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Where the real news is buried April 4, 2007 Vol. 1 Issue 13

In This Issue
1 UMR Announces Proposed Name Big News Before Spring Break Blurbs Xerox to Acquire Global Imaging Restructuring Continues Democrats to Cut Iraq War Funding Chem-E-Car Places 2nd at AIChE Regionals Spring Break 2008 BBQ Chicken Pizza DRM-free Music Never Underestimate a Champion Summer Is Here Again

UMR Announces Proposed Name
On March 23rd, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Pat’s A, Chancellor Carney announced the proposed name that he will be recommending to the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri: Missouri University of Science and Technology. As a reminder, on October 9th, Carney gave a State of the University address in which he proposed that the UMR community discuss the possibility of a name change to better reflect what UMR does. He claimed that UMR is unique from the rest of the University of Missouri system because of its focus on technology and research. Therefore, he sought input from students, staff, faculty, and alumni by conducting surveys

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and holding open forums. This led him to decide that changing the name to reflect UMR’s mission was the thing to do. When surveyed, community leaders and corporate recruiters overwhelmingly voted in favor of a name change and, when proposed with options, Missouri University of Science and Technology was the clear favorite. This name would be shortened to Missouri S&T, or MST. If accepted, this name will become effective on January 1st, 2008. In the address, Chancellor Carney emphasized that the
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A Note from Sybil
We here at The Mineshaft are excited to be able to welcome you back to campus after what we hope was a relaxing break. The biggest development for us is the ratification and adherence to our new constitution. At our last meeting we elected officers via our new constitution and are happy to say that our officer corps is now public. If you need to contact any of us about The Mineshaft, please either contact us . Lastly we are happy to once again have guest submissions along with advertisements for events relevant to the campus. If you have any submissions or advertisements you would like to see printed, please email them to us by Monday at 10 P.M.

Big News Before Spring Break
So when you hear about big news before break you immediately think about the name change. While that might have also happened, there was another important announcement that came on the Thursday before we left for the week. The announcer was none other than our Governor Matt Blunt. The reason for Governor Blunt’s rare visit to the UMR campus was to drum up support and inform us of the scholarship portion of SB 389. This bill may sound familiar because the horrible portions of it were previously reported here. However, the scholarship portion Page 1

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of the bill is actually something that would be very beneficial to potential future students of UMR (or MST… whatever it is). The day began with a welcome and introduction from Chancellor Carney. While it was short and to the point, the Chancellor touched on the high points of the Missouri Access program (the scholarship portion of the bill). He then introduced Representative Bob May to introduce the Governor. Representative May spoke briefly to introduce the man who has “changed the course of the ship of the state.”
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humanities and liberal arts will not go unnoticed and neglected. He also said that he expects the name will go over very well in the international community, which will allow UMR to compete for students more easily. The name change is part of a plan to incorporate strategic changes to raise the university to the highest level of success possible and that, if approved, the university will be better suited to recruit national and international students. The university will continue to provide scholarships and maintain contact and seek support from alumni. The Chancellor then opened the floor up for questions from the packed room. Carney was asked how the signs around campus will change. The Chancellor responded that all signs will be changed and will be ready to be changed on the first of January. When questioned about how the change would affect UMR’s relationship with the rest of the schools in the system, Carney reiterated that we would remain a part of the UM system, but that we also have to be aware of the unique difference. He also mentioned that our name is not a problem within the state of Missouri, but that elsewhere people see us as a branch campus of Columbia. To those that questioned how this step would magically solve the enrollment problem, Carney said that the administration must do a better job branding and marketing the institution, but that the name change was one step towards that.

Certain members in the audience brought up that acronyms such as MOST and MUST were also possibilities, but Chancellor Carney emphasized that MST is the best choice. When the fact that the alumni surveyed represented only 2% of alumni was brought up and someone asked if he thought it was an appropriate representation of all alumni, Carney said that it is his job of raising money and that it would be easier if the name was different. A huge concern for people has been the cost of making this name change. The Chancellor stated that the big costs are new stationary, signs, and athletic uniforms. The approximate cost would be about 100 thousand dollars, but Carney stressed that this money would be raised privately and would not be reflected in tuition. He also mentioned that many of the items that will need to be changed are things that are regularly changed and replaced anyways. Another important point, this time to the Chancellor, was the diploma. Currently it says University of Missouri on diplomas issued by UMR. If the name change is approved, Carney wants to request that the Curators of the UM system allow our university to use our name on the diploma. To those worried that they want their diploma to remain as it has been, Carney wants to allow students in the following 6 years after the name change to decide what

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is on their diploma. There were a few good points about the presentation. One was that Chancellor Carney answered questions and addressed some issues about the name change that have been grossly misrepresented by the general UMR population (such as the cost of it, where the money is coming from, how the change isn’t the only step towards increased enrollment). Carney is also an engaging speaker, and was able to remain flippant yet informative about a very controversial subject. Downsides to the presentation include the fact that, when presented with certain questions, very evasive answers were used and that the presentation was on the Friday before Spring Break at a time when many people had classes. The announcement about the presentation was also made less than 24 hours before it occurred, which raised the ire of many. Many irate opponents of the name change complained on the Seek forums that many answers were not detailed enough and few examples were given. The name change seems to be very similar to politics or religion in the respect that you can have a conversation with someone who has an opposing viewpoint for as long as possible and still not change anyone’s mind. As such, I think the Chancellor did an overall good job clarifying aspects of the name change to those who oppose it, even if they may not agree with him. The Board of Curators will be voting on the proposed name change on Friday. However, there will be an open meeting on Thursday to discuss the name change in the Havener Center.

GLOBAL
morning local time. Several villages were completely wiped out, leaving Miles Netockny hundreds spending the night Source: BBC homeless. Government officials and European Drug Company the Red Cross have set up a base Brings Low-Cost Meningitis near the capital, Giza, to coordinate Vaccine to Africa assistance. Europe’s largest drug company, GSK, is beginning to produce a vaccine to prevent meningitis, a disease that can kill a child in six hours, and will only be sold in Africa. The important part is that the vaccine will bring basically no profit at all to the business. The vaccine will be sold at a very low cost to best benefit the need in Africa, where millions of people are at risk from meningitis. Tsunami in Solomon Islands Flooding and Avalanches Kills Kills At Least 12 51 Afghans Officials declared a state of After most of a decade in drought, emergency in the Solomon Islands Afghanistan now has more rain than based on the destruction caused by it knows what to do with. Hundreds a tsunami. An undersea earthquake of homes have been destroyed and of magnitude 8 caused waves that over 51 have been killed by the were several meters high Monday flooding and avalanches which

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have occurred as result of the rain. Because of the drought, however, most of the country is welcoming the rain and looking forward to a year of good farming. Explosion on Sri Lankan Bus Kills 16 An explosion on a bus carrying civilians in Ampara, Sri Lanka killed at least 16 people Monday. The Tamil Tiger rebels have been accused by the government but deny involvement. This has been a part of an overall worsening in violence in recent months. British Scientists Grow Heart Valve from Stem Cells After 10 years of work, Sir Magdi, a heart surgeon, and his team of researchers at Harefield hospital in the United Kingdom grew tissue from stem cells that work in the same way as human heart valves. Sir Madgi claims that artificial heart components can be used in transplants within three years.

Xerox to Acquire Global Imaging
Xerox Corp., looking to kickstart anemic sales growth and eliminate some competition, agreed to buy office-machines distributor Global Imaging Systems Inc. for $1.5 billion. Global Imaging sells the machines of Xerox competitors, including Japan’s Canon Inc. and Ricoh Co., to smaller businesses. Xerox said that over time it expects that it will be able to displace many of the rival products with its own. If successful, the purchase -Xerox’s biggest since a brush with bankruptcy in 2000 -- could allow the Stamford, Conn. company to tap

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a market that has largely eluded it in the past. But Canon, Ricoh, and others could look for other distributors, potentially hurting sales. Anne Mulcahy, Xerox’s chief executive, said in an interview that since the 2000 crisis, “getting top-line growth going” has been a continuing problem. Ms. Mulcahy said the acquisition will help get Xerox into the small- and mediumbusiness market, where it now doesn’t get a chance to bid on about 80% of all deals. In recent years, as it developed more competitive color laser printers Page 3

and multifunction copiers, Xerox has wooed more dealers that sell to small business, with only limited success. “It’s hard to organically build distribution,” Ms. Mulcahy said. Global, based in Tampa, Fla., will give Xerox a welcome 7% sales bump. Xerox sales grew just 1.2% to $15.89 billion last year, off from a 1999 peak of $19.55 billion. Analysts expect Global to post revenue of $1.12 billion for its fiscal year ended March 31. Global acquired some 80 local office-product dealers in the past 15 years and allowed them to operate autonomously under their own names, handling Canon, Ricoh, and
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POLITICS
Restructuring Continues
The School of Engineering, School of Management and Information Systems, School of Materials, Energy and Earth Resources, and College of Arts and Sciences are all being eliminated as part of the administrative restructuring. To facilitate the Chancellor’s restructuring plan, Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Vice Provost of Student Affairs are two new positions to help promote restructuring. The Vice Provost of Graduate Studies will be overseeing graduate fellowship programs, reviewing graduate degree programs, and developing funding for graduate programs. In addition, all graduate programs will be coordinated with the academic departments. The Vice Provost of Student Affairs will be coordinating the development of new degree programs, promoting tenure, mentoring new faculty, program reviews, and budget management and strategic planning efforts. The new administrative structure will take place July 1, 2007 with Dr. Venkat Allada, professor of engineering management and systems engineer, as Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Dr. Robert Schwartz, professor and associate chair of materials science and engineering, as Provost of Academic Affairs.
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Dr. Allada has been part of the UMR faculty since 1994. During his tenure at UMR Dr. Allada has served as associate chair for engineering management graduate studies and director or UMR’s Sustainable Design Laboratory. Dr. Schwartz has been a member of the UMR faculty since 2002. Since coming to UMR Dr. Schwartz has served as president, secretary, and parliamentarian of the Academic Council and currently chairs the Academic Council’s Rules, Procedures, and Agenda Committee. Schwartz is also UMR’s representative to the University of Missouri’s Intercampus Faculty Council.

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The Governor began quickly by discussing how improving education is his “highest public policy priority” and that now he is turning his focus specifically to higher education. The “plan” itself calls for an additional 110 million dollars to be allocated to scholarships in the next three years. While this number may not really stand out as being gigantic in the scheme of state funding, Governor Blunt went on to explain what that would mean for the students of Missouri schools. Currently students in the State of Missouri receive a yearly sum of 27.5 million dollars in financial assistance from the state (through a variety of current programs). What the proposed plan would call for is

to consolidate all of these programs into one and see a jump from the 27.5 million to 72.5 million for next year. In addition to this obvious jump in state funded financial aid, the program will also implement a simple publicized formula to determine how much financial aid a student will qualify for. What this means is that when a student is deciding where to go to college they can figure out in advance exactly how much aid they should be expecting. Governor Blunt continued by discussing the direct implications for UMR students. In the current academic year, 432 students have received need-based financial aid packages to attend UMR. If the plan goes through as proposed next fall between 1200 and 2000 students are projected to receive financial Page 4

aid packages based on need. That is somewhere between a 275-450% increase in students receiving needbased financial aid. The Governor then opened the floor to questions from the audience. The question that sticks out most in my mind was in reference to his feelings on UMR students being opposed to the tuition caps that will be established by the very same bill that contains this program. Governor Blunt stated very plainly that while he understands the concern, he believes that the tuition caps are needed and something that balances out the bill. He also spoke on schools being able to increase by more than tuition if the state does not increase funding at similar levels (which would alleviate a great deal of concern about the bill).

POLITICS
Democrats to Cut Iraq War Funding
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday he will try to cut off funding for the Iraq war if President Bush rejects Congress’s proposal to set a deadline for ending combat. The move is likely to intensify the Democrat’s rift with the administration, which already contends Democrats are putting troops at risk by setting deadlines. “It’s time the self-appointed strategists on Capitol Hill understood a very simple concept: you cannot win a war if you tell the enemy you’re going to quit,” Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday at a fundraising luncheon for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.). In recent weeks, the House and Senate voted separately to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but set an end date for combat in Iraq. The House proposal orders all combat troops out as of Aug. 31, 2008, whereas the Senate orders some troops to leave right away with the non-binding goal of ending combat by March 31, 2008. The House and Senate are working on a final proposal that can be sent to the President by the end of the month. Mindful that they hold a shaky majority in Congress and that neither chamber has enough votes to override a presidential veto, Democrats are already thinking about the next step after Mr. Bush rejects their legislation. Sen. Reid of Nevada said Monday that if that happens, he will join forces with Sen. Russ Feingold, one of the party’s most liberal members who has long called to end the war by denying funding for it. Sen. Reid and others have previously been reluctant to propose cutting funding out of fear it would leave troops in the lurch. “Congress has a responsibility to end a war that is opposed by the American people and is undermining our national security,” Sen. Feingold (D., Wis.) said. Mr. Reid said Monday he was willing to take the tougher tack in light of Mr. Bush’s refusal to begin pulling out troops. “If the president vetoes the supplemental appropriations bill and continues to resist changing course in Iraq, I will work to ensure this legislation receives a vote in the Senate in the next work period,” Mr. Reid said. The White House and congressional Democrats had promised in January to work together when Democrats took over control of Congress. Since then, however, the two sides have found little agreement when it comes to the war. They traded barbs over the weekend and on Monday, when the White House said Democrats were denying the military what it needed to do its job. Page 5
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“It appears they’re still content to work on a bill that does not have serious plans to fund troops or make Iraq, America, and the world more secure, but rather attempts at forcing us into giving up in Iraq without regard to the consequences of failure,” said White House spokeswoman Dana Perino. Sen. Reid’s proposal is unlikely to pass. But Democrats say they believe with each passing week -- as the violence in Iraq continues and voters grow increasingly tired of the war -- they pick up additional support. The bill would likely be introduced as standalone legislation and would not be tied to the supplemental spending bill, Reid spokesman Jim Manley said.

ART & SCIENCE
Chem-E-Car Places 2nd at AIChE Regionals
The 2007 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Mid-America Regional Conference was held on March 31, 2007 at the University of Missouri-Rolla. The conference was part of a two day event hosted by the UMR American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student chapter. Students from across the mid-America region traveled to Rolla to participate in exciting activities including a haz-mat workshop/demonstration, a research paper competition, social events, and the Chem-E-Car competition. The Chem-E-Car competition challenged teams to design and build a shoebox-sized car that could carry an additional load a specified distance. The actual distance and load requirements were announced twenty minutes before the beginning of the competition. First place was awarded to University of Oklahoma’s team “Windmills Work this Way” landing nine inches from the finish line. University of Missouri-Rolla’s team ”Miner Missile” showed their chemical engineering savvy by placing second, landing one foot and nine and half inches way from the finish line. Third place went to University of Oklahoma’s team “Lights OUt!” landing two feet and four and half inches away from the finish line. Each car’s performance earned the three teams a spot in the national AIChE competition set for Nov. 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The UMR car, Miner Missile, is powered by a custom built lead-acid battery that runs an electric motor. The motor was geared down nearly 25:1 to obtain the correct velocity. An aluminum chassis machined by Dean Lenz, senior electronic technician for the chemical and biological engineering department, supports the cars many components. A magnesium strip is wired in line with the motor. The strip is submerged in a hydrochloric acid bath when the car starts moving and the car stops when the strip is completely dissolved. A magnetically coupled agitator was added to the reaction chamber to ensure a consistent reaction. The following chemical engineering students make up the UMR Chem-E-Car Team, “Miner Missile”; sophomore Kristine Brown, senior Daniel Burtman, sophomore Greg Eike, senior Jason Hartman, senior Matt Linderer, junior Brent Patrick, junior Manda Richardson, junior Sarah Schatz, freshmen Chad Smith, junior Bryan
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Solomon, freshmen Ryan Tschannen, senior Paul Williams. Electrical Engineering freshmen Thomas Carnes also helped out the team. Dr. Daniel Forciniti, professor of chemical and biological engineering, served as the team’s advisor. A special thanks to Dean Lenz for all his hard work and dedication to the team. Congratulations to the team!!

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other Japanese brands. That means Xerox “will have to be very careful,” said Steve Reynolds, an analyst with Lyra Research, of Newton, Mass. “The fear would be that Global’s business with the other guys falls off

faster than it rises with Xerox.” Global shares surged 47% on the news, rising $9.14 to $28.64 in 4 p.m. Nasdaq Stock Market composite trading. Xerox stock rose 19 cents, or 1.1%, to $17.08 in 4 p.m. composite trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Page 6

ENTERTAINMENT
Spring Break 2008
Everyone at UMR is back from their Spring Break now. Many people have a tan, haircut, or wild story about the debauchery that occurred in various places around the world last week. Many places such as Cancun, Panama City, Florida, and the Caribbean receive throngs of college students looking to “get away” for a week from the troubles and stress of college life. These locations are great, and I truly hope you had an enjoyable Spring Break. However, it’s never too early to plan ahead for next year’s Break, and I’ve come up with some plans that will be sure to be the “in” thing next year. Iran – Iran is a beautiful, thriving country full of diverse people, lovely vacation cities, and the most influential culture of the Middle East. Before I forget, it also happens to have the most flat-out insane leader on Earth. Luckily, the mountainous nature of Iran lends well to skiing resorts, which makes Iran an excellent Spring Break destination AND hideaway. I would, however, urge you to stay away from Iran if you’re Jewish. Also, be careful to stay away from “disputed territories” with Iraq, otherwise you may be visiting Iran for more than a week! The South Pole – What better way is there to have some “fun in the sun” than by hanging out beneath a huge ozone hole?! Antarctica is a fantastic vacation destination for anyone tired of human interaction and the usual lack of subzero temperatures in Missouri. As a
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warning: while you may not have to deal with polar bears, you should be aware that Antarctica is home to the largest colony of ice Cyclopes in the world. Visitors to the largest desert in the world can expect such enticing activities as partying with the most formally attired birds in the world, dealing with gale-force winds, and studying plankton under microscopes! “Penguins Gone Wild,” anyone? North Korea – Average North Korean’s annual salary: $900.Amount of Hennessy cognac President Kim Jong-il imports annually: $700,000.

just combined the two names! Even better, citizens are generally called Bosnians, yet the difference between Bosnians and Herzegovinians is apparently distinct. Interested yet? How about this: because the country has been so war torn in the past couple decades, prices are rock bottom for staying in one of the many lavish slums in the country! College students always complain about how they never have any money, so why not save on your Spring Break vacation? Of course, you may not save THAT much after also buying a gun and Kevlar vest, but those things are necessities in this country. Texas – This Spring Break destination is not for the faint of heart. Even if you can begin to understand the natives and the state’s bi-lingual nature, you have to then deal with the regular destruction from tornadoes and hurricanes. Reportedly, just giving someone a “wrong look” grants the state the power to execute you. Let’s not forget the popular saying “There are two things in Texas: steers and.........morons.” That may be slightly amended. While I recommend staying on the coast (for your own safety) if you go to Texas, stay away from Houston—you may gag on smog just walking around. If you think you can prevail through all these difficulties, I heartily recommend Texas as a Spring Break spot.

Kickin’ it “Jong-il” style with your favorite rapper’s alcohol of choice in North Korea: priceless. Actually that’s a lie, it will probably cost quite a bit, but partying at Camp 22 with a bunch of forced-labor camp prisoners would be worth it, right? Just make sure if you go here that, as you’re partying and having a good time, you always praise the government and its leadership. Anything to the contrary will be landing you a much Hopefully this handy guide will longer “break.” help you decide on a Spring Break 2008 location to visit. Just remember Bosnia and Herzegovina to be original and buck the Spring – This country doesn’t even know Break tradition of beautiful beaches, what it wants to be called, so they women, and debauchery! Page 7

ENTERTAINMENT
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Sick of the same lunches they serve in the dining halls? Ramen noodles getting a little too...salty? Try to expand your typical collegestudent-diet with something a little less typical. I came up with this recipe when I was trying to modify a friend’s recipe of BBQ cups for something a bit more substantial. Obviously, most of these ingredients are to be added “to taste.” I tried to estimate about how much I use when I make this and priced accordingly. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. First, start the pizza crust per the Equipment Baking sheet/stone 2 Mixing bowls 2 Mixing spons or forks 1 Oven 1 Stove 1 Frying Pan 1 Cutting board
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directions on the Jiffy Crust Mix box. Cut the chicken into small bitesized pieces. Put some olive oil in a pan and heat to med-high. Fry the chicken pieces in the pan until they’re completely cooked. If you’re not sure, cut into them a bit and check if they’re still a bit pink. If they are, keep cooking; if not, they’re done! While the chicken is cooking, tend to the crust and start on the sauce. If you don’t have a rolling pin for the dough, just use a glass jar or a very sturdy plastic cup. In a bowl, mix the BBQ sauce, several shakes of minced onion, and the brown sugar

(to taste). Make sure you don’t use too much BBQ sauce; if you do the crust will be soggy. If you want to add some color to your pizza, try chopping up a few green onions and tossing them in with the sauce. Mix the chicken in with the sauce. Pre-bake the crust, per the directions on the box again. When that’s done, put the toppings on the crust, (do not forget the cheese!). Bake the pizza at 425 degrees for 1820 minutes, let cool, cut, and enjoy! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to email me at TheHungryCoed@ gmail.com.

Ingredients What it’ll cost you Couple handfuls of flour not much Bit of olive oil for frying not much 1 Box of Jiffy Crust Mix $0.40 Some hot water from the tap nothing 1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce (I use Maulls’) $1.00 1 lb or so of boneless skinless chicken breasts $3.36 About 2 oz. minced onion (in the spices aisle) $0.68 About 4 oz. brown sugar (I use C&H) $0.26 About 6 oz. pizza cheese (I use Great Value) $1.58 1/2 of a bunch of green onion (optional) $0.25 About 4 oz. Provel* (if you’ve got it) $1.74 TOTAL COST: $9.27(split it with a friend and it’s only $4.63!)

*For those of you who haven’t yet been introduced to the deliciousness that is Provel, it is processed cheddar, swiss, and provolone. Usually you can find it roped, though Roma® sells it shredded. It is most commonly found in St. Louis, but they usually have it at Country Mart on 10th and Forum here in Rolla.

DRM-free Music

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EMI Music announced today that its collection of DRM-free music will be offered on iTunes. Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a term that refers to technical protections on

an electronic device. Currently, on iTunes, any purchased song can only be played on five computers that are licensed with the account password of the user who bought the song. DRM-free music can be played on any computer or electronic device and copied freely. EMI’s music will Page 8

be encoded at 256kbps AAC—twice the current quality of iTune’s digital music. Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, is calling DRM-free music “the next step forward.” Those who want to take that step will have to pay a little more: there is a thirty cent price increase for the new music format.

SPORTS
Never Underestimate a Champion
Monday night was April 2nd, so it would make sense that March Madness would be over, but it wasn’t; there was one game remaining. The game showcased the number one ranked team for most of the season (Ohio State Buckeyes) versus the defending national champion (Florida Gators). It has been said that when you come to a wall, you can choose to go under it or over it. It took college basketball teams until April to figure this out. The Buckeyes’ starting center, Greg Oden, is only a freshman but is listed at 7’ tall, 280 lbs., and averages 15.4 points per game. Before the game, it was known to everyone that Oden held the Buckeyes’ fate in his hands. Teams that have faced Oden in the past have commented that he cannot be stopped, only contained, which is a great compliment for any player. Florida had different plans for Oden. While he had 25 points in the game, the Gators contained him as much as possible while keeping the rest of the Buckeyes at bay. The other great part to Oden’s game is his defense. With his size and agility, he can prove to be a formidable adversary in the paint. Florida’s coaches came up with a plan to go over Oden using their perimeter shooting as the primary offensive weapon. Florida shot 88% from beyond the 3-point line compared to Ohio’s 65%. Florida’s strategy worked out to perfection. At the end of the half, Florida led Ohio State 40-29. It looked like it was going to be an upset. In the second half, Ohio State tried to make a game of it and at one stage of the game was only down by 6 points. The Gators ended up being too much for the Buckeyes. They had exposed Ohio State for what it was: a one-man team. They used their great defense to shut down the rest of the Buckeye team. Florida won the championship, as any team should, with an overall team effort instead of having one prominent star. While everyone may recognize that winning back to back championships is a historical feat that has not been achieved since the Duke championship teams of ’91 and ’92. While in the next couple of days the Gators may be sized up against previous back-to-back champions, it is my opinion that they do not come close to the champions of
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the past. They come nowhere close to the Duke, Kentucky, Indiana, and the great UCLA teams of the past. When you think about it, the college basketball scene of today is watered down much more than in past years. In years past, players with great talent stayed with their college teams instead of moving on the NBA. Players assumed they were not ready for the NBA or that their academics were more important; not to mention that in past years, the money that is in sports was not as abundant. One has to assume that the teams of the past played at a much higher level and caliber than those of today. The players back then were more mature, had more experience, and played for the love of the game and not for the money. I would like to congratulate the Florida Gators and their championship win and wish them the best of luck for next year. However, I would like to stress that the Gators of today stand in no comparison to the champions of the past; making such an argument only tarnishes the legacy of the great teams of the past.

Summer Is Here Again
On Sunday, the countdown ended. No more spring training, no more pre-season games. From here on out, all 186 games count until those beautiful days in August and October. That’s right, it’s baseball season once again. Time for the snow to melt, the grass to grow and that not-so-great smell of pollen in the air; get ready for the great excitement and thrill that is baseball. As with every year, Major League Baseball started out the season with a game featuring the World Champions against the team they beat to win the pendant. In Page 9

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this year’s case it was the Cardinals versus the Mets. I don’t think I have to specify that unlike other season opening games, this meant a little bit more to the people of Cardinal nation. Since the state of Missouri has not held the inaugural season
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opening game since the 1980s, for anyone that watched the game it was what everyone thought it would be. The season before, the Cardinals were giant underdogs to the Mets going into the series. For the Mets to lose to them in the series, it was a great disparity for the Mets. With St. Louis unveiling their World Champion banner and celebrating their great win, it would be the perfect time for the Mets to spoil St. Louis’s fun just as the Cardinals had done the season before. As anyone that follows very much baseball history would know, a team that seeks revenge after experiencing the pain of a World Series snatched from them in their prime will eventually get what they seek. The Mets did, beating the Cardinals 6-1 in the season opener and spoiling the St. Louis celebration. The Mets, while they may have won the game, will still feel that pit in the bottom of their stomachs from last year. The only way to make that pit go away is to win the World Series. On the other hand, to the Cardinals it is only one game out of 186. It would be an understatement to say that there is still a lot of season left for them. Looking at the big picture of the overall season as far as predictions are concerned, many people are playing it safe and sticking with last year’s picks for the playoffs. As far as the NL is concerned, the Mets will make it with their offensive juggernaut and their ability to pound any pitching rotation that an opposing team can muster. The Cardinals will win their division because of their ability to win over the years. It has always been said that no matter what the player’s history, when they don a Cardinals jersey they become the best they have ever been. One can only assume that by coaching and having some pretty good players, the Cardinals will overcome a division in which four of the five teams could win. In the west, look for the Dodgers to prevail because of pitching depth and a formidable lineup. The wildcard could go to a number of teams. Look for the Phillies, the Reds, or the Braves to fit into the equation somewhere. As far as the AL is concerned, the Yankees should win the east; even if they don’t have the pitching, they do have enough bats and all-star players to win against any team. In the central, look for the defending AL champions, the Detroit Tigers, to prevail with the best pitching rotation in the league. In the west, the Angels will eventually win the struggle with a healthy Weaver and Colon coming back into the rotation late into the season. Also helping the Angels is a revamped and younger lineup. Finally, as far as the wildcard is concerned, look for Oakland, the Twins, and the Boston Red Sox. Royals fans, don’t think I forgot about you. The Royals will probably come last in their division but should be ranked somewhere between the 23rd and 25th ranked team overall in the league. All in all, I think it should be another great baseball season that will last all the way from now until those beautiful and exciting games in October. It will be full of recordbreaking accomplishments and horrible disappointments (for the Cubs). Through it all it will prove why baseball is the great American pasttime.

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Try to fill in the missing numbers. Use the numbers 1 through 9 to complete the equations. Each number is only used once. Each row is a math equation. Each column is a math equation. Remember that multiplication and division are performed before addition and subtraction.

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