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Diversity plan reaches completion JASMINE EVANS | STAFF REPORTER

The University of Cincinnati hopes to broaden its racial, ethnic and national horizons as its new five-year Diversity Plan has been completed and presented to UC President Gregory H. Williams. UC2019 is President Williams’ plan to accelerate the transformation of the university into one of the nation’s elite. The plan identifies six broad goals. Each goal has beneath it a series of identified strategies MITCHEL to be pursued to improve LIVINGSTON the culture of diversity and inclusion at UC. “Diversity is critical to our vision of excellence at the University of Cincinnati,” said Louis Bilionis, council chair and dean of the College of Law,. “It is essential to the completeness of the learning

experience we seek to create. The university also is a pathway for students to the world ahead — a world of work and leadership that depends upon diversity. That’s why UC’s mission statement embraces diversity, and why diversity is a key component of UC2019.” The diversity plan suggests five measurable priorities or immediate action steps for the current fiscal year (see priorities info box). “To make progress and transform the University, you need goals, measurable points of progress, clear assignment of responsibilities and accountability,” Bilionis said. “UC2019 does that, and this diversity plan coordinates with UC2019.” The subcommittee involved with the Diversity Plan included Terry Kershaw, chair of Africana Studies in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences; Debra Merchant, associate vice SEE DIVERSITY | 2

Medication poisonings on the rise

Six broad goals for diversity

1 Attract, retain and graduate academically prepared students who reflect a wide range of diversity 2 Attract, retain, and promote an increased number of underrepresented and diverse faculty in tenure and clinical track positions

3 Recruit, retain, and promote underrepresented staff at professional, mid-level, and senior leadership positions 4 Create and support a learning and work environment that reflects the university’s mission which includes a commitment to excellence and diversity

5 Increase supplier diversity and strengthen its community partnerships with particular focus on the inclusion of underrepresented and other diverse constituents. 6 Develop and implement a comprehensive, integrated, universitywide system of accountability and assessment that will evaluate, quantify institutional performance.


GUEST OF HONOR President Barack Obama spoke to members of the press and public with the Brent Spence Bridge as a backdrop during a visit to Hilltop Concrete in downtown Cincinnati. Obama used the visit as an effort to push his American Jobs Act legislation.


Unintentional medication poisoning is becoming an increasing problem with young children, and it accounts for more than half of emergency hospital visits nationwide. “More children are exposed, more are seen in an emergency department, more are admitted and more are injured each year,” said Dr. Randall Bond, medical director of the Drug and Poison Information Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, in a medication poisoning study. “We conclude that the problem of pediatric medication poisoning is getting worse, not better,” Bond compiled records from the National Poison Data system — a database containing information about all phone calls made to poison centers across the country — to track the increase of poising incidences. The study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, analyzed information from 2001-08 involving 453,559 children aged five years and younger, and found that most children were self-ingesting high amounts of certain prescription pharmaceuticals, mainly opioids (pain-relievers), sedatives and cardiovascular medications. The study states that according to a 1998-99 survey, half of adults had taken at least one prescription medication in the week prior, and 7 percent had taken five or more. This give children a higher chance to ingest those medicines. In 2006, the same survey found that 55 percent had taken at least one prescription medication in the week prior, and 11 percent had taken five or more. Self-exposure cases accounted for more than half of emergency department visits and three-fourths of hospital admissions. Increased potency of medications could also factor in to the rising number of pediatric poisonings. “More people are on medicines where they take one pill a day,” Bond said, explaining that each dose of medication is much stronger and more harmful for young children. “This is happening and [cardiovascular pills, painkillers and tranquilizers] are the medicines it’s happening with,” SEE MEDICATION | 2 INSIDE

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Obama touts new jobs JAMES SPRAGUE | CHIEF REPORTER With the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge overhead and the Brent Spence Bridge in the background, President Barack Obama visited Cincinnati Thursday at the Hilltop Concrete plant to stump for the benefits of his announced American Jobs Act while urging members of Congress to pass the bill. Speaking to a crowd consisting of union members, the unemployed and local politicians including Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Obama passionately gave spectators the ways his legislation — such as construction projects like the replacement of the Brent Spence Bridge mentioned by the president in his presentation to Congress Sept. 8 — will create more jobs and assist in the rebuilding of the nation’s infrastructure if passed. “We used to have the best infrastructure in the world here in America. We’re the country that built the intercontinental railroad and the Interstate highway system. We built the Hoover Dam; we built the Grand Central Station,” Obama said. “So how can we now sit back and let China build the best railroads, and let Europe build the best highways, and



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this bridge. Help us rebuild America. Help us put construction workers back to work. Pass this bill.” Boehner, who spoke at the University of Cincinnati last week regarding jobs and has compared the president’s plan to an act of “class warfare,” due to the proposed tax rate SEE OBAMA | 2


GET PUMPED UP Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory gets the crowd excited before Obama’s arrival in Downtown Thursday.

Campus housing near capacity



have Singapore build a nicer airport at a time when we got millions of unemployed construction workers out there just ready to get on the job and ready to do the work of rebuilding America?” Obama further detailed the proposed legislation in his speech, telling spectators how the plan will create more jobs, slash taxes on small business owners and even the tax burden between the middle and upper-classes. He also implored spectators to contact their representatives and urge them to pass the legislation, which led to chants of “pass the bill,” from the crowd and for the president to question Congress’ stance on the plan. “What’s Congress waiting for?” Obama asked. “What’s taking so long?” The president also issued a challenge to Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — two of the president’s staunchest opponents in Congress — to approve the legislation as well. “There’s no reason for Republicans in Congress to stand in the way of more construction projects,” Obama said. “There’s no reason to stand in the way of more jobs. Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, help us rebuild

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OUT OF ORDER Morgens and Scioto halls are in renovations after residents reported asbestos, mold and lead paint in the dorms.

In what has become almost an annual cliché, enrollment at the University of Cincinnati has grown for the seventh year in a row, resulting in a shortage of on-campus student housing. Due to the shortage, UC has rented out 100 beds from Sterling McMillan, located at 195 East McMillan St., to house students who weren’t able to get a space in the on-campus residence halls. The lease is said to be a “break-even investment” and the cost for the students living in Sterling McMillan is the same as those living in a residence halls such as Dabney, Daniels, Calhoun and Siddall on campus — $1,933 per quarter, said Todd Duncan, director of Housing and Food Services. UC’s 2011 overall enrollment of 42,750 students is 3.4 percent higher than the 2010 Fall quarter numbers and a sharp increase from the 33,823 total students enrolled in 2003. “It says we are increasingly a first-choice institution,” said Caroline Miller, senior


associate vice president for enrollment management. “The enhancements in retention and graduation rates indicate that students are achieving success — that they are generally satisfied with UC.” The continual growth of student enrollment is creating a demand for more living options on and off campus. On campus, Morgens Hall is currently under renovation, while a decision on the future of Scioto Hall is still pending, Duncan said. The two halls were closed in 2008 after former tenants reported health concerns including mold, asbestos and lead paint issues in the two halls. Morgens Hall is scheduled to reopen for the 2013-14 academic year, which would provide apartment-style housing for approximately 500 students. Each unit will have a full-service kitchen, and the old balconies will be encased in a glass cover, adding 15 percent more space to each room, Duncan said. SEE HOUSING | 2


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FROM live | 5 took the stage at 7:30 p.m. with “Barrel of a Gun.” The band’s upbeat, punchy sound was received with great enthusiasm by the audience, which had swelled to a decent size by the time the headliner began. Easily, the songs that stood out from the rest were those played later. While “This Could All Be Yours” was a driving, catchy song, “Do You Love Me” and “Happier” were two highlights that played much later on, toward the end of the band’s near hour-and-a-half performance. Like Burlap to Cashmere, Guster also toyed around with various instruments, with lead singer Ryan Miller breaking out the ukulele for a few songs (including the slow, tranquilizing “Come Downstairs and Say Hello”) and the harmonica in “One Man Wrecking Machine”. Guster has a sound that would appeal to most crowds — the strummy guitars result in a general likability not many bands can achieve. Their music isn’t life changing — I didn’t rush home to download the album — but both bands at Bearcat Live! made for a very enjoyable listening experience. The weather was perfect, the beers were cheap — all the factors were in place for a great end to Welcome Week.

From Diversity | 1 president for Student Affairs &Services; and Barbara Rinto, director of the UC Women’s Center. “Regarding the question as to why the plan was thought of in the first place, the answer is similar to why the Academic Master Plan and other plans are being created … to provide a longer-term strategy to achieve success in this mission-critical area,” Chief Diversity Officer Mitchel Livingston said. “ The subcommittee is in the process of determining costs for individual as well collective initiatives across the university as the plan does not contemplate what those costs are at this time, Livingston said. We will have this as one of our highest priorities going into this academic year,” Livingston said.

Diversity priorities • Improve the diversity of the applicant pool of qualified incoming students, • Improve the hiring of underrepresented faculty and staff, • Increase diversity among suppliers providing goods and services to the university, • Take substantial steps toward measuring the university work environment and our commitment to excellence and diversity, • Take substantial steps to develop and implement a comprehensive, integrated, university-wide system of accountability and assessment on achieving diversity goals.

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Bond said, but it doesn’t give any definite answers as to why. Bond points out that more teenagers are being treated for depression and more Americans have been diagnosed with obesity and high blood pressure in the last decade. “We think there might be more medications in the homes of young children,” Bond said. The availability of multiple medications in a single household might raise the probability of misuse, Bond said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the PROTECT initiative in 2008 to reduce the 70,000 emergency department visits resulting from unintentional medication overdoses among children under the age of 18 that occur each year.

The reopening of Morgens Hall will be an addition to the on-campus student housing, which is currently maxed out at 4,000 students. There are currently no plans to build any additional oncampus housing. Off campus, U Square @ The Loop — the housing and retail structure to be built between Calhoun Street and McMillan Avenue — will have 161 apartment units open to renters, which could partially alleviate the housing congestion.

Most other offcampus student housing complexes are already filled. University Park Apartments, located on Calhoun Street, has filled all 288 of its bedrooms, with underclassmen making up more than threefourths of its population. Sterling McMillan’s 442 bed spaces are filled, as are the 129 rooms at Uptown Rentals’ 65 West, the newly opened apartment complex on the corner of Ohio Avenue and West McMillan Avenue.

FROM moneyball | 5 seemingly unlimited supply of coffee, take a very controversial approach to fixing the broken team. This movie is full of intelligence, emotion, passion, triumph and most importantly, home runs. “Moneyball” was able to take a story about money and statistics and transform it into something else entirely. Trust me, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve never been to a baseball game or if you’ve been collecting cards since the age of nine — “Moneyball” is about more than just baseball, and this is coming from someone who rarely watches professional sports. I never thought I’d recommend a sports movie, but this is a definite must-see.

From obama | 1 changes for the nation’s wealthy, told those in attendance Thursday morning at a Washington press conference that the president’s choice of speaking at the Brent Spence was more political than practical. “Listen, like everyone in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, I know how important the Brent Spence Bridge is to our region,” Boehner said. “But you know, now is not the time for the president to go into campaign mode.” Boehner’s sentiments were echoed by McConnell of Kentucky Thursday morning, as he told colleagues on the floor of the Senate that the president had more important things to worry about than a bridge spanning the Ohio River. “I would suggest, Mr. President, that you think about ways to actually help the people of Kentucky and Ohio, instead of how you can use their roads and bridges as a backdrop for making a political point,” McConnell said. “If you’re truly interested in helping our state — if you really want to help our state — then come back to Washington and work with Republicans on legislation that will actually do something to revive our economy and create jobs. And forget the political theater.” Regardless of the partisan debate over the American Jobs Act, Ron King, a local steelworker who introduced Obama, said the legislation is needed to put the country back on track. “We know that this is work that desperately needs to be done,” King said. “We’re asking Congress to support [Obama] to pass this bill so that we can get to work.”

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1 Cheryl of “Charlie’s Angels” 5 Screwdriver liquor 10 “Logically, then ...” 14 The “height” part of a height phobia 15 Have __ to pick 16 Red Army leader Trotsky 17 Terrified Detroit baseball player? 19 Vietnam neighbor 20 Cuts off 21 Architect I.M. 22 Advantage 23 Very long time 24 Indy 500 entrant 26 Tippler 27 Memo-directing abbr. 29 Actress Sorvino 30 Voice below soprano 32 “Don’t make me laugh!” 33 Embarrassed Carolina football player? 36 Boeing competitor 38 Strolls down to the saloon 39 Depressed Miami football player? 43 Gun, as a V6 44 Ran a tab 45 Mine products 46 Talk like Daffy

47 __ Lanka 48 Went off course, nautically 50 “Little Red Book” writer 51 Prefix with directional 53 “Community” network 54 Sealy alternatives 57 Arp’s art movement 58 Jealous San Francisco baseball player? 60 Take too much of, briefly 61 Me-tooer’s phrase 62 Teen outbreak 63 Noises from itty-bitty kitties 64 Online status update limited to 140 characters 65 ‘Vette roof option


1 Cops enforce them 2 Yen 3 Fast food pickup site 4 Pamper 5 Chocolate factory vessels 6 __-Wan Kenobi 7 Where boxers and pugs play 8 Leg joint protector 9 Cliffside nest 10 Cosmo rival

11 Reprimands 12 Looks that lovers make 13 Beginning 18 Bird by the beach 24 __ Tin Tin 25 Yakked and yakked 27 Starbuck’s captain 28 Like a custom suit 29 Soup with sushi 31 Capt.’s subordinates 33 “I tawt I taw a __ tat!” 34 French friends 35 Letters on reply cards 37 Drone or worker 40 Unsophisticated 41 Come before 42 “If __ only listened!” 46 Rope at a rodeo 47 City destroyed by fire and brimstone 49 Common teen emotion 50 Ryan of “When Harry Met Sally...” 52 Actors McKellen and Holm 54 Agitated state 55 A.D. part 56 Armstrong’s “small” stride 59 Fair-hiring inits.

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Place blame upon people, not guns In case you hadn’t heard, Pistol Pete, starting this Friday it will be legal to carry the ol’ six-shooter into your favorite saloons and taverns — that is, assuming you’re licensed, completely sober and the bar owner is OK with it. This past June, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law House Bill 45 which allows gun owners with concealed carry licenses to bring their weapons into bars and other locations where alcohol is served, as long as they consume no alcohol on the premises and are not intoxicated. The polarizing piece of legislation has drawn fairly standard responses from both sides of the aisle, as those who are against all things gun-related seem to uphold the sentiment that nobody can ever be trusted with a firearm, while those who typically support gun owners argue that plenty of other states already allow them in bars and haven’t had a problem with it. At first glance, the idea of allowing guns in bars and clubs looks like absolute madness. It’s a common understanding among educated people and folks with the sleeves still attached to their shirts that deadly weapons and alcohol do not ever mix. After a closer look, however, being afraid of licensed gun owners carrying their weapon into a bar or ballpark is about as simpleminded and ignorant as fearing your own shadow. Guns already are and have always been in bars, whether legal or not. Any good Wild West movie includes at least one scene where some guy dressed in black enters a saloon scene, draws a revolver and shoots up the place. Sometimes he gets away with it, but sometimes before he can escape, he’s cut down by John Wayne and his Peacemaker, who you hadn’t noticed in the room until you needed him. Violent scenes in bars all too often turn out like the former, and the bad guy gets away after emptying his clip. Just this past weekend Kordero Hunter, a 21-yearold football player at Central State University, was killed and one other was injured in a Dayton, Ohio nightclub when 30-year-old Jason Dashaun Shern allegedly opened fire following an argument. Hunter was an innocent bystander to the altercation, according to Dayton police. It’s clear that the police and nightclub rent-a-cops aren’t always enough of a deterrent for criminals to leave their guns at home. The addition of sober, licensed and trained gun owners to the bar scene won’t necessarily turn the tide of crime in the state, but contrary to what those apposed to the law change believe, it definitely can’t hurt. If one thing is for sure, it’s that things won’t get any worse. Those who claim more guns in bars can only lead to more gun violence must be reminded that Ohio has been licensing trained adults to carry concealed handguns for years now. In all likelihood, you walk past someone legally carrying a gun on a regular basis, and even more likely is the fact that you had no idea, they weren’t a danger to you and nobody got hurt. In the second quarter of 2011 alone, Hamilton County accounted for 607 of the 14,594 concealed carry licenses issued in the state of Ohio, according to the Ohio Attorney General. In 2010, a total of more than 47,000 licenses were issued and 13,544 renewed, while only 720 were suspended and just 206 revoked for various reasons that are not necessarily related to firearms or violence. It’s obvious that those who go through the time and trouble to become trained and licensed to carry are generally (206 revocations for 47,337 is less than one-half of 1 percent, by the way) law-abiding citizens who are not interested in losing their right to protect themselves. Of course, in a perfect world, nobody ever has a gun SEE GUNS | 7

Goessling’s ground breaking groceries HOLLY ROUSE | COLLEGE LIVING EDITOR

For Clifton residents who mourned the loss of Keller’s IGA last January, rebirth is on the horizon. Goessling’s Markets Clifton celebrated its official ground breaking on Sept. 24, and is set to open its doors in conjunction with the upcoming Winter quarter at the University of Cincinnati. With ceremonial golden shovels in hand, Mayor Mark Mallory, State Rep. Dale Mallory, and State Sen. Eric Kearney broke ground with owner Steve Goessling, whose new brand was praised for its marriage of enthusiasm between Clifton citizens and the Goessling family to bring the high quality and service to the neighborhood. “We plan on making the new market part of every Clifton resident’s lifestyle,” Goessling said. “Goessling’s will be a true neighborhood market with local produce, hand-ground hamburgers, and quality, honest products.” The owner hopes that Goessling’s (pronounced “Guess-ling”) will become a central part of the Clifton community. “It will be a community experience where young children can find their first jobs, families can come grocery shopping together, and college students and residents alike can have all of their supermarket needs met only

a few blocks from home.” The new market will be a place to leaf through its extensive selection of fresh produce, as well as a place of employment for local students and Clifton residents. “Supporting the local community is of high importance to the Goessling’s Markets brand, Goessling said. “We are a family supermarket, and we see the Clifton community as a family of sorts.” One way Goessling hopes to encourage a feeling of community support is to have a grillout one day per week outside of the store. “The grill out will be open to the public and will feature products from the store,” he said. Goessling also hopes to use the new market as a platform to support an array of nonprofit organizations. “We are working with Labels for Learning,” Goessling said. “Customers will be given the opportunity to save product labels.” For every label saved, the market will donate five cents to a nonprofit charity of their choice. According to Goessling, “Our store hopes to work with an array of different charitable organizations, which we hope will deepen the sense of community.” The grocery market, which will honor UC’s Bearcat Card, is expected to open in January


GROCERY GROUND BREAKING Set to open in early 2012, Goessling’s Markets Clifton celebrates its official ground breaking ceremony. 2012 as the university’s Winter quarter begins. They are currently accepting applications for employment at the 319 Ludlow Ave. location. When it comes to opening the much anticipated Goessling’s Markets Clifton, owner Steve Goessling’s motto is, “The sooner the better!”

STREETSCAPES chalks up Clifton HOLLY ROUSE | COLLEGE LIVING EDITOR Clifton’s 9th annual Streetscapes proved that sidewalk chalk isn’t just for the scribbles of young children on sticky summer afternoons. Over the weekend of Sept. 24, artists from the Cincinnati area gathered in the Clifton Gaslight District to lend a hand in transforming Teleford Street into a canvas of famous works of art from the renaissance to contemporary art periods with handmade chalk. “The Clifton community has truly embraced Streetscapes within the past nine years,” said Kip Eagen, who founded the festival in 2002. “When I created the event, I wanted to give Clifton the opportunity to experience a new kind of art festival. There aren’t any awards or cash prizes. It’s all about coming together as a community and experiencing art in an out-of-the-box sort of way.” Hairdressers, freelance designers, students and professors were all encouraged to embrace their artistic abilities, regardless of their day job. Anyone with an aptitude for art was able to participate. “It’s wonderful to participate in a festival like this as an artist,” said Carol Carver, an elementary art education specialist at Princeton City Schools, who has been participating in Streetscapes with her friend Abby Miller for the festival’s entire nine years. “The interaction between the artists and

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the crowds is great, and it allows us to become better acquainted with the works of famous artists during the process of trying to reproduce it.” This year’s Streetscapes was a labor of love for Carver and Miller, who partnered with their husbands, Cam Carver and Dave Tashjiam on their chalk mural of Charley Harper’s posthumously released “Birducopia.” Together, they handmade their own chalk and brought their mural to fruition. “We enjoy using our creative skills and getting involved with the art community,” said Miller, an art teacher for Lebanon City Schools. “It also fosters artistic growth, both professionally and as a teacher.” For some Streetscapes artists, the art festival serves as a creative outlet that their day jobs do not provide. Tina Clyburn and Gaylynn Robinson take advantage of the event each year in order to take advantage of their art skills. “Tina and I both moonlight as artists,” Robinson said. “I’m a job coach for special needs young adults, and Tina is a hairdresser. We take part in this festival because it’s a fun, artsy afternoon for us — something we don’t always get to do in our day-to-day lives.” “Art Cars” also returned to Streetscapes this year, for which five Clifton residents volunteered their cars to have a famous work of art reproduced on the vehicles. Rupie Spraul, who just began his second year at Oak Hills High School, was one of the lucky few selected for the new paint job. “I’m having ‘The Birth of Venus’ painted on my GMC Yukon,” said 17-year-old Spraul. “I’m looking forward to driving it to school


TAKING ART TO THE STREETS Clifton residents and Cincinnatiarea artists came together to celebrate the local art community over the weekend of Sept. 24. Artists used handmade chalk to turn Teleford Street into a canvas of famous works of art. Artists from Charley Harper to Botticelli were featured in the 9th annual Streetscapes art festival. Children were also invited to create their own works of art at the event, which was sponsored by Clifton Town Meeting.


RentShare aims to eliminate renting woes ELESE DANIEL | STAFF REPORTER No need to be the responsible one collecting money from roommates and writing out a check to the landlord. There’s a website that will take care of all that. With RentShare, everyone’s portion of rent can be paid with one click. Not only can you conveniently pay online with RentShare

nationwide, you can split and share rent payments and expenses without involving a landlord. No checks, no signatures, payments getting lost in the mail and no need to worry; your money will be safe with the website’s bank level security. Tenants are notified monthly by email when the rent is due, and each roommate pays their


EASY ACCESS RentShare makes online rent payments easy via All it takes is an email address and a few clicks.

individual share and the landlord is paid by RentShare which combines all the money into one check. “RentShare is trying to remove the awkwardness,” said Chris Topinino, vice president and cofounder of RentShare. “You don’t get held responsible and can feel confident the other roommates are being reminded.” Creating an account with RentShare is as simple as signing up for Facebook or Twitter. RentShare does not accept all applicants instantly. Applicants with fewer than two roommates will be placed on a waiting list. A certain number of applicants with one roommate or no roommates are accepted on a monthly basis. Applicants with two or more roommates are accepted instantly and can set up their rent by answering a few questions about the amount due, where the rent is paid, who the roommates are and how the rent will be paid. Rentshare accepts credit and debit card payments as well as direct deposit from bank accounts. There is also an auto-pay option. One of the greatest RentShare’s greatest successes is its landlord satisfaction rate, according to


How it works: • allows tenants to pay their portion of rent with just one click. Landlords and tenants are notified of payments separately, eliminating any awkwardness. • Signing up for RentShare is as easy as creating an account with Facebook or Twitter. All you need is a name and an email address. Topinino. The service takes care of notifying and explaining the payment process to landlords; the tenant simply indicates who it is. “People feel like it is simplifying their lives,” said Topinino. “Which is awesome since that was our goal. It’s a pretty utilitarian tool at its core.”


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Guster rocks UC



Bearcat Live! kicks year off right

Everybody wins with viral ads Cultivating public interest for upcoming movies has become an art form, but it’s not exactly beautiful. Social media means that the canvas on which movies can be marketed is broader and multidimensional. There’s a chance for something elaborate and deeply appealing to take form, but it’s the same old cynical blemishes that peak through and tarnish the portrait. Movies are no longer limited to their trailers or posters to catch the viewer’s eye before they are released. Now publicists can tweet about it, email, chat on Facebook and blog. The movies can essentially take on a life of their own and engage with others. Snugly, they fit into the mold of this new type of human/computer quasi-personality that we have invented through social media, and now they have a fully realized social character despite not being entirely human. Setting aside any unknown developments and long-term ramifications, the scenario is fascinating and rife with possibilities. Artistic possibilities, of course — this cool movie marketing “persona” can become an extension of the movie itself. For example, the personality of a character can be taken beyond the context of a movie and applied to real life. Or maybe the style of a movie can unhinge from its cinematic confines and plant itself in the real world; all from an official, centralized source, and all in the name of artistic evolution. But then there are financial possibilities to consider. Each new social media platform is just a way to increase the film’s exposure and elevate fans’ desire to see it. Profit becomes the bottom line. Therefore it should come as no surprise that financial incentives seem to win out more often than not. Not so much that the artistic ideas are extinguished, but enough that they are undermined. It typically begins with what is known as a “viral marketing” scheme online. In this process, the studio initiates contact with the public and allows information about the movie to spread like a plague. Movie tidbits, often cloaked in mystery, are dispensed from a few media outlets and consumed by the most eager and receptive fans. These fans are the “patient zero” in this outbreak of movie mania. From them, the buzz is carried throughout the public domain in a very natural way, flourishing on individual immunodeficiency to the prospect of excitement and spectacle. It’s the initial excitement that is fundamental in sending out positive reverberations for the film. Though they are only ripples that will be later subsumed by the splash of mass marketing (the TV spots, trailers, E! specials and talk show interviews), they leave a crucial imprint. They set up a foundation of devoted followers and also reinforce the layers of the film’s credibility for curious observers. The idea of a viral media campaigning for a movie isn’t inherently dubious. Many people genuinely enjoy following the maze through movie “sneak peeks” and daily images as they are gradually revealed from the movie set onto the web. By the end of the process all of these puzzle pieces assemble and form a collage of artwork, directly tied into the movie, which hopefully enhances the experience of watching the final product in theaters. So it is from the anticipation and the build up that a creative opportunity to generate excitement arises, and it’s organic excitement that is based on the merits of the movie. If it happens to coincide with spreading positive vibes for the film at the benefit of the studio, then so be it. Everybody wins. Do you think viral marketing is a win-win, or do you think it detracts from the quality of the films being advertised? Tell us what your opinion on this hot topic is by emailing entertainment editor Kelly Tucker at or tweeting TNR_Entertain.



BEARCAT LIVE! DELIVERS Guster made for a lighthearted, loveable fall act at UC’s Bearcat Live! concert.

As Guster struck the final chord of “What You Call Love,” a crowd member shouted out, “You’re so much better than T-Pain!” Thankfully, he was right — the band was way better thanT-Pain’s Auto-Tuned, lukewarm performance at the University of Cincinnati last spring. Then again, that’s not saying much, considering the best thing to be said about the spring concert was that it was free. Still, the free Bearcat Live! concert Friday was more than decent. Opener Burlap to Cashmere had a fun new sound — a mix of twang and Greek folk with a hint of Mexican mariachi. In July, Burlap to Cashmere released its first full-length album in 13 years, and all the songs they performed on Sigma Sigma Commons were from the new, self-titled album. The lyrics were mostly light and

whimsical, with love, longing and natural elements all playing big roles in most of the songs. Lead singer Steven Delopoulos had a brassy, folksy voice, which harmonized nicely with background vocals by guitarist John Philippidis. The bongo percussion from Theodore Pagano also added a nice touch, while the occasional banjo was another positive addition to several songs. After Burlap to Cashmere’s half-hour set, a short break while the headliner set up, made for an excellent opportunity to survey the booths lining the commons and enjoy the freebies — water bottles from UC Sustainability and snow cones from Friday Night Live in three shades of green. Concertgoers could also purchase beer, water and pizza. Guster, which also hails from the ’90s, SEE LIVE | 2



THREE CRAZY NIGHTS Upper left: Blues/soul legend Booker T. Jones performs at the packed Cincinnati Club Sept 23. Upper right: Midpoint Music Festival attendees stop for a bite to eat at the food vendors on Midpoint Midway Sept 22.


THREE CRAZY NIGHTS RIght: The Harlequins deliver a silenceblasting performance in the rockfilled Vitaminwater room at the Hanke Building Sept. 24.


MidPoint Music Festival is feeling more and more like a contending force in the national music festival scene, bringing musical acts diverse and powerful enough to perhaps sit next to Austin, Texas’ indie rock mecca, SXSW. Here are TNR’s top picks from MPMF’s Sept. 22-24 performances.

Midpoint Midway

On top of the 185 musical acts spread over three evenings, this year MPMF brought a new attraction to the festivities: MidPoint Midway. Traffic was closed on 12th Street between Vine and Walnut Streets so MidPoint attendees could indulge in food, drink, art vendors and displays and outdoor music.

Booker T. Jones

Booker T. Jones is a living legend. Now a blues standard, his first big hit “Green Onions” is cool incarnate (yes, youngsters, it’s that song from the movie“Sandlot”).The Cincinnati Club Room was filled to maximum capacity Friday night, but there was still plenty of room for blues fans to boogie. With the recent death of David “Honey Boy” Edwards, there’s been a need for true bluesmen

like Booker T. to remind us why we turn to this music for solace generation after generation.

Vitaminwater Room at the Hanke Building

This reporter was determined to soak in the vibes of the Vitaminwater Room at the Hanke Building all Saturday night. There, an all-star cast of some of Cincinnati’s favorite rock acts made extremely efficient use of the free earplugs that were being distributed throughout the 18 venues around town.

The Dukes are Dead

The Dukes are Dead (formerly The Dukes) opened the night at Hanke. They brought with them a mildly satanic blend of blues and punk rock. Somewhere in their sound is a confounding mixture of Jack White and stadium cock-rock. They also seem to make lyrical references to French surrealist cinema landmark, “Un Chien Andalou.” Weird combination, but, like pizza and ice cream (or Vitaminwater and beer), people dig it.

The Harlequins

Everyone pronounces their name differently, but The Harlequins have the supreme ability to consistently play a great show. Frontman Michael Oliva’s songs are beautifully demented hybrid homage to the Beach Boys and The Ramones. His guitar tone drips with reverb and

fills every pocket of quietness in the room.

Brian Olive Band

A last-minute replacement for Conspiracy of Owls, who had to drop the show due to unforeseen circumstances, Brian Olive played like they owned the place. An impressive collection of Cincinnati musicians, Olive’s band boasts the man himself, Olive, a veteran guitarist of the fantastic Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers. Along for the ride are Molly Sullivan (exNo No Knots) singing backup, Yusef Quotah (You,You’re Awesome) on keyboard and Matt Ayers (The Guitars, The Lions Rampant) keeping the sweet beat.

Man or Astro-Man?

Man or Astro-Man? are not of this earth. Closing the festival at Hanke, it’s unbelievable this sci-fi surf rock band didn’t set the stage ablaze with their sheer musicianship. Currently based out of Atlanta, Ga., Man or Astro-Man? do not bow to human convention, making something too sophisticated-yet-chaotic to believe any of the quartet are human.

MPMF has brought Cincinnati “a decade of audio addiction.” Our collective withdrawal (or hangovers) will be unbearable until next year’s sweet fix.

‘Moneyball’ more than baseball flick SUZIE NIEMAN | TNR CONTRIBUTOR

To be completely honest with you, I walked into the theater for the “Moneyball” screening expecting to stare at Brad Pitt for a few hours — and not much else. “Moneyball” is advertised as a baseball movie. That means big-league teams, packed


CHANGING THE GAME Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane (left) and Jonah Hill plays Peter Brand in “Moneyball,” which hit theaters Sept. 23.

stadiums, underdog players, bottom of the ninth miracles, overcoming the impossible — you know how it goes. Personally, while I enjoy the occasional game, I’m no expert on sports — I can only smile and nod when winning years and players’ names are being dropped. A sports film packed with clichés didn’t sounds terribly exciting, but given the cast, not all hope was lost. Steve Zaillian wrote the script, after all — you’ll probably recognize him for his award-winning screenplay for “Schindler’s List” in 1993. One thing that I slowly realized about “Moneyball” was that it wasn’t a baseball movie, exactly. Don’t get me wrong; every single baseball cliché I had predicted was there — right down to the bottom of the ninth. Somehow, despite those expectations being met, this movie accomplished so much more in that 133 minutes than every other sports movie I’d seen. Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt, is the general manager for the Oakland As. He absolutely nails the part, which is a big contribution to what makes this movie so


enjoyable — you’re immediately on his side, even when he’s throwing a water cooler onto the ground or smashing a radio against the pavement. Beane is the hero through and through, and

There are rich teams, and there are poor teams. Then there’s 50 feet of crap, and then there’s us. —BILLY BEANE “MONEYBALL”

his heart and soul are invested in one thing that takes the entire movie to become abundantly clear — changing the game of baseball. When Beane discovers shy, Yaleeducated Peter Brand, played by Jonah Hill (“Superbad”), the excitement really picks up. The Oakland As are hurting for new players since they’ve lost their best three, and Peter and Billy, armed with a tiny budget and SEE MONEYBALL | 2



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FROM FOOTBALL | 8 Glennon to Graham, but the Bearcats extended their lead when wideout Kenbrell Thompkins caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Collaros to make the score 41-14 with 1:26 remaining in the third quarter. Miliano hit a 22-yard field goal to make the final score 44-14. Cincinnati’s ability to run the ball and NC State’s inability to do the same was one of the deciding factors in the contest. The Bearcats rushed for 240 yards, while NC State rushed for -26. Collaros rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns off nine attempts, and he completed 25 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. “He was really in charge and really in command,” Jones said. “He played the way we expect him to play. He made some great plays with his legs, and I thought our receivers did a great job in the scramble drill as well.” Pead rushed for 167 yards and one touchdown off 27 attempts, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He also added three receptions for

FROM BENGALS | 8 24 yards — one for a touchdown. “That’s a compliment to the line and a compliment to the passing game,” Pead said. “They have to respect Zach and respect our receivers so they can’t really stack the box. That gives us better numbers to block and allows me to spring free.” The Bearcats were also successful in their ability to apply pressure to Glennon. UC’s defense sacked Glennon six times, intercepted him twice, forced and recovered a fumble and broke up three passes. “We did a great job of winning our one-on-one matchups, and the great thing about it is that everyone took their turns applying pressure to the quarterback,” Jones said. “It was great to see.” The Bearcats have now forced 16 turnovers in four games, and are leading the nation with a 15-1 turnover margin. The Bearcats return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. against the University of Miami (OH) in Oxford, Ohio.


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town and fans hide their identities with paper bags. 2004-2005: Guns N’ Roses “Greatest Hits” is released and goes triple platinum. The Bengals, under coach Marvin Lewis, appear in 2004 on Monday Night Football for the first time in 15 years, defeating the Denver Broncos 2310. They proceed to win the AFC North division in 2005 and appear in the playoffs for the first time since 1990. Hope abounds for both groups. 2005-present: Multiple tours planned for the new Guns N’ Roses fall apart. Axl Rose acts nuttier than an outhouse bat. The band finally releases the long-awaited “Chinese Democracy,” which sounds dated and bombs. In Bengal Land, Carson Palmer has his knee demolished in a 2005 playoff loss to the Steelers. Countless Bengals are arrested. Chad Ochocinco wants to leave town, Mike Brown still won’t hire a general manager, Carson Palmer retires before he can play another down as a Bengal, blah blah blah. If there isn’t enough evidence here to convince you that the Bengals are cursed by Guns N’ Roses and their damnable song, then I don’t know what would. Send letters, Bengals fans, to Mike Brown and ask him to drop “Welcome to the Jungle.”

FROM CHALK | 4 and around town. It will be pretty awesome.” The art festival, which was sponsored by Clifton Town Meeting, serves as a way to cultivate new relationships and reenergize the Clifton community, as well as local businesses. “Streetscapes allows us to support Clifton residents and businesses,” Clifton Town Meeting Secretary Jeff Rose said. “Clifton Town Meeting is always looking for ways to enrich the community in interactive and fun ways, and Streetscapes is a perfect opportunity to do just that.” When asked what his favorite part of Streetscapes has been over the years, Eagon said, “I wanted to create something that was about two things: community and art. I feel as though we’ve accomplished that. Streetscapes brings people and together, allows spectators and artists to connect, and is all about the art. That’s what sets it apart from other art festivals. At its core, it’s about the art and the people.” FROM GUNS | 4 and nobody ever gets shot. In a perfect world there is no violence and there’s no need for deadly weapons or even police. Unfortunately, the reality is that guns and violence exists, plenty of bad people have them and there aren’t enough cops to protect us all. Until then, I don’t think allowing more sensible people to conceal legal weapons in more place is such a bad idea.

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Bengals cursed by Axl Rose

I’m not superstitious by nature. I was never, in my less-than-illustrious careers as a Little League baseball or grade-school basketball player, one of those folks that believed in the power of the rally cap or wearing the same pair of socks during a winning streak. I certainly wasn’t someone like Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who reportedly wore the same pair of underwear during a recent 12-game winning streak this season. After the ignominious news last week that two pounds of marijuana were allegedly being delivered to the home of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson, however, I thought quite possibly that the Bengals — the eternal laughingstock of professional sports — could be cursed. Yes, I said cursed. The franchise was not run into the ground by owner Mike Brown; it is not in disarray from horrible draft picks throughout the years. It is not because the team resembles the Angola Work Farm — also known as the Louisiana State Penitentiary — or because Paul Brown passed away in 1991. Nope, it is because the team is cursed. It has been cursed since 1988 — the Bengal’s last glorious Super Bowl year — when the powers that be in the bizarro world of the Bengals decided to attach the franchise to a popular band and song of the time. That band was Guns N’ Roses, and the song was “Welcome to the Jungle,” and I will now damn Axl Rose’s name forever. You’re probably thinking that I’ve suffered brain damage from countless times of banging my head against the wall due to a plethora of Bengals losses during my time, but let me illustrate how the career arc of Guns N’ Roses has paralleled the history of the Cincinnati Bengals. Lets start in 1988, when Guns N’ Roses was burning up the Billboard charts with their single “Welcome to the Jungle.” The song is used in the Clint Eastwood film “The Dead Pool,” and everything the band touches turns to gold. Meanwhile, the Bengals begin playing the song during games at Riverfront Stadium — now aptly known as “The Jungle” — during their 12-4 run to the Super Bowl. Guns N’ Roses releases the album “G N’ R Lies” in late 1988, at the height of the Bengals run. Axl Rose catches backlash for the lyrics to the song “One in a Million” at about the same time frame the Bengals proceed to lose Super Bowl XXIII to the San Francisco 49ers 23-16. 1990-91: Guns N’ Roses reaches their apex with the albums “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II.” In 1990, the Bengals, meanwhile, win what is known then as the AFC Central division, blow out the Houston Oilers in the AFC Wild Card game and even end Los Angeles Raider running back Bo Jackson’s career in a 2010 AFC Divisional loss. The future looks bright for both the band and the team. 1991-92: Guns n’ Roses, specifically Axl Rose, incite two separate riots at performances in St. Louis and Montreal. Meanwhile, the Bengals fire Super Bowl coach Sam Wyche in 1991 and begin their descent to madness with the hiring of Dave Shula in 1992 and a 5-11 record. 1993-2003: Axl and company release the bomb of an album known as “The Spaghetti Incident.” The band then falls into disarray as all original members quit the band by 1997. Axl and his cast of musical mercenaries release only two singles between 1994 and 1999, supposedly work on the album “Chinese Democracy” and completely fall off the map of popular culture. In Cincinnati, Dave Shula continues to lead the Bengals to defeat until being axed in the middle of the 1996 season, whereas Bruce Coslet and Dick Lebeau pick up where Shula left off and find every way under the sun for the Bengals to lose. Free agent players avoid Cincinnati, wide receiver Carl Pickens wants to leave SEE BENGALS | 7

Cats happy to remain in Big East CONFERENCE REALIGNMENT

UC remains optimistic despite conference changes BRITTANY YORK | SPORTS EDITOR

University of Cincinnati head football coach Butch Jones says the Bearcats will not be impacted by the Big East Conference realignment. “We’re sitting in a good position right now,” Jones said. “We’ve done our research and our due diligence, and we’re going to be fine.” Pittsburgh and Syracuse applied to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and were officially accepted Sept. 18, leaving the Big East with six remaining football colleges — seven once Texas Christian University joins in 2012. To be eligible for a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game, conferences must have at least eight teams, and East Carolina University already announced its application to the Big East Wednesday. Army, Navy and Air Force are considered to be other top candidates for new membership.

The Big East has a $5 million exit fee and requires members to give 27 months notice prior to leaving, though it is unlikely that the timeline will affect Pitt or Syracuse, as financial talks are likely to occur, allowing them to — in a sense — pay their way out. “I am optimistic the University of Cincinnati will not only remain relevant in the major college football landscape but will also be a strong and committed partner to whatever grouping of schools with which we align,” said UC President Gregory Williams. “While these are indeed challenging times as several major conferences experience shifts, the University of Cincinnati has a strong athletics program, as

well as highly respected academic programs, and both are tremendous assets that will serve UC very well as the changing landscape is negotiated.” Details of ongoing conference realignment continue to change, but UC officials say they are confident that The Big East will be just fine and that it provides the best fit for the Bearcats. “We expect to attract the best caliber of student-athletes here that fits our recruiting profile,” Jones said. “I think there’s a bright future ahead, and I know there’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes. Right now, we can’t comment on it, but I’ll just say that I know we have an unbelievable product when you look at our reputation and the success, where we’re located, our facilities — I know President Williams and our administration is being proactive. We’re sitting in a good position and we’ll see that.”


THE RUNNING MAN UC running back Isaiah Pead rushed for 167 yards and one touchdown, averaging 6.2 yards per carry Thursday night.

IN YOUR FACE CATHY HEBERT | SENIOR REPORTER In front of an announced crowd of 28,431, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats defeated the North Carolina State Wolfpack 44-14 Thursday night in Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats were looking to avenge last season’s 30-19 loss to the Wolfpack and were able to do so in a dominating fashion. “We were really disappointed in the way we played against them last UC year, and they dominated us in all three phases — it NC wasn’t even close,” said head STATE football coach Butch Jones. “They really dominated us in the physicality of things, and we take great pride in being a physical football program. So that’s kind of been a rallying cry for us for a year.” After a stalled drive by each team, UC junior punter Patrick O’Donnell punted the ball 76 yards — the second longest punt in school history — to pin the Wolfpack inside their 10-yard line. On the Wolfpack’s ensuing drive, Bearcats’ junior defensive back Drew Frey intercepted NC State quarterback Mike Glennon to put the Bearcats on the Wolfpack’s 35-yard line. A combination of quarterback Zach Collaros’ and running back Isaiah Pead’s legs quickly got the offense into scoring position, and for the fourth straight game, Pead scored the first touchdown of the contest — this time on a two-yard run.



Bearcats get re venge in NC State rem atch

The Bearcats’ next touchdown was also produced by their run game, but this time it was Collaros’ legs that found the endzone with a 13-yard run to put Cincinnati ahead 14-0. On the Wolfpack’s next drive, Glennon was again picked off, this time by UC senior linebacker J.K. Schaffer. “I can’t say enough about how the defense played,” Collaros said. “They did a great job creating turnovers and giving us short fields to score touchdowns.” The Bearcats capitalized on the interception, and once again, Collaros used his legs to find the endzone, adding to the Bearcats’ lead with a 10-yard touchdown run. NC State was able to temporarily stop the bleeding when they intercepted a Collaros pass intended for senior wideout D.J. Woods. The Wolfpack got on the board with less than five minutes remaining in the first half with an 87-yard touchdown pass from Glennon to wideout T.J. Graham, but the Bearcats had enough time to get in field goal range. Freshman kicker Tony Miliano hit a

I can’t say enough about how the defense played. They did a great job creating turnovers and giving us short fields. —ZACH COLLAROS UC STARTING QUARTERBACK


ROCK SOLID DEFENSE The Bearcats defense recorded six sacks and two interceptions while holding NC State to -26 rushing yards Thursday. 26-yard field goal to put the Bearcats ahead 24-7 going into halftime. Miliano kicked off the second-half scoring with a 48-yard field goal, and a Collaros-to-Pead touchdown pass midway through the third quarter put the Bearcats ahead 34-7. The Wolfpack responded on their next drive with a 49-yard touchdown pass from SEE FOOTBALL | 2

Cincinnati begins Big East play 2-0

Bearcats’ volleyball improves home-winning streak to 42 matches SAM WEINBERG | SPORTS EDITOR For the third consecutive season, the University of Cincinnati volleyball team began Big East play a perfect 2-0. With wins against the University of Connecticut and St. John’s Friday and Sunday, respectively, the Bearcats improved their home-winning streak to 42 games — the longest streak in the nation.


YOUNG DEFENSIVE ANCHOR Sophomore libero Emily MacIntyre led the Bearcats defense with 12 digs Sunday against St. John’s.

“It’s always nice to win, and it’s nice to win at home,” said UC head coach Reed Sunahara. “I thought we played a lot better Friday night than we did [Sunday]. I was a little disappointed in our defense Sunday, but I’ll take the wins any day.” To begin the weekend slate, the Bearcats hosted the UConn Huskies Friday at Fifth Third Arena and won in decisive fashion taking all three sets with scores of 25-14, 25-17 and 25-18. The Bearcats were led by junior middle blocker Emily Hayden, who slammed 10 kills on 13 attempts. Cincinnati hit a combined .347 while posting seven team blocks and holding the Huskies to a .129 hitting percentage. In Sunday’s game, the Bearcats swept the St. John’s Red Storm — the last team to defeat the Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena Oct. 7, 2007 — 3-0 to stay perfect on the weekend. Cincinnati easily took the first set 25-14, but the Red Storm posed more of a challenge in set two. Both teams began the set trading points, but with the set tied at 10, the Red Storm gained a small advantage and took a 17-14 lead. Following a Cincinnati timeout, the Bearcats quickly got back in the match and tied the game at 21, but the stalemate wouldn’t last long as


Cincinnati went on a 4-2 run to take the set 25-23. Following the intermission, the Bearcats quickly jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the third set, but St. John’s fought back to tie the set at 13 apiece. Looking to distance themselves from the Johnnies, the Bearcats went on an 8-4 run en route to a 25-21 set victory to claim the match. “[St. John’s] is a good team, but we were high in error,” Sunahara said. “When we make a lot of mistakes, we’re just giving the other team free points. Again, we got to take better care of the ball, and I think that was the difference between the first set and the second and third set.” Junior middle blocker Jordanne Scott led the Bearcats with 11 kills. Sophomore libero Emily MacIntyre anchored the team defensively with 12 digs. The Bearcats will play on the road for their next four games, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday against Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. “We were on the road for four weeks [to begin the season], so what’s four games?” Sunahara said. “Notre Dame is going to be a tough opponent. They’re good and they’re playing well right now.”

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