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TRUE OR FALSE 2
Website helps voters
verify candidate claims.
www.D aIly s kIff. com
Overuse of Internet, television and
social networking is causing anxiety
for college students. Story on page 2.
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HEALTH 3 LIGHTS, C AMER A 6
University offers free flu New studio in Moudy to
vaccines. be completed Nov. 8.
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SOCIAL NETWORKING POLITICS
Excessive tech use harmful Website fact-checks politicians
By Jennifer Iller “Iliketechnologyintheclassroom,butatthesame
Staff Reporter time, it’s how you use that technology,” Nhan said.
He said that some students use their laptops for
Habits like surfing the internet, watching TV notetaking, but many others will spend the class
and using social networking websites may seem checking Facebook or surfing the internet and it’s
harmless, but once they cross the line into becom- usually easy to tell which students are using tech-
ing excessive, they become detrimental to a per- nology for entertainment purposes.
son’s life, according to a self-help expert. Senior psychology major Jay Adcock said that it
According to Judith Wright’s book, “The Soft all comes down to finding a balance between in-
Addiction Solution: Break Free of the Seemingly dulgent behaviors and other activities.
Harmless Habits that Keep You from the Life You Engaging in indulgent behavior is a trade-off be-
Want,” soft addictions are defined as, “substances cause it negatively affects students’ social and aca-
or behaviors not in themselves dangerous.” A per- demic lives when they spend more time indulging
son’s overuse of that behavior or substance is what in those behaviors than they do studying, he said.
makes it a soft addiction. Junior biology major Caitlyn Joseph said she
Eric Wood, a licensed psychologist for the uni- self-regulates her time spent using technology to
versity Counseling, Testing and Mental Health balance her studies and entertainment.
Center, wrote in an e-mail that the point at which Junior fashion merchandising major Mary
a behavior becomes excessive varies from one per- Crook said she uses Facebook frequently and
son to the next. hasn’t seen a drastic effect on her grades.
Each of the therapists working in the center has “It definitely doesn’t help my grades, but I’m not
experience working with students who feel emo- failing,” she said.
tionally overwhelmed as a result of soft addictions, Wood wrote that for some students, excessive
Wood wrote. Determining the cause of the behav- behaviors are the result of a pattern that became COURTESTY OF POLITIFACT.COM
ior is an important part of treatment. a habit, which can lead to anxiety about not being
Therapists in the center look for how much able to stop the behavior and distress about losing By Kerri Feczko site were professional journalists, not political
distress a person feels from excessive behaviors to relationships. Staff Reporter activists.
determine how a person will be affected, he wrote. Crook said her use of social media has just be- “In the same way that a political journalist
Wood also wrote that difficulty functioning in come second nature but she doesn’t think it’s af- Students no longer have to guess which keeps his or her views out of a story, we expect
school or work were among the examples of exter- fected her relationships. politicians are spouting brilliance or blowing our writers to do the same thing,” Adair said.
nal distress. “Sometimes when I open the internet, I’ll just smoke. They can fact-check it. Though the website initially covered only
Assistant professor of criminal justice Johnny automatically type in Facebook and I don’t even PolitiFact is a Pulitzer Prize-winning website the 2008 presidential election, PolitiFact part-
Nhan said he saw a direct correlation between mean to,” she said. that checks the legitimacy of statements and nered with seven state newspapers in January
students’ overuse of technology and their perfor- claims made by politicians. and granted them the right to use the site and
mance in the classroom. Students can visit the university Counseling,
display the content from their area. The Austin
Usually, students will wonder why they received Testing and Mental Health Center to receive
American-Statesman represented Texas.
a bad grade, and it turns out that they spent the counseling. “American politics needed a Comments made by Perry and White on
class chatting with friends or checking Facebook, The center is:
• Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
referee. There are so many PolitiFact’s Texas section were categorized by
Nhan said. accuracy based on the Truth-0-Meter’s six rul-
The problem isn’t the technology, which is a • Located at 2825 Stadium Drive, the west en- claims being made in politics
ings: true, mostly true, half true, barely true,
neutral tool, but the students who consciously trance of the Brown-Lupton Health Center that people don’t know what’s false or pants on fire. The website also featured
make the choice not to pay attention in class, • Available to all university students true and what’s not.” recent stories and statements regarding the
he said. • Covered by student tuition costs
candidates and the election.
Bill Adair Haskins said that in order to dig through
St. Petersburg Times’s Washington Bureau the political bias of other news media, the site
Chief would be a great tool for students to fact-check
the statements made by Perry and White be-
fore the election.
Cuyler Haskins, a sophomore political sci- Adair said the upcoming election was a great
ence and religion double major, said he thought reason to take advantage of PolitiFact and the
the site was a great tool to verify the validity of insight it could bring to the candidates’ final
statements made by gubernatorial candidates campaign statements.
Rick Perry and Bill White for the upcoming The latest “pants on fire” comment from Per-
election Nov. 2. ry referred to an accusation that White refused
Read it. “As far as straining out what specifically was
meant by some of the things they say, I find
to attend a gubernatorial debate. The most re-
cent pants on fire comment from White said
(the site) to be very resourceful,” Haskins said. Perry was the highest-paid state employee on
PolitiFact, a project created by St. Petersburg an hourly basis, according to the website.
Times’s Washington Bureau Chief, Bill Adair Associate professor of political science
in 2007, rates the comments and claims made Adam Schiffer said he thought it was sad that
by American politicians based on accuracy and such a site needed to exist.
validity. Inspiration for the website came from “After all, that’s what journalists should be
the idea that there needed to be a mediator in doing,” Schiffer said. “The primary function
politics between what was said and what it ac- should be to sort through the spin and check
tually meant, Adair said. the facts of the candidates, but instead it’s a
“American politics needed a referee,” Adair novelty that’s relegated to one website.”
said. “There are so many claims being made in Haskins said it would be a great tool to use in
politics that people don’t know what’s true and the future, especially in presidential elections.
PolitiFact, managed by professional journal-
ists from the St. Petersburg Times, is not lim- Politifact: www.politifact.com
ited to verbal statements, Adair said. PolitiFact Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/politi-
covers claims made in TV advertisements, factcom/61308923432
websites, e-mails, direct mail and broadcast or Twitter Page: twitter.com/politifact
print interviews. YouTube Video: www.youtube.com/
Adair said all the writers who worked for the watch?v=Ezo_wsHoxyc
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PRIDE WEEK HEALTH CENTER
Wear Purple Day commemorates LGBTQ youth University offering flu
By Alex Collins
wide movement Wednesday cre-
ated to honor members of the les-
Tuesday, a forum about discrimi-
nation at 7 p.m. in Palko 130. The
shots to students, staff
bian, gay, bisexual, transgender and week concludes Wednesday with a By Clinton Foster
The university Gay-Straight Al- queer community. surprise called Color in the Com- Staff Reporter
liance adopted Wear Purple Day At least 23 youths committed sui- mons, Martinez said. Students are
as an event within Pride Week, but cide because of pressures resulting invited to leave their mark on the The Brown-Lupton Health Center will be making it
identifying whether or not stu- from their sexual identity in Sep- Campus Commons by showing up much easier and cheaper for students, faculty and staff to
dents wore purple in honor of the tember, he said. between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. stay healthy this flu season.
event was difficult, a member of the Pride Week was created to spread Students, faculty and staff can go to the University Rec-
group said. awareness at the university about Participate in Pride Week:
reation Center to receive a free flu shot as part of an all-
Carter Gilbert, audio-visual co- the LGBTQ community, King said. day clinic hosted by the Health Center on Friday from
ordinator for the Brown-Lupton Last night, students met for a True TCU: Campus video project
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
University Union, said Wear Pur- candlelight vigil to commemorate Campus Commons All university students, faculty, and staff are eligible
ple Day was created to celebrate the lives of the youth who com- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the free shots. They must bring their TCU IDs and
the lives of the LGBTQ youths mitted suicide, GSA president Juan a completed “Consent to Vaccinate” form, which can be
who committed suicide because Martinez said. Today, Religious and Rude to Exclude: A forum on discrimina- downloaded from the Health Center website. This will be
of sexual orientation. He said the Spiritual Life will host a campus tion the second year that the Health Center has offered free flu
idea was to wear purple to support video project in correlation with Location Palko 130 shots to the university community.
those youths. However, Gilbert said National Coming Out Day, which Shots will be administered in Multipurpose Room 1 in
7 p.m. Tuesday
university homecoming activities was Oct. 11. Martinez said students the Rec Center.
made it difficult to identify wheth- were invited to come into a video
er or not students were wearing booth and tell about their experi- Color in the Commons: Surprise
purple in honor of the event. ence and their faith. Students invited to leave their mark on
Jamal King, social coordinator of The events will continue next the Campus Commons
When: Friday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
GSA, said the event was a nation- week with Rude to Exclude on 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday
Where: University Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room 1
Who: All students, faculty and staff are eligible
Must bring TCU ID and a consent form that can be found on the
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Brown-Lupton Health Center Web site: healthcenter.tcu.edu
Farmers argue for nutritional value of potato
By Shannon Dininny vegetables and whole grains. I don’t be- time in 30 years after a study showed
Associated Press Writer lieve anyone is specifically attacking the more consumption of leafy greens and
potato.” other veggies was needed.
GLEED, Wash. (AP) — Potato grow- With that in mind, the Institute of The USDA is expected to release
ers are fighting back against efforts to Medicine, the health arm of the National changes to the federal school lunch pro-
ban or limit potatoes in federal child Academy of Sciences, recommended gram by the end of the year. The program
nutrition programs, arguing the tuber that the U.S. Department of Agriculture subsidizes lunch and breakfast for nearly
is loaded with potassium and vitamin C stop participants of the federal Women, 32 million needy kids in most public
and shouldn’t be considered junk food. Infants and Children program, known as schools and many private ones, and
WIC, from buying potatoes with federal those schools must follow guidelines on
dollars. what they serve.
“We’re just really concerned Under an interim rule, the USDA Whatever the USDA decides, potatoes
that this is a misconception agreed to bar WIC participants from won’t disappear from school lunches,
to that public that potatoes buying potatoes with their federal dol- although they might become less com-
aren’t healthy. The potato lars. Potatoes are the only vegetable not mon, Daniel said,
allowed. Next year, the agency will roll “It’s an opportunity to make healthy
isn’t the scourge of the out a final rule on the WIC program. eating choices as varied as possible, and
earth. It’s nutrition.” Jean Daniel, spokeswoman for USDA’s it’s a learning lesson for children about
Food and Nutrition Service, said the how to put a plate together that’s healthy
Chris Voigt WIC program was updated for the first and balanced,” she said.
Head of the Washington Potato
One Washington man is so exasperat-
ed by the proposals that he’s in the midst
of a 60-day, all potato diet to demonstrate
that potatoes are nutritious.
“We’re just really concerned that this
is a misconception to the public that po-
tatoes aren’t healthy,” said Chris Voigt,
head of the Washington Potato Commis-
sion. “The potato isn’t the scourge of the
earth. It’s nutrition.”
Healthy food advocates said they’re
not anti-potato, but they think children
need a greater variety of fruits, vegetables
and whole grains to fight a tripling of
The Daily Skiff
child obesity rates in the past 30 years.
“The potato is the most common
vegetable,” said Diane Pratt-Heavner, SHANNON DININNY / ASSOCIATED PRESS
spokeswoman for the School Nutrition In this Sept. 30, 2010 photo, school cook Mavis McDowell, left, serves up tater tots to
Association. “My impression is that the second-grader Madison Nunley at Naches Valley Primary School in Gleed, Wash. Potato
goal is to increase the amounts of fruits, growers are worried that potatoes could be limited in the federal school lunch program.
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The Skiff View
check political facts
resident Barack Obama told the
American people during the
2008 campaign, “I want you to
hold our government account-
able. I want you to hold me accountable.”
A couple of months later, the St. Petersburg
Times responded with, “Okay, we will”
and created PolitiFact.com, a website that
checks the legitimacy of claims made by
The Pulitzer Prize-winning site rates
claims made by politicians based on accu-
racy and validity into one of six categories
from true all the way to pants-on-fire.
PolitiFact gives students a great oppor- Nate Beeler is an editorial cartoonist for The Washington Examiner.
tunity to quickly check the truth of state-
ments made by politicians, which is espe-
cially important during an election year. In
January, the Austin American-Statesman
Iranian president a threat to the world
partnered with the site to display content “resistance to the world’s tyrants.” He U.S. set up a Shiite majority democ-
was no doubt talking about the U.S. racy in Iraq. The Shiites in Iraq are
from Texas. supported state of Israel. undoubtedly sympathetic to the Shi-
November 2 is coming soon and students Ahmadinejad has been at war with ites in Iran, and thus the Shiites have
Israel for years. Lebanon is on the control of two of the largest countries
should use every tool at their disposal to Israeli border, and Hezbollah has in the Middle East.
make an informed decision at the polls. already caused one war with Israel in This fact is not good. Iran and Ah-
There is no reason why PolitiFact should Alex Apple 2006. According to The Telegraph in madinejad have shown how reckless
London, Iran has smuggled thousands they can be with their weapons and
not be one of those tools. of missiles and rockets which it has military. One military move by Iran
Students should be paying extra atten- Iranian President Mahmoud given to Hezbollah. could upset all the Middle East and
Ahmadinejad is dangerous. He is ec- lead to a world conflict that would be
tion to statements made by politicians with centric, restless and reckless. United very hard to stop.
the November election looming. PolitiFact States foreign policy officials need to Iran and Ahmadinejad have The question facing U.S. foreign
recognize the threat that Ahmadine- shown how reckless they can be policy experts is this: If Iran attacks
gives us an extra tool to cut through the jad is to ensure the order of peace in Israel, should the U.S. devote military
spin and false claims. The website repre- the world. with their weapons and mili- resources to help Israel, and should
The United States has been in dis- tary. One military move by Iran the US involve itself in a struggle that
sents the heart of journalism, keeping a cussion with the Iranian president for could take years to end?
could upset all the Middle East
check on government officials and provid- a few years trying to stop the prog-
and lead to a world conflict that Ahmadinejad stood in front of
ress of Iran’s nuclear program. Iran thousands of supporters, who were
ing information and truth to the people. has not obliged and many believe would be very hard to stop. giving him a hero’s welcome, in
that it continues to test uranium for a Lebanon and told them that “Israel
Associate/Opinion editor Mark Bell for the editorial board. nuclear reactor. is doomed,” while his supporters
Perhaps even more startling than As he toured Lebanon, Ahmadine- chanted “death to Israel.”
Iran’s nuclear program is Iran’s jad also made threatened consequenc- These are real threats, and Ahma-
The Skiff View represents the collective opinion of the editorial board.
threats to Israel. On his recent trip es should the Lebanese government to dinejad sees the world as his stage.
to Lebanon, the only country that not interfere with Hezbollah’s agenda. Let’s just make sure the world does
EDITORIAL BOARD would accept him with open arms, The United States is trying to weak- not become his battlefield.
Libby Davis, Editor-in-Chief Melanie Cruthirds, Managing Editor Ahmadinejad sent a clear message en Iran’s military capabilities, but all
Mark Bell, Associate/Opinion Editor Madison Pelletier, Sports Editor to the world. He praised Hezbol-
Marshall Doig, News Editor Maricruz Salinas, Web Editor
the U.S. efforts in Iraq have essentially
Andrea Drusch, News Editor Rachel Wilson, Web Editor lah, an Iranian-funded militia group served to empower Iran instead. Iran Alex Apple is a freshman political science and
Kayla Mezzell, News Editor Matt Coffelt, Multimedia Editor that dominates Lebanese politics, for is nearly all Shiite Muslims, and the journalism double major from Nashville, Tenn.
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Bullying problem sheds Alcoholic energy drinks a problematic combination
light on gay rights issues
Jack Enright Alcohol and caffeine have long been
favorite chemicals of the human race.
Recently, there has been a striking trend
In almost every school across the world, bullying is in both the United States and abroad of SXC.HU
an issue. Bullies often pick on those who are different the sales of alcoholic drinks containing
from everyone else. A particular group that suffers dis- the stimulant caffeine. Though it can decrease our reaction the physical abilities they think they
proportionately from bullying is lesbian, gay, bisexual, On paper, the combination seems times, caffeine makes us alert and im- have.
transgender and questioning children and teens. These pretty harmless. Alcohol and caffeine proves our general well being. After having a few caffeinated alco-
youth are four times more likely to commit suicide have been used for thousands of years Generally when a person is drinking holic drinks, a person may think they
than their straight counterparts. the world over and have a relatively caffeine and alcoholic drinks together, are okay to operate a vehicle when in
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns recently safe track record when used wisely and they are not drinking in moderation reality they are not. Caffeine creates the
gave a speech during a city council meeting in re- in moderation. The problem with the and are looking to achieve a buzz. façade of mental and physical ability,
sponse to the issue, telling gay youth “it will get better.” combination of caffeine and alcohol is Potentially, when consuming drinks when the person actually has no ability
A gay man who himself had been bullied in school, each chemicals’ inherent effect on the such as 4 Loko or the ever-popular Red to drive or do other things due to the
Burns responded to a slew of recent suicides by gay body. Bull and vodka, one may get incred- alcohol floating around their blood
teens and called for more action to prevent future Alcohol is a depressant of the central ibly inebriated but still have copious stream.
tragedies such as the ones he listed from occurring nervous system. That is, it makes us amounts of energy. Alcohol and caffeine can be good
again. His emotional speech has garnered over 1.8 mil- relaxed, lethargic and can eventu- This energetic façade created by mix- compounds, but they create a pretty
lion views on YouTube and looks like it just may be the ally negatively effect our motor skills, ing alcohol and caffeine is where the large safety problem for the general
catalyst needed for change. speech and pretty much anything real problem with the combination lies. population when they are sold together
Burns’ speech brings up two issues: gay rights and involving our nervous system. Someone who is drinking alcohol and at the local 7-Eleven.
bullying. Burns chose a good time to make his speech, On the other hand, caffeine’s effect caffeine together may feel energetic and
since October is National Bullying Prevention Month. is the opposite of alcohol. Caffeine is mentally stimulated, but may actually Danny Peters is a senior writing major
Bullying is an issue that is extremely prevalent in a central nervous system stimulant. be quite inebriated and not have quite from Fort Worth.
schools everywhere, yet it is seldom talked about or
addressed sufficiently. His speech has been, and will
continue to be, a great tool for increasing awareness
and inspiring parents, teachers and students to get
involved in recognizing and preventing bullying.
While everyone agrees that bullying should be
curtailed, the public remains split on the issue of gay
rights. Therefore, this issue has overshadowed bullying
and even elicited negative comments about his speech
from some who oppose gay rights.
There is no reason that people should be treated dif-
ferently based on their sexual orientation, whether it is
through bullying or denial of equal rights. Nearly half
a century after the civil rights movement, there is still
inequality among people of different races, genders
and sexual orientations.
One of the most controversial issues within civil
rights today is that of gay marriage. Burns himself is
married to another man, but many others are denied
the same right. To fully understand the issue of gay
marriage, we must take a step back and look at mar-
riage as it is today.
People need marriage licenses if they want to get
married. Why? The entire reason government is
involved in marriage in the first place is because of
racism. In the 1920s, 38 states in the U.S. had laws pro-
hibiting whites from marrying those of other ethnici-
ties including blacks, Japanese, Chinese and Indians,
according to an article in The New York Times.
The answer is to separate church and state and make
churches the sole arbiter of marriages. The govern-
ment should give civil unions to two consenting adults,
regardless of gender, for any purposes such as Social
Security survivor’s benefits, taking leave from work to
care for a spouse and hospital visitation rights.
If we can make this happen, we will have made a
great leap towards equality in this country.
Jack Enright is a sophomore political science and economics double
major from Tomball.
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High-definition studio to
Homecoming 2010 By Katey Muldrow
in the design of the studio itself,” Brown said.
FX Design Group has worked to design and
TCU vs. Air Force
redesign broadcast sets for other universities,
After its completion, a new multifunctional such as the University of Tennessee and the
broadcast studio will provide a professional University of Central Florida, but Brown said
experience for TCU News Now students and he thought the set and the studio designed for
other students within the Schieffer School of TCU was newer and better.
Journalism, TCU News Now Adviser Aaron “It compares very favorably to any other
Chimbel said. university I’ve encountered, and those include
FX Design Group designed the set in the some pretty big ones,” Brown said. “So you’ve
high-definition studio to be versatile for a va- got yourself one beautiful, very functional
riety of programs and uses, Chimbel said. They space. And the university has also invested in
will begin to install the last pieces Nov. 1. the same equipment that would go in local sta-
“It will be very modern,” he said. “It really tions around the country and has converted all
is designed to be multifunctional, to be flex- of its operations [to] high-definition.”
ible [and] to provide the ability for students to Chimbel said that although the studio’s pri-
move around.” mary use will be for presenting newscasts with-
Chimbel said that after completion, the stu- in the Schieffer School, it will continue to allow
dio will keep the three high-definition cameras collaboration with the Department of Film,
and control room and include nine high-defi- Television and Digital Media.
nition monitors. The customized design of the Chris Blake, TCU News Now sports direc-
studio set will provide students with opportu- tor, said students in the Multimedia Reporting
nities to use the space and equipment for mul- and Newscast classes create the content for the
tiple projects and programs. weekly TCU News Now broadcast. Students in
The set will be installed by an FX Design the Department of Film, Television and Digital
Group crew and will be ready for use Nov. 8. Media handle the newscast production.
Chimbel said it will include cameras for multi- “We put together the content for it and edit
ple shot angles, an interview set and a sidewalk the video, and the production side is done by
Check out the Skiff’s view window.
“It’s great to have the new studio, but the
set is what’s really going to make it stand out,”
one of the FTDM classes,” Blake said. “They
run the cameras and the switchboard, the
whole control room and stuff like that.”
homecoming Chimbel said. “When you walk down there
now, it’s a nice big room with really nice cam-
eras, but once that set is in there it is going to
Blake, a senior broadcast journalism major,
said he felt the newscast would look more pro-
fessional once the set is complete.
blow people away.” “With the monitors we will be able to add a
The Schieffer School built the studio as part lot with what we can show behind the anchors
of the $5.6 million renovation of Moudy Build- and stuff like that,” Blake said. “And I think it
ing South that began in 2009, Chimbel said. will be more like a real-world newscast.”
FX Design Group Creative Director Bill The monitors can be used to place back-
Brown said faculty members worked with him ground video, photographs or graphics behind
and designer Tim Parsons to create the versa- the anchors, Blake said.
tile space for broadcasting. Chimbel said he was excited for the comple-
“The university invested a lot of time and tion of the studio so student news anchors
money to create ideal studio circumstances, would no longer be limited to standing behind A th
both in the equipment that they used but also a stationary news desk.
RENDERING COURTESY OF FX DESIGN GROUP
A conceptual image of some of the different backgrounds that will be shown during broadcasts on the
studios new green screens.
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o fully open in November
RENDERING COURTESY OF FX DESIGN GROUP
hree-dimensional model of what the new broadcast studio will look like after it is finished in November.
RENDERING COURTESY OF FX DESIGN GROUP
What the news desk will look like during broadcasts in the new studio. The studio is being built as a part of
the $5.6 million renovation to the Moudy Building South.
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Many still have doubts about stimulus contents
By Kristen Wyatt a 61-year-old whose heating and air condi- The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Of- cording to a new AP-GfK poll. A plurality of
Associated Press Writer tioning company closed last year because of fice reported last month that 1.4 million to 3.3 likely voters say the bill had no real effect on
slow business. million people are employed because of the it. About three in 10 say it did more to dam-
DENVER (AP) — A photo of President Republicans nationwide are attacking program, a blow to Republican claims that the age the economy while about the same share
Barack Obama hangs on the wall in Cora- Democrats with a “failed stimulus” campaign stimulus failed to increase employment. think it helped to bring about improvements.
Faye’s Cafe, a short walk from the Denver mu- drumbeat. In ads, debates and campaign The stimulus program has kept many state Most Democrats say it did more to help, the
seum where Obama signed into law the most mailers, they deride the $814 billion program and local governments fiscally viable, and the AP-GfK poll found, while a narrow majority
sweeping U.S. economic package in decades as having reinforced out-of-control spending money has been a boon to the construction of Republican voters think it did even more
in an attempt to put people back to work and and doing little to help. industry, financing thousands of road and damage than would have happened other-
end the worst downturn since the Great De- In reality, the stimulus program has done bridge projects. In other areas — tax cuts, wise. And those with doubts about the bill’s
pression. more than Republicans often claim — and less Medicaid health benefits, unemployment effectiveness are far more apt to say they trust
But the folks tucking into fried chicken and than Democrats may want to admit in the face checks, food stamps — the stimulus has pro- Republicans over Democrats to do a better
cornbread at CoraFaye’s roll their eyes when of a sluggish economy and high unemploy- vided some relief to millions suffering in a job handling the economy.
asked whether the 2009 stimulus made a dif- ment. Moreover, the spending continues into tough economy.
ference. next year, meaning the impact of the program Still, there is broad skepticism that the stim- Associated Press writer Ivan Moreno contrib-
“Are you kidding?” said Donn Headley Sr., cannot be fully measured. ulus package helped the nation’s economy, ac- uted to this report.
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Hill: No apology after 1991 New York’s Hotel Chelsea up for sale
sexual harassment accusation
Associated Press Writer
Associated Press a state convention billed as the largest tea NEW YORK (AP) —
party event ever. New York City’s Hotel
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anita Hill is Mrs. Thomas said in a statement that she Chelsea, the bohemian
refusing to apologize for accusing then- was “extending an olive branch” to Hill. landmark where poet
Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence In a transcript of the message provided by Dylan Thomas collapsed
Thomas of sexually harassing her, in an is- ABC News, which said it listened to the re- in a coma before dying
sue that Thomas’ wife has reopened 19 years cording, Thomas identified herself and then in 1953 and where the
after his confirmation hearings. said, “I just wanted to reach across the air- girlfriend of Sex Pistols
“I have no intention of apologizing be- waves and the years and ask you to consider bassist Sid Vicious was
cause I testified truthfully about my experi- something. I would love you to consider an fatally stabbed in 1978,
ence and I stand by that testimony,”H i l l , apology sometime and some full explana- is up for sale, its owners
now a Brandeis University professor,s a i d tion of why you did what you did with my announced Tuesday.
in a statement released Tuesday night. husband. So give it some thought and cer- Celebrated in songs
Thomas’ wife, Virginia, had left a voice- tainly pray about this and come to under- like Joni Mitchell’s
mail message on Hill’s phone on Oct. 9 ask- stand why you did what you did. OK, have a “Chelsea Morning” and
ing her to say she was sorry for the allega- good day,” Thomas said. Nico’s “Chelsea Girl,” the
tions that surfaced at Thomas’ confirmation When Hill heard the voicemail, she con- 1883 building has offered
hearings for a seat on the high court bench tacted Brandeis’ public safety office, which short- and long-term
in 1991. in turn informed the FBI. shelter to generations of
In her statement, Virginia Thomas said artists and musicians.
“I have no intention of apologiz- she did not intend to offend Hill. Notable residents have
“I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her of- included Bob Dylan,
ing because I testified truthfully fice extending an olive branch to her after Andy Warhol, Arthur
about my experience and I stand all these years, in hopes that we could ul- Miller, Eugene O’Neill,
by that testimony.” timately get passed what happened so long Patti Smith, Jimi Hendrix
ago. That offer still stands, I would be very and Jim Morrison.
happy to meet and talk with her if she would The hotel’s legacy as
Anita Hill be willing to do the same,” Thomas said. an artists’ playground RICK MAIMAN / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Brandeis University professor
Hill declined comment to reporters who could be in doubt after This 1996 file photo shows the Hotel Chelsea on New York’s West 23rd
stopped her in Waltham on her way to work the group of families that Street in Manhattan that is for sale. The 1883 building has offered short
Wednesday, asking them politely to move. has owned it for 65 years and long-term shelter for some of the world’s most celebrated artists
In her statement, Hill said, “I certainly “I need to get off this street and I don’t decided to sell. They including Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neil.
thought the call was inappropriate.” She had want anybody to get hurt,” she said. “I don’t have not named an ask-
worked for Clarence Thomas in two federal have any comment right now. Please, let me ing price. Today it has 125 transient hotel rooms
government jobs before he was selected for go teach my class.” “The hotel will always continue to be a where rates start at $189 a night and 101
the court by President George H.W. Bush Andrew Gully, a spokesman for Brandeis, destination for creativity and art, that’s residential units.
for the Supreme Court.
said the school “completely supports” Hill’s what makes it so special,” shareholder Paul “It’s a wonderful community,” said Brian
Virginia Thomas is a longtime conserva-
tive activist and founder of a new nonprofit decision to alert campus security about the Brounstein said in a statement. “Nothing Bothwell, a film editor who has lived at the
group, Liberty Central, which opposes what call. He said Wednesday was “a routine day” can ever change that.” Chelsea for 16 years.
she has characterized as the leftist “tyranny” on campus. But residents said they are in the dark Bothwell said his second-floor apartment
of the Obama administration and congres- about the building’s future. was home to musician Leonard Cohen in
sional Democrats. She was a keynote speak- Associated Press reporter Mark Pratt in Waltham, “We have no idea yet,” said Zev Green- the 1960s and singer-actress Grace Jones in
er earlier this month in Richmond, Va., at Mass., contributed to this story. field, a photographer who has lived at the the 1980s.
Chelsea since his teenage years in 1974. “Leonard Cohen fans knock on my door
“The letter that came to us said nothing’s and ask to see my apartment,” he said.
going to happen in the short term.” “They want to see the bedroom.”
The 12-story brick building was complet- Bothwell said residents mix easily with
ed in 1883 and is on the National Register hotel guests like cartoonist R. Crumb, a
of Historic Places. regular visitor.
12-story staircase, it was the city’s first “A lot of the people that stay here for a
cooperative apartment complex when it night or two really respect the arts,” Both-
was built but has been a hotel since 1905. well said.
CHARLES DHARAPAK / ASSOCIATED PRESS
In this Nov. 15, 2007, photo, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, left, sits with his wife Virginia
Thomas, as he is introduced at the Federalist Society in Washington, where he spoke about his
new book and took questions from the audience. Virginia Thomas is asking Anita Hill to apologize
for accusing the justice of sexually harassing her, 19 years after Thomas’ confirmation hearing
10 Thursday, October 21, 2010 www.dailyskiff.com
Patterson radio show gives glimpses into life off the field
By Leah Watkins show makes it hard to avoid all things about the game.
Staff Reporter “Gary tends to get X’s and O’s because that’s his de-
fault,” Estridge said. “I work hard at trying to pull him
The TCU football players and head coach have a back every once and a while.”
personal side to them besides their game day personas, Rudy Pulido Sr., a frequent attendant of the show,
and their true personalities are shown at the weekly said he enjoys hearing what Patterson has to say be-
Gary Patterson Radio Show, the host of the show said. cause it gives him a leg up when talking to others
Host Brian Estridge and head football coach Gary about the team.
Patterson hold a weekly radio show live on Thursdays “I can almost be an authority,” Pulido said.
from Railhead Smokehouse in Fort Worth. The show Thursday nights at Railhead Smokehouse are filled
features interviews from Patterson and a different with purple-clad fans who enjoy food, fellowship and
football player each week, Estridge said. football. Pulido said that Patterson has the tendency
Through the interviews, Estridge tries to show the to pack the house.
listeners the real-life aspects of these men instead First-time attendant Clarke Barcus said that friends
of their well-known football sides. Estridge said he were the reason he came to the show but that it was a
would like the audience to learn something new each fun environment.
week. The audience members have also gotten a first- Senior geology major Taylor Moore said he tries to
hand look at Patterson’s genuine personality. make it out to the show a couple times a month with
“What you see is what you get, but everything is friends to be around Patterson.
genuine when it relates to Gary,” Estridge said. Pulido said he has enjoyed his Thursday night
He said that on the show, Patterson also has dis- tradition but has one complaint. The size of the
played his heart for the players he has coached. crowd Patterson has drawn has created a loud room
“Every decision he makes, everything that he and which makes the broadcast difficult for Pulido
does is about his players and for their betterment,” to hear, he said.
Estridge said. “As a senior citizen, I almost want to get that sign
When it comes to interviews with players, Estridge that says ‘Quiet Please!’” Pulido said.
asks questions on topics of hobbies and free time, he The next Gary Patterson Radio Show is scheduled
said. As a result, he found out that senior safety Tejay for tonight at 6 p.m.
Johnson studied sign language and senior wide receiv-
er Bart Johnson loves to go bass fishing.
Estridge said he wants to get to know who the play- The Gary Patterson Show
ers are as people thinks the audience would rather When: Tonight
MATT COFFELT / MULTIMEDIA EDITOR hear that than a question about a defensive route. Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
TCU head coach Gary Patterson yells at a call made during the game against BYU on Although Estridge said he doesn’t want the show to Where: Railhead Smokehouse
Saturday. be filled with football jargon, but being a football radio Broadcast: 92.1 FM KTFW or 88.7 FM KTCU or gofrogs.com
Favre in talks with NFL over incident
By Dave Campbell players have Tuesdays off, but many of
Associated Press them show up for treatment or film study.
On the other side of the Twin Cities at
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Brett a promotional union event, NFL players
Favre spoke with an NFL security of- association executive director DeMaurice
ficial Tuesday about text messages and Smith declined to provide details on Fa-
lewd photos he allegedly sent to a New vre’s situation.
York Jets employee two years ago when he “I understand that he is meeting, or rep-
played for the team, according to a person resentatives have met or are meeting, with
with knowledge of the situation. the league,” Smith said. “When we meet
The person spoke to The Associated and talk with players, I don’t intend to
Press on condition of anonymity because play it out in front of the press.”
details of the meeting between Favre and Added Smith: “We represent every play-
NFL vice president for security Milt Ahl- er. Our issues are to ensure that the pro-
erich were not made public. cess is fair, and we do everything to ensure
ESPN first reported the meeting, citing that that process is fair.”
unidentified sources. The 41-year-old Favre is scheduled to
Commissioner Roger Goodell said pre- address the media on Wednesday at his
viously the Vikings quarterback would regular weekly news conference between
meet this week with a league official games. This already would have been a
about the messages and graphic photos high-drama week for Favre, with another
he allegedly sent to Jenn Sterger, now a return to Lambeau Field to face his old
TV personality with the Versus network. team in Green Bay. The Vikings (2-3) play
The website Deadspin reported the story at the Packers (3-3) on Sunday night.
about the married quarterback’s alleged Favre said on Sunday he’s only “con-
behavior toward Sterger, who has not cerned about the next game” and that he’ll
commented on the report. let the NFL’s investigation “take its course.”
Favre arrived at Vikings headquarters
in the morning, and reporters across the
street saw his agent Bus Cook drive out
dailyskiff.com grab one. of the parking lot in Favre’s vehicle in the AP Sports Writer Jon Krawczynski contributed to
afternoon about 6½ hours later. Vikings this report from St. Paul, Minn.
www.dailyskiff.com Thursday, October 21, 2010 11
Punter McAfee becomes fourth Colts player
to be arrested for alcohol-related charges
By Michael Marot ing the relevant facts,” Polian said. waiting for a friend to get him, but
Associated Press “When that task is complete, we will also that he planned to take a taxi
deal immediately with the issue of home, the report said. He asked if
club discipline. Until we complete he could walk home, but officers ar-
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — India- that process, we will have no further rested him. They say he smelled of
napolis Colts punter Pat McAfee comment.” alcohol, his eyes were watery and
was arrested for public intoxication Before the arrest, McAfee posted bloodshot and his speech slurred.
Wednesday after police said he took this on Twitter: “Bye week bye week Officers said they had to help
a pre-dawn swim in a city canal and bye week. Time to get some ish McAfee stand up after giving him a
told them “I am drunk” as he tried done. Happy Tuesday Party people.” breath alcohol test.
to explain why he was sopping wet. Police were called after a driver at While Indy has a bye week, they
Police arrested McAfee about 5 a red light reported that a man with were scheduled to have regular
a.m. in the Broad Ripple neighbor- no shirt approached her car. The practices Wednesday and Thursday.
hood, known for its nightlife. Of- woman told police she feared the Coach Jim Caldwell was expected to
ficers say the 23-year-old, second- man was going to try to get in, so speak with reporters later Wednesday.
year player from West Virginia had she ran the red light and called 911. In January, Colts receiver Taj
a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 per- Officers asked McAfee if he had Smith was stopped by police on sus-
cent, nearly twice the legal limit for been swimming in the canal and he picion of drunken driving. Smith
driving in Indiana. said “I am not sure,” according to a spent last season on the Colts’ prac-
He was released from custody just police report. They asked him how tice squad but was cut Sept. 4.
before noon, about six hours after he got wet and he said it had been In August, backup defensive line-
JACK DEMPSEY / ASSOCIATED PRESS his arrest. raining, then told officers that his man John Gill was arrested for pub-
This is a Sept. 26, 2010, file photo showing Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee is the fourth Colts player shirt was “in the water.” lic intoxication after Indianapolis
McAfee prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, in to be arrested on alcohol-related Police asked McAfee how much police found Gill passed out in a
Denver. McAfee was arrested for public intoxication after he reportedly charges this year. Team president Bill he had to drink. ditch. The charge was later dropped,
took a pre-dawn swim in a canal in a nightlife district. Police arrested Polian said in a statement that the “A lot cause I am drunk,” McAfee but Polian said then that Gill would
McAfee about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, in the Broad Ripple team was aware of the latest incident. said, according to the report. be placed in a roster category that
neighborhood and took him to an arrest processing center. “We are in the process of gather- McAfee told police that he was would keep him inactive all season.
Henderson hype proves deserved
By Tim Reynolds
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — It’s a few min-
utes before sunrise, morning dew soaking the
manicured grass of the Miami football complex,
and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland is shout-
ing words of encouragement as the biggest Hur-
ricanes run through some drills.
When it was Seantrel Henderson’s turn,
Stoutland stopped yelling — a rarity for the WILFREDO LEE / ASSOCIATED PRESS
high-energy coach. For a few seconds, he just This Aug. 5, 2010, file photo shows Miami offen-
watched in silence. sive lineman Seantrel Henderson during practice
It’s easy to stand and marvel when seeing a in Coral Gables, Fla.
6-foot-8, 340-pound man-child hop over barri-
ers with the agility of a ballerina, hits a blocking vant, loud, funny and outgoing. The one subject
sled with such force that his imprint on the foam he doesn’t apparently like discussing is himself.
rubber padding is still there when the next guy Henderson has routinely declined interview
comes through, and can pull two teammates off requests, which may be the only way he shakes
the ground at the same time. extra attention — because opposing teams are
Henderson came to Miami with expectations starting to give him plenty of that.
as long as his copious shadow, and so far, he’s When No. 25 Miami (4-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast
fulfilling them all. The nation’s No. 1 recruit a Conference) hosts North Carolina (4-2, 2-1) on
year ago is already a first-stringer on the right Saturday night, it’s certain that the Tar Heels will
side of the Hurricanes’ line, played a full game always know what No. 77 is doing.
in last weekend’s win over Duke, and is proving “He’s big, he’s physical, he’s looks an awful lot
that he was worth every bit of the hype that has like Bryant McKinnie when I was at Miami,”
followed him for years. said Tar Heels coach Butch Davis. “He’s just a
“From Day 1, when he starting pushing ev- big, massive human being. ... Obviously, he’s a
erybody off the line, when he was moving guys good athlete because he was a former basketball
back from the first day, he was showing that it player, so he’s got good feet.”
was well-deserved,” Miami running back Da- The numbers prove what Davis is seeing.
mien Berry said. “He was ready, ready to come Henderson has played 164 snaps this season,
in, ready to play. The way he picks stuff up, his including 77 against Duke (with a season-
footwork, his speed, it’s kind of amazing.” high five pancake blocks), and has graded
The book on Henderson from his teammates out at 83 percent or higher in every game —
goes like this: He’s gregarious, a video-game sa- 90 percent twice.
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I N S I DE
Host says Gary Patterson
Radio Show offers more
than just football analysis. SPORTS TO M O R R OW
The football team
takes on Air Force
Saturday at home.
J A S O N T E AG U E G R E G M CCO Y
Senior STANSLY MAPONGA KELLY GRIFFIN CORY GRANT WAY N E DA N I E L S Senior
Cornerback Redshirt Freshman Senior Senior Senior Cornerback
Defensive End Defensive Tackle Defensive Tackle Defensive End
TANNER BROCK TANK C AR D E R
CO L I N J O N E S
TEKERREIN CUBA Senior
Junior Strong Safety
TE JAY JOHNSON
PHOTO ILLISTRATION BY MATT COFFELT AND JESSICA SMITH
A mock up of TCU’s 4-2-5 defense setup, which is first in the nation in scoring defense.
Frog defense gives team a unique advantage
By Chris Blake an offense usually uses to gain an advantage on is going to give them,” Denton said. has only allowed one catch and that’s where
TCU News Now Sports Director the defense, Denton said. That is not the case Some of the rotating personnel has been a you play a lot of your one-on-one coverage,
with Patterson’s scheme. result of injuries. Weak safety Alex Ibiloye and which everybody in our conference knows
The Horned Frog defense is first in the na- strong safety Tyler Luttrell have missed time that and you have a player that can play like
tion in scoring defense, allowing 9.3 points per “A lot of what’s fun to watch because of injuries, but Tekerrein Cuba and that it makes a big difference,” Patterson said.
game, and second in total defense, giving up about the 4-2-5 is that it’s as Colin Jones have filled in for them so well that If it is solid, the man-to-man coverage al-
just 218.3 yards per game. But the numbers it has not made a difference, free safety Tejay
much like an offense as it is a de- lows the coaches to send an extra rusher at the
that make Gary Patterson’s defense unique are Johnson said.
fense because you see Gary and quarterback. The defense has sacked the op-
four, two and five. “Our whole deal is prepare as if you are go- posing quarterback 19 times this season, led
The 4-2-5 defense is a rarity in football be- the staff, they wait to see the ing to be a starter,” Johnson said. “So we don’t
cause it deploys five defensive backs, whereas by senior defensive end Wayne Daniels with
personnel set that the opponent expect any let down when we rotate people in
more common base defenses like a 3-4 or 4-3 is going to give them.” to play. We expect you to play just as well as
use only four. John Denton, radio analyst for “The one thing that the defense has been
the person you’re rotating in for.”
the TCU/ISP Sports Network, said the 4-2-5 The 4-2-5 relies on cornerbacks playing able to do is pressure the passer, which was
John Denton a concern because Jerry Hughes and Daryl
allows the Frogs to keep pace with opposing Radio analyst for the TCU/ISP Sports Network man-to-man coverage on wide receivers. Greg
offenses. McCoy and Jason Teague, who has allowed Washington were going away,” Denton said.
“It does put a lot of speed on the field,” he only one catch this season, replaced four year After allowing its first points in three weeks,
said. “It gives you a lot of variability and it also “A lot of what’s fun to watch about the 4-2-5 starters Rafael Priest and Nick Sanders at the in a 31-3 win over BYU, the defense will try
gives you the ability to adjust on the fly if you is that it’s as much like an offense as it is a de- two cornerback positions this season. Both to stop an Air Force rushing attack Satur-
see different formations.” fense because you see Gary and the staff, they have played well, Patterson said. day that leads the nation in rushing, at 346.9
Last second adjustments are something that wait to see the personnel set that the opponent “When you have a guy at the boundary that yards per game.