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Students dance for Haiti
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Charlotte students attend a dance-a-thon for Haitian relief.

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The thought of raising money for Haiti has been a popular notion. Unfortunately, not many came to support Saturday night’s Dance-a-thon to raise money to go to the American Red Cross. Held by UNC Charlotte Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA), they were about the only people who attended at the dance. Facebook groups and signs around campus did not work as well as the SAA had hoped. “It is Valentine’s Day weekend, and not a lot of people knew about it,” said sophomore Latarsha Jones, also part of the SAA. Although not many people came to the benefit, there were donations made to the American

Red Cross by friends and family of members and around campus. It seems that there were other dances this weekend that had free admission, one of the few possibilities for lack of attendance. The past weather conditions did not shine through either. With snow and ice, not many people made it out this weekend. For those who did not know, Haiti was hit about a month ago by a massive earthquake. Thousands of Haitians are injured, dead or missing. The fact that the whole city lay in ruins and shambles shows us how much work and effort is required to rebuild it. The SAA is attempting to help those affected by the earthquake even though the quake did not affect the United States directly. Development in Haiti will take a long time to fix and look

somewhat normal. Here in Charlotte, there are many options and endless opportunities for education, facilities, food and water, along with other necessities. The devastation left in Haiti leaves their whole education system a blunder. Haiti still needs our help. Summer Poplin, a second year student here at UNCC, claimed that people care more when they have personal connections or relatives that were in Haiti at the time of the quake. “We want people to care more,” Poplin urged. Haiti has not fully recovered after one month. There are lots of things to be done for growth of the city and its people. SAA did raise some money for Red Cross, but what they are also trying to do is raise awareness.

SGA battles Matthews native scores cover funding issues Bikini model Brooklyn Decker, who is from the Charlotte area, and budgets graces the cover of “Sports Illustrated” Swim Suit Edition
théodeN JaNeS McClatchy Newspapers Niza Sulahry Staff Writer nsulahry@uncc.edu

Despite an increase of new student organizations fueled by a growing student population, the Student Government Association faces the difficult task of improving the quality of student life, based on a budget that does not take these factors into account. SGA receives requests from numerous student organizations, for occasions such as awareness events, conferences, weekend activities, bands, and travel –programs that enhance student life at UNC Charlotte. However, they are operating on the same budget as the 2008-2009 school year due to a failure to request additional funds for the 20092010 school year from the Student Activities Fees Commission (SAFC). Recognizing the difficulties facing student organizations, the Student Senate attempted to pass legislation in Nov., calling for a reduction of the amount of funding for organizations for the remainder of the school year. Although this legislation received unanimous support, a veto returned the legislation back to Senate and ultimately failed to pass the second vote. Looking back to funding issues from the 2008-2009 school year, SGA faced similar dilemmas. However, a monthly budget may have been the source of this. The problem of asking to enforce a monthly budget requires for SGA to overlook the variances that spark a flood of requests during the popular months of Oct. and Feb., while leaving dryer months such as Nov. and Jan. with a minimal number of requests. So, if an organization requested a grant for their distinguished annual event which is held at the same time as many other events, it would be less likely to obtain an approval simply due to increased demand. Due to the quota that helped mask budget problems last year, SGA found themselves with an excess of $30,000 which could have been used to finance

programs for those student organizations who had found their grants denied simply because of bad timing. So what’s the solution? Many actions can be taken to prevent this dilemma from recurring. Right now, there is an $80,000 reserve from student fees which may be used, but many shy away from this prospect as it is usually saved for emergencies. Although approximately $159,000 has been allocated so far this year, there are many more organizations that cannot get vital funding, such as the annual Relay for Life event. Would this not count as an emergency? Student fees are collected to enrich the lives of us as students, providing justification for many to tap into this reserve fund. SGA is also working on a proposal which provides further structure to the process of requesting grants to ensure proper allocation of student fees, as well as a plan to implement an automatic semester budget. Recently, the Student Senate took steps to obtain funding for student organizations for the remainder of the school year, signing a unanimous petition requesting $50,000 from the student fees reserve. They were rewarded a total of $10,000 and promised an additional $20,000 on the basis that a monthly budget will be created and implemented for more efficient allocation. The Organizational Ways and Means Committee is currently undertaking this task. Although the university may have been able to avoid this situation by planning for an increased budget from last year, so far the circumstances do not look hopeless. SGA seems determined to turn this situation around and provide our student organizations with the funding they need to thrive. “I want to assure all the members of student organizations out there, as well as the students on this campus, that the Student Senate fights daily for an increase in both this year and next year’s budget,” said Chairman of Organizational Ways and Means Committee, Christian Nuccio.

Brooklyn Decker spent the best day of her career not in a bikini, but in tears. The Matthews, N.C., native cried when she learned she would appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She

Brookly Decker, wife of tennis cover of “Sports Illustrated.”

issue five straight years. After all, being on the cover of the swimsuit issue is, in essence, the modeling world’s equivalent of winning an Academy Award. Between the magazine, its Web offerings, and TV exposure, the swimsuit franchise reaches one in three U.S. adults, according to SI estimates. Past cover girls include Tyra Banks, talk show host and creator of The CW reality series “America’s Next Top Model”; Heidi Klum, host of the Lifetime TV reality series “Project Runway”; and Christie Brinkley, who’s been spokeswoman for CoverGirl for longer than Decker has been alive. “It’s a launching point for somebody to really make a huge name for themselves,” said Diane Smith, a senior editor at Sports Illustrated who has been in charge of the swimsuit edition for 11 years. “She is now going to be a household name, no doubt about it.” Added Decker, who Tuesday afternoon was No. 1 on Yahoo!’s “Trending Now” list: “You have the honor for a year _ it’s not something that shifts every month. So it’s a very big deal. You look at the roster of girls who have shot it, all these iconic models, to be joining their ranks is gonna be great for my career.” ‘Oh, that’s so her’ The 2010 swimsuit issue, which began arriving in stores Tuesday, features Decker in a set of photos shot in the Maldives, a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean. She can be seen wearing six different bikinis but, notably, no wedding ring. Don’t get your hopes up, though, guys: “I just didn’t want it to fall in the ocean,” she explained. In fact, her husband _ tennis star Andy Roddick _ was the fourth surprise guest at the party on Monday. (“My husband and dad walk in with a platter of food, and they’re like, ‘Anybody need any hors d’oeuvres?’”) In the cover shot, the Butler High grad is clad in a brightyellow bikini bottom, with the matching top slung over her shoulder, her left arm barely concealing her naked chest, and MCT Campus a smile flashing in the tropical star Andy Roddick, graced the sunlight. “Beautiful, gorgeous picture,” bawled when her mother and brother, who secretly flew in from Charlotte, N.C., showed up at a party in Manhattan in her honor. And she sobbed again 10 minutes later when her dad arrived. “I cried three times,” she said. “It was a very good day.” And things can only get better for the 22-year-old blond model, who has appeared in the

said her brother, Jordan, 20, who lives and works in Matthews, a Charlotte suburb. “It’s totally her, too. I just get that feeling when I look at the pictures, like, ‘Oh, that’s so her.’” When asked if it’s weird for him to see her ... like that, he says: “Only when my good buddies comment on the pictures _ but I got used to that.” And what about Dad? “Oh man, I know that Brook has ruined the swimsuit issue for most of my friends,” says Stephen Decker. “It’s just different. There are certainly no manuals on how to react to that one.” Stephen Decker said he and his wife, Tessa, have a couple of chests containing their daughter’s work, and the stacks inside them are high: In addition to the five swimsuit issues, Brooklyn has appeared in advertising campaigns for Gap, Victoria’s Secret, American Eagle and Hollister, and has been featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, FHM, Seventeen and GQ. “One of these days, when her kids are asking, I think we’ll have tons of material,” said Stephen Decker, who’s not a grandparent yet. Decker said she’s very much looking forward to getting back to North Carolina; she last visited Charlotte at Christmas. “All my best friends are down there, so when they found out I had the cover, they said, ‘You have to come home so we can all celebrate here!’ Decker said. “So I’m probably gonna go back in a couple of weeks for a weekend.” The announcement and the fanfare that goes along with it is keeping her plenty busy. Her whirlwind Tuesday included an appearance on “The Today Show,” an interview on David Letterman’s show, a launch party in New York, and a plane trip with the other models to Las Vegas, where SI will host two more launch parties over two nights. Once the celebrating is over, she doesn’t know what her next step will be. “It’s crazy. This was (my dream), and I got it at 22 ... so now I’ve got to kind of rework my game plan.”

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Dale-Marie Wilson is awarded Bonnie Cone Fellowship grant
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Athletics host Teacher may lose job after making Homecoming derogatory comments on Facebook blood drive
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Dale-Marie Wilson has been presented with a Bonnie Cone Fellowship. Wilson is an assistant professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte. Wilson, who is a part of the Department of Computer Science, collaborated with Sonya Hardin, an Associate Professor of Nursing, to develop a virtual human. Wilson, who is a native of Trinidad, received a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University and Master of Science and a Doctorate in Philosophy degrees from Auburn University. Wilson is currently researching effective computing, speech interfaces and virtual agents. At UNC Charlotte, she teaches Design and Implementation of Object Oriented Systems, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Systems and Database Systems. Wilson and Hardin work to create virtual humans to train nursing students in cultural

competence. The goal is to have each virtual human made to represent a different social group. The virtual humans will have diversity in age, race, sex, economic background and educational level. Wilson and Hardin will make their first two virtual humans as

of those problems. We want to be able to educate nurses to be able to care for people from different cultures.” In the future, the team hopes to create virtual humans with mental and physical handicaps. The Bonnie Cone Fellowship is named after Bonnie Cone

“In attempting to better service our public, we see that there are a lot of unique problems that can arise. This research will alleviate many of those problems. We want to be able to educate nurses to be able to care for people from different cultures.” - Dale Marie Wilson
an elderly Hispanic male and a young Indian female. “We are now recognizing that our user population is more diverse,” said Wilson. “The city of Charlotte, for example, has a very high Hispanic immigrant population. In attempting to better service our public, we see that there are a lot of unique problems that can arise. This research will alleviate many who worked to create UNC Charlotte as a university for higher education for the city of Charlotte. The fellowship will award $10,300 and is made possible through the UNC Charlotte ADVANCE, which supports the success of women faculty members, especially those in science, technology, engineering and math. ADVANCE does this

through grants, a prestigious speaker’s series, mentoring and leadership development. The National Science Foundation funds ADVANCE work. Last year, the College of Computing and Informatics was awarded research grants totaling $9.4 million. In December alone, eight professors at UNC Charlotte were awarded with Bonnie Cone Fellowships in their departments including bioinformatics, engineering, chemistry, biology and geography. Awards totaled over $50,000. “The Bonnie Cone Fellowships play a critical role in fulfilling UNC Charlotte’s efforts to recruit, retain and advance women faculty, particularly those in STEM areas,” said Dr. Yvette Huet, ADVANCE Faculty Director on the ADVANCE website. “Over the past few years, the fellowships have helped numerous women further their individual careers and institutional leadership. We’re excited to add these women to the group of distinguished recipients.”

MCT Campus Donating one pint of blood to the American Red Cross saves three lives.

APEX, N.C. _ A middleschool teacher in Wake County, N.C., may be fired after she and her friends made caustic remarks on a Facebook page about her students, the South and Christianity. Melissa Hussain, an eighthgrade science teacher at West Lake Middle School in Apex, was suspended with pay Friday while investigators review her case, according to Greg Thomas, a Wake schools spokesman. The suspension came after some of Hussain’s students and their parents objected to comments on her Facebook page, many of them revolving around her interaction with her Christian students. Hussain wrote on the socialnetworking site that it was a “hate crime” that students anonymously left a Bible on her desk, and she told how she “was able to shame” her students over the incident. Her Facebook page included comments from friends about “ignorant Southern rednecks,” and one commenter suggested Hussain retaliate by bringing a Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster to class with a swastika drawn on the NASCAR driver’s forehead. “I don’t defend what the kids were doing,” said Murray Inman, a parent of one of Hussain’s students. “I just couldn’t imagine an educator, or a group of educators, engaging in this kind of dialogue about kids.” Hussain did not return calls

and e-mail messages Monday. The Wake County district doesn’t have a policy on the use of social networking sites, Thomas said. But the district, North Carolina’s largest, does have a code of ethics for employees that the school spokesman says applies to social networking. The code says employees’ conduct “should be such as to protect both the person’s integrity and/or reputation and that of the school system.” Teachers across the nation have been suspended or fired because of questionable material posted on their Facebook pages and other online social networking sites. In 2008, seven employees of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., school system were disciplined and at least one person was fired because of Facebook postings. That led to a memo going to all Charlotte-Mecklenburg school staff warning that offensive postings to social networking sites are grounds for termination or disciplinary action. Thomas and Jennifer Lanane, president of the Wake County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educators, said she wasn’t aware of the details of the Hussain case, but said that teachers need to be careful about information they put online. “We are public figures,” Lanane said. “We are held to a higher standard.” In Hussain’s case, the comments in question were on the public side of her Facebook

page. She has since limited public access. Parents of children in her class said they learned about the comments last month, leading them to complain to the school three weeks ago. Parents said the situation escalated after a student put a postcard of Jesus on Hussain’s desk that the teacher threw in the trash. Parents also said Hussain sent to the office students who, during a lesson about evolution, asked about the role of God in creation. On her Facebook page, Hussain wrote about students spreading rumors that she was a Jesus hater. She complained about her students wearing Jesus T-shirts and singing “Jesus Loves Me.” She objected to students reading the Bible instead of doing class work. But Annette Balint, whose daughter is in Hussain’s class, said the students have the right to wear those shirts and sing “Jesus Loves Me,” a long-time Sunday School staple. She said the students were reading the Bible during free time in class. “She doesn’t have to be a professing Christian to be in the classroom,” Balint said. “But she can’t go the other way and not allow God to be mentioned.” Hussain, a 2004 Florida State University graduate, has been a Wake County teacher since 2006. Her religious affiliation is not on her Facebook page. The flash point for the comments came after the Bible

was left on Hussain’s desk in December. The Bible was accompanied by an anonymous card, which, according to Hussain, said “Merry Christmas” with Christ underlined and bolded. She said there was no love shown in giving her the Bible. “I can’t believe the cruelty and ignorance of people sometimes,” Hussain wrote on her Facebook page. Hussain also said she wouldn’t let the Bible incident “go unpunished.” Her friends soon joined the discussion about the situation. The one who suggested Hussain’s “getting even” by bringing the swastika-marred Earnhardt poster to class said it would be “teaching” students a lesson. “And without a job,” Hussain responded. “But I like it!” Hussain’s comments included one where she complained that she hates parents who complain about their child’s first B in middle school. She said her husband suggested she start a blog “based on ridiculous students and their parents.” Balint said it was clear to the class that Hussain was talking about her daughter. “I feel violated that she would say those things,” she said. The length of the investigation is frustrating parents. “My biggest concern is whether the resentment between the students and the teacher will continue for the rest of the school year,” said Robert Boretti, a parent.

aNNi SimPSoN Copy Editor asimps27@uncc.edu

The Athletics Department sponsored a blood drive through the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CMCC) last Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m in the Student Activity Center (SAC) food court. The drive attempted to entice potential donors with free tee shirts, drinks and snacks. It was the fifth year the Athletics Department hosted the drive in honor of Homecoming Week. Appointments could be made in advance, but walk-ins were welcome, too. At times, there was no wait and those interested could start the process immediately. Despite the free snacks, however, the drive was not as successful as hoped. By 3 p.m., only 58 potential donors to tried to give blood. “We could have more donors,” said Sam Huecker, a volunteer with Athletics at the drive. It is important to note that the number of attempted donors is not the same number of successful donors. Factors such as weight, health conditions and simply finding a good vein can all impede someone’s ability to give. Hopeful donors could also note donate if they’d given in the previous 56 days. Donors who attempted to give and could not for whatever reason were still offered a shirt and snacks. The drive also implemented an increased weight minimum of 120 lbs. instead of the former 110 lbs because of problems with

the after-affects of donating in the past. The new requirement went into effect last summer. According to a representative of the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, the new, increased weight requirement seemed to curb the number of problems reported with volunteers after donating. Despite the change, CBCC still only took one unit from donors. However, despite periods of slowness, Huecker still noted areas of success in the drive. She believed the drive was much more organized than blood drives in the past. “(Past drives) took forever,” she said, adding that others would go over the expected wait time and the actual end time of the drive. For athletes, donating had the added benefit of counting towards their life skill requirement, according to Huecker. Besides giving blood, athletes can also volunteer and participate in community service projects. “Charlotte student-athletes as well as the university as a whole recognize the importance of giving back to our community, and this drive is always a highlight of our annual community service efforts and we think an important part of the Homecoming Week festivities,” said Mark Verburg, Assistant ACC Director and Life Skills Coordinator, according to the 49er Athletics Website. The blood drive was only one of many events held by the Athletics Department for Homecoming Week, which takes place through Feb. 20.

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Transit layoffs will only hurt railway systems
queNtiN holNeSS Staff Writer qholness@uncc.edu

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Dana Nigro Editor-in-Chief Bridget Landwehrmann News Editor Josh Carpenter Managing Editor Jillian Mullen Viewpoint Editor Brian M. McCormick A&E Editor Josh Carpenter Sports Editor Jessica Arenas Asst. A&E Editor Rob McCormick Jr. Features Editor Shannon Morgan Photo Editor Victoria Creasy Copy Editor Anni Simpson Asst. Copy Editor

There’s trouble in the windy city—or at least, in the elevated and underground subways. Mass transit is a large industry and is the catalyst for the growth of many cities, though negative growth hinders that process. Chicago, Illinois is experiencing backlash and may lead to lost jobs within the Chicago transit authority. As many know, Charlotte has taken the first steps to build and run an expansive mass transit rail system, but during such turbulent times, there is always a risk. With a large city such as Chicago teetering financially, it would be no surprise if other cities such as Atlanta, Philadelphia and Los Angeles follow suit with their transit systems. Charlotte, however, is on another end of the spectrum. Instead of trying to stay running, Charlotte is trying to grow their system with the current line serving mostly from south uptown to Trade Street and Tryon Street. If running costs exceed the revenues like Chicago’s system, Charlotte may have its system back-peddling. Though of course, Charlotte’s Lynx rail system really isn’t

Chicago’s subway and elevated train system yet. Metro rail systems are a great addition to any city, in that it provides a transportation service everyone can and will want to use. Losing employees cuts production, and lack of production causes decreased revenue from consumers. Metro rails become a great convenience to have, even in the Sunbelt cities where the cities are far more spread out than northern cities. With Charlotte’s continued aspiration and reality of growth, a decrease in production would slow that growth. With 700,000 residents, a strong public transit system would help cut down on gas consumption, increase tourism in certain areas, make parts of the city more accessible and generate interest for travelers. Uptown Charlotte would be the biggest gainer from a transit system. Parking in uptown is not fun, and surely enough, it can be a turn-off for the younger crowd when it comes to life uptown. Bring in a good railway system and you bring life and vibrancy to your city, which also bring tourism, which also brings money. Charlotte is an ever-growing city, so it has to do something to help keep that growth alive.

Olympic luger’s death causes major controversy
eriN reeve Downtime Editor ereeve@uncc.edu

Ninety miles per hour down a twisting hill, and then…it’s over. Just like that. Everything Nodar Kumaritashvili had worked and lived for was gone, in the twist and a turn, into thin air and amidst the slope of a literal lifetime. Vanished, gone, and replayed on national television. But why? The luger was doing what he had loved, practiced and worked on for such a long time. His ending was not the most glorious way to leave this world, but it should be respected and regarded equally. Replaying it on television is not the way to regard a death that occurred no matter how suddenly. We have to think of the families and friends that are deeply affected by this gruesome fall. Nobody wants to witness
Nodar Kumaritashvili, an Olympic luger from Georgia, died on Feb. 12 after crashing into a post during a practice run.

their child, cousin, aunt, grand child, or best friend die from an accidental bloody slip-and-slide. At that, nobody wants to watch it again, and again. We should, also, have some respect for the luger. Kumaritashvili had worked hard to be in the Olympics and had worked hard on that exact slope. He had strived to empower his legs and mind to gather himself together to pull off that dangerously intriguing hill. Still, the fact is, he did not pull it off. By replaying his death, we may not only be embarrassing his career as a luger, but we may also be giving off the assumption that he was not very good. Disqualifying anyone’s career, dead or alive, is wrong. We as people need to have a little bit more respect, as do those in the media. It is one thing to inform and educate the public on an issue, but quite another to

replay it over and over. Any one thing can also be redundant. His story was a tearjerker, but to drag it out is simply boring as well. Whoever decided that it would be a good idea to replay a death to entertain people was sick in the first place. Everyone that was watching the Olympics at all already knew. If it was a tribute, it could have been less gruesome. A “Please remember” typed slide would have been better than actually seeing the death. It would have been less stomach-turning and vulgar to the public, and his family and friends, as well. The media was in the wrong for showing this gruesome and horrifying death, but the fact that it was replayed is even worse. Let’s just hope for everyone’s sake that we don’t have to witness it again.

‘LOST’ enters final season, finally Google Buzz is a useful new answers our burning questions
social networking tool
tremaiNe tillmaN Staff Writer tatillma@uncc.edu

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The mega-company Google announced and launched its rendition of social networking on Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the form of Google Buzz. Gmail users may have noticed the addition of the Buzz tab and its multi-colored bubble while routinely checking mail, but what about everyone else left wondering what the buzz is all about. Google Buzz allows users to effortlessly connect and interact with what is around them through posting messages, photos, videos or links. I know what you are thinking; ‘Oh fun, another social networking medium to consume more of my valuable time,’ because, let’s be honest, who has time to keep up with them all? Although it is similar to other networking sites, Buzz has the ability to integrate and connect with some of them, such as Twitter. Buzz Mobile, however, is where Google plans to take the upper hand on its competition. Google Buzz is taking advantage of this smart phone era and allowing users to stay connected while on the go. Mobile Buzz uses your smart phone and integrates with Google maps to put your surrounding environment practically in your pocket. So now, if you want to check out that restaurant that you have previously been unsure

about, you can see what others may have buzzed regarding the menu, the atmosphere or even the service. Or if you want to check out what is popular and buzz-worthy in your immediate area, resort to mobile Buzz and get some insight to what people are doing. As of now, Android 2.0+ phones and Apple’s iPhone fully support Google Buzz and all its features. Blackberrys, the Nokia S90 and Windows Mobile phones all plan to acquire the Buzz soon. However, like most things that are rushed into the consumer’s hand, Google Buzz does have a flaw in that privacy takes a backseat. By, default Buzz discloses a list of names of Gmail contacts that the user frequently emailed or chatted with, revealing potentially sensitive information for users who are unaware of this feature. And although some measures have been taken to correct this, the mobile version also has privacy issues. When a user posts anything from their mobile phone, their exact location is displayed along with the post; you can see how this could be potentially compromising. All in all, Google Buzz, with its innovative vision and unique integration capabilities, is a good alternative to other social networks or a nice addition to the many you already have. But don’t take my word for it; go see for yourself what the buzz is about.

ChriS BrothertoN Staff Writer cbrothe4@uncc.edu

The final season of ‘LOST’ has started and has many fans wondering if the show really worth watching anymore. For a hardcore ‘LOST’ junkie like myself, the answer lies in how many questions the writers can answer without bringing in new puzzling questions. In the season opener, we quickly learned that the island is actually underwater and that some characters, like Desmond, were on Flight 815. However, the writers threw us for a loop when they “flash sideways” to the island right after the explosion of the hydrogen bomb at the end of last season. Some critics say this is a cop-out from the writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, who are also the executive producers of the show. I believe that this new way of storytelling is what keeps fans coming back to the show. First we had normal flashbacks, then flash forwards, then time shifts, and now the flash sideways. What all of this means is that it is nearly impossible to jump on ship in this final season. The producers of the show have always said that you do not really need to know the mythology of ‘LOST’ to enjoy it, because it is characterdriven show. However, in my opinion, the story has evolved to a point where all the actions of the

characters are underlined by past seasons. The only thing new that we are seeing on the show is what happens if they do not crash on the island. The characters in this new timeline are still bound to the relationships that they have made over five seasons, which would make a newcomer to the show a bit lost when he see an ex-convict helping out a pregnant women after she steals a cab. However, this final season can draw in many of the old fans because the writers are finally giving us the answers that we have been waiting for. We now know that the smoke monster is really a lonely god who is trying to go home in the guise of Locke. We know that Richard Alpert was in “chains,” meaning that he is supposedly a slave to Jacob. We know that the ‘Other’ others know everything about the island and will help out our main characters. Finally, we know that ‘LOST’ is become the invasion of the body snatchers with “the sickness.” Or, as some people refer to it, ‘the Zombie season.’ The biggest question out there at the moment is: how will the show end? With some questions being answered and with minimal new questions being introduced, the sixth season of ‘LOST’ should be packed with action, romance and, of course, the answers that we all want to know.

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Sarah Palin considering a run for president in 2012 race
demarCo CaStillo Staff Writer jrodri49@uncc.edu

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U.S national security was not at its best during Christmas day last year because of an attempted terrorist attack by Abdul Mutallab. She scolded the Obama Administration for giving Abdul Mutallab a student visa and claimed that the US should have reviewed his application more seriously. “ExSqueez me!!” If all of you remember the unfortunate Sep. 11 incident that happened not so long ago, it could have been prevented. How, you may ask? Well, the 10 out of the 15 hijackers that were involved in those attacks were supposed to be deported back to their countries because either they had an “expired visa or they were on the terrorist watch list.” And after all that, look what happened under the watch of the greatest president since Richard Nixon. You can tell that Sarah Palin was more than comfortable at the Tea Party Convention; during her speech, she was happy that there were “real people and no Politicos” in the room. Frankly, I would be too if I couldn’t name a credible newspaper off of the top of my head, so she was probably hoping that those people wouldn’t ask her hard questions like they did during the 2008 election. Nevertheless, the audience loved her and FOX couldn’t get enough MCT Campus of her. For now, Ms. Palin is under the radar until she shows up in another tea party or an NRA meeting to give another assessment of the Obama Palin, shown here during a book signing, recently said she wouldn’t rule out considering a presidential bid in 2012. Administration. So, until then, I hope the Obama Administration will improve the unemployment rate, fixe the economy or have a verbal debate with Ms. Palin.

When I first heard about Sarah Palin running for vice-president during the 2008 presidential election, I was so jealous because she had an awesome telescope that allowed her to “see Russia from her house.” But now, I’m just overwhelmed that Palin stopped blogging on Facebook about her political views on the new administration and decided to do keynote presentations like the one she did on Feb. 2 in Nashville, Tennessee. The crowd was very pleased to have Sarah Palin as a keynote speaker, and FOX News was more then ready to broadcast her speech live because we all know that FOX News treats Palin as if she was the think tank of the Pentagon. The 45-minute speech that she gave at the Tea Party Convention was mainly about how the Obama Administration was failing the country. I never thought I would say it, but she has a point, to an extent. She mentions how the TARP program that was issued by the current administration only helped out the banks, mortgage companies, and auto industries, which frankly, left out the people that really needed the money the unemployed and uninsured. Palin made some valid points during her speech; however, anybody can be a critic, and very few people can actually provide real life solutions that would resolve the problems. She failed to do this. For example, Sarah Palin mentioned that the

Should obese passengers pay for two airline seats?
alySSa riNaldi Staff Writer amcguirt@uncc.edu

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Washington D.C. has received over two feet of snow this winter, which is unusual and has caused much damage.

Giving heating aid money to South leaves Northern states in the cold
eriN reeve Downtime Editor ereeve@uncc.edu

Southern states are not the only ones being affected by their surprisingly colder climates. In fact, due to Obama’s recent emergency aid fund, northern states may be getting the bad end of the deal. Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire all decreased their federal funding for emergency aid, while two southern states have tripled their funds and six have doubled their funds. Although Obama was only trying to help the southern states in the mess of their bad weather, he has ended up angering and hurting the northern states that have grown accustomed to their lower heating costs. Northern and southern states alike should

not have to suffer the wrath of the weather, but giving most of the aid to the south should not be a considerable option. The north has always the funds to support themselves during bad weather. By disallowing them to their funds, they are without the warmth and comfort of their once affordable heating. Not only is this wrong, but giving it to the southern states is worse. Why give someone else funding while allowing the other to live, literally, in the cold? It doesn’t make sense, and was not thought through well. If we could somehow split the funding, as we realize that both areas are experiencing bad weather, maybe the south could be granted funding fairly. Others may argue that northern states can adapt and have the materials needed to do so. They

believe that the northerner states know how to take care of themselves in the snow because they have grown used to doing so. But without heating, you are left in a cold home, suffering, and probably sleepless and too miserable to go on with your daily life. A Zamboni can only dust the ice off of a hockey rink, and a snowplow only clear the road. It can’t prevent the chill of a house, or the uncomfortable situation decreasing funding is bringing. This growing snowball needs to be stopped before it wraps itself around another state, and grows into a monster of a snowman. If the country finally decides to be fair and equal, as Obama promised, I believe all controversy will be cut, and the snowball will melt this problem to slush.

How big is too big to fly? Well for Southwest Airlines, Kevin Smith, “Silent Bob” of the dynamic duo “Jay & Silent Bob,” is the answer to that question. Smith’s Twitter read “Dear @SouthwestAir – I know I’m fat, but was Captain Leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?” This tweet was a response to a situation Smith found himself on after boarding a plane headed to Burbank. Southwest Airlines has a “customer of size” policy, which calls for passengers to buy two seat tickets if they can not fit between arm rests. If extra space is available upon arrival, refunds are given for the unnecessary purchase of a ticket or passengers can be relocated to a different flight free of charge. This is a policy Southwest Airlines has had in practice for 25 years, reports the Huffington Post. However, there was no cause for concern directed towards Smith until he reached his seat on the plane. In Smith’s case, he had not purchased an extra ticket, so when it was noticed he could be a potential “safety hazard” to the flight that was full, he was given a $100 voucher and put on a different Southwest flight where more room would be available.

Smith tweeted several times from the new flight he was placed on, mocking the policy of Southwest Air: “Hey @ SouthwestAir! Look how fat I am on your plane! Quick! Throw me off!” After a safe arrival in Burbank, Smith tweeted, “Hey @SouthwestAir! I’ve landed in Burbank. Don’t worry: wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised.” In his attempt to get the attention of Southwest Air, he succeeded in receiving a tweet addressed to him from Southwest Air. The tweet issued an apology for the “experience” Smith encountered and assured Smith he would receive a call from Customer Relations VP of

Southwest Air. If you have a policy, enforce it. Your weight and size don’t change before and after boarding the plane, so this should have been caught prior to boarding. If it is too ambiguous to tell if a person will fit in a seat prior to actually seeing them in the seat, change the policy. Although it may cause some people to purchase seats unnecessarily, if there is an across-the-board weight limit for one seat, the fault can not be on Southwest Air. Until the policy is made a bit clearer, there are sure to be a heavier number of complaints. As for Kevin Smith, he remains out of character, speaking up instead of staying “silent.”

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Time to apply for financial aid for 2010-2011
FAFSA forms are due to financial aid office by April 1
CeliNa mCPhail UNC Charlotte Office of Student Financial Aid cmmcphai@uncc.edu

It’s time to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2010-2011 using your 2009 income information. Applying early could potentially maximize the amount of financial aid you may be eligible to receive. It also gives you time to complete any requirements that might be

requested. The Office of Student Financial Aid at UNC Charlotte urges you to submit your FAFSA before April 1st by completing the online application at: www. fafsa.ed.gov Please note that awarding of financial aid for continuing students will begin at the end of May after the spring semester grades are finalized.

‘Shutter Island’: sanity not included
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and darker and more emotionally intense than we ever expected.” It doesn’t exactly begin with flowers and sunshine: On a steel-gray day in 1954, two men _ U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) _ get off a boat at Shutter Island, a facility for the criminally insane. A female inmate, a multiple murderess, has pulled off a seemingly impossible escape from the island’s Ashecliffe Hospital and Teddy is intent on tracking her down. The oppressiveness of the place and the quasi-ghoulish personalities of the medical staff (notably, a German-accented doctor played by Max von Sydow, who reminds Teddy of his part in the liberation of Dachau) are compounded by the progressively macabre and hallucinatory goingson in a locale that author Dennis Lehane said was based on a place he visited as a kid. “There was an actual minimum-security mental institution in Boston Harbor,” he said, “but it was connected by a bridge. It was called Long Island, actually _ which would have been a really crappy title. I just don’t think it would have had the same shiver _ ‘Lonnng Islaaand.’” But for all the eerie, otherworldly embellishments, to its star, the fright factor was not the most important aspect in making the film. “It’s being publicized as a thriller with a surprise ending or terrifying elements, and is very much a genre piece,” DiCaprio said. “But at the end of the day, it’s what Martin Scorsese does best: Portraying something about humanity and human nature and who we are as people. That’s what makes it stand out, and makes it different from being a normal genre piece.” “Marty directs like a lover,” said Kingsley, whose Dr. Cawley seems like a progressive psychiatrist, especially for the Eisenhower era. “Everything is held together by affection _ for his actors, his crew, his material, for cinema. What perhaps you don’t see on the page, what did emerge, is an extraordinary level of tenderness between the characters.” For his part, Scorsese seemed more at home talking about the Laeta Kalogridis screenplay (adapted from Lehane’s novel) and how it provoked the filmmaker whom producer Brad Fischer described as “a walking encyclopedia of movies.” “I think the trappings of the story, the situations, the storm, two detectives, the escaped patient, automatically bring certain genres to my mind,” Scorsese said, “certain images that go back several hundred years. I had all this to draw upon. The issue was having them work for our story and at the same time refer to other films, other types of films. In other words, the more you see, and the more you see of the past, the more you can draw upon that, and the more you can make the present and future.” Scorsese’s future, to judge by rumored projects, will include several more pictures with DiCaprio. A Frank Sinatra biopic, another about the young Theodore Roosevelt and an adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” (which will inevitably draw comparisons MCT Campus to the DiCaprio-Spielberg film, “Catch Leonardo DiCaprio stars as U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels in Me If You Can”) are all said to be in the latest paramount production works. DiCaprio, meanwhile, is processing “Shutter Island.” be written down on paper. I have to say, there “It was like a giant jigsaw puzzle,” DiCaprio were a few weeks there that were among the most said. “And it wasn’t until we were on set that we hardcore film experiences I’ve ever had. I think discovered that. There’s only so much that can Marty would say the same.”

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Nobody involved was surprised that Martin Scorsese’s latest _ the gothically inflected psychological thriller “Shutter Island” _ is chockablock with references to everything from the Bronte sisters to “I Walked With a Zombie.” “Marty has loved film all his life,” said Hollywood vet Mike Medavoy, one of the film’s producers. “He’s out there promoting film preservation, he knows everything about movies. I’ve known Marty since the ‘70s and worked with him a few times before, so I don’t think any of those allusions were surprising.” Neither was Scorsese’s choice of star: Leonardo DiCaprio, who at the age of 35 has acquired both the physical presence and actorly heft of the great leading men _ and who is starring in his fourth Scorsese picture. A collaboration that began with “Gangs of New York” (2002), included the Howard Hughes biopic “The Aviator” (2004) and then seemed to hit a crescendo via the much-honored, multiple Oscar-winning “The Departed” (2006) has taken a turn into the dark, dank corridors of magical-realism, Val Lewton-esque lyricism and elusive Hitchcockian psychology. “I was very intrigued by the screenplay,” DiCaprio said on a recent afternoon in Manhattan. “It was very much a throwback to some of the great detective films of the past, whether it was ‘Vertigo’ or ‘Out of the Past,’ which Marty screened for us. At first glance, it was a thriller, a genre piece with twists and turns.” But what he discovered, along with his director and his co-stars _ who include Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer and Michelle Williams _ was that the filmmaking took them to “places we couldn’t have foreseen. It got darker

‘Them Crooked Vultures’ Nintendo selling for gold scavenge to find a new sound
John Roussel Staff Writer jmrousse@uncc.edu aliCia wileS Staff Writer awiles3@uncc.edu

Last Wednesday I had the wamazing opportunity to see Them Crooked Vultures at the Fillmore in Charlotte. This alternative rock/classic rock band is what is known as a super group, because it is formed of performers already famous from other bands. When you have the combination of three members from three very amazing bands, the end result just has to be magical, and it is. The Vultures got together around the middle of 2009 and started recording together, but there were also earlier rumors stating that there had been talk of the new band since 2005. Whatever the case, the Vultures are here and making a wide variety of songs and music. Their first album, which is self-titled, was released late last year on Nov. 17, 2009. Them Crooked Vultures is made up of Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, and John Paul Jones. They also have a fourth member, Alain Johannes who plays live performances. Many may remember John Paul Jones from the classic rock band Led Zeppelin. Jones is an incredibly talented musician who plays a large array of instruments that include bass, mandolin, keyboard, guitar, koto, lap steel guitars and more. Jones contributes his multi-instrumental skills to Them Crooked Vultures by playing bass, keyboard, piano, keytar, slide guitar, mandolin and sings back vocals. Josh Homme is another great musician known for his time in the late 90’s rock band, Queens of the Stone Age. Homme contributed

mainly lead vocals and guitar, but he also played bass, keyboard, drums and more. The last of the founders is none other than the infamous Dave Grohl. Grohl was the longestlasting drummer from the rock/grunge band, Nirvana, and he was also the lead vocalist and guitarist from the rock group the Foo Fighters. Alain Johannes is the fourth member that joined as a touring member for Them Crooked Vultures’ 2009-2010 tour, which started last Oct.. This guitarist and founder of the indie rock band Eleven adds his guitar, bass, keyboard and backing vocals to the Vultures. The band dropped their first self-titled album last Nov. The first single they worked on was “New Fang.” The single made an appearance on the Alternative Songs Chart at number 10, as well as also on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Rock songs. The Vultures have created something interesting here by combing the talents of three different bands, all famous for different reasons. When I got to see them live, it was an even better experience. Homme’s vocals have a catchy edge, matched with Jones’s superior instrumental skills and Grohl’s all-out passion for the drums. All these elements combined created something awesome and new. There is already talk of a second album, and the first has barely been out for three months. Grohl stated in an interview, “When we make our second record, it’s going to be even more powerful than this one.” You can learn more about Them Crooked Vultures at http://www.myspace.com/ crookedvultures.

An eBay user from Haw River, N.C. sold an old Nintendo System bundle last Wednesday for $13,105 after 36 bids. The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), also referred to as the Family Computer or Famicon, was originally released in Japan in 1983 and didn’t make its way stateside until over two years later. Who would have thought that the classic video game console would go for thousands of dollars, nearly 27 years after its historic debut? Bidding for the item began Feb. 3 at just $9.99. However, the bids went from $13 to $100 within the first hour alone. Over the course of the next week, 17 individual bidders continued to drive the price up, sometimes jumping hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars with each offer. In the final hours the bidding amount jumped from $8,800 to $13,105, for which it was sold. The eBay seller lace_thongs35 made a fortune. It’s probably a good thing that she didn’t set a “Buy It Now” price like many others on the popular shopping and auction website. Currently, most NES bundles seem to vary greatly in buy-out prices or bids, depending on if the console is used or new and what accessories or games are included. Another eBay user seems to have a sense of humor and has put up a similar listing for sale (minus the games) at the exact same price of the winning bid. Why would someone pay this much money for an old gaming console when similar bundles are offered for significantly less money? The

reason for the high bids is not due to the console itself but one of the games that came with it. The bundle in question included six unique games: Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario Bros. (which also includes Duck Hunt), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game, Major League Baseball and the North American version of Stadium Events, apparently one of the rarest video games in existence. If this eBay auction is any indication, a portion of today’s electronic entertainment could achieve a similar status for the dedicated collectors of tomorrow.

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Charlotte based ‘Houston Brothers Band’ offers a new kind of indie underground
aNNi SimPSoN Asst. Copy Editor asimps27@uncc.edu

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in 2003, they released “The Houston Brothers.” They took off from there. “The band consists of me and my brother, and that’s it right now,” said Matt. “We’ve had a larger band at times, up to five or six people.” However, both brothers are pleased with the current status of the group. In 2005, the two were joined by four other Charlotte locals. “We were glad to have those people play with us, because they were all really talented, but it was good to go back to what we were doing,” he said. According to Matt, the experience of having a “big band sound” continues to influence the pair, even as they play alone together. Though the experience was enriching, playing together as a duo is really where both of them want to be. “We understand each other in a way that a lot of people really don’t have, which is just a musical language, and that’s where we’re really at home together,” said Matt. The pair has kept it local. “We play around Charlotte a good bit. We play the east coast, Chicago, New York, that sort of thing,” said Matt. “We’re mainly just a songwriting band, not so much commercial stuff. It’s kind of an art rock type of approach to music. We just kind of do it for ourselves.” “My favorite things are small things, the sensation of finishing a song and knowing it’s done,” said Justin. Matt’s approach is similar. His most memorable experience was simply the completion of their last album. “We got a chance to work with Mitch Easter, who’s kind of a local legend,” said Matt. “[He’s] worked with R.E.M. And one of our influences. He did a couple of records with Pavement.” Besides a tour full of N.C. locations, the brothers also plan to return to the Fool’s Brigade, an annual show in April that hopes to shine light on the local music talent in Charlotte as well as a Charlotte-based charity.
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There wasn’t a time that Charlotte native Justin Faircloth didn’t want to create music. According to him, having the desire “from swing sets, really,” he started playing in bands as early as junior high school. Currently, he plays as one half of the locally based Houston Brothers’ Band, along with younger brother Matt Faircloth. The duo – named randomly by a friend making fliers for a past show show – have kept themselves busy in the last couple of years. They recently started touring around the state, and they also signed with Chicago-based label Chocolate Lab Records. The two men bring to the table a large selection of artistic influences. “I just love music. I love songwriters. I love instrumentalists. We grew up listening to so much stuff,” said Justin. He cited music influences such as the country his parents listened to growing up, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and “every bit bit of music [he] could get [his] hands on.” Matt’s original influences were “early indie rock stuff” such as Pavement and Built to Spill, though he currently enjoys legends such as Bob Marley, Sam Cook, the Congos, and the Flaming Lips. “He left my parents’ house four or five years before I did,” said Matt with regards to forming their the duo. “He kinda moved around and then I ended up moving out from there. We got a place together, and that was kind of when we started using our music together. We built a little studio in that house.” They released their debut, “I’ll Take Care of You,” in 2001, recorded in their Charlotte home, and

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Charlotte based ‘The Houston Brothers Band’ keeps it local with down home performances and one bedroom practices.

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Jeffery’s 13 strikeouts lead Charlotte past ETSU
there would be no way the field would be playable,” DeVos said in regards to the shaky weather conditions. Even with the awful weather, the 49ers were ready to play to win. Practicing in the cold, rain and snow made it seem all too easy to take the first win home. Charlotte got numbers on the board when freshman Briana Gwaltney came up to bat. Her first appearance in a Charlotte uniform staked her claim, emerging from the dugout. Gwaltney pummeled a ball over centerfield, putting Charlotte up two runs to none in the second inning. However, Gwaltney wasn’t finished yet. She hit not one homerun but two, the second homerun coming from the bottom of the fifth inning. When asked about her first collegiate appearance for the 49ers, she enthusiastically responded, “It was awesome. I honestly didn’t think the second hit would be a homerun, because it popped up and looked like it wasn’t going to make it over.” Not only was Charlotte dominating offensively, they were taking charge defensively. Returning senior, Emily Jeffery, pitched a good first game as well. In Charlotte’s home opener, she struck out 13 opponents, making the game look simple. “I was anxious at first, but then everything settled down,” stated Jeffery. Last year, Jeffery broke the single-season record with 294 outs; it seems like she’s headed down that path again. In regards to Charlotte’s upcoming season, things look good. The team is excited, and so are the fans with the newly inserted bleachers. Jeffery said, “We’re ready to see what we can do during this season. We have some things to work on, but once we get going, we’ll be fine.”

SPORTS SCHEDULE
Women’s tennis @ Wofford Women’s basketball @ St. Louis Softball vs St. Francis Baseball @ High Point Thur. Feb. 18, 2:30 p.m., Spartanburg, SC Thurs. Feb. 18, 8 p.m., St. Louis, MO Fri. Feb. 19, 3 p.m., Charlotte, NC Fri. Feb. 19, 4 p.m., High Point, NC

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Dijuan Harris led the Niners to a 65-60 win over 15th ranked Xavier last year.

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Senior Emily Jeffery recorded 13 strikeouts Sunday afternoon in Charlotte’s home opener.

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Charlotte faces Xavier in Homecoming tilt
JoSh CarPeNter Managing Editor jacarpe1@uncc.edu

Natalie lavigNe Staff Writer nlavigne@uncc.edu

Weather didn’t stop the 49er women’s softball team as they opened their season against East Tennessee State on Sunday. They came out on top with an overall score of 7-3. With only two errors, there are high hopes for this team to do great things this year. “It’s always good to win your first one, and I was very pleased with the offense,” Head Coach, Almee Devos, confirmed. Charlotte was suppose to be hosting the 49er round-robin

tournament but ended up with Charlotte playing only one game, – and not a bad game at that. Unfortunately, the weather was the main issue. With snow and slush coming in on Friday and Saturday, the weekend almost didn’t happen. DeVos stated that the team, coaching staff and even parents helped to scrape off the snow that fell earlier this Valentine’s Day weekend. With the weather conditions being as they were, there was little chance the field would air out by Sunday, but it pulled through. “We worked the field all day yesterday. If we hadn’t,

The Charlotte/Xavier match-up has always proved to be a pivotal one in the A-10; and this year looks to be no different. If the 49ers win their game over Duquesne Wednesday night and Xavier wins their game over St. Joe’s, the Saturday match-up could decide the fate of the 49ers and their NCAA Tournament hopes.

Dante’ Jackson scored 14 points and dished out six assists in the last meeting between the teams, an 86-74 Xavier win at Cintas Center in Cincinnati in January. The Musketeers have won nine of their last 11 games with the only losses coming against Dayton and nationallyranked Temple. Charlotte just had their seven-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Dayton, in a 75-47 blowout loss at UD Arena.Last season, a depleted

Charlotte squad knocked off the nationally-ranked Musketeers 65-60 in front of a raucous Halton Arena crowd. Charlotte has critical remaining games against Xavier, Rhode Island and Richmond and probably need to win two of those to have a good shot at dancing in March. If the Niners win on Saturday, it will be another piece in the puzzle towards a March Madness masterpiece.

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Midwest south paw says “Ohio” to Niners pitching staff
ed NiSer Staff Writer eniser@uncc.edu

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Niners a key road win in Amherst. Green was named the A-10 Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 30th after averaging 30 points in a pair of wins over Temple and UMass. He scored 26 points in Charlotte’s 74-64 win over #15/#15 Temple in Halton Arena and then scored a career-high 34 against UMass. Green also won the Player of the Week award for the week ending Jan. 3 after a 31-point effort against Georgia tech and a 23-point effort against Mercer. Green knocked down 8-of-16 3-pointers in the win against UMass and has draw n comparisons to former 49er Leemire Goldwire for his prolific 3-point shooting ability. However, Green’s abilities aren’t limited to only 3-point shooting. He has also shown the ability to run the point when senior Dijuan Harris needs a break and has accumulated valuable experience at the position. When it comes to athletic ability, Green has plenty of it. The sophomore guard can drive to the cup and still get his shot up and has made several important acrobatic shots. Green will play a key role in Charlotte’s game against Xavier on Saturday and will prove to be vital to the team in March.

Hamilton looks to be an integral part of Charlotte’s pitching rotation in 2010 as the Niners look to claim an A-10 title.
younger brother, Ray, is drawing looks from the football programs at Pittsburgh and West Virginia as a Tight End. Johnny said that his father always pushed him to be successful in athletics. Johnny Hamilton, as one would imagine, was quarterback for the Strongsville Mustangs during his high school years. The recruitment letters from colleges across the Atlantic 10 began pouring in for Hamilton during his junior and senior years. Hamilton received looks from Dayton, Xavier, Mid Atlantic Conference contender Akron and of course, Charlotte. The Charlotte 49ers sold the southpaw with their straight-talking coaches, gorgeous stadium, facilities and the overall success of the team in recent years. Hamilton, like any college student, gets stressed with the demands of the classroom. Take into account that classroom along with his coaches and teammates telling him he must give it all he has on the field and in the classroom. Now that’s pressure. Charlotte athletes are given one day off from workouts and team practices a week, which doesn’t account for much free time. He gets himself in the zone by listening to rap music prior to a pitching outing. Hamilton joked and said, “I really like country as well, but my buddies at home give me a hard time for listening to it.” Hamilton makes his presence felt when he steps onto the mound. The 5’10 Ohio native kisses his chain before his last warm up pitch, toes the rubber gains his focus clicks his heels and delivers. He participated in the Split Squad World Series and he pitched four scoreless innings of no hit relief for the White team on Oct. 29. Hamilton looks to be a fundamental weapon in the Charlotte 49ers pitching arsenal in 2010 and for his collegiate career; after all, he is only a freshman. The Niners open their season tomorrow night with a home-and-away series against High Point and return home Saturday for a 4 p.m. match-up immediately following the men’s basketball game against Xavier. The Niners play 12 of their first 15 games at home this season and look to open up with a bang.
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Johnny Hamilton was a 2008 RISE top pitching recruit in Ohio during his senior season and is a product of Strongsville High School located 30 minutes west of Cleveland. Hamilton first realized he had a shot at playing Division 1 college baseball during his freshman season, when his high school captured the State title in 2005. He is a freshman left-handed pitcher for Charlotte, where he looks to mystify hitters with his change up. For those who don’t know what a change up is it is when the pitcher releases the ball with the same movement as a fastball but comes in much slower, baffling even the best hitters. Hamilton is a lefty change up pitcher who has been playing competitive baseball since he was eight years old. When asked who his biggest influence was, he immediately responded, “My biggest influence to play collegiate baseball was my summer league coach Sean DePaula. Coach Depaula pitched in the big leagues for the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. He helped me work on my mechanics and work on my mental game. Hamilton aspires to meet future hall of fame pitchers Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux to ask them how to continue succeeding in baseball after college. Hamilton is the proof in the pudding when it comes to the link between genetics and athletics. Hamilton’s father, Tom, was a Tight End at the University of West Virginia from 1981-1985 and in 1986 was drafted by the Orlando Renegades in the 8th round of the USFL draft. However, the league folded that year. Johnny isn’t the only Hamilton who has hopes to play collegiate sports. Johnny’s

JoSh CarPeNter Managing Editor jacarpe1@uncc.edu

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Johnny Hamilton and the Niners will look for a fast start this season when they take on High Point Friday afternoon.

This week’s player spotlight looks at sophomore combo guard Derrio Green. Green has averaged 13.8 points per game in his first season with the Niners after transferring from Gulf Coast C.C. Green has gone above and beyond the Niners’ expectations this season and has come up big in several spots. Green scored 20 points in Charlotte’s 22-point win over nationally-ranked Louisville in December and scored 31 more in the Niners’ 76-67 home loss to Georgia Tech on Jan. 2. Green also scored a career-high 34 points against UMass on Jan. 30 to give the

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homecoming Scavenger hunt 8:00 am CaB office 220a union graduate School Prospective Student general info. Session 12:00 Pm Cato, 228 homecoming Parade/tailgate meeting 2:30 Pm Student union, 264

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-Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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By Nancy Black and Stephanie Clements Tribune Media Services (MCT) Today’s birthday (2/18/10). You dig deep into your bag of tricks this year and pull out some remarkably practical things. You know how to use your tools for more than they were designed for, so you can solve a problem with whatever you have on hand (or you know where to go for whatever you don’t have). Smart!
To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Aries (March 21-April 19) -- Today is a 6 -- Both genders work together to get romance on track. This
could be in the form of a play or some other dramatic presentation. Take extra care of your voice.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) -- Today is a 7 -- Love enters the picture and takes over your imagination.
Use your talents to motivate your partner. Dare to dream sweeter dreams.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Create the mood you want. Show that you’re passionate
about your idea and want to see it through. A brief prayer or meditation couldn’t hurt.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) -- Today is a 6 -- A female provides a ton of ideas that all seem to elevate
your mood. As you feel more capable, you achieve personal growth overnight. It all sinks in later.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Both genders work well together today. All you have to do is
allow them to choose the game, modify the rules and grab the appropriate prize.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Teamwork allows all parties to throw ideas into the ring.
Today’s project can use more than one set of eyes. By day’s end you all agree on the conclusion.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Today is a 6 -- Your private thoughts don’t mesh with those of your coworkers. As long as the issues aren’t critical, this won’t matter. Differences of opinion sort themselves out. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- Your sense of what really matters changes today. Your
independent attitude shifts toward a more sympathetic appreciation for family and associates.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Today is a 6 -- You feel like you’ve been there before. Creative ideas
flow easily and inspire you to greater heights. Persuade yourself to let go of limitations.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Today is a 6 -- The thing about love is that it grows faster when you
lavish it. No need to limit the extent of your appreciations, but you need to speak them out loud.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 7 -- Speak about independent thinking today with co-workers. Encourage others to participate while sharing your ideas for a dynamic new sales pitch or marketing idea. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Today is a 6 -- Take your time today with ideas that need quiet. No one expects you to express enthusiasm all the time. As the sun enters your sign, you want to retreat and regenerate.

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Gold Dusters bring spirit to Niner Nation
You may have seen the Gold Duster Dance team perform during basketball games, during both the men and women’s games. However, the team has a underrated, long-standing track record of success and national achievement under their belts. On multiple occasions, the Gold Dusters shined a national spotlight back home here in Charlotte. The team currently consists of 18 dancers, including 8 freshman and 3 sophomores. “Being a Gold Duster is something I’m extremely proud of because of the commitment I make to myself and my team is very rewarding,” said junior Laura Bebo, a member of the team; Bebo has performed with the team for two years. For over a decade, the Gold Dusters consistently competed in the National Cheerleader’s Association (NCA) and National Dance Association (NDA)’s Championship competition in Dance Division I. Between 1994 and 2001, they consistently walked away from the event at 4th place or better. In that time period, they won first place twice, most recently in April 2001. Last year, they claimed 3rd place. This past April, they claimed fifth place against eighteen other nationally ranked, Division I schools, with a score of 8.752 under Coach Jennifer Floyd. The finals in the championship require the dancers to perform a maximum 2:15 time, involving jazz, pom, and hip-hop styles in their routine. “On a national level, we compete and get honored by NDA,” said Bebo. “That is the only national recognition we get. At nationals, UNC Charlotte has a reputation of being one of the top teams. When we go, we are one of the teams to beat. We come ready to win the national title.” They are currently coached by Danielle Terrell. Under Terrell, the women practice three nights a week, multiple workouts, and two games a week. Terrell is a recent addition to the Gold Duster team, as the team had a coaching staff change at the beginning of the year. Despite their long list of successes at a national level, readily available information on the team is difficult to find. A Google search provides an interested party with side references for a bigger piece on another subject or small news blurbs about these achievements. They aren’t even technically considered athletics at all, though they work closely with the athletics department and still “feel the love,” according to Bebo. “As far as recognition from UNC Charlotte, we don’t get much,” said Bebo. “As dancers, we understand that we aren’t technically a sport.” However, despite the lack of a title, the girls must work very hard on the team, and they just started practicing their competitive routine. “The time commitment of being on the dance team is probably the hardest part, because as a college student, you know how tight money can be. I work every night that I am not dancing. Luckily, I have found a place that will work with my schedule to continue doing the things I love,” said Bebo.

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However, it’s still worth it. “Being on the dance team keeps me involved. I feel like I am a part of something greater; Niner Nation. Being able to represent my university every week on the court is exciting. I don’t make baskets or score any points, but being able to go on the court and dance for

a sold out arena can raise the hair on the back of your neck,” Bebo said. “The real appreciation comes from the students. UNC Charlotte Fans are definitely the best to cheer along with. As the Gold Duster program continues to grow, we hope the love and support for us does as well.”

Is the jolt from that energy drink worth the nutritional risks?
Here are some things to take into consideration before popping open your next energy drink
JaN JarviS McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

Energy - the high-octane kind that pumps up the most stressed-out bodies is only a sip away. Or so goes the promise from the more than 500 energy beverages that are fueling fatigued consumers. Some of the latest additions to this $3 billion business rely on healthy-sounding ingredients such as vitamin B and ginseng for that extra boost. The names say it best: Cranergy. Crystal Light Energy Wild Strawberry. Dansani Refresh and Revive. SoBe Essential Energy. These fruit juice-spiked drinks are refreshing, but can they really deliver a healthy jolt of energy? Here, five things everyone should know about this human rocket fuel. 1. The “boost” these drinks provide is not true energy.

Aggressive marketing and urban legends have fueled the popularity of these drinks, said Dr. Damon Schranz, an assistant professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. “Some people may actually believe they are health drinks.” But true energy comes from calories, not caffeine, said Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Most of the drinks deliver lots of sugar, caffeine and other stimulants. All that caffeine perks people up, makes their heart race and gives them a sense of feeling energized. “But it’s a false sense of energy and any central nervous system stimulation they get is going to be short-lived,” Sandon said. “You could get the same feeling if you took a 10-minute brisk walk.” Ginseng and ginkgo balboa sound like healthy ingredients but there’s no proof that they work. Like

caffeine, they can stimulate the central nervous system. Jamba Juice’s new 3G Charger boost gets its blast of energy from ginseng, the stimulant guarana and 120 mg of “natural” caffeine. 2. Fruit juice-based energy drinks aren’t necessarily any healthier than a glass of OJ. Cranergy “cranberry lift” is a new drink from Ocean Spray fortified with vitamin B and green tea extract. “People see it and think cranberry juice is very healthy and when you throw in a little herbs then that must be even better,” Sandon said. “But vitamin B does not create energy. It works by helping the body metabolize food.” 3. Some energy drinks are loaded with sugar. Arizona Green Tea Energy, SoBe Energy Citrus and Naked Juice Energy Smoothie contain more sugar than a can of Dr Pepper. Sucking down energizing waters or juices can add tons of sugar and about 150 calories.

4. Some can lead to tooth decay. One health concern with many of the fizzy energy drinks is high acidity levels. Izze juice beverages have recently come out with a fortified version that has 70 percent fruit juice, no added sugar and 10 percent of the daily recommended values of vitamins C and B-6 and niacin. But the fizz in drinks can lead to tooth erosion, Schranz said. 5. For a few, some energy drinks might be dangerous. Guarana, a common ingredient in energy drinks is a stimulant, but its effect lasts longer than caffeine. Too much may lead to abnormal heart rhythms, especially when combined with alcohol. People who have existing cardiac or seizure disorders should stay clear of these drinks, Schranz said. The stimulant in these drinks can also disrupt the sleep cycle.