ISSUE NO. 28 • NOV. 27 - DEC. 3, 2013 •THANKSGIVING ISSUE
EVENTS DURING BREAK PG 4 STUDENT GIFT GUIDE PG 5 THANKSGIVING SPORTS PG 8
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE NEWS RECORD
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Kara Driscoll @kardadri @pdidion
Joshua Miller @josh_tnrsports Jake Grieco @Rosewater_Eliot
ARTS EDITOR NEWS EDITOR
Ryan Hoffman @ryanhoffman3 Emily Begley @egbegley
COLLEGE LIFE EDITOR PHOTO EDITOR
FROM THE COVER: WHY DID THE TURKEY CROSS THE ROAD?
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THANKSGIVING?
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR?
HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT THE END OF THE SEMESTER?
ARE YOU WATCHING FOOTBALL THIS THANKSGIVING?
He was late for a meeting with his parole officer.
I’ll be catching up on assignments and eating lots of food with my wonderful family.
I’m thankful for a great semester with The News Record staff. Onward and upward to an even better Spring semester.
Lots of crying. Lots of coffee.
I don’t watch television unless it’s Netflix.
I’d have to imagine that he was running from Daryl Dixon and his crossbow.
I’m going to eat my Grandma Proud’s famous cinnamon-fried apples until I “fade into Bolivia.”
I’m thankful for all of the usual things. But my roommates deserve a special shout out for dealing with my ridiculousness and continual mental breakdowns.
I’m feeling fine. Haha, haha, smile ... (Punches hole in wall, reaches for energy drink, sobs uncontrollably)
I’m the sports editor!
Crossing the road is only a minor part of the birds life. Inevitably it will pass through my digestive system.
I’m from a big Italian family so after we eat, we bust out the wine and then we scream at each other.
I am thankful for the friend group I stumbled into this year, and for my metabolism because I should probably be Ryan-sized by now.
I want it to be over, but as another semester ends my precious time in college comes closer to an end. I don’t want to grow up.
I know it will be on, but I probably will be drinking wine and playing Fun Run on my phone.
Because he ran out of cigarettes and the only liquor store in town is across the street.
The same as every year; sit back and watch my racist uncle and my liberal aunt fail to solve any of the world’s problems.
Friends, family and the remaining shreds of what some might refer to as health.
The panic attacks have subsided and I’ve started embracing my impending demise.
I’m not really much of a football fan.
Clearly so he could gobble up his Thanksgiving dinner.
I’m staying in Cincinnati and having dinner with my family. I have a really small family, so Thanksgiving is never too hectic.
I’m thankful for so many things, especially my great family and friends.
Classes haven’t actually gotten too stressful, so I’m looking forward to finishing up all of my projects and taking a break for a few weeks.
Never. I’m definitely not the biggest sports fan in the world.
He wanted to make a better composition for our cover.
Sleeping, eating, gaming, movie watching, and lots of Wild Turkey, not the animal.
Being introduced to the micro-four thirds and medium formats. My photography has changed forever.
I burned out weeks ago so at least the guilt will be gone.
Indians all the way home.
EDITORS I’m waiting for my very public meltdown to happen.
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Staff picks for top ways to enjoy Thanksgiving break TNR staff’s top picks for enjoying your holiday break, experiencing Cincinnati in the cold weather “If you do nothing else during your Thanksgiving break, make sure you hit up Django in Northside. You’ll certainly be thankful for the tacos and sangria. “Students should check out worldrenowned French artist JR’S first solo museum exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center. JR won the 2011 TED Prize and some of his art includes “black and white portraits of community members upon a variety of city surfaces.”
“On Friday, Nov. 29, Washington Park will echo with the sound of choirs at 6 p.m. Grab a hot chocolate and listen to the bands during “Caroling at the Park” before you go out in OTR for the night.
“If you do nothing else during your break, make sure you hit up Django in Northside.”
“‘Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store,’ Dr. Seuss wrote. See the musical version at the Aronoff Center from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 and celebrate the true magic of the season.” “Papadosio Concert: If you’ve never seen these guys I highly encourage you to check the out Friday at Bogart’s. Their music is conducive to finding yourself, and is an existential experience that everyone should go to at least once.” “Macy’s Light Up the Square Friday. Take your chances at ice skating on the U.S. Bank ice rink for $3 admission and skate rental. If ice skating isn’t your forte, relax on the sidelines with a delicious cup of hot chocolate from Graeter’s as you watch friends and strangers fall. “
“Student should check out JR’s exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center downtown” “Whether you run, walk, or stumble through Western and Southern’s 104th 10k race, students should get up early Thursday to make the 9 a.m. start time, fit in some needed-before-feasting exercise and help out some charities via the race’s $35-40 registration fee.”
Happy Thanksgiving from The News Record staff
STUDIOUS A&S STUDENT Moleskine Notebooks: These hardly, professional-looking notebooks are perfect for channeling your inner scholar. The books come in a wide range of colors and sizes. Book Cover T-Shirts: These unique gifts allow the studious student to show off their love for a favorite novel. Out of Print (outofprintclothing.com) allows users to search by book titles and transfer classic book titles to clothing, jewelry, tote bags and more.
Tis’ the season to be warm and active. Pick up a pair of Nike Vapor Jet 2.0 Football Gloves at Sportchalet.com for a guaranteed catch. Only $33.75
“It’s the kind of glove you’ll fall in love with.”
Kindle Paperwhite: Perfect for the serious student. Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite comes equipped with a built-in light that prevents glare, which is essential for studying outside when the weather gets warm. These books-on-steroids also have a battery life that lasts for weeks.
GIFT GUIDE: The News Record suggests
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Everyone has smartphones, now everyone can play laser tag. That’s right, laser tag, one of the most underrated past-times of prepubescent teens. As we age, we lose our interest in laser tag. This nifty gadget makes anywhere a funfor-the-whole-family war zone. This is a great gift for your nerdy brother that doesn’t leave the basement. Find it at Hex3.com for only $59.99.
Everyone likes cocktails. But sometimes you just don’t want to get your hands dirty. This is the only thing Inspector Gadget was missing. Now you can have your mojitos mixed for you. This is another excuse to be lazy, and it’s all thanks to modern technology. Find it at Brookstone for $25.
Say hello to the next step in human computer interactions. The Leap Motion reads your hand gestures and transfers them over to your computer allowing you to manipulate 3d objects and control programs in a whole new way. You can even play your FPSs by shaping your hand like a gun and flicking your thumb, bringing us one step closer to a full immersion gaming experience. Tack on an Oculus Rift and you’re one step closer to “Matrix” status. Completely affordable at $79.99.
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ARTSY DAAP ENVIRONMENTALLY STUDENT FRIENDLY
Stumped on what to get the environmentally friendly pal in your life? Head over to the one-stop sustainable shop — Park +Vine in Over-the-Rhine. Products at the store include paint supplies, water bottles, locally made T-shirts and more. Prices vary.
Locally made art supplies or some local music from Rock Paper Scissors in Over-the-Rhine (1301 Main St., 937-479-1405)
Remember: Hipsters are people, too. The universal gift that never fails is a gift card to a local coffee shop. Suggestions: Sidewinder Coffee in Northside (4181 Hamilton Ave., 513-5428321), Coffee Emporium in Over-the-Rhine (110 East Central Parkway, 513-6515483)
Any hippie would love to grab a bite at the Melt Ecletic Cafe in Northside. Take your greenliving friend to the cozy, colorful eatery on Hamilton Avenue. The vegetarian and vegan options are sustainable, healthy and delicious. Prices vary.
Vintage vinyl from Another Part of the Forest (1333 Main Street, no phone number) or contemporary vinyl from Shake It Records in Northside (4156 Hamilton Ave., 513-591-0123)
A planner, complete with those colorful separators. One with extra pockets, maybe even a Post It dispenser and pen holder (better with actual Post-it notes and pens inside). You can find them cheap on Amazon and in abundance at Staples or other office supplies stores ($10-$50). Day Runner Undated Terramo Refillable Planner $35, Amazon.com
This genius sweatshirt. Get creative and use it as the wrapping for, say, a six-pack. Notice a trend forming? A smaller, more thoughtful gift within a gift is the way to go (Elfsacks.com $15).
A motivational poster, preferably an artsy one that goes a little deeper than YOLO, but not too deep, we’re not trying to depress anyone here. “This is your Life” poster found on Amazon is a good example ($9.99).
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Opinion: Consumers ruin holiday season for hard workers Black Friday induces panic for employees; shoppers have lost meaning of holiday spirit VERJINE ADANALIAN CONTRIBUTOR
I love the holidays. Well, that’s what I tell myself. Every year the process is the same: All the months leading up to November, I excite myself about the prospects of the holidays. What’s not to love? The weather changes, people hang sparkly lights, and we are expected to eat unashamedly without taking into consideration that a good majority of the world is starving. It’s supposed to be great, seeing holiday pageants and bringing good cheer. Then, why is it when the holidays arrive that it takes three seasons for me to recover and forget the horror? Because I work in retail, that’s why. Do you want to know why Black Friday has this name? Because it’s the color that my soul changes to after working retail during the holiday season. Yes, that is exactly why it’s called Black Friday. Why not Purple Friday? Or Green Friday? At least with green the name would somehow symbolize that you’ll be spending a nice sum of money. This is solely because after enduring the hazards of Black Friday and the countdown to Christmas Day, the souls of retail workers nationwide
turn the color of coal. Oh, you’re exaggerating, they say. It can’t be that bad, they say. No, this is true. There are times when people are genuinely pleasant and it’s not a complete misfortune to be working during the holidays. But then you get the people who defeat the purpose of the season. Luckily for me, I just work at a clothing department store rather than the stores that have huge electronics deals. However, we get our fair share of cruel Grinches all the same. From Black Friday until Christmas Eve, our delightful shoppers come every day. We extend our operating hours to the wee hours of the night for our shoppers’ convenience. After all of those courtesies, why do you treat us so terribly? Our shoppers come to our store and tear it apart. More merchandise ends up on the floor than in a cart. When customers make it to the line, security has to be alert to make sure a fight doesn’t break out. One time, someone cut in front of a customer — very slick and undetected — and I cashed her out. Then I heard the commotion. A very large man who could have been my father’s age yelled at me like no one has ever done before. I was only 17 years old and I started crying in front of everyone because this angry man was yelling at me for accidentally allowing a lady to cut in front of him.
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What is the purpose of the holiday season? All of the sentimental stuff about charity, kindness and good will? Where is that when people storm the stores, act rudely and completely wear out store employees? How easily is it forgotten that when you get excited about voluntarily waking up at the crack of dawn to go shopping, many employees are waking up involuntarily before the crack of dawn to go to work. Certainly I am not suggesting that Black Friday shouldn’t exist. To suggest such a thing would put me out of work. But, when you do go shopping this holiday season, be courteous to the poor cashier that is ringing you out. Or the floor personnel trying to restock and organize the mess you’ve made. I keep hoping that one day the world will start resembling those cute old-time Christmas movies where people would buy one gift for a loved one. Or they would spend their time focusing on the sentimental part of the holidays — not buying loads and loads of unnecessary merchandise that you wouldn’t buy on a regular day. Enjoy the shopping, enjoy the season, but remember that the holidays can be more than binging on presents. Have some kindness for the people who are working to give you a good experience while you shop.
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Thanksgiving games date back to 1800s NFL tradition can be traced back to old Ivy League rivalry JOSHUA MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
The fourth Thursday of November: a day when the only thing more typical than a Tryptophan-induced food coma, followed by a slice (or four) of grandma’s pumpkin pie is Thanksgiving Day football. On a holiday formed and continued squarely on the merits of tradition, you can always count on three things: at least one awkward family argument; hating yourself for that third plate of food; and the Detroit Lions hosting and, more times than not, losing a football game. With a 19-16 loss to the Chicago Bears — broadcast on NBC Radio — the Lions hosted the inaugural National Thanksgiving Day game in 1934. With the exception of the six-year span of America’s involvement in World War II (1939-44), the Lions have hosted a Thanksgiving Day game ever since, posting a record of 33-37-2. The Lions, however, were by no means the first team to play football on the day of the turkey. As far as historians can determine, the first Thanksgiving Day football traditions began shortly after the invention of the sport itself. Ivy League stalwarts Princeton and Yale played on Thanksgiving Day in 1876, in a game that would eventually be considered the inaugural collegiate national championship. Yale — winners of the first matchup — and Princeton continued a Thanksgiving series into the late 1890s, drawing as many as 40,000 fans. But it is the series of 1890s games between 1867
Princeton and Yale compete in the first-ever documented Thanksgiving Day football game.
21st Amendment “Fireside Chat” As its name implies, 21st Amendment’s “Fireside Chat” is an ideal beer for late-night drinks as fall quickly blends with winter. With an ABV of 7.9 percent,“Fireside Chat” — a winter spiced ale — pours a beautiful dark amber color with a nutmeg and cinnamon aroma. Unlike many spiced ales,“Fireside Chat” manages to provide a palate pleasing contrast of spices and traditional hopinfused flavors.
Oskar Blue’s “Old Chub” PROVIDED
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is tackled by Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden during second-quarter action at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, Thursday, November 24, 2011.
the University of Michigan and Chicago University — both national powers at the time — that is credited with starting the trend of Thanksgiving Day football. As teams from numerous professional, collegiate and high school leagues began to develop Thanksgiving game traditions, it wouldn’t have been uncommon for there to be several hundred football games across the nation on Thanksgiving days in the early 1900s. As time went on and more professional leagues consolidated or
An urban legend states that the Chicago Tigers and Decatur Staleys played in an elimination Thanksgiving contest, with the loser exiting the league at season’s end. Although the Tigers lost, and folded as a franchise, the legend is unproven.
With 19 consecutive Thanksgiving day games, many of which were against Chicago University, the University of Michigan popularizes the tradition.
What to drink during turkeyday football
The Detroit Lions host their first of 72 Thanksgiving contests.
disappeared all together, less and less Thanksgiving games dwindled. After WWII, the NFL only scheduled one game per season on Thanksgiving, with the Lions remaining permanent hosts. It was not until 1966 that the Dallas Cowboys, founded less than a decade beforehand, started the tradition of hosting professional football’s second permanent Thanksgiving Day game. In 2006, the NFL added a third Thanksgiving Day game, providing a few extra hours of digestive reprieve for us all.
The Dallas Cowboys host their first Thanksgiving game, becoming the second team to host an annual game.
The NFL takes a five-year Thanksgiving hiatus due to America’s role in World War II.
The Lions and Green Bay Packers combine to score the most points In Thanksgiving Day history, with the Packers winning 44-40.
With a 34-31 loss to the Houston Texans, the Lions lose their ninth consecutive Thanksgiving game.
Thanksgiving Football History
Oskar Blues “Old Chub” comes out swinging — a simple, straight forward scotch ale with an ABV of 8 percent and a price tag averaging around $8.50 for a six-pack. Pouring dark brown and tasting of chocolate and peat with a nice sweet finish, this ale is a surprising bang for your buck; good quality beer that comes out of a modest can. It is a great beer for a slow drink after too much to eat.
Jackie O’s “Chomo-lungma”
With an inviting aroma of toffee, chocolate and caramel, Jackie O’s “Chomo-lungma” pours as dark as a brown ale possibly can.“Chomolungma” manages to provide the flavorful taste of a dark beer — winter herbs, roasted grains, tobacco — without filling you up after just a few. TNR tries to avoid promoting anything produced in Athens, Ohio — the home of Ohio University and Jackie O’s — but “Chomolunga’s” unique complexity and flavor leaves us little choice.
Happy Thanksgiving from The News Record, the independent student news organization at the University of Cincinnati