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This month at UT: Jewish Heritage Month • Passover Dinner Saturday, April 7, 2012 Hillel House 1 p.m. 4 p.m. • Jewish Heritage Jeopardy Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Trimble South Lounge, Student Union noon - 1 p.m. • Shabbat Dinner April 13th & 27th, 2012 Hillel House 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. • Shabbaton, a weekend filled with celebrating the Jewish Shabbat April 20-22, 2012 Hillel House • Israeli Street Market Saturday, April 26, 2012 Trimble South Lounge, Student Union 5 p.m. - 7p.m. All UT students are invited to attend events held during the University of Toledo’s 2nd Annual Jewish Heritage Month sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Success, UT Hillel and the Jewish Federations of Greater Toledo during the month of April. Marina Stepanski, UT Hillel president and junior majoring in pharmaceutics, said the creation of Jewish Heritage Month stemmed from the need to bring awareness of Judaism, Jewish faith, culture and heritage to the UT campus. Max Gold, former president of UT Hillel and senior majoring in philosophy, said UT is celebrating the month through the combined efforts of Hillel, the Office of Multicultural Student Success and the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo to begin this new UT tradition. To view the Jewish Heritage Month calendar visit For more information about UT Hillel or the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo students can visit 92nd year Issue 40

Two more SG candidates disqualified from election By Danielle Gamble News Editor

found in violation of campaign rules and said in a statement she was Student Govawarded a “hefty fine” ernment camin terms of points paigns Engle/ against her ticket. Teall and Ngo/ This week, Ngo/ Richardson have Richardson was disbeen disqualiqualified after two of fied from this three hearings ruled week’s race. the ticket in violation While the Enof the SG Election gle/Teall ticket Board manual. was disThe ticket was missed before found guilty of disHeather Engle voting began, tributing new camthe Ngo/Richpaign material deardson campaign will re- spite sanctions against main on the ballot. them and of infringing upon Last week, Engle was the Ohio Revised Code and,

therefore, the Election SG Presidential candidate Board manual. Tate Stricklin said the The most serious charges were claim, concerning a filed against the violation of Chapter Ngo/Richardson 35 of the Ohio Recampaign bevised Code, is in recause Gold and sponse to alleged Harbin are conposts concerning an sidered campaign iPad raffle for those workers for the who vote for Ngo/ ticket. Richardson made by The Election former SG PresidenBoard manual detial ticket Max scribes a camNancy Ngo Gold and Kenneth paign worker as Harbin. “any person At the hearing, who actively Gold and Harbin denied pursues the election of the they posted the messages — Disqualified, Page A5 on their own accounts.

Student Senate postpones impeachment hearings By Samantha Watson Copy Editor

Despite efforts from their advisor, the majority of Student Senate refused to hear two impeachment hearings at this Tuesday’s meeting. During her report, Student Government Advisor Jessica Spradley said three members of SG are currently considered ineligible to remain in office. While one has already stepped down by his or her own accord, the other two cannot be removed without the approval of Senate per the — Impeachments, Page A5

Peering into the Gateway

The IC goes on a first look tour of the Gateway Project which will feature student lofts and a new Barnes and Noble By Allison Seney IC Staff Writer

Loose wires and light fixtures hung from bare ceilings as music blended with the clamor of hammers and saws at UT’s Gateway Project off Central Ave. and Dorr St. With a construction hat and an enthusiastic attitude, Matt Schroeder, vice president for real estate development at the UT Foundation, said the $12 million project is on schedule to open this August. Since the groundbreaking in August 2011, Schroeder said businesses coming to the project include Gradkowski’s Sports Grille, Yogurt You, Great Clips, Starbucks and Jimmy Johns. The Barnes and Noble that will replace the location in the Student Union Building is set to open as early as July 9.

Schroeder said while there is an abundance of vacant lots in the area, realtors want to develop by the campus because it provides a better opportunity for business. Above the new bookstore, 48 loft apartments will be available for rent by sophomore, junior and senior UT students. The lofts will come fully furnished on the second floor above the commercial space. Schroeder said so far half of the 48 lofts are under lease and the university is currently accepting applications for housing. He described the lofts as “New York style” and highlighted the individuality of this new housing, including modern entities. He said even though — Gateway, Page A5 Photos by Ryan Clair/ IC

(above) A nearly finished kitchen in one of the Gateway lofts. (left) The second floor of the future site of the Barnes and Noble bookstore. (below) Matt Schroeder Vice President for Real Estate and Development at the UT Foundation explains what businesses will be in the project to an IC staff writer.

Students concerned with college affordability after Stafford loan interest rates increase By Josh Egler IC Staff Writer

Jazante Coleman, a junior majoring in criminal justice, said without the Pell Grant she would not be able to attend UT. But she and over 13,000 other UT students will feel the burden of debt next academic year as the interest rates and restrictions increase for certain government-funded school loans. The U.S. Federal Government recently passed

legislation for the 20122013 academic year which will limit the maximum amount of semesters students can receive the Pell Grant to 12 semesters. Currently, students can receive the Pell Grant for up to 18 semesters. Sherri Jiannuzzi, assistant director of loans in the Office of Student Financial Aid, said the coming changes to the Pell Grant will limit it to 12 semesters which will hurt students who have changed

majors the most. The legislation will also double the interest rate from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent for the Stafford Loan and revoke the six-month grace period after graduation. This means once a student graduates, he or she will immediately begin to accrue interest on the debt. Jiannuzzi said UT students already owe an average of $22,264 in loans and — Loans, Page A2



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Loans From Page A1 ability to stay in school. “The financial aid that I receive from [the Pell Grant] is critical towards my ability to go to college,” he said. “Without the aid I receive I would not be able to attend college.” “Basically, the Pell Grant and the Stafford Loans are incredibly helpful, seeing that I’m still a dependent of my mother and since it’s only her working − estimated family contribution is zero,” said Max Barnt, a sophomore majoring in information technology. “The changes that are being made don’t necessarily affect me but I’ll definitely be feeling the pressure.” Jiannuzzi said the rate was at 6.8 percent in 2007 but was set to be consistently lowered until the 2012-2013 academic year, when it was meant to bounce back to the

Thursday, April 5, 2012 original rate. Jiannuzzi said the belief that the interest rate is being raised is a misconception. “It’s really going back to where it was,” she said. Jiannuzzi said the coming changes to the Pell Grant will limit it to 12 semesters which will hurt students who have changed majors the most. Republican congressman Paul Ryan is putting a budget plan through U.S. Congress which will prevent

non-full-time students to qualify for a Pell Grant, which will affect over a million students over the next decade. Ryan’s budget plan passed in the US House of Representatives 228-191 last Thursday. Jiannuzzi said students can take advantage of reduced payment plans which chip away at the loans one payment at a time. If still in debt after 25 years, the government can absorb the remaining money.



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For the government, by the government If this year’s Student Government campaign period had a moralistic teaching to impart, it would be one of accountability. From alleged bribery to a myriad of other violations, one wonders where a sense of decency and fair play has gone. While there is little value in petty complaints and they should be refrained from, those who run for office absolutely must be held accountable for their actions. The voices of the students are being lost in the clamor of corruption. Many are rightly calling this election sad and while all the details are not known, what we do know is there have been quite a few infractions made against the Election Board manual. Of the original five tickets running, only two in good standing remain and an additional third whose status is not yet determined. Amongst the other issues in SG are those of Tuesday’s meeting. Impeachment is a serious matter and to learn that a senator actually asked if the proceeding would take more than 10 minutes is unacceptable. Something of that gravity is not meant to be brushed off simply because it might take too long. While it is understandable that unnecessarily long meetings are not met with joy, it doesn’t remove the need for a proper sense of duty. After it was decided the two impeachments were not going to be heard, discussion began on a constitutional amendment. The amendment had to do with those being found to be unfit for their role stepping down. This seems to be common sense but there have been issues in the past where a

former president of SG vetoed her own impeachment. While the brass of such an action is almost admirable, the disrespect which goes with it is also distressing. The fact that someone who is to represent the students and their interests, when found to be lacking by the body of elected officials, totally disregards that decision and places selfpreservation first is incredibly frustrating. Thankfully this amendment passed and was followed by another. Though an election board hearing was planned for that day as well, too many senators were disgruntled and tired to make it through. It was decided that the overall change in the Constitution would be settled at the next scheduled session. While frustration and conflict are natural, the promotion of the self and protecting self-interests should not be at the core of any government, including SG. The self is to be sacrificed for the good of the whole and the interests of student body are to be preserved and promoted. It doesn’t come easily but this intention must be preserved above all else. Saying this may seem drastic but when SG candidates are incurring infractions to the point that so many have been disqualified or put in question, when past presidents act to keep themselves in power despite those around them deciding their time was up, and when senators are more concerned with how long something will take rather than what is being discussed, there is quite a problem.

Passion vs. passivity “The movie is 126 minutes long and I would guess that at least 100 of those minutes, maybe more, are concerned specifically a n d graphically with the details of the torture and death of J e s u s . This is the most violent film I Megan have ever Gross s e e n , ” said film critic Roger Ebert, who gave the movie four out of four stars in his review. He is speaking of The Passion of the Christ. I understand this movie isn’t a new release, nor does is seem to be a boxoffice hit among our generation. However, I had the opportunity to watch this movie for the first time last weekend and it seriously had me in shock. I’m not talking about the shock described by others for director Mel Gibson’s work in The Passion of the Christ. I’m referring to the shock of a 21-year-old Christian who for the first time witnessed a real and raw visual of what Jesus did to save us, according to Christian beliefs. I disagreed when critics claimed the movie was too violent and wrathful. School children are taught the G-rated version of the story— the people hurt Jesus badly and he died in order to save us, end of story. At some point, we needed to grow up and understand the blood, love and pain behind such sacrifice. Christianity teaches unconditional love and a

strong sense of faith. I am now old enough to finally witness this, even though I will admit shielding my eyes several times throughout the movie. I share this with you but not to preach or boast about the religion I grew up with. Rather, I share this with you because this Friday is Good Friday, the day this particular movie is based upon. The day when Christians remember how Jesus gave his life to save us all from death and evil and reassure us with eternal life. Good Friday isn’t just a day some of us get the day off. It’s an important day for Christians everywhere and it should be respected in that way.

At some point we needed to grow up and understand the blood, love and pain behind such sacrifice.

Another Passion of the Christ critic also wrote that this movie should be named The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre which thinks it’s an act of faith. This critic, David Edelstein, goes on to say Mel Gibson focused on the brutality of Jesus’ execution instead of his religious teachings and the movie “seems to arise less from love than from wrath and to succeed more in assaulting the spirit than in uplifting it.” Why should we sugarcoat everything about Jesus and the Christian faith?

So it’s okay for other movies to show bloody murder, corpses and explicit visuals, but showing something like that when it has to do with the Christian faith is considered too violent? So many people seem to think religion is all the same—strict and conservative. But it’s not, and this movie shows exactly that. Society seems to think all religions should be displayed in a non-disruptive way in order to not create chaos. Well what if it was Gibson’s plan to create chaos and disrupt the usual framework society has made for the Christian faith? For those of you who don’t understand what I’m saying, I want you to go to YouTube and type in “Jesus vs. Religion.” It should be the first video you see. Watch it. It’s an extremely powerful video explaining the difference between what society claims the Christian “religion” is and what actually following Christ means. I understand many of you reading this may not be Christian and I respect your decision. Just know you are living this life for a reason and regardless of your faith, this Easter Sunday is the day to celebrate just that—Life. The days of Easter egg hunts and sugar-coated Peeps are done. We need to wake up and realize there is a true reason for this weekend. I hope all of you have a great one! — Megan Gross is an IC columnist and a junior majoring in marketing at UT.

Enslaved by debt As student loan rates increase and tu-

average person to go to school. Even UT,

ition escalates, how is survival let alone

while very reasonable in comparison to

success, even possible? The majority of

other universities of equal or greater re-

lower management positions in profes-

nown in the area, can still enslave a person

sional work places absolutely require some

to their debt with relative ease.

amount of college education but with the

These issues are usually taken care of by

costs ever increasing, many feel it is not

state-granted financial aid, but how much

even worth the effort and debt. Routes

the government gives is based upon the

with less education and minimum wage are

economy, which is in many ways declining.

now even being sought after by many, as

While the education of the self should be

unemployment also remains a problem.

valued above most other endeavors, it cer-

In the days when a degree fetched a

tainly isn’t being made all that enticing.

greater paycheck and a greater level of

The stress level which goes with being a

stability, many were willing to suffer the

student in general inspires a sigh and gri-

debt with the knowledge that one day it

mace from most anyone who even thinks

would be paid off and their family would

of it. To cover basic necessities, most stu-

benefit. This is no longer the case and a

dents work full-time jobs and are lucky if

great many drop out, or never even at-

they can be close enough to home to get

tempt a higher education.

help from relatives. Even then, many go

The world as it stands today view the

hungry or lack transportation. This is

uneducated as burn-outs or burdens on

something most endure but why heap more

society and while that may be the case at

onto this already overflowing plethora of

times, not much is being done to entice the

woes and demands?


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Disqualified From Page A1 campaign worker as “any person who actively pursues the election of the ticket.” Stricklin said he considers the former Gold/Harbin campaign’s official endorsement of the Ngo/Richardson ticket as evidence. This endorsement was posted on the Gold/Harbin Facebook page as recent as yesterday. Section V, titled “Campaigning Rules,” states if campaign workers violate any rules the candidates themselves are expected to follow, the ticket they support will “be subject to disciplinary actions… up to and including disqualification for that election.” SG Vice Presidential candidate Patrick Richardson said the ticket filed appeals concerning both decisions yesterday and expect to learn the results by this afternoon. If they win either appeal, the ticket will be considered active again, but a loss of both appeals will continue the current disqualified status. Election Board Chair Aaron Dau said if the Ngo ticket fails to win their appeals, votes applied to the ticket will simply be “discredited.” “It’s an awful thing when

Impeachments From Page A1 current SG Constitution. Spradley refused to comment on the identity of the ineligible members. However, SG President Matt Rubin confirmed Senate Chair Heather Engle is one of those members. Spradley said the Student Judicial Council held a hearing and ruled for her to present this issue to Senate. Spradley asked for Senate to place the impeachment hearings on the evening’s agenda, after which a motion was made and objected to. “I don’t find that it’s very fitting for an adviser to recommend anything that is not supported by the entire student group,” said Senator Tony Bova. Some of the senators were concerned that the Constitution would have to be overridden in order to hold the vote. “I think it’s great that SJC wants to hold people accountable but… because this was not brought up during open floor, it can’t be presented during new business, so I don’t think we should be able to have an impeachment today,” said Senator Ben Lynn. Spradley explained that in the Constitution, impeachment hearings were required to be within a Senate meeting, but time was not specified. One senator asked if the proceedings would take longer than ten minutes.

Gateway From Page A1 He said even though students are off campus, they have all the benefits of being on campus and it will transform the area around campus. “Olde Towne [Apartments] has that garden-variety-feel − this will be very much metropolitan,” Schroeder said. Each unit will include granite countertops and a 42-inch flat screen TV. Cable and internet are included in rent and the only bills students are responsible for outside of the lease will be water and electric. “Students sign a twelve

the student voice goes unheard, but there’s nothing [Election Board] can do,” Dau said. “It is the responsibility of each campaign to follow the guidelines of the manual.” He said because the elections have been advertised for this week, there will not be a secondary election week held. “I feel bad for the students who may be affected and I sympathize, but we can’t go back,” Dau said. Per the ruling, the campaign cannot post or distribute any new material, including anything written, plastic or paper until the appeal process is finalized. However, any material that has already been posted may stay up. The Ngo/Richardson ticket still has one more hearing pending to be held tonight at 9 p.m. over an alleged violation of regulations imposed at last week’s hearing. The decision was postponed after Election Board ruled they had insufficient evidence to continue with proceedings last night. When found in violation of campaign rules, tickets are fined with “points” based on the severity of the rule violation. The more points accumulated by a campaign, the more regulations are placed on the ticket. While the ticket had

amassed 30 points last hearing, the most recent ruling was overturned at an appeal Monday afternoon and 5 points were removed. However, yesterday’s addition of 40 points pushed the campaign to 65. The Election Board manual dictates under section four that once a ticket has accumulated 60 points, “the campaign is disqualified from the election.” Richardson said he was “beyond confident” his ticket will win their appeal. “We will be victorious in our quest to improve the student experience here at the University of Toledo,” he said, “because we are by the students and for the students. Go Rockets.” Stricklin said he is confident the ruling will stand and “the facts will remain the same.” “As a student leader, the ability to be held accountable for your actions is key,” he said. For those curious about the regulations, the Election Board manual is open and free to be viewed online on the SG website under the Documents section. Students can access the ballots through the myUT Portal. Polls close today at 4 p.m. —Vincent D. Scebbi contributed to this article.

At one point, Rubin turned and addressed the senate floor, questioning the appropriateness of their attitudes. “What is going on” Rubin asked. “I’m not saying that I’m all for going for impeachment, I mean that’s not going to make us look good regardless, but are we really trying to debate the rules of the organization? Can you just take a step back?” Max Gold, a senior majoring in philosophy, said he was disturbed by the attitude of some senators. “As a four-year member of Student Government, I found it disrespectful that members were arguing with an advisor,” Gold said. After discussion, an informal vote was posed by Senate Vice Chair Mike Hicho on whether or not to have the hearing. There were 11 members for and 14 against. Once the impeachments were denied for the evening, Rubin motioned to add a clause to the Constitution in which any ranking member found ineligible to be in SG should step down from their positions. He jokingly suggested this to be named the “Krystal Clause.” Krystal Weaver, former SG president, was impeached after using her former position as 2008 election committee chair to access the results for the 2009 election four times before they were made public. However, when the Senate attempted to impeach her, she vetoed her own impeachment. After this incident, the responsibilities of the election

board were handed off to the SJC. There were initial objections to the “Krystal Clause,” but these were aggressively rebutted. “Why do we have an SJC council when their decisions and debates are not going to matter?” said Senator Ernie Brancheau, SG web director. The final vote to add the clause into the Constitution was passed unopposed. “If a ranking member of the organization did have any dignity or any kind of respect whatsoever for the organization they were a part of and that they represent … they probably should just step down … instead of make a mockery of the organization a lot of people work very hard for and dedicate a lot of time to,” Rubin said. Rubin then made a motion to extend this policy to any member of SG and not restrict it to only the ranking members. After some minor debate, this motion was passed with a vote of 13 to two. After further constitutional amendments were made, a senator noted many members were tired and upset and it was decided further discussion concerning the matter would be tabled until the next meeting. While the two clauses have been added to the SG Constitution, they can still be modified until a final vote of acceptance is held regarding the entire document.

month lease and for a two bedroom unit it is $629 per bed and for a four unit it is $599 a bed. Their lease includes the furniture with a full kitchen and with the utility space,” he said. He said with any project this size there are always surprises. Even prior to development there were things to work through, however for the most part this has been smooth sailing, even with this project being less than a 12-month build. “It is pretty amazing,” Schroeder said. “There has been a lot of nice give and take and willingness to take a job that would normally be an 18-month build and really

fast-track it to get it done.” Robert Wissolik, project manager for Rudolph Libby, said 100 tradesmen work every day and their overall feeling is everyone is really excited to get it all done. Schroder said the project went through the UT Foundation because it affords flexibility in terms of overall deal structure compared to the traditional university and the state of Ohio. “The foundation with its investment committee and real-estate corps supports the University of Toledo, which makes it a private model,” he said. Those interested in renting a loft should visit www.



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UT club to host shoeless rally to promote TOMS movement By Christine Hombrink IC Staff Writer

The TOMS movement is sweeping across UT’s campus via the TOMS Campus Club. TOMS, which is short for “Tomorrow,” is a shoe company created by Blake Mycoskie in 2006. Through the “One for One” program, the company sells shoes and sunglasses with the promise that every purchase will provide shoes and eye care to deprived children in over 13 countries, including the U.S. The UT TOMS Campus Club will help support the organization by hosting a rally titled “One Day Without Shoes.” The rally will be held Tuesday, April 10, from noon to 4 p.m. at Centennial Mall. The rally’s only stipulation – attendees must go barefoot. The rally is intended to represent the conditions many Third World citizens must endure and

to bring attention to the organization and club. Attendees uncomfortable with full foot nudity can attend wearing only their socks. There will also be a documentary about the TOMS movement at 7:30 p.m. Katelyn Ball, a senior majoring in global studies and a member of UT TOMS, said she is a strong supporter of the organization. “In this world, during times of war and prejudice, it just pains me to see children suffering in the slightest,” she said. According to the TOMS website, shoes are an important necessity because many diseases are transmitted through the soil. Simply preventing bare foot contact can prevent serious and prolonged issues. Ball said UT TOMS hopes to also bring awareness to podoconiosis, a form of elephantitis of the feet. Prominent in Africa, it is caused by high forms of silica found


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By Kimberly Roland IC Staff Writer

Have you ever noticed a group of people running after another student who’s wearing a blue bandana around their arm or thigh? Well, don’t worry about the student being chased – they knew being hunted by other students was part of the deal when they signed up to participate in UT’s spring semester game of Humans vs. Zombies. The week-long game of HvZ is an extreme Nerf-based challenge hosted by UT’s Ad-Hoc. It should be noted that this is not just a free-for-all kind of

game – there are some rules and regulations which players must follow. To participate in HvZ, a student must attend one meeting concerning safety guidelines as well as turning in a safety waiver. Once the safety requirements are met, players receive a bandana and begin the game. The rules are pretty simple. One thing players need to do is make sure their bandana is visible at all times. The identifying factor between the humans and the zombies is the bandana placement. If a player is a — Zombies, Page B2

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TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie giving shoes to children in Argentina. in the areas where children walk but is 100 percent preventable. She said the rally should educate the public about the disease and the poor living conditions in both

developed and Third World countries. “The goal behind ‘One Day — Shoes, Page B2

through a different lens Submissions from student photographers

‘The Escape From Darkness’

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Participants in last year’s Humans vs. Zombies event storm campus.

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I had been on the train for over 28 hours. Fargo, Minot, Wiliston, Glasgow. On little train seats (big noise, big life), try sleeping through the night. It’s not easy. Sitting in coach, laying in coach, cramped in coach, waking up all night, I didn’t remember the light. Then there was one time - I woke up and suddenly felt refreshed, but it didn’t seem right… No light… And whoosh! The tunnel was gone and I was immersed in what you see. I ran to the back of the car and snapped 10, 20. The first one is always the best. Send any original stand-alone photo to to be featured in the Arts and Life section. Please include your year, major and a brief artist’s statement (100-150 words).

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Judy Collins visits Toledo

The Grammy-winning folk singer and best-selling author will speak and answer questions at the Stranahan Theater today from 7 to 9:30 p.m. as part of the Toledo Public Library’s “Authors! Authors!” Series. Tickets are $10 per person, $8 for students.

I think my books are turning Japanese If comic books are the comics, manga is ingrained nerdy underdogs of American into its country’s culture, has pop culture, then “manga” is a renowned history and offers that awkward innumerable stocousin no one likes ries ranging in to talk about. quality, genre and Popularized in format. Unlike Japan, (as are comics, manga is many other awkwidely read by ward habits and Japanese people ideas) manga is the of all ages and ancountry’s comic nually generates book equivalent – approximately $2 Russell Axon the word generally By to $5 billion. AdCopy Chief translates to “comditionally, popular ics” or “cartoons.” Like books are typically adapted

into anime shows and films. While the North American manga market, which consists of translated and original books, is less profitable, fans are demanding and passionate. Most bookstores have a great selection, sometimes using more shelf-space for manga than American comics. Manga’s appeal, though, is not always apparent to casual readers. The medium is strongly rooted in Japanese culture and customs which can easily repel American readers.

The most noticeable difference is the reading direction – manga is read from right to left. This reflects the Japanese writing style where characters are separated into columns and read from top to bottom and right to left. The change of direction can be very confusing for American readers whose minds are programmed to read in the opposite direction, and adding panels to the mix doesn’t make reading easier. Fortunately, most publishers include a how-to-read

graphic inside their books, while some even add arrows between panels to direct the reader. A few publishers simply “flip” books by creating a mirror image of each page for a traditional reading direction, but many manga fans deem this act blasphemous. While reading in the opposite direction admittedly takes practice, it is quickly adaptable given the right book. Finding the right book shouldn’t be a problem given the wide variety of manga available. While stereotypical

themes include giant robots, rampaging monsters and masters of martial arts, mangas cover virtually every topic imaginable, such as high school life, video games, dystopian westerns, vampires versus zombie Nazis and life after death. Additionally, manga rarely showcases costumed superheroes, opting instead for an everyman approach to characters. A major complaint of manga, however, is that many books also feature — Manga, Page B2

Zombies From Page B1 human, the bandana is worn around their upper arm or upper thigh. If or when they get tagged, the bandana is moved to their forehead. When entering into the game zone, which pretty much counts as anywhere on campus, a player’s mission as a human is to escape getting tagged by zombies. As a zombie, the mission is to tag as many human players as possible. Additional missions throughout the week will keep combatants on their toes. Josh Egler is a freshman majoring in political science and journalism and a moderator for HvZ. A leader for the humans, Egler said there are multiple new missions planned, including a finale which “should be a lot of fun.” “We’re changing things up this year so the humans have a chance,” he said. “It’s not a good chance but it’s a chance.” Humans can ward off their undead opponents with “blasters” – modified Nerf guns – and socks that function as grenades. If they’re unsuccessful, however, they can be tagged by a zombie, turning them into a “stunned zombie,” meaning



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The humans have a chance. It’s not a good chance but it’s a chance.

Josh Egler HvZ Moderator

and when a person is tagged their ID card is collected and must be reported as a “kill” within three hours for the capture to count. HvZ has been a UT event for four semesters and Ad-Hoc is always welcoming new faces to accept the challenge of surviving the brain-eating zombie Rockets. Egler said this year’s event will be improved by having “more established leaders” for each faction. Shaniqua Bowdre, a senior majoring in new media art and an organizer of HvZ, said the

game has a turnout between approximately 150 and 200 students and in the past faculty members also competed. Additionally, Bowdre said the game gives UT an edge over other colleges. “Bowling Green also has Humans versus Zombies events and of course we couldn’t just let them have all the fun,” she said. “We had to compete!” Egler, who played in last year’s event, said newcomers should come out for an exciting time and to meet new people. He even encourages people to become zombies. “[It’s] just fun because you don’t care. I chased a guy down who was trying to run away,” he said. “That one was fun.” The last safety meeting is April 11 in the Student Union Building, and safety waivers can be picked up at the AdHoc office in the Student Union Building, room 1505. More specific rulings which players should be aware of can be found on Ad-Hoc’s website at HvZ also has a Facebook group page that alerts members of events and answers further questions they might have.

Manga From Page B1 taboo topics and depictions, specifically stories involving graphic violence, gore, language and sex. In these instances, it is important to recognize the significant cultural differences between Japanese and American audiences. Japanese culture strictly distinguishes fiction from reality, the attitude being that acts of violence and depravity in stories are acceptable because they do not actually occur. This mentality allows for writers to disregard the commonly accepted boundaries of content. Artists also reflect this mentality through their

dynamic drawings. Manga art ranges from the highly realistic to the ridiculously abstract, but generally it implements caricature-esque elements such as sharp or wide eyes, exaggerated anatomies and spiky hair. Other common manga techniques include constantly shifting shot angles, prolonged, silent scenes and elongated panels. Many of these techniques are also employed in anime adaptations, and both mediums have influenced Western artists and filmmakers. Additionally, a single manga book is typically written and drawn by the same individual, and a majority of works are published without

inking or coloring. While this may be a drawback for some readers, it usually allows for a much faster publication schedules – prolific manga writers/artists consistently publish material in weekly magazines. As these creators have complete autonomy over their works, there are fewer instances of continuity errors and retconning which are common in long form American comics. As more instances of manga-influenced works appear, the medium’s presence continues to grow. Like the rising sun on Japan’s flag, manga is an ascending beacon of creativity which deserves recognition and appreciation.

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A variety of manga books encompassing multiple genres. Manga is read from right to left.

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A horde of zombies converge on a thinning group of humans outside of Carlson Library during last year’s Humans vs. Zombies event. This year’s event runs from April 11 to 17.

Without Shoes’ is to raise awareness and bring a voice to those who you aren’t able to see or hear every day,” Ball said. According to the TOMS website, many children are denied an education because they don’t have shoes. Schools which require shoes as part of the uniform will send away children who at-

tend class without them. Ball said there is a greater message embedded in the movement which has led her to take on a whole new perspective in life. “I have a roof over my head, water to drink, clothes to wear, and [I am] currently working on getting a degree. That is amazing,” she said. “There are people in the world that have none of that. To be able to help provide shoes and eye care … for

others who are not able to afford it is amazing.” Multiple schools around the world have participated in similar events. Last year, there were approximately 1,000 events in over 25 countries similar to “One Day Without Shoes,” according to the TOMS website. For more information, contact the UT TOMS Campus Club and visit www. and

Indians From Page B4 Cleveland’s front office made what many regarded as a desperation move, acquiring hardthrowing Ubaldo Jimenez from the Rockies for a pair of blue chip prospects. If the Indians were expecting the Jimenez who notched 19 wins and a 2.88 ERA the previous season, they gave little thought to the first two-thirds of the right-hander’s 2011 run in which he went 6-9 with a 4.46 ERA in 21 starts with Colorado. Unsurprisingly, upon his arrival Jimenez failed to deliver the turnaround Cleveland hoped for, posting a 4-4 record in 11 outings with a 5.10 ERA. The Tribe has a wealth of young talent in their lineup in Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana, but the club will need Jimenez to be closer to the pitcher he was two years ago in Colorado to make a push for the playoffs. The acquisition of inning-eater Derek Lowe could take some of the pressure off Jimenez and the bullpen, but the veteran righty and Cleveland’s sinkerball pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona (Roberto Hernandez) combined for 32 losses



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Thursday, April 5, 2012 last season. Since the Indians last playoff appearance in 2007, the year that Hernandez fashioned a career-best 3.07 ERA with 19 wins and 137 strikeouts, the Dominican native has averaged an ERA above five. Hernandez’s string of disappointing seasons includes the 2009 campaign in which he posted an unspeakable 6.32 ERA with 70 walks to 79 strikeouts in 24 starts. Then came his January arrest and deportation for using a false identity when he applied for a visa to the United States under the name Fausto Carmona. The news broke Monday that Hernandez, who it turns out is 31 rather than 28, will receive a visa to return to the U.S. But in addition to restructuring his contract with Cleveland to receive $4.5 million less in guaranteed money — one of the few favors Hernandez has done for Cleveland lately — he will reportedly be facing a six week suspension from MLB. Regardless of when he takes the mound for the Tribe, a return to even his 2010 form (3.77 ERA, 124 strikeouts and 4 complete games) would go a long way to solidifying a potentially unstable rotation.

The Ugly — Injuries The Jimenez trade and his recent beaning of former teammate Troy Tulowitzki, along with Hernandez’s immigration scandal, could fall into this category as well. However, no team was affected more by injuries in 2011 than the Indians and it is likely the biggest reason the club fell short of postseason play. The Tribe used the disabled list 22 times last season and only had Travis Hafner, Shin-Soo Choo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Grady Sizemore in the same lineup for 17 games. In total, the Indians lost 826 days due to time spent on the DL. The injury bug has hit Cleveland early this year, as Perez can attest to. Sizemore — surprise, surprise — is also on the shelf and is not expected to return until June following back surgery. The franchise and its fans will have to hold their collective breath and hope this is not a sign of things to come.

Cleveland’s potential success in 2012. But for a fringe postseason contender the value of an additional wild-card slot cannot be overstated. Had the new one-game, wildcard round been in place last season, the Braves would have made the playoffs in the NL while Boston would have qualified in the AL. Granted, historic September collapses caused both teams to miss the playoffs by one game but the record books prove that sometimes all it takes for a club to bring home the hardware is to get hot at the right time.

Since the wild-card was introduced in the 1995 season, a nondivision winner has won the World Series nearly 25 percent of the time. Beating out the Tigers for a division crown will be a tall enough order but with the loaded AL East jockeying for postseason position and a revamped Angels team fighting with the powerhouse Rangers in the West, playoff spots will be even harder to come by. You won’t hear the Indians complaining about the expansion.

The Bottom Line On paper the Tigers appear to be the heavy favorite to take the AL Central for the second-straight year. Cleveland will once again assume the underdog role, both in the division and wildcard race. That was, however, a situation in which the Indians flourished for a good portion of last season. A similar effort from their bullpen, a healthier lineup, which is easier said than done, and more reliability from their starting rotation will all be necessary for the Indians to avoid the late slide that doomed them last year.

The Underrated — Postseason Expansion It seems satirical, if not a bit cruel, to cite Major League Baseball’s new 10 team playoff format as a selling point for

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The perfect season Baylor Bears center Brittney Griner, left, and guard Jordan Madden (3) hug head coach Kim Mulkey after defeating Notre Dame 80-61 in the National Championship game Tuesday night in Denver, Colo. Baylor went an unprecedented 40-0.

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The performance of trade-deadline acquisition Ubaldo Jimenez will be key if the Tribe wants to make a legitmate run for the playoffs this year. Jimenez’s ERA with the Indians was 5.10 in 11 starts last season.

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Cory Mee Baseball Head Coach

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Tribe aim to not fall short of playoffs One would be hard pressed to find a better feel-good story through the first four months of last season than that which unfolded in Cleveland. But while postseason hopes lasted longer than usual, they ultimately faded to a familiar bitter despair as the playoff picture took shape. T h e Tribe took first place in the AL Central by force early in 2011, opening the season with a 14-2 tear at home and Nate a 30-15 rePentecost c o r d through May 23. Injuries, though, took their toll and resulted in a miserable second half of the season. The team plunged to an 80-82 final record, up 11 games from 2010 but still 15 games behind the divisionwinning Tigers. Spring turned a new page for arguably the most tortured city in sports, but a bolstered Detroit roster, which includes penning All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million deal, will not make it any easier for the Indians to make their mark in the Central. The Good — The ‘Bullpen Mafia’ The nickname came about early last season when a fan jokingly referred to Cleveland’s relievers as the “Bullpen Mafia” because of how many of the pitchers were active on Twitter. The relievers embraced the moniker, and earned it on the field as well, knocking off batters with a vengeance. What has developed into one of the best relief corps in the League will feature virtually the same cast as last season. It is hard to believe Vinnie Pestano was a darkhorse to make the pen entering Spring Training in 2011 considering the numbers he put up during his rookie campaign. The 27-year old struck out 84 batters in 62 innings, posting a 2.32 ERA in 62 appearances last season. But while Pestano is now mentioned in the same breath as some of the best setup men in baseball, he will likely start the year as the closer with Chris Perez’s availability uncertain due to an oblique injury he suffered in Spring Training. Though Perez had a careerhigh 36 saves last year, his other numbers (31 strikeouts and a 3.32 ERA) dropped significantly from the season before. Should ‘The Don’ remain healthy upon his return (he also dealt with forearm inflammation most of the year) the Tribe could see their closer turn in a campaign like 2010 when he struck out 61 batters and recorded a dominant 1.71 ERA in 63 innings. Presumably joining Pestano in setting up Perez is Tony Sipp, a 45th-round draft pick who put up a 3.03 ERA in 69 innings of work in 2011. Sidearmer Joe Smith (2.01 ERA in 71 games) and lefty Rafael Perez provide additional firepower for a bullpen that should once again have the depth and variety to keep hitters on their toes. With a starting rotation defined by its unreliability, the Bullpen Mafia should see plenty of action too. The Bad — Ubaldo and ‘Carmona’ Amidst the Indians division race with Detroit last season, — Indians, Page B3



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Rockets skid hits four with 8-4 loss to Kent By Nate Pentecost Assistant Sports Editor

year, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with three The Rockets dropped their strikeouts in a season-high 4.1 fourth-straight game, losing innings. 7-3 at Notre Dame Tuesday Senior RHP Ryan Mace (1and 8-4 to Kent State at Scott 2) grabbed the win for Kent Park in non-league action yes- State (15-1, 6-1) giving up two terday afternoon. runs (one earned) on eight At 15, Toledo’s (12-16, 4-3 hits with six strikeouts over Mid-American Conference) six innings. hit total against the Golden The Golden Flashes got on Flashes was its secthe board in the top ond highest of the of second inning, season behind its 17 taking advantage of hit outing at Westerrors by outfielders ern Kentucky on Ben Hammer and Saturday, Feb. 18. Kent St. 8 Jeff Cola to make However, UT was Toledo 4 the score 3-0. KSU unable to make loaded the bases them count, strandwith two outs the ining 13 runners. ning before but Palmer forced Senior first baseman Matt a pop out to end a potentially Delewski (3-for-5), junior des- big inning for Kent. “I thought that Cameron ignated hitter Wes White (3for-4) and freshman third pitched great,” Mee said. “He baseman Anthony Smith (3- did exactly what we needed for-5) led the Rockets with him to do today. He probably three knocks each. Sopho- had to throw about 20 more more catcher (2-for-4) and pitches (the second) inning freshman shortstop Nate than he should have, which in Langhals (2-for-5) also turned turn kept him from going into in multi-hit games. In all, sev- the fifth or sixth inning.” Toledo responded quickly en of the nine UT starters rein the bottom half of the seccorded a hit. ond. Sophomore catcher “We had some really good at James Miglin got things startbats, we just couldn’t get that ed with a double down the clutch hit when we needed it,” line before Delewski singled said UT head coach Cory Mee. to right field. Freshman third “We also gave them too many baseman Anthony Smith then opportunities and they took grounded into a double play advantage of it and we weren’t which sent Miglin home from able to come back from that.” Sophomore RHP Cameron third. Toledo notched anothPalmer (1-1) picked up the er run in the fourth on a fieldloss in his first start of the ing error to cut the lead to 3-2.

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Sophomore relief pitcher Trevor Gast allowed four runs on five hits in 1.2 innings in the 8-4 loss against Kent State yesterday. The Rockets return to the diamond with a weekend series at Central Michigan. Kent scored another run in the fifth but put the game away in the seventh by touching up sophomore LHP Trever Gast for four earned runs. “We need to get more innings out of our starters,” Mee said. “We’ve been having to go to our bullpen too soon and we’re taxing them.” The Golden Flashes matched Toledo with 15 hits of their own, including five knocks off Gast in 1.2 innings. Senior

shortstop Jimmy Rider (3-for6) led Kent with three hits and pair of RBI. Junior centerfielder Evan Campbell (3-of-5) added three hits of his own while third baseman Nick Hamilton (2-for-4) and first baseman George Roberts (2-for-5) turned in multi-hit performances as well. “The biggest thing is we have to be consistent in our performance,” Mee said. “Every day we have to pitch, play defense

and hit in the clutch. The formula for success is really the same no matter who you’re playing.” The Rockets will have a chance to bounce back when they head to Mount Pleasant for a weekend series with Central Michigan (12-17, 3-5). Friday’s game is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. with the Saturday and Sunday matchups scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and 1:05 p.m., respectively.

Toledo to be tested in bid for Mid-American Championship

Early matchups against Arizona, Bowling Green set tone for challenging season Rockets 2012 Football Schedule @ Arizona^ Sept. 1 @ Wyoming Sept. 8 Vs. (Bowling Green) Sept. 15 Vs. Coastal Carolina Sept. 22 @ (W. Michigan) Sept. 29 Vs. (Central Michigan) Oct. 6 @ (E. Michigan) Oct. 13 Vs. Cincinnati^ Oct. 20 @ (Buffalo) Oct. 27 Vs. (Ball State) Nov. 6* ESPN2 @ (N. Illinois) Nov. 14** ESPN2 or ESPNU Vs. (Akron) Nov. 20* EPSN2 *Denotes Tuesday game ** Denotes Wednesday game ^ Denotes BCS automatic qualifying conference ( ) Denotes Mid-American Conference game

By Nate Pentecost Assistant Sports Editor

The reigning Mid-American Conference West CoChampion Rockets announced their 2012 football schedule late last week. In its first whole season under the direction of head coach Matt Campbell, Toledo will be looking to build off that success with another challenging schedule. UT will kick off the season on the road at Arizona on Sept. 1, a game that marks the debut of Rich Rodriguez as head coach of the Wildcats. In the teams’ last meeting, the 2008 season opener, Arizona throttled the Rockets 41-16 at the Glass Bowl. However, Toledo bested a Rodriguez-coached Michigan team in a historic 13-10 upset the same year. The following week on Sept. 8, the Rockets head to Laramie to take on Wyoming, a team led by former UT offensive line coach Dave Christensen (19922000). The Cowboys topped Toledo 20-15 at the Glass Bowl in 2010. The Rockets next matchup is perhaps the most uniquely scheduled game of the season. UT will clash with Bowling Green at the Glass Bowl on Sept. 15, the 77th meeting between the archrivals and the first time the game will serve as Toledo’s home opener. Cincinnati, the Rockets most high-profile opponent of the season, will come to town Oct. 20 to take part in

the first leg of a home-andhome series. The defending Big East regular season CoChampions will be playing at the Glass Bowl for the first time since 1993. Toledo will also host Coastal Carolina (Sept. 22), Central Michigan (Oct 6), Ball State (Nov. 6) and Akron (Nov. 20). The Rockets conference road games are at Western Michigan (Sept. 29), Eastern Michigan (Oct. 13), Buffalo (Oct. 27) and at fellow MAC West Champion Northern Illinois (Nov. 14). The Rockets will be on the national stage at least three times during their 2012 campaign, with more games expected to be added to the television slate later. The Ball State, Northern Illinois, and Akron contests are all scheduled for ESPN coverage. All three games will take place during the week with the Ball State and Akron games both slated for a Tuesday and the Northern Illinois matchup set for a Wednesday. Toledo’s 2012 season comes on the heels of a 9-4 (7-1) campaign which included a 42-41 win over Air Force in the Military Bowl. The Rockets must replace 13 starters, including AllAmerican wide receiver/returner Eric Page. They do, however, return three All-MAC honorees, both quarterbacks from their duel-quarterback system (Austin Dantin and Terrance Owens) and Military Bowl MVP junior wide receiver Bernard Reedy.

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Head coach Matt Campbell and his Rockets will open their season Sept. 1 at PAC-12 opponent Arizona. UT finished 9-4 last year.

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Spring 2012, Issue 40 of the Independent Collegian