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Serving the University of Toledo since 1919 92nd year Issue 32

College of Law ranked in top 20 for criminal law By Megan Vollmer IC Staff Writer

In an issue devoted to identifying the “Best Schools for Public Service,” the National Jurist magazine named the UT College of Law one of the top 20 schools in the country for

preparing law students for criminal law practice. The issue looked at employment data, curriculum, standard of living and loan forgiveness programs in evaluating schools. “We are delighted to be

recognized for the prosecutor and other criminal practice training opportunities that we make available,” said Daniel Steinbock, dean of the College of Law. “This education has opened doors for many of our graduates into prosecutor and

public defender jobs.” The many programs offered in law or criminal justice allow students to receive handson training and experience, said Nicole Porter, the College of Law’s associate dean for Academic Affairs.

“UT has great classroom teachers and a good open door policy for everything students need,” she said. Porter said throughout the course of a student’s academic career they are strongly — Law, Page A2

Banned books fundraiser keeps UT community members as prisoners Allison Seney IC Staff Writer

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Gateway to books and yogurt

UT’s Gateway Project is projected to be finished by the fall semester of 2012. It will include a Barnes and Noble student bookstore, Gradkowski’s Sports Grille, student lofts and a yogurt shop. The 88,500 square feet project will cost about $12 million and will have three floors.

Procedures of reporting rape discussed By Andrew Kurtz For the IC

The odds of an acquaintance rape case, more commonly known as date rape, receiving a guilty verdict are about 50 percent of the time. That number reflects only cases where victims report the incident and proceed in court, said Julia Bates, Lucas County Prosecutor. Cases usually get pled down to assault or disorderly conduct. Bates said about one in 10 cases go to court. Acquaintance rape is a sexual assault crime committed by someone who knows the victim. As a sexual assault crime, acquaintance rape includes forced, manipulated or coerced sexual contact. According to the National Institute of Justice, approximately over 350 rapes per year occur on a college campus with a population of 10,000 female students. “That’s just kind of a scary number,” Whitney Bodine, a UT alumnus, said. “You just don’t really think it happens that often.” In the case of any rape allegation, the first step is to address the physical and mental well-being of the victim, according to UTPD Chief Jeff Newton. Women do not come forward and proceed in court, Bates said, because of embarrassment and lack of evidence. “With these cases, it is difficult to collaborate the allegations. There are usually no witnesses and unless the victim seeks immediate medical attention, there is lack of evidence,” Bates said. The issue of alcohol and drug abuse is another obstacle in acquaintance rape cases. Jyothi Pappula, associate director for the Main Campus Medical Center, said in the presence of physical trauma, usually located in the lower abdomen, victims are sent to the emergency room.

The first Jail-A-Thon, a fundraiser to sponsor Banned Books Week, will take place in the Student Union Building today. Hosted by the Banned Books Committee, the event is meant to raise awareness about banned books week which will hopefully feature a Mark Twain impersonator. Paulette Kilmer, a member of the committee and professor of communication, said she is looking into a possible dinner-theatre event in Libbey Hall with Twain. Kilmer said this will be the only fundraiser for next fall’s event, and she expects a few hundred dollars to be raised at today’s affair. The fundraiser will feature a mock jail cell, and volunteers with banned books will serve a sentence to symbolize the censorship on literature. Viewers can contribute $5 or more to keep the “inmates” in jail. The inspiration for the event was influenced by various parts of the world where people are jailed or killed because of ownership

of the banned books. “When the people go to jail they will read aloud from their banned book, and so it’s why I thought it would be appropriate to do a jail cell,” Kilmer said. The schedule for the JailA-Thon is as follows: • 10 a.m. Tom Barden, Dean of the Honors College will be playing a recording of Bob Dylan singing “John Birch Society Blues.” o Mojisola Tiamiyu, associate professor of psychology, to be announced. • 10:15 a.m. SG President Matt Rubin, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley • 11 a.m. Ben Pryor, vice provost and dean of the College of Innovative Learning, “Ulysses” by James Joyce o IC Managing Editor Vincent D. Scebbi, “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess, • 12:30 p.m. Glenn Sheldon, “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg • 2 p.m. Charlene Gilbert, professor and chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies, — Jail, Page A2

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According to the National Institute of Justice, approximately over 350 rapes per year occur on a college campus with a population of 10,000 female students. Most women do not show up to the Medical Center immediately because of denial or shame, Pappula said. Newton said police then interview all possible witnesses, identify possible subjects, gather physical evidence, then inform the community. At this point the victim must decide whether or not to pursue charges. “Most do not, probably because they feel the legal system will not bring them anymore solace,” Newton said. If the victim decides not to pursue in court or the case does not go to court, the victim still has the option of proceeding through Student

Affairs or the Title IX office, Newton said. Shanda Gore, assistant vice president of Equity and Diversity, said information is sent from the Human Resources Office to her to investigate possible infractions. The office is in charge of interpreting the information available to them, Gore said. If policy rules are broken, Gore sends the information back to West for policy enforcement. Gore, along with UT’s Sexual Assault Coordinator Diane Docis, founded the Toledo Sexual Harassment Task Force.

SG offers student organizations $50 to attend senate meetings By Sa’de Ganey IC Staff Writer

A new initiative meant to increase involvement from student organizations went into effect at Tuesday’s Student Government meeting. The initiative will offer representatives $50 to regularly attend SG meetings. SG was given a grant from the Office of Student Involvement to fund this program. Student representatives will be able to voice their opinions, issues and what they would like to see done on campus. These representatives will not, however, be able to vote on legislation. “Every speaking right senators have, student representatives will have. They can ask questions during debate,” said Heather Engle, chair of Student Senate. The initiative’s intended outcome is to allow student organizations a chance to see how the SG process works. “We want to recruit more senate members from a diverse set of organizations and allow those representatives to bring a voice to SG,” said Josh Smith, a junior majoring in psychology. SG President Matt Rubin said SG represents the student voice on campus. “The more effective we are at listening and gathering multiple perspectives, the better we can do our job,” he said.

The more effective we are at listening and gathering multiple perspectives, the better we can do our job.

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In order to receive the $50, organization representatives will have to attend SG meetings until the end of the semester. Engle said the money will be credited to participating organizations’ accounts during the first week in April. Student representatives will have the same attendance policy as senators. They cannot miss more than two meetings. To make up a day missed they can perform a volunteer activity. “If we see a great success it would give us a reason to change policies that would replace SAC [Student Activities Committee],” Rubin said. SG wants more student representatives to become members of Student Senate, according to Rubin. “In order for this to catch on in the future we would need to see a highly contested, politically active student body,” he said. SG’s goal is to raise awareness of what student government does for the students and get feedback. “Having representatives will definitely get the word out about SG,” Smith said. “I think it communicates to student organizations that each of them have a role on campus, and they are all important on campus and to SG. Having a physical presence and dialogue between student organization members and SG can do nothing but benefit both parties.” Student Government meets every Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. in Student Union Building Room 2592.

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Some books that have been banned over the years include “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “1984” and “Lord of the Flies.” This year’s banned books fundraiser will be a “Jail-A-Thon” where students and UT faculty members will be reading a banned book out loud from a jail cell. The “Jail-A-Thon” starts today at 10 a.m. and continues throughout the day in the Student Union Building.

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Collegian board selects new business manager By IC Staff

Marina Schaberg, a junior majoring in human resource management, was selected to become the new business manager for the Independent Collegian Tuesday. “The idea of being business manager was intriguing,” Schaberg said. “Having a leadership role has been something that I’ve been comfortable with and

Law From Page A1 recommended to take specific, standard-program courses to help students better prepare for the bar exam. Students need 89 credits to graduate and are encouraged to take 15 of those credits within a specific subject area. The concentration of classes allows students to earn one of five certificates in addition to their degree. Porter said the certificate acts as a specialty or minor. The College of Law offers a Criminal Law Certificate of Concentration. This is a certificate for students who took a certain number of concentration courses in criminal law. They also offer the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice/Juris Doctor joint-degree program. This program offers graduate students the opportunity to earn two degrees, usually within four years. According to Steinbock, the program allows for certain classes to be counted as crosscredit to save students time and money. The program is designed for students interested in practicing criminal law or counseling for social service or criminal justice agencies. Students who want to teach criminal law or gain knowledge in the field of criminal justice are encouraged to use the joint program. Steinbock said there are various services for law students

after looking more into the Independent Collegian it sounded like a really great place to start with in the business world and with real experience. It’s a great opportunity to help myself, but also help a business and organization become successful.” Schaberg, a member of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, heard about the opening through IC interested in criminal law. After the first year of study, students have the opportunity to utilize the Public Service Externship Clinic for classroom credit. Students are placed in a variety of public service organizations and are given assignments, feedback and the opportunity to attend court if needed. Third-year students have the option to participate in the Criminal Law Practice Program. This program places them with prosecutors’ offices where they can conduct victim interviews, plea negotiations and trials, or even handle cases under supervision. The College of Law Reinberger Honors Program in Prosecution recently awarded $30,000 to six students. Each student recieved a $5,000 stipend to travel across the country and intern in a prosecutor’s office. The stipend covered the cost of living and training of the recipients by UT professors and the professionals at their internships. The students spent eight weeks prosecuting criminal cases in jurisdictions of their choice. The magazine also recognized the College of Law as a “Best Value Law School” for the past three years. The magazine evaluated tuition cost, debt load after graduation, bar exam scores and employment results. This recognition occurs once a year in September. UT and The Ohio State University are the only schools from Ohio to be recognized.


Banned From Page A1 “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich. o Barbara Mauter, “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury • 2:30 p.m. Joel Lipman, professor of English, Shel Silverstein’s, “A Light in the Attic & Where the Sidewalk Ends” Kilmer said Americans take the First Amendment for granted because it is an assumed right, and they do not realize what other nations struggle with in terms of their rights. “An example of censorship is the one with electronic media affecting things like Facebook and Twitter that has so many people using it. It’s really a battle for the First Amendment,” Kilmer said. She wants people to walk up and wonder what is happening and understand how precious the right to read is. “So often people take it for granted and maybe even resent it because of homework,” Kilmer said. “For students, they may be ones to resent it because they have to read textbooks and would much rather play their electronic games or go on Facebook. But the right to read is one of the most fantastic gifts that we are given as American citizens. Unfortunately,

Accountant Michelle Dosen and was offered the position after a series of interviews. Schaberg said she plans to start regrouping and expanding the IC’s marketing and distribution strategies immediately. “I want to start setting the foundation again for the IC, getting the staff that we need and regrouping and rallying everyone together behind this it’s on the list of civil rights the UN declares not universal and there are places in the world where education is limited because it is a way of controlling people.” She said how some of her friends work in libraries in school systems that are banning a variety books because they might be controversial. The 15th annual Banned Books week is Sept. 30 to Oct. 6.

organization,” she said. “I want all the basics coming together to drive the organization toward success.” Schaberg, a native of Williamston, Mich., said she plans to keep the IC moving forward without sacrificing its status as an independent newspaper.

Schaberg is a former Resident Advisor at Ottawa West and aside from being involved with Alpha Kappa Psi, she participates in the Student Wellness Awareness Team and used to be a part of the Student Activities Committee and volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club.



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Fighting for our rights, losing their own Let’s say someone has a purebred dog that falls ill. If during surgery the vet gives a shot in the wrong area and the dog dies, that vet can be sued. Why is it a dog owner can pursue a lawsuit but those in the military are barred from suing doctors for malpractice? Sure, dogs are a lovable friends and guardians of the house, but what exactly are soldiers fighting for our country in comparison? In a 1950 Supreme Court case, Feres v. the United States, it was ruled that an onduty soldier can’t sue medical doctors for malpractice. Right now, with the Federal Tort Claims Act, many soldiers and their families can’t sue for treatment they didn’t receive, even if it could have been lifesaving. Simply said, FTCA has given malpractice lawsuits to the dogs. In the case of Asenath and Jimmy German, Asenath died due to a brain hemorrhage that was originally diagnosed as a simple migraine. According to an article in The Atlantic, Asenath woke the next day with “stroke-like” conditions and was transferred to another hospital. Doctors there discovered she had a brain hemorrhage. Both Germans served in the Navy, but Asenath went inactive when the headaches bothered her. However, since Jimmy’s name was on the plaintiff, it was his status in the Navy that counted. Because he was actively serving at the time, Asenath’s case was dismissed. FTCA needs amended. It’s sad that those that risked their lives at war are rendered weak and voiceless on a legal battleground?

Those in service should be receiving health care equal to royalty — not cavemen — for what they’ve faced, but the FTCA serves as an obstacle in the way of that. Unimaginable to the juries is the pain these families feel when a loved one is at war. For years, they wait as the war drags on for the person to return. They hope that things get better, and they hold on to an idea of blissful reunification. These juries and lawyers, unless they’re personally involved with someone that served, cannot imagine the relief or joy of a soldier returning. They cannot imagine the pain of having someone return only to lose them permanently due to malpractice. While those behind FTCA sit comfortably in their offices, can they imagine a soldiers’ pain, intensified by having their voices silenced by the very law these soldiers fought to defend? FTCA is outdated and primitive. When someone makes a mistake, they’re liable for their actions but shouldn’t be treated as heavily as someone that’s made many mistakes. Doctors are human, and are prone to misdiagnosing things, but doctors that are otherwise careless should be punished, especially if their actions are hurting multiple military families. It starts by discussion and prompting people to action by demanding the government remove or drastically amend FTCA. These men and women fearlessly charge into battle to protect the country. It shouldn’t be too much to ask the people to protect them.

Ignoring the devil inside For 49 years, an eight-foot tall prayer hung on the wall near a high school auditorium where it served as a sort of moral guidance. Written by a seventh grader, it instructs people to smile when they lose as much as when they win; to desire growth mentally, physically and morally; to be kind and helpful; to learn the value of friendship; to perform at their fullest; to be honest to themselves and their peers; and to be kind and helpful. The prayer opens with “Our Heavenly Father” and concludes with “Amen.” Although this prayer was designed to be a moral compass, 16-year-old atheist Jessica Alquisht found it to be a reminder she didn’t belong to the primarily Roman Catholic high school. The teenager was baptized in a Catholic church, but said she stopped believing in God when her mother fell ill. In a successful lawsuit, the court found the prayer to be unconstitutional and said it must be removed from school grounds. Although this prayer is very openly Christian, what does its removal say to the high school and the public? Does it encourage religious tolerance or intolerance? Alquisht received threats from various religious groups and was escorted by police to school. Even at school, she was socially rejected by peers, behavior that reflects an inability to appreciate what’s different. This inability was in the flower shops that refused to provide service to her, by the Congressman that called her an “evil little thing,” and in those that snubbed her in her own community. If students were taught how to communicate their ideas without hate, maybe there would have been no social stigmatization of Alquisht. The United States was founded on a belief of religious tolerance, and offered a sanctuary to those seeking to escape religious persecution. This was a luring quality that brought many families overseas, away from the culture and people they knew, to exercise their beliefs in harmony. Avoiding this topic is breeding a mentality that, “If you’re not like me, you are not human.” Just what are Americans gaining from this? Being atheist didn’t stop Alquisht from appreciating the Harry Potter Series, which was written by J.K. Rowling, a pronounced Christian. Similarly, one doesn’t have to be Muslim to appreciate art or texts by Muslims. One doesn’t have to be Buddhist to find beauty in Buddhist or Hindi texts. The prayer does allude to the Christian God, but it encourages people to better themselves in ways everyone needs to challenge themselves with once

in a while. To smile when one is in their darkest days as much as they do when everything’s great is a lesson that many struggle with. To be true to one’s self, to perform to one’s fullest, and to desire growth mentally, physically and morally are all qualities that anyone can appreciate, regardless of their background. By not talking about different religions, and by not challenging themselves to go beyond their comfort zones, students aren’t learning. They’re not learning how to deal with those different from themselves, and they’re not learning how to find beauty in what’s strange, even if they don’t exactly agree with it. Not having these skills hinder students when communicating and dealing not only with foreigners, but people they’ll meet at college or their careers. It’s important to find common ground and to respect others if one is going to learn. By simply not acknowledging those different, students are cementing themselves in a wall of ignorance. Americans might not understand the cultural and religious significance of wars on other turfs unless they’re familiar with the beliefs these cultures hold dear. Even if religion is known to be a loaded topic, it’s important to approach it rationally and respectfully. By not talking about it, people are sheltering themselves. They’re not learning to better themselves by pretending those that are different don’t exist. Eventually, when a student’s views are challenged, they’re not going to have the experience of intelligent, rational classroom discussions to know how to deal with it, and instead may be provoked to behave inhumanely. They might feel uncomfortable and be immediately close minded to other ideas. These qualities don’t forward people or don’t encourage change – they bind people back. For all those reasons, the removal of the prayer wasn’t just another page in the progress of Americans. Its removal should’ve been discussed, and how its significance would impact Americans should’ve been thought about more. What do Americans want to encourage in their youth? Can it be expected that America’s selfish reputation overseas will be bettered if America’s students aren’t taught how to deal with diversity? Despite priding ourselves on being a “melting pot,” wouldn’t America’s actions in this scenario contradict that? These questions make it more important for schools to address religion, not bar it. What have Americans done and what are Americans doing to open their minds?


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The online world is in constant update — things seem to change just as we get used to the way they are. The shrinking separation between our personal and professional lives online has been h e a r d through digital age urban legends about employers dismissing employees for weekend posts n d Braeden apictures. Google Gilchrist and Facebook are the top two most visited websites globally, according to Alexa web rankings. The two companies own a part of our digital lives. Both are notorious for being professional liabilities for people who wish for privacy. Recently, both introduced big changes to how we use their services, and offer new ways to create professional assets instead of simply a time capsule for drunken nights and early morning rants. Online companies face growing concern for privacy. This is a tightrope walk for companies like Facebook and Google who already learned a lot about their users’ habits. The two are essentially ad companies who collect personal data. Users share their valuable information because they are useful and engaging websites. Other companies are willing to pay billions of dollars for targeted ads so their great services are offered free. The web companies are in an arms race for users’ online

Imagine an employer Googles your name and your results are linked to thoughtprovoking and educated posts about your professional field.

data will result in revolt. Last week, Google announced a new privacy policy that’s much shorter and easier to read. More importantly, it unifies its services — including Gmail, Picasa, YouTube and search — into one ecosystem that integrates user data. Google says it will be able to do more “cool things” when it combines information across products. For example, Google search now prioritizes posts your friends recommend. You can use this to start recording your areas of interest with articles strategically picked. Content can be associated with your profile even if you lack the expertise to create it. Google’s Chrome browser has incognito mode where anything can be done in private and free from Google’s ever-watching eyes. Google’s dashboard tells you everything Google knows about you and makes it available for deletion. Facebook is rolling out its “Timeline” redesign as default for users. Status updates,

photos, friendships made, job history, marital status changes and other information you’ve recorded in your profile make up your Timeline. The new interface makes Facebook pages a medium to tell a life story, a summary of our social and digital life for anyone who might be interested to view it. The Facebook facelift makes it easier to access your older posts. You can sort between major life events down to every comment you ever left. Facebook finally made it easier to remove the content you don’t want employers seeing. The ability to retroupload posts from before Facebook existed is a novel way to entice more users. Students need to be aware that our posts and comments are going to be connected to us. Let’s use this unprecedented opportunity to develop a personal brand. Google provides the tools to see the data it has collected and enables a user to manage it. Facebook has finally made it easy to control or curate your life story. Craft your Facebook to demonstrate to anyone at a glance your interests and knowledge of professional topics. Imagine an employer Googles your name and your results are linked to thoughtprovoking and educated posts about your professional field. Now Facebook and Google, along with many other websites, extend the outlet and control to craft your professional interest. — Braeden Gilchrist is an IC Columnist and a senior majoring in mechnical engineering.

2012 is the new 1984 “WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.” Most of us can’t help but recognize this stunning example of propaganda used in George Orwell’s novel, “1984.” It brings to mind an image of vast dystopian society comJantzen pletely unRidenour l i k e o u r o w n . Well, that’s what I used to think. The more I think about my favorite childhood book the more I am frightened, anxious, and for a lack of a better word, disgusted regarding our world. In “1984,” there is a class structure in place where Big Brother and the Inner Party — the ruling elite — make up little over one 1 percent, with the remaining population making up about 99 percent It’s all too familiar. But one could say, “It’s a decent observation, but we don’t have propaganda here. We’re not being forced to believe anything nor are we under threat of losing our freedoms.” I’m sorry, but whoever thinks this has fallen for a great lie — a lie that has been perpetuated in many different forms for many centuries. For as long as there has been human kindness and sympathy, there has been deceit, manipulation and greed. Kindness and sympathy help us to live together, understand one another, and strive for peace. Deceit, malevolent manipulation, and avarice exist only to rip us asunder. From the time of birth, all of us have been indoctrinated with ideas about our world, our country, our government and even forced to believe false stories about our own lives. It’s all been propaganda, although you never really notice it. Even when you do, it’s simply referred to as “public relations.” With a little bit of research,

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you can find that Edward Bernays dubbed this trade pPublic relations due to the negative connotation the word “propaganda” received during World War I. Bernays worked extensively with private corporations and the US government for over half a decade. His basic concepts are still seen in every advertisement, every political speech, and every major news outlet, of which all are currently owned by six large corporations versus over 50 just half a century ago. Bernays, says this of propaganda, “If we understand the mechanism and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without them knowing it.” This remains the goal of any corporation or government in a democratic society — to gently make us believe a lie and make us believe we came to the conclusion ourselves. They want us to make the “right decisions,” though sadly none of those decisions are really our own. They are someone else’s. On an interesting side note, Hitler’s lead propagandist cited Edward Bernays’ book, “Propaganda,” as one of his “manuals” that helped shape the Third Reich’s unfathomably successful indoctrination and propaganda program. Propagandists, or PR specialists, sway public opinion by playing on the emotional desires of people ranging from fear to happiness, from hope and love, to anxiety. How often do you see a product or candidate for political office equated with happiness, love, or from recent memory in 2008, “HOPE” and “CHANGE?” It’s is evident in the presidential race this year as well. Bit by bit our freedoms are being stripped from us. Not by our own will, mind you, but by the will of representatives who speak for us. As evidence I would like to put forth the Patriot Act which allows the government to search and seize American citizens’ papers and effects without probable cause, though it is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment of

the Bill of Rights. The Patriot Act violates Amendments One and Six as well. This means that for any reason deemed fit, the government can search and seize any and all our property and we have no right to object, though it is clearly stated in the constitution that we ought to. The National Defense Authorization Act allows for the indefinite detainment of U.S. citizens without trial, which is a violation of the Ffifth Amendment of the Constitution. This means any citizen can be detained without a trial, without due process, without the basic rights guaranteed to them by the constitution. We did not choose this. Someone chose this for us. It’s hard forget SOPA and PIPA, which are aimed to stop online piracy, but in addition to that would grant the government the right to make websites inaccessible to U.S. citizens should it see fit. This not only hinders technological innovation but severely limits freedom of speech and access to information. I think we all remember the day when Google and Wikipedia were blacked out. Imagine information being limited like that every day and more so with each passing day. Seeing an attempt to in many ways shut down the internet — the most advanced method of human expression to date — seems like a python slowly squeezing what little life is left out of our freedom of speech. So, in my eyes, the world we live in today is edging ever closer to the brink. I don’t believe it is at all preposterous to think our future would be similar to the Orwellian world in “1984.” I think unless we start questioning authority, it is inevitable. The next time you see an ad, the next time a politician makes a speech, the next time a news agency tries to feed you a story, remember the words I was told by a great mentor: “Always, always, always question authority.” — Jantzen Ridenour is an IC columnist and a senior majoring in religious studies.

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Feb. 2 — Feb. 8

Friday Valentine Theatre — Come and experience Toledo’s new old-fashioned night out with Silver Screen Classics. This week’s feature is “Double Indemnity” (1944). Full bar and $2 popcorn will be available. Admission is $3 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The Omni — Sebastian Bach, also known as the voice of Skid Row, is coming to Toledo on his Kicking and Screaming Tour. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be bought at Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Saturday Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theatre — A unique presentation of Pictures at an Exhibition will be held, conducted by Stephen Sanderling and guest lecturer Brian Kennedy, showing their unique vision between art and music through a program of art-themed music. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Sunday Valentine Theatre — Come and experience Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion as they present a big, high-tech magic show that combines drama, comedy, romance and suspense with elaborate stage illusions, dazzling special effects and magnificent set design. It’s a magical show that’s fun for children and adults alike. Show starts at 4 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at http://www.

Tuesday Toledo Lucas County Main Library — Share some of your favorite or personal poems at Poetry Loud & Out Loud. Lewd lyrics, profanity, or strong sexual content are not allowed. Runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Students rolling in the D.E.E.P. By Patrick Richardson IC Staff Writer

For students interested in polishing their poetry, a new group on campus offers them a chance to “deepen” their skills. Developing Enhancing Empowering Poets, or D.E.E.P., is a UT student organization that focuses on promoting and developing poets and performers, as well as poetry as a whole. Founded in 2006, it was created for UT students seeking an outlet to express themselves through this artistic medium. “D.E.E.P. was created by students for students,” said Jasmine Deskins, president of the organization and a senior majoring in public health. Anyone interested in joining just needs an interest in performing or the English language. In addition to offering UT poets a creative channel, D.E.E.P. also collaborates with the University of Toledo Writer’s Guild in order to build their skills. The group’s ultimate goal is to give writers and poets the opportunity to showcase their talents as well as give any student the chance to improve their writing and poetry skills. “I have been actively involved in D.E.E.P. for about three years now,” Deskins said. “I

heard about it at meetings and I was hesitant, but one day during my junior year I decided to join. Things started to unfold rapidly.” In 2010, the group attended the Regional Academic and Cultural Collaborative Conference in Dayton. The conference included workshops for the poets to develop their abilities as aspiring artists. The group received one-on-one time with stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle who was able to give some pointers to the students. D.E.E.P. held their first oncampus Open Mic night last Thursday in Rocky’s Attic. Over 30 people attended, and the show gave many students the opportunity to showcase their talents, including poetry, singing, rapping and stand-up comedy. The next Open Mic Night, entitled “The Battle of the Sexes,” will be held on Feb. 10 in Rocky’s Attic and will feature male and female performers competing for audience approval. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, D.E.E.P. will be highlighting poems on the subject of love, sex and relationships at the event. They will also have a table set up to promote safe

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D.E.E.P. members (left to right) Acacia Baucom, Sa’de Ganey, Jasmine Deskins, DaQuala Hunt, and Jerrica Jones. sex during the event. “I want other students to be able to come to D.E.E.P. and express themselves through poetry, and to have challenges and meet them and be able to see the results,” Deskins said. “[They should] be able to share their work with their campus community and Toledo. I want to open the world back up to poetry and creativity.” The group often meets at The Atmosphere, a coffee shop in Rocket Plaza on Dorr

Street. Atmosphere has Open Mic Nights on Wednesdays where any form of entertainment from poetry to stand-up comedy to music is welcome. All UT students are encouraged to attend. D.E.E.P. also meets every Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Student Union Building Room 2579. If students wish to join or get more involved in D.E.E.P. or poetry in general, they are encouraged to show up to the Friday meetings or the Open Mic Nights.

A taste of the Philippines The UTFAA to hold a night filled with traditional Filipino culture

By Russell Axon Copy Editor

Justin Paat is covered in coconut shells — half-shells strapped around his chest, back, hips, thighs and the palms of his hands to be exact. And the reason is simple — he’s doing it for dance. “It’s called ‘Magalatik,’ a Filipino war dance,” he said. “I clap the coconuts on my hands against the ones on my body. It’s pretty intense.” Magalatik and several other traditional Filipino dances will be featured at the UT Filipino-American Association’s Philippine Culture Night in the Student Union Building Ingman Room tomorrow. Other dances at the event include “binasuan,” a graceful dance performed with glasses

of water or wine balanced on the dancer’s head and hands; and “tinikling,” where dancers move between clapping bamboo poles. The event will also showcase hip-hop dance routines, singing and acting. A special, surprise performance is planned for the event’s finale. “With the performances, it was a group effort on what everyone wanted to see,” said Brent Sahagun, president of UTFAA and a senior majoring in nursing. “We also have a lot of talented musicians and singers, so we kind of put them all together for this event.” Performers include FAA members and students from the University of Michigan’s and Michigan State University’s Filipino groups.

“As far as the other schools, they’re all friends of ours and we’ve been there to support their events,” Paat, co-emcee for the event and a senior majoring in art, said. “We told them about our event and asked them if they wanted to come perform and support us.” The FAA also found support from the Filipino Association of Toledo, a local group of which several FAA members’ families are a part. “The Toledo Filipino community is going to show their support by attending the event,” Sahagun said. “We reached out to [them] ... to help us out.” Paat said the elder Filipinos were instrumental to the event’s success.

“We wouldn’t know any of the traditional folk dances without their help,” he said. Sahagun said FAA and FAT members will also cook a variety of Filipino dishes to be served at the event. “We want people to know what our food tastes like compared to your typical American home-cooked meal,” he said. “Or to show how our cultural dances are compared to maybe an Irish dance or something like that.” According to the event’s Facebook group, the event was inspired by similar celebrations that take place in the Philippines. Each province — Filipino Night, Page B2

“The Grey” in a gray zone Described to me by a friend the boundaries of a vicious as “Liam Neeson punching wolf-pack and the group must wolves,” I expected “The battle the animals, the eleGrey” to be another action- ments and themselves to packed, good vs. evil, ass- survive. kicking fest along This seems like a the same lines as plot everyone’s Neeson’s work in heard before, but “Taken.” However, this movie strives I was surprised to to make a mounfind a suspenseful, tain out of a snow s o m e t i m e s drift. Typical thought-provoking themes like man film infused with vs. nature and man raw detail and vs. self are presentemotion. ed in ways more But don’t worry, By Danielle Gamble similar to literaNeeson still kicks Copy Chief ture than ass. blockbuster. The story opens on snowThe most literary scene is covered terrain as Neeson’s when the survivors are listencharacter, Ottway, works for an ing to the wolves fight, then oil-rigging company. His job — they hear a larger wolf snarlto shoot dangerous animals ing, followed by silence. When who threaten the workers, the group asks Ottway what namely wolves. After the em- has happened he tells them ployees finish their job, they the alpha has put down a fight board a plane headed for a new and asserted his dominance. destination, but a mechanical In the same scene, a dissentmalfunction brings the plane ing survivor picks a fight and down in a wintery wasteland. forces Ottway to assert his As Ottway and the six other dominance as well. This comsurvivors assess their situa- parison allows the audience to tion, they realize the tundra draw parallels between man isn’t as barren as they’d like it — Gray, Page B2 to be. They have landed within

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Liam Neeson, Ottway, struggles with fellow survivors against the elements and a pack of ravaging wolves in “The Grey.”

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“For a good time, call...” UT student reflects on first experience at Sundance USA A lot of people have heard of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. What many don’t realize, however, is that while the festival itself is halfway across the country, anyone can experience it locally. That’s why a few of my fellow Arts Living Learning Community members and I were able to take part in the Sundance Film Festival USA in Ann Arbor last Friday. This memorable experience is an event that screens select festival films in different cities. After the screenings, the film’s crew typically participates in a discussion with the audience. This year, films premiered in Boston, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago, Brooklyn, Tucson, Orlando, Nashville and Ann Arbor. This was Ann Arbor’s third-annual Sundance festival. Being a film major, I was completely excited to go to a film premiere at the Michigan Theater. I was part of a group Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute who saw a movie which hadn’t yet been released to the rest of Lauren (Lauren Miller) and Katie (Ari Graynor) start a sex hotline to help pay the bills. the world. This year, Ann Arbor pre- the girls’ mutual friend and stage for a Q&A session with revealed that the film was picked miered the film “For a Good Seth Rogen, Miller’s real-life the audience, but few received up for a studio release, which Time, Call...,” a comedy about husband, in a cameo as a phone the honor due to time is a huge deal because most two college girls who start a sex customer. constraints. Sundance movies never make phone sex hotline out of their The movie is raunchy and One lucky audience member it to theaters, but instead go apartment. Lauren, unlike any other asked how the story was creplayed by co-writer I’ve seen, which is ated. The writers surprised ev- straight to DVD. Lauren Miller, is rewhat makes it great eryone by revealing that it was This Q&A part really excited cently broken up to me. It isn’t a sap- based off of true life events; co- me because I tried to absorb with her boyfriend py love story where writer Katie Anne Naylon ad- whatever information I could and needs a place a guy and a girl fall to live. Katie, to make myself more successin love and, after a mitted to running a phone sex played by Ari hotline out of her freshman ful in my field. This experistruggle, have a Graynor, needs dorm room. ence gave me a good idea happy ending. It’s help with her rent. “For all you college students, about what it will be like to be more like a “broAt first, the two mance” for wom- it can be done. It can be done a director trying to make it in hate each other, By Maranda Carlson en and one of the from your dorm room. It’s really the business. but when they re- For the IC funniest movies I easier than you think,” Naylon sort to drastic I loved being able to go the said jokingly. measures to pay the rent, they have ever seen. The writers and director Sundance Film Festival USA. I After the premiere, the direcform a great friendship. Directed by Jamie Travis, the tor, writers and one of the ac- seemed to be very down-to-earth now know what it will take to film also stars Justin Long as tors, James Wolk, came on the and joked about everything. They get my stories out there.

Gray From Page B1 and beast in an artistic yet identifiable fashion. The main plot provides an interesting storyline, but each character faces internal struggles and memories from his past. Neeson’s character is the one we are given the most insight to, and his fighting spirit makes him very easy to root for. While subplots give dimension to what could be a purely archetypal hero, the audience is hardpressed to find more than pity for the sometimes flat cast. Even with recognizable faces like Dermot Mulroney from “The Wedding Date” and Joe Anderson from “Across the Universe,” the cast is diminished by Neeson’s acting chops. While the ensemble was flawed, the great camera work and action sequences made the film. Close-ups and shaky camera scenes were added tastefully and enhanced the element of realism. The airplane crash sequence was filled with explosive detail, and I lost my breath from the sheer power. Some could argue, though, that the detail gore was too much. But I would argue when there’s a pack of ravaging wolves, expect a disemboweled body or two. In some moments, the carnage

Filipino Night From Page B1 celebrates their “fiestas” in a unique manner, an aspect which FAA wants to maintain, Paat said. “We’ve always wanted a big event to bring other Filipino communities and culture to Toledo,” he said. “We’re going all-out. The practices have been crazy.” Paat said they were inspired by events and conferences FAA attended at other colleges, including The Ohio State University and U of M.

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adds an emotional element to make up for less important characters. As they say, “No guts, no glory.” What I did find disturbing, however, was a distinct lack of a strong female role. The opening scene begins with Ottway narrating a letter to his former lover, the only woman given a single line in the movie. In times of dark trauma, Ottway seeks refuge in a memory of the two of them together, and she serves purely as a symbol for love, safety and good. Also, no story, no matter how decent, can escape the fallout of a bad ending. Not to spoil anything, but after two hours of waiting for an epic, climactic ending, it’s kind of a letdown. Despite its flaws, “The Grey” is a surprisingly emotional and thoughtful journey. Though it leans on a little movie magic and falls over the finale, this film tries to find something deeper and more honest. Plus, even those who hate the film will still learn a lot of cool wolf facts.

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The Grey




Starring Liam Neeson

Sahagun and Paat hope both Filipinos and non-Filipinos will find the event informative and entertaining. “We want to show people how we do things ... to let everyone know what being Filipino’s all about.” Sahagun said. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the door; general tickets are $10, tickets for students and members of the Filipino community are $7 and tickets for FAA members are $5.

Send any form of creative writing to to be featured in the Arts and Life section.

The tree is old. Anyone looking at him can tell that he’s near ancient, growing and surviving throughout the years. It was tough in the beginning, being just a sapling and of no appeal to anyone. As the years wore on, however, he grew stronger, sturdier, and much, much older, and the old tree became a source of comfort for those passing him by. He has seen much. He has a story to tell – a million stories, in fact, all gathered and stored from the conversations of the many students seeking refuge under his sheltering, shady branches. Silently, he listens. Silently, he watches. Silent and strong, he offers a haven, all the while collecting stories for the winter. The winters are harsh for the old tree. His knobby limbs go bare and cold, reaching for any warmth at all. He can find none. The warmth of the sun, as well at the warmth of companionship, is gone, only to return with the change of the season. He must do without the laughing, friendly voices, and the warm caresses of the hands of children, and the gentle, comforting pressure of backs leaning against him. He must only watch the students who once sought comfort under the shelter of his arms scurry along through the snow and slush, barely acknowledging his existence. He is not unloved, merely forgotten. So the old tree waits patient and silent, watching and hoping, replaying stories that remind him of the spring. In the spring, they will come. In the spring, they will sit beneath his sturdy, leafy boughs, and they will tell their stories, and the old tree will just listen. He will listen and collect for the next winter, so that, even when no one can take refuge in him, he can take refuge in himself, forever listening to the stories of spring.

By Anonymous The Independent Collegian is not responsible for any mistakes, grammatical or otherwise, in the weekly From Pen to Paper submissions. Out of respect for the writers and their work, we do not edit or change their words. We trust that what is submitted is in the form that the author intended.



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Toledo falls to MAC East leading Zips 86-72

Super From Page B4 the backbone for a Giants team which has reeled off wins in five-straight elimination games dating back to the regular season.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 Super Bowl XLVI has the makings of another nail-biting showdown between these two storied franchises. So long as the great Tom Brady is behind center, it is difficult to call anyone but New England the favorite under the

brightest lights in all of sports. But should Brady leave any time left on the clock he will have a sideline seat from which to watch blue and white confetti rain from the rafters. Eli Manning will make sure of it.

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UT sophomore guard Rian Pearson scored a career-high 29 points in the 86-72 loss last night. By Nate Pentecost Assistant Sports Editor

The leaders of the Mid-American Conference East Division proved too much for the Rockets, who fell 86-72 at Akron Wednesday night. Toledo shot nearly 50 percent (28-of-59) from the field but could not stymie a Zips offense which shot nearly as well just from behind the arc (8-19) and drained 60 percent (30-of50) of their shots from the field. Sophomore guard Rian Pearson led all scorers with a career-high 29 points to go with a game-best 12 boards and 4 steals. Freshman guard Julius Brown was the only other Rocket to reach double figures,

adding 12 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. Guard Quincy Diggs and center Zeke Marshall paced Akron with 14 points each as Marshall clogged the lane with a gamehigh 5 rejections. Forward Chauncey Gilliam contributed 11 points while teammate Nikola Cvetinovic posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to round out the four Zips who reached double figures. The Rockets kept things close in the early going before an 11-5 spurt by Akron pushed the lead to 14 at 31-17 with 7:24 left in the first half. A timeout sparked a 10-0 run by Toledo, cutting the deficit to

31-27 at the 4:03 mark but the Zips extended their lead to 4334 at the half. A dunk by Pearson would bring the Rockets within 1 at the 13:13 mark of the second half, after which he was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim. Pearson’s maneuver only seemed to fuel Akron, who then went on an 11-2 run behind a pair of Brett McClanahan three-pointers. UT would not come closer than nine points from the lead the remainder of the contest. The Rockets will return to Savage Arena Saturday, Nov. 4 to take on Buffalo. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


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Courtney Ingersoll was the hero of the day. She came out with a lot of energy and passion.

Tricia Cullop UT Head Coach

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Super QB’s He is not the Manning we have grown accustom to watching light up the dome in Indianapolis. And by now it is more than evident he will never be the caliber quarterback of his big brother. But there is no longer any denying that Eli is very, very good. In Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday, the youngest Manning brother will have an opportunity to do something Peyton has not -- hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy for a s e c o n d time. That is, if Eli and the Nate red-hot Big Pentecost Blue can surmount a New England squad led by the So long as only quarof the great terback this generaTom Brady tion to rival is behind his brother in greatness center, it is -Tom Brady. difficult to But while call anyone Peyton and but New the Colts have fallen England the in 8 of 13 matchups favorite. with the Patriots, New York has compiled a 2-1 record against Brady’s bunch with Eli at the helm. The first of those back-toback wins was in the legendary Super Bowl XLII in which the Giants crushed the Patriots hopes of a perfect season in the prime of Brady’s career. Then there was Week 9 earlier this season when Brady notched a go-ahead touchdown with 1:36 remaining. The perpetually stark raving calm Manning responded by engineering an 80-yard drive that ended with a game-winning score with 15 seconds left. New England has not dropped a contest since, and at 34 years old, Brady knows he is running out of postseasons to bring home more hardware. Make no mistake about it, while he may play the part of the consummate team player, few things matter more to Tom Brady than his legacy. And that legacy is marked firmly by wins. No longer is Brady supported by the stellar Patriots defenses of years past, but New England’s defensive front remains stout and its much-maligned secondary has shown notable improvements since the season’s early going. Offensively, Brady and the Patriots are equipped with Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker and a stable of multi-threat weapons which will keep the Giants defense honest. Moreover, the 2010 draft armed the future Hall of Famer with a pair of field-stretching tight ends in Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski (Sunday will prove that the reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated). Manning possesses plenty of weapons in his own right, including a trio of talented wideouts to whom he can spread the wealth and test the questionable Patriots secondary. (See Eli’s 8-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio this postseason and Victor Cruz’s 125-yard first half in the NFC Championship Game for details). Manning is also backed by a defense which started on shaky ground. But that starstudded unit has since been

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Joe Mehling – Editor

Rockets hand Akron 71-60 loss at Savage By Joe Mehling Sports Editor

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University of Toledo senior guard Courtney Ingersoll continued her stellar play last night as she dropped 23 points in the win.

The Rockets used a hot hand from Courtney Ingersoll to beat the Akron Zips 71-60 at Savage Arena last night. Ingersoll led the team with 23 points to seal their 11th straight victory over a team from the Mid-American Conference East Divison. “Courtney Ingersoll was the hero of the day,” UT head coach Tricia Cullop said. “She came out with a lot of energy and passion. She took the opportunities that were giving to her and didn’t force anything. Indicative of a senior who didn’t want to lose this game.” Junior Yolanda Richardson and sophomore Brianna Jones held down the middle for Toledo, each scoring 10 points while grabbing a combined 10 rebounds. The Rockets scored a total of 39 points in the paint and outrebounded Akron 39-33. Toledo used those extra boards to score 22 second chance points compared to just nine from the Zips. UT took adavantage of some open looks and knocked down over 50 percent of thier shots en rotute to the 11 point victory. The Rockets travel to Kent State on Saturday then return home for the much anticipated game with Bowling Green. Earlier this week the Rockets learned that UT ranks 24th in the nation in attendance and hopes that the homecourt advantage will help with thier battle against BG.

UT 2012 recruiting class ranked No. 2 in MAC by Scout and Rivals By Joe Mehling Sports Editor

First year head coach Matt Campbell has picked up right where the Rockets left off in the recruiting world of college football. Campbell and his staff have pieced together the second best recruiting class in the Mid-American Conference and the 61st best class in the nation according to and, finishing six spots ahead of former UT head coach Tim Beckman and the University of Illinois. The class consists of 31 total players, including four walk-ons. There are 12 players that are rated at three stars or better on both recruiting sites as well as 28 players inside of “Rocket Nation”, which is an area within four hours of driving distance from the university. “We put a pride in putting a fence around the fours around Toledo,” Campbell said. “We want to make sure we get the best players in that area.” Included are two players from Whitmer High School, who turned down other offers to stay in Toledo. Jordy Webb, who rushed for 30 touchdowns last season, and 6-8 offensive lineman Storm Norton will be hoping to repeat the hometown success of soon to be NFL draftee Eric Page. “We have Jordy Webb and of course Storm who led the way for most of Jordy’s success,” Campbell said.

“There is two young men coming from a quality program, we are certainly excited about that.” Campbell and his staff targeted Pittsburgh next; where four star wide out recruit Corey Jones and 6-3, 290 pound defensive tackle Treyvon Hester call home. The staff also went into the state of Illinois and grabbed three players like 6-6, 310 pound Paul Perschon, 6-0, 215 linebacker Chase Murdock and 6-4, 275 pound Phillip Martin. A few other out of state highlights include 6-6, 225 quarterback Brian Blackburn and 6-2, 272 pound defensive tackle Allen Covington, who earned allstate honors his senior year. This class may be incoming freshman but most of them have been playing football a lot as of late. There is a combined 78 state playoff appearances along with seven state championship games while four players took home their state championship trophy. “We are proud of the experience they have earned in post season play,” Campbell said. “We feel that they know what it takes to play great football games in November and December.” The Rockets open their 2012 season in mid-April at their annual spring game.

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New UT head coach Matt Campbell will enjoy using this 2012 recruiting class down the road.

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