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businesses. "Our entire economy is in danger," he said. His dire warning came not long after the president issued extraordinary invitations to presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, one of whom will inherit the mess in four months, as well as key congressional leaders to a White House meeting on Thursday to
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MOVING AND GROOVING: Boombox Guy is a familiar face on campus for old students, and quickly becoming part of new student’s long term memories by sporadically riding around campus blasting different tunes.
Speeding DJ amuses and entertains on campus By Justin Antill Reporter
He is known across campus for spreading cheer to students as they walk to and from classes by blasting crunchy tunes from his boombox. He rocks out for the guys and serenades the girls. He does it all from his bicycle. He prefers being called Boombox Guy, a fitting name for guy on a bike with a Sony boom box. On any given day he pedals across campus, a “hey Boombox Guy!” shout out is almost guaranteed from any one of his student fans. Nearly 700 students have joined the “Bg Boombox Guy Fanclub” Facebook group, where they post about recent Boombox Guy sightings and favorite Boombox Guy memories, such as a time he was blasting Franz Ferdinand outside of the Union, or when he nearly ran a student over. The group also identifies Boombox Guy as Dr. Jams. He rides his bike from the south end of town, where he has lived for over 25 years, to help relieve students of their daily stresses. “I think they like my music when class is out” Boombox Guy said. “After listening to their professors.”
“I think they like my music when class is out.” Boombox Guy One of Boombox Guy’s favorite stops on campus is the University Bookstore. “He stops by on a regular basis and leaves me notes and talks about the weather,” said Teri Long, clothing purchaser of the bookstore. “He’s just out to have fun.” Bookstore employee Emily Courter always looks forward to the next time Boombox guy stops in. “I think he is a really nice guy and we love his bookstore visits,” she said. His appearances are sporadic, and sophomore Alisha Griffin believes it has to do with nice weather. “You always know when it’s nice out, because he’s on his bike with the boom box,” she said. When he’s not cruising campus, the musicloving cyclist works at Pizza Hut on South Main Street, where he is equally admired as he is on campus. “He is a good worker and gets along well with workers,” manager Josh Harris said.
CHOOSING: Different religious groups gathered around campus to share and inform whoever was interested about their beliefs. They also handed out tracts, books and CDs.
Representives of different religions present options By Stephanie Guigou Reporter
The name of God was echoed on campus yesterday. By a father and daughter hoisting banners, by nicely dressed men passing out Bibles and by a man stopping students to share about the Indian book about Krishna. Three groups worked campus yesterday to spread the message of God as they understood it. In the Union oval, Michael Woroniecki and his daughter Elizabeth held signs above their heads that read “Escape Hell, Believe Jesus, Not ‘church.’” Near the Education building men from the church of Gideon passed out small green Bibles. And at the same time, Ananda Vidya from an organic farm in West Virginia, shared about Hari-Krishna, or God in Sanskrit. “I think they might get a lot more people than we think,” Sarah Green, sophomore, said about all three visitors. “It might not seem like it in public, but I think people turn around and come back to them when no one’s around.” Green identifies herself as agnostic or “still figuring out what’s going on upstairs,” she said. She’s always been into expanding her literary and biblical knowledge about the world, Green said, after almost buying the Bhagavad-Gita, translated “The Song of God.” She didn’t have the cash to make a donation. But earlier in the day, she had taken a Bible from the Gideons. She threw it in her backpack to be with another Bible from last year that hadn’t left her bag, she said.
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Fun recycling facts from A Recycling Revolution:
Recycling has always been encouraged as a way to help the environment, but it also has its downfalls. The positives and the negatives of recycling have to be individually scaled by cities, states and regions, said Environmental Studies professor Holly Myers. One problem that people focus on with recycling are the emissions from the increasing amount of trucks used to pick up recycling, Myers said. However, this is not an established problem. To see if the recycling trucks have a negative impact on the environment, the amount being recycled and how much energy is being saved must be compared to the amount of emissions released by the truck, Myers said. Only then can a decision, for that specific
Here are some interesting facts about recycling that many don’t consider when throwing out their trash:
If one-tenth of newspapers used by Americans were recycled about 25 million trees are year could be saved. ■ Twice as much energy can be saved from recycling plastics as opposed to burning it. ■ The highest point in Ohio is Mount Rumpke, which is actually a sanitary landfill. ■ Motor oil can be re-refined and reused. ■ Every day the average American produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste. Added up this equals about a ton of trash per person, ■
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area, be made on whether or not recycling is bringing more harm than good. According to the Bowling Green Recycling Web site, everyone is encouraged to recycle by either curbside pickup or by bringing recyclables directly to the center. Curbside pickup
occurs weekly through either the city for residents or through commercial waste haulers for those living in apartments or mobile homes. Another possible problem
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Recycling causes environmental problems of its own
BUNCHES OF BOTTLES: It is becoming apparent that the recycling effort can have its own drawbacks, cities will have to weigh pros and cons of truck emissions.
All three groups had their texts. All three had their message. And all three also had their supporters and their dissenters. Senior Adam Krauter enjoyed talking to the men representing the Gideons. In fact, at around 11 a.m., he asked them to gather together so he could pray for their strength and that their words would fall on open ears, he said. Krauter, who spent most of the day cycling a stationary bike on the Union oval for the Sigma Nu fundraiser, said that he felt as if they were heartfelt and that they have a good message. “You have to be willing to learn,” he said. Their approach is more passive than Evangelical Christians, where they won’t speak unless people want to talk to them, Krauter said. “But if people cross the line, they’ll let them know,” he said. They would speak out about female students who were dressed immodestly in their opinion, he said. Vidya’s approach to telling the message of Krishna is from a Sanskrit parable. “To be more tolerant than a tree and more humble than a blade of grass,” he said. He gave out the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, a book of Indian spiritual wisdom, for donations. Vidya said they try to ask for ten dollars to pay for the cost of printing. The Woronieckis passed out tracks of their beliefs and a music CD of worship music their family
parties to come together in the spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people. They said the $700 billion plan the administration has proposed to bail out the financial industry is flawed, but that the effort to protect the U.S. economy must not fail. Bush has invited both candidates to a meeting at the White House on Thursday with congressional leaders to discuss solutions to the economic crisis.
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“World News with Charles Gibson” will be broadcasting live from Bowling Green State University on Tuesday, Oct. 7. As part of ABC’s “Great American Battleground Bus Tour,” Gibson and the World News news team will visit seven cities around the country in closely contested states, according to a press release. Gibson will co-anchor ABC’s coverage of the Presidential debate live from campus Tuesday night. Other cities include Orlando, Fla.; Valdosta, Fla.; Dayton; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Racine, Wisc. and Davenport, Iowa.
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RELIGION From Page 1 had recorded. While accused of being too aggressive by some, others were not offended by his tactics. â€œHe definitely got everyoneâ€™s attention,â€? freshman Brad McMichael, said. â€œHe got his voice heard and those interested could stop by. But he didnâ€™t force himself upon you.â€? McMichael said heâ€™ll probably read the tracks that Michael Woroniecki gave him. Freshman Ben Busdicker disagreed with how Woroniecki disregarded church and told students to â€œescape hell.â€? â€œItâ€™s not about escaping hell, but getting to heaven and going to God,â€? Busdicker said, who recently converted to Catholicism in March with his
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â€œItâ€™s not about waving a banner around, itâ€™s about love. If someone is, in your opinion, wrong, it doesnâ€™t mean they are less deserving of love and respect.â€? Matt Horn | Senior friend Matt Horn. â€œItâ€™s not about waving a banner around, itâ€™s about love,â€? Horn, senior, said. â€œIf someone is, in your opinion, wrong, it doesnâ€™t mean they are less deserving of love and respect.â€? Woroneicki isnâ€™t surprised that Christians are turned off by his presentation. â€œIâ€™m not here for the Christian. Iâ€™m here for the pagan,â€? he said. He is against â€œsocial religiosityâ€? that he sees in many Christian religions. â€œJesus says, â€˜Come to me.â€™â€?
Woroneicki said, â€œNot to a church, not a group, not a pastor, but the living truth.â€? The name of God, in whatever format preached, continued to echo on campus by the students. Yesterday, lunch conversations and coffee chats were prevalent in the Union about the visitors and the messages they spoke. Outside of the Union game room, seven students from seven different backgrounds discussed the possibilities and impossibilities of each othersâ€™ beliefs.
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ECONOMY From Page 1 would help rescue his tough-sell bailout package. Bush explicitly endorsed several of the changes that have been demanded in recent days from the right and left. But he warned that he would draw the line at regulations he determined would hamper economic growth. "It should be enacted as soon as possible," the president said. The bailout, which the Bush administration asked Congress last weekend to approve before it adjourns, is meeting with deep skepticism, especially from conservatives in Bushâ€™s own party who are revolting at the high price tag and unprecedented private-sector intervention. Though there is general agreement that something must be done to address the spiraling economic problems, the timing and even the size of the package remained in doubt and the administration has been forced to accept changes almost daily. Seeking to explain himself to conservatives, Bush stressed he was reluctant to put taxpayer money on the
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line to help businesses that had made bad decisions and that the rescue is not aimed at saving individual companies. He tried to address some of the major complaints from Democrats by promising that CEOs of failed companies wonâ€™t be rewarded. "With the situation becoming more precarious by the day, I faced a choice: to step in with dramatic government action or to stand back and allow the irresponsible actions by some to undermine the financial security of all," Bush said. "These are not normal circumstances." The president turned himself into an economics professor for much of the address, tracing the origins of the problem back a decade to a large influx of money into the U.S. system from overseas, low interest rates, the "faulty assumption" that home values would continue to skyrocket, easy lending by mortgage companies, overborrowing by home owners and exuberant building by construction firms. But while generally acknowledging risky and poorly thought-out financial decisions at many levels of society, Bush never assigned blame to any specific entity, such as his administration, the quasi-indepedent mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or the Wall Street firms that built rising profits on increasingly speculative mortgage-backed securities. Instead, he spoke in terms of investment banks that "found themselves saddled with" toxic assets and banks that "found themselves" with questionable balance sheets. Intensive, personal wheeling and dealing is not usually Bushâ€™s style as president, unlike some predecessors. He does not often call or meet with individual lawmakers to push a legislative priority. But with the nation facing the biggest financial meltdown in decades, Bush took the unusual step of calling Democrat Obama personally about the meeting, said presidential spokeswoman Dana Perino. White House aides extended the invitations to Republican McCain and to GOP and Democratic leaders from Capitol Hill. Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the senator would attend and "will continue to work in a bipartisan spirit and do whatever is necessary to come up with a final solution." Senior McCain advisers said McCain will attend, too. The plans of the other invitees were unknown, and the exact details of the meeting, which Perino said was aimed
at making fast progress to stem the biggest financial meltdown in decades, were still being set. In another move welcome at the White House, Obama and McCain issued a joint statement urging lawmakers â€” in dire terms â€” to act. "Now is a time to come together Democrats and Republicans in a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people," it said. "The plan that has been submitted to Congress by the Bush administration is flawed, but the effort to protect the American economy must not fail." The two candidates â€” bitterly fighting each other for the White House but coming together over this issue â€” said the situation offers a chance for politicians to prove Washingtonâ€™s worth. "This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe," they said. However, the Oval Office rivals were not putting politics aside entirely. McCain asked Obama to agree to delay their first debate, scheduled for Friday, to deal with the meltdown. Obama said the debate should go ahead. Bush last gave a prime-time address to the nation 377 days ago, on Iraq. This one, carried live by all five major television outlets, could be the last of his presidency. White House and administration officials have warned repeatedly of a coming "financial calamity." But that has not closed the deal, which for many recalls previous warnings of grave threats from Bush â€” such as before the Iraq war â€” that did not materialize. So Bushâ€™s goal with his speech was to frame the debate in laymanâ€™s terms to show the depths of the crisis, explain how it affects the peopleâ€™s daily lives and inspire the public to demand action from Washington. He said that more banks could fail, the stock market could plummet and erase retirement accounts, businesses could find it hard to get credit and be forced to close, wiping out jobs for millions of Americans. "Ultimately, our country could experience a long and painful recession," Bush said. "Fellow citizens, we must not let this happen." But he ended on a positive note, predicting lawmakers would "rise to the occasion" and that the nationâ€™s economy will overcome "a moment of great challenge." Through the crisis, the White House has struggled over how to deploy Bush.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Some of the calendar of events is taken from events.bgsu.edu
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. International Student Volunteers Study Abroad Information meetings 208 Union
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. V3: Variations in Vision & Video Willard Wankelman Gallery, Fine Arts Center
8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Muslim Student Association Prayer Room 204 Olscamp
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Paintball USA Promotion Union Mall
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Voter Registration Union Table Space
11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Latino Student Union Union Table Space
3:30 - 5 p.m. Effective Job/Internship Search Techniques 228 Union
5:30 - 7 p.m. Interviewing Tips and Practice 228 Union
7 - 8 p.m. Ask a Queer Rodgers Hall, Ground Floor West Lounge
7:30 - 11:30 p.m. Creed Weekly Speaker Series 308 Union
7:30 p.m. International Film Series Gish Film Theater, Hanna Hall
8 p.m. Jazz Spotlight with Jack Schantz Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center
9 - 11 p.m. CRU 101 Olscamp
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LEARNING CAN BE FUN: Freshmen Brandy Smith and Stephanie MacCready pair up to practice a “push off” tactic during a free self-defense workshop sponsored by the Union.
USG prepares to paint the town orange and brown By Becky Tener Reporter
The Undergraduate Student Government is taking their school spirit to the streets — literally. USG’s Campus Beatification Committee received the approval to paint a falcon on one of the roads entering the University. USG President John Waynick said the falcon would help make the campus look better and more appealing to future students. “We are looking for places on campus that are the most visible for recruitment and current student enjoyment,” Waynick said. USG Vice President Sundeep Mutgi said the purpose of Campus Beautification is to help students take more pride
President of University Student Government in the University. “Students are sick and tired of looking at the same things,” he said, “we want students to feel more of a tie to campus by making it look better.” One of the main focuses of the Campus Beautification committee are the entrances and exits of the University. “They’re the first thing people see.” Waynick said, “We don’t have the prettiest entrance, with the big gravel pit of the overflow parking lot.” Waynick said the committee is still working out the logistics of the project. The original
Combining culture and fun By Kate Snyder
RECYCLING From Page 1 with recycling deals with the ink on paper products. According to a 2005 article by the Education Development Center titled “Landfill vs. Recycling,” toxic chemicals are used to remove ink from newspapers before they can be recycled. These chemicals then end up in the environment, causing harmful effects on plants and animals. The article explains how paper made from new wood releases more toxic chemicals than recycled paper. The article also said there is now an increase in soybeans being used for ink to reduce the use of toxic chemicals. Wood products, petroleum and aluminum all require a lot of energy to refine and reuse, which is why consumption should be reduced, Gary Silverman, Director of the Environmental Health program, said. However, when aluminum is bought it is better to recycle it than throw it away, Myers said. Recycled aluminum uses at least 75 percent less energy than making a new aluminum product from virgin materials, Myers said. Recycling one aluminum can can save enough energy to watch television for three hours according to the A Recycling Revolution Web page, www.recycling-revolution.com. When looking at the reduce, reuse and recycle model it must be understood that it is a hierarchy model, and recycling is on the bottom, Myers said. People need to be aware that in order to truly help the environment they should reduce their consumption first, then reuse items that were necessary and finally recycle what could not be reduced or reused, Myers said. “Of course there are negatives to recycling, but the positives definitely out weigh them,” Laura Winebarger, president of the Environmental Action Group, said.
The culmination of Latino Heritage Month arrives this weekend with Latinopalooza. “It’s always the big event for the month,” said Nathan Olmeda, president of the Latino Student Union. “It has a two-part extravaganza.” And for the first time, Latinopalooza will last all weekend. Traditionally, all the events took place on the same day, but several reasons prompted LSU to hold the event throughout the weekend. “One, it’s a lot,” said Jessica Vazquez, vice president of LSU. “It’s a lot to do two big events in one day.” Another reason why it was changed is because it’s a family-oriented event, Vazquez said. Spreading it out might allow more people able to come. Festivities begin Friday with a free carnival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Alumni Mall, the grassy area between Kreischer and Harshman. Plans include three different inflatable games, cotton candy, games and food. “There might be a clown,” Olmeda said. Then, on Saturday night, there will be a formal dance. “Not like prom, but not like jeans and a top,” Vazquez said.
President of the Latino Student Union Tickets for the dance cost $8 for students, $10 for nonstudents and $15 for couples. Dinner is included in the ticket price. Instead of a DJ, there will be a live band. “They have a saxophonist, they have a singer,” Vazquez said. “Even though a DJ could play the same music, we like to introduce a cultural sense.” That cultural sense won’t be restricted to the music, though. The overarching theme this year is Caribbean, meaning the food for the weekend will be styled from the pacific islands. This weekend will be a culture fusion that is more than just Latino. It will finish with a family dinner at Max and Erma’s, where a fundraiser is set. When people go to Max and Erma’s, they can turn in a ticket and 20 percent of their meal cost will go to the LSU. But the main purpose of the event is not to make a profit, Olmeda said. “It’s through these kinds of events that people can get a small taste of what Latino culture is all about,” he said.
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plan was to paint the falcon on the off-ramp of I-75, but Waynick said regulations from ODOT forced them to find a new location. “Two perspective sites, right now, are either the intersection of Thurstin and Wooster or Mercer and Wooster,” he said. Waynick said the street chosen will be closed for a day for painting, and committee members will work with law enforcement to make the painting as convenient for drivers as possible. Sophomore Dana Manahan said closing the road is a small drawback that will be worth the hassle when the painting is done. “Even if it’s an inconvenience, in the end, it won’t matter,” she said. The committee is also trying
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Vice President of University Student Government to decide who will paint the falcon. Mutgi said the committee is considering different painting companies or allowing students from the art department to work on the project. He said their decision depends on where the committee’s priorities fall. “Between cost and time we just have to see what falls on the top of the list to complete this,” Mutgi said. He also said the falcon painting, like other Campus Beautification projects, would be financed by outside donations. The University is look-
ing at these additions more as investments than costs since they would increase the appeal of the University for future students. Sophomore Ali Howell said she is anticipating the painting of the falcon because it will bring something unique to the University. “It’s something that will make BGSU special,” she said The Campus Beautification committee is also searching for other additions, like an archway and a sign on the I-75 overpass, to make the University standout and show school spirit, Mutgi said. “We’re looking for ways to show pride in the University,” Mutgi said, “so people know this is falcon territory.”
MAKE YOUR FUTURE A PRIORITY
JOBS, CO-OPS, INTERNSHIPS & GRADUATE PROGRAMS
EXPO JOB FAIR
Thursday , October 2 Perry Field House 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
INTERVIEW DAY (scheduled at EXPO)
Organic all fruit smoothies, soy shakes, fresh juices, fresh homegrown organic produce
Friday , October 3 Perry Field House 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
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HOW TO WORK A JOB FAIR September 24O 5:30 – 7:00 pm 201 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
September 25 O 5:30 – 7:00 pm 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Fridays O September 19 & September 26 1:00 – 4:00 pm O 116 Conklin North
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 9:30 – 11:30 am & 2:00 – 4:00 pm 322 Conklin North Tuesdays O 5:00– 7:00 pm O Founders
“Of course there are negatives to recycling, but the positives definitely outweigh them.” — Laura Winebarger, president of the Environmental Action Group [see Recycling, pg. 1].
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DEREK EARL, Sophomore, Architecture
“‘Best of Both Worlds’ by Miley Cyrus.”
“‘We are the world’ by Michael Jackson.”
“‘Disturbia’ by Rihanna.”
“‘My Life’ by The Game.”
College students DeGeneres’ talk show provides medium caught in the middle to discuss gay rights and equality “What truly resulted was a nation who, of economic storm without knowing it, took a huge step in SEAN LUTZMANN COLUMNIST
Your name doesn’t have to be Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac for you to be concerned about the recent economic news. Although it may seem that the economic collapse that we are hearing about will not have much of a direct impact on college students as much as it is effecting the shareholders of recently bankrupted companies like Lehman Brothers and AIG, there will most definitely be a change in how easily and how cheaply students will be able to apply for loans, especially from private institutions. We ought to keep this issue in mind as we consider who we vote this November, so the country doesn’t see a repeat in what happens when a government allows for unfettered capitalism. First off, I hope we as young people can now realize what made senior citizens so upset when the Bush administration and Republicans like John McCain proposed privatizing a portion of Social Security Insurance (SSI). Though it should never be depended on as one’s sole source of income once retirement rolls around, this safety net created as a result of the Great Depression (brought about in part because of banks making unwise investments in people and businesses who couldn’t pay off their debts) ought not to depend on the whims of the stock market with a potentially unwise and nearsighted mentality spread throughout the country’s lending and investing class. But retirement and SSI checks are a bit further down the road for those of us in college or just starting our careers. A more immediate effect will be our ability to pay for the education that is so crucial to our future careers. According to The “New York Times,” most economists are not as worried about access to state or federally-subsidized loans as much as they are concerned with loans from private institutions which about 10 percent of all students have to resort to taking if they are not given enough financial aid from government sources. There is a possibility however, that as the federal government gets deeper and deeper in debt — it has just added over $400 billion to the trillion dollar bill this year alone according to the White House (and that’s before the extra supplemental funding to the Defense Department as the
“As the federal government gets deeper ... in debt financial aid funding may be threatened by the urgent need to restore fiscal sanity to this nation’s budget.” wars in Afghanistan and especially in Iraq rage on) — financial aid funding may be threatened by the urgent need to restore fiscal sanity to this nation’s budget. Of course, there has been an urgent need to restore fiscal sanity to the budget for a while now, ever since we’ve been engaged in a war that some economists believe will cost us $2 trillion, we’ve had irresponsible tax cuts primarily benefiting the top 5 percent of income earners in this country which according to the Congressional Budget Office will have cost us $2.6 trillion by the end of 2010, and with the upcoming mass-retirement of the baby-boomers will drain Social Security, we’re only one more big spending splurge away from being faced with some really serious spending decisions. That one “splurge,” I believe, just happened to come in the form of a $700 billion bailout our government will so generously provide. Now for the Ron Paul-libertarians out there who think one of the first things to be cut in the federal budget should be the Department of Education (followed closely by a massive cut in Defense spending), this won’t be a problem. “Let the private sector be in charge of lending money,” they might say. But the core reason behind all of this financial chaos is the fact that lenders gave a lot of sub-prime mortgages to people most of them knew darn well would not be able to pay them back. Odds are good that banks in the future are going to learn from this and overcompensate by avoiding risky loans to students. So what we are seeing here is a potential perfect storm for financial aid scarcity, with potentially less government funding meeting up with a much more conservative lending environment, with college students caught right in the middle of it. -Respond to Sean at email@example.com.
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TANNEN GLIATTA COLUMNIST
There are many ways to promote change and stress equality to the American public. You can hold rallies, send out literature and write to your congress person. Or you can just be yourself and lead by example. Ellen DeGeneres has done just that. DeGeneres is arguably the most famous and most recognizable lesbian in the country. And, as much as we would like to deny it, homosexuality is still a taboo topic in our culture. But DeGeneres has surpassed the invisible, yet strong, barriers society has put up. She is quietly changing the way Americans think about gay and lesbians by simply not denying or hiding who she is. The comedian hasn’t always had the level of success she has now though. After struggling as a stand up comic for years she landed her own show on ABC in 1994 called “Ellen.” It was a classic run-of-the-mill sitcom
supporting equaility and gay rights.” with tales of love, friendship and family. That is, until an April 1997 episode. DeGeneres, and her character, declared she was a lesbian in a landmark moment in television history. After the media attention calmed down so did audiences and the show was canceled the following year. DeGeneres was poised to make a comeback in 2001 with her CBS sitcom “The Ellen Show.” But the show also failed to find an audience and was canceled after one season. After two failed sitcoms DeGeneres could have left Hollywood and never looked back but instead her next move would prove to be her most remarkable. In 2003 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” began airing in syndication. The daytime talk show features DeGeneres at her best. She is not playing an exaggerated version of herself like she did for her sitcoms but instead
she harkens back to her stand up days providing commentary on society and her life. Mixed in with celebrity interviews, hidden camera gags and of course dancing, DeGeneres gives her audience a candid view into her life. She doesn’t dwell on the fact that she is a lesbian but she also doesn’t shy away from it. As more seasons pass and the audience continues to grow her program has served, at times, as a public forum for gay rights. Last season DeGeneres questioned the three presidential hopefuls on their views on gay marriage. She asked the questions that were important but also kept the mood light by dancing with Obama and mocking disappointment when McCain said he wouldn’t be walking her down the isle. Also last season, in a somewhat flashback to when she announced she was a lesbian on her sitcom a decade before,
DeGeneres announced her engagement to actress Portia de Rossi on air. Her audience erupted in applause for DeGeneres and Rossi, the first major couple in the public eye to become engaged after California’s gay marriage ban was overturned. After the summer hiatus DeGeneres returned to her show as a married woman. Once again she gave audiences unfiltered access to her life. She showed her wedding video set to the song “Today” by Joshua Radin. The poignant video has since had over 200 thousand hits on YouTube and Radin’s album jumped to number one on iTunes the week after the video aired. But what truly resulted was a nation who, without knowing it, took a huge step in supporting equality and gay rights. If DeGeneres’ studio audience is any indication of the diverse span of people she reaches, people of every age, gender, race and sexuality, it’s clear DeGeneres is making a difference. -Respond to Tannen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overturn of Roe v. Wade would leave upper class unscathed, lower class in harm’s way By Ben Gifford U-Wire
There are plenty of legitimate reasons for fearing a Palin-McCain White House: One would be John’s unwavering confidence, despite the ongoing Wall Street bankdomino, that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong” (of course, if by “the fundamentals of our economy,” John really does mean “American workers,” then I guess he’s right — but also an idiot). Another good reason to be scared of McPalin: Sarah’s selfproclaimed foreign-policy credentials amount to her uncanny ability (and here I paraphrase) to “see Red people” from her backyard. However, despite these and others, there is one overarching reason why I am terrified of a Republican victory in the upcoming election: If Palin-McCain wins, chances are high that “Roe v. Wade” will be overturned before the ‘12s graduate. As I see it, all it would take is a will and a way. First the will: According to his Web site, “John McCain believes ‘Roe v. Wade’ is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench.” Now, some may argue that John
is just toeing the party line here — that his conservative rhetoric is no more than a way of keeping Republican minds off the allegedly-pro-life-but-actually-prochoice McCain we saw in 2000. Personally, I’m not convinced. Not only has McCain’s language regarding abortion been particularly unambiguous this election season, but his choice of the archpro-life Palin (ban all abortions, even when rape is involved) also suggests that he has lost any sympathy he may once have had for the pro-choice movement. So, it seems that we have a will. Now for the way: On the Right side of the Supreme Court, we have Alito, Roberts, Scalia and Thomas; we can safely assume that each of these justices will vote to overturn “Roe v. Wade” if the opportunity presents itself. On the opposite side of the bench, there’s Breyer, Souter, Ginsburg and Stevens, all of whom are pro- “Roe.” And, although the swing vote, Kennedy, helped to uphold the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in “Gonzales v. Carhart” (2007), he defended Roe in “Planned Parenthood v. Casey” (1992) and will hopefully continue to do so in the future. So far, so good — “Roe” is supported by a 5-4 majority. However, a closer look at these facts does not yield promising
“In John McCain’s America, women ... would be forced to opt for dangerous, back-alley abortions. As a man I will never be able to understand the horror of such a decision, but I can certainly begin to get an idea.” results: Justice Stevens is 88 yearsold. This means that if McCain is elected president, we will be (even less than) a heartbeat away from an anti- “Roe” majority. What’s more, we might not have to wait for Stevens to croak; he may retire anyway, as soon as he becomes the oldest Supreme Court Justice ever (2011 — McPalin, year three). And even if Stevens does hold on, the death or retirement of Ginsburg (the next oldest justice at 75) would have identical consequences. A common misconception people have is that overturning “Roe v. Wade” would result in a national ban on abortion. This is not the case. Instead it would mean repealing federal abortion rights, thereby returning the power of abortion legislation to the states. So, for us in Hanover, a “Roe”reversal probably wouldn’t have any noticeable effects — even if New Hampshire decided to
outlaw abortion, it’s unlikely Massachusetts or Vermont would, and pregnant students could just drive to clinics in Boston or Burlington. And, for wealthy, connected citizens across the country, regardless of their particular state’s laws, finding a good doctor probably wouldn’t be too hard either. However, for lower-class women living with unwanted pregnancies, deep in the conservative parts of the United States, illegal abortion would present a serious problem. When every dollar you make goes immediately to food and rent, the process of finding an abortion clinic in a far away state could easily be too costly and time consuming. In John McCain’s America, these women and others would be forced to opt for dangerous, back-alley abortions. As a man I will never be able to understand the horror of such a decision, but I can certainly begin to get an idea.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, Sept. 29
Thursday, Oct. 2
Theme: Falcon Feast
> Merchandise Sale & Royalty Voting 11 a.m. - 6 p.m | Bowen-Thompson Student Union
> Merchandise Sale and Royalty Voting 11 a.m. - 6 p.m | Bowen-Thompson Student Union
> Falcon Feud and Ebony Elegance Noon - 4 p.m | Union Oval
> BG Barbeque 4:30-6:30 p.m | Carillon Park (between Education, Business Administration and East Hall)
(Rain site: 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union) Hosted by the Black Homecoming Committee & sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> Homecoming Kick Off 7-10 p.m | Lenhart Grand Ball Room (BTSU) What a carnival! Enjoy inﬂatables, games, music... and of course FOOD! There will be corn dogs, hot dogs, a funnel, cake bar, cotton candy, sno-cones, and more! Come enjoy! Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
Tuesday, Sept. 30 Theme: Giving Back to Your Roots > Kick Back for Kids 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Union Oval Make arts and crafts to be sent to the Flying Horse Farms Camp in Columbus, Ohio. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> Commuter Breakfast 9-11 a.m | In front of the Health Center & Sorority Row Commuters, come enjoy a free breakfast to get your day started right. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> Merchandise Sale and Royalty Voting 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Bowen-Thompson Student Union > UAO 50th Birthday Celebration 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Falcon’s Nest, Student Union > Movie on the Turf - 7:30 p.m. Doyt Perry Stadium Join some of BGSU’s ﬁnest athletes at The Doyt and watch Iron Man, starring Robert Downey, Jr. Co-sponsored by UAO and the Division of Student Affairs
> Falcon Change for a Change (Beneﬁts Flying Horse Farms Camp) Help the Homecoming Student Steering Committee ﬁll the FALCON BANK with your change!!!!!
Wednesday, Oct. 1 Theme: Athletic Game > Preliminary Competitions 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at the Alumni Mall (basketball court between Harshman and Kreischer), Guitar Hero at Bowen Thompson Student Union Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> Merchandise Sale and Royalty Voting 11 a.m. - 6 p.m | Bowen-Thompson Student Union > Pie in the Face Auction 4-10 p.m | 228 Bowen-Thompson Student Union Hosted by the Black Homecoming Committee and sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> All Star Finals 8-10 p.m | Student Recreation Center (Co-Sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and the Latino Student Union) Come watch the winners of the basketball and Guitar Hero prelims compete to be Homecoming All Stars! Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
** All Week ** Look out for the Prize Patrol...know your BG Trivia! Homecoming Royalty Voting and Merchandise Sales, Bowen-Thompson Student Union Lobby
Food, music and friends, all leading up to the 2008 Homecoming Concert. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> UAO Homecoming Concert Featuring Soulja Boy and Yung Joc 8 p.m | Anderson Arena (doors open at 7 p.m.) Tickets $20 for students, $25 for general public Ofﬁce of Campus Activities, 419-372-2343 Come out and kick it with two of rap’s hottest artists! Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> Homecoming Spirit Decorating Contest Freddie and Frieda Falcon will judge each registered ofﬁce or department. For more detailed information please visit <http://homecoming.bgsu.edu>
Friday, Oct. 3 Theme: BG Spirit > Merchandise Sale 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Bowen-Thompson Student Union > Parade 5 p.m. | Mercer Road to Wooster Street, ends at University Hall Lawn Floats, cars, Homecoming Royalty, BGSU student organizations, and more showing off their Falcon Pride! This parade leads directly to the 2008 Pep Rally. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> Pep Rally 6 p.m | University Hall Lawn Come watch guest speakers, performances and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> Rock the Block–Falcon Fest 6 - 9 p.m. (after the Pep Rally) Doyt Perry Stadium, Parking Lot L Experience the fun-ﬁlled Homecoming event which returns this year after its successful inaugural year in 2007! Celebrate your Falcon spirit with alumni and others from the BGSU community. Entertainment includes live music, entertainment for all ages, food and beverages. Pre-register at bgsualumni.com, 1-888-839-2586. Tickets $5 per person (purchased prior to Sept.19), $10 per person (purchased after Sept. 19)
Saturday, Oct. 4 > Freddie & Frieda 5K Fun Run/Walk 8 a.m. registration - 9 a.m. race start Student Recreation Center Sponsored by the Student Alumni Connection
> Falcon Football vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles 4 p.m. | Doyt Perry Stadium Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
> NPHC Greek Stepshow 6:30-10p.m | 101 Olscamp Hall
Thursday, September 25, 2008
FOOTBALL Millen fired by Lions After years of fans screaming for his firing, the Detroit Lions have finally pulled the plug on president/GM Matt Millen Wednesday. Millen’s record with the team was 31-84 in the past seven-plus seasons. Page 7
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SCHEDULE TODAY Volleyball: at Miami; 7 p.m.
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OUR CALL Today in Sports History 1997—WNBA adds Detroit and Washington D.C. teams. 1981—Nolan Ryan pitches his fifth career no-hitter. 1949—The Yankees suffered 71 injuries but remained in first place until today when the Red Sox tied them. 1908—Cubs pitcher Ed Ruelback pitches shutouts in both games of a doubleheader.
The List Scottie Pippen is turning 43 today. Here are five memorable moments and achievements from the forward’s NBA career:
1. Draft day trade: Pippen was selected with the fifth pick in the 1987 draft by Seattle but was traded to the Bulls in exchange for Olden Polynice.
2. Championships: Pippen helped the Bulls to two sets three-peat championships in the 1990s. 3. All-Star: Pippen was named to the All-Star team seven times, including six in a row from 1992-1997, and he was named the MVP of the 1994 contest.
4. Olympic dream: Pippen played on two U.S. Olympic teams including the 1992 Dream Team that won gold.
5. Fifty Greatest Players: In 1996, Pippen was named to the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players list in honor of the league’s 50th anniversary.
Back in the saddle again After a summer with NHL players, Kantola has high ‘08-‘09 goals By Ethan Magoc Reporter
“Those guys train really hard on the ice, so just to see what caliber players they are, it really helped build my confidence.”
Kantola, 21, move beyond a disappointing sophomore season in which he played in just 28 of BG’s 39 games. He also said he hopes this summer’s experience will help There aren’t many better hockey players to him overcome a rather forgettable start to learn by example from than the Carolina last year. Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour. In the team’s first home game, Kantola That’s exactly who Falcon forward Kai Kai Kantola | BG hockey crushed Notre Dame’s Luke Lucyk into the Kantola, not only watched, but skated boards from behind and received a severe, with this summer. Kantola’s parents live in Raleigh, N.C., In addition to Brind’Amour, now 38 two or three weeks of the summer to four-game league suspension. That play may have subconsciously left him snake approximately 15 minutes from a train- years old but known for training as hard stay in shape. ing facility where many of the Hurricanes as anyone in the National Hockey League, “Those guys train really hard on the ice, bitten throughout the winter. “I watched myself a lot more going workout during the summer — often very Kantola skated with other Hurricanes, so just to see what caliber players they early in the morning. including Chad LaRose and Cam Ward. are, it really helped build my confidence,” into the corners,” Kantola said, and “Man, yeah, sometimes it was 6:30 [a.m.], According to Kantola, one day Kantola said. sometimes 7,” Kantola said. Brind’Amour invited him to skate for That confidence will perhaps help See KANTOLA | Page 7
Women’s golf finishes 11th at Cardinal Classic By Morgan Carlson Reporter
For their third tournament of the 2008 season, the BG women’s golf traveled to Ball State to compete in the Cardinal Classic. The women placed 11th on a 13-team field over the two days of competition this past Monday and Tuesday. Carding a 636 over two days of competition and 36 holes, the Falcons did not see the success that they did at their first tournament, though Coach Stephanie Young remains positive. “We’re facing some tough squads out there, but the team is handling themselves well,” Young said. “We know what we need to work on, and we’re willing to do what it takes.” The women faced several tough teams this week, including Mid-American Conference competitors from Ball State (594—1st), Akron (601—2nd), and Northern Illinois (633—T9th). Seeing MAC teams so early in the season will be beneficial to the team as they look forward to
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WINNER: BG’s volleyball team is hopeful that it can have a successful opening weekend of MAC play in Miami and Northern Illinois.
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CONSISTENT: Lauren Glew had another solid showing this week.
playing these teams in the MAC Championships in April. Sophomore Marisa Glew always looks forward to playing MAC teams throughout the season.
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Sean Shapiro Reporter
6 record doesn’t reflect their early season performances. The RedHawks return almost BG finally begins Mid- the entire roster from a team American Conference play that stunned Ohio and won the tonight after nearly a month of MAC Tournament title last seanon-conference matches. son after going 13-3 in the reguIn pre-MAC play, the Falcons lar season, with two of those were one of the conference’s losses coming to BG. better teams winning two This season Miami has played tournaments on the road one of the MAC’s toughest nonwhile posting an impressive conference schedules, includ10-4 record. BG faces a strong ing a tournament championMiami team tonight whose 6- ship at the UNLV tournament.
In the tournament, Miami upset Wisconsin who at the time was ranked 10th in the nation. “Were expecting a confident Miami team, they’ve got a couple of really good wins in pre-conference season,” said coach Denise Van De Walle. “They have wins over Wisconsin, Western Kentucky, who is a traditional power, and UNLV, so
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“It’s great to be able to see some of the other teams from the MAC early on,” Glew said. “We get a chance to size the other squads up, and figure out what it is that we need to do later on to win the championship.” On Monday, the Falcons carded a 319 over 18 holes. The Classic wrapped up on Tuesday when BG scored a 317 on the final 18 holes. Ball State won the tournament overall (302-292). Sophomore team captain Lauren Glew is proud of what the team has accomplished so far. “We’re already had a recordbreaking season, and the opportunity to preview some MAC teams,” Lauren said. “We’re on the road to success, and I think that we’ll get a chance to show that in our next few tournaments.” Megan Bader led the Falcons
if Kai could return to form and have a breakout year.” Kantola’s parents were both born in Finland, which accounts for his unique name, though he was actually born in Toronto. His parents relocated to North Carolina a few years ago, but he played junior hockey in Fargo, N.D. Paluch then recruited him to play for BG, where he said he hopes to put his NHL summer
“We have a lot to work on, but the team is ready to put a little extra effort in.” Stephanie Young | Coach with a 155 (77-78), that placed her in a tie for 21st. Marisa followed by two strokes with a 157 (79-78), finishing in 30th place. The women were followed by Megan Gormley (80-80—160, T43rd), Lauren Glew (83-81—164, T-57th) and Hannah Lambert (8483—167, T-66th). Freshman Paula DiFrancesco, competing as an individual, finished in a tie for 57th (7886—164). According to Young, the team will be focused on practicing the
VOLLEY we’re expecting them to be very confident.” Miami’s offense is run by junior setter Andrea Atteberry, who averages over 10 assists a match while four of her hitters average over two kills a set. Van De Walle has prepared the team for Miami’s offense, which runs similar to BG’s but primarily from the left side BG will follow up the Miami match with a trip to Northern Illinois on Saturday night. The Huskies are having a strong first ETHAN MAGOC | THE BG NEWS half of the season sitting at 8-6, while hosting two tournaments FOCUSED: The volleyball team has been in Delkalb, Ill. at their home successful in non-conference play but will now be looking to win MAC games. Victor E. Court. “The Northern Illinois gym is one of the hardest gyms to get like 5,000 people in our gym, it’s a win in, it’s a small gym with a a very tough place to play.” very loud band,” Van De Walle The match will also put said. “Their fans are loud. You two of the MAC’s top hitting put 500 people in that gym, it’s teams on display while BG
Megan Bader Led the Falcons at the Cardinal Classic with a 155
Marisa Glew Finished with a 157 at the Cardinal Classic short game and mentality on the course this week. “We have a lot to work on, but the team is ready to put a little extra effort in. They all have their individual and team goals that they would like to fulfill, and they are willing to work hard to do so,” Young said. The Falcons will compete next in Fairlawn, OH at the Zippy Invitational next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29-30.
“Their fans are loud. You put 500 people in that gym, it’s like 5,000 people in our gym, it’s a very tough place to play.” Denise Van De Walle | Coach and Northern are currently ranked one and two in hitting percentage this season. Husky junior Meagen Schoenrock is the only MAC athlete with over five kills a set this season, while BG doesn’t have a single athlete in the top ten. BG looks to emulate their trips to Oxford and Delkalb, Ill. from last season where they won both matches including coach Van De Walle’s 500th career victory in Oxford.
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training experience into action as a junior this season. “7:30 or 7:45 in the morning, it doesn’t matter — as soon as they hit the ice, for those guys [the Hurricanes] it was all work,” Kantola said. “It is a game, but it’s business for them.” Kantola and the rest of the Falcons open for business on Oct. 4 in an exhibition against Wilfred Laurier.
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Scott Paluch | Coach
behind you, to make a play. “Once we do that, it won’t matter what’s happening with D.A. or Braylon or what’s happening with the linemen because we’ll be a better football team.” Anderson has bad memories of his previous start against the Bengals. With the Browns one win from clinching a playoff spot, Anderson threw four interceptions in a 19-14 loss on Dec. 23. “It was frustrating,” he said. “But, nah, it’s nothing to die from. “Everybody’s struggling, even the best struggle,” Anderson said. “Brett Favre didn’t have the best game Monday night. He threw picks, he had mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. It’s just coming back and getting it fixed.” Although Crennel has given him a reprieve, Anderson isn’t guaranteed anything more than the first snap Sunday. At the initial sign of trouble, he could pulled for Quinn, who will get more repetitions with Cleveland’s starting offense. Quinn played well in spurts during the exhibition season but only appeared in the season finale as a rookie. He insists he didn’t come to work on yesterday with any thoughts he would be taking over for Anderson this week. “I think every quarterback would say he could come in and give the team a spark,” he said. “If you ask (third-string QB) Ken Dorsey the same question he’d probably feel the same way. I’m very confident in our team’ abilities and I think the biggest thing right now is just to put everything together and show what we’re capable of.” While Crennel endorsed Anderson for the time being, his insistence that Quinn needs to be more ready has created an air of uncertainty. On Tuesday, Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, an executive advisor for the team, said he had been in organizational meetings all day and “we all seem to be one accord.” Brown added the decision was up to Crennel, and “if he makes the right decision on his lineup this week, I think we can be out of this terrible kind of depression we’re in.”
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joked one of his goals this season is “specifically, not to get suspended again. That’s for sure.” On a more serious note, Kantola said he believes he can put up 30 points this season, which would more than double his total of 13 (six goals, seven assists) in 200708. Hockey coach Scott Paluch said he hopes Kantola does put up those kinds of numbers, especially as the team will need to fill the offensive gaps left by departing senior forwards Derek Whitmore, John Mazzei and Ben Geelan. That trio accounted for more than 20 percent of the team’s points last year. “That suspension [against Notre Dame] really kind of chopped up Kai’s year,” Paluch said. “He’s ready for a fresh start, and it would be extremely beneficial for our team
“That suspension [against Notre Dame] really kind of chopped up Kai’s year. He’s ready for a fresh start, and it would be extremely beneficial for our team if Kai could return to form and have a breakout year.”
BEREA — There wasn’t any satisfaction in Derek Anderson’s voice and no outward display of happiness. For a guy who nearly lost his starting job, Cleveland’s easygoing quarterback was seemingly unchanged. While others were calling — some were screaming — for the winless Browns to bench the ineffective Pro Bowler and turn things over to popular backup Brady Quinn, Anderson had no doubt he would start this week NICK WASS | AP PHOTO at Cincinnati. “There wasn’t any uncertainty ONE LAST CHANCE: The Browns will in my mind,” Anderson said give Derek Anderson the start this week. yesterday, shortly after coach Romeo Crennel announced he was sticking with the 25-year-old going to get to a level where we can help this team out.” — for now. Anderson’s job security slid into Anderson seemed to be the only one confident he would crisis mode following a 14-of-37 make a fourth straight start for performance in a 28-10 loss at the Browns (0-3), whose season Baltimore. He threw two intercepof immense expectations has tions, the second returned for a been a colossal disappointment touchdown, in a 50-second span so far. On Monday, Crennel of the third quarter when the said he would evaluate every Ravens turned a 3-point deficit position and promised to make into an 11-point lead. Really, his problems date to last whatever changes necessary to season, when Anderson threw spark his team. By Tuesday, Crennel decided eight interceptions in the final Anderson deserved another shot. five games as the Browns blew a “I’m not getting into the what chance at the playoffs. This year, ifs, the whens, the wheres, how he has made poor decisions and long or anything like that about been hindered by dropped passes, this decision,” Crennel said. “The curious play calling and several decision was made and that’s injuries on Cleveland’s offense. Anderson’s confidence has what it’s going to be. We are going taken a major hit, but Edwards, to go forward.” Crennel’s choice was met with who has dropped at least five overwhelming support through- passes, feels his teammate has out Cleveland’s locker room, taken an unfair amount of critiwhere blame for the Browns’ poor cism. “I just see a team that isn’t playstart is widespread. “That’s what I expected,” wide ing well,” he said. “I see linemen receiver Braylon Edwards said. not blocking. I see receivers drop“Derek is our guy. Just because we ping passes. I see quarterbacks had a bad three games, we won’t missing reads. We’re all off base turn away from him or abandon right now. None of us is taking him. We have had a bad three the initiative to pick another guy games, not just him. We’re behind up, but that’s over with. We talked him 100 percent and we’re going about it: one guy, two guys, 11 to get better. He and I are going to guys on that field have to take the work through this after practice, at initiative to make a play, to block a home, do some extra things. We’re guy, to catch a pass that might be
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions fired president Matt Millen yesterday, more than seven years after the former linebacker and TV analyst took over one of the NFL’s most mediocre franchises and made it the worst. The team confirmed the firing yesterday afternoon. Millen’s teams won a leaguelow 31 games since he took over in 2001, but Detroit owner William Clay Ford had refused to get rid of him until now. On Monday, Bill Ford, son of the team owner, said he would PAUL SANCYA | AP PHOTO fire Millen, but didn’t have the authority. TOAST: Matt Millen (right) stands with Lions owner William Clay Henry before a 2007 game. Detroit was routed in each of Millen was fired from his position as president and GM yesterday. its first three games this season, falling behind 21-0 twice and 213 once en route to lopsided losses. The Lions are off this week. The 0-3 start dropped Millen to 31-84 overall, giving the Lions at least 10 more losses than any other NFL team over the past Bill Ford | Lions Vice Chairman seven-plus seasons. FoxSports.com was the first to report Millen’s departure. it’s not, I’d make some significant word of Millen’s departure. In rare interviews, the elder The tipping point might have changes.” been public comments made His father finally agreed that Ford has stood by his decision to hire Millen and to stick with him by the owner’s son. Lions vice Millen had to go. Drivers of vehicles whiz- despite “Fire Mil-len!” chants from chairman Bill Ford said Millen should leave the team, and the zing past the Allen Park facility fans as he sank the team to one of Ford Motor Co. executive chair- beeped their horns and gleefully the poorest eras in NFL history. William Clay Ford also has been man said if he had the authority, yelled out about the apparent he would make moves. end of the Millen era. A gaggle of the target of criticism. Since he “I think the fans deserve bet- reporters, videographers and still took over the franchise, starting ter,” Bill Ford told reporters. “And photographers roamed around with the 1964 season, the Lions if it were in my authority, which the grounds, waiting for official have won only one playoff game.
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The past faces of the University presidency
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PRESIDENTIAL HISTORY: From left to right, former University Presidents Homer Williams, Frank Prout, William Jerome III and Sidney Ribeau. Since the University’s beginning, there have been nine presidents and two interim presidents.
Nine presidents and still counting
KYLE REYNOLDS IN FOCUS EDITOR
BGSU is in a position it hasn’t been in for thirteen years, searching for a new University president. As the University edges closer to its 100th anniversary in 2010, In Focus is looking at the future, present and past of the highest position at the University.
Homer Williams was the first to take the reigns of the BGSU presidency in 1912, spending 25 years at the post. Since then nine presidents and two interim presidents have served. Including three presidents who’ve served 13 years each- Sidney Ribeau,
Paul Olscamp and Frank Prout. With University enrollment at its lowest count in the past several years causing budget cuts throughout the University, the next president has the very important job of getting BGSU’s numbers back up.
Cartwright’s presidential responsibilities may surprise By Kyle Reynolds In Focus Editor
THE BG NEWS ARCHIVE
DEDICATION: Former Ohio Gov. George Voinovich (left) with former University president Paul Olscamp (right) at the dedication of Olscamp Hall in the president’s honor.
Legacies through brick and stone By Debbie Harler Reporter
Williams, Jerome and Olscamp are all names of University buildings, but they have something else in common- they are the names of three BGSU presidents. In 1917, the University’s first president Homer Williams became the namesake of the female residence hall, Williams Hall. According to Steve Charter, head librarian and archivist “The students named it after him, and the board of trustees voted with them as well.” Charter said when a building is being named, the Board of Trustees have the final say. “In this case, the students thought so highly of Homer B. Williams that they wanted the building named after him,” Charter said. “At one time, Williams Hall was an all-women’s residence hall. Today Williams Hall is home to [the] history, political science and sociology departments.” Residents in the Offenhauer Towers are living in a residence hall named after Roy Offenhauer, president from 1937-1938. His tenure was cut short by an automobile accident. The name of Frank Prout, president from 1938 –1951, still lives on with Prout Chapel. Prout’s wife, Alice, was well liked by everyone
on campus, Charter said. She is the only wife of a president who has a Hall named after her. Alice Prout Hall is in the Student Union. Today, it is being expanded and remodeled, Charter said. President Ralph McDonald, served from 1951-1961 and Ralph Harshman, served from 1961-1963. They both have residence halls named after them, McDonald Quadrangle and Harshman Quadrangle. The University’s main library is named Jerome Library after William Jerome III, who served as president for seven years during a critical time in higher education, Charter said. “To me, Jerome had the most important job of all the presidents,” Charter said. “He was on the board when the shooting at Kent happened. His job was to calm the students down and decide what was best for the campus. He had to decide if he was going to close down Bowling Green State University, or continue to leave it open. He decided to leave it open. This way, the seniors that year did not have to worry about graduating on time.” Fans of BGSU’s classical and jazz concerts know the Moore Musical Arts Center. It is named
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When Carol Cartwright took the job of interim president this summer after Sidney Ribeau left for Howard University, she knew what she was getting into. Cartwright, a former president of Kent State University for 15 years, has spent the past five decades working in higher education. She said, her duties and daily schedule as the president vary on a daily basis and the job is a responsibility that requires her to be on call 24/7. “Over all of my years as a University president I’ve had students ask if they could shadow me and its always been a challenge,” Cartwright said. “I’ve experimented with it from time to time and there is simply no typical day, so it is difficult to get a feel for what the schedule is like if
you just sample a single day.” On Tuesday, Cartwright had two speeches to give and eight meetings to attend in between those speeches. Outside of her responsibilities on campus she has to engage with University donors, business partners, community leaders, alumni and congressional leaders, Cartwright said. “I might spend an entire day in Washington meeting with our congressional delegation and with graduates in the area who want to stay updated on the University and then might not do that again for two weeks,” Cartwright said. The president’s job is to make sure the University’s daily operations run smoothly, she said. “The responsibilities of the president of the University are very broad and very diverse because the board of trustees has delegated to the president
the overall administration and leadership of the University,” Cartwright said. “Now, you do that through a process of building a shared agenda and having a shared vision of the institution with the board of trustees. So the board is providing the overall oversight but the president is delegated the responsibility of making everything happen on a day to day basis.” She said her job couldn’t be done without the help of many University officials. “Of course, no president does it alone,” Cartwright said. “It requires a very talented team of senior administrators, who each have a particular area of expertise and provide leadership in the areas of administration that are required to assure that the university is operating well and moving forward.” Cartwright compared her job to that of an orchestra conductor
As the current interim University President, she is responsible for the University’s daily operations “It’s a little bit like an orchestra conductor in that anybody in the orchestra can be a great soloist, but it takes the conductor to bring all the pieces together and create a harmonious whole,” Cartwright said. By taking the interim presi-
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Search continues as firm builds presidential character profile By Gina Potthoff Managing Editor
BGSU President’s Search Committee
The search is underway for a full-time University president after the departure of Sidney Ribeau in mid-July. Interim President Carol Cartwright was chosen to temporarily lead the University during this time of transition and the President’s Search Committee is working to find a permanent replacement. The 15-person committee, made up of students, faculty, staff, University Board of Trustee members and a Bowling Green community member, started working in July to determine what kind of president would be right for the University. Committee Chair William
The committee assembled in July with the goal of finding Ribeau’s sucessor.
USG President and member of the BGSU President’s Search Committee Primrose said the committee members took outside input and did lots of homework to figure out key president characteristics. Joh n Wa y n ic k , Undergraduate Student
Faculty Ellen Williams Pat Pauken Ron Shields Arthur Yeh Graduate Student ■ Emmanual Guillory Administrative Staff ■ Jill Carr ■ ■ ■ ■
Government president and committee member, said he gathered information from student groups during a question and answer session. “Rest assured, student success is the first thing in mind,”
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Classified Staff ■ Faith Olson Foundation Board ■ Jim Bailey Community Representative ■ Richard Edwards Board of Trustees ■ Robert Sebo ■ John Moore ■ Stephanie Imhoff ■ William Primrose (Search Committee Chair)
Waynick said. Based on student input, the University needs a president
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Presidents have University housing, too By Kate Snyder Reporter
Just as the White House gets passed on to each commander in chief, University presidents pass on the University House. Thus far, four houses have stood as the University President’s home. A brochure assembled by the Office of the President in 2006 traces the history of the four homes. The first house was bought from the Wooster family at the start of the first World War. It sat at 725 E. Wooster St. for 34 years prior to its purchase by Bowling Green State Normal College, and would be there for another 59 years, 23 of them as the home of the first President, Homer Williams. The house was a constant during the 1920s and the Great Depression, and it was there when Normal College become State University. Then on the eve of the Second World War the president moved into a different house and this one was turned into a woman’s residence. Then it became the Counseling Center, the Faculty Club and the Delta Sigma Theta sorority house. Afterwards, it was
“[Carol Cartwright] wants the home to be used as much as possible. She realizes it’s a University asset” Doug Smith | Vice President of University Advancement
become an addition to the health service instead. And when Harshman left and President William Jerome III took the reigns, he still had no place to live. “He felt he might either purchase a home himself or perhaps a home could be provided through the Bowling Green University Housing Commission,” stated the minutes of the July 22, 1963 Board ofTrustees meeting. An immediate investigation into the home at 625 Hillcrest Drive was undertaken. The white, two-story house was new, just built in 1960. It wasn’t on campus and it needed renovations, but 625 Hillcrest became the third house to serve as the president’s home, a role it would keep for nearly 40 years. Another four presidents lived at Hillcrest, and the house stood strong against the political and social turmoil of the 1960s and 70s. But the imperfections caught up
removed for University expansion. The second house was also on East Wooster Street, at 838. This one made it through four presidents and two wars in 26 years. Then on May 3, 1963, President Ralph Harshman told the Board of Trustees he couldn’t use the house anymore. “He felt that it was necessary to provide an adequate place of residence for the president and his family,” that meeting’s minutes stated. The Home Management House, at 815 Ridge Street was concluded to be adequate in all ways while the house at 838 E. Wooster St. was not. However, that house was deemed adequate for becoming the Alumni Center, and then later the pop culture department building, which it continues as today. Meanwhile, 815 Ridge St. proved too expensive to renovate; it would
with the times, and in 2002 it was sold and the current University House was bought. Reasons for acquiring a new house included privacy and parking again. Parking at the Hillcrest house was too congested for neighbors when large functions were held there. “[The current house ] is set so far back, it has enough land around it that parking wasn’t a problem,” said Doug Smith, vice president of University advancement. The brick house on South Wintergarden Road also has two staircases, allowing family members to access their rooms without disturbing any meetings or functions. “One of the goals was that whatever home we selected had that duality,” Smith said. Six years have passed since the current house became the University House, and Smith said they will likely keep the house even after it ceases being the president’s home, like they have done before. But he doesn’t think that will happen any time soon. “[Carol Cartwright] wants the home to be used as much as possible,” he said. “She realizes it’s a University asset.”
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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THE ORIGINAL: The first University House stood at 725 E. Wooster St. It housed the first University President Homer Williams, who was president for 25 years from 1912 to 1937. Afterwards, the house served as a home for various University departments and organizations.
CARTWRIGHT BUILDINGS From Page 8 From Page 8 after Hollis Moore Jr., who served as president from 1970 until his death in 1981 from a brain tumor according to the BG News archives. His wife, Marian, still visits the school and center, Charter said. “I still talk to her and she still comes to the Center to see shows,” says Charter. Michael Ferrari served as interim president for one year following Moore’s death, but is the only president without a building named after him. “There were a few other presidents who served just as long as he did, but they have a building all of their own,” Charter said. “I believe that, sometime in the future, he will have a building named after him.” Paul Olscamp served from 1982-1995 and is honored with Olscamp Hall. The hall is home to many philosophy classes and outside the building is a statue of a man thinking. Olscamp has written several philosophy books and taught philosophy at the collegiate level. As the University prepares for its 100th Anniversary in 2010, Charter asks one thing of students. “It is good to look back on history, and to appreciate what people have done for this great University,” he said. “As students walk to class and pass these buildings, he suggests putting studies aside for a moment and remembering the people for whom the
dency Cartwright said, she has become the face of the University and she has to meet with the public in order to advance the goals of BGSU. “You are the public face of the University so the opportunities to engage with groups outside the University are very important in promoting the goals and the needs of the University to people who are influential in a variety of ways,” Cartwright said. Some characteristics that the next president of BGSU needs, said Cartwright include, “energy, confidence and the ability to work with the board of trustees, a leader who can engage others to effect posi-
tive change and someone who can raise money.” Cartwright retired from the Kent State presidency in 2006 and during her tenure there she kept a close eye on BGSU and the achievements of Ribeau. “The institutions [BGSU and Kent] are competitors, so you are always watching what your competitors are doing and I developed a great deal of respect for the changes that president Ribeau was making,” she said. “Especially, regarding a more integrated undergraduate experience and a very strong focus on student success.” When the BGSU Board of Trustees contacted her about the interim presidency, she said they were interested in her because she ‘knew Ohio and had a lot of experience.’
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“I felt like I should give it some consideration and the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a place where I could make a difference and where the logistics of taking on the responsibilities were manageable.,” Cartwright said. Cartwright said, she is not interested in the full-time presidency and after her interim period as president she will head back home. “I will go back to Kent and continue the work that I have been engaged in with a number of boards and return to retirement,” Cartwright said.
who is innovative, experienced, not afraid to make the tough decisions, visible and a student advocate, he said. Primrose said executive search firm Witt/Kieffer has also been on campus interviewing different groups to develop a presidential profile. Witt/Kieffer, the eighth largest executive search firm in the country, was chosen by the University Board of Trustees to lead the search. “They have a firm understanding of higher education,” Waynick said. “We have 100 percent confidence in the search firm.” All information gathered was presented to Witt/Kieffer so they can develop a profile. “We’re in the process of reviewing the information and will present it to the search committee at an undetermined time,” said John Thornburgh, Witt/Kieffer vice president and Pittsburgh office representative. Primrose expects to see a presidential profile developed and put up on the University Web site for feedback and
“The ultimate goal is that the individual is capable and ready to take over ...” William Primrose | Committee Chair
approval in two to three weeks. He said the profile needs approval from the entire Bowling Green community before they’ll move on with the search. “This is a very critical step,” Primrose said. After the community is in agreement, Witt/Kieffer will advertise for the position and take candidate nominations. Primrose said he hopes to offer the president job to a candidate by mid-March or midApril. “The ultimate goal is that the individual is capable and ready to take over beginning in fall 2009,” Primrose said. He said the search committee is dedicated and very enthusiastic about finding a president that will best fit the University. Waynick is also convinced the University is going in the right direction. “BG’s future looks bright,” he said.
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Removal of drilling ban leaves Republicans feeling victorious By H. Josef Hebert The Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€” The House, responding to growing public demand for more domestic energy, voted yesterday to end a quarter-century ban on oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, giving Republicans a major victory on energy policy. An extension of the ban for another year was left off a $630 billion-plus stopgap government spending bill that President Bush had threatened to veto â€” possibly shutting down the government â€” if the anti-drilling measure were included. The bill was approved 370-58 and now goes to the Senate, where it is likely to be approved within the next few days, also without the drilling ban. The decision to avoid a fight with the White House over offshore drilling marks a major shift by Democrats on energy policy and a reflection that the GOP argument for more domestic energy production had found a support among voters this election year, even though coastal states long have worried that offshore drilling might cause spills, soil beaches and threaten their tourist businesses. Republican presidential nominee John McCain has made
expanded offshore drilling a central part of his campaign, arguing that access to an estimated 18 billion barrels of oil in the off-limits Outer Continental Shelf is essential if the country is to become more energy independent. McCainâ€™s Democratic presidential rival, Barack Obama, also has endorsed limited expansion of offshore drilling, but only as part of a broader energy package that boosts use of alternative energy sources and increases efficiency. Lifting the offshore ban does not itself mean drilling in the offshore waters is imminent. But it could set the stage for the Interior Department to offer leases in some Atlantic federal waters as early as 2011 under its current five-year offshore drilling plan. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement: â€œUnfortunately, the presidentâ€™s willingness to veto any sensible compromise on offshore drilling, which would have threatened to shut down the government and send a dangerous signal during these hard economic times and a financial crisis on Wall Street, led to the expiration of the current moratorium.â€? She made clear the battle over offshore drilling was far from over, saying she looked forward to addressing the issue â€œwith new
leadership in the White House.â€? Even before the House vote, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced legislation to protect Georges Bank off New England â€” an area believed to have significant oil resources â€” from drilling. In the Senate, Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, â€œWe look forward to working with the next president to hammer out a final resolution of this issue.â€? Democrats could reinstate the ban next year as part of a new spending measure. Or they could push legislation allowing limited drilling in some areas such as the southern Atlantic, with wide coastal protective buffers. But even if Democrats expand their majorities in the next Congress thereâ€™s no assurance they will have the votes to reinstate the sweeping ban that has been in effect off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts since 1981. â€œIt is a very big step forward,â€? declared House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio, vowing to press the offshore drilling issue aggressively next year, including a push to give states a share in the billions of dollars in royalties that are likely to be collected once energy companies begin producing oil and natural gas in newly opened areas.
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SICK BABIES: A Chinese mother breastfeeds her baby at the Childrenâ€™s hospital in Beijing. Chinaâ€™s tainted milk scandal has forced some women to reconsider breast milk.
Companies pulling products from shelves due to milk scare By Gillian Wong The Associated Press
BEIJING â€” The British supermarket chain Tesco pulled a Chinese candy from its shelves and New Zealand said yesterday it found dangerously high levels of the industrial chemical melamine in the same brand, as fears over tainted milk spread beyond Asia. More than 54,000 Chinese babies have been sickened after drinking formula made with tainted milk and four have died. At least 12 countries have banned Chinese dairy products â€” the latest was Indonesia, which distributed a list of 28 products that it said may contain tainted Chinese milk, including Oreo cookies, Snickers bars and M&M chocolate candies. Worries that compromised ingredients may have contaminated other foods like yogurt, cookies and candies have led several more countries, from Canada to Australia, to step up testing of Chinese imports. The Chinese government seized control of the dairy at the center of the tainted milk, which reportedly received complaints about its infant formula as early as December 2007. U.S. and European consumer safety officials urged Beijing to better enforce product safety standards. â€œYou have to know whatâ€™s coming into your factory and whatâ€™s going out of your factory,â€? said Nancy Nord, acting head of the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. She spoke in China, where U.S. and European officials were attending seminars on product safety. Tesco said it has no evidence that the White Rabbit Creamy Candies it pulled from shelves Tuesday were tainted. The candies were sold in a small number of Tescoâ€™s British stores as part of the supermarketâ€™s ethnic range. Tesco has also withdrawn the White Rabbit candies from its stores in China and Malaysia, the only two other countries where Tesco sells the product. At the same time, New Zealandâ€™s Food Safety Authority warned yesterday that the White Rabbit candies being sold by
other retailers there contained dangerously high levels of melamine and advised people not to eat them. Melamine, used to make plastics and fertilizer, has been found in infant formula and other milk products from 22 Chinese dairy companies. Suppliers trying to cut costs are believed to have added it to watered-down milk because its high nitrogen content masks the resulting protein deficiency. The chemical has caused kidney stones in children and can lead to kidney failure. The Chinese government is scrambling to show it is tackling the problem. In recent days, the government announced highprofile arrests and forced resignations of officials. In a speech in New York, where he is attending the U.N. General Assembly, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the government â€œis taking resolute measures to ensure product quality.â€? â€œWe want to make sure that our products and our food will not only meet the domestic and international standards, but also meet the specific requirements of the import countries,â€? he said. A Chinese official apologized to consumers in Taiwan yesterday as authorities there ordered China-made milk products and vegetable-based proteins off store shelves, saying the goods had to be tested before they can go back on sale. The checks on the vegetablebased proteins show the concern over how the problem is spreading. Taiwanese officials say at least seven Taiwanese companies have imported contaminated proteins from China. They say the proteins are made from corn or other vegetables but may be mixed with tainted milk products to improve flavor. Malaysiaâ€™s health minister said that customs officials will test all Chinese food imports, including those without milk, before allowing them to be released for sale. The dairy at the center of the scandal, Sanlu Group Co., will not recover from the damage it has suffered, its New Zealand partner said yesterday.
North Korea not to be taken lightly VIENNA, Austria (AP) â€” The U.N. nuclear agency says North Korea plans to reinsert nuclear material into its Yongbyon reactor. The move is a further sign that the North is making good on threats to restart a nuclear program that allowed it to conduct a test explosion two years ago. Mohamed ElBaradei, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, also told the IAEA board on Wednesday that IAEA inspectors removed agency seals from the reactor earlier in the day, according to an IAEA statement. He said the North said it would reintroduce the nuclear material within a week.
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WASHINGTON â€” Health insurance premiums rose a modest 5 percent this year for coverage thatâ€™s getting skimpier, researchers say. The 5 percent increase was comparable to last yearâ€™s uptick. Overall, premiums for family coverage increased to $12,680 and premiums for single coverage increased to $4,704, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust. Employers pick up, on average, about threequarters of that cost. Over the past decade, insurance premiums have grown much more quickly than wages and inflation. That wasnâ€™t the case this year. But to help slow the costs of health insurance, companies are increasingly offering coverage that requires their workers to pay more of their medical expenses before the insurance will kick in. In just one year, the percentage of workers enrolled in highdeductible insurance of $1,000 or more jumped from 12 percent to 18 percent. â€œWe may be seeing the tip of the iceberg of a trend towards less comprehensive, skimpier health insurance coverage for many working people,â€? said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which conducts health research. The shift toward high-deductible insurance was most dramatic for workers in small businesses, where more than one in three covered workers must pay at least $1,000 out of pocket before their plan will start to pay a share of their health care bills. Generally, the more liability customers assume for their health expenses, the less insurers will charge them.
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