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Editor-In-Chief Chris Enoch Managing Editor Emily Ouzts Advertising Manager Jayson Gerbec

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Copy Editor Reid May News Editor Samantha Shunk Arts & Entertainment Editor Jonathan D. Herzberger Sports Editor Rob Ivory Layout Editor Steve Thomas Features/Copy Editor Laura Krawczyk


CSU students share their stories

The Melting Pot

Opening Statements • Page 3 Among legendary Kennedy brothers, Edward mattered most • Page 3 Technological Freedom • Page 4 SEC vs. Twittering • Page 4


CSU Engineers Rowed with a Mission • Page 5 SGA to Promote Campus Pride • Page 5 Students expected to pay public rate to park in new South Garage • Page 6 Millions of afghans vote for future • Page 7

Arts & Entertainment

I’m takin’ it next semester, and I know why... • Page 10 What’s happening in Cleveland State theater • Page 10 District 9 • Page 11 Concert Picks of the Week • Page 12 Noise Inspector • Page 13


Pete Rose: A Gambler or a Hall of Famer? • Page 14 Viking Volleyball Have Tough Home Test • Page 15 Snapshot of the Week • Page 15 Soccer Teams Ready To Roll • Page 16

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Opening Statements


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By Chris Enoch, The Cauldron Editor-in-Chief

don’t know about you ladies and gentlemen, but at least one of us here at The Cauldron is feeling more than a little bit disjointed after twelve or so weeks of summer. My proverbial rustiness isn’t from the production of Cleveland State’s premiere student publication— The Cauldron is always a continual work in progress by any standard, even after more than a few weeks spent in the summer sun. It isn’t from reacquainting myself with the campus, classes and the university’s students after some long leave of absence—in one form or another I’ve been downtown, near campus and interacting with Cleveland State students all summer. It isn’t even from the preparations I’m making now to prepare for the transition I’ll eventually make from student, to graduate and then back to student (albeit in a law program) later on. Nope, none of those items seems to cover it.

Something just seems missing from the equation this time around. What could it be? The answer is you, dear reader. Where are you? What are you doing? What can we, here at the Cauldron, do for you? The Cauldron gets plenty of readers, we aren’t complaining. The staff smiles on as they observe the sophistication of our readers as they sweep the stands for our latest issue. Our website gets thousands upon thousands of hits a week (and you know that isn’t anything to mess with). Last week our Managing Editor took the time to sing her praises for our new staff and the journey we’re embarking on as a group. I’m here to tell you that journey is meaningless without your support! The Cauldron is a forum for student expression and isn’t afraid to advocate for its readership. Dear reader, we are here because you have been there.

l to r: Bobby Kennedy, Edward Kennedy John Kennedy

Among legendary Kennedy brothers, Edward mattered most By Reid May, The Cauldron Copy Editor

“It is time now for Barack Obama,” roared the Lion of the Senate, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy from the podium at American University, Aug. 25, 2008. At the time a 45-year member of the Senate, Kennedy endorsed the now-president after his victory in the South Carolina primary. One year later, Kennedy has lost his battle with brain cancer, which he was originally diagnosed with in May 2008, and died at age 77 in Hyannis Port, Mass. Widely considered one of the greatest senators in history, Kennedy was a champion of the less fortunate. He advocated civil rights, fair treatment of the disabled, nondiscriminate voting laws, education to all citizens, women’s rights and universal healthcare, which he frequently called “the cause of his life.” The well-known Kennedy family released a statement Wednesday saying, “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever…He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.” Kennedy, affectionately known as Ted or Teddy, was the youngest of nine children born to Joseph Patrick and Rose Kennedy. From the beginning, his father, an ambas-

sador to Britain under Franklin Roosevelt, believed his sons were destined to serve their country through public office, going so far as to expect one or more of his sons would one day become president. This was never expected of Ted, as he was often seen as the least gifted of the four brothers. However, after the untimely death of Joseph and the assassinations of Pres. John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Ted became the center, the torchbearer and the symbol of America’s “royal” family. His undisputed role as the patriarch and leader was not without hardship, however. While it was widely assumed that after their deaths, Kennedy would one day hold that office that John had and Robert nearly held, his personal flaws and misfortunes ultimately prevented him from fulfilling that expectation. In July 1969, Kennedy crashed his Oldsmobile off a bridge, while returning from a barbeque on Chappaquiddick Island off Martha’s Vineyard. Kennedy survived the wreck, but his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, drowned in the Oldsmobile, which was overturned in eight feet of water. Kennedy claimed he tried to save Kopechne, but could not. Failing to report the accident for nearly ten hours, Kennedy instead returned to the family compound where he met with advisors before making any state-

So send us a message! You can send messages to our new, improved e-mail at cauldroneditors@ Feel free to leave us a wall post on our facebook—just don’t be surprised when you get a response! If you are too hip for e-mail and Facebook, give our twitter a tweet at Don't have time to pick up an issue? Check us out online at, maybe even leave a comment on an article or column. Trust me, we’ll enjoy it. We are looking for involvement of all sorts this semester. Have an opinion? Write us a letter to the editor. Looking to write for us? We may have something for you, get in contact with us! An event you might want to see highlighted amongst the multitude of campus events out there? We want to know! The answer is you, dear reader-- and I’ll stake my semester on that. ments. He would plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident. Many wondered whether Kennedy was concealing the truth and what his real involvement with Kopechne entailed. While voters in Massachusetts were willing to renew his Senate seat, voters nationwide and representatives within the party were less forgiving and that, combined with his difficulties formulating a solid campaign platform, ultimately rebuked his attempts at the presidency. Perhaps it was better Kennedy never made it to the White House. Most Presidents quietly retire, or make a career of dignified appearances. Few spend a lifetime serving the nation. Kennedy’s failure to attain the Presidency led him to an almost unprecedented tenure in the Senate. As a result, he became arguably the most successful legislator in United States history. During his career, Senator Kennedy influenced almost every important piece of legislation passed by Congress. He was unparalleled when it came to civil rights, a major supporter of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, helping to initiate, renew and later defend (during the Reagan years) the Voting Rights Act of 1965, establish the Occupational Safety and Housing Administration and support the creation of the Meals on Wheels program. His work also included support of the Americans with Disabilities Act and his efforts to keep important legislation in place during Republican years, when he was often the lone voice for Democratic principles. Kennedy’s work, while focused at home, was not without influence abroad. He introduced the anti-Apartheid Act to impose economic sanctions against South Africa and pressure the government to end legalized discrimination. Kennedy also opposed the war in Vietnam, made a public statement in 1977 denouncing IRA violence in Northern Ireland and called his vote against military action in Iraq, in 2002, “the best vote I’ve made in my forty-four years in the United States Senate.” Because of Senator Kennedy’s perseverance, the United States is on its way towards establishing universal healthcare, a cause he pursued for decades and first spoke about more than forty years ago. Kennedy came from an upbringing of privilege, but understood the plight of those who did not. His awareness, willingness to compromise and dedication to his cause are unparalleled among politicians all across the history of the United States. As Sen. Robert C. Byrd said, “Ted Kennedy would have been a leader, an outstanding senator, at any period in the nation’s history.” When history looks back at the legendary Kennedy family, it will remember the mystique and dominance with which John and Robert ruled national politics in the 1960s and influenced the nation for decades beyond their time. However, history will ultimately tell us that despite being the least talented, Edward was the Kennedy who made the biggest impact. Edward was and will be remembered as the brother who mattered most.


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Technological Freedom By Roman Verzub, The Cauldron Contributing Writer


here is a disturbing trend that has been emerging in the world of computing technology in the last few years. The trend involves taking power away from the computer user and giving it instead to the developers or other large corporations. Big corporations like Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo and Adobe refer to these schemes to take impose restrictions on users “digital rights management (DRM),” but the reality is, no one computer user’s rights are being protected in the slightest bit. Instead, it’s a form of “digital rights mismanagement,” in which they feel it OK to write software that deliberately disobeys and restricts its user. The software will say “No, I will not print your document,” or “I will not play your song,” or “I will not let you read this e-book” for the sole reason that “I don’t like you.” DRM schemes often come about in technology that plays published media. A product by Amazon called Kindle, which is meant to assist the user and help them read their books in a more convenient fashion, actually places restrictions on digital books meant to prevent the user from lending a book to their friend, or borrowing a book from the public library. Amazon is attacking a basic human principle – the idea that sharing and forming a community is a positive. Instead, Amazon places the user into a very serious dilemma. If your friend asks for a copy of a book you have purchased it would be rude to refuse to help them, but on the other hand, doing that can lead to lawsuits or worse. The users are therefore prevented from sharing with their neighbor. To buy an Amazon Kindle is to sign an agreement to cut oneself off from the rest of the world – it’s an agreement to be a bad person. Amazon is not alone in this – Apple’s iTunes store, which holds around 88 percent market share, imposes

SEC vs. Twittering


he Southeastern Conference has just announced that there will be no toleration for Twittering, Facebooking, blogging, or any social network tracking of photos, videos, or scores of collegiate games. A spokesperson from the SEC stated that the reason for this absurd obstruction of media is to keep viewer numbers and ratings increasingly high for sports channels such as ESPN and CBS. Coincidently, these channels just happen to be paying the SEC $3 billion for broadcast rights. Of course the SEC wants to promote fans watching those channels for the sports recap and game highlights since they are receiving a huge sum of money for the broadcast rights. Why bite the hand that feeds you? Or the hand that throws the football for that matter. All sports conferences have strict guidelines for reporters regarding the use of media obtained from their events. That’s common knowledge, and in most cases, these rules are clearly stated on the back of admission tickets. Fine. Great. But the real issue, particularly in the Southeastern

DRM on movies, tv shows, software applications, games and audio books available for purchase or free download from their proprietary iTunes store network. Apple claims that this is to prevent what they call “piracy,” which is a propaganda term big media uses to equate sharing with which they do not agree, to murder and pillaging of ships. Not only is this the immoral position to take, but it is also not grounded in reality. DRM is always breakable and its attempted imposition on honest, throwing them in with the guilty, only serves to drive resentment toward the product. ***The 2008 computer game Spore from Maxis, whose particularly draconian DRM scheme forces users to reauthorize their game every 10 days online. The result has been a severe backlash against the product. Not only were the restrictions ultimately cracked and bypassed, but Maxis is now facing class-action lawsuits regarding it, as the users are never told about the imposition of these restrictions anywhere on the box or during installation, and the restrictions stick around on users’ computers forever, even after Spore is removed. Furthermore, over 80 percent of reviews of Spore on rate the product 1-star, the lowest possible rating, as a result of the restrictions. Also worth noting is that these terms lead Spore to be the most “pirated” game of 2008. Back in January, Apple finally conceded that DRM was not a realistic solution for music. Common sense prevailed eventually. After all, how many fans of a particular band became fans by randomly going to the store and shelling out cash for a CD? That’s not how it works – we become fans of music because friends share their music collections with us. This doesn’t, despite the claims music industry’s baf-

foonish lawyers, take any money away from sales. Quite the opposite is true, in fact. Studies have shown that those who download music off the Internet are 10 times more likely to by music legally than those who don’t. Yet, dwindling music sales have the record industry blaming file-sharers. They are unfortunately blissfully unaware that times, they are a changin’. For one, they are no longer the only ones making and producing music. The maturation of technology and open standards have made it easier than ever for independant artists to grab at listener’s pockets. Indy artists promote their work through new media – embracing file sharing, Internet radio stations called Podcasts, and encouraging fans to videotape their concerts. Record companies need to realize that our pockets are not bottomless. Other factors, such as the increased push in online games and video game consoles have also bitten into profit margins they have traditionally expected. “But the artists deserve to be paid writing music,” they cry. Sure, and I deserve to get paid for sitting on the couch and watching TV. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite work like that. They are providing a service, and competing with everyone else to provide that service in the way most convenient to the customer. As of right now, people are just deciding that they don’t like the service – they want to put songs they’ve downloaded on multiple devices, they want to try to be creative and make their own music videos and put them up on YouTube. The recording industry has to either get with the games or they will crumble, it’s that simple. If technology companies want to survive they need to adapt. If they do not, then they are doomed to failure, and no attempt at technological censorship will bring them anything.

By Melissa Alewine, The Cauldron Contributing Writer Conference, is the new fan policy and the hype behind it. Twitter, the nation’s fastest growing social network, allows users to “twitt” parts of their daily lives, or whatever else they feel they need to share with the world. Twitter is seeing more and more one-line updates containing football scores or point-earning plays during collegiate games. The big idea is that because fans can update their Twitter feeds so quickly and easily, people outside of the stadium will know about the last big play or touchdown from Twitter or status updates BEFORE the media has a chance to report it, or even before it has a chance to be aired on television. The Southeastern Conference is one of college sports’ largest, richest and most dominant conferences. Composed of 12 schools, including the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs, the SEC has been known for a severely strict media policy, placing stringent boundaries on reporters and the amount of audio and video they can retrieve from games, practices and

news conferences. But now, this policy includes fans too. The ironic part about this whole ordeal is that most fans are taking their anger out by updating their Twitter and Facebook statuses. Whether from mobile devices or home computers, word is getting out and fans are protesting. If the SEC wouldn’t place such an emphasis on money, they would see that fans are not going to substitute stadium hotdogs, seating and drafts for the computer chair, macaroni and cheese, and a nice, tall glass of milk while anxiously creeping on Facebook and Twitter to learn about the game updates.

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CSU Engineers Rowed with a Mission By Chris Enoch, The Cauldron Editor-in-Chief


SGA to Promote Campus Pride By Samantha Shunk, The Cauldron News Editor



owing their way down to the Florida Keys from a river Henry Hudson first traveled, two Cleveland State students, senior Jon Hauserman and graduate Tom Kotula took their engineering backgrounds out of the classroom and put them into practice. Formerly on the Crew Team at Cleveland State, the student and the graduate converted an old sail boat into a vessel worthy of completing the 2,000 mile journey around waterways and an ocean. The boat the two constructed, complete with a solar panel attachment, allowed the duo to eventually reach their destination and build houses for Habitat for Humanity along the way. After an already extensive amount of media exposure (CBS Evening News already filmed a piece on the duo), The Cauldron recently contacted Hauserman, who agreed to answer questions about his journey, his background and his work this past summer. Q: What inspired you to embark on your journey? A: Tom Kotula had originally started thinking of some kind of rowing trip that involved a section of the intracoastal waterway. There was also the idea of going to South America to do mission work. He wanted to take a leave of absence at work to pursue his interests of rowing, traveling and volunteering. He told me about his ideas and I said that if he ever actually did something like that, I would dedicate a summer and come along. Having very similar interests we began bouncing ideas off of each other and things just started falling into place! Actual planning of the trip began mid October 2008. Q: How did your background in Engineering at Cleveland State contribute to your experience? CSU’s Engineering background allowed me to use tools like Solidworks, a 3D modeling software that we tested our outrigger design to check for weaknesses. There was a lot of geometry that we had to do to correctly place all of the rowing components, and having a good math base helped make it easy. Well, kind of. Q: It isn’t often that CSU students appear on nation-

Photo Courtesy of Habitat Crew

al media outlets. What effects did the CBS Evening News story have on your recognition? A: First, I am amazed at how many friends and family have told me they saw me on TV. They were watching the show just to see Tom and me. I did not even know it was going to be on that night until Tom called me about an hour before. Anyways, I’m not really sure about the recognition. It is very cool to have been on the National news, and it really shot up the number of people visiting our website and sending e-mails. Q: You used a solar panel on your boat. What are your attitudes toward green energy and future engineers who seek to promote it? A: I think “Green Energy” is great! I would love to be involved in that aspect of engineering in my career, and see everyone incorporate it in what they do. We used the solar panel mostly for convenience, due to not always having a place to charge up at. But it was a great way to showcase a mostly simple way of living. Q: What did you think about the historical context of passage you went by on your journey? A: We are not huge history buffs, but we loved going through the Erie Canal, and down the Hudson. We were able to learn a little bit about both as we traveled. On the Hudson we spent some time at West Point and saw the actual chain used to stop the British as they tried to make there way up the Hudson. And the coincidence of this being the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson exploring the area was really great. Q: What would you say to other students who hope to get involved the same way you have? A: Do It! Tom and I sacrificed a lot of sleep, time with loved ones, and some money here and there, but the things we received from this trip are absolutely worth it. The entire experience was incredibly beneficial. We met so many great people, made many memories, and were able to see what makes our country so great first hand.

s the Student Government Association (SGA) kicks off the fall 2009 semester, the recently inducted officers are still adjusting to their new roles. Mohammad Faraj, the new president of SGA, is working hard, along with the other officers to inform the students about SGA. Shauna Johnson, the secretary of SGA, said that they are trying to “promote SGA in general,” as well as inviting students to become senators and bring their ideas for change. The first SGA meeting this year will be early on in September; this will be the time to make an agenda for the semester. Mohammad Faraj hopes to “promote a campus pride initiative” this fall. Mohammad and Shauna Jackson feel that students at CSU do not show their pride in the university enough. Shauna wants to “make it cooler to wear Cleveland State stuff.” Shauna knows that CSU may not have been the first choice school for many students, but there are others who would not go anywhere else. “We want people to be proud of where they’re going, regardless of why they are here,” said Shauna. The new officers were told that every Friday is supposed to be a campus pride day. Few, if any, students know this fact; even the newly inducted officers did not know about it previously. Mohammad Faraj hopes to make this campus pride day a reality with “maybe a day where everyone wears green or CSU t-shirts.” Mohammad has a large amount of CSU pride along with his fellow SGA members. Hopefully his pride will be contagious, and the gear bearing the names of other universities will disappear from the campus of Cleveland State. To help foster pride in the university, SGA is co-sponsoring the Student Organization Fair with Student Life in order to promote involvement on campus. Shauna Jackson even admits to not knowing anything about SGA for the first two years she spent at CSU. She only used CSU as a place to learn, so she would just come to class and leave after class without getting involved. Now that she is involved, she is showing by example that the university has more to offer than just classes. Shauna said that SGA is trying to get “more students to live on campus,” so they can have those wonderful college memories that so many students at more residential campus seem to possess. But living on campus is not the only way to make great memories while attending CSU. Just getting involved and spending more time on campus can provide the memories to carry after the journey at Cleveland State is complete.


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Students expected to pay public rate to park in new South Garage

Facility won’t accept PrePaid hangtags or Must Pay discount By Laura Krawczyk, The Cauldron Feature Editor


ny CSU commuter got a shock upon opening Campus Mailbag the week before school started to discover that the new South Garage – closed last year to build what Parking Services’ FAQ page calls a “solution to the parking shortage” – is not meant for students or faculty. All 623 spaces of what was formerly student and faculty Lot Z are designated to “visitor and special event parking” for the Wolstein Center, according to the announcement posted by CSU Parking Services. The consolation prize? A gracious two weeks’ free parking for PrePaid permit holders, to assist with “crunch time parking at the start of the semester.” An attendant will issue PrePaid permit holders validated tickets during the start of the semester, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon weekends. After Sept. 6 though, you have to pay or get out. The new garage is directly behind Viking Hall, on East 21st Street with the entrance facing the Wolstein Center. It will charge $1 an hour with a maximum amount of $6 per day to park. The facility will not accept PrePaid hangtags ($160 per semester) or Must Pay ($4 per day with a vehicle registered with the university). Employees at the Wolstein Center and student athletes who have practices there will, however, be offered access to the new garage with PrePaid hangtags. The expenses of building the new facility are at the root of the problem. “At some point in time, they did decide that in order to finance that facility, we would need new sources of revenue,” Director of Parking Services Charles Wiersma explained, “We just don’t have the financing coming from the student fees to pay for that structure.” The revenue that would pay for it was from Wolstein Center, which hosts various concerts, sporting events and conferences. The garage’s operations will be automated, with card swipe and ticket machines. It also has solar panels installed, expected to provide 10 percent of the power the facility needs to regularly operate. “This is sort of a pilot for CSU, we’ll have to wait and see if we can afford the technology and how successful it works … It’s very common in Europe, and it’s very common in Pittsburgh, but it’s relatively new to the Cleveland market,” said Wiersma. Student reaction to the announcement was not positive. “I think it’s really unfair that we pay $160 and most of the time we don’t even have a parking spot to park in,” said CSU junior Leila. “I guess we’re pretty much just paying for the opportunity to look for a spot.” Scott, another junior, began taking the rapid this semester because he had to start scheduling his classes around times that he knew he could find a space. “Having that lot (Lot Z) closed all last semester, it just made it that much more of an inconvenience,” he said. Tasha, an accelerated nursing student, called it “backwards thinking” that the administration would close down student Lot Z to build a parking garage exclusively for the Wolstein Center and special events. When asked about a solution to the student parking crunch, Wiersma pointed out the Prospect garage, which will be part of the resident hall construction project. The project though, will be focused on resident parking and is expected to take two years, optimistically, to complete.

Finding a spot with a CSU hangtag in the new South Garage is a fruitless effort.

Photography by Laura Krawczyk

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Millions of afghans vote for future By Roman Verzub, The Cauldron Contributing Writer


is only Afghanistan’s second presidential election, but the contest was a heated one. Incumbent Hamid Karzai, a native of the Southeastern Karz village in the Kandahar province, faced tough opponents. The Major Candidates Hamid Karzai was born to a family supportive of former monarch Zahir Shah. After taking a political science course at Himachal Pradesh University in Shimla, India, he returned to Afghanistan, where he became a fundraiser in the battle against the Soviet Union’s invasion. As the U.S. CIA secretly funded the mujahedeen against the Soviets, Karzai, who is fluent in English, was a contact. He was appointed chairman of the transitional administration before he was elected in 2004 with 55.4 percent of the vote -- three times more than any other candidate running. Karzai has been strongly and staunchly anti-Taliban since the group, gunned down his father in 1999. He has been criticized for his support and friendship with the regime in Iran, calling the country “a helper and solution” in 2007, despite accusations of Iranian-made arms found in Afghanistan. Karzai’s biggest challenge comes from former foreign minister Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Born in Kabul to a devoutly religious Muslim family, Dr. Abdullah graduated at the top of his ophthalmology class at Kabul University’s School of Medicine in 1983 and returned to his hometown to work. After the leftist government took control, he left the country to help Afghan refugees in Peshawar, Pakistan. In 1986 he became a close adviser to Ahmad Shah Massoud, the driving force for pushing the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. Abdullah was one of the few English-speaking people in the Northern Alliance, the anti-Taliban group headed by Massoud that was Afghanistan’s internationally recognized government during Taliban rule. Abdullah was appointed minister of foreign affairs in the transitional government, a title that he kept following the 2004 elections, making him one of the few people who kept their positions.

Another top contender is former Planning Minister Dr. Ramazan Bashardost. Born in the Qarabagh District, Bashardost left his hometown for Iran months after the 1978 coup d’état. After finishing his education in Iran he lived in Pakistan, and then France in 1983. Bashardost spent over 20 years in France, earning degrees in both law and political science. The topic of his law thesis was the UN’s role against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. In 2002 Bashardost returned to Afghanistan to work in the UN Department of Afghanistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, where he was appointed Director of European and Western Political Affairs and West Public Affairs Department. In 2004 he published his first book, “Basic Political, Military, and Diplomatic Laws of Afghanistan,” in which he presents his analysis of the history of Afghan law. He was briefly Planning Minister from 2004 to 2005 and was elected as Kabul’s representative in Parliament in 2006, receiving the third-highest number of votes spanning all ethnic and linguistic groups. Barshadost has been a prominent critic of what he calls the corruption of the Karzai administration. Finally is former Finance Minister Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (often just “Ashraf Ghani” to avoid confusion with politician Mohammad Sarwar Ahmadzai). Born in Afghanistan’s Logar Province, Ahmadzai went on to study international affairs and political science at the American University of Beirut. Later, he attended Columbia University where he earned a masters and doctorate in anthropology. Ahmadzai attended the Stanford Business School and Harvard International Business School’s leadership program for the World Bank. He has served as faculty at four universities. In 1991 Ahmadzai joined the World Bank and worked on programs to assist Russia, and East and Southern Asia. He left his post at the World Bank following the events of Sept. 11 and returned to Afghanistan in December of that year, where President Karzai appointed him his chief adviser. In 2005 he worked with the government to found the Institute of State Effectiveness, of which he is chairman. He co-au-

thored “Fixing Failed States: A Framework for Rebuilding a Fractured World” in 2008. Taliban Threats The Taliban, the Islamist organization that once ruled Afghanistan with an iron fist, has threatened and carried out acts of violence against voters. They called the elections a “program of the crusaders” and threatened to cut off anyone’s finger with the indelible ink used to signify that one has voted. These were not merely threats to disrupt elections. The group, which was toppled by the United States and its allies shortly after the invasion, has shot at candidates in the southern Ghazni City and lit fire to ballot boxes in the Baghlan province and in Balkh. Accusations of corruption Many have leveled accusations that the elections were partially or fully fraudulent. An Afghan worker for the BBC posed as a potential buyer and was offered one thousand fraudulent voting cards at a price of about $10 per card in Kabul. In some provinces, tribal leaders have said that they were offered bribes. “If one candidate gives $10,000, then the other gives $20,000, and a third one offers even more,” he told the BBC. “It has become such a lucrative and competitive business. I don’t know where they get their money from.” Armed warlords have been accused of coercion and threats of physical violence. The Karzai and Abdullah camps have accused each other of intimidatory tactics to voters. Awaiting Results The Afghan people, as well as the international community now eagerly await the results. The most recent count has incumbent Karzai ahead with 45 percent of the vote, followed by Abdullah with 38.7 percent, then Bashardost with 10.8 percent, and finally Ahmadzai with 2.8 percent of the vote. Full results are expected around the first two weeks of September.


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CSU students share their stories By Emily Ouzts, The Cauldron Managing Editor

HAVE COLLEGE-AGED CHILDREN When Leona Johnson graduated from high school, she was planning to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc. She was also pregnant. So the 17-yearold did what she thought was right: she skipped Marquette and stayed home to raise her son. Two marriages, one divorce, several jobs and one daughter later, Leona, 38, is back at Cleveland State to get her bachelors degree in journalism. Her son is 21 and a freshman at the University of Akron. Her daughter is 17 and will graduate from high school next year – the same year Leona will graduate from Cleveland State. They planned it that way. “My daughter has a 3.8 G.P.A.,” says Leona. She and her daughter compare grades and keep each other on track. “I have a 3.6,” she says. “I’m very scared it may slide!” Going to college with college-aged children can put things into perspective, says Leona. “It’s awkward for professors because I’m their age,” she says. Sometimes, lectures about the “real world,” the world after college, don’t resonate. After all, she’s lived in that world for over twenty years. “Some of the interpretations [professors] have come off as idealized and not necessarily truthful,” she says. After she had her son, Leona worked as a nurse, then at a grocery store, then at the post office. She got divorced, remarried, and had her daughter. She wishes, sometimes, that she had done things differently. “I would have packed up my son and went to Marquette,” she says. “I’m a strong enough person. I would have been able to do it. But I let my family influence my decision [to stay at home.] As a young adult going to college, we let other people influence our lives. You should be able to decide what to do without judgment. If I had, I would have been a lot happier a lot sooner.”

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“I don’t think Cleveland is the most open place to be gay...Cleveland’s still very behind the times with that.”

There will be another full-time job, says Ami, a better one, after she finishes her degree. And if being on welfare is means to that end for her, she says, there’s no better way. “I would do it [this way] again,” Ami says. “I’ve seen so many people just settle and live mediocre lives. But I need to get my degree. No one can take that away.”

TO BE GAY He won’t hold hands with a boy at school, but he wouldn’t hold hands with a girl, either. Matt Keller’s just not into public displays of affection, and being gay has nothing to do with it. Well, almost nothing. “I don’t think Cleveland is the most open place to be gay,” says Matt, 23. “Cleveland’s still very behind the times with that.” By the time he was seven years old, Matt knew he was a homosexual. He didn’t come out until he was 20, and by then, he says, it was a “relief.” “I could finally be who I was and not worry about people judging,” he says. In a lot of ways, it was a relief to those closest to him, too. “People were actually more comfortable,” he says, “because it confirmed their suspicions.” His grandmother told him she loved him, and wouldn’t look at him any other way. His older brother was “pissed,” says Matt, but only because “I didn’t tell him earlier.” Their mother doesn’t know, but Matt, who left home when he was 17, doubts his sexuality would matter anyway. His relationship with his father, who is divorced and remarried, is equally strained, and Matt’s sexuality is “the least of our issues,” he says. A built 23-year-old with a Ken-doll chin and a baseball cap, Matt’s image doesn’t point to Will and Grace stereotypes or preconceived notions about homosexuality. He likes it that way, he says, because it’s simpler. “I’m not overly flamboyant,” says Matt,” and I don’t push my sexuality in my classes. I’m not opening myself up to any negative remarks.” Last year, during a class discussion about gay marriage, one of Matt’s friends accidentally let it slip it that he was gay. It irked him a little, he says, made him a little uncomfortable, but he brushed it off.


“There was no negative sentiment,” he says.

Ami Hinks takes a card out of her wallet and hands it to me. Its upper half is a scenic display of Ohio landmarks. Its lower half is white and completely blank, except for the silver punches of a serial number.

Matt knows a handful of gay and lesbian students at CSU. Some are very closed-off about their sexuality, he says, but others are “very willing” to be affectionate in public.

“It’s like a magical credit card,” Ami says cheerfully. In reality, it’s a debit card for the Ohio Electronic Benefit Transfer program, better known as food stamps. Without them, Ami couldn’t afford to go to school.

“They just have a different personality and a different perspective on being homosexual,” he says, shrugging.

A pretty, small-framed redhead wearing a ruffled pink shirt and matching necklace, Ami, 22, doesn’t fit the typical stereotype of someone on welfare. She works. She does not have children. She does not live in public housing. She’s active in her church. But when she quit her full-time job two years ago to finish her degree in Spanish education at CSU, money became tight – too tight. “I went for four weeks without money for groceries,” Ami says. Friends from church pitched in, but she needed serious help. She wanted to know if her income – run dry from rent, books and tuition – qualified her for food stamp benefits So she turned to a reliable source. “I Google’d it,” she says. Ami learned she was qualified, and so began the paperwork-laden application process that would lead to free groceries. Welfare officials interviewed her, took her pay stubs, examined her utility bills, and checked her savings accounts. They approved her application. She now shops once a week. The food stamps are valid anywhere, “even at the Westside Market,” Ami says. She sticks to grocery stores in Cleveland, though, because there’s no judgment at the register. “In Cleveland, everyone’s on welfare,” she says with a laugh. But it’s still a “humbling experience,” says Ami, one that provokes mixed emotions. “I see people who abuse the system,” Ami says. “It makes me mad when I see generations on welfare. But other times I see people who really need it, and I feel bad. I think, ‘People take care of me, I don’t need this.’” But she does, in fact, need it. Without welfare, “I wouldn’t be able to be [at school],” Ami says. “I would have to work a full-time job to pay for all of it.”

“But,” he adds with a smile, “everyone should try it once.”

TO LIVE AT HOME Zach Kovtich and his dad make the 30-minute commute from Mentor to Cleveland State every morning. They arrive by 9 a.m. and leave around five, guaranteeing a trip through rush hour. It’s a little rough, he says, the Cleveland snarl, but it’s not bad. When they get downtown, they both get coffee and go their separate ways – Zach to class (he’s a sociology major), his dad to work (he’s a campus minister.) This is Zach’s second year of college, but his first week at CSU. It’s also his first week of being a college student who lives with his parents. He spent his freshman year in the dorms at Capital University, so he’s had “the full college experience,” he says, living on his own. But Capital didn’t work out, so he came to back to CSU try his hand at the commuter life. It has its upsides. “It’s cheaper,” says Zach, 19, “and my parents cook and stuff.” It’s easier to focus on schoolwork too, he adds, because his parents are “more worried” about his studies. But sometimes, he says, he yearns for the built-in social life that comes with a residential campus. “I find it harder to have close-knit groups [at CSU],” Zach says. “My social life is not what it could be. It’s hard to find like-minded people.” Zach likes indie music and he’s into religion, and he hasn’t quite found people who share the same interests. Not at CSU anyway – when he goes home at night, he meets friends for coffee, trusted, like-minded friends from Kent State or Lakeland Community College. Maybe some CSU friends will join them, eventually, he says. Or maybe he’ll move downtown. But this is just his first week, and for now, there’s rush hour, there are classes, and there is home.


the cauldron • august 31, 2009

I’m takin’ it next semester, and I know why... By Paul Kahan, The Cauldron Contributing Writer


froman is playing this Wednesday, right across from Campus at Peabody's Down Under. For some, this is about as enticing a prospect as doing shots of pepto-bismol. For others, this might be a once-ina-lifetime chance to see the infamous rapper wax poetic about, well, drugs and stuff. From either camp though, there's no denying that from the modest beginnings of a drummer and guitarist in a church, to taking up rapping in the eighth grade, and of course selling his 1998 self released debut, My Fro-losophy out of the trunk of his car, Afroman has come a long way. Released in 2001, Because I Got High, was an anthem for stoners around the world. But the true draw of the 5 minute hip hop diatribe, is that it’s just too fun, both for pot smokers, and the sober-alike. The song started on simple beginnings, being traded on napster, and being handed out at local shows. But one fateful play on The Howard Stern Show turned the song on to a world, looking for an excuse for not doing its menial duties. Because I Got High quickly found itself an enormous amount of attention. Director/Actor Kevin Smith’s world of View Askew, found its most memorable pot smoking, loveable, good guys, Jay and Silent Bob, releasing their own feature length, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, in August 2001. And along for the ride came Afroman. Not only did Because I Got High become the theme song of the movie, but the music video would go on to be directed by Smith, which also featured a stop at the famous Clerks ‘Quick Stop’, and cameo appearances by Jay and Silent Bob themselves. And the stories got even weirder. When Judge Nancy Dusek-Gomez received the case of 17-year-old Mathew Fournier, who was caught in possession

of a marijuana pipe, she quickly gave Afroman publicity that just couldn’t be bought. She ordered Fournier to listen to the popular drug song, and write a report on ‘the stupid rap song’. Afroman was quickly gobbled up by major label Universal Records, shortly after the single began smashing up the charts. Afroman found his single number one on Australian, Danish, Norwegian, New Zealand, and UK singles chart. He even found himself topping off at number 13 on the U.S Billboard Hot 100. And to boot he found himself nominated in 2002 for Best Rap Solo Performance, for Because I Got High. Not bad for a guy whose last record was being sold out his trunk. 9 records have been released since Because I Got High. Afroman has since gone independent starting his own label Hungry Hustler Records. Included in those 9 records, my personal favorite Jobe Bells, a conceptual Christmas album, parodying many popular Christmas songs. There is nothing like the roar of a crackling fire and the sounds of tracks like, ‘Death to the World’, ‘I Wish You Would Roll a New Blunt’, and ‘O Chronic Tree’. Christmas has never been greener. It’s been roughly 8 years since the landmark single was released, and it still finds itself a place in relevance. It was featured in 2007’s Disturbia, featuring break out Indiana Jones/Transformers actor Shia Lebouf. It continues to burn up Billboard’s “Hot Ringtones” category. And it as of course becomes a song no frat party is complete without. Though the semester has just begun, we can thank Afroman for giving us the grandest of excuses for not completing our reading for Introduction to Fiction and Drama. Kidding. (Editor's note: Yes. He is 100% kidding. Stay in school. Don't do drugs.)

What’s happening in Cleveland State theater By Ricardo Brown, The Cauldron Contributing Writer


his week, I sat down for an interview with Cleveland State University Theater Art Director, Nina Domingue, who told me about some upcoming programs. I asked her to share what it was that made her want to join CSU as the new theater director. “I was interested in the subject matter,” Domingue said, “giving students an opportunity to experience the theater.” She explained how all the arts are good at influencing one another—dancing influencing acting, influencing writing—and that she enjoys teaching this to her students, and seeing how the styles of yesterday influence artists today. “A lot of people that are in this department are either close friends, or people I’ve worked with,” she said, “So I know the level of performance to expect from them.” “To me, it doesn’t matter how big a class I get, it’s more about teaching the students to hone their

acting skills.” I went on to ask about the department’s upcoming schedule and was given a list of performances to look for in the future. From Oct. 8-18, the drama department will be performing “The Fantasticks,” which is one of the world’s most respected stage plays. “The Fantasticks” has been around for more than four generations and has yet to lose its appeal. It is a funny love story that emits an old-fashioned sense of peace and goodwill. Also, on Oct. 29, the theater department will be performing the “Franklyn Steins Project,” which is a delightful re-imagining of the classic tale by Marry Shelly. Nov. 12-22, the school will be performing “Oresteia,” which is made of three different plays: “Agamemnon,” “The Coephorce,” and “The Eumenides.” Finally, a children’s’ puppet show will run from Nov. 12 through Nov. 22.

august 31, 2009 • the cauldron

District 9


By Samantha Shunk, The Cauldron News Editor

n unidentified flying object floats precariously over Johannesburg, South Africa. People are frightened. The object is clearly not leaving. What are they to do? In the new movie that people either love or hate, the government decides it is in the best interest of everyone to forcibly enter the ship and figure out what it is doing there since it has not moved since its arrival. Upon entering, they find extremely malnourished aliens. They bring these aliens to a refugee camp, known as District 9, to show the world that South Africa is an humanitarian—or alienitarian—nation. The refugee camp is closed off from the city with a barbed wire fence. No one wants to help the aliens and the camp turns into a slum. A real hatred of the aliens develops, and the derogatory name Prawn is coined. Eventually Prawn becomes the common name for these aliens. After 20 years, the government decides to force the Prawns to relocate to a camp with worse conditions, further from the city. But the people are not satisfied enough with the apartheid-style separation of the humans and Prawns they want the Prawns so far removed from them that they can forget they even exist. This is where the protagonist, Wikus van de Merwe, comes in and the story begins. Van de Merwe is fascinated by the Prawns. He is the man sent into District 9 with a large team to get all the Prawns to sign eviction notices and move them to the camp further from the city. Removal of the Prawns to the alternative camp does not go as smoothly as hoped. Unfortunately, van de Merwe becomes hated by the world, as the Prawns are, after some lies are spread about him. As the plot unfolds, van de Merwe and Christopher Johnson become friends and work together to fight the evils that are upon them. This movie is full of action, heavy artillery (including some of the alien sort), blood and guts. The use of newscast to show the story is interesting, yet annoying at times, but this is not the majority of the movie. The story of the attempt to send the Prawns away is one of intrigue and suspense. It is delightfully unpredictable and a movie that will keep many viewers entertained for the two hour duration. Try it, but I would recommend a matinee or waiting until you can view it in the comfort of your own home.



the cauldron • august 31, 2009

concert picks of the week By Alexes “Texas” Spencer & Jonathan “Killstring” Herzberger The Cauldron Staff writer & Arts & Entertainment Editor

The first week of school is over, and while we are sure you had a great time enjoying all of the concerts we informed you of last spring, the summer season is over. By now, you are probably ready for a fresh new batch of shows to help you kick back and relax outside of class (if you can call what some of these shows offer "relaxing"). Your two favorite concert connoisseurs are back with the info you have been anxiously waiting for. Exhale.

Other shows:

Peter Frampton

Alexes's Pick: Taste of Cleveland at Time Warner Amphitheater - All weekend

Jonathan's Pick: The Promise Hero, Barely Blind, Everything Zen @ the Grog Shop, 9/4

I wish I could begin the semester telling you about an amazing band that you MUST see over the following week. Perhaps a band that I've seen in concert eighty times, which would allow me to rave about their incendiary performances. Sadly, there is not too much this week that I feel qualified to ‘rave’ about. Still, the Taste of Cleveland event is happening at Time Warner Amphitheater over the weekend, and for the price of a fast food meal, you can catch Peter Frampton, Billy Squier and/or Lita Ford. To top it off, there is going to be a wine tasting! Okay, that did not sound as exciting as I had planned, but really, where else could you see Lita Ford for $8? Or where else could my mom see Lita Ford get the idea.

The first week of classes is behind us, and now we know a lot about what not to do. We know not to skip class—which I am doing as I write this—we know not to stay up too late, causing us to sleep in, causing us to skip class—again, guilty. We know many things. Here's some more: you should not go see The Promise Hero because bassist Jeff DiLorenzo is a Cleveland State student, and seeing a bona fide rock star you're in the odd class with makes you awesome. You should not go because he occasionally writes for the publication you hold in your hot little hands. You should not even go because some guy (hi!) said you should. You should go because this is bound to be a fun, energetic pop show, and it is seven bucks. Now you know – which, I have been told, is half the battle. I always wondered what the other half was...

8/31 - Iglu & Hartly @ Grog Shop $7 9/1 - Experimental Pizza Night w/ Pedestrian Deposit @ Grog Shop FREE as speech 9/2 - Silent Civilian @ Peabody's $10 9/3 - Afroman @ Peabody's $12 9/3 - Candlebox @ House of Blues $20 9/3 - Twelve 21 @ Grog Shop $5 9/3 – Caravan of Thieves @ Beachland $10 9/4 - Outlaws I & I @ Grog Shop $8 9/5 - The Sidekicks @ Grog Shop $5 9/6 - I Am Champagne @ Grog Shop $7



august 31, 2009 • the cauldron


Noise Inspector

By Shanette D. Buford, Chris Enoch and Ricardo Brown Matisyahu- Light If you were looking for Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu to keep the faith and drop a true reggae followup to his 2006 release, Youth, look elsewhere. It turns out ‘Yahu started a summer fling with hip hop and rock n’ roll somewhere in the recording process and he just hasn’t been able to let his two new lovers go. He hasn’t left reggae completely—but it’s an open relationship. If you’re interested in a cornucopia of genre-bending tunes, say shalom to his latest drop, Light. For the first track onward, it is not difficult to spot the changes in Yahu’s musical direction. Light’s first track, “Smash Lies”, what might call a “club banger”, pulsates with a heavy club beat met with equally speedy wordplay throughout the verse and chorus. While the new style may not seem like Matisyahu’s type at first, you can tell this new direction isn’t just some rebound for the artist. He’s made a commitment. Tracks like “Darkness into Light”, “We Will Walk”, “So Hi So Lo” and “On Nature” all display a common theme of musical diversity in ‘Yahu’s repertoire. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the truest song to form in Light is the single, “One Day.” Even as a reggae jam at heart, “One Day” manages to defy convention with booming vocals and a highly developed beat. The song’s themes and imagery simply define the rest of the album. The same listeners that got down with 2006’s Youth will be sure to relish Light as the next step in the so-far, so-good musical career of Matisyahu. Keep and open mind and… Try it. Le Toya Luckett- Lady Love The 28 year-old former member of R&B female duo Destiny’s Child Le Toya Luckett has yet again released another great album. Lady Love is filled with chart-topping hits with the theme of the album being “what I want from a man and relationship”. On the album, songs like “I Need A U”, which talks about the man Luckett wants in her life, warns what that man would do if he cheats on her. This album features star-studded producers, writers, and artists such as Atlanta based rapper Ludacris, who is featured on the song “Regret”, you will also hear Estelle who is featured on “Take Away Love.” This song has some great vocals from Luckett and Estelle both. The song that sticks out the most is “Lazy.” On this track Luckett is honest-- she is talking about the disappointment she has experienced in the love department of her life. The first single off the album “Not Anymore” was written by R&B heartthrob Ne-Yo, who is known for writing and producing songs for other artists. Try it! Queen Latifah- Persona All hail to the Queen. The long anticipated album from the first lady of Hip-Hop is finally in stores. Persona is an album that is different from many other HipHop albums, from the cover to the production of music that is featured in the album. Queen Latifah (Dana Owens) has put together an album that will leave you wanting more. The cover of Persona is different in many ways, it has the fashion line-up of Latifah who looks like different ego images and it is also similar to

the video game Playstation Portable game. On this album Latifah worked with Dr. Dre, who produced the majority of the album. Latifah collaborated with artists such as Busta Rhymes, Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men, and Missy Elliot. The song “My Couch” is very catchy and different; it was produced by Dre from the production duo Cool and Dre. Dre also lend his vocals on the track “Hard to Love Ya,” that also features the vocals of Busta Rhymes and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men. During various interviews last year journalists asked Latifah if she was going to release another album and what the title is going to be, her response was “it’s already done”. Rumors start floating around saying that the title of the album was going to be “All Hail to the Queen”, and “The L Word”. When Latifah was asked about the title “The L Word” she was giving people something to talk about, since her sexuality was question by many. The second single off of Persona will be “Fast Car”. Buy it! Marilyn Manson: The High End of Low -By Ricardo Brown I have just listened to the latest from Mr. Marilyn Manson, an album dubbed the “High End of Low,” which seems more or less part of the gothic artist’s attempt at rocking into middle age gracefully. As with his last album “Eat Me, Drink Me,” it lacks the feral energy of his earlier work. The first track entitled “Arma-God****Mother*******-geddon,” has a strong base beat with a whimsical overlay of string work that puts one in mind of his now well established mark, and when he starts to sing you know right away, this is a genuine Manson album. However, the lyrics in this song are less poetic than his older work and seem more a bellowing of clever wordplay than an actual statement. The next track on the album, entitled “The Wow,” seemed to have something to say. It said that Marilyn is his own person and does not do ultimatums. And while it is this sense of independence his music exudes that makes it so appealing, I feel that his insistent non-conformity and need to stray from the “norm” may also have put a damper on his style. I am personally a fan of his music, yet I feel this album relies more on his established reputation as one of the most powerful voices in gothic culture, as opposed to saying something new. Then again, he has said so much already. Newcomers to Manson’s music will enjoy this album—if only because he is a skilled artist—but would be better advised to try some of his earlier stuff. Avid fans may be left cold by the album as a whole, but will get over it because they are avid fans, and because Manson has not lost his touch. Personally, I think he just needs a new direction to go in if he feels the current well has been drained. In short, if this were some new guy coming into the rock world for the first time, I would say that this is a great album that you should rush out and buy. However, this is not some newcomer; this is Marilyn Manson, the biggest name in gothic rock. So, given the grade of his usual body of work, I would say that this one lags behind. Try it.

Marilyn Manson: The High End of Low


the cauldron • august 31, 2009

Pete Rose:

A Gambler or a Hall of Famer? By William Wodka, The Cauldron Contributing Writer


oday the talk of banning people from baseball has been an all too common occurrence especially with the presence of steroids. There is talk about whether players should be reinstated, like Pete Rose, who has been banned for 20 years now. Rose’s career starts out in 1963 where he played for his hometown of Cincinnati Reds. He won the National League Rookie of the Year that year and really made a name for himself. He contributed a lot during the years of the “Big Red Machine” including winning the World Series MVP in 1975. He had a consistent bat that made him dangerous at the plate. Not only did he establish a modern National League record with a 44-game hitting streak but he broke Ty Cobb’s record of 4,000 career hits. His accomplishments were great on the field but off the field was another story. While Rose was managing the Reds he was seen hanging out with bookies and it was discovered that he betted on baseball including 52 reds games. He denied every account of it but it has been rumored that he sold his bat that he used to break Ty Cobb’s record and his World Series ring. Investigators including the commissioner at the time came in to help Rose and find out what was going on. Rose finally talked to the commissioner and signed a paper stating that he would accept a life time ban from the league but he did not admit to gambling on the game until the late 90’s when he published a book. There are some pros and cons to Rose being reinstated though he would have to get a special pardon to enter the Hall of Fame because he is passed his eligibility. Some of the pros include: finally being recognized as a person who played a great game. The Cincinnati Reds would finally be able to retire his number; even though no one since Rose has worn the number the team cannot hold a formal ceremony yet. He helped players realize and changed the game. John Dowd who wrote a report of the findings of the 1987 investigation said on Mike and Mike in the Morning show that Lenny Drystra came up to him and said “Thank god you caught Pete Rose because if you hadn’t I wouldn’t have stopped gambling.” There is a shrine in the Baseball Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on the field but it does not stand justice when there is other great’s plaque on the wall with similar accomplishments. To put this into perspective, O.J Simpson was put on trial for murder and has other run-ins with the law yet the NFL still showcases his accomplishments and he is still in the hall. Some of the cons include the league going against their word. Some people are asking the same question of why bring him back, he did something wrong and should be punished for it. If the league were to reinstate him then wouldn’t they have to look into the Shoeless Joe Jackson case? Players are now risking their careers taking steroids and if Rose was reinstated then wouldn’t that give players the right to say hey “I can do something bad get suspended or banned then years later come back say I’m sorry and get reinstated.” It may be a couple of years until the answer comes out but hoping Pete Rose will be reinstated and inducted into the hall of Fame.

august 31, 2009 • the cauldron

Viking Volleyball


Have Tough Home Test

Week Includes Pair of ‘Big’ Teams By Robert Ivory, The Cauldron Sports Editor


an effort to get his team back to the ‘Big Dance,’ Viking volleyball head coach Chuck Voss has set out to challenge his girls early this year. He has certainly accomplished that by putting a tough schedule together. For the first time in several years, the Cleveland State Vikings will host an invitational this weekend against two clubs from major schools. Voss knows that attracting big schools to play CSU will only enhance the Vikings in their goal in returning to the NCAA Tournament. “I think it’s another step in the right direction for our program,” he said before practice Thursday. “Generally those teams want to go to tournaments in which they will have competition.” With the competition they will face in this upcoming season and the potential they have already began to show, the Vikings are looking for another positive year in Woodling Gym. The Vikes have already racked up their first two wins of the year defeating both Air Force and Canisius on Friday night, winning both 3-0. As for the week ahead, not only do the Vikings have to face these two clubs, but also travel to Moon Township, Pa. to face Robert Morris during the middle of the week. “We have definitely made a name for ourselves in the volleyball community if these teams are willing to play us in our tournament, on our floor,” the coach noted about the quality of teams that will visit Northeast Ohio this weekend. If the tasks of facing two teams that have done well in their conferences in the past several years is not enough, the Spartans defeated the No. 12 ranked University of Southern California Trojans 3-2 Friday night at the MSU Showcase. This after the Spartans finished only a match over .500 (15-16) and found themselves tied for seventh in the Big Ten Conference (7-13) last year. Syracuse is also looking to rebound after being beat in the first round of the conference tournament by the eventual Big East Champions Louisville Cardinals. The Orangewomen are projected to finish in the middle of the Big East this year, as they posted a 8-6 record in the Big East last year, and ended their year 17-15. Michigan State and Syracuse, however, regularly face teams in their Conference like Penn State, Ohio State (Big Ten), and Louisville, the University of Notre Dame, and Cincinnati in the Big East. That means better competition for the Vikings. If used properly, the volleyball program at Cleveland State can use their already powerful recruitment program to continue to bring in and get even higher quality players to reside at Cleveland State. “I know in the area and in the surrounding states we have a good name,” Voss said. For the fans, it will be a treat seeing where the Vikings have to play if they want to the NCAA Tournament like they did in 2007. With the confidence Chuck Voss has in his team, next weekend should open many doors for many people. “Every year we seem to get a few more fans and I think when people give us a chance and watch us play a team like Michigan State or Syracuse, they will get to see how exciting it really is.”

Snapshot of the Week

Bryan Hanson, Forward, Senior

Photography by Robert ivory

Soccer Teams Ready To Roll

Coaches Kazemaini and Falor Optimistic In New Year By Robert Ivory, The Cauldron Sports Editor

Photography by Robert ivory

26 minutes. That’s all the men’s soccer team needed for a chance to win the Horizon League title. But a rebounded shot by Loyola’s John Halma put the Ramblers in front and helped clinch the Horizon League title in 2008. After making it to the Championship match for the first time in five years, the Cleveland State men’s team is ready to continue last year’s hot streak. “ I think we are going to have to establish a starting eleven early this year,” fourth year head coach Ali Kazemaini said after the Vikings nil-nil draw in an exhibition match with Bowling Green last week. "It's a new year, we cannot look too far ahead. We need to be humble . Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.” Using that Churchill wisdom, the head coach of the men’s squad at Cleveland State, Kazemaini has been looking to gain the tools that are deemed necessary to ensure victory during his tenure in Cleveland. Like Britain during the Second World War, 'Kaz' has been able to rebuild what was once was a terrific program that fell into decline, but has sharply returned into the contender they are today. The Vikings’ magic 2008 season was one for the history books, composing a 9-8-3 regular season record, finishing with the third seed in the Horizon League tournament, getting a bye in the first round, and eventually making their way to the tournament final. If that was not enough, the five conference wins was only the fourth time in the program’s 26 years of being a member of the Horizon League that they have won five league games. The Vikes have never won six, which maybe a goal for the 2009 season. The men’s 2009 campaign is looking to be another successful year, but the schedule that lays in front of them will be a test of true heart and determinate. Among the regular Horizon League matches, which includes hosting one of the top 10 teams in the country (Sunday, September 27 @ 1 pm versus UIC) and a rematch of the 2008 Horizon League title game two days earlier at (Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 7 versus Loyola). The non-conference schedule for the Vikes is just as demanding, if not tougher. The Viking squad again flies out to the great state of California to face the University of California Irvine almost one year to the day the Vikes dropped a 2-1 decision. Before they can take on the Anteaters, the team from Ohio will take on the projected runners-up of the West Coast Conference, the Broncos of Santa Clara. Cleveland State might feel that those games are important to getting off to a good season, but a fixture that most of the team has circled is the famed two and a half hour trip to the beautiful Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The Buckeyes were able to snap

the Vikings impressive five game winning streak, but the Vikes had the last laugh as the defeat did not stop them from beating up on another in-state rival Wright State three days later. Respect, however, still is not on the Cleveland State side. Despite them making it and almost surviving the Horizon League tournament, the team has been picked to finish forth in the league in the league’s preseason poll. “The conference is so close, anybody can win on any day. To be fair, I thought the poll was pretty fair because we were the surprise team.,” Kaz noted after the match. "Just getting back to the top four will be difficult." On the other side of the coin, the Cleveland State women’s soccer program does not have the rich and storied tradition that the men can hang their hat on. Like an artist, the program’s only head coach has taken an unformed block of clay, molded it, spent hours upon hours putting his simple, delicate touches into creating a masterpiece. Now this artist, sixth year head coach Derrek Falor, is ready to reap the benefits of a priceless work of art. That’s because 2008’s season saw the best of both worlds; three terrific seniors ending their careers as the model of Cleveland State women’s soccer and an underclass group of athletes that had the attributes of being versatile, strong and ready to compete at the level of soccer their coach demanded, the same of which he will be looking to continue in '09. In fact, the team has every year improved in their win totals. In 2004, the team went with out a single victory in the inaugural year. The next year was as almost as dismal dropping 18, yet picking up a draw. In 2007, the team posted their first victory against the Penguins of Youngstown State and the Pens were the first team the Vikes would beat in the Horizon League Tournament. "We would not be at the point we are now without the toils of the players that have come through before," Falor noted about the trials and tribulations the beginning players of the women's soccer program went through. But last year the Vikings won eight games in all matches, which doubled their total combined wins in the program’s first four years. It seems that Falor has truly gotten close to molding his clay into a prominent and competitive force in the Horizon League. His squad has continually risen in the standing, too, which is one way of measuring the progress. “ I would say that last year was or 'breakout' year,” Falor said of where his program has come to. "We went from trying hard to actually competing and beating some teams nobody thought we should have beat. I actually think that it will make this year harder since we will not surprise anybody."

A youth movement will be the key to the success of this squad this upcoming season. Sophomore Natalie Daniels and junior Sylvia Olsby will be the biggest, but not the only, scoring threats that the Vikes will throw at opponents this year. The sophomore Daniels led the ’08 squad with five goals in 19 matches and added four assist to her tally, playing as a midfielder slash forward. For her handiwork with the soccer ball, last year she netted a spot on the All-Horizon League second team and the league’s Newcomer’s squad. Olsby chipped in with four goals (second most on the team) and had an assist. Falor has liked what he has seen from both of his players, “Natalie is only going to get better every year and she was darn good last year. Sylvia had a really good spring and now is a junior, so she needs to step and and become dangerous, which she is accepting that challenge, I think there will be better sharing of the load.” Although the Vikings have a bigger step of confidence, much like the men’s squad, the team will have to battle to gain the respect around the league. The Vikings have been harshly picked to finish second to last in the league in the preseason poll, this after the Vikings finished last year’s campaign sixth out of the nine Horizon League teams. "That's the best thing that could have happened to us. As soon as that report came out, it got printed 26 times and handed out to the team that afternoon at practice. It fueled the fire a little bit more," the coach said of the poll. One explanation of this could be the fixtures that the Vikes will face in 2009. Not only will the Vikings add more Mid-American Conference teams to the schedule, but the Vikes will face their Ohio rival and conference rivals Wright State in Dayton as their Horizon League opener. To make matters worse, they also have the team that not only won the league last year, but are picked to win the Horizon League again this year, the University of Milwaukee, on their own turf in Wisconsin. “If we are going to get to the NCAA Tournament, we are going to have to beat somebody on their home field to win that Championship trophy. Playing Milwaukee anywhere is tough, they handed it to us last year here.” Despite where the league places the team in the preseason, its where they end in the postseason that counts. "It may not be a masterpiece, but it's a lot of people working together to make some good art," Falor said of his team. The 2009 soccer season is upon the Cleveland State campus. The leaves will fall soon and eventually the snow will follow, but if both teams can match and improve on what they did last year, then the Cleveland State community will warm up to these two extraordinary squads.

The Cauldron - issue 2  


The Cauldron - issue 2