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With a high emphasis on engaging activities and returning alumni, CSU looks to make Homecoming 2013 bigger than ever before P8 P3

Sale of mansion ignites assault


No bull with Natalie



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What’s brewing this week

Construction update

Fencing starts strong

Childish Gambino

CSU is undergoing a handful of new construction and repair projects on various parts of campus this year. P5

With a handful of recent victories, CSU's fencing team kicked off their season with their strongest start in years. P6

The actor and hip-hop artist will take the stage as part of CSU's Homecoming events Saturday, Oct. 19. P10



Editor-in-Chief Samah Assad

Managing Editor Christina Sanders

News Editor Emily Scharf

Arts & Entertainment Editor Kevin Buryanek

Sports Editor Jaclyn Seymour

Opinion Editor Rashida Mustafa

Cover Designer Brittany Terry

Web Editor Anthony Joki

Advertising Manager Sarah George

Business Manager Lori Hellem

Student Media & Web Specialist Daniel Lenhart

Faculty Advisor Dr. Edward Horowitz

Staff Writers

Maria Alberto, Laura Bliesner, Natalie Bryan, Mark Boyd, Josh Crawford, Jude Dsouza, Dan Menningen, Tyler Moliterno, Charles Muhammad Contact The Cauldron at Cover photos by Samah Assad. Cover design by Brittany Terry. For letter to the editor submission guidelines, visit

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Drugs and Alcohol Awareness Week, SC Bridge A, 11 a.m. Cafe Schmooze, MC 136, 11:30 a.m. Family Crafting Night, MC 146, 6 p.m Criminal Justice Forum, LB 101, 5 p.m. Women's Soccer vs. Youngstown State, Krenzler Field, 7 p.m. Common Reading: Who Do You Think You Are?, SC 313, 1 p.m. Butler Jones Lecture, 1 p.m. Speed Dating, SC Atrium, 7 p.m.

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Viking Knit Meeting, MC 105, 2:30-3:30 School of Clique Communication Reunion, SC 313,p.m. 2 p.m. Women's vs.MU Valparaiso Krenzler Field, 7 p.m. CSU FilmSoccer Festival, 107, 8 @ p.m. Volleyball vs. Loyola @ Woodling 7 p.m.8 p.m. Homecoming Harvest Ball, SCGym, Ballroom,

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Men's, Football Women's Matches, Swimming, Krenzler Intrasquad/Alumni Splash Bash @ Robert Viking Field, 1:30 p.m. F. Busbey Natatorium, 9 a.m. Homecoming Parade and Tailgate, Krenzler Field, 5 p.m. Volleyball vs.Viking UIC @ Woodling Gym, p.m. Basketball Madness, 6:304 p.m. Women's Gambino Cross Country, All-Ohio Championship @ 8Cedarville, TBA Childish Concert, Wolstein Center, p.m.


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No Scheduled Events. Men's Tennis, Ball State Invitational @ Muncle, Ind., All day

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Jazz Combos, Waetjen Auditorium Men'sEnsemble Golf, Telichand SunJazz Life Financial/CSU Invitational, Cleveland, Lobby, 8 p.m. Tuesday All day through

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Sale of historic mansion ignites passion CSU faculty member charged with assault at board meeting

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The historic Telling Mansion located on Mayfield Road in South Euclid.

By Emily Scharf On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Cuyahoga County Public Library board members voted to sell the historic Telling Mansion, which currently houses the

South Euclid-Lyndhurst branch of the library. There is an ongoing controversy revolving around the sale of the

property. A group of Cleveland residents created a petition, signed by thousands, to try and stop the sale, but their efforts were not enough to save the building. In the height of all of the controversy, Cleveland State University librarian Fran Mentch took her passion for the building a step further. At the Sept. 24 Cuyahoga County Library board meeting, Mentch was charged with assault after pulling the hair of Cuyahoga County Library Executive Director Sari Feldman. Hallie Rich, Cuyahoga County Library Marketing and Communications director commented on the incident. "As an organization, we have zero tolerance for that kind of behavior," Rich stated. "Now, it is a legal issue so there is not really much we can say about it." Despite community efforts, the Telling Mansion will no longer be home to the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library. "The property has been sold, and we had already previously purchased a property a mile down the road on

Green road, where we intend to build a new 21st century public library," Rich concluded. Due to ongoing litigation, Feldman and Mentch were unable to comment on the issue. The property was sold to Richard Barone of the Ancora Group for $755,000, who plans to convert the mansion into a museum. The mansion originally belonged to William E. Telling, who built the 26room home in 1928 where he lived alone until he died 10 years later. After his death, the mansion went through many shifts, once even serving as apartment housing during World War II, until finally the library bought the property in 1952. The mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places and was featured in USA Today as one of the 10 best places to "find a nook and read a book." It has been noted that renovations to keep the mansion alive would cost around $5 million, while plans to build a modern library are suggested to cost more than $12 million.

Conversion raises advising concerns Bowditch says massive plan for advising not yet in place By Emily Scharf

As the deadline for the four-tothree credit conversion draws closer, unanswered questions remain. During his Oct. 3 convocation address, President Ronald Berkman briefly addressed the issue of advising to students who will be affected by the conversion. "We know there are challenges pertaining to advising," he said. "But we are committed to delivering on our promise that no student will be negatively impacted by the changes we are making [with the four-to-three conversion]. I reaffirm that today." Although Berkman has assured

the student body that the upcoming conversion will not have any negative consequences, details for how advising issues will be resolved are still in question. David Bowditch, director of Exploratory Advising, said there will be a massive plan that is going to be put in place in regards to advising, but added that the plan is not in place yet. "There are going to be advising guides that will be developed in all of the college advising offices to help navigate [the process]," he said." Those are all a work in progress because at this point, the

final version of the conversion of courses have not been done yet." Bowditch elaborated by saying that until the conversion is finished, there is nothing that can be done with advising forms to help the students. "After those pieces fall into place, then there will be some things done to make sure the students are advised correctly," he added. Bowditch said that tackling the issue will be a collaborative effort among all of the advising offices. "All of the advisers on campus will be up to speed with the conversion and there are a lot of options, just

like when we did the semester conversion," he said. Bowditch gathered that in the coming months, there will be a big reliance on the advising office and advisers to help students navigate the fall 2014 conversion process. "They are following the timeline that was set and I believe they are on track to meet the deadline, but advising will come after that is all done," Bowditch noted. More details will be available as the conversion process nears its completion.



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Captured on campus: the week in photos Hypnotist visits CSU, students experience mind tricks Photos by Emily Scharf

Award-winning comedy hypnotist C.J. Johnson demonstrates a mind trick (right) for a crowd of around 75 Cleveland State University studentsWednesday, Oct. 6 at Drinko Hall. Johnson showed students how they can "sleep" and "dance" while under hypnosis.



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Campus construction update


By Emily Scharf

Cleveland State University has been working on various construction projects this year that have raised questions by the CSU community. Provided is a list of construction projects and their expected completion dates, courtesy of CSU Campus Horn:

Physical Education building: The PE building is undergoing a roof replacement and exterior masonry wall restoration. Construction began on June 13 and is expected to be completed by Nov. 17. The existing roofing system for the entire building will be removed and replaced. Rhodes Tower/Main Classroom Plaza: The plaza outside of Rhodes Tower and Main Classroom has been under construction since the beginning of summer and its anticipated completion is Dec. 21. The construction consists of concrete repairs to the walking surfaces, structural concrete repairs to the plaza structures, waterproofing, stone repair and railing replacement. During construction, there will be a partial closure of the MC Plaza, including South MC plaza entry doors as well as the two single side doors. As of Monday, Oct. 7, the automatic single door at the Rhodes Plaza and Main Classroom connection is closed for two weeks. As construction continues, temporary closures to the Student Center connections may occur. Detours and alternative routes will be posted and notifications will be sent to students in advance. East 21st and 22nd streets: Partial lane closures will continue on 21st and 22nd streets for the next few months. Alternative routes are posted and should be followed.

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Construction near Rhodes Tower and Main Classroom is anticipated to be completed Dec. 21.



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Fencing off to strongest start in years Men 7-1, women 6-2 at OSU Duals on Oct. 5 Junior saber Christine Bocci said that this is a good thing. “Having so many freshmen has added a great energy to our team," Bocci said. "They all came in with different fencing backgrounds, and they all know something a little different that helps the team." Bocci said she is looking most forward to the Northwestern Tournament, the team’s most challenging event. She said she is looking forward to seeing how the new and improved team does at this tournament. The team, which has no home matches this year, spends most of the season traveling. This year, the Vikings will be battling not only in Ohio, but in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana as well. The team will face fencers from all over the country, meeting them one-on-one in an attempt to reach the NCAA Regionals and Championships. Despite its quick pace and individual setup, freshman fencer Brandon Bauer said collegiate fencing is just as much of a team sport. He added that in a high school or club meet, a fencer’s individual Vikings are off to the best start they have had in years.

By Amara Alberto Cleveland State University’s fencing team, which is nearly as old as the university itself, has produced many champion fencers over the years. Just this spring, six CSU fencers placed in the top 11 at the NCAA Regionals at the University of Notre Dame. However, the sport and team remain largely unknown. Head coach Andy Tulleners said that he “would suspect that half the campus doesn’t know we have a fencing team.” The little-known sport goes relatively unnoticed, somewhat overshadowed by the more widely recognized varsity teams. That may change this year,

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though, as the fencing season looks to be especially promising with the strongest start in six years last week at The Ohio State University Duals Oct. 5. Over the course of eight matches, the men's team went 7-1, only losing to OSU finishing the tournament in second place. The women's team went 6-2 where they struggled a bit in the beginning, but once they warmed up, they performed well as a team. This might just be the year that Viking fencing finds itself in the spotlight. The Vikings' performance is especially impressive when nearly half of the team is currently made up of freshmen. The amount of new fencers does not seem to be causing any concern with the team’s members.

performance will determine his or her score. On a college level, however, how well a team does depends on the performance of every member. “Club fencing is an individual sport, but college fencing is a team event, where even if you win all of your bouts it will mean nothing if the rest of the team doesn’t perform well, as you are representing the school," he said. The need for a team’s strength is emphasized when they compete against teams like OSU and Notre Dame, which according to Bauer, have Olympic fencers on their teams. Should the Vikings continue to perform as well as they have, this season should prove to be an exciting one. The team’s next match will be at Case Western Reserve University, where they will face teams from Xavier University, Oakland University, Oberlin University and Bowling Green State University.



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Ultimate frisbee seeks ultimate season Team hopes to gain experience and grow together

By Dan Menningen

After their six-game tournament in Louisville Oct. 12-13, the Cleveland State University ultimate Frisbee team is gearing up for a long season. The ultimate Frisbee is a relatively new sport. Ultimate, as it is called due to the copyright on the word Frisbee, is said to have been invented in 1967 by a couple of high school students in New Jersey who used to toss pie tins around in a game much like football. Since these simple origins, the sport is beginning to grow more and more at the college level, and CSU is hip with the trend. CSU’s team was established four years ago and is now run by team President Nick Royak and club Captain Adam Davenport, who have both been with the team for the last three years. The two met their freshman year at CSU when they were assigned dorms down the hall from each other. Royak found ultimate Frisbee

"[I want] to give our rookies the best experience possible so they stick around and commit to the program."

in high school and used to play for fun with friends. Davenport was introduced to the sport as a boy scout.

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The Ultimate team discusses their game strategies and what they need to do to get the win in pre-game huddle.

His troop used to play as an activity and he has stuck with it through high school and into college. Royak and Davenport helped to grow the team with 30 active members, both men and women. The team wants to be more competitive, but they realize that they are a relatively newer program compared to other schools. Some schools such as Ohio University and Oberlin University have played the sport for a longer period of time and developed strong programs. When CSU plays teams like these, it is seen as a learning opportunity for the team. “Ohio is a great place to play Ultimate because there are a bunch of teams at different levels,” Royak said. “Some we dominate, some play us tough and some teach us some things because they have been around twice to three times as long as we have.” The Cauldron was able to attend a

practice of the team and the real eye opener was how laid back the practice was. The team knew they were at practice to get work done but they also had fun with it. The team laughed as they ran laps and joked around with each other as they did drills to better the team. Davenport told the team during the huddle before practice that, “The first thing you want to do when you get the disc is to take a deep breath and relax.” Simple advice that can also be applied to day-to-day life. Royak's goal for the season is to keep the experience growing so the team maintains big numbers and keeps the program alive. "[I want] to give our rookies the best experience possible so they stick around and commit to the program," Royak said. The team will head to Columbus for the annual Fall Brawl Oct. 12-13. The tournament will feature between

17 and 18 clubs from all over the area including The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University and returning champions Carnegie Mellon University. According to Davenport, this tournament is a good test for the program to see where they stand skill wise. CSU will head back home for North Coast, a two-day tournament Oct. 2627 hosted by Case Western at the Polo Grounds in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The team enjoys playing in this tournament because it lets them play against familiar competition such as Kent State University, University of Akron and John Carroll University. CSU and John Carroll scrimmage each other often so the competition is always heated because of the familiarity between the clubs.


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By Christina Sanders


omecoming is not back at Cleveland State University — it is just bigger than ever this year. The events will kick off this weekend on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19. But for a very long time, word on the CSU streets has been that prior to the past couple of years, Homecoming has not existed on campus for 25 years — some people have even said it has been 47 years since CSU's last Homecoming. Be it a quarter of a century or nearly half of a century, Kathleen Kulich, coordinator of Young Alumni Engagement with Alumni Affairs, is eager to put these rumors to rest. “There are conflicting histories about Homecoming,” Kulik said, nodding to acknowledge the rumor. “It has existed in some form — pretty much as I am aware, every year. “When I was a student, starting in 2001, we had Vikefest which was considered Homecoming, but it wasn’t a weekend thing with alums,” she continued. “It included the Viking Madness and

a Plaza Palooza — everything that homecoming includes now.” Kulich, a 2006 CSU graduate, said that although the first Homecoming weekend began two years ago, there have always been activities at CSU. She also spoke to many alumni, and they agreed Homecoming was never absent at CSU. “I have spoken to alums who have graduated in the ‘90s and the ‘80s, the ‘70s and the ‘60s, and they all have some story of a Homecoming — some had parades, some had the Viking Madness component, some had just festivals and things happening on campus,” Kulik added. Current students also seem confused about the rumor that said Homecoming does not exist. “For all that I know Homecoming has always existed, at least as long as I have been here,” said junior student Itzy Otterbein, who is also a member of Campus Activities Board (CAB). “But it does continue to get bigger, and will continue to get bigger.” And this year's Homecoming

looks to be bigger than ever. "In the last three years, the university as a whole — led by the president [Ronald Berkman] — [is trying] to do a more a solid job as far as having a homecoming weekend,” Kulik said. Last year, the Homecoming parade, which used to be a staple of the fall celebrations in the past, made its way back to campus. Due to a good turnout of organizations that participated in the parade and floats last year, it appears as if the parade is here to stay for years to come. “The parade is back,” Otterbein smiled. “We had 28 participants last year, and we have 36 this year.” In addition to bringing back its parade, CSU decided to bring a high-profile music artist, actor and comedian, Childish Gambino, to campus to perform for the students and community. “We tried to bring the most talented and relevant artist with the amount of money we had,” said Jon Fedor, president of Student Government Association (SGA). CSU learned from last year’s

low turnout for the Homecoming concert, that it is not only important to select high-profile talent, but to also keep their ears to ground and take the pulse of the student body. When Fedor took office this year, he knew it was imperative to seek relevant musical talent if CSU’s Homecoming tradition was going to take shape, grow and thrive this year and in the years to come. Fedor and his SGA counterparts teamed up with CAB this year to create an online poll via OrgSync and through various other social media platforms where students have a large presence. They gave students the option to choose one of five top-name artists to perform at the Wolstein Center. After a summer-long search, students voted to bring Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, to the stage. The “Heartbeat” singer first gained notoriety as a comedian working on various Hollywood projects, such as “Derrick Comedy.” He was also a writer for the hit show “30 Rock." However, before embarking on his musical



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career, he was best known for his role as Troy Barnes” on the NBC comedy “Community." Although, Glover’s resume is impressive, he is not the only brand name talent paying a visit to campus this weekend. CSU’s very own alumni will return to revisit the school they once called home for their undergraduate courtship. Incorporating alumni relations into the Homecoming weekend at a greater level, similar to other universities, will bring something new to this year’s celebration. Kulik said the decision to place a high emphasis on alumni connections came after many meetings and discussions about the structure of this year’s Homecoming events, and what exactly the weekend activities should consist of. The Marketing Department originally started leading the effort of getting heads of different departments around the table to talk Homecoming. Kulik said the summer hiring of a new assistant vice president for Alumni Relations also brought a fresh idea to the table and provided a focal point for the entire weekend. “We have a new AVP, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations, who came in this summer, and the decision was made in general that [Homecoming] really is and should be a student-alumni focus,” Kulik noted. The weeklong celebration, will feature an alumni reunion breakfast open to current students at a cost of $15, and a slew of events such as the firstever football game, a tailgate, Viking Madness and other activities to engage the student body. Alumni, or “reunioners” as

Kulik referred to them, are encouraged to attend all of the weekend’s events and to spend time interacting with students. “It helps to build a sense of pride, a sense of loyalty, a sense of honor and tradition, which is important to any university,” Kulik said. “You want people [to be] proud of where they went to school.” Kulik attests from student and professional experience that over the past 10 years, physical and internal changes made to CSU encourages students to take pride and speak positively about CSU in the community. “It has helped students to increase their pride and loyalty to CSU,” she said. In addition to the promotion of the university, Kulik feels the alumni-student relationship is critical to the health of the university because it gives students the opportunity to see an end-goal as they trek through a sometimes-tough journey. “I think that having alums come back to the university helps the students, as they’re seeing someone who has been there [and] done that, and succeeded,” Kulik said. CSU junior and Student Alumni Association Chairman Arit Umana feels that the CSU shared experience is a great way to connect students and alumni, and can also open doors for students in the future. Because alumni are seasoned professionals, Umana said, they could offer career direction and advice to students, as well as aid in their personal development. “It’s a great opportunity to network with people in your field," Umana said. "Students should tap into that." Alumni weekend is not the only new accessory Homecoming

will wear this year. SGA is set to release a new “Traditions” book to students, which has been in the works for nearly a year. Designed and spearheaded by SGA Vice President and CSU senior Allie Dumski, the Traditions book is a personal scrapbook that will be available free of charge to students so they can document their CSU memories. “It’s basically a checklist of everything that you need to do in Cleveland and at CSU before you graduate, and it will end up being a scrapbook and memory keepsake for everybody,” Dumski said. Dumski believes it will help


students establish a connection with the university, which many students have complained CSU lacks. The book will offer a graduation gift incentive to students when they complete at least 50 engagement tasks in the book. These students will receive a cord to keep and wear at graduation. The many activities planned for students to connect and engage in this year’s Homecoming has had many people question the history of the events and what this year’s weekend will bring. Regardless, Homecoming at CSU is not back. It is an old flame with a new scent, some reshaped wax and a new wick.

Homecoming 2013 Schedule Friday, Oct. 18

School of Communication Alumni Panel, SC 313, 6 p.m. Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner, Wolstein Center, 5:45 p.m. CSU Film Festival, MU 107, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 19

Midtown Cleveland Healthline Classic 10K/5K Race, Agora, 8:30 a.m. Alumni Reunion Classes Breakfast, FT Ballroom, 8:30 a.m. Continuing Legal Education, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 9 a.m. Coffee with Communicators - Social Media, MU 232, 9:30 a.m. Dwayne Bray Lecture, Drinko Hall, 11 a.m. Veterans Student Success Family Picnic, Location TBA, Noon President Lunch, SC Ballroom, Noon Viking Games & Football Matches, Krenzler Field, 1:30 p.m. School of Nursing Reception, Tours, Photo Exhibit, Julka Hall 2nd Floor, 2 p.m. Viketoberfest, Corner of East 18th Street and Euclid Avenue, 2 p.m. Honor Reception for Levin College Founder Roberta Steinbacher, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, 3 p.m. Friends of Paul Skalski Gathering, MU 107, 4 p.m. Homecoming Parade and Tailgate Party, Krenzler Field, 5 p.m. Basketball Viking Madness, Wolstein Center, 6:30 p.m. Childish Gambino Concert, Wolstein Center, 8 p.m.

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Rising hip-hop star's talents expand beyond music

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Donald Glover, or rapper Childish Gambino, will showcase his unparalleled hip-hop stylings at CSU's Homecoming concert Oct. 19.

By Kevin Buryanek As his career has illustrated thus far, the creative diversity of Donald Glover knows no bounds. I should clarify — when I mention Donald Glover's prolific endeavors, it should be understood that his achievements are not confined solely to music. This notwithstanding, Glover will be headlining Cleveland State University's Homecoming concert at the Wolstein Center on Saturday, Oct. 19. as his music persona, Childish Gambino. The Georgia-raised artist has had a hand in just about any creative field you can imagine. Whether it be television, film, stand-up comedy or music, Glover has exceeded at whatever he’s striven for. He first gained attention through his work writing for Derrick Comedy, an Internet-comedy group that formed while he was attending New York University (NYU). This led to Glover landing a writing position on NBC’s critically revered sitcom, “30 Rock,” from 2006-2009. In the realm of TV, Glover is best known for his role as Troy Barnes on

NBC’s cult-comedy hit “Community.” The show premiered in September 2009, garnering a substantial amount of critical acclaim during its run. Glover is also an esteemed standup comedian. His brand of off-color humor is a sharp take on themes such as race, relationships and, naturally, his self-proclaimed liking of “the soulful stylings of the Cranberries.” He has aired several comedy specials, including a coveted hourlong special, entitled “Weirdo,” on Comedy Central in March 2011. As if all the aforementioned accomplishments weren’t enough, we now come to Glover’s music career. Glover has been performing under the “Childish Gambino” moniker since his first, independently released LP, “Sick Boi,” in June 2008. His keen indie sensibilities (including samples from Sleigh Bells and the Stylistics) has long separated Gambino from other hip-hop contemporaries. Following a deal with Glassnote Records (home to groups such as Mumford & Sons and Phoenix), Gambino released his major label

debut, “Camp,” in November 2011. The album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart. Singles “Bonfire” and “Heartbeat” have become underground hits, exposing the rapper to a wider audience.

Gambino followed “Camp” with the high-profile mixtape, “R O Y A L T Y,” in 2012. Featuring hip-hop stalwarts such as RZA and Ghostface Killah, alt-rock hero Beck and indie-rap upstarts Danny Brown and Chance the Rapper, Gambino successfully illustrated his wildly eclectic musical tastes and influences. Not surprisingly, Glover has a number of upcoming projects on his slate. He recently announced plans for an upcoming music-themed TV program, “Atlanta,” which will air on FX Network. Glover is set to star, write and executive produce for the series. Also, on Oct. 8 he announced a new Childish Gambino album, “Because the Internet,” due to be released in December 2013. If you haven’t bought tickets to the 8 p.m. show Saturday, Oct. 19, they are available at the Wolstein Center Box Office for either $5 (upper and lower level general admission) or $10 (standing room-only floor seats) with a valid CSU ID. Tickets are also available at for $20 per seat (upper and lower level general admission) for non-students.



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Podcast picks of the week


By Mark Boyd

“The Drunken Taoist “The Drunken Taoist” is a podcast run by history professor, religious scholar and mixed martial-artist Daniele Bolelli with co-host Rich Evirs, an L.A.-based film editor. The Italian-born Bolelli has authored several books. His most recent, “Create Your Own Religion (Disinformation),” is a do-it-yourself manual for your “raison d’être” (French for “reason for existence”). The podcast alternates between two formats. The first, a “solo” show, features just Bolelli and Evirs. This features segments such as the “I Have a Dream Corner” (a peek into

Bolelli’s twisted subconscious), the “Storytelling Moment” (Bolelli’s favorite historical tales, conveyed in his seductive Italian accent) and the “Iz Moment” (stories about Bolelli’s precocious, hilariously astute daughter, Izabella). The other format of “The Drunken Taoist” is an interview program where Bolelli and Evirs chat with people like Shannon Lee (Bruce Lee’s daughter) and, most recently, Bobby Razak, a Mixed Martial Arts documentarian. Even if fisticuffs aren’t your thing, who can say no to a history lesson on Caravaggio (a renowned Renaissanceera artist) that makes him out to be the Quentin Tarantino of the 1500s? Overall, “The Drunken Taoist” is truly a must-listen for any MMA fan. Favorite episodes:

Episode 16: the “SuAnne Big Crow” story. Episode 23: the interview with historian and fellow podcaster Dan Carlin. Listen to "The Drunken Taoist" at

“Vice Media” Up-and-coming alternative news company Vice Media has become well-known for their "immersionist" ethics in the field of Journalism. The organization also has a hand in film and music production (releasing material from Action Bronson, Snoop Lion and Justice, among others). Vice also puts out a weekly interview show featuring filmmakers, journalists, upstarts and artists. The show, usually run by Reihan Salam, goes deep very quickly. Vice’s Internet-based distribution allows for a kind of unreserved, uninhibited conversation format focused on

controversial topics that cable news networks would never think of touching. The first episode of the series featured Cody Wilson, a law student fighting for the right to 3-D print firearms, and his defense of Internet freedom. Another episode featured filmmaker Ben Anderson, who shot “This Is What Winning Looks Like” for Vice. This was an intriguing, insightful documentary about the shattered condition in which America will inevitably leave Afghanistan. Recently, John MacArthur, publisher of Harper’s Magazine, joined Vice for a talk about how the expectation of free content is destroying journalism. Expect this podcast to make you care about things you never thought you’d care about. Favorite episode:

Danish filmmaker Nic Refn on Ryan Gosling's role in his latest film, "Only God Forgives." Listen to the "Vice Media" podcast at



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Album reviews Cage the Elephant "Melophobia" RCA Records

By Kevin Buryanek Kentucky’s Cage the Elephant have come a long way since their 2008, selftitled debut LP. The group's latest effort, “Melophobia” (or, the “fear of music”), is a perfect culmination of what the band has done well to this point. Melodies are mixed with dissonance, and aggression with enhanced musicality. Of course, that’s not to say the group's debut was a “bad” record. The album, specifically slideguitar blues riff of the year, “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked,” and raucous altrock stompers “In One Ear” and “Back Against the Wall,” thrust the five-piece into the mainstream and earned them a substantial following in the U.S. and U.K. But “Cage the Elephant” was not the type of album that sold you on the band permanently. Their 2011 followup, “Thank You, Happy Birthday,” took steps to rectify this. The album thoroughly reflects a distinct Pixies influence, complete with buzz-saw guitars and penetrative screams from singer Matt Schultz that Miley Cyrus "Bangerz" RCA Records

By Brianne Sears Following one of the most questionable VMA performances in recent years, any new music released by Miley Cyrus was sure to be surrounded with controversy. Her fourth studio album, “Bangerz,” falls well short of being a hit. Although her sound differs greatly from that of any counterpart in pop music, I’m not

would make Frank Black proud. "Thank You, Happy Birthday" proved commercially and critically viable, setting the stage for "Melophobia," which is easily Cage the Elephant's most accomplished work to date. Album opener “Spiderhead” perfectly captures what you’re in for over the next 36 minutes. Fuzzy guitars, punctuated by the distinct lead play of guitarist Lincoln Parish, provide the background for Schultz’s blend of melodic cooing and throat-rasping bursts. Overall, the band achieves the perfect blend of punk-inspired bombast (“It’s Just Forever,” featuring the Kills Alison Mosshart on vocals, and “Teeth”) and melodic sensibility ( “ Te l e s c o p e ,” “ H y p o r c i t e ” and “Cigarette Daydreams”). Cage the Elephant have truly come into their own on “Melophobia.” They exude the type of confidence and creative edge sorely lacking from most mainstream alternative music, owning a style wholly their own.

Mack Wilds "New York: A Love Story" Sony Music Entertainment

yet sure if that's a good or bad thing. The album mixes pop, rock, hiphop and (not kidding) country music. Album highlights include ballads like “Adore You,” “Wrecking Ball,” “My Darlin’,” featuring Future, and “Drive.” Cyrus delivers her best performances on party anthems such as summer hit “We Can’t Stop” and “Love Money Party,” featuring Big Sean.

After hearing these tracks, she almost won me over. But the album includes a few too many snoozers. “Maybe You’re Right,” “On My Own” and “Do My Thang” all fall flat. I’m also not sure why Cyrus randomly decided to go bluegrass on tracks such as “4 x 4” and “FU,” but neither compare to the absolutely awful Britney Spears duet, “SMS (Bangerz).”

By Jude Dsouza

There are few actors who are able to successfully transition into the music industry. Outside of Jamie Foxx, most actors who try their hand at singing are usually ridiculed and criticized for not staying in their “proper” lanes. Tristan Wilds, the 24-year-old actor who goes by the stage name “Mack Wilds,” is most famous for playing Michael Lee on HBO’s “The Wire.” His other acting credits include “90210,” “Red Tails” and “The Secret Life of Bees.” On his debut album, “New York: A Love Story,” Mack Wilds proves that Foxx is not the only exception to this trend. The Staten Island native wastes no time breaking into the music business on his first single, “Own It.” The track has a ‘90s throwback rhythm that connects with both contemporary audiences and an older generation of R&B fans alike. The rest of the album follows in suit. Notable songs include “My Crib,” “Magic” and “Keep It Real.” These tracks further illustrate Wilds ability


to connect old school and new school R&B fans. Also, Wilds does a fantastic job on emotional highlights "Sober Up," "NY Love Story" and a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Remember The Time.” Unlike most R&B singers, Wilds keeps the rap collaborations to a minimum. He enlists the help of Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man on “Wild Things” as well as Raekwon and Doug E. Fresh on “U Can Cry to Me.” These tracks prove surprising, considering these rappers would not typically be casted by any contemporary R&B singers. Wilds himself turns in a solid rap performances on “Art of Fallin’” and “Duck Sauce.” The best thing about “New York: A Love Story” is that Mack Wilds worries less about appeal and more about creating a unique style and formula. If this is a sign of things to come, R&B fans of all generations will be enjoying the young entertainer’s music for many years to come.

Overall, I’m not totally sold on “Bangerz.” Even after four albums, Cyrus is far from a seasoned vocalist. Even on the sparse amount of tracks I enjoyed, at times she came off as a little desperate to sell her new image. Nice try Miley, but you might just want to stick to “twerking,” not singing.



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Top left: " The Mixed grill" — a platter of lamb adana, doner, chicken shish and shish kebab. Bottom left: Stuffed eggplant, a house special. Top right: Iskender (or doner) kebab served with yogurt. Bottom right: Lamb adana kebab topped with yogurt and tomato sauce.

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Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Dervish Grill

2505 Professor Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44113 216.298.4450

By Ciara Browning Having previous experience with Mediterranean cuisine, I was excited to give Dervish Grill in Tremont a try. There were some aspects of the experience that simply did not impress me, but still a fair amount that did. The outside of the restaurant resembles a café. As you walk inside, the place gives off a relaxing vibe and the atmosphere is relatively cozy. My party and I were sat right away — in fact, we were the only ones in the entire restaurant. The menu was very small, and did not offer many dining options. I chose the fried calamari as an appetizer and something called “shrimp sauté” for my main course. Our service was unimpressive. The

Despite the subpar service, our food was quite satisfying server did not have much knowledge about the menu, and we only saw him when we received our food and requested the check. Despite the sub-par service, our food was quite satisfying. Warm pita bread, with two dipping sauces, was served with our appetizer. This turned out to be very good. The calamari proved delicious as well. It had a crisp,

fresh taste to it. Considering this was my first experience with calamari (and having been skeptical about the concept of eating squid beforehand), I was rather impressed. After the appetizer, however, we waited almost 40 minutes for our main course to arrive. Seeing as the appetizer was a very small portion that did not last us very long, this became problematic. I was shocked to see the size of my meal compared to the price of the entrée. The entire platter had very little shrimp included with it. Aside from how small the portions were, the meal was cooked almost perfectly. The vegetables were tender

and the shrimp had an excellent taste to it. The plain white rice, which was served to accompany the shrimp and vegetable mix, was also steamed to perfection. Overall, Dervish Grill is a fine restaurant. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was expecting to, but it gave me a taste of authentic Turkish cuisine. I’d go back, but am certainly not rushing to do so.



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Govt. shutdown cuts programs

'Nonessential' programs leave vets searching for solutions By Laura Bliesner The recent government shutdown is playing chicken with our lives, and is having a trickling down affect on us. The shutdown affects people locally, by cutting "nonessential" programs like Head Start, clinical trials for children with cancer and food benefits, to name a few. The shutdown is affecting veterans in two different ways. Earned death benefits for fallen soldiers' survivors were cut then reinstated unanimously while everyone blamed one another. Salary for service members were continued for now, but in the midst of receiving treatments for disabilities that veterans acquired in combat (like being fitted for prosthetics,) spending for them was halted. Adding even more time to more than 1-million-waiting veteran backlog of disability claims, Veteran's Affairs (VA) has so far furloughed nearly 10,000 employees. Dennis Ward, employee of Cleveland State University's Veteran Student Success Program, was

furloughed indefinitely due to the shutdown, and reactions were strong.

CSU veterans are being affected so deeply that they look to nonprofit organizations and CSU to help to no avial.

"He's here before 9 a.m. every morning and stays after 6 p.m. to make sure the vets at CSU are taken care of," said CSU veteran Jay Schwartz of Ward. Many of us wouldn't have had the success we've had here without his assistance. He's the reason vets come

to CSU and graduate. But this, however, means nothing to our government." CSU was one of the first three colleges and is one of 32 in the U.S. that have a Veteran Success counselor like Ward as part of the VA Vet Success on Campus program, which creates a link for student veterans to educational, career, financial and health resources — not to mention a person to come to for support who CSU veterans know and trust. Reaching a competent VA representative by phone or email is torturously lengthy. However, schedules don't allow for a long wait at the VA. It is comforting to get immediate help to close that gap in a personal way. That doesn't sound like a "nonessential" job, does it? The shutdown may be over before anyone reads this — or maybe America will still be under siege. Either way, CSU veterans are being affected so deeply that they look to nonprofit organizations and CSU for help to no avail. There is not much

to do but wait. All they can do is hope that Ward returns and ponder that one (Congress) person's idea of "nonessential" is another's idea of what is integral. Maybe our congressperson will finally contemplate the "essential" perk that remains open for leisurely saunas and swims — the congressional gym for representatives and their entire staffs, all of who kept their jobs. CSU veteran John Santana summed it up when he said, "To the government he's [Ward] nonessential, but CSU having one of the most successful vet programs, owes a great deal to him. He doesn't just help people with pay questions, he is a friend. The best way to put this into perspective is our unit just lost the most badass first sergeant ever." Laura Bliesner is a graduate assistant in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at CSU.

Fraternity, Sorority Life

Fresh perspective on what it means to be 'Greek' By David Hale

We’ve all seen the movies, the TV shows. We’ve heard the stories and have allowed these influential images to fill our minds about what a college life should be like. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that fraternities and sororities shouldn’t have fun or that they shouldn’t take part in fantastic rituals and great events, or shout their letters from the rooftops. However, being in a fraternity or sorority — being Greek — is much more than what is normally perceived. The experience is overwhelmingly complex. It’s about reaching a goal together with someone you call brother or sister. It’s about sharing experiences with someone that you will still consider a close friend 20 years

down the road. Most of all, it’s about knowing you will always be welcome through whatever door your fraternity or sorority calls home. Ultimately, that is what we are trying to build here at Cleveland State University. Working as the graduate assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) has given me a new perspective on what it means to be "Greek" — not a better or a worse perspective, but something that I have not before considered. It’s that each FSL community molds itself around its own environment. We have a unique possibility here at CSU: we can be one of the few metropolitan universities with a thriving student experience not to mention a wonderful fraternity and sorority presence.

With that, however, comes responsibility — not just with the university and its many alumni, but a majority of the responsibility lies on the student. This is because we cannot move forward unless it is you, the student, who gets involved.

Being "Greek" is much more than what is normally perceived.

If FSL and Student Life are to evolve and thrive, it must be done as a whole community — not a series of individual organizations based on separate letters.

A majority of Greek-lettered organizations can and do stem from others. At some point in the timeline we all share the same principles and ritual. You might not be here four years from now to see the fruits of your labor, but you will leave knowing you had your hand in creating something that will be here at your 10-, 15- and 20-year reunion. Being able to come back and see what students have created for fraternities and sororities will have a great advantage in the future for the university and upcoming students. David Hale is a graduate student in Adult Learning and Development at CSU.



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No bull with Natalie


Straight-up advice from a straight-up chick By Natalie Bryan

Dear Natalie, I am concerned about the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. Do you have any advice about how to survive? FYI, we are all doomed. Dear Survivor,

You have come to the right place, my friend. Not only did I recently read a article that explained how and why a zombie apocalypse is possible (though admittedly very unlikely), I also have it on good authority that I myself would survive a zombie apocalypse — at least according to several online quizzes. I also would be the victor of the Hunger Games according to several online quizzes, but I digress. You should start with a healthy hatred of zombies. God, I hate zombies. Secondly, don’t do it alone.

People are better when they stick together. Your love for those you care for is ultimately what will pull you through, but don’t be foolish. If your mother is infected and has mere days before she turns into a flesh-eating zombie, well, it’s unfortunate, but you’re going have to kill her before she infects anyone else. Sorry mom. Love you, though. *Kisses* (Don't actually do that). On the other hand, it was just the other day that my friend told me she would keep me as a bet zombie if I were ever to become infected. She would take goofy pictures with me, albeit at a safe distance. Otherwise, lock and load. The key to survival is supplies. Good, hearty food like potatoes, meat and vegetables will keep you strong. So when you’re raiding an abandoned CVS, go for the beef jerky. Set up base at a secure location that is convenient

but has a lot of what you might need, like shopping malls. Hopefully that shopping mall has a gun store. Next, kill some zombies. Finally, having a loyal pet by your side is a good idea. Cats are very sensitive to negativity and will probably tip you off to approaching zombie hoards with their skittishness. Dogs can sniff out food and survivors. Hopefully if all your friends and family die, you will at least have your cat and hopefully it will not be a zombie cat. Dear Natalie,

My boyfriend is broke and he owes me money. I tried to break up with him but he goes out and parties and then comes back to sleep on my couch. What do I do? Dear Pushover,

Seriously? OK, baby. This is what you do. First, block his number. Block him on Facebook and all other social media. If he comes knocking on your door again, do what Dorothy did in the Golden Girls when her ex-husband Stan came around. Open the door, and when you see him standing there, close the door and walk away. If that doesn’t work, pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1. Say, “Hello, police? There is an intruder in my home. Would you please forcibly remove him from my sight?” In other words, get rid of that fool. To get advice from Natalie, email her at

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