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Bike-sharing program could be on the move Student Government passed a resolution Sept. 3 calling for action for an on-campus bike-sharing program that’s been stalled. News / 3 »

“This should be remembered: the university’s brightest minds came together to try to work out an innocuous technical detail, and their months of effort turned out to mean nothing.”

auxiliary services

Dining dilemmas Students voice concern over on-campus dining choices By Lindsay Mahaney and Rebecca Wittkofske News Editor and Staff Reporter

With fewer on-campus dining locations, fewer hours of operation for many venues and a re-designed Rocky’s Grill, some University of Toledo students are voicing concern about changes to dining services unveiled this fall. The Horton International House dining hall, Presidents’ Hall iCrave and the College of Business and Innovation convenience store located in Stranahan South were all closed. Additionally, the hours

at the South dining hall, located in the Student Union, were decreased. However, the Ottawa East dining hall hours were increased. Director Joy Seifert said the auxiliary services department tracks the number of meal swipes used at every dining location, which helps them determine the amount of locations, hours and staff members required for service. Seifert said the highest amount of activity last spring was found at the Ottawa dining hall, with about 70,000 swipes, and the Carter Provisions On Demand (POD), with

about 99,000 swipes. “We just didn’t have the numbers that supported keeping that many dining halls open,” Seifert said. “So we kept the ones open that made sense. Statistically, we closed those that were truly just underutilized and didn’t have as much traffic.” Auxiliary Services is given a budget of $13.17 million to use for all costs including labor, facilities and products. Seifert said there have been

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Student entrepreneur

By Samantha Rhodes and Amaris Smith Associate News Editor and Staff Reporter

Isis Darks asks three Chinese international students about their home country’s fashion trends. Courtesy Laurel Lovitt

Laurel Lovitt, a second-year majoring in sales and marketing, launched Laurel’s Princess Parties in May. At the parties, Lovitt becomes Princess Laurel and hosts “princess training,” which includes proper posture, tiara-making, story-time, how to curtsy and bow and why manners are important. Lovitt’s parties are currently booked for 6 months out.

A dream come true

Senators have started gathering student opinions once a week around campus. News / 3 »

Rockets head to Missouri If Terrance Owens improves his performance, Toledo could deliver an upset. Sports / 6 »

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Sexual assault prompts reminder of victim resources

Harajuku for you

Student Government starts ‘Tabling Tuesday’ initiative

Carter POD: 98,321 Ottawa East: 69,224 Parks Tower: 45,951 South Dining: 25,517 Crossings: 17,811 I-House: 17,668 Croutons: 14,901

Crime

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Number of dining swipes for Spring 2013

UT student starts business to teach young girls respect, self-confidence

By Amanda Eggert

Associate Community Editor

While some young girls fantasize about growing up to be a princess, a University of Toledo student is living that dream. It started as a one-time thing, dressing up as a princess for a family friend’s birthday party. But it turned into a small successful business for Laurel Lovitt, a second-year majoring in sales and marketing. Her business, Laurel’s Princess Parties, was launched in May 2013 and is currently booked for 6 months out. Lovitt said as Princess Laurel, she helps young girls build confidence and teaches them to respect others. “It’s not the crown and the dress that you wear, but it is how you uphold yourself and how each of us can be a role-model in our community,” she said. “We can all be leaders, but how can you do that? That’s the role of a princess.” At the parties as Princess Laurel, Lovitt hosts “princess training,” which includes proper posture, how to curtsy and bow and why manners are important. But it’s not all hard work — there’s

also story-time and tiara-making. “They make their own tiara, but they are not allowed to put those tiaras on because I bring the red carpet and I actually crown each of the girls a princess,” she said. “They have to take a royal oath and it’s that they are going to be respectful and kind to one another, and that they are going to live out the life of a princess and be a leader and role model.” After the coronation ceremony takes place, the girls enjoy a celebration ball filled with music and dancing. Lovitt signs pictures as Princess Laurel when the party ends, and the girls each get a copy. But signing autographs isn’t what Lovitt said it’s all about; it’s about the smiles. “Each and every weekend when I put on that dress and that tiara, I know what it stands for,” she said, “and it’s not just an item, but it’s what’s inside … that’s the inner princess.” Being a positive role model is something Lovitt said she values in her life and in her business. “I think with me it’s the greatest college experience because I get to run my own business, work my own hours and have so much fun being a role model for the com-

munity,” she said. Along with the support of her family and boyfriend, Lovitt said her friends and members of the community have supported her dream as well. “It’s been a very positive reaction in the community and I’m just thankful,” she said. “I was able to leave my job at the Disney store and do this full-time, and it’s just been a blessing.” In pursuit of those dreams, Lovitt plans to franchise nationwide or franchise as a non-profit organization after she graduates from UT. “I see that vision of leaving a legacy and helping the future generation to grow and all of us can do that with working together.” Lovitt also wants to create a line of ball gowns that are affordable for girls. And on top of that, she is also considering writing and illustrating children’s stories about anti-bullying and respect. “You dream big or you go home,” she said. Dreaming big is advice that Lovitt has taken to heart and recommends for everyone — as long as it comes with action. “I just had this dream of becoming a princess,” she said, “and now it’s a reality.”

In the wake of a report last week of a woman being sexually assaulted in a residence hall, University of Toledo officials are reminding students of the options available to victims. UT’s Chief of Police Jeff Newton said that at about 4 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, a male student met a female student in Ottawa West residence hall, where she lives, and that “some sexual activity” then took place. “At some point, the female indicated she wanted the activity to stop and she stated that it did not,” Newton said. “She went to the hospital and a sexual assault kit was done for evidence and we began to investigate the case.” Newton said this was the first case of sexual assault reported to university police this academic year. Sexual assault cases involve people who know one another, he said, which was the case in this report. “The situation where the unknown person and unknown assailant jumps out the bushes and sexually assaults you is the rare situation,” Newton stated “What we more commonly see is people that are familiar with each other and consent is not clearly communicated and a sexual assault occurs.” Newton added that drugs and alcohol were not a factor in this case. Though the suspect has not yet been charged, he has been interviewed by UT police, and Newton said the investigation will continue. “You have to keep in mind sexual assault survivors may or may not want to pursue criminal charges,” Newton See Assault / 4 »


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15 years ago: Corpus Christi is on the verge of completion of construction on their new 22,000-squarefoot, $3.5 million church and multipurpose center, located at 2955 Dorr St.

25 years ago: John Stoepler, dean of the College of Law, has been appointed interim president, succeeding Dr. James McComas, who resigned to accept the presidency at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

80 years ago: With the ultimate aim in view of converting the entire west corridor of the second floor into a women’s section, Room 255, near the salle porte, will be made into a smoking room for women, with the approval of Dean Katherine Easley and President P.C. Nash. There is to be no smoking for women in the University except in this special room.

Rocky represents MAC in Mascot Challenge

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Capital One is holding its annual Mascot Challenge, and Rocky could win. The prize is $20,000 for the winning school’s mascot program. If you want to vote, go to www.capitalonebowl.com and click “vote now” for Rocky to get one point. You can also win 25 or 100 points for Rocky by completing challenges listed on the website.

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Purpose: Our purpose is to provide undergraduate students majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy an opportunity to learn and experience various career related opportunities. Our goal is to better prepare our members so that they can be the most competitive applicant possible by the time they are ready to apply to graduate school. Leaders: President: Carter Bayer, Vice President: Kelsie Collins, Treasurer: Jordan James Upcoming events: Local Physical Therapists coming to talk about their life as PT’s. Graduate Schools coming to talk about the application process to their respective schools. Various P.T. Related community service events, including trips to local nursing homes. Learn more: Contact the President, Carter Bayer: 419410-0444, carter.bayer@rockets.utoledo.edu Would your group like to be featured as the IC’s Student Group of the Week? Email Morgan Rinckey at mrinckey@ independentcollegian.com.

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many complaints from students about closing the International House dining hall because students living in I-House and the Academic House have fewer dining options. Therefore, a mini POD is being put where the old I-House dining hall used to be. Kalsey Osborn, a secondyear nursing major, said the old dining hall at I-House was not as good as some of the other locations. “Sometimes the food wasn’t fresh,” Osborn said. “They couldn’t keep up with the people they had coming in.” Seifert said she regularly checks on the dining halls to ensure they are of a high quality. “We have some quality standards in place,” Seifert said. “We have walkthroughs, in addition to the health inspector doing her own thing. I do at least one unannounced walk-through of each dining venue each semester.” There are also managers at each location that monitor quality on a more regular basis, Seifert said, and the dining halls will continue to be monitored regularly. “We want to give our customers, students, faculty and staff a wonderful experience every time they come,” she said. Seth Netcher, a secondyear double majoring in music education and vocal performance, said the hours for the Student Union dining options should be longer. As a commuter student who has class in the evening, Netcher said he is unable to purchase food in an area close to his classes. “What am I supposed to eat?” he said. “I feel like [Student Union dining] should be open until classes are over.” Kristen Long, third-year political science major, agreed that the closed dining halls and Student Union’s shorter hours are inconvenient. Also, as a Carter POD employee, she feels that dining venue is negatively impacted. “It would be wonderful if they opened back up because I know we are the only place open past 11 p.m. and it gets crazy,” Long said.

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said. “Just because they file the police report doesn’t necessarily mean they want to go through the whole process. Sometimes you can’t make the decision right away, but there are options available to them and we want to make sure we are working with the survivor to work towards the best outcome for that person.” One option sexual assault survivors can pursue is to contact UT’s counseling center. “Call the counseling center and get in touch with an advocate or call UT Police and we’ll help facilitate too,” Newton advises. The Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program (SAEPP), located in UT’s Counseling Center in Rocket Hall Room 1810, is a resource to students who have experienced sexual assault and desire counseling services or advocacy. “The program is designed to supervise education in the university community on sexual assault issues,” said Stanley Edwards, Director of Counseling Center Student Affairs. “That’s our primary goal — to provide education, to work toward reducing acts of violence and to provide advocacy for survivors of sexual assault. At the counseling center, we also offer counseling services for survivors of sexual assault.” Angela Spoerl, a licensed clinical social worker for SAEPP, explained that the program has five trained advocates who work with the survivors and con-

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Students wait in line at Parks Tower dining hall. Horton International House dining hall, Presidents’ Hall iCrave and the College of Business and Innovation convenience store located in Stranahan South were all closed this fall semester. Also, the hours at the South dining hall, located in the Student Union, were decreased.

Najib Burkett, a firstyear biological engineering major, said she has no problems with the hours at the Student Union. “They are open during school days and school hours, so it’s never inconvenient,” Burkett said. In addition to the changes in dining hall hours, Rocky’s Grill was renovated and converted into Rocky’s Pub and Grill, which no longer accepts meal swipes and now serves alcohol. Rocky’s Pub is now the second Student Union location to serve alcohol, with the privately-owned Phoenicia restaurant as the other.

Students are required to show their IDs to buy alcohol and cannot be served more than two drinks. “Student wanted — needed — a place to go on campus, and Rocky’s tried to revitalize this end of campus by giving the student population a place to look forward to where they can have a good time, and enjoy a drink or two, without over-indulging,” Seifert said. At this time, the kitchen space where iCrave used to be will remain empty, and the seating area will be under the care of Residence Life.

Dining Hours Ottawa: Monday through Thursday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Carter: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Weekends noon to 2 a.m. SU Food Court Subway: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m; Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Weekends noon to 5 p.m. Magic Wok: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m; Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Weekends noon to 5 p.m. Pizza Hut: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed weekends. KFC: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed weekends. Croutons: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;.Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Closed weekends. South Dining: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parks Tower: Sunday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Carry out window open to 11 p.m.; Closed Saturday.

nect them with resources. These advocates can speak to people on the survivor’s behalf or have people speak for them. “Each situation is different, and the advocates let [sexual assault survivors] know their options,” Spoerl said. Edwards believes that this program is an important part of the university. “I feel that it’s a necessary component of what students are offered, especially when they feel vulnerable,” Edwards said. Edwards said nothing specific about SAEPP would change in light of the recently report sexual assault, but that they center plans to work more with the Office of Residence Life to promote the program in the Residence Halls to raise awareness. SAEPP is only open Monday through Friday in the Counseling Center, but Spoerl urges students who have been affected by sexual assault to call the program’s phone number at 419-5303431. Spoerl stressed that this number will allow students to get in touch with an advocate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “It’s still a ring to somebody who will answer a phone,” Spoerl said. She also said these advocates can help students get medical attention, inform them of their reporting options and help them decide whether to report the incident on or off campus. Advocates can also link students with ongoing support if need be. “We just want to make sure they are safe,” Spoerl said.

The Counseling Center is open from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Additional sexual assault resources Various classes are offered through the First Year Experience class to educate students on the preventative ways to avoid sexual assault from happening to them. A.L.I.C.E. is a 90-minute training that provides students more options if faced with violent/active shooter situations and are meant to increase one’s likelihood to survive the incident. R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) is a women’s only course that provides women sexual assault awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance that also progresses to basic hands on self-defense tactics. The Healthy Boundaries class discusses healthy relationship skills, mutual respect and nonviolence in relationships. Anti-bullying Awareness is a program that gives facts and statistics about bullying. The Gentlemen’s Club is an educational program empowering and challenging campus men to grow as respectful men in the community. The program discusses the prevalence of sexual violence on campus, and how men can develop, respect, value and support relationships with both women and men. Each presentation is located in the Rec Center and anyone is allowed to attend.


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Both cross country squads finish in 3rd The University of Toledo cross country teams both placed third last Friday in the Eastern Michigan University Triangular. The meet was an opportunity for the teams to race their younger runners in an NCAA meet. On the women’s side, sophomore Theresa Warsecke led the way, finishing 2nd with a time of 18 minutes, 4.20 seconds. Her fellow teammates junior Julia Pusateri and sophomore Dierdre Dwyer finished in 7th and 10th, respectively, with times of 19:17.60 and 19:26.30. “I think we have some good talent in the group that raced but our strategy hurt us a little today,” first-year head coach Linh Nguyen said in a UT release. “It was really hot and our women went out with the leader for the first mile.

Nguyen hires new assistant Michelle Chewens has been hired as an assistant coach for the UT cross country and track & field teams, first-year head coach Linh Nguyen announced last Wednesday. “I’m really excited to add Michelle to the staff,” Nguyen said. “I’ve known her for about seven years as an athlete and then as an assistant on my staff at UNCG. She’s a great young coach and I think the Toledo program will benefit from her addition.” Chewens, who spent the last two seasons on Nguyen’s coaching staff at the University of North Carolina Greensboro as both an assistant coach and volunteer assistant coach, was a four-time letterwinner as a student-athlete in both cross country and track. She earned Academic All-SoCon honors all four years, and was a part of UNCG’s first SoCon Championship in 2011.

Additions made to softball staff Lane Leedy and Kyle Gross have been hired as assistant coaches for the University of Toledo softball team, UT head coach Tarrah Beyster announced Tuesday, Aug. 27. Leedy has served as college coach liaison for the Ohio Stingrays softball organization for the past seven years.

CORRECTIONS In our Aug. 28 issue’s story “Falling back in love with football,” we should have stated that former Mount Union head coach Larry Kehres is the fifth-winningest coach in college football history. We regret the error.

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Toledo has managed just fine without Pinkel

sophomores Angelica Hernandez and goalie Sam Tiongson — played well by giving up only two goals on twenty-five shots and eleven corners. “We can’t take away everything, but we did take away inside our penalty box,” Evans said. “Most of those shots came from outside the box and that’s what we wanted.” With a goal from junior Wildcat forward Stuart Pope in the 54th minute, UK grabbed a 1-0 lead. Freshman forward Zoe Swift added another for Kentucky just two minutes later, which would eventually be the difference maker.

The University of Toledo football team and their next opponent, the University of Missouri Tigers, have at least one thing in common going into Saturday’s game — both sides know what it’s like to be disappointed with Gary Pinkel. The current head coach of the MU Tigers left Toledo after the 2000 season, jumping ship in an attempt to rebuild the failing Missouri program — and make a bigger name for himself than he thought he ever could in a Mid-American Conference program like UT. And things went well for Pinkel. In 2012, with three division titles, a school-record seven consecutive bowl game appearances and the ninth most wins in the nation from 2007-11, Pinkel helped earn his team membership in the South Eastern Conference. But then, things started to go wrong. The Tigers became the skinny freshman in the frat house, handing in a dismal 5-7 (2-6) record in their SEC debut. Pinkel’s offense struggled after injuries — and one of the nation’s toughest schedules — took their toll. Although Pinkel was well on his way to obtaining football immortality for his past 12 seasons with Missouri, he is also one of only five SEC coaches who didn’t qualify for a bowl game last year. And the only one who wasn’t in their first year with a new team. Including last year’s 5-7 record, Mizzou has posted less wins in each of their last three seasons, going 10-3 in 2010 and 8-5 in 2011 — still winning records, but not at the consistently elite level that’s come to be expected from upper-echelon SEC teams. To make matters worse for the former Rocket coach, his recent downward slide hasn’t only played out on the football field. In 2011, while working to elevate his team’s conference status, Pinkel was arrested for DWI — ironic, considering he was a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s “Arrive Alive” safe driving campaign. The message apparently wasn’t meant for him or his team, because, in the year prior to his arrest, two of Pinkel’s players and one of his

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Senior running back David Fluellen and the Toledo offense are looking for better results against Missouri this weekend. Fluellen was one of the lone bright spots for the Rockets against Florida, amounting for 88 of UT’s 207 yards of total offense, a number that must go up against the Tigers.

Rockets hit the road, prepare for second-straight SEC opponent By Jay Skebba Sports Editor

The University of Toledo football team answered a few question marks in week one against Florida, but are hoping to answer a few more when they travel to Columbia to battle Missouri Saturday, Sept. 7. The Rockets fell 24-6 to a talented and 10th-ranked Florida Gator squad last weekend, but head coach Matt Campbell was still happy with a few areas. “After reviewing the film from our team, I’m really proud of the effort and physicality that our kids played with,” he said during his weekly Monday press conference. “I thought we really matched them in those two areas. Like any game when you’re playing an elite-

level team, it comes down to about six or eight critical plays. Fortunately for them, their kids made those plays.” Perhaps the largestlooming question — one that never seems to dissipate around UT football — was how the defense would fare. Toledo started seven new faces this season, and 14 of the 22 players on the defensive two-deeps are freshmen or sophomores. But don’t confuse lack of experience with a lack of ability. “We didn’t have many mental mistakes, but they were kind of settling in [at the beginning],” Campbell said. “Once we settled in, I started to see what I saw all fall camp — a physical Toledo defense. I really feel like we are as athletic and physical of a defense that

If you go... What: Toledo at Missouri Where: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium Columbia, Mo. When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CST Records: UT: 0-1, Mizzou 1-0. TV: ESPNU Radio: AM 1370 Spread: Mizzou by 17 Key for UT: The Rockets need to find their rhythm offensively much earlier than last week and Terrance Owens needs to be more efficient. Prediction: The Tigers may technically be in the SEC, but don’t expect a Florida-like level of talent. UT pulls the upset, 31-27.

we’ve had since I’ve been here and that showed up for

four quarters.” Missouri is coming off a 58-14 drubbing of Murray State last Saturday and saw their key offensive puzzle pieces shine. The quarterback for the Tigers, James Franklin, threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 44 more yards before being lifted in the third quarter. Running back Henry Josey ran for 113 yards and a score on just 13 attempts. Like Florida, Missouri has athletic and physical players at the skill positions, but run a different scheme than the Gators. “With Florida, you’re dealing with more of a heavy type, coming out with tight ends and 22 personnel, and See SEC / 6 »

SOCCER

Women’s soccer splits weekend matches By Marcus Dodson Sports Reporter

Head coach Brad Evans said on Monday that the team has made strides since the first two games in Minnesota where they dropped each of their matches in the Gopher Tournament. The University of Toledo soccer team traveled to Youngstown State University on Friday, Aug. 30, where they beat the Penguins 1-0 and picked up their first win of the season. On Sunday, Sept.1, the Rockets took a loss in their home opener against Kentucky 2-1. “Our mental investment was better,” Evans said. YSU was playing their

first home game at the brand new Farmers National Bank Field. “We had to overcome their energy from the opening play,” Evans said. “With them playing in a new stadium they came out with a lot of energy and our girls stayed inside their game and played well.” The Rockets helped overcome all the excitement with senior forward Rachel MacLeod scoring in the 13th minute of the game. Toledo put up 15 shots against the Penguins, leading Evans to say, “We were the more overwhelming team and never allowed them to get comfortable and play their game.” YSU only had three shots

and three corner kicks, which all came within the first half of the game. The Rockets improved their record to 1-2-0 after Friday’s contest. UT returned home Sunday for their home opener against Southeastern Conference opponent Kentucky at Scott Park. The Rockets put up a brilliant defensive fight in front of 308 fans but fell a little short losing to the Wildcats 2-1. The defeat set the Rockets back to 1-3-0 on the season while Kentucky improved to 2-1-1. UT’s defense — made up of senior Becky Rhodes, juniors Kristen Catloth and Brooke Lawler and


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VOLLEYBALL

UT volleyball squad splits four matches at Blue/Gold Invite By Austin Henry Sports Reporter

The Rockets began their volleyball season with a 2-2 showing at the Blue/Gold Invitational this past weekend, with losses to Marist and West Virginia and victories over Loyola (Chicago) and Eastern Illinois. Toledo took the first game on Friday against Marist, but lost the next three (25-18, 14-25, 22-25, 21-25) to lose 3-1. UT started hot and took a quick lead with multiple kills early in the match. Aided by several service errors from Marist, Toledo made quick work of the Foxes with 25-18 Victory. Marist woke up in the last three sets, repeatedly catching the Rockets out of position to rack up kills, lowering their attack percentage to 56. Even with the defeat, seniors Dakota Harkins and Lauren Rafdal managed to keep the Rockets in the match with 19 combined kills. “In the first two games we didn’t really play ‘our game’,” Rafdal said. “When we got in the locker room we pulled it together, tried to let the first two go and came back and played well.” Freshman Alyssa Ehrhardt earned six kills and a .250 attack percentage. In the second half of UT’s double-header against Loyola, the Rockets earned their first win of the season in a five-setter (23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13) against Loyola. Loyola took the first two sets and put the Rockets in a deep hole.

UT freshman Ellen Hays led the comeback charge with her stellar defense, registering 17 digs. As the third set began, the teams’ seniors continued to step up to the challenge. Harkins came up with seven blocks and eight kills, and made easy work of the Ramblers to force a fifth and final set. Head coach Greg Smith was impressed with Harkins’ ability to not only play, but excel through an injury. “Dakota sprained her ankle in the first match, and she played through it,” Smith said. “She found a way to manage her pain and play fine.” The Rockets held a slim 14-13 advantage late in the fifth set. Loyola’s attempt to tie it up was denied with a match-ending block by Rockets outside hitter Lauren Rafdal. She totaled 21 kills in the match raising her attack percentage to .340. “It was a very emotional game — up and down a few times,” Rafdal said. “Blocking was totally a game changer. People stepped up and they did what they had to do.” Coming off the victory, the Rockets continued their roll by knocking off Eastern Illinois in five sets (21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 21-25, 15-10). The Toledo defense came to play with 78 team digs and seven blocks. Toledo’s Becca Reidy, Ehrhardt, Rafdal and Harkins continued their hot streaks and brought the Rockets’ attack percentage to .196. “It just feels good that our team is clicking now,” Reidy said. “I was just going out

there and hitting the shots we take in practice.” The victory raised Toledo to a 2-1 overall record. On Saturday, the last day of the tournament, UT’s match against West Virginia would decide the winner of the Blue/Gold Invitational. The Mountaineers made easy work of Toledo (25-19, 25-19, 25-22), eventually leading to Toledo’s second loss of the season to bring their record to 2-2 through the first weekend. “West Virginia is a solid team,” Smith said. “We got them out of their system, but we struggled when they were in system. They are such a fast tempo offense and we struggled with that a little bit.” The highlight of the match from Toledo’s perspective came from Rafdal delivering four straight blocks. “Lauren had a great game, but she also had a great weekend,” Smith said. “She was consistent throughout all four matches.” Rafdal tried to keep the team alive in the third set and brought the score to 24-22, but the Mountaineers took the win on a service error from the Rockets. “We just have to take care of our side of the net and just lay it all out on the line,” Smith said. “Matches like these are good because we have a good mix of freshman and seniors on the floor right now, and they need to learn how to win.” The Rockets will return to the court this weekend when they travel to Youngstown, Ohio, for the YSU Invitational.

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“We had to really dig deep for the whole 90 minutes but we had a weak two and a half minutes,” Evans said. “I don’t fault the players’ effort, they worked their tails off.” The Wildcats controlled the ball by keeping possession for the majority of the match.

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stopping that run game is extremely important,” said sophomore linebacker Trent Voss. “Missouri’s really going to focus on spreading us out and try to take advantage of the outside of the field and do everything they can to widen our defense.” One Tiger on the outside whom the Rockets will have to account for at all times is sophomore receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. Rivals rated him as the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2012 and many prognosticators believe the 6-6, 225-pound freak is poised for a breakout season in his second full year. Green-Beckham had four catches for 83 yards including a 44-yarder against Murray State. “[He can cause] big problems,” Campbell said. “He’s a guy that can go up and get it, he’s really skilled and he’s a guy who demands your attention. “He can win oneon-one coverage, so we’re going to have to do a great job. It’ll be a great matchup for a guy like Cheatham Norrils, a guy who we feel can do a lot of things at a high level as well.”

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assistant coaches were also arrested for DWI. Not exactly the image of a program on the rise. The Rockets, on the other hand, have gone through two head coaches — Tom Amstutz and Tim Beckman — since Pinkel’s departure. “Toledo Tom” Amstutz, as he is still affectionately called, went 57-38 during his eight-year stint as head coach, taking UT to two MAC championships, four bowl appearances, two bowl wins and two MAC West Division crowns. Amstutz coached the likes of Bruce Gradkowski, the all-time leading passer in Toledo history with 9,225 yards and 85 touchdowns. One of his favorite targets was receiver Lance Moore, whose 25 receiving touchdowns top the school record book along with Eric Page. Moore’s 222 catches and 2,776 yards still rank third in UT history. The Rockets became known for knocking off teams from the BCS conferences under his leadership, doing so five times, including wins over No. 9 Pittsburgh in 2003 and Michigan in 2008. Unfortunately for Amstutz, his recruiting pipelines dried up, leading to five-win seasons in 2006 and 2007. He was forced to relocate

“[Kentucky] put us under a ton of pressure, and we knew they would, but the team did a good job competing and almost getting an equalizer in the closing minutes.” The Rockets’ game plan of keeping the majority of the players behind the ball did not allow for many chances on the attack but did allow a ‘bend but don’t break’ defen-

sive tactic. Toledo was able to score in the 86th minute thanks to Kristen Catloth with an assist coming from sophomore midfielder Geri Siudzinski. UT had one final chance to score in the closing minute with a shot by Siudzinski in the 87th minute that went wide as UT fell 2-1.

Green-Beckham will be featured in multiple spread formations with three, four or sometimes five wide outs. With a contrasting scheme compared to last week, Voss will have some different assignments. “I’m not going to be in there trying to stuff the run and going up against these 275, 280-pound tight ends,” he said. “I’m going to be out there making sure that we’re not leaving our corners on as island. We’ve got to have support over with our safeties and under with our linebackers.” Offensively, Toledo is looking to make the most improvement from week one. The Rockets mustered just 205 yards of offense, well below their 2012 average of 445 yards a game. Florida’s spectacular defense played a role in keeping UT from finding a rhythm, something that prevented them from playing at the tempo they prefer. Terrance Owens will be counted on to turn in a more productive performance following a 17-for38, 155 yard and one-interception effort. “It was a little bit of a roller coaster throughout the game,” Campbell said. “What I appreciate from

T.O. is his attitude, his effort and his leadership never left. Sometimes, you’re going to have those days. When you really sit down and watch the game, he’s probably an inch off here or there on a couple throws. Again, their defense probably has a lot to do with it.” UT’s meeting with the Tigers this weekend marks the first time the Rockets will compete against former head coach Gary Pinkel. Upon his arrival in Colombia, following the 2000 season, Pinkel sent his offensive staff to Bowling Green State University to learn elements of the spread offense — a place Campbell had just started working as a graduate assistant. “It certainly has become a great foundation to maybe their turnaround at Missouri,” he said. “They had a great quarterback [Brad Smith] at that time, a tremendous player who came in and probably the perfect guy to put the spread in with. I give a lot of credit to their staff because they came in and learned the nuances of what we were doing and really took it to another level.” Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CST and the game can be seen on ESPNU.

to a UT alumni position and give up his head coaching perch in 2008 after a dismal 3-9 season. The program was in a bad place when Tim Beckman took over the job in 2009. Toledo would only finish 5-7 during Beckman’s first season, but he would bring them into the spotlight by defeating Big 12 member Colorado 54-38 during a nationally televised home game. Beckman was on his way to bringing Toledo football back up from the ashes. The Rockets won eight games a year later — UT’s first winning record and bowl berth in four seasons. It seemed there was a bright future ahead. Like Pinkel’s departure for Missouri a decade earlier, Beckman would also leave UT for what he considered a bigger stage. He took over at the University of Illinois following UT’s 2011 season, and the Rockets promoted their relatively unknown offensive coordinator to the head coaching position. That coordinator, current head coach Matt Campbell, was believed by many to be far too young and inexperienced for the job. He silenced all the critics with a 42-41 win against Air Force in the Military Bowl — the Rocket’s first bowl victory since 2005. Campbell and his Rock-

ets would go 9-4 the very next year. His 2013 recruiting class would be the fourth in a row ranked No. 1 by at least one major recruiting service. There’s only question left for Campbell: how soon will he lead the Rockets back to Ford Field for the MAC Championship? He is a young head coach on the rise with a team eager to prove they can compete with the best in the nation. When Pinkel left the Glass Bowl, there was a lot of uncertainty left behind. But other than a few bad years at the end of the Amstutz era, the state of Rocket football hasn’t really wavered. Missouri, on the other hand, is starting to resemble UT towards the conclusion of Amstutz’s reign — a program without the right amount of talent to sustain it. Pinkel may not be cleaning out his desk just yet, but he might not be so safe if the Rockets leave Faurot Field Saturday with a win. His Tigers are desperate to prove that their induction into the SEC wasn’t some sort of mistake, but they’ll have to do a lot better than 5-7 this year to convince anyone. Pinkel may finally be in the spotlight he was searching for — but now, with so much to prove, all he can feel is the heat.


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A waste of brain power ‘Supremacy clause’ debate wastes time and goes nowhere

The recently ended fight to include a “supremacy clause” in every university organization’s constitution was a waste of one of the university’s most valuable resources: brain power. In January, the university’s Board of Trustees voted to make all of UT’s large organizations add a clause to their constitutions saying that the board is the supreme ruling body. The assumed threat was that any group that didn’t add the clause would risk their constitution becoming null and void. Several groups purposely didn’t add the clause to their constitutions. Various faculty groups voted, and some, including the College of Engineering, Faculty Senate, and the College of Business and Innovation, decided they were willing to play metaphorical Russian Roulette with the Board of Trustees. Recently, the board backed away from its original mandate; instead, they held a vote at a committee meeting to pass a blanket resolution asserting their authority but not making any real changes. So far, it seems the dust has settled on this issue. But it’s important to remember the process of adding clauses — and fighting over whether to add them — wasted time that could have been used elsewhere and benefited more people. It took time for the organizations to redraft their constitutions. It took time for other organizations to hold meetings and vote on whether to include a supremacy clause. It took time for the review committee to go through every organization’s constitution to see if the supremacy clause was there. But before that, both faculty members and administrators knew the “new rules” that were put into place were already in effect. It was known by all groups that the Board of Trustees already had final say. There was so much time and effort put in, and yet nothing came out of it except for a declaration of the Board of Trustees’ dominance. The board changed from being inappropriately aggressive with the faculty to being suddenly passive. When several groups did not change their constitutions and stood up to the board, President Lloyd Jacobs said, “It turned out we couldn’t figure out where all these documents were, so the board passed it as a blanket resolution.” Does this flip-flopping seem familiar? It seems we saw it this past spring with the abortion clinic transfer agreement debate. We’ve finally seen the end of this particular episode and sadly, we can’t get back lost time. But this should be remembered: the university’s brightest minds came together to try to work out an innocuous technical detail, and their months of effort turned out to mean nothing. Was this “supremacy clause” important enough to merit months of work? Apparently, the board didn’t think so in the end. So either trustees unnecessarily pounded their gavels and wasted tons of time, or they wimped out on an important decision when things got tough. With all the brain power we have at UT, you’d think we could make smarter decisions.

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Introverts are awesome Any given Friday, I can be found on it necessary to communicate with others the couch at my dad’s house watchbecause we are comfortable with silence. ing the TV with Hawthorne No one is completely introverted and Chester A. Arthur or extroverted (people — my guinea pigs. I who want to be the life of would prefer to be at the party). People tend to home talking like a be relative to each other weirdo to my guinea on a continuous scale pigs than be sitting between introverted and in the middle of the extroverted. The people Student Union where who are in the middle it’s loud and there are are ambiverts. But a third constantly new people to a half of all people are walking in and out. introverts. And yet we are And you know who living in a world made for else probably felt that extroverts. I know the extroverts way? According to probably believe the opThe Huffington Post, posite; the world is made that would be Audrey OPINION EDITOR for introverts. The techHepburn, Eleanor Roonology we have allows sevelt and Abraham Lincoln. And I am happy to be counted people to do individual activities. But think about how people get jobs now; it with them as an introvert. is not all about the previous work you Introverts are awesome. We are have done, but also about networking. amazing friends because we are great Being a ‘team player’ is also a key listeners and form strong bonds with phrase in job selection, but when intropeople. We are rational because we verts don’t contribute to conversations think before we speak and what we say because they don’t feel they have anyis often very well thought-out. thing more to add, they come off as an And contrary to popular belief, introoutlier rather than a team member. Inverts are not necessarily shy, reclusive troverts may do their best work on their people. Introverts are people who are comfortable in less stimulating social situ- own, but employers will have to settle for less when they enforce group work. ations, because we don’t thrive on being Children are growing up with the social. Sometimes, introverts don’t find

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Why fall is the best season of the year September is here! For those that are in love with the summer, I apologize. Even though I like the sun, the hot days, going in my pool and the fact that I am out of school, it just isn’t as exciting as the next season on the agenda: fall! I have been psyched about the end of summer since the beginning of August; I say that without shame. So you don’t think I’m crazy, I’ll explain why I love autumn, and maybe I can convince a few of you “summerlings” to join the cooler side.

The sports

Football (both NCAA and NFL), baseball, and hockey are all major sports that take place in the fall. NCAA football is by far my favorite; in part because the Toledo Rockets are a piece of the puzzle (remember that The Toledo Rockets have a home game against Big Sky team Eastern Washington at 7 p.m.) I am also a fan of Notre Dame and of the University of Michigan. Now, before you say that I am not allowed to have multiple favorites, my defense is that they are all from different conferences. When it comes down to the wire, The weather IC COLUMNIST I vote for Michigan (Big In all honesty, who Ten) over Notre Dame can tell me that they (FBS Independent), and Toledo over don’t prefer jeans and a sweatshirt over either if they ever play each other. the shorts and a t-shirts you have to wear I do root for the Tigers though, beon the sticky, sweaty days of summer? cause I never get over my Michigan roots. The nip in the air that comes with fall Now hockey, I just don’t like. I don’t cools down the body, making the whole really know why, but I just never got living experience much more enjoyable. into it. Oh well, football keeps me ocLike I said, I love the hot days where I can be in and out of my pool all day long. cupied. Not only do I like watching it on TV, I love going to football games. But I really like being able to go outside Here at UT, Michigan, Michigan State, all day without sweating and having to anywhere. I also go to some NFL games, go inside to cool down. The cool nights but those are less fun, in my opinion. warrant bonfires and spending time outdoors where, get this, mosquitoes have The events miraculously disappeared! The university has so many events

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idea that they need to become extroverted. Elementary school classrooms are set up to allow group work, which isn’t a bad thing, but it doesn’t let an introverted person work best for who they are. Parents don’t make their children do individual activities; they make their children join teams and clubs to learn social skills. Kids are taught to be extroverted because those who are not are outliers in elementary school. The kid who sits in the corner reading seems to be less outgoing than the class clown and children pick up on things like that. When I have free time in class, I almost never talk to other students. Most of the time, I take out a book and read. To some this might make me look like a snob, but I’m really just more interested in books that I am in talking to other people. This is partially due to my shyness, but also because, as an introvert, I just don’t find it necessary to talk for the sake of talking. Extroverts may be the loudest, but they are not the only kind of people in the world. To be accepted, we don’t need to become pseudo-extroverts. There are people out there who are just like you, introverted or extroverted, and it’s you who has to find them. Or you could get some guinea pigs — it’s your choice. Morgan Rinckey is a first-year double majoring in English and communication.

that it can make your head spin. One that should be on your radar is MusicFest 2013. That’s coming up on Sept. 13. It starts at 3 p.m. and goes until midnight. They’re going to have awesome bands, and it’s going to be a blast. EVERYONE should go check it out. Also, the last week of September and the first week of October is UT’s Homecoming! It’s going to be exciting; events almost every day, and enough school spirit to make even The Ohio State University jealous. Out in the community, there are even more events! There is the Farmers’ Market on the Health Science Campus Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside Mulford Library. In addition, there is the Toledo Zoo, and a multitude of other outdoor venues that are now much more enjoyable in the fall. I think that these are sufficient enough facts to convince you that autumn is obviously the best season of the year. Between the weather, the clothes, the University events and the nationwide sporting events, there is little room for discussion, in my opinion. If anyone wants to refute my arguments, let me know: I will gladly debate with you! I will say there is only one downfall to the entire season: winter comes too soon. I hate winter. That, however, is a discussion for another day. Michael Baker is a fourth-year student majoring in biology.

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You could be a music snob and not even know it One sunny July afternoon I was driving my car listening to my iPod when an Aaron Carter song came on. I was silently mumbling the opening line while I started to reach down to change the song. But then, I quickly had a change of heart. Somehow, by the end of the

song, I had turned the volume all the way up and rolled the windows all the way down. People passing by were shaking their heads and giving very odd looks at the teenage girl screaming every word to “I Want Candy.” I wanted to assume by their looks that they were just jealous of my old time tunes, but I knew they were silently judging my choice of jam-session music. There is a phrase for people like them: music snobs. IC COLUMNIST

EMILY MODROWSKI

We’ve all been guilty of it at least once. I’ve done it; you’ve probably done it. What is music snobbery, exactly? It’s when you act like you’re much higher up on the scale of life because you believe your taste in music is the coolest thing since sliced bread. But who are we to decide what music is best? Unless you’re Simon Cowell, judging music isn’t really your call, is it? Music is made for enjoyment. Every song heard on the radio is loved somewhere by someone. The person who enjoys it might be only the artists themselves. Are you allowed to have preferences in your own music selection?

Of course. Are you allowed to think certain music sucks? Definitely. Is it okay to make someone feel small for the kind of music they like to dance to in their car? Absolutely not. If an artist or band makes at least one person out there in the world happy, they’re doing their job. Don’t let people make you feel silly for liking something. Screw saying that the certain boy band that rhymes with “fun perfection” is just a guilty pleasure. If a song makes you happy, don’t feel guilty. If you can’t get that new Katy Perry song out of your head and you’re loving every second of it, shout it from the rooftop. If a boy

walking past you shakes his head or laughs at what you’re jamming too, jam harder. Everyone has at least one bubblegum pop song they just can’t stop singing. It’s the music people love to hate. But music is made solely for our enjoyment, so why not enjoy it? It’s easy to hate on someone’s iTunes library, but it’s something we should really keep to ourselves. Whether you’re listening to Notorious B.I.G, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Backstreet Boys, or Mozart, roll your windows down, turn the music up and enjoy the ride. Emily Modrowski is a first-year majoring in communication.


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12 p.m. -- Phi Alpha Delta to host an academic panel to discuss study tips and outlining techniques. Pizza will be provided; Law Center room 1002.

12 p.m. -- Time Management, learn tips on making better use of your time on campus; Student Union 2562. Thursday, Sept. 5 12 p.m. -- SNMA business meeting, first meeting of the year; HEB 100.

4 p.m. -- Probing the Nanoscale with a Combination of Theory and Microscopy, Physics and Astronomy Colloquium, presented by Sokrates Pantelides; McMaster Hall 1005. Friday, Sept. 6 7:30 p.m. -- Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet, lecture; explores the forces that transform the surface of our planet; Ritter Planetarium. Monday, Sept. 9 12 p.m. -- Psychiatry Club, first business meeting, discuss future events, introduce officers; HEB 100. Tuesday, Sept. 10 11 a.m. -- World Suicide Prevention Day, day of adovacy, education and awareness, hosted by the Counseling Center; Student Union Trimble Lounge.

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Where acrobatics and yoga combine By Jessica Liner Staff Reporter

The energy of acrobatics seems to be almost the opposite of the calm of yoga. But that’s not the case at Bird’s Eye View Circus Space in downtown Toledo, where the two come together in a new kind of exercise — acroyoga. Acroyoga covers spotting, flying and basing. Like a pyramid, the base rests on the ground and supports the flyer using different methods to keep the flyer in the air. The flyer asserts different yoga positions in the air while the base supports them. The spotter critiques the duo’s forms and safeguards the flyer from slipping off the base. The acroyoga lessons, $18 each, are taught by instructor Stacy Jurich every Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Toledo’s historic Collingwood Arts Center. Alyx Kendzierski, a University of Toledo senior majoring in biology, said she was first fascinated by acroyoga and aerial silk acrobatics in May through the Three Penny Circus put on by Bird’s Eye View. Kendzierski said in her experiences, the classes aren’t centered around attaining a perfect body image, but about “making sure you put clean, healthy fuel into your body. “There’s no one in that group that has a ‘Barbieperfect’ body structure. That’s not what we’re here for,” she said. “We’re not interested in judging someone on that level and that’s a big part of yoga. The first thing you do when you clear your mind is you let go of ego.” People can also learn how to balance on different body types. Flyers and bases aren’t

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Chalmers McGillivray, a Michigan resident, serves as the base in this acroyoga move. Robert Gerhardinger, flyer, executes yoga positions while in the air. The spotter assures the flyer’s safety while noting their form.

the same people every week — each person alternates partners. Various pairings test their strengths and presents new possibilities for positions. “My boyfriend is a pretty big dude,” she said, “and I’m a considerably small female and I can act as the base while he acts as the flier.”

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Erin Garber-Pearson, founder of Bird’s Eye View Circus Space as well as Glass City Circus, balances herself with the support of Slade Billew as the base.

And, from an outsider’s perspective, these positions might seem awkward or uncomfortable. “You have to try to get away from your typical social ideal that everything has to have a sexual connotation to it. You throw that out the window because this is something that everyone is

working towards,” Kendzierski said. Kendzierski said the mental side of her acroyoga class is just as rewarding as the physical side. From the help of her acroyoga classes, she said she’s far more organized and less overwhelmed in preparation for school than she’s ever

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Alyx Kendzierski, a University of Toledo student, makes use of the open gym hours after the acroyoga lesson.

been. She said despite the sweat, “it’s so worth it.” “Your mind is far more open, you’re grounded; you’ve reached like a meditative state in your mind because you’re so focused. You kind of forget about the worries of the day,” she said. Charlie Westerink, a senior majoring in philosophy, said it was his passion for performing that drew him to the class, as well as his friendship with Bird’s Eye View founder Erin Garber-Pearson. “I certainly love to make people laugh and to make people gasp,” he said. “Circus performance, to me, is sort of an indication of the immense possibilities of human activity and it points to this sort of idealistic fantasy — fantastical — world that we can create around us, and it’s really empowering in that sense.” But Westernik said acroyoga is also a great way to exercise and improve a person’s well-being. “It’s a terrific amount of discipline and a terrific amount of self-confidence and development of a lot of faith in your own abilities,” he said. “Your own strength is the only thing preventing you from falling to the ground.” The classes haven’t only built Westerink physically, but have given him insight as to how he wants to teach his own classes. “Of course this thing takes incredible hard work, but this kind of approach, this playbased learning, is a terrific thing to apply to anything at all,” he said. After graduating, he aspires to open his own aerial gym and teach. “The biggest thing I emphasize is that we have fun, and life should be fun.”

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Erin Garber-Pearson perfects her form as flyer while Oliver Donaldson ensures her safety and critiques the duo’s style.



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