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Editorial Staff: Andrea Mitchell, Editor-In-Law Laura Dynda, Managing Editor Jayson Gerbec, Advertising Manager N/A, Advertising Rep. Ebony Cash, News Editor Ilona Westfall, Culture Editor Nick Camino, Sports Editor Steve Thomas, Layout Editor Michael Quintero, Cartoonist Jeff “Z” Stoskus, Distribution Manager Anne Werner, Business Manager

Staff Writers: David Imburgia, Mark Jablonski, Faith Larraine, Laura Dynda, Jamie DuBois, Mark Katzbach, Christopher Enoch, Reid May, Scott Arko, Andrea Cervenak, Gary Typerstone, Robert Ivory, Sabrina Peacock, Roman Verzub

Contributing Writers: Dave Orzechowski, Charlotte Morgan, Shanette D. Buford, Dan Hollowell, James Kneblik

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Contents T he Melting Pot

Culture

Homelessness at CSU CSU Student, Army Vet: “SGA Blew Me Off ” Andrea’s Anecdotes

Out With the Old and In With the New Early Spring Concert Preview: Are They Worth a Listen? 

News

Sports

The Television of Tomorrow Just One Year Away Court Orders New Hearing for CSU Killer Progressive Auto Insurance buys rights to Jacob’s Field Cauldron Changes

Vikings Ready for Horizon League Showdown Women’s Basketball Recap

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Homelessness at Cleveland State University Story by Laura Dynda | The Cauldron Managing Editor There is nothing like a new semester at Cleveland State University to bring a smile to your face. The nice thing about a new semester at Cleveland State is that everything is always the same. It’s things like buying books, getting ready for classes, grabbing something to eat at favorite haunts like Café ah Roma that are always so quaint. Yet it is when going to the bookstore or getting something to eat that something bursts your bubble. While walking someone comes up to you and asks for change or a meal. This someone characterizes many of the homeless people that walk around campus. The decision of whether or not to give the homeless person money or food is an agonizing process. No matter the outcome questions will always arise as to what will become of this person that you only met a mere moment or two ago.

This problem is not just at Cleveland State, but it is everywhere. Cleveland has the highest foreclosure rate in the country and it can be expected that there are going to be more people living on the streets because of this. What is unexpected is the fact that many hate crimes have been committed against the homeless within the last few years. When I say many…I mean many. The crimes range from tasering to murder. For instance in the Toledo area, a serial killer targeted the homeless. Representative Mike Foley (D14), a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, introduced a bill (H.B. 419) three weeks ago that would increase penalties for crimes such as this. The bill states “whoever violates this section is guilty of intimidation of a homeless person” which is defined as “the next high[est] degree than the offense the commission of which is a necessary element

of intimidation of a homeless person.” This means that the person that is threatening the homeless person will be charged with whatever they were doing, plus one count. Which basically means if someone were charged with second-degree assault, it would be moved to assault to the first degree and therefore involve harsher charges. Similar legislation exists for attacking someone based on race or gender. In a few places in the country these provisions also cover sexual orientation. According to CNN, a study by the National Coalition for the Homeless showed a 65 percent increase in the number of hate crimes against the homeless since 2005. How is it that the most powerful country in the world has a problem with its citizens hurting their fellow Americans? It makes no sense. But what doesn’t make sense whatsoever is the fact that the United States has

homeless people to begin with. This country is promoting “democracy” the world over, but how can it win thousands of miles away, when it can’t win in its own backyard. Not everyone chooses to be homeless. Some people are stricken to be homeless because they can’t get work or because they have no alternative. This country needs to change very badly. There is a beacon of hope in seeing Cleveland’s Mayor Frank Jackson take a stand in having the city of Cleveland bring a lawsuit against 21 major investment banks that have enabled foreclosures throughout Cleveland. Jackson in suing these companies is taking a stand against big business. It is commendable, and we will see what will happen as it all unfolds in what will be a very interesting trial. But for now maybe we should see what it’s like to be on the other side of the hand out and say to ourselves, “What do I want to do?”


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Andrea’s Anecdotes Story by Andrea Mitchell | The Cauldron Editor-In-Chief Ah, here we are back at school, two weeks into the New Year. Doesn’t it feel great to be keeping up with those New Year’s resolutions? No, seriously you need to tell me what it feels like to be eating healthier, working out, budgeting your money, getting along with your family, etc… I wouldn’t personally know because my resolutions as of yet haven’t begun. I’ve never been very good with the whole New Year’s resolution thing. Most of the time I make out a list of resolutions that I plan to keep, but by February they are usually long forgotten and my list is either in the trash or under a pile of papers on my desk.

The fact of the matter is that I honestly don’t believe one day on the calendar can make people change their lifestyles. Sure the holidays can make us all want to lose the extra pounds, but Jan. 1 really doesn’t make me think, “I’m going to change my life today.” No usually Jan. 1 makes me think, “I need a few more hours of sleep today.” The pesky people that keep their resolutions or at least have kept them for the last two weeks are the ones that annoy me. Little do they know that by March they will either have forgotten why they’ve changed their lifestyle or their resolution all together. Maybe I sound cynical, but

honestly I can’t help it. When a person wants to change something about his or her life, they do it. There is not one day on a calendar that can make a drastic change come to be. It’s irritating to think that Jan. 1 still tries to be the day for change. I have an idea for a resolution that I plan to keep from this year onward. No more New Year’s resolutions. I’ll make Monday resolutions and Friday resolutions, but I will no longer make an embarrassing list of reminders to tell me that my Jan. 1 ideals have fallen through and have left me with only a piece of paper to remember them by.

CSU Student, Army Vet: “SGA Blew Me Off ” Story by Mark Jablonski | The Cauldron Staff Writer

"[The Student Government Association] does not care about U.S. Military veterans or doing a darn thing for CSU students," wrote social studies major Dan Langshaw in the December 10th, 2007 issue of The Cauldron. Langshaw, who was honorably discharged from the Army last year due to a knee injury, approached the Student Government Association (SGA) last semester hoping someone there would listen to his concerns regarding the university's

policies toward veterans. "They just kind of blew me off," Langshaw told The Cauldron. After his disappointing visit to the SGA office, Langshaw says that he emailed the association, but never got a response. "If that's their [SGA's] attitude," Langshaw said, "...then I'm going to point out to the rest of the student body how they handle their business." Langshaw says that the funding from his G.I. Bill ran out after his first year at Cleveland

State, and he's spent the last year talking with state and local officials in an effort to secure more college funding for returning vets like him. Although he didn't have any success with student government, Langshaw has discussed the issue with State Rep. Tom Patton and State Sen. John Boccieri, as well as various city officials. Langshaw would like to see Ohio adopt some form of state funded G.I. Bill, and has sent to the Ohio General Assembly a number of proposals detailing how he thinks it could be set up. Even after his letter appeared in last month's Cauldron, Langshaw said that not a single member of the SGA contacted him about the matter. He did, however, hear from former SGA Sen. Patrick O'Malia, who graduated in December. "I was furious when I read your letter [in The Cauldron]," wrote O'Malia in an email to Langshaw. "The SGA can be, and normally is, a force for good and student rights on campus," he said. O'Malia

called the treatment Langshaw received "unacceptable," and has since spoken at length with him in an effort to "move around the CSU bureaucracy" and bring his concerns to the administration. Vice President Peggy Thompson said that all of the information that Langshaw provided SGA was lost in a recent flood that occurred in the SGA office, preventing them from contacting him. She then deferred to President Blake Almaguer for further questions. Almaguer could not be reached at press time. Langshaw said that he fully intends to continue his efforts, even if he ultimately does not receive any more financial aid. "If I can help those who are true heroes, who are really doing a heck of a lot for our country – even if I don't see the benefits...it's better if the true heroes who deserve it get something," said Langshaw. You can learn more about Dan Langshaw's campaign to help Ohio veterans gain access to college at geocities.com/helpohiovets.


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The Television of Tomorrow Just One Year Away Story by Ebony Cash | The Cauldron News Editor The digital television transition is an important change that is coming in the way of television. On Feb. 17, 2009, the seismic shift in the American television broadcasting system will take place. All local televisions stations must meet a government requirement to transmit their signals in a digital format. If your television is not properly converted, then your television will go completely dark because the signals

have switched from analog to digital. Old television sets won't work unless you get a special digital converter box, which can cost anywhere from $60 to $150 depending on brand and features. This special box will enable consumers to make the analog-todigital switch on their televisions. However, the government is kind enough to help by giving a coupon for $40. Congress has set aside up to $1.5 billion to aid the digital TV

transition. All households will be eligible for two discount coupons (worth $40 each) to buy converter boxes until $990 million has been exhausted. Congress would then have to approve release of another $510 million for the program, but the coupons would then be limited to households that rely on over-the-air analog television. For those who get their TV signal from cable or satellite the special

converter box probably won't be necessary. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Commerce Department agency will be responsible for the converter coupon program, which began Jan. 1, 2008.


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Court Orders New Hearing for CSU Killer Story by Ebony Cash | The Cauldron News Editor A federal appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing for death row inmate Frank Spisak. Spisak. The self-proclaimed neo-Nazi was convicted of killing three men at Cleveland State over a seven-month period in 1982. Spisak’s summer trial in 1983 turned into a racially charged display as he wore a Hitler mustache and stated that he was an agent in a war against blacks and Jews. The judge sentenced him to death and Spisak responded with a “Heil Hitler” salute. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that came just three months after the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death sentence for Spisak made the appeal decision. The three-judge panel ruled that Spisak had received ineffective counsel during the sentencing stage of his trial and that a judge’s instructions to the jury were unconstitutional.

The Cleveland Indians stadium formerly known as Jacob’s Field takes a new name, Progressive Field.

Progressive Auto Insurance buys rights to Jacob’s Field Story by Ebony Cash | The Cauldron News Editor What does auto insurance have in common with baseball? Well nothing really, but Progressive Insurance and the American League team have come to terms on a naming rights deal. The playing ground known as Jacob’s field or simply “The Jake” is no longer. The home of the Cleveland Indians will now be called

Progressive Field for at least the next 16 years. The park had been known as Jacob’s Field since 1994 when a Cleveland-area man by the name of Richard Jacobs bought the team. Now, Progressive will pay a whopping $3.6 million a year for the rights. Progressive will also be the exclusive auto insurer for the

Indians. Cleveland Indians president Paul Dolan said at a news conference last Friday, "I'm sure the fans' thinking about this place being something other than Jacobs Field will take a while, but I'm also sure that over time, Progressive Field will also sink in with the fans' psyche." With every major cooperation

name change, it just takes time to get used to. Progressive CEO and Chairman Glenn Renwick said that the cost of the naming rights represents only 1 percent of Progressive's annual advertising and marketing budget. Permanent logo changes are expected take place before opening day.


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Martin Luther King Jr. during the march on Washington, 1963

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Upcoming CSU Events Story by Ebony Cash | The Cauldron News Editor Cleveland State to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: In celebration of MLK Day, Cleveland State’s Black Studies Program will host a lecture by Dr. C. Jay Matthews, senior pastor at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church on January 17 at 12:00 p.m. Matthews is the president of United Pastors in Mission, as well as a civil rights activist and is

currently developing a community based plan for revitalizing the neighborhood surrounding his church. The lecture is titled, “Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Drum Major for Peace.” The event will take place in the University Center Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Cleveland State Hosts

Programs for Adults Starting or Returning to College: Cleveland State’s Women’s Comprehensive Program will host free “reentry” programs for women or men who are thinking about starting or returning to college. The programs will be held at 9:30 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in room 364 of the University Center (UC).

The programs are targeted to adults and focus on issues of importance to adults who want to begin or resume college after an absence caused by family or job responsibilities. Representatives from various University departments will offer advice and information on support services, transfer credits, financial aid, scholarships and registration.


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Nick Camino, Ilona Westfall and Laura Dynda hard at work in our offices.

Cauldron Changes Story by Ebony Cash | The Cauldron News Editor New Office: As many of you may know, the University Center (UC) will close in March. Therefore, The Cauldron office has moved to the Cole Center. We are now located on the fourth floor of the Cole Center located on the E.30

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block of Chester. We will still hold a few meetings in the old office of the UC. We will continually transition and encourage everyone to come to our new office. I guarantee you will be more comfortable as you are surrounded by a more professional setting. Not

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to brag, but we have our own personal bathroom and kitchenette! New Officers: Last semester’s Editor-in-Chief Francis Bova III has resigned from The Cauldron. Francis’ expertise, passion and newspaper knowledge will cer-

tainly be missed; however, Managing Editor Andrea Mitchell has resumed the position as Editor-in-Chief starting spring semester. Andrea also has passion and great knowledge and we are proud to announce her as The Cauldron’s new Editor-in-Chief.


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Pin¢hing Pennies Ways to Save Money for Spring Ter m Story by Andrea Mitchell | The Cauldron Editor-In-Chief

It’s that time of year again for us to pay our tuition, buy our books and obtain the expensive, little, orange hangtag parking pass. At the beginning of Spring Term it always seems to be a little harder to scrounge up funds for everything needed to start a new semester. This can be attributed to recovering from Christmas expenditures, some going home over the holidays and not working their on-campus jobs, or simply because the cost of starting a new semester is so high.

It’s said that college is a time that you’re “meant to be broke,” but that sure doesn’t make the fact any easier. Most students juggle having a job (or two or three in some cases) and going to school, while still trying to afford living expenses. What all this comes down to is little time for fun and much time for “money issues.” Despite these issues you may or may not have, over this semester there are ways for you to save money, while attending Cleveland State University. Some of these suggestions may


appear a little drastic, but the savings add up. In the end, everything comes down to “pinching pennies.” Ways to Curtail Spending Now that Christmas is officially in the past and all the decorations are (or at least should be put away), the bills are all that is left of the holiday spirit. The worst part about it is, as students, we have to pay for the new semester, even with the Christmas bill pile up still with us. Devising a budget for the semester is the first step in staying out of debt. Adding together what you project you will earn or saved and subtracting what you need to spend, leaves you with what you have left in spending money. Keep in mind you should always allot more money for the unexpected. Things tend to pop up and cause you to need more cash than you may have originally anticipated. James Cermak, an Assistant VicePresident at Fifth-Third Bank offers some financial advice to college students. First of all Cermak said, “Control cost and limit spending.” In this Cermak encourages students to not indulge in frivolous spending. Another important financial detail for students to remember Cermak said is, “Understand accounts you open and minimize fees that you pay. Fees can be ridiculous.” Cermak reminds students that today there are many ways to keep track of your money, whether it is through online banking, phone or mail. Despite the fact that there are so many ways to keep track of your money Cermak said, “My advice is to balance your checkbooks the old fashion way.” Finally, there is the issue of credit cards and students. Already many are taking out student loans to afford college tuition and fees, but credit cards along with loans can be dangerous. There are many studentbanking programs and credit cards come along with these plans with varied interest. As far as credit cards go Cermak said, “Use on a limited basis.” This means that you should pay off credit card balances monthly and keep track of each credit card transaction. A large balance could come as a surprise if you’re not attentive to your spending habits.

Ways to Save on Buying Books Isn’t it fun going to the CSU Bookstore with your list of books to find not only are they not stocking the used copies, but that the costs have added up to significantly higher than you anticipated? The answer to that question is no. As far as buying books, there really isn’t an easy way to go about it and save money. A CSU Bookstore representative said, “Obviously the used books are cheaper, [look for them] after book buyback week.” Buying used textbooks is a timely process wherein going early is the best way to get a hold of them before your classmates do. However, sometimes buying your books too far in advanced leaves you with expensive used textbooks your instructor isn’t going to utilize. In these situations all books can be returned to the CSU Bookstore for a period of time. Law books last date for return is Jan. 19 and all other books can be returned up until Jan. 26. The CSU Bookstore isn’t the only way to buy textbooks nowadays. Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble. com/textbooks and CampusBooks. com are just a few websites, where your textbooks can be purchased. In many cases buying your books online can be cheaper than going to the bookstore. One of the biggest things to watch out for when you’re purchasing textbooks online is finding the right edition. Many times editions are very similar, however, you should ask your instructor if using an older edition is acceptable. Another way to save on textbooks is to sell them back at the end of the semester. Although the end of the semester is far off, when it does come, selling back your textbooks can net you a reimbursement for some of the initial cost. Ways to Save Money on Food It is no secret that eating out today has gotten ridiculously expensive. Even buying lunch on campus can cost you. However, there are ways to keep the money spent on food down. First of all eating out costs way too much especially if you haven’t left room in your budget for such excursions. In these cases packing a lunch is a smarter idea. If you like

your food cold store it in a cooler in your car or locker while you attend class. If you need to warm something up there are microwaves available to students located in the Orange Lounge and the Lobby of Rhodes Tower. Another way to save money on food is to keep your eye out for free food. I’m not suggesting you to mooch off you’re parents and friends for every meal, but instead keep your eyes open around campus. Sometimes free food is given away at events and lectures, and in these cases you can fill up without filtering out your wallet. In any case, a handful of nuts and a piece of fruit are a frugal lunch and a healthful one too. Ways to Save Money on Transportation If you drive alone to Cleveland State there doesn’t seem to be an economical way to get downtown. To make matters more complicated most Cleveland State students are in fact commuters, therefore most of us are coming in from all around the Cleveland area. Gas, traffic, parking and headaches are what you pay for if you commute alone. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) projected in their 2008 Energy Conference that gasoline will average around $3.14 per gallon, as of Jan. 8, 2008. This number is pretty depressing for drivers. To top it off, today not only is the gasoline expensive, but parking at Cleveland State is also an aggravation. The RTA U-Pass is a great way to save money on gasoline and parking. The U-Pass is the sticker on your student identification card that allows you to ride the RTA for free throughout the entire semester. Riding the rapid or the bus is the optimum way to save money and wear and tear on your car. If the RTA isn’t right for you there is also the option of carpooling. If you know other Cleveland State commuters around where you live, carpooling is a great way to split the cost of gasoline and parking, while still retaining the flexibility of driving. Ways to Save Money on Health

Staying healthy throughout the winter is a difficult task, especially this winter with the spread of a bad flu and cold bug around town. It is important to remain healthy throughout the school year because then you will excel in the classroom. The fact of the matter is that staying healthy saves money. There are many ways to fight off germs, as Eileen Guttman Supervisor at Health and Wellness Services said, “Wash your hands and keep them away from your face.” Guttman also tells students, “If you’re sick stay home.” She advises all students to exercise, get enough sleep and have a well balanced diet. To save money and stay fit students can utilize the Cleveland State Recreation Center. The Cleveland State Recreation Center offers classes and programs for health and fitness. Recreation Center passes are also included in tuition, so it saves students the money of joining an expensive gym or local recreation center. If you do get sick though, health insurance for students can be very costly. Cleveland State offers student health insurance for $673 a semester or $1158 for the entire year. Student health insurance can be set up on CampusNet.


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Out With the Old and In With the New: The Most Buzz-worthy Names in Entertainment Story by Emily Ouzts | The Cauldron Contributing Writer Each new year brings fresh and exciting people and events to watch for in entertainment. This list of rising stars and new releases in movies, television and music gives hope to a public sick of the same old stuff from last year. Out with the old and in with the new, indeed. Emile Hirsch: Under Sean Penn’s direction, Hirsch moved audiences with a brave performance in one of the year’s best films, the sweeping coming-of-age drama Into the Wild. Hirsch stands poised to ride his Oscar buzz into 2008, and then conquer the mainstream with Speed Racer, directed by the team behind The Matrix. Seth Rogen: Hollywood’s most productive stoner has a busy 2008 planned, with projects like Fanboys and The Pineapple Express, which the affable Canadian also wrote and produced. If this year’s Knocked Up and Superbad were any indication, Seth Rogen stands to settle in nicely as the 2008’s Steve Carell. Ellen Page: The 20-year old screen veteran became a critical darling this year with her refreshing performance in Juno. 2008 promises to be equally bright for the Canadian actress, who next stars in a big-screen adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s Light-House.

White Williams: The Cleveland native used MySpace Music to propel himself into the pop scene this year, proving that the website does have a legitimate purpose in creative society. William begins 2008 with a nationwide tour promoting his LP Smoke, which takes ‘80s rhythms to a groovy and impossibly slick new level. Be sure to rock your silver leggings and shades when you catch him at the Grog Shop on January 18th. Plushgun: Most bands that emerge from New York’s ubertrendy electro-pop scene are too pretentious for their own good, but Plushgun manages to blend high-voltage beats with soaring, indie-rock heart. This year should be kind to the Brooklyn quartet, whose online-only EP has hipster appeal and genuine musical moxie. Esmee Denters: You may have caught this Dutch teenager’s stunning covers of Alicia Keys and Ne-Yo on YouTube – or you may have heard of her boss, Justin Timberlake, who signed the rookie to his new label, Tennman Records. Considering anything Timberlake touches turns to gold, Denters’ upcoming album should be a smash when it hits stores in March. Chris Walla: The Seattle native took a break from his day job – guitarist for indie heroes Death Cab for Cutie – to release a solo album entitled Field Manual. Walla’s first single, “Sing Again,” is an understated yet energetic nod to his ethereal Death Cab roots. Listen for Field Manual at your favorite coffee shop later this month.

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Usher: While the R&B hit machine took some time off this

year to get married, music got a little less classy. Here to wean us off endless references to shawties and getting crunk, Usher is poised to deliver a grown-up R&B album with positive messages. Get ready for him to invade the airwaves when his as-yet-untitled disc, featuring collaborations with Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Ludacris, drops this spring. Amy Ryan: The Tony-nominated actress garnered critical praise this year playing a drug-addled mother in Ben Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone. Her humanizing performance showed enough potential to attract legendary filmmaker Clint Eastwood, who cast the Queens native as the lead in his upcoming drama, The Changeling. The Wire: The gritty, critically acclaimed HBO series enters its fifth and final season this year with enough buzz to rival the cable network’s dearly departed The Sopranos. Taking an unflinching look at Baltimore’s toughest neighborhoods, the series pits drug dealers against cops, school systems against gangs, and true journalism against those who would prefer it corrupt. Catch up on seasons 1 through 4 on DVD, and tune into new episodes Sunday nights on HBO. OneRepublic: After several years in the business, OneReublic got a stratospheric boost in 2007 from Timbaland, who lent the Australian band a beat behind their 2006 ballad “Apologize.” Watch to see if the band can ride their momentum into 2008 with the release of their own, sans Timbaland album, Dreaming Out Loud. From their recent string of polished live performances and

their impressive follow-up single, “Stop and Stare,” the future looks bright for OneRepublic – all on their own. Sex and the City: T h e Movie: Monetary n e g o tiations threatened to forever Mr. Big & Carrey stall production of Carrie and Co. on the big screen, but sure enough, everybody’s favorite New Yorkers will hit theaters this May. Will Carrie and Big make it after all? Will Charlotte’s adopted baby make her maternal dreams come true? Will you be able to strong-arm your boyfriend into seeing the flick with you? Only time, and maybe a few Cosmopolitans, will tell. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: So Harrison Ford may actually be 80 years old, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t rock a mean fedora and save the world from archaic menaces! Watch to see Ford’s stunt double battle his way through the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (whatever that is) when the belated fourth installment hits theaters this May. Wu-Tang Clan: Hip-hop’s elder statesmen gathered together this year, give or take a few dearly departed members, to record 8 Diagrams, a sparse and dauntless record produced by longtime member RZA. In a genre where legends often burn out before they fade away, 8 Diagrams should be enough to prove that rap isn’t just for the young and nimble.


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Early Spring Concert Preview: January through March 2008

Story by Scott Arko | The Cauldron Staff Writer With winter comes the same conditions for the concertgoing public: end-of-year shows are routinely fantastic right before the holiday season, usually featuring short but high-energy routing. As Christmas looms, the bands head home for some much-needed family time before hitting the road again. Until the scene blooms again in late January, most fans are left to bide their time with local talent before the high-profile national acts roll through. Luckily for Clevelanders, the local scene certainly provides. As the thriving fans know full and well, Cleveland deathcore is in its greatest throes right now, with champions Cholera and national hopefuls Salt the Wound dotting the area with a relentless touring schedule. Cholera hits Akron on Friday (January 18) with Rose Funeral, then returns home to Cleveland for a show with Ashes of Atrocity (February 7) as well as a support slot on the heavily anticipated release party show for Salt the Wound’s upcoming “Carnal Repercussions” full length: the show also features such talents as The Analyst Belie My Burial, Set Free Among the Dead Themselves, and of course Salt the Wound themselves playing the headlining role. Admission is free with the purchase of the CD, which is itself only ten dollars. Hometown legends

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216, Schnauzer, and Keratoma team up for a show at Peabody’s this Saturday (January 19); Schnauzer’s eclectic stage presence is not to be missed. The national metal and hardcore scene is apparently on break until February, because the first notable show of the year is Killswitch Engage’s headlining run on January 29 at the House of Blues. While KSE may seem outdated in the more vibrant scene they’ve long since grown out of, openers Everytime I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Parkway Drive are all highlights of the metalcore genre, each boasting a powerfully unique sound and enormous stage presence. The year truly starts for most metal fans in February, when legendary thrash metallers Exodus hit Peabody’s on February 10, with a solid lineup of Goatwhore, Arsis, and Warbringer in tow. Rotting Christ, Belphegor, and Immolation’s stint the next day is sure to satisfy any death metallers unsatisfied with the recent invasion of the “core” trend with a solid lineup of dignified and established extreme outfits. Valentine’s day brings perhaps one of the most anticipated shows of the year, The Black Dahlia Murder’s headlining run in support of the critically acclaimed “Nocturnal;” bringing an incredibly strong lineup along consisting of 3 Inches Of Blood, Hate Eternal, and Decrepit Birth. February 26 brings another incredible show appealing more to the hardcore audience, as metalcore vets Darkest Hour bring along grindsters Cephalic Carnage, deathcore hype machine Whitechapel, and hardcore stelwarts Emmure for a show certain to pride itself on violence. March is strangely empty but for death metal legends Nile’s headlining stint with buzz band Suicide Silence as well as The Faceless in tow.

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Of course there’s much more to the concert scene than metal and hardcore. Washed-up shock rocker Marilyn Manson comes to the House of Blues for an intimate performance on February 1. Irish-

Parade, As Cities Burn, Pierce the Veil, and Cry of the Afflicted while throwback rock n’ rollers The Hives follow suit at the Agora on March 2. While none of these may be your particular flair, this is only a very

With a multitude of smaller venues scattered throughout the city, all it takes is some dedicated searching to find quality music in the underground. themed punk rockers Flogging Molly hit Cleveland twice on their Green 17 tour, February 12 and 13. Meanwhile, on February 26, modern alternative rockers Angels & Airwaves come to town, complete with support from Meg & Dia, The Color Fred, and Ace Enders. Screamo trendsetters Emery headline the Agora Ballroom with a full-fledged opening cast of Mayday

short summation of the countless events going on in the Cleveland scene. With a multitude of smaller venues scattered throughout the city, all it takes is some dedicated searching to find quality music in the underground. Ska, metal, hardcore, punk, hip hop, rap, anything can be found with the right dedication. Here’s to the new year and the music it may bring.


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Are They Worth a Listen? Story by Faith Larraine | The Cauldron Staff Writer

Welcome back. What do you have planned for your brand spankin’ new spring semester? A new concert perhaps? Thanks to anonymous sources, I have found a band that might be of some interest to you. They have lots to say and definitely love to say it. Did I mention that they were Swedish? Well, more about that later. But now, we have to start reminding ourselves of our ever pending question…are they worth a listen? Band of Choice: Love in October 10 Reasons Why You Should Listen to Love in October 1. Deep Thinker: The band’s biography on their website has a quote from their frontman Erik Widman. He stated that he does not want the band to be seen as just a band. He believes that they will be doing other artistic things in the future that do no pertain to just music. He prefers that the band be seen as creators. That’s pretty deep thinking in my book…and great future planning. 2. Keeping it in the Family: While Erik sings vocals, plays guitar, piano, and moog, his brother Kent Widman plays bass and moog. Talent must run in the family. (Moog: Synthesizer;

can refer to any number of analog synthesizers designed by Dr. Robert Moog or manufactured by Moog Music, and is commonly used as a generic term for analog and digital music synthesizers.) 3. Swedish: How amazing is it that Swedish natives will be coming to Cleveland to play for us. Amazing indeed. One of their songs titled “Vi Går till Stranden” is completely in Swedish. We may not be able to understand, but it’s still interesting. 4. Poppy Rocky: Their sound could definitely be categorized in the pop rock section. Some songs are fast and dark, some are personal, and some just tell a story. And all of those different types have a hint of pop in them. 5.Vocals Anyone: Everybody in the band does vocals. All four guys try their hardest to sing their little hearts out for the world to hear. Awwwww. 6. Funny Videos: On Love in October’s Myspace page, they have an array of funny little videos for their fans to watch. I was literally laughing out loud. It’s always nice when a band does something special for their fans, just to show their true appreciation. That…or they just have some really stupid humor. 7. Sounds like: They definitely

remind me of the All-American Rejects or even Cartel. Two great bands with some great credentials. 8. Live: They had a live performance on FOX 9 back in September. They must have some sort of talent then. 9. Cleveland: Love in October will be coming to the Beachland Ballroom on February 5th. Yes, you do want to mark your calendar and buy tickets. 10. Album: Their debut album Pontus, The Devil, and Me will be released on January 22nd. Yes, you do want to mark your calendar and save up the cash. 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Listen to Love in October 1. Swedish?: They don’t sound Swedish at all. No accent was perceived. Their Myspace page says Minneapolis. Their biography confirms that that is the base for their record label, but the no accent perception makes you wonder. 2. Erik: The boy can’t really sing. He kind of just talks and tries to throw some harmony in there at times. And all the other boys sound the same, so I can’t make a distinction on who else can and cannot sing. 3. Looks: One of them could

possibly be ranked an eight out of ten. But, the rest are all three and below. Sorry boys. 4. Alternative Press: They recently had in article in AP. Yeah, that glorious picture book that has the audacity to call itself a magazine. 5. Erik’s Weird New Years Resolution: To shower a minimum of once a week, but no more than twice a week. He’ll be a funky frontman then. 6. Kent’s Weird New Years Resolution: To eat a bar of soap and burp a bubble. At least he’ll be a lot cleaner than his brother. 7. Searching for Talent: Besides the singing, I don’t really see where the attention grabber is. It’s like I’m searching for talent and coming up drastically short. 8. Naked Mannequins: Taking pictures with naked mannequins is not cool. It’s just perverted. 9. Lack of Creativity: Track number eleven is simply titled Song Eleven. Lack of creativity…but it’s more like lack of effort. 10. Final Note: They sound so cute, but it’s sort of a disappointment. Maybe they will get better with time. Go see them anyway. Might as well start off the semester with something new, right?


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Vikings Ready for Horizon League Showdown Cleveland State Hosts No. 13 Butler Thursday Story by Nick Camino | The Cauldron Sports Editor I confess, the night of Feb. 8, 2007 continues to haunt me. That evening, just a little less than a year ago, the nationally ranked Butler Bulldogs came into the Wolstein Center and set a conference record by nailing 20 three-pointers en route to a 92-50 victory over the CSU men’s basketball team, the worst loss in Gary Waters’ first season as the Vikings head coach. The following day, Sports Center on ESPN replayed all 20 treys against the Vikings, and anchors Stuart Scott and Linda Cohn continually poked fun at Cleveland State. Classless indeed, however it still bothered me. This Thursday Jan. 17, 2008 the Bulldogs return to the scene where they literally “shot the lights out” for a 7:30 P.M. Horizon League Conference showdown with conference leader Cleveland State, yes you read that correctly, Cleveland State is in first place as of this writing. The Bulldogs are currently ranked 13th in the nation, boast a record of 16-1, and are off to their best start in school history. Despite losing former head coach Todd Lickliter

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who took a job at Iowa, the Bulldogs have picked up right where they left off after falling to eventual NCAA Champion Florida 65-57 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament last season. They return virtually their entire team to the hardwood from last season, with all five senior starters. Although not much has changed for the nationally ranked Butler Bulldogs, a great deal has for Cleveland State. The Vikings are currently in first place of the Horizon League, yes, ahead of Butler, and off to their best start since the 1992-1993 season. It is evident that Coach Waters who promised change, has reenergized the once lifeless program back to its feet, and heading straight for the goals he professed upon his arrival to Cleveland during the summer of 2006. Already this season Cleveland State has defeated Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) power Florida State and Big East Conference foe South Florida. The Vikings defeated Chicago State, a team who defeated them last season, and also won on the road in Calihan Hall defeating the University of Detroit, where CSU was 0-20 prior to the game, a record that dated back to teams representing Fenn College (Cleveland State University before 1964). The 10 new faces Coach Waters and his coaching staff have brought in this season have blended well with the returning veteran players from last season’s squad. They have fused together to make for a very exciting basketball team on Euclid Avenue. Through 17 games the Vikings have been led by junior point guard Cedric Jackson and junior small forward J’Nathan Bullock. Jackson’s elusive style and floor leadership have helped the St. John’s transfer tally 15.2 ppg and over 81 assists this season. Bullock, who is approaching the 1,000 point mark for all time

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points in CSU history is averaging 14.5 ppg and six rebounds per contest. Other players who have contributed to create this winning atmosphere are seniors Breyohn Watson and Kevin Francis, juniors George Tandy and Renard Fields, sophomore Joe Davis, and two exciting freshmen in Norris Cole and D’Aundray Brown. Thursday night’s Horizon League Showdown at the Wolstein Center is likely to draw Cleveland State’s highest attendance numbers this season besides the Ohio State game which was played at Quicken Loans Arena and drew 13,000 people. 3 Keys for a CSU victory: 1. Stop Bulldogs PG Mike Green: Everyone who “thinks” they know about Butler basketball will tell you to cover shooting guard A.J. Graves; he is the most dangerous player on the floor. Not so fast. After watching nine games this team has played, it is clear that everything is run through senior point guard Mike Green. All season Breyohn Watson has successfully shut down team’s leading scorers, so he will most likely cover Graves and can hopefully help shut him down. However, another Viking player needs to step up defensively to cover Green, if not, it will be yet another long night at the Wolstein

Center. 2. Guard the perimeter: This is pretty simple. If the Vikings do not cover the three-point arc, the Bulldogs will attempt to break their year-old record. Six players on Butler’s roster are capable of hitting treys, and they cannot be left alone or CSU will pay the price. Thus far Cleveland State has continued to do a nice job covering the perimeter, that will be even more important this Thursday. 3. J’Nathan Bullock: CSU point guard Cedric Jackson will have his hands full with his match-up with Green and Watson and Graves will be battling all night. However, there is one interesting match-up that may truly favor the Vikings. Bullock will be guarded by freshman Matt Howard who has filled the roll of Pete Campbell who the Bulldogs lost to graduation. Bullock needs to exploit Howard’s not-so-stellar defense early on. Yes, Howard is two inches taller, but Bullock plays much bigger and relishes an opportunity to shine on a large stage. If Bullock can hit his three-point shot consistently as he has all season, and also use his ox-like strength to work an inside offensive game and defend the low post inside, the Vikings just may be in position to knock off their first ranked opponent in the new Gary Waters era.


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Story by Robert Ivory | The Cauldron Sports Writer Last winter the Women’s Basketball team was not having the best season going into winter break. Coach Kate Peterson Abiad and the Vikings basketball team only had had three wins and was already had double-digit losses. Luckily this year Coach Peterson Abiad and the squad are having a much better season. Now the Vikings have made a great start to their Horizon League campaign. In the final game of their New York road trip, the Vikings took it to Colgate 60-34. The 34 points given up are the lowest versus a Division I opponent since a 5827 beat down of Toledo before all the current Vikings were born (1979). Kailey Klein led all Vikings with 19 points, and 8 rebounds. Klein was the catalyst for a buzzer win over American at the Wolstein Center in their next and last match before Horizon League action would start. Klein’s last two of her 33 points took the Vikings to their sixth win of the year. Her performance, including those 33 points (seven coming from the charity

line), six rebounds, and four assists, would be good enough for her to be named the Horizon League Player of the Week. This award, the first for Klein, has only been won three times by a lady Viking in the past three seasons. But the cherry on top (or the star on top of the tree, if you will) came in a 75-58 defeat of the Ramblers of Loyola University, on a night where both men’s and women’s clubs would send Loyola back to Chicago with losses. It would be Brittany Korth that would lead the Vikings in scoring, the first time in a month that Klein didn’t have the most points in a game, with 15. “We work together, it’s completely different from the teams we’ve had,” Korth would go on to say after the game. “It’s a nice feeling to win and start the conference season off at 1-0,’ Coach Peterson Abiad said after the win over Loyola. Even when Coach Peterson Abiad admitted the team was not at their best, the team was impressive, and a unified squad brought the Vikings a

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Horizon League win in their first try. In fact, the Vikings have only lost once in the Horizon League opener since the 2003-2004 season. The group is credited for a total team effort, where four different players finished with doubleCSU Basketball Player Angel Roque digit points, only the second time that turnovers and making a presence under has happened this year. The team effort the rim pulling in four rebounds. against the Ramblers was a big piece of “I felt that we were in a flow, and I was the puzzle that the Vikings have been feeling good, because we worked to get putting together since the beginning of a lot of shots around the basket,” Butler the season. would add after the win. All is going well But the most impressive game over the for the Vikings in the New Year. break was a 66-58 win against the Flames However, if the Vikings are going to of the University of Illinois-Chicago. In be an elite team in the conference, they the win, the Vikings put together several need to find their strides on the road. And impressive scoring streaks. the team did not get off to a good start Dominique Butler, who finished when they failed to keep pace with the with 14 points, put on a clinic fighting for red-hot University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. After a winning streak of five games, the first since the 1984-1985 season, the Vikes were brought back down to earth. The final was 8761, but the Phoenix had the Vikings up against the ropes and had them down by 30 for more than five minutes in the second half. A good knockout by Green Bay and the Vikings now need to play above .500 ball to make it to 10 Horizon League victories. “It’s a pleasure to coach this team, and how far we’ve come is very refreshing. We’ve been building to this and have spent a long time to get here. We’re talking about taking this conference; we’re talking about getting into a position where we can compete for a championship,” Coach Peterson Abiad said after an inspiring win over the break.


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