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STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

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President Barack Obama sent a clear message to Congress in his State of the Union Address Tuesday: he wants a level playing field for the United States. “We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, and everyone does their fair share and everybody plays by the same rules,” Obama said. Obama listed multiple changes that his administration would pursue in order to achieve this fairness. Alterations included tax reform, which Obama said should include protection from tax increases for those making less than $250,000 per year, a rate of 30 percent for those earning more than $1 million per year, and ending tax breaks to companies sending jobs oversees while providing tax cuts for those that are hiring employees in the U.S. and those companies investing in green energy. Clean alternative energy and the construction industry were two main focal points for the president, who explained how both were sorely needed to reenergize the anemic job market. Obama said another cure for the job market was making higher education more obtainable and manageable for all Americans. “Higher education can’t be a luxury; it’s an economic

imperative that every family in America should be able to afford,” Obama said. He also called on all states “to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18.” When his address shifted toward foreign policy, Obama hailed the fall of Moammar Ghadafi and stated his position on Iran. “Let there be no doubt that America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal,” Obama said. Throughout his address, Obama emphasized the successes of his administration, including the killing of Osama bin Laden, ending the Iraq war, saving the autoindustry and the passing of free-trade agreements with Panama, Columbia and South Korea. The president also introduced new organizations to combat financial crimes and trade inequality — the Financial Crimes Unit and the Trade Enforcement Unit. Obama also proposed the Veterans Jobs Corps — geared toward helping communities employ veterans as police and firefighters. The president assured Congress and the American people that Richard Cordray, former Attorney General to former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, had the nation’s back as leader of the Consumer Watchdog Agency —

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WHO’S THE BOSS President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday evening, asking Congress to allot him more powers over the executive branch of the government. introduced on New Year’s Eve. Obama also made a request to Congress to increase his authority over federal bureaucracy. President Obama concluded his address by sending an encouraging message — “America is back.”

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The University of Cincinnati is combating the underrepresentation of women and people of color through the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) and the Affirmative Action Plan (AAP). To ensure equal opportunity for all persons, the OEO collected data in September 2010 to determine the university’s commitment to diversity, and how UC statistically compares to the largest academic institutions in Ohio — the information presented to the Board of Trustees. “The reports summarize the progress the university is making to achieve the goals established in the Affirmative Action Plan,” said George Wharton, director of OEO. “While the university has not yet met all of the goals under the Affirmative Action Plan, we are making progress to increase the representation of women, African Americans and people of color in faculty and executive positions.” In management, black people fill 7.9 percent of senior executive positions, 10.6 percent of senior administrator positions and 12.7 percent of managing or supervisor positions. “Currently, only five AfricanAmericans are in executive positions,” Wharton said. “We have room for improvement there.” Women in management hold a higher proportion of the total workforce with 41.3 percent holding positions as senior executives, 65.1 percent as senior managers and 66.7 percent in a managerial or supervisory position. People of color — Asians, Hispanics, American Indians and African Americans — hold 12.7 percent of senior executive positions, 20.3 percent of senior managerial positions and 15.7 percent managerial and supervisorial positions. “We are making progress on our goals in the Affirmative Action Plan in many areas but we can do better,”Wharton said. SEE DIVERSITY | 4 INSIDE

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HAND-EYE COORDINATION Bearcat baseball players are noticing the positive effects of visual-training being conducted by researchers including Dr. Joe Clark (above).

EYE ON THE BALL Vision training improves UC batting averages

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he University of Cincinnati’s baseball team is enjoying improved batting averages after its first season conditioned by a vision-training program. The paper, “High-Performance Vision Training Improves Batting Statistics for University of

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Cincinnati Baseball Players,” elaborates on the research conducted on UC’s baseball team. The paper was published Jan. 19 in PLoS ONE, an online peer-reviewed scientific research journal. The team of researchers includes Johnny Bench, Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer and catcher for the 1970s Cincinnati Reds; Dr. Joe Clark, athletic trainer and professor of neuroscience at UC; Dr. Jane Khoury, biostatistician and research associate professor of pediatrics at UC; Dr. James Ellis, UC’s team optometrist for athletics; and Pat Graman, director of UC’s Athletic Training Program and professor in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. “[The study was] a way to get creative and separate ourselves, and give us an edge over our competition,” said Brian Cleary, head coach of the UC baseball team. “This is one thing no one else is doing, [so] we might be able to give ourselves an advantage… [With] minimal investment and time, we might enjoy some real benefits.” The vision training was implemented in January 2011, six weeks before the start of the season. Each team member participated in thriceweekly, pre-season training sessions, each session averaging 30 minutes. A more concentrated schedule was conducted during the season, training twice weekly, each session lasting 20 to 30 minutes. Individualized combinations of eight training techniques designed to quicken visual motor SEE VISION | 4

BRIAN YOUTSEY | TNR CONTRIBUTOR Two recent studies have found that while smoking marijuana can help to open up the lungs, it can have more toxins than smoking cigarettes. For more than 20 years, the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Alabama have been collecting research and medical data on marijuana smoke in relation to tobacco smoke and its comparative effects on the human respiratory system. The study collected medical data from 5,115 men and women from 1985-2006. Final results show that with smoking cannabis over time, airflow rate actually increased rather than decreased, and lung volume was not affected, Kertesz said. The study measured two functions of the lungs, including airflow rate, the speed in which a person can blow out air, lung volume, oxygen intake and healthy breathing. “Essentially with tobacco, the more you use, the more loss you have with both air flow rate and lung volume,” said Dr. Stefan Kertesz, associate professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. The findings surprised professors and researchers, but one factor that helped give credibility was the typical amount smoked of each substance. SEE SMOKE | 4

U Square groundbreaking begins KARA DRISCOLL | SENIOR REPORTER

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Wednesday marked the official groundbreaking for the development of the longawaited U Square at the Loop, located between Calhoun and McMillan streets. Bordering the Southwestern gateway of the University of Cincinnati, the $78 million residential and commercial development will transform the vacant plot of land into a vibrant addition to the uptown area. “This is the beginning of the fulfillment of a dream,” said Towne Properties managing partner Arn Bortz. “This has been a long and winding road to get to this point in the project.” In financial partnership with Clifton Heights Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CHCURC), New Market Tax Credit financing and the City of Cincinnati, Towne Properties and Al. Neyer Inc.

have begun construction on the 4.2-acre site. The space will be comprised of 80,000 square feet of restaurant and retail businesses, 40,000 square feet of office space, 161 residential units, two structured parking garages and 100 hotel rooms. The urban complex will be a beneficial enhancement for the UC community, said UC President Gregory Williams. “With enrollment now standing at 42,400 students — the largest we’ve ever had — this is going to be a very special place for the University of Cincinnati,” Williams said. “It will allow us to do things in the lives of students, faculty and staff that is going to be totally unlimited.” Initially planned nearly a decade ago, Jim Neyer — executive vice president of Al. Neyer, Inc, project co-developer — compared the tumultuous journey of development to the

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MEN AT WORK Construction has officially begun for the living and retail center U Square at the Loop. Retail is expected to open March 17, 2013, and apartments open the 2013-14 school year. Rolling Stones hit, “Can’t Get No Satisfaction.” The funding, construction and collaboration to create the urban

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GOP race turns to God, allies Endorsements are becoming more hypocritical the longer the GOP primary races on. Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race just two days before the South Carolina Primaries following a mediocre finish in New Hampshire, but his support of another candidate might be the most confusing action the governor has taken recently. Two days prior to his withdrawal from the race, Perry attended a prayer rally in Greenville, S.C., joining hundreds of evangelicals — a sizable portion of The Palmetto State’s electorate — in prayer and scripture reading. Evangelicals and bornagain Christians consisted of nearly two-thirds of the South Carolina primary voters, according to 2008 polls. In the rally, Perry prayed for the nation, President Barack Obama and his family. As stated in his campaign ad, Perry stands on his beliefs that America “was made strong by faith and he strives to end Obama’s war on religion.” He even stepped on the toes of gay American service members, saying that there is “something wrong” with gays serving openly in the military while children can’t pray or celebrate Christmas in public school. Perry’s upsets are not limited to his uneasy debates; such as his infamous slip up in failing to recall which three federal departments he wanted to abolish during a debate. Perry has also offended Tea Partiers, called Turkey’s leaders “Islamic terrorist,” and named those opposed of in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants “heartless.” Perry’s dropout has also shed light and support onto newly minted Republican front-runner and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. “Newt is not perfect, but who among us is? The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption,” Perry said. “I have no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer, the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement.” Possibly as a result of the Perry endorsement, Gingrich enjoyed a strong win in the South Carolina Primaries with 40.4 percent of the vote. More so than Perry, Gingrich’s flaws are darker in nature. Peter Bella, a blogger for the Washington Times, has even referred to him as the “Republican Dark Lord.” Bella has said Gingrich is “purposely campaigning in a provocative, irreverent, spiteful and offensive manner.” Gingrich’s rocky personal life and “cry baby” unpredictable behavior has certainly tarnished his image. Gingrich has admitted to cheating on his first and second wives. Perry proclaiming his support for Gingrich was a slippery slope to take. While Gingrich admits his past decisions resulted from weakness, they are still hard to cover, just as Perry and his infamous rock. Perhaps the rest of the nation will see what Perry sees in Gingrich and find “forgiveness [in] those who seek God.” Gingrich and Perry are haunted by a soiled past and contradictory present — claiming to be on the right side of morality given past transgressions. The Gingrich “Dark Lord” may have to find more than just forgiveness to win over America, and perhaps the “God-loving” Perry will have difficulty back home making amends as the drop out Texas governor.

OPINION Same personalities, different pulpits

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A battle is brewing in America, and last night’s state of the union address was the final troop movement toward the line of debarkation. With his address, President Barack Obama confirmed suspicions that this election cycle will be solely about words and not about the actual practices and policies of an administration — a tactic utilized by the Republicans for the past decade. You see, to hear Obama speak last night, you would swear that he is both Democrat and Republican — all things to all people. Unfortunately, double talk is the crutch that politics stand on. Obama talked tough on defense, claimed job creation, became the solution to our bloated bureaucracy and declared to be the one who will finally fix the flawed tax code in the United States. All of these claims, although great in message, are another example of how our political system continues to thrive on talk instead of action.

Obama recently reduced the size of the Marine Corps by 10 percent and dealt heavy blows to the force strength of the Army as well. Unemployment is at its lowest level in three years — 8.5 percent — and the second lowest in Obama’s presidency. Sounds great until you take into account the fact that unemployment numbers have never been accurate because they fail to account for anyone not on unemployment. The federal bureaucracy is something Obama has increased — anywhere from 30 to 55 percent depending on who you listen to — and is guaranteed to increase with the creation of the Financial Crimes Unit, Trade Enforcement Unit and Veterans Job Corps. Sounds like a “leaner, more efficient executive” branch to me. Taxing companies that export jobs more and granting doubly awesome tax breaks to those who hire here sounds great, but it will rely on the ability of members of the legislature to agree on something. I have a better chance of winning the lottery while being eaten by a unicorn. All of these ideas and policies

seem great. We can simply sign into law whatever is necessary to improve the nation and, poof, it happens. Obama’s opponents in the GOP primaries are claiming the same mystical powers are within their grasp. Mitt Romney is pandering to centrists on the campaign trail — a reason many analysts point to in his decline. Newt Gingrich is now apparently the man who engineered the surplus under former President Bill Clinton, and apparently owner of the moral high ground despite affairs and divorces. Given all the double talk and pandering, here is some advice for this political season: Sit back and enjoy as the circus rolls through town. Eventually, all of your heroes, political and otherwise, will disappoint you. Politicians, in particular, will lie to you. Don’t lie to yourself and fall into the abyss of idolatry that has encompassed our electoral process for decades.

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Iowa caucus result more than suspicious

ADAM CROXTON | TNR CONTRIBUTOR

There are several mysterious happenings, perhaps coincidental, surrounding the Iowa Caucus. The first oddity is the fact that the Iowa GOP decided to move the final vote-count to an “undisclosed location”, due to “an apparent threat from a notorious collective of computer hackers” — a claim that was dubious, at best. As if vote counting behind closed doors didn’t seem suspect enough, there were even more anomalies that continue to be ignored by the mainstream media. Another change in the normal Iowa Caucus is shown in the new rules created, allowing caucus-goers to vote and register without a photo ID. For a party that consistently pushes legislation to avoid voter fraud, the Iowa GOP Caucus seemed like an exception. Another sign of corruption is the report of the social conservative bigwig, Bob Vander Plaats, reportedly requesting $1 million from candidate Rick Santorum to garner support. In a CNN interview, Santorum stated: “What [Vander Plaats] talked about was he needed money to promote the endorsement and that would be important to do that […] No one asked me to go out and raise money for it.” In a contradicting statement, Santorum’s national communications director, Hogan

Gidley said: “[…] we did not, nor would we ever agree to raise a single penny for another entity.” However, the rise in support for Santorum coincided with the time this all took place, leaving many to wonder if Santorum did, in fact, buy support. To see how the political process really works, and how far from a democratic process it actually is, one need only look to the radio interview by Republican strategist Dee Dee Benkie leading up to the Iowa Caucus. The host asks: “Is it possible that the party apparatus here could be silently asking those District Chairmen to start swaying some important caucus members over to the antiPaul side which may end up being Santorum? Do you see a scenario like that happening?” To which Benkie replied: “I’ve talked to the party officials; I know they’re concerned about it […] Ron Paul doesn’t do us any good in Iowa, doesn’t do the country any good, will never get there, so let’s figure out what we need to do.” She goes on to further state that, “I kind of think they’re going to keep [Paul] from getting the No. 1 spot because they are concerned.” With votes being certified behind closed doors, and this fear from the GOP establishment of a Ron Paul win, it is interesting to note that the chairman of Iowa’s Republican Party Matt Strawn, as summarized by CNN: “In some cases, Strawn said, inaccurate

numbers were submitted on caucus night but corrected during the certification process.” This begs the question: were the numbers wrong, or was it that the numbers went to a candidate that he considered wrong? Since the certification was done behind closed doors, we may never know the answer. There are still eight precincts that haven’t been, and probably won’t ever be, certified. These precincts are one each in Cerro Gordo, Emmet, Franklin and Pocahontas Counties, and four in Lee County. What is even more interesting to note is that there were many precincts that were certified, regardless of the fact that they did not have the vote tally on the correct form which the official results were to be put on, the correct number of signatures, or signatures from the correct people. Between “computer glitches”, human error, rumored corruption and missing precinct votes, it is truly a wonder that people think elections are fair — especially in caucuses. The political party establishment runs caucuses by their own rules and regulations, whereas the state government runs primaries. To put it mildly, if the GOP establishment wants to find ways to manipulate the result to exclude a candidate, or bolster a candidate, they can, and will.

No SOPA for you, get back online America Media companies are always looking for new ways to stop piracy. They’ve tried suing individual users, taking action against the subscribers and working with the United States government to shut down domains. The problem is, none of these actions can stop websites from across the pond infringing copyright, and they definitely can’t prevent users here from accessing those sites. In the government’s ongoing attempt at irritating young people everywhere, the Senate and House of Representatives introduced two new bills to enforce copyright infringement. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) seemed poised to make their way through Congress until Generation Y and other Americans got involved. On Jan. 18, Wikipedia, Google and an estimated 7,000 other websites coordinated a service blackout or posted links and images in protest against the congressional bills. When Wikipedia went down, more than 160 million people saw their protest banner that read “Imagine a world without free knowledge.”

With one of the most popular websites — outside of Facebook and Twitter — down, young people everywhere were outraged. Our generation gets a lot of crap, and most of it is deserved. After all, how did the Kardashians become so popular? It certainly wasn’t the baby boomers. STAFF But it must be said EDITORIAL that when we get outraged, the democratic process becomes amazingly efficient. With the social media, blogs, etc. making it easier than ever to have a voice, our generation lets its voice be heard — but only when it cares. Occupy Wall Street showed hints of this, but after a promising start, the movement quickly dissolved into useless get-togethers of mostly unemployed 20-somethings looking to complain about something, instead of actually changing something. However, after the Jan. 18 Wikipedia blackout, both bills have taken a hit, with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, withdrawing their sponsorships of PIPA.

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In petition of the bills, Google is said to have collected over 7 million signatures. It seems like our generation did have an impact. This must be looked at as a positive effect because, beyond illegal downloading and free streaming sports, these bills were set to continue the trend of federal infringement on freedoms — not all of the websites the bills tried to block were being used for piracy. Megaupload is the perfect example, despite being used for a lot of illegal music, millions of people around the world also use it for ordinary file sharing, collaborating on research data, backing up their hard drives and keeping personal files and photos in an easily accessible place. In an effort to control everything, the government will continue to push bills like SOPA and PIPA at us — the Patriot Act — until we take a stand. Where do we start? Well, Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot was a co-sponsor of the SOPA bill. Start by letting him know how you feel about that. Let your voice be heard.

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SPOTLIGHT

THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS “When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be, I go and lie down where the wood drake rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds. I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief. I come into the presence of still water. And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.” — WENDELL BERRY THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS

KARA DRISCOLL | SENIOR REPORTER The University of Cincinnati turned its Great Hall into a jungle of wild things for an afternoon in the spirit of conservation week. “Thank goodness humans are a narrated species,” Thane Maynard said. “There is a need to tell a story, so that is the task I’ve taken.” On Tuesday, Maynard captivated his audience at the University of Cincinnati in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center. Presented by the Fellows of the Graduate School, Maynard’s free lecture, “The Nature of Hope: Saving Endangered Species in the 21st Century” was a testament to the power of positivity in an era where happiness is fleeting and society is presented with a new, unthinkable problem each day. As the director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Maynard juggles being one of the most prominent zoo directors in the country, hosting his own radio show, “90-Second Naturalist”, appearing on television programs like “Good Morning America” and the “Today Show,” as well as writing more 13 books, including “Hope for Animals & Their World” with Jane Goodall. He’s quick-witted, recites long-versed poetry from the top of his head, and is the first to spout off any number of facts about a slew of animal species. Still, Maynard insists he would never make it as a brilliant research scientist. Even the people sitting before him are clearly smarter than he is, he proclaims. Truthfully, Maynard is most likely more intelligent than most of the people that he tells his stories to. Yet he’s anything but pretentious or conceited — although he has plenty to be proud of. “Mark Twain said, ‘If you pick a cat up by the tail, you will learn things you can learn no other way.’ And that’s my daily life at the Cincinnati Zoo,”

Maynard said. While the lean, tanned, self-proclaimed “animal guy” learns lessons from his tribe of creatures at the zoo each day, his vibrant animals tales captivated the audience as he extended a little wild life wisdom. And as zoo guru, Maynard knows and explains better than anyone that animals are incredibly similar to humans on multiple levels — and that often, humans can learn more from animals than other humans. Sarah, the Cincinnati Zoo’s female cheetah, fits the stereotype perfectly as the fastest animal in the world. She can run a 100-meter dash in 6 seconds, and her male companions are no competition for her. “The girls outrun the boys in the cheetah world,” Maynard explained. Chimps, meanwhile, love nothing more than fighting. “They’re a lot like us,” he said with a laugh. The enormous silverback gorilla, weighing in at 450-pounds, might imitate the behavior of the family members and coworkers, Maynard said. The regular office space might be an exact replica of a gorilla coop. “Some of you may have a tough, big boss like a silverback gorilla, but as you know, they’re probably really anxious,” Maynard jokingly said. “People are picking bugs off of them and grooming them all day.” Species make comebacks, just like people. And similarly to humans, animals require assistance from others to get back on track. Bald eagles, alligators, falcons and vultures have all been dangerously close to becoming extinct. With the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the government mandated active programs that required US Wildlife Services by law to take action in aiding threatened wildlife. “I’m a true believer in the Endangered Species Act,” Maynard said. Maynard recalled his childhood in Florida when the scarcity of alligator life turned his summer nights into an adventurous competition with friends. Late at night, the young boys would lurk in nearby swamps with the hope of capturing a baby alligator. “They were at their lowest population in 1970 because people would kill alligators for their skills for fashion,” Maynard said. “People literally thought they might go instinct.” Nearly four decades later, native Florida children wouldn’t dare attempt to catch an alligator in a local pond. “If there were as many alligators as there were today, I probably would not still be here,” Maynard

said. “What a wonderful tribute to how a species can make a comeback.” For Maynard, it’s about the comeback not the extinction. His message of hope is unwavering, no matter the current state of the environment or habitats of his animals. “The trouble with trying to pitch this optimism thing is that it does sometimes make people think that it’s not really the case — that it’s just me being clueless,” Maynard said. While Maynard is far from clueless, he merely looks at the conflicts society faces in a alternative way. “There are no doubts that we’re facing challenges,” Maynard said. “But the world is created to be very resilient so it’s a little early to declare defeat.” There’s a lot to celebrate because there are so many opportunities for people to be involved in conservation, Maynard explained. At the Cincinnati Zoo, the team celebrates wildlife conservation, rather than being discouraged over biodiversity loss and environmental peril. They want the community to be helpful and get involved, Maynard said. “There’s no point in taking a negative attitude towards it,” said Brian Michaels, a biology student. “You can’t change it if you don’t try.” The public awareness and recent green movement over environmental degradation could be the tipping point to get people involved, Maynard said. Yet he believes little actions will make the difference for the long term. “What will save us is hundreds of millions of individual choices every single day,” Maynard said. “It’s possible to do the things you’re doing, SEE WILD THINGS | 4

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TWO BY TWO Director of the Cincinnati Zoo Thane Maynard brought some of his favorite critters to the University of Cincinnati’s Great Hall in Tangeman University Center in honor of conservation week. From lizards to penguins to everyone’s favorite mascot, Lucy the Bearcat, TUC was filled with some seriously adorable animals. Of course, as Maynard puts it, the animals that visited UC have a lot more in common with humans than we might think.

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as this seems to be at the forefront of most NFL players’ lexicons. Don’t rule out some racial slurs or other words, however, as the NFL’s best and brightest take the field this Sunday.

In comparison with Kent State University and The Ohio State University, UC stacked up adequately against other state institutions. Out of a total faculty workforce of 2,303, UC employs 949 women and 618 people of color. Kent State University employs 272 women and people of color out

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From wild things | 4 just in smarter ways.” After encouraging his audience to live each day, each action in a way that will conserve our world, Maynard recites “The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry. And it’s glaringly understandable that these few, poetic sentences perfectly represent the way he views the world with hope and simplicity.

“Today is the proclamation that we can get satisfaction,” Neyer said. “Today, we have met the needs of the community with a partnership that is collaborating to bring together a project that is everyone’s hope and desire.” The first phase, costing approximately $50 million, will incorporate the retail, apartment and parking garage components of the plan. Opening of the retail space is slated for March 17, 2013, including a lineup of potential retailers

such as Qdoba, SmashBurger and Noodles & Company. The market-rate apartments will be available for the 2013-14 academic year. “U-Square will truly be a transformative project for Uptown Cincinnati,” said CEO of Uptown Consortium, Beth Robinson. “This project will solidify the role of Uptown as an exciting place to be for dining, entertainment and a place to come experience a young, innovative and dynamic urban environment.”

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From smoke | 1 Cigarette smokers on average smoke approximately 10 to 20 per day, whereas the average cannabis smoker smokes a joint per day, Kertesz said. Though Kertesz’s research suggests cannabis smoke to be less harmful, reports published in Canada’s Chemical Research in Toxicology in 2007 found it having higher toxin levels than cigarettes. The study found that smoke from 30 joints contained 20 times the amount of ammonia than smoke from 30 cigarettes. Levels of hydrogen cyanide and nitrogen-related chemicals were three to five times higher in cannabis than tobacco. UCSF and UA results

of a total workforce of 1,252. OSU’s workforce of 27,263 is comprised of 16,913 women and 876 people of color. “I feel that we are moving in the right direction but we are not moving as fast in the Midwest as institutions on the East coast or the West Coast are,” Trustee Stanley Chesley said.

provide support behind medical marijuana, with positive effects such as increased airflow rate, suppressing nausea and controlling pain, but marijuana holds its own risks. “Our findings suggest that occasional use of marijuana for these or other purposes may not be associated with adverse consequences on pulmonary function,” said Dr. Mark Pletcher, professor at the UCSF. The study’s lead authors note that heavy marijuana use is still believed to decrease lung capacity, but they admit that very few participants were heavy smokers and could not draw a direct connection.

skills and recognize images faster were presented to the players. “[The study focused on batting averages because it’s] something that resonates with everyone and it’s a very quantifiable parameter,” Cleary said. It is noted in the paper that some exercises simulate defensive play. UC competes in the Big East Conference against 11 other teams. While the Big East’s batting average fell from .305 in 2010 to .272 in 2011, UC’s batting average rose from .251 to .285. The NCAA regulation bats were changed simultaneously with the vision-training program conducted at UC. In collegiate baseball, aluminum bats are typically

used. The bats were altered to mimic wooden bats, causing the cumulative batting average for Division I to be the lowest statistic since 1976 at .282. “[There are future plans to conduct a] study with control groups to make a more definitive report … Definitive research hasn’t been done, [but] it’s generally agreed that vision training is beneficial,” Clark said. “It fills in gaps of understanding about how to improve sports performance with vision neurocognitive training.” Opinion among the team was “basically unanimous,” Cleary said. Fourteen of the 16 players believed the program was helpful, and the two that didn’t individually feel affected

thought it was helpful enough for the rest of the team to continue the training in following seasons. Braden Kline, a fourth-year criminal justice student and a catcher and outfielder, said the program increased his ability to see the height of pitches and bettered his reaction time. T.J. Jones, a fourth-year sports administration student and UC infielder, said that his performance has definitely improved since he began vision training. Both players said that their individual averages improved. The Bearcats will start their second season under this conditioning on Feb.17 against Purdue University.

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Two games remaining for betters The 74th installment of the National Football League’s all-star game — known for the past 33 years as the Pro Bowl — is the precursor to next week’s Super Bowl. For those of us in the sports betting game, this week represents the calm before the gambling storm, as the Super Bowl this year will offer more than 200 wagering options. Things you can look forward to for the Super Bowl ledger include length of Madonna’s halftime show, length of the National Anthem, coin toss, plays to start the game, first person to score, amount of challenges, and — my personal favorite— the likelihood of any team scoring three times without the other team scoring. All of those fun predictions will have to wait until next week, however, as the only thing to talk about for now is the Pro Bowl. This game, which is more about the week leading up to it than the actual contest, has become mostly worthless. Back in the day, fans could watch countless challenges such as tug-o-war between the two squads, quarterbacks hitting moving targets and a golf skins game during the week leading up to the game. Now, it has devolved into game coverage with “candid” sideline interviews where the players tell you about how great it is to have their family with them during this special week. One last gripe I have with the Pro Bowl is the scheduling. The NFL, namely Roger Goodell, has moved the game to the week before the Super Bowl. This means that players in the big game can’t play in the Pro Bowl. It also means the NFL season ends one week earlier — a depressing prospect. NFC (-4) over AFC: The pick in this game is basically a no-brainer. All of the explosive offensive teams from the NFC failed to make it to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI. Since the Pro Bowl is never a defensive game, common sense tells us that a team piloted by Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers is infinitely more likely to outscore the Andy Daltons and Ben Roethlisbergers of the NFL. However, this is a glorified scrimmage, and nobody will be playing their own offense, so look for an abundance of deep balls and trick plays since neither side will take the game too seriously. Since Rodgers and Brees are two of the best in the league at pushing the ball downfield, and the AFC has mediocre receivers in comparison, I like the odds of the NFC to build on its trend of winning five of the past eight matchups. More than 73.5 (total points): As previously stated, this is not a defensive game. The good folks of Honolulu are treated to an annual showcase of offensive warfare. Every year, this game turns into the middle-round montage of Rocky IV where the two fighters trade punches and spit flies for a solid four minutes — amazing work if you ask me. This game should be no different. Generally speaking, the only thing that ever keeps the scoring down is if the wind blows at hurricane-force levels, making passing nearly impossible. For instance, the last time the Pro Bowl had a score lower than 50 was in 2005, when the NFC won 23-17 — a game that was delayed by wind. So, if you can’t wait for the Super Bowl next week and have to get that gambling fix in now that SOPA and PIPA have dropped from the national legislature, go ahead and take the over — it’s just a safer bet. Over 2.5 hot mic curse words Since this was the NFL’s season of slip-ups (Ron Jowarski on Monday Night Football, referees dropping “F” bombs when breaking up skirmishes and Ray Lewis’s microphone accidently being on right after a tackle), I figure we should get at least three or four curse words for all to enjoy. The most likely of phrases will be a combination of mother and, well you know what comes next, as this SEE ARMCHAIR | 4

JOSH MILLER | STAFF REPORTER The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team will travel to Piscataway, N.J., Saturday to take on the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights to try and snap its two-game losing streak. With nearly a full week to prepare for the game, the Cats will look to improve upon the errors that kept them from winning their past two games — both of which the Cats had a chance to win in the final minutes. Following the Syracuse loss, head coach Mick Cronin was adamant about the need to improve upon defensive mistakes leading to easy scores inside. “Giving up a lay-up on a blown assignment because your head is somewhere else or [because] they made a tough shot or [because] you are a little tired — that is inexcusable,” he said, “They had 36 points in the paint.” Despite their mediocre record, the Scarlet Knights (11-9, Big East 3-4) are a very tough matchup — especially at home where they have defeated Florida, No. 9/10 Georgetown and Notre Dame.

Cronin said he realizes the danger of going into this weekend’s matchup un-improved. “If we don’t improve this weekend, we will lose Saturday,” Cronin said. Junior guard Cashmere Wright — who is coming off of an impressive 17-point performance — will look to build on his solid shooting, while also helping the Cats’ backcourt to improve defensively. “The guards, we just have to get better on defense,”Wright said.“We have to see what we did wrong. We know what we did wrong — we just have to correct it and look for the next game.” Bearcats senior forward Yancy Gates will also look to build on his 16-point, 10-rebound performance he posted Monday night, which earned him his ninth double-double of the season. Gates said he felt that the Cats let the past two games slip away and knows they cannot afford to waste this week’s valuable practice time. “We have a bit of a stretch before our next game; and we are going to have practice, so we just have to come to practice and

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LEADING THE CHARGE University of Cincinnati junior guard Cashmere Wright scored a team-high 17 points Monday night in Cincinnati’s 60-53 loss against the Syracuse Orange. work as hard as we can and get ready for the next game.” The Scarlet Knights are led by standout Eli Carter (13.7 points per game) — a lock to be named to the Big East all-Freshman Team. Saturday’s matchup pits two extremely different offensive teams against one another. The

Cats’ guard-oriented offense has attempted 200 more 3-point shots than the Knights — 465 as opposed to 238. With six players for Rutgers standing taller than 6-foot-8, UC must knock down its shots and find a way to keep the Knights out of the paint. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

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TURNING THINGS AROUND In his second season as head coach, Butch Jones led the Cats to a 10-3 record and a Liberty Bowl victory.

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he battleship that is the Bearcat football team will retain its captain for at least another five years. It was announced Tuesday morning at the UC Board of Trustees meeting that Cincinnati head football coach Butch Jones received a contract extension through the 2017 football season. The deal is a three-year extension from his original contract, which continued to Dec. 13, 2014. “I’m very grateful of the support shown from UC President Dr. Gregory Williams, the UC Board of Trustees and director of athletics, Whit Babcock,” Jones said. “This a commitment to our staff and to the football program as a whole. Its another illustration of the tremendous support our administration as we continue to work on a daily basis to build a college football program of national relevance.” Jones — the 2011 Big East Conference Coach of the Year — recently finished his second season with the Bearcats, leading UC to a share of the 2011 Big East Championship. With the Bearcats’ win in the 2011 regularseason finale against Connecticut, Jones earned his third conference championship as a head coach (2007, 2009 at Central Michigan,

2011 at Cincinnati) and his 40th career victory. For his successes, Jones’ pay will also see a raise throughout his new contract, receiving $1.57 million in the first year of the contract, followed by a $1.6 million salary for 2013 and 2014. He’s then slated to receive a $50,000 raise in 2015 and again in 2016, totaling in $1.7 million. The last year of Jones’ contract will earn him $2.05 million. “I have tremendous faith in Coach Jones and his ability to lead our young men on the football field, in the classroom and in the community,” Babcock said. “I appreciate his loyalty to the University of Cincinnati and we look forward to great things in future seasons.” Under Jones, the Bearcats’ overall team GPA for the fall 2011 quarter was a 2.73 — up from the 2.69 GPA of fall 2010. Forty-three student-athletes achieved a 3.0 GPA or better. Twenty-three student-athletes earned spots on the Dean’s List, with quarter GPAs of 3.4 or above. The Bearcats were the only NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team to earn a league championship and the conference’s team academic excellence award in 2011. To date, Jones holds a 41-24 career mark, a 27-10 record in conference play, four bowl appearances and three league championships in five seasons as a collegiate head coach.

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HOLDING THE GREEN In his new contract, Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones is slated to make $10.175 million through the 2017 season.

Lady Cats drop sixth-straight game JOSH MILLER | STAFF REPORTER Despite playing better than in their previous five games, The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team could not manage to get past the Villanova Wildcats, losing by a final score of 62-53 Tuesdasy in Villanova, Penn. The game marked the sixth-straight loss for the Cats, bringing their Big East record to 0-7. For the first time since the beginning of Big East play, UC freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins received some offensive help from her teammates, and was outscored by Cincinnati senior guard Bjonee Reaves, who netted 20 points — all of which came in the final 20 minutes of the game. Reaves performance was exactly what head coach Jamelle Elliott had been calling for leading up to the game, but unfortunately for the Bearcats, her efforts combined with 17 points from Hollins were not enough to overcome Cincinnati’s poor first half showing FILE ART | THE NEWS RECORD that lead to a 15-point deficit at halftime. SENIOR HELPING HAND Senior guard A strong second half effort put UC within Bjonee Reaves scored a team-high 20 points five points with less than five minutes remaining in the game, but in the final minutes, Villanova Tuesday in UC’s 62-53 loss to Villanova.

made the shots needed to win the game and send UC packing. Despite the loss, the Bearcats weren’t outplayed by Villanova, as UC won the battle down low, outscoring the Wildcats 22-18 in the paint. Cincinnati also put up a fight in the battle of the boards, with 26 rebounds compared to Villanova’s 27. The effort was there for the Bearcats, and, offensively, they put themselves in a position to defeat the Wildcats. In the end, however, the Wildcat’s superior shooting and strong bench won the game. Cincinnati shot 43 percent from the field and 31 percent from beyond the 3-point line, compared to the Wildcats’ 46.9 percent shooting from the field and 43 percent from 3-point land. Nova also shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Perhaps the most decisive factor was the impressive effort put in by the Villanova reserves, who outscored the UC bench 20-5. In a game decided by less than 10 points, the Cats could not find a player off the bench to count on, which cost them gravely down the stretch. Nonetheless, the game was UC’s best Big East performance to date this season, especially offensively.

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