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Times are hard, cut back if you can Columnist Mike Thurau writes that along with the economy and job market, the way of life for college students has changed | Page 4


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ROCK: The new location of the rock has been moved forward closer to the Fine Arts building. Construction can be seen where the old rock was located.

Faculty columnist Phil Schurrer responds to a recent submission criticizing his previous column on health care | Page 4

Spirit Rock may move back to Alumni Mall due to construction



Public ready to see a change America has been talking about solutions to the war on drugs for years; however, the public is finally pushing for action | Page 3

Iraq hits a milestone


s u p m a Students attempt to recreate c o t historic music festival on campus s e m Co By Michelle Olmstead Reporter

A love for music has united four students in the quest for an outdoor “Woodstock� experience. Although they have majors ranging from business to music education, junior Jeremy England, along with seniors Sean Nave, Jessica Wilkins and Tony Klever are all members of Quadtopia, a new student See MUSIC | Page 2

Obama congratulates Iraq on its parliament’s passage of a new election law | Page 5


Hockey team has it rough


By Anthony Phillips Reporter

The Falcon hockey team continued its losing streak this weekend as it faced off against Ferris State and lost both games | Page 6

Alleged shooter tied to same Virginia mosque of 9/11 hijakckers By Pamela Hess The Associated Press

The family of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 and wounded 29 WASHINGTON — The alleged at the Texas military base, held Fort Hood shooter apparently his mother’s funeral at the Dar attended the same Virginia al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls mosque as two Sept. 11 hijackers Church, Va., on May 31, 2001, in 2001, at a time when a radical according to her obituary in the Roanoke Times newspaper. imam preached there. At the time, Anwar Aulaqi was Whether the Fort Hood shooter associated with the hijackers an imam, or spiritual leader, at is something the FBI will prob- the Washington-area mosque. ably look into, according to a Aulaqi told the FBI in 2001 that, law enforcement official who before he moved to Virginia spoke on condition of anonym- in early 2001, he met with 9/11 ity because the investigation is hijacker Nawaf al-Hazmi several times in San Diego. Al-Hazmi ongoing.

was at the time livingwithKhalid a l-M i hd h a r, another hijacker. Al-Hazmi and another hijacker, Hani Hanjour, attended the Dar al Hijrah mosque in Virginia in early April 2001. In his FBI interview, Aulaqi denied ever


See SHOOTER | Page 2


What kind of festival would you hold?

WARM: Freshman Lainie Keper enjoys the unusually warm November weather yesterday afternoon. Keper studied for a KENDALLYN NUSS Freshman, Art

“A nudist festival.� | Page 4

Sociology exam Sunday with ocassional breaks to watch the Dagorhir practice ALAINA BUZAS | THE BG NEWS

tion there is a need to move it,� Swanka said. Current students have seen The Spirit Rock may be return- the rock in its second location in ing to its original resting place the field west of Kreischer. However, the second location in the Alumni Mall. The decision to move the Spirit of the rock is now surrounded Rock originally was due to the by a fence and is inaccessible renovation of the Alumni Mall, to students. which is between Kreischer and The fence will stay in place Harshman. until completion of the Wolfe Before the renovation of the Center. Alumni Mall in the early 2000s, The rock has moved again, to Gale Swanka, event planning a third location, just across the and reservations’ senior associ- sidewalk and out of the conate director for operations, said struction area. Ryan Miller, a project manthere was a pond between the residence halls and the spirit ager in the design and construction department, said the currock sat next to it. “When [the University] did fill rent move was for the student in the pond, they moved the organizations. rock from that area, [during the See ROCK | Page 2 renovation], to the field west of Harshman and Kreischer, and now again with construc-

going on nearby. See more photos page 8

CLUB: The Chinese club, pictured above, rebuilt this year after a new president took over. The club has held various activies this semseter including Chinese cooking partices.

New president takes over, rebuilds Chinese club By Anthony Phillips Reporter

“I am pretty much just stumbling around in the dark, trying to get things moving again,� Becoming president for a group Verhoff said. He said rebuilding the group can be a difficult task, especially when your predecessor has been both interesting and graduates and leaves you with challenging because he is working from scratch. no past information. Sophomore China Billotte Senior Seth Verhoff, president of the Chinese club, said See PRESIDENT Page 2 this is the situation he is in, and because of this, he is rebuilding the organization.




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Complainant reported unknown subject stole her purse from her house within the 300th block of Colony Lane.

Kimberly Young, 21, of Bowling Green, was cited for disorderly conduct open burning within the 200th block of S. College.

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Complainant reported unknown subject stole $199 from her vehicle within the 1500th block of Clough St. 11:29 P.M.

Kenya Norris, 19, of Bowling Green, was arrested for theft and underage possession of alcohol within the 2000th block of E. Wooster St.

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Matthew Henline, 22, of Bowling Green, was arrested for outstanding warrant within the 400th block of Conneaut Avenue. 7:30 P.M.

William Patacsil, 18, of Milford, NJ, and Marie Will, 18, of Portage, Ohio, were arrested for underage under the influence of alcohol within the 300th block of Enterprise St.

Zachariah Miller, 19, of Whitehouse, Ohio, and Zachary Savage, 18, of Monclova, Ohio were cited for underage possession of alcohol within the 200th block of N. Main St.

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Odell Tolbert, 24, of Bowling Green, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Thomas Parris, 24, of Bowling Green, was arrested for disorderly conduct unable to care for himself within the 200th block of N. Main. 12:15 A.M.

Andrew Hess, 18, Defiance, Ohio, was cited for underage under the influence on the corners W. Wooster St. and S. Summit St. 12:27 A.M.

Complainant reported her front passenger-side tire was slashed, damage at $100, within the 300th block of E. Merry of Avenue. 12:31 A.M.

Patrick Armbuster, 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for providing a place for underage consumption of alcohol, nuisance party and underage consumption; Elizabeth Anderson, 19, and Arielle Dipre, 19, both of Solon, Ohio, were cited for underage consumption of alcohol; Robert Mcevoy, 18, of Strongsville, Ohio; Adam Marynowski, 20, of Bowling Green and Keven Gehring, 19, of Strongsville, Ohio, were cited for underage under the influence within the 200th block of N. Enterprise St. 1:27 A.M.

Tyler Haralson, 18, of Fremont, Ohio, was arrested for prohibited acts and underage under the influence at Uptown/Downtown.

Amanda Grecco, 18, of Virginia Beach, Va., was arrested for underage possession of alcohol and littering on private property within the 300th block Campbell Hill Road. Krisit Baden, 23, of Bowling Green, and Benjamin Botjer, 22, of Deshler, Ohio was cited for open container within the 200th block of N. Main St. 1:59 A.M.

George Biggs, 22, Avon, Ohio, was arrested for criminal trespass within the 100th block of N. Main St. 2:05 A.M.

Maxwell Wuest, 18, of Toledo, was cited for underage possession of alcohol on the corners of Clay and Main streets. 2:32 A.M.

Charles Wooten III, 20, of Elmore, Ohio, for underage possession and disorderly conduct public urination on the corners of Enterprise and Grant Streets. Two subjects were warned for trespass within the 400th block of Clough St.

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Complainant reported unknown subject(s) smashed a pumpkin and yelled at the complainant within the 300th block of Campbell Hill Road. 2:42 A.M.

Ryan Schalk, 27, of Bowling Green, was cited for disorderly conduct

PRESIDENT From Page 1 said she agrees the rebuilding has been tough. “It is like building something up from the ground, like a car, you know exactly what you want, but you are not quite sure how to go about it,” Billotte said. Billotte said the Chinese club is also trying to fill positions on their executive board, including a public relations officer to help promote them. Despite these setbacks, the club still manages to do many of the things they did in the past. Verhoff said this consists of Chinese movie nights and cooking parties. The Chinese club mainly consists of students taking the Chinese language courses, not people of Chinese heritage. “[The Chinese club] is mostly made up of students who are taking the language classes,” Verhoff said. Verhoff said he is taking this knowledge and trying to incorporate it into the club. One new aspect of the club Verhoff has tried implementing is a study group. “It started off okay at first, but it has kind of fizzled as

Ethan Fife, 19, of Maumee, was cited for underage under the influence of alcohol, criminal damaging and criminal mischief within the 400th block of N. Enterprise St.

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Ryan Traurig, 19, of Mckees Rocks, Penn., was cited for prohibited acts alternative ID at Uptown/ Downtown.

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Precious Echono, 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for prohibited acts at Uptown/Downtown. Mawuena Gbedey, 22, of Bowling Green, was cited for open container of alcohol in Lot 1. 2:44 A.M.

James Montgomery, 20, of Holland, Ohio, was cited for underage possession of alcohol within the 700th block of E. Napoleon Road. Complainant reported sometime overnight unknown subject(s) damaged his mailbox within the 200th block of State St. 11:24 A.M.

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“It is like building something up from the ground, like a car, you know exactly what you want, but you are not quite sure how to go about it.” China Billotte | Sophomore the year goes on,” Verhoff said. This was mostly due to people having several other commitments. “I am hoping to get that going again, especially with finals,” Verhoff said. The Chinese club has also participated in the MidAutumn Festival where they are a guest organization. In past years, the Chinese club has performed short skits and sang songs in Chinese. In the future, Verhoff said he believes the group will grow to where it was in previous years. The Chinese club has a total of three faculty advisors, and Verhoff said he is fortunate to have the help of his faculty advisors. Two faculty advisors are from Xi’an University in China. The other, Akiko Jones, the director of Asian studies and the official advisor, takes care of the Chinese club’s financial side.

organization formed to bring a concert celebration. Members of Quadtopia will be focusing on one major event called Quadstock, which is set to take place on April 17. “This was actually something that we heard about in the past, where the University had some bands come in and play in between the quads, but we wanted to make it bigger than that,” said Klever, co-president of Quadtopia. “Quadstock”, derived from the concept of Woodstock, will take place between two residence halls — Harshman and Kreischer quadrangles. Although none of the current members attended the original Quadstock which took place in 2005, the idea certainly struck a chord. “We thought that was a really great idea,” Klever said. “We wanted to bring a large event to students on campus because we didn’t feel like there was [one].” Aside from the original four founders, Quadtopia has 20 other committed members, Klever said. Quadstock will be taking place between Harshman and

Jones said she is doing this because the original faculty advisor left the University a few years ago. This allows the other two to focus on the culture and language aspects of the club. Verhoff said other than the advisors, he has several members he can count on, including his treasurer Grace Minor, who is still in high school. “She’s always been here to keep things in the club moving,” Verhoff said. Verhoff said Minor is in post-secondary courses at the University and she has been in the Chinese club for three years. Verhoff said what keeps him coming back to the Chinese club is the culture. “It was those little interesting tidbits, those interesting little facts that just got you hooked wanted more, and here I am three years later and I still cannot get enough,” Verhoff said.

ROCK From Page 1 “We moved it because the student groups could not be within limits of the construction site,” Miller said. Moving of the rock was put into the contract with Rudolph Libbe General Contractors. Miller said if the rock needs to be moved again, the contractors will move it. The move took place sooner than University officials had decided because the fencing around the site went up faster than predicted. Swanka said this move is potentially temporary, but the Alumni Mall is where it may eventually go. Swanka said there are now talks of trying to return the rock to the Alumni Mall, however nothing has been decided

Kreischer, but it is not limited to residents of the two halls. The celebration of music will be open to all of the campus, along with the community, Klever said. Admission to Quadstock will be free, Klever said, although people are encouraged to make a donation to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in American public schools, according to the charity’s Web site. It is also committed to raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. “We’re trying to get as much free music as possible,” Klever said. “That’s why we opened it up to the community and students because we had a really great response from people who want to play without being paid.” “We’re not opposed to paying someone if they have a particu-

larly large name and will draw a crowd,” he said. Depending on the results of Quadtopia’s fundraising efforts, there may be additional activities, Klever said. “We’d love to do food, if we have the money, or tie-dyeing T-shirts, or have games, or play corn hole,” he said. Aside from the entertainment value, Quadstock will be an event that will be beneficial to students, Nave said, co-president of Quadtopia. “I know a lot of students that are in their own band — I’m sure something like this would be great for them to get exposed to the rest of the student body,” Nave said. If enough bands are recruited, Quadstock could potentially be a 12-hour event, he said. “Our main point for Quadstock is for it to be an event for the exposure of all kinds of music,” Nave said. “The more people who would like to sign up and play, the better.”

“The rock that is there is actually a replacement rock.”

actually a replacement rock, so there has been a rock here for over 30 years,” Swanka said. Miller said with this move there was no fear of it cracking. Swanka said if not then the University will find another location for the rock if the alumni do not approve. Gale Swanka | Operations Director Diana Bruns, secretary in the Union, said they are still taking as of yet. Swanka said the University reservations for the rock. Bruns said she has notified will be asking the alumni who donated money for the restora- every group who has reserved tion if they would approve of the rock, up to Thanksgiving, about the rock’s move and the the move. If they approve, the rock potential for another more perwould be moved back into its manent location. Swanka said if the rock is original place. Swanka said one interesting moved again then the orgapart of the relocation of the nizations who are painting rock, is the original rock is no it that day and the day after will be notified and allowed to longer here. During the first move, the reschedule so the rock has time rock cracked in half, Swanka to settle into its new home. said. “The rock that is there is

to comment when reached yesterday by The Associated Press. Faizul Khan, former imam of From Page 1 the Muslim Community Center meeting with al-Hazmi and in nearby Silver Spring, Md., Hanjour while in Virginia. where Hasan also worshipped, Aulaqi, a native-born U.S. citi- said he was not aware that Hasan zen, left the United States in 2002, had attended services at Dar eventually traveling to Yemen. al Hijrah but said it would not He was investigated by the FBI be unusual for Hasan to attend in 1999 and 2000 after it was more than one mosque concurlearned that he may have been rently. contacted by a possible procureKhan said he did not recall ment agent for Osama bin Laden. Hasan mentioning having been During this investigation, the FBI taught or preached to by Aulaqi. learned that Aulaqi knew people The London Telegraph first involved in raising money for reported the potential link Hamas, a Palestinian group on between Hasan and the mosque. Army Chief of Staff Gen. the U.S. State Department’s terGeorge Casey said yesterday it’s rorist list. Shaker Elsayed, the current important for the country not imam at Dar Al Hijrah, declined to get caught up in speculation

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“This was actually something that we heard about in the past, where the University had some bands come in ... but we wanted to make it bigger than that.”

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La. Gov. declares emergency ahead of hurricane Ida

Philly transit strike in 6th day; no new talks

War training on old Ohio arsenal site boosts economy

Authorities: Four dead in boarding house blaze

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Suspect in Vail bar shooting faces murder charge

NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Ida, the first Atlantic hurricane to target the United States this year, plodded yesterday toward the Gulf Coast with 100 mph winds, bringing the threat of flooding and storm surges. A hurricane watch extended over more than 200 miles of coastline across southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency. Authorities said Ida could make landfall as early as tomorrow morning, although it was forecast to weaken by then. Officials and residents kept a close eye on the Category 2 hurricane as it approached, though there were no immediate plans for evacuations.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — No new talks are scheduled as the strike by Philadelphia bus drivers, subway and trolley conductors and mechanics enters its second work week following the collapse of a proposed deal. The largest union of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority workers wants an independent audit of pension funds. The union is also rejecting language that could reopen the contract if SEPTA’s costs increase due to national health care reform. Gov. Ed Rendell had been brokering the talks until they broke off Saturday evening. He wants union members to vote on the contract proposal today. Transport Workers Local 234 president Willie Brown says the union’s constitution will not permit that. A 2005 SEPTA strike lasted seven days, while a 1998 transit strike lasted for 40 days. SEPTA averages more than 928,000 trips each weekday.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The use of the site of an old arsenal as a war training ground is providing a boost to the local economy. The more than 21,000 acres at the site of the old Ravenna Arsenal in northeast Ohio is now being used to prepare Ohio Army National Guard troops for combat in Afghanistan. Workers here used to assemble munitions to aid the American war effort in World War II. Now there are plans for the Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center that include $20 million for another weapons-training range, $3.5 million for barracks and a new headquarters. The site is expected to train twice the number of military personnel and increase the number of full-time workers. Plans are in the works with the town of Windham and Portage county to extend water and sewer lines to accommodate future improvements.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Authorities say four people died in a fire in the upstairs bedroom of a boarding house. The fire early Saturday morning in the Cleveland neighborhood of Ohio City destroyed the boarding house and badly damaged the apartments next door. Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray said authorities are having difficulty identifying the victims — three men and a woman — because of the transient nature of the boarding house visitors. Authorities believe that six to 10 people were living in the house at the time of the fire. Neighborhood residents described the boarding house as a nuisance, and said they had been trying for years to get the owner to make improvements. ___ Information from: The Plain Dealer,

WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Television cooking star Rachael Ray has descended on a reeling Ohio town to boost the local food supply. On Saturday, Ray brought a Wilmington soup kitchen new appliances, shelves and furniture. Ray’s show also promised to supply food for the kitchen for the next year. The soup kitchen is getting as many customers in a day as it did in a week a year before. Wilmington is still reeling from the departure of DHL Express and other Wilmington Air Park operations, which has left a 15 percent local unemployment rate in its wake. Yesterday, the Food Network star hosted an early Thanksgiving feast for the community. The soup kitchen improvements and the Thanksgiving meal are scheduled to be featured on “The Rachael Ray Show” on Nov. 25.

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — A 63-yearold man suspected of fatally shooting one person and wounding three others in a Vail bar has been arrested in what authorities say was an apparently random shooting. Longtime Vail resident Richard Moreau is accused of firing several shots outside and in the Sandbar Sports Grill in the mountain ski resort town. Police say he was arrested Saturday at the scene on suspicion of first-degree homicide. Police said Gary Bruce Kitching, 70, of Carbondale, was fatally shot. The other victims, whose names have not been released, are from Vail and they include a 29-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his arm and 25-year-old man who was treated for injuries to his leg and released. A 63-year-old man was flown to a Denver hospital, authorities said. His condition wasn’t released. Moreau was being held in Eagle County jail and was scheduled to appear in court today. Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger said it wasn’t known yesterday if Moreau had an attorney.

It is time to cross the line between talk and reality Though economic decline has made the expansion of drug treatment options difficult, the public is ready to see U.S. officials follow through on their word David Crary The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Based on the rhetoric, America’s war on drugs seems poised to shift into a more enlightened phase where treatment of addicts gains favor over imprisonment of low-level offenders. Questions abound, however, about the nation’s readiness to turn the talk into reality. The economic case for expanding treatment, especially amid a recession, seems clear. Study after study concludes that treating addicts, even in lengthy residential programs, costs markedly less than incarcerating them, so budget-strapped states could save millions.

The unmet need for more treatment also is vast. According to federal data, 7.6 million Americans needed treatment for illicit drug use in 2008, and only 1.2 million — or 16 percent — received it. But the prospect of savings on prison and court costs hasn’t produced a surge of new fiscal support for treatment. California’s latest crisis budget, for example, strips all but a small fraction of state funding away from a successful diversion and treatment program that voters approved in 2000. “It’s easy to talk a good game about more treatment and helping people,” said Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorneys Association. “But it smashes head on into reality when they don’t put their

money where their mouth is.” Money aside, the treatment field faces multiple challenges. At many programs, counselors — often former addicts themselves — are low-paid and turnover is high. Many states have yet to impose effective systems for evaluating programs, a crucial issue in a field where success is relative and relapses inevitable. “Fifty percent of clients who enter treatment complete it successfully — that means we’re losing half,” said Raquel Jeffers, director of New Jersey’s Division of Addiction Services. “We can do better.” The appointment of treatment expert Tom McLellan as deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in

April was seen as part of a shift of priorities for the drug czar’s office. McLellan said he sees greater openness to expanding treatment but also deep misunderstanding or ignorance about scientific advances in the field and the need to integrate it into the health care system. Most Americans, he suggested, have an image of drug treatment formed from the movies — “cartoon treatment” involving emotional group encounters — and are unaware of a new wave of medications and other therapies that haven’t gained wide use despite proven effectiveness “For the first time, it can truly be said that we know what to do — we know the things that work,” he said. “But do we have the eco-

nomic and political willingness to put them into place? If we do, we’ll see results.” McLellan, insisting he’s not “a wild-eyed liberal,” said expanding treatment wouldn’t negate the war on drugs. “Law enforcement is necessary, but it’s not sufficient,” he said. “You need effective preventive services, addiction and mental health services integrated with the rest of medicine. You shouldn’t have to go to some squalid little place across the railroad tracks.” By federal count, there are more than 13,640 treatment programs nationwide, ranging from worldclass to dubious and mostly operating apart from the mainstream health-care industry. Dr. H. Westley Clark, director of

the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, said his agency wants states to develop better measurements of programs’ performance. “The data shows treatment saves money — $1 spent to $4 or $7 saved,” Clark said. “If you’re an altruist, making treatment available is a good thing. If you’re a narcissist, it’s a good thing — you’d pay less in taxes.” Treatment advocates are closely watching Congress, hoping the pending health care overhaul will expand insurance coverage for substance abuse programs. Recent federal data indicates that 37 percent of those seeking treatment don’t get it because they can’t pay for it — and many land in prison.

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CLEVELAND — Authorities say Anthony Sowell lured women into his home in a busy neighborhood, killed them — most by strangulation — and scattered their remains throughout the inside and buried some in the backyard. Such brazenness defies logic, but experts identify a narrow subcategory of serial killers, including the 1893 Chicago Fair killer, Dr. H.H. Holmes, and Milwaukee cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, who hunt from home. “These types are so rare that you can’t make a summary estimation as to why or what went wrong or anything,” said Robert Keppel, a national serial-killer expert who investigated serial killer Ted Bundy in Washington state in the 1970s. “There’s just not a whole lot of these folks running around the world,” he said.

Sowell had the perfect lair. His home and backyard — a burial site for five victims — were shielded by an empty home to the left and the windowless brick wall of a sausage company on the right. Anytime the stench of decaying bodies blew over the street, neighbors blamed the meat processing next door. His house stood out only because it was one of the nicest on a block dotted by homes with peeling paint and broken windows, some of them vacant. It looked safe. Sowell often sat on the front steps, sipping beer out of a bottle and greeting residents passing by on their way to the corner store that was just steps away for alcohol, snacks and cigarettes. Neighbors say he’d offer a few the chance to get high. Sowell’s alleged approach reflects an obvious point, said forensic psychologist N.G. Berrill: the potential role of mental illness in such unusual

behavior. “The fact that they would dirty their own nest, as it were, is peculiar to me and suggests a level of mental illness or sickness,” said Berrill, director of the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science. Tanja Doss told The Associated Press that when she went up to Sowell’s third-floor bedroom for a drink last April, he attacked her. “I’m sitting on the corner of the bed and he just leaped up and came over and started choking



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“I know a lot of students that are in their own band — I’m sure something like this would be great for them to get exposed to the rest of the student body.” — Sean Nave, senior, on the University music festival “Quadstock” [see story, pg. 1].

PEOPLE ON THE STREET “An indie music festival.”

STEPHANIE WALTERS, Freshman, Marine Biology

What kind of festival would you hold? “Something like Black Swamp, but not as folksy.”

“A football festival where you get to tackle people even if you never played.”

“Redhead awareness. ‘Gingerfest ‘09.’”

BRITTANY MUNCY, Sophomore, Geology

BRETT TUCKER, Freshman, Undecided

JOSH HEITKAMP, Freshman, AYA Social Studies

The cost of college is levelling out with its supposed benefits MIKE THURAU COLUMNIST While some students struggle to make ends meet, the stereotypical college experience of eating Ramen Noodles, wearing clothes from Goodwill and drinking cheap beer is quickly disappearing. Much of this can be explained by the changing demographics of today’s students. Less than half of college students are age 18-21. Typically students are in their mid-twenties, either live at home or on campus, and have a job. Students no longer expect to complete college in 4 consecutive years, and many fluctuate between full-time and part-time study over a period of 5 to 7 years. Does this mean life as a college student is a luxurious bar crawl ending with a Bachelors degree and a sunny future in a good job with a high starting salary? Hardly. First of all, student debt is at a record high. In 2007–2008, lenders provided about $17 billion in private loans, a 592% increase from a decade earlier. Because so many students are starting out their education in the hole, many 20-somethings are moving back home with their parents and accepting jobs with a low starting salary and no relevance to their major. If you’re a recent college grad straddled with a sizable chunk of student debt, you’re in good company. In fact, a study by The National Center for Education Statistics indicates that 50 percent of all college grads have an average of $10,000 or more to pay back on their college loans.

Let’s say you’re a little better than average and take out $18,000 in loans. Here’s what you’ll be looking at: $207 per month for 10 years, if you’ve got a Stafford Loan with a (relatively low) fixed interest rate of 6.8 percent. And P.S.: on the original principle, you’ll be paying back another $6,900 in interest. If you want to see the breakdown for your specific loan, check out the nifty student loan calculator at Now consider that the average starting salary for an 18-25 year old college grad is $36,000 per year, according to payscale. com. After taxes and deductions, your take-home pay on $36,000 will be something like $2300 per month (to figure out exactly how much you’ll take home, plug in your numbers on’s paycheck calculator). All this means that your student loan of “just” $18,000 is going to eat up 10% of your take-home pay. When rent, utilities and food seem impossible to handle on your salary, adding in another $200 will probably have your head swimming. Rather than helping you get a leg up, a college degree earned via student loans is chaining that leg to a 10-year-plus ball and chain. However, the cost of tuition is not the only source of student debt. Many college students use credit cards to pay for everyday living expenses. Undergraduates are carrying record-high credit card balances. The average balance grew to $3,173, the highest in the years the study has been conducted. Median debt grew from 2004’s $946 to $1,645 and 21 percent of undergraduates had balances of between $3,000 and $7,000,

also up from the last study. All of this is taking place in a job market of stagnant wages and an increasing cost of living. But many of us are asking, so what? If the bachelors degree is the “ticket” into the middle class that we hoped for, debt is only a temporary problem that can be used as an opportunity to establish good credit. For many college students, their lifestyle reflects a confidence in a future of assured prosperity and comfort that doesn’t require much undue exertion to achieve. Unfortunately, many have a rude awakening in store once they enter the job market. With increased pressure from employers to obtain graduate school qualifications and a new labor markets opening up all over the world, goals such as parenthood, home ownership, and retirement will have to take a back seat to obtaining financial independence and freeing oneself from an increasingly heavy burden of student debt. The retail cost of a college degree has more than doubled in the past two decades, far outstripping the regular rate of inflation. While the factors accounting for this increase in the price of a bachelors degree are multifaceted, it is unlikely to improve any time soon. Until then, the only solution is to keep working for peanuts part time, and make a point to look for bargains where you can find them. Don’t assume that life after graduation is going to be one of opulence, and if you can find a way to cut costs in your housing budget, food budget, or entertainment budget take it. Respond to Mike at

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Health care reform must come, but not till we can afford it PHIL SCHURRER FACULTY COLUMNIST On November 3, Patrick Saunders, an instructor at BGSU Firelands, wrote a column in which he commented on my position regarding health care reform as stated in the October 26 BG News. I don’t take issue with Mr. Saunders’ right to voice his opinion and disagree with mine. However, in the interest of full disclosure, some facts should be stated or re-emphasized in order to present a more complete picture. Mr. Saunders maintains I do not believe health care reform to be a “pressing issue.” Not true; in my article, I stated there are good reasons for reform in this area and no one questions the need for it. But everything must occur at its appropriate time. If not, if we as a society keep demanding immediate satisfaction for all our wants and needs, we’re no better than a spoiled child in a toy store who wants everything now or will otherwise throw a tantrum. Sometimes, hearing “no” or “not now” is legitimate and defensible. It’s perfectly feasible to simultaneously advocate health care reform and fiscal responsibility. Moreover, it’s necessary. My position was, and is, that health care reform is needed, but our nation simply can’t afford it now in the way it’s currently proposed. Evidently, my column was “just another example of that kind of rhetoric designed to… defuse the pressure for change,” as though anyone who dares to advocate the thwarting of change is Public Enemy Number One. This position assumes that change is an

unadulterated good and must be pursued at all costs. It also assumes that change is inevitable. Not always true. “Health care is a human right.” A lot of people repeat this, and it sounds very good from a theoretical and humanitarian standpoint. Exercising certain rights, like freedom of speech and religion, is relatively costless for society. However, health care is not. When we begin to believe a “right” should be ours even if someone else pays, it becomes an “entitlement.” The issue is not, and never has been, about people deserving heath care. The issue centers on the funding of it. More importantly, if these entitlements come to recipients without a separate charge, quite often the tendency is to assume these benefits are “free” or “the government will pay for it.” The government pays for nothing. Taxpayers do. Mr. Saunders seems to be buttressing his position that a nation will be judged on “its humanity, its compassion and how it treats its citizens who are in need” by his use of the Matthew 25:35-36 quote. I completely agree with him. No one disagrees with the ends; it’s the means that are in dispute. And the ends do not justify the means, despite what those who follow the philosophy of consequentialism would have us believe. Both the ends and the means must be either morally good, or at least morally neutral. Once again, health care reform is necessary and morally good. However, to require everyone to practice this “virtue” by complying with the mandates of 1,900odd pages of murky legislation, including massive income redistributions? I think not. Not yet, anyway. Let’s think about this some more. Mr. Saunders also recommends

I “come out in the light of day… to see the chaos that his present thought process has created.” Gee — I didn’t think my thought processes alone had created the present situation. And merely because millions of Americans agree with me does not make me their leader or the originator of these ideas. I’m flattered he thinks I wield such power and authority — I think. Mr. Saunders also states that I am a “tenured faculty member.” Sorry: I’m an instructor. I live on a year-to-year contract as I have for the past five years. He also “guesses” I live in an ivory tower. I’m not sure what that means; I don’t think the term is subject to an ascertainable standard. I will state that I spent 15 years in public accounting and another 15 working in private industry prior to coming to academe full-time. Nearly all of that experience has been in the tax arena. I’m not quite certain what part of my past activity constitutes “living in an ‘ivory tower.’” He and I do share one thing in common: both of us are military veterans. I served in the Air Force from 1966 through 1969. Mr. Saunders served in the Navy Seabees from 1968 to 1972. I honor him for his service. Agewise, we are about the same vintage. Our perspectives on many things, however, appear to be quite different. This is true diversity and is to be prized — the diversity of ideas. But as in everything else, diverse viewpoints must be based on facts. The most memorable line in the movie “Schindler’s List” encapsulates this perfectly: “The truth is always the best answer.” Respond to Phil at

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Democrat senators divided over health insurance House bill

Casey: War in Afghanistan needs more US troops

Casey: Shootings leading to a hard look at Army

High court to look at life in prison for juveniles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The glow from a health care triumph faded quickly for President Barack Obama yesterday as Democrats realized the bill they fought so hard to pass in the House has nowhere to go in the Senate. Speaking from the Rose Garden about 14 hours after the late Saturday vote, Obama urged senators to be like runners on a relay team and “take the baton and bring this effort to the finish line on behalf of the American people.” The problem is that the Senate won’t run with it. The government health insurance plan included in the House bill is unacceptable to a few Democratic moderates who hold the balance of power in the Senate. If a government plan is part of the deal, “as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent whose vote Democrats need to overcome GOP filibusters. “The House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said dismissively.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army’s chief of staff said he believes more troops are needed in Afghanistan. But Gen. George Casey hasn’t said exactly how many more should be sent into the war. Casey said more troops would help cut into the Taliban’s successes while U.S. forces continue training Afghan security forces. President Barack Obama is considering several options to increase the number of troops fighting in Afghanistan, including Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s preference of about 40,000 additional U.S. forces next year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army’s chief of staff said the Army is taking a hard look at itself to make certain that something like the Fort Hood rampage doesn’t happen again. The shootings left 13 dead and 29 wounded. The alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, was wounded by civilian police. Gen. George Casey warns against reaching conclusions about motives until investigators have fully explored the attack. Early reports suggest Hasan, a Muslim, was angry about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and worried about his pending deployment to Afghanistan. Casey said focusing on Hasan’s Islamic roots could “heighten the backlash” against all Muslims in the military.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Life sentences with no chance of parole are rare and harsh for juveniles tried as adults and convicted of crimes less serious than killing. Just over 100 prison inmates in the United States are serving those terms, according to data compiled by opponents of the sentences. Now the Supreme Court is being asked to say that locking up juveniles and throwing away the key is cruel and unusual — and thus, unconstitutional. Other than in death penalty cases, the justices never before have found that a penalty crossed the cruel-and-unusual line. They will hear arguments today. The Supreme Court’s latest look at how to punish young criminals flows directly from its 4-year-old decision to rule out the death penalty for anyone younger than 18. In that 2005 case decided by a 54 vote, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion talked about “the lesser culpability of the juvenile offender.” “From a moral standpoint it would be misguided to equate the failings of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor’s character deficiencies will be reformed,” Kennedy said.


Obama will meet Netanyahu at White House By Steven R. Hurst The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The White House announced yesterday that President Barack Obama would be meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli prime minister’s trip to Washington to address Jewish groups, ending days of uncertainty. Netanyahu was to arrive in the U.S. capital yesterday night for a speaking engagement at the three-day 2009 General Assembly of The Jewish Federations of North America. He will meet with Obama tonight. U.S.-Israeli relations have been strained since Netanyahu rejected Obama’s demand that the Israeli government stop building or expanding Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The Palestinians say Israel has deeply encroached into land the Palestinians claim for a future state. Not long after taking office, Obama announced his determination to facilitate peace between Israel and the Palestinians and said an end to settlements was a necessary condition for a resumption of negotiations.

Netanyahu has rejected that demand, but last week visiting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton floated an Israeli proposal that would restrain — but not stop — more West Bank housing. She played it as a major conciliatory move from the Israelis. Palestinian and Arab diplomats reacted with outrage, and Clinton was forced to backpedal. Arab officials questioned whether the U.S. had tilted toward Israel, abandoning the American position that continued Israel settlements were illegitimate and must end. Clinton’s comments may have reflected a realization within the Obama administration that the conservative Netanyahu would not accept a full-on settlement freeze and that a partial halt might be the most likely, if lesser option. Her appeal seemed designed to make the Israeli position more palatable to the Palestinians and Arab states. It had the opposite effect, forcing Clinton to extend her overseas journey by a day as she rushed to Egypt in a bid to undo the damage with President Hosni Mubarak, who has played a major role in the peace process.

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MOVING FORWARD: President Obama speaks at a town hall meeting in Shaker Heights, Ohio earlier this year.

Obama calls new election law a milestone for Iraq By Steven R. Hurst The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama hailed the Iraqi parliament’s passage yesterday of a much-delayed election law, declaring it a milestone as the Iraqi people take charge of their future. In a Rose Garden statement, Obama said the development would facilitate national elections in January, as required by the constitution, and ease fears of a delay in withdrawing American combat forces by September. Obama acknowledged the continuing sectarian and insurgent violence in Iraq, and said approval of the law was more evidence that Iraqis had chosen democracy over that chaos that threatened the country with civil war in 2006 and 2007. “Iraq has known many chal-

the majority Arabs battled over how to apportion votes in the disputed city of Kirkuk. The law awaits approval by the presidential council, made up of President Jalal Talabani and his two vice presidents. Gen. Raymond Odierno, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, had been keying the start of a major American forces withdrawal to a period shortly after the election. Delays in passage of the election law had raised concern the election itself would be delayed, thus affecting the planned removal of American forces. According to an agreement negotiated by the former Bush administration and the Iraqi government, all U.S. combat troops are to be out of Iraq by the end of August, with the remainder of troops — counterterrorism forces and U.S. trainers — to leave by the end of 2011.

lenges, and in the past several weeks we’ve seen that there are still those who would kill innocent men, women and children to deny the Iraqi people the future they deserve,” Obama said. “Today’s step forward is another reminder that these enemies of the Iraqi people will fail.” The president cited tough challenges and difficult days ahead. But, he added, “this agreement advances the political progress that can bring lasting peace and unity to Iraq, and allow for the orderly and responsible transition of American combat troops out of Iraq” under the timetable. “I want to congratulate the Iraqi people who have taken an important step forward in pursuit of a better future,” he said. Iraqi legislators struggled with the election law, as factions representing minority Kurds and



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Falcon netters rally for victory against Northern Illinois By Chris Sojka Reporter

MAC SOCCER Central Michigan wins MAC title

The Falcons (11-18, 4-10 Mid American Conference) came out of the locker room strong and After losing a close first set and rallied back to beat Northern being embarrassed 25-5 in the Illinois, 22-25, 5-25, 25-21, 25-13, second, coach Denise Van De 15-7. Off the top of her head, Van De Walle took her team into the locker room and had a factual, Walle can’t remember a match business-like conversation with and comeback that crazy. “Nothing comes to mind,” she them. She tried to break the embar- said. “In the old days before rally rassment and despair by telling scoring, there were matches the team they got all the “uglies” where we were beaten pretty badly, but we didn’t come back out in the second set. to win the match. That’s what is Whatever she said, it worked.

Central Michigan’s women’s soccer team posted a 1-0 win against Miami to win the Mid-American Conference Championship this weekend. The Chippewas beat BG 1-0 earlier in the season and posted the third most shutouts in NCAA history, keeping opponents off the scoreboard in 18 games this season. CMU advances to the NCAA Tournament.

“That’s what is so impressive about [Saturday’s] match. We came back to win it and win it soundly.” Denise Van De Walle | Coach so impressive about [Saturday’s] match. We came back to win it and win it soundly. “It was an incredible comeback. Coming back from being down 0-2 is a very tough thing to do.

Being beat 25-5 and coming back is even tougher. We could have folded and gone home but we didn’t. We showed a lot of character and fight in the next three sets.”

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The List The Falcon football team still has a chance to win the MidAmerican Conference East Division this season. Here are the five biggest games that will determine BG’s fate:

1. Ohio at Buffalo: Tomorrow’s matchup between the Bobcats and Bulls is a big game for the Falcons. If the Bobcats get a second loss, BG will be tied with them on the standings.

2. Temple at Akron: Friday’s matchup pits the Owls at the Zips’ new stadium. The Zips just knocked off Kent State at home and will look to continue that momentum.

3. KSU at Temple: This Nov. 21 matchup may be one of the biggest MAC games leading up to the end of the season. If Kent State beats Temple, it will really dice things up.

4. Temple at Ohio: Earlier this season, this game looked as if it would be the MAC game of the year, but now that Ohio has slowed down, it is just another big game. 5. BG vs. Toledo: The final game of the season for the Falcons could be the difference between a bowl game and the end of the season.

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In the first set, the Falcons had a 21-19 lead, but let it slip away. The Huskies were on a mission in the second set as they came out and hit an impressive .545 and absolutely dominated. The Falcons had only four kills and hit -.107 while NIU had 12 kills without an attack error. “We couldn’t get a kill,” Van De Walle said. “We had quite a few unforced errors with our hitting

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YOUNGSTER: Freshman Jordan Samuels-Thomas has scored a goal in three of the past four games.

Falcon folly Losing streak continues for BG hockey at Ferris State By Paul Barney Reporter

ing his third straight game with a goal — giving BG a 1-0 lead early in the second period. That would be the last lead of the night The Falcon hockey team was looking to put a winless October behind them for BG, as FSU went on to score four and move forward in the month of unanswered goals in the period against Andrew Hammond, three of which came November. A new month gave the Falcons the on the power play. Nick Eno relieved Hammond late in same results, however, as they began their November schedule this past the second period and would finish the weekend at Ferris State — dropping the game between the pipes. A three-goal lead heading into the two-game series 5-1 and 3-2. Freshman Jordan Samuels-Thomas final frame quickly turned into four, as picked up right where he left off at the Bulldogs scored their fourth conNebraska-Omaha as Kai Kantola set secutive power play goal just a minute up the freshman with a goal — mark- into the third period.

FSU took the first game 5-1 as penalties cost BG deeply, committing 12 for a total of 24 minutes. “We took a lot of penalties that were uncharacteristic penalties for us,” said first-year coach Dennis Williams. “We have to clean up the penalties and not let our emotions get the best of us.” The Bulldogs took advantage of the Falcons’ mistakes, converting on 4-of-11 power play chances. BG would have to limit their mistakes if they wanted any chance of leaving

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Men’s soccer team closes season with win By John Lopez Reporter

For possibly the first time in an 18game season, the Falcons men’s soccer team had it all together. The result was a dominant 3-0 victory over conference rivals Florida Atlantic University. The Falcon victory was particularly special, as it was the last game for six seniors: Cameron Hepple, Jacob Lawrence, Chuko Evwaraye, Gavin Dozier, Hunter Van Houten and Tyler Deal. The senior forward duo of Hepple and Lawrence made sure the fans would go home happy on senior day and that their last game with the Falcons

“I think it was one of the best games of the year, the difference is we played 90 minutes instead of 60 or 70.” Eric Nichols | Coach would be a victorious one. The two players peppered the Owl goal with 14 shots, as Hepple found the back of the net twice to bring his season tally to 10 goals. Coach Eric Nichols was proud of his seniors’ performance, as well as the team’s ability to play a complete game. “I think it was one of the best games of the year, the difference is we played 90 minutes instead

of 60 or 70,” Nichols said. “I am not surprised by the result at all, I knew we could do this, I knew we could score goals.” Nichols was also happy that he and the team could send the six seniors out on a high note. “They have been good all year, guys we can really count on, it’s good we can send them out with

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Last week, the Falcon football team avenged last season’s heartbreaking loss to Buffalo as Tyler Sheehan connected with Freddie Barnes in the final minute for the go-ahead score. And for the second straight week, Bowing Green will look to knock off a team that beat BG at the Doyt in 2008 — Miami enters Thursday’s game 1-9 this season, including a loss against Boise State. Despite inconsistent play this season, including just one home win this season, similar to last season, the Falcons are still in contention for a shared Mid-American Conference East Division championship, although they need a lot of help. I know BG is currently a game under .500 and fourth place in the MAC East, but hear me out. Undefeated Temple plays Akron, Kent and Ohio in the final three weeks of the season. In other words, they play the second, third and seventh place teams in the division. Ohio University travels to play a tough Buffalo team that is much better than their 3-6 record indicates. After that, Ohio takes on Northern Illinois and Temple who are a combined 9-1 in the MAC. Kent State, currently in third place with a half game lead over BG, plays Temple and Buffalo the rest of the way. What all of that means is that the MAC East contenders are going to beat up on each other, and although it’s a long shot, the Falcons still could climb the standings and potentially reach a bowl game. Three teams from the MAC play in games every year — the GMAC Bowl, International Bowl and Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl, formerly known as the Motor City Bowl — but it is possible for more teams to go (five teams played in bowls last season). I know you think all of this is improbable, and you’re probably right, but think about the marketing opportunities for a smaller bowl game. If BG wins out, they will be 7-5, possibly finishing as high as 2nd place in the MAC East. They will be bowl eligible, and how many 7-5 teams have the marketability of Bowling Green?

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Falcon swimmers earn first win of season in weekend split By Ryan Satkowiak Reporter

After months of training, all the hard work of the BG swim team finally paid off. After going 0-2 to start the season, the Falcons took on the top-two finishers at last season’s Mid-American Conference Championships — Ohio and Miami — this weekend. The Falcons edged out Ohio in thrilling fashion Friday evening, winning 148-146. BG was down seven points entering the final event — the 400-yard freestyle relay. They made up the difference with a victory by

Vicky Yu Won the 200-yard butterfly in both weekend meets their A-team, and third place finish by the B-team. “Going into the last event, we knew we needed to get first and third,” said coach Keri Buff. “I knew that all eight of those girls on both relays needed to just throw down and get it done.”

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Ohio State welcoming Iowa this weekend Genaro C. Armas The Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The biggame blues are gone at Ohio State. Now the Buckeyes get a chance to prove they’re not just one-week wonders in high-stakes affairs. Iowa’s loss to Northwestern, coupled with Ohio State’s 247 win later Saturday at Penn State, left the Hawkeyes and Buckeyes tied for first in the Big Ten. They meet this weekend at the Horseshoe, with the winner claiming the conference’s automatic Bowl Championship Series berth and at least a share of the league title. “We knew we had to win if we wanted the outright Big Ten championship,” Buckeyes linebacker Austin Spitler said. “It’s awesome. It’s all on the line next Saturday against Iowa.”

“It’s tough to lose like that. It wasn’t what we expected, but we have two more games left and you have to put it behind you,” linebacker Sean Lee said. Penn State lost its second straight game against a ranked Sean Lee | Iowa Linebacker opponent, dating back to the 38-24 loss to No. 5 Southern California If it’s November, the boys wear- Saturday. Penn State missed a golden in last season’s Rose Bowl. ing scarlet and gray must be in The Buckeyes’ big-game woes contention for the title. They’re opportunity to prove its gaudy gunning for a fifth straight con- record wasn’t just the result of were even more pronounced, a less-than-impressive schedule having lost six straight against a ference championship, after all. No. 10 Ohio State (8-2, 5-1) that included wins over mid- team ranked as good or better moved up five spots in the Top dling Big Ten teams like Illinois than them in the polls — until 25 poll released Sunday, return- and Michigan, and subpar non- beating the Nittany Lions. Sophomore quarterback ing, while Iowa (9-1, 5-1) dropped conference foes like Akron and Terrelle Pryor, blamed for Ohio Eastern Illinois. seven spots to No. 15. Stifled by the Ohio State State’s offensive problems much The Nittany Lions (8-2, 4-2) tumbled eight spots to No. 19, and defense and maligned by its own of this season, was instead baskalso fell into a tie for third in the special teams play, Penn State ing in the afterglow of a clutch Big Ten with Wisconsin (7-2, 4-2). must now exchange its dreams performance. He threw for two The Badgers jumped three posi- of a BCS bowl for a spot in a less touchdowns and ran for another tions to No. 21 in the poll after prestigious postseason contest against a Penn State defense that had been the Big Ten’s best. rallying to beat Indiana 31-28 on like the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1.

“With Thomas [McLean] and I back there, we are comfortable,” the full back said. “We will miss Tyler [Deal] but the back line can grow from here.” a win,” Nichols said. Topolic and his teammates As impressive as the Falcons were up front, the defense was gave emotional hugs to the six just as good recording a shut- seniors as they trotted off the out for just the third time this field for the final time. “These guys have been great season. Junior Dusko Topolic thinks on and off the field,” Topolic the back line is ready to go for said. “They have helped us grow as a team and sending them off next season.

The Falcons were led by freshman Emily Bennet, who scored two individual victories in the 50- and 200-yard freestyles and second in the 100-yard freestyle. She was also the first leg of the relay team that helped seal the win for the Falcons. It was a slower than usual individual night for senior Meg Richardson, who placed second and third in the 50- and 100yard freestyles. However, she was part of two relay victories, including the final race that helped clinch the victory. Other standout performers were Alexis Kain and Amanda Rom, who traded first and second place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes; Megan Bomicino, who took the top spot in the 1000-yard freestyle and second in the 500-yard freestyle; Vicky Yu, taking the top spot in the 200-yard butterfly and second in the 100-yard butterfly; and Sarah Burston, who took second in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley and third in the 100-yard but-

like this has been good.” Senior Jacob Lawrence, whose family was in the stands to watch his final game, felt good about the team’s performance. “It’s great to end the season with a win, especially when it’s your final game,” Lawrence said. “I am proud of the whole team, not just the seniors, for sending us out with a victory.” Lawrence, the team’s cocaptain, thinks the victory


SCORE: Senior Tomas Petruska scored both Falcon goals in a 3-2 loss to Ferris State Saturday.

with a split. Eno started the series finale, which saw the Falcons take another 1-0 lead off a Kantola goal five minutes into the first period. The goal was the first time this season that the Falcons would score first in consecutive games. However, as BG has seen so many times this season, their lead would not last long as FSU responded just minutes later to tie the game at one on a Travis Ouellette goal, who later gave FSU a 2-1 lead. Leading 2-1, FSU snuck one more goal by Eno and took a 3-1 advantage heading into the third and final period. Senior Tomas Petruska added a late goal to bring the Falcons within one, but it was not enough as the Bulldogs’ defense

can prove momentous to those players returning next season. “We look at it like the glass is half full,” Lawrence said. “Going into the spring season, we will have some momentum.” Nichols could not agree with his senior more. “The way we look at it, we are on a winning streak, and we want to take that momentum into next season,” he said.

finisher. They only had eight topthrees in their first seven events. Despite the obvious fatigue, there were several swimmers who had strong individual performances. Richardson did all she could to jump-start the team, as she won both the 50and 100-yard freestyles. She was also a part of two relay victories, including the final leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay where she entered the water with a half-second cushion, and finished the race with a four second lead. Also turning in strong perforBEN LOHMAN | THE BG NEWS mances were Emily Waller, who FIRST TIME: The swimming team earned its first win Friday against Ohio, but they lost to took first in the 500-yard freestyle Miami Saturday. and third in the 200-yard freestyle; Bennet, who took first in meet was the team’s fourth in the 200-yard freestyle, second in terfly. “This is a huge win for the nine days. the 100-yard freestyle and third “It is a very demanding sched- in the 50-yard freestyle, as well team,” Buff said. “They (Ohio) were second in the MAC last ule,” Buff said. “Not only with as being part of the winning 800year, first the year before. We all of the meets, but in the other yard freestyle relay team; and Yu, overcame the 32-point deficit to days we are training really hard. who won the 200-yard butterfly, “I felt the first half of this meet came in second in the 100-yard start. “It’s definitely a momentum was weak; they looked tired, and butterfly and took third in the I think they were letting that get 400-yard individual medley. builder for us.” Despite the big win Friday, to them.” The Falcons are out of action the Falcons could not parlay In two of the first four events until Dec. 3, when they will parthat into success Saturday after- — the 1000-yard freestyle and ticipate in the Calvin Winter noon, as they looked sluggish in 100-yard backstroke — the Invitational. Their next MAC a defeat to Miami, 165-129. This Falcons did not have a top-three meet is not until Jan. 23.

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Nick Eno Replaced Andrew Hammond at the goalie position

We’re about a week away from finding out if Barnes will be a finalist for the Biletnikoff award. Regardless of whether or not Barnes is named a finalist for the award, he will finish the season as the nation’s leading receiver and Sheehan should also finish the season as one of the top five passers in the nation. Sure, BG has its flaws but you can’t tell me that the marketers wouldn’t drool over the opportunity to showcase that senior duo. Whether you think I’m a fool or not, BG fans are actually running out of opportunities to cheer their team on. I doubt many fans will be making the three-hour commute to Oxford to see the Falcons take on the

shut down the final 3:05 to hold on to a 3-2 win. Despite the loss, BG showed a better effort than the previous night. “It was a good effort, but we’re playing to win,” Williams said. Eno was able to keep the Falcons in the game, saving 36of-39 shots. “[Eno] played great,” Williams said. “He really settled in after the first goal.” The Falcons are now 0-71 overall and 0-3-1-1 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The team will take this week to practice as they return to their home ice Friday to take on Alaska at 7:05 p.m.


“Whether you think I’m a fool or not, BG fans are actually running out of opportunities to cheer their team on.” RedHawks Thursday. Nor do I see the Doyt being packed the day after Thanksgiving, even with the Falcons playing Toledo. That means that most fans really only have one more chance to cheer on the Falcons (Nov. 20 against Akron) so don’t miss your opportunity to watch the Falcons roll along.

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DIGGER: Alex Zlabis had a match-high 24 digs against Northern Illinois Saturday in BG’s comeback victory.

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RALLY From Page 6 and ball handling that it completely took us out of our game. We lost confidence because Northern dug everything we hit at them during the set.” Then, the momentum shifted. BG jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the third and never looked back. The Huskies cut the deficit to two points throughout the set. Kills by Noelle Spitler and Corey Domek closed out the set. NIU hit only -.061 in the fourth set while the Falcons posted seven blocks. Kaitlin Jackson and Emily Kauth had four apiece and Allison Kearney added three. It was all Domek and Kauth in the fifth set. Kauth had kills for BG’s first three points and Domek served two aces, had two kills and three digs. NIU never saw a lead in the final set. Domek and Kauth posted 14 kills each and Shari Luther added 12. Kearney had a double-double on the night, posting 46 assists and 16 digs and

Had 14 kills in the match against Northern Illinois

Allison Kearney Had 46 assists and 16 digs against Northern Illinois Alex Zlabis had a match-high 24 digs. Van De Walle is pleased the Falcons beat a good team. “Northern is very good,” she said. “I can see how they’ve been winning and beating teams. They have some really solid hitters and a setter that fights hard for every point. Everyone contributed to the win in some way or another. “Our bench was great and everyone who came in and did their job to push us to the win. My staff did an excellent job of giving me and the team information to break Northern’s momentum.”

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Battling it out on Mac beach

Freshman Lainie Keper spent her Sunday afternoon on Mac beach, enjoying the unusually warm November weather and studying for a Sociology exam. A hundred feet away, junior Levi Joseph Wonder was slain by the foam sword of an enemy, forcing him to retreat to an orange cone outside battle lines to regain his life. Luckily, Wonder’s injuries were just a part of a weekly Dagorhir practice. Usually at this time of the year, Dagorhir practices are held in a University gymnasium but yesterday was an exception. Dagorhir, a live-action role playing game (LARP) that mimics Medieval style of fighting, is more than just a campus event; there are city-wide battles.

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According to their Web site, the name Dagorhir is derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sindarin Elven language. When translated, the phrase is “battle lords.” Six-year Dagorhir participant Samantha Stace said the battle isn’t just a game, it’s a stress reliever. “We beat each other up and get out our anger,” Stace said. Andrew Hathaway, a student at Owens Community College, was just observing Sunday’s practice. Hathaway said his friend from work invited him to try out Dagorhir. “I think it’s interesting,” Hathaway said. “I didn’t expect it to be so serious.”

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Queen leads Britain’s ceremony for war dead

Chavez to troops: Prepare for war with Colombia

Government: 91 dead in El Salvador flooding

Chinese premier pledges funds, aid to Africa

Italy: Wig-wearing mob fugitive nabbed near Naples

Gunmen ambush, shoot at Honduras AG; no injuries

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II led Britain’s annual ceremony for the country’s war dead yesterday, honoring them with a moment of silence as the military reported that more than 200 British soldiers have been killed in combat in Afghanistan. As Big Ben chimed 11 a.m., the queen joined thousands of troops, veterans and civilians in the traditional two-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday beside London’s major war memorial, the Cenotaph. The silence was broken by a single artillery blast and the sound of Royal Marine buglers playing “Last Post.” The remembrance service is held every year on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of the end of World War I at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, and now pays tribute to the dead in all conflicts, including World War II, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defence said yesterday that two more British soldiers had joined the ranks of the honored.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez ordered Venezuela’s military yesterday to prepare for a possible armed conflict with Colombia. He said the country’s soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between the South American neighbors. “The best way to avoid war is preparing for it,” Chavez told military officers. Chavez told his supporters President Barack Obama holds sway over Colombia’s government, and he cautioned the U.S. leader against using his allies in Bogota to mount a military offensive against Venezuela. “Don’t make a mistake, Mr. Obama, by ordering an attack against Venezuela by way of Colombia,” he said. The former paratroop commander voiced concern over an agreement between Bogota and Washington giving the American military personnel more access to Colombia’s military bases through a 10-year lease agreement. Chavez said he fears U.S. soldiers could use the bases as launching pads for an attack on his country to seize control of its immense oil reserves.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Three days of heavy rains in El Salvador touched off floods and slides that have killed at least 91 people, the government said yesterday. Dozens are still missing, and about 7,000 are in shelters, Interior Minister Humberto Centeno told a news conference. Authorities had to use helicopters to reach some of the most severely affected townships, Centeno added. In the capital of San Salvador, authorities reported 61 dead including a family of four — two adults and two children — who were killed when a mudslide buried their home yesterday morning, Red Cross spokesman Carlos Lopez Mendoza reported. Central San Vicente province was also hit hard, with 23 killed there. The rest died in other parts of the country, Vice Interior Minister Ernesto Zelayandia told The Associated Press. Most of the victims were buried by slides or carried away by raging rivers.

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt — China’s premier yesterday pledged $10 billion in low interest loans to African nations over the next three years and said Beijing would cancel the government debts of some of the poorest of those countries. The announcement by Wen Jiabao looked to deflect criticism that China’s investments in the continent were motivated purely by greed. China is one of the largest investors in Africa, along with the United States and Europe. At a two-day China-Africa summit, Wen Jiabao also said China would build 100 new clean energy projects for Africa over the same period as part of an effort to help the continent deal with climate change issues. “We will help Africa build up financing capacity,” Wen said at the start of the two-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit. “We will provide $10 billion in concessional loans to African countries.” Concessional loans are ones that offer generous terms — better than market rates — to poorer countries.

ROME (AP) — Italy on Sunday hailed the capture of a wig-disguised mobster who had been on the list of the country’s top 30 fugitives. Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa’s office said paramilitary police arrested Luigi Esposito on Saturday in Posillipo, a northern coastal suburb of Naples. Esposito, on the run since 2003, was using a wig and false name when captured. Esposito winked at relatives and pursed his lips in a sign of a kiss Saturday outside the Naples police headquarters as officers led him off to prison. The Associated Press could not reach the police for comment Sunday. Naples newspaper Il Mattino quoted local commander Mario Cinque as describing Esposito as an expert money-launderer, who funneled illicit cash from drug trafficking into tourism and other businesses for the Camorra crime syndicate. Il Mattino reported that Esposito was convicted in 1981 of possessing weapons and ammunition, and was among 33 people indicted in 2003 as alleged members of the Camorra clan based on Naples’ north side.

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran police say gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying the country’s top prosecutor, but neither he nor his bodyguards were harmed. Police spokesman Orlin Cerrato says Attorney General Luis Alberto Rubi was riding on a northern highway when assailants opened fire Saturday night. Cerrato says no one was hurt. One car was damaged. He did not give a motive yesterday but speculated that the attack could be an attempt to “provoke unease in the country.” He did not say specifically whether it could have been related to Honduras’ four-month political crisis. After the June coup, it was Rubi who filed criminal charges against ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Honduras is also home to violent, well-armed street gangs.

Iraq electoral law passes, sets up national vote By Qassim Abdul-Zahra The Associated Press

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament passed yesterday a long-delayed law in a crucial step to setting up nationwide elections, which the head of the electoral commission expected would still be held in January. The decision appeared to resolve a key sticking point — who will be allowed to vote in the disputed, oil-rich city of Kirkuk. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill could be seen shuttling between various political factions before the law’s passage, showing Washington’s concern’s over the debate and whether an election delay could hold up an American troop withdrawal. President Barack Obama, speaking at the White House, welcomed the new legislation. “This is an important milestone as the Iraqi people continue to take responsibility for their future. I want to congratulate Iraq’s leaders for reaching this agreement,” Obama said. “The United States will continue to stand with Iraq as a strong partner and as a friend.” The U.S. ambassador, speaking to reporters after the vote, said the American troop drawdown will proceed as scheduled. Military commanders have said the U.S. troop withdrawal would start in earnest about 60 days after the vote, the idea being that the country would be on stable footing by then. “What is important is that with the election law, we are very much on schedule for the drawdown,” Hill said. Under the president’s plan, all U.S. combat troops will be out of the country by the end of August 2010, leaving about 50,000 trainers and support troops. Those troops would leave by the end of 2011. The elections were originally planned for Jan. 16 and the head of the Independent High Electoral Commission, Faraj alHaidari, said he still expected a vote within a week of that date. “I think it will be within one week after Jan. 16,” he told The Associated Press after the law was passed. The Iraqi constitution mandates that the vote takes place in January, but does not specify which day. Deputy Parliament Speaker, Khalid al-Attiyah said it would likely be held January 21 or 23. Once the legislation is approved by the president and his two vice presidents, the election commission will decide how many days are needed to hold the vote. Then the commission

“This is a good law because it occurred after broad agreement, and it presents a solution to a problem that we have now solved. It doesn’t achieve all our [Kurdish] ambitions, but it achieves a balance.” Mahmoud Othman | Kurdish lawmaker will send a letter to parliament and to the prime minister to inform them of their decision, al-Haidari said. The law’s passage had been repeatedly delayed by sharp disagreements over how voting would take place in the northern city of Kirkuk, claimed by both Arabs and Kurds and a major flashpoint in the country. Kurds consider Kirkuk a Kurdish city and want it part of their self-ruled region. During the rule of former dictator Saddam Hussein, tens of thousands of Kurds were displaced under a forced plan by Saddam to make Kirkuk predominantly Arab. The Arab-led central government vehemently opposes anything that would remove Kirkuk from its control. Both Kurds and Arabs


appeared to claim victory after the sometimes raucous parliament session ended. “This is a good law because it occurred after broad agreement, and it presents a solution to a problem that we have now solved. It doesn’t achieve all our [Kurdish] ambitions, but it achieves a balance,” said Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish lawmaker. But Omar al-Jabouri, a Sunni member of parliament, called the voting “a great victory.” The law passed with 141 votes, but it was not immediately known how many of the parliament’s 275 members voted against the legislation or even attended the session. Low turnouts are common in Iraq’s parliament, which often do not have enough people to form the necessary 138-person quorum.

Quarter ton of opium seized in northern Mexico 448 pounds of opium paste confiscated, largest opium seize in Mexican history MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican army said Saturday it has seized a shipment of almost a quarter-ton of opium in the country’s northern mountains, one of the largest such seizures made in Mexico. The 448 pounds (203 kilograms) of opium paste was found Thursday hidden in nine plastic containers in the township of Guadalupe y Calvo, in the border state of Chihuahua, the Defense Department said in a statement. Seven rifles, three pistols and nearly 10,000 rounds of ammunition were found along with the opium, which can be refined to make heroin. The army said it could have yielded 200,000 doses of heroin or similar drugs. The Defense Department called it “the largest seizure of opium paste ever in our country.” However, police in the southern state of Guerrero seized 627 pounds (284 kilograms) of opium paste near the resort of Acapulco in 1999. Also Saturday, one policeman was killed and four wounded in an attack by gun-

men in a drug-plagued part of southern Mexico. Gunmen opened fire on two police patrol vehicles responding to reports of a dead body left on a roadside. Authorities in the town of La Union, in Guerrero state near the border with Michoacan, said the unidentified gunmen fled following the attack. The victims were Guerrero state police officers. Another body was found in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz with its arms and legs mutilated and its head hacked off. The head was found in a plastic bag next to the body. A message left with the body read: “This is for showing disrespect for the letter ‘Z’,” a common reference to the Zetas drug gang. The body was wearing a state Public Safety department T-shirt, and assistant state prosecutor Jose Luis Peri said Saturday that authorities are investigating whether the victim may be a police officer. On Tuesday, federal police and navy personnel shot to death a top Zetas cartel suspect

in the same area. The navy said suspect Braulio Arellano Dominguez was the reputed leader of the Zetas in Veracruz. The Zetas are a gang of hit men tied to the Gulf Cartel. In the border state of Baja California, prosecutors said Saturday that gunmen attacked a hotel used by federal police agents in the city of Tijuana. One civilian at the hotel was seriously wounded in late Friday’s attack, but no police officers were hurt. Tijuana has been one of the areas affected by drug-related violence that has cost more than 13,800 lives since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against drug cartels in December 2006.



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‘DWI chair’ sells for more than $10,000 DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Operating a motorized recliner while drunk apparently drives up the chair’s value. Police in northern Minnesota listed the “DWI chair” on eBay after the owner was arrested for driving it into a parked car last year. It sold Thursday for $10,099.99. Proctor police Chief Walter Wobig didn’t immediately know the winning bidder’s name or hometown. He said international media attention helped fuel

the bidding. The chair was built by Dennis LeRoy Anderson. He had pled guilty to driving the motorized chair with a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. He said he expected the chair would fetch only $2,000 to $3,000. The recliner is powered by a lawnmower engine. It comes equipped with a stereo, cup holders and lights.

NZ lawmaker sculpted in cow manure, sold online WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A sculpture of a New Zealand government minister crafted from cow manure sold for New Zealand dollars 3,080 ($2,220) on an auction Web site. The bust of New Zealand Environment Minister Nick Smith, sculpted as a protest by artist Sam Mahon, attracted 112 bids before being picked up by an anonymous buyer on Friday. Mahon said he created the sculpture, and chose the medium, to protest what he considers Smith’s too-soft stance on pollu-


Authorities say man stole car to face theft charge VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — The California Highway Patrol say a man stole a car to make a court appearance on a previous auto theft charge. Patrol investigator Chris Linehan says he arrested Samuel Botchvaroff Tuesday as he sat inside a stolen 2000 Range

Nick Smith New Zealand’s Environment Minister tion created by dairy farms. He said the bust did not smell and would last forever. “The sculpture has a hollow head, which is very fitting. It is highly polished and sits on the stand slightly to the right of center,” Mahon said.

Rover at the Vallejo courthouse. The 24-year-old Botchvaroff had just left his arraignment on auto theft charges stemming from an Oct. 31 arrest. Linehan said the Range Rover’s LoJack system helped him locate the vehicle, which had been stolen from Oakland earlier Tuesday morning. Authorities say Botchvaroff told officers his car had been impounded, and he had no other way to get to his arraignment. He was booked into Solano County Jail on suspicion of auto theft and possession of stolen property.

Oregon man charged with DUI after 911 call SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon police have charged a man with drunken driving after he called 911 to report his marijuana as stolen; the dispatcher couldn’t understand him because he was vomiting while on the road. Marion County sheriff’s deputies say 21-year-old Calvin Hoover, of Salem, told dispatchers early Tuesday that someone had broken into his truck and stolen cash, a jacket and a small amount of marijuana while he was at a tavern in Salem. He then called 911 again to complain that deputies had not arrived, but the dispatcher had trouble understanding Hoover because he was driving and stopping several times to vomit. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants. The sheriff’s office says it has no record of an attorney for Hoover. Mahon gathered cow dung from an organic dairy farm, ground it in a coffee grinder, mixed it with a polymer resin and pressed it into a mold. He polished the sculpture with beeswax to create a finish that resembles bronze. Smith joked about the tribute Friday. “Excuse the pun, but I would describe it as crap art,” he said. Mahon’s said he will use the proceeds from the auction to help clean up waterways polluted by effluent from dairy farms near his home.


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