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STUDENT GOVERNMENT UNDERGRADUATE ELECTION ISSUE
CHRISTINA BEER SHIVAM SHAH
WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
Christina Beer: I am a third-year information systems [student], out of the Lindner College of Business. I’m in the Lindner Honors Plus program out of the College of Business. As far as involvement in student government, starting off I was in the FirstYear Leadership program, and then my second year I was the first-ever marketing director, so that really gave me an opportunity to bring together all of our forms of communication into one centralized position and then really grow and promote those different positions. Currently, I serve as the chief of staff so I do sit on the executive board for student government. Shivam Shah: I am a second-year neuropsychology [student] with a philosophy minor. I am in the dualadmissions connections program, which gives me direct matriculation to the College of Medicine after my graduation in 2016. I am a Darwin T. Turner Scholar and I am a Turner ambassador. I am on the university funding board and I am internal vice president for the Asian American Association. This year I was elected a senator atlarge and last summer, when I fulfilled office, I worked to increase lighting on Stratford and in the Stratford area. And then over the summer I planned welcome weekend, including the foam party, the fireworks, all of that out on Sigma Sigma.
BIG TICKET ITEMS?
Beer: I want to focus on connecting the University of Cincinnati to the City of Cincinnati. I think that we have a great university but I think there can be a lot done to build a relationship with the city. The best things we can do to start building that relationship is utilizing us going to Paul Brown next year. I think that going to Paul Brown is taking that next step for students to get to go to downtown. We have a great entrepreneurship community and start up community. I actually had someone from The Brandery, one of the top start-up companies in the country, reach out to me and they said, ‘We want to connect more to University of Cincinnati students. Can we come to campus and can we promote Beer-Shah?’ And this happened within four days of putting our platform out. It was incredible that someone else even reached out to us. We think that with Paul Brown and these entrepreneurs, there is a great opportunity to give students that have creative ideas to have an opportunity to go out and start something. But even if you don’t necessarily have those ideas, maybe finding an internship or co-op with some of the area businesses. Why not utilize the great city that we live in? Shah: One item we’re really pumped about would be a Creative Collaborations Center. The CCC will be a place for collaboration and inspiration. Let’s say you’re looking for a bass player or you want to write poetry with someone or you want to start a company with someone, anything related to media, arts, technology, anything, you can go to this place and post, learn, see what other people are doing and then collaborate and form that innovation. There will be a website and in Steger, on the sixth floor, there is a space where we could put more whiteboards, more sound-proof areas and so that space can really be utilized.
VINCENT COLEMAN ANDREW PFRIEM
WHAT SPECIFICALLY DO YOU PLAN ON IMPROVING AT UC?
Beer: One of the hardest things for a student, regardless of when you are entering the university, is to take that initial step to get involved, regardless of race, age, gender or major. I think one of the first steps student government can take as an organization is being more open to students. Being more personable. Shivam and I, we want to make sure that when people come up to us they can be open with us and talk to us. Shah: Also, the branch campuses and engaging the branch campuses. They make up abut half of all UC students and I would say that we need to work on helping them get more involved and more engaged. Like Christina said, it’s taking that first step that is the hardest, but once you help them do that, you open the door. Beer: This plays off of Shivam’s experience in the past, but lighting. You look at the statistics in the Clifton area and overall the crime rates have gone down. Overall, we have become a safer campus. However, you can see crime rates increasing in the east campus and the Short Vine area. So we want to target that area and combat that by increasing the lighting in those areas by utilizing Shivam’s experience working with the city and the university. This is something that would make — especially the Short Vine area — feel much safer for students. I have seen that it is easier to start and implement initiatives by taking it step by step. We feel the best way to make this even better is to implement a text service for NightRide, then gauge it and see how that texting service is utilized by students, then looking into mobile application development.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY INITIATIVES ON CAMPUS?
Beer: Something that touches on diversity and safety as well is sexual assault. One in four women are sexually assaulted by the time they graduate. This is absolutely astounding and it’s something that isn’t really known by students. What we want to do is create an outlet for students to vent and learn and increase awareness of sexual assault. We really want to put it out there and make people aware and that could lead to people getting more help. We want people to know that there will be different outlets for support if this happens to you. Shah: There have been rising racial tensions throughout the year due to a number of incidents. Christina and I took a look at UC 2019, the diversity plan of 2011, and we tried to create platform initiatives based off of those things. The diversity plan has multiple goals, multiple strategies, recruitment, retention, admission and things like that on a graduate and undergraduate level. We’ve catered our platform to work for diversity, to work for inclusion. Some things are an international student-mentoring program. This is something that I have been working on for the past three to four months. We really want to have the first four or five steps for this laid out. The goal is to have a centralized program and have it sustained through UC International and student government. So far, 80 students have reached out and said that they would be interested in this program.
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WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
Vincent Coleman: I am a third-year international affairs student on a prelaw track. I’ve been involved with student government for the past three years. I started out with the elections facilitations committee, and then served currently as a two-term senator for the Arts & Sciences tribunal, as well as the director of international student affairs. I was a 2013 student orientation leader. I currently serve as a [resident adviser] at Campus Park Apartments. I’m involved with the student alumni council as well as the student safety board. I was recently initiated into the Collegiate 100 Black Men’s Honorary as well. Andrew Pfriem: I am a third-year finance [student]. I’ve been involved with student government since my freshman year as well. I started off in the first-year leadership program. I worked with the director of finance and then I’ve been elected a two-term, at-large senator, so for the last two years that has been my involvement with student government. I am a College of Business scholar. I’ve been involved with ROAR since my freshman year and the Student Wellness Center as a peer financial coach. In Sigma Chi, I’ve held like four positions within Sigma Chi, one of my most recent being recruitment chair, and [in the fall] I was initiated into the Phi Rho Chi men’s recruitment honorary society. Coleman: What separates Andrew and [me] from our opposition is passion.That has shown time and time again in our previous involvement and accomplishments. We’ve been able to make the appropriate connections with administration, so it only makes it easier for when we come to them with our platform of wanting to implement this application and how can we do that. We’ve already made those contacts and we can get that done easier. We have already built that working relationship. With our experience, our passion and the fact that we’re a team and we work well together. Andrew and I were friends before, and making the choice to run together was an easy decision. When I wanted to run for student body president I had to find a vice president who shared the same passion and dedication, as well as the same height. It was an easy decision. And the message we hope to convey to the student body is that we can work to get the job done.
BIG TICKET ITEMS?
Coleman: I think a huge ticket item that seems to be getting a lot of attention is our safety pillar and that is the Be Safe UC safety application that we would like to implement. The two features of this app are one: it acts as a mobile blue help phone. Time and time again, it is brought to student government’s attention to put blue help phones off-campus, however that is very expensive and very time consuming, and so us being a generation of technology efficient individuals, an app was the most feasible option. Off campus, you can pull up this app and it acts as a blue help phone, tracks your location and you are able to talk with UCPD, as well as an operator so you feel safe off-campus as well. Pfriem: There are a lot of features that I could go on to list. You could schedule NightRides directly through the app, so you don’t have to call and deal with the hassle of the phone call dropping sometimes or them being too busy to answer your call. And then there’s something else that we really
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want to explore is the ‘Report Something Suspicious’ button, which would allow students to see on a map around them what area suspicious activity is happening. Also, concerning spirit, it’s an absolute necessity that students have transportation to and from Paul Brown stadium next season. I remember when I was a freshman, and other people told me as well there was a couple of games at Paul Brown and no one knew how to get down. Right away, we need to start working with UC Athletics to make sure that we can get the funding for transportation to and from home games.
WHAT SPECIFICALLY DO YOU PLAN ON IMPROVING AT UC?
Coleman: I would definitely improve the engagement, in terms of student government engaging the student body. That’s something we haven’t seen in a while, and I think that’s only appropriate as we advocate on behalf of the student body. Andrew and I took the initiative to go out and pinpoint the areas and different communities and how can we better a place that’s already great. It’s a platform comprised of the students for the students. And so that can be improved. If we’re elected, we would do a great job in increasing our transparency as well as engaging the student body. And working towards a more inclusive environment, an environment that is spirited, safe and the whole nine yards. Pfriem: A part of our slogan is ‘Revamping your MainStreet Experience.’ There is a lot that we would like to revamp, like refurbishing UC’s study labs. If you go to Steger or something, Steger is not the best environment, even though it’s the student life center. So it’s improving areas like those, as well as individual colleges, to provide students better areas and a better environment to study. We’re also going to revamp the Bearcat Fridays. Any UC students could come and grab a hamburger, talk to student government, and it’s an easy way for student government to interact with students on a regular basis. There’s a lot of opportunity with Bearcat Fridays, so it’s something that we would really like to bring back.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY INITIATIVES ON CAMPUS?
Coleman: I think that it starts with inclusion. Yes, you can recruit, but how can you retain and then include? For us, being a diverse slate, we can work with the various departments here, starting with the African American Cultural Resource Center, working closely with Bleuzette Marshall, who was recently appointed chief diversity officer and pinpointing these issues. But it’s outside of just black and white. There’s disability services. A part of our platform is implementing a ‘Cat Car’ which, if you were on crutches or in a wheelchair, you could get around campus smoothly, because as we all know, UC is not the most accessible campus. Even with the LGBTQ community, working closely with the center and finding ways in which we can further make this place an inclusive environment for everyone that’s here. And so I would say part of that is engagement. We go out and we find what’s going on. Pfriem: I think he pretty much covered it.
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The race for undergraduate student senate All 11 candidates for student senate make their case for students’ votes. Who will you choose?
There are many reasons why I want to run for at-large senator. I want to change the university for the better and also implement ideas that I have had from my years as a student on this campus. I believe we can start by improving the student communication on campus. Some students are left unaware of the programs and things that are available to them here on campus. If we could somehow raise awareness about the resources we have here on campus, such as our free tutors, our math help center and the many other free resources and programs that students rarely seem to take advantage of. Students want to feel a bond with their university. One way to do that is to create a sense of community within the university. If we had more university-wide events, where the student body as a whole comes together, this would increase our sense of community. International students rarely are involved in many of the clubs and activities that take place on campus. We need to reach out to the international student population and get them involved with the many things that take place on campus. This would/could be a tool to improve our campus diversity.
Students should vote to re-elect me because I truly believe that students at the University of Cincinnati deserve the best college experience, and that goal is why I decided to run for re-election, and what motivates me to try and make change on campus. My platform consists of six core tenants: Presence, Representation, Embrace Diversity, Academics, Communication, and Harmony (PREACH). These six areas are what I believe student government should focus on to help bolster student confidence and break down barriers at UC. I’ve worked hard in my term to do my best to represent students and have been able to be a part of some awesome events and initiatives, but my job is not done yet. As long as there are students who feel as if their voice is not being heard, and whose needs are not being met, I will continue to work for and with students to make UC better. To learn more about me and my platform, please visit http://senatortobi. com and follow me on Twitter @SenatorTobi.
I am a biomedical engineering [student] with a Spanish minor who is actively involved in a diverse range of organizations from the First Year Leadership Program to the Black Arts Collaborative dance team. From this I have a greater understanding of the opportunities the university offers as beneficial resources. My initiatives for the university are as follows but not limited to, “Implement ‘My Active Plan’ in the Recreational Center.” Everyone exercises at their own pace; so let’s create some effective routines tailored to UC students. Encourage student groups to host their events and meetings in other cool locations on campus not normally utilized by their organization. “Celebrate Your Heritage Week,” with the eclectic group of students UC houses. Student government will host, in collaboration with UC International, a week dedicated to learning about your roots and the roots of your fellow Bearcats and also encouraging students to get involved with organizations outside of their cultural norms. Sustainability groups are doing a great job with their current initiatives. Let’s be supportive and make ourselves accountable to reduce, reuse and recycle. Create a rewards/raffle program for attending other UC sporting events besides football and basketball. Host monthly student government “Mixers on Main Street” where students can meet their elected officials, learn about what student government is doing, and grab a snack. I am a hard-working and passionate individual who will put in the work to contribute to the betterment of the University. Be a catalyst in “Building a Healthier Community” and vote Johnathan Avant, thank you.
Hi Bearcats, my name is Andrew Naab and I am running for re-election to continue to serve as your at-large senator in undergraduate student government. I am currently in my third term as at-large senator and this is my fourth time running in student government elections and quite honestly, it doesn’t get old. It is an honor to be able to not only represent you, but to rather have the opportunity to work with you to create a better experience for all students. I will not just ask blindly for your vote and trust, but instead, I’d rather prove to you how I’ve earned it. Throughout the course of my term, I have worked to expand the NightRide Shuttle Service, Langsam Library, as well as address college affordability and holistic school spirit. In addition to these initiatives, it is my hope to create a Bearcat Professional Closet as well as a UC Scholarship Week so we can focus as to why we are here at the University of Cincinnati, which is to attain a degree. Again, I hope that throughout my term, I have not only earned your vote, but your trust and respect. It is an honor to serve as your at large senator, and I hope that you will continue to grant me that same opportunity.
I am running for senator at-large because I want to give back to the university that has given so much to me. My platform of “Together, we will make UC the B.E.S.T. it can be” will allow me to act as a voice for the students and ensure that all decisions made will be for the betterment of UC and will benefit our students. By focusing specifically on balance, efficiency, the students and transparency, we can address some of the big issues that affect our community. I would like to host town halls and open forums in order to proactively address these issues instead of a reactive nature.
MATT GOLDENBERG Why should you vote for me? Because I have a beard? Because I’m incredibly handsome? Because I lost last year? Nay! Vote for me because I’m honest. Vote for me because I’m responsible. Vote for me because I’m a man that you can trust to represent your interests. My platform is simple: improve campus services, starting with advising and OneStop. That’s it. No fancy schmancy acronyms or 10-step plans. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me @goforgoldenberg or firstname.lastname@example.org. #YourGoldenTicket.
NOLAN O’BRIEN I’m Nolan O’Brien and I’m a fourth-year sports administration student and I have been involved in Greek life, UCATS, Cincinnati Dance Marathon and I’m currently employed at UC Nightride. I’m running for senator atlarge because I have one year left at UC and this is a way for me to make an impact for students’ needs. I’m older than many of the candidates running and I see areas that we can improve and areas of success that we can continue to develop. I will make sure that UC keeps an emphasis on safety, student experience and accessibility so that we can put our students in the best possible situations for them to succeed and to always have an open door policy to hear what students want. S.E.A.ing is believing. #OBrienForSenate and go Bearcats.
ALEX SHELTON Hello student body. My name is Alex Shelton, a firstyear operations management major. I am running to be an at-large senator in this year’s election to represent you all. The three main points that I am running on are safety, community engagement and transparency. All three of these issues are applicable to a majority of the student body in one way or another. I have some great ideas to fit in each of these categories; however implementing my ideas is only part of my plan. I am also looking forward to collaborating along side the newly elected student body president and vice president, as well as the other senators, student government members and the administration. Most importantly though, I look forward to working along side and representing the student body with whatever issues and initiatives they see important. If elected, I want to ensure that student government continues to work for the students that we represent, which is why one of my main points focuses on transparency. I am looking forward to this great opportunity, and would appreciate a vote for Alex Shelton. #SHELTON4SENATOR
I, Mitchell Phelps, am committed to bettering the UC Community by representing all undergraduate students attending the University of Cincinnati in areas including: diversity, safety, community and inclusion. As a first-year student at UC, I have indulged myself in many organizations and involvement opportunities. Some of my involvement includes: First Year Leadership Program,University Honors Program, Siddall Hall Multicultural Residents Committee Chairman and Executive Board of Brother-toBrother. Some of the initiatives I have to improve are as follows: Diversity: Help create a diversity seminar, make a mid-college diversity scholarship to encourage minority students Safety: Install a campus-wide Good Samaritans’ policy, create an on-campus emergency medical system Community: Implement a “UC Takes over Downtown” day, increase student involvement with Student Alumni Council, push toward a commuter friendly campus area
JESSICA GEARHART After spending the past four years being involved with student government, I can confidently state that I am comfortable in not only understanding how student government works, but what changes the student body want implemented. Because of my involvement on campus within Greek life and the College of Engineering and Applied Science, I have identified five major areas that I believe could stand some improvement. These five areas are the five points of my FAASST campaign and include: finances, academics, athletics, safety, sustainability and transportation. After recovering from semester changes, the university has finally settled and is moving towards a direction of intense growth and improvement. With these five areas being addressed, I believe that we as a university will be able to achieve the premiere level standing that we will be striving for. With my four years of experience on senate, as well as my involvement within the university and ambition to improve, I believe that I will continue to represent the students as best as I possibly can throughout the next year. I hope that you as students will trust me to continue to make the changes that you want to see.
EMILY HEINE Hello. My name is Emily Heine and I want to represent each student of UC as a senator-at-large. I am running because I genuinely love UC, and although I’ve only been here for little over a semester, I have truly been changed by the university and would like to give back. As a senator, I will fully dedicate my time, talents and abilities to the position. I feel that I have many unique ideas and initiatives that will enhance the University of Cincinnati and enrich each student’s undergraduate experience. I will collaborate with students and other student government members to increase student involvement through additional club/organization fairs and new club workshops, raise awareness for sustainability efforts on campus by hosting recycling competitions for Greek life and residence halls, expand UCPD and CPD patrol routes to improve safety, increase attendance at sporting events with more incentive giveaways and honor ROTC members through social media and a Bearcat Challenge day. I would also like to implement President Santa Ono’s wish to have 100 outstanding graduating seniors honored through a Light of Passage Ceremony. I am able to represent a diverse student population and contribute ideas based upon many of my own experiences.
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‘RoboCop’ poorly put back together
Poets unite crowd in Northside
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In the 2014 “RoboCop” remake, Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is a loving husband and devoted father, but a murder attempt leaves him clinging to life. His only choice to survive is to become RoboCop, a mechanical robot body with a man’s brain. OmniCorp is a multi-national corporation that makes billions of dollars with their mechanized drones used in overseas conflicts, and now they want to use their technology on the home front. Murphy becomes the perfect candidate to create a robot that has a conscience and it seems that OmniCorp has an ulterior motive to saving Murphy’s life. At a running time of nearly two hours, the pace of this action film is very slow. The majority of the excitement and gun blazing begins an hour into the movie. For a remake, the filmmakers could have done worse, but very much like the recent “Total Recall” remake, “RoboCop” does not do the original film justice. The storytelling was mediocre and the good merits of the movie relied heavily on the futuristic special effects and crimefighting action. The message of the movie warns of a society’s dependence on technology, but also warns of the corruptions of giant corporations and government officials. The remake tries to give the same critique of the original film, but the effort falls flat. Samuel L. Jackson plays a sensationalized television journalist that pokes fun at shocking political correspondents á la Glenn Beck. But the comic relief his character is supposed to portray is more of an annoyance. Abbie Cornish plays Murphy’s wife, Clara, and her performance in this role makes her character the most compelling to watch. Clara signs the consent form to begin Murphy’s transformation and she quickly learns that something isn’t right with OmniCorp. Cornish gives her character unwavering strength and by far puts on the best performance of the film. “RoboCop” is a mildly entertaining movie with a slow build up that leaves much to be desired when it comes to the internal struggle of the main character.
MADISON SCHMIDT CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER Scott Holzman read to the crowd before the poets started. Apart from organizing the event, he acted as the curator and orchestrated the whole event. The reading was efficiently put together because of this man.
Slowing down on Saturday night, group spends time celebrating poetry JAKE GRIECO ARTS EDITOR
Chase Public is not a bank. Though the name might suggest otherwise, the space is used to house unique artistic events. “The kind of events that make sense at Chase Pubic are any events that don’t make sense at a bar,” said Scott Holzman event coordinator. A group of three poets — Lauren Lichenstein, Ken Bruce and Emma Heldman — took over the Northside loft for a night of craft beer and word craft. Chase Public was completely filled by the time the reading started. Even standing room was contested. The room looked like the set of an early morning talk show with three couches at the forefront of the room where the poets
stood. Emma Heldman was the first poet to read. Her voice was timid, but her poetry was evocative and imaginative. She took tangible, everyday things like putting in earrings or holding a rubber band ball and used them to guide her poems into trenchant questions about everyday life. After Emma had warmed up the audience with her charming stage presence, up came Bruce. Bruce’s poetry was over explanatory and brilliant at it. He started off with short pieces before moving onto this longer prose poetry. He wrote about transgender monks and not getting laid. This was the first time Bruce had ever read his work publicly, but it was obvious he has been writing for a long time. His voice was refined both audibly and in his work. After a brief ten-minute intermission,
Lauren Lichenstein took the podium to close off the night. Lichenstein is older than the other two poets and also a mother of two, so the place she finds inspiration for poetry were drastically different. Lichenstein’s poetry expressed regret for not doing cocaine in Jamaica because her boyfriend was not into “blow.” Her poetry was sentimental and left the audience in a state of longing that was also comforting, similar to the happiness people get from listening to sad music. After the poets had finished, the reading turned into a friendly gathering where everyone eagerly discussed what they had just witnessed. United under a love for poetry, the attendants reached a level of familiarity immediately and it was only possible due to the excellence of the three poets. Holzman described the event as, “Friends new and old exploring their voices.”
SARA BLANKEMEYER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Snoop has represented the West Coast since his career germinated. Its not a surprise that he still embodies it in his performances, but if he really wants his fan to take him seriously as Snoop Lion he is going to have to be more than just stereotypical Rastafarian or it won’t happen.
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Snoop Doggy Dogg (Lion), rocked Bogart’s Friday with his trademark style, influence and ability to charm the masses. But Snoop is not all that he’s cut out to be in regards to his image. While it is certain Snoop is one of the preeminent rappers of all time, lately he has succumbed to stereotypes to retain a sense of self and his overall presentation. It’s as if rap artists of today — especially the old ones who are still touring their hits from 20 years ago — are content with relying on the fact that their well-known, universal and popular successes will keep them afloat in popular culture forever without doing anything new. On “Reincarnated,” Snoop’s 2013 album, he attempted to reinvent himself and create a reggae album, participating in ceremonious, religious initiations into the Rastafarian way of life. While he spoke of a complete overhaul in regards to his previous lifestyle, the Rastafarian ideology preaches a complete rejection of materialism, avarice and sensual pleasures, but that is exactly what Snoop’s show was centered on. Taken completely out of context, only certain elements and practices of the Rastafarian ideology have been picked and singled out to suit the lifestyle of a pimping, West Coast rapper, while the others are just simply overlooked or ignored. Snoop and artists of yesteryear have a tenuous belief that a good show and performance entails playing the most popular of songs that everyone obviously knows and loves, regardless if the songs are yours or not. This is completely fine, as long as the songs are given the respect they deserve, meaning not cutting them short after one, single verse.
Each song throughout the night was started and ended with cutting precision after about a minute and a half. Snoop spit the verse and then moved on to spit one more, going through about 20 songs in the span of a mere hour, feeding our ever-increasing short attention spans and cravings for immediate gratification. But the songs had no emotional buildup whatsoever. Anticipation was nonexistent because the mood was hype and only hype for the entire duration of the concert, which gets exhausting after some time. A successful, emotionally gratifying concert has a balance between buildup and down time to embody certain moods. While Snoop is probably the epitome of success and prominence when it comes to rap artists, in this particular day and age he seems out of place, trying to remain in the limelight as long as he can on his past achievements. Yes, Rastafarian culture places a strong emphasis on smoking huge amounts of marijuana, but the marijuana is smoked in a sacred and spiritual context. Rastafarian followers believe that it’s spurned from the concept known as the Tree of Life mentioned in the Bible, thus bringing them closer to God when smoked, which believers refer to as Jah. Snoop utters these idioms, “Jah” and “Rastafari,” without actually following or believing the fundamentals of the faith, appropriating the parts that suit his way of life. It’s almost as if Snoop has run with the image and stereotype that the public gives him and is riding the success of consistency and expectancies. As Snoop wrapped up a mere hour-long set after the show was delayed, he ended the night with the Bob Marley song, “Jammin.” It was a strange song to end the night on, as the visuals of the concert were mainly of twerking girls surrounding expensive shoes, which rotated on a
pedestal, the whole scene enveloped in thick smoke. As the words of Marley played throughout Bogart’s, one line in particular stuck out amongst the others: “Life is worth so much more than gold.”
SARA BLANKEMEYER STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Snoop Dogg was able to practice the Rastafarian belief of smoking marijuana on Friday.
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Anecdotes rock Black History Month event THE NEWS RECORD
Soulful rhythm and blues preluded an evening of recognition Saturday in Tangeman University Center’s Main Street Cinema where influential black women of the University of Cincinnati were celebrated. Honorees and audience members emanated an electric, passionate air during Black Girls Rock, a Black History Month event presented by the Beta Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. The third annual event celebrated ten of UC’s prominent black women, highlighting select individuals in an effort to collectively raise self-esteem of young women of color. Friends, family and supporters filled the auditorium in support of honorees, which included a mixture of students, faculty and staff. The focus of the event was simple, yet enveloping. Honorees and speakers pinpointed challenges, inspirations and achievements, all emphasizing a single statement repeated throughout the evening: black girls rock. “The biggest part of success is belief, the ability to get something done,” said Andrew Mukisa, a 2012 marketing graduate. “[Honorees] all did things for a purpose, purposes outside themselves.” The event began with keynote speaker Crystal Kendrick, president and founder of marketing consulting company The Voice of Your Customer. Divulging her take on “what black women need to do to keep on rocking,” Kendrick expressed the importance of broadening networks, expanding community and increasing knowledge to ensure that one is never the leasteducated individual in a room. Kappa Alpha Psi members then introduced biographies and accomplishments of each of the 10 honorees. Video interviews with honorees illustrated their own viewpoints on “what makes them rock,” as well as input and congratulatory messages from friends and family. Honorees were called to the stage to present short messages to the audience before accepting their awards. The anecdotes were the most effective aspect of the event, said Chris Watkins, third-year political science student. “They stretched themselves thin, but they stayed focused,” Watkins said. “They were active both in and outside of the UC community. It brings awareness to the positivity around them.” Honorees spoke about a range of topics, including moving from abroad, strong ties to their faith and deep participation in the community and campus organizations. Spoken-word artist Chris Wiley interjected messages with two performances during the event. The pieces honored motherhood and addressed materialistic culture, which Wiley sees evidence of in the black community. Individuals spend money on materialistic items, Wiley said, instead of investing in present and future needs in the community. After all honorees spoke, enthusiasm continued to radiate among speakers and the audience as the stories of powerful achievements and goals resonated in the theater. “People are able to see the great things these women have done, and they were able to be recognized, which they normally aren’t,” said Sonya Sorrells, a third-year economy student. “They were all so caring, and didn’t do these things just for the awards. It gave them the opportunity to shine.”
MADISON SCHMIDT CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER Saturday Night Live cast member and standup comedian Jay Pharoah entertained more than 800 students Saturday during an event presented by the Programs and Activities Council.
Comedian channels several celebrities Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah engages hundreds during PAC event EMILY BEGLEY COLLEGE LIFE EDITOR
The voices of Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Lil’ Wayne and U.S. President Barack Obama rang through Tangeman University Center’s Great Hall Thursday and were met with the reverberating tune of raucous laughter. The words, however, stemmed from a single voice: Jay Pharoah, Saturday Night Live cast member who is renowned for his celebrity impressions. Hosted by the Programs and Activities Council, the event featured Pharoah performing quirky, fast-paced standup, including a combination of well-known SNL routines and original material.
“I watch every new [Saturday Night Live] episode,” said Britney Llewellyn, a second-year biology student. “My boyfriend and I really enjoy watching Jay Pharoah.” Nearly all 850 seats were occupied during the show, said Nate Budd, a firstyear finance student and member of PAC. Students were encouraged to get involved in the show by live tweeting their thoughts, taking pictures and interacting with Pharoah throughout the performance. Many of the comedian’s jokes were directed at specific audience members. Viewers enthusiastically cheered upon references of their hometowns and sang along to Pharoah’s rendition of songs. Some selected individuals even approached the stage to become part of the act.
MADISON SCHMIDT CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER Pharoah utilizes a stool as a prop during Thursday’s performance, poking fun at the increasing size of cell phones.
Pharoah’s most frequently performed impression during the night was also one of his most revered. In an outstandingly accurate depiction, the comedian addressed the audience as Obama, speaking about his reelection and miming a particularly intimate moment with First Lady Michelle Obama. Realistically contemplative and punctuated, Pharoah’s characterization of the president debuted on SNL in September 2012 and has been a pivotal skit on the show ever since. The performance also briefly showcased high school principal Daniel Frye, a popular character in a reoccurring SNL sketch, as well as Pharoah’s viral skit “What Does My Girl Say,” a parody of “What Does The Fox Say?” in which he starred alongside SNL host Kerry Washington. The majority of the performance, however, showcased Pharoah’s original stand-up material. Drawing inspiration from personal experiences, he joked about work, loss and love and incorporated the mantra, “I’m not a punk, I’m a survivor.” “He reminded me a lot of Kevin Hart, actually, who is one of my favorite standups,” said Corinne Nako, a secondyear graphic design student. Pharoah is no stranger to Hart; he appeared alongside the comedian in “Ride Along,” which was released in January. Pharoah will also appear in “Get A Job,” starring Anna Kendrick, Miles Teller and Bryan Cranston, later this year. Ending his performance on a serious note, Pharoah reminded audience members to live in the present. Having been recently affected by personal loss, the comedian emphasized the importance of cherishing loved ones, laughing and taking lots of pictures. Pharoah stuck around after the show for photos with audience members, who formed a line running the length of the hall. “It was a big success,” Budd said. “It got a lot of good crowd reaction.”
Former professor regales audience with latest book Erin McGraw reads excerpts from ‘Better Food for a Better World’ relating to modern college life NICK THOMPSON CONTRIBUTOR
Erin McGraw’s novel “Better Food for a Better World” states, “The present is our platform to tomorrow,” which echoed the experience and atmosphere felt by audience members Friday in Langsam Library’s Elliston Poetry Room.
With sunlight pouring in the windows and chatter filling the air, the room was once again ready for the latest installment of the Visiting Writers Series with author and former University of Cincinnati English professor McGraw. McGraw, a California native and current fiction writing professor at Ohio State University, took to the podium to read from her latest novel, “Better Food for a Better World.” Before McGraw began, she recalled her years as an English professor at UC, “Those were very good years
Audience members listen intently from the Elliston Poetry Room’s bookshelves during a previous installment of the Visiting Writers Series.
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[and] very fun years.” Then, putting on her glasses and gently clearing her throat, she opened her novel and set the stage for the story. The novel tells the story of six college students who combine their money and start their own ice cream store, hoping to sell “better food for a better world” only to discover that the world around them is not as nice as they had expected. During her reading, McGraw read with a soft and calm tone, but emphasized by raising her voice as she read exchanges between the novel’s characters, putting emotion and life into the people and world in her novel. With characters that each have their own quirky personalities and experience realistic situations, the novel provides clever wit and the right amount of satirical bite, all portrayed and channeled through the characters’ interactions. Matt Teaford, a fourth-year English and creative writing student, took particular notice of this during the reading. “I came here for one of my English classes, but I’m really interested in writers from Ohio and I’ve read a lot her short stories,” Teaford said. “I like the way she portrays the characters’ interactions in this novel. I was really impressed with that.” Along with accurate depictions of real-life interactions, the characters also reflected the struggles of many college students in the modern age. The struggles of maintaining relationships, determination to accomplish ambitious goals and the need to stay optimistic and hopeful in a world full of pessimism and harsh realities were all topics McGraw explored. Many students in attendance found it refreshing to hear a story that accurately portrayed some of their everyday plights. At the end of the event, McGraw made a nod to this, holding up her novel and chuckling as she said, “People think this is satire – it is realism!” The Visiting Writers Series continues with authors Joseph Bates and David James Poissant on March 7 at the Elliston Poetry Room in Langsam Library.
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MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014 / NEWSRECORD.ORG
Mayor scraps parking meter rate, operation increases
MADISON SCHMIDT CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER Mayor John Cranley announced a new parking plan in response to concerns voiced by UC President Santa Ono and student body president Joe Blizzard.
New proposal in response to UC’s opposition of old plan calls for upgraded meters, more enforcement RYAN HOFFMAN NEWS EDITOR
The University of Cincinnati showcased its influence this past week when Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley scrapped his entire parking reform plan that would have increased parking meter rates and hours of operation. “It’s a classic case where the students have a voice and that voice makes a real difference,” Cranley said. Cranley originally changed his first proposal after a lengthy conversation with UC President Santa Ono in which Ono voiced community concern over the proposed increase in operation hours for parking meters in the area surrounding UC. Cranley’s original proposal called to extend meter operation hours downtown and around UC from the
current 6 p.m. shutoff to 9 p.m. The plan also included an increase in meter rates from 50 cents to 75 cents. Cranley dropped the longer hours after his conversation with Ono. The change, along with other shared goals, represents the beginning of a strong and budding relationship between UC and city hall, Ono said in a previous interview. “The mayor takes the university’s concerns very seriously,” Ono said. The mayor took it a step further Wednesday and dropped all meter rate and operation increases and proposed a new plan that will likely cause a drastic decrease in revenue. The new plan calls for 200 new parking meters costing $3 million, as well as hiring additional parking enforcers. The meters would allow parkers to pay using credit cards. During Cranley and Ono’s discussion, Cranley said it was the input from student body president Joe Blizzard
Third Century to focus on education UC seeking feedback on initiative aimed at improving student, faculty experience JAMIE MAIER STAFF REPORTER
A new strategic plan, the Third Century Initiative, will shift the University of Cincinnati’s long-term focus from the current brick and mortar approach to one centered on education and research. “A year-long exercise led by our vice president for research and provost have identified specific areas for future investment,” said UC President Santa Ono. “Unlike previous UC master plans that have invested in the physical plant of the university, the Third Century Initiative focuses on the core academic mission of the university: research, scholarship and teaching.” The university hopes to gain feedback from students and faculty at a series of open forums starting Feb. 24 before the final version is unveiled at the State of the University address April 10. The final initiative is intended to sharpen goals set in the UC 2019 Academic Master Plan and propel the university to further excellence in its third century. The UC 2019 Academic Master Plan, which was introduced by former president Gregory Williams in 2010, outlines targets and stretches goals in nine general areas, intended to be reached by 2019. The plan also includes a detailed report with a series of well-defined action steps and allocates $10 million annually toward its progress. The plan will stay in force, making investments that will reach beyond 2019.
However, the Third Century Initiative provides a clearer understanding of UC’s institutional priorities and invests resources in areas that will see the most return, Ono said. “We are fine tuning past planning efforts to sharpen our focus on the people of UC,” said Provost Beverly Davenport, in a statement.“In the coming years, we will be investing in strategic faculty hiring and student success by investing in research pathways, recruitments that lead to more faculty, staff and student diversity and outcomes that enhance the quality of UC.” While UC has made strides in recent years, there are still areas that officials are looking to improve. “Handicap accessibility around campus, for one, and addressing diversity issues within the student population could both be improved,” said Makda Aseffa, a third-year music education student. UC is looking to engage as many stakeholders as possible in the process from both within and outside the institution as the initiative will become a blueprint for moving forward, Ono said. Ono and Davenport will oversee all four forums, which will take place on UC’s two main campuses and two satellite campuses. “We will endeavor to increase the number of top-ranked programs across the university by recruiting new faculty and retaining and investing in current faculty, staff and students of the University,” Ono said.“Future investments in people will be made in a strategic manner to build excellence in a finite number of programs that are already eminent or have the potential of becoming eminent.”
that influenced his decision to change the proposal. “I like to give the student body as strong a voice as much as I can,” Cranley said. Blizzard said once he heard about Cranley’s original proposal, he reached out to the students to try and gauge reaction. “The vast majority of students were against the increased hours,” Blizzard said. Blizzard, who is scheduled to meet with aids from the mayor’s office Thursday, said he supports the new proposal. “It’s great to see the mayor’s office is open to feedback from students,” Blizzard said. Cranley doesn’t have projections for the amount of revenue generated, the number of needed parking enforcers or the cost of hiring more enforcers. Cranley campaigned against a proposal that would have leased the city’s parking assets to the Greater Cincinnati Port Authority, arguing the lease could lead to increased enforcement. While his latest proposal calls for more enforcement, Cranley said only 29 percent of those parking at meters actually pay to park. The new proposal would only enforce current meters and rates, likely resulting in less revenue than the previous plan, he said. Several city councilmembers criticized the mayor for moving too fast and not evaluating all possible options. Options include a recent proposal from Xerox Corp., a private contracting company involved in the lease agreement drafted by the previous administration in 2013. The original agreement would have leased the assets to the Port Authority and Xerox for 30 years in return for a one-time, up-front payment around $84 million, as well as annual payments around $3 million to the city. The newest proposal by Xerox doesn’t include the large one-time payment, but would allow the city to control any increases in rates or operation hours. Cranley said the parking issue has been debated for more than a year. By maintaining city control of parking assets, any proposal moved forward would be open to changes. During Thursday’s meeting, Councilwoman Yvette Simpson asked that Xerox be included during the first Neighborhood Committee meeting addressing the proposals Monday. Committee Chair David Mann said he welcomes input from everybody, his only objection being Simpson’s absence from the meeting. “I welcome anyone who wants to publicly discuss any items related to parking at Monday’s meeting,” Mann said. The Neighborhood Committee meeting starts at 2 p.m. Monday at city hall and is open to the public.
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6 / SPORTS UC drops last-second heartbreaker to Louisville MONDAY, FEB. 24, 2014 / NEWSRECORD.ORG
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UC guard Sean Kilpatrick prepares to shoot during UC’s 58-57 loss to Louisville Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. Kilpatrick scored a game-high 28 points.
Kilpatrick joins Oscar Robertson as only players in UC history to score 2,000 points JOSHUA MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
On the same night he joined NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only two players in University of Cincinnati history to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau, Sean Kilpatrick shook off an ugly first- half performance to score 22 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, dragging UC back from a double-digit deficit. The story was written, the next chapter of Kilpatrick’s ever-growing legend at the UC. It just didn’t end that way Saturday afternoon. With 11.6 seconds remaining in the game, freshman guard Troy Caupain sank a pair of free throws to give the Bearcats a 57-56 lead against the University of Louisville. But Russ Smith sank a fade-away jumper with 2.2 seconds left on the clock, robbing the rabid 13,176 fans on hand at Fifth Third Arena of what would’ve been a storybook ending and securing the 58-57 victory for the Cardinals. “It was a tough shot, it happens,” Kilpatrick said. “There were a lot of assignments we missed.”
UC freshman wins two AAC titles MADISON SCHMIDT CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER
The University of Cincinnati swimming and diving team walked away from the Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville, Ky. Saturday, satisfied with individual results, but still hoping for more from their first season in the American Athletic Conference. The women’s team placed fifth of six teams, falling short behind the University of Connecticut with 431 points. The men’s team placed fourth of four teams with 535 points. Of the team’s top scorers, the women’s looks to the success of freshman Jacquelin Keire, who managed to walk away with gold medals in the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.02) and 200-meter freestyle (1:44.73) and silver, along with Sammie Wheeler, Helena Pikhartova and Weronika Wasiakowska, in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:32.01). “I just remember when I touched for the 500, I had no idea if I won or not and I didn’t even have to look at the scoreboard to see if I won,” Keire said.“I just looked at everyone cheering; they were going completely insane on the pool deck. I’ve never heard any team cheer so loud.” Following her first individual win in the 500 Thursday, Keire pushed off the high spirits from her teammates and redirected negative energy toward improving for the rest of the week. “Honestly, [conference] was more of a mental game for me,” Keire said. I didn’t feel exactly the way I wanted to feel, but before the race all I wanted to do was bring back the gold medal to my teammates. I didn’t really want to return with anything but the gold medal.” Keire brought back more than a few gold medals from the meet by securing three NCAA ‘B’ cuts in each of her three individual events, which gives her a high chance of competing in the NCAA Championships in March, assistant coach Mandy DiSalle said. On the men’s side, sophomore Joe Bott, junior Joey Ferreri and senior Joe Scherpenberg served as the team’s top scorers earning 38, 35 and 31 points respectively. “We would have liked to place higher,” DiSalle said.“Our team is really young. We [have] more people with less experience. Figuring out training in college and being consistent is one area we could really improve upon.” Despite placing in the lower tier on the men’s and women’s sides, the teams managed to drop a lot of time individually. Among the ranks of individual improvements, freshman Trenton Harper swam all lifetime best events. As the team moves forward, most swimmers will take the week off and begin preparing for the spring season. Keire will continue to train for the NCAA meet in March, then for Canadian trials in April. “I know what we’re capable of,” DiSalle said.“We got a good start, we’ve got a good foundation in [the AAC]. We’ve just got to fill in some of the gaps for next year.”
After the game, Kilpatrick was notably angered by a rather confusing officiating deliberation that took place within the last 90 seconds of the game. With UC on an 11-0 run and leading 54-52, the officials spent several minutes reviewing a close call near the Louisville baseline. They eventually awarded UC the ball, but before the Bearcats could inbound it, the officials stopped play again and returned to the monitor. When all was settled, Louisville was awarded possession, more than five minutes had transpired and the rowdy arena had calmed. “Of course it [took momentum away from UC],” Kilpatrick said. “All of our fans were into it. I don’t understand when you get the ball and it’s going our way, then they say something and you go change it again. That’s unheard of.” UC head coach Mick Cronin, who twice declined to comment on anything involving officiating, felt that the game was lost on the back-to-back easy looks the Bearcats gave to Louisville forward Montrzel Harrell, which put UC down 55-54 before Caupain’s free throws. “We lost the game on Harrell’s two layups,” Cronin said. “We let a guy shoot a point-blank layup without fouling him.
[He’s] shooting 37 percent from the foul line in conference play. The whole game plan was to foul him.” For the most part, the Bearcats executed their plan well, sending Harrell to the charity stripe 12 times. Out of those 12, he made only five shots. Things certainly didn’t start according to plan for UC, with Justin Jackson picking up two fouls in the first three minutes of the game. In his absence, Louisville took a 14-2 first-half advantage in points in the paint. After UC missed its first three shot attempts, all of which were 3-pointers, Kilpatrick knocked down a 3-pointer from the right wing to give UC a 3-2 lead. Kilpatrick, who entered the game just 10 points shy of 2,000 for his career, got off to a rocky 1-for-5 start, as the Bearcats began the game just 1-for-9 from the field. Louisville led 6-3 at the under-16-minute media break, not shooting particularly well either (1-for-7). On a 9-0 run, Louisville opened up a six-point lead, 17-9, with 10 remaining minutes in the half as the Bearcats offense came to a complete halt. UC went nearly nine minutes without a basket before Jermaine Lawrence’s put-back dunk ended Louisville’s 13-0 run.
Sparked by a Jermaine Sanders 3-pointer and finished off with Troy Caupain’s running buzzer-beater, the Bearcats ended the half on a 10-1 run and, despite a 2-for13 shooting performance from Kilpatrick and playing more than 17 minutes without Jackson, trailed Louisville by only three points, 22-19, going into the break. “It was a modern miracle,” Cronin said of his team only being down by three at the half. “We shot 19 percent and Justin Jackson, who I spent all day begging not to foul early in the game ends up only playing one and half minutes in the first half.” UC (6-for-31) and Louisville (8-for-30) combined to shoot just 22 percent from the field in the first half, which at times resembled a Rugby match rather than a basketball game. Just as he did in UC’s 69-66 victory in Louisville Jan. 30, Ge’Lawn Guyn opened the second half with a 3-pointer for the Bearcats, tying the game at 22-22 and sending the crowd into frenzy. The 15-minute mark was when Kilpatrick joined UC legend Oscar Robertson as the only players in program history to score 2,000 points in a career. He scored six straight to put UC up 30-27, but Louisville rattled off nine straight to take a 36-30 lead. Kilpatrick answered with a 3-pointer but Louisville’s full-court press continued to plague the Bearcats, as the Cardinals pushed their lead to 44-35 after Harrell’s jump shot with 9 minutes and 45 seconds remaining. With a pair of free throws each from Jackson and Rubles, the Bearcats cut Louisville’s lead down to 47-42 by the sixminute mark, as the crowd became a factor once again. Kilpatrick gave UC the lead, 52-51, for the first time in the second half with four-straight free throws. He added one more on the next trip and UC led 53-51 with 90 seconds remaining, after which the controversial officiating delay occurred. “This year I feel like Sean is like, ‘You know what? I’m just going to murder everybody,’” Smith said, in reference to Kilpatrick’s season performance. Jackson gave UC a three-point advantage, 55-52, with two free throws of his own seconds later, before Harrell’s back-to-back layups put Louisville back in front. UC had been on a 13-1 run. Led by Harrell’s 21 points and 10 rebounds, the Cardinals finished the game with a 34-10 advantage in points in the paint, which, combined with 14 turnovers and a dismal 28.6 shooting percentage, was too much for UC to overcome. “We had our chances, despite turnovers, giving them layups four or five times,” Cronin said. “We just didn’t play very well today. We didn’t play very smart today. Even if we would have won, we’d have won because of our toughness. We wouldn’t have won because of our execution today.”
Lovett’s buzzer beater lifts UC women Wire-to-wire layup propels Bearcats to third in past four games CHARLES GROVE STAFF REPORTER
While one buzzer beater didn’t go the Bearcats’ way Saturday, another one did, as the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team upended the Central Florida Knights 50-49 in Orlando, Fla. After UCF’s (10-17, American Athletic Conference 3-13) Sara Djassi hit a jumper with six seconds to go, UC (12-15, AAC 5-11) junior Alyesha Lovett went all the way down the court, hitting a layup with less than one second to play. UC Head Coach Jamelle Elliott said Lovett played with confidence down the stretch, despite missing opportunities less than a minute before the game winner. “Even before that [game-winning shot], Alyesha Lovett had two layups to put us up and she missed them both, but to credit her she wanted the ball at the end,” Elliott said. “We found her at the end, you could see her coming down the court, she looked up at the clock to realize how much time she had and she attacked the basket strong.” Lovett finished with 13 points and
five rebounds. The guard has been on an offensive tear the past three games averaging more than 17 points and six rebounds per game. Three other Bearcats scored in double figures against UCF, the first time four Bearcats scored 10 or more points since UC’s 86-70 win over Akron Dec. 17. Senior Jeanise Randolph was one of the four along with Senior Kayla Cook and sophomore Jasmine Whitfield. “We knew we didn’t know how much Jeanise Randolph would be able to give us today,” Elliott said. “She’s been battling some flu-like symptoms. I knew she was going to give us everything she had. I think Jasmine, Kayla and Lovett stepped up and really made some big plays. I think that’s really good when a team can have that many guys in double figures.” UC found themselves down at the half by eight but defensive adjustments allowed the Bearcats to limit the Knights to just 8-of-28 shooting in the second half. It turned out to be just enough for the one-point victory, the fifth this year in American Athletic Conference play. “I just can’t say enough about the heart that my kids showed in the second half,”
Elliott said. “Going into halftime down eight and coming out in the second half getting down 12 with 13 minutes to go and still find a way to get some stops and key scores.” The Bearcats were outrebounded 42-34 but UC was able to offset that by winning the turnover battle 22-15 and netting 26 points off of turnovers compared to 13 for UCF. None of UC’s 22 forced turnovers were bigger than Whitield’s steal with 37 seconds remaining, which led to an old-fashioned 3-point play from Lovett and a 48-47 lead for the Bearcats. “I thought our defense with Kayla Cook was the catalyst and she got some defensive steals, some deflections and she was just all over the floor defensively in the second half,” Elliott said. “The rest of the players fed off of that and we were able to create some points off our defense which gave us confidence and we believe we can win.” The Bearcats now have a week off before taking the floor for senior night against the Louisville Cardinals Saturday at 2 p.m. The Cardinals (26-2, 14-1) currently sit third in both the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Polls. UC fell to the Cardinals earlier this season in Kentucky by 19, 64-45.
UC baseball takes two in North Carolina Bearcats notch wins against two major conferences at Wake Forrest tournament EMILY WITT STAFF REPORTER
The University of Cincinnati baseball team picked up its first two wins of the season and fell just short of a third in Winston-Salem, N.C. at the Wake Forrest Invitational. The Bearcats shut out Wake Forrest 5-0 Friday, fell 6-5 against Radford Saturday and topped the Missouri Tigers 11-5 Sunday. The Bearcats did not waste any time getting on the board Friday, as senior Matt Williams lead off the game with double and eventually scored on an Ian Happ groundout to give UC a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Williams finished the game with a careerhigh four hits. Happ, a pre-season AllAmerican, drove in two runs and Will Drake scored two runs and drove in another. The true star of the show was senior pitcher Matt Ring, who pitched a complete game shutout in his first start of the season to secure the Bearcats’ first 2014 victory. He gave up four hits and struck out three. “Matt’s complete game shutout, that’s what you want,” said head coach Ty Neal.“He throws quality strikes and a running game, and that’s what you expect.” The Bearcats nearly pulled off a miraculous ninth-inning comeback Saturday against Radford, but fell short just one run. Entering the ninth trailing 6-1, UC quickly filled the bases with no outs. Sophomore
Devin Wenzel walked in a run and senior Ryan Quinn hit an infield single to score another. A Radford throwing error pushed another run across to make it 6-4 and Will Drake singled with runners on the corners and only one out. The Bearcats had two outs left to score one more runner, but Radford picked off the runner at third with two outs. A popup ended the inning. Yet another ninth-inning rally, this time a successful one, was the story of UC’s 11-6 victory against Missouri Sunday. Freshman pitcher Andrew Zellner had his first collegiate appearance and remained perfect through the first for four innings, before giving up a solo homerun to Missouri’s Dylan Kelly in the sixth. “It was a great start for him,” Neal said. “He did a great job of just throwing strikes and fighting in combat. He tried to sneak in the fastball and get a lot of strikes. The sixth inning when they scored 4 runs off of him, that was us trying to challenge him for a little bit, but he was still competing.” Entering the ninth inning with the game tied 5-5, the Bearcats found themselves with the bases loaded and two outs. Happ hit a bouncer to the second baseman and beat the throw to first, allowing catcher Woody Wallace to score from third. Sophomore Colin Hawk walked and senior Justin Glass hit a single to right field to drive in Quinn and Forrest Perron. With the game in hand, Hawk then stole home and Connor McVey singled to bring home Glass. When the dust settled, UC
UC sophomore Devin Wenzel runs the bases during UC’s 8-3 victory against New York Tech last season.
had plated six runs and blown the game completely open. With wins against two major conferences, this weekend was a big step in Neal’s effort to get the program back on track. “For us to go on the road and beat an ACC and a SEC club is good for our program,” Neal said. “My goal for our club is to have every single guy locked in on every single pitch.”