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THURSDAY | APRIL 14 | 2011
CCM grad Blakely Slaybaugh hits the Aronoff Center stage in “Shrek: The Musical”
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Bryant Shannon is a fourth-year marketing student in the Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS) program in the College of Business. Shannon started out in Undergraduate Student Government as Diversity Director in his second year under the Rosensweig Administration. He then served as associate vice president of special interests during the Lolli Administration working on LGBTQ affairs, women’s affairs, ethnic and cultural affairs and International student affairs. He currently serves as external holdover senator and leads the Student Government cabinet.
Lane Hart is a third-year information systems and finance student, minoring in Asian studies in the Kolodzik Business Scholars (KBS) program in the College of Business. Hart was a member of the First Year Experience (FYE) program within Undergraduate Student Government at the beginning of his freshman year. Prior to being elected 2010-11 speaker of Senate, Hart was elected for two terms as an at-large senator and served as internal holdover senator.
Alan Hagerty is a fourth-year structural engineering student in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and a student in the College of Business MBA program. Currently, Alan is in his second term as the director of sustainability for Undergraduate Student Government. Hagerty has led large campus initiatives such as the Bearcat Bike Share, UC sustainability pledge and campus wide recycling program and secured $75,000 of university funding to jump start UC sustainability.
We will create a progressive campus community that is moving forward and understanding your concerns and needs. —slate 73
VICE Presidential Candidate Michael Linger is a fourth-year student earning his undergraduate degree in civil engineering and his master’s degree in business administration. Linger serves as an at-large senator in Student Government and is the chairman of the public affairs committee. He helped to co-found the Student Sustainability Coalition.
The passion that [we] have for the university is a difference maker, and our professional experience allows us to set realistic goals and deliver outstanding results. —slate 41
• Student Diversity Collaborativepromote diversity and multiculturalism on campus • Collaborative classes - work across colleges and learning disciplines • Establish long-term sustainability – form a 10-year sustainability plan • Increase student input on semester conversion process • Safety - add lighting on and around campus; safety seminar at Bearcat Bound • Campus mentorship program create a program to help guide and mentor underclassmen without affiliation to a certain group or cause • New basketball seating policy institute a seating policy that allows students to sit anywhere in the student section • Centralized tailgate – One tailgate. One location. One Bearcat spirit
• Spirit days/Bearcat Fridays – bring back the tradition of Red & Black Fridays • Co-op/professional development – co-op advisory board to voice concerns and enact changes • Internship advisers - support students with internships • Create student group search engine • Improve campus calendar and make it more user-friendly for students • BTS display boards with next arrival times at all BTS stops • Opt-out text message alert service for disasters and emergencies • Better CatsTix website and student ticketing process • “We will create a progressive campus community that is moving forward and understanding your concerns and needs.”
• Establish Presidential Student Advisory Safety Board - Direct voice to university leadership to ensure progress • Grow UC Nightwalk - Build capability to meet rising demand • Residence hall accessibility - Safer, cleaner home for students • “DiverCity” - Fun, monthly events to engage students across campus • UC LIFE - Online student information resource centralizing access to Book Swap, Off-Campus student housing, Ride-share, University News and more • Commuter rest area - On campus relaxation center • Student coffee talks - Chat with students over a cup of joe • UC First - Professional opportunities in Cincinnati for students
• Schneider Co-op Report - Annual report of statistics, tips, and employer feedback • Semester Conversion - Student informational meetings for a smooth transition • Teaching Bearcat tradition - Video to teach students the UC Fight Song & Alma Mater • Building Bearcat tradition - fill our UC with Pride & Spirit • Hyping Bearcat tradition - Wear UC spirit wear, grab a free lunch • Sustainability Month - Growing our pledge, reducing our footprint • Bearcat Bike Share - More locations, more ridership • Composting - Bringing sustainability to the dining halls
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Student body president, V.P. candidates debate Jason Hoffman | Senior Reporter Candidates for Undergraduate Student Government president and vice president presented their platforms to approximately 50 students in the Tangeman University Center atrium Tuesday afternoon in hopes of gaining supporters before next week’s elections. The debate consisted of Hagerty/Linger (Slate 41) and Shannon/Hart (Slate 71). Slate 41 is headed by Alan Hagerty, SGA presidential candidate and fourth-year engineering student and Michael Linger, vice presidential candidate and fourth-year engineering student. Slate 73 is made up of Bryant Shannon, presidential candidate and fourth-year marketing student and Lane Hart, a thirdyear information systems and finance major. Hagerty was awarded the debate’s first response after winning a coin toss refereed
by the mediator and SGA advisor, professor Ric Sweeney of the College of Business. First, Sweeney asked the candidates to outline their plans to work towards the UC 2019 initiative. Hagerty said his goals would include getting the campus to an A-minus rating in sustainability and growing the UC NightWalk program. Linger continued the Slate 41 platform talking about using the Schneider Report in the College of Engineering and Applied Science to help students tailor their elective choices. “We need to find out what makes you more marketable to employers,” Linger said to the audience. Shannon responded by giving his plan for working on a diversity collaborative to bring together students of all backgrounds to work together on campus issues. Hart continued that theme with his goal of an international leadership collaborative
that would go on trips abroad to speak with prospective Bearcats. “We need to be ambassadors of the university as well as America,” Hart said. Next, the candidates were asked what their top two priorities for the campus were. Shannon said the top issues UC faces include increasing safety on the campus by focusing resources and funding to improve lighting on campus. Shannon also aims to increase diversity, which he outlined using recent national social issues as examples. “One idea would be to bring together the LGBT and ROTC to talk about the ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy to promote understanding,” Shannon said. Hagerty also gave safety as his first priority for the campus, but he took a different perspective. He told about seeing a fellow student put on a bulletproof vest to walk home from the Campus Recreation Center.
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“He was walking less than a mile to get home and he was putting that on,” Hagerty said. “We have to increase security not just now, but for future students as well.” Hagerty said the second priority of his campaign was to improve the campus life for students. Ashley Jansen, a first-year pre-med student, attended the debate because she said it was important for her to hear what the candidates had to say. “Lane Hart came to our sorority and talked to us about what [Shannon and he] wanted to work on for the students,” Jansen said. “So I wanted to see what [Hagerty and Linger] had to say as well.” The last chance for students to ask questions to the candidates will be Monday outside of TUC from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Polls will open Monday at 8 a.m. on Blackboard to decide student body president, vice president and senator-at-large.
from nuxhall | 7 Wright State, Miami University (OH), Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati participated in the event that serves to showcase regional college baseball in a friendly and competitive environment. “We all know each other pretty well,” said Miami head coach Dan Simonds. “We are all pretty good friends. To have this kind of format and be able get all together at one place, it gets us in a tournament atmosphere that, hopefully, at the end of the season, we are all involved in.” Nearly 60 years of
baseball experience with the Reds gives Joe Nuxhall an instant and distinct affiliation with the city. “I’m not a native, but it didn’t take me very long to figure out the connection he had with the fans, the community and the Reds,” said UC head coach Brian Cleary. “It really highlights baseball in our community. The players are really appreciative of being able to play in the event.” Much of the same feelings were shared by Xavier head coach Scott Googins. “For me, growing up and listening to Joe on the radio
FROM PLAYOFFS | 7 has the best offense. Something has got to give. If these two titans clash for the Cup, I see the series coming down to a game seven — a must-win situation. But, as I said before, Vancouver is in a league of its own. The Canucks are the elite of the elite, and I think they will be the first Canadian team to bring Stanley’ws Cup back across the border since the Montreal Canadiens did it in 1993.
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in the late ‘70s, you never thought you would be apart of something like this,” Googins said. “It’s huge.” While the cross-town rival coach feels humbled to participate in the classic, he also said bragging rights are on the line. In the competition’s inaugural year, Xavier won the competition, and, to rub salt in the wound, Cleary had to present the championship trophy to his heated rival at Marge Schott Stadium. “That’s the best memory those seniors have,” Googins said. “They got a kick out of it.”
from SHREK | 3 guarded by a dragon, young Fiona dreamt of the day when her golden knight on his noble steed would save her and whisk her away to a happilyever-after. But when Shrek shows up with Donkey in tow, Fiona begins to realize things don’t always happen by the book. As the trio travels back to Duloc, Shrek and Fiona develop a friendship, delightfully depicted in “I Think I Got You Beat.” The chemistry between Petersen and Burton is engaging, and even those who have seen the movie version can enjoy the budding, burping romance. The score, for the most part, is whimsy and fun, pulling from “Wicked” and Disney vibes. The orchestra was spot on and the stronger songs shone, giving the show a more magical air. Burton’s voice is melodic and pure, and her quirky insanity is enchanting. It’s easy to see Burton has a blast performing, which is a joy that translates well onstage. Petersen is a worthy match for Burton, with a Scottish brogue to rival Mike Myers’ original. Mingo doesn’t quite manage to endear himself as much as the movie Donkey, but he does provide for a few laughs, and his and Petersen’s comedic timing works well. At the same time, for the musical to succeed, it’s important to put away preconceived notions about the movie before watching the musical: If the audience simply accepts the musical for what it is, the 2 1/2 hours will be much more enjoyable.
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Netflix knocks TV out Let’s talk about television. You know, that box your Xbox 360 is attached to; the one your Netflix runs on. Apparently, this television, as they call it, does other things: Specifically, it plays shows as well. Apparently all Netflix does is allow you to choose these shows whenever you want to watch them. It’s a crazy concept, I know, who actually watches TV on TV’s schedule nowadays? It’s definitely not our generation. With Hulu, Netflix and other, more illegal versions of watching television, we’ve all broken the grasp of that little (and sometimes ridiculously huge) black box. I remember getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch my favorite cartoons. What a difference a decade or two can make. Now, when I’m watching a show, it’s at 1 a.m. or later. I use and abuse my parents’ DVR to record everything from “Metalocalypse” to “MythBusters.” It looks like television might be going the way of every other major entertainment outlet and going mobile to adhere to the user’s timeline, whether the providers want it to or not. So, it must be asked, what is the next step in the evolution of this media? We already have the first answer to that question in Netflix. As a pay-to-use service, it has the best chance to survive through the upcoming transition. The pay model will keep television producers happy, and the ease of use will keep the rest of us happy, too. But the real question is, if TV morphs into a fullon Netflix style service, will prices go up, or will advertising filter in? My guess would be in favor of ads. With the Internet providing vast amounts of content online, it’s very hard to get people to pay for a service in the first place. One of Netflix’s benefits is its cheap price point. To mess with that would potentially wreck the system. One thing we must consider is how this payment model could affect which television shows are actually made. One of Netflix’s greatest strengths is the ability for viewers to go on binges of sorts, watching entire seasons at a time, if they so please. Also, we see a lot of smaller, more niche shows gaining prominence on Netflix’s system. You may not have caught “Firefly” on Fox, but now that the show is on Netflix, why not sit down and gorge on Joss Whedon’s space cowboy epic? Because of this ease of mass consumption, we could eventually see shows released not weekly, but as a package. Or, we could see smaller, more specialized types of shows emerge. Sitcoms like “Two and a Half Men” may suffer due to decreased budgets while shows like shows like the aforementioned “Firefly” could prosper due to its specific audiences. I think the “next big thing” won’t be that big at all in the future of television. Instead, we’ll be flooded with more and more content in easier to consume bundles. Twenty and 40-minute shows will be the norm, with packages of episodes being released together, rather than one at a time. Big budget blockbusters, like “CSI” or “NCIS” will be rare or considered premium content that will garner an additional price. While all of this is mere conjecture at this point, the truth of the matter is that this conjecture isn’t too far off in the future. Television is quickly changing, just like movies, music and other forms of entertainment media. Where it will eventually end up is anyone’s guess, but we can all see where it’s starting to go and many of us are already paying for it.
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Record stores get recognized sean peters | chief reporteR The fourth-annual international Record Store Day is finding itself in strange times. In its 2008 inception, the fledgling holiday had no singular entity to represent the celebration. First came Jesse Hughes in 2009, from The Eagles of Death Metal. Josh Homme, also from The Eagles of Death Metal (as well as Queens of the Stone Age), was ambassador of 2010. Assuming the rest of the band was too busy to tout a role that requires no responsibility, they instead awoke Ozzy Osbourne from one of his many Cthululike ancient slumbers and elected him ambassador of the 2011 RSD. What does that mean for us? Nothing. What you do need to know about this year’s Record Store Day, however, is that Northside’s Shake It Records has a treat for you — quite a few of them, actually. On top of the borderline-“Hoarders” amount of
music they have available for sale, they’ve also arranged a meet-and-greet and Q&A session with a certain Talib Kwelli Saturday at 1 p.m. Maybe you’ve heard of him. Whether or not he’s performing really depends on Kwelli’s schedule, but, as Darren Blase, co-owner of Shake It says, “The fact that he’s showing up is pretty awesome.” Wussy also sat down at Ultrasuede and recorded an acoustic set of their album “Funeral Dress,” which is being offered as Shake It’s RSD exclusive during the day’s festivities at 7 p.m. Remember how Foxy Shazam is from Cincinnati? They’ll be repping their home city with a stripped down set inside Shake It at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Apparently globetrotting got tiresome. The entertainment is free. Receive 10 percent off purchases with a canned food item, with donations benefiting Churches Active In Northside (CAIN).
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FOR THE RECORD Shake It Records, located on Hamilton Avenue in Northside, will host a series of celebratory events in honor of Record Store Day Saturday, April 16.
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THAT ORNERY OGRE “Shrek’s” cast members’ enthusiastic performances carry on the story’s magic that captivated children’s hearts through the silver screen.
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The chemistry between Petersen and Burton is engaging, and even those who have seen the movie version can enjoy the budding, burping romance.
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I was worried about how the crude, comical movie would translate live, but “Shrek The Musical” exploded onto the Aronoff Center for the Arts stage with weirdness abound Tuesday and captured my heart. Parts of the 2001 movie struggled to succeed onstage — in particular, the construction of the animal characters. While Donkey (Alan Mingo, Jr.) had the loud-mouthed charm of Eddie Murphy’s version, it was difficult to pull off the character on two legs. Mingo is costumed in a fuzzy gray onesie, giving him the appearance of an overgrown trick-or-treater. Lord Farquaad, played by David F.M. Vaughn, presented another difficulty. As the short ruler of the kingdom, Vaughn spends the entire show on his knees, which are hidden by short, fake legs and a large cape. Vaughn plays this up, turning the costume into a running joke, but the hokey fix takes some getting used to. Despite this, the show is an
enjoyable musical in its own right. While some of the songs seemed unnecessary, “I Know It’s Today,” “Big Bright Beautiful World” and “When Words Fail” are three endearing, sweet songs, while “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag”give the ensemble a chance to shine, perhaps none more than Blakely Slaybaugh, a 2009 CollegeConservatory of Music graduate who plays Pinocchio. Eric Petersen portrays the title character, an ogre living on the outskirts of the kingdom of Duloc. Cast away from his parents on his seventh birthday, Shrek has grown up alone and bitter, until a cluster of fairy tale creatures shows up on his swamp. To win back his land, Shrek (reluctantly aided by the overenthusiastic Donkey) must rescue Princess Fiona for Farquaad to wed. But Fiona (Haven Burton) isn’t exactly the perfect princess Shrek is expecting. Locked away in a tower see Shrek | 2
‘Win Win’ viewers have nothing to lose adam kuhn | staff reporteR When life has you pinned, use the “whatever the f*ck it takes” move. That’s the characters’ driving philosophy in the new indie film “Win Win.” “Win” is about Mike (Paul Giamatti), a struggling attorney who seems to dig himself even deeper into a hole when he decides to become the official guardian of Leo Poplar, one of his elderly clients with early onset dementia, to make a little extra money while
his practice is struggling. The aforementioned move is one coined by the elderly man’s grandson, Kyle (Alex Shaffer), who describes it as imagining your opponent trying to drown you in water — unless you get out of it, you will die. It seems an ominous thing for a 17 year old to say, but, when it comes from a teenager who has traveled miles to escape his drug-addicted mother and her questionable boyfriend, it all starts to make sense. So when Kyle shows up at
his grandfather’s doorstep, Mike and his wife Jackie (Amy Ryan) have no option but to take him in until they can find his mother and decide what to do. Meanwhile, Kyle enrolls in the local high school and starts to wrestle on the school’s team, which Mike coaches. A program that struggles to win a match, the New Providence Pioneers see a resurgence aided by Kyle’s talents, played by reallife New Jersey state champion Alex Shaffer. But soon his mother shows up, throwing a wrench in all the great things that seem to be happening for both Mike and Kyle. Its two leads, Mike and Kyle, carry the emotional weight of the film. Mike, played succinctly by the very capable Giamatti, is a loving father and husband and a decent lawyer. But to makes ends meet with his family, he makes the fateful decision to fool Poplar into paying him to be his guardian. courtesy of fox searchlight pictures
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Kyle is a broken child from a broken home who sees a second chance of controlling his future when he is in the wrestling ring. Shaffer does surprisingly well for his first onscreen role. But what truly completes the picture is the outstanding supporting cast, led by Amy Ryan as Mike’s wife, Jackie. Jeffrey Tambor and Bobby Cannavale provide the comedic relief, but what sets these characters up so well is the great detail with which writer-director Thomas McCarthy paints them. He takes the time to establish them as characters that really creates a fuller experience. Like any good indie film will do, “Win Win” mixes comedy with drama. In this case, the filmmakers deliver a fairly strong central message by allowing the characters to be human. Mike and Kyle build a friendship through a series of mistakes. In the sense that they are both broken, their bond becomes a win-win scenario, as they learn a great deal from each other. Kyle teaches Mike to do “whatever the f*ck it takes.” And, in return, Mike teaches Kyle that he is more talented — and more loved — than perhaps he ever knew before.
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SG candidates explain why they’re unique — and why they deserve your vote
As told to The News Record Loren Willson is a first-year electrical engineering student and at-large senator in the University of Cincinnati’s Undergraduate Student Senate. Willson’s platform consists of three areas: fostering communication among all student groups on campus with the creation of a smartphone application, allowing students to access a master calendar of events and improving dialogue between the student body and administration to help ease the semester conversion. Wilson is also looking to foster research with a more prominent undergraduate research program for students and facilitating an improved campus life by installing Redbox movie rental kiosks throughout campus.
Kyle Richardson, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, has previous involvements including being an active member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and serving on the National Society for Collegiate Scholars executive board. Richardson facilitate and coordinate tribunal and college communication to ensure a smooth conversion from quarters to semesters and also work with the Nightwalk Safety Board to increase the awareness and accessibility to their services. Richardson wants to increase opportunities for student groups to get involved with campus events by better promotion and communication and continue to implement the Student Government’s UC First initiative.
KYLE RICHARDSON Phil Dinovo is a second-year information systems student running for re-election as at-large senator for University of Cincinnati Undergraduate Student Senate. Dinovo helped create the mobile tracker for the Bearcat Transportation System on UC’s mobile site in addition to leading efforts regarding ticket policies for UC men’s basketball games and improving routes for the BTS. Dinovo has served on UC President Greg Williams’ Investiture Committee, the Ohio Student Governance Association and participated in the Cincinnati Dance Marathon and the Enough is Enough anti-violence campaign. Dinovo also plans to lobby for an updated One Stop systems to meet the needs of students, institute landlord accreditation, continue the UC First initiative created by outgoing SG President Drew Smith, and promote student and group interaction on campus among other issues.
Amara Agomuo, a first-year political science and pre-law student, plans to focus on three areas. Concerning sustainability, Agomuo is planning an initiative to offer student organizations an incentive for recycling such as extra funding. Agomuo plans to address safety by offering a neighborhood watch in areas surrounding campus with the most crime and safety locations on the weekends, where students can stay while out. Finally, Agomuo looks to involve students by have questionnaires on Blackboard that will allow students answers to link them to organizations best suited to them.
James Schwyn is a second-year marketing and international business student with a minor in French. An active member in both the Sigma Chi Fraternity, Schwyn serves as campus relations chairman and Greek Week delegate and Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity. Schwyn is also a ROAR tour guide and volunteer for the Inner City Youth Organization. As senator, Schwyn’s priorities will be to connect students across campus, support initiatives that would create a safer campus, motivate students to lead healthier lifestyles and further sustainability efforts.
Joe Blizzard is a second-year chemical engineering student in the MBA ACCEND program. As an atlarge senator, Blizzard is looking to inform students, improve campus and instill pride. To have a greater understanding of all aspects of student life, Blizzard will attend various student organizations’ meetings and listen to the students as they voice their concerns and also work hard to ensure that the semester conversion is a smooth and hassle-free process.
NaKiima Reid would like to create a BTS route that goes from Main campus to the Regional campus, so that students have a larger variety of courses to take and a means of getting there. Reid proposes to: Increase safety on and around campus. Off campus, there should be help phones on streets where a large number of UC students live. Have mandatory town-hall meetings and utilize Blackboard for communication between Senate and students by posting the bills to be passed through Senate on Blackboard first. To create greater communal relations by making it mandatory for student groups to work on programs with other groups at least once a quarter to receive funding.
Sabrina Johnson aims to create what she calls the University of Cincinnati Outreach Program for the recruitment of a diverse student population. Johnson wants to work with ROAR, leadership within Turner Scholars and leadership within Transitions. Johnson also aims to create a shadowing program at UC. She wants to have student leaders volunteer with Turner Scholarship student leaders and Transitions alumni student leaders who will speak at Cincinnati Public Schools to freshmen, sophomores and juniors who will be attending college within the next five years. This program will provide information about college to the underrepresented students at the Cincinnati Public Schools — predominantly minority students. This will give students a chance to ask questions and receive real answers that they have from college students. Johnson wants to introduce students at the Cincinnati Public Schools to a shadowing program. This program will pair a public school student with a student majoring in areas the student is interested in studying for the day. The pair will be attend classes, go to lunch and get a true feel for the student life at the University of Cincinnati.
JOE BLIZZARD Derek Volmering is a second-year informations systems and marketing student running for re-election as an at-large senator in the Undergraduate Student Senate. Volmering’s platform has three parts: capturing the student voice by improving the representation of the needs of the students in Senate through the addition of an online submission form on SGA’s website, communicate with students by creating a quick reference website where students can look up obscure information around campus but that students might be better off knowing and cultivating a sense of change with the goal being more collaboration between Senate and the students its constituents — not only collaborating with them, but empowering students and giving them the necessary resources to be the leader they want to be on campus.
*NOTE: Due to scheduling, The News Record was not able to get into contact with candidate Sean Farris as of press time. He can be reached on his Twitter account: @Can_D_Farris.
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GOOD THEATER ariel cheung | managng EDITOR As a 10-year-old, Blakely Slaybaugh was one of the blessed few who knew what he was going to do with the rest of his life. When he took the stage as a lost boy in “Peter Pan,” he realized that the theater was where he belonged. “As a kid, I was like, ‘I’m making money to come in every night and essentially play make-believe for a group of people and give them a couple of hours of relief from their everyday lives,’ ” says Slaybaugh, now 24. “Why wouldn’t I want to do that?” After attending Jack Macejko | senior photographer Cypress Lake High BELTIN’ IT OUT Blakely Slaybaugh, a 2009 CCM alumnus, warms up during a sound check at School Center for the the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Tuesday, April 12. Slaybaugh plays Pinocchio in the national touring Arts in Fort Myers, Fla., Slaybaugh began Broadway production of “Shrek: The Musical,” which will be in Cincinnati through April 24. auditioning at the top musical theater toured the nation and worked with greats like classmates took their acts to New York and programs in the country: Chicago for the senior showcase: an annual event directors Jason Moore (“Avenue Q”) and Rob New York University’s Ashford (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and that gives CCM students a chance to perform for CAP21 Conservatory, orchestrator Danny Troob, who orchestrated agents and directors. Carnegie Mellon, Boston “It’s terrifying,” Slaybaugh says. “You know the animated features “Beauty and the Beast,” Conservatory and the you have all of the tools and all of the training “Aladdin” and “Pocahontas.” College-Conservatory of “It’s been amazing; the creative team is topand the support from all your teachers and all Music at the University notch,” Slaybaugh says. “It’s kind of awe-inspiring your family, so you know you can jump. But of Cincinnati. still, you realize you’re standing over this void to know that you’re in a room with the A-list of When Slaybaugh Broadway creative teams.” of the unknown.” received his acceptance The show itself isn’t half bad, either. In Each showcase is approximately 50 minutes letter to CCM, he knew it fact, it was nominated for eight Tony Awards, long and Slaybaugh performed in three was the place for him. winning Best Costume Design of a Musical. But numbers: “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” from “Knowing its reputation “Avenue Q,” “Make ’Em Laugh” from “Singin’ the awards aren’t what make the show sparkle, and doing research, it seemed like the in the Rain” and “Never Had a Friend Like Me” Slaybaugh says. obvious choice to make,” Slaybaugh “It’s the magic of the show. It’s so fun and so from Disney’s “Aladdin.” says. “It matched what I was looking colorful,” Slaybaugh says. for in a school.” And one year after that fateful call, Once Slaybaugh arrived, he was not Slaybaugh has come full circle, returning to disappointed. From stage combat with Cincinnati to perform in “Shrek The Musical” K. Jenny Jones (“Who doesn’t like to at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, playing now throw swords around?”) to the program’s through April 24. productions, Slaybaugh dove into the program “It’s surreal,” Slaybaugh says. and flourished. He will be returning to CCM as well, to talk “I think there’s something to be said for a to some students and instill two vital pieces of place that has a good theater community, and advice. The first: don’t let people talk you out of there’s a lot to be said for the type of program achieving your dream. [CCM Musical Theater Chair Aubrey Berg] “Just do everything you possibly can to has,” Slaybaugh says. “I loved every class in —blakely slaybaugh make it happen for yourself, because in a that it gave me very specific tools, so, in that CCM 2009 Musical theater alumnus world full of hungry people, you can always aspect, I never felt like there was a class where assume there’s someone hungrier than you I wasn’t learning something.” are, so you have to keep that drive going,” From his freshman year, Slaybaugh enjoyed Slaybaugh says. success in the musical theater program’s As for the second piece of advice, it’s “You have essentially two chances to state productions. After being cast in the Winter your case to the casting agents and the talent something that hits home for Slaybaugh, who quarter of his freshman year in “The Pirates says he still can’t believe he’s made it so far in so agents,” Slaybaugh says. “Why you should work of Penzance,” he scored the toothsome short a time. in this business and why you’re castable and why Emcee role in “Cabaret” during his there’s a place for you somewhere.” sophomore year. After graduating, Slaybaugh spent the “Being chosen summer at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse out of all in Auburn, N.Y., a reputable regional theater, those people where he was cast in three shows. Afterward, he was a really worked at Cosi Sandwich Bar in New York City, memorable scraping for a living. —blakely slaybaugh moment for me,” “I was pretty much making my rent and CCM 2009 Musical theater alumnus Slaybaugh says. “I affording to put food in my mouth, and that was felt very honored, and at about it,” Slaybaugh says. the same time, I remember feeling very Then, one year after the senior showcase, scared because it was monumental; it’s “Dream big. Always,” he says. “Because Slaybaugh got the call from his agent that changed a very well-recognized piece of material, they do come true if you work hard enough everything: he’d landed a role in the national tour and I felt there was a lot of responsibility in for them.” of “Shrek The Musical.” carrying it.” Slaybaugh’s tour in “Shrek” comes to an end in “I remember thinking, ‘This has got to be As Slaybaugh continued to land roles in CCM the summer of 2011, but he’s got plenty of dreams magical,’ ” Slaybaugh says. “Pretty much exactly a productions, his crowning achievement came for the future. year to the day I got out of school, and I’m going about during his senior year, when he won a “I’m open to whatever comes my way,” to be in a touring Broadway show.” scholarship award for his performance as Hot It’s been just more than nine months since Slaybaugh says. “I’ve gotten to such an amazing Blades Harry in “Urinetown.” place so young — I imagined being here, but the Slaybaugh hit the stage as Pinocchio, the wooden Finally, in April 2009, Slaybaugh and his puppet gang-leader of fairy tale creatures. He’s fact that it’s happen so soon is amazing.”
As a kid, I was like, ‘I’m making money to come in every night and essentially play makebelieve for a group of people and give them a couple of hours of relief from their everyday lives.’ Why wouldn’t I want to do that?
Dream big. Always. Because they do come true if you work hard enough for them.
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A REAL BOY [Left] Slaybaugh leads the fairy tale creatures in “Freak Flag” as Pinocchio in “Shrek: The Musical,” a national touring produwhich will play at the Aronoff Center for the Arts in Cincinnati through April 24. Slaybaugh [right] graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music with a bachelor of fine arts in musical theater. NEWSRECORD.LIVING@GMAIL.COM | 513.556.5913
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WINFIELD’S scott winfield
Stanley Cup will return to Canada It’s that time of year again, when the world’s most talented and highly conditioned athletes clash in a battle for the most storied trophy in sports history. No, I’m not talking about the NBA playoffs — I’m talking about slick stick-handlers being stonewalled by hot-handed goaltenders. I’m talking about tense four-on-four shootout situations. I’m talking about the Stanley Cup Playoffs, baby. It’s been a great season thus far. Each top-tier team has had its own story to tell: The Vancouver Canucks were dominant throughout the season, winning the West and topping the NHL ranks with 117 points. The Washington Capitals overcame an eight-game losing streak and ended up winning the East while their heated rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, fought to finish fourth in the East despite losing two of their top performers in Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby for the majority of the season. But the regular season is over. Now the real test begins. Lets begin with the East. The No.1 seed Washington Capitals take on the No. 8 seed New York Rangers in round one. The Caps should easily take the series in five games with home-ice advantage and one of the most volatile crowds of fans in the NHL. Washington also won 16 of their last 20 regular season games, have the fourth-best goals against average in the league, the second-best penalty kill percentage and, to top it off, left-winger Alex Ovechkin. Following an easy route of the Rangers, the Caps should also dispose of the Penguins in five games, as Crosby most likely will not return for the playoffs. As for the rest of the East, I can see the No. 3 seed Boston Bruins defeating the No. 6 seed Montreal Canadiens in six games with the help of lights-out defensive play from goaltender Tim Thomas. Thomas not only has the No. 1 goals against average, but also a league-best .938 save percentage, making him arguably the best net-minder in the league. Boston will then need six games to beat the defending Eastern Conference Champion Philadelphia Flyers. Boston’s strong defense will win them the series, but the Bruins’ average scoring ability will allow Philly to win two before Boston moves on to the Eastern Conference Finals to face Washington. Although it will be a very interesting matchup, I predict Washington will once again choke in the playoffs. The Capitals have proven throughout the last three years that they are the best team in the league — during the regular season, anyway. But the modern-day Washington Capitals have yet to make it past the Conference Semifinals. I don’t see them getting that monkey off of their back this season, either. Sorry Caps fans, maybe next year. As for the West, it’s extremely weak this season compared to the East. Besides Vancouver, only San José and Detroit finished with more than 100 points. And merely weeks before the playoffs, Detroit was nearly eliminated from the hunt for Lord Stanley’s Hardware. But, with a strong finish, the Wings got lucky and earned a No. 3 seed. The Canucks on the other hand had no problems getting into the postseason, boasting the league’s best record. To put it plainly, the Canucks are absolutely stacked. They have one of the best goaltenders in Roberto Luongo, and, on the offensive end, the Canucks have the Sedin brothers — Daniel and Henrik — who both are among the top-five scorers in the league. Everyone else in the West is irrelevant. The Canucks and Red Wings will meet in the Western Conference Finals where Vancouver will prevail in six games. The Canucks are No. 1 in goals per game, goals against and power play scoring. They are also No. 3 in penalty killing. Detroit won’t be able to keep up. As for the Stanley Cup Finals, we could see one of the best matchups in recent history. Boston has the best defense in the league, while Vancouver see PLAYOFFS | 2
Spencer Dennis | TNR Contributor
Following a 6-5 victory against Xavier Tuesday, the University of Cincinnati baseball team (17-14) defeated the Wright State University Raiders (20-10) 7-4 Wednesday to claim the third annual Joe Nuxhall Classic. The Bearcats became the first team to capture the crown twice, doing so in consecutive years. “It’s meaningful,” said UC head coach Brian Cleary. “No question, with Xavier specifically, that’s an important [win].” Freshman Justin Glass, who went 2-for-3 against Wright State University with three RBIs and a run was named MVP of the Classic. UC allowed only four runs on nine hits against the Raiders, who left 10 runners on base due to the Bearcats strong defense and clutch pitching. Cincinnati starting pitcher Brad Mergen allowed two earned runs in just three innings, while relievers Jason Pascuzzi, Zach Isler and Cory Hough combined to allow just five hits and two more runs. Isler (3-1) earned the win while Hough, making his second appearance in as many days, earned his second save of the season. In the bottom of the third inning, the Bearcats got on the scoreboard putting up three runs. With the bases loaded and one out, Jake Saylor scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin
Glass. Following the sac-fly and with two outs, Justin Riddell hit a two-run single to bring in another run. The last out of the inning came on a double steal with runners at first and third, with the Raiders tagging out Riddell at second but not before the go ahead run crossed the plate. In the bottom of the seventh with two outs, Justin Proctor beat out a grounder down the third base line with runners on second and third to score a run. Following the run, Glass tagged a two run triple down the first base line to score two more. The last out of the inning came again on a double steal, with Glass scoring before the runner was tagged out at second giving the Bearcats a 7-4 lead going into the eighth. UC’s relievers held the Raiders scoreless the last two innings, but not before giving Wright State an opportunity to get back into the game. Hough walked the bases loaded with two outs before striking out Corey Davis to end the game. The Bearcats began their defense of the Classic crown Tuesday, with a win against cross-town rival Xavier. The Musketeers scored two runs in both the fourth and the fifth innings to take a 4-0 lead, aided by errors in consecutive innings by third baseman Matt Williams and a catcher’s interference call in the fifth. UC tied it up in the bottom of the fifth
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BIG FRESHMAN SLUGGER Justin Glass earned the Classic MVP, going 3-for-6 with four RBIs. by loading the bases with a single and two walks before Xavier second baseman John McCambridge committed a throwing error on a ground ball, allowing two runs to score. A wild pitch to the next batter at the plate and an RBI ground out and single put two more runs on the board to even the score at four. The Bearcats scored one in the seventh to take a one run lead into the ninth, where Cleary turned to senior Brian Sand to close out the game. A wild pitch from Sand allowed Xavier to tie the game at four before Cincinnati scored the winning run in the ninth. The Bearcats return to action at 3 p.m. Friday against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J.
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REMEMBERING THE LEFTY The Miami, Xavier, Wright State and UC baseball teams honored the former Reds’ pitcher Tuesday and Wednesday, participating in the third annual Joe Nuxhall Classic.
Four area teams square off in classic It’s kind of overwhelming to think of where we are three years after dad’s passing. We’re standing here still celebrating his memory and legacy. —kim nuxhall joe nuxhall’s son
hunter tickel | Sports EDITOR
honor of the Cincinnati Reds legend, the third annual Joe Nuxhall Classic pitted four local schools against each other during league play Tuesday and Wednesday. Nuxhall — “The Ol’ Left-hander” — had a decorated career in Cincinnati as a major league pitcher and broadcaster. During his 22-year major league career, Nuxhall pitched 484 games — the most ever by a lefty — and, following his retirement, spent 40 years in the broadcast booth announcing Reds games. At 15, Nuxhall became the youngest major league player to ever to take the field. He died of cancer in 2007, but remained with the franchise up until his passing as a part-time radio broadcaster.
“I have a little emotion knowing what Cincinnati meant to dad and our family,” said his son, Kim Nuxhall.“It’s kind of overwhelming to think of where we are three years after dad’s passing. We’re standing here still celebrating his memory and legacy.” Since he entered the majors as a teenager, Nuxhall was unable to earn a college degree in his life — something Kim Nuxhall said his father always wanted to pursue. “I have often said how much dad would love this event because of what it means,” Kim Nuxhall said. “If he had a regret in his life, it would have been that he wasn’t able to get a college degree. I think that’s why this would mean so much to him. He always impressed upon myself and young people the importance of plan B.”
CATS ICE PENGUINS 6—1 The University of Cincinnati tennis team defeated the Youngstown State Penguins 6-1 Monday at the Western Tennis and Fitness Club. The Bearcats captured five of their six points winning the No. 2 through 6 single spots, dropping just 10 games to the Penguins. Cincinnati ace Ksenia Slynko lost the only singles point for UC, falling to Margarit Sadovnikova in the No. 1 singles spot with set scores of 6-2, 6-7 and 8-10. Cincinnati took the doubles point to earn its sixth point and secure the win. The Bearcats return to action at 4 p.m. Friday to play Ball State at the Trabert-Talber Tennis Center. Between the doubles and singles matches, Cincinnati will unveil its new signage for the courts.
UC FINISHES 13TH IN BLUEGRASS INVITATIONAL The University of Cincinnati men’s golf team tied for 13th Sunday at the Big Blue Course of the University Club of Kentucky at the fourth annual Kentucky Bluegrass Invitational. The Bearcats finished the tournament with a combined score of 912, shooting rounds of 313, 294 and 305. Senior Joe Kastelic and sophomore David Tepe each finished tied for 30th place, shooting 225. Kastelic shot rounds of 77, 71 and 77, while Tepe scored rounds of 76, 73 and 76. Auburn University won the title by eight strokes, shooting rounds of 287, 292 and 289 for a tournament-best 868. Host Kentucky finished second with a score of 876. The Bearcats return to action Sunday for the 2011 Big East Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. SPORTS.NEWSRECORD@GMAIL.COM | 513.556.5909
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