machete (R) Danny Trejo 6. The Other Guys (PG-13) Will Ferrell 7. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13) Michael Douglas 8. Inception (PG-13) Leonardo DiCaprio 9. The American (R) George Clooney 10. Case 39 (R) Renee Zellweger

top 10 dvd sales

1. Resident Evil: Afterlife (R) (Sony) 2. Despicable Me (PG) (Universal) 3. Salt (PG-13) (Sony) 4. Inception (PG-13) (Warner Bros.) 5. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) (Summit) 6. The Town (R) (Warner Bros.) 7. Easy A (PG-13) (Sony) 8. The Other Guys (PG-13) (Sony) 9. The A-Team (PG-13) (Fox) 10. Family Guy: It’s a Trap! (N/R) (Fox)

top ten movies

1. The Green Hornet (PG-13) Seth Rogen, Jay Chou 2. True Grit (PG-13) Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld 3. The King’s Speech (R) Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter 4. Black Swan (R) Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassell 5. Little Fockers (PG-13) Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson 6. TRON: Legacy (PG) Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund 7. Yogi Bear (PG) animated 8. The Fighter (R) Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale 9. Season of the Witch (PG-13) Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman 10. Tangled (PG) animated


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dana block

ALL MY CHILDREN Marissa listened to the messages that Annie left on JR’s phone and suspected that there was more going on with them than just business. Asher discovered that Liza and Damon slept together. Cara told Jake that she had leukemia as a child. Kendall had a flashback of herself holding a gun. Tad went undercover to find out who was stealing prescription drugs at the hospital. Wait to See: JR finds the stolen jewelry in Annie’s room. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Stephanie begged Nick to quit smoking after a spot was found on his lungs. Justin said yes to Donna’s proposal. Tawny befriended someone who was an expert at falsifying lab reports. Thomas assured Brooke that she shouldn’t feel uneasy around him. Nick walked in on Stephanie telling Jackie about his doctor visit. Amber moved to the trailer park to live with Tawny and

Aaron Spears stars as “Justin” on “The Bold and The Beautiful

her cats. Stephen made a shocking announcement to his family. Wait to See: Olivia Winters arrives in town for her cousin’s wedding. DAYS OF OUR LIVES Sami was angry at Nicole’s continued inclusion in her children’s lives. Chloe drowned her sorrows at the bar while Maggie babysat. Kate tried to persuade Melanie to raise Parker as her own son. Jennifer stole Ben’s key to the prison infirmary. Rafe was in a serious car accident. Justin and Adrienne reconciled. Jennifer was kidnapped by Lee after she found out that the prison was selling organs to the hospital. Wait to See: Nicole has a surprise visitor. GENERAL HOSPITAL Alexis arranged for Molly to see a therapist for her post-traumatic stress disorder. Lulu found Johnny after he was badly beaten by one of the Balkan’s henchmen. Jason discovered that there was a new fertility procedure that might help Sam. Terrell continued to charm Robin, much to Patrick’s annoyance. Michael was overcome with memories of his own assault while trying to save Abby from Brandon. Lucky confronted the suspected traitor in the organization. Wait to See: Michael tells Ja-

son the truth about what happened to him in prison. ONE LIFE TO LIVE Blair met Tomas, the artist who painted her portrait. Clint ordered Joey to have Aubrey sign a prenuptial agreement. Natalie and Jessica unknowingly chose the same name for their newborn sons. Aubrey got the upper hand on Clint. Viki banned Echo from the christening. Michelle tried to convince Starr to attend the school dance. Dorian admitted to Rex that she suspected that Clint was really his father. Wait to See: Starr realizes that she has to move on without Cole. THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS Daniel realized that the baby he was holding might be his. Victor offered to pay Sharon’s bail as long as he remained anonymous. Jill agreed to elope with Colin after her family was unhappy about their engagement. Victor denied having anything to do with Skye’s disappearance. Tucker offered Noah a recording contract. Phyllis admitted to Billy that she secretly believed in Sharon’s innocence. Wait to See: Diane’s love life gets more complicated.

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joke of the week

In 1981 video games were all the craze. It had only been 6 years since what is often considered the first at home video game, Pong, came out and video games were a great source of entertainment. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Asteroids and Missle Command were some of the favorites among college communities across the country. Missle Command was a local favorite that afforded students to “travel through space” for only 25¢. Many students said the game gave them “a release of pent-up frustrations and daily tensions.

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Last-Ditch Effort

John Kroes

For Years, Mabel Jones’ granddaughter, Ruby, had tried to force modern technology on the eighty-twoyear-old woman with little success. Last Christmas, she introduced the elderly lady to speed dial. She was pleasantly surprised to find that the elderly took to speed dial like a duck to water. “My memory ain’t as good as it used to be,” Mabel told Ruby, “so speed dial should help out a lot.” However, Ruby did not take into consideration her grandmother’s failing eyesight. The first time Miss Mabel used speed dial, she contacted her pastor, Rev. Smith, by mistake. “This is Mabel Jones,” she said over the phone. I’d like for you to deliver a case of gin to my home address.” Shocked by Miss Mabel’s accidental admission, the preacher responded in a somber voice, “This is Reverend Jeremiah Smith speaking.” “Why Reverend,” Miss Mabel exclaimed, “what are you doing in the liquor store?”

26 january 2011

by golly its raining birds

For numerous centuries, prophets and priests have been predicting that the apocalypse will arrive before the destruction of civilization. The end of the world will supposedly be anticipated by an array of natural signs, and these such events include massive earthquakes, fuming volcanoes, famine, locusts, and the anti-Christ. However, one recent strange news event has many people wondering whether a display of mysterious mass animal deaths constitute as one of these signs. Just as millions of people began to ring in the anetta patterson New Year around 11 p.m. Friday, December 31, 3,000 dead redwinged black birds began to fall out of the sky around central Little Rock, Arkansas. These birds had unexpectedly and unnaturally fallen dead onto the tops of houses, cars, streets, and yards. This incident is extremely peculiar due to the fact that birds are not accustomed to fly at night time; therefore, these red-winged birds should have been asleep in their roost. The next morning, environmental workers began to pick-up these lifeless creatures in environmental hazards suits, which they claimed were worn only as a matter of company routine rather than out of fear of the bird’s contamination. Even though this peculiar event happened about a month ago, scientists are still trying to determine the cause of death for these helpless creatures. One of the few and perhaps most plausible explanations for this event is that a strong, whirling thunderstorm caught this flock of birds and carried them into the air, confused and powerless. However, much of the bad weather within this region had already passed and begun to move eastward by the time these birds had fallen out of the sky, even though there was some lightning within the area that night. Another explanation for these deaths is that the mass amount of fireworks during the New Year’s celebration killed these birds. However, there is not much evidence or support to back up this reason for the deaths. Nevertheless, scientists do know that the birds were not poisoned

fact or fiction weird news or urban legend?

True or False:

“Keith Richards’ Miracle Cure” alan brown


olling Stones’ lead guitarist Keith Richards is as wellknown for his drug problems as he is for his brilliant guitar licks. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Keith punctuated his long periods of drug abuse with a series of half-hearted attempts to kick the habit, ranging from going “cold turkey” to undergoing experimental cures. During the Stones’ 1973 European tour, Richards’ heroin addiction was taking its toll on the group’s performances. Desperate to overcome his addiction quickly, Keith took a short break from the tour in order to undergo a controversial treatment in Switzerland. Before long, rumors spread that he had had a radical blood transfusion in which all of his “tainted” blood had been replaced by pure blood. The blood change was carried out in September by a Florida doctor in a Swiss villa. The treatment was said to have taken place between their show in Innsbruck, Austria, and their show in Berne Switzerland.

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or contaminated by any harmful fluid or disease because numerous dogs and cats snacked on these birds during the early morning hours before they were picked up. These domesticated animals have shown no sign of illness. For whatever reason for the death of all of these birds, whether it be a sign of the end of the world or just random unnatural weather, this event and many recent similar ones have perplexed scientists towards its reason and meaning in the New Year.


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UWA Students, Staff, and Faculty can run a free, non-commercial, 20-word classified ad each week in muse. Email your ad to muse@ from your address. Edit carefully. Additional words are just 15¢ each, per issue, prepaid. The deadline for each Wednesday issue is the preceeding Monday at 3:00 pm.

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Birthdays: Ellen DeGeneres, 1958, actress/ comedian Eddie Van Halen, 1955, musician “Van Halen” Events: This day in 1837, Michigan is admitted into the United States.

Birthdays: Patton Oswalt, 1969, comedian Nick Mason, 1944, musician “Pink Floyd” Events: On this day in 1785, the University of Georgia opens as the first public college in the U.S

Birthdays: Elijah Wood, 1981, actor Nick Carter, 1980, musician “Backstreet Boys” singer Events: On this day in 1958, the LEGO company debuts.

Birthdays: Adam Lambert, 1982, singer Oprah Winfrey, 1954, tv host Tom Selleck, 1945, actor Events: On this day in 1861, Kansas is admitted into the U.S.

Birthdays: Christian Bale, 1974, actor Gene Hackman, 1930, actor Events: On this day in 1933, Adolf Hitler is sworn in as The Chancellor of Germany

Monday 31 Birthdays: Justin Timberlake, 1981, singer Jackie Robinson, 1913, baseball star Events: On this day in 1980, Russia gets its first McDonalds.

Tuesday 1 Birthdays: Lisa Marie Presley, 1968, daughter of Elvis Presley Pauly Shore, 1968, comedian Events: On this day in 2003, spacecraft Colombia disintegrates during re-entry of the atmosphere.

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