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Pell grants slashed in 2012 budget anthony orozco | News Editor
Budget cuts proposed by Washington reach as far as the University of Cincinnati — and possibly into students’ pockets. University Of Cincinnati students might see a decrease in available federal grant money due to budget slashing plans coming out of the Obama Administration. In his 2012 budget, President Barack Obama proposed cutting approximately $100 billion throughout the next 10 years from the Federal Pell Grant program. The cuts would become effective Oct. 1. “It is important to note that no decisions have been made,” said Caroline Miller, senior associate vice president for enrollment management at UC.
Approximately 26 percent of Uptown campus students are Pell Grant eligible, while more than 50 percent of regional campus students are eligible. Those impacted students might have to increase loans, increase work or drop out until resources are created, Miller said. Budget cuts for the Pell Grant would come in two reductions: an end to the “yearround Pell” policy that lets students collect two grants in a calendar year with the second grant used for summer school. Under regulations adopted in 2008, a summer Pell Grant becomes available only if a full-time student spent the year’s worth of grant money during the standard academic year. If the proposed cuts are enacted, students would be eligible for a single, year-long grant. This
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act alone is projected to save $8 billion in the next year and $60 billion throughout the next decade. The grant will, however, retain its maximum payout of $5,500. The second proposal would reduce loan subsidies for graduate and professional students, which is forecast to save $2 billion
in the next year and $29 billion throughout the next 10 years. Congress will have to approve both proposed changes to the grant’s distribution policies before they are official.
senate bill five: collective UNREST - part one
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IGA battle reaches governor james Sprague | News Editor
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GIVING THE DETAILS Richard Harknett spoke on behalf of UC faculty about the tenure process.
SG talks tenure, funding anthony orozco | News Editor
Student Government tackled a busy night Wednesday, Feb. 16, addressing professor tenure, swearing in a new senator and allotting funds for college events. Richard Harknett, chair of university faculty, spoke on the tenure process review promoted by SG. Harknett detailed the tenure approval process, which currently consists of a department committee review, a review by approximately six prominent researchers of the specific field, a review by the department head, a college committee of nine, the college dean and a final review by the provost’s office. “The university’s position is … that teaching should carry as much weight as research [in the tenure approval process].” Harknett said. “In reality, that is not necessarily always the case, in part because of measurement assessments.” Research has shown that teacher evaluations have a strong correlation with the grade the student expects to receive. Harknett see SG | 2
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NOT TAKING IT Protesters march around the state capital in Madison, Wis., Friday, Feb. 18, demonstrating against Wisconsin legislation similar to Ohio’s proposed Senate Bill Five.
SENATE BILL 5 SPARKS UPROAR of protests Wednesday and Thursday in Columbus. Approximately 4,000 state A proposed Ohio Senate bill eliminating workers demonstrated. Jones, however, said in testimony to collective bargaining rights for state employees the Senate Insurance, is drawing the ire of Commerce and Labor thousands of workers I am not doing this because I Committee Feb. 8 that throughout the state. the bill will allow for R e p u b l i c a n think it’s a magic bullet that will government flexibility Sen. Shannon Jones of solve Ohio’s immediate budget and control of the Ohio’s Seventh District problems. It will not … although I work force so it can — which includes provide sustainable Warren County and do think it will make a significant services over time — not parts of Hamilton difference in future budgets — which punish workers. County — introduced is an absolute necessity. “I am not doing this Ohio Senate Bill because I think it’s a —sen. shannon jones Five Feb. 1. Republican senator of Ohio’s magic bullet that will The bill proposes Seventh district solve Ohio’s immediate to change the state’s budget problems,” Jones collective bargaining law enacted in 1983 and eliminate collective said. “It will not … although I do think it will bargaining for state employees such as make a significant difference in future budgets professors, police officers and firefighters. — which is an absolute necessity.” Regardless of the fiscal possibilities, the The bill would also require workers to pay 20 percent of their health insurance costs, cut ability of University of Cincinnati faculty to practice academic freedom and share pay increases for longevity, prohibit employers governance with the university might also be to pick up worker pension contributions and prevent employees from going on strike. see BILL 5 | 2 The bill has led to back-to-back days james Sprague | News Editor
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University of Cincinnati students will gather Monday, February 21 at 3:00 pm, on McMicken Commons on UC’s Main Campus to protest Ohio’s proposed Senate Bill Five. For more information, contact Elisabeth Ampthor at (419) 344-3149.
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Traditional textbooks could become obsolete as availability of low-cost electronic textbooks and reliability in Google and Wikipedia searches increase, according to student researchers from the University of Cincinnati’s psychology program. Senior members of UC’s chapter of the Psi Chi international honor society of psychology students along
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According to figures on the UC Libraries website, students can expect to spend up to $900 per year on textbooks alone.
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Textbooks shifting to digital Using e-books, Google as cheaper options
The fight to reopen a Clifton grocery store has now landed on Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s desk with full backing of the Cincinnati City Council. City Council finalized a resolution Wednesday supporting the reopening of Keller’s IGA on Ludlow Avenue, which closed Jan. 6 for owing approximately $180,000 in back taxes to the state. City Council member Wendell Young proposed the resolution to City Council’s Livable Communities committee Tuesday. The committee approved it unanimously. Young personally delivered the resolution along with petitions from the citizen group Friends of Keller’s Thursday to Gov. Kasich’s office. “It is important that Gov. Kasich hears from our community that he needs to take immediate action to protect local jobs and ensure that his administration supports businesses,” according to a statement on the Friends of Keller’s website. Brad Reynolds, director of constituent affairs for Gov. Kasich, is working to bring the Attorney General’s Office and the State Tax Commission together to work with Keller’s to solve the tax repayment issue, according to a statement on the website.
QUITE THE VARIETY Students get their fill at the International Food Festival Thursday in the Great Hall of Tangeman University Center.
with Charles Ginn and Stephen Acker of the Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project presented their research findings at the national EDUCAUSE Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14. The Digital Bookshelf Project, an initiative under the University System of Ohio (USO) Strategic Plan for Higher Education, aims to create a highquality, affordable and flexible system of higher education with a wide range of educational options. The project is exploring textbook alternatives
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including e-texts and other alternatives aimed at reducing student costs. Students involved in the project logged more than 2,000 hours of research comparing 1,132 terms found in an introductory psychology textbook with search results for the terms found through Google and Wikipedia. “What they found, for the most part, was that information that students [search for on] Google and Wikipedia is quite good,” Ginn said. “With their efforts, [the presentation] was very wellreceived by a cross section of people in Washington because of the depth and breadth of the work they did and their qualifications to do so.” According to figures on the UC Libraries website, students can expect to spend up to $900 per year on textbooks alone. Students can save money through e-texts and websites like FlatWorldKnowledge.com that offer free online textbooks, Ginn said. “Compared to our current version, which is $168 in the bookstore, the e-book version of [the introductory psychology textbook] is given to students for free by the publisher at no cost whatsoever,” Ginn said. “They can print a black-and-white version for $30 and a color version for $59.” While an exact figure for the amount see BOOKS | 2
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FROM PELL | 1 “Every year, UC looks carefully at how we should distribute institutional aid. This year is no different.” Miller said. “Given anticipated cuts to the university budget by the state of Ohio, this is likely not a year where we can make up for the full impact of these cuts.” Aside from Pell Grants, Obama proposed increases of $300 million for the school anti-poverty program known as Title I, and approximately $200 million for special education. There were 6,156,750 Federal Pell Grant recipients out of the more than 8 million eligible applicants for the 2008-2009 school year. The average grant was nearly $3,000 dollars in 2008-2009 when the maximum grant was $4,731.
suggested that evaluations will have to become more sophisticated to reflect instructor performance more accurately. It was announced that College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning Sen. Andres Lopez has resigned his seat effective immediately upon the announcement made by Speaker Lane Hart. Sen. Lopez was not in attendance and no explanation was given for his resignation. SG also swore in Arts and Sciences senator-elect, Kevin Hitt. SG also approved two $1,000 endorsements for UC Programs and Activities Committee (PAC) and to the Cincinnati Dance Marathon charity event. Hip-hop artist T. Pain will headline the PAC spring concert scheduled for May 21. The Cincinnati Dance Marathon is 24-hour fundraising event for pediatric AIDS research. The affair will take place from noon Feb. 26 to noon Feb. 27 in the UC Campus Recreation Center. There was also a new launch date announced for the Bearcat Transportation System (BTS) tracking feature. As of March 1, students should be able to see the real-time location of all the BTS shuttles.
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FROM SG | 1 bargaining for workers in local governments all over the state. Groups from throughout Ohio are protesting the bill and its possible ramifications to not only unions but also education. “Collective bargaining allows educators a voice in improving opportunities for Ohio’s students, better classroom resources and improved teaching and learning conditions,” said Tim Dove, a social studies teacher at Phoenix Middle School in Worthington, Ohio and 2011 Ohio Teacher of the Year. Mark Sanders, president of the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters, echoed that sentiment. “Firefighters and police officers protect Ohioans every day, but these proposed changes will remove protections for public safety officials,” Sanders said. “We’re [in Columbus] to remind lawmakers that they must protect Ohio’s protectors.”
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FROM BOOKS | 1 students might save on textbooks could not be collected, textbook publishers are altering the way they operate, Ginn said. “The whole market is completely changing,” Ginn said. “Every one of the major publishers is trying to redesign their business model.” Although the student researchers of Psi Chi have done countless hours of research, their work is not finished, Ginn said. “After all of their review, certainly there are opportunities out there that did not exist a year ago, and I think it’s a groundbreaking study because of the depth and the breadth of it,” Ginn said. “By the time they finish this spring, they will probably approach between 2,500 and 3,000 hours of work on this one research paper.”
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affected by the bill, said John McNay, a history professor at UC’s Raymond Walter’s College and president of UC’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors. “Without the contract the faculty senate would be toothless,” McNay said. “We understand the budget problems, but cutting unions is not the answer.” Proponents of the bill — such as Mike Wilson, president of the Cincinnati Tea Party — feel it is an attempt to bring public sector salaries and benefits in line with the private sector and get the state’s budget deficit under control. “In the last three years, the public sector has grown while the private sector has taken a beating,” Wilson said. “It is a matter of fairness that employee costs must come back in line with the private sector.” The bill, while proposing the elimination of collective bargaining for state employees, would not affect collective
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from cats | 2 don’t have that one guy who carries us. We win as a team.” After taking an early 10-4 lead, the Bearcats went point-for-point with the Friars the remainder of the first half, going into the halftime with a 40-34 lead. Seven minutes into the second half, the Bearcats went on a 16-4 run to take a 17-point lead — their largest of the game. But with 7:02 remaining on the clock, the Friars answered back by going on their own 21-6 run to tie the game at 71 with one minute remaining in the game. Following a Yancy
Gates free throw, Brooks swished a basket to give the Friars a one-point lead before Bishop netted the equalizer from the foul line. “Rashad played 44 minutes and obviously we don’t play that way,” Cronin said.“Our guys get rest and average about 27 minutes a game, so he plays 39 in regulation and 44 overall, I think that would attribute to the missed free throw at the end of regulation. He was definitely tired.” The Bearcats return to action at 9 p.m.Wednesday against Georgetown in Washington, D.C.
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Sad times at Toomer’s Corner, AU What were you thinking, Harvey Almorn Updyke Jr.? The 62-year-old Alabama superfan could spend up to 10 years in prison for poisoning the pair of 130-year-old oak trees at Toomer’s Corner, an Auburn University landmark. And he has only himself to blame after essentially turning himself in. Updyke, filled with pride of his over-the-top prank, called the Paul Finebaum radio show as “Al from Dadeville” Jan. 27 boasting of his act, which took place following last season’s Iron Bowl between the two schools. “I poisoned the Toomer’s trees. I put Spike 80DF in them,” he said before ending his call with “Roll damn Tide.” Spike 80DF, a powerful herbicide designed to kill and clear large areas of brush and trees, doesn’t mess around. It kills plants from the roots up and is expected to last in soil for years. Alabama agriculture laws and the Environmental Protection Agency govern the herbicide’s use, and online prices top $150. Updyke went to considerable lengths in his effort to poison not just a pair of trees, but an entire university’s spirit. Horticulture experts at Auburn say the trees are highly unlikely to survive despite ongoing efforts by a school task force to save the campus landmarks. “Rolling” Toomer’s Corner has been an Auburn Tigers tradition since the 1960s. Students and fans gather at the corner following football wins and cover the old oaks in a sea of toilet paper. The trees were rolled Wednesday by Auburn faithful, possibly for the final time. With one criminal act, one deranged man has robbed college football of a storied tradition and stole from Auburn a piece of itself. Updyke is so in love and obsessed with University of Alabama football he named a daughter Crimson and a son Bear, after legendary former coach Bear Bryant. So poisoning Toomer’s Corner wasn’t Updyke’s first fanatical decision. But possibly embarrassing your offspring with goofy names and literally killing a school’s most sacred tradition are different levels of criminal. College football is driven by fans’ passion, but Updyke went pedal to the metal with his misplaced passion. Toomer’s Corner, a place of celebration and joy, is now dampened by death thanks to his sick crime. College rivalries are the most polarizing of the sports world. Ohio State and Michigan supporters don’t see eye to eye, Duke and North Carolina fans don’t agree on certain subjects and Stanford supporters might even claim to hate Cal. In Alabama, the hatred is real between the Tigers and Crimson Tide. But a line was crossed here and everybody recognizes it. Fortunately the Alabama fan base has essentially disowned Updyke, recognizing there’s no room for his heinous acts in one of college football’s special see ANTICS | 2 IN BRIEF
LAX SPLITS ROAD TRIP, EARNS FIRST WIN The University of Cincinnati lacrosse team returned from its two-game weekend road trip with one win and one loss. The Bearcats recorded their first win of the season Saturday after a 13-10 victory against Davidson in North Carolina. Maddie Fink, Katie Kiriazoglou, Katie Liberatore, Ali Mattingly, Kylie Ramsland and Laura Simanski all netted two goals for the Bearcats, while Natalie Starvaggi added one. Cincinnati ended its weekend slate with a 15-7 loss Sunday against High Point University in North Carolina — the program’s first win. Marissa Pierson and Ramsland led the Bearcats with two goals each, while freshman goalie Jennifer Walsh recorded 17 saves on 36 shots. The Bearcats return to action at 4 p.m. March 2 against Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
Bearcats open season 1-2 in Fla. hunter tickel | senior reporter The University of Cincinnati baseball team won its season opener against Ohio State Friday, but dropped two of three games overall during opening weekend at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge in Clearwater, Fla. In the battle of I-71, Cincinnati stormed back from a 5-0 deficit against the Buckeyes to claim an 11-5 win. “We got off to a little bit of a shaky start, but then we swung
the bats really well the rest of the day,” said head coach Brian Cleary. “We played really well defensively. We were able to overcome a little bit of a rough start to get a big win over our rival.” After allowing the first five runs of the game in the opening three innings, an Ohio State error with two outs and the bases loaded allowed outfielder Jake Proctor and catcher Jake Saylor to score. Outfielder Jamell Cervantez recorded UC’s first RBI of the season with a single to left field.
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Saylor drove in freshman Justin Glass off a double. A Proctor double knotted the game in the fifth inning. The Bearcats took their inaugural lead of the contest in the sixth as Cervantez came home on a double from shortstop Chris Peters. Glass led Cincinnati with four hits against OSU and was the team’s deadliest hitter for the three-game stand with a team-high six hits and three RBIs in 11 at-bats. “I think clearly it was a good first weekend for [Glass] to begin his college career,” Cleary said. “We think he has a chance to be a really good player. He showed us the reason why we think that.” One day after tallying 18 hits against the Buckeyes, Cincinnati struggled at the plate Saturday with four hits against Illinois in a 7-3 defeat. “We couldn’t string anything together offensively,” Cleary said. “We swung the bats OK, but we
just couldn’t get a timely hit when we needed it.” The Bearcats trailed early again, down 7-1 after four innings. The Fighting Illini produced four runs on four hits in the game’s second inning. Pitcher Andrew Strenge was pulled after the third while allowing five earned runs. With the defeat, the sophomore matched his loss total from his rookie campaign. “Strenge did not have a performance that is characteristic of him,” Cleary said. “He wasn’t as strong as he physically is.” Michigan State doubled up Cincinnati Sunday in the final day of competition with an 8-4 win thanks to a 15-8 hits advantage. The Bearcats will travel to South Carolina next weekend for the First Pitch Invitational. Cincinnati begins play at 4 p.m. Friday against Clemson before facing Charleston Southern Saturday and Furman Sunday.
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S R A I R F P O T O T Sam weinberg | Sports EDITOR Rashad Bishop scored a career-high 23 points and led the Bearcats to a 93-81 overtime victory over the Providence College Friars Saturday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
BACK IN BUSINESS UC junior Yancy Gates scored 21 points in 35 minutes Saturday, his best outing since his one-game suspension.
With 16 seconds remaining in the game and the Bearcats trailing by one, Bishop stepped up to the charity stripe after drawing a foul driving to the basket. Following a missed first shot, he sunk his second — the most significant of his 23 points — to tie the game at 73. With time for one final possession, the Friars took a hurried 3-point shot that fell short to force overtime. “I told the guys that we were not going to foul and we’re not going to lose on a lay-up,” said Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin. “We were going to make them make a shot. They took the shot we wanted them to take.” In overtime, the Bearcats shot a perfect seven for seven from the field en route to the team’s second straight Big East victory. The Bearcats finished the game shooting 52 percent from the field, with 50 of their points coming from the bench. Junior forward Yancy Gates led the bench with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Dion Dixon added 16. Senior guard Marshon Brooks led the Friars with a game-high 27 points. “At the end of the day, that’s who we are,” Cronin said.
IN THE CLUTCH Cincinnati senior Rashad Bishop scored the Bearcats’ first four points of overtime, in which UC outscored Providence 20-8 to improve to 21-6, 8-6 in the Big East.
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Second-half scoring slump halts Cincinnati Sam Weinberg | Sports EDITOR Despite stalwart performances by Cincinnati’s freshmen duo Jeanise Randolph and Kayla Cook, the Bearcats lost 57-43 Saturday to the Providence College Friars at Fifth Third Arena, extending Cincinnati’s
for basket with the Friars and, following a losing streak to 11-straight games. 15-5 run, Cincinnati took a 17-12 lead with “We were looking forward to this stretch 10 minutes remaining in the half — the team’s first [of games] because the start of our Big East lead since Jan. 22 when the Bearcats held a 3-2 conference schedule was really tough,” said Cincinnati head coach Jamelle Elliott. “We lead in the opening minutes against Louisville The Friars responded with their own 13-4 run were looking forward to these games, but what and went into halftime leading 29-24. I wasn’t looking forward to was getting beat up “We couldn’t even remember the last time so bad in that stretch.” we went into halftime actually being in the Randolph recorded her second double-double game, so we were of the season with 11 points actually feeling good and 10 rebounds, while Cook about our offense,” added a team-high 13 points. Elliott said. “We’ve just Teya Wright led the got to win games by Friars with a game-high playing smarter than 14 points and 18 rebounds. the other guys and just “The bottom line is hoping and praying that we just don’t have —jamelle elliott that we can make shots. the type of players to be cincinnati head coach Today, in the first half, able to compete against we actually did that.” these guys,” Elliott said. But following a 3-point basket less than “We don’t have the talent compared to the other two minutes into the second half, the Bearcats Big East teams in the conference.” reentered the shooting slump that has plagued The Friars’ superior height proved to be key to their victory, outrebounding Cincinnati them all season. Cincinnati wouldn’t net any more points 39-29 while scoring 20 points in the paint and an until the second half’s 10-minute mark, leading additional 20 off second chances. “In the second half they got 18 rebounds on to a 12-0 Friars run to take a 16-point lead. The Bearcats finished shooting 26 percent us. It’s hard to win when you give a team 20 from the field — 5-of-20 in the second half — en second-chance points,” Elliott said. The Bearcats began the game going basket route to the team’s 14-point loss. “If nothing else, I told my team, ‘We came into the locker room feeling like we weren’t out of the Eamon Queeney | photo editor game at halftime,’”Elliott said.“Every game I have to RANDOLPH FINDING GROOVE Cincinnati find something to build on, and today that was my freshman Jeanise Randolph is averaging building block for my team after the game.” UC returns to action at 7 p.m. Tuesday more than 13 points and eight rebounds the against Syracuse at Fifth Third Arena.
We don’t have the talent compared to the other Big East teams in the conference.
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