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Serving the University of Toledo since 1919 91st year Issue 43

President Jacobs shows support as Issue 5 passes By Randiah Green News Editor and Managing Editor

Public employees may soon see their collective bargaining rights disappear with the passage of Senate Bill 5. The bill was passed in the Ohio Senate by one vote yesterday. It has to go to the Ohio House of Representatives for a vote. The vote on the bill was 17 to 16. If passed by the House, the legislation will become law in 90 days. Ohio Governor John Kasich released a statement yesterday applauding the senators and showing them appreciation for their “courage.” “This is a major

step forward in correcting the imbalances between taxpayers and the government unions that work for them,” he said in the statement. “Our state, counties, cities and school districts need the flexibility to reduce their costs and better manage their workforces, and taxpayers deserve to be treated with more fairness.” UT President Lloyd Jacobs is also a supporter of the bill. On Feb. 16, Jacobs sent a letter to Chair of the Ohio

Senate Insurance, Commerce, and Labor Committee Kevin Bacon expressing how “more effective and efficient operations” could be facilitated by Senate Bill 5. In the letter, Jacobs explained how various amounts of money could be saved at UT with the passage of the bill, including as much as $10 million. Jacobs “Many of our faculty members are members of the American — Issue 5, Page A4

Rubin running unopposed By IC Staff

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Rockets clinch MAC Title on senior night The UT women’s basketball team clinched the Mid-American Conference regularseason title last night with an 85-75 win over Central Michigan in the final game at Savage Arena for seniors Melissa Goodall and Jessica Williams. Above, Williams cuts off a piece of the net during a post-game celebration while Goodall holds the ladder.

Obama stops enforcement of Defense of Marriage Act By Casey Cheap IC Staff Writer

In an unprecedented move, President Barack Obama has stopped the U.S. Department of Justice from enforcing the Defense of Marriage Act. The 1996 law, signed by former President Bill Clinton, was put into place to bar the recognition of same-sex marriages at the federal level. This allows individual states to decide the issue on their own.

Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder cited the DOMA as “unconstitutional,” saying it will no longer be enforced “despite having done so Obama’s first two years in office,” according to The New York Times. Social conservatives denounced the move as purely political and questioned the legality of the Obama Administration not enforcing a federal law it does not agree with.

Advocates of same-sex marriage praised the move as a “watershed moment” just weeks after the military’s repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Although a new federal law or constitutional amendment allowing same-sex marriage on the federal level is currently not being considered, no longer enforcing the DOMA is enough for some people. — Marriage, Page A4

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Robert Heddleston and Chris Hollar are disappointed after receiving word on Thursday, August 12, 2010, that a temporary ban on same sex marriages remains in effect until August 18. The two were among the dozens of gay couples in line at San Francisco City Hall hoping to be married.

Following last night’s Student Government Election Meeting, the Rubin/Maddocks ticket for presidency was unopposed, giving the duo a second term as SG President and Vice President. According to SG President Matt Rubin, his and Vice President Jordan Maddocks’ presidential ticket was the only one who collected signatures and filled

out the election materials. Rubin said just because he and Maddocks have the seats for another year, the two do not plan on slacking for the rest of this academic year. “Although we are going to be serving another term, by no means do we plan on coasting or going into cruise control,” Rubin said. “We want to make sure we can use Rubin the end of this year and all of next year to improve what

we’ve built so far for Student Government.” Rubin said the opportunity to serve again will give him a chance to learn from the experiences from this year to improve SG. “Knowing that we won’t have to make the same mistakes that we did throughout the year, knowing things we already know and knowing how the system works is going to be an extreme advantage for what we can accomplish in the future,” he said. Aside from the presidential candidate meeting, the SG Student Senate Candidate meeting — Rubin, Page A4

Law student honored by Huffington Post By Jaimee Hilton IC Staff Writer

Kyle Smitley, a third-year law student at UT, was named “Greatest Person of the Day” by the Huffington Post two weeks ago for her eco-friendly clothing line for children, Barley and Birch. In her career, Smitley has many accomplishments. She has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in Fortune Magazine and one of Inc. Magazine’s Top Coolest Entrepreneurs Under 30. “I was sitting in class my first year of law school and I kept getting this call on my business line and it said Los Angeles. It was Ashlee Simpson’s publicist asking me to send stuff,” Smitley said of one of her other accomplishments. Smitley, who is from Defiance, Ohio, founded the company in 2008. She was motivated to start the company while working in the White House in 2007. She did consulting for a children’s boutique after graduating with a degree in environmental science. Smitley participated in consulting on various children’s products, including inquiring what they were made with and what sort of dangers and regulations were involved. From there she looked deeper into each brand and their supply chain. — Huffington, Page A4

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Kyle Smitley talks yesterday with the Independent Colegian. The Huffington Post recently named the third-year law student at UT the “Greatest Person of the Day.”



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Defense of discrimination consequences in terms of the countless unpunished instances of rape, torture and murder committed by whites against blacks — all encouraged by political rhetoric, popular belief and legal protection. Gays and lesbians have long been rejected by the mainstream U.S. but only recent decades have seen such national attention on issues of equality for minorities of gender and sexual preference. With megachurch ministers, parish priests, Beck and Limbaugh-esque radio voices and even national politicians publicly condemning homosexuals, it’s unsurprising that these members of society have remained the most likely to be targeted for violent crime. These charges have grave implications for the above-named talking heads and others who serve as role models for the anti-gay community. The daily violent tirades and public speeches denouncing all deviants from the hetero norm can be at least indirectly linked to the actions of the countless individuals who threaten, vandalize, rob, bully, rape and even kill fellow humans based on their perceived homosexuality or gender. In the U.S., crimes based on homophobia are significantly more likely to be violent than crimes based on racial hatred. While this by no means proves that legislation protecting minorities reduces the incidence of violent crime against them, it lends strong support to the claim. Repeal of DOMA and other such discriminatory laws is not only the Constitutionally honest decision but the morally sound and socially pragmatic one, as well. The President’s change of stance signals another important step in the nation’s slow but steady march toward the true legal equality that will encourage the social harmony we all envision and desire.

Far from a whimsical choice or political distraction, President Obama’s instruction to the Justice Department to cease defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act is the result of weekslong discussions to determine the administration’s response to a pair of lawsuits, filed last year, that challenge the Constitutionality of DOMA. DOMA was passed as a preemptive measure against the expected passage of laws allowing same-sex marriages in Hawaii and other states. Opponents of such legislation worried that the Full Faith and Credit Clause would then be used to force all states to recognize same-sex marriages performed in another state. The result was a federal statute defining marriage as a contract between one man and one woman. Clause 3 of DOMA, which contains this definition, was ruled unconstitutional in July of last year. This decision was then appealed in October and remains a major issue of the current debate. But even without DOMA, citizens of several states would still be banned from same-sex marriage. California’s Proposition 8, passed in 2008, places such a ban on its citizens. While hatred against gays and lesbians, as well as all minorities, stems from traditional beliefs as well as institutionalized discrimination, these systematic policies of mistreatment only contribute to hate crimes and other instances of individual hatred. When government policy such as DOMA, DADT, etc. justify treating certain individuals as inferior, people’s ignorant fears and bigotry are more likely to manifest as real acts of mistreatment and violence. This is especially true in the mainstream U.S. that glorifies guns, violence and the courage to take matters into one’s own hands. Legalized slavery and the Jim Crow social enslavement that followed abolition had tragic

Freedom is NORML; celebrate its 40th birthday with a quick call to your elected officials As was evidenced and — much more quickly — remedied with alcohol prohibition, it is far more prudent to tax, regulate and treat for abuse of a substance, spending less than what is earned, than to overfill our prisons and waste our law enforcement efforts against a benign substance with many potential benefits. Whatever the group’s successes, it is with bittersweet tidings that a 41st year of existence is welcomed. For the organization to attain its ultimate goal would be to outlive its usefulness, ending with the full legalization, regulation and equality of access to marijuana. Each one of us has the power and social responsibility to help end one of this country’s most ineffective, harmful and discriminatory policies — the prohibition of marijuana. Our elected officials from the local to the national level must hear loud and clear the needs and wants of the citizens they claim to serve and be held accountable to act on our behalf.

Yesterday marked the 40th birthday of one of the United States’ most unusual and controversial advocacy organizations — the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. NORML has since worked tirelessly to end one of the federal government’s most wasteful and unjust prohibitions. Despite the concerted efforts of various presidential administrations, the DEA and Department of Justice, Keith Stroup’s infamous public interest group has defended the rights of the countless thousands unjustly prosecuted for a near-harmless crime, as well as worked to educate public officials, media and the public about marijuana. Currently, 15 states have legislation allowing medicinal use of marijuana and 13 have decriminalized possession of the substance. The basis for most of this progress has been in the achievements of NORML and other advocates in stressing the advantages of regulation over prohibition, which are exaggerated in a substance objectively less harmful than nearly all other inebriants.


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- in Your opinion Anti-union; call him what he is The UT AAUP just sent around a copy of Dr. Lloyd Jacob’s letter of support (in lieu of a personal appearance to testify) for Senate Bill 5 which will essentially ban collective bargaining for public employees in the state of Ohio. Dr. Jacobs claims he thinks unions have done “good” for this country. He claims not to be anti-union. But he also says that inefficiencies are created by work rules and

the fact that workloads for faculty must negotiated. This means he is anti-union. It means he is a just another boss who wishes to unilaterally determine working conditions because he assumes administrators know best how to run this university — a claim that negates the spirit of collegiality that should predominate in the academe. If work rules are the issue, why not negotiate to change them? If workloads are the issue, why not negotiate them? Why should a temporary set of “bosses,” few of whom will be

in their positions more than eight years, determine the working conditions for thousands of people, most of whom devote their entire work lives to this University? I am ashamed of Lloyd Jacobs for succumbing to the simple-minded and meanspirited rhetoric that public employee unions are the “cause” of any fiscal crisis or that banning collective bargaining will solve anything. He should know better. Renee Heberle

Elusive Beauty Beauty has been an obsession throughout centuries. In the U.S. today, beauty has become cheapened, afflicted and exhausted. Advertisements sell impossible ambitions. Television and films promote flawlessness. Gorgeous skinny models impart an absurd standard. In the Stephen Bartholomew American chasm of cultural dissonance plastic surgery, eating disorders, liposuctions, tanning salons and weight loss pills have filled the gap between selfidentity and the need to be accepted. The ideal image of beauty in American culture is harming our national psyche as well as our physical bodies. Yet this detrimental image of beauty persists. In other parts of the world the appearance of beauty takes on a much different form. Although in several cultures there is an element of pain involved in acquiring a beautiful image, it is less a matter of a choice and more an obligation to custom. The women of the Mursi tribe in Africa pierce their bottom lip at a young age and stretch it in order to place a plate inside the opening. The bigger the lip plate, the more desirable they are to men. The women of the Kayan tribe who live near Thailand believe that long necks are beautiful. They wrap copper rings around their neck in order to stretch it throughout their lifetime. The copper rings end up pushing their shoulders down, deforming their collarbone and compressing their rib cage, ultimately creating the illusion of a long neck. Women of the Amazon tribes pierce their bodies and use plants and animal blood to paint their faces with decorative patterns. The Maori people of New Zealand tattoo their bodies and faces as a sacred ritual.

They believe that women are more attractive when their lips and chins are tattooed. These facial tattoos also reveal a woman’s lineage, special skills and marital status. Whether it is the Mursi lip plates, ancient Chinese foot binding or modern stiletto heels, it appears people across cultures are willing to endure pain for beauty. The need to feel appreciation and belonging is universal. As a result, people comply with the cultural standards of beauty defined by their community. Science, however, explains that physical beauty is a product of symmetry – the spacing and alignment of facial features and body parts. An infant will gaze at a pic-

Beauty can be a monster — a neurotic mutation of cultural impulses.

ture of a symmetrical face longer than an oddly formed face because the symmetrical face is more pleasing. In the appearance-obsessed Western cultures, plastic surgery is able to modify physical features in order to appear more pleasing. This can have both positive and negative effects. In the case of a minor deformity or car accident, plastic surgery can greatly improve a person’s self-confidence and ability to be socially outgoing. However, the idea that plastic surgery can solve someone’s problems easily becomes a detrimental psychological affliction. Western media has inflamed a paradoxical beauty mania. Women strive to imitate the rail thin bodies that radiate from television screens, yet the U.S. is headed toward an obesity epidemic. There is a daunting gap between the cultural ideal of beauty and the reality of the

American physique. This has contributed to an increase in depression, eating disorders and low self-esteem. Beauty can be a monster; a neurotic mutation of cultural impulses. Beauty can also be an idiosyncratic algorithm; a peculiar variable of personal preferences. At its best, beauty is a celebration. From a Brazilian Txikao warrior painted in leopard-like spots to Madonna in a pointy bra, it is humanity shedding its everyday skin for a chance to revel in the attire of a more powerful, radiant, sexy being. At its worst, beauty victimizes. It causes trauma to and discrimination against those who look different than the socially acceptable norm. When we move away from bodily beauty and toward the philosophical pursuit of aesthetics, beauty becomes even more difficult to define. What is beautiful is good, Plato once wrote. James Joyce argued that true beauty causes aesthetic arrest. That is, true beauty neither pulls nor pushes. Rather, it causes a stillness of appreciation — an experience of simply beholding an object. In his poem Ode on a Grecian Urn, Keats wrote, “beauty is truth, truth beauty.” But perhaps Voltaire made the most sense when he argued that because of its relativist nature, beauty is not just difficult, but impossible to define. A toad sees beauty in a flat nose and a nice hop. A donkey prefers a donkey and a pig prefers a pig. Whether or not beauty has a common core, the argument will persist between objective and subjective thought. But above all, beauty should be seen as a reinvention to be taken lightly: a mystical transformation of temporary pleasure. Beautification should be an enjoyable experience, not an impossible apex. —Stephen Bartholomew is an IC columnist and a English education student at UT.



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Police Blotter The following events occurred between Feb. 22 and Feb 27. Anyone with information regarding these events should contact UT Police at 419-530-2600.

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On Feb. 22, a police officer was dispatched to parking lot 40 to take a theft from motor vehicle report. The victim stated he parked his car in lot 40 on the Health Science Campus and then went to visit his wife who had surgery the day before. When he returned to his car, he found two hub caps were missing from the driver’s side of his car. The victim had the hub caps replaced. They cost $141.90. On Feb. 23, a police officer was dispatched to the West Parking Ramp to take a theft from motor vehicle report. The victim stated four of his textbooks and his $800 laptop had been stolen from the trunk of his vehicle. There was no damage or signs of entry to the vehicle. The victim believes someone propped the trunk open to remove the items. The four textbooks were valued at a total of $255. On Feb. 24, a police officer was dispatched to parking lot 19 to take a theft from motor vehicle report. The victim stated he parked his car and then went to go visit his girlfriend who lives in Olde Town University Square Apartments. When he returned he realized the driver side front window had been smashed out, his center front column had been broken off and his flip screen radio/DVD and CD player was missing. The stolen property was valued at $416. On Feb. 26, a police officer was dispatched to parking lot 26 to take a theft from motor vehicle report. The victim reported she parked her vehicle in the lot on Sunday, Feb. 19 and when she returned the side view mirrors from her car were both gone. The mounts for the mirrors were still on the vehicle but the mirrors themselves had been removed.

Marriage From Page A1 “[Same-sex marriage] is a social justice issue and a victory for LGBT people,” President of UT Spectrum Steven Toth said. “A victory makes us happier.” Toth said the goal of Spectrum is to provide a “safe place” for the LGBT community and for same-sex couples to have the same rights as heterosexual couples. “If DOMA gets overturned, students and faculty elsewhere will be able to get benefits such as health care,” Toth said. Toth pointed out UT is one of the only campuses in the country that already gives benefits to same-sex couples. “The number of schools that does this nationwide is around 12 percent,” he said. Toth also mentioned how striking it is for one president to overturn the act of another. “It is just amazing they will not be defending this,

Huffington From Page A1 Smitley said she found out most of brands were lying about their products and making a ton of money doing it. “Essentially, I saw a huge niche in the market where we could be a brand that had really high standards, high quality where everything is done right and we’re made in the United States where everything is non-toxic<” Smitley said. “You know it’s great for the environment and we give all of our money away.” She discussed how a lot of clothing is currently made in “shady” sweatshops. The clothing, whether it is made for children or adults, is made using dyes that are often embedded or soaked with heavy metals to make them attach to the fibers. All of the clothing, especially children’s clothing, have a lot of these metals and really harsh chemicals that link to


On Feb. 26, a police officer was dispatched to Carter Hall West to take a burglary report. The victim stated his monitor and microphone had been taken from his room. The victim stated he left his dorm for 15 minutes and upon returning found the items missing. The victim reported an acquaintance he knew only as “Black” was suspected of taking the items. The items were later found in the basement of the building. The victim stated he located Black and they got into an argument before Black quickly departed the building. The victim advised “Black” is not a UT student and has been staying in various rooms in Carter Hall. Also missing from the room were the victim and his roommate’s dorm room keys and a math textbook.


On Feb. 24, a police officer was dispatched to the Student Union Building to take a theft report. The victim reported she was eating near Pizza Hut in the Student Union Building and forgot to take her purse with her when she got up to leave the area. When she returned to retrieve the purse, it was gone. The purse contained her Rocket card, debit card, insurance card, $20 in cash and the victim’s $250 prescription glasses. There were no reported transactions on the Rocket or debit card.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Studying the Skyway Bridge By Vincent D. Scebbi Features Editor

With the Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge closing last Thursday due to falling ice, a team of researchers centered at the University of Toledo seized the opportunity to test and expand their study of the icing process on the bridge. Through the Ohio Department of Transportation, Director of Intermodal Transportation Institute and University Transportation Center, Richard Martinko leads a team of 31 who are attempting to find the best solution to prevent icing and deice the bridge. “With the last icing event, the question is do our sensors tell us what’s going on? Are they reflecting what’s happening on the stays?” said Douglas Nims, associate professor of civil engineering. Martinko said the instruments on the I-280 Bridge are reading accurately. The research team is not just composed of members

from Toledo. Martinko said other notable institutions include the University of Cincinnati and the U.S. Army’s Cold Weather Research and Engineering Lab. Martinko said his team will continue gathering data for an approximate two to three more years. “That’s the first phase of our study,” Martinko said. “Because if you have a deicing system, when would you turn it on? Every time it got cold? What we want to do is when the conditions are right, so that you could deploy the icing system when it’s necessary.” When gathering the data, Martinko said there are instruments that capture statistics such as wind speed, amount of sunlight, clouds and temperatures of the cables. The team takes raw data and puts them into an algorithm which is used to predict when an icing event would happen, how likely an icing event would occur and how the ODOT should handle the situation. “The problem is that you

have to trust the warning system,” Martinko said. Because there is no generic solution to fixing the icing problem, Martinko said the answer will most likely be a combination of a few ideas. Some of the possible solutions include releasing agricultural chemicals onto the large exterior cables and heating the interior cables. All possible solutions will be tested in cold-weather labs, Martinko said. “All of these are on the table. The first order of business is concurrently figure out what’s going on and figure out what to do,” he said. Ice formed on top of the bridge Wednesday night and early Thursday morning causing it to be closed. On the morning of the closing, temperatures rose, causing the ice to melt away and fall onto the road in large pieces. The Northbound side of the interstate was closed until 5:30 p.m. while the Southbound route stayed

closed for approximately an hour. Traffic was backed up to Navarre Avenue in Oregon. According to an article by the Toledo Blade, 70,000 cars and trucks cross the bridge on an average day. The Skyway opened in the summer of 2007. Beginning in 2009, ODOT wanted to review icing events and look at cold-weather solutions that are financially reasonable. “People have been studying this event and type of phenomena internationally. There is someone at UT who has done their doctorate in de-icing,” Martinko said. Martinko said the work done by his team would not only affect the Skyway, but other bridges throughout the states. “If ODOT can find an answer and mitigate this problem, it will help them in future bridge designs, it will help all the other states in future bridge designs, it could help in developing technology, other stuff that’s going on. It’s pretty cutting-edge.”

On Feb. 27, a police officer was dispatched to the Center for Performing Arts to take a theft report. The victim stated she put her coat and other belongings in an unlocked room of the CPA while rehearsing in the recital hall. When the victim returned she discovered her wallet had been stolen along with her cell phone. The total value of the stolen property is $200. On Feb. 27, a police officer was dispatched to the Center for Performing Arts to take a theft report. The victim stated she put her coat and other belongings in an unlocked room while rehearsing in the recital hall. When she returned she found her wallet which contained $50 in cash, her $200 iPod and flash drive were missing.

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With the Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge closing last Thursday due to falling ice, Richard Martinko is leading a team of 31 researchers attempting to find ways to deice the bridge and prevent icing. They will continue gathering data for two to three more years.

because it is a federal law,” he said. “This could allow samesex marriage to be more attainable on the state level. It could be a domino effect.” Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa and Washington D.C. allow same-sex marriage. “Although Obama was open about not knowing much about gay rights during the campaign, his views have evolved,” Toth said. “During the campaign, he said he would enforce the DOMA. But now he is willing to make the decision based on his own journey.” Toth also mentioned how progressive the U.S. has become on same-sex marriage in recent years. “It really speaks about the evolution of gay rights in just 15 years,” he said. “It is very overwhelming to make such strides in such a short amount of time.” Toth said a lot of people in the LGBT community were very cautious about politics

and their rights after Clinton signed the DOMA. “Clinton was the first president to look at the gay community as a real voting block, but then he betrayed the LGBT community by signing it. But this shows that change can happen,” he said. “I would like to see a new federal law regarding same-sex marriage.” David Holtzapple, another Spectrum member, said it is hard for those in the LGBT community to figure out goals for their engagements or possible marriage when they are unsure whether they will be considered married legally or not. “Right now, one state will say you are married while another does not,” Holtzapple said. “In the past, a lot of cases have been tried, but always turned down.” Holtzapple, who is engaged to another man, said he would love to someday marry his partner. “Some people think it is unconstitutional, but why

does it matter,” he said. “There are no good arguments against gay marriage.” But Patrick Richardson, public relations director for the UT College Republicans, feels going around the law is wrong. “Regardless of moral ethics, the DOMA was passed by Congress and is the law of the land,” Richardson said. “The law should be enforced unless it is repealed.” Fatima Pervaiz, program coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Student Services, is on board with Obama’s change in direction. “I think this is a fabulous step in the right direction for all people,” Pervaiz said. “It speaks volumes for our current administration. It shows how supportive our president is for people regardless of race, sex, origin or ethnicity. This monumental act will do wonders to help shift the social climate in a direction affirming that all people can be who they are and love who they love.”

asthma, hormonal defects, eczema and a lot of other skin conditions. “If you know kids, they chew on their clothing nonstop so essentially all of that is getting into their systems,” Smitley said. She said tests done on blood samples of these children found chemicals that were completely absent from children’s systems 10 years ago. “These companies that are claiming to be organic and good for the planet are singlehandedly messing it up for future generations,” Smitley said. With Barley and Birch, Smitley plans to do everything differently. “We’re made domestically, so there is no other company. All of our dyes are plant-based; no heavy metals are used. No other company does that and all of our printing is all waterbased inks,” she said. Recently, the company launched a non-profit

foundation that their work will be done for, while they accept contributions. Smitley said they just finished construction on an orphanage in Haiti. The foundation has donated money to health clinics and schools. For example, the company has paid to teach farmers in El Salvador how to better farm their land and give them more crops for less work. “We do all sorts of little projects and we donate small amounts like two-hundred dollars to a tiny little town in Nicaragua that needed a lock so it could lock up,” Smitley said. “The orphanage in Haiti runs off of $500 a month. It’s a home that feeds, clothes, and pays for someone to look after and keep the building and guard it because it’s in an unsafe area and it’s for 20 kids.” Smitley said balancing law school and her company was a challenge. She said she never has enough time and she doesn’t sleep. “It sucks,” she said. “It’s

hard to have this other passion in your life.” She also talked about receiving an e-mail during class with a picture of a dying child asking if they could be taken into the orphanage while everyone else sits in class chatting about what’s going on. “I never know what’s going on in that class and it’s frustrating. And that doesn’t feel good, not having any idea what’s going on and also not caring, because I’m trying to save kids and people in Central America,” Smitley explained. To overcome those challenges Smitley tried to not become so stressed out and kept the constant faith that what she was doing was going to work out. “If someone was dying, I was going to focus on that,” she said. “I thought I was going to fail out of law school because I forgot to turn a paper in, and that was probably what I needed to do.”

Rubin From Page A1 was last night. Rubin said the number of candidates tripled this year, bringing the total to 16 running for Student Senate seats. Student Senate seats are allocated based on student enrollment of each college. According to the Rubin, the

Issue 5 From Page A1 Association of University Professors,” Jacobs wrote in the letter. “Our ability to assign faculty to classroom work, research, or service might be improved under a scenario which includes the passing of Senate Bill 5.” Jacobs also indicated in the letter that UT would be able to reduce labor costs by $1 million if they had “increased flexibility to assign employees” where “work rules contribute to inefficiencies” and “there are limits on which workers can do what work” which “results in inefficient operations.” “Currently we do not have the ability to assign employees who do the same work at any of our locations,” he said. “We have, as a matter of fact, different unions on different campuses. Being campus specific results in Smitley plans to graduate law school in May and move back to California to work at NAPA while still continuing work with the foundation. “I want it to keep growing. I think we are really close to hitting $3 million in annual sales so I’d like to keep growing up on that,” she said. “We’re launching another company in the next six months and going to be opening a brick-and-mortar location. We’re strictly online and our stuff is at other brick-and-mortar locations across the country, but we don’t have our own, which I think will be really exciting.”

University Gateway Program will have representation with three seats while the College of Business lost a couple of representatives. Rubin said SG made a strong effort to publicize the elections. “We tried to make an actual push to get people to come together and represent the student body,” he said. unnecessary duplication of personnel. It is estimated that we could reduce our labor costs by approximately $2.6 million where this is not the case.” Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said in a press release, while the senators who voted in favor of the bill “ignored the will of the people today, this battle continues.” “Should this awful legislation go through the House and should John Kasich sign it into law, middle class families across Ohio can rest assured that the Ohio Democratic Party will continue to fight for them, bring this bill to a referendum and win,” he said in the press release. Jacobs is careful to note in the letter, however, that he believes unions have “done much good in the United States of America” and he is “not an ‘anti-union’ person.”

“Can’t is the cancer of happen.” — Charlie Sheen




town Mar. 3— Mar. 11

today Headliners—Zach Myers of Shinedown will be performing at Headliners with Fate of Orion, Fierce of Friday and Jeff Bugert. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, the night of the show. Advance tickets are available via Ticketmaster. For more information visit or call 1-800-745-3000.

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Spring Break


Erie Street Market—The 5th Annual Glass city Beer Fest will be held at the Erie Street Market on Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. There will be 27 micro-breweries at the event and over 100 kinds of beer. Military, police and firefighters receive a $5 discount. Tickets are available at The Andersons. There will be live music by 56DAZE and food will be provided by City BBQ and Vito’s Pizza. Proceeds from the event will benefit Northwest Ohio Hemophilia Foundation and Arc of Lucas County. Call 419-724-2739 or visit for more information. Valentine Theatre—The Second City: Fair and Unbalanced Tour will visit the theatre on Friday. The show begins at 8 p.m. For more information visit or call 419-242-2787.


Frankie’s Inner-city—Innerpartysystem will be performing with Ian Divine, TeamNate and Mad Dog Jackson on Saturday. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door, the night of the show. For ticket information visit or call 1-800-745-3000. Oak Shade Grove—There will be a Mardi Gras event held at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon from 7 p.m. to midnight. Costumes are not required but are encouraged. There will be a musical performance by Alpen Echos. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance. Admission is free for those 14 years of age and under. For more information call Ernie Perry at 419-279-9312. Stranahan Theater—The Toledo Symphony will be performing the next installment of the KeyBand Pop Series on Saturday. The symphony will be performing the music of Led Zeppelin. The show begins at 8 p.m. For ticket information visit Huntington Center—My Kinda Party Tour to Toledo on Saturday. The show begins at 7: 30 p.m. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. For information visit, or call 800-745-3000.


Frankie’s Inner-city—Upside Down Cross and Full Blown AIDS will be performing a Basement Show at the venue on Monday. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door, the night of the show.


Stranahan Theater—The Color Purple will be presented by the Theater League March 10 through 13. Showtimes include 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit or call 1-800745-3000 for ticket information. anniversary


The Village Players Theatre— The Rainmaker will be performed at the Theater March 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and $12 for seniors. Visit for more information.

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Spring break options for college students Tips By Kevin Bennett American News, Aberdeen, S.D.


March 01--When asked what comes to mind when they hear the words “Spring Break,” several students replied with everything from sleep, no homework, vacation, friends, fun, road trips, and freedom. “Spring break is a much needed break from the daily grind,” said Kaleb Snyder, 23, and senior at Northern State University. “I think all students, teachers, too, need this break.” This year, Snyder said he’s not taking a huge trip like he did last year. Instead, he’s driving back home to St. Cloud, Minn., and spending time with his family. “No big plans this year,” he added. “I want to take it easy this year and just relax. Laying around the house and not having to worry about class or work will be enough for me.”

NSU junior Leah Darden, 21, was in the same boat as Snyder last year at this time. “When spring break rolled around, I didn’t want to do anything but sleep,” Darden said. “Being a full-time student and trying to work 3035 hours a week really took it’s toll on me. I probably deserved a lavish spring break.” Spring break 2011, will be different for Darden. She leaves for Miami on Saturday March 5 with her older brother and two friends. “It should be fun,” She added. “I’ve never been to Florida. I can’t wait to take in the nice weather, the beach and all the sights in Miami.” Darden also said she’ll get to experience her first NBA game while on spring break. She’s has tickets for an upcoming Miami Heat game against the Portland Trailblazers on March 8. “I’m so excited to see the Heat,” she said. “I’m a huge,

huge Mike Miller fan.” Kris Olson, 22, and a junior at NSU, will also hit the road for spring break. He’ll be heading out to the Black Hills to meet up with friends at Terry’s Peak, a popular ski lodge located near Deadwood. “This will be the second year in a row that my friends and I will meet up out there,” Olson said. “Last year, there was about 10 of us and we had a great time. It was the first time we were all of age and could go into Deadwood and enjoy the nightlife atmosphere. Again, I’m looking forward to this.” Instead of relaxing on a sandy beach or in a ski resort this spring break, there are some students that will travel around the country and volunteer for a variety of social justice causes. Known as “alternative spring breaks,” these are public service-oriented trips that focus on volunteerism and education about

social justice issues. From rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina to helping improve the environment, these trips can open students’ eyes to both issues, said Samantha Johnson, 21, NSU’s Students Engaging in Responsibility, Volunteerism and Empowerment (S.E.R.V.E.) coordinator. “I think most students get involved because they get to travel,” Johnson said. “Then once they’re educated on the issue, I think they feel the need to help -- and that’s what S.E.R.V.E. is all about.” The student organization has about 22 members including site leaders and NSU staffers. For this year’s alternative spring break, S.E.R.V.E. students will take their services to South Carolina and Oregon to help with environmental issues. --Copyright (c) 2011, American News, Aberdeen, S.D

—Travel in groups. Never let anyone wonder off alone. Even if they say “I’ll be right back,” go with them. —Don’t drink too much. Have a designated sober person who can look out for each and everyone in your party. —Always watch your drinks being opened, being prepared and being poured. Date rape drugs are common and easily accessible on cruise ships and in foreign ports. Do not trust the bartenders or waiters preparing your drinks. Same thing goes for leaving your drink unattended. —Above all, use common sense.

To join or not to join The writing’s on the stall A visit to the Student Organizations Gala The following article is the first entire auditorium were about 50 in a series in which staff writer circular dinner tables where stuA. Sharp will examine different dents, UT staff and organization groups on campus advisors sat. There was a and explore how DJ, a buffet table and they interact with even a photo booth with one another and the costumes. students who join Each table had a mixthem. ture of individuals from The Student Union different organizations so auditorium was filled people could network. I Monday night with recognized friends, prostudents from varifessors, advisors and even ous organizations, a number of people that I even those I had nev- By A. Sharp see every day around er heard of, all ready IC Staff Writer campus. to have a great eveI felt a little uncomfortning at the Second Annual Student able at first but I decided to loosen Organization Gala. up and mingle. Everyone was The gala was hosted by the Uni- dressed in their ‘Sunday’s best’ atversity of Toledo‘s Public Rela- tire, even those members of UT’s tions Student Society of America “Blue Crew” that were dressed in (PRSSA). formal attire specifically dedicated Coming into the Union, there to hiding their identities. Each was a feeling of invitation with the wore a name tag with a big arch of colorful balloons and registration tables. Across the — Gala, Page B2

A look at bathroom grafitti

For many students at UT, the bathOf course, many disagree, and berooms are seen as some of the most lieve that these pieces are inapproprigerm-infected places on the entire ate and vulgar. Likewise, the masses campus. While some elect not to use would probably agree that the negathe public restrooms due to reputa- tive and obscene things should be not tion of lacking cleanliness, for others drawn at all. the bathroom is transformed into But much like finding a Van Gogh their own art studio, with at a garage sale, you will the walls and stalls servoccasionally bear witness ing as their easels. to some quality sketches Whether here at UT or along with a rare poignant in other bathrooms across and humorous commenthe nation, people using tary. Would it be so unreathe stalls have been party sonable to consider it art, to witnesses these rogue regardless of the masterpieces. medium? People who write on the Here’s the litmus test: if walls and stalls within By David Harris you’ve repeated somebathrooms are not “van- IC Staff Writer thing that you read on a dals” or “criminals” as the bathroom stall because vast majority tends to believe. In- you thought it was funny or intereststead, try to think of them as you ing, than you’ve just validated its would a graffiti artist, using a public presence. space to voice an opinion. The stall is There are also some instances both an easel and a message board where people have been caught in where writers can express the most ribald of thoughts publicly. — Stall, Page B2


Gala From Page B1 pseudonym written on it, to be replaced by their actual names when they graduate. The ceremony began with a welcoming by PRSSA Vice President and 2011 Gala Chair Katie Wente.


Independent Collegian Wente was full of spunk and encouraged everyone at each table to enjoy themselves, network and learn about other campus organizations. Next was the keynote speaker, Director of Academic Engagement Sammy Spann, who left us with motivational words that we could take home and potentially use in

our everyday lives. Spann is a face with which I have become rather familiar with over my past few years at UT. He gives great advice and always offers great words of wisdom for students like myself. As we all continued to mingle, I had the pleasure of speaking to Spann, Project

Manager of the Office of Student Involvement Jessica Merritt and a few ladies from the Black Student Union and Latino Student Union. Before dinner was served a friend and I went over to the photo booth and took some photos in masks and fluffy pink boas. The photos were shown on a big projector for

Thursday, March 3, 2011 everyone to see, which was very embarrassing. A night filled with fun and laughter, I thought this was a great way to start off my week by doing something fun and productive. This experience alone has given me a different view of the organizations on UT’s campus. There seemed

to be involved individuals that were very welcoming and willing to share interesting information about their organization. Now, I think that I might be getting closer to choosing a organization that is best for me, I’m sure it will be love at first sight.

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Some of the graffiti that can be found in the men’s bathroom on the fourth floor of University Hall: math equations, prayers and the aforementioned vulgarity.

Stall From Page B1 the act of drawing on the walls and stalls, and there have been reports of a wide variety of responses. One rumor around campus is that an artist, after being caught in the incriminating position of scrawling on the walls, immediately ran out of the rest room.

Byron Harris, a freshman majoring in music education, believes that this form of expression is indeed art and like any other work of art, the writer has a purpose in mind while creating the work. “I think that maybe they have a thought or a concept that they would like to be seen publicly,” Harris said. “Maybe they also want to get a point out to everyone.”

When asked about the famous “for a good time call” messages found in the bathroom, Harris had a dual reaction: “Some people do it to be silly. And there are some people who do it just to do it.” One student, wishing to remain anonymous, relayed a story of a female friend that responded positively to a date request resulting from him finding her number on a

bathroom stall. Harris noted that he had never caught anyone in the act of drawing on the bathroom wall or stall, but he had an idea as to what he would do if he did catch somebody. “I would ask them what they are thinking and feeling and what frame of mind they were in, in regards to drawing the particular thing,” Harris said.

When asked if he believed that these drawings could be considered art, he enthusiastically agreed. “We all know art comes in different types of ways,” Harris said. “Some people may think that the venue matters [when producing art], but we are in America, we have freedom to express ourselves.” At UT, students also have the opportunity to see

humorous writings specific to their department or major. Often you can find math equations accompanied with jokes or a limerick in the stalls near the English Department. The best may be in the basement of Scott Hall, where Political Science classes are taught. It reads “Future leaders of America, remember to wash your hands.” Funny - and helpful.



Independent Collegian

Thursday, March 3, 2011

UT loses 12th straight contest on senior night By Joe Mehling Assistant Sports Editor

The Rockets dropped their 12th straight game to Central Michigan, 68-56, on Tuesday night at Savage Arena. Toledo must win one of their remaining two games to avoid matching the worst record in school history, which was set by last year’s squad at 4-28 overall. “You deserve better, we apologize for that. That will change,” said UT head coach Tod Kowalczyk as he addressed the fans during the senior night ceremony following the game. “We have not played consistently enough,” Kowalczyk said. “We have not played like we wanted to play. I certainly know we’re not playing like the fans want us to play, but they come out every night to support us and they deserve better.” Senior forwards Justin Anyijong and Anthony Wright were each honored following the game with commemorative jerseys and were joined by their families on the court. “From the first game to the last game,” Kowalczyk said. “[Wright] has been a positive influence on these young guys and a great captain.” “I never met a guy with

M.P.O.D. From Page B4 and my friends have created. You see them walking around campus and people asking them what it is.” Due to NCAA regulations, Marrow is still not allowed to profit on the shirts, meaning the current apparel distribution has been pro-bono. M.P.O.D. has also started to grow by hosting parties and promoting events, such as the Young Money College Tour featuring Tyga on Feb. 18 at the Zodiac in Toledo. Marrow is considering starting a college tour of his own, gathering as much publicity as he can around the state and possibly expanding it to Indiana and Michigan. “We are thinking about doing a college tour and going to different cities and hosting parties,” Marrow said. “That’s the quickest way to get people familiar with you is parties. So many

such a kind heart and just a nice person,” Kowalczyk said about Anyijong. “Sometimes, as a competitor I would say too kind of a heart, but off the floor I cannot tell you how proud I am of him.” Anyijong recorded nine points and nine rebounds in his final game at Savage Arena while Wright struggled, missing all six shots but knocking down two free throws to go along with his five rebounds. Leading the Rockets in the scoring column was junior walk-on Jay Shunnar with 20 points, 18 of which came in the second half. Joining Shunnar in double-digits was sophomore Malcolm Griffin with 11 points and redshirt-freshman Hayden Humes who added 10 points to go along with his nine boards. “I think the hardest part about being a walk-on, and then playing a lot, is kind of knowing your role,” Shunnar said. “Sometimes I struggle with that. Coach has all the confidence in me. He told me to be aggressive and I tried to do that tonight.” With the new recruits set to join the program for next season, along with the four transfers that have been practicing all year long, Shunnar must prove himself

on the court to hold a spot on the roster for next season, but says this season is still on his mind. “I would trade 20 points for 20 wins any day of any year,” Shunnar said. “I wasn’t trying to leave on a bang. I was just trying to win and hopefully I can come back next year and be a senior. These transfers are amazing and they are really good but I am going to be right in there competing every day.” The Chippewas were led by Trey Zeigler with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting while Jalin Thomas and Antonio Weary joined him in double-digits with 17 and 14 points, respectively. Despite never leading the in the contest, the Rockets outscored CMU 36-22 in the paint but shot 4 of 15 from beyond the arc and just 37.5 percent from the charity stripe. “We never could find ourselves to have a run,” Kowalczyk said. “Even though we were in striking distance, we just didn’t have enough offensive firepower to make those strides.” The Rockets travel to Ypsilanti on Saturday to face Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. as Toledo will look to snap a 45 game road losing streak.

people go to parties whether it’s because of [our disk jockey] DJ Boogotti or M.P.O.D.” DJ Boogotti has filled an important role within the group, combining his following with that of M.P.O.D. “It goes hand in hand,” Marrow said. “He’s well known and we are trying to get M.P.O.D. to a certain status so we have teamed up.” “It’s better [with M.P.O.D.],” Boogotti said. “Other groups I do it with are not as organized. It feels like something real. He’s a good boss.” Boogotti has partnered with M.P.O.D. on at least four occasions and has noticed a different atmosphere when Marrow and Koulianos’ creation is involved. “They’ve been packed every time,” Boogotti said. “There’s nothing like a packed house. It’s definitely different.” M.P.O.D.’s final function has been stressing work in the community, as Marrow

h a s started volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club each week for around three hours. “I try to be seen outside the community and help people any way that I can,” Marrow said. “It’s not for the football team. I just go up there as M.P.O.D. and myself. It’s always important to be seen in a good light in the community and in general. It’s just trying other ways to reach people and help them out any way that I can giving back.” With Marrow being granted a sixth season for Toledo in 2011, he has one more year to wait before officially pursuing his company along with his dream of making an NFL roster. “Make Plays or Die is not a football or sports thing,” Boogotti said. “Whatever in life you do, you are making a play to be successful in life. It’s not a sports thing, it’s a lifestyle. Make Plays or Die.”

File photo by Zach Davis / IC

Senior safety Diauntae Morrow is looking forward to UT’s rematch against Boise State.

Confident From Page B4 “What I’ve seen so far in practice is his explosiveness. He’s going to be a great player. I project he’s going to be AllMAC this year.” After facing the Broncos,

UT goes on the road to face Syracuse (Sept. 24) and Temple (Oct. 1) before opening league play at home against Eastern Michigan (Oct. 8). The Rockets face arch-rival Bowling Green mid-season in 2011 on Oct. 15 before a three-game homestand

against defending MAC Champion Miami (Oct. 22), West Champion Northern Illinois and Western Michigan (Nov. 8). Toledo finishes the season on the road at Central Michigan (Nov. 18) and Ball State (Nov. 25).

We did it on our home court, in front of our home crowd on Senior Night. What more could you ask for on your going-out party? Melissa Goodall UT Senior Forward

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Toledo tops CMU, wins first MAC Title since 2001 By Nate Pentecost IC Staff Writer

person or the other person,” Cullop said. “Everyone we Toledo closed out its regu- put in the game tonight conlar season with an 85-75 vic- tributed some positive tory over Central Michigan things.” Toledo’s leading on Wednesday night at Savage Arena. The victory, on scorer, junior guard Senior Night, earned the Naama Shafir (17 Rockets their first outright ppg), was held to Mid-American Conference just six points but regular season title since the contributed a gamehigh eight assists. 2001 season. “We did it on our home Shafir was limited to court in front of our home 18 minutes due to a crowd on Senior Night,” UT leg injury sustained senior forward Melissa in the first half. JuGoodall said. “What more nior guard Courtney could you ask for on your Ingersoll left the game late in the first going-out party?” The Rockets (22-7, 14-2 half with an ankle injury and did not return. MAC) recorded a “They’re obviseason-high in asously two huge sists (26) and field keys to are team goal percentage both offensively (53.1) but shot just over 40 percent Toledo 85 and defensively,” from the free-throw C. Michigan 75 Goodall said “For people to step in line (9 of 22). Toleand fill those mindo scored over 80 points for the first time this utes as well as they season, the sixth time under did, I’m just really proud of them.” Cullop. Sophomore guard UT was led by senior forward Melissa Goodall, who Jalisa Olive paced scored a career-high 28 the Chippewas (19points and grabbed 10 re- 9, 11-5) with 19 bounds. Redshirt-freshmen points along with Andola Dortch contributed classmate Brandie to the Toledo effort with 17 Baker who scored points and six rebounds 16 with seven rewhile senior guard Jessica bounds and four asWilliams added 10 points, sists. Freshmen forfive rebounds and five as- ward Taylor Johnson added sists. Sophomore forward 15 points while senior forLecretia Smith tied for a ward Kaihla Szunko recordteam-high 10 boards to go ed the games only doublewith a team-high three steals. double, with 10 points and “You can’t say it was one 11 boards.

The Rockets jumped out to an 11-2 lead at the 17:18 mark of the first half but a 10-4 Central Michigan run cut the deficit to three at 1512 with 12:01 left in the half. Toledo struck back with a three-pointer by Williams at the 8:16 mark extending the lead to a game-high 18 points. The Rockets would go into the half with a 12-point lead at 3927. Goodall and Goodall Dortch each had 13 points in the first half, including UT’s first 24 points. A three-pointer by Olive cut the Toledo lead to 48-43 with 14:09 left but the Chippewas would not come closer to recapturing the lead for the remainder of the contest as Toledo finished off their conference rival 85-75. “I think tonight our fans got to witness the intensity we have had in practice,” Cullop said. “We need that same intensity heading into the tournament.” The Rockets await the winner of No. 8 Akron and No. 9 Williams Western Michigan on Saturday, March 5 in Kalamazoo, Mich. in the first round of the MAC Tournament. Toledo will face the winner on Wednesday, March 9 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

— Confident, Page B3

Five members of M.P.O.D.’s business side include Cordale Scott (far left), Edwin Robinson (second to left), Desmond Marrow (center), Diauntae Morrow (second to right) and DJ Boogotti (far right). Tiffany Esquivel (left of Marrow) and Stacy Cruzado (right of Marrow) are two other followers of M.P.O.D. that likes to do different things and I want to make a difference. This will be a great outlet for me to get involved.” M.P.O.D. has greatly expanded since August. Marrow now has five different T-shirt prototypes as well as sweatshirts and even a varsity jacket for himself. As the brand has grown, Marrow attributes social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter for

By Zach Davis Sports Editor

— M.P.O.D., Page B3

Senior forward Melissa Goodall scored a career-high 28 points in her final game at Savage Arena.

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in life you are going t o struggle. I just think the brand could be a milliondollar brand if we use it right.” Also involved in the development are some non-athletes, including DJ Boogotti, Michael Cylar, Nicholas Milano, K.T. Moses, Edwin Robinson and Noah Traylor. “What made me want to get involved in M.P.O.D. was it was different,” Robinson said. “I’m the type of person

UT confident for 2011, guarantee MAC Title run

the increased following. In fact, he has now started to see some of his shirts being worn around Toledo’s campus. “I expected it to be this big, but maybe not this soon,” Marrow said. “That’s just how it is these days, things catch on quickly with word of mouth. It’s a cool feeling that someone is wearing something that me

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By Zach Davis Sports Editor

Koulianos before transferring to Toledo and debuting last season. “It’s also a great slogan, something that you can stand by not only in sports but in life.” “It makes me get away from football and touch my business aspect of life,” Scott said. “We can interact with different students through something other than football. The slogan just talks about if you don’t do what it takes to succeed

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Following an 8-5 campaign which included its first bowl game since 2005, Toledo revealed a tough upcoming schedule on Monday including two games against top-10 teams (Boise State, Ohio State) and five bowl participants from 2010. “This year with all the guys we have, we have the talent to play with the best of the best,” junior wide receiver Cordale Scott said. “Boise State was just like us a couple years ago. I feel like we can get on that stage. This is a great opportunity to get a win. I don’t question the talent on this team at all.” Scott, a junior transfer from Illinois who had to sit out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, believes that this year’s team is the favorite to win the Mid-American Conference for the first time since 2004. “I think we are definitely going to win the MAC,” Scott said. “That’s not one of my main concerns. My main concern is to beat the big teams. My personal goal is to just be there when my number is called and the hard work that I put in over the offseason will show.” Senior wide receiver Kenny Stafford agreed with Scott’s sentiments, predicting the Rockets would go undefeated in MAC play. “We were 7-1 last year,” Stafford said. “I mean we were one game short.” After starting the season hosting FCS playoff team New Hampshire on Sept. 1, the Rockets travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State (Sept. 10). Toledo faced the Buckeyes two seasons ago and fell 38-0 in Cleveland Browns Stadium. “Two years ago I felt like we didn’t go in with the right game plan against Ohio State,” senior wide receiver Kenny Stafford said. “We have the weapons and talent to beat Ohio State this year.” “It would be nice to have a victory over the ‘Kings of Ohio’ in football,” senior safety Diauntae Morrow said. “It would be great for us to get that victory and to have that title.” The Rockets will have one advantage on Ohio State, as the Buckeyes will be playing without five of their starters including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, leading rusher Daniel Herron, wide-out DeVier Posey, All-Big Ten offensive tackle Mike Adams and Sugar Bowl hero Solomon Thomas. “As a competitor you want to go up against the best,” Morrow said. “The guys not there are the best of the best with that team in their positions. A victory is a victory but we would want to play against the best.” The Rockets follow the OSU game with the possibility of hosting the highest ranked team to ever play in the Glass Bowl (No. 9 Pitt, 2003) when Boise State comes to Toledo on Sept. 17. The Broncos won the first game of the series 57-14 last year in Idaho. “It’s a great challenge,” Morrow said. “We will be looking forward to it. Let’s just say it was a game where we didn’t play up to our full potential on both sides of the ball. We will be looking forward to some payback. Of course it’s only one game on the schedule so we just have to take it one game at a time.” “It would be nice to get a victory against them at home, especially on the defensive side,” senior cornerback Desmond Marrow said. “Any time somebody puts up half of 100 on you, you have got to feel bad about that. You want to come back and prove our defense is better than that.” The Rockets believe that their offensive struggles the last two seasons will be a thing of the past this time around against the two juggernauts, with one of the reasons being Scott’s addition to the wide receiving corps. “I knew Cordale before he even got here,” Stafford said.

Marrow’s M.P.O.D. project expanding throughout Toledo Before the start of the 2010 football season, Toledo cornerback Desmond Marrow had an idea. His personal slogan “Make Plays or Die,” which he used with high school friend and Iowa wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos at Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown, has begun to blossom into a full-blown business venture. “It started off real small, just initially on our football team and with Derrell,” Marrow said. “Especially now on Twitter, everyone just tweets it saying ‘M.P.O.D.’ or that they want to put it on a hat or something. Everybody just wants to be a part of M.P.O.D.” The idea was simple, a clothing line similar to Toledo’s newest athletic sponsor, Under Armour. Since the Independent Collegian featured M.P.O.D. and its impact on the football team in August, Marrow has developed the brand with different logos as well as creating and distributing apparel for friends and students at Toledo. Since that time, M.P.O.D. has expanded. CEO’s Marrow and Koulianos have welcomed in 11 different representatives to the business side of the budding company, including teammates Nate Cole, Diauntae Morrow, Cordale Scott, Kenny Stafford and Morgan Williams. “It’s a great opportunity for young black students to get away from the stereotype and come together as one to be young entrepreneurs in the business world with a great idea and trying to forge something bigger,” said Morrow, who was teammates with


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