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RockeTHON dances to campus / A3 Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Former UT pitcher discusses spring training with Chicago Cubs / B1

Student zombies swarm UT campus / B5

New SG constitution passes with no discussion / A8 Editorial: Knee-jerk decisions cast UT in a bad light / A4

Corrections In last week’s issue: The story “Faculty in power struggle with trustees,” should have stated that Faculty Senate asked the entire faculty to decide if senate should add a supremacy clause to the constitution. The story “UT decision could force abortion clinics to close,” should have stated that President Lloyd Jacobs letter to local abortion clinics was dated April 4. In a photo caption on page B2, we incorrectly spelled Egor Antipov’s name. We regret these errors.

94th year • Issue 30 Faculty Senate

Abortion debate

SG pushes UT to reverse decision on abortion clinics

University replies to Faculty Senate complaint By Lindsay Mahaney News Editor

By Antanella Tirone

The University of Toledo is defending mandatory changes to the Faculty Senate’s constitution that have raised faculty members’ ire. Faculty members will be voting to include a supremacy clause in the Faculty Scarborough Senate Constitution, giving the University Council power to overrule Senate decisions. At the April 9 Faculty Senate meeting, senators voted to allow this decision to be made by the entire faculty body and to include an official statement with the ballot stating, “A coerced vote under threat of suspension is not deemed appropriate or fair.” Main Campus Provost Scott Scarborough said the Board of Trustees passed the resolution in Januarty to improve the functionality and coherence of different organizations at the university. “Essentially what they said, I believe, is we’re going to put in a University Council, and we want it to sit on top of all the other governance institutions because we believe this will lead to a better environment of shared governance,” he said. “And if anything below it conflicts with University Council, we want University Council to prevail.” University Council is an advisory group comprised of faculty, students, staff, alumni and administrators who

Staff Reporter

After a heated debate at Student Government’s meeting Tuesday evening, senators voted in favor of passing a resolution urging the University of Toledo against their decision to cancel a transfer agreement with a local abortion clinic and stop talks with another. The transfer agreement and negotiations ended with a letter President Lloyd Jacobs sent to Capital Care Network of Toledo on April 4 stating that the university would not renew a deal with the abortion clinic in July. He also sent a letter to the Center for Choice stating that the University of Toledo Medical Center would no longer consider negotiations for a transfer agreement. UT College Democrats wrote a resolution in response to the move, asking the university to reconsider these decisions, which they presented Tuesday night. Voting was done by public roll call and the senate decided to pass the resolution by a wide majority. The final count was 12 in favor of the resolution, 3 opposed to the resolution and 2 abstained. By law, the abortion clinics cannot legally operate unless they have a transfer agreement with a hospital that would accept the clinic’s patients in the event of complications. “We feel that this would be detrimental because it will be harmful . . . it would put an end to safe abortion,” said Ben Lynn, the bill’s sponsor. The debate began with Senator Nick McCullough, a

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Student Government senator Nick McCullough argues at Tuesday’s Student Government meeting against passing a resolution that asked UT to reconsider entering into transfer agreements with two area abortion clinics. The resolution passed with 12 for, 3 against and 2 abstentions.

freshman majoring in politi- with this.” cal science, who said while Senator Ali Eltatawy rehe personally was against sponded that this was not a the issue, he did not feel it debate over personal beliefs, was an issue SG should be but a matter of providing the deciding. care that people may need “All fighting politics aside from the university’s here, I’m throwfacilities. ing away any“In this case, Read online thing conserva- feedback isn’t [it] our job, tive, liberal, as a university Follow the story democratic, rethat has an epionto page A7 to see center to provide publican out the window, be- online reactions the for anyone that IC gathered about cause that’s not UT’s decision to can- needs [it], [to] what we’re focare for anybody cel deals with local cused on here,” abortion clinics. that deserves a he said. “What chance at being we’re focused better after they’re on here is our university and hurt?” he said. whether we want to keep Senators also debated that this transfer agreement. The passing this resolution way that I see it, Student would cause the students to Government, I really don’t believe that SG took an offibelieve that we have any cial stand as either proright to decide what happens choice or pro-life. Lynn said

that was not an issue. “We understand that this isn’t a stigma of coming out as pro-life or pro-choice. It’s coming out in support of those who need the services that UTMC and these abortion clinics give,” he said. “It’s a service that these people need, and who are we to tell them that they don’t get it?” College Republican President Scott Mazzola said after the debate that senate’s discussion did not focus on the issue at hand. “I think the whole debate was sort of a fallacy, because the way I see it, it’s a business proposal,” Mazzola said after the debate. “So I don’t really see why this is even an issue.” See Abortion / A7

See Complaint / A6

program restructuring

Changes to student wellness programs raise doubts By Kevin Bucher Staff Reporter

A restructuring of two student wellness programs at the University of Toledo have some concerned over the kind of service students will be receiving. Angela Spoerl, coordinator of the new Sexual Assault Program, and Will Pecsok, coordinator of the new Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Program, are replacing Diane Docis and Alexis Blavos, former directors of their respective programs. The positions were cut to part-time af-

ter a restructuring of Student Affairs as well as budget cuts. Director of the University Counseling Center Stanley Edwards said the university is working to find the best alternatives for students while dealing with a projected deficit in the several millions. “Certainly any time any programs are cut, it’s not the most optimal situation. We’d rather have all our programs staffed full-time, but given the budget cuts, we understand that there’s some things that we have to do differently,” he said.

Tavis Glassman, an asssociate professor of health educattion, said he felt the counseling center will not be able to handle the tasks that Blavos and Docis formerly managed. “The counseling center is already overwhelmed, so asking them to do a whole ‘nother job is really not going to get it done,” he said. Amy Thompson, an associate professor of rehabilitation services, said Docis’ position was being See Doubts / A6

“I don’t think the counselors are going to be able to dedicate enough of their time to really be able to prevent things from happening, which is going to increase their workload on the other end.” Alexis Blavos Former director of UT’s substance abuse prevention office


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Dana ‘No Cancer’ Center

UT’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center unveiled an updated sign Monday, April 15, at the front of the building. The unveiling was followed by the first round of enrollment in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3.

This week in UT history 25 years ago: Students for Dukakis, a support group for the Massachusetts governor running for the Democratic nomination for president, will hold an open meeting at 3 p.m. April 18. 50 years ago: The UT Board of Directors voted to

increase the non-resident tuition from $20 to $26 per credit hour. 60 years ago: Selective Service examinations for northwest Ohio college students will be given here April 23. The Princeton Testing Service has certified 83 men as eligible for examination, on which draft deferment is based.

“If I get an opportunity to stay here, I would because I have a lot of friends here.” Abbas Aldakheel Freshman Mechanical Engineering

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“No, I want to move close to home near Cleveland for work.” Jennifer Cross Senior Nursing

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“No, I probably will move home to New Jersey where there are more opportunities in the bigger cities.” Guyton Matthews Junior Political Science

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RockeTHON 2013 recruits record number of dancers

By Angela Peluso

families, Murphy said. “It’s very rewarding,” said Sarah Al-Alami, a freshman University of Toledo students will be dancing the day pre-accounting major. “I definitely like to help in comaway at this year’s RockeTHmunity and it seems like a ON in the Recreation Center fun way to do so.” to raise money for Mercy Al-Alami is in charge of Children’s Hospital. the 12-member Parks Tower The event started in 2001 team. Their goal is to reach as “UT Dance Marathon.” $2,000. This year, RockeTHON will Most of the students who be held Saturday, April 20, and the theme is “America in live in Parks have commitments participating in 13 hours.” RockeTHON with their fraOne of the largest philanternities and sororities, she thropic events on campus, said. this dance-filled gathering is “We’re not there yet, but a fundraiser that raises monanything is better than nothey to ease the burden of medical bills for families with ing,” Al-Alami said, “It is just hospitalized children in need comforting to know that what you are doing is beneof hippotherapy treatments, fiting someone else in such a which involve interaction positive way.” with horses. It also raises Another portion of the money for other programs funds will go towards a play such as the Mercy Autism room for children who have Center, the Neo-natal Intenextensive stays sive Care Unit and the hospital, the Pediatric In“It is just com- in Murphy said. tensive Care Unit. forting to know RockeTHON This year’s sign will host live up has a recordthat what you entertainment breaking 722 peoare doing is by local bands ple, which is exbenefiting Halero, and actly 100 more Clark and than last year’s someone else Danko. There turnout. in such a posi- will also be an “It was a new obstacle course tive way.” record set last where student year; we want to Sarah Al-Alami organization surpass that and Freshman, members can break the record pre-accounting earn “spirit again,” said points.” Groups RockeTHON’s who win the most points will overall director Price Murbe awarded special prizes, phy. “So as long as we find Murphy said. ourselves improving upon And of course, there’s that, we should be able to dancing. A dance lesson will hold our heads high and be proud of this already thrilling be held every hour, teaching the 700 plus people moves to year.” one big dance. The plan is to Since the fundraiser first teach the entire program began, it has earned over dance to all attendees by the $420,000 for the Children’s end of the 13 hours. Miracle Network. Last year, Murphy applied for other event participants raised positions in the organization $68,111 for kids and their Staff Reporter

If you go What: RockeTHON, one of UT’s largest philanthropic events on campus. Theme: America in 13 hours. Where: UT’s Recreation Center. When: April 20 from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Registration is open until the morning of the event. Last year’s numbers: 622 participants raised $68,111 for Children’s Miracle Network.

including the public relations and finance director but decided to apply for overall director because he wanted to make a bigger impact on his community. “I wanted to take an even bigger role in this organization that I have fallen so deeply in love with,” Murphy said. “I applied for the position of overall director for the ‘12-13 school year and was fortunate enough to have been selected by the previous overall director.” Murphy also volunteers with Mercy outside of RockeTHON as a side rider for the hippotherapy barn. Senior Rhylie Thompson, a health care administration major, said she wanted to join RockeTHON because it’s her last year at UT. “It’s a great thing because you’re raising money by just dancing for hours, and by helping you can help the children’s hospital,” Thompson said. Registration will remain open until the morning of the event for students who still want to get involved. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Donations will be accepted until May 4 at midnight.

ABOVE: Participants dance at UT’s 2011 Dance Marathon, now known as RockeTHON. A dance lesson will be held every hour, teaching the 700 plus people moves to one big dance. The plan is to teach the entire program dance to all attendees by the end of the 13 hours. The event raises money for programs such as Children’s Miracle Network, the Mercy Autism Center, the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. LEFT: Also available at this year’s RockeTHON are games and other activities like what these 2011 Dance Marathon participants are enjoying. Other diversions available at this year’s event include an obstacle course where student organization members can earn “spirit points,” and live entertainment provided by Halero, and Clark and Danko, both local bands. IC file photos

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University folds under pressure Decision to cancel abortion center agreement points to bigger troubles UT’s decision to enter into a transfer agreement with an area abortion clinic, then back out eight months later when criticized by an anti-abortion group, should be disturbing to everyone — no matter how you feel about abortion. Why? Because UT’s leaders need to make decisions they are willing to stand by, and then stand by them — one of which they clearly didn’t do. There are only two possibilities. Either the agreement was questionable, and UT failed to do its homework; or the agreement was legitimate, and UT administrators caved to pressure instead of sticking to their guns. The pact was made last August between UTMC and Capital Care Network of Toledo. The clinic isn’t a full-service medical facility. This means it cannot legally operate without an agreement with a hospital that will accept its patients in the event of complications. Capital Care Network of Toledo was inspected in March 2012 by the state and told it must have a transfer agreement. UTMC signed an agreement with the clinic, alUT’s decision lowing it to stay open. Then, the Ohio Right to demonstrates that the Life group argued in university isn’t making March that a publicly funded hospital having a decisions based on transfer agreement with a what it believes to be clinic violates the spirit right, but based on of state law, which bars taxpayer funds from pay- who protests the ing for abortions. loudest. Within two weeks of receiving criticism, UT reversed its stance. The university said the agreement would not be renewed at the end of its first year, and also ended talks with another clinic, Center for Choice. Something went wrong somewhere. If the agreement was inappropriate, it means UT acted without thinking things through. If, however, UT believed the agreement was the right thing to do, it means administrators folded under pressure. The quick turnaround of UT’s decision demonstrates that the university isn’t acting based on what it believes to be right, but based on who protests the loudest. UT’s leaders have a responsibility to act thoughtfully, especially on issues like these that affect the university’s reputation. Like administrators often say, our university is a player on the global stage. Such a sensitive topic requires a sensitive touch, and knee-jerk decision-making sends a poor message to not only the university community, but also the world.


Almost two weeks from boot camp I remember it like it was yesterday. after all, I had nothing to lose. I felt process. I was ready to commit, and The room was dimly lit and I was disconnected from my family, with nothing was going to stop me from sitting at my kitchen table, contemmy grandpa being the one I trust all doing this. plating one of the biggest decisions the way down in Florida. My father After MEPS, the next six months of my life. I was about to join the had other things on his mind, and went by without a sliver of doubt. I United States Navy. I had nothing my mother, living elsewhere, with was in the DEP (delayed entry proelse better to do anyway, I told myher own business to attend to. I was gram), where I sang the songs and self. I had thought about it all sumalone and ready to make a change. ran the drills — I was ready for boot mer. I had no job, no money and noWhen I say I trust my grandfather, camp more than anything else. body to stay here for. I couldn’t figI mean that impartially. When I There was nothing that could have ure out what I wanted need someone to talk changed my mind, besides my own to do, but I could feel to, he can usually give mind. within myself what I me the classic grandAround two weeks before my ship had to do. father responses. date, I had another revelation. I had Earlier in the semesHowever, when it to continue my school career. All of ter of fall 2011, I decomes to some of the the time off gave me a mental break cided to visit the Navy largest events in my from everything that was happening recruiting station on a family history, he isn’t around me. I felt rejuvenated and whim inspired by my the greatest person to ready to get back in the game. But grandfather. After all, talk to. This makes wait — I had just made one of the he was the Navy man. family communicabiggest decisions of my life. Now, I Over three decades of tion impossible. I had made one of the biggest mistakes. I’d IC Columnist service under his belt, been left with the have to put a screeching halt to evI trusted his opinion burden of counseling in erything I put myself through for on the Navy, but I was out to see for between my parents and I was ready the past five and a half months. Almyself. to leave everything behind. though I felt lost and confused, I felt During my visit to the station I My revelation came swiftly, as if it that school was the answer. found a sort of unexplained culture were hiding in the back of my mind, Quitting the Navy DEP program of the Navy recruiters. As I entered ready to pounce on the situation as wasn’t easy but it felt right. I lined the station, I was leapt upon like it unfolded. I called up my next semester at fresh meat. I was bombarded with the Navy office and I had no reason to UT and called off my prerequisite questions pertaining to the response I redeparture date with drug use and school history as well ceived after announc- remain in Toledo some resistance from as some police history. I was clean in ing myself was “There and I felt I needed the recruiters, but I was every aspect and not too behind in he is.” It almost hell-bent on school. I to make a deciphysical shape. seemed as if they returned to UT with a sion. The idea of whole new set of interI left the office leaving them hang- knew I was going to ing on the “I’ll think about it” nocall. They knew as if nal goals, as well as a the Navy reared tion, which left them calling me fre- they were in my subdrive to succeed. It was its head with no quently to influence my opinion to conscious helping me like a whole new chapsign of relenting. ter opening in my life, join. After all, they were on a quota. make the leap. I continued the semester keeping I proceeded to go to It quickly and I now see my goals it in the back of my mind with MEPS (military enand purpose laid out in school being my focus. Spring setrance processing sta- consumed my front of me, created by mester went by with little to no tion), where they con- thoughts; after all, the gap from the previthought about signing my life away. duct medical tests on ous endeavor. I had nothing to It happened May 27, 2012. I woke up you all day for 12 I went from nothing, lose. around 2 p.m. that Sunday with hours straight. We to Navy, to motivated in nothing to do, no job to attend, and were like cattle lined school in under six I felt worthless. I had no reason to up for slaughter in there. Everyone months, and the ride was nothing remain in Toledo and I felt I needed was silent and they looked intimishort of enlightening. to make a decision. dated. The drill sergeants treated evThe idea of the Navy reared its eryone as if they were already in Benjamin Jendrzejak is a sophohead with no sign of relenting. It their selected services. I remained as more majoring in linguistics and is quickly consumed my thoughts; a ghost just floating through the the opinion editor for the IC.

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We need to come together, not apart

It is so easy to get caught up in devastating events. I think the call needed. You can volunteer with defending what we stand for, or for action is to do the opposite of groups raising awareness and bringfighting against what we do not that. The war has begun at home, ing communities together. We are agree with. Politics and religion are with a nation divided, with fingers under attack by our own doing — we two things that could very easily being pointed every which way inare attacking ourselves. This is selfunite us or divide us. We have been stead of examining what part we destructive and not beneficial for any hearing rumors of wars, or of atmay have played in these events. I’m group. tacks, and it is hard not asking you to America is the land of the free and to avoid thinking of change political parthe home of the brave — are you these in light of reties, or to suddenly brave enough to stand up where cent events. The Boschange your religious needed during these times? Demoton Marathon exploviews or lifestyle at all. crat, Republican, Christian, Muslim, sions have raised I’m asking that you Atheist, Homosexual, Heterosexual more questions than take the best teachings and every other group, isn’t it time we have answers for. of those and put them to unite? Can we set aside our The Newton shootin action. As human differences? ing rocked the whole beings, it is in our naThis idea of radical love has alcountry. Kermit Gosture to love. Hatred is, ways been considered idealistic and nell practicing illegal unfortunately, also not realistic, but I want to challenge abortions, keeping natural, but we all that. It starts with one person, then IC Columnist babies’ feet in jars as know how fatal that a whole movement is started. I have a sick “trophy,” and where at least can be. Instead of putting the blame watched it happen in my own life. two women died of negligence have on others, I think we are all to blame When I walk around with arms open left many of us wondering, is it war collectively. As one nation, as one instead of a stick of self-righteous from the outside or war from within group. preaching, I see how walls are shatour home we need to worry about? The rumors of tered and how easily There are no known suspects in the the war that we can come America can either fall people Boston explosions yet, so federal should be spreadtogether. apart, or we can pull it agents are led to believe it was a tering, is the war on Let’s not let love rorist attack. In most shootings, the hatred towards solely exist in fairyback together making killer tends to terminate their own life others unlike ourtales, or in our after their horrid fit of rage. In the selves. This is not a a stronger nation. minds, but actually Which side are you on? in our lives. Let love case of Gosnell, there has been a com- time to defend our plete media blackout, when in reality personal agendas, play its role in unitmore children died at his hands than but to realize how ing us. America can at the Newtown shooting. I believe it’s much love we all need from each oth- either fall apart, or we can pull it an internal matter that we need to foer. Love can be expressed through back together making a stronger nacus on. kindness. As my pastor said, kindness tion. Which side are you on? All political parties and religious is the most tangible expression of groups will rise to blame and fight love there is. This is your time to Veralucía Mendoza is a former University of Toledo student who last ateach other, which has happened so give. You can donate your time, tended in the spring of 2012. often in the past in light of clothes, blood and money where

Veralucía Mendoza

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | The Independent Collegian | commentary

Taxes shouldn’t be this hard Two days ago, April 15, every wage-earner is remay like. Finally, bringing was the IRS tax-filing deadquired to file an annual your materials in to a tax line. Across the country, return. If a group of stuprep service and have a people scrambled to finish dents who major in actrained individual take care and submit their filings. If counting can have trouble of the hassle is always an you didn’t go to a profesfilling out a 1040, how can option, just usually not at a sional to have your taxes the government expect in- very attractive price. prepared, you most likely dividuals with less educaThe current tax code has found yourself in some sort tion, specifically less over 70,000 pages (73,608 of trouble. training in for those keeping score at Freedom is taxes, to home). This is such an inone of the file corsurmountable number of greatest rectly and pages to learn that I would things about thoroughplace a very confident bet living in the ly? that there isn’t a single perUnited States, Many son in the country who as very few companies, knows every single page of would conlike Turthe code. If I am correct, test, but our boTax and this would mean that the freedoms H&R government expects every IC Columnist come with a Block, have citizen to file a return even few requiremade onthough there isn’t a single ments. One of these reline filing applications person, including those who quirements is that people available to the general have been working in the must file taxes. These taxes public. This makes it much industry their entire life, are used to fund governeasier for the average who knows the code fully. ment activities and proAmerican to file, allowing Although it may be ungrams. They pay for public them to simply fill out apreasonable to expect the schools, roads, police and propriate boxes and walkpeople in Washington to firemen, among other ing them through the steps figure out what parts of our things. Without access to of filing. Many tax code to retaxes, the society would be of these serIf a group of stu- vise and what run entirely by the will of vices are parts aren’t dents that major in quite out-ofthe populace. Since it can done at a be nearly unanimously cost though, date yet, it may accounting can agreed upon that taxes are often with something have trouble filling be actually not a bad thing, the option to necessary for out a 1040, how the problem with taxes have the fee the country to then becomes the act of fil- taken out of continue makcan the governing them, not the imposian individuforward ment expect indi- ing tion of them. al’s return progress. My viduals with less As a senior with a major from the opinion: just in accounting, I am now government. education to file scrap it and finishing a class on indiAdditionally, start over, incorrectly and vidual taxation. As part of the IRS has corporating thoroughly? the curriculum, each stuput numeronly what is dent is asked to complete ous tools to necessary in two separate 1040s for fic- help an individual through today’s world in a concise, titious taxpayers. Most the filing process on their simple way that every indistudents have some diffiwebsite. vidual can understand. culty working through This service is free but this assignment. This is an not necessarily as clear and Christian Davis is a senior appalling idea considering simple as some individuals in accounting.

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Writer’s Reinstate criticism agreements, of abortion keep decision is women safe wrong We are very disappointIn response to Avneet Singh’s April 10 letter headlined “UT wants to end safe abortions in Ohio”: First, I dispute the assertion that Dr. Jacob’s decision was unrepresentative of UT stakeholders. I am sure that none of Dr. Jacob’s decisions please everyone, but this decision is “representative” of the views of at least some percentage of UT stakeholders. Second, despite the implied assertion in her last paragraph, Ms. Singh cannot claim the mantle of spokesperson for the female gender. Her views are not shared by all women. To characterize the issue as “women against the world” is specious. Third, the issue is unquestionably one of morality. For some reason, Ms. Singh twice implies that her point of contention is not based on morals (decision has nothing to do with morality . . . morality aside). Yet her letter is peppered with morality/subjective-value based arguments: she’s not “proud” of UT anymore, the decision is “irrational,” and will result in “egregious” consequences. I think Ms. Singh tries to couch the issue as not being about morality in order to convince herself that her position is somehow objective, something that cannot be the subject of disagreement between rational people. Respectfully, she is wrong. Based on her letter, it sounds like Ms. Singh is on her way to becoming a dedicated provider of medical care. She will help people overcome disease and enjoy happier lives. For that at a minimum, I am grateful that Ms. Singh’s mother chose not to abort Ms. Singh. Sadly, our world has probably been deprived of many similar people as the result of different choices. —Ray Meiers, senior majoring in EECS

ed by the recent decision made by University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs to abruptly cancel medical transfer agreements with the Center for Choice and Capital Care Network. The Center for Choice and Capital Care Network provide a vital health service to the women of Northwest Ohio by providing safe pregnancy terminations. The withdrawal of this agreement is concerning as both abortion clinics may be forced to close if they are unable to secure agreements elsewhere. To be sure, abortion, when performed by a skilled-practitioner, is one of the safest medical procedures. Less than 0.5% of all abortions require additional surgery or hospitalization. In fact, in the U.S. risk of death associated with childbirth is 14 times higher than that associated with legal induced abortion. However, as with any medical procedure, serious complications arising from surgical abortion are possible including blood clots, perforation of organs, infections, and excessive bleeding. If women experiencing these complications are not able to obtain emergency treatment, death may be imminent. The decision of Dr. Jacobs to state that the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC) has decided to “no longer pursue the establishment of a contractual relationship” with the Center for Choice and Capital Care Network has serious health implications for the women of Toledo – and from a public health perspective is poor health practice. History has shown us that when safe abortion services are not accessible, this does not stop women from having abortions. They just have unsafe

abortions, and at later gestations. No, contrary to claims made by Ohio Right to Life, forcing the local abortion clinics to close does not help women or their families they leave behind. It is well documented that in nations where women are unable to obtain abortion services, a substantial fraction of maternal deaths are attributed to unsafe abortion – the majority of which are preventable if women had access to safe abortion services. Dr. Jacobs’ decision bears further legal scrutiny as UTMC is a Medicareparticipating hospital, and Federal law requires via the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) that any Medicare-participating hospital ensure public access to emergency services, and stabilize patients within their capability. Thus, UTMC cannot in practice refuse to provide life-saving treatment to a woman who presents to the Emergency Department with post-abortion complications. What Dr. Jacobs has done with his actions of canceling the transfer agreements with the Center for Choice and Capital Care Network, is attempt to take away women’s ability to access safe-abortion services — a legal medical procedure. Should women of Toledo suffer serious complications from self-induced abortions due to inability to access safe abortion services as a result of closure of these clinics, UTMC must provide care to them. But regardless of the law, UTMC should provide care to these women because it is the right thing to do. The University of Toledo Medical Students for Choice are utterly dismayed at our institution’s willingness to place women’s health in jeopardy to pacify the Ohio Right to Life. We request that the transfer agreements are reinstated immediately. Otherwise, it is meaningless we pride ourselves on a “higher degree of healing.” — Carolyn Payne, president of UT Medical Students for Choice


A6 | The Independent Collegian | Wednesday, April 17, 2013 briefs UT to host digital media conference on May 10 The Division of External Affairs will be hosting the “uHeart Digital Media Conference” on Friday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room. This event will have David Hunke, chief strategy officer at Digerati and former president and publisher of USA Today, presenting the inaugural keynote address. The uHeart Startups Pitch & Pour After Party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. for conference attendees. Registration prices for the event are $20 for students and $50 for general admission. Visit to register, or contact Amelia Acuna at amelia.acuna@utoledo. edu or 419-530-5874. Follow the event on Twitter at @uhrtdgtl.

society of Phi Kappa Phi will hold its initiation ceremony for new members on Sunday, April 21, at 1 p.m. in the Student Union. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate students, who are among the top students as juniors or seniors or in their graduate program, and three UT faculty members will be inducted into the honor society this year. The chapter is awarding three $500 scholarships this year to Ryan Beckwith from Kent, Ohio; Kazem Majdzadeh from Toledo, Ohio; and Hanan Saleh from Rossford, Ohio. The chapter will also nominate Zachary Henz for the national Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship award, which provides $5,000 for further education, and the winner will be announced next month. For more information, contact Wade Lee, associate professor of library administration and chapter president, at 419-530-4490.

UT to present multicultural leadership awards

Info session on study abroad opportunities set for April 24

The University of Toledo will host the seventh annual “Multicultural Student Leadership Awards” ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, from noon to 2 p.m. at Student Union Room 2582. These awards are presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS) through the Division of Student Affairs. The titles are Emerging Leader Award, Advocate Award, Community Spotlight Award, Defying the Odds Award, Excel Award, and the Distinguished Multicultural Student Leader Award.

A study abroad information session by Sören Köppen with focus on the USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) Lüneburg, Germany program will be held on Wednesday, April 24, at 3:15 p.m. in the Memorial Field House Room 2420. A reception will follow the presentation in the same location until 5 p.m. Sören Köppen is the Lüneburg program resident director, a native of Northern Germany and is a seven-year veteran of USAC. The Lüneburg program offers field studies, internships and volunteer opportunities. Study abroad exchanges can be over the summer sessions, for a semester or a year. To learn more on study abroad opportunities visit or call 419-530-5268.

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society to initiate new members The University of Toledo chapter of the honor

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given to someone who already had a full-time job. “The other piece of this is that the administration can’t handle the sexual assault issue,” Thompson said. “They’ve assigned this [position] to a person who is already a full-time counselor.” Blavos, who is no longer employed by the university, agreed that the counseling center was not prepared to take on more responsibilities. “I don’t think the counselors are going to be able to dedicate enough of their time to really be able to prevent things from happening, which is going to increase their workload on the other end,” she said. Edwards said counselors currently do not have the kind of training required to deal with sexual assault cases, but it something they’re working on. “Our counselors I wouldn’t say are at the level of the coordinator who was here in terms of specialized training,” Edwards said. “But now we’re collaborating with the YWCA Hope Center; they have specialized people who are very well trained, and so they’re going to provide training for us as we go through this whole process.” Maintaining a good relationship with the YWCA Hope Center, a local rape crisis center, is something Edwards said he wishes to continue because it’s “a huge benefit.” “It’s my understanding that in the past, the coordinator had a really good relationship with the Hope Center, so she might get that call in the middle of the night and because she knows them well. They can coordinate quickly,” he said. The partnership with the Hope Center will enable students who are the victims of sexual assault to be connected with what are known as external advocates, he said. These external advocates are trained specialists through the

Hope Center; they are not associated with the university, but students will be able to connect with them. Edwards explained that these external advocates would be available to help students if they would like to press charges or if they need to appear in court. The advocates will be available to assist them. Another part of the new program will be adding internal advocates. These individuals will not be students; they will be employed through the division of Student Affairs. “This summer we are going to train a handful, four to five, internal advocates—folks who are more specific to the UT culture,” Edwards said. They will specialize in being able to assist students better in issues pertinent to UT, such as modifying their class schedule or making new living arrangements. Additionally educational programs continue to be taught by Student Wellness Awareness Teams (SWAT), Edwards said. SWAT is a peer mentoring group which provides information about issues dealing with sexual assault, alcohol, tobacco and drugs. “I believe they’re effective in providing education, not necessarily for treatment; they’re not there for support, but I do think they’re effective to provide education mainly because it’s peer-topeer,” he said. Thompson said she does not agree that peer-to-peer education is the way to go because she doesn’t believe it’s affective when it comes to alcohol prevention. Students need prevention methods and policies in place for the programs to be successful, she said. “I think our administration has to step up and send a clear message that we care about our students and this is the right thing to do, and we’re going do this and right now. I’m really concerned about the message that were sending to our students,” she said.

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give recommendations to the board. Faculty Senate President Mike Dowd said the supremacy clause was already stated by the Board of Trustees when the University Council was put in place. “It’s already university policy,” Dowd said. “The only motivation I can see for the board wanting that supremacy clause in the Faculty Senate constitution is that they can say the faculty voted to include it.” Scarborough said those who oppose the inclusion of these clauses see the university being structured with a balance of powers, similar to how America’s government system is set up. However, he said UT is not designed that way, which is what he believes is the root of faculty anger. “They don’t want to view the university as having a Board of Trustees that is empowered by state legislation to govern the institution who appoints a president, who then appoints everything else,” he said. “It kind of flows in that linear manner.” The purpose of creating University Council was to “lead to more balanced discussions,” Scarborough said. With all the different groups of individuals represented at the university at one time, a better discussion could take place. Dowd said the purposes of University Council and Faculty Senate are two different things. Faculty Senate is an academic group, not political, and makes academic decisions pertaining to curriculum. University Council does not have that authority, he said. Scarborough said the linear system of power at the university has always been this way, and is the same in universities across the country. He said the reason faculty members are feeling it so acutely now is due to UT’s budget deficit and the national economy. “When there was more

money, there weren’t as much difficult issues to resolve. Therefore it didn’t matter how big, hard decisions were made,” he said. “However, in a contracting resource environment where everybody feels threatened that you might contract my program, these issues of how decisions get made, whether it’s linear or tri-part balance of power, become really important at that moment.” Scarborough said the board is also frustrated that university organizations are claiming they are being unfair. “To the board, it’s equally upsetting to have groups say that [board members] don’t have this fiduciary or this delegated authority,” he said. “It is a conversation that is occurring everywhere that I’ve been.” If faculty members decide to vote against including the supremacy clause in Senate’s constitution, Faculty Senate would be at risk of suspension. “This university would be a very, very different university if Faculty Senate doesn’t exist, and that’s what’s tearing me apart,” Dowd said. “The supremacy clause is not needed, but do you want to risk the loss of the Faculty Senate over a duplication issue, that it’s in two different documents? That’s the question every faculty member is going to have to answer.” Faculty members will receive their ballots later this week and will have two weeks to cast their vote. Scarborough said he hopes senate and administrators can find a way to work together. “They have to find a way of turning shared governance into good team work, where everybody is perceived to be on the same team,” he said. “My approach is to say ‘I’m glad you guys are working on clauses.’ I’d rather be focusing my attention on what do we need to do to practice better team work. I think that’s a more productive use of my time.”

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Senior Kenneth Harbin, a chemistry major, said he thought the whole debate was “sad.” “You can tell that this is a

Democratic playground in here, because they did vote down concealed carry when students voted for it, and now they’re voting in favor of this,” he said. “It’s quite clear on what side the senate stands on.”

However, despite disagreeing with the outcome for the vote, Mazzola said he was glad they chose a public vote over a secret ballot. “I think it’s at least a step in the right direction for senate,” he said.

Online community reacts to UT’s recent reversal of abortion clinic agreement Here’s a sampling of what Independent Collegian readers said on Facebook and on about UT’s decision not to renew the transfer agreement that allows a local abortion clinic to continue operating. “If abortions can’t be done legally and safely, they’ll be done illegally and unsafely. This isn’t about UTMC condoning the practice of abortion, it’s about saving lives, specifically the lives of women that make this difficult choice to begin with. And I’m sure this clinic doesn’t deal solely with people who decide to get an abortion; it’s likely also responsible for conception due to rape. The University is limiting the choices of women in such a situation by proxy, for no apparent reason other than pressure from Ohio Right to Life.” — Brad Wallace “This is just terrible. I would not have expected this from a university whose WGST program taught me that my inner feminist instincts were not something to be ashamed of — and that a woman’s right to choose is sacred. I’m ashamed of UTMC’s decision.” — Amanda Victoria Patton “It is a violation of the law to use public funds for abortion procedures except for extreme cases such as rape, etc. The clinic in question is

an ambulatory facility and needs a full service medical facility in order to legally perform the procedure. As the emergency is created by a procedure that UTMC is legally unable to perform or provide space to perform (except in certain circumstances), UTMC entering into the agreement promises those things to the recipient. The clinic is only able to perform the procedure because of UTMC’s involvement. UTMC’s involvement violates the spirit of law forbidding the use of public money. It’s not a difficult argument to make and it’s naive to think that the pro-life lobby would just give up if the University said no.” — Chris Mosetti “As an alumni of UT (MBA, 1994) I have strong feelings about the University bowing down to this antiabortion group. Abortion is not illegal in this state, or any state of the U.S. It makes me very sad to remember women who died from abortions gone bad back in the 1960’s. My only recourse and way I can make a statement is to cease further financial support of the University of Toledo.” — Nancy Gurney “I am a student at UT and a woman of reproductive age. I deserve access to abortion, birth control pills, and other medical care related to my sexuality and uterus. Period. These clinics

cannot legally operate without the agreement with a hospital to take on patients with complications from abortion (rare as they are). This is just going to lead to women suffering, and even possibly becoming injured or dying if they try and take matters into their own hands. In short? This decision is unconscionable.” — Cheyenne Connors “The University of Toledo is first and foremost, a medical facility that functions to serve the needs of its patients. I am in disbelief that Jacobs would make a public statement, and that UTMC would stop referrals that could be life saving, and the right of every woman. I am continually shocked at how anti-woman this institution is becoming and even more so that the community sits back and watches it happen. As usual, the university made a decision to maintain an image, rather than acknowledge and fulfill its duty to patients and students.” — Alcy Barakat “Less than 1% of abortions are for life saving reasons. Regardless of why UT did it or whether or not it is right, have your baby and I’ll adopt it. I spoke with an infertile couple today and all they want is to have children. It saddens me when life, regardless of age, is thrown away. Don’t take it for granted, please!” — Jordan Maddocks



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in brief Book drive, fundraiser for kids scheduled The American Language Institute (A.L.I.) at the University of Toledo will host a book drive and fundraiser. The event, which includes a hotdog sale and a dance party, will happen on Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Centennial Mall outside Snyder Memorial at the north entrance of A.L.I. They will be accepting brand new books and cash donations to go to “Room to Read,” a nonprofit organization working to improve literacy among children in developing countries. For more information, contact the A.L.I. office at Snyder Memorial Room 1400.

UT sets FAFSA workshop The University of Toledo will help students and parents to fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Wednesday, April 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rocket Hall Main Lobby.

Tri Delta to host silent charity auction The ladies of Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta) will be hosting a silent auction, “Bids for Kids,” to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The action will occur on Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Student Union Room 2582/2584. The ticket prices for the event are $5 for students and $10 for adults. You can R.S.V.P. for the event by contacting Emily Wallace at emily.wallace@rockets.utoledo. edu or going on their event page at 513397238719084.

Student Politics

Student Government OKs new constitution

By Antanella Tirone

New senators elected for the 2013-14 year

Staff Reporter

Despite having been an object of debate in the past, the new Student Government constitution passed Tuesday night with no debate or objections. The new constitution will bring about structural changes to the current SG system such as combining the legislative and executive branches, eliminating college caucuses and decreasing the number of senate seats. Public Relations Chair Clayton Notestine, the brains behind the new SG plans, was pleased with the outcome. “I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that it passed, only because it did seem like there was a great deal of contention last week,” he said after the meeting was over. Notestine said the only change that was made from the original proposal was the maximum number of voting Senate seats increased from 30 to 40. Under the old constitution, there were 50 voting seats.

New senators were elected to student government April 4. Senators serve two year terms. All candidates were elected due to the number of seats available in senate. These are the results of this year’s election: Judith Herb College of Education and Health Science Human Service (688 people voted) Matthew Sutter : 557 votes (80.96%) None: 131 votes (19.04%) College of Engineering (388 voted) Moath Elhady: 275 votes (70.88%) None: 113 votes (29.12%) College of Literature, Languages and Social Sciences (284 voted) Nicholas McCullough: 208 votes (73.24%) None: 76 votes (26.76%)

“I think it’s a vast improvement from our current constitution.” Ben Lynn SG Senator

“There wasn’t any proof that reducing the seats would increase the quality of senators, so I was willing to make an exception,” he said in an email interview. Senator Ben Lynn, a sophomore majoring in history and political science, said he was also pleased with the outcome of the vote. “I think it’s a vast improvement from our current constitution,” he said prior to the voting. In other news, former dean of students Michele Martinez said the constitution must go to the University Council, an

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Clayton Notestine, public relations chair and author of the new constitution, smiles after the senate voted unanimously and without debate in favor of changes that will alter the structure of Student Government. The document will combine the executive and legislative branches.

advisory organization which gives recommendations to the Board of Trustees, for approval. It will then be either be approved or denied by President Lloyd Jacobs. Senate Vice Chair Emily Kramp said SG does not understand why the organization is required to submit its constitution when they don’t make official policies.

“We don’t make policy, we give recommendations — so I don’t understand why we have to include this,” Kramp said. In response, Martinez said the “proper procedure goes through the Office of Student Involvement, so whatever constitution they have on file will be followed.” Also discussed in the meeting:

n Student Judicial Council Justice Alejandro Vera said that SJC is still looking for more members and encouraged SG to “spread the word.” n The Committee of Academic Affairs announced the hours for Carlson Library during exam week, which are April 27 until May 3. The library will remain open 24 hours every day, and all floors will be available.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (228 voted) Kevin Samson: 89 votes (39.04%) None: 58 votes (25.44%) Mikaela Kucera: 47 votes (20.61%) Ali ElTatawy: 34 votes (14.91%)

n SG Vice President Chris Dykyj told senators he is organizing a second Study Bash, which would include a 12-hour study session and party mix similar to the gathering SG threw last semester. Participants would study for 50 minutes and have 10 minute breaks at the end of each hour, during which students could dance to music, eat snacks and win door prizes.


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in brief Cullop flirts with Ohio State, doesn’t get job After a 24-hour period filled with rumors and speculation about the Ohio State coaching vacancy, Tricia Cullop will return to coach the Rockets’ women’s basketball team next season. The Columbus Dispatch first reported Monday, April 15, that Cullop was or already had interviewed with the Buckeyes. It was reported by multiple outlets Tuesday that she was not offered the job. Just a few minutes after those reports, Cullop tweeted “To end all speculation…I am a Rocket!” Cullop signed a contract extension last week through the 2021-22 season, but it does not have a buyout clause, giving her most of the leverage in contract negotiations. She will earn $250,000 next year.

Tennis team falls to Northern Illinois 6-1 The UT men’s tennis team suffered a 6-1 drubbing to Northern Illinois Sunday, April 14, in their final home contest of the season. The Rockets (18-9, 0-3 MAC) won two of three doubles matches to secure their only point of the match. The team of sophomores Tomas Stillman and Nicky Wong beat Don Amir and Axel Lagerlof 8-4. Senior Francisco Stuardo and sophomore Grant Adams breezed past Max Phillips and Simon Formont 8-1. NIU swept all six singles matches to nail down the 6-1 win. “This was the second week in a row where I felt like our guys just aren’t quite experienced enough versus their opponents to realize it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon to compete in these matches,” said UT head coach Al Wermer. Toledo will close out the regular season next weekend when they travel to Western Michigan in search of their first league win of the season.

Women’s golf finishes in fourth place at IU Invitational Toledo left Bloomington, Ind. Sunday with a fourthplace finish at the Indiana Invitational with a 54-over par 918 (308-308-302) at the IU Golf Course. UT saved their best for the last day of the threeday event, firing a 14-over 302. Freshman Manisa Isavas, who carded a twoover 74 and finished tied for 16th at 13-over. She was one of three Rockets who finished in the top 20. Junior Kate Hoops (227, T12) and freshman Sathika Ruenreong (228, T14) finished just ahead of her. Indiana won the tournament with a final score of 26-over par. Kansas (+29) and Eastern Michigan (+53) rounded out the top three while Ball State (+60) finished fifth. UT will compete in the Angola Shootout Saturday, April 20, their final event before the MAC Championship.


Path from the draft

Mike Hamann throws from the mound as a member of the Boise Hawks (Class-A Cubs affiliate) during his time in rookie ball last summer. He posted an ERA of 5.91 over 10.2 innings. Hamman also struck out six hitters and walked only two.

Former UT pitcher Mike Hamann reflects on his time with the Chicago Cubs in spring training

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By Nick Delwiche Sports Reporter

Former University of Toledo baseball player Mike Hamann is getting the chance of a lifetime after being drafted and signed by the Chicago Cubs in the 16th round of the 2012 MLB amateur draft. Hamann — a former pitcher in the Rockets’ weekend rotation — took part in spring training this season and got a chance to show his stuff in front of big league scouts and players. For the native of Port Clinton, Ohio, it’s a dream come true. “It was great,” Hamann said. “It was everything I was expecting it to be when I was growing up as a kid. It was so exciting day in and day out with everything being thrown my way and meeting a lot of the players.” Hamann shared the locker room with big names such as Jeff Samardzija, David Dejesus, Alfonso Soriano and Anthony Rizzo. Although some players tended to keep to themselves, a few were still able to offer some advice to the young player beginning his professional career. “They just told me to stick to my game, don’t worry about any of the outside factors,” Hamann said. “Don’t worry about what other people are saying, even your teammates. They can be cruel sometimes. You have to stick with what you do best and it will take care of itself in the end.” Surrounded by big league talent and coaches, reality kicked in when Hamann saw his name on the back of a Cubs jersey. “The first day I walked into the locker room and saw

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Mike Hamann pitches against Bowling Green last season before being drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He pitched in rookie ball for the Boise Hawks after being selected in the draft. Hamann participated in spring training with the big league club and got to appear in one game. He is currently awaiting his next assignment.

my name on the back of the jersey it was a gratifying feeling,” Hamann said. “Not to say I’ve reached where I want be — I always want more — but it was gratifying to see my name on the back of a

Major League Baseball teams’ uniform.” Hamann was left with just a taste of The Show as he is currently in extended spring training after injuring his foot at the end of last season.

Extended spring training is a program of workouts for minor league players who aren’t quite ready for the full length season due to either injury or inexperience. The organization opted to

make sure Hamann’s foot was completely healed, rather than ship him to a minor league team right away. “It’s not like I was put on the backburner,” Hamann said. “They knew that they have time with me so they wanted to keep me back and build up my innings before they send me out to wherever it may be.” There’s no question that Mike Hamann has the potential to make it in professional baseball. He finished his career at UT with a 4.12 ERA and started 37 games for the Rockets. His career record was 11-11 and he surrendered 116 runs (98 earned) on 218 hits with 162 total strike outs. Hamann says his experience at Toledo has helped prepare him for his current career. “Coming out of high school, I had the opportunity to sign and I chose to come to Toledo,” he said. “That was probably the best decision that I could have made. It prepared me to handle things on my own, both in life and on the baseball field. Just getting ready for the daily grind of getting up and always being competitive was important. Prepping myself collegiately was a big help for me.” Hamann was originally drafted in 2009 by the Cleveland Indians but opted to attend UT instead. Due to MLB rules, Hamann was not eligible to enter the draft for another three years and spent all three seasons with the Rockets. While making the decision to go to college was the right one for Hamann, it can be a different case for other high school graduates. See Hamann / B3

Rockets swept in weekend series by Falcons By Blake Bacho Sports Reporter

The University of Toledo baseball team spent their weekend at Scott Park where the Bowling Green Falcons handed them three consecutive defeats. The series ended on Sunday, April 14, with a 6-3 loss. The Rockets dropped the series opener Friday with a 5-0 loss to their archrivals. Bowling Green pitcher Cody Apthorpe led his team to victory with a four-strikeout performance over 8.0 innings. Apthorpe allowed only six hits during his time on the mound. Toledo senior LHP Kyle Shaw answered Apthorpe’s performance with an impressive pitching display of

his own, yielding five hits and getting a strikeout during his 7.0 innings on the hill. Unfortunately for the Rockets, the fifth-year senior was not able to complete UT’s comeback, walking a Falcon and putting Toledo’s opponent in scoring position. Shaw gave up the first of the Falcon’s five runs and his relief, sophomore righty Adam Tyson, gave Bowling Green the other four during the ninth inning. “Kyle pitched really well today,” said UT head coach Cory Mee. “He was outstanding all day and made a mistake in that inning — walked a number nine guy and put them in scoring position — where they got a clutch hit

when they needed it. Other than that, he pitched really well and gave us opportunities to win when we needed it.” UT stayed close until the very end of Friday’s game, making the loss that much harder to swallow. “We had a number of chances to score and we just couldn’t get the hit when we needed to today,” coach Mee said. “Their pitcher made some big pitches when they needed it and hopefully we can turn it around here Saturday and Sunday.” Unfortunately, for the Rockets, that turnaround never came and things got even worse. See Swept / B3

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First baseman Matt Delewski records an out on defense for the Rockets Sunday, April 14, at Scott Park.

B2 | The Independent Collegian | Wednesday, April 17, 2013 football

Spring-loaded Owens, Russell shine as Gold beats Blue in annual Toledo spring game By Jay Skebba Sports Editor

The University of Toledo football team has some depth and experience issues at quarterback behind their starter, but that won’t matter as long as senior Terrance Owens can stay on the field. Owens completed 19-of-29 passes for 223 yards on Friday, April 12, to lead the Gold team over the Blue 21-10 in UT’s annual spring game. It was revealed earlier this spring that he was playing with a pair of injured ankles for the majority of last season. “I’m really proud of what T.O. looks like,” said head coach Matt Campbell. “[He made] very few, if any mistakes. He led two drives, was very smart with the football. I saw him make some big throws. He looks like he’s in midseason form.”

He added about 10 pounds to his frame this spring and said he would like to keep adding before the season starts. Owens benefitted from good fortune as fellow seniors David Fluellen and Bernard Reedy — two of UT’s best offensive weapons — were assigned as the other two co-captains for the Gold squad, who then picked the rest of the team together. Toledo’s defensive senior captains (seniors Elijah Jones, Jayrone Elliot and Ross Madison) chose players for the Blue side. “T.O.’s smart, he kind of stacked the deck in his favor; he’s not stupid,” Campbell said with a wry smile. “I’m not quite sure where the draft thoughts were on some of these guys, but we put the senior leaders on both sides of the ball.” Russell hauled in eight catches for 135 yards. He

caught 56 balls as a redshirt freshman in 2012 for 960 yards and five touchdowns. Entering his second season as an emerging weapon, Owens expects big things from him. “Alonzo did a pretty good job for us this spring and took it to the next step,” he said. “All our receivers did a good job; they had an excellent spring.” Reedy was a first team AllMAC performer a year ago after catching 89 passes for 1,120 yards and six scored. He had three catches for 22 yards Friday night. A potential x-factor for the Rockets is junior Dwight Macon, one of the most athletic and versatile players on the team. He’s gone back and forth from quarterback to wide receiver and is expected to be listed at both positions on the depth chart. He reeled in four passes

from freshman Logan Woodside for 65 yards and could be yet another weapon in an already electric receiving corps. “Dwight Macon has done a great job this spring,” Owens said. “I feel like we can do some big things this year. Our receiving corps can be pretty dangerous.” Woodside — who graduated high school early and enrolled at UT this spring — is battling for the backup spot behind Owens. He has shown flashes of talent this spring, but needs to be more consistent for the Rockets to feel comfortable with him as the backup. Still, Campbell has sung his praises throughout spring ball. “I can’t say enough about him,” he said. “He started off like I’d expect a freshman getting ready for prom right now to look like. He’s had really good days, he’s had days where he’s taken [a step] back. He’s athletic, he’s mobile, but he’s also got an arm that can do a lot of things.” Woodside completed 9-of24 for 88 yards and showed off that running ability with a 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter after avoiding pressure in the backfield. The Gold team jumped out

“Alonzo did a great job for us this spring and took it to the next step. All our receivers did a good job, they had an excellent spring.” “I feel like we can do some big things this year. Our receiving corps can be pretty dangerous.” terrance owens Quarterback

to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. Fluellen put them on the board with a 12-yard touchdown run right up the middle and untouched with 6:39 to play in the opening quarter. Russell hauled in a 64-yarder on the previous play to set up the score. Like Owens, Fluellen is also coming off nagging ankle injuries that hampered him in the later stages of 2012, especially against Northern

Illinois. He re-aggravated that injury in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, but looked like his usual self Friday night. “We limited his reps tonight as you can tell, but he’s really had a good spring,” Campbell said. “I think he started off a little rusty, but by the second scrimmage he looked like he was really ready to win and be successful. I’m proud of David, he’s a guy that’s really tutored those young guys around him and has given them a chance to be successful.” One of those younger backs who benefitted from Flu’s limited reps was junior Ricky Pringle. He ran for 54 yards on 11 carries and found the end zone twice for the Gold. The Blue team threatened to score late to make things interesting, but Woodside was intercepted on a tremendous leaping play by sophomore linebacker Chase Murdock to seal the deal. “I saw a guy right behind me and right when I looked back, I saw the ball was in the air and just made a play on it,” Murdock said. UT will open the 2013 season when they travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Gators Saturday, August 31.

Left: Senior quarterback Terrance Owens led the Gold team to victory, completing 19-of-29 passes for 223 yards. Head coach Matt Campbell said he was in “mid-season form” after recovering from ankle injuries this offseason. Above: Former head coach Frank Lauterbur throws the opening coin toss at midfield for UT’s spring game Friday, April 12. He was honored prior to kickoff for his accolades during his time at Toledo, which lasted from 1963-70. His ‘69 and ‘70 teams went undefeated.

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Right: Senior running back David Fluellen looks for a seam in the defense. “Flu” is also recovering from ankle problems and saw limited action in the game. However, he did find the end zone for a firstquarter touchdown from 12 yards out. Fluellen ran for 1,498 yards in 2012 and added 13 touchdowns. He will be key cog in the Toledo offense in 2013 and is one of many key returning offensive starters.

Above: Lena Herrett, a senior psychology major, auditions for drum major with three other candidates Friday as part of the Rocket Marching Band’s spring game tradition. Herrett was named the RMB’s 2014 head drum major and Jake Cassidy, a sophmore electrical engineering major, was named assitant drum major. Drum majors serve as student conductors and leaders of the marching band. Left: The offensive line gets ready to block for the Gold squad. Toledo lost only one offensive lineman from last year’s team (A.J. Lindeman) and will return a highlyskilled unit led by senior center Zac Kerin. He sat out all of spring practice recovering from surgery, but is expected to be 100 percent for the start of the regular season. Kerin was a preseason nominee in 2012 for the nation’s best center.

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“It would have to deal with the upbringing that they had,” Hamann said. “I wasn’t comfortable signing out of high school because I came from a small town close to family. For someone in my situation where they could sign, it would be up to

them if they think they are prepared to move hundreds of miles away from mom and dad, family, friends, your girlfriend and being able to handle it. “Every day is a grind and it can be very stressful.” For anyone who does decide to take on the challenge that comes with being a professional baseball player,

Hamann’s advice is simple: work on the little things. “It might sound repetitive and annoying, but it’s the truth,” Hamann said. “The coaching staff our here actually put it a good way. They said you work out every day and you want to try to get one percent better every day, because at the end of the year, you’re looking at a 365% increase from where

you started.” The Kane County Cougars, the low-A farm team for the Cubs, could be the next stop for Hamann, although it’s not uncommon for players to jump past lowA teams depending on their talent level. Time will tell where Mike Hamann will land, but one thing is for certain; his career is just getting started.

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Toledo lost again Saturday 14-1 –their biggest defeat of the weekend. Bowling Green posted season-high runs and hits against five UT pitchers who tallied just three strikeouts total. Two of those strikeouts came from junior starter Cameron Palmer, who gave up eight runs in his 4.2 innings. “I thought our starting pitching was good all weekend,” Mee said. “Palmer battled through five innings on Saturday and we really didn’t give him much help there.” Sophomore Anthony Smith was the most help Palmer received from his teammates, with a game-tying best three hits. None of Smith’s hits ended with runs, however, as freshman Tyler Baar was the only Rocket to get on the board with an RBI Saturday. The Falcons gained the lead early yet again, but didn’t open it up until late in the fifth when three Toledo errors turned into six Bowling Green runs. UT would end their chilly weekend at Scott Park with a 6-3 loss. Sunday’s defeat produced the most runs for Toledo in any of their three games, a staggering fact considering that the Rockets entered the weekend series leading the Mid-American Conference in overall team batting average (.290). “Bowling Green pitched very well and we just have to have more quality at-bats,” Mee said. “We had some good at-bats but we need to have more. I think that is something we are capable of doing and really we just need to execute when we get opportunities to score. Something we talk about all the time are our keys to success as a team: to pitch well play good defense and hit well in the clutch. “This past weekend unfortunately we had some opportunities and just couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it.”

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Junior starting pitcher Ryan Wilkinson threw seven strong innings Sunday, giving up just three earned runs. However, it wasn’t enough as Toledo lost 6-3.

Toledo did not enjoy a lead all weekend until — after tying the score at 2 in the fifth inning — an RBI-single off the bat of senior Matt Delewski ended the drought. The Falcons took the lead back in the eighth thanks to centerfielder Jake Thomas getting plunked with the bases loaded. This would start the Falcons’ final push for the victory to close out the series. These losses now put the Rockets in bounce-back mode heading into their next MAC matchup against Central Michigan this weekend. “Obviously we are disappointed in the outcome of the weekend,” Mee said. “We didn’t get the results we wanted, but the thing we have to understand is that it is one weekend. We have got five really important

weekends in front of us in the conference so we have got to really put that behind us and really focus on getting better and preparing ourselves to go out this next weekend against Central Michigan.” Coach Mee took a similarly optimistic approach when it came to his team’s hitting woes. “Hitting is kinda funny,” he said. “Sometimes it happens and other times it doesn’t. Hopefully we got it out of our system and move forward and just have more quality at-bats in the games ahead.” Mee said for him and his team, losing to their archrivals is no bigger a setback than any other loss would be. “A loss is a loss,” he said. “We are trying to compete and get qualified for our

conference tournament and compete for a conference championship. In that regard, a loss is a loss and obviously you want to play well in those kind of games and unfortunately it didn’t happen.” The Rockets will have a chance to move beyond a tough weekend set when they face Michigan State Tuesday in East Lansing at 3:05 p.m.


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ACROSS 1. It’s a wrap 6. *A call to being green, acr. 9. Fog effect 13. Solo 14. Mother, sister or daughter 15. “_____ truly” 16. Teacher’s pet, e.g. 17. Radio knob 18. Consume 19. Bungle 21. *Biology branch 23. Long time 24. Niels Bohr’s study object 25. Cleopatra’s killer? 28. Christening acquisition 30. On which Romney and Obama were found 35. It must go on? 37. *Like animal near extinction 39. Marilyn Munster to Herman Munster, e.g. 40. Delhi dress 41. Sends by posts 43. Imitator 44. Are not 46. Mosquito net fabric 47. End of the line 48. Noontime 50. Give certain impression 52. DNA transmitter 53. Boll weevil, e.g. 55. Car display 57. *Garden helper 61. Iron Man’s robotic nemesis 64. French farewell 65. Galley tool 67. Vociferously praises 69. Choral composition with sacred lyrics 70. Fix a game 71. He lives on Sesame Street 72. *You do it to your garden’s soil before planting 73. “... ___ he drove out of sight” 74. Homes are often tested for this DOWN 1. Maple syrup precursor 2. Reunion attendee 3. Lariat, e.g. 4. Used in some liquors 5. *Earth Day founder 6. Please get back to me 7. 17th letter of Greek alphabet 8. Rent again 9. Delivered by a mare 10. *Its emissions are regulated 11. Pharma product

12. Grammy of sports 15. Tower of London guard 20. Render harmless 22. *Corn holder, often left behind to protect soil quality 24. Most aerial 25. Indian state 26. Harry Belafonte’s daughter 27. Focused or riveted 29. “Yes, ___” 31. One who fabricates 32. _____ colony, middle ages 33. *An earthly body 34. *Earth to ancient Romans 36. *Prop pusher 38. Do it “or ____!” 42. Beach souvenir 45. To give up or bow out 49. Up and down nod 51. *______ earth 54. Mercantile establishment

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56. Kate Middleton’s head gear 57. Barack’s David 58. One wafting 59. Possible indoor allergy cause

60. Voyeur’s glance 61. Impulse 62. “____ your manners” 63. Assortment 66. *Clean ___ Act 68. Congressional title

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Faculty concert to spotlight professors Professors to perform in opera concert at the Toledo Museum of Art

By Lindsay Sraj Staff Reporter

Professors from the music department will be stepping out of their roles as teachers for a night and stepping into the spotlight to perform. Michael Boyd, a piano professor, will accompany assistant professor of voice, Denise Ritter Bernardini, and her husband, Don Bernardini. This concert will to feature songs from a variety of opera composers. “The composers would take great poems from literary greats like Jean Cocteau and set them to music. They would try to make the music part of the story,” Ritter Bernardini said. “They are small little pieces of art.” Even though they do this

concert every year, this year’s is a little different because it will be held at the Toledo Museum of Art, she said. This location is not a usual venue for these performances. Each year the concert highlights different types of music, Ritter Bernardini said. Last year’s concert focused on French cabaret music of 1889. Then the performers worked their way up to modern cabaret. While getting ready for this concert, a challenge Ritter Bernardini faced was having time for her own music between teaching UT’s Women’s Chorus, Opera Ensemble and private voice lessons. However, this concert gives her a chance to perform some songs that are her

If you go What: Faculty concert Where: Great Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art When: Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m.

Michael Boyd (left) will be playing piano at the concert with Denise Ritter Bernadini, who will be singing opera alongside her husband, Don Bernadini.

favorites from some of music history’s greatest composers. “A lot of music wouldn’t

exist if it weren’t for those ‘dead guys,’” Ritter Bernardini said. “They were the rock

’n’ roll heroes of their era.” Both Ritter Bernardini and Boyd picked the songs they will be performing on Sunday, which include pieces in French, Spanish, English and Italian. Most advanced music students are trained in nine languages, and undergrads are just trained in four, Ritter Bernardini said. Music students are trained to be able to read foreign words and then use their training to the best of their ability when it comes to sing-

ing pieces in other languages. Besides showcasing different language, Ritter Bernardini is excited to also be performing with her husband. Don Benardini is an internationally-acclaimed American tenor and has been singing for about 25 years. “I enjoy singing with my husband. It’s easy to perform with each other and it makes the experience better,” she said. In past years, these concerts have gotten big turnouts, filling the halls where faculty performs. Ritter Bernardini sees no reason why this year won’t be the same. The faculty concert will open Sunday, April 21 at 3 p.m. in the Great Gallery at the Toledo Museum of Art and is free for everyone.


Virus outbreak brings walking dead back to campus By Josh Egler Staff Reporter

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Participants of last year’s oUTbreak gear up in preparation of the zombie attacks that are sure to await them during the weeklong outbreak. During this event, players arm themselves with Nerf blasters and socks to “stun” zombies as they accomplish different missions. Each year’s outbreak has a different plot and each team must accomplish different tasks. Players mark themselves with bandannas during the week.

Even though Walking Dead is over, UT students will still be living through a zombie apocalypse on campus when oUTbreak begins on Wednesday, April 17. UT oUTbreak is a weeklong event in which students try to survive a role-played, campuswide zombie apocalypse. The event involves over 200 students and is sponsored by UT Benevolent Adventurers’ Strategic Headquarters (BASH) and UT Ad-Hoc. Alex Holewinsiki, the oUTbreak planning committee chairman, said the game’s premise of a zombie outbreak is why it has had continuous success. “The line we’ve been using on the flyers asks, ‘Can you survive a week-long campuswide zombie outbreak?’ I think that’s the real selling point of the game,” Holewinsiki said. Every semester has a different plot that the players find themselves wrapped up in. According to oUTbreak planning committee member Jerry Rand, this semester is no different. “This semester’s oUTbreak sends [the players] back in time to 1956, where zombies may or may not be interrupting a presidential campaign,” he said. The premise includes two teams, humans and zombies. The humans are represented by a bandanna tied around their arm or leg. Their goal is to survive the

onslaught of zombies, who wear a bandanna tied around their head. All students start out as humans with the exception of one student who starts as the “original zombie.” The original zombie’s identity is unknown and they are not required to wear a bandanna for the first 24 hours of the game. The goal of the zombies is to infect and turn all of the humans into zombies. They infect students by two-hand tagging a human, thus turning them into a zombie. When this happens, the humans move their bandanna from their arm to their head. All’s not darkness, though. Humans are permitted to carry around Nerf blasters and balled-up socks in order to “stun” the zombies, which means they’re out of the game for 15 minutes after getting hit. To signal they’re stunned, they must put their bandana around their neck. Throughout the week, humans and zombies will partake in different missions with different objectives. The missions will change the trajectory of the week’s game play by either helping or hurting one of the teams. The objectives will be changed daily depending on the result of the previous missions. The missions will be revealed to the players the morning before the mission. The game begins Wednesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. and goes until Tuesday, April 23 at 10 p.m. May the odds be ever in the humans’ favor.

Earth Day

Celebrate the planet with UT’s 14th annual EarthFest event By Jayme Mersing

and nuclear energy, according to Sasha VonSacken, a junior business Spring is finally here, so why not major and EarthFest coordinator. celebrate everything nature has to “We need to take a balanced apoffer by attending EarthFest? proach,” he said. “We shouldn’t The University of Toledo’s Socidive off the deep end and say we ety for Environmental Education can’t burn oil or coal. We just need (SEE) is sponsoring to understand what the 14th annual true costs are of What to bring: EarthFest Tuesday, every decision we n Your bike April 23 from 11 a.m. make and make the n Your portable drums to 4 p.m. in Centenbest one based on n Ten used plastic nial Mall. all the information bags or bottles EarthFest is about available.” n Your resume celebrating the Earth One way SEE is and recognizing the efforts that lotrying to teach students about going cal businesses have been trying to green is through the Sustainability accomplish, said SEE president Pledge, which is a list of 10-20 little Lauren McCafferty. things students can do to help the She said she hopes students real- environment. Students check off ize people can impact the world by the goals they will try to accomdoing little things because those plish and put brown and green actions accumulate and make it a leaves with their names on them, better place. which they will shape into a tree to “One of the things that I want it be displayed in Bowmen-Oddy to show students is that going green Laboratories. is something that everyone can do Little things like turning off the in different ways,” McCafferty said. water while brushing their teeth Going green doesn’t necessarily can help preserve the Earth’s remean cutting all use of oil, coal sources, McCafferty said. Staff Reporter

Local businesses will have booths set up at the event. The Toledo Zoo, Metro Parks of the Toledo Area, Sage Organics and Toledo Farmers’ Market are looking for students interested in internships and seasonal or full-time jobs. Applications will be accepted at EarthFest. Other activities include live music, free food, free bike tune-ups, yoga and a drum circle. EarthFest is completely free and open to students and the general public. If students bring 10 plastic bags or bottles to EarthFest, they are given reusable water bottles. McCafferty wants to not only to get students more aware of environmental problems, but to spread awareness of the event in general. She hopes EarthFest will become bigger and more popular within the next few years. “I think it would be cool to have an entire Earth Week, like we have Homecoming and Diversity weeks. Have different events throughout

the week and end the week with the big EarthFest,” McCafferty said.

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BFA Exhibition II highlights different UT students’ art By Amanda Eggert Staff Reporter

Senior fine art students tackled different media with their own spin during the second half of the Bachelor of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition. The exhibition will run from April 19 to May 12 at the Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery and feature the talents of Alyssa Brown, Jeremy Pellington, Josh Kline, Jessica Ostrander and Noah Roszczipka. “It’s pretty exciting and I’m definitely thrilled about it,” Brown said. “I have been wanting this for a long time.” This show exhibits a variety of artwork, from portrait photography, sculpture, abstract art, illustrations and conceptual installations. “It’s really a dynamic group of people and separate ideas,” Roszczipka said. “None of us are making the same type of artwork so you can get every basis covered almost in the show. So there will literally be something there for everyone.” Roszczipka focuses on abstract paintings and the concept of using physical space to display them. He’s excited to be working with other students. Brown’s work consists of environmental portraits of

students in their living spaces. Drawing was her first passion, and photography wasn’t something she mastered until college. “Once I got comfortable enough with the technique of photography I sort of switched it over and went from film photography to digital photography, which is what the pieces are that will be on display,” she said. Ostrander’s work focuses on her family relationships through photographs and sculpture. She wants people to see her work and think about their own relationships. The BFA exhibition isn’t about displaying one’s own art, but celebrating works of other art students who have made the journey through UT as a whole as well. “I think it makes it all the better because I care about them and I know the meaning behind their pieces, and for me I find all of them to be very strong artists themselves,” Brown said. “It’s really exciting to be able to present with them and it’s encouraging to work together.” Ostrander said the more people who show up to the event, the better. “We get our stuff out there, our names out there and then people are going

to recognize our work,” she said. Students should attend the event for the overall experience, Roszczipka said. “I think it’s good to have culture in your life,” he said. “I feel like a lot of people don’t understand the benefit of looking at art. I think if you look at it, it can change the way you look at things.” For him, looking at art has opened him up to seeing things through alternate lenses. “There is a lot of revelation that can happen in the self when you look at it [art] so it’s kind of like you’re discovering different ways to view something on your own,” he said. “It [art] can have a really meaningful impact on someone.” Brown said art is a creative process which allows her to express herself. “Art to me is the manifestation of thought,” she said. “I really find it to be an incredibly empowering opportunity to express ones feelings, and I think every single person in the whole world could benefit from an outlet or a creative process that allows them to express themselves.” An artist reception, which will be free and open to the public, is scheduled for Friday, April 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the CVA.

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Jeremy Pellington prepares for the opening of BFA Exhibition II at Center for the Visual Arts Main Gallery.

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Jessica Ostrander decorates her space for the BFA Exhibition II. Ostrander, a Bachelor of Fine Arts student in new media, captures her family through photographs and sculpture. The BFA Exhibition is the final showcase event for students graduating in the BFA program. Due to the high number graduating this year, there were two BFA exhibitions.



UT gets trashy in recycling contest By Jessica Liner Arts & Life Editor

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WXUT is rocking out with a new event, Rocket Radiofest By Josh Egler Staff Reporter

WXUT is partnering with the Office of the Student Involvement to create the Rocket Radiofest in conjunction with Student Appreciation Day. “This year what we’re doing is that we’re collaborating with Student Appreciation Day, which is on April 22,” said WXUT Station Manager Tyler Mattson. The senior studying pharmacy says he hopes this event will become a new UT tradition like Music Fest. “Everybody knows about Music Fest, and everyone knows how Music Fest is community-centered. WXUT wants to do one that is more student-centered,” he said. Mattson explained this is the first year WXUT has ever done an event like this, after years of discussion. “Every year WXUT has always wanted to do something

for the past 3 years. They’ve always wanted to do something but it’s never happened. This year we finally just said ‘that’s it, we’re going to do it,’” he said. The event will be split into two parts, a morning set from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an evening set from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to Mattson. The first set will include individual student acts and organizations including the winners of Songfest, and the evening set will include student and local bands. “We want students to show what they can do,” Mattson said. “This year we want to mainly feature students and community artists.” To try out for Rocket Radiofest, stop by the WXUT office, Student Union room 2515 to become an act. “We want the word to be out, we want students to know, we want students to say, ‘Hey, I can play guitar; I

want to come play three or four songs,’” he said. WXUT only asks that you email the station at if you are interested in performing for Rocket Radiofest. Tryouts for the event will be held on April 8, 9 and 10 in the WXUT office. Mattson says all acts are welcome, including singing, dancing, DJing, rapping and any other talents the students might have. Mattson says there will be free food supplied to those at the event. “We want to get a bunch of free food too, so we’re going to talk to local businesses to get them involved,” he said. For more information on the event, contact the Office of Student Involvement at 419-530-4944 or via email at studentinvolvement@utoledo. edu. To contact WXUT, call 419-530-4172, or email them at

Rubbish and trash were anything but a waste for students competing in the eight-week long RecycleMania competition. “RecycleMania is a national competition where colleges and universities compete against each other to see who can recycle the most during the eight-week competition period,” said Brooke Mason, interim sustainability specialist. “It started in Ohio, but now there’s over 600 schools that participate across the country.” In an effort to spread awareness about recycling, Mason, her intern Caroline Beck and workers in Residence Life informed students about recycling by previewing documentaries and offering trade-in sessions where students could exchange recycled goods for other things. “If you can get students in the habit of recycling throughout the weeks of those competitions, you can hope those habits will stay,” Mason said. “Even though the competition is over, they still remember to take the time to recycle their plastic bottles … because it’s the right thing to do.” Recycling categories that UT competed in included paper, cardboard, bottles, cans and electronics. UT was the 42nd school in the nation that contributed the

“If you can get students in the habit of recycling throughout the weeks of those competitions, you can hope those habits will stay. Even though the competition is over, they still remember to take the time to recycle their plastic bottles… because it’s the right thing to do.” Brooke Mason UT Interim Sustainability Specialist

most paper, which placed them first in the Mid-American Conference school rankings. UT also recycled 36,512 pounds of electronics, averaging about 2 pounds per person. “Since I’ve gotten here, I’ve been working really hard to ramp up recycling, in terms of education, but as

well as number of bins we have on campus to make it convenient for students,” Mason said. Overall, UT saved the planet by recycling 175,443 pounds of goods during the eight-week period, with an average See Recycle / B8

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The Kitka Bulgarian Macedonian Folk Dancers (above, below) celebrate their Bulgarian heritage through traditional song and dance at the festival Saturday, April 13.

International Festival The International Festival featured food, music, language lessons and games from a variety of cultures. Eight different ethnic restaurants offered food, and 21 musical groups performed. Lessons were offered in 15 languages throughout the day.

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El Coraz贸n de Mexico Ballet Folklorico performs at the International Festival. bob taylor / IC

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of 6 pounds of paper recycled per person. An internal competition also took place among UT’s resident halls. Parks Tower, International House, Ottawa House East & West, the Crossings, Carter Hall East & West, McComas Village and the Academic House competed to recycle

the most per resident, with promises of a pizza party and t-shirts to egg them on. “There were fluctuations in the ranking throughout the competition. We weren’t sure who was going to come out on top in the end,” she said. Parks Tower won, with an average of 3.5 pounds being recycled per resident at the end. Mason didn’t accomplish this feat alone. She said she’s

thankful for the help of Beck and Residence Life, particularly project manager Erin Baker, for supporting her. However, she has higher hopes for the university with next year’s competition. “I hope next year we can blow those numbers out of the water,” she said. “I’m hoping that next year, up until the next competition, we’ll be increasing recycling the whole time.”

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