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BG TOPPLES AUSTIN PEAY The BG men’s basketball team defeated Austin Peay, 82-72, Monday at the Stroh Center. Visit the sports blog at BGNEWS.COM for a game recap.

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Volume 91, Issue 41

City council renews visitors bureau contract By Alex Alusheff

Citizen voices complaints about city officials



ASHTON TAYLOR, 5, smiles for a photo while he attends the Bowling Green Early Childhood Learning Center. The Learning Center opened on September 6 with a partnership from the University’s College of Education and the World Language Center to provide more Montessori-based learning options in the city.

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The Bowling Green Early Childhood Learning Center recently partnered with the College of Education and the World Language Center to provide University students with the opportunity to teach at the center. The Learning Center had its grand opening in September and currently has University students teaching music and Spanish. Lena Duran, executive director of the Learning Center and an instructor at the College of Education, said a group of local parents pushed to develop the center to provide another option for high quality Montessori-based

learning in the city. “The Learning Center is for children between the ages of three and six,” Duran said. Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician, according to She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children’s learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Montessori designed an environment where children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. Emily Burkart, the Learning Center’s main teacher, was trained and became an instructor at the


University recognizes Thanksgiving break

Thanksgiving break for the University will begin Wednesday. Students living in residence halls must vacate their rooms by 10 a.m. Wednesday. Prior to leaving, students must complete a checklist and slide it under their resident adviser’s door. The checklist includes unplugging everything in the room except fish tanks and refrigerators, cleaning the room, opening the blinds, closing and locking the windows, turning the heat on low and turning off the lights. All perishable food must also be removed from the room. Failure to move out or complete the checklist will result in a $25 fine split between roommates. Parking rules will be enforced as normal on Tuesday and Wednesday during break. On Thursday and Friday, however, parking rules will be treated like the weekend, according to University Parking Services. Dining Services will have limited hours during break and all locations will be closed on Thursday, according to its website. All locations will be closed on Friday and Saturday as well, except Dunkin’ Donuts. Students can move back in after 12 p.m. Sunday, and classes will resume Monday.

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Montessori Teacher Education Institute. The Montessori based Learning Center emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading, Burkart said. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own, individual pace and according to their own choice of activities from hundreds of possibilities, she said. They are not required to sit and listen to a teacher talk to them as a group, but are engaged in individual or group activities of their own, with materials that have been introduced to them by the

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A high school teacher voiced complaints about the “lack of integrity” demonstrated by both the police force and municipal courts in allegedly infringing on citizens’ rights during Monday’s city council meeting. For the full report compiled by the teacher, a voice recording of his complaint to council and a web-exclusive story about how officials reacted, visit BGNEWS.COM. el, Stram said. “We have a visitors guide that shows everything that is attraction based in the city from restaurants, to shows, to parks,” she said. The CVB also will attend events and advertise the city and its accommodating spaces with the goal of bringing the events to the

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Students can pay the price to stay on campus during breaks

Children, University students benefit from new learning center in city By Tasneem Almuhanna

For 30 years, the Bowling Green Convention & Visitors Bureau has devoted itself to promote the city in all aspects. The CVB will continue to do so for another year, as city council approved renewing its contract at its Monday night meeting. “[The CVB] is the mechanism that we have put in place to advertise and sell Bowling Green,” Municpal Administrator John Fawcett said. The city and CVB are currently in a contract agreement that typically is renewed every one to two years. The job of the CVB is to attract travel, tourism and events to the city, said Wendy Stram, executive director of the CVB. The CVB promotes different kinds of travel from leisure, to sports marketing, to business trav-

By Dominic Binkley Reporter

As the holidays approach and the majority of students head home for Thanksgiving and winter breaks, some students will pay an extra fee to stay on campus. Athletics, employment and long-distance travel are the main reasons why some students pay between $69 and $506 to stay in residence halls over the holidays, said Troy Spikes, coordinator of break housing at the University. “The rate for the Thanksgiving break is an all-or-none break,” he said. “If you stay, it’s $92 for the four days.” For winter break, the University offers students several options, ranging from three days for $69 to the entire break for $506.

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Senior Associate Director of Residence Life Last year, 200 students remained on campus over Thanksgiving break because of a home football game, but the University expects only about 100 students this year, Spikes said. During last year’s winter break, 148 students, mostly upperclassmen, took advantage of one of the housing options, he said. With so few students staying during the breaks, some residence

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GOBBLE GOB-BOWL DINING SERVICES SPECIAL HOURS All other dining halls will be closed, other than the hours designated below, according to the Dining Services website. ■■ Bowling Greenery: Tuesday

11 a.m.-2 p.m. ■■ Carillon Place: Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 4:30-8 p.m. ■■ Dunkin Donuts: Tuesday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday 6 a.m.-6 p.m. ■■ Falcon’s Nest: Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. ■■ Founders: Tuesday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. ■■ Pinkberry: Tuesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ■■ Starbucks: Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sunday 1-10 p.m. ■■ Sundial: Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 4-9 p.m. ■■The Oaks: Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ■■ 2mato: Sunday 5 p.m.-2 a.m.


JUNIOR CULLIN FISH bowls with a frozen turkey during the Turkey Bowl Tournament as the rest of his team watches. The event took place Monday in the Union Multipurpose Room to raise money for Dance Marathon. Individuals and teams could sign up to bowl against each other in a bracket-style showdown. The event raised more than $200 for Dance Marathon, which will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. The next fundraiser for Dance Marathon, Bowl for the Kids, will take place Tuesday, at Varsity Lanes from 9-11 p.m.

FORUM Take time to express thanks

Matt Thacker, Alicia Riedel and Phillip Martin reflect on spending time with family, the idea of being “thankful” and other perspectives of Thanksgiving | Page 4

SPORTS Althetics continue during holiday

Although the holiday will send students away, BG athletics continue to play. The falcon football, hockey and both basketball teams will compete this week | Page 3

PEOPLE ON THE STREET What is your least favorite food at Thanksgiving dinner? JAMES ARMENI Sophomore, Architecture

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Complainant reported sometime overnight an unknown subject knocked a mailbox off its post within the 800 block of Lyn Road. The damage was valued at about $25. Police units were also advised that seven more mailboxes were damaged within the 800, 900 and 1200 block of Lyn Road. Mailboxes were also damaged within the 1000 and 1100 blocks of

COUNCIL From Page 1 city, Stram said. Successful events the CVB has brought to the city include the biannual BG Soccer Challenge, which brings in an estimated $500,000 to $650,000 into the local economy, and the 2009 Family Motor Coach Convention, which brought in an estimated $15 million dollars into the local economy, Stram said. Other events the CVB promotes are the Black Swamp Arts Festival and the National Tractor Pull Championships. Stram said tourism filters through a continuing circle: The CVB will promote an event, which attracts people who will spend money in the city by staying at hotels and doing other activities. The city then puts the money back into the CVB, and the process repeats itself.

Clark St. and the 1200 and 1300 blocks of Charles St. The 1300 block of Charles St. address also had a smashed pumpkin. 9:05 A.M.

Dylan Kitchen, 19, of Fostoria, was cited for criminal trespass and underage under the influence of alcohol within the 200 block of Eberly Ave. 10:15 A.M.

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The CVB is a non-profit organization that is funded by collecting 55 percent of the hotel-motel tax from the city, Fawcett said. The funding amounted to roughly $85,000 last year, Stram said, and goes to operational and promotional costs. “We know why BG is special,” Fawcett said. “To get other people to know that is a challenge given today’s reality of a limited disposable income.” Without the CVB, the city would lose business and local dollars, losing everything the city has built up for years, he said. The CVB affects not only the city, but also the University, Fawcett said. By working with the CVB, the University gets exposure, leading to a joint public relations and economic benefit, said Gale Swanka, senior associate director for the Union and one of two



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Complainant reported jewelry, a cappuccino machine and some prescription medication stolen within the 1000 block of Fairview Ave. 3:03 P.M.

Two vehicles were reported to have been written on with green washable paint within the 200 block E. Napoleon Road. There was no damage.

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University representatives on the CVB. The CVB partners with University organizations such as Recreation and Wellness, athletic departments and the Union for promotional purposes. “A lot of groups come in from out of town, wanting to take advantage of what the city and University have to offer,” Swanka said. People have already contacted the Stroh center and currently utilize the athletic and recreational centers to host events, she said. For example, there are plans for the University to host the National Jugglers Convention in July 2013, Swanka said. What makes the city an ample spot for tourism is its central location between large metropolitan areas such as Toledo and Detroit and the fact that there is so much to do in a small area, she said.

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TEEDA CROMWELL (left), daughter of University professors Vipa Phuntumart and Casey Cromwell, plays with Chari Thompson (right), the daughter of University professors Ken and Jenny Thompson, at the Bowling Green Early Childhood Learning Center on Monday.

LEARN From Page 1 teacher, Burkart said. The environment is arranged according to subject area chosen individually by the child. There is no limit to how long a child can work with a piece of material, Burkart said. “The children are free to work on subjects, such as math, language, science, history, geography, art [and] music,” she said. Research studies show Montessori children are well-prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally, Burkart said. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are generally ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, showing

STAY From Page 1 halls are closed, resulting in the temporary relocation of some students. “Usually when we move someone it’s because there are only one or two people staying in a building, so it doesn’t make sense to keep a hall open when you only have one person in that building,” said Tim Shaal, senior associate director of Residence Life. Kohl, Conklin, McDonald and Harshman residence halls will be closed during Thanksgiving break, he said. The University introduces several temporary rules and restrictions in the residence halls to ensure a safe environment for students, Shaal said. Residents are not per-

enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations, she said. The children are exposed to amazing amounts of knowledge and often learn to read, write and calculate beyond what is usually considered interesting to a child of this age, Burkart said. There are two 3-hour, uninterrupted, work periods each day, and parents are free to choose which periods they would like to sign up for, Duran said. Jenny Thompson, director and administrator of the Learning Center, said there is only one other Montessori school in the city, but what makes the Bowling Green Early Childhood Learning Center special is its partnership with the University, which allows students to teach the children a variety of subjects. “We currently have an early childhood [major

who is teaching children], student teaching enrichment lessons and another student teaching music,” Thompson said. The most important discovery that Montessori has contributed to the field of child development and education is the fostering of the best in each child, Duran said. The Bowling Green Early Childhood Learning Center will be offering two open houses, one Dec. 11 and one Jan. 11.

mitted to have guests during the break periods and residents must be prepared to show identification at all times while inside the buildings. The front desks of the residence halls are not operated and mail is not delivered over the break periods, Shaal said. “We do have staff in the buildings, but it’s very minimal,” he said. “They’re there if there’s an emergency, or if students need something there’s a number that’s posted at the desk that they can call to get access to a staff member.” Buildings around campus, including the Union and dining halls, are closed during breaks because the days are considered official employee holidays, said Gale Swanka, senior associate

director of the Union. “The [Union] is open Tuesday and Wednesday with Thanksgiving break starting Tuesday, of course,” Swanka said. “We’re completely closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday we’ll reopen.” For winter break, the Union will be closed the weekend of Christmas, which falls on a Sunday, and during the official employee holiday, which extends through Monday and Tuesday, she said. Shaal said few things happen on campus during the breaks. “It’s pretty minimal in terms of activities,” he said. “Residence Life doesn’t plan any activities or programs over break. It’s really more about the security of the halls and the security of the students.”

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Men’s basketball continues to host Progressive CBE Classic


MATT SCHILZ scans the backfield for an open receiver. By Ryan Satkowiak Sports Editor

For one final time this season, the BG football team will take the field, looking to head into the off-season with some momentum. After starting the season 3-1, the Falcons have lost six of their last seven games and will head into their season finale against Buffalo with a 4-7 record. MICHAEL REED  | THE BG NEWS The Bulls have had a similar lack of success CHRISSY STEFFEN charges down the court for a basket. this season, sitting at 3-8, with both teams sitting at 2-5 in Mid-American Conference play. By Michele Wysocki The game, taking place Friday, will start at Assistant Sports Editor noon. Last season, with both teams in the midst The Falcons are looking to gain momen- of season-long slumps, the Bulls beat BG on a tum on the road against a winless Detroit last-second field goal, the same fate that befell Mercy team. the Falcons last week against Ohio. After adding a “W” to their record on Sunday While three of BG’s seven losses this seaat the Stroh, head coach Curt Miller said he son have been by a touchdown or less, the wants his team to prove that they can be suc- Falcons have been blown out multiple times. cessful on the road too. The Falcons have lost by 45 points (West The Falcons have a 24-hour turnaround Virginia), 24 points (Western Michigan) and before they head North to face the Titans. 31 points (Northern Illinois) this season, with With their only road loss coming from a a 12-point loss to Kent State being the team’s season-opening Dayton team, Miller said they seventh loss. have to play better than their showing against Defense has been an Achilles’ heel for BG in the Flyers. the second half of the season. For the season, BG had nine of their 11 players meet or BG’s defense is giving up 28.9 points per game exceed their career bests against Evansville. and 411 yards per game, despite having talLeading the team was lone returning starter ented players on the squad. Chrissy Steffen with 16 points on the game Defensive tackle Chris Jones leads the MAC and she is averaging 11.7 points per game. with eight sacks in the season. Linebacker Bench players stepped up and performed Dwayne Woods, an All-MAC selection last for the Falcons, led by two sophomores, Noelle season, has 93 tackles. Yoder and Jillian Halfhill, who both surpassed Turnovers have often put the BG defense in many personal career records. bad positions this season. The Falcons have Yoder left the court with 14 points turned the ball over 26 times — 12 intercepagainst Evansville, doubling her previous tions, 14 fumbles — while they have only best of seven. forced 14 turnovers. Halfhill had seven points, five assists and While the Bulls have been slightly better three steals in 27 minutes of play on Sunday. than BG on defense — allowing 28.3 points Yoder and freshman Jasmine Matthews hit and 387.5 yards per game — they have strugback-to-back three-point shots — something gled offensively this season. that has never been done by the youthful team The Bulls are only averaging 21.6 points per in practice nor in a game, Miller said. game and are putting up 367 yards per game. The three tri-captains for the Falcons rank For the third straight week, BG will face a one-two-three in scoring — Steffen with 11.7, quarterback who is also a running threat. After Danielle Harvel and Jessica Slagle both with struggling against Chandler Harnish of NIU eight points per game. and Tyler Tettleton of Ohio, the Falcons will Lead scorer for the Titans is freshman for- get a turn against Buffalo’s Chazz Anderson. ward, Shareta Brown, who also leads Detroit On the season, Anderson has completed in rebounds and steals. 58.3 percent of his passes for 2,297 yards, 11 Senior guard Jalesa Jones leads the opposing touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has team in assists and junior forward Yar Shayok ran the ball 74 times for 270 yards and six leads with blocks. touchdowns. BG tops Detroit Mercy in a 12-10 overThe Bulls have a strong running back all series. in Branden Oliver. He has run the ball 272 Detroit is searching for their first win, while times this season for 1,268 yards and 12 BG is looking for their first road win. touchdowns. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Calihan Oliver is also the team’s third-leading Hall in Detroit. receiver with 32 catches for 273 yards.


CRAIG SEALEY, BG forward, hits a layup against Howard. BYRON MACK | THE BG NEWS

MIKE SULLIVAN brings the puck out to center ice for BG. By Matt Nye Reporter

The BG hockey team will try to build off some momentum gained after the shootout win against Miami last Saturday evening. The Falcons will host the University of Alaska Fairbanks this weekend. Both games, on Friday and saturday begin at 7:05 p.m. The Falcons are coming off an up and down weekend against Miami University. BG got shutout the first game, 4-0, but then battled back the second game and won in a shootout. The Falcons and the Nanooks are tied for last place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings. They each have earned five points in the league. The statistics going into this matchup are nearly even. Both teams have scored 30 goals on the season, with Alaska scoring five more in league play. BG freshman forward Ryan Carpenter had a big day Saturday, as he tallied up three points in the victory. He is not only leading the team in points, with 14, and he is also leading the CCHA in overall scoring for a rookie. Carpenter is tied with Bryce Williamson for the team lead in goals with six. The Nanooks (4-8-2, 1-7-2 CCHA) are coming into this series with a lot of momentum and confidence. They are coming off a 2-0 shutout over No. 6 Ferris State this past Friday. They played the Bulldogs well again Saturday, but fell short 3-2. BG was swept by the Bulldogs three weeks ago. In Friday’s game, senior goalie Scott Greenham recorded his ninth career shutout. With a lot of experience in the net for the Nanooks it might be troubling for BG to score, which has been a problem for the Falcons up to this point of the season. Colton Beck leads the Nanooks in points with 11 and Nik Yaremchuck leads the team in goals with six. With both teams tied for last place in the CCHA, this will be an important series for gaining some momentum down the stretch. Both teams are coming off confidencebuilding series, so this series could be a tight one.

By Ryan Satkowiak Sports Editor

The BG men’s basketball team will continue to host the Progressive College Basketball Experience Classic this week. Taking place at the Stroh Center, two games will be played each on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Falcons will play Detroit on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and George Washington on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Austin Peay takes on George Washington at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and Detroit plays Austin Peay at 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Falcons started off the CBE Classic a week ago, as they took on Georgia in Athens. The Bulldogs beat the Falcons 63-54. The Classic is a part of a large block of home games before the Falcons begin a five-game road trip during mid-December, which lasts for much of the school’s winter break. Entering play Monday night, the Falcons have primarily rolled seven players through two games. Cameron Black, Scott Thomas, Craig Sealey, Jordon Crawford, Dee Brown, Luke Kraus and Auston Calhoun have been coach Louis Orr’s most used players this season. In fact, only 10 Falcons have seen regular season action through the team’s first two games, with Torian Oglesby (15 minutes), Chauncey Orr (eight minutes) and Jehvon Clarke (two minutes) playing sparingly. The Falcons have performed well so far this season, including a game against a Georgia team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season. Entering Monday night’s game against Austin Peay, four Falcons were averaging double-digit points. Brown leads the team with 13 points per game, while Thomas (12.5), Sealey (11.5) and Crawford (11) have also been strong contributors for the Falcons. While BG has a positive scoring margin for the season, it has not fared as well as opponents in terms of shooting on the young season. BG is allowing opponents to shoot 43.3 percent from the field, including a 27.3 mark from three-point range. Conversely, BG is shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 25 percent from three-point range. BG is also shooting 63.9 percent on free throws, slightly down from the 64.2 percent last season.

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“Usually when we move someone it’s because there are only one or two people staying in a building, so it doesn’t make sense to keep a hall open.” — Tim Shaal, senior associate director of residence life, on relocating students in residence halls over Thanksgiving break [see story, pg. 1]. Tuesday, November 21 — Sunday, November 27, 2011

PEOPLE ON THE STREET “Brussel sprouts.”

Congratulations! After getting through another week of classes, you and I have two class days until Thanksgiving break. Now that we’re in the home stretch, I thought my column this week would revolve around Thanksgiving. Food, of course, is always a staple of this holiday. It’s always interesting to hear among friends the conversations about whose family prepares the best sides with the turkey and what desserts may be prepared. There’s nothing like waking up on Thanksgiving Day to the smell of the turkey baking in the oven and all the other food getting prepared. Aren’t those smells so rewarding when we offer to pitch in and help out our parents with the cooking? Cooking with family is such a great privilege not only because you get to spend time with relatives after being away from home for months, but because you also have an opportunity to refine handson culinary skills. We have a chance to actually cook again, for those of us who must rely on campus food that is fully prepared for us to eat. We remember secret recipes or family traditions when we prepare dishes, as I would with my mom’s macaroni and cheese (she uses other noodles — ziti or shells — instead of macaroni), which we can pass on to our children. We can also help our family out by offering to do chores outside of the kitchen and

around the house. We can offer to do own our laundry instead of allowing our parents to do it for us. Cleaning may not hurt anything except dust mites; we can help our parents out with this, too. By the way — I really have to catch up on my rounds on cleaning the litter box for my two cats Mary and Martha when I return home, but I digress. We can never substitute spending family time together with relatives, after helping them cook and clean. This may sound cliché, but we’ll never know when may be our last chance to see relatives. For some of us, Thursday could be the first time we see certain relatives in months or years. Or maybe we could be trying to reconcile with some relatives we had been having loose ties or tension with. Whether you’re heading to Florida, the Pacific Coast, out of the country or somewhere else within Ohio, cherish the moments with your relatives. Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday for that reason. It revolves family, nuclear and extended. And then it kicks off the holiday season, leading into my second favorite, Christmas. I encourage you to sit down and watch some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning or a movie during the night. Or, before you pray at the dinner table, do what my family did a few years ago; sit down and take turns talking about what you’re thankful for being blessed with in your life. Also, give thanks for being blessed for each person sitting

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR An ode to Occupy We were the proud, no longer the few. Beaten, abused; through resistance made new. In the streets of New York, fighting for rights, not fame. We’re an idea and a movement, remember the name. Standing for equality, wishing no one ill. They can break our bones,

but never our will. Forced to bear the brunt of the foolishness of others. Bonds of material broken; strangers made brothers. We’ll fight every injustice, challenge every lie. Though powerless alone, together, we Occupy.

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Thanksgiving offers time for family PHILLIP MARTIN COLUMNIST

What’s your least favorite food at Thanksgiving dinner?

“Sweet potatoes.”

AMANDA MESKO Sophomore, Creative Writing

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STEVE RUSSELL Sophomore, Art History

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Thanksgiving is the Learn to make time, ‘underdog holiday’ step out of routine MATTHEW THACKER COLUMNIST

As a life-long fat boy, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the meal, of course (turkey, stuffing, all kinds of pies and other desserts), but what I like the most about Thanksgiving is being afforded the time to spend with family and friends. In a recent BG News column, my colleague Christina Green wrote about it being okay to not be full of the holiday spirit, saying “People who believe in the wonder of holidays are offended by those who criticize them.” Ms. Green made some excellent points in her column, and I must say that I agree with her on Christmas. I am often called a “Scrooge” because I feel like Christmas has become too commercialized and the spirit of the holiday is all but lost in materialism. People have asked me, “Don’t you believe in peace on earth and good will

toward others?” I tell them that I believe in those things very much, but I believe in them all year long, not just in the month before Christmas. I loathe television ads that try to subtly suggest that how much money you spend on a loved one’s Christmas gift corresponds to how much you love that person. Thanksgiving, however, I feel is in a whole other realm than Christmas. Thanksgiving is the underdog of holidays. It seems like every store and commercial is somehow just trying to rush Thanksgiving by us quickly so we hurry and get to Christmas and spending money on things that we don’t really want or need. That makes me love Thanksgiving all the more. I feel like in a world where instant gratification is the rule, not the exception, it is good to take a little time out with loved ones and express our gratitude to each other and for each other. After all, even in these tough times we are still truly blessed (or

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At about this time last year, I remember receiving an email from a friend who rarely emails, simply and tactfully noting that I had fallen off the face of the earth and that he missed me. I had become so absorbed in work and responsibilities that I had neglected my relationships with both friends and family. The email helped call me back to reality. There was more work than I could do and, of course, I did need to make sacrifices to get as much done as I could. Even so, I needed to reevaluate the sacrifices I was making and reconsider my priorities. My friend’s simple email helped me remember the importance of taking a step outside of work to make a phone call, send an email, write a letter, or just spend time with another person. In other words, it made me recognize that I do not

need to have time in order to “make time.” I had become entrenched in “busyness,” fighting alongside many others caught in the same seemingly endless war. Though, at the time when I received the email, the situation felt less like a war and more like quietly drowning. What is worse is that this appears to be the state many people are facing. “Busyness” seems to be epidemic, and not only because we are in the “crunch time” of the semester. From my own experience I find that, regardless of the time of year, it has become increasingly difficult for my family to plan gatherings, as well as to find times to meet with friends who are not seen on a regular basis. Almost everyone has a packed schedule of events and responsibilities. It is only when we truly make meeting a priority that it happens. I share this with you because, as I’ve said, this appears to be an epidemic. This upcoming holiday,

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Tuesday, November 22 — Sunday, November 27, 2011

Religion distorts marriage perceptions KELCI CRAWFORD GUEST COLUMNIST

Let me preface this by saying I have nothing against Christianity. I may be an animist, but I have several friends who are Christian, and at least a few of them are Catholic. I also have a huge family that has attended services at the Church of Christ for years now. I respect their views on everything we talk about, even if I disagree with them. However, I have a huge qualm with the response “the husband represents Christ … to bring forth life to the world” and “the wife represents the Church, who

receives and bears love to the world.” Every time I read that passage, I gag. First, to bring Christian idolatry into what is essentially a society-based institution distorts the meaning of marriage to an unhealthy degree. Marriage is essentially an agreed-upon statement made between two people that they are willing to live together and raise children to provide a stable household, and I don’t think the genders of either parent really matters much to that respect. Second, to say that the woman represents the Church, receiving love and giving it to the world, is unnecessary idolatry. Women are not goddesses, they are not someone to be raised high on a pedestal,

and for Pete’s sake they are not churches. Women are people. So treat women like people. Saying the woman “receives and bears love to the world” also, in a way, enforces the idea that sex happens to her, not with her, and the offspring that result are not really her children because of that. (While I’m on the topic, to say that children are “the fruit of your loins” makes it sound like people are grape vines or something equally troubling.) Also, this implies that all babies that are born in wedlock are blessings. This is not necessarily true, because there are some babies, even in wedlock, that are conceived by accident. And whoever says

that is a “blessing” is hopelessly naïve and can’t take into account that perhaps that couple can’t afford a “blessing” baby. Third, just the whole statement reinforces the idea that all marriages are born in love. So what about Kim Kardashian? Or weddings in Las Vegas? Or political marriages, where royalty marries other royalty to ensure the bloodline continues or to forge political alliances? Marriage is far more complicated than this narrow view says it is. Therefore, the argument has not convinced me in the slightest.

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America reacts differently to scandals TYLER BUCHANAN COLUMNIST

What’s the difference between a former pizza CEO and an assistant football coach? This isn’t the set-up to a horrible joke, but a legitimate question. It takes a lot to make more than 100,000 football fans join in silence. In a packed stadium on the campus of Pennsylvania State University, alleged sexual child abuse from a decade prior did just that. An investigation is ongoing, but in the court of public opinion, there need be no trial. Between the testimony of a former graduate assistant who allegedly witnessed the abuse, reports that many of Penn State’s administration (including the legendary football coach Joe Paterno) failed to contact the police, and the interview of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the accused, who remarked that “horsing around” with young boys in the shower did not make him a pedophile, the verdict is in. Guilty. In what felt like the blink of an eye, the walls came crashing down on Penn State. Paterno is gone. School presi-

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around you. We can also take some time to reflect on the special people you wish could be there

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while it does not replace the need to have balance in our daily lives, offers us a welcome opportunity to “make time” for other people and for a rest. As we approach Thanksgiving, we are given an opportunity to step out of routine. We are also given a chance in which most people have been given the day off. I share the sentiment of most people I have talked with

dent is gone. Several indictments and a campus riot later, a once shining light in an NCAA field of scandals made PSU just another university on the Hall of Shame. But this meant more than sports. This involved the sexual abuse of children involved in a local charity by the man who founded it. Several words come to mind, many which my editor would hesitate to print. So, let’s go with guilty. The public outcry has been unappeasable. When Ashton Kutcher tweeted his outrage of Paterno’s dismissal, one could almost feel the whiplash of the world’s response. He had been unaware of any child abuse investigations at that point, but that didn’t stop mass execration on Kutcher, who promptly apologized and later vowed to stop tweeting altogether. It was a mistake on his part, surely, but the public’s message was clear: everyone involved in the alleged Penn State investigation is guilty, and anyone who says or thinks otherwise is a child sexual abuse sympathizer. End of story. Think of the children. And so we move to another ongoing sexual abuse investigation overshadowed by the smoke of Penn State’s whirlwind. It involves everyone’s favorite pizza-loving presidential candidate, Herman Cain.

First reported by POLITICO in late October, the Republican candidate was accused of sexual harassment by several women in the 1990s. Cain was the head of the National Restaurant Association, where these alleged harassments took place. Both Sandusky and Cain’s stories follow a similar path. Sandusky’s abuse was reported to higher-ups in Penn State, but the allegations died there, apparently covered up internally. In Cain’s case, the accusers went to the NRA with their allegations, resulting in an internal settlement between them and the association, involving thousands of dollars in payment and an agreement to keep silent. Both Sandusky and Cain patently denied their accusations. Initially, Cain acted unaware that any investigation took place (curious, since he was the head of the association). Then he “remembered an agreement” (curious that there was one, since he pleads innocence). Then he remembered the allegations, denying any guilt. Both Sandusky and Cain believe their accusers are lying. At first, Cain’s campaign had “evidence” that the story’s leak came from fellow candidate Rick Perry. When that proved fruitless, they turned to a POLITICO writer, whom they had “evidence” was the son of one of the accused. Turns out they

but can’t because of particular circumstances. Finally, we can never forget anyone out in the world who may be less fortunate than us. Anyone destitute of any full-course meal, clothes and other resources, or family

rightfully deserves a thought and prayer Thursday. They should never be overlooked. Now, as a football fan, I’m surprised I waited this long to mention the Lions and Cowboys afternoon games.

on campus, that this break will be a time to catch up on work, but I also see it as an opportunity to honestly take a break and spend time with people I rarely have the privilege of seeing. It is a simple reminder to be thankful not only for the value of work, but of the value of life. I have seen how “busyness” can strain relationships as well as personal health. If you are busy to the point of drowning, it is likely that you are not reading this column or that, if you are, that you know the importance of

taking a break already. Even so, I would like to offer a simple reminder that there is value in taking a moment to invite someone else out of the storm. That short email from a friend made a world of difference to me and I imagine that others may appreciate a similar gesture. In any case, I wish you a restful, happy, and blessed Thanksgiving!

just coincidentally had the same last name but held no connections. Now, the narrative seems to be that Cain’s allegations are the concoctions of the “leftwing liberal media.” Ann Coulter called it a “high-tech lynching.” Sean Hannity referred to it as “false … a media witch hunt.” Both Sandusky and Cain retain some supporters, especially in Cain’s case. He still leads many Republican candidate polls. His favorability rating has dropped in recent weeks, but he still holds a strong base of support. Both Sandusky and Cain have witnesses to testify against them, both are undergoing investigations, both involve not just one instance of sexual abuse, but the accusation of several people over a long period of time. But what is the difference between a former pizza CEO and an assistant football coach? One involves the allegations of adult women, the other of naked boys in a shower. And so, as one gets arrested, indicted, and charged with dozens of counts of sexual abuse, the other just might become President of the United States.

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We can watch these , too. Everyone stay safe, and have a happy Thanksgiving with your families.

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THACKER From Page 4 lucky, if you like that word better) to have all that we do. Living in America, it is easy to forget that 884 million people worldwide do not have regular access to safe drinking water (according to water. org), let alone Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones. As I have gotten older, the holidays have gotten harder. My dad died in 2008 and my mom followed soon after in 2009. Thanksgiving and Christmas never fail to make me think of them and wish they were still alive to share in the holidays. That’s tough. But I know how blessed I am (the word I choose to use when talking about my feelings) that I still have an awesome family to celebrate with — my mother and father-inlaw are like second parents to me — and I now can pass on the holiday traditions of my family to my 3-year old daughter. I also realize many of my peers do not get along with their families the way that I do, and if I could offer a piece

of advice to my younger classmates, it would be this: Get over it! If you are still fortunate enough to have your family near you, let it go … if only for Thanksgiving. Before getting annoyed at your mom because she still seems to treat you like you’re 10 years old, think for a minute about how you would feel if she were gone forever. Treat her like you might not ever see her again. Then be truly thankful that she is there for you because for most people (and I know that unfortunately this does not go for everyone), your mom and dad are the best friends that you will ever have, whether you realize it or not. Thanksgiving should be about more than eating like a viking and watching football. Thanksgiving should be about reflection, and regardless of what you don’t have, giving thanks for what you do have. Because — take it from the old fat guy — someone always has it worse than you do.

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The BG News did a computer-simulation of BG’s season on EA Sports’ NCAA ‘12 video game. Before each game, we’ll post the results.





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This week’s top performers: BGSU: QB Matt Schilz 13-29, 142 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 rush TD RB Jordan Hopgood 23 rushes, 116 yards REAL RECORD





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Byron declared this Where my Falcons at?! BG Apparently “Notre Dame hate week.” I died vs. Buffalo a little inside having to type all of these. Buffalo -1 BG 31, Buffalo 28 BG 21, Buffalo 14

No. 3 Arkansas vs. No. 1 LSU LSU -13

Upset alert, sending the BCS into chaos.

It’s the eye of the tiger.

Arkansas 31, LSU 28

LSU 38, Arkansas 28

Ohio State I was going to pick Michigan, my soul has already taken vs. No. 17 Michigan but enough abuse for the day. Michigan -8 OSU 35, Michigan 31

No. 13 Georgia The SEC is too good. vs. No. 25 GT Georgia -6 No. 2 Alabama vs. Auburn Alabama -21

Who let the dogs out?!

Michigan 143, Ohio State 0 I was like, baby, baby, baby, ohh.

Georgia 31, GT 28

Georgia 35, GT 24

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The Falcons will stomp the Bulls Still can’t trust BG. Sorry Falcons! like South Florida dumped on Notre Dame. BG 28, Buffalo 17 LSU will catch Fighting Irish fever and turn the ball over six times in one game, leading to a Razorback victory. Arkansas 24, LSU 21

Buffalo 28, BG 14 Guess the bias is towards the No. 1 seed. That wouldn’t be the case if it was the Fighting Irish. LSU 45, Alabama 38

Denard Robinson will score 14 OSU is on a downward spiral, just points in the last 30 seconds of like Brady Quinn. the game (for the second time this season), leading to a Michigan win. Michigan 28, Ohio State 17 Michigan 36, Ohio State 14 Remember when Michigan The Browns won this week, Georgia beat Notre Dame in the fourth Tech could definitely pull off a win. quarter? Wasn’t that great? Georgia 34, GT 33

GT 27, Georgia 26

Crazy stuff always happens in the Roll Tide. Iron Bowl, like last year. No such festivities this season.

Remember that one time when Notre Dame lost nine straight bowl games from 1995-2007?

Shout out to Anna Caplin — BAMA BAMA BAMA WOOO!

Alabama 45, Auburn 21

Alabama 28, Auburn 24

Alabama 37, Auburn 24

Alabama 42, Auburn 21

No. 18 Clemson This pick goes out to South Carolina It’s a party in the USA. vs. No. 14 S. Carolina native Jeff Tyner. South Carolina -4 S. Carolina 31, Clemson 21 Overall record



S. Carolina 30, Clemson 21


Andrew Luck and Stanford will I think Ryan likes Notre Dame. beat Notre Dame so bad, Brian He’s alone in that. Right, Byron? Kelly will throw up in disgust of his awful team. Clemson 32, S. Carolina 17 Clemson 21, S. Carolina 14



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