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UC, GE partnership to give students real world experience Collaborative agreement will lead to new $100 million laboratory BRYAN SHUPE CHIEF REPORTER
A new and unprecedented partnership between the University of Cincinnati and General Electric will allow students and faculty to work alongside practicing engineers. Officials from the UC Research Institute and GE aviation department announced the partnership Thursday. “We want UC’s best minds to be a part of our journey as we influence the future course of aviation,” said Gary Mercer, vice president of engineering at GE Aviation, in a statement.
The GE Aviation Research Institute will operate out of a $100 million laboratory at GE’s Aviation headquarters in Evendale, Ohio. “We’ve worked with UC for many years, but now it’s to a point where they’re on site, working on technologies that are very much needed today,” said Rick Kennedy, GE Aviation media relations manager. Four years ago, GE announced intentions to partner with UC on an engineering level and agreements were signed in the summer of 2013. The new laboratory is expected to be up and running by 2015 and the UC faculty hiring processes are underway, Kennedy said. “[UC is] working on technologies that SEE AVIATION PG 2
PROVIDED UC’s new partnership with GE will lead to the creation of the GE Aviation Research Institute, a $100 million laboratory.
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UC Health names former UK health care official as new president THE NEWS RECORD
MADISON SCHMIDT CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER Assistant dean in the oﬃce of student life Daniel Cummins, left goes over the strategy for Saturday’s event with Bobbye Wood and Joseph Glisson of the Cincinnati Fire Department.
Students, Cincinnati Fire Department team up to spread fire safety education RYAN HOFFMAN NEWS EDITOR
University of Cincinnati students and Cincinnati Fire Department firefighters spent Saturday morning walking the streets and knocking on doors in a continued effort to spread fire safety awareness. “Fire can happen anytime,” said Daniel Cummins, assistant dean in the office of student life. “We want the community to be as informed and safe as possible.” Roughly 20 students along with 16 firefighters from three different engine companies went door to door handing
out fire safety literature and free smoke detectors in neighborhoods on the south and west side of UC’s main campus. “I just wanted to help out the community,” said Jose Olivares, a first-year musical theater student. Olivares, like many of the students who attended, received service hours for his work through the center for community engagement, an office within the department of student affairs that helps students engage with the community through service. While many of the students are required to complete a certain amount of service hours for various scholarships and awards, turnout at such events can vary, said Jessie Matia, first-year pre-medicine student and one of the executive members of the
MADISON SCHMIDT CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER Cincinnati Fire Department teamed up with UC students to distribute ﬁre safety literature to uptown residents.
Bearcat Community Action Team, a newly created student group within the center for community engagement. “It’s the biggest turnout we’ve ever had,” Matia said. Cummins handed out smoke detectors during Spring semester and again in August, but zero students turned out for the August event. He said the timing was bad because students were either moving in or moving out and many of the residences were empty. Saturday’s turnout was much better, Cummins said. “This time, as you can see, the community really came together and showed we care about our students,” Cummins said. “That’s what we Bearcats are about.” Those that answered the door were offered fire safety literature as well as a free smoke detector, if needed. Students left bags filled with literature on doorknobs at homes where nobody answered the door. In total, 250 bags and dozens of smoke detectors were distributed. Most people who answered the door were generally receptive, said Robert Wright III, firefighter. “It was always positive,”Wright said. “I think they’ll accept anything that’s free and going to save lives.” Wright, who walked with a group of students on Emming Street, Stratford Avenue and Victor Street, said usually it is hard to get younger people — particularly college-aged people — to be receptive to fire safety, but that was not the case Saturday. SEE FIRE PG 2
The University of Cincinnati announced Friday that Richard Lofgren will take over as president and CEO of UC Health. “We are very excited to welcome Rick to the UC Health family,” said Margaret Buchanan, UC Health board chair, in a statement. “His unique background — a blend of both the practice and teaching of medicine in an academic medical center and senior, executive-level administrative experience — will further help to distinguish and differentiate UC Health in this market, reinforce that our health system has the best to offer in clinical care, and prepare us to take on the challenges of health RICHARD LOFGREN care in the future.” Fifty-nine-year-old Lofgren will start in his new role Dec. 2. Lofgren replaces former president James Kingsbury who announced his retirement in May. “I am truly honored to be appointed to this position and deeply appreciate the trust the board has placed in me,” Lofgren said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the UC Health board, the UC Health executive team, the UC College of Medicine dean and chairs and the university as a whole to propel UC Health forward and position it as one of the nation’s most preeminent providers.” Recently, Lofgren served as senior vice president and chief clinical officer for the University Healthsystem Consortium in Chicago. Before that he served in several different roles with University of Kentucky HealthCare — the university’s health care provider — in 2004. While at UK, Lofgren served on a leadership team that grew UK health system’s share of the market from 28.5 percent to 43.3 percent. Revenues grew from $345 million to $705. He was promoted in 2008 to vice president for health care operations, which involved the overseeing of three hospitals, ambulatory services and faculty. Before joining UKHC, Lofgren held various hospital, faculty and administrative posts throughout the Midwest, including positions at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and Michigan State University. UC Health is one of the largest health care providers in the greater Cincinnati region with more than 750 physicians. For more information about UC Health, visit newsrecord.org
Improved marketing, route knowledge leads to increase in UC Metro ridership Spike in October ridership through university-funded fare program ALEXIS O’BRIEN NEWS EDITOR
Using the university-funded Metro fare program, University of Cincinnati students took more Metro rides in October than they did in the same month in the past three years. “We think [our] direct marketing efforts really make it easy for students to use Metro,” said Jill Dunne, Metro public affairs manager. “They kind of help with that learning process for students who haven’t ridden before, and we think that’s definitely working.” There were a total of 33,512 UC rides in October — an increase from the 31,700 rides taken during the same month in 2012, the 24,000 rides in 2011 and the 24,500 rides in 2010.
Metro partnered with UC student government to create and display new marketing posters that offer studentcentered route suggestions for destinations around the city, such as the Oakley Station Cinemark and Findlay Market. “Understanding that the bus isn’t for everyone, we want to make sure people at least have the knowledge to make that choice, if this is something that fits with their lifestyle and the way they want to commute,” said Kim Lahman, Metro ridership development manager, in a September interview. Metro tracks student ridership through the use of two types of discounted fare cards UC has offered students and employees since 2008. The first is the UC Metro Card. It costs $53 for students and $160 for employees upon registration and covers every ride SEE METRO PG 2
UC students’ Metro ridership in October increased by nearly 2,000 rides compared to October 2012.
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UC Health breaks ground on new Florence office
A new UC Health medical facility currently being constructed in Florence, Ky. will extend the health care provider’s ability to provide medical service. The new center will absorb the services offered at two other northern Kentucky offices
New medical center to expand health provider’s ability to serve community JAMIE MAIER STAFF REPORTER
University of Cincinnati Health further expanded its reach in the region Thursday at a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of its newest medical facility in Florence, Ky. The facility will allow UC Health — one of the largest health care providers in the region — to add services in the greater Cincinnati area. It is part of a comprehensive strategy
to expand where there is an increasing demand for quality health care access, said Peter Iacobell, vice president of strategic planning and development at UC Health. The site is expected to be completed in July 2014, and will be nearly 42,000 square feet with room to house 30 physicians and 60 staff members. Its location on Cavalier Boulevard in Florence will provide easy access to Interstate 71 and Interstate 75. “Access is a top-system priority, so our expansion focuses on enhancing access to quality health care — both in terms of geography and specialty care — for
patients throughout the Tristate,” Iacobell said. The new facility is one of eight primary care centers opening or relocating in 2014-15 in respond to the growing communities in the greater Cincinnati region. UC Health’s other facilities in northern Kentucky at Southgate and Florence will remain open during the construction of the new office but will move to the new location upon its completion. The Florence location will include service in orthopedics and dermatology, which are currently offered at the other two northern Kentucky offices.
It will add specialty practices in cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology. UC Health is working with Cincinnatibased Al. Neyer LLC. to design and construct the multimillion-dollar complex. The two-story facility will have easy access to parking and an open interior design for patient convenience. Iacobell was joined by Jim Neyer, executive vice president of Al. Neyer LLC., Chris Vollmer and Chris Vollmer Jr., members of the Colliers International Healthcare Services Practice Group, at the groundbreaking.
Post-9/11 airport security measures didn’t prevent LAX shooting
Transportation Safety Administration officers gather at Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday.
Despite increase in security, funding airports still remain vulnerable to attack MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPER
LOS ANGELES — Despite a $1.6-billion investment in new security measures at Los Angeles International Airport since 9/11, Friday’s shooting by a gunman who made his way deep into a passenger terminal demonstrates that the airport remains vulnerable to attacks that appear costly and difficult to defend against. Lobbies, ticketing counters, baggage claim areas and sidewalks of the nine terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the nation’s third-busiest, are easily accessible to attackers intent on bringing firearms or bombs into the airport’s public areas. Creating a fail-safe security perimeter for the terminal area, however, would be extremely costly and might shift attacks by those seeking to do harm to other public gathering places, said Brian Jenkins, an authority on terrorism and aviation security at Rand Corp., the Santa Monicabased think tank. “It would be very hard to do,” Jenkins said. “There would be very little net
security benefit. Terrorists could go somewhere else, like attack a shopping mall in Nairobi or a theater in Aurora, Colo., or Times Square. What do we really gain?” In Friday morning’s attack, a gunman identified by police as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, carried an assault-style rifle through the lobby of Terminal 3 and began shooting as he passed through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint. The gunman then continued through a corridor of shops, apparently looking for TSA employees. Witnesses said he fired additional shots before being critically wounded by airport police near a circular area of passenger boarding gates. One TSA agent checking passenger identifications just before the checkpoint was killed — the first in the agency’s history — and at least two other agency employees and one civilian were wounded by gunfire. On Saturday, Patrick Gannon, chief of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, said the incident would be thoroughly reviewed to assess the police response and determine whether security improvements were needed. He praised the heroism of the officers who stopped the gunman near a fast-food restaurant in the
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are going to be applied directly to engines that we’re doing for the future,” Kennedy said. “What makes this different is that they’re actually on site here. There are dedicated areas where UC faculty and students will be working.” One of the most innovative projects GE is working on is its incorporation of advanced non-metallic materials in jet engines, Kennedy said. The material, known as ceramic matrix composites, combines the strength of metal with the heat resistance of ceramics. The new laboratory will also be testing advanced low-emission combustion for jet engines. David Linger, president and CEO of UCRI and longtime GE affiliate, is very supportive of the increased alliance between industry and university. “For the first time, UC’s faculty and students can have unprecedented access within these new laboratories. It’s very neat to see this integration and focus on collaboration,” Linger said. The collaboration is also aimed toward bringing more engineering opportunities to Cincinnati. “A city like Cincinnati needs to maintain its intellectual talent,” Kennedy said. “This is our way of further developing the talents of the UC engineers and hopefully it will serve as a pipeline into General Electric.” GE Aviation employs about 9,000 people in the Cincinnati region. GE officials see the new research center as vital for attracting top engineering talent from UC to GE. GE hires more engineers out of the UC College of Engineering and Applied Sciences than any other company, Kennedy said. “There are new demands for engines and airplanes so it’s a very exciting time in this industry,” he said. “Of all
terminal. Internal reviews of such major incidents can be “brutal,” Gannon said, adding that he expects his department to make security adjustments as a result. Some say the attack points to soft spots in airport security and the need for additional measures, including more uniformed and plainclothes police on hand. Marshall McClain, a veteran airport policeman and president of the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association, said that earlier this year, armed police officers were shifted from their fixed assignments at TSA checkpoints to patrolling inside and outside passenger terminals. After the 9/11 attacks, David Stone, the federal security director for LAX at the time, was concerned that terrorists could easily breach the checkpoints and reach passenger gates and parked aircraft. McClain said patrolling officers were not at or near the TSA screening area when Friday’s attack occurred. But he added that it’s not clear whether having a police officer at the site could have prevented the shooting. “In general, the officers are a good idea,” McClain said. “They could be a deterrent.” He noted that the gunman who attacked the El Al Israel Airlines ticket counter at the Tom Bradley International Terminal on July 4, 2002, waited until uniformed police officers had left the area. In that shooting, an Egyptian-born man armed with a handgun killed two people and wounded several others before a security guard working for El Al fatally shot him. Adding police officers to terminals and returning them to checkpoints might be beneficial, Jenkins said. But he agreed that it is hard to say whether they could have stopped Friday’s attack. The gunman, Jenkins said, could have killed an officer before moving past the checkpoint and into the terminal. “A suicidal guy with a big rifle can walk through the doors of a terminal, get shots off and hit people,” Jenkins said. Gannon defended his decision to reassign armed officers away from the TSA checkpoints, saying police need to modify their procedures to avoid becoming predictable. The greatest threats to airport terminals are between the curbs on the street and passenger screening areas, he said, adding that more officers were needed to address those risks.
the economic recession and everything, the world is flying more than ever.” FROM FIRE PG 1
“Young people sometimes feel ‘I’m never going to die’ but it happens to all ages,” said CFD District Fire Chief Fredrick Prather. “It’s unfortunate. They don’t know. You think you know, but you don’t know, and that’s when things happen. We want to try and minimize that as much as possible.” Olivares said one young man told him he removed the smoke detectors from his house “because they’re loud and annoying.” Cummins and Prather have worked together the past several years on fire safety initiatives, but the issue became more urgent after two UC students died from smoke inhalation in a New Year’s Day house fire on Digby Avenue. “Over the years there’s been a partnership in place to ensure that students are safe and recently, basically we’ve done more,” Prather said. “The bottom line is we want to keep students safe.” The deaths shocked the community and lead to several initiatives including the creation of a safe housing website that allows students to have their off-campus property inspected by the fire department free of charge. Cummins has also organized several events on campus to help educate students, although attendance at some of those events has been minimal. Cummins said he would continue to lead and organize fire safety initiatives on and around campus. “This isn’t the last time we’ll do this,” Cummins said. “We’ll continue to think about distributing information to make sure students are safe because one, even just one life is important.” CHIEF.NEWSRECORD@GMAIL.COM / 513.556.5908
Overall, studies by Rand Corp. and a blue ribbon panel of experts appointed by former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have concluded that LAX is safe but that gaps in security still need to be addressed. A 2004 Rand study found that the airport’s easily accessible terminals were particularly vulnerable to a ground attack or bombs planted in luggage, cargo, trucks or cars. Airport officials have since taken steps to reduce the risk, such as deploying more explosive-sniffing dogs and installing barriers to keep vehicles from crashing into terminals. Released in late 2011, the report by the panel set up by Villaraigosa’s administration noted that $1.6 billion had been spent for new security measures at LAX since 9/11 and 250 officers added to the airport Police Department, bringing the force to about 1,000 sworn and civilian personnel. It also concluded that improvement was needed in LAX emergency management, the security of its facilities and its police force. The panel also cited a perception that the airport administration under Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey emphasized the ongoing modernization of the facility and made security a secondary priority. The report said Lindsey did not attend public safety meetings, emergency management was not given high enough priority and the public safety director’s position had been eliminated — a move that was soon reversed. Lindsey has said that many of the concerns in the report have been addressed. But airport police association officials say there are ongoing problems with the size of the police force, which they say has declined since 2010 as a result of attrition and the loss of LAPD officers formerly assigned to LAX. More plainclothes officers are needed, and their equipment and cars are old, they contend. Gannon said Saturday that his department is only 17 members below its authorized strength. In light of Friday’s attack, McClain said association officials hope to meet with Mayor Eric Garcetti to discuss what they see as gaps in airport security. “We hope this is a wake-up call,” McClain said. “There needs to be an upgrade in the security profile at LAX. We need to use the best practices available.”
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that one takes each semester within what Metro considers zone one — travel within Cincinnati city limits. The second is the EZ Ride Card. It is free to register, but requires each rider to pay $1 per ride within all Metro zones — 75 cents less than the standard ride rate. With the EZ Ride Card, transfers cost the usual 50 cents. Since August, more than 2,000 students registered for Fall-semester fare cards that are good through Jan. 5, 2014. Even though UC riders are utilizing fare programs, their rides only make up about 2 percent of Metro’s total rides. “Riding Metro has a lot of benefits for students — it’s a green way to go, it’s easier than driving and you don’t have to worry about finding parking,” Dunne said. “We’re really happy to be working with UC, and we’re seeing results.”
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WOMEN WHO LEAD UC
Provost reflects on leadership, encourages students Davenport discusses diversity on campus, provides support to female leaders KARA DRISCOLL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
During her first several months at the University of Cincinnati, Beverly Davenport Sypher hasn’t stopped moving forward — and she’s taking the rest of the UC community with her. Her responsibilities as the chief academic officer and provost include administering, overseeing and guiding the academic programs of the institution. Davenport’s days don’t end with normal business hours, as she has immersed herself into every aspect of the university. Her job is tedious, stressful and revolves around time management. “There are many reactive aspects to this job: taking care of a problem, putting out a fire, making sure something is covered or done,” she said. “I’m constantly running from one thing to the next.” But Davenport manages more than the faculty, students and the academic standards of the university. She manages hope. “Warren Bennis was a president of this university and I quote him all the time,” she said. “He said leadership is fundamentally about managing hope. It’s about making people believe in possibilities and I think I am good at that.” She’s passionate, confident and optimistic, but a grounded realist when it comes to decision-making. When Davenport was appointed before the academic year began, President Santa Ono cited her remarkable ability to lead as a large reason she was chosen for the top position. “Her success in reinvigorating the faculty, her leadership in advancing diversity and inclusion, her passion for students, her award-winning efforts in the classroom, her stellar reputation in her scholarly field and her deep-seated commitment to strengthening the academic core has positioned her particularly well for the role of chief academic officer,” Ono said in a statement. “I look forward to partnering with her and the deans to move UC’s academic success to new heights.” Davenport is the first female provost in the history of the institution, which Ono frequently and proudly announces to the UC community. “A first [female provost] is good,” she said. “But we
THE SERIES The News Record is running a special series on the women who serve and lead at the University of Cincinnati. Whether it’s celebrating the 35th anniversary of the UC Women’s Center or watching Provost Beverly Davenport raise the academic bar at the university, it’s clear female students and faculty are making an impact on the UC community. To read the next edition of this two-part series, pick up Wednesday’s special election broadsheet. Articles feature Kathleen Hurley, student government chief of staff, and UCBA Dean Cady Short-Thompson, and more. Know a woman on campus who should be recognized? Tweet @ newsrecord_uc.
The percent of women quoted in stories from news organizations in 2011 in the United States.
20 years Two decades have passed since a female student served as the student body president at UC.
Out of the nine members of the UC Board of Trustees, Geraldine Warner is the only woman to currently serve on the board. Both student trustees are also male.
need seconds, thirds and fourths.” While Davenport’s appointment as provost qualifies as a trailblazing moment for women at UC, it isn’t the first time she’s paved the path for women to succeed. During her tenure as vice provost for faculty affairs at Purdue University, Davenport directed the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and founded Purdue Women Lead, an initiative to provide support to women in leadership positions. “We worked with staff and faculty to showcase women’s work and bring attention to research that focused on women’s issues, whether it was breast cancer or osteoporosis or worklife balance,” she said. “There’s a whole gamete of research — focused on women — happening on campuses.” With just a few months under her belt as provost, Davenport has a long list of goals and initiatives to implement at UC, which includes a program comparable to Purdue Women Lead. While heightening awareness of UC programs that are already dedicated to the development of women, Davenport would also like to add to those programs, she said. Being aware of diversity and inclusion is a part of her daily schedule, whether it’s during committee meetings or encouraging students to broaden their perspectives. “I ensure that women are represented on committees. I PHIL DIDION PHOTO EDITOR
Beverly Davenport Sypher is the first female provost to serve at the University of Cincinnati. Davenport said excitement, size and excellence brought her to UC.
ensure women are represented on lists to be considered for certain awards,” she said. “You know, I just came out of a meeting and I was looking around the room. There was one woman on the committee; there were four men on the committee.” The underrepresentation of women in top positions isn’t specific to UC. In fact, Davenport has seen it throughout her career. When she entered higher education in the early ’80s, only 24 percent of tenuretrack faculty members were women, she said. While she’s seen the percentages grow throughout her time in academia, tenure-track female faculty members are still less than 40 percent nationwide. “It’s about being mindful of all kinds of diversity,” she said. “When women are at the table, decisions are different. When women are at the table, the conversation is different. People have said to me, ‘Beverly, the conversation is different because you’re here.’” Davenport’s leadership and commitment to diversity is conveyed in her achievements, including the National Science Foundation funding she received for studies in change management for engineers and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines. Beyond simply embracing diversity, she encourages all college students to challenge themselves in leadership roles. “I think you can look at anyone in their position, and their formal adult leadership positions are never their first times to lead,” she said. As an undergraduate journalism and communications student at Western Kentucky University, Davenport managed several leadership positions including serving as the president of her sorority. Leading about 140 young women gave her the experience of managing people as she does today as a provost. Every position she held as a college student and young professional led her to the position she is in now — and she encourages students to be engaged and get involved as early as she did. Davenport said it will be challenging to handle all aspects of life after graduation, but it doesn’t mean you have to give anything up to succeed in a profession or in a personal life. “I’ve never liked that balance metaphor. I think you’re constantly juggling,” she said. “If you’re busy in undergraduate school, that’s the best training you can have for a full life.” Whether Davenport is rushing to a committee meeting, visiting medical students on UC’s East Campus or spending time with her family, she aims to be authentic. “The only way to be sane is to be who you are,” she said. “It probably would’ve served me well if I tried to hold back a little bit … but I never tried to have a poker face. You have to be who you are or who are you?”
UC Women’s Center provides support, educates to shift campus culture Director Barbara Rinto reflects on 35 years of inspiring female students, raising awareness about harassment EMILY BEGLEY COLLEGE LIFE EDITOR
Sexual harassment and gender violence are societal issues that can’t entirely be eradicated, but the Women’s Center director at the University of Cincinnati believes awareness and education will pave the way to progress. Since she began working at the UC Women’s Center in 2002, Barbara Rinto has confronted sexual harassment and gender violence across a wide spectrum of situations. “That’s a major challenge that we still confront,” Rinto said. “It’s something that’s existed the entire time I’ve been [at the center].” A poignant representation of the types of harassment women face materialized during classes Rinto previously taught about women, gender and sexuality. Students were asked if they took their keys out of their pockets for protection when walking to their cars; nearly every female raised her hand as opposed to not a single male. The same results occurred when students were asked if they parked near sufficient lighting, Rinto said. “I want to shift the culture so we’re all paying attention to that stuff,” Rinto said. “We really want to make sure that the university and students … understand that this kind of stuff can happen. Together, as a student body and university, we can work to educate people about it.” The UC Women’s Center strives to do that through educating students, raising awareness and helping females find their voice. For 35 years, the center has revolved around its
“You’re trying to make huge decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life. What we want you to do is take risks and challenge yourself with all kinds of possibilities. If you don’t succeed at it, we want you to pick yourself up and march ahead.” Barbara Rinto, Women’s Center director
mission to “promote equitable and safe environments on campus for women through advocacy, research and education.” “Personally, I think what we’ve been trying to do for the [past] 35 years is to make sure that women have a voice,” Rinto said. “That’s sort of a developmental process; you get to practice your skills.” Rinto points out the importance of the transition period students experience during college. “It could be the first time you’re really away from home,” Rinto said. “You’re trying to make huge decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life. What we want you to do is take risks and challenge yourself with all kinds of possibilities. If you don’t succeed at it, we want you to pick yourself up and march ahead.” Rinto works toward these goals through a combination
The University of Cincinnati Women’s Center staff members Ashley Rouster, Brandy Turnbow, Barbara Rinto, Amy Howton and Ann Brown are committed to improving safety, encouraging involvement and increasing student activism. The UC Women’s Center has been in operation for 35 years, offering a variety of resources and programs that support students both on and off campus.
of resources and student involvement. An upcoming event called ElectHer encourages female students to immerse themselves in the community by acquiring positions of power in student organizations. On Nov. 16, ElectHer will be hosted on campus to teach female students how to run for office and step up to the table. A panel of women elected to positions of power will talk to students about what it’s like to lead. Though the event is targeted at females, all are encouraged to attend. “We’re hoping that we’ll get a huge turnout,” Rinto said. “We still have far fewer women in offices all over the country than we do men.” Rinto said students play a big role in the center’s success. Peer advocates are a significant aspect of operation; students selected for the position provide support — or simply lend an ear — to anyone in need. “It’s a wonderful resource for the community, and those students themselves,” she said. “[Peer advocates] find it so rewarding.” The center has about 13 advocates this year, Rinto said. The group is split into two rotating sections that either focus on educational awareness or answering the center’s operational help line. “They’re really an extension of the staff in many ways,” Rinto said. This year’s program is titled Reclaim Peer Advocates, which alludes to reclaiming an individual’s life after being sexually assaulted or victimized. Peer advocates are one of the many rewarding aspects Rinto reflected on regarding her time at the center. Although many answers came to mind, Rinto said the most fulfilling quality of her role as director is helping students. “By and large, the students are just phenomenal,” Rinto said. “They’re curious, they support one another, they extend themselves in the community. I have just had fabulous encounters with students every single year I’ve been there.”
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‘Singin’ in the Rain’ features best UC talent, no wrong step opening night JAKE GRIECO ARTS EDITOR
Fourth-year student Max Clayton plays Don Lockwood. He’s incredibly talented and performs the classic number and nails his performance of the title number “Singin’ in the Rain.”
The Corbett Auditorium was transported back to 1927 in the College-Conservatory of Music’s debut of “Singin’ In the Rain”Thursday, but it didn’t lose all the luxuries of the 21st century. “Singin’ In the Rain” is as pleasant as sunshine on a rainy Monday, and the CCM cast and crew executed one of the happiest musicals of all time expertly. CCM utilized its broad set of talents to make its rendition of “Singin’ In the Rain” a modern production. The show takes place in a time when Hollywood was beginning to produce “talkies,” and as Don Lockwood (Max Clayton) sees a “talkie” for the first time, so does the audience. CCM created a short film for the first “talkie” that added an interesting dynamic to this classic musical. The short films appeared throughout the show and were witty and highly entertaining. They also gave the audience another reason to laugh that they weren’t expecting from “Singin’ In the Rain.” When a theatrical production is also a movie, as is the case with “Singin’ In the Rain,” it’s hard to put on the show without relying heavily on the precedents of the movie. CCM’s utilization of short films was a great way to add a bit of its own personality. But “Singin’ In the Rain” is more than just smoke and mirrors; the talent is remarkable. Clayton — who would be stiff competition for Gene Kelly (director and star of the 1952 film) — can do it all. He dances. He taps. He sings — he can even act. Matt Hill as Lockwood’s best friend Cosmo brings energy to the stage, along with natural comedic timing,
which made him an instant favorite for the audience. Hill was strikingly reminiscent of Donald O’Conner, especially when he performed “Make Em’ Laugh.” O’Conner sets a high standard for the song in the movie, but Hill takes on the task without hesitation and produced and equal if not better rendition, especially because Hill does all the dancing live. Hill and Clayton are great on their own, but when they perform together its impossible to look away. The two have intoxicating on-stage chemistry, most notably in “Fit as a Fiddle” and “Moses Supposes.” The two did not miss a step Thursday, even with such intricate choreography. The choreography produced by Diana Lala and Patti James is overwhelming. The dancing was impeccable from the smaller numbers to “Broadway Ballet,” which featured the entire ensemble. “Broadway Ballet,” was the biggest number of “Singin’ in the Rain” but the sheer size of it doesn’t mean it was entertaining. The song was an unnecessary detour from the plot — the segue being a daydream had by Cosmo —with it placed at the end of the show, it had some viewers nodding off. Despite the slight diversion, “Broadway Ballet” included one of the best parts of “Singin’ In the Rain:” tap dancing. The extravagant tap dance at the end of the song woke the audience back up before the finale. The finale featured the whole ensemble in yellow rain coats and umbrellas. Though aesthetically pleasing, the outfit was necessary because the performers were actually singing in the rain. “Singin’ in the Rain” received a 4.5 out of 5 rating from the League of Cincinnati
‘12 Years A Slave’ window into American sadism McQueen delivers powerful, brutal message from unusual perspective MONROE TROMBLY STAFF REPORTER
When slavery is tackled as subject matter for a film, the norm is to present the story through the eyes of white men, whether they perhaps be abolitionists or politicians. Hollywood has a particularly weak stomach when it comes to addressing America’s most evil and wicked chapter of history, and the lens has failed to scrutinize in true realism how depraved the majority of this country was. That has all changed with Steve McQueen and John Ridley’s “12 Years a Slave.” Based on a true story and published memoir by, Solomon Northup, who was deceived, captured, and sold into captivity for 12 years. The memoir was written and released at a pivotal time in history, one year after Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” and eight years before the American Civil War. Sold into slavery in 1841 and freed in 1853, Solomon’s tale is one of deep existential truth that has been uncompromisingly analyzed and captured by McQueen (“Shame,”“Hunger”). Although not having read Northup’s memoir, it can be said with much certainty that “12 Years a Slave” is a film brimming with veracity and indisputable accuracy of Northup’s tale. The ferocity in which the film studies the horrors and evils of oppression is both astounding and laudable of praise. That being said, the film is not for the softhearted, as it will break audiences with its distressing yet moving realism. The story opens with the daily life of Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofer) and the Northup family. Solomon makes his living as a musician and expert player of the fiddle, entertaining and performing for black and white audiences alike. Scenes and close shots of Solomon’s fingers, the strings of the fiddle and the Northup’s content happiness impart intimacy and compassion. Solomon is hired by two white, entrepreneurial men to play music in their circus and the three travel to Washington D.C. One night over dinner Solomon is betrayed, drugged
and in the morning stirred from slumber to find himself rolling over his own chains, bound and locked in a cell. The two men have vanished, and another two men have appeared to inform him that he’s no longer a free man, but a runaway slave being transported back to the South. Dread and despair arise, and things turn from bad to worse as McQueen’s steady, resolute camera unwaveringly films Northup as he is beaten for his insolence with drops of blood flying from his back. Solomon is subsequently traded and sold from the docks of New Orleans and from estate to plantation several times. Along the way he is treated to his first taste to the evil and brutality of white, paternalistic supremacy through an agent named Freeman played by Paul Giamatti. Freeman’s racism and bigotry are fueled by greed and economic avarice, (“My sentimentality extends the length of a coin,”) Solomon’s later owners display the sadism and psychological dementedness that fawned the flames of slavery for so long. “12 Years a Slave” is a clinical character study of Northup’s struggle to retain a sense of identity and hope in the face of both legal and religious malevolence. But while it chronicles the psychology of a subjugated man, it also raises existential questions and implications regarding race and morality. For the most part, Northup successfully clings to his dignity, sense of self, selfrespect and the underlying truth that he is not a slave but a human being. As he wasn’t raised and born into the system, Solomon has an outside and intellectual view of what he’s undergoing. This dissonance and divide slowly dissipates as the years pass by, and his hope to see his family becomes ever more fleeting and less substantial. Masters like Mr. Epps (Michael Fassbender), Mrs. Epps (Sarah Paulson), and Mr. Tibeats (Paul Dano) are slaves themselves to their own sadistic, rigid religious-fueled ideology that God made African-Americans less equal and more sinful than whites. In the most distressing of scenes, which McQueen deliberately makes the longest to shock audiences to their core, Epps whips Patsey (an outstanding Lupita Nyong’o) as Mrs. Epps shouts, “You’ve got to whip the devil out of her.” Slave masters viewed African-Americans as property and nothing else, but never has a movie portrayed and
revealed such white vice and misconstrued ideology until now. Solomon continually battles both against his masters, their belief system and himself in his own creeping doubt and despair. He knows that Mr. Epps is a demented and a mentally disturbed alcoholic, but 12 years is a long time for courage to last. There is never a moment of peace in “12 Years a Slave,” as audiences are continually wrecked by sadness and worry as to what will happen next. The most beautiful Louisiana environments are agonizingly the most violent, hate-filled and blood-strewn. The bald cypress trees, the gentle hum of the cicadas and the wide fields of cotton hold no sentimentality or kindness; it’s painfully excruciating to see such an exquisite place filled with misery and death. That’s the real atrocity of slavery — the fact that someone is incessantly trying to steal and take your sense of self and soul. This is no genre-oriented film that sugarcoats its subject matter; it’s the most realistically brutal window into American sadism yet. The brilliant casting, script and direction of McQueen and Ridley makes “12 Years a Slave” the most forceful film to ever confront the incomparable horror of America’s socio-economic and cultural history yet.
The luscious plains of Louisiana host some of the most violent acts of slavery. The slave owners were wrapped up in their ideology that they became ruthless, and were unabashed as people begged for their lives and mercy.
‘Zelda Symphony’ evokes nostalgia in older gamers Cincinnati Symphonic Orchestra elicits tears from audience PHIL DIDION PHOTO EDITOR
The walls of Music Hall echoed with the “Song of Time,” sending viewers into their childhoods with tears streaming down their faces, memories of heroes awakening, and fires of adventure rekindling in their hearts. “The Legend of Zelda Symphony of the Goddesses” came to Cincinnati’s Music Hall Sunday, where selections of the famous game franchise, spanning 28 years, were played to an audience of both fans and regular Music Hall goers. Some dressed up as characters from the games and others donned their formal evening wear to celebrate the event.
Everyone gathered together to talk about his or her favorite game, compliment someone’s costume and share passion for the series. But once the music began, everyone took to their seats and was swept into the musical world of Hyrule. The overture began. With the aid of a projector and video clips from “Zelda” dating back to the original in 1986, the audience was pulled through years of adventuring that they had experienced and fallen in love with. It wasn’t long before many eyes glazed over with tears. Smiles stretched across faces as memories resurfaced of battles being fought against evil wizards, princesses being saved, boys becoming heroes and worlds being saved. When the overture ended, the crowd leapt
from their seats to applaud and cheer but was soon quieted by the director. He came onto the stage to share his love for the series and his experiences. He explained the following movements and how they had been put together to tell the story of each game all the while playing both video and musical selections of the games. The most memorable part of his speech was when he pulled out one of his own copies of an original Nintendo “Zelda” game. Its golden case caught the spotlight and shone through the crowd, adding to the magic of the night. The Cincinnati Symphonic Orchestra was powerful in their deliverance. Taking some of the older games’ eight-bit music and turning it into full orchestral pieces, backed
up by a chorus, brought a whole new life to the tunes. Finishing the show with selections from “Link to the Past,” the game that has had the most influence on the series’ music, the crowd leapt out of their seats once more to applaud for a fantastic show. But the CSO still had much more to go. There was not one, not two but three encores, because any fan would know how important threes are in “Zelda.” Each encore featured a different game from the series making the crowd cheer even more when their favorite game was selected. The show ended after that and crowds of fans, old and hopefully new, left for home. And although they left Music Hall behind them, memories of Hyrule and the timeless battle of good against evil burned brighter than ever in their hearts.
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ obnoxious yet relieving Halloween night gender mixer at Esquire theater, audience members scream obscenities MADISON SCHMIDT CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER
Ghouls and goblins screamed in terror while sluts and virgins howled with laughter, shouting obscenities during the Esquire Theatre’s sold out “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Halloween night. Halloween marks a special viewing of RHPS — straying from the usual 12 a.m. Saturday showing — selling out the 220-seat theater. “Every show is like Halloween for us,” said Ron Ervin, a seven-year RHPS cast member. However, the night of Halloween only emphasizes the excitement of the comedy horror film displayed by patrons, which also features a costume contest. The gender free for all, participatory film brings a variety of people together every other Saturday and encourages everyone to leave their comfort zone upon arrival — this much is clear even before walking inside. Dr. Frank-N-Furter, played by Anjali Alm-Basu, UC Fine Arts alumna and four-year RPHS cast member, walks around in a corset and fish nets before the show. Rocky, played by Zac Francis, a third-year CollegeConservatory of Music student wears nothing but a pair of short, gold shorts.
Both strut around in their costumes while greeting other members and guests as they set the tone for the night — anything goes. The movie itself is rather campy and extreme with the main character, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist from Transsexual, Transylvania who dressed in drag throughout the movie, falls in love with his own creation, Rocky. Cast members and sluts — “Rocky Horror” veterans — make the entire watching experience. Obscenities are cried out from the crowd and actors perform at the front of the theater in correlation to the film that fuel the energy of the cast and distract from the nature of the B-rated film. The only people out of place are the ones remaining in their seats, not thrusting their hips to the infamous Time Warp dance. Watching while trying to focus on the plot is next to impossible with all the movement from the actors and callbacks in the theater. It takes about 20 minutes before it becomes clear the showing isn’t about watching the movie — it’s about acting completely obnoxious and not being yelled at for it — well everyone yells. “Rocky Horror” is definitely an experience for the loud and boisterous, and heavily recommended for the quiet and shy. It’s hard to pass up a chance to scream “asshole” and
The “sluts” — ‘Rocky Horror’ veterans — do an excellent job of making audience members uncomfortable. By the end of the show everyone in the theater is inevitably involved in yelling obscenities.
“slut” at a screen that isn’t confined to the safety of one’s home. It gives everyone a chance to be heard and scream ridiculous phrases in a public setting. “Everybody is included,” said Missy Stricklett, a 13year cast member of RHPS and cast coordinator. “It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, everyone is accepted at Rocky.”
5 / COLLEGE LIFE
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Author talks poor conditions in tomato industry
Positive sentiments to be reflected by voters at polls Tuesday
Writer Barry Estabrook divulges worker laws, regulations in Florida
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Imagine waking up, wanting to get away for a couple of days but having no time or money to travel. Or, perhaps — once out of college — a job requires business from another city, but there’s no way of sending out employees. The Cincinnati streetcar opens up new, exciting ways of transportation that will make such endeavors possible. The Cincinnati streetcar is testing out its first phase of construction in and around Cincinnati. It is the policyholders’ vision that the Cincinnati streetcar becomes a part of a larger transit spanning from coast to coast across the United States.
“It creates new opportunities and connections to other cities in the future, which will help Cincinnati grow even outside Cincinnati.” Tyler Harris, fourth-year electronic media student
A streetcar line has already opened in Miami, Fla., and construction for the streetcar has hit Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Bay Area California, Honolulu, Toronto and Vancouver, according to the Transport Politic’s website. Some say the streetcar will take a toll on Cincinnati. Others say it will help the already begotten efforts to turn this city into one of progression. “It creates new opportunities and connections to other cities in the future, which will help Cincinnati grow even outside Cincinnati,” said Tyler Harris, fourth-year electronic media student. “Immediately, I imagined scenarios portraying my dreams of traveling and using my video skills across America being made easier and expedited.” For some, even the project’s $71.4 million contract doesn’t deter positive feedback. “The streetcar would be good because they would lower the amount of traffic on roadways by providing an easy alternative to driving,” said Ryan Gressel, fourth-year mechanical engineering student. “It would also be more efficient than driving cars, as the amount of energy needed to move a single person decreases.” The streetcar will benefit the city, a feeling likely to be reflected when voters get out to the polls Tuesday.
A tomato’s path to the dinner table is often shrouded in adversity, stemming out of a multi-million dollar industry that ensnares workers in destructive conditions. In the midst of a meal, the story behind the savory veggie is probably far from the minds of diners, but for writer Barry Estabrook, it’s a focal point. Estabrook authored “Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit,” which explores problems in food production with a particular emphasis on the tomato industry. Estabrook spoke at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash Oct. 30. He said onethird of tomatoes consumed in America are grown in Florida amongst alarming conditions. “Food production is a vitally important issue we’re all facing,” Estabrook said. “Every Florida tomato has to be picked by hand. [It is] the worst job you can have in the United States.” Farm workers have to work under “pre-depression laws and regulations,” and there are minimal regulations about safety issues, age and wages. Because of its climate, Florida is one of the worst places to grow tomatoes, Estabrook said. “[The companies] are able to [grow tomatoes in Florida] by using chemical warfare,” Estabrook said. There is an average of 30 to 40 chemicals that can be on a field of tomatoes. “One group of people who absolutely suffer from these toxins is the workers,” Estabrook said. Every worker he interviewed while doing research for his book said they were been sprayed with pesticides while working in the fields. Estabrook emphasized the story of a woman whose child was born
Dangerous working conditions surround Florida’s multi-million dollar tomato industry, which provides nearly onethird of the tomatoes consumed in America.
without arms or legs as a result of the chemicals she was exposed to while she was pregnant. Many of the workers are forced to work and live under conditions that constitute
“Every Florida tomato has to be picked by hand. [It’s] the worst job you can have in the United States.” Barry Estabrook, author of “Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit”
slavery, Estabrook said. The workers make less than minimum wage and there have also been reports of people being shackled at night and even killed while trying to escape. “From my discussions with students who
attended the lecture, many were unaware of the harsh, slave-like conditions of the agricultural workers,” said Sana Clason, UCBA English professor. Harsh differences are also apparent in tomatoes themselves; the modern industrial tomato contains 62 percent less calcium than they did in the ’60s, Estabrook said. They also contain about 14 times more sodium. Estabrook said students will have to face this issue in the future and they can play an integral role in improving conditions for workers. “I hope students who haven’t yet read ‘Tomatoland’ will read it after they hear him speak,” said Rhonda Pettit, UCBA English professor. “I hope they will apply what they learn to their own food purchase choices, whether from a store or a restaurant, and to their eating habits as well.”
High school groups accompany UC choruses in concert Choirs join forces during CollegeConservatory of Music Concert Series EMILY BEGLEY COLLEGE LIFE EDITOR
When passion brings individuals of diverse musical backgrounds and styles together, a truly dynamic chorus is born. It takes a village to create a strong musical group. Uniting different ranges, preferences and expertise is the first step toward success. This type of diversity is exuded by the University of Cincinnati Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers. The groups are comprised of more than
120 students from across all 13 colleges. The only requirement for its members is a passion for performing. The UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses will join forces with local choirs at 8 p.m. Tuesday during Psalms and Songs at the College-Conservatory of Music. The onenight concert is part of the CCM Concert Series, which incorporates a combination of orchestral, choral, winds and jazz performances. Members of the Men’s and Women’s Choruses will perform alongside the Sycamore High School Select Ensemble and Cincinnati Children’s Choir (CCC) Girl Choir in Corbett Auditorium. Each group will perform separately
during the first half of the concert, transitioning into a combined performance at the end of the night. The night will include traditional and contemporary works. Together, the choirs will perform “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein and “Two Psalms” by Gustav Holst. The Sycamore High School Select Ensemble is an audition-only group of high school students grade 9-12, and the CCC Girl Choir is comprised of women grades 10-12 with strong music reading skills and vocal technique. Psalms and Songs is an opportunity to hear an exclusive blend of some of the best voices in Cincinnati.
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6 / SPORTS Bearcats best Bellarmine in final pre-season test
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UC sophomore guard Ge’Lawn Guyn finishes off a dunk after stealing the ball against Bellarmine Saturday.
Jackson, Kilpatrick lead UC past resilient Knights squad JOSHUA MILLER SPORTS EDITOR
For the second time in as many weeks, the University of Cincinnati basketball team slowly overcame an early deficit to defeat a well-coached, lower-division team. After knocking off Carleton — a national powerhouse in Canada — 7763 Oct. 26, the Bearcats took down the Bellarmine Knights 84-72 despite trailing by eight in the first half Saturday at Fifth Third Arena. “They’re extremely well coached,” Cronin said. “It’s why we play them all the time. I wanted to play them so that our guys hopefully would someday pass the basketball as well as Bellarmine passes the basketball.” Bellarmine’s fluent passing and 3-point shooting gave the Bearcats fits in the first half and kept the game close well into the second. “They made 25 field goals and 23 of them were off of assists, so that tells you a lot about they’re team,” said Justin Jackson, UC senior forward. Bellarmine’s first 12 points came from behind the arc, as the Knights finished 9-of-19 from behind the 3-point line in the first half. The Knights thrived on kick-out passes to open shooters, which UC senior Sean Kilpatrick admitted UC had been wary of heading into the game. “We saw on tape that they’re great at driving the ball middle and kicking
the ball out to an open man. That was something we talked about all week, but we’ve got to tip our cap to them,” Kilpatrick said. Despite the early offensive explosion from Bellarmine, who led UC 15-7 at the 14-minute-25-second mark, the senior leadership of Kilpatrick and Jackson (11 and 10 points at halftime) pushed UC to a 37-36 half-time lead. The senior duo combined to score six of UC’s first eight baskets, on their way to a pair of very efficient performances. Kilpatrick, who Cronin described as more of a “scorer than a shooter” compared to the 2012 season, led all scorers with 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He also converted 8-of-10 free throws. With a focus on slowing down his game, Kilpatrick feels more at ease going into the season. “It’s a lot more comfortable. Coach really worked with me over the summer at taking my time to read defenses,” he said. Jackson continued his offensive progression with 19 points to go along with nine rebounds and three blocks. Between UC’s two exhibition wins, Jackson has compiled 33 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocks. More importantly, he’s committed just two fouls. “I spend a lot of time on Justin’s behind in practice,” Cronin said. “If he looks at a guy funny, I call a foul on him in practice. For us to win, you’ve got to have your best players on the floor and he’s never been in that predicament before. There was always another guy that could replace him. For us to win, Justin has to play 30 minutes.” UC’s highly touted freshman Jermaine Lawrence, who gave UC it’s first lead of the game, 31-30, with a pair of free throws late in the first half, finished with 10 points. UC intensified its defensive pressure in the second half — with its full-court press starting to take a toll on the Knights — and pulled away with a 15-0 run. The Bearcats led 52-41 with 13:11 remaining in the game. “We defended the 3-point line much better in the second half and we obviously played much better defense in the second half,” Cronin said. Bellarmine cut UC’s lead to eight with 1:57 remaining in the game, but the Bearcats held a comfortable advantage throughout the second half, leading by as many as 17 points. The Knights efficient style of play and ability to cause problems for UC’s defense was exactly what Cronin hoped to see Saturday. “We’ve got to practice against a team that knows we’re going to press, that’s going to make the right pass and shoot the three before we can recover. It was tremendous work for our guys,” Cronin said. “This is exactly what you want out of an exhibition game.”
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Keire, Piper continue dominance
Men’s cross country 2nd at AAC Championships
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UC freshman swimmer Haley McLellan prepares to start the 200-yard backstroke Saturday at the Keating Aquatics Center.
The University of Cincinnati men’s and women’s swimming teams both fell to Virginia Tech Saturday at the Keating Aquatics Center, but two UC athletes continued their dominant starts to the season. Virginia Tech defeated UC 148-92 in the women’s meet and 139-93, but both Jackie Keire and Jessica Piper claimed two individual victories for the women’s team. “Virginia Tech is one of the top teams in the ACC, and a team that should probably be in the top 20 in the NCAA,” said UC head coach Monty Hopkins.“Our kids swam pretty well. Of course you want to win, but we did a lot of things today that made us better.” Keire, a freshman, has now won nine of her first 10 individual races at the collegiate level. Saturday, Keire took first place in the 100-yard freestyle and the 1650-yard freestyle, finishing 12 seconds clear of the second place finisher in a time of 17:05.87. Piper claimed individual victories in the 400-yard individual medley (4:28.91) and the 200-yard backstroke, beating Virginia Tech’s Maggie Gruber by less than a second at 2:02.89. “Last year she started off the season, pretty much winning every race she swam,” Hopkins said.“She’s come in this year, fitter, stronger and training harder. She’s picked up kind of where she left off last year, but she’s prepared to get better. In the 200 backstroke, that girl gave Jessica all she could handle and Jessica adjusted her tactics and strategy to find a win.” Claiming individual victories for the UC men’s team were Donovan Kearns in the 500-yard freestyle (4:49.97) and Cody Green in the 400-yard individual medley (4:11.13).
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For the first time in a decade, the University of Cincinnati men’s cross country team finished in the top three at a conference championship, taking second place at the first ever American Athletic Conference Championships Saturday in Storrs, Conn. “It was an outstanding performance by all of our guys, and I’m proud of how they all ran on this fast course,” said Kris Mack, head coach. “Evan Baum led the way and ran under 24 minutes for the first time in his career. Led by senior Evan Baum’s sixth place finish (23:42.54), all five of UC’s scorers finished in the top 25, each finishing in career-best times as well. Seniors Kevin Fink and Oliver Book finished in 13th and 14th place, respectively and Eric Hauser took 18th. UC’s fifth placer, junior Greg Sanders, turned out to be the deciding factor in the Bearcats’ success. Sanders passed up two runners in the final stretch, including one Memphis runner. “The race that Greg ran today was outstanding,” said Sam Burroughs, associate head coach. “We practiced finishing our races all week, so when I saw him with about 200 meters from the finish, I yelled, ‘This is what we practiced.’ At that moment, he gave it all he had and picked off a few runners before the finish. Without his performance, we don’t finish in second place.” Sanders’ last dash locked up second place for the Bearcats, who edged out Memphis by just two points. The heavily favored Louisville Cardinals took first place. The UC women’s team finished 10th out of 10.
Women’s tennis hosts first-ever UC Invitational Bearcats fall to cross-town rival Xavier, Ball State, defeat Bowling Green ELLEN HADLEY STAFF REPORTER
The University of Cincinnati hosted the inaugural UC Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Western Tennis & Fitness Club. UC invited Ball State University, Bowling Green University and Xavier University to the hidden-dual tournament with three doubles matches and six singles matches during the two-day span. UC defeated Bowling Green 5-2, but fell to Ball State 5-2 and Xavier 4-3 in dual play. UC senior Caitlin O’Gara and her freshman partner Kelly Poggensee-Wei — UC’s top doubles pairing — won all three of their matches. Poggensee-Wei also claimed two singles victories defeating BGSU’s Nikki Chiricosta 6-4, 6-5 and XU’s Alex Brinker 6-3, 6-0. “That was the first time we beat BG in my five years on the team,” O’Gara said. “It shows how we are improving as a team and that our hard work is paying off. It’s a good way to end off the fall season on a high note like that.”
UC won two of the three doubles matches against BGSU and four of six singles matches. Ball State managed to hold UC to victories in just one doubles match and two singles matches. Against cross-town rival Xavier, the Bearcats took one doubles match, giving Xavier a very close victory over the Bearcats with a final score of 4-3. UC freshman Lauren Bellinger went undefeated in singles play. She defeated Ball State’s Toni Ormond 6-3, 6-2, BGSU’s Brittany Plaszewski 6-4, 5-7,(3) and XU’s Daniella Patton 3-6, 7-5 (7). Partnered with Senior Ashleigh Witte, Bellinger defeated Ball State’s Ormond and Earnest 8-3 in doubles. Freshman Katya Bure and senior Sierra Sullivan accounted for a UC doubles win against BGSU’s duo Hutchinson and Plaszewski, 8-4. Bure also claimed a singles win against Xavier’s Andrea Wolf 6-3, 4-6 (107). Sullivan also earned a singles win against BGSU’s Hannah Drayton. “Katya and I have been working for the past two weeks with moving forward, better communication, and being more aggressive at the net,” Sullivan said. “When we played against BGSU all that came together and resulted in a win. It felt good to see the results of the drills coach has had us working on come out so positive.”
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UC’s Kelly Poggensee-Wei serves against Bowling Green’s Nikki Chiricosta number UC Invitational at the Western Tennis and Fitness Club, Saturday. Poggensee-Wei won the match 6-4,6-5.
The UC Invitational wrapped up fall season play for the squad. The Bearcats will be back in action Jan. 17, 2014 against Toledo at the Western Tennis & Fitness Club at 2 p.m.