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Fraternity house to trade hands Delta Tau Delta will have to forfeit their house to Phi Kappa Tau after they were unable to fill it house next year. get enough people signed up for Michael Griffel, Director of next year, but not before the deadResidence Life, said every year line passed. The fraternity Delta Tau Delta is fraternities and sororities sign an “We’ve been working with Delta losing its house to another frater- agreement stating they will fill Tau for a long time,” Griffel said. nity. their house. Delta Tau did not have “They’ve had housing challenges In fall 2010, Phi Kappa Tau, enough people signed up by the for a while.” whose house was demolished deadline, so their house was given Junior Zach Maher, president in February to make way for a to Phi Tau. of Delta Tau, said he found out new residence hall, will move into Griffel said Delta Tau was Wednesday his fraternity has to Delta Tau’s house, located at 726 already on housing probation change locations in the fall. CHRISTINA MCGINNIS | THE BG NEWS Clough St. Delta Tau has to move this year because they only had “Everybody [in Delta Tau] was HANGING OUT: Zach Candiff (right) Brian Solomon (middle) and John Calhoun (left) watch out because not enough of their 11 people living in a house with 16 upset with the decision made a March Madness game and enjoy one of the few remaining nights they have in their house. members signed up to live in the beds. He said they did eventually by the University,” he said. “This By Hannah Sparling Senior Reporter

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WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND: Angela Kline took in her dog Ziggy after his owners were evicted forcing them to give him up.

COMPANION$HIP By Anthony Phillips Reporter

hen living off campus students have utilities, rent and food to buy, and sometimes, dog collars. Depending on where students live off campus they have the option to own a pet, and may even plan to. For senior Angela Kline, having a pet is something she planned on doing, but she said her plans were for after college. Now she takes care of a 50 pound Shepherd-mix called Ziggy. “He just kind of fell into my lap,” Kline said.

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CITY BRIEF Civil War encampment being showcased this weekend by historical society This weekend, the Wood County Historical Center and Museum is holding a Civil War encampment. Reenactors will spend Friday and Saturday nights at the museum sleeping outside on straw beds, cooking over fires and living like soldiers during the Civil War would have, said

Tim Gaddie, volunteer coordinator for the museum. “It will demonstrate to people just the everyday humdrum of how folks slept, ate, used the bathroom,” he said. “Everything they're doing, they're doing it how it would have been done [during the Civil War].”

The event is free and open to the public. Gaddie said the best time for visitors to come is Saturday. He said the soldiers are not reenacting a specific battle, but they will hold drills and a battle demonstration. “It's historically accurate; they're not just dressing up,” he said.

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Corner Gril closing after year-long building code disputes

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couldn’t have happened at a worse time. We’re rising as a bigger, better fraternity, but this is a blow.” Maher said Delta Tau has been in the same house for 11 years. The house holds a lot of history and tradition and he will be sad to leave, he said, but the fraternity can continue to grow and move forward. “Obviously it’s not a positive,” he

Encampment Information What: A Civil War reenactment When: Saturday, March 27; soldiers will begin drilling at 9:30 a.m. and will perform a battle demonstration at 3:45 p.m. Where: The Wood County Historical Center and Museum, 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green Cost: Free

After 59 years of serving its signature burgers and cheese cubes, Corner Grill will be forced to close its doors Sunday. Corner Grill’s sudden dormancy is the result of an ongoing building code dispute. A cooking exhaust hood cover in the restaurant is violating a city building code, according to the Bowling Green Fire Chief Stephen Meredith. The fire department was alerted of this potential problem more than a year ago by the owner of the building next door. “The city prosecutor’s office files all charges,” Meredith said.

“It was not our intent to shut them down. We just want them to correct the problem...” Matthew Reger | Prosecuter “[The fire department] just brings problems to his attention.” The eatery, located at 200 N. Main St., was given notice of the issue last fall, and a conversation among all parties involved has been ongoing, according to city prosecutor Matthew Reger. “The fire department

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Animarathon to take over Union Saturday A whirlwind of musical performances, competitions, movies for fans of anime at annual convention By Jess James Reporter

portion of our profits,” Coates said. “Students will be able to use their BG1 cards for purchasA convention jam-packed ing raffle tickets, but they must with musical performances, spend at least $5. Animarathon video game competitions and pays for itself essentially and giant robot action movies, always ends up bringing in a Animarathon 2010 will capture good crowd.” Among the prizes will be a the imagination of every anime Nintendo Wii, anime DVD series enthusiast. On Saturday, Anime in and T-shirts. The Union will be Northwest Ohio will be hosting rented out to Animarathon all the 8th annual Animarathon. day to accommodate the perThe convention is the second formances taking place. One of the entertainers is Niji, biggest event on campus behind Dance Marathon and is expect- an anime dance group based ing more than 2,000 attendees. out of the Cleveland area. The Starting in the Union at 10 a.m., group specializes in Vocaloid the free event will go until mid- dancing, a performance style night and will feature a wide that uses synthesizers to create distinct japanese sounds. array of prizes and activities. Junior Amanda Hull is the Sophomore Caroline Coates and president of Anime in vice president of Anime in Northwest Ohio said raffle Northwest Ohio and a commitdrawings and 50/50 tickets will tee member for Animarathon. be sold to help raise money for She said the Niji dancers are a future conventions. See MARATHON | Page 2 “We openly take donations and the raffle is the biggest

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The “Power Down Hour” was spawned by the idea “Friday Night Lights” in order to save money and energy in the dorms every Sunday | Page 3

Corner Grill is a Bowling Green staple in danger of shutting down due to on going building violations and we as students should come together and support it before we lose it, says Kyle Schmidlin | Page 4

BG Gymnastics to take on six other teams Saturday in the Mid-American Conference championships including Kent State, the MAC regular season champs | Page 8

PEOPLE ON THE STREET What war would you want to re-enact? PATRICK CONKLIN Freshman, Vocal Performance

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Cory J. Adkins, 19, of Bowling Green, was arrested for burglarly within 200 block of E. Napoleon Rd. 9:51 A.M.

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OLD HOME: Delta Tau Delta’s house is being taken over by Phi Kappa Tau in the fall.

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Sophomore Craig Ripley, a member of Phi Tau, said he is definitely looking forward to having a house again. He said he doesn’t said. “This is a big blow to the like Delta Tau’s house as much as chapter. However, a fraternity his original house, but it is a good isn’t just a house. We’re more than second option. Ripley said he can empathize that.” Griffel said Delta Tau is not the with members of Delta Tau who first fraternity or sorority to be have to relocate, but thinks the relocated because they could not right decision was made. “I don’t think anybody [in Phi fill their house, it just hasn’t hapTau] is going to feel too bad about pened in a few years. “For a number of years we it,” he said. “I mean, we like the have not had more fraternities Deltas, but I think we’re more than we have had space,” he said. worried about our own situation. “When we didn’t have more chap- It’s not like we chose to take this ters than we had chapter houses, house. It was just kind of our only enforcement of [the house-filling option.” Maher said he doesn’t blame rule] was not as necessary.”

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them down,” Reger said. “We just want them to correct the problem. We are willing to work with them on a plan to informed us that progress resolve this.” While Cain declined to had not been made in correcting the problem,” Reger comment at this time, he said the future of the business is said. On March 15, the prose- uncertain. The closing could cutor’s office sent a letter to be temporary or permanent. Grill owner Larry Cain, man- All additional business would dating a plan to correct the be appreciated, Cain said. problem be presented within Any customers this week15 days. Both Meredith and end could be tasting their Reger insisted closing the last meals at the long-time establishment was not one of Bowling Green staple. the options presented. “It was not our intent to shut

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members of Phi Tau. The University promised them a house after theirs was demolished, he said, and Delta Tau’s was the first one to open. “It’s not Phi Tau’s fault at all,” he said. “I understand their position [and] I don’t put any blame on them.” The University offered Delta Tau space in Conklin Quadrangle for next year, but Maher said he is not yet sure if they are going to take it. “There is not a reason we don’t want to live in Conklin, we just don’t want to leave our house,” he said. “[But] if we don’t accept the Conklin unit, we probably won’t have a house on campus.”

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branch of anime sub-culture that incorporates interpretative dance with upbeat music. “The Niji dancers are animestyle dancers that dress in Japanese Lolita costumes, which is a fashion and cultural movement from Japan in the 1980’s,” Hull said. “The movement stood for the norm against Japanese traditions that said men and women upon graduating from college had to get jobs and get married.”

Kline said she became Ziggy’s owner after her friends, the original owners, were threatened with eviction for having him. Her friends were going to take him back to the pound, but Kline decided she would take him. Kline said she would not give up Ziggy for anything because he is like a friend. However, he is a costly friend. Kline lives in Copper Beech where to have a pet she had to pay an extra $300 deposit and pay an extra $25 a month in order to keep Ziggy with her, and that is just a portion of her bills. There are also medical fees, dog collars, toys and food, which Kline said is costly. Kline said Ziggy costs her $60 to $70 a month on the everyday items. Cindy Benschoter, who works for the Animal Hospital at West Ridge, said she is not opposed to students having pets, but they need to ask themselves certain questions: Do I have enough money to take care of them, do I have the time and am I living somewhere that allows pets? Benschoter, a registered veterinarian technician, said students should do research on the kind of pet they want before going out and getting them. “It is a good idea if you are thinking you are going to get a cat, call a veterinarian to see litter is going to cost me this much, food is going to cost me this much, this is what a visit is going to cost me,” Benschoter said. Kline did not do research Other musical performances will be the University’s Game Anime Music Ensemble. The group of more than 50 members is dedicated to video game and anime music and will be performing from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Their diverse sound ranges from a collective mix of rock to jazz. Junior Michelle Lehr, the secretary of Anime in Northwest Ohio and a committee member for Animarathon, said the diversity of music present is important to the anime culture. “We play music that is from

“You cannot just get them and then turn around and give them back.” Angela Kline | Senior beforehand because her friends were going to be evicted, but said the money she makes at Flicker’s helps to pay the cost. Ziggy is worth paying for all his needs, Kline said, and many students would agree. “I would rather pay [his bills] than have [Ziggy] dead,” Kline said, because owning a pet is not all about the money. Kline said Ziggy is her best friend and has a lot of fun. “Christmases are really fun, he gets his own stocking,” Kline said. “I bought him a laser pointer this last year so he chases it around.” Mike Schroeder, a Bowling Green Humane Society staff member, said before owning a pet people have to realize it is not all about having a pet. He said besides the financial responsibilities, they are affectionate and feeling creatures who need attention. Kline said she takes Ziggy out to let him exercise and does not leave him alone for more than 10 hours. “I take him out once a day.” Kline said. “I usually take him to Carter Park or the Dog Park.” Kline said if you are thinking of getting a dog to be prepared. “These are not just toys,” she said. “You cannot just get them and then turn around and give them back.” anime or from video games. There will be people from all different musical backgrounds performing together as a unique ensemble,” she said. Hours of operation will be extended at the Falcon’s Nest to provide dining options to the large crowd. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will be divided into four categories based on age to help censor younger attendees from more adult anime showings. The event is open to the public and the group members encourage all anime lovers to come and support Animarathon 2010.

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AUCTION: Sophomore middle hitter Emily Kauth was auctioned off Thursday night by senior Jason Baxter at the athlete auction put on by Alpha Phi Omega sorority to help fund Dance Marathon. Kauth was won by her coach Denise Van De Walle and her fellow teammates who get to take her out.

‘Power Down Hour’ hopes to save University money and energy last Sunday of every month take a walk, a nap or hang out in the residential hall lounges with other students. Sunday afternoons were No, the power hasn’t been out in residence halls — it’s merely picked to be the best time for practice of a new technique to the energy saving effort in hopes that it wouldn’t be too much of save energy. Sunday afternoon is a perfect an obstruction of anyone’s week, time to turn off as many electron- said Kreischer quadrangle RA ics as possible in the dorms, or Teddy Brown. “It’s hard to think that turning so is the opinion of the resident advisers on campus. As a col- your lights off makes a difference,” lective force, they have devoted Brown said. He said he looks forthe last Sunday of every month ward to seeing all students on camto conserving energy, calling it pus coming together in this activity. Brown also said that he plans “Power Down Hour.” Between 4 and 5 p.m. on those to look at the statistics to see days, students in the residence how much money is being saved halls are encouraged to turn off when students power down for lights, computers, televisions and one hour each month. The idea was put together by any other electronics in an effort to lessen the amount of energy con- the Dream Green Team, which is sumed by the University. Sunday, the Resident Adviser Sustainability March 28, will be the third Sunday Committee. The committee conthe hour has been put into effect. sists of one RA from each staff on While power isn’t being used campus, and they come up with during that hour, students are ways the University can be more also asked to find other means of green and plan different events. “Essentially, what we do is to fun that doesn’t require electricity. RAs suggest taking that time to educate, create awareness and By Matt Liasse Reporter

attempt to create green or environmentally conscious behaviors in the residents of the halls on campus,” said Dream Green Team adviser Nicholas Hennessy. “Saving energy … is a huge incentive and one that everyone should be concerned with,” Hennessy said. Hennessy added there are even some plans of rewarding the hall that cuts the most amount of power with pizza or ice cream, which can be measured with meter readings. That part of the deal is still being planned. “Power Down Hour” is an idea stemmed from another project the Dream Green Team came up with called “Friday Night Lights,” which is also advised by Hennessy. The groups consists of groups of students going to all academic buildings on Friday evenings to turn off the lights that janitors of the University leave on, which, according to Brown, saved between $5,000 and $10,000. “Friday Night Lights” was the

“starting point,” and after saving so much money, Brown said he felt the “Power Down Hour” was a good idea. “Both programs involve saving energy dollars,” Hennessy said. “Hopefully, residents can see that what they are doing during just one hour of ‘Power Down’ has an impact, and that it is not difficult to change their behaviors and use less energy for a lot longer than an hour.” The RAs’ main objective is to get as many students on campus to become involved in conserving energy on campus. “I think that ‘Power Down Hour’ is a simple way for residents to make a difference,” said Kreischer RA Brooke Mason. “It is a slow process changing our bad habits and we hope in creating [this] that students will continue to cut down on their electricity even when it is not ‘Power Down Hour.’” “I think it is really important that as a culture we begin to change our bad habits into green habits,” Mason said.

Even though the University stopped glass recycling during the 2008-2009 academic year, it has contributed greatly to the recyclemania competition. Recyclemania is in week seven out of 10, and director of sustainability Nick Hennessy said residence halls that recycle glass are in the lead due to the weight of glass. “When BGSU stopped recycling glass, certain halls took it upon themselves to start their own recycling program,” he said. “The only halls which do not have their own program are [Harshman Anderson Bromfield] and Founders.” The reason for stopping the glass recycling in 2008 was cost. Ken Reiman, director of the waste department in Bowling Green, said the cost of recycling the glass outweighs the cost taking the glass to the landfill. “Each month BGSU pays $41.40 per ton to put anything in the landfill,” he said. “The issue with glass is the recycling value.” When glass is recycled it can make a profit of up to $40 per ton if it’s clear. But it can also cost more than $40 per ton to recycle. Each time the University recycles glass, the cost of the freight truck to transport it is $25 per ton. Then the glass needs to be pulverized by a machine, which was just fixed at a cost of $10,000. It also needs to be boxed, and each box can cost $4 or $5 per ton, and then the labor of pulverizing, boxing and separating by green, brown or clear. “The value of it, if you’re lucky, might be $5 a ton,” Reiman said. Once the glass is recycled in the city, it gets used in asphalt. But Reiman said it’s always cheaper to buy a raw product, such as sand.

“You can think green thoughts as much as you want, and I consider myself a tree hugger... but it all comes down to, can you pay your bills?” Ken Reiman | Director of Waste Dept. “You can think green thoughts as much as you want, and I consider myself a tree hugger,” he said, “But it all comes down to, can you pay your bills?” Hennessy also said he wonders why the University still markets glass materials on campus if there is no glass recycling program in place. Mike Paulus, director of Dining Services, said the University has no choice in selling glass in the dining halls because of the contract with Coca-Cola Co. “There’s a beverage committee on campus which decides what we sell in our halls,” Paulus said. “We don’t have any choice in the matter.” Kathleen LeRoy, director of student affairs budgets and administration, said the CocaCola contract is set to end in 2014, making it a seven-year contract that started in 2007. As part of the contract the University needs to sell a certain number of Coca-Cola products, as well as 7UP products, Sara Meyer, Marketing Advising Coordinator said. “The Coke company recommends certain products for us to sell, but overall we sell what students want,” she said. “If the products were offered in a different material, we would be open to buying it.”

‘Ang Live 4 the Cure 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament’ strives to raise money for cancer … I think people are drawn to that and it creates a great atmosphere to not only have fun but to know what you’re there for,” he said. Velotta is no stranger to hosting charity events. Last year he hosted a 24-hour radio marathon talk show that raised money for the Children’s Miracle Network. He said this year he wanted to get more students involved with the cause. “Obviously being a broke college student I can only do so much and put so much together but … I wanted to do one more big thing and try to help out a little bit and have fun, to get people together for a good cause,” Velotta said. “Everybody loves to play basketball, so I thought it’d be a fun way [to

registration fee, which will be donated to the charity. BGRSO Director Pat Dougherty said Velotta is working for a great cause; he plans to attend on Sunday to show his support for ACS and for Velotta’s endeavor. “Even if it’s just for a few minAngelo Velotta | Senior utes I think it’d be great for and you can’t play because the students to show up and get raise money].” Velotta said he chose to donate courts are all taken up … now involved,” Dougherty said. to ACS because he feels it’s a prob- you’re helping out the American Event sponsors Aardvark Cancer Society, you get to play Screen Printing and The Copy lem many people can relate to. “Hopefully one day we can basketball guaranteed at the Shop, Inc. have donated prizes find a solution, and me just rec … you get to have fun [and] for the winning team, includbeing a talk show host, I can’t a chance to win a couple prizes,” ing championship T-shirts and find a solution, but I can help he said. a trophy. Team registration was spread the word,” he said. Team registration is over, Velotta said aside from the open over the past month to Velotta said, but students are charitable cause, it’s a good way University students, and nine encouraged to come watch, teams make up the bracket, cheer on their friends, and to have some fun at the SRC. “A lot of times you go to the rec Velotta said. There’s a $30 team donate to ACS.

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and the Bowling Green Radio Sports Organization. All proceeds will go to ACS. McGraw said he’s not just playing for fun; the game takes on a more serious undertone because of his family, namely his grandmother’s, history with cancer. “That’s been tough through life and everything, and obviously I get to see her one day in heaven … but anything cancer related — it really hits home,” McGraw said. McGraw said the event will be successful because it gives a fun hobby a deeper meaning for those who have been affected by cancer. “[When] you connect [the basketball game] with something important like a cancer benefit

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“This is a big blow to the chapter. However, a fraternity isn’t just a house. We’re more than that.” — Delta Tau Delta president Zach Maher on losing the Delta Tau Delta house to the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity [see story, pg. 1].

PEOPLE ON THE STREET “The War of 1812.”

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Which war would you want to re-enact? “World War II. I love that time period.”

“American Revolution. It’d be sweet to wear those clothes.”

“The Cold War.”

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Support Corner Grill and local businesses before it is too late KYLE SCHMIDLIN FORUM EDITOR For almost 60 years, Corner Grill has stood at the corner of Main and Court Streets. They serve college students delicious food — morning, noon, night and, perhaps best of all, taking us all in when the bars don’t want us anymore for 3 a.m. post-bar snacks. But Corner Grill is in jeopardy. Due to building violations, which have been accumulating for at least a year now, the city is ordering Corner Grill to bring itself up to code or face consequences. Unfortunately, the restaurant may not be able to afford the imminent fines, nor the cost of building repair. Fire department and city officials ordering places to be up to code is nothing new, and is, at least they say, always in the interest of public safety. But in the trying economic times we now find ourselves in, the question becomes: how seriously risky are these building code violations? Were it the case that every customer in Corner Grill was in immediate danger of a roof collapsing on them or being

burned to death in a fire trap, the city’s stance would certainly be justified. But apparently, the violations of which Corner Grill is guilty have existed for some time now. Whether the city truly has the public’s best interests at heart is debatable; certainly they’ll claim they do, and as of this writing, the owner of Corner Grill, Larry Cain, didn’t want to speak about the matter at any length. Corner Grill is a tiny business. Threats from the city are not conducive to stimulation of the local economy. Cain has been given a 15-day timeframe to demonstrate he has come up with a plan to correct the problem, but if the money isn’t there, the solution isn’t either. On Sunday, Corner Grill will close. It isn’t known whether the shut-down will be permanent or temporary. Therefore, it becomes our collective civic duty to demonstrate where our loyalty lies. This weekend may be our last chance to dine at Corner Grill; we should seize the opportunity and give Cain the kind of support he needs at a time like this. Given enough business, the likelihood of Corner Grill staying open — or, at least, reopening in the future — will undoubtedly increase. Dire economic times affect everybody,

and we won’t do ourselves any good to allow the biggest institutions to succeed while every smaller one falls gradually by the wayside. We are all in this recession together, and citizens must realize it sooner rather than later if we are to prevent corporations and bureaucracies from winning. People can still make tough times work, if they band together to help one another out. In this spirit, it would be just for the city to exercise some lenience on Corner Grill. The problem has been ongoing, and whatever violations Corner Grill is guilty of probably do need to one day be fixed. But unless Bowling Green residents are content with downtown being dotted by McDonald’s, WalMart’s and 7-11s, with whatever’s left in between boarded up and dilapidated, we’ve got to help Corner Grill. This weekend, do whatever you can to support this struggling business. When you look in the cupboards and find them bare, consider the hamburgers available just down the road. If we don’t do something, on Sunday Corner Grill may well serve its last meal. Respond to Kyle at thenews@bgnews.com

‘Humans vs. Zombies’ provides much-needed break from class BRYAN WARRICK COLUMNIST

If you walk around the campus these days, you’ll see bright bandanas running all over the place. Some are carrying NERF guns, while others are running around looking for their prey. Walk anywhere on campus and you will discover the living dead have once again invaded the school. The spring semester’s BG Undead has begun, a battle between the zombies and the hunters for all of Bowling Green. While some people might just see this event as nothing more than a weird game for horror fans, it is really much more than that. It is a reminder of fun times, of times when we don’t have to worry about school or work. It is a chance for students to have

fun, the kind of fun that most of us have not experienced since we were kids. It is a college recess, for those of us that want it. This event is the ultimate game of tag and if kids had anything like this back in elementary school, they would have gone crazy with excitement. And it is exactly what a lot of students need at this point in the school year. We are now months into the semester and with spring break behind us, there is nothing between us and summer vacation except classes, studying and finals. With so much school and homework in our faces all the time, the chance to have some real fun and be a kid again is exactly what we need. Sometimes people just need to have some violent, but not too violent, fun to get some of that stress out of their systems. What fits that description better than hunters and zombies fighting to the death? This is exactly the kind of release that students could use.

BG Undead does more than just give students a fun time. It helps to build friendships between people who may have never met before. This event is well known for introducing people and allowing people to meet for the first time. And there is nothing that brings people together as friends better than fighting zombies, or hunting for human brains. This event has got to be one of the greatest creations in the history of college. It is fun, challenging and can bring people together at a time when many of us are starting to become burnt out by the long school year. While it has already begun for this semester, for those who missed it, you can always join in the fall, when the year is new, you’re full of energy and the feel of Halloween is in the air. In the meantime, those who are in the hunt now can have some fun and let those NERF foam bullets fly. The undead have invaded Bowling Green and it is a great thing to see.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Both sides on health care debate are ignoring big issues (This letter is in response to Kyle Schmidlin’s column “No matter which side you are on, arguments over health care bill are completely meaningless”.) I totally agree that the “debate” about this legislation was meaningless. I find it terribly frustrating that lawmakers and the media, liberal and conservative, were so polarized. I think both sides were guilty of fear mongering and leading the public to believe false truths, which only forced the parties further apart. It seems our leadership was shamefully negligent of working to affect some sort of real, positive policy; indeed, both sides were too preoccupied with their own political well being to truly be working for the people. And now Americans are left to sort through this 2,407-page document that is supposedly riddled with frivolous expenditures and certainly chock full of intense legislative jargon. It would be nice if somebody out there could be impartial enough for a few weeks to really give Americans the meatand-potatoes of this thing, but who? Rush Limbaugh? Nancy Pelosi? I think we would fare better on our own. Of course, the most frustrating aspect of this “new dawn” is that it has no practical benefits for the vast majority of Americans. I understand why many are upset that health insurance will now be a requirement. Many companies offer insurance to their employees, but often without

catastrophic coverage and coverage only in relatively small amounts. For instance, rather than paying $100/month for $15,000 worth of coverage, one might find it more worthwhile to invest $100/month to save $15,000 and beyond. I have many different points of view on this issue than Mr. Schmidlin, but I think he and I could find equal compromise without such strife, and that’s what I find most frustrating of all. Who are these squabbling, dishonorable politicians we elected into office? I think they need to undergo some sweeping reform themselves. Brian Bertka is a senior majoring in flight technology and operations. Respond to him at thenews@bgnews.com

There is still many steps in the health care process to be made Late last Sunday evening, Congress passed historic health care legislation. In the days since, there has been much talk from those on both sides of the issue. What is not being addressed is how this bill will help us in the 5th district. For starters, the bill will extend insurance coverage to 20,000 uninsured residents; many are people who insurance companies have deemed uninsurable in the past. It also extends tax credits to nearly 12,000 businesses to help them provide coverage to their workforces. Not to mention closing the donut hole in Medicare for another 98,000 recipients. These numbers

represent just a portion of the benefits allowed to our area. (For the full report visit http:// energycommerce.house.gov/ Press_111/health_care/districts/new/OH5.Latta.pdf) I believe this is just the first step in a long process. We must still find ways to lower insurance premiums. There are factories where five or 10 years ago employees didn’t pay one penny on monthly premiums. Today the same employees pay close to one hundred dollars a week for less coverage and higher deductibles. This four hundred dollars could go a long way in an ailing economy instead of fattening insurance company’s profit margins. Now that the bill is the law of the land, it is time to look past the talking points. For well over a year now, we have heard that the bill will do this or it will do that. But now we are finding out what the bill will do for us, and we know that it will reduce the national debt by over a trillion dollars over the next two decades and continue to do so in the years after. That means a better future for all of us. The partisan bickering must stop. We still need to address the jobs issue among many others. We can disagree and work towards a compromise but we must work together. If we learn only one thing from the health care debate, I hope it is the fact that corporations can fill the pockets of Congress but it’s our voice as a people that fills the body. Caleb Finkenbiner is the Vice President of Defiance Citizens in Action and is running for a congressional seat in Ohio’s 5th district.

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Coffee consumption fuels city, University National Coffee Association Statistics:

By Max Filby Reporter

Since the Fair Trade Foundation was established in 1995, Starbucks has purchased and brewed more than 90 million pounds of coffee. “We usually go through between 20 to 30 pounds of coffee a day,” said Bowling Green Starbucks manager Jayson Hines. Starbucks usually averages 600 customers per day between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m., Hines said. Hines drinks at least three grande iced caramel macchiatos a day along with multiple coffee taste tests, equaling about 12 shots of espresso. A Starbucks coffee taste test is a four-step process. First, the coffee is brewed in a device called a French roaster, which allows the coffee grounds to settle to the bottom of a pot. “French roast did a lot for improving coffee,” Hines said. “After the grounds sink to the bottom of the container, you drink what is left over.” After the coffee is brewed and separated into cups, Hines continued with the second step by wafting the aroma of the coffee toward his nose. Step three includes the actual taste test of the coffee by slowly slurping the drink in order to spray it across your tongue. “Your taste buds are able to separate the flavors of the coffee onto different areas of your tongue.” Hines said. Finally, the fourth step of the official Starbucks coffee taste test is simply enjoying the coffee. Starbucks also works closely with farmers in the United States by exchanging left over coffee grounds to use as compost for things such as herbs

By Matt Liasse Pulse Reporter

The world witnessed the 26 seconds that changed Luke James Shaffer’s life, and last night at the Cla-Zel, Bowling Green residents got a taste of the singer’s flare. The Bowling Green native who briefly experienced fame by making it to Hollywood on “American Idol” took the stage to perform original music for a full venue. Walking into the room with cameras filming television’s highest-rated show, 24-year-old Shaffer, wearing a black cap, a blue button-up shirt and jeans, stood amidst the nerve-wracking judges. But because it was his second time trying out for the show, he said he was a little more comfortable. “[’Idol’ judge] Kara [Dioguardi] told me I was like watching paint dry; a little boring,” Shaffer said of his first time trying out last season. Singing Secondhand Serenade’s tune, “Fall For You,” he caused judge Randy Jackson to stare in approval, Dioguardi and Victoria Beckham to smile flirtatiously and Simon Cowell to nod in appreciation. In the end, with Ryan Seacrest’s narration, a golden ticket to Hollywood was given to him. “It opened up a lot of doors really fast,” Shaffer said. “It gave me a lot of exposure.” Shaffer made it to the top 20 males before being sent home,

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29 percent of people ages 18 to 24 drink an average of 2.9 cups of coffee daily (high point was 37 percent in 2007). 44 percent of people ages 25 to 39 drink coffee. 54 percent of the overall adult population drinks coffee beverages. 83 percent of people make coffee at home. 10 percent of coffee drinkers consume coffee during their morning commute. 5 percent of coffee drinkers consume coffee in restaurants 18 percent of coffee drinkers consume coffee at work. 127.4 million bags of coffee were produced in 2009/2010 The U.S. imported 6.524 million bags of coffee in 2009. Average price for a pound of coffee: $3.91

sweet success Student makes money, puts skill to work through home cake making business

By Brittany Washington Pulse Reporter

Sophomore Rachelle Banister proves to be one person who likes to have her cake and eat it too — literally. Throughout the week, 19-yearold Banister is usually working at Starbucks in the Union, attending classes as she works toward an early childhood education degree and hanging out with friends. To add to the list, Banister spends what down time she has left baking and decorating individually designed cakes. When Banister was 12 years old, her mother took a few cake deco-

and eggs. “Starbucks recently invested money into a farmer’s coffee farm so that he could send both of his sons to college,” Hines said. “We really do a lot of stuff that people don’t know about.” Starbucks also runs a program called Starbucks Shared Planet, which is engaged in decreasing the corporation’s natural impact or footprint. Competing with the Bowling Green Starbucks is Grounds For Thought, locally owned by

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Sleep over snacks satisfy the 8-year-old in us all TAYLOR RICHTER DESIGN EDITOR

The first time I ever hosted a sleep over, I was in 2nd grade, and the girl I invited kicked my then-5-year-old brother off of the top of my bunk bed because she didn’t want his cooties. Also, she pressured me into reading this really scary book I didn’t want to read. In the dark. Which meant getting into my bedroom closet, as it was only six in the afternoon when she decided to call on Bloody Mary and scare the living crap out of me. Needless to say, it wasn’t the quintessential makeover-giving, pillow-slinging, giggleinducing little girl’s sleep over. In fact, I look on that day as

a dark mark on my otherwise bare forearm of party-hosting. But this weekend, I have one of those re-do opportunities available to few and coveted by many (including, but not limited to Tiger Woods, O-Town, Bill Buckner and George Pickett). My sister’s 8th birthday is this weekend, and I’m chaperoning. I’m also in charge of snacks. Technicolor Drinks One really easy spruce up to any party’s clear beverages is to make brightly colored ice cubes ahead of time. Each tray should boast a different color (unless the party is themed toward a single color) of Kool-aid ice cubes. Once added to Sprite, these ice cubes melt and mix partygoers’ drinks into brews worthy of Dorothy and Toto. Critter Crunch Another meal-plan friendly

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Full Moons (aka Stuffed Crescent Rolls) This next idea is as unbelievably delicious as it is easy. Break open a tube of crescent rolls, and before you turn them over into those picture-perfect bundles, layer on your favorite spread. Peanut butter is a surefire winner, and jam or jelly can be light and festive. The best

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party snack is called Critter Crunch. The recipe I found came from Betty Crocker, but the idea transcends any real hard and fast rule, so use what you can and have fun. One way to make it is to mix animal crackers, Teddy Grahams, pretzels, yogurt-covered raisins and M&Ms into a big bowl and dish out into colored ice-cream cones.

Rated: R for strong bloody violence, grisly images, language and some sexuality/nudity.

IN ENTERTAINMENT: COWELL HONORED: “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell will receive the 2010 International Emmy Founders Award in November. The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences chose Cowell for reshaping music and television worldwide.

Starring: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber and Alice Braga

‘HILLS’ ENDING: MTV reality hit “The Hills” will come to an end after this upcoming sixth season. Ratings declined after star Lauren Conrad departed last year, but MTV Programming President Tony DiSanto promises the last season will deliver with drama.

Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik

Runtime: 111 min.

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Benefit concert at Dave’s

Band travels across the Atlantic

Sample chili at a cook-off at the Stranahan

Three-person girl band Faux Paus will be playing a benefit concert hosted by the Graduate Women’s Caucus at Grumpy Dave’s Pub tonight. The show starts at 7 p.m. with a $5 donation at the door.

The Black Atlantic, an ambient pop group hailing from the Netherlands, will make a stop on their U.S. tour at the Ottawa Tavern tonight. Joined in the concert by Toledo natives Sangsara, the show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Mobile Meals of Toledo will hold their 18th annual Great Chili Cook-Off in the Grand Hall of the Stranahan Theater Saturday, March 27. The event will run from noon until 4 p.m. with samples from over 25 chili teams. Live music and other booths will also be present to benefit the non-profit organization.

MANAGER ARRESTED: Singer Justin Beiber’s manager, Scott Braun, was arrested for failure to Tweet fans not to attend a mall event. Police asked Braun to Tweet fans not to come when the event became too crowded, in order to prevent a “horrible disaster.”

THEY SAID IT “I’m not a hero. A hero is a sandwich, and I’m on a low-carb diet. ” -Shaquille O’Neal

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‘Repo Men’ well-filmed, but lacks in writing By Josh Whetherholt Pulse Reviewer

When I went to see “Repo Men,� I was less than enthused. A futuristic action flick featuring Jude Law slicing people up to reclaim unpaid organs, filmed by rookie director Miguel Sapochnik did not sound like my cup of tea. Well, “Repo Men� gave me some surprises, but overall it ended up being exactly what I thought it would be—unoriginal. Remy, played by Jude Law, and Jake, played by Forest Whitaker, are working for the Union, a company which has engineered mechanical organs and body parts, basically making it impossible for people to die, that is, if they can afford the hefty price tag. More often than not, they can’t, and that’s where Remy and Jake come in. The pair hunts down these bill-dodgers, cut them open and takes back the company property, usually allowing the organless person to bleed to death for his refusal to pay on time. Here comes the twist. Remy has an accident and an artificial Union heart is placed in him, something which he can’t afford on a repo man salary, and apparently he doesn’t have a decent health plan that gives him one on the house. Rather than be slaughtered for a hunk of metal and plastic like so many at his own hands, Remy goes on the run with fellow organ fugi-

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such as John Cusack, Chevy Chase and Crispin Glover. Cusack has stayed strong, rocking the ‘90s (“Con Air,� “High Fidelity�) and this past decade; Chevy Chase has only more recently made a big comeback (NBC’s “Community�). As for Glover, well, he has remained one of the coolest cult figures of our time. Seriously, if you have not heard of Glover’s film “What Is It?� then look it up. Now. But this column is for a different set of shooting stars from the ‘80s, ones that once burned bright but have now sadly dimmed. Below are only three examples of the unjustness of Hollywood, three beautiful souls that I feel in some alternate universe are still the toasts of the town. David Naughton is the first actor on my list. He starred

tive Beth, played by Alice Braga. After a bit of running and fighting, the two decide they won’t take being chased anymore, so they go to the corporate office to take down the main machine and wipe the grid, clearing every organ recipient of debt in the process. To do this, they must scan in their own organs while they are still inside the person. This scene, for some reason, turns into a mini-make out session between Beth and Remy, creating a weird, sadistic psuedo-sex scene that will, or at least should, be uncomfortable to watch. All of this ends with a big “screw youâ€? to the viewer though, but I won’t spoil that twist. “Repo Menâ€? incorporated an appropriate quick pace and some gritty action along with an almost artsy way of removing the organs that was pretty interesting. For being his first big movie, Miguel Sapochnik did a fairly decent job at creating a somewhat realistic future America that for once didn’t include flying cars and TV straight to your brain. It was just too bad the writing for the movie wasn’t just a little bit better. All in all, this was a sleeklyfilmed movie with some good, butt-kicking action, and with the exception of the ending, it was well worth the ticket price at the Small. in the 1981 ground-breaking “American Werewolf of London,â€? and then the 1984 raunchy comedy “Hot Dogâ€? (which actually partly inspired “Hot Tubâ€?). In “American Werewolfâ€? Naughton pulled off empathy, humor and genuine scares as he played the likable, nay, lovable, tragic hero. The guy was handsome, he was funny and he could act. And then he just started doing more and more television roles. I find myself genuinely confused and emotionally distraught when I go over his filmography now. He still works today but what could have been ‌ It hurts to ponder. Next I look at Apollo Creed himself, Carl Weathers. Sure his role in the “Rockyâ€? series started in the ‘70s, but parts three and four are all ‘80s. And then, who can forget the brilliant 1987 “Predatorâ€? in which Weathers, Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura made the muscled trifecta of manliness?

rating classes. Banister watched with intensity as her mother used what she learned in her classes to make her own personal creations. “I remember one day I helped my mother actually make one of the cakes,� Banister said, laughing. “Since that day, she’s never made another one.� Banister has made over 40 homemade cakes for all different occasions. One cake she made was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake for her friend Jane Koch. “Rachelle knew I was having a really bad week, and she made me a cake just to make me happy,� Koch said. Every one of Banister’s cakes is made with precision and care. Senior Stephanie Warnock, who has helped Banister color the frosting, describes the cakes as “amazing and extremely detailed.� “She does a great job creating cakes that compliment the personality of whomever she is making the cake for,� Warnock said. Banister is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and admits to getting frustrated. “My cakes make people happy and, for me, that’s the greatest accomplishment,� she said. Banister designs cakes for adults and children and gets

request on a regular basis. Last year, she designed a Starbucks-themed cake for an end-of-the-year work party. She also designed her own graduation cake, which had an intricate design of Nickelodeon cartoon character Dora the Explorer. Friends of hers have even gone as far as doing favors for her and asking to be compensated with a personally designed tasty confection. “My friend’s boyfriend installed and did all the wiring for my car stereo system,� Banister said. “I was going to pay him, but I remember my friend calling me saying [her boyfriend] wants a cake instead.� Although her major is early childhood education, which is also a passion of hers, she is interested in making a career out of her talent. “I watch all the cake shows that come on television, and so many times I say to myself while I’m watching, ‘I want to do that someday,’� Banister said. Her next big project, which she is very excited about, is designing a cake for her sister’s wedding shower. Banister is also entertaining the idea of one day opening her own cake business.

“I remember one day I helped my mother actually make one of the cakes. Since that day, she’s never made another one.� Rachelle Banister | Cake decorator

FROST: Sophomore Rachelle Banister prepares homemade frosting to help finish off one of her homemade cake creations for the BGSU Falcon cake (pictured on front). BECKY TENER | THE BG NEWS

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school coffee shop,â€? Wicks because they give me the said. “We sell about 50-50 cof- boost I need to accomplish fee and coffee drinks.â€? tasks.â€? Wicks drinks multiple cups Kelly and Laura Wicks located of different coffee each day, including his current favorite downtown on Main Street. “We get between six and coffee that is imported from a 800 customers a day. It just farm in El Salvador. Grounds depends on the day,â€? Kelly For Thought is in it’s 21st year Wicks said. of operation and also offers Grounds For Thought offers its customers entertainment 60 blends of coffee by the through a used bookstore bean in their cafĂŠ and a near- adjoining the coffee shop. ly unlimited variety of coffee University students typicalat their store at 133 Wooster ly buy coffee from the Union St., Wicks said. Grounds Starbucks and Outtakes, For Thought uses about 300 located in the University food pounds of coffee daily, half courts. used for regular coffee and “I drink coffee 10 to 15 times the other half for specialty a day,â€? said sophomore and drinks like lattes and mochas. Starbucks frequenter Jeff “We are more of an old- Williams. “I enjoy mochas Weathers still works, “Happy Gilmore,â€? “The Shieldâ€? and “Arrested Developmentâ€? being a few highlights, but I want more than a supporting role and a few cameos from the man who once brought down Rocky. Finally I have Michael Biehn, James Cameron’s right hand man through the ‘80s in “The Terminator,â€? “Aliensâ€? and “The Abyss.â€? Now, he’s in mostly obscure roles except for a brief return to glory in 2007’s “Grindhouse.â€? In an alternate universe, “Avatarâ€? would have been about Michael Biehn beating down all of the blue aliens single handedly. The sequel would be him laughing about it while smoking a cigar. So while films such as “Hot Tubâ€? celebrate actors of the ‘80s, I find it necessary to also stress this message: never forget. Never forget those magical talents that the years have turned their cold backs on. They are out there, and they need your love too.

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SHAFFER From Page 5 a time he considers, “bittersweet.� Since then, life has been busy for him. Shaffer has now recorded an E.P. and gets noticed while waiting tables in New York, where he has lived for one year. He has come a long way, which is evident from the YouTube videos he recorded in order to network before going on “American Idol.� His video channel features acoustic renditions of The Fray’s “You Found Me,� “Iris� by The Goo Goo Dolls and even Lady GaGa’s “Poker Face.� His version of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister� is his top viewed video with just under 9,000 hits. And even after his short stint on the show, Shaffer hasn’t ruled out trying out next year if the show comes back for anoth-

er season. “I’m not sure,� Shaffer said. “I think I might want to do it on my own.� Last night, he shared the evening with his childhood friend, Marky Dally, also known musically as Balloon Messenger. “Luke asked me to play tonight, and I was privileged,� Dally said. University alumni and friends of Shaffer, Natalie Hoover and Jennie Phyllis, sat in the front row to cheer on their friend. “We knew him since 2006,� Phyllis said. The girls met him through a mutual friend Shaffer used to work with. “We knew what day he was going to be on [’American Idol’] before anyone else did,� Hoover said. And even though he is back to living in New York, he enjoyed his experience and has no regrets. During his set last night,

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Bullet that hit Va. congressman’s office random

US to appeal release order for Guantanamo detainee

Judge denies mistrial in rape case of RI officer

As California ghost town sinks, wildlife return

Fatal I-80 accident in Wyo. involved 21 vehicles

Several motorcycles involved in crash in Arizona

Richmond, Va. — Richmond police say the bullet that hit a window of Republican Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor’s office had been randomly fired skyward. Amid reports of threats and vandalism against Democrats who voted Sunday for sweeping health care reforms, Cantor said at a Washington news conference Thursday that a bullet was fired into his Richmond office. In a news release, Richmond police said that the bullet had been fired into the air early Tuesday. It hit the front window of a building that houses Cantor’s campaign office as it fell to back to earth at a sharp angle. The round landed on the floor of the office a foot inside a broken window pane. No one was in the building, and police say an investigation has yielded no suspects. —Bob Lewis (AP)

Phoenix (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says the government will appeal an order to release a Guantanamo Bay detainee described in the 9/11 commission report as a significant al-Qaida operative. Holder, who was in Phoenix Thursday, said at a press conference that he hopes an appeals court will reverse the order in favor of detainee Mohamedou Ould Salahi. U.S. District Judge James Robertson’s order was revealed in a two-sentence court entry on Monday. A written decision explaining his reasons for granting the detainee’s petition will be released later. The 9/11 commission report says Salahi was known to U.S. and German intelligence a decade ago and living in Germany when he gave instructions to four men about how to reach Afghanistan to train for jihad. Three of the men later became Sept. 11 hijackers.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A judge has denied a bid for a mistrial in the case of a Providence police officer accused of raping a woman in a police substation, then showing up in the hospital to take a report after her aunt called 911. Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel on Thursday denied the request. A lawyer for suspended officer Marcus Huffman had complained about not receiving certain notes from an investigator’s interview of the accuser. Huffman is charged with firstdegree sexual assault for allegedly raping the 22-year-old woman in March 2007 after offering her a ride outside a nightclub where she had been turned away for being too drunk. The woman testified that she couldn’t remember what happened, but that she woke up with her pants undone and her undergarments removed.

Alviso, Calif. (AP) — A ghost town that was once a weekend getaway for San Francisco Bay area residents is slowly sinking into mud, and officials said the best option is to let it be buried. The town of Drawbridge, at the far reach of Alameda County, is part of a $400 million effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore bay wetlands. About 20 buildings remain in the marshy area and as they sink, ducks, geese, shorebirds and other wildlife return. Eric Mruz, manager of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses Drawbridge, said it would be too costly to restore the town, and making it a tourist attraction would threaten the surrounding sensitive wetland. Drawbridge is accessible only by boat and a walk in hip waders.

Cheyenne, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Highway Patrol says 21 vehicles were involved in pile-up that killed a Rock Springs woman and closed part of Interstate 80 for about 10 hours. Lt. Troy McLees with the Highway Patrol says the accident happened about 9 a.m. Wednesday when a semitrailer jackknifed in foggy conditions on icy eastbound I-80, about 3 miles west of Wamsutter in south-central Wyoming. McLees says the crash ultimately involved 12 semitrailers, eight passenger vehicles and a school bus. Nobody on the bus was hurt. McLees says 40-year-old Valerie Rutstein was driving one of the passenger vehicles and was killed. He says two other people spent the night in a hospital. already ruled that the practice violated the prisoners’ constitutional rights.

Phoenix (AP) — Several motorcycles have been involved in a crash with a dump truck on the northern edge of Phoenix that has left an unknown number of people injured. Police spokesman Detective James Holmes says medical helicopters were sent to the scene Thursday afternoon. Jarrod Cook, a worker at the nearby Ketzal Mexican Grill, says several motorcycles are wedged underneath the dump truck and that firefighters put out a fire in the truck.

$100,000 missing after Ohio Pelosi, GOP, decry armored car spills bag threats against Congress By Jim Abrams and Laurie Kellman The Associated Press

Washington — A fax bearing the image of a noose. Profane voice mails. Bricks thrown, a gas line cut. Democrats and a few Republicans revealed new details of threats against them Thursday in the aftermath of the passage of the health care overhaul. They uniformly condemned the harassment, but that’s where the agreement ended. Democrats said Republicans were slow to condemn the vigilantism, while Republicans said Democrats inspired retaliation. “By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels,” said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia. “Enough is enough. It has to stop.” Reports by at least 10 Democrats of harassment this week have been followed by Democratic complaints that GOP leaders were slow to condemn the incidents. At least four Democratic offices in New York, Arizona and Kansas were struck, and at least 10 members of Congress have reported threats, including obscenity-laced phone messages and a fax bearing the image of a noose, congressional leaders have said. On Thursday, two Republicans said they, too, had been menaced. No arrests have been reported. A threat to assault a member of Congress in retaliation for the performance of official duties is punishable by up to a year in prison. House historian Fred Beuttler said there have been few acts of violence against lawmakers over legislation. The worst occurred in 1954 when four Puerto Rican nationalists shot up the House chamber, wounding five members. A cross was burned on Speaker Sam Rayburn’s front lawn

“By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels. Enough is enough. It has to stop.” Eric Cantor | Republican in Texas during debate on civil rights legislation in the 1960s. This week, hate-filled rants have been showing up in voice mails, e-mail boxes and on fax machines of lawmakers since the House approved the health care bill 219-212 Sunday night. President Barack Obama signed it into law on Tuesday. A package of fixes to the new law was winding through Congress Thursday on the brink of a two-week recess that begins on Monday. On one point Thursday, there was bipartisan agreement: No act of Congress — health care reform or anything else — merits threats of violence against lawmakers or their families. House Republican leader John Boehner met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the incidents and both condemned them. Pelosi was careful to avoid blaming Republicans directly for inciting the harassment, though

she said that words “weigh a ton.” Such threats of retaliation “have no place in a civil debate in our country,” she said. Boehner followed moments later. While many are angry over the health care measure, he said, “threats and violence should not be part of a political debate.” The fact that lawmakers were being harassed took attention away from the package of fixes to the health care law. Rep. Jean Schmidt, R-Ohio, released a recording of a voicemail she said she received in which a man repeatedly accuses Republicans of being racists. Cantor, meanwhile, said a bullet struck the window of his campaign office building in Richmond. Police said the bullet was fired from a distance and broke the window — but didn’t penetrate the blinds inside — on a steep downward trajectory.

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Police were reviewing cell phone videos and surveillance video from a nearby stores, including a gas station, in an effort to find out who has the missing cash. Kelso said no arrests had been made, but that people who fail to return cash could face charges such as grand theft. “The people that have come in and been honest and turned in money, those people haven’t been charged,” Kelso said. “That’s what people need to do because if we have to find them, which is what we’re doing, we are going to charge them.” Kelso did not know where the vehicle was headed at the time, and it was unclear how the bag fell out of the truck. “That’s the $100,000 question,” said Kelso.

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Balance Beam: An event based on the combination of artistry and tumbling, the balance beam is an event BG coach Kerrie Beach called, “The most mentally challenging event.” Athletes must perform on a four-inch wide beam and look to achieve the highest possible score by connecting a series of jumps, tumbles, leaps and landing a clean dismount in a span of 90 seconds.

Floor Excercise: A 90 second routine set to music, the floor exercise is based on artistry and most athletes will include at least three tumbles in their exercise.

Vault: The quickest of the events that athletes will compete in, the vault is judged based on start value of a move and how well it is performed. For BG, all but two of the athletes competing will have a start value of 10.0. At the MAC Championships the most common move to receive a 10.0 will be a “yurchenko layout with a full twist” according to BG coach Kerrie Beach.

Uneven Bars: An event that requires a large amount of upper body strength, the uneven bars allows athletes to start on either the low or high bar and consists of multiple flips and sticking the landing. According to BG coach Kerrie Beach most judges will be looking for powerful releases on the flips and an emphatic landing.

How the events work:

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The Mid-American Conference gymnastics championships are being held in Anderson Arena at 2 p.m Saturday. Three teams have emerged as heavy favorites, and for good reason. Kent State, who are the MAC regular season champions, are coming into the seven-team meet as the early favorites. The Golden Flashes are the defending MAC champions. Kent State features one of the MAC’s top all-arounders in junior Christine Abou-Mitri who was named MAC Gymnast of the Week on three separate occasions this season. The Golden Flashes aim to stun the crowd this weekend. Central Michigan is also one of the heavy favorites in the meet. They finished second in the MAC this season and their only conference loss was at the hands of first place finishers, Kent State. Last week, the Chippewas put up the highest team score in the MAC all season against BG with a remarkable 196.35 and seem to be on a roll going in to the championships. CMU will definitely be a team to watch out for this weekend. BG finished third in the

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MAC with a record of 4-2, both losses were to top teams, Kent and Central Michigan. While the Falcons are on a five meet losing streak, last week BG put up their highest scoring total of the season – 194.375 – against Central Michigan and are feeling confident on their home floor. “This gives us a huge confidence booster,” said senior allarounder, Breanne Guy. “We have been waiting all season to put a meet together and we finally did the week before MACs. All year, the coaches have been telling us we are a 194 team if we just go out and hit our routines like we do in the gym. Now that we’ve got a taste of what it is like to score big and hit everything, I really believe it has set us up for this week to do even better.” While a great meet can be a big confidence booster for a team, athletes work tirelessly to improve and get better for the next meet. “Despite the big score this weekend, we as a team have identified areas we can improve on,” Wishart. said “With this, we are looking to improve our score even more this weekend.” The meet will be also be broadcasted locally on BCSN as well as on the MAC Web site.

BG looks to win first title since 1984-85 season

FLIPPING OUT 5. Andrea de la Garza, Central Michigan: De la Garza won the all-around title against BG last weekend, despite competing with an injured leg.

4. Breanne Guy, Bowling Green: In her own gym, Guy will look to close her MAC Career with an all-around title.

3. Kristine Garbarino, Western Michigan: Garbarino started the season in impressive fashion, winning the first two gymnast of the week honors.

2. Katie Simon, Central Michigan: MAC gymnast of the week from the last week of February, Simon is a senior who looks to win in her final Championships.

1. Christine Abou-Mitri, Kent State: A three-time gymnast of the week this season, Abou-Mitri has the season high score for floor exercise with 9.900.

Five athletes to watch:

5. Northern Illinois: Even though they posted a 2-4 conference record, the Huskies had a strong season posting a 10-7 record overall.

4. Ball State: The Cardinals may have finished just 1-5 in MAC play, but they’ve always performed at the MAC Championships.

3. Bowling Green: Clicking at the right time, BG posted their best score in five seasons last weekend 194.375 and look to win their first MAC title since 1985.

2. Central Michigan: The Chippewas enter the Championships with a minor homecourt advantage, as they ousted BG in Anderson Arena last weekend.

1. Kent State: The Golden Flashes are the favorite entering the weekend, having already qualified for NCAA Regionals after posting a perfect 6-0 MAC record.

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Senior TJ Blanton leading the way for the Falcons By Justin Onslow Reporter

Every team needs a leader to step up early in the season, and the Falcons are no different. BG has struggled so far this year, but senior T.J. Blanton has not. “It’s my time to step up, and that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing, focusing on that,� Blanton said. “As a senior, you need people to step up. We’re a veteran team.� Blanton was named MidAmerican Conference East Player of the Week last week for his performance in BG’s sweep of Eastern Kentucky last weekend. Although the team has dropped its last two games since then, Blanton is still stepping onto the field with the same approach. “We need to definitely jump start our season a little bit, and my contributions on the field helped for the three games,� Blanton said. “It’s a good honor, but it means nothing as each week passes. Every week you get a new week, so you have to go out there and keep performing.� Not only has Blanton performed so far this season, he has dazzled. In 2009, Blanton hit .341 with eight home runs. Just 16 games into the 2010 season, Blanton is leading the team in batting with a .456 average and has already hit a team-high six home runs. He also leads the team in RBI (19), total bases (51), hits (26) and slugging percentage (.895). His .484 on-base percentage is second on the team. Although Blanton has been phenomenal at the plate this year, he still feels his biggest strength is his ability to read the ball off the bat in the outfield.

Blanton has played center field for the Falcons this year, and has shown he can be a terrific all-around player. BG has played poor defense this year, but the season is young and Blanton has confidence the team will turn it around. “We definitely have what it takes,� Blanton said. “We’re a veteran team. We’ve returned a lot of starters, so we know we can win.� Still, the team must get over the hump. The Falcons have a team fielding percentage of .942 and are allowing more than two errors per game. “Defensively, we need to improve as a team,� Blanton said. “That’s our biggest weakness as a team right now, but you can’t look too much into the past. You have to keep going forward. Every day is a new day.� Blanton knows this all too well. During the 2008 season, he fouled a pitch off his left shin, breaking his tibia and sidelining him for the rest of the season. After bouncing back in 2009 and lighting up the scoreboard this season, Blanton does not even think about the uncommon injury that took away his sophomore season. “I don’t even think about it,� Blanton said. “Last year I wore a leg guard, and this year I just said forget it. The doctors told me the first time there was a one in a million chance you’d break your leg doing that.� Blanton is happy with the way he has played this year, but he is far from content. In 2009, Blanton struck out 50 times, which was the most on the team. His goal this year is to just make solid contact and strike out less. More importantly, his goal is to win. “When we start clicking it’s

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LEADER: TJ Blanton has been BG’s most consistent batter this sesaon.

going to be hard to beat us,� Blanton said. BG kicks off MAC play this weekend at home against Northern Illinois University. It will be a big series for the Falcons, but Blanton knows his team is ready. “I think this weekend we’re going to have three quality starts from our pitchers, we’re going to score a lot of runs and we’re going to have a lot of hits,� Blanton said.

That is usually a pretty good formula for success. The Falcons are only a third of the way through the regular season and still have time to turn things around. Blanton knows it all starts with this weekend. “We want the sweep,� Blanton said. “We need to win the series.� The series begins tonight with first-pitch slated for 3 p.m. at Steller Field. The final two games will be played Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Falcons open outdoor season in first meet since Feb. 26 indoor competition By Brad Frank Reporter

“[The time off] allows us to do more intense training. But some people needed a little bit of recovery.�

With a month between competition and a change of scenery, the BG track and field team is lookCami Wells | BG Coach ing to begin its outdoor season on a positive note. Collegiate Challenge. time to recover from the end of Tomorrow the Falcons will With exactly one month since the indoor season but has now be competing in the Toledo their last meet, BG used the recently gotten back into full

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Sign for next year now and save. $420/mo for year lease, 709 Fifth St. 2BR, 2 baths, C/A, call Jack or Phil for appt at 800-829-8638.

3 BR house, 404 S. College. $600/mo plus util. Available Aug, call 419-352-4850.

842 / 846 7th St, 3BR, 2 bath, new & modern duplexes, close to campus. Call 419-353-5078.

Look for more listings on the BG News website housing directory. www.bgviews.com

www.meccabg.com Mecca Management, Inc. 419-353-5800

Houses & Apartments 12 month leases only S. Smith Contracting LLC. 419-352-8917 - 532 Manville Ave. Office open 10-2, M-F. www.bgapartments.com

Newly updated 4BR house, 1 bath, 2 car garage, 2 blocks from campus. $945/mo, call 513-312-3586. Shamrock Storage Many sizes. Near BGSU. ShamrockBG.com 419-354-0070

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The BG News - March 26, 2010