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Parking system fixed, warnings issued By Sura Khuder News Editor

UT will begin enforcing parking citations next week. The license plate recognition system implemented at the beginning of the semester is now functioning, according to Joy Gramling, director of auxiliary services. The license plate scanner was not functioning because

the system needed to be built into the software required to run the program The two-part system is composed of a scanning device and online registration system. Gramling said the system experienced technical issues when the two components could not communicate with each other. Due to the malfunction in the software, the license plate system had not been able to scan

New medical simulation center to come to HSC

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The Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center that will be built on the HSC will be the only one of its kind in the nation. By Danielle Gamble Copy Chief

The University of Toledo and ProMedica have partnered to build a new facility that will “help revolutionize health education.” Plans for the “Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center” involve constructing a three-story building to house three different forms of learning, including a progressive anatomy and surgical skills center, an advanced simulation center and a virtual immersive reality center. “There’s nothing else like it in the country to my knowledge,” said Jeff Gold, UT chancellor and executive vice president for biosciences and health affairs. The center will be built next to UT’s Center for Creative Education Building on the Health Science Campus. Ben Stobbe, administrative director and business manager of the IISC, said one of the most important aspects of this concept will be that students from a variety of medical branches will be able to work together before they enter the field. “The goal behind the [IISC] is

“ Nico Covarrubias Soph., anthropology

bringing other people together to do simulation training together so they’re learning what each other’s roles are and they’re starting that communication and it’s built into a scenario,” Stobbe said. Pamela Boyers, senior adviser to the chancellor for the advancement of interprofessional education and executive director for simulation, believes this new center will advance health care and improve patient safety. “We want to be able to serve the region and become a national and global destination,” Boyers said. Gold said UT has signed a memorandum of understanding to be validated by the Ohio Attorney General. This will allow ProMedica to donate up to $18 million dollars to match UT’s contribution to the project, which is composed of a combination of cash and materials. This $36 million deal will not be enough to sustain the project according to Stobbe, but there are plans in place to combat the deficit. This means allowing — Simulation, Page A2

for registered vehicles since the beginning of the semester. The Information Technology staff has been working with parking enforcement to get the ticketing component of the system up for the duration of the semester. They made progress fixing the system last Monday, when the first warnings were issued. Last year between Aug. 2 and Oct. 15, parking enforcement

issued 5,156 permit-related citations, generating approximately $154,465 in revenue. This year, exactly 12,268 students and 4,521 employees purchased parking permits between the months of August and September. In an email, Gramling said UT will not be refunding students for permits they’ve purchased because UT charges for the ability to park on campus.

Some students, however, feel they should receive a refund. “We are paying for a service that is only working for less than half of the semester,” said Mike Bolan, a first-year pharmacy student. Other students thought parking was not as hectic this year and it would not make sense for the university to refund

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UT will not be issuing refunds for parking fees.

Veteran’s flag stolen for the fourth time By Sura Khuder News Editor

When Richard Crawford bolted an American flag on his front porch last summer, he secured it tightly to prevent thieves from stealing his flag again. This extra effort was not enough for the Korean War veteran, whose flag was stolen for the fourth time in four years. “This was all pure disrespect — it wasn’t just disrespect for me, but for every G.I. that has fallen since The Revolution,” Crawford said. Crawford began flying the American flag in honor of friends who died in combat. “They used to say ‘many gave some, but some gave all,’ and I hang my flag for the ones who gave all,” he said. The 76-year-old is a resident of the Bancroft Hills neighborhood, east of UT’s Main Campus. His flag was stolen on

Oct. 30 and Crawford said the thieves managed to rip the flag from the bolt and post. Crawford said he was so outraged he went to neighbors he suspected stole his flag and threatened to fight. “I may be old, but I know how to fight – I haven’t forgotten my military training,” Crawford said. “You have to take a stand for yourself or things won’t change.” He said although his flags have consistently been stolen, it won’t prevent him from putting up another one in the future. Crawford said he plans on installing security cameras to identify the thief. He said he is short on funds right now, but will press charges if a thief is identified. Crawford said while he understands college students can be “wild,” admitting he partied when he was younger, students in his neighborhood are out of hand.

“I did wild things, but never crossed the line of disrespect to this degree,” he said.

This was all pure disrespect — it wasn’t just disrespect for me, but for every G.I. that has fallen since The Revolution.

Richard Crawford Korean War Veteran

Crawford has lived in his home for more than 40 years and has no desire to move. “These kids come into the neighborhood and they leave and the new ones come in,” Crawford said in a previous interview with the Independent Collegian. “They are temporary [neighborhood residents], we are permanent residents here.”

According to Diana Schreiner, the co-chair of the Bancroft Hills Association and Block Watch, thefts like Crawford’s are common in this neighborhood and she isn’t surprised the theft happened again. “He has a unique flag and these kids want to steal it,” she said. Schreiner said a lot of crimes occur in this neighborhood -- recently, many students’ homes have been broken into and with television sets allegedly stolen. Schreiner said Crawford should look at other options to keeping his flag secure, such as hanging the flag from his second floor window or putting the flag in at night. “It’s right there on the porch and they want it, it’s like they want ‘bump’ signs and ‘no parking’ signs,” Schreiner said. — John Gumersell contributed to this article.

Local organization takes veterans to visit memorials By Stephanie Spencer For the IC

Donald Kubicki used to say, “Before I die, I want to go see the memorials.” At 90 years old, the former corporal of the U.S. Army Air Corps never thought it would happen. Kubicki, however, did make it to the World War II Memorial at Washington D.C., due to Honor Flight Northwest Ohio, a nonprofit organization that flies military veterans to see war memorials. The majority of World War II veterans still alive are ill and don’t have much time left to take the trip, according to Marti Franco, the community outreach director for Honor Flight. She said the organization is trying to make sure they can give the experience to as many World War II veterans as they can before time runs out. “We want to get through all the World War II vets,” Franco said. Since 2007, Honor Flight has flown 859 veterans, with 397

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World War II veteran Donald Kubicki sits in front of the WWII Memorial. Honor Flight Northwest Ohio takes veterans to war memorials and provides them with full transportation and meals for the day.

flying in 2011, according to Franco. The trip includes full transportation and meals provided throughout the

day. Each veteran is accompanied by a personal guardian from the time they leave the airport to the time they ar-

rive back. Upon their return, veterans are greeted by music — Honor flight, Page A2

How will you vote on Issue 2 during Tuesday’s elections? Why?

I would vote no because my dad is a part of a union. Limiting his rights would affect my family pretty deeply.

I would vote no because I don’t think it benefits Ohio workers.

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Hannah Blanke Fresh., special ed.

No. Being a future teacher, we are going to have more kids in the classroom.

No. If there is no support, it hurts us all in the end.

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students. “It didn’t affect anyone’s parking really, it just benefited the people who didn’t get a parking pass,” said Scott Weis, a senior majoring in environmental science. “Most people already bought a permit, then found out it wasn’t working, or they weren’t going to buy it because they never park on campus anyway.” Nan Hu, a second-year graduate student in biology, has an A parking pass. She said finding open parking spots has been more difficult this year due to added congestion. “What is the point of having an A pass if I don’t even get this privilege,” Hu said. While it is possible students are parking in faculty spots, Gramling said, many of these students are likely graduate students who look like undergraduates. Hu said, however, that she has had trouble getting to her classes on time due to students parking in A spots when they are not authorized to. “Students in the lab I teach have told me they’ve been parking in the A spots, so it’s happening,” she said. The system was originally put into place to make student services run smoother after long lines at Rocket Hall proved to be an inconvenience for many. Gramling said the system has been successful in this aspect because there were “next to no lines in Rocket Hall to start the 2011-12 academic year.” Kory Hesseling, a fifth-year senior majoring in exercise science, said the university should have looked at other options to solve the parking problem. “I think they thought through it really quick,” Hesseling said. “What they should have done is had separate stations in buildings for the different parking passes.” John Walker, a senior majoring in exercise science, said UT should have gone back to paper permits when the system malfunctioned. “I think it would have been smart, or at least halfway intelligent,” Walker said.

from bands and military officers saluting the veterans. Franco said Honor Flight holds a large place in her heart because her father was a World War II veteran who passed away before he was able to visit the memorial. Franco said she feels with every trip to D.C., she is taking some of her father with her. Kubicki didn’t know his niece submitted his name for Honor Flight’s June 22 flight to D.C. He was also given letters from local elementary school students, thanking him for his service. Kubicki was drafted into the service at 23 to be a fifth-grade technician with the Ninth Air Division. During his tour, he went into France — 60 days after DDay — as well as England and Germany. Before he could get shipped to fight in the

Simulation From Page A1 outside companies to come in and use the center’s resources. “It’s an expensive technology to put in and then keep up with,” Stobbe said. “Our main focus will be for education... but any simulation center needs to be self-sustaining. You have to come up with ways to bring in those outside sources and work with them and build that into your business plan.” Stobbe said UT is currently using the technology for the new center, and much of it is being used as prototypes for both the students and professors. “Once the center is built, we don’t want the technology to just sit there for three months while we figure out how to use it – we want to be able to take full advantage of it as soon as it opens,” Stobbe said. For example, UT has procured I-Space, a four-sided

Pacific, the war ended and he was able to come home. Kubicki said he wishes he could have shared the Honor Flight experience with his brother-in-law and brother. His brother-in-law was a member of the Marine Corps and his brother served in the Navy during World War II. Kubicki said it was an amazing experience he would whole-heartedly recommend to any veteran. The organization is funded by private and corporate donations. They said they also branch out to veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Gulf and Iraq Wars. Kristen Meach, a fourthyear psychology major, said honoring our veterans is the least we can do after the sacrifices they have made for our country and our freedom. “When we stop honoring them, people will start losing sight of what is important in life,” Meach, whose grandfather is a veteran, said. virtual immersive room, along with a 3-D ComputerAid and Design projection system. Also, students are currently learning from computerautomated dummies that emit sounds and respond to treatment. Professors can program situations into a dummy and allow it to respond to a student’s correct or improper actions. All of these systems have been integrated into the current curriculum, but the center will provide more room. According to Stobbe, the current total space is 12,000 square feet, but each floor in the new structure will be 15,000 square feet. “We have people bringing potential students through here all the time,” Stobbe said. “It’s a big goal to use [the new center] as a recruiting tool.” Tentatively, ground breaking plans for the center are set for 2012 and the center is slated to be operational by 2014.

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Occupy parking to this parking system. If success is defined by a lack of long lines at Rocket Hall, then the parking system did its job. However, it hasn’t stopped students from racing down rows to seize parking spots. Some UT students leave an hour early to find a good spot, only to arrive 10 minutes late to class because none were found. It’s interesting to note President Lloyd Jacobs has a parking spot specially reserved for himself. This parking system was developed to increase convenience, but it’s caused more inconvenience than ever, especially considering how lots are sectioned off for games. Students are required to move their cars, and most are better off not parking in lots around the stadium. However, gameday schedules vary and some students have classes stretching from early morning until late into the night. To them, having to find another spot in the already crammed parking garages is frustrating. Students aren’t the only ones punished by this new system. Faculty members are fuming that they can’t find a spot due to students occupying theirs. There are 642 graduate assistants permitted to park in faculty spaces, but UT officials can’t be sure the faculty-spot occupiers are all students. With spring semester approaching, students and faculty should be offered a discount or refunded for the parking they couldn’t find this semester. The university did not intentionally mess up parking, but they should intentionally fix all aspects of it.

It’s no secret the new parking system has been driving students crazy. UT prides itself in being student-centered, but that motto might not be completely true considering recent efforts made to remedy the parking situation. Parking problems have arisen since the implementation of the new system and were only fixed recently. In short, students were paying $125 this semester for services they didn’t receive and UT is electing not to refund or discount permit costs. Paying for parking permits is a reasonable expectation for commuters at any school. To implement UT’s new parking system, the university paid $175,000 and lost about $150,000 in the process. Considering UT’s debt, this was an unaffordable system. Although students at other universities are paying for parking, their systems work. According to the website CollegeProwler, Ohio University charges $165 per year to park outside the garages while Kent State’s cheapest parking permit plan is $155 per year. Consider the University of Michigan, where freshmen and sophomores pay $200, while juniors and seniors pay $70 per year. Compared to UT’s $250 annual price tag, it seems our system is broken in more than one way. With the current plan, students who prolong purchasing a parking permit are charged as much as students who purchased one at the beginning of the year. It’s unreasonable that those who delay in purchasing are charged the same amount for less of a yield. UT officials have no regrets when it comes

‘Rate My Professor’ unreliable alone demanding than a freshmen or sophomore level. Although someone may have said a class was a breeze, it doesn’t mean upperlevel classes taught by the same professor will be similar. Additionally, professors teach classes that may be a sub-specialty for them. A criminal justice major might be teaching a class on new crime technologies, even though their specialization only lightly touched on that subject. Their teaching methods will heavily contrast from how they teach another class directly involved with their expertise. In this case, reviews might not reflect the teacher’s overall style, as they may be more lenient with a class outside their area of focus. The more reviews a professor has, the more students can trust them, especially when it’s evident they’re all made by separate people. Another factor to consider is the time span between comments. If people are repeating the same comments over a long period of time, then it’s likely there’s some truth to them. Otherwise, keep in mind that people change — there may be personal reasons for why a professor presented themselves a certain way during a semester. Things like a professor’s experience can make a difference; the longer a professor’s been teaching, the more they’re likely to know what they’re doing. With that in mind, Rate My Professors can be a good consultant for picking classes. However, balance it with other information received from academic advisers, students and friends. Analyzing everything can help students find the right professor.

As spring semester approaches, students are flocking to register for classes. In doing so, some have sought help from the Internet to help them in their choices. Rate My Professors allows students to review their teachers and classes. Teachers are graded on easiness, helpfulness, clarity, attractiveness and rater interest, with the highest score being a five. Students can also search a professor’s name and read comments from other students that took the class. While it’s a good tool, it should be used only after meeting with an academic adviser. The website doesn’t tell who wrote the comment, nor can viewers be sure why the person wrote what they did. An inflammatory remark may have been made because a student was unhappy with the way a teacher dealt with tardiness. Sometimes, petty circumstances pour into someone’s opinion of another and students can’t be sure the comments are truly reflective of the teacher’s character. It should be kept in mind that one comment reflects an individual’s experience, not necessarily the experience of everyone who took the class. One student’s weakness isn’t going to be every student’s weakness. While one student may have found a professor boring or rude, it doesn’t mean all students will. Also, there’s no evidence that a student commenting on a class ever took it. Anyone can claim they were a student. If desired, professors can give themselves high ratings while giving other professors low ratings. When reading reviews, pay attention to the class that’s being commented on. An upperlevel class should understandably be more

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Voting issues recapped The first Tuesday in November means it’s time to fulfill our patriotic duty and vote. The presidential and congressional vote isn’t until next year and, for some, that m e a n s there’s nothing to vote for. H o w e v e r, there are three state issues to be decided Braeden that affect h i o ’ s Gilchrist O future. Issue 1 decides whether or not to increase the maximum age of Ohio judges from 70 to 75-years-old. Judges would still have to be re-elected every six years. Voting “yes” enables people to keep experienced judges active. Raising the maximum age of service also accounts for longer lifespans. There is no additional financial cost. Voting “no” says the current system is working and the current age limit is reasonable. This trivial decision can affect Ohio’s near-term future. The Ohio Supreme Court currently has a 6-1 Republican majority. I am voting “no” on Issue 1 to correct this imbalance sooner. The best decisions are made with the best possible information from multiple viewpoints. The most controversial issue this year is Issue 2. If passed, it would repeal the infamous Senate Bill 5, which attempts to close Ohio’s budget gap. A “no” vote would repeal the law. Senate Bill 5 will impact the state’s 400,000 public workers, restricting their ability to strike and collectively bargain. As it stands, the bill would only permit public employees to collectively bargain for wages, preventing them from collectively bargaining for health insurance and pensions. It would also prohibit all public

employees from striking. A “yes” vote would keep Senate Bill 5. It helps get the budget under control without increasing taxes. Issue 2 asks government employees to pay 15 percent of their health insurance – half of what the average private sector worker pays. Government employees will now be asked to contribute 10 per-

I found myself closer to the fence on this issue than I thought I was going to be.

cent to their retirement fund. Public employees would not have to pay union fees if they do not want to be become a union member, a condition of employment before Senate Bill 5. Issue 2 allows schools to decide which teachers to keep on staff. Teachers would be retained based on performance instead of seniority. I found myself closer to the fence on this issue than I thought I was going to be. I really like the idea of teachers being paid based on merit, and I think the institution is the cause of problems in the education system, not the teachers. However, I am certain that nearly all of the recent changes to pensions and retirement were in the favor of corporations, not the people. I am voting “no” on Issue 2 because I feel it’s unfair to place the debt burdens on Ohioans who didn’t create them. The budget problems are not the fault of teachers, police and other government employees, and they should be celebrated for the work they do. Issue 3, the Ohio health care amendment, was championed by the Tea Party movement in response to

Obama signing the 2010 national health care reform. Issue 3 calls for exempting residents from national health care mandates, which would stop forcing people and employers to participate. Among other things, the reform requires individuals to have a minimum amount of health insurance. Government regulations could drive up health care costs, but the uninsured costs the current system a lot of money. The reform gives more people access to health care by providing subsidies to people below the poverty level. It allows working parents to include their children under their employer’s health care plan until age 26, and it stops insurance companies from denying coverage to anyone with pre-existing conditions. Ohioans still get to choose their doctors. The 2010 health care reform was not perfect, but you need to decide if its benefits will help or hurt Ohioans. A “yes” vote retains the current system. I am voting “no” to preserve health care reform in Ohio. I think the health care reform makes the system more humane and sustainable because it enables more people to be properly insured, which actually decreases many costs. Even if you cannot stand the idea of Obama-care, the language of Issue 3 is horrible from a legal standpoint. If passed, Issue 3 would create a myriad of court cases and cost the state money. With all issues, I urge you to do more research. I tried to separate facts and my opinions, but please check the biases of your sources. It’s so easy to present these issues in a biased yet truthful way. These issues may not be interesting to most, but they each affect Ohio’s future. First, make up your mind, and then vote for what you believe is best.

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Rockets win historic fourth MAC title on MacLeod goal By Jay Skebba IC Sports Writer

The Toledo women’s soccer team captured their league-record fourth MidAmerican Conference tournament championship with a 1-0 victory over Western Michigan Sunday at Scott Park. Sophomore forward Rachel MacLeod scored the lone goal of the contest and senior goalie Vicki Traven needed only one save to register the shutout. “It was a long journey to get here and obviously the non-conference schedule humbled us a little bit,” said head coach Brad Evans. “All credit goes to our players for finding a way and sticking to the game plan.” Neither team gave an inch in a physical first half. The best scoring opportunity came in the 16th minute, but Traven made a nice save despite a tricky bounce from a shot off the head of a Bronco. UT had many chances deep in WMU territory, but had trouble connecting on their crossing passes in front of the net, and the score remained 0-0 after the first 45 minutes. In the second half, the physical play continued. Players from both sides commonly ended up on the ground and the Broncos picked up two yellow cards. Western Michigan’s sophomore goalie Michelle Watson started to get tested more often by the UT offense. The Rockets had back-toback corner kicks in the 56th minute, but Watson was able

to get a piece of both of them. “You just have to keep probing and looking for ways to find it,” Evans said. “Take stock of your opponent, what she’s good at, what she’s not good at. We moved players around a bit too to exploit different things.” In the 69th minute, Toledo was finally able to break through with a score. After a cross from freshman forward Rio James, MacLeod came up with an acrobatic header to find the back of the net from close range for her team-leading 11th goal of the year. “You just don’t know when or where she’ll show up but she has that knack and that’s what makes dangerous offensive players,” Evans said. “Stay composed because the winner is out there. We’ve been talking a lot this season about constantly scheming in your mind to find a way.” UT outshot WMU 14-6 and held a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal. Toledo had seven corner kick opportunities compared to just one for Western Michigan. The match saw a total of 19 fouls and two yellow cards. MacLeod, the MAC Player of the Year, led the Rockets with a goal on her only shot of the game while senior midfielder Danielle Case and James each picked up an assist. Traven was credited with her eighth shutout of the season. “We talked a lot about delivery, we talked about attacking the ball, and the mentality for restarts, and

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The Rockets soccer team hoisted their fourth Mid-American Conference tournament trophy yesterday with a 1-0 win against Western Michigan. The Rockets received an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. they did a great job with it,” Evans said. “Western’s a very good team, and at the end of the day, this was a game about making a play, and we made a play.” Macleod was named to the all-tournament team along

with senior forward Kristen Lynn, senior midfielder Ana Reynolds, and junior defenseman Natalia Gaitan. With the win, Toledo received an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The seeds and pairings will

be announced today at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. Since 2006, UT has won three conference championships and four tournament championships, more than any MAC program. “We continue to get

opportunities to do this, but you’re never guaranteed that,” Evans said. “I thought the kids did a great just grinding and sticking to the game plan. They’re the responsible parties, they did a great job with this last series of games.”

Beckman and Toledo get ready for crucial matchup with WMU By Nate Pentecost Assistant Sports Editor

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Junior wideout Eric Page is just 25 yards short of becoming Toledo’s all-time leading receiver.

Last Tuesday the Rockets surrendered the lead of the Mid-American Conference West Division to Northern Illinois by falling short in a 6360 shootout with the Huskies at the Glass Bowl. With Toledo (5-4, 4-1 MAC) leading 60-56, Rockets fans watched in agony as UT head coach Tim Beckman held on to his timeouts while NIU (6-3, 4-1) burned almost four minutes off the clock before scoring the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds to go. Beckman defended his costly mismanagement of the clock to the media after the game and did so again last Thursday at his weekly news conference. “It’s pretty hard when you’re standing there with 18-to-21 year olds, preaching to them about making sure that they’re doing their responsibilities right on and off the football field,” Beckman said. “Doing those types of things, and then say to them, ‘Hey, why don’t you guys give up a touchdown, so we can get the ball earlier?’ That’s not going to happen when I’m a football coach. Our job as a defense was to stop them, and we didn’t get that taken care of.” Regardless of where blame should be placed, to make the MAC Championship Game, Toledo will now need to win their final three games and hope that Northern Illinois loses one of its last three. The Rockets will have

another opportunity to pick up a nationally televised win tomorrow night at the Glass Bowl. But a visit from the Western Michigan Broncos (54, 3-2) is surely not the bounceback scenario UT had in mind. The Rockets displayed the offensive firepower against the Huskies, led by a career performance from quarterback Austin Dantin. The junior signal-caller threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns on 20 of 33 passing. Dantin also rushed for 65 yards and a score. Junior wideout Eric Page caught all five of Dantin’s passing touchdowns to tie Marshall’s Randy Moss for the MAC single-game record. Page finished with nine catches for 150 yards. But the Toledo defense struggled to find footing the whole contest and was plagued by penalties and mistakes. NIU senior quarterback Chandler Harnish torched the Rockets for 265 yards and three touchdowns on 17 of 26 passing while leading the Huskies on the ground with 133 yards on 16 carries. The special teams unit has been a weak link for UT all season long but it was particularly atrocious last week, giving up back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns to open the game, among other miscues. The Rockets will need to regroup quickly to best a Broncos squad which yields the 11th best passing attack (321.3 yard per game) in the

country. Led by a 400 yard passing performance from quarterback Alex Carder, WMU responded to a two-game skid by beating a solid Ball State team 45-35 at home last Saturday. Wideout Jordan White claimed MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this season with 9 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns. White was just one of three Broncos who racked up over 100 yards receiving. Running back Even Drake added 85 yards rushing on 16 carries for two scores against Ball State. However, defense has been a problem for WMU all season long. At 468.8 yards the Broncos have given up the second most yards per game in the MAC and last weekend was no improvement. Despite forcing the Cardinals into three turnovers, the Western Michigan defense allowed 555 yards. The Broncos managed to pull out the win against Ball State in spite of their defense, but they will not have the luxury of playing at home on Tuesday. Instead, Western Michigan will be on the road where they are 1-4 this season. The Rockets defense may have faltered against a stellar Northern Illinois attack but they remain far superior to Western Michigan’s unit. Ironically, the UT defense may be the difference in this game.


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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ censored Various ‘sexually explicit’ imagery changed and removed from the production for all performances at the Valentine Theatre Sometimes in theatre, the transform these words into bottom line means selling movement and to tell the stotickets and some can be easily ry with our bodies. offended by phallic As a cast, we symbols and sexual found the play to innuendos. be sexual, raw, This was a lesson comedic and I learned during “A tragic. Midsummer Night’s Throughout reDream,” my seventh hearsals, we production at UT didn’t once doubt and my first perour production formed outside of was anything less the Center for Perthan greatness — forming Arts. until we got Usually, our By Starr Chellsea Cutino to the ValenFor the IC department tine Theatre. chooses plays that aren’t as We started rehearsals in our popular, so being in a play as new space last Monday. On well-known as Shakespeare’s Wednesday, we were told that “Midsummer” was bound to elements of our play were be an experience like no other unacceptable. — which it was. Thursday morning, we perThe rehearsal process was a formed a show for a nearly delight because our director, full house of high school stuassistant professor Cornel dents for which we were told Gabara, is a Shakespeare en- to “tone it down.” We were thusiast. Not only did he have disappointed, but understood ideas, concepts and visions sometimes audiences, particfor the play, but he under- ularly from high school, can stood every word and every be naïve and uninformed stage direction within the about sex and art as one. text. This made simple table Thursday evening, after our work interesting and first show, we went in for anengaging. other rehearsal to freshen up As the cast gained an under- for Friday’s full house perforstanding of the story and the mances — productions that language, we started to see all were supposed to be of the comedy within the play. uncensored. Gabara taught us to After makeup and costumes

were finished, we went to the green room to receive notes from the morning’s performance. It was then explained to us by the producer and associate chair of the Department of Theatre and Film, James Hill, that parts of our show and costumes would be cut from all performances because they were too vulgar, sexual or offensive. I was in shock that our professors were calmly explaining to us that we couldn’t do our production the way it was originally designed because of money. Being at the Valentine Theatre was a privilege and a great experience and I appreciate everything they did for our production. However, as an artist and an actor, I couldn’t help but weep for the show that would never be seen. We had to rush to make a new PG show — cut props and costumes deemed too offensive. In classes, we learn about artists that made great strides for theatre and who stepped forward, putting their lives on the line for the sake of expression. Now we are in 2011, being told that we can’t portray sexual actions and images. I was absolutely astonished

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Devon Desmond and Aleta Scott in UT’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The chair featured in the back, a phallic accessory to Desmond’s costume, and blocking were altered or cut from this scene. and felt as if we as artists were being forced inside the societal box of confinement. Our performances received great reviews, but I couldn’t help

‘Tower Heist’ almost a steal

If you took some of the of them are criminals. characteristics of great heist Enter Eddie Murphy, who movies and watered them plays a tough-guy robber down, you’d have “Tower and neighbor of Kovacs. Heist.” Murphy’s character, known Ben Stiller plays Josh Ko- as Slide, teaches these guys vacs, the manager the basics. of the Tower ApartIn a scenario ments, a home for where everythe white-collared thing should community. have gone Kovacs finds out wrong, the team his favorite tenant, pulls off the Arthur Shaw, heist, with help played by Alan Alfrom the employda, is under arrest ees, and they get by the FBI for their pension fraud and is By Vincent D. Scebbi back. Managing Editor withholding the Of course, Tower employees’ pensions. there’s a love interest for Kovacs, upset by Shaw’s Kovacs. Tea Leoni plays FBI greed, gets the idea to rob special-agent Claire Denhim for the sake of his co- ham who not only brings in workers and assembles a Shaw, but tracks down the team to do the job. robbers after the heist. The recruits include his The chemistry between sissy brother-in-law Charlie, Leoni and Stiller isn’t quite played by Casey Affleck; Mr. there — something is missFitzhugh, a timid mathemat- ing between the two that ical genius played by Mat- would have put them in the thew Broderick; and recent- same stadium as Steve Mcly hired elevator specialist, Queen and Faye Dunaway in Enrique Dev’Reaux, played “The Thomas Crown Affair” by Michael Peña. (1968). The only problem is none The film borrows some

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Building manager Josh (Ben Stiller, left) gets a lesson from petty crook Slide (Eddie Murphy) in “Tower Heist,” an action-comedy about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them.

elements from other heist movies, such as “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), “The Italian Job” (2003) and the classic “Take the Money and Run” (1969), but the quirky heist humor is lacking, but there are still funny moments throughout the movie. The rather dull acting and under-developed characters makes paying attention to the film difficult, which is a disappointment because of the decent storyline. The ending rings of “Robin Hood” in that justice is restored, someone rightfully goes to prison and everyone walks away with

a piece of the pie. Overall, the story is well written and the message is there, but the low-quality acting jobs make this flick difficult to follow and nowhere near as great as other heist movies.

Production

Tower Heist

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PG13

Grade

C+

Starring Ben Stiller, Matthew Broderick, Eddie Murphy

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Submissions from student literary artists “Obsession: How Long Will it Last?” Break the chains choking me… wrapped so tightly as I continuously step off the stool. Unwrap my painless soul like a pleasant gift on a beautiful Christmas morning. Admiration is sought out as to how torture has become repetition. Sign the petition to allow me to finally leave… no really… really inform my heart and mind that I can finally rest with ease. Worry lines on my brow… bulging blood shot eyes steadily

watching waiting contemplating my next move… of you. Imagination runs slowly… I’ve lost my creativeness of how I can indirectly contact you. So many long hours… the number of times I accidentally ran into you. But it never registered that I was setting up our destiny. Grew close as if we were one… Adam and Eve couldn’t even outdo us… I, too, was born from you. Hearts conjoining… bodies emerging developing a wound…

creating and giving birth to our love. You left our sacred safe place and made decisions of your own. Grew tired and weary of sitting on your throne. No warnings of returning home. Destruction of a reconstructed being… without a care you were gone. Leaving a hopeful, helpless heart and soul for dead. The last bit of life existing in the wound of love is my obsession with once being in love… with you… How long will it last?

By Sade Ganey For the IC

Sade Ganey is a senior majoring in communication and is the vice president of D.E.E.P., the student association for Developing, Enhancing, Empowering Poets.

but think about how much better it could have been. Everyone involved in this production worked so hard to show the world Shakespeare created is as comical and sexual as real life -— all of this was thrown aside for ticket sales. I believe art and theatre is about expression and taking risks – about making people feel something raw and real. We weren’t exposing people to anything other than art or doing anything that hadn’t been done by hundreds of others dating back to Ancient Greece. Apparently, that was too much to

handle. I am still very appreciative for this experience, as well as grateful to the Valentine Theatre and everyone who participated in this production. With that said, I would have rather performed our play the way it should have been — in a hole-in-the-wall theatre with no profit, than censored in one of the biggest theatres in Toledo. I think dignity and artistic ability is worth more than the money raked in from this show. —Starr Chellsea Cutino is a junior majoring in theatre.

Prepare to die in ‘Dark Souls’

By Dannielle Laws IC Staff Writer

“Dark Souls” is a fun and great challenge for anyone who thinks most games are pieces of cake. In the world of “Dark Souls,” a disease is enveloping the lands and turning humans into undead “hollows.” The player’s character is one of these undead beings, which I refer to as “selfaware zombies.” The goal is to defeat monsters and collect their souls until the character is powerful enough to take on the Dark Lord who is spreading the disease. However, after defeating him, the character must forever take his place as the new Dark Lord. The difficulty of this game is indescribable. As the trailer for this game is nothing but clips of someone dying over and over again, the insanity was evident. The trailer is painful to watch, but it’s honest. When you start playing, the game warns, “Prepare to die... again and again.” This game may cause people to A) give up and take it back to the store, B) break the game, C) break the game, the game system, the game controller and the TV, or D) punch a hole in the wall. It feels amazing to defeat the higher level bosses without dying too many times. You’re the king of the world, and no one’s going to stop you — except for the giant dragon that will either burn you to death with his fiery breath or stomp on you as soon as you blink. “Dark Souls” is the new sequel to “Demon’s Souls,” a

game where the difficulty is high, rewards are grand and anger management skills are put to the test — seriously. Both of these games are ridiculously hard. Even the tutorial levels are crazy: the protagonist is thrown into a boss fight right at the beginning just so to be killed. These games are not for babies. The gameplay resembles “Demon’s Souls” because the fighting style and weapon choices are the same, but in “Dark Souls,” there are more weapons and insanely difficult enemies. Also, in “Demon’s Souls,” players had the Nexus, a sanctuary where the character goes whenever they die or defeat a boss. It’s also the way to get to other lands and bosses. In “Dark Souls,” there are bonfires scattered across the land that can be lit. These bonfires will replenish any health and magic and also become respawn spots where the character returns if killed. However, the bonfires also bring back all enemies when lit. So, if you’ve spent hours and hours killing off skeletons with giant machetes and you finally go to replenish your health, you get to fight them again. Lucky you! I’ll admit, I haven’t gotten very far in this game or the first one, but maybe someday I won’t be such a weakling and will conquer these games. “Dark Souls” is rated M and gets my rating of 3.5 Man-Serpent Greatswords out of 5. And yes, that’s one of the weapons in the game.


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