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40 years later: How gay students won Student group’s struggle for equal rights split UC students, administrators RYAN HOFFMAN NEWS EDITOR email@example.com Thirty-five years since Powell Grant started fighting for equal rights for gay students and faculty members at the University of Cincinnati, he still feels occasional anxiety regarding his sexuality. “In my mind I’m still back in those days, I have no idea what the climate is at UC, I would still be very cautious,” Grant said. Grant, 69, is a gay man who spent his time at UC advocating for recognition and equality for gay students. His battle spanned several years in the early 70s — years that involved legal opinions from the highest of city officials and a rift among members of the UC community. “It was a hostile society,” Grant said. In the fall of 1972, Grant was a graduate student in the College-Conservatory of
Music at UC. At that same time, a group of UC students started the process of forming an official, university recognized, gay student group: the UC Gay Association. The group drafted a constitution and submitted it to the office of Student Groups and Programs Feb. 12, 1973. According to an issue of The News Record dated March 9, 1973, the goals of that original constitution were: “To create an awareness in the university community of the existence of homosexual oriented students tending the university. To educate the university community about and to promote a better understanding of the homosexual life-style, and the problems connected with it.” The group waited several months for a decision from the Student Senate, which repeatedly decided against ruling on the issue. The climate on campus was much
different then than now. “We weren’t very grown up then,” said Warren Bennis, UC president from 1971 to 1977. Grant recalled stories of former CCM faculty members, whom were gay, being fired after CCM — which was originally a separate institution — merged with UC in the early 60s. Jim Aiken, who was in the last graduating class at CCM before it merged with UC in 1962, said he specifically remembers four gay CCM faculty members being fired shortly after the CCM-UC merger. “The feeling with everyone was they were fired because they were gay,” Aiken said. Neither Powell nor Aiken said they could prove the faculty members were fired for being gay. The News Record could not confirm Grant’s or Aiken’s claim. see JOURNEY | 3
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STILL STANDING UC alum Powell Grant fought for gay equality in the ’70s.
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SHOW GOES ON About 5,000 tickets need to be sold for PAC to break even. Only 2,000 ticks have been sold for the Lupe concert.
Students to pay for annual concert, PAC explains deficit BEN GOLDSCHMIDT CHIEF REPORTER newsrecordNEWS@gmail.com The Programs and Activities Council wants bigger and better for the spring concert, but for the first time in PAC’s tenure students will have to pay to see the show. PAC wanted to hire a more well-known artist than UC has seen in previous years, which led to the $10 charge for tickets, said Kyle Fant, concert chair at PAC. Previous spring concerts have featured Ludacris, Kanye West, Big Boi and T-Pain, among others, and tickets were free. Students already fund the spring concert through the $398 general fee, said Phil Dinovo, chair of the Student Advisory Committee on the University Budget in an email. SACUB allocates about $200,000 to PAC annually. PAC, with a budget of $82,250, spent $147,250 to secure Fiasco and to account for increased production costs and having to move the concert to Fifth Third Arena. In order to offset the cost of moving the venue to Fifth Third Arena, SACUB allocated $17,000 more in additional recurring funds
to PAC, Dinovo said. PAC concerts were moved to April because of the semester conversion, and the risk of a rain cancellation is too great to have concerts outside, Malott said. When Ludacris came to UC in 2010 the concert was moved inside at the last minute, but the costs were offset because the opening band cancelled, Malott said. Dinovo said about $4.36 of each student’s general fee goes to PAC’s overall budget, and stated PAC’s budget is one of the lowest of student activities boards at Ohio universities — especially major universities. “Do we want to charge? No,” said Jake Malott, member of the concert committee. “Are we trying to make a profit off of it? No. If we can next year and in continuing years make it free, we’re going to push hard to make that happen.” Malott said PAC decided on Fiasco because he’s been nominated for 12 Grammys and has a high amount of Twitter followers. “Our goal really is to get as many people to go as possible,” Fant said. “If we didn’t charge and got an artist that isn’t as well
known, we probably wouldn’t fill half of Fifth Third Arena.” About 5,000 tickets need to be sold for PAC to make its money back. Only about 2,000 tickets have been sold as of the ticket office’s count Monday, Fant said. Fant said UC President Santa Ono contributed PAC $30,000 to help cover the cost of Fiasco’s $75,000 artist fee. It’s see pac | 2
A Cincinnati woman who overcame gender bias to become vice president of the American Financial Group will deliver the University of Cincinnati’s commencement speech April 27. Sandra Heimann will receive an Honorary Doctor of Human Letters — the highest award from UC — during the ceremony. The Committee on University Honors — a broad-based committee comprised of students and faculty — voted to nominate Heimann to receive the honorary degree, and the Board of Trustees voted to grant her the award, said Greg Hand, UC spokesperson. UC President Santa Ono then decided she would be the best speaker among those awarded honorary degrees. It has been about 15 years since the University hired a commencement speaker outside of this and another similar nomination process, where a nomination goes to a UC graduate but bypasses the Board of Trustee’s vote for an honorary degree. “We’ve had a long tradition of having outstanding graduates speak at commencement,” Hand said. Heimann started her career at the American Financial Corporation as an assistant secretary in 1961, and became a secretary in 1967. When she was a secretary, American Financial had assets of $40 million. Since working her way up to the position of vice president, the company’s assets have increased to more than $35 billion. Heimann served on the UC Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2012, and has been very involved in programs throughout Cincinnati, such as the Tri-State Foundation, the Drake Planetarium and the Cincinnati Zoo. She helped start the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program in the College of Business in 1997, and started a Chair for Alzheimer’s research and education with her husband at UC. Heimann will speak at both commencement ceremonies at Fifth Third Arena April 27.
UC Health, Anthem work to amend contract Institutions negotiate conditions after contract changes cause dispute dani kokochak SENIOR reporter email@example.com University of Cincinnati Health is working with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio to amend the current healthcare contract and extend its time frame. Disputes between the two institutions over contract changes, reimbursement and claims have arisen that are affecting the contract negotiations. The conflict gives cause for concern from patients of UC Health and members of Anthem. Currently, the two organizations are negotiating UC Health’s need for adequate reimbursement for doctors’ services. UC Health has proposed a “fair and reasonable contract” for the reimbursement rates and if Anthem accepts then both companies will move forward and continue the contract, according to a statement released from UC Health March 29.
The increase for reimbursement of doctors’ services UC Health is requesting includes pay for physicians, training, specific practices and staff employment. “We [will be] better able to attract and attain the best researchers [and] the best physicians both nationally and internationally,” said Diana Lara, UC Health spokesperson. “In order for [UC Health] to be able to attract these researchers, we have to be able to be competitive in what we offer. Otherwise, they are going to go somewhere else.” UC Health is already the most highly reimbursed hospital system in Greater Cincinnati and it is demanding their physicians be paid more than other local physicians, according to a statement released by Anthem. Anthem has not provided UC Health with the proof of payment comparison to other institutions in the region, Lara said. UC Health is not asking to be paid more
than local doctors providing the same service, according to UC Health’s statement. Physicians at UC health must fill both clinical and academic research roles, separating it from other regional medical institutions, Lara said. UC Health is requesting reimbursement rates comparable to other academic healthcare institutions Anthem covers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. There is data to prove that Anthem reimburses UC Health 20 percent less, on average, than other academic healthcare institutions, Lara said. Both organizations agreed on this portion of an overall contract moving forward. “We accepted less than what we felt was fair with the hospital reimbursements,” Lara said. “We made a compromise there in order to be able to reach an agreement on the reimbursement for the physician side.” If an agreement isn’t reached on the doctors’ reimbursement rates by April 15 and Anthem decides not to renew the
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contract, patients at UC Health covered by Anthem could be affected. “The most important message from [UC Health] to the community is that whether you have insurance or you don’t, whether you have Anthem or you don’t, if you come here for treatment we are still going to treat you. We will never turn anyone away,” Lara said. “Our mission for the past 200 years has been to serve the poor, the insured and the underinsured.” Anthem claims in its statement UC Health chose to terminate its contract with Anthem over demands for higher reimbursement. UC Health claims to have written a letter to Anthem — before the contract was due to end March 31 — expressing intent to remain in Anthem’s networks and requested an increase in reimbursement. Giving in to UC Health’s demands is not in the best interest for insurance members or the community, according to a statement released by Anthem.
SlutWalk returns to UC, redefines meaning University of Cincinnati students dress revealing to fight ‘slut shaming’ alexis o’brien sENIOR reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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CHANGING THE MEANING Rae Taylor, 21, a third-year women’s, gender and sexuality studies student, participates in UC’s SlutWalk Wednesday outside McMicken Commons.
Students lead selfimage chat
University of Cincinnati students gathered in front of McMicken Commons Wednesday dressed in revealing clothing to redefine the meaning of the word slut. Danielle Rains, a fourth-year psychology student, peer advocate for Reclaim — a UC program that works to help victims of sexual assault — and member of UC Feminists, organized the protest. “The SlutWalk is to fight the rape culture and the slut shaming,” Rains said. “It’s to fight the mentality that if you’re drunk or dressed a certain way, you were asking for it. It’s to fight that mentality.” This is the second SlutWalk at UC, but the marches have spiraled into a worldwide movement after a police officer said women would experience fewer rapes if they dressed more conservative. “That pissed off a lot of people,
especially feminists,” Rains said. “Women have the right to dress however they want, act however they want and not deserve rape. No one deserves rape.” About 20 students participated in the protest and passed out condoms while a college rape statistic board was displayed, which said one-fourth of college women will be a victim of sexual assault before they graduate. Maria Kothman, a second-year social work student and member of the Reclaim support team, participated in the SlutWalk. “If you’re raped, it’s not your fault and has nothing to with you. It doesn’t matter how sexy someone is or how sexily dressed someone is. Sexual assault is about power and control,” Kothman said. “I think this is really important because if we weren’t to have our signs and chants, we would literally be labeled sluts in a derogatory sense. It’s OK to dress this way.”
Cats shoot down Rockets Wednesday Photo essay by Madison Schmidt W ALK - O F F HOME RUN Counter clockwise from left, RHP Matt Ring pitches during the April 3 home game against the Toledo Rockets. Infielder Ian Happ at bat Wednesday night. LHP Mike Conrad on the mound against the Rockets.
Event challenges societal expectations, standards molly shockey staff REPORTER email@example.com University of Cincinnati students came together Tuesday to discuss the challenges of maintaining a positive self-image and what can be done to overcome those challenges. “Loving Your Body is Radical” was a discussion-based event led by Amanda Cramer, a fourth-year psychology student, and Cortnie Owens, a fourthyear women’s gender studies student. The event was a part of Body Love Week, which was developed by The Women’s Center, The Wellness Center, Heath Promotion and Education, and UC feminists. During the event, students discussed what beauty is and how it affects selfimage. They also learned how to love their bodies in a society with such a focused idea of beauty. “I want everyone to love themselves,” Owens said. “It is hard, but you can do it.” Students started the discussion by sharing what they thought beauty is in contrast with what they are told beauty is by society. “Even on models we are told are ‘fat’, only certain curves and certain shapes are appropriate,” said Danielle Rains, a fourth-year psychology student. Students then studied how celebrities and models are portrayed in the media where skin-bleaching and photo-editing programs are extremely prevalent. “[Photo editing] creates an unattainable image,” said Blake Plowden, a UC student. “Even the people we are told look like this can’t look like this without Photoshop.” Students also discussed how there is an increasing expectation to attain perfection. “High-fashion models are defining humanity,” said Rae Taylor, a fourthyear women’s gender studies student. “We are being told we have to become something that does not exist.” Students then watched weightloss commercials by “Medifast,” which portrayed conversations with individuals before and after weight loss. “These commercials make it seem like these are two different people,” said Kate Elliott, a fourth-year anthropology student. “We are told that your body makes you, you. If you become thinner, you are a different person.” Students also looked at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) advertisement, which read, “Save the Whales. Loose the blubber. Become a vegetarian.” Many students remarked they couldn’t see how the ad was effective because it marginalizes a large portion of society. “There is this idea that ‘fat’ people need to be saved,” Owens said. “The first step is to get rid of the negativity associated with being different than the standard.” Owens and Cramer closed the event by having students discuss what they liked and did not like about their bodies. They then supplied ideas about how to improve body image, which included focusing on mental health, not allowing anyone define beauty for the individual, and becoming OK with the individual’s current appearance. “You don’t have to justify what feels good to you to anyone — ever,” Cramer said. “Fake it till you make it.”
CTM talks grocery store construction Crews to start on Clifton Gaslight Market in early April alexis o’brien sENIOR reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Construction of the Clifton Gaslight Market on Ludlow Avenue is scheduled to begin in less than two weeks and could be completed by September. “Full construction is [set] to start during the week of April 15th,” said Mike Ruwe, project manager, in a statement. Ruwe said the schedule depends on a number of planning and delivery factors. Next week, the project leaders plan to send contracts to sub-contractors — one of the final steps before construction. Steve Goessling, who bought the former Keller’s IGA after it closed in January 2011, plans to turn the store into an upscale market. He hired Reece-Campbell, a company that specializes in grocery store construction, as the general contractor of the project. “We’re responsible for all of the renovations done to the existing building,” said Jim Kohne, director of operations. “Thus far, we have only completed the interior demolition and clean up of the building.”
Construction was tentatively set to begin Feb. 11 after Goessling closed a $1.89 million loan for the construction. The project was initially delayed due to financial issues, and Goessling spent $1.4 million of his own money to keep it alive. At the monthly Clifton Town Meeting Monday night, Gina Marsh, a lawyer in the city solicitor’s office, said the contractors had dealt with some “usual construction delays” but building supplies had been ordered. “Once construction starts, there should be an average of 30 to 40 workers on site daily until [the project] is complete,” Kohne said. “The total construction time should be about four or five months.” Architects from Arch Image II, a Cincinnati-based firm, have completed all of the renovation design plans. The new market will include 25 percent more shelf space than the old IGA store and a corporate office on the lower level. The project will cost approximately $4.1 million. An official opening date for the market has not yet been announced.
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CTM Gina Marsh discussed the construction on Ludlow Avenue Monday.
From pac | 1 unclear where the $30,000 came from, but Greg Hand, UC spokesperson, said Ono has many discretionary funds at his disposal. Robert Ambach, senior vice president for administration and finance, was not able to be reached to confirm Ono’s donation as of press time. Kirko Bangz, the artist opening for Fiasco, is charging a $17,500 artist fee, and PAC’s agents are getting $9,250 — $7,500 for securing Fiasco and $1,750 for securing Kirko Bangz. “Artist fees across the board are rising, especially to get a big name artist,” Malott said. “This is a checklist rapper. This is somebody you want to see before they’re no longer young and in their prime.” Production — such as lighting, stage and sound — and extra security cost about $20,500. Production costs rose from previous years because PAC wanted to improve on the acoustics of Fifth Third Arena. Malott said students raised concerns over poor
sound during the Lucadris concert in 2010. An extra $5,000 was added to the budget for room and board expenses for the artists, crews and agents. PAC’s goal is to reach a $35,000 surplus with ticket sales, Fant said. If that happens, the surplus would go into next year’s spring concert budget, allowing PAC to bring in another popular artist at no extra cost to students. Lane Hart, student body president, said many students expressed concern over having to pay for tickets. “For a lot of students it’s complicated, because they say, well we’ve already paid our fees why should we have to pay more,” Hart said. “I think it’s kind of [a question of] do we want to have someone who’s pretty good and not pay, or do we have someone who’s really good — whose concert tickets would normally cost a lot more — and then pay a little bit to have them on campus.” Some UC students think the $10 price
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is reasonable considering how expensive it would be to see Lupe Fiasco in a regular concert setting. “I think this is a new trend students should just get used to — neighboring schools like Louisville and OSU are charging students now for their spring concert, which features one of the biggest names in music, Kendrick Lamar,” said Justin Byrd, a fourth-year marketing student. “Students at Louisville were required to pay $30 for that concert.” Kendrick performed at the 2012 spring concert, and students were not charged. Other students feel Lupe Fiasco isn’t popular enough to warrant charging for the concert. “Ten dollars seems like a fair price to pay for a concert,” said Matthew Adams, a second-year English student. “That being said, Lupe isn’t a very exciting name. I’d be willing to pay more for bigger names on campus.”
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Ally Picnic kicks off QueerCat Pride Week LQBTQ groups celebrate diversity, demonstrate appreciation for support DANI KOKOCHAK STAFF REPORTER NEWSRECORDNEWS@GMAIL.COM
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QUEER CAT PRIDE Students and faculty from the University of Cincinnati celebrated QueerCat Pride Week at the Ally Picnic on McMicken Commons Tuesday afternoon.
Students danced to upbeat music at the Ally Picnic on McMicken Commons in celebration of QueerCat Pride Week Tuesday. The University of Cincinnati’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender and Queer Center provided free food and fun music for students, faculty and staff. Hosted in honor of friends and supporters of the LGBTQ community, the third-annual Ally Picnic demonstrated appreciation for the support the community receives. Giving back to LGBTQ allies is seen as an important part of creating a cohesive community on a large campus, said T.N. Vaught, program coordinator for UC’s LGBTQ center. The event was part of QueerCat Pride Week, a week meant to celebrate diversity and gay rights. “We have events going on every day this week,”Vaught said. “It’s always fun.” UC’s LGBTQ Center, Colors of Pride, GenderBloc, UC Alliance and UC Women’s Center are among the sponsors for the week of festivities.
Student members of the hosting organizations worked during the picnic to hand out food, start conversations and encourage students to get involved in the celebration. Anyone who stopped by received a plate of Buffalo Wild Wings, a drink and plenty of options from an open snack table. “I think it is important that we increase visibility and awareness [of LGBTQ] on campus,” said Ben Kitchen, a third-year electronic media student. “I’ve been a part of this ever since it came to UC and now I work for the LGBTQ Center.” Everyone was encouraged to participate in the lighthearted celebration and appreciation of the support of LGBTQ allies. A DJ played upbeat music for all to hear and students danced, hoola hooped and engaged in conversation. Every person who attended the picnic received a button that reads “LGBTQ Ally” and a list of events for QueerCat week. “I love showcasing that LGBTQ people exist as part of the university,” said JoJo Azevedo, a fifth-year communication student. “We are in a big place, a physical space, showing that we are comfortable and that other people are welcome.”
FROM PAGE 1: DIFFICULT JOURNEY UC was first Ohio university to grant equal protection from discrimination Greg Hand, UC spokesperson, said he including Bob Fogarty student body doesn’t doubt it could have happened, but president, came out in support of there is no way to verify the claims. the Gay Association. After the news came out that Grant was Mansfield was on the verge of filing a homosexual, he said some parents pulled a suit requesting an injunction on the their children out of classes he taught in allocation of all funding and space to all CCM’s preparatory department. student groups, according to a May 15, “That was the reality back then,” Grant 1973, issue of The News Record. said. “That was the way the world was, it That same issue cited sources claiming wasn’t shocking.” Bennis wanted the issue to be resolved in However, when the administration court. overturned the Student Senate’s ruling However, instead of taking the issue to that recognized the UC Gay Association in court, many of the same students involved early May of 1973, many at the university with the UC Gay Association filed for were shocked. group recognition under the name of the “It was very controversial,” Bennis said. UC Gay Society. Peter Thoms, general counsel at UC, While the group’s constitution was sought legal advice from Cincinnati City strikingly similar to that of the group Solicitor Thomas Luebbers regarding the previously denied by the administration, university recognition of the fledgling the Student Senate approved recognition UC Gay Association, and after receiving of the Gay Society at a May 16, 1973 advice from Luebbers, Thoms meeting, according to a May forwarded his legal opinion to 18, 1973, issue of The News Bennis. Record. Thoms legal opinion Members of the stated that recognition UC Gay Association It’s still difficult of the UC Gay agreed not to take sometimes to Association would, the issue to court if “fall short of meting the UC Gay Society identify as a gay the standards by was acknowledged man ... I can’t which the Board must as an official be guided,” according student group. catch up, and I to a May 4, 1973, issue The Gay Society wish I could of The News Record. received further That same issue of recognition when the - Powell Grant, The News Record claimed dean of Student Groups UC alum and former the UC Board of Directors and University Programs member of UC Gay exerted pressure on Bennis Society granted the group use of to deny the Gay Association university facilities for an as an official university student official group event. group. At the time, however it was still unclear “The whole bureaucracy was against if the administration would take action us,” Grant said. against the Gay Society. Luebbers issued a The administration ultimately legal opinion regarding the newly formed overturned the Student Senate’s decision, Gay Society. denying allocation of funding or university “Based solely on the facts as now space to the group May 7, 1973. submitted to me, my conclusion is that Bennis, who now resides in California, there is no present legal impediment to the said he does not recall the specifics granting of recognition to the Gay Society,” regarding that period of time. Luebbers wrote in a letter dated May 30, With lawyer Doug Mansfield 1973, obtained by The News Record. representing the Gay Association, the The university never took action against students threatened legal action against the group after it was allocated university the university. space, and the group was eventually A majority of the Student Senate, allocated funds.
“At the time, it really shocked people,” Bennis said. For Grant, the recognition of the Gay Society was a major moral victory, but not the end of the fight for equal rights. Grant and other gay students and faculty members started lobbying for a change to UC’s non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation. In June 1974, President Bennis endorsed the inclusion of sexual orientation into UC’s policy. “I have accepted the recommendation of the Administrative Council,” Bennis wrote in a June 3, 1974 letter obtained by The News Record. “Accordingly, the phrase ‘sex orientation’ will be added in the appropriate place wherever the university policy on non-discrimination appears.” For Grant, the inclusion of sexual orientation in UC’s policy, marked the end of his fight for equal rights at UC. “I felt vindicated,” Grant said. “I felt my job was done.” UC’s recognition of a gay student group and the addition of sexual orientation to the universities non-discrimination policy made it one of the most progressive universities in Ohio at the time. Students from other Ohio universities reached out to Grant and asked for copies of the UC Gay Society’s constitution and the university’s revised non-discrimination policy, so they could duplicate the policies that originated at UC. For Bennis, the revised nondiscrimination policy led to a whirlwind of legal action. “I had so many lawsuits against me that my mother referred to me as ‘my son, the defendant,’” Bennis said. The UC Gay Society eventually turned into the UC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Center. Grant still struggles with his identity and the pace at which society has changed. “It’s a curious schizophrenic thing, it’s still difficult sometimes to identify as a gay man,” Grant said. “In many ways I’m still in the [middle of the previous century]. I can’t catch up, and I wish I could. I wish I could have a more realistic sense of the world.”
IMPORTANT DATES IN THE FIGHT FOR GAY EQUALITY AT UC Gay Association submits constitution draft to oﬃce of student groups and programs.
General Counsel Peter Thoms oﬀers legal opinion to UC MARCH 15 President Warren Bennis, stating the group’s association “fell short of meeting the standards by which the board must be guided.”
President Warren Bennis overturns Student Senate recognition of UC Gay Association.
Student Senate approves Gay Society.
Gay Society Granted use of facilities by dean of Student Groups and University Programs.
1973 MAY 16
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See the 40-year-old letters to and from UC oﬃcials regarding the legality of recognizing gay groups on campus and ﬁring gay educators at newsrecord.org.
A photo from the May 22, 1973, issue of The News Record captured student sentiment on campus regarding the decision.
Queers and Ally Dinner brings leaders together Diversity plan discussed, attention brought to on, off-campus organizations BROOKE BEERY SENIOR REPORTER NEWSRECORDNEWS@GMAIL.COM The University of Cincinnati’s LGBTQ Center and Colors of Pride kicked off the 2013 Queercat Pride Week Monday with a dinner event, Queers and Allies Eating Dinner. “We’re gathering today to help promote diversity on UC’s campus but also to bring attention to the LGBTQ Center and it’s branching organizations,” said Denise Little, a third-year biology student. The event was hosted at Mick and Mack’s café in Tangeman University Center and was catered by Classic Fares catering.
Special guests included incoming and outgoing student body presidents, Lane Heart and Joe Blizzard and a guest speaker, Bleuzette Marshall, internal chief of UC’s diversity office. Guests helped themselves to the banquet of food while Marshall gave a 30-minute speech about the importance of diversity on UC’s campus and how the university’s diversity plan is being implemented. The diversity plan focuses on the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty and student body, and improving the campus’ culture and climate so that people feel comfortable being their true selves, Marshall said.
“The goal is that we won’t have to pay readily attention to it,” Marshall said. “It would be engrained in everyone’s mind that this is a way of life and that everyone is accepting and values the contributions of other individuals.” The speech was delivered in a series of questions and answers, which allowed for audience participation. At the event’s conclusion, students and faculty were encouraged to meet and greet one another. “The dinner was great and I loved the speech,” said Joseph Azevedo, a fifth-year communications student. “I think events like this are important primarily for visibility and to show all the support that there is for UC students on campus.”
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Cards show sports in its finest light Louisville inspires with response to Kevin Ware’s tragic injury ANNIE MOORE SPORTS EDITOR
As most of you are aware, in Sunday’s Elite Eight matchup between Duke and Louisville, Kevin Ware suffered a horrific injury, breaking his leg in two places trying to block a shot. If you’re anything like me, you watched the injury in disbelief, and watched again to assure yourself it actually happened. Like a train wreck, I didn’t want to watch but couldn’t look away. The images turned stomachs across the country and made everyone in the arena stop and stare. Images of Ware’s snapping bones and bending leg were too graphic to even be shown on a replay more than once. But perhaps even more powerful images came after the injury. Images like Ware’s teammates collapsing to the floor in agony and disbelief, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino wiping away tears and Luke Hancock rushing to his teammate’s side to comfort him in the chaos. These are the images that remind us why we love sports. Yes, we love big plays. We as sports consumers are bred to enjoy the shock, the big hits and the showstopping plays. But what keeps us coming back for more? The heart. Ware’s injury was horrific, but it showcases the spirit of the athletes. Coach K grabbing Pitino to make sure he was okay, the team circling around Ware and praying before he left — these are the moments that remind us of the joy and camaraderie sports can truly bring. Ware grew up in New York and went to high school in Georgia, 24 miles away from where this year’s Final Four will take place. He was looking forward to going home to play in front of his home crowd and family, as his parents could not make it to Indianapolis for his team’s earlier tournament games. Ware’s injury not only ruined those hopes, but might also have jeopardized his basketball future, as his injury will likely take him out of commission for at least a year, if not more. But Ware’s teammates shocked the world by coming back after the injury to easily defeat Duke and advance to the Final Four, an effort dedicated to their fallen teammate. And when the team celebrated the win, Ware’s jersey was held up front and center, a part of the celebration with the rest of the team. Stories like these are why we love sports. It reminds us the athletes whom we put on pedestals are still people at their core. The struggles they experience are mirrored in our own struggles. We watch them fight through pain just as we do, and we share in their triumph over that pain. In the video following the injury, when the medical staff was assisting Ware and the team was huddled on the court, you can hear Rick Pitino suddenly yell across the court at the his team. But for the first time in a long time their coach he was not yelling to hustle, guard or set a screen. He yelled over the crowd six words that exemplified the connection of this team. “He wants to talk to you.” The team ran over, and gathered around their injured teammate, some held his hands, some bent down besides him and prayed. Ware simply said, “Win the game.” They did, for him.
UC Baseball at Great American Ballpark The University of Cincinnati baseball team will play the Louisville Cardinals Saturday at 4:40 p.m. in the ﬁrst collegiate game at Great American Ballpark. Anyone attending the Reds’ game at 1:30 p.m. will be admitted for free.
Big East chooses new name UC now a member of the American Athletic Conference JOSHUA A. MILLER SPORTS EDITOR SPORTS.NEWSRECORD@GMAIL.COM
The non-departing members of the Big East Conference revealed the league’s new name, the American Athletic Conference, after unanimous approval from the conference’s board of directors Wednesday afternoon. “We worked with our institutions, sports marketing experts, media partners, and also solicited opinions and reactions from collegiate sports fans to create a compelling list of names,” said Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco. “Versions that included the word ‘American’ led every list. American Athletic Conference represents a strong, durable and aspirational name for our
reinvented conference.” Rebranding of all member universities, associations and media entities will begin immediately following the conclusion of the 2012-13 athletic calendar. Conference members decided upon the new name based upon input from fans and television contractors. “We engaged our fans through social media and focus groups in multiple cities, and we conducted extensive quantitative research,” Aresco said. “We also received terrific input from our partners at ESPN and CBS Sports. Our name is a nod to tradition, but at the same time makes clear our determination to be a conference with national impact and appeal. Beginning with the 2014-15 academic
year, the American Athletic Conference will consist of the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, Temple University, Tulane University and the University of Tulsa. The U.S. Naval Academy will become a football-only member in 2015. With 12 football schools in the conference by 2015, it will incorporate a football championship game. The conference will release a full set of conference marks and logos in the coming weeks.
GOING PRO University of Cincinnati team captain Matt Bahner takes a shot on goal during the 2012 season.
Bahner signs with Harrisburg JOSHUA A. MILLER SPORTS EDITOR SPORTS.NEWSRECORD@GMAIL.COM
Former University of Cincinnati men’s soccer player Matt Bahner signed a contract to play professionally for the Harrisburg City Islanders of the United Soccer League Pro Division, a partnering league of MLS, America’s top-tier league. For Bahner, becoming a professional soccer player has been a life-time goal. “Playing professional soccer was a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” Bahner said. “I have grown to enjoy it so much that I wanted to make it a career for myself. Of course when I was little and growing up playing the game I did not know that I would actually get the chance to reach this dream. I had always hoped and dreamed that it would happen, but always knew it was a very difficult challenge to endure and never knew what was going to happen during the process.” Bahner, a Cincinnati native and Lakota West graduate, made an immediate impact
when he arrived at UC. He started 16 games as a freshman and finished third on the team in total points. Bahner enjoyed one of the most successful careers in UC history. Employed as a midfielder, he started 65 games and record 13 goals and nine assists in his fouryear UC career. Despite his success, Bahner acknowledges playing professionally will be a significant challenge. “There is always a learning curve when it comes to new things and I am still working through that,” Bahner said. “One key difference in playing professionally is the consistency that you must bring to the field each and every day as a professional player.” Bahner officially signed with the Islanders March 25, after impressing at the club’s preseason workouts, which began March 10. After two weeks of two-a-day practices and three preseason games, the Islanders extended him a contract offer. After missing the entire 2011 season with a knee injury, Bahner served as a team
captain for the Bearcats in 2012 and led his team to its third Big East Tournament birth in his time with the program. Bahner is the latest player of the Hylton Dayes era to reach the professional ranks. “Playing for Coach Dayes helped me prepare for the next step, because he always challenged me to be a better person, player, teammate and leader,” Bahner said. “Playing for UC helped me prepare for the next level, because of the Big East competition and the quality of players you were playing with and against day in and day out. The high pace at which you had to play the game, both mentally and physically, was definitely something that helped me get to the next level.” Dayes praised Bahner as one of the program’s best products. “We are delighted that Matt has signed to play for the Harrisburg City Islanders,” Dayes said. “He has worked extremely hard to prepare for this opportunity and I know he will do well. We will miss him in our program. He has been a true Bearcat and a joy to coach.”
UC defeats Wright State, Toledo ANNIE MOORE SPORTS EDITOR
The University of Cincinnati baseball team picked up back-to-back wins against Wright State and Toledo, defeating Wright State 6-2 Tuesday and Toledo 9-7 in walkoff fashion Wednesday night. The Bearcats traveled to Wright State Tuesday night and secured a victory after four-run sixth inning. UC was hitless through the first five innings, but scored four runs on five singles in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead. RHP Christian McElroy took the mound for the Bearcats Tuesday and gave up four hits in as many innings. LHP Thomas Gentile relieved McElroy with a runner on first base and no outs in the bottom of the fifth. Gentile got the win and threw three scoreless innings, with just one hit allowed to improve to 3-0 on the season. UC came home to face the Toledo Rockets Wednesday at Marge Schott MADISON SCHMIDT | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Stadium. The Bearcats not only had to OVER TO FIRST University of Cincinnati inﬁ elder Ian Happ reaches for a pickoff attempt battle the Rockets offense, but it had to at ﬁ rst base. overcome its own fielding errors. The bearcats committed five errors in the game, three of which were committed by take a commanding 4-0 lead. an RBI single up the middle to score pitchers. Happ, which brought the Bearcats within UC rallied back in the bottom of the “I have no explanation for that,” said sixth inning. Freshman centerfielder three, 7-4. The Bearcats tacked on three head coach Brian Cleary. “There can’t more runs to tie the score 7-7 heading into Ethan McAlpine hit a double, followed be anyone that works on that more than the ninth. by an RBI single from freshman Devin us. They nearly won the game because Wenzel to put the Bearcats on the board Toledo produced only a lone single in they were able to bunt. We made it really 4-1. Junior leftfielder Justin Glass hit the top of the ninth to set the stage for the difficult on ourselves. If you would have a double, followed by a 2 RBI double to game’s dramatic finish. asked me at the beginning of the year one A groundout from Wenzel and a Glass score Glass and freshman Ian Happ. thing we’d really be good at, it would be single put Happ at the plate with one out. Toledo responded with three runs of its Happ crushed a walk-off home run to defense. And we just haven’t been able to own in the top of the seventh to negate deep right field to secure the victory for UC’s three in the previous inning. do it.” Rocket’s pitcher Kyle Slack walked the the Bearcats, 9-7. Toledo got off to an early start with “It was a great comeback, we fought first three batters he faced in the seventh a sacrifice fly from first baseman Matt Delewski that scored leadoff hitter Tyler to load the bases, but the Bearcats failed back really hard,” Happ said. “I was looking for slider, he threw a slider, I Grogg. The Rockets added another run in to capitalize on the early advantage as made contact and it went out of the park.” the top of the third when catcher Lucas it would follow the walks with three The walk-off home run was the first of consecutive outs. Sokol scored off of a sac fly from Grogg In the bottom of the eighth the Bearcats Happ’s collegiate career. to take a 2-0 lead. The Bearcats will be back action Catcher Russell Clark got his first- once again tried to make a comeback. Friday in the first game of a three-game After back-to-back walks and balks from career hit in the bottom of the third, but series against Louisville. Toledo responded with two more runs to Slack to start the inning, Williams lined SPORTS.NEWSRECORD@GMAIL.COM | 513.556.5913
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