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Campus housing plans in the works By Destiny Washington Staff Reporter

Thomas Wakefield, doctor and soon-to-be president of the UT Alumni Association. Aaron Philip, a first-year graduate physician assistant student and president of GSA, said he is excited for the upcoming symposium and considers it a “good opportunity to network with students across the Midwest and country.” “I am looking forward to having students come to UT and participate in the oral and poster presentations at the MGRS,” Philip said. “I am also excited to learn about 3D printing at the 3D printing panel at lunch… This is the third year I will be involved with the MGRS, and it has really been a fun and informative day each year.” Philip describes the symposium as “collaborative, multidisciplinary and high-yield,” and due to the growing attendance each year, he estimates there will be over 280 people. Graduate students who want to attend must register before March 7, 2014. Registration is free and can be completed at www.

Updating student housing, improving pedestrian safety and encouraging national chains to move closer to campus are all part of the University of Toledo’s upcoming plans to improve campus. Matt Schroeder, vice president of real estate and business development, said UT is currently partnered with American Campus Communities in an initiative to build a modern housing complex. Schroeder said the dormitory, which will be financed by project-based funding, will house roughly 492 beds and be built on the land where Dowd, Nash and White halls used to stand. “Our president, provost and board is not willing to go to Columbus and ask for additional tactile dollars or take on more debt,” Schroeder said during a Student Government meeting Feb. 18. “Due to the partnership with American Campus Communities and the Collegiate Housing Foundation at least for the first year or two, the housing will truly be 100 percent project based financing. The revenues of the project are pledged against the debt annually. The university has an extremely low profile on this.” According to Schroeder, UT wants to offer more suitestyle housing options. “This project will take our on campus housing stock from almost a 50/50 split between traditional and suitestyle living, to the majority being suite-style,” Schroeder said. Schroeder said that if everything goes as planned, the new building will be open by August 2015. However, not everyone is excited about the upcoming housing changes. SG Senator Ben Lynn said he feels it “segregates the campus in a way.” “I feel by building a new dorm there and kind of moving around the offices for the history and philosophy departments and moving all the honor students over there, they are kind of segregating the campus in a way by putting all the people they want to succeed more or the people they are trying to push for the honors college and put them in our village - one happy campus,” Lynn said. “All the other incoming students are going to be on the other half, so I feel they

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All that jazz Non-traditional student Hugh Ross balances classes and his jazz radio show ‘The H-Factor.’ COMMUNITY / 7 » NICOLE BADIK / IC

UT Safety Chat A free event will take place Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592. NEWS / 3 »

“There are some problems at the University of Toledo, but problems with accessibility for disabled people need to be solved quickly because people are seriously affected by them.”

IC EDITORIAL Keeping up to code OPINION / 4 »

Author leads talk about diversity Author Zadie Smith will host an informal Q&A session about her works in Student Union Room 2592 on March 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. COMMUNITY / 7 »

Savage Sunday The Rocket men survived a scare, triumphing 85-74 over Ball State, but the women fell to the Western Michigan Broncos 60-59.



Ron Johns, president of Young Americans for Liberty, rolls a fake cigarette Monday in the Student Union. The cigarettes were passed out to students as part of a protest against a proposed oncampus tobacco ban. Meghan Cunningham, a UT spokesperson, said the UT Board of Trustees will discuss the smoking ban at the next board meeting March 11.

UT tobacco ban gains traction

By Joshuah Hampton Staff Reporter

A campus-wide tobacco ban, which has generated strong but divided feelings and sparked a protest Monday in the Student Union, will soon go to the university’s board of trustees. The board will discuss the smoking ban at the next board meeting, according to University of Toledo spokesperson

Meghan Cunningham. “The board of trustees is expected to discuss the smoking ban at their student and academic affairs committee meeting on March 11,” Cunningham said. “The committee can decide to forward it onto the full board, where it then could go several different routes.”

Board of Trustees to discuss Main Campus tobacco ban March 11 What: Academic and Student Affairs committee meeting When: 9 a.m., March 11 Where: Hotel at UT Medical Center, Faculty Club Room Status: Open to the public

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Graduate students host 5th annual graduate symposium By Samantha Rhodes Features Editor

Over 280 people from over 60 universities are expected to gather in the Student Union and Memorial Field House for the largest student-run research symposium in the Midwest. This is the fifth year the University of Toledo’s Graduate Student Association (GSA) will host the annual Midwest Graduate Research Symposium (MGRS). Participants will spend the day giving oral and poster presentations based on research conducted by graduate students across the Midwest region. The all-day, free event will take place March 29, 2014, in the Student Union and Memorial Field House. Meals will be provided for all participants. Alcy Barakat, a first-year graduate student and GSA public relations committee chair, called the upcoming symposium a “fantastic opportunity” for graduate students of all colleges. “For graduate students who need the chance to present their research in a homey environment, without the fees and travel of a

conference and with the added bonus of judges in every discipline, this is every graduate student’s best opportunity to practice presenting their research,” Barakat said. “To starting graduate students who may not have research ready to present or for students soon to graduate, this day captures what it will soon be like for them to present their work.”

If you go What: Midwest Graduate Research Symposium. Where: Student Union and Memorial Field House. When: All day, March 29. Sponsored by: UT’s Graduate Student Association. Cost: Free and open to the public.

According to Barakat, over 60 universities from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana have been invited to attend and present their graduate student work and research, which will be judged within each academic discipline. Awards will go to the top presenters and the keynote address will be given by


Candidates for Student Government presidential race to apply by March 5

By Amanda Pitrof Associate News Editor

Elections for Student Government will take place April 7 through April 10. Completed packets of paperwork can be found online and in the Student Government office and must be turned in by March 13. Candidates for SG must gather 20 student signatures to run for senate, and 200 to run for president. Although there were no major changes to the Student Govern-

ment election board manual this year, board chair Kaitlyn Filzer said there is one change that candidates should be aware of. Filzer said that this year, candidates for president must have one and a half years of cumulative SG experience with the person running for vice president. Last year, students running for the position were required to have only one year of experience between the president and vice president combined. The change

was proposed by Emily Kramp and Lauren Jencen, the current president and vice president, who said the extra experience would help the new officers. Any campaign material candidates wish to distribute must be approved by the election board first, but Filzer said interested students can send in material now if they wish. However, she said most students usually wait until after they declare. Referendums may also be written

and turned in up until March 13. This type of student-written legislation requires 200 student signatures. “If any students have an issue they would like to go to the administration with, they can write a referendum and have it voted on by the student body as a whole,” Filzer said. Filzer said those looking for more information about election procedures can send an email to kaitlyn.filzer@rockets.utoledo. edu or call 419-217-7276.


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This week in UT history


South American and Hispanic Students’ Association

50 years ago: Bobby Fischer, acclaimed by many to be the most widely written-about and controversial chess personality of the generation, will be on the University of Toledo campus March 19 at 7 p.m. At this time he will take on 50 opponents simultaneously, and afterward deliver a lecture on the game of chess.

75 years ago: A $10 set of Dr. Grabow Pre-Smoked Pipes, pre-smoked by machine to make them sweet, will be awarded to the University of Toledo student writing the best advertisement for Dr. Grabow Pipes, M. Linkman and Co., Chicago, announced today. 80 years ago: Since badminton was introduced into the sports curriculum of women students last year, the game has greatly increased in popularity. It was found at first that the game somewhat resembled tennis, but a closer observance showed marked differences.

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Jazzed up

The Director of Jazz Studies, Gunnar Mossblad, plays the saxophone with senior lecturer of jazz history, Norm Damschroder on bass and assistant professor of percussion and jazz, Olman Piedra on drums. It was part of the Art Tatum Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert that took place in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing Arts on Feb. 25. The next jazz concert is on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Crystal’s Lounge in the Ramada Hotel.

Purpose: The main purpose of the organization is to share the South American and Hispanic culture all around our Campus, leave our legacy behind and introduce students to the warmth of the South American and Hispanic culture. Leaders: President: Maria G. Suarez; vice president: Daniel Montoya; treasurer: Silvia Carvajal; secretary: Eduardo Rodriguez; public relations/web master: Andrea Osorio; ISA representative: Marcos Da Conceicao; event planner: Angelica Da Conceicao Upcoming events: General Meetings every other Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Student Union. March 14, ISA IDinner. March 21, Cultural Presentation at the Central Trail Elementary School. March 26, Cultural Shock with BSU. SAHSA Soccer Tournament March 10, 15, 17, 21, 24, 28, 29 and 30. SAHSA Talks “News Worth Spreading,” April 7-18. Learn more: Email:; Facebook:; Instagram: @SahsaUT; Twitter: @SahsaUT

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What are you doing over spring break?

Features Samantha Rhodes, editor

“I’m going to North Carolina.” Mike Brown Fifth-year Psychology

“I’m actually just going home.” Jessica Durigon Fourth-year Pharmacy

“Going to Panama City, Florida.” Amanda Trevino

Second-year International business and finance

“I’m going to California.” George Michalos

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Student Organization Gala held Feb. 24

‘Twelve Years a Slave’ lecture to be held Feb. 26

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will be hosting a lecture by Carmen Phelps, associate professor of English, titled, “A Conversation on Twelve Years a Slave: Reading Black Women in Fiction and Film.” The free, public program will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the Libbey Hall Dining Room. A wine and cheese reception will start at 5:30 p.m., and the discussion will begin at 6 p.m. Charlene Gilbert, professor and chair of women’s and gender studies, will moderate the discussion. For more information, contact the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at 419-530-2233.

Professor of physics to give lecture on the origins of the universe Lloyd Knox, professor of physics at the University of California at Davis, will give the 2014 McMaster Cosmology Lecture Thursday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Auditorium. In his lecture titled, “Confirmed Truths and Remaining Mysteries Regarding the Origin of the Universe,” Knox will discuss the history of the big bang and the origin of humans, going into detail about his own observations and areas of research that can be further examined. For more information on the free, public lecture, email


Keynote speaker Jenna Lento, a University of Toledo alum, spoke at the Student Organization Gala on Feb. 24 in the Student Union Auditorium at 6 p.m.

Tobacco from page 1

Meanwhile, signatures were gathered for an on-campus smoking ban petition Feb. 24 in the Student Union by the Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). Ron Johns, president of YAL and a fourthyear marketing and entrepreneurship major, said YAL received over 150 signatures in three hours. He then presented the signatures at the Student Government meeting Feb. 25. Johns said YAL wanted SG to “get the message that students are not all right with this.” “We basically summarized up our points and said that it’s not Student Government’s decision what legal substances grown adults put in their body,” Johns said. “We believe people should at least be able to smoke in smoking huts. We paid a large amount for these smoking huts and now we’re just going tear them down. That seems like a waste.” Richard Haseltine, treasurer of YAL and

Housing from page 1

are kind of segregating and it’s not really fair to all the students and conducive to a good learning environment.” Lynn also said the costs of the new building are something to consider. “I hear that it is supposed to be a private company and really expensive, so why are they trying to push for the honors college making people live there if the rates are going to be so expensive?” Lynn said. According to Schroeder, students will also see upcoming renovations of the Campus Village Apartments, which Schroeder described as a “game changer.” He said they will be “scraped clean” and a common area pool will be added. Some students are confident that the new housing complex will benefit both current students and future students. Austin Serna, a second-year political sci-

Symposium from page 1

Barakat urges any graduate student “even remotely thinking of signing up for the MGRS” to “take the leap and do it.” Though the symposium is a huge event for GSA each year, President Philip believes the organization is much more than a group of graduate students conducting research. “The primary purpose of the GSA is for elected graduate and professional students to advocate for the graduate and professional student body at the administrative level and act as a liaison between the two groups,” Philip said. Philip believes that graduate students are held to a higher level of expectation and are expected to be “producers of knowledge


Safety chat to be held By Samuel Derkin News Editor

A free event called UT Safety Chat will take place Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592. “It’s an event that is trying to spread awareness and remind students that they are safe on campus and they are protected,” said Student Government senator Ben Lynn. “The UTPD does do a great job.” The day before the event, SG approved spending up to $250 from its budget to pay for free pizza for UT Safety Chat, which is organized by SG and the UT Police Department. “Usually we get these kinds of pieces run and passed a couple of weeks in advance, but due to the inclement weather we had earlier in the year, we kind of got short on time and this is just something that we got done today,” Lynn said, who authored the proposal to fund the pizza for the event. According to UT News, after a question-and-answer with the UTPD Chief of Police Jeff Newton, participants will break into two training sessions — alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate (ALICE) training and healthy boundaries training. ALICE training helps prepare participants in

case of an active shooter situation. The training will be led by Sgt. Doug Perry in Student Union Room 2592. Healthy boundaries training will be led by certified counselor Lt. Tressa Johnson in order to assist students in improving their romantic relationships through clear communication. Healthy boundaries training will take place in Student Union Room 3020. Lynn said that with several reports of dangerous activity around campus he felt that the training and safety awareness program is needed. “There are situations that you should be aware of,” Lynn said, “and we’re just trying to promote awareness that you’re at college, you’re focusing on your studies, you’re there to have a good time, but you need to remember to be safe. That’s the idea behind the event.” Other safety events scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26, include: • A Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center, sponsored by the rec center and the University Counseling Center. • A special safety program for commuter students, scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Trimble Lounge.

a second-year accounting major, said YAL members were protesting the smoking ban because it takes away students’ “free choice.” “By protesting, we hope to gather signatures to show that we do not support the faculty’s decision relating the smoking ban,” Haseltine said. “We, as young libertarians, are trying to promote and spread the idea of free choice.” Alongside the petition were fake, handrolled cigarettes from YAL that were handed out to passing students. “The fake cigarettes we are handing out not only contain information about people’s rights, but also information that supports the smoking ban protest,” Haseltine said. When asked if people would really leave campus to use tobacco because of the smoking ban, Johns responded with an outburst of laughter. “Most people will just walk outside and smoke where they please if these huts are taken down,” Johns said. Eric Dailey, a third-year business management major, said he disagrees with Faculty Senate’s decision to move forward with the smoking ban.

“The Student Government voted against the smoking ban, then the Faculty Senate came forward to go on with the ban anyways,” Dailey said. “In my personal opinion, I feel like UT is violating a lot of civil liberties.” Johns said he feels UT is accomplishing nothing by allowing for a smoking ban. “Honestly, I don’t think UT is accom-

plishing anything here,” Johns said. “UT is destroying people’s liberties. They really are not going to get anywhere with this.” According to Michael Peachock, a secondyear bioengineering student and SG senator who wrote the smoking ban proposal, 60 percent of 5,000 students who participated in

the SG survey last October, 2013 supported the ban. He argued that the student body is in favor of the ban and that student liberties do not include the right to smoke. “A vocal minority has protested the measure by claiming it infringes on individual liberties, but there is simply no such thing as the right to smoke,” Peachock said. “The UT student body clearly supports the smoking ban.” Peachock said he feels the ban is necessary for various reasons. “These huts are largely unsupervised, and there is a documented history of stabbings and recreational drug use in these places at night,” Peachock said. “Smoking is not merely a vice or a nuisance, but it is a public health hazard.” When Johns, Haseltine and Dailey were asked if they thought UT faculty were being inconsiderate by creating this ban, they all replied with a yes. “I get that UT is trying to improve their image by banning tobacco, but it may be detrimental to some people’s personal lives,” Haseltine said.

ence major, said he believes that the changes to housing will attract a new market of students that have yet to be reached. “I am very ecstatic about the changes to

Matt Schroeder, vice president of real estate and business development, speaks about housing plans at the Feb. 18 Student Government meeting.

housing,” Serna said. “It will bring in students not only from the greater area of Toledo, but also from all over the state of Ohio. It will also show more possibilities for people to stay on campus and get involved.” Ian Michalak, a first-year political science major, said he believes the new dormitory will increase UT student morale. “I think the new housing project will be exciting,” Michalak said. “We get a lot of complaints about housing, so new dorms will definitely improve student opinions.” According to Schroeder, students and faculty can also anticipate seeing changes to the southwest intersection of Dorr and Secor this fall. “In October of this year, you will see a pedestrian median going from Byrne Road all the way to Corpus Christi,” Schroeder said. “The focus will be pedestrian safety, specifically targeting UT students.” Along with pedestrian medians, Schroeder said students can expect to see additional turn lanes and “Michigan U-turns,” where drivers

who want to turn left must do so by making a U-turn and a right turn. According to Schroeder, the transformation of the roads will reduce the number of both vehicular accidents, and vehicle-onpedestrian accidents in an area considered to be dangerous. Schroeder also discussed the university’s plans to bring national companies and restaurant chains closer to campus. “Students have said that they would like to see a retail pharmacy, full service convenience store, and fast casual restaurants such as Chipotle and Qdoba,” Schroeder said. Schroeder said the university is now targeting national companies because he believes they better understand the student market. “Before, we were focused on locally owned businesses,” Schroeder said. “Now we should get our focus on national tenants that target university towns and communities.” Possible areas for such opportunities include the abandoned KFC restaurant and Wendy’s on Dorr Street.

rather than just consumers of knowledge.” “We are expected to be critical thinkers, good writers and dedicated to our work in a more responsible way,” Philip said. Barakat said GSA is an important organization for graduate students because it has a voice in the Graduate Counsel, University Counsel and College of Graduate Studies. GSA also has representation and affiliation with the National Association for Graduate and Professional Students, where many UT graduate students are able to connect and network, according to Barakat. This is just one of the many pros Barakat sees from joining the organization. “It is a great networking tool, source of professional development and source of research awards to grad students, as well many travel

grant awards that are easy to apply for once someone is an active member,” Barakat said. Despite the professional attributes of the group, Barakat also feels it’s a place “for graduate students to share their experiences, both good and bad, and a place to better those experiences graduate students have.” Jill Brown, a-third year graduate student studying experimental social psychology and a secretary for GSA, said she has enjoyed the chance to meet graduate students from other departments, learn about challenges they may be facing in their programs and to “make positive changes for graduate students across the university.” By being an active member of GSA, Philip said his personal life has benefited. “Because of the GSA, I have networked with over 200 graduate schools, made

hundreds of friends at UT and outside of the university and have improved my public speaking ability and presenting skills,” Philip said. Every graduate student is automatically a member of GSA, according to Brown. However, to be an active member and receive extra funding for travel to conferences and symposia to present research, students have to attend at least two meetings in a six-month time period. According to Philip, GSA has over 4,950 members total and over 500 active members. General meetings are on the third Thursday of each month at alternating locations between Main Campus and the Health Science Campus. For more information, visit the GSA website at


“The committee can decide to forward it onto the full board, where it then could go several different routes.” MEGHAN CUNNINGHAM UT Spokesperson


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Keeping up to code?

Buildings and weather pose inconveniences for students with disabilities Have you tried to walk through the Student Union doors by Carlson Library during prime lunch hours? If you have, you probably noticed the garbage can blocking the entrance to one of the middle doors. This is a noticeable inconvenience — a giant trash can is blocking the door. But there is another problem there that you may not have considered. The automatic doors by Starbucks are very slow to open. This is an inconvenience to the people who have to get through them every day. There are some problems at the University of Toledo, but problems with accessibility for disabled people need to be solved quickly because people are seriously affected by them. The IC staff asked students if they have noticed problems for students with disabilities. Responses from students and IC staff included the difficulty wheelchair users have being able to get in and operate elevators in buildings on campus, like Snyder Memorial. Another issue brought up is that some of the doorways aren’t large enough for a wheelchair to go through without opening both of the side doors. It also is difficult to navigate through University Hall; it is even worse when you have to get to the sixth floor, but the elevator you’re on only goes to the fourth floor. Some students with disabilities have to preplan how to get to class because there isn’t a direct way they can go. Other concerns are weather related. We’ve noticed outside ramps that are covered in ice and snow, and sometimes don’t get cleared and are difficult to get around on. The IC asked Wendy Wiitala, UT’s Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer, for more information on accessibility. Responses from asked about the students and IC staff When weather problems, she included the difficul- said this winter has been rough on people ty wheelchair users mobility and have being able to get with visual disabilities. Fain and operate eleva- cilities and Construction works closely with tors in buildings on accessibility to make campus. sure the priority is on clearing walkways. But with the frequent snow storms, ramps occasionally weren’t cleared off. All of the buildings on campus have to be in code with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Wiitala said the problems mentioned are in compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act, but they can be an inconvenience to people. If you are having trouble getting around campus because a reasonable accommodation isn’t made, there are things you can do to help solve it. Even if it isn’t a direct violation of the American’s with Disabilities Act, you should report them to make sure people know that they are there. Things can be fixed if the right people are made aware of the problem. If you know of a problem you can call Wendy Wiitala at 419-383-5792 or email her at You can also anonymously call the ADA hot line at 419-5301232 or email If you need academic accommodations contact the Office of Academic Access at 419-530-4981.


Let’s meet in the middle with the smoking ban

There has been a great deal of a right to impose health costs on debate about the tobacco ban on others. Smoking on campus causes campus since it was proposed by Stuother issues as well, which includes dent Government this the illegal activity that fall. Most recently, the occurs within the desYoung Americans for ignated smoking huts Liberty (YAL) staged a and the negative effect protest in the Stuit has on the image of dent Union on Feb. the university. 24, denouncing the The image probproposal. While I belem is a considerable lieve their argument issue given the deciis well-intentioned, it sions of many other also seems somewhat universities in Ohio to misguided. become tobacco-free. It’s a widely accepted We want to draw in fact that secondhand as many prospective smoke has direct negastudents as possible tive effects on bystandat UT, and if allowing ers in close proximity smoking on campus GUEST COLUMNIST to smokers. This fact creates a negative gives government, and in this case, the image, it is appropriate for action to University of Toledo, the authority to be taken. regulate the harmful activity. It was While it seems like good policy to somewhat distressing to see YAL try ban smoking on campus, banning all to draw a parallel between consuming tobacco products on campus could candy and smoking cigarettes around be seen as overly paternalistic. There campus in their demonstration on are no considerable reasons to ban Oct. 15. smokeless tobacco products that don’t The YAL group apparently fails directly affect bystanders unless the to realize that while people do have university wants to convey the noa right to smoke, they don’t have tion that individuals need to be told


Students who oppose the tobacco ban should meet the university in the middle and concede that a smoke-free — not tobacco free — campus would be in the best interest of all students. what is healthy for them and what is not. However, recent research by the Mayo Clinic does suggest that banning smoking in public areas can help people break the habit altogether. In either case, an outright ban on tobacco still imposes the ideals of the university over the will of the students. In my view, YAL and other students who oppose the tobacco ban should meet the university in the middle and concede that a smoke-free — not tobacco free — campus would be in the best interest of all students while not unjustly infringing on their individual liberties. Robert Taylor is a second-year majoring in economics, and was the IC’s former director of photography.


What feminists shouldn’t be

What is a feminist? By shaming the models for doing their Let’s start off with saying what they job and doing what they love, those aren’t: they’re not frightening, gross two women really aren’t feminists. monster-women who’ve Women-hating come to kill men in the women — that’s not night. There seems to feminism. It is merely be a stigma attached to a made-up perception the word “feminist” put into my and other that sees it as a woman young girls’ heads to who’s off her rocker scare us away from and who hates all men supporting gender and everything to do equality. with them. A feminist Certain women don’t is sometimes seen as a want to be associated hairy ogre who despises with this kind of femirazors and lipstick. nism, and unfortunately This might be because that makes us girls lose the only feminists you a few more vital allies in hear about in the media our fight for equality. are the extremists — the To me, feminists IC COLUMNIST ones who are stirring up should be people who a ruckus: the ones people tend to think support each other and strive for genare “crazy.” An article on dailymail. der equality. talks about two “feminists” who A woman shaming other women stormed a Paris runway topless during because they wear make-up is not Paris Fashion Week. feminism. Shaming other women for When I heard about it on social choosing to have a family instead of fomedia, I thought to myself, “This isn’t cusing on their career is not a feminist. feminism.” Those models in the show I love shoes, and putting on make-up had their runway debut ruined by a is part of my daily routine, but I still couple women who thought they were believe in gender equality. preaching for all women against the If there is a feminist out there who fashion industry. But they were really doesn’t like to shave her armpits, fine, only speaking for what they believe. but does that mean to believe in femiAny of those models could be feminism I have to throw away my razors? nists while still taking fashion seriously. Of course not. A feminist can be any


person you walk by on the street — man or woman. Some men are afraid of feminists, and I think it’s because they’re afraid of being one-upped by the gender they find inferior. Gender equality calls for both sexes to be equal in all facets of life. Some may say that everyone is equal — yeah right. Tell me that when we earn the same amount of money for the same job. An article from Forbes magazine says women earn roughly 77 cents to a man’s earned dollar. If I am assertive and try to get what I want, I’d rather not have the men behind me snicker and whisper about how it’s probably “that time of the month.” When men are assertive, they are praised and seen as hard workers. There is still a huge difference in how men and women are perceived in the workplace. I think it’s important to remember that feminism isn’t all about women running around topless with hateful words toward men painted on their bodies. It’s about women coming together and fighting to be equal with men. It’s about moving forward. We need to stand together for one thing, and not allow ourselves to be persuaded into believing we shouldn’t be feminists. Emily Modrowski is a first-year majoring in communication.


The unexpected challenges of living on my own Memories like these always make While I’m busy tackling the me laugh. problems of university life as an Coming from that background international student, I do realize to fending for that being on your yourself can be exown is an entirely tremely hard. This new concept for a transition period lot of people. This is what makes or is especially true breaks a person. when you come Never having from a country lived alone, this is where families a test of my (and are close-knit like most international mine. students’) indepenA long list of dence. It showed complaining aunts, how much I could laughing uncles and rely on myself. This their quickly growing families would helped me realize gather at home on what I am truly weekends — as if my capable of. IC COLUMNIST family is not enorThe passage of mous enough. The house would time is always unnoticed. In the easily hold between 50 and 80 eyes of my family, I was still that people in a jiffy. It’s so packed that little girl taking her first tentative sometimes one of the aunts, busy steps. If I fell, there was someone blabbering and saying goodbye, there with open arms keeping me grabs someone else’s kids before safe and chasing the monsters going home. away. Being the youngest of five And such is the homesicksiblings I now know how pamness that you make announcepered I really was. ments about so that your siblings, But by living in the coil, you scattered around the globe, will never truly grow up. And when that call you and give you attention. family security is no longer there,


the passage into adulthood happens. I went from being the child of a family to a fully grown adult in the space of a week when I came to Toledo. At the beginning of the semester the assignments started trickling in. My thought process went something like, “Oh, two sets of questions due next week isn’t bad at all. In fact it is easier than I expected. And they keep on saying graduate school is hard. These Americans must not know what hard is. They should attempt coming to school in India.” Then I got another assignment. “But I haven’t even finished the first; why are you giving me a second? I can’t believe this, there is no way I can get all this done by Monday. I just have to study harder and longer.” I felt like I was drowning. I didn’t know how I was expected to do every single thing on time and still be able to read over course material. The knowledge that everyone goes through the same thing didn’t do much to help me. I thought to myself, “Well no one else feels exactly the same pressure I do. I’m not them, and they

aren’t me. I need to succeed. I need to be the best. I need to excel — not just pass. No one back home will be satisfied with just a pass. And how do these Americans manage to go home on the weekend, hang out and still do all the work they are supposed to? “I shouldn’t be complaining. What about students whose language of instruction in their home country isn’t English? They are still doing well — even better than me. I must be a failure.” Have you seen someone looking confused at the map in his or her hand? In the lecture class, have you seen someone nodding at the professor with an innocent face? Have you seen someone clueless in the cafeteria trying to select the food? Someone trying to figure out bus routes? Have you seen me? You might have. Help them; help me. Approach them and be a helping hand — it’s not easy for us. Frustration, or losing our grip or not knowing small things, greatly affects our focus. People adapt too many things just to be accepted and to blend in. People

change their names to try to fit in better, and that gets rid of their personality. Life is full of challenges, especially for a newcomer from an extremely different culture and knowledge background. However, even if you aren’t doing well in your classes, please don’t look down on yourself. Remember, you have a unique personality that no one else has. Moreover, I believe a hardworking and good attitude will help to make up for the unfamiliarity with culture and professional knowledge. We are all trying to become good people. And we have dreams of our future. We may have limited topics to chat about, but that may be simply because we grew up watching different cartoons and TV shows. I am not the everything-is-fine kind of person. I do face unexpected differences which are frustrating. America is my greatest adventure and my biggest fear. And for a Desi girl like me, time will only show if the lemonade has the right amount of sugar. Shagufta Sami is a first-year computer science graduate student.

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Fluellen attends NFL Scouting Combine

Former Toledo running back David Fluellen, along with over 300 other participants from across the country, spent the last several days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., participating in the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. Fluellen is one of ten former Mid-American Conference players that competed in the four-day event, which concluded on Tuesday. The two-time firstteam All-MAC selection clocked a 4.72 in the 40-yard dash, recorded a 36.5 inch vertical jump, a 120.0 inch broad jump, and a 6.90 in the cone drill when the running backs competed on Sunday, according to Fluellen finished his Rocket career with 3,336 rushing yards, good for fourth all-time in the Toledo record books. He rushed for 100 or more yards 13 times during his collegiate career, and rushed for 1,121 yards in 2013 despite missing most of four games due to injuries.

Dortch named a finalist for Lieberman Award Senior guard Andola Dortch was named a finalist for the 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced on Monday. Named after hall of famer Nancy Lieberman, the award recognizes the top point guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. A nationally based committee narrowed the original watch list of candidates down to 22 players. “We are honored to be recognizing these 22 athletes for their strengths, skills, and commitment to the game of basketball and are excited to move forward in the selection process,” Lieberman said in a school statement. “All of these young women deserve to be on the list for this well-respected award and deserve recognition for their determination.” A premier selection committee made up of top college basketball personnel, including hall of famers, media members, head coaches, and sports information directors, was appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates. The list will be narrowed down to a final five by March and the winner will be announced during Final Four weekend activities.

Toledo softball defeats Middle Tennessee to end weekend The University of Toledo softball team ended its weekend on a high note, defeating Middle Tennessee 4-3 on Sunday, Feb. 23, for its second win of the weekend. The Rockets improved to 3-7 following their first two tournaments. Sophomore outfielder Jessica Lemieux had another strong day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Lemieux has compiled a .361 batting average in the first ten games of the season, along with three RBI. UT outhit the Blue Raiders 12-4 on the day, going three innings without allowing a hit. Toledo will return to action on Friday, Feb. 28, to begin a stretch of two tournaments in Clearwater, Fla. for the Rockets’ spring break trip. The competition will open with a game against Villanova in the Under Armour Invitational.

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UT basketball action continues into spring break The Rocket basketball teams continue toward the ends of their respective regular seasons. The men take on Northern Illinois on Wednesday and Western Michigan on Saturday, while the women’s team travels to Northern Illinois on Thursday before returning home to face Central Michigan on Sunday.

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UT senior guard Andola Dortch flying towards the net during Sunday’s loss to Western Michigan. Dortch finished with a team-high 18 points and six assists, but it wasn’t enough to lift Toledo over the Broncos.

All five of UT’s starters, including senior guard Rian Pearson, finished in double digit scoring totals in Sunday’s game against the Cardinals. The Rockets will return to action Wednesday to face Northern Illinois.

UT women fall 60-59 to Broncos in first game of last Sunday’s double header at Savage Arena

Rocket men survive scare, triumph over Ball State Cardinals 85-74 to remain on top of MAC

By Marcus Dodson Sports Reporter

With Sunday’s 60-59 loss to Western Michigan — and for the first time in her Toledo career — head coach Tricia Cullop’s women’s basketball team will go without a regular season win over the Broncos. The Rocket women, who have won their previous five home games against WMU, suffered their second 2013-14 loss to the Broncos, the first time Toledo has been swept by Western Michigan in a season since the 2005-06 campaign. “I am disappointed in the way we came out and shot the ball today,” said Cullop. “I can’t fault the effort, but when you start missing free throws then it becomes mental.” Toledo shot 31 percent from the field and 10 percent from beyond the arc. UT also struggled from the charity strike, shooting just below 60 percent for the game. Toledo’s starting five combined for 7-of-31 from the field and 0-of-7 from three-point land. “We have to figure it out and we are going to have to do it soon,” Cullop said. “We shot well in the gym during practice, but [we] struggle putting what we work on in practice in the game. “It’s really frustrating seeing this.” Senior point guard Andola Dortch was just one of three Rockets to score in double figures, leading the team with 18 points and six assists. Junior forward Inma Zanoguera finished with 12 points, and she also led the team on the glass with 14 rebounds, while senior Brianna Jones finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 3:09 left in the game. Western Michigan received plenty of help from their bench players during their victory over UT. WMU freshman

guard Meredith Shipman and junior forward Marquisha Harris each gave their team eight first-half points to produce a spark for the Broncos. Harris, who finished with a gamehigh 20 points, 7 rebounds, and three assists, hit a jumper with 9:44 left in the first half, giving her team an 18-15 lead that wasn’t surrendered for the remainder of the game. Jones and Zanoguera both had 10 points and 7 boards in the first half, accounting for 20 of the 32 points scored. The Broncos had seven players find the score board in the first half to give them a 36-32 point halftime lead. Toledo trailed by at least three points for the majority of the second half, until sophomore guard Ana Capotosto managed to convert a fastbreak layup to bring UT within two with 5:03 left to play. The two Mid-American Conference opponents traded baskets twice over the next three-plus minutes, until Capotosto sank a trey from the baseline with 1:17 left on the clock to slim WMU’s lead to 58-57. Harris delivered a jumper from the free throw line to give the Broncos more breathing room and a wider 60-57 advantage. Toledo’s chances for a comeback vanished several minutes later, after Dortch kicked it out to Capotosto, whose final attempted trey failed to find the net. “Every loss is frustrating,” Dortch said. “Obviously you don’t want to lose, but when you know you are right there it kind of stings a little more. Like I said, every loss is frustrating, especially at home. “You do not want to lose on your home court.” Toledo will next travel to face MAC West Division foe Northern Illinois on Thursday, Feb. 27. Tip-off is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Convocation Center.

Toledo baseball team spends last weekend down at LSU Tournament By Austin Henry Sports Reporter

The University of Toledo baseball team’s time at last weekend’s LSU tournament in Baton Rouge, La., was cut short by weather — but before the skies turned dark, the Rockets managed to add a win and another loss to their overall record for the season. Toledo defeated Texas Southern on Friday before falling to nationally ranked host LSU on Saturday. After a total of four pitchers, the Rockets were able to limit the Tigers (2-4) to eight hits, while keeping TSU off the board. The group of senior left-handed pitcher Ryan Wilkinson, junior righthanded pitcher Andrew Marra, freshman LHP Steven Calhoun and senior RHP Adam Tyson stunned the TSU offense and racked up seven strikeouts.... Finish reading this piece online at

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Four of the University of Toledo men’s basketball team’s five starting players sat on the bench during the last 40 seconds of Sunday night’s 85-74 victory over Ball State. But that wasn’t too surprising, considering all five of the Rockets’ starters were already set to finish in double digit scoring totals against a Cardinals’ team at that point. What did seem to stun UT head coach Tod Kowalczyk and his team was just how long they allowed their now 4-21 Mid-American Conference opponent to hang around in a game many had predicted would be decided within the first ten minutes of play. “I think they played harder during stretches of the game than we did,” Kowalczyk said. “I thought we outexecuted them, but I thought they played harder, and that can’t happen. “I don’t know if it was the Sunday night or what, but I don’t think that we had the same energy from start to finish that we have had.” Toledo’s defeat of Ball State marked the Rockets’ first season sweep over the Cardinals since 200607, and it also brought UT one victory away from the program’s record for wins in a single season. And yet, for each goal that this triumph could help Toledo accomplish, the struggles Kowalczyk’s squad faced throughout the game raised another question about the issues the Rockets are facing down the stretch of the season. “We come out, jump on teams, have 15-point leads, then we kind of let up a little, they get back in the game, then it is close until the end again,” said sophomore center Nathan Boothe, who finished with a career-high 17 points. “We’ve got to find a way to just step on their throats and finish the game up.” Toledo’s Sunday night showdown with the Cardinals played out almost exactly like the situation Boothe described, minus the 15-point UT lead. After some back-and-forth to start the game, junior guard Juice Brown sank his second three-pointer of the night, putting Toledo up 17-14 with 14:06 left in the first half. Juice finished with a team-high 20 points and four treys against BSU. The Rockets added to and maintained this lead all the way to halftime, but UT failed to put much of any cushion between themselves and the Cardinals during that span, allowing Ball State to come back after the half and tie the game up 52-52 with 12:03 left to play. “We get up on teams, we just let

them get back in the game,” Juice said. “We just need to get better at that, we need to mature and learn from those mistakes that we make.” Junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon put a dunk up a few seconds later, giving Toledo a slim 54-52 advantage over BSU. And even though Cardinals’ senior

“We come out, jump on teams, have 15-point leads, then we kind of let up a little, they get back in the game, then it is close until the end again. We’ve got to find a way to just step on their throats and finish the game up.” NATHAN BOOTHE UT sophomore center

guard Jesse Berry’s fifth trey of the night tied the game up again at the 8:24 mark, Ball State did not see another lead for the remainder of the game. Three Cardinals’ players finished in double digit scoring, led by senior forward Chris Bond with 22 points. Absent from the final box score was BSU star senior forward Majok Majok, who sat out the game due to an ankle injury. It was an absence that, according to Coach K, may have helped the Cardinals more than it hurt them. “They probably played better without him than they have been playing [with him],” Kowalczyk said of Majok’s absence. “That is a credit to their coaches.” Juice, like his head coach, credited Ball State for the team’s performance in Sunday’s game, but he also wasn’t afraid to be critical of himself and his teammates for allowing that performance. “I just feel that we didn’t play up to our potential tonight,” Juice said. “On the defensive side, I think it was lacking a little bit tonight, and to be honest I just think they played harder than us.” Whatever the real reason for Toledo’s recent struggles, Kowalczyk pointed to the final score as the true judgment of his team’s performance against the Cardinals. After all, no matter how ugly it may have been at times, the game still ended with a Rockets’ victory. “This time of year it certainly is about finding ways to win games,” Kowalczyk said. “I thought we did that tonight.” Toledo returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 26, when they hit the road to face Northern Illinois. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


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11 a.m. -- Eating Disorder Awareness, the Counseling Center will be available to speak with students about eating disorders and give information regarding diagnosis and treatment, Student Union. Friday, Feb. 28

7:30 p.m. -- Stars: The Powerhouse of the Universe, Stars focuses on how stars are born, how they die, and how human understanding of them has changed over time. From Native Americans to Newton, from the electromagnetic spectrum to Einstein, audiences will explore nebulae, star clusters, pulsars, black holes, and more. Admission is $7, adults; $5 children, seniors and UT community members, children under 4 are free, Ritter Planetarium. Saturday, March 1

1 p.m. -- Zula Patrol: Under the Weather, explore the solar system with the Zula Patrol. Learn all about weather, both here on Earth and on other planets as well. You will experience a dust storm on Mars, a hurricane on Jupiter and the incredible heat on Venus, Admission is $7, adults; $5 children, seniors and UT community members, children under 4 are free, Ritter Planetarium. Doors open 30 minutes before the show to explore the displays in the lobby. For more information call (419) 530-2650 or the 24-hour information hotline at (419) 530-4037. Monday, March 3 Start of spring break, no classes.



Hugh Ross plays jazz music on his radio show ‘The H-Factor’ for the UT community By Amanda Eggert Community Editor

A love for jazz, a passion for music and an excitement for radio has allowed Hugh Ross to be a successful host of his radio show, “The H-Factor.” Ross, a senior majoring in business human resource management, said he enjoys being on UT’s radio station 88.3 WXUT and having the freedom to play what he wants, which features a variety of jazz from traditional to fusion. As a non-traditional student, Ross said he was at first skeptical about spending time with younger students, but now thinks it is “fantastic.” “Some students have looked up to me and admired me and some professors are doing the same thing,” Ross said. “I kind of feel really special coming back to my future alma mater and it’s fun.” Ross said to be able to go back to school is a “dream come true” after dropping out of UT in the 70s. “My dad requested just before he passed to go back to school and get your degree someday,” Ross said. “I couldn’t even pass Bancroft or Dorr without getting upset. I passed it and I had this feeling that I didn’t complete something and my dream is to get my degree.” After being on the air for almost two years, Ross said he has a strong fan base that continues to grow. He said he receives 25 to 30 calls per show. “It’s becoming an entity that’s bigger than me and that’s why I like to say I’m not the H-Factor, I’m Hugh,” Ross said. Ross said he considers himself to be a private person, but his life has become public.


Hugh Ross, a senior majoring in business human resource management, hosts a radio show on UT’s radio station 88.3 WXUT called “The H-Factor” which features a variety of jazz from traditional to fusion. The show airs Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“I felt like a celebrity or something. People are calling me up and wanting to meet me,” Ross said. “It’s almost scary but it’s cool in a way. Is this my 15 minutes of fame? Maybe, but it’s growing.” Cheryl Catlin, a close friend of Ross, said with his passion of jazz, he has come to love Saturdays and Sundays. “He’s very humble, he is a kind of shy kind of guy and to his surprise genuinely, his audience is so nice and people call in and tell him how much they appreciate it,” Catlin said.


International author Zadie Smith to talk about multiculturalism By Lauren Bridgewater Staff Reporter

“She’s an extremely lively writer — she pulls you in right away.” That is what Sara Lundquist, chair of the English department at the University of Toledo, said about author Zadie Smith, who will be having an informal question and answer session about her works in Student Union Room 2592 on March 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This event is free for students, faculty and community members. Smith is a diverse international author who writes about multiculturalism in both London and America. Parama Sarkar, assistant professor in the English department said students love Smith’s work because it is about the contemporary world. COURTESY OF THE UT ENGLISH DEPARTMENT “You start to care about the most Zadie Smith, a British author, will unlikely characters; and she’s very talk to students and the public very funny,” Lundquist said. about her works which focus on The goal of the event is to get a multiculturalism that include NW, closer look into Smith’s works and White Teeth and The Autograph Man creative processes by talking with and On Beauty on March 5. her directly. Attendees can learn “Race, class and gender are just about her characterization, storysome of the issues she has written telling and her writing process. about,” Sarkar said. “They are an “We expect the audience to be very extremely important part of her work. familiar with her books and to be able People who are interested in issues to bring her some really pertinent like these and in terms of multiculturquestions about her work,” Lundquist alism will be very appreciative I think said. of her work.” Lundquist said to have someone of Sarkar said it is important to RSVP Smith’s stature and prestige at UT is a to the informal question and answer “wonderful thing.” session because there are only 100 “Zadie Smith is just an outstandspots available. ing young author; she is British and In addition to the event in the writes from England,” Lundquist said. Student Union, Smith will be at “She published her first novel when the Toledo-Lucas County Public she was in her early 20s.” Library for their Author! Author! Sarkar said that people who are Series. That event will be held at 7 interested in the issues that Smith p.m. at the Stranahan Theatre. The examines in her work will be very ap- price is $10 for the public and $8 preciative of it. for students.

Ross said as his show continues to grow, his interest is to appeal to a younger audience. “I think my crowd demographic is 30 and up and I’m interested in UT students to see if maybe they could study to my music. You can dance to jazz, you can sleep to jazz, there’s no one type of music as far as I’m concerned,” Ross said. Ross said one of his goals is to also get to a diverse group of listeners. “Jazz doesn’t have a particular color and it’s not boring as people think,” he said. “There are rumors

that jazz is kind of boring and puts you to sleep. If you listen to my show for half an hour, I guarantee it won’t put you to sleep.” Ross said current music like the alternative genre does not appeal to older generations and he wants to introduce jazz to younger audiences who may not like jazz. “One day when you get older, will you still listen to hip-hop? Will you still listen to alternative? Or can you listen to something that’s See Jazz / 8 »


American Association of University Women to host an interactive workshop about women’s history By Sohan Mutha Staff Reporter

Women’s History Month will kick off in the Toledo area with a workshop that takes you on a tour through the struggles of women from the 17th century to current times. Sponsored by the Toledo branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW), the play “We Did It For You! A Women’s Journey Through History,” is set to be performed in a reader’s theatre style on Saturday, March 1, in the auditorium of Notre Dame Academy. “There was a time when women had no rights in America,” said Thea Iberall, the playwright, in a phone interview. “This is the story of how it changed, told by the women who were there.” Michelle Radtkin, president of the Toledo branch of AAUW, said that women from the area will each learn to portray a different woman in history in the workshop with the playwright’s guidance, before the performance. “The workshop is an intense three-hour event, where the participants delve into the script and study how these women succeeded in the past and what stops us currently from doing the same thing,” Iberall said. “So it’s a very fun, very tense workshop where you learn a lot and you get to think about how your life relates to people in the past.” Radtkin said that the workshop is geared toward teaching about women’s contribution to history in “a creative, innovative and experiential way” and it encourages women to vote and participate in society. Iberall said that the play follows a chronological order and she wanted to make sure that women’s contribution to the United States was represented as women are left out of history books.

“It hasn’t even been 100 years since women have had the right to vote,” Radtkin said. “I think that’s important for students to learn about the struggles and how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go because women still do not have equal pay.” Iberall hopes that students learn the importance of knowing about the past to get a vision and an idea to step up and help create a better world for the future.

If you go What: American Association of University Women workshop Where: Notre Dame Academy When: March 1 Sponsored by: The Toledo branch of American Association of University Women

“They should learn that they have to actively participate, you know, these women on the stage, they fought, they gave their life fighting,” Iberall said. Radtkin said that this workshop will give perspective to students about the struggles that women have experienced over the years to achieve the current rights they enjoy. “We have to do the same things they did, and it’s possible,” Iberall said. “People change history and people make history and people make things happen.”

Iberall said that the characters in the play range from the wellknown Gloria Steinem, Susan B. Anthony and Bella Abzug to some less famous figures in history like Mary Young Pickersgill and Pauli Murray. The play has been touring throughout the country since 2009 across various branches of AAUW. Radtkin said that the Toledo branch of AAUW is the largest and oldest in Ohio and they sponsor scholarships for women attending graduate school at the University of Toledo, which they can apply through the Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women. AAUW also provides mentoring for teenage girls and run various educational programs throughout the year. “We’re hoping to enlighten people, women and men who are also more than welcome,” Radtkin said. “I hope they attend and I know that they will have a wonderful time and learn a lot and leave inspired, for sure.” The workshop and rehearsal will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon and registration is required, contact Marge Lee at 419-5378984. An optional box lunch with the playwright will be provided at noon for $15. The play will commence at 1 p.m. and it is free and open to the public.


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timeless?” Ross said. “Jazz to me, is timeless.” With words of encouragement and support from his friends and family, Ross isn’t afraid to dream big. After he graduates his goal is to start his own business. “I hope to be an entrepreneur and start my own radio station,” Ross said. “I want to create…a career and not a job.” Catlin said Ross’s love of jazz and music has allowed him to pursue his dream. “He’s found a niche that he really likes and his goal is to try to make something out of it,” Catlin said. “It’s fun to see somebody find

something that they are really good at.” Ross said his advice for students is to follow their dreams. “Do something that you love and you will never work a day in your life. If you actually love it, it’s not a job,” he said. “Can you imagine doing something that you love and making money from it? It won’t be considered work.” Ross will play jazz at Forrester’s on the River during “Wine Down Wednesdays” events for the entire month of March (5, 12, 19 and 26) which include half-off appetizers and wine from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. “The H-Factor” airs Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 88.3 WXUT.

IN BRIEF Jesup Scott Honors College to host final lecture in series The Jesup Scott Honors College will host its fourth speaker in the Distinguished Lecture Series — Michael Crow. The event will take place March 10 , 2014, in Doermann Theater at 7 p.m.

Crow is the sixteenth president of Arizona State University, and is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities through his “New American University” model. He is an adviser to the U.S. departments of state, commerce, and energy on matters of science and technology policy, as well as a part of the American

Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Public Administration. Crow has published works on science and technology policy and the design of knowledge enterprises. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or in the Center for Performing Arts box office. Tickets are $25 for the general public, or $10 for students with a UT ID.

Feb. 26, 2014  

The Independent Collegian, student newspaper for the University of Toledo community, for Feb. 26, 2014.

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