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Why T.O. should be the Rockets starting QB / 8 Serving the University of Toledo since 1919


Your guide to Music Fest 2012 / 5

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Engineering, sciences up; most other colleges down By Vincent D. Scebbi Editor-in-Chief


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Students study inside a mathematics class Tuesday in the Memorial Field House. The College of Natural Science and Mathematics increased in students this year.

Women’s soccer drops weekend matches / 8 Keeping 9/11 close to our hearts / 4

In brief Rivalry week comes to university newspapers The rivalry between the Rockets and Bowling Green extends beyond the gridiron and into the newsroom this week. Editor-in-Chief Vincent D. Scebbi said he and Editor-in-Chief of The BG News Max Filby agreed that the losing school will change the colors of their paper to the winning school colors for their next issue. Filby said should Toledo triumph over the Falcons, the next issue of The BG News will have UT colors on the front page. “While The BG News is a fine newspaper, I think it will look even better Monday with Blue and Gold in the flag,” Scebbi said. “This is a great opportunity for us as student journalists to show our love for our respective schools while participating in the Battle of I-75 in our own way.” The BG News runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

President to give annual address to community Thursday UT President Lloyd Jacobs will deliver his sixth annual address to the community Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Doermann Theatre in University Hall. The title of his address is “A University Rising” and he will discuss how UT will use its strengths to move forward.

correction The photo on Page 2 last week was wrongly attributed to an IC staff member. It was provided by Chelsi Vasquez.

Despite a decrease in enrollment as a whole, some individual colleges saw an increase in their student population this year. According to figures released by the university, the College of Engineering, for

example, increased approximately 4 percent this year. Dean Nagi Naganathan said the increase is credited to efforts made by the college over the past five years. “I’m in delight of the work of my colleagues,” he said. With the increase, Naganathan said the goal is to not

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affect students. He said the college adds extra sections to accommodate. “There has been a significant demand on teaching residents and the faculty have been very cooperative,” Naganathan said. See Enrollment / 3

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Origins of the rivalry

Located on Interstate 75, just 25 miles apart, the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University were destined to become rivals. The schools’ first clashed on the gridiron in 1924 when UT squeaked by the Falcons 12-7 on a late touchdown scored by captain Gilbert G. Stick. After it was discovered that Stick also played for a local team in Genoa, Ohio, BG President Homer B. Williams demanded that Stick be found ineligible and Toledo forfeit the game. Conference rules, however, did not prohibit such action and thus BG’s protest was overruled, igniting the heated I-75 rivalry.

The 1935 riot Tensions between the two programs reached unsurpassed heights in 1935 when fans rioted in Toledo following the Rockets 63-0 blowout victory. As a consequence, the Falcons removed UT from their athletic schedule until 1947.

Adding fuel to the fire In 1950, Toledo’s athletic director charged BG students a higher price than the general public for tickets to a basketball game. The price hike came amid rumors of a dog-napping attempt on the Rockets mascot. The following year, Toledo head coach Don Greenwood participated in a fight which broke out after a hard hit by a Falcon on UT fullback Mel Triplett. Greenwood said he had a duty to protect his players if the officials were not going to call penalties for excessive roughness. He resigned when the university failed to back him, stating the school had not done enough to counteract unnecessary violence in the game.

The Series as it stands Bowling Green holds the series advantage with a 39-33-4 edge, though Toledo has 17 conference championships to the Falcon’s 16. While the two schools play in different divisions in the Mid-American Conference, they have yet to meet in the MAC Championship Game.

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David Gosser is pictured Monday at Corpus Christi University Parish.

UT/BG Ball Run

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The residence hall staff of Carter Hall began a tradition on Oct. 24, 1981 as a staff unity project but now promotes the I-75 rivalry to this day. The tradition involves running a football 25 miles from the visiting team’s campus to the home stadium of each year’s showdown. The game ball switches many hands as numerous student organizations and individuals each run a mile in the annual charity fundraiser. In the past the marathon relay has been a competition for the fastest time and most money raised. In 1996, Toledo’s Chi Omega sorority began leading the annual run, but in 2001, the UT Student Government began conducting the Ball Run.

Come Saturday, the Rockets will be looking for their third-straight win in the series. The Rockets trampled BG 33-14 at the Glass Bowl in 2010 as quarterback Terrance Owens threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns and tailback Adonis Thomas rushed for 163 yards and a score of his own. After going scoreless in the first half last season, Toledo ripped off 28 points in the second half to outlast the Falcons for a 28-21 road victory. UT senior running back Morgan Williams fronted the effort with 136 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while sophomore David Fluellen added 93 yards and one touchdown.

The story of the Peace Pipe Trophy When the Rockets resumed play against BG, the Peace Pipe was instated as a basketball award. In addition, there allegedly used to be a ceremony involving the schools’ journalistic organizations at halftime of one of the UTBG basketball games every year. Representatives from each school’s newspaper smoked a six-foot peace pipe, carved from wood. The winning school kept the pipe until the renewal of the tradition the next basketball season. The tradition came to an unceremonious conclusion in 1969 when an unidentified person stole the pipe from the Collegian office. The thief was never caught and the pipe

was never recovered. The tradition was brought back in 1980 for football with a miniature peace pipe replica resting atop a trophy created by Frank Kralik, former UT football player, as an award for the victor in the annual battle. This year, the Battle of I-75 Trophy will replace the Peace Pipe Trophy which was retired following the 2010 season in deference to Native American culture. The I-75 trophy was supposed to be up for grabs last year but it wasn’t complete in time for the game. The Rockets claimed the prize with a win last season and it currently sits in a trophy case stored in the Larimer Athletic Complex.

Where is that rocket pointing? In 1961, UT acquired a genuine rocket from the U.S. Army missile program. The missile carries fins and a propellant booster capable of guiding the missile to supersonic velocity. The one-ton rocket now sits outside the Glass Bowl, aimed to hit the 50-yard line of BG’s Doyt Perry Stadium.

Student creates guide to places to volunteer By Danielle Gamble News Editor

David Gosser, a senior in nursing, did not have an ordinary summer. Through The Son-Rise Program, a service available to families with children who have autism spectrum disorder, Gosser began working with 8-year-old Gavin Errington. “It was an amazing experience,” Gosser said. “I grew from [Gavin] as much as he grew from me.” Gosser said for four hours a week, his duty was to organize games aimed at increasing his pupil’s social interaction and making eye contact. “It’s not like he was in need and I helped him – we were both in need and we needed each other,” he said. But Gosser might have never found this opportunity if he hadn’t spent about four months compiling the Christian Service Program’s comprehensive list of places and ways to volunteer for Corpus Christi University Parish. The list includes locations, how much time is required to volunteer, what person should be contacted and even what type of transportation a volunteer is required to have. Gosser said the list began as a seemingly simple project for his job as the student representative for the CSP to the Catholic Student Association at UT. Bryce Roberts, pastoral associate at Corpus Christi and director of the CSP, said he was looking for a way to make it easier to help those wanting to volunteer and asked Gosser for help. “Usually how it would go was I would get a call or email from someone who wanted to do a certain type of ministry, like help at a food kitchen, and I’d point them to some places they could help,” Roberts said. “But I thought maybe instead of me helping everyone on a case by case basis, we could just have a big list people could choose from.” See Volunteer / 3


University passes HLC accreditation report ‘with flying colors’ By IC Staff

After receiving continued accreditation, the University of Toledo is assessing their current position and where they can go from here.

Last year, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, or HLC, evaluated UT and found it to meet all five

standards of assessment. The results were delivered in a comprehensive report published last month. “Successful continued accreditation from the Higher

Learning Commission is something every member of our university community should take pride in,” UT President Lloyd Jacobs said in a statement.

Penny Poplin Gosetti, vice provost for assessment and strategic planning, worked on the self-study report presented to the HLC last spring. See HLC / 2

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This week in UT history 15 years ago: After nearly four years of silence, the sounds of flowing water are once again filling Centennial Mall as the Edison Memorial Fountain was rededicated. The fountain had become a controversy on campus in recent years after it was turned into a flower pot in 1994 when a then-estimated $30,000 repair cost was unavailable. 25 years ago: The University of Toledo is enclosing a second main campus parking lot which will provide an additional 60 parking spaces. The new parking lot will be located immediately east of the newly completed McMaster Hall, including the area between McMaster Hall and the Engineering-Science building.

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UT, BG Student Governments pass rivalry game resolution Student Government leaders from the University of Toledo and Bowling Green gather for a photo after passing a joint resolution Monday night. Both governments agreed to wear the colors of the winner of Saturday’s UT-BG football game while delivering pizza to their next SG meeting. From left to right: BG Speaker Melissa Dzienny, BG President Alex Solis, BG VIce President David Neely, UT Vice President Chris Dykyj, UT President Paulette Bongratz, UT Senate Chair Lauren Jencen.

Purpose: To complete needed, sustainable projects in developing nations. Leaders: Adam Dellinger, President; Katie Burns, VP of Public Relations; Eduardo Diaz, VP of Project; Audrey Boback, VP of Membership. History: EWB-UT was formed in 2006 by faculty advisor Dr. Andrew Heydinger and completed its first project in 2009 – a water distribution system in the rural community of Los Sanchez in southern Honduras. Upcoming events: In order to raise money for student travel costs, EWB will be working games and merchandise at Cedar Point for two weekends this fall. EWB also frequently work concessions for events at the Huntington Center, such as hockey games and concerts. Social events will be announced soon. How to learn more: Check out the EWB’s website, or email them directly at ewb. Would your group like to be featured as The Independent Collegian’s Student Group of the Week? Email Nate Pentecost at


Question of the week

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Do you still feel the impact of 9/11?

We feel the impact everyday because we still have troops overseas. Jacob Frankenstein

Freshman Construction Engineering

Yes, you can never know if it will happen again, so it impacts our sense of security. Asia Smith

Freshman Public Health

Yes, I still remember being in 3rd grade and being devastated about the people who died.

Alice Miller Sophomore Geology

Kind of, but not really. You shouldn’t concentrate on tragedies of the past. Tanisha Sowards Freshman Undecided

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She said she was unsurprised that the university “passed with flying colors.” Poplin Gosetti said the committee viewed 10 years of information and compared the university’s results to its own goals. “It’s all about quality improvement,” Poplin Gosetti said. “In this report, the assurance section passes if we understand the criteria and the advancement piece is what they write in order to provide peer consultation.” Poplin Gosetti said the HLC’s team is made up of administrators from other universities who assess each other. She said the suggestions are not mandatory, but the team expects their advice to be heard. “It’s like if a faculty member is going over your paper and they ask you to change something,” she said. “You know it’s a choice to listen, but if you don’t then you’re probably not going to get the best grade.” Poplin Gosetti said now that the university has received the HLC’s assessment, administrators will begin developing ways to address areas that could be improved. The report suggested areas of improvement like increasing “attention to assessment of interdisciplinary programs” and getting the student body to understand what it means to “be a Rocket.” Poplin Gosetti said, while the committee provides examples for improvement, they focus on the large, overarching goals of the university. “Just because something’s not mentioned in the report doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem we need to address,” Poplin Gosetti said. “They’re not here to assess individuals. They’re here to address large scale problems that influence students’ ability to learn.”

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Enrollment from page 1

Naganathan said the college is already preparing for next year. He added that each year, recruiters visit almost 200 high schools and meet approximately 1,300 potential students. While most of those considering Toledo are interested in other colleges than Engineering, Naganathan said it is still a positive. “We are not only recruiting for Engineering, but we’re recruiting for the university as a whole,” he said. A second college that saw a significant increase in students was the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning, which jumped almost 50 percent. Dennis Lettman, dean of the college, said a majority of the increase was caused by a reallocation of students who would normally be admitted into the Gateway Program, met the requirements for CALL and moved into the college. To be admitted into CALL, the prospective student needs a 2.0 GPA or a GED, a 19 on the ACT college entrance exam and must be 25 years or older or have military/veteran status.

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Gosser said after a few initial searches for volunteer resources, he couldn’t find exactly what he was looking for. “I thought it was going to be so easy,” he said. “There are lists out there, but they’re not comprehensive and they’re not specifically designed for college students and they don’t give detailed information at all. They might have the name of the organization, but they won’t tell you that you should show up on these days and do this thing, or that they expect at least an hour commitment from you a week.” By asking friends for volunteering locations, combining smaller lists and placing about 162 phone calls, Gosser worked from early February to late May compiling a list of 72 volunteer opportunities in the Toledo area. “It wasn’t intended to be ultra-comprehensive, but it was meant to be broad-spectrum,” he said. “I tried to include a little bit of everything.” Roberts said the list grew

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Other schools that saw an increase include the College of Natural Science and Mathematics (5.1 percent), College of Medicine and Life Sciences (2.74 percent) and the College of Visual and Performing Arts (1.52 percent). The colleges that saw the greatest drops were the College of Law at 11 percent and the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service, which fell approximately 10 percent. Declines were also seen in the College of Language, Literature and Social Science (9.48 percent), the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (7.31 percent), the College of Business and Innovation (7.05 percent), and the College of Nursing (2.72 percent). UT President Lloyd Jacobs said the overall decline “is a positive” as the university has tightened its admission standards while maintaining its open enrollment status. “Calling it a drop sounds negative,” Jacobs said. “Ultimately your degree will be worth more from a highly selective institution. When you hang up on your wall your diploma from the University of Toledo 20 years from now, I believe it will be recognized

as a significantly more selective institution. But the road there is tough, but that’s where we’re trying to go.” Jacobs said this is probably the first year UT is enforcing the tightening admission standards so it will be “a couple of years” before any results such as increases in retention will be apparent. Jacobs said the tightening of standards, which began approximately three years ago, means new students must take the ACT as well as be enrolled by the July 31 deadline. From there, he said the individual colleges will accept or deny admission to students. Students who are not accepted into their college, but have an ACT score and met the deadline, will still be admitted to UT, maintaining the open enrollment philosophy. Jacobs said the number of students in this “marginally prepared group” diminished this year. The exact number was unavailable at press time. “I still want to be deeply committed to that group of people,” Jacobs said. “If they’re here and apply in a timely manner and take the ACT, we’re going to do everything in our power to make them successful.”

from a simple tool for Corpus Christi followers into a list that extends beyond Catholic charities. Gosser said he wants the list to reach as many people as possible. While he hopes to inspire some people, he said the main goal of the project is supplementing groups who already have a taste for activism. “A lot of college students already have that passion to give back and volunteer – I don’t have to instill that in people,” he said. “But a lot of people are held back because they just don’t know where to start. Hopefully this list will help them with that.” Gosser said he sent a copy of his list to all the presidents of student organizations and then tried to give out copies at a student organization fair. As he was advertising, Gosser said he met several organizations that had already used the list to find volunteer activities for their group. Gosser said he hopes even more organizations will check out his list and choose to volunteer.

“Suffering exists, undoubtedly,” Gosser said. “People every day are in great need, but with volunteering, everyone can present their own gifts from their position in life. If you think about it, suffering can be used as a catalyst for greatness.”

On the web To see and use David Gosser’s volunteer list, visit

While Gosser said he will no longer personally work on the list, he admits it’s not completely finished. He said by the nature of its function, the information provided will need to be constantly updated. “What’s important is the bulk of the work is done already,” Gosser said. Roberts said keeping the information current is a problem that Corpus Christi is ready to handle. “Right now we’re just very excited to have the list around,” he said. “This is a great resource we’re going to definitely keep. In the future we’ll certainly keep the list up to speed.”

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Editorial Board Vincent D. Scebbi: Editor-in-Chief Nate Pentecost: Managing Editor Zachary R. Dehm: Opinion Editor Danielle Gamble: News Editor editorial

Return to 9/11 Right mentality is a must when memorializing tragic event Yesterday marked the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks during which four planes were used in three locations, taking thousands of American lives. This event needs to be remembered in spite of the fact that some University of Toledo students were very young when 9/11 happened. This calls for education about the causes and ramifications of the event as well as unity. We need to be reminded of our history, recent history included, to create positive change. People who were only in the second grade during 9/11 are now entering college as freshmen. It’s easy to forget and move on from an event which, to someone so young, was nearly half a lifetime ago. However, for others, it wasn’t long ago. It should be remembered in order if one wishes to be an informed citizen and voter. There are similarities between 9/11 and Pearl Harbor. U.S. history with Japan in the last century can hopefully foster hope for Muslims who live under scrutiny. Today, one of the U.S.’s greatest world allies is Japan. However, after Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were discriminated against during War War II. Still today, after 9/11, Muslims in and outside of America are the subject of ridicule and oppression regardless of their lack of connection to the event. An example is the Muslim Community Center where there were protests because of its close proximity to Ground Zero. Hopefully, our good relationship with Japan today can serve as a sign of hope to persecuted Muslims. Some argue that holding on to a difficult memory which may foster anger and possibly hatred is not healthy or productive. However, events like this cannot be forgotten. It’s necessary that, although we were young, to educate ourselves about the causes and ramifications of 9/11 and other events. It’s all we can do to act for the better. There’s nothing to fear from the truth and one must push beyond the false barriers to reality, education, unity and progress. Yesterday, while there were no events at UT relating to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, flags were flown at half mast. The question remains whether or not this is enough to keep the memory alive. Commentary

Political circus invades Music, endorsements, atduring this convention. For tack ads, character ads; the example, the GOP bought the list goes on and on about Promoted Trend slot on Twithow the media portrays poter for $120,000 per day durlitical candidates to the pubing the Democratic National lic. One of the bigConvention. gest events of the poThis is just one examlitical calendar is the ple of the reach of social National ConvenIC Columnist media. Another examtion, a time when the ple is the ads along the political party gets together side of the Facebook home page. to create platforms, choose Although they may be annoying, those running for office they’re expensive and promote (most notably, the president political conversations on the web. and vice-president of the US) Protesters and activists take and put on a show for the en- advantage of the airtime and tire world to watch. online forums to promote a The national conventions specific cause or issue. For exjust finished, with millions of ample, Code Pink, a group viewers tuning in to watch the that promotes women’s rights dramatic speeches, the protes- and health, made a showing at tors and the small political the Republican National Conmovers and shakers trying to vention. They dressed up in make a name for themselves. costumes, made picket signs Overall, the National Conven- and got interviews with the tions are media. more of a There are dozens of media circus It is no longer other organizations than actually about promo- that did the same thing establishing at both conventions. tion of the the political The protests happen at general well- every convention, but tone for the election. it has multiplied in rebeing; it is The convencent conventions with politics for tions are althe growth of media. politics’ sake. ways televised The National Conin prime-time, ventions are no longer but they can be about the issues, as broadcast on other networks as they were in the beginning of well during the day. The price of the political process. They airtime has shown the amount of were used to unify the party, viewers has grown substantially set the stance and move forover the years. ward with the election cycle. It can be close to the cost Now, they put on a show for of a commercial during the the world. Super Bowl, depending on It is no longer about promothe speakers of the night and tion of the general well-being; it is what day of the convention it politics for politics’ sake. The meis. Even though other compa- dia circus is just beginning, and it nies buy the ads in the midwill intensify as the election cycle dle of the convention, the goes on. It is a matter of time beslots often go to the political fore each party has to have two parties to have uninterrupted conventions: one for the media, coverage for the entire night. and the other for the actual disIt becomes quite outrageous. cussion of the issues. So, if you’re The reach of advertising ready for the three-ring circus to and political promotion isn’t begin, let’s call in the ring-master just limited to television. Soand let him begin our show. cial media, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have become Michael Baker is a junior realms of their own, especially studying biology.

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Today’s activists still praiseworthy

This past spring, I had the pleasure of at- mentation of it? Fair at the beginning of this semester, and tending the National Young Feminists While the projected move of the SAEPP the sidewalks were lined with dozens of Leadership Conference hosted by the Fem- gives a feminist little hope for the future of student organizations that have some form inist Majority in Washington, D.C. This his or her university, something else gives of social activism and civic engagement as was two days of pure femime reason to be a little more optimis- the basis of their mission. nist fun: critiquing rape tic. Shortly after the news broke about For me and many like me, working with culture on campuses, disthe move of the SAEPP, members of others to create social change has been one cussing the role of women UT United 4 Respect of the best parts of my college exIC Columnist voters in the next election and Nonviolence and perience. It allows me to stop and evaluating effective UT Feminist Alliance Give credit amidst thoughts of “How can this where credit be happening in 2012?” and means of grassroots organizing. sprang into action. While all the workshops and lectures I Several members set up “How can the administrators not is due, and attended were powerful, one session exmeetings to talk with adminunderstand the severity of their ploring rape culture on U.S. campuses paristrators, a petition was creat- let’s respect actions?” and enjoy a moment of ticularly caught my attention. As I sat and ed and circulated and sit-ins pride in UT. grassroots listened to other students relate their strug- were discussed. We even atPride in the students who I organizations. work gles to convince administrators at their tended a Student Senate with every week to promote own universities to strengthen their sexual meeting in order to ensure gender equality, pride in students assault and sexual harassment policies, I that they would be behind us in our efforts who work on other human rights issues and thought, “How can this still be happening to prevent the move and to protect the pripride in students who spend their weekends in 2012?” and “How can administrators not vacy of survivors of sexual assault. working to improve the quality of life of understand the severity of their inaction?” And you know what? It worked. The complete strangers in the Toledo area. Between these thoughts, however, I had move has been postponed while forums are Simply because there are no riots in the a moment of pride in UT. UT’s sexual ascreated in which students have an active streets, does not mean people are no lonsault and sexual harassment policy is pretty voice in whether or not it will remain in its ger working to better their communities. solid. Compared to the policies students current location. UTFA members celebrated Maybe we would do well to encourage from around the country were explaining, this little victory; we felt as though we were those who are working hard to keep it up, UT’s policy is pretty amazing. really part of something now. We had not reprimand them for not solving all the So this year when the Sexual Assault and pooled together our resources and talents world’s problems in the four short years Education Prevention Program was proand showed that this topic mattered to us, they are on this campus. jected to move from a quiet and remote ar- and we would not stop until someone adWe should support the work of our ea of the Student Union Building to one of dressed our concerns. generation’s leaders and social activists, the busiest offices in the entire building, I So it is a little upsetting when I read not decrying it because it’s less radical was both horrified and confused. other columns criticizing the level of acthan a romanticized version of days gone How could a university with a comparativity and apathy on this campus. There by. Give credit where credit is due, and tively progressive sexual assault policy, one are numerous groups working to improve let’s respect grassroots organizing; that’s which takes into consideration the necessiUT such as UTURN, UTFA, Spectrum, where true social change occurs. ty of anonymity for survivors, decide this Association for the Advnacement of Afriwas a positive move? How can UT be at can-American Woemn, Minya, Litterbugz Hillary Gyuras is a senior double once so understanding of sexual assault and Habitat for Humanity. majoring in women and gender studies policy, yet be so backward in the impleI worked at the Student Organization and law and social thought.

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Cultures don’t determine economy

As an American growing up, I was always taught that all it takes to succeed in life is hard work. Indeed, this mantra has formed an important part of our culture for hundreds of years, from John Smith declaring “he that will not work shall not eat” to presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, suggesting that kids in the poorest neighborhoods of the United States should work as school janitors to get out of poverty. A recent Pew study found that 67 percent of Middle-class Americans believe that “most people who want to get ahead can make it if they are willing to work hard.” Although these perceptions seem to relate specifically to the U.S., it’s often easy to take a viewpoint with which one has grown up and apply it to all situations — not just to social divides within the American population, but also to divides between rich and poor nations. That is exactly what Mitt Romney did when he recently asserted to donors on a trip to Israel that Jewish culture was responsible for that nation’s economic success compared to neighboring Palestine. He also cited the economic disparity between the United States and Mexico as an example that “culture makes all the difference.” What does that mean exactly? It is an application of the cultural belief that hard work equals success, coupled with stereotypes, to explain economic disparities between nations. It is also a nifty self-congratulation for people that happen to be living in a wealthy nation. Why does the average American earn more money than the average Mexican? Our superior work ethic, of course. As President of UT’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, I have had the opportunity to travel to the Central American nation of Honduras on three occasions and interact closely with people who live there. Honduras has a GDP per capita of $4,345, which is much lower than Mexico’s ($14,609). So does that mean that Mexico’s culture is supe-

during the rainy season, forcing residents rior to that of Honduras? Of course not. to choose between a dangerous crossing In 2008, EWB-UT formed a partnerand access to markets, work opportuniship with Los Sanchez, a community of ties and health clinics. EWB-UT’s next about 160 people located in the blisterproject in the community is a suspended ing-hot south of Honduras, to work tobridge, which will ensure access gether towards the shared to Orocuina all year, regardless goal of community of the weather. Future projects development. may address the community’s At that time, the resiIC Columnist continued lack of electricity or dents of Los Sanchez did an expansion of its one-room not have any running waschoolhouse. ter, which meant women and children To those who seek to blame a people’s culhad to make a difficult hike daily to ture on its poverty, I say this: the people of Los fetch water from a natural spring. Sanchez are friendly, hard-working, intelligent There were also no latrines, so basic people. They possess a “can-do” attitude and a sanitation was performed outdoors. The first collaboration between EWB- clever resourcefulness cultivated from generations of having to make do with whatever few UT and Los Sanchez has been a smashresources they could come up with. ing success. A gravity-fed water distriWhere we fail to see solutions, they bution system, designed by EWB-UT are often able to find them. They truly and built with the labor of the commusee their community as one big family, nity over a period of four months, was and each member is willing to make completed in June 2009. After being sacrifices for the good of the whole, trained to lay pipe, men in the commuwhether that means lending a piece of nity took turns working three days a their land for a project, carrying heavy week until the system was complete. materials from the road to the commuThanks to this collaborative strategy, the project has proven to be sustainable— nity or pounding nails into rocks to mark survey points. in two instances the water line has been Thus, the ambiguous view that culture damaged, and in both cases the commualone determines economic success nity was able to fix the problem without amongst nations fails to recognize the technical or financial assistance from EWB-UT. Instead of families being forced many other differences between peoples, such as political history, geography, and, to make that difficult hike every day to obtain water, individual taps deliver clean, most importantly, the existence of well-run institutions such as education and drinkable water to each home. There have been unexpected benefits to infrastructure. It was the failure of these institutions the presence of clean water: residents have in Honduras that resulted in the rural cultivated new plants during the dry seapoverty in which the community memson which was previously impossible. Other organizations have installed latrines bers of Los Sanchez lived. And indeed, it is their culture of working hard and and pilas (wash stations) at every home, working together that has succeeded in marking a dramatic improvement in the improving their lives so much and will daily lives of the residents of Los Sanchez. continue to do so for years to come. However, Los Sanchez still faces extraordinary challenges. A river, running Adam Dellinger is a graduate student between the community and the road to studing mechanical engineering. Orocuina rises to dangerous levels

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letters to the editor

Hookahs only hurt

In response to an article published in last week’s Collegian that discussed our campus’ hookah smoking culture, I would like to address the health risks involved with smoking a hookah. According to Dr. Dale at the Mayo Clinic, “The tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe, and the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke. Hookah smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do because of the large volume of smoke they inhale in one smoking session, which can last as long as 60 minutes.” Some of the complications that can occur with smoking hookah include high levels of toxic compounds, including tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens) which actually lead hookah smokers to be exposed to more carbon monoxide and smoke than are cigarette smokers;

hookah is linked to lung and oral cancers, heart disease and other serious illnesses; hookah delivers about the same amount of nicotine as cigarette smoking, possibly leading to tobacco dependence; there are dangers associated with secondhand smoke; hookah smoking by pregnant women can result in low birth weight babies; hookah pipes used in hookah bars and cafes may not be cleaned properly, risking the spread of infectious diseases, according to Dale. So as we can see from the above research, smoking hookah is just as dangerous as other tobacco products. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a typical one hour session of hookah smoking is capable of producing 100200 times the volume of smoke inhaled in a single cigarette. A recent study was conducted at the University of Toledo measuring campus hookah use and norms. This online survey was sent to 2,000 randomly selected undergraduate students and found that

only 15percent of students had ever tried Hookah with 6percent having used Hookah in the past 30 days. As the research states, smoking hookah isn’t as popular as the article published on Sept. 5, 2012 made it out to be here at UT. —Andrew Barber, UT senior

UT took cheap shots

NCAA should review game film of Toledo vs Wyoming. It was clear early on the Toledo players had the mission of knocking out Wyoming QB and star Brett Smith. Cheap shot after cheap shot was leveled at him until he was finally deliberately speared by a helmet to the head out of bounds. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Mission accomplished. Disgusting cheap shot artists—the Toledo Rockets. ­ —Tim Daniel, Eaton, Colo.

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calendar Thursday 10 a.m.: SBA Blood Drive, SLK Lounge, Law Center. 6 p.m.: “Metamorphoses” Auditions, Studio Theatre, Center for Performing Arts. 7 p.m.: Fraternity Recruitment, McComas Village. 7 p.m.: “Are Lake Erie Habitats Suitable for Asian Carp?” Lecture, Lake Erie Center, room 155.


Music Fest

The winner of the local band contest is the Dumb Easies, an older pop-inspired band from Bowling Green. According to Cory Andricks, head songwriter and lead vocals, the band has never played at a college before, but they plan on performing as they normally would. “It’s a very special show to us because the fans voted us in,” Andricks said.

FRIDAY 3 p.m.: Music Fest, grassy are in front of Memorial Field House. 3:30 p.m.: Biological Sciences Seminar, Wolfe Hall, room 3246. 4 p.m.: Environmental Sciences Seminar, Bowman-Oddy Labs, room 1045.

There are a wide variety of artists performing at the University of Toledo’s 2012 Music Fest, and all are bringing their own unique style and energy. Those planning on attending this free festival on Friday should look forward to seeing the following bands.

Nashville country group Gloriana is scheduled to play at 9:15, right before headliner Bowling for Soup. Although the group has no connection with UT, singer Rachel Reinert said the group is looking forward to playing at this year’s fest. “There tends to be a lot of fun, youthful energy when we perform at colleges” she said. Reinert said her biggest influence has been Sheryl Crow. The first song that Reinert ever learned was “All I Wanna Do” and the love for music has been there ever since. Gloriana hopes that their music inspires and connects with people of all ages.

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SATURDAY 7 a.m.: Race for Victory, Health Science Campus. Monday 7:30 p.m.: UT Jazz Night, Crystal’s Lounge, Ramada Hotel. $3 for students and seniors, $5 general admission. 8 p.m.: Mike Super, “Magic and Illusion,” Student Union Auditorium.

releases Comics “The Creep” (#1 of 4), by John Arcudi and Jonathan Case. Published by Dark Horse. Available Wednesday. “Judas Coin,” graphic novel, by Walter Simonson. Published by DC. Available Wednesday. “Doctor Strange: Season One,” graphic novel, by Greg Pak and Emma Rios. Published by Marvel. Available Wednesday.

Hot Sauce, an R&B band from Detroit, MI, gets their influence from the city they grew up in and the family that supported them. The band said in a statement they hope “to spread the same joy and love that music brings us across the world.” Their music is what they called “Real Good and Feel Good” music that can reach people wherever they are, according to their website. With a new CD coming out, the group said they approach each event with the same attitude and college crowds are great to play for. “We are hoping this will be the beginning of a long relationship with Toledo,” they said. Detroit artist K’Jon gets his inspiration from life and all of the stories that it presents. He hopes to motivate people in a positive way with his music and plans on continuing to positively influence his audience. K’Jon added that although he has not been to UT before, he is looking forward to performing at a college venue. “You get to showcase versatility and dig deeper into your repertoire of songs,” K’Jon said. After recently performing for a homeless benefit concert, K’Jon is excited to play at this year’s Music Fest.

MOVIES “Finding Nemo 3D,” starring Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres. Opens Friday. “Liberal Arts,” starring Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen. Limited open Friday. “The Master,” starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams. Limited open Friday. “Resident Evil: Retribution,” starring Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez and Sienna Guillory. Opens Friday. “Stolen,” starring Nicholas Cage, Malin Akerman and Josh Lucas. Opens Friday.

Originally from Palm Springs, CA, Tyler Hilton comes to Toledo to with his own fusion of rock and pop. “I would love to give people a tool to wade through all the bad times and make them feel really happy,” Hilton said on his website.

Zonjic said he has many influences, but his music career began when he was 21 years old and bought a flute from a guy on the street for under $10. “I am one of the few lucky artists that actually gets to make a living doing what I love,” he said. Zonjic is not only performing, but also serves as the artistic director of Music Fest. Zonjic said playing for a college is no different than any other locale. “All venues have their own magic and this festival brings together a lot of different styles and is always fun.”

Keyboard jazz artist Jeff Lorber said he is influenced by a wide variety of jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Horace Silver. He also enjoys the music of non-piano players such as John Coltrane. “There is something spiritual about music and I feel lucky that I’ve been able to have a career doing something I love,” Lorber said. He looks forward to performing on campus with Alexander Zonjic and to exposing the university to more jazz music. “The main thing is I hope people enjoy listening to my compositions and also the improvisations,” Lorber said.

Music Fest 2012 to showcase more bands, involve students

BOOKS “Low Pressure,” by Sandra Brown. Available Monday. “My Mother Was Nuts,” by Penny Marshall. Available Monday. “Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man,” by Walter Stahr. Available Monday. “Winter of the World,” by Ken Follett. Available Monday. CDs “Battle Born,” by The Killers. Available Tuesday. “Human,” by Projected. Available Tuesday. “I Bet On Sky,” by Dinosaur Jr. Available Tuesday. “Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer,” by Kanye West. Available Tuesday. “Kiss,” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Available Tuesday. “Mirage Rock,” by Band of Horses. Available Tuesday “O.N.I.F.C.,” by Wiz Khalifa. Available Tuesday. “The Sound of the Life of the Mind Out,” by Ben Folds Five. Available Tuesday. “The Spirit Indestructible,” by Nelly Furtado. Available Tuesday.

Corrections In last week’s article on local hookah culture, Liban Café was accidentally misspelled. We apologize for the error.

By Deena Mitchell Staff Reporter

The band jokingly named themselves after a Steve Martin skit, and they released four albums before Wiseman joined them in 1998. Since then, the band has released seven more studio albums and four compilation albums, including two Christmas albums. In the process, the band performed all over the world, sold almost two million albums, and earned a Grammy nomination in 2003 for “Girl All the Bad Guys Want.” Their most recent album, 2011’s “Fishin’ for Woos,” saw the band take a “back to

UT’s campus might get a little loud this weekend. The third annual Music Fest will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday in the grassy area in front of the Memorial Field House. This year’s event will feature eight musical acts, a pep rally for the football team and several interactive scenarios. “The event will be bigger and better than the past two years,” said Larry Burns, vice president of external affairs. Burns helped coordinate this year’s Music Fest, as well as the previous two events. He said the increase in activities is intended to attract more people, especially students. “The more student involvement we can get, the better,” Burns said. Student involvement seemed to be a theme for this year’s Music Fest — students voted for the opening and closing bands, The Dumb Easies and Bowling for Soup, respectively. A contest was also held with a prize of introducing Bowling for Soup. Contestants submitted a 30-second YouTube video stating why they should introduce the band. The Music Fest

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Bowling for Soup, from left to right, Chris Burney, Greg Wiseman, Jaret Reddick and Erik Chandler.

Still bowling strong Music Fest 2012 performance another notch in Bowling for Soup’s prolific career

By Russell Axon Rocket Life Editor

On Bowling for Soup’s song “Ohio (Come Back to Texas),” the second verse starts “There’s nothing wrong with Ohio / Except the snow and the rain.” The band may form a better opinion of the Buckeye State after headlining at UT’s third annual Music Fest this Friday. Or at the very least, they’ll enjoy Toledo. The pop-punk quartet will bring their upbeat melodies and goofy antics to the UT campus stage at 10:45 p.m. to close out the show.

“We are very serious about not taking ourselves seriously,” said bassist Erik Chandler in a phone interview. Consisting of Chandler, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Jaret Reddick, lead guitarist Chris Burney and drummer Gary Wiseman, Bowling for Soup is best known for the songs “1985,” “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” and the theme song for the Disney Channel show “Phineas and Ferb.” The band has played in locales around the world, but Friday will be their first performance at UT.

Chandler said comparing large and small shows is “apples and oranges,” but the small venues have a special appeal. “[I enjoy] the up-close, inyour-face-action with the crowd. That’s the coolest thing about [small venues],” he said. The group’s first venues were in their hometown of Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1994, Reddick, Chandler and Burney joined up after their respective bands at the time split. “We just kind of got together, started drinking beers and put a band together,” Chandler said.

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Pop-punk band Cartel headlined last year’s Music Fest. This year’s Music Fest will feature a wider selection of artists, interactive booths and a pep rally for the students.

division of external affairs’ Music Fest budget and lofrom page 5 cal sponsors, including committee recently selected The Blade, Yark Fiat and a winner who will be reThe event will also host vealed on Friday. a handful of food vendors, This year’s lineup was also influenced by student re- a wing eating competition, a photobooth, Detroit Red sponses at previous Music Wings interactive stations Fests. Country artist Glen Tem- and a Black and White “Cash Cab.” pleton performed at last Rocksy, who debuted at year’s event, and based on last year’s Music Fest, will the positive response he recelebrate her one-year anceived from students, the niversary during the event. Music Fest committee acWhile tively pursued coun- “I am expecting a new, many additions and try trio exciting experience Gloriana that rivals the past in improvements will for this enjoyment and premiere at year’s this year’s event. originality.” event, one Burns Benjamin Long event was said the Junior, Bioengineering Major removed — other the finale of bands were selected based on their pop- fireworks. Last year, the committee ularity and affordability. received a noise complaint, A committee of faculty so it was decided that fireand students selected the works would not be used talent for the event, and jazz flutist Alexander Zon- this year. Residents of the surjic helped secure them. rounding neighborhoods Funds for Music Fest are typically given notice were raised through a of the event ahead of time. combination of the

Music Fest

If you go What: UT’s third annual festival featuring eight musical acts and multiple interactive stations Where: A stage will be built in the grassy area in front of the Memorial Student Union When: Friday, the opening band is scheduled to start at 3 p.m., and the event is expected to end around midnight

Typically, they are also invited to attend the event, which began as a way to engage the local community and kick off the new academic year and football season. Benjamin Long, a junior studying bioengineering, said he is excited to see what new entertainment will be featured this year. “I am expecting a new, exciting experience that rivals the past in enjoyment and originality,” Long said. Music Fest is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on Friday in front of the Memorial Field House. The event is free and open to students, faculty and the community.

basics” approach, according to Chandler. “It [was] like, ‘Let’s just get back in the studio and do just ... two guitars, drums and bass again. Because we haven’t done that in so many years,’” he said. Chandler said the band kept the recording time brief so they wouldn’t be tempted to over-produce the songs. “We only spent, I think, 14 days recording this album,” he said. For Chandler, the refined focus and stripped down approach paid off for the band. “I honestly think it’s one of the best albums we’ve ever made,” he said. The band’s upcoming album, “Bowling for Soup Presents One Big Happy,” will be released Sept. 24, and it will feature songs from pop-punk bands The Dollyrots and Patent Pending, along with Bowling for Soup. The band members also work on multiple side projects with one another and other groups. Chandler said he occasionally performs solo sets, while Reddick is part of the indie duo People on Vacation. The two Bowling for Soup members also host an annual acoustic tour in the U.K. “For me ... it is a reason to keep writing songs, because

as a songwriter, you really can’t stop, you shouldn’t stop,” Chandler said. “That’s a muscle that needs to be exercised.” The band’s work is also featured in a handful of video games, movies and TV shows. Most children — and likely numerous college students — recognize them from their songs and appearances on “Phineas and Ferb.” Chandler said the “smartly written” show established for the band a whole new audience who appreciate the group outside of their normally raunchy repertoire. “The fact that we get heard and are sung by millions of kids every day, that’s one of the greatest things in the entire world,” he said. The band plans on playing for more of the world soon. According to Chandler, the group will begin a U.K. tour in October, and then finish in the U.S. near the end of the year. He said the group hopes to take a welldeserved Christmas break afterwards. In a profession where most groups don’t last for five years, Bowling for Soup’s productive 18 years of work is unique in many ways. Chandler said the secret to the band’s longevity is relatively simple. “We actually like each other,” he said. “I get to be

Bowling for Soup’s Must Playlist “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” Album: Drunk Enough to Dance (2002) “1985” Album: A Hangover You Don’t Deserve (2004) “High School Never Ends” Album: The Great Burrito Extortion Case (2006) “My Wena” Album: Sorry for Partyin’ (2009) “Today Is Gonna Be a Great Day (Theme Song)” Album: Phineas and Ferb Soundtrack (2009)

out on the road with my best friends in the entire world. It’s very wonderful.” Chandler added that the band surrounds themselves only with people they get along with. “That’s always been really important to us, to make sure that everybody was into the whole thing and not just there for a job,” he said. “From the band members to the crew, it’s ridiculous how close we all are. It’s the way it’s supposed to be.”

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Bowling for Soup is known for their sometimes inappropriately silly songs and music videos, including “Almost,” “My Wena” and “High School Never Ends.”

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Toledo athletics recognized by conference for academic success By Nick Delwiche Sports Reporter

The University of Toledo won the 2011-12 MidAmerican Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award. UT’s 351 student-athletes in 15 sports posted an overall athletic grade point average of 3.171 for the 2011-12 academic year. “I’m so pleased to accept this award on behalf of Rocket athletics,” said UT athletic director Mike O’Brien. “It speaks to the type of student-athletes that our coaches are recruiting on all of our teams, as well as the relationship we have with our academic faculty and staff on campus.” This is the first time that the Rockets have won the award, topping second place Western Michigan’s 3.139 GPA and third place Eastern Michigan’s 3.132. The MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award is presented annually to the program which

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Again Owens took the reigns as Toledo’s sole firststring quarterback. This time around he flourished. TO completed 79 percent of his passes (71 percent on the year in 2011) for over 540 yards with 6 touchdowns and no interceptions the last two games of the season. He also added 89 yards rushing at over seven yards a carry while guiding the Rockets victories over Central Michigan and Ball State. He capped of the season in Toledo’s 42-41 Military Bowl victory over Air Force by connecting on 19-of-24 passes (79 percent) for 210 yards and three touchdowns with an absurd 193.9 quarterback rating. Factor in Owens’ complete game showing against Wyoming last weekend and the message is clear — TO is ready. There has never been

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on Bowling Green’s staff from 2008-11. Campbell downplayed the notion that he’ll be leaning on Watson for player evaluations this week, but he does know what this game means to both sides. “Both football programs, both universities have a lot of pride,” Campbell said. “They both have a lot of tradition and I think it means the world to not only

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Seniors Natalia Gaitan and Kristen Mattei represented Toledo on the AllTournament Team. The Rockets were outshot 19-6 by the Cardinals and finished with a 7-0

achieves the highest overall GPA for student-athletes competing in institutionally sponsored sports for the academic year. This may be the first time UT has won the Institutional Academic Achievement Award, but it is not the first time the Rockets have received recognition for academics. The UT men’s programs have won the MAC Faculty Athletic Representative Award for highest GPA for the past two years. “It all starts with the culture that we’ve created about the importance of academics,” O’Brien said. “Our student-athletes are here to graduate from UT. That’s our expectation. The coaches understand that and when they’re out recruiting, they talk about academics. “Not only is it an honor, but it’s a wonderful thing for the entire campus, athletics is a big part of UT and whenever we can get this type of notoriety and publicity it’s great for UT as a

whole.” O’Brien plans to keep this high standard for UT athletics for years to come and hopes that the student-athletes and coaches can continue finding success in the classroom and on the field. “We certainly hope that the Rockets can be at the top when it comes to academics,” O’Brien said. “We are going to work very hard to keep this momentum going.” A long-term goal for the Rockets may be winning this award consistently. Central Michigan has won the award a conference-high ten times, including a sixyear run from 2001-07. If UT can keep this momentum going, we may see a changing of the guard in MAC academics. The MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award will be presented to UT by MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher at the Coastal Carolina football game at the Glass Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 22nd.

any question that TO possesses the stronger arm of the pair. Rather the argument for Dantin has been built upon his consistency, field vision and a supposed superiority as a runner. But Owens’ decisionmaking has visibly improved and with the deepest and most versatile corps of offensive weapons he has been surrounded by yet, this season TO’s had no issue finding the open man to keep the drive alive. As he has shown throughout his time at UT, Owens is no slouch as a runner, either. In fact, while the two quarterbacks have an almost identical passing percentage over the last two seasons (Owens 67%, Dantin 66%), in addition to throwing for over a yard more per attempt (8.4), Owens has rushed for 4.5 yards per carry, over a yard and a half more per rush than Dantin. Playing a position known

for cultivating egos, Dantin and Owens have handled splitting time at quarterback with humility and class, and in the process, they have played a valuable role in Toledo’s reemergence as a MAC football power. But it no longer makes sense to sacrifice the continuity that comes with playing a single quarterback for what little remains of the security found in playing both Owens and Dantin. UT has another legitimate opportunity to capture the MAC title in 2012 and Owens has come forth as the quarterback best suited to bring the trophy home from the Motor City. All that’s left for the Rocket faithful is to wait and see if Campbell sticks with the hottest available hand — permanently.

the kids that are playing, but to their alumni.” A new trophy will be at stake this year as the Peace Pipe was retired after the 2010 season because of its negative connotation with Native Americans culture. The Battle of I-75 Trophy was not completed in time for last year’s game, but it was eventually given to Toledo and currently sits in their trophy case. Along with the new trophy and the earlier meeting between these two

bitter rivals, the 7 p.m. start time and the under the lights finish should pump even more excitement into what will surely be an energetic crowd. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere here, both are great universities,” Campbell said. “Their students, they have a chance to come early in the season be part of what looks like great weather for Saturday and a chance to be a part of something really special here.”

disadvantage in corner kicks. MacLeod accounted for three of UT’s six shots, while junior Emily Tustin, freshman Angelika Hernandez and senior Kristen Mattei finished the match with one shot each. Sophomore Kelsey Borowitz (0-4-0) played the

entire match between the posts and recorded four saves. Toledo now turns to one more non-conference match against Illinois State (3-2-2) on Sunday, Sept. 16 before beginning conference play against Western Michigan the following week on Sept. 21.

Nate Pentecost is a senior majoring in Communication. You can follow him on Twitter at @NatePentecost.

did you know?

Campbell, Meyer among those with ties to both Toledo and Bowling Green In recent years, Toledo and BG have been the proving grounds for multiple coaches who have gone on to major college football programs. Several of them have long-standing ties with the Rockets and Falcons, as well as with one another. Now a three-team National Championship-winner, current Alabama coach Nick Saban received his first crack at a head coaching gig from the University of Toledo in 1990. Saban led the Rockets to a 9-2 record and MidAmerican Conference co-championship before departing at season’s end to become the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator. In 1990 — while still a linebacker coach at Illinois State — first-year Ohio State head coach

Urban Meyer called Saban to see if a position was available on his staff. Saban never returned his call but 11 years later Meyer would land his first heading coach job just down the highway at BG. Meyer went 17-6 in two seasons at Bowling Green before leaving for Utah and eventually Florida where he won a pair of National Championship. During his time with the Falcons, Meyer had under his tutelage an assistant coach by the name of Tim Beckman. After Meyer’s departure for Utah, Beckman left BG to become the cornerbacks coach under Jim Tressel at the program where Meyer complleted his graduate assistantship in the late 80’s and began coaching this season — Ohio State.

As many know,Toledo hired Beckman away from the Buckeyes in 2008. The Rockets enjoyed consistent improvement in three years under Beckman, including a 9-4 (7-1 MAC) finish last season which earned Toledo a share of the MAC West title. Beckman left for Illinois following the regular season finale. Offensive coordinator Matt Campbell took over in an interim capacity to lead Toledo to a 42-41 Military Bowl victory over Air Force. Having been named to the position permanently in January, Saturday will be Campbell’s first I-75 showdown as head coach. Where was Campbell the offensive line/ running game coordinator before joining the Rockets in 2009? Here is a hint: it’s about a half-hour south of Toledo.

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Terrance Owens wins weekly award Junior quarterback Terrance Owens was named the Mid-American Conference’s western division offensive player of the week Monday for his performance last Saturday against Wyoming. Owens completed 25of-41 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a career-high 74 yards on the ground to lead the Rockets to a 3431 victory over the Cowboys.

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Time to ride with Owens, scrap twoQB system

Women’s golf team captures tournament title to begin 2012 The Rockets got their season underway with a bang last weekend, winning the Redbird Invitational hosted by Illinois State. UT ran away with the title, beating second place Bowling Green by 13 shots and carding a +53 for the three day tournament, which featured 15 teams. Senior Allison Shultz led Toledo with a combined score of +6 (75-75-72) and finished second in the individual standings. She birdied the final two holes Sunday to shoot par. Sophomore Stephanie St. Jean finished in sixth place, a career best. Junior Kate Hoops (74-7979) and Sophomore Becky Martin tied for 15th at +6. “It’s great to open the season with a win,” said UT head coach Nicole Hollingsworth. “Winning a tournament is difficult, but we went out from the start today and played some great golf. I’m extremely proud of the way we competed, because the pin placements were a lot harder and the wind was challenging again.” The Rockets will return to the course this weekend in East Lansing, Mich. for Michigan State’s Fossum Invitational. The first round begins Saturday.

Volleyball team takes two of three at Rocket Classic Toledo hosted their annual Rocket Classic last weekend, beating Memphis and Florida Gulf Coast, but falling to Illinois State. The Rockets opened the tournament with a 3-1 (25Reidy 16, 1725, 2518, 25-20) victory over Memphis Friday afternoon at Savage Arena. Junior outside hitter Lauren Rafdal led the way with 14 kills. Juniors Dakota Harkins and Becca Reidy had 11 each. UT could not keep the momentum going Friday night, dropping their match against Illinois State 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 25-14). Toledo managed just a .086 attack percentage and saw 12 of their shots blocked by the Redbirds. Senior outside hitter Sandra Parys led UT with 12 kills. The Rockets rebounded Saturday with a 3-1 (26-24, 19-25, 25-10, 26-24) victory over Florida Gulf Coast and improved to 4-5 on the year. Reidy posted a season-high 16 kills and added four blocks to once again lead the Toledo attack. UT will hit the road this weekend to Winston-Salem, N.C. to compete in the Black and Gold Challenge hosted by Wake Forest.

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Bowling Green junior quarterback Matt Schilz attempts to escape the pursuit of a Toledo defender Oct. 15, 2011 in BG. The Rockets will try to make it three-straight wins over the Falcons Saturday night.

Rockets set to renew Battle of I-75 with BG

By Jay Skebba Sports Editor

It may be just the third game of the season for each team, but the time has come for Toledo and Bowling Green to renew the Battle of I-75. The 77th installment of this rivalry will be played in September for just the second time and this edition will be the earliest it has ever been contested. Still, all who are involved understand the importance and magnitude of the annual showdown. “This is what college football is all about,” said UT head coach Matt Campbell. “We know what the rivalry stands for. A very confident and experienced football team comes into the Glass Bowl in one of the great rivalries in all of college football. We know what it means to our football program and our university and we look forward to playing.” The Rockets (1-1) enter this game coming off a win last weekend on the road in Wyoming. Terrance Owens threw for 300 yards on 25of-41 passing and four touchdowns. The junior also added a career-high 74 yards on the ground en route to

winning Mid-American Conference West division Player of the Week honors. Owens was rewarded for his excellent play and remained in the game from start to finish, something that’s been highly rare for

If you go... What: Toledo Rockets vs Bowling Green Falcons Where: Glass Bowl Stadium - Toledo, Ohio When: Saturday, 7 p.m. TV: ESPN3 Series Record: BG leads, 39-33-4. UT has won two straight. Last Meeting: UT won 28-21 Oct. 15, 2011 in BG Point Spread: UT favored by 3.5 Weather: Low 60’s, high 50’s with a 10% chance of rain.

UT signal callers the last couple years. Senior Austin Dantin, the co-starter according to the team’s official depth chart, did not see the field against the Cowboys. He played in each of the last 27 games he was healthy for. As was the case last week, it appears T.O. will get the nod against BGSU. “Today, if all was equal, Terrance would start the

football game again this week,” Campbell said. “Terrance played an excellent game last week, really got things rolling early in the football game and that’s why we decided to stay with him.” Bowling Green (1-1) will trot out Matt Schilz, a junior who will suit up against Toledo for the third time. Schilz has completed 50of-89 passes for 439 yards with two scores and three interceptions in his two contests against the Rockets, both resulting in losses. His numbers don’t exactly jump off the page, but Campbell and his staff know what he and the Falcon offense are capable of. “I think their quarterback is an excellent football player,” Campbell said. “He’s started there [for three years] and is doing a great job and I think we’ll get his best shot. I think they’re a confident football team coming in here this Saturday.” Bowling Green faced a tall task in week one, traveling to Gainesville to face No. 25 Florida. They gave the Gators all they could handle, leading 7-0 after the first quarter and trailing by only

three points to begin the fourth before losing 27-14. The Falcons picked up their first win last weekend with a 21-13 win over Idaho. Schilz threw for 283 yards on 24-of-35 passing and a touchdown. Sophomore running back Anthon Samuel added a pair of scores on the ground. BG will be facing a UT defense that has yielded over 1,100 yards of total offense in their first two games. “We have great respect for their football team,” Campbell said. “We know it’s a very confident and good football team coming in here. But I think that’s the Mid-American Conference. If you don’t come ready to play each and every week, then you’re going to get beat, and it doesn’t matter who you play in this conference.” Campbell is no stranger to the I-75 rivalry having coached at both schools. He was with the Falcons from 2003-04 as a graduate assistant and returned to coach the offensive line from 2006-08 before joining the Rockets. Current UT defensive assistant and special teams coordinator Stan Watson was See Rivalry / 7


Women’s soccer drops pair of weekend matches By Nick Delwiche Sports Reporter

The Rockets dropped both of their games last weekend at the Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Airport Cardinal Classic, falling to Samford 1-0 and Louisville 3-1. UT finished fourth in the weekend event and saw their overall record drop to 2-5-0 on the season. Toledo sent the game into double overtime Friday but fell to Samford when Kaley Blanton beat UT freshman goalie Sam Tiongson at the 107:03 mark to give the Bulldogs (2-3-0) their second straight victory. The Rockets finished with a 12-8 edge in shots, including a game-high three from junior Rachel MacLeod. Sophomore Kirsten Catloth, sophomore Sarah Seig and freshman Geri Siudzinski finished with two shots each. Despite finishing with an advantage in shots, UT was shut-out for the third time this season. Tiongson was in the net for the second-straight match but did not record a save. Toledo was able to score

File photo by vincent d. scebbi / IC

Senior Natalia Gaitan and the rest of the Lady Rockets are searching for answers after a disappointing 2-5 start. UT was picked to win the Mid-American Conference.

Sunday against nationally ranked Louisville but was unable to close the gap after the Cardinals scored three consecutive goals. After a scoreless first half, MacLeod connected at 51:03 for her third goal of the season and a Rocket lead early

in the second half. Louisville answered seven minutes later when Chelsea Hunter converted a penalty kick to tie the game at one. The Cardinals took the lead in the 70th minute when Angelika Uremovich found the net after heading in a

corner kick. Uremovich sealed the game in the 81st minute when she connected inside the right post on a pass from Andrea Distler, making the final score 3-1. See Soccer / 7

For the first time since he was a freshman, a healthy Austin Dantin sat the entire game last Saturday. Simply put, Terrance Owens never gave him a shot to step onto the field in the Rockets 34-31 win at Wyoming. The junior signal caller got UT going early and ended the day with a career-high 300 yards on 25-of-41 passing (61 percent) with four touchdowns and a careerbest 74 yards on the ground on his way to earning MAC West Player of the Week honors. TO’s performance has brought lingering cries for Toledo to scrap the twoquarterback system to new volumes and there is no doubt who Rockets fans have championed. What’s more is, in the case of the Rockets co-starting quarterbacks, our special insistence on having a clearly defined winner in all matters might actually deserve satisfaction. Owens began the quarterback controversy when he stepped in for the injured Dantin at Eastern Michigan two years ago, throwing for 234 yards and four touchdowns. The following game, in his first career start, Owens struggled against Northern Illinois. TO threw for a respectable 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns but completed just 47 percent of his passes (18-of-38) with an interception in the 65-30 loss. The Huskies went on to win the MAC West title while Owens bounced back to throw for nearly 530 yards and five touchdowns against one interception the last two games of the season, leading Toledo to convincing wins over Bowling Green and Central Michigan. Owens was mediocre at best against Florida International in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl where he completed 55 percent of his passes for 132 yards and a touchdown but threw a trio of picks. Heading into the 2011 season it was evident that Owens’ athleticism and superior arm needed to be integrated into the game plan. However, unlike with Dantin, there was legitimate concern about his consistency. As we know, former head coach Tim Beckman chose to resolve the situation by implementing a two-quarterback system. The team rewarded Beckman with a 9-4 (7-1 MAC) season which nearly resulted in a trip to Detroit for the MAC Championship game. However, along with poor play from a banged up defensive unit, it was Beckman’s inability to properly negotiate the two-QB system which led to the Rockets only conference loss of the season and paved the way for the Huskies MAC Championship Game appearance. Beckman’s quarterback conundrum was solved for him the following game, when in a bout of déjà vu, Dantin was forced to miss the remainder of the season, this time with a concussion. See Owens / 7

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