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TheCauldron FEBRUARY 22, 2011
Dr. Kalafatis Finds Possible Cancer Cure
Preparing for Inevitable Cuts to Higher Education
By Kristen Mott
Ohio’s budget deficit and impending cuts may impede CSU’s recent progress
Tough Start for Viking Baseball By Dan Stanton ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Seeking New Jazz Audiences By Brian Smith THE MELTING POT
Budget Woes Could Shut Down U.S. Gov. By Reid May
By Kristen Mott
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Julka Hall, Cleveland State University’s new education building, is pictured. The impending budget cuts facing CSU and all public Ohio universities mean day-to-day spending will be down and new facilities less likely to appear. Photo by Jonathan “Killstring” Herzberger
news Becoming a Public Official
Sustainability Initiatives at CSU
Possible Cure for Cancer
Weekly Events Calendar
SGA Meeting Discusses Budget Cuts
Re-Imagining Cleveland Movement
Vikings Baseball Opens Season 1 - 2
Norris Cole up for Bob Cousy Award
CSU Swimming Hosts Horizon League
arts & entertainment Concert Picks
I Am Number Four Review
Popularizing Jazz Music
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February 22, 2011
News Students Learn the Path to Becoming an Elected Official
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By Alexes Spencer, The Cauldron Managing Editor Last Thursday, the Democratic Law Organization (D-LO) held the “Path to Becoming an Elected Official” seminar at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. The event featured four panelists who serve or have served as elected officials both locally and statewide. They included Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, former Cleveland Councilman and Cuyahoga County Treasurer Jim Rokakis, former Cleveland Councilwoman Stephanie Howse, and former Ohio State Senator and State Representative Patrick Sweeney. The purpose of the event was to provide information and advice for students seeking a career in public service. The advice given most by each panelist: knock on doors and talk to as many people as you can. Jim Rokakis spoke first and recounted his story of going door-to- door early in his career. He also described how TV advertisements helped his campaign, and described his years in office. Rokakis ended his speech by offering advice he often shares with his daughter. “Start first at a low level,” he said. “Get involved with your local community. Stay involved; stay active. Develop a profile because of your sincerity. And eventually the opportunity will open up.”
Stephanie Howse followed, describing her path, which involved running multiple times and going up against the “honorable Fannie Lewis” in 2005. According to Howse, she did not expect to win in 2005, but ran to get her name out. Howse was then appointed to fill Lewis’ spot after she passed away in August of 2008 based on a recommendation by the late councilwoman. She was defeated in a Senator Nina Turner speaks about her experience special election in November of that year. LSC Legislative Fellowship Program for real cam“At the end of the day, it can be very rewarding,” paign experience. She then spoke on the importance Howse said about being in office. “If I could do it all of realizing that there will be people that won’t like over again…I would probably talk to more people.” you and that you have to care about the people pasFollowing Howse, Patrick Sweeney spoke. He sionately to be an elected official. Her most important began with Obama’s famous, “We are the change we piece of advice for those who wish to run for office seek,” quote. Sweeney expressed the importance of was to operate with integrity in a way that they believe networking, and again, of going door-to-door. He also to be right. made it clear that, though it does give one a “leg up,” “As my son says, ‘Every player has a hater…’ you can’t rely on being a lawyer to get in office. Because you are educated, you have the obligation to “You’ve got to be known. You’ve got to get your stand up for what is right,” Turner said. feet on the street, your knuckles on the doorway and For more information on the Democratic Law your hand out to meet people,” Sweeney said, echoing Organization, contact president Crystal Bryant at cbrythe sentiments of his fellow panelists. firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the After Sweeney, Senator Turner gave her own LSC Fellowship, visit www.lsc.state.oh.us/fellowship. pieces of advice. She encouraged students to join the
Cleveland State Looks Toward Sustainable Future By Kristen Mott, The Cauldron News Editor Nathan Engstrom, the campus sustainability coordinator, discussed the sustainable efforts Cleveland State has undertaken as part of the “Dinner and Dialogue” series last Thursday. Engstrom defined sustainability as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet those needs. “It addresses a very real concern in the world,” said Engstrom. He explained that sustainability encompasses economic, social and environmental aspects. The environment needs to be balanced, and when new chemicals or pollution are released into the environment it disrupts the system. “There’s a certain point you can’t, or shouldn’t, cross,” commented Engstrom. “Sustainability helps us find that right balance.” CSU has created several groups and committees to help achieve sustainability on campus. These groups include the Campus Sustainability Coalition, membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the President’s Climate Committee. “We’ve made very substantial commitments,” remarked Engstrom. He explained that the goal of these groups is to look at levels of emissions that are released from the buildings on campus and figure out ways to reduce the emissions. The ideal scenario
would be for the levels to reach zero. Cleveland State has greatly invested in sustainability initiatives. The university has spent $42.8 million on energy-efficient supplies, such as lighting and insulation. Although this seems like a large amount of money, Engstrom explained that the university is expected to save $62.9 million and reduce energy consumption by 39 percent by 2014. The university has also considered sustainability while constructing the new buildings on campus. Solar panels were placed on the south parking garage and produce renewable electricity. Euclid Commons and Julka Hall were both built with recycled content and energy-efficient materials. All future construction projects will be required to meet certain sustainability standards. “The buildings are positive both economically and environmentally,” said Engstrom. The university has undertaken other sustainable projects as well. A wind amplification turbine, located on the roof of the plant services building, is a wind-deflecting cylinder that can generate power. The turbine was made by students from the Fenn College of Engineering. “It’s a great example of how class research has real-world use,” said Engstrom. Other initiatives include the green roof project on top of the Rec Center, which is one of the very few
green roofs in Cleveland, and the farmer’s market outside the law school. Although the university has made progress toward sustainability, there is still much to be accomplished. Engstrom said one of the biggest challenges is getting people involved in the process. He encouraged students to learn more about sustainability, regardless of their major. “This is something that is meaningful across all fields at Cleveland State,” noted Engstom. In the future, Engstrom hopes to create a partnership with the Lake Erie off-shore wind project. He thinks that renewable energy could be a viable source to light, heat and cool buildings at CSU. He wants to enhance the current recycling program and make the campus more pedestrian- and bike-friendly. Engstrom realizes that sustainability is not always a top priority at the university, but he is still confident that initiatives will continue to grow. “It’s important for institutions to be realistic about changes and the environment they’re doing it in,” said Engstrom. “Yes there are problems, but there are also solutions to those problems.” For more information on the Campus Sustainability Coalition, contact Nathan Engstrom at email@example.com.
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Kalafatis Discusses Advances in Cancer Research
Weekly Events Calendar By Kristen Mott, The Cauldron News Editor
By Kristen Mott, The Cauldron News Editor
2/22 Board of Elections information table from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in SC “Soul Mate” film presentation and discussion from 5:30-8:30 in MC 134
“Coming to America” film presentation and discussion from 5:308:30 p.m. in MC 134 Photo by Brian Smith
Dr. David J Anderson and Dr. Michael Kalafatis at Michael Schwartz Library A possible cure for cancer may be in the works at Cleveland State. Michael Kalafatis, an associate professor in the chemistry department, discussed his findings in a presentation titled “Modulation of Cell Death in Cancer” last week at the Michael Schwartz Library. All cancer cells have a common factor – they grow uncontrollably. Kalafatis wants to learn what makes these cancer cells grow at such a rapid rate. Compared to other research, Kalafatis explained that his research is not aimed at specific types of cancer cells. “We’re looking for something that fights all cancer cells,” said Kalafatis. Kalafatis first discovered the possible cancer-curing drug, which he calls CancerX, when he asked his students to place the compound on leukemia cells that were held in a petri dish. The students discovered that the leukemia cells exposed to the compound died. “I couldn’t believe it,” recalled Kalafatis. He said that he repeated the experiment another 20 times, and each time the cancer cells in the petri dish were killed once they came into contact with the CancerX compound. Kalafatis then began to expand his experiment. He explained that current treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy, destroy the DNA of all fast-growing cells, not just cancer cells. These fast-growing cells include tumor, digestive and bone marrow cells. Because chemotherapy kills all fast-growing cells, the side effects include hair loss, vomiting and susceptibility to infection. Kalafatis said that he wants his compound to only target cancerous tissue and retain the healthy tissue. “The idea is to create a drug that specifically targets cancer cells,” said Kalafatis. Kalafatis began to test his compound on cancer cells in mice. He said that he injected a tumor into an immune-deficient mouse, which would cause the tumor to grow. He divided the mice into a control group,
which would not receive treatment, and an experimental group, which would receive the CancerX treatment. The first treatment was performed on leukemia tumors. The mice were injected with the CancerX compound behind their ears. At the end of the experiment, the results showed that the volume of the tumor was much less in the treated mice compared to the volume of the tumor in the control group. Kalafatis then tested breast cancer cells. He followed the same procedure and discovered that the cancer cells that came into contact with CancerX grew slower than the cancer cells that did not receive treatment. Kalafatis continued to test different types of cancer cells, such as colon and skin cancer cells. All the results were the same: the cancer cells slowed in growth and size. With all the success, Kalafatis wanted to determine if the cells surrounding the cancer cells were affected by the treatment. He examined the mice and found that all the organs and tissues surrounding the tumor seemed to be fine. “It appeared that we found a mechanism able to target cancer cells,” remarked Kalafatis. Kalafatis has since sent his results to the National Institute of Health (NIH) where his CancerX compound will continue to be tested on different strains of cancer cells. The next steps include determining what happens if the drug is removed from the test subject, looking for cell debris left behind by the compound and waiting for the results from NIH. The question also remains as to if these results would be transferrable to tumors found in humans. Although much research remains to be done, Kalafatis is proud of the results he has produced thus far. He believes that CancerX could be used as a potential agent to fight against human cancer.
2/24 SGA informational session from noon1 p.m. in BU lobby “Beyond the Steps” film presentation and discussion from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in MC 134 Step Afrika from 8-10 p.m. in MC 123
2/25 Comedy show featuring Steve Hofstetter from 8-9:15 p.m. in SC ballroom
“Expressions of Praise” Gospel fest from 4-10 p.m. in MC auditorium
February 22, 2011
Viking Baseball 1-2 in First Series By Dan Stanton, The Cauldron Staff Writer
The Vikings baseball team started their season Friday afternoon, with the Vikes taking on the Longwood Lancers in Farmville, VA. The Vikings were first on the board, with second baseman John Calhoun scoring in the first inning, after being batted in on a double by first basemen Tyler Wynn. A double play by the Longwood Lancers in the second brought the top of the inning to a close with no runs scored by the Vikes. But the Lancers seized the opportunity to take the lead, scoring four runs. There was no scoring action by either team again until the fourth, when the Lancers added two runs to their lead with a homerun and RBI by third baseman Alex Owens. Run-wise, the seventh was a stalemate. The Vikings’ third baseman Chuck Gasti scored one, and Wynn scored another. This was met by the Lancers scoring two runs of their own. That was it for scoring, and the Vikings lost the first game of the season 3-8. Saturday, however, was a very different story. The game started out slowly, with the Lancers scoring a run in the second. Then, in the fourth inning, designated hitter Mike Norkus hit a homerun. Later, with the bases loaded, center fielder Alex Johnson hit a double, batting in three runs. With two men on base, Gasti later hit a homerun, bringing the score to 7-1, Vikings. Following a quiet Viking fifth inning, the Lancers scored three runs. But the Vikings came back with five runs, and two stolen bases, in the sixth. After a Lancer run in the bottom of the sixth, the Vikes scored two more runs, and stole three bases, two by right fielder Zach Thompson.
In a late game rally, Longwood scored five runs in the seventh, including a homerun by left fielder Matt Dickason, bringing the score to 14-10, Vikings. That would be all the scoring for the Lancers, but the Vikes weren’t finished. The Vikings scored another six runs, with two more stolen bases, in the eighth, and two more runs in the ninth. The final score was Vikings 22, Longwood 10. On Sunday, with the series tied 1-1, the Vikings scored first in the second inning, with catcher Matt Kirkwood batted in by left fielder Anthony Sambula. The Lancers shot back, scoring three runs with four hits. Neither team scored in the third and fourth innings. The Lancers scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth, and kept the Vikes from scoring until the seventh. The Vikings tried to make a comeback in the seventh. Kirkwood got on base with a single, and designated hitter Mike Norkus was walked. Pinch runner Steve Mahler stepped in for Norkus, and after a single by Sambula the bases were loaded. Shortstop Tom Carter was walked, allowing Kirkwood to score. Thompson was hit by a pitch, and Mahler scored. Then Johnson, with a sacrifice fly, allowed Sambula to score. The three runs were all the Vikes could muster for the rest of the game, but it brought them up to 4-6, Longwood. Longwood cancelled out the Vikings’ three seventh inning runs in the eighth, scoring with a series of singles and a two run double. The final score was Longwood 9, Vikings 4. The now 1-2 Vikings play again this weekend, traveling to North Carolina to take on UNC Greensboro.
Cole Up for Bob Cousy Award By Meredith Horrigan, The Cauldron Sports Editor
Norris Cole is one of ten players to remain in the hunt for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. It began with nominations by coaches from all three divisions. These nominations resulted in 70 point guards being put up for review by a selection committee. The list is then narrowed to 20 names, and again to ten. Once the pool has reached just five guards on March 10, a premiere selection committee, appointed by the Hall of Fame, will decide the winner. The player that receives the most fan votes will receive one vote toward the final committee vote. Fans have the opportunity to vote until March 8, 2011. To support Norris Cole, please visit and cast your vote at: www.cousyaward.com/vote.php Photo: Brian Smith
Horizon League Swimming & Diving Championships Wednesday, Feb. 23 to Saturday, Feb. 26 Men’s and Women’s Swim & Dive teams will compete for their HL titles. The men’s side has gone undefeated in conference this season, and have high hopes of maintaining that status this week. The women have just become the winningnest team in program history. This momentum is just what they need for a strong week. Come support the squad. Go Vikes!
Basketball Loses on ESPN for Third Time By Ray Danner, The Cauldron Staff Writer
The Cleveland State Vikings could have used their final nationally televised game on Sunday to make a strong case for their dying hopes at an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. Instead, the Monarchs took advantage of the opportunity and sent CSU to 0-3 for the season on ESPN and another tough defeat as we approach the end of the 2010-11 season. Playing in front of a sold out crowd in Norfolk, VA, the Vikings men’s basketball team lost 74-63 to the Old Dominion Monarchs. Each team was looking for one last opportunity to improve their resume before conference tourney time, and the Monarchs punched the gas at tipoff to run out to a quick 9-2 lead. Using their size advantage under the hoop, ODU held a 9-0 rebounding edge in the early going before Norris Cole could find his shot. Once Cole got going, however, CSU had the Monarchs on the run, bolting back to secure a 22-15 lead halfway into the first period. Cole had a stunning 18 points in the first ten minutes of regulation, continuing his recent trend of completely dominating the scoring for Cleveland State. Unfortunately, the Vikings would go almost seven full minutes before scoring another point and the Monarchs controlled the tempo for the rest of the game. Cole would go on to score 35 points, a record for points by an opponent in ODU’s Ted Constant Convocation Center. “The Ted”, which opened in 2002, is named for Virginia Beach resident Ted Constant who made a $5 million donation to the convocation center, which was the second largest gift in university history. The loss highlighted the Vikings two recent weaknesses. First, the dependence on Cole was apparent. He nearly played the full 40 minutes for the third consecutive game before fouling out with 49 seconds remaining.
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CSU Prepares for Inevitable Higher Education Budget Cuts By Kristen Mott, The Cauldron News Editor It is a matter of time before Cleveland State feels the effects of the economy. The State of Ohio’s budget deficit for the upcoming 2012-2013 fiscal year is estimated to be approximately $8 billion. For CSU, this means reductions in subsidies around 20 to 25 percent. “We’re all hoping it’s less, but then again it could be more,” said Tim Long, the university’s budget and financial analyst. The State Share of Instruction subsidy, or SSI, composes about 34 percent of revenue for the university. Other sources of revenue include student tuition, which makes up around 62 percent, and indirect costs, such as lab fees and returns on investments, which makes up the remaining 4 percent of revenue. With a 20 to 25 percent cut in the subsidies, the effects on the university may be extreme. “I don’t think we’ve seen anything like it in the past,” commented Greg Sadlek, the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Funding for higher education has always been on shaky ground. In fiscal year 2010-2011, the state of Ohio began to see a decline in revenue and taxes; however, the state was able to survive through federal stimulus money. Higher education was given a 15 percent subsidy and no cuts were made to the budget. This next fiscal year will see quite a different outcome. The stimulus funds are now gone and no longer effective. Ohio, which was already facing deficits before the stimulus money, is going to face challenges in overcoming these deficits. Cleveland State has started taking action to prepare for the potential cuts. President Ronald Berkman created a University Budget Task Force early last semester, which met on a weekly basis during the fall semester. “The first goal [of the task force] is to provide a framework for contingency planning,” said Provost Geoffrey Mearns. He explained that the task force is planning for a variety of scenarios and only makes recommendations. Berkman and the Board of Trustees are responsible for making final decisions. Mearns and
Long serve as co-chairs of the task force. Mearns said that the second goal is to help create an instructional resource model, or budget model. This will be on on-going method to allow the university to strategically allocate funds by developing different methodologies to deal with the cuts. “There is no one methodology that works,” said Mearns. “We have to find out what works best for the university.” Part of the task force’s responsibility has been proposing various budget scenarios to prepare for the state budget. These scenarios require the colleges to develop plans that would meet a range of budget “targets” by creating ways to increase revenue and reduce budget expenditures.
“There is no one methodology that works. We have to find out what works best for the university” - Provost Geoffrey Mearns
The colleges have been divided into Band A, B and C based on recent financial performance, ability to increase enrollment and overall contribution to the university. The deans of the colleges have been asked to create a budget proposal based on the pre-determined targets, which will be submitted to the task force for review on Feb. 22. Band A is composed of the School of Nursing and the College of Sciences and Health Professions. Band A will most likely receive the fewest cuts and the deans were asked to create a budget proposal with targets of 3 to 7 percent. Band B consists of the College of Business, College of Law and the College of Urban Affairs. The budget target range for Band B is 5 to 10 percent.
Band C is made up of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Education, and the College of Engineering. The budget target range is 8 to 15 percent. Mearns emphasized that the deans look at the percentages as targets rather than cuts. He said that although there will be some permanent expense reductions, there will also be opportunities to increase revenue to each of the colleges. Bette Bonder, dean of the College of Science, believes that the university has taken a responsible stance in respect to the budget. “The attempt of the university is to plan carefully and thoughtfully,” commented Bonder. Although the next fiscal year will be challenging,
“The university’s attempt is to plan carefully and thoughtfully” - College of Science Dean Bette Bonder
Bonder feels confident that the College of Science will be able to survive. Due to increased enrollment over the past several years, she believes that the school is in the best possible position right now. In the College of Science’s budget proposal, Bonder said that administration efficiencies will be the first cuts. Programs such as physical therapy and occupational therapy already have program fees attached to them, and Bonder said the college would like to increase enrollment in these programs to generate additional revenue. Adding fees to other programs is an option, but Bonder said the fees would be kept modest and that the investment would pay off for students once they entered the job market.
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Incoming CSU Revenue
CSU Budget Cuts
A. CSU Budget from State of Ohio, 34%
BAND A: Nursing, Science & Health, 3 -7%
C. Fees & Other, 4%
BAND C: Liberal Arts & Social Scences, 8-15%
B. Budget from Tuition, 62%
“We want to protect students as much as possible,” said Bonder. “We want to meet our budget while maintaining quality.” Sadlek has included a mix of strategies in his budget proposal for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. These strategies include streamlining administrative processes by consolidating clerical support and rearranging organization of units within the college; non-salary related cuts including reducing the number of telephones, faxes and photocopiers; and budget enhancements that would include rising or adding fees to programs to cover expenses. Sadlek said he is participating in dialogues with faculty and staff to ensure that the process is as collaborative as possible.
“The goal is to sharpen the focus of the college and still provide services that students need” - CLASS Dean Greg Sadlek
“The goal is to sharpen the focus of the college and still provide services that students need,” said Sadlek. Long noted that all course fees would be reviewed and that program fees would not just be added instantly – the university would need justification. Long continued to say that although the process becomes more difficult when deans look at actual classes and programs, some personnel costs may have to go into effect, such as reducing the number of part-time faculty members. This, in turn, would lead to fewer classes and increased class sizes. “You want to retain as much as you can,” said Long. “This is not an easy exercise to go through.” Certain cuts have already been finalized. The
BAND B: Business, Law, & Urban Affairs, 5-10%
Division of Continuing Education will be closing this summer. The East Center Campus, located in Solon, will also close at the end of summer. Eli Auerbach, the treasurer of the Student Government Association, explained that enrollment has decreased drastically this past year at the East Center. CSU will save money be ending the lease, and will save a quarter of a million dollars by closing Continuing Education. Another area of concern to students is the issue of tuition. The state tuition cap is currently set at 3.5 percent, meaning that is the maximum the university could raise the tuition per credit hour for instructional fees. This would only pertain to undergraduate students. Long noted that it will be interesting to see if
“You want to retain as much as you can. This is not an easy exercise to go through” - Tim Long, Budget & Financial Analyst
the state of Ohio decides to raise this cap. “We’ll have to decide the best approach to take within the state cap. We need to balance the cost of education and provide a quality place for education” said Long. Auerbach commented that if tuition is raised or programs are cut, the administration has to consider the possible effects. He said that high school students may be more reluctant to attend CSU, and current students may transfer to a different university with lower tuition and more programs. Once the proposals are submitted on Tuesday, Long and Mearns will evaluate the proposals and provide recommendations to the president and the deans. Although CSU is preparing ahead, the budget
proposals are mostly speculation until Gov. Kasich releases his state budget on March 15. The budget will provide a sense as to where higher education is sitting as a priority, and the amount of subsidies the state universities will receive. The state budget must be approved by both the House and the Senate before it can go into effect. Long believes that there will not be many changes to the budget, since both the House and the Senate have a Republican majority. Once the state budget is announced, the university will relook at the budget forecast and adjust the numbers accordingly. Although it appears that the administration is in charge of the budget proposals, students will also be able to voice their opinions about the issue. Auerbach, along with other members of SGA, sits on the planning and budget advisory committee and provides a student perspective to the budget cuts. He said that he will persuade the university to shift their concerns if necessary. For example, instead of cutting funds to student organizations, the university could look at other areas where there are deficiencies. Mearns held a public forum on Dec. 16 to allow students and faculty to voice their concerns and opinions. SGA will help host a second forum which is set tentatively for March 29 with Mearns, Long and Corinne Webb, the interim vice president for Enrollment and Student Affairs. Mearns said he would like to host a second forumm, possibly in April, to allow students the full opportunity to address with concerns. Auerbach added that at the next SGA finance committee hearing, scheduled for March 11, he would be more than happy to discuss student concerns regarding the budget. The university will continue to draft proposals and examine figures while they wait for the state budget to be announced. “March 15 will be a very good indication of what we’ll face,” said Long. “It’s a matter of time until then. Right now, nobody has real answers.”
February 22, 2011
Arts & Entertainment Concert Picks of the Week By Jonathan ‘Killstring’ Herzberger, The Cauldron Photography Editor
It’s another crazy crapshoot in the wild, wacky world of concerts and for the brave souls who pick them. We’ve got Haste The Day calling it a day–farewell tours are always worth the time. Marc Broussard and Drew Holcomb provide pop that is a lot more country than... well, than things that are not very country I suppose. For example, there is a deluge of hardcore, punk and metal on tap this week. Also, there’s a rave at the Beachland for three dollars. I can’t speak one way or another about the quality of the D.J.’s, but when it costs less than a mocha, why not take a chance? This is not a time to be weak and timid, like a kitten. You must be fierce; like a kitten in a tank or something.
Other Shows of Note:
Rasputina w/Voltaire @ Beachland Ballroom
Here at the Concert Pick Mothership, we take pride in providing you with options you might not even know you have. For example: did you know that curry and cumin work fantastically together on pizza? God’s own truth, once you taste that, you will never go back to the old ways. More importantly, do you have any idea who Rasputina is? Only the very best cellobased gothy post-everything band you didn’t even know you loved, that’s who. Melora Creager sings and plays the cello and occasionally dabbles in banjo or harpsichord. Daniel DeJesus plays the other cello because, you know, you need two of those in a rock band. Dawn Micelli replaces Melissa Bell on drums for this tour. If she’s anywhere as unique as Bell, then you’re still in for a treat as Bell would play Afro-Cuban percussion on a punk kit with gypsy bells on her ankles–pretty fantastic stuff. How is this a rock band, again? Ah yes, by rocking. This show is only 17 bucks. That is probably a violation of some sort of law, but until the Fun Police descend to crack down on you and your good times, take advantage of this while they’re in town.
2/22 Henry Cluney (Stiff Little Fingers) w/Mr. California @ Beachland Tavern, $10 2/23 Death By Stereo w/Transit, Light Years, Heads Held High @ Grog Shop, $10 2/23 Wisdom in Chains w/American Werewolves, Grave Maker @ Peabody’s, $12 2/23 Marc Broussard w/Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors @ Beachland Ballroom, $20 2/24 The Ready Set w/Allstar Weekend, The Downtown Fiction @ Grog Shop, $15 2/24 Yann Tiersen w/Breathe Owl Breathe @ Beachland Ballroom, $18
2/24 New Wave Rave III @ Beachland Tavern, $3 2/24 Kataklysm w/All Shall Perish, Abysmal Dawn @ Peabody’s, $16 2/25 Plain White T’s w/Parachute, Miggs @ Beachland Ballroom, $20 2/25 Haste The Day (Farewell Tour) w/MyChildren MyBride @ Peabody’s, $14 2/25 Whitechapel w/ The Acacia Strain, Veil of Maya, Chelsea Grin @ House of Blues, $20
‘Four’ Is Fairly Decent Noise Inspectors By Pete Lindmark, The Cauldron Staff Writer
By Ben Gifford, The Cauldron A&E Editor
For a while, I Am Number Four was being touted as a “Twilight for guys,” I was pleasantly surprised to find no vampires and only one shapeshifting thing. While the main character was a little shiny at times, at least he didn’t sparkle. The plot, while nothing miraculous, was easy enough to follow and accept within the confines of the world created. Nine infant aliens were sent to Earth to escape Lorien, their home world. An invading species, the Mogadorians, destroyed Lorien and have since followed the nine to earth to finish them off. The Mogadorians have Alex Pettyfer plays “Four” in this mediocre sci-fi romp. anna Argon), a quirky phokilled One, Two, and Three (irony, I know). In this quaint small town, tographer. Sure enough, sci-fi already and are now hunting Four (Alex Pettyfer) befriends action ensues. Four (and his guardian, played Sam, a sci-fi nerd (Callan As the movie progresses, we by Timothy Olyphant) to a McAuliffe) and Sarah (Diplace called Paradise, Ohio Continued on Page 9
Radiohead - The King of Limbs Radiohead fans have been waiting for an album of new material for nearly four years since the release of In Rainbows, a fantastic album that brought some mainstream attention back to the band with their first Billboard-charting single since 1995’s “High and Dry.” It’s hard not to be at least a little disappointed by the end result, The King of Limbs. If In Rainbows garnered a similar level of appeal to The Bends or OK Computer, then The King of Limbs is the next Kid A—an obtuse album by Radiohead, for Radiohead, effectively sending Radiohead back to Radiohead-land. In fact, “Feral” would sound perfectly in place on Amnesiac, with its droning and indiscernible vocals. Thankfully it’s the excep-
tion rather than the rule. There are several strong tracks on The King of Limbs, though nothing is as immediately grabbing as “Bodysnatchers,” “There There,” or (going back to Kid A) “Idioteque.” “Bloom” is a rich and beautifully textured album-opener. “Morning Mr. Magpie” may be the strongest track on the album with its wonderfully simple guitar riff, quick drum beat and sparse, but masterful bassline. Still, Thom Yorke’s vocals have rarely sounded as haunting or majestic as they do on “Give up the Ghost.” Radiohead fans should be mostly pleased. The songs on The King of Limbs, sound like a natural progression for the band, but they are (unfortunately) more Hail to the Thief than In Rainbows. Rating: B+
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Book Looks Popularizing Jazz Music By Meredith Traxler, The Cauldron Staff Writer
Law of the Jungle: The Hunt for Colombian Guerrillas, American Hostages and Buried Treasures By: John Otis The Rundown: On a drug bust trip through the Colombian rain forest, three American military contractors loose control of their plane and crash into field infested with rebel soldiers. Immediately, they are surrounded by the FARC, the largest rebel army in Columbia, and held hostage. Their only hope for survival rests on the infamously incompetent and severely under-funded Colombian army. Otis interlaces another story into the mix, involving one lucky Colombian soldier’s discovery of buried treasure. Afterthoughts: An eye-opening masterpiece! Otis is a brilliant journalist who is able to shed light on one very hidden aspect of the U.S military. The U.S has spent approximately the same amount of funding on fighting drug cartels in Colombia as it does fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. This is just one of the many shocking figures and facts that this book makes known to its readers. Number Four Continued From Page 8 see a few frames of a girl who manages to look gorgeous even while rocking aviators. We then find out that she is another one of these aliens, aptly named Six. It wouldn’t be a high school sci-fi flick without some horrible love story, right? Four falls in love with Sarah and finally has something to fight for. Thank you, plot device. What makes this a sci-fi movie? As anyone who has seen any mediocre sci-fi movie knows, every alien either has huge guns, epic claws/fangs, or super powers. I Am Number Four, in an attempt to cover up the lack of explanation for the super powers, tosses all three at moviegoers. The Mogadorians have big guns and flying dogs with epic claws, while our numbered friends have super powers. Four also has a little companion throughout the movie (whom he names Bernie Kosar) that just happens to shapeshift into something with epic fangs. The powers themselves are called “Legacies” and are explained as traits passed down to each number from their parents. The best way to describe Six is a mix between Nightcrawler, Human Torch and Liz (Hellboy’s girlfriend), and she’s still smoking hot (no pun intended). Four is more a mix between Jean
Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Hoping To Create New Interest By Brian Smith, The Cauldron Contributing Writer The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra will perform a series of free and low-cost concerts to help make jazz more acssessable to the public. The program, named the Jazz Discovery Series will consist of three, hour-long concerts at different venues around Cleveland highlighting different styles of jazz. “We do it all,” said Mary Glauser, marketing manager for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. During the shows, the orchestra will touch on the American songbook, said Glauser, but will also cover genres such as Latin and JewishAmerican inspired songs. The first concert will be on Sunday Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts at St. Ignatius High School. The concert will not only feature the American standards, but will also include a repertoire of gospel classics. The show is free, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The next concert will be held Friday April 8 at noon in the Westfield Insur-
Gray, Hulk and Nick (the main character from Push), and he looks like the awkward lovechild of Ryan Phillippe, Justin Timberlake and Dolph Lundgren. The supporting cast was pretty good, providing a nice mix between old, weathered badass (Henri), plucky sidekick (Sam), adorable love interest (Sarah) and spitfire comrade (Six). While most teen love stories make me groan because they typically have all the depth and breadth of a kiddie pool, this one was better. Sarah was one of the most adorable love interests I’ve seen in a movie in a good long time, let alone a movie about an alien high school kid with super powers. This isn’t by any means a movie to rush out and see on opening weekend, but it is a solid sci-fi flick. It is set up for a sequel, but I believe this is largely dependent on sales of this movie. This movie would fit right in during the slew of summer action flicks we see every year that are fun and quirky, but ultimately forgettable. I expected a lot worse, but was pleasantly surprised by I Am Number Four. For more Book Looks and Noise Inspectors including a review of Bright Eyes’ new album and Matt Dunn’s “The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook,” visit our Web site at www.csucauldron.com
ance Studio Theatre at the Ideastream Building in Playhouse Square—just a couple of blocks away from the Cleveland State campus. The concert will broadcast live on the WCPN radio show “Around Noon.” As with the first concert, seating is first-come, first served. Audience members must be seated by 11:45 a.m. for the show. The last show will be in the Gartner Auditorium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, on April 15 at 7:30 p.m. The show will include a wide variety of styles that include bebop, New Orleans funk, bossa nova and jazz standards. Tickets are required for the concert, but are only a few bucks. Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s Artistic Director Sean Jones said that concerts will help expose a younger generation to jazz. “It is Cleveland Jazz Orchestra’s social responsibility as an arts organization to give back to the community that supports us,” said Jones. “Hopefully, creating a new generation of jazz-enthusiasts will keep the genre alive in Cleveland for decades to
Sean Jones (left) playing with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.
come.” Jones is considered one of the up-andcoming musicians in the jazz scene and has performed at The Lincoln Center For the Performing Arts in New York City. This summer Jones will tour with jazz great Herbie Hancock. For more information about the concerts and the Orchestra, visit its Web site at www.clevelandjazz.org. Tickets for the April 15 concert can be purchased by phone by calling 1-888CMA-0033, bought online at Clevelandart.org, or bought in person at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
February 22, 2011
The Melting Pot Happy Hug a Pirate Zombie Pedophile Day!
The articles published in the Melting Pot are solely the opinions of their authors 10 and do not necessarily represent the views of The Cauldron.
By Pete Lindmark, The Cauldron Staff Writer Facebook holidays, believe it or not, are not real holidays. Living in the age where everything is mediated through a computer screen, it’s easy to fall into the pitfalls of thinking the world revolves around Facebook. Well guess what, it doesn’t. We’ve all joked about something not being official until it’s posted on everyone’s favorite social media site. No, I’m not talking about MySpace; is that even still a thing? Over the past month, I’ve been presented with nu-
Hug a Baby Day can be both cute and creepy.
merous ‘National Hug a ____ Day!’ on Facebook. It’s getting stupid. Admittedly, it was getting stupid with National Hug a Pirate Zombie Pedophile Day, but now it’s intensely stupid. While I’m assuming that all of these Days are meant to raise awareness about something, or to show something or someone that they’re appreciated, I feel that hugging someone just because it’s been dictated to be important on one specific arbitrary day doesn’t work. If anything, this serves to cheapen the work that the neighborhood ginger ninja has done. People should hug people who club seals* on any given day, thus showing appreciation or affection all the time, and not when some stupid social media outlet says you should. I appreciate my local lesbian or tallish person or crazy sociopath on a daily basis, and feel it appropriate to show them this any time I please, not when Facebook tells me to. Did these days arise from Breast Cancer Awareness Month or Black History Month, just a more streamlined version with potentially less serious causes? I certainly hope not, because the subjects of each of those months are very important and the majority of these ‘hugging’ days are not. That isn’t to say that it’s not important to raise awareness for things, because it certainly is. Not everything deserves a day though. I don’t need to know that February 15th is national
bromance day. If I am truly proud of my bromances, then I shouldn’t need a day allowing me to celebrate without derision. Hug Your Little Sister With an Awkward What Haircut Day is February 27th. if I don’t want to hug a nerdl on one specific day, and would prefer hugging him or her another day? Is that not allowed? If anything, I would prefer hugging my local nerd on a day other than his or her national hug day. People can get lonely on days that aren’t meant to celebrate them specifically. I hereby nominate this, and every day after to be national hug whomever you please day. I’ll make it Facebook official this evening. Now go give somebody a hug! *The Cauldron does not endorse seal clubbing or pirate zombie pedophilia.
That’s a Good Spot for That By Alexes Spencer, The Cauldron Managing Editor
Something that irks me more than anything in the world is a person who ruins food by leaving it elsewhere in the grocery store. I’m talking about the person who puts the frozen pizza they decided they no longer want up front in the chips or a tub of ice cream on the shampoo isle. I orginally intended to start this
as a way of chronicling things like that, but there are so many other times where things are awkwardly placed, things that just make me want to look up and say, “That’s a good spot for that.” Whether it’s a car parked on a sidewalk, a box of condoms next to a princess costume, or frozen chicken in the camping
gear, grab your cameras or whip out your camera phones, and start grabbing photos. Then, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, year, and major. If we think that the picture you send is noteworthy, you might see it in an upcoming issue of The Cauldron.
Is this a ploy to get kids to eat healthy? Or are Hot Wheels a part of a complete breakfast now?
This is the epitome of “That’s a good spot for that.” These eggs are now ruined. Thanks, jerk.
I can’t decide what’s strangest--the Rotini stuck in the CDs or the fact that NOW is on 36.
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Government Faces Likely March 4 Shutdown; Compromise Difficult By Reid May, The Cauldron Editor-in-Chief Congress is trading barbs this week on the budget issue, which takes center stage between now and March 4, when the federal government will shutdown with out the passage of a budget measure or temporary extension. Early Saturday morning the House of Representatives passed a new bill including $61 billion in spending cuts on mostly domestic programs. The bill was highly controversial and passed on a party-line vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
proposed $35 billion to the current $61 billion dollar cut. Republicans promised to cut $100 billon during recent midterm election campaigns. Specifically, the House bill makes the following reductions: elimination of funding for numerous programs, including the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs AmeriCorps; termination of funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS); cut $600 million from border security and immigration programs;
a moment and focusing on the real issue – spending on a year-to-year basis, which is predicted to hit $1.6 trillion this year – is the most appropriate first step. However, the leadership has no idea where to begin. It’s easy for Republicans to use this measure for advancement of their own issues and it’s no secret the EPA, Planned Parenthood and volunteerism are not favorite policies of the House majority. The problem with targeting highly
Republicans’ decision to include those controversial votes now is taken as a slight and leads to the bull-headed Senate and White House edict – that this bill is dead on arrival. Leave the ideological warfare for other debates. Reforming our budget – if it is ever going to happen – needs to start with irresponsible and unnecessary spending. Finally, a word about the F-35 fighter jet: This plane is the Pentagon’s new age war machine, and it requires a massive engine, currently to be built by Pratt and Whitney. However, a second engine, built by a GE/Rolls Royce team has been proposed and was originallypart of the budget proposal that passed the House on Saturday. This second engine does not negate the need for the first. In fact, it is painted as competition and would be built simultaneously. Essentially, the government would be ordering two engines for one plane. Robert Gates, the United States defense secretary, openly acknowledged the wasteful nature of a second engine and encouraged Congress to scrap the plan. Gates is a George Bush carryover By including Planned Parenthood reductions in the spending bill, the House made a budget issue into a social dilemma. – one of the highest-ranking RepubliAdvocates for both sides of the issue have - and will - speak out as the legislation moves to the Senate next week. cans in the United States. House Republican leadership (D-Nev.) and President Barack Obama eliminate $80 million for the District of partisan programs is the staunch opignored him, pushing a $450 million immediately condemned the bill, Columbia; cut $2 billion from the Envi- position that arises before votes are dollar proposal for the GE/Rolls Royce leadingmany to assume a stalemate. ronmentalProtection Agency’s ability to even cast. The elimination of funding to engine, which was defeated by a biShould the Senate reject the bill and monitor clean air; and termination of all Planned Parenthood came with narrow partisan amendment. That amendment fail to come to terms with the House on federal funding to Planned Parenthood. savings, which were ultimately insigincluded no high-ranking Republicans. a stopgap substitute, the result will be The spending reductions were nificant in the process of appropriately Let’s get real. The House leaderthe first shutdown since 1995. sometimes accompanied by votes to allocating funds to this government. ship was against removing the funding The Senate will be in recess this inhibit the activity of regulatory agenHowever, inclusion of those votes allocation for one reason – re-election. week, allowing a mere five working cies. The EPA would no longer be able in the legislation did make headline A second engine purchase means more days for actual compromise before the to regulate the emissions of greenhouse news, and it was not for the right workers are hired on for the job and a deadline. The result is a tense atmogases, the amount of mercury emissions reasons. The brutal slugfest that will happier workforce means more favorsphere with frequent public rhetoric from cement and be limited in any accompany any controversial decision able election results. pointing fingers at the leaders on the regulations that impact internet service to eliminate federal programs should It does not matter that $450 million opposite side of the aisle. providers or privately-owned colleges. focus first on areas where useless for an engine the Pentagon calls “a Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House Republicans also improved measpending is obvious. waste” is unnecessary. The decision minority leader, proposed a stop-gap sures that would restrict any funds As California Senator Barbara was not about what is and is not necesbill on Friday which would fund the going to the health care law passed in Boxer said, the decision to de-fund sary. It was about what was best for the government at current levels through 2009 and regularly called ‘Obamacare.’ programs as a method for their removal skin of those in charge. March 31, establishing the Democratic It is no news flash that the two paris a decision made in the darkness. Republicans need to stop hiding stance as negotiations begin. ties tend not to agree on these issues With issues like Planned Parenthood major expenditures behind the veil of Republican House Speaker Johnand no surprise that a split legislative and the EPA, major funding decisions defense and national security while Boehner (R-Ohio) has refused to accept branch is leading to intense debate over which will essentially decide whether they attack organizations that make a a short-term bill that does not cut from the future of government spending. The programs exist or laws are carried out, positive difference for thousands of current levels and his young caucus, U.S. finds itself in a massive budget deserve their own debate. women under a veil of ‘baby-killing,’ which includes 87 highly partisan hole – we all know this – with rising If Americans do not want the prowhen it is actually all about religious freshmen, would adamantly refuse a costs looming on an annual basis. gram, cut the spending. If they do, the motivation. The church should be very bill with smaller reductions. The process of comprehensively money has to be built into the budget. separate from the state and defense It was Boehner’s open amendment reforming the budget and beginning Those issues are separate from the spending should be very far from process that allowed the freshman to in- the progress of responsible spending is ideological war that occurs on partisan automatic. crease the reductions from an originally cumbersome. Putting the debt aside for – and especially social – issues.