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new details in the alleged campus sexual assault A representative from the University of Cincinnati Women’s Center has met with the victim of an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a parking garage near the Richard E. Lindner center last weekend. Amy Howton, the sexual assault response coordinator at UC, has discussed options concerning the incident with the victim, said Gene Ferrara, UC Police Division chief. The victim has the option of bringing criminal, student code of conduct charges or can opt to not pursue any type of action against the assailant, Ferrara said. UCPD has spoken with friends of the victim regarding details of her activities on the night of Friday, May 7. The friends provided UCPD with a description of the male that the victim left with from a Corryville bar. UCPD is trying to contact the individual regarding the incident. The man is not considered a suspect at this time, said Ferrara.
presidential adieu SG President Tim Lolli reflects on his time at the university. page 2
Legally Blonde proves to be a crowdpleasing musical revisioning. page 4
Streetcar gets plugged at UC david schuler the news record
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MAKING THE CASE UC alumnus John Schneider attempts to rally support for the streetcar.
John Schneider, UC alumnus and the chairman of the Alliance for Regional Transit pitched his favorable position on the Cincinnati streetcar plan to the UC Faculty Club Wednesday, May 12. Laying out the current plan and dispelling some assumptions about the streetcar proposal were the focus of Schneider’s presentation. He began by listing off facts about some potential demographic shifts and hints that our traditional methods of transportation might need changing. “Vehicle miles traveled peaked in 2004, and car ownership per capita will fall in 2010,” Schneider said, citing census reports. Schneider also worked to frame the streetcar as a development project that could reenergize downtown.
“Our goal is to repopulate the city of Cincinnati.” —john schneider
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“This returns vitality to the streets. You give people new opportunities to make money and start businesses,” Schneider said. The Downtown Loop section of the streetcar is projected to cost $102 million, and many people skeptical of that high price tag think the city would be better served by addressing road conditions and instead simply redecorating a few buses and painting lines on the pavement to designate the same route, but see streetcar | page 3
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UC student charged with felony assault against CPD officers A University of Cincinnati student literally fought the law and is now facing felony assault charges. Sarah Knigga, 23, a student at UC’s College-Conservatory of Music, is accused of assaulting two Cincinnati police officers that responded to her apartment at 451 Ludlow Ave. Monday, May 10. The officers were responding to the apartment concerning another alleged assault by Knigga on a male, Charles Reid, 24. Knigga is accused of punching and scratching Reid, according to police reports. CPD officers were attempting to apprehend Knigga when she allegedly kicked one officer in the right knee, SARAH KNIGGA knocking him to the ground. Knigga then allegedly threw a table at the other officer and kicked him in the head. Knigga now faces three counts of fifth-degree felony assault and a second-degree misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. There has been no judge assigned yet to the case involving the CPD officers. The incident is not Knigga’s first brush with authorities. Capias warrants — warrants issued by a civil court — were issued by the city for her arrest in April 2008 for failing to pay three traffic citations, according to records from the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts. Knigga was arraigned in Hamilton County Court Tuesday, May 11, and released on her own recognizance. Hamilton County Judge Fanon Rucker has been assigned to oversee the case regarding Knigga’s alleged assault against Reid. index
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Campus crime rates plummet 50% james sprague the news record
Despite budget cuts and less personnel, the University of Cincinnati Police Division has steadily lowered crime rates on campus. Recent statistics gathered by UCPD have shown criminal activity at the university, which hovered at approximately 800 reported incidents in 1997 and 1998, has been cut almost in half with 432 reported crimes in 2009. The decline occurred in spite of various budget cuts and smaller staff at UCPD in the past 12 years, said Gene Ferrara, chief of UCPD. “[UCPD] has actually shrunk,” Ferrara said. Ferrara recounted how the division, which he
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MOBILE MEXICAN MEALS UC students frequent Señor Roy’s Taco Patrol truck in the pouring rain on McMicken Commons Wednesday, May 12. Señor Roy’s first appeared in the Cincinnati area in 2009, making appearances at places like Molly Malone’s and downtown.
“We are quite proud with what we’ve been able to accomplish.” —GENE FERRARA UCPD chief
joined in 1978, had two police chiefs — one for West Campus and one for the Academic Health Center – two lieutenants for each campus and one public safety director. Through consolidation and personnel cuts two of the lieutenant positions and one of the police chief positions were eliminated, in addition to uniformed officer positions, Ferrara said.
“The University protected us when they could,” Ferrara said in regards to the budget cuts. Statistics compiled by the FBI illustrate how UCPD has been able to do more with less. In a comparison with 13 other urban universities comparable in size, it was found that there is an average of 465 students to one public safety officer at UC. The other 13 universities, which included institutions such as the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Kentucky and The Ohio State University, averaged 341 students per one public safety officer. Further research by the FBI showed that in see crime | page 3
Lolli says goodbye, SG pushes new ideas
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The University of Cincinnati’s Undergraduate Student Government welcomed some new faces, Wednesday, May 12, and said goodbye to a familiar one. Wednesday night’s meeting marked outgoing student body President Tim Lolli’s final report to senate. Lolli mentioned many things he said he hopes come to fruition with the new SG administration. Among them, SG obtained thousands of rubber bracelets to help promote the Proudly Pennies campaign, Lolli said. Lolli and SG also started the Shiny Penny Car Wash campaign, in which local dealerships are teaming up with UC to help raise money.
SG’s executives were also working on another step in how students acquire and use textbooks. The Rent-a-Text program aims to allow students to utilize the official UC bookstore’s catalog instead of relying on students renting or swapping with other students. The projected cost will be approximately 50 percent of the listed price of the textbook to rent it out for one quarter. Students will be able to “order” the book online and pick it up at the bookstore. Putting the program into action might also increase student jobs on campus, Lolli said. More information about
see sg | page 3 sam greene | the news record
take a bow Outgoing student body President Tim Lolli delivered his final report to Student Government Wednesday, May 12, but has big plans for SG’s future commitments.
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the Rent-a-Text pilot will be discussed June 17 at the Kingsgate Marriott during the Campus Service Showcase. The program will feature approximately 20 percent of the bookstore’s full index of texts, but within one or two years of the launch, Rent-a-Text will afford students the ability to rent any book within the store, Lolli said. SG also took steps toward replacing the outdated and nonexistent Special Interest Collaborative with the Student Diversity Collaborative, a group
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Groups provide students with political tips An unfortunate side effect of being a political science student is constantly having politics on the brain. Another profound side effect is believing that we, as college students, have an increasingly important role to play in the political world. As the generation who will inherit a collection of messes, we must work to make the necessary changes to direct the course of our political environment in a positive direction. Standing up for what one believes in is not always an easy thing to do, and luckily for those looking to promote the ideals of limited government, free markets and the constitution, there are plenty of options available. You just have to know where to look. In addition to the number of current political student groups on campus, there are a whole legion of outside organizations that were created and specialize in helping college-aged students stand up for their rights. I’ve written up a short list of some who I believe can really benefit students in the long run. Many universities often receive criticisms for harboring certain biases toward particular political philosophies in their academia. To combat those biases, CampusReform.org was created to assist students in balancing out the academic playing field. CampusReform.org has a more conservative leaning and describes itself as a means of “connecting up-to-date communications technologies to a principled stand for limited government, the free market, national defense and traditional values, CampusReform.org makes possible a new generation of student activism to identify, expose and combat the radical left now.” Their site provides students with activism resources and ideas directed at reinforcing the “skills they need to revolutionize the struggle against leftist bias and abuse on college campuses.” Similarily, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is an organization that works to protect both students and faculty from political injustices that contradicts their basic individual rights. FIRE states that its mission is “to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty and sanctity of conscience — the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity.” In recent years, FIRE has taken issue with certain restrictive policies at the University of Cincinnati, particular the university’s policy of “free speech areas.” On its website, FIRE gives UC a speech code rating of “red” which is defined as meaning that “at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech.” Another website I just recently came across is called Cato on Campus, which is itself an off shoot of the libertarian leaning Cato Institute. Here, interested students can “find other libertarian organizations, as well as scholarships, internships, essay contests, jobs and other useful tools to help you in college and beyond.” The Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is a national organization that seeks to mobilize students through the creation of local chapters at high schools and colleges nationwide, including a chapter at UC. YAL is a nonpartisan group founded during the most recent presidential election and whose mission is to “train, educate and mobilize youth activists committed to ‘winning on principle.’ Our goal is to cast the leaders of tomorrow and reclaim the policies, candidates and direction of our government.” In order to reestablish a political landscape in which governments are equally bounded by both the will of the people and the confines of the Constitution, we must now make an effort to get politically involved on campus. The key to doing this rests with our abilities to utilize and take advantage of the resources given to us by organizations such as the ones mentioned here. Educating our fellow students, battling political biases in our classrooms and promoting the rights of students on campuses everywhere are some of the ways in which we can make sure colleges and universities remain institutions where all voices can be heard.
It’s hard to imagine the past year has gone by so quickly. It feels like just yesterday I was giving my “enthusiastic” inauguration speech following the MainStreet Stride, especially because my friends still make fun of me for my overuse of the word “enthusiastic.” I guess looking back on it all, the past five years I spent as a University of Cincinnati student have also gone by way too quickly; I’m sure I’ve been experiencing many of the same feelings that my fellow graduates are. We look back and wonder “Did I do enough?” “Do I have any regrets?” “If I could do it all over again, would I?” I hope the rest of you feel similar to me. My only answer? Not a chance. The past five years have been the greatest of my life — especially as I was able to serve UC as the undergraduate student body president. It’s hard to put into words the feelings I have encountered as a representative of the students, elected by my peers, to serve the greatest university in the country. This year has challenged me in ways that I could never have imagined. The year has been monumental for Student Government. I traveled to Portland, Ore., to tour their streetcar system and ask their mayor Sam Adams how the relationship between the city and Portland State University has been affected by the emergence of the
streetcar that runs through the downtown campus. I also traveled to Washington, D.C., to an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference to learn about the relationship between America and Israel. I have traveled and interacted with student leaders at other Ohio universities to discuss state-wide issues. Student Government as a whole has also developed www.ucbookswap.com to help students save money on textbooks and http://loc101.com/uc, a website that helps students find off-campus housing. SG raised $2,500 for Mitch’s Mission, allocated more than $5,000 of self-generated funds to the Bike Share program and, not to mention, took the lead on the Proudly Pennies campaign — a campaign which will last for the next three years and is the largest student-led fundraising endeavor in the history of the university – which seeks to raise 1 billion pennies. We have also worked hard to develop a student diversity committee that will serve the university’s Diversity Council as student representatives. We have also worked to develop other initiatives that will further advance the representation of all students through Student Government. These are just a few of the highlights from this year’s Student Government, of which I’ve been privileged to be a part. All of this could not have been accomplished without a strong social network of family and
friends to whom I owe many thanks. First of all, to my fraternity and my brothers in Alpha Tau Omega, the first organization I joined at UC and the reason I am the man I am today. Thank you. To my friends in the orientation office: Being a Summer Orientation Leader was one of the toughest jobs I’ve had, but I appreciate the many life lessons I learned during that summer. To my friends in athletics: You’re the hardest working staff in the Big East and I thank you for everything. To the UC administration, staff and everyone else I have had the opportunity to work with during the past year: The job you do on a daily basis is nothing short of inspirational and I feel privileged to have been able to work with you. To my family and my close friends: you have not only made this last year memorable, but you’ve made my entire time at UC the best time of my life. I am forever grateful to have all of you in my life. In closing, I would like to give a few words of advice to all students at UC. Find your passion and implement it on our campus. Remember that “nothing great can be accomplished without enthusiasm” and it will be your passion that will bring out enthusiasm and do great things at the University of Cincinnati. Thank you all for an amazing year. Tim Lolli served as the the undergraduate student body president during the 2009-10 academic year.
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Bipartisan financial reform coming to US? A rare thing is happening at this very moment. For the first time since President Barack Obama accepted his four-year term as president, Democrats and Republicans are working together on new legislation. For the first time in years, bipartisanship is actually taking place in the halls of the Capitol. With a little more work and hope, both parties will finally give Americans what was demanded since the Great Recession started — significant financial reform so something like this recession can never happen again. Of course, Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on all of the details, but the fact that they’re working together at all in an election year is either a genuine act of compromise or necessary work on an issue Americans want resolved. Since I don’t believe in miracles, I’m pretty sure it’s the latter. Americans just want this bill done. Why this issue is so important is almost selfevident. In the past two years, the markets have taken a plunge. For the average American, that can mean losing a job, seeing a stock portfolio collapse or having retirements fund crushed. For the average University of Cincinnati student, that means a much worse job market upon graduation. And just in case the current recovery got anyone thinking that financial reform wasn’t that
much of a pressing issue, last Thursday Americans saw what financial wizards are capable of. In the “Crash of 2:54 p.m.,” as it’s now been labeled by pundits, the stock market shot down more than 1,000 points in a matter of minutes. The exact cause is still hazy, but most have been turning to Greece’s current debt crisis, which was brought on by the financial crisis. But a lot of Americans are understandably worried. Not only could an inadequate bill let the job market grow sour again, but it could also let bank wizards carry out unreasonable risks with money that wasn’t meant to do financial magic. After all, in the Great Recession, the banks did pay, but when they paid, they did so with bailouts and life savings — not with money straight from the company’s pockets. So the question is what exactly the bill will do. Details are still being ironed out, but one thing is clear: If the bill does pass, the financial wizards will never be unwatched again. For starters, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has suggested strong rating agencies reform. As it stands, rating agencies, which rate the value and security of what financial institutions actually trade, are generally paid for and run by financial institutions. Basically, there was an enormous conflict of interest: The regulators that were supposed to keep the financial institutions in check were being paid by the financial institutions.
With reform, Franken hopes to change that. By putting the Securities and Exchange Commission in charge of picking what instrument each rating agency should look at, Franken hopes to create a more random process that makes conflict of interest a lot less likely. In essence, when a financial institution does decide to use life savings or retirement funds to invest in a financial instrument, it’s going to be a lot more likely that the investment is safe. The other big part of reform is the financial clearinghouse. What this would do is referee the trading of derivatives, which are financial tools that essentially insure an investment. In other words, the clearinghouse will make sure that the derivative market and its trades are sound, preventing another downfall. And if the derivative market does crash again, financial gurus will be proven to have the liquidity and money to pay for the bad trades, so the taxpayer doesn’t have to with bailouts and collapsing retirement funds. But, hopefully, a crash like this one doesn’t happen again. Even if the bill does protect savings and retirement funds, another financial crash would be felt through the jobs and stock market, just like the world saw last Thursday. The world can’t risk dealing with such a crisis again, and regulators should have the power to make sure the world doesn’t have to.
The president of the University of Cincinnati makes an awful lot of money, but it’s well-deserved. A Monday, May 10, News Record article “Williams’ salary safe from evalution,” stated Williams receives a base salary of $410,000 each year, $100,000 per year for retirement, a $1,250 per month car allowance and a yearly bonus anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of his base salary — $41,000 to $102,500, respectively. In total, if Williams receives a 25 percent bonus, he could pull in as much as $627,500 in salary and benefits each year. Williams also received a $60,000 signing bonus, a membership to the Queen City Club and has access to a $2.7 million dollar high-rise
condominium, which was donated to the university by Board of Trustees H.C. Buck Niehoff and his wife. Now, that might sound like a lot of money to you and me, and many people would argue that the money Williams makes could go to better use. But, if you want a good president, you have to pay top dollar. There are a lot of responsibilities that go along with being president of a university with approximately 40,000 students. To put things in perspective, Williams doesn’t even make half as much as The Ohio State University’s president, Gordon Gee. Gee earns $1,346,225 in total compensation, according to a study by WHIOTV.com in 2008. Yes, Ohio State is a much larger university, but Williams’ pay is in line with other colleges and universities in Ohio.
Kent State University’s president Lester A. Lefton was paid $519,171 in total compensation in 2008, University of Akron’s Luis M. Proenza earned $513,900 and Miami University’s David C. Hodge made $435,071. Former UC President Nancy Zimpher was paid a salary of $410,557 and received a total compensation package worth $687,224 in 2008. Williams has only served six months as Cincinnati’s president, so it is yet to be determined if he deserves to be paid what he makes, but let’s give him a chance to prove himself before criticizing the amount of money he earns. Williams is scheduled to turn in his first selfevaluation Saturday, May 15, which will outline his first six months in office and include his personal views on success and shortcomings with “performance goals” of the fiscal year.
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That misses the bigger picture, Schneider said. For entrepreneurs and developers to really commit money to projects that would realize changes in a major way, it would take the permanence of a rail line as opposed to a flexible and easily altered bus route, Schneider says. The Portland streetcar, Oregon’s successful streetcar system, which launched in 2001, is the model for Cincinnati’s proposal and provided the support for many of Schneider’s prostreetcar arguments. He estimates that along the 7.9 miles of rail line in Portland, there are only about five vacant store fronts, an encouraging picture for some of the areas along Cincinnati’s proposed route which are lined with empty retail space. Next to the plan’s price tag, one of the bigger arguments against the proposal is that the streetcar system would end up being just a flashy new way to travel for exclusive use by the hip and trendy, while the vast majority of Cincinnatians are left with the more traditional transportation methods. “This has been portrayed as an elitist, cutesy thing for 20-somethings to use and
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get drunk on the weekends,” Schneider said. “But it’s not.” Citing one study, he projects that, excluding UC students, 45 percent of expected riders will be those earning less than $25,000 per year — a figure that, if true, would dispel the BlackBerry-toting yuppie stereotype about streetcar transportation. Schneider also addressed the planned Uptown route — estimated to cost somewhere between $26 and $30 million — that would connect the University of Cincinnati Main Campus to the Downtown Loop. “[UC is] the big deal in this city,” Schneider said. In front of the UC crowd, Schneider was supportive of the full Uptown route that would extend partway down Calhoun and Jefferson streets, giving easy access to the streetcar for the thousands of UC students, faculty and staff that study and work on Main Campus. He believes all of these routes will come together to help support what he sees as the main point of this project. “Our goal is to repopulate the city of Cincinnati,” Schneider says. He views the streetcar project as one large step toward
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of 20 students dedicated to represent the diversity of UC’s student body. An SG senator would also be permitted “full membership rights on an annual basis.” An SDC representative would be able to hold a non-voting position in SG’s senate, according to the enactment bill. The bill was presented to senate so that SG could critique and help strengthen it before it went into enactment, said at-large Sen. K.D. Miller. At-large Senator Emeritus Shy Ruparel also endorsed the bill. “The closing of [CAT] affected all groups,” said Ruparel, citing recent UC news. “[The bill] is definitely something to move forward.” T N R M U LT I M E D I A E D I T O R
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addressing the urban decay created by steadily declining populations near the city’s center during the past few decades. He says what is really needed is not just the tax dollars of the people who work downtown before commuting back to outlying neighborhoods and suburbs, but their spending money and presence in the city after 5 p.m. Schneider had the floor to himself for this presentation and the pro-streetcar view had the spotlight, while a few counter arguments were quickly brushed aside — including the reliability of some of the studies, too heavy a reliance on the Portland model, and the sense that those in favor of the plan think its success is a guarantee. Ultimately, Schneider backed up his viewpoints with hard arguments and closed his presentation by musing over what he referred to as “the trip not taken” and his belief that the streetcar would commit more people — and more spending dollars — to Cincinnati. And he said it is smart planning. “I think the more we get people to live and work in their neighborhoods, that’s good public policy,” Schneider said.
another comparison with 18 like-sized universities, UC averaged only 2.30 crimes committed per 1,000 students. The other universities, which included the University of California-Los Angeles, Florida State University and Harvard University, averaged 3.94 crimes per 1,000 students. “We are quite proud with what we’ve been able to accomplish,” Ferrara said. UCPD depends heavily on the UC Criminal Justice program for research and data relating to university crimes. The program keeps running data that UCPD uses to base plans on, Ferrara said. Another reason given by Ferrara for the decrease in UC crime is the “partner car” program with the Cincinnati Police Department.
The UCPD partnership with the CPD pairs officers from both departments in a patrol car for patrols surrounding the campus area. Main Campus borders two CPD patrol districts, Districts four and five. The UCPD/CPD tandem patrol the area in both districts that surround campus, such as Corryville, Fairview, Clifton and University Heights, Ferrara said. “District Four [of CPD] patrols half of the week,” Ferrara said. “District Five patrols the other half.” Since the program was instituted in September 2009, robberies around campus have decreased 21.6 percent compared to the same period in 2008-09. Approximately 95 percent of the crimes committed at UC are property-related, Ferrara said.
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Race irrelevant in jazz music’s diverse realm In honor of all the diversity commotion going on — it’s important to me, don’t worry — it might be time to actually address something that people can’t roll their eyes to. As the column name probably gives away, I’m a jazzman. I have been for a while. I think the first time I ever actually saw jazz live, it was probably in elementary school. I sat next to an upright bass and hated it. I guess I didn’t understand. That aside, every musician in the quartet who played there was white. Which didn’t really mean anything to me then and doesn’t matter now either. Sure, there have been loads of great, white jazz musicians: Dave Brubeck and Stan Getz come to mind immediately. It’s really like what Dexter Gordon said: “[Jazz is] a music that, since its beginning, has expressed the feelings, the dreams and hopes, of the people.” Bringing race into music bothers me. I met a trumpet player in a big band in Chicago, I think it was, and he was a phenomenal musician. He was white and graying, and I got a word with him after he sat at the bar. He said to me, “You know it’s really great to see a lot of different races coming out to see jazz music.” What the hell does that even mean? It’s great to see anyone come out to see jazz played live. On top of that, it kind of insinuates that he sees me as an Asian, a Japanese-American or even a Jap, first. I don’t know. It’s just the way my mind works when people talk about race first when there are so many more interesting things to converse about. Or maybe I’m being paranoid. I don’t know. He went on to say, “You know, it’s a shame all these young black kids are listening to rap nowadays. Their people started the whole thing.” It seemed like he was blaming black people, even, for jazz. So why bother playing? I was actually speechless. It might be possible that I was rushing to conclusions, but music is more of a mesh of people. Not black people with white people. Not white people with Asian people. None of that should matter — and it doesn’t. I hate to keep bringing up “Kind of Blue,” but I think it’s something people can identify with. It’s a record people have probably heard before. Bill Evans, pianist for four of the five songs on the record, was masterful in his job as pianist and composer. Nowhere on the back of the record cover does it mention any type of tension he felt while recording the album, despite being the solitary Caucasian. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Wynton Kelly were not. But that’s not the point. Actually, Evans wrote a passage comparing the modal work on “Kind of Blue” with sumi-e painting from Japan. I’m not sure how much I can relate to that, but it was a lot more interesting and introspective than reading something about racial tensions. I don’t even remember where I heard the story originally, but it goes like this: Miles Davis was playing somewhere and a member of the Black Panthers said something like, “You sound great, but what are you doing playing with a white man?” To which Miles responded: “He’s not white — he’s my bass player.” Normally, I just sit around and listen to old players talk about their heyday. I was used to talking to ole Ron Enyard, who would enrapture me with stories about how he wore a Mexican blanket and murse when he was younger and played at hole–in-the-wall bars. I’m not particularly sure if it’s a prevailing feeling among some of the older players, but it’s annoying. Usually, I hear “Oh wow, it’s great to see a young person come out and listen to jazz,” when I meet a musician, not another version of, “Hello. My. Name. Is. (Blank). Welcome. To. America.” E-mail your jazz tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Heigl leaves “Grey’s” for film robert kirchgassner the news record
One of the upcoming films this summer is “Killers,” an action comedy due June 4, starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. Heigl plays a newlywed who learns that her new husband is an international spy. This is Heigl’s first film since her departure from “Grey’s Anatomy” earlier this year. The official reason for her departure was so she could spend more time with her recently adopted daughter. However, Heigl stated for months prior to becoming a mother that she wanted to leave the show to pursue a film career. Since “Grey’s” became a ratings smash, Heigl has also found success in the comedies “Knocked Up” (2007), “27 Dresses” (2008) and “The Ugly Truth” (2009). So there is a basis for her possible continued success on the big screen. Since the success of “Knocked
Up,” however, Heigl has earned a reputation for being outspoken. Although she won an Emmy in 2007 for her role on “Grey’s,” Heigl said that she refused to submit her name for Emmy consideration the following year because she didn’t believe the material the “Grey’s” producers gave her character, Dr. Isobel Stevens, was worthy of a nomination. When she appeared on David Letterman’s show in 2009 to promote “Knocked Up,” she stated that the “Grey’s” producers were “cruel and mean” for the long hours they had her and her co-stars put in on the set. That same year, in an interview with Vanity Fair, Heigl called “Knocked Up” a sexist film, alienating the film’s co-star Seth Rogan and its director Judd Apatow in the process. Rogan even retaliated by pointing out that “The Ugly Truth” has sexist moments as well, specifically citing the scene in the restaurant. Heigl basically biting the hand that
has been feeding her for the past few years is certainly not something to take lightly, especially in the business she’s in. There have been other actors who have left the TV shows that made them famous in disgust, assuming that greater fame was awaiting them. In most of these cases, though, the assumption was incorrect. I find Heigl to be a likeable actress (and beautiful, yes, but beautiful actresses in Tinseltown are a dime a dozen). Although “27 Dresses” left much to be desired, both “Knocked Up” and “The Ugly Truth” had good laughs, even if the latter was very predictable. The fact that she had more than one film success while putting in several years of work on “Grey’s” gives her a fair shot at becoming even more successful as a film star. The worst thing that can happen is that her subsequent film career ends up as much a fiasco as Jar Jar Binks and the (second) Iraq war, two completely different things which, nevertheless, make me ask the same question: Why, George, why?
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Izzie no more Katherine Heigl claimed “Grey’s Anatomy” was an inhospitable work environment, so she left the show to work on feature-length films.
LEGALLY BLONDE “Legally blondE” proves to be a crowd-pleasing musical revisioning
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he lights dim, the curtains part and a flurry of velour track suits and high heels dance across the stage. With an opening number like “Omigod You Guys,” “Legally Blonde the Musical” kicks off to a high-powered, unforgettable opening. While many “Legally Blonde” fans are curious to see how the popular film will translate into song and dance, the musical scores and dance numbers are so natural that it’s difficult to imagine “Legally Blonde” without Delta Nu sisters belting out giddy dialogue in harmony. Musical numbers like “Serious” and “Bend and Snap” are a refreshing twist on notorious scenes from the film. The musical, however, deviates from the film considerably. Elle (played by Becky Gulsvig) comes off as more intelligent in the musical than her ditzy character in the film. While she’s still the same Malibu sorority girl, Elle generously cracks jokes at herself and her friends. While “Legally Blonde” is a musical best suited for a girls’ night out, boyfriends could certainly appreciate the humor. Elle has killer comebacks for those who dare to underestimate her wit, and her sorority friends follow her around in the form of a “Greek chorus” in hallucinations. Her hairdresser confidant Paulette (played by Natalie Joy Johnson) falls in love with a UPS guy, who is portrayed as a hilarious object of lust in the film.. Along with Gulsvig and Johnson’s outstanding vocal performances, the choreography is astounding. During one scene, Elle and her fellow interns watch an exercise video where murder suspect, Brooke (played by Coleen Sexton), performs an entire song while jump roping. Nearly the entire cast also performs an Irish jig in one of the final scenes, with intricate footwork that must have been difficult to master in high heels. University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music alumna Sara Sheperd performs three roles as sorority girl Courtney, Elle’s alcoholic mother and Harvard student Whitney in the musical. While her parts are minimal, she nails her solos and represents CCM well. Taking part in a musical with so many Broadway actors is an honor that will hopefully lead to more success from the young UC grad. Like the movie, “Legally Blonde the Musical” remains a feel-good story about being true to yourself and following your dreams. The performance surpasses the expectation of a mere comedy about dumb blondes from the West Coast, although it does make for some great humor. For those who saw “Legally Blonde” at a young age and were entranced with Reese Witherspoon’s heartfelt character, “Legally Blonde the Musical” proves even better than the movie, thanks to stellar performers, thoughtful script and engaging musical performances.
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The mighty blonde Elle (played by Beck Gulsvig) brings all the charm and charisma you’d hope to see.
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Rejoice if you are a film fan who believes in second chances and true love. In the new movie “Letters to Juliet” Sophie, (Amanda Seyfried) a fact checker for The New Yorker and her fiancé Victor (Gael García Bernal), a self-centered chef, take a pre-honeymoon trip to Italy, but unexpected circumstances split them apart. As Sophie adventures into the city of Verona, she comes upon a courtyard where women are crying while writing to Juliet for answers about love, loss and relationships. They place the folded letters in the cracks of the decrepit stonewall in the courtyard and hope for a response. Sophie learns that the letters are written to Juliet of “Romeo and Juliet” and are answered
Sophie learns that the letters are written to Juliet of “Romeo and Juliet” and are answered by a group of women ... by a group of women who called themselves Juliet’s secretaries. Intrigued after finding a 50-year-old letter stuck behind a stone, Sophie decides to write back to Claire, the writer of the old letter. Less than one week later, Claire and her grandson, Charlie, (Christopher Egan) arrive in Verona and go on an adventure to find her true love she left more than 50 years ago. The story might seem cliché with promises of love and second chances; Seyfried and Egan play out a foreseen romance, even though Sophie is engaged to Victor. As they
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adventure to find Lorenzo, Claire’s lost lover, the growing space between Sophie and Victor becomes undeniable. As Claire is on her adventure to find Lorenzo, Sophie is on her own quest to find her voice as a writer, not just as a fact checker. While Sophie is traveling across Italy with Claire and Charlie, Victor is traveling as well, looking for suppliers for his new restaurant, without even giving his fiancée a second thought. I am not going to give away the ending, even though it is pretty easy to guess, but this movie is definitely a chick flick, so for all you daughters out there who believe true love lasts forever, take your mother or your girlfriends to this feel-good movie. When it comes to talking about love, you are never too late and “Letters to Juliet” will keep you believing just that.
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“Born Ready” made right move leaving Cincy Can one really be mad at Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson’s decision to declare for the NBA Draft? The 19-year-old Big East Rookie of the Year led all freshmen in the conference, averaging 12.3 points per game along with 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists. In his last four games at the University of Cincinnati, Stephenson flourished, averaging 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. Stephenson could have improved his draft status with another year of development with the Bearcats, but lets face it, it just wasn’t working out in Cincinnati. Stephenson never really gelled in a lackluster offense and wasn’t able to find his rhythm. Mick Cronin’s offense didn’t play to his strengths as Stephenson is at his best driving into the lane and creating in the open court. So why spend another year developing at Cincinnati when he could do that same thing in the NBA and get paid? Stephenson made the best decision for himself and his family, and it was the right one. Although he still needs to improve his overall game, who’s to say Stephenson couldn’t end up like Brandon Jennings? Jennings averaged just 5.5 points per game in Europe and burst on to the NBA scene, finishing second in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting. The NBA drafts on potential and Stephenson will get drafted, just not as high as he would have been coming out of high school. Which raises the reoccurring question, should the NBA age of eligibility be lowered again to 18 years old? When NBA commissioner David Stern changed the age rule in 2005 he was trying to keep scouts out of high school gyms, improve collegiate basketball and stop athletes from seeing the NBA as a route to success. Current Milwaukee Bucks star Jennings was a top high school recruit in 2008 who after turning down USC took his talents overseas for a year rather than go to college or sit idle for a year. Jennings was followed by Jeremy Tyler, a class of 2010 prep star who committed to Louisville, but decided to skip his senior year of high school in order to play overseas. Tyler plans on entering the 2011 NBA Draft. It’s safe to say that guys who are good enough to play in the NBA, but don’t want to go to college, will always find a way around the rule. In a 2005 interview with ESPN, legendary men’s college basketball coach Bob Knight voiced his opposition to the rule change, claiming the rule essentially only calls for a player to go to class for one semester and during the second term he coud just play basketball without having to go to class. Others coaches have pointed out the difficulty with potentially having to replace players every year if a school recruits a one and done player. Current NBA players and former college stars Kevin Durant and OJ Mayo both lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament for their schools. The only one and done player to win the NCAA title was Carmelo Anthony, helping Syracuse cut down the nets in 2003. Of the 16 teams that made the NBA playoffs this year, 13 have at least one or more players who entered the NBA straight out of high school. The rule has been in place for five years now, yet the league is still dominated by players who entered the NBA straight of high school or left college early. Reigning MVP Lebron James tops the list along with others such as 2008 MVP Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, who, in 2004, became the second player entering the draft straight out of high school who was picked No. 1 overall. Howard also won back-toback Defensive Player of the Year awards and led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals last season. Guys like Stephenson, Mayo and Durant know by the time they hit ninth grade that basketball is going to be their ticket. Like it or not, they’re not going to school in search of a degree — save that money for another student who does have their heart set on graduating. If a person can smoke cigarettes, go to war or vote in an election at age 18, these select individuals should be allowed to pursue their dream at that age also. Besides, if you had a winning lotto ticket would you want someone to tell you that you can’t cash it? So don’t be mad at Stephenson for doing what he was “born ready” to do.
On paper, Cincinnati’s game against the Chicago Cardinals May 1 was the Commandos’ best outing of the season. The 62-22 road blowout was Cincinnati’s highest point output and largest winning margin of the year, but head coach Billy Back isn’t letting that reassure him the teams’ rematch at the Cincinnati Gardens, Saturday, May 15, will go the same way. “They gave us some fits a little bit at Chicago,” Back said. “They have some good players, but we’re excited to get home and go for that No. 8 victory in front of our home crowd.” After back-to-back road games, the Commandos (7-0) are looking forward to the weekend’s homecoming. “We’re excited about it. The ownership group is going to do something big for us,” Back said. “We’re trying to get as many fans as we can out to it. They’re going to start a tradition before the game to get the fans involved.” The season hasn’t been kind to the Chicago Cardinals, the Continental Indoor Football League’s lone winless team. Chicago has lost its six contests this season by more than 20 points per game and
is coming off a 44-18 home loss to Wisconsin last week. Chicago quarterback Will Ducey struggled two weeks ago against Cincinnati, completing only 10 of 24 passes for 117 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Ron Ricciardi lined up under for the Cardinals against Wisconsin and completed only 10 of 26 passes for 69 yards, but threw three touchdowns and two interceptions. In four games this season, Ricciardi completed 41 of 103 pass attempts for 410 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Chicago ranks below Cincinnati in every offensive category. Former University of Cincinnati Bearcat and quarterback Ben Mauk leads the CIFL with 38 touchdowns and more than 1,100 yards passing. But in Marion, Ohio, May 8 against the Marion Mayhem, Mauk proved he was human when he completed just 12 of 28 passes and threw two interceptions and the offensive line struggled in Cincinnati’s 38-20 win. Back doesn’t want a weak offense to lead to Chicago’s first win of the season. “Chicago has got some great athletes. They’re bound to win some game and our goal that night is to not let it be us,” Back said. “Our goal is to
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keep on winning The Commandos will host the Chicago Cardinals Saturday, May 1. proclaim our dominance, get our offense back on track and put up more points.” Saturday will be Military Appreciation Night at the Cincinnati Gardens in observations of Armed Forces Day. Ticket purchases with a valid military or student ID are eligible for a $2 discount. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 15.
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KELLY CUP FINALS Robert Mayer helped lead the Cincinnati Cyclones to a 1-0 game seven victory over the Reading Royals Wednesday, May 12. Cincinnati became just the sixth team in professional hockey to battle back from an 0-3 deficit and win a best-of-seven series.
Cyclones erase 0-3 deficit, advance to ECHL finals the lead,” Ehgoetz said. “When they’re playing from behind, they’re not the same team. They got the lead in the first three The Cincinnati Cyclones achieved what games and just like that we were down three was thought to be impossible. to nothing.” The Cyclones advanced to the After winning games one and 2010 Kelly Cup Finals with their two at U.S. Bank Arena, Reading 1-0 game-seven win against the put a strangle hold on the series Reading Royals Wednesday, with a 4-2 victory on home May 12, at U.S. Bank Arena, but ice in game three May 4. But Cyclones not without causing a little bit of with their backs against the drama and making history along wall, the Cyclones didn’t the way. give up. Once trailing 0-3 in the “It’s just the nature of Royals best-of-seven ECHL American these guys. We’re a working Conference finals, Cincinnati team,” said Cincinnati head became the sixth team in coach Chuck Weber. “We don’t professional hockey history to win have any super stars. We just have a playoff series after climbing out of a a bunch of guys that throw on their hard hat three-game deficit. and go to work.” “I’ll never forget it,” said forward Cincinnati won game four May 8 at Barrett Ehgoetz. “It’s a big haul when you the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pa., think about it, but we just took it one game 6-4 after only scoring five goals through at a time.” the series’ first three games. Game five was The Cyclones grabbed an early lead a 5-0 Cyclones blowout that brought the thanks to Ehgoetz and Dustin Sproat, two series back to Cincinnati. of game six’s heroes. After they each scored After a 6-3 game-six win Tuesday, a pair of goals to help force game seven, May 11, the Cyclones put the finishing Sproat fed Ehgoetz for his ninth goal of the touch on their miracle on ice in front of playoffs to give Cincinnati a 1-0 lead with 5,340 home fans. 6:18 remaining in the first period. “The crowd was fantastic tonight,” “We knew we had to come out and get Weber said. sam elliott the news record
After giving up three goals on seven shots to begin game six, goalie Robert Mayer was pulled after one period in favor of Jeremy Smith. Despite his game six struggles, Weber elected to stick with Mayer to start game seven. “[It was] just a gut decision. Both our goalies have been a huge part of our success all year,” Weber said. “[Mayer] made all the big saves he had to make.” Except for a post-game trophy presentation, the Cyclones don’t have time to celebrate their slice of hockey history. The Idaho Steelheads and game one of the Kelly Cup finals await them in Boise, Idaho, Friday, May 14. “We basically have about 36 hours to get ready for these guys since we play them Friday night in their building,” Weber said. But Ehgoetz said the team won’t use the quick turnaround as an excuse not to win its second Kelly Cup in three seasons. “We’ve been emotionally drained here for the last five weeks since that first round,” Ehgoetz said. “We’ll be fine for the finals, there are no excuses. We’ll be on adrenaline; we wouldn’t have it any other way.” The puck drops for game one of the 2010 Kelly Cup Finals at 9:10 p.m., Friday, May 14, in Boise, Idaho.
bearcats set time for home opener against indiana state The University of Cincinnati football team is scheduled to kick off its first home game of the 2010 season Sept. 11, at noon against Indiana State University at Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats lead the all-time series against the Sycamores 3-1 and will be facing them for the first time since 1987, which resulted in an Indiana State 40-16 victory in Terre Haute, Ind. The game will be televised on FOX Sports Ohio and fans can purchase tickets by calling the UC Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-CATS-TIX or by visiting CATSTIX.com. UC will play Fresno State University on the road in the first game of the regular season at 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, in Fresno, Calif., on ESPN2.
former bearcat named world cup vice-captain Tim Brown, a former University of Cincinnati men’s soccer player, was named vice-captain for the New Zealand World Cup team Monday, May 10. The central midfielder played at Cincinnati from 2000 to 2003 and earned academic All-America honors as well as All-Conference USA and All-Ohio honors as a Bearcat. Brown has played for the Wellington Phoenix of Australia’s A-League since 2007 and helped New Zealand qualify for its second World Cup. The team finished first in the Oceania qualification group. Brown and New Zealand begin their World Cup play June 15 when they face Slovakia in Rustenburg, South Africa.
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baseball drops second straight to rival redhawks The University of Cincinnati baseball team lost 8-1 in the second game of the home-and-away series againt the Miami (OH) RedHawks Wednesday, May 12, in Oxford, Ohio. The Bearcats (25-25, 9-12 Big East) have lost five of their last seven games and will end the season in Big East play with two three-game series against Pittsburgh and Georgetown. The top-eight teams in the Big East will qualify the for the confrence tournament, and Cincinnati currently sits in seventh place with a two-game lead. The Bearcats final six games will be played at home at Marge Schott Stadium beggining at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 14, against Pittsburgh.