TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2009 // ISSUe 8 • Free
Reflections on the book that took us there, and the movie that wants us to go back B y E mily O uzts News
Slavery in Saipan By Ricardo Derrek J. Brown
The Melting Pot
Diversity Improves Mass Media By Shanette D. Buford
Column: Browns Trade Edwards; Quinn Next To Go By Robert Ivory
Arts & Entertainment
The Beatles “Revolution”ize Rock Band By Justin Brenis
Ohio Issue 3 Analysis:
Who’s for, who’s against By Emily Ouzts
the cauldron Volume 109 • No.8 • OCTOBER 13, 2009
Editor-In-Chief Chris Enoch Managing Editor Emily Ouzts Advertising Manager Jayson Gerbec 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 Business Manager Anne Werner Mission Statement
The Melting Pot Opening Statements • Page 3 Letter to the Editor • Page 3 Reform County Government Now • Page 4 Should you get a flu shot? They’re everywhere – but so is the flu (regular and swine). The Cauldron weighs in. • Page 4 Diversity Improves Mass Media • Page 5
News Slavery in Saipan • Page 6 Domestic Violence Awareness Event Held in MC • Page 6 South Garage waives pay-per-hour rate for students with prepaid parking: Facility now accepts valid CSU Viking Card and prepaid hangtag • Page 6 Viking Spirit Takes Over CSU • Page 7 “Sustainability Day” Showcases University’s Environmental Empathy • Page 8 CSU Society of Automotive Engineers Take First in Dayton • Page 8 Ohio Issue 3 Analysis: Who’s for, who’s against • Page 9
Arts & Entertainment Now Hear This! Music You May Have Missed • Page 12 Noise Inspector • Page 13 Concert Picks of the Week • Page 14 Sports Column: Browns Trade Edwards; Quinn Next To Go Mangini Sees Future Without Play Maker • Page 16 Viking Volleyball On Top Of League: Gruelich Named HL Player of the Week • Page 16 “Hello Out There it’s Hockey Night Tonight” • Page 17 Wii Should Wii Bowl, Too! • Page 18
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The Melting Pot
Letter to the Editor
e, CSU’s Student Government Association (SGA), would like to address some of the accusations made in last week's “Opening Statements.” First, it had been said that SGA has become an event planning organization and we already have a Campus Activities Board (CAB), which is not accurate. We planned a series of Open Houses, which we held from Aug. 25th through Sept. 1st, as a means of promoting SGA and making students aware of Student Government on campus. We are also are planning the Presidential Town Hall Meeting (Nov. 9th from 3pm to 4pm), partly because the President personally asked us to do so and partly because is it well within our job description to create opportunities for students to voice their opinions to faculty and staff; as far as event planning, that’s all SGA has done and is far from equivalent to what CAB does for CSU. This takes us to the intention behind our series of Open Houses in response to the author’s statement that we are not currently advocating for students. The best way for SGA to ensure that students are being advocated for is to get as many students involved as possible. It is very easy to sit behind a computer and complain about problems on campus, but the only way to tackle those problems is to get involved and take action. Each SGA Senator represents a certain group of students and we made it a priority to get as many students as possible involved, ensuring thorough representation. We held our Open Houses with the intention of gaining Senators and getting other students assigned to SGA and University Committees, all of which are ways for students to advocate for themselves and fellow students. Our administration has recruited a record number of Senators (currently 35) and we continue to receive more applications to date. We have also received a record number of applications, in general; in fact, we received more applications in one month than have been received in entire years in the past. This is huge for student involvement and advocacy. Additionally, the author of "Opening Statements" posed the question, “what does SGA do?”, and we’d love to answer that. First, we want to preface this by saying that all SGA Senate meetings are open to the public so that anyone interested may attend meetings and see what SGA is working on. Our meeting minutes are also public record and will be gladly supplied to anyone requesting them. We also paid for an advertisement in the Viking Planner (pg. 74) to further publicize SGA to gain involvement. Now, here is a list of some (and certainly not all) of the things SGA is currently working on: formation of the Pride & Traditions and DisABLEd Committees, food options in the new Student Center, parking, online voting, CityWheels car sharing program, community outreach to promote on-campus living/the city, extended library hours, and study days. If anyone would like more information in regards to any of these initiatives or leadership opportunities, they should feel free to contact our office via SGA@csuohio.edu, (216) 687-2262, or visiting MC 123. Remember, criticism is easier than action; we encourage everyone to join us in not taking the easy way out. -- Student Government Association (SGA), Cleveland State
By Jonathan “Killstring” Herzberger • Arts & Entertainment Editor
s we near the middle of October, many of us find ourselves caught up not only with thoughts of midterms, exams, and the rapidly declining temperature, but also swept up in what have been traditionally highly important spaces on our calendars. Sometimes fraught with concern and anxiety, sometimes filled with bliss and warmth, and sometimes an isolated, lonely reminder of our place in the world, one thing is for certain: The holiday season can be many things to many people, but is almost never inconsequential. With Ramadan, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur in the rearview mirror, and Samhain just around the bend, the colossal mega-presence that is the American Thanksgiving – Christmas stretch isn't far behind. Regardless of faith or upbringing, this is a time traditionally spent with loved ones, a time that despite the rampant commercialism enveloping the days between the fourth Thursday in November, and December 25, is one that still holds a feeling of warmth, of love, and of togetherness. A feeling of belonging, and peace. Or at least, it did when we were younger. As time goes by the (admittedly calculated, and packaged) magic can begin to fade. Holidays can become less about family, and more about juggling schedules, and increasingly disparate locations. What used to seem safe, and exciting, can become yet another forum for family tensions to go from simmering tension, to explosive arguments. For some of us, the word family doesn't mean what it used to. Divorce can introduce unforeseen complications to the mix. Siblings can make life decisions that introduce strife, one way or the other. Some of us married individuals that our families won't accept. Difficult, but important choices such as religion, choice of major or coming out to your family can add convolutions to an already tense social dynamic. An example, if you will. When I was young, my grandfather would take my siblings and I downtown to look at the Christmas lighting displays that arrayed public square. It seemed like something out of a storybook, or some kind of fanciful Disney holiday special. The
white snow covered the city, adding an angelic, ethereal sort of purity to the buzzing vistas of the busy urban hub. All the buildings seemed so majestic, like sprawling castles – utterly alien to my admittedly backwoods eyes. Downtown Cleveland seemed like a mythical wonderland, a place too perfect to really exist. Well, it doesn't. Years later I would return to the city I was raised in, and walk these streets with a young lifetime full of love, loss and wonder under my belt. The buildings didn't seem so tall. The snow seemed – dirtier somehow, the splash of muddy tires invading the virginal white with dirty brown splashes. Holiday cheer was replaced by wondering if I'd have enough money to cover rent, let alone buy gifts for my siblings. The buildings held work, dry, dreary paper-pushing – miles from whatever sort of adventures the mind of my childhood had assumed must take place in such wondrous obelisks. But you know what? There was something to love in this dirty, kicked city nonetheless. Life might not be a magical adventure – I'd lived too hard, seen too much to ever look with such naïve eyes again – but there was something different going on inside me. This life may not have been a fairy tale. But it was mine. As I look around this year, everything is going to be different this holiday season. But tragedy, circumstance, and yes – even the cold, banal grip of age and perspective can't destroy the magic of the holidays, because it was us making that magic, all along. This year, several of my friends who're far from home, we're gathering together for our own holiday celebration. “Orphan Thanksgiving,” someone called it. I'm gathering the remaining members of my own family, for our first post-tragedy holiday season. Everything will be different, but that's not bad, and it's not wrong. It's growing up. Family is what you make it. And it's time for us to start our own traditions. Happy Holidays. Jonathan Killstring and the Cauldron Staff.
Government Now By Reid May, Copy Editor
very year, when the election season roles around, it seems like the predominant conversation is about change. Who will change what, how will they change it, will it change for the better, the worse, etc, etc. This year, for Cuyahoga County voters, that message remains the same--with a twist. Two issues—5 and 6— will determine, at least in the short term, how the Cuyahoga County government will change in times to come. The difference between these issues is whether a realignment of county authority and increased accountability among decision makers happens now or is “explored” for an indefinite period of time, until the current ruling body determines Cuyahoga ready to make a change and which type of change should be made. Issue 5 is essentially a delay tactic. The official language, which asks, “Shall a County Charter Commission be Chosen?” is a last minute effort by the ruling Democratic Party to try to maintain its almost exclusive hold on county control. Concern has begun to mount that passing Issue 6, which will create an elevenmember council, with members elected by district and provide for an elected county executive, will create parity within the government. Essentially, because districts would break up the big block of voters that always supports the Democratic candidate, some Republicans would probably win seats on the new established council. While Cleveland itself will remain a Democratic stronghold, affluent suburbs on the east, west and south sides will create districts that could go either way—some which will lean heavily to the right. A few new faces should not strike fear
in the hearts of voters. County reform is long overdue. The storylines about fat paychecks, trips to Las Vegas and the Windsor Casino and sneaky deals to give government contracts to friends are worn out. It would be much more ideal to bring in new leaders. People—Republican or Democrat—who have not held office at the county level and can bring fresh ideas to the table. Ideally, these new faces will believe in changing the attitudes about the institution of county government. More importantly, they will believe in ending the corruption. That, of course, is where the focus of reform should center. The idea that it would be better to wait before changing the very broken Cuyahoga County system is ridiculous. There should be no hesitation in bringing new faces to the table. In fact, a breakup of the ‘old gang’ does the Democrats well. Perhaps the reason for the scandals and back-door deals was complacency. Perhaps the feeling of invincibility, knowing that they would always be re-elected, always have their spot, made it easier to slip. A little bit here and a little bit there and before you know it the wall comes tumbling down. Yes, Republican faces will change the way things are done in Cuyahoga County. However, the Democratic Party is far beyond the point of worrying about control. They had it and they wasted it—now they deserve to lose some of their stronghold. Ultimately, the average voter should lose no sleep over a ‘yes’ vote for six. The entire nation is built on the principles of working together and collaborating over different opinions. That is what makes this a great nation—and it will take Cuyahoga a lot farther toward being a great county.
Should you get a flu shot?
They’re everywhere – but so is the flu (regular and swine). The Cauldron weighs in.
NO: I don’t need a flu shot By Samantha Shunk, As many people seem to be in a panic this year after the large amount of news attention given to the H1N1 flu, I am choosing to abstain from flu shots. I do understand that for some the flu shot is more of a necessity, but I am not one of those who need it, and you probably are not either. I have never needed a flu shot before, and some scare tactics are not going to change that. I do not have a fear of needles; I just do not see the need of having unnecessary medical procedures. Being a healthy, young woman, I know that the chance of H1N1 flu or any other flu being fatal for me is extremely small. I have no fear of contracting the flu, be it H1N1 or any other strand. There are a few key tactics I will be implementing to remain healthy this flu season. I will be making sure to get enough sleep on a more regular basis than I have in the past. Also, I will be trying to eat healthier, including more fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, to help maintain my immune system. I am already on the anal side when it comes to washing my hands often, but for those who may not be as conscientious as I am, I highly recommend washing your hands! If I do happen to contract the flu this year, then I will sleep a lot, drink plenty of fluids, and puke up the BRATT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Tea and Toast) diet that my
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mom feeds me for less than a week. And, if it happens to be the H1N1 virus, which is still referred to as the Swine Flu by many, that causes me to become sick, then maybe my professors will each give me an A+ just for surviving. YES: Vaccine but not heard By Jonathan “Killstring” Herzberger Late Tuesday/Early Wednesday, 1:24 a.m. Outside it is cold and windy. Inside, I am absolutely miserable. My nose is full of a thick, viscous swampy substance that is making any attempts at breathing a labored and quite literally sticky process. The constant nose-blowing and sniffling has left those around me wondering at my emotional stability, and refusing to believe my protests. The bloodshot, reddened eyes don't help much either. Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. It is raining again, not much, but just enough to be kind of miserable as the aches set in. When did this all start? I suppose it was Tuesday, that makes sense. I am confident this is just a cold, and that I'm essentially fine. Come 6 o' clock, I am rambling incoherently, as I'm just too exhausted from all the hacking and wheezing to really care what I sound like. I embarrass myself in front of people who are likely important to my career. My stupid nose won't stop dripping. Thursday, 6:00 p.m. I am falling asleep in class. Which
a) never happens, and b) is ironic, because falling asleep in my bed seems like a distant memory now. I am sneezing out shotgun blasts of thick, fetid ichor – no one wishes to be around me, and I can't really blame them. I was sent home from work this morning, and no one wanted to so much as look at me, let alone have me bring them their lunch. Later, a friend of mine who's just graduated med school and is doing rotations at the Cleveland Clinic is chastising me thoroughly while insisting I remain no less than three feet away from her at all times. She is wondering why I didn't get a flu shot. I'm wondering that too. Friday morning, 11-ish I am crashing during this midterm. Time that would normally have been spent studying last night, was instead spent lost in a terrifying fever-dream, the sort of reality-bending experience that people go out into the desert for, and come back having met their spirit animal. My spirit animal is a swine made out of mucus. Why didn't I get a flu shot? The question races through my clammy mind, as I desperately search for answers. My mom used to tell me that I shouldn't get vaccinated – it was important, I think. For reasons that are not entirely clear to me, as I am sent home from yet another class. I am miserable. I am gross. I am wishing that I had gotten a flu shot. So I guess the question is, does this sound like fun to you? Do you want to be awesome and gross like me? No? Then go get your stupid shot. Do it now.
Cornell West & Tavis Smiley
Max Robinson, First Black News Anchor on a American television Network
Diversity Improves Mass Media W By Shanette D. Buford, Staff Writer
hen you start to think of journalism, the first thing that comes to your mind is a nosy person with a microphone, tape recorder, note pad and pen. But do you always notice the race or ethnic background of the person behind the microphone? As a child I read the local newspaper, the Plain Dealer. I watched Fox 8 News. I listened to the popular local radio broadcasters that were African-Americans. While I was in middle and high school, I always wanted to work at Rolling Stone and Seventeen magazines as an acclaimed and successful journalist. Life as a famous journalist certainly sounded "cool" at the age of fifteen, but after doing my research for one particular essay, I soon realized that being a journalist would be my dream job. But one thing I noticed after typing “African-American journalists” in various search engines is that the number of hits on the subject were low-- much too low. I realized at a very young age that “diversity in the media” did not exist and would not exist, unless we as a society act to make it so. Increased diversity in the media would provide several positive contributions to American culture and the standard twenty-four hour news cycle.
A more worldly portrayal of different cultures would be one legitimate contribution. Mass media can and does have a lot to do with an array of negative portrayals of different minorities, races and ethnic backgrounds. Diversity in the newsroom can alter those portrayals. Having journalists, radio broadcasters, and news anchors from different races and ethnic backgrounds would give society a better perspective on all cultures. Student sentiments reflect this notion. "I think increased diversity in the media would provide a greater range of perspectives and help continue dialogue between different cultures. Maybe it could even bring a better understanding between peoples," said senior and communications major Deidre Hawkins. "Media newsrooms have certainly come a long way, especially in the post-Civil Rights era, including more blacks, but I would love to see more Latinos and Asians and people from other cultures represented in media," Hawkins continued. Diversity in mass media would help solve a fair share of issues in our mass media-driven society. As we progress in society, mass media can and must be improved. Diversity must be one essential component of that improvement in times to come.
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South Garage waives payper-hour rate for students with prepaid parking
Facility now accepts valid CSU Viking Card and prepaid hangtag
By Emily Ouzts, Managing Editor SU commuters might find parking a little easier this week when the new South Garage opens for all students with prepaid parking permits. The facility, on East 21st street just east of the Wolstein Center, had been operating on a payper-hour basis since opening in September, but beginning this Tuesday commuters will need only a prepaid hangtag and a valid CSU student ID – not extra money – to get in. In an announcement last Thursday, the CSU Parking Services Department spelled out the new South Garage rules: students will need to swipe their Viking Card upon entering the facility, and swipe it again upon leaving. Hangtag parkers do not need to take a ticket when entering the garage. The facility does not support the CSU Must Pay program as allocated in other lots, however. Students with Must Pay accounts will pay the same daily rate as visitors – $1 per hour, at a $6 per day maximum. Since parking attendants will only work during special events, an automated payment is taken at the gate for Must Pay students and visitors. The South Garage, part of which is powered by solar technology, operates from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. There is a designated 24-hour exit lane for CSU cardholders who need to leave the facility after hours. Students can call (216) 687-2023 or visit the CSU Parking Services Department Web site (www.csuohio.edu/services/parking) for more information.
Slavery in Saipan By Ricardo Derrek J. Brown, Staff Writer
fter attending the screening of “Behind the Labels,” a student-organized film about the indentured servants working in Saipan, wearing name brands will never feel the
same. Big-name clothing stores like The Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, and Banana Republic have been profiting off the use of indentured factory workers for years. These workers are mostly all women from China and the Philippines. They work under such strenuous and under-compensating conditions, and can be fired simply for becoming pregnant. “The media news stations won’t talk about this stuff because these companies fund them,” said one member of CSU’s Students for an Ethical Economy. In this environment, even asking for an eight-cent raise can get one fired and blacklisted as a trouble maker. “They make twenty cents per pair of forty dolor jeans they sew,” said another member. After shifts, workers are locked in, against their will, and are not let out under any circumstances. “If there is a fire,” one woman said in the film, “we will die inside.” These women were lured away from their home countries with promises of better futures and better opportunities; instead they were wrangled into slavery. One of the largest culprits in the crime is the Gap. (Though just about every name brand you can think of is associated with sweatshops; shockingly, even CSU apparel is not clean.) Workers are usually not permitted to move from one factory to another or to ask for
raises or promotions. In one instance, workers went three months without pay or compensation. Among those brave enough to speak out against the atrocities unfolding in Saipan are women like Chie Abad, who speaks out actively against the Gap and their paper-thin code of conduct. She should know, having worked for one of their sweat shops and having been laid off. The conduct code, she says, “is just for show,” because it is not followed or enforced, and is therefore “nothing but lies!” The shops are informed by the government ahead of time when an inspector is coming, so they have time to unlock the medical supplies, turn on the air conditioning, hand out face masks (as opposed to the thin strips of fabric tied around the women’s faces who work the sewing machines), and tell everyone to slow down a little so that it looks like they aren’t being overworked. Abad’s actions, and the actions of many other protesters, got The Gap to agree to a lawsuit settlement in 2001 that resulted in unpaid workers being compensated after three months of waiting. For anyone who wants to make a stand against sweatshops not only in Saipan, but also all over the world, visit www.pcusa.org/enough to buy sweat-free clothing. Also, visit www.witness.com to learn more about what’s going on in today’s world. “When I left, my son was nine years old,” one woman confessed tearfully, “Now he is fifteen, and whenever I talk to him on the phone he says the same thing: ‘Hurry home mama, hurry home.’”
Domestic Violence Awareness Event Held in MC By Shanette D. Buford, Staff Writer
n the United States, females and males face some type of violence every day, but the most common type of violence that occurs is domestic violence. Campus Activities Board and Chi Lambda Omega Sorority held a domestic violence event in the Main Classroom auditorium, which they plan to continue annually. The honoree was Johanna Orozco, a Cleveland native who was raped and shot by her ex-boyfriend in 2007. The teen’s boyfriend shot her in the face back on March 5, 2007. At the time, she was in her senior year of high school at Cleveland’s Lincoln West. Orozco’s parents both died young, and her family on Cleveland’s west side is raising her. Her ex-boyfriend, Juan Ruiz, is now serving a prison sentence of 41 years. When she was younger, Orozco saw her mother abused by her father, before her mother moved the family to Tennessee to get away. Orozco lost both of her parents at a young age, within four days of each other. Her mother died at 34 from complications of a stroke, and her father died at 35, in a car accident after the burial of Orozco’s mother. “I am blessed to be alive and happy to share my experience with others,” said Orozco in her speech. Orozco is working alongside US Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to get a law and bill passed for teenagers that face domestic violence in their relationships. Orozco also read the same poem she wrote and read at Ruiz’s sentencing in 2007. The domestic violence awareness event also featured Cleveland State student, poet, and host of the event Kisha Nicole Foster, County Commissioner Peter LawsonJones, and Yvonne Pointer, co-founder of Parents Against Child Killing. Pointer is also a Cleveland native and founder of “Yvonne the Mother of Midnight Basketball in Cleveland” program. Her daughter Gloria was abducted, raped and murdered in 1984. The key quote of the night was: “Domestic violence does not discriminate.” If you know a friend, relative or anybody that is experiencing domestic violence please call the Domestic Violence Center’s 24-hour help line at (216) 931-HELP.
Photography by Sandra Emerick
Viking Spirit Takes Over CSU By Kristen Mott, Staff Writer
s the fall season rolls in, many changes are taking place around campus. The leaves are beginning to change color, the cold weather has students bundled in hoodies hurrying quickly to and from class, and a sense of school spirit is being developed. The full extent of this school spirit is about to be unleashed this week as Vikefest comes into full swing. Vikefest ’09, which is a week-long event, kicks off this Tuesday, October 13. Hosted by the Department of Student Life, the week is jam-packed with activities, games, contests, spirit, and of course, free food and giveaways. This is the second year that Cleveland State has hosted Vikefest and it is guaranteed to be bigger and better than last year. The opening event of Vikefest will be Plazapalooza on Tuesday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the MC Plaza. The first 300 students will receive a free limited edition Vikefest t-shirt which can be worn throughout the week. Other highlights include karaoke, a Greek pie eating contest, a rock wall, and even a human bungee that can hold up to four students at once. In addition, two free tickets for the upcoming Jay-Z concert will be raffled off. The event is entirely free and is sure to be a blast. An important aspect of Vikefest is selecting a Homecoming King and Queen, and what better way to meet the candidates than to have them show off their hidden talents? On Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. in the MC Auditorium, the thirteen candidates for Viking Royalty will compete against
each other and prove to the student body why they deserve to win the title. Mike Polk, a local Clevelander who has gained fame on YouTube for his involvement in the Cleveland sketch comedy group Last Call Cleveland, will be the emcee and comedian of the event. If you feel like a laugh and want to have a say in who wins, come out to this event and support your fellow Vikes. Students around campus have been buzzing about one event in particular. On Thursday the Campus Activities Board (CAB) will be hosting a Glow in the Dark Party at the Rec Center. The event runs from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. and is 90s themed. The party will feature music by DJ Corey Grant, laser tag, DDR and Rockband, a best 90s dance moves contest, and tricycle relays. If that is not enough, there will also be an appearance by the Burning River Roller Girls. Students have seemed quite excited about this party, especially since the Rec is allowed to stay open late. When asked about the event, Joe Zucker, freshman, thought it was “a great way to let all Vikes come together, have a blast, and be safe all at the same time.” A lot of effort and planning has been put into this event in order to create a memorable night for the Viking community. Cleveland State is very excited to welcome Dr. Ronald Berkman into the Viking community. Berkman, who is the sixth president of CSU, will be inaugurated on Friday. The Inauguration Celebration will be held at the Allen Theatre
at 12:30 p.m., followed immediately by a reception at the College of Urban Affairs. Students can pick up tickets to the event in MC 106. Later that night, alumni are invited to Rascal House from 5-7:30 p.m. to reunite with past students and reminisce about college days. The week ends with Family Weekend and Viking Madness, which celebrates the start of men’s and women’s basketball seasons. Viking Madness has been running strong for four years and will be held this year in Woodling Gym starting at 5 p.m. The event is open to all students and the first 500 fans receive free t-shirts. In addition, numerous raffles will be held and prizes include two airline tickets, book scholarships, Rec Center memberships, and one lucky student will have the opportunity to shoot at half-court for the chance to win $10,000. This is a great family event and always a hit among the students. With all this excitement going on, it is important to remember why CSU is hosting these events in the first place. According to Sandra Emerick, the Associate Dean of Students, the purpose of Vikefest is to “celebrate being a CSU Viking and create new traditions for a family community.” The week presents a great opportunity for students to meet new friends and become more involved in campus life. “Students become more engaged on a campus where they feel involved,” states Emerick. With all the activities taking place, students will have plenty of chances to engage with fellow students and spread Viking pride.
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CSU Society of Automotive Engineers Take First in Dayton By Alexes Spencer, Staff Writer
“Sustainability Day” Showcases University’s Environmental Empathy By Chris Enoch, Editor-in-Chief
leveland State University is paving the way towards an environmentally friendly campus; subtly establishing metropolitan Cleveland as a prominent supporter of green energy and sustainability by all measures. With an event currently set in motion on campus with the potential of invigorating the student body towards the inevitable prospects of transforming Cleveland State’s existing facilities toward a more sustainable future and with all clichés aside; Cleveland State seems to be shining in a bright hue of green these days. “Sustainability Day” isn’t the first that Cleveland State has heard from supporters of the natural environment. In the September 8 issue of the Cauldron, editors and staff noted with lucidity that the involvement and activism of students within the Student Environmental Movement and the students behind Cleveland State’s own Farmer’s Market have largely mobilized environmental support on behalf of the university’s environmentally-conscious community. “Sustainability Day,” billed as “free and open to the public,” according to all sources; stands as yet another event designed to spur the university’s green momentum. “The event is open to the public and is actually a national day celebrated in various colleges across the nation. Our goal is to educate the community about Cleveland State University's sustainability achievements and plans to a sustainable future,” said Erin Huber, Vice-President of the Student Environmental Movement, without doubt a student authority
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on the path that is currently being paved by CSU toward sustainability. The event itself, which will be celebrated on October 21 and will last from 11 a.m. that day to 10 p.m. that night, will include a “Green Fair,” designed to educate and instruct students in “ways to sustain your own life,” a speech on the ongoing climate crisis from Alvidas Jasin from the Al Gore “Climate Change Project” and a rooftop garden party on the Recreation Center’s Green Roof. Jasin, an expert on climate change who will touch on current environmental concerns and his involvement in environmental matters, is currently Director of Business Development for Thompson Hine LLP. Cleveland State’s Campus Sustainability Coalition, Student Environmental Movement, The Brewer-Garrett Company, Broadcast Media Ideas, Ltd., FirstMetrix Corporation, Xerox Corporation, URS Corporation and the Department of Student Life are the advertised sponsors which have brought this event to an eager campus community. With student organizations, campus coalitions, businesses, major corporations and perhaps most importantly, local vendors, behind this ambitious project, students will undoubtedly find opportunities to participate in the continuing festivities throughout the day. Cleveland State will be but one example of sustainability on Oct. 21, but the precedent Cleveland State will create in doing so will no doubt stir greater scrutiny over environmental activism and progress toward campus sustainability in the academic years to come.
he students in the Cleveland State chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) woke early on the morning of Oct. 3 to get dressed and ready to walk or drive to CSU’s Stilwell Hall. The students would soon be embarking on a trip to Dayton to put years of work to the test. The time they would be leaving – 5 a.m. Their reward – first place in SAE’s Baja Invitational at the Transportation Research Center in Dayton, Ohio. Founded in 1905 in response to the need for a society mandating the accepted lines of construction on vehicles, the Society of Automotive Engineers now has more than 121,000 members worldwide according to sae.org. CSU itself has 50, about 20 of which are active in the program. Many of those 20 competed on the last Saturday. To compete, members of CSU’s SAE had to build an automobile and race it on a track in Dayton. The race was three hours long, and the team that succeeded in making it around the track the most won. “We mostly won because of our pit times,” sophomore and SAE member Kari-Allyn Vozar said. “Our car never broke down.” The car that the team used to win first has been a steady project of SAE for about three years now. Three different drivers took turns leading the group to victory through a track covered in dirt and mud on what most members believed was a slightly chilly day in Dayton. “Our drivers froze when they got out the car,” sophomore and SAE Green Room Moderator (PR Guy as the other members call him), Aaron Rossborough said. Even though it was slightly cold on their noses, most members believed that first place made the early rising and nippy weather worth their while. “All our hard work paid off when we beat The Ohio State University,” sophomore and SAE member Ben Lynnet said. CSU beat OSU, the runners up in the Baja Invitational, by a total of five laps. Other schools participating included the University of Akron and West Virginia University. In total, the CSU Society of Automotive Engineers beat seven other schools to take home the gold. “We were extremely organized, and had the fastest pit times,” Rossborough said. “Our car eats rocks for breakfast.” According to SAE members, the group will start work on a new automobile in the near future. The group has plans of entering another competition in April that will take place in Alabama. For more information on the Society of Automotive Engineers or to find out how to join, visit sae.org or the SAE lounge in Stilwell Hall.
Ohio Issue 3 Analysis: Who’s for, who’s against By Emily Ouzts, Managing Editor
, a proposed constitutional amendment to allow four Las Vegas-style casinos in major Ohio cities, including Cleveland, hits the ballot on Nov. 3. The proposal mandates that all Ohio counties would receive a portion of the taxes paid by casino owners, a third of each casino’s revenue. While the amendment does not specify locations for the casinos, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has come forth with a proposed plan for a massive gambling complex in the Flats across from the Quicken Loans Arena. Issue 3 marks the fifth time in twenty years that casino-related legislation has appeared on the Ohio ballot. Voters rejected each previous proposal, but things may be different this time. Lured by the promise of casino jobs and lucrative tax revenue, some groups formerly against casinos, including Cleveland’s Fraternal Order of Police, have changed their tune in harsh economic times. But even as Issue 3 supporters pick up steam, their rivals are stronger than ever. Here’s a breakdown of some of the major arguments for and against Issue 3 - and the reasons behind them.
Dan Gilbert: Cavaliers majority owner has been outspoken in his support of Issue 3, lobbying to the Cleveland City Council and pairing with Cleveland police to back plans to build a casino in downtown Cleveland.
Ohio Licensed Beverage Association: The group of bar and restaurant owners claims that casinos would hurt business by swallowing up their customers. They recently released a Hiram College study showing that Issue 3 supporters overpromised the job opportunities to be created by the local gambling industry.
Ohio Jobs & Growth Committee: The group claims that casinos will create 30,000 new jobs and billions of dollars in positive economic development for Ohio.
Local police: The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association has endorsed the proposal, claiming that casinos would keep taxpayers’ money in Ohio. The association has also refuted arguments that the gambling industry causes crime, claiming that casinos would attract more people to downtown, thus lowering crime in the area. Voters: A recent newspaper poll shows that 59 percent of Ohioans would vote yes on Issue 3.
United Methodist Church: The group has announced plans for a local campaign, complete with yard signs, against Issue 3. The church has called casinos “predatory” and accused them of hurting Ohio families.
Gov. Ted Strickland: Ohio’s governor has spoke out against Issue 3, arguing that the Vegas-Style casinos would wipe out charity casino nights held by local churches. TruthPAC: The anti-Issue 3 bipartisan coalition out of Columbus has argued that the proposal panders to wealthy casino owners and does not guarantee any new jobs for Ohioans. They claim the casinos will only hire out-of-state workers with experience in the gambling industry.
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Reflections on the book that took us there, and the movie that wants us to go back B y E mily O uzts
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The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief one kind and another, his mother called him “WILD THING!” and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything. My parents had three children. Patrick, the eldest, was a quiet child. I was the middle child, the only girl. My younger brother was an adorable, mischievous little thing, a baby who wailed and shrieked all night and spat out his food, a wild thing. My parents named him Max. -In 1963, Maurice Sendak wrote a children’s book about a boy who tears up the house and yells and chases his dog with a fork. The boy, Max, is sent to his room, which magically becomes a forest, which leads him to a private boat (also named Max), which he sails to a faraway island filled with terrifying creatures who threaten to eat him and then make him their king. They romp around the jungle for awhile, and then Max gets lonely and sails all the way home to find his supper waiting for him, still hot. Sendak called his book “Where the Wild Things Are,” and illustrated it too – fine-drawn, shadowy pictures of dark hallways and tall palm trees and furry creatures with big yellow eyes and terrible fangs. The book doesn’t say much – nine sentences in twenty pages – but it has come to be a voice for generations of kids, a tale that follows a child’s wandering mind and tells the truth about what it sees. There were many books in my childhood, but none like “Where the Wild Things Are.” I remember my little brother, Max, who was so much like Sendak’s Max, and I remember the room we shared magically transforming into a forest, vines growing from the ceiling. I remember being inside Max’s adventure, inside the land of the wild things, the feeling of being engrossed by the stillness and the triumph and the fear. -So when you set out to turn “Where the Wild Things Are,” the book, into Where the Wild Things Are, the movie, what do you do? How do you take a story so cherished, so complicated, so fiercely protected, and turn a camera on it without breaking any hearts? For starters, you call up Spike Jonze, a director known for making winding, haphazard films (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich). His adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, opening in theaters October 16, is the first-ever major film version of Sendak’s book. It almost never happened. Accounts are varied, but the story of Where the Wild Things Are seems to have gone something like this: in the mid-1990s, Jonze was in talks to make a film version of another beloved, and equally whimsical, children’s book, “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” Sendak was on board as a potential producer of “Harold,” and that’s how he and Jonze got familiar. The film didn’t come together, but somewhere between Adaptation and Malkovich, the notoriously protective Sendak decided that Jonze, the director who made such complex, strange films, should be the one to finally bring “Where the Wild Things Are” to life. Initially, Jonze refused, unsure of how to flesh out a classic book that meant so much to so many. It was too daunting a task. But he kept “Where the Wild Things Are” by his bedside, flipping through every once in a while, and sometime after Adaptation was released in 2002,
Sendak asked him again. Jonze decided to give it a try. “It hit me that wild things could be wild emotions,” Jonze said in an interview with GQ magazine. “It was that simple of an idea. And all of a sudden, it seemed infinite where I could go from there.” He assembled a team. Dave Eggers, author of “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” was brought in to write the screenplay with Jonze, who had never written a script before. (Charlie Kaufman, who wrote and produced Adaptation and the beautifully maddening Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, was also approached, but he was committed to another project.) Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs was sent off to create the film’s ethereal soundtrack and musical score. The Jim Henson Company was commissioned to build 6’ 8” tall costumes for the wild things, who, unlike in the book version, have names in the film. Catherine O’Hara, James Gandolfini and Forest Whitaker were among those selected to provide voices for the wild things. (In order to make them as lifelike as possible, Jonze decided that the wild things’ faces would be computer generated only after the actors recorded their voiceovers in front of a camera. The actors’ expressions were then built into the final animation, giving the mechanical creatures some human life.) Catherine Keener was cast as Max’s mother, and Max Records, a photographer’s son from Portland, Oregon, whose only acting experience was a Death Cab for Cutie video, was cast as Max. Like all big-budget films made by innovative directors transplanted from the indie scene, Where the Wild Things Are went through its share of studio-sanctioned tribulations. In 2008, Universal, the studio originally assigned to the film, halted production and parted ways with Jonze after seeing the first cut, rumored to be “too scary” for a kid’s movie. Jonze eventually found a new home at Warner Bros. and proceeded with his version of the film: a movie made from a children’s book, a story that told the truth about what it was like to be a kid. Sometimes, that can be a scary thing. -“Now stop!” Max said and sent the wild things off to bed without their supper. And Max the king of all wild things was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all. I went to my mom’s house, the house I grew up in, to find my childhood copy of “Where the Wild Things Are.” It was in the attic, stacked between “Goodnight Moon” and the Berenstain Bears and other books we read and loved and marked up with crayons. “Where the Wild Things Are” was exactly as I remembered and exactly as I’d forgotten – the canvas cover thick with texture, the bindings worn and split, the pages musty and faded. I thought of my mom, the way her voice rose and fell as she read each sentence, pausing at the pages that showed Max swinging from trees and romping with the wild things. I thought of my own little brother, Max, and the forest that grew in our room as he snuck out during the night - the mischevious one, the king of the wild things. But mostly, I thought about what it was like to be a child, and the feeling that fades as life gets messy and more complicated: the world as endless and full of adventure, so big that you could sail off into the night to a land of wild things, rule them as king, escape their hungry jaws and then sail home to your own room and find your supper waiting for you. And it would still be hot.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Now Hear This! Music You May Have Missed
By Jonathan “Killstring” Herzberger, Arts & Entertainment Editor
Sorry, I just wanted to start with that. Since we have started midterms, that simple phrase could well prove enough to scare a significant amount of readers away. Trust me – we understand. But here at the "Now Hear This" Institute for a Significantly More Awesome Life, we have promised to shore up your education. And as recent times have shown, said education is significantly lacking in areas your brave staff had taken for granted. Never fear! Your pals at NHTISMAL are pretentious nerds so you do not have to be! Consider this Indie Rock: 101. Maybe 102 – the numbering system is not exact. Anyway. Step into the rock-fueled wayback machine, and travel back through time with me – first, we are going to an indistinct point in the late sixties/ early seventies. The lines between Rock, Folk and Country are blurry, and acts like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Cat Stevens, etc. are making music that is so good, nobody is really worried about genre just yet. This time, quite obviously, dies a lonesome death. Now we go to the late eighties/early ninties, and meet one of our subjects, who at this time are called Uncle Tupelo. The band's first record, No Depression was influential enough to become a synonym for Alt-Country, as well as the name taken by the genre's flagship magazine, which published from 1995 through 2008. This band made four pretty good albums, had problems involving a clash between singer/guitarists Jay Farrarr and Jeff Tweedy, and broke up in short order. Tweedy and the remnants of Tupelo founded a little band named Wilco, but we will get to them later. Our next stop is the mid-to-late nineties, and a band called Whiskeytown. They were fronted by an enigmatic ex-punk rocker named Ryan Adams, and they – are you ready for this?--They made four pretty good albums (one of which, Those Weren't The Days, was never released) had problems involving a clash between singer/guitarist Adams and... well, pretty much everybody, and broke up in short order. Adams founded a little band called - well, to be truthful, usually called Ryan Adams. It's okay. He's crazy, and we'll get to that. Now, Wilco goes on to release a flurry of records, most of which are rather good. The most notable of these is 2002's "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," which served as an unfortunate example of how well and truly messy the music business was, and remains. "Foxtrot" is a seminal album, a benchmark if you will. The weird experimentation, unhurried production, and undeniably brilliant songwriting make it one of those rare 'classic' albums that actually kind of earns the status. They have done plenty of other notable work – 2005's A Ghost is Born took home the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album, 1999's Summerteeth was a criminally unappreciated gem, 2007's Sky Blue Sky sounds an awful lot like Tweedy & Co. tried to make a John Lennon solo album, and I mean that in the nicest way – you get the idea.
They dropped a record cleverly titled Wilco: The Album, which leads off with “Wilco: The Song,” which is honestly just fun to type. Bottom line? Take a listen – because if you like what you hear, this particular well goes really deep. Meanwhile, Ryan Adams wasn't just sitting around being crazy and dating starlets. I mean, he was very, very busy doing that, but he also put out records at an alarming rate. He also happened to be the right guy in the right place at a terrible, terrible time. His 2001 release, Gold, featured a feel-good love letter to New York City, titled “New York, New York.” Then, of course, 9/11 happened. And a lot of big-name musicians came in to write about what had happened, and of course, this being America, a lot of capitalists tried to capitalize on the city's newly invigorated patriotism – but the simple, honest, scruffy ode by an NYC native son seemed to encapsulate the feelings in the city post 9/11 – when we all just desperately wanted to believe that, yeah, everything is going to be all right in the end. Whatever the reason, “New York, New York” got very popular, very quickly. Gold really holds up as a record, too – sort of Counting Crows if they were more country, and didn't have much in the way of a budget. Adams just kept going – in 2002, after his label didn't feel comfortable releasing his lovingly crafted album Love Is Hell, citing that it was too depressing. Given that the success of Gold was at least partially due to it's optimistic qualities, executives felt that tracks like "World War 24" and "I see Monsters" would be poorly received in a nation still reeling from the attacks on the World Trade Center. To be fair, it is hardly a cheery pop disc. Ever the innovator, Adams returned to his label (Lost Highway, if anybody cares) in just two weeks with an album ready to go. That album turned out to be the uncharacteristically polished (and even a little U2-like) Rock N' Roll – which is every bit as vital, urgent, and raucous as the name and situation would imply. Despite being a big stylistic leap, the record took off, and some critics, by which I mean this one, right here, talking to you now, think that Rock N' Roll is possibly the best thing Adams has ever released. Love is Hell eventually came out in 2004, after having been two split EP's. Also an incredible listen, as is the entirety of his later work with his band The Cardinals, Cold Roses in particular. Adams is another artist who, if it turns out you like it, you will never find yourself bemoaning a lack material. Hell, this is the guy who in 2006, recorded roughly 18 albums worth of original hip-hop, which is floating around the Internet somewhere. The man recently left The Cardinals to get married to Mandy Moore, but a quick look around the Internet will find projects ranging from children's books, art exhibits, Black Metal (Under the name Werewolph) and more youtube videos than you will ever, ever find the time to watch. He is either this generation's Andy Warhol, or he is actually mentally ill, or perhaps he is a total jerk. Maybe a mix of the three. But whatever the reason, Adams – along with Wilco, and fellow indie/emo/country darling Connor Oberst – have successfully blurred the lines between rock and country again that fans of one, the other, or even neither genre can find something to like in their music. Okay, class is over. You have got a lot of music that you didn't know you loved to get to listening. Godspeed, brave Audionauts, and we will catch you next time.
B y C h r i s E n o c h , J o n a t h a n H e r z b e r g e r, a n d D e r r e k J . B r o w n E d i t o r - i n - C h i e f , A & E E d i t o r a n d S t a ff Wr i t e r
Breaking Benjamin Dear Agony
Alice in Chains Black Gives Way to Blue
AFI Crash Love
Now this? This is tricky. When someone sends an absolutely terrible record across my desk, the review practically writes itself – that is what you get when a washed-up musician reviews something awful that somehow garnered commercial success – you get eloquent venom. Which is honestly, easy to write, and quite enjoyable to boot. Something truly great? Also a pleasure, even if it is a bit harder to do. But great music transcends era, genre, preference, all those things. Shanette's review of the new Jay-Z a few issues back? Spot-on. I called my mother to tell her she would like it – and mom has never owned a hip-hop record in her life. But it is good, it is that good, and that sort of thing is likewise easy to talk about. But what about the tepid, the mediocre, the unsurprisingly just better than average? Ladies and gentlemen, Breaking Benjamin. Now, this is a band I have gone to bat for – and if the lifeless, manufactured-angst style of radio-friendly modern rock is your thing, then... well, it is probably 2004. Even so. If you like the Seethers, the Shinedowns, the Hinders, than BB is probably your best bet for something that actually stands a chance of not being unbearable drivel. It sounds exactly like every other album they have put out. Not kind of, not in the same style – exactly. Is that a good thing? If you are a fan, you already have about four copies of this album. Even so, The Ramones put out the same record about 300 times, and nobody holds it against them. So if we are going to say that formulas are not inherently evil, I suppose we can forgive BB – as there is certainly nothing wrong with their execution. Benjamin Burnley still has one of the few recognizably distinct voices in modern rock, and Cleveland Native Chad Szeliga is probably one of the best pop-metal drummers in the business. I could throw details at you, talk about how tracks like “I Will Not Bow” and “Give Me a Sign” are the kind of radioready anthems that will not offend you. The cookie-cutter angst is wearing a little thin by this point, but the record does hold up as an individual piece – even if it is the same piece you have been getting for years now. If you are a huge fan of the band or genre, and you just need all of BB's albums - then sure, you should Try it. If not? Fry this disc – not because it is bad, but because you can get the same effect for a third of the price by picking up one of their old albums used or online. And it offers nothing new.
Alice in Chains’ new album, "Black Gives Way to Blue," is a sad reminder that even legends loose their touch. The band has resurfaced after all these years boding much expectation, only to confirm to the world that they are indeed fizzled. Their style is dated and there is little if any feeling behind the vocals anymore. The first three tracks will make AIC fans want to weep (not in a good way), with an under achieving vibe and stale sound. The following songs are somewhat morebearable but also pretty similar. No one has lost their instrumental skills or vocal range, but it seems that they have forgotten why they play. Their songs have a hollowness to them that seems to loom inthe shadows for all big name artists.
You might want to call vocalist Davey "Havok" David. A Fire Inside, or AFI as their fans have called them for years, is all grown up. Now that AFI have established themselves as a premiere fixture in the alternative rock scene, the group’s latest release, "Crash Love", doesn’t wait long at all to prove just this. Even in this new pursuit of artistic progression, AFI does not lose the qualities that originally made the quartet a musical force to be reckoned with. Retaining the catchy and hauntingly melodic sound that has surrounded the group for their last two albums ("Sing the Sorrow", "decemberunderground"), Crash Love picks up where the others left off. Packed with songs of love and misfortune; the group has neatly organized twelve tracks of aggrandizing emotion into what turns out to be a mostly memorable listening experience. The album’s first single, Medicate, is a fairly telling omen as to the overall quality of the rest of "Crash Love". Still stuck on fast-paced guitar chords and high-octane hooks, AFI’s single is far from their magnum opus but will surely satisfy dedicated fans of this Bay Area rock outfit. Songs such as opening track “Torch Song” and “Too Shy to Scream” show that despite artistic growth, old habits die hard for AFI. In just ten years, AFI has managed to leave behind the remnants of adolescent skate punk and take life a bit more seriously, perhaps a little too seriously. If you happen to be an enthusiast of musical bipolarity defined by harmonious extremes of somber to spastic, this album may be worth a listen--try it.
By Jonathan ‘Killstring’ Herzberger The Cauldron A&E Editor
By Ricardo Derrek J. Brown The Cauldron Staff Writer
It is good to see their name back in lights again—so to speak—but the fact of the matter is that they have been MIA for too long to jump back in and expect the same awe their earlier work received. The title was the biggest let down of the album, lulling hopeful listeners with promises of the classic, moody tones signature to Alice in Chains, only to come off slightly odd, like a pale imitation of the band. Songs like "When the Sun Rose," "Acid Bubble," and "Private Hell" are actually worth buying off the album if only because they retain some of that classic Alice in Chains flair that will really take fans back and make them remember—as if they had forgotten—why the band is one of the greats. That said, for the love of all that is sane, do not buy this album, instead, and buy the songs that strike your fancy online.
By Chris Enoch The Cauldron Editor-in-Chief
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concert picks of the week By Alexes “Texas” Spencer & Jonathan “Killstring” Herzberger The Cauldron Staff Writer & Arts & Entertainment Editor
Good morning/afternoon/evening, CSU! Are you feeling under the weather yet? If so, we’d like to express our condolences the weather’s kind of low right now, so that must be pretty bad. Lucky for you, there’s a lot of great music headed your way so you know, wash your hands, eat your vegetables, and make sure to rock out. Doctor’s orders.
10/12 God Dethroned @ Peabody’s, $17
@ House of Blues, $19
10/15 Emarosa w/ Dance Gavin Dance @ Peabody’s.
My head is sort of spinning right now. There are a ton of great shows this week--It Dies Today with Forever in Terror, The Mars Volta, Converge, The White Tie Affair, Oh my! It seems almost insane to try and pick from this delicious batch of concert goodies. Alas, I must! Fortunately, Emarosa and Dance Gavin Dance are kicking it together at Peabody’s this week. For $15 U.S. dollars (That’s over 1,333 yen!) you can catch a hardcore show sure to make your eyes pop and your ears bleed (in a good way?). So throw on your skinny jeans and your hi-tops, your 59fifty hat, stick a bandanna in your back pocket, and go. Just try not to mosh too hard.
It Dies Today w/Forever In Terror @ Peabody’s, $14
Kylesa It Dies Today
@ Grog Shop, $14
They Might Be Giants
@ Grog Shop SOLD OUT (but you never know)
@ Peabody’s, $18
Hot Cha Cha @ Grog Shop, $5
The Mars Volta
10/13 Mike Doughty w/The Question Jar Show @ Grog Shop
Mike Doughty is coming. Did you know that Mike Doughty is coming? Because, I heard – and we’re friends, so I thought I’d let you know – Mike Doughty is coming. In case you missed it. Who is Mike Doughty, and why do you care? Well, he used to front a band called Soul Coughing – they were pretty big among snowboarders, I guess. “Super Bon Bon” was pretty catchy. But then, Mike quit the band, quit heroin, and started touring the country with an acoustic guitar and a rental car. Sort of Indie with elements of hip-hop, soul, Classic American Folk, and insomnia, Mike Doughty is awesome. Mike Doughty was the best thing to see at Bonneroo, but you don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars and leave the country. You can pay eighteen dollars (twenty if you don’t get a pre-sale ticket) and just go to the Grog Shop. Because, you know, Mike Doughty Is Coming.
The Mars Volta
10/17 10/18 10/19
@ House of Blues, $38
Cubbie Bear @ Peabody’s, $10
Blueprint @ Grog Shop, $10
The White Tie Affair @ Peabody’s, $15
@ House of Blues, $23
@ Grog Shop, $18
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Browns Trade Edwards;
Quinn Next To Go
Mangini Sees Future Without Play Maker By Robert Ivory, Sports Editor
he Cleveland Browns new head coach Eric Mangini will not tolerate players not giving their all. That was shown this week as the Cleveland Browns traded away their first round pick (third overall) in the 2005 draft, Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards. Edwards had given his word to the Cleveland media and to Browns fans that this year would be different, less dropped passes and less off field conduct. But those promises never came to fruition, as Braylon would almost on queue; drop an easy ball, right in the hands, like he has been doing in his first four and a half years. Even in his last game as a Brown, he missed a ball that Quarterback Derek Anderson could have not thrown better. Braylon concluded that lost by supposedly punching a good friend of LeBron James in the club after no catches in the game. (Before we point the finger of why Braylon hit this person, let’s not cast stones, but find out what really happened, shall we. However, LeBron calling Edwards ‘childish’ is unfair, since LeBron did not like the criticism he got when he walked off the court without shaking the hands of the Orlando Magic in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals). With the dropped passes, the reckless driving on his rap sheet, a night of partying with Donte Stallworth the night he killed a man driving drunk, it was time to let the University of Michigan standout go. Looking at the whole picture, Braylon’s inconsistency could contribute to the continual quarterback controversy that goes back and forth between Anderson and Brady Quinn. Without a legitimate long distance threat that could be relied on, neither QB was going to go anywhere. The best the Browns’ QBs had was Tight End Kellen Winslow for short gains (and even long gains that should have been Edwards’ ball), but after Mangini traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that threat and stability was gone. As for Winslow, 17 catches for 177 yards and a pair of tds coming into week 5 on a winless team, he maybe joined by a former teammate of his. With Mangini not afraid of cutting ties with those that cannot perform, Brady Quinn might be the next to go since he lost his job to Anderson. Oakland, Washington, Carolina, St. Louis, Miami, and Tampa Bay are
all teams that need a quality QB to plug a gap or put in a guy that can get the job. In true Cleveland sports fashion, one can bet that if Quinn does get traded to Tampa, those two would most definitely hook up together and become an offensive threat, not something that team is known for. The biggest thing that this trade of Edwards tells Browns fans is that he is committed to getting the right personnel to play from the Browns. Mangini is a coach that demands perfection from his players on and off the field. He is willing to do anything it takes to get those guys into his system. He is not afraid of what toes he has to step on to get results. Many people in the media have taken shots at him as being too controlling, but is that much better than what we had to deal with, Browns’ last coach, Romeo Crennel? I thought Romeo was a great gut, and I think everyone will agree with me. But when it came to being a head coach, Crennel lacked what Mangini has. I could not see Romeo punishing his players for their misconduct, but rather making it a ‘learning experience’ or some other kind of cliché about not punishing them. Mangini believes in tough love, that you better be willing to pay for your mistakes because you made them and you better not do that again. That type of coach is more suited for the NFL and it’s about time that the Browns got a talented coach that had that mentality (sorry Butch Davis). The Browns will now have to work their butts off to get a level where they can challenge teams week in, week out. Now that WR Mohamed Massaquoi broke out and looked like he could be a number one receiver in the NFL and Brian Robiske will get a chance to play, it could be time for the Browns to become a good, young, well-rounded team. Can the Browns salvage the rest of the season? That’s too tough to answer right now, but the Browns still have to play the Steelers twice, the Ravens at home, and have five bad teams on their schedule ( at Detroit in week 11, Chargers in week 13, at Kansas City in week 15, and host Oakland and Jacksonville to finish the season). The Browns fans are hungry for a winner. Is Manigini the man for the job? For all we know, Braylon wont be in the mix.
Viking Volleyball On Top Of League: Gruelich Named HL Player of the Week
By Robert Ivory, Sports Editor
itting on top of the league six matches may not seem like much, but for the Cleveland State Viking volleyball team, it’s a definite step in the right direction. After embarrassing the Pengiuns of Youngstown State, senior Beth Greulich was named the Horizon League’s Offensive Player of the week last week with another solid performance. During the week, she collected 36 kills, eights assist, and totaled 40 points over the week. Coming into this past weekend’s matches, Gruelich has put her name out to the league for her candidacy for the Horizon League Player of the Year. She places in second in Hitting Percentage, sixth in kills per set, and fifth in points per set. Not too mention, adding 19 kills against the Pens during the middle of the week and reached the milestone of 1,000 kills earlier in the year against Syracuse. But the great part of head coach Chuck Voss’ success during the year has been the all around help that the team has given. Other members of the team have given the Vikings the push they need to find the top spot on the league’s standings. This includes senior Maggie Bonomini, who has over 100 digs on the year, sophomore Megan Barhorst, and junior Amy Benz. Bonomini also received honors earlier in the year, taking home the Defensive Player of the Week, getting 64 digs in a dozen sets. For the Vikings, after a Tuesday night meet with Ohio rivals, in Bowling Green, the Vikes head right back to Horizon League play at Wright State Friday night. Then, the Vikings will host two teams that are right on their heels, the Butler Bulldogs and the Valparaiso Crusaders on consecutive nights, Friday and Saturday October 23-24 at Woodling Gym.
Jonathan Toews, #19, of the Chicago Blackhawks
“Hello Out There it’s Hockey Night Tonight” by William Wodka, Staff Writer
t’s that time of the year again for the National Hockey League to pick up where they left off in June. Last years’ season ended with a classic rematch of the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The series went seven games and capped off the season with a Sidney Crosby led Pittsburgh win. A new season has started and if the offseason said anything then this season looks to be a great one. During the offseason we saw players retire and others went to new teams. We also saw the battle between competitors for the ownership of a team. The Phoenix Coyotes filed for bankrupts and the league has been scrambling around to find an owner for the team to keep them in Phoenix. In the beginning there were several bids for the team but it came down to a couple by the end, one in particular was the Balsillie bid. Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, who launched the start of the Blackberry, tried to buy the team and move it to Hamilton, Ontario. This did not sit well with Commissioner Gary Bettman who shot back a bid and went into a legal battle with Balsillie. As of right now the judge in the case through away both bids and said that the league can bid again to keep the team in Phoenix for now. The draft is known as the official start to another season. The New York Islanders had the first overall pick in the draft and took the speedy John Tavares. Another big pickup came later on in the draft when the Toronto Maple Leafs picked Jonas Gustavsson from Sweden. Known as the monster, Gustavsson looks like a brick wall in the net. Wearing size 37 inch pads, a size under the league limit, he stands in the butterfly position ready for anything to come his way. During the offseason some of the greatest players to play the game decided to hang up the skates. Mats Sundin, who played for Quebec Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, retired saying the decision had been maturing on him for months. In his 18 year career he played in 1,437 games getting 1,431 points. Joe Sakic has decided to hang up his skates as well. Having one of the best wrist
shots at one point in his career Sakic played for the Quebec Nordiques and the Colorado Avalanche. Sakic played in 1378 games over his 20 year career but injuries late in his career gave him reason to retire. The Avalanche showed their appreciation for him opening night when they lifted a Sakic banner to the rafters at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. With the season just a little over a week old there are some teams that have made a surprising start, but will they be able to keep it up through the season? In the Atlantic division I see it coming down to Pittsburgh and the New Jersey Devils. The Devils will ultimately win if they can keep Martin Brodeur healthy. The northeast division looks to be the hardest division in the league. Boston is looking to comeback from a heartbreaking loss in the playoffs last year and both the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs went out and picked up some good players over the offseason. The Montreal Canadians look to be unstoppable and win the division. The southeast division looks to be a no brainer. Alexander Oveckin and the Washington Capitals look to be too much for the others and will win the division. In the Western Conference central division the Detroit Red Wings look to comeback from a hard fought loss in the Stanley cup finals. The team has lost some key players and do not look to be the same team. I see the division going to the Chicago Blackhawks who have great players like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Another hard division looks to be the Northwest division. Colorado started the season on a high note and Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are looking like promising teams this year. I see the division going to the Avalanche. In the Pacific division, the Coyotes came out showing that the team can still win with the uncertainty of their ownership but it looks like the San Jose Sharks will prevail and win the division. If the 2009-2010 season is anything like last season, hockey fans are in for a treat. With high flying hits and lots of scoring, teams are bringing everything they can to keep their fans as well as new comers coming back for more.
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Wii Should Wii Bowl, Too! By Samantha Shunk, News Editor
ast Wednesday there was a Wii Bowling tournament at the Rec Center. After a year or more without doing any Wii bowling, I still thought I could make a decent showing in the tournament. Boy, was I wrong! With the high score of the tournament being a 235, I was over 100 points behind with my best game. Regardless of score, every participant in the tournament had a fun evening and stayed till the end of the tournament. With only a slight tinge of competition, the tournament had an air of friendliness and the desire to have a good time. The participants of the tournament consisted of students, faculty, and even some Rec Center employees. The tournament was under the intramural category, so no professional Wii bowlers were allowed to participate. Melinda, the intramural supervisor, said, “Wii Bowling is one of our most exciting individual sports.” Maybe in the future the Wii Bowling Tournament will be a team or partner tournament. The tournament started with each participant bowling two games to get their average and put the bracket together with the highest average choosing where they would like to start in the bracket. So, everyone bowled
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at least three games. Then, game after game was played to narrow down the bracket to the Championship round. Each round was filled with strikes, spares, turkeys, and even a few balls that might as well have been in the gutter. Personally, after three games I was glad to be done as my arm was getting a little sore. The Wii really does have the effects of the sports they simulate on your body. The high score of the tournament was reached by Scott Westhoven when he bowled a game of 235 against Melissa. Unfortunately, Melissa was having an off game and only scored a 136, after having the highest average of the tournament. Maybe she was feeling a little too cocky… Regardless of what caused Melissa to lose that round to Scott, she was the most spirited participant in the tournament. Melissa claimed, “I heart (<3) Wii Bowling!” The Championship round found rivals Scott Emigh and Scott Westhoven battling it out for the win, as well as the claim to being the best Scott. While Scott Emigh managed to score five strikes in a row, he only scored a 206 to win the tournament. Although not a typical night in the world of sports, everyone enjoyed the games, the company and the competition. Fausto Carmona (left)
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