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UC tuition could increase for 2011-12 tuition rates
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$9,891 (based on $9,420 likely 5% increase)
No proposed increase $9,346 as of press time
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$8,069 (likely 3.5% $7,533 increase) Wright State
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PRICES GOING UP The University of Cincinnati is among other Ohio universities considering a raise in tuition for the 2011-12 academic year.
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Tuition for the University of Cincinnati could increase more than 3 percent for the 2011-12 academic year. James Plummer, vice president of finance at UC, detailed several underlying reasons for the rising tuition cost and attributed Ohio’s budget woes as the culprit. “The main cause is the state having a $8 billion hole to fill, and, in the next bi-annual, the university is going to be taking a budget cut of 15 percent from the state,” Plummer said. “This will amount to somewhere in the neighborhood of about $25 to $28 million and a 3.5 percent tuition increase that we are giving only amounts to $11 million.” The university would still
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be missing $17 million before contracted salary increases and initiatives put forth by President Greg Williams and the university, Plummer said. He also noted the decrease in state appropriations and the importance of keeping the budget allotted to the university balanced. “[The tuition increase] will deal with faculty salary increases,” Plummer said. “The money used will not be only used for one thing — it all comes in as a bundle. We decide how we are going to spend the money given with what we have.” With a 3.5 percent increase, in-state students will pay $352.25 more making their tuition $10,417.25. Out-of-state students will see an $860.88 increase to their $24,588 tuition. But
The main cause is the state having a $8 billion hole to fill ... the university is going to be taking a budget cut of 15 percent from the state. —JAMES PLUMMER UC Vice president of finance
students might not be the only ones affected. “The whole university will be affected,” Plummer said. “We don’t attribute tools and money toward any one thing. We pretty much pull the money and put it toward see Tuition | 2
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James Sprague | NEWS EDITOR University of Cincinnati administrator Neville Pinto will be dean of the University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering starting next fall. Pinto will assume the position Sept. 1. Pinto has been UC’s vice provost and graduate school dean since 2006 after serving the thenCollege of Engineering in various posts. “I started my academic c a r e e r [at UC] in chemical engineering pinto as an assistant professor in 1985, straight out of graduate school,” Pinto said. “It has been a wonderful place to work and I will miss it greatly; in particular the many students, faculty and staff with whom I have had the privilege of working.” University of Louisville administrators were impressed with Pinto’s work. “Dean Pinto was the unanimous choice of the committees and individuals who met him,” said Shirley Willihnganz, UL executive vice president and university provost. “With his successful experience in academic and administrative positions, we are confident he will lead our renowned engineering program to even greater prominence.” Pinto succeeds Mickey Wilhelm, who announced last year he would step down from the post he has had since 2004 to return to the industrial engineering faculty, which he joined in 1975. “The focus of my current job is advancement of graduate programs across the university,” Pinto said. “My new job will be focused on my academic area, which is engineering.” His new position will involve both graduate and undergraduate programs as well as engineering research. INSIDE
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Anthony Orozco | NEWS EDITOR Mayor Mark Mallory’s annual State of the City Address Friday evening focused on moving forward despite difficulties facing the city — and country — and getting things done in the face of adversity. Mallory’s hour-long speech was a promotional presentation to outline the initiatives the city has undertaken in the background of “these economic times” — his theme for the night. Much of Mallory’s speech focused on the real estate and commercial development that Cincinnati has been home to, including the future renovation of Washington Park, the new real estate and retail building complex The Banks, as well as the multimillion eastern
These are tough economic times. That doesn’t mean we stop. That doesn’t mean we give up. That means we fight even harder.
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Cincinnati Horseshoe Casino set to open in 2012. He referred to these developments as progress in the face of economic opposition. “These are tough economic times. That doesn’t mean we stop. That doesn’t mean we give up. That means we fight even harder,” Mallory said. “In these economic times, we need to be bold … that’s how we prosper.” Mallory interjected his speech with video presentations for the future layout of the casino, the recently implemented recycling program and the city in general. The most vocal responses from his speech resulted from his remarks on the Cincinnati streetcar, which Gov. John Kasich opposes. “The things that are difficult to get done because there is a person or a group that pushes to accomplish the task … nothing great is done without difficulty, like the streetcar,” Mallory said. “If it were easy to do, it would have been done by now. The streetcar project is going to bring jobs, going to bring development to the city and that’s why my administration will continue to pursue this project.” In another video presentation, Mallory unveiled a new $100 million project in South Fairmont and Milford that would reduce see CIty | 2
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STATE OF CITY The mayor gave hope of infrastructure and economic development in the face of tough economic times.
JobsOhio in constitutionality lawsuit
Mayor Mallory gives annual State of City address
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City prepares to move forward
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THEY ROLL DEEP In celebration of Earth Day and the 25-bike addition to the UC Bike Share, students rode from University Pavilion to the new Bike Kitchen near Sigma Sigma Commons.
Created nonprofit JobsOhio corporation
Places Gov. John Kasich directly in charge of JobsOhio
Consists of business leaders appointed by Kasich
Jason Hoffman | NEWS EDITOR Two state legislators and a Columbus-based political action committee have filed legal challenges to end the JobsOhio board created Feb. 18 when House Bill 1 (HB 1) was signed into law. The suit contends that HB 1 violates seven sections of the Ohio Constitution. “It’s a very slippery slope when the state constitution is ignored for political expediency,” said Brian Rothenberg, executive director of ProgressOhio.org. The challenge, filed by Rothenberg as well as Democratic Sen. Mike Skindell, of Lakewood, and Democratic Rep. Dennis Murray, of Sandusky, contends that HB 1 violates the state’s
constitution because it confers corporate powers to the state and would leave the state liable to incur any debt if the board fails. HB 1 also places Kasich as the head of the nine-member board of directors for a corporation, which is another violation of the state constitution, Rothenberg said. The legislation allocates $1 million from the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD) for the board’s “initial transition and startup costs,” according to the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, which said the state’s budget for fiscal year 2011 will not be affected. Under the new legislation, JobsOhio will also overtake several ODOD functions to be specified after a six-month
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evaluation period. The bill was one of the hallmarks of Kasich’s gubernatorial campaign last year and drew the ire of several Democratic legislators. However, the bill passed in February with bi-partisan support. Among the supporters was state Senate Democratic leader Capri Cafaro. “This is about upholding Ohio’s constitution and nothing else,” Rothenberg said, iterating the challenge is not politically motivated. Normally, challenges begin at the local trial court level and continue, if appealed, to the state Supreme Court. However, the suit see Jobs | 2
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From Riddell | 6 shouldn’t have.” Following his poor start, Riddell took a couple of games off to work with coaches to help regain his poise at the plate. He returned to the starting lineup in a three-game series against Notre Dame where he shone, coming away with eight hits, one run and one RBI. While Riddell only registered 19 hits prior to the Notre Dame series, throughout the course of the next 23 games, he averaged 1 1/2 hits per game and finished his junior year with 55 hits, 26
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runs, 29 RBIs and a careerhigh eight homeruns. In his senior season, it seems Riddell has finally earned the consistency he’s been striving for. His batting average sits at .333 and he’s on course to smash both his hit and RBI records — which currently stand at 45 and 44 respectively — and said he’s playing with a confidence he never had before. “That’s the big trick for every young hitter: to learn how to be able to do the same thing all the time and give yourself four good at-
bats every day,” Cleary says. “[But if] you run him out there enough, then you know you’re going to get some good out of him.” And while the season is still far from over and the future of this young talent still uncertain, one thing is abundantly clear: Taking your game to the next level is rarely a smooth transition, but truly great players find a way to battle through adversity and prove their worth. Justin Riddell did not start out as a phenom in Cincinnati, but he may certainly leave as one.
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Collaros is ready to embark on his final year donning the red and black, using 2010’s failure as incentive. “We are not going to forget last season; we’re definitely going to have a chip on our shoulder,” Collaros says.
began at Ohio’s Supreme Court, an unprecedented path for such challenges to state legislation. Rothenberg said the language of the law — which went into effect immediately rather than the usual 90 days — forces all challenges to begin at the highest level. “There is no precedent for filing this type of challenge,” Rothenberg said. Rothenberg added there is a chance the Supreme Court could invalidate the action and send it to the local level at the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. Rob Nichols, spokesman for Kasich, said the challenges have no merit. “Legislative and Judicial precedent exists for private entities being entrusted by the state to perform a public service,” Nichols said. Local Republican Rep. Bob Mecklenborg of Green Township, voted in favor of the bill, while Democratic Reps. Connie Pillich Blue Ash and Denise Driehaus Delhi voted against. The challenge is currently awaiting a ruling from the Ohio Supreme Court.
From skate | 3 “It was mostly used for gatherings,” she said. “It’s totally flawless — it’s all ’70s, with primary colors.” Her first instinct was to throw a concert. As the former manager and promoter of the late and great No No Knots, music is a driving force for Behle. After thinking it over, a funky disco night made more sense with the venue. “I don’t get many chances to wear the gold booty shorts out, so this is mostly for myself,” Behle said. From Tuition | 1 whatever needs to be done. No doubt the students will see the increase in tuition, and during these times, that’s not the easiest thing in the world to do.” Plummer stated that Ohio is not alone it its financial woes. “We’re not the only ones in trouble — just about every state in the country has their own hole to fill,” Plummer said. “They are all like us. I don’t think there is any state that has a balanced budget.” If passed, the tuition hike will be effective the start of Fall quarter 2011.
From city | 1 combined sewer overflow (CSO) by reintegrating clean storm water into “community assets such as urban waterways, parks and green belts,” according to the presentation. Mallory also commented on other environmental measures the city has taken including the enhanced recycling effort, explaining that 72 percent of Cincinnatians now recycle — the top citywide percentage. Mallory also stated that the city has recycled 36 percent more than the first quarter of last year. Mallory iterated that security is his No. 1 priority in the city, congratulating the Cincinnati Police Department in reducing violent crime in the city. “We’re building homes, we’re building parks, we have projects being built in our urban core — the second biggest investment we can make is making our community safe,” Mallory said.
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Let your playlist do the talking I feel like I had a greater appreciation for music when I was in high school. I can remember sitting at my computer on AOL Instant Messenger (because texting was still new and foreign to me) and posting “away” messages composed of melodramatic song lyrics I felt defined my life at the time. To spare the musicians and myself any humiliation, I won’t bore you with details of which lines from whose songs. Anyway, I came across the 30-Day Song Challenge page on Facebook recently. (I know I’m a little behind the times here since plenty of music junkies have already completed it.) For those of you who don’t have friends posting YouTube videos of their favorite songs all over your news feed, the 30-Day Song Challenge requires participants to post videos of their favorite (or least favorite) songs according to a different daily theme. For example, Day One requires participants to divulge their favorite songs. Day 23 asks for songs they’d want played at their wedding, and Day 26 calls for songs they can play on an instrument. I immediately recalled those happier times when everything in my life could be summed up with song lyrics, breakdowns and bass lines. Music is a lot of things to a lot of different people, but I think to most of us, it’s a way to vicariously express ourselves through the musicians’ art. I could talk all day about my distaste for a certain scumbag, but why try when Bayside’s “Half a Life” says it so much better? I mean, aside from the crazies who are constantly walking down my street singing to themselves (can you just not afford earphones or do you really think I want to listen to you sing along with T-Pain from your crappy mobile speakers?), we inadvertently send messages to the people around us about who we are by the songs we listen to in the office, band T-shirts we wear, the posters that decorate our walls and even by the people we spend time with. It’s simple. No one doesn’t like music, and everyone has that favorite album to blast in the car with the windows rolled down. They have that one adrenaline-pumping track that reminds them of their first kiss, and the spiteful ballad that reminds them of their first breakup. I found out pretty quickly while observing my fellow FB pals’ song challenge selections that I know a lot of people with really awful tastes in music. If you’re a grown woman and your favorite song is performed by Selena Gomez & the Scene then, well … more power to you, I guess. That’s a way for someone I’ve barely ever spoken with to tell me a little about who they are through someone else’s art, and whether or not I share their musical perspective — that’s a pretty beautiful thing. Musical expression invites conversation, and by broadcasting what sounds are important to you, it’s a way to find people with similar values. When I think about it, most of my closest friends are people I’ve met through music, in one way or another. My boyfriend and I hit it off because we were into the same bands in high school, and some of my best friends are people who happened to know all the words to my favorite songs at an otherwise unnoteworthy party. The point I’m trying to make is that, despite all the stress of writing papers, scheduling classes and wondering about life after graduation, it’s important to stop and remember what’s really important to us. So rock that concert T-shirt, dance to class with your ear buds blasting and celebrate life through your own unique appreciation for music. What’s on your playlist? Let Kelly know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENTERTAINMENT Skate charity rolls into OTR sean peters | college living EDITOR Strap on your gold booty shorts and lace up those roller skates, because things are about to get weird — in a really good way. Nostalgia is in — this simple observation led a University of Cincinnati alumna to organize a roller disco party in the Over-theRhine Recreational Center. Let’s hope if any of the Cincinnati Rollergirls show up, they’ll behave themselves. This is the sick brain child of Caitlin Behle, who earned an undergraduate degree in electronic media with a journalism certificate in 2009. Currently working with Far-IRomeProductions (which is promoting the event), she has always had a knack for promoting excellent gatherings. Starting through Bearcast, UC’s Internet radio station, she created the still-standing Launch Music Festival that greets incoming freshmen on UC’s campus with top Cincinnati acts every Fall quarter. Featuring the local musical soul-gasms of DJ Dirty C (Soul and Funk) and DJ Positronic (remix artist), the party allows guests to indulge that woefully underutilized part of the
brain known as the medulla boogie-gata by rolling with only the freshest of funky beats. An art installation provided by local design firm Such & Such (check out their studio at 1311 Main St.) will be displayed, featuring a video sculpture made by UC alumni Ryan McAllister and Alex Parks. All proceeds from the door go to the Overthe-Rhine Recreation Center. “If 50 people show up to this event … that’s enough money [for the OTR Recreation Center] to restock their gym with kick balls, jump ropes and footballs,” Behle said. For $25, guests receive an annual membership to the OTR Recreation Center, which grants access to any of the 26 recreation centers in the city. Behle came up with the idea for the skate party while looking for a place to train for the Flying Pig half marathon May 1. Living in OTR, her first choice was the OTR Recreation Center just down the road from her home. After getting a tour through the facility, she was shocked to discover there was a woefully underutilized skating rink. see skate | 2
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BRINGING IT BACK Caitlin Behle has teamed up with Far-I-Rome Productions to throw the most disco-reminiscent party of the decade.
Indie-pop mainstay makes stop at Bogart’s
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A PICTURESQUE PERFORMANCE Carl Newman of Canadian indie-pop band The New Pornographers performs at Bogart’s Tuesday, April 26 (right). Event staff at Bogart’s prepare the stage for The New Pornographers after a performance by openers The Walkmen (below). Kurt Dahle of The New Pornographers plays drums during the performance (directly below).
TV on the Radio make melodic return When the band reunited to begin work on “Nine Types of Light,” the members decided they needed a change of scenery, so After three full-length albums (each the Brooklyn-based band left the friendly confines of their NewYork home and headed to more successful than the last), TV on the Radio still manage to stay fresh Los Angeles. The sunny West Coast vibes can be heard and relevant. A quick look around the modern throughout the record as Adebimpe and Malone sing about love in a refreshingly open rock world shows that this is no simple and honest way. Part of this can be attributed accomplishment. Both The Strokes and the to the way the band scaled back some of Foo Fighters released records this year that were hailed as back-to-basics albums.The Kills’ their more eccentric aspects to make their most melodic and accessible album new album, “Blood Pressures,” yet. Gone, for the most part, is the was also released to positive critical reception, proving Standout tracks reliance on the use of static and noise to create a barrage of sound that a brief hiatus isn’t always that could sometimes overwhelm a bad thing. • “Second Song” new listeners. TV on the Radio’s new In this album, the focus is rightly album “Nine Types of Light” • “You” put on the sexy R&B tinged vocals seems to be a mixture of all the • “Will Do” of Adebimpe and Malone, who fit aforementioned techniques. • “Repetition” so well together it’s not always After 2008’s “Dear Science,” easy to tell where one stops and the the band went on a short hiatus other begins. and its three principle members The ironically titled “Second could be seen in various other projects. Lead Song” opens the album in near a cappella singer Tunde Adebimpe could be seen acting in the Oscar-nominated film “Rachel Getting fashion before slowly building to a mildly danceable funk groove replete with slick Married,” while the multi-instrumentalists guitars underneath a blaring horn section that David Sitek and Kyp Malone released solo sees Adebimpe, in falsetto vocals, seductively albums under the pseudonyms Maximum urging “Every lover on a mission/shift your Balloon and Rain Machine, respectively. Keith BieryGolick | tnr contributor
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PIECING IT TOGETHER After a short hiatus, TV on the Radio have released “Nine Types of Light,” a strong R&B-inspired album sure to please longtime fans. known position/into the light.” To create the best music possible without getting stale, the band’s sound has shifted slightly. They’ve managed to become more straightforward and accessible without losing anything tangible musically. Mission accomplished.
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THE ZEN OF GREG HAND
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Elusive yet approachable, meet UC’s most mysterious official For instance: UC apparently was home to an elephant skeleton. While alive, this elephant killed. It had a bloodlust. There was also a gorilla skeleton somewhere. You’ve probably seen Greg Hand walking around campus. In the winter, perhaps you noticed a man There were also skeletons in Rievschl. A ghost supposedly strolling about in a long black wool coat. With a haunts the rare books archive. These are all things Greg Hand may casually insert into a conversation. And he backward, gray driving cap on. A man with large eyes does it with such grace that, even if the topic was where and black, plastic-framed Ray Ban glasses. That’s him. to eat lunch, it’s impossible to not want to know more. Greg Hand is indeed a real person and doesn’t solely Although it may be redundant to say, Hand knows a exist in cyberspace, sending emails about robberies, assaults and other things University of Cincinnati lot. This knowledge, however, was not inserted via cable into his brain — although that could make sense, too students seem to gloss over. So, let’s establish that fact again: Greg Hand is a real live person. He’s a real live — it is from something Hand himself describes as his propelling force. person with an insatiable curiosity and an encyclopedic “I’ve learned over the years that I’m somewhat knowledge of all things UC — as in A-to-Z knowledge. ADD,” Hand says. “I have a combination of ADD and Not just Butch Jones’ real name (Lyle) or where French curiosity — that’s been the foundation of my career.” Hall is. What better way to absorb knowledge than the old Although it wouldn’t be surprising if a normal day fashioned Greg Hand way? Get into an elevator in the in Hand’s life consisted of attaching silencers to pistols Blegen Library, insert a key into the panel and press the and doing some 007-esque espionage around the world button to get down into the restricted area that’s dark — he could do it — but much of his day consists of and reminiscent of some sort of crypt, but, instead of administrative work and writing. At a Monday morning staff meeting, Hand assembles human remains, there are books dating back to before the Civil War. his team of UC public relations It is in the “stacks” of Blegen staff members and gets some that Hand took photo editor business done. Why is this still Eamon Queeney and me. Aside here? What are we doing about from the fear of running into the this? Why hasn’t this been fixed? Minotaur, the place is amazing. It’s not as though Hand couldn’t Really. There are city records do it himself, it’s just that, after from the early 1900s, yearbooks 33 years doing what he does at from the ’30s, UC Board of UC, he doesn’t have to. But he’s —GREG HAND Trustees meeting minutes from no slave driver, either. His staff UC SPOKESPERSON the 1800s. It’s an enormous laughs and jokes with him as he amount of information locked reclines in his chair and asks away and illuminated by the about how things are going to single bulbs hanging above the aisles. whoever is giving a report. In his black suit and UC-color tie, Hand walks That’s something surprising about Hand. Although he is constantly attending meetings (read: accruing around, flipping switches and glancing at the spines of intelligence), writing up releases or reports or old, leather-bound books. He knows what’s inside a lot researching, he is surprisingly approachable... easy to of them. Aside from being director of public relations, there should be a line on his business cards that reads talk to, in a disarming kind of way. For someone who “Keeper of the Wisdom,” or something. acts as the director of the public relations department “You feel yourself in this river of tradition,” he says, of a university, Hand is suspiciously genuine. What that flipping the pages of ancient Board of Trustees minutes. means is, although there “They were dealing with the same [problems] in the 1860s is no reason to believe he would lie to you, [at UC]. This place has gotten through a lot of crazies throughout the years — and it’ll get through more.” it seems as though Although Hand does a lot of things, what he might every time he very well end up doing the most is answering questions. speaks, an “Are you serious?” He gets to work around 7 a.m. (A habit, he insists, that remains after having been called at his home seems to find constantly by the Cincinnati Post around that time. its way into the He didn’t want his children to wake conversation. up, so he went to work. And he is And yes, he still going to work at that time, is serious. although his children have grown.) and leaves around 5 p.m. Reporters from both print and television go to him when basically any news related to UC breaks. If he doesn’t know the answer himself, he’s probably been to a meeting covering what the reporter is talking about and can direct said reporter to the correct source. One of the most important aspects of his job — and any public relations job at that — is to dispel rumors. But settling rumors as the most mysterious man on campus is somewhat paradoxical. “I’m not too concerned about rumors about me,” Hand says.“The one I keep running into is that I don’t exist — and that’s fine with me.” Gin a. ando | editor-in-chief
I have a combination of ADD and curiosity — that’s been the foundation of my career.
Fine for now, but it may have been hard to stay hidden for Hand growing up. A self-proclaimed “hillbilly” and “Westside Catholic,” Hand’s family is enormous. “I have more relatives than you can possibly imagine,” he says, which is another one of those “Are you serious?” kind of lines. The answer is yes. He is serious and he has a lot of relatives. Sixty-three first cousins on his mother’s side. Twenty-five on his father’s. Hand graduated from Elder High School and enrolled at UC, which he graduated from in 1974 with a degree in English romantic poets. He later became a reporter with local newspapers because, as he says, “Amazingly, when I [graduated], the British romantic poets company wasn’t hiring.” He joined the university thereafter and was promoted through the ranks (probably by doing drops of sensitive data in manila envelopes in parks while wearing sunglasses and a trench coat) and now sits in 3 Edwards Center near Calhoun Street. Perks come with that desk on the level of Edwards Three that overlooks much of UC’s campus. Secret access to underground complexes (maybe), a license to kill (probably) and phone numbers (definitely). During an interview, we heard sirens out on MainStreet. Of course, we want to know what it’s for. After a writer and photographer are dispatched toward the sound, Hand flips out his phone and dials a number. “This is Greg Hand,” he says, leaning back. He is a man who simultaneously knows his authority, but doesn’t abuse it. “We hear sirens out on MainStreet …” It takes one minute for Hand to find out what it was (someone was sick in McMicken), while our photographer and writer are out of the office for a good 10 minutes. That is the power of the Hand. Indeed, Hand is a true renaissance man — he can do many things. And do them well. He is a writer. He is an artist, a scholar and, surprisingly (but not that surprisingly) a poet. You can find him reading some of his work on YouTube. It’s strange, though, because Hand is difficult to recognize not wearing a suit. If you can recognize him at all. “I actually got threats from my friends that they were going to kill me,” Hand says. “I collected all the poems I wrote to my wife, put them in a book and gave them to her. They were saying, ‘What are we supposed to do now?’ ” The answer is fairly simple, though: Become a secret operative in the CIA, absorb as much knowledge as humanly possible, model yourself into a modernday Lord Byron, awe the Most Interesting Man in the World with your own war stories and then maybe — just maybe — you will figure out how to top Greg Hand.
MAN OF MYSTERY Despite being one of the most widely known administrators at the University of Cincinnati, Greg Hand faces questions constatntly as to whether he actually exists or is, as some think, a figment of cyberspace. Hand has a voracious appetite for knowledge and may be found frequenting the bottom floors of Blegen Library — where books dating as far back as pre-Civil War are kept (above photos). NEWSRECORDENT@GMAIL.COM | 513.556.5913
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It’s time to fire Jim Tressel All right Ohio State, it’s time to see if you have cojones. It’s decision time — time to see if you consider yourselves The Ohio State University or The Ohio State football team. Here’s a hint:You can make the right decision by firing head football coach Jim Tressel. Early this week, the NCAA sent OSU a “notice of allegations” with “potential major violations” relating to The Vest. Tressel’s debacle began April 2, 2010, when he received an email from a lawyer and former player informing him that federal agents raided a tattoo shop and found autographed equipment and bowl rings. Tressel’s response? “I’ll get on it ASAP.” Unfortunately for The Vest, he did not get on it. He failed to inform the school or the league. And while Tressel was sitting on his butt doing nothing, the NCAA launched an investigation during which it found five current players — including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor — guilty of selling equipment in exchange for tattoos, which is a NCAA no-no. When the news first broke, it really wasn’t a big deal: Five players getting suspended for five games due to a little infraction. Tressel said he didn’t know anything about it, and the NCAA considered the case closed. It wasn’t until OSU launched an appeal to the NCAA that the school found the emails between Tressel and his former player, unweaving The Vest’s lie. The emails proved Tressel knew about the violations at the time of, and even prior, to the NCAA’s investigation, and yet, Tressell signed an NCAA-required form in September 2010 saying he didn’t know of any violations concerning the team. He was hit with a $250,000 fine and a two-game suspension. The nice guy that he is, Tressel even added three games to his suspension to match the players’. But as the NCAA’s recent response shows, they’re not pleased with the school’s selfimposed sanctions. It’s almost a certainty the NCAA will make the school forfeit its 2010 season — ending OSU’s six-year reign as Big Ten champion — and could also bring the hammer down hard on Tressel. This could force the school to fire him, which OSU should. Not only did he knowingly allow ineligible players to play, he lied about it during an official league investigation. Sure, he has amassed a 106-22 record — including a national championship and vice grip on the University of Michigan rivalry — but he broke some serious rules, and now he needs to pay. His firing won’t be popular among the fans, but OSU fans are some of the blindest followers in the world of sports. The school fired Woody Hayes — its winnigest coach — back in 1978, so it can fire its second winnigest coach now. Granted, Hayes slugged a Clemson nose guard in the throat on national television, but the principle is the same — a popular coach can, and still, should be fired if they break the rules. Even Kirk Herbstreit — a former OSU player and probably the most biased analyst on ESPN — agreed things have gotten out of hand at his former school. That’s saying something. Besides, as The Vest has already been caught lying about one violation, how do we know he hasn’t lied about others in the past? Remember that whole debacle with Maurice Clarrett? How do we know Tressel didn’t have a part in that, too? Regardless, he’s already done enough to warrant being fired at most major schools. If OSU needs motivation, they don’t need to look further than Tennessee, which recently fired head basketball coach Bruce Pearl. Even Bob Huggins was fired not that long ago from the University of Cincinnati, showing OSU that other schools have recently nixed local heroes. If The Vest has any fibers left in him, he will resign before the NCAA or school can tarnish his image further by firing him. But I’m sure he’ll “get on that ASAP.”
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BIG EAST’S BEST The Bearcats boasted a Big East-best 27.1 points and 417.3 yards per game during the 2009-10 season. Quarterback Zach Collaros threw for a conference-high 27 touchdowns last season while running back Isaiah Pead led the conference in yards per carry, averaging 6.6 yards per attempt. you could say that I had a pretty good year, but the only statistic that really matters for a quarterback is Fresh off back-to-back Big East wins,” Collaros says. “That’s what titles, the Cincinnati football team everybody wants to do.” concluded the 2010 campaign with The second-year full-time an adverse denouement. The Bearcats finished 4-8 starter approaches the 2011 season willing to take a hit on his overall and 2-5 in the Big East stat sheet. one year after an “I don’t care undefeated season. We are not going how many times With a losing mark, I hand it off or UC had an idle to forget last how many times postseason following season; we’re I throw the ball,” appearances in the Orange Bowl and definitely going to Collaros says. “As long as we Sugar Bowl. have a chip on continue to The leader of the get wins in the our shoulder. team, Zach Collaros, win column, I’ll posted a plethora of —zach collaros be happy.” league highs with uC Quarterback UC’s offense 2,902 passing yards, clicked at times 26 touchdowns in 2010, but was and claimed the unanimous first-time All Big stagnant. The senior’s leagueleading 14 interceptions is a clear East selection. But he dismisses these numbers after compiling a indication. Collaros attributes the team’s inconsistency to a conference-worst eight losses. “From a statistic standpoint, new scheme and philosophy Hunter tickel | Sports EDITOR
under first-year UC head coach Butch Jones. “There are different nuances here and there in every year’s offense,” Collaros says. “[Former head] coach Brian Kelly really wanted to spread it out and throw it every play. Coach Jones wants to really have a physical element about our team and be able to run the ball when we have to run the ball.” The relationship between the leader on the sideline and the leader between the hash marks continues to become closer. The two used the same diction in interviews at the final spring practice. “His understanding of the little the nuances that go on to playing quarterback [has grown],” Jones says. “ I saw him continue to get better. It’s all about a level of consistency and improvement.” The 15 spring practices and the Bearcat Bowl V gave the Cincinnati
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squad a chance to participate in their first action following last year’s disappointing end. “I think moving on and getting closure right away [is critical],” Jones says. “Learning from the past … but the past is the past. It’s all about becoming a better football team each and every day and a better overall football program in everything that we do.” Jones says the spring slate of practices in his second year was more efficient because of his increased familiarity with the program and his team. “I think the biggest thing is a year of experience with everyone,” Jones says. “There wasn’t any uncertainty. Everyone knew where to go [during practice]; they knew what was expected of them.” Last week, the Bearcats completed their final four spring practices following the Bearcat Bowl, differentiating from their usual format. “I think this week was really valuable to the evolution of the 2011 Bearcats,” Jones says. see football | 2
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SOPHOMORE SEASON APPROACHES The Bearcats kick-off their 2011-12 season IN BRIEF
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BRINGING RUNS HOME Justin Riddell has a team-high 44 runs batted in and is second on the team with a .496 slugging percentage. eamon queeney | photo editor
COMPLETING THE SWEEP The Bearcats defeated Xavier 6-5 in the Joe Nuxhall Classic and won Tuesday 7-5. Bearcats edge cross-town rival
Outfielder finds consistency in senior season SCOTT WINFIELD | SENIOR REPORTER
n sports, transitioning from one level to the next is rarely a painless feat. The pace of the game changes, the competition stiffens and confidence can be hard to come by. For Justin Riddell, senior outfielder for the University of Cincinnati baseball team, the shift is no exception. Riddell went from winning a Kentucky state title in 2006 at Lexington Catholic High School to playing a limited role during his freshman season with the Bearcats in 2008. Riddell’s UC career got off to a slow start, as he only managed one hit in his first three games of the season. But a turnaround series against Chicago State in late February 2008 helped Riddell settle into his new role with the Bearcats as he earned five
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SWINGING FOR FENCES Justin Riddell hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning Tuesday in Cincinnati’s 7-5 victory against Xavier.
hits, four runs and two RBIs in one weekend. “His tool coming out of high school was what he could do in the batter’s box,” says UC head coach Brian Cleary. “That was where we hoped he would be most able to contribute.” After the Chicago State series, Riddell’s youth quickly caught up to him as he sporadically scored throughout the remainder of the season, lacking consistency. Riddell finished his freshman season with 34 hits, 21 runs, 15 runs batted in and only two home runs. In his sophomore season, Riddell earned 20 of his 55 hits through the Bearcats’ first 11 games, but leveled-off from mid-March to mid-April 2009. “After those first couple of weeks, I thought I would be batting .500, and I just kind of went downhill a little bit after that,” Riddell says. “I ended up batting about .300, which wasn’t too bad, but after that start, I expected to be a whole lot better. It was kind of tough going from such a high to such a low.” Riddell regained his swagger in late April and finished his sophomore season with 55 hits and 34 runs — doubling his previous RBI count with 30 and tripling his previous home run tally with six. It seemed Riddell had finally established himself as a playmaker in college baseball. But Riddell slowed again during his junior season — more or less having a repeat performance from his freshman season — mustering only two hits in the Bearcats’ opening series at Florida Atlantic. “The beginning of that year was the most frustrating time I’ve ever had playing baseball,” Riddell says. “It seemed like I couldn’t get anything right, everything was wrong. I was striking out when I see riddell | 2
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For the second time this season, the University of Cincinnati baseball team handed cross-town rival Xavier a loss, defeating the Musketeers 7-5 Tuesday at Marge Schott Stadium. The Bearcats found success early off the bat of senior outfielder Justin Riddell, who batted in four runs, including a three-run home run in the first inning to give UC an early lead. Following another Cincinnati run in the top of the third, the Musketeers finally got on the board, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third. Cincinnati tallied one run in the fourth and sixth innings, while Xavier added a run in the fifth and seventh to trail UC 6-5 going into the eighth. Following a walk in the top of the eighth, Bearcats freshman Matt Williams stole second and third before crossing home on a wild Xavier pitch to secure a two-run UC victory against the Musketeers. Game two of the series was scheduled for Wednesday, but was cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
Finan earns Big East honor Long-distance runner Eric Finan was named the Big East men’s outdoor track athlete of the week Tuesday. The junior won the 5,000-meter run this past weekend at the Polytan Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. He set a personal best with a time of 13:49.80, four seconds quicker than the runner-up. Finan’s tally tops the conference this season — seventh in the NCAA East region and No. 17 in the nation. “Eric Finan has been flying under the radar at the national level but not at the local level,” said UC men’s head coach Bill Schnier. “Every week he makes progress and soon he will look the best in the entire nation directly in the eye. This home-grown product has and will make UC mighty proud.” UC will have dual meets in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The Bearcats will compete in the RedHawk Invitational Saturday in Oxford, Ohio. Check out more baseball photos online @
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