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April 8, 2011

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Greek Weekend kicks off today By Danae King Reporter

This weekend the Greeks will come out in full force to compete against each other in Greek Weekend. The format has changed slightly since last year; the week has changed to a weekend. “We transitioned from the traditional Greek Week to a weekend format,” said Seth Melchor, sophomore and the chair of Greek Weekend. “Some of the benefits of this are that we can be a lot more focused and we

“We want a line outside waiting because this is a really big deal for us ... this is the first year we’ve done it and so we are looking for the maximum amount of participation.” can do a lot more because we know specifically what we’re going to do.” They have worked to make sure each event will run properly. Melchor said. In addition to the length of the event changing, the concept of Greek

Weekend itself has changed. “In the past we’ve had a deformed version of a Greek Week, we thought we had a Greek Week but we really didn’t,” Melchor said. “If you talk to any other Greek from any other

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Lambert in March. It included a list of houses hosting parties during Falcon Fest until Clay made changes to the page after Associate Dean of Students Michael Ginsberg expressed concerns about the event, Clay said. Falcon Fest is scheduled for April 14-17, the same days as the University’s Sibs N Kids weekend. “[Ginsberg] said he thought Falcon Fest had

Students who break the law during an upcoming festival could face legal and academic penalties, city and University officials said. Students popularized the idea for Falcon Fest through a Facebook event, which almost 3,800 people are expected to attend. The weekend was inspired by large, public parties at Ohio University, said senior Josh Clay, who helped conceive the idea with former University student Stephen

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A presentation emphasizing Erie and Huron counties’ crucial role in establishing the University will take place at Norwalk High School. The event, titled “History of BGSU,” will take place April 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. It is free and will offer catering and a reception, along with a chance to socialize afterwards. Those interested in attending must RSVP by Sunday by calling 888-839-2586 or visiting www.bgsualumni.com/norwalk. Norwalk High School’s Fisher Titus Learning Center is located at 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, Ohio.

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campus, their Greek Week consists of things like constant competitions and events and our Greek Week has been where everyone puts their philanthropy in the same week and pulls pranks on each other. That’s not really conducive of a positive Greek stereotype.” Instead of a week of philanthropy, Greek Weekend will be three days of competition between the Greeks. Chapters from all four Greek coun-

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SCRATCH IT: Toledo’s Charlie Westerink A.K.A. DJ Quantum Prophecy plays some electronic style music during The Kanopy, a promotion for the Cla-Zel’s Konkrete jungle.

CAMPUS Student showcases stunts Junior Logan Jacot displayed his company, Vera Shows, at the Union Thursday by performing his sideshow and circus acts. See photos | Page 3

FORUM Smiles make a difference

Columnist Stephan Reed wants professors to make classes more pleasant with smiling, comfortable with students, knowledgable and more | Page 4

Undergraduate Student Government presidential candidate Clayton Stewart and his running mate Cassy Collier were accused of tearing down opponents’ campaign fliers this week. No action was taken against Stewart or Collier after a student refused to go on the record as a witness. Despite the complications, USG will still announce its next president and vice president at 1 p.m. Friday in the Falcon’s Nest. “We’ve had some of our signs torn down, too,” Stewart said. “Always use chalk; no one can tear that down unless they physically use water.” Originally, Stewart and Collier were going to meet with Justin Albright, USG chief administrator in charge of elections in order to further look into the issue. If Stewart and Collier were found guilty, their punishments could have ranged from them making a formal apology via The BG News to being disqualified as candidates. USG president Kevin Basch declined to comment on Stewart and Collier’s campaigning.

SPORTS Baseball team back on the road

After playing three of its last four games at Stellar Field, the BG baseball team travels to Muncie, Indiana, this weekend for a three-game series against Ball State | Page 6

Public Safety cracks down on abandoned bikes

The University’s Department of Public Safety has a new procedure in place for bicycles on campus that are abandoned or improperly parked, according to an email sent out to students Thursday. If a bicycle is identified as abandoned or improperly parked, employees from Public Safety and the Campus Sustainability Office will place a brightly colored tag it. When a tag is placed on a bicycle, the bicycle will be removed seven days later. The tagging will take place from April 11-13. The removal process will be carried out by police officers and campus operations employees from April 18-20. Remaining bicycles with tags will be relocated to the Reed Street Warehouse where they will be held for a minimum of 180 days. After that, the bicycles will be given to the campus Orange Bike program or sold at auction. Any questions can be directed to the Department of Public Safety at 419-372-2346.

PEOPLE ON THE STREET If you were to organize a festival, what kind of festival would it be?

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Drew V. Benedick, 25, of Bowling Green, was arrested for criminal trespass, littering and disorderly conduct within the 100 block of N. Main St. 3:16 P.M.

Sarah K. Lamountain, 22, of Whitehouse, Ohio, was arrested for obstructing official business near the corner of the North Main Street and Dale Drive.

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GREEK From Page 1 cils will participate and there will be teams of two or three chapters. Teams will earn points in each event based on four pillars: attendance, winning events, spirit points and Greek Sing, Melchor said. “With our point system, everything every team does this weekend will in some way, shape or form add up for points,” he said. Each team has the opportunity to gain a total of 10,000 points over the weekend, with a few bonus points as well. Greek Weekend isn’t about philanthropy, said Ashley Baudouin, a graduate student and the Greek Week adviser. “Our chapters do philanthropy and service year round so the whole idea around the Greek Week is just a sense of community,” she said. “We always work against each other in [philanthropy], so this is like the two or three days where we actually … come together and just build relationships.” There will be a philanthropy week coming soon emphasizing the chapters working with their philanthropy. “There’s no necessarily larger purpose, other than, let’s be friends,” Baudouin said. While non-Greeks can’t participate in the events, they are encouraged to attend, Melchor said. “The entire weekend is more Greek-oriented; we highly encourage the attendance and

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viewing by non-Greeks, this is by no means closed,” he said. “It’s just logistically impossible to plan for non-Greeks because we don’t know what the participation level will be.” Greek Sing would be especially exciting to observe, Melchor said. “It’s going to be the big culminating event for this and that will probably give the best observational ability because they’ll see the way all these chapters have been putting in hours and hours and hours trying to practice their routine,” Melchor said. “And this is going to be a lot more crowd friendly.” Greek Sing is a choreographed song and dance competition between the teams, and each have their own theme. Sophomore and Pi Beta Phi member Hilary Lindauer is not participating in Greek Sing, but is excited to see what the other chapters have to offer. “I’m especially excited for Greek Sing, I think that is something that is going to be really, really fun,” Lindauer said. Melchor wants a big audience to turn out for the event. “We don’t want it to be just Greeks, we want everyone to fill the arena and we want a line outside waiting because this is a really big deal for us,” he said. “This is the first year we’ve done it and so we’re looking for the maximum amount of participation.” The weekend will involve several events and will conclude with Greek Sing followed

Military families fear govt. shutdown Heated issue escalates into political feud in Washington, paychecks threatened resolution by Republicans to fund the military through the end of the fiscal year. But the White House threatened WASHINGTON — The threat to block it, calling the meato U.S. troops’ paychecks dur- sure — which also includes ing a government shutdown billions more in budget cuts has rattled military families and a ban on publicly fundand others sympathetic to ed abortions in the District young soldiers, sailors, air of Columbia — a “distraccrews and Marines fight- tion from the real work that ing distant wars. More than would bring us closer to a concerns over closed court- reasonable compromise.” houses or national parks, The Democrats offered a this military issue escalated simple one-week extension the political feud Thursday of current spending levels. In Iraq on Thursday, in Washington. Both Republicans and Defense Secretary Robert Democrats tried to steer the Gates told troops that if the government closes, their issue to their benefit. The House approved a next paycheck would be By Kimberly Hefling, The Associated Press

by the awards ceremony. “It’s a great way for someone interested in Greek life to actually come out and meet people and see what we do,” Baudouin said.

GREEK WEEKEND EVENTS FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011 4-6 p.m. Kickoff Location: Union Oval and Campus Lawn 6-8 p.m. Trivia Location: Conklin Lawn

SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011 10 a.m.-1p.m. : Knockout Tournament Location: Harshman/Kreischer BBall Courts 2:30-5:30 p.m. Relay Races Location: Fraternity Row lawn 6:30-8 p.m. Kickball Tournament Location: Intramural Fields

Sunday, April 10, 2011 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Egg Jousting Location: Intramural Fields 4 p.m. Greek Sing, Doors Open at 3:30 p.m. Location: Anderson Arena Closing Awards Program to follow immediately after the conclusion of Greek Sing Location: Anderson Arena

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the potential to blow up,” Clay said. “We met with student legal services and made some changes to it because of possible legal and safety issues.” Clay said if Falcon Fest happens safely, he would be eager to try again next year with more planning and community involvement. Ginsberg said he was still concerned for student safety during the festival, the University’s reputation and its relationship with the Bowling Green community. “Although the people hosting the parties might think they can handle it, they might not have thought of the consequences that can come from 3,000 people showing up at their house,” Ginsberg said. The Falcon Fest page also stated hosts would sell wristbands, which City Police Lieutenant Brad Billers said raises “red flags.” “[The Police Division] has no qualms with something like this operating within the community’s laws,” Billers said. “But if people are vending alcohol by selling wristbands and parties spill out into the street, it becomes much more than that.” Clay was worried about being liable for problems the event could bring and said he modified the page to place liability on party hosts. He made the page private Thursday, so it can now only be viewed by Facebook users who have accepted an event invitation. Ginsberg met Wednesday

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ment down, our men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world will not be paid,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “Our troops must be paid, our country is broke and we are committed to fixing that. I urge the president to revisit his decision and work with us.” Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the senior Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said the GOP’s effort was a “very cynical ploy to use our troops to try to impose the Republican agenda through the budget process.”

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“It’s a great way for someone interested in Greek life to actually come out and meet people and see what we do.” —Ashley Baudouin, graduate student, about the University’s Greek Weekend [see story, pg. 1].

PEOPLE ON THE STREET “An ‘anything but clothes’ festival.”

STEPHAN REED COLUMNIST

Have you ever had a professor that you felt that you could go on a road trip with? It’s professors like these that make classes seem more pleasant. When a professor has a good attitude toward their class, the whole semester seems to go faster and more smoothly. The first step in being an effective professor is to just smile. A professor has to want to be in the classroom. If they don’t enjoy the period of time they have with their students, how are the students supposed to stay interested? It reminds me of a relationship where only one person is really trying. Yeah, it can work for about four months but when it’s over, both sides will forget about it. I want my classes to be like the relationships where both sides gave it their all. Those are the ones that I can look back and remember everything from. I feel teachers should be comfortable with their students. However, there is a fine line between comfortable and creepy. Professors should try to avoid conversations that are too personal. Once students are comfortable enough with their professors to discuss their personal lives, then it’s time for both sides to back up a little bit. Professors should be able to talk to their students about music, sports or just everyday life. This makes the students look forward to the class because there is a connection to their instructor. Friendly pre-class or after class discussions are very beneficial for both sides. I took a Spanish culture class last semester and, because the teacher was so interesting and friendly, I came in with an open mind

“A tie-dye festival.”

DREW SCHNEIDER, Freshman, Undecided

Approachable professors engage students every single class. I figured out the professor’s personality and caught his subtle jokes. It made the whole experience more enjoyable. Besides being personable, a professor must be knowledgeable. When a person is knowledgeable about a subject, they tend to be very confident when they speak about the subject. When a speaker is confident, the audience tends to listen. I currently have a philosophy professor who cannot be bested by anyone in his class and his confidence is compelling. He’s very open minded to opinions, but he is also very wise in his subject. Professors like this give students motivation to learn more about the subject because maybe they can shut down objections with only a few words. However, I have encountered a few impersonal professors that made learning difficult. The combination of disorganization and lack of enthusiasm can be quite devastating, both to the reputation of the professor and the interest of the students in the course. One of my professors would walk into class 10 minutes late, five minutes before we could all leave, according to the ‘ole Harvard rule. After settling down, they proceeded to attribute all of their life’s problems to the people around them. I found it difficult to take this professor seriously. A professor’s personality can make the difference in the semester. If they are friendly and open minded, while remaining confident, the results will be great. The students will leave with great knowledge and great memories. The professor will leave with great memories and a great score on www. RateMyProfessor.com.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR University should thank students for contribution to Stroh The University should pay tribute to the thousands of undergraduate students making a $28 million contribution. Each student today is paying $60 a semester — and they’ll continue to do so for several years — to fund the Stroh Center. In spring 2009, students made history on campus by voting for a fee assessed to a student’s tuition. A campuswide referendum took place, giving students the opportunity to vote on a potential $60 additional tuition fee to fund the Stroh Center. A quick history lesson as I see it: — The Undergraduate Student Government didn’t consult students about a potential fee. The majority

ultimately voted to approve a fee in February 2009. — A small, enthusiastic group dubbed Coalition for USG Reform protested against the administration, rallied for justice and collected more than 1,000 signatures to launch a studentwide vote. Several forums soon followed, and the possibility to reverse USG’s decision and have the University foot several millions to pay for the Stroh Center was a real possibility. — All the signatures were found valid and a 24-hour voting period began in March 2009. — Ultimately, the majority of the 3,800 students who voted decided a fee should be assessed to the undergrads attending the University today. Since a majority of students voted for future students — such as yourselves

— for a fee, students are paying $28 million, or nearly 80 percent of the Stroh Center’s total cost of $36 million. While that’s not the way I voted, I can’t change history. But I sure as hell want to preserve it. I first want to thank Kerm Stroh and his family. Without his initial $8 million donation, there would most likely be no new Stroh Center — a new home for concerts, basketball games and graduation ceremonies. It can also be considered the University’s “front porch,” as some described it in 2009. But students are the real donors — just like they did the “student” union and the “student” recreation center. The administration is contributing 0 percent of the building’s total cost. I’m not proposing we change the name of the

Stroh Center to the “Student” Center. That’s just silly. But I think students deserved to be recognized. Students are the one making this beautiful arena become a reality. I believe there should be a plaque honoring the students who made this center possible. It should read: “Thank you to all the students who made the funding for this arena possible. A historic day occurred on March 27, 2009, but let’s continue to make great moments in this building today and in the future.” It can’t be that much to build a plaque. And if it is, just have Carol Cartwright, Sheri Stoll, or any other University representative send me the bill.

Andy Ouriel University alumnus

Devil’s Advocate: We shouldn’t worry about radiation from Japan By Erik Aguilar The Daily Titan (Cal State Fullerton) The College News Network

Ever since Japan’s nuclear meltdown, people have become afraid that radiation will affect our health. Let’s get something straight: Japan’s radiation should not be a concern to us, not one bit. Yes, there have been signs of radiation in the air, according to experts, but it is not close to being harmful to us. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the levels that have recently been detected are far below degrees of concern for Americans. EPA works “to protect human health and the environment.” Come on, think

about it. Do you all really think the EPA will let such a drastic health concern just slip away? Radiation is dangerous, I must agree, but it should not be made into an exaggeration about its causes to us when its levels are harmless. Ourcellphonesreleasemore radiation than what these monitors are detecting in the air. According to www.cnet. com, in order for a cell phone to receive certification from the Federal Communication Commission, its specific absorption rate, or SAR level, the measure of the amount of radio frequency, should be less than 1.6 watts per kilogram. People are tripping about the radiation from Japan heading our way. You all should be worrying about the amount of radiation you’re exposed

to when you’re making a call. People also are exposed to radiation from everyday appliances like the microwave. Why not trip over that? There is no need to freak out when there is no harm at all. According to the California Department of Public Health, California has eight environmental monitoring stations testing for radiation. One of these stations is located in Anaheim. Radiation that has been found through these monitoring stations has shown that radiation levels are 10,000 times below amounts that could possibly cause health concerns. If radiation becomes harmful, such agencies will notify us without a doubt. Personally, ever since that catastrophe occurred I have

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not worried at all about the radiation. I’m not going to start screaming “wolf!” when there is no danger in the way. The best thing anyone can do is simply stay updated with the news. By far, there is no danger for us and if there is, just be prepared. Sure, it does not hurt anyone to be aware, which is good. What is too much is the fact that people go chaotic over minuscule amounts of radiation, such amounts that have very minimal impact to our health. And even if such small amounts did affect us, it will take years until it can harm our health drastically. Instead of us worrying about Japan’s radiation, we should be concerning ourselves about other things, rather than such a harmless issue.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP)— Suicide attackers stormed a police compound with AK-47s, grenades and an explosivesrigged ambulance in southern Afghanistan Thursday in an escalation of fighting that coincides with demonstrations — some of them deadly — over the burning of a Quran in Florida. Six Afghan security troopers died in the attack in Kandahar province. Riots in the same province incited by the Quran burning killed 10 people on Saturday, part of a wave of protests that has forced international aid organizations and embassies to virtually lock down their facilities for more than a week. More protests are expected Friday. Last month’s book burning at the Gainesville, Florida, church led by the Rev. Terry Jones further inflamed anti-Western sentiment in Afghanistan, where many people were already fed up with the presence of foreign military forces and civilian casualties. Outrage at the desecration also spurred a deadly assault on a U.N. headquarters in the northern province of Mazari-Sharif last week that killed seven staff workers.

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — An armed group trying to install Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized president has surrounded a bunker the country’s strongman refuses to leave, saying they will wait for him to come out. Entrenched incumbent Laurent Gbagbo remained defiant on Thursday, even after airstrikes hammered his military bases and his residence, where he is holed up with his wife inside a subterranean tunnel. Via a spokesman in Europe, the ruler continued to insist he’d won last November’s election and stressed he would never leave the country he has ruled for the past 10 years. “I reached the head of state and his wife less than an hour ago and no — he will not surrender. President Gbagbo will not cede,” said his adviser Toussaint Alain by telephone from Paris. “It’s a question of principle. President Gbagbo is not a monarch. He is not a king. He is not an emperor. He is a president elected by his people.”

CAIRO (AP) — A top aide of ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s was arrested Thursday in a corruption investigation, the highest ranking ex-official to be jailed since Egypt’s longtime ruler stepped down in February under pressure from a popular uprising. Former presidential Chief of Staff Zakariya Azmi is accused of using his powerful position to amass a fortune, prosecutor Assem al-Gawhari told the staterun news agency. He said Azmi will be jailed for 15 days. Egyptian prosecutors have filed charges and handed travel bans and jail time to many former top-ranking officials since demonstrators finally toppled Mubarak’s three-decade rule on Feb. 11 after 18 days of protests.

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s parliament has elected Atifete Jahjaga as its new president, the first woman to head the state. The 35-year-old Jahjaga received 80 votes, with no votes against, in Thursday’s parliament session. Jahjaga was a compromise candidate in a U.S.-brokered deal between Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, businessman Behgjet Pacolli and the head of the opposition Democratic League of Kosovo, Isa Mustafa. The Kosovo Constitutional Court had ruled that Pacolli’s February election win had breached the constitution because an opposition boycott left fewer lawmakers in the parliament for the vote then required by law. The opposition threatened to repeat the boycott if Pacolli ran again. Jahjaga, the deputy head of Kosovo’s police, has no political background and had never run for office before. “I never thought that I could reach such a high political position,” Jahjaga told the assembly minutes after being sworn in.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP)— A Jordanian man set himself on fire Thursday outside the prime minister’s office in the first such act since political unrest hit the country in January. Mohammed Abdul-Karim was in critical condition with thirddegree burns to his face and much of his body, said a doctor at Bashir Hospital. It was a similar act of selfimmolation by a poor vegetable vendor in Tunisia in December that ignited the wave of protest which brought down autocratic rulers in Tunisia and Egypt and is threatening others across the Arab world. Similar acts occurred in other Muslim countries — some of them fatal — to protest repressive governments. The protests calling for political reform in Jordan have generally been smaller and more peaceful than in other Arab nations. But a day of protest on March 25 turned violent as crowds of government supporters and opponents clashed. One man died and 120 others were wounded.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP)— Jamaican security leaders said Thursday that saturating gang-infested areas with police and soldiers has led to a big drop in murders and other major crimes, but activists contend human rights have been hurt by heavy-handed tactics. National Security Minister Dwight Nelson, citing a crime-fighting strategy that includes sustained curfews in troubled areas, told reporters that Jamaica saw a 44 percent reduction in killings during the first quarter of 2011 when compared to the same period last year. Police statistics issued Thursday say there were 238 murders during the first three months of 2011, compared to 426 during that timeframe in 2010. Significant reductions of slayings and shootings were seen in numerous gritty police divisions, including Central and West Kingston, where there was a 60 percent drop in murders. “We are very thankful for this reduction but we cannot take comfort from these figures ... because the figures are still too high. So we will continue our pursuit,” Nelson said during a news conference at the Jamaican Constabulary Force officers club in Kingston.

Another strong quake rattles tsunami-ravaged Japan 7.4 aftershock hits Japan, no serious injuries reported By Cara Rubinsky The Associated Press

Dai-ichi nuclear plant said there was no immediate sign of new problems caused by the aftershock, and Japan’s TOKYO — A magnitude-7.4 aftershock rattled Japan on nuclear safety agency says Thursday night, knocking out workers there retreated to a power across a large swath of quake-resistant shelter in the the northern part of the coun- complex. None were injured. The crisis there started try nearly a month after the devastating earthquake and when the tsunami knocked cooling systems. tsunami that flattened the out Workers have not been able northeastern coast. Japan’s meteorological to restore them. Thursday’s quake knocked agency issued a tsunami warning but canceled it about out several power lines at 90 minutes later. Officials said the Onagawa nuclear power power was out in all of three plant north of Sendai, which northern prefectures (states) has been shut down since the tsunami. and in parts of two others. One remaining line was supThere were no immediate reports of serious injuries or plying power to the plant and damage. The aftershock was radiation monitoring devices the strongest since the March detected no abnormalities. 11 megaquake and tsunami The plant’s spent fuel pools that killed some 25,000 peo- briefly lost cooling capacity ple, tore apart hundreds of but an emergency diesel genthousands of homes and erator quickly kicked in. Officials said the aftershock caused an ongoing crisis at a hit 30 miles under the water nuclear power plant. The operator of the tsu- and off the coast of Miyagi prenami-ravaged Fukushima fecture. The U.S. Geological

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Survey in Golden, Colo., later downgraded it to 7.1. Buildings as far away as Tokyo shook for about a minute. The quake struck at 11:32 p.m. local time. Moments beforehand, residents in the western Tokyo suburb of Fuchu were warned on a neighborhood public address system of an imminent quake. In Ichinoseki, inland from Japan’s eastern coast, buildings shook violently, knocking items from shelves and toppling furniture, but there was no heavy damage to the buildings themselves. Immediately after the quake, all power was cut. The city went dark, but cars drove around normally and people assembled in the streets despite the late hour. Prime Minister Naoto Kan huddled with staff members in his office shortly afterward, according to deputy Cabinet spokesman Noriyuki Shikata.

Gunman releases fire on Brazil elementary school, killing children Rio gunman shoots 11 children point-blank, kills self RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A gunman roamed the halls of an elementary school in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday and killed 11 children, lining them up against a wall and shooting them in the head at pointblank range as he shouted, “I’m going to kill you all!” It was the worst school shooting in Brazil — and would have been deadlier if the gunman had not been shot in the legs by a police officer, who said the man then fell down some stairs and shot himself in the head. Images taken with a cell phone and posted on YouTube showed students fleeing wildly, screaming for help, many with their white and blue school shirts soaked in blood. At least 18 people, mostly students, were injured, many by gunfire, and taken to local hospitals, said Rio state Health Secretary Sergio Cortes. At least four were in grave condition.

“She’s such an active child... That’s the biggest fear I have, her not being able to walk again. But we have to trust in God.” Andreia Machado | Mother The dead included 10 girls and one boy, plus the gunman, Cortes said. The ages of the children were not immediately known. “He came in shooting,” said Andreia Machado, recounting what her 13-year-old daughter, Thayane, told her before going into surgery. Thayane was hit by three bullets and lost feeling in her legs because one hit her spine, said her mother. Crying as she spoke, Machado wondered if her daughter would ever be able to return to school — or walk. “She’s such an active child,” she said. “That’s the biggest fear I have, her not being able to walk again. But we have to trust in God.” The gunman was iden-

tified as 23-year-old Wellington Oliveira, who had once attended the Tasso da Silveira school in a working-class neighborhood in western Rio. No motive was known, but authorities said the shooter left a rambling and mostly incoherent letter at the scene indicating he wanted to kill himself. The letter also explained in detail how Oliveira wanted his corpse to be cared for — bathed and wrapped in a white sheet that he left in a bag in the first room where he said he would start shooting. The letter also states that the gunman should not be touched by anyone who is “impure” unless they wear gloves.

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BG baseball heads for Ball State Falcons look to get back in the win column in weekend series with the Cardinals By Michele Wysocki Reporter

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STANCE: Catcher Ryan Schlater prepares to hit in a game earlier this season.

Having dropped five of its last six games, the BG baseball team will look to get back on track this weekend against Ball State. BG is 9-15 overall and 3-3 in Mid-American Conference play. The Falcons will head to Indiana, looking for a win. The Falcons suffered losses to Western Michigan University and Oakland this week, but head coach Danny Schmitz emphasized that these were non-conference outings. “We didn’t get the W’s that we wanted, but we got guys in the game that haven’t played in awhile,” Schmitz said. Schmitz will address the three phases at practice: pitching, defense and hitting. The team will focus on game one of the series according to Schmitz. “This is another big series for us; Ball State plays pretty good baseball,” Schmitz said. BG got its bats going during the series against Eastern Michigan, but the same cannot be said for its midweek games, Schmitz said. “We took a good approach with Eastern, but we need to get the bats going again,” Schmitz said. Tri-captain Jon Berti was named MAC East Player of the Week Monday. “Jon is an outstanding player; he is very deserving of the recognition,” Schmitz said. “Jon does the

“In baseball there are going to be mistakes, there are going to be errors. We need to be able to play over those mistakes with hits, we need to score runs.” Danny Schmitz | BG coach right thing, on and off the field, and in the classroom.” Schmitz made a point to commend his bullpen. “We have been getting great work out of Mike Frank and [Ross] Gerdeman,” Schmitz said. “For freshman, McKenney and Singer have done a nice job as well.” The Falcons will put their “set the tone guy” sophomore Cody Apthorpe on the mound Friday to start off the series. Sophomore Nick Bruns will follow Saturday and senior Charles Wooten will wrap up the series Sunday. Schmitz is looking to well-execute the three phases against Ball State this weekend and get back on track. “In baseball there are going to be mistakes, there are going to be errors,” Schmitz said. “We need to be able to play over those mistakes with hits. We need to score runs.”

Men’s golf team travels to Kentucky for the Bluegrass Invitational By Brendan Packert Reporter

With less than a month left before the Mid-American Conference Championships, the men’s golf team is competing in three straight weekend tournaments before they head to Mason, Ohio. Their journey starts this weekend as the team travels to the University of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Invitational, in Lexington, Ky. Coach Garry Winger announced his lineup with Drew Preston, Wes Gates, Parker Hewit, Chris Melvin and Torey Brummett representing the Falcons in this Saturday and Sunday tournament. Sophomore Charlie Olson was suspended from the tournament by Winger for violating team rules. Winger declined to comment anymore on the situation, but Olson is still available for the rest of the season. For Brummett, this will be the sophomore’s first team tournament with the Falcons. He competed at BG’s home tournament, the John Piper Intercollegiate, in September as an individual. He finished 71st. “I am excited to see Torey get out and play,” Winger said. “He’s been good in practice the past few weeks, and he deserved his spot.” The Falcons will without a doubt face some of their toughest competition this season at the Bluegrass Invitational. Auburn University, ranked sixth

Charlie Olson Suspended for this tournament for violating team rules nationally, leads the field with three other MAC schools: Akron, Ohio and Toledo. Other top schools competing include Cincinnati, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Michigan State and Western Kentucky. They offer the Falcons stiff competition — except the Falcons won’t be directly playing the other 17 schools. The format of the tournament has all the members of one team playing together in a group of five, rather than one person from each team playing with another player from another team. Winger is familiar with the tournament format, but that doesn’t mean it’s his favorite. “I’d rather have my team play against another team, but it’s not how this tournament works,” Winger said. This will be the third time the Falcons will have traveled to the University of Kentucky’s tournament under Winger. “Drew, Wes and Parker have all played here before,” Winger said. “The course can have some really challenging shots but I hope we can show those shots to Torey and Chris.” The team traveled to Kentucky on

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DASH: Calvin Wiley runs the ball up the field against Miami last season.

Falcons prepare for final scrimmage before annual spring game only helmets just to keep guys fresh and make sure we have a good go,” Clawson said. The Falcons were limited in what In preparation for their second scrimmage of the spring Saturday, they could do as far as contact drills, BG football coach Dave Clawson but worked on two-minute drills decided to have a helmets-only and other end-game situations. Whether the situation is down practice Thursday. Clawson said the team has to get seven or down a field goal, Clawson three of these types of practices in, wanted to give his quarterbacks and was happy with the tempo dis- as many opportunities to manage those situations as he could. played Thursday. The second scrimmage will be “We want to have a great scrimmage Saturday and we decided to go like the first, where BG will get playBy Paul Barney Sports Editor

ers as many reps as it can. “I don’t think it’s a lot different than last week; our guys just need to play,” Clawson said. “We may work a few more situational scrimmages, but we want them to play plays. We have a lot of very young players, and if we can get those guys 50, 60, 70 snaps each, I think that goes a long way towards developing them and just put them in as many situations

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against Eastern, Central Michigan MAC. The Falcons began conference competition last weekend against Kent The BG softball team State and Buffalo, dropping looks for its first win in both doubleheaders. Eastern Michigan currentMid-American Conference play with a four-game road ly holds an overall record of 15-7 and 2-2 in the MAC. weekend in Michigan. The Eagles offense is hitThe team will compete against Eastern Michigan ting on all cylinders this in a doubleheader Friday season. They lead the and then single games league with 21 homeruns Saturday and Sunday and a .477 slugging percentage, and rank second against Central Michigan. Entering the contests, in .315 batting average. Two of the Eagles playthe Falcons record sits at 4-17 overall and 0-4 in the ers are ranked first and By Bryan Filipponi Reporter

second in batting average. McKenna Russ leads with a .481 and Stacie Skodinski is second at .446. Central Michigan’s record is 16-12 overall and 1-3 in the MAC. The Chippewas boast the top pitching staff in the conference. The team’s combined ERA is 2.32 with Kara Dornbos leading the team with a 1.25 ERA. The Chippewas differ from the Falcons’ first opponent this weekend in offensive style as well. The

Kara Dornbos Leads Central Michigan with a 1.25 ERA Chippewa’s, instead of hitting home runs, rank third in stolen bases with 41 and lead the MAC with 31 sacrifice bunts. The Falcons look to find a way to counteract these two vastly different playing styles to put an end to their five-game losing streak.

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Thursday, and today is a practice day for all the teams. The Falcons had success in Kentucky this season, finishing eighth at the Cardinal Intercollegiate in September and second at the Austin Peay State University Intercollegiate in October. “April is always the most important month for us,” Winger said. “These are the tournaments we have to play well in.” With less than a month before the MAC

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Championships and the end of the semester, Winger knows he has to keep his team focused during this long stretch of golf. “The guys will miss a lot of time in class, but we make sure they keep ahead of their work so they don’t have to worry about class when they’re out playing golf,” Winger said. Winger said the key for the Falcons in April is staying positive. The Falcons still need to keep improving their game, but Winger knows his team is capable of doing great things as long as the team’s morale stays positive.

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SACK: BG’s Kevin Alvarado (3) and Darius Smith (97) tackle Miami quarterback Zac Dysert in a game last season.

FOOTBALL From Page 6 as we can.” Last week the Falcon offense stood out, in particular the offensive line. Like the players up front, however, BG’s defense was not one of its strengths last season. And the biggest thing for the team this season is to get better in the secondary. The Falcons had success at generating turnovers, but were second-to-

last in the Mid-American Conference in total team defense, allowing 432 yards per game. BG allowed nearly 208 yards per game on the ground and 224 yards per game through the air. “We didn’t play very well back there last year,” Clawson said. “A lot of games we got exposed and we gave up a lot of good plays.” But the third-year coach said the defense has improved back there and are missing less tackles in space in the secondary

than it did last season. “Obviously that has to carry over for games, but just in the scrimmage situations we’re not missing any tackles at the safety and corner positions as we had a year ago,” Clawson added. “And the other big position we had to improve on is the O-line. Are we there yet? No, but we’re certainly making steps toward getting there.” Saturday’s scrimmage will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held at Doyt Perry Stadium.

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Ethnomusicology conference rocks and rolls its way to campus By Geoff Burns Pulse Reporter

“Most conferences aren’t free and this is a rare opportunity to witness what an ethnomusicology conference is like,” Wallach said. One of the events taking place will involve instructor of popuThe Department of Popular Culture will host a conference involving The Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology all lar culture, writer, artist, musician and filmmaker Matt Donahue. Donahue grew up playing in many different bands from metal to weekend long. Ethnomusicology is a multidisciplinary field of study with aca- punk rock and with big-time musicians, including Scott Shriner demic programs throughout the world. The Ethnomusicology from Weezer. “I’ve always been into music, art, film, writing, ever since I was Society is a United States-based organization with members dedicated to the study of all forms of music from different a kid,” Donahue said. “It was around the mid ‘80s where I read an article in RollingStone magazine about the Department of Popular humanistic and scientific perspectives. “Since I am the president of the Midwest Society of Culture and that really flipped the switch for me as far as the direcEthnomusicology, I invited the president of the entire tion that I wanted to go with my life.” Ethnomusicology Society to come here at my home departDonahue will showcase his guitars and will be lecturing to the ment at BGSU,” said associate professor from the Department audience about the history of electric guitars. “My talk will highlight my creative work, the electric guitar of of Popular Culture Jeremy Wallach. The conference will host a wide range of musical content popular culture, how it has come to prominence in the past decade,” from many different genres, bands, lectures on the history and said Donahue. “I will be speaking about the electro brand guitar, which is one I will play, and highlighting a few instrumental tunes cultures of music and much more. “We have about 60 papers and they run the gap from classical with a back up band.” Students who are interested in music will be able to get sample of Arab music to iPods,” Wallach said. “The discipline of these is the study of music and cultural life, and the study of people making all the kinds of different aspects of cultures and ethnicities of music, along with watching musical artists performing for free. music, which is really wide ranging.” Sophomore Peter Fisher said he is very surprised and happy that One thing that makes this conference amazing and unique is the the entire event is free to the public. entire event is free to the general public, Wallach said.

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If Charlie Sheen was ever winning, it wasn’t this week. Sheen kicked off a 20-city tour Saturday night, which was fittingly named “Violent Torpedo of Truth/Death is Not An Option Show.” Sheen also presented his show in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus this week. Do people still want to hear this absurdity? Well, Detroit did. The mediocre show sold out in less than 18 minutes. Whether attendees

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WHAT GEOFF BURNS THINKS: Nothing screams change like Panic! at the Disco’s new album “Vices and Virtues.” For me, I would like to think of it as baking without a recipe. Although this is the band’s third album and follow-up to 2008’s “Pretty. Odd,” “Vices and Virtues” serves as the debut record for the two-man setup with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith. With the departure of guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker in 2009 just before the blink-182 summer tour, it’s easy to tell what the main goal for Urie and Smith was on this album: to make great pop (the kind that doesn’t rot your teeth). I’m happy with the way Panic! starts off the record with their first single, “The Ballad of the Mona Lisa,” as it takes us back to the good old “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” days with its entire tone. Let’s face it, it demonstrates “out with the new and in with the old.” I can honestly say that this new Panic! at the Disco sound really shows that Urie’s pipes aren’t clogged with anything but pure amazement. His vocals absolutely show their best in the song “Trade Mistakes” and could possibly be his best work vocally, thus far, in his career. Another standout track is “Always.” It shows the band’s soft side acoustically with relatable and unique lyrics like “You are taking me apart/ like bad glue on a get well card.” There is a skippable moment on this fine piece of art. The song “Sarah Smiles” is about Urie’s present girlfriend and seems a bit too cheesy. Come on, I know that you could’ve put something better on this album during the two long years of writing. With only two original members left, it’s obvious to point out what is lacking in “Vices and Virtues” without the other half of the band. This is the new era for not just Panic! at the Disco, but for the fans as well, and I am completely satisfied with it.

WHAT ZACH GASE THINKS: Biggest atrocities in modern hip-hop: snap music, Soulja Boy, the over-usage of auto-tune, crappy songs with crappy dances (most recently “Teach Me How to Dougie”) and now add to that list, Atlantic Records. If you’ve read my review a few weeks back on Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers” album, then you already know what Atlantic does: it takes a young artist with talent and vision, makes him compromise his artistic integrity by forcing him to mimic “what’s hot,” and makes a huge profit off them. So when Wiz Khalifa was set to release his major label debut after two independent albums and a flux of mixtapes (most notable being last year’s “Kush & Orange Juice”), I was all but eager to hear what he had in store for “Rolling Papers.” Much of the album is only a more watered down version of the formulaic lead single, “Black and Yellow,” which in itself is a watered down replication of just about any other recent popular rap song: catchy sing-along hooks, forgettable but non-offensive verses and a synth-driven beat with soft claps and 808 kicks. Among an album filled with one uninspiring and unoriginal track after another, the second single, “Roll Up” still manages to stand out as an awful track. And “No Sleep” is such a forced (and failed) attempt at creating a “party song,” it makes me want to live a life of sobriety. “Rolling Papers” isn’t a total waste of time though. “Roof Tops” is probably the album’s best track, and it features a guest verse from long-time collaborator and fellow marijuana enthusiast, Curren$y. “Fly Solo” also has a smooth mellow vibe that will sound nice in warm weather, even though it sounds like a Bruno Mars song. Khalifa really isn’t that terrible of a rapper, even though he occasionally drops awful one-liners like, “it’s going down in this b****, concrete.” And he is pretty skilled at crafting catchy sing-along hooks. My main issue with this album, aside from the aforementioned lack of originality, is the extremely soft production. The beats are generic and monotonous and there are essentially no snare drums on the album. The few snares that are present are so soft you could rest your head on them and take a well-deserved nap. I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of Khalifa’s earlier work, but there were definitely were some tracks that I enjoyed from “Kush and Orange Juice” and “Cabin Fever.” But I certainly saw potential, and with “Rolling Papers,” he came nowhere near fulfilling it.

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“I think it’s going to be very interesting to learn about different genres of music and watching it being performed.,” Fisher said. The Universit y’s Department of Popular Culture here at the University encourages everyone to attend the conference. It will take place on the third floor of the Union, beginning on today at 12:45 p.m. It will end April 10 depict concerts, presentations and papers of a wide variety of musical aspects and cultures.

SHEEN From Page 8 bought tickets for Sheen’s comedy or his continuous spectacle of a downfall, he “torpedoed” the stage with full force. Sheen began his Detroit show like any true American patriot: by singing the National Anthem. Perhaps this was a tribute to his father, Martin Sheen, who played the President on “West Wing.” But this noble prospect was quickly shattered when two women came on stage and began making out. Welcome to the coked up head of Charlie Sheen. You know, it’s similar to the perverse imagination of a 13year-old boy. While professionally chomping on Twizzlers, Sheen sat in front of the audience telling uncomfortable jokes that achieved few laughs. When an audience member yelled “loser,” Sheen retaliated with a promotional message. “Anyone who’s yelling loser, or this or that, let’s identify one thing: I have an app., Sheen said. So now this is a commercial? What is Sheen trying to accomplish here? I’m not sure the ex-TV star himself can answer that question. As a likely attempt to create filler time, a long movie clip was presented starring Johnny Depp, which was supposedly directed by Sheen himself. The audience became more and more restless, and the boos were quickly growing. In an effort to please the audience, Sheen allowed audience members to ask questions. The “Torpedo of Truth” really began to waver as Sheen eluded personal questions. In turn, the boos hit a high point. Tonight, the self-proclaimed warlock will take on Radio City Music Hall in New York City as his tour continues. His shows in Chicago and Cleveland this week began with a poem about why Detroit sucks. Will the madness ever end? Unfortunately, I’m doubtful. As Sheen said himself, “Death is not an option.”

Session 1A 12:45-2:45 p.m., Room 315. “Music, (New) Media, and Everyday Consumption.” Session 1B 12:45:-2:45 p.m., Room 316. “Ritual, Festival and Commemoration.” Session 2A 3-5 p.m., Room 315. “Music and Worship.” Session 2B 3-5 p.m., Room 316. “Historical Encounters.”

SATURDAY: Session 3A 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Room 314. “Music, Sexuality, and Dance.” Session 3B 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Room 315. “Preserving/Appropriating Heritage.”

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Session 3C 10 a.m. -11:30 p.m., Room 316. “On Flame with Rock and Roll (and Filk).” Session 4D 1-1:30 p.m. Room 308 “LectureDemonstration.” Session 4A 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 314. “Music within Institutional Frameworks.” Session 4B 1:30-3 p.m., Room 315. “White Power and Power Chords: Debating Hate in Heavy Metal Music.” Session 4C 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 316. “A Karaoke and Mix Tape Rhapsody...in a Restaurant.” Session 5A 3:45-5:45 p.m., Room 315. “Popular Music Genres and the Electrified Rhythms of Daily Life.” Session 5B 3:45-5:45 p.m., Room 316. “Rethinking Ethnomusicological Certainties.”

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Session 6A 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room 308. KEYNOTE ADDRESS. 8:30-11:30 p.m., Room 206 (BTSU Theater). Lec-Dem and Concert by Dzian! and the Game and Anime Music Ensemble (G.A.M.E.)

SUNDAY: Session 7A 11:30 a.m -1:30 p.m., Room 314. “Ethnomusicology and Pedagogy.” Session 7B 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Room 315. Music Scenes/Communities/Phlocks. Session 7C 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Room 316. Narratives, Voice, and Representation: The Intersections of Culture and Identity in Pop Music.

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CYRUS DIGS THE SHEENANIGANS

Miley Cyrus, who notoriously deleted her Twitter account in October, has rejoined the social networking site. She left the site to have more privacy, but said she returned for Charlie Sheen. “I’m not gonna lie. I came back to twitter for 2 reasons. My fans and to follow @charliesheen #winning” she tweeted. Sheen replied, calling the famous 18-year-old “epic.” BRISTOL’S BIG BUCKS

Daughter of the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Bristol, reportedly earned a huge salary on her anti-teen pregnancy advocacy work. According to tax documents, the 20year-old earned over $262,000 for her work. Bristol was a pregnant teenager when Sarah Palin was running for vice president of the United States. THE GRAMMY LIST GETS SHORTER

The Grammy ballot will be shorter next year, after more than 30 categories were eliminated, the biggest overhaul in the 53-year history. Awards will no longer be given in the “Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” category or the instrumental categories in pop, rock and country. There will also not be a “Traditional Gospel,” “Children’s Spoken-Word album” or “Cajun Music Album” category.

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TINA FEY TO BE A BABY MAMA

In an episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which is set to air April 12, Tina Fey announced that she is pregnant with her second child with husband Jeff Richmond. The news comes the week her first book “Bossypants” was released. The couple already has a 5year-old daughter together.

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