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Salman Khan speaks Sept. 17 at Doermann Theatre to a packed house about his education reform philosophies.
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“Apparently it’s more important for students to be able to buy alcohol on campus and during football games than providing later dining hours to them.”
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Members of the University of Toledo Feminist Alliance protested displayed images of aborted fetuses by an anti-abortion group on Sept. 16. By Veralucia Mendoza Community Editor
An anti-abortion protest displaying graphic photographs of aborted fetus tissue took place at Centennial Mall on Sept. 16, inciting a counter protest from abortion rights advocates. The initial protest was organized by Created Equal, a group that lists its mission as “restore the true meaning of equality to include equal protection between the born and the preborn.” “I believe in it,” said Jami Beer, director of campus outreach for
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Sheila Raker, a volunteer with Created Equal, discusses her anti-abortion stance with a student on Sept. 16 in Centennial Mall.
Created Equal. “It’s a human rights injustice.” The University of Toledo Feminist Alliance (UTFA) formed the counter protest, holding signs that said “My body, my rights.” The opposing sides clashed a few times when conversation was initiated from either group, particularly when religious text was quoted, although Created Equal is not religiously affiliated. In one incident, graduate student Terri Miller would not respond to religious arguments. “We are here to advocate
women’s reproductive choice,” she said to a Created Equal volunteer. “I will have no further discussion with you other than women’s reproductive rights.” Miller, a full-time Inventory Control Specialist at UT, used her lunch hour to support UTFA’s counter protest after learning about it through a Facebook event. “I don’t feel that anyone should be dictating what women do with their bodies. It’s still a hot topic See Protest / 4 »
Music program hosts first concert of season By Sohan Mutha Staff Reporter
A free, collaborative concert on the ‘Songs of Life, Love and Sorrow’ by the University of Toledo music department will take place Sept. 22 in Doermann Theatre. The concert program, featuring some of the most famous Germanic compositions, will feature students comprised of the UT Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, choral ensembles and opera soloists. “Some of the music is very dark and deep and other pieces are much more bright and uplifting,” said Jason Stumbo, interim chair of the department of music and also the director of bands. “It’s just a variety of styles from the late 19th or early 20th century romantic period.” Pieces by major composers, whose music continues to be studied and emulated today, will be performed. The university choral group, Da Capo, a small chamber choir, will perform two works from Franz Josef Haydn. Usually sung in German, “Harmony in Marriage” and “Eloquence” have been translated and will be performed in English. The UT Symphony Orchestra will perform Op. 52 and Op. 65 from Johannes Brahms’ “Suite of Liebeslieder Waltzes.”
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Jason Stumbo, director of bands, will lead the Wind Ensemble Sept. 22 as the group performs in “Songs of Life, Love and Sorrow,” hosted by the University of Toledo music department.
“I’m actually really If you go excited to perform — I’ve What: Free concert showcasing never actually been a Romantic Germanic works part of an orchestra so it’s Where: Doermann Theatre. pretty cool,” said KatherWhen: Sunday, Sept. 22, at 3 p.m. ine Sabharwal, a senior Featuring: UT Wind Ensemble, majoring in nursing, who Symphony Orchestra, choral ensemis playing the clarinet with bles and opera soloists. the orchestra and has been a part of the wind sing the song in the original Gerensemble in the previous man form. years. “Once you start playing, it is Brian Kuderik, a graduate stupretty nice and relaxed.” dent of trumpet performance, said The concert program will also he is excited to perform with a live include movements from Brahms’ vocalist. Serenade No. 2 in A major, Op. 16. “People should look forward to It is an early predecessor to Brahms’ [‘Um Mitternacht’],” he said. “It’s symphonies. It is written for an orchestra without violins, trumpets, dark and heavy but not bearing down and it affects the emotions a trombones or timpani. little bit.” The Wind Ensemble will be Stumbo said students who have performing Richard Wagner’s an interest in music and do not “Trauersinfonie,” based on themes want to pursue it as a major are a by fellow German composer Carl still encouraged to participate in Maria von Weber, and Gustav department ensembles. Many of the Mahler’s “Um Mitternacht.” students performing in the concert According to Stumbo, “Um are nursing, pharmacy or engineerMitternacht” is a very mature piece that takes a lot of effort to play well. Molly Bock, a graduate student, will See Concert / 4 »
National learning advocate visits UT, impacts initiative By Katie Harrington Staff Reporter
International education activist Salman Khan visited the University of Toledo Sept. 17, a day after administrators announced they would adapt Khan’s principals in a new university initiative to create an innovative curriculum. UT released a new project named after Khan’s book, “One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined” at a UT Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 16. Khan, the founder of the online non-profit Khan Academy, has been named by the administration as the inspiration for UT’s education reform. “Salman Khan’s vision happened to coincide with our visions, so we said how about we do this together,” said Main Campus Provost Scott Scarborough. Khan’s ideals for education are based around interactive learning experiences and less time devoted to lecture-type courses. UT plans to implement these principles by creating new laboratories in the Carlson Library to house simulation and educational game development, learning innovations, and international connections. “Education is changing,” said assistant provost Sammy Spann. “The University is going to benefit from this by being more cutting edge and being ahead of the curve as universities across the nation are changing.” According to Khan’s lecture Tuesday night, what is now a global phenomenon started very small, with a request to be tutored from his cousin. The problem was this cousin lived in New Orleans, while Khan lived in Boston. After some lessons, Khan began to tutor his family and friends using a basic computer program he designed to help them learn. As he gained more and more pupils, a friend suggested that he put videos online to help others. “I originally thought it was a horrible idea,” Khan said. “I said ‘No, YouTube is for cats playing pianos.’” See Khan / 4 »
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This week in UT history 20 years ago: An automated telephone registration system should be in place for the fall of 1994, Dr. Judy Hample, vice president for academic affairs, said. 35 years ago: The start of construction on the University of Toledo’s $800,000 Centennial Mall will be delayed until next spring, James Brunner, chairman of the Campus Beautification Committee, said Wednesday.
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50 years ago: Twenty-nine entering freshmen have been chosen to initiate an Honors Program at the University of Toledo. The program will offer a special curriculum with more complicated courses than are ordinarily used in an undergraduate program.
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African Peoples Association
“I liked being able to sit in the grass and just listen to the music.” Catherine McGowan First-year Communication
Purpose: To unite and empower African students at The University of Toledo, while extending knowledge of African people and their cultures. Leaders: President Victor Aberdeen Jr. and Vice President Akeem Bale Upcoming events:
Drama Festival with The International Apostolic Church of Toledo in the Ingman Room Oct. 25. The AIDS Awareness Gala on Dec. 6. Learn more: You can contact the group through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter @UToledoAPA and Facebook at African Peoples Association (University of Toledo).
“Being with friends and Josh Gracin showing up behind me was shocking.” Jasmine Coombs
Second-year Political science
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Posters to be sold outside of Student Union next week
A wide variety of posters with images ranging from movies, art and music will be for sale on Sept. 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the ramp area of the Student Union. Full sized posters will be $4.99 each and Visa, MasterCard and Discover cards will be accepted. More information is available at www.beyondthewall.com.
Journalist to host lecture on renowned surgeon Author and journalist Wendy Moore will be giving a lecture titled “The Knife Man: Life and Times of John Hunter (1728-93) the Anatomist, Surgeon, Researcher, and Patron of Body Snatchers,” on Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. in the Health Education Building room 100 on the health science campus. Hunter was a well-known surgeon of eighteenth-century London, sometimes referred to as the father of modern surgery. This event is hosted by UT’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences and is part of the 5th annual S. Amjad Hussain visiting lectureship in the history of medicine and surgery. If interested, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419.383.5416 by Sept. 23. A reception will follow.
CROP Walk for Hunger at UT All Toledo community members are invited to participate Sunday, Oct. 13, in a walk to end hunger that begins at 3 p.m. in Rocket Hall. According to their website, CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. More information is available in Student Union Room 1533 or online at crophungerwalk.org.
What you need to know about studying abroad By Amaris Smith Staff Reporter
Have you ever thought about studying abroad and wondered what’s involved? To help answer those questions, the Center for International Studies and Programs is holding their third annual study abroad fair on Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Student Union auditorium from 11 a.m. to noon. International education specialist Michelle Ploeger said the purpose of the fair is to give the student an overview of what studying abroad has to offer them. “It’s first educating the student on the different options they have and then a self-reflection of what the student thinks is best for them,” she said. Ploeger said study abroad is a program where students attend school in a country outside the United States and receive academic credit. There are summer-long, semester-long and year-long programs in over 40 countries including Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Full-time students in good academic standing with at least 30 credit hours and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to participate. Ploeger said study abroad offers faculty-led programs where a UT professor can include the international component in their curriculum. An international marketing course utilizes this, and the entire class travels to Germany in the spring to visit specific sites that relate to material they learned in that subject area. Another UT-sponsored international program Ploeger mentioned is called the direct exchange program, which involves a UT student visiting a foreign institution while still paying UT tuition and receiving UT credit hours in exchange for a foreign student taking his/her place at UT. Fourth-year psychology major Erinn Oden went to Toledo, Spain, this past summer to enhance her language skills. “I love the Spanish language, culture and people,” Oden said. “A goal of mine is to be able to speak Spanish fluently, so I thought what better way to learn than to experience the native land first hand.” According to Ploeger, the average cost for a
UT student to study abroad ranges from $5,000 to $30,000 depending on the location and how long a student stays in the area. There are scholarships, grants and federal and state loans available to help make studying abroad affordable. The office of study abroad offers a travel grant to help defray international travel expenses such as flight cost. Students also have the option to fundraise and write letters asking for donations to help cover their expenses. “We advise students to plan one year in advance so it gives them time to think about what kind of experience they want to have, the best time to go, do they want to take courses within their minor, major or elective, and what they are willing to pay for this experience,” said Ploeger. Third-year communication major Frances Bradford will be going to Bangalore, India, in January after her previous faculty-led program experience. “I stayed a week in Haiti and one of the ladies showed us the new addition to her house and it was the size of my closet,” Bradford said. “It had no windows and it was all brick yet she was so happy and content because it was hers. I want that kind of appreciation towards life.” Depending on the location, students can live with a host family, in a campus residential hall or in a hotel or apartment, Ploeger said. According to data from 2011 to 2012, Ploeger said 250 students were able to study abroad and participate in various international activities while they were there. “Aside from going to class Monday through Friday, I participated in flamenco dance classes, watched traditional Spanish films, shopped at local markets, met the mayor and dined at authentic restaurants,” Oden said. “We also went on excursions to surrounding cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Candaleda where we learned tons about Spain’s history by visiting various museums.” Oden had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to her study abroad experience and took time to reflect on the opportunities it gave her. “My overall experience was great,” she said. “The thought of traveling overseas was mortifying to me, but I decided to overcome my
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Erinn Oden, a fourth-year psychology major, studied abroad in Toledo, Spain, this past summer to enhance her language skills.
fears and just do it. It’s one decision I will never forget.” Daily information sessions are held for students interested in studying abroad in Snyder Memorial Room 1100. Monday and Tuesday sessions are held from 11a.m. to noon, Wednesday and Thursday sessions from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday sessions from noon to 1 p.m.
UT pilots new online portfolio system with some colleges By Lindsay Mahaney Staff Reporter
A new computer program was introduced to the University of Toledo for the fall semester, allowing students to build a digital portfolio to market themselves for potential employers. Seelio is a website that will allow students to create and design a portfolio online that will display their accomplishments and allow potential employers to view their work via the web. Lakeesha Ransom, dean of the honors college, described the program as being a similar, but more dynamic version of LinkedIn. “It’s a professional way to network with people, but I
would say the difference is this certainly focuses on the student,” she said. Students start by listing their skills, career interests and uploading a photo of themselves. Then they are able to start uploading projects or essays they want to feature for potential employers to view. Once their work is uploaded, students are able to connect with other students who also worked S UDIO DP ST on the project and professors are able to feature their students’ work on their own pages. Ransom said the tool also goes hand-in-hand with Intern in Ohio, an internship match program piloted at UT last year. People hiring on the intern site can view the student’s work through Seelio
and make a better informed decision about who they want to employ, she said. “They’ll certainly have your resume, but a resume is sort of two dimensional,” Ransom said. “So to be able to showcase with pictures and having access to papers or specific works really allows the work to come alive.” At this time, students from the Jesup Scott Honors College and the College of Communication and the Arts, or CoCA, are piloting the program in several first-year experience courses and a few advanced communication and art courses. Melanie Munez, a fifthyear communication major, has set up a profile on the site and said she sees the value to both online and paper versions of resumes. At this time, Munez said she thinks the program is still
very new but it will be a beneficial tool once it becomes better known. “I think it’s a better form than the typical, traditional portfolio,” Munez said. “Honestly, I would like a hard copy as well, not just online. But being online does help you reach employers and lets them see your work right then and there rather than having to meet them in person.” Debra Davis, dean of CoCA, said programs that require a lot of projects and portfolios, such as CoCA and engineering, will use the program most effectively. Davis said the first-year experience classes are using the site as a “learning tool” to become accustomed to the campus and to online resources at UT. “Some of them are doing really well with it,” she said.
“I think we’ll see in the end if it’s a piece that benefited the process or if it’s another piece that just became too much to handle.” Davis said she really enjoys the hands-on approach and the company’s ability to
“push boundaries” to further innovation while working with UT. “I think this is a great opportunity and we’ll see where it’s going to work, and where it’s not going to work as well,” she said.
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and it really shouldn’t be,” Miller said. “Other people should not be involved in any decision making, or legislating any woman’s uterus.” On the other side, Beer began working for Created Equal immediately after graduation from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She said she was compelled to work with an anti-abortion group after she saw a video in
high school showing abortion procedures, something she said she “couldn’t believe was happening in America.” “The way they’re being killed — they’re being dismembered, decapitated and disemboweled. It’s a violent death and it’s happening on a mass scale. A lot of Americans are dying,” Beer said. Created Equal is Columbus based, but is aiming to expand to a nationally recognized level, according to their official website. They encourage students to organize their own poster
showings and protests at their college campuses. Alex Foulke, a first year electrical engineering major, said he appreciated the antiabortion protest. He said he found the posters graphic but accurate. “I hadn’t known of the group beforehand,” Foulke said. “But I helped them set up.” Foulke said he stayed with the group for about an hour and volunteered with the placement of the display when he learned Created Equal’s stance. Ernest Daniel, a secondyear psychology major, was walking with a friend when he saw the protestors. He is currently taking a class called Life Span Development, a class he said helped form his opinion. He said, had he known more about the event, he would have joined UTFA. “I like the idea of protesting the protest. I feel it was a
wise idea,” Daniel said. At the same event, UTFA handed out a total of 800 free condoms to students that passed by, according to the group’s Facebook page. Alcy Barakat, a former UTFA member and a public health graduate student, said she was proud of the group’s “willingness to do what other people don’t want to do, being the face of a conflict.” Barakat said she accepted Created Equal’s right to free speech on campus — just not their message. “It’s called pro-choice, not pro-abortion,” Barakat said. “There is a choice to be made, and you don’t have to choose to have an abortion. The circumstances of each woman should be the dictating factor in that decision.” “But there is no right or wrong answer,” she added. “There’s such a large gray area. I’m not pro-abortion; I’m pro-whatever is best for the woman.”
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However, this small step was the beginning of a process that developed Khan’s “One World Schoolhouse” concept — an education system that uses technology, including online videos and lessons, to help students learn more efficiently. But pure online experiences will never fully replace a physical one, said Khan. He said these virtual tools are intended to be used as a way to free up class time so students can do more engaging activities. It’s a concept that Scarborough wants UT to be known for. “What we are trying to do,” Scarborough said, “is to take students who come to UT with all different types of educational backgrounds and try to tailor the educational experience for each person to optimize their
learning.” Student Government President Emily Kramp was enthusiastic about the new education project. “One of the best things about utilizing technology is how it empowers the student lead their own education,” Kramp said. Other students were also excited about utilizing technology to aid student needs. “Professors have hundreds of students and it can be difficult for them to focus on students individually,” said Atul Vij, a secondyear pre-med student. Miranda Vargas, firstyear chemical engineering student, said that she finds Khan Academy very useful in her studies. “I use the program for calc because I have a teacher I don’t quite understand all the time,” Vargus said. “Some teachers teach differently than I’m used to, and I know other students are in the same boat.” Khan is the first of four guests who will visit UT this academic year as a part of the Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series. Other speakers include James Carville, political consultant, on Monday, Nov. 18; Richard Rumelt, business strategy expert, on Monday, Jan. 13; and Michael Crow, Arizona State University President, on March 10. Each lecture will take place in the Doermann Theatre at 7 p.m.
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ing majors, he added. Kuderik urged students to attend the concert to support the music department and to hear the ensembles play a variety of music. “The historical significance of the pieces being played is worth going to hear,” Stumbo said. The concert will take place Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. in the Doermann Theatre at University Hall and admission is free and open to the public.
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Women’s golf records 9thplace finish
UT played through wet conditions on Sunday to maintain its 9th-place standing entering Monday’s play at Michigan State’s Mary Fossum Invitational. Toledo finished with a team score of 66-over par 930 (312301-317) and was led by the sophomore tandem of Sathika Ruenreong and Morgan Salm. Ruenreong had UT’s best round of the day, carding a four-over par 76 to finish at 16-over par 232 (79-77-76) and tied for 34th place. Salm finished her first tournament in the Rocket lineup by matching Ruenreong at 16-over 232 (78-75-79). Sophomore Manisa Isavas also shot a 79 and tied for 58th place at 24over par 240 (82-79-79). The Rockets will have three weeks off before they return to the course, attending The Preview in Fishers, Ind. on Oct. 7-8.
Detmer again named player of the week The Mid-American Conference named junior kicker Jeremiah Detmer West division player of the week for a second consecutive week after his performance in Toledo’s 33-21 win over Eastern Washington on Sept. 14. Detmer tied the school record previously set by Alex Steigerwald in 2007-08 with a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter – his second field goal of the night. Detmer’s streak ended later in the game when he missed a 35-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Four of Detmer’s seven kickoffs went for touchbacks.
Former golfer to compete in USGA event Former Rocket golfer Allison Schultz has been chosen to represent the state of Ohio in this week’s United States Golf Association State Team Championship. Schultz will be a member of Ohio’s threeperson team in the USGA State Team Competition at the NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio starting Tuesday, Sept. 17. She is currently a volunteer assistant for the University of Toledo women’s golf program. Schultz won the 2012 Ohio Women’s Amateur title and graduated last spring with a degree in exercise science. “It is a great honor for Allison to represent the state of Ohio in this competition,” Toledo head coach Nicole Hollingsworth said in a UT release. “As a former Ohio Amateur champion, she is used to playing in pressure situations. We are very proud that a Toledo alumnus as well as our current volunteer assistant will be there to represent us.”
Staudt places 32nd in World Triathlon Former swimmer Gillian Staudt placed 32nd in the 20-24 female age group at the PruHealth World Triathlon Grand Final in London, England on Sunday, Sept. 15. “It was such a fun and exciting race to bike and run all around London,” Staudt said. “It was definitely my favorite race to date by far. It was an incredible feeling knowing I was representing my country, and hearing complete strangers chant U-S-A throughout the race. I have met so many people from around the world and this is an experience I will never forget.”
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Volleyball team drops two of three over the weekend The University of Toledo women’s volleyball team increased their record to 4-3 at this past weekend’s YSU Invitational, with victories over St. Francis and Youngstown State and a loss to Tulane. To read this story, visit www.independentcollegian.com.
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Toledo and Central Michigan battling injuries heading into MAC opener Terrance Owens listed as questionable with sprained knee By Jay Skebba Sports Editor
Observers of this Saturday’s game between the University of Toledo and Central Michigan football teams may be pondering a similar question: who are these guys? Both the Rockets (1-2) and the Chippewas (1-2) have been bit by the injury bug, especially at the quarterback position. Terrance Owens is officially listed as questionable for UT’s Mid-American Conference opener after suffering a sprained knee last Saturday in a 33-21 victory over Eastern Washington. He was carted off and returned to the sidelines with a pair of crutches. “We’re really fortunate with what did occur — the fact that there was no tear or rupture or anything like that in there,” said UT head coach Matt Campbell at his weekly Monday press conference. “[It’s] just a sprain and certainly something that he can come back from. A lot of it just depends on his ability to get back.” Campbell said that Owens was able to “move around” on Sunday and even ran some, which is a positive sign for his playing prospects. He also said he thinks Owens “certainly has a chance to play this week,” but the task of going from crutches to cleats in seven days could prove too arduous. If that’s the case, the Rockets will again turn to freshman Logan Woodside at QB, who stepped in for Owens last Saturday and completed 14-of-24 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, and didn’t turn the ball over. Woodside graduated early from Franklin County High
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Freshman quarterback Logan Woodside scrambles against Eastern Washington during UT’s 33-21 victory Saturday night at the Glass Bowl. Woodside entered the game near the end of the first quarter after Terrance Owens went down with a sprained knee. Woodside completed 14-of-24 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown.
School in Frankfort, Ky., and joined the team in January to participate in spring ball, getting a leg up on the competition for the backup job. He lost just three games as a four-year starter in high school. “We’re really fortunate that we have a guy in Logan that we feel really comfortable with,” Campbell said. “I thought it was great experience for Logan and a great opportunity to get him in a tight-knit football game. It certainly wasn’t in hand and he needed to perform. I
If you go... What: Toledo (1-2) at Central Michigan (1-2) Where: Kelly/Shorts Stadium — Mount Pleasant, Mich. When: Saturday at noon TV: ABC Radio: AM 1370 Spread: Off the board Key for UT: If Woodside is forced into duty, he must protect the football. Toledo can’t afford turnovers. Prediction: The Rockets can and should win this game even without Owens. UT wins, 30-21.
thought he did some admirable things in his three quarters.” When Woodside first traded the headset for a helmet near the end of the first quarter, Campbell admitted he called a more conservative game plan to ease the youngster into the game. That changed at halftime when Woodside wanted to take some chances through the air. “I tried to do that on Saturday and he yelled at me on the sideline,” Campbell said with a smile. “At halftime, he
just said, ‘Coach, let’s open it up. I’m ready to go and you can trust me.’ Sure enough, he was right. He wants to play. He’s a guy who wants the ball in his hands and wants to make plays.” Like most freshmen suddenly pressed into duty, Woodside appeared a little hesitant at first. Some of his teammates took it upon themselves to settle him down. “Me, Bernard Reedy and Alonzo Russell were jokSee MAC Opener / 6 »
Forward Rachel MacLeod leaving behind impressive legacy as she wraps up career By Blake Bacho
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Legacy: the word head soccer coach Brad Evans used when asked to describe senior forward Rachel MacLeod’s playing career at the University of Toledo. It’s a career full of accolades. MacLeod was the 2010 Mid-American Conference freshman of the year, the 2011 offensive player of the year and a two-time offensive player of the week. She has several mentions in the UT record book, and is one of only eight players in Rocket history to register a hat trick. The three-goal game occurred earlier this season, when MacLeod was the only Rocket to score in UT’s 3-2 win over No. 22 Pepperdine. It’s also a career full of success. The 5-7 senior was part of two MAC regular season championship teams, a conference tournament title and UT’s most recent NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. MacLeod has started in 61 of 70 matches while at UT, leading last year’s team in goals, assists, total points, shots and match-winning scores. She is currently leading the league in goals scored (5) and is tied for first in total points (10) and contestwinning scores (2). But mostly, for both her and Evans, MacLeod’s career has been a process, one that hasn’t always been smooth but has definitely been exciting. “It has been a journey for
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Senior forward Rachel MacLeod is tied for the league lead in goals scored with five in Toledo’s first six games. She recorded a hat trick Sept. 8 against No. 22 Pepperdine to help the Rockets score their first victory in program history over a ranked team.
sure,” MacLeod said. “It has had its ups and downs and I think what I really take from it is the relationships I have built here.” MacLeod enters her final season in Toledo as a phenomenal scorer, growing leader, and — in her coach’s opinion — one of the best players to have ever gone through the program. “I think when it is all said and done she will have had
one of the most successful careers of any player here,” Evans said. “That is certainly noteworthy. Personally I have a good relationship with Rachel. It hasn’t always been smooth, but I am excited to see the ways in which she has grown on the field, but more importantly off the field.” For MacLeod, the growth of her leadership skills, as well as her play, can be largely attributed to Evans and his
coaching philosophies. “He has been a huge impact on that process,” she said. “He has challenged me from the first time I set foot on the Toledo campus and I have been better for it. He has thrown obstacles in front of me that I have had to overcome, and I think it helps you build as a person and as a player as well. “He really helps you identify obstacles and helps you
find the process to get over them. He has really taught me a lot.” MacLeod hopes to use what Evans has taught her to help the Rockets, which have started the season off with a much depleted roster. UT is 2-4 this year, having already lost five players due to injury. “There are going to be a lot of obstacles,” MacLeod said. “There are going to be people getting injured and even if they are some of your best players you can overcome those things. That is what this team is about, overcoming those obstacles.” MacLeod believes her position on the field as a forward, as well as her leadership abilities, put her in a perfect spot to help her team overcome those challenges. And it wasn’t until the end of her high school days that MacLeod began to fit the mold of the big-play forward she would become at Toledo. “I actually played midfield my whole life,” she said. “I still got some goals, but I wasn’t the primary goal scorer for my team. It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I was just a forward and I scored a lot of goals that year, so that was when I kind of realized I could be a scorer.” MacLeod scored a teamleading 24 goals as senior cocaptain of Westerville Central High School. She was a fouryear letter winner in soccer, as well as a two-year winner in track and field. MacLeod even had some time to try an See MacLeod / 6 »
| The Independent Collegian | Wednesday, September 18, 2013 CROSS COUNTRY
Men’s and women’s cross country each place seven runners in top 10 in BG By Marcus Dodson Sports Reporter
The University of Toledo men’s and women’s cross country teams placed seven runners in the top 10 at Friday’s meet at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener in Bowling Green, Ohio. This was the second race for Toledo’s new head coach Linh Nguyen who had previously coached the last 12 seasons at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The length of the men’s race was identical to the Mid-American Conference Championship on Nov. 2, but 1,000 meters shorter than the women’s championship race. The women’s team placed five runners in the top 10 and nine runners in the top 25. Junior runner Brooke Tullis posted a time of 17:34.69 in the 5K race giving her 3rd place in the meet and junior Megan Gaysunas finished with the same time giving her fourth place on a tiebreaker. Gaysunas and junior Priscilla Timmons finish fifth and sixth in that respective order by less than a second a part. Juniors Liz Weiler and Megan Wright rounded off the top ten by finishing eighth and tenth in that order. “They gave us a good consistent performance and gave us a great look to see how they are doing with their training and I personally was pleased in what I saw,” said Nguyen. The women, who finished 28th as a team in last year’s NCAA Cross Country
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ing with him a little bit just to lighten him up so he wouldn’t be tense out there,” said senior running back David Fluellen. “You could kind of tell he was a little nervous out there at first, but eventually he loosened up. When we got the signals from the sideline, I was joking with him and said, ‘Hey, what was the signal?’ Just to make sure he remembered.” Fluellen sat out the entire fourth quarter Saturday with a slight ankle injury. He was on crutches and his left foot was in a walking boot Monday, but both he and Campbell said it was entirely precautionary and Fluellen will play Saturday. Healthy or not, the Rockets have used four running backs already this season. Junior Cassius McDowell made his first appearance against Eastern Washington coming back from a minor injury.
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Junior Priscilla Timmons finished in 6th place at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener in Bowling Green, Ohio last Friday with a time of 17:35.07.
Championship, has high expectations again in this current season, including winning the MAC championship on Nov 2. “That’s our goal, we don’t want to go in there and shoot for 7th or 8th; we want to get to the point where we are winning the MAC and to do that we need to start moving up.” Nguyen said. The men’s team had two top-10 finishers and six top25 finishers. Junior Jake Kasperski finished 4th with a time of 25:29.82 in the 8K race and his teammate Hillary Serem finished 7th with a time of 25:45.68. The two worked with each other the entire
race until the last 1,000 meters or so when Kasperski made a break for the top 3. “I was really happy with the weekend; it was the first race for many of the runners and I was really pleased on how they handled themselves during the race, competing at a high level this early in the season,” Nguyen said. Junior Adam Smercina finished 12th with a time of 26:06.15. The team’s overall score was not kept during Friday’s meet. Both teams are off until Oct. 5 when they will compete in Bethlehem, Pa., for the Paul Short Run.
Redshirt freshman Damion Jones-Moore also made his 2013 debut Saturday and true freshman Kareem Hunt continued to get carries. Campbell expects all four to see playing time against CMU. For the Chips, their injury issues are much deeper. Starting RB Zurlon Tipton broke his ankle in the season opener at Michigan and has been lost for the year. Tipton ran for 1,497 yards and scored 19 total touchdowns in 2012. He was the nation’s seventh-best returning rusher. His replacement, sophomore Saylor Lavallii, has carried the ball 49 times for 210 yards. “Certainly the young man they had was ultra talented and this guy certainly has great talent too,” Campbell said. “He runs with great persistence and his run in the New Hampshire game sprung it wide open late in
the game.” Central Michigan will also be without starting quarterback Cody Kater, who will miss at least a couple more weeks with a broken collarbone, also sustained against the Wolverines. Freshman Cooper Rush, who Kater narrowly beat out for the job in fall camp, will be the starter on Saturday. He has completed 42-of-78 (54 percent) for 591 yards, four TDs and two picks. The Rockets enter MAC play with the usual goal in mind — win the league title. “We have to pick the intensity up a bit,” Fluellen said. “We know going into conference play, especially on the West side, we’re going to get everybody’s best shot. We can’t lose a game if we’re trying to get to our goal, which is the MAC Championship.” Kickoff is set for noon in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
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extreme sport. “Back in high school I was in the snowboarding club,” she explained. “I used to go up to Mansfield and on snow trails and stuff. “I love snowboarding but I have not gone since I have been in college because I don’t want to risk getting hurt or anything. Coach wouldn’t really be happy about that,” she joked. But after this fall season ends and MacLeod’s final stats are entered into the UT record books, it will still be the journey and the friends she has made that she will remember most. “The girls are amazing, the coaching staff is amazing, and I think I have just taken in everything since I have been here,” she said. “Championships are great, but it all comes with the process and what I have really enjoyed is that process of getting there and I think that every step of the way I have learned more and more.”
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MacLeod said she has not decided on what to do after her UT career, but hasn’t ruled out continuing to play soccer professionally.
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A revolution in teaching Change in education is possible, and UT can be a part of it
Imagine a world where students learn every day, where they crave learning and teachers are not rule-keepers but rather partners in learning. In this world, homework is easy and fun, and class is filled with plenty of interaction between each student and their teacher. It’s a world where creativity is encouraged; innovation is a daily exercise and learning runs rampant. This isn’t some vague utopian idea — it’s happening in select places right now, and it’s just within our society’s reach. This week, Salman Khan came to the University of Toledo to discuss his innovative educational ideas that use technology to assist students and teachers in the classroom. He’s being called a revolutionary, with his Khan Academy learning system available online and his ideas published in the book, “One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.” Many, especially at UT, Is the best we can have a tendency to boil do for our children down Kahn’s methodology to “flipped classrooms” — a a space-age pen class in which lectures or lecture-like material is purwith which they sued by the student outside can sign their own the classroom, and what is death certificate? usually given as homework is worked on in class with the assistance of the professor and other students in the class. But Khan’s ideas are making waves for much more than this. The true meat of his system lies less in the application of it, and more in the ideas that made these innovations a reality. Khan’s true power is his willingness to admit that our entire education system needs to be renovated from the bottom up. Innovation to the educational system would lead to advancements for both students and professors. Some ways it will improve the system include — • Students will be able to watch and process lectures whenever it is convenient for them. They won’t have to listen to an 8 a.m. lecture when they had stayed up until 4 a.m. cramming for an exam in another class. They can watch the lecture, pause it to take notes, and move on when they are ready. Students have the opportunity to learn at a time that is best for them. • With the new system, professors will not have to use their free time preparing lectures. In an ideal situation, they will use their time reviewing how to do the work so they will be able to help students with questions. • Professors will have more time to work individually with students. Homework is done in class, during what used to be lecture time. Students won’t have to wait until their professor’s office hours to get the help they need. • Because students can get the help they need in class, they can also advance at their own rate. Before, all students had to move on to different topics even if they weren’t ready to. Now they can use their time to work longer on the subjects that they need more help in. The students who are more advanced will be able to surpass, or even help, other students instead of having to stay at the same pace. Our current system of education is a machine of un-learning. It’s a slow, destructive process that squeezes the creativity and passion for knowledge systematically out of each student forced through its entry bay. Think that’s too dramatic? Think back to the last 300-person lecture you dragged yourself to, full of dread because you knew that you would be forced to play a sick game of, “Will I fall asleep or mentally wander off before I learn anything?” Why do we think it’s OK to believe that learning is painful, or that knowledge is a prize only saved for the select few? For the lucky? Salman Khan is at this time presenting a school of thought we’ve seen in different forms for decades. One example is Montessori schools. But now we have the technology to capitalize on this thought, to bring it to the masses, and to revolutionize our society. As a global community, we have accepted this axiom of the future: If we do not innovate, if we refuse to evolve, if we turn a blind eye to broken systems, then we collectively resign to failure. We apply this thought process to business, to technology, to so many of our social customs. Yet up until now, we have barely scratched the surface of progress when it comes to arguably the most essential system to our survival as a species — education: the process with which we fashion the minds and learning patterns of those who will inherit the Earth. Look around. The technologies we have now accepted as commonplace in our society are revolutionary — they have transformed our social patterns, our work places, our lives. How is it logical that we have embraced these immensely innovative tools in every arena except for the one that affects our capacity to grow mentally? The most broadly-accepted forms of “technological innovations” to be found in “state-of-the art classrooms” are really no more than a digital chalkboard and an electronic notebook sans the No. 2 pencil. We’re just adding wires to the same trappings we’ve been using for hundreds of years. Is the best we can do for our children a space-age pen with which they can sign their own death certificate? We have all these tools available to us, but we use them incredibly inefficiently, simply because we are too scared to innovate, to question, to experiment. We have a Ferrari in the garage, but we’re using it to deliver trash to the dumpster. We have a duty to come to a consensus as a country that our education system is broken, and to put aside petty political and emotional differences to fix it — because our future is at stake. We all need to begin to ask, “Why is this run this way, and how can we make it run better?” And happily, there are those with the beginning of that answer. Now it’s our turn to accept these answers, and turn them into realities.
Where’s my dinner? Starbucks seems to be the only thing sion. I used at least two meal swipes campus and during football games than that keeps me awake when I cram a day, four days a week, at Rocky’s providing later dining hours to them. for exams that I have to take in the Grill alone; now I walk past Rocky’s Drinking on campus seems to carry morning. I arrived on campus around Pub and there are usually about five more value than the student dining 9 p.m. earlier this semester people inside. experience which, to me, seems nonto find out that the With classes all day and sensical. The new Huntington Bank is dining hours have meetings on campus later very resourceful, but it wasn’t necessary changed and the than 8 p.m., I don’t want to place it in the middle of the Student Starbucks in the to leave campus to eat or Union where other restaurant opportuStudent Union get my coffee fix. I use my nities could’ve taken its position, when is no longer an own money to pay for the we already have one on campus by option at night. meal plan that I can bareBarnes & Noble and several ATMs. Imagine my reacly use because my schedThe Student Union is one of the most tion, as well as the ule doesn’t seem compatipopular buildings that I walk through reactions of other ble to what seems “efficient” during my day. Whether it’s early in the students, when we for UT. How much of a cost morning or late at night, the availability suddenly came to rewould it be to have Student of dining hours will not fit the needs of alize the convenient Union dining options open every student, but it should be suitable meal stops in the two hours later for access to the majority. As a student looking IC COLUMNIST Student Union, and to students at how changes around my beloved Starand staff? campus affect me, I I use my own bucks, are no longer It seems think it is important available for late night dining. that the cost of keeping money to pay for to have access to the I’m a full time student and I have a the stations open later food that I am paying the meal plan job. I have no time to run home or go would be less than the thousands of dollars for. that I can barely off campus to get food. A decrease in profit each business It may seem beneficial hours at Starbucks or Subway from 10 would make. to those who make use because my p.m. closing to 8 p.m. makes a huge difAs the school year the changes, probably schedule doesn’t ference to me. continues, new decibecause it doesn’t affect The Student Union dining area sions for the University seem compatible them as much. A small currently consists of Croutons, of Toledo need to be change in dining hours to what seems Magic Wok, KFC, Subway, Phoenicia, made, but it seems may not be important “efficient” for UT. Rocky’s Pub, and Starbucks. Rocky’s like nobody cares who to one person, yet can Pub, what was one of the most these decisions affect mean so much to anpopular dining venues in the Student at the end of the day. other — like me. Union, no longer takes meal swipes Apparently it’s more important for Paris Black is a fourth-year majoring — which is a completely idiotic decistudents to be able to buy alcohol on in English.
It isn’t equal if it’s sometimes Editor’s note: This column contains make this blatantly obvious. We preadult language. tend to live in harmony, where the dark When people ask me where tones of your skin or the rainbow I’m from, I always flag you wave are viewed say “a cornfield near with ‘colorblind’ eyes — Columbus.” In all until the black guy gets honesty, that’s a in the elevator with you very deceiving and you end up clutchanswer, because ing your purse tighter where I’m from is a than ever, or when the microcosm of what two young men kissing America really is. goodbye start infringing There isn’t a womon the blessed vows of en’s bathroom at the heterosexual marriage. athletic training center Since when did Jesus at my high school. start only loving Mitt Gay couples can’t go to Romney and the rest of prom together unless the straight, white repubDIRECTOR OF they out themselves to licans? If it’s not okay to PHOTOGRAPHY the school officials and judge a book by its cover, get permission slips why do people still judge signed by their parents. others by the color of their skin? Two and a half years ago, one of the Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, two black families in my school district Jr. promoted civil rights and Harvey Milk had a cross burned in their yard. advocated gay rights; all of them died as If you really look at American socimartyrs for their cause to advance equality. ety, what you see is that Title IX, Prop6,222 hate crimes occurred in the osition 8 and the 14th Amendment are U.S. in 2011. According to the latest just fancy words on paper that have yet report from the FBI, 46.9% of the hate to instill themselves in the minds of the crimes were based on race and 20.8% average American. The kid that burned were based on sexual orientation. the cross in that black family’s yard, less Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice than three miles from my house, was anywhere is a threat to justice everycharged with five misdemeanors and where,” and I wholeheartedly believe sat less than 15 people away from me at that. I stopped living with my parents my high school graduation a year later. because I was tired of my father calling The truth is America is still racist, one of my best friends a “faggot nigger” sexist and homophobic. The recent acand I was not allowed to see any of my quittal of George Zimmerman should friends who happened to be gay.
If you really look at American society, what you see is that Title IX, Proposition 8 and the 14th Amendment are just fancy words on paper that have yet to instill themselves in the minds of the average American. Being around women doesn’t make you less of a man, just as being around straight people doesn’t make you any less gay. If people truly sat down and thought about the logic they are using to base their prejudice and discrimination, they would have to see the blatant fallacies. As Cady Heron said in Mean Girls, “Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George’s life definitely didn’t make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.” And we have so many problems in front of us, in my hometown, at the University of Toledo and in America in general. We need to stand together united rather than have people divided by their beliefs. Jackie Kellett is a second-year double majoring in law and social thought and art history, and is the director of photography at The Independent Collegian.
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Running toward a color explosion By Olivia Contreras
according to Adams. CMR Toledo will accept as many participants as possible. About 3,000 to 4,000 The color-filled 5K, Color Me Rad, people are expected to attend the race, will be here at the University of Toledo Adams said. It is recommended, if signing Sunday, Sept. 22, coating the streets and up on the day of the event, to come early sidewalks of campus with an array of and allow time to register. color bombs. The current registration fee to sign-up The Color Me Rad run, which has coined itself, “the race that has been ruin- to run is $50. The first thousand UT students to sign-up for the race will receive ing all other 5K’s since 2012” has taken 25 percent off of the registration packet, place all over the country and internaAdams said. tionally. CMR will provide each registered “At the end it’s like a color rainbow explosion; it’s pretty cool,” said John Adams, participant with CMR swag like a white t-shirt, sunglasses, and a runner bib. associate director for dual enrollment. There is no age-limit for those parMany of the cities have sold out this ticipating; everyone can run as long as year, but the Toledo run is still open for they sign a waiver. The website compares registration. this event to a food fight The run will be held without food. at Carter Field at UT If you go According to their ofand the start line will ficial website it is “a race be at the most northWhat: Color Me Rad 5k with no glory for the vicwest parking lots on run. tor and no shame for the campus. There will be Where: University of loser — only large slops four waves of runners Toledo Carter Field. Lines of color plastered all over on Sunday starting at start in northwest parking you and your friends’ 9 a.m. and going to 10 lots. smiling faces.” a.m. When: Sept. 22 at 9 a.m. The runners will start “This is the first time Sponsored by: Color with their plain white tee we have hosted this Me Rad and throughout the run specific type of color Color Bombs of blue, run,” said Meghan green, purple, pink, and Cunningham, a media yellow will coat the participants until they relations specialist at UT. come out of the finish line. “It’s starting at Carter Field, winding The “color” involved in these races through McComas Village, and going is 100% non-toxic, non-rash inducing into the mall so it should be off the main colored cornstarch. The website insists roadways of campus.” that “these blasts of starch will change There will be open lots to park for free. your color and your demeanor but never A complete parking map will be available your safety or health.” Each section of the at packet pickup which is on Sept. 21 at run will add a new explosion of color via the UT Recreation Center. different types of firing devices like color Runners have the choice to sign up at packet pickup day, or the actual day of the bombs, cannons and mortars. The CMR website says the race is comevent if it has not sold-out, or online. ing “with a tsunami of color that’ll make Though UT is the location of the race, colored tears of joy run down your cheeks it is not the organizer, Cunningham said. and will renew your will to live.” The Color Me Rad organization will Every runner will also get one color give a portion of the money from the bomb right before the finish line for the registration to the Arts Commissions, finale color throw. The website mentions Habitat for Humanity and Scrap for Art. that participants do not have to bring “Everybody has been really working and potentially ruin their cameras or together to make this work,” said Adams, phones; CMR takes plenty of pictures that one of the administrators responsible for are available for purchase on the website coordinating with Color Me Rad. “The shortly after the run. collaboration on campus and all of us No need to fear about the colored working together has been fantastic.” cornstarch staining your bodies — a UT is the second university to have the nice long shower and some perseverance Color Me Rad race behind Virginia Tech, Staff Reporter
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Participants in the Color Me Rad 5K run are splashed with a mixture of different colors. The runners wear white t-shirts that become stained throughout the event. Proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity, Scrap4art and The Arts Commission.
should make the color come right off. For those with very light-colored hair it helps to add some leave-in conditioner, olive oil or coconut oil for extra protection. “It’s not necessarily a race to test your athletic ability as much as just to have fun,” Adams said. “Go out and have a
good time; that’s why most people sign up for it.” For further information on the race, visit CMR Toledo’s website at http://www. colormerad.com/ where a downloadable packet on what to expect on race day is available.
| The Independent Collegian | Wednesday, September 18, 2013 FASHION
Stay comfortable in style: Don’t let them see you sweat
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Dress up sweatpants for a casual but professional look Lately the weather has been rolling dice and gambling with the temperatures at the expense of everyone’s health. I am currently a victim of the indecisive weather and I just want to crawl into bed and sleep. We all have those days where we aren’t feeling the best, nothing is going right and on top of that, there are still deadlines to meet. The average person might say forget everything, throw on sweat pants, and walk out the door. Despite my “no FASHION EDITOR sweatpants policy,” the comfort wear is starting to evolve into a new fashion category, convincing me to buy a pair. There are several ways to tidy up the disheveled look and transform it into an O.O.T.D. (Outfit of the Day) that will never let them see you sweat.
Men especially can use outerwear to their advantage, since there are only so many shoes or accessories to choose from. If you have a jam-packed day with class, work or several meetings, putting on a blazer or nicer jacket with a more fitted pair of sweats can add versatility to your look and prepare you for any situation. Women can use a khaki/army fatigue jacket, a blazer, or an oversized scarf. Fedoras, bowler hats, and even fashionable Kangols can accent comfort wear for both genders, and can draw the attention from your lower body to your face. For this look, stay away from beanies, skullies, 5-panel and fitted caps. Pairing these with your sweats might become a negative accessory, giving off that scruffy “I just want to go home” vibe.
Footwear may be one of the main factors that define the genre of an outfit. Instantly you can go from sporty to girly just by changing your shoes. To accompany my sweatpants, I decided to wear heels. As crazy as it might sound, this is a great match that says On-the-Go Chic. The look reads comfort, but lets people know that my sophistication is here to stay. Rihanna sports sweat pants with heels els and is often accredited with the trend. Wearing fitted sweat nts is another way to keep pants herr edgy look while being mfortable at the same time. comfortable m not crazy enough I’m to wear 5-inch heels to class, so I chose a nding open toe kittrending ten heel which can be dered from Zooordered oo.com for $25. Shoo.com The ideal sweats for this look are ffed cuff ed at the bottom,
Try wearing unconventional fabrics. Leather sweats (I’m still searching for a pair) are comfortable and stylish. You might be thinking, ”I would be burning up in leather,” but this isn’t the case. On the contrary, you might appreciate the ventilation of leather sweats as the weather changes. Leather sweats have a lining on the inside that prevents your skin from sticking to the fabric or chafing. They are also more likely to be faux-leather, so the sweats will be much roomier than real leather. Traditional harem sweatpants are another unconventional alternative. They vary from having a deep pouch that reaches the back of the calf to a short pouch stopping at the upper thigh area. Your legs will be able to breathe and you can play with different designs. If you’re feeling a little gutsy, try sequined harem pants. They can be worn in the day time to add a splash of pizzazz to your style, and transform into a quick night life fit. With just a few adjustments to a scrub wardrobe, you won’t lose yourself in the midst of a bad day, and you just might receive some envious stares for being so stylish but comfy at the same time.
creating a fitted sweat pant. I found mine at H&M for $10. If you have sweats that are not cuffed at the bottom, you can always roll them about two inches up or use elastic bracelets. Not everyone wants to sport heels on campus, even if they are only two inches tall. You can also pair these sweats with a nice pair of ankle/combat boots or a dressier flat.
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