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Speakers set for commencement By Vincent Curkov IC Staff Writer
UT will send 2,657 graduates into the workforce and, as always, has selected two separate commencement speakers to inspire students as they set out to start careers. CEO of Chrysler Group Sergio Marchionne will give the commencement speech to the colleges of Business Administration, Engineering and Arts and Sciences while University System of Ohio Chancellor Jim Petro will speak to graduating students from the colleges of Education, Nursing and Health Science and Human Service. Marchionne started his career as an accountant and tax specialist working for Deloitte & Touche. He has been the CEO of Chrysler Group since Fiat Industrial S.p.A purchased 30 percent of the company in June 2009. He remains the CEO of Fiat. Marchionne has also been CEO for other companies around the world including the SGS Group of Geneva in
Switzerland, Lonza Group Ltd. and Algroup. “[Marchionne] has been at the core of our economy and the core of the car industry,” said Bill McMillen, interim main campus provost. Marchionne has dual citizenship in Italy and Canada. He has never spoken at an American university before. UT President Lloyd Jacobs personally visited Marchionne’s Chrysler office in Detroit and invited him to give the commencement speech to UT graduates. “He has a passionate work ethic and impressive track record for turning companies around that certainly will inspire our students as they embark upon their careers,” Jacobs said. Petro was the Ohio Attorney General before becoming chancellor of Ohio’s university system, which is the largest public education system in the nation. “Interestingly enough, he comes from a private institution [Denison University,]” Mc-
Millen said. Petro has held many elected public positions including Ohio Representative, Cuyahoga County Commissioner and Rocky River City Councilman. McMillen said this will be one of Petro’s first times giving a major speech at a university as well. “He will bring a certain political perspective,” McMillen said. It is a UT tradition to give commencement speakers honorary degrees. Marchionne will receive an honorary degree from UT at the commencement, while Petro already received an honorary doctorate from UT in 2000. “Honorary degrees are given out for recognition of life’s work,” McMillen said, “Most [universities] give out one [honorary degree] maybe two per ceremony.” The recipients of honorary degrees are chosen by the commencement committee. Recipients are typically — Speakers, Page A2
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Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne laughed with a Jeep employee as he toured the assmebly line at the Jeep Wrangler plant in Toledo, Ohio on August 23rd, 2010. Vice President Joe Biden also toured the facility and delivered a speech on the climate of the automobile industry.
Virginia Tech survivor to show documentary tonight By Megan Gross IC Staff Writer
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Paul Spradley, director of multicultural student services at Robert Morris University, speaks during an interactive workshop about diversity on Monday.
Paul Spradley holds diversity workshop By Allison Seney IC Staff Writer
At a young age, Paul Spradley learned people were treated differently based on skin color. “I remember a couple of years ago I was in Washington D.C. and I was passed up by two taxi cabs and [the] guy who finally gave me a ride told me that no one wanted to give me a ride because I was black,” the Pittsburgh native said. Spradley, the director of multicultural student services at Robert Morris University, held an interactive workshop to teach what it means to be a leader in a diverse world Monday. “Everyone has a story to tell and our story is interesting to other people, and know that we are all created equal,” Spradley said. The concept of the workshop he teaches is to develop as leaders and know three basic points, recognizing equality, everyone is connected and
part of a larger community and being intentional. “I want you to think deeper to survive than only thinking on the surface,” Spradley said. To begin his workshop, Spradley had everyone break off into pairs and had each person talk about themselves for one minute. Then he asked the audience various questions as to what it means to be a leader and what diversity is in a general sense. “I want people to open their minds and understand that we are all connected as being part of something greater then ourselves,” Spradley said. All the exercises worked together to help people learn the skills of what it means to be successful in a diverse world. “Diversity can be an issue, people can be too closed minded, success is reached by learning how to connect with others, and if people let ignorance get in the way then people are not reaching the quality of life that they could have,” Spradley said.
Main areas of diversity are measured by gender, race, religion and disability by some, and in countries like America, its declaration allows everyone to live equally. “Diversity is a heavy concept and it threw people off and sometimes people understand it is not the same,” he said. In another exercise, the audience broke off into groups of three and a sheet of paper containing specific directions was given to each group. The sheet of paper read about a plane crash scenario and the groups had to reach a decision as to which four people out of nine could enter a life raft. Out of the nine people there were two women, six men and one child. Each one had a backstory explaining who they were as an individual, but participants could only choose four. The point of the exercise was to think in terms of all people being created equal. — Diversity, Page A2
The day began like any other school day for students attending Virginia Tech University on April 16, 2007, the day the media called “the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history.” After 11 minutes of gunfire, Seung-Hui Cho, 23, had shot and killed 32 students and faculty on campus. It was later reported that he had shot himself. Eta Sigma Gamma, UT’s public health education honorary group, is partnering with several gun control awareness groups to host the arrival of Virginia Tech survivor Colin Goddard, who was one of seven survivors in his class of 17 that day and was shot four times by Cho. “I was in the right place at the right time,” Goddard said in his documentary, “Living for 32.” “I was in class.”
The documentary shows his experience with the shooting and what he is currently fighting for with regards to the possession of firearms. “Living for 32” will be shown tonight at 5:00 p.m. in the Health Science and Human Service Building Room 1711. Since graduating college, Goddard has been working with government legislation across the U.S. to fight for gun regulation and purchasing. He is currently the assistant director of Legislative Affairs of the Brady Campaign, a policy that promotes background checks on purchases from all types of gun dealers. Professor of public health and advisor of Eta Sigma Gamma Amy Thompson said the reason they are bringing Goddard in to speak is to create awareness of firearm possession to students. “By bringing it to the campus level, it makes people
realize this can affect them,” she said. “Virginia Tech can happen anywhere. It can happen at any college campus.” Thompson said one objective is to promote a reduction of firearms in the community, and in this situation, on college campuses. “The key becomes being prepared, having faculty and students trained,” she said. “And try to prevent it by having policies in place that don’t make guns on campus readily accessible.” Thompson added that college campuses are the next area being targeted to allow carrying guns. She said a bill is being introduced in both Ohio and Texas to allow college students to carry firearms on campus. Arizona’s governor just vetoed the bill last week, and Utah and Colorado have already passed it. One quarter of all — Survivor, Page A2
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Sax Man Tan Xu plays saxophone in the UT Jazz (FUSION) Ensemble on Monday in the CPA Recital Hall.
Government aims to educate students on health care options By IC Staff
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education are trying to make sure students are aware of their health care options before they graduate from college. In a conference call yesterday, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of the Department of Education Arne Duncan explained the importance of students knowing their rights under the new Health Care Act as they approach graduation. According to Sebelius, “Americans in their 20s are almost twice as likely to go without health insurance as
older adults, and those young adults who do go without health insurance are just one accident or diagnosis away from a lifetime of medical debt.” “Those who are lucky enough to find insurance bear the cost of caring for the uninsured who can’t pay for their medical care,” Sebelius said. “But the health care law is starting to change that. Before, often you could only stay on your parents’ plan until you were 19 or for a few more years only if you were a full time student. And now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, young adults can stay on their parents’ plan up until they’re 26 as long as the plan already covers dependents and coverage isn’t available
through the young adult’s workplace.” Sebelius said the DHHS and DOE are working with university presidents and leaders on college campuses to make sure that students have the information that they need to make the most of the Affordable Health Care Act’s new benefits, especially the fact that students can stay on their parents’ plans until they are 26 years old. “The class of 2011 will be the first to graduate with this new option in place,” she said. “And we think there about 1.2 million young Americans who could gain health insurance coverage this year as a result.” Sebelius said this will help students work towards careers
they will actually enjoy instead of worrying about if their jobs will offer them health insurance plans. “We know that allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plan can give them the job opportunities that are best for them because they won’t have to worry if the desk job with insurance is the better choice than pursuing your dream to work for both parents and the young adults.” Sebelius said during the conference call the act also outlaws “many of the worst abuses of the insurance industry,” making it illegal to deny insurance to those under the age of 19 based on any pre-existing health
condition. “In 2014, that’s going to extend to all Americans,” she said. Duncan said a lot of students in the past have worried “what happens if something goes wrong and you don’t have coverage” after they graduate. “This is a real game changer for that,” he said. Duncan said the most important thing the DOE and DHHS are trying to do is create an “awareness campaign” for graduating college students by contacting all university presidents with suggestions like distributing fliers, giving out informational packets and holding information sessions for all graduating seniors.
Diversity From Page A1 “In that scenario, the only logical thing would be to draw straws in order to pick who lives and who dies,” Spradley said. He said this raises the point of how the value of human life can be measured, because people’s percetions of diversity is different. “Treat a stranger like a family member. Diversity is a like a biblical thing: we are part of something bigger,” Spradley said. “People think diversity is black and white, but understanding how to relate to people is a big deal.” One more exercise consisted of two groups competing against one another to build a
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Jazz Slide The University of Toledo Jazz (FUSION) Ensemble, led by director Gunnar Mossblad and assistant director Andrew Bielski, performed on Monday night at the Recital Hall in the Center for Performing Arts. The senior recital for jaz percussion will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Recital Hall.
keynotes speakers. Anyone can nominate someone to be a keynote speaker, but the final decision lies with the Jacobs. McMillen spoke briefly on what criteria are used to choose commencement speakers. “You should have a speaker that reflects what the university is doing,” he said. According to McMillen, 75 percent of commencement speakers are not known outside of their field of expertise. “I think it is a little unusual to have two newsworthy speakers
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Survivor From Page A1 colleges and universities have had a gun-related incident happen within the past year, according to Thompson, and four out of every 100 students in this country have access to guns. She added the U.S. is the number one industrialized country with firearms as the cause of death. “As a faculty member, I have never been trained about active shooting,” Thompson said. “We don’t have ways of tracking potentially violent students.” She added that this should not be a reason to promote such a law. “This really can become a very dangerous situation,” she said. Students can watch Goddard’s documentary tonight about his life after the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. He will stay to answer questions and discuss gun control and other topics after the showing. free-standing structure out of marshmallows and spaghetti noodles to support a plate of eight crayons. The groups had to deliberately not include one member. The skills learned here was that a leader knows how to include everyone. “Once everyone understands that we are interconnected we can get past things holding us back,” Spradley said. Jessica Merrit, program manager at the Office of Student Involvement, said she enjoys interactive workshops that help incorporate diversity in daily life. “Good teachers are passionate about what they do,” Merrit said. “I liked how the workshop helped teach us to meet people where they are and to be intentional.” [this year,]” McMillen said. The graduation ceremony for the colleges of Business Administration, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the John F. Savage Arena. The graduation ceremony for the colleges of Education, Nursing, Health Science and Human Service will be held at 2 p.m. “You see commencements on TV and they are all special, but the University of Toledo does a pretty nice job,” McMillen said. “[Students] come into the school lost and nervous and leave confident with a degree.”
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Know your options The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education have launched an “awareness campaign” to make sure that students who are graduating from college are aware of how the Affordable Health Care Act will affect. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius want to make sure graduating students especially are aware of the fact that they can now stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26 years old. The two departments have even gone so far as to send letters to all university presidents and student body presidents, or at least they claim they have, suggesting ways of keeping students informed of their options since they will be “the first to graduate with this new option in place. The DOE and DHHS are putting forth a lot of effort to make sure students are properly informed. They suspect the option to stay on their parents’ insurance will encourage them to get a job they actually will enjoy or do something like start their own business and work for non-profit organizations rather than worrying about whether their job will give them proper health insurance or not. This is an important piece of information for students to know. It is
great that students are being encouraged to actually follow their dreams instead of going into big business jobs because of high pay and benefits, including health insurance. It is commendable that the government is going so far as to contact “ever university president in the country” to tell them to keep students informed on their options. It seems a lot of students graduate and wonder what do I do next, whereas if they have one more thing they don’t have to worry about, insurance coverage in this case, they can do what they feel is best and pursue whatever endeavors they wish without having to worry about what will happen when they get sick and are in need of medical attention. The DHHS and DOE have recommended that universities give out informational packets during graduations, hold informational sessions especially for graduating seniors and giving out fliers that will direct them to a Facebook page with more information. The university has done a great job at holding open discussions and forums on the new Health Care laws and how it will directly affect students since the Affordable Health Care Act came about. They should continue those efforts, especially for graduating seniors for whom this information is most important.
Events need better advertising This week at the University of Toledo is Diversity Week. There are many events lined up on the calendar aimed at teaching students about diversity and celebrating how diverse the university community is. Though every day should be diversity day, the idea behind having a whole week to celebrate diversity is not a bad one. But it is an ineffective one if only nine people celebrate. Director of Multicultural Student Services at Robert Morris University Paul Spradley came to UT to hold an interactive workshop on what it means to be a leader in a diverse world Monday. About nine students attended his presentation. This is unlikely due to students’ lack of appreciation for diversity at UT, but most likely due to poor advertising. There are so many things happening on campus, so many things that may be of interest to students, but most events and gatherings are so poorly advertised. There
have been plenty of times when we here at the Independent Collegian will look on UT’s calendar of events and see something interesting that may be worth covering for a story only to attend and find there is an audience of 10 people or fewer and in some cases that the event has been canceled, though a few people still show up. The only events that are widely advertised on campus are Dance Marathon, when students play “MMMBop” in front of the Student Unions on repeat for a couple of annoying hours, and Songfest. Other events on campus such as Diversity Week should be widely advertised as well. If we want more students to get involved on campus and improve the UT experience, more promotion and information needs to be available to students about fun and meaningful events. Besides, it’s embarrassing when a speaker comes to UT from another university to speak to students and only nine show up.
Technology has advanced rapidly in the last 10 to 20 years. A phone is now more capable of computing complex tasks than a computer was 15 years ago. Technology is becoming smaller, more efficient a n d m o r e innovative. Yet we continue to struggle to Stephen define Bartholomew the human experience in relation to the constant adaptation to technological development. Ray Kurzweil, a futurist, author and inventor believes technology will change so swiftly in the next 25 years that average humans won’t be able to follow it unless they enhance their own intelligence by merging with technology. Artificial intelligence, or synthetic consciousness, has been restricted to the realm of science fiction in the past. However, according to the books Kurzweil has written and the documentary “Transcendental Man,” in which Kurzweil’s life and ideas are highlighted, the science of artificial intelligence will be non-fiction in the near future. Kurzweil believes that technology is evolving so quickly that humans may even one day conquer death by transcending our biological limitations. He calls this phenomenon The Singularity. Human intelligence will surpass our current imagination of what is even possible. There will be a dawning of a new civilization where there will be no clear distinction between human and machine. The line between actual reality and virtual reality will become obscure. Admittedly, Kurzweil’s ideas are pretty far out. They almost don’t even seem worth considering, but his
vision of the future is rather optimistic. He believes the merging of human and artificial intelligence will lead to solving global problems like pollution, hunger, poverty and illness. Artificial intelligence has already proven to be superior in the realm of trivia and general knowledge as the world watched IBM’s artificial intelligence computer system “Watson” defeat Jeopardy! champions Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings. But will artificial intelligence ever be able to reason or be creative without human interference? This is all very exciting and groundbreaking fodder for thought. But a big part of me worries that hoping technology will provide solutions to global problems is like drinking a Diet Coke while eating a bucket of fried chicken. Granted, technology could solve global problems. But currently, this idea is only a hopeful approximation. Global problems need solutions now. By looking so far into the future, we forget
A big part of me worries that hoping technology will provide solutions to global problems is like drinking a Diet Coke while eating a bucket of fried chicken.
about the present. To exaggerate the positive possibilities of technology is delusional when it is clear that technology as it exists today is convoluting the human experience. Cell phones allow immediate communication with others all over the world, yet they are conversation blockers to those who are physically present. Video games allow an
escape into a fantasy world where virtually anything is possible, yet they simulate real life activities and render physical presence inconsequential. Film and television are reality substitutes, numbing the public mind and manipulating public discourse. The Internet has become a second brain, relieving the burden of remembering facts and events, making it all too feasible to rewrite history. Of course, if we look at the other side of the coin, technology has provided numerous gifts and has greatly advanced the development of civilization. Without electricity, penicillin or wireless technology, the world would be a very different place. There are always positive sides to any negative side. It is important to always consider both. One thing is clear – as a species we have lost our connection to the Earth. I am sure there are not many people that could walk outside and identify five edible plants. In the room you are sitting there may not even be one object that is completely natural. We live in an increasingly synthetic world and Kurzweil believes, we will see rapid changes in the near future regarding our relationship with technology. But we must not let ourselves become completely detached from the Earth. Yet, perhaps humans will evolve and merge with technology to form a new consciousness, as Kurzweil contends. It seems unimaginable to live forever as a synthetic being. I cannot even begin to perceive what that would be like. But I think I would rather die on Earth than live forever as a ghost in the machine.
__ Stephen Bartholomew is an IC columnist majoring in English Education at UT.
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Police Blotter The following events occurred between April 6 and April 17. Anyone with information regarding these events should contact UT Police at 419-530-2600.
On April 6, a police officer was dispatched to the University of Toledo Medical Center to take a theft report. The victim reported she was waiting in a hospital room while her husband, who was a patient, was out of the room for testing. She left the room for a short walk in the hallway and returned to find
a suspect rummaging through the clothing cabinet where her husband’s clothing and her purse were. The suspect stated he had gotten into the wrong cabinet and then opened another cabinet and retrieved a shirt. The victim stated she went to the cabinet a short time later and discovered her purse missing. The nursing staff came into the room and checked the suspect’s side of the room, going through the drawers, cabinets, garbage cans and soiled linen containers. The purse was not found in the room. The purse was later discovered in a bathroom of another hospital room behind a trash can with
$25 in cash missing from it. On April 14, a police officer was dispatched to Carlson Library to take a theft report. The victim stated he left his $800 laptop in Carlson Library while he performed a Night Watch escort. The victim is a Night Watch student employee. Upon returning he found the laptop was missing but his coworker’s laptop was still where he left it. The circulation desk manager said there are no security cameras monitoring the area of the theft. On April 16, a police officer was dispatched to Horton International House to
take a theft report. The victim reported someone had stolen the seat off his bicycle. The bicycle had been secured to the bike racks at International House. The victim stated he last saw his bike, with the seat still attached, on April 8. On April 17, a police officer was dispatched to Academic House to take a theft report. The victim stated she left some of her clothing in a dryer in the sixth floor laundry room and when she returned some of her undergarments including two bras and 20 pairs of underwear were missing. The total value of the stolen undergar-
Colleges price out middle class: Even best and brightest can afford it By Barbara Shelly McClatchy Newspapers (MCT) The wildest college admissions story of the year involves a 4-year-old. The tyke’s mother sued a New York City preschool, claiming it hadn’t lived up to advertising claims that the $19,000-a-year tuition would set her child on the path to the promised land. Instead of drilling for the intelligence test needed for admittance to a prestigious elementary school, it seems the girl spent most of her time _ believe it, folks _ playing. “It is no secret that getting a child into the Ivy League starts in nursery school,” the mom said in a legal brief. Well, Harvard admitted only 6.2 percent of its applicants this year, so perhaps this mother is on to something. In other news, waiting lists for selective schools are at an all-time high. And being raised by a tiger mother paid off. The daughter of Amy Chua _ the Chinese mom who recounted her stern childrearing methods in a controversial book _ was accepted by Harvard and Yale. These are the stories we
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hear this time of year, as the acceptance and rejection notices from top-flight colleges roll in. It’s an entertaining exercise to watch. But from a public policy perspective, it’s almost irrelevant. Dips in endowments aside, the Ivies and their students will be fine. Even their rejects will get by. Kids who aspire to the Ivy League usually have plenty of other choices. Here are some more meaningful higher education stories to keep an eye on: _Students at all four campuses of the University of Missouri system will pay higher tuition next year. Increases also may be in store at some Kansas universities. A report last year by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni warned that if tuition at Big 12 universities continues to increase at the rate seen in the last five years, the average family with a middle school student can expect to spend a quarter of its annual household income on that child’s college tuition. _In a milestone moment last year, the total amount of debt owed on student loans moved ahead of the nation’s collective credit card debt.
Students who borrowed money left college last year with an average debt of $24,000. And many are asking whether a college degree still carries enough weight in the job market to make the cost worthwhile. _Every autumn, on community college campuses, students and teachers alike weep over test results that show too many high school graduates lack the reading and math skills to enroll in college courses. These students are channeled into remedial classes _ an expense they hadn’t budgeted for. Lack of preparedness is a big reason that less than a third of the students who enroll in a community college with the goal of attaining a two-year degree ever receive one. Four-year colleges also struggle with completion rates. Four of 10 students who enroll at a college or university don’t earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. For too long, we’ve been focused on the campus entrance. “Go to college,” we’ve told our young men and women, holding out a degree as the key to the American dream. We’ve offered them scholarships and grants and
loans and applauded them as they’ve walked through the front gate. But no one pays much attention when they slip quietly out the back door with no degree and tons of debt. That’s starting to change. The Obama administration has asked states to come up with new approaches for improving college completion rates. The Gates Foundation is offering incentives to community colleges to work on the problem. Those are good moves, but they confine themselves to the conventional wisdom that at least some college is good for everyone. A growing number of counselors, economists and, yes, academics, are questioning that wisdom, and instead recommending more apprenticeships and vocational training to prepare students for middle-skills jobs. The solution isn’t one approach or another. Students need options other than college and those who opt for college need support once they get there. College admissions dramas make for good reading. Jobs and financial security make for happier endings.
ments was $100.
Theft from motor vehicle
On April 14, a police officer was dispatched to parking lot 10 to take a theft from motor vehicle report. The victim reported he parked his car in lot 10 and put his wallet in his glove compartment. When he returned to his vehicle, the glove compartment was open but the wallet was not missing. The victim later attempted to make a purchase using his debit card and noticed the card was missing from his wallet. The victim called the bank and found there were seven unauthorized transactions on his account.
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Arts and Life 1 Local band has UT ties
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Vincent D. Scebbi – Editor
Even if it’s not a band, when I come home at five, the first thing I do is pick up an instrument for a half an hour
UT Symphony Band @ Doermann Theatre in University Hall. Concert starts at 8 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Angela Riddel at 419-530-2452 Concert: Dick Lange Trio @ Manhattan’s Restaurant, 1516 Adams Street, Toledo, OH. 43604, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 419-243-6675. Comedian Steve Hoftstetter @ Connxtions Comedy Club, 5319 Heatherdowns Blvd. Price,
$2 - $12. For more information,
Thomas Barden Dean, Honors College
friday UT Wind Ensemble @ Doermann Theatre in University Hall. Concert starts at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Angela Riddel at 419-530-2452. UT Junior Piano Recital @ Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall at 7 p.m. For more information, call Angela Riddel at
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Larry Meyer, drummer of Old State Line, practices at the Lipman’s residence Tuesday night.
Dean of the Honors College Tom Barden, plays guitar while rehearsing Tuesday for his band Old State Line. He also plays mandolin.
By Vincent D. Scebbi Arts and Life Editor
He’s a college dean by day and musician by night. This describes the life of Thomas Barden, dean of the recently formed Honors College. “Never a day job, just doing it because I love it,” he said. “If everything gets crazy at the university, which has happened occasionally, it’s been really soothing thing.” Barden contributes
419-530-2452. Postmodern Blues Band @ Admirals American Grille, 26 Main Street from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more
Junior Recital–Jazz Percussion with Joe Sneider @ Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-530-2452. Senior Recital—Voice with Sasha Noori @ Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall at 7 p.m. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 419-530-2452. Steve Miller Band & Gregg Allman @ Huntington Center, 500 Jefferson Ave. For more information, call Ticketmaster at 419-474-1333. Hindi Movie Showing: Thank You @ Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant Street, Maumee, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 to $10. For more
419-908-0440. Jazz Night @ South Briar Restaurant, 5147 S Main, Sylvania, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 419-517-1111.
guitar, mandolin and dobro, a type of guitar played with the instrument laying flat, for the old-time Americana quintet Old State Line. A native of Virginia, Barden first started playing guitar when he was 16. It was later, while attending college and graduate school at the University of Virginia, that he was influenced by the local street performers. “The music scene was unbelievable because of the old fiddlers. They’ll come out and just play incredible
Holy Week part one: Passover By David Harris IC Staff Writer
The Jewish community began celebrating Passover, one of their most significant holidays, Monday at sundown. The night began with the ritualistic hearing the story of the exodus, known as Seder, and enjoying sandwiches made of matzo and maror. Passover is a seven-day celebration of the Jewish faith that celebrates the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt as depicted in the Torah and Hebrew Bible. The Passover holiday begins on the 15th day of Nisan, the first month on the Hebrew calendar. Depending on the orientation of the moon, this date varies annually. Student Government President Matt Rubin, a member of the Jewish faith, understands how important Passover is. “It’s considered one of our high holidays,” Rubin said. Other members of the Jewish community share similar views, such as member of the Chabad House who wished to only be called Matthew. “To me, Passover is like the cream of the crop when it comes to holidays within our faith,” he said. “Passover is one of those holidays that I look forward to every year.” Matthew said the weeklong celebration involves rituals such as the Seder meal, eating of matzah and other kosher foods, then explained a few of the rituals that correspond with the holiday.
Some rituals, such as the symbolism of each piece on the Seder plate and those behind the readings in the Haggadah, would not be so familiar to the average American. Matthew said that it is critical for those who are not a part of Judaism to understand why the Jewish community takes so much passion into remembering its past. “It’s who we are, it’s a part of our history,” he said. “It’s the same as us [Americans] celebrating the Fourth of July. Without understanding the Passover, we lose sight of our identity.” Rubin believes the traditions of Passover are a big help with understanding this identity, for not only those who are Jewish, but those who want to understand it from an outsider’s perspective. “Passover is ingrained within [the Jewish people],” he said. “It helps that scenes that deal with the Exodus story have been fairly glamorized in movies and films.” Rubin was referring to blockbuster films such as “The Ten Commandments” and “Moses,” among others. “Movies such as these are how most of the mainstream have gotten their understanding about Passover and what it is,” Rubin said. “The mainstream knows the line ‘Let my people go,’ but they don’t know what it means to us [the Jewish community].” Rubin said Hillel, the — Passover, Page B2
stuff,” Barden said. He picked up the mandolin later in life and received the dobro as a present from his wife and bassist of Old State Line Rayna Zacharias approximately 10 years ago. Aside from Barden and his spouse, Old State Line is composed of Ramsey AbuAbsi on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Cindy Lipman on fiddle and vocals and Larry Meyer keeping the beat with the drums. Each member has their own connection
to the university. Abu-Absi received his bachelors and masters degrees in economics at UT and teaches part time in the economics department. His wife, Kate Abu-Absi, is the director of the Arts Living Learning Community, located in Ottawa House East. Lipman, wife of UT Professor of English Joel Lipman, received her bachelors and two masters degrees from UT, taught part time at UT and currently works full time at Mercy College.
Meyer received his law degree from UT and Zacharias received her nursing degree from the university as well. Zacharias is a recent addition to the lineup since she picked up bass about two years ago. “I think it’s because we’ve been married for almost 30 years and she’s been around it the whole time,” Barden said. “I just love it because it’s so much better than to — Old State Line, Page B2
‘Art and disease’ By Jason Mack Editor in Chief
Disease is less glamorous than previous Toledo Museum of Art themes, but the exhibit “What’s Wrong with Me? Art and Disease” is as powerful as any to date. Art history students at the University of Toledo serve as curators for the exhibit, which opens April 22 in the Hitchcock Gallery at TMA. “Artists through time have covered the human condition, and disease is part of that,” said Teri Sharp, public relations manager at TMA. “There are a number of pieces in our collection that deal with disease and illness.”
The class is part of a continuing collaboration between UT and the museum. Students work with personnel to gain hands-on training in the design of art exhibitions. Each semester the class features a new theme. “Some of the students have taken the class previously,” Sharp said. “They liked it so well and felt they learned so much they wanted to take it again with a different theme.” The exhibit opens April 22, but it will continue to progress throughout the semester. “It is going to be an installation in progress,” Sharp said. “When it opens
on April 22, most of the prints will be up, but not all of the signage and labels are there. Students have through the end of the semester to finish their work, so if you come back you will see more notes about the objects as it progresses.” According to a press release, the three themes featured in the art are “disease is part of life; isolation and social stigma have accompanied various diseases at different times in human history; and disease can inspire hope, faith and compassion for one another.” “What the students — TMA, Page B2
Photo courtesy of Toledo Museum of Art
Käthe Hollwitz (German, 1867-1945) Kreig (War): The Parents. Woodcut.
Old State Line From Page B1 say, ‘See you, I’m off to a gig,’ it’s ‘come on, let’s go to the gig.’” Zacharias said she feels she learned the bass quickly because she and Barden could play together. “I think I have progressed as a bass player because I can play with him,” she said. “I don’t have to pack it up or take anywhere because it’s home. I think it’s been great and a whole new thing we can do together and play with.” The name Old State Line is based on Old State Line Road that runs north of Swanton and west of Holland, Barden said. The road was once the border that divided Ohio and Michigan, yet when Ohio obtained Toledo, Michigan got the Upper Peninsula and the new divide was drawn, County Road 34 changed its name to Old State Line Road. “It just struck us as cool. It’s got three syllables and easy to say like Ten Mile Creek,” he said. The band formed when Barden and Lipman’s prior
Independent Collegian group, Ten Mile Creek, parted ways. When the duo reformed, they added Abu-Absi and Meyer. The addition of the drum set allows the band to play a mix of both bluegrass and rockabilly. “Putting a drum in it makes it so much less old time,” Barden said. “It can move us more toward Johnny Cash stuff and more rockabilly. It’s really a lot more fun.” The duo started playing together for about 25 years in a variety of bands. “I was playing the fiddle and he played guitar and that’s how we emerged,” Lipman said. Meyer said Old State Line grew out of the Bardens’ home in Old Orchard neighborhood to local venues. With every bandmate having his or her own life to balance, finding time to practice can be difficult and because of that, there’s more pressure to stay performance ready. “You always want to have time to progress and learn new materials and things like that,” Abu-Absi said. “It makes you focus more on your problem areas and
things you want to get better at and practice and have a little bit of discipline to get together and work on stuff.” Meyer said each member of the band adds their own personality and style to the group. “Cindy is more of the old time music person; Barden, coming from Virginia, has more of the folklore background, he brings that folk and mountain music,” Meyer said. “My sense is Ramsey, [brings in more] Jerry Garcia and new grass. I come to it from more a rock background. I’m always pushing it to a folk-rock band. We all kind of bounce off each other.” Barden said music is a way to unwind for both him and his wife when they get home from work. “Even if it’s not a band, when I come home at five, the first thing I do is pick up an instrument for a half an hour,” Barden said. “Rayna is the same way: she’s an intensive care nurse and when she comes home, a lot of stuff has happened, and playing music seems to be the same for her.”
TMA From Page B1 learned in looking at various prints for the show, they found the Good Samaritan theme,” Sharp said. “When others are ill it does bring out the best in us, the compassion of humanity, and that is illustrated in the works.” Along with finding the Good Samaritan theme, students found an 1861 print called “The Good Samaritan” by French artist Rodolphe Bresdin. Sharp said she was particularly moved by the piece “Krieg (War): The Parents” by German artist Käthe Kollwitz. “She’s an artist who lost two sons in World War I,” Sharp said. “The couple is obviously deep in grief. It is so powerful to look at. It’s quite moving.” The woodcut by Kollwitz is one of 30 pieces the students selected from the museum’s collection. The students also selected one work from outside the collection — the 13-minute
Thursday, April 21, 2011 video “A Fire in My Belly” by David Wojnarowicz. The film explores the inevitability of death and Wojnarowicz’s battle with AIDS. “We were approached by the class to make an exception, because typically we only use art from the museum’s collection,” Sharp said. “We asked them to make a curatorial case why they thought the video should be part of the exhibit. They made a compelling case in terms of the video being related to the theme. The video is on loan [from the PPOW Gallery in New York] just for this exhibition.” The video and many works in the exhibit feature disturbing imagery, so viewer discretion is advised. “There will be a disclaimer about disturbing imagery,” Sharp said. The free exhibit runs through August 7. The Toledo Museum of Art is located at 2445 Monroe St.
Passover From Page B1 Jewish organization at UT, decided to help Jewish students in celebrating the Passover this year by bringing it closer to campus. “Hillel recently has purchased a house over by the Interfaith Center. It’s difficult for students who are actively involved at UT to embrace the full essence of the [Passover] holiday because of the dietary restrictions and having to go to worship,” Rubin said. “The healthiest students are those who can balance school, work and their faith. Those who can’t won’t be able to succeed.” Rubin said he understands the Passover story is ultimately a story about one particular idea that everyone shares. “It’s all about freedom,” Rubin said. “Whether it’s Moses freeing Israel from Egypt and Pharaoh or protesters in the community voicing their opinions about political and/or social issues, the ideas of freedom are engrained within us.”
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Depth Chart From Page B4
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Sophomore Bernard Reedy caught eight passes for 143 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown in the spring game on Friday. He is currently listed as a starter.
Sophomore Zac Kerin has earned the top spot at the right guard position while Phillipkieth Manley is slotted to start at the left guard. Seniors Mike VanDerMeulen and John Morookian are at the top of the chart for the starting tackles. Another underclassman making a splash on the depth chart is wide receiver Bernard Reedy. The 5-9, 175 pound wide-out hauled in eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdown in the spring game. “I think Mancz, out of everybody, had the best spring along with Reedy,” Beckman said. “For two freshman that have never been through spring ball, they sure didn’t play like freshman.” The defensive side of the ball has no underclassman currently starting with seven seniors, including sixth-year senior cornerback Desmond Marrow, taking the reigns. The defensive line will have seniors Malcolm Riley, Johnathan Lamb and Johnie Roberts along with junior T.J. Fatinikun. The Rockets will open their season on Sept. 1 at the Glass Bowl against New Hampshire.
File photo by Jason Mack / IC
Shafir to be Featured in Sports Illustrated Toledo junior guard Naama Shafir will be highlighted in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated.
UMass comes from a great FCS conference...I think they will be a great addition. Tim Beckman UT Football Head Coach
www.IndependentCollegian.com UMass to join MAC in football By Joe Mehling Assistant Sports Editor
The University of Massachusetts has agreed to join the Mid-American Conference as a football member only beginning in the 2012 season. With the addition of UMass, the MAC now has 14 teams. “UMass comes from a great FCS conference,” Toledo Head Coach Tim Beckman said. “Some school from that conference usually has a good shot at winning a national championship. I think they will be a great addition.” “We feel the time is right for this landmark decision of UMass football elevating to the FBS level,” said University of Massachusetts Athletic Director John McCutcheon. “Playing in the FBS is where UMass should be positioned as the flagship campus of the state system. The opportunities to play on a national level and what that means for exposure and visibility will be a tremendous asset not only for athletics, but for the entire university. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to join the Mid-American Conference and develop relationships and rivalries with its members.” The Minutemen are making the jump from FCS and have had success in the past. They have won five conference tournaments and won the 1998 Division II National Championship. More recently, UMass head coach Kevin Morris has an 11-11 record including a 6-5 record in 2010. “The University of Massachusetts will add to the academic stature of the MidAmerican Conference and bring a strong tradition and depth to our conference,” said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, Commissioner of the MidAmerican Conference. “The UMass football program will add quality to our conference’s football programs and balance our divisions. In addition, this addition allows our conference to expand our footprint into New England and into the Boston and Hartford/Springfield markets.”
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Toledo to face NIU for MAC West lead By Zach Davis Sports Editor
Toledo’s game against Notre Dame yesterday was canceled due to inclement weather and will not be made up this season. The Rockets (19-17, 8-4 MidAmerican Conference), who had been on an 11-game winning streak before losing two-of-three games at Bowling Green last weekend, may have been battling fatigue. Toledo had played 13 games in 17 days and will now have five days off between games for the first time since Feb. 27 – March 4 earlier this season. Sitting atop the MAC West Division with the Rockets is Northern Illinois (17-17, 8-4 MAC), who the Rockets face this weekend in a three-game series for a leg up in the conference. Sophomore starting pitcher Jared Locke’s (2-1) start was scheduled for Tuesday but he will have to wait until this weekend against the Huskies for possible action. Locke typically pitches in the middle of the week and it is unknown what Toledo’s rotation will be for the weekend after the rainout. Locke has wins in each of his last two starts over Michigan and Cleveland State, allowing just one run in a combined 14 innings. Toledo’s typical weekend starters include sophomore Michael Hamann (2-3) and juniors Kyle Shaw (4-2) and Lincoln Rassi (24). Hamann, who entered this weekend’s game against the Falcons with a 17-inning scoreless streak, will be looking to rebound from lasting just two innings in a loss to Bowling Green. He is second on the team with a 1.96 ERA, while Shaw and Rassi have 4.26 and 5.68 ERAs, respectively. Ben Hammer leads Toledo into the first place deciding series with a .368 season batting average, ranking first on UT in doubles (8) and walks (16), second in RBI (16) and third in runs (18). The Rockets face NIU on Friday at 3 p.m. before 1 p.m. games on both Saturday and Sunday.
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Freshman reliever Adam Tyson and the Rockets will travel to DeKalb, Ill. this weekend for a three game series against NIU for first place in the MAC West Division.
Zach Davis – Editor Rockets set to face WMU for MAC Title By Nate Pentecost IC Staff Writer
Fresh off a nine-match sweep of Northern Illinois last week, The Rockets men’s tennis team will face Western Michigan on Friday at 1 p.m. to determine the regular-season Mid-American Conference Champion in 2011. Toledo (23-8) will travel to Kalamazoo looking to extend its team record 12-game winning streak and stretch the program record for wins in a season to 24. The Rockets and Western Michigan (13-10) both enter the match with a 4-0 record in MAC play but the Broncos have won the past five conference titles. “We are definitely approaching the match as an underdog,” UT Men’s Tennis Head Coach Al Wermer said. “That said, that works well for us, and we are excited.” Toledo will rely heavily on an impressive group of seniors, including Aleksandar Elezovic (3), Nutthavit Likitkumchorn (2), and Sven Burus (1) who have combined for six MAC Player of the Week awards this season. The senior class, which also includes Gursher Harika, has accumulated 70 wins, the most over a four-year span in program history. “I guess I am not that much of an awards guy,” Wermer said. “I think it’s great for the guys, but other years we have had good players but for some reason they did not get player of the week honors. “We try to help guys advance as athletes, but also as people. Each year they have been here they have progressed as tennis players for sure but also in their leadership skills. That has been the biggest factor for our team this year.” The winner of Friday’s match will hold the No. 1 overall seed in the MAC Tournament which is set to begin Thursday, April 28. “Win or lose, I do not think there is going to be much of a hangover from Friday,” Wermer said. “I think we will be ready to go for the tournament, and we realize at that point the NCAA bid is on the line, and that is when we will play our best tennis of the year. That is the plan.”
Beckman, Rockets reveal first depth chart By Joe Mehling Assistant Sports Editor
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Toledo Head Coach Tim Beckman (left) and the Rockets revealed the first depth chart of the 2011 season yesterday.
The Rockets have released their spring depth chart following the annual Blue vs. Gold Spring Game on Friday, which resulted in a 35-14 victory for the Gold team. Few surprises were on the first chart of the 2011 season but most positions have yet to be solidified. Many players have stepped up their play in spring practices and have earned a spot in the top spots on the depth chart. Two of those players competing for a linebacker spot are junior Robert Bell and Toledo native Ray Bush. “I think Robert had a great spring,” Head Coach Tim Beckman said. “He has been here for two football seasons and he understands Division I football. Ray is still learning, he has been up and down with this being his first year in spring football. Ray definitelyhas the talent to play in our football games.” Despite their being no answer on who will be the starting quarterback come September, there are a few answers on who will be protecting whoever it may be. Replacing Kevin Kowalski at the center position looks like freshman Greg Mancz. — Depth Chart, Page B3
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Senior Aleksandar Elezovic was named Mid-American Conference Player of the Week for the thrid time this season. The men’s tennis team will face Western Michigan on Friday at 1p.m.