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Drug, alcohol violations on campus down from previous years UC police chief comments on citation decrease, says dip led by campus efforts, student body turnover ALEXIS O’BRIEN CHIEF REPORTER
Interim UC Police Chief Jeﬀ Corcoran said educational and outreach eﬀorts by the university could be spurring a reduction in drug abuse on campus.
CRIME BLOTTER 10/12 Armed robbery on Calhoun Street A group of four University of Cincinnati students were robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of Calhoun Street around 4 a.m. Saturday. The students were approached by two suspects who oﬀered to sell the students marijuana. When the students walked past, one of the suspects pointed a handgun at the students and took their property. Police are continuing to investigate the incident. 10/12 Robbery on Eden Avenue A robber almost got away with a Children’s Hospital employee’s laptop at the Eden Avenue garage around 7:40 p.m. Saturday. The employee was approached by ﬁve suspects who punched the employee and tried to take his laptop bag. The victim shouted for help, and the suspects ran. 9/30 Armed robbery on Straight Street A group of UC students were robbed at gunpoint on Straight Street by University Court around 1:30 a.m. Sept. 30. About four to ﬁve suspects approached the students and demanded property, and one of the suspects was armed with a handgun. The suspects are about 20 or 22, and one of them was wearing a burgundy varsity jacket. If anyone has information about these, or any other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040. Callers might receive a reward for information, and anonymity can be guaranteed.
A combination of law enforcement efforts on the University of Cincinnati main campus seems to be working when it comes to on-campus drug and alcohol use. Drug law violations at UC are down since 2010, and liquor law violations have remained few, but constant. In 2010, there were 44 total drug law violations on the UC campus. There were 20 violations in 2011 and 18 in 2012. “It would appear that the previous years of enforcement, educational efforts in the residence halls and outreach by Student Affairs have combined to successfully reduce the drug abuse problem on campus,” said interim UCPD Police Chief Jeff Corcoran in an email. “There could also very well be benefits from prevention and educational efforts
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The University of Cincinnati is the third most up-and-coming college in the country, according to a US News assessment. The ranking, which was assessed in early 2013, judged universities based on academics, faculty and student life. US News praised UC’s co-op program as a means of giving students work experience before graduation. UC also boasts a low faculty to student ratio all within a unique, urban environment, which helped the university win the ranking. UC has recently seen growth in its student life opportunities, which gives students a way to further their learning. Many new clubs have sprung up in the past few years on campus. Students can join more than 300 campus organizations, including Greek life and intramural sports. The ranking also gives note to other SEE RANKING PG 2
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A new development planned for the neighborhood bordering the east side of the UC’s main campus would add 609 total parking spaces and around 150 apartments.
City council approves funding for Corryville parking garage; continues commitment to reviving neighborhood RYAN HOFFMAN & MADISON SCHMIDT THE NEWS RECORD
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being made in the K-12 realm.” University police enforce Ohio state law in regard to illegal drugs and prohibit the unlawful manufacturing, distribution, dispensing, possession and use of illicit drugs on campus or as part of any university activity, according to the 2013 UC campus safety report. In 2010, there were five liquor law violations on the UC campus, and in 2011 and 2012, there were eight each year. “Most of our liquor law violations fall in two general areas — underage consumption and open container violations,” Corcoran said. Corcoran said it’s difficult to figure out if changes are a direct result of university programs, or merely an effect of changes in student demographics. “University campuses are unique communities in that, among other things, they have a very large change in community membership every year as students graduate and new students enroll,” Corcoran said. The UC Committee on Alcohol and Other Drug
Cincinnati City Council voted in approval Wednesday to continue development in the area surrounding the University of Cincinnati. The ordinance appropriates $6.06 million for a new development in Corryville known as the VP3 Parking Garage. The development will include a two-level parking garage with 207 public spaces and 233 private spaces, as well as a surface lot with 69 spaces. Along with the added parking, the development would include a new multi-family apartment building and town houses providing an estimate of 150 individual units. The city will own and operate one of the garage levels. The development will be built between W. Charlton and Corry Street between Short Vine and Euclid Avenue. The space is currently a parking lot behind a strip of businesses that includes Martino’s and Dive Bar, along with others. Specific details of the development — including where the rest of the funding would come from and when construction will start — are still largely unknown. Uptown Rental Properties is slated to develop the property, said Mike Ealy,
president of the Corryville Community Council. Parking in Corryville has become such a major issue that it is typically a topic at community meetings, Ealy said. David Sweitzer, a kitchen manager at Mio’s on Short Vine, said he spent 20 minutes trying to find a parking space Friday night. Additional parking, he said, would be a “good idea.”
“There are owners around here that are moving from other parts of the city and bringing their businesses back to Short Vine knowing that Short Vine is where it’s going to be.” Ryan Paluch, bartender at Dive Bar, UC alumnus
The Corryville Community Council has been heavily involved in drafting the proposal for the new development. Ealy said he has received mostly positive responses from members of the community and business owners. The new development is only the most recent in a series of projects that are transforming the neighborhood that borders the east side of UC’s main campus. “They’re really doing a whole 180 here,” said Ryan Paluch, a UC alumnus and bartender at Dive Bar. “Instead of just the actual Short Vine scene, they’re going into the in-between streets too and redoing a lot of businesses there.” Uptown Rental Properties is in the
middle of constructing Views on Vine — a complex expected to provide housing for approximately 1,000 students and 280 public parking spaces. Uptown expects to complete the project by summer 2015. Along with the added living spaces, new restaurants and stores are opening locations on Short Vine and elsewhere in Corryville. Popular Over-the-Rhine eatery, Taste of Belgium, is opening another location on Short Vine in the near future. “There are owners around here that are moving from other parts of the city and bringing their businesses back to Short Vine, knowing that Short Vine is where it’s going to be,” Paluch said. “They want to bring that back down here.” Plans to renovate and remodel the Kroger on West Corry Street — a project plagued with disputes over the lease — are moving forward and expected to be complete sometime in 2014, Ealy said. SEE GARAGE PG 2
VP3 PARKING GARAGE 207 PUBLIC PARKING SPACES 233 PRIVATE PARKING SPACES 69 SURFACE PARKING LOT SPACES 140-150 APARTMENT UNITS
Student shares stories from Brazil after winning prestigious scholarship Business student gets rare opportunity, sees crime, wealth disparity from time spent abroad LUKE MANSER CONTRIBUTOR
Despite a slim 10 percent acceptance rate, University of Cincinnati business student Kyle Quinn made the cut for the Boren Scholarship and was granted a trip to Brazil for the 2012-13 academic year. The scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is meant to send America’s brightest to areas of the world that hold national interest. The selective process takes about one year. Quinn said it was an adventure of a lifetime; an adventure he finished with UC students Oct. 2 in Swift Hall with his presentation “From Bombs to Brigadeiros: A Look at the Boren Bearcat in Brazil.” Quinn said he didn’t choose Brazil because of the materialistic merits and fine beaches, but to investigate the Brazilian economy, to learn Portuguese and various other reasons. “Coming from the business student side though, I was interested in their tax and accounting system, the fact it was a brick country, and is having a growing economy,”
Quinn said. “When you talk about Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, you are talking about one of the two largest investment cities in the world.” As a business student, one of Quinn’s core passions is studying taxing and accounting and how they affect
“A friend and I were at a cafe when suddenly we saw men jump out of an SUV with ski masks and [assault weapons] and proceeded to [hold] us hostage.” Kyle Quinn, UC business student
societal norms. Brazil seemed to be the perfect venue, he said, to study this close up with its many issues. “Brazil’s tax system is worldwide known as one of the worst. I’m particularly interested in tax accounting and how public funds create societal norms,” Quinn said. “We can see this in the United States how tax policy creates behavioral changes. Take something like a charitable contribution deduction. It gives people the opportunity to be charitable with a financial benefit which ultimately CHIEF.NEWSRECORD@GMAIL.COM / 513.556.5908
gets people to act. To me, this was the interest and many may find it kind of dry, but I love it.” His first month in the country was eventful, and Quinn got a firsthand account of the crime problem in Sao Paulo. “A friend and I were at café when suddenly we saw men jump out of an SUV with ski masks and [assault rifles] and proceeded to temporarily [hold] us hostage,” Quinn said. “They attached a bomb to a woman and forced her to rob a jewelry store, threatening to blow her up if she didn’t comply. I mean, we have some petty violence here in Clifton, but you really don’t see that kind of violence here to that extent.” But by far, most of his experience was positive. He was fascinated with his studies and observations, he was able to explore the excitement of the Brazilian beaches and found the people to be hospitable. He highly recommends this experience to everyone and, for those who are interested, to research the opportunities that come with the Boren Scholarship. “Plan early and go with a purpose,” Quinn said. “Really think about your passions. Make it more than a vacation, make it a transformational experience. Ask the necessary questions. There are a lot of misconceptions with study abroad. I personally think everyone should go study abroad if they can.”
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College of Nursing creates two postgraduate certifications
Senate negotiates in budget standoff
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The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing is offering two new post-masters programs that could aid graduates in gaining national certification for working with the mentally disabled. Both programs — a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner certificate and a neonatal nurse practitioner certificate — are offered to nurses who have already completed their masters in their fields and wish to gain a post-masters certificate. The certificate would allow them to sit for a national certification exam that would allow them to treat children or adults with mental health issues. The psychiatric mental health certificate helps nurses with a background in primary health care who want to treat people with mental health issues, integrating primary care with mental health care. This program also allows former students with a certification dealing with adults to return and obtain a certification dealing with children and vice versa. The neonatal practitioner post-masters certificate focuses on tube management of infants from birth to age 2. Since the age range is so narrow, the program partnered with Wright State to expand the student base as well as make the most out of the offered courses. Diana McIntosh, coordinator of Psychiatric Mental Health at the College of Nursing, said the response to these programs has been very positive, and classes are filling up quickly. The demand for these programs is especially high in the Cincinnati region, which was determined through focus groups conducted by faculty of the College of Nursing. Faculty met with potential employers in the community to ask if they would hire a nurse who completed these programs. The positive feedback led to the creation of the program. The end goal of more than half of the classes most students take is to gain nurse practitioner degrees, so these are incredibly popular fields to go into, McIntosh said. The new programs can give nursing students at Cincinnati a competitive advantage over peers in their field. Both the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post-masters certificate and the neonatal nurse practitioner postmasters certificate will be available in January.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Sunday, but didn’t strike a deal.
Government leaders unable to strike deal ending government shutdown MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
WASHINGTON — Efforts to reopen the government and avert a default on the nation’s debt rested in the hands of the Senate’s top leaders after talks between House Republicans and the White House broke down Saturday. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., sat down to negotiate for the first time since the 12-day-old government shutdown began, but there were no indications they had made significant progress. Still, Senate leaders made plans for a rare Sunday session in case they reach a deal. Early in the day, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, told House Republicans that President Barack Obama had rejected their efforts to enter into more substantive negotiations, according to lawmakers who attended the closed-door session. Obama has insisted he would negotiate over the federal budget with the Republicans only after they first reopened the government and lifted the debt ceiling. Boehner said it was now up to Senate Republicans to hold firm and extract concessions on the president’s health care law and federal spending. But Senate Republicans expressed frustration with the apparent indifference of their House counterparts to the political
toll that their party has suffered from the shutdown and the threat of a potentially catastrophic default on the nation’s debt. Since McConnell cut a deal last December with Vice President Joe Biden to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, he has largely stayed out of budget talks. With a potentially tough re-election battle that includes a challenge from his right, McConnell has emphasized conservative priorities, such as opposing measures on gun control and immigration reform. His move to re-enter the fray could reflect McConnell’s calculation that his ultimate political goal _ to lead a Senate with a Republican majority _ was imperiled by the hard-line position of the Republicans in the House. House Republicans have seen their leverage erode as Boehner has repeatedly failed to find a plan that could win a majority of his caucus and also be close to one the White House would discuss. Expressing frustration with the day’s maneuvers, Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., the former vice presidential candidate and House Budget Committee chairman, accused the White House of “trying to cut the House out, and trying to jam us with the Senate.” There were numerous signs that the mood in the Capitol had soured from Friday’s cautious optimism. Republicans eventually ended what they denounced as a “show.” The Senate efforts to end the standoff
began with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, one of a dwindling band of GOP moderates, who worked to build support for a compromise plan. Separately, McConnell made entreaties to Reid. He asked Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., to begin informal talks with Democrats. That led to the meeting Saturday involving the two Republicans, Reid and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat. The gathering, in Reid’s office, lasted an hour. “The conversation was extremely cordial but very preliminary — nothing conclusive,” Reid said at a news conference. “This should be seen as something very positive — even though we don’t have anything done yet and there is a long ways to go.” Later in the day, Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic plan to suspend the debt limit through next year. But senators from both parties said there was an urgent need to pass legislation to raise the nation’s borrowing limit as soon as possible before Thursday. Reid and other Democratic leaders briefed Obama on the talks Saturday afternoon; no further talks between Reid and McConnell were expected Saturday night. Aides said the conversations between party leaders remained at an early stage. “The real conversation that matters now is the one that’s taking place between McConnell and Reid,” Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said after attending a strategy session at which Republican senators were briefed on the talk. Reid said Republicans had abandoned their drive to gut the Affordable Care Act and had focused on reducing government spending. “Their No. 1 issue is to do anything they can to divert attention from the fools they’ve made of themselves on Obamacare,” he said. Republicans have been sobered — and Democrats emboldened — by recent polls conducted by both sides and independent organizations. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, for example, indicated that the public overwhelmingly blamed the GOP and increasingly opposed an effort by conservatives to use the shutdown as leverage to dismantle Obama’s health care law. That trend, were it to continue, could strengthen the position of Democratic senators in traditionally Republican states and hurt GOP candidates in Democraticleaning states.
N.J. court to hear gay marriage case, Gov. Christie requests to delay weddings State pursues delay of gay marriage, decision could be made Tuesday MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear Gov. Chris Christie’s plea to prevent same-sex marriages from becoming legal and also consider his attempt to put them on hold after a judge said they should start Oct. 21. The high court, in an order released Friday, announced it was allowing the Christie administration to bypass the normal appeals route so it could decide the matter directly. The court will also consider the administration’s motion to delay same-sex marriages until the broader legal issues are worked out. A decision on that aspect of the case could come as early as next week based on a schedule the court set Friday. “Time is of the essence, and it’s great the court is moving so quickly,” said Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director of Lambda Legal, one of the plaintiffs in the case. “We are looking forward to making our case at the New Jersey Supreme Court for the families in New Jersey who need marriage to better protect their families.” A spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office declined to comment Friday afternoon. The state had been pursuing an appeal to the Appellate Division while also seeking intervention by the Supreme Court when the announcement came from the high court on Friday. FROM VIOLATIONS PG 1
Gov. Chris Christie is expected to ask the New Jersey Supreme Court to delay allowing same-sex couples to marry.
before the current legislative session ends in early 2014. Gubernatorial challenger Barbara Buono, a longtime Democratic state lawmaker from Middlesex County, is in favor of same-sex marriage and has pressed the issue as she tries to unseat Christie, who is seen as a potential 2016 candidate for U.S. president. They will debate for the second time Tuesday night at Montclair State University. Christie has said marriage in New Jersey should be legal only between a man and a woman and that the issue should not be decided by judges or
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politicians. Instead, he wants voters to decide the marriage question in a public referendum. He vetoed a bill passed by both houses of the Democratic-controlled Legislature in February 2012 that would have allowed gay couples to marry in New Jersey. The scheduling order released Friday by the Supreme Court indicates oral arguments on the broader same-sex marriage case would occur in early January, but a decision on the state’s motion for a stay could come from the court much sooner, since the last brief on that issue is due on Tuesday.
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“We appreciate the court taking up this issue in an expedited fashion as all parties requested,” said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Garden State Equality, another plaintiff in the case. “We believe the court will reaffirm that all loving and committed couples should have the freedom to marry.” A spokesman for the Coalition to Preserve and Protect Marriage in New Jersey, a group that opposes same-sex marriage, could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon. But the group had expressed hope that the Supreme Court would intervene in response to a judge’s ruling Thursday. That ruling from Mercer County’s Assignment Judge Mary Jacobson denied the state’s initial motion to keep same-sex couples from obtaining marriage licenses starting Oct. 21. Jacobson said the state failed to show how it would suffer any “irreparable harm” by allowing gay couples to marry. Instead, it was the gay couples who fought for marriage who would “suffer many hardships of constitutional magnitude” by delaying her original, landmark ruling issued on Sept. 27, Jacobson said. The same-sex marriage case is playing out as Christie, a Republican who opposes gay marriage, is seeking a second term this year, and as most New Jerseyans have said in recent public opinion polls that they think same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in New Jersey. The timing of the court case is important because same-sex marriage advocates and lobbyists are also working to persuade lawmakers to override Christie’s veto of legislation that have would have legalized gay marriage. Any override must happen
Throughout the process of renovating and constructing new buildings in Corryville, the major concern has been maintaining the “architectural feel” of the neighborhood, Ealy said. On that level, Uptown Rental Properties and other developers have done a “great job.” “The neighborhood enjoys it and embraces it,” Ealy said. “We’re overwhelmed.”
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CCM’s ‘Carrie’ strangely brilliant Sexy, frightening Stephen King novel takes on whole new form as musical production JAKE GRIECO ARTS EDITOR
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s adaptation of “Carrie” is “High School Musical” on LSD. CCM put its musical touch on the best-selling Stephen King novel — an already terrifying story — and produced a theatrical experience like no other. It’s strangely uplifting at parts. Most notably when Carrie and her gym teacher sing “Unsuspecting Hearts” in the first act. The song eloquently portrays the feeling of waiting for love and having hope that one day that special someone will come along. Having a song like “Unsuspecting Hearts” in the middle of a horror musical had the audience laughing but it was also undeniably touching. The set in the Cohen Family Studio Theatre was expertly assembled. Telekinesis plays a major role in “Carrie,” so the set was rigged with hydraulics that would close windows and launch books into the air at the wave of a hand. Some seats were positioned on stage, so close that the viewers had to be careful not to trip the performers. The intimacy of theatre worked well for “Carrie” because audience members were able to pick up on the subtle contemporary aspects of the performance. CCM chose to set “Carrie” in 2013 so modern tendencies such as texting and smoking marijuana were worked into the play. Another modern aspect of the production was its overtly sexual nature. The performers were constantly grinding on each other and the first act focuses on Carrie and her
first menstrual cycle. Carrie is ridiculed for not knowing the basics of female anatomy and the other girls throw tampons and bras at her. Though it is cruel, it’s hard not to laugh at the ridiculousness of the situation. In this sense, “Carrie” is similar to classic horror films like “Halloween” or “Nightmare on Elm Street;” even though it’s gruesome it’s still funny. There is even an onstage hand job. The casting for “Carrie” is almost impeccable. Hannah Freeman plays Carrie White and everything from her size to her voice fits the archetypal description of the “weird” girl. That being said, she is still adorable. When Tommy Ross — played by Eric Geil — asks her to prom her reaction is so joyous that the audience can’t help but to be happy for her, even though they know how it plays out. Tommy Ross is the only questionably casted role. Geil delivers his songs with the grace of a hummingbird, but Ross’ character is supposed to be as much of a jock as he is a sensitive creature. Geil has a much smaller body type than many of the other performers in the musical; it’s hard to believe he is better than them at anything physical. Chris Hargensen — played by Emily Trumble — is the chief antagonist of “Carrie,” and the deliverer of the onstage hand job. Trumble plays mean, manipulative and whorish perfectly. Jennifer Hickman plays Margaret White, Carrie’s mother. She has the most powerful voice of the entire show. Her performance of “And Eve Was Weak” is chilling and arguably the scariest part of the show. Hickman is perfectly believable as she spirals into insanity and is an absolute thrill to watch. “Carrie” is entertaining from start to finish whether it’s touching the audience’s hearts, turning them on or making them cringe.
Most of the tension in “Carrie” comes from the relationship between Carrie White (Hannah Freeman) and Margaret White (Jennifer Hickman). With deeply religious convictions, Margaret will do anything to keep Carrie pure.
Panic! at the Disco: Same song different album ‘Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die’ proves Panic! running on autopilot, new album only good to fans AMONA REFAEI STAFF REPORTER
“Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” is sure to leave current fans of Panic! at the Disco pleased. The general public, however, will be far from impressed. Since 2004, Panic! figured out a formula to produce songs that will please their fans. Unfortunately, not every song on the album portrays the band’s abilities. Almost every song in “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” is tied together through the use of techno-style characteristics and upbeat tempos. A few songs were more successful incorporating these techno characteristics than others. “Girls/Girls/Boys” is an example in which Panic! combines characteristics from techno and alternative in a meaningful manner. The song
has definite chart-topping potential. But there is still something about the track that makes listeners believe the band is trying too hard to sound inspired. “And never did I think that I would be caught in the way you got me,” the lyrics state. Empty, overly universal lyrics such as these permeate the entire song. Despite the band’s struggle to find inspiration, “Girls/Girls/ Boys” above all else, is a fun song to listen to. “Far Too Young to Die” attempts to use the band’s standard formula in an awkward way that does not work. The tempo is slower than the rest of the album but it still maintains the upbeat base that the band is known for. “Miss Jackson” features soul singer LOLO and combines a fast beat with extremely catchy lyrics. The promotional single is already a chart-topper that makes fans and listeners in general want to sing along. It seems as if one group wrote “Far Too Young to Die” and a completely separate group wrote “Miss Jackson.”
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In general, albums usually include at least one song that is completely irredeemable. Unfortunately for Panic! “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” is not an exception to this rule. “Girl that You Love” is one song on the album that is a complete throwaway song. There is no real beat and the lyrics are not meaningful. Additionally, it has almost no connection to Panic’s! genre and includes weird sound effects throughout. Listeners should save their time and skip this song when listening to the album. The album contains a couple of songs that are catchy and most are upbeat, although not all songs have as high of an impact. There are a few songs that overuse the techno music and venture too far away from the band’s alternative roots. “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” will make die-hard fans happy, but it’s not going to make anyone new start to panic.
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‘Romeo & Juliet’ does nothing to stand apart from already great adaptations MONROE TROMBLY STAFF REPORTER
In Carlo Carlei’s “Romeo & Juliet,” there is more than enough screaming, cavorting, plotting and above all, kissing, to please the average 12-year-old moviegoer — but not the adults who are familiar with the William Shakespeare classic. Filmed on location in the city of Verona and other sites in Italy, the film encompasses the historicism of the play’s setting, along with extravagant, elaborate costumes and sets. But it seems as if Julian Fellowes didn’t feel as much need to adhere to classic Shakespearean prose and dialogue when writing the screenplay for this adaptation. The play’s quintessential phrases and sayings are there, but the screenplay is watered down. It’s supplanted with modern idioms and more straightforward expressions that pander toward a young audience. The character’s individual soliloquys are cut short and scenes rise to a melodramatic bubble, only to never delve into more of the intricacies of Shakespeare’s words. The lavish sets of Renaissance fashion are immaculately detailed and the clothes are plucked straight from 17th century Verona. Where “Romeo and Juliet” falls short is the lack in ingenuity and a new perspective. The casting is awkward at times. Hailee Steinfeld, the spectacular Mattie Ross in the Coen brother’s 2010 reboot of “True Grit,” was only 15 years old when shooting took place. Her chemistry with the 19-year-old Douglas Booth feels clumsy and forced. What pans out on the screen is child’s play and child’s sensibilities and as the audience watches, it’s hard to believe these characters are 17th century Italian nobility. The adult actors give more authentic performances in their respective roles of mentors or parents. Paul Giamatti as Friar Lawrence steals most of the scenes with
his eccentric mannerisms and heartfelt compassion and Damien Lewis pulls off a terrifying and bipolar Lord Capulet very well. The film wants the audience to take it seriously with its loquacious dialogue and flaring of passions, but “Romeo and Juliet” sacrifices emotional depth for continuity and easiness of plot. Too often Carlei employs over-dramatic scenes to try and elicit raw emotion from the audience. Most notably when the audience is watching the hilt of a sword hitting the ground, sending dust sprawling everywhere. The scene — which is meant to be intense — doesn’t strike a chord or resonate surprise due to the fray leading up to the act, which was short-lived and humdrum with clunky, shouted dialogue. The score complements the film only by constantly swooning over itself with glossiness. It’s floating on the surface of the emotions that could be addressed in any particular scene. Looking back over the history of “Romeo and Juliet” adaptations, it’s hard to not think of the exemplary “West Side Story” or the 2006 rendition with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. Both films brought something inventive to the classic tragedy. Leonard Bernstein wrote the score for “West Side Story” and successfully implemented music to embellish scenes and highlight emotion, while Baz Luhrmann modernized “Romeo and Juliet,” while still retaining the original dialogue. The 2013 version of Shakespeare’s timeless classic would be much stronger, and spicier in substance if only it didn’t cut to the chase so quickly. It should have concerned itself with more of the play’s inner workings. Rewriting the story is fine, so long as the small things aren’t condensed to only focus solely on the key high and low points. But Fellowes and Carlei seem presumptively content with only giving the audience an authentic location of Verona and a watered, tempered down script.
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Fourth-year biology student Delisé Little proudly dons a design meaning “Love is greater than hate,” as part of the LGBTQ Center’s “No H8” photo shoot. The event was intended to enforce pride and raise awareness of the concept.
National Coming Out Day Events hosted by University of Cincinnati’s LGBTQ Center allow students to show pride, support AMANDA ADKINS CONTRIBUTOR
October brings a reminder to take advantage of freedom: National LGBT History Month — and students at the University of Cincinnati are celebrating the month with a colorful list of events. Friday, Oct. 11 marked the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day, a day supporting individuals to come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning or LGBTQ ally. UC students showed their support Friday
during two events hosted by the LGBTQ Center. The first event was a dance party on McMicken Commons, where students gathered to celebrate their individuality through dancing and making T-shirts that showed off their pride. “The purpose [of the dance party] is to increase visibility of the LGBTQ Center; to let students know that it exists as an outlet,” said Leisan Smith, director of the LGBTQ Center. “Our goal is to establish a presence in the community and let the student body know it’s okay to be who you are.” Smith joined in with students dancing and cheering to spread her message. “The program is important to me because it allows me to act as a voice for students; it’s important for them to have a place
where they can have support to come out and be true to who they are,” said T Vaught, LGBTQ Center program coordinator. The second event was a “Love is Greater than Hate” campaign photo shoot, where students were able to get a “No H8” portrait taken. “It is a simple concept that too many people do not understand,” said Dylan Neu, a fourth-year biochemistry student. “These portraits are a simple yet effective way to get the message out.” The LGBTQ Center will continue its celebration of LGBT History Month through October, hosting a variety of weekly and exclusive events. All students are welcome to join in the festivities during this month of recognition for the LGBT community and the civil rights movement.
AMANDA ADKINS CONTRIBUTOR
Students design T-shirts to show their pride Friday as part of the LGBTQ Center’s celebration.
Ready for registration: exploratory program pinpoints passions Center for Exploratory Studies helps students of all years hone interests LINDSAY JOBST CONTRIBUTOR
Choosing a major can be one of the most stressful and overwhelming decisions a college student faces. With more than 1,700 students enrolled, the Center for Exploratory Studies is the largest program at the University of Cincinnati and offers personalized guidance to ease the decisionmaking process. UC students can enter CES at any time. If a student feels the program in which they are currently enrolled is just not right, he or she can switch to exploratory. “Ideally, students decide on a major within their first year, but it is not uncommon for students to stay within our program a little longer,” said Nicolette Fernandez, assistant academic director. CES offers a little something for everyone. If students are unsure of their future careers goals, they must first weigh and explore their options. That is exactly what CES is designed to do. It allows students to take a wide variety of different classes to help them narrow down their interests. With more than 150 majors offered at UC,
CES advisers help each student find the right one that fits his or her strengths and interests. “Advisers assist students by working with them one-on-one in a more up-close and personalized way,” said Susan Roth, assistant academic director. Advisers are in no way telling students what major to pick, but in fact helping them explore their options and discover their strengths. “Exploratory studies is different because we actively engage with students,” Roth said. “Overall, we have an excellent record of working with students in satisfaction rate, that once they’ve come to us they feel like it’s been worth their while.” The length of the program varies for each student. Advisers work closely with students their first year in hopes that by the end of the year, they are eligible to apply for the major they desire. Roth said advisers work with students to help them complete the program by the preferred deadline of two to three semesters. “It may take longer because some of their desired programs are more competitive to get in,” Roth said. During the student’s first year, he or she is expected to take general education courses and free electives, just as any other major
would require. English composition is the only prerequisite required in the program. “Each student has a unique story, so their time with us varies,” Fernandez
“We are always either number one or number two rated for advising centers in the university.” Susan Roth, assistant academic director
said.“Once exploratory students become juniors in standing, they must meet with an exploratory academic adviser every semester prior to registration to ensure they are making progress toward declaring a major.” Fernandez said there are three types of exploratory students. She described the first as a student who is “openly exploring” the majors offered at UC. The second is a student who has narrowed his or her choices
to a select few. The third is a student who knows which major he or she would like pursue, but needs CES guidance to help him or her become qualified for that program. “If a student is a ‘true exploratory,’ advisers offer the opportunity to complete a variety of personality and interest assessments and follow up to discuss how their personality/ interests and major can be closely related,” Fernandez said.“For those students who know the program they are interested in, advisers will work with them on curriculum that will apply towards their intended major, application requirements, and also discuss Plan B options.” Roth explained how CES stays persistent in receiving optimistic feedback from students based on yearly evaluations. In previous years, the CES advising center has been rated number one overall for advising centers at UC. “Students are very happy. We are always either number one or number two rated for advising centers in the university,” Roth said. “We do get some pretty positive feedback from our students.” It is never too late to try exploratory. If a student is hesitant about a major, he or she is highly encouraged to visit CES. “We have a lot of celebrations with students who do get into the college of their choice.”
Eccentric author entertains, inspires during discussion on ground-breaking novel Best-selling author Jami Attenberg spoke on campus Thursday as part of Visiting Writers Series AMONA REFAEI STAFF REPORTER
Sex, design, television and urban life are a few topics Jami Attenberg has explored as a writer, but after several published books that failed to satisfy her creative goals, she discovered newfound success with beloved characters and a common denominator between them: food. “If you have a problem with food, on either end of the spectrum, you have to face it everyday,” Attenberg said. Whether it’s alcohol dependency, addiction to cigarettes or an incessant candy craving, everyone has something in their lives they struggle to overcome, she said. Her latest novel “The Middlesteins” follows food-addicted Edie through time, illustrating food’s role in her life from childhood to the present. University of Cincinnati Department of English professor, Chris Bachelder,
opened the event with various quotes from reviews of Attenberg’s work. One of the most memorable reviews stated that Attenberg’s writing perfectly balanced wit and tenderness. In addition to “The Middlesteins,” Attenberg has written two other novels, “The Kept Man” and “The Melting Season,” and a collection of short stories titled “Instant Love.” The only way to be successful is to do the work; there are no shortcuts or tricks to writing, she said. Throughout the event, Attenberg kept audience members interested, not only with her readings, but with her quirky personality. She read three excerpts from “The Middlesteins,” detailing background information about the novel as well as its setting and point of view. “I really love food, and when you write a book you want to spend time with the characters,” Attenberg said. “I always identified moments with what I ate.” She spoke with such passion for the characters that the emotion transferred to the audience; even the food itself became a character. But among the various works of her best-selling career and the numerous
people, places and events created, Edie was the most difficult to say goodbye to — possibly because of an intimate connection with the character. “The Middlesteins” was inspired by Attenberg’s personal experiences in addition to her friend’s experiences, she said. As the event progressed, it became more and more apparent that Attenberg’s literary voice is mirrored in her personality. She is able to balance passion and humor without one taking away from the other. Attenberg informed the audience that she was able to balance sentiment and irony in the novel as a result of her worldview. “It’s interesting when you write a book and it changes your world in a way you didn’t think it would change it,” Attenberg said. The next writers in the Visiting Writers Series will be poets Shara Lessley, Collier Nogues, Nathaniel Perry and Marcus Wicker. The event will be 2 p.m. Nov.8 in the Elliston Poetry Room of Langsam Library.
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Entertaining and quirky best-selling author Jami Attenberg visited campus for a discussion revolving around her newest novel “The Middlesteins.”
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Soccer team improves American Athletic Conference standing with impressive showings against Florida foes CHARLES GROVE STAFF REPORTER
After a hard fought 1-1 draw against the No. 12 University of Central Florida Knights Friday, the University of Cincinnati women’s soccer team came back Sunday with a 3-2 win over University of South Florida. UC’s record improved to 7-8-1 overall and 3-2-1 in American Athletic Conference play — an improvement after the team stumbled out of the gate to an initial 1-6-0 record. UCF (12-2-2) came in boasting a national ranking as well as a nine game unbeaten streak, going back to Sept. 1. Following a scoreless first half, which UC had the majority of the scoring opportunities in, the Bearcats finally struck in the 54th minute when Jae Atkinson crossed a pass onto the foot of Emily Elsbrock who put it into the low corner of the net. The Knights found revenge just 11 minutes later when Lena Peterman won a ball on the edge of the penalty area and beat UC goalkeeper Natalie Smith for the equalizer. UCF kept the pressure up until the final whistle but was unable find the winner. “Anytime you go up against a quality opponent like UCF you’re going to have to endure some pressure and you’re going to have to take a few punches and I felt like we did that tonight,” said UC head coach Neil Stafford. “I thought we bent a little bit and you can see the quality of UCF when they impose their will on the game but we didn’t break.” Two days later UC took the field again, this time against USF (7-4-3), and once again all the scoring took place in the second half. Atkinson got the scoring off the way UC wished, as she one-timed a cross from teammate Taylor Atkinson to give UC a 1-0 advantage. The Bulls found the back of the net 10 minutes later when Cristin Granados slammed home a rebound off of UC goalkeeper Natalie Smith, evening the score at one goal a piece. In the 78th minute it looked as if USF found the game-winning goal when Sharla Passariello sent a shot into the
six-yard box that deflected off a UC defender and trickled into the net to give the Bulls the late lead. But UC wasn’t ready to give up yet and responded two minutes later. Atkinson played a long service into the USF box, which was intended for Elsbrock but found a USF defender instead. The rebound came right out to Katie Greer, who confidently scored from the penalty mark to even up the game once more. In the 84th minute UC earned a corner kick, which Atkinson buried into the far corner of the goal after USF goalkeeper Christiane Endler came out too far, allowing the ball to sail over her reach and into the net. Stafford spoke about Atkinson’s performance after the game crediting her work ethic. “[Atkinson] works hard on her striking at the end of every training session and she’s delivering some quality service,” Stafford said. “Some things are going her way but when you put the ball into danger areas things happen and I thought we did that really well today.” After the game Stafford said his team’s mental strength is what allowed his team to earn the conference victory. “I’m just incredibly proud of the mental progress we’ve made,” Stafford said. “Just the mental fortitude and just digging yourself out of holes that you put yourself into. I couldn’t ask anything more from these players.” Stafford added that the substitutes who came off the bench played a critical role in the win as well. “I think we really need to credit some of the substitutes today,” Stafford said. “I thought the subs coming off really gave us some energy. That’s a tough weekend with UCF and USF and to go into overtime on Friday and have that energy for today is just unbelievable.” While Stafford said the team could be pleased with the results, the schedule doesn’t get any easier and his team shouldn’t feel satisfied. “There’s definitely some things we’re going to have to work on,” Stafford said. “It doesn’t get any easier with UConn and Temple coming up and traveling again which has been the story of our season so far. We’ll go ahead and lick our wounds and be happy with what we’ve done but we’re certainly not satisfied right now. We want more.” The Bearcats travel to Connecticut Thursday for a date with the Huskies (8-3-0) at 7:00 p.m.
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University of Cincinnati receiver Anthony McClung, who hauled in seven catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns Friday night in UC’s 38-20 victory against Temple, makes a diving catch inside the Temple 10-yard line.
UC bounces back from loss at South Florida with comfortable victory against Temple JOSHUA MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
After back-to-back disappointing offensive showings — including a shocking 26-0 defeat at South Florida — University of Cincinnati head football coach Tommy Tuberville made two definitive changes to the offensive attack against the Temple Owls. “Last week we went on the road and we looked like we were walking in mud
and nothing was clicking for us, but tonight we played with a lot more energy,” Tuberville said. “We intentionally changed our offense up with four wide receivers and went fast and got in a better highteam rhythm.” Senior receiver Anthony McClung returning to full-strength Friday after a nagging injury gives UC’s offense a new dynamic, with McClung and Shaq Washington playing at the slot position on opposite sides of the field. McClung hauled in seven catches for 86 yards and two scores and Washington, who has become quarterback Brendon Kay’s most consistent target, caught 11
passes for 72 yards. “They couldn’t bracket [McClung and Washington],”Tuberville said. “That’s what the four-wide receiver [formation] does for you. If [the defense] didn’t spread out, we could also do some screen passes. When they spread out, we ran the football.” As much as UC’s screen-oriented attack dominated Temple’s defensive backs in the flats for the majority of the night, running the football is where UC’s second major offensive adjustment — the inclusion and resultant emergence of sophomore running back Tion Green — came into play. Green, who has long been tapped as UC’s next feature back, finally saw his opportunity to stand out amid the Bearcats’ crowded stable of running backs. “It’s a humbling feeling, especially with a good week of preparation, and getting the chance to earn my teammates’ and coaches’ trust.” With an acrobatic 24-yard scramble, Green opened the scoring for the Bearcats early in the first quarter, before putting UC on top for good — 28-20 — with a 2-yard touchdown run one minute before halftime. Green carried 18 times for a career high 91 yards and looks all but set as UC’s feature back. “Tion is coming on, and [Ralph David Abernathy IV] is wearing down a little bit,”Tuberville said. “Hosey [Williams] just mentally wasn’t getting the job done.” The Bearcats encountered a bit of a scare after Green’s opening score, as they quickly found themselves down 13-7 after a Ralph David Abernathy fumble that led to a Zaire Williams one-yard touchdown run. Temple had previously tied the game at 7-7 with a 35-yard touchdown pass from P.J. Walker to Jalen Fitzpatrick. UC quickly regained the lead, however,
as Kay found McClung for their first of two touchdown connections, a 25-yard strike to the left corner of the end zone with 14 minutes left in the second quarter. Kay strolled into the end zone unscathed from four yards out two drives later, putting UC on top 21-13, after a Zach Edwards interception gave UC possession at the Temple 11-yard line. Edwards’ interception was preceded by a perfectly executed Kay pooch-punt, which pinned the Owls at their own 1-yard line. Temple brought the score to within one point, 21-20, after Walker’s second scrambling touchdown pass of the game, but Walker and Temple’s offense would be rendered silent after UC’s halftime adjustments. “We put another guy on the line of scrimmage and a linebacker to the field,” Tubberville said. “We tried to get in the quarterback’s face and not let him get out the pocket. That’s what killed us in the first half.” UC added 10 points in the third quarter, Kay and McClung’s second touchdown connection and a 38-yard Tony Milliano field goal with 51 seconds remaining, to push the final score to 38-20. Kay finished 31-for-37 passing for 270 yards and two touchdowns, as the Bearcats outgained Temple 475-376 in total yards. This was UC’s first victory since the Sept. 21 accident that claimed the life of freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick. UC honored Flick with a video tribute and a moment of silence before kickoff. “After what the kids have been through in the past month, they needed something positive to happen to them,”Tuberville said. “It’s been a struggle mentally for all of them. They still have one of their teammates in intensive care. I’m proud of how they fought.”
UC men’s soccer falls apart against SMU
UC fails to preserve early lead against Mustangs, remains winless in inaugural American Athletic Conference campaign JOSHUA MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
It was a tale of two halves Saturday at Gettler Stadium. Unfortunately for the University of Cincinnati men’s soccer team, it was the second half that made the difference. After taking a 1-0 lead into halftime, the Bearcats fell victim to an offensive stampede by the Southern Methodist University Mustangs, as Leobardo
Vazquez’s second-half hat trick left the Bearcats still in search of their first American Athletic Conference victory. “I though in the first half we did a lot of good things,” said UC head coach Hylton Dayes. “We got the early goal, we defended well and we had a couple more chances on the break. The first half went according to plan.” With neither team showing much attacking prowess in the opening 20 minutes, it was UC that began to push the mace of the match. John Manga curled a right-rooted shot around SMU goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra in the 25th minute, after a perfectly waited through ball from Will Diebold. UC continued to control play through the first half, but couldn’t muster another
scoring opportunity before the break. Knowing the Mustangs would be chasing the game, Dayes warned his team of the impending offensive push SMU would make, but it made no difference. “It’s tough to go into halftime down a goal when you haven’t scored a lot of goals this season,” said SMU head coach Tim McClements. “We came out and continued to do what we did in the first half and continued to push and generate opportunities. The first one fell and we could have taken our foot off the gas, but we kept pushing.” Vazquez opened the Mustang scoring in the 57th minute, finishing a cross from Deshawon Nembhard to even the match. Just one minute and 47 seconds later, Vazquez put the Mustangs ahead, this
time taking a feed from Damian Rosales and finding the touch during a scramble in front of the net. Vasquez put the game away for good in the 63rd minute with a powerful header off of a corner. “We just got into a rut there where we couldn’t get a toehold in the game,” Dayes said. “One goal got them two and then three. You’re not going to win games in our league if you’re not able to grind things through late in games. We have to dig deep within ourselves to get back to a point where we can play two good halves and 90 minutes.” The Bearcats take a break from conference play in the upcoming match, a Wednesday tilt at Gettler Stadium against IUPUI, scheduled for 7 p.m.