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LANCE LAMBERT | SENIOR REPORTER Making a move from the east coast, to the Midwest, Greer Glazer was introduced Jan. 3 as the new dean of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing (CoN). Glazer joined UC after serving as a dean at the University of Massachusetts College of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2004. Glazer replaces interim dean Cheryl Hoying who filled the position following the December 2010 retirement of Andrea Lindell and her 20 years of service as dean. Earning her PhD in 1984 from Case Western, Glazer plans to continue her career by leading the nursing college while still implementing some changes. “Transforming the way we do business will enhance what we are doing with
Aid for Asians approved
our distance learning program … better use of technology, ramp up research, increase interdisciplinary research, more partnerships and community networking,” Glazer said. Glazer said CoN’s strong history and potential for success in the future caught her eye. “The history of excellence and being a part of a great health center,” Glazer said. “UC2019, because of that plan and wanting to be a part of that … I’m excited to be here.” Though she finds herself now calling Cincnnati home, past experience as a dean will make a smooth transition to UC, Glazer said. “I think I have experience,” Glazer said. “It would be unusual to have many new experiences I have not experienced before as dean.”
Glazer will oversee the 64th-ranked graduate nursing school, 32nd-ranked nursing-anesthesia program and the 35th-ranked nursing-midwifery program, according to 2011 rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Introduced as the seventh dean of CoN, Glazer will work to get both students and faculty on the same page. “It takes everyone working together to make great things happen,” Glazer said. “We need to all be marching toward the same goals.”
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GLAZER’S HIGH HOPES New Dean of Nursing Greer Glazer said she joined the UC family to help achieve the high goals set by the UC2019 academic plan. FILE ART | THE NEWS RECORD
SIT BACK, RELAX Bearcats will be able to give a bit of their time and their blood for those in need it during Hoxworth’s Blood Donor Month.
Grants improving research
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Chinese-American Bearcats have a chance to be named as the first recipient of a new scholarship at the University of Cincinnati. An up-and-coming scholarship fund aimed at aiding Chinese-American — and eventually all Asian-American students at the University of Cincinnati — was recently approved and is now in the process of gaining funding. The architect of the scholarship is Jeff Guo, a professor in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. Guo also serves as the president of the Society of Chinese-American Professors and Scientists [SoCAPS] Cincinnati chapter, an on-campus group representing more than 200 Chinese-American professors and scientists. In the beginning, the scholarship will be available to only Chinese-American, undergraduate or post-graduate, students with either permanent U.S. citizenship or a green card due to a small amount of original funding, Guo said. By only offering the scholarship to students who plan to stay in the country after graduation, Guo said he hopes the scholarship will serve as a tool for building pride in the community and the country. “This scholarship is to promote UC and to make our younger generation, AsianAmerican or Chinese-American, proud to be American,” Guo said. “That’s our goal.” Funding will originally come from members of the SoCAPS Cincinnati chapter, but will eventually be extended to successful Chinese-American business owners with ties to UC. “We hope more people will make a donation to the scholarship fund,” said Mei Tang, one of two co-chairs for the SoCAPS scholarship program and director of the psychology graduate program in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. Once the program has
With the aid of two national grants, Dr. Laura Conforti’s laboratory team is spearheading innovative research to negate the negative effects of autoimmune diseases and tumor growth. In October 2011, Conforti received a two-year grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Conforti and her team of postdoctoral fellows will use the $395,000 to research how nanotechnology can be beneficial in cell therapy for diseases like lupus and multiple sclerosis. “We were interested in this novel approach to therapy which is to deliver gene therapy through nanoparticles,” Conforti said. When an autoimmune d i s e a s e occurs, an organism attacks its own cells. Through the production of tiny therapeutic CONFORTI liposomes, or nanoparticles, the lab team hopes to control the defective overproduction of calcium in ion channels, which is common in autoimmune diseases like lupus. When regular therapies attempt to combat the influx of calcium in the ion channels, the treatment also debilitates the immune system, crippling its ability to fight off the most common of illnesses, Conforti said. With the lab’s project, the therapeutic agent will still treat the targeted cell without weakening the immune system, Conforti said. “This is very theoretical and experimental still,” Conforti said. “The idea is to collect enough data to show that our hypothesis holds and then moves onto something bigger from there.” Conforti’s laboratory team is also exploring tumor growth with a renewal grant provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH has funded Conforti’s study since 2003. “I was interested in the subject of how the lack of oxygen
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By giving a donation to Hoxworth Blood Center this week, students have a chance to earn more than an improved self-esteem. January means it’s time for another blood drive at the University of Cincinnati as this month is National Blood Donor Month. Next week, Hoxworth Blood Center will be hosting Winter quarter’s blood drive in the Great Hall in Tangeman University Center. Despite the increased demand for blood in the winter, recruiters find it hard to attract as many donors as the other seasons. Harsh weather makes it difficult to publicize the event ,and poor road conditions also contribute to the donor drought. Laura Reynolds, a donor recruiter for Hoxworth, said that social media, community engagement and a table display in TUC will be used to draw attention to the coming blood drive. The last drive, in fall 2011, delivered the biggest result in UC’s history, surpassing the goal of 838 units of blood and bringing in more than 1,000 units. “It was a pleasant surprise to get so many units,” Reynolds said. Planning for UC’s blood drives begins in the summer of the previous year. Organization must be extensive to accommodate for requirements ensuring that there is enough space to host a week-long blood drive. Jim Tinker, division director of donor recruitment and community relations for Hoxworth, said that donations have been steadily increasing. “It’s critical to make sure there is enough blood … there’s a spike in the need for blood [in the winter],”Tinker said.
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Drive donations could mean big bucks for two lucky volunteers each day: $500
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HARD DAY’S WORK The collected donations from the drive will go toward supplying area hospitals in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The spike in demand during the winter is due to many people deciding to postpone any surgeries needed until after the holiday season and from hesitation of driving during poor highway conditions. “An amazing statistic is that one out of every seven patients admitted to a hospital needs blood,”Tinker said. Hoxworth’s goal for National Blood Donor Month is 8,441 donations. Hoxworth serves 17 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana with eight donor centers that distribute to 31 hospitals and medical centers. Tinker also said Hoxworth’s desire is to make donor experience outstanding. All Hoxworth phlebotomists receive extensive training regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. A SEE HOXWORTH | 4
Students will see a newly remodeled Proctor Hall in the spring as the building nears the end of a year-long exterior renovation, continuing the University of Cincinnati green initiative. A project, which began November 2010, will conclude in spring 2012 when the “green roof” — consisting of vegetation designed to trap excess rain water — can be placed. Built in 1968, the 81,381-square-foot
Proctor Hall primarily houses UC’s College of Nursing (CoN), and is being remodeled as a part of UC’s 2000 Master Plan. The remodeling uses a $6 million project budget to replace the exterior with new metal panels, renovate the main entrance, add a new glass wall and a “green roof.” The exterior was in need of replacement. Rusting, pigeon droppings and elements had left the building in need of a new skin, said Beth McGrew, university architect. “The green roof reportedly will extend the life of the building because the structure will endure less elements and less heat gain,” McGrew said. But McGrew said the building could use more work. “There are no plans for more exterior remodeling, though a lot of cosmetic work is ANTHONY OROZCO | NEWS EDITOR
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needed inside,” McGrew said. “There are not enough funds at the time. If you walk inside, you could see it needs some work.” The building was originally going to be demolished in an attempt to connect UC’s east and west campuses, McGrew said. Remodeling saves the university millions that the demolishing and reconstruction would have cost, McGrew said. “[We are] happy with remolding, [but there] could be more done inside,” said Greer Glazer, the new dean of CoN. “It’s important for student to see more of that [remodeling] in the future.” Renovations and green initiatives are nothing new to UC — since 1989, when the school decided to revitalize the campus, UC has seen its national image improve. In 2010, UC was named among the world’s top-10 most beautiful college campuses by Forbes, a list which included the likes of Stanford, Yale and Princeton universities. The College Sustainability Report Card in 2011 gave UC an “A” in the category of “Green Buildings.”
COLLEGE LIVING VIEW How to save a life in 45 minutes
January 9 | 2012
@arielfab discovers humor in #NHdebate It might be a weird thing for a journalist to say, and I know it’s an entirely predictable statement for a 21-year-old college student but here it is: I hate politics. It just seems like those old, white guys bear little relevance to my life, won’t listen to what I have to say, and will never change their ways. I voted in the 2008 Presidential election and haven’t seen a ballot since. Yes, I am slightly ashamed by that fact. I wish I had more time to track politics, but it just seems like no matter how often I vote or email my opinions to congressmen, they’ll just keep doing things the way they’ve been done. Still, I couldn’t keep the tiny rootlets of interest from sprouting as the herd of Republican candidates flocked to the 2012 election. These are the people who have the potential to unseat President Barack Obama (who, I have to say, is doing a pretty decent job), and I do find it sort of interesting (and terrifying) to picture what the next four years would be like with one of them in charge. I’ve been paying a little attention — enough to know Michelle Bachmann is a moron and Rick Perry’s anti-gay “Strong” video on YouTube has more “dislikes” than Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” but I felt like it was time for more. Now that I knew the faces of the Republican Party, I wanted to know their opinions. So when the New Hampshire Republican Debate showed up on my television, I switched it on, popped some popcorn and watched the show unfold. Surprisingly, I understood most of what they were talking about, although it was hard with their speed-of-lightning question dodging. As a debatewatching noob, however, I found that it was hard to really process what each candidate was saying without rewinding my DVR, so all I really walked away with was a general sense of what each candidate was like. But what really made the election fun for me to watch was, of course, Twitter. If you follow me (@arielfab), then you might have noticed my explosion of tweets as the #NHdebate ensued. Tweeting my own opinions made me enjoy the debate way more — I paid closer attention to the candidates’ responses, scouring them for inconsistencies (spoiler alert: there were a lot) so I could post a witty (or at least mildly punny) comment. Certain things annoyed me — Perry seemed like a slimeball, and Newt Gingrich’s claim that Obama was making “desperate efforts to create a radical European socialist model” made Gingrich seem pretty desperate himself. Other bits were pretty funny. Ron Paul owned Gingrich with his comment about enlisting, while Paul himself got, as one tweeter quipped, “Santorumed.” Still, the best part about keeping an eye on Twitter during the debate was everyone else’s tweets. There were quite a few gems throughout the night, especially from one of my favorite Twitter accounts: @LOLGOP. Here are a few of my favorites: “Republicans love that Santorum is succeeding the old-fashioned way: attacking the rights of gays and women.” “I’ll never forget that day that friendly snowman came to life and slowly became Newt Gingrich.” “After eight years of Bush/ Cheney, you thought: No way the GOP can out embarrass themselves now. And then you met these guys.” “Rick Perry. Reminding you why you love President Obama since September 2011.” I have to say, however, that my favorite tweet of the night came from @Dawn_KJ shortly after Jon Huntsman whipped out some phrase in Chinese: “Honey badger Huntsman don’t care. He’ll speak Chinese. He don’t give a sh*t!” Combining politics with Internet sensations like the elusive Honey badger? Mega win. What I really liked about SEE ARIEL | 4
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It takes less than 45 minutes to save up to three lives. This may seem impossible to an ordinary person, but thanks to the Hoxworth Blood Center, almost anyone can be extraordinary through the simple action of donating blood. University of Cincinnati students are about to be given this opportunity. UC Hoxworth Blood Center will be hosting an all-campus blood drive in Tangeman University Center Great Hall daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will run from Jan. 9 through Jan. 13, giving UC students an entire school week to transform from ordinary college kids into lifesavers. “Donating blood is a great way to give back to your community,” said Hoxworth community relations representative Alecia Lipton. “A single blood donation takes about 45 minutes of your time and can help to save up to three lives.” According to Hoxworth, the donated blood will be tested and distributed Tri-State-wide to 31 different hospitals, offering patients a new chance FILE ART | THE NEWS RECORD at life. Hoxworth is located on UC’s medical campus. BEARCATS SAVING LIVES From They strongly encourage everyone to become Jan. 9-13, University of Cincinnati will Students can visit partner with Hoxworth Blood Center to host a frequent blood donor. www.hoxworth.org for more information. the ﬁrst all-campus blood drive of the new year.
HOW TO GIVE Who?
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old and in good health, weighing a minimum of 110 pounds. The donors need to bring identiﬁcation with them to the Great Hall. Hoxworth recommends the donor to eat a good meal with plenty of water four hours prior to donating.
The winter all-campus blood drive will take place from Jan. 9-13. UC hosts three all-campus blood drives a year — one each quarter. The UC Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Law also host their own blood drives during the school year.
Students are encouraged to participate in blood drives held either by speciﬁc organizations on campus or by visiting one of Hoxworth’s eight neighborhood donors centers.
COURTESY OF SHANE WOLF
WOLF’S BIG BREAK University of Cincinnati alumnus Shane Wolf was recently decorated with the prestigious Prix Taylor presented by the Taylor Foundation. Established in 1844, the foundation has yielded a long line of avant-garde artists including Edouard Manet and Eugene Delacroix.
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“When the jury placed the award’s plaque next to my name there was an immediate He works six days per week and typically murmur of excitement from the crowd,” Wolf hits the gym for a daily workout. When he said.“I was perhaps the only person present who finishes up at the studio, he heads home to didn’t know what the prize meant.” cook a full-flavored dinner and do a bit of And while Wolf is honored to be given this relaxing. A day could include a spontaneous tremendous distinction, he finds happiness in visit with friends and even the basic normalcy of simply making it work as an artist. Since 2007, financial worries. he’s been able to fully support himself from Shane Wolf’s regular routine sounds like different forms of drawing and painting. the typical young professional life until you “When there’s add his significant list of nothing else you’d accolades, remarkable I always tell people that rather do, you find artistic skills, passport ways to make it each It has full of adventurous travels work,” Wolf said. its moments of inspiration, fatigue, and current residence as His trick to doing frustration, surprise and discovery, a professional painter in just that is finding Paris, France. just like travel. complementary ways The University of to use his abilities Cincinnati College of without having to Design Architecture Art seek work outside his and Planning alumnus DAAP ALUMNUS & PRIX TAYLOR AWARD WINNER art, he said. Because was recently decorated his paintings have a with the prestigious Prix Taylor presented by rather expensive overhead, Wolf teaches classes the Taylor Foundation. Established in 1844, the occasionally, trades drawings for services and foundation has yielded a long line of avantlectures about his trade. garde artists including Edouard Manet and “One must be a bit financially creative at Eugene Delacroix. times, but I view this as another part of an artist’s Because of his native Ohioan background, creative process,” he said. Wolf wasn’t even particularly familiar with Defining his style of painting doesn’t French foundation.
painting is a journey.
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preoccupy Wolf, realizing that each person’s unique style comes from his or her worldview and personality. He isn’t necessarily caught up on painting expressionistic, classical or deconstructive — he’s influenced by everything and nothing. His art is apart of his identity, which makes it untouchable but also can impacted by everyone and everything he sees in the world, he said. “I always tell people that each painting is a journey,” Wolf said. “It has its moments of inspiration, fatigue, frustration, surprise and discovery, just like travel.” Shane’s travels are as extensive and colorful as his oeuvre. His memories include running with the bulls in Pamplona, crossing the Atlantic in a cargo ship, sipping hot chocolate in Saint Lucia, watching the sunrise at the base camp of mount Khangchendzonga and rafting in the jungles of northern Thailand. Traveling to each place has extended a different, invaluable life lesson to Wolf but all of these adventures have taught him to reach for every opportunity given. “Learning to address my hesitations and fears is perhaps the single most important way that travel has influenced how I make art,” Wolf said. And while he now marvels at the intensity of SEE ARTIST | 4
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ENTERTAINMENT REEL TALK Southgate House remembered
January 9 | 2012
Getting lost turns into sci-ﬁ adventure
I’m no artist, but let me paint you a picture. It’s a Wednesday night, the sky is dark, and the moon is nowhere in sight. I’m driving somewhere in Mason, looking for Wall2Wall soccer. I’m lost. But I knew exactly where I am. I wasn’t drunk, tired or even high. But I was lost all the same as I drove my car toward the highlighted route. Let me explain, this Christmas I asked Santa Claus for a GPS. And since I’ve been such a good boy this year, Kris Kringle granted my wishes. So there I am, easily making hairpin turns onto shadowy roads I’ve never been on before, all at the dead of night, all because of my GPS. It felt like something out of a movie, with Cincinnati rock band the Greenhornes providing the soundtrack to my science fiction fantasy. My GPS — like something out of “Minority Report” — told me everything I needed to know, all with the simple touch of a finger. It told me my speed, where I was, my estimated time of arrival, the speed limit, what side of the street to look at and probably a lot more I haven’t even figured out yet. With all that information, I didn’t look at the road for minutes at a time — I didn’t need to. Instead, I turned up the tunes. In front of a blistering drum beat and frantic guitars The Greenhornes’ Craig Fox shouted at me: “I’ve lost all reason and I’m a long way from home/ I can’t go back, I left the world behind.” Sure it’s a cliché, but in this amateur film, now would be my time for introspection. Fox’s lyrics were speaking directly to me, and since the car was practically driving itself, I had the time to think. I’ve recently taken on the job of Entertainment editor here at The News Record, and while this might not mean much to you, it does represent a major step up in the responsibility and commitment in my life. More out of necessity than desire, I’ve joined the rest of the world on Twitter and Facebook. It’s kind of my job now. I’m probably way behind the times without a blog. I don’t want to sound like an old man (or like my parents, because Lord knows they don’t know enough about technology to criticize it) but I enjoy writing things on pen and paper — my thoughts oftentimes even exceed 140 characters. I’d rather meet up with a friend once a week instead of tweeting them 20 times per day. Sometimes, I even like to focus on the road instead of a computer screen. Was I in danger of leaving the world behind as I went deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of the entertainment world? I ruminated while Fox repeated “I can’t go back, I left the world behind.” A tambourine shook and “Left the World Behind” was over, time for reflection finished. Now was the time for action — either that or meaningful character development. As the song concluded my GPS began talking to me: “Turn left in 500 feet,” it said. I imagined it as a “2001” HAL robotic rival. “In 500 feet, turn into dangerous oncoming traffic and die.” Sadly, I was so dependent on the technology I just about did it. My diminutive green Mini Cooper wouldn’t have fared well. So I turned of my GPS, focused on the road and tried to figure out where the hell I was at. Somewhere in Mason, there was undoubtedly a bored teenager looking out his window, laughing at me, as I made wrong turn after illadvised wrong turn. Eventually, I made it to my soccer game, a little late, but I made it — no GPS, no science fiction. What’s more important, the journey or the destination? For me, it’s the former. Even as the latter looms more ominously than ever on the horizon. Is that enough character development to end a Hollywood film on? Probably not, but it’s enough for me. Remember, I’m no artist.
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When my favorite bar closes, I generally feel a sense of discord knowing that I’ll have to adjust my routine and move onto something unknown. Then the Southgate House closed on New Year’s. That feeling of discord quickly turned to uncertainty, mild depression and complete infuriation. Though owner Ross Raleigh is currently working on setting up another Newport location, I have to wonder if he can fill the huge void now present in Cincinnati’s music community. As a singer who has performed in bands for seven out of my 22 years of life, this hits home especially deep. When playing in a local band, the Southgate House is always where I wanted to end up. The first time I found myself at the Southgate House was for a band from Nashville, Tenn. named Vertigo and I was instantly enchanted by the House’s set up. It was a bar, but it had an intensely
comfortable atmosphere. For me, going to the Southgate House was like going to a gigantic house party at my friend’s place while his parents weren’t home — only without the mess or chance of the cops showing up, and it’d happen every day with live music from my favorite band. With two floors and a ballroom basement, the Southgate House was an ideal destination for local, regional and national music. Whether it was Cincy-Punk Fest, Open Mic night, or any random show, the Southgate House always had something fun going on that would cost you $20 — usually even cheaper. The Southgate House even held events showcasing bands that would eventually become rock stars in their own right. The Strokes, The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and The Black Keys all played the Southgate House on some of their earliest tours — a prestigious line-up that no other venue in Cincinnati can beat.
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GREAT MISFIT VENUE Jerry Only of the Misﬁts performs at the Southgate House. A music venue that united all types of performers and people closed down after its ﬁnal New Year’s Eve performances. The Southgate House built a home for Cincinnati and its music. You could walk in, grab a beer, have a conversation with anyone in the room and it would be
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JAZZ BAND FUN Ellen Rowe and the Ingrid Jensen Quintet performed at the opening night festivities for the recently relocated Blue Wisp Jazz Club.With acts like the ones present on opening night and a lot more space than the previous location, the venue will surely continue to find success.
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in downtown Cincinnati. On Friday, Jan. 6 the Blue Wisp opened its doors at the new location. The authentic late-night bluesman Delbert Williams kicked things off with a smoldering performance. Later that night the Ellen Rowe and Ingrid Jensen Quintet followed with a big-band performance worthy of all the extra space that the new venue provided.
Another “common” hip-hop album MARISA WHITAKER | TNR CONTRIBUTOR
When presented with Common’s new album, “The Dreamer, The Believer,” I was immediately skeptical. I’m not a fan of hip-hop on most days; however, I figured it was time to give the genre a more serious evaluation. It’s been my observation that the average hip-hop artist gives off the same air: “Mylife-is-cooler-than-yours, sing my lyrics, and pretend you can relate.” It turns out I wasn’t far off with Common. More often than not, I was squinting my eyes at the lyrics and wondering “Why?” . He sprinkles in random brand names and mentions other hip-hop artists while even managing to drop President Barack Obama’s name into the fourth song. In“Sweet,”Common equates his contribution in hip-hop to Obama’s contribution toward politics. But why would he compare his music to the biggest pushover and disappointment the presidency has ever known? Does this mean Common is a disappointment to the hiphop genre and knows it? About the time I got to “Raw (How You Like It),” I discovered a website that explains the lyrics line by line. Knowing what was really going on made it even harder to take seriously. Couldn’t we have just started in with easily understandable language? Let’s nix the
“N-word” and cryptic cocaine references. Maybe I’m being too hard on the guy though. The public has made this genre popular for a reason, even if I don’t particularly derive much pleasure from it. I did, however, enjoy the inclusion of a Maya Angelou quote in “The Dreamer,” a song promoting an African American sense of pride that brought a smile to my face. Beyond the lyrics, the melodies and music behind the words pleased me. They were catchy, interesting, and accompanied by a singularly gratifying guitar solo in the middle of “Windows.” But coming from my iTunes that is littered with guitar jam sessions and “catchy” musical melodies, I didn’t make out any distinctly innovative sounds. Common touched on the dubstep style in “Pops Belief” — making great use of sawtooth zips and zoops throughout the entire 5-minute track — but who doesn’t use dubstep nowadays? The lone guitar solo of the album sounded like it stepped right out of a 60s stoner scene and as I began listening to the CD more, I found myself getting even more excited to hear it every time. I tapped my feet and began to appreciate the friendliness of Common’s accompanying SEE COMMON | 5
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RETURN TO RAP Between writing a memoir and landing a starring role on AMC’s “Hell on Wheels,” ﬁnally culminating in a new CD release. It’s been a busy 2011 for Common.
Noteworthy Tracks: “Sweet,” “Pop’s Belief,” “Windows”
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FROM SCHOLARSHIPS | 1 adequate funding, the scholarship will hopefully be extended to all Asian-American students at UC, Guo said. A committee within the SoCAPS group will be responsible for recommending a candidate for the award and submitting the recommendation to administrative officials for approval, Guo said. The requirements for receiving the scholarship are not yet official, but Guo said there will be more of an emphasis on rewarding community service as opposed to grades or scholarly merit. “Certainly, to be recruited by UC, they are already smart enough,” Guo said. “This is to promote community service. If there are two or
three [students] competing for one position, then we may add merit as one of the criteria, but that is certainly not the major criteria.” University officials authorized the SoCAPS scholarship fund on Oct. 17, 2011, Tang said. The current goal for the program is to award the first scholarship, worth $1,000, in March 2012. Due to uncertainty in future donations made to the fund, it’s impossible to say when the next scholarship will be awarded and if the amount of money awarded in the future will increase, Guo said, but those involved with the program are optimistic. “I hope this is a small seed that we planted and it will grow bigger and bigger each year,” Guo said.
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influenced the function of cells,” Conforti said. The minimal amounts of oxygen in tumors contribute to the progression in size, Conforti said. Their study aims to figure out how to manipulate the effect this has on cells and to stop growth. Yet both studies are both at very premature stages. “It’s a constant progression and is still very basic,” Conforti said. “Every answer we get raises another question and this is how research progresses. That’s the beauty of it.”
scheduled appointment is expected to last 45 minutes to an hour. Jessica Nelson, a second-year criminal justice student, said she is excited to donate blood next week. “It’s for a good cause and I don’t need all of my blood, so I might as well give it away.” She also donated blood during Spring quarter 2011. UC is hosting the blood drive in
FROM ARIEL | 2 following the #NHdebate hashtag during the live debate was being able to see the commentary from people who really knew what they were talking about. @LOLGOP, for example, caught Mitt Romney in a handful of lies and made sure to call him on it, which meant I walked away from the debate
actually learning something about the candidates. Like how Romney is awful, but will most likely win the nomination, especially considering the total lack attacks on him during this debate. Or the precious few differences between Obamacare and Romneycare. Or how many jobs Romney created … in China.
India and feels the pulse of human history in Egypt, his roots are settled in Cincinnati. Wolf grew up in the small town of Reading, Ohio and went to the local public high school where he was encouraged to see the world. “Fortunately, I had family and teachers early on who recognized that travel is education at its best and encouraged me to go on,” Wolf said. Through his worldly
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When Raleigh does open his new venue, I’m sure I’ll be there having a wonderful time. But my memory of nights spent dancing to Neon Indian in the ballroom and moshing to the local punk group in the parlour will forever remain engraved in the in my mind as I watch some of the same groups at the new venue.
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Texans’ win couldn’t be any better Matt Schaub jersey and a Reebok sideline Houston Texans hat: $115. DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket season package to watch the Texans every Sunday on my laptop: $330. Walking around Clifton Saturday night seeing all the sad, depressed Bengals fans with their heads down: Priceless. As a huge Texans fan, it’s been a long, painful 10 years, but watching the Texans manhandle Cincinnati Saturday to get the franchise’s first playoff victory made up for all those hard, head-shaking seasons. It corrected the mistake that was David Carr; it compensated for those four terrible seasons with Dom Capers; and it almost made up for that Nickelback fight song the Texans tried to introduce in 2003, which sounded somewhere between an ill-tempered garbage disposal and two cats fighting over a piece of trash. Watching the Bengals’ postseason hopes and dreams get crushed under the mighty cleat of Arian “Footsteps” Foster and Co. Saturday was the ultimate cure for a fan base that has had postseason fever for the past few years. In fact, I couldn’t have scripted Houston’s first playoff appearance any better. For years I’ve been ridiculed by friends, family and complete strangers for rooting for Houston while living in Cincinnati. Well, who has the last laugh now, chumps? Not only did Houston win in the two teams’ regular season meeting on a last minute miracle drive, but then they went on to slay the little jungle kitties in the first round of the playoffs. Bragging aside, though, kudos to the young Bengals squad for getting to the playoffs, even though they practically had a cake walk there. Here’s a fun fact that gets most Cincinnati fans redder than Andy Dalton’s hair: The Bengals had just one win this year against a team with an above .500 record — the mighty 9-7 Tennessee Titans, who were led by a rookie coach and quarterbacked by an ancient Matt Hasselbeck. Regardless, Cincinnati had somewhat of a Cinderella season that no one saw coming — from the analysts on ESPN to the team’s massive horde of bandwagon fans — and were a pleasant surprise this year in an otherwise boring and mediocre AFC where the attention was dominated by ESPN lowlights of Tim Tebow. If the Bengals were any other team, a bright future would be in store. Cincinnati is chuck-filled with young talent and building blocks — especially in Rookie of the Year candidates A.J. Green and Dalton. Unfortunately, the Bengals are not any other team — they’re the Cincinnati Bungles who still have one of the cheapest owners in the NFL, who cares more about his pocket book than his team’s performance. Cincinnati has never had consecutive winning seasons since Mike Brown inherited the reigns from his legendary father, and I’ll be surprised if that trend breaks anytime soon. In the meantime, the Texans have another AFC North foe in the Baltimore Ravens, who are led by an inept quarterback and an antique defense filled with players who should be in a retirement home. Realistically, however, I realize the Patriots will probably go to the Super Bowl from the AFC — especially now that “coach McKid” has crawled back to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady — to meet either the Saints or the Packers from the NFC. That’s OK though; Houston finally made the playoffs, which means they’ll actually be a good, playable team in next year’s installment of Madden. With old man Manning looking like he might be out of Indy next season, it looks SEE WEINBERG | 5
UC falls to No. 10 Rutgers 58-47 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
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Despite a game-high 15 points from senior guard Bjonee Reaves, the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team fell 58-47 to No. 10 Rutgers Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. “We knew going into the game that we were going to be pressed for 40 minutes, and it was going to be key how we handled their pressure, especially coming out of the gates,” said UC head coach Jamelle Elliott. Coming out of the gates, the Bearcats struggled offensively in the first half of play. Cincinnati was scoreless for the first four minutes, which allowed the Scarlet Knights to take a 9-0 lead that they never relinquished. Cincinnati freshman guard Dayeesha Hollins netted the Bearcats’ first two points at the 15 minute mark and helped UC come within four of the Scarlet Knights, but with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Rutgers went on 15-6 run to enter halftime leading 26-15.
The Bearcats finished the first half shooting just 21.7 percent from the field, while going 2-of-13 from behind the arc. To begin the second half, Cincinnati went on a 6-0 run to come within seven points of the Scarlet Knights, but Rutgers responded with a 15-2 run to take a commanding 23-point lead with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game. Despite the likely prospect of defeat, the Bearcats finished the game strong, losing by just 11 while netting 13-of-30 shots from the field in the game’s final 20 minutes. Reaves finished the game 5-of-18 from the field and 4-of-14 from long range. “We got down 9-0 to start the game, then we regrouped and were able to handle their pressure pretty well for the rest of the game,” Elliott said. “We got open shots, but we didn’t get them to fall. All in all, I’m proud of the way we played against the No. 10 team in the country.” The Bearcats return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday against No. 3 Notre Dame at Fifth Third Arena.
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TEAM’S SENIOR LEADER Cincinnati senior guard Bjonee Reaves has a netted a team-high 211 points so far this season.
RED STORM HITS FIFTH THIRD ARENA MEN’S BASKETBALL
Cincinnati loses 57-55 to St. John’s on buzzer beater Eventually we ﬁgured it was going to happen — shots can’t keep going in.
CATHY HEBERT | SENIOR REPORTER In a deflating 57-55 loss Saturday at Fifth Third Arena against St. John’s University, the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team snapped its seven-game winning-streak and wrecked their chances to begin Big East play 3-0 for the first time. Despite a late comeback by the Bearcats, the Red Storm secured a win with a buzzerbeating-put-back by Moe Harkless in the final three seconds of the game. While The Bearcats’ defense broke down on the last drive, their troubles started long before. Cincinnati trailed at the beginning of the game and failed to get any points until the first half’s 16:09 mark when JaQuon Parker set up a Yancy Gates dunk on a fast break. The Bearcats struggled to shoot the ball all game, finishing 20-of-76 from the field and 7-of-32 from behind the 3-point line. Cincinnati junior guard Cashmere Wright — who has been playing strong of late but recorded just eight points Saturday — said he thought Cincinnati’s offensive woes were in part due to his inability to score points and make plays. “Honestly, it all started from the beginning — I failed from the beginning to get myself in, and to get my teammates going,”Wright said.“I didn’t bring the energy in the first half, didn’t do too much the whole game basically, so it just trickled down, and we didn’t deserve to win that game. The Bearcats managed to tie the game 10-10 before taking and retaining the lead for the rest of the half. The lead was thanks, in large, to the reigning Big East Player of the Week, Sean Kilpatrick, who scored seven-straight points as part of the Bearcats 12-0 run that put them ahead 18-10 in the middle of the first half. Kilpatrick finished with a game-high 21 points. In the start of the second half, the Bearcats again went on a scoring drought failing to record any points until the 15-minute mark. With 2:53 remaining in the game, the Bearcats slowly mounted a comeback to pull within eight of the Red Storm, and with 1:34 on the game clock, Wright hit a 3-pointer to put the Bearcats within one. Despite a St. John’s basket, the Bearcats were once again able to come back — this time off the hands of freshman Jeremiah Davis III, who hit a three pointer from the corner to tie the score at 55. Out of a time out and with three seconds remaining in the game, St. John’s guard D’Angelo Harrison received the inbound pass and drove to the baseline for a running jump shot. His shot rimmed out, but Harkless was there for the put-back to end the game. “We tried to steal the inbounds pass instead of
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what w e t a l k e d about in the time out,” said UC head coach Mick Cronin. “We got beat. Forget the tipin, [the first shot] should have went in. Poetic justice on the tip in — basketball gods giving the team that deserved to win the win.” Cronin chose to stick with the new starting line up of Kilpatrick, Wright, Dixon, Parker and Justin Jackson, while both Gates and Cheikh Mbodj came off the bench, but neither was particularly effective, as both managed to grab seven rebounds but only tallied 10 and four points, respectively. Parker and Dixon both finished with zero points and were a combined 0-for-15 from the field. “Eventually we figured it was going to happen — shots can’t keep going in,” Wright said. “But at the end of the day, we are supposed to be a well-rounded team. We are supposed to figure out a way to make it through it, push through and still win the game.” The Bearcats have little time to dwell on the loss as they return to action tonight to take on No. 9 Georgetown at 9 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
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CINCY’S SHARP SHOOTER Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 21 points Saturday in UC’s 57-55 loss.
SPORTS IN BRIEF
Scott named to COBRA magazine First Team University of Cincinnati middle blocker Jordanne Scott has been named to COBRA Magazine’s All-National First Team for the third straight season. Scott led the Bearcats in kills (482) and kills per set (3.54), hitting .319 and averaging .82 blocks per set in 2011. She helped lead UC’s volleyball team to its ﬁrst Big East Tournament Championship in program history and its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. Scott was a ﬁrst-team all-Big East selection and American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention. COBRA Magazine celebrates the success of African American volleyball players to show young girls that there are opportunities in the sport, despite economic disadvantages and cultural differences. Scott was named Midwest Regional Player of the Year by the magazine in November 2011 as well.
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THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON UC junior middle blocker Jordanne Scott was named to COBRA Magazine’s All-National First Team.
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The University of Cincinnati baseball team is predicted to ﬁnish seventh in the Big East for the 2012 season after receiving 64 votes in the preseason coaches’ poll. The Bearcats ﬁnished in a four-way tie for fourth place during their 2011 season, ﬁnishing with a 14-13 league record. UC returns seven of eight position players. St. John’s University was picked to win the conference. The Red Storm will bring back its entire starting pitching rotation, in addition to six of eight position players. The Bearcats began preseason training last week in preparation for their season opener on Feb. 17, when they take on Purdue University in Clearwater, Fla. as part of the Big East/Big Ten Challenge.