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Opinion: UC officials urge community to engage more, not less Ono, Davenport, Marshall respond to racist cartoon, plan dialogue on race It is hard to imagine a sector of our society that is more devoted to understanding difference than higher education. Race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, religion and nationality are more than words, numbers or goals for us. These are complex realities that are lived, learned, researched, debated, celebrated, tested, leveraged and supported on college campuses every day and in various ways. Difference is essential to who we are, what we do and why we matter. Nevertheless, every year campuses across the country find themselves dealing with racist acts or toxic utterances that seek to deprive difference of its value
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and impact. The University of Cincinnati knows this reality well. Such incidents shock the system: how could a member of our community do such a thing? The hurt is real, and it can be compounded if felt by some but not all. Our immediate response must be to reach out to those targeted or threatened, ensuring their safety and sense of wellbeing. No one should stand alone in our community, especially at a time like this. Our next step may be the hardest, but it is the one that we are distinctively equipped to take: we must talk more, not less, about what makes us similar and different; more, not less, about our responsibility to recognize and protect free speech, even—and perhaps especially—when it is objectionable; and more, not less, about how we, individually and collectively, plan
to transform such occurrences into positive outcomes for our campus community. Our discussions should leverage our academic training and experience, leading us to examine every sort of rendering—
“We must talk more, not less, about what makes us similar and different; more not less, about our responsibility to recognize and protect free speech.” written, spoken, drawn or performed—to determine its motives and effects, its claim on truth. And while all members of our community have the right to express an odious opinion, we also have an equal
right, even a duty, to challenge it. Just as there are better and worse ways to conduct research, teach classes and write papers, there are better and worse ways to discuss disagreements. The better way? To stretch minds, not close them; to attack falsehoods, not personhood. The point of civility is not to cultivate thin skins or to lose perspective. The point is to act responsibly and respectfully. The alternative is simply not worthy of the people we aspire to be. Recently, we launched a national search for UC’s Chief Diversity Officer, a formerly part-time role that was elevated to a fulltime position in early 2013. Someone asked if we plan to be forthright with external candidates about the diversityrelated challenges facing the University. SEE RACISM PG 2
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A proposal brought to the Cincinnati Public School Board Monday, recommended the addition of local, publiccollege presidents as nonvoting members of the school board and President Santa Ono might be one of them. Vanessa White, Cincinnati School Board member and Cincinnati City Council candidate, suggested that adding University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State presidents to the school board could do great things — like increase local college retention — for Cincinnati Public Schools. Ono and Cincinnati State President O’dell Owens would sit on the school board as ex-officio members, meaning they would be unable to vote, but their experience leading two local universities could help increase graduation rates in CPS. “I would welcome an opportunity to serve on CPS’s Board. UC is already substantively involved in several CP schools and we take our role as an urbanserving university very seriously,” Ono said in an email. “Service on that board would only help align our collaboration further for the betterment of both institutions and the city of Cincinnati.” In her fourth year on the school board, White has noticed that high school graduation rates have been rising, but the focus needs to be turned toward encouraging young people to attend and graduate from college. “We know it’s inadequate at a time where post-secondary degrees are practically essential when you’re talking about workforce development,”White said. “I think we’re going to improve both the graduation rate and the college persistence rate.” Adding the two presidents to the school board would require finesse to adhere to Ohio law. The law states that members of the school board must be voted in, so the legislature would need to make an exception for Ono and Owens to become nonvoting members. But the feat is not impossible. Other Ohio cities benefit from university presidents on school boards in a similar fashion. Two presidents of public universities in Cleveland are members of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District School Board as nonvoting members. While the effects of such involvement are hard to predict, White said the change “could only have positive impact.” “I know UC had a record freshmen class and that’s great, but I think there is untapped possibilities with students that aren’t graduating and going to college,” White said. “This plan is just one way to ensure a higher degree of collaboration and accountability between both the university presidents and our school board.” SEE CPS PG 2
Researchers at Cincinnati universities are likely to be most aﬀected by the government shutdown, but that could expand to students applying for loans for the Spring semester.
As research grant deadlines approach, prolonged shutdown could pose issues BEN GOLDSCHMIDT & MELANIE TITANIC-SCHEFFT THE NEWS RECORD
Cincinnati colleges are already starting to feel the heat from the government shutdown, particularly research institutions like the University of Cincinnati. Though the impact is mild for now, more negative effects will be felt later, depending on how long the shutdown lasts, said William Ball, vice president of the UC Office of Sponsored Research. “Seldom are the effects of such a shutdown experienced immediately, however, the communication with [government] offices are halted, which will affect the outcome of newly submitted grants the longer the shutdown continues,” Ball said. Grants that have already been funded won’t be affected, but newly submitted grants are on hold and the shutdown will likely affect how much funding is given and who receives funding based on how long it lasts, Ball said. “At the moment, UC is heavily leveraged with government funding, but we fear that will suffer if this continues much longer as time progresses,” Ball said. Miami University is in a similar situation. Jim Oris, Miami University’s associate provost for research and scholarships, said the longer the shutdown lasts, the greater the risk for significant impact to the university’s research and education programs. “The research funding environment is already extremely competitive, and
the delay or postponement of proposal submissions, reviews, and subsequent awards further erodes our capacity to conduct meaningful research with our students,” Oris said in a statement. Xavier University has seen some more specific issues arise due to the shutdown. Shari Howell, grant services officer at Xavier’s Office of Grant Services, said some routine activities have been halted and in one case, a new hire will have to wait for funding to come through for a job. However, Xavier hasn’t seen any effects on recently submitted grants that have not been funded yet, Howell said. That’s not to say the university’s ability to conduct research hasn’t been affected. Research
“At the moment, UC is heavily leveraged with government funding, but we fear that will suffer if this continues much longer as time progresses.” William Ball, vice president of the UC Office of Sponsored Research
proposals are due soon, and Howell isn’t able to work on proposal pieces because she has no access to the electronic systems necessary to do so. “Even if the shutdown is resolved soon, this could limit our ability to respond to requests for proposals by the established deadlines and force us to delay submitting a proposal until the next [request for proposal] is issued,” Howell said. Other Cincinnati universities are almost completely unscathed by the shutdown. The College of Mount Saint Joseph has no government-funded grants and has no
plans to pursue any in the near future, but the college is unsure how student loans will be affected. Student loans at UC are currently unaffected, but Ball is afraid for loans applied for and submitted for the Spring semester depending on how money will be reallocated after the shutdown. Ball also said UC had plans to pursue research with NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, but those plans have been stopped and cannot be renegotiated until after the shutdown. “Essentially, as time goes on we will feel the effects, but exactly how much and where it will hit the hardest will remain to be seen.” As of press time, no progress toward ending the shutdown has been made. The political standoff that has gummed up the government for nine days showed no sign of ending Wednesday as Democratic leaders dug deeper into their position that they would not negotiate with Congressional Republicans leaders until the government is reopened. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) but the 40-minute conference in Boehner’s office showed no signs of untangling the logjam. Democrats had agreed to lower the budget figure to $986 billion, the Republicans’ baseline spending level, and begin a conference to delve into exactly where government spending would be cut, Pelosi said in a statement.She said she had 200 House Democrats who would accept the cuts. But in exchange, Democrats want the Republicans to drop efforts to derail the Affordable Care Act. McClatchey-Tribune News Service contributed to this report.
UC Technology Commercialization Accelerator hub opens at temporary location New center aims to help startups get off ground, hope district becomes hub ALEXIS O’BRIEN CHIEF REPORTER
The University of Cincinnati opened its Technology Commercialization Accelerator hub on Short Vine Monday. “The area is adjacent to the university campus and is in a bridging location between UC’s East and West campuses,” said Dorothy Air, UC vice president of entrepreneurial affairs and technology commercialization, in an email. “With much development activity going on in this area, Short Vine is likely to become an important innovation district.” The endeavor formed out of the UC Office of Entrepreneurial Affairs and
Technology Commercialization in February 2012. During its launch, the accelerator’s founders and SV ARX, LLC, a Short Vine development group, signed a memorandum of understanding that the accelerator would eventually move into a space on Short Vine. The accelerator is now moving into its temporary location at 2612 Vine Street. “Our intention all along has been to locate on Short Vine and we are very happy to serve as a catalyst for future growth and development of what’s likely to become an innovation district in Cincinnati,” Air said. The accelerator works to create startup companies by pinpointing promising technologies, assessing them to determine viable opportunities,
developing commercialization strategies, and facilitating the work needed to move
“With much development activity going on in this area, Short Vine is likely to become an important innovation district.” Dorothy Air, UC vice president of entrepreneurial affairs and technology commercialization
technology toward commercialization, according to Air. Already, the accelerator has committed $160,000 in awards for four promising projects led by UC investigators. “As a major research institution, [UC] develops a range of technologies that have potential to become products that can
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impact lives,” Air said. “Because of this, universities have the ability to be economic drivers in the region and beyond.” New inventions reach the program through invention disclosures that inventors file with the UC Intellectual Property Office, and through colleges and departments that identify opportunities. “The products that get to market have the potential to generate a royalty stream back to the university, offer educational experiences for students, generate jobs related to start-up companies and contribute to the economic vitality of the region,” Air said. Renovations are currently underway at what will become the accelerator’s permanent home — 2630 Vine Street. The space is expected to be ready for the accelerator’s occupancy in 2014.
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UC alumna wins prestigious national poetry award
UC alumna Jillian Weise recently was awarded the James Laughlin Award for her poetry “The Book of Goodbyes.”
UC grad overcomes odds, disabilities; adds to long list of national honors JEIDY MELENDEZ STAFF REPORTER
University of Cincinnati alumna Jillian Weise recently won the James Laughlin Award and $5,000 for her collection of poetry “The Book of Goodbyes,” but the award is just the most recent in a long list of accolades. The award is the only one given by the Academy of American Poets in the U.S. for an author’s second book. Along with the $5,000 top prize, copies of her book will be
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Our answer to them is our pledge to you: we will be honest with ourselves and with the broader community that we can and will do better. More than simply understanding our differences, we must live, learn and work across them in ways that make our campus community increasingly excellent. Now is the time to engage more fully with these issues. • Join us on October 16th for a campuswide forum on “Breaking the Polite Silence: A Conversation About Race” with Michael Eric Dyson, professor of sociology at Georgetown University and a leading voice on race, difference and identity. • Learn more about the history and success of our student-centered Racial Awareness Program (RAPP), and then get involved in their newly launched dialogue series entitled “Let’s Talk About It.” • Attend a lecture or forum involving our faculty experts working in these fields. • Take advantage of the University’s soon-to-be launched innovative online training program that explores the various dimensions of difference in a self-paced learning environment. • Participate in any of the numerous diversity, inclusion and safe zone training sessions on campus or contact the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer to help identify a customized workshop for your group or organization. • Submit an opinion piece to The News Record on what difference means to you. • Review our campus-wide Diversity Plan and give us your ideas and insights for making it better. • Initiate meaningful discussions with each other in the dorms, classrooms, playing fields or cafeteria. The list goes on, but hopefully you get the point that our campus community needs each of us to speak up and reach out now more than ever. This opinion editorial was written by UC President Santa Ono, Provost Beverly Davenport and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Bleuzette Marshall.
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White isn’t the only member of the school board who sees this action as a progressive move. CPS President Eileen Cooper Reed supports the idea but said it is only a small portion of improving Cincinnati’s public school system. “We’ll be looking at a number of
distributed among fellow attendees at the award ceremony in New York City Oct. 25. “It feels validating, it feels completely surprising, it feels like an honor, it’s just incredible,”Weise said. As one might assume from the title, “The Book of Goodbyes” explores goodbyes and an affair between a female amputee and a man referred to as “Big Logos.”The book also won the 2013 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. The competition for both awards is very intense, but Weise, despite previous rejections of her manuscript, said she was determined to persevere. “The James Laughlin award brings
me into existence as far as being a poet with the Academy of American Poets,” Weise said. “At the same time, you have to understand this was a book that got rejected at least 10 times before I found the publisher. It’s not just this easy trajectory. I sent the manuscript for ‘The Book Of Goodbyes’ out for about two years and it was rejected and rejected and rejected.” The competitive award is proof of Weise’s talent, said Don Bogen, UC comparative literature professor. “It’s common for books to be rejected many, many times,” Bogen said. “The publishers often get hundreds of manuscripts, sometimes thousands of manuscripts and they often run contests to pick the best manuscript. Jillian won that prize to have the book published. Weise gained national attention in 2007 for her poetry collection “The Amputee’s Guide to Sex,” in which she openly deciphered the portrayal of people with disabilities as asexual. Her new collection has received positive reviews from Publishers Weekly Stared Review, The Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Times. “I read ‘The Amputee’s Guide to Sex’ from cover to cover,” said James Cummins, a senior librarian at UC. “And ‘The Book of Goodbyes’ exceeds even that pleasure.” Born in Texas in 1981, Weise has overcome several disabilities, including the loss of one of her legs from the knee down. She also achieved numerous honors including four published books, multiple journal articles, several published chapter books and appearances at more than 15 conferences around the country. She identifies herself as a cyborg because of her computerized prosthetic
leg. Weise lived in Argentina on a Fulbright Fellowship merit-based grant to literally walk the path Charles Darwin walked during one of his expeditions. She currently works as an assistant professor of creative writing at Clemson University where she also is a contributing editor at The South Carolina Review. Weise graduated from the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences department of English and comparative literature in 2009. “The program at the University of Cincinnati is spectacular, it’s one of the best in the nation,”Weise said. “I choose the University of Cincinnati for the faculty because you have so many writers publishing exciting work and because they’ll let you do this multiple genre dissertation which is one part scholarship and one part creative writing.” She said some of her favorite poet’s received their Ph.D. from UC and many worked as professors — like Bogen, Cummins and John Drury. “Your alum, in particular your poetry alum, are quite astounding in what they are able to achieve after they get their Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati,” Weise said. Weise considers herself a spontaneous writer with no political agenda, however her writing style is blunt and straightforward. “What is striking about her style is the energy of her voice, a very distinctive voice that doesn’t sound like anybody else,” Bogen said. “It is a voice that is willing to take risks emotionally, and a very dramatic voice so you feel strong emotions coming through the writing.”
Amid shutdown, Obama picks Yellen to lead Fed Ally of current Fed chairman tapped for top job; awaits Senate approval WASHINGTON — Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Federal Reserve, comes to the post with more years and a wider range of experience at the central bank than her predecessors and a career-long focus on the issue that remains at the center of public concern over the economy — jobs and labor markets. Yellen’s emphasis on work and unemployment, on which she produced several major scholarly papers during her many years as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has also become the focus of Republican critics and some on Wall Street who fear she is soft on inflation. The Fed has a dual mandate to maintain stable prices and optimize employment, and some experts, including some of Yellen’s colleagues at the Fed, have seen the central bank as being too willing to tolerate inflation in order to lower unemployment levels. Last month Fed officials shocked investors and most everybody else by holding off on reducing their main stimulus program, worried that the economy and the job market in particular were still too weak. Minutes of last month’s meeting, released Wednesday, indicated that it was a “relatively close call” for several voting members of the Fed policy-making committee on whether to begin to cut back its bond-buying program. Officials worried that failing to reduce the stimulus could undermine the central bank’s credibility as financial markets were expecting a pullback. Most Fed officials, though, said they still expected to see the central bank starting to cut bond purchases by year’s end.
At a deeper level, the split at the Fed reflects the partisan struggle in Washington as well as divisions in the public at large. In recent years, conservatives increasingly have pushed back against the nation’s spending and debt and what they see as the threat of runaway inflation and other problems stemming from government policies. Aggressive monetary support by the Fed has been among the policies some conservatives have attacked. For now, Fed critics have been largely quieted because inflation is very low and shows few signs of rapidly increasing in the foreseeable future. By contrast, unemployment remains high after four years of recovery. That has bolstered the Fed’s focus on maintaining stimulative policies to promote employment, of which Yellen, the vice chair, has been one of the strongest proponents. During the recession and tepid recovery, the Fed, under the leadership of Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, has continually pumped money into the financial system while keeping its benchmark short-term interest rate near zero. Yellen has been a close ally of Bernanke, and if anything, probably has pushed for even stronger stimulus. Yellen’s critics have often cited as evidence of her position a statement she made in early April: “I believe progress on reducing unemployment should take center stage” for Fed policymakers “even if maintaining that progress might result in inflation slightly and temporarily exceeding 2 percent” — the Fed’s target rate. But many economists say Yellen’s other public remarks, long experience at the Fed and record suggest she is nothing like the inflation dove the critics portray. “I was in the Clinton administration with her when unemployment was 4 percent, and she was very aware of inflation,” Holzer said, referring to 1999 when he was
the Labor Department’s chief economist and Yellen headed the White House Council of Economic Advisers. “She’s not a mindless stimulator.” Diminutive and soft-spoken, Yellen grew up in Brooklyn and attended a public high school in the city. She developed a passion for economics and international finance in particular while an undergraduate at Brown University, she told the college newspaper recently. Her economic views were largely formed at Yale, where she earned a doctorate under the tutelage of the late Nobel laureate James Tobin — a strong proponent of the ideas of John Maynard Keynes, that government can and should take action to mitigate recessions and tackle problems such as high unemployment. Among Yellen’s scholarly works are a number of papers on work, the labor movement and the economy that she wrote while at Berkeley with her husband, George Akerlof, who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001.
strategies,” Reed said. “I do think it is important to always speak to those relationships and see how we might improve so that our students are better prepared [to go to college] and that they’re preparing teachers to come to our system so that they can be doing the best job that they know how [to] as well.” UC has partnered with CPS on many
occasions. One of the most prominent is the Pride Grant program that provides financial aid to Pell Grant eligible CPS graduates. “Many of our students partner and mentor in the schools,” said Caroline Miller, senior associate vice president in the Enrollment Office. “[The College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services] participates and leads many
initiatives as do others in some very interesting ways. For example, the [College Conservatory of Music] has a wonderful instrument program.” The proposal is still in an early phase. After a formal presentation to the school board, the initiative will be put to a vote. If passed it would be brought to the Ohio legislature.
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President Barack Obama nominated economist Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve Wednesday.
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Counting down to Homecoming Annual celebration breaks participation records, incorporates wide range of student organizations, events EMILY BEGLEY COLLEGE LIFE EDITOR
As Fall semester classes stretch into their seventh week, a celebratory atmosphere is descending on the University of Cincinnati. Homecoming is just days away, and this year is expected to be bigger and better
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The University of Cincinnati’s Homecoming celebration is breaking records, incorporating more participants and the greatest number of King and Queen nominations ever received.
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than ever. More than 20 events will comprise a week’s worth of celebration, kicking off Saturday and continuing through Oct. 19. Representing a diverse group of activities and student organizations, Homecoming aims to reach out to the UC community as a whole. “This is a way we are trying to ensure that students feel that Homecoming isn’t just for a select group of people, but for the entirety of the UC community,” said Andrew Naab, UC Undergraduate Student Government at-large senator. “It is also a way we can help student groups promote themselves to more students, allowing them to broadcast their mission, vision and purpose.” Student groups were permitted to submit event proposals in preparation for Homecoming, allowing them to partner with SG events or be sponsored to hold their own activities. A highlight of the week is a T-shirt exchange and pep rally Tuesday featuring President Santa Ono, football head coach Tommy Tuberville and Athletic Director Whit Babcock. Students are encouraged to swap a T-shirt of their own for Homecoming apparel; all shirts exchanged will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul, which supports local families in need. In addition to its collection of inclusive events, Homecoming boasts the greatest number of Homecoming King and Queen nominations ever received. By reaching out to student organizations, SG received 50 nominations for queen and 35 nominations for king, Naab said. The Homecoming Court will be announced Saturday during Sigma Phi’s Fall Ball, which starts off the week’s events 8 p.m. at Bogart’s. Tickets to the event are $10 and require a student I.D. The court will experience its newfound royalty at 9 a.m. Oct. 19, riding in horse-drawn carriages as part of the Homecoming Parade. The parade continues to break records, incorporating 13 floats and 32 walking groups. “This is a great success for us and all students as it truly shows the spirit of Homecoming,” Naab said.
Inflatable Jousting/ SG Plinko; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. McMicken Commons
T-shirt Exchange/ Pep Rally; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Myers Alumni Center
Carriage Rides; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. MainStreet
Latinos En Accion Photobooth, Safety Tips; MainStreet PAC Pumpkin Patch Party; 6-8:30 p.m. McMicken Commons
Society of Sports Leaders Powderpuff Football; 5:309:30 p.m. Sheakley Athletic Center
Cincinnatus Nearly Naked Mile; 8 p.m. Sigma Sigma Commons
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Annual celebration breaks participation records, incorporates wide range of student organizations, events WILL KENDRICK STAFF REPORTER
The McMicken College of Arts & Sciences launched its new lecture series with cultural critic Henry A. Giroux Oct. 3. The lecture series, entitled “Transforming the World, Advancing Humanity” is designed to give students the opportunity to both experience and become part of the worldwide conversation on a number of issues and topics. The series is scheduled to
extend into 2014 with a total of six guests appearing at the college. Giroux, a famous and award-winning cultural critic, writer and college professor, was the first of the guests. He has written numerous books, essays and journals on American culture. In 2002, Routledge — a publisher of academic journals and books — named Giroux one of the top 50 educational thinkers of the modern period. His talk focused on capitalism and its effect on American culture, particularly America’s youth. The talk covered a variety of topics relating to capitalism, including the way media and advertising have fused into one.
Giroux, an outspoken advocate for democracy, stated that the “youth and improvised” in the country have become nonissues, practically wiped out from
“Democracy is something to fight for.” Henry A. Giroux, cultural critic
political conversation and viewed immediately as an obstacle for the nation to overcome rather than a problem that can be solved through the aid of public programs, which are also being eroded away. His discussion touched on his youth in Providence, R.I., his feelings about the education system, the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring and what he calls the rise of a “Neo-Liberal” mentality in America. After the speech, there was brief Q&A, in which students and faculty asked Giroux about his policies. When asked by a young girl, roughly 7 years old, what democracy is, Giroux responded with a near dictionary definition of the concept. He then smiled and said, “You didn’t understand any of that, did you? Democracy is something to fight for.” The next lecture: “Are Methane Emissions on the Rise? Climatic and Anthropogenic Feedbacks,” by Amy Townsend-Small, will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 5 in Tangeman University Center Cinema.
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Cultural critic Henry A. Giroux kicked off McMicken College of Arts & Sciences’ lecture series Oct. 3. Giroux’s discussion revolved around capitalism and how it effects American culture.
Diverse author comes to campus as part of Visiting Writers Series Jami Attenberg discusses wide variety of work AMONA REFAEI STAFF REPORTER
Hope and grief, love and loneliness: two distinctly diverse topics with one very strong connection, Jami Attenberg. As a part of the English department’s continuing Visiting Writer Series, Attenberg — a well-published author — will speak at the University of Cincinnati Thursday. Her work ranges from sex and books to love and marriage and other themes in between.
Attenberg has published three novels as well as a collection of stories. Her works cover a variety of topics including technology, design, television and urban life. Her work has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, Print, the Awl, the Hairpin, Elle, Real Simple and a number of other publications. Additionally, Attenberg is one of the author’s of “Wicked: the Musical: A Popup Compendium.” This book features the most memorable moments from the Broadway musical in paper displays. The book also features
letters the characters Galinda and Elphaba wrote to their parents, a map of the Emerald City and the Shiz University student newspaper. Attenberg has also been authoring her blog, whatever-whenever.net, since 1998. Crown/Shave Areaheart Books published her first collection of stories “Instant Love” in 2006. Three young women and their friends narrate the book. Attenberg explores what love and loneliness are and how they can exist together. Grand Central Publishing published Attenberg’s newest novel, “The Middlesteins,” in Oct. 2012. The novel
focuses on the Middlestein family and the father’s decision to leave his wife and addresses issues such as marriage, family and obsession. “The Middlesteins” appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. The novel will be published in England, Taiwan, Russia, Italy, France, Turkey, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel in 2013. The novel was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Elliston Poetry Room in Langsam Library, Rm. 646.
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Tale of two Deltrons Del’s world is as intrguing as previous album, his voice is less trenchant PHIL DIDION PHOTO EDITOR
It was the worst of times, and it got worse. Continuing the story of Deltron, Dan the Automater and Kid Koala, Deltron’s second album “Event II,” takes place in the year 4010 — 1080 years after the events of “Deltron 3030.” Del’s character, Deltron Zero returns this time as Deltron Osiris as he wanders and ponders about the world he lives in. His world is full of corporate and government corruption, raids led by bandits and mercenaries, war, sickness, poverty and broken down high-tech wizardry. Deltron’s world has only gotten worse in his 1080-year hiatus. Just as the people had to wait for his return, so did we. Deltron 3030’s belated second album hit stores and digital shelves after 13 years full of false release dates and assurances from the artist that the album was “just about finished,” dating over three years ago. But when one looks at all of the featuring artists of Deltron’s super group transformation, it becomes understandable. “Event II” features a myriad of artists stretching across the music industry and beyond. The opener features a monologue read out by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt as he describes the state of the world and the long-awaited return of Deltron. In “Melding of the Minds,” Rage Against the Machine’s frontman Zach De La Rocha rips right next to Del in a rock-rap, hip-hop hybrid Sci-Fi mash-up. “Look Across the Sky,” features actress and singer Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and is easily the best track on the whole album. Even Damon Albarn, lead singer of Gorillaz, returns for a third collaboration with Deltron. Among the other 10 featured artists on the album, The Lonely Island makes a special appearance to add to the humorous element of Deltron’s style. On both albums, Del is sure to include comedic dialogues featuring characters who talk about everything from “back in the day” to the people’s poor taste in food, despite their ability to replicate any flavor. Although Dan and Kid Koala’s work is as hard-hitting and beautiful as ever, Del fell a little short this time around. His lyrical and storytelling skills are still very apparent in every track of this album, but his bark is gone. Whereas Deltron Zero shot through the universe without pulling any punches, knocking down his foes and preaching on the problems of his postapocalyptic world, Deltron Osiris takes on the form of the desert sage. He has become wise, laid back, and monotone in his observations of the barren wasteland he calls his home. “Event II” shows a Del whose lyrics just don’t pack the power behind them like they did in “Deltron 3030.” That being said, it’s still a good album because of the work put into it and the potential it shows. Maybe sometime in the next 15 years, he’ll take another go at it and share a sermon or two about the year 5060. Things can’t get any worse, right?
‘Gravity’pulls in audience Unique perspectives give viewers feeling of floating through space MONROE TROMBLY STAFF REPORTER
“Gravity” is an edge-of-the-seat sort of movie but without sitting back, the full breadth of the film would be lost. When “Gravity” premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival Aug. 28, it opened with near universal acclaim. Critics and moviegoers alike started scrambling to figure out just how this movie was made and just how they’d been pulled into a film that had succeeded in demonstrating such unprecedented realism in space. Social media seemed to explode with excitement that couldn’t be contained, and the floodgates have finally opened. With not just a nod, but more of a bowing to Alfonso Cuaron (“Children of Men”), “Gravity” floored audiences everywhere and enabled viewers to have the full immersive experience of space. Starring Sandra Bullock as Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Matt Kowalski, “Gravity” gives new life to the tired, humdrum genre of Sci-Fi, which has become oversaturated in past years with predictable doom and gloom movies. The genre continually deals with the trope of human demise and world destruction. “Gravity” is different because the narrative story is simple, yet powerfully and emotionally wrought. It’s not a difficult film per say, but dissimilar in such aspects as the themes and the ideas that Cuaron wants the viewer to experience. Whereas classic Sci-Fi films like “2001: A Space Odyssey” deal with philosophical and
existential questions tied to stories of human survival,“Gravity” is more concerned with being a thriller. It is surely metaphysical in a sense; there are instances of symbolism and imagery in the film that point to unifying human themes of rebirth. Bullock assumes the womb-like fetal position in zero gravity after shedding her shell of a spacesuit, feeling only momentarily safe and secure. But it’s important to highlight: while Kubrick shot people flying through space with absolutely no sound or screams at all, Cuaron made the decision to highlight Bullock’s voice, her panting and vibrational sound. This tangibility, and essentially emotional tie to a main character, forgoes deeper, existential questions for a more straightforward survival tale. There is even a psychological take on feelings such as isolation, and remoteness. What better place to experiment with such feelings than in space. That being said,“Gravity” is not without flaw.
The screenplay has monotonous filler dialogue and the physics and science of space are not entirely perfect. The plot has unnecessary backstories that give the film a forced, staged and melodramatic ebb and flow. Sequences of momentary awe and admiration of Earth’s beauty are abruptly cut off and interrupted for dramatic purposes. As to not spoil the shortcuts in “Gravity” concerning the particulars of science and astrophysics, check Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Twitter to see his take on the science in the film. With the help of IMAX, CGI and 3D technology,“Gravity” has created a lifelike and convincing world of space without actually going there. The innovative camera use shows audiences an astronaut’s point of view from within their helmet. This gives viewers a direct line into the life of an astronaut of the verge of physical and mental collapse, as they continue to tumble into the black, inky void of space.
‘Bangerz’ only produces radio hits With no cohesive theme througout album, Cyrus fails to make anything that furthers music industry AMONA REFAEI STAFF REPORTER
Miley Cyrus officially joined the club of former child stars who have not been able to successfully transition into a new genre with her latest album. Although there are a few songs on “Bangerz” that have already topped the charts, it’s clear that none of them will truly impact music in the long run. As for the album itself, there is no real underlying theme that connects the songs. “We Can’t Stop” was released as a promotional single. Although the song is definitely lacking real lyrical meaning, it is still what Cyrus wanted the song to be — a radio hit. The majority of songs played on the radio are constantly on repeat as a result of their catchy tune and chorus, not because of their meaningful message. “We Can’t Stop” follows the same basic rules and characteristics for radio hits. That being said, the song is much stronger when viewed standing alone as a radio single, rather than as a part of an album. The chorus and tune of the song are very catchy which makes it easy for listeners
to predict the course of the song after the first chorus. However, if listeners hear “We Can’t Stop” too many times they may soon wish that the song would stop. One of the most puzzling songs on the album is “4X4” which features Nelly and is a puzzling cross between a few different genres of music including country, pop and hip-hop. The song contains a catchy tune throughout, however, if listeners take the time to listen to and think about the lyrics, they will be left wishing they could regain time lost doing so. The majority of the song repeats, “Round and around and away we go.” Apparently, Cyrus was concerned that her new music style alone would not show her fans how much she has changed because she states repeatedly throughout the song “I’m a female rebel, can’t you tell.” This subtle statement seems to be Cyrus’s manner of attempting to convince listeners of her new rebellious attitude. Listeners of the album, both new and old fans, will be left with a deep sense of confusion as to what genre of music “Bangerz” was supposed to be. The random changes and lack of connection between songs will make listeners wonder if even Cyrus herself knew what she wanted the album to be. If the songs from “Bangerz” were
released as singles rather than grouped together, that may have salvaged a couple of the songs. Although albums do not usually consist of songs that sound the same, on good albums there is almost always some underlying tie which links each song to the others. It is clear that Cyrus is attempting to use this album as a transition from the children’s music of her past to a more grown-up genre. But based on “Bangerz,” it is extremely unclear if Cyrus will be able to recover from this album and produce a more coherent one in the future.
CCM’s ‘The Crucible’ creates suffocating tension Experimental directing coupled with minimalistic set do Arthur Miller justice JAKE GRIECO ARTS EDITOR
Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” shows up in nearly every high school English class. That makes it a tough play to mount because nearly everyone in the audience has an opinion on how it should be portrayed. The College-Conservatory of Music took on this ambitious task and was able to recreate the intensity of the classic witch hunt almost perfectly. Director Richard E. Hess took an all around minimalistic approach to “The Crucible.”The stage stayed predominately the same throughout the entire play. Between acts the only major changes were furniture placement. The dark wooden façade that loomed over the cast remained throughout. This choice worked well for the play because it was enough to create the dark mood needed for “The Crucible” without distracting the audience away from the intensity of the actors. The performance, being a Main Stage Drama, included the most talented actors at CCM for the main roles. John Proctor is the most notable character from “The Crucible,” so all eyes were on fourth-year CCM student Joe Markesbery. Aesthetically, Markesbery is the ideal choice for the role of Proctor, but throughout the first half of the play Markesbery was unimpressive. His diction made the play feel like it was a high school theater rendition where the actors are
only focused on getting their lines right. It wasn’t until the latter half of the play — admittedly where the play becomes solely about Proctor — that Markesbery shook his nerves and came into his role completely. Markesbery is fully Proctor when he turns to the audience and delivers the “Because it is my name” monologue and it is the most moving part of the play. But Markesbery literally has to turn to the audience when he delivers the monologue, because the blocking for most of the play positions him with his back to the audience. The choice of Markesbery’s stance becomes clear when the judges and witches close in on Proctor; it is then that they also close in on the audience. Regardless of why the choice was made, forcing the audience to stare at the main character’s back will always be distracting. Hess’ experimentation in blocking may not work with Proctor, but he is able to add a cinematic element to the play by having major scenes end with the actors aligned in strikingly powerful tableaus. Who stands out most in “The Crucible” is third-year CCM student Conner Lawrence. Lawrence plays Reverend John Hale, who is arguably the most intriguing character in the play. Lawrence’s depiction of Hale’s downward spiral filled with guilt and confusion is breathtaking. Lawrence does an excellent job of embodying the Harvard-educated confidence Hale is defined by, and brightens the stage in every scene he appears in. Overall, the CCM acting troupe was able to grip the entire audience at the Patricia Corbett Theater and did not let go until the nooses were tightened.
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UC receiver upgraded to stable condition Mark Barr, freshmen receiver injured in tragic car crash that claimed teammate’s life, making steady progress at UC Medical NEWS RECORD STAFF
After a month of mourning and an unexpected defeat at the Hands of the University of South Florida Saturday night, the University of Cincinnati football program received some much needed uplifting news Tuesday afternoon. Freshmen receiver Mark Barr, who was critically injured in the Sept. 21 single car accident that claimed the life of UC freshmen offensive lineman Ben Flick and Sean VanDyne, an 18-year-old Miami University student, was upgraded to stable condition Tuesday after spending 17 days in critical condition
at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. “WR Mark Barr has been upgraded to stable condition,” Said UC spokesperson Ryan Koslen. “[He] has made slow steady progress. Still in the ICU at UC Medical.” Flick was pronounced dead at the scene, while Bar, VanDyne and UC freshmen receiver Javon Harrison were transported to UC Medical. VanDyne died Sept. 23, Harrison was treated and released later in the week and Barr remained in critical condition until Tuesday morning. The four young men were driving back from the UC’s 14-0 victory over the Miami University RedHawks Saturday, Sept. 21 when the car, which was being driven by VanDyne, ran off the road. Two men were thrown from the vehicle while two others were trapped inside. Alcohol may have played a role in the crash that is still under investigation.
Men’s golf settles for third at Bearcat Invite UC junior Baxter Reeves continues stellar season with second-place finish ELLEN HADLEY STAFF REPORTER
After winning their first tournament since 2008 at the Cleveland State Invitational, the University of Cincinnati men’s golf team took seventh place Tuesday at the annual Bearcat Invitational, behind Austin Peay State University and Marshall University. UC invited 15 teams to Traditions Golf Club of Hebron, Ky. for the weekend tournament, while UC was represented with two teams: a Black team and a Red team. UC finished 288-297-286—871. The tournament got off to a rocky start for the Bearcats. Unable to play a practice round Sunday due to inclement weather, head coach Doug Martin felt as though his team did not have a home field advantage going into the tournament Monday. “I think [not having a practice round] affected us a lot,” Martin said. “We don’t normally play this golf course this wet and I think it really affected us a lot. The home course advantage that you do have, we did not have this week and I think that was the biggest thing from my standpoint.” The course was significantly softer than UC was used to as a result of the rain. The first round got off to a slow start Monday. The tournament started late and consequently left 27 holes to be played Tuesday. “I thought we played very well we just didn’t putt particularly well. And in this game you have to putt well
to shoot good scores,” Martin said. The Bearcats ended the first day of play at even par after 27 holes. Martin and the team discussed the importance of coming out Tuesday and getting off to a good start. Unfortunately, the Bearcats did not start as strongly as they hoped. The team shot 9-over par during the first nine holes of the second round, which ultimately would be the deficit by which the team lost the tournament.
“Baxter is becoming a mainstay with the team. He has now produced four successful weeks in a row.” DOUG MARTIN, UC HEAD GOLF COACH
“That’s frustrating that we didn’t come out this morning and play better but all in all I am very pleased with the performance of the team. We’re growing, getting better. We just have to keep fighting,” Martin said, “I’m happy with the week, disappointed with the loss, but happy with the week.” Standing out for the Bearcats was junior Baxter Reeves, who tied for second place individually with a five-under-par (70-73-68—211) performance for the Red team.
UC looks to rebound Bearcats must avoid crucial errors, find offensive stability to deploy winning tactics against Temple CHARLES GROVE STAFF REPORTER
After a disappointing performance in the inaugural American Athletic Conference game, the Bearcat football team looks to pick itself up off the canvas in another conference game — this time against winless Temple. The Owls come into this matchup seeking their first win of the season sitting at 0-5 overall and 0-2 in league play. The Bearcats are taking on their second winless team in a row after allowing South Florida to pick up their first win of the season — falling 26-20. “Last week’s game wasn’t what we had hoped, a lot of production was there, a lot of improvement in certain areas, it just seems like we can’t get any consistency out of our offense, plus we turned the ball over,” said UC head coach Tommy Tuberville. “A couple plays pretty much decided that game: the blocked field goal that shouldn’t have been, because that was a penalty. But, it still goes against you, and that was pretty much a 14-point swing, and then you can’t turn the ball over on the ground and let them pick it up and score.” Early turnovers and an opportunistic offense buried the Bearcats quickly a week ago, something Tuberville knows
“We have to be a lot more productive and consistent at moving the ball down the field on long drives and scoring on long drives.” TOMMY TUBERVILLE, UC HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
his team can’t afford to do two weeks in a row. “If you look at our stats and the things that we’re doing, it looks like we’re playing pretty good football until you get to one area of turnovers and the miscellaneous parts for having turnovers for touchdowns,” Tuberville said. “So as we do every week, we go back and look at what we did right, what we did wrong, what we need to do to fix it.” Tuberville also added he’s more focused on team performance and the preparation the team needs, rather than the week’s opponent. “We really don’t need to worry about
the teams that we’re playing right now. They’re not as big of a factor as we are. We have been our own enemy the past few weeks. Offensively, our consistency hasn’t been there, we didn’t run the ball near as well as we would have hoped. In the last game, I think we barely cleared a hundred yards, which was our least productive of the year, and when that happens, it forces you to throw the ball.” For the Owls, defense has been a concern throughout the season. Temple is allowing 518 yards of offense per game this year and has struggled with falling behind early in games. Temple is outscored in the first quarter of games this year 37-9. Offensively for the Owls one thing is for sure: You’re not going to see the same 11 guys playing all 60 minutes. Temple has three running backs averaging six rushes per game or more and the Owls have also thrown out three different quarterbacks. Look out for Temple’s Kenny Harper to get the ball in the red zone. The running back may only be averaging 50 yards per game, but Harper has by far the most touchdowns on the team with six in five games. Tuberville said while he wasn’t impressed with his defense a week ago, he feels the defense is still strong. “Defensively, we look pretty good, but again we played one of the offenses that is not one of the better ones we will see this year,”Tuberville said. “I was very disappointed on third down, in a lot of the situations. We should not have given up four field goals. There were sometimes when we had third and six or seven and we let them continue the drive after giving up a conversion and they moved it down and got a field goal. So, had we played better defense on third down, we would have won the football game 20-14 or whatever, but again ‘ifs’ don’t count.” Offensively, the Bearcat offense struggled to find any sort of rhythm a week ago only mustering 110 yards of rushing while racking up 240 through the air, both less than the offense has been averaging so far. Tuberville is looking for a more consistent offense from here on out. “We didn’t run the ball near as well as we would have hoped. In the last game, I think we barely cleared a hundred yards, which was our least productive of the year. And when that happens, it forces you to throw the ball,”Tuberville said. “Now that was the best defense we have seen thus far, but that makes no difference as we’ll see better defenses as we go. We have to be a lot more productive and consistent at moving the ball down the field on long drives and scoring on long drives.” That consistency, which hasn’t been there since UC beat Northwestern State, will be tested again Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Nippert Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPN and heard on the radio on 700 WLW.
“I struggled early. I got some putts to fall and after that I just kept it going and I started hitting into the middle of the greens and starting making some putts,” Reeves said. Reeves tied the best single-round score of the 2013 tournament in his final round carding a 68. It was Reeves’ third consecutive Top 5 tournament finish. “Baxter is becoming a mainstay with the team,” Martin said. “He has now produced four successful weeks in a row. He is a talented young man and he has great passion to be a great player. He’s doing some great stuff,” Martin said. Also standing out for the Bearcats on the Read team was sophomore Emerson Newsome. Newsome scored a 1-under 71 in the final round, earning his best score of the tournament and tying for 24th place at 6-over 75-7671=222. “It was a big round for Emerson this afternoon. He got off to such a poor start then rallied and salvaged a good round,” Martin said. UC’s black squad was led by sophomore Blake Hamilton, who finished in 13th place following a careerbest 4-over-par 74-76-70—220. Freshman Chad Howard tied for 57th place at 76-79-76—231 in his first collegiate tournament. Junior Michael Wolf (Cincinnati, Ohio/ Moeller High School) tied for 68th at 82-74-74—234. Freshman Brennen Walsh (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder High School) tied for 70th place at 78-80-77—235. Sophomore Adam Millson finished 74th at 73-82-84—239. Cincinnati’s black squad (16th place at 301-309-301— 911) rounded out the field. UC is preparing to travel to Temple for the Temple Intercollegiate Tournament Oct. 12 to 13 to wrap up the team’s fall season.
Special Invitation President Santa J. Ono, Provost Beverly Davenport, and Interim Chief Diversity Officer Bleuzette Marshall
invite you to an evening with
Michael Eric Dyson, PhD Professor of Sociology Georgetown University
“Breaking the Polite Silence: A Conversation About Race”
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 7:00 p.m. Followed by a book signing Great Hall Tangeman University Center