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Engineering salaries get top marks mind, the financial future a field of study will offer a student is an important determining factor in their choice. Deciding on a major is an Engineering students can expect top dollar issue that every college student stresses over post-graduation, according to a recent survey. — contemplating which field will fulfill their The National Association of Colleges and interest as well as their wallet. Employers published a survey reporting the Now that chemical engineering has been ranked among the highest-paid engineering degrees, there is a possibility its popularity with rise. CNBC and CareerBuilder averaged the annual salary for a graduate student in chemical engineering to be between $65,142 and $66,886. Danny O’Brien, a third-year chemical engineering student, said he believes their may be a peaked interest in chemical engineering due to the increased emphasis on polymers in the 1 1 field. OF 20 “It’s a big deal CLASS DEGREES AYING because it could P y r la ge Sa replace⎯ all metals HIGHEST Avera in general,” r Majo 66,886 O’Brien said. $ g Rank T h e ineerin al Eng University of hemic 7 C 1 1 $63,0 C i n c i n n at i ’ s ce n ie College of c S r te u p 9 Com Engineering $60,73 2 and Applied ring nginee coulter loeb | Chief Photographer Science 6 nical E 4 a h ,6 c 0 e $6 3 M is ranked Real-world experience The University of Cincinnati’s College g s oyer ineerin within the empl and al Eng of Engineering and Applied Science requires students to co-op, ic eges tr ll o c Ele n of c ciatio 4 asso giving UC students a leg up in the competitive job market. ional jane andreasik | tnr contributor

highest anticipated payouts for the class of 2011. Chemical engineering took the top spot with an average salary offer of $66,886. A bachelor degree from a four-year public college will cost students an average of $30,000, according to With this in

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top 100 in the nation, which could lead students to consider a major in engineering as opposed to other programs at UC. “I chose UC over somewhere like Ohio State because of the co-op program; it was the key selling point,” O’Brien said. “It’s a great opportunity and helps me pay for school. It gives a leg up on the competition.” Kristen Gilgendach, a third-year chemical engineering student, agrees with O’Brien that UC’s engineering program is among the best because of the co-op program. “Most colleges, like Purdue, that I considered, offer co-op as optional, whereas it’s a requirement at UC,” said Gilgendach, who is currently working with Innovative Plastics, based in Indiana, through the co-op program. Of the top-10 bachelor degrees listed in the survey, seven were in the engineering field, while the remaining three were computer science degrees. Included in the top 10 are: chemical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical/electronics and communications engineering, computer engineering, industrial/manufacturing engineering, systems engineering, engineering technology, information sciences and systems and business systems networking/ telecommunications. Of those ranked in the top 10, the lowest incoming salary is business system networking/ telecommunications with an average annual salary of $56,808.

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nina linger | tnr contributor You’ve toured campus, signed up for classes and received your roommate assignments for your first quarter of college. Now all that is left is packing up for the move onto campus. What should you bring, though? Chances are good that some things are missing from the checklist. Chances are good that some things can, and probably should, stay at home. So what should you trade out for your first year? Last year’s freshmen have advice on the things you need and things you don’t. “Don’t bring more than your dorm can handle,” says Gabe Zeigler, a second-year aerospace engineering student. “You’ll learn quickly that you don’t actually need half the stuff that you bring.” While it might be difficult to determine what will and won’t fit in your new room, you can get a good idea of the size from the housing website. Don’t forget that you will most likely be sharing a room with someone. Some people might not appreciate an overfilled room, especially if things find their way to the other side. Then again, some people might be perfectly fine with it. The best bet would be to err on the side of caution and not bring more than necessary. Brian Jardine, a second-year biological sciences student, reminds incoming freshmen to not forget practical things like medicine and air fresheners. Footballs or Frisbees are

great to bring too, “since not all your time will be [spent] studying, and while away from home, you have to have a little fun!” “Bring rain boots and a fan,” says Amy Flynn, a secondyear accounting student. These will especially come in handy considering the stormy weather Cincinnati had this year, along with the sweltering heat that comes with spring and fall. Make sure to pack for all seasons, especially if you’re moving from out of town or state. “Don’t bring a lot of decorative stuff like pillows,” Flynn adds. Dorm beds are not very big. Luckily, stores like Target have plenty of specialized beddings options if you want to add your own touch to the room. Posters are also perfect for decorating residence hall rooms since they only take up wall space. Take advantage of the annual poster sale at the beginning of the school year. “There is always a possibility of something being broken or stolen,” Jardine warns. Keep this in mind when packing. Don’t bring delicate, valuable or sentimental items. “When it comes to snacks,”Zeigler says, “worry about getting it after you have moved in; that way there’s less stuff to haul.” Kroger and Market on Main have plenty of food and school supplies for you to buy while on campus. Big items like a TV or game system, should be worked out with your roommate before the move. Keep in mind you probably won’t want to spend too much time in the dorm.

Only you can determine what is necessary for your dorm room, but don’t expect to use everything. Stick to common sense, and remember that sometimes your parents do know what they’re talking about when you’re packing up. Get excited to settle into your new home away from home.

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Packing Moving Unpacking Try not to bring more than what is necessary. You’ll save yourself time and space.


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Student fees face dramatic increase Fees have increased hundreds of dollars from last year fee increases

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Ariel cheung | EDITOR-in-chief Fee increases are expected to strike several colleges at the University of Cincinnati for the 2011-12 academic year, meaning some students could pay as much as $346 per quarter in general college fees alone. “We didn’t want to push budget cuts on the students, but at the same time, we wanted to make sure we had the revenues we need to provide quality education,” said Gigi Escoe, vice provost of







undergraduate affairs. Before implementing any new fees, the provost’s office set criteria for the colleges, said Greg Hand, university spokesperson. The colleges were required to determine why the fee was necessary, compare it to fees at other universities and meet with student representatives to discuss the plan. “In most cases, when people [present] the data, the students usually get it,” Escoe said. “There have been many cases

Architecture, Art and Planning will raise their fees by $100; the $100 fee will be increased to $200. Graduate students will also see a rise in application fees from the current $45 to $60; international students will pay $70. Additionally, the co-op program, which places students in various employment opportunities while in college, plans to increase fees by $50 from the current $260 for undergraduates and $400 for graduates. Originally, there was a proposed $100 increase for co-op fees, Escoe said.That number was halved after a meeting with Student Government. There are also plans in the works to add a co-op tribunal to Student Government next year. As a 3.5 percent increase in tuition has also been proposed, the provost’s office wanted to ensure that fee increases were kept to a minimum, Escoe said. “No one wanted to push their tough financial times on the students,” Escoe said. “We took the responses [from students] seriously and we tried to really minimize the financial burden.”

UC faculty awarded for achievements matt mahn | TNR Contributor The University of Cincinnati awarded 14 of its most outstanding faculty on May 19 in Tangeman University Center’s Great Hall. One of the most prestigious achievements, the Entrepreneurial Faculty Achievement Award, was awarded to College of Engineering and Applied Science professor Chong H. Ahn. Ahn started Siloam Biosciences Inc. in 2004 and later created a plate used for analytical research and clinical research in laboratories. Through his research at UC, Ahn has managed to obtain six U.S. patents and $15 million in research from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute for Health and the Defense Advanced Research Projects. College of Medicine professor Peter Stambrook was awarded the George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Distinguished Scientific Research. Stambrook teaches and works in molecular genetics, biochemistry and microbiology on UC’s east campus. His most recent work explores the medical possibilities within mouse embryonic stem cells, but cautions the use of adult stem cells for some therapeutic purposes. Another award recipient from the College of Medicine, John Cuppoletti received the faculty

award for Exemplary Contributions in Service. Cuppoletti has 13 patents and has received more than $14 million in extramural grants during his career at UC. Cuppoletti’s interaction with students is something that he said may have been taken into account for his nomination and award. “I ask my students . . . Why does society invest so much in training physicians and having health care systems?” Cuppoletti said. “I also ask my students to evaluate themselves by asking if you still have not fully overcome your deficiencies, what will you do further?” The McMicken College of Arts and Sciences’ Adrian Parr was awarded in the Creative and/or Scholarly Works category for writing and editing works including “Hijacking Sustainability.” Parr is a professor in women’s gender and sexuality studies. George Suckarieh of the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Professor award. Suckarieh teaches construction management at CEAS. In 2003 he was awarded the John Trimmer Award for outstanding teaching. “Learn about various cultures, and about life to find [your] true niche for success.” Trimmer said to UC students.

Mary Benedetti awarded the Good FacultyStudent Relations award. Benedetti is an associate professor for Literacy and Second Language Studies. Stephanie Wyler was recognized as Outstanding Adjunct and is a criminal justice professor at the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. Wyler is also a Clermont County juvenile court judge.

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RIDING IN STYLE Jay Lee, recognized as a distinguished research professor, is joined UC in 2005 as an Ohio Eminent Scholar.


The University of Cincinnati allegedly spends less than onethird of its annual budget on classroom education while the majority of its funds go to athletics, campus development and student services that do not directly affect students’ education. Studies done by the Cincinnati Enquirer show colleges in the Greater Cincinnati area spend close to $2 billion per year, but a substandard amount of those funds goes to the development of the colleges’ educational programs. UC spent more than $1.2 million last year to ensure UC Athletics adhered to federal gender-equity laws while $4.9 million in salaries and benefits were divided among 27 full-time professors, three visiting or adjunct professors, 60 doctoral students and 10 support staffers in the physics program, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. For example: if each faculty member in the physics program earned the same annual salary, each faculty member would earn $12,000 per year. UC spent only 29.7 percent of its operating budget on instruction last year. UC is also the region’s biggest employer with approximately 16,000 workers. UC divided $28.2 million between 40 campus groups and departments, including $12.2 million to pay off debt on its Main Street project, for student services. While UC faculty and staff see far less money for services rendered than other programs and initiatives, UC’s annual tuition is one of the highest among regional colleges and universities. Tuition at UC is $10,419 per year for full-time, main campus students from Ohio and $24,942 per year for full-time, out-of-state, main campus students. Compared to UC, The Ohio State University main campus charges in-state students $9, 420 per year, while out-of-state students pay $23,604 per year.

with endorsement.” Some students, however, said they don’t understand why the fees are being increased. “I was not given a postcard, I was not given an email, I was not given a phone call. The communication lacked in explaining why it was necessary,” said Dan Sicker, a fourth-year industrial management student. “Last time I checked, we were the most expensive state school [in Ohio], so I don’t see why [the increase] needs to happen.” No colleges are adding completelty new fees, although the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences was considering implementing a new general college fee before deciding against it. The College of Engineering and Applied Science will implement the largest quarterly fee at UC, increasing it from $200 to $346. In Spring quarter 2010, the College-Conservatory of Music introduced a $150 quarterly fee; that will increase to $235 this fall. The College of Business will increase their quarterly fee from the current $100 to $300 this fall. The College of Design,




Anthony orozco | NEWS EDITOR The University of Cincinnati faculty and thousands of anxious graduates celebrated the 127th, 128th and 129th commencement exercises Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, hosted in the Fifth Third Arena on UC’s Main Campus. Close to 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students applied to receive their diplomas at the weekend event. Of the 4,843 students, 4,946 degrees were given, as some students earn more than Phuong Cao, a 21-year-old graduate of McMicken College of Arts and Science. “I would stress getting involved,” Cao said, who double majored in biology and Asian studies.“I was involved in the Vietnamese Student Association [and] became vice president in my senior year. I was also involved in Emerging Ethnic Leaders, [the Darwin T.] Turner scholarship and the honors program.” Cao will be taking one year off to research gene therapy at Children’s Hospital before applying to medical school. Donny Zellefrow, 23, graduating with a degree in urban planning out of the college of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning looks back on UC with gratitude. “I absolutely loved DAAP, co-op was incredible and the school itself is great; I couldn’t speak higher of it,” Zellefrow said. “UC has treated me well these last few years; it’s sad to see my time here end, but I’m happy to see what the next chapter has in store,” Zellefrow said. Zellefrow plans to continue his education in the fall, attending the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a masters degree in landscape architecture. Of the thousands of graduates, 127 who maintained a 3.9 to 4.0 grade point average were awarded the honor of summa cum laude, including 23-year-old College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) graduate Kara Stuckey. “After the first couple of months, your eyes start to open to the world of music and was how much work it is, but also how much more expressive and exciting music can be,” Stuckey said. “UC in general was really great because I could feed my other interests. I could really excel in music but I could participate in the German club and running club. You can

I absolutely loved DAAP, co-op was incredible and the school itself is great, I couldn’t speak higher of it. —donny zellefrow 2011 graduate of Urban Design

develop in new ways and keep up with passions that you already enjoy.” Stuckey will be returning to UC in the fall to pursue her master’s degree in violin performance. “Right now, my focus is employment right away,” said 23-year-old Eddie Tyree, who received his degree in communications Saturday. “I would like to mesh the communications degree and sports.” Tyree is also pursuing a certificate in public relations to better his chances of finding work in a field that includes his communications education and his love of athletics. “Seek out every opportunity that you can … I feel very excited today,”Tyree said. “I’m not a traditional four-year student; it is overwhelming to see where [UC] has taken me.” The 200 doctoral candidates graduated Friday, while undergraduate students were split by colleges into two ceremonies at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. After the ceremonies, newly minted alumni and their guests enjoyed refreshments and food at the Russel C. Myer Alumni Center. Photos by coulter loeb | chief photographer

UC’S GRATEFUL GRADUATES (clockwise from top right): A non-traditional student receives her diploma; Students go to great lengths to decorate caps and gowns; A student wears a message of encouragement; Eager students await much deserved diplomas; diplomas wait for thier owners; UC President Greg Williams congratulates students on their accomplishments; The 2011 graduating class takes the next step as they embark on a new journey with the tools and lessons gained from UC; Graduates line up in Campus Recreation Center prior to entering Fifth Third Arena.

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Blue Ash campus gaining new shuttle route scott winfield | NEWS EDITOR Raymond Walters College (RWC) plans to have a shuttle system — virtually identical to the Bearcat Transportation System — operational by Sept. 15 which will transport students between the University of Cincinnati’s

uptown and RWC campuses. “I’ve had a whole lot of parents and students saying’ “is there any way you could do something to better connect our campus to the shuttle,’ ” said Dean of Raymond Walters College Cady Short-Thompson. “A lot of our students here are saying they would much

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SHUTTLE ROUTE LAUNCHED Raymond Walters College plans to have a direct-line shuttle — virtually identical to the Bearcat Transportation System which runs from its Science Allied Health Building to Rec Center Circle on Main Campus — operational by Sept. 15.

rather have a bus or shuttle [than commute].” Bearcat Express will be a direct-line shuttle that will make stops at the College Recreattion Center on Main Campus and RWC’s Science Allied Health Building, Short-Thompson said. The estimated run time between destinations will be approximately 28 minutes, require a UC ID and come at no cost to students, faculty and staff, Short-Thompson said. “To come out here on public transportation typically takes an hour and a half to two hours,” Short-Thompson said. “This would allow a much more expedient route for [commuters].” The $165,000 it will cost to run the shuttle for the 2011-12 academic year will be funded through operational money and will be a joint venture between RWC and Main Campus, Short-Thompson said. While the plan is still in the negotiation phase, Short-Thompson said the shuttle will run from around 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be operational during various holidays and breaks. Short-Thompson believes the shuttle will solve housing and transportation problems for international students taking classes at RWC. “We really don’t have housing on this campus or in the immediate area, but Clifton does,” Short-Thompson said. “[International students] can live in Clifton, but then

It can only help to strengthen the relationships, pathways, between the two campuses —cady short-thompson dean of Raymond Walters College

catch the shuttle out here every day for their classes. “With international students, you have the challenges of both transportation and housing; this would address both.” Short-Thompson and other transportation officials are still trying to work out when and if there will be a mid-day break for shuttle operators to switch shifts and service the bus. Short-Thompson believes Bearcat Express will greatly benefit students’ academic aspirations and will help create a stronger bond between the Blue Ash campus and uptown. “It will make it a lot more convenient for students to come out here for class or for our students to go out there for class,” Short-Thompson said. “It can only help to strengthen the relationships, pathways, pipelines and partnerships between the two campuses.”

Squirrel wreaks havoc outside coffee shop Nina Linger | TNR Contributor

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PARKING SPOT SHOCK Terri Burch, owner of the Hyundai Sonata got much worse than a parking ticket when she discovered her car destroyed by a fallen electrical wire.


A squirrel is believed to be the cause of a downed power line that sent two cars up in flames outside of Taza coffee shop at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 2. Athena Nefos, a barista at the coffee shop located on the corner of University and Jefferson avenues, was working when the wire fell. Nefos had finished sweeping the sidewalk outside when she heard a loud pop, after which the back windshield of a white BMW shattered as a power line fell to the street. The wire landed between the BMW’s front bumper and a Hyundai Sonata’s rear bumper, shooting flames and sparks from its end. “It was terrifying.” said Terri Burch, 42 of Oakley, the owner of the Sonata. Burch was inside Taza when the wire fell and was unharmed. “I was about ready to leave Taza,” Burch said.“I had an instinct that I wanted to leave Taza immediately.” The car was burnt beyond repair, and all four tires had exploded in the fire. Paperwork from purchasing a different car, CDs for her hula hooping class, hula hoops and multiple other items were all

inside at the time, Burch said “I feel bad that I borrowed the car,” Burch said. The destroyed car belonged to her sister, and was used by her father, as well. “They get on the wire in just the wrong place and short it out,” said Capt. Jack Klosterman of Cincinnati Fire Department Ladder19 . Capt. Klosterman found that a dead squirrel, discovered on the sidewalk under where the wire had fallen from, was the likely culprit behind the wire burst. The squirrel created a circuit between the wire and the pole. The electricity built up so quickly that it burst the wire, sending it down to the street, Capt. Klosterman said. The firefighters had to wait for nearly an hour for Duke Energy to shut down the local power lines before they could put out the cars while the Sonata burned, catching the front end of the BMW behind it on fire. The burned BMW belonged to Mika Kousha, a McMicken College of Arts and Sciences student at UC. Firefighters on the scene said that wires had been dropping more often this year, due to being worn from age. “It really turned out as good as it could have,” Capt. Klosterman said, noting that nobody was harmed in the fire.

7 tips for first-year students to succeed Erin Leitner | TNR Contributor Be warned: college isn’t easy. Here are some tips. They might come in handy. 1.Homework, Sleep, Social Life: You can only pick two. Time management is an art form many students might not master until they are close to graduating. While understandable, do your best as a freshman to figure out your study habits and get in a routine early on. Classes only get harder the deeper you go in. It’s easy to promise yourself at the beginning of the year that all your work will be done on time, you will attend all your classes and will be fully prepared for every quiz, discussion and test. Still, you will probably soon find out when reality hits, wasted time is spent faster than the money you shove out each quarter for your classes. It will hurt even more when your grades come in. Do your best to get up at the same time every day. 2.Develop good relationships with your professors. More often than not, professors appreciate conversing with their students, especially about the subject they teach. From my experience, professors extremely dislike being ignored and many like feedback. Make an effort to go to the office hours they might offer, get to know them somewhat and allow them to get to know you. Many professors truly want to see students succeed and they will take extra steps with you if you show initiative. Don’t

confuse this with butt kissing to get a good grade. They will see right through it. Simply build good relationships with professors and they will be more inclined to aid you during and after college. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world, and some professors are boring, tough and ruthless graders. Erin Zeis, a second-year English student, advises to ask students ahead in school about what certain professors are like. “It makes class easier and sometimes worth going to,” Zeis says. 3.Party ... not like a rock star. We know what you’re most looking forward to about going to college: partying. I’m not going to pull the parent card and say never party, but make a conscious effort to party in moderation and safely. This is especially important in Clifton. Party with trustworthy and responsible people. It doesn’t mean hanging out with lame people, but you will find you will be grateful for that friend that has your best interests in mind. “It’s cliché, but surround yourself with a great group of people,” says Ben Williams, a third-year journalism student. “If you do, then you’ll always have someone to help you out in a given situation, and you’ll never be bored on a Friday night.” 4.A roommate can become your best friend or your worst enemy. Being squeezed into a tiny residence hall room with someone you might not know does one thing for sure: you get to know him or her extremely well and fast. Early on, it’s good to



FROM sense| 17 Constitution before a security checkpoint at the Richmond International Airport. But if there’s one thing Ohio was recognized for in 2010-11, it was for going a little loco — Four Loko, that is. The alcoholic energy drink, created by two former Ohio State University students and dubbed “blackout in a can,” caused several states, including Ohio, to end distribution of alcoholic energy drinks. Closer to home, the Best of UC awards were bigger and better than ever, with more than 22,000 votes. From 5 Guys Burgers and Fries who received their secondstraight Best Burger award to Woody’s being named the place to go for Thirsty Thursdays, we loved every moment of the Best of UC awards, and we can’t wait to do it again next year. We welcomed the largest freshman class in UC history (again), and, June 10 and 11, said goodbye to 4,842 graduates. We also said hello to new

set some ground rules and stick with them or things will get ugly. Although there may be a desire to go to college with a good friend from high school, Dillon Erlich, a third-year chemical engineering student, advises against it. “It will help you branch out more and do things differently than you did in high school if you room with people you didn’t know,” Erlich says. 5.Get involved on campus. Stretch yourself and join clubs, student groups, intramural sports or any extra social venture involved with college. “It will help you pass the time and make new friends,” says Paul Dentel, a third-year computer-engineering student. Even if you are only slightly interested in a group, go to a meeting or two. You might find a new passion or meet new friends. If you don’t enjoy the group you can always leave and try a different one. 6.It’s not bad to have an undecided field of study. Don’t stress about picking a major your first year or two. Just because some people know exactly what they want to do from the start doesn’t mean you have to narrow your frame of mind, too. In your first year or so, take your time and search for your niche. My advice is take classes that you think you may like or think you are good at. If you find that you enjoy them and do well in them naturally then you may be on to something. Also, try to ask people you admire about

their careers and emulate their advice into your life. Don’t limit yourself to just local acquaintances or professors, but don’t ignore them either. Try to contact those unreachable-possible-celebrities whose work might inspire you. They may not answer you, but if they do you will have some golden inspiration. You could also try to reach the people who directly surround your idol. They are likely the backbone of the individual you are seeking advice from and are usually equally talented and knowledgeable about the career path you are exploring. 7.Make time for yourself. College is rough. You are going to feel the most overwhelmed that you have ever been in your life. Always strive to get your work done, but don’t neglect your need to relax, eat right and exercise. College will take a toll on you; try to reduce stress, not by binge drinking, but by preparing yourself to be able to work effectively. Don’t get lazy. The faint of heart are quickly weeded out in college. You likely came here because you probably didn’t want to flip burgers for the rest of your life. You wanted to make something of yourself. That’s a great thing, and you need to be proud of yourself for testing and pushing for something greater. Keep in mind though; you are doing this for you and nobody else. Some might be helping you and want to see you succeed. Be grateful for them and don’t allow yourself to settle for less than your best.

FROM arab | 9 College of Medicine Dean Thomas Boat, Raymond Walters College dean Cady Short-Thompson and 20-year UC veteran Karen Faaborg took the reigns as the new executive vice president. Oh, and we can’t forget our favorite newcomer to the Cincinnati scene: Toppers Pizza. We had a couple other goodbyes as well: former executive vice president Fred Reynolds headed back to the City College of New York, while Neville Pinto, former vice provost of graduate affairs left UC in April. We also want to take a final moment to remember those we’ve lost this year, including Andrew Lynch, Dylan Morrison, Tania Lark, Andrew Howell and Melissa Kramer. Overall, it was a pretty amazing year at UC. We laughed, we cried; we screamed and we cheered. So enjoy your summer, Cincinnati, because come fall, it will be time to do it all over again.

If this wave of pro-democratic protests have taught us anything, it’s that the road to freedom and liberty is almost always paved with pain and suffering. Nothing comes easy when people attempt to reverse years of tyranny.





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CHANGE IN CAIRO Gihad Adel, 21, (middle), wears a sheet of paper with the words “Egyptian and proud” printed on it as she cheers in jubilation with other women who were lined up to protect newly-painted sidewalks around Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Protests against former President Hosni Mubarak began in Jan. when crowds seeking a more democratic leadership filled the square. Less than three weeks later, Mubarak fled Egypt. The last two months of bloody battles between rebels and Gadhaffi’s forces prove that. In Syria, Protesters took the streets of the southern city of Daraa after five civilians were killed by security forces on March 19. President Bashar Al-Assad remains in his post after three months of clashes between his security forces and rebels seeking a change in leadership. Israeli peace talks with the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) have been stalled since last September, but several United Nations members have discussed the possibility of voting to recognize a Palestinian state. Politicians worldwide are ratcheting up talks to recognize a Palestinian state inside of Israel’s current borders, but the process does not stop there. Even if the Palestinian state is fully recognized, who will set the border lines? President Obama has recently said Israel should consider reinstating its 1967 border,

which would give the West Bank, Gaza and eastern Jerusalem over to the prospective Palestinian state. This, however, would not solve the problem. The act of giving Palestinians land would equate to putting a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound since Israel’s neighboring states of Syria, Jordan and Iran are still threatening to “wipe Israel off the map.” Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been medically evacuated from the country after four months of protests culminated in a coordinated attack on his palatial compound on June 6. Saleh is reportedly receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia for his injuries which included burns to more than 60 percent of his body. These struggles, unfortunately, affect innocent bystanders with far more frequency than the militants and armies that wage armed conflicts on the streets of cities like Tripoli. see arab| 8

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Palestinians Await Settlement A Palestinian youth protests in front of Israeli border police in the West Bank town of Beit Sira on March 30, 2010.


jason hoffman | Nation and world editor In case you have been too engrossed in the sex scandals and political wrangling of our government, here is a summary of what has been going on the Middle East this year. Two regime changes, hundreds of violent clashes and thousands of lives have been lost in the Arab world. In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after several weeks of protests that began in January. Dr. Elizabeth Frierson, an associate professor of history and the director of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cincinnati, is an expert on the Middle East. “The demonstrations in Egypt succeeded because the world was watching,”Frierson says. Frierson warns, however, that the attention given to Egypt’s situation was not typical in our modern media cycle. “[People] are watching a royal wedding or being informed about Sarah Palin’s bus tour; meanwhile, secret police in countries like Egypt are taking people from their homes,” Frierson says. Frierson also says it is unlikely that it might take between five to 10 years before we know if Egypt will experience a real political change. Libya’s Colonel Momar Gadhaffi is currently fighting to retain some semblance of leadership after three months of clashes with “freedom fighters” seeking to oust him after 42 years of tyranny. The pro-Gadhaffi military is still fighting with rebels even though his post has been assumed by a transitional council, as directed by allied forces comprised of mostly NATO nations. I feel that men like Momar Gadhaffi, who gain their power through blood and maintain it with tyranny, are not likely to be replaced without a fight.


Congratulations, freshmen, and welcome to the University of Cincinnati. You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: These are going to be the best four (or five) years of your life. You just wrapped up your senior year of high school, so I know that might sound like a lofty claim, but I promise you – you’re about to embark down a path of debauchery that will rival any movie you’ve ever seen or magazine article you’ve ever read. Your family probably gave you a lot of advice at your graduation party, and it probably varies greatly depending on who gave it to you. Your parents probably told you to be safe and do well in class. Your older siblings and cousins might have told you how to get a fake I.D. or what kind of liquor you should avoid drinking together. As a senior, I can tell you from experience – they’re all right. Every bit of advice you’d been told is important and you’re going to need it between now and June 2015. There’s one piece of advice I can offer, which I think is the most important thing you can do at college and it just might be the most fruitful investment you can make for the rest of your life. Build relationships. College is all about building relationships. Meet people, make acquaintances and make best friends. You can’t meet enough people while you’re here and the closer you can get with all of them, the better position you will put yourself in through your college career and into your professional life. There is a lot to be learned outside of the classroom and your professors know a lot more information than they can fit into a 50-minute lecture designed to reach 100 students at a time. A lot of programs at UC include internships and co-ops. Getting to know your advisor first-hand can also be one of the most valuable relationships you’ll make here. You should also take the time to make as many friends in your dorms and classrooms as possible. You can never make too many friends because you never know when you’ll need a favor or who might be your boss some day. Last but not least, get to know yourself. You’re in the real-er world now and your parents really can’t help you out as much as they used to.


Bogart’s Front Room passes student test nick grever | senior reporter For Cincinnati music fans, Bogart’s is a divisive venue. Some see it as the place to see national music acts. Still others view it as a necessary evil: a bit overpriced and rigid in their rules, but still one of the biggest venues in town. And finally, there are those who refuse to enter the venue for any occasion, hating it so much that they’re willing to miss shows on account of the location. It is the latter group that Bogart’s is trying to lure back in with their new Bogart’s Front Room club. Essentially, what Bogart’s has done is cordon off the main show floor, lessened security and lowered drink and ticket prices. What we get is a venue that has more in common with a basement show or small club than a Live Nation-owned complex. The “stage” is actually just the area next to the stairs that lead

down to the main floor. As such, bands play on the same level as their fans, allowing for tons of fan interaction and shenanigans. Having The Dukes, Mad Anthony and Banderas as your inaugural acts only heightens the chances for tomfoolery. Some elements of “old” Bogart’s remained, but as the night progressed, they relaxed greatly. Tickets were still needed — instead of paying at the door, like most clubs, you had to go to the ticket office. It’s not a big issue, but a little weird. Also, in the beginning, tabs were not allowed at the bar, but the bartenders, in their infinite wisdom, decided to bend the rules for their hard-drinking crowd. Security (in their ubiquitous yellow polo shirts) was seen floating through the venue, but they were generally unobtrusive, allowing fans to go wilder than most Bogart’s shows allow; The low ceiling above the stage might still be

dripping Pabst Blue Ribbon. Of course, when a 24-oz. cans of PBR are going for $5 a pop, you can’t blame anyone for going a little crazy with its contents. Comparing the prices for drinks at a Front Room show to the posted drink prices for normal Bogart’s concerts is hilarious. You’ll never want to pay “normal” prices again at a national show. Overall, Bogart’s Front Room’s grand unveiling was a success. The crowd was fairly sizeable and comfortable. With some rock and roll heavy hitters onstage, it was almost expected that security would be overzealous. As the night progressed, the bands played and the shots were poured, it became obvious that Bogart’s was really making an attempt to become another music venue and not just a nationally owned juggernaut. If they keep bringing in strong acts and respecting the audiences, then they have a good chance of doing just that.

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STARTING OFF RIGHT Local rockers Banderas headlined Bogart’s Front Room’s first official concert June 11. The venue, located at 2621 Vine St. near the University of Cincinnati’s Main Campus, might begin to draw more students due to the Front Room’s smaller, more laid back atmosphere.

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Finals are over, school is out and the summer is finally here. It’s time to fire up the grill, catch up with friends, hit the beach and spend as much time as humanly possible outside. No matter how badly we want to spend our entire summer out in the sun, we just can’t resist the electronic entertainment that waits indoors. These vacation-worthy Netflix picks will have you begging your friends to stay in the air conditioning with you.


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PLAYING THE GAME Snipes (left) and Harrelson (right) star in “White Men Can’t Jump,” a sports comedy made for summer.

“ANIMAL KINGDOM” Australia seems like an ideal destination for a vacation, but after viewing this film, you might have second thoughts about sending the family there. “Kingdom” tells the story of a 17-year-old boy who is pulled into a dangerous criminal family after his mother’s death. The story is told with confident pacing and also features outstanding performances from the whole cast, especially Jacki Weaver as the diabolical head of the household.


If you’re not already taking a summer road trip with your family, take one with Johnny Depp instead. Depp plays Raoul Duke, the alter ego of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who is driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. Directed by Terry Gilliam (“Brazil,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”) “Fear and Loathing” is a visually creative and wonderfully bizarre film.




Remember summer camp? Most of us will never forget those days, and no matter what your experience, you’ll find something to laugh at in this dumb yet hilarious parody of the summer camp movie. Focusing on the last day of camp, a large ensemble cast featuring Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Rudd give the film a palpable energy that makes it hard not to enjoy.

Batman fans will be itching to see “The Dark Knight Rises” next summer. With the passing of Heath Ledger, however, there will be some huge shoes to fill for whoever plays the villain. Luckily, Tom Hardy (“Inception,” “RocknRolla”) has been cast for the role, and if “Bronson” is any indication, he will make a great villain. See him before he takes on Batman in this film as he plays the U.K.’s most violent prisoner: a man whose sole ambition in life is to be famous.

Woody Harrelson (“Zombieland”) is an inspiration to white basketball players everywhere as Billy Hoyle, a street baller who hustles black players under the assumption that he can’t play well because he is white. Another gifted hustler (Wesley Snipes) notices Hoyle’s talent and the two form a partnership destined to make a lot of money, if only they can get along. This sports comedy has enough seriousness to pack a punch, and rides its charismatic lead performances on the way to becoming a classic summertime movie.

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What to look for next year in UC sports

Spencer Dennis | Staff reporter Cincinnati baseball head coach Brian Cleary led the Bearcats (30-27) to another better than .500 season, amassing 30 or more wins for the sixth time in his 15 seasons. The team earned its fourth-straight Big East Championship tournament appearance during a season that saw Cleary earn victory number 392, surpassing Glenn Sample as the winningest head coach in school history. Cleary likes the progress of the program as a whole, but he’s not yet satisfied with the results. “Overall, we had a lot of good things happen [that we can] build on for next season,” Cleary said. “But, we’re still chasing a Big East Championship. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting closer.” UC finished the season tied for fourth in the Big East, but for the second straight season, the Bearcats failed to get a single win in

the Big East Championships. UC lost to St. John’s 8-3 in the opening round May 25 before being eliminated from the tournament — and having its season ended — by Louisville 7-3 the next day. Since making a run to the conference final in 2008, the Bearcats have gone winless in their last seven Big East Championship games. “A Big East championship is still the goal,” Cleary said. “We’re anxious to get back to work, keep plugging and getting closer.” The top offseason priority is replacing senior shortstop Chris Peters, Cleary said. “The shortstop is the heart of your defense,” Cleary said. “Pitching and defense are always the things we start with when we begin our [offseason] assessment.” Replacing the offense of senior outfielder Justin Riddell — who led the team in batting average (.361), home runs (9) and runs batted in (67) — won’t be easy either.

“Justin Riddell had a great season. That wasn’t a surprise,” Cleary said. “I’m not sure you replace that [offensive production] with one player. You need [several] guys to step up.” Despite the loss of four senior pitchers — including two inning eaters in Dan Jensen (3-3, 3.07 ERA, 58.2 IP) and Nick Johnson (2-2, 7.14 ERA, 40.1 IP) — Cleary has a confident outlook for next season when it comes to his pitching staff. “Our incoming class is heavy on pitchers,” Cleary said. “We have some guys coming in to fill some of those innings.” The Bearcats will also be returning promising sophomore righty Zach Isler (1-0, 2.62 ERA, 24 IP) and sophomore Andrew Strenge (3-3, 5.66 ERA, 47.2 IP). “We have some experience coming back,” Cleary said. “We know that the other [Big East] teams are looking to get better. We need to get better, too.”


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BIG FRESHMAN CAMPAIGN In his first year at Cincinnati, outfielder Justin Glass started all 57 games where he totaled 45 RBIs, 14 doubles and four home runs while batting .326 from the plate to earn a spot on the all-Big East Second Team.


Listen up, freshman. You rookies will be relied on to continue the storied tradition of University of Cincinnati athletics. If you didn’t keep up with UC’s sports scene last year — or the past few years — it’s time to catch up. First lesson: football. Can you smell that? That is the smell of the best time of year, football season, which is right around the corner. Get your face paint ready, fire up those grills and buy tickets early because you don’t want to be the one person in the group sweating it on gameday. Prior to last season’s dismal meltdown, the football team was the hottest athletic program on campus, but now the men’s basketball team has reclaimed that title. A new era was ushered in when former assistant to Bob Huggins, Mick Cronin, became the new head coach in 2006. Cronin faced an uphill battle from day one, especially since the Bearcats were leaving Conference USA for the Big East — arguably the toughest conference in college basketball. With this quick briefing, here are the four things to take note of in the upcoming year. Can Cronin cope with the expectations? Last season, Cronin took UC to the NCAA tournament for the first time in his five seasons at the helm. This ended a five-year hiatus for a city that had grown accustomed to seeing UC’s name called on Selection Sunday. The Cincinnati alumnus took the Bearcats to the Big Dance after losing his top two scorers — including 2010 NBA second-round draft pick Lance Stephenson. The Big East coaches picked the Cats to finish 12th in the conference, basically giving Cronin a free pass to have an average season. Cronin didn’t get the message. He ignored what experts said about his team and instilled trust in his core group of players. The end result was the team’s 11-7 Big East record — its best since joining the league. The Bearcats subsequently advanced to the third round of the NCAAs after dismantling Missouri in the second round.


Bearcats ready to improve on 2010 “We’ve played Providence so many times, I don’t know how many times we can play this payback card,” Dayes said. In the Cincinnati men’s soccer “Certainly in the back of our guys’ minds, team’s 2010 finale, Providence College handily beat the Bearcats 2-1 in the Big they will be thinking about the game in the Big East tournament.” East semifinals Nov. 12. A week following the start of The Bearcats were exposed in their classes, UC kicks off against Xavier at first appearance in the conference’s Final Four, letting in two mistake-prone Gettler Stadium Sept. 28. This year marks the 40th-annual grudge match goals in the opening half — including a between the city rivals. goal scored on themselves. The Musketeers enter this The Bearcats (7-5-7) were subsequently season on the heels of their inaugural overlooked by the NCAA selection berth in the NCAA tournament after committee in shocking the top favor of seven three seeds in the other teams. A-10 tourney. “There was a “We normally certain level of try to play them disappointment, later in [the but we knew year],” Dayes said. we were on “They are a vastly the bubble based improved team. on where we —hylton dayes For us, the real were with our UC men’s head soccer coach positive is our win-loss record,” fans get to come said UC head coach Hylton Dayes. UC begins the 2011 campaign against out and experience this rivalry first hand.” The Bearcats graduated six Bowling Green at home Aug. 15, as it players last year, including five pursues the program’s first appearance starters. Goalkeeper Matt Williams in the NCAA tournament since 2006. The Bearcats will line up for their Big was arguably the biggest loss. Last season, Williams posted a East opener Sept. 24 against Providence school single-season record with a in UC’s first shot at redemption since 0.68 goals against average. its loss in the Big East semis. Redshirt junior Joey Barnard will The Friars are notorious Bearcat slayers, boasting a 3-1 head-to-head likely line up between the pipes this fall. Barnard received the bulk of the minutes record in the postseason — including last in goal during the spring season and year’s ousting. hunter tickel | Sports EDITOR

There was a certain level of disappointment, but we knew we were on the bubble based our win-loss record

was Williams’ backup. Barnard will don the captain armband after being elected by teammates. New Mexico transfer Taylor Hafling will also give the Bearcats depth in goal and could provide competition for the starting spot. Hafling was unable to suit up in the spring following a shoulder surgery this past winter. The backbone of the 2010 Bearcats squad was its backline, which ranked No. 9 in the nation in goals conceded. Three of the four starters return, including the center duo of Alex Hadley and Roger Thompson. The underclassmen started all 19 games in their inaugural seasons with the program. Senior Matt Bahner — another captain — carried the team offensively with a team-best seven goals and six assists. The second team all-Big East selection was injured in the spring and hopes to be healthy in time for the season opener. With the graduation of both starting forwards, Dayes said he would have liked the outside midfielder to garner time up top in the spring. Meanwhile, freshman outside midfielder Matt Asensio — who redshirted last season — led the Bearcats this spring in scoring, bagging four goals. In order to compete for an NCAA tournament bid, UC will need to secure an effective starting forward partnership.

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LEADING BY EXAMPLE Senior captain Matt Bahner led the Bearcats last season with seven goals and six assists.

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BIG LEAGUE BOUND Chris Peters (left) and Dan Jensen will represent UC in the major leagues following the conclusion of the 2011 MLB draft Wednesday in Secaucus, N.J. Jensen was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds, while Peters signed a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Following the conclusion of the 2011 MLB draft Wednesday in Secaucus, N.J., Bearcats graduates Dan Jensen and Chris Peters will test their skills next season in the big leagues. Jensen was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 20th round as the 625th overall pick. The Centerville, Ohio, pitcher led the Bearcats last season from the mound with a 3.11 earned run average and 87 strikeouts. Jensen held opponents to a .257 batting average through 89.2 innings pitched and ranked third in the Big East with 56 conference strikeouts. Jensen threw his best game April 1 against Georgetown, where he pitched a complete game and struck out 11 batters, earning him the Big East Player of the Week award April 4. “It’s such a dream come true,” Jensen said. “[Reds area scout] Brad Meador called me before the 20th round and told me the Reds were going to take me this round. It was a dream come true.”

While not selected in the draft, Peters signed a free-agent contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. As a walk on, Peters played 225 games in a Bearcats uniform — ranking fourth in the program’s history — while ending his career with 177 consecutive starts. Peters’ batting average improved each year at UC, and he ended his senior season batting a career-best .298. The Tipp City, Ohio native finished his Bearcats career with his name etched all over the UC record books. Offensively, Peters ranked seventh in career hits (226), eighth in runs (155) and ninth in doubles (46). Peters also ranked third in career at-bats (827), fourth in walks (118), fifth in sacrifice hits (18) and sixth in stolen bases (49). Incoming Bearcat freshman Jackson Laumann was also selected in the 2011 draft by the Atlanta Braves in the 31st round with the 956th overall pick. Laumann will have until Aug. 15 to either sign with the Braves or attend Cincinnati in the fall.


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Ultimate summer cinema guide

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SAY MY NAME Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) battle it out in their final film, coming to theaters July 15.



ADAM KUHN | senior reporter Summer has finally arrived, which means it’s finally time to toss those books and notes aside and focus on relaxing. (Unless, of course, you’re taking summer courses — in which case, study hard!) With the heat boiling the blacktop of Cincinnati this summer, the local theater’s air conditioning beckons, as does the sizzling lineup of blockbusters (“Cowboys & Aliens” – July 29), reboots (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” – Aug. 5), and best-seller adaptations (“The Help” – Aug. 12). “Green Lantern” (June 17) – Heartthrob Ryan Reynolds must embrace the task a purple alien assigns him when he receives the ring that transforms him into one of DC Comics’ famed superheroes, the Green Lantern. As a protector of the universe, Hal Jordan must fend off the evil Hector Hammond, played by Peter Sarsgaard (“An Education”). “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” (June 17) – If superheroes aren’t your thing, then perhaps the slapstick comedy of Jim Carrey is — adorable? What about slapstick with penguins? If you have younger siblings or cousins or are a babysitter, this PG comedy might be a nice way to spend an afternoon.

“Bad Teacher” (June 24) – Cameron Diaz returns to the comedy world opposite Justin Timberlake in this comedy about, well, a bad teacher. Middle school teacher Elizabeth Halsey loses her sugar daddy, so she must seek a new beau, but another teacher played by Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) stands in her way. “Cars 2” (June 24) – The beloved cars from the Pixar film are back and with a whole new adventure as they travel the globe as Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) sets off to compete in the World Grand Prix. This time, however, lovable sidekick Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) gets involved with international spies. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” (June 29) – Megan Fox is out and Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley is in as Shia LaBeouf returns as Sam Witwicky. Director Michael Bay attempts to recover the franchise from the lackluster second film, although it was a financial success. But will a NASA cover-up be enough? “Larry Crowne” (July 1) – Tom Hanks directs and stars in this romantic comedy, which also features the rom-com queen Julia Roberts. She plays a disheartened college professor who encounters the recently unemployed, middleaged student Larry Crowne (Hanks). The unconventional student-teacher situation might just be what they both need. “Horrible Bosses” (July 8) – Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”), Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) and Jason Sudeikis (“Saturday Night Live”) star as three disgruntled employees who loathe their bosses. The solution? They decide to knock ’em off, with hilarity certain to ensue. “Zookeeper” (July 8) – Kevin James stars in what looks like a mix between James’ “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Night at the Museum” when the animals at the zoo begin talking to Griffin Keyes (James). “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (July 15) – The finale to the celebrated Harry Potter franchise sells itself. The last episode should bring fans out in droves and send them

away with great action and a great resolution to a decade long dominance of the box office. “Winnie the Pooh”(July 15) – Disney chooses a strange release date against Harry Potter for its reboot of the classic “Winnie the Pooh.” Fans of both Disney and the great cast of characters from A.A. Milne’s classic tale should be excited to see more from the gang. “Captain America: The First Avenger” (July 22) – With Marvel Comics’“The Avengers” set to release next year, it’s about time they got to the “First,” Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). Rogers is the first to become a super soldier for the United States during World War II. “Friends with Benefits” (July 22) – Natalie Portman’s costar from “Black Swan,” Mila Kunis, stars in a film that seems eerily similar to Portman’s “No Strings Attached” from earlier this year. This time, Justin Timberlake gets to have all the fun in Will Gluck’s (“Easy A”) comedy. “The Smurfs” (July 29) – In a summer sparse in kid flicks, “The Smurfs” land in New York City. For fans of the original television series, or even youngsters who’ve never heard of it, “The Smurfs” offers one of the few children-centric movies this summer. “The Change-Up” (Aug. 5) – Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, both with other films coming out this summer, team up for this trading places comedy. Mitch (Reynolds) is a single man and Dave (Bateman) is a married man. When they wistfully wish for each others’ lives, however, they actually get their wish. “30 Minutes or Less”(Aug. 12) – “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer helms this project featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari as two guys unfortunate enough to run into smalltime criminals (Nick Swardson and Danny McBride), who tell them to rob a bank in 30 minutes, or else. “One Day” (Aug. 19) – Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in this romance, which revolves around 20 years of encounters between Emma and Dexter as they slowly fall in and out of love. Lone Scherfig (“An Education”) directs this film based on the David Nicholls best-seller.

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HE’S GOING GREEN Ryan Reynolds stars as the Green Lantern in the highly-anticipated DC Comic-based action film set for release June 17. Here, he poses in all his green glory, dressed for success as a newly appointed superhero assigned the task of protecting the universe from pesky villains like Hector Hammond, played by Peter Sarsgaard.

Welcome, summer music fests

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WE LOVE MARGOT Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s will headline at Fountain Square Aug. 26. Kelly Tucker | entertainment EDITOR With something for every price range and sonic preference, Cincinnati’s high-humidity months will be packed with ear-worthy outdoor and indoor performances. Just add water and some SPF 30 and you’ll have everything you need to make your summer rock. PNC Summer Music Series Every day’s the weekend — and an outdoor concert opportunity — thanks to the PNC Summer Music Series. Fans of folk and indie acts have gotten a taste of the free MidPoint Indie Summer concert series taking place at Fountain Square every Friday. Catch local headliners like the Pomegranates (July 1) and notso-local ones, like Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (July 29) and Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s (August 26). In addition to the Friday festivities, Fountain Square Lounge presents jazz concerts every Monday; Tuesdays feature Southern Sounds; Wednesdays are reserved for reggae;Thursdays entail acoustic entertainment followed by Salsa on the Square, and if that doesn’t get you on your feet, you’ll be dancing by the time Saturday Slam rolls around. All performances are free. See for details. PBR Independence Day Throwdown (July 1-2) OK, so it might not be an outdoor music festival, but the fact see FEST | 19

Top 5 football Bearcats to watch in 2011 Bearcats turn to senior leadership following 4-8 season. 1





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LOOKING TO IMPROVE Following an undefeated season and a trip to the All-State Sugar Bowl in 2009, the Bearcats finished their 2010 season 4-8. Cincinnati kicks off its 2011 campaign against Austin Peay Sept. 3 at Nippert Stadium before traveling to Knoxville, Tenn., Sept. 10 to play its first South Eastern Conference opponent since 1995. Scott winfield | NEWS EDITOR


Schaffer was a defensive stud last season, recording 111 tackles — 9.5 for a loss — three sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. The senior linebacker made 13 tackles against Oklahoma and picked off Sooners’ quarterback Landry Jones in the process. Schaffer also recorded 16 tackles at West Virginia and 10 against Pittsburgh. The veteran run-stopper will be the commander-in-chief of the defensive front for the Bearcats in 2011. Look for the guy sporting No. 37 to be rattling pads all night long when the defense steps out onto the field at Nippert Stadium.

NO. 3: D.J. WOODS Woods averaged 15.8 yards per catch last season, reeling in 57 receptions for 898 yards and eight touchdowns. Woods also rushed

NO. 2: ISAIAH PEAD Isaiah Pead is electricity in football pads. The lightning-quick running back rushed 21 times for 169 yards against Oklahoma, rushed for 197 yards on only 10 carries against Miami (OH) and had 213 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries against Rutgers. By the end of his junior season, Pead had rushed for more than 1,000 yards — the first UC player to accomplish the feat in more than a decade — and had earned 190 additional yards through the air. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry last season — best in the Big East — and found the end zone six times on the ground. Pead is UC’s feature tailback and will most certainly be flexing his skills against Austin Peay in Cincinnati’s

home opener Sept. 3 where freshmen will quickly pick up the infamous chant, “you got Pead on.”

NO. 1: ZACH COLLAROS Collaros is a dual-threat quarterback with a very powerful arm. In his breakout game against USF in 2009, Collaros broke off a 75-yard run to score in the absence of injured quarterback Tony Pike. Collaros won the game in Tampa for the Bearcats with 132 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and 72 yards through the air. In 2010, Collaros took the reins as starting quarterback for the Bearcats and, from an individual standpoint, didn’t disappoint. Collaros completed 225 passes for 2,902 yards and 26 touchdowns. On the ground, Collaros ran for 202 yards and four touchdowns. He led the Big East in passing yards per game with 263.8 and was third in pass efficiency with a 137.5 rating. Collaros is a playmaker and will continue to impress in his second and final season as the starting quarterback for the Bearcats. Each of these five players are certain to put up points and prevent the opposition from doing the same. They will not, however, entirely decide the outcomes of each game. The Bearcats will also need a strong, concentrated team effort once had. Otherwise, Cincinnati cannot expect to contend with not only the Big East’s, but also the nation’s elite teams.


In his freshman season, McClung snagged 22 receptions for 217 yards and returned 11 kickoffs for 198 yards to record 421 all-purpose yards. Averaging 9.9 yards per catch, the young wide receiver caught


11 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Returning 32 kicks, Woods garnered 728 yards. The wideout caught seven passes against Oklahoma for 171 yards and one touchdown. He caught nine passes against South Florida for 137 yards, and, by the end of his junior season, Woods had racked up 1, 859 all-purpose yards. Woods has produced for the Bearcats since he arrived on campus, and this year should be no different. Look for No. 3 in the end zone this season, because he’s sure to make more than a few appearances there, whether it be from a spectacular catch or a speedy kick return.


If you’re new to the Bearcats football experience, then you won’t know about the tremendous highs and lows the program has gone through in the past few years. With the departure of former head coach Brian Kelly to Notre Dame in December 2009, a new era of UC football was ushered in — the Butch Jones era. The Bearcats went from an undefeated regular season that included a berth to the All-State Sugar Bowl in 2009 to a disappointing 4-8 (2-5 Big East) 2010 season. In Jones’ first season, Cincinnati missed a bowl game for the first time since the 2005-06 season. The expectations are much higher for Jones’ second season since he didn’t live up to the hype last year. The 2011 Bearcats have plenty of talent to help them win tough conference matches and make their way back into the ranks of the NCAA’s elite. Here are five explosive players who will be making a difference in the upcoming year.

four passes for 58 yards against Oklahoma at Paul Brown Stadium, highlighted by a 25-yard reception. In his last four games — all in conference play — McClung caught 17 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. McClung also had five kick returns for 81 yards against Connecticut. Look for this young yet skilled wideout to have a much larger impact on UC’s passing game this season, as he will most likely be the No. 2 receiver behind senior D.J. Woods.

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The 2010-11 year full of cheers, tears

Since the United States Constitution was ratified June 21, 1788, the size and scope of the executive branch has incrementally expanded well beyond the intention of our nation’s founders. Our Constitution was intended to protect us from the government intervening in our lives so long as we did not harm anyone else’s life, liberty or property. Now it has come to the point where the government can regulate and control almost all of your choices. The only choices we seem to be left with don’t amount to much. Instead of a large legislative branch, we have a large executive branch — this is the exact opposite of what the founders envisioned. In 1789, the executive bureaucracy was miniscule compared to what we see today, consisting of only three departments: State, Treasury and War. Since those first three years, the executive branch has grown exponentially, resulting in the 13 departments of the executive branch we live with today. The budgets for bureaucracies range from about $6.5 billion (Department of Commerce) all the way to $708 billion per year (Department of Health and Human Services). This yields a total cost of approximately $2 trillion per year, according to the White House’s web site. The legislative branch carries most of the blame for the bloated executive bureaucracy of today, since it created all of the agencies through legislation. This overreaching bureaucracy has received a broad series of mandates to decide what Americans can eat, drink, use for medication, use for recreation, what is too dangerous, what is “safe,” what hoops you

have to jump through to start a business and so on. These broad and largely undefined powers also often result in two bureaucratic departments fighting amongst each other for jurisdiction. The power struggle should be enough to sicken anyone. What’s more, the agencies are filled with staffs that are unimpeachable and unaccountable to the American public. They implement policies hindering the lives of every single American in one way or another, and nothing outside of a congressional investigation or executive order can change the way they operate. Every aspect of our life is being limited and controlled from nameless, faceless bureaucrats who implement more control over our freedoms. Similar to all governments throughout history, once power is acquired, there is a move toward the expansion of that power. W h e t h e r Democrats or Republicans control the legislative and executive branches of government is of no true consequence— the bureaucracies stay the same and, oftentimes, increase their powers regardless of the ruling party. The Constitution was intended to keep most of the government’s power in the hands of the people via congressional representatives. The idea was that more representatives make it harder for corruption to occur. In fact, the Constitution guarantees one representative for every 30,000 people. This means there should really be upward of 10,000 representatives given the U.S. population being just over 300 million. Increased representation and lack of corruption would, in turn, mean that only legislation with strong support across a wide

Instead of a large legislative branch, we have a large executive branch - this is the exact opposite of what the founders envisioned.

array of citizens would be made into law, rather than the current system, which rewards lobby groups and big businesses for their financial contributions to representatives’ campaigns. How do these bureaucratic agencies gain so much power? The government uses the common message that “they keep Americans safe.” Unfortunately, safety is an illusion, life is dangerous and bad things happen all the time—with or without governments there to “protect” us. Ben Franklin warned that to give away our liberties for the sake of some perceived security would get us neither. Subsequently, we would deserve neither. We have become wage and debt slaves to this system of corruption and arbitrary rules and regulations. When will it be time for Americans to realize that they are all quite capable of taking responsibility for themselves, and shrinking the needless bureaucracies that control our lives and limit our freedoms? We are beginning to see the glimmer of this reality show in the citizenry. We only needed endless warring, near bankruptcy, indications of a dollar collapse, hyperinflation and the constant encroachment on our civil liberties to see the light. If Americans want to float this sinking ship, it’s time for all of us to take personal responsibility for ourselves. Citizens do not need the government to tell them how to live “safely and securely.” As Americans, we need to recognize that our country was founded upon a very principled position of protecting the rights we have upon our entering this world. When we reclaim our rights as freethinking, independent and capable human beings, we will begin to truly see a shift in how the federal government operates. The road will not be easy to navigate, but at its end lies priceless freedom. The founders recognized this. As Samuel Adams said, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in the minds of men.”

Troubling Commencement Speaker Graduate takes exception with Western and Southern Dear News Record, As a member of the University of Cincinnati’s graduate class of 2011, I was embarrassed to learn that John F. Barrett, the CEO of Western and Southern Financial Group, was chosen to speak at my graduation ceremony this weekend. Western & Southern’s repeated attempts to remove the women and families of the

Anna Louise Inn from their homes so highpriced condos can be built is nothing short of disgraceful. The Anna Louise Inn has served Cincinnati for more than 100 years by providing safe and affordable housing for women, and more recently families, in need. Our class should have been represented by a speaker that shares the University of Cincinnati’s values of community service

and social justice, not a man whose company clearly values profits from real estate developments more than the women and families of the Anna Louise Inn. Sincerely, Andrew Neutzling Bachelor of Urban Planning; Class of 2011


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Adam Croxton | political opinion


From President Gregory Williams being formally instated and introducing UC 2019 to T-Pain’s painful spring concert, it’s been a hell of a year at the University of Cincinnati. First off, lets tip our caps to the volleyball team, who boasted a 39 home game winning streak and Big East regular season title win. Overall, the fall sports teams had a great show: men’s soccer made it to the semi-finals of the Big East tournament, as well. Sports wasn’t the only area UC excelled in this year; the National Opera Association honored the CollegeConservatory of Music with seven awards, including top honors for “Of Mice and Men.” Our university also received recognized from both the Princeton Review and the United States Green Building Council as on of the top green universities in the nation. While we’re mentioning awards and recognition, The News Record didn’t do too shabbily when it came to the annual college newspaper award season. The Ohio Newspaper Association recognized our sports, arts & entertainment and editorial coverage and headline writing, while the Society of Professional Journalism gave a nod to our sports photography, feature writing and web site. Oh, and they named us the third-best non-daily newspaper in the region. Bragging rights aside, TNR covered a lot of news this year. Ohio received national attention as Sen. Shannon Jones introduced Senate Bill 5 in February, which could change the collective bargaining law and cut pay to many public employees. The bill sparked protests across the state, and members of the UC community stood proud along with nearly 4,000 other protestors Feb. 22 at the Ohio Statehouse. Gov. John Kasich signed the bill in April, but petitions to get it repealed are in the works. Then again, that wasn’t the only protest that garnered national headlines that involved UC students. In December 2010, Aaron Tobey, a fifth-year architecture student, was cited for disorderly conduct when he removed his shirt and revealed the Fourth Amendment of the U.S.

Executive Branch Behemoth

FROM FEST | 14 that Southgate House is opening the whole building for two nights in the name of cheap beer and quality music has our attention. The first night kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with $25 entry for a night of country and bluegrass headlined by Texas musician Junior Brown following an array of local acts. For a less pricey night of fun, come back the second night at 8 p.m. for $10 entry to chill out to a sweet lineup including Cincinnati’s ska/soul rockers, The Pinstripes. Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2011 (July 20) Much like the product sponsoring the tour, Mayhem Festival is definitely not for the faint of heart. Music fans that like their metal brutal and their eardrums pounding will be crowding around Riverbend with black garb and studded leather in tow. Stages this year will feature everything from extreme heavy metal to metalcore to deathcore with headlining performances from more mainstream radio rockers Godsmack and Disturbed. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. and tickets are $66 a pop. Vans Warped Tour 2011 (Aug. 2) The punk rock music tour that’s been around since the nostalgic ’90s continues its stroll down a more metalcore and pop-influenced path with its 2011 lineup. From the softer, more upbeat sounds of Jack’s Mannequin and Reliant K to breakdown-bearing sets from August Burns Red and Winds of Plague, there will be a stage to satiate all kinds of alt-rock cravings. Dayton, Ohio natives The Devil Wears Prada will be headlining alongside the likes of A Day to Remember, Gym Class Heroes and Asking Alexandria. Prepare for a sea of sweaty hardcore dancers and circle pits starting at 11 a.m. for $29 entry at Riverbend. Flux Pavilion and Doctor P (Aug. 10) This is another outlier in the summer festivals category, but worth marking on your calendars nonetheless. Electronic dance fans are already counting the days until international dubstep giants Flux Pavilion and Doctor P team up for an intense night of beats at Madison Theater. The two British DJs and founders of Circus Records will be blasting mixes and dropping the bass like it’s hot in Covington, Ky., at 9 p.m. for an all ages night of dancing and dub. Tickets cost $20.

from tickel | 11 This year’s team has a completely contrasting identity. has UC ranked as high as No. 8 in its preseason poll. Several times last season, UC relied on savvy veteran leadership, but, with the departure of six seniors, that could potentially change this season. Seniors Dion Dixon and Yancy Gates — who typically shy away from vocal roles — will have to be more assertive on the court and in the locker room. Cronin is sure to have a raised and possibly unfair bar this year, and only the results on the court will tell if he can meet it. UC takes its first trip to SEC country since 1995 If there is a road trip you want to take to follow your Cincinnati Bearcats this school year, Knoxville should be your destination when the Bearcats football team takes on the Tennessee Volunteers Sept. 10. According to, Tennessee is the best college football weekend experience in the nation. Who wouldn’t want to be among more than 100,000 disappointed fans in Neyland Stadium if UC steals a win? The game will be televised on ESPN2, giving the Bearcats a chance to replenish its image on the national scene. This is your first and best chance of the year to become a part of the Cincinnati sports tradition, freshman, so don’t be lazy and waste it. Butch Jones 2.0 Under previous head coach Brian Kelly, the Bearcats won back-to-back Big East Championships, garnered four straight bowl appearances, which included an undefeated 2009 regular season where the Bearcats rose as high as No. 3 in the Associated Press poll. Since Kelly left, however, the Cats haven’t been the same razzle-dazzle, explosive offense. Jones will need to find consistency on both sides of the ball to return to the postseason. The Bearcats were top in the league in several offense statistical categories, and placed four skill players on all-conference teams. Their defense, however, was the laughing stock of the Big East. The poor defense coupled with the team’s untimely turnovers, led to an unthinkable 4-8 2010 regular season. What sports program will emerge this year? Since UC joined the Big East in 2005, five programs have earned league hardware: volleyball, men’s soccer, football, swimming and track and field. Last year, the volleyball team won the Big East regular season title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Going into the 2011 season, however, the Bearcats will face adversity with the departure of seniors Annie Fesl and Stephanie Niemer — two players who are now in the program’s record books. The men’s soccer team was the biggest surprise last year. The team had a second-place Big East finish after being picked to finish in the cellar in the preseason coaches’ poll. Bearcats junior hurdler Terrance Somerville ran one of his best seasons this past year, advancing to the final heat and being one of the eight finalists in the NCAA 110-meter hurdle Championship. With Somerville back for another season, the Bearcat hurdler is sure to post even bigger numbers and will look to become the first UC track champion.


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