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Chinese population at UT triples By John Gumersell IC Staff Writer

Two years ago, the University of Toledo established an initiative seeking out Chinese students. Since then, the number

of Chinese students at UT has tripled. UT created a partnership through a sister-city program with Shiwanda, China. This allows two international cities to

share one another’s culture and understanding according to Larry Burns, vice president for external affairs and interim vice president for equity and diversity.

Burns said China is a perfect candidate for a sister-city program due to its cultural background and large population. “Most international students that are from China

bring expertise in fields such as engineering,” Burns said. “Families in China value such terminal degrees due to their — Chinese, Page A2

By Casey Cheap For the IC

Students and faculty alike have been expressing frustration with Blackboard, the online learning management system students can access through the MyUT Portal. The testing function of the site has reportedly been prone to freezing up and kicking students off the site before they can save and submit their test results. “It is a particular ‘test’ setting, one that many instructors are most likely to use,” said Benjamin Pryor, vice provost and dean for the College of Innovative Learning. “It is the test format when questions are presented one-by-one.” Despite having problems since the beginning of the school year, Pryor said instructors on campus did not notice the problems with Blackboard until more testing took place as the semester rolled along. “We really started getting some complaints about two weeks ago and, as testing went on, we started realizing this was happening,” he said. — Blackboard, Page A2

Remembering Troy Davis

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The Black Student Union hosted a memorial service for Troy Davis Thursday. Davis was convicted for allegedly murdering a police officer while he was working security at a Burger King in Savannah, Georgia and he was sentenced to death in 1991. Many, including those in different countries, have protested Davis’ execution due to the murder weapon never being recovered and several retrials. Davis was executed last Wednesday. Director of Toledo Excel David Young (bottom left) spoke at the memorial.

Student organizations raise money for Somalia By Sura Khuder IC News Editor

Over 12.4 million people across the horn of Africa have been affected by what experts call the worst famine in a generation. Located at the Eastern tip, Somalia has experienced the greatest brunt of the devastation with a dysfunctional government and Al-Qaeda-linked militants blockading aid to victims.

After seeing how successful student organizations were at benefiting victims of the Haiti earthquake during the 2009-2010 school year, Idris Yakubu, a sophomore majoring in pharmacy, decided to approach student organizations to join forces for Somalia. Students in the Muslim Student Association, Black Student Union, African

World renowned trumpet player promotes awareness of American music heritage By Danielle Gamble IC Copy Editor

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Refugees appear at the refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, August 11, 2011. The camp is home to almost 400,000 refugees, mostly from neighboring Somalia.

the most influential trumpet players of this generation. His achievements include winning Wynton Marsalis believes nine Grammy Awards, receivthis country yearns for an ing honorary degrees from American mythology, a yearn- over 25 leading universities ing that has grown out of years such as Harvard, Columbia and of rich culture and beautiful Yale as well as receiving the music. first Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marsalis made a plea to a jazz musician. Americans to claim their heriMarsalis described the histotage in the presentation “The ry of America Ballad of the in his lecture, American Art,” highlighting No one remem- African Amerwhere he argued that musical re- bers that music was in- ican struggles tegrated before sources in the and musical baseball. US are being influence. He wasted. also stressed Marsalis visit- Wynton Marsalis the impored UT Wednes- Jazz Musician tance of jazz day as part of the concerning sixth-annual Shathe Civil piro Lecture series hosted by Rights Movement. the College of Language, Liter“No one remembers that muature and Social Sciences in sic was integrated before basethe Student Union Building ball,” he said. Auditorium. Marsalis did not only dwell “We have an embarrassment on the past, but lamented the of artistic riches,” Marsalis present struggles of American said. “Our arts, they have no youth and claimed the reason value to us. They are for kids. for their difficulties lay in their Who calculates the value of inability to reclaim their roots. ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Yankee “Who will rescue our kids Doodle’ or ‘Go Down Moses’?” — Shapiro, Page A2 Marsalis is considered one of

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Hawa Barre Osman looks for a sign of life from Abdi Noor Ibrahim, her severely malnourished 1-year-old, inside the Doctors Without Borders therapeutic feeding center at the Dadaab complex in Kenya. She walked for a month with her five children from Somalia to reach the camp.

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Two-year-old Habido Sharif Hassan lies severely malnourished inside a United Nations High Commission for Refugees hospital inside one of the three refugee camps just outside Dadaab, Kenya.



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Pryor sent a memo to all UT faculty members instructing them how prevent some of the problems from occurring. Some suggestions included cleaning out the web browser’s cache and using Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or Internet Explorer 8. Some faculty members have been so furious over the problems, they have suggested the university replace Blackboard with an alternative web assistant for classes next school year. “Since we have installed Blackboard, we have not been happy with the service, and it has always had bugs with it,” he said. Pryor ruled out

UT Center for Religious Understanding

Ovamir Anjum will reflect on his time spent in Egypt when he delivers the Annual Imam Khattab Lecture in Islamic Studies today at 7 p.m. in the Law Center Auditorium. His lecture, “Egypt Today: Field Notes on Islamism, Liberalism and the New World Order,” is the first in a series presented by the UT Center for Religious Understanding. The free public Imam Khattab Annual Lecture is sponsored by the UT Center for Religious Understanding with funds from the Anderson Foundation and Muslim communities of Greater Toledo.

Blackboard being replaced any time soon, however, and the site is constantly offering new releases and repairs. “A couple of weeks ago, [Blackboard] gave us a patch, but some of the solutions they have given us actually made things worse,’ he said. “Some of the service packs they give us actually cause other problems. It is unfortunate, but we will make it better.” Pryor said he does not blame people for being frustrated and wanted to stress it is a problem with the software, not the university’s fault. Pryor said before an alternative could be implemented at UT, the issue would have to be investigated and faculty members

would have to come to an agreement. At the very earliest, this lengthy process would not

A couple weeks ago, [Blackboard] gave us a patch, but some of the solutions they have given us actually make things worse.

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from the isolation of technological gadgets,” Marsalis asked. “If you don’t know where you’ve been you might just end up where you started or further back. Now is the time to realize this is our story, this is our song.” Christopher Williams, visiting assistant professor of musicology, said Marsalis was effective in showing how music speaks to society about themselves and its place in culture. He enjoyed the delivery of the speech just as much as the message.

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Join the UT Urban Affairs for a free screening of the film “Truck Farm” as part of the Film for Thought series on food and sustainability. The film will take place tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Clean and Alternative Energy Incubator on UT Main Campus.

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“Clearly, he had given variants on this speech be-

Dean and Vice Provost of Learning Ventures Benjamin Pryor will present a meeting with faculty and students on recent renovations to the library, OhioLink and other concerns Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Carlson Library Room 2000.

fore,” Williams said. “His spoken cadence had a lyrical, poetic quality that smoothly

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ments in which he burst out singing familiar old gospel

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Come hear Ken Leslie, creator of Tent City, talk about how students can get involved and help those less fortunate. Tent City is a weekend-long event that helps homeless men and women get supplies, health screenings and other much needed items. The meeting will be in the Ottawa East Multipurpose Room 1101, directly across from the dining hall Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Student Association CSA and all people are welcome. Please contact Margaret Kanney at for more information.

enough, but if this keeps up, we might have to consider a change.” Carrie Conlon-DeChamplain, a graduate assistant of music, vented her frustration with Blackboard after a recent online test went poorly in one of her classes. “The main issue I have with Blackboard is dependability,” he said. “I have a large lecture class of 160 students, and I need it to be dependable for them and myself.” Because the system has not been reliable, DeChamplain’s recent online test did not go as smoothly as it could have. “I got a flood of calls and emails,” he said. “If Blackboard claims to be a leader in the industry, they need to

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Diane Docis will present “Always on My Mind: The impact of rape prevention messages on women’s lives,” a presentation on rape prevention tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Health and Human Services Building. Food and refreshments will be provided starting at 11:30 a.m.

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lead to an implementation of a Blackboard replacement until fall 2012. “The consensus is split,” he said. “Some faculty members love it and others don’t want to get near it. Blackboard could still recover

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The eighth-annual International Conference on Human Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Work will be held at the Student Union Building Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The conference is held to bring together researchers and practitioners in an effort to lay the groundwork for future collaborative research, advocacy, and program development. In addition, it functions to educate social service, health care and criminal justice professionals on human trafficking and the needs and risks of those victimized by the commercial sex industry. The conference is free for students. UT professors and staff are asked to make a donation. All proceeds will go to support Second Chance, a local nonprofit organization that works with trafficking victims and women currently involved in prostitution.

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John Richardson, chair of

Renowned trumpet player Wynton Marsalis came to UT Wednesday to talk to the community about the imporatance of American music history.

the Shapiro Lecture and

Somalia From Page A1 Peoples Association and Catholic Student Association are working together to organize events to benefit Somali famine victims. Yakubu said he thinks not many students are aware of the severity of the famine in Somalia. He asked students at a BSU meeting how much they knew about the crisis. He said by show of hands, about 30 percent of students said they knew what was going on. “I think students only have an idea of what is going on,” he said. “We need to do a good job to make students more aware so they contribute to the aid.” By the first or second week of October, the money raised by all of the student organizations will be sent to AmeriCares Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Aid Organization. Michele Martinez, assistant dean of students, will write a check on behalf of the organizations to the charity. Somalia native Abdi Guled, a junior majoring in respiratory therapy, has been in the United States for five years. He has cousins on his father’s side who have been displaced by the famine. He said starvation has always been a problem in Somalia but it has recently become much worse. “Before, the government would support the people when the starvation would come, but now we don’t have a government. Now, nobody will help them,” he said. “You see your people dying for hungry; it fills your heart.” Guled said compared with other universities,

not enough has been done at UT to raise money for Somalia. He said this is because there are only five Somali students currently enrolled at UT. So far, the MSA Fast-aThon, held in the Student Union Building Auditorium on September 8th, was the first event of the year where students experienced what famine victims endure each day. “You can’t understand until you know what it feels like to be hungry,” Asma Niazi, MSA vicepresident, said. MSA donated $2 on behalf of participants who pledged to abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. This year, 120 students pledged to fast. “The Somalia famine happens every day- at least we get to eat after sunset,” Niazi said. Along with pledges, MSA raised almost $1,500 through donations to benefit Somalia victims, an increase from last year. Niazi said she believes donations increased this year because participants knew what it felt like to be hungry. “We have all these blessings, we live in a nice environment and have access to food,” Yakubu said. The MSA Fast-a-Thon is only one event UT students are planning to benefit Somalia famine victims. A soccer tournament was held at the Student Recreation Center Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Ten students played and raised $90 for the cause. Guled plans on creating a Somalia student organization next year as he anticipates students transferring from Columbus State Community College next year.

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Chinese From Page A1 creditability. These students come to the U.S and contribute a tremendous amount of research to the field of study.” According to Burns, after 9/11, many universities closed their doors to international student programs. UT stayed active by giving recognition to the program. Funding for students from China does not dip into state subsidies, according to Burns. Families of these students usually pay for tuition out of pocket, making the process affordable for UT. UT set its eyes on smaller cities in China, such as Shiwanda, because smaller cities are overlooked by major universities in the U.S. for partnership programs. Burns said this gives UT a positive reputation in China.

be a leader and get the problems fixed.” DeChamplain claimed to be experiencing the same problems students and faculty across campus have complained about. “Different students had different issues [with the test], but Blackboard should address the problem with more transparency so students and teachers can understand and prepare,” he said. Christopher Dean, a senior majoring in history, had another issue with Blackboard. “Blackboard has a mobile app you can only use with Sprint,” he said. “The university pays for advertising all over the business college and most people can’t even use it.”

Honors College, said Marsalis fit the qualifications of the lecture series speaker. “Edward Shapiro believed the city and university should be brought together by a speaker of sufficient gravitas,” Richardson said. “The person cannot be just a

We have an embrassment of artistic riches. Our arts, they have no value to us. They are for kids. Who caluclates the importance of ‘Amazing Grace’ or ‘Yankee Doodle’ or ‘Go Down Moses’?

Wynton Marsalis Jazz musician

name, but they also have to be intellectually important.” According to Richardson, choosing the Shapiro speaker is a long process that starts every year as soon as the previous lecture finishes. During the following year, the committee meets several times to discuss candidates and ultimately votes on the lecture choice.

Ainge Guo, head of the Confucius Institute and interim director of Global Intiatives, said the Chinese community at UT offers a tremendous amount of stimulus to the local economy. “These students come here and spend their money on books, clothing, television and other sources of entertainment and businesses,” Guo said. According to Guo, most of the students coming from China are graduate students and this number has been increasing for the past 10 years. “Some of these students will stay here to research in their field and gain experience while in their graduate studies and transfer to other schools in the U.S.,” she said. “Some students will return to China with their degrees.” The Confucius Institute is working with the College of Business and Innovation to promote abroad study programs in

“Every committee member brings a wish list. First, we have to think do they fit under Ed’s criteria. Second, we have to see if we can get them,” Richardson said. Richardson said Marsalis’s influence on music made him an important Shapiro choice, ranking Marsalis with previous speakers like author Toni Morrison, neurologist Oliver Sacks and Bobby Kennedy Jr. “Not only is [Marsalis] a musician, he’s a student of American culture,” he said. Katie Giese, a junior majoring in music education, thought Marsalis was a superior speaker that seemed at ease with the crowd “Well, I thought it was really interesting,” Giese said. “I liked how he really took history and turned it to a perspective that people usually don’t think about.” She said Marsalis didn’t just give a speech, but captivated the audience. “People weren’t sleeping — they really wanted to hear what he had to say,” Giese said.

China. They are working to create a program that will enable American students to study for two weeks in China and become familiar with the culture. In addition, the Confucius Institute works with local schools to establish a Chinese curriculum and assign teachers to those curriculums. “I’m fascinated by the fact that China is becoming a partner of Toledo,” Burns said. “It is my hope that we broaden the perception of majors and programs to Chinese students and their families. I would like to see more of these students pursue degrees in arts and science backgrounds.” Emily Hou, a freshmen majoring in business, is an international student from China. She said she discovered UT over the Internet and chose to come here due to the scholarships the university offered her.



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Moving out on shaky ground Purchasing a home can be an important stepping stone for anyone, especially when it’s a first-time purchase for a student. Paying bills and keeping a home clean may not be something every young adult is ready for. With today’s struggling economy, it’s risky for a student to put themselves in the midst of the fragile housing market, especially since they’re so inexperienced. Some commuter students are still willing to live under the same roof as their parents, while others would rather make a move towards independence. Not many students would consider themselves “financially savvy.” Establishing credit and having money saved is important as well as being aware of spending habits. You need to establish a savings account and be aware of spending habits. Is it really necessary to purchase a Starbuck’s latte every day? Take that four or five dollars spent every morning at the local coffee joint and hold onto it. “Saving” isn’t a word many students know well, but it’s one they need to understand for their future. We’re in a time of economic distress. According this past Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, the sales of existing homes rose almost 8 percent from July’s numbers. The article states this was the highest home sales have been in the last five months, but overall, the market is still sensitive. For every 100 homes sold in the U.S. almost 30 of them were foreclosure sales last month. This means the lenders let owners of a house sell for less than the home loan’s value and forgave the difference. Also reported this week, new-home

construction decreased 5 percent, leaving construction workers uncertain about job security in their industry. So while existing home sales improved slightly, there is no reason to believe our economy is headed toward recovery. Prices on homes this year are expected to decrease 2.5 percent but they’re expected to rise 1.1 percent every year until 2015. The middle price for a home now is less than $170,000 compared to $177,300 earlier this year. To the average student, it’s scary to think whether or not they’ll be ready to enter the housing market while trying to find a suitable job to pay the bills. The reselling of homes at the national level may be up for this past month, but there’s a lot ahead to push through. So what can students do to prepare for post-college life on their own? Start saving. . The best thing to do is have a checking and savings account, one for money when you need it and another to use only in an emergency. Make it a habit to put at least half of the paycheck’s amount into a savings account. The savings account should only be used to build up for the future. So, every so often, transfer money over from the “I need money now” account to the “I’m building my future” account. Students can only do so much in an economy they know little about, but what they can do is save and prepare. So, save and spend wisely. Every student dreams of their own place one day. If you want do the independent move yourself, start planning today and be prepared for what’s out there.

Technological overload In the last 20 years our lifestyle has changed rapidly because of two things -technology and easily accessible information. New versions of technology seem to hit the market monthly. As soon as you buy the newest and latest form of technology, manufacturers quickly try to figure out how to make the product “better,” and in some cases, the product is hardly any different. Technology has become a living, breathing organism in society. It’s a part of everyday life and, more than ever, part of education. This year, students were told the majority of their classwork would be dealt with through Blackboard. In the past, only few professors would use the site for PowerPoint storage, assignment posts, practice tests and posted grades. Now, almost every professor uses Blackboard for their class. Recently, some students have been complaining about Blackboard and its tendency to randomly kick users out of the program -- even in the middle of taking an exam or quiz. Not only are students frustrated, but so are professors adjusting to the program. Uploading documents and receiving student complaints has become too much of a hassle for professors teaching multiple classes. Another addition to this year’s curriculum is Mediasite, a way for professors to record

themselves live in class during lecture. If a student knows that a professor uses Mediasite for every lecture, they wouldn’t be required attend class. They would just have to log into Blackboard and access them. Are we too dependent on technology? Healthcare facilities are moving into the electronic phase, restaurant venues offer opportunities for online ordering and banking activities can be done over the Internet. Practically everything can now be done online for UT as well. Parking services, bill payments, ordering textbooks and meal plan details can all be handled electronically. Sooner or later, students won’t even have to live on campus or even attend school. They can do that in their room, still dressed in their pajamas. Technology seems to have invaded our way of life. Our society is so dependent on what technology can do that we’ve stopped thinking for ourselves. Is there any way to stop this technological movement? Technology has become so much a part of our lives that it will probably just continue improving and updating itself until the end of time. Therefore, be smart about using technology and don’t depend on it for every single thing. It’s alright to incorporate it into daily life, but don’t lose sight of life happening now.


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- Letter To the editor During the last four years, students around the state of Ohio have encouraged greater dialogue about what suffrage entails and its relevance to member schools of the University System of Ohio. Student trustee suffrage can be many things, but mostly it is an idea that should be qualified as a serious issue students should be interested in. Suffrage is not merely a right to vote. Many have possessed a right to vote while others have not. Suffrage, distinct from mere voting rights, is the attainment of those rights through the democratic process. The popular concept of suffrage originated after freed men, natives and women were able to own property. To protect property, among other reasons, many people with voting rights affirmed, via the democratic process, the suffrage of blacks, natives and finally, women. Historians assess recent suffrage movements as coincidental with other movements such as temperance, religions of protest and pioneers. Suffrage bares no resemblance to a person, it does a

device. This year, two ideas about student trustee suffrage exist throughout the state. The first involves the method of selection. Suffrage allowing students to directly vote from ten finalists at their public university, to send one final student nominee to the governor would be like having members of committees and administrators choose five applicants to send for governor of Ohio. The second,idea is granting student trustees rights to vote on the Board of Trustees at universities. This has been heralded by student campaigns for the past four years, and idleness has given way to apathy. The ballot is a powerful thing, the offering of pioneering voices. The frontiers-people, mostly Scot-Irish Catholics, fugitive black slaves, freed men, trappers and various clans of Shawnee, who pioneered this wilderness, have not lost their echoes in the course of history. Is youth more forgotten than remembered? Progress cannot be an afterthought. To keep it, we stay out of the clouds, nearer to friends who

need us and who want to see progress but don’t. We lift each other up, in good times and bad, no matter the cost. We do what’s right, what’s hard and what’s got to be done. We hope for a better life, a freer world, a greener planet and all subjective things. We decide to leave youth because others leave it too. We try to find it again to put ourselves to rest. It’s another sight, taste, feel, mood or whatever kept us going before. Youth isn’t deceptive, but we do numb ourselves for nothing. Why would we want to wake up to a reality where we are speechless? There’s a higher calling than progress, right? Maybe not. Students, faculty, parents and administrators should make Ohio the state where history’s alive, and our voices, shouts, conversations and whispers are heard. We need our suffrage in 2011. We’ may be young, but we’re not in college forever.

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The real juggling act The life of a working parent is like learning how to juggle -add the word “student” to this and life is a circus act. As a working parent of five, I know how hard it is to balance my professional and family life. I am also a UT student majoring in English and communication, so it gets really hard to balance my many titles. It is very important to know you are doing what is best for your family, even though it is hard to see the curious little eyes of your children as you walk out the door for work or school. One word I find very comforting is “quality.” Instead of worrying so much about the quantity of time you are spending with your children, it is more important to make sure the time you are able to spend with your children is quality time. If you have more than one child, it is also important to spend some one-on-one time with each of them as much as possible. This could be as simple as reading to your children or having your child read a book to you for 15 minutes a night. I like to go on what I call “mommy dates” with each of my children at least once a month. This is when I take one of my children out to do something special with them. This can be very inexpensive

-- for example, if your child likes to read, take them to the library. You could also take your child to the park for a nice “walk and talk.” After a long week of work, school, homework and children, I am extremely tired by Saturday. I know, however, a lot of other things still need to be done on the weekend. Yes, I’m going to say it — housework. One great thing to remember is you are the “king of your castle,” and as such, you have the responsibility of delegating. If you are married or live with your significant other, then you can start separating the work load. That’s right everyone, we no longer live in the 1950s, and these days it takes two to run a household. Also, don’t forget about the older children of the family, because if they are old enough to ride a bus to school, then they are old enough to have some chores. Getting homework done between taking care of children, going to class and heading to work can be tricky. I was pretty late when it came to registering for classes this semester, so it turned out my classes were on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 9:10 p.m. with a four hour gap in between my first two classes. I was not happy about the

time gap because I would be away from my family all evening and only be able to work three days a week. That is, however, until I realized the beauty of my situation. This gap of time is allowing me to do my homework for the week every Monday and Wednesday without the distraction of everyday life. This way, I don’t have to worry about it when I am at work or with my family. If your schedule does not allow a huge gap of time, then just set up some time every night where you will concentrate only on homework. A good time would be after the children go to bed and during the commercials of those all-important television shows. Well, I hope you liked my first column of many more to come. I will be trying to form organizations for working parents who are also UT students and I would like these organizations to provide some scholarships for hard working parents. I would also like to add a little “Q&A” in my next column, so please send all of your questions about parenting, children, etc. to frances.barror@rockets.

— Fran Barror is an IC Staff Writer and a junior majoring in English.

From Cairo with candor Use of religion in developing a government can raise some concern for most Americans. Based on western ideals, religion and governm e n t s h o u l d n e v e r meet. In the Muslim world, Islam and government have always inJantzen t e r a c t e d , Ridenour but relig i o u s ideas can only influence political decisions, not dictate them. It is in this way that Americans and Egyptians are similar. Citizens of both countries consider themselves to be rather religious, the only difference being the religions themselves. Ovamir Anjum, Imam Khattab and chair of Islamic studies at the University of Toledo, recently traveled to Egypt and found a striking difference between what is shown to and perceived by western society about the reality in Egypt. Tonight at 7 p.m., he will be giving a lecture on his research in the Law School Auditorium. In the United States, we are not afraid to create laws concerning moral behavior. Due to separation of church and state, it is not stated these laws were derived from Christianity — instead, they are said to come from reasoning. In a democracy where

roughly 70 percent of the population identifies themselves as Christian, it is difficult to say these laws are derived exclusively from reason. It is unlikely the Christian majority in the United States would vote for any moral based law that went against their Christian convictions. In Islam, it is similar — the duty to preserve human life might lead to the creation of a law to maintain the safety of a populace. The government would have no ability to punish individuals based on the rules of religion because the government can only work with the laws it makes, no matter if that law is inspired by the religion or not. If Egypt becomes a secular democracy, the Christians of Egypt could actually lose their basic religious rights traditionally given to them by Islam. If the government becomes completely secular, the Muslim population of Egypt — over ninety percent — would outweigh the five-to-seven percent population of Christians. In a purely secular democratic system, the Muslim majority would have an easy time voting on laws that align with Islamic ideals. As a hypothetical example, consider this — in Islam, it is prohibited to consume or sell alcoholic beverages. If a law were proposed prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol, it would most likely pass easily due to the Mus-

lim majority in Egypt. In Christianity, no such prohibition exists and, in fact, consuming wine is part of a Christian religious rite. If a law like this were to be passed, the Christian minority would lose its religious rights. Historically, Islamicbased governments have preserved the legal rights of non-Muslim communities. They granted a status to non-Muslim communities that allowed them to live by their own religious laws, provided they pay certain taxes. In a democratic government with an Islamic framework, the Christian minority would have more rights and protection than they would in a purely secular democracy. And what does all of this have to do with us as Americans and students at the University of Toledo? Simply put, we are the future leaders of our world and with globalization making this world so small, even the smallest issues abroad could affect us here at home. It is our responsibility and duty as future leaders to understand our world, its people and our relationship to them. By understanding issues abroad and behaving accordingly, we can better maintain safety, stability and peace in our country and communities. — Jantzen Ridenour is an IC columnist and a senior majoring in religious studies.



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Arts and Life Monday, September 26, 2011



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Rounding up the ‘Usual Suspects’ Ha Ha Tonka to play songs from their new album ‘Death of a Decade’ Friday downtown at Frankies By Caitlin Arthurs IC Staff Writer

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The members of Ha Ha Tonka (left to right) are Brian Roberts, Lucas Long, Lennon Bone and Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka who will be performing at Frankies Friday night at 10 p.m.

Making their debut performance in the Glass City comes Springfield, Mo. natives Ha Ha Tonka at Frankies Inner City in downtown Friday at 10 p.m. Their push into the popular music scene began in 2007 with their debut album “Buckle in the Bible Belt” and followed in 2009 with the album “Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South.” Ha Ha Tonka was recently featured on the new music portion of MTV’s “The Seven,” National Public Radio’s Song of the Day for their song “Usual Suspects” and an Ozarks episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.” The Independent Collegian spoke with guitarist and frontman Brian Roberts about the band and their upcoming performance. IC: So, what kind of genre do you classify Ha Ha Tonka as? Because you don’t really fit into any kind of generic genre and you seem to be more of a cross between some. BR: Well, somebody once

described to us that they thought it sounded like – and we like this description, so we repeated it – but they said it sounds like the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack. IC: In a couple of reviews, you were compared to Mumford & Sons and bands similar to that, due to your sound. How do you feel to be compared to bands such as those? BR: I think it’s flattering whenever we’re compared to acts like that and so we definitely take it as a compliment. IC: Now, your name is very interesting. One might not know what to expect when they hear it. So, where did the inspiration for that come from? BR: Well, it’s the name of a state park of the Ozarks area, which is the area that we’re from and we thought that we’d name ourselves that state park because number one, it’s a unique name, and number two, whenever we’re doing interviews, we could reference the area we’re from [in] the Ozarks.

IC: You were actually just featured on an Ozarks episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and a couple of other popular television shows. How does it feel to be receiving that kind of publicity? BR: I think it really helps. It definitely exposes you to a wider audience, so it helps a lot. I was really shaken by how many people know that show and watch that show and we get lots of people coming up to us who hear about us through that appearance. IC: So, how do you feel that you’re going to be performing in Toledo, the most awesome city in the world? BR: Well, honestly, we’ve never been to Toledo, so I hope that people show up to the show, because we’ve never been to Toledo and there’s a first time for everything. We’ll get to experience all that Toledo has to offer. The doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Ask me about my dragon Imagine a medieval time darker, more technologically adfilled with magic and bravery, vanced setting and even Oriental quirky characters and ferocious and Arabian settings. Each setbeasts. Now, imagine that you ting can be tailored to fit each are a key player in this world, a group of gamers and the journey champion that can cut a path of these participants take is regood or evil into ferred to as a history. campaign. This is the world The members must of Dungeons and each pick compleDragons. mentary characters For those that that can work togethdon’t know, D&D er to accomplish the is a fantasy, tablecampaign goals, top role-playing whether they be acgame, also known cumulating wealth, as a pen-and-pacreating chaos or per game. The By Danielle Gamble saving the world. term ‘pen-and- IC Copy Editor Players can paper’ refers to the way in which choose to be human or they can the game is run — a group of become any number of creathree to seven players gather to- tures — an elf, an orc, even a gether with D&D rule books, kobold, though I’m not sure that pencils, pens, character sheets would be wise unless you’re and their own imagination to aid building Pun-Pun. them. These characters then chose a To keep order, a game leader role to fill, including classic arknown as the Dungeon Master is chetypes such as Fighter and appointed to create and rule the Wizard. Players can also choose world in which the players oper- to be a tricky Rouge, an exploate. He or she must voice antag- sive Barbarian, an inspiring Faonists, describe situations and vored Soul or any number of surroundings as well as keep the other premade or home-brewed game under control — in a characters. word, the Dungeon Master is D&D was originally created God. by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc. in The game involves whimsical 1974 and quickly became a cult settings like Abeir-Toril, the phenomenon. The original three classic D&D land, Eberron, a booklets outlined flexible rules

that allowed gamers to create their own world. Based off of war and strategy games, D&D sought to individualize the player experience by bringing creative characters into a mythological setting. It was the precursor to the video game, fueled by imagination with none of the restrictions of a gaming console. As more players got involved, the company began issuing revisions to the original books and in the 1990s, TSR was purchased by Wizards of the Coast, a gaming company that also hosts the card game Magic: the Gathering. Wizards repackaged D&D and created the versions gamers know and love today, including revised editions D&D 3, 3.5 and most recently, 4.0. Personally, I’m a 3.5 kind of girl — I understand 4.0 is “easier” and “more fun” to some, but I cut my teeth on 3.5 and I’ve grown to love the technicalities and flaws in the old system. Today’s version of D&D utilizes four, six and eight-sided die; but the star of the show is the infamous 20-sided die known as a d20. This icosahedron is used to create a sense of drama in what might otherwise be an unbalanced game.

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The three core texts for Dungeons and Dragons include the “Monster Manual,” “Players Handbook” and “Dungeon Master’s Guide.” The infamous d20 inserts the element of chance into the game. In order to perform certain actions that involve chance, the player must roll the dice and add any bonuses their character has accumulated. A roll of 20 means that no matter how difficult the task, the character has successfully accomplished their goal. A score of one means a serious misstep at the discretion of the Dungeon Master. A one has left several characters in hot water, including a time when one of my cohorts stood two feet from a 100-foot wide zombie and instead

of hitting his target, stabbed himself in the foot. D&D is often scoffed at for its use of fantasy settings and its reliance on imagination. This aspect of the game, however, is the most charming and beneficial. Call me old-fashioned, but I appreciate the ability to laugh face-toface with my friends as we use logic and resourcefulness to bend rules and outwit foes. Of course, the game is not always so high minded—we spend many an evening cracking crude jokes, participating in imagined

bar brawls and making way too many Monty Python references. This game, however, helped me become open minded and allowed me to appreciate the remnants of my innocence. I am proud to admit that I am a fully-functioning member of society who enjoys the occasional D&D session in my mother’s basement. — Danielle Gamble is an IC Copy Editor and a junior majoring in music education.

New opportunities for film students By Leila Elhilal For the IC

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From left to right are Leila Elhilal, public relations director, Katie Martin, president and Matt Sauter, vice president, of UTFVS. The UTFVS held their first meeting Monday.

The UT Film and Video Society wants to bring all performing arts majors and enthusiasts together for training, workshops, socializing and unity as they revive from their short hiatus. Their last meeting was held in fall 2010 and was not considered a group until this semester. “This is not a one-man operation—strength in number,” said Katie Martin, president of the society and a senior majoring in film and video. “If last year we had an adequate amount of members, there would not have been an overwhelming workload on the executive board and the group would have survived.” The society went over their agenda for the year during their first meeting Monday. Each member had the opportunity to get involved with the UT Student Film Showcase, a directory for crew members

and other activities. “The group is starting anew and trying to take a different direction—in essence, rebuilding it so that it can encompass more events and majors,” Martin said. Students do not have to be film majors to join. Those present at the meeting included theatre, communication, business and music students. UTFVS is looking for students interested in helping as crew members, actors, musicians and film enthusiasts. “It’s a group meant to be a resource to film students and to encourage collaborative efforts between performing arts majors,” Martin said. The society created a directory of its members to help student filmmakers collaborate and find people to work on student films as crew or actors rather than struggling to find helpers by themselves. Only members in the directory have the ability to use the directory, which includes

members’ specific interests and qualifications Members will also be able to participate in the UT Student Film Showcase. This annual showcase displays the best of student films from various production courses. UTFVS is trying to get their members to put more effort into the showcase which is tentatively scheduled for March 2012. There will be opportunities to work on party planning skills, as there will be a dinner before the showcase and an after party. Film screenings will be limited, but not absolutely abolished from the group’s agenda. “We’re meant to have some fun, make friends and appreciate all the creativity we can offer our department. We’re not just focused on screenings,” Martin said. The group decided it would be best to leave the majority of film screenings to the film department since the

department runs Film Fridays as it is. The few screenings that will be shown by UTFVS involve current film professors’ pieces. To connect with others on campus, the society plans on helping promote other groups through their film training. The group discussed doing various commercials and editing work for different campus organizations during the meeting. Throughout the year, there will also be various opportunities for training sessions. Final Cut Pro workshops and a potential steady cam session are some of the possibilities. The next meeting is Sunday at the Center for Performing Arts Room 1039 at 7 p.m. For more information about UTFVS, or to become a member, send an e-mail to: utoledofilmsociety@

This is an incorrect call ... Admitting is one thing. Correcting it is another. I believe in the end of the regulation, the score 30-29 is the correct call. Tim Beckman UT Head Football Coach

Sports Monday, September 26, 2011



Joe Mehling – Editor

Blown call sends Rockets to 1-3 after overtime loss

By Nate Pentecost IC Assisntant Sports Editor

A blunder by Big East officials cost the Rockets dearly in a 33-30 overtime defeat to Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The loss ended Toledo’s run of five consecutive seasons of beating a BCS opponent. “It was a tough loss, there’s no question about it,” said UT head coach Tim Beckman. “These last three opponents we played have been very good. I think Syracuse deserves some credit. They fought for four quarters and ended up with the victory. We have a couple guys bumped and bruised, but we came in here to win a football game and we fell a little bit short again.” After the Orange (3-1) took a 29-27 lead with 2:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, sophomore kicker Ross Krautman appeared to miss just left but the kick was ruled good. Several replay angles indicated otherwise, but the referee’s call was upheld by the replay officials. “Upstairs in the box they said it was no good,” Beckman said. “I don’t know other than what they tell me up in the box. It looked like it was a little bit off to the left. When you come into these games, you learn as a team and coaching staff that it’s us against the world. We have to make sure we don’t give the touchdown up, so they can’t kick that PAT.” Toledo junior quarterback Austin Dantin battled illness all game but was on the field for all 30 UT points. Dantin managed to rack up 258 yards on 22-of-32 passing with a touchdown and an interception. Sophomore quarterback Terrance Owens played just two drives, completing 6-of10 passes for 42 yards. “[Dantin] was throwing up all night,” Beckman said. “We had an IV in him this morning. It was questionable if he was going to play for us. T.O. tweaked his back slightly, so Austin Dantin stayed in the football game. I think that proves what type of young man Austin Dantin is. He fought to the end. He’s still

sick. I think he’s over there getting sick right now but he willed himself to give us a chance to win and I think it speaks a lot about the character of Austin Dantin.” Dantin’s interception came on the first play of overtime on an adventurous play call in which he heaved a deep ball to the corner of endzone. Syracuse cornerback Kevyn Scott took advantage of the gamble, snatching the ball away from intended receiver Bernard Reedy. Seven plays later, Krautman kicked the 27-yard gamewinner, his fourth field goal of the afternoon. Only adding to Toledo’s woes, several Rockets left the game due to injury on Saturday. Senior running back Adonis Thomas broke his arm on his first carry of the game, and did not return, watching the rest of the game from the sidelines with a soft cast. Beckman said Thomas will miss the next three to four weeks. Toledo may also be without injury plagued sixth-year senior cornerback Desmond Marrow for an extended period of time after he left the game in the third quarter on a stretcher. Both his CT scan and MRI came back negative but his status for next week’s showdown with Temple (3-1) is now questionable. “He was talking when I was out there on the field, so he felt like he was okay,” Beckman said. “He was moving his hands and legs. The lack of movement had more to do with the concussion than anything else.” The Rockets opened the game with their longest drive of the season. The 22-play 75 drive lasted over ten minutes before the offense stalled inside the 5-yard line. Casano would chip in a 20-yard field goal to give Toledo the 3-0 lead. Syracuse posted the next 13 points to take the lead on a 31-yard Krautman field goal with 1:06 left in the half. On the ensuing drive, Dantin completed a 14-yard pass to junior wideout Eric Page to set up a 52-yard field goal by freshman kicker Jeremiah

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University of Toledo wide out Eric Page hauled in 13 catches for 158 yards in the controversial loss at Syracuse on Saturday. Detmer. The kick was the first of Detmer’s collegiate career. Detmer’s kick was the second longest in program history, topped only by Todd France’s 55-yarder against Western Michigan in 2001. Page finished with 13 catches for a career-high 158 yards. Toledo snapped the tie with a 29-yard pass from Dantin to sophomore running back David Fluellen with under five minutes to go in the third quarter. Fluellen led the Toledo ground attack in Thomas’ stead, rushing 12 times for 62 yards and catching four passes for 43 yards.

“You have big shoes to fill coming in for Adonis,” Fluellen said. “Me and Morgan [Williams] had to come in and hold it down for the team. It’s going to be hard these next couple games without Adonis, but our team believes in us and we’ll get the job done.” The Orange pulled even again on the following possession with a 20-yard rush by senior tailback Antwon Bailey, then recaptured the lead in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter with a 29-yard field goal. Williams scored on another direct snap from inside the 5-yard line to give UT a 27-23 advantage with 10:54 to go.

The lead would be the Rockets last of the contest. Syracuse senior quarterback Ryan Nassib responded for the Orange by leading a scoring drive capped off by an 18-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Alec Lemon. Krautman’s controversial extra point attempt gave Syracuse a 30-27 edge. Toledo countered by driving 65 yards on 9 plays to set up a 20-yard field goal by Casano which sent the game overtime. The Rockets would fall 3330 in overtime on a Krautman field goal resultant from Dantin’s interception.

“We were trying to take advantage of something we had been doing well in the bubble game,” Dantin said. “We thought that he [Scott] would knife out like he had been doing but he obviously didn’t. I had a little pressure in my face and I couldn’t get it out there like I wanted to. I tried to get it out there to where only he [Reedy] could get it. He made a good play on it and they won the game.” The Rockets will begin their Mid-American Conference schedule on Saturday, Oct. 1st at East Division powerhouse Temple. Kickoff from Lincoln Financial Field will be at noon.

Beckman, O’Brien want Big East to vacate game By Nate Pentecost IC Assistant Sports Editor

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University of Toledo head coach Tim Beckman and the Rockets are now 1-3 in the 2011 season.

University of Toledo Athletic Director Mike O’Brien and head football coach Tim Beckman made a formal written request to Mid-American Conference Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher asking that he request the Big East Conference vacate Syracuse’s win yesterday. Following an 18-yard touchdown pass by Syracuse senior quarterback Ryan Nassib to junior wide receiver Alec Lemon, sophomore kicker Ross Krautman trotted out to what is usually a mindless extra point. Except this time, the ball appeared to miss just left, but the kick was ruled good by the officials. The extra point was reviewed for several minutes, and though replay angles indicated otherwise, the referee’s call was upheld by the replay officials. Had the Big East game officials made the correct call, UT senior kicker Ryan Casano’s 20-yard field goal as time expired in regulation

would have given the Rockets a 30-29 win. “I think it’s important that we show our football team that we truly support them,” O’Brien said. “That we show our football coach and our staff that we are here for them and tell our fan base that it wasn’t the kind of situation where the University of Toledo just lays down. When I left that stadium yesterday I said ‘this is different.’ It was clearly a missed call. It was admitted that it was a missed call. Thus, the reaction from me this morning was to ask that the win be vacated.” Following the game, Big East Conference Coordinator of Football Officiating Terry McAulay issued a statement admitting the officials made a mistake. “After studying the videos of the Syracuse extra point attempt at 2:07 of the fourth quarter, we have concluded that the ruling on the field that the kick passed between the uprights was incorrect, and that the replay official made an error in failing to

reverse that ruling. In reviewing the video, we have determined that the angle from behind the kicking team shows conclusively that the ball passes outside the right upright. “Our review of the process determined that the replay official mistakenly focused his attention on the sideline angle, which proved to be distorted. We are confident that our officiating staff will learn from this situation in order to prevent a reoccurrence.” Beckman said after McAulay made his statement, he emailed Big East Director of Communications Chuck Sullivan about the matter. “This is an incorrect call,” Beckman said in the email. “So what is getting done about it? Admitting is one thing. Correcting it is another. I believe in the end of the regulation, the score 30-29 is the correct call.” Beckman and the Rockets return to action on Saturday as they begin conference play at Temple in Philadelphia.

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