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Man Bites Meatball

In sporting news, Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut, San Jose's own king of competitive eating, continued his reign of gastronomical supremacy by scarfing his way to another major league victory in Las Vegas on Nov. 8. Chestnut downed 50 meatballs in 10 minutes for a first place win at the Martorano's Masters Meatball Eating Championship, winning $1,500 and a certain case of indigestion. He was closely followed by Pat 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti, who stuffed a mere 49 meatballs into his face before the bell. The 25-year-old Chestnut is currently ranked No. 1 in the world by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

Fight for the Right to Insult

A party thrown by Santa Clara University's Alpha Phi sorority has sparked a heated conversation about campus race relations. Partygoers at the "Notorious P-H-I" event, most of whom were white, stopped just short of blackface—wearing sports jerseys, bandanas and fur coats, and using makeup to black out their eyes. In Fly's estimation, the winner of the Most Offensive Costume award was a shirt with the words "Ghetto Certificate" on it, which resembled a report card showing an A+ next to subjects including Criminal History, Sex Education and Physical Education. Once Jose Arreola, senior and director of Santa Clara University's Multicultural Center, found out about the party via pictures on Facebook, he held an emergency meeting with the center's executive board. Senior and president of Alpha Phi, Jessica Canalin, said the party was intended to celebrate hip-hop culture. But sophomore Elle Sypek brushed aside the justification. "The problem is people were hurt," she said. Canalin said that there would be no apology. "We don't think we did anything wrong. We still stand behind our theme and our party."

PGA Heads North To South County

Sleepy San Martin will soon be getting a shot of much needed economic lifeblood when the PGA Tour's Fall Series comes a calling next year. The CordeValle luxury golf resort will be hosting the upcoming Open in October 2010, according to an announcement by PGA Tour Officials and Fry's co-founder Kathy Kolder. The elite golf event's relocation from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Santa Clara County is a precursor of an eventual move to the Institute, John Fry's spectacular Morgan Hill golf course. The Institute is still in the process of being built up to host a pro-level game, having faced significant opposition from city and environmental groups after expanding from 50 acres to more than 200. Hidden in the hills of South County, CordeValle recently made No. 21 on Golf Digest's list of 75 Best Golf Courses in North America. Sure to keep out the riffraff, a round of 18-holes on the exclusive, 260-acre luxury golf course will currently set visitors back $420.


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