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SG approves funds for tailgate, watch party DANI KOKOCHAK | SENIOR REPORTER The University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Student Government appropriated funds to an alumni tailgate and watch party Wednesday. The event aims to serve as a platform for students to engage with alumni. “This is about student groups getting in contact with their alumni and building that relationship, not just getting back the same alumni that come back for everything,” said Carolyn Johnson, presenter of the bill and director of alumni affairs. Events include a tailgate for the home basketball game against the University of Alabama and a watch party for the football game against the University of Connecticut Saturday Dec. 1. The party will take place at Uncle Woody’s Tavern, which will have a catered burger buffet for a minimum of 150 people, according to the bill. Rally Cats and Student Alumni Council are providing financial and networking resources. “Student Alumni Council is willing to donate a $150 prize for the student group that brings back the most alumni,”Johnson said.“Rally Cats is sponsoring money for the marketing materials.”
A request for $900, with an overrun of $90, from the student government programming line item was proposed in the bill. The amount will cover the cost to allow the first 150 alumni registered to eat free of charge. Students who wish to register and attend the event will be required to pay a $6 fee for the burger buffet. “We want this to be an event that facilitates alumni engagement, and this facilitates that without encouraging only students to take up those 150 premiums,” said Matt Meriweather, co-presenter of the bill. The dollar amount will be taken from the programming line item of the budget instead of the co-sponsorship line item because the director of alumni affairs, Carolyn Johnson, is hosting the event. The director of alumni affairs position was created to bridge the gap between student government, the alumni association and Student Alumni Council, said Lane Hart, student body president. The appropriations bill concerning the alumni tailgate and watch party passed by majority vote in the senate.
FUNDING APPROVED Student Government approved a bill Wednesday that appropriated $900 to a tailgate and watch party that aims to engage students with alumni. The event will be on Sat. Dec. 1 at Uncle Woody’s.
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BY THE NUMBERS The University of Cincinnati Police’s annual crime report shows an overall decrease in campus and neighborhood offenses.
CRIME ON THE DECREASE
UCPD releases annual report, campus crime down KARA DRISCOLL | NEWS EDITOR
The University of Cincinnati Police Department released its annual crime report for 2011, which showed an overall decrease in crime compared to previous years. In accordance with the Clery Act, UCPD must disclose data of offenses occurring each year. Every effort is made to ensure all reports are included in the data, including crime that wasn’t officially reported to police, according to the campus safety report. “We are still working hard to continue to have the numbers go down,” said UC Police Chief Michael Cureton in a previous interview.“We want students to be aware that the administration, police are working very hard. [UC Police] are dedicated to providing a very safe community.” Liquor law violations led with 268 instances on campus — the largest number of reports in 2011. The number increased from 258 in 2010 and 199 in 2008; yet drug violations in residence halls went down from 32 in 2010 to 16 reports. Forcible sex offenses increased in residence halls from two in 2010 to five in 2011. Forcible sex offenses include rape and attempted rape, forcible fondling, forcible sodomy and sexual assault with an object, according to the campus safety report. Sexual assault is a major problem with every college and university, said UCPD Captain Rodney Chatman. “[Sexual offenses] remain one of the most underreported crimes,” Chatman said. “I hope that the increase in reported offenses is related more to the students both receiving messages on how not to be a victim and students receiving information about risky behavior and I hope it’s related to a greater sense of comfort in reporting these offenses — knowing there are tremendous resources to help any victim of sexual assault [on campus].” A second-year female said she was the victim of sexual imposition when she awoke to a male student groping her in her bed at Stratford Heights Nov. 5. “I woke up the next morning and his fingers were in my pants,” she said. The female student reported the crime to judicial affairs, but did not feel the case was handled in an adequate way. “Judicial Affairs said they handled it, but the only thing that happened was that he got moved to another dorm,” she said.“I cancelled my contract and I left UC dorms for good.”
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She no longer feels safe on campus, she said. “I will not live on campus; I will not hang out on campus,” the secondyear student said. Drug violations increased exponentially off campus, with 38 reports compared to zero over the past two years. Aggravated assault — an attack by a person upon another with a deadly or dangerous weapon, resulting in injury, according to the report — decreased off campus, while robbery and burglary increased in the Clifton area. Burglary decreased on campus, but some students at UC feel unsafe in the Clifton area. Stuart Gilchrist, a fourth-year aerospace engineering student, was robbed at gunpoint by a mob of individuals on Warner Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. in September 2011. His cellphone and other possessions were stolen and the suspects instructed him to run up the street after holding a gun to his stomach. Gilchrist reported it to police, but now feels uncomfortable walking alone in Clifton at night. “I try my hardest not be on the streets off campus after dark,” he said. “I have a night class now so I either park my car near campus or ask my friends to walk with me.” Gilchrist also feels crime has increased in surrounding areas. “This year there’s a lot more [crime], it seems,” he said. UCPD arrested five suspects related to several thefts from automobiles and criminal damaging around campus Saturday. The suspects were picked up at approximately 4 a.m., Chatman said. The suspects were arrested in Corry Garage while peering into cars and carrying a backpack with rocks, supposedly used for breaking into cars. The investigation is ongoing and police identified a sixth suspect who was allegedly involved in the crimes. Police are comfortable saying that the suspects are responsible for other break-ins around Clifton, Chatman said. Though the area is perceived to be unsafe by many, police are increasing patrol and targeting specific areas, Cureton said. “We don’t want students to fear crime,” Chatman said. “We also want students to have a respect for the existence of crime because when students take preventative safety measures, it eventually makes the community safer.”
Christ Hospital was recently named one of the nation’s top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in an annual study. Truven Health Analytics — a medical company that specializes in analyzing and gathering data pertaining to the healthcare industry — conducted the study. Truven uses this information to publish reports that seek to find the nation’s highest-quality hospitals for interested healthcare customers. “We work together comprehensively across all services,” said Chris Thompson, the executive director of Christ Hospital’s Cardiovascular Department. The study found that if the nonqualifying hospitals performed at the level of hospitals such as Christ, “nearly 8,600 additional lives could be saved and more than $1 billion could be saved.” “We’ve been able to accomplish that through hard work, and keeping our teams cohesive enough to maintain it,” Thompson said. The study looked at 1,000 different national hospitals and categorizes them into three separate groups: Teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs, teaching hospitals without cardiovascular residency programs and community hospitals. The hospitals are then evaluated on clinical outcomes of patients being treated for heart attacks, heart failure and those that undergo percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Length of stay and the average cost per case also determine which hospitals qualify. Truven has named Christ Hospital one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country nine times, said Michael Beauchat, public relations representative from Christ Hospital. “It’s recognition of the work that the staff does for the community,” Beauchat said.
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Blood donation shortages could pose problem
DANI KOKOCHAK | SENIOR REPORTER Blood and platelet shortages at Hoxworth Blood Center could pose a problem for local hospitals and hospitals on the East Coast effected by Hurricane Sandy. “The fragility of blood supply is concerning because we are coming close to the holiday season, meaning blood donation will not be top of the list for most people,” said Alicia Lipton, community relations manager at Hoxworth Blood Center. The shortage in the area is due to low donor turn out. Appointments for donations have been cancelled recently because of cold and flu symptoms, as well as weather conditions, Lipton said. The most recent University of Cincinnati blood drive saw fewer donations compared to previous years. “In October 2001, we had a total collection of 1,037 units, and in October 2012 we had a collection of 760 units making for a difference of about 277,” Lipton said. Blood and platelet donations to Hoxworth Blood Center support patients at 31 area hospitals, according to a statement released by Hoxworth. East Coast area hospitals are prepping to have difficulty receiving blood donations in the upcoming weeks, Lipton
said. Mass transit is being shut down and regular donors in those areas are not able to reach donation sites due to hurricane damage and conditions. “We will have to help in order to collect for those areas,” Lipton said, “But the first thing we need to do, is we need to make sure we have [blood] on the shelves for the patients here and then we can start helping those on the East Coast.” Hoxworth is anticipating contact from East Coast hospitals Thursday or Friday, after damage assessment is taken care of, Lipton said. All blood types are needed at this time, Lipton said. Donors with an O+ blood type are especially encouraged to give blood. “Even when donors start canceling their appointments we need to still be able to collect those 40 units [of blood] a day, and we aren’t seeing that,” Lipton said. Platelet donors are also encouraged to make a donation this week. Platelet donors can be of any blood type. “Platelets are always in critical need because their shelf life is only five days and two and half days are taken up in testing,” Lipton said. Students and UC staff can go to Hoxworth’s central location located next to University Hospital on Highland Avenue to make donations, Lipton said.
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BACK IN ACTION The University of Cincinnati basketball team opened its 2012 campaign with an 80-60 win against Grand Valley State. (Clockwise from top left) Sophomore guard Ge’Lawn Guyn drives toward the basket. Guyn is heavily guarded by a GVS defender. Cashmere Wright ﬁghts for a loose ball. Sean Kilpatrick converts a layup with defenders in his face. UC newcomer Titus Rubles battles for possession. The Cincinnati student section, which was sold out for monday’s exhibition, cheers on UC’s players.
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STORM GAINS STRENGTH People make their way through a flooded street in Sayville, on Long Island’s South Shore, Monday, Oct. 29, as Hurricane Sandy gains strength.
FRANKENSTORM STRIKES Hurricane Sandy leaves East Coast battered, flooded after historic event
EAST COAST DEVASTATION Clockwise from top left. Cars float up from a car garage in a mixture of storm water and gasoline in lower Manhattan as workers begin the process of pumping out the mess, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. Hurricane Sandy caused major damage to New York City and surrounding areas. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT). A portion of Harvey Cedars on Long Beach Island is underwater, Oct. 30, 2012, a day after Hurricane Sandy blew across the New Jersey barrier islands. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT). President Barack Obama greets employees at Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., before speaking about ongoing relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Pool Photo by Chris Kleponis/CNP/MCT). Around 5 a.m. a tree fell on 4023 School Lane in Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, as viewed from the backyard where it also damaged a neighbor’s deck. A child was taken to the hospital. (Charles Fox/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT). People try to get back to work on foot, bike and car from Brooklyn to Manhattan by the Brooklyn Bridge, two days after hurricane Sandy hits New York, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (Charles Guerin/Abaca Press/MCT)
LIFE & ARTS 4 Running ‘Like Hell’ benefits foundation Weekend Edition Nov. 1 | 2012
tyler bell | senior reporteR A stormy night did nothing to stop hundreds of participants from running the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s 21st annual Run Like Hell 5K race through Spring Grove Cemetery Friday night. Costumed participants took off from the starting line at Woodburn Avenue to run through the cemetery in support of the foundation’s search for a cure for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs and pancreas and causes lifelong problems for victims. Leslie Lucas, a development director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, believed the event would still be successful despite the inclement weather. “There isn’t any other run that’s in full costume like this,” Lucas said. “It’s really unique — it’s in the evening time and it culminates with such a huge party that it’s really unique to the city and I think people really want to see it.” Lucas said she expected 85 percent of the 1,800 registrants to be in costumes. Steven Sharpshort, 18, of Cincinnati and his stepfather, Gene Perry, 41, ran the race as a team, both dressed in full-body, form-fitting spandex suits — Sharpshort was Slenderman, an urban legend made popular by the Internet, and Perry was a zombie.
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“I wouldn’t be freezing my ass off if it wasn’t for something good,” Sharpshort said. Peggy Veter, a volunteer of Cincinnati, wondered how participants planned to run in their costumes. “It’s hilarious,”Veter said. “The costumes — the runners — are just hilarious. We’ve been doing it for years. It’s just fun — people-watching for a good cause.” Anne Robin, a student at Thomas More College, said it was more about the run than the costumes. “We just added a little flair to our running gear,” she said. “I ran last weekend in a 12-mile race and it was freezing cold. I don’t think it’s going to be any worse than that because it’s only three miles.” Amy Famularo, a development director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, said Run Like Hell raised over $115,000 last year, and nearly 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to fund the cure. “Since the inception of this event, which was back in ’91, we’ve raised over a million dollars,” Famularo said. “This is our second largest fundraiser for the foundation.” Runners paid from $35 to $45, depending on when they registered, Famularo said. “Every dollar we raise here goes directly to fund our mission, which is to both control and cure [Cystic Fibrosis],” Famularo said. “We’re pretty close and we’re making great strides at doing just that.”
‘Wreck-It Ralph’ director talks video game movie kEITH BIERYGOLICK | MANAGING EDITOR Director Rich Moore (“Futurama” and “The Simpsons”) made the countless hours he spent at the video arcade growing up worth something in his first feature film, “Wreck-It Ralph.” “As a kid and a teenager I would get the conversation, I would get the talk several times from my parents,” Moore said. “It would go, you know, ‘you are wasting your time at that arcade, and no good will come of playing video games.’ So, I like to think I proved them wrong.” Walt Disney studios had been trying to make a video game movie for several years, and when Moore started working with the studio in 2008 he jumped on the chance to develop a movie based in that world. While Moore had all the prerequisite video game knowledge to make a good movie, coming up with an intriguing concept proved difficult. “Wreck-It Ralph” centers on the Donkey Kong-like villain, Ralph (voiced by John C.
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Approximately 2,300 to 3,500 people register each year, depending on the weather, Famularo said, estimating 2,000 at this year’s event. The total donations raised and total number of participants was not available at press time.
Villain aspires to become hero
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Stories of the University of Cincinnati’s haunted history spooked faculty members into the Halloween spirit Wednesday. UC spokesman Greg Hand led members of the UC Association for Administrators, Managers and Professionals (UCAAMP) on a tour of “Haunted UC.” The presentation was seen as an opportunity to bring faculty and staff together to learn more about the university. “The board tries to do networking and tries to educate the members about what goes on around campus,” said Elizabeth Boland, former member of the board and faculty member in CCM’s preparatory department. Hand’s 30-minute presentation of scary things at UC included stories of the university’s vampires, catacombs, ghosts and other spooky incidents. “I had to get creative with the subjects, and it was tough finding information on some of this stuff,” Hand said. “Finding a vampire at UC and information about them took a little work.” Hoxworth Blood Center on Highland Avenue is the campus bloodsucker, Hand said. In order to satisfy their need for blood, Hoxworth takes nearly 400 victims a day — all volunteers, of course. “This campus isn’t all that haunted because it isn’t all that old,” Hand said. “We miss out on the whole Victorian, spooky ghost thing.” Nevertheless, Hand delivered information on the notorious UC catacombs that weave for miles under campus and are used as utility tunnels. Students are more likely to be electrocuted than scared down, Hand said, calling them the “Bearcatacombs.” The most regularly reported haunting at UC is the ghost in the rare book room on the ninth floor of the Blegen Library. Witnesses claim the ghost is a dapper man in his sixties. He is believed to be the wandering spirit of a classics professor killed in an automobile accident years ago, Hand said.
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VIRTUAL VILLAINS ANONYMOUS Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) attends a support group for video game bad guys. In the film Ralph embarks on an adventure to become a hero. Reilly), who wants to become a hero — but it didn’t start out that way. Initially it was Felix, the hero from Ralph’s video game world, whom Moore planned the story around. “Something about the perfect kind of hero character from a video game, it felt like so what?” Moore said. “He starts out a good guy and becomes a better guy?” “It’s more interesting to watch a story about Donkey Kong than Mario,” he said. “Especially if Donkey Kong is wondering why do I throw barrels at this guy? And why do people hate me for doing it?” After settling on the arch of the story, Reilly came aboard, showing a dedication that helped Moore develop the title character even further. “It’s not often that someone — that an actor in an animated film will kind of call up and say, ‘Can I come over and can we talk a little bit more about Ralph?” Moore said. “He was so kind of hands-on and so instrumental in really fleshing out who Ralph is and what he’s like.” Reilly’s ability to create characters the audience wants to root for pushed the film into the upper-echelon of animated Disney films. “He’s so funny, but, man, it’s like every character he plays feel like a real human being, you know, with a real heart,” Moore said. “You really care about his characters
and you really want them to achieve what it is that they want and desire. And I don’t think Ralph’s any different … I think he falls right into one of those classic [Reilly] characters.” The talented cast also includes Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch. Moore got them, along with Reilly, to record their voices together in an effort to maximize the actors’ potential camaraderie. “Usually in animation, the actors will be scheduled one at a time to come in and act just kind of in a vacuum,” Moore said. “[People] are coming to this because they want to see the chemistry — or they want to feel the chemistry — of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman together … We’re not really making good on that if we don’t have John and Sarah performing against each other,” Moore said. “Wreck-It Ralph” needed many more actors than Reilly and Silverman though, because the film contains the most individual characters (190) in a Disney film — “Tangled” only had 60. “I like ambitious stuff. I like big casts, and I like big movies, and big TV shows,” Moore said, who’s used to dealing with gigantic casts in his television work. “‘Simpsons’ in its day was very, very ambitious, and so, I’m never one to back down from a challenge or undercut what the movie should be. I’m really proud of what we achieved.” “Wreck-It Ralph” opens Nov. 2.
Realistic look at crime in Sweeden
Part crime, part drama, ‘Easy Money’ delivers ben Goldenberg | CONTRIBUTOR In “Easy Money” there is no pop music soundtrack, no expensive sports cars and no one is Italian-American — welcome to the real world of crime. Stockholm, Sweden: A place where people drive ordinary cars, gangsters have real-world responsibilities and the enticing possibility
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CRIME DOESN’T PAY Dragomir Mrsic in Daniel Espinosa’s film, “Easy Money,” which takes a look at the life of criminal. In the European crime flick, Espinosa shows there really is no such thing as easy money.
of easy money is the only thing holding them all together. The screen fades from black and before five minutes pass, there is a jailbreak. But after the opening scene, “Easy Money” turns from crime film into a drama. There are no more violent scenes until the film is almost halfway through. The abrupt change of pace makes the beginning feel misleading, which is bound to make action-lovers feel robbed. Despite the opening scene — and the intensity of violence when it does occur — “Easy Money” remains, at its core, a dialogue-driven drama attempting to be an action movie. The film is well-crafted with intricate plotting and unsuspected backstabbing. The Swedish-language movie manages to be a far-fromboring tale of ambition where no one walks away rich. Like most Swedish movies released in North America, “Easy Money” is dark. The parts of the soundtrack that aren’t morose, acoustic tracks are quiet. The acting is superb and the directing is phenomenal, it’s no wonder director Martin Scorsese presented it in North America. Unless movies involving violence, drugs or crime are an issue for a viewer, there isn’t much “Easy Money” lacks — except novelty. The central problem “Easy Money” faces is crime movies have been done millions of times before. They have been done on lower budgets, they have been done with less technology and they have been done better. Though it is refreshing to see a crime movie not directed by Guy Ritchie or financed in the Hollywood system, “Easy Money” fails to do anything to stand out. Despite a compelling plot,“Easy Money”will not make headlines for the best movies of the year. For all its virtues, it is not groundbreaking — but it will most likely entertain anyone who enjoys darker films.
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Week nine starts with snoozefest The NFL opens this week with the “Nobody Outside Kansas City Cares Bowl” then finishes with “Most Ridiculous Fanbase Outside New York Bowl,” and somewhere in between there are actually decent matchups. Time to get those ledgers out and clear some of the red. (Home team in CAPS) CHARGERS (-7.5) over Chiefs: This is probably a stretch since Phillip Rivers is the most overrated quarterback this side of Mark Sanchez, but the Chargers are poised to deliver a beatdown on a mediocre team. Bet on the powder-blue jerseys. Panthers (+3.5) over REDSKINS: I’m going with the experienced, veteran quarterback in this one. Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III should put on a good show as long as the stadium isn’t converted into a fishing pond. PACKERS (-11.5) over Cardinals: The line for this game should be 20. JAGUARS (+4) over Lions: It is time for the Jaguars to sneak a win against the surprisingly bad Lions. That is if Ndamukong Suh doesn’t rip off Blaine Gabbert’s head before he can luck into a few touchdown passes. Bears (-3.5) over TITANS: Jay Cutler is starting to grow a mustache this month, meaning he will resemble a disinterested ’70s porn star instead of the guy who yells at children all the time. The Titans have nothing going for it, take the Wild Card team in the NFC. BENGALS (+3.5) over Broncos: The Bengals need this win more than the Broncos. Even though Marvin Lewis is dreadful coming off bye weeks, take the team facing potential irrelevance playing for its season. Ravens (-3.5) over BROWNS: This game will be as ugly as the city it’s played in. Take the Ravens coming off an embarrassing loss to the only viable Super Bowl team in the AFC. TEXANS (-12) over Bills: The line for this game should be 24.5. J.J. Watt is having an MVP-caliber season, and the Houston offense is rolling behind the legs of Arian “Footsteps” Foster. COLTS (-1) over Dolphins: With Ryan Tannehill’s leg in shambles and Reggie Bush crying to Roger Goddell about people being mean to him, the Colts should sense blood in the water. Look for a road-dog blowout in this one. SEAHAWKS (-4.5) over Vikings: Minnesota is going to have a hard time getting anything going against the “12th Man” in Suicideville, and anything Russell Wilson throws seems to get caught. Take the team riding a wave of luck and Starbucks-drunk fans. RAIDERS (pk) over Buccaneers: Tampa Bay is not going to travel well, and with a bye week to rest, the Raiders might actually resemble a professional football team. Look for Carson Palmer to have a decent week against the Buccaneer defense. Steelers (+3.5) over GIANTS: The Hurricane Sandy Bowl will be an ugly one, especially if the Steelers decide to wear the vomitforms again. The Giants are terrible at home and the Steelers are starting to run the ball again. Take the points. FALCONS (-4) over Cowboys: Tony Romo might get to 15 interceptions this week against the Falcons’ defense. This line could be 11 and it would still be safe, probably Eagles (+3.5) over SAINTS: Betting against the Saints in nationally televised night games breaks one of the biggest rules I have for football, but Drew Brees’ team has been the most inconsistent this season. Meanwhile, the Eagles are a squad in flux. Take the fieldgoal-plus margin and bet on Michael Vick with his back against a wall. On a bye: Patriots, 49ers, Jets, Rams Tiebreaker: 34-31 Saints Cardinals
UC prepares for must-win game JOSHUA A. MILLER | SPORTS EDITOR
After losing back-to-back games on the road to Toledo and Louisville, the University of Cincinnati football team returns to Nippert Stadium Saturday to face the Syracuse Orange. Saturday’s game has serious long-term implications, as both teams need a win to stay in the hunt for the Big East title and the Orange (4-4, Big East 3-1) will attempt to stay on track for bowl eligibility. UC head coach Butch Jones has been a huge proponent of Syracuse since spring practice. “I said it at Big East media day and I’ll say it again and I’ll stand behind my words: I think they are one of the best teams in the Big East conference,” Jones said. “They have great a synergy about themselves — they are playing great as a football team. Looking back at their game in South Florida last week, being down 23-3, coming back, and basically winning on the final play.” Syracuse enters Saturday’s game having won three of its last four games, including the emotional last-second victory over South Florida Jones described. Senior quarterback Ryan Nassib, who is in his third year as a starter, leads the Orange attack. Nassib ranks ninth in the nation in passing yardage with 2,487 yards already this season, to go along with 17 touchdowns. The West Chester, Pa. native helmed the Syracuse offense in 2010 when it dismantled UC 31-7 at Nippert Stadium. “Ryan Nassib is uncanny in terms of being as instinctual as Teddy [Bridgewater] was and has the ability to make plays with his legs, as he’s done, but he’s a pocket passer,” Jones said. “They want to push the ball vertically down the field but again, as a senior should,
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BIG EAST BATTLE UC head coach Butch Jones encourages defensive back Trenier Orr during UC’s 34-31 loss Louisville at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky Friday Oct. 26. he knows where he is going with the football and has a great, very quick release.” UC’s defensive backfield, which allowed more than 400 yards passing in UC’s 34-31 loss to Louisville, will be greatly tested by Nasssib’s receivers Jarrod West and Marcus Sales, who have combined for more than 1,000 yards so far this season. Offensively, the Bearcats will attempt to establish the running game against a tough Syracuse run defense, which has only allowed a 100-yard rusher in three of its eight games this season. UC senior running back George Winn is coming off of a very
productive 125-yard game against Louisville, while sophomore running back Ralph David Abernathy IV racked up 207 yards of total offense to go along with a pair of touchdowns. Both Winn and Abernathy will need to have solid performances to help remove pressure from struggling junior quarterback Munchie Legaux, who has throw five interceptions during the Bearcats two-game losing streak. Despite pressure from fans and some media, Jones said he hasn’t thought about replacing Legaux with senior backup Brendan Kay. “No, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for Brendan Kay
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— and he is one snap away — but I haven’t flinched and not one person on our football team has flinched and I’m not going to [consider replacing Legaux] and I believe in him and that’s what our family believes in,” Jones said. For Legaux and UC, the road to redemption begins Saturday at noon in Nippert Stadium. Jones believes his team is more than ready to respond. “Everyone says, ‘How will your team respond?’ Well if you’re built right from the inside out, they will respond,” Jones said. “Three years ago we weren’t built right — no leadership, first year entitlement — but this year we are built right.”
Stewart’s playing career likely ended by neck injury
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LOCKED AND LOADED JaQuon Parker soars toward the basket during Cincinnati’s 80-60 victory over Grand Valley State at Fifth-Third Arena Monday, Oct. 29. JAMES FREEMAN | STAFF REPORTER The University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team opened its 2012 campaign with an 80-60 victory over Grand Valley State Monday night at Fifth Third Arena. “Grand Valley State is an extremely well coached team that played a lot of guards and took care of the ball,” said UC head coach Mick Cronin. 5,375 fans — including a sold out student section — watched the Bearcats introduce newcomers Titus Rubles and David Nyarsuk. Rubles started the game and paced the Bearcats with a game-high eight rebounds to go along with 11 points. “Titus is a very good player and he’s only going to get better,” Cronin said. “He’s a great athlete, but he’s really got a good basketball IQ, he can make shots and he really is a good passer. He’s as talented of a player as has come in here since I’ve been here [as a head coach].” UC senior guard Cashmere Wright opened the scoring with a deep threepointer and Nyarsuk, a 7-foot tall Republic of South Sudan native, started his UC career with a dunk to give the Bearcats a 28-18 lead. The Bearcats lead 38-29 at halftime, thanks in part to a 22-16 first half rebounding advantage. Rubles began the second half with his second three of the night to spark a 19-6
run, which also included three-pointers from Sean Kilpatrick and JaQuon Parker. The Bearcats lead 57-35 by the end of the run. “We were getting the jitters and kinks out in the first half,” Kilpatrick said. “Once the second half came we kind of got a rhythm going.” Three straight triples from Grand Valley State trimmed UC’s lead to 66-54 with just under 6 minutes remaining in the game, keeping the final score from being significantly more one-sided. UC’s nine-point run at the end of the game pushed the final score to 80-60. “I was really happy with two things,” Cronin said. “Grand Valley State really helped us get better tonight. You can’t simulate that in practice. The second thing, and maybe I’m most happy about, is the student section. We switched to general admission, which is a great move by our athletic department. Kids can get the ticket and get here early. That matters now. That is a huge step for our program.” Kilpatrick lead all scorers with 18 points and Parker, Wright and Rubles all finished in double digits with 16, 13 and 11 points respectively. Senior center Cheikh Mbodj, who lost roughly 30 pounds during the offseason, lead UC’s defense with five blocks. The Bearcats will be back in action Monday against Bellarmine University at Fifth Third Arena. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
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University of Cincinnati senior defensive end Walter Stewart will most likely never play football again due to a neck condition discovered after an injury he suffered against Fordham Oct. 13. It was revealed Monday Stewart was born without a posterior c1 arch in his neck, which could prevent him from suiting up for the Bearcats again. “Walt was injured on the fourth play of the game,” Stewart’s foster father Stephen Fields told Tim Adams of BearcatLair.com. “The acute fracture of the front part of his arch revealed the problem with the C1.” Although UC has yet to confirm the news about Stewart’s future in football, it is clear Stewart’s chances of playing again are slim. “I do [think its premature to say Stewart will never play football again], maybe in another week or two,” said UC head coach Butch Jones. “You’ve got to understand this is a young man and a family that’s gone through gamete of emotions. You play an entire football game and you come in on Monday and you go through a week of testing and they say football maybe taken from you for the rest of your life and really all his life all he’s known is playing football. Stewart’s early season performances had the 6’5 senior on pace to be a sure all-Big East conference selection — he was selected Big East defensive player of the week for his dominant showing in UC’s season opening victory against Pittsburgh. Despite missing the last two games, Stewart still leads the Bearcats in sacks (5) and tackles for loss (7). UC has lost both of its games in Stewart’s absence. Although Stewart will never suit up for the Bearcats again, he has already been offered a spot on the UC coaching staff. “He has as strong foundation of any individual his age I’ve ever been a part of and he’s taking it exceptionally well. He is realistic, he is just kind of deciding what he wants to do with his life if football playing is not there and obviously I’m trying to try and convince him to give coaching a try because I think he can impact lives on a day to day basis,” Jones said. “I fully anticipate him doing that, if playing football is out of the realm I think you will see him on the sideline with us.” Jones emotionally ended his press conference with praise for Stewart. “I’m just blessed to have been able to coach him for a little over three years,” Jones said.