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Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Men’s basketball banned from 2013 postseason By Nate Pentecost Managing Editor
The Toledo men’s basketball program suffered another setback when it was informed that it will not be eligible for postseason play in the 2012-13 season. It has yet to be determined if that ban will include the Mid-American Conference Tournament. The decision to suspend the Rockets came from a newly developed rule by the NCAA which bans schools from postseason play due to low Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.
APR is a measurement used by the NCAA to judge a team’s academic performance. Teams lose points if student athletes fail to graduate, become academically ineligible or leave the program. Toledo fought the decision regarding the program’s APR all year with an appeal which was denied yesterday by the NCAA’s Committee on Academic Performance (CAP). The original punishment, which was handed down last year, was the loss of three scholarships.
“The University of Toledo has a very high academic standard for our student-athletes, so we are very supportive of the academic reforms passed by the NCAA,” said UT Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “However, we are very disappointed that our appeal of the post-season ban for our men’s basketball program was denied.” The restrictions will not only take away a shot at the postseason, but will also reduce the Rockets weekly practice time from 20 weekly hours over six
days a week to 16 hours in five days. It will also eliminate three games from the upcoming season. Toledo will, however, once again be permitted to offer 13 scholarships rather than the 10 they were allowed to give out last year. “I’m disappointed,” said UT head coach Tod Kowalczyk. “When it comes to what is fair and not fair, I think that penalizing individuals that weren’t part of a problem is not the way to do it. I’m a firm believer in the Academic Performance
Rate and the integrity of academics in college athletics. I fully support, in concept what the NCAA is doing, I just disagree sometimes in there methods of punishment and who they punish.” Among the issues Toledo has with the punishment is the fact that the NCAA totals up a fouryear span of the APR and will punish schools if they do not have an average higher than 900. For the Rockets, that four-year span, which does not include this season, includes just one
Diversity Week celebrated
— Diversity Week Page A4
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Gramling, parking system’s bugs repaired
By Chelsea Scott For the IC
Diversity Week is a time when students are encouraged to embrace differences and discuss topics such as race, religion, gender and social class. Paulette Bongratz, chair of the student sub-committee on the President’s Council on Diversity, said the idea of Diversity Week has been around for several years in Student Government and was developed by her and her committee co-chairs Matt Ellis, Ken Harbin and Melanie Munoz. “We began planning in the summer and worked on collaborations to make the event as inclusive as possible,” Bongratz said. On Wednesday, the Latino Student Union was responsible for Carnival in the Mall held in the Centennial Mall between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Munoz, who was also involved with LSU, said the main speaker this year was Brian C. Johnson from Campus Speak. “His program is
year from Kowalcyzk’s tenure at UT. The rest are from former coaches with two years from Gene Cross and one from Stan Joplin. In 2008, Joplin’s last season as head coach, the Rockets had an APR score of 826. Cross followed that up the next two years with APR scores of 813 and 896, making it nearly impossible for Kowalcyzk and Toledo to avoid NCAA punishment.
By Danielle Gamble News Editor
While a recent article by the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors highlighted issues with the university parking system, administrators defended its integrity. The article, entitled “UT Parking Blunders,” was published in an email sent to the organization detailing an incident in which a faculty member was wrongfully ticketed for parking in a lot they were registered to park in. “I filed an appeal and I don’t plan to pay the fine,” the faculty member said in the email. “However, it concerns me that this is the first time in seven years that I have received a parking ticket, which indicates to me a failure in their new parking system.” Harvey Wolff, president of UT– AAUP, said this article and several like it have been published because his organization received complaints this year from faculty, staff and students. “It was clear that the parking system wasn’t up and running [at the beginning of the year] and it’s still not working,” he said.
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Kenneth Harrison, a senior in marketing, bounces on the bungee trampoline in Centennial Mall yesterday as part of the Diversity Week Carnival, hosted by Student Government.
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Making student experiences a ‘big deal’ Bongratz and Dykyj begin transition into Student Government President and Vice Presidential roles By Boyce Swift IC Staff Writer
Paulette Bongratz and Chris Dykyj are reminding students they are a big deal on campus as they prepare to take office next semester. Bongratz, Student Government president-elect and a senior majoring in international business and marketing, said one of the things she and Dykyj agreed on early was that students were not in the forefront of administrators’ minds.
“[Students] weren’t being put first when a lot of positions were being made on campus,” Bongratz said. “As students, we feel that we should be put first in all those decision-making processes.” Both Bongratz and Dykyj plan to solve the issues addressed through their platform by improving the quality of
communication to students. They will send short, weekly emails to students letting them know the activities of SG during the week. “Everything is founded in the idea of communication,” Bongratz said. “That is… the common thread in everything in our platform points.” Bongratz Bongratz said
many students do not know of SG or their responsibilities and having the weekly emails would “combat the issue.” She also said the emails will include a link to where students can comment or ask questions which would help SG continue to get information from as many students as possible. “I just want to make
sure that more students realize the opportunities that they have to communicate with us and realize that they actually have a voice,” Bongratz said. She said the emails will keep SG accountable. “If we know this week we have to send out an email to the students Dykyj telling them what
we did, we better do something this week so that we’ll have something to report to them,” Bongratz said. SG VP-elect Chris Dykyj, a junior majoring in athletic traning, said the issue he cares about is connecting commuter students with on-campus programming. “A lot of commuter students come to school and go home after classes and they don’t really feel involved,” Dykyj said. — ‘Big deal’, Page A2
Is it a waste to purchase new laptops for students to check out?
Natosha Heitsche Junior, Pre-med
Katie Smelser Junior, Biology
Miruna Scutea Junior, English
It would be worth the money because every little improvement helps to improve UT’s image.
It would be a waste because there are plently of desktops available to students that need to use computers.
It would be a waste because many students already have laptops.
If the library advertises that they have the laptops available.
The old ones are definitely in need of replacement, so it would not be a waste of money.
Chris Fortescue Junior, Biochemistry
Check out our story on Carlson Library’s new technology on A7!
Dustin Clark Senior, Psychology
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Chris Dykyj and Paulette Bongratz watch as outgoing Student Government President Matt Rubin goes over the constitution.
‘Big deal’ From Page A1
“A lot have actually complained about not having things to do on campus while they have big gaps in between classes.” He said he could relate to these students because he felt the same way as a freshman. Dykyj said he wanted to motivate student organizations to collaborate and bring bigger events and better programming on campus to keep commuters involved. He wants students to enjoy being on campus and have activities which will keep them coming back. Bongratz said another reason students may not be returning is a lack of interaction with their adviser. “We think the students should be able to be getting the information that they need from their advisers in some way, shape or form,” she said. Bongratz said she understands the limits which prevent SG from making financial changes to the campus, such as asking to hire more advisers but she said she wants to be realistic and work with administration to better the campus.
To resolve this issue Bongratz and Dykyj want students to be given the information they need through tracks, which she said will allow students to have enough information to make educated decisions about their academic path instead of going to an adviser “every single semester or every single step of the way.” When asked about the delegation of work between the two, Bongratz said they have defined roles between themselves in regards to who will work with the cabinet and who will work with administration. The two agreed separating the responsibilities will not only make them able to be more resourceful but will also make them more accountable to one another.
Bongratz will be a graduate student when she takes office and her class-load will be lighter which she said will allow her to devote more time to her position. “I think it’s important not to forget that graduate students are part of the student population,” she said. “So there’s always things that can be done on both fronts.” Dykyj said he and Bongratz chose to partner up because of their shared passions for UT. “We both saw that in one another and she’s basically everything that I’m not and vice versa,” he said. For more information about Bongratz and Dykyj, students can visit their website at http://www.youareabigdeal2012.com/
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Embracing diversity Diversity Week is here, bringing with it all the various faces of UT. Diversity Week provides a specific time to recognize the assortment of people at the university including those with varying nationalities, philosophies, languages, abilities and disabilities, sexual and gender expressions and religions. Though this is a time to appreciate and divulge in cultures and experiences which are different than your own, it is also a time to evaluate where personal opinions and convictions on those who are different than you truly lay. Realistically, homogeny may be more comfortable, but without facing new cultures or view-points, it is impossible to know why any given person is the way they are. It is necessary to have one end of the spectrum to define the other. While there is nothing wrong with setting a week aside to celebrate diversity, how come we cannot celebrate diversity at UT every day? If a large part of the community has an interest in examining diversity, they should participate in conversations and experiences within other cultures more than one week out of the year. If a large part of the community has an interest in celebrating Diversity Week and a wide variety of peoples, opinions and beliefs are seen, why isn’t every week an exploration of the area’s diversity? Also, it is okay to retreat to the individual or collective comfort zone when faced with and overwhelmed by the sheer difference but it is nearly backwards to live there. Demographically, Toledo is extremely diverse. There are representatives of nearly every major religion, races broken down by nationality, political affiliation, sexual orientation, conviction and interest group. Events on campus are centered around the focus of why diversity is important and beneficial. A large part of the college experience is in being exposed to multiculturalism. Part of cultural awareness is also being educated about social injustices committed
against minority groups. Gaining insight is essential to truly understanding why a of people really are the way they are. Any curiosity a person has about a way of life or mindset which is different than their own could be answered by sitting down with someone who embodies the way of life in question. A university setting provides perfect opportunities for this type of conversation. For example, if a student has a question about the beliefs of someone with a different religion, they only need to approach someone of that faith and ask. There are several differing religious and spiritual student organizations on campus that would be more than happy to converse with others about their beliefs. A real life encounter is far more powerful and reliable than any Wikipedia article. Unfortunately, many people live very routine-oriented lives. The average person associates with the same groups of people to the point of stagnation. That is not what the college experience is about. People come to college not only for scholastic endeavor, but to also build memories and try new things. This campus has so much to offer and reflects the richness of the Toledo. There is little excuse to be bored at UT when there are so many people around us who we can learn from. All of this aside, it is still important to take part in the festivities of Diversity Week. Upcoming today will be a discussion on Islam that will be given by Dr. Ovamir Anjum at seven pm in Gillham Hall. Also a Spectrum talent and drag show at eight pm in the Student Union room 2591. There will be a diversity ball on Friday in Student Union room 2584 at seven pm. On Tuesday a talk was given about racial discrimination. Wednesday hosted a myriad of events, one being an Arabic language and culture workshop, a religious dialogue and an LSU event that hosted a speaker and included enjoyable activities.
Impact vs. impression, evaluating recycling at UT As Earth Day rolls around again this year, rather than passing it off as a meaningless holiday, take it for what it actually is, a time to be more conscientious of how actions impact the environment. Pause and consider if enough is being done to protect the planet and its resources, if people recycle enough and if UT actually promotes environmental friendliness. In several buildings on UT’s Main Campus, you will notice there are plenty of recycling bins for aluminum, plastic and glass . Unfortunately a lot of these recycling stations are placed near stairwells. Occasionally a few sets of bins are found in areas of high foot traffic as well. This is a problem because the bins are likely not being utilized effectively due to poor placement and there are far too many recycling bins in larger areas that get more traffic. For small areas that have more traffic the bin amount is sufficient, however there are no bins in classrooms or offices. The average for large paper recycling bins is one per floor in buildings like the Student Union Building and Memorial Field House. The amount of papers tossed carelessly into the trash can are far too many. When many people envision recycling it is aluminum and plastic which comes to mind, but
the majority of the waste generated on campus is paper related. For the situation on campus to improve, it is necessary for there to be more recycling stations where they make an impact rather than an impression. In some places including the Carlson Library, it is evident that proper provisions have been made to encourage recycling. These efforts should be expanded to offices, student organizations and classrooms. Most people, unless they have a great passion for recycling, will not wander throughout a building looking for the nearest recycling bin. If one is not around or within a short distance, they will chuck whatever they are holding into the garbage. The university should be challenged to put recycling bins next to every public trash can. Earth and its bounty of resources are not everlasting. No matter what the religious, philosophical or ideological system a person follows, it is the duty of humankind to honor and safeguard wildlife and the delicate balance of the world’s environments. Much like farmers who use an over abundance of pesticide which in turn affects the quality of their drinking water we too will be poisoned by taking our natural resources for granted.
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- Letter To the editor You’re getting ready to buy books for the semester but your sleazy former landlord hasn’t returned your security deposit yet from your last apartment. Classes start soon and you’re short on cash. What do you tell your parents? You’ve had a couple of beers on a Friday night but you feel okay to drive. Suddenly, you see flashing lights behind you. The police officer arrests you for operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). What are you going to tell your parents? Student Legal Services is here to help. Conveniently located in the Student Union, this independent program provides licensed attorneys to represent students in a wide variety of matters including criminal,
traffic, landlord/tenant and consumer issues. Student Legal Services is funded by a $10 fee included in your semester bill. If you have paid this fee you are automatically able to receive advice and representation from Student Legal Services. You might want to check your account to make sure you didn’t opt out. Hiring an attorney can cost hundreds of dollars per hour. Student Legal Services is there to give you peace of mind knowing that if you have a legal issue, assistance is available. Think of it like legal insurance. You have car insurance and medical insurance to cover accidents and injuries, why not legal insurance to cover legal issues? The attorneys at SLS
aren’t just there to deal with disasters. They are also available to answer legal questions you may have. No need to worry about finding an attorney and coming up with a consultation fee. Student Legal Services attorneys are there for you to use! Thinking about buying a house? Writing a will? SLS attorneys can help. So, when you have to make that uncomfortable call to your parents about your legal troubles, tell them not to worry. You are taking care of it and meeting with your lawyer tomorrow.
Many faculty and students are not aware that Student Impact Awards were given out this semester by President Lloyd Jacobs and Student Government President Matt Rubin. There were 25 awards to faculty at $5000 each for a total of $125,000.According to documents obtained under the Ohio Public Records Act, the idea materialized in an exchange of emails between Rubin and Jacobs in late November 2011. Nominations were quickly collected during December and the awards were finalized by Jan. 4, 2012. Because students and faculty were on Winter and New Years break from Dec. 9 2011 to Jan. 9 2012, there was little time to publicize
the awards and collect nominations. It was a hurry-up process with students and faculty gone from campus. There were only 27 nominations. A student group formed by Rubin voted two off the island. The 25 award recipients included part-time faculty, retired faculty, administrators and at least one person employed at another school. The recipients also included faculty under false attack by the Jacobs Administration for socalled poor impact teaching. The UT-AAUP has been defending these faculty members. The awards are another example of the ‘fire, ready, aim’ management style of President Jacobs but he
has made it easier for the UT-AAUP to defend the falsely accused faculty. All 25 recipients deserve the awards, including the falsely accused faculty. The list of 25 award recipients is in contrast with Matt Rubin’s “hit list” of so-called liberal faculty previously announced on his Web page. The “hit list” got him an interview on Fox News. As it happened, the Student Impact Award recipients also included a number of very liberal faculty members, all very deserving.
— Valerie J. Fatica Chair of the Student Legal Services Board of Trustees University of Toledo College of Law graduate
— Don Wedding UT-AAUP Grievance Chair UT-AAUP Fifth Floor University Hall
Community colleges’ learning disability Community colleges are central to the nation’s higher education system, enrolling almost 30 percent of all postsecondary students. But their record of success is spotty. Nationally, only about a quarter of full-time community college students complete their studies within three years (the official measure of a school’s graduation rate). At more than a third of California’s community colleges, graduation rates are 20 percent or less. Of the full-time, degree-seeking students who entered California community colleges in 2007, more than 35,000 had not earned their degrees three years later, and most of them were no longer enrolled in any postsecondary institution. This happens year after year after year, and it’s not only the dropouts who are harmed. When students fail to complete their degrees, taxpayers also lose. Community colleges are subsidized through direct state and local government appropriations and through student grant programs. Every student who drops out represents an investment loss by the taxpayers in that student’s uncompleted education. Because students who complete their degrees earn more money than high school graduates or dropouts, taxpayers win when students graduate. The higher wages they earn as a result generate higher income taxes. We recently took a hard look at the economics of community colleges and calculated that if the schools could reduce by half the number of students who drop out each year, more than 150,000 more students nationwide would get associate degrees each year. More than 18,000 of those students would be graduating from community colleges in California. We further calculated that these newly minted community college graduates would earn an additional
$1.4 billion in income nationwide, which would translate into an additional $200 million in federal income taxes and $60 million in state income taxes each year. California’s share of these added benefits would be large: an additional $100 million in income, more than $16 million in additional dollars in federal income taxes and more than $4 million in additional California income taxes.
Graduation rates at two-year forprofit institutions are almost three times higher than at public community colleges.
The question is: What can be done to make this happen? We know that the longer a student takes to complete a degree, the more likely it is that something will happen to derail his or her plans. Many students start at community colleges needing remedial classes to bring them to the point where they can handle college work. One important step to reducing the number of dropouts would be to streamline remediation programs so that students can more quickly get to a level where the classes they take earn them college credits. Community colleges could expand their online course offerings as well. Online delivery of class content renders the traditional limitations of geographic distance, physical capacity and time moot. Instructors can reach far more students online than in traditional physical classrooms, and online courses can start any day of any week and any week of the year. Online delivery would also significantly lower the costs of providing and attending courses for both community colleges and students. Another way to reduce
the number of dropouts would be to replace a system that awards degrees based on “seat time” with a system that rewards subject mastery. This would allow students to move at their own pace through a course of study, progressing from one concept to the next after passing assessment tests. Competency-based models would allow for the certification of prior learning, speeding time to graduation. Finally, for-profit institutions embody a host of ideas that community colleges should emulate. Despite being the subject of negative scrutiny over the last year or so, many for-profit colleges are leading the way in developing innovative online learning platforms and redefining an approach to curriculum development and faculty training to encourage uniformity in instruction across multiple sites and instructors. Faculty at the best for-profit institutions are evaluated on the basis of their students’ learning outcomes, and promotion and salary decisions are based in part on these metrics. Graduation rates at two-year for-profit institutions are almost three times higher than at public community colleges. Reforms such as these could transform today’s inefficient and costly community college system. These reforms are not necessarily expensive, especially in relation to the tax dollars lost each year through lower income and lower tax collections, as well as the billions of dollars in government appropriations that subsidize the tuition paid by students who fail to graduate.
— Mark Schneider is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and vice president at the American Institutes for Research. Lu Michelle Yin is an economist and a researcher at the American Institutes for Research.
15 pounds of butts Volunteers clean UT of littered cigarette butts By Veralucia Mendoza For the IC
As onlookers cheered, Danielle Rose chased after a student smoking in Centennial Mall. The junior communication major caught up with him and reminded him of the designated smoking areas around campus, which then he threw away his cigarette in a nearby garbage can. Rose was one of the 137 volunteers from 34 organizations who participated in the RESPECT UT Clean-up Day on Tuesday in order to raise awareness about UT’s current tobacco policy. Students wearing shirts reading “Butt Patrol” gathered in Centennial Mall for registration at 10 a.m. and spread around campus to clean up cigarette butts, where they gathered about 15 pounds total. The event was coordinated by the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Committee and encouraged students to come together to clean up campus. Alexis Blavos, director of the ATOD Prevention Committee, said this event helps smokers realize other people are cleaning up after them. Blavos said throwing cigarette butts on the ground shows disrespect for everyone on campus. “Everyone talks about how beautiful our campus is,” Blavos said. “They say they love our campus yet they throw trash on the ground.” Some of the students continued to smoke after being approached by volunteers. Blavos said she understands smoking is a culture here at UT. “Cultures don’t change overnight,” said Blavos. “We know it takes time.” Rose said this clean-up was important to her because she feels students ought to respect those who do not smoke. Similarly, Benjamin Wolkiewicz, a graduate student studying criminal justice, saw this event as a way to give back to the community. Wolkiewicz said he is a smoker and he believes it is his responsibility to help clean up
Parking From Page A1 Joy Gramling, director of auxiliary services, said this charge is not correct. “The system isn’t malfunctioning – the system is working,” she said. Wolff said his biggest qualm with the situation is what he describes as a “lack of communication.” Gramling said she was “surprised” by the content of the article and added that this complaint and all others she has seen have been resolved in a “timely manner.” She said the recent problems have been the result of an unregistered permit in Lot 1S. To explain the details of the mistake, Gramling had to describe the intricacies of UT’s unique parking system. The system regulates the variety of parking permits offered by the university, including commuter C passes and faculty A permits. These permits are broken down even further; an A permit comes in 16 different
Diversity Week From Page A1 based on the understanding of diversity, multiculturalism and social justice as a hallmark of the current higher education experience.” She said the speakers are always important when it comes to planning Diversity Week and representing different diverse groups. Miranda Vollmer, president of Student Bar Association, shared this opinion. She said it was important for speakers to share their experiences in working with other minority clients in order to provide real-life insight. The SBA hosted an event on Tuesday around noon. This event was hosted by Eugenio Mollo and Mark Heller from the Migrant Farm Worker Program of Legal Aid Toledo.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 “The attorneys spoke about current cases they are working on with minority clients who have been discriminated against based on the color of their skin,” Vollmer said. “They also discussed immigration processes and the challenges for foreign nationals trying to gain US citizenship.” Vollmer said to her, diversity means bringing together different ideas and individuals to create a rich and a various community. Bongratz says diversity comes in many different forms. She also said she feels diversity is what makes each individual unique. “My experiences here at UT have made it evident to me that diversity is a very important value to the University as a whole and I feel that many
offices and organizations on campus have done an awesome job of promoting respect and unity on campus,” Bongratz said. She believes diversity and respect are very important to the students and she hopes Diversity Week activities are educational to them. The groups and sponsors who collaborated with SG include LSU, Black Student Union, Spectrum, SBA, the Office of Accessibility, Muslim Student Association, International Student Association, the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program, Campus Activities and Programming, President’s Lecture Series on Diversity, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Office of External Affairs, Health Science Campus and the President’s office.
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Kelsie Collins, a sophomore majoring in physical therapy, participated in RESPECT UT Clean-up Day Tuesday by picking up cigarette butts in front of Snyder Memorial.
trash he might have left himself. Wolkiewicz said they would like to see more events similar to Tuesday’s occurring as often as once a month. Blavos said the ATOD Prevention Committee is funding another event like this for the next academic year. It was the ATOD Prevention Committee which initially surveyed students in 2010 about the tobacco policy. The survey results showed a significant amount of students did not like that the policy had no smoking restrictions. ATOD wrote and advocated for the current new tobacco policy which has been in effect since the beginning of this academic year. The Litterbugz, which was founded by Jeffrey Schlekie, was one of the organizations present Tuesday.
Schlekie’s vision for Toledo is that one day it may be transformed into a cleaner city. Schlekie said he believes events in which students actively clean and raise awareness are what will bring change. “Littered areas make people mad,” he said. “It’s your home. People live here.” Schlekie said he thinks if residents clean the area, it will make them more comfortable and bring out positive attitudes. The policy can be found on ATOD Prevention’s website. Litterbugz will have another event on April 28 called the Glass City Clean Up, where volunteers will pick up trash throughout the city. To learn more visit www.thelitterbugz.org.
varieties. In total, the program recognizes 67 different types of permits which must be applied to each of the 165 parking lots on campus depending on the lots’ permit regulations. Gramling said the sheer amount of information, all of which had to be manually applied to each lot, contributed to some of these “oversight[s].” “I’m not a computer – I make mistakes,” Gramling said. “Overall, we’ve done what we’ve set out to accomplish.” Wolff described this explanation as “a possibility.” “It’s hard to tell – there still seems to be some issues,” he said. Wolff added that the UT– AAUP may have filed complaints before the university had the opportunity to respond to the violations. Gramling said only two lots lacked proper representation this year, the other resulting in an incident in which Gramling herself was improperly ticketed in Lot 25 in front of Rocket Hall. She said this was because last
semester, Lot 25 was opened to faculty members for parking mid-semester and she forgot to register A permits. “First day out, guess whose car got ticketed,” she said. “It was then that I realized I needed to add the 16 A permits to the rest of the lot.” She had to file through the Parking Enforcement Office “like everyone else.” Although she addressed these A permit discrepancies, Gramling said many of the student complaints are generally a result of human error, like improperly registering a vehicle or expecting to be seen as a “parking exception.” Gramling also said the majority of feedback her department has received about the system has been positive. Wolff said he remains unsatisfied with the resolution of some complaints, including some he said were filed by retired faculty members. Those with comments or questions on the parking system can send an email detailing their views to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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‘Paint it black’ SG outgoing President Matt Rubin, sophomore Caitlin Witt and outgoing Vice President Jordan Maddocks remove graffiti near the Varsity Tennis Courts Tuesday afternoon.
Money in the bank
SAEF aims to eliminate student general fees By Danielle Gamble News Editor
Student Senate voted Tuesday night to give $10,000 toward an idea meant to eventually eliminate student general fees. Max Gold, a senior majoring in philosophy, presented his idea called the Student Activity Endowment Fund, or SAEF. He said this fund, if properly grown, could completely subsidize general fees, something Gold said has never been done before at a university. “This is a chance to make an impact for a lifetime,” he said. Gold explained the $10,000 would provide a good starting point for the goal of $25,000 for next spring. The rest of the money would come from sponsors, donations and student organization fundraisers. These funds will be passed onto the UT Foundation, to be placed into a non-endowed account. Gold said the proposal includes a clause which mandates student representation. “From the day this endowment starts to however many years from now, there will always be students overseeing this,” he said. After reaching the goal of $25,000, the account would begin accumulating 4 percent interest, or about $1,000 and then become an endowment fund. Gold said after the goal is met, the next steps are as of yet undetermined and that is something he said was on purpose. “Once we hit $25,000, it will be about re-accessing our goals. That’s basically when we look for a higher goal to reach,” he said. Outgoing Student Government President Matt Rubin described the project as a “long-term goal.” “Although it’s essentially free money for students, the
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amount of effort that it would take in order to raise $1 million, which would yield $40,000, is a lot,” Rubin said. “Compare that to charging every student $2 on their general fee and raising that $40,000 in a year.” Another proposal was brought before the floor by outgoing SG Vice President Jordan Maddocks. Maddocks proposed the money go to three different projects, including the acquisition of new recycling bins, repair of damaged sidewalks and other accessibility concerns and new banners to go up around campus which read something like, “Welcome to Rocket Country.” Gold Some senators were for this proposal while others had issues with it. One issue was that the banners were an unnecessary expense. Maddocks said if the money was to go towards these projects it would be split at the discretion of SG. Another problem brought up was that sidewalk repair would cost well over $10,000 and not all of this money would go towards that project. After Maddocks proposed the alternative idea, the senate decided to go with SAEF. The $10,000 that was allocated to Gold’s project is part of a bigger idea: the SG Legacy Grant Project. Rubin said the idea was to give students a way to leave a mark on campus. Students were asked to submit proposals which would positively impact the university. “It started from a conversation I had with Michele Martinez about how to use Student Government as a vehicle for students to leave their mark on campus,” he said. Rubin said he, Maddocks and Chuck Lehnert, vice president of administration, were responsible for narrowing the choices from 14 original applications to just four.
“After reviewing the many of the proposals with Jordan and Chuck, we were able to narrow down ones that were capable of being accomplished,” Rubin said. Rubin also said the criterion for a suitable project was that it had to be big and small enough for the appropriate budget. Some projects detailed plans for things which are already offered on campus. “One student asked that we make sure all the dining facilities have nutrition information, which most do,” Rubin said. “This is an idea we’ve been developing all year.” Rubin said it has to do with overall engagement with the university. “The idea was that we could have a project that could improve engagement between students and their university and, at the same time, bring value to campus,” he said. He said because of this previous year’s budget, the Student General Fee Allocation Committee was able to set aside the $10,000 to fund the Legacy grant. However, it was not possible to earmark enough funds to offer this grant again for the coming year. Rubin said because certain fiscal decisions were made in order to balance next year’s budget, the grant project had to be dropped. “It was a decision that was based on what would be best for the university rather than what would be best for SG,” he said. “When it came down to choosing between giving $10,000 to an extra project in Student Government or giving that money to one of UT’s great organizations like the Rocket Marching Band, I felt that a project that helps Student Government reach out to students wasn’t as important as our band having equipment.” Rubin said if the grant was to return, it would be up to the next SG president and VP.
Postseason From Page A1 In his first year at UT, Kowalczyk’s team had an APR of 939 and has averaged a 954.4 APR in his last nine seasons, eight of which came while at WisconsinGreen Bay. The NCAA also has a rule that if a team has an APR of more than 930 in its last two seasons they will be deemed eligible for postseason play. Although Kowalcyzk’s first season with the Rockets qualified, Cross’ final year of 896 gave Toledo a 917.5 average over that span. The APR calculation does not take into account the season which has just been completed in determining eligibility next year. If the NCAA included the most recent season in their four-year span, Toledo would have been eligible for postseason play as the team had a 962 APR under Kowalcyzk through the fall semester and is anticipating an even higher total at the end of the spring semester. That number combined with Kowalcyzk’s 939 from last season would easily qualify UT over the 930 average. File Photo by Vincent D. Scebbi / IC “Not one guy involved in Toledo basketball currently was a Head coach Tod Kowalcyzk and the Rocket squad have been part of the problem,” Kowal- appealing their APR score and after losing, were deemed inelicyzk said. “I don’t feel it is ap- gible to compete in the 2012-2013 posteason. propriate to penalize people opportunities be reinstated, that are not part of the problem. ligent reason why they can’t.” If the ruling is not changed, Dennis and Buckley must sit You should penalize people who however, senior guards Domi- out the season. are part of the problem.” Since both of them have alnique Buckley Because of and Curtis Den- ready used a redshirt year, that season-long I don’t feel it is ap- nis will perhaps would effectively spell the end talks with the propriate to penalize be most affect- of their collegiate careers. CAP commitpeople that are not part ed. Both players Buckley and Dennis detee, Kowalcyzk of the problem. You transferred to clared their intentions to stay remains hopeful that the decishould penalize people Toledo in 2011 with the program and not sion will be who are part of the and would be seek a transfer. “I expect to be here next overturned. The problem. missing out on their last chance year,” Dennis said. “It bugs me CAP committee at making the a lot. I’ve been there [with is planning to Tod Kowalcyzk NCAA Tourna- New Mexico] and I know it’s meet at the end Head Coach, ment or the NIT fun in the NIT and NCAA of April and in Rockets Basketball for Toledo. Tournament. That’s where you July to talk “Things hap- want to be at. We just have to about the APR, as well as if including the cur- pen and there is nothing we can take it as it is. The NCAA rent season’s score towards really do about it,” Buckley said. makes the rules and they have “Every game now means a lot to hold people accountable.” next season is possible. Toledo finished the year with “I really feel that come July, more to us. If we are not going cooler heads will prevail,” Kow- to be able to play in the postsea- a 19-17 record after posting a alcyzk said. “The president and son or in the MAC Tournament 4-28 record the previous two the NCAA will acknowledge then we want to win the MAC in seasons. The 15-win turnaround was the second largest that why not use this year’s the regular season.” Due to the postseason ban, in the country. The Rockets numbers. We are talking about letting the academic year of the NCAA is allowing Buckley advanced to the postseason for 2011-12 affecting the 2013 post- and Dennis to transfer to an- the first time since 2007, losing season. That’s what should hap- other institution without sitting in the second round of the Colpen. I think cooler heads will out next season. However, legeInsider.com Tournament prevail and there’s not an intel- should the Rockets postseason to Robert Morris.
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Carlson to get upgrades
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Daina Chmieliauskas, a senior majoring in nursing, is using one of the new HP desktop computers in Carlson Library. Godfrey Ovwigho from IT said more computers and laptops will be purchased. By Samantha Watson Copy Editor
A renovated second floor isn’t the only thing coming to Carlson Library — with help from Student Government, students will be seeing new technology in the coming academic year. SG is working with the Information Technology department to bring new laptops, PCs and printers to the library. “Student Senate passed a resolution supporting the purchase of new computers after hearing some students voice their concerns,” said outgoing SG President Matt Rubin. The IT department is looking to replace the laptops available for rent in the library with about 100 new ones, Rubin said. While the proposed new laptops have not been purchased, Godfrey Ovwigho, vice president and Chief Information Officer for IT, said it is a matter of working out the logistics. “We have to look at the most efficient, cost-effective laptops,” Ovwigho said. Some of the other changes already occurred, like some of the new Hewlett-Packard computers currently in the library. Also, six HP printers, which are more efficient at dual-sided printing, replaced the library’s old printers. “Hopefully before the end of this fiscal year, [in] June, we’ll
buy more PCs,” Ovwigho said. The current laptops and computers were purchased when the information commons section of the library was renovated in 2007. All of the Dell monitors in the library run off the same network which causes them to function slowly. Ovwigho said the new HP computers are all-in-one systems, which perform better. Outgoing SG Vice President Jordan Maddocks said having the most current technology is vital to the library because many students use the resources there. “It’s a very highly used portion of campus and I think a lot of money should be going into these improvements,” he said. The money will come out of the IT department budget and Rubin said they are searching for different ways to save money, like buying laptops which are compatible with the existing power cords. Maddocks said while the new technology will benefit, it will also take some adjustment. He said he observed that the new printers have been breaking down and he isn’t sure if the staff is used to the new technology yet. “Obviously, there’s going to be growing pains,” Maddocks said. Ovwigho echoed this sentiment but believes the revitalization will be beneficial. “It’s going to be an ongoing
process,” Ovwigho said. “We think hopefully before the end of this year we’ll probably be done refreshing, upgrading and updating all of the systems.” Rubin said the IT department was considering phasing out the laptop rental program because they didn’t believe the students liked it, but SG has changed the direction of that plan. “Some students can’t afford to have a laptop; it’s really convenient for them to go to the library and be able to rent one,” Rubin said. Rubin said the idea was formed by chance when his computer crashed and he took it to the IT help center, where he brought up students’ concerns in a conversation. “Everyone I’ve talked to in the IT department has been phenomenal and they’ve really been student-centered and student-geared,” Rubin said. Rubin said SG distributed about 100 surveys to students asking how they felt about the networks, laptops and printing. Afterwards, the results were taken to the IT department and action was made. “I think that’s where Student Government can be effective and successful – when you can carry over the message to the administration in a clear, concise way that gets results,” he said.
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‘Walk 4 Water’ fights for clean H20 UT group hosts event to bring awareness to community and raise money By Christine Hombrink IC Staff Writer
UT will host the first annual Walk 4 Water event this Saturday in hopes of raising money and awareness for a worldwide problem – a lack of clean water. The consumption of unclean water is the number one cause of preventable death in the world, according to Antonia Chávez, head chair of UT Walk 4 Water and a sophomore majoring in pharmacy administration. In an email interview, she said one in eight people do not have access to clean water. Every day, millions of families and children of all ages walk on average six to 10 miles to clean water. More often than not, the people doing the walking already struggle with health issues such as
diarrheal disease and cholera caused by ingesting dirty water, according to Chávez. “It is amazing how often we take for granted a basic necessity of life when millions struggle each day just to survive,” said outgoing Student Government Vice President Jordan Maddocks. Maddocks will represent SG and work in conjunction with the Catholic Student Association, the Christian Service Project and members of Clean Water for the World in order to help organize the event. Maddocks said the Walk 4 Water event will require students to mimic the daily trudge to clean water by carrying hundreds of gallons of water on a four-mile walk. Not only will this draw the community’s attention, but the exercise will help students and community members alike
gain perspective of those who have to walk many miles to clean water daily. Generating an empathetic view is one of the goals of the event in order to better understand and help those in need. Chávez has high hopes for the event. “My short term goal for this year is to get at least 100 people signed up,” she said. “This is our first year and it would be an accomplishment to reach at least 100 people.” The purpose of the Walk 4 Water event is to raise awareness as well as monetary funds to assist those in need. Members hope that not only will awareness increase exposure for the cause but it will ultimately lead to more community involvement, including donations and event — Water, Page B2
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“Walk 4 Water” plans to build water purifiers with donations from Saturday’s event at Centennial Mall.
Student DJ brings jazz to campus By Benjamin Lynn IC Staff Writer
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UT student Hugh Ross hosts “The H-Factor” Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
Instead of hip-hop or rock, a UT student DJ offers listeners an older genre of music – jazz. “The H-Factor” is a radio show on 88.3 WXUT hosted by Hugh Ross, a junior majoring in business management and technology. The program features many flavors of jazz, including sad, traditional, classical, fusion, acid and everything in between. Ross said his goal with the show is to introduce the genre to as many new listeners as possible. “Jazz is one of true traditions to originate in America. It came from the blues,” he said. “It is real culture and part of history.” Ross said jazz is a relevant genre that everyone should experience and that he specifically wants to develop an audience from the younger “hiphop generation” who may dislike or have never heard of
the music. jazz. “I was listening to rock [mu“My question to young people is this: when you are 50 or sic] when my sister told me I 60, will you still be listening to had to listen to this album,” he hip-hop? You may or may not,” said. “I’ll never forget it. It was he said. “Whereas jazz is some- ‘California Dreaming’ recorded by Wes thing any age Montgomery.” can listen to. He said his So give jazz a try.” love of jazz perIf I can get 10 or 15 sists because of Historically, people to listen, and I the mixture of jazz developed get one person who complexity and from the blues music genre, likes it, then I’ll be simplicity. which originatseems successful. “It ed from the identical but when you sit songs slaves in Hugh Ross Junior, Business Mandown, you can America used agment and hear the differfor communi- Technology cation and exences, the varipression. Ever since its cre- ety,” he said. Ross decided to host a radio ation, jazz music has evolved and become entwined with show after taking a radio proAmerican culture. duction course at UT where he “It’s timeless,” Ross said. learned copyright rules and “Jazz is consistently timeless.” how to play records, conduct Ross said he was introduced interviews, answer calls and to the genre when he was 15 handle the microphones. He by his older sister and he said the class professor gave quickly developed a love for him plenty of advice which has
helped shape his program. “He told me that I have a great voice for radio,” he said. “And he told me, ‘Do what you feel.’” Ross said he’s developed his own views and ideals about jazz and wants to share them with everyone. “If I can get 10 or 15 people to listen, and I get one person who likes it, then I’ll be successful,” he said. Although the show has only aired for seven weeks, Ross said he received positive feedback. He said he plans to expand beyond the radio station and into live venues and festivals. Ross has an enormous amount of genuine passion for jazz which he can exercise and share with others through his show. “H-Factor [is] the way I … factor into jazz,” he said. “The H-Factor” airs every Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. on 88.3 WXUT.
Summer superhero movies inspired by comic book stories
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Bryan Hitch’s wraparound cover for the first issue of Marvel’s “The Ultimates,” which inspired the upcoming “The Avengers” film.
Not just faking it ‘In the Next Room’
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“Mrs. Givings (Jillian Albert) attempts to show her husband, Dr. Givings (Ahmad Atallah), where to place the instrument.” UT’s Theatre and Film Department scheduled performances for Sarah Ruhl’s Tony-nominated play today through Sunday at the Center for Performing Arts. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., except the 2 p.m. Sunday show. General tickets are $13, $11 for faculty, staff, alumni and seniors, and $7 for students.
essential reading The highlight of for anyone remotely this summer movie interested in the season can be grandiose, capessummed up in one and-tights spectaword: superheroes. cles arriving in theFor fans who lack aters soon. patience or simply Grandiose may be want a better underan understatement standing of these silwhen describing ver screen charac“The Avengers,” ters, the best place By Russell Axon which drops May 4. to look is in the Arts and Life Editor A culmination of glossy pages of comic books. In fact, the three su- Marvel’s slow plan to bring all their movie heroes together, perhero films premiering this “The Avengers” sees Captain summer borrow inspiration America, Iron Man, Thor and from specific story arcs. — Comics, Page B2 The following books are
By Kimberly Roland IC Staff Writer
The best literature is timeless and relatable, but a little bit of sex and violence doesn’t hurt either. The 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger might seem out of place amongst the polished new titles at the local bookstore but it probably reads better than most of them. During an era of sexual revolution and youth rebellion in the ‘70s, the novel was placed on a number of banned book lists. Despite the initial resistance, this beloved classic has consistently proven itself and makes thousands of reading lists every year. It has been published in virtually every major language and is commonly taught in high schools and colleges throughout the world. The opening of the novel finds anti-hero Holden Caulfield hospitalized for a nervous breakdown and he recounts the events which led to his situation. The 17-year-old narrator talks about being kicked out of another prep school and his decision to spend a few days in New York City instead of returning home. Over the course of two days, he encounters dangerous and friendly characters and his experiences challenge his ideas about life. The storyline is one which grabs readers’ attention because Caulfield exhibits and exposes the emotions that many people choose to brush under the carpet. Throughout the pages, the reader experiences Caulfield’s search for closure, placement and peace.
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Compelling themes and protagonist make ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ a classic. One could feel remorse and pity for Caulfield’s situation – wealth and a good last name went far for Caulfield, but those things don’t provide emotional stability or happiness. Caulfield’s attempts to connect with other people over the course of the novel forces him to choose between two competing impulses – interact with other people as an adult or retreat from them like a child. This conflict fuels much of the story’s action. Despite the jaded and raw narrative, readers all over have been able to identify with the story’s protagonist. The story is told entirely in first person from Caulfield’s point of view. From the beginning, the reader can infer Caulfield is a talkative and straight edge kind of guy; he tells it like it is. Salinger captures the cynical parts of life and makes Caulfield’s dilemmas and discoveries connect with all dimensions of age. Whether the reader is 15 or 75, the struggle of finding happiness and placement in the world will always be a topic which appeals to readers. The story is loaded with symbolism and motifs, including life and death, which is addressed through the death of Caulfield’s younger brother: “I slept in the garage the night he died, and I broke all the goddam windows with my fist, just for the hell of it. I even tried to break all the windows on the station wagon we had that summer, but my hand was already broken and everything by that time, and I couldn’t do it.” Even though the Caulfields
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Originally published in 1951, “The Catcher in the Rye” landed on several banned books list for its depictions of teenage sex, violence and profanity. appear veneer, Caulfield’s anger and confusion proves to them just how broken the family really is. Perhaps the story’s most prominent motif is Caulfield’s perceptions of reality and illusion. His difficulty in separating the two makes for multiple thought-provoking scenes. Salinger shows this in several sections, such as Caulfield’s observation about statues at a museum. “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move … Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you.” If you are looking for a page turning book filled with timeless realities of growing up and being understood, be sure to re-read or begin this beloved American classic.
Comics From Page B1 other heroes establish the ultimate team-up to save Earth from an invading alien force. The plot almost directly mirrors “The Ultimates” by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. Marvel established the Ultimate Universe so creators could write modern, edgier versions of popular characters without years of continuity constricting them. As a writer, Millar takes full advantage of this freedom – his characterizations are tough, rude and occasionally downright mean. Underneath his signature writing style though, the cores of the characters remain true to their original molds. Every character is compelling and given ample story time. The scope of the story is epic, opening at the height of World War II and spanning across the globe. In this regard, Hitch’s art delivers and then some. His cinematic, widescreen approach to paneling and realistic figures make for gorgeous artwork. Every action scene is detailed and visceral. Expect the clashing personalities and intense action of the book to translate onto the screen as Marvel hopes to pull off a project four years in the making. It’s been over four years since the last Spider-Man movie and many fans still have a bad taste from the last
Water From Page B1 hosting. Chávez said donations are highly encouraged since the proceeds of Saturday’s event will go to building water purifiers for Third World countries such as India, Haiti, Kenya, El Salvador, Guatemala
film. On July 3, “The Amazing Spider-Man” will start fresh with a reboot featuring a new story and a new creative team. After receiving superpowers from a radioactive spider bite, nerdy highschooler Peter Parker uncovers secrets left by his deceased scientist father, learning something about great power and great responsibility along the way. The father subplot is a new spin the creators hope to explore on film but the story can be found in “Ultimate Spider-Man” by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley. Bendis’ writing works as a respectful homage to the original but he doesn’t hesitate to mess with the status quo. Bendis’ Spidey is an angst-ridden teenager who is slowly maturing into the wisecracking hero readers are familiar with. He also explores Parker’s connection to his father, and much of the action stems from his discoveries. All this action is wonderfully captured by Bagley’s fluid, dynamic pencils. His smooth shapes and thick lines help the art to pop off the page. With Bendis hired as a consultant for the reboot, expect this experience to be closely reflected on the big screen as the “wall-crawler” begins a new adventure. Ending arguably the most successful superhero adventure to date, “The Dark
Knight Rises” will conclude Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy on July 20. Batman faces his toughest challenge as the mercenary Bane violently tears down the peace he’s established. The 1993 story arc “Knightfall” details this same plot over the course of 17 issues and two Batman titles. Handled by multiple writers and artists, Batman is pushed to his limits after Bane stages a massive breakout at Arkham Asylum. His plan is to wear Batman down before crippling him so he can rule Gotham City. The writing is outdated in many scenes, falling prey to the ridiculous gimmicks common in ’90s comics – remote-controlled attack robots and crammed storytelling being the main offenders. However, Batman’s physical and mental deterioration is handled extremely well, and several minor allies and villains shine in the brief moments they’re given. The art is more consistent, and the stakes and action elevate with the turn of each page. The brief teasers and spoilers from the film suggest scenes like the prison break and Batman and Bane’s confrontation will transfer from page to celluloid this summer. While serving as good primers for their respective films, these books also work well as jumping on points for new comic book readers. When moviegoers walk out of the theaters this summer craving more action and adventure, these comics will be ready and waiting.
and Honduras. Organizations that donate $750 and up will have their name etched on a plaque on various purification systems. Prizes and incentives of shirts, pins and awards will also be available at the event. Chávez said she plans to make the Walk 4 Water event an annual occurrence and she hopes it becomes an
integral part of UT’s drive for assisting those in need across the world. The Walk 4 Water event is scheduled for this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Centennial Mall. All students and student organizations are encouraged to register early at walk4waterut.webs.com or on the day of the event.
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Extra Innings From Page B4 Smith out at home to end the inning. The Toledo bullpen was lights out through the next four innings, allowing only two hits with four strikeouts. Freshman reliever Alec Schmenk pitched well in the sixth and seventh innings, allowing no hits and striking out three batters. In the eighth inning, senior Lincoln Rassi took the mound and allowed only one hit. Freshman Andrew Marra came on in the ninth inning, where he too kept the Raiders scoreless. After the Rockets failed to end the game in the bottom of the ninth, Wright State delivered the winning blow in the following inning. Vincent D. Scebbi / IC In the top of the 10th, Marra balked, moving the runner on first into scoring position Junior starter Jared Locke (3-4, 5.32 ERA) had a no-deciand giving the Raiders a sion after giving up two runs in five innings of work. chance to take the lead. “Our formula has always Wright State’s Garrett Gray our way.” Marker (5-1) grabbed the been to pitch well, play singled down the right field line, driving in the runner win with Marra taking the good defense and hit in the clutch,” Mee said. and giving the Raiders a 5-4 loss for UT, dropping his record to “We just couldn’t advantage. 1-1. Schum get enough good at Toledo failed to picked up bats together to respond in the next his eighth get anything half of the inning save for going.” due to solid pitcht h e Toledo will reing from WSU reRaiders. turn to the dialievers Jordan S m i t h mond this weekMarker and Michael Wright St. 5 F/10 4 Toledo led the end on the road as Schum. Rockets, they travel to “You get in a close game and some of them are going 2 for 4 with Marra DeKalb, Ill. to take on conference rigoing to go your way and two RBI. He was sometimes the ball is going one of only five UT bat- val Northern Illinois in a to bounce the other way,” ters that finished the three-game series starting at 3 p.m. on Friday. Mee said. “Today it didn’t go game with a hit.
Academic From Page B4 Linn, who is working on a master’s in business administration, maintains a 3.77 GPA. The Madison, Wis. native and Indiana transfer averaged 7.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Her 35.4 shooting percentage from behind the arc was fifth-best in the MAC. “It’s a great honor,” said Linn, who hopes to get into coaching after completing her degree. “It’s always nice to be recognized for stuff in the classroom as well as
athletics.” The two seniors played an integral role in leading Toledo to a 24-10 record and a share of their third consecutive MAC West title. “We’re extremely thankful to have had them as a part of our program,” Cullop said. “Both of them rose to the occasion this season and we wouldn’t have won 24 games [without them].” After Naama Shafir went down with a season-ending knee injury in just the fourth game of the year, UT looked to Ingersoll and Linn for guidance.
“I’m so proud of them,” Cullop said. “A lot of people wrote us off and they stepped up and took on the responsibility. We had a great season because of them.” Both players mentioned that finishing with a team GPA ranked in the top 25 nationally is a goal every year. The coaching staff puts heavy emphasis on performing well academically and it starts in recruiting. “If we don’t feel that someone can be academically successful here or it isn’t a priority in their lives, then we won’t recruit them,” Cullop said.
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Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended just days after Opening Day in his first season in Miami.
Guillen From Page B4 persona as he has been reviled for his indelicate delivery. Guillen plunged to a new depth of controversy, though, when it was revealed earlier this month that he told Time magazine, “I love Fidel Castro. A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still here.” The release of Guillen’s remarks was met with disdain throughout the country but it’s safe to assume the impact of his words was felt no where greater than in the Miami area, home to one of the largest Hispanic populations in the country. And lest we forget the PR scandal he created for the Miami front office who just months ago settled into Marlins Park, strategically erected in the heart of Little Havana to cater to the neighborhood’s large population of Cuban immigrants. Unlike his days in Chicago there would be no higher-ups swooping in to smooth things over with the media and public. There would be no one there to defend this as just another instance of “Ozzie being Ozzie.” To be fair, the Marlins front office did issue a statement shortly following the release of Guillen’s comments.
It was one adamantly condemning the remarks of their own manager. Needless to say, that is not something you see every day in sports. To his credit, last Wednesday an exhausted-looking Guillen took to the podium and gave a contrite, tearful apology. And he did so on the proverbial island, all alone, without a lifeline, for the first time in his managerial career. Guillen told the media repeatedly that he does not admire Castro and explained that he is simply surprised that Castro has been able to remain in power so long despite the number of people he has hurt. The native of Venezuela insisted, through a translator, that his limited English failed him. That he was, “thinking in Spanish,” and “said the wrong thing in English.” Whether the sentiment of Guillen’s explanation was genuine or a means to deflect controversy, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria took the safe, image-conscious route in issuing the manager a five-game suspension that was effective through Monday. Guillen has toed the company line in the days since his return, but only time will reveal how his humiliation affected him and if he can mend the rift between himself and
the residents of South Florida. Despite a slow start to the season, the Marlins are expected to make the playoffs, and as the old sports adage reminds us, winning can heal even the deepest wounds. Perhaps that is all it will take. There is, after all, little debate that Ozzie would have long ago been driven out of the South Side were it not for his success. Or perhaps Guillen will tone down his outgoing, albeit volatile ways to adhere to the wants of ownership and the Miami citizenry. Not likely though. Regardless, we must reconcile the irony in our thought process – expecting honesty while demanding perfection from sports personalities. Ozzie Guillen was wrong. His comments about Castro were inappropriate to say on the record and insensitive to the community to which he owes his livelihood. Guillen must face the consequences of his error in judgement. But the public and media must be prepared for the occasional blunder if they wish to have sports figures speak candidly. Or risk losing open discourse altogether. — Nate Pentecost is the Managing Editor and a senior majoring in communication. He has contributed to the Toledo Free Press and FOXSportsOhio.com.
When you’re playing a good team, you really have to limit the freebies. Today we didn’t do that and they took advantage of it.
Cory Mee UT head baseball coach
www.IndependentCollegian.com Marlins’ Ozzie Guillen crosses the line ... again Ozzie Guillen spent 15 years in the Major Leagues making a living as a sure-gloved shortstop. After spending just over half as much time as the brash, outspoken manager of the Chicago White Sox, it is somewhat fitting that he is once again on the defensive. Sure, the first-year manager of the revamped Miami Marlins is no stranger to hot Nate water. Pentecost This is after all the man who, because of his thoughts on the Bush ...He has administrabeen as retion, devered for his clined to honest, unjoin the team in the tradi- filtered pertional visit sona as he to the White has been reHouse after steering the viled for his South Siders i n d e l i c a t e to their first delivery. World Series title in 88 years. The man who, a year later in 2006, was quoted calling Jay Mariotti a homosexual slur out of frustration over being the target of Mariotti’s sensationalism. He later apologized for the outburst but in the usual Ozzie style, refused to back off his criticism of the former Chicago Sun-Times columnist. The incident with Mariotti, who has seen his own share of embattlements, best illuminates the irony in the saga of Ozzie Guillen – he has been as revered for his honest, unfiltered
Sports Thursday, April 19, 2012
Jay Skebba – Editor
Rockets lose 5-4 in extra innings to Wright State By Nick Delwiche For the IC
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The Rockets dropped a close one in Scott Park yesterday, falling to Wright State University 5-4. Toledo (17-20, 6-6 MidAmerican Conference) brought the game to extra innings but failed to respond to the Raiders in the 10th. Wright State struck first in the third inning after junior starting pitcher Jared Locke balked a runner home with the bases loaded. Another Rocket mistake, this time a fielding error, allowed two more runs to score. The Raiders scored again on an RBI single before Locke finally stopped the bleeding. “When you’re playing a good team, you really have to limit the freebies,” said UT head coach Cory Mee. “Today we didn’t do that and they took advantage of it.” Toledo responded in the fourth inning after freshman third baseman Anthony Smith drove in two runs on an RBI single. The Rockets were able to bring in two more runs in the fifth after a wild throw following a bunt from freshman left fielder Dan Zuchowski allowed one run to score. Later in the fifth, senior center fielder Ben Hammer tied the game at four with a sacrifice fly. UT had a chance to take the lead in the sixth but failed to come up with a run. Freshman shortstop Nate Langhals doubled down the left field line but a perfect throw from Raiders left fielder Cody Simon forced
Toledo freshman third baseman Anthony Smith went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI in a 5-4 loss to Wright State on Wednesday.
— Extra Innings, Page B3
— Guillen, Page B3
NCAA clears Shafir to play next season
Ingersoll, Linn named to Academic All-MAC team
By Nate Pentecost Managing Editor
Toledo point guard Naama Shafir has been granted a medical hardship waiver by the Mid-American Conference. The Israeli native will return to the Rockets for 201213 campaign and will have one season of competition remaining before her five-year eligibility limit runs up. “It feels good knowing that it’s official,” Shafir said. “If you played less than thirty percent of the season you’re usually not going to have any problems getting a medical redshirt. It’s good news though, it’s finally behind me.” The MAC Player of the Year candidate was injured while driving to the basket in the first minute of Toledo’s game at Indiana Nov. 25. Shafir was averaging 9.3 points, 2.3 steals and 1.5 rebounds in the 2012 season before sitting out for the first time in 107 games. “It was really hard because I’ve never been in that situation before,” Shafir said. “It was especially hard with close games and when we were losing. I wanted to be on the court to help the team.” In 2011 the All-MAC honoree averaged a team-high in points (15.3) and assists (5.1), in addition to posting 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals a contest. Shafir was instrumental in the Rockets 2011 WNIT Championship run, lighting up Southern California for a career-high 40 points in the finals en route to earning tour-
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Senior point guard Naama Shafir has been cleared by the NCAA to play next season for the Rockets after an injury in 2012. nament MVP honors. Despite losing Shafir, the Rockets finished the 2012 season with a 24-10 (13-3 MAC) record, claiming a share of the MAC West title for the third straight year. Toledo also earned its third straight appearance in the WNIT, falling to Syracuse 7473 in the “Sweet 16.” Shafir will rejoin a Rockets team that will return all but two players from this season’s roster, with Toledo losing Haylie Linn and third-team All-MAC selection Courtney Ingersoll to graduation. The 2013 roster
will include two redshirt freshman in guard/forward Ana Capotosto and forward Taylor Carver, as well as three incoming players who signed letters of intent last November. “Obviously Haylie and Courtney did a lot for us this year,” Shafir said. “It’s going to be tough to replace them. I definitely think we have a lot of potential and we can do some good things next year. It’s always hard to tell before the season, but I think we’re going to have a really good team.”
Courtney Ingersoll (second to left) and Haylie Linn (second to right) represented Toledo by being named to the Mid-American Conference’s All-Academic team this week. By Jay Skebba Sports Editor
Seniors Courtney Ingersoll and Haylie Linn were announced as members of the 2012 MidAmerican Conference All-Academic team this week. “I’m extremely proud,” said UT head coach Tricia Cullop. “They are extremely dedicated individuals, both on and off the court. They represent our program with class.” Ingersoll, a communication major carrying a 3.46
GPA, led the NCAA this past season in three-point shooting, converting on 44 percent of her attempts. The Massillon, Ohio native averaged 11.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per contest durIngersoll ing her final year at UT. She tied the school and MAC single-season record with 96 made three-pointers, sharing
that honor with former Rocket Kelly Savage. Ingersoll’s 133 games played ranks first in school history. “We always talk about before the season having goals,” Ingersoll said. “That was one of my goals that I knew was attainable if I had a good season.” Ingersoll will be a Graduate Assistant with the program Linn next year as she completes her master’s degree. — Academic, Page B3