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THE INdependent student newspaper at the university of cincinnati

Vol. CXXVIV Issue 30

monday , jan . 4, 2010 money talk Brian Kelly’s decision to leave makes sense – economically. page 3

basketball over break Recap of all the basketball games during Winter vacation. page 6

sir jean-luc picard Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame knighted. page 4

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1 News 3 College Living 4 Entertainment 5 Classifieds 6 Sports

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Bearcats’ frustration builds Mardy Gilyard kneels down in the Cincinnati end zone during the 51-24 loss to the University of Florida Gators in the 76th BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, New Year’s Day. The standout receiver was limited to 41 yards on seven receptions as the Gators’ defense shut him down.


SUGAR BOWL HIGHLIGHTS More than 65,000 fans packed the Superdome. Tim Tebow and Florida head coach Urban Meyer won their third BCS bowl game in the last five seasons. Cincinnati quarterback Tony Pike finished the bowl game with 170 yards passing. Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard set a Sugar Bowl record with 207 kick return yards.

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Minutes before kickoff Tony Pike and the Bearcats rush the field to take on the University of Florida Gators at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, New Year’s Day. Pike struggled during his last game in a Cincinnati uniform, posting only 170 yards passing and was sacked four times in the 51-24 loss. Pike led the Bearcats to a 12-1 record, the best in school history and will likely enter the NFL Draft in April. briefs

MLK Memorial when

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13


MainStreet Cinema

The University of Cincinnati African American Cultural and Research Center (AACRC) will host a memorial celebration for the work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in MainStreet Cinema in the Tangeman University Center. The program includes excerpts from his book, a performance by the AACRC Choir and a brief video tribute.

Clermont Interim Dean Robert “Mick” McLaughlin takes his new position as interim dean at University of Cincinnati Clermont College beginning Jan. 1. McLaughlin precedes James McDonough, who is now retiring after his brief three-year run. As a UC alumus, McLaughlin of Pierce Township looks to continue his involvement with the university.

Seminar Courses The School of Criminal Justice is offering two one-day seminars, one in Winter and the other in Spring. The Winter quarter seminar, Preventing Gang Violence, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 12, in MainStreet Cinema. The second, Risk Assessment, is scheduled for Spring quarter, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 7, in MainStreet Cinema Contact Erin Cochran at 556-8599 for more information.

Tebow reached the 300-yard passing mark by halftime as the Gators led 30-3. The Bearcats have now lost both BCS bowl appearances in school history.

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gator quarterback awarded Tim Tebow accepts the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy after setting career highs in passing yards and completions.

Chase contest confusion Group waiting to hear official decision from bank Gin a. ando the news record

In a campaign to boost funding for charities nationwide, JPMorgan & Chase Co. advertised to give 100 establishments a grant of $25,000 – so long as the charities’ purpose align with theirs. Students for Sensible Drug Use Policy (SSDP), a group with offices in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, have recently announced Chase pulled them out of competition. “We just haven’t received response from [Chase],” said Amber Langston, SSDP outreach director for the Midwest and Southern regions. “They’ve just been absolutely silent about it.” Although the SSDP was voted in as one of the top 100 charities, every establishment is subject to strict rules regarding eligibility. “Any organization determined to be ineligible at any time will be disqualified,” the official rules state. “[The] sponsor retains the right at its sole discretion to determine eligibility and reserves the right to disqualify any charity for any reason whatsoever.” More than 1 million people signed up for the competition, which drew in tens of thousands of charities, according to Chase’s statistics. To be eligible, though, the charities must have a yearly budget of less than $10 million. “It’s a real shame,” Langston said. “I’m hopeful that we’ll get some sort of answer from [Chase].” Chase Community Giving, a group started in November, organized the competition, which totals approximately $5 million in donations. The bank did not give SSDP a heads up or even mention in passing they might be ineligible for the competition, said Micah Daigle, executive director of the organization.

Chase did not have a comment on the SSDP possible disqualification. “It’s certainly frustrating and it just doesn’t make any sense,” Daigle said. “It seems like they either decided at the last minute or they decided at the very start and used us to promote their brand.” To be eligible to vote for the charities, voters are required to become fans of the group. “It worked out good for Chase, but not too great for us,” Daigle said In order to get more votes, SSDP used up office and volunteer hours for something that Chase has not committed to, Daigle said. In response to the possible rescinding of eligibility for the contest, SSDP has set up a Chase boycott campaign that has gathered more than 2,000 supporters. “The grassroots campaign aims to inspire a new way of corporate philanthropy,” its mission states. Community Giving was also founded in effort to find new ways of reaching locales, because Chase is growing to become a national bank. The competition process is broken up into two rounds: the first determines which 100 charities will be selected and the second round requires grant applications from each charity and another round of voting. A board designated by Chase has the ability to choose how to allocate an additional $1 million to charities they decide on as well. “What it comes down to is Chase misled Facebook users and they misled us,” Daigle said. Under the contest rules, contestants agree that they cannot take legal recourse, so the possibility of not receiving the grant money is a possibility. “We could do a lot with [the money],” Langston said. “Clearly, there’s a lot of people who want us to have it.” | 513.556.5908

Missing: 8 iMacs in McMicken lab amanda woodruff the news record

Eight iMac computers from the journalism lab in McMicken Hall, Room 116, were taken sometime between 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2. Matt Cunningham, second-year graduate student in the professional writing and editing program, discovered the missing machines Friday, Jan. 1, as he entered the room to work on projects for the New Media Bureau. “I had to do a double-take,” Cunningham said. “My first instinct was that the department was servicing them.” There was no forced entry, instead, University of Cincinnati Police are looking into the possibility of a key entry. Lab keys are issued by UCPD to appropriate faculty and are not to be copied. Inside the classroom, each machine is fastened with a Kensington security lock. “There was not much destruction,” said Sean Hughes, assistant professor of journalism. “Clearly someone was tampering with the locks.” The missing machines were located in the front of the classroom, which is not visible from the doorway. The instructors’ computer is still intact. All of the machines are protected by password in both the administrator and lab user logins. Software, including InDesign, Dreamweaver and Photoshop, are loaded onto the computers through licensed registration. “It’s hard to assess right now just how much it will cost to replace them,” Hughes said. “Consider the machine itself then the software – it’s just really vague.” The journalism and English departments will meet Monday, Jan. 4, to discuss appropriate methods for replacement. As classes resume Monday, the need for the machines is urgent. “The lab is on the off-beaten path, away from the main labs on campus like the library,” said Elissa Sonnenberg, assistant professor of journalism. “Whoever got in there knows about it, meaning they either work there, have class there or walk by it enough to notice.” UCPD continues to investigate the situation, but the university’s first priority it replacing the computers. “Even if we just have to pay for it all now and get reimbursed later by insurance, we’ll do it,” Hughes said. “The important thing is getting the computers back in there for our students.”


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alex boerger

Brian Kelly’s decision was economically sensible

“Brian Kelly could have been a legend at UC.” We keep hearing this same, tired claim. But honestly, will he be anything less if he turns around Notre Dame? And even if he fails, he will still be $20 million richer. In Cincinnati, Kelly would be making roughly $1.8 million per year. At Notre Dame, he’ll take in around $3 million next year, according to The Chicago Tribune. Of eight coaches in the Big East conference, Kelly was the third-lowest paid. Let’s be honest, who didn’t see this move coming? BK staying in Cincinnati? Get real. He was larger than life here, of course we all wanted him to stay, but I can’t find one solid good reason to support Kelly staying in Cincinnati. Notre Dame is a Bentley, while UC is a Lexus. Both are nice, but clearly in different leagues. And if you were given the opportunity to drive a Bentley, I’m sure you’d snatch it up, too. Even if you believe Notre Dame football is dead, I think many would still take the chance. Notre Dame played in the Sugar Bowl in 2007 and got crushed by LSU. Their record before being selected was 10 wins and 2 losses. Compared to Cincinnati’s perfect season, it doesn’t take close to as much to get to the big dance through Notre Dame. Their clout is huge: TV Network, eight home games per year and (my personal favorite) if Notre Dame finishes in the top eight of all BCS college football teams, they’re automatically selected to a BCS game. If they finish in the top 12, they are considered for a BCS spot. Notre Dame receives $4.5 million for playing in a BCS game and $1 million when they play in any other bowl game. And don’t forget to add the bowl payout to these large sums. Talk about leverage! So, finishing 12th in the country with Notre Dame equals Sugar Bowl. In comparison, UC had to go undefeated; a loss to Pittsburgh would have put us in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, which gives the participating teams free oil changes in the bowl gift package. The Sugar Bowl has a payout of more than $17 million. The Meineke Car Bowl pays out $1 million to the participating teams, so the Pittsburgh game ends up being worth at least $16 million. So when you take Cincinnati’s struggle to get to the Sugar Bowl compared with Notre Dame’s traipse up Easy Street, why would Brian Kelly have stayed here? To become the Joe Paterno (Joe Pa) of Cincinnati? But he has a shot to become the Joe Pa of South Bend and if not, he can practically start his own bank when he is fired. So he didn’t commend UC initially for getting him to this stage when he was introduced at Notre Dame. This does not seem to hold water. If this is really a gripe (and you’re not on the football team) then you’re just a tad bitter. The bottom line is this, BK is gone, and if you didn’t see it coming, then perhaps you were a bit naive. Be happy for him and hope he ends up like Rich Rodriguez or Mark Dantonio (Anyone remember him?). Meanwhile, put faith in Mike Thomas to hire another outstanding coach (even after Butch Jones leaves), keep Kerry Combs on the staff and make this program like Utah football, which saves money on coaching and has success. Before we bash the man who gave us two spectacular seasons of football, put yourself in his boots. We made a lot of money through football that might help other programs at the university. Football helped enrollment and gave the university a lot of spotlight on national television. He helped many players get into the NFL (making more money than they otherwise would have) and he boosted the salaries of other coaches such as Jeff Quinn, who is now coaching the University of Buffalo’s college football team. Think of each coach as an investment, and we stole Brian Kelly looking at the returns he brought in. Now, all we have to do is steal another one. The next coach will be leaving as well, we want to be a destination, but let’s be real, if only that kick would have sailed wide … Well, let’s just say Mardy Gilyard would be enjoying some free oil right now. Think Alex is on the money? E-mail us at and tell us what you think.

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Bearcat recycling expanding, improving Ariel Cheung the news record

As the University of Cincinnati strives to become more environmentally friendly, UC Sustainability’s recycling program has grown since its inception last year. Now in its second year, Bearcat Recycling takes place during football games and during the residence hall opening in the fall. Volunteers place recycling bins in popular tailgating locations and near vending stations before home football games, then collect the bags and leave them in the green dumpsters around campus. For the 2009 football season, Bearcats recycled 5.4 tons of plastic, metal, glass and cardboard. In 2008, about 1,200 pounds were recycled, based on the amount gathered in one game. The increase in recycled material was due in part to volunteers giving tailgaters recycling bags, said Shawn Tubb, UC sustainability coordinator. “We expanded the scope of the program,” Tubb said. “And more people knew about Bearcat Recycling this year and were excited to help with the effort.” Vendors were also given the recycling bags, which was another addition from last year. During the first home game, on Sept. 12, 600 pounds were recycled. The number

increased after each game through Nov. 27, when 2,300 pounds were recycled, Tubb said. The tailgating lots that were provided with recycling bins included Sander, Edwards and Alumni, Bearcat Family Zone, Sigma Sigma Commons and Nippert Stadium. But recycling at the football games is just the first step. UC Sustainability plans to expand the program to include other athletic events, events on MainStreet or McMicken Commons, and campus-wide events like Commencement. UC will also be participating in the RecycleMania competition. The competition, which begins Jan. 17, will allow hundreds of colleges and universities to see which can recycle the most material. The competition could also be a chance for students to speak up about recycling on campus, Tubb said. “Many students have expressed that they feel recycling should be expanded, so that bins are in all academic and residential buildings on campus,” Tubb said. “They can consider writing to UC is Listening to let the administration know it’s a priority.” Recycling bins are currently located along MainStreet and in certain buildings on MainStreet. As of fall 2009, there are 36 dumpsters on campus that are designated for mixed materials and eight that are for

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More than 50 recycling dumpsters and conpactors can be found in various locations across campus. cardboard only, according to UC Sustainability. There are also 32 compactors that are also for cardboard only. Students who want to get involved with UC Sustainability can join the Student Sustainability Coalition, a subcommittee open to all UC students. Those interested can also get more information about volunteer opportunities by e-mailing

One Big Fan-ny Pack UC Football Fans showed their support as the Bearcats played at the 76th AllState Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. More than 65,000 Cincinnati fans filled the stands of the Lousiana Superdome in New Orleans. From students to alumni to faculty, thousands cheered on the UC Bearcats in the game against Florida.


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“They [University of Florida] were bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic, but we had more and better fan support.” —kevin nathan, kareem elgazzar | the news record

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Workshop targets job-seeking students Stephanie Kitchens the news record

For college students, finding a job after graduation can be difficult in light of the current economy, so many are looking for ways to set themselves apart from the competition. The Edge is a workshop designed to give potential interviewees the edge that is needed to land a job. “The job market is tougher than it has been,” said Jill Haney, one of the creators of the workshop and an image consultant. “I hear from my clients all the time that college students are not equipped with the soft skills needed to sell themselves in interviews and stand out from the competition.” Haney is a certified image consultant for Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer. She collaborated with Julie Bauke, a career consultant, strategist and author of “Stop Peeing in Your Shoes: Avoiding the Seven Mistakes that Screw Up Your Job Search,” to create this workshop to help the seminar participants with social etiquette, networking and interview skills. Bauke said that the two decided to collaborate

together since their different specializations had a lot of overlap and brought more perspectives to “The Edge,” giving participants all the available information on how to get the edge to land a job. Haney found that many parents came to her complaining that after paying thousands of dollars for a college education their sons and daughters remained unemployed and that a college education is no longer enough to find a job. Parents found that their children did not have polish needed to stand out among other equally qualified candidates and that many college graduates do not have the skills needed to be credible and memorable to the interviewer. “Especially people in their 20s weren’t getting it and they kept shooting themselves in the foot over and over again,” Bauke said. She attributed failing to be hired to things like looking at their phone during an interview or forgetting to check their e-mail. The three areas that recruiters look for in the potential candidate are their education, work-related experience and an unidentifiable component, Bauke and Haney said. This “unidentifiable component” is | 513.556.5913

what makes a candidate stand out from the competition. Bauke and Haney call this unidentifiable component “the edge” and teach students exactly what it is that can give them this edge to land the job. “The message I keep hearing is although someone’s technical skills may be good, they are looking for the total package,” Haney said. The Edge was created to help people become the total package that an employer desires by working on this unidentifiable component. Bauke and Haney teach seminar participants how to polish their professional image and etiquette because an employer wants to hire someone who will represent their company well. “Students can take this information and immediately apply it,” Haney said. The first session of The Edge was hosted Jan. 2, but the second will be Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at StreamKey, located at 10515 Reading Road. The event includes a catered lunch and costs $249. Online pre-registration is required for attendance, which can include up to 24 people. For more information on how to register go to



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Nintendo Wii, DSi: Massive holiday sales I dub this Christmas the year of Nintendo. After dropping the price of the Wii to $200, Wii sales went way up in the last quarter of 2009. My mom and stepfather purchased themselves a Wii, “Wii Fit” and the Food Network’s first cooking game, “Cook or Be Cooked.” “Wii Fit” can potentially be a little humiliating. As far as I’m concerned, don’t play the game in front of anyone you’re trying to impress … especially if you’re in unhealthy shape like me. Basically, you stand on a mat and test your weight, flexibility and every other facet of your health (or lack thereof). Again, I stress that this should be played in privacy. “Cook or Be Cooked” is a unique game that does a great job of utilizing the Wii’s motion sensor controllers. Essentially, you take on the role of a chef working hard to prove their abilities in the kitchen. Using the remotes, you chop, flip, sprinkle and serve — whatever it takes to successfully cook up a gourmet meal. The Wii game my family enjoyed the most, however, was “Wii Sports,” which is included with the Wii system. Bowling was the most popular sport, as it afforded my family the chance to relieve some holiday stress by lobbing virtual balls at virtual pins using real arm motions. Be sure to keep the remote strapped to your wrist, because this is one of the easiest games to accidentally throw your controller through the television. My big Christmas present this year was the Nintendo DSi, the newest handheld system. This is an improvement compared to previous handhelds (the original DS and DS Lite) with two features: dual digital cameras and Wi-Fi connection. I can surf the Internet, check e-mail, load pictures on Facebook and download new games with my DSi. Now, this is the first nextgen handheld system I’ve bought since the Game Boy Color, so I can say that all the time waiting in long lines at the store is now spent playing video games. “The Oregon Trail,” everybody’s favorite game from grade school, is now available for download on the DSi. Of course, I downloaded it as soon as possible. This updated version really improves upon the original, making for a fresh and surprisingly educational gaming experience. Did you know oxen are referred to as steer until they are three years old? Similar tidbits of information are littered throughout the game, which proves to be quite a lengthy experience … unless your oxen drown while attempting to ford a river. “Chrono Trigger,” the smash hit from the Super Nintendo, has been ported to the DSi. This is my first time playing the classic RPG and I can honestly say the game has held up very well over the years. After checking with a multitude of local video game retailers, I found that the most successfully selling consoles were the Wii and Playstation 3. In terms of actual games, the top sellers were “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” and “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” for Playstation 3 and Xbox360. Did you get what you wanted for the holidays? Does Nintendo hold a special place in your heart? Share your story at

The year 2009 closed with Patrick Stewart becoming Sir Patrick Stewart, as the British actor was the latest to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Stewart began his acting career as a teenager before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966. He played numerous roles in more than 60 productions during his years with the company before leaving it in 1982. His theater work also led to friendships with future stars such as Ben Kingsley, David Warner and Malcolm McDowell. Although his acting career later included memorable roles in the 1976 BBC television production of “I, Claudius” and John Boorman’s film “Excalibur” (1981), Stewart became world famous as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which premiered in 1987. “Make it so” became as famous a catchphrase as Spock’s line “Live long and prosper.” As the show became more popular, Trek fans began seemingly endless debates on whether Picard or Kirk was the better captain; giving rise to the expression ‘Kirk vs. Picard’ to illustrate debate as to the validity of differing opinions on any matter. TV Guide labeled Stewart the Sexiest Man on TV in 1992. In 1991, Stewart performed a one-man production of Charles Dickens’s classic story “A Christmas Carol,” which was

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It’s been said that Capt. Picard would win at chess, while Capt. Kirk would win in a drinking match.

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New album “You’re Getting Old” Eli samuel Johnson the news record

Tight jeans are to hipsters as You, You’re Awesome are to … you guessed it: More hipsters. Cincinnati duo You, You’re Awesome’s third EP, “You’re Getting Old,” is more of the same quirky cadence conventionally found in the electronic genre. With Yusef Quotah on the “noise” and Kevin Bayer on drums, Awesome’s sound is both fun and eccentric; imploring the Urban Outfitter-endorsing youth of today to get out on the dance floor and boogie. With a rocktronica appeal, Awesome’s new EP flaunts Quotah’s wacky sound bites and a nutty keyboard exhibition paired with Bayer’s timely percussion.

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“You’re Getting Old” is simply another display that Awesome can blend jam band and dance party on one soundtrack, setting themselves apart from other indie-electronica greats such as Justice and Hot Chip. On their third attempt, You, You’re Awesome displays a unique sound that does not feebly echo the catchpenny tone of other failed electronica buskers. The only concern for the future is that maybe You, You’re Awesome was designed for the EP as their, at times, flighty sound may become imbroglio to some on a full-length album. All the same, when “You’re Getting Old” is released to the general public in January, it is sure to be found at DAAP parties and dance floors alike.

Ohayocon brings cosplay to Ohio Paul kreiner the news record

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These cosplay enthusiasts exhibit just how cute anime fans can be.

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well received and led to encore performances spanning the next several years. He later played Scrooge in a 1999 TV version of the story. His last performance of his one-man show was at a benefit for the families and victims of the 9/11 attacks. Since “The Next Generation” ended its run in 1994, Stewart has continued to work steadily in productions such as “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993), “Jeffrey” (1995), “The Canterville Ghost” (1996), “Moby Dick” (1998), “The Lion in Winter” (2003) and, most famously, the X-Men film series (“X-Men” in 2000, “X2: X-Men United” in 2003 and “X-Men: The Last Stand” in 2006), in which he played Professor Xavier. He reprised his role as Picard in the movies “Star Trek: Generations” (1994), “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996), “Star Trek: Insurrection” (1998) and “Star Trek: Nemesis” (2002). Stewart has also lent his voice to numerous projects, including the animated films “The Prince of Egypt” (1998) and “Chicken Little” (2005), as well as episodes of animated series such as “The Simpsons” and “American Dad.” In addition, he has done voice work for Star Trek and X-Men-related video games. In recent years, Stewart’s work has been primarily on the stage, including portraying Claudius in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2009 production of “Hamlet.” Film director Nicholas Hytner and Holocaust survivor Erich Reich were knighted alongside Stewart at Buckingham Palace.

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The 10th annual Ohayhocon is scheduled to take place in Columbus from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Greater Columbus Convention Center. Ohayocon is a convention that celebrates Japanese culture with panels, special guests and screenings of Japanese animation. Live bands perform and video games are set up for both leisure and tournament playing. Artists also show off their work in areas like manga, Japanese graphic novels. The name of the convention is a pun. “Ohayo” means good morning in Japanese and is pronounced the same as the state of Ohio. This years guests include Chris Ayers, director of the musical animation comedy “The Nerima Daikon Brothers” and “Xenosaga: The Animation” as well as Aaron Dismuke who is the voice of Alphonse Elric in the show “Fullmetal Alchemist.” “Of all the cons I’ve been to, I’ve never cared for the panels,” said Lydia Gerlach, 18, who dressed as a bubblehead nurse from the video game Silent Hill 2. “I just walked around while everyone took pictures, met people, etcetera.” Ohayocon also features some competitions. This year will feature four different cosplay

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competitions, where people can dress up as their favorite character from a video game or animation as long as it originates from the East Asia area. Contestants are then judged based on how the costume looks. Registration is required for three of the four competitions and the full list of rules is located online. “There was a girl who dressed as Zelda who did hand beading on her dress,” said Liz Ellerbrock, a Xavier University student who attended last year’s convention. “She was really nice and let people take pictures of her and explained how she made her dress.” Passes for the event at the door cost $45 for the weekend, $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. The convention center has a food court in the lower level. “If you are staying for more than one night, get a hotel room. Do not room with friends of friends,” said Ellerbrock. “It’s really difficult getting around downtown Columbus if you haven’t been there before and sleeping on the floor for two hours before a [convention] can make it less fun.” Are you excited for this year’s Ohayocon? Be sure to e-mail pictures of your favorite costumes and re-tell memories of all the oddities in and around Ohayocon 2010. Send everything to

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Coaching situation didn’t plague bowl prep

sam weinberg

Would Kelly have made a difference?

There was the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the St. Patrick’s Day Massacre, and now historians who study these acts of brutality can add the New Year’s Day Massacre in New Orleans to the list. With the Sugar Bowl behind us, the burning question is whether it would have turned out differently with Brian Kelly at the helm. It’s safe to say the outcome of the game would have been the same regardless of who was coaching. With the way the University of Florida played, especially Tim Tebow, I’m not sure there is a team in the country that could have beat the Gators in New Orleans. If Kelly was coaching, the game would have been closer and the Bearcats might not have been blown out in front of the entire nation. The Bearcats I watched in the Sugar Bowl were not the team I watched all year; they looked flustered and their offensive play was as new and unrecognizable as their white uniforms. The biggest difference was the lack of the explosive passing offense Kelly built, as it was replaced by a conservative, ineffective one. I know the Gators’ defense was ranked third in the nation, but you would think the Bearcats sixth-ranked passing offense, which averaged 320 yards per game, would manage more than 170 and put on a better performance. Where were the plays to spread out the defense? Where were the passes down field? UC’s longest pass was for just 22 yards. The Bearcats’ Sugar Bowl offensive game plan completely deviated from Kelly’s fast-moving and overwhelming style for which it was known. Kelly created an offensive powerhouse that averaged nine yards per pass attempt. During the Sugar Bowl, the Bearcats finished the game with an average of 3.8 yards per pass attempt. At least once or twice every set of downs, the Bearcats would resort to screens or short three- to four-yard passes. Where were the out routes to Mardy Gilyard and Armon Binns? In a game where the Bearcats needed big plays, the biggest they came up with was a blocked extra point in the first quarter. What killed me the most is that the Bearcats stuck to their short, conservative passes on third down. I don’t know how many times it seemed like the Bearcats would make a pass for a few yards on third down, only to come up a few yards short. The Bearcats were 4 of 15 on third down conversions, and not to sound like John Madden, but in order to move the chains you need to get the ball past the first down marker. To their credit, the Bearcats’ offensive play calling seemed to pick up in the second half, matching the Gators with 21 points and finishing the game with 24, the second most against the Gators all year. Besides the offensive play calling, Kelly’s absence had an effect on the morale of the team. I applaud the seniors for rallying the team and the fans for getting behind them in such a hard time, but despite what players said, Kelly did more than just “call the plays.” Kelly united the city of Cincinnati behind the Bearcats. Before him, the Bearcats were a no-name football team, but now they have been in the national spotlight for two years in a row. A team doesn’t lose a coach like that and go unaffected. Now that the season is over, hopefully players and fans can put this game out of their minds and move on. The torch has passed from the Brian Kelly era to the Butch Jones era. The team is in your hands now Coach Jones. Hopefully you can erase the awful memory of this game and the feeling of betrayal a lot of fans still have. Despite the loss, it wasn’t the worst part of the game. What was? Now we have to wait until Tebow’s NFL career to see him cry again.

peter marx the news record

Losing a head coach less than one month before a bowl game is never an easy thing for a team to go through, but the University of Cincinnati football team has never backed down from a challenge. “To lose [Brian Kelly] at this point was not an easy thing to do,” said offensive coordinator and interim head coach Jeff Quinn. “But at the same time we made the best of it. I’m proud of it, the work our kids put in to get ready for this game. And certainly there’s no way we are going to hang our heads.” Quinn is set to become the next head coach at the University of Buffalo and other assistants are unsure where they might end up after the season. According to some Cincinnati players and coaches, the uncertainty surrounding the coaching positions had no effect on the team’s preparation. “[The coaches] have a lot of stuff going on, and at

times they didn’t know where they were going to be next year and if they were going to have a job,” said senior quarterback Tony Pike. “But you could never tell that at practice or at any time. “It wasn’t easy being thrown into a situation like that,” Pike said about the transition the coaches had to make without Kelly. “But from a players standpoint and what goes on in the locker room, we couldn’t thank them enough for the job that they did.” Quinn said losing Kelly before the bowl game was like a key player not being there. Nobody knows whether or not the outcome of the Sugar Bowl would have been different if Kelly was still at Cincinnati, but regardless of who was coaching, it would have been tough to stop Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators on a night where they scored 51 points. Former Central Michigan head coach Butch Jones will succeed Kelly as the next head coach at UC.

Kareem Elgazzar | The News Record

Interim Head Coach Jeff Quinn coached UC for the final time in the Sugar Bowl. Quinn was hired Dec. 22 as the next head coach at Buffalo.

Kareem Elgazzar | The News Record

UC’s Mardy Gilyard set a Sugar Bowl record with 207 kickoff return yards, but the Florida defense held him to only 41 yards on seven receptions.

Not so sweet: Gators roll past Bearcats peter marx the news record

NEW ORLEANS – Tim Tebow’s final collegiate football game might have been his best ever. Tebow topped his career highs in passing yards and completions en route to a 51-24 blowout win against the University of Cincinnati in the 76th Allstate Sugar Bowl Friday, Jan. 1, at the Superdome in front of 65,207 fans. “It was incredible, just a great game,” Tebow said. “It was exactly how you want to go out with these seniors and these coaches in your last game and your last time together. It just really doesn’t get any better than this.” The University of Florida (13-1) scored on every first-half possession except one, a missed field goal with four seconds remaining. Tebow reached the 300yard passing mark with 1:20 remaining in the half as the Gators led 30-3 at the break. Tebow finished the game completing 31 of 35 passes for 482 yards – a Sugar Bowl record – and three touchdowns. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner also carried the ball 14 times for 51 yards and a score. Tebow tallied 533 yards of total offense, web exclusive

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setting a record for the most in a BCS bowl game. No. 3 UC (12-1) was held scoreless until Jake Rodgers kicked a 47-yard field goal with 3:11 remaining in the second quarter, pulling the Cats within three scores, but an 80-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to Riley Cooper on the first play of the ensuing drive ended any hopes Cincinnati had of mounting a comeback. Cooper had seven catches for 181 yards and a touchdown. The Brian Kelly-less Bearcats couldn’t find a way to stop the Gators’ almost perfect offensive attack, and struggled to score enough points to stay in the game against Florida’s third-ranked defense. “Against a team like Florida you’ve got to play your very best,” said senior quarterback Tony Pike. “We made the mistakes that we couldn’t make. We knew we had to play our best. We didn’t do that tonight.” Pike was sacked four times and completed 27 of 45 passes for 170 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in his final game as a Bearcat. Cincinnati had 246 yards of total offense and finished 4 of 15 on third-down conversions. The Gators posted 659 yards of total offense and converted on 6 of 12 third downs. Mardy Gilyard had seven catches for

Check out a slideshow of the University of Cincinnati’s Sugar Bowl loss against the University of Florida online at

41 yards, and Isaiah Pead led the team in rushing with 48 yards on seven carries. Gilyard broke a Sugar Bowl record for most kickoff return yards with 207 on eight attempts. Despite the lopsided loss, Gilyard was impressed with the number of Bearcat fans in the Superdome. “It seemed like the whole city of Cincinnati came to New Orleans to support us,” Gilyard said. “It seemed like all of our fans stayed out in the stadium until the clock hit zeroes. That just shows us how far we have come with our fan base and our program.” Cincinnati’s quest for a perfect season came to an end and a new era will begin for the Bearcats next season under head coach Butch Jones.

Kareem Elgazzar | The News Record

QUARTERBACK TONY PIKE attempts a pass while being chased by the Florida defense Friday, Jan. 1, in the BCS Sugar Bowl.

Cats 2-0 in Big East, Big Monday next hunter tickel the news record

The University of Cincinnati men’s team is almost halfway through its season, but the daunting Big East schedule has just begun. UC knocked off in-state rival Miami just as students were leaving for break. Then came the Crosstown Shootout at the Cintas Center against Xavier. The Bearcats dropped a double-overtime thriller against the Muskies 83-79. Then UC hit the road to play the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Bearcats couldn’t keep up and UAB won by 17, handing the Bearcats their second-consecutive loss. “We have played a tougher schedule,” said head coach Mick Cronin. “Who in the Big East played back-to-back road games against Xavier and UAB? We played three great neutral site games. We have already shown that our guys will compete at a high level.” UC returned home and easily took care of Lipscomb and Winthrop just before Christmas in the final tune ups before Big East play. Then came a season highlight when the Cats opened conference play in Fifth Third Arena in front of more than 10,000 fans with a 71-69 victory against No. 10 Connecticut. Freshman guard Lance Stephenson won the game when he knocked down two free throws with .7 seconds remaining giving UC its third win of the season against a top-25 team. The Bearcats maintained momentum when they traveled to New Jersey for the final game of Winter break to face Rutgers. Despite being down five points at halftime, UC rallied and beat the Scarlet Knights 65-58. The bench made all the difference against

Rutgers, scoring 34 points versus 31 points from the starters. “That was the difference in the game, our second unit came in the game and got us the lead,” Cronin said. “We went from down to tied or down to up. The bench takes effect now, here on out for the rest of the season.” The win gave UC (10-3, 2-0 Big East) a share of first place in the conference and matched the school’s best start in league play since 2005-06. “We’re a team that is recruited to be a big strong, athletic team,” Cronin said. “We have to play that way. We’re as big and strong as any team in America.” Next up, the Cats will be featured on ESPN’s Big Monday. First place in the Big East will be up for grabs when Pittsburgh (12-2, 2-0) comes to Fifth Third Arena, 7 p.m., Jan. 4. Pittsburgh enters Monday’s game fresh off a 10-point win at then undefeated Syracuse. A win would give the Bearcats its first 3-0 start in the Big East. “For three years since I got the job, it’s the chicken and the egg when you’re trying to rebuild a program and they don’t want to put you on Big Monday,” Cronin said. “I have been lobbying and fighting hard to the conference office to get Big Monday and the eyes of the basketball world on Monday night will be on Fifth Third Arena so we need to pack the arena.”

Pat Strang | The News Record

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