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Students place the battery pack into Quantum on Day 3 of the race.
'U' solar car team takes 4th
consecutive national win
'Pimp My Ride' hooked me up.
'Knight Rises' to new
heights in Nolan's
Senior Arts Editor h
To say that the final install-
ment of Christopher Nolan's
("Inception") Batman trilogy
goes out with a
bang would be *****
things go boom. The Dark
Yes, Hans Zim- M
mer's score -
more frenetic At Qual"y16
than ever - bor- and Rave
ders on manic,
reaching deaf- Hater Bros
ening levels. But
it's at its quietest when "The Dark
Knight Rises" truly astounds. It's
in whispered monologues that the
characters make their most indel-
ible, potent utterances. "A storm is
coming," Anne Hathaway's Selina
Before that stormarrives,we're
shown a post-Batman Gotham.
Organized crime is down, and
the caped crusader once hailed
the city's hero has been made the
enemy, blamed for the death of
the man Gotham remembers as
their white knight. Eccentric bil-
lionaire Bruce Wayne (Christian
Bale, "The Fighter") has taken to
the shadows to nurse his physi-
cal and metaphysical wounds, as
his batsuit gathers dust. But Kyle
awakens Mr. Wayne to the gath-
ering storm. A calculating, cool
catburglar, she poses somewhat
of a threat, but is nothing stacked
up against the behemoth Bane
(Tom Hardy, "Warrior"). Despite
ever-loyal manservant Alfred
Pennyworth's (Michael Caine,
"Inception") deepest pleas, Bat-
man gets back in the game.
There's nothing sleek or intri-
cate about Batman and Bane's
encounters. They brawl with
brutish, bone-crunching feroc-
ity. Hardy's sheer immensity is
astounding, and Nolan's liberal
interpretation of the character
makes for one hell of a movie vil-
lain. While Heath Ledger's won-
derfully twisted Joker was an
agent of chaos, Badie is something
entirely different. He's pure evil,
a terrorist dead set on unleashing
America's worst nightmare upon
See DARK KNIGHT, Page 11
Poor weather much more complex than sim-
ply driving a car. In total, the
conditions caused race involves seven University
vehicles - lead car, chase car, a
difficulties, not semi-trailer, media car, scout car,
-r e a weather car and, of course, the
detrimental solar car.
Frantz said all of these cars
By GIACOMO BOLOGNA and work in a concerted effort to pro-
KAITLYN BYRNE duce the most efficient driving
ManagingEditor andFor the Daily possible by sending information
to a computerized control center
The University's solar car in the chase car. Recommenda-
team set a new record in the tions based on these results are
American Solar Challenge on then radioed to the driver of the
Saturday, crossing the finish line solar car.
in St. Paul, Minn. 10 hours and 18 Engineering sophomore
minutes before any other com- Rohan Shah drove the car to its.
petitor. last stop in St. Paul, where he
The team delivered the said he and the rest of the team
University's seventh national ran out of their cars to celebrate
championship in the event, the University's seventh national
which has been held 11 times championship.
since 1990. "It was an amazing experi-
Engineering senior Jordan ence," Shah said. "It felt awe-
Feight, the team's race manager, some."
said he communicated between Shah said the race was not all
divisions throughout the race fun and games. He said there
to make sure they were hitting were five and a half hours of dif-
their time marks and credited a ficult driving through turbulent
team effort for the victory. weather with strategists advis-
"Near Erie, there were tor- ing drivers by earpiece.
rential downpours where a few He added that even though
teams got stuck, and we pow- he's practiced driving the car in
ered through when essentially the rain before, the low visibility
no other team was able to do it," caused by the hour and a half of
Feight said. "This was a huge heavy rain they drove through
advantage for the rest of the race Saturday made parts of the ride
as well." particularly difficult.
Engineering senior Aaron "I have to take more precau-
Frantz, the team's opera- tion to make sure the tires are on
tions director, said the race is the road at all times, take turns
slowly and think about a lot more
things when driving in the rain
(as opposed to) driving on dry
roads," Shah said.
With no windshield wipers
on the car, Shah said he had to
almost totally rely on his chase
car to tell him to turn slightly
left or right or to slow down for
"They're talking to me every
couple of minutes - sending
status checks and asking how
everything is going," Shah said.
"I owe them a lot because they're
the ones that protected me on the
road and made sure that I drove
Shah said staying on the road
throughout the race was the
trade-off he faced for not driving
as fast as he would've liked Sat-
urday, while a lot of teams were
trying to go, or break, the speed
By Saturday morning, though,
speed was hardly a concern for
the University's team.
"We knew we would win the
race today," Shah said. "We just
did what we usually do - just get
to the finish line first."
He said the team is now look-
ing forward to the World Solar
Challenge in Australia, where
Shah recalled that they've only
managed to come in third place
in the past.
"Next year we want to' make
sure we actually win it," he said.
"We are a capable team - capa-
ble of being the best."