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The Strokes ruled Billboardlive

They came, they played… and they left. Sure, the Strokes had already conquered the audience that came to see them perform at Billboardlive well before they stepped out of their bus. Singer John Casablancas didn’t so much as utter a complete sentence without a four-letter word tucked in between, and took hold of the microphone as if he were about to fall asleep any moment.
But that’s part of the mise-en-scene that makes the Strokes all the more exciting to hear and see. The sound of their short but well-knit set, that here garnered a couple new tunes not included in their debut, but which expand their range of rhythm and melody, enraptured the packed venue.
Boys moshed close to the stage, making the security toughies frantic and overly concerned. These kids were not out to make trouble, just like the band they came to see. They body-surfed back and forth, wave after wave, and those who weren’t bouncing up and down at least banged their heads.
Anyone who’s heard a Strokes song can say that it’s a very catchy collage of 1970’s-laden punk rock. Some say it all sounds the same, but that is not precise. The fair thing to say is that each song is an angle of John Casablancas’ musical persona, and sometimes some angles seem superimposed.
But look?and listen?closer and you will notice that even his muffled voice and dejected poise are more complex than they seem. It’s a careful study in expression. He’s got IT, and doesn’t even have to try making IT in order to make his emotions come across. How many times he will be able to match this subdued energy on stage and in new compositions, is the riddle that, so far, his audience has not picked up on. But the record executives decked on the VIP lounge at Billboardlive surely staked much into whatever IT is.
We’ve heard all the naysayers claiming that the boys from the boarding school had it easy, that the collegial look and dress of the Casablancas gang is the stuff of teenage-girl morning dedication, but ask somebody sans the class-bias and jealousy, and chances are they will remark on the tightness of the group as a whole.
The guitars played by messieurs Hammond and Valensi never miss a chord, sounding full and round in tone, yielding a cascade of fast and fancy riffs. Bassist Fraiture hangs back with drummer Fabrizio Moretti and put the engine into motion so the driver, Casablancas, can careen the vehicle in fast-gear around jaw-dropping cliffs of sheer energy.
With lyrics that mix innocence, bravado and jadedness, the tunes that make up their debut album Is This It? echoed around the venue propelled by the compliant fandom present, and those who were not so familiar with the band left with at least a couple of choruses playing in their heads along with the buzz from the outrageously loud speakers.
The Strokes played all the tunes they had in about one hour and then left the stage, prompting many in their audience to ask: “Is this It”?
Brazilian drummer Moretti still managed to throw in a solo performance, sipping from and handing out a beer bottle to the audience; he then threw himself onto the throng, only to be restored back onstage and into the paws of a misguided security honcho.
Yes, that was It.
And it is up to define the elusive pronoun.

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Sports Briefs

SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Miami swimming team competed at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville on Friday. The College of Charleston slipped by the men’s team, 93-89, while the UM women posted victories over North Florida, 129-97, and the College of Charleston, 132-62. Miami’s Manon Van Rooijen continued her impressive sophomore season by winning the women’s 200-yard medley (2:07.25) and the 100-yard backstroke (59.42). Her performance in the 100-yard back was just 1.84 seconds short of the Miami school record set by Amy Bosseler (57.58). Junior Elaine Schwartz won the 1000-yard freestyle (10:33.71). In the relay events, the Miami women won the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.59) and 200-yard medley (1:50.04). For the Miami men’s swim team, senior Wesley Stoddard took first in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:21.44) and 500-yard freestyle (4:49.89) while finishing second in the 200-yard medley (1:58.96). The Hurricanes next travel to Boca Raton to face Florida Atlantic on Feb. 2.

TRACK & FIELD
All-American Kareen Clarke won the triple jump with a leap of 12.91 meters (42-04.25), and women’s 4×400-meter relay finished first with a time of 3:43.30 to lead the University of Miami at the Carolina Elite Invitational in Chapel Hill, NC. Clarke, a three-time All-American and defending BIG EAST Champion, wins for the second consecutive week. Clarke won the triple jump last weekend at the Florida Intercollegiate. Clarke currently ranks No. 1 in the nation in the event. The women’s 4×400-meter relay of senior Wylleshia Myrick, junior Saraque Whittaker, senior Jenise Winston and junior Jamillah Wade provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, March 8-9, in Fayetteville, AR. In the first day of competition, freshman Lauryn Williams won the 60-meters with a school-record time of 7.35 at the Tarheel Elite Invitational. Williams, who established a school-record in winning the 55-meters last weekend at the Florida Intercollegiate, is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 60-meters. Her winning time is the fastest in the nation this year and provisionally qualifies her for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

FOOTBALL
Hurricanes head coach Larry Coker won the Bear Bryant Award on Thursday night as the NCAA football coach of the year. In his first year, the 53-year-old led the Hurricanes to the national title. Coker is the first rookie coach to win a national title since Michigan’s Bennie Oosterbaan did it back in 1948. No rookie coach had won the Bryant award since Army’s Tom Cahill in 1966. Coker beat out Mike Bellotti of No. 2 Oregon, Gary Barnett of Colorado, Ralph Friedgen of Maryland, Frank Solich of Nebraska, Ron Turner of Illinois and Nick Saban of LSU. The award was presented by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.
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UM wins despite poor shooting

Sometimes winning a game doesn’t necessarily equal playing the best brand of basketball.
On Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes defeated Seton Hall, 56-54, at Miami Arena despite shooting just over 30 percent from the field. The Hurricanes also struggled at the line, connecting on just 15 of 26 free throws, while turning the ball over 21 times.
Miami played an excellent game on the defensive end, however, holding the Pirates to just 35 percent shooting from the field and forcing 26 turnovers.
“Any time you get a win in the Big East, you have to be extremely happy,” UM coach Ferne Labati said. “I don’t think either team is really satisfied with the way they played, but the Big East is a struggle and every game is going to be decided by one or two points.”
For the second game in a row, Miami was led by Shaquana Wilkins off the bench. The 6-2 sophomore shot just 5-of-19 from the field, but her team-high 15 points and 11 rebounds seemed to give Miami another scoring option besides Chanivia Broussard and Meghan Saake. Wilkins’ solid play of late has also boosted her confidence level in a big way.
“I guess today wasn’t a good day for me shooting, but I never gave up and that’s really given me a lot of confidence coming into games,” Wilkins said.
Wilkins was also the only Miami player to score in double figures. Meghan Saake posted nine points for the Hurricanes, but again proved to be one of the best defensive players in the country, recording eight steals.
“Offense and defense are two different aspects of the game,” Saake said. “I know that if I’m not playing real well on offense, then I can make it up on defense.”
Both teams came out shooting blanks in the first half, which ended with Miami on top 23-20. Wilkins led the Hurricanes with seven at the break, while freshman Melissa Knight put up six. The Hurricanes shot a frigid 23 percent in the first half, however, and Labati wanted the team to make some adjustments in the final 20 minutes.
“We knew we were rushing our shots and just not playing our game in the first half, and Seton Hall was doing the same thing,” Labati said. “We told our kids to power the ball inside and go to the free throw line, and I think they did a great job at really looking into the interior and we got to the foul line as well.”
The Hurricanes travel to Queens, New York today to get ready for their 7:30 game tommorow night at St. Johns. The Red Storm have been one of the Big East’s doormats in recent years, but Labati is still expecting another tough game.
“We’ve got to be ready to play at St. John’s,” Labati said. “When you’re on the road, you have to be more focused and you have to play better than you do at home.”

Another Close Call

What appeared to be a bland game on paper, was instead one highlighted by several clutch shots and late game heroics, as the Hurricanes defeated the Providence Friars, 102-96 in overtime on Saturday at Miami Arena.
It was also the breakout game for sophomore phenom Darius Rice, who scored a season high 32 points. He was Miami’s answer for the Friars’ hot shooting, carrying the offensive load in the first half. He scored 20 of Miami’s 37 first half points and at one point scored 13 straight.
“I was just focused,” said Rice, who finished 13-of-17 in the game, including 6-8 from three-point range. “The team did a great job of finding me in the open spots and they just kept hitting me.”
With the score 86-86 and five seconds left in the game, Rice made an open three-pointer from a feed by John Salmons. Then with a second left in the game, Abdul Mills threw up an off-balanced shot that somehow managed to go in for the Friars.
The Hurricanes were about to endure their second straight overtime game.
“After Darius hit the three, we wanted to get back and contain the basketball,” UM coach Perry Clark said. “[Abdul Mills] hit a very very difficult shot and that is the way it goes sometimes.”
The Hurricanes began the overtime with an emphatic dunk by Rice off a missed shot by Marcus Barnes. From then on, Miami never looked back and went on a 7-2 run. With 23 seconds left to go, Michael Simmons sealed the game by making both of his free throws and increasing the Hurricanes lead to four.
The Friars (10-9, 1-4 in the Big East) shot the ball extremely well throughout the game, shooting 49 percent from the field and converting on 14-of-31 shots from behind the arc.
“The reason why they struggled before was that they had not made a lot of their three-point shots,” Clark said. “And I was fearful coming in that sooner or later they would get off that streak, and it happened in the first half.”
The Friars led 48-37 after the first half of play, but the Hurricanes (17-2, 4-2) came storming out in the second half, going on an 18-8 run. It was the result of a stingy defense that did not allow the Friars much room to work.
On the offensive side, Elton Tyler made a series of shots inside the paint while Rice continued his hot perimeter shooting. Two minutes into the half, James Jones made a three-pointer to give the Hurricanes a 59-56 lead.
“We came out and played hard, pressured the ball, got some easy looks and knocked them down,” said Salmons, who scored 23 points. “It all started with our defense.”
The lead was short-lived, however, as the Friars broke through the Hurricane defense and made several three-pointers and lay-ups to regain the lead.
Ryan Gomes was instrumental in the Friars comeback, creating second chance opportunities, battling for rebounds, and making open shots.
Nevertheless, the Hurricanes kept responding with a high-powered offense of their own. Salmons made key shots inside the paint, while Jones and Rice hit outside shots to keep the Hurricanes within striking distance.
“Certainly, we are excited about the victory. I think it will give us momentum,” Clark said. “But it will only get harder.”
The Hurricanes continue their homestand against Villanova (10-4, 3-2) on Thursday night.

Parking Blunders

Just when I think the bigwigs of the University of Miami can’t sink any lower than they have, they strike again and pull another boneheaded move.
As I walked back to my room in Eaton after a refreshing Christmas break, what to my wondering eyes should appear? A brand new patio in front of the building replete with concrete tables and chairs. What did I not see? At least six parking spaces that they needlessly paved over to create this patio. Who made that decision, and would somebody please fire him, her, or them? I absolutely can’t understand why any intelligent individual or individuals would decide to do such a thing. At what point, after hearing students’ incessant grievous complaints about the atrocious parking situation, does one decide to make it even worse?
Now, we all know that parking is always a problem on campus, but this year it is absolutely horrifying. And, judging from the latest decision, it is not going to get any better. With the biggest freshman class ever and much of the serpentine parking lot out of commission because of construction, students almost always find themselves desperate to find any spot in any lot. It is like living in New York City.
School authorities suggest parking in the garage or in the Metrorail parking lot on Ponce de Leon Boulevard. If that fails, they suggest we get to campus a few hours early. However, on at least five occasions, I have arrived at 10 a.m. (four hours before my first class) only to find that every legal space in every legal parking lot has been taken. Moreover, cars are jammed into illegal parking spaces. And without fail, the trusty meter maid is handing out tickets or Jose’s towing company is confiscating someone’s car.
What’s more, I recently appealed a parking ticket and as of yet have not received a reply. Is it too much to ask that they answer my appeal?
And so I ask the administration, what are we to do? Should we just stay home? Circle the campus for hours? Walk to school? Maybe the university could pave over all of the parking lots, making it illegal to park anywhere. Or maybe they could simply order us to slip a $20 bill under our wipers should we have the audacity to park on campus.

Travis Atria is a sophomore majoring in English literature and minoring in complaining about the school.

An examination of desktop scrawl

If you wish to feel the pulse of college students, then read the scrawl on the study stations situated near the walls and windows of the Richter library. These eclectic snapshots of mystical rumination, adolescent angst, and disturbing perversity mostly represent neither graffiti nor art.
Rather, I contend that library squiggle chronicles the recurring themes of college life, nay, of life itself. Like the ancient cave dwellers who meticulously etched images into walls-of gods, cosmic objects, animals, and themselves-the modern caveman records nothing less than his humanity onto portable wooden desks.
Anger verily fills the heart of many a squiggler. Some declare “X is a bitch.” Other messages abound that are even less honorific while others still disparagingly implicate entire fraternities and sororities.
Sexual scrawl almost reads like a page from a Dr. Kinsey book. There is no shortage of the “for a good time, call 123-4567” variety, but other decidedly explicit messages have been sleazily recorded as well. Not just a few write of their sexual exploits, the details of which even the notoriously horny folks might find too difficult to swallow. Just imagine the possibility that someone you know, some sober classmate of yours, is unashamedly asserting their sexual beingness on these desks.
Spirituality also has a place on the desks of life. Several messages exalt religious icons. Others more or less say that God loves us. At least one desk asked why God permits suffering in the world, a query that was subsequently answered with missionary zeal by another writer.
The studious scrawlers manage their rage, restrain their libidinous energies, and keep themselves from ascending too far into the realm of deity. They keep their messages simple and encouraging: “I need to do well,” they write. Others offer their readers practical wisdom. Exhorts one: “Study: You’ll need money.”
Our library is not merely a vast book collection. Although I sympathize with librarians who consider scrawl to be nothing short of intolerable defacement, one cannot ignore the possibility that from the scrawl we can gain quite a lot of insight into the human condition.

Raj Singh is a junior majoring in philosophy.

Cellular Divide

Professors at the University of Miami have no sympathy for student emergencies. While they may be great researchers, and a selected few great teachers, they fail to understand that when a student’s cell phone rings, it’s always an emergency.
Today’s college student lives under a lot of pressure. The student of the 21st century lives in a very demanding environment. We are expected to be connected to the world-our own and beyond-at all times. We are expected to keep up 24-7 with Osama, the Taliban, Harry Potter, Cruise and Cruz, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, lovers, massage therapists, personal trainers, football scores, lotto numbers, the latest designer drugs-and still pay attention in class. That’s a load, and in this age of multi-tasking, there’s so much we can do. One missed call could ruin a life. No call must be left immediately unanswered.
I don’t own a cell phone, but I find it offensive when professors ask students to turn off their incredible shrinking Nokias or worse-leave the room when the tiny gadgets fill the room with Beethoven’s Ninth or La Cucaracha. It is you who should leave. Give the students some privacy.
I empathize with those students who are blasted for letting their phone ring and responding to local and global emergencies. Especially the women. They risk losing a week’s worth of life should they not pick up immediately. That one call could be the tanning salon trying to confirm the weekly appointment. Or the beautician trying to reschedule the weekly waxing session, daily facial or collagen shot. Or worse-the plastic surgeon trying to confirm the weekly tummy-tuck. What if they were the last to know about Prada’s burka fashion show in Milan or the latest gossip on their best friend’s lover’s drinking binge? Or what if the United States found Osama? That could throw their weekly schedule into a tailspin, which would require them to immediately reschedule their activities.
Students, carry on. Don’t hesitate to interrupt class to tend to your emergencies. The lectures, professors, will have to wait.

Margarita MartIn-Hidalgo is a senior majoring in print journalism and international studies.

News Briefs and Campus Calendar

UM’S TEMARES NAMED ONE OF BUSINESS WORLD’S TOP 100 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERS
M. Lewis Temares, Ph.D., vice president for information technology at the University of Miami, has been named by Computerworld Magazine one of the business world’s Premier 100 IT Leaders. The award honors individuals who have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology.
Now in its third year, the Premier 100 IT Leaders award is recognizing Temares for exceptional technology leadership, innovative approaches to business challenges, and effective execution of comprehensive IT strategies. He will be honored at a March conference in California.
Temares was selected from hundreds of nominees who most closely matched Computerworld’s Leadership Index, a set of characteristics that describes those executives who guide the effective use of IT in their organizations. Honorees include executives from The Bank of New York, Hewlett Packard, Staples, and FedEx Corporation. Only three other award winners are from Florida: IT leaders at Office Depot, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and Walt Disney World. Only one other IT leader in U.S. higher education made the list.
The professor has worked at the University of Miami since 1980 and has been vice president for information technology for 10 years. He also has been dean of the College of Engineering for eight years and has served the University in a variety of leadership roles. Prior to joining UM, Temares was at Hunter College and Baruch College of the City University of New York. Throughout his career, he has received numerous honors for his leadership in information technology.

UM Students get award
We are very pleased and proud to announce that three UM Honors students received recognition in the recent Florida Collegiate Honors Council writing contest. They are Ms. Asma Uddin, 1st place in the Junior/Senior Documented Research or Critical Thinking; her entry is entitled “Dismantling Boundaries: A Defense of Max Black’s ‘Metaphor'”. Ms. Rossana Arteaga, 4th place in the Junior/Senior Documented Research or Critical Thinking; her entry is entitled “Nancy Prince: An Odyssey through Institutional Oppression”. Ms. Christine Alvarez, 3rd place in the Freshman/Sophomore Critical Thinking; her entry is entitled “The Real Hedda Gabler”. In addition, Ms Uddin has been asked to present her paper at the FCHC conference at New College next month.

Today
The Sports and Recreational Interest Club Federation, made-up of 30 clubs, hosts an Open House from 5-7pm, where sports club officers staff information tables to promote their club’s activities.

The School of Education Center for Research hosts psychologist Dr. Jerome Bruner for a lecture entitled The Culture of Education, from 5-6 p.m. today at the Storer Auditorium in the School of Business Administration. Dr. Bruner and Dr. Carol Feldman, also a psychologist at New York University, will be leading a series of guided discussions for faculty, students and interested participants January 22-25.
Questions? Contact the School of Education Center for Research at 305-284-5756, or mailto:Research.SOE@miami.edu.

CAC Movie- Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Wednesday 23 January
Last day to add a course.

The UM School of Law Office of International and Foreign Programs and the Civil and Comparative Law Society present a discussion by Ambassador John O’Leary (U.S. Ambassador to Chile from 1998-2001) at 12:30pm-2pm in the School of Law room 109. Chilean food will be served. RSVP is required. Questions? Call 284-5402.

Renown fashion photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber and associate producer Nan Bush will hold a question and answer session following a screening of their 2001 film Chop Suey at 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Bill Cosford cinema.

Entries for Intramural Basketball, Wallyball, and Racquetball are due today. Forfit deposits are $20 per team. Play in all three sports. Games begin January28. All UM students and faculty are welcome to play.

Games night at Rathskeller from 7-9pm.

Thursday 24 January
Greek Life: Fraternity Forum.

Friday 25 January
The 2001 University of Miami National Football Champions will be honored in downtown Miami with a tickertape parade and courthouse rally today. The parade will begin at Bayfront Park and stretch west
on Flagler Street where it will end on the steps of the Miami-Dade County Courthouse, 73 W. Flagler Street, in downtown Miami.

At 7 p.m. this evening a campus celebration will be held on the University’s Campus Green featuring the entire UM team and coaching staff. Alumnus Roy Firestone, one of the nation’s best known
sportscasters and ESPN show host, will act as Master of Ceremonies along with former player Don Bailey and “Voice of the Hurricanes” Marc Vandermeer.

Friday Grove on UC Patio from 11:30am-1pm- Shufly

Happy Hour at the Rathskeller from 4:30-8pm-Rhumboogie

Monday 28 January
Seeking Volunteers. Get Involved in the Community in 2002. Come speak one-on-one with 75 local non-profit agencies from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m.today. Find out what they do and about possible volunteer opportunities at their agencies. For more information contact the Butler Volunteer Services Center at
305-284-GIVE.

Alpha Kappa Psi. Attention all business majors and minors Alpha Kappa Psi, The Professional Business Fraternity, will be having its spring recruiting from today to February 7. If you are interested in networking with Business professionals nationwide, please contact Valerie at 305-323-9230 or at Valeri004@hotmail.com.

Intramural Basketball, wallyball and racquetball begins. All UM students and faculty are welcome to play. For more information contact Jason Carroll at 305-284-8518.

Tuesday 29 January
CAC movie- Moulin Rouge

Wednesday 30 January
Last day to drop a class without a “W”.

The next Smoking Cessation Program. Free to all UM insurance holders, will begin today. Call Jennifer Pinto at 305-243-3209 for more information.

“Once in a blue moon” at the Rathskeller from 9-12pm.

Friday 1 February
Friday Grove on UC Patio from 11:30am-1pm.

Happy Hour at the Rathskeller from 4:30-8pm- Erica Summers.

Monday 4 February
Guns N Violence Awareness Campaign

Tuesday 5 February
Asian Music Students Concert (various artists) today at 8pm-10:30pm at Victor E. Clarke Recital Hall in the L. Austin Weeks Center. Admission is free.

CAC sneak peek at the Cosford Cinema from 9-11pm: Collateral Damage.

Wednesday 6 February
Open mic/ poetry night with BAM at the Rathskeller from 7-9pm.

Friday 8 February
Friday Grove on UC Patio from 11:30am-1pm.

Happy Hour at the Rathskeller from 4:30-8pm- Erica Summers.

Queen for a Day

The Ford Commitment to Kids Award was recently awarded to UM student, Jenna Edwards, Founder and President of Queen For a Day, a program that hosts tea parties and donates tiaras to terminally ill children throughout the United States.
Edwards, who has 13 years of pageant experience, is a Communication Studies and English major at UM.
The Queen For a Day program began in June 2000 after Edwards’ mother, Debbie, suggested the idea in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi.
Since then, Queen For a Day has become a nationally recognized non-profit organization with chapters in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Jackson, and Miami. Each chapter is run by area directors who work in close contact with Edwards.
There are approximately 50 chapters in Jackson, Mississippi, and 25 in Miami-that is, a total of 75 terminally ill children have received a tiara and a tea party.
“I believe this program has the potential to be a huge philanthropic endeavor that encompasses many cities and communities throughout the nation,” said Edwards.
Edwards has received a large response from pageant winners throughout the country who have donated their tiaras via Internet postings and word of mouth.
“It was a great idea to post announcements on the web,’ said Edwards. “The response has been incredible”.

Alumnus philanthropist honored

The rededication of the newly renovated Intramural field last Thursday was organized to honor UM alumni Dr. Michael Yaron for his gracious contribution of $1.5M to the University of Miami.
“It was my way of saying thank you,” said Dr. Yaron.
Yaron said the university and the Coral Gables community took him in as a poor Israeli immigrant and he reiterated his gratitude in his speech saying:
“UM was to me the ultimate university before I joined and it still is to this day.”
The event was attended by various UM groups, Mayor Sleiznick of Coral Gables, the UM vice presidents, former UM President Foote, Sebastian the Ibis and President Shalala along with Yaron and his family.
Students and other interested guests witnessed the groundbreaking on the new fieldhouse, which will house an equipment checkout window and bathrooms to the over forty thousand students expected to use the field every semester.
Yaron graduated from UM in 1971 and now lives with his wife and children in Pennsylvania. He met with the UM rugby team in which he has a special interest as he played rugby while studying for his PhD at Oxford.
“I asked [the team] their opinion on the new field and one member said it best-simply ‘its better’,” Coach Williams said. “It’s a great thing he’s done for the school and the students appreciate it.”
Later on after the groundbreaking the rugby team gave both Dr. Yaron and President Shalala UM rugby shirts as a token of their appreciation.
“Thanks to Dr. Yaron this dream has been achieved today,” said Wellness Center director and UM alumni Norm Parsons.
“I am always asked what is my encore as president after in less than a year on the job. UM has won national championships in both football and baseball,” President Shalala said. Pointing at the field she went on to say, “This is the encore.”

Involvement Fair sparks interest

This semester’ Spring Involvement Fair last Thursday took place under an unseasonably hot sun and attracted a large number of inquiring students despite the fact that it was not heavily promoted.

In fact, except for the students in charge of running their clubs’ booths, few students knew that the fair was taking place, and even less planned on attending the event. However, although not well publicized around campus, the Hip-Hop Club was more than willing to inform any passers-by that something big was going on.

Student DJs, Chaos, Dick Dickerson, and DJ Nebulous made musical contributions on the turntables. Their heart-pounding sounds could be heard from the far side of campus. In between musical sets, club founder, Lenny “White Russian” Kagan, took control of the microphone, free-styling and promoting the club’s independently produced CD.

“Despite a few minor problems, the fair went very well,” said Leslie Brown, coordinator of the event.

Brown spearheaded the fair for the Committee on Student Organizations (COSO), and has been organizing “pretty much since last semester’s involvement fair.”

“My biggest challenge was making sure everyone showed up,” Brown said. “The only real complaint by any of the present clubs regarded the absence of what they thought was enough campus-wide promotion.”

Only a few of the student organizations failed to show up, but everyone who did had a good time, feasting on free popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, and pizza.

The Big Cheese, a sponsor of the event, was savvy enough to donate hundreds of slices of its pizza to ensure that everyone was well fed, while promoting the fun.

Once the music and the promise of free food drew students to the patio, the clubs were now under the gun to do their parts in attracting potential members to their tables, and to their causes.

Groups such as Bacchus, Golden Key, the Equestrian Club, ROTC, and the Hillel Student Organization offered everything from condoms to smoothies.

New single-focused (specialized) clubs, such as the Paraguay Student Association (PSA), had their first opportunity at the fair to present themselves.

The PSA is one of a handful of new clubs, looking for students to get involved in university life this semester.

Club leaders reported excellent recruitment numbers and expressed excitement in a promising semester ahead.

With the exception of a few minor glitches, the Spring Involvement Fair was a huge success.