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LANCE LAMBERT | SENIOR REPORTER President Barack Obama’s administration has taken flack recently for legislation that requires all medical institutions — including religious institutions — to provide health insurance that covers conceptive services. Ohio’s first District Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood, introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 on Feb. 3 to overturn Obama’s health-insurance policy. “I’m disgusted that the Obama administration would ignore the fundamental beliefs of our faith-based institutions and cram yet another mandate down our throats,” Chabot said. this shows blatant disregard for the religious liberty we enjoy as Americans.” “The Obama Administration
FREEDOM OF CHOICE The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, proposed by Ohio ﬁrst District Rep. Steve Chabot, seeks to lift the contraceptive mandate in Obama’s 2010 Affordable Health Care Act. IN BRIEF
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RIDING THE LINES Duke Energy has declined to pay for a multimillion dollar operation that would clear the company’s lines from any interferences that the Cincinnati streetcar might pose.
The owner of the Jerusalem Restaurant waits for a court decision in the case of his destroyed restaurant. An entry of continuance — adjournment or postponement of an action pending in a court to a later date — for the state of Ohio’s trial against Aiman Arabeiat, owner of the Jerusalem Restaurant, is scheduled for March 8 at 9 a.m. Arabeiat, 45, was indicted on two counts of aggravated arson after an explosion in his restaurant rocked neighboring businesses and apartments Nov. 14, 2011, causing approximately $60,000 in
CASE STILL UNSETTLED Aimen Arabeiat is still in litigation after being charged with arson, accused of causing the explosion at Jerusalem Restaurant.
Cincinnati’s proposed streetcar project faces a new obstacle as it nears construction. Duke Energy has refused to pay to move the company’s underground utility lines. It will cost $18.7 million to move Duke Energy’s utility lines 8 feet from the streetcar, while the city has only offered putting up $6 million for the relocations. In a letter sent to Mayor Mark Mallory from Duke Energy officials, the company explained that the company’s utility lines are at least 8 feet from the streetcar lines for the employees’ safety, and the company should not be forced to pay to move the lines. “Tt really has to do with the safety of our employees, as well as the folks riding the streetcar,” said Jason Walls, a spokesman for Duke Energy. The powerline move is to provide adequately safe space for repairs that arise, Walls said. “If you think about the type of maintenance needed to facilitate repairs, both routine and emergency repairs, we need safe access to ensure to get underground safety and perform the work without disrupting the schedule of the streetcar,” Walls said. If the company had to pay the nearly $19 million, the expense would be passed along to Duke Energy consumers and ratepayers, Walls said. “We believe it is not appropriate to ask our customers to cover these cost; we consider the relocation of this underground infrastructure to be accommodated in the streetcars projects budget,”Walls said. The cost of moving the lines could exceed $18.7 million, because the estimate does not account for any contingency, given Cincinnati is a historical city, and there can often be unforeseeable expenses during the relocation of the lines, Walls said. “In many of the cities that are developing streetcars or light rail, similar issues about the scope and cost of utility relocation have come up; however, they have never prevented the projects from moving forward,” Mallory said in a released statement. “These issues will be resolved one way or another, just as we have resolved previous issues facing the project. The best thing for everyone involved is if Duke is a constructive part of that resolution.” As the Feb. 17 groundbreaking on the streetcar nears, both the city and Duke Energy search for a solution. “We have remained engaged with the city for two years, and the door remains open and conversations continue, we look forward to working with the city on a mutually agreeable resolution,” Walls said.
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THE BIG DEAL Randy Seeley, a professor of medical endocrinology, coauthored an article in the medical journal “Cell Metabolism” about American obesity.
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Understanding the relationship between our biology and the food we eat might lead to a better understanding of managing our weight and preventing obesity, a serious and growing health concern in America. That’s what two University of Cincinnati researchers are claiming in a recent editorial published in the Feb. 7 issue of the journal “Cell Metabolism.” The editorial compiled research from the UC team along with outside research to give a review on how the food we eat has an impact on the biological regulation of body weight. “Given the environment we live in, the availability of food and the types of food we have available our bodies do view that as a reason to defend a higher body weight than we did before,” said Randy Seeley, professor in medical endocrinology at UC and coauthor with Karen Ryan, an associate a professor of endocrinology. Weight is a biologically controlled characteristic, much like blood pressure, that is controlled both by genetics and the environment one lives in, Seeley said. The foods available in our environment are often fast and processed foods that are high in fats and contain things like high SEE OBESITY | 4
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The University of Cincinnati Police Division (UCPD) will investigate the assault of one student after he was punched in the face by a group of six suspects behind Calhoun Hall Saturday. The assault took place Saturday at approximately 12:30 a.m. One of the suspects was described as a white male, 5-foot -9-inches tall, 19 to 20 years of age, with a thin build, short brown hair and wearing a blue and gray plaid buttondown long-sleeve shirt. The only other identiﬁable suspect was described as a white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The News Record will update this story as more information becomes available.
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breach of religious liberties altogether.” Chabot noted in his press release that the Obama Administration ignored requests for religious exemptions to be made for faith-based groups. “We think the Obama ruling is consistent with the expert panel,” said Kellie Copeland, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. “Ninetynine percent of American women will use contraceptives at one point in their lives.” Twenty-six states have already passed legislation similar to Chabot’s, called contraceptive equity laws, Copeland said. “Women spend the majority of their adult lives being fertile, and many people limit the number of children they have,” Copeland said. “Clearly this is common health care; this is used by 99 percent of women in their adult lives.”
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Former University of Cincinnati basketball player and broadcaster Anthony Buford, 42, and his girlfriend, Jolie Neal, 47, are facing years behind bars for fraud. The pair was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for mortgage fraud ordered to pay $2.78 million in restitution to the lending institutions they defrauded. Buford — who helped lead the Bearcats to the Final Four in 1992 — and Neal pled guilty on June 8, 2011, to one count of conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud. In their pleas, Buford and Neal admitted to defrauding nearly $3 million from Fifth Third Bank and Lehman Bothers Bank by taking out loans on three Mason properties the pair owned. The court found the pair guilty of using the money for personal expenses Instead of using loan money to pay oﬀ their existing mortgages. Buford is also known for playing with the Boston Celtics from 1993 to 1996 and also an analyst for Fox Sports Ohio.
has been characterized by greater regulation and mandates, but this crosses a clear line of conscience.” After a week of political pressure, Obama announced a few changes to his administration’s policy — which finds its roots in the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act — announcing employers would not have to pay for conceptive services as part of their coverage, and instead, insurance companies who cover employees would pay the cost. “President Obama clearly felt the heat over the new Obamacare contraceptives mandate and is now trying to walk back the decision,” said Chabot, in an issued statement late last week after the president made the decision to change the policy. “But the president is off base with his compromise. The solution is not to shift the mandate to the insurance companies, it’s to repeal this intrusive
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damages. He was seen by employees and customers at neighboring Baba Budan’s getting into a pickup truck — blood coming from the back of his head — just after the explosion. After investigation, Duke Energy confirmed that a gas leak was not the cause of the explosion. Though the investigation is ongoing, the Cincinnati Fire Department has determined arson to be the cause. “The investigation is ongoing, but it’s up to the courts now,” said Capt. Dan Rottmueller of the Cincinnnati Fire Department. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was involved with the investigation, but Rottmueller noted that their involvement is not unusual. Arabeiat is still recovering from the seconddegree burns he sustained and was initially treated at the University Hospital. He was refused SEE JERUSALEM | 4
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Feb. 13 | 2012
Sirius-ly swooning over geeky Valentines No offense, White Castle, but the idea of a Valentine’s Day date of sliders by candlelight is about as appetizing as sliders any other day. The romantic comedies that are released around this time are equally terrible; any hope I’d had for “The Vow” was firmly squashed by its 27 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Besides, not too many boyfriends will willingly suffer through the mushy flicks. And, somehow, I don’t find it fun to spend an evening making half the couple miserable. Furthermore, as college students, we’re not really equipped with the funds to splurge on a fancy schmancy date. So I’m in a pickle; a big, pink-and-red Valentine’s Day pickle. This is my third Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend, and we have no idea what to do. I turned, once again, to my trusty friend, The Internet. Twitter offered few suggestions, and Facebook was just filled with mush or bitterness, depending on the status of my friends’ relationships. Pinterest, however, caught my eye with some rather fabulous Valentine’s Day cards of the nerdiest variety. Doctor Who valentines with Daleks and little pink hearts reading, “X TER-MIN 8” and the Doctor declaring he’s lost both his hearts to me. Harry Potter characters with captions like, “Be my horcrush,” “You put a spell on me” and “Siriusly in love with you right now.” Swoon. Everything from “YODA one for me” to mathematic equations that end in “I < 3u.” Clearly, the geeks know how to have a great Valentine’s Day, so this year, I’m going to try out a Valentine’s Day that will celebrate my love of all things nerdy. Of course, coming up with the idea is much easier than actually executing it. How does one go about making a Valentine’s Day nerdy? “The Vow” is obviously out, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great romantic movies we can both enjoy. The greatest geeky romance of all time is, of course, Han and Lei, so “The Empire Strikes Back” is the obvious choice. However, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,”“Garden State” and “10 Things I Hate About You” are great flicks, too. Or “WALL-E”, because, after all, who doesn’t love that little robot? Then again, my Netflix account has a pretty long instant queue, and I’m sure there are some great movies on there we could try — “Tangled”, anyone? In terms of food, we’ll probably end up going to a restaurant, but if I could, I can think of a couple recipes I’d love to try. Maybe test out Wookie Cookies or butterbeer, sample some fish fingers and custard … run the gamut in tasty, nerdy treats. As far as gifts go, this is where I like to get really creative, especially when I’m on a tight budget. My friend Jaelyn and I have come up with an idea that’s fun, low-cost and pretty nerdy — I don’t want to give away all the details, but we’ll be sending our boys on a scavenger hunt around campus. The clues will point them all over Main Campus, with the end result being their buried treasure — some wicked cool mementos from childhood that every college student can’t live without. Because that’s really what Valentine’s Day is all about. It’s not about expensive gifts (although I wouldn’t say no to some nice Tiffany’s) or outrageous gifts. It’s not about impressing each other or showing off your significant other in public. To me, Valentine’s Day is just a time when you have fun with your loved ones in a way that really shows how much you care about them. Whether that’s having a Nerf gun fight in Burnett Woods or watching “V for Vendetta” is up to you. Just make sure you’re celebrating everything that makes you and yours special — from favorite foods and songs to geeking out over funny Valentine’s cards. Above all, though, make this Valentine’s Day wonderfully, spectacularly nerdy.
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At least 450 students will come together to show off their moves for a full 24 hours in the Campus Recreation Center for this year’s Cincinnati Dance Marathon. The marathon is a 24-hour-long student dance party that benefits patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The event begins at noon on Saturday and continues through the night with events and games for students and their families. This year’s CDM team has been working since the beginning of the school year to gain sponsors, plan the event and recruit students to participate as volunteers and dancers. Last year, more than 600 dancers participated, raising $25,000. For the 2012 Cincinnati Dance Marathon, organizers hope for 800 dancers to help raise $30,000 for Children’s Hospital,which would make this year the event’s most successful yet. “We’ll have registration tables around
campus and on MainStreet on Thursdays,” said Mark Schutte, the CDM’s recruiting chair. “Everyone should sign up and bring your dancing shoes.” Each hour will have a theme at this year’s marathon, ranging from country to rock music. Live DJs and musicians will play throughout the night to keep people on the dance floor. Participants will also have the option of competing against each other in dance-offs throughout the 24-hour time frame. Other events include a rave, limbo and video game stations. Instructors will also be there to teach salsa and swing dancing lessons. Booths will be setup around CRC for students to take a break from dancing and participate in games or learn about things like the semester conversion. “CDM was a lot of fun, and it was really touching to meet the kids we were dancing for, said Maria Savino, a second-year student. “I can’t wait to do it again this year.” Food and drinks will also be provided
DANCE, DANCE REVOLUTION Cincinnati Dance Marathon participants showed off their moves in 2011 to raise money for a good cause. at the event. Bruegger’s Bagels, as well as other restaurants have donated food. Local SEE DANCE | 4
@UNITY #BLACK Black History Month sparks LGBTQ discussion at UC
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Armed with Twitter and open minds, students and staff gathered to discuss the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community. The African American Cultural and Resource Office (AACRC) hosted a program Thursday night designed to address and correct a lack of communication and support between the black and the LGBTQ communities at the University of Cincinnati. Members of the LGBTQ Office were inspired to create the event when they observed that very few black students were visiting the LGBTQ Office and, of those that did, very few also visited the AACRC, said Leisan Smith, program director of the LGBTQ Office. The focus of the program was to establish a dialogue among attendees, who submitted questions via Twitter. More than 50 students and staff offered their insight regarding the difficulties of being a member of the black community and an LGBTQ community member. Topics ranging from the heightened pressure to be masculine in the black commity to the effects of the Christian faith led to a spirited discussion among LGBTQ members and allies alike. When the lack of African American students visiting the LGBTQ Office was addressed directly, the crowd offered up mixed responses. One attendee said that many memebers of the UC community see the Office as a “white people thing,” while another suggested that the problem was that students believed that they must be LGBTQ
poet Langston Hughes or Hollywood director Paris Barclay, as well as members of the civil rights movements in the 60s were brought to the attention of the audience to illustrate the importance of LGBTQ and their allies throughout history. The purpose of this activity was to highlight the progress that has been made towards integrating the two communities, and show that their are role models in this struggle. Besides the AACRC and the LGBTQ, several other UC organizations had a hand in organizing the program, including the United Black Students Association, Colors of Pride and the Black Arts Collaborative. Following the discussion, audience memebers were asked to make pledges of PHOTOS BY JORDAN HORRAS | TNR CONTRIBUTOR steps they would make towards LENDING THEIR EARS Two members of the @Unity#Black#LGBTQ integrating the community. audience listen to the discussion during the LGBTQ gathering in the Attendees offered up African-American Cultural Research Center on Feb. 10. suggestions like paying closer attention to language and encouraging people to visit both the LGBTQ Office and the AACRC. The pledges will be emailed to all those in attendance, in the hope that the dialogue started by the program will continue in the months that follow. to visit the office. A large portion of the conversation discussed what it means to be an ally and stressed the importance of allies within the black community. During the discussion, Smith challenged the black students in attendance to start visiting the LGBTQ Office. “If the white LGBTQ community isn’t doing their work on privilege and racism, I understand that people of color do not feel welcome,” said Becca Hammond, resident coordinator of Daniels Hall. “Until we have white people talking about what we can do to make the office more open to people of color a lot of this
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isn’t going to change.” Offensive terms and phrases were two additional hot topics during the event. “Is the phrase ‘no homo’ offensive?” tweeted one attendee. The question was met with a firm “yes.” “It is used to disqualify a group of people,” said one man. “That’s like, for black people, if someone were to say ‘no nappy.’” The comparison prompted laughter and agreement from the crowd. Black History Month also sparked conversation among attendees. Prominent black individuals who were either LGBTQ memebers or allies. Those mentioned included
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What are your Valentine’s Day plans?
Brittany York, sports editor: Whatever I do, it will be a surprise! Holly Rouse, college living/spotlight editor: Hanging out with my mom ... Patrick Strang, photo editor: My girlfriend and I are making cheese fondue
and boiling lobster tails.
my anniversary with my girlfriend is on Feb. 23 so we’re combining the two.
Gin A. Ando, designer: Listening to DMX. Going online to do “research.”
Anthony Orozco, news editor: Drinking an entire bottle
he can cook.
of wine, alone.
Keith BieryGolick, entertainment editor: Working ...
Sam Weinberg, sports editor: I will be out looking for a
nice, Jewish girl.
Meg Dirutigliano, designer: My boyfriend is making a romantic dinner—and Kate Davis, designer: I
have a date with my Philip Roth novel and a cup of hot chocolate. I like Roth because he’s an angry, sex-obsessed atheist.
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for Disease Control. The health problems associated with obesity have been well documented. There are 65 diseases or conditions — including cancer, depression, heart disease and sleep apnea — that obesity can either make worse or increase the prevalence of, Seeley said. Data from 2010 collected by the CDC shows that Mississippi has the highest percentage of obese people with 34 percent, while Colorado has the lowest percentage of obese people with 21 percent. That same data shows that 29.2 percent of Ohio’s population is obese.
companies including Proctor and Gamble have donated prizes for the dancers too. Prizes in the past have ranged from free deodorant to jewelry from BCBG. Provost Santa Ono and vice president of student affairs Mitchel Livingston will be speaking at the event, as will of the family members from the 29 families CDM benefits. Lucy the bearcat will also be making an appearance for one of the hours. “[CDM] is a cause to bring together the whole UC community,” said Chris Hais, the overall chair for the event and has been involved in CDM for four years. All student organizations are allowed to create a team to join, or students can make a group of just friends. Students are also permitted to sign up individually. Registration for the event costs $25. Students who refer two friends to the event get $5 off their registration fee. Students do not have to stay the full 24-hours, but are encouraged to stay as long as possible. More information about the event can be found at www. cincinnatidm.org. You can also find CDM on Facebook and Twitter @CincinnatiDM.
From jerusalem | 1 admission to the Hamilton County Jail twice due to the severity of his injuries. Since then, Arabeiat was released on his own recognizance. His case has been handed over to Judge Robert C. Winkler. In a press conference, hosted at his home in Loveland, Arabeiat expressed his confusion about the charges he faces while lying in his sick bed. “I don’t know why they charged
me,” Arabeiat said. “It’s my restaurant. I’ve spent at least $10,000 in the last week fixing it up.” However, Ray Ritchie, owner of the building, noted that Arabeiat had been trying to sell the restaurant prior to the accident. He said there was a potential buyer, but the deal was indefinite. Arabeiat faces a maximum of 19 years if found guilty. His son, Amjud
Aiman Arabeiat, 19, of Symmes Township, is accused of tampering with evidence and faces a maximum of 3 years. Earlier last year, Arabeiat was indicted for theft after being accused of stealing car parts from a woman’s 2006 Chrysler Sebring in Mount Healthy, making arson his second indictment in 2011.
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From myth | 5 Look at what has happened in the last 10 years alone: Multiple wars, national revolutions, largescale terrorist attacks and entire nations collapsing from the inside. Even when these events generate a positive outcome, it’s still very scary. Using the end of the world as a central idea for our entertainment gives us an enlightening, fun experience that originates from something that means nothing but death and destruction. Death in itself can bring fascination out
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From obesity | 1 fructose corn syrup. An example of how these foods affect us biologically can be seen in the protein Leptin. In most people Leptin inhibits appetite, but when people consistently eating highfat foods Leptin becomes less active in slowing down appetite, Seeley said. One reason these high-fat foods, are so easily available is because they are cheap to produce. “If everybody in the world ate according to the food pyramid, then we wouldn’t have enough arid land to have that many fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits are very intensive per calorie, but
of us because it’s the only thing we’re sure of, but completely uncertain about. The entertainment industry has been very thorough in their use of apocalyptic themes and have generated millions of dollars in revenue from it. We clearly enjoy it, but are we really being exploited? Either way, in this challenging world, we might as well learn to enjoy it until our end times really do come upon us.
and later they are wearing pointe shoes. At one point, Carmen takes off her pointe shoes on stage and throws them through the wings. It was an odd moment that did not serve a purpose in the production, or at least the reason was unclear. This is the first time Cincinnati Ballet has performed“Carmen,”which they are presenting in collaboration with BalletMet Columbus. Cincinnati Ballet will perform “Carmen” next weekend on Friday, Feb. 17, Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m.
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From CHABOT | 1 Unfortunately, many opponents of the contraceptive mandate will not be satisfied with the new development, Copeland said. “No woman in America should have to beg her health care provider for basic health care,” Copeland said. “This controversy is, frankly, manufactured.” Church’s are exempt under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Those health care providers who oppose the contraception mandate are now appeased by the new accommodation to allow them to opt out of the mandate made by Obama, Copeland said.
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Monday FEB. 13 | 2012 NEWSRECORD.ORG
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Guide to surviving Grammys
ENTERTAINMENT Industry exploits 2012 myth
A cheap bottle of wine, two packs of cigarettes, one box of condoms and a small packet of tissues. It’s Grammy season again, and that’s what I need to survive them The bottle of wine will get me through what is sure to be another dreadful night in music history, while the cigarettes are to help me cope with the terrible hosting ability this year’s emcee L.L. Cool J brings to the table. The condoms are for the music industry, which will surely screw my dreams of receiving any enjoyment from the performances that night, and the tissues — if you haven’t figured it out already — are used to cry myself to sleep. I wish I could say that the Grammys weren’t always this appalling. In fact, I wish I could tell you that they steadily went downhill over the last few decades. But I can’t. If truth be told, the Grammys have always sucked. Don’t believe me? Check out these unforgivable mistakes: 1966 Best Rock ‘n’ Roll Recording: The Beatles’“Eleanor Rigby” was beaten by the New Vaudeville Band’s song, “Winchester Cathedral.” Who the hell are the New Vaudeville Band, you ask? That’s my point. 1992 Best Rock Song: Nirvana’s game-changing single, “Smell’s Like Teen Spirit,” was overtaken by Eric Clapton’s acoustic version of “Layla.” One song changed music forever; the other just changed one song’s instrumentation. 1988 Best Metal Performance: Metallica’s fourth effort “…And Justice for All” should have been a shoo-in for this award, yet Grammy voters had other plans. In the most shocking and nonsensical upset in Grammy history, Jethro Tull took home the award instead. Come on, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull plays the least metal instrument in the history of music — the flute. These are just a few of the many times that this particular award show has gone off the deep end. Unfortunately, 2012 is no different. Seriously, how did the notorious pop-punk band, Sum 41, get a nomination for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance?” Although Georgia metal group Mastodon will most likely win for their lackluster “The Hunter,” if Sum 41 somehow pull a Jethro Tull, those tissues I bought might come into play sooner than I thought. Scrolling through the rest of the categories, I found myself stuck on the nominees for “Song of the Year.” This category includes artists such as like Bon Iver, Kanye West, Mumford and Sons, Adele, and Bruno Mars. A huge part of me wishes for anyone but Mars to win this award, while another part of me wonders if he would take a “Grenade” for a Grammy? If so, we should probably give him two to be safe. The buzz around this year’s Grammys has been focused on the categories “Best New Artist” and “Album of the Year.” Even though the line-up from “Best New Artist” seems like it should be from the 2010, this year it looks to be a real toss-up of terribleness. But one of those artists takes the bad-tasting cake. And that artist is Skrillex. If history repeats itself, and the award for best new artist has the power to end careers, I can only hope Sonny Moore (Skrillex) receives the prize. If the Grammys can do one thing right this year, it’s put an end this “bro-step” ad before it gets out of hand. Admittedly, my opinion is biased. But I prefer my Sonny Moore as the whiny and emotional lead singer of the band From First to Last. To quote Sunny Moore himself — singing the FFTL song “Note to Self” — “We miss you terribly” and Skrillex is “what we call a tragedy/ Come back to me, back to me, to me.” If I make it to the presentation for “Album of the Year,” I’m sure I’ll be feeling despondent. The wine and cigarettes will all be gone and there will be no reprisal for another disappointing year in music. My only hope is that Dave Grohl can steal one, if only to make up for the Grammy he was deprived of in ’92.
KYLE POPE | STAFF REPORTER The world will come to a quick and utter end on Dec. 21 this year, according to many conspiracy theorists Fat chance. I don’t believe this will happen in my lifetime, and there are facts that support these beliefs, but that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about the people in the entertainment world that would like to permeate the end of the world myth. Why wouldn’t they? For years, many forms of entertainment have been toying with apocalyptic ideas in order to generate a quick buck. One might even say the entertainment industry exploits this idea maliciously. I would even agree that we take great pleasure in fantasizing about the end. Prince once said it was all going to be over in 2000, so we should party like it’s “1999,” but we’re still here, and I’m still partying. An early Incubus track from their 1997 album “S.C.I.E.N.C.E.” called “A Certain Shade of Green” addresses our laziness and our tendency to procrastinate by asking “Are you gonna stand around ‘til 2012 A.D.?” Both of these songs are well-crafted examples of apocalyptic theories that manage to captivate audiences at the same time. Music
doesn’t have a monopoly on apocalyptic themes, as some of the best video games are based off of post-apocalyptic themes. Though television has always used fears of an apocalyptic demise as an avenue for entertainment, no one has been more up front and clever about it than NBC. In a recent advertisement, NBC announced their Thursday night lineup. They called it “Apocalarious.” Cute right? Well, it’s a lot funnier than “30 Rock.” Hollywood, of course, has used end of the world themes countless times. Recently, “Zombieland” fed many Americans their zombie apocalypse fantasy with a good deal of humor. On the other hand, there are also the more gloomy movies, like Will Smith’s “I Am Legend” and the horrendous disaster flick “2012.” End-of-the-world entertainment keeps being made because the public continues to support it, no matter how often we snicker about the Mayans behind closed doors. So the question becomes: Why is our society so fascinated with it? If it were up to me to determine why, then I’d say it’s because we like to take pleasure from something fictional that could end up being very real in the future. The world does
have to end some day right? Look at what has happened in the last 10 years alone: Multiple wars, national revolutions, large-scale terrorist attacks and entire nations collapsing from the inside. Even when these events generate a positive SEE MYTH | 4
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WINTER WONDER LAND Wade Baker [right] performs with his band at WNKU Blues in the School House on Friday.
WINTER BLUES FEST BRITTANY YORK, JEN MUELLER, MARISA WHITAKER | TNR STAFF
After attending the festival this past weekend, we think it’s time that Cincinnati invests in a blues bar. Ricky Nye, a musician at the festival, said his plight is that there’s rarely time to gather musicians in a public place. “I’m glad the community comes together,” he said. “There’s a healthy dose of blues here, but there’s no blues bar.” Despite one of the coldest weekends of the year, blues fans were not deterred and instead drank, danced and gathered together to listen to an original American art form at several different venues downtown.
Friday: I entered the Drinkery, and if you were there, you know firsthand how fun the party was. It was a blue night filled with sultry voices and some of the most impressive guitar licks around. We all have that one genre of music that just plain understands you. It grasps your emotions, verbalizes your thoughts and follows your life in sound. For me, that genre is the blues. Ellie Lee and Blues Fury were the first band to perform. Lee played her captivating guitar barefoot. Her soulful rendition of the Beatles’ “Day in The Life” was so good it threatened to bring back
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BLUES AT SCHOOL Blues fans mingle on the second ﬂoor of the WNKU Blues in the School House venue in Over-the-Rhine Friday night.
John Lennon from the grave. Next came a powerful duet with Tempted Souls, sisters with a wonderful sense of humor that had the audience laughing and dancing right along with them — I even got stepped on by a couple who got a little too into their moves. The night rolled on with Miss Lissa and Company. Her deep country voice got the audience on their feet and hips flowing. The three guitarists in her entourage were nothing short of extraordinary, showcasing pure blues power. Finally, when Friday spilling over into Saturday, Kelly Richey emerged on stage. The guitar she held in her arms sang out and her voice came straight from a smoky bar in the ’70s. Leaning on a wall — my eyes bleary — the crowd cheered and whistled as Richey wailed away on her brown electric guitar for extensive solos. What a night. Saturday: Perhaps the largest and most lively crowd of the weekend came out on Saturday night to see headlining act RB Stone from Nashville, who was backed by five local blues musicians. Despite a 30-minute delay because of audio difficulties, the sound produced from those six musicians was dynamic and well worth the wait. At any given time, I could look at one of the musicians on stage, pick out his part and hear exactly how it fit with the other five pieces; not an easy task with the full sound of a six-piece drum, harmonica, keyboard, bass, guitar and vocals combo.
Below Zero Lounge G. Miles and the Hitmen, along with several other bands, took the stage at the Below Zero Lounge Friday evening. They captivated the crowd — myself included. Everyone loved the upbeat tempo; and the large room allowed room for the music to breathe, encompassing the professional sounds of this brassy blues band. Dave Kuhl, a Cincinnati resident, particularly liked the band’s full sound, which included a trumpet and sax. “The second stages are great to check out,” he said. “You find talent that you don’t see everywhere else.”
Japp’s Annex Noah Wotherspoon took the Japp’s Annex stage to show off his remarkable skills on guitar. Wotherspoon is an unassuming young man from Dayton, Ohio, but his passion for the blues is apparent and deeply rooted. At the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., he and his band made it to the finals — quite an accomplishment for a man in his early 20s. It’s not often that Cincinnati gets the chance to see internationally appreciated talent at four different venues. But the Cincy Blues Fest allowed music lovers of all ages to visit an underappreciated part of the city and catch the blues.
Sex-charged ballet proves anticlimactic STEPH KITCHENS | STAFF REPORTER
high note of the evening. Carmen outsmarts the man made to stand guard, escaping his watch with a flirty and seductive dance, concluding Act I as the guard Don José contemplates whether he should choose a pious female or free-willed Carmen. As the next act begins, Don José has clearly chosen Carmen. Even more so than in the first act, the couple’s dancing is very sexualized and suggestive. Although Carmen is a ballet about lust, passion and choice, the suggestive, sexually charged dances might not be appropriate for younger audiences. After Don José confesses his love for Carmen, she dances intimately with Escamillo (Patric Palkens), who propositioned her earlier. This arouses intense jealousy in Don José, who reacts violently. The murder of Carmen is subtle and anticlimactic: Carmen and Don José walk toward each other and she falls to the ground,
While Cincinnati Ballet’s “Carmen” is worth seeing, the production is plagued by an abrupt ending and an unclear plot. Performed at the Aronoff Theater in Cincinnati, the show begins with the corps de ballet energetically dancing to Georges Bizet’s adapted score by Giuseppi Cali, performed beautifully by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The ballet becomes confusing as two different performers portray the last scene of the opera. This was done to create an ominous feeling about Carmen’s fate. However, the separation between the opera and the ballet was confusing. The ballet returns to the main story and Carmen, performed by Gema Diaz, enters the stage. She is a seductress who almost immediately forms a love triangle with one man that she pursues and another who becomes consumed with jealously. Diaz dances with all of the other men, a NEWSRECORDENT@GMAIL.COM | 513.556.5913
bathed in a red light to represent blood. Abruptly, the ballet is finished. One of the problems with this show was that it was difficult to identify with Carmen. She is the main character, but she is hyper sexualized, and her redeeming qualities are never highlighted. Compared with her rival, the sweet, delicate Micaela (Dawn Kelly), she is the villain. Another peculiarity with the ballet is that the women dance barefoot in the beginning and later, they are wearing pointe shoes. At one point, Carmen takes off her pointe shoes on stage and throws them through the wings. It was an odd moment that did not serve a purpose in the production, which was weakened by these odd moments. This is the first time Cincinnati Ballet has performed “Carmen.” They will perform it next weekend on Friday, Feb. 17, Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m.
Monday Feb. 13 | 2012 NEWSRECORD.ORG
Bearcats top Pitt for win No.13 Women’s basketball captures most wins of Jamelle Elliott era
JOSHUA MILLER | STAFF REPORTER The University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team ground out a hard-fought 62-57 victory against the University of Pittsburgh to earn its first home Big East win of the season. The victory — the 13th of the year for the Bearcats (13-12, Big East 4-8) — also marked the most wins during a season for the Cats since head coach Jamelle Elliott inherited the program three years ago. The Bearcats found themselves struggling early and were shooting just a hair above 20 percent at the 10-minute mark. The Cats were also at a height disadvantage at all five of the starting positions and struggled to rebound against 6-foot-5-inch center Leeza Burgess, who would finish with a game-high 16 boards for the Panthers. The Bearcats seemed initially hesitant to attack the basket and trailed for nearly the entire first half, but Pittsburgh foul trouble allowed UC to stay close with a double-digit output from the free throw line — they were 19-of-28. A huge block by Tiffany Turner created an easy transition jumper for Dayeesha Hollins, which left the Cats with a three-point lead going into halftime.
Hollins kept the momentum going for UC to start the second half by knocking down another tough shot, as the Cats scored the first four points to take a seven-point lead. The Panthers refused to go away, however, and were led by Ashlee Anderson’s 15 points. Perhaps the most important shot of the game came at the 12:30 mark. With the game tied and Pittsburgh gaining speed, senior guard Chanel Chisholm buried a deep 3-pointer just as the shot clock buzzer rang to push the Cats ahead once again. The Bearcats would trail again briefly, but a 6-0 run and a steal by Hollins followed by a pair of free-throws put the game just out of the Panthers’ reach with 1:30 remaining. Both squads played hard enough to deserve a victory; but in the end, UC made the clutch shots that decided a hard fought and fast-paced game. Hollins finished with 15 points and an impressive eight rebounds. UC seniors Bjonee Reaves (20 points) and Chanel Chisholm (14 points) led the Bearcats down the stretch, making key baskets one after another. Elliott spoke very highly of their efforts after the game. “I want them to keep playing as long as possible,” she said. “They’ve given all they can to Cincinnati
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LEADING THE CHARGE Cincinnati senior guard Bjonee Reaves scored a game-high 19 points Saturday in UC’s 62-57 victory against Pittsburgh at Fifth Third Arena. women’s basketball.” Reaves and Chisholm will look to push UC’s win streak to five games next Saturday when they travel to Seton Hall.
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OFFENSIVE TEAM LEADER Senior guard Dion Dixon tied for a team-high 15 points in Saturday’s game against Marquette at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
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HUNTER TICKEL | SENIOR REPORTER MILWAUKEE — When Cincinnati initially took a 16-4 lead straight out of the gate, it appeared the Marquette Golden Eagles were in for an unsettling game. As the contest ensued, it was clear that the final result would have a stark contrast from the opening five minutes as the No. 18/19 Golden Eagles cruised to a 95-78 blowout Saturday in front of a sellout crowd of 18,815 at the Bradley Center. Five minutes in to the first half, Cincinnati senior guard Dion Dixon netted three-straight buckets to give the Bearcats a 12-point lead — their largest of the game. Marquette subsequently embarked on a 21-8 burst, keyed by its full-court pressure to recapture the lead at the 8:27 mark, and would not relinquish it for the remainder of the game. While the Bearcats (17-8, 7-5 Big East) have a trademark for converting opponents’ turnovers into baskets, Marquette turned the tables as it rattled UC in the first half with its full-court pressure, which helped the Golden Eagles net 25 points off of Cincy’s miscues. On the other side of the court, Marquette committed just seven turnovers — a season-low by a Cincy opponent. “There were times when some [of my] guys acted like they were scared, no doubt about it,” said UC head coach Mick Cronin. “They stopped giving us layups and turned up the heat. We stopped taking care of the ball, but they do that to everybody.” While MU struck gold off Cincinnati’s turnovers, the bulk of the Golden Eagles’ baskets came on the fast break as they poured in 31 points. “We want to get out in transition,” said Marquette senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom. “That’s something we are able to do very well. When we are able to get stops, it kind of helps us on the offensive end.” Marquette closed the half with seven unanswered points, completing a 24-point swing for a 47-35 lead.
With 12:08 remaining in the second half, UC forward Yancy Gates’ tip marked the final time the Bearcats would come within single digits of the Golden Eagles, as Cincinnati trailed MU 62-53. The Golden Eagles used a 10-2 burst capped by back-to-back dunks from forward Jamil Wilson and guard Todd Mayo to put the game out of reach and secure their ninth victory in the past 10 games. The Golden Eagles’ latest comeback win against the Bearcats was their fifth of the season, after facing a double-digit deficit in the first half. Marquette had a trio of players that combined for 61 points, with forward Jae Crowder and Johnson-Odom netting a game-high 23 points each. The Golden Eagles’ 95 points were the most scored by a UC opponent this season, surpassing the previous game-high by 17 points, which was set by West Virginia Jan. 21. Despite the loss, the Bearcats displayed a solid team effort, as five players finished with double-digit points. Guards Dixon and JaQuon Parker led the way with 15 apiece. As a team, the Bearcats shot just 3-of-13 from 3-point land, with two of the deep baskets coming during Cincinnati’s scintillating start. Cincy’s season leading scorer Sean Kilpatrick missed an uncontested layup on his first shot that epitomized his outing, as the red shirt sophomore took just six shots while being held to a season-worst seven points. Cronin attributed the team’s worst loss in league play to a lack of preparation and mental toughness against a team currently 13-1 at home. “Our weaknesses is we have talent, but we want things to be easier,” Cronin said. “That’s just not reality. You want to beat a great team on the road, because you played a good four minutes. Come on.” The Bearcats return to action at 9 p.m. Wednesday against Providence at Fifth Third Arena.
SHOT FIFTY PERCENT Bearcats’ guard JaQuon Parker shot 6-of-12 from the ﬁeld, scoring 15 points and grabbing eight boards against Marquette.
THE NEXT GAME: WHEN: 9 p.m. WEDNESDAY WHERE: FIFTH THIRD ARENA VERSUS: PROVIDENCE
UC’s play needs to match reputation HUNTER TICKEL | SENIOR REPORTER
WELL ROUNDED PERFORMANCE Yancy Gates recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds Saturday.
prepare for us. You can tell when other teams think they have to play really well to beat us.” Cronin’s statement is a sentiment that’s MILWAUKEE — Last March, Cincinnati essentially stamped its ticket to the NCAA upheld by several coaches sprinkled across Tournament for the first time in six years with the Big East. After the progress the program an upset win against Marquette on Senior has made in the past few seasons, it comes with the territory that the Bearcats won’t Night at the Bradley Center. sneak up on anybody. This year, however, the Golden Eagles “I don’t think our guys understand that,” extracted a measure of revenge trouncing UC Cronin said. “It’s a hump that we have to get by 17 points — the team’s second-worst loss of over, and it’s nipped us. Our weakness is we the season. try to be too cool.” “[UC] just absolutely whipped us [last Further evidence of the league-wide season],” said Marquette head coach recognition UC is garnering can be seen in the Buzz Williams. “I don’t know that it was fact that the UC-MU game drew Marquette’s motivation for [Saturday], but it was largest crowd of the season to date. an embarrassment.” In addition, UC’s game against Rutgers According to Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin, the Golden Eagles did their in Piscataway, N.J, Jan. 28, drew the Scarlet due diligence in Saturday’s matchup, Knights’ second-largest home crowd of the season — surpassing the crowds for Notre refusing to allow his squad to squeeze out Dame and Connecticut. another surprise win. “I don’t get upset, because there are times “Last year, people didn’t respect our team, even though we really were good,” during your coaching career where you know Cronin said. “I watch the way other teams what your team is capable of, “ Cronin said. SPORTS.NEWSRECORD@GMAIL.COM | 513.556.5909
In the Bearcats’ inaugural two seasons in the Big East, they were outmanned and lacked talent to give them the capabilities to beat tough conference teams like Marquette, but Saturday was different. The Bearcats returned their four leading scorers from last year’s 26-9 squad that beat Missouri in the second round of the NCAA tourney. “If the NCAA tournament committee wouldn’t have had UConn and Cincinnati playing one another before the [Regional Semifinal], [UC] would have played in the Sweet 16,” Williams said. “I think [Cronin] is coach of the year.” While Cronin has made significant strides in taking a program stripped of all its resources to earning a NCAA tournament berth, the next step might be the hardest, but the Golden Eagles team that dismantled his may have already reached that level. “Marquette is one of the teams from the Big East that can go on a run in the NCAA tournament to the Final Four,” Cronin said.