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Sudan’s ethnic cleansing

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Cincinnati students recruited to assist children in foster care

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Making a difference comes a little closer to home as the University of Cincinnati has undertaken a studentmentoring program. UC has decided to start training recruited mentors for a partnered mentoring program through The Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI). HEMI is a partnership program between Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann, Hamilton County Job and Family Services, UC, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Schellinger and Great Oaks. The program allows students in foster care in Hamilton County to receive assistance in order to move toward higher learning. The recruiting process was completed in the fall,

and training begins in this month and runs through March. Mentoring hopefuls are required to go through an extensive background check. “In order to become a mentor, they need to go through an interview process with me, then fill out an application, then go through initial training,” said Annie Schellinger, coordinator of HEMI. “Then they would have to go through an FBI and Bureau of Criminal Investigation background check, and then they would meet a student in March.” The training they receive at UC is to help mentors understand the child-welfare system and how to support students in achieving higher education, Schellinger said. During the training process, the recruited mentors learn how to provide scholarship opportunities, how to utilize the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the different grants that may be available for the mentees. Since HEMI has been widely recognized, many foster students who need help in financial aid, tuition, housing etc. go through UC Degrees Independent Alliance (DIA).

Tuesday, Jan. 3

What: Telephone harassment When: 8:45 a.m. Where: 234 Goodman St. No arrest made

Wednesday, Jan. 4 What: Trespassing When: 6:43 a.m. Where: 47 Corry Blvd. No arrest made

Thursday, Jan. 5

What: Theft When: 5 p.m. Where: 356 Goodman St. No arrest made What: Criminal damaging When: 9:50 p.m. Where: 2535 Clifton Ave. Suspect arrested What: Drug trafficking When: 11:19 p.m. Where: 25 West Daniels St. No arrest made

Friday, Jan. 6

What: Theft of drugs When: 5:31 a.m. Where: 234 Goodman St. No arrest made What: Theft from buildings When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Daniels Hall No arrest made What: Menacing When: 5:32 p.m. Where: College Drive UC police reported to a complaint near Langsam Library. Investigation led officers to believe it was a case of menacing by stalking. The suspect has been identified and an investigation is ongoing.

UC DIA provides support services to help students obtain a degree and is for UC students who are of independent status due to previous placement in kinship care and/or foster care. “We’ve worked with community resources, [and] we were given a donation of 50 laptops for our students so that they don’t have to incur that financial burden,” said Meghann McCabe, a graduate student and HEMI specialist, who works for UC DIA. McCabe has been with HEMI since June 2011 to assist not only HEMI students and former foster youth, but also kinship care students. “We’ve been given scholarships through the school’s social work and housing, and food services has worked really closely with us because students often maybe don’t understand the bill and the implications for signing up for housing and that kind of thing,” McCabe said. “So we’ve worked really closely into developing some partnerships on campus to support the students.” Today, the initiative has 37 mentors — seven from UC. — and 37 student mentors.

What: Underage drinking When: 5:50 p.m. Where: 2820 Bearcat Way Suspect arrested What: Possession of drugs When: 10:40 p.m. Where: Daniels Hall No arrest made

Saturday, Jan. 7

What: Underage drinking When: 1:15 a.m. Where: 2540 Corbett Drive No arrest made

Sunday, Jan. 8

What: Open container When: 12:20 a.m. Where: 4 Warner St. Suspect Arrested

What: Burglary When: 3:50 a.m. Where: Calhoun Hall Reports from UC police state that a female student had left her Calhoun Hall dorm room unlocked and was woken up by a male going through her property. She screamed and the suspect, who is described as a white male, 5’10”, approximately 175 pounds appearing to be 18-25 years old, wearing a red shirt, fled the room. No assault or injuries came of the incident.




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STILL IN CONTROL Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh remains in control of his country despite months of rioting and several assassination attempts.

Ethnic cleansing, genocide in Sudan 2 ALAN BOSWELL | MCT

NAIROBI, Kenya — Threats of genocide and ethnically charged rhetoric are roiling South Sudan’s Jonglei state one week after a days-long rampage by a tribal militia forced 50,000 people from their homes and may have left thousands dead. The commissioner of Pibor County, where most of the bloodshed took place, said that 3,141 people were killed, according to an initial assessment of the attack. But officials from the United Nations and the South Sudanese government cautioned that the number was unconfirmed and may be inflated. Uncertainty also surrounded whether more bloodshed is in the offing. One militia spokesman vowed that a Rwandan-style genocide is on the way, but others said the spokesman represented only one faction of the militia, which is described as either a well-organized force meticulously executing central commands or simply a throng of cattleherders bent on quick revenge and booty. Confusion and finger-pointing are a regular part of South Sudan’s so-far brief stint at statehood — the country became independent from Sudan in July — but the latest crisis has left the nation struggling to come up with answers or solutions. The rampage began before Christmas when thousands of members of the Lou Nuer tribe began a scorched-earth march through

Jonglei aimed at members of the rival Murle tribe. At least three villages were burned to the ground as U.N. peacekeepers, badly outnumbered and monitoring the militia’s progress from helicopters, urged Murle to flee their homes. The rampage came to an end Jan. 4 on the outskirts of Pibor, after a Nuer foray into the city found little to steal and almost no one to kidnap. Four hundred U.N. peacekeepers and about 800 South Sudanese government troops were holed up in Pibor. How many people died in the Nuer rampage is the most glaring uncertainty. Joshua Konyi, a Murle who is the commissioner of Pibor County, said a compilation of totals given by the area’s local administrators yielded the estimate that 3,141 people had died in the attack, most of them in rural areas out of sight of U.N. peacekeepers and government troops garrisoned in nearby administrative towns. The steep figure has met heavy skepticism. Kuol Manyang, the state governor, said the numbers came too quickly and were meant “to win sympathy.”The United Nations, which initially estimated the number of dead at the “tens or hundreds,” said Sunday that there was no evidence to back up the claims of more than 3,000 dead. Neither the government nor the U.N. has offered an alternative figure for the number of dead in a campaign that covered 70 miles in one of South Sudan’s most remote regions.

After seeing their homeland destroyed, some Murle were incredulous that the local count was met with suspicion and accused the U.N. of acting on the defensive after its peacekeepers failed to stop the violence. “The UNMISS military wing did nothing to protect civilians,” said John Boloch, a Murle leader who heads South Sudan’s Peace and Reconciliation Commission in Juba, referring to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by its acronym. “The number given (3,141) is true.” “Right now all the numbers are suspect, but it’s probably best to start with the numbers being generated by local officials and then work to verify them,” said Judy McCallum, a former country director of an aid organization in South Sudan who does research on the Murle. Those who did survive did so only by fleeing. The attackers did not appear to be in a mind set of mercy. One Nuer tribal member who has lived in the United States and claims to speak for the “Nuer White Army” said in email messages that the goal of the rampage was to wipe out the Murle. He promised more to come. “The next attack against Murle will be worse than what happened in Rwanda in 1994,” the spokesman, Tut Deang, emailed in reply to a series of written questions. “If committing ‘genocide’ will bring us peace, so be it.”





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RACE FOR SECOND A day before the New Hampshire Primary, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, speaks to a crowd of business leaders and owners during the Nashua Chamber of Commerce breakfast series in the ballroom of a Radisson Inn in Nashua, N.H., Monday.


DRUG SHORTAGE EFFECTS Theresa Hart, of Leonard, Mich., left, feeds her mother Ellen Phelan, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, at her home in Leonard, Mich., on Dec. 9, 2011. Hart, who has ADHD, says the drug Adderall helps her focus and take care of her dying mother.

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WASHINGTON — The world needs a wake-up call, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says. By inching the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock — which symbolizes how close the world is to catastrophe — one minute closer to midnight (or world elimination) Tuesday, board members of the science organization said they hope political leaders will heed this call to action. The time now is five minutes to midnight, and the need to craft policies and educate the public on the dangers of nuclear proliferation, global climate change and the hunt for sustainable, safe sources of energy has heightened, the scientists said at a news conference in Washington. “Unfortunately, Einstein’s statement in 1946 that ‘everything has changed, save the way we think,’ remains true,” Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University, said in a statement. The world has backtracked since 2010, when the hand of the Doomsday Clock, at the University of Chicago, was literally — and metaphorically — wound back from five minutes to six minutes to midnight. In December 1945, scientists who helped develop the first atomic bomb took a step back and stood in awe at the powerful weapon they had created.

“(They) were frightened to death and wanted governance of the weapons,” Robert Socolow, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, said in an interview. That fear was channeled, and the Doomsday Clock was born. Every year, leaders of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists — which works to share information on nuclear weapons, global climate change and new technologies — deliberate on whether to shift the clock’s minute hand. “We are auditors of the state of the world and these critical issues that describe the future of mankind,” Socolow said. And with 19,500 nuclear weapons deployed around the globe, the state of the world is in critical condition, board members said. In their presentation Tuesday, board members warned that an all-out nuclear war could potentially blow up the world several times over. They said prominent leaders of nuclear power-seeking countries — such as in the United States, China, Iran, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel and North Korea — have failed to act on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty to ban all nuclear explosions. The group’s members said they found hope, though, in last year’s grass roots efforts such as the Arab Spring in the Middle East,

Olivier Douliery | MCT

MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has reset the “Doomsday Clock” to five minutes before midnight, as seen Tuesday, at the AAAS Auditorium in Washington, D.C. the Occupy movement in the United States and political protests in Russia. “Together we can present the most significant questions to policy makers and industry leaders,” said Kennette Benedict,

the board’s executive director and former director of International Peace and Security at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.“Most importantly, we can demand answers and action.”


IRONGATES brittany york | sports editor


niversity of Cincinnati men’s basketball player Yancy Gates has had his share of ups and downs throughout his four-year career as a Bearcat, including his 2009 selection to the All-Big East Rookie Team, his placement in UC’s 1,000 Point Club and the suspensions he’s faced for unfavorable conduct in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Despite the lows Gates has experienced, he remains a team leader and fan-favorite; and he’s worked hard to bounce back, repair his image and find ways to overcome the obstacles he’s encountered. Gates joined the Bearcats in 2008 after graduating from Withrow High School on Cincinnati’s East sidewhere he led the team to back-to-back district championships, was named Associated Press Division I Player of the Year as well as Southwest Ohio Player of the Year, and earned first-team All-Ohio accolades. He carried this drive to succeed with him to the university, becoming the first Bearcats’ freshman to record a double-double in a collegiate game since Dontonio Wingfield 14 years prior. Gates was born and raised in Cincinnati; and when he committed to UC, he was thankful for the chance to see his childhood dreams lived. “A lot of kids that I played in the park with when I was young would say, ‘I’m going

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FIFTH THIRD’S KING In his four years playing for the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team, senior forward Yancy Gates has netted 1,239 points, while recording 117 blocks, 95 assists and 737 rebounds for the Bearcats. In the 11 games he has played thus far this season, Gates is averaging 12 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, with 132 points and 98 total rebounds to help the Bearcats to their 13-4 record.

to play for UC,’ watching Kenyon Martin and them,” he says. “When I actually got the opportunity, I knew that I had the privilege and opportunity of a lifetime that a lot of kids from Madisonville, from Over-the-Rhine and Bond Hill didn’t get.” During his time at UC, Gates has capitalized on the opportunity to play college basketball, averaging 11.1 points per game and 6.58 rebounds.

Prohibited from play

Though Gates has posted some impressive stats, he’s also had his share of sluggish moments. In the 2010-11 season, Gates was suspended for a game and was prohibited from travelling with the team to take on the University of Pittsburgh during Big East play because of a lack of consistent effort and unwillingness to accept criticism. In the nine Big East games UC had played leading up to the Pitt. game, Gates had only recorded a total of 13 offensive rebounds, which dropped him down from the team leader to tied for third place. At the time, the 6-foot-9, 260-pound big man had fewer rebounds than guard Dion Dixon and was significantly underachieving at the position of power forward. “Some young people really struggle with people that try to make them better and hold them accountable, for whatever reason in my time as a coach, and they won’t let anybody help them,” head coach Mick Cronin says. “They won’t let anybody set standards for them, and they become bull-headed, for whatever reason. It can be their demise.” Cronin made it clear that Gates was not the only player on the team at the time that was struggling with the issue of “looking in the mirror and being accountable for themselves and their own effort,” but Gates still missed a game for it.

Back on track

Following his return to the court, Gates posted more offensive rebounds in the next six Big East games than he had had in the previous nine; and it was clear that bullheadedness was not a trait that

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A lot of kids that I played in the park with when I was young would say, ‘I’m going to play for UC,’ watching Kenyon Martin and them. When I actually got the opportunity, I knew that I had the privilege and opportunity of a lifetime. - YANCY GATES UC SENIOR FORWARD

he was comfortable being characterized by. After their regular season, the Bearcats found themselves in the NCAA Tournament following a six-year absence; and Gates was there to help the Cats make it to the




BORN AND RAISED Yancy Gates has lived in Cincinnati all of his life, where he attended Withrow High School before coming to UC.

Crosstown Fallout

Though he is posting better numbers this season than the past three, he’s disappointed and embarrassed in the way he conducted himself in the closing seconds of this season’s Crosstown Shootout. “It was bad. That’s all I kept thinking — talking to my mom, my dad — it’s just bad. It looked bad; it was. That whole situation was bad,” Gates says. “That’s the only thing that kept going through my mind — that it might be over — a lot of people are going to want me done [playing], n e v e r to wear the jersey again. I just had to sit back and wait ES to hear what was T A G Y going to happen.” YANC D R A C G a t e s T A T S OCKS received a L B UNDS s i x - g a m e REBO S T POIN suspension for 32 YEAR his actions 195 339 following 9 0 8 0 30 the Xavier 208 game, and 363 he showed 43 09-10 his remorse 236 during a 405 1 12 10-1 p u b l i c 8 9 apology 132 a f t e r 11-12 the incident. (YTD) “With the university, I’ll do third round. whatever [it takes to restore good faith]. “A lot of people had us losing It doesn’t matter — just whatever — because I’m because it was our first time in,” Gates s a y s , just not that type of person,” he said as he began to following the second-round matchup between UC shed tears. “A lot of people have been calling me a and Missouri University where he recorded 18 points, thug or a gangster.” 11 rebounds and doubled his 3-point output for the season by making one in each half. “The first time in, we got a win.” This year, Gates is hoping to help lead the Cats back to the NCAA Tournament. Since the melee, Gates has done all that he can to “Everyone is just worried about winning,” he make up for his actions. says. “It just makes the game so much easier for the During the week before Christmas, he traveled whole team.” with the team to Children’s Hospital to help hand out So far this season, Gates is averaging more gifts to children and their families. points and rebounds per game than in his three “Everywhere I go, a lot of the kids look at seasons prior, with 12 and 8.91 respectively. me and say, ‘Look, there goes Yancy Gates.’ The

Making amends


PRIME TIME EXPECTATIONS Yancy Gates was the University of Cincinnati’s top prospect entering the 2008 season, with a 96 grade from ESPN. Gates averaged 10.6 points and 6.1 rebounds his freshman year. actions I displayed [at the Crosstown Shootout] are not what I’m about,” he says. The actions Gates displayed in the week prior to Christmas, however, are what Gates says he is about. In Gates’ first game back following the suspension, he had six points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and he in nicely with the team’s new offensive style of play. “Three blocks is the stat I’m most happy about. That was a big key for us,” Cronin says. “I wasn’t concerned at all [with whether or not he’d fit in with the new offensive style of play], because he’s been doing it in practice every day. His attitude’s been great.” Gates says it feels good to be back, and that it was hard to be distanced from his team, forced to watch them play on TV. He’ll look to finish his senior season, humbled, and ready to end his career at UC as a leader on and off the court. Next stop, March Madness.






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Screw defense, I want offense — and a playoff system.

Didn’t watch until after the Bearcats/Hoyas game. Fourth quarter didn’t suck.

Talk back on Twitter:

Anthony Orozco News editor @TNR_News_Mule

Jason Hoffman Opinion editor

Thoughts on the National Championship game?

College football is to me as appetizing as a pretzel is to a snail.

I didn’t watch. Rematches and college football are both useless.

It was the polar opposite of the other bowl games: Too much defense.

Favorite cold weather drink? Warm cider ... with lime

Woodford Reserve

Arizona sweet tea

Hot chocolate and too much whipped cream

Red Bull or carrot juice

Thoughts on the UC men’s basketball team?

Good turn around. Still don’t really care though.

Doing better than I thought.

Great rebound from the Crosstown Punchout. They’ve certainly manned up.

Why haven’t I been to more games?

Jeremiah Davis will be my favorite Bearcat after Dion and Cash graduate.

Future of the Bengals: Bright or gloomy?

Oy vay. Doom and gloom.

Gloomy as long as even-keel Mervin is the head coach.

Bright, but hopefully not too much brighter.

Since it’s the Bungals, it’s got to be gloomy, but AJ Green is a beast.

Hard not to think gloomy when it comes to the Bengals.

Houston. Border fences are tough.

Patriots wreck Packers 47-35.

Saints 34, Ravens 20



Deep in the bowels of Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., a reunion occurred Monday — however, it might not have gone the way you think. Here’s our interpretation. McDaniels: (knocking on the door sheepishly) Coach? Are you in there? It’s me Joshy, I was wondering if we could talk. Hoodie: I thought I told you when you left here; you’re dead to me — unless, of course, you possess intimate information about this weekend’s sacrifice to the altar of Robert Kraft. McDaniels: But Coach, the plan has worked out perfectly. I got Denver to draft the son of man, and now I have returned to coach against him. It’s like the prodigal son story only newer. Hoodie: It’s not going to be that easy, little Joshy. You see, when you left these hallowed halls for what you thought was a better opportunity, you disgraced my coaching tree. You were the one I was going to pass all my knowledge on to. My secrets. My coaching seed. Not Romeo Crennel or that slob, Charlie Weis — you, the little


Super Bowl pick.


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engine that could — it was always you. Now, I am not so sure you are Greatriot material. McDaniels: But Coach, I promise that will never happen again. I just got a big head because people thought I was the genius behind the perfect offense, the perfect regular season and the perfect face — I just wanted a chance. Hoodie: (sighs and shakes head while performing face palm) You shouldn’t have said that; Brady hears all things through his perfectly sculpted ears, you know. Seconds later, a glistening oil-like substance oozes under the door and morphs into Tommy Terrific — complete with perfect hair, nose dimple, symmetrical face and Uggs (for men). TB: Did I overhear blasphemy? I could have sworn some overrated former coordinator said he was the genius of my offense. McDaniels: Tom, I’m sorry. I was just explaining … TB: I can’t hear you over the awesomeness of my hair. Furthermore, your words are meaningless. I’m the

Ravens 21, Saints 20


Is it possible for Tim Tebow to play the Packers? I don’t follow pro football.

Michigan difference on this team. Hoodie: Look Tom, he promised to help out with my defense, and I’ve arranged for him to be your personal servant as long as he wants a job here. Can we just move past this? TB: Sure thing Coach, just make him apologize. I want him to grovel at my feet. Hoodie: Joshypoo, you know what you have to do. McDaniels: But Coach, this is really humiliating. Hoodie: Now McDouchebag! McDaniels: (sits in front of a mirror, Indian style, finger pointing at his own reflection) I’m not stupid, you’re stupid. Hoodie: Good boy, Josh. TB: (takes out perfect iPhone 4S — constructed of baby seal flesh and platinum — and takes picture) Giselle is going to love this. By the way, McDouche, when you’re done explaining yourself to the mirror, my boy needs his diaper changed and detail my perfect Audi A8. McDaniels: I’m not stupid, you’re stupid.



On their sixth studio album, “Fallen Empires,” Ireland based indie-pop rockers Snow Patrol attempt to take a new direction. After listening to their catchy new single “Called Out in the Dark,” it seems the band has put more of an emphasis on an electronic-based sound that deviates from their earlier efforts. A note to the die-hard fans of Snow Patrol: No, this record isn’t going to match the near perfection of past albums like “Eyes Open” or “Final Straw,” but give it a chance. The poppy stadium anthems on this CD will grow on you faster than you think.

“RESOLUTION” BY LAMB OF GOD Release Date: Jan. 24

It’s been almost three years since this Virginia metal outfit has put out a new record — and it’s long overdue. With the southern-rock infused, metal-guitar sounds provided by Willie Adler and Mark Morton, combined with Randy Blythe’s unforgettably aggressive howls, Lamb of God has been one of the few metal bands today still making relevant music. Although on their last album “Wrath” opted for a cleaner guitar sound with less solos, I fully expect Lamb of God to go back to their Pantera roots and bring the thrash-filled fury they perfected on previous efforts. Metal-heads rejoice, our savior has cometh. And its name is LAMB OF GOD.


JANUARY PREVIEW blake hammond | staff reporter January: Some see it as a fresh start and a chance to change your life for the better. There are others who greet the start of the new year with a devastating hangover and an all-encompassing feeling of dread. Yet, have no fear, for while you’re walking to that class you wish you could drop or driving to that job you wish you could quit, you’ll at least be able to listen to some great new albums dropping this month.

“WZRD” BY KID CUDI Release Date: Jan. 31

After his 2010 release, “Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager,” Scott Mescudi — aka Kid Cudi — decided he was done with rapping and began to turn his attention to a new rock n’ roll record, “WZRD.” Although we all saw what happened last time a huge hip-hop star attempted to make a rock album (Lil Wayne’s “Rebirth”) I think Mr. Rager will be just fine. Plus, it really can’t be any worse than “Rebirth,” because nothing is.



Yet another release from the hip-hop group OFWGKTA, DJ Syd Tha Kid and Matt Martians from The Super 3 offer up a weird but interesting set of music deviating from anything else Odd Future has released to date. The first single, “Cocaine,” showcases not only Matt Martians’ unorthodox electronic beats but also puts Syd’s hauntingly beautiful vocals to work. Although this album was digitally released to iTunes on Dec. 20, 2011, for music geeks like myself, having an actual physical copy of a great record gives me the warmth inside that most people only get on Christmas morning after a sip of eggnog.


Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has warmed the hearts of teenage girls everywhere with acoustic pop hits like “The Way I Am” and “You and I.” Michaelson describes her fifth studio album “Human Again,” as more fierce. And after listening to its first single “Ghost,” I totally agree. There seems to be an inherit darkness buried deep inside the cute aesthetic Michaelson brings to the table. This album should take her work to a whole different level, to say the least.




TNR presents underrated movies of 2011

KEITH BIERYGOLICK | ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR January isn’t known as the “HESHER” “dumping grounds” of film for no A Sundance festival favorite, “Hesher” reason, and 2012 isn’t proving to be never did see a proper theatrical much different. release. And that’s too bad, because With the typical trash like “The it contains one of the absolute best Devil Inside” invading movie theaters performances of the year in Joseph all over the country, what better time Gordon-Levitt’s (“50/50” and “Inception”) than the present to take a look back pyromaniac rebel without a cause. at some of the most underappreciated “WARRIOR” and overlooked films of the past year? This MMA fighting movie stays very


Matthew McConaughey delivers a strong charismatic performance in the most shockingly good film of the year. When’s the last time McConaughey starred in a good film — seriously, has there even been one since “Dazed and Confused”?


Made on a shoestring budget and seen by virtually no one, “Bellflower” has the potential to develop into a cult-hit if it can just find an audience. A fucked-up love story with apocalyptic overtones, “Bellflower” is by no means a perfect film. In fact, it has more than its fair share of flaws, but not since David Fincher’s “Fight Club” have I been as glued to the screen by the raw energy and emotions conveyed by film as a medium.

close to the same standard sports movie cliché we’ve seen time and time again — but it does so with such vigor that I found it impossible not to get wrapped up in the story. The performances are all excellent, especially Nick Nolte’s absentee father who is struggling as a recovering alcoholic. But it’s Nolte’s estranged son, played by Tom Hardy (“Bronson” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), who drives the movie. Hardy plays a Kimbo Slice type of fighter who rises to fame after the viral success of a brutal YouTube take down. The ultimate badass for the ultimate fighting movie, Hardy walks into the ring with no hype music and then storms out after knocking out his competitors in mere seconds — before the referee can

even announce him the victor. Dare I say I liked “Warrior” more than last year’s Oscar-winning “The Fighter”? I think so.


Ed Helms (“The Office” and “The Hangover”) stars as a naïve smalltown insurance salesman who, after the death of the company’s star salesman, is thrust into a big-city insurance convention where he runs into the crazed Dean Ziegler (John C. Reilly) and hilarity ensues. “Cedar Rapids” strikes the perfect balance between raunchy and sweet comedy, mainly due to brilliant combination of Helms and Reilly.


In a film filled with clichés, Paul Rudd rises above it all with ease, channeling The Dude from “The Big Lebowski” to give one of the best performances of the year.


The Chemical Brothers’ brilliant electronic score help make “Hanna” a stylish and eclectic thriller. Known for boring and melodramatic period pieces, director Joe Wright (“Atonement”) steps out of his comfort zone here with what could be best described as a serious version of 2010’s “Kick-Ass.”


Eminem is reforming, Kanye West is adopting electronics into his music and Drake is embodying the new cutting edge of hip-hop. With so many new trends and layering in hip-hop music, it’s easy to lose track of what’s what. Is Nicki Minaj a rapper or a pop star? Why did Lil Wayne make a rock album? There’s nothing wrong with diversity and trying new things — though I just have



RETURN TO FORM Matthew McConaughey returns to his “Confused” glory in “The Lincoln Lawyer.”


“Common Knowledge.” to ask what happened to plain, good rapping featuring plush beats? If you’re looking for something a little more Addressing that Roth isn’t all partying and back-to-basics, look no further than Asher Roth. paraphernalia, “Not Meant 2 Be” talks views on the rich Wait! Asher Roth? Really? and his problems with being the “good guy.” If you identify Asher Roth with his ubiquitous hit Despite a more than satisfying listening experience “I Love College,” then you may be pleasantly surprised from Roth, this mix-tape does have its downsides. to find out that the guy actually knows a thing or two Despite its down to earth, old school sounds, the beats about hip-hop. in the mix-tape are often overused, making the mix-tape His latest mix-tape, “Pabst & Jazz,” delivers a Picasso give off a repetitive vibe at times. The music makes up of random features and quirky titles that could only for it, however. come from a guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously; The horn, organ and piano samples are well placed mix-tape title included. and make the mix-tape sound Beyond that though, tracks like appropriate to its title. This is “Bastermating,” featuring Ohioespecially apparent in the mixnative Chip Tha Ripper, deliver a Noteworthy Tracks: “Dope Shit,” tape’s closer, “Dope Shit,” which retro styled hip-hop not seen by only really is some pretty dope shit. “Pabst and Jazz,” “Common Knowledge” few mainstream rappers in recent “Pabst & Jazz,” to put it simply, is years. “More Cowbell” combines the ultimate hip-hop fan’s mix-tape: a tribute to the great Christopher There’s no elaborate production or Walken and provides an all out assault as Roth tries to claim his supremacy, he trash failed attempts at genre-bending new creations. And talks to what seems like nobody in particular — or maybe there’s no ego driven, PR bullshit — only an attempt to create something pure. Oddly enough that attempt he’s talking to everyone. came from a suburban white kid from Pennsylvania of While the album does portray its fair amount of toilet humor and vulgarity, the mix-tape also hits a darker all places. What really matters is that Asher Roth has created something natural. tone than Roth has been known for: “Cause when a And like Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miles Davis,“Pabst & man comes, face to face/ With his fears, he gets weird, Jazz” goes down smooth. he can’t hear, he can’t see things clear,” goes a line from


ASHER’S SMOOTH JAZZ After 2009’s rather dissapointing “Asleep in the Bread Isle,” Roth has stripped down the production and comes up all aces.



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Welcome to your new source for fashion design! Each week I will highlight the most amazingly dressed kids on campus. I’m setting the bar high this week with looks from the biggest trend setters: fashion design seniors. So brush off your best duds, slip into your chic-est get up, and walk yourself around town if you want to be featured in next week’s Seam Scene! WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? H&M pants, Forever 21 Coat, Urban Outfitters Shoes, Coca-Cola can



fifth-year fashion design student


WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? Thrifted Coat, vintage fur stole, thrifted wrap skirt, H&M cropped black sweater, Shi Journeys ankle boots, UO kittie mittens


WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST STYLE INFLUENCE? Kate Lanphear and the Olsen Twins

WHY THIS OUTFIT WORKS: This edgy look revolves around the statement coat. Minimal black layers and chunky booties highlight the coat. The Coca-cola can adds a pop of color.

WHICH FASHION DESIGNERS INSPIRE YOU? Balmain, Shipley and Halmos. I’m interested in menswear. WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? Thrift stores and H&M WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BLOG? Coute Que Coute FUN FACT: I’m a twin!

LAUREN DUWELL fifth-year fashion design student

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING? Vintage Dress, BC footwear, Lord and Taylor tights WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST STYLE INFLUENCE? Winona Ryder in Reality Bites FUN FACT: I interned for Conan O’Brien. Me and him are BFFs.


fifth-year fashion design student

WHY THIS OUTFIT WORKS: Fashion of the 1970s is a major trend right now and this look embodies perfectly. She adds modernity by combining the flattering 70s era dress with floral tights and combat boots. This is how to wear vintage.

WHY THIS OUTFIT WORKS: This look combines many elements to create an overall cohesive look. Flattering waistline and draping skirt adds silhouette interest, while the second hand fur adds a unique, old world touch to the look, and cute mittens make outfit fun and relatable.


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