September 24, 2007
So did everyone tune in tothe Emmys Sunday night? Itturns out many people didn’t.In just two years, Emmy viewer-ship has dropped a dramatic30 percent. This year alone itdropped by nearly 20 percent.So why isn’t anyone watchingthe Emmys like they used to?It could be because of SundayNight Football. This year was the
rst year that the Emmy Awards
were scheduled at the same timeas football in some time zones. Orit could be due to the increasingprofanity on the set. The mutebutton saved a few actors thisyear, but it turns out even videoof sore losers had to be cut out.However, some feel viewers havestopped wasting time watching theactual show when they can check
the news the next day, or ve min
-utes after the show hasaired, for all the highlights.Now for the recap.Everyone always wantsto know who was “WorstDressed,” and this yearHayden Panettiere, of
, stole the trophy withher large, coral Marc Bou-wer dress. So who was the lovely
lady who got best dressed? Accord
ing to some it was Ali Larter, also
, with her bandeau top,
slim-tting red dress. Many, how
ever, say it was Grey’s Anatomy star
Katherine Heigl with her simple white
Did Anyone Watch the Emmys?
The Emmy Awards Win the “Most Actors on a Set at OneTime with a Small Audience… and Getting Smaller” Award
“With so many categories, making theshow longer than three hours, the rea-son why no one is watching the Emmysis probably simpler than we thought.”
dress. There were many other nomi-nees, each lady looking stunning, butbeauty is in the eye of the beholder.
And who were the real winners of the night? Outstanding Lead Actor
in a movie went to Robert Duvall forhis lead in
Lead Actress went to Helen Mir
-ren for her role in
,Outstanding Reality Show went to
Kathy Grifn: My Life on the D-List
.It was no surprise that
The Sopra- nos
managed to end the series
with a nal win in the Outstanding
Drama Series category, defeatingthe well-loved
also won two standingovations, as this will be theirlast appearance after endingtheir show in June.
snatched the OutstandingComedy Series from
. America Ferrera, aka
, won Outstanding
Lead Actress in a Comedy.
There were many morecategories, some seemed made upthat very night because they hadextra trophies on hand. With somany categories, making the showlonger than three hours, the reasonwhy no one is watching the Emmysis probably simpler than we thought.
[Oredigger] Whendid you first realize you were a geek?
[Weilert] Probablywhen I was 5 yearsold, I was already start-ing to draw robots.
What makes you a geek?
Wow, everything.From witty commentsand puns, to analyzing just about everything:thinking, how can I makethis better? EverydayI’m a geek. I made it aproject to watch the Top100 movies according to
the American Film Insti
-tute, movies like
Gone with theWind
Lawrence of Arabia
.I memorize lyrics to songs aboutmath and chemistry and lip syncthem. I bought a lab coat just forthe hell of it. I mean, I didn’t needit for any class, I just bought it.
So do you wear the coateverywhere? [Weilert worethe coat during the interview.]
Pretty much, I mean it’s not
...Ben Weilert, Senior: Mechanical Engineering
cold rightnow, butwhen itstarts Ihave mylab coat.
Whatis thegeekiestitem youown?
Thatwouldprobablyhave tobe myplasmaball. Youknow theone youtouch withyour handand itattracts to your fingers. I actu-ally burnt myself on that thing.
Windows or Mac?
Definitely Windows, Ithink Mac is kind of stuck up.
What do you do out-side of school work?
More or less I lip sync to nerdysongs and put them on You-
Tube. I’m in the Anime club andI do the Mines Little Theatre.
How many deci-mals of pi do you know?
Actually now, not many. But I
used to know it to 500 [he swore tothis]. In Junior High, there was thispi contest and some guy beat megetting to 100, so I thought I coulddo better than that. I had this sheetcovered in all the decimals of pi, andI would constantly just glance at it. That’s how I memorized it up to 500.
Who is your role model?
My dad mainly. I’m here becauseof him, I grew up with engineering
around me. Also, I would have to
say Bill Nye, I just found out he hada degree in mechanical engineering.
Do you own any 20-sided die?
No, and I try to stay away frompeople who do. I’m not a Dun-geons and Dragons fan. However,I do keep four, six-sided dice inmy pocket all the time. You neverknow when you’re going to have tothrow them on the table for Yahtzee.
What do you want todo after you graduate?
I want to work in the Aero
space industry. Not for NASA,but the people who supply NASA.
To check out Ben Weilert,go to Youtube.com andtype in “New Math.” Trustme, his videos are hilarious.
Meave Hamm / Oredigger
Ben Weilert is known for hisamusing YouTube videos.
When the topic of “Road Rage”is brought up, people generallylaugh. They assume it’s somethingexaggerated by the news, just likeeverything else. Road rage is real. The statistics are real. People dyingfrom other people not thinking, thisis road rage. My life is real and afteryou know what I lived through, you
will be a rm believer in “Road Rage.” As a child I grew up in the
suburbs of Houston, Texas. If anyone knows anything aboutHouston, they may know it is notthe best place in the world tolive, especially as a kid. However,my life was a normal child’s life. Ilived with my father, an Iranian im-migrant, and my mother, a NorthCarolinian. I also lived with myolder brother, who grew up enjoy-ing life with me, and he was besideme on the worst night of my life.It was the holiday season andwe had been out shopping. It wasnighttime as Dad started the drivehome, my brother and I sittingin the back seat of an old Nis-san Sentra. Myfather passeda car on theright and every-thing seemednormal. Noth-ing was normal. The car be-gan to speedup, and thenpassed us. My dad, who has atemper himself, got angry and spedup. We were starting to pass the carand were alongside but the driverwould not let us in front of him. My
dad oored it and we passed thecar. After he had passed the other
car, my dad pulled over. The carpulled over behind us. My dad gotout of our car and walked towardsthe strange man’s car. My brotherand I looked out the back window.Rain started falling from the sky,and it was pitch black. The lightson the car made the only clearimage of my dad and the man, just two silhouettes in the night.Once my dad returned, he saidhe talked to the man and everythingwas going to be okay now. Westarted driving again. I watched outthe rear window as the headlights of the car behind appeared closer andcloser. Soon I was blinded, he wasso close. Then he pulled to our right.He started swinging his car, trying toram us into the curb. My mom washysterical, she couldn’t understandwhat was going on. What could wehave done to make this man hateour family so that now he was tryingto kill us all? My brother and I satsilent in the back. My dad pulledin front again, and pulled over.
Again, the car pulled over behind
us. My dad went to the man’s car,once again, they were silhouettes.
My father is very uent in Judo,
which is an art of mastering thepressure points of the enemy. This is why when I looked out thewindow I could see my dad’s black shadow choking the man. He wastrying to make him pass out, so wecould get away.My fatherreturned to thecar, apparentlyhe hadn’t suc-ceeded andthe other sil-houette wasstill conscious.We started off again. The same thing happened. The car was trying to knock us off the road. He wasn’t going to letus go home tonight, I knew thatfor sure. So one last time my dadpulled over, and so did the mysteri-ous man. I watched as one last timemy dad’s shadow glided acrossthe pavement. I watched past thehuge drops of rain hitting the glass;I watched through the Hell of night. This time it was fast. My fatherwas back in the car. He was holdinghis side with both hands. I still see itin my head, like it just happened. Mymother’s words still pulse through
my ears as if they can’t nd the
drum to vibrate off of. She kept re-peating: “What happened?” Thesewords would trigger a scene that nochild should ever have to see. Whenmy father removed his hand from his
side, there was a hole. At the time
you would never know there was ahole there, for blood was pouring
out. My brother and I sat horried,
choking on awe, crying dry tears.When they caught the man,the silhouette, I was informed that
he was an Asian man in his thir
-ties. He was tried and released.No charges were brought against
The Truth AboutRoad Rage
him, on account that he did it inself-defense. My father survived.Miraculously, the object he wasstabbed with barely missed his liver.One good thing came from thisincident: now I am fully aware of the terrible outcomes of road rage.It has made me want to learn moreabout it, to see if it was just a onetime crime or if other people areexperiencing it too. The answersI found were more horrendousthan I ever could have imagined.My family has not been theonly one affected by Road Rage. There are stories from all over the
USA, and all over the world, andmany are more horric. According
to data collected by the Federal
Government and AAA, deaths from
aggressive driving are averagingaround 1200 a year, and this isrising 6 percent every year. TheWashington Beltway Study foundthat aggressive driving may be afactor in 50 percent of auto crashes.In a recent poll, results showedthat motorists were more worriedabout road rage than about drunk driving. Road aggression cases are
popping up everywhere. In Arizona,
a man was shot to death, while histhree year old son was strappedin the back seat, because he andother driver were competing in
trafc. Also in Arizona, a 15 year
old girl was gunned down afterher friend tossed a soda can at aneighboring car. If you just look you
can nd thousands of cases, many
ending in murder, of road rage.So what is going on? Why arepeople getting so angry whenpeople pass them on the road?What exactly is causing road rage?
According to sources, many times
it is just the driver’s ego and in-ability to let things go. Since roadrage is now being recognized as anationwide problem, there are manyarticles on how to counter roadrage. Therapy sessions, instead of jail time, are prescribed by courts.Here are some tips and adviceto prevent road rage. Try not to cutpeople off; when you merge make
sure there is enough room. Denitely
do not tailgate other drivers. Do notmake gestures at other cars, andavoid eye contact. If you sense thatanother driver is angry, try to steerclear of him, never try to duel it out.If you believe you have road
aggression, ask for help. As I
mentioned previously, there aremany courses to help you reducethe amount of anger you haveon the road. There are also manyself-help books. Don’t wait until it’stoo late. Road rage is an seriousproblem; it is not an exaggeratedtopic; and it is not to be ignored.
“I watched one last time mydad’s shadow glide acrossthe pavement. I watchedpast the huge drops of rainhitting the glass.”