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Report on Ohio’s education prep programs show minimal variation BROOKE BEERY SENIOR REPORTER NEWSRECORDNEWS@GMAIL.COM A set of annual performance reports for each of Ohio’s educator preparation programs showed little variation between the University of Cincinnati and other Ohio institutions of higher learning. “[The reports] are intended to help a wide variety of people,” said Rebecca Watts, associate vice chancellor for the Ohio Board of Regents. “They will help prospective students and their parents — who can now compare programs side by side — as well as policy makers like legislators and the governor, who will be able to see how the programs in Ohio are performing.” The reports, collected by the Ohio Board of Regents board include data in a variety of areas including licensure test scores, field and clinical experience, as well as national accreditation. In most of the categories the differences between UC — the second largest public university in the state — and state averages are minimal, usually less than a percentage point. Teachers at UC passed licensure tests 95 percent of the time. The state average was 96 percent. For principals, the passing rate at UC was 100 percent while the state average was 96 percent. There are differences demonstrated in some of the performance metrics between large, public universities and small, private universities, but overall, there is not much variation across the state, Watts said. The reports also provided data on the demographics — school level, minority enrollment and poverty levels — of schools teachers ended up at. UC prepared teachers wound up teaching at elementary schools 10.24 percent more than the state average. The reports also show UC prepared teachers end up teaching at schools with a larger concentration of minority students and higher levels of poverty, compared to the state average. “The goal is to be transparent and provide accountability for our Educator Preparation Programs because they are preparing the next generation of Ohio educators,” Watts said. The board evaluated approximately 51 public and private institutions in Ohio. Future performance reports will be issued annually at the end of each year. The reports are currently available for public viewing at the Board of Regents website.
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A FRESH START The African American Cultural and Resource Center at the University of Cincinnati will reopen Tuesday, after ﬁve months of construction. The renovations forced many students who use the center to relocate to other buildiongs around campus.
NEEDED RENOVATIONS AACRC opens doors after five months of construction KARA DRISCOLL NEWS EDITOR NEWSRECORDNEWS@GMAIL.COM After five months of renovation, and a tumultuous period of staff and student discontent over the center’s deterioration for years, the African American Cultural and Resource Center at the University of Cincinnati will reopen its doors Tuesday. “It’s not just a black cultural center,” said Eric Abercrumbie, AACRC director. “It’s a university gathering space. Everyone uses the center.” The university poured $325,000 into the renovation of the center, which started in August 2012. Renovations included “visually opening up the space,” adding new furniture, carpet, televisions and African artifacts. While remodeling occurred throughout the fall semester, employees and students who frequented the center were displaced to other buildings throughout campus. AACRC staff members were forced to relocate to parts of the Steger Student Life Center, said Ewaniki Moore-Hawkins, assistant director of the AACRC and Ethnic Programs and Services. “That was kind of tricky for us,” MooreHawkins said. “It didn’t actually allow us to do everything that we would like to do because we didn’t have our own space.” Many initiatives the AACRC supports, such as Brothers To Brothers and Sisters Impacting Sisters, couldn’t host meetings in the center. Instead, the initiatives held meetings
in the Tangeman University Center and offices in Steger. “Both of those initiatives took place in the Tangeman University Center when we could get it scheduled and within Steger,” Moore-Hawkins said. “Especially when it was in Tangeman, it was a challenge because in the [AACRC] we were allowed to have food and people can bring in different types of food whereas in [TUC], we couldn’t do that.” Without the full use of the facility, the importance of the center came into sharp focus for Moore-Hawkins. “Because when we didn’t have it, it really became a challenge for us to do everything that we do — even with students, it was hard to see all of the student base that we usually serve,” she said. The renovation marks a new era departing from past problems. “The center is 20 years old so you can imagine it needed freshening up years and years ago,” Moore-Hawkins said. “We’ve had students that have been speaking up and voicing their concerns for the deterioration of the center for years now. So, this has been an ongoing battle, and finally something was done about it.” In the 2011-12 academic year, sightings of rodents and animal control issues inundated the center. Rodent sightings peaked with approximately 20 mice trapped in the center from Dec. 1 to Dec. 10, 2011, and more than 10 found in the center in March, said AACRC student worker Mario Shaw in an interview in April.
Abercrumbie said the center hasn’t had a rodent problem since June. UC Facilities spent approximately $1,200 on pest control — $200 for traps and $540 on inspections per year — in the AACRC alone, said Bob Bauer, UC Facilities director for grounds, in an interview in April 2012. When the center opened in September 1991, university officials stated the location would be temporary, but 22 years later, the AACRC remains in its original site at 65 West Charlton Street. “I think right now we are happy with the renovations and really excited about it for our students,” Moore-Hawkins said. “As far as a master plan for the cultural center, it would be nice if one day we could be in a freestanding facility on campus.” A “home away from home” for students, Abercrumbie said he is excited to unveil the multifunctional center. With a mural on one wall detailing the history of significant contributions made by black UC students and graduates, he hopes the center will be educational for everyone who visits. The Undergraduate Student Government already requested to host meetings in the new center and Abercrumbie encourages the entire UC community to benefit from the AACRC. “There is no place on campus or in this city more beautiful and with more purpose than our African American Cultural and Resource Center,” he said. “Because now, it’s not just a building. There’s nothing like visiting the [AACRC] at the University of Cincinnati.”
Political opponents agree to disagree Local politicians with opposing views partcipate in lecture series aimed at increasing civility in political discourse BENJAMIN GOLDSCHMIDT CHIEF REPORTER NEWSRECORDNEWS@GMAIL.COM
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BEYOND CIVILITY City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld and Cincinnati Tea Party founder Mike Wilson discussed their political backgrounds and beliefs in an attempt to demonstrate civility in politics at Hebrew Union College Thursday.
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The Hebrew Union College, located on Clifton Avenue, hosted its second lecture aimed at increasing civility in local political discourse Thursday at Mayerson Hall. The event — the second in a series — featured Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld and Cincinnati Tea Party President Mike Wilson. In an effort to gain a mutual respect for each other’s opposing political views, the two Cincinnati natives talked at length about their upbringings and the events that shaped their viewpoints. Wilson cited his younger sister’s perpetual illness and consequential hospital bills, as a defining time in is youth. Sittenfeld said his mother’s job as a teacher produced his political leanings. Both men discussed their views on negative campaign ads, and whether or not it is ever acceptable to use them. When Wilson ran for state representative in 2010, he said it was very tempting to run a negative ad on Connie Pillich — who won by five votes — in
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response to an ad against him. Wilson ultimately decided not to run it because the ad would have been “below the belt,” he said. “It wasn’t pointing out her record, it wasn’t pointing out the things that she had voted on … it was something that was related to her personal life,” Wilson said. While the event promoted political civility, Sittenfeld said friction in politics can often lead to better outcomes. “It is sort of a balancing act. I want to have a great conversation with Mike Wilson and say, ‘what’s all of the common ground we can stake out and work together to do something productive’,” Sittenfeld said. “But make no mistake, if I got too cozy, if we agreed too much, I think people would start to say ... what’s going on here.” The liberal Sittenfeld stated he regularly seeks the advice of Republicans when working for city council, and mentioned “neither side has a monopoly on good ideas,” he said. But both speakers agreed neither Republicans nor Democrats possess more compassion than the other, Wilson said. They simply disagree on the best way to solve the issues.
Clermont names new director Search committee names Dana Parker director of development DANI KOKOCHAK SENIOR REPORTER NEWSRECORDNEWS@GMAIL.COM A new director of development will begin her tenure at the University of Cincinnati Clermont Jan. 14. A search committee chose Dana Parker as director of development because of her background in public education and her experience with fundraising endeavors, said Gregory Sojka, dean of UC Clermont. The committee for UC Clermont reviewed applications for the position and recommended Parker be appointed. Parker’s role as a co-founder of S3C, an Ohio non-profit cancer organization, and her understanding of the value of education are a “recipe for success,” Sojka said.
applied. I am overjoyed that I was offered The director’s of development this position and ready to get responsibilities include raising started working with the funds for student scholarships faculty, staff and students and campus projects. at UC Clermont.” Parker received her I have developed The director Bachelor of Science a passion for nonof development in education from will work with Bowling Green State profit fundraising faculty and staff University in 2000. and helping other to contribute to “Over the UC Clermont’s past five years, I people in the campus campaign have developed a community. in February. UC passion for nonClermont placed profit fundraising and - Dana Parker, teams to work with helping other people director of Parker on [fundraising] in the community better development projects, Sojka said. themselves,” Parker said. “She’s got a great, “ When I stumbled across this outgoing personality. Dana is ideal position, I took the chance and
Researchers study epilepsy UC funds study to look at differences between generic, brand name seizure drugs
one of those people who has never met a stranger. She is outgoing and instantly makes everybody comfortable,” Sojka said. “She will be very successful.” Parker’s organizational skills, motivation and ability to develop a network are several qualities the search committee looked for in candidates. “I look forward to collaborating with local corporations, campus staff and faculty, college students, alumni, and community members to build upon existing fundraising efforts to enrich the students’ lives and build awareness about UC Clermont’s excellent education opportunities in Cincinnati,” Parker said. For more news on UC Clermont and other UC campuses, visit newsrecord.org.
MSB undergoes continued construction $98 million budget to fund medical building renovation MAX MOLLERAN STAFF REPORTER NEWSRECORDNEWS@GMAIL.COM Large portions of the Medical Science Building will shut down as longstanding renovations to the building continue in the summer. “[For] this part of the project, the Phase IV, we need to move people out because half
of the building is pretty much shutting down for construction,” said Lelja Zejnilovic, a planner for the project. Phase IV will begin June 1, and will be the final phase of renovations for the 10-year project. The new renovations will take place on all floors of the building’s south side. “The building is staying the way it is except for infrastructure above the ceilings,” Zejnilovic said. The four-phase project started in 2004
with the construction of the CARE/Crawley building — Phase 1 — on East Campus, Zejnilovic said. Phases II through IV deal with upgrading the infrastructure within the MSB. Phases II and III began in 2010 and had a $98 million budget, said Dale Magoteaux, the project manager in the office of Planning, Design and Construction. Phase IV’s has a $90-million budget.
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MAX MOLLERAN STAFF REPORTER NEWSRECORDNEWS@GMAIL.COM The University of Cincinnati expects to begin a study regarding certain types of epilepsy drugs in March. “The FDA, last year, decided that they would fund the study to look at how much difference there is between generic drugs and brand name drugs,” said Michael Privitera, a neurologist at UC and the principle investigator of the study. “Some doctors and some patients have complained that when [people with epilepsy] switch from the brand name drug to the generic drugs that they were losing control of the seizures or they were having too many side effects.” The FDA believes there is enough research for doctors to trust generic drugs to be as effective as the name brand drugs. “What we’re really testing is whether the FDA protocol to test generic drugs really works in the real world with people with the disorder taking a lot of other medicines,” he said. “When the FDA tests generic drugs, it tests them in normal volunteers, which is a big difference because a lot of these people with epilepsy may be taking three, four or five drugs at a time.” Approximately $2.6 million in funds will be allocated for the study, Privitera said. Approximately $1.6 million came from the FDA and $500,000 from the American Epilepsy Society and the Epilepsy Foundation. “Majority of the money goes to the blood testing and testing of the different generic products in the lab,” Privitera said. The study will be conducted at several different sites but led by Privitera at UC and Michael Berg, a medical professional at University of Rochester. “The majority of the money will be distributed based on the number of patients in the study [at each site],” Privitera said. UC expects the study to take 15 to 18 months to complete, Privitera said. The News Record covers research and medical studies occuring at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. For more more medical and science articles, break news coverage, photo galleries and multimedia, check out newsrecord.org.
Crime incidents in early January Jan. 5
University of Cincinnati Police arrested one suspect following an attempted robbery on West Hollister Street at approximately 6:05 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. A Cincinnati Police K-9 unit tracked the suspect down near West Hollister Street and recovered two handguns. Nothing was stolen from the victim, who remained uninjured.
Cincinnati Police arrested a male suspect Wednesday for the armed robbery of a student from Cincinnati State. Andre Edwards, 20, was charged with one count of aggravated robbery. Edwards robbed the student at gunpoint in the 600 block of McAlpin Avenue in Clifton.Officers recovered a handgun and property taken from the victim.
Jan. 13 Cincinnati Police are investigating an attempted robbery that occured in the 600 block of Probasco Street at approximately 8:10 a.m. A suspect approached the employee of an apartment complex with a handgun and attempted to rob the female in a parking lot. The woman described the suspect as a black male wearing dark clothing.
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Murphys brings savage sound
‘The Boys Are Back’ playing hard, setting the 2013 punk rock standards JAKE SCOTT STAFF REPORTER NEWSRECORDENT@GMAIL.COM Celtic punk never sounded as simultaneously fluid and savage as it does on Dropkick Murphys’ latest album. The Dropkick Murphys returned from a two-year absence with style, kicking off “Signed and Sealed in Blood,” with the song “The Boys Are Back.” Lead vocalist Ken Casey’s vocals provide an interesting mixture of gritty and smooth — like a knife cutting through butter, and then landing directly on top of a belt sander. The seven-piece band held nothing back on “Signed and Sealed in Blood. Dropkick Murphys play instruments from the banjo
Seminar set by author Religiousbased homophobia topic of book, lecture DANI KOKOCHAK SENIOR REPORTER NEWSRECORD.LIVING@GMAIL.COM The University of Cincinnati community is invited to attend a free presentation on the effects of religiousbased homophobia featuring Bernadette Barton, professor of sociology and women’s studies at Morehead State University. Hosted by the Taft Research Center, the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Department of Sociology and the LGBTQ Center, the presentation is based on her book, “Pray the Gay Away: The Extraordinary Lives of Bible Belt Gays” and will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. in 400B at the Tangeman University Center. Barton interviewed dozens of lesbian women and gay men who lived in the Bible Belt of the South. She asked about their personal experiences with faith and religious intolerance toward samesex sexualities, said Ashley Currier, assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies. “This is a timely event. Our nation is discussing issues related to LGBTQ rights at this point in time. Also, Kentucky is part of the greater Cincinnati area and her research is local in that regard. She has interviewed people who grew up in Kentucky and currently live in Cincinnati,” Currier said. “Their voices and experiences are represented in her research.” Barton’s research on gender, sexuality, feminism, work and religion has appeared in publications such as “Gender & Society, Qualitative Sociology, and Journal of Homosexuality.” The author will speak about evidence that the acceptance of homosexuality is rapidly increasing among a range of social groups, including the Bible Belt. Barton will stay after the event for a book signing, and books will be available to purchase.
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to the bagpipes — and do it well. Maturity can be heard from an instrumental point-of-view, which is unusual for a band that has been around for more than a decade. It’s hard to understand how the band hasn’t reached its full potential, but still seems to raise the bar with each new release. Softer songs such as “The End of the Night” show the band’s gentler side, and create great ballads for groups of rowdy rockers to belt out while hanging onto each other’s shoulders. That song sums up the album’s purpose. It’s long and fully loaded — all about having a good time. This is the type of album that should be played at every St. Patrick’s Day
party. It perfectly complements the green beer and red beards. “Signed and Sealed in Blood” is the follow-up to the well-received 2011 album “Going Out in Style.” While the band implemented a ton of style in its last album, fans should be glad it didn’t follow through with the going out part. “Jimmy Collins’ Wake,” “My Hero,” and “End of the Night” are noteworthy tracks on the album, but for a true Dropkick Murphys’ experience, “Out of Our Heads” is essential. Dropkick Murphys set the bar high for 2013’s punk scene, and although it might be some time before fans hear another new album, they can look forward to passing the time with “Signed and Sealed in Blood,” and maybe an Irish Car Bomb or two.
Sigma Phi raising awareness Women’s stereotypes discussed after movie screeening DANI KOKOCHAK SENIOR REPORTER NEWSRECORD.LIVING@GMAIL.COM The Sigma Phi Alumnae Council at the University of Cincinnati hosted a documentary film screening and discussion Thursday to examine the media’s effects on women Thursday. Sigma Phi screened the movie “Miss Representation,” which focused on how the media represent women, and the negative effects of conforming to male ideals. “I think it is a really important film for everyone to see, because we may not even realize it, but we are perpetuating these negative stereotypes of women in leadership roles,” said Morgan Schroeder, sitting president of Sigma Phi. “Whether it be watching reality TV or just watching trash television … everything can contribute to this body image of women, or whatever it may be.” Sigma Phi opened the screening to the public and offered beverages and snacks to everyone in attendance. The film displayed anecdotes from women of all ages, backgrounds and
professions. It also discussed the issue of women who are often discouraged from pursuing ambitious positions. “I think it is a great event where we can invite not only women of UC, but men as well to view a very interesting documentary on what’s going on with our culture today in terms of media and some of the stereotypes, and how they are really impacting young women and our society as a whole,” said Janelle Wichmann, a thirdyear economics and marketing student and active member of Sigma Phi. “Miss Representation” challenged viewers to stop supporting media that glorify women for the wrong reasons, and for both women and men to exhibit the ideals they wish to see enacted in culture and society. “This is important to all of us, and me, because we are a small group and we really like to do things for the university and for the women on campus,” said Katie Mideli, a fifth-year business student and active member of the honorary. “We really want to make more of a stance and have an opportunity to not only view something,
but to discuss it afterwards.” Post-film discussion included constructive commentary on how ingrained degrading media are in U.S. culture. Students discussed how their lives have been affected by media stereostypes, and exchanged ideas on how to make changes that could stop the stereotypes and misrepresentations. “I think [the film] was about spreading awareness of what women go through, and the way that the whole culture is pointed in one direction of thinking and one direction of looking at women. As a man seeing it, it was really eye opening … [Media] alters the way I interact with women on a daily basis,” said Ben Ko, a fifth-year biomedical engineering student. “When you take a step back you realize, ‘I shouldn’t be acting like that’ or ‘I shouldn’t be saying that’. It was really powerful for me.” For more information about Sigma Phi and other campus groups informing students about social, cultural and gender issues, check out newsrecord.org
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hen I was 17-years-old I shuffled into my first box-shaped formation in a poorly lit side office at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Louisville, Ky., raised my hand and swore to defend the United States America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. By the time I entered college I’d been to Iraq on three separate deployments, been shot at, seen people die horribly and fired a weapon in anger. I’m an American combat veteran, and those experiences aren’t unique to me. A lot of civilians don’t know what to do with themselves around combat veterans. Thanks in no small part to Hollywood’s portrayal of soldiers and Marines, especially infantrymen, as either paragons of American patriotism or emotionally stunted thrill killers. Neither of these two views is wholly incorrect either. Love of country and a culture of violence come with the job, but the simple explanations of what a veteran is are usually inaccurate aggregations of stereotypes and anecdotes. This is largely the fault of poor communication between the military and the public itself. In a world increasingly defined by free communication and diplomatic resolutions to conflict, the military comes off as being cloistered and draconian. For service members
coming home from deployment, it can be problems when no one else has. jarring to realize the American populace Post Traumatic Stress Disorder largely knows nothing about the war was only added to the Department of your friends didn’t come home from. Veterans’ Affairs’ lexicon in 1980, but there’s painfully obvious anecdotal Americans in general can talk to me for evidence of the problem throughout hours about sports, but they don’t know human history. Countless veterans basic information about a war we’ve have come home from war not been fighting for over ten years. knowing why the war came home with This disconnect makes it difficult them. Shellshock and Battle Fatigue for veterans to talk about their service. (antiquated names for the condition) The shear alien nature of military life were considered facts of life and combat coupled with preconceptions of what “an veterans who complained were just American hero” should be makes just not weaklings too selfish to suck it up and talking at all about one’s experiences move on. the best option. Grit your teeth and PTSD is a complex condition with keep moving is the basic mantra of the symptoms and triggers that vary infantry, and that mentality never significantly from patient leaves a veteran. to patient. Where a train Listen to enough crash may cause severe people run their mouths A lot of symptoms in one patient and you’ll hear the civilians don’t and mild symptoms in comparisons between another, some people World War II and know what won’t even be affected Vietnam, the good to do with by the event. How war versus the bad PTSD manifests in war. “Was it harder themselves each person, the extent to fight the Nazis around combat to which it affects that because they were more person’s life and even the organized?”“World War veterans. success of treatment is only II was justified, the Nazis arbitrarily quantifiable. were pure evil.” D-Day or the The problem of treatment Tet Offensive. Island Hopping versus has been magnified due to how PTSD Hue City. There is no veteran of WW II has been portrayed in film. Veterans that would ever say the life of a Marine with PTSD are unhinged lunatics or gunned down on the beaches of Tarawa psychotic thrill seekers, drug abusers on was somehow worth more than a Marine a downward spiral of self-destruction or crippled by an IED blast in Helmand pitiable victims with no hope of recovery. Province, Afghanistan. This misrepresentation of the disorder Every combat veteran on earth knows makes some sufferers believe that they that you can’t watch one person you don’t have PTSD or that their case isn’t love, who stood heel-to-heel with you worth treating because their real-world in the lion’s den die without having it symptoms don’t line up perfectly with destroy something integral inside of you. the worst-case scenario symptoms that The numbers don’t matter, but veterans make for good television. are hesitant to come forward with their
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What doesn’t make for good television is the high rate of suicides among young servicemen. On my last deployment to Iraq a Marine sergeant ate a bullet out of his service rifle less than a hundred yards away from where I was sleeping. He was the second serviceman to kill himself around me that year. Another Marine had hung himself in the barracks just before we deployed. The VA isn’t shying away from this problem, they’ve enacted a “the strongest thing you can do is ask for help” program designed at getting traditional tough-guys to get treatment, but the government can only do so much. The issue facing veterans is reintegration into a society that doesn’t understand them, a society that would rather believe that America’s wars are fought by Tom Hanks and faceless extras or that a real and complex medical condition can be summed up by saying it either makes you insane or pathetic. The American public needs to finally start doing its part to fix the disconnect between itself and the nation’s warfighters. Thanking a veteran is a nifty concept for people whose generation spit on soldiers coming home from Vietnam, but our generation can and must go the extra mile towards streamlining the process of reintegration by eliminating the stigmas associated with post-traumatic stress disorder getting help. We, the people, need to shoulder our half of the burden, and make sure we get that baggage off their backs when they get home. Before it breaks them.
NEVERMIND OUR STUPIDITY, HOCKEY IS BACK
First Amendment protects what you don’t want to hear, deal with it Buried at the bottom of a story we ran “University restricts free speech,” Jan. 7 about the University of Cincinnati free speech ranking came an interesting tidbit about what protecting the freedom of speech really means: In order to protect free speech, we must embrace it in all of its murky and offensive glory. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education released its annual report about free speech on college campuses, and by looking at anti-bullying policies around the country found “media attention [put] pressure on legislators and school administrators — at both the K-12 and collegiate levels — to crack down even further on speech that causes emotional harm to other students.” WE FIRE maintains any restriction on SAY freedom of speech as laid out by the First Amendment is negative, even if that speech is bullying in nature. This sentiment took many of our staff by surprise, but by closely examining it, no other conclusion can be drawn. We certainly don’t agree with the Westboro Baptist Church’s claims that “God hates fags,” but their ability to protest soldier’s funerals gives other types of free speech its power. Unfortunately, the Westboro church’s existence validates the First Amendment. With the United States coming off a presidential election, our ability to protest, cheer and even say terrible things to each other in the spirit of partisan politics is still fresh in the nation’s collective mind. The beauty of our freedoms is that they make the rest of the world envious. In other locales, you might be skinned, burned, stoned, have acid thrown on your face, watch your family be murdered or a plethora of any other gruesome outcomes if you speak your mind, but not here. From “sea to shining sea” we get to shout our opinions, protest each other for the sake of protesting, and even “Occupy” cities across the nation in hopes of attaining the most unrealistic of socialist-eutopian goals. Unfortunately, here at UC, the freedom of speech is restricted enough to be coded a “red light” district. The most troubling thing about UC’s ranking by FIRE is we are an institution of higher learning. Whatever the hell that means nowadays.
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Bearcats drop Scarlet Knights Wright leads recently beleaguered team back into winning column NICK BOEING CONTRIBUTOR
The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team returned to its winning ways Saturday night, defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 68-58. Cashmere Wright led the way with a 23-point, zero turnover performance, and the Bearcats used stifling defense to snap a two-game losing streak and move to 14-3 on the season and 2-2 in the Big East. “Cashmere Wright played outstanding and we showed great toughness as a team,” said UC head coach Mick Cronin. “We also got some great contributions from a lot of people, but Cashmere was clearly the best player on the floor tonight. I asked him to do a lot [and] he responded with 33 minutes and zero turnovers against a team that was
trailing all night and was coming after him.” The Scarlet Knights (11-4, Big East 2-2) guard Myles Mack led his team with 15 points and was the only Rutgers player to crack double digits. Cincinnati’s leading scorer for the season, Sean Kilpatrick — recently named to the midseason watch list for the Wooden Award — only managed 10 points on 3-12 shooting, including 1-7 from 3-point range. The Bearcats shooting woes continued as they shot 37 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3-point range. Cincinnati is shooting 62-162 (38.3 percent) from the field over the past three games. No one scored a field goal until the 15:06 mark when JaQuon Parker, who finished with 11 points, hit a 3-pointer to give the Bearcats a 4-0 lead. After extending its lead to 27-15 at the half, Cincinnati
scored the first six points of the second half to take a 33-15 advantage, the largest lead of the game. Cincinnati never trailed at any point of the game. The closest Rutgers came after the half happened when it cut the deficit to 64-56 within the final minute of the game, at which point the Bearcats had the game essentially won. UC’s poised ball handling in the first half effectively put the game out of Rutgers reach, Cronin said. “We won the game in the first half, with getting separation and doing a tremendous job on the defensive end,” Cronin said. “[It was] unbelievable to play a half with no turnovers. Rutgers had zero points on the fast break.” The Bearcats head to Chicago Tuesday, Jan. 15 for an 8:30 p.m. game against the DePaul Blue Demons (10-6, Big East 1-2).
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at DePaul vs. Marquette at Syracuse vs. Rutgers at Seton Hall at Providence vs. Pittsburg vs. Villanova
Opinion: Rose getting hustled out of Hall Steroid-era discussion highlights flaws in voting procedures ANNIE MOORE SENIOR REPORTER SPORTS.NEWSRECORD@GMAIL.COM
Another year went by and Peter Edward Rose still doesn’t occupy a seat in Cooperstown. It’s a sad story that will only
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NO HALL CALL Pete Rose at game two of the 2002 World Series.
get sadder once steroid users are admitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame — something that seems more and more likely every year. On Jan. 9, the Baseball Writer’s Association of America released the results of its voting for the 2013 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame. With the final votes tallied — on a ballot that included Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Craig Biggio — the writers elected a grand total of zero players to join Cooperstown. A majority of players in this year’s class dabbled in some form of steroid use during their storied careers — making the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees stand out for more than its zero members. Bonds, McGwire and others dominated the sport of baseball during the past twenty years breaking records and putting up monster numbers week after week. Their alleged use of performance enhancing drugs fueled their dominance. These allegations pose an obvious problem for the records they broke, and while pundits continue to debate the validity of voting for someone who used chemicals to beef up their stats, baseball’s Hit King sits outside Cooperstown’s gates. Rose still sits a top one of baseball’s record books racking up 4,256 over his 23year career. And the Big Red Machine dominated the 1970s due in large part to Rose, a player lovingly referred to as “Charlie Hustle.”
in a few questionable extra-curricular Rose sprinted to first base with every activities well after his playing days ended. walk and approached every at-bat with the The fact that the best hitter in the game fire of a man making his first major league can’t get into Cooperstown is enough start. Needless to say, fans loved Rose for proof the Baseball Writer’s Association his enthusiasm for the game, an enthusiasm desperately needs to re-evaluate its criteria. that came from humble beginnings. Rose was un-questionably exceptional, Rose didn’t have bright draft prospects, and arguably the most passionate player and many looked at him as a favor to his ever. The love Rose had for the uncle —a major league scout at the game of baseball makes it all time. the more sad that the Hall He was an average-sized Charlie of his beloved sport won’t athlete with average talent. Hustle should grant him the chance to A good ol’ West Side boy be elected. who turned into a man be in there, It’s a sad case that that would dominate with the words will only get worse. the game — not through Next year’s ballot performance enhancing “Hit King” is again chock-full drugs, but through emblazoned of steroid-era players sheer determination. whose merits will be While Rose didn’t use under his debated and discussed steroids, his career ended name. until — in this sportswriter’s controversially when it was opinion — they are allowed into discovered he bet on baseball the Hall. while managing the Reds. Bart Giamatti — And where does that leave Rose? Sitting the commissioner of baseball at the time — outside of the hall watching Bruce Banner banned Rose from baseball for life, making and other Incredible Hulk type of players him ineligible to ever be elected to the Hall parade into the Hall while he regrets some of Fame. misused money? So let me get this straight: Players If Cooperstown is truly a Hall of that used chemicals to alter their body’s Fame dedicated to “preserving history performance are up for discussion, but a and honoring excellence,” Charlie Hustle player who achieved amazing feats with should be in there, with the words “Hit nothing but determination and passion is King” emblazoned under his name. out for good simply because he participated
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