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COURTSIDECOMEDY Globetrotters thrill more than 3,000 in the Stroh Center with theatrical stunts

Student opinions influence interior, exterior renovations By Simone Jackson Reporter

W hen Clay ton Stewart was growing up in Michigan, the library was a place of entertainment. “Back then my CLAYTON family would have STEWART been considered low income,” he said. University “Going to the library Senior helped us get through those times.” He enjoyed going to public book readings and the resources at the library helped Stewart’s mother to find work. “It helped to establish my family,” Stewart said. Stewart, a senior and member of the University Libraries Advocates Board, has been involved in making Jerome Library a place that caters to students since his freshman year, he said. He has suggested ideas for corporate sponsorship and has collaborated with other organizations to offset some of the costs of renovating. “The best renovation was the change of mindset that we had,” Stewart said. “People saw why the library is such an important part of this campus and that helped to get ideas rolling on what should be improved.” Stewart worked as a tour guide as a freshman and said the library was not visually appealing. “The old statues and benches outside were falling apart and looked terrible,” he said. “Prospective students noticed.” Stewart asked library staff what could be done to fix the problem. The Library added new umbrella tables and benches to the deck area last August, and more external renovations are to come, said Sara Bushong, Dean of Libraries. “By sprucing up the outside, we hope students will want to come inside and stay awhile,” she said. Students who frequently utilize the library might have noticed some of these changes. “We want to make the library as accessible as possible to all students, and to do that we must continue to

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By Michele Wysocki Assistant Sports Editor

Imagine a basketball game; then add in a comedy show and acrobatics, — that’s what the Harlem Globetrotters brought to the Stroh Center Friday night. Four hours before the Globetrotters were scheduled to take the court, there were 2,739 tickets sold, said Justin Zenz, director of ticket operations. Harlem Globetrotter Kevin “Special K” Daley said the crowd was wonderful and was nearly sold out at 3,045. “The energy was there and we had

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a good time,” Daley said. “We usually feed from the crowd so today was great.” Daley said he doesn’t have any signature moves like some of the other players, but he was the emcee of the night. “I’m not the choreographer of everything,” Daley said. “I make sure that everything is going well and then we have all of these great players that are dunkers and dribblers and shooters.” He said people like to see them everywhere, but he enjoyed the fans in Bowling Green. The Globetrotters faced the International Elite in a championshipstyle game, where a trophy was presented to the winning team at the end


of the game. They recently added two new “rules” to the game. The first rule requires that in the last three minutes of the quarter, players could make a four-point shot from any of the four circles that were placed evenly between the threepoint line and half court. The second rule is that at any time a referee could send any player or players from either team to the “penalty box” to sit out for one minute. It was announced at the event that the Globetrotters are the winningest team in sports history with 24,081 wins and a 40-year win streak. Sophomore Ashley Secor said her

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Local second-hand stores offer low prices, student discounts By Christian Yarnall Reporter

Many people on campus are looking for a few ways to save a quick buck, and one way to do that is to shop at second-hand stores such as Goodwill. Ray Scalf, the general manager of the city’s Goodwill store, said he doesn’t get an over-




whelming number of student shoppers in his store, but they make up almost a third of his business. Scalf said they also offer a 10 percent discount to shoppers with a student ID. They also have an e-mail alert system anybody can sign up for that will let you know when they’re having sales ahead

“I shop here mostly because it’s really cheap” Devin Sachs | Student of time. Devin Sachs, a student of the



The BG hockey team fought back for a 2-1 win Saturday against Western Michigan to split with the No. 13 Broncos | PAGE 6

Columnist Phillip Martin believes the hype surrounding the Super Bowl is strong enough to consider making game day a national holiday | PAGE 4

Falcons earn series split

Super Bowl holiday

University, said she is a frequent shopper at the local Goodwill. “I shop here mostly because it’s really cheap,” she said. “And if you look you can find some nice name brand stuff. Plus you get the 10 percent discount if you are a

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What do you buy at thrift stores? Whatever catches my eye, I don’t go in looking for anything.

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ken radar detector, expired lottery ticket and a bottle of Banana Republic cologne stolen from an unlocked vehicle within the 700 block of Manville Ave.

1:22 A.M.

A drug violation was reported in Kreischer/Batchelder.

the Wood County Justice Center. 12:50 P.M.

Sarah Vanessa Steinmeyer, 32, of Findlay, was arrested for theft at Meijer after allegedly concealing $127 worth of merchandise. She was banned from the store and lodged in the Wood County Justice Center.

1:40 P.M.

7:17 P.M.

An ambulance assistance was reported at the Union.

A drug violation was reported in Kohl Hall.

2:50 P.M.

TUES., JAN. 24

A theft of less than $500 was reported at the Moore Musical Arts Center.

11:38 A.M.

An ambulance assistance was reported in Kreischer/ Compton.

WED., JAN. 25

A drug violation was reported at Kreischer/Batchelder.

A GPS was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle within the 200 block of S. Prospect St. It was allegedly taken sometime between Jan. 22 after 6 p.m. and 4 p.m. the present day.

8:32 P.M.

7:09 P.M.

An ambulance assistance was reported at Falcon Heights. 4:29 P.M.

Criminal mischief was reported in Harshman/Anderson. 9:57 P.M.

Criminal mischief was reported in Harshman/Chapman. 9:58 P.M.

Criminal mischief was reported in Harshman/Chapman. 11:17 P.M.

A theft of less than $500 was reported at the Student Recreation Center.

THURS., JAN. 26 Alec M. Bouria, of Rocky River, Ohio, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia in Harshman/Anderson. His age was not provided.

Alvin B. Stephens III, 22, of Bowling Green, was cited for operating a vehicle impaired near Ridge and North Summit streets.

12:29 A.M.

10:44 A.M.

1:00 A.M.

Jeric Lamar Evans, 19, of North Canton, Ohio, was cited for criminal trespass within the 200 block of N. Main St. Brittni Paige Paputza, 18, of Huron, Ohio, was cited for possession of marijuana within the 1600 block of E. Wooster St.

Shawn D. Matthews, 29, of Bowling Green, was arrested on an active warrant from Rossford Police and was transported to

Charles E. Farris IV, 18, of Bowling Green, was cited for menacing within the 1600 block of E. Wooster St. 2:31 A.M.

Cody Chance Harris, 18, of Bowling Green, was arrested for criminal trespass and underage under the influence within the 400 block of E. Napoleon Road.

9:57 A.M.

Darion J.C. Delaney, 20, was cited for open container of alcohol; and Malik Raheem Stokes, 19, of Phildelphia, PA, was cited for underage possession of alcohol within the 1600 block of E. Wooster St. Delaney’s address was not provided.

2:36 A.M.

2:10 A.M.

11:44 P.M.

12:02 A.M.

A Hewlett Packard Smart laptop and an iPhone charger were reported stolen within the 800 block of 5th St. They were worth $1,800 and $25, respectively.

James C.J. Myers, 22, of Millbury, Ohio, was cited for possession of marijuana within the 100 block of N. Main St.

4:42 A.M.

SAT., JAN. 28

10:49 P.M.

1:36 A.M.

Michael A. Brick, 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for disorderly conduct/nuisance party within the 200 block of S. Summit St. A bowling pin was reportedly thrown through the back window of a car within the 300 block of Campbell Hill Road, causing $200 worth of damage.

FRI., JAN. 27

A drug violation was reported in Harshman/Anderson.

Complainant reported a bro-

11:40 P.M.

5:22 P.M.

6:07 A.M.

1:29 P.M.

Nathan A. Nickey, 19, of Maumee, was cited for disorderly conduct/public urination near Frazee and Thurstin streets.

Joette E. Babel, 21, of Bowling Green, was cited for theft/ shoplifting at Walmart after allegedly trying to steal $163 worth of merchandise.

An ambulance assistance was reported at Falcon Heights.

4:28 A.M.

11:23 P.M.

5:21 P.M.

5:50 P.M.

Philip I. Kibisu, 31, of Bowling Green, was cited for littering in a public place within the 700 block of 5th St. Complainants reported items taken out of their vehicles within the 600 block of Elm St. One of the vehicles was locked and the other was not.

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Complainant reported items taken from an unlocked vehicle within the 800 block of 6th St. They were taken between 1 and 7 a.m. the present day. 4:12 P.M.

A red electric air pump valued at $50 was taken from a vehicle within the 700 block of Manville Ave. There were no signs of damage or forced entry. 4:45 P.M.

Two complainants reported their vehicles were entered overnight within the 500 block of Derby Ave., with a $100 GPS taken from one of them. The other vehicle did not have anything taken. 11:41 P.M.

Anna Marie Scherting, 19, of Waterville, Ohio, was cited for disorderly conduct/public urination within the 800 block of E. Wooster St.

SUN., JAN. 29

Complainant reported a purse stolen from a vehicle within the 1200 block of N. Main St. The purse was later found, but $100 in cash was missing. There were no obvious signs of forced entry into the vehicle. 1:21 P.M.

Otis R. Moore, 22, of Bowling Green, was cited for criminal damaging within the 2000 block of E. Napoleon Road. 1:31 P.M.

A black 32 gigabyte iPad 2, a 32 gigabyte iPod Touch, a pair of Dr. Dre Monster headphones and a Sony car stereo face plate were reportedly stolen out of a locked vehicle within the 1600 block of E. Wooster St. They were valued at $600, $200, $300 and $300, respectively.

Zachary S. Finley, 19, of Collins, Ohio; Joshua R. Good, 19, of Norwalk, Ohio; and Drake M. Grine, of Norwalk, Ohio, were all cited for open container and underage possession of alcohol. 12:29 A.M.

Collin M. Walker, 20, of Archbold, Ohio, was arrested for underage under the influence of alcohol within the 200 block of N. Church St. He was also cited for disorderly conduct/public urination and obstructing official business and lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 12:57 A.M.

Justyn Anthony Geraghty, 20, of Bowling Green, was arrested on an outstanding warrant within the 1000 block of Fairview Ave. He was transported to the Wood County

Justice Center and charges are pending with a reported assault under investigation. 1:06 A.M.

Vanessa Ann Heileman, 18; and Rebecca A. Heileman, 21, both of Port Clinton, Ohio, were both cited for assault within the 900 block of Klotz Road. 2:23 A.M.

Dmitry Firsov, 26, of Loveland, Ohio, was arrested for assault within the 100 block of N. Main St. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 3:40 A.M.

Kyle G. Flynn, 25, of Powell, Ohio, was arrested for criminal damaging within the 100 block of N. Main St. He was transported to the Wood County Justice Center. 4:06 A.M.

Jared R. Fries, of Norwalk, Ohio, was cited for underage under the influence of alcohol within the 900 block of W. Wooster St. 4:37 A.M.

Kyle S. Bundschuh, 19, of Norwalk, Ohio, was arrested for underage under the influence of alcohol within the 400 block of S. Summit St. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 5:42 A.M.

Anthony L. Almanza, 21, of Hamler, Ohio; and Marcus I. Baun, 25, of Delta, Ohio, were both cited for disorderly conduct/fighting within the 300 block of Ridge St. ONLINE: Go to for the complete blotter list.


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‘Net Impact’ works to replace light bulbs, save energy By Troy Chamberlain Reporter

One up-and-coming University student organization is working to cast the University in a new light – one a little bit greener. The University chapter of Net Impact is replacing light bulbs in offices around the campus as a way to significantly upgrade the efficiency of its energy use. The larger project, known as Energy Conservation Measures, involves renovating multiple facets of the University’s energy consumption. The first phase of the project was to upgrade the heating, cooling and insulation structure of the many buildings on campus, while the second phase, which began late this past spring, focuses on

HARLEM From Page 1 favorite player was Jonte “Too Tall” Hall who made five four-point shots. The International Elite and the Globetrotters traded shots all night with many interruptions of crowd participation. Kids and adults of all ages were brought onto the floor for different tasks, and they all walked away with a prize. “It was very interactive and eye-catching,” Secor said. “There was always something going on and the crowd loved it.” Aside from performing in Ohio, the Globetrotters have been to 48 states and traveled to 120 countries and were the first basketball team to play in Europe, Daley said. Daley has been on the

LIBRARY From Page 1 upgrade,” Bushong said. The Jerome Library saw about a 20 percent increased patron count compared to fall 2010, according to the library’s gate count. The new renovations might be part of the reason, Bushong said. Some students said they are pleased with the changes. “Everything I need to do is right here,” said sophomore Jamee Crosby “It is so convenient.” What was once used for library reserves is now Thinkers Café at Outtakes, a place where students can grab a bite to eat and study in the area provided. “Outtakes is a pretty sweet place, you can get a snack and the study areas are always quiet,” said sophomore Tania Timmons. About $800,000 was used to renovate the area now used for The Learning

GOODWILL From Page 1 student.” The general product price range can be anywhere from 50 cents on smaller items to $60 on some of the furniture. Robin Hofacker, assistant manager, said the store has been getting more popular in the past couple of years because of the 10 percent student

lighting, said Sustainability Coordinator Nick Hennessy. “I think it’s important that as an institution we show that we’re supportive of energy alternatives and sustainability,” Hennessy said. Hennessy said the ECM project promises “significant savings” in the total energy costs at the University, but that it is incomplete. The lighting phase of the project deals mostly with overhead lighting in campus buildings and offices, but does not address the many desk lamps and various other light sources. Hennessy said he has heard about projects to replace such lighting on other campuses and had been looking for a campus group to copy the effort at the University.

“I think it’s important that as an institution we show that we’re supportive of energy alternatives and sustainability.” Nick Hennessy | Sustainability Coordinator

“I wanted to work with a group that was really excited about such a thing,” he said. “Net Impact was a really good fit.” Gabriel Morgan, a junior international studies and environmental science major, is an active member of Net Impact. He said he became involved with the project when Hennessy told him about several boxes of compact fluorescent bulbs he had as a surplus from a past project working with two Greek organizations on campus. Morgan had

wanted to do a project like this and when he learned about the surplus bulbs, he wanted to get Net Impact involved. “Energy is obviously very important and is going to be very important for the rest of our lives,” he said. “This is just a step … but we’d like to see it turn into something bigger.” The compact fluorescent bulbs Net Impact is using are about two-thirds less energy, generate 70 percent less heat and last up to 10 times longer than tra-

ditional bulbs, according to the Ohio Department of Development’s website, w w w.development.ohio. gov. Hennessy had 96 bulbs left over from the past project that he provided Net Impact, Morgan said. The group made its first 18 swaps last Friday in offices in Hanna, University and Moseley Halls and will continue to incrementally exchange the rest. If the first wave of Net Impact’s effort is successful, Hennessy and the group will work to negotiate different sources for additional bulbs, such as sponsorships and donations, to reduce cost. The full extent of the savings the project will generate will not be fully realized until it is finished. Morgan said Net Impact is taking

pictures with workers in each office to create a photo mosaic of the project. They are also saving all the traded-out incandescent bulbs to create a visual art piece meant to educate others on total savings, which they will calculate upon completion. “The biggest thing is try to make people more environmentally conscious … each person is a lifetime user of energy,” he said. “They could be a lifetime conservationist.” THE UNIVERSITY recognized Net Impact as the best new student organization in 2011, according to the University website, www.bgsu. edu. Students who would like to get involved with the group can contact Morgan at

“It was very interactive and eyecatching. There was always something going on and the crowd loved it.” Ashley Sector | University Sophomore team for eight years and he said he got his nickname for “obvious reasons,” because he was “special.” “The owner at the time, when I was playing my first year, he came in the locker room and he said I was doing some special things on the court,” Daley said. “So he said as of today his name will be ‘Special K.” To complete the night, the Globetrotters were selling souvenirs and apparel in addition to having cotton candy and snow cone vendors walking throughout the stands. Secor said her favorite part of the night was when the Globetrotters would stop the show and start dancing.

“They were in the middle of the game and the [Village People song] “YMCA” came on and they all started doing it in sync,” Secor said. After four quarters of basketball, laced with crowd participation and continuous stunts, the Globetrotters beat the Elite 112-100 and were presented the championship trophy. Preceding the game, all of the Globetrotters’ players stood in various areas in the Stroh Center to sign autographs. “I enjoy making people happy,” Daley said. “No matter what [people] are going through in their lives, they always leave here with a smile and a good feeling.”


HARLEM GLOBETROTTER team captain “Special K,” left, reacts after being hit by a spray of drinking water thrown by teammate “Firefly” during the Globetrotters’ appearance at the Stroh Center Friday, January 27.

“Outtakes is a pretty sweet place, you can get a snack and the study areas are always quiet.” Tania Timmons | University Sophomore Commons, which is located on the library’s ground floor, Bushong said. The work on the two atriums on both sides of the library’s ground floor has been completed. One of the atriums is above the Learning Commons and the other is above a new quiet study area, Bushong said. Both were previously unused space reserved for elevators if the library was to expand. The 8th floor was reorganized and refurnished to accommodate students who want a quiet place to study. Both of these study areas were renovated to create more quiet study space after the Learning Commons moved into the library, Bushong said. In addition to some of the more physical changes, the library also improved its

research resources. The library began offering the Summon Discovery search engine to students this past August. The engine integrates various types of sources into one search so students can save time, Bushong said. “We want to reach students where they are,” she said. Text-A-Librarian is another new service being offered, which allows users to ask reference librarians questions via text message. With the many renovations and openings of new buildings at the University, it’s becoming increasingly important that the library is made into a place students want to be, Bushong said. “The Library is critical to the University’s mission,” Stewart said.

discount and just by wordof-mouth. Another thing that the store offers students are the periodic auto auctions. Scalf said sometimes they get some pretty cool classic models from the 70s and 80s, but even if they don’t have anything like that, a lot of students are still interested in possibly picking up a car that they can use for commuting to and from school or their job.

The t ickets for Goodwill’s auto auctions are $100, and the cars begin bidding at $50 to $100 dollars. Students who are looking to save a few bucks on clothes, furniture, appliances, or any other used items, can try the city’s Goodwill store, located at 1058 North Main Street. The hours are 10 a.m.9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to five on Sundays.

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PEOPLE ON THE STREET “Blouses, jewelry.”

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“Ties, coats”

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“Movies, DVDs and production items.”



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FALCON SCREECH WHAT IS FALCON SCREECH? FALCON SCREECH IS A SPECIAL ADDITION TO MONDAY’S FORUM SECTION. SUBMIT YOUR 100-WORD RANT ANONYMOUSLY AT BGNEWS.COM. As an overworked student who pays a nice chunk of change to earn a degree from this University, being charged for printing is just one of the many thorns in my side. I abhor shelling out my own hard-earned money to pay for the copious amount of documents my professors want me to have in class because my “allowance” ran out. The least the University could do is give us another printing holiday so students who are not as fortunate can feel less stressed about watching their money bleed through the ink on a 46-page comedic play. —STRESSED AND ANNOYED To the creepy guy at the Rec, stop staring at me. I smiled at you just to seem nice. I wasn’t flirting with you. Keep curling those 15-pound dumbbells and working on your abs. Maybe you should keep looking in the mirror and not at me. —STOP MUGGIN’ Why in the world aren’t dining halls open past eight on Sundays? I’m a college student; my eating schedule fluctuates! I don’t pay a ton of money to eat overpriced food from the on-campus convenience stores. And I don’t want to overwork the poor workers at 2.Mato 2.Nite! —GIMME SOMETHIN’ GOOD TO EAT There’s a fine line between asking for charity, and begging and scaring people out of their money. To the homeless man I encountered this weekend, you came on a bit strong. I would be happy to give you money if I had my wallet on me. Don’t chase me across the street, screaming at me. —DON’T GIVE A MAN A FISH Hey! What’s up ex girlfriend? Would you mind not following me EVERYWHERE I go? How haven’t you moved on with your life by now? It’s been well over a year, yet I still find you staring at me and talking about me. Just give up! —HELPLESS ROMANTIC Hello dumb bar, I wish I could get a drink without having to run into one fraternity and the less-than-elegant ladies that accompany them. Put some clothes on. No one wants to see that. A little bit of trashy goes a long way. Have some class. —BAR RANT


Super Bowl hype warrants new holiday PHILLIP MARTIN COLUMNIST I have a proposal for America … but it might not be original. Let’s push to make the day of the Super Bowl a national holiday. Think of it this way: at least we won’t have to worry about the United States Postal Service not running on this day, as it is dormant on every Sunday. The past two Super Bowls – XLIV (44) and XLV (45) – surpassed the grand finale of M*A*S*H, a longtime record holder in television ratings. The annual NFL championship being the mostwatched program in America for a day supports the argument to make the Super Bowl a holiday. Every game played throughout the season, wire to wire from August to late January, culminates with the last game. At the conclusion of the regular season is three weeks of NFL Playoffs, and then the dead week succeeds it. The dead week consists of

teams arriving at the Super Bowl site, seven days of nonstop press coverage and, most recently, the NFL Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl became the newest addition to this week of hype in 2010, when it was moved to before the Super Bowl. Previously, the Pro Bowl was played a week after to conclude the NFL season. Another thing to enjoy about the telecast of the Super Bowl is the six-hour pregame coverage. It may seem a little crazy for the network carrying the game to air the noon to 6 p.m. block, but at least it’s something to tune into on a day of rest. You can always catch a few popular stars during this massive block. For the past two years, chef Guy Fieri from the Food Network was featured on a segment. And on years Fox carries the game, you can at least see Ryan Seacrest talk to some well-known people. The most important part of this proposed national holiday must always be the game itself. Some Super Bowls are less memorable, such as XXIV (24), where the San Francisco 49ers beat the Denver Broncos 55-10.

And then a lot of the games are legendary enough to have fans talking about them for years. Take Super Bowl XLII (42) for an example. The New England Patriots became the first undefeated team of a 16-game regular season to make an appearance in any Super Bowl. The team they faced, the New York Giants, was the perfect underdog. The Giants won because of an inspired defensive line and a memorable catch by then wide receiver David Tyree. Football fans who watched that game will still talk about how quarterback Eli Manning somehow managed to escape the pass rush and how Tyree was able to pin the ball on the side of his helmet. Fans had a sense the Giants were going to win on a go-ahead fourth quarter score after that particular play. And the legend continues with a rematch in a number of days, four seasons later. One concern that would dampen the holiday is less important to most football fans – the halftime show. The show seemed to lose its luster, appealing to a safe, nostalgic audience after Janet Jackson’s infamous

“wardrobe malfunction” during Super Bowl XXXVIII (38) in Houston. The Rolling Stones’ performance during XL (40) in Detroit scared a few of my colleagues in junior high because of their older, scraggly appearance. And most of my friends agreed last year’s featuring The Black Eyed Peas was a major fiasco, especially with Usher appearing to save it. Madonna is well-known and well-liked by many, but it seems she may have a tough crowd to impress at this year’s intermission. Putting the hype and pageantry aside, the Super Bowl will always be an event to bring people together. At least it never fails to keep food and drink vendors busy around the country. You can watch Super Bowl XLVI (46) live from Indianapolis, which will feature the New York Giants against the New England Patriots around 6:20 p.m. this Sunday on NBC. Let’s celebrate a now unofficial holiday together. Party safe and enjoy the game.

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Use traffic light of life to make better decisions from green to red TARA KELLER COLUMNIST

Our lives have a traffic light. Green means go. Get your

schoolwork done and be present in the moment. Yellow means slow down. This might mean lessening your pace to smell the roses. The world doesn’t end if you’re late to a meeting. Red means stop and this


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color option has the majority of available options. Stop surrounding yourself with people who bring you down. Stop participating in habits that harm you or others. And above all, stop wishing time would go by faster.


One day it really will be all over. A couple of weeks ago, I had a rude awakening in the friendship department. I’m unsure how I didn’t see it before, but I discovered that this friend only had neg-

ativity to spew. Whether it was talking about me behind my back or blatantly criticizing me just for the sake of hurting my feelings, I could always count on him to bring my mood down to his dark level.

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Monday, January 30, 2012


We must have solutions, not Religous exemption from compromise on life issues contraceptives not broad enough ALICIA RIEDEL COLUMNIST

What is the value of a life? This is the question we are asking ourselves across a spectrum of issues in society today. Historically, we have questioned whether the value of one’s life is based on race, creed, or gender. While these questions are still raised, American culture has largely recognized the equal value of these human lives. We are now questioning whether this value is based on ability or opportunity. We further consider if suffering makes life lose its value. Perhaps you have seen the film, “180.” In this film, Ray Comfort interviews a variety of individuals and, among other questions, he asks them all the following: “It’s 1943. A German officer has a gun pointed at you. He wants you to get into a bulldozer and drive it forward. In front of the bulldozer is a pit in which there are 300 Jews who have just been shot. Some of them are still alive. He wants you to bury them alive! If you don’t do what he says, he is going to kill you and do it himself. If you do what he says, he will let you live. Would you drive it forward?” What would you do? What is the value of the lives involved in this scenario, and how do you determine this?

TARA From Page 4 what backhanded compliments he would throw my way anymore. We all have habits we know are bad. Mine extend to staying up late and complaining about tiredness the next morning and having a health-shattering need for chocolate. Other people might struggle with smoking or alcoholism. We might even be aware of our habits and lack the tools or support to pull a red light. In my experience, it’s never too late to drop a bad habit. I’m going to bed earlier and limiting myself to one chocolate bar a day … unless an emergency craving should occur.

Comfort also reworked this question and asked if his interviewees would be willing to shoot the Jews, as opposed to burying them alive, if prompted in the same way by the German officer. Does this change the situation? I viewed this film for the first time this past weekend, in a bus of more than 50 individuals headed to the March for Life in Washington D.C. This march marks the anniversary and protests the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973. On Monday, an estimated 400,000 people marched in Washington to demonstrate a belief in the inherent value of every human life, beginning at conception. Comfort’s film deals with the Holocaust as well as with abortion. In both cases, people must grapple with the issues of life and its value. Watching this film, we witnessed individuals grappling with issues of life and how, through Comfort’s questioning, a number of those who had been for abortion did a 180 and determined they are against it. (You can watch the 33-minute film online at We can offer many reasons for abortion, such as the lack of support for the mother, the stigma a young or unmarried mother may face, lack of funds to support the child, or the developing child’s disabilities. However, these problems should be addressed themselves rather than compromised with abortion. We need to support the mothers

Although some habits might be tougher to break, an effort should at least be put forth to stop. If the habit is broken, great. If not, at least you tried. Finally, the traffic light helped me figure out that if I keep wishing for life to go by faster, it just might. Last week I sat in my room and counted the days until the weekend so I could go see my boyfriend. However, I know I probably missed out on the fun activities my friends were doing. Although I missed him, I needed to realize that stewing over it would not make Friday arrive any sooner. In actuality, not wishing the moments we spent apart would speed up made our reunion that much sweeter. My younger sister Megan

“Regardless of the reason offered for abortion, we are left with the bottom line question: what is the value of a human life? Is it ever justified to kill that life?” and families who are struggling to support their born and/or unborn children. We must encourage loving adoptions. We should love everyone, including young and unmarried mothers, rather than stigmatizing them. We must, again, offer support for all those with disabilities. These are real solutions to the problems that we face. Regardless of the reason offered for abortion, we are left with the bottom line question: what is the value of a human life? Is it ever justified to kill that life? The questions about the value of human life are not going away without answers. Let us live our lives answering these questions, not hiding from them. Naturally, it will not be easy to face these issues. Even so, we can live to help each other, including growing and learning from any mistakes we have made, if we will recognize the inherent value of every human life.

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is constantly telling me she wishes high school would just be over so she could get to college and be truly happy. Knowing how she felt, I told her she’d regret not savoring her senior year. In most cases, it only happens once. Prom, senior pictures and graduation. These are the things you never get back once they’re done. I sometimes forget that I come equipped with a traffic light on the highway of life. I may not use the green, yellow or red lights equally, but the fact they’re there helps me avoid collisions and help get me where I need to go.


On May 17, 2009, President Obama spoke to the graduates of Notre Dame University. In his remarks, he stated, “Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded in clear ethics and sound science, as well as respect for the equality of women.” In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release relating to insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. It stated most new and renewed health insurance plans will be required to cover contraceptive services and counseling services. The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration website noted an exemption will be available from these requirements for “certain religious employers.” However, on January 20 of this year, HHS issued a statement that stated: “Nonprofit employers who, based on religious beliefs, do not currently provide contraceptive coverage in their insurance plan will be provided an additional year, until August 1, 2013, to comply with the new law. Employers wishing to take advantage of the addi-

tional year must certify that they qualify for the delayed implementation.” The January announcement completely reverses the August news release, which recognized an exemption for “religious employers.” As Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, remarked: “In effect … we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.” Because of the restrictive definition given to “religious employer” in the legislation, it is highly unlikely most Catholic schools, hospitals and charitable organizations would qualify for the exemption. They teach, minister to, and care for people of all faiths, in accordance with the Church’s teaching regarding the dignity of the human person. So much for the exemption for “certain religious employers.” So much for “a sensible conscience clause.” Thanks for nothing. Some major points must be made. In the August 2011 news release, HHS indirectly referred to pregnancy and contraception as a ”problem.” This choice of wording to describe pregnancy and its implications is problematic. When did pregnancy become transformed from a medical condition to a “problem”? The HHS rules violate the “freedom of exercise” clause in the First Amendment regarding religion.

Many Catholics and others have serious moral objections to sterilization and certain contraceptive methods. The HHS rules also violate freedom of conscience, which has been a defining characteristic of our country since its founding. That our nation’s government would violate such a fundamental principle is a case study in the abuse of governmental power. This abuse of power and intrusion into religious matters is unconscionable. Historically, there has been a wide accommodation for religious doctrine in this country. In 1943 at the height of patriotic fervor during World War II, the Supreme Court ruled that a mandatory salute to the flag, objected to by Jehovah’s Witnesses, was unconstitutional. More recently, the Court ruled that religious groups could discipline their own ministers without running afoul of disability laws. The Affordable Care Act itself grants a “religious conscience exemption”: for religious groups that object to certain forms of insurance. A pluralistic society requires respect for the beliefs of those who favor contraception and abortion. However, those who are opposed to these should demand and/or receive the same treatment, as President Obama promised at Notre Dame.

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BG hockey splits with No. 13 Western Michigan By Matt Nye Reporter


CONOR KUCERA, BG defenseman, holds up WMU forward Dane Walters during BG’s 2-1 victory against the No. 13 Broncos on Saturday night.

The BG hockey team split the weekend series against Western Michigan. It was a home-and-home series with the first of the two games played at Western Michigan. Game one of the two-game series was dominated by the Broncos as they began the game outshooting the Falcons 16-7 in the first period, but BG goalie Andrew Hammond didn’t let any shots by him. There was no score heading into the second period. The second period was a bit different as the Broncos would cash in on their opportunities. At the 9:50 mark of the second period, Western Michigan went up 1-0 when Dane Walters shot the puck past Hammond on a power-play for

the lead. About four minutes later they would score again as a rebound shot came right to Greg Squires and he squeaked the puck by Hammond for a 2-0 lead. With about four minutes left in the second period, Walters struck again as he put a wrist shot past Hammond for his second goal of the game and a 3-0 lead. With a little more than three minutes remaining, BG freshman Marcus Perrier carried the puck behind the Broncos’ net and threw a shot at Western Michigan goalie Frank Slubowski, which then took a weird bounce. The puck found Cameron Sinclair’s stick and he put it home to cut the lead to 3-1 heading into the third period. Sublowski then held strong in net for the remainder of the game securing a win. Shane Berschbach added

an empty-net goal in the final minute to make the final score 4-1. Sinclair ended his seven game goal drought in the loss. “It was nice to get that goal tonight,” Sinclair said. “We are a young team, when someone scores we can’t let anyone get down and just make guys fight right back after we get scored on.” Game two of the series was played at the University Ice Arena and it definitely was a homecoming for the Falcons. The game started out poorly for the Falcons as the Broncos scored just a minute into the game when Greg Squires knocked home a power-play goal. Both goalies stood tall for the rest of the period so the score

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Tennis beats Cincinnati to improve to 2-0 By Nate Doolin Reporter

The BG tennis team warranted the University of Cincinnati with a loss Friday night with a 6-1 victory, giving the Falcons a proficient start to the season and establishing a 2-0 road record. All three doubles teams set ablaze wins across the board to give the Falcons a quick 1-0 start to the match. Sophomore Nikki Chiricosta and junior Mary Hill teamed up to post an 8-3 victory in first flight competition. In the second flight, juniors Maddy Eccleston and Jade Johnson followed suit with an 8-3 score of their own. Junior Katie Grubb and sophomore Emily Reuland finished up the doubles portion with 8-4 advancement past their opponents. On the singles side of the match, Grubb started the action by taking 12 out of her 13 games to give the Falcons the early edge. Chiricosta finished next and battled hard but fell to her opponent 4-6, 2-6 in the

“We had a couple of matches forced to tiebreaker or saw an extension to the third set ...” Penny Dean | BG Coach top flight. Chiricosta nevertheless has shined this season and was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week by the league office on Thursday afternoon for her winning efforts against Duquesne. In the third flight, Reuland continued on by capturing a 5-2, 7-6 victory and in the fifth flight senior Jessica Easdale won in her marathon match of three sets, scoring 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. The final two single matches saw an exciting finish as both Eccleston and Hill stayed composed to collect wins

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Despite successes, Falcons fall to Western Michigan Dawn Christman

By Daniel Sierra Reporter

The BG gymnastics team vaulted to its highest road score of the year on Sunday, falling to Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan, 195.3-192.8. After a rough start on uneven bars, the Falcon gymnasts came roaring back on vault, scoring a 49.025—the team’s highest single event score of the season. Dawn Christman, Lacey Swords and Danielle Wishart tied for first place, each scoring 9.85 for near perfect vaults. “This is a good start to our away scores,” said coach Kerrie Beach. “We had a few misses on some events, but it’s certainly nothing that we can’t fix. We look forward to traveling again next week and trying to best that score.” The Falcons started the meet on bars, struggling to a 47.5 after two falls late in the lineup. Freshmen Alex Porter (9.65) and Gina Locigno (9.675) provided


Tied for first on the vault, scoring a 9.85 for BG bright spots for the Falcons, hitting their routines early on. Swords stuck her vault in the next rotation, the catalyst to a string of four consecutive scores of 9.8 or higher on the event, as the Falcons stormed back. “Our assistant coach Chad Wiest did an awesome job focusing the girls this week on vault landings,” Beach said. “It was nice to see them rewarded for doing explosive, powerful vaults and also controlling the finishes.” “Chad’s been trying to get us to stick every time in practice,” Wishart said. “I think it’s finally setting in now and we’re just going to keep getting better

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JESSICA SLAGLE, BG guard, drives past Western Kentucky’s Ileana Johnson during the Falcons’ 86-62 win against the Hilltoppers earlier this season.

The streak continues Slagle’s 19 points lead BG to 11th straight victory despite Miller’s absence By Nick Juskewycz Sports Reporter

Despite the absence of head coach Curt Miller, the BG women’s basketball team escaped Central Michigan, knocking off the Chippewas 77-72 in overtime. With seven seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 62, senior Jessica Slagle blew by Jalisa Olive of CMU and laid it in off the glass for the 64-62 lead. Central Michigan pushed the ball up court quickly, where Taylor Johnson snuck past Danielle Havel of BG with the reverse layup to tie the game with 1.6 seconds remaining. Slagle then fired a half-court shot as time expired but fell short. The Falcons executed in the beginning of overtime after backto-back scores from a Slagle jumper and a Havel three-pointer, giving BG a five point lead. The Falcons never looked back and earned another Mid-American Conference victory. “I always credit Central Michigan because they are a great team and they battled so hard today,” Slagle said. “But at that point [before over-



The Falcons were defeated by EMU this weekend. See a full recap on PAGE 7

time] we said we were going [to] execute and we are going to get every single rebound in this overtime. It was a great focus we came out with.” BG, now 8-0 in MAC play and 18-3 overall on the season, has won 11 straight games, an impressive streak with a young team facing adversity. “This was like the adversity bowl of 2012,” said coach Jennifer Roos, who took over as acting head coach for the contest. “The first thing I addressed to the team in the locker room was ‘welcome to Mt. Pleasant.’ This was an unbelievable environment. I think it rivals Anderson Arena.” Miller missed his first game as head coach because of a minor stroke he suffered in this past Sunday’s victory against Eastern Michigan. He is day-to-day and his return to the hardwood is unknown. BG led by as many as 11 in the first half and did not trail until the 4:51 mark in the second half. Slagle led the Falcons in scoring with 19 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds. “I think everyone pulled their own weight and it was a huge growing


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up moment today,” Slagle said. “We took a little more control today than we usually do and it was nice to see that we could ‘do it’ too.” Chrissy Steffen and Jasmine Matthews backed up Slagle with 14 points each. Danielle Havel also had 10 points to go with 12 rebounds for a double-double. Central Michigan (4-4 12-10) had some missing faces as well, playing without its top three scorers: Crystal Bradford, Jessica Green and Jas’Mine Bracey. They were suspended for their role in a fight that took place on Wednesday night against Ohio. “Central Michigan deserves a ton of recognition,” Roos said. “They had an incident that could have happened to any team and it’s an incident that they have taken care of and I respect the way they handled it.” In a 45 minute game of constant momentum swings, the Falcons faced several obstacles. Plagued with foul trouble, BG was forced to have four of their five starters playing with four fouls in overtime and

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CAM BLACK, BG center, fights for possession of the ball with Central Michigan’s Andre Coimbra (10) and Finis Craddock during BG’s 71-58 win against the Chippewas this season.

Turnovers doom Falcons against Eastern Michigan

By Ryan Satkowiak Sports Editor

The Falcons’ consistent inconsistency once again came to fruition. Looking to string together consecutive wins for the first time since late November, the BG men’s basketball team shot 34.8 percent from the field in a 55-50 loss to Eastern Michigan on Saturday night. A’uston Calhoun led the Falcons with 12 points, but shot only 25 percent from the field. “There’s a reason that Eastern’s 5-2 [in the conference],” said coach Louis Orr. “It’s about which team can play the game on their terms,

and Eastern was able to control the tempo and that makes every possession crucial.” While the Falcons’ defense held the Eagles to 36.4 percent shooting, BG didn’t do themselves any favors in terms of ball control. The Falcons turned the ball over 19 times, compared to only 11 turnovers by Eastern Michigan. The Eagles were able to score 18 points off those turnovers, while the Falcons scored only seven points off Eastern turnovers. “When you have 19 turnovers, and they get 18 points off those turnovers, that’s crucial, because that’s 19 shots that you don’t get,” Orr said. “Neither team shot a

great percentage, and we shot 13-for-22 from the free throw line, it just becomes a possession game. You can’t waste possessions, and at the end of the day we did that too much.” The Falcons and Eagles went back and forth early in the game. In the first half, the lead changed hands five times, and the teams entered the half tied at 25. The two teams went scoreless for nearly the first three-and-a-half minutes of the second half, before a Scott Thomas layup put BG ahead. The teams went back and forth again for about four minutes, before a pair of three pointers by Eastern’s

BG track has success in final home meet Allison Weimer

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The BG track and field team returned to Bowling Green on Friday for its last home meet of the season, the Tom Wright Classic. The meet showcased runners, throwers and jumpers from BGSU and the University of Toledo. Even though no team scores were kept, the Falcons put up a strong individual effort against the Rockets, winning four events during the duration of the meet. Head coach Lou Snelling was happy with the individual performances during the Tom Wright Classic. “We had some bright

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Finished first on the 600-meter with 1:36.56 spots,” Snelling said. Junior Allison Weimer was the first Falcon to finish first place on Friday, and she finished the 600-meters in 1:36.56. Snelling was impressed with Weimer’s race on Friday. “It was good to see her win,” Snelling said. “You get her in the right race and on the right track, she’ll do well.” Other Falcons who won events include junior Abby Koch, who won the 1-mile, and the 4x400 meter relay

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Darrell Lampley put the Eagles ahead. It took BG about 10 minutes to fight back, when with 3:39 to go in the game Jehvon Clarke hit a three to tie the game at 43. However, that was short lived as another three by Lampley put the Eagles back on top, this time for good. “Our shortcomings were on us,” Orr said. “It was the turnovers and the missed shots more than anything else.” Lampley led all scorers with 20 points. He shot 7-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-6 from three-point range. The Falcons continue a mini road trip Wednesday with a night game against Western Michigan.

SPLIT From Page 6 was still 1-0 for the Broncos at the end of one period. The second period had some great defense and no goals scored. The third period is where the Falcons made their statement. At the 6:10 mark of the third period, the Falcons tied the game when Camden Wojtala scored on a wrap-around attempt.

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STREAK From Page 6 Havel eventually fouled out. Additionally, BG turned the ball over 20 times and gave up 16 offensive rebounds to the Chippewas. Brandie Baker, who was doubtful to play because of a previous injury, led CMU with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Taylor Johnson also had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the two com-

bined for 15 of the last 16 points for the Chippewas. “Baker is incredibly talented,” Roos said. “We didn’t think she was going to play but she gutted it out, played hard and she really dominated the game at the end. I have to credit Brandie a lot and I have to credit Jas’Mine Matthews for digging in the way she did at the end.” BG is back in action against Northern Illinois at the Stroh Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The goal tied the game at 1-1 and it was Wojtala’s sixth goal of the season. The Falcons struck again with about six minutes to go in regulation. Senior James McIntosh scored the winning goal as Hammond shut down the Broncos for the rest of the game. With the win the Falcons improved to 8-15-5 overall and 3-13-4-3 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Coach Chris Bergeron was proud of his team’s effort and

relentlessness. “All in all I thought we executed pretty well and I thought we defended well,” Bergeron said. “Hammond made some big saves to keep us at 1-1 in the second period. Also our penalty kill came up big at the end.” Wojtala likes where the team is heading into the next couple of weeks. “I think we are playing with a lot of confidence and we are trying to get on a little bit of a roll towards the end of the season,” he said.

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TENNIS From Page 6 after finding themselves in tiebreaker situations. “I am very pleased with the way the doubles teams came out and performed today,” said coach Penny Dean. “We had a couple of matches forced to tiebreaker or saw an extension to the third set and am happy with how everyone capitalized through those tough matches.”

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Won her singles and doubles matches for BG The Falcons were picked to finish fifth in the MidAmerican Conference earlier in the year. So far this season, Eccleston and Reuland have both matched a 25-7 overall record to lead the Falcons in the win column. Hill follows with a 24-9 record and

GYM From Page 6 there. Vault’s one of our best events.” Floor exercise continued to be a strength for BG, as Megan Valentini opened the rotation with a 9.775, a score Christman matched in the anchor position. Megan Harrington (9.625), Locigno (9.725) and Wishart (9.75) added solid performances to round out the 48.65 total. The Falcons ended the meet on balance beam, fighting through errors to salvage a good road score. After a fall in the first position, Valentini (9.65) and Locigno (9.7) momentarily got the team back on track. Two more misses couldn’t shake Jamilah Ali, who stuck her challenging set to win the event, scoring a season-high 9.825.

“This is a good start to our away scores. We had a few misses on some events, but it’s certainly nothing that we can’t fix. We look forward to traveling again next week and trying to best that score.” Kerrie Beach | BG Gymnastics Coach

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“I thought they looked pretty relaxed going into beam,” Beach said. “Beam’s just that event. If you let any doubt slip into your head, you’re going to have a hard time. I think once we make those corrections, we’ll have a really great beam lineup.” Despite problems on bars and beam, the freshman class remained unshakeable. Ali, Locigno and Porter combined to hit eight routines for the Falcons, as Locigno placed second in the all-around

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short behind is Chiricosta by posting a 22-9 record to date. With all seven players on the roster having a .708 winning percentage, the Falcons look to prove that prediction wrong. BG returns home this weekend to face Chicago State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and will take on UIC Sunday at 9:30 a.m. inside the Perrysburg Tennis Center. Both opponents will be seeking their first win of the season.


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The BG News for January 30, 2012