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Independent Collegian IC The 91st year Issue 54

Monday, April 18, 2011

Serving the University of Toledo since 1919

State of the University By Vincent D. Scebbi Features Editor

Photo courtesy of Dan Miller

University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs delivers his fifth annual State of the University address on Thursday.

In front of an audience that filled slightly over half of Doermann Theatre, UT President Lloyd Jacobs delivered his fifth annual State of the University address in which he gave a review and his brief vision for UT’s next five years. “Universities as we currently know them will be dramatically changed in the next five years,” Jacobs said to open his address. “This will result from external pressures both fiscal and related to the fundamental value proposition for higher education.” Jacobs said although he is unable to predict the future with certainty, he described the changes to be made over the next five years as a “revolution.” “The revolution is well underway here at the University of Toledo and we’re guiding it, it’s not being done to us,” he said. Jacobs said changes in the university will result in great challenges, but leaders will allow UT to “not only survive, but thrive.” The changes that will characterize the future, Jacobs said, will come from increasing productivity by adopting

In his address, Jacobs said the best methods from Corporate America, huge strides one issue to be looked at is in technology and a greater lifetime employment for facemphasis in integrating high- ulty, which is becoming er education enterprise with viewed more as “unsustainable for today’s world.” the working community. Jacobs said specific techHe added the careful reniques from the corporate evaluation of the sustainabiliarena include merit-based ty of UT is in order. “The University of Toledo is pay, performance appraisal undertaking and lean manufacturing this reexamiThe revolution is nation. Factechniques. He made clear well underway ulty, higher education that he was not talking here at the University needs your he about the cor- of Toledo and we’re help,” poratization of guiding it, it’s not being said. “I, the institution, higher educaand the nation, but in- done to us. tion are askstead adopting ing you to those certain Lloyd Jacobs guide these techniques to President, revolutionhelp run the University of Toledo ary forces. university Workload, tenure, curricumore efficiently. “The corporate model of lum, areas which traditionally societal organization is in- receive significant faculty increasingly embraced through- put, are the very areas which out the world and aspects of this revolution will affect.” Following his address, Jacorporatization must be embraced if higher education as cobs said in an interview he is we know it is to survive,” he unable to answer whether the concept of tenure will be said. When asked how the pass- eliminated. He called on everyone ining of Senate Bill 5 would affect his future plans, Jacobs volved in the decision-making said it “remains to be seen. I process of the university to don’t know the answer at this — State, Page A4 point.”

For the sixth year, the University of Toledo will host Diversity Week to promote and educate students how diverse the university is. This year, the week will hold events based on the theme of “Unity through Diversity.” The weeklong series of events is sponsored by several organizations including Black Student Union, Disability Studies Program, Disability Studies Student Organization, Office of External Affairs, Office of Equity and Diversity, Office of Multicultural Student Services, President’s Lecture Series on Diversity, Spectrum, Student Government and UT ROTC. The planning committee met for the last time on Friday to finalize the week’s event. Members of the committee included Student Government Chairman and Director of Diversity Brad McDermitt, Sabina Elizondo-Serratos, associate director of student affairs, Stacey Birrell, graduate student of history for Disability Studies Student Organization, Douglas

Kidd, graduate student of MLS Disability Studies for Disability Studies Student Organization and Matt Ellis, a pharmacy student. “Phone calls go out to organize the planning committee and it is a big commitment,” Elizondo-Serratos said. “Helping to get the word out is a step to make sure no one is left out in the planning process. We want everyone to be involved.” Diversity Week is meant to help students understand how diverse UT really is. “Staff and resources are available to students and this event brings all of those things together to put a different tone on peer embracing,” ElizondoSerratos said. Several students volunteered there to serve on the committee which makes it all the more special in regards to making an impact on the student body. Amber White is a first year graduate student at UT and Graduate Assistant at the Recreation Center. According to White, “We

— TechnoSun, Page A4

Dance Marathon raises $65,548 By Oreanna Carthorn IC Staff Writer

Photos by Kevin Sohnly / IC

The 2011 Dance Marathon raised $65,548 for Miracle Children of Mercy Children’s Hospital this weekend.

Students at the University of Toledo challenged themselves to stay on their feet and dance for 16 consecutive hours to raise money at Dance Marathon this weekend. Dance Marathon is an annual fundraising event in which students raise money for Miracle Children of Mercy Children’s Hospital like Keirstin Timpko, a nine-year-old cardiac patient with four different heart defects from New Boston, Mich. Audra Timpko said each of her daughter’s defects are equally life-threatening and it is unusual to have them together. Six teams participated in this year’s marathon and generated $65,548. Dance Marathon has raised $350,000 since 2001. “We are the largest studentrun philanthropy on campus, and we raise more money than any other event on campus,” said Price Murphy, public relations director for Dance Marathon. Participants learn different segments of a creative line

dance every hour throughout the night. This year’s musical themes included the ‘90s, movie characters, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance craze, Broadway remix, around the world, video star and battle of the sexes. “Children’s Miracle Network, by raising the funds through Dance Marathon, puts funding into the hospitals and we were lucky we were diagnosed partially before she was born that she was going to have serious heart conditions,” Timpko said. Keirstin has undergone three open-heart surgeries and four heart catheterizations since she was born. This is the Timpko’s ninth year attending Dance Marathon and this year she brought Keirstin with her. Keirstin showed college students her hospital book, which contained pictures from her three heart surgeries. “I feel good and my heart works right,” Keirstin said. She said she had lots of fun

What is your favorite song?

“Black or White” by Michael Jackson

“E.T.” by Katy Perry

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A start-up German solar company decided to put its North American headquarters in Toledo with help from UT. CEO of TecnoSun Solar Peter Fisher signed a lease agreement with UT on April 7. The company will use the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex as a training and demonstration site. The company makes solar panel supports that “track” the sun through the sky and maximize the solar panels’ overall output. Megan Reichert, director of incubation at UT, said the collaboration dates back to when UT met with the management of TecnoSun Solar at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi in early February. “[Patent Associate at UT] Mark Fox was looking for opportunities for UT,” Reichert said. “TecnoSun Solar was looking to move into the American market and establish a North American

— Diversity, Page A4

“ Junior, pre-physical therapy

By Casey Cheap IC Staff Writer

‘Unity through Diversity’ at UT By Allison Seney IC Staff Writer

TecnoSun Solar selects Toledo for North American HQ

Wei Sun

Graduate, international business

Joseph Martinez Fresh., comp. sci.

“I Need A Doctor” by Eminem and Dr. Dre

“History is Falling for Science” by This Day and Age

“Savor A Mi” by El Chicano

David Barboza Junior, biology

Check out our staff picks for five favorite songs on page B3.

— Dance, Page A4

Whitney Bodine Senior, comm.



Monday, April 18, 2011

Jason Mack Editor in Chief

Elizabeth Majoy Business Manager

Randiah Green Managing Editor

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Bring on the revolution In his annual address to the community last week, UT President Lloyd Jacobs discussed his vision for the future. Some of his ideas include merit based pay, and looking more closely at lifetime employment. Yet, right after his speech in an interview with the Independent Collegian, he is unable to answer whether tenure for faculty will be eliminated. What exactly does he think looking into the “issue of lifetime employment” for faculty which is “unsustainable for today’s world” implies? Jacobs is so far up the ladder of abstraction that he doesn’t even realize it. We all know we are facing tough budget times and many areas on campus need improvement. Simply saying “universities as we know them will be dramatically changed in the next five years” does not answer any questions concerning what programs or jobs will be cut and what concrete changes will be made to UT to save money in the upcoming budget season. Jacobs fails to give concrete answers on exactly how the university will work towards the goals that he has put forth. In his speech, he talked about providing students with practical knowledge they can use in the real world. Is this not what universities are supposed to do in the first place? If Jacobs needs to outline UT providing students with “practical knowledge” as a goal, then this university truly needs to re-evaluate itself. Getting more heavily invested in technology is not the answer. Jacobs does not suggest, but says that UT “must greatly expand the use of technology in

teaching.” There is nothing that proves technology improves student learning. While it may be used as a guide to aid student learning, simply introducing more technology into classrooms is not going to cause a student to retain more information more effectively. And if the university is facing a $20 million budget shortfall, how can it afford to purchase, install and utilize so many new technologies? UT has done some good in the past couple of years. New buildings have sprung up, we’ve experienced nine consecutive semesters of increased enrollment and frozen tuition rates for two years. Except that enrollment was down by 2.3 percent at the beginning of this semester, and tuition increased by 3.5 percent two consecutive semesters in the past year. The tuition freeze was back in 2007. It has not happened since. Though to give UT credit, retention has increased greatly the past year, especially in the Blue and Gold Scholars Program. Jacobs talks about an upcoming “revolution” in education. Hopefully that revolution will bring university presidents who give students, faculty and staff real answers about what is going on at their institution, an administration that does not receive bonuses larger than a middle class family’s yearly income and an atmosphere of real transparency. Come down the ladder of abstraction, Jacobs. Talk to us. Tell us how problems at the university are actually going to be solved and improved. We’re waiting.

Keep the arts alive The Philadelphia Orchestra filed bankruptcy and is moving to bankruptcy court as of Saturday. This is one of many instances of art and music programs seemingly going down the drain. In February, Toledo Public Schools planned to cut over 350 positions including art and music teachers due to losing massive amounts of money in their budgets. While it is understandable that programs have to be cut in tough economic times, especially within educational institutions, we have got to find a way to keep people involved with the arts. But all hope is not lost. Artomatic 419! is one example of the community coming together and realizing how important the arts are, whether it be music, painting, poetry writing, or sculpting, art is and should be an essential part of everyone’s lives. One of the great things about events like Artomatic 419! and almost any

other gallery art showing is that they are free. This is most likely because people putting together these events realize how much of an important part of life creativity is. You don’t need money to find, create or appreciate art - it is part of who you are as a human being. The Toledo Art Museum is also free, though it accepts donations. It is a great way to find inspiration and discover yourself. Everyone makes art, whether they call it that or not. It is one of the essential ways we express ourselves, learn about our fellow human beings and other cultures and find and define who we are. Though art programs nationwide are facing cuts, especially in K-12 education, it is not impossible to keep the spirit of creativity alive. Let us all keep creating art in the way we create our reality around us especially by supporting local art programs and galleries.


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End of the loop Last week I wrote about our campus bus loop in a not particularly favorable way. I’m not backing off that column the least bit or changing my views on busing around campus. However, being limited by the space available to me on our dear Forum page, I feel like I did not have a g r e a t chance to touch on all aspects of the issue at Anthony hand. Russo I laid into the busing routes pretty hard and for good reason. The idea of subsidizing such a service is horrible economics. But what I did not get a chance to do was discuss alternatives to campus loop busing that might be beneficial. Universities should be a place to promote health and wellness. Our recreation center does a fantastic job of that with their fitness clinics and informational posters. I would like to think the dollars being spent on such things are far more beneficial than the dollars being spent trying to promote unhealthy activities, like subsidized busing for 5 to 10 minute walks. What subsidized busing does is essentially lower the cost of riding the bus to where it is preferred over walking. However, as more people ride the bus, fewer people walk. According to a calculator I found on, walking a half a mile at a 3 mile per hour pace would burn 48 calories for a 180-pound person. Walk the trip back and that’s almost 100 calories. You can play around with the calculator to see how many calories you are not burning by taking the bus. The university should promote walking, not discourage it, which is what a campus busing subsidy does. But how do we promote walking? By paying people. Part of the money being spent on campus bus loops could be spent on this: “Virgin HealthMiles provides employee health programs that pay people to get active. Our Payfor-Prevention approach, based on physical activity and healthy lifestyle change, attracts an average of 40 percent of employees who participate, which helps organizations reduce medical costs and improve employee productivity and satisfaction. Virgin HealthMiles excels in getting members engaged and active in the process of getting healthy so they can make measureable changes to their health. The program is offered

by employers, government entities, insurers and other network partners such as health clubs. Over 120 industry leaders, representing more than 500,000 employees across the U.S., have selected Virgin HealthMiles’ award-winning program for their employees. The company is a member of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.” I have read numerous articles on companies and other organizations utilizing the program with varying levels of success. Florida International University recently began offering the program as well. Essentially, different levels of rewards are given out based on miles walked. A group of test students could participate to see if the program would work university-wide or not. The university and students could split the membership fee, which turned out to be about $5 per month for FIU participants. For the university, healthcare costs for their employees would be low-

Busing that gets people to and from campus reduces pollution and congestion from traffic whereas busing around campus increases pollution and reduces the positive benefits of walking.

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ered. While students who participate might not help reduce the university’s healthcare costs, they would experience an improvement in their health as well, reducing their private medical costs. If the university is considered a place to learn and figure out how to solve problems, UT should be seriously considering dropping the campus bus loops and looking into adopting a program like this. Or we could continue the status quo of just offering a service that is not valued by the vast majority of students in order to satisfy the requests of a few who believe every dollar spent on busing is a dollar of benefit to their “constituents.” Along the lines of moving folks across campus, restructuring busing should be done in conjunction with a more efficient parking plan. The system we have now in which all parking lots cost the same is absolutely foolish. It fails to maximize revenue and fails to address congestion issues. I will echo my sentiments of last spring when I evaluated some

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Student Government candidate parking proposals. We should be price discriminating across the various parking lots. This is not a difficult concept –you simply charge a different price for each lot based on the demand for parking in that lot. The parking garage next to Bowman-Oddy should cost a heck of a lot more to park in than the Rocket Hall lot. By identifying the most the university could charge for the Bowman-Oddy garage while still keeping the parking lot full, it could maximize revenue and prevent a glut of cars from congesting that garage every day. The prices of all lots should go up but some more than others. The increased revenue should then be used to pay people living close to the university to walk or bike to class. I suppose I would not be opposed to a shuttle from the Rocket Hall lot or Engineering lots to the Student Union, so long as the people parking in those lots were willing to pay for it. I personally do not have the time to sit around modeling demand for parking around campus because I am busy with an honors thesis and 29 other credit hours of research. But it would not be all that hard to price discriminate because corporations do it all the time, from airlines to sports arenas. Basically, the bottom line is that busing can be fantastic, but only when it’s used to move people to and from campus, not just pushing them around it in a circle. Busing that gets people to and from campus reduces pollution and congestion from private traffic, whereas busing around campus increases pollution and reduces the positive benefits of walking. Cutting back on the campus bus loop service would also allow the most efficient buses to be put into use instead of continuing to repair outdated buses because they are needed for loop service. Well, I have one more column left in me for next week before I graduate and head off to grad school. I hope you all have some things to think about this week, and that maybe I inspired some sort of debate on this issue. I sent a request to speak at Student Senate via their website, so I suppose we’ll see what happens. But you can bet next Monday you won’t be reading about this issue again. Have a great week!

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TechnoSun From Page A1 headquarters. They were looking at nine communities but did not have Toledo on their list.” UT persuaded TecnoSun Solar to consider the city, and Toledo became the 10th option. “We pitched the [Toledo] community and the strength of the incubation program at UT,” Reichart said. “In early March, company officials came to Toledo for a week, and we showed them the economic incentives.” Reichert said TecnoSun Solar selected Toledo over several areas in Nebraska, California, parts of Ontario and Chicago. Reichert believes that Fisher and the board for TecnoSun Solar chose Toledo because of the existing infrastructure already in place in Northwest Ohio. “The strength of our existing supply chain and how fast and easy his company was able to do business with us is one reason,” Reichert said. “He was easily able to meet CEOs in the area and even the mayor of Toledo. There are plenty of firms [in Northwest Ohio] that can do metals, electronics and other things.” When the company gets their headquarters set up in Toledo, it will not only need talent from the engineering workforce, but company leaders will also be looking for interns for their sales and marketing department. “Fisher is looking to hire all local talent,” Reichert said. “They won’t be bringing anyone over from Germany. Fisher believes that Americans know how to do business in America.” Reichert remains confident TecnoSun Solar’s move to the region will be a positive step economically. “First Solar had just 250 employees when they opened in the region just five years ago,” she said. “Today, they have over 1,200. I think that this is a wonderful case of a community coming together and showing that we can accomplish great things.” Fisher expressed his commitment to Toledo during a press conference on April 7.


Independent Collegian “In Germany, the idea of universities providing incubator services does not exist,” Fischer said. “This is an ideal setting for us to develop the American market and to engage local manufacturing and supply chain firms to help us create and ship our trackers.” Fox said his role is to find new technologies, and that was the reason for going to Abu Dhabi. “It is my job to figure out how the technology in these patents can get back to the people,” he said. “People kept asking ‘why UT?’ UT was the only university with a booth at the summit.” Fox said many of the people at the summit were not aware of how important Toledo is to the solar industry. “Around 60 percent of the solar panels made in the U.S. are manufactured within 100 miles of Toledo,” Fox said. “So we made the case that UT would be a good partner for [TecnoSun Solar], and members of the firm were pleasantly surprised at some of the technology we have at UT.” The firm itself has been very innovative in how they manufacture their equipment. “They basically can use the same type of metal you find in guard rails along the highway for their trackers,” Fox said. Fox said the firm’s U.S. business will be built from the ground up. TecnoSun Solar will need to have sales and marketing divisions and will also need to have their own attorneys and accountants. “This will mostly affect the engineering, physics and business departments at UT. We are also putting together a new solar panel curriculum at our Scott Park Campus for Alternative Technology,” he said. Both Reichert and Fox maintain that the collaboration between UT and TecnoSun Solar is significant and will be a big step in UT President Lloyd Jacob’s plan to transform the university in the next five years. “I’m excited about how the two parties came together,” Fox said. “I think the firm fits in well with Toledo.”

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step out of their comfort zones. “Our own comfort zone problem, we need to overcome. We need to adjust and live in a very different world,” he said. One topic Jacobs stressed in his address was keeping the “American Dream” of opportunity and social mobility alive through the education system. He cited experts who challenge the effectiveness and quality of a college degree. Following his address, Jacobs explicitly said in an interview he opposes the beliefs that say college is not the best route. “I do not agree. I think it’s the best investment, the only investment that makes sense, the only way out of the economic circumstance in which we find ourselves,” Jacobs said. “It’s the only way to position ourselves for a fulfilled, long, happy life. I do not agree with that assessment, however, we need to get that message out to young people, we need to say the American Dream is still alive and education is still the single best vehicle for the obtainment of the American Dream.” Throughout his speech, Jacobs highlighted the university’s academic and economic accomplishments over the past five years. In light of this, he said he expects the next five years will be more intense. “This university has been a pioneer in a number of ways,” Jacobs said. “From the time of the merger and many decades before that, we will be creating our future in five years. We’re interested in being the architect in five years.”

have five speakers contracted to speak throughout the week. It is an opportunity to come together and celebrate our identity.” Diversity Week planning is overseen by Student Government, but the planning committee includes various representatives - not just from cultural organizations but also disability groups. “The DSSO offers a different aspect to the world of diversity,” Kidd said. “People think disabilities are about tragedy and overcoming, but we want people to know it is about enhancing the appreciation of life.” After half a dozen meetings and emails, the planning committee came up with a variety of activities commemorating diversity. Also included on the committee are Frank LaPoint, manager of diversity programs at the Office of Faculty and Student Diversity, Vice President of the Black Student Union Tera McDonald, Fatima Pervaiz, program coordinator of Multicultural Student Development, Esther Fabian, associate vice president of branding and creative services and Chris Ankney, interim new media specialist. The weeklong celebration will include daily keynote speakers from UT and abroad, a musical performance by singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer Monday night, interactive and panel discussions about race, sexual orientation and disability and the ROTC Battalion Day Thursday afternoon. The celebration will conclude Friday night with the Spectrum Drag Show from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Building Room 2500 and a dance party right afterward until 11 p.m. in Rocky’s Attic.

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Dance From Page A1 playing in the bouncy house and making new college friends. The Timpkos are big supporters of Dance Marathon. “My husband and I are always here because we know [the students are] supporting these kids,” Timpko said. “They think they’re doing a little something, they don’t realize the great gift they’re giving us. We have our daughter today because somebody else danced years ago. Now, somebody else gets to have their child.” Laura Genalo, a sophomore majoring in accounting, said the families of Miracle Children who attend Dance Marathon keep her motivated to stay on her feet the whole time. “The families really re-motivate you when you’re tired,” she said. “When I’m ready to quit and give up its just nice that they are there to remind you why you’re here.” Students worked together in teams throughout the night dancing and playing games. “I feel like everyone has a different reason for doing it, but it’s all for the kids and

that’s what we’re saying the whole time,” said Nicole Veck, a senior majoring in economics and a member of Kappa Delta. “I’m proud that I did it,” said Corey Dumski, a freshman majoring in biology pre-medicine and member of Alpha Sigma Phi. “It’s real good for the kids. It’s motivation, but it also reminds you that they’re fighting so we should fight through the pain. They’ve gone through so much so we should show them our respect and our honor.” Dumski said he is happy to have taken 16 hours of his time to help the children of Mercy Children’s Hospital and dance and play with them. “It’s like we all get to be little kids again,” he said. Stephanie Snoad, a sophomore majoring in speech language pathology and a member of Alpha Phi Omega, said she loves kids and hearing their stories makes her want to make the world a better place. She encourages more people to come out next year. “If you ever get the opportunity, jump on it,” she said. “Even if it’s just for an hour, you meet some really great kids and you learn a lot.”

[Adonis] is an unbelieveable talent. He has got unbelieveable moves and he will be a huge asset for us in the regular season.

Austin Dantin UT Junior Quarterback

Section B Spring Game fails to answer questions

For a team with plenty of positions still up for grabs, the annual Toledo Blue vs. Gold Spring Game was underwhelming to say the least. Although there were bright spots, like the running backs combining for 209 yards on 50 carries, no other players stuck out in the 35-14 victory for the Gold team. W h a t most of Rocket nation was hoping to see was a quarterback rising above Joe the rest and taking conMehling trol of a quarterback battle that, from what Head Coach BeckA n o t h e r Tim man has g l a r i n g been saying, w e a k n e s s could carry into the on Satur- on final week day was of practice the lack of before the ockets a domi- Ropen their nant deep season at t h r e a t h o m e against New receiver. Hampshire. “Competition, in our opinion, in this program brings success,” Beckman said. “This is what college football is all about. You have two very capable players that have won big games as Rockets and they have done an excellent job competing. It will be a tough decision but someone will have to be the starter.” The quarterback competition between frontrunners junior Austin Dantin and sophomore Terrance Owens, along with junior David Pasquale and redshirt-freshman Dwight Macon, needs to be Toledo’s number one priority heading into the summer. As the old saying goes, “If you have two quarterbacks, you actually have none.” Dantin and Owens each bring a dual threat to the position with the ability to run and pass

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Thomas leads Gold team to Spring Game victory By Zach Davis Sports Editor

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Adonis Thomas (left) celebrates with James Green (8) after scoring one of his two touchdowns on Friday. The senior running back had 146 all-purpose yards in the Gold team’s 35-14 victory over the Blue team Friday.

Senior running back Adonis Thomas dominated the spring game, leading his Gold team to a 35-14 victory over the Blue team in Toledo’s Spring Game on Friday. Last season’s second-team All-Mid-American Conference rusher ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns against the Blue team, as well as 49 yards receiving on five catches. “We have a good group at running back,” Toledo Head Coach Tim Beckman said. “There are four very capable running backs and Adonis does have some ‘specialness,’ there is no question about it.” “He is an unbelievable talent,” junior quarterback Austin Dantin said. “He has got unbelievable moves and he will be a huge asset for us in the regular season. I’m sure he has a lot more in the tank. It helps us out tremendously knowing that we have a great running back.” Sophomore wide receiver Bernard Reedy made his case for the starting lineup after catching eight passes for 143 yards and one touchdown. Junior Illinois transfer Cordale Scott led all other receivers with two catches for 38 yards and one score for the Blue team. “Reedy could be really special,” Beckman said. “He has great speed and if we can get him the ball in the perimeter he can make people miss.” “Reedy did unbelievable tonight,” Dantin said. “He is a ticking time bomb. He did a great job and I couldn’t be happier for him.” In the battle for next season’s starting quarterback job, Dantin had a game-high 127 yards on 11-of-16 completions for the Gold team. Sophomore Terrance Owens completed 8-of-17 passes for 82 yards — Thomas, Page B2

Rockets avoid sweep with 7-4 win over BG By Zach Davis Sports Editor

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Toledo avoided a sweep yesterday on the road at archrival Bowling Green with a 7-4 victory at Warren Steller Field. The Rockets (19-17, 8-4 Mid-American Conference) had their 11-game winning streak snapped after losing the first two games of the series to BG (13-17, 7-5 MAC), but salvaged the win to remain tied atop the MAC West Division with Northern Illinois. “I was really pleased that today in particular we just played a lot more aggressively,” Toledo Head Coach Cory Mee said. “That’s what we need to do. We were aggressive at the plate and much more aggressive at the mound attacking their hitters. Our guys played well and I tip my cap to our team today because we came back and got a big win from a conference standpoint to keep us on top of our division.” Starter Lincoln Rassi (2-4) picked up his second win of the season for the Rockets. Although he gave up 10 hits, the junior right-hander allowed just three runs with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings. “I was really proud of Lincoln because today he really kept his composure when

Bernard Reedy had eight catches for 143 yards and one touchdown in the Spring Game.

— Rockets, Page B2

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Lincoln Rassi allowed three runs with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work against BG to pick up his second win of the year.



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they did have baserunners and made big pitches when he needed to,” Mee said. “We turned a couple double plays today because Lincoln made the big pitch when we needed it and we made the plays. That’s been the one thing with Lincoln this year is [giving up] the one big inning and today he really did a great job of making pitches in key spots. That was a really encouraging thing I saw in his performance today.” Toledo’s offense was paced by leadoff hitter Chris Dudics, whose third inning solo home run started a four-run frame to give UT a 5-0 advantage. The senior shortstop scored three times on four hits with two RBI. “Chris has always been a catalyst for us offensively,” Mee said. “He comes out today and gets a hit in his first at bat and scores on a single. It got us off to a great start. He really set the tone for us today. It was big to come out and get on the board early like that.” Juniors Joe Corfman (2 for 5, 1 R), Matt Delewski (2 for 5, 1 RBI) and Ben Hammer (2

and one touchdown for the Blue squad. Dantin started the first nine games of the season before suffering a season-ending shouler/collarbone injury against Eastern Michigan. “It was incredible to just get out here with my brothers really and be able to play again,” Dantin said. “It was a great feeling.” “My belief as a football coach is that you cannot lose your position based on injury,” Beckman said. “Austin

Monday, April 18, 2011 has won a lot of big football games and so has T.O. We will use two-a-days and summer work out to determine that.” Redshirt-freshman quarterback Dwight Macon completed 6-of-9 passes for 107 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown pass to Reedy in the second quarter. Sophomore rusher Darius Reeves led the Blue team on the ground with 55 yards, followed by senior Morgan Williams, who gained 24 yards on 12 carries and added a score. David Fluellen began his sophomore

campaign rushing for 33 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries for the Gold squad. The Rockets open the year against FCS-school New Hampshire on Thursday, Sept. 1 in the Glass Bowl. The next two weeks they could consecutively face two top-10 teams when they travel to Columbus to face Ohio State before hosting Boise State. Toledo lost 38-0 two seasons ago to the Buckeyes when they hosted them in Cleveland and fell 57-14 in Idaho last year to the Broncos.

the size and speed to stretch the defenses and cause havoc in the opponent’s secondary, opening up the field for the shifty Page. Sophomore Bernard Reedy, who caught eight passes for 143 yards, including a 53-yard score, made a statement with his speed but has the same style of play as Page. The two would be a nice tandem to have in three or four receiver sets but Scott will compliment the skill set of Page and could become a dominant force on the opposite side. The defense brings back a core group of players that surprised many people around the country with their grit and often stellar play. However, losing guys like Archie Donald and Alex Johnson could hurt but once again there are players there that could step up. One player that has caught a lot of looks this spring is junior Robert Bell. The 6-0, 227 pound Grand Rapids native will have big shoes to fill with replacing Donald. “Robert Bell has done real good job this spring in replacing Archie Donald,” Beckman said. “It’s hard to replace a guy who has led the team in tackling the last three or four years. He has

done a very good job.” The defensive line returns seniors Johnathan Lamb, Malcolm Riley and Johnnie Roberts which should give the defense a very solid group to plug the middle along with returning sophomore linebacker Dan Molls. Who will be rushing on the ends, however, is still up in the air as a few names are still in the picture. Junior T.J. Fatinikun looked impressive last season with plenty of speed and good size but with sophomores Christian Smith and Jayrone Elliott having good spring practices it could be any of the three. Do not forget about the four-star recruit from Cleveland Glenville, Tank Sturdivant, who will throw his name in the hat when he arrives for practices this summer. Coach Beckman and the Toledo staff will have some tough decisions to make when fall comes rolling around but if the players continue to improve and take their game to the next level, the coaches should have plenty of players to choose from. That is a good problem to have.

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Chris Dudics had four hits and a home run against the Falcons. for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI) each posted multi-hit performances for the Rockets, who collected 15 hits on the day. “We just need to be a lot more aggressive at the plate and this weekend we started to do it,” Mee said. “When you go up there with that kind of approach it gives us a chance for something good to happen. We had a lot of guys put up some really good at bats this weekend.” Rassi left one out into the

seventh inning with a 5-3 advantage before freshman Ryan Wilkinson and junior Alex Radon combined to pitch 1.2 scoreless innings of relief after his departure. Toledo added on two runs in the eighth and senior Matt Zahel closed out the ninth allowing one run as the Rockets took the game 7-4. UT hits the road on Tuesday as they travel to South Bend, Ind. to face Notre Dame at 5:30 p.m. at Eck Stadium.

Questions From Page B1 but they each bring a few weaknesses as well. Owens has a great arm to go along with his speed but his decision-making and accuracy need to improve before the season opener if he wants to be the guy under center. Dantin needs to throw deep. Simple. Even if it is overthrown by 20 yards, just to let the defense know that he can do it. The offense seems to be handicapped by his inability to throw down field as the opposing defenses played up and caused problems for not only Dantin but his talented running backs as well. Another glaring weakness on Saturday was the lack of a dominant deep threat receiver. Of course sophomore Eric Page will produce in many ways but the need for a solid wide-out opposite of the All-American kick returner will lead to a more dynamic offense for whoever winds up under center. The leading candidate currently would be University of Illinois transfer Cordale Scott, who caught two passes for 38 yards and a touchdown on Friday. The 6-4, 220 pound junior has

— Joe Mehling is the Assistant Sports Editor and a sophomore majoring in communication.

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“Everything is God’s creation and that’s what inspires me,” said Merce L. Culp, an artist at Artomatic 419!

heels adorned with plastic toy cars and a large multi-media tribute to Michael Jackson including magazine cutouts, a white sparkly glove, a mirror with the word “MAN” written in it and several drawings of Jackson including a zombie style depiction as Jackson appears in his “Thriller” video all adhered on a large canvas. University of Toledo students also showed their skills through varying media and styles. “The Cult of Distraction,” put together by various UT students, was a long string of tennis shoes thrown over a wire going across the ceiling to form a huge beehive of shoes. The UT3D section in one of the Artomatic buildings displayed elaborate sculpture work done by students. UT student William Sconzo showed off some impressive welding work with his series of two large metal sculptures. The two welded pieces, one female and one male, depicted some skeletal and muscular models with “hair” that appeared to be flowing in the wind. Patrons may have found themselves reflecting on how much time and effort it must take to shape steel into strands of flowing hair. Students Noah Roszczipka, David Folck and Eric Broz enticed patrons’ eyes with their piece “Installation 2” which focused on a relatively simple subject: flies. Except the long line of flies stenciled across two wooden walls were done in several layers of red and blue, giving them an almost 3D effect. Art can be as easy as “Puking on Paper,” as local artist Carrie Lee showed with a series of drawings done with Magic Marker. Lee and her mentor Linda Cherry, who died of leukemia last year, collaborated on several drawings while Cherry was battling the disease. Each piece of art for Cherry and Lee started off as a single dot with “no mistakes, no planning, just puking,” as Lee has written on a poster board in the middle of their display. The pair’s art features luxurious colors schemes and swirls and shapes that guide viewers’ eyes right down to the bottom of the page. The Artomatic 419! experience shows not only how the Toledo art community radiates creativity, but that anyone can make art with anything at anytime as long as they are able to find proper inspiration from the things surrounding them. So grab a pen and piece of paper, a ukulele, recycled trash, some old doll heads, a camera or a pair of tennis shoes and make some art.

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Vincent D. Scebbi – Arts and Life Editor and Features Editor 1. Freewill – Rush 2. Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan 3. Littlething – Jimmy Eat World 4. 50 Ways to Leave Your Love – Paul Simon 5. That was a Crazy Game of Poker – O.A.R. Jason Mack – Editor in Chief 1. Lover, You Should’ve Come Over – Jeff Buckley 2. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd 3. Flake – Jack Johnson 4. Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles 5. Out of My Mind – John Mayer Trio Randiah Green – Managing Editor and News Editor 1. Return to Yggsdrasil – Enslaved 2. Funeral Thrash – Aura Noir 3. Procreation of the Wicked – Celtic Frost 4. Would? – Alice in Chains 5. Use Me – Bill Withers Feliza Casano – Copy Chief 1. Teenage Dream – Darren Criss 2. IDGAF – Breathe Carolina 3. Maria – Richard Beymer 4. This Love – BIG BANG 5. Umbrella – Rihanna ft. Jay-Z Nick Kneer – Director of Photography 1. Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons 2. Good Times, Bad Times – Led Zeppelin 3. Time to Pretend – MGMT 4. Fred Jones Part 2 – Ben Folds 5. Time Turn Fragile – Motion City Soundtrack Joe Mehling – Assistant Sports Editor 1. Twistin’ the Night Away – Sam Cooke 2. Who Knows – Zac Brown Band 3. Tiny Dancer – Sir Elton John 4. Joyful Girl – Soulive ft. Dave Matthews 5. What’s Going On? – Marvin Gaye Kevin “Gammy” Sohnly – Assistant Director of Photography 1. Acoustic Syndicate – Long Way Round 2. Bobby in Phoenix – Gorillaz 3. Cygnus… Vismund Cygnus – The Mars Volta 4. DVNO – Justice 5. Knights of Cydonia – Muse Matt Gunn – Copy Editor 1. What’s Going On? – Marvin Gaye 2. Inhale Deep – Macklemore 3. Me – Atmosphere 4. Letter from Janelle (acoustic) – Chiodos 5. The Message – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Arts and Life 4 B Artomatic 419! bids adieu Nobody gets to their heaven without a fight. ~ Rush - Armor and Sword


Monday, April 18, 2011


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An IC reflection of artwork on display during the last Saturday of this year’s exhibition

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Art on display during the final Saturday of Artomatic 419! The biennial event took place throughout the three Saturdays in April. This year, Artomatic 419! was in two buildings downtown

Tires, onion peels, lighters and They succeeded. even razor blades can be used to With her piece “Awakening,” make art. local artist Stacy Jurich adThese are just some materials dressed pollution in the Maumee local artists used to create the art River and the mass amount of on display at Artomatic 419! time children spend watching Housed in two television. abandoned buildThe all-white disings in downtown play was created enToledo with holes tirely with trash from in the walls, plaster the Maumee River peeling off the ceilsprawled out across ing and exposed the wall. baseboards, ArtoIt included several matic 419! gave Totelevisions stuffed ledoans the chance with water bottles, to showcase their By Randiah Green statements like “unskills. plug and live, go outNews Editor and Managing Editor Whether it was side” and facts expospresented as oil on ing the 90 hours chilcanvas, hair mannequins, poetry dren put into television viewing readings or atmospheric audio each week which allows them to recordings, it could all be found identify various company labels, at the free show, which lasted but not the type of tree in their three consecutive weekends. own backyard. Artists featured in Artomatic Enclosed in a small room with 419! tried to capture people’s at- “Free to frolic in our own ignotention with spiritual, political, rance” written on tiles with brocultural and social statements ken shards of glass fastened to and say something about various the wall, Jason Zeh, Macyn Elliot issues human beings face every and Matt Ruzicka create a terrifyday. ing and thought-provoking

experience. Complete with recordings of atmospheric-sounding crunching and scratching sounds, the artists portray a strong message through really eerie techniques, not for the claustrophobic. And of course, no art showing is complete without still-life drawings. Though a lot of the more attention-grabbing pieces throughout the two buildings were politically or socially charged, one artist said she is inspired to create by more positive and uplifting things. Merce L. Culp, who was making live art on Saturday, said she likes to create “something positive for people to look at.” “There’s a lot of negative issues and things going on in the world you can put on a canvas, but positivity and purity are things I emphasize in my work. I don’t aim to please, but I like to keep it positive. Everything is God’s creation and that’s what inspires me.” Among Culp’s work were high — Artomatic 419!, Page B3

The legacy of Vengeance Day rocks The Zodiac the Civil War By Bailey Allen IC Staff Writer

This past week marks 150 is one of the instruments of the years since the beginning of Civil War that will be around the greatest military conflict in for generations to come. American history: the Civil A third effect of the Civil War. The four-year conflict be- War is its lasting impression on tween the Union North and the future generations through the Confederate South cost our media and the reenactment. nation over 600,000 The media has lives and brought the portrayed the country into an era of Civil War from social and infrastrucnumerous pertural reconstruction. spectives over As we celebrate the the past 150 150th anniversary of years, ranging the Civil War, let us from a “war to see how the war is free the slaves” still affecting our soto a “battle to ciety today. save the union.” Perhaps the great- By David Harris Over time, deIC Staff Writer est achievement of pending on the Civil War was the abolishone’s own interpretation of the ment of slavery in the United States. The Emancipation war and geographic location, Proclamation, signed Jan. 1, the war has been portrayed 1863, declared the freedom of from a variety of different anslaves in the Union and territo- gles. For example, films such ries - 50,000 immediately and as “The Birth of a Nation,” the rest as Union armies “Gods and Generals” and perhaps more famously, “Gone advanced. Although it received some With the Wind,” were set in the criticism in the political realm Civil War period. Most of these films are adapby 19th century Democrats, it ultimately helped improve mo- tations from books with the rale in the North as well as same name, such as the three gain alliances with non-slave aforementioned films. Also, countries such as the United television series such as “The Kingdom, who prior to the Blue and the Gray” take the 1863 proclamation aided the Civil War and bring it to the Confederacy because of the viewing audience of the 20th South’s cotton supply. century. In today’s society, even The reenactments of Civil though there is no visible slav- War battles are the final comery in the South, many corpo- memoration we have. Some rations and companies have occur annually, and with this adopted a similar system with- being the sesquicentennial, in their businesses. Think there will be plenty more than about it: long shifts, very low other years. pay, few days off, if any. It may Reenactments allow those not be recognizable at first, of all ages to experience the but these are the types of battles of generations ago in things that unions and other an interactive and personal worker-friendly entities are way. From the more famous combating even today. battles of Gettysburg and AnAnother effect of the Civil tietam to the lesser-known War that we see in today’s socibattles of Shenandoah Valley ety that is often overlooked is and Chickamauga, both war the Republican Party in the enthusiasts and proud AmeriUnited States. The party was organized in cans are able to relive the 1854, shortly before the war fights which helped rebuild period, but was not widely rec- and redefine our nation. These are just a few of the ognized nationally as a major political entity until Lincoln, a countless effects and modernRepublican himself, became day links that we have to the Civil War in today’s society. the party’s first president. The party over the years has Although many believe that grown from its humble roots the war ended with a Confedas a pro-business party advo- erate surrender, many of its cating for emancipation and effects are entwined with who protection for heavy industry we are as a nation and as to a conservative, pro-business American citizens. The shots party calling for lower taxes. have ceased fire, but the war Overall, the Republican Party continues on with our legacy.

Fans danced to the heavy alternative songs and some tapped their feet along to the beat from their seats of the Zodiac, the venue where the Toledo-based band Vengeance Day performed early Saturday morning. The band’s website describes their music sounding like “Dr. Seuss forgot to take his anti-depressants or a mix of Linkin Park and Deftones.” Singer Ben Alter, drummer Justin DeMoss, bassist Jim Kuli and a few friends sat around drinking beers and watching other bands perform until it was their turn to go on stage. Just in time for the show, guitarist Shane Paule showed up ready to rock out. The energy from the crowd always dictates the energy of the band. At every show, the powerful sound and lyrical melodies fill the bar, making it impossible to ignore the undeniable talent that radiates from each band member. At previous shows fans have head-banged, started mosh pits and sang along to the songs they knew. Friends whooped and hollered, cheering on the band and showing their support. The band’s beginning dates back to 2000, when Alter and Paule began writing lyrics and music together in seventh grade. Paule said they created Vengeance Day five years later. The band went through

Photo by Jeff/Streight Photography

Justin DeMoss, Jim Kuli, Shane Paule and Ben Alter make up local band Vengeance Day, who played at The Zodiac early Saturday morning. They describe themselves as a mix of “Linkin Park and Deftones.” a few different drummers before DeMoss, the band’s number one fan, took over the spot. Vengeance Day hit a break when they were featured on The Home Grow Zone with Carolyn Stone in December 2006. The Zone interviewed the band and played some of their music as well. After breaking up for a few years, Vengeance Day had their reunion show at Frankie’s Inner City Bar last May.

Kuli was the last to join the quartet as the bassist a few months later, giving the band a new, heavier sound. Each member writes their own music, according to the band. One person comes up with an idea, and shares it with the rest of the group. Paule writes the guitar part first and each member writes their part to coincide with the guit a r, t h e y s a i d .

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Zombie apocalypse hits UT Humans, depicted by bandana on the arm or leg, retreat to the steps of Carlson Library.

DeMoss and Kuli agreed their favorite song is “Holding It Together” because it’s fun to play. Alter said his favorite is “Destroyed” because “it has a variety of different things involved.” Many influences have helped the band achieve the heavy rock sound that is unique to Vengeance Day, including such bands as Papa Roach, Seether, Foo Fighters, Senses Fail, Staind and Killswitch Engage. The band writes their songs for anyone would wants to listen and would enjoy it, they said. DeMoss said the music is aimed toward “teenage angsty kids,” or “the children who suffer through more than they should,” as the lyrics of their song “Innocence” suggest. “I want my band to portray the image of the people who listen to it,” Alter said. Kuli said he wants the band to be an example of prosperity. Paule said future plans for Vengeance Day include recording an album. DeMoss said they will be releasing merchandise such as t-shirts and stickers in addition to new songs they have been working on. For more information about Vengeance Day and upcoming shows, add them on Facebook or check out their website at To listen to songs by Vengeance Day visit their MySpace at www.myspace. com/vengeanceday.

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