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Anthony Hopkins returns to the big screen with a chilling performance
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MOUNTAINEERS TOP CATS Cincy loses 66-55 against former coach.
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Ohio joins charge against health care bill ANTHONY OROZCO | NEWS EDITOR Ohio has joined a coalition of states challenging the constitutionality of healthcare reform in Florida federal court. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed a motion to add Ohio to the 25 other states already involved in the case. The lawsuit was filed in March 2010 by outgoing Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. Newly elected Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine, a Republican, made it one of his first orders of official business to request
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inclusion in the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Jan. 10, his first day in office. The federal lawsuit specifically challenges the ACA’s ‘individual mandate’ requiring citizens to buy health insurance. “Simply put, the federal government does not have the power to force individuals to buy a product – whether they wan it or not – or face the penalties,” Dewine said. Dewine is meeting opposition from political community groups. “The Affordable Care Act will help make quality health care more affordable
for American families, including more than 32 million people who will be newly eligible for insurance, seniors who will get discounts on prescription drugs and small business owners who will get help to provide coverage for their employees,” said Col Owen and Cathy Levine, co-chairs of Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage in response to Dewine’s request. The Florida case is one of two lawsuits filed declaring the ACA unconstitutional. A federal judge in Virginia ruled the mandate as beyond the powers of Congress in December
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Protest cries for change in north Africa GIN A. ANDO AND SEAN PETERS The NEWS RECORD As thousands of Egyptians confronted rubber bullets, water cannons and tear gas Friday, more than two dozen people gathered on the University of Cincinnati’s campus waving flags and holding signs in support of the protestors. In what is largely becoming a populist revolution, Egyptians are calling for the abdication of President Hosni Mubarak — a leader with close ties to the United States. More than 6,000 miles west, members of the UC community stood on the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Clifton Avenue to do the same. “People in Egypt deserve dignity,” said Nader Allan, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in quantitative analysis at UC.
“Resources [in Egypt] are being swallowed by a dictator.” Allan, who has seen the living conditions in Egypt first hand, said the American ethos of democracy should play a key part in returning Egypt to the people, regardless of Mubarak’s relationship with the U.S. “There are people living in the streets,” Allan said. “We should not have a double standard.” While Khalil Almotah, a second-year pharmacy student, agrees, he said the demonstration was not only for Egypt. “It’s for Yemen and for [Tunisia],” he said, regarding uprisings happening simultaneously in other the countries. “We ask for freedom for all. We ask for freedom in see EGYPT | 2
The Big O is hitting the court again — the United States District Court. Oscar Robertson, former University of Cincinnati and National Basketball Association
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FREEDOM FOR EGYPT Members of the UC community gathered Friday to call for Egypt’s freedom from President Hosni Mubarak
Hall of Fame inductee, has joined a classaction lawsuit against the NCAA for using his name and image without his consent. The class-action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California Jan. 26 against the NCAA, the College Licensing Co. and Electronic Arts, Inc. — makers of the NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball video games. Robertson joined former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, former University of Connecticut basketball player Tate George and Ray Ellis, a former football player at The Ohio State University, in the lawsuit. Robertson became aware of the issue of his image being used by without permission when he received trading cards in the mail from fans requesting his autograph. The cards featured the logo of the College Licensing Co. — the NCAA’s licensing partner — and showed images of Robertson from his UC playing days — images that Robertson had not given the NCAA permission to use. “Our coaches taught us that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things,” Robertson said. “What the NCAA and these for-profit companies have done to college athletes is flat wrong.” Photo courtesy of mct campus
THE BIG ‘O’ Robertson is joining a lawsuit by former student-athletes accusing the NCAA of using their images without permission.
The lawsuit — originally initiated by O’Bannon in July 2009 — alleges that the NCAA has illegally deprived former studentathletes from receiving compensation for their images and likenesses being used in video game, DVD and photography sales. “College sports have become a multi-billion dollar business due to thousands of former student-athletes like myself,” O’Bannon said. “It is not about personal gain for me, but a matter of basic fairness.” Among the images allegedly being used without permission are George’s buzzerbeating shot for UConn against Clemson in the 1990 NCAA basketball tournament and an interception by Ellis against the University of Southern California in the 1980 Rose Bowl. McDonald’s has used footage of George’s shot for a new advertisement this year and footage of Ellis’ interception has been used by the NCAA in DVDs sold on its website. “Mr. George has not given his consent for the NCAA to earn licensing revenues by using Mr. George’s image and name to promote McDonalds Corporation’s breakfast foods or anything else,” lawsuit documents stated. Stan Chesley, a prominent Cincinnati attorney who graduated in 1960 from UC’s College of Law and current member of the UC Board of Trustees, represents Robertson in
Former UC mascot to appear in court JAMES SPRAGUE | NEWS EDITOR
UC legend sues NCAA over trading cards JAMES SPRAGUE | NEWS EDITOR
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NO MORE CHEERS M. Robert Garfield will no longer represent the UC Bearcat at games.
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The University Plaza in Corryville is finally ready for its facelift, tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring. The plaza, which houses Kroger, Walgreens and Blockbuster, was bought in 2008 by Anchor Properties; a firm based in Northern Kentucky, that specializes in “build-to-suit retail development”according to their website. Anchor Properties’ vice president is Mike Ricke, who graduated from UC in 1979 with a degree in urban planning and design. “Eventually we are going to tear down everything and put in a new Kroger and Walgreens,” Ricke said. The construction should take a little more than one year to complete and result in stores almost twice as large as their predecessors, Ricke said. “Just about everyone I know goes to Kroger for groceries,” said Mike Dimuzio, a fourth-year finance student. “So a larger store with bigger aisles and more products would definitely be an improvement.” he explained. Dimuzio also said he hopes the revamped plaza has a better lighting system in the parking lot to increase safety for nighttime shoppers. As for the other stores in the plaza such as PizzaHut, Blockbuster and Footlocker, they are still working on relocating, Ricke said. “I don’t see it happening anytime in the future,” said an employee at a University Plaza business who wishes their identity and place of employment to remain unnamed.“There is no set date at all. We are going to be here another year, at least.” Construction was set to begin March 10 and the store will be shut down shortly before that date, said an anonymous source within Kroger. A blueprint of the renovation was hung in the store for customers to see was recently taken down and the March date is considered to be up in the air. All stores in the plaza will be closed during the demolition and construction process.
2010. Other decisions have upheld the law, leaving many to speculate the resolution will ultimately be left to the U.S. Supreme Court. With Ohio joining the lawsuit, more than half of the United States is opposing the ACA. Other states involved are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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A pretrial hearing has been set for a University of Cincinnati student who made national headlines for his actions as the Bearcat mascot during a December football game. M. Robert Garfield III, a fifth-year industrial design student, will appear in Hamilton County court at 9 p.m. Feb. 10, on a disorderly conduct charge he incurred during UC’s football game against the University of Pittsburgh Dec. 4, 2010. Garfield was charged after he allegedly refused orders from UC Police Division officers to stop throwing snowballs into the crowd at Nippert Stadium. Garfield also allegedly resisted officers when they attempted to physically stop him from throwing the snowballs and detain him. The arrest was videotaped with a camera phone and went viral nationwide via YouTube. The video of the arrest was featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter and Fox News among other news outlets. While Garfield has yet to be sentenced on the charge, he has been removed from the UC cheerleading squad as a mascot. “Mr. Garfield is no longer in the mascot program at UC,” said Tabatha Fagan, a sports program associate with UC’s athletic department and head cheerleading coach. “We consider the matter closed.” Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge Cheryl Grant has been assigned to the case. Kevin Brewer of the Cincinnati law firm Katz, Greenberger and Norton, LLP, is representing Garfield. Brewer was unavailable as of press time regarding comment on the case.
“I Know Why The Cage bird Sings: An Evening of Classical Music” Thursday, Feb. 24, African American composers celebrate their heritage through classical music. Collectively known as “Connected Thru Music,” the event is to present a rare and special musical tribute in honor of Black History Month at the Greenwich.
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from EGYPT | 1 Middle East.” The revolt, while seemingly organized using social media outlets Facebook and Twitter, might have been a long time in coming. Amina Darwish, a chemical engineering student pursuing her doctorate at UC, helped organize the event by inviting her friends on Facebook. “Their president has been in power since 1981 and he’s trying to put his son in line as the next ‘president,’ ” Darwish said. “There’s barely any government. There’s no education, 60 percent unemployment — it’s ridiculous. You’re looking at [Egypt] and, on the outside, it looks like there’s a country, but really there isn’t. It’s unhealthy to pretend to have a parliament.” Egyptians who remember the country when Anwar el Sadat was ruler — and before Mubarak assumed presidency — were stonewalled after el Sadat’s assassination with problems that essentially chipped away at standards of living and brought one of the most prosperous countries in the region into a state of squalid conditions. After nearly 30 years in office, Mubarak is facing a countrywide, grassroots uprising.
from huggs | 6 “It comes from real frustration,” said Elizabeth Frierson, associate professor of Middle Eastern and North African history. “Egyptians would like to have democracy. The potential for autocratic rule is there.” Those who gathered at the intersection also said they believe a self-governing Egypt is possible. “Be aware that what the Egyptian people are doing is no different that what we did against the British in our fight for independence,” said UC alumnus Michael Haas. “It’s the same thing. We tried peacefully at first and the British forced our hands to war — unfortunately, it’s come to that in Egypt.” Haas heard about the rally through his mosque. Having Hungarian lineage, his great grandfather’s village was wiped out by the soviets for supporting the Hungarian revolution in the 1950s — he believes educating people of other nations’ similar plights will help to avoid such genocide. Despite waving a large Egyptian flag, leading chants that called for Mubarak’s ousting and calling out for a free Egypt, Allan does not identify as an Egyptian. “I am a free man,” he said. “And that’s what brings me here today.”
From lawsuit | 1 the lawsuit. Robertson joined the suit to protect the interests of former, current and future student-athletes, Chesley said. “The NCAA and others have conspired to cash in on former athletes’ names and likenesses while denying them any payment,” Chesley said.“That is fundamentally unfair; it is reprehensible; and it is, in fact, the definition of a major antitrust violation.” Representatives for the NCAA were unavailable for comment, but a statement from Opera | 3 for his love and passion for opera, directed this veritable army of musicians. Gibson not only led a remarkable performance, but also lent his extensive knowledge to the audience in a detailed synopsis and insightful conductor’s notes. While the performance lacked English supertitles, these explanations allowed for understanding as well as greater attention to the music.
on the organization’s website said that it is opposed to the exploitation of student-athletes. “The NCAA opposes student-athlete exploitation,” the statement read. “In many cases, the exploitation is subtle and indirect so that a student-athlete may well have no knowledge or awareness that his or her reputation, image or name is being used for these commercial purposes.” The NCAA’s website further stated that it prefers that the names of studentathletes not be used in fantasy games. from vox | 4 age 21, and 90 percent by age 24,” Brockmeir said. “These numbers don’t include people engaging in other behaviors that can result in the transmission of STIs, such as oral, anal or manual sex.”
win capped a Saturday full of surprises and squeakers in the Big East. No. 19 Louisville and No. 20 Georgetown began the league’s five-game slate with road upsets of top-10 teams. Austin Freeman scored 30 points as the Hoyas won 69-66 at No. 7 Villanova, while Peyton Silva led the Cardinals to a 79-78 double-overtime win at No. 5 Connecticut three days after a one-point win against West Virginia. “This is a hard league,” Huggins said.“People don’t understand what a hard league this is. You can have a heck of a team and lose in this league now. It’s a hard, hard league.” Following its first conference loss, No. 2 Pittsburgh hung on to win at Rutgers 65-62 Saturday to remain alone atop the Big East standings. After an 18-0 start to the season, No. 10 Syracuse lost its fourth-straight game Saturday, a 76-70 decision at Marquette. “In our league, you’re only as good as your next game,” said UC head coach Mick Cronin. “Syracuse hasn’t won since they beat us. Welcome to the Big East. [If] you don’t play well, you’re not going to win.” In a non-conference meeting with the ACC’s best, St. John’s ended its three-game losing streak Sunday in a 93-78 upset of No. 3 Duke.
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Old habits die hard for gamer Sometimes I’m too financially or emotionally drained to play any new video games, so I revert to personal favorites that have been beaten over and over again. There’s a sort of comfort in the familiarity of such titles, not unlike revisiting old friends. In this edition of Slacker Solutions, I am going to permit you into the deepest crevice of my dorkiness and share my favorite video games that I’ll likely keep playing for the rest of my life. Final Fantasy VII “Final Fantasy VII” was my introduction to the series, and I couldn’t have asked for a better first love in the realm of roleplaying video games. Purists argue this game is hardly an RPG, but they best bite their tongues. The ways you can customize your characters are nearly infinite. What keeps bringing me back? The storyline. In a nutshell, the world relies on a power supply derived straight from the earth, known as Mako. A group of guerillas fight to stop the use of Mako in order to save the world before it’s sucked dry. Meanwhile, a megalomaniacal superhuman has discovered a direct route to the Mako, known as the Lifestream, granting him godlike powers. He summons a meteor to destroy the world and it’s up to the guerillas to save the planet. There’s not close to enough room in this column to explain how important the characters are in this game. Mega Man Legends I’ll preface this by saying “Mega Man Legends” is the video game that got me through my parents’ divorce. Playing through it, I am hit with some major memories — some sad and scary, others a reminder of the extreme kindness shown to me by family friends who let me stay with them, playing this game in their basement while my parents yelled it out at home. It’s all about the bright animation, unforgettable characters and fantastic voice acting. Looking at it from a gameplay perspective, the controls are extremely responsive and combat is definitely the highlight. This is the first foray into the third dimension for Mega Man, giving him the ability to explore underground dungeons in a way never before experienced. Metal Gear Solid If there were any video game character I would want watching my back, it’d be the protagonist from “Metal Gear Solid,” Solid Snake. The guy is the epitome of everything cool. He’s a tortured loner and an expert ninja. I seriously believe Kurt Russell would have portrayed him if there were ever a Metal Gear movie. This game was a decade ahead of its time. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time There were plenty of fantastic games that came out before “Ocarina,” but none ever garnered an emotional response from me that’d be comparable. It’s all about the mythology that’s established from the start, where the protagonist, Link, is only seven, until he traverses time to jump straight into the body of a young man. Link seeks to retrieve the Triforce, a gift from the three goddesses, in order to bring balance to his semi-elfish land of Hyrule. The princess Zelda controls one aspect of the Triforce while the evil gypsy king Ganondorf and silent hero Link control the other two. It’s a classic clash of wisdom, courage and power. Pokémon: Blue/Red My mom gave me a Nintendo DSi for Christmas in 2009. I used it everyday. It was a suitable camera, game system and template to create comics and animations. Fast forward to Christmas 2010, when my best friend gave me a copy of “Pokémon Heart Gold Edition.” For nearly a week I played it every day, reliving all the trials and tribulations of becoming a Pokémon master from junior high school. Everything was Poke-perfect until NewYears Eve, when my DSi was stolen. I assume it was a red haired guy who is now dating a girl who once peed in my bed. But that’s water (or urine) under the bridge. With no DSi, I was heart broken. I turned to my reliable, trusty Gameboy Color. “Pokémon Blue” was still inserted in the cartridge slot, after all these years. Without realizing it, I’ve already played it about 10 hours in the last two weeks. These Pokémon aren’t going to catch themselves, you know.
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Heads roll, hands clap for “Turandot” JESSICA MCCAFFERTY | STAFF REPORTER Heavily orchestrated chords marked mounting tension as suitors fell victim to the princess’s icy magnetism. The unknown prince struck an enormous gong three times. With thick music assaulting the sold-out crowd from all sides, chills abounded as he cried out the princess’s name to conclude the first act. It would not be the only beautiful climactic moment during the University of Cincinnati’s CollegeConservatory of Music’s concert performance of Giacomo Puccini’s final opera, “Turandot” (1924, completed by F. Alfano in 1926). The libretto, by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni, is based on a fable by Carlo Gozzi, which accounts the tale of the pitiless princess of Peking. Suitors are presented with three riddles, with public execution — which the princess relishes — as punishment for failure. The opera focuses on the triumphant final suitor, an unknown prince who breaks through the princess’s icy veneer. The performance marked CCM’s partnership with Beijing’s Central Opera and the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society.
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ONE MORE TIME Maestro Mark Gibson leads a CCM Philharmonia rehearsal in preparation for the college’s performance of Giaco Puccini’s opera, “Turandot.” Guest artist Wang Feng of the Central Opera played the role of Il Principe Ignoto, the unknown prince, exceedingly well, though at times having trouble competing with the orchestra’s increasing volume levels of volume. He shone in “Nessun Dorma,” the famous aria that spelled fame to Pavarotti.
Returning to CCM was another guest: alumna Helen Lyons as the cruel Princess Turandot. Lyons amplified her performance with beautifully nuanced facial gestures. At times, it seemed as though she emanated a sense of evil. Further collaboration of performers was also a visible tour-
de-force. Soloists were arranged in various places surrounding the performance. Behind all of this was the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. The CCM brass choir performed from the foremost upper balconies, adding further dimension to the“offstage” parts. Both Xi Wang and Amanda Woodbury, who shared the role of the slave girl, Liù, were wonderful, Woodbury especially touching in her Act 3 aria. The orchestra, though at times nearly overpowering the soloists, played with skill. Standouts were trumpeter Joel Baroody’s accompaniment, the Children’s Choir in Act 1 and oboist Alexander Pons, whose delicate accompaniment to Liù was well-nuanced throughout. The clarinet section played masterfully, as did the percussion; Mike Lunoe in particular. The Children’s Choir also performed the difficult music extremely well; their dedication to learning the longer work was evident. They are conducted by Robyn Lana and Eva Floyd, further aided by intern and CCM music education student Sarah Grogan. Music director and conductor of the Philharmonia, Mark Gibson, a CCM veteran known see OPERA | 2
The promising new exorcist flick only partially delivers ADAM KUHN | tnr contributor
he typical exorcist film presents an alluring blend of religion and horror. This idea began with the original and first of its kind, “The Exorcist.” Most exorcism films seem to be “based on a true story,” or, in the case of Hollywood’s latest demon-ridden thriller, “The Rite,” “inspired by true events.” The “true event” centers around a man in his 20s named Michael (Colin O’Donoghue) who is struggling with the direction of his life and his faith. The son of a mortician, he finds himself unhappy with the family business, so he decides to go to seminary to become a priest. After four years of studying, however, Michael deems himself, and his faith, unfit for priesthood. After a grim firsthand look at death and upon the urging of his Father Superior, Michael changes his mind and flies off to Vatican City for two months of exorcism training. Despite his wavering faith, Michael meets Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), a veteran exorcist who believes he can show Michael the proof necessary to convert such a skeptic. While tagging along with Lucas, Michael is approached by a journalist, Angeline (Alice Braga), who is writing a story on the subject. With these new colleagues, Michael encounters interesting events and must come to terms with his past and, ultimately, his future in the demon-banishing profession. “The Rite” presents a refreshingly new look at the exorcism game. Taking a young, potential priest and throwing him into the realm of demons might not be a new plot structure, but Michael’s intriguing back story makes it unique. The film takes
its time in developing his character, who is played convincingly by newcomer O’Donoghue. Academy Awardwinner Anthony Hopkins turns Father Lucas into a character resembling his most renowned role, Hannibal Lecter — smart and creepy. An unfortunate part of the third act, however, was the character Angeline. It is apparent she was created simply to fill a requirement for a female character in the story. The journalist presents nothing new or important to the proceedings. The filmmakers’ laziness was also disappointing in the last third of the film. Despite working with a unique, intriguing premise, director Mikael Håfström and screenwriter Michael Petroni resort to a familiar conclusion. They even insult the audience by providing them with convenient flashbacks that seem to shout, “so in case you missed it, here is what we are talking about.” Movie goers expecting a scary movie will be left with only a few jump scares and a decent, ominous mood set by the film’s score. “The Rite” is a film that has a lot going for it, yet never fully comes together. The film is perfect for anyone looking for a flick that doesn’t require a great deal of thought and still delivers a fair bit of entertainment. Otherwise, thrill seekers should look elsewhere.
Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins turns Father Lucas into a character resembling his most renowned role, Hannibal Lecter — smart and creepy.
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Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins fills yet another eerie, dramatic role as crucifix-carrying Father Lucas in “The Rite.”
“Star Wars” originals barred from Blu-ray Robert Kirchgassner | STAFF REPORTER At a “Star Wars” convention this past August, George Lucas announced all six films in his saga would be released on Blu-ray this year. The highly anticipated release date was set for Sept. 27, as of Jan. 21. Unfortunately, Lucas has no plans to release the original versions (pre-digital enhancements) of Episodes IV-VI on Blu-ray. Of course, he said the same thing when he released the saga on DVD a few years ago, but then changed his mind shortly afterward. This is why I would like, but could live without, those original cuts in my Blu-ray collection. I don’t necessarily view myself as one of those
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NOT SO ORIGINAL The Blu-ray release won’t include the original versions of Episodes IV-VI.
obsessive fans who was born during the rich period when “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi” were in theaters. Many of these fans now view their childhoods as violated because Mos Eisley looks like Toontown in the first film’s special edition. Lucas shrewdly kept all the rights to “Star Wars” himself when he was making the first film, and no one stopped him because no one, at the time, thought the film would be any good. Keep in mind making that landmark first film was an ordeal for Lucas. He developed an ulcer as a result. Hence, he has deservedly earned the millions of dollars that have come his way since. However, it’s sad that Lucas has done his darndest since 1997 to bury the original cuts of the films that ensured he would never have to work again. In addition to the changes he has already made to his work, the saga will be seen in theaters next year in 3-D. One film will be put out each year beginning with “The Phantom Menace,” the first prequel, which means that theaters will be showing Jar Jar sticking out his stupid tongue before the thrilling run through the Death Star trench. The films are being shown in this order because Lucas stated that the saga should be viewed “Episode I” through “VI.” Viewing them in this manner, though, detracts from the magic of Obi-Wan introducing Luke to the Force in “A
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New Hope” or the shock of Vader telling Luke he’s his father in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Lucas hired Irvin Kershner to direct “Empire” and Richard Marquand to direct “Jedi” in order to lighten his work load on the two pictures. By the end of the 1990s, computer-generated imagery had become more mainstream, so Lucas directed all three of the CGI-laiden prequels, which constituted less actual film direction. After Kershner’s death in 2010, Lucas is now the only director left associated with the Star Wars saga (Marquand died in 1987.). I can’t help but wonder what else he’ll do with his films at this point. I’m starting to doubt just how accurate the director credits on the“Empire”and“Jedi”posters are. As mad as some fans are about the character Greedo firing first rather than Han Solo, the change I always hated was Hayden Christensen inexplicably turning up at the end of “Jedi.” But George has defended this change the same way he’s defended the others: It was what he had always envisioned. As a writer myself, I can buy that George might have had some background details in his head when writing the first film, but, somehow, I don’t think he intended to have Vader build C-3PO (and I certainly don’t believe he envisioned Jar Jar Binks in 1977). It wouldn’t be illegal to keep those original versions from seeing the light of day again. It would just be unfortunate.
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UC counselors outnumbered
FRESH kali vansweringen
Facing UC winter for first time Winter break was a much-needed and appreciated escape from school, but now that we’re in the middle of Winter quarter, the yearly gloom sets in. We start wishing for summer almost instantaneously when the sun barely comes out. The chilly air is a constant reminder to bundle up with a comfy blanket and watch the latest episode of “Pretty Little Liars” — it seems to be the only outlet from frigid weather and dark skies. When physicians first brought up the idea that actually seeing a change in lifestyle could occur from bad weather, many people thought of it as a joke. Now, it actually kind of makes sense. Cold weather is naturally uncomfortable for most, so going outside can be irritating. I’ve learned you cannot simply protest winter in tank tops and flip-flops in hopes that it will go away. You simply have to put on all seven layers your mother forced you to wear as a child and deal with it. Though it might be cumbersome and unattractive, and even if it might make you the loudest person trying to completely undress in class, it will be worth it when you’re warm walking home from class and not sick like everyone else. Seeing the brown slush-like snow on the ground does not make me want to go out and build a snowman, but when we get a lot of fresh snow and I have time to do something in it, it always seems to bring back the best part of winter that we all get a little excited for during the summer months. So, to keep from being locked away in your room all winter, try to embrace the snow and go skiing or snowboarding or even sledding. You can go to a great spot like Perfect North, which is only 40 minutes away from UC and not overly expensive, or you can even find a great hill on campus and go sledding with your roomies. After all of your wonderful outside winter activities, you’ll probably be good and hungry for a snack. During winter, you might see a slight increase in attendance at the Campus Recreation Center (especially after New Years resolutions come into play) because the winter holidays are known for causing overeating and failed attempts to not go back for third helpings. Despite the best-laid fitness plans for 2011, once the dreary gray skies cloud up your willpower, all you are going to want to do is snack and lounge around your house. Simply keep the snacking to healthy ingredients such as easy-toeat fruits and vegetables and hearty soups. Simply continuing your daily routine from Fall quarter can also help you avoid being bogged down in the house. If you make the effort to leave your room and do something with friends, chances are that you’ll probably have fun doing it. So, whether your plan is to make a trip to Panera for breakfast with roommates or to your favorite slopes to try out your skiing skills, get out there and enjoy the nicer side of winter while you can. In the mean time, keep wearing those rain boots (which so cleverly work with snow, too) and be careful not to fall down the stairs on your way to the library or Tangeman University Center.
katie barrier | TNR Contributor Statistics from a recent survey show the average student-to-counselor ratio across the country as 1,600 to one — at the University of Cincinnati however, it stands as more than four times the average. UC was not included in the annual 360-school survey sponsored by the American College Counseling Association, but its statistics show a much larger ratio between counselors and students. The UC counseling center, located in 316 Dyer Hall, has six trained professionals for students seeking help. With a large student body and no budget to hire more counselors, there is only one counselor per approximately 6,800 students, said Carol Yoken, director of UC’s counseling center. The ACCA survey revealed that approximately 28 percent of counseling centers have waiting lists during busy times of the year. “We work hard not to have a waiting list,” Yoken said. “We always try to get people in for their initial interview within a week and we see urgent cases right away.”
The study also reports the number of students with psychological illnesses has increased in the past five years. The number of students seeking counseling, however, has not grown in accordance with the number of illnesses. Last year, the UC counseling center served 494 new people for initial interviews. There were 226 urgent care appointments and 161 consultations from the community, according to counseling center records. “Our staff cares a lot about people as individuals, and we connect with students person-to-person,” Yoken said. “We are always here for students when they have emergencies.” UC’s counseling center provides students with many professional services and handle concerns ranging from mental health, such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorders, and relational problems such as identity issues, family and relationships. ariel cheung | managing editor “The University of Cincinnati has a very ONE TO 6,800 For every one counselor talented, knowledgeable and skilled staff who work hard to do the work that we do,” at the University of Cincinnati, there are Yoken said. approximately 6,800 students.
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Rabbit Chinese New Year show twirls, soars, roars at CCM
CHINESE NEW YEAR The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society hosted its annual cultural concert Jan. 29 as a celebration of the Chinese New Year — a tradition the society has followed since 2001.
CHINESE NEW YEAR The Chinese New Year concert featured performers from Beijing, Shandong and Sichuan in an effort to celebrate the new year. The show’s mission was to also introduce Chinese culture — modern and ancient — through performing arts, music and education.
Vox opens UC chapter to prompt sexuality dialogue by the numbers*: One in four sexually active females have an STI. Eighty-five percent of people have sex by age 21. Ninety percent of people have sex by age 25. *Figures exclude those who engage in oral, anal or manual sex. Source: Planned Parenthood
Alex kissling | TNR Contributor In an effort to start a dialogue about sexuality, students at the University of Cincinnati have started a Vox chapter of Planned Parenthood on campus. Vox, Latin for “voice,” provides an opportunity for students to discuss sexuality issues and be part of a movement to destigmatize conversations about a national quasi taboo. Claire Cain, a second-year sociology student and former Planned Parenthood intern, formed the Vox chapter on UC’s campus as a goal to improve sexual health education and provide resources to students. “We strive to foster dialogue within the
community through campus events and by campaigning for policy reforms,” Cain said. Vox has been petitioning for Birth Control Matters — a campaign to help birth control become available to women without co-pay to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. Vox also promotes safe sex by passing out free condoms to contribute to Planned Parenthood’s main mission: preventing the need for abortion though education, contraception and access to services to ensure a healthy pregnancy in the future, Cain said. “Planned Parenthood’s core values are to educate our patients with all available options, including prenatal care, adoption and foster care,” said Luke Brockmeir, a Planned Parenthood public affairs
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coordinator. “We’re here to offer choices, not judgments.” Planned Parenthood provides birth control and emergency contraception as well as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. When people don’t protect themselves while having sex, they are at risk for infections, Brockmeir said. Approximately 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s patients are college aged, and because sexual activity is commonplace for many college students, it is important to be educated on the precautions one should take before having sex, Brockmeir said. “One in four girls have a [sexually transmitted infection]. Eighty-five percent of people engage in sexual intercourse by see vox | 2
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Woods will return to world No. 1 If I was a professional golfer on the PGA tour, I would be scared putter-less entering the 2011 season. And not the usual fear of seeing John Daly with his shirt off again. I’d be scared of Tiger Woods — the man who, for the first time in his career, failed to win a major championship and lost his five-year title as the world’s No. 1 golfer last year. I’d be scared because there is no way Woods won’t come back soon hell-bent on vengeance and more PGA championships. Woods was at one time arguably the most dominant athlete in a sport, and he’s too much of a competitor to settle for a mediocre game. Sure, he’ll go down as one of the world’s greatest golfers even if he doesn’t win any more championships, but he won’t be considered the best — something he won’t settle for. Woods is currently only four majors away from tying Jack Nicklaus and 11 PGA tour wins away from tying Sam Snead. He’s not just going to say, “Well shucks, I was close, but no cigar.” No way in hell. The man has been dubbed one of the greatest competitors in sports for a reason. The Cincinnati Bengals winning a Super Bowl is more likely than Woods finishing his career as a so-so player. Woods is only 35 years old, and if he follows the trend of most players, he probably still has anywhere from five to 10 years before age starts to take a serious toll on his game. Plenty of time for him. And if you need evidence of Woods’ desire to reclaim the mantle of the world’s No.1 golfer, look no further than this past offseason. What do you think he was doing with his time off? Living it up at Perkins? Not at all. He hired a new swing coach and, for the fourth time in his career, Woods is adjusting his playing style to fix errors and suit his worn-down knee. Remember the last few times he changed up his swing? After a slump in 1998, he answered critics by hiring a new coach to totally revamp his swing. The result? A PGA championship in 1999 and three majors in 2000. No biggie. Then after an up and down few years starting in 2002, he changed his swing again in 2004 and has won six majors since. And once again, he has come to a crossroads in his career. Last year, he wasn’t 100 percent, physically or mentally. How could he be? Following his Thanksgiving fiasco that publicized his porn-esque sexual adventures, he lost his wife, reputation, time on the links and pocket change totaling around $500 million. Woods admitted his mind wasn’t fully focused on the game. Plus, he was still hurting from a sore knee that has been bothering him for the past two years. But entering this season, Woods told ESPN it’s the first time in seven years he’s been 100 percent healthy. Sure Woods looked like crap at times Saturday in the Farmers Insurance Open, but he admitted that he’s still adjusting to his new swing, trying to transition from the driving range to the golf course. His goal? To have his swing 100 percent synched up come April when the Masters roll around. Augusta, Ga., is where Woods won his first major, and it would only be too fitting of a course for him to make his resurgence and capture another major to end his three-year drought. Woods will bounce back, and it will happen soon. He’s on the verge of claiming professional golf’s most prestigious records, and if his recent scandal taught the world anything, it’s that Eldrick Tont Woods gets what he wants.
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PRODUCTIVE POINT GUARDS Cashmere Wright scored a game-high 24 points Saturday, while Joe Mazzulla (below) totaled 16 points and seven rebounds.
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Poor shooting, rebounding and foul trouble allowed WestVirginia to hand the Cincinnati Bearcats its first home loss of the season — a 66-55 defeat — at Fifth Third Arena Saturday, ending UC’s 13-game home winning streak. Despite tying his career high with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting by Cashmere Wright, the Bearcats shot 35 percent overall and made just eight of a season-high 29 attempted 3-pointers. West Virginia grabbed 42 rebounds — a season-high by a Bearcats opponent. “It’s a dangerous thing when you let your offense affect your defense,” said Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin. “We let our ineptitude on the offensive end affect our energy on the defensive end enough us to get us beat.” The Mountaineers struck first as Joe Mazzulla hit a jumper in the first minute, but the Bearcats responded shortly after with a Rashad Bishop 3-pointer. Cincinnati (18-4, 5-4 Big East) led until Mazzulla hit his second jumper to give West Virginia a 7-6 lead four minutes into the first half, but the lead changed again when Yancy Gates made a layup seconds later. Through the first 20 minutes, the rivals exchanged the lead 12 times before the Bearcats entered the locker room with a 27-33 deficit. Cincinnati shot 11 of 28 from the field and were out-rebounded 21-8 in the first half, while West Virginia shot 87.5 percent from the foul line and limited Gates to one rebound. Through five minutes of the second half, Wright
gave the Bearcats an offensive spark, scoring 10 points — including six from behind the arc — to give Cincinnati a 38-37 lead. “Lately, [Cronin] has been telling me to be more aggressive and to look at my shot,” Wright said. “To stop passing up open shots and just step into it and believe that I can make a shot.” The Mountaineers regained and held the lead for the remainder of the game following three points in three minutes from the charity stripe by Mazzulla. Cronin was displeased with the ease that Mazzulla had in shredding his defense and picking up fouls. He and John Flowers led the Mountaineers with 16 points each, Mazzulla scoring 10 from the free throw line. “Joe Mazzulla single-handedly won the game,” Cronin said. “His dribble penetration killed us. We didn’t do a good job of containing him, end of story.” With just less than six minutes remaining in the game, the Mountaineers gained a 14-point lead — their largest of the game — after holding the Bearcats scoreless from the field for seven minutes. Cincinnati finished the game giving up 30 free-throw attempts to West Virginia. Cronin was also aggravated by the team’s defensive struggles throughout the game. “We’re fourth in the nation in scoring defense [and] we do not allow guys to drive into the paint, especially in Fifth Third Arena,” Cronin said. “It was just inexcusable what we did on the defensive end and, in my opinion, is a direct result of our ineptitude at times on the offensive end.” Cincinnati returns to action at 6 p.m. Saturday, on the road against No. 2 Pittsburgh.
HUGGS WINS ON FORMER HOME COURT Road win caps wild day in Big East sam elliott | sports EDITOR Bob Huggins collected a majority of his school-record 399 wins at Fifth Third Arena during his 16 seasons at the University of Cincinnati, but Saturday’s West Virginia win was his first in the building as an opposing head coach. Since his separation from the school in 2005, Huggins has won three of five meetings against the Bearcats in the past three seasons. The former UC coach is now 1-1 under the shadows of the banners at Fifth Third Arena marking his 18 conference regular season and tournament titles, two trips to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight and a 1992 Final Four run. “You look up there and
you see what a bunch of guys accomplished,” Huggins said. “And it’s great seeing those guys. A bunch of those guys were all here.” Cincinnati alumni Corrie Blount, Ruben Patterson and John Meeker watched their former coach face their alma mater among the sold-out crowd of 13,176 Saturday, while Anthony Buford handled analyst duties for the game’s television broadcast. “It’s always great to see those guys. We are one big family,” Huggins said. “We still spend time together. We still come to anybody’s aid who needs aid, which is what I think you’re supposed to do.”
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DRAWING A CROWD Cincinnati’s meeting with its former head coach sold out Fifth Third Arena for the second time in the past two seasons.
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UCONN’S WINNING WAYS Geno Auriemma and the No. 2 Huskies have won 98 of their past 99 games, including 59-straight Big East games.
Despite 13 points from freshman guard Kayla Cook and 12 points from senior guard Shareese Ulis, the Bearcats were unable to hold off the No. 2 Connecticut Huskies Saturday, falling 80-46 at Fifth Third Arena. The loss was the Bearcats’ (8-12, 1-7 Big East) sixth in a row. Despite the defeat, Cincinnati head coach Jamelle Elliott was pleased with the effort her team displayed in the first half. “I thought we played extremely hard in the first half and, going into the game, that’s what we wanted to do,” Elliott said. “In the second half, I thought we came out a little sluggish. We didn’t score our first basket until there was about 12 minutes to go in the second half. I was much more pleased with the first half than the second.” The Bearcats entered the locker room at halftime trailing 40-24. Cook led UC’s first-half, scoring 10 points, followed by junior guard Bjonee Reaves’ nine. But their efforts were not enough against a well-stacked Connecticut squad that featured the nation’s leading scorer in senior guard Maya Moore, who ended the first half with 19 points and finished the game with 23. While Reaves admitted Moore is as good as advertised, the Bearcats stressed not listening to the talk surrounding a team like No. 2 UConn (20-1, 9-0).
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“We try not to look at the names on the front of their jerseys,” Reaves said. ”We take it as another game in the Big East, and unfortunately, we didn’t come out on top.” The Huskies began the second half with a 13-0 run. Cincinnati’s Shareese Ulis improved her shooting in the second half, scoring nine points to bring her game total to 12. Another challenging aspect of the game for Elliott was coaching against UConn’s Geno Auriemma. Elliott played for Auriemma at Connecticut before serving as his assistant coach for 12 seasons. Elliott said it was difficult competing against people she knows so well. “It’s odd, absolutely,” Elliott said. “But once the game starts, we want to play as well as we can.” Auriemma felt odd seeing a former player and assistant standing on the opposing sidelines. “It will always be different than any other game,” Auriemma said. “Hopefully I’m still coaching when maybe the tables are turned. Maybe there will be a time when we come in here and they have every expectation of winning, or they come to our place with the expectation of winning. Until that time comes, it will be very, very difficult coaching against them. Jamelle has an incredible work ethic and incredible passion.” The Bearcats will return to play on a two-game road trip in Pittsburgh Tuesday.
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