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MSU graduate brings
green to Big House

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
The Green Bay Packers are Amy
Fouty's Sunday team. She likes nothing
better then to sit back, relax and watch
a Packers game. But with every Brett
Favre pass, Fouty is not only noticing
his form and the pass protection but the
amount of grass that comes up with
every step of the players' cleats.
And when Fouty took charge of the
turf at Michigan Stadium this season,
the Wolverines have became her
Saturday team. She arrives at the stadi-
um early on game-day mornings to
make sure the field is in top shape for
that day's matchup. She watches dili-
gently and cringes as 300-pound play-
ers tear up her weeks of work.
"My worst nightmare would be the
fans rushing the field after a big win,"
says Fouty, standing on the sidelines
during Michigan's 34-3 victory over
Northwvestern on Nov. 6.
Fouty wasn't around in 1997, when
the fans tore up the field following
Michigan's 20-14 win over Ohio State,
but should something like that happen
again, she knows what to do.
"You just have to go out there and
replace it," Fouty says. "Somtthing you
wouldn't have had to do if that didn't
Trading sides
Fouty's i-nterest in turf and grass man-
agement sprung from her high school
days, when she worked on golf courses.
She always loved the hands-on aspect of

working at the courses, and decided to
major in turf and grass management at
Michigan State University.
When Fouty saw the opening for
Michigan's first real hands-on turf posi-
tion, she jumped at the chance to be
doing what she loved best - spending
time in the outdoors.
"I just really love being outside,"
Fouty says. "When I saw this job post-
ed, I thought it was an interesting chal-
lenge in a field that most people don't
know about or understand. I especially
enjoy the college atmosphere."
Fouty denies any allegations of
Spartan blood flowing through her veins.
But even though she's made the switch to
maize and blue, it doesn't mean that all
can be forgotten about her past.
"My co-workers still tease me about
going to State," Fouty says. "They all
say 'You know, Amy, the field is green
and white'."
Michigan's 129 total rushing yards
over Penn State may be a telling fact to
the average fan about the caliber of
Michigan's rushing game. But to Fouty
this is a telling fact, not so much about
the team, but about the field they play
Fouty's eyes light up with the thought
of the Penn State field. The Nittany Lions
play on what is considered "the field"
when it comes to northern stadiums,
Fouty said. Some coaches believe that the
incredibly short length of the grass is a
direct reflection on how fast the backs

Metal rockers collaborate, bring
S.O.D. to Harpo's after 14 years
By Adlin Rosli to all metalheads trapped in a world was while Anthrax was recording Vol. 8
Daily Arts Writer where too many heavy bands are pre- that we started to work on material fo
S.O.D is to metal what Temple Of occupied playing seven-string guitars S..D.," he said. "We all felt that if i
The Dog is to alternative rock: An and rapping about "The Nookie" didn't seem natural we would not do it.
amazing collaboration of major talent instead of the Devil. Aptly enough, "As time rolled on, the band
from one genre of music. While Temple S.O.D's new release is titled "Bigger became more enthralled with it and
Of The Dog boasts Chris Cornell and Than The Devil." felt the magic that was, is, and alway


Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Eddie Vedder as
its members,
S.O.D consists of
less commercial-
ly-known talents
such as bass play-
er Danny Lilker
of Brutal Truth,
singer Billy
Milano of
M.O.D., guitarist
Scott Ian and
drummer Charlie
Benante, both
from Anthrax.
The band

Fourteen years, however, is a very
long time for any act to wait before
releasing another album. Vocalist
Milano shared his outlook on the music
world. "Music comes in waves," he
said. "You either make the wave, ride
the wave or miss the wave. It's only a
matter of timing."
With trends rapidly and constantly
changing in the music world, waiting
14 years to release a new album trans-
lates to commercial suicide for any
act. But S.O.D has always stayed true
to the underground ethic of being
against the grain and refusing to bow
to the mainstream.
Milano also attests that the group has
always been more than just a one-off
supergroup. "S.O.D. never really broke
up, the band is something of an eternal
enigma which shows its ugly face from
time to time," Milano said.
Milano mentioned the circumstances
that led to the regrouping of S.O.D. "It

will be unique to us was still fresh and
alive," he said.
The sense of humor that filled the
band's first album with hilarious
lyrics set to heavy thrash-style music
is still present today. This is evident
on its new release via tracks like
"Skool Bus" and "Ballad Of Phil H."
On "Skool Bus," Milano sings,
"School bus, you got hit by a. It's the
closest you'll ever get to learning,"
and on the ode to Phil Hartman,
"Ballad of Phil H.," the band plays
the theme to "The Simpsons." At the
end, Milano simply says, "Your
dead." This is as touching and senti-
mental S.O.D will get.
Anyone looking for something to do
this Saturday will have to make a tough
choice, with this legendary metal super-
group performing at Harpo's and
Margaret Cho's performing at the State
Theater. After all, both are edgy, honest,
hard-hitting and hilarious.


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gained immense underground notori-
ety and acclaim back in 1985 with the
release of it's first release, "Speak
English or Die." The album was hailed
as a metal classic and remains an influ-
ential release in the annals of hard and
heavy music. Now, 14 years later,
S.O.D returns to present a call to arms

Head of the Michigan Stadium grounds crew Amy Fouty and another grounds crew member survey the field during the
Michigan vs. Northwestern football game on Nov. 6.
run. Studies have been conducted to Commencement in May, it was torn up from falling and injuring themselves.
examine this theory, but there are only in order to add more soil. After the new soil structure was put in
hypotheses about which types of grass Before this season, Michigan's field place, the new grass was laid. One of
add to players' speed. consisted of about 90 percent sand and Fouty's favorite parts of her job is the mow-
"The coaches want their grass cut as 10 percent soil. The renovation shifted ing the field, which she does three times a
short as possible," Fouty says. "Our those percentages to about 75 percent week during the summer, usually arriving at
field is cut at an inch and a quarter and sand and 25 percent soil. the stadium around 7 a.m.
I hope to lower it in the future. The This is mostly due to stability. The pro- "Its more technical then most people
coaching staff feels that this makes ject, guided by the superintendent of the think," Fouty said. "I don't just mow the
them faster." University golf course, Tracey Jones, cor- grass, it's so much more. You really
Last summer, the Michigan Stadium rected some of the problems the team have to have a good background in soils
football field also went through faced with the previous mix. The sand to do something this extensive."
major renovations. Right after the sta- helps with drainage, but a more soil-based One of the major focuses of her job
dium was host to Spring field compacts better, reducing the players during the season is keeping the players


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from getting injured. During the
Northwestern game Fouty keeps her
eyes glued to the field to see if the grass
is getting torn up. Her major concern is
if the soil is coming up along with it.
Fouty emphasizes the point that divots
are natural, and they just mean that the
grass is giving and preventing injury to
the players.
"There's a difference between a
football field divoting and it pushing,"
Fouty said. "Most people don't under-
stand that the field is supposed to
divot. You want to see that little bit of
grass come up. But if you see soil
come up with that grass that is what we
need to go out there and fix. You want
the small divots in the football field
because that is just like a scuff mark. It
means people's knees and ankles aren't
getting blown out by getting caught."
The tearing up of the grass was most
apparent during Michigan's first game
of the season against Notre Dame.
During that match-up, two-thirds of
the game was played near the 50 yard
See TURF, Page O4

In preparation for his upcoming solo debut, Perry Farrell,
the founder of two of alternative rock's most influential
groups, has released a collection of hits celebrating his 10-
plus year career. The anthology, which covers material from
both Jane's Addiction and Porno For Pyros, includes some of
the most popular songs from the two bands, as well as two
new tracks recorded specifically for the album.
Jane's Addiction, one of the pioneering bands of the mod-
ern alternative music scene, is well represented on the album.
Farrell chose to include six of his original band's studio tracks
ranging from radio staples like "Jane Says" and "Been
Caught Stealing" to the Grateful Dead tribute "Ripple,"
which was previously released on an album commemorating
that group. The only drawback to the set is its brevity; six
songs do not seem like enough of a tribute to the legendary
Porno For Pyros, Farrell's second major project, is given
more substantial playing time on the
album. Again, radio hits like "Tahitian
Moon" are present, as well as "Hard
Charger" and "Satellite of Love," Porno
Perry Farrell For Pyros' contributions to major
motion picture soundtracks. The ballad
Rev "Kimberly Austin" provides variety to
Warner Bros. the set by deviating from the guitar and
Reviewed by drum-heavy foundation of the album,
raiR Peamr showing off Farrell's musical range.
for the Daily In addition to the tracks from his two
pet projects, Farrell also recorded two
new tracks for the album, "Rev" and a techno/dance version
of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." The Led Zeppelin
cover is not very impressive; the .synthesized drums and
whined vocals completely mask the fact that the song was
ever a rock classic. "Rev," however, is Farrell at his best. The
song is a psychedelic joyride, combining Farrell's distinct
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fits in perfectly with the rest of Farrell's hits, and could easi-
ly have been recorded during the peak days of either Jane's
Addition or Porno For Pyros.
"Rev" is a showcase of Farrell's musical genius and high-
lights his major achievements spanning the last decade and a
half. It is an excellent demonstration of why Farrell is con-
sidered one of the founding fathers of alternative music as we
know it, and how he helped pave the way for bands like
Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to make it big in his
wake. "Rev" also shows how well Farrell's music has held up
with the passage of time. None of his songs have the dated
feel of other music from the late '80s and early '90s, and if
"Rev" is any indication, Farrell will also be a significant
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