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THE BUCKET LIST ‘Bucket List’ used as University retention tool By Amber Petkosek Reporter

Running through the fountain in front of the administration building and ordering a pumpkin pie blizzard from Myles’ Dairy Queen are just two of the things students are challenged to do during their time at the University. The on campus organization your Fellow Falcon is bringing awareness to the University Bucket List, a list of 67 things to do in Bowling Green and the surrounding area before graduation. yFF did not create the bucket list, and no one is certain who created it, said Brandi Barhite, adviser of your Fellow Falcon and the assistant director of the Student Enrollment Communication Center. “We are trying to implement it to make BG a more neighborly and welcoming place,” Barhite said. The main goal for yFF is to make Bowling Green a place students want to come back to with events and the creation of community. yFF is a part of the University’s retention initiative, which focuses on getting students to return to the University each year, Barhite said. “We make your time at BG the best you can have, not party-wise, but friend and connection-wise,” she said. The bucket list began to spread around campus, and yFF gained an interest in it. “[Residence] Life passed it out during freshman move in, and we got a copy from marketing and communications,” she said. There has been one event so far to help students get started on their bucket lists. “One thing on the bucket list was to eat stuffed breadsticks from Pollyeyes and also watch a movie at the Gish,” Barhite said. “So we knocked out two with one stone.” Amber Dudley, student manager of yFF, was at the most recent event hosted, which drew in between 15 and 20 students. “It was our first one. I think it will get better as we progress,”

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The victim was transported to Wood County Hospital with fractured nasal bones, he said. As of Sunday, there was no record of the Lead singer of Of Mice & Men victim being in the hospital, said Stephanie switchboard operator for Wood County arrested Saturday morning Rath, Hospital. After playing its first show in Bowling Carlile and Robinson were lodged in the Green at the Cla-Zel, Of Mice & Men’s lead Wood County Justice Center with no bond singer was arrested and jailed early Saturday and are scheduled for a video arraignment morning. with the municipal court at 8:30 a.m. on Austin Carlile, 25, of Huntington Beach, Monday, according to Wood County Sheriff Calif., was arrested for felonious assault officials. outside of 149 North at 2:50 a.m. along with Of Mice & Men headlined at the Cla-Zel the band’s drum technician, Lionel Robinson on Friday, after which it was going to play II, 27, of Escondid, Calif., according to police with A Day To Remember in Detroit on reports. Saturday. Police responded to a fight between two The band was unable to play the show groups of people in the street and one person as well as its Sunday show in Grand Rapids, lying on the ground unconscious, leading to Mich., according to the band’s Facebook. the arrest of Carlile and Robinson, said Sgt. The BG News was unable to reach the Jason Stanley of the Bowling Green Police band’ s agent for comment. Division. Of Mice & Men is due to perform Monday What constitutes as felonious assault at Peabody’s in Cleveland with Chunk! No, instead of disorderly conduct is the amount Captain Chunk!, Fallen Captive and This Is A of physical harm, Stanley said. Lifetime, according to



Student found dead in off-campus apartment A student was found dead early Saturday morning in his off-campus apartment in the 100 block of University Lane. Brandon Brown, 21, of Bryan, Ohio, was discovered unresponsive at 1:15 a.m. by his father, who then called police, said Sgt. Jason Stanley of the Bowling Green Police Division. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene, Stanley said. As of now, the cause of death is unknown and the case is under investigation by the police and Wood County Coroner’s Office, he said. Brown was a junior in the College of Technology, according to an email from President Mary Ellen Mazey. Counseling is available from the Counseling Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday through Friday, Mazey said in the email. The Counseling Center can be reached at 419-372-2081.



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Women surpass men in college enrollment, graduation By Danae King Campus Editor

Brittany Kobylak decided to attend college because of pressure from her family and her career aspirations. “It’s pretty much been a standard in my family,” said Kobylak, a freshman interior design major. “You go to school, graduate and get a job.” Kobylak isn’t the only young woman making the decision to attend college; in fact, collegeenrolled women are no longer a minority. In fall 2012, there were 3,591 individuals enrolled as first time, first year, full time freshmen at the University, according to the University Office of Institutional Research’s website. Of those, about 60 percent were female and roughly 40 percent were male. More women than men gradu-

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ated at every degree level for the 2011 to 2012 academic year at the University, according to data from Institutional Research. Roughly 300 more women than men are graduating each year with a bachelor’s degree at the University, according to the data. Ellen Broido, associate professor of higher education and student affairs, teaches a graduate-level class on gender in higher education,

The University Recyclemania project helped some students remember to recycle during the past eight weeks, but students do a good job of recycling throughout the school year, said Nick Hennessy, sustainability coordinator and head of the Recyclemania project on campus. While other schools participating in the program recycle higher amounts of waste in the six weeks, Hennessy said that the results of the program did not upset him.

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A trip into space is a childhood dream for some people, but for University alumnus Mohamad Abbas, going to space is something he has the opportunity to accomplish in adulthood. Abbas, who graduated from the University in 2011 with a Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy, is in third place with more than 18,500 votes in a competition sponsored by AXE and its line of body spray called Apollo,

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BUCKET From Page 1 she said. yFF is currently planning to host at least one event per month, Dudley said. “The next one is this week,” Dudley said. “We are going to get Starbucks, and walk to the thinking man to take a picture.” Dudley is currently working on her own University bucket list. “I’m gradually doing it,” she said. “I’m pretty involved so I’ve looked through the list and I’ve done things without realizing it.” Freshman Erica Miller is


lar network. “I was hosted by MTV Lebanon, which also helped me a lot,” he said. “My Facebook page with 10,300 followers is also helping me.” In total AXE will send around 22 people to space, one from the category Abbas is in. If Abbas wins the competition he will be the first person from the University to go to space, he said. Finding out about the con-

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Rina M. Ballez, 35, of Bowling Green, was arrested for theft/ shoplifting within the 1000 block of N. Main St. She was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center.

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Matthew D. Richardson was cited for disorderly conduct/ public urination within the 100 block of E. Wooster Street. He was arrested on a Bowling Green Police Division warrant and lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 8:02 A.M.

planning on attending the next event hosted by yFF, and began her bucket list when she heard about it through friends. “I have pictures with the thinking man, and I’ve eaten at two of the restaurants on the list,” she said. Miller said she plans to complete the bucket list and continue to attend events with friends. “I like the events,” she said. “It brings people together, and it gives you a goal to go after.” To find out when the next bucket list event is, students can check out yFF’s Facebook page by searching your Fellow Falcon.




Complainant reported that sometime in the past three days, unknown subjects spray painted the word “high” on a shelter house in City Park. The estimated damage was $50. 8:50 A.M.

Joseph R. Herron, 28, of Bowling Green, was cited for disorderly conduct/fighting within the 700 block of Sixth St. 4:06 P.M.

Jessica L. Pezzott, 19; and Kyra Ann Langley, 18, both of Bowling Green, were arrested for theft/shoplifting within the 2100 block of E. Wooster St. They were lodged in the Wood County Justice Center.

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Check out this week’s citations on the interactive blotter map only online at BGNEWS.COM Skinner, 21, of Elida, Ohio; and Jeffrey Alan Zeigler, 21, of Delphos, Ohio, were all cited for open container at Lot 6 downtown.

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Jason Michael Stowers, 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for disorderly conduct/public urination within the 600 block of E. Wooster St. Eric Michael Wilson, 21, of Powell, Ohio, was cited for open container within the 100 block of N. Main St. Virgil A. Gladieux II, 21, of Bowling Green, was cited for disorderly conduct/public urination within the 500 block of Clough St. 2:38 A.M.

Bryan Salazar, 22, of Toledo, was cited for operating a vehicle impaired within the 1400 block of E. Wooster St. 2:50 A.M.

Austin Robert Carlile, 25, of Huntington Beach, Calif; and Loniel Maurice Robinson II, 27, of Escondido, Calif, were arrested for felonious assault within the 100 block of N. Main St. They were lodged in the Wood County Justice Center.

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Samuel J. Zeigler, 21, of Bowling Green; Deric Vaughn Bolden, 23, of Fostoria, Ohio; Nikko Ramon Navarro, 19, of Fostoria, Ohio; and Chase A. Utz, 20, of Fostoria, Ohio, were

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Alexxis Marilyn Knannlein, 19, of Toledo, was cited for underage possession of alcohol within the 100 block of N. Prospect St. Connor P. O’Brien, 21, of Bowling Green, was cited for open container within the 100 block of N. Main St. Kelly Ann Buser, 21, of Bowling Green, was cited for disorderly conduct/fighting within the 300 block of E. Wooster St. Carl Michael Braden, 21, of Walbridge, Ohio, was arrested for felonious assault and lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 2:28 A.M.

Tevin Scott Mitchell, 20, of South Point, Ohio, was cited for disorderly conduct/public urination within the 100 block of E. Court St. Trevon Marquise Doggett, 19, of Tiffin, Ohio, was cited for disorderly conduct/public urination, underage/under the influence of alcohol and falsification of identification.


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International students face culture shock Differences apparent between American, global ways of life; taboos, customs vary

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When Kefa Otiso, associate professor in the Department of Geography, came to the United States in 1991 from Kenya, he didn’t expect to step into a completely new realm of different cultural customs and traditions. The differences in international cultural taboos are still a controversy among foreign students and Americans alike. To members of a certain culture, some customs are seen as normalcy in everyday life. Yet the American life-

SPACE From Page 2 test was more than just a coincidence for Abbas. “A German friend of mine called Silja watched the commercial online and because she knows I am very interested in the cosmos, she directly contacted me and encouraged me to take part,” he said. Taking dreams seriously is something that Abbas has always done; he even made his dream a career. “Just like almost everyone else, I always wanted to go to space,” he said. “But I took my dream seriously and studied the topic.” Abbas has done many other things to pursue his dream. He

style and ways of living in the Western world are much more open and subjectively taboo compared to life in other countries. “The kind of culture I came from, people dress more conservatively,” Otiso said. “During my first summer here, women were down to what I would consider underwear, sunbathing in public. In my culture, I would almost consider that as walking around naked. It was kind of shocking.” Sex, age, food, religion and the role of women in society were some of the biggest differences in American customs

that students asked questions about in class, Otiso said. Majed Alhindi is a senior from Saudi Arabia and noticed big differences for women’s role in society when he came to the United States compared to what he knew back home. In Saudi Arabia, women and men are mostly separate in all aspects of life, Alhindi said. “In school, girls and boys are separate from first grade to the university level,” he said. “For the wedding, men and women are separate too.” Even with restrictions in the United States, what is considered tame here is open

compared to other societies. While sex is a relatively open topic in the United States, in other cultures it can be disrespectful to talk about sex with the opposite gender, Otiso said. “Some people would say some things are permissive, but permissive is relative,” Otiso said. “What is permissive is cultural.” Spencer Clark, a junior, is taking Arabic 1020, Spanish 1020 and has many international friends; some of who were foreign exchange stu-

revived the Astronomy Club at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon while he was a student, he worked with the Lebanese Astronomy Group, he is a member of the American Astronomical Society, he takes his own astronomical pictures and attends conferences around the world. Abbas hopes the trip to space will bring inspiration to those struggling to find it. Andrew Layden, professor of Physics and Astronomy, worked with Abbas while he was at the University studying for his masters. “Moe grew up in Lebanon and went to school there, then came to the states to get his masters, and he is now in Germany working on his

PhD,” he said. Going to space is an opportunity of a life time, but it is one some people do not understand, Layden said. “A lot of people see it as ‘why do you climb a mountain?’ It’s a personal challenge,” he said. Emerson Goncus, assistant professor of Aerospace Studies, said the interest in flying and space travel comes partially from experiences people have. “It gives you a certain amount of freedom,” he said. “It’s like being 16 and driving a car, except you can do more.” There are many similarities between flying in the air and flying in space, Goncus said. “The same spirit that got us off the ground got us in space,” he said.

Jeffrey Bryden, instructor in the marketing department, said AXE is using the contest to step its advertising up to the next level. “Once somebody launches someone into space, it’s like ‘been there done that,’” he said. “It’s kind of like Columbus discovered America, and the next guy comes along; you’re second, sorry.” AXE is using commercials to hype the contest. The price of sending people to space is a small one for what AXE will be receiving back. “Essentially they are getting four months of public relations,” Bryden said. Students can vote for Abbas at https://www2.axeapollo. com/en_EG/247644/mohamad-abbas.



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is a subset of furry fandom. See, we’re fans of anthropomorphic animals, which can probably be just as easily described as cartoon animals except we really like Richard

a Trekkie dressing up in a Starfleet uniform. Those guys are living out their fantasies by dressing up and pretending to be the characters they want to be.

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vitamin D. the benches were occupied the neurons in our brains Everybody was literally in with old friends using the react positively when TARA KELLER the sun is out and ready day to catch up. a sunny mood. COLUMNIST “To get BGSU to “Study abroad “Swim in and the lakeI took “World peace,to greet us. Psychologists VISIT US AT Why was it people’s My friends transition to 100 in France or in Africa that getting the actually advise individuals full advantage of mother attitudes exponentially cleanand energy, Japan because I water and increased for the better recipe for as suffering from depression nature’shas pink leniency I was at this party thispercent weekend this kid was there. He was to use the sun as a tempothe temperature climbed trekked up onto the Wolfe This week Bowling Green because it’ s important like the culture. ” because I like Belgian waffles obviously not of the necessary hanging-out age for us college Have your own take on rary picker-upper. in the same direction? Center, blanket and homeproved that nice weather for our institution to swimming and it’ s and to meet kids. Kids in high school shouldn’t come to college parties. On Thethe Maybetoday’ it’ss People the way Sitting on the God. Wolfe tow. We the brings out the nice in all work in pretty in our future. ” not babysit. cool.weren’t ” ” They’re just liabilities.invest I’m trying to chill, Street? Or a suggestion for Center and hoping in vain sunlight highlights the only ones. of us. —YOU CAN’T HANG JOSH CHAMBERLAND SIMONE WEBB JOEY MILLER GARY THOMAS a question? Give us your campus. the sun would tan my The basketball courts The 70 degree weather Now we can atclearly see feedback exposed legs, I contemplattransformed the Sophomore, hibernat- were filled with friendly Junior, Sophomore, Freshman, To the guy trying to break into my bro’s car, you’re lucky you ed several theories. competitors, people played ing campus into a wonAsian Studies Special Education Environmental Policy andtryAnalysis Middlethere Childhood didn’t get jumped. Don’t and pick a lock when are Education See TARA | Page 5 Vitamin D intake, perderland of life and stu- ultimate Frisbee like they


people right next to you. Get some common sense when it comes to your thievery. Next time, our mob of 10 drunken dudes won’t be so forgiving. —COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

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What’s up with people taking off their clothes at house parties these days? Honestly, I wasn’t expecting a room full of guys without shirts on. Not sure how I feel about this. I understand it was a warm day, but geez, cover your shame, guys! —HOT IN HERE



I feel a great amount of sympathy for the people who have to clean up the parking lots after St. Patrick’s Day. I walked to campus today and saw a half-empty parking lot with broken bottles occupying each ofTHAT the openREALLY spots. I guess there’s something satisfying about whipping an empty bottle into a crowded area that some people can’t resist. —PAIN IN THE GLASS


A recent trend I have noticed is people having their parents roll with them on the weekends. I’m cool with it, just don’t baby your mom. If she’s a cutie, I’m going to hit on her. It’s just the way it goes. Don’t be upset when I’m spitting game with her and not you. —YOUR MOM’S GOT IT GOIN’ ON


To the people in Taco Bell on Saturday, how did you not get arrested? I seriously saw a dude fading in and out of consciousness between bites of his beefy five layer burrito. Seriously though, there’s a cop right there. You probably shouldn’t go there if you can’t maintain your composure or at least a decent conversation.WHAT IS FALCON SCREECH? FALCON SCREECH —DRUNKEN BURRITO IS A SPECIAL ADDITION TO MONDAY’S FORUM SECTION. SUBMIT YOUR 100-WORD Have you ever been sittingATatBGNEWS. your own Cparty “I RANT ANONYMOUSLY OM and OR thought YOU CAN don’t know half of these people here?” If you’re going to bring a TWEET YOUR SCREECHES AT @FALCONSCREECH OR friend to a party, only bring one. Don’t come in, rolling 20 deep #FALCONSCREECH. with strangers. IWITH don’t care if this is your girlfriend’s cousin’s best friend. I don’t know him. Exams assigned —THAT GUY for this Monday irritate me. Wish I didn’t


have to spend Easter Sunday studying rather than enjoying family. So, I was scheduling for classes and realized I could graduate year early!Sucks But then I found out I couldn’t because of the ­—a#Studying

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Track and field sets several school, conference records at Raleigh Relays By Cameron Teague Robinson Reporter

The BG track and field team competed in the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State University this weekend. The team left North Carolina with strong performances from different athletes and a historic performance from thrower Brooke Pleger. Pleger threw the hammer for the first time this season, and did not hesitate to show why this is her best event. Her best throw for the weekend was 212-feet-6, which broke the meet and facility record in North Carolina. The distance currently ranks her third nationally and is the second-best distance in Mid-American Conference history. Along with those records, she shattered the previous school record of 191-7 set by Whitney Hartman in 2008. Pleger was not the only one with a record-breaking weekend; the 4x200 relay team broke the school record of 1:38.95 with a time of 1:37.95. The team consisted of Janette Pettigrew, Taylor Rambo, Brittany Sinclair and Allison Weimer. “It was our goal to open our season well [in] the first two meets and there is no doubt that we have done that,” said Head Coach Lou Snelling, “We are so proud of Brooke and the 4x200 squad.” Three redshirt freshmen competed in the 5000 meter run, and all ran personal bests in the event. Andrea Alt led the way with a time of 17:28.26, placing sixth out of 25 competitors in her heat. Jasmine Redman followed in eighth place at 17:30.45 and Kendra Kezur was 12th in 17:48.73. Redshirt freshman, Maria Meredith, set her personal best in the 1500 with a time of 4:42.42 and placed 19th out of 128 runners. Freshman Demetra Taylor was 20th of 88 runners in the 100 hurdles with a personal best of 14.39 seconds. “It was great to see a lot of the youth take nice steps this early in the outdoor season and in their careers,” Snelling said. “Our youth definitely gained experience, running against this type of competition this experience will help us in the short term and the long term.” In the 400 meter, both Sinclair and Weimer broke the 57 second mark as Sinclair ran a 56.79 and Weimer finished at 56.99. “It was great to see the improvements this weekend across all of the event groups,” Snelling said. “Now, we have to take advantage of our training and racing opportunities in the month of April and continue to move up the standings.” The Falcons will be back in action in a week, competing at the Miami [Ohio] Invitational Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6.


RUNNING before jumping in the long jump, BG jumper Dana Gates leaps as far as she can in the BG indoor meet earlier this season.

Softball opens MAC play, swept by Ball State, split series with Miami Falcons go from leading conference to tied for last in season-opening series

By Ethan Easterwood Sports Editor

The Falcon softball team opened Mid-American Conference play this past weekend going 1-3 against Ball State and Miami. BG finally opened up its first home games as the orginiallyscheduled doubleheader two weeks ago with Wright State was cancelled. Ball State, which defeated the Falcons in all three games the two teams played this past season, looked to have BG’s number this season as well. Going into the game, BG was tied for first in the MAC with Ohio, and Ball State was sitting in second. The Cardinals swept the Falcons in two games 4-1 and 3-1. The Falcons managed only one hit in game one, which came from junior Erika Stratton. Pitcher Paris Imholz allowed two runs in 6.2 innings of play, which came in the sixth inning. In the sixth, Ball State scored two runs before adding two more in the seventh inning. BG would add one run in the bottom of the seventh.

The one Falcon run came off an error to put Paige Berger on base. A ground-out allowed her to move to second before a wild pitch moved her to third. Adrienne Dick grounded out and Berger was able to score the Falcons’ only run. In game two, the Falcons got on board first, but were unable to hold off the hot Cardinal offense, which managed to tack on three runs in the later innings. “A team like Ball State, if you look at it honestly, a split would have been an awesome day,” Coach Shannon Salsburg said. “So that second game is the one I’m hung-up on a little bit, we just needed to finish that game. It would have been big for us.” Ball State moves to the top of the MAC West finishing its weekend winning four MAC games. “We made some plays defensively,” Salsburg said. “But with a team like that you need to keep scoring.” BG would continue it’s MAC losing streak in game one with Miami on Saturday.

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Bourn to lead Indians, looks to start fresh TYLER BUCHANAN In Focus Editor

On Tuesday night, Michael Bourn will step into the turfy batter’s box of the aptly Canadian-named Rogers Centre. His first at bat as a Cleveland Indian marks the beginning of a new journey, a fresh start for a club coming off its second-worst season since 1991. Not that you’d know it, if you spoke to any Tribe fans. Ask them about the Indians finishing 26 games under .500 this past year and expect to hear, “Who cares, this is our year.” No one would have expected Bourn to lead off the Indians’ season. Certainly no one would have expected this offseason to foster as much anticipation and enthusiasm as it did. After all, this is a team that went 23-54 after the All-Star break this past season, including four-, six-, nineand 11 game losing streaks along the way. They didn’t merely fall out of the pennant race like a stone, it was more like crashing into an iceberg FILE PHOTO

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GENDER From Page 1 and she said there are a variety of reasons for this trend. “The argument people are making is that the K-12 system is set up in ways that appeal more to girls than boys,” Broido said. Society still has gendered ways of teaching young boys and girls how to behave, said Tabassum Ruby, instructor in the Women’s Studies Program. “When it comes to boys, it is OK to not follow rules and disrupt because this is how we construct masculinity,” Ruby said. “To be a good girl, you are to perform well; it’s good if you’re doing homework and conforming to instructions. It is a cycle we construct early on.” This trend can be traced back to elementary school, when girls are rewarded more for doing well in school than boys are, Broido said. “There are other things boys are rewarded for,” Broido said. “K-12, I think, rewards following the rules and being quiet.” For Kobylak, the difference

RECYCLE From Page 1 “Other universities go buck-wild during this competition,” Hennessy said. “Our school does a great job year-round of recycling. I’m more than okay with our students not going crazy for just six weeks.” Recyclemania has been a part of the University’s annual calendar since the Office of Sustainability introduced it in 2003, but this year’s Recyclemania has expanded from a residence hall competition to the entire University. The competition includes more than 600 universities nationwide and in Canada. The event started February 4 and ended Sunday. By the end of the seventh week of competition, 72.3 pounds of recyclable mate-


in educational attainment and socialization among different genders is illustrated in her home. Kobylak has an older sister and a younger brother, and said she notices differences in how her parents treat them. “My parents don’t really punish [my younger brother] for having bad grades, whereas me and my sister will get talked to or get something taken away,” Kobylak said. Gary Oates, associate professor of sociology, attributes this difference in attainment to academic engagement, or demonstrating values and habits that foster good academic performance. “Females tend to display higher levels of engagement than males,” Oates said. Academic engagement influences academic performance significantly, Oates said. This may be where the gender gap in educational attainment begins, but certainly not where it ends, at least according to Broido. One reason for the gap may be the public perception of women, she said. This may impact women’s

incentive to attend college, Oates said. “If you know that your gender works against you, you probably do as much as you can to compensate,” Oates said. Men may be able to get a well-paying job without a college degree more easily than women, Broido said. “As people think about preparing for a career, there are few good options for women that don’t involve a college degree,” Broido said. “This is generally true for men, but less so.” In addition to these aspects of education and society, there may be other reasons University students like Kobylak find themselves in classes with more women than men. “In part we have more women here because of the size and strength of the teacher education program,” Broido said. This increases the number of women who go to the University because elementary school teaching particularly is valued and promoted as a good career for women, Broido said. Other programs at the University also play a

role in gender and enrollment, she said. For instance, the University lacks an engineering program and large undergraduate programs in chemistry and physics, Broido said. “We have more programs that appeal to women,” Broido said. Type of programs offered and the national trend both play into why there are more women than men at the University, Broido said. “That (national) difference is strengthened by the degree program we have here,” she said Oates’ reasoning differed from Broido’s as far as the reason women outnumber men at the University. “My guess is that there is nothing unique about BG that sparks this pattern,” Oates said. No matter the reason, with more women enrolling and graduating from colleges and universities, the implications are two-fold. “On one hand it reflects progress, and on the other hand it reflects that women need more education to make the same money as men,” Broido said.

rial had been collected, according to the University Sustainability Facebook page. Students living in residence halls at the University used to be the only people who competed, but this year the entire campus will compete, Hennessy said. Hennessy said it is important for everyone to be focused on recycling. The University chose to compete again in the Recyclemania competition because they wanted to see how much waste they could minimize. “We added bins in places with high traffic flow, like the Falcon’s Nest and Ice Arena to allow for added bottles,” Hennessy said. “One of [University President Mary Ellen] Mazey’s big talking points is making Bowling Green actually ‘green,’” said sophomore

Seth Bixler. “I think this is a great thing because we are worried about a financial crisis and this is one of the things that could save the University money.” Although the competition is completed, Hennessy said recycling should be a yearround activity. “It’s never too late,” he said. “The important thing is everything that you can remember to recycle— every bottle, can and newspaper counts. Even if Recyclemania is over, it is still helping the University and it helps keep things out of the landfill.” Jacob Clolinger, sustainability intern, said the University’s efforts have been great. “This year our recycling efforts have saved 285 metric tons of CO2 equivalent, [the] same as 56 cars off the road at BGSU for the past six weeks,” he said.

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Miami who entered the game as the worst team in the MAC managed to defeat BG, 3-2. The RedHawks scored early with one run on three hits in the first inning. Miami would continue to shutout the Falcons through the seventh inning while adding two more runs of its own. BG attempted a last inning comeback just to

INDIANS From Page 5 and sinking into the Atlantic. Ask any Cleveland fan about finishing 20 games behind the Detroit Tigers, the eventual league champs. “Who cares, this is our year.” It didn’t seem possible that it even could be. On Oct. 3, the Indians finished its season with an appropriate 9-0 loss at home. The Indians had secondworse home attendance. Manager Manny Acta had just been fired. The team had the second-lowest runs scored and the Tribe’s best hitter had just 18 home runs. Then something amazing happened. Chris Antonetti, the team’s general manager, recognized the team needed some fresh blood and bigname talent to get fans back to the ballpark. All general managers realize this; fewer actually get it

come up one run short. Katie Yoho and Dick earned the two runs off of a Marisa Shook single to left field. Imholz was credited with the loss moving her record to 9-4 this season. The Falcons managed to gather a game two win in order to salvage some of the weekend, 5-1. The bats finally seemed alive for BG as Dick went 2-for-3 at the plate earning three RBIs. Erika Stratton also went 2-for3 and Shook hit a dou-

ble. Pitcher Jamie Kertes earned the complete game win moving her to a 4-6 record of the year. “We just wanted to come back as ‘us’ in the second game,” Kertes said. “Our big thing, is that we need to believe in ourselves and we needed to fight back, and that is exactly what we did.” With the win, the Falcons managed to escape sitting at the bottom of the MAC— a far cry from entering the weekend leading the conference.

“Hands down, those are two of the better teams in the MAC, I’m happy with the split, I think we could have won two, but I’ll take the split.” Since MAC play has started, the ranking is now based on conference play, and the Falcons are perched at 1-3 in conference. Miami, who entered the weekend in last, now are tied for first with Kent State at 3-1 record. BG will look to rebound aga inst Det roit on Tuesday.

done. It’s not that Cleveland fans aren’t crazy for their baseball, or any sport for that matter. The city has fielded a baseball team since 1887, through wars, depressions and some of the worst teams in the sport’s history. Indians fans, you think you’ve had it bad? Try 1899, when the owners of the Cleveland Spiders bought out a rival team and proceeded to transfer all of the good Spiders players to the other team franchise. Apparently in the 19th century no one saw it a conflict of interest to sabotage an entire franchise by owning more than one. The final outcome in 1899 for the Spiders was 20-134, a .130 winning percentage. They were 84 games back of first place in the division. The team was so bad and attendance numbers fell sharply enough that other teams refused to play in Cleveland, forcing the hapless

Spiders to play nearly all of their games on the road. Bourn has probably never heard of the Cleveland Spiders, just as he’s unfamiliar with most American League ballparks and opponents. However, he is familiar with the Blue Jays’ projected opening day starter, R.A. Dickey. Both are coming over to the American League from the National, Dickey being last year’s Cy Young Award winner as a knuckleball ace. Bourn should have no problems with the knuckleball, which dances and gyrates through the air, conceding its flight path to the wills of a cross breeze. For one, Bourn is ninefor-28 against Dickey in his career including a pair of extra-base hits. But most of all, the game takes place in a dome, sans artificial wind to go along with the artificial grass below their feet. There’s a retractable roof, not likely to open with snow showers expected for a wintry

Toronto evening. He’ll step up to the plate, wearing for the first time his team’s road gray uniforms. He’ll tap the plate a few times with his bat, kick some imaginary dirt off his spikes and chop a clunky knuckleball to the left side. Terry Francona, the Tribe’s new manager, will watch his new center fielder sprint down the counterfeit grass. A new team of players, including Mark Reynolds, Nick Swisher, Mike Aviles, Jason Giambi, Scott Kazmir and a host of others, will watch along the dugout steps. A fan base rejuvenated from a promising offseason will see Bourn cross the first base bag for the Indians, the team’s record 0-0 like everybody else’s, hoping an infield single 300 miles away in another country spells hope. Baseball’s back, and the boys of summer are lacing up. Even with fake grass under dome lights, baseball’s back. Play ball.


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TABOO From Page 3 dents hosted by his close friends and family. In his Arabic class, he learned how different Middle Eastern culture is compared to the United States. One of the biggest taboos in many cultures is the public display of affection, which is a normalcy in the United States. The first time Otiso went to church in America, he was shocked to see women and men were sitting together, let alone hugging in church. In rural Kenyan culture, that was considered the equivalent of sex. “Public expression of romance, any expression of sexual intentions, is strictly forbidden,” Otiso said. “Coming from where I’m from and walking down the

street here, seeing people kissing, it would be considered crazy.” While America is considered a relatively open society, some subjective customs here are widely accepted in other countries. In Saudi Arabia, the driving laws are not as heavily enforced as they are in America, Alhindi said. “People here follow the rules on the street, in my country they don’t,” Alhindi said. “We have stop signs but nobody follows the rules for it.” When Clark’s family hosted two foreign exchange students from Germany, they were surprised at how high the drinking age was and how heavily the law was enforced. “They were also really surprised at the roads; how wide they were and the speed limits,” Clark said.

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**1 or 2 BR apts avail May/Aug, also Rooms and Studio Apts. Summer only rentals also avail. / 419-353-0325 *One 3BR house left, 812 3rd St, $800/mo + utilities. *One 4BR house left, 202 Merry, $1200/mo + utilites. Call 419-359-4053 for more info.

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1, 2 & 3 BR apts on Manville, next to water tower. Call 419-352-5239.

1BR apt, near campus, $475/mo, utilities included. Call 419-352-5882.

220 Napoleon Rd 1BR, $395-$410/mo + electric. 130 E. Washington St. 2BR, $660/mo + all utilities, 1BR w/ study, $615/mo + utilities, 1BR, $525/mo + ulitities, 1BR, $595/mo + utilities. 815/803 8th St. $495-$510/mo + gas & electric. 419-354-6036 227 N Prospect tri-plex, utils incl, 1BR- $500/mo, avail May, 5BR - $1200/mo, avail July. Call 419-308-2676 2BR apt, W/D, close to campus & downtown, very nice! Available in August, $610/mo. 121 E. Court St, 419-352-0300. 2BR downtown apt, huge livng rm Avail now, $550/mo + utils. Call 419-354-7701. 2BR unfurn apt, year lease, $510/mo, pet friendly. Call 419-352-9378 2BR unfurn apt, yr lease, laundry in bldg, avail NOW! $485/mo. Call 419-352-9378. 3 BR duplex, 404 S. College, $600/12mo ls, $675/9mo ls. Available May, call 419-352-4850. 3BR apt, near campus, $850/mo, utilities included. Call 419-352-5882. Furn. room, freedom of house, TV, W/D, clean & quiet, $250/mo w/ $100 dep. Call 419-354-6117.



Houses & Apartments 12 month leases only S. Smith Contracting LLC. 419-352-8917 - 532 Manville Ave Office open 11-3, M-F


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Houses, eff,1-2 BR apts avail now Call GL Rentals 419-354-9740 or email: May 2013 - 12 mo. leases 3BR - 837 Third St B - $825/mo. 2BR - 428 S. Summit - $630/mo. 1BR - 322 E. Court - $475/mo. Aug 2013 - 12 month lease: 1BR - 415 E. Court - $375/mo. 3BR hse -125 Baldwin - $900/mo. 3BR hse -641 S. College -$930/m 3BR house- 317 Derby -$930/mo. 419-352-8917 Newer 3BR, 2 bath ranch, W/D hook-up, quiet area, avail May, $800/mo. Call 419-308-1191. Shamrock Storage Many sizes. Near BGSU, Uhaul available., 419-354-0070 Shamrock Studios Leases avail for now, summer & fall, starting at $425, includes: all util, cable, fully furnished, WiFi, cats allowed, call 354-0070 or


Two 2BR apartments left! 4th Street, avail May & Aug 2013. 419-409-1110 or 419-352-4456. Two 3BRs duplex126 S. College, $1740/mo + utils, $1740 dep req, Avail May, call 419-409-0175.

Special Notices Join Friendship Farms CSA! 20 or 25 weeks of organic fresh produce. Call 419-832-0239 or find us at: friendshipfarms-M20858

The BG News 04.01.13  

The BG News for April 1, 2013

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