TCU DAILY SKIFF DAILYSKIFF.COM ∙ THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009 ∙ VOL. 107 ISSUE 52 NEWS SPORTS Find out why the future Check dailyskiff.com this of the Writing Associates weekend for Skiff coverage of program is in danger. the Big 12 Championship game Friday live from Cowboys Stadium. FORT WORTH Weather HOLIDAYS AT TCU DECK THE COMMONS forecast: Snow day unlikely Gary Patterson‘s contract By Chandler Cochran extension was made official Staff Reporter at a press conference Wednesday. Students expecting a snow day Fri- Sports, page 8 day shouldn’t hold their breath. The area south of Fort Worth is pre- dicted to get snow Friday, but there is only a 30 percent chance of flurries HARDCOVER FICTION Friday afternoon, and they would BEST SELLERS affect the area closer to Waco than 1 I, Alex Cross Fort Worth, said meteorologist Dan- by James Patterson iel Huckaby of the Dallas-Fort Worth 2 Under the Dome National Weather Service office. by Stephen King The National Weather Service Web 3 The Lost Symbol site reported snow accumulation of 0.3 by Dan Brown inches in Fort Worth on Wednesday. 4 Ford County Provost Nowell Donovan said snow by John Grisham like Wednesday’s would not send stu- dents home tomorrow. 5 The Help by Kathryn Stockett “Snow like we had (Wednesday) which was not settling ... there’s no 6 The Wrecker way we’re going to cancel school for by Clive Cussler and that,” Donovan said. “Ordinary snow Justin Scott just landing on the streets isn’t a major 7 True Blue problem because we never get enough by David Baldacci of it. But the ice is a totally different 8 The Lacuna matter.” by Barbara Kingsolver He said statistics for car accidents 9 The Gathering Storm when there is ice on the ground shows by Robert Jordan and how dangerous icy conditions can be Brandon Sanderson for drivers. The university has to think 10 Pursuit of Honor about not only its students, but also CHANCE WELCH / Multimedia Editor by Vince Flynn Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills finishes counting down to the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Brown-Lupton the people who drive in at 5 a.m. to University Union on Wednesday night. open the school every day, Donovan — The New York Times said. If there are serious amounts of ice on the roads early enough in the day, Donovan said he would seriously HEALTH consider closing school early to allow Campus buys flu vaccines from SMU commuters to drive home safely be- SEE SNOW · PAGE 2 By Emily Siegel TCU health center if the university Staff Reporter would like to purchase SMU’s excess Free Flu Shots supplies of the seasonal vaccine, and TRUSTEES Board adds When: Today 5 to 7 p.m. Free seasonal flu shots will be TCU accepted the offer. Where: Brown-Lupton Health available for university students at The university received 1,200 sea- Center the Brown-Lupton Health Center be- sonal flu vaccines from SMU, she oil and gas Who: All students with ID cause of a purchase from the South- wrote. ern Methodist University Memorial “Because of the surplus, TCU has Health Center, a university official been able to offer more than one free the seasonal flu shot, now would be a said. Stacey Simpson, administrative as- sistant at the Brown-Lupton Health flu clinic,” Simpson wrote. Today will be the last free flu clinic of the year. The health center will be good time to get one, she said. “Hopefully they will be coming,” Strange said. executives Center, wrote in an e-mail that the university did not receive its small order of seasonal flu vaccines because open during office hours as well as af- ter office hours for the clinic, she said. Cheryl Strange, a registered nurse The flu season is just starting, which statistically begins at the end of November to the beginning of to its ranks suppliers focused more on manufac- at the health center, will be adminis- December and does not end until By Kim Little turing the H1N1 vaccine. tering the flu shot to students today. the beginning of April, Strange said. Staff Reporter Simpson wrote that the co-medi- Strange said she hoped all the vac- Students receiving the seasonal flu Tips to avoid Facebook cal director of SMU Memorial Health cines will be used. Two oil and gas entrepreneurs have stalkers. Center, Nancy Merrill, asked the If students haven’t already received SEE FLU SHOTS · PAGE 2 joined the university’s board of trust- Opinion, page 3 ees. The new trustees, Bruce Hunt and DINING SERVICES Duer Wagner, attended their first University adopts its own coffee brew PECULIAR FACT board meeting in November. Hunt is VIENNA - A 33-year- president of Dallas-based oil and gas old furry orangutan is company Petro-Hunt Corp. He is a winning fans on the social parent of two TCU graduates and one networking Web site By Vicky Watson “It’s a delightfully malty and choco- spice to the blend.” current undergraduate student. Wag- Facebook for pictures of her Staff Reporter laty blend with a hint of spice,” Rupert “What we like about our product, ner, who is an alumnus, heads an oil daily life in a Vienna zoo. Crabb said. “That’s because of a very aside from the fact that it’s ours, is that and gas company named Duer Wag- — Reuters Dining services has teamed up with unique bean we use.” it’s not mass-produced,” Nancy Crabb ner III Inc., with offices in Dallas and a local coffee brewing company to pro- Rupert Crabb said the bean is pro- said. “It’s a high-quality product. It is Fort Worth. vide another gift option for students to fair trade and organic.” Luther King, chairman of the board TODAY’S WEATHER take home this winter break. “What we like about Raw said the university appreciates said the Committee on Trusteeship Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters has our product, aside from local businesses. voted to add Hunt and Wagner to created a blend of coffee exclusively for “It feels good to have our consum- the board of trustees. The Committee the university, said Kelly Raw, market- the fact that it’s ours, ers buy stuff that goes straight into the on Trusteeship is made up of current ing manager for Dining Services. is that it’s not mass- community,” she said. trustees who review all trustees whose Although the university name and produced. It’s a high- The blend was decided on in a taste terms are expiring and review poten- logo have not yet been approved for test, Raw said. tial and new trustees, King said. 46 33 use in the brand, the blend is now quality product. It is “They gave us about eight profiles “We meet once a year,” King said. HIGH LOW available by the cup at Union Grounds. fair trade and organic.” of coffee blends,” she said. “The term for a board of trustees Partly Cloudy It will be available in bags to brew at The dining committee voted and member is four years. As the fourth Nancy Crabb home before the semester is over and narrowed the eight to three, she said. year is rolling around we review the Tomorrow: Few Snow manager and chief marketer will continue after the holidays, said “Students and faculty could come upcoming trustees for reappoint- Showers of Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters Nancy Crabb, manager and chief mar- by and have a free sample of three cof- ment.” 39 / 28 keter of Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters. fees,” Raw said. “It was a blind tasting, Chancellor Victor Boschini said Saturday: Partly Cloudy “We’re excited about it,” Crabb said. cessed differently than most coffee so they didn’t know which was which that some years the Committee on 49 / 36 “Our hope is that things migrate to beans. and neither did we. The blend that Trusteeship decides to add members where our coffee gets ordered at Union “They put it in a big warehouse dur- won is currently being produced.” and other years it does not. He said the Grounds as opposed to Starbucks.” ing the monsoon season and leave all The winning blend is available by chair of the Committee on Trusteeship Please remember to The blend was designed by Rupert of the windows open,” he said. “It al- the cup at Union Grounds in three is the board’s vice chairman, Clarence recycle this Crabb, manager and chief roaster of lows the bean to suck up the monsoon sizes: tall, grande and venti for $1.65, newspaper. Aduro Bean Micro-Roasters. moisture. They add a malty, peppery $1.85 and $2.00, respectively. SEE TRUSTEES · PAGE 2 PAGE 2 · THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009 DAILYSKIFF.COM NEWS CAMPUS LIFE there because it just covers Huckaby said his office SNOW Students to swap unwanted goods continued from page 1 fore the weather worsened. it up.” He said the Physical Plant monitors the weather to know would have to keep track of temperature changes to make more precise predic- By Anna Waugh dents are preparing to move or Robert Sulak, Physical when it needs to organize for tions about Friday’s potential Staff Reporter leave their dorm rooms at the Frog Trade Plant director of landscape, a large snow or ice storm, but snow accumulation. end of the semester. When: Noon to 4:30 p.m. said employees would be it already has ice melt and Junior advertising/public Forget holiday shopping. The Aryn Young, a sophomore today ready should the area get sand supplies prepared. relations major Alyssa Un- TCU Public Relations Student biology major, said she planned Where: Sadler Lawn snow or ice Friday. Students who woke up derwood said she woke up Society of America is provid- to attend the event. She said she “We spread sand along the early Friday morning saw after the snowfall had already ing holiday swapping with Frog needs to clean out things before major walkways,” Sulak said. snow flurries, but the ground ended. Trade on Thursday. the semester ends and hopes to “make a statement about con- “We try to have access from was too warm for it to cov- “I figured it would be Frog Trade is a trading event trade for some interesting items. sumerism especially during the the dorms to the dining areas. er large areas. Huckaby said (gone) though because it’s where students can exchange “I think it’s like any garage holiday season.” It takes time to get everything the ground temperature was Texas,” Underwood said. their used items for other items sale,” she said, adding that sus- “If we can all learn to use less done. We put out ice melt and 40 degrees and the air tem- “It’ll be snowing in the morn- in a more sustainable way to ac- tainability is a plus. “You’re and reuse when possible, then sand, but sand really can’t go perature did not reach below ing then 80 degrees later that quire new things, said Tiffany hoping that you find something our world will be a better place,” out until the ice is already freezing for very long. day.” Rogers, vice president of chapter really neat that someone else Whitworth wrote in an e-mail. development of TCU PRSSA. didn’t want. And the fact that “As Americans, we are social- Rogers, a junior strategic you don’t have to pay for it is ized to consume and focus on communications major, said the awesome.” materialism. This type of mate- number of trustees in the 40s. idea for the event came to her Whitworth, a sociology in- rialistic lifestyle has unintended TRUSTEES The board tried to find a “We meet once when she saw a video in instruc- structor, said he was pleased negative consequences within continued from page 1 well-rounded group of trust- a year. The term tor Keith Whitworth’s sustain- when Rogers approached him the social, environmental, and Scharbauer. ees who can contribute to the for a board of ability class at the beginning of with an idea to combine con- economic spheres.” The board officially voted school in different ways, King trustees member the semester. She said the video, cepts learned in his class with In addition to Frog Trade to add the new members in said. “The Story of Stuff,” mentioned being a sustainable event, it April but they did not start “We want to pick individu- is four years. As people throw away 99 percent “I think it’s like any will also be a fundraiser with a until last month’s meeting, als that love TCU,” King said. the fourth year of the items they buy within six garage sale. You’re drawing for an Omni Theater the second and final meeting The board looks for people is rolling around months because they break or and The Museum of Science and of the year, Boschini said. The who are willing to give time people do not want them. hoping that you History package and a $100 gift new members were nominat- to attend meetings and re- we review By spinning that statistic into find something card to The Greener Good, an ed in January, he said. view material, King said. He the upcoming an event where students trade really neat that eco-friendly store, Rogers said. A bylaw states that the said the board also looks for trustees for items they no longer want for There is a minimum donation of board can have up to 50 a balance geographically and reappointment.” items from other students, Rog- someone else 50 cents to be entered into the members, Boschini said. a balance in gender. ers said the initiative is cutting didn’t want. And drawing, and proceeds raised With the addition of the two The board currently has Luther King down on waste and helping the the fact that you will be split between the TCU new members, the board has 12 women and 34 men. chairman of the board environment. PRSSA and the Purple Bike Pro- 46 members. About 32 trustees are from “It’s basically trying to stop don’t have to pay gram. Any left over items will be King said the board does the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Antonio, Midland and Al- that whole ‘buy it, use it, throw it for it is awesome.” donated to Goodwill. not normally have the maxi- according to the 2009-2010 bany, as well as Miami, Chi- away’ and make it ‘buy it, use it, Rogers said she hoped Frog mum number of 50 members. catalog. Other trustees hail cago, Washington D.C. and Aryn Young let somebody else use it,’ so that Trade will be the start of more He said they like to keep the from Houston, Austin, San Newtown Square, Pa. sophomore biology major we don’t get rid of those things green events on campus, add- so quickly and they don’t end up ing that the university should in landfills before they need to,” her advertising class. He said he do more to improve its grade Rogers said. “There’s usually to- worked with students to brain- on the sustainability report card, that we want (students) to inflammatory pills, such as tally useful items; we just don’t storm an idea, and they decided of which TCU recently received FLU SHOTS read over and let us know if Tylenol, and they’ll be fine, continued from page 1 want them anymore.” on the Frog Trade event. a C-minus for the second con- any of the questions pertain to Strange said. Rogers said the TCU PRSSA Whitworth said the average secutive year. shot will be asked a multitude them...especially the allergy to Students generally tell the and sororities and fraternities American creates 4.5 pounds “We’re a part of that report of questions, Strange said. The eggs,” Strange said. nurse which arm they pre- have been donating items stu- of waste daily and the event will card, and we’re a part of that first question to ask a person Students receiving the fer the injection in, but that dents can trade for, and any- help the university think about movement of TCU,” Rogers said. is if he or she has an egg aller- shot most likely will not feel the dominant arm is the best thing from books to clothes to reusing and recycling belong- “We need to be a little bit more gy, which can counteract with any pain at the injection site, place for the shot, Strange furniture and electronics can be ings instead of disposing of knowledgeable about these is- the medicine in the seasonal Strange said. Students who said. traded. She said the timing is them at the end of the semes- sues and ways that we can pre- flu shot. experience soreness the next “The soreness will work its perfect for the event since stu- ter. 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Frog Trade, offered by the university’s Public Relations Stu- dent Society of America, provides a great alternative to sore feet and bad attitudes. Today and today only, bring your used items to Sadler Lawn from noon to 4:30 p.m. and trade them for other students’ used items. Not only will you experience the rush of finding a great bargain, you’ll be helping out the environment — something everyone should feel good about. The whole idea for Frog Trade aims to cut down on the 4.5 pounds of waste the aver- age person produces every day. With the end of the semester approaching, many students are packing their stuff and taking the essentials back home for break. This creates a lot of trash, and sometimes items that are still good are thrown away. Even if you just want to pass on a couple of items, think purple, live green and go to Frog Trade. Wayne Stayskal is an editorial cartoonist for the Tampa Tribune. Opinion editor Libby Davis for the editorial board. Afghan surge poorly planned The Skiff View represents the collective opinion of the editorial board. Keep African lands Obama, you do owe them a clear mission. Now, give it to them. The president did present one If it’s not the issue of plausibility, it’s the in farmers’ hands specific but implausible promise. issue of affordability He said the 30,000 troops would that must be taken enter Afghanistan on a six-month timeline and that the United States into account. would look to begin an exit strat- By acquiring these WYATT KANYER egy by 2011. That means 30,000 spending already. And if that’s not private assets in the individuals will have to make the enough, the Department of De- name of “capital President Barack Obama’s 2008 transition to Afghanistan in six fense had budget cuts in December White House run was charac- months, with the hope of get- of 2008 after the national GDP development,” a terrible terized by many great speeches. ting to go home a year later. This showed a decrease. precedent is being set Fantastic illustrations. Emotional is a promise that might be hard According to a column by in which Africans are anecdotes. Personal stories. People to keep. Obama also said in the Martin Feldstein of the Wall Street MATT BOAZ cried, people laughed, and Republi- speech that he wanted forces to be Journal, those in the Department considered unable to cans fumed as Democrats rejoiced. out of Afghanistan by 2011. of Defense and Office of Manage- Africa is known for its natural sustain themselves. That was then. The president an- Even worse, the Pentagon does ment and Budget who determined nounced Tuesday in a speech from not agree with that timeline. In fact, the cuts said the decreased GDP beauty and roaming troves of ani- Burgess made auxiliary payments West Point that he would order according to the CNN report, Gen. meant that ‘everyone’ would have mals. Unfortunately, it is perhaps to various groups to ensure that 30,000 more troops to fight in Af- Stanley McChrystal, who is actually to make cuts, not just defense. more easily recognized for its the plan could continue unhin- ghanistan, a number significantly in Afghanistan, said a 12-month Now, those cuts will be for naught, negative aspects that include per- dered. lower than the 40,000 he proposed entrance strategy would be more as the budget will actually be $30 sistent ethnic conflicts, which are Unfortunately, the people of the earlier. According to CNN.com, he realistic. billion higher. primarily a result of a late coloni- Luo tribe and members of other said more troops would assist the And this is not the first time Granted, our GDP has improved zation process that drew artificial tribes in similar situations are 140,000 troops already there (from Obama suggested a troop surge since then, and many economists boundaries, divvying up the land unhappy. They feel they have been the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty that some have called hasty. He say the increasing employment according to the whim of Euro- slighted in what appears to be an Organization, or NATO) in further said in a speech in February that opportunities are a good sign, but pean “explorers.” orchestrated business deal rather preventing Taliban re-emergence he would push for an 18-month our economy simply cannot afford While this is abhorrent in itself, than an attempt to assist foreign and “allow (the U.S.) to further ac- exit strategy from Iraq, where U.S. to make these kind of unnecessary the status and authority of govern- people in need. Villagers claim celerate handing over responsibility forces are not only fighting terror- moves. I hope the president didn’t ment remains a pertinent issue. that their crops have been flooded to Afghan forces.” ism, but also cultural and religious forget about the health care bill and This is most easily seen in Rwanda because of misrouted irrigation Obama went on to personally battles between groups like the the stimulus. Those were pretty big and Zimbabwe. The former has flows, and those who are hired to address the troops in the audi- Arabs and Kurds. investments. His party can’t be too been torn apart because of ethnic work on the farm receive marginal ence. And, again, the promises If it’s not the issue of plausibil- happy that he is pushing for this cleansing efforts and an overly positions for menial pay. This rained down. ity, it’s the issue of affordability that troop surge. zealous army. The latter has been trend is not only present in Kenya, “As your commander in chief, must be taken into account. Ac- But hey, with a national debt run by Robert Mugabe for the past but extends to other African states I owe you a mission that is clearly cording to the report, this deploy- of $12 trillion, what’s another $30 20 years, while he has essentially as well. Both Sudan and Ethiopia defined, and worthy of your ser- ment will cost $30 billion a year to billion? reigned as a dictator, oppressing have leased out large amounts of vice,” he said. carry out, an expenditure the U.S. his own people to permit his own land to foreign investors. That sounds more like a cam- economy cannot handle. Further- Wyatt Kanyer is a sophomore opulent lifestyle. The issue with this is not so paign promise than a presidency more, almost half of the national news editorial journalism Yet, these issues have risen to much an ethical dilemma, as hear- promise to me. Yes, President budget is geared toward military major from Yakima, Wash. the forefront of global awareness say and bearing false witness can as HIV/AIDS becomes more prev- result in presumptions about the alent in the region and as Feed the operations of these companies. Tips to avoid Facebook stalking Children continues to bombard But the main issue is that these televisions with starving children governments are claiming right- and their hapless parents. While ful usage of land, even if indi- this measure of poverty seems viduals currently occupy them. SXC.HU striking, it is in fact a reality for By acquiring these private assets gold to Facebook stalkers. a large portion of the continental in the name of “capital develop- Especially if you are en- population. But as the United Na- ment,” a terrible precedent is being dowed with certain tions, the Red Cross and the Red set in which Africans are consid- gifts or have Crescent continue their efforts in ered unable to sustain themselves. a badonka- the region, other organizations Foreign assistance is certainly donk. Many have begun to exert their influ- appreciated, but when it becomes Facebook ence. The newest financial trend is so overwhelming that the natural stalkers will agribusiness, focusing specifically citizens cannot even participate, MICHAEL LAUCK specifically on underdeveloped areas within its purpose is obscured. Invest- look for these African states. One of the most ment, especially in agriculture, is There’s an old saying that goes pictures and will however, prominent is Dominion Farms, a great way to begin to strengthen “To catch a thief, send one.” proceed to show them to he constant- an Oklahoma-based company run development in African states. While I try not to steal stuff all their friends. Unless you like ly chats it up by Calvin Burgess. According to However, it should be done in often (everyone takes a fruit or a bunch of creepy guys looking at with you. It seems like every time Business Weekly, Dominion leases a methodical and inclusive way cookies from the BLUU at some your pictures (which is a problem you’re online, he is too. Chances 17,000 acres near a village in Ke- so that African farmers are both point, right?), I’m afraid I may have reserved for another article) try to are, this guy is Facebook stalk- nya. Burgess claims that the area educated about new technolo- another vice: Facebook stalking. avoid doing this. ing you. With this situation watch was formerly incapable of support- gies and how to sustain their own There, I admitted it, and they do say 3) Don’t add people you don’t what you say because he may get ing crops, but villagers disagree. crops. Additionally, they should be the first step to recovery is admit- know. Usually a rule of thumb the wrong impression if you write In Kenya, farming for profit is provided with the increase in in- ting you have a problem. However, is if you never met them or only the wrong thing. Even better, just a foreign concept. This is not to come that accompanies capitalistic from what I’ve read and heard, I’m bumped into them somewhere don’t respond. Hopefully he’ll get say that the introduction of this ventures. To exclude them from not the only person on campus do- once, don’t add this person. Usu- the point. If that doesn’t work, just capitalistic endeavor would be this process is to take advantage of ing this. From my insight, I have a ally, their thought goes, “Hmm take a last-ditch measure and block harmful, it is simply not a native the natural resources and empow- few tips for those of you out there, he/she is pretty hot. I should add him. However, only do this in the practice. These villages practice er the governments to continue probably mostly girls, who feel as them to look at their pictures.” most severe cases. subsistence farming, which means to act autonomously and without if you may be getting looked up Unless you think the other person To be completely honest, they provide only for themselves the consideration of their citizens. by someone like that creepy kid in is also attractive, probably not Facebook stalking is mostly an and what they believe will be Not only is this irresponsible, but your astronomy class. a good idea to do this. Another innocent activity. I would surely needed during a year. Burgess, it represents these agribusiness 1) Keep your Facebook private. problem from this is that they rather have someone do this than after establishing contacts through corporations, not as the munifi- Most people do this, and it definite- now have the opportunity to really stalk me. However, some a missionary group in his church, cent providers that they claim to ly makes a Facebook stalker’s job annoy you with Facebook chat, may feel as if their privacy is being claimed to be moved by the sight be, but as neo-colonial powers, harder as he now has to request to which brings me to my next point. violated. These tips will help you to of “two members of the ... tribe, exercising their monetary influ- be your friend. A Facebook stalker 4) Be careful whom you chat cut down on that, but in the end, dressed in suits,” pleading for help. ence in a negative way. Surely this seeing that you profile is public is with or what you say. So you’ve accept that when you put your info He believed that his agricultural is not the type of perception that like a kid in a candy store. Keep it added that one guy from your online, if someone wants it bad efforts would provide jobs to tribe Americans want for their interna- private and you can keep caps on Connections class that you didn’t enough they can get it. members and would also compen- tional endeavors. who can see your information. really know, but he looked friendly sate those who had to be relocated. 2) Do not put up pictures of enough. When he chatted you up Michael Lauck is a broadcast After signing a 25-year lease from Matt Boaz is a senior political yourself in a bikini or revealing on Facebook, you even responded journalism and economics Kenya’s Lands Ministry in Nairobi, science major from Edmond, Okla. clothes. Doing this is like finding and had a short conversation. Now major from Houston. PAGE 4 · THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009 DAILYSKIFF.COM NEWS Man controls mechanical hand with brain power By Ariel David mained of Petruzziello’s left complete and produced several Associated Press Writer arm, which was cut off in a scientific papers that have been crash some three years ago. submitted to top journals, in- ROME (AP) — An Italian The prosthetic was not im- cluding Science Translational who lost his left forearm in planted on the patient, only Medicine and Proceedings of a car crash was successfully connected through the elec- the National Academy of Sci- linked to a robotic hand, al- trodes. ences, Rossini said. lowing him to feel sensations in After Petruzziello recovered the artificial limb and control “[The patient] didn’t from the microsurgery he un- it with his thoughts, scientists derwent to implant the elec- said Wednesday. have to learn to trodes in his arm, it only took During a one-month ex- use muscles that him a few days to master use of periment conducted last year, do a different the robotic hand, Rossini said. 26-year-old Pierpaolo Petru- job to move a By the time the experiment zziello felt like his lost arm had was over, the hand obeyed the grown back again, although he prosthesis, he just commands it received from was only controlling a robotic had to concentrate the man’s brain in 95 percent hand that was not even at- and send to the of cases. tached to his body. Petruzziello, an Italian who “It’s a matter of mind, of robotic hand the lives in Brazil, said the feed- concentration,” Petruzziello same messages he back he got from the hand was AP PHOTO / Courtesy of Bio-Medical Campus University said. “When you think of it as used to send to amazingly accurate. This undated photo made available from the Bio-Medical Campus University of Rome on Wednesday shows Pierpaolo your hand and forearm, it all “It felt almost the same as a Petruzziello’s amputated hand linked with electrodes to a robotic hand, seen at top left, as part of an experiment, called becomes easier.” his own hand.” real hand. They stimulated me LifeHand, to control the prosthetic with his thoughts. Though similar experiments a lot, even with needles ... you Paolo Maria Rossini have been successful before, can’t imagine what they did to neurologist the European scientists who me,” he joked with reporters. ed Press the experiment was we can keep the electrodes send to his own hand.” led the project say this was the While the “LifeHand” an important step forward in.” It will take at least two or first time a patient has been During the month he had experiment lasted only a in creating a viable interface While that approach is three years before scientists able to make such complex the electrodes connected, he month, this was the lon- between the nervous system necessary when the whole try to replicate the experi- movements using his mind to learned to wiggle the robotic gest time electrodes had re- and prosthetic limbs, but the arm has been lost, if a stump ment with a more long-term control a biomechanic hand fingers independently, make mained connected to a hu- challenge now is ensuring survives doctors could opt prosthesis, the experts said. connected to his nervous sys- a fist, grab objects and make man nervous system in such that such a system can re- for the less invasive method First they need to study if tem. other movements. an experiment, said Silvestro main in the patient for years proposed by the Italians, con- the hair-thin electrodes can The challenge for scientists “Some of the gestures can- Micera, one of the engineers and not just a month. necting the prosthesis to the be kept in longer. now will be to create a system not be disclosed because they on the team. Similar, short- “It’s an important advance- same system the brain uses to Results from the experi- that can connect a patient’s were quite vulgar,” joked Paolo er-term experiments in 2004- ment on the work that was send and receive signals. ment are encouraging, as the nervous system and a pros- Maria Rossini, a neurologist 2005 hooked up amputees to done in the mid-2000s,” said “The approach we followed electrodes removed from Pe- thetic limb for years, not just who led the team working at a less-advanced robotic arm Dustin Tyler, a professor at is natural,” Rossini said. The truzziello showed no damage a month. Rome’s Campus Bio-Medico, with a pliers-shaped end, Case Western Reserve Uni- patient “didn’t have to learn and could well stay in longer, The Italy-based team said a university and hospital that and patients were only able versity and biomedical engi- to use muscles that do a dif- said Klaus-Peter Hoffmann, at a news conference in Rome specializes in health sciences. to make basic movements, neer at the VA Medical Cen- ferent job to move a prosthe- a biomedical expert at the on Wednesday that in 2008 The €2 million ($3 million) he said. ter in Cleveland, Ohio. “The sis, he just had to concentrate Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the it implanted electrodes into project, funded by the Euro- Experts not involved in important piece that remains and send to the robotic hand German research institute the nerves located in what re- pean Union, took five years to the study told The Associat- is how long beyond a month the same messages he used to that developed the electrodes. Federal Reserve releases most positive outlook in two years By Jeannine Aversa The main challenge for Fed Still, holiday hiring expecta- about the holiday sales outlook. Many manufacturers said ward pressure on rents and AP Economics Writer Chairman Ben Bernanke, tions nationwide were mixed, The Fed survey also found they were “optimistic about little, if any, new development. who will be on Capitol Hill on the Fed report said. And most that manufacturing conditions the near-term outlook.” But By contrast, the housing WASHINGTON (AP) — Thursday seeking confirmation private economists predict generally showed some im- makers of construction-related market — sales and construc- The economic recovery gained for a second term, is to sustain that even as the pace of mas- provements. materials were still pessimistic, tion activity — improved traction in late fall as shoppers the fledgling rebound, especial- sive job losses slow, the nation’s Biopharmaceutical compa- mostly because of expectations across much of the country, spent a bit more and factories ly after the benefits of govern- unemployment rate — now at nies in the Boston region not- that problems in the commer- according to the Fed survey. A bumped up production. That ment support fade next year. a 26-year high of 10.2 percent ed that revenue increased. The cial real estate industry will be collapse in the housing market, assessment Wednesday by the To that end, the Fed is ex- — will continue to climb into Dallas region reported stronger prolonged. which dragged down home Federal Reserve marked its pected to hold a key bank lend- next year. Some predict it will activity for makers of high-tech In fact, commercial real es- prices, thrust the country into most upbeat view since the ing rate at a record low near rise as high as 11 percent by the equipment, paper and petro- tate conditions continued to a recession. A sustained turn- economy tumbled into reces- zero when its meets on Dec. middle of 2010 before slowly chemicals. Upticks in food-re- deteriorate, the Fed report said. around in housing is a key in- sion two years ago. 15-16. Economists predict the drifting down. lated production also were Most regions were plagued by gredient for a lasting economic The Fed’s new snapshot of Fed will keep rates at super-low The Fed warned last week mentioned in some regions. rising vacancy rates, down- recovery. business barometers nation- levels well into next year. that it could take five or six wide found that conditions With Wednesday’s survey years for the job market to re- have generally improved since also finding that inflation re- turn to normal. the last report in late October. mains under control, the Fed That’s why Bernanke and Eight of the Fed’s 12 regions has leeway to hold rates at re- others think that consumers surveyed reported some pickup cord lows. The central bank — while appearing to hold up in activity or improved condi- hopes that will entice people fairly well now to all the nega- tions, the Fed said. Those re- and businesses to step up tive stresses — may turn more gions were: Boston, New York, spending, which would bolster cautious in the months ahead, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapo- the economy. restraining the recovery. lis, Kansas City, Dallas and San Although the jobs market Consumers in late Novem- Francisco. remains lousy, the Fed survey ber spent more, with general The four other regions — found some scattered signs of merchandise and auto sales Philadelphia, Cleveland, Rich- improvement in some markets. improving across much of the mond and Atlanta — described In the Boston region, some country, the Fed report said. conditions as little changed or businesses were starting to hire Unsure of customer demand, mixed. and reverse pay cuts or wage most merchants were keeping The new report adds to evi- freezes implemented earlier in stocks fairly lean during the dence that the economy is re- the year. The St. Louis region holiday season. Yet some retail- MCT / Eric Seals bounding after the worst reces- noted that the service sector ers suggested that they have re- Shoppers wait in long lines at a Target store in Madison Heights, Michigan, as they took advantage of holiday sales on sion since the 1930s. recently started to expand. cently become more optimistic Friday. FEATURES DAILYSKIFF.COM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009 · PAGE 5 Homemade gifts for Santa’s list By Katie Ruppel Features Editor Tired of generic, store-bought gifts this Christ- Book Frame Fleece-tied Blanket • 2 yards of fleece fabric (can be different patterns/colors or the same) mas season? These easy, home-made presents will • old book with sturdy cover • sharp scissors surely fulfill your creativity craving! 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Slowly pour 1/2 cup of warm water into the bowl and knead to- gether. Add all the water and continue to knead until the mixture reaches a thick dough consis- tency. Add food coloring to your own desire. Lay Record Bowl • record To: Fe the mixture out on a flat surface and press the Horned llow • oven safe bowl/pot cookie cutter into it. Make sure the en- Frogs tire cookie cutter is filled with the mix- • cookie sheet Love ture. Dry the soap for 24 hours on the The S:k Set oven to 200 degrees. Place the record on top of the bowl or pot, which you cookie cutter side so both sides dry. Pop iff out the soap and tie on a ribbon for an will then place on the cookie sheet. Put the record in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, watching closely. Once the record starts to form over the shape of the bowl or pot, elegant look. take it out and quickly mold it into the bowl shape you want. 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The humor were his cheeks. ending was a funny twist. With That potential is quickly stomped could have saved the movie but Unfortunately, the rest of the more coaching from director on with the bad acting in the first the quirky comments and sexual camera work may have been Daniel Chapman, a sophomore scene that foreshadows the major- innuendos did not pan out with equally innovative but was not FTDM major, the actors could ity of the movie. the slow, unnatural acting. Even cut well during the editing pro- have made more of the humor The film begins with some the drunk party scenes are unbe- cess. The sound effects also suf- work out. friends hanging out in their dorm, lievable. fer from editing as some of the In the end, the bloopers dur- complaining about how dirty, To top it off, the mysterious punches sound like a broken ing the credits show the actors loud and unlivable the place is. main character, Ernie, takes un- snare drum and the stabs like and crew having a fun time A strange man claiming to be the usual acting to a new level with boxed wine being punctured. making the film, which is one new resident assistant eavesdrops his overblown moaning and un- The gore scenes are also crucial part of making of a good and begins to tell them a tale of explainable transformation from a weak. The two extremes be- movie. The director had the au- true hell in their very dorm. college boy with noisy dorm neigh- tween lack of gore completely dacity to take on the challenge of The acting is either overdone bors getting on his nerves to (spoil- or globs of fake blood make the a horror movie and can hopefully or underdone; sticking with one er alert) a masked killer who mur- killing scenes not only unbe- clean up the mistakes for his next type of acting could have had a ders his entire dorm’s occupants as lievable but plain inconsistent. project. humorous twist but mixing the well as the dean of the school in However, the score by music The film will be showing in the Courtesy of GEORGE CAGLE two together makes the director’s revenge. In revenge of what is the composition major Kyle Roder- Brown-Lupton University Union “Dormitory of Doom” is a student-directed short film about a goal for the type of film confusing. unanswered question. ick is well-composed and well- Auditorium on Dec. 6. masked killer who stalks the campus. MADISON DONAHUE / Staff Designer PAGE 6 · THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009 DAILYSKIFF.COM NEWS & SPORTS ACCOUNTING VOLLEYBALL Neeley among highest Team proud of wins versus CPA pass rates in Texas big-time California squads By Seth Dahle and UCI was No. 2 (Big West), “They’re a great team,” Lew- By Victoria Watson cent rate and six candidates. ing the exam, Pfeiffer said. Staff Writer and we took them both out. It is said. “It’ll be a great battle.” Staff Reporter TCU, which ranks just below “It’s a little too narrow to fo- was just showing everybody Ashleigh McCord (3.93 Hardin-Simmons, had 67 can- cus on just what’s on the CPA It has been quite a year for that this small, little, private kills per set) and Natalie Bo- For the second year in a row, didates. exam,” he said. the TCU volleyball team. Texas school could play with gan (3.23 kills per set, .344 hit- Master of Accounting gradu- Ray Pfeiffer, an accounting The exam is only part of the The Horned Frogs’ 26 wins big California teams.” ting percentage) lead a speedy ates at the university have professor, said TCU scored the greater picture, Wallace said. and 13 conference victories are In the two matches, the Owl offense, while Tracey Lam achieved one of the highest highest of the eight schools it “They do a good job for pre- the most in school history, and Horned Frogs averaged a .282 (5.44 digs per set) and Bogan pass rates in Texas on the Cer- considers competitive for mas- paring us for passing that CPA the second-place finish in the hitting percentage and com- (.96 blocks per set) control the tified Public Accountant exam. ter’s programs in Texas, which exam, which is a major hurdle Mountain West Conference bined for an astounding 120 defensive end. In the July-August 2009 does not include Hardin-Sim- for us coming out of school,” marks the best finish since the “They’re very quick,” senior test window, university MAc mons. Wallace said. “Working into an team was runner-up of the “We’re thrilled Lauren Otto said. “We’re just graduates passed the uniform Pfeiffer credits the quality of educated individual who has 2004 Conference USA regular- going to go down there and accounting exam at a rate students the program attracts the certification to go ahead season. to have the play hard, play like a team and of 71.78 percent, said Elaine and the strength of the MAc and start being a contributor But now, TCU can add an- opportunity, and play like we have all season.” Cole, public relations manager program for its success. to your employer is perhaps other monumental feat to the it’s even better Although TCU is in the for the Neeley School of Busi- “It certainly helps that the more important.” record book — its first NCAA Omaha Regional, the team’s ness. Graduates of the program education we give them in Pfeiffer said the recognition tournament appearance. since it’s against first destination is Austin, scored one of the highest pass our master’s program is very caused by the pass rate helps Thanks to a solid RPI rank- Rice. We played where No. 2 Texas (24-1, 19-1 rates in Texas for the exam last strong,” Pfeiffer said. “We have the school attract more appli- ing (44), a 12-1 finish and key them last year Big 12) awaits next door. year during the same testing really high-quality courses cants. wins against New Mexico, Col- “We’re thrilled to have the window, she said. taught by some of our best fac- “People that are apply- orado State, Long Beach State and had a poor opportunity, and it’s even bet- The Texas State Board of ulty members.” ing to MAc programs want and UC-Irvine, the Horned performance, so ter since it’s against Rice,” Hud- Public Accountacy reported Brian Wallace, a MAc stu- to know that the degree they Frogs (26-6, 13-3 MWC) re- we know we son said. “We played them last Southwestern Adventist Uni- dent, said the numbers give get will get them a good start ceived an at-large bid and will can do it if we year and had a poor perfor- versity, Rice University and students confidence that they in their career,” he said. “Any take on the Rice Owls. mance, so we know we can do Hardin-Simmons University will be well prepared. news that our program is do- “It’s fantastic for these young just play well.” it if we just play well. This year with the highest statewide CPA “This is the test that is ing something that is helping ladies to have this opportuni- we’ve definitely been picking Christy Hudson pass rate. The first two schools dreaded and feared by every- our students become stronger ty and get there,” head coach up our game a lot so we’re just junior volleyball player had a 100 percent pass rate but one,” he said. candidates for jobs and then Prentice Lewis said. “I’m ex- excited to play in the UT gym only one candidate each. Har- The MAc program is not better professionals certainly cited because I know what it and show what we’re made of.” din-Simmons had a 83.33 per- solely based on students pass- is helping.” means and I know everything kills as a team. TCU has even offered a free that goes on, so it’s very easy for Junior Christy Hudson av- bus ride and ticket for fans, stu- me to explain it to our athletes.” eraged 14 kills, while senior dents, and staff members who With no postseason tourna- Kourtney Edwards tallied 28 want to make the three-hour ment in the Mountain West, kills total. trip. TCU concluded the season Rice (23-8, 11-5 C-USA) is Colorado State, the Moun- with critical wins against Long making its third appearance tain West champion, and New Beach State, a tournament in the Big Dance and is on the Mexico were the other two qualifier, and UC-Irvine (No. heels of a conference champi- conference teams that made 69 RPI). onship win against Tulsa. Af- the tournament. “It was huge,” senior Katelyn ter defeating the Hurricane, The Horned Frogs’ match is Blackwood said. “Long Beach the Owls upset No.17 LSU in slated for Thursday, December State is the Big West champion its regular season finale. 3 at 4:30 p.m. ty backing you up,” he said. The athletics department PATTERSON “There is no way we could do and program has been built continued from page 8 this as a university, as a foot- slowly but correctly, he said. to climb,” Patterson said. ball program without them.” “You don’t make quick de- When signing the extend- In the previous recruit- cisions, and you make deci- ed contract, Patterson said ment years, the only thing sions for the right reasons, his first priority was his staff. hanging over the university’s even though you don’t win “Head coaches get most head was not having the op- at the time, and you keep of the accolades but you for- portunity to play for a BCS moving forward,” Patterson get that to have a coach have game and the national cham- said. “You don’t fall down the success it means you have pionship, Patterson said. mountain, you set stones in to have a great staff, players, “Those walls were knocked place that are going to protect program, and the universi- down,” he said. you and catch you.” Frogs already won on the possible opponents in the BCS road in the rain over Clem- Fiesta Bowl. While putting continued from page 8 son and there’s no reason any two of the three small loser of the SEC Champi- to revisit it. But if Georgia schools (TCU, Boise St. or onship whether it is Florida Tech, a one-point favorite, Cincinnati) against each or Alabama. Either would wins the ACC, TCU would other would be a nightmare be highly ranked, bring be an appealing choice as far as filling the stands plenty of fans and the bowl along with Cincinnati. If and getting sponsor money would keep its SEC con- the Fiesta Bowl passes on goes, if they had no choice, nection. Iowa the first time around, Cincinnati would be the 2) This is where things the Orange Bowl would pick. It would at least set begin to get interesting. also have to strongly con- up a new matchup of unde- Fiesta would have the sider the Hawkeyes. feated teams. If Pittsburgh next pick once the Big 12 If Cincinnati wins their wins, there would be no Champion (Texas) goes final game (effectively the choice but TCU vs. Boise to the title game. They Big East Championship State, round two, in the could consider the runner at Pittsburgh), I think the Fiesta Bowl. up in the Big 10 (Iowa), Orange Bowl would make 5) Finally, the Sugar Boise State, the Cincin- the most geographically Bowl is left with another nati/Pittsburgh winner and reasonable pick and take easy pick — this time, TCU. The Horned Frogs the Bearcats. However, if because there is no other would be more appealing the one-point underdog choice. If Cincinnati or than Cincinnati or Boise Pittsburgh Panthers pull off TCU are still around, they as they will likely be the have to be selected here. If No. 3 team in the country not, the only other teams and Fiesta Bowl Chairman I believe the Fiesta that have a realistic shot at of the Board Alan Young Bowl is most a BCS game are Iowa and said, “(How well a fanbase interested in TCU Boise State. Three of those travels) is quite important. four will have been selected It really is an issue to us and will do what at this point, so the re- and is always a concern, they have to in maining team, most likely but we’re convinced at this order to assure Boise State, would get the point that TCU would be they get the Frogs. most appealing bowl a great travelling team and matchup against Florida or bring a lot of alumni and Alabama. fans to the valley.” an upset, we’re very likely I believe the Fiesta Bowl The decision would to see SuperFrog in Miami. is most interested in TCU come down to TCU and The difference between Pitt and will do what they have Iowa for the second pick, and TCU is too great to to in order to assure they and I think the Fiesta Bowl pass up the No. 3 team. I get the Frogs. If they know will have to lean towards think Cincinnati will pull the Orange Bowl will take Iowa. The Hawkeyes have through and claim an Or- us third if they pass the a massive fanbase, which ange Bowl bid. first time, I think they will would satisfy advertisers 4) If the Frogs fall this take a risk and pick TCU and bowl officials. They far, there is no way the second. I could also see need to fill the stadium as Fiesta doesn’t scoop them them taking Iowa first with best they can, and Iowa up here. The Fiesta repre- the knowledge they can simply has a greater ability sentatives seem the most pick the Horned Frogs later to do that than Cincinnati, interested in TCU, but I on. We will not see the Boise State or TCU. I think think financially they have exact order Sunday, as they the Fiesta Bowl makes the to take Iowa first. If they just announce the games safest move from where land both, there will be once they’re finalized, not they stand and picks Iowa a celebration Sunday in the picks. second. Arizona. It is TCU’s turn to knock 3) Next up, the Orange If the Fiesta Bowl takes down the BCS door, and Bowl gets to consider who a risk by selecting TCU they’ll do so in Glendale, they would like to play, with the second overall Ariz. Clemson or Georgia Tech. pick, I can see the Or- If Clemson wins the ACC ange Bowl gladly taking Josh Davis is a junior Championship, then TCU the Hawkeyes. That would news-editorial major is clearly not an option. The leave Cincinnati or Boise as from Highland Park. ETC. DAILYSKIFF.COM THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2009 · PAGE 7 Today in History On this day in 1947, Marlon Brando’s famous cry of Joke of the Day “STELLA!” first booms across a Broadway stage, elec- Q: Why don’t acrobats trifying the audience at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre work in the winter? during the first-ever performance of Tennessee Wil- A: They only do liams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire. 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While the Fiesta, Orange would fall to the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowls are all pos- and TCU would have a very sibilities, reading the BCS tea realistic shot at a place in leaves and an understanding the National Championship of how the bowls are chosen game. leaves one option most likely. With that in mind, the First and foremost, there finals picks should play out is an order to how the BCS like this: bowls select teams every year. 1) In what is considered Once the automatic qualifiers the no-brainer of the remain- are placed in their bowls, the ing choices, the Sugar Bowl remaining slots are “drafted” would select first to replace from eligible schools. the SEC Champion, who will PAIGE McARDLE / Staff Reporter TCU will be selected in be in the National Champi- Head coach Gary Patterson calls a play from the sidelines during a home game against Texas State on Sept. 19. one of the final five spots, as onship Game. They will pick they are the highest-ranked Patterson signs on through 2016 non-BCS team. Where they BCS SELECTION SEE BCS · PAGE 6 By Sara Humphrey cess has helped the univer- The university’s athletics “We want to keep the Staff Reporter sity reach it’s goal of provid- director, Chris Del Conte, whole team together as we 1) The National Champion- teams. If Texas wins, it would ing its students with a “total said Patterson wanted to continue to build our pro- ship takes the BCS No. 1 and likely mean Sugar would National reports that university experience,” Bos- cross out any rumors or gram, and that was the big No. 2 teams. have first pick, followed by the university’s head foot- chini said. “The excitement speculation that he was leav- thing we needed to have 2) The other bowls are filled Fiesta. ball coach, Gary Patterson, on the field extends way be- ing the university. happen,” he said. in with their automatic quali- 4) After that, the order of was extending his contract yond the field and the stu- “He wanted to come out Patterson said although fiers based on conference the final three picks rotates were confirmed Wednesday dents who play on the team. and say ‘Hey, this is my he does not feel like the ath- championships (Rose: Pac yearly. This year, it’s Orange, morning by university offi- It is also carried over to our house. I am not leaving my letics department’s work is 10 and Big 10, Orange: ACC, Fiesta then Sugar. cials. campus, our city, and really house,’” Del Conte said. done, they are now crossing Sugar: SEC, Fiesta: Big 12), as 5) The Big East Champion Patterson accepted a con- across the country,” he said. Patterson extending his the threshold of what they long as they are not the BCS (Cincinnati/Pittsburgh win- tract extension to remain in “I am pleased today that we contract is a new beginning want to do as a football team No. 1 or No. 2. ner) and the highest ranked the head coaching position can look forward to many for the university but also and a university. 3) The bowls that lose one non-automatic qualifying through 2016, said Chancel- more exciting Horned Frog a continuation of what the “We still have a mountain of their automatic qualifiers team in the top 12 (TCU) are lor Victor Boschini. football teams, especially athletics department has to the championship get the guaranteed a BCS bid some- The football team’s suc- with Coach Patterson.” been doing, Del Conte said. SEE PATTERSON · PAGE 6 next two picks of eligible where in the final five picks.