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Student petitions for gender-neutral housing By Randiah Green Editor-in-Chief

For students who do not fit the “gender norms” of their sex, sharing a dorm room with someone of the same sex can prove to be difficult. “I know I was harassed when I lived in a dorm by some ultra-masculine guys on my not-so-masculine traits,” said David Holtzapple, a fourth year pharmacology

student at UT. Holtzapple is part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allies community on campus. “I would feel so much more comfortable if I didn’t have to live up to gender stereotypes and could feel more at home in on-campus housing,” he said. “I moved into an apartment my sophomore year because of that.”

I would feel so much more comfortable if I didn’t have to live up to gender stereotypes and could feel more at home in on-campus housing.

David Holtzapple Senior, Pharmacology

Matt Ellis, a junior majoring in medicinal and biological chemistry, is trying to provide a better atmosphere for students with experiences similar to Holtzapple’s by petitioning for gender-neutral housing at UT. Ellis has been circulating the petition on campus for a week and though he is unsure exactly how many students have signed it, he said most students he approached were

supportive. “Every now and then there are some who are hesitant to sign it,” he said. “But if they — Gender-neutral, Page A5

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In an effort to better address students’ concerns when it comes to picking the right professor for a course, Student Government passed — Evaluations, Page A5

Black History Month at UT

A look at the upcoming events in February scheduled in celebration of Black History By Megan Vollmer For the IC

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A speaker at one the University of Toledo’s previous Black History Month Kick-off events. This year’s kick-off will be Monday from noon until 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building Auditorium.

Christopher Scott, president of Student African American Brotherhood, believes Black History Month is a powerful accomplishment. “I think we should celebrate Black History Month because it gives us a moment of remembrance, to remember those who not only fought for justice but those who fought for peace among all nations.” Throughout February, various UT organizations including SAAB will host events for the UT community and the public as part of the month-long celebration. The festivities start with the upcoming Black History Month Kick-Off Event Monday from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building Auditorium. It will host poets and guest speakers as well as a dance group and choir. The first event of February, entitled “Black Leaders History,” will be hosted by SAAB next Thursday at 8 p.m. Basheer Jones, a motivational speaker and graduate of Morehouse College, will be speaking at the event. SAAB is also hosting “A Good Grade Makes a Difference” on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. Keathun Gale, a leader in the Greater Cleveland Urban League and graduate of the College of Wooster, will be speaking about

the importance of building positive relationships with peers and staff. Another event is the Black History Month Poetry Slam on Feb. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Building Auditorium. Emily Hardcastle, community outreach coordinator for the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement, said students are encouraged to come and showcase their poetry and listen to Brandon Thornton, the featured guest poet of the night. “The Black Greek Xperience” will take place Feb. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building Auditorium. This is an informational session for individuals who are in an African American sorority or fraternity and wish to share any stereotypes or misconceptions about Greek life. Rasheed Ali Cromwell, author of the book “The Miseducation of the Black Greek,” will be giving a 90-minute lecture about the African American perspective on Greek life. Free food will be available. The Black Student Union will host two popular events next month. The first event is the second-annual “Harlem Renaissance” in Rocky’s Attic on Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. BSU President Victoria Delly said last year’s event had a successful turnout and they wanted to keep the

spirit of the Harlem Renaissance alive. It will be a mock event based off the New Negro Movement in the 1920s and ‘30s. Delly said it will be a time for students to come together to celebrate the innovative and intellectual poetry, art and dance of the movement. BSU will also host their 43rd annual Black Fashion Show on March 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. The theme is “Sakosa.” Delly said the theme represents “stepping into your future but looking back at your past to know where you came from.” “Black Student Union Fashion Show is focusing on black history and of the growth of black people within our community at UT,” she said. “We have a very diverse community at UT and a large part of the population is African American. People are ignorant on the subject of black history and slavery and it is important to cater to the needs and wants of all students.” Sponsoring these events are the Office of Multicultural Student Success, Office of Dean of Students, President’s Lecture Series on Diversity as well as SAC partnering with CAP. For more information, contact Megan Woodruff at 419-530-2992 for a full detailed schedule of events.

Renovations at Carlson Library continue By Allison Seney IC Staff Writer

UT’s Carlson Library will receive some new improvements, like a new writing center, as part of its recent restoration beginning this semester. Ben Pryor, vice provost and dean of the College of Innovative Learning, said the renovation will consist of a series of projects spread over the next several months. “Our short term plan is to accommodate more learning space. If you look at what is going on in libraries like ours, nationwide, most of them have found extra space because of transforming from print to digital,” Pryor said. He said the plan is to separate the second floor into two parts. One will be a gathering area with a monitor showing information in the center of the floor by the elevators. The other half will be for library and COIL faculty to tutor, mentor and assist students with academic issues.

A writing studio will be included with the goal of helping students develop academically by allowing them to work with faculty in a smallgroup setting. Barbara Schneider, associate professor of English, and Anthony Edgington, associate professor of English, aim to offer composition under a new, experimental model that challenges students to set their own pace to meet writing goals. “It offers students a more self-directed way to fulfill their composition requirements here at the university,” Schneider said. “It’s an experimental model that draws on research both from composition and a writing center’s small group instruction. The Writing Center will provide a technological environment for students to work in.” Pryor stressed the Writing Center is separate from the new studio and its new location is to be determined. Pryor said a new second

floor classroom will be involved in the remodeling. “A new classroom containing state-of-the-art mediation for teaching and then the floor will also have more group study areas,” he said. “When it comes to the class, it will not be traditional. It will have the podium in the middle and desks fanning out.” He said the idea is not an extension of the first floor, but more conducive to work. “Last year when I started working with the library I had a lot of students complain about the noise on the first floor,” he said. “It turns out that it is about 50-50 and when students are told there are other areas to study, they get very angry and feel like they don’t think they should have to move.” The long-term plan is to differentiate among floors, Pryor said. Each floor would determine the noise level with the first being the loudest to the fifth being the quietest. — Library, Page A2

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Liberalism spreading among college freshmen, survey finds By Matt Krupnick Contra Costa Times (MCT)

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. _ Already inclined toward liberalism, college freshmen are leaning even farther left on key political issues, a nationwide survey of first-year students has found. An all-time high of 71.3 percent of the new students support same-sex marriage, 6.4 percentage points higher than in 2009, according to the annual survey of more than 200,000 freshmen conducted by UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute. Nearly 43 percent of conservative freshmen said gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry. Opinions on abortion, marijuana legalization, immigration

and affirmative action also grew more liberal in 2011, according to data released Wednesday. The 270-school survey _ the country’s largest sampling of college students _ was first used in 1966. “It’s not so much that liberal students are becoming more liberal,” said Linda DeAngelo, one of the report’s authors. “It’s that students who describe themselves as conservative are becoming more progressive.” A little more than 22 percent of respondents described themselves as conservative or “far right.” About 30 percent said they were liberal or “far left,” while 47.4 percent called themselves “middle of the road.” Despite the apparent liberalization, political advocates hoping to recruit students to their causes need to realize the

survey is more reflective of views are not always black and young people’s tolerance on so- white, students said. “My time is spent more on fiscial issues, not enthusiasm, said Ange-Marie Hancock, a political cal issues,” said Mark Luluan, a science professor at the Univer- 24-year-old Cal State East Bay sity of Southern graduate California. It’s not so much that s t u d e n t “They’re not liberal students are and chairman of the like ATMs, becoming more liberal. It’s c a m p u s where you can just withdraw that students who describe C o l l e g e their support,” themselves as conservative R e p u b l i are becoming more cans chapshe said. “You progressive. ter. “Over have to cultivate them as the past voters.” four years, we haven’t Conservative Linda DeAngelo really dealt students in the Researcher at UCLA’s Higher Education Research Bay Area said Institute with tradithey weren’t tional sosurprised by cially conthe shift to the left. In a region servative issues. Students are that gave birth to California’s more concerned about getting a gay-marriage push, political job after graduation.”

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Plans for the third and fourth floors are to serve as the center for all the collections. Before Pryor became the dean of the library, it went through a process of removing material deemed no longer popular. “Most of our material is electronic, so we don’t have

“I don’t think being conservative would be a huge problem,” said Mangels, who said he did not yet know how to describe his political beliefs. “They’re not going to hate you for it.” The survey also revealed that alcohol consumption dropped to an all-time low in 2011, with 35.4 percent saying they drank beer as high school seniors. Just less than 58 percent of respondents said they were attending their first-choice college _ the lowest number since 1974 _ and more high school students took advanced-placement courses and studied longer than in the past. “I think high school students are stressed about getting into college,” said DeAngelo, of UCLA. “There’s an increased pressure to perform.”

The same is true among San Jose State University conservatives, said 19-year-old sophomore Mark Williams, chairman of that school’s College Republicans. “I think the conservatives in our club are not as focused on social issues,” he said. “We’re not really for or against” samesex marriage. At the University of California, Berkeley, where liberal politics have long been the cultural norm, several students said Wednesday they rarely discuss politics with their peers and they rarely come across students who are outwardly conservative. But being conservative would not earn a Cal student a scarlet letter, said 18-year-old freshman Alex Mangels. demand for the copy on the shelf, so we were left with a lot of empty space and the third and fourth floors are now packed with books that we kept,” Pryor said. “I looked at various models from other universities that will motivate students.” Pryor cited models at the University of Akron and The Ohio State University. A collaboration of designers and architects drew the

space with a focus on housing the new technology. “We want to have an iPad lending policy with library material downloaded on [it],” he said. With the print-to-digital movement, Pryor said his only problem is most books can only be downloaded by the computer and wants UT to own its own copyrighted versions of materials downloaded on iPads.




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Log in to the library Have a Kindle or a decent Internet connection? Those that do might be pleased to know that libraries have made videos, music, audiobooks and eBooks downloadable through the Internet. Anyone with a library card can meander to the website, skim through the available material and proceed to checkout. People are allowed to checkout up to eight items at a time for one to three weeks. Users have the option of downloading content to a Mac or PC. They can have the content burned to a CD or transferred to an iPod or an MP3 player. Besides that, they can load it on a Kindle. Downloads are managed through a program called OverDrive Media Console, which is like the iTunes of library media. Having library media accessible online is great for people who are unable to travel to a local branch. They can checkout whatever they’re interested in at home at their convenience. Those without a great deal of time between classes, or those looking for a new way to procrastinate, can visit here. Parents and babysitters can use this feature to quickly find something to entertain the kids. There’s also the convenience of not being able to lose the material. Fines accumulate after a while but users have the benefit of logging into a computer anywhere to return their data. Courtesy notifications are normally sent by email when material is due. For the busy or disorganized, this could be a lifesaver. Graphic novels and comics even made their way into the fiction section. Readers can view a huge selection of single issues and books, such as

the humorous “Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks” or the first issue of “X-Men: First Class.” Trade paperbacks of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Ghostbusters” are also available. Those who like listening to books will be pleased to learn that the Toledo Public Library offers 3,461 audiobooks to pick from in the fiction section alone. From the sappy, sweet “Notebook” to the suspenseful “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” it seems the library has everything. The nonfiction section has 1,402 selections to pick from. People who would rather blast music through their headphones will find the music section of particular interest. The section allows music fans to listen to a wide variety of songs and artists, making sure no one gets bored. Available bands range from Taking Back Sunday to Smashing Pumpkins to Pink Floyd to Beethoven and more. Even those who like to kick it to opera will find songs in that genre. Online libraries aren’t a way to replace traditional libraries, but are an expansion of library services. While books will always be a mainstay, the option to access the same material will help new authors circulate. When someone can’t checkout his or her favorite book in the library, he or she might be able to download it online instead. The children of today are growing up wired to electronics, and this new system is a good alternative when trips to the library can’t be made. It’s fascinating to see how libraries can be enhanced to adjust for the innovations of this age.

Our teeth and ambitions are bared At some point during college, things like resumes, professional appearance and internships become priorities. Like Scar from Disney’s “The Lion King” said, “Be prepared.” If you aren’t prepared ahead of time, you’ll fall behind Megan every other Gross student trying to do the same thing you are — land a job. Preparation is a key factor and that’s why it’s important to know what can help and hurt you during those first few days as an intern. Here are a few suggestions I’ve found can help when preparing for the first day of an internship. Plan to arrive looking sharp. Dress like you’re the king of Pride Rock. No employer wants to be represented by a slob. If you’re not sure what to wear, try to remember what people were wearing the day you were interviewed. If you can’t recall what they wore, use the conservative

approach — dress pants and a button-up shirt or blouse. Do a little research. Sometimes “Hakuna Matata” isn’t the best policy. You don’t want to walk into the office thinking you are only an intern and don’t need to know company details. An arrogant attitude will get you nowhere in the job market. Try to find out what the company sells or does, if they are a publicly traded company and whether or not they’re doing something new in the coming year. Historical research is always nice to know, but it’s the “happening now” information you should look at the closest. Get a good night’s sleep. You don’t want to stroll in your first day with bags under your eyes. Wake up well-rested, energetic and ready to face your first day on the job. Employers will be glad to know you’ve put in the effort to make your first day a great experience. They can tell if the lion slept last night. Be aware of time. What time you should arrive to work and what time you are allowed to leave. You should have a clear understanding of your work schedule and be on time.

Leave at an appropriate time in order to handle traffic or uncertain weather conditions. Plan for enough time in the morning to get ready, be out the door and on time for work. Start your morning off right. Don’t load up on pancakes and sausage, or worse, eat nothing at all and expect to feel fine during your first day. Have a bowl of cereal, some fruit or eggs and eat slowly. Even if you can’t wait to be king, don’t rush yourself — that only makes you more anxious. Just relax, eat your breakfast and head off to work. With research, preparation and initiative, you’re likely to land the internship you were meant to find — either for a learning experience, a foot in the company’s door or a way to narrow down which field you prefer most. Whether you like your first internship or not, you’ll get an idea of how to tackle the first days future job opportunities. It’s a first step in the circle of life. — Megan Gross is an IC Columnist and a junior majoring in marketing.

Asian carp threaten lakes would travel to Lake Huron and finally Lake Erie via the Detroit River. Despite an electric fence keeping them out of the Chicago canal, Asian carp DNA has penetrated the barrier. In Eagle Marsh near Fort Wayne, Ind., where Asian carp have been found, water drains into the St. Mary’s River which joins the Maumee River. The chain-link fence seems effective now, but many are worried it will open when flooding occurs. There also exists the threat of yearlings, younger and smaller Asian carp, crossing through. The fence was just a temporary solution; a permanent one should be found. The Great Lakes bring in $7 billion annually, and Lake Erie fishermen catch more fish in Lake Erie than what’s caught in the other lakes combined, according to a Blade article. These figures are just in sport-fishing alone. Lake Erie also brings in more money with its waves in tourism and water sports. It’s likely an invasion of Asian carp would devastate the lake’s native fish population and cripple local lake-related industries. Ohio needs to concentrate on stopping the Asian carp migration. Fisheries need to pull together and think of effective ways to drive these fish out. Draining the wetlands of Eagle Marsh could stop those populations from filtering through, but the area’s constant flooding prevents that from being a permanent solution. The Asian carp invasion should be treated as a regional problem, not a federal one. This will keep a solution from being prolonged due to Washington stagnation. One of the easiest ways to put the fish on the plate for discussion is simply by spreading awareness. Informed residents who rely on these threatened waters for income and leisure could help motivate research teams attempting to solve the problem.

Driving along the Maumee River during springtime, one can see a long line of fishermen wading in swiftly moving waters under the bright sun, while car after car parking alongside the road as families scramble towards the water with fishing poles. When the water’s shallow, a few gather courage to cross it all the way to the other side. The Maumee River looks like a great place for fun adventures come spring and summer. But recently, many feel a certain invader threatens this breathtaking scenery. Scientists at a biological station in Sandusky are concerned that if Asian carp invade the Great Lakes, the ecosystem will change drastically. The scenario worries scientists so much, it has prompted engineers to erect a $200,000, 10-foot high, chain-link fence in waters to keep them out. Other fish can’t compete with Asian carp, which are known to uproot mud and vegetation while hunting for food. Their presence could monopolize the food chain and cause other fish populations to collapse, devastating the Great Lakes. This has already been seen in parts of the Mississippi River, where they constitute 90 percent of the fish population. An insatiable appetite coupled with explosive reproduction rates make it difficult to keep these fish in check. Additionally, they have no predators in the water. Biologists contend that the Maumee River is the perfect link for the Asian carp to access Lake Erie. The rich vegetation in the Maumee would be more than enough to cause their populations to explode. Many are worried the carp will take over the Great Lakes through a Chicago canal that connects the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan. Through Lake Michigan the fish


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Gender-neutral From Page A1 up signing it. Obviously there are those who do not even stop to talk to me about it, and that’s OK, too.” Ellis said this type of housing will be most beneficial to transgender students whose presence on campus is often overlooked. “Of course there is LGBT in general, but transgender is something that is less talked about and I think less people understand it,” he said. “I think there does need to be more discussion about it and we are going to start handing out informational pamphlets as well when circulating the petition so hopefully that will help inform people.” Ellis said transgender students are not the only ones who will benefit from this. “We are all adults; most freshmen are at least 18,” he said. “I’ve also heard cases of



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assignment and there’s ups and downs with both, but we’re not concerned with that right now.” Holtzapple said the separation of students by their gender is an important issue for the LGBTQA community and needs to be addressed “as soon as possible.” “[Transgender students] may be transitioning and not feel comfortable living with certain people,” Ellis said. “They base your gender off your birth certificate and a transgender person may not identify with the sex on their birth certificate.” Ellis is hoping to collect signatures through February and start working on a proposal to submit to the Student Senate and onto the administration by mid-March. He said he is unsure of how many signatures is enough, but he wants to show that students are supportive of this and raise awareness about how to accommodate transgender students at UT.

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Rockets bombard Miami (OH) in 79-66 victory By Joe Mehling Sports Editor

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The Rockets have now won four straight in the Mid-American Conference as they now look toward Buffalo on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Rockets women’s basketball team drowned Miami with seven three pointers and 51 points in the second half to knock off the 15-5 (5-2 MidAmerican Conference) RedHawks 79-66. Toledo shot 54 percent from the floor (32-of-59) including 55 percent (11-for-20) from beyond the arc. The 11 trey’s is tied for a season best. “Knocking down three pointers is a team thing,” UT head coach Tricia Cullop said. “Someone has to distribute, someone has to set a good screen and someone has to bury it. Three or four people have to put something together to make that happen.” Sophomore guard Andola Dortch scorched the RedHawks for 25 points and a career high nine assists while senior guard Haylie Lynn scored 15 points by the way of five three pointers, four of which came in the second half. “Haylie is a very good shooter and Andola as well,” Cullop said. “Haylie has been in a little bit of a slump lately so it was good to see her step up and get some rhythm.” Junior forward Yolanda

Richardson continued her stellar play in the paint scoring 12 points on 6-of-8 from the floor while grabbing eight boards and three blocks. The Rockets (12-7 5-2 MAC) outscored Miami 38-24 in the paint and forced 16 turnovers while holding them to just 34 percent from the floor. Toledo had a few miscues of their own, turning it over Dortch 19 times and made just 4-of-9 from the charity stripe. “We just have to continue to tweak little things along the way,” Cullop said. “This is a great win for us, not a lot of people will get this win.” Miami was led by senior guard Maggie Boyer with 20 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Junior Courtney Osborn added 17 points but also had a team high six turnovers. The Rockets take a trip to Buffalo on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Bulls are 6-15 on season and are Lynn struggling as of late. They are just 1-6 in MAC play with their lone win against Northern Illinois 62-42 back on Jan. 22. Leading the Bulls in scoring is Brittany Hedderson with just over 20 points a game.

Toledo coaching staff UT wins first road game ready for 2012 recruits in MAC play since 2008

File Photo by Jason Mack

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New University of Toledo Head Coach Matt Campbell continues to bring in exciting recruits.

UT sophomore Rian Pearson scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the 63-61 victory.

By Nate Pentecost Assistant Sports Editor

By Nate Pentecost Assistant Sports Editor

Since joining the Rockets staff in 2009, Toledo’s Matt Campbell has built himself a reputation as one of the premiere recruiters in the country. Campbell was the architect of the Mid-American Conference’s top ranked recruiting class last year and he’ll be looking to make another big

splash come national signing day, which is Wednesday. This time around, however, he will be inking commits as UT’s head coach. “We’re really excited,” Campbell told the Independent Collegian. “I think we’re attacking the needs that we have in recruiting. I think it’s going to be one of the best classes we’ve had.” The Rockets currently

have 24 verbal commitments (including eight three-star recruits), having lost just a few incoming players when Tim Beckman bolted for Illinois. Campbell only furthered his renown last Sunday by making the signature move of the Rockets 2012 class over a month after Beckman’s departure. — Recruits, Page B2

UT men’s basketball claimed their first MidAmerican Conference road win since January 2008 with a 63-61 win over Miami (OH) last night. The victory also snaps a four-game losing streak to the Redhawks and marks the first time since the 19992000 season that Toledo has

won in Oxford. Sophomore guard Rian Pearson led the Rockets (109, 2-3 Mid-American Conference) in the win, recording his fifth double-double of the season with a game-high 24 points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Junior guard Curtis Dennis added 17 points off the bench and teammate Dominique Buckley dished out a

game-high 6 assists. MAC player of the year candidate Julian Mavunga fronted the Redhawks effort by picking up a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the loss. The Rockets hit the court again Saturday when they return to Savage Arena to take on Kent State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.



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UT quarterback Austin Dantin will enjoy the new weapons Campbell has brought in this year.

The Rockets will mix the new recruits with the talent Campbell has already brought to the school.

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tutelage and adequate time to learn Campbell’s offensive scheme could transform Blackburn into one of the conference’s best signal callers. Toledo’s other three-star recruits include running back Damion Jones-Moore, defensive tackle Orion Jones, defensive end Phillip Martin, and wide receivers Armani Miller and Danny Larkins. As signing day approaches, Campbell and his staff continue to keep their radar steady on the status of numerous undeclared, but interested recruits — around a half-dozen of which have also received three-stars. Yesterday, Campbell took a flight to Pittsburgh, presumably to strengthen his ties with Jones and Whittaker, but also possibly to meet with their former teammate Trevyon Hester, among others. Hester spent some time at defensive end in high school. In addition to Toledo, schools including Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Temple have also shown interest in him due to his promise at offensive guard. He has gone overlooked by

Four-star wide receiver Corey Jones verbally committed to Pittsburgh in the fall but Campbell was able to coax the Pennsylvania native away from the Panthers amid a coaching change-over. “I wasn’t sure of how Pitt was going to handle things, how I was going to fit into their offense and if I was still in their offensive scheme,” Jones told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “[Pittsburgh coaches] are cool, but I’m just trying to do what is best for me and I think Toledo’s offense is what’s best for me.” Jones is an explosive receiver, with outstanding body control, who runs crisp, clean routes. He also projects to be a stellar kick/punt returner. At 5-9, 165 pounds the only conceivable downside to the Rockets sole four-star recruit is his size. But NFL-bound receiver/returner Eric Page has the Rockets well-acquainted with the potential of an undersized, multi-position threat. In time, Jones could be a viable replacement for Page as both a receiv-

er and returner. While Jones continues to develop, Toledo carries enough depth in its receiving core to avoid a great deal of drop-off in production, in spite of the versatile Page’s absence. “The one position I feel real confident about is our wide receivers,” Campbell said. “I think we’ve got some really good receivers on campus right now. Some have already proven themselves and a couple others are ready to break out. I think anytime you recruit good skill players, those guys have a chance to come in and compete. It’s a matter of what those guys do with their opportunities.” Jones’ commitment also made possible the signing of a three-star recruit, in what appears to be something of a package deal. Chaz Whittaker, who initially showed interest in signing with West Virginia, verbalized his intention to join his Penn Hills High School teammate at Toledo shortly following Jones’ commitment. Whittaker, who also saw time at wide receiver at Penn Hills, ranks among the top 100 safeties in the 2012

class according to multiple recruiting services. Set to join Whittaker on the defensive side of the ball in the coming years is middle linebacker Jaylen Coleman. A skilled, high-energy defender with a knack for getting to the ball, he was sought by BCS programs including Arizona State, West Virginia and Cincinnati before committing to Toledo earlier this month. Coleman was also a standout in the backfield for University Prep in Pittsburgh. As a result, the offensive-minded Campbell might opt to utilize him at running back, though film and scouting reports suggest he is better suited as a defender at the collegiate level. Quarterback Brian Blackburn is perhaps the most intriguing of UT’s 2012 recruits. The 6-5, 220-pound Blackburn possesses a strong arm and capable wheels, but he certainly lacks the polish of the former Rocket quarterback whom he most resembles in body-type — Cincinnati Bengals backup Bruce Gradkowski. That withstanding, proper

many major programs but some scouts project him to be a BCS-caliber lineman. The Rockets chances at picking up a commitment from Hester certainly aren’t hurt by a pair of his Penn Hills teammates already being on board. Toledo also remains in the mix for a trio of three-star recruits from Cleveland’s talentrich Glenville High School. Cornerback V’Angelo Bentley is a solid recruit but his former teammates Willie Henry and Sean Draper are multiposition players (offensive/ defensive lineman and wide receiver/cornerback, respectively) with BCS-caliber talent and considerable upside. The Rockets have also caught the eye of highly-touted, three-star quarterback Robert Gregory of Chicago’s Simeon High School. The 6-3 signal caller is a duel-threat, capable of making some flashing plays but he is still raw behind center and some expect he will be converted to wide receiver. Gregory announced his intention to sign with Arkansas last November but decommitted after a visit to Minnesota

the following month. It would seem he is a long shot to commit to Toledo but don’t count out the Rockets coaching staff just yet. “We’ve really evaluated what we needed here and our programs and made sure we went out and attacked it,” Campbell said. “Hopefully by next Wednesday we’ll be real happy with the outcome.” Campbell and his staff will host a special presentation of its 2012 recruiting class on signing day when commitments will officially be announced. The free event, which begins at 4 p.m., is open to all Rocket fans and includes video highlights of each signee in attendance. “It’s one of those deals where you can bring a great end to this season and really start 2012 and show what this team is going to look like,” Campbell said. “I love being able to get out with our fans and give them the opportunity to see our excitement about each one of these young men and get some insight on them.”


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Dagorhir From Page B4 actually follow the rules and die when they’re supposed to. The type of weapon that a player wields also takes a huge role in the damage done to their opponents. The weapon types are categorized by color – blue, red, green, yellow and white. Blue weapons are ones that can be swung with one hand, such as short swords, axes and flails. Red are larger weapons that require two hands. These can break any shield with two solid hits. Green weapons are used for stabbing, like daggers and spears. It is possible for a weapon to be either red or blue in addition to being green. Yellow weapons are airborne, like javelins and arrows, and are lethal to any part of the body that it hits,



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Thursday, January 26, 2012 including the head. White weapons are rocks that deal blows only to the head. The amount of damage a person endures can also be affected by their choice of armor. “One can take extra hits if one possesses armor appropriate for the time period [and] made of period materials,” Barth said. Each player takes care of their costume, armor and character name, adding to the personality and authenticity of the game. Dagorhir isn’t limited to only UT − it is played all around the country. Many events are held both locally and nationally. The largest Dagorhir event is called Ragnarok. Players camp out in Slippery Rock, Pa., for the week-long game. Everyone fights by day and enjoys camaraderie and fellowship

by night. Locally, the UT Dagorhir Club holds weekly practices and welcomes all who want to play. “We always welcome new people,” Barth said. “The more the merrier. In order to join, one simply needs to show up at a practice and sign a waiver.” The UT Dagorhir Club meets each Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Health Education Center’s gym. There is also practice at Bowling Green State University on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Barth encourages anyone who is interested to come to any of the practices and try it out. “I have more fun with Dagorhir than just about anything else,” he said. “I’ve met some of my best and longest lasting friends through the game, and I have never once regretted starting to play.”

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Michelle Williams, nominee for Best Actress in a L e a d ing Role for her work in “M y W e e k W i t h M a r i l y n . ”

From pen to paper Submissions from student literary artists Being Adopted To be adopted is to develop an imagination, Lower your eyelids and be mystified, Words puzzle together to create images, Images of what they may appear as, Who you may look like more, Unanswered questions of certain behaviors, Interesting to know what it may have been like, Not curious enough to actually live it, Grateful enough to be accepted, To be taken in by caring people, Taken in under their wings, Now soaring high with endless possibilities, A star in the sky when I am lost, A warm hug when I am cold, Miracles have brought us together, Love has connected our souls, Support has come from these people, People that recognize me as their own.

“The Tree of Life.” In the category of Best Animated Feature Film, “A Cat in Paris,” “Chico & Rita,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Puss in Boots” and “Rango” were all nominated. Along with these, there were nominees for other prestigious categories, such as Best Adapted and Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score and Song, Best Foreign Film, Best Feature and Short Documentary, Best Animated and Live Action Short Film, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. Be sure to tune in on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. to see who will go home with an Oscar and who should remain hopeful for next year.

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

By Rachel Morris — Rachel Morris is a sophomore majoring in biology.

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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A group of UT Dagorhir Club participants gather in costume for one of their epic battles.

Staff Picks for 2012 Oscars: Best Picture

“The Help” or “The Artist”

Best Lead Actor

Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”

Best Lead Actress

Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”

Best Supporting Actress

Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”










Arts and Life Thursday, January 26, 2012

ut group of the week:

Around town

Dagorhir Club

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Friday The Omni — Attack! Attack! is bringing their brand of synth rock back to Ohio. Also featured are The Ghost Inside, Sleeping With Sirens and Chunk! No

A game fit for the ages

Captain Chunk! Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door, and can be bought at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 1-800745-3000, and locally at Culture Clash (419-536-LOVE) and RamalamaRecords(419-531-ROCK). Valentine Theatre — Come and experience Toledo’s new old-fashioned night out with Silver Screen Classics. This week’s feature is “The Blues Brothers” (1980). Full bar and $2 popcorn will be available.

Photo Courtesy of Austin Barth

Admission is $3 and the show

UT Dagorhir Club members battle it out with their homemade outfits and weapons.

starts at 7:30 p.m.

By Caitlin Arthurs Arts and Life Editor

Saturday Imagination


Mindbender Mansion, an eclectic place full of brainteasers and interactive challenges, opens this Saturday and runs through April 29. Imagination Station is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $9.

Monday Spicy Tuna Sushi Bar & Grill — Urban Active presents “Sexy Food, Sexy Body, Sexy Lifestyle,” a Project iAm benefit on Monday and Tuesday. Event will include All-U-Care To-Eat sushi and wine tasting, gift bags to all attendees, fitness models and live entertainment.


percent of raffle proceeds and a portion of ticket sales will benefit Project iAm, a local charity for children with autism. Runs from 5 – 9 p.m. and tickets can be bought at

Have you ever seen people dressed in medieval garb hitting one another with foam swords in Centennial Mall and thought, “What in the world is that?” No, you’re not crazy and no, you didn’t accidentally stumble into a time warp. It is just the Dagorhir Club. Dagorhir is a nationwide, medieval re-enactment foam fighting game that has been around since 1977 and it combines both

historical and fantasy elements into one fun way to get active and gather with friends. Austin Barth, a senior majoring in computer science and engineering and president of the UT Dagorhir Club, said the rules of the game are pretty simple. “If a weapon strikes a limb, it goes away. You put it behind your back.” Barth said. “If that limb happens to be a leg, you drop to a knee. This is specifically to prevent people [from]

hopping around and hurting themselves. If you lose two limbs — any combination of legs and arms – you are dead.” Additionally, torso hits mean instant death and head shots are illegal. Hands holding a weapon or shield and feet that are on the ground are also immune to hits. Basically, it’s just like the games that everyone played as kids, except the members of Dagorhir Club — Dagorhir, Page B3



Caitlin Arthurs – Editor

Students Speak

Not a “Feminazi” A Women’s and Gender studies major clarifies misconceptions By Kimberly Roland For the IC

“Feminazi,” “bra-burner,” “man-hater” — these are just a few of the negative and misconceived labels placed on those who delve into a major infused with feminist theory. And those were names I never wanted to be called. When I came to UT last fall, I was registered as a law and social thought major. I thought that being a pre-law student was just the right thing to do: make good grades, go to law school and try to land big in a huge firm in New York. To my surprise, after just a day in my pre-law class, I knew that being a lawyer was not for me. That very same week — the first week of school, to be exact — I decided to switch majors. I had scheduled an Intro to Gender Studies class that semester and something about it caught my interest. I mean, I considered myself to be a politically active girl, and yet I had no knowledge about the struggle women in the first wave of feminism had gone through to gain the basic right to vote, which was something that I had taken for granted. Long story short, I was so engrossed in the content of my course that I decided to pursue it as my official major. Women’s and gender studies, contrary to popular belief, is not about hating men or burning our bras to unify the sisterhood. Instead, a women’s and gender studies major focuses on aspects of sexuality, race and human rights, which are essentially grounded in feminist

theory. Some of the classes offered through the Women’s and Gender Studies Department include, Law, Policy and Politics of Sex, Girlhood and Adolescence and Issues in Women’s Studies. These classes are infused with thought-provoking content that can open the eyes of students to the exploitation and injustice of women everywhere. Graduates of this program have gone into careers with non-profit organizations, law, counseling, education and writing. As a gender studies major, I am able to stand proudly with a department that advocates and defends women’s reproductive rights, equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community, and the prevention and awareness concerning women involved in sex trafficking nationally and globally. UT also offers some great feminist programs and clubs. UT has a Power of Women group that meets on a regular basis. More information on that can be found on Facebook under “UT Feminist Alliance.” For more information on majors or events held in the women’s and gender study field, the department of Women’s and Gender Studies is located in University Hall, Room 4260. All in all, I have no regrets about my decision to switch majors. I found something that I love and despite the other labels, my favorite one is “happy.”

And the Oscar nominees are... For the IC

The nominations for the Acadamy Awards were announced on Monday. There were over 20 categories, judging everything from Best Picture to Best Music score and each had multiple nominees. The category of Best Picture is one of the most renowned categories and had many notable nominations. The 2012 nominees are as follows — “The Artist,” “The Descendents,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “War Horse,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball” and “The Tree of Life.” Multiple men are gunning for the Best Actor in a Leading Role award. Nominees include George Clooney for “The Descendents,” Demián Bichir for “A Better Life,” Jean Dujardin for “The Artist,” Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” and finally Brad Pitt for “Moneyball.” The equally sought-after award for Best Actress in a Leading Role also has many exciting nominations this year. Glenn Close was nominated for her role in “Albert Nobbs,” Viola Davis for “The Help,” Rooney

Mara for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Meryl Streep for “The Iron Lady” and Michelle Williams for “My Week with Marilyn.” The categories of Best Supporting Actor and Actress also received many worthy nominees. For Best Supporting Actor, the nominees are Kenneth Branagh for “My Week with Marilyn,” Jonah Hill for “Moneyball,” Nick Nolte for “Warrior,” Christopher Plummer for “Beginners” and finally Max von Sydow for “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.” In the Best Supporting Actress category, Bérénice Bejo was nominated for “The Artist,” Jessica Chastain for “The Help,” Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids,” Janet McTeer for “Albert Nobbs” and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.” Of course, movies would be nowhere without their directors. The category of Best Directing recognizes this aspect of film. The nominated directors are Michel Hazanavicius for “The Artist,” Alexander Payne for “The Descendants,” Martin Scorsese for “Hugo,” Woody Allen for “Midnight in Paris” and finally Terrence Malick for — Oscars, Page B3

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“The Help,” starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Bryce Dallas Howard has been nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy awards.

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Spring 2012 Issue 31  

Independent Collegian Spring 2012 Issue # 31