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MONDAY | FEB. 7 | 2011
CINCY LOSES SECOND STRAIGHT, GATES SUSPENDED
BRING ON THE BASS
Excision launches U.S. dubstep tour
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sports | 4
DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, ART AND PLANNING
DAAP showcases P&G product art exhibit StePhanie kitchens | staff reporter
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EYE FOR ART DAAP exhibits the work of Donald Deskey and its impact on the image of Proctor & Gamble products.
Students, faculty and the Cincinnati community gathered at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning for a reception and symposium Thursday evening. The speaker symposium “The Unconstrained Mind, Examined” was hosted in conjunction with an exhibit in the Dorothy W. and C. Lawson Jr. Reed Gallery called “Creative Conscious: The Unconstrained Mind of Donald Deskey.” Guest speakers like Gail Davidson, curator at Cooper-Hewitt of the National Design Museum, Matt Carcieri, associate director of Global Brand Building at Procter & Gamble and Craig Vogel, associate dean of DAAP, who gave a presentation “Deskey: An Iconic Figure in the Golden Age of Design.”
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The corresponding exhibit was organized by Vince Sansalone, assistant professor of architecture and curator of the exhibit. He was approached by Deskey Associates about hosting the exhibition at DAAP. “I didn’t know who he was at all, so when I was approached, I did some research, and I was interested in the show because [Deskey] crossed disciplines,” Sansalone said.“It is a great example for our students that you don’t need to be narrow in what you think or what you do.” Deskey did work in architecture, interiors, furniture, identity and packaging. In his early career, he also painted. His best known work, however, was helping to design Radio City Music Hall. Aaron Cowan, the gallery coordinator, said the exhibition is not the typical format requires extensive explanation of the art.
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Anthony Orozco | NEWS EDITOR The University of Cincinnati chapter of the American Association of University Professors reconstituted professor contracts through the 2010-2013 academic years. In the negotiations between AAUP and UC, the AAUP made significant developments in their three-year contracts including a minimum salary increase and expanded compensation packages. The two entities agreed upon an across-the-board increase to base salaries for faculty. For the first time, the increases are graduated by rank of employment. Increased range from 7 percent at the instructor level up to 10 percent at the professor level. “The pay increases in the past were pretty simple,” said UC AAUP executive director, Deborah Herman. “The new contract’s increases are a little more specific.” There is also a 2 percent increase per year for regional campus faculty, which is paid for by the state legislature. In addition, there will be a 0.6 percent salary increase for every year of the contracts along with a one-time cash bonus equal to 0.25 percent of faculty members’ 2010 salary as of September 2010. The contracts also contain a pay increase identified as compression adjustment. “Compression adjustment is a technical term … that basically means there are pay increases for long-time faculty whose salaries have not changed for the current market,” Herman said.“The market is in a state where an entry-level professor should be making more than some people who have been here for years. The compression adjustment will raise the salaries of faculty .99 percent of their base salary as of the June 30, 2010, date for every year of service of the employee up to 12 years. For the second and third years of the contract, there will be a .66 percent increase of base salary. Another significant change to the contracts is the addition of merit awards for ongoing excellence of faculty. Every faculty member is automatically eligible for the merit award that is based off of curriculum, an annual performance review and a workload report. FORECAST
“Informing our students and public is one of the intentions of this exhibition,” Cowan said. Cowan installed the exhibition in two weeks, but the actual planning of the exhibit took approximately nine months. The exhibit features video, audio and visual elements. The gallery displays an assortment of objects Deskey designed: a lighting post from New York City, theater chairs from Radio City Music Hall and a plywood bicycle replica. DAAP graduate students collaborated with Cowan to help construct the plywood bicycle replica, shoot video and layout of the text panels. The exhibit has been featured in DAAP Room 5275 of the Aronoff Building since Jan. 6 and will be displayed until Feb. 16. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
was John Vierling, co-owner of the store, who gave his plan for the reopening. Vierling explained his he Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Clifton hosted a strategy to pay the back taxes — crowd of almost 150 locals owed to the state by the store — throughout the next 12 months. Saturday to rally support in the Keller’s IGA has been in latest round of the fight to reopen operation since 1939, when it Keller’s IGA. moved from downtown Cincinnati The purpose for the meeting was to Ludlow Avenue. to gather support for The store was signed petitions and Keller’s is way closed Jan. 6 videotape personal more than a grocery after authorities messages to send to store — it’s a social shut it down for Gov. John Kasich, said Marilyn connection for our owing more than $190, 000 in back Hyland, the neighborhood. taxes. organizer of the —marilyn hyland The monetary gathering, “Keller’s hurdle includes is way more than the fees and penalties associated a grocery store — it’s a social connection for our neighborhood,” with the tax issues, Vierling said. Vierling also pointed out the Hyland said.“Not only is it critical to governor’s message about jobs the vitality of the business district, it and small business in Ohio. “We nurtures our soul.” have 50 really good employees The main speaker for the event
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FIGHTING TO REOPEN John Vierling, co-owner of Keller’s IGA, laid out fiscal plans for those in attendance.
that need to get back to work,” Vierling said. Echoing Vierling’s message of job sustainment was Brigid Kelly, director of political programs and communication for United Food and Clothing Workers Local 75. “It’s time for the newly elected officials to put their money where their mouth is,” Kelly said. Reopening Keller’s would sustain small business and good jobs in the community, Kelly said. The turnout consisted of residents from the Clifton area who wanted to support the petition being sent to Columbus. John McEvoy, a professor of philosophy at the University of Cincinnati and a Clifton resident, said the business district on Ludlow Avenue is, “empty compared to what it used to be. I’d like to see Keller’s reopen because without it, that area couldn’t survive.”
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PRICE OF IMAGE Oscar Robertson’s relationship with the UC athletic department could be strained as a result of the lawsuit.
any conflict of interest for local attorney Stan Chesley in representing Oscar Robertson with his lawsuit against the NCAA. While UC is not named as a defendant in the class action lawsuit, Robertson’s charge — which alleges the NCAA used his image and name without permission — could involve members of UC’s athletic department giving testimony, raising the question of whether it would be a conflict of interest for Chesley. “Our firm will be only one of many nationally prominent firms representing the plaintiffs in these actions,” said Bill Markovits, primary attorney on the lawsuit for the law firm Waite, Schneider, Bayless and Chesley. “To the extent it becomes necessary to obtain discovery from the University of Cincinnati, it is likely that will be undertaken by one of the other firms.” Robertson is one of several former NCAA student-athletes — including UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, University of Connecticut basketball player Tate George and Ray Ellis of The Ohio State University —
named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. In a lawsuit of this nature with multiple law firms, those firms split up the assignments, Markovits said. “It does not appear that our firm will be assigned the task of dealing with UC or any of the other universities,” Markovits said. The lawsuit could affect Robertson’s relationship with UC though, said Michael O’Daniel, a representative with Oscar Robertson Media Ventures. “I already asked [Robertson] how he felt the legal action would affect his relationship with the university,” O’Daniel said. “And since he works with various departments, he agreed that athletics may not be happy with it.” The members of UC’s athletic department that might have signed off on the NCAA using Robertson’s image without his permission, however, could no longer be associated with the athletic department, O’Daniel said. “I imagine this is something that will come out during discovery [in the lawsuit],” O’Daniel said.
DAAP welcomes guest speakers on media scott winfield | STAFF REPORTER
Jerry Springer and former Cincinnati City Council member Phil Heimlich discussed their views on the economy, news media, technology and politics in an event hosted at Kaplan Auditorium in the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning on Thursday. “Power, Politics and Persuasion: The Media”— hosted by Terry Grundy, a DAAP urban lobbying professor — was a two-part seminar featuring presentations from former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer, and Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich, son of Dr. Henry Heimlich, founder of the Heimlich maneuver. Heimlich preceded Springer, discussing national debt and the problems we face as debt continues to grow. The current national debt is $14.5 trillion, yet Heimlich described what he called the “real” national debt as being approximately $62.3 trillion due to social services such as social
security and health care policies made by the government. “They will never pay this off,” Heimlich said. “Never. It’s beyond the point of being paid off. We are reaching a point where the government won’t be able to pay these bills.” Heimlich also discussed the inferiority of the dollar as a form of currency, stating that gold and silver are a much better standard considering they are nonrenewable, unlike the reprintable paper currency . “If you go back to biblical times, money was gold and silver,” Heimlich said. “Those dollars, unless you believe in them, do not have any intrinsic value.” Heimlich also pointed out the disparity between traditional news media and opinion media created by the growing age of technology. He said that news outlets like FOX News and MSNBC have become strictly subjective due accessibility of factual information online. “It is inevitable that the
world will become more liberal,” Springer said. “The truth is that the liberals won. It is the rhythm of life, and the only thing that stops liberalism from time to time is someone with power stopping you from being free.” Springer said liberal tendencies are increasing currently due to technological advances and that certain events throughout history have been
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exposed through technology. Springer said he regards his liberal tendencies as a positive attribute to his character. “I lost my family in the Holocaust, so I think that made me grow up never judging people for what they are,” Springer said. “I think that made a liberal out of me instinctively.” Springer also pointed out the hypocrisy in the rejection of the national healthcare bill, saying that 99.9 percent of us will die due to illness rather than terrorist actions. Springer, who expressed interest in running for Ohio State Senate in 2004, continues to have a strong desire in the position, but knows his window of opportunity is closing fast “I never give up the interest, but I’m 67 [years old],” Springer said. “By the time I had seniority, they would be carrying me to the meetings. I won’t say that it’s impossible that I will do it, but it becomes less likely with each passing year, even though I’m still passionate about it.”
ENTERTAINMENT 2 Ireland meets Cincinnati at BagPipes Monday
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chip reeves | staff reporter Diners looking for a place that offers a taste of the Emerald Isle should start with BagPipes Irish Pub downtown on Race Street. The new restaurant is replete with more than 20 beers on tap, more than 90 drink selections, a full menu and Irish décor and music.
Uncertain of what to expect from the pub, which opened Jan. 31, my group and I entered and were promptly greeted by the host. The bar was typical of a pub; gray stone, wood and green lights were everywhere. On the way to our seats, it became apparent BagPipes isn’t just a hole-in-the-wall type of place. It is obviously trying to cater to the downtown professional type. Looking through the menu, you’ll
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UPSCALE IRISH DINING One of CIncinnati’s newest eateries, BagPipes Irish Pub, proves worthy of representing the Irish culture with savory sauces, mouth-watering meatloaf and a wide selection of refreshments perfect for a night of fine dining.
find staples like bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie. Listed additions like Jameson whiskey sauce and other Irish-inspired glazes are a surprisingly nice touch. My group started with fried pickles, which cost $5.95. Thankfully, the fried batter didn’t fall off after the first bite, like most fried pickles. The ranch dressing that accompanied the pickles was fairly light but was packed with some flavor. For dinner, we ordered the pork porterhouse, medium-rare; the meatloaf, a chopped salad and French onion soup. The pork porterhouse, at $19.95, was cooked perfectly. It was a little rare near the bone, but that is to be expected. It was tender, moist and topped with a tangy demi-glace. Side dishes were comprised of a pear slaw, which should have been sweeter, and dauphinoise, the equivalent of Irish scalloped potatoes, which were creamy and satisfying — the best side dish of the night. The meatloaf cost less than $16 and was unlike any I have eaten before. It had a firm exterior and a moist texture on the inside, unlike typical meatloaves. Along with the main course came underwhelming mashed potatoes redeemed by nice, smoky asparagus. The chopped salad was common, but not disappointing. The French onion
soup’s heavy herb flavor isn’t a common characteristic of the dish, but it worked. Now, here comes the best part. Dessert was deep-fried Mars bar with ice cream. Yes, it’s a cholesterol-packed heart attack in a deliciously wrapped package, but it was worth every second it took off my life. Rich and chocolatey with a great batter, every bite got better and better. The drink menu is another highlight of the pub. Alongside myriad beer choices, BagPipes has some pretty interesting concoctions. I had the BagPipes coffee for $6, which included six different liquors. The Jameson Blue Bull, another menu attraction, contains Jameson, Blue Curacao and Red Bull. BagPipes is a definite winner that only gets better with time. While some of the side dishes didn’t impress, it wasn’t enough to ruin the meal. It’s definitely a place for a nice night out with friends: The entrees are more expensive than what the typical college student might like to pay, although the serving sizes are huge. I would suggest waiting a few weeks to visit, because they still have some timing issues to work out, or go knowing you might have to put on your patience pants. Overall, BagPipes would make the motherland proud.
Excision blows away dubstep fans
Dancing crowd at Subsonic unfazed by 50,000 watts of bass Adam Coble | senior reporter The Madison Theater in Covington, Ky., hosted one of the biggest DJs in dubstep Wednesday night, lighting the fuse for the biggest U.S. dubstep tour to date. DJ Excision’s Subsonic Tour with Antiserum and Downlink brought more than great dubstep to Cincinnati — it
brought an amazing light show coupled with 50,000 watts of bass (for those of you who don’t know — that’s a lot of bass). To kick off the night, a nice set of breaks, drum and bass filled the auditorium, courtesy of DJ Oreo. Since the weather was less than ideal for fans coming to see a legend in the making, one would have expected the crowd to be minimal. Bad weather, however, was not going to keep bass heads away from some good old fashioned grime music. At 11 p.m., Antiserum took the stage. He proved to be a good warm-up until Downlink and Excision appeared, playing more melodic dubstep that created a warm atmosphere to contrast the harsh weather. Once Antiserum finished creating a musically relaxing atmosphere, it was time for Downlink to break in the 50,000 watts of bass that will accompany them on the entire tour. Once Downlink started to play, the whole theater seemed to shake as
if it was hit by an earthquake. Downlink represents the heavy side of dubstep that tends to get crowds moving. The audience was hungry for dubstep, and being clustered together in a crowd is the only way to enjoy the grime culture. Once the Excision hit the stage, the crowd fell into frenzy. Playing one of his most popular songs, “Swagga,” the Canadian DJ knew he had the audience by the ears. His arguably epic performance affirmed the high anticipation for his tour. Watching Excision and company tear up Madison Theater with relentless force was powerful sight to see, and is helping restore hope for the city’s underground scene. The Madison Theater was the kickoff spot to the biggest U.S. dubstep tour. The energy was searing, and the performances were on point, setting the pace for the remainder of the shows. Ravers, hipsters and skaters alike were brought together to groove to mingle for a dance-filled night of dubstep.
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IT’S AN EARTHQUAKE Excision performs his dubstep mixes through a sound system that shook the auditorium.
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THE DEATH STARE While Leighton Meester nails her role as the psychotic, obsessed roommate, this fresh horror film proves to be a stale regurgitation lacking originality.
“Roommate” laughably bad with predictable story line Jayna barker | college living editor It seems as though “The Roommate” is the result of director Christian E. Christiansen’s own obsession with nearly duplicating the 1992 film “Single White Female” — a film about a woman whose obsessive, manipulative roommate has a secret past and serious psychological issues that spiral dramatically and violently out of control. “The Roommate” centers on every college freshman’s worst fear: having an obnoxious, deranged, psychotic and murderous roommate. Minka Kelly stars as Sara, a Des Moines, Iowa, native who loves fashion and design. Leighton Meester plays her roommate, Rebecca, a seemingly normal Pasadena, California, local who just wants to be Sara’s friend. When Rebecca begins exhibiting odd personality quirks, like worrying when Sara comes home late without calling or disapproving when Sara goes out drinking with her underage friends, more edgy, never-seen-before behavior is expected to be witnessed. But it doesn’t. Approximately 90 percent of the film is just plain boring — Sara starts dating a fraternity brother and drummer (Cam Gigandet) and works as a coffee barista.
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She and Rebecca get along wonderfully and talk about sharing clothes. They adopt a lost kitten and name her Cuddles and spend time at art galleries together. Yawn. It’s almost as if the writers forgot Rebecca was supposed to be psychotic then all of a sudden decided to have her target people close to Sara — her friends, boyfriend and fashion design professor (played by Billy Zane) — who take time away from their friendship. From the predictable “Who’s there?” shower scene to the anticipated girl-on-girl bathroom action, the film is a thriller with a complete lack of thrills. It isn’t until 80 minutes into the film when Rebecca gets the same tattoo as Sara and tells her it’s OK to call her by Sara’s dead sister’s name that Sara decides she needs to move out. Instead of fleshing out the leads, the story introduces smaller, forgettable characters who do nothing but widen plot holes and pose questions that are never answered. The only good (and surprising) element of the film was Meester’s dedication to her character. Her role as the dark, obsessed and unhinged Rebecca contrasted nicely with her role as Blair Waldorf — a prissy rich girl — on the television series “Gossip Girl.” The cast, which was largely made up of actors from shows on The CW, was able to pull in theatergoers but unable to please due to lack of story construction and quite possibly time constraint. The 93-minute film meant to be a psychological thriller written to scare college freshmen into being paranoid of possibly psychotic roommates was just a near duplicate of the “Single White Female” plot starring hot, young Hollywood actors on a Los Angeles college campus.
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Editor finds new way to play hockey Until a week ago, I thought hockey was a game played solely on skates. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Tuesday, I was introduced to a world of hockey I had no idea existed — sled hockey. Sled hockey is just like regular hockey in almost every way: same rules, same rink and same strategies. There are only two minor adaptations: Players play on sleds instead of skates and carry two smaller sticks instead of a large one. Dr. Renee Loftspring, a physical therapist and founder and president of the Cincinnati Icebreakers — Cincinnati’s only sled hockey team — said it best: “Sled hockey is the same as hockey on ice skates,” Loftspring said. “The only difference is that you can’t T-bone someone with your sled, and you can’t propel backwards.” Instead of ice skates, players play on a metal sled handcrafted in either Toronto or Fort Wayne, Ky. The sleds have two blades centered underneath to provide balance. The length is adjustable and an arc at the end secures players’ feet while criss-crossing seatbelts keep them in place. To propel themselves, players rely on their set of sticks. The sticks are about two-and-a-half feet long with ice picks at the end so players can dig the butt ends of the sticks into the ice to create momentum. On the opposite end of the sticks, you have the head, which is about six inches long and three inches wide, used to shoot and pass the puck. The game is generally played by people unable to use their legs, but as I found out after participating in an Icebreakers’ practice, it’s fun for anyone. I hopped on the ice for the team’s hour-long practice and it was like every other sports practice I’ve been a part of — leaving me gasping for air by the end. Immediately after getting on the ice, I decided to zoom off and go as fast as I could, which turned out to a big mistake. Propelling yourself takes a lot more effort than I anticipated and, following a quick sprint down the ice, I was exhausted. The hardest part was recovering after falling over. You have to use both sticks to push yourself back up — the literal equivalent of benching your own weight. After a quick self-tutorial on how to maneuver the sled, head coach Rob Wocks began practice. Like any other practice, we started with some conditioning: skating suicides — also known as my living nightmare. Following a brief warm up, we ran a short shooting drill followed by a skating drill during which we skated in semi-circles to practice maneuvering. According to Wocks, the Icebreakers’ practice drills run are the exact drills he runs when coaching the Sycamore High School hockey team. Wocks learned his techniques from the best, spending four days at the USA Sled Hockey’s training facilities before taking the position as head coach for the Icebreakers. “My main concern going there was if I had to change my coaching style,”Wocks said. “Do I have to run different drills or special drills? But they were running the same drills that I run — same drills that I’ve run for years. Same break-outs, same power-plays, same everything.” We scrimmaged for the remaining 15 minutes of practice. The team was broken up into four groups and we played a little three-on-three. I finished with a goal and an assist. I might not be the next Wayne Gretzky of sled hockey, but it’s a work in progress. As we all left the rink, everyone appeared to be like me — exhausted, but in good spirits, still reliving their personal highlights from the scrimmage. Loftspring was right. This is hockey. “You’re teaching people who probably have never watched a hockey game to play hockey,”Wocks said. “But now this has become their sport. Once they get on the ice, this becomes their sport and they absolutely love it.”
Streak hits 8 at Georgetown scott winfield | senior reporter Turnovers and poor shooting led the University of Cincinnati women’s basketball team to its eighth-consecutive loss — a 55-38 defeat — at No.17/19 Georgetown Saturday. The Hoyas struck first in McDonough Arena and took a 5-0 lead as Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers made a 3-pointer in the opening minute, followed by a jumper from Rubylee Wright moments after Cincinnati’s Bjonee Reaves committed a pair of turnovers. Reaves made up for her mistakes with a 3-pointer before Shareese Ulis’ triple brought UC to a 7-6 deficit through the first three and a half minutes. The Bearcats allowed Georgetown to score back-to-back 3-pointers before Tiffany Turner and Kayla Cook both scored FILE ART | the news record
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LONE HOT HAND Freshman Tiffany Turner made a gamehigh six field goals on eight shots, but the Bearcats shot 34 percent overall Saturday.
layups to bring the Cats within three points. Turner finished with a career-high 12 points to lead the Bearcats, while Reaves finished with eight points in her second career start at Cincinnati. Georgetown’s Monica McNutt third 3-pointer of the game gave the Hoyas their first double-digit lead with just less than nine minutes remaining before halftime. UC kept Georgetown from scoring through the final 2:37 of the first half, gaining ground with six-straight points from Turner before entering the locker room with a 27-22 deficit. Cincinnati began the second half with determination as Shelly Bellman scored from 3-point range to bring the Bearcats to within two points of the Hoyas. However, UC allowed Georgetown to make a 7-0 run
before Ulis scored again from the freethrow line. Cincinnati’s leading scorer, averaging 14.1 points per game this season, was limited to just five Saturday — her second-lowest output of the season. Midway through the second half, the Cats used six-straight points to bring themselves to a 38-35 deficit before Wright scored her fourth 3-pointer. That sparked a 9-0 run by the Hoyas, while Cincinnati missed five of its final six shots. The Hoyas went on a 12-3 run to finish the game, dropping UC to 8-14 overall and 1-9 in Big East play. Georgetown’s Adria Crawford scored eight of her 10 points within the game’s last six minutes. The Bearcats finished the game giving up 20 turnovers, giving Georgetown 19 points off their
giveaways and allowing the Hoyas nine 3-point field goals. Cincinnati head coach Jamelle Elliott was not available for comment after the game. Cincinnati will continue conference play at 2 p.m. Saturday against Seton Hall at Fifth Third Arena.
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Yancy Gates suspended by Mick Cronin Sam Elliott | Sports EDITOR
I’m concerned with our basketball team right now, and [Gates] is not part of it. I’m worried about the Bearcats. —mick cronin head coach
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MID-SEASON STRUGGLES Larry Davis scored 13 points Saturday to lead the Bearcats, who have lost five of their past eight games since beginning the season 15-0.
Pittsburgh junior guard Aston Gibbs made all five of his 3-pointers and tied his career high with 25 points Saturday, leading the No. 4 Panthers to a 71-59 win against Cincinnati at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. Junior forwardYancy Gates, the Bearcats’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer this season, remained in Cincinnati after being suspended indefinitely by head coach Mick Cronin Friday. “We don’t have a lot of rules. Play hard, be a good guy, be committed to the team [and] be coachable. It’s really not negotiable,” Cronin said.“I believe the squeaky wheel should not get the oil. My energy and my efforts do not go to the squeaky wheel. [They go] to the guys that are doing the PANTHERS right things, show up, want to compete, want to play hard for our fans, for our university and for our city. If you’re not one of those guys, you get no oil from me.” BEARCATS Cronin did not specify the reason for the suspension or if Gates will return. “I’m concerned with our basketball team right now, and he’s not part of it,” Cronin said. “I’m worried about the Bearcats.” Despite Gates’ absence, Cincinnati (18-5, 5-5 Big East) became just the fourth team this season to out-rebound Pittsburgh and brought down 23 offensive rebounds. “We had 23 offensive rebounds, but only 15 second-chance points,” Cronin said. “If you score every one, that’s 46 [points]. We only come away with 15.” The Bearcats shot a season-worst 33 percent overall and made just two of 13 attempts from 3-point range. Larry Davis led Cincinnati with 13 points off the bench. Anthony “Biggie” McClain scored a season-high 10 points, playing 23 minutes to help fill the void left by Gates. “Biggie did a great job and I thought he changed a lot of shots around the basket. He didn’t get credit for blocks, just did a good job of changing things around the basket for them,” Cronin said. “At the end of the day, he played probably as good as he can.” After trailing by as many as 23 points in the second half, Cincinnati used an 8-0 run to pull within 10 points with more than three minutes to play and cut the deficit to eight in the final minute. “One thing I’m happy about [is] we learned a lot tonight about our team and about our character to come back from down 23 to cut it to eight,” Cronin said. “Without making a [3-pointer] and shooting 50 percent from the foul line [in the second half], we still cut the lead down.” Gibbs scored 16 of the Panthers’ first 24 points, giving Pittsburgh (21-2, 9-1) a double-digit lead with more than seven minutes remaining in the first half. “He’s the best shooter that we’ve played against. He’s just deadly,” Cronin said. “He’s a good player. He’s one of the top two or three guards in the Big East and maybe the best shooter in the country.” Cincinnati returns to hardcourt at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Chicago to face the DePaul Blue Demons.
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The University of Cincinnati women’s tennis team had its season-opening losing streak extended to five matches Saturday after a 5-2 defeat against Bowling Green State University at the Perrysburg Tennis Center in Perrysburg. Freshman Ashleigh Witte earned her first career singles win at the No. 4 position, defeating Bowling Green’s Emily Reuland 6-3, 7-5. Paired with sophomore Elise Woulfe, the duo won the No. 2 doubles match against Reuland and Nikki Chiricosta 8-7, but the Falcons claimed the doubles point with 8-1 wins on courts one and three. Sophomore Jasmine Lee improved to 2-3 this season at the No. 2 singles position, beating Mary Hill 6-3, 6-0, but Bowling Green claimed four of the six singles points. Cincinnati begins Big East play Saturday against Seton Hall and Sunday against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y.
In its final action before the Big East Conference Championships, the University of Cincinnati swimming and diving team split its dual meet with Wright State University Saturday at the WSU Natatorium. The Cincinnati men lost to the Raiders 138-123, while the women defeated Wright State 179-100. Liz Hansson swam to victories in both the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke, while fellow junior Josefin Wede won the 100-yard breaststroke by less than one second and the 400-yard individual medley by more than 10 seconds. Sophomore Roberto Nevarez led the UC men with wins in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly. The Big East Diving Championships begin Friday in Louisville, while the conferences swimming championships begin there Feb. 16.
The University of Cincinnati women’s indoor track and field team claimed a 12th-place finish at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational Saturday in Manhattan, N.Y. The result was the best in school history for the Bearcats in a national competition. The 95-team field included 10 of the country’s top-25 teams. Cincinnati finished ahead of nationally ranked No. 13 Villanova, No. 21 South Carolina and No. 22 Georgetown. Freshman thrower Frida Akerstrom broke her own school record with a 15.2-meter throw in the shot put to finish third. Junior Kathy Klump placed fourth in the 500-meter dash with a school-record time of 1:13.42, while junior Jenna Heaton set a new school record of 2:52.32 in the 1,000-meter run, finishing sixth. Junior Mackenzie Fields tied her school record of 4.1 meters in the pole vault, placing fourth.
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