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Preventing drug use with a ‘D.A.R.E’


October 24, 2008 Volume 103, Issue 45



Technology becomes necessity

By Chris Sojka Reporter

Even during recession, new technological gadgets play a central role in modern student life | Page 3


‘Media’ is a business

Many say “the media” is liberal, but columnist Kyle Schmidlin says putting a singular label on this massive entity is absurd, each publication slants its news to make more money | Page 4



Rocking the vote

Entertainment industry focuses on upcoming election, encouraging young generation to make itself heard | Page 7

Woman ‘kills’ online husband’s avatar After an upsetting online divorce, woman was jailed for illegally accessing computer to commit virtual murder | Page 6


United States falling behind Schools are graduating fewer students than ever, making it less likely our sons and daughters will get diplomas | Page 9

As Curtiss Spontelli walked through the hallways of Bowling Green High School he was aware some of his peers were using drugs, but he never had any desire to try them. He understood the repercussions. And even now, as a student at the University, he believes the ten-week D.A.R.E. program he completed in sixth grade assisted him in some of his decisions. “Sixth grade was a long time ago — and it is hard to remember a lot about the D.A.R.E. program now — but the important deci-

sion-making skills they taught was something I took away from the program,” Spontelli said. The program’s primary focus is sixth graders, because studies indicate that children in this grade are most responsive to prevention education, said Bowling Green Patrolman and D.A.R.E. Officer Robin Short. Learning to say “no” and not feeling compelled to go along with the crowd is the essence of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), which is an anti-drug and prevention program that has been taught in nearly every county of Ohio since 1987.

Organic clothing: the new eco-friendly fashion trend in town By Courtney Flynn Reporter

With the green movement picking up force, local stores have jumped on the bandwagon with the addition of organic clothing lines. Organic clothing is made from natural materials that are raised or grown without the exposure to pesticides or other chemicals. “DDT can’t be used on organic clothing,” environmental studies professor Holly Myers said. “Even though it is banned in the U.S. it is still used in many cotton-growing areas around the world.” Other pesticides are also used on materials used to make clothing, Myers said. “If you’re worried about pesticides on or in your body then organic is the way to go,” she said. Myers said she is seeing organic options popping up everywhere. She bought 100 percent organic cotton sheets at Target, organic

Percentage of eighth graders in Bowling Green who say they have tried drugs or alcohol:

2007: 16 percent 2006: 29 percent 2004: 37.2 percent D.A.R.E. was initiated because there continues to be an alarming increase in drug use among young people. Statistics show that in 2004, in Bowling Green, 37.2 percent of eighth graders had tried alcohol or drugs in the past 30 days from when the survey was taken, 29 percent in 2006 and 16 percent in 2007.

bamboo dress socks for her son and some organic towels. Diversity Boutique and the Happy Badger, both located on Main Street in downtown Bowling Green, offer organic clothing options for all. The Happy Badger’s main organic line is Ecollection by Esprit. This collection is fully organic from the buttons made of nuts to the non-electroplated hardware used to create the clothing. Esprit also uses the excess materials from the clothing line to make recycled paper so there is no waste, Happy Badger owner Donna Cohen said. Another organic clothing line the Happy Badger offers is Earth Creations. Cohen said the clothes are made from organic cotton and hemp and are given color from clay based materials.


By Ella Fowler Reporter


Out of the nine counties in Northwest Ohio, four of them, including Wood County, lack any sort of homeless shelter. This causes a problem not only for residents of Bowling Green, but for the county as well. With an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent in Wood County alone, 1.3 percent higher than the national average, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Bowling Green residents may face an even tougher problem besides the economy — where to go when they’ve hit economic bottom. “People don’t see the need [for homeless shelters],” said Daniel Rogers, president and


TODAY PM Showers High: 56, Low: 42

TOMORROW Few Showers High: 54, Low: 40

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No room for McCain at his own CBS looks into BGSU viewing party on Election Night laughing rats study By Beth Fouhy The Associated Press

“Kill it with my flock of kiler penguins.” | Page 4

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ALL-NATURAL MATERIALS: The Diversity Boutique, located at the corner of Wooster and Main Streets, now offers a line of organic clothing.

JENNA DAILEY Sophomore, Middle Childhood Education

in contact with,” Short said. “Also, in nearly every household, some type of alcohol can be found, which makes it easy for the students to be tempted.” Along with alcohol and tobacco, drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy can be found in Bowling Green, according to Lt. Tony Hetrick of the Bowling Green Police. “Drugs have always been a constant problem here,” Hetrick said. “Drug arrests occur weekly and our detectives are always active.”


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Falcons have been spotty, especially at home, and in what looks to be a defensive battle they look for a much-needed win on the road | Page 10

“Right now, we’re right on line with the national average,” Short said. “I don’t think we have a problem any bigger than any of the other cities our size.” Some teenagers think smoking, drinking and using drugs are passports to adulthood. As D.A.R.E. teaches each student what being grown-up really means — not giving into peer pressure and making your own decisions — they hope for them to cope with life's challenges in positive ways. “In class, we talk a lot about alcohol and tobacco because they are the gateway drugs — the first form a student might come

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Falcons season on the line

What is the best way to kill a zombie?

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NEW YORK — John McCain’s election night watch party might be missing John McCain. Instead of appearing before a throng of supporters at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on the evening of Nov. 4, the Republican presidential nominee plans to deliver postelection remarks to a small group of reporters and guests on the hotel’s lawn. Aides said yesterday that the arrangement was due to space limitations and that McCain might drop by the election watch party at some other point. McCain’s remarks will be piped electronically into the party and media filing center, aides said. Only a small press “pool” — mostly those who have traveled regularly with the candidate on his campaign

plane, plus a few local Arizona reporters and others — will be physically present when he speaks. Thomas Patterson, a government professor at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press,

Politics and Public Policy, called the arrangement “unusual” but said the campaign may simply be bowing to the reality that

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HEY, LOOK OVER THERE: Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, acknowledges the cheers of supporters after taking the stage at a campaign rally in Ormond Beach, Fla.

By Kate Snyder Reporter

Just like humans, rats laugh when they’re tickled. As part of a segment on animal intelligence, CBS News Sunday Morning featured University scientists and their research on rat “laughter.” It’s not hard to tickle rats. The researchers do it by hand. “It’s almost what I do to my two kids,” said Casey Cromwell, the director of the Affective and Motivational Neuroscience Laboratory on campus. “There’s every indication they find this rewarding.” The rats chirp when tickled and playing. The chirps are too high-pitched at 50 kilohertz for humans to hear, so the pitch needs to be brought down with a transducer. But once they’re brought down, the chirps are clear. “The idea crossed our mind that this was an ancestral form

of laughter,” said Jaak Panksepp, the senior professor of the veterinary college at Washington State University. Panksepp first looked into the connection between the rat chirps and feelings of happiness when he was a professor at BGSU in the 1990s. He decided to tickle the animals and see what happened. They chirped. The observation expanded into experiments looking at a

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2 Friday, October 24, 2008


Tracy Knee-Nichols, 39, of Toledo, was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. 12:21 A.M.

Katelyn Majerowski, 20, of Toledo, and Kathryn Punches, 19, of Bowling Green, were arrested for underage drinking at The Wash House. Barry Conley, 22, of Bowling Green, was arrested for having an open container of cherry wine at The Wash House.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22 10:47 P.M.

Graffiti was reported on the walls in Rodgers. 10:04 P.M.

Tyler Hatchett of Miamisburg, Ohio, was cited for underage under the influence and prohibited acts in Rodgers.

DRUGS From Page 1 While there are drug detectives in the area, Hetrick said typically they catch wind of what is going on, go to the scene and see where it takes them. But a lot of times it is even easier than that. “When we smell the odor of marijuana in an apartment building we knock on the door, talk and then see what happens, Hetrick said. “If it smells like it, and we can see smoke, it is obvious — and that usually leads to an arrest.” Hetrick said traffic stops generate a lot of drug activity, too. When the police pull over someone for speeding and they see drugs or smell them, they have a right to search their vehicle. “Drug use [in Bowling Green] is not something we’re ignoring. It is definitely something we continue to worry about and try to stop,” Hetrick said. Short and Hetrick both think drug prevention is difficult to measure, but they think they make an impact. “If I help one student, it’s worth my while,” Short said. “The greatest award would be if a student came up to me and said, ‘Thank you, because of you, I stopped using drugs.’”

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HOMELESS From Page 1 CEO of Cherry Street Mission in Toledo. “Most people, if you would ask them, wouldn’t know there are categories of homelessness.” Most people, Rogers said, think of chronic homelessness, which is being homeless everyday and every night. But there are other kinds like periodic, double-up homelessness and feeding homeless, which are minors with a home but are unaccompanied. The problem, said Robert Barr, director of Salvation Army Social Services, is homelessness in rural areas is different than in the city. “Generally [the homeless] will float from family and friends till they run out of family and friends,” he said. “So, most of them are homeless for several months before they come to us.” Both Barr and Rogers have seen an increase in the amount of people they have aided in recent years. “When I first came here eight years ago, the busiest I was told I was going to be a month was 50 people,” Barr said. “Now we have 100 to 150 [people a month].” Rogers compared statistics from six years ago to statistics from today.

Rogers said in 2002 the average daily count was 170 people and this year the average count is 750. Rogers explained the need to help the homeless is growing, but what residents should be worried about is what he called the pipeline, which consists of people who are not yet homeless, but are on the verge. “We don’t know how many people are in the pipeline, but there are things we can track like poverty rates, low birth rates among babies, dropout rates and the economy of the community,” Rogers said. He added due to the recent economic crisis and the fact everything is tied together, he expects an increase in homelessness in the area. Barr doesn’t see much of the homeless, but instead sees people who are barely getting by. “A lot of people we serve are working and are not making enough to make it,” he said. “We do have some families who have fairly large incomes but they had to downsize and they can’t still pay their bills because of that decrease in funds.” With the economic turmoil on Wall Street these past weeks, many are wondering how it is going to affect the number of homeless. “I dread what is coming in,”

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ORGANIC From Page 1

possible connection between social behavior and genetics. Selective breeding has been around BGSU since the ‘60s and ‘70s, since John Paul Scott bred mice based on aggression levels. “It’s the same kind of research done 40 years later,” Cromwell said. The rats are bred based on how much they laugh. Emily Webber, a master’s student in psychology who was also on the CBS broadcast, is doing research on selective breeding. “There’s rats that laugh a lot in response to this tickle, and rats that don’t laugh a lot,” Webber said. The idea is to look at the heritage and how inheriting different genes could play a role in different social behaviors. “A big question in the psychology field is how genes can control behavior,” Cromwell said. Rats’ neurochemistry is basically similar to people, Cromwell said. The way their mind works could reflect the way a human’s mind works, and that information could be used to learn more about how depression and anxiety affects people. The non-laughing rats are more susceptible to anxiety, Webber said. She would introduce a cat collar to the rats, and once it was gone she would see how long it took for them to calm down again and get back to the emotional level at which they started. The ones who never laughed as much would not get back to that level, Webber hypothesized, but the data isn’t completed yet.

The Happy Badger also offers clothes made from natural fibers like silk, cotton, hemp and plant-based rayon. Cohen prefers organic and natural clothing because of the benefits. “We’re natural, so we have to surround ourselves with less problems, like how natural materials don’t cause skin irritations, and find ways to help the earth,” Cohen said. Cohen opened the store because she couldn’t find clothing options that pleased her, but now she has a store filled with “easy to wear and eco-friendly clothes.” Although organic clothing

PARTY From Page 1 the candidate’s remarks are geared toward the televised audience rather than those in the hall. “Addressing your supporters election night is one of those traditions in politics, like where you choose to launch your campaign,” Patterson said. “Why wouldn’t you want the energy of the crowd? And if you’re going to lose, you almost need it even more.” With just 12 days left in the presidential contest, most polls show the Arizona senator trailing Democrat Barack Obama nationally and in most battleground states, although a new AP-GfK poll showed the race tightening a

Barr said. Barr added the Salvation Army is still receiving the same funds they did when he started working here, and he is dividing up those funds among more people. “The forecast, economically speaking, from what we all hear, is not positive, so you even got regular people — the middle class — struggling even more to keep their funds,” said Larry Whatley, pastor of Turning Point Church in Bowling Green. “People already at rock bottom are trying to make it the best way they can; what is going to happen to those folks?” Some of the options for people who are hitting financial hard times in Bowling Green are limited. Besides Salvation Army, The Link, local churches, United Way and the BG Christian Food Pantry are just a few of the options available. The Link, located on 1022 N. Prospect Ave., does shelter people in need; however, The Link has very limited space, said Molly Whatland, a social worker at The Link. “All we can do is point them in the right direction,” Whatland said. “There is no transportation for them and all we can do sometimes is empathize with the need and feel sorry about it.” Buses stopped running three is more expensive Cohen said it is a better option. Diversity Boutique also recently started selling an organic clothing line. The clothing line, Alternative Apparel, offers options for men and women, Diversity Boutique manager Beth Delong said. The store has t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweaters and hoodies. Delong said they plan on getting more merchandise soon. The idea to sell an organic clothing line came from the urge to help the planet and offer the option to students. “It was a good idea to do our part and I thought it was something college students would appreciate,” Delong said. bit in the last few days. Obama, by contrast, plans to address a giant outdoor celebration election night in Chicago’s Grant Park. The event is free and open to the public, but the campaign was charging media organizations a hefty fee for close-in spots on the camera risers and platforms and for cable and wireless Internet at those spots. The Obama campaign was also charging news organizations $935 per person for a spot in its press filing center, as opposed to $695 per person at the McCain gathering. But as Obama spokesman Bill Burton pointed out, “Anyone credentialed for our filing center will also be able to watch the event live and in person, unlike the McCain event.”

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Flu Shots will be offered by the Student Health Service again this year to BGSU students, faculty/staff, spouses, alumni and retirees. In addition to being offered at the Student Health Service beginning October 14 they will be given at the following locations throughout campus:


October 27



2:30 - 4:30 pm


October 28

Rec Center


3:00 - 5:00 pm


October 29


Room 208

12:00 - 2:00 pm


October 30

Founders Hall

Main Lobby

11:00 am - 2:00 pm


November 3

McDonald Hall

Glass Hallway

11:00 am - 2:00 pm


November 4



11:00 am - 2:00 pm


November 5

Conklin North

Pulsen Room

1:00 - 5:00 pm


November 6

Rec Center


4:00 - 7:00 pm


November 10

College Park

Conference Room #1

1:00 - 3:00 pm


November 12


Room 101A

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November 17

Mileti Alumni Center


3:00 - 5:00 pm


November 20



4:30 - 7:00 pm


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years ago in Bowling Green, so finding transportation to surrounding homeless shelters is hard on those who are homeless. Local churches are also an option. People can go to churches like Turning Point Church, located at 252 S. Main Street in Bowling Green, and ask for funds or food. “I think for some people they find themselves in this situation [homeless], and they don’t know what to do, where to go and they will come to the church and ask for help,” Whatley said. But groups like The Link, local churches, United Way and food pantries aren’t enough to conquer the homeless in Bowling Green. “If [a homeless shelter] was in Bowling Green you could serve a few more counties around you,” Rogers said. “You could keep people closer to their relatives and their neighbors.” Rogers added keeping people as close to their support system as possible will expedite the process and help them get back on their feet quicker. Families who relocate can have a negative impact on kids. “It is unfamiliar to them,” Barr said. “The routine is unfamiliar to them, and they are irritable.” Then residents run into the

There are only a few places in Bowling Green residents can go when they’ve hit economic bottom. Here are a few: Salvation Army

1045 N. Main Street (419) 352-5918 United Way

1616 E. Wooster St. (419) 352-2390 Turning Point Community Church

252 S. Main St. (419) 373-0144

BG Christian Food Pantry

541 W. Wooster St. (419) 353-5174

problem of who would fund a shelter. Lori Tretter, assistant municipal administrator for Bowling Green, said who would fund a homeless shelter is a difficult question to answer, adding it is her understanding homeless shelters are usually a community sponsored entity, but the city would certainly look at a proposal if a shelter was asking for funding. “As a city, I don’t think we have statistics to support the need of a homeless shelter,” Tretter said. “But if it were to arise I don’t think the city would mind looking over a proposal of a shelter.”

Southern states see high turnout of early voting blacks By Mike Baker The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Blacks are already surging to the polls in parts of the South, according to initial figures from states that encourage early voting — a striking though still preliminary sign of how strongly they will turn out nationwide for Barack Obama in his campaign to become the first African-American president. There have been predictions all year of a record black turnout for Obama. The first actual figures suggest that wasn’t just talk: — In North Carolina, blacks make up 31 percent of early voters so far, even though they’re just 21 percent of the population and made up only 19 percent of state’s overall 2004 vote. — Roughly 36 percent of the early voters are black in Georgia, outpacing their 30 percent proportion of the state’s population and their 25 percent share of the 2004 vote. No one but the voters can be sure how they voted. And John McCain’s campaign officials note that the Obama camp has put much more effort than they have into early voting. But the numbers are still notable. Democrats are outvoting the GOP by a margin of 2.5-to-1 in North Carolina, where early voting has been under way for a week. That’s roughly double the margin from 2004. More than 210,000 blacks who are registered as Democrats have cast early ballots in the Tar Heel State — compared with roughly 174,000 registered Republicans overall. Four years ago, the number of GOP early and absentee voters was more than double that of black Democrats. “It’s a sign about how energized African-Americans are about this election,” says David Bositis, who tracks black voting trends at the Washington-based Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In Louisiana, more than 31 percent of the early voters are black, and Democrats are topping Republicans nearly 2-to1. In the crucial battleground state of Florida, nearly 55 percent of early voters are registered Democrats — well above their 41 percent share of the electorate in the Sunshine State. Virginia, another Southern state that usually votes Republican — but where Obama is doing well in opinion polls — does not track voter registrations by race or party. But some of the largest increases in registrations this year were in Democratic-leaning cities with large minority populations. Absentee voting — as the name suggests — was originally designed for people who couldn’t make it to the polls on Election Day. But this year, more than 30 states allow any registered voter

to cast an early ballot, and many election officials are encouraging voters to do so to ease the strain on Nov. 4. About a third of voters nationwide are expected to cast their ballots before Election Day Obama’s campaign has focused heavily on turning out those voters, using advertising and campaign events. That’s the message the Illinois senator brought to North Carolina during his last stop, when he addressed a predominantly black crowd in Fayetteville. “We want to get as many votes in as possible as early as possible,” he said. Louise Boyd, a 61-year-old Charlotte retiree, voted early this year and then returned to wait in line two days later with her sister, Nyata Frazier. Boyd, who is black, said she expected a very large turnout from watching rallies and noting the historic nature of voting for a black presidential candidate. “I had a little more pride,” she said. “It shows how vastly the U.S. has changed.” The surge in black voters follows a similar trend this year in voter registration. In the five states that track voter registration by race, blacks signed up to vote at twice the rate of whites in the six months through September. The question then was would those newly registered voters turn out to vote, and now there are signs that they will. In Georgia, 230,000 more people have cast early ballots than voted absentee in 2004. Many of those early voters have come from metro Atlanta counties, including heavily Democratic Fulton and DeKalb. In Marietta, just north of Atlanta, poll workers were warning arriving voters of waits up to four hours yesterday. Many were not deterred. “Take off work, get in line and just expect a long wait,” said Kristy White, 30. “Bring a book if you have to.” Georgia election officials expect 1.4 million people to vote early this year — more than double the total from four years ago. It’s the same in North Carolina, where State Board of Elections Director Gary Bartlett said two months ago he told senior staff members that mail-in and inperson early voting could reach 2 million ballots. Bartlett said his colleagues thought he was a little crazy. But based on results so far — more than 735,000 people had voted early as of early yesterday — “it looks like that we’re going to be pretty close to that.” “We’re seeing historic numbers with a historic election year,” Bartlett said. “I’m very proud to be a part of that historical process.”



Friday, October 24, 2008


Flashy technology appeals to students, even during recession By Daniel Buono U-Wire


BELLY DANCING: Students learn to belly dance and how to keep their head straight by balancing Gatorade bottles filled with beans on their head.

GET A LIFE CALENDAR OF EVENTS Some events taken from

All Day Comic Book in Popular Culture Rooms 314, 315, 316 and 318 Union

All Day New Music Festival

Race-motivated robbery leads to questions about racial tensions By Vincent Quan U-Wire

Moore Musical Arts Center

7 a.m. - 11 : 45 p.m. Humans vs. Zombies @ BGSU! Campus

7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rental Orders for December Commencement Due 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Muslim Student Association Prayer Room 204 Olscamp

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. HMSL Conference 200, 201, 207 and 228, Union

4 : 15 - 7 p.m. SHRM Cornhole Tournament for the Soldiers University Lawn

8 - 9 p.m. The Cowboy Astronomer 112 Physical Sciences Lab Bldg.

After news broke Tuesday that last month’s Clark Kerr Campus robbery was reportedly a response to a racial slur, some student and administrative leaders are calling on the campus to address what they say is a racial divide at University of California Berkeley. Police arrested two men Monday after an incident between student athletes which they said stemmed from a racial slur. While campus officials say the racial slur and break-in do not reflect greater problems in the community, many professors and students said the robbery was an unfortunate consequence of the administration’s failure to address racial tension. “It’s true that sports has always been a field of racial division and conflict and I’m sorry to see that it is appearing on the Cal campus, but it makes perfect sense given how isolated black students are here,� said Michael Cohen, a lecturer in the African American studies

department. Cohen said a number of his students, some of whom are athletes, came to speak to him after the party during which the racial slur was spoken. Black athletes may also find it difficult to connect closely to the campus’s black community, providing them with fewer outlets to voice frustration over issues of race, some black student leaders said. “They have rigorous schedules and it doesn’t really allow them to be connected to the black community on campus,� said junior Deric Washington. “Therefore, we cannot really provide support for them on instances like the one that happened.� But several athletes said the racial slur was an isolated incident and did not reflect any racial conflict within the athletic community or on campus. “It’s a big athletic department and something like this comes up-and it only takes one bad spark to make us look like we’ve got a big problem,� said junior Marty Cunnie, a member of the Cal Rugby team, which is predominantly white.

U. of Iowa files suit with newspaper By Olivia Moran U-Wire

The University of Iowa entered into a lawsuit with the Des Moines Register Tuesday, seeking clearer guidelines in regard to public-records requests. The suit is in response to an Oct. 1 request by the Register, which asked the UI for all documents related to sexual assaults involving UI students within the past three years. Specifically, the newspaper requested all correspondence during the cases in addition to any reports made to or in the possession of the athletics department, Office of Student Services, the President’s Office, and the General Counsel’s Office.

Maybe its their sleek design or the fun advertising, but students just can’t get enough of new technology offerings targeted at the collegiate set from Apple, Blackberry and T-Mobile — even in a recession. “Apple’s promotions, as well as Blackberry’s, are certainly focusing on students because these technologies have become a number one central role in student life,� said Andrew Rohm, assistant professor of marketing at Northeastern University. The current economic decline has shown some cut backs in marketing schemes within the technology sector, but they also won’t stop funding entirely, said Rohm. “Marketing spending may suffer because corporations will feel pressure to cut spending, but if there is any spending it will focus on college age students,� Rohm said. Internet, text and picture messaging, GPS and other technologies have transformed the definition of what a phone is, Rohm said. “Phones are no longer phones,� Rohm said. “They are a new way to communicate.� Phones have become a way for students to keep in touch with each other in the college community, he said. Kainani Stevens, a sophomore communication studies major, said the economy has little impact on what she buys. “It’s not really going to affect me because I am very technology needy,� Stevens said. Ninety percent of college students reacted positively to the Apple iPod’s price decrease

in 2007, up 10 percent from the previous year, according to, a Web site that collects feedback from students. Stevens said her iPod broke earlier this month and she plans to buy the new iPod touch, one of Apple’s premier appliances, which is listed on at $229 for the 8 gigabyte version. While she said she feels the effects of the declining economy, she said her latest buy will be a splurge. “People may be worried, but everybody is technology-crazy. They are still going to feel the need to get the latest and greatest gadgets,� she said. Seth Cronin, a freshman economics major, said the economy doesn’t have an effect on how he’s buying electronics right now, but it could in the future. Cronin said he doesn’t have large savings, but in a few years he’s going to be keeping his assets under scrutiny because he feels the economic decline will affect him. “My laptop is a little out of date, and I’m looking into getting one of the new Macbooks soon,� he said. Cronin said it’s not pressure that makes him buy his electronics. However, he said having friends who do have the electronics helps to display what technology is available. “Students definitely feel an influence from newspaper, TV and magazine advertisements, but the major influence comes from a personal influence,� Rohm said. Students walk on campus or down the street and see other students with the electronics and it is bound to have an effect on how they buy, Rohm said.




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What’s the best way to kill a zombie?

“Bust out the entire arsenal and run to Canada.”

“A .50 caliber.”


KEVIN HARTMAN Senior, Political Science

Sophomore, Integrated Language Arts

On Oct.14, BG News columnist Jamie Pellek wrote an article assigning a sharp liberal bias to the mainstream media, and the message boards erupted (by standards) with replies. As there are many pointby-point rebuttals offered online, I will not engage in direct argument here; rather, I will offer an entirely alternative view of the media from Pellek's. For starters, it might be useful to define exactly what “the media” is. Media refers to all the various methods of communication by one source to a receiver. Prescribing any bias, liberal or conservative, to the media as a whole is silly; extremes at both ends enjoy mainstream representation, from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, on the left, to CNN's Glenn Beck, on the right. Not to mention political divergence The New York Times to the New York Post for those who still read newspapers. What is possible is to look at how virtually all of the mainstream outlets construct arguments to pursue an agenda that is not quite liberal and not quite conservative. Rather, they promote what is good for business. As an intellectual exercise, let us take and dismantle an argument from a known right-wing, then from a known left-wing,

EMILY KENNEY, Senior, Education

ANDREW RABOLT, Junior, Undecided


(and all but 50,000 of them dead from violence). The number of refugees is about 2.5 times that, and those numbers are two years old. Receiving only passing mention in U.S. media, the Lancet report was quickly swept under the rug and remains largely ignored today. Reasons for this framing of debate are numerous, but stem primarily from profit-orientation of the mass media. Every time you see a Halliburton commercial on FOX News, you get a glimpse of who is paying the network's bills. Wealthy owners and sponsors of press and media determine the editorial slant, and what is often more starkly revealing is not what they are talking about, but what they are not. The problem of media representation of the issues is far more systemic than the convenient myth of a handful of ideologues reading from behind a desk. Writing for the BG News, which has sponsors but no CEOs sitting in office chairs making millions off of them, affords me the opportunity to write articles like this one, and see them published. It is unlikely a full-scale article

Anyone see “Max Payne” in movie theaters yet? According to “Entertainment Weekly’s” box office report, it was the number one movie in the country last week, even beating out Oliver Stone’s latest presidential biopic “W.” It may not be breaking records like “The Dark Knight,” but for a relatively low-budget film it’s done okay for itself. The movie has been universally panned, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 18 percent and Metacritic score of 30. In reading some of the reviews I came across one that went a bit overboard. Roger Moore, of the Orlando Sentinel said in his review of the film, “Max still suffers from the heartlessness that makes games emotionally inferior to movies. Nobody ever shed a tear over a video game character's death.” Take a second to soak that in. Maybe it’s just me, but making blanket statements of an entire genre of entertainment seems to be a gross sign of misunderstanding, assuming and disconcerting. Moore's comment points to a greater stereotype of video games and the people that play

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them. Namely, that all video games are ultra-violent, simplistic, brain-sucking leeches played by the majority of our male youth in isolated basements across the country. This perception of video games and those that play them is completely unfounded. According to the Entertainment Software Association, the major watchdog of the industry, the average age of a game player is 35. Men also aren’t the only ones playing games, as the ESA found 40 percent of all gamers are women. Most games aren’t violent either, as they report that 85 percent of games sold in 2007 were rated E for everyone — the equivalent violence found in a Disney animated film. Games also aren’t all bad, as even 63 percent of parents claimed games were a positive part of their children’s lives. I’m also constantly upset by the theory that playing violent video games makes people more violent. In the past it was comic books, movies and rap music that caused that generation’s youth to act violently. Now the mantle has been given to video games. Despite every effort by Joe Lieberman and many other liberals, no credible research has found causality between playing violent video games and actual violent behavior. Despite many researchers’ efforts, no one can

Slow down you crazy child, Vienna is waiting ALISON KEMP COLUMNIST

SALZBURG, Austria — Vienna is waiting for me. I’ve been listening to and singing Billy Joel’s song all week in preparation for my first multiday excursion. The entire BGSU group is traveling to Vienna this weekend. We’ll already be there by the time you’re reading this. My plans for the weekend are not intense. I have only three museums on my list (they’re all art museums), in addition to the two palaces and opera house we will be visiting as part of our tour. I’m trying to not be too ambitious, like Billy Joel says in the song. I need to slow down and take everything in. Plus, I’m going to be spending time with some friends that I have not seen for a long time, and that’s more important to me than any museum.

Two weeks after Vienna, I’m going to Venice. I just bought my tickets and I'm as excited as a little kid in a candy store. The Austrian train system offers specials to big cities throughout Europe for as low as 29 Euros if you’re willing to spend the night on the train. I’m probably going to stick to visiting places I can get to with these tickets, like Prague and Krakow. I am most excited about Venice because it is such an important glass city. And, I can’t wait to see the canals and bridges. Even though I could write about my travels for this entire column, I really need to share some of my recent Austrian experiences. First, my laundry. The washing machines and

dryer in my residence hall do not operate on a pay-by-theload basis. They run on time. So, I pay 1 Euro for two hours of washing machine time. When the time runs out, the washing machine stops. Part of the problem I have with this is the washing machine does not have a timer on it, so I don’t know when my load will be finished. Nor is there anywhere for me to sit in the laundry room, so I can’t watch the machine and wait for it to stop. Because I didn't know when my first load would be finished, I had only 45 minutes left when I started my second load. This would be enough time for an American washing machine, but here, it isn't enough. My load stopped with water still in the machine, so when I took my clothes out, everything

was soaking wet and I had to wring it out before putting it in the dryer. I also spent about five minutes scooping out the leftover water from the washing machine. The time in the dryer really didn’t do much, so it was a good thing my roommate and I filched a community drying rack from another hallway. Unfortunately, the one we took is broken and there aren't any more. It doesn’t stand up properly, so we set it up as best as we could and let my clothes air dry. Second, my bicycle. The tire pump I brought from home really wasn’t cutting it. So I took my bike for a bus ride (the tire was too flat for a good ride) to one of our local palaces that has a bike repair station with tools and a heavy-duty air pump. Aside from the fact my back brakes don’t work, all is finally well in my bicycle world. Third, my German.

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LAUREN WALTER | GUEST COLUMNIST In response to the last Thursday's U-Wire column titled “Pro-life feminists promote hypocritical ideals” [The BG News, Oct. 16], I want to address some of the faulty reasoning its writer makes. The purpose of the writer’s column is to criticize Feminists for Life, an organization dedicated to serving women in crisis pregnancies by providing them the resources they need to care for their children. According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the leading reasons why women have abortions are that having a child would interrupt their plans for their future and financial reasons. Feminists for Life strives to provide necessary resources so that women do not have to choose abortion. The organization’s goal is to help women carry their children full-term

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demonstrate that “Grand Theft Auto,” “Halo” or “Resident Evil” will make anyone more violent. In his 2005 book “Why Video Games are Good for Your Soul,” James Gee discusses many benefits gleaned from video games. Some of the highlights include improving teamwork, empowering minorities, a context for creating and accomplishing goals, preparation and simulation of pragmatic experiences, and hands-on learning through sophisticated enactment. These positive factors show just a bit of how video games can be beneficial to individuals. I understand the idea behind no one supposedly shedding a tear over a video game character's death. For anyone that's played “Super Mario” your character generally falls off levels, jumps on spikes, gets hit by fireballs or ends up dead at the hands of an enemy pretty quickly. But this doesn't factor in the narrative and storytelling elements of many more recent games. Today there are many games with complex, multi-layered stories filled with robust, realistic characters. The cinematic attributes of games are often the draw for gamers. Being in control of a character amidst a long and touching tale is what makes

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while having what they need to continue their education and career and/or have the financial resources available to them so they can care for a child. If you look at Feminist for Life’s Web site, you’ll notice they pay close attention to providing for women in college. Feminists for Life is one of the few organizations out there really doing something positive to prevent abortion and provide resources for women. For someone to criticize the organization is highly insensitive. In response to the pro-life feminist movement, the writer states, “A culture focused on women’s needs, they argue, would instead focus on both promoting and rewarding motherhood. This stance… assumes that a female’s most important societal function is

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“Wealthy owners and sponsors ... determine the editorial slant, and what is often more starkly revealing is not what they are talking about, but what they are not.” source. Sean Hannity, co-host of FOX News Channel's “Hannity & Colmes,” frequently refers to presidential candidate Barack Obama as a socialist. Heated debate than commences as to whether or not the policies proposed by the Illinois Senator are, indeed, socialistic in nature. Of course, what is left out and presupposed onto the debate is the notion that socialism is inherently evil. The notion that aspects of socialism may be merit-worthy is not even allowed to enter the debate. On the other side, take a look at the statistic, a focal point of Pellek's article, which says more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the 2003 U.S. invasion. The “actual” number, according to Pellek's sources, is something like 87,000; the argument being liberal newspapers like The New York Times are exaggerating the negatives of America's military action, and downplaying the positives. If it were really the media's intent to showcase the Iraq debacle as starkly and grimly as possible, they may invoke a 2006 study, published in the highlyregarded British medical journal The Lancet, which estimated the number dead at about 655,000

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CHICK From Page 4 video games appealing. The fact that not many of these stories brings gamers to tears is the result of the type of tales video games tell and their quality. Many games just don't involve major character deaths besides the villains. Do you think Nintendo is really going to kill off Luigi, Zelda or Diddy Kong? A majority of the time the writing is just awful. Having a game filled with cliché and one -dimensional characters is no

SCHMIDLIN From Page 4 exploring all the various intricacies which go into media framing of issues would ever see publication in The Washington Post or any other major, profit-oriented newspaper. Despite the fact that nothing I have said is inherently negative, or even remotely controversial, it wouldn't be, for example, in NBC's interest to make it widely-known they are owned by General Electric. Surely, the fact that the news network

KEMP From Page 4 Some days my German is better than others. I wasn’t having an especially good day on Wednesday, even though it was one of the few times where I voluntarily said something in German in Czech class. When I got to the train station to purchase my ticket to Venice, I decided I would speak to the salesman in German regardless.

the writer argues, “by implicitly rejecting contraception and explicitly denouncing abortion, Feminists for Life gives women no other options but to give birth and deal with the financial and emotional consequences.” But the writer fails to see that these financial and emotional consequences are more temporal than the long-term hurt that many post-abortive women feel. Perhaps that is why Feminists for Life’s Web site also contains links that direct women to organizations that offer them resources for healing after abortion, another good thing the group has to offer. And, perhaps the reason Feminists for Life implicitly rejects contraception is because contraception does not get to the root of the problem, but is only a weak Band-Aid that, in the end, perpetuates the problem. Feminists for Life looks beyond the short-term quick fix, and looks to reforming the mentality of our culture into one that provides real solutions for women in crisis pregnancies. The argument in the column includes a great number of criticisms of an organization sincerely trying to help women; an organization founded upon the ideas of women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, feminism’s early matriarchs who believed that to be truly feminist is to empower

women to defend their fertility and motherhood, not reject it with the worn out “choice” rhetoric we see today. The “choice” to abort my child would never empower me as a woman at all. What would empower me would be a society that defended the child within me in the event of a crisis pregnancy. That is what would uphold my dignity as a woman and that is Feminists for Life's mission. Women are beautiful because of their bodies and their bodies' ability to carry a life within them, not despite them. I strongly affirm Feminists for Life for its work to make choosing life easier for those in crisis pregnancies by providing for women. The solution to the abortion problem comes down to building a stronger culture of love and life — a culture where families are rooted in selflessness and sacrifice. An organization like Feminists for Life, one that is dedicated to making sacrifices to help others, is a start in shifting our society’s mentality to one that sincerely helps women and children live better lives. Feminists for Life’s slogan, “women deserve better than abortion,” says it all.

different than a movie or book — you’re not going to care what happens to them either way. But I’m man enough to say I have cried playing video games. It broke my heart having to take down Sniper Wolf despite my ally Otacon’s endearment towards her. Seeing Johnson get laid out by 343 Guilty Spark right before the end of the game was gut wrenching. I have a special place in my heart for “Final Fantasy VII.” The game, and its most famous scene, saw the surprise murder of Aeris, one of the main protagonists at that point, barely halfway through the game.

Killing Aeris is what has made Sephiroth the most lauded video game villain of all time and the scene so famous. Roger Moore seems to be missing the increasing complexity of videogame characters and storylines and should focus on the weaknesses of this particular game as a movie. He and others should do their research and think before they make assuming, sweeping claims about entire groups of people.

widely regarded as the most liberal, most anti-war, and perhaps on Pellek's view, most antiAmerican, is owned by a defense contractor which makes huge profits off war, is worth noting when you consider just how far mainstream media really dissents from the status quo and elite opinion. It may seem strange to read an indictment of the media as a whole from someone within the field, but it has nothing to do with dissatisfaction with the profession or anything like that. Actually, it has everything to do with my ethics and values as a

journalist — the greatest story yet to be told in the mainstream media is the nearly complete control of same by powerful, elite interests. While I may disagree with virtually every word in Pellek's article, I can appreciate the sentiment. In times as uncertain as these, the best thing people can do with the mainstream media and the information they glean from it is question it exhaustively.

Sometimes this doesn’t work out so well. For instance, I might get asked to speak in English so I don’t have to stumble for words. But that doesn’t help my German. Other times, like when I went to the post office to pick up a package, the clerk saw that my mail was from the US, so she spoke to me in English. I kept responding in German and she kept responding in English. But at the train station, the salesman never asked me to

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U.S. suspends trade with Bolivia due to anti-drug efforts By Nestor Ikeda The Associated Press

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — The U.S. is suspending a trade deal with Bolivia, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday. She called it unfortunate but necessary because Bolivian President Evo Morales has failed to improve anti-drug efforts. Rice made the announcement just as Bolivian envoys arrived at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office in Washington to lobby for continued participation in the Andean trade pact, which lowers U.S. tariffs for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in exchange for cooperation with the U.S. war on drugs. Bush last week signed a sixmonth extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, and it wasn’t immediately clear when Bolivia would begin losing out. Rice said the U.S. Congress will decide. The suspension will raise U.S. tariffs on imports of Bolivian jewelry, textiles, wood and other products. Bolivia estimates that 30,000 workers would lose their jobs and more than US$300

million in exports would be priced out of the U.S. market. Morales has said his people shouldn’t fear reduced trade with Bolivia’s third largest trading partner after Brazil and Argentina, but he characterized it as a punitive sanction along the lines of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. “We don’t have to be afraid of an economic blockade by the United States against the Bolivian people,” Morales said. Diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Bolivia have soured recently. Morales booted the U.S. ambassador last month, accusing him of supporting his opponents, which the former ambassador denies. The U.S. sent Bolivia’s top diplomat home in response. BoliviaalsodemandedthatU.S. development projects and Drug Enforcement Administration officials to leave the coca-growing region of Chapare, prompting Washington to place Bolivia on an anti-drug blacklist, which triggered the recommendation by U.S. President George W. Bush to suspend Bolivia’s participation.

Rice announced the suspension while visiting the resort of Puerto Vallarta to discuss Mexico’s progress against drug cartels. Meanwhile, Bolivian Finance Minister Luis Alberto Arce was in Washington, calling the tariffs an injustice. Arce also met with Sen. Dick Lugar, a leading Republican in foreign affairs matters, who called for continuing trade preferences to support Morales’ progress in reaching a constitutional compromise with his opponents. This is a critical moment in U.S.-Bolivian relations, Lugar said, and more engagement, not less, is what both countries need. “When Bolivia stands at the cusp of a new era, with a new Constitution, U.S. assistance should be forthcoming as an effort to help Bolivia, and not to be an impediment to its progress,” Lugar said. Rice said other aid to Bolivia would continue, and that Bush has made it clear that there is no ideological test for cooperation and friendship with the United States.

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TOKYO — A 43-year-old player in a virtual game world became so angry about her sudden divorce from her online husband that she logged on with his password and killed his digital persona, police said yesterday. The woman, who has been jailed on suspicion of illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data, used his ID and password to log onto the popular interactive game “Maple Story” to carry out the virtual murder in May, a police official in the northern city of Sapporo said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of department policy. “I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry,” the official quoted her as telling investigators.


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Iraq suicide bombing kills 9 By Kim Gamel The Associated Press

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s labor minister escaped assassination yesterday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden SUV into his convoy, killing at least nine people in one of the safest areas of the capital. The blast came on a day when the U.S. relinquished control of a province that includes much of the area south of Baghdad once known as the “triangle of death.” Babil is the 12th of 18 Iraqi prov-

inces to be placed under Iraqi control, paving the way for U.S. forces eventually to go home. Americans will stay in the area to help the Iraqis when needed. The bomber drove his Toyota Land Cruiser into the convoy carrying Labor and Social Affairs Minister Mahmoud Mohammed al-Radhi as it passed near Tahrir Square in the busy Bab al-Sharji market area — not far from the U.S.-protected Green Zone. The blast left a 15-foot crater in the road and the smell of gunpowder in the air.


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Mexican Senate passes energy reform bill amid skepticism As bill enters lower house, analysts say it needs changes to be effective By Olga R. Rodriguez The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican Senate yesterday passed a controversial energy reform meant to revitalize the nation’s flagging oil industry — the third largest supplier to the United States. The bill now goes to the lower house. Riot police surrounded Senate offices to hold back protesters as the lawmakers voted to allow more private and foreign investment in the staterun oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, to help boost sagging production by Mexico’s oil industry. President Felipe Calderon says the plan will help Pemex tackle deep-water drilling and put more profits in exploration. But analysts say the watereddown bill will do little to halt the company’s slide. Leftists rallied popular support to limit openings to private investment in an industry that was nationalized in 1938. Former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the most outspoken critic, mobilized supporters for massive street protests yesterday to try to stop approval of the plan he said could lead toward privatization. He demanded a clause to prohibit contracts for exclusive rights to explore specific areas. “If they are saying that this (reform) won’t take oil away from the national domain, then

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books on Pemex. So far this year, Mexico has produced an average of 2.8 million barrels of oil a day, down 10 percent from 2007 levels. The country’s largest oil field, Cantarell, is drying up. Experts say the country’s proven reserves will last only 10 more years. Pemex hopes deep-water Gulf reserves will offset declining production, but it lacks the expertise to carry out deepwater drilling. Mexico’s Constitution bars most outside involvement in Pemex, although the company contracts services from some private companies. Mexico sends more than 1 million barrels a day to the U.S., making it the third-largest source of U.S. oil behind Canada and Saudi Arabia, so America also stands to lose if Pemex doesn’t develop its reserves. “Declining oil production from Pemex is a major shortterm problem that won’t be resolved by this reform,” Shields said. What’s more, paying outside firms to explore for oil rather than giving them a share of any profits could hurt Pemex’s bottom line. Drilling in water as deep as 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) is extremely costly — each deep-water discovery by Britain’s BP PLC cost more than US$1 billion — nearly as much as Pemex’s reported net losses for 2007. Oil revenues make up about 40 percent of Mexico’s budget.

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Voting for John McCain or Barack Obama is as easy as texting a vote to a specified number, at least according to “American Idol,” which received millions of votes for its candidates last year. A number of nonpartisan organizations are using means of entertainment to reach out to young voters, hoping people will become excited about the process as if voting for the next superstar. These organizations work to register as many people as possible, while informing them about the political process at the same time. Rock the Vote, founded in the early 1990s, works to educate individuals about voting with word of mouth from celebrities like Coldplay, the Roots and Christina Aguilera. Jessica Mariglio, field organizer for Ohio, was originally drawn to Rock the Vote because of its use of popular culture to reach people who may not have an interest in politics. The group’s first public service announcement showed Madonna wrapped in an American flag, one of their first campaigns involved musicians Izzy Pop and The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snoop Dogg launched their 2004 bus tour. “I think when you’re a celebrity, you have access to a wider audience, and with that, I think a lot of celebrities feel that it’s important to reach out and give back to the country,” Mariglio said. Declare Yourself is an organization founded by television icon Norman Lear. Currently registering over 2 million voters in the age range of 18-29, Declare Yourself has partnered with various Web sites such as Google and MySpace to produce PSAs starring celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen DeGeneres. Brent Miller, University alumnus and pro-

By Sarah Rutz Pulse Reporter



• Founder Norman Lear toured the country with an original copy of the Declaration of Independence for two years before coming up with Declare Yourself. • Web site currently features a series of promotional pictures of Jessica Alba with her face constrained by duct tape, a Hannibal Lector mask and others.


• Uses e-activism and new technologies to reach a

larger audience, including the use of Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

• Volunteers and street team leaders go to most of the


concert events, and if some of the artists link up with the tour bus group, they have the Rock the Vote bus at their concert.

18 IN ‘08

• Founder filmed 18 in ’08 for two years, talk-

ing to people in the political process about why it’s important to vote .

• Have a program called Mobilize the Polls to

get more young people to become poll workers, and are promoting a program on Halloween called Trick or Vote to give more people information about their polling places.

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Band rocked Rodgers in debut


When asked what their music sounds like in comparison to other bands, Chad Every and RickyMayofTheKaleidoscope, Brighter have two very different answers. May’s is simple: “I think we sound something like Slayer meets Weird-Al,” he says. Every’s explanation, however, is more complex. “If someone asks me that question, I would say that we sound like a less talented Jimmy Eats World that marries Matthew Good, then gets divorced, remarries Lydia and then has The Spill Canvas.” The band, which also includes Bobby Coyne on drums and “percussionist instruments” and JP Hill on lead guitar, is brand new on the music scene. They put themselves into the indie rock/ acoustic genre, but they’re currently still developing a solid sound. Every and May, however, are not unfamiliar with music. Every was in a group called The Welcoming Committee which played 18 shows in the Toledo area, and in his high school days May was in several talent shows. He currently plays the bass for TKB, and Every says that for only having played bass for a few months, he’s really good at it. The band has only been

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Tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Valentine Theatre, see the musical adaptation of one of C.S. Lewis’ tales of adventure from The Chronicles of Narnia. Call 419 242-2787 for more information.

ELSEWHERE Grand Rapids

This weekend until Nov. 2 at The Whitehouse Waterville Moose Lodge, enjoy a haunted tent, hayride, train ride and cornmaze. Live music, beer and food are also included. Tickets range from $5 to $21.


This weekend, Levis Commons will be hosting the Fourth Annual Fall Festival at the Town Center. This free event includes hayrides, trickor-treating, bonfires, food and crafts.


“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is just putting on its shoes.” —Mark Twain


MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Josh Brolin plays George W. Bush in the newest Oliver Stone political drama that explores Bush’s road to the White House.

The White House to the cineplex Film plotline offers a sympathetic character study of the 43rd president By Aaron Helfferich Film Critic

The Halloween season is upon us, and instead of supplying a parade of blood-splattering horror films, a handful of Hollywood actors are donning the costumes of prominent political figures. In the newest Oliver Stone directed political drama, it might be humorous to see a balding Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, or James Cromwell as George H. W. Bush. What you might not have expected is the film’s centerpiece to be none other than our 43rd President, George W. Bush. Given Oliver Stone’s pronounced political beliefs, audiences may be weary of a film that centers on President Bush for fear it may become one-sided or negatively balanced. Thankfully, instead of being an elite rehash of “Saturday Night Live” skits, Stone has crafted his provokingly titled “W,” into a sympathetic telling of

“With such intricacies in defining its significant cast of characters, “W” becomes far more fascinating than a simple political drama.” Aaron Helfferich | Film Critic

the life that influenced our 43rd President. In this manner, it’s not completely fair to consider this film as politically as it may sound. The simple story between a father and son is the driving force of “W.” Since Stone takes the liberty in injecting a family drama into his elegantly portrayed characters, “W” tackles the story at its roots, spanning from W’s fraternity hazing at Yale, to days in the oval office of George H.W. Bush. While it’s always a recurring theme in “W,” there’s a constant desire for young Bush to live up to the family name instead of

being looked at as “Junior.” With such intricacies in defining its significant cast of characters, “W” becomes far more fascinating than a simple political drama. Josh Brolin, embodies character of George W. Bush without a hint of mimicry. Unlike an overthe-top portrayal of Condoleezza Rice by Thandie Newton, Brolin forces audiences to delve deeper into the psyche of Bush with a misguided political upbringing fueled by resentment toward his parents.

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SPELLBINDING: Jesus, played by Jackie Jerlecki, Judas, played Jimmy Wilson and Kendra Jo Brook perform “By My Side” at the Joe. E. Brown Theatre.

Musical portrays Biblical characters in modern light By Chad Meredith Theater Critic

“Godspell,” a musical based on the book of Matthew in the Bible, is about the last seven days of Christ’s life, and will be performed at the Joe E. Brown Theatre through Sunday. The musical originally opened off-Broadway, and its official Broadway opening took place in 1976. A film version was released in 1973, and starred Victor Garber and David Haskell. “Godspell” then experienced a revival in 2001, and another revival has recently been postponed. Stephen Schwartz, who also wrote the musicals “Wicked” and “Pippin,” and contributed to the Disney film “Enchanted,” wrote the music and lyrics. John-Michael Tebelak wrote the book. According to the director, Robin Gordon, this musical was actually a response to a

lack of community in church. “Tabelak wrote ‘Godspell’ as his Master’s thesis,” she said. “He went to church and was disenchanted by the lack of community. He was even searched upon exiting because he looked like a hippie. [After this experience,] he wanted to bring back the joy of the gospels and the teachings of Jesus.” According to Gordon, in the original musical, the characters were depicted as clowns. While this production does hang onto the same sense of playfulness, the actors are not dressed as clowns. Gordon said the musical is “absolutely” accessible to members of other denominations besides Christianity. “Everyone can enjoy it because it focuses on building a healthy, thriving community, not necessarily a church,” she

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What are you listening to on your music player? KAYLYNN HOLLAND | JUNIOR | BELLAFONTAINE

“I like the songs because they have a great beat and can really get you into the music.”



Hunting for secondhand treasures During rough economic times, students find relief with bargains By Laura Lee Caracciolo Pulse Reporter

Do you want to buy a cute, unique outfit for less than $10? Well, you can. You might even be able to get it for less than $5. Thrift shops have become increasingly popular over the years as college students search for cheap vintage clothing. The process is long and the timing is important but when you find that $2 vintage Tshirt that fits you perfectly, it’s definitely worth it. Junior Ben Posta says he shops at Goodwill once or twice a month and buys anything that catches his eye. “I don’t really have a definite style,” Posta said. “I do occasionally like buying clothes that look like they’ve been bought at a thrift store, though. It’s a fashion statement. I find it slightly humorous people go to name brand stores to buy jeans with holes in them and stains dyed into the fabric when you can just go to a thrift

VOTING From Page 7 ducer for Declare Yourself, says society is obsessed with the entertainment industry as a way to find relief from everyday life. “The easiest thing for us is to utilize celebrity images like Jessica Alba and Hayden Panettiere to get people to say, ‘Wow, did you see this?’” he said. “Everything that we do, and everything that Norman’s about is basically about pushing the envelope. We try to make the whole voting process and politics cool.” 18 in ‘08 is an organization that debuted last year, beginning as a documentary about the importance of voting and has since branched out to register 23,000 people to vote. David Burstein, 20, is the founder and executive director who travels to colleges and high schools across the country to screen the film and host discussions afterward. He is part of the movement of young adults who reach out to inform others, while using the medium of film to garner interest instead of using mediums such as printed materials to have an impact. “It’s really about having your voice heard, and particularly for young people as a generation, we’ve been left out of the political process and we don’t have much political power,” he said. “In order for that to happen, we need to show people that we are participating. Our vote is part of a vote of a generation who is coming out and saying, ‘We matter; we want to be heard. Here’s what we’re concerned about.’” Mariglio says young people are

store and buy some that are authentically like that.” The thrift store fan even bought a silk bathrobe from the Salvation Army store in his hometown. “Sometimes you buy stuff just because it’s cool,” Posta said. “I’m pretty sure I’ve used that bathrobe twice, but how many people can say they own a silk bathrobe, right?” There is a huge variety of items at the thrift store that are divided by sizes, colors or most commonly types of clothing. It’s never a quick stop, but searching for the right item is something people are willing to do. Junior Cara Mateer works at Goodwill on North Main Street and said about 50 college students come into the store a day. “A lot of people come in here to buy work clothes,” Mateer said. “They also buy sorority and frat tees or clothes for parties. Some of them will even buy stupid pictures to hang up around their house to be funny.”

often misunderstood and treated as if they don’t know much about the issues. However, issues both candidates stand for will directly affect the generation of young voters. “When the politicians are talking about war, they’re talking about us,” she said. “13.3 million young people are without health insurance, so when they’re talking about health insurance issues, they’re talking about us. It’s important for young people to vote because these politicians are deciding our future.” Without help from entertainment-oriented organizations, young adults would most likely be interested in the election regardless; however, people might not feel as focused or empowered without the inspiration, Burstein said. Mariglio constantly brainstorms creative and entertaining ways for large groups of people to talk about voting and politics, and Miller hopes to inspire others to become engaged not just for the election, but for the rest of their lives. Whether its through the use of music, film or other forms of entertainment, many groups are working to amp up excitement for Election Day with specific outlets and ways to become interested. “Not all of us are going to reach everybody, but with all of these groups working, it really allows the maximum number of people to be reached,” Burstein said. After all, the public has become passionate for people in the limelight before, voting for their favorite candidates on programs like “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Got Talent.” “It’s a bit scary,” Miller said. “I would hope they would have the same passion for the next president.”

Although the store brings in a lot of customers year round, Mateer pointed out Goodwill’s busiest month is October. “We’re really busy right now because people are coming in to get costumes for Halloween,” Mateer said. “A lot of guys come in looking for dresses so they can be girls. There are always a lot of college kids that shop here though because it’s cheap and you can find some good stuff in this store.” Goodwill is full of unique clothes, but is not limited to apparel only. The store also sells shoes, belts, ties, books, toys, movies, appliances, picture frames, paintings, candles, dishes and many other items typically under $3. “Goodwill is cheap and there’s no shortage of variety,” Posta said. “It makes shopping into an adventure — the hunt for the perfect look and fit.” Check out Goodwill on North Main Street and begin your search for a cheap painting to hang on your wall or that perfect, vintage T-shirt that was well worth the hunt.

BUSH From Page 7 As for the rest of the cast, Jeffery Wright gives us one of the deepest glimpses inside one of the aides to President Bush as Colin Powell. Even Dreyfuss nails an unwavering depiction of Cheney with a slice of humor. While we might still recognize all of these actors as they step into their devoted portrayals, Brolin takes his job further than any other, nearly securing an Oscar nomination. For such an enigmatic filmmaker, Oliver Stone hasn’t stepped far outside of his comfort zone. “W” may seem incomplete, much like the unfinished presidency in question. While audiences may still be searching for a significant resolution to an unpopular presidency, “W” is best viewed as an intrinsic character study. No matter what your thoughts are on President George W. Bush, Stone’s tragic tale has proven it doesn’t matter how much power is put in front of a person; it might never lead them to the desired success.

Letter Grade: B Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images. ■ Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton ■ Directed by Oliver Stone ■ ■

OFF THE CHARTS: Radiohead allowed fans to set their own price for the band’s latest CD “In Rainbows”.

Radiohead sells 3 million digital copies of album Band’s name-your-price policy worked well By Greg Kot MCT

“It’s up to you.” So said Radiohead when it came time for fans to pick a price for downloading initial copies of the band’s 2007 album, “In Rainbows,” from the U.K. quintet’s Web site. The name-your-price experiment paid off big-time, numbers released Monday indicate. A year after the album’s release, the band’s publicist announced “In Rainbows” has sold 3 million copies, including downloads from, and sales of digital albums from other retailers, CDs and a boxed set. The sales from the band’s Web site alone exceeded the total sales for the band’s previous album, “Hail to the Thief,” released by largely conventional means through a major label in 2003. At the time, the album was available legally in essentially only one format: a compact disc. Though many fans took advantage of the band’s offer to download “In Rainbows”

GODSPELL From Page 7 said. “This musical looks at Jesus more as a teacher and community builder than someone from the Bible.” According to Music Director Kevin Bylsma, the songs are uplifting and appeal to a wide audience as well. According to Bylsma, the songs of “Godspell” range from folk to soft rock, with some songs being a combination of both, such as “Day by Day.” Bylsma added, “the overall theme of the show is joy, and that is reflected in all of the songs.” Rather than having the production set in Jesus’ time, Gordon chose to have the setting in the here-and-now so that the audience could benefit from it. “... The audience can examine the actions and consequences in the context of their own lives, such as by drawing comparisons,” she said. “In fact, the characters you see in the show may be dressed like the people you see in the Student Union building.” One aspect which might surprise the audience is the character of Jesus is played by a woman, Jackie Jerlecki. Gordon chose to cast her because she “displayed qualities we look for in a leader: gentle, yet strong,

“The name-your-price experiment paid off bigtime, numbers released Monday indicate.” Greg Kot | Reporter and paid nothing for it, the new numbers affirm that the windfall of publicity garnered by the “It’s up to you” move generated a new level of interest in the band. When physical copies of the album were finally made available three months after the digital release, “In Rainbows” debuted atop both the U.S. and U.K. pop charts. The sales included 100,000 boxed sets sold at the U.S. equivalent of $81 from the Web site, and 1.75 million CDs, according to the band’s publisher, Warner Chappell. The album, the seventh studio release in a career stretching back to the early ‘90s, was a prelude to the band’s most successful tour yet, playing to 1.2 million fans.

“This play comes at an important time: one week before the election.” Robin Gordon | Director

and patient.” Since this musical is in the smaller Joe E. Brown Theatre instead of the larger, Eva Marie Saint Theatre, one might assume it is a detriment. However, Gordon soon learned to accept the environment. “At first I was nervous, but I saw that the intimacy of the Joe E. Brown has the potential to create a closer bond between actor and audience,” she said. Also, the amount of songs compared to the amount of dialogue present in “Godspell,” is accurately balanced because the songs typically come out the parables, Gordon said. “This play comes at an important time: one week before the election,” Gordon added. “[Just as the characters follow Jesus,] we’re looking for new leaders to strengthen our communities, both the University community, and the community that is the United States.”

Make us your FIRST CHOICE and

1. The Ting Tings – “Shut up and Let Me Go” 2. Cobra Starship – “The City is at War” 3. Charlotte Sometimes – “Waves and the Both of Us” 4. Cartel – “Honestly” 5. Augustana – “Sweet and Low”

BAND From Page 7 official for about two months, but in those two months they’ve been working on ideas and writing songs. “Writing is a constant process,” Every says. On the recording front, they’ve been traveling to different studios in the area to get a different sound for each track they lay down. “You get different sounds in different studios — different producers have different styles,” May says. Every says he wants the music he plays to be something worthwhile for people to hear. “We strive to make quality music — when bands put out self-recorded EPs and full lengths without really thinking about the quality of the music they’re putting out, it puts them into a rut.” And the last thing they want is to put themselves and their brand new band into a position like that. Both May and Every write lyrics, and in the writing process May adds if something in the song doesn’t relate — a guitar solo, a cool lyric, anything — they scratch the whole song and start over from the beginning. The bands they listen to and influence the music they play and write range from My Chemical Romance to Jack Johnson. “We just listen to a lot of bands that our friends give to us,” May says. Last Friday, The Kaleidoscope, Brighter played their first set in a room at Rodgers quadrangle. Only Every and May played, with Every on acoustic guitar, May on bass and both supplying vocals. It was a first listen for anyone who had found them over MySpace or joined the Facebook group, and for a first show, a good amount of people showed up to show their support. TKB laid a total of five songs, including one cover. So when can we expect to see these boys taking the big stage at venues like Howard’s? “Howard’s will come after we develop a certain sound,” Every notes. “Right now we’re looking at booking a Finder’s in-store, but we don’t just want to go out and play. We want to be as solid as we can get.” “First impressions are a big part of everything,” May adds. And for a band that’s only been around for a grand total of about two months, I would say that The Kaleidoscope, Brighter definitely makes several good first impressions, especially on campus with students who are willing to listen to them play.




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Friday, October 24, 2008

Inmate welcomes execution for his crimes

Schools fail to meet states’ low expectations By Libby Quaid The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Your child is less likely to graduate from high school than you were, and most states are doing little to hold schools accountable, according to a study by a children’s advocacy group. More than half the states have graduation targets that don’t make schools get better, the Education Trust says in a report released yesterday. And dropout rates haven’t budged: One in four kids is still dropping out of high school. “The U.S. is stagnating while other industrialized countries are surpassing us,� said Anna Habash, author of the report by Education Trust, which advocates on behalf of minority and poor children. “And that is going to have a dramatic impact on our ability to compete,� she said. In fact, the United States is now the only industrialized country where young people are less likely than their parents to earn a diploma, the report said. High schools are required to meet graduation targets every year as part of the 2002 federal No Child Left Behind law. But those targets are set by states, not by the federal government. And most states allow schools to graduate low percentages of students by saying that any progress, or even the status quo in some cases, is acceptable. In North Carolina, schools

“‘Well, we’re under a lot of pressure; let’s not make this too hard on ourselves.’�

By Roger Alford The Associated Press

Bob Balfanz | Researcher must improve by 0.1 percentage point each year. At that rate, it would take nearly a century to raise the graduation rate, now 72 percent, to the state goal of 80 percent. In Maryland, schools must improve their graduation rate by 0.01 percentage point each year. At that rate, it would take most of a millennium for the graduation rate among AfricanAmerican students, now 71 percent, to reach the state goal of 90 percent. In Delaware and New Mexico, schools will never have to meet a state graduation goal as long as they maintain the same graduation rate. Delaware’s graduation rate is 76 percent; New Mexico’s is 67 percent. Why are states setting the bar so low? Because they can, said Bob Balfanz, a researcher at Johns Hopkins University. State and school officials are under pressure to improve test scores under the No Child Left Behind education law or face penalties. But they got a break on graduation rates: Schools must meet annual goals, but the government lets each state set its own goal.



SHOPING FOR LOWER PRICES: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday.

Investors shop for bargin stock prices By Tim Paradis The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Wall Street spent another session buffeted by volatility yesterday, this time closing mixed after investors wrestled with their fears about the economy but also looked for bargains after two days of selling. While the Dow Jones industrials and Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose sharply, a downdraft in tech stocks left the Nasdaq composite index with a loss. Buying came in spurts and then tended to quickly evaporate as investors fretted that the economy is either in a recession or headed for one. They showed little confidence, gravitating toward big-name stocks seen as safer bets after a two-day selloff sliced nearly 750 points from the Dow. “I think that people feel that

“The analogy I’m using right now is that you can buy a BMW at Toyota.� Scott Fullman | WJB Capital Group it’s got to stop sliding someplace and they’re looking basically for bargains,� said Scott Fullman, director of derivatives investment strategy for WJB Capital Group in New York. “The analogy I’m using right now is that you can buy a BMW at Toyota prices. But there is still concern that better bargains can be had.� With its gyrations, Wall Street is living up to predictions that trading will remain volatile as investors try to test whether the market has formed a bottom.

Manny Weintraub, president of Integre Advisors in New York, said several of the market’s attempts to rally have been short-circuited by sellers who had awaiting an opportunity to cash out and that some investors looking to snap up inexpensive stocks are worried about getting burned by further declines. “A lot of bargain hunters came in last week and now that money has been spent and they can’t hunt twice,� he said. Investors spent the session trying to extract clues about where the economy is headed from a mix of corporate news. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is preparing to cut about 10 percent of its work force, according to a person briefed on the plan who requested anonymity because the company hadn’t publicly disclosed details of the plan.

FRANKFORT,Ky.—TheKentucky Supreme Court cleared the way yesterday for the execution of a child killer who asked to be put to death so that delays would not “drag out the misery� for himself and his victims’ families. Marco Allen Chapman, 36, could be put to death as early as next month if no further appeals are filed. The court issued only a brief order to set the execution in motion and did not explain its reasoning. Chapman filed an affidavit last year asking that public defenders not be allowed to file additional appeals because he wants to be executed for the murders of 6-year-old Cody Sharon and 7-year-old Chelbi Sharon in the northern Kentucky town of Warsaw in August 2002. His defense attorneys called his request for a speedy execution “suicide by court,� and argued that his wish to waive appeals showed he was not competent. They have been pushing for another competency hearing. Defense attorney John Palombi, one of a team of lawyers who have been trying to stop the execution, said Chapman has been unwilling to authorize pleadings in his case. He said he doesn’t know what the next step will be for the defense team. “I really don’t even want to predict,� Palombi said.


ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK SUNDAY OCT. 19TH - SATURDAY THE 25TH Stop by the Wellness Connection (170 Health Center) to pick up your own alcohol poisoning informational magnet PAUL SANCYA | AP PHOTO

LOVE NOTES: Christine Beatty, ex-chief of staff, listens as the judge rules to release the texts.

Court releases more explicit texts By Ed White The Associated Press

DETROIT — A court yesterday released more sexually explicit text messages between the city’s former mayor and his ex-chief of staff, just days before Kwame Kilpatrick goes to jail for lying about their affair. Christine Beatty, Kilpatrick’s former top aide, tried to keep them sealed. But a Wayne County judge ordered them on the public record, and the Michigan Court of Appeals refused to stop him. One series of messages from November 2003 goes on for more than an hour as Beatty describes what she would do with Kilpatrick if they were together. “Don’t STOP! PLEASE,� Kilpatrick replies. A message Kilpatrick received from a woman in July 2003 says she has “goose bumps� and can’t wait to see him. The messages were filed by prosecutors to show that Kilpatrick and Beatty sent and received them on city pagers. “Wouldn’t the mayor of a major American city complain

to someone if he was receiving these types of messages by accident?� assistant prosecutor Robert Moran wrote. The messages are just some of the thousands that prosecutors hold. They help form the backbone of the case against Beatty, who is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice over her testimony in a civil trial last year. Prosecutors support the release, but Beatty’s lawyers say the contents could turn potential jurors against Beatty. The judge said he wouldn’t unseal any that would jeopardize attorney-client privilege or communication between spouses. Beatty and Kilpatrick last year in court denied having an extramarital affair. But messages published in January by the Detroit Free Press revealed a steamy relationship and sparked eight months of political turmoil at City Hall. Kilpatrick, a Democrat, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice on Sept. 4 and is scheduled to go to jail Tuesday. Beatty has turned down offers to plead guilty and is headed for trial early next year.

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I PLEDGE To make responsible decisions if I choose to drink. To not drink and drive or allow my friends to drink and drive. To watch out for my friends and their safety. To call 911 if any indications of alcohol poisoning exist. To not be angry if my friends seek help for me if I am in danger. Wellness Connection & Coalition for Drug, Alcohol, & Sexual Offenses 419.372.9355 or Adapted from BACCHUS and CHOICES


Friday, October 24, 2008









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In a battle of two much-improved defenses, the Falcons will attempt to shut down NIU By Chris Voloschuk Sports Editor

The Falcon football team is back on the road again, and all signs point to Northern Illinois in Dekalb. Tomorrow’s meeting will be both teams’ first in four years. The last time NIU and BG hooked up, in 2004, the Huskies walked off their home field with a 34-17 win. The Falcons have been spotty this season, posting a 3-4 overall record and going winless at home. The road trip could be just what the

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DONOVAN MCNABB STEVEN JACKSON He’s banged up as usual, but he’s still solid. Philadelphia’s best player not named Brian Westbrook has 1,576 yards passing and eight TDs compared to just three interceptions. 100 percent of ESPN leagues own him, and he’s paid dividends.

The recent resurgence of the St. Louis Rams has been punctuated by their big running back. Jackson has gone for 100 yards or more in two of his last three games and has four touchdowns on the season. He’s starting to heat up.



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Sure, he was a lottery pick, but Ryan has opened a lot of eyes with his surprisingly mature play this season. He’s passed for 1,164 yards and five touchdowns for the improved Falcons. He’s available in a lot of leagues. Johnson may present the only silver lining in Detroit’s miserable season. He’s gone for over 100 yards in three of his six games, and has four touchdown catches to his credit. He may be available in some leagues.

Nobody quite knew what to expect out of the Arizona Cardinals this season, but the defense has been a pleasant surprise. They’ve got 18 sacks, three interceptions and are holding opponents to 93 rushing yards per game.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER Early in his career, Roethlisberger wasn’t a good pick for any fantasy football owner due to low production. This year seems like a total departure, as Roethlisberger has 1,163 passing yards and nine TDs compared to just three picks.

NIU game a mustwin for Falcons Nobody within the football program wants to outright say that a loss tomorrow to Northern Illinois could doom the season. There’s no panic mode. It’s not a case of denial on the part of coaches and players, but more of a hope that things will return to the way they were in 2007, when they won four games in a row to claim a share of the MAC East and earn a bowl bid. Nobody wants to think they’re out of it until they mathematically are, which is understandable. Currently, there are five games left to play this season. And if BG doesn’t start this crucial stretch with a win in Dekalb tomorrow, its chances of having a repeat of last season’s success are pretty much over. Last year, Miami and Buffalo won five conference games and didn’t get bowl bids. They went 5-2 and 5-3, respectively. While Miami did receive a co-MAC East title, that’s all they got. Two teams with records above .500 in the MAC watched bowl season unfold at home. That’s what makes BG’s situation tomorrow a must-win. As bad as the East has been collectively this year, a 1-3 record in conference play will be a lot for the Falcons to overcome, especially with Buffalo, Ohio and Toledo left on the schedule. Kent State at home is no guaranteed win either, as the Eastern Michigan and Miami games will attest. I think the Falcons can beat NIU, but it’s hard to confidently pick them to win when they’ve been so spotty. If these first seven games have proven anything about this team, it’s that you don’t know what you’re going to get out of them from week to week. The special teams unit has collectively improved a great deal over the weeks. It consists of one of the conference’s best punters in Nick Iovinelli, two solid returners in Corey Partridge and Kenny Lewis and a kicker in Sinisa Vrvilo who is getting back on track. The only problem is that Vrvilo has struggled in all but two games, and Partridge has only really had one good punt return all year. BG’s defense, despite being about average statistically, has improved a lot, too. They’re giving up almost 50 less yards a game than last season, and have shown the ability to stop the run for stretches and defend the deep pass. When things get dicey is in the fourth quarter,

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Falcon volleyball returns home for two weekend matches By Sean Shapiro Reporter

After two weeks on the road BG returns to Anderson Arena this weekend for a matchup with Ball State and rival Toledo. Tonight at 7 p.m. BG will face off against the Ball State Cardinals who are 4-4 in the MAC, and coming off a week where they lost to both Ohio University and Kent State. The Cardinals are a strong defensive team, averaging 1.99 blocks per set and over 14 digs a set. BG has won the last four meetings between the teams, and the Falcons have extra incentive to beat the Cardinals. “Coach used to go there, so she’s always really competitive before we play them. I think today’s match will be just as tough for us as tomorrow against Toledo,” said

Chelsey Meek

Has had 10 or more digs in her last 80 matches

Denise Van de Walle Graduated from Ball State and coached there

senior Chelsey Meek. BG head coach Denise Van De Walle graduated from Ball State in 1976 and served as an assistant coach before starting her stretch of 26 seasons at BG. Less than 24 hours later the Falcons will host their archrival

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doctor ordered, but may also serve as a must-win if they are to contend for the MidAmerican Conference East Division lead. The biggest story of the game could be the defensive play of both teams, as both have improved significantly over last year. The Huskies lead the MAC in total defense, allowing just 13.7 points per game and 281 total yards. The Falcons are near the middle of the pack, but are still much improved, allowing 367 yards per game and about 25 points. “Their [defense] is pretty salty,” said head coach Gregg Brandon. “We’ve got to continue to take care of the football to give ourselves a chance.” Two of the major reasons for NIU’s stingy defense this year are defensive end Larry English and defensive back David Bryant. English is the reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year who currently has 4.5 sacks to his credit. Bryant leads the team in tackles with 39 and has forced two fumbles. They will test the Falcons’ offense early and often. For BG, Diyral Briggs has led the way for the defensive line with his six sacks. The total is good for second-best in the MAC. Senior cornerback Kenny Lewis has been effective in the secondary, collecting two interceptions. Linebackers John Haneline and Erique Dozier are among the conference leaders in

Friday, October 24, 2008

THE BG NEWS PICKS OF THE WEEK When it comes to college football games with implications attached, this week is chock full of them. BG’s playing Northern Illinois with their season possibly on the line. Ranked teams are playing each other all day. And Gettysburg and Dickinson are squaring off.

BG vs. Northern Ilinois NIU -8 #7 Oklahoma State vs. #1 Texas Texas -12


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NIU’s defense is nasty. BG has been spotty all year. I’ll take the factor I know versus the one I don’t. NIU 31, BG 21


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Northern is too good in too many This is the one game I won’t mind BG needs this one. I need this areas. I know BG is good on the picking wrong. I’ll never hear the one. They’re 3-1 on the road. road, but the streak stops here. end of picking against BG. There is hope. NIU 38, BG 24

OK State has been impressive, Texas has shown why they are a but Texas is No. 1 and playing at unanimous #1. This game gives home. I’ll take the Longhorns. them more cred. Texas 37, Oklahoma St. 30


Texas 31, Oklahoma St. 17

NIU, 34, BG 24

BG 27, NIU 20

It’s hard to envision Texas losing at home, but Oklahoma State might be their toughest game so far this year. Texas 38, Oklahoma St. 34

Oklahoma State wants it more. Texas can still taset the Tostitos in their mouths. Oklahoma St. 42, Texas 31

destroying Michigan State, I feel that Penn State is a good Ohio State’s easy win at MSU I thought the MSU game would # 3 Penn State After I just can’t pick against the team. If they win, I stand by my makes this match up very intrigu- be close. There has to be one vs. #10 Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten game, at words. If not, I’ll cower in a corner. ing. PSU pulls out a close one on heart-wrenching Big Ten brawl,

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home, with odds against them. Ohio State 41, Penn St. 38

Penn St. 27, Ohio State 21

is going to be a fun game The Bulldog mascot will intimi#9 Georgia This to watch because of all the big date the young LSU squad. vs. #11 LSU hits these teams will put on each

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other. LSU wins. LSU 23, Georgia 16

Georgia 34, LSU 21

the road. Penn St. 26, Ohio State 23

and this is it. Ohio State 38, Penn St. 31

LSU has won 22 of their last 23 games at home.

It’s too big of a rivalry to predict. LSU’s home field advantage is going to help tremendously.

LSU 24, Georgia 23

LSU 36, Georgia 24

when the Kansas Texas Tech finally shows a chink The first of four straight games Kansas is not going to have a #8 Texas Tech Remember football team was relevant? Yeah, in the armor. for Texas Tech. Their offense very happy homecoming. I feel vs. #19 Kansas that was last year, not this year. should be able to score enough your pain, Jayhawks.

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Texas Tech 35, Kansas 24

Overall record

to beat Kansas. Texas Tech 42, Kansas 31

Texas Tech 36, Kansas 21

Dickinson charges. Gettysburg 87, Dickinson 2

Gettysburg is secretly replacing their quarterback, Matt Flynn, with the one on the Packers, so they’ll roll big. Gettysburg 153, Dickinson 12

If interested, you can listen live Dammit, Chris. These games are through Dickinson’s student radio ruining my record. station. Gettysburg 26, Dickinson 19

Gettysburg 38, Dickinson 21





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Kansas 31, Texas Tech 17

total tackles, with 56 and 53, respectively. Offensively, both teams are searching for more production. The Falcons are averaging 350 yards of offense per game, but are only averaging 25 points. The Huskies’ ground game (177.3 yards per contest) is solid, with the passing game taking a back seat. Still, they average a little

over 28 points per game. Currently, NIU uses a handful of different running backs throughout any given games. “[NIU] does a lot of things formationally,” Brandon said. “They’ve got good speed out there. It’s kind of tailback by committee. We’ve got to be sound on defense.” Tomorrow will also present

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the first meeting between Brandon and new NIU coach Jerry Kill. In his time as Falcons coach, Brandon has a 1-1 record against NIU. “There’s a new coach there. There’s new enthusiasm, new excitement,” Brandon said. “It’s a first-year deal.” Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Hockey team travels to Alaska for a colder than usual weekend By Ethan Magoc Reporter


DOWN BUT NEVER OUT: The BG rugby team was faced with a first half deficit of 7-6 last weekend against No. 5 Indiana, but came out very strong in the second half and were able to take over the match, eventually winning, 26-17. The Falcons remain undefeated with an 8-0 record.

Ranked eighth and undefeated, BG rugby rallies to beat Indiana By Christopher Rambo Reporter

Faced with their most formidable challenge of the season to date, the rugby team responded with what Roger Mazzarella called “probably our best half of rugby all year,” as the eighth-ranked Falcons rallied from a 7-6 halftime deficit to overcome number five Indiana 26-17, Saturday. Hindered by blustery conditions, the BG offense struggled to move the ball in the first half, mustering only two penalty kicks from Nick Viviani, who returned after missing three weeks with an injured finger. Indiana responded with a try late in the first half which, along with the ensuing conversion, gave the Hoosiers a 7-6 lead at intermission. It was the first time the Falcons had trailed at the break all year. Mazzarella, filling in for his son Tony who was forced to miss the game due to personal reasons, huddled the team together and told them, “I retired on a winning note and I did not intend to come out of retirement for one

“In the second half we were finally able to keep our composure ...”

There is only one arena the BG hockey team could play in during October where the temperature outside is colder than the arena’s ice surface. They have found that arena at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where they will open Central Collegiate Hockey Association play this weekend. Tonight’s predicted temperature at 7 p.m. Alaska Standard Time outside of Fairbanks’ Carlson Center is 11 degrees Fahrenheit. Most artificial ice rink surfaces are frozen to about 15 degrees. BG’s players will probably be glad to get inside. “It’s going to be cold there and we’re not going to see a lot of cool sights,” said Dan Sexton, BG’s leading scorer this season with

five points in four games. He referred to Alaska’s millions of acres of wilderness, none of which the Falcons will see during their three-day stay from Thursday through Saturday. “[Traveling there] is definitely not what you’re looking to do all the time, but sometimes it’s fun to do once a year,” Sexton said. The sophomore forward from Apple Valley, Minn., has already scored a shorthanded goal this season. He led BG with three shorthanders last season, and he said it is a point category he is able to do well in because of his speed. “I try to get a step or two on a guy and anticipate a play,” he said. “Sometimes it’s risky, but if it does work, shorthanded goals are one of those things you hate

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY BGSU RUGBY game just to go out a loser.” The Falcons’ responded to his ALL ALONE: BG is now the only undefeated team left in the Midwest League. message and promptly took control in the second half. BG surged to a 23-7 lead on the strength of two tries by Rocco Mauer and one by Tony Brown. “In the second half we were finally able to keep our composure for an entire series and finish off drives,” Mazzarella said. In his return to action, Viviani led all scorers with 11 points, which included booming conversion kicks of 45 and 52 yards. With the win, the Falcons are now 8-0 and 3-0 in the Midwest League. They are now the lone remaining conference unbeaten. BG will take on Notre Dame tomorrow at 1 p.m.


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Men’s distance runners working to improve By Kristin McKissic Reporter

The men’s cross country team is trying to catch up. After walking away from the Falcon Invite with an eighth place finish, the men’s team is practicing harder than ever. With the MAC championships coming up Nov. 1 in Ypsilanti, Mich., head coach Cami Wells is looking forward to seeing improvements. “The men are focusing on getting themselves mentally prepared to step up at conference and give their best team effort,� Wells said. Sophomore Christopher

Moody placed 11th for the Falcons with a time of 25:31, tying his current season best time. “Chris Moody had a very strong race to lead the team,� Wells said. “The men’s team had a good first half of the race but fell off some at the end.� There were five other runners for the men who also tied their season best times including Johnstone Kirui, John Bernard, Jeff Ehler, Ben Leininger and Peter Miles. These five runners are sophomores and freshmen. Wells said the men’s team is a young team that is working on progress and consistency. “The men’s team had done


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GOALS AT A PREMIUM: Alaska has allowed just four goals this season while scoring 14 of their own. BG also has 14 goals.

HOCKEY From Page 11 having scored against you.� Alaska’s 2008-09 power play has been ineffective thus far, scoring on just three of 28 chances. Sexton and other Falcon penalty killers like senior Brandon Svendsen, who also has a shorthanded goal this season, could again produce when on the penalty kill. BG has outshot its opponents 141 to 95 in four games, but the Falcons have been outscored 14

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“Nobody wants to think they’re out of it until they mathematically are, which is understandable.� where the run stopping has fallen by the wayside and allowed less-talented teams like EMU or Miami to take control of the game. Another thing BG has going for it is that they’re not at home. All three wins have come on the road. This could be a nice psychological advantage. Still, the Huskies are tough. They’ve got the best defense in the MAC, they run the ball well and they’re playing inspired ball for their new coach, Jerry Kill. With all these factors in play, maybe the Falcons will come out firing on all cylinders. But then again, maybe they won’t. I’d like to tell you that they can take this game and build some late season momentum, but this team has yet to prove that it can play consistently. It’s fitting that NIU’s coach has a last name like Kill, because tomorrow could very well be do-or-die for the 2008 Falcon football season.


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