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SUMMER WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2013 Volume 92, Issue 104


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Former Councilman leaves, new member appointed

City council discussed and held a nomination for a new council member at its meeting on Monday night. A total of six people each gave a three minute presentation to the council and audi ence members to secure the position of the Fourth Ward. First Ward coucil member Daniel Gordon said the position includes the remaining six months of Greg Robinette’s term from now GREG ROBINETTE  FORMER COUNCILMAN until December, as Robinette took a leave of absence from council because of his active duty in the Army Reserves. After a 5-1 vote from city council members, resident Robert Piasecki was nominated to fill in for Robinette for the remainder of the year. “It’s exciting; there were more candidates than expected,” Piasecki said. “It’s interesting to see so many people interested in the council [decision].” Gordon said the length of the term for the Ward positions are two full years, while the At-Large positions are four years for each active city council member. There will be a final nomination for the full position of the Fourth Ward in November.


Speed limit increases on six highways

The Ohio Department of Transportation recently passed legislation permitting speeds to increase on certain sections on Interstate 75 from 65 to 70 mph, which was put into action July 1. The final decision to put the discussion of change into action was released to THERESA POLLICK the public in May, said Theresa Pollick, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICIER public information officer for ODOT. There were six total interstates which increased speed limits totaling 570 miles out of 1,332 miles of interstate highways in Ohio. Interstates that were all changed to 70 mph include: I-70, I-71, I-75, I-76, I-77 and I-90, according to the ODOT press release, which was available in May. Speed limit changes on I-75 begin just outside of Toledo going south until just north of Dayton. It does not include Findlay or Lima, according to the press release. ODOT made 317 new signs that were placed right before the speed change in order to alert everyone, which totalled a cost of approximately $8,287.19, according to the press release. The money came from the state’s transportation budget bill. The signs that were replaced throughout the interstates were: eight “Reduced Speed Ahead” signs, 48 brand new speed limit signs and 261 sign pieces, which will overlay the current “65” number with the new speed limit number, according to the press release. The interstates which were selected to up the speed limit to 70 mph are “outside urbanized areas,” according to the press release.



Academic Honesty Policy will undergo revisions after nine years By Michelle Black Reporter

After nine years of the academic honesty policy being enforced by the University, revisions are just around the corner. The purpose of revising the policy will be to create fair consequences among students who have chosen to be dishonest when engaging in their academic work, said David Neely, vice president of the Undergraduate Student Government. The academic policy expects students to be honest when conducting their academic work by not plagiarizing or cheating. If students are caught doing so, consequences could include expulsion, suspension, having to withdraw from a course or many other results, according to the Academic Honesty Policy on the University’s website. Neely said he has been tackling the revision process with the president of the organization, Alex Solis. “We’ve been working on it for a little over a year,” Neely said. “It’s very out dated.” The current policy can be challenging to understand and read. “The procedure to appeal a case as a student isn’t the easiest,” he said. “We’re trying to make sure students are well represented and get a fair trial in a case when they’re faced with plagiarism.” The new policy will not only result in fair punishments after

being academically dishonest but will include positive outcomes allowing students to learn from their mistakes. “The policy has no learning outcomes to it and it punishes people for being academically dishonest as opposed to ever having a learning outcome,” Neely said. Neely’s main goal is to make revisions to the policy, allowing students to be treated fairly depending on how dishonest they were when doing their academic assignments. “The same procedure and punishment are applied to those who plagiarize one line or those who plagiarize an entire paper, which is unfair to students,” he said. Senior Anthony Cornwell agrees that the policy can result in harsh punishments that shouldn’t always take place. “I believe it’s fair for students to have [different consequences] because sometimes students may forget to cite the smallest thing,” Cornwell said. “Things like that should result in points being taken off of an assignment rather than getting kicked out of school.” Despite the revisions creating fairness, he believes the current policy should stay the same. “I don’t think it should be revised,” Cornwell said. “Some things just should be left the same and untouched.” However, senior Cathryn Winters See HONESTY | Page 2

New regulations might limit work for students


Changes to University policy limits students from working more than 28 hours a week By Zach Knapp Senior Reporter

Students who work on-campus are beginning to be limited to 28 hours of work a week in an attempt by University employers to sidestep health care coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly refereed to as Obamacare, mandates that employers with more than 50 employees are required to provide health benefits for employees that work at least 30 hours-a-week or else they must pay a fine. According to the United States Department of Labor, employers do not have to offer their full-time employees health benefits until January 1, 2014, but are required to evaluate which employees fit the basic requirements for full-time employment in 2013 before getting the benefits. SAMB’S SERVES residents at the Lunch in the Park event on Friday, June 28.

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Dawn Chong, director of Student Employment Services, acknowledged the difficult situation student workers have been put in due to the new requirements in a Student Employment Services press release. “After reviewing government updates, regulations, and consulting with other Ohio universities, we have decided to limit the total number amount of hours students can work on the BGSU payroll each week,” Chong wrote. “We understand that this decision will mean a loss of hours and income for some of our students, but BGSU, like many other colleges around the nation, are left without a reasonable option at this time.” The “28 hours-a-week” limit went into place on May 12. Further restrictions have been placed on international students, who are not permitted to work more than 20 hours a week during the school year, according to the

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Complaitant reported that his or her credit card was used fraudulently within the 300 block of S. Main St.

Julian Ramiro Miguel Ramirez, 19, of Bowling Green, was cited for operating a vehicle while impaired between South Prospect and East Washington streets.

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Complainant reported that several wooden pallets were stolen over the last few weeks from outside a building within the 1300 block of Bellard Drive.

Complainant reported that he had received a check from an employer for some editing work he had done, but when he deposited the check it ended up being fraudulent. The incident happened within the 200 block of Crim St.

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A woman stated her checkbook was stolen from her purse while she was shopping at a business within the 100 block of W. Gypsy Lane Road. 8:27 P.M.

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William H. Dold III, 44, of Bowling Green, was arrested for abusing harmful intoxicants within the 2000 block of E. Wooster St. He was taken to the Wood County Justice Center.

Complainant advised that sometime between Wednesday evening and Friday morning an unknown subject stole her bike within the 600 block of N. Summit St. The bike is valued at $500.

10:47 P.M.

Jeremy C. Clark, 33, of Bowling Green, was cited for possession of marijuana within the 100 block of S. Main St.

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Cory A. Meek, 25, of Bloomdale, Ohio, was cited for operating a vehicle while impaired and peeling within the 700 block of S. Dunbridge Road.

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Kristin Danielle White, 20; and Tad William Eynon, 19, both of Bowling Green, were cited for an open container and underage possession of alcohol in Lot 4 downtown.

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Complainant advised she put her keys in her mailbox Saturday night, but when she came home she realized her keys were gone. She is already speaking with management to have her locks changed within the 600 block of Conneaut Ave.

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Ryan James Canterbury, 26, of Rudolph, Ohio, was cited for operating a vehicle while impaired within the 100 block of S. Enterprise St.

Ryan Huntington Wickert, 21, of Bowling Green, was cited for criminal mischief within the 100 block of E. Wooster St. 2:49 A.M.

Mergan Pillay, 40, of Perrysburg, Ohio, was cited for operating a vehicle while impaired between West Court and North Church streets. 3:02 A.M.

Brandy Gabriel Sanchez-Fernandez, 27, of Bradner, Ohio, was cited for forgery and obstructing official business within the 400 block of E. Napoleon Road. 4:02 A.M.

Marionna Zhane Turner, 18, of Toledo, was cited for theft within the 100 block of W. Gypsy Lane Road. She was lodged at the Wood County Justice Center.


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We want to correct all factual errors. Lucas J. Kervin, 21, of Bowling Green, If you think an error has been made, was cited for discharging fireworks call The BG News at 419-372-6966. within the 200 block of N. Enterprise St.

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Jaime M. Gomez, 33, of Wilmington, Ohio, was arrested for forgery within the 1600 block of E. Wooster St. He was lodged at the Wood County Justice Center.


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Felicia Jefferson, 22, of Bowling Green, was cited for an open container within the 100 block of N. Main St.

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Emma Rose Hosley, 20, of Bloomdale, Ohio, was cited for forgery within the 100 block of W. Gypsy Lane Road. Shawn Michael Carnicom, 26, of Bloomdale, Ohio,

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HONESTY From Page 1 thinks that the new policy is a good idea. “We’re students; we make mistakes,” Winters said. Neely and the collaborators who will help discuss the new honesty policy will give students a chance to better accommodate them when making those possible mistakes. “We’re looking for ways to collaborate with faculty and students so that we all have a say in the new policy and so that it’s more accommodating,” Neely said. “[Also possibly allowing the policy to have] a better outcome instead of just punishment for students who plagiarize purposely or accidently.” Winters explained that if she used an improper citation it was due to being unaware. “If I [incorrectly cited] the source it was merely from a lack of knowledge of proper citation at the time,” Winters

HOURS From Page 1 Student Employment Services press release. Junior Abigail Nachtman works as many hours as a full-time employee but splits her hours between two jobs during the school year. She works approximately 20 hours a week as an on-campus commissary worker in Kreischer Sundial and 15 hours off-campus as an employee of Bath and Body Works. “I have heard that a few of my friends that work at BGSU can only work so many hours a week because of extra costs,” Nachtman said. A lot of her friends do not have the opportunity to work two jobs during the school year and depend on their on-campus job, she said. “I do believe that this will affect student workers because they want the

said. “I believe the academic honesty policy should be revised for those who have small infractions and who simply [incorrectly cite] from a lack of understanding.” Regardless of being unaware of how to properly give credit to a source, she acknowledged that plagiarism isn’t her style. “For me, plagiarizing wasn’t worth it,” Winters said. “I would say that the reason I don’t plagiarize my work [is] because I want it to be my work.” The revisions have been embraced by both students and faculty. “I know for a fact that faculty has voiced their opinion … that they’re not overwhelmingly pleased with how the policy is written right now,” Neely said. Therefore, the revisions for the academic honesty policy are on the way soon. A committee consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and administrators will possibly meet in mid-July or early August to discuss revisions to the current academic honesty policy. hours, but they can’t get them if they only have time for one job,” Nachtman said. “Students need to be able to make enough to pay rent and other expenses, but it is hard to do that if there is a cap on the number of hours that they can have at a minimum wage job.” Senior Masen Gilbert is not worried about the hour restrictions because he never comes close to the full-time employee requirements. Gilbert guides traffic during sporting events for the University during the school year. “I could not work a full 30 hours if I tried,” Gilbert said. Non-student workers at the University are the people that will be most affected, Gilbert said. “I do think workers that are not students are a lot more vulnerable in this situation because there are so many of us part-time workers on campus that could potentially take hours that they need to get health benefits.”

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Parks department hosts best of foods, entertainment at park SamB’s, musical duo Tapestry brings the community to socialize at City Park

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MUSICAL DUO Tapestry performs pop, Celtic and folk and original music at City Park. By Kelley McDonnell Reporter

The Happy Badger supplies cafe with items from local farmers By Bridjet Mendyuk Editor-in-Chief

Sarah Cohen has a passion for the organic, natural things in life. She even rides her bike to work at the Happy Badger Café where she is the co-owner.

The Happy Badger Café is a restaurant and grocery downtown, which specializes in local and organic foods as well as other items such as soaps, spices and balms.

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Food from SamB’s combined with local musical duo Tapestry took place on Friday, as part of the best of local food and entertainment series at City Park. The Parks Department hosts Lunch in the Park, a compilation of local food and entertainment every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in City Park. The Parks Department also hosts Concerts in the Park, which are held Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Every week for the duration of the summer a different restaurant provides the food and a different group provides the entertainment. SamB’s provided the food for the park goers on Friday. SamB’s manager, Sandy Daum said the menu consisted of homemade beef stroganoff, chicken salad, coleslaw and cookies, which were all available for guests to purchase. “The Parks Department contacted us to see if we would take part,” Daum said. “We’ve been doing Lunch in the Park for a few years now.” Tapestry, a local harp and

acoustic guitar group, provided the entertainment for the afternoon. Alumnus and harpist, Denise Grupp-Verbon, said the music selection they chose to play was a collection of pop, Celtic and folk, as well as original music by the duo. “Tapestry has played for Lunch in the Park for over 10 years,” Grupp-Verbon said. “We are full-time musicians and always enjoy and welcome opportunities to perform.” The Parks and Recreation Foundation and the Soccer Club both had booths set up in the park for donations from guests. Senior Alexandria Schultz said Lunch in the Park gives the community a place to congregate with local food and music. The function allows residents to socialize and become acquainted with what their city has to offer, she said. Schultz attended Lunch in the Park after seeing it advertised downtown and said she heard about the function before, but never had the chance to go. “It was a great event for the whole community,” Schultz

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PEOPLE ON THE STREET “I think it would be good to lessen consequences for something small like misquoting or a citation problem.”

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How do you feel about academic honesty? Why?

“I don’t think there should be a penalty for small mistakes.’’

“I think lessening the consequences is a good idea. I’ve heard of situations when students get in trouble when they shouldn’t.”

“It is important to be academically honest.”

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over Paula Deen’s success, but a bigger question is raised. Where is America in our progression of racial issues? It wasn’t until the 1990s

over her own words? This is rhetorical. They shouldn’t. Seeing the progression of Paula Deen’s racially slurred language to thoroughly apologizing for her lack of understanding and showing clear insight to her own botched view of racially sensitive language might be telling and insightful to how American society has progressed over the years in regards to racial issues. The progression of racial equality in the United States shows there is hope for change when injustice, discrimination and inequality are occurring in the United States. Paula Deen’s remorse for her remarks can be taken as a metaphor, as insight into the human capacity for change and repentance.

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Congratulations to samesex couples and the supporters of same-sex marriage. The death of Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 (Prop 8) is another step toward the fair rights of same-sex couples. With DOMA gone, the federal government cannot treat American families differently, regardless if the family consists of a straight couple or a samesex couple. Married samesex couples now have the same financial and economic stability as straight couples. Now tax breaks, joint filing and Social Security benefits will be available, along with hundreds of

other benefits. But these rights are only available for the couples whose home states are the 12 who have legalized same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court of the United States’ decision was 5-4, ruling DOMA as unconstitutional under the Equal Protection Clause in the Fifth Amendment in the US Constitution. The other part SCOTUS ruled against was Prop 8. The ban that stopped same-sex marriage in Ca lifornia was overturned by the Supreme Court, allow ing samesex couples to get married in California. While it has no inf luence to any other states, same-sex couples in California can be married. While many obstacles stand in the way of equal rights for the LGBTQ community, many obstacles

still stand in the way of making sure the individuals within this community are not considered to be second class citizens. These obstacles include discrimination, equality and a lot of other issues

“While it’s not doesn’t hurt to see the world from someone else’s point of view.” preventing these people from living a good life. But while more issues stand in the way, DOMA and Prop 8 have been taken care of, showing it’s possible to hurl the issues standing in the way of preventing equal rights. America is heading in the direction of accepting

that different sexual orientation and gender identity is within the realm of being socially and legally acceptable. By being more tolerant and understanding, the quality of life would improve for everyone, not just same-sex couples and those involved in the community, but the people around them. We learn from each other. While it’s not expected to adapt a different lifestyle, it doesn’t hurt to see the world from someone else’s point of view. Again, congratulations to those who the rulings affect the most — the couples, their supporters and to the future. We’ve taken one more step in the right direction.

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when interracial marriage was legalized. When laws of a society are changed, the psychology leading people to actually believe in the law takes much longer to catch up with the printed law. So, the possibility lies in the maybe back in the 1980s the psychological shift just hadn’t happened for Deen quite yet. That’s not to excuse Mrs. Deen’s comments; however, this controversy shows the prudence of people, the inspiring fact that hey, we are human. We say things we don’t mean and do things we hate, but don’t understand. I’m not sure of the future of Paula Deen’s successful empire, however, I think a lesson can be learned here. It is no doubt Paula Deen said racial slurs and comments, but why hold those things against her when clearly, she has been remorseful and distressed

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Recently, Paula Deen has been accused of being racist. She’s said to have used the “N” word, which has cost her deals with Wal-Mart and the Food Network. Both have been huge supporters of her empire. Paula Deen has admitted using the “N” word back in the 1980s, and possibly in conversations while retelling a story in which she was held at gunpoint at a bank by a robber who was black. T he c ont r ov er s y seems to be appearing at the peak of her career. Looking at many successful businesses and business people, there seems to be a trend. Questions such as, “Is someone out there just plain vengeful,

wanting and waiting to see Paula Deen’s empire just crumble?” or is there another question being raised here? A question with political undertones, calling our attention to racial issues here in the United States. I would have to say both. It’s definitely possible there is a person out there filled with jealousy

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Sunday night The Connor Rose Show took the stage at City Park for a power hour of country music.

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Falcon freshman plays for the Latvia National team Ralfs Freidbergs BG Hockey Player Bowling Green freshman Ralfs Freibergs was named to the 25-man roster that Latvia chose to represent them in the Ice Hockey World Championships. The Championships took place in Sweden and Finland this past May. For two weeks, Freibergs and his fellow countrymen played some of the best hockey talent the world has to offer. Freibergs, a 22-year-old defenseman for the University hockey team, has had experience on the national level before. He was named to the Latvian U-20 and U-18 national teams, being voted captain of both teams. He has also spent time in various minor leagues in the United States, playing two years with the Texas Tornado of the NAHL and another year with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. Head hockey coach Chris Bergeron talked about what it means for Freibergs and the team to have such experience. “We love the international experience Ralfs has gotten. Not only is it a great personal experience for him, but we realize that the more experience he gets against strong competition means the more he will contribute to our success as well.” Freibergs only played in just the last eight games of the 2012-2013 season for the Falcons, due to eligibility restrictions. In those eight games, Freibergs recorded six assists and one power play goal, giving him a .200 shooting percentage and a +3 on ice rating.


ROTC Air Force program took first place in marathon Members of the University ROTC Air Force program recently took first place in their 6th annual Mountain Man Memorial Marathon in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The slogan of this event was “honor through action.” The purpose of their slogan meant that the event was to honor the sacrifices of American service members and their families, according to its website. It’s probably safe to say that nothing will give you a better appreciation of their sacrifice than to walk a mile, let alone 26.2 miles, in their shoes and their weight on your back, according to the website. The website also said that the 2013 MMMM honored over 75 service members from all branches of the United States military and their families. There were over 575 runners and walkers from all over the U.S.

The MMMM’s main purpose is a way to honor First Lieutenant Frank B. Walkup, IV. Walkup was a 2005 graduate of the University of Tennessee and an ROTC alumnus. He was killed in action in Iraq in 2007 when an explosive device detonated near his vehicle, according to the website. A group of University of Tennessee Cadets wanted a way to honor 1LT Walkup and his family, and so the MMMM began. The inaugural MMMM was held in April 2008 with 40 cadets from East Tennessee ROTC programs. It consisted of a 26.2-mile march, each Cadet carrying a 35-pound pack, according to the website. The University Ranger team carried a picture of 1LT Walkup the entire way and presented it along with a Gold Star flag to his mother at the finish line.

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Baseball no longer the American pastime By Dan Kotnik Sports Reporter

With the Fourth of July upon us, summer has reached its peak, the culmination of summer fun and relaxation in a celebration of our American heritage. And it seems the only thing more American than cooking out with family and blowing up fireworks is baseball: the American pastime. Or at least it was. Recently over the past years, baseball seems to have fallen behind in popularity to other sports, most notably football. In a recent Harris Poll, 34 percent of Americans said football was their favorite sport while only 16 percent said baseball. Compare those numbers to 1985 when 24 percent said football and 23 percent said baseball. In 2012, the NFL dominated the television ratings the entire year. Their top regular season games received around a 15 percent rating while the MLB’s biggest event, the World Series, only garnered an 8.9. Even now during the summer, when baseball is the only major sport going on, news about foot-

ball drafts and free agency seems to take precedent on the major sports networks. Baseball is slowly becoming the classic record on the shelf that gathers dust that people only talk about how great it was. But why has the sport that came to be a symbol of our country losing its fan base and its standing among Americans? It’s very simple. Major League Baseball has failed to evolve and grow with the culture. Without any real competition from other leagues until about the 1980s, baseball has been able to rest on its image as the American pastime. It didn’t have to try to keep fans because it was all fans knew. But once the NFL’s popularity began to skyrocket, baseball, instead of changing to keep up, remained stuck in the past. One key evolution Major League Baseball has failed to embrace is the idea of the salary cap. In other leagues, like the NFL and NBA, all teams have a set cap which their salary cannot go over. This helps create parody because teams cannot simply outspend for every AllStar player. Sure you can spend millions on one player, but it means

“The MLB, however, seems to be fighting these advances every step of the way” less for all the others forcing teams to budget money against talent. In the MLB, however, it’s quite another story. Teams with rich owners, like the Yankees, can outspend and outbid smaller, poorer teams for the best talent. It’s the whole premise behind the movie “Moneyball.” The rich keep winning and the poor keep losing. And fans are beginning to realize this. The MLB also seems to be the only major company in the world that has not embraced the technological advances of our time. The NFL has included instant replay in all of its games since 1998. Granted, calls are still missed (see Week 3 Packers/ Seahawks last year). Nonetheless the vast majority of correct calls are made through the use of instant replay. Yet baseball continues to maintain its “tradition” of allowing the human

error of umpires to run rampant, resulting in missed calls that anyone who watches SportsCenter can call correctly from their couch. Just ask Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, whose perfect game was ruined on the last out of the game with a clearly blown call by umpire Jim Joyce two summers ago. While other sports are utilizing these tools to make their game better, baseball remains like the grandparent who refuses to go on the Internet or get a cell phone. The problem is that those grandparents are usually fun to visit but not to live with every day. And it’s not just in the game itself [where] baseball has failed to keep with the times. New advances in technology like video distribution and the Internet have provided numerous opportunities for other companies and sports leagues. This last May, at the reveal of their new game system Xbox One, Microsoft announced a new partnership with the NFL. This partnership includes new interactive experiences through the Xbox One, such as live updates of fantasy football side-by-side with the live games

on the same screen. Microsoft will also provide NFL teams with technology like Surface touch pads to review photos and make play calls. The MLB however seems to be fighting these advances every step of the way. It spends thousands trying to keep any scrap of nonauthorized use of its video of the Internet. Not only is this impractical, but it drives away potential fans. Fans like to share their experience with others through social media with video and pictures. I understand trying to protect copyright laws and serious infractions should be punished. However, trying to hold a monopoly on every second of media you produce in such a connected and social world only hurts you and your image. I don’t want this to be taken wrong the way, though. I, including millions of fans around the world, still love and enjoy baseball. It’s a wonderful game that has entertained us for years. However, baseball needs to get with the times if it wants to avoid becoming more than an afterthought in American sports culture.



Actor James Gandolfini makes lasting impact in television drama DAVOOD DADFAR PULSE COLUMNIST

It’s been almost seven years since the last episode of “The Sopranos” aired. It’s with great sorrow that I’m writing about the recently passed away actor who played Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini. With Gandolfini’s presence, TV drama was set to new heights as HBO became the empire it is today. Born and raised in New Jersey, James Gandolfini grew up in an all Italian household which emphasized the importance of its roots. Gandolfini would grow up acting in school plays and attending the University of Rutgers as a communications major. It wasn’t until he moved to New York where the opportunity to act on stage became available. Years later in 1999, Gandolfini would be approached by director David Chase to play the lead role of Tony Soprano in a mafia drama known as “The Sopranos.” So, who was Tony Soprano? Was he a New Jersey mob boss, a person suffering from a bipolar disorder, or a ruthless

PARK From Page 3 said. “All ages were equally accommodated.”

businessman? He was all of that and more. He was a legend. In many ways, Tony Soprano embodies the strengths and characteristics many of us pursue in our lives. For me his leadership, ability to take a stand and doing what’s necessary was very admirable as I watched the show. Yet with all these qualities he possessed major character flaws, showing us that no one is perfect and the road to success isn’t paved with gold.

Whether it was “The Godfather” references, the mafia lifestyle or the pristine story line that attracted me to “The Sopranos,” I’ll never know. The show fostered a new type of television series, one that inspired the creation of shows such as “Mad Men” and “Boardwalk Empire.” The direction of

the series was dictated by the charisma of Tony Soprano. We loved him, and we hated him at times. Today’s television lacks the essence of perfection that shows like “The Sopranos” naturally possessed. It’s no doubt in my mind that Gandolfini had a lasting impact on the television series industry as he pushed the envelope of character complexity. James Gandolfini wasn’t just Tony Soprano; he was an icon that would foster a new generation of drama and mafia entertainment. On and off the stage Gandolfini possessed an energy and passion for his line of work that few people obtain and many aspire to have. His commitment to “The Sopranos” was so strong that on one set he submerged himself in an ice bath to mimic the effects of food poisoning. I was greatly saddened to know that an individual with such commitment and character had passed away. Upon watching the first season finale of “The Sopranos,” Tony is quoted for saying, “One day you will all have families of your own and when you do, enjoy the little moments.” It will be the little moments on screen that will live in timeless infamy for me and many others.

Lunch in the Park has been hosted by the Parks Department for a number of years and will continue to be hosted for many more, GruppVerbon said. “The BG Lunch in the Park is a

fine event,” Grupp-Verbon said. The next Lunch in the Park will take place on July 12 and will include food from Al Mar Lane’s and a performance from Tim Concannon.

“James Gandolfini wasn’t just Tony Soprano; he was an icon that would foster a new generation of drama and mafia entertainment.”

BADGER From Page 3

When Cohen’s parents retired more than two years ago, the store went under a change from a clothing store and half-café to a full restaurant and grocery. “When my parents retired and me and my brother [Ben Cohen] took over, our background was more in food,” Cohen said. “Once we took over transitioning owners, it just made more sense. It was a little more relevant to our [lifestyle].” The two spend a lot of time visiting different farms in the area to supply the café. Happy Badger is stocked from local farmers around Northwest Ohio as well as having items shipped to the café from local, family-owned companies. “It’s part of being a responsible business owner,” Cohen said. “[Having organic food] sets you apart. Being a smaller scale business, it’s easier to supplement your suppliers.” Aside from being a restaurant, the

café hosts local music events and open mic nights. Graduate student Amanda Curtis said she enjoys the Happy Badger because of the music as well as their food. “They do a good job, I like that they do a lot of local stuff,” Curtis said. “The food is good and the people are nice.” During the last open mic night a crowd of 30-50 people attended, Cohen said. “Everyone stays the entire time,” Cohen said. “There are no distractions when you come to open mic night. It’s just about the music.” Senior Julia Gourning said having the option to eat outside during the pleasant weather is an enjoyable feature of the café. While the price might be more than the average fast food restaurant, Gourning said it’s worth it for the quality. “They do use organic and local [products] that could drive the price up, but I think it’s worth it because you’re eating


something healthy,” she said. “It’s better than going to get fast food.” As far as plans for the future, Cohen said she hopes to encourage students to come to the café to study because of the relaxed atmosphere and to change up their routines. She said she wants students to explore the city. “Take the time to get out of campus and realize there doesn’t have to be a distinction between townies and student life,” Cohen said. “You’re there for so long on campus, why wouldn’t you want to explore your town?” Overall, the Happy Badger is an alternative to the fast food lifestyle, Cohen said. “We want to keep growing and to expose people to a more laid back food culture instead of just the eat-and-run [culture],” she said. The next event the Happy Badger Café will be hosting is a free music show on July 3 at 7 p.m. in the restaurant’s parking lot.





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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

What do death metal, college, monsters and Pixar all have in common? All three are a part of the new “Monster’s University” animated film. “Monster’s University” is a quirky, fun, entertaining movie for the whole family. Yet, their main demographic might be targeted towards the current 20-somethings of today who grew up watching the first installment, “Monster’s Inc.,” which was released in 2001. For those who don’t know, “Monster’s Inc.” is the biggest scaring company in the entire monster world of Monstropolis where professional “scarers” frighten kids and use their screams as energy. Almost 12 years later, Pixar has given both young and old “Monster’s Inc.” fans something new to watch over and over again. The plot of both movies is centered on the relationship of best friends Mike Wizowski [Billy Crystal] and Sully [John Goodman]. Unlike “Monster’s Inc.,” we see the relationship of the two monsters form during their first year in college. When Mike finally lives out his dream of being accepted to the most prestigious scaring col-

lege, he is determined to become a professional scarer and has every tactic memorized. Unlike Mike, Sully comes from a scaring legend lineage, but can’t grasp the concept of studying. When the two get eliminated from the program, they enter a “Scare Games” competition to become the scariest monsters on campus. They have a short amount of time to turn their team of cuddly “monsters” into real scarers, otherwise Sully and Mike will be expelled from the university. What viewers can expect from the movie is a heartfelt story about how one scaring legend monster’s son and his not-so-scary bookworm friend came together to form a match made in nightmares. With the familiar voices of John Krasinski and Steve Buscemi and the surprise voices of Charlie Day, Bill Hader and Helen Mirren, the all-star cast dominates the film. With crystal clear animation, puns galore and coy “mature” references, the young adults of today can expect to connect to the film. There is even a small death metal scene as well as scenes involving the typical college antics of beer pong, fraternity initiation and “Animal House” references.


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