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Volume 104, Issue 114
STACKING THE DECK AT ANIMARATHONANIME LOVE: Senior Heather Wells and freshmen Charles McCorkle and Nick Studdard play the battling card game Magic with friends at the eighth annual Animarathon on Saturday in the Union. The day-long conference was expected to draw approximately 2,000 participants of all ages to the University. Check out a video from the Animarathon conference at bgviews.com. GINA POTTHOFF | THE BG NEWS
More students opt to exercise off campus at community center By Hannah Nusser Reporter
Students are taking advantage of working out off campus at the Bowling Green Community Center. Center Fitness Specialist Diana Beck said she’s noticed an increase in the center’s popularity with the University crowd the past few years. “I think it took us so long to get our name out there but now people are slowly learning about [the Community Center] … it seems once the students get over here they’re very pleased with it,” Beck said. Just a few miles from campus, at 1245 W. Newton Road, the Bowling Green Community Center offers amenities for the fitness-seeking student and, for some, a place to work or fulfill a practicum requirement. Senior Suzanna Tyrrell is a yoga instructor at the Community Center and said she prefers the drive to exercise at the Community Center over the walk to the Student Recreation Center. “I enjoy going to the Community Center more because you never have to wait for equipment,” she said. “It’s cleaner, I feel, and there’s always someone on staff making sure you know how to use the equipment. It’s more personal.” The Community Center provides patrons a comfortable atmosphere, Tyrrell said, not at all invasive or self-conscious. “[At the Rec] you feel like everyone’s watching you and staring at you, but at the Community Center, it doesn’t,” she said. “It’s not what it’s about; you know people are just trying to be healthy.” The Community Center can also serve as an employment outlet for students. University alumna Molly Bauman, 2008 master’s of recreation and leisure studies, said she worked at the Community Center on and off for three years, starting out doing her practicum there as an undergraduate. She had positive experiences both working for and working out at the center, she said. “I absolutely loved it — all the employees I worked with and just how it’s run … I would go back there in a heartbeat,” she said. Kevin Stanowick, 2008 exercise specialist graduate, did his
A walk down the R U N W A Y VOGUE: The fashion show featured clothing inspired by super hero characters in big Blockbuster hits, like “Superman” and “The X-Men”. See more photos on page 3. ANDREA FEHL | THE BG NEWS
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EXERCISE: Jared Kobylski, Gavin Winters, John - Wesley Winters and Bryan Winters use the Community Center’s open gym to practice basketball.
practicum at the community center. He said the center could be a getaway for students who have the transportation means and are looking for help with their workout regimen. He said members can expect friendly attention from staff. “When I worked there … we paid special attention to all of our members on an individual approach, instead of just providing a place for people to come and exercise,” Stanowick said. When it comes down to it, Stanowick said, choosing to exercise off campus depends on one’s personality, as some students can be intimidated by the rec on campus or are uncomfortable with how to approach their workout or the equipment. “The Community Center is a lot less intimidating because you’re not dealing with other students or even your professors,” Stanowick said. Trainers are on staff to assist patrons who are unfamiliar with the equipment or want a personalized physical fitness program. Beck supervises the fitness area, works with patrons on their fitness goals and teaches classes. She said student members enjoy the fitness area because of the
CAMPUS Fees increase for art students In addition to higher tuition fees, art students will see a rise in lab fees this upcoming academic year due to rising material costs | Page 5
well-kept and frequently updated equipment. “We do a good job of keeping new things out on the floor as far as cardio goes … we’re very open to suggestions and a lot of our purchases come from patrons’ suggestions,” she said. Beck teaches spin classes, pilates, bootcamp and “piloga.” Pilates is a popular class with college-aged members, she said. Various cardio equipment, weight machines and a 1/8 mile cushioned indoor track make up the 4,300 square foot fitness area, according to the Community Center Web site. A variety of fitness classes are offered throughout the day, including yoga, pilates, boot camp, cycling and “Zumba,” Latin dance moves thrown into an aerobic workout. The fitness area provides a number of machines for the cardio enthusiast: nine treadmills, seven ellipticals, arc trainers and stationary bikes. Broadcast Vision System is provided to watch TV or listen to radio while burning calories. Bauman said the track is her favorite amenity because
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FORUM Basch/Caldwell for USG election The BG News editorial board endorses the Basch/ Caldwell duo to lead USG for multiple reasons, including their combined years of experience and support of relevant issues | Page 4
Students can vote for USG president on University home page Voting for Undergraduate Student Elections begins today. There will be a link on the University homepage, www.bgsu.edu, that will take students to the voting Web site. Voting will be open until Friday and election results will be announced on April 6. Current USG Vice President Kevin Basch is joined on his ballot by vice presidential candidate Dan Caldwell, and USG Senator Clayton Stewart is joined in his presidential bid by vice presidential candidate Brandon Double. Senatorial elections will also be available for student votes on the University’s home page.
Ice arena closed for renovations The BGSU Ice Arena was closed for renovations Sunday evening and will remain closed until late summer, according to the University Web site. Part of the “Bring Back the Glory” campaign, the renovations are planned to be completed in time for a full schedule of events come fall semester.
Q&A with USG candidates This week, two students will face off in the Undergraduate Student Government presidential election. Junior Kevin Basch and sophomore Clayton Stewart are battling for your votes. Read their answers below to find out where they stand on student issues and send The BG News questions of your own at email@example.com.
Question: What is your position on the USG shuttle issue? Clayton Stewart
USG presidential candidate
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I believe Bowling Green State University’s shuttle service plays a vital role in transporting students from one corner of the campus to the other safely. Along with that I feel the busing system is a bit out of date. Just for example, most of the heaters in the bus hubs do not work. The signs informing students of the routes and their times are not very visible or even present. So what the Stewart/Double administration plans to do is work with professional student organizations. They can offer the expertise needed for this problem. While helping BG shuttle services they are getting hands-on experience which can help them get a job in the future. Thus, in the end the busing system needs work, but it is nothing that cannot be fixed. All we need is a little hard work and some perseverance.
SPORTS Gymnastics team ranks last The BG gymnastics team ranked last in the MAC championship on Saturday, although sophomore Dawn Christman tied for an individual title | Page 6
This semester the USG Senate passed a resolution in support of the expansion of the Shuttle Bus with regards to a downtown route. USG’s decision on this resolution was largely based on the outcome of a student vote that hopefully many of you participated in. I myself fully support and agree with what the USG Senate and the overall campus concluded on in this matter, to expand the shuttle bus by including a downtown route. This route would run to the popular downtown locations during the weekends when these sites were most visited. It is now USG’s job to do whatever it takes to ensure that student demand on this issue turns into actual accomplishment, with the creation of this shuttle.
PEOPLE ON THE STREET How do you get your exercise? RYAN CARTER Freshman, Biology
“Dancing at parties.” | Page 4
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BLOTTER THU., MARCH 25 12:13 A.M.
Howard Bovee, 47, of Toledo, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on the corners of East Newton and North Mercer Roads. 3:27 A.M.
Resident within the 400 block of Thurstin Ave., was warned for disorderly conduct loud music. 2:06 P.M.
Complainant reported she believes neighborhood kids damaged her porch chair within the 300 block of Colony Lane. 2:29 P.M.
Complainant reported unknown subjects stole his orange Verizon blackberry, valued at $350, his Guess silver band watch, valued at $110, and his gray jacket, valued at $5, within the 100 block of E. Wooster St. 3:28 P.M.
Complainant reported the rear window of his vehicle was shattered within the 300 block of E. Poe Road. Damage valued at $300.
Ohio, was arrested for disorderly conduct urinating in public and obstructing official business within the 100 block of N. Prospect St. 3:00 A.M.
valued at $50, within the 200 block of N. Prospect St. 9:09 P.M.
Erik Nystrom, 19, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was cited for possession of marijuana on the corners of East Wooster Street and State Avenue.
Resident within the 900 block of Thurstin Ave. was warned for disorderly conduct loud music. 1:50 A.M.
Chris Rabbani, 21, of Bowling Green, cited for assault and obstructing official business within 200 block of N. Main St.
Angela Gierhart, 44, of Bowling Green, was arrested for menacing after she threatened a manager within the 300 block of Colony Lane.
L’rae Brantley, 18, of Cleveland, was cited for underage under the influence of alcohol within the 900 block of Conneaut Ave.
SUN., MARCH 28
Autumn Hetzel, 23, and Benjamin Schwart, 28, both of Toledo, were arrested for two counts of complicity to theft within the 100 block of S. Main St. 5:32 P.M.
Steven Morris, 21, of Delaware, Ohio, was cited with disorderly conduct within 200 block of N. Main St.
Faaba Ngobeh, 20, of Toledo, was cited for open container of alcohol and underage under the influence of alcohol on the corners of North Main and Clay Streets.
John Kemper, 25, of Defiance, Ohio, was arrested with disorderly conduct with persistence at the Wood County Courthouse.
Ross Granger, 19, of Northwood, Ohio, was cited for disorderly conduct, underage possession of alcohol and possession of another’s I.D. and Nicholas Wurum 20, of Oregon, Ohio, was cited for disorderly conduct urinating and underage possession of alcohol in Lot 4.
Todd Tulodzieski, 26, of Bowling Green, was arrested for criminal trespass and disorderly conduct while intoxicated within the 600 block of S. Main St.
Complainant reported two bikes were stolen from his porch, each
James Schneider, 22, of Topeka, Kan., was cited for open container of alcohol within the 100 block of N. Main St. 2:21 A.M.
David Garlock, 24, of Toledo, was arrested for disorderly conduct fighting and Brandon Smarszcz, 27, of Portage, Ohio, was arrested for disorderly conduct with persistence on the corners of East Court and North Main Streets. Wesley Murrey, 26, of Napoleon,
Raul Salinas Jr., 21, of Holgate, Ohio, was arrested for disorderly conduct within the 500 block of N. Enterprise 10:33 P.M. St. Brandon Harvey, 19, of Toledo, was arrested with possession of marijua9:14 A.M. na and Chase Smith, 20, of Bowling Complainant reported unknown subject keyed the passenger side of Green, was arrested for felony drug abuse, drug possession and posher vehicle within the 2100 block of session of marijuana within the 100 Woodland Circle. block of N. Main St.
Complainant reported unknown subject stole her bike, valued at $125, 12:21 A.M. William Susor, 26, of Weston, Ohio, within the 300 block of S. Prospect 5:13 P.M. was arrested for unlawful restraint St. Complainant reported unknown within the 100 block of W. Wooster 5:46 P.M. subjects set up an e-mail account St. Thaddeaus Washington, 20, of in her name and are sending others 12:39 a.m. Bowling Green, was cited for disorinappropriate information. derly conduct loud music within the Latoya Johnson, 33, of Sandusky, Ohio, was cited for open container 11:56 P.M. 900 block of Thurstin Ave. of alcohol within the 100 block of N. Resident within the 700 block of 7:53 P.M. Main St. Ninth St. was warned for disorderly Complainant reported unknown conduct loud music. 1:01 a.m. subject keyed the front and back Kevin Dilling, 51, of Columbiana, 11:59 P.M. door of his vehicle within the 1200 Zachary Ream, 18, of Delphos, Ohio, block of N. Main St. Damage valued Ohio, was cited for open container of alcohol on the corners of North was arrested for underage under at $300. Enterprise Street and East Evers the influence of alcohol, disorderly Avenue. conduct/unable to care for self and 1:08 a.m. criminal trespassing within the 200 SAT., MARCH 27 Robert Mathiot, 20, of Sylvania, block of S. Grove St. 1:28 A.M. Ohio, was arrested for obstructing Kevin Sayarath, 21, of Deshler, Ohio, official business and underage under was cited for disorderly conduct uri- the influence of alcohol within the FRI., MARCH 26 nating in Lot 1. 100 block of N. Main St. 1:26 A.M.
Ohio, was cited for open container of alcohol and underage under the influence within the 100 block of N. Main St.
1:54 a.m. Colton Corlett, 21, of Brunswick, Ohio, was cited for urinating in Lot 1. 2:06 A.M.
Federico Zamora, 18, of Napoleon,
Odis McGee, 18, and Demurio Shelmon, 27, both of Toledo, were cited for disorderly conduct/fighting on the corners of West Court and North Main Streets. 3:10 A.M.
Complainant reported her purse was stolen from the Corner Grill. 3:18 A.M.
Dustin Brown, 20, of Hamler, Ohio, was cited for underage possession of alcohol within the 300 block of E. Wooster St. ONLINE: Go to bgviews.com for the complete blotter list.
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EXERCISE From Page 1 it’s non-banked, unlike the one on campus. She said the Community Center is smaller but cleaner than the Rec, and the many fitness programs and classes offer members a little something extra. “The different programs they have going on [are] always good motivation, and it’s kind of nice to just get away from the community of students,” Bauman said. For those looking to pump some iron, numerous weight machines are waiting to help gym junkies sculpt their upper and lower body, chest, back and abs. The gymnasium is outfitted with 12 basketball hoops and four volleyball nets. In her time at the Community Center, Bauman said she noticed more faculty members venturing off campus to workout than students. While the rec is free to students and faculty, Bauman said Community Center pass prices are reasonable compared to other gyms in town. Passes can be purchased for a 12-month period, and are cheaper for Bowling Green residents. Off Peak passes are
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cheaper. They allow members to use the facility between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Off Peak passes are $150 for residents and $200 for non-residents. A 12-month payment plan is also offered. Facilities coordinator Tim Stubbs said a one-day pass can be granted to any first-time visitor who wants to check out what the Community Center has to offer.
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CAMPUS Fashion Cinema: A Runway Blockbuster Photos by Andrea Fehl | The BG News
RIGHT: The fashion show featured clothing inspired by superhero characters in big Blockbuster hits such as “Superman” and “The X-Men”. BOTTOM, LEFT: Two students model clothing inspired by the “Twilight” series. BOTTOM, CENTER: Dominique Reighard, of America’s Next Top Model Cycle 10, walks down the runway with a young audience member. BOTTOM, RIGHT, TOP: Tim Burton’s latest creation, “Alice in Wonderland,” was also featured in Saturday’s fashion show. BOTTOM, RIGHT, BOTTOM: Members of FadWatch gather on stage at the end of the show.
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“[At the Rec] you feel like everyone’s watching you and staring at you but at the Community Center it doesn’t.” — Suzanna Tyrrell, senior, on working out at the Community Center [see story, pg. 1].
PEOPLE ON THE STREET
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How do you get your exercise?
“I go to the Rec three to five times a week and do the elliptical for 20 minutes.”
“I go on random walks or to the Rec.”
MELISSA SNIVELY, Sophomore, AYA English
ALLIE GEHRES, Freshman, Middle Childhood Education
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“Just walking to class and to my car.”
“Intramural soccer and dodgeball.”
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MITCHEL De La ROSA, Freshman, Aviation Technology
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THE LEGEND OF BONES MALONE
BG News endorses Basch for USG president, 2010-11 Voting for USG candidates begins today on the University home page Past the suits, hand-shaking and propaganda, politics is all about the issues. The Undergraduate Student Government president and vice president should be in touch with real student issues. They need to have the experience and contacts necessary to get things done and push issues forward. That’s why The BG News editorial board endorses Kevin Basch and Dan Caldwell to lead USG in the 2010-11 school year. The pair’s platform addresses important issues that go beyond what students complain about, and they have the plans to back it up. That’s also where their combined experience comes in. Basch is a three-year member and current vice president of USG. Even though it’s subjective whether the organization has gotten any real work done this year or in past years, having already established contacts could go a long way, and it’s an important point on the pair’s four-part platform. Students need to have a loud voice that pulls some weight, but it takes networking to make real progress on initiatives. Another plus of the Basch/Caldwell ticket is the boost to campus and city relations. Caldwell is the current USG city liasion, bridging the gap in a usually shaky and fragile relationship. Many students live off campus and Caldwell’s experience in this area is vital to maintain townie ties, especially when tackling issues such as citation for underage students who consume too much alcohol and need medical help, but might fear legal
ramification too much to seek it. Caldwell has already been collaborating on this issue with city officials. He and Basch plan to continue this effort (the BG News does not condone underage drinking; we just understand this is an issue many students care about). The two are also proposing a modification on how students register for classes, allowing them to register two to three semesters in advance. This will supposedly help ensure students can get into the classes they need to graduate on time. While the issue’s details still need to be worked out, it’s on its way to being a good idea. Class waitlisting and extending graduation are real student issues. In the end, it all comes down to who we think will get things done. Talking about dining menus and receipts, advising evaluations and busing is all well and good, but we’ve heard the talk for years already. Basch has a familiar face on campus. He could use this recognition power for the greater good and push issues through USG that actually affect students. His concern for the well-being of students may be epitomized in his desire to change the way USG stipends are distributed, diverting fewer of their funds toward payment of high-ranking officials and perhaps giving himself a pay cut in the process. Basch and Caldwell provide an easy transfer of power, experience and the potential to make change on campus. We should give them the chance to prove USG can be an effective medium for voicing student concerns and affecting administration policy.
Behind every great man there must be an even greater woman PHIL SCHURRER FACULTY COLUMNIST Today is my wife’s birthday. Last Thursday, our first grandchild, Madeline Jane, was born in Toledo. In two months, our other grandchild, Amina Margaret, will enter this world in Ann Arbor. So, it’s a good time to sit back and reflect on the many gifts and talents the women in my life possess and how they’ve enriched my life and the lives of others. Madeline Jane was born exactly three months after my mom died, so my mom never did become a great grandmother. No matter. The ties that bind us through the generations remain strong, regardless of whether all the members of each generation are around. It was also 39 years ago — on my wife’s birthday — that I gave her a ring. Since that time, she’s been with me through thick and thin, through 60-hour work weeks, unemployment, working out of the home, raising two sons, being a master at organizing anything (our
houses, the moves we’ve made, yes — even my workbench!), traveling from Tucson to East Lansing, to Pontiac and then to Rochester, Michigan, back to Tucson, and finally to Toledo, as well as all the things I’ve forgotten because I can’t count them all or count that high. We’ve raised two sons who were fortunate enough to find two extraordinary women with the courage to marry them (in spite of their future father-in-law). I have the two greatest daughter-in-laws in the world. Each is different, just as my two sons are different. Each will travel her unique road in life, supported by her husband. Their lives will be different from ours, chiefly because the world today is so different. They are extremely competent in their work, and yet are willing to combine work and family, with all the responsibilities it entails. As far as Madeline Jane is concerned, Jim (the new father) put it best. Coming out of the operating room in scrubs, he simply said, “She’s gorgeous!” On our way down to the cafeteria for some coffee, he told me, “That little girl is going to have me wrapped around her little finger.” There was no bitter-
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ness, resignation or apprehension in his voice; on the contrary, I could detect a note of pride. When my other son was holding Madeline, I couldn’t help but see how tender and affectionate he had become. When his own daughter is born in May, I’m sure those qualities will increase ten-fold. This is not the son I remember growing up. I think a good deal of the finishing process, the smoothing out of his personality, was due to his wife. So, I owe her. As a matter of fact, I owe both my daughter-inlaws, as well as my wife, a great deal for this. Many a man has become better for having experienced the love, concern — and anger — of a good woman. I’m glad I’m a man and am able to see the benefit and enrichment furnished by so many wonderful women. They have truly made a difference, both to me and to the world. I don’t think that I — or many men, for that matter — would have the flexibility to get married, have children, establish a career and raise a family. So here’s to all the women in my life. We can all learn from them. I still am. Respond to Phil at email@example.com
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Coffee Party provides more civil alternative to Tea Partiers PATRICK SAUNDERS FACULTY COLUMNIST The tone of the political discourse both in the halls of congress and on the street corner has taken on a sharper edge in the last year. The Tea Party movement “sprung up” from the ranks of those who were not happy with the outcome of the 2008 election and those who suddenly woke up to the fact of the indebtedness of the country. All these folks in unison pointed fingers at the new president, blaming him for the trillions of dollars spent from 2001 to 2009. The health care debate added another layer of finger pointers concerned about the slow descent of the nation into a pit of godless socialism. A counter to the Tea Partiers, the Coffee Party USA movement, is a fast-growing collection of local groups of people who want a return to civil discourse about the role of government in our nation. I attended the first meetings of a Coffee Party USA chapter in my locale, started by local people who had never done anything political in their lives. Participants were generally supportive of health care reform and other social programs and had been dramatically impacted by the collapse of the economy. They also wanted a reasoned discussion of the issues. The first two meetings involved attendees voicing their concerns. A similarity between the two citizen groups is that they are composed of people who are frustrated with what is happening to our nation. Where they differ is in the approach. The Tea Party wants to cut taxes even more, to, as former Bush official and current president of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist put it, downsize government “to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.” They want to militarize our borders and let the free market prevail unfettered
in commerce of all kinds. The Tea Party folks use tactics that discourage reasoned discussion and promote a climate of fear as a critical part of their process. The Tea Party is supported by some very wealthy groups of people who will gain the most from this platform of eliminating taxation and drastically reducing government services and programs, and is a top-down organization with the national leaders issuing discussion points to the grassroots. The Coffee Party USA recognizes government has a positive role to play in our daily lives and sees providing health care and affordable education and solving our growing transportation problems as part of government’s role. The Coffee Party folks see a civil and reasoned discussion on the costs of these programs (discussions such as who is going to pay and how much will they pay) as the only way we can move ahead as a nation. While the national Coffee Party USA has some wealthy benefactors, it has remained a bottom-up organization geared to the ideas from the grassroots. I can identify with folks in both groups who feel shut out of the debate in this country and have ambivalent feelings on the idea of civil discourse. In the meeting of the Coffee Party group, there was discussion on inviting our elected representatives to a meeting, how to talk and what issues to ask them about. Of course, the word “civil” came up time and time again. I understand the need for civility, but how can you be civil with politicians who put profit before a person’s health, before a student’s education and before an older person’s financial security? Civility is a twoway street and takes effort from both sides. Last year, during spring break, I went to Columbus as part of a group of faculty members from the University. I was the only adjunct and non-tenured instructor in the group. A number of things bothered me about that trip. I was constantly reminded of my transient
position. The use of adjuncts and rising class sizes in the BG Experience from 25 to 35 were held up as the boogeymen of reduced educational quality if the SSI was cut. These talks were beyond civil, almost bordering on begging, which struck me as ridiculous when you take into consideration that the elected representatives and senators are there to serve the citizenry, not the other way around. A spirited discussion that addresses issues that may raise the discomfort level for our elected representatives is a civil discussion. We have many elected officials who either avoid these kinds of meetings or control the discussion by using teleconferences where his or her staff function as gatekeepers and can limit participation by those who have opposing points of view. In the years after WWI, there was a series of debates across the country by W.E.B. DuBois, an African American scholar, author, social activist and founding member of the NAACP and Lothard Stoddard, a White Eastern Establishment scholar, lecturer and promoter of Nordicism. In these debates, they discussed their opposing views on society, racism and solutions to it. DuBois, who advocated an open and egalitarian society where color would become a non-issue, debated Stoddard, who advocated the creation of separate communities based on the idea of whiteness and color. The remarkable thing about these debates was that both men respected each other, while disagreeing on the other’s beliefs. These debates were held at a time in our history where African Americans were being lynched almost daily, and yet there was no sense of acrimony in them. If these two very different men from different parts of the community could have a rational discussion on the most difficult topic of those times, why can’t we do it now? Respond to Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org
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GOT TALENT?: Sophomore contestant Ramona Fisher plays the saxophone for the talent portion of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated Scholarship Pageant. The 30th Annual Scholarship Pageant took place Sunday evening in Olscamp. Nine contestants competed and the winner advances to the Regional Pageant.
Art fees increase when material prices increase By Shaina Smith Reporter
Not only will the upcoming school year bring a possible rise in tuition, but art majors may see some rises in lab fees as well. Art history and computer art classes are expecting a possible rise in fees. Some art history courses are currently going from no lab fees at all to $25 and some of the computer art classes are expected to shoot to $50 from nothing. “Usually when the cost of material goes up, the fee goes up,” said Charlie Kanwischer, School of Art Associate director. “Fees are raised like every 10 years. We understand the fees are a burden to students so we do what we can to avoid it.” Senior graphic design major Robyn Ferguson also thinks rising fees are a burden.
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all we do is sit and take notes,” Bresnan said. “Classes like [digital arts] use computer programs that can cost so much, the University probably gets good deals on them, but they still have to pay something for them.” Knowing student concerns, Charlie Kanwischer | Director Kanwischer said while he didn’t think the changes were big, he “On top of rising tuition, I don’t knows every little bit hurts. “This is why we [raise fees] really see why [fees] are going up because we pay for own rarely and reluctantly,” he said. One thing Kanwischer wantsupplies,” Ferguson said. “I’ve only been in a couple of classes ed students to know is that where the teacher gave us the the school of art doesn’t just supplies and that didn’t last the decide to raise fees on their own. A lab fee request has to whole semester.” Senior digital arts major Kelly be reviewed by three different Bresnan thinks it is unneces- levels to be approved. “Only when we can’t sussary to have fees for art history classes but understands how tain the quality of the course the fees would come for digital do we raise the fee ... and usually when the need is so art majors. “I think it’s ridiculous for art great, the fee is approved,” history classes to have fees; Kanwischer said.
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Falcon baseball drops home series to the Huskies By Justin Onslow Reporter
away too many runs.” The Falcons committed nine errors on the weekend and also Missed opportunities have gave up a total of nine unearned plagued the BG baseball team runs in the series. Schmitz was this season. The Falcons (7-11- unhappy with his team’s poor 1) got some strong pitching over execution in the field. “You keep giving the oppothe weekend, but dropped two of three to Northern Illinois at sition more than three outs home to open Mid-American an inning, you’re asking for trouble,” Schmitz said. “We Conference play. Head coach Danny Schmitz can’t do that. We just can’t do emphasized base running and it anymore.” BG continued to put runs fielding after the double-header on the board this weekend, Saturday. “Our defense has to play bet- but missed some key opporter,” Schmitz said. “We just give tunities to close out games in
later innings. The final game of the series went 11 innings. The Falcons stranded four runners in extra innings and committed two errors in Northern Illinois’ three-run 11th. The Falcons got strong pitching throughout the series — something the team has been searching for this season. Seven BG pitchers combine for only seven earned runs in the series, including a six-inning, five-hit performance from freshman
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CLOSE CALL: A Northern Illinois base runner just beats out the throw to first base in a series win against the Falcons.
BG finishes last in MAC Championship Central Michigan wins team title, while BG’s Dawn Christman ties for individual title in floor exercise By Paul Barney Assistant Sports Editor
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CHAMPION: Dawn Christman performs during the MAC Championships, an event where she won the floor exercise.
Seven gymnastics teams from around the Mid-American Conference soared through the air at the MAC Championship Saturday afternoon, and in the end, Central Michigan came out on top, edging out Kent State 195.600-195.025 to take its first championship since 2004. The seven-team meet was held in Anderson Arena. As BG played host of the event for the first time in seven years. It was anything but a homecoming for the Falcons, as they tumbled to a last place finish of 191.850. BG entered the MAC Championships in third place behind Kent State and Central Michigan and were coming off a season-high score of 194.375 a week prior, but struggled collectively when it mattered most. “We came in ranked third and I think we are the third best team, but you have to put it together on the right day,” BG coach Kerrie Beach said. “It’s always a learning experience, so for those coming back next year, I know they don’t like the feeling of being last but they’ll be ready and fired up to do better next year.” Two of the returners next
Notes: Clawson facing much different scenario in spring practice than last year By Andrew Harner Senior Reporter
With 44 of 85 scholarship players having four years of eligibility left, BG football coach Dave Clawson has a different task on his hands than he did in 2009. In his first season as coach, Clawson inherited 22 seniors, including 15 starters, but he also inherited an inexperienced underclass that has led to fierce position battles this spring. “So many jobs are open. We only return seven starters,” Clawson said. “There’s
a lot more competition (than in 2009).” Gone from the secondary is a trio of players — P.J. Mahone, Roger Williams and Jahmal Brown — who combined to start 88 games in their careers. Gone from the receiving corps are three players — Freddie Barnes, Chris Wright and Jimmy Scheidler — who combined for 228 receptions for 2,672 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2009. Gone from the backfield is record-setting quarterback Tyler Sheehan who threw for
“So many jobs are open. We only return seven starters. There’s a lot more competition (than in 2009).” Dave Clawson | BG coach 4,051 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2009 and running back Chris Bullock, the team’s bruiser. Here now is a crop of young, but talented, players that must prepare themselves to play immediately if the Falcons are to have a successful season in 2010.
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“You enjoy both parts of it,” Clawson said. “You enjoy having more established guys [because] you’re certainly starting at a higher level. But I don’t think we lack for talent, we’re
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“We came in ranked third and I think we are the third best team, but you have to put it together on the right day. It’s always a learning experience, so for those coming back next year, I know they don’t like the feeling of being last but they’ll be ready and fired up to do better next year.” Kerrie Beach | BG coach season, including junior Amber Brewer and sophomore Dawn Christman, were the only two Falcons to place in the top-five in the events they competed in. Brewer tied a personal record with a 9.750 on the uneven bars as she tied for fifth place with Ball State’s Julie Cotter. Christman finished in a sixway tie for first on the floor exercise with a 9.850 – tying a team record and setting a personal record. Christman was also named a member of the First Team All-MAC, which exemplifies the season BG had not only on an individual level, but as a team as well. And despite a last place
finish on Saturday, Beach is reflecting on the season as a whole rather than her team’s performance in the MAC Championships. “I’m proud of the girls,” Beach said. “They made great strides this year and we’re just going to focus more on the year.” It was an up and down season for the gymnastics team this year. Beginning the season 0-2, the Falcons went on a fivemeet win streak, only to end the season on a five-meet losing streak. BG ended the regular season
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BG Track finishes second at Toledo Challenge By Brad Frank Reporter
The Falcons won the most events of any team Saturday, but their efforts didn’t result in a firstplace finish. BG won eight of 20 events Saturday at the Toledo Collegiate Challenge but still finished in second place behind Toledo, the meet winner. Wells thought the team’s performance on Saturday was a small step in the right direction, as the Falcons look to build toward a championship effort at the conference meet in May. “Having the most event win-
GOLF Falcons finish second at tournament Matt Schneider, helped lead the Falcons to a second-place finish at the Ball State Cardinal Classic in Jasper, Ind. Schneider earned medalist honors among the 84-player field, his second tournament win this season. | See Tuesday’s Paper
Heather Conger Won the 800m 1500m in the Toledo Challenge ners is certainly a positive start for us, because the athletes that can put themselves in a position to compete at the highest level, once the competition level rises, are those that will be in a position to score at the conference meet in May,” said coach Cami
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TENNIS Falcons fall to RedHawks Despite winning the top two singles flights, BG fell to Miami in a Mid-American Conference opening match to the RedHawks, 5-2. The loss snapped a five-match winning streak and BG is now 1-1 in MAC play.
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Izzo, MSU back in familiar place; the Final Four Nancy Armour The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) â€” The players come and go, the years pass. About the only thing that doesnâ€™t change is Tom Izzo and Michigan Stateâ€™s mastery in March. The fifth-seeded Spartans are on their way to their second straight Final Four and sixth in 12 years after Raymar Morganâ€™s free throw with less than 2 seconds left lifted Michigan State to a 70-69 victory over Tennessee in the Midwest Regional final Sunday. â€œThere is nothing greater than going to a Final Four that I know of,â€? Izzo said, â€œexcept winning it.â€? No team in the country â€” not North Carolina, not Kansas, not UCLA, not Kentucky â€” has been better during the Spartansâ€™ run. And all six of those trips have come under Izzo, the hard-nosed coach who preaches defense, rebounding, defense, physical play, and have we mentioned defense? Izzo, who took over from longtime mentor Jud Heathcote for the 1995-96 season, is 6-1 in the regional finals. His only loss was to top-seeded Texas in 2003. â€œTom Izzo does his best in the NCAA tournament,â€? said Magic Johnson, who sat in the Michigan State cheering section and embraced Izzo after the game. â€œHe loves the big moment. He understands what he needs to do against every team. He comes up with a great game plan every single time. He deserves all the credit in the world.â€? The Spartans, last yearâ€™s national runner-up, will be looking for championship No. 3 next weekend in Indianapolis. They play Butler, also a No. 5 seed and sure to be the hometown favorite, in the semifinals Saturday night. â€œTheyâ€™re hot right now. Theyâ€™re playing some of their best basketball,â€? Morgan said. â€œBut weâ€™re also hot right now. Weâ€™re playing some of our best basketball.â€? Michigan State is the only team from last yearâ€™s Final Four to make it back. Heck, North Carolina, which demolished the Spartans in the title game, didnâ€™t even make the NCAA tournament. Neither did Connecticut, and Villanova was knocked out in the second round. Howâ€™s this for some symmetry? This happens to be the 10th anniversary of the â€œFlintstones,â€? the team that gave Michigan State its second national title. Highlights from that run were
â€œThere is nothing greater than going to a Final Four that I know of, except winning it.â€? Tom Izzo | Michigan State coach included in the video montage of past championships that played on the Edward Jones Domeâ€™s massive Jumbotron during halftime. The Spartans (28-8) led by as many as eight in the second half, but Brian Williams pulled sixthseeded Tennessee (28-9) within 69-68 on a putback with 2:10 left. Korie Lucious, who took over as point guard after 2009 Big Ten player of the year Kalin Lucas ruptured his Achillesâ€™ tendon last weekend, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 29 seconds left and Scotty Hopson got the rebound. Hopson was fouled at the other end, and made the first. But after a Michigan State timeout, he missed the second and Lucious â€” generously listed at 5-foot-11 â€” ended up with the rebound. Morgan was fouled by J.P. Prince with 1.8 seconds left and made the first. After timeouts by both teams, Morgan bricked the second shot on purpose. Williams came up with the rebound and Tennessee called a quick timeout. But Prince fumbled the inbounds pass and had to heave up a prayer from midcourt just before the buzzer. â€œItâ€™s just tough, one second,â€? Prince said. â€œYou want to shoot it perfect but youâ€™ve got to rush. You donâ€™t want it to come down to a half-court shot, but thatâ€™s what it came down to.â€? Prince wasnâ€™t even close, and Michigan State and its fans â€” led by Johnson, the Spartan-inchief â€” began the celebration thatâ€™s practically become a rite of spring. â€œWhatâ€™s unique is itâ€™s been a little bit more bumpy road,â€? Izzo said. Bumpy? More like missing big chunks of asphalt. While Izzo is a master at reloading on the fly, this might have been his toughest test. In addition to Lucasâ€™ injury, Delvon Roe is playing on a torn meniscus and Chris Allen is nursing an aching foot. The Spartans have been forced to go with an offenseby-committee but, somehow, it works. Durrell Summers, whoâ€™s taken over the bulk of the scoring, finished with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting despite playing just 9 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. Morgan
and Draymond Green added 13 each, and Morgan also had 10 rebounds. â€œThings happen throughout the season,â€? Summers said. â€œOnce we got to tournament time, we said weâ€™ll have a fresh start.â€? Tennessee, meanwhile, will have to take comfort in knowing it got further than any other Volunteers team. This was their first appearance in the regional finals, and there is no question they belonged. They made their first six shots of the game â€” going 4 for 4 from 3-point range, shot 51 percent overall and had four players in double figures, led by senior Wayne Chismâ€™s 13 points. Prince finished with 12 on 5of-5 shooting, and Williams had 11. â€œItâ€™s going to stick with us,â€? senior Bobby Maze said. â€œAnytime we watch college games or during tournament time, weâ€™ll always come back to that very moment where we were just too short.â€? Tennessee has long been a basketball powerhouse â€” in womenâ€™s hoops. But coach Bruce Pearl has energized the menâ€™s program, as evidenced by the orange-hued dome and the Volsâ€™ first appearance in the regional final. Few would have thought the Tennessee men would last longer than the top-seeded women, who were beaten by No. 4 Baylor on Saturday in the regional semifinals. â€œWe came to St. Louis expecting to win two games and we played pretty well both nights,â€? Pearl said. â€œWe saw all that orange out there. This isnâ€™t close to home, either. They got in their car and they drove here. I think they enjoyed this group tremendously.â€? Though they were going against a team that oozes experience â€” â€œFinal Fours are a big thing in this program,â€? Green said Saturday â€” the Vols came in with swagger and strut. But confidence is no match for toughness, and few can match that of Michigan State. â€œI said (before the game), â€˜You put yourself in a position where you have a chance to do something you talked about,â€™â€? Izzo said. â€œNot many people get a chance to do that.â€?
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PEACE OUT: In the final MAC competition of her career, Breanne Guy finished tenth overall in the all-around competition.
GYM From Page 6
â€œThis group of seniors has been outstanding since they came in,â€? Beach said. â€œTheyâ€™re just people with really good 5-7 overall and 4-2 in the MAC, character and that made my which is the most conference job so much easier.â€? wins by the Falcons since the Chronister posted a team2001-02 squad went 6-0. best 9.675 on the balance A big part of BGâ€™s suc- beam Saturday, and even cess this season was due in though she struggled to a large part to its four seniors 9.200 finish on the uneven â€“ Morgan Balzer, Megan bars, the opportunity of playChronister, Queenita Gamble ing host to the MAC and Breanne Guy. Championships was an
experience she will never forget. â€œIt was a great experience because it only happens once every seven years, so itâ€™s a lifetime experience for us,â€? Chronister said. â€œI think we made a huge step in the right direction for next year and the years to come. Weâ€™re going to come out next year and be stronger than ever, so weâ€™re a team that the MAC needs to look out for.â€?
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Game 3: Northern Illinois 8, BG 5
one earned run. Brennan Smith was the starter for the Falcons, allowing five runs in six innings-- none of them earned.
The Falcons played small ball and took advantage of a Husky error to tie the game at five Game 2: BG 7, Northern in the ninth inning, but could Illinois 2 not manage to close the game For the second straight out in extra innings. BG scored game, BG got two very strong four runs in the first inning, Game 1: Northern Illinois outings from its pitchers. but stranded 15 runners in the 6, BG 5 Freshman Michael Frank got game, and did not take advanNorthern Illinois drew first the nod and pitched six good tage of some key opportunities. The Falcons nearly mounted blood with two unearned runs innings, allowing one earned in the first inning. BG evened run on five hits. Junior Charles a comeback in the eleventh the score in the second inning Wooten went three perfect when a Northern Illinois error, when senior T.J. Blanton was innings and sealed the win for a walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases with only one hit by a pitch with the bases the Falcons. BG took advantage of two out. John Berti hit a hard shot loaded. With two outs and the bases still loaded, senior Mark big innings, scoring all seven down the first-base line, but Galvin scored on a wild pitch. of its runs in the fifth and the liner was caught and T.J. The Falcons added a third run eighth innings. In the fifth, Blanton was doubled up to end in the next inning, but surren- the Falcons strung together the game. Right fielder Mark Galvin dered three runs in the fourth. several hits and executed well. BG chipped into the lead scor- Freshman Matthew Pitzulo was the Falconsâ€™ leading hitter ing two runs on three Husky bunted his way aboard on a going three-for-six with an RBI. errors in the fourth, but never sacrifice attempt, loading T.J. Blanton, Ryan Schlater and the bases for senior Dennis Dennis Vaughn added an RBI managed to re-take the lead. Sophomore shortstop John Vaughn. Vaughn singled to each for the Falcons. Freshman Patrick Oâ€™Brien Berti and senior third base- center, plating BGâ€™s first two allowed three runs (two man Derek Spencer each went runs of the inning. The Falcons added four earned) in three innings of two-for-four at the plate for the Falcons. Berti is third on insurance runs on six hits in work and was tagged with the the team in batting average the bottom of the eighth en loss. Andy Deain got the win for this year, hitting .403. He also route to their seventh win of the Huskies. BG will head to Dayton leads the team in stolen bases the year and first MAC victory. Chuck Lukanen (1-5) was Tuesday to take on the Flyers with 12. Sophomore Ross Gerdeman tagged for six runs and nine at 3 p.m. The Falcons will then took the tough-luck loss for hits for the Huskies and was travel north for a three-game set against Eastern Michigan the Falcons. He pitched three credited with the loss. beginning Friday at 3 p.m. innings and allowed only Michael Frank in the Falconâ€™s lone win of the series. Junior Charles Wooten added three perfect innings for his second save of the year.
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younger guys,” Magnone said. “[Practice has] pretty much the same emphasis with a little bit more on the little things for the just young. If you’re young and young guys coming up.” not talented, you have no shot. We’re young, but we have Alvarado talent.” Junior defensive lineman Senior running back Willie Kevin Alvarado is practicing Geter said he doesn’t believe he with the team but has not has the starting job locked up been fully reinstated from his since he has watched sopho- suspension. more John Pettigrew and redshirt He was suspended from freshman Erique Geiger show the all football activity on Dec. 3 speed the coaches are demand- after being arrested on assault ing in practice. charges on Nov. 31, but those “The only difference I’ve charges were reduced to disornoticed is we’re playing much derly conduct with persistence, faster,” Geter said. “The according to Bowling Green offense is really getting in and Municipal Court records. [Clawson’s] mindset is talking a “There are a number of things toll on the team.” he needs to do. If he does those Clawson said he thinks the things, our plan is to reinstate players are showing more speed him,” Clawson said. this spring because his staff is able to focus on making improve- Hutson ments instead of implementing a Junior receiver Ray Hutson, new system. who battled injury throughout Senior defensive end Angelo last season, had surgery followMagnone said that change will ing the Humanitarian Bowl and benefit all the younger players. has not been cleared to begin “We just have a lot more practice.
Hutson missed two games last season and played through pain for many more as he continued trying to help the team any way he could. “He’s getting better,” Clawson said. “Ray played with a lot of pain last year because we needed him. We think he’ll be at fullstrength by camp.”
Tipton Defensive lineman Carlos Tipton will graduate from the University in May and will not return to the football team for his senior season. Tipton played in eight games in 2009, making 10 tackles. He also recovered a fumble in the season-opener against Troy. For his career, Tipton had 14 tackles in 15 games as a reserve defensive end. “He was a good player,” Magnone said. “He would have been helpful to have back.”
Stevens Backup offensive lineman Marc Stevens has transferred to MENTOR: BG coach Dave Clawson talks with defensive back Tim Moore during spring practice last week. Youngstown State.
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extremely hard to put herself in the position to have a breakout season.” Tatijana Jacobson set a new personal record while securing Wells. “I felt that the majority of the first place in the high jump. “Tatijana has been so consistent team competed very well and that the team supported one another all year long and really stepped up start to finish. In some events we to be one of our top performers were not able to capitalize on our this year,” Wells said. “I am very depth and in other areas we were pleased with her effort and the helped out with the scoring set commitment she has shown to the team and her training.” up.” Overall, Wells thought the team Heather Conger won the 800 meter run and the 1500 meter run put forth a solid performance in its first outdoor meet this season. both in very convincing fashion. “There were many other high“Heather Conger had a great day; she had never run the 1500 lights and personal bests set yesmeter before and for her to step terday as well; it was a really solid up and win that event in a very start for us as a team and we are solid time was a nice accomplish- happy to see the hard work payment and then to come back and ing off.” The Falcons will compete win the 800 meter, she showed her physical and mental strength,” next at the Western Michigan Wells said. “Heather has worked Triangular on Saturday.
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As economy sours, vendors crowd into Venice Beach
Barbara Bush undergoes tests in Texas hospital
NYC to search again for Sept. 11 victim remains
Police shoot, kill ax-toting man at Calif. market
LOS ANGELES (AP) â€” Sand and surf are the least of the attractions making Venice Beach one of Los Angelesâ€™ top tourist draws. On summer weekends, some 150,000 exhibitionists and gawkers flock to the neighborhood to see and be seen in a Bohemian rhapsody of bongo-bangers, dreadlocked artists and acrobatic gymnasts. In recent months, though, that freewheeling hippie circus has gotten edgy thanks to a stubbornly sour economy heightening competition for the 200 peddler spaces along the 1.5-mile long asphalt strip bordering the beach. That has longtime storeowners and artists steamed, and residents in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood clamoring for a clamp down on the increased noise and transients.
HOUSTON (AP) â€” Former first lady Barbara Bush remains hospitalized in Houston, where sheâ€™s undergoing what a family spokeswoman describes as routine tests. Spokeswoman Jean Becker said Sunday that Bush has not been diagnosed with anything and doctors arenâ€™t looking for anything specific. Former President George H.W. Bush drove his wife to Methodist Hospital on Saturday morning. Becker said earlier that the former first lady hadnâ€™t been feeling well for about a week, and doctors suggested she â€œundergo a battery of tests.â€? Mrs. Bush underwent heart surgery in March 2009, for a severe narrowing of the main heart valve. She also was hospitalized in November 2008, when she underwent surgery perforated ulcer.
NEW YORK (AP) â€” New York City officials are planning to search through material excavated from around the World Trade Center site for any remains of Sept. 11 victims. The three-month endeavor is scheduled to start Friday at the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island. The material being searched was taken from the area around ground zero in the last two years. If there are any possible remains found, the material will undergo testing at the city medical examinerâ€™s office. The search is expected to cost $1.4 million.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) â€” Police in southern California fatally shot a man they say threatened an officer with an ax during a confrontation with police at a grocery store. Witnesses told police the man had been stabbing himself with a knife Saturday night at City Farm Market in Inglewood. A store employee says the man confronted him and told him he â€œkilled people,â€? then tried to stab the employee and walked away. Police followed a trail of blood inside the store to a walk-in refrigerator in the marketâ€™s warehouse. Two officers shot the suspect multiple times and killed him after he allegedly came out of the refrigerator wielding an ax and lunged toward one of them. Police are withholding the suspectâ€™s identity pending notification of his family.
Obama must seize momentum after big week By Ben Feller The Associated Press
WASHINGTON â€” Doubted and deeply in need of a comeback, President Barack Obama had a political dream week: a historic remaking of Americaâ€™s health care system, an overhaul of how students pay for college and a groundbreaking deal with Russia to shrink nuclear arsenals. The biggest foreign and domestic policy victories of Obamaâ€™s presidency positioned him to keep swinging big. He has fresh results to back up his argument that persistence pays. The White Houseâ€™s thinking is that the burst of success, particularly in extending health coverage to millions more people, will carry over to other issues and show lawmakers, and perhaps foreign leaders, the value of sticking with Obama. As a vindicated tone took hold in West Wing offices, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs put it this way: â€œAccomplishment demonstrates leadership and strength. And those are tangible currencies in Washington.â€? Yet this town also is known for having a short memory, and the forces working against the president are considerable. He has a combative relationship with Republicans. An exhausted public is looking for jobs. His political base wants action on energy and immigration. Thereâ€™s a shrinking legislative window and the Democratic Party is wary of big losses in November. How he moves ahead will show the country what else he thinks he can get done quickly and whether he can learn from a tough triumph. Obama has a choice to make about the next phase of his presidency, said William Galston, a former domestic
policy aide in Bill Clintonâ€™s White House and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. That phase runs between now and about August, when the campaign season for Novemberâ€™s congressional elections will consume even more of lawmakersâ€™ time. Obama can follow through on his promised shift back to the economy â€” pursuing more jobs bills and a revamp of Wall Street regulations â€” and then hone in on helping Democrats win election. Or he can add in aggressive campaigns to pass immigration and climatechange legislation this year. The Obama White House â€œhad a political near-death experience over health care the past few months. It turned out OK in the end, but it was a close call,â€? Galston said. â€œSo I think they have to ask themselves: Do they think Democratic elected officials and the electorate have the stomach for a lot more controversy?â€? The next big legislative goal is rewriting how the government regulates the financial sector, adding consumer protections and preventing a repeat of the 2008 meltdown. Obama hopes to have a bill to his desk by the fall. As encompassing as the health care victory was for Obama and Democratic leaders, it took much longer than the White House envisioned. That had a cost. Whatever Congress starts but does not finish this year will die. A new Congress will need to start fresh in 2011. If history is a guide, Democrats will see their majorities shrink in the House and Senate after the midterm vote in November. That gives Obama even more impetus to push hard now. Already, he has pledged to do everything he can to achieve a bipartisan
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consensus on immigration this year â€” the same kind of all-in pledge he made on health care. The relentless nature of the presidency gives Obama little time to soak in the health care victory. He already is spending his time, that most precious commodity, on the road to explain the new law. Tense discussions with Israelâ€™s prime minister took some of his time this past week. The nuclear arms deal with Russia finally came together. But even once it is signed, Obama faces a fight in getting it ratified in the Senate. The success of the last few days has only emboldened Obama. He taunted Republicans who began campaigning to repeal the health care law, saying in a pep-rally atmosphere in Iowa: â€œGo for it.â€? And then on Saturday, he announced plans to make his first 15 recess appointments for agency and board positions that normally require Senate confirmation. He blamed Republicans for holding him up and blew by them. Obamaâ€™s public approval numbers have long slipped since his heady first days in office. But turning more promises into action can help. Bundled up with the health care package was an Obama
education priority, a reshaping of college loans that removes banks as middlemen between the government and students. As for the health care bill, about two-thirds of people see it as an accomplishment for Obamaâ€™s presidency, a CBS News poll found. â€œI think he can use the momentum to do other things if theyâ€™re more on the micro-policy level, without big costs to the government,â€? said Stephen Wayne, a presidential scholar at Georgetown University. â€œOne of these huge comprehensive programs per administration is about all we can do â€” or all the American public can take.â€? Obama does not sound like a president who intends to scale back. â€œWe proved that we are still a people capable of doing big things and tackling our biggest challenges,â€? he said as the clock neared midnight on Sunday a week ago, shortly after the House passed the bill at the heart of the health care debate. The East Room was empty of guests that night. A couple of days later, when Obama returned to the biggest room in the White House to sign the bill, it was packed with Democratic lawmakers.
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Martin J. Mayer | Lawyer challenging to enforce. Since California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996, there has been tension between local law enforcement officials and federal authorities, who view marijuana as absolutely illegal. That tension is expected to become even more pronounced if the stateâ€™s voters approve a November ballot measure legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. â€œThe way the law is now, it puts law enforcement between a rock and a hard place,â€? said Martin J. Mayer, a lawyer who represents California State Sheriffâ€™s Association, California Police Chiefâ€™s Association and California Peace Officersâ€™ Association. â€œThe measure, if it passes, will make it even more difficult. They just donâ€™t like being in the middle.â€? Prosecutors are backing away from some cases filed before the court ruling. â€œGray is not a good color for the law,â€? said Shasta County District Attorney Gerald Benito, who dismissed a case earlier this month and is considering dropping several more because of the ruling. â€œIt makes it very difficult for us to enforce the law â€” I think everyone is crying out for a clear line.â€?
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PHOENIX (AP) â€” The Phoenix Zoo is used to hosting birthday parties, but this one was a little different. Duchess the orangutan turned 50 on Saturday, and the zoo treated her to gifts, an ice cake filled with fruit and a rendition of â€œHappy Birthdayâ€? by hundreds of zoo visitors. Her keeper, Bob Keesecker, said Duchess didnâ€™t seem too stressed about the milestone. Keesecker said Duchess has quite a sweet tooth and worked pretty hard to get to the fruit in the ice cake. Zoo officials say Duchess is the nationâ€™s oldest captive Bornean orangutan, and is now 10 years older than the 40-year life expectancy of orangutans in the wild.
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