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Meal plan changes proposed for 2012-13 By Randiah Green Editor-in-Chief

Students may have a Moe’s Southwest Grill and a Chick-fil-A added to their on-campus dining options in addition to a decrease in dining hall hours for the 2012-13 academic year. These proposed

Student Government tickets announced

changes are a part of Auxiliary Service’s plans to adjust meal plan options for the upcoming school year. New dining hall hours Students may notice some of these changes N

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One of the proposed changes includes the introduction of “Residential Dollars” which students can use to swipe a guest into the dining halls.

UT staff attend religious leadership seminar By Danielle Gamble News Editor

A faculty member questioned the use of university funds for a religious leadership seminar in a recent newsletter by the UT chapter of the American Association of University Professors union. Linda Rouillard, associate professor of French and member of the UTAAUP executive board, wrote an article questioning the use of university funds that sent 15 administrators and staff members to the Global Leadership Summit over the past two years. This seminar is sponsored by Willow Creek Associations, a Christian non-profit organization that seeks to empower churches. “We’re all free to pursue our religious beliefs and values, but I don’t believe it’s the place of the university to pay for employees to do that,” Rouillard said. “There is still the issue that either these people were on university time when they did this, or they were on their personal time and the university paid for it.” President Lloyd Jacobs said while this particular conference was “not the perfect choice,” the time administrators spent at the seminar counted as staff development. “I believe that was a reasonable expenditure for high-quality leadership training, and that’s a perfectly legitimate use of university resources,” Jacobs said.

Rouillard said she found Purchase card statements with charges for the leadership summit by serving the university with a public records request. She then asked for follow-up documentation showing the registration receipts for university employees. Disbursement forms show the UT Foundation reimbursed the P-card usage for the office of Chuck Lehnert, vice president of administration, for the 2011 seminar hosted by WCA. Lehnert denied knowledge of any seminars hosted by Willow Creek. Rouillard said though the university reimbursed the P-card charges, there is still a matter of using university funds to attend a religious seminar. “It’s still UT money and this is not an appropriate use for that money,” she said. “This is not to say that I don’t think anybody from this campus should be participating in these things, but I don’t think they should be participating in them on the university’s time and on the university’s dime.” Jacobs said he was unaware of the seminar’s religious affiliation until about a week ago. “It’s certainly not a matter of using university resources to support any particular religion or persuasion. What we really want to do is live out our commitment of diversity, and I think we work really hard at that, but this — AAUP, Page A2



By Vincent D. Scebbi Managing Editor

Five pairs officially declared their intention to run in next month’s Student Government President/Vice President election yesterday. The following are the pairs

who turned in their election packets yesterday: • Maxwell Gold, a senior majoring in philosophy/Kenneth Harbin, a senior majoring in chemistry. • Tate Stricklin, a junior majoring in computer science engineering technology/Victoria

Delly, a junior majoring in political science. • Nancy Ngo, a junior majoring in social work/Patrick Richardson, a junior majoring in marketing. • Heather Engle, a senior majoring in political science/ Brent Teall, a senior majoring in

Swimming, and fishing advisory signs removed from Ottawa River By Vincent D. Scebbi Managing Editor

For over 20 years, the gold and blue signs forbidding activities such as swimming and the consumption of fish stood at the edge of the Ottawa River. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Health and the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department gathered at UT to remove the signs yesterday, lifting the fish consumption advisory with the exception of carp in this section of the river. Director of the Ohio EPA Scott Nally said the advisory, which first went into effect in 1991, came as a result of decades of manufacturing activity and improper disposal of toxins like PCBs, nutrients like phosphorous, E. coli and heavy metals like mercury and lead. Patrick Lawrence, professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Planning and chair of the UT President’s Commission on the River, said toxins in the water were absorbed by the fish and retained in their tissue. Due to a variety of projects and the cleaning and remediation of two downstream landfill sites in the mid-1990s, wildlife and the environment’s exposure to the toxins has decreased. “The Ottawa River that flows through the University of Toledo Main Campus is an important part of our university and we are pleased to see the health of the river improve and the advisories lifted,”

adolescent young adult education. • Paulette Bongratz, a senior majoring in international business and marketing/Christopher Dykyj, a junior majoring in athletic training. Polls will open April 2 and — Candidates, Page A2

SG cabinet member improves campus accessibility By Megan Vollmer IC Staff Writer

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Cherie Blair, Maumee RAP coordinator, and Johan Gottgens, professor of ecology at UT, remove the fishing advisory sign. Lawrence said in a statement. “The university is committed to enhancing the waterway and retaining the valuable natural resource for future generations.” Nally said some of the projects that received grants from the Ohio EPA included rain gardens, grass buffer strips, filter strips in the river and habitat restoration. “This is a major success story for safe, clean water in Lucas County, but more importantly it has provided better health and well-being for Lucas County and its residents,” said Health Commissioner of the county health department David Grossman in the press release. “This endeavor has taken over a decade to be celebrated and could not have happened if not for the work and commitment of

numerous individuals and groups. However, in Lucas County there is much more work to be done on improving water quality.” Lawrence said not all sections of the Ottawa River have been unbanned. He said the section between Lake Erie and Jermain Park are under advisory not to eat any species of fish. From there to Main Street in Sylvania, which includes UT, the advisory has been lifted with the exception of carp. The remainder of the river, which runs west into Fulton County, has no restrictions. Lawrence said the advisory lift, although unrelated to plans unveiled last month to restore habitat in the river, should improve aquatic life.

Some people are born problem-solvers, but Ernie Brancheau learned this skill through his personal struggles. Brancheau, a member of the Student Government cabinet, is paraplegic due to the dengenration of his cervical intervertebral discs. He also has hydrocephalus, where a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid causes the brain to swell and press against the skull, damaging brain tissue. Brancheau said he is medically considered “terminally ill,” but this has not stopped him from pursuing his goals. “The initial reason why I rolled onto campus is so I can learn sign language, so when I come into contact with ASLonly community I can better be a voice for them,” Brancheau said. “In doing so, I have encountered some issues and I’ve been asked to serve in a bigger capacity.” Brancheau has been working with different departments around campus to improve conditions for UT students. “I am doing it because I want the community to come together and be engaged with each other and their surroundings,” Brancheau said. Jordan Maddocks, vice president of Student Government, said Brancheau noticed — Ernie, Page A2



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Food From Page A1 when they return from spring break. These include proposed changes such as the South Dining Hall and Horton International House Dining Hall closing at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Both halls are currently open until 7 p.m. and close at 2 p.m. on Friday. “The lunch hour at South Dining Hall is packed, but by 1:30 we hardly have anyone actually eating,” said Joy Gramling, director of Auxiliary Services. “They are sitting in there studying and doing homework, but they are not actually getting food.” Gramling said this would also mean adding more “healthy and ready-made options” to the C-store in I-House and extending its hours, opening it at 2 p.m. instead of the current 4 p.m. Palette Café will be opening one hour later and closing between midnight and 1 a.m., and Parks Tower will be opening at 4:30 p.m. and closing at midnight, under the proposed changes. Rocky’s Grill will open at 4 p.m. and be closed on the weekends. Gramling said this is because “students are going either across campus or off campus to Palettes or Jimmy John’s on the weekends.” According to Gramling, these changes in dining hall hours are meant to be implemented over spring break.

Ernie From Page A1 the bussing system was not easily accessible for people with disabilities. Maddocks said the Blue Loop would take an hour to get from one side of the campus to the other, so Brancheau and SG reached out to the Transportation Department to make improvements. Besides working with various departments around campus, Brancheau works on the cabinet as the web administrator. His most recent project was renovating the SG website. “The thing that makes Ernie unique is his willingness to step up and take on any needs we have to make Student Government better,” Maddocks said. Alongside his position in cabinet, Brancheau also serves on the Accessibility and Transportation subcommittees for the Lucas County Commission on Disability. Brancheau said he knows how to help and connect with others, and that he is focusing his attention on raising awareness and improving conditions for people with disabilities. He notices first-hand what people with disabilities face because his disease has confined him to a wheelchair. Brancheau believes there are improvements that can be made on campus to ease conditions for those with disabilities. He said the biggest issue is accessibility, as he has encountered problems getting into buildings during certain hours and with elevators not always being accessible when needed.

These are part of the first proposal for meal plan changes for the 2012-13 academic year. In addition to the changes in hours, this proposal includes closing iCrave at the Crossings completely and keeping all the current meal plans with reduced Rocket and Dining Dollars. This plan also suggests transforming the I-House dining hall into a limited Provisions on Demand Market and closing the North Engineering POD at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. New meal plan options The second proposed scenario involves giving new names and adjustments to the current meal plans. For instance, the Premiere 18 Plan will become the Gold Plan offering students 17 meals a week and three guest swipes a semester. Gramling said this is “solely a swipe plan” and there will be no change in price. The current Premiere 18 plan offers students 18 meals a week with $50 Dining Dollars and four guest swipes. Gramling said these changes were because students reported they wanted more “flexibility.” The Rocket 14 plan will become the Blue Plan offering 12 meals a week with $224 Residential Dollars, $50 Dining Dollars and $50 Rocket Dollars. Residential Dollars will allow students to swipe guests

into the dining halls, but cannot be used at locations in the Student Union Building Cafeteria or Phoenicia. Gramling said with this plan, the Residential Dollars will provide small discounts when they are used on POD items or entry into any of UT’s dining halls and allow students to pay extra to have “gourmet options” added to their food. “For example, if you order a steak, say you pay extra to have grilled mushrooms added to that steak,” she said. The Blue Plan will be $80 less than the Rocket 14 plan, which includes 14 meals a week, $225 Dining Dollars, two guest swipes and $75 Rocket Dollars. The Flex 10 plan will not see a price change, but will provide $1120 Residential Dollars, $200 Dining Dollars and $90 Rocket Dollars, compared to the current $385 Dining Dollars, $75 Rocket Dollars and one guest swipe. The Block 125 will be replaced with the Block 50 with an average of 5 meals per week, $125 Residential Dollars and $125 Dining Dollars. While the price for this plan will not change, the Block 125 offered students 125 swipes a semester, $95 Dining Dollars and $50 Rocket Dollars. This plan would also introduce a Chick-fil-A into the Student Union Cafeteria, move Subway into the South Lounge by the Student Union Bookstore and Moe’s Southwest

People with disabilities have codes on their Rocket Cards which allow them to enter certain buildings. Brancheau said sometimes the codes are not registered on the cards, and students have to go out of their way to add the code and gain access to handicap accessible entrances. He also thinks parking is a major problem on campus. There are not enough spaces for students and bus transportation can be just as frustrating, especially for those who are in a wheelchair or on crutches, Brancheau said. “Mr. Brancheau has brought to the attention of myself, and other people, that students that are disabled were having great difficulty getting on the campus busses,” said Patrick Harvey, safety initiative director for SG, in an email. “He has shed light on subjects that yourself and I take for granted every day, that we might consider normal for us, but can cause a great difficulty for someone with a disability.” Brancheau said raising awareness about the needs of people with disabilities is of main importance. “[Ernie] is improving the University of Toledo student experience for the university community as a whole, by bringing forward concerns that students or even employees with a disability may experience,” Harvey said. Brancheau said he wants the UT community to become engaged with one another and with their surroundings. “Ernie has a go-getter mentality and will do whatever to improve SG and campus,” Maddocks said.

AAUP From Page A1 might have been a little bit close to the edge,” he said. Rouillard said she was uncomfortable with the university monetarily supporting a “discriminatory” organization. She cited the WCA’s former affiliation with Exodus International, a group that claims to help individuals dealing with a “present struggle with same-sex attraction,” according to Exodus’ website. WCA broke ties with Exodus in 2009, and at the 2011 leadership summit Willow Creek Church Pastor Bill Hybels denied claims that the church and parent association were “anti-gay.” Rouillard said even though WCA is not overtly anti-gay, the problem is they are not accepting of the lifestyle. “What if an employee who is gay is experiencing harassment and goes to someone in human resources who has been paid to attend a summit, hosted by an organization that actively believes that gays are sinners? I don’t hold a lot of confidence there,” she said. Jacobs said he believes the seminar was beneficial to attendees. “I don’t think the sponsorship is as important as the content,” he said. “My understanding is the


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Grill. The South Dining Hall will also be renovated to include more ready-to-order specialties. This plan will also include opening the Carter Hall POD at 8:30 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. since students have reported wanting more breakfast to-go options, according to Gramling. I-House would also be renovated into a full POD Market with a grill station. Gramling said the price of entry into the dining halls will also increase. She said this is due to the cost of food going up by 11.5 percent and being expected to increase by another 6 percent next year. Gramling said she has been meeting with students in the residence halls and giving presentations of both plans. She said she is personally not a fan of the first plan with decreased dining hall hours and reduced Rocket and Dining Dollars. Gramling said she will take the student feedback, make changes to whichever plan is chosen as needed, and then begin negotiations with Aramark. Check our website for continued coverage on this issue including student feedback on the proposed meal plan changes and dining hall hour changes. Anyone with questions or comments for the university concerning the meal plan changes or feedback on campus dining, can email content [of the seminar] was highly professional, very high-quality, very helpful and entirely consistent with the university’s mission concerning diversity.” Rouillard said members in attendance at the leadership seminar felt it shared a “fundamentalist religious view.” “Some individuals who have gone to these leadership summits and paid for it themselves have told me that they have personally found some interesting things, but they noticed the religious underpinnings of the summits are clear,” she said.

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Candidates From Page A1 close April 5 for students. Aaron Dau, chair of the SG Election Board, said candidates needed to turn in an election packet containing 200 student signatures, a media form and a grade release form. Candidates must hold a grade point average above 2.5. From here, Dau said signatures collected must be verified and grades must be checked before tickets are officially listed on April’s ballot. There are three debates scheduled for the candidates. The first two are March 20, one with only the presidential candidates in the afternoon and one with the full ticket at 7 p.m. The last debate, which will also be have the full ticket, will be March 28. All debates will be in the Student Union Building South Lounge. The second debate, hosted

by The Independent Collegian, will allow the UT community to submit questions for the candidates prior to the event. All tickets will be given two minutes to introduce themselves and address their platforms before pre-approved questions will be posed. Tickets will then have one minute to address the question. Also, tickets will be given the opportunity to post 30 second political ads on the IC’s Facebook page March 15. In addition to the SG presidential candidates, 16 students turned in their paperwork to run for SG Senator positions. Students can vote for candidates in the election from April 2 to April 5 through myUT. Questions can be submitted for the March 20 presidential debate either on the IC’s. Facebook page, through Twitter @ TheIC_Toledo, or by emailing them to



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Apathy, thine grip is tight direct action, caused by maligning efforts such as the Occupy Wall Street movement. Despite what some may think, direct action is not cowardly. It is also not practiced only by college students, privileged rich kids or desperate poor people. Direct action is only dangerous in a repressive political atmosphere, in which case it is even more important to object to such repression. Effective political movements in history, such as the eight-hour workday, women’s suffrage and civil rights, have made use of some form of direct action. From 1984 to 1989 the Black Student Union used direct action to encourage UT to divest its funds from South African related companies involved with its crimes against human rights – UT funds were fully divested. The locally founded Student African American Brotherhood uses direct action to unify, liberate and instill the importance of education in the African American community. They do so at a college, local and national level. Music students from the Center for Performing Arts rallied together in solidarity and used direct action to obtain $3 million from the UT administration in order to renovate their aged and withering building. This was done without aid from elected SG officials. Using direct action does not mean being against working with established political channels. It emboldens those involved and strengthens actions performed with these channels. It is only through active participation that apathy can be curbed and change can take place. There is no reason to accept the status quo, just an unwillingness to act.

One cannot help but notice the apathy of large portions of UT’s population, as well as locally and nationally. Available living space is decreasing in size exponentially due to the rise of the population of our species. In order to eke out a living, human beings are forced to interact with one another more than in the past. Innovations throughout the past five decades have played an integral role in the increasing interconnectedness of the world. Yet the question remains ­— if as a species and as a people we are growing more connected to the rest of the world, why do we simply not care? Or better yet, if as a people we do care, why is there such indifference in regards to action? With Student Government presidential candidates taking their first step on the campaign trail, the race for votes will soon begin. In the present age of apathy, will anyone vote seriously? It is doubtful. If they do, are they voting to see an elected official make the changes they want for themselves? At a college level as well as a local and national level, the answer is usually yes. This is not to say that voting is absolutely useless. With politics, however, certain supplications must be made by elected representatives, which hinder their effectiveness in regards to sustainable change. There is a viable alternative — direct action. This is the deliberate application of the power each person possess. Voting is usually done once a year, whereas direct action can be done at any time. The power given to an elected official is delegated power, meaning the power is given to them by the people. There are common misconceptions about

Questioning double standards Can being devout in fundamentalist religious beliefs hinder one’s ability to perform his or her job in a secular institution? What if that belief is to actively denounce homosexuals and refuse to acknowledge the validity of their relationships? What if this belief is held by university administrators and Human Resources employees? Here at UT the situation may be just as questioned. In 2010, the administration, through the Vice President of Facilities and Construction, paid for eight employees including several UT administrators to attend the Global Leadership Summit. The summit is held by the Willow Creek Assocation, a ministry based in Barrington, Ill. The interdenominational network of churches denounces same-sex relationships. The Global Leadership Summit is centered around the idea “that the maximum influence and impact of the Church is felt when all of its Christ-centered leaders are at the forefront of establishing and growing well-led local churches, companies, schools, governments and social enterprises.” In 2011 the Jacobs Administration sent another eight administrators, including Human Resource administrators, to the Global Leadership Summit. While on one hand the Jacobs Administration pays for UT employees to participate in the summit that denounces same-sex

relationships, on the other hand Jacobs fired the associate vice president of Human Resources when she publicly stated her adherence to fundamentalist beliefs. If an administrator is fired for expressing their beliefs, yet 16 are sent to summits to strengthen similar ideals, if not the very same beliefs, where does that leave the administration? Something analogous to a rather uncomfortable yoga pose as well as a state of hypocrisy. Should UT, a state-funded public institution, pay for these leaders to attend this summit, where beliefs are fostered which are mutually incompatible to “providing a safe, welcoming environment for all students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors regardless of race, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation or physical ability”? UT offers various religious studies programs and formed the university’s Center for Religious Understanding last year. These are appropriate means of education, study and dialogue between varying religions and how they relate to a post-modern reality. This is suitable for a state-funded public institution. Funds should be allotted to this particular method, rather than taxpayer money be used educating administrators to adhere to a belief that delegitimizes the love and pain of other human beings.

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Game On Two weeks ago, Braeden Gilchrist wrote a column recalling his negative experiences with video games. While Braeden’s personal experiences are his own, I was upset and confused by the gross and inaccurate generalizations within the article. Russell The vidAxon eo game medium has existed for over 60 years, evolving from simple, flat dots to complex, layered graphics. With this evolution, a social stigma has developed that blames games for misogyny, social awkwardness, laziness, stupidity and violence, among other issues. Several of these issues were referenced in the aforementioned article. This stigma, however, presents an incomplete picture mired by ignorance and assumptions. Perhaps the greatest myth in gaming is the teenage, male-dominated audience. This idea stems from a bygone era where the 18-35-year-old male demographic comprised a vast majority of video game buyers. Today this stereotype is outdated and misleading. According to a 2011 report by the Entertainment Software Association, females comprise an impressive 42 percent of active gamers, a number which is consistently rising. In fact, the report notes there are more female gamers 18 years and older than male gamers under 18. This demographic change is reflected in society, with video game endorsements by celebrities such as Beyoncé and Mila Kunis, as well as the presence of successful professional female gamers such as Katherine “Mystik” Gunn and Bonnie “Xena” Burton. Additionally, the report concludes that people of all ages are playing video games. The average age for a gamer is 37 years old, and 29 percent of gamers are 50 or older. When statistics from other countries are factored into

the equation, the video game community becomes massive. It is such that one must purposely lock themselves out of this community to make gaming an anti-social experience. In the same way that disparate individuals who have viewed the same movie or read the same book can find common ground, an instant connection is established between people who have played the same video game.

Video games can help supplement real world experiences.

These connections can transcend class, age, and in many instances language. Online capabilities now allow, for example, a UT student to share a gaming experience with gamers in England, Egypt, South Africa, Japan or New Zealand, just to name a few options. On a smaller scale, families can share video games. The ESA report shows that 45 percent of parents play video games with their children, with over 80 percent of those parents saying video games are a good opportunity to socialize with their children. Personally, some of my earliest memories are of my father and me playing “Tetris” and “The Legend of Zelda.” These are memories we still talk about – between praising the “God of War” trilogy. The myriad of gamer demographics show the innovation video games have made in the last few years. More video games today demand active and physical gamers. Much like the myth of the pock-marked teenage gamer, the couch-potato caricature has faded, too. Motion-based gaming systems, especially the Nintendo Wii, and locomotive gameplay — e.g., “Rock Band,” “Just Dance,” “Wii Sports,” etc. — keep gamers on their feet. These innovations have also led to pragmatic usages for video games. According

to the Jan. 9, 2012 issue of “Newsweek,” playing video games — specifically violent ones — improve brain health and mental capabilities. A handful of video games build upon these benefits by establishing new goals such as rehabilitation, education and training. Doctors use controllerand motion-based video games for physical therapy patients, and the U.S. military commissioned multiple war-themed video games to teach soldiers movements and tactics. There is no study that shows men are worse at reading body language, but those who wish to improve that particular skill should play “L.A. Noire,” a mystery game that requires players to decipher characters’’ audio and visual cues. Some gamers use video games as creative outlets for other endeavors. Rock bands like I Fight Dragons and Anamanguchi mix real instruments with programmed sound bites from hacked NES’s to create unique songs. YouTube is full of videos where gamers propose to their significant others through reprogrammed video games. Such acts require knowledge, talent and dedication; these are impressive feats from individuals who some have deemed an “unimpressive stock.” These instances show that video games can help supplement real world experiences. However, Braeden’s article was correct to cite moderation as an important element for gaming. Video games are compelling — not addictive — and therefore can be responsibly handled through healthy habits, such as taking frequent breaks and limiting playing time. Keeping this in mind, there is no reason video games should be excluded from a renaissance person’s repertoire. A true renaissance person should experience as much of the world as possible, and video games offer players a limitless number of worlds to be explored. ­— Russell Axon is the IC Copy Chief and a senior majoring in English.


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Going into the last huddle I was able to tell the team that we were CoMAC West champs. Tricia Cullop UT Head Coach

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Bad test will hurt Braun He was declared not guilty but is he innocent? “I am innocent and the truth is on our side,” proclaimed Ryan Braun after his 50-game suspension for performance enhancing drug use was lifted. Yes, many truths have been revealed in the wake of baseball’s most recent scandal, but the reigning NL MVP’s statement is void of any. The truth is that he is not innocent. He was simply Nate found not Pentecost guilty by an arbitration board which misinterpreted One of the the letter g a m e ’ s of the law. The truth brightest is even if and most es- he is innoteemed stars cent — and has tested hard scipositive, but ence cerjustice will tainly sugnot be served gests that and closure he is not will not be his reputation will had. forever be tarnished and his name will always be associated with cheating the game and his peers. The truth is at a time when some faith was being restored that testing can clean up the game which PEDs have plagued most, this scandal has resurrected a largely dormant uncertainty that engulfed baseball for decades. The truth is that everyone loses in this debacle, most of all the fans. One of the game’s brightest and most esteemed stars has tested positive, but justice will not be served and closure will not be had. What’s more is he may have opened Pandora’s Box. Braun is the first player to successfully challenge a drug-related penalty dealt by Major League Baseball and we can be sure that players and legal minds alike have taken note of his defense. Precedent has been set and this new loophole will not go untested. Nor will the MLB Players Association hesitate to cite that the league’s discretion was under scrutiny in the Braun case, as it was when a source leaked the names of participants in the infamous 2003 PED survey testing. Only bolstering the PA’s arsenal is that the integrity of the game’s drug testing collection process is now in question as well. For our part as fans, suspicions have been confirmed yet again and that all-too-familiar helpless feeling has returned. We are back to wondering who used. Back to wondering who is still using. Back to wondering if anyone has the power and competence to stop those who seek to defraud baseball.

— Nate Pentecost is senior majoring in communication. He was hired as the Assistant Sports Editor in the Fall of 2011. His favorite sports franchise is the New York Yankees.

Sports Thursday, March 1, 2012



Joe Mehling – Editor

Rockets drop a close one at NIU, 65-61 By Joe Mehling Sports Editor

File Photo by Dean Mohr

Sophomore Forward Matt Smith and the Rockets will host either Miami or Ball State in the first round of the MAC Tournament.

Riding a hot four game win streak into DeKalb, Ill. to face the lowly 3-24 Huskies should have been a quick and meaningless trip. Especially with a showdown for the Mid-American Conference West Division against Eastern Michigan on the horizon...ever heard of a trap game? The young Toledo squad learned of such a game last night as they fell to Northern Illinois, 65-61. The Rockets were outmatched on the glass, 31-20, giving up 11 offense rebounds to NIU. No Toledo player recorded over five rebounds in the contest. Junior guard Dominique Buckley led UT with 16 points as Julius “Juice” Brown added 12. MAC player of the year candidate Rian Pearson battled foul trouble all game, shooting just 3-of-7 from the field and ending with eight points. Abdel Nader and Askel Bolin led the Huskies with 12 and 10 points respectively, shooting a combined 8-of-17 from the field. NIU guard Stain Berg knocked down three triples to notch his nine points. Despite the ugly loss, Toledo managed to back themselves into a home game for the MAC tournament. Bowling Green took down Miami at home to secure a game at Savage Arena on Monday at 7 p.m. UT will play either Ball State or Miami.

UT gets share of MAC West title with win over Huskies By Joe Mehling Sports Editor

The Rockets wrapped up their 2011-12 campaign with a clutch, 70-65, victory in Muncie, Ind. over the Ball State Cardinals. “Sometimes when you’re on the road you can have a crazy start,” said UT head coach Tricia Cullop. “You have to stay bubbled in and stay focused and our players did that. We hit our free throws at the end, good thing; it could’ve been a long night.” With the victory, and a loss by Eastern Michigan, Toledo earned themselves a spilt of the Mid-American West Division with the Eagles. However, because Eastern was able to knock off the Rockets in the regular season, EMU will still have the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. Toledo will be the No. 3 seed. “Going into the last huddle I was able to tell the team that we were Co-MAC champs,” Cullop said. “I was so excited to tell our team that. We couldn’t control what other teams did, we could only control ourselves.” Junior forward Kyle Baumgarnter led the Rockets with 14 points, eight rebounds in just 18 minutes of play. Joining Baumgartner in double figures was senior Courtney Ingersoll (13 pts.), juniors Yolanda Richardson (13 pts) and Lecretia Smith (11 pts) along with sophomore Andola Dortch (12 pts). The Rockets shot 45.8

percent (22-of-48) from the

field, 30 percent (3-of-10) from three-point land and 71.9 percent (23-of-32) from the charity stripe to sweep the regular season series against the Cardinals (9-20, 4-12 MAC) for the second straight year. Leading by five with just over five minutes to play, The Rockets let Ball State’s Brittany Carter get free and knock down a big trey to cut the lead to just three. The Rockets, however, would not allow the Cardinals to get any closer, knocking down 12 free throws in the final three minutes. Ingersoll was 8-for8 from the charity stripe in the final minute to secure the five point victory. The Rockets will have a much needed break before beginning postseason play on Thursday, March 8, at approximately 2:30 p.m. in Quicken Loans Arena located in downtown Cleveland. “It’s great to have at least the one game bye,” Cullop said. “It really doesn’t change our preparation that much but we need to get some rest for these kids’ legs. It’s amazing how many miles they have put in this year.” The Rockets will play either Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Buffalo, or Akron in the quarterfinal. Toledo is 5-1 against those teams with the lone loss being a 70-67 road loss to the Broncos way back on Jan. 5.

File Photo by Nick Kneer

Sophomore guard Andola Dortch and the Rockets will have to wait and see who they play next.



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Five straight Players of the Week for Rockets basketball By Jay Skebba Sports Writer

When freshman point guard Julius “Juice” Brown brought home this week’s Mid-American Conference Player of the Week award, it marked the fifth straight week a Rocket was honored. Sophomore guard Rian Pearson received the award three straight weeks from Jan. 30 to Feb. 13. Since then, Brown has won the last two. “It’s great to know that we’re helping the team,” Pearson said. “The focus in practice has been great and we’re well prepared for games.” In the last two weeks, Brown is averaging 16.3 points-pergame and shooting 54 percent from the field, including 50 percent from beyond the arc (5-of10). He is also averaging five assists per contest.

On Feb. 22nd against Central Michigan, the true freshman poured in a career-best 29-points on 10-of-11 shooting. “Juice came in very talented and extremely coachable,” said UT head coach Tod Kowalczyk. “He’s very tough and has all the attributes we look for in a Rocket point guard.” Brown’s back-to-back weekly honors are even more impressive considering Pearson’s performance in the three weeks prior. In six games, the sophomore from Missouri averaged a doubledouble with 21.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, shooting 48 percent from the field. The young, but talented duo has paired together to form a very dynamic and promising backcourt. “We make each other better,” Brown said. “Going to the gym, putting up extra shots, we’re always working.” The work that Pearson has put in all season long has many

people talking about a possible MAC Player of the Year award. His 16.9 points per game leads the MAC and his 8.3 rebounds ranks third. Pearson doesn’t shy away from the possibility. “I think I deserve it,” Pearson said. “It would be a great honor for all the hard work I’ve put in this year.” While Pearson continues to pile up stats, Toledo knows the conference tournament, which starts next week in Cleveland, is the more important trophy to claim. The recent surge from Pearson, Brown, and the rest of the Rockets has them thinking big. “I think it can definitely carry over,” Pearson said. “We just need to stay focused and I think we can do some damage in the tournament.” UT has one regular season game remaining, the home finale against Eastern Michigan on Saturday, before heading to the MAC Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena.

File Photo by Nick Kneer

Freshman guard Juice Brown has earned MAC West Player of the Week two weeks in a row.

The IC is now hiring for its 2012-2013 student leaders. We are accepting applications to fill one of The Independent Collegian’s key student leadership positions for the next academic year: Editor-in-Chief.

Editor-in-Chief The Editor inChief is responsible for all editorial content in the newspaper. In addition to overseeing the daily activities of the newsroom, he or she must supervise all other editors and serve as chairperson of the editorial board. The editor holds weekly meetings with section editors to discuss matters of concern to the newsroom and the university. A strong sense of journalism, a news writing background and a vast knowledge of UT are essential. Applicants must be quick learners when it comes to using desktop publishing software and will be required to submit samples of written work.

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materials that we have here.” This year’s exhibit, “Medicine on the Maumee,” presents a history of medicine in Northwest Ohio through various documents and historical items. In cooperation with ProMedica, Mercy Hospital and other contributors, the center displays death records, doctors’ bags and medical instruments used throughout the years. But that’s not all. “There are actually two exhibits here,” Floyd said. “The exhibit area in [the Canaday Center] is the Medicine on the Maumee. The area outside is the art gallery area for the library and in conjunction with this exhibit, we wanted to do something artistic that sort of complemented the theme of the major exhibit.” Using images drawn by Roy Schneider, UT medical illustrator, and plastinated body parts, the exhibit is aptly named “Anatomical Art.” Plastination is the process in which various organs and body parts are preserved to be used as educational tools. In this part of the exhibit, guests can see items such as preserved brains, hearts and even a partially cut-away hand, revealing the inner workings. Guests may find this portion of the exhibit a little odd or even grotesque, but the intention is to provide a unique and fascinating artistic

intense climax and concludes with a soft, beautiful ending. Kelly’s engaging characters are brought to energetic life by Niimura’s manga-influenced art. His bodies and facial expressions are greatly exaggerated and his action scenes are wide and fast. Luckily, Niimura tones those elements down, allowing him to perfectly capture the softer moments. While some readers may be deterred by the fantasy elements, this story will surprise them with its humanity and emotion. “The New York Four” and “The New York Five” by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly. For readers desiring a gimmick-free story, Wood and Kelly’s coming-of-age drama is a great choice. The books follow four friends in their freshman and sophomore years, respectively, of college at New York University. Each girl deals with personal problems which affect their relationships with one another. Wood showcases impressive character work in this book. Each girl is fleshed out and believable and the situations are dealt with realistically. Wood even makes New

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The “Medicine on the Maumee” exhibit will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Dec. 28 experience. “It’s the internal beauty of the human body,” Floyd said. “It’s kind of an attempt to show what bodies look like inside and then tie it in with the whole ‘history of medicine’ aspect.”

The Canaday Center is located in the study area at the library. Both exhibits are open until the end of the year to anyone who wants to learn something new or look at some cool body parts. Just remember to be quiet.

“Project X”

From Page B4 the plot to be a little “out there.” Do you personally think the movie was a bit extreme? Cooper: No, I don’t. I think the movie really hits the social media thing. They did a really good job of hitting what high school kids are really doing today, with how Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are really implemented into life. I think the party is a little [extreme], but that’s the movie part of it. The party is a crazy party, but it’s grounded on reality and I think the characters are grounded and real. IC: Was it fun playing the character of Costa? Cooper: It’s hard to watch at times because I’m a degenerate in the movie — borderline homophobic, I guess — and I say some pretty strong comments. But it is fun to play. I love playing characters. I wouldn’t say I’m like the character in the movie; I’m not a “partier,” but it’s so much fun

York City a character by including facts about the local culture and landmarks. Kelly renders these landmarks in flawless detail, giving readers an accurate idea of the city’s layout. His characters are also drawn realistically but with a “pop art” sensibility. This combination helps enliven the characters, their environment and subsequently, their stories. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum and adapted by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young. This is a story everyone knows but told in a way readers may find unfamiliar. Taking Baum’s original text, Shanower and Young follow Dorothy and her friends through the whimsical and spooky land of Oz. Shanower does an excellent job of distilling Baum’s story without losing any of its charm. He maintains the pacing and magic while keeping small details that fans will recognize, which is no small feat. The star of the book, however, is Young’s artwork. His sketchy, childish pencils are a perfect fit for Dorothy’s journey. Every character, from the Cowardly Lion to Toto, is emotive and endearing. Readers only familiar with

the classic 1939 film will enjoy the different spin on this book. “Y: The Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. This contemporary story takes an apocalyptic concept and builds a believable world of science, comedy, action and tragedy. The series chronicles the trials of Yorrick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, the last two males on the planet after a male-eradicating plague. Yorrick must travel across the world and face the military, ninjas and his family in an effort to reach his girlfriend. Vaughan is one of the best writers in the industry, and this book is how he earned that reputation. Right from the beginning, he creates a functioning world inhabited by rich, compelling characters. The story doesn’t shy away from sex, violence and loss, and it’s all the better for it. Guerra’s artwork is simplistic but dramatic. The reader is never unsure of how the characters are feeling. Her action scenes are physical and brutal, while her emotional moments are heart-wrenching. This series lasted for 10 books, and anyone interested in a well-told, unparalleled story should seek it out immediately.

to play. I just drank a lot of coffee and I got to play a ball of energy in the movie. It’s funny but I never really tried to make it funny. I just figured that if I concentrated on playing the character the best that I can, hopefully people would find it funny. IC: You worked doing standup comedy for a while. Did that help with your auditions at all? Cooper: Oh, yeah. I mean, stand-up comedy was literally my only training. It really took away my nerves and helped me to walk into the room when Todd Phillips was there and be very confident, because my character in the movie is very confident. IC: What made you want to get into comedy? Cooper: I wasn’t necessarily trying to be funny — it was more like people laughed at me anyway. My best friends would be beating up on me and I would get really angry. I’d just scream at them and they’d be laughing at me anyway. So it was just people

laughing at me and I just figured that nothing else was happening — I wasn’t into sports, I didn’t do really well in school and I did it as a hobby. I didn’t have anything going on. So I just said forget it and I moved to L.A. IC: That’s a big move from Toledo. Do you miss it at all? Cooper: I do not miss living in Toledo. Toledo is an amazing place to grow up — it’s quiet with nice, good-hearted people. It’s a lot less stressful than it is living out in L.A. But I loved L.A. as a kid. I didn’t always know I wanted to be an actor, but I always had the idea that I wanted to be in show business. IC: Do you have any final thoughts on the movie? Cooper: I hope people enjoy it. It is a movie, so not to be taken too seriously. Just have a good time and enjoy the movie. “Project X” is rated R for various inappropriate activities and opens in theaters on tomorrow.

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Friday TMA Peristyle — Join the Toledo Symphony with a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and a clarinet duo by Ponchielli and the Weber Clarinet Concerto featuring distinguished clarinet virtuoso and Toledo Symphony alum David Shifrin. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Saturday Huntington Center — Grammy Award-winning



Crowns is performing. Show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at or the Huntington Center Box Office.

Sunday Village Idiot — Support a cause and do something good with Acoustics for Autism. Artists Arctic Clam, Dave Carpenter and the Jaglers, Kyle White, Chris Shutters and Friends, Mark Mikel, Barile and

Arts and Life Thursday, March 1, 2012



Caitlin Arthurs – Editor

Pure Party Comic relief X-cellence A focus on five must-read comics

By Maranda Carlson IC Staff Writer

“Tonight is about the girls we never had a shot at. Tonight’s about changing the game.” This is a quote from Costa, one of the lead characters in the upcoming movie “Project X.” The lead character, Thomas, is about to turn 17 and his friends want to throw the biggest birthday party to achieve popularity. The party quickly goes from a gettogether with about 100 people to the craziest party ever seen. Oliver Cooper, a Toledo native, plays the character Costa, who is one of the friends at the heart of this insane experience. The Independent Collegian spoke with Cooper about the film, his experience and his past. IC: What was it like being in your first official movie? Cooper: It was fantastic. I couldn’t be luckier. I mean, I get to work with Todd Phillips, who did “The Hangover” and “Old School”; Joel Silver, who did “The Matrix,” “Die Hard” and all of the Schwarzenegger movies from back in the 80s; and Nima Nourizadeh. This is [Nourizadeh’s] first big movie but he’s also done

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The lead characters in “Project X,” played by (left to right) Jonathan Daniel Brown, Oliver Cooper and Thomas Mann. commercials and videos that were amazing and stylized. That’s what I really love about this movie — how stylized it is. I think that’s what separates it from other movies. IC: How was it working with the other people in “Project X?” Cooper: Everyone else in the movie was fantastic.

Jonathan Brown and Thomas Mann are the other two main characters and we’re friends in real life. They’re great people. When we started, it was fun and easy and it felt like a big movie, which is great because it is. IC: Some people might find — “Project X,” Page B3

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May and more are will perform. Performances will start at 12 p.m.

Tuesday Frankie’s Inner City — New musical group mewithoutYou is performing with Sainthood Reps and Cold Fronts. Tickets can be bought for $15 in advance or $17 at the door. Show starts at 7 p.m.

Wednesday The Omni — The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Goatwhore, Volumes, Last Chance To Reason and Buried But Breathing are all performing. Tick-

Wind Ensemble Takes Over South Lounge With “Brown Bag Concert”

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The UT Wind Ensemble surprised students at 12 p.m. on Wednesday with a seemingly spontaneous performance of classical music. Conductor Jason Stumbo led the group in the performance of “March Militaire Francaise,” “Military March,” Valdres March” and Fauchet’s Symphony in B flat.

ets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Thursday Valentine Theatre — Experience the wildest modern dance program you’ll see in Toledo with Xhibit Chrome. Tickets are $6 for students and $11 for adults. Show starts at 7 p.m.

‘Medicine on the Maumee’

By Caitlin Arthurs Arts and Life Editor

The library is often thought of as a home for information on every subject in the form of books lining the shelves. What many don’t know is that it can also be a home to information of a different sort – artistic and historical artifacts waiting to be discovered. The Canaday Center, tucked away on the fifth floor of Carlson Library, normally houses the library’s numerous rare books, archives and special collections. Once a year, historical artifacts — some the property of UT, others borrowed from

different libraries and sources — are displayed in a free exhibit which anyone can enjoy. According to Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center, the center’s mission is to help the community understand aspects of its past and literary history. “Because all of our collections are housed away from patrons who can’t just browse through them like you can books on shelves, we try to do exhibits,” Floyd said. “We showcase one aspect of the collections and interpret them for the public so that they have a greater understanding of the kinds of — Medicine, Page B3

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White Walls The White Walls stare at me Like a vision of my soul no color to be seen nothing at all blank as a canvas waiting for paint but I’m no artist so I sit and wait I need color to appear for the fear is setting in will the walls be blank forever or will I let someone in someone to paint what I want to see someone to paint a vision of who I want to be...

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