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personally sometimes, but this app would’ve really helped with that,” said Jeff Nainaparampil, SG web director. Many SG members were concerned the app wouldn’t be utilized by students, and said the current SG website already offers many features an app would. Senator at-large Hannah Kenny expressed disappointment in the group’s ability to easily pass the t-shirt bill and not the bill that could have potentially impacted more students. “One hundred fifty t-shirts versus 7,000 people that already have the [UC mobile] app,” Kenny said. “We passed something that impacted less people instead something that’d be used for years to come.” House speaker Kathleen Hurley said SG

will probably collaborate with UCIT to find out how the general UC app, which would have hosted the SG module, could be made better. “Maybe we can talk to Blackboard to see if they’d host SG within their app,” Hurley said. “This discussion isn’t over.” President Blizzard reminded senators that SG decisions not only affect current UC students, but also future students and perspective students, as well as parents who may be considering UC for their children. “When we go to make decisions about the budget, remember it’s not always about the here and present, but its about the impact student government is going to have down the road,” Blizzard said.

SG members surprised, bill funding app falls short Bill would create SG module in UC mobile app, students won’t pay tab ALEXIS O’BRIEN CHIEF REPORTER

The University of Cincinnati Student Government passed a bill to fund UC Sustainability t-shirts, but did not pass a bill to fund a SG mobile app module Wednesday. “I was in full support of both bills,” said Joe Blizzard, student body president. “I think the sustainability t-shirts really do make a big impact on campus, but I think in terms of long-term impact, the app is going to have a greater long term effect.” The sustainability t-shirt funding bill passed 20-3-1, and allocates $1,254 of

the $3,000 SG sustainability funds pay for 150 green bearcat t-shirts that will be distributed at the UC Sustainability Summit. “The t-shirts are something that, even if not getting our initiative out there, are promoting UC overall,” said Jessica Gearhart, at-large senator. “Students wear them in Cleveland, downtown, to Haiti on a project.” The SG mobile app module did not pass with an 11-13 vote. It proposed allocation of $1,630 of the $4,500 SG technology funds to create a module that would be integrated into the existing University of Cincinnati Information Technology UC mobile app, to enhance student engagement with SG. “It’s kind of hard to talk to a senator


Hoxworth sees largest blood drive turnout in history BRYAN SHUPE STAFF REPORTER


UC head football coach Tommy Tuberville talks to the media about the accident that took the life of 19-year-old lineman Ben Flick and Miami University student Sean VanDyne.

UC head coach addresses freshman football player’s untimely death JOSHUA MILLER SPORTS EDITOR

In his 18th year at the helm of a college football program, University of Cincinnati head football coach Tommy Tuberville knows all to well when something has gone wrong. “I put my cell phone in the same place every night, next to my bed on a wooden table,”Tuberville said. “I put it on vibrate. If my phone rings after nine at night, it’s not ever any good. I’m dealing with a lot of kids, and you hope it’s not the message that you get, that I got Saturday night.” Tuberville didn’t immediately know the severity of the situation that was unfolding for the UC football program. He missed the initial call, but was informed that there had been an accident and that some UC players had been injured. “On the way to the hospital, [a UC trainer] called and told me that we’d lost one [player] and that we had two in serious condition.” At approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Ben Flick, 19-year-old freshman offensive lineman from Hamilton, was pronounced dead at the scene of a single-car accident that left UC wide receiver Mark Barr in critical condition, injured receiver Javon Harrison and that has since claimed the life of Sean Van Dyne, a Miami University student who was driving the vehicle. Barr

remains in critical condition. “It’s been terrible,”Tuberville said of the past four days. “It’s a tragedy — here one day, gone the next. It’s something that I’ve been through and us older folks have been through quite a bit, but when you take these young guys through something like this, it’s different.” Tuberville has dealt with several player deaths in his coaching career, including the drowning of offensive lineman Joey Embry May 21, 1998, when Tuberville was the head coach at Ole Miss. Although the majority of UC’s coaching staff has been through a situation of this type in the past, UC’s players have had to pull together through a tragedy few have ever encountered. “[For the team] it’s like losing a brother,” Tuberville said. “These guys have rallied around each other, and you find out a lot about people when you have things like this. We’ve got a strong bunch of guys that have fought through it. It’s nothing you want to go through, but it’s nothing that they can’t handle.” Tuberville chose to hold a light workout Sunday evening to keep his players’ minds off the accident. Wednesday was the first time UC returned to full practice. UC’s entire team attended Flick’s funeral at Hamilton High School Tuesday evening, and UC players, coaches and staff continue to make cycles of daily trips to visit Barr in the hospital. “Some of [the players] have probably never been to a funeral like yesterday and a lot of them have never been in an

intensive care unit like they have been this week, and seen what they’ve seen,” Tuberville said. Tuberville couldn’t give any update on Barr’s condition but he did say that he has shown slight signs of improvement. As his team copes with the loss of a fallen teammate and prays for the health of another, Tuberville knows that only time will ease the pain of such a tragic accident. The timing of UC’s bye week has provided a slight reprieve for the grieving players. “It would’ve been tough [playing Saturday], but theses guys would’ve fought through it”Tuberville said. “We would have played. It would’ve been a lot more difficult for all of us because we know where our minds are at. It’s made it a little bit easier, knowing we didn’t have a game this week.” UC players will have the opportunity to go home on Friday and Saturday, before reporting back to practice Sunday. When UC returns to the field Oct. 5 against South Florida, they will wear a patch on their helmets honoring Flick. “Ben was like a big clown, a teddy bear,” Tuberville said. “You build a certain bond with every player. Ben was one of those that liked to come up to your office — a lot of them like to hide from you — knowing that it would either be a good conversation or one that wouldn’t be quite as positive. He was just a freshman; he was growing up. When they’re freshman they learn from experiences and their teammates. Unfortunately, he’s not going to be able to learn anymore — that’s a sad part of life.”

Through the power of diligent promotion, the week-long Hoxworth Blood Center’s blood drive saw the largest turnout in the institution’s history. More than 1,500 donors donated blood, crushing the average by more than 700 participants. By partnering with the University of Cincinnati Book Store, and rewarding each contributor with a $5 gift card to Chipotle, Hoxworth was able to acquire enough blood to make a substantial impact on its supply. “This particular blood drive was crucial because a week before we were at an urgent need for O positive donors,” said Alecia Lipton, community relations manager at Hoxworth Blood Center. “Fortunately, because of the students, faculty and staff who came in, we are no longer in that crisis mode.” There’s been a continuing trend with rising blood donors due partially to the fact that many high schools in the Cincinnati area are participating in blood drives, and many students continue to give blood when they move on to college, Lipton said. At the blood drive, hosted at the UC Rec Center, 684 first-time donors showed up to contribute to the blood supply. Student body president, Joe Blizzard, was impressed with the turn out from the UC community. “I think it was awesome that we had so many students that were willing to go out and sacrifice a little bit of time to help the community out in such a big way,” Blizzard said. “If there are groups or events around campus that want some help in terms of marketing, or just making information readily available, [student government] would love to help out in any way that we can.” SG assisted in getting the word out about the blood drive by posting an announcement on Blackboard under the SG module and reached out through social networking to help draw in more student support. The promotion seems to be the defining characteristic behind the increased support, and Hoxworth plans on utilizing the same tactic for future drives on campus, Lipton said. Sebastian Misleh, a second-year English student, donated blood for the first time Friday. An email promoting the blood drive encouraged him to try it out. “I had never done it before, but I enjoy helping people whenever I can so I figured why not?” Misleh said. “And I’m scared of needles but decided this was a good way to face that fear.” Hoxworth Blood Center supplies 31 hospitals in 17 counties in the area. The next scheduled blood drive on campus is Jan. 13 through Jan. 17 in Tangeman University Center’s Great Hall.

Forum provides unique opportunity for council candidates, citizen interaction Citizens say current city government not focusing on all neighborhoods, council candidates respond MONROE TROMBLY STAFF REPORTER


City council candidate Kevin Flynn and Laure Quinlivan at Monday’s event.

Members of all 52 neighborhoods of Cincinnati got the rare opportunity to talk to 17 of the 22 candidates for city council Monday. The political hopefuls gathered at Saint John’s Unitarian Church in Clifton in an effort to give citizens a voice in the city council elections. The organizers of the event — including Air Inc., Cincinnatus, the League of Women Voters, Women City Club, Citizens for Civic Renewal and Urban League of Greater Cincinnati — wanted to ensure that voters from all Cincinnati neighborhoods got the chance to speak up. Attendees and candidates centered their focus on neighborhood development in forum-style conversations. Afterward, candidates took turns addressing all of the constituents on what they had learned from their small sit-downs, and what issues in particular they now thought were of paramount importance. CHIEF.NEWSRECORD@GMAIL.COM / 513.556.5908

The citizens present focused mainly on their concerns about common themes like transportation, basic city services — especially pothole management — a disconnect and lack of cohesiveness between neighborhoods and the disparity of economic equity amongst all Cincinnati neighborhoods. The populace at the meeting strongly voiced their frustration at the lack of funds and attention their particular communities were receiving relative to Overthe-Rhine and Downtown Cincinnati. Many felt there were a distinct lack of access to community involvement within the leadership of City Council, and a lack of funding for individual community councils. For the first time in Cincinnati, the winning candidates will hold office for four-year terms. The change was enacted to give the elected officials more time to spend on council duties and less time planning their reelection campaigns. City Council candidates, in turn, are being faced with public demand for more citizen involvement and transparency in the political realm of Cincinnati. Most candidates brought up the necessity of unifying the populace through social media, to give more voice and standing to everyone.

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Award-winning professor brings literature to life during British study abroad programs EMILY BEGLEY COLLEGE LIFE EDITOR

Whether it’s in the classroom or on a study abroad trip she leads, forming relationships with students is central to Susan Sipple, recently appointed University of Cincinnati Blue Ash English department chair. She admires their ambition and marvels at those who work hard to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. The walls of Sipple’s office are adorned with artwork and study abroad posters. A busy bookshelf contains some of her own published works and an open window overlooks a campus bathed in sunlight. Sipple relaxes, leaning back in her chair as she reflects on her career. “One of the things I like about UC Blue Ash is that the focus of my work is really on teaching,” said Sipple, who began working at UCBA in 2010.“That’s something that I really enjoy.” Her passion for teaching is one she extends across the globe. Sipple has been actively involved in study abroad programs since 2005, when a

colleague reached out to her to be involved in a trip to England and France. “The relationship you build with students is very different from the kind of relationship you have on a college campus,” Sipple said. “You’re traveling with them, living with them, eating your meals with them. It’s an opportunity to really get to know somebody.” Sipple hopes the students she travels with will have an experience similar to her own; in the early ’80s she participated in a trip to Spain that sparked her love of travelling the world. “It was a really profound experience. It changed me in a lot of ways as a student,” Sipple said. Many study abroad participants have never been outside of the country, Sipple said. Showing students a new part of the world is particularly rewarding. She watches anticipation build early on, when interested students begin trickling into information sessions. “I see all these students so excited about the possibility of being a part of the program,” Sipple said. The destinations are sights to behold. Each year’s trip unfolds with a stay at Harlaxton College, the British campus of Indiana’s University of Evansville located outside of Grantham, England. The school — a historical English country house — has the

appearance of a towering castle as rolling hills and colorful gardens extend in all directions. The manor has become somewhat of a home away from home for Sipple, who has led three study abroad trips to date. She will teach a class at Harlaxton this summer as part of the 2014 British Study Abroad program titled “American Expatriate Writers.” “It’s really cool to teach the literature in the place where that literature was set or written,” Sipple said. Thinking back to memories of college, Sipple said she delved into the English realm by becoming actively involved in the student newspaper, first as a photography coordinator and then as a member of the editorial board. She attended Gannon University in Erie, Penn., earning her Bachelor of Arts in communications English in 1983 and a Master of Arts in English in 1985. Sipple also secured her first professorial job at Gannon as a teaching assistant. In 1993, she earned a Ph.D. from Miami University, where she would later teach as a visiting professor. Now an English professor, she has taught an array of emotional topics since moving to UCBA, with subjects ranging from the Holocaust to Japanese internment camps.


Study abroad participants call Harlaxton College home at the beginning of their trip. The historical English country house is located outside of Grantham, England.


UCBA English department chair Susan Sipple is leading the 2014 British Study Abroad program with Eric Anderson, UCBA electronic media associate professor.

In addition to new responsibilities as department chair, Sipple is teaching a U.S. Ethnic Literature class in both Fall and Spring semesters. “U.S. Ethnic Literature spans not only a variety of ethnic groups in the U.S. but also a big time period,” Sipple said.“It’s a fun class to teach. It allows me to teach things that I’m interested in, but I don’t necessarily get to teach all the time.” Sipple is the recipient of two prestigious awards from the University of Cincinnati: the A.B.“Dolly” Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Boyce Award for Outstanding Teaching. Although honored by both recognitions, Sipple is particularly appreciative of the Cohen Award, which requires nominations by students. “It’s a huge honor,” Sipple said.“For me, it was one of those career highlights. I work hard at teaching like so many people do, and to be rewarded in that way is a really lovely thing.” For now, Sipple has her sights set on study abroad, which she will lead with Eric Anderson, UCBA electronic media associate professor. She may find herself this summer at a Parisian café, getting lost in a book by an expatriate writer who may have frequented the same location years ago. London, Manchester and Paris are also on the agenda. The program will take participants on field trips to iconic locations including Westminster Abbey, BBC Television Studios and the Louvre Museum. The highlight of Sipple’s trip, however, will not be these famous destinations, but rather the unique relationships formed with the students who accompany her on them.

Holtman’s Donuts serves thousands at sweet new location Over-the-Rhine shop earns reputation with classic, specialty flavors SARAH MULLINS STAFF REPORTER

Over-the-Rhine’s strong sense of community showed Saturday as customers filtered in Holtman’s Donuts. The line wrapped out the door and onto the sidewalk of Vine Street, and co-owner Katie Willing called out customers by name. “Most people call it networking, but really it’s about adding onto our family,”Willing said. Charles Holtman opened the shop’s first location in 1960 in Loveland, where the doughnuts earned an outstanding reputation. Later, the business was taken over by Willing and Holtman’s son, Danny Plazarin. The Over-the-Rhine installment, which opened Sept. 14, is solidifying a reputation of its own by selling anywhere between 2,000 and 6,000 doughnuts daily. The selection of delectable sweets includes a classic chocolate icing with sprinkles or specialties like the Samoa, a play on the Girl Scout cookie. “Our specialties right now, what we’ve really been known for lately down in OTR, is our maple bacon and our bear claws,” Willing said.“The maple bacon actually has been so popular, we were going from five to six pounds of bacon now to somewhere between 60 and 100 pounds ordering.” Aside from Holtman’s classic and exclusive

flavors, the store plans to reel out some seasonal favorites like a caramel apple doughnut. In the summer, Willing plans to add a lemon cake doughnut to the mix. Willing handed over a bag of three doughnuts: a Samoa, chocolate with

“The Over-the-Rhine installment, which opened Sept. 14, is solidifying a reputation of its own by selling anywhere between 2,000 and 6,000 doughnuts daily. ” sprinkles and a bear claw, which came fresh out of the kitchen. The chocolate with sprinkles was just as fresh as the bear claw. The dough wasn’t heavy or like a cake; it was light and fluffy


Holtman’s Donuts, which recently opened a new location in Over-the-Rhine. serves its many customers freshly baked donuts delivered hot from the kitchen.

with just enough chocolate icing. Coated with hundreds of sprinkles, the doughnuts bring out the child in every customer. The Samoa had the same airy dough consistency as chocolate icing, but instead of sprinkles, it was coated with a layer of coconut. The bear claw was the best of the three. Again, the dough was the same, but shaped like an actual bear claw with cinnamon speckles embedded in the dough. Inside was an apple filling surprise that was warm and gooey like a freshly made pie. “All of our icings are made from scratch every day,”Willing said.“The chocolate has real cocoa in it. There’s not additives to help to keep the icing longer. We make it on a day-to-day basis so that it’s always a fresh, good-quality icing.”

Deaf Awareness Week educates, empowers students during campus events



A week-long celebration is raising awareness about deafness at the University of Cincinnati. Students, staff, faculty and community members are participating in various Deaf Awareness Week events through Sunday on campus. Festivities are intended to empower those

ASL Idol Competition | 5-9 p.m. Swing by Zimmer Hall 400 for the American Sign Language Idol Competition, which will showcase local talents in singing and poetry.

Deaf Awareness Family Day | 1-4 p.m. Deaf Awareness Family Day will conclude Deaf Awareness Week at the UC Recreation Center. The day, sponsored by Sorenson Communications, will feature rock climbing, basketball, baseball and many other games.




who are deaf and teach people who are not familiar with the deaf community. The events are organized by Signed Language Interpreting faculty and staff members along with the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services (CECH) and sponsors to raise deaf awareness, education and empowerment. “Deaf people can do anything hearing people can except hear,” said I. King Jordan, president of Gallaudet University. Jordan is Gallaudet’s first deaf president. The UC Sign Language Interpreting faculty and staff members organized the week to create discussion and understanding in the UC community about deafness.

All Week

Games, competitions, more raise awareness about deaf community inside, outside university

ASL Movie: Lake Windfall | 6-9 p.m. The ASL Movie “Lake Windfall,” a Rustic Lantern Films movie, will be playing in the DAAP 4400 Theatre. The cost is $11 per ticket.

Deaf History Chalk Walk, ASL Club Booth All week long, a Chalk Walk on McMicken Green gives facts about deafness. The ASL Club booth will also be giving out information and talking with the campus community.



American Association of University Professors–University of Cincinnati

Access to Affordable Higher Education The American Association of University Professors-UC Chapter is hosting Rudy Fichtenbaum, President of the national AAUP and Professor of Economics at Wright State University. Rudy will speak about student debt, tuition, and access to affordable, quality higher education.

“[We must focus on] the root cause of skyrocketing tuition, which is directly related to the escalating debt burdening millions of students and their families.” -Rudy Fichtenbaum

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Started from bottom then forgot Drake’s pride seeps into his latest work, loses his old charm CHRISTIAN WARNER STAFF REPORTER

The definition of being “real” in hip-hop has changed so much. In the late ’80s, it meant having pure hatred for the men in blue. In the ’90s, it was having numerous sexcapades. Move to the ’00s and now, and it seems like the transition from corrections officer to a drug kingpin, or being shot nine times is the new “real.” In Aubrey Drake Graham’s early works, he came off as boastful. But he was also emotionally invested in his songs of intimacy and self-deprecation that made him a fast and rising star. In his critically acclaimed mixtape “So Far Gone,” Drake attempted to find acceptance in the game of hip-hop. As for his Grammy-winning album “Take Care,” he was searching for the balance between love and fame. But now for his third studio album “Nothing Was The Same,” it sounds like he’s trying to be the badass of hip-hop while still being the king of melancholy. While his rap skills have become more refined, he puffs his chest out too far and sounds like he is losing a sense of who he wants to be. The album starts out with an ode to designer Tom Ford’s cologne “Tuscan Leather,” a six-minute intro, which structures itself around the hit song “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. The interesting part about it is that the beat produced by 40 and Boi-1da was flipped three different ways, which gave the intro a sinister feel. Then the third track, which also became Drake’s summer hit, “Started From The Bottom,” tells the story of how he made his way to the top of the charts from his Canadian teen soap opera “wheelchair Jimmy” days of “Degrassi.”This song was quite a step away from his norm, but it did well on the charts. The second promotional single of “Nothing Was The Same” was seemingly

paying homage to a certain legendary hip-hop group. But for Drake’s single “WuTang Forever,” he samples a few lyrics from Wu-Tang but the song has nothing to do with the Wu-Tang Clan at all. It sounds as if Drake is trying to menacingly boast 2over the three-and-ahalf minute track — it just doesn’t fit his persona.

“It sounds like he’s trying to be the badass of hip-hop while still being the king of melencholy.” “From Time” featuring Jhene Aiko, who is possibly the only woman that Drake knows who isn’t a stripper, Rihanna or Courtney, the waitress at Hooters on Peachtree in Atlanta. This song is the most Drake-y, looking for love in hopeless places (Rihanna reference, get it?) “Hold On We’re Going Home” should also be a favorite for a lot of fans, it’s strictly Drake singing on the track, no hip-hop whatsoever. The songs gives listeners an ’80s emo-pop feel to it. The lyrics are about finding that one girl men search for and covet. But the song that should garner a lot of attention is “Too Much” featuring Sampha. This is one of Drake’s best and most introspective songs of his career. Drake details his anxiety toward reaching his goal of being one of the best rappers in the game. Drake brings fans into his home by discussing family issues he’s dealing with. “Money got my whole family going backwards/No dinners, no holidays, no nothing/There’s issues at hand that we’re



not discussing.” The final song on NWTS is “All Me” featuring 2 Chainz and Big Sean. And it is the final point Drizzy reaches his apex level of his macho persona when he raps on the chorus, “Came up, that’s all me/stay true, that’s all me/No help, that’s all me/all me for real.” It seems pretty selfish to say that he has made it to the top with no help, considering all the work Lil Wayne did to help fuel his career. It’s apparent that Drake is no longer a rapper who is searching for a way to the

top. He has made his way to the point of being one of the most popular rappers out now. But the vulnerable and easy-going Drake that fans knew and could relate to is fading away quickly. Drake’s rap career was born on third base but he barks as if he hit a triple. But when it’s all said and done, Drake raps as if he is not only happy, but he raps as if he’s won. What exactly has he won? Maybe the name of the album holds true to the music industry: Nothing Will Ever Be The Same, Nothing Is The Same, “Nothing Was The

Timberlake completes ‘The 20/20 experience’


Sexual themes coupled with Michael Jackson inspiration makes ‘Part 2’ CHRISTIAN WARNER STAFF REPORTER

Six months after the former boy-band superstar came out of his seven-year music hiatus with a double platinum-selling album “The 20/20 Experience,” Justin Timberlake completes his experience in

a large way with “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.” Unlike it’s platinum predecessor, which focused on love and often celebrated true love, “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” plays the alter ego with songs of a carnal, animalistic and hedonistic nature. Topping off at a resounding 74 minutes with 11 tracks, “Part 2” takes listeners on a sinister but lustful ride through his mind with songs such as “TKO,”“Murder” and “Cabaret.” Consider that Timberlake decided to go with an experience that was the complete mirror of the first half. It is the perfect strategy to complete his experience. Thus, the reason for Timberlake marketing his two albums as one package calling it “The Complete Experience.” But considering the fact that “Part 1” was a nationwide success, “Part 2” would have a lot to live up to. “Part 2” is impressive in itself, but it will constantly be compared to “Part 1,” which is the far better counterpart. The standards created by “Part 1” were too high to meet or surpass. “Part 2” still manages to hold its own, and the albums meshed together makes for an unforgettable two-and-a-half hour experience. The change in theme is palpable in “Part 2” as it starts off with “Gimme What I Don’t Know,” which leaps in with a dark and

sensual. “Sound’s a calm, when we become the animals that we’re made in the jungle.” It parallels the intro song “Pusher Love Girl” from “Part 1” in some ways. While “Pusher Love Girl” served as a metaphor for Timberlake addicted like a drug to his love interest, “Gimme What I Don’t Know” served as his prurient desires

“Part 2 is impressive in itself, but it will constantly be compared to Part 1 which is the far better counterpart.” about his lust interest, letting the predator inside take control. That lascivious blood thirst conveniently leads into the terrifyingly erotic “True Blood.” Assumingly the premise of the song is based on the vampire television show on HBO. The song expands for a shocking nine-and-a-half minutes. The only explination that could be given for this

track: it is an overly sexualized modern version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” While the song is very catchy, after about the four-minute mark, it gets a little stale. Once it hits the radio airwaves, it will most likely be a popular song to blast at many Halloween-themed parties. Timberlake’s first promotional single for “Part 2,”“Take Back The Night,” is a dancefriendly song about partying the night away with a love interest. The song has a great Michael Jackson vibe to it based on the song structure and lyrical content. Although Timberlake maintained the bad boy image throughout “Part 2,” he brought back the vibe of love for the final song “Not A Bad Thing,” with the length being a resounding 11-and-a-half minutes. The first five minutes is a true love song with lyrics, “You’re bleeding/Don’t you know I could be that guy to heal it over time/And I won’t stop until you believe it/Cause baby you’re worth it.” But as “Not A Bad Thing” ends, a hidden track, backed by two beautifully calming acoustic guitars, begins. The song is seemingly called “Pair of Wings” which is reminiscent of retro Timberlake. “The 20/20 Experience” was an incredible album in and of itself. And “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” just couldn’t live up to the hype that the first album set.

Grouplove shows world they have wide breadth of talent ‘Spreading Rumours’ moves away from the Cali-sound listeners expect AMONA REFAEI STAFF REPORTER

Grouplove has proven to be much more than a one-hit-wonder group. The group’s new album “Spreading Rumours” will supersede the expectations of listeners expecting to hear songs like “Tongue Tied.” The album features 16 new tunes that cover a variety of styles and melodies. “Spreading Rumours” is Grouplove’s second studio-released album and is filled with many songs that will not leave listeners disappointed. The album features tracks such as “Hippy Hill,” which preaches to listeners: “I’d rather be a hippy than a hipster.” Grouplove addresses the hipster trend head-on without any hesitation. The song

is reminiscent of The Beatles with drastic changes in tempo from one section to the next. It begins with heavy guitar strumming in the background of the lyrics, which gives the song an acoustic feel. But about half way through, the song turns and uses more instruments and artificial sounds. This sudden change is an unexpected outcome from such a calm sounding beginning. Surprisingly, the combination works and the song standout out because of the ambitious style. The lyrics of “Hippy Hill” are very simple, using repetition of, “I’d rather be the dying than the rising sun.” “Ways to Go” is another thoughtfully made song. It starts off similar to “Hippy Hill” with an acoustic feel to the beginning of the song. However, it also takes a more electric turn near the first chorus. The composition differs when compared to “Hippy Hill.” It has a serious undertone both lyrically and musically and the lyrics are dangerously easy to sing along to.

One of the catchiest songs of “Spreading Rumours” is “Shark Attack,” which leaves listeners daydreaming about summer warmth. It’s nearly impossible for listeners to avoid singing or dancing along. “Shark Attack,” as well as a number of other songs such as “Ways to Go,” could easily become chart-toppers. One of the most amazing things that music can do is to evoke emotions instead of simply expressing them. “Shark Attack” is just one example of a song on Grouplove’s new album that is capable of evoking emotion from listeners. The underlining similarity between every song on “Spreading Rumours” seems to be the acoustic sound they all begin with. They work together and flow naturally from one song to the next. It’s rare today that an album will be able to hook people enough to make them stick around for the whole album. However, Grouplove can do this without difficulty.


“Spreading Rumours” is the definite proof that Grouplove will be known for much more than one song.

MGMT fail to ‘Optimize’ new sound; entices listeners with catchy lyrics ‘The Optomizer’ does not live up to name, band not moving forward ELYSSE WINGET CONTRIBUTOR

“The Optimizer” is MGMT’s latest album since 2010’s “Congratulations,” the threeyear hiatus was spent on tour before the psychedelic rockers finally settled down to give listeners something new — almost. MGMT doesn’t seem to take risks with sound on “The Optimizer. ” While the songs are consistent, one may consider them a bit dull and safe. The reason MGMT is so popular is because they dare to be different, experimenting with various sounds, instruments and techniques. The new album, short and sweet as

it is with only 10 songs, is consistent with past albums. It continues to use the psychedelic tones from both “Congratulations” and their first album, “Oracular Spectacular.” But it’s hard to say whether this album will be as popular as the past. While the music is still different, it’s not dynamic. It’s static and unchanging. When new albums are released, listeners often want to hear something new from the artists. However, this album sounds as if it’s just an addition to “Oracular Spectacular.” Sometimes it is good for a band to keep producing the sound they’ve found success with, but MGMT is loved for their ability to experiment. They aren’t experimenting at all in this album and it’s disappointing.

While the band didn’t take any risks, they did put out a few catchy songs. MGMT is able to create songs that make individuals happy. A lot of their songs have repetitive lyrics making it easy to sing along. “Plenty Of Girls In The Sea” has a lot of repetition in the verses. Even if the listener had never heard the song, he or she could sing along by the end. It also has a very upbeat tone and uses chords that make everything pleasant. This could be why the band is so well known; you don’t have to initially be a fan to learn the music. Overall, “The Optimizer” — while a bit basic and generic — it is still good to hear something from MGMT. Previous albums were popular, so there’s no way the band could make a new album

that won’t gain attention. Unfortunately the release of “The Optimizer” may be a clear sign that the band has stopped growing. PROVIDED

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Mall terrorists contained Kenya says it has captured 11 of alleged al-Shabab mall terrorists JAMES ROSEN MCT CAMPUS

NAIROBI, Kenya — With speculation rampant about the nationalities of the gunmen who seized control of a Nairobi shopping mall Saturday and executed scores of shoppers, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta declared Tuesday that the bloody siege was finally over, with five terrorists killed and 11 suspects taken prisoner. The Kenyan leader announced that 61 civilians and six soldiers had died during the brazen terrorist attack, the deadliest in the country in 15 years. The death toll was expected to rise, however; Kenyatta said investigators must now pick through the debris of the Westgate shopping complex _ three of its floors collapsed _ where more bodies are expected to be found. Dozens of people thought to have been in the mall when the attack began are still unaccounted for. At least 240 people were injured. “The terrorists and civilians are trapped in the debris,” Kenyatta said. “These cowards will meet justice, as will their accomplices and patrons, wherever they are.” The capture of 11 of the suspected attackers should go a long way toward helping authorities learn their identities. Al-Qaida’s affiliate in Somalia, alShabab, has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it retribution for Kenya’s invasion of Somalia in an effort to crush al-Shabab. But rumors have been flying since Sunday that at least some of the Nairobi assailants grew up outside Somalia, including in the United States _ something of paramount interest to officials in countries that have taken in hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the past two decades. At least 20 men have left Minnesota alone since 2007 to join al-Shabab, in what the FBI calls one of the largest recruitment drives in U.S. history by a foreign terrorist group. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said this week that “at least 40 to 50 Somali-Americans” had gone to Somalia to be trained. Others doubt the authenticity of the reports of Westernized attackers, which originated at a time the Kenyan government couldn’t give the exact number of assailants waging terror in the mall. “Suggestions that British and American nationals were part of the Westgate attackers are to be treated with caution,” Valentina Soria, a security analyst at the defense consultancy IHS Jane’s, said in an emailed statement. “It is surprising that Kenyan authorities were able to provide rather detailed information on some of the attackers so early in the investigation,” Soria said.

The attack drew substantial attention from U.S. and other intelligence agencies, reports indicate. The command center for the Westgate operations was swarmed with a host of American military officials assisting the Kenyan operation, according to two people who visited the center. They agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk to a reporter. Israel is thought to have provided advice on the counterterrorism operations; the Westgate complex is Israeli-owned. The scale of death was especially shocking because, unlike most terrorist attacks with such high casualties, no major explosive was used. The attackers exacted their death through gunfire and grenades, killing swiftly and efficiently. Kenyatta, whose nephew and nephew’s fiancee died in the attack, declared three days of national mourning in memory of the dead. His speech marked an end to the bloody, drawn-out ordeal after much confusion about what was taking place. On Monday evening, the Twitter accounts of Kenya’s Interior Ministry and Defense Forces, as well as some local news outlets, declared that the mall had been fully secured. On Tuesday, however, more gunshots could be heard from the mall, where smoke still spewed from Monday’s fire. Analysts speculated that the attack might mark al-Shabab’s transition from a movement founded primarily to take down a Western-backed government it viewed as a puppet of the despised neighboring Ethiopians to an international terrorist movement set on carrying its violence around the world. That change was presaged last year when Ahmed Abdi Godane, an al-Shabab leader, declared loyalty to al-Qaida. This year, Godane emerged on top of the Somali organization after a brutal power struggle that saw several rivals either killed or go into hiding. If that’s true, it would place al-Shabab with al-Qaida’s Yemen affiliate, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as among al-Qaida’s most dangerous branches. “Al-Shabab is under pressure, but to say that this is a last act of desperation is to misunderstand what Godane has always been,” Barnes said. Rashid Abdi, a prominent Nairobi-based Somali analyst, is even more pessimistic, saying that a new diaspora-led group has been allowed to form a direct connection to al-Qaida within al-Shabab-controlled areas of Somalia. Abdi pointed in part to the alShabab spokesman for the attack, Abu Omar, who speaks in an impeccable British accent. “This is an extremely sophisticated person who was raised in the West and knew what he was talking about,” Abdi said.

NATO head talks Syria threat Chemical weapons accord could strengthen Assad, NATO head says JAMES ROSEN MCT CAMPUS

UNITED NATIONS — The head of NATO said Wednesday that the U.S. threat of a military strike had forced Syria to agree to surrender its chemical weapons and the potential use of force must remain to help compel compliance with its agreement to disarm. But he added that a United Nations inspection program to find, secure, and move or destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile could help solidify President Bashar Assad’s grip on power because such a program would require his assistance and probably take many months to complete. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the secretarygeneral of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and a former Danish prime minister, made the comments in an extensive interview with McClatchy while he was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. He said he’d spoken this week to President Barack Obama and credited him with forcing Assad’s hand by threatening military force. He broke, however, with the Obama administration’s recent claim that moderate rebels were gaining ground in Syria, saying Islamic militants were a growing problem among Syrian rebels trying to dislodge Assad. “To be very open and frank, it is a fact that the opposition counts extremists and terrorist groups, and I don’t shy away from using the phrase ‘terrorist groups,’“ Rasmussen said. “Of course, it is weakening the opposition.” The rise of Syrian fighters from alQaida-affiliated groups and other radical movements makes it more difficult for Western nations to provide arms and other assistance to the Syrian rebels, Rasmussen said. “Many nations are reluctant to provide particular weapons in a situation where we can’t be sure those weapons won’t fall into the wrong hands,” he said. Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress three weeks ago that extremists made up no more than one-quarter of the Syrian opposition, a share that many analysts consider too small. Turning to another hot spot, Rasmussen welcomed the recent moderate statements by new Iranian President Hasan Rouhani but said concrete steps must follow. “Nice words are welcome, but action is

even more important,” Rasmussen said. “They need to stop their aspirations to acquire a nuclear weapon. What we’re witnessing now is that the tough sanctions on Iran are starting to bite, and the Iranian leadership realizes that if they are to promote a more positive economic development opportunity in Iran, they also need to engage more constructively with the international community.” In an interview broadcast Wednesday on CNN, Rouhani said there had been preparations for Obama and him to have a brief handshake encounter Tuesday, when both of them addressed the General Assembly, but that there wasn’t “sufficient time to coordinate such a meeting.” Since taking office Aug. 3, Rouhani has suggested that he wants to improve relations with the United States, and he’s taken other steps to ease distrust, acknowledging the Holocaust, for example, during his interview with CNN. His predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had cast doubt on whether the Nazis’ extermination of 6 million Jews had occurred. Despite saying the threat of force should continue to be levied against Syria, Rasmussen, who’s headed NATO since 2009, acknowledged that any military intervention there would be more difficult than it had been in Libya in 2011, when a NATO-led bombing campaign helped rebels overthrow Moammar Gadhafi. “Libya and Syria are two different countries and two very different cases,” he said. Rasmussen pushed back at criticism from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other military experts of NATO’s performance during the Libya campaign, but he admitted that European nations must upgrade their defense capabilities. What Gates stressed, he said, “and I agree, is that lessons learned from Libya were that the Europeans lack some critical capabilities like joint intelligence surveillance reconnaissance assets _ drones. The Europeans don’t have that many. We also learned that Europeans have many aircraft but not the ability to tank in air, so we need air-to-air refueling. And in general, Europeans lack heavy transport capacity. I agree that the Europeans should focus future defense investments in those areas to fill the gaps.” Asked whether there has been progress in those areas, Rasmussen responded: “We have seen improvements, but much more can be done.”



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