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TABLE OF CONTENTS NEWS 04 Williams chosen as UC president 04 Family optimistic about move to Cincinnati 05 UC International Provost may head to SUNY 05 Center for Access and Transition to dissolve 08 Obama signs laws to protect student credit 08 UC Health aims to provide unrivaled care 27 Local Kroger reopens after infestation ENTERTAINMENT 16 Remake of slasher Sorority Row unnecessary 16 Muramasa surprises skeptical gamers 19 All the Day Holiday on tour, sharing music 22 Slacker Solutions COLLEGE LIVING 19 Blogs allowed as sources by English dept.

23 CRC offers fall swimming programs 25 E-mail program beneficial for students OPINION 21 Sayonara summer, school is back again 25 End of summer, end of disappointment SPORTS 11 Volleyball off to 6-4 start 11 Soccer: Top-ranked Zips take down UC 15 Cats blow out SEMO in record-setting win

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President-elect Gregory Williams prepares to take the podium at TUC’s Great Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Williams comes from the City College of New York where he has served as president since 2001. Kareem elgazzar | the news record


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Williams family optimistic about move to Cincinnati Paul Kreiner and Gin A. Ando the news record

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Gregory williams, UC’s 27th president, greets his new colleagues. [Right] Monica rimai speaks to the crowd Wednesday.

Williams chosen as UC president University of Cincinnati looks to former CCNY president to continue growth Taylor Dungjen the news record

Gregory Williams, president of City College of New York, was named as the president-elect of the University of Cincinnati Wednesday, Sept. 9. He will be the university’s 27th president. “My name is Greg Williams and I am proudly Cincinnati,” Williams said as he took the podium after the approval of his appointment. His first day as UC’s president is set for Nov. 1. The nomination was approved unanimously by UC’s Presidential Search Committee and the Board of Trustees. “Education did transform me,” Williams said. “I have been privileged to help so many other students along the way. That’s why I’m in higher education. That’s what draws me to the University of Cincinnati.”

At City College, Williams has a reputation as a man motivated by students and interacting with the student body. “I love meeting students,” Williams said. “It’s one of the most energizing parts of the job.” A priority for Williams is making sure education for students is accessible and affordable. “The No. 1 thing an institution does is educate students,” he said. Nancy Zimpher, the university’s 25th president, is now the chancellor of the State University of New York System (SUNY). Monica Rimai has served as the interim-president since May when Zimpher began her work at SUNY. In his past, Williams served as dean of The Ohio State University’s Michael E. Morwitz College of Law. “He did great things as dean here and

was a tremendous leader for us. He cared a great deal about legal education and he will be fantastic at UC,” said Alan Michaels, current dean of OSU’s law school. “UC will be proud and pleased to have him.” At City College of New York, Williams is credited with increasing enrollment 15 percent to more than 16,000 students. He has been the president of City College of New York since October 2001. He is the author of a best-selling autobiography “Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy who Discovered he was Black.” Williams’ speech centered on UC’s reputation as a nationally recognized research university. The potential for growth was an incentive to move to Cincinnati as well. “UC does stand for ‘up and coming,’” Williams said.

Although the finale of the University of Cincinnati’s Presidential Search Committee’s meeting ended with naming Gregory Williams as president-elect, Williams’ family was regularly mentioned throughout the event. Members of Williams’ family sat in the front row, watching as interim-president Monica Rimai and Buck Niehoff, chairperson of UC’s board of trustees, introduced the president-elect. Sara Williams, Gregory’s wife, said she is keeping organized in order to prepare for Williams’ job transition. “I enjoyed working with students and helping them get scholarships at the City College of New York,” she said. “[I] hope I can continue with that here.” Williams read speeches to her in order to prepare for interviews and enjoys hard criticism, she said. Zach Williams, 35, watched his father’s career progress throughout his life. “He approached this job like every other job in terms of priorities, career building and meeting new people,” Zach said. Zach is a business graduate student at Duke University and is not sure if he will make the move to Cincinnati. He’s in talks with New York Life Insurance about prospective employment. “I’m excited,” said Susan Hayes, a cousin of Williams’ and wife of the Cincinnati Bengals’ tight end coach Jay Hayes. “It’s great to have family in Cincinnati.” “It’s neat to come onto campus and know someone like [Williams],” said Jazmin Hayes, Susan’s daughter. Williams’ relatives say he is an ideal candidate for his new position as well. “He is humble and he’s approachable,” Hayes said. “He’s just an amazing guy.” Buck Niehoff, chairperson of UC’s board of trustees and the Presidential Search Committee has an optimistic view as well. “There was no perfect candidate – no candidate had all the qualities,” Niehoff said. “But the most important thing was his academic excellence.”

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The Williams family watches as both the UC Board of Trustees and Presidential Search committee vote.


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Center for Access and Transition to dissolve Ginny Walters the news record

The University of Cincinnati is preparing for many changes as students begin classes, but one change set to take place during the 2009–10 academic year is the closing of the Center for Access and Transition (CAT) program. CAT is closing, in part, because of Senate bill 311, also known as Ohio Core legislation, said Caroline Miller, senior associate vice president and associate provost for Enrollment Management. The legislation changes high school graduation requirements adding more math and science, as well as a financial literacy – economics – requirement. “The Ohio Core will require students, beginning with the high school graduating class of 2014, to complete a rigorous curriculum as a requirement for high school graduation and on prerequisite for admission to Ohio’s four-year state-assisted institutions of higher education,” according to the Ohio Association for Gifted Children. Because the Ohio Core curriculum is required to be admitted to a four-year public university in Ohio, every student applying to the University of Cincinnati must have completed the Ohio Core curriculum. If a student does not complete this curriculum, he cannot enroll at UC and must begin his college education

at a community college or branch campus, Miller said. Another part of the Ohio Core curriculum takes away subsidy for public four-year state universities to provide developmental courses such as the courses taught in CAT, Miller said. “The driver was not budget,” Miller said. “But there were budget implications.” Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and University System of Ohio Chancellor Eric Fingerhut are two people who had a large impact on the Ohio Core legislation. Fingerhut “was the first to be appointed by the governor of the state of Ohio as a member of this cabinet and is charged with building a system of higher education designed to prepare all Ohioans for the 21st century and rival the nation in accountability and innovation,” according to the Ohio Board of Regents Web site. Strickland and Fingerhut support making higher education more centralized in the sense that all fouryear public institutions should be offering the same types of courses, Miller said. “Part of the plan for higher education has more differentiation in it than we’re used to,” Miller said. “It is very clear that developmental education is the job of community colleges and branch campuses.” Current CAT students will not be impacted by this transition. Each

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David Shepherd, a field service assistant professor at the Center for Access and Transition, is just one of the faculty that will be effected by the eventual disassembly of the CAT program, slated to start within the year. CAT student is given four quarters to transition out of the program and into a four-year degree program. The 500 incoming CAT freshmen will still be given that four-quarter period. Most of them will have transitioned out by Fall 2010, but

those who have not will receive instruction during fall quarter, Miller said. As far as the CAT staff goes, a variety of things may occur, Miller said. Tenured faculty members will

migrate to their academic discipline. For example, a CAT professor who teaches English will become an English professor in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences. There is also a possibility that tenured faculty see CAT | page 10

UC International vice provost may head to SUNY Zimpher recruits University of Cincinnati faculty member to join her in New York Taylor Dungjen the news record

Former University of Cincinnati president Nancy Zimpher has only been chancellor of the State University of New York System since June, but is already changing the administrative landscape of SUNY and UC. Mitch Leventhal, vice provost for UC international, will likely be joining Zimpher at SUNY with his current title. Friday, Sept. 11, was his last day at UC. Zimpher has recommended to the SUNY Board of Trustees that they create the new position; she has also recommended they hire Leventhal to fill the spot.

Although the SUNY board will not vote until Tuesday, Sept. 15, Leventhal says he has met several members of the BoT and other administrators and does not “expect any surprises.” Leventhal, who was brought to UC four years ago under Zimpher’s presidency, has served on a number of committees including the Committee on International Affairs, the task force on tuition reform and the steering committee on what eventually became the Diversity Council Task Force. Also in his time at UC, Leventhal helped develop the International Strategy. Under his supervision, the university has seen increases in the number of students who travel abroad.

“[UC] is seen nationally in the international student reform movement because we’re approaching it differently,” Leventhal said. If the SUNY board approves his appointment on Tuesday, he will begin working in Manhattan the same day. “[Zimpher’s] visions that global operations, even though most of the central administration is in Albany near the legislature, should be shifted to Manhattan,” Leventhal said. Using the UCosmic program, which was developed at UC, Leventhal wants to use the program to build and further the international relationships with universities in other countries, like China.

“We want to adapt it to a big complex system, and look at the system and say, ‘Where is all of SUNY in China? Where are our relationships and how can we get more out of them and encourage students to explore more opportunities there?’ ” Leventhal said. Leventhal has presented UC with a transition plan to fill his former position. Leventhal said he hopes the university will conduct a nationwide search for the next vice provost of UC International. SUNY is a 64-campus university system with approximately 440,000 students. At SUNY, Leventhal would earn $180,000 a year with a monthly housing allowance of $4,500, according to a SUNY release.


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UC Health aims to provide unrivaled care Sara Maratta the news record

The University of Cincinnati entered a collaborative medical partnership known as UC Health, launched Aug. 21, with University Hospital and the University of Cincinnati Physicians. “This new brand identity will leverage our shared assets and strengthen our position in this competitive and dynamic market,” said Richard Puff, assistant vice president of the Academic Health Center Public Relations and Communications. The leadership behind UC Health endeavors is to improve health throughout the region and to continue discovery of new medicine and treatments. The aim is to provide care unlike other health organizations in the Tri-State area. It includes the only level-one trauma center in the region, a successful stroke team, the region’s largest physician group and a well-endowed research department at the UC College of Medicine. “Our commitment is to provide world class health care to the people of Greater Cincinnati,” said Buck Niehoff, Chairperson of the UC Board of Trustees. “Central to that commitment is preserving and growing this incredible academic health center;

the only academic health center in our region.” Niehoff also said the hospital may serve as something more than a health care facility. “[It is] the nation’s first teaching hospital,” Niehoff said. Ther teaming, however, is not to be confused with forming a monopoly on health care in the area. “Services of University Hospital and University Physicians have not been combined,” Puff said. University Hospital will also remain aligned with the Health Alliance. “[We will continue the] pledge to treat all who need care regardless of background,” said interim-president, Monica Rimai. Not only will patients benefit, but the community can expect an estimated $4.8 billion impact, according to a study by Tripp and Umbach in 2007. Support will be devoted to the UC College of Medicine, faculty members and staff. “There is no greater responsibility for us than ensuring that this university’s tripartite mission of teaching, research and services continues,” Niehoff said. The College of Medicine will gain more than money from the deal, however. “[Expect] increased research funding at the college,” Puff said. “A

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By grouping together, University Hospital and UC Physicians look to give locals exceptional medical care. stronger organization also will help attract the best physicians.” UC Health will be led by representatives from each of the three entities: Dr. David Stern, vice

president for Health Affairs for UC and College of Medicine Dean; Dr. Thomas Boat, CEO of UC Physicians; and Lee Ann Liska, executive director and senior vice

president of University Hospital. “[We aim] to give a patient experience that exceeds their expectations and unfailingly mproves their health,” Boat said.

Obama signs laws to protect student credit Eric Johnson the news record

In May 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act into law in an attempt to protect consumers from unclear practices carried out by credit card companies. The new laws go into effect Feb. 2010, many of which are focused on keeping students out of serious debt. Since 1998, the average amount of credit card debt for undergraduates rose from $1,879 to $3,173, according to a 2009 Sallie Mae report. This change, while only focused on students, is representative of the nation’s credit crisis. Connie Prater, a senior writer at CreditCards.com, said there are many reasons why students have such difficulty

living within their financial means. “When you get out of college, unless you are a super genius and really sought after, you aren’t going to making a lot of money at your first job,” Prater said. “If you leave college with a $3,000 credit card debt, and are living on your own, there are going to be lots of new expenses and that debt can be difficult to pay off.” With a 9.6 percent nationwide unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, finding a job in the current market may seem difficult enough. For those who can find job opportunities, the challenge of financially adjusting to that life can seem overwhelming. “You may be looking at paying back student loans, you need a car to get to and from work, which includes maintenance and gasoline prices, you have to feed and house yourself

and likely get a new wardrobe for your job,” Prater said. “It would be great if you worked at Yahoo and it was a causal environment, but in a more structured corporate environment you are probably going to have to wear a suit and tie.” The Credit CARD Act of 2009 addresses many of these issues. One of the main facets of the bill disallows a person who is under 21 years old to get a credit card unless they have an adult co-signer. However, there are still some avenues allowing younger people to have access to credit. “If a parent has good credit, you could become an authorized user on their account,” Prater said. “The bill is sent to your parents, and they pay it. You are not quite a self-sufficient adult, but it is a way to use a credit card.” However, for young people with parents who

have bad credit, becoming an authorized user on their account is not an option. They will have to provide creditors proof that they are a worthy credit risk. Obama also targeted the way creditors are allowed to market to college students. From this point on, credit card companies will no longer be able to offer incentives to students who sign up for a new card. The aim is to stop students from getting credit cards for frivolous reasons. “Students are making their decisions based on a pizza or an iPod rather than the relevant issues like interests rates, fees involved, credit limit and what’s going to happen if a payments is missed,” Prater said. The Federal Reserve Board has been charged with the task of working out the details of the bill. Finalized guidelines are expected to be made by the beginning of 2010.


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in the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. Once the number of necessary professors and sections is determined, these instructors may stay on Main Campus or go to the branch campuses to teach. Advisers in the CAT program will be moved to their appropriate colleges.

Part of the semester conversion project includes a fund for more advisers starting next summer. “There will be no massive layoffs,” Miller said. Now that the decision has been made to close the CAT program, a team will work throughout the 2009-10 academic year to make the transition as seamless as possible.

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from a simple fever to death. “Diseases from rodents are also spread indirectly to humans by ticks, mites and fleas that transmit the infection to humans after feeding on infected rodents,” according to the CDC. “This news disgusts me,” said Stephanie Stang, a fourth-year advanced medical

imaging technology student. “You can get sick. I feel like anywhere rodents are near food it’s an unsanitary and potentially dangerous situation.” Its proximity, however, remains a draw for area customers. “I think students will continue shopping there because they don’t care and because it’s so close,” Pescatrice said. “It’s a convenience issue. Yes, it’s kind of gross, but it’s just easy.”


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Top-ranked Zips take down UC Garrett sabelhaus the news record

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Tristan Watson attempts to head a ball during the University of Cincinnati’s 3-0 loss to No. 1 ranked Akron Sunday, Sept. 13. The Bearcats are 4-1 this season as they get set to open conference play.

The University of Cincinnati men’s soccer team is 4-1 this season after losing 3-0 to the Akron Zips, the No. 1 team in the nation, Sunday, Sept. 13. In the first half, UC had zero shots on goal compared to nine for the Zips. UC was still only down 1-0 at halftime due to an own goal for Akron. The Zips added two goals with less than 10 minutes remaining to seal the win. “Akron’s a great team,” said UC head coach Hylton Dayes. “They move the ball very well and make it difficult for you to do the things you want to do.” The Cats started the season 4-0 for the first time since 1989 thanks in large part to junior Branden Stelmak, who led the Bearcats in scoring a year ago. Through the first five matches Stelmak scored three goals and had one assist, but only played 66 minutes against Akron. “We brought him back in and he played a lot in the second half,” Dayes said. We just needed to show a different look up front and give him a little bit of a break. Branden is a warrior and our second leading scorer. He’s certainly going to play a lot for us. We just couldn’t get

anything going offensively so we had to try to give them some different looks.” Despite the loss to Akron the Bearcats are off to a fast start, which may come as a surprise since two players fell ill with the H1N1 (swine flu) virus during the preseason. At least seven more players missed practice time and were quarantined for flu-like symptoms but were never tested for H1N1. Dayes says that the team is healthy now Branden stelmak and he is happy with his team’s start. “(The 4-0 record) is tremendous because it gives our guys confidence and belief,” Dayes said prior to the Akron game. “When you go play these quality teams, whether at home or on the road, you’re in a pretty good situation where you’re not desperate and you’re able to get in and compete well and know that you can get results and can score goals.” Dayes said that as well as the team is playing, there is still work to see soccer | page 20

Volleyball off to 6-4 start pat strang the news record

After being named Big East Champions in 2008, the University of Cincinnati volleyball team looks to have another big season in 2009 after bringing in quality recruits to build on a championship team. “I think if we play together and the chemistry is good and we continue to work hard we have a really good chance of getting to where we were last year,” said head coach Reed Sunahara. UC won 14 home games in 2008, which was the first time in team history the Cats went undefeated at home. The Bearcats have started off 4-3 in 2009, while losing in the finals of the annual Bearcat Invitational against the 17th ranked University of Kentucky.

Cincinnati is returning two key players in Stephanie Niemer and Missy Harpenau. Niemer led the Bearcats in kills in last season with 398 and in kills per game with 3.26. Since the departure of senior Jessie Nevitt, Niemer has stepped up to be the Cats’ leader. “[Niemer] is our go-to player,” Sunahara said. “She has had a great season so far and she is doing a good job for us. She is not a vocal leader but she leads by example.” Harpenau also looks to have a big year after leading the Cats in digs last season with 301. Harpenau also finished tied with Niemer for the most service aces with 41. “I’m hoping she’s going to have a great year for us,” Sunahara said. “She is a little stronger and she is hitting the ball harder. She has had some ups and downs but in the long run it will

be consistent.” UC has brought in key recruits such as Jordanne Scott. Scott was named the Big East freshman volleyball player of the week after being named to the Bearcats AllInvitational team. Scott finished the Bearcat Invitational with 31 kills, three digs and seven blocks. UC went on to beat St. Louis University and Illinois State University to finish off the Illinois State Farm Classic. Cincinnati lost its first match against the 14th ranked University of Illinois 3-0 on Friday, Sept. 11. Cincinnati is picked to finish tied for second with Notre Dame University in the 2009 Big East Coaches Preseason Poll. Louisville is the favorite to win the Big East for the second straight year by the coaches. “It’s a good thing to hear

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The UC volleyball team celebrates a point during the 2008 season. The Bearcats are the defending Big East Champions. because the other coaches are voting for us in the poll,” Sunahara said. “But what matters is what we

do on the court. We have a long way to go but I like the potential of this team.”


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Cats blow out SEMO in record-setting win Peter Marx the news record

Mardy Gilyard ran for a touchdown, returned a punt for a touchdown and caught two touchdown passes leading No. 17 Cincinnati to a 70-3 blowout victory over Southeast Missouri State in its home opener Saturday, Sept. 12. “[Gilyard] is just a guy that, as a quarterback, you love to throw to,” said UC quarterback Tony Pike. “He can go deep and at the same time he can take a screen pass 60 yards for you too.” The last player to score touchdowns on a punt return, a rush and a reception in the same game was Maurice Jones-Drew of UCLA Oct. 8, 2005, against California. JonesDrew rushed for three touchdowns and scored once each on a punt return and a reception. Gilyard finished the game with six catches for 111 yards and four touchdowns. On the season, Gilyard has 14 catches for 200 yards and five total touchdowns. The Bearcats (2-0, 1-0 Big East) put up 40-plus points in their first two games of the season and Cincinnati’s 70 total points against SEMO was

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Gilyard scores four touchdowns in Cincy’s 70-3 blowout victory

third most in school history. UC recorded 564 yards of total offense against Rutgers and 578 yards against SEMO. A lot of the Bearcats’ success on offense is due to a loaded receiving corps and senior quarterback Pike. Pike threw for a career-high 362 yards against Rutgers and 229 yards in less than one half of play against SEMO. Pike has thrown for 591 yards and six touchdowns with one interception on the season and is currently ranked third in the NCAA Division 1-A in completion percentage (77.2 percent). “We’re a special offense, we’re a special unit,” Gilyard said. “No disrespect to the last two teams. Especially no disrespect to our team last year, we won the Big East, but this team is a special team.” Cincinnati head coach Brian Kelly wasn’t willing to call this team special just yet, but he did say that this years’ team is a very talented and close-knit group of guys. “It’s a different team than last years team,” Kelly said. “I don’t know that I would use the word special. These kids are really close to see BLOWOUT | page 20

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The BEARCAT crowd surfs during the University of Cincinnati’s blowout win over Southeast Missouri State Saturday, Sept. 12. 30,421 fans flocked to Nippert Stadium for UC’s home opener. UC scored 70 points against SEMO, which was third most in school history. The Bearcats are currently ranked No. 17 in the latest AP poll and No. 21 in the USA Today poll.

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Muramasa surprises skeptical gamers

2-D side-scroller reawakens older games’ aesthetics with alarmingly stylistic finesse Paul Kreiner the news record

Muramasa: The Demon Blade is a side-scrolling hack and slash created by Marvelous Entertainment and VanillaWare, the same people who created Odin Sphere for the Playstation 2. That being said, I had my doubts about this game. Though marketed for the PS2, Odin Sphere had terrible frames per second when too much was happening on the screen, enough to make me want to buy a PS3 to get rid of the problem. Thankfully, Muramasa had no frame rate problems. The 2-D environments were spectacular and ranged from the snowy mountaintops of Mount Fuji to the fiery terrain of hell complete with lost souls marching aimlessly in the background. The controls are simple and easy to pick up. Holding the A button blocks attacks, tapping the A button repeatedly slashes through opponents and the B button unleashes the selected blade’s special attack. There are two story lines to Muramasa: Kisuke, who is trying to recover his memories, and Monohime who is actually possessed by the soul of an ancient warrior using her body to try to recover a

new one for himself. Kisuke’s story is a lot easier to follow. Evidently Monohime is also looking for the person who killed her parents, but I didn’t recall hearing anything about that until I actually met the character in the story line. The stories hardly have anything to do with each other besides occasional run-ins at the hot spring and the use of some of the same characters. However, they both use the same map, which means as beautiful as the environments are, I got tired of seeing the same ones. There are approximately 80 blades to choose from and I never found myself using the same ones for more than an hour or so. These blades have two categories: long and short. The long blades generally have more powerful attacks and specials, but when trying to parry enemy attacks I couldn’t swing them fast enough while I had no problems with using short blades. The game starts out with two play modes: Muso, the easier of the two, and Shura. I played through Shura mode and still found the game to be quite easy. There is no death penalty. When the character dies, it starts over at the beginning of the area with full health, so there is no reason to waste recovery items before boss fights. Muramasa had plenty of tedious

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Monohime battles a giant octopus in Vanilla Ware’s newest side-scrolling hack and slash adventure. moments that made me want to stop playing. To progress in the story line, I had to backtrack through some pretty large areas, and then progress through several others before the story could continue. Some recovery items are made by collecting foods and then cooking

them, but the game doesn’t allow me to cook several items at one time. Even if I had nine yams to make into nine sweet potatoes, I had to go through the menu to cook one at a time. Overall, the boss fights are rather unique and fun, but there isn’t

much of a variety of other enemies to encounter, which made me want to progress the story as soon as possible. Muramasa holds about 13 total hours of game play, and if you like hack-and-slash games this might be up your alley, but for me it wasn’t enough for the $50 I paid.

Remake of slasher Sorority Row unnecessary Hardly comparable to real Greek life, Sorority Row has a muddled view Peter Robertson the news record

If you join a sorority or fraternity, there is a motto or pillars you commit to before you begin handing in your rent money. Truth, Power, Faith and Courage are my own. For Theta Pi – the promiscuous sorority of the back-to-classes, indirectly comical slasher/horror film, Sorority Row – Trust, Respect, Honor, Secrecy

and Solidarity is their oath. There’s no point in acting like I am the most devout brother in the Greek system, but if I were to put a tire iron through the chest of one of my brothers and seven others bore witness and became accomplices to murder, secrecy is the pillar I hold much closer to the heart than any other. These seven sorority sisters, when put in a room (or at a murder scene in this case) they just can’t

keep their mouths shut. Eight months later, on the night of Theta Pi’s big graduation bubble party, the victim’s body that the seven sisters dumped down a coal well comes back to seek revenge on them and everyone who knows. As people are dying, it is hard to care for these shallow girls with poor script. Sorority Row has popped collars, group dances and stereotypes the see sorority | page 20

Filmmaker works on horrifying films sean peters the news record

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Actress Rumer Willis, visits Chicago, Ill., Sept. 3, 2009, to promote Sorority Row.

This remake of the 1983 film The House on Sorority Row takes a stab at portraying modern Greek life. The slang is hip, the costuming is chic and the kills are graphic. Creator of the original film, Mark Rosman, served as executive producer of the remake in order to ensure the film stayed true to its predecessor. In the 26 years since his industry debut as director, writer and producer of The House on Sorority Row, Rosman kept busy primarily by directing television shows such as Disney Channel’s Even Stevens and Lizzie McGuire. Horrifying stuff.


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All the Day Holiday on tour, sharing Cincinnati music scene

While blogs can be used for papers, they still have to be from a credible source.

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Blogs allowed as sources by English department

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The University of Cincinnati’s English department is accepting blogs as legitimate sources for research papers. While blogs have never been actually banned, it is becoming clearer as to which types of blogs can be used as sources. “Neither the English department nor the composition program has a policy about source use, except when it comes to fair use and plagiarism,” said Joyce Malek, assistant director of the English composition program. While there is no official policy released by the English department regarding acceptable sources, blogs were formerly questionable material, given the lack of credibility among many amateur bloggers. “It seems incredibly odd, using a random individual with a questionable background as a reference for a collegelevel paper,” said Nick Rimer, a secondyear psychology student. If a source is credible, no matter what the media, it can be used. “Blogs are like any other source,” Malek said. Students should analyze all Internet sources, whether they are blogs or regular Web sites, Malek said. Malek said students should analyze a blog just as closely as they analyze any

piece of research, including information because virtually anyone can edit each about the author and fact checking. page, making it hard to verify the “One of our goals in teaching source information provided. For that reason, use in our composition courses is to have UC’s English department does not consider students practice the kinds of analysis the Web site to be a valid source. necessary in evaluating sources for “Most college professors would not validity, bias … and so on,” Malek said. recommend that students use Wikipedia “These are the kinds of practices that are as a source, just as we would not expect transferable to all courses. A student can that college students would use other then apply these analytical skills to all non-electronic encyclopedias as sources,” types of sources.” Malek further The author of a blog explains. is a very important Students must factor in determining decide on their its credibility. A blog own whether or kept by a news reporter not blogs should on assignment in a war be considered zone would be very credible sources, credible, Malek said. but can go to their Blogs can also professor if they provide for interesting are uncertain, rhetorical analysis, which Malek said. helps add interest to a “Unless the paper, and can be a useful blog being cited exercise when comparing is a news blog —Joyce Malek, rhetorical elements. by a legitimate While any credible author, I don’t English composition Web site can be used, find it to Wikipedia.com, a free, be a credible online encyclopedia source for often causes confusion among students. facts,” said Kyle Sutton, a second“Some professors have told me year psychology major. “Opinions, [Wikipedia] is okay, while others tend to outlook or analysis of topics, I believe scoff,” Rimer said. are acceptable, but only if the author Wikipedia’s credibility is questioned himself is a credible source.”

“A student can then apply these analytical skills to all types of sources.”

Cincinnati, famous for its chili, ice cream and end-of-summer fireworks celebration, is not known for a robust music scene. We are not as deep, nor as eclectic, as cities such as Chicago or New York. This is not to say Cincinnati is devoid of talent, it exists in the Queen City and indie-rock quartet All the Day Holiday is at the heart of the city’s music scene. Fresh off of the release of their debut full-length record, The Things We’ve Grown to Love, ATDH is preparing to embark on a nationwide tour, playing with Lydia, an indie rock band based out of Gilbert, Ariz., along the way, in addition to a one-off show with Bear Colony, both staples of the underground music scene. ATDH stands out from the Cincinnati music not because they are radically different, but because their sound is exquisitely developed. The group shows the sound and maturity of a band years into its existence. These aren’t the kids you’ll see playing in dives around Clifton — ATDH is the real deal. The group, formerly known as Against the Nations, has evolved from their humble beginnings playing local spots around town. In addition to changing their name, they have also changed their sound. The band is heading in the right direction. On their page, www.myspace.com/allthedayholiday, ATDH associates themselves with tour mates Lydia, Cincinnati’s own Pomegranates and Moving Mountains, a brilliant melodic-rock group from New York. The associated bands give a great deal of insight into ATDH’s overall sound. ATDH makes no secret about its faith in Christ and is heavily driven by Christianity in their writing, but the band does not want to be typecast as a typical Christian rock act. The band, while influenced by Christianity, should not be pegged as just another Christian group. With relative lyrics and pinpoint musicianship, ATDH can – and will – appeal to nearly any fan of indie-rock. It will be a little while before ATDH comes back home; the group will be heading back to the Midwest to play at the University of Illinois in Urbana Oct. 3rd with Lydia. Recently signed with Linc Star Records releasing a full-length record and touring the country to support it, these guys will appear on the radar sooner rather than later.


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From BLOWOUT | page 15

each other so, Mardy might be trying to articulate the fact that they’re really close. Special to me is winning every game. That would be special.” Next up, the Bearcats play at Oregon State at 6:45 p.m Saturday, Sept. 19. and Fresno State at Nippert Stadium at noon Saturday, Sept. 26. Visit The News Record at newsrecord.org for more University of Cincinnati football coverage and follow us on twitter @sabelshaus and @bearcatbeast.

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be done. “We’re scoring goals now, we’re defending pretty well,” Dayes said. “I just think that we’re going to have to improve our ability to possess the ball against quality opponents and we also will need to be a little more sharper on our play collectively, both attacking and defending.” UC will play two more games against conference opponents before classes resume Sept. 23. from sorority | page 16

dances and stereotypes the entire life of living as a Greek. So, like most expectations from strangers with agendas, what this movie delivers is way off from what it really is to be in the college Greek life and what is needed to be scary. But, If you are looking to learn the generic vocabulary of fraternities and sororities – words like legacy, hazing, classic, epic – and find references to popular modern technologies (Facebook, Twitter and iPhone apps) and young actresses in their first roles in a feature film then this could be a good movie. But, finding something original, something to keep a girl up at night? I would just stay at home and read a book. Sorority Row, with its high energy and nasty deaths do have their moments, but this ceaseless mess of a movie is nothing that can’t be rented, or borrowed and enjoyed on your own TV screen.

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Sayonara summer, school’s back in session once again

[ drag me to ... hell? ]

Jeremy Davis the news record

I assume that if you’re reading this, you’ve stumbled upon it as you may be stumbling through the first hectic day of school. For most, the return to school represents crowded parking lots and garages, painfully expensive tuition, the aggravating purchasing of textbooks, the return of monotone lectures and that always awkward aroma found in the beard of an aged professor, a true scent of academia. For others, it is a chance for new experiences, new friends and a return to a more structured daily schedule. Either way, it all equates to one unmistakable thing: Summer is a goner. But where did the summer go? Did it whip by us thanks to a quickened rotation of the Earth? Was I just not paying attention? How can it possibly be over already? For whatever reason summer seems to have slipped by, we now find ourselves returning to the hustle and bustle of college life and so the end of summer becomes bittersweet. It’s undoubted that there’s a certain excitement on returning to class, but at the same time there may be many students wishing for an endless summer. But like it or not, it’s over, and we must move on to fall. I’ll admit that I am looking forward to the new school year and I feel ready for its return, but that all may change once midterm season arrives. The first week of school after any break is always one of the toughest to get through, particularly the week after summer. Summer break, when compared to the breaks in winter and spring, is the longest period of time between classes, and its end becomes the most difficult to digest when it comes time to go back. Summer break provides both students and teachers with a muchneeded vacation from the stresses of daily class life. It also makes final exams at the end of each quarter a little more bearable knowing that you’ll be rewarded with an extensive amount of time to recuperate. Going back to the daily grind of classes can typically be a shock, especially to those that haven’t been academically challenged in nearly four months. And since we’ve started classes halfway through the week, it’s merely a preview of the first full week we must endure. It’s certainly not easy forming a completely new daily routine to fit into a balance of going to class, studying, working or whatever it is you may do. Easing into a new rhythm and transitioning from a lazy stupor (my current state) to a mindset of staying on top of your academic game is assuredly a challenging task. It’s this transition period that, at least for me and I assume most of you, find most difficult to adjust to. Being reintroduced to the world of all-nighters is always something that takes time getting a grasp on, and so saying goodbye to sleep is an unwelcome farewell. It’s sometimes difficult to break the hold summer has over us and get back into the mindset of the daily dealings that comes with the life of a college student. If you are someone who suffered through the summer sessions of classes, then your summer will have taken on a completely different perspective, which may grant you an advantage in coping with the transition into the new school year. However you reflect on the passing of summer, whether for you it went too fast, too slow or just right, and whatever way you feel about the return to school, just remember that winter break will arrive before we know it. And with that, all I can say is: Sayonara summer.

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Aquatics | from page 23

six people per class, said Carol Wolcoff, the coordinator of aquatics at CRC. The cost for members is $45 and $59 for non-members and classes begin Oct. 3. Keating Aquatic Center is also offering a year round masters swim program for ages 18 and older. The class is part of the United States Masters Swimming, a national program for people of all abilities who want to improve swimming skills. “The participants vary in ability and age,” Wolcoff said. “Some swim team members compete in masters meets and others practice purely for the exercise and camaraderie.” The masters swim team averages 20 swimmers per practice, according to Wolcoff. The class is scheduled to begin Sept. 21 and will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Members pay $90 and non-members pay $120 for a three-month period. For more information on the classes and how to register, students can contact the CRC desk at 513-556-0604.

disappointment | from page 25

Melrose Place and The Vampire Diaries. Even more exciting than yet another addition to the exploding vampire fad is that New Moon will finally hit theatres. Hopefully, the mind-numbing movies of the

Uconnect | from page 25

There was a period of time during the summer when the system was down for about five days, Brudnicki said. The problem raised some issues with UConnect. “The downside is we don’t have complete control,” said Brudnicki. Since UConnect is powered by Microsoft Live, UCit works with the outside company to fix glitches, which can take more time. Another downside some students face is the need to upgrade their Internet software or mail programs. Several options, including the change password and junk e-mail options, are not available in some browsers. Microsoft Live recommends having Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3 and Safari 4 or higher. All UC computer labs will be upgraded for the Fall quarter in order to fully support UConnect, Brudnicki said. But in order to import old messages from BOL e-mail accounts, students must have Outlook 2007. Despite the setbacks, the new e-mail system is a big step for the university and be beneficial for students overall, Brudnicki said. “I switched to UC’s new e-mail program about halfway through the summer,” said Molly O’Brien, a third-year nursing student. “At first, I was confused and didn’t like the adjustment. Now that I’ve gotten used to it, I prefer the new system.”

summer will be over with releases such as Where the Wild Things Are, an adaptation on the beloved children’s story, and Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. Finally, Disney has made a story about a black princess and this new fairy tale could become an instant princess classic.

So, now that the tans are fading and the students are pulling sweatshirts on, pop a few aspirin and turn off those annoying summer jams. Let’s put summer behind us and get excited for what fall has to offer.


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SLACKER

SOLUTIONS

[ SEAN PETERS ]

Student uses video games for class While Fall quarter is beginning and the University of Cincinnati’s campus is filling up with incoming freshmen and returning upperclassmen, some of us have been living it up around campus for a little thing called summer classes. For those of you who are like me, summer classes are really the way to go; the terms are shorter and there’s no chance you’ll have to trudge through a foot of snow to get to class. Also, the teachers are open to less conventional project ideas. During Summer quarter I was able

to write a term paper on The Legend of Zelda by comparing the game to classic literary works. In order to research the subject, my girlfriend and I played through a bulk of the games comprising The Legend of Zelda series. That has established a dangerous habit for us, as we’re very close to completing all of the titles (discounting the handheld titles). The games’ music has really been the soundtrack to our summer. There’s no music more appropriate for listening while you nap than the fairy theme from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The synthesized harp and vibraphone, crystal rendered by the 16-bit capabilities of the Super Nintendo, makes for memorable melodies, especially those continually perpetrated by the Zelda series. These are melodies I’ve heard continually throughout my entire life, alongside many other gamers. The adventurous field music that has generally stood as the game’s theme, if not hero Link’s – is like the music that would be playing if Link were a professional wrestler in the WWF (or whatever it is now) as he walks into the ring through a shower of sparks, smoke and flame. The music of Zelda, although repetitive and ambient at times, is such an integral element of the series.

Think of the musical features integrated into game play throughout most of the games. It seems to have really kicked off with A Link to the Past, as it’s the first introduction to the “flute” (which looks startlingly like the ocarina of time). Once the audio advanced past the 8-bit capabilities of the NES it really opened up a new chest in the Zelda world. While my term paper didn’t revolve around the music in the games, I was definitely exposed to a huge portion of the soundtrack during my “studies”. This all led me to one question: Can you cite video games in a term paper? I checked the MLA guide, to my dismay, only to find that video games are not yet recognized as a legitimate source. I’m currently working to change that. I definitely recognized the Zelda theme music playing on a passerby’s cellular ringtone before understanding that the clock tower on top of the Tangeman University Center plays the school fight song... ra ra, shish-boom ba? E-mail me at: Slacker.solutions@gmail.com.


welcome back 2009 | THE NEWS RECORD | PAGE 23 Kareem Elgazzar | the news record

Keating aquatic Center is offering many classes this fall, including a course on diving. The classes are held in the Campus Recreation Center

CRC offers fall swimming programs Student can get in shape and make a splash in the Keating Aquatic Center Stephanie Kitchens the news record

This fall, the Keating Aquatic Center at the University of Cincinnati is offering a variety of programs. The center, located in the Campus Recreation Center, began its first fall classes Sept. 1, and many continue through December. Full-time students on the university’s Uptown campus have a CRC membership included in campus life fees. Part-time students pay $40 a quarter and students at branch campuses or on Co-Op

pay $80 each quarter. A number of classes are offered each quarter. Diving

One of the classes offered this fall is Instructional Diving. It’s a class for all skill levels taught by Jason Glorius, former collegiate diver and head coach of the Thunderbird Diving Club. “The class should serve as a good opportunity to learn the fundamentals of diving and increase the skills of the divers who have some diving background,” said Glorius. “The

overall goal is to have fun and build confidence.” The diving class begins Sept. 30 and will be held on Mondays from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. The program costs $75 for CRC members and $90 for non-members. Aquatic fitness

Three aquatic fitness classes are offered in the lap and leisure pool: two fitness classes and a therapy program. The Hydro-Fit Aquatic Fitness class is a high-intensity, low-impact aerobics class. The first session

began Sept. 8 and the second session is on Oct. 6. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. The program costs $45 for members and $59 for non-members. Fabulous abs and booty boot camp

Fab Abs and Kick Butt Boot Camp Combo is a class designed to tone muscles. The first session will start Oct. 5 and the second session is Nov. 2. The combo program will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Both fitness programs cost $45 for members and $59 for non-members. “I would probably take the classes,” said Anna Bergman, a second-year health promotion and education student. “The names are catchy and the classes sound like they would be fun and provide results.” The Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic Therapy program began Sept. 1 and is specifically for people with MS. To participate in this class, a physician’s referral and a liability waiver must be signed. This class is fully funded by the MS Society and the Waddell MS Center. Classes are free of charge and are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and noon to 12:45 p.m. Learn to swim

Kareem Elgazzar | the news record

fall Classes include an Aquatic Fitness course and Fab Abs and Kick Butt Boot Camp Combo, both of which start in early October.

Also offered at Keating Aquatic Center are swim lessons taught by certified American Red Cross instructors. Adult swim lessons are for people 16 years and older and are offered in three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. People may enroll in any level but the instructor must verify the swimming ability for the designated level. All classes are located in the lap pool, although some beginner classes may be taught in the leisure pool. Each swim class will have about see Aquatics | page 21


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E-mail program beneficial for students Ariel Cheung the news record

This summer, the University of Cincinnati launched a new e-mail system powered by Microsoft Live. UConnect, which is now available to all UC students and faculty, offers many new features the former e-mail system, Bearcat Online, did not. “We’re very excited about the new e-mail system,” said Maggie Brudnicki, manager of e-mail services at UCit. More than 21,000 UC accounts have been created since June, and Brudnicki encourages students to sign up as soon as possible. The new system provides improvements including a 10-gigabyte inbox, an address that never expires and 25 gigabytes of storage space called SkyDrive. The SkyDrive can be accessed through the UConnect Web site, which means students can store documents, photos and other files from almost any computer with Internet access. “Students won’t need a thumb drive anymore,” Brudnicki said. “It’s like another back up.” Active sync is another benefit to UConnect, which makes it possible to check e-mail from smart phones like the iPhone and Blackberry, Brudnicki said. The option was not available for Bearcat Online e-mail. Students are also able to choose to have their UC e-mail forwarded to another e-mail address like Google or Yahoo. The e-mail division of UCit began work on a new e-mail system a little over a year ago, Brudnicki said. The Bearcat

Online, or BOL, license agreement was set to expire in the near future and companies like Microsoft and Google offered free e-mail for college students. “In the end, we couldn’t afford not to do it,” Brudnicki said of the switch. After an e-mail system committee chose to work with Microsoft Live, the new UConnect system was slowly phased in. Members of Student Government on the committee were given the new e-mails in February as a test drive. In June, the new system was made available to all UC students and faculty with a current BOL e-mail. Those who want to switch to the new system can now activate their accounts on UConnect. To activate the UConnect account, students should visit the mail.uc.edu Web site, which can be found under the UC Tools menu on www.uc.edu. From there, students can use their UC ID and password to create the new UConnect account, which will receive messages for both email.uc.edu and the new mail.uc.edu. • Go to http://mail.uc.edu. The account then • Create a new account takes about thirty minutes to be fully using your UCID and activated, a time password. which could become • Make sure to forward all shorter in the future, Brudnicki said. messages from your BOL “As far as setting account by Oct. 30 it up, I didn’t have any problems,” said Cameron Hoerig, a second-year computer and electrical engineering student. “I could see where it may have been a pain for people.” By Oct. 30, all student and faculty e-mails will be switched to UConnect, and the BOL page will no longer be available. The opportunity to change to UConnect before Oct. 30 was

ACTIVATING UCONNECT

Microsoft live

provided to students so they could have time to adjust to the new system, Brudnicki said. But by the end of October, the switch will be mandatory. “If [students] start getting used to it now, they won’t notice the final change in October,” Brudnicki said. Students have mixed reactions to the new e-mail system. “It worked, but it was a pain,” said Oliver Rogers, a secondyear biology student. “I wasn’t able to check my e-mail for a week.” Other students cited a confusing home page and difficulty switching accounts. “I prefer the old system,” said Arnold Finkbine, a secondyear secondary education student. “[UConnect] is confusing with all the different links on the page. I think it will just take some getting used to.” see UCONNECT | page 21

End of summer means end of disappointment Stephanie Kitchens the news record

With fall comes the end of summer. Thankfully, that also means the end of bad summer movies, stale summer music and everything else that has been overplayed this summer. Most of the movies this summer were not worth seeing. Funny people, despite its title, was definitely not funny. None of the action movies were particularly impressive either. The romantic comedies were neither romantic nor funny, with the exception of (500) Days of Summer. Unfortunately, this movie was not a blockbuster and only played in select theatres for a short time. At least there is the DVD release to look forward to. The summer hits caused a throbbing headache. Even if you liked the music from this summer, it is undeniable that every song was overplayed. Every time a top-40 music station was turned on, the same songs were played again and again. The iTunes’ Top 10 singles from this summer proved either that the

majority of people have horrible taste in music or there were absolutely no good summer hits. (Most likely a combination of both.) Speaking of the iTunes’ Top Ten, Michael Jackson spent some time on that list this summer. Finally, some quality music was being downloaded, but seriously, did everyone have to jump on the Michael Jackson bandwagon? When Michael Jackson was first pronounced dead, the news was sad. But when it was all over the media for the rest of the summer it became irritating. There were so many new discoveries surrounding his death and concerning his children, it was impossible to keep up with the latest news or care about it, quite honestly. Yes, he will forever be a pop legend. But is it necessary to constantly be bombarded with information about him? No. Another news story that needs to be laid to rest this summer is Jon and Kate plus 8, or Jon minus Kate plus 8, or whatever you want to call them. Why Jon feels the need to get his ears pierced or have his relationships all over

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the tabloids is beyond understanding. Why Kate feels the need to cry on national television or issue statements every three seconds saying how sad she is about Jon’s behavior is also beyond comprehension. It would have made sense that, as they divorced, their reality show was canceled and they were out of the media for good. However, the marriage problems seem to have been the opposite effect. Divorce is not uncommon. Their divorce was not surprising, and therefore, it is not newsworthy. What was surprising was that, despite the media focusing so much on Jon and Kate, their reality shows’ ratings still plummeted. This was especially surprising because it happened during the summer, the season where all good television programs are on hiatus. Summer shows even reached

a new low this year when Megan Wants a Millionaire was canceled because contestant, Ryan Jenkins, was connected with a murder and later committed suicide. I Love Money 3 was also canceled because Jenkins was on that show as well. Despite the devastating cancellations of the quality shows (ha), the new television shows for the fall seem to be much more promising than they were for the summer. Returning favorites will be back, like the new season of Project Runway that has just started. One new show that has a lot of potential is Glee. Its first episode was aired online and, based on the pilot, it is a witty and original comedy. There will also be a number of guilty pleasures on the new fall schedule, like

“Funny People” was definitely not funny. The romantic comedies were neither romantic nor funny.

see disappointment | page 21


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Local Kroger reopens after infestation Carly Tamborski the news record

Shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, the Corryville Kroger reopened after managers issued a temporary closure due to reported rodent problems. The previous day, a customer’s complaint to the Cincinnati Health Department prompted health officials to contact the store. Kroger managers voluntarily shut down the store at 6 p.m. that Monday to investigate the claims. “There had been some complaints from customers over a period of time. Once they were brought to our attention, we conducted two inspections,” said Rocky Merz, a Cincinnati Health Department public information officer. “We talked to Kroger

about working with a pest control operator and told them to correct the problem or they would have to be shut down. They then voluntarily shut down.” The health department seems to have discovered the root of the problem. “When we conducted the inspections, we found an open pipe,” Merz said. “We believe that behind a refrigerated food section there was an open sewer with no cover.” The extermination company Terminex was contacted to set up traps, and will frequently visit the Kroger store to see if any rodents have been captured. Students seem to be largely disgusted ­­– but not surprised – by the rodent problem. “It is ‘Kro-ghetto,’ so it honestly doesn’t surprise me,” said

Carmen Pescatrice, a fourth-year organizational leadership student. “Plus, most items I buy are on the top shelf, in cans or packaged.” The increasing number of confirmed H1N1 cases in the region combined with the annual flu season raises the importance of investigating unsanitary health practices surrounding rodents and food. “Rodents spread over 35 diseases,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. Sicknesses spread through rodents include: salmonellosis, plague, rat-bite fever, relapsing fever, lyme disease, rocky mountain spotted fever, multiple types of hemorrhagic fevers and multiple types of typhus, among others. Effects of these diseases can range see Kroger | page 10

Justin Tepe | the news record

A Kroger building close to the UC campus reopened after customers complained about rodents to the Cincinnati Health Department.

Soccer: Bearcats lose to Zips 3-0 photos by kareem elgazzar | the news record

Bearcats’ defender, Sam Klosterman, clears the ball in the loss to the Akron Zips Sunday, Sept. 13.

Bearcats forward Tristan Watson gets tangled up with a Zips’ defender Sunday, Sept. 13.


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