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Rockets to open up quest for MAC title at Ball State Oct. 3

With a perfect 3-0 record in non-conference play behind them, the Toledo Rockets now can focus their attention on their No. 1 goal — a Mid-American Conference Championship.

The first step in that process will begin Saturday, Oct. 3, when Toledo travels to Ball State. The 3 p.m. contest will be carried by American Sports Network and ESPN3.

Senior safety Rolan Milligan returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in Toledo's win over Arkansas State Sept. 26.

Senior safety Rolan Milligan returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in Toledo’s win over Arkansas State Sept. 26.

The Rockets (3-0, 0-0 MAC) are coming off a convincing 37-7 victory over Arkansas State Sept. 26. Toledo’s defense dominated the action, not allowing an offensive touchdown and holding the Red Wolves to minus-14 yards rushing on 24 attempts.

Senior safety Rolan Milligan returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, and Orion Jones added three sacks. Arkansas State, whose only score came on a 92-yard kickoff return, failed to score on two trips to the red zone.

Toledo opponents are 3 of 11 inside the red zone, with only one touchdown. That ranks No. 2 in the nation behind Appalachian State (no scores in five chances).

The Rockets also have not allowed a sack this season, one of only two teams in the country that can make that claim. The other is Air Force.

Ball State (2-2, 1-0 MAC) is coming off a 24-19 loss at No. 17 Northwestern last week. BSU led at halftime, 10-7, before the Wildcats rallied. The Cardinals’ other loss was to then-No. 16 Texas A&M, 53-26, Sept. 12.

BSU opened the season with a win over VMI and also knocked off MAC foe Eastern Michigan, 28-17. The Cardinals lead the MAC in rushing yards (232.0 per game) and are paced by the trio of sophomore running back Darian Green (402 yards, four TDs), freshman quarterback Riley Neal (217 yards, one TD) and freshman running back James Gilbert (212 yards, five TDs).

The Rockets won in Toledo last year, 34-23, and lead the series, 20-19-1. Toledo’s last win in Muncie was in 2011. The Rockets are 8-12 all-time in games played in Muncie.

Toledo has 68 points in the latest AP poll and 15 points in the USA Today coaches poll. The Rockets rank an unofficial 26th in the AP poll and 37th in the coaches poll.

Running back Kareem Hunt (hamstring) is questionable for the BSU game.

UT welcomes new Clery Act compliance officer

The University of Toledo has appointed Meredith Blaine as its new Clery Act compliance officer in an effort to continue providing the safest environment possible for students.

Blaine, who began working at UT just over a month ago, is charged with ensuring that the University is compliant with the Clery Act. Signed in 1990, the Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.

Blaine

Blaine

Blaine’s position at UT is new; before, her responsibilities fell on the UT Police Department and other campus safety representatives.

“We’ve made a focused investment in campus safety and crime reporting by creating this position,” said David Cutri, director of internal audit and chief compliance officer at the University. “We felt this was an opportunity to establish a more direct focus on campus safety reporting, dedicate more time to educating and training our campus community, and free the UTPD of some of the compliance-related responsibilities found in the Clery Act.”

Before coming to UT, Blaine served as the assistant director of student conduct and community standards at Eastern Michigan University. In that role, she sat on the Clery committee and went to a number of trainings on Clery and compliance.

“With my background in student conduct and a bit of Clery, I decided to jump on board, and we are looking at all of the University’s activities to review, revamp and expand,” she said.

Right now, Blaine is working to identify UT’s campus security authorities, who are individuals at a university that have some responsibility for student activities such as resident advisers, coaches and student affairs staff.

Under the Clery Act, campus security authorities are required to report any crimes on or near campus that they are made aware of. Once all of UT’s campus security authorities are identified, Blaine will work to ensure that they are all properly trained to report crimes and assist students who need their help.

“It’s another resource the University will have to make sure employees know how to handle reports,” UT Police Chief Jeff Newton said. “Universities get into a lot of hot water when things are not reported or handled properly once the initial report is made.”

In addition to properly reporting crimes, campus security authorities are responsible for providing information on the various resources available to students at the University. These include the UT Counseling Center, UTPD, Title IX coordinators and more.

Another resource is the Annual Security Report, which was just released and is available online here. The report details services available to students in addition to any crimes reported in the last three year

Muslim Student Association’s Eid dinner to be held Oct. 3

The Muslim Student Association will host its second annual Eid Dinner Saturday, Oct. 3.

The celebration will be held in the Student Union Auditorium at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Eid Dinner web“Last year I couldn’t go home to celebrate Eid, which is basically just a day of celebration, and I wanted something fun to do on campus,” said Fatma Ismail, president of the Muslim Student Association. “I know a lot of other international students who couldn’t go home either, and we decided to create this dinner and entertainment festival so we could celebrate on campus.”

The festival will feature halal cultural food, live skits, fashion show, clothing vendors, Muslim rapper Nasheed, henna and more.

“The world is very big, and not being able to experience different languages and cultures can be really limiting,” Ismail said. “It’s good to experience other cultures because you really can learn a lot from other people, and it’s good to branch out and see what other people and countries have to offer.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Ask Rocky’s in the Student Union for $10 or at the door for $15. Table reservations for groups of eight can be reserved and purchased for $70 at Ask Rocky’s or by emailing utoledomsa@gmail.com.

“If you hear anyone say ‘Eid Mubarak’ on campus, just know it’s a greeting similar to Merry Christmas and means ‘Happy Eid,’” Ismail said.

Campus novel topic of Oct. 1 talk

Dr. Christian K. Anderson, associate professor of higher education at the University of South Carolina, will discuss the academic novel at the university Thursday, Oct. 1.

His free, public talk titled “The Fictional Realities of Campus” will start at 7 p.m. in Libbey Hall.

Anderson

Anderson

A meet-and-greet will start at 5:30 p.m. with light refreshments and a cash bar.

“The academic novel is an emerging genre portraying a fictional version of campus life as seen through the experiences of faculty and students,” said Marcia King-Blandford, UT vice provost for academic operations.

She noted that Richard Russo, author of Straight Man, will continue the conversation on the academic novel as part of this year’s Jesup Scott Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will speak Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Doermann Theater. For more information, go to utoledo.edu/honorslecture.

UT kicks off open enrollment with commitment to ‘Healthy U’

A new era at The University of Toledo is bringing with it an increased focus on wellness and a passionate commitment from the University to ensure UT employees take advantage of the support and resources available to begin a journey toward healthier behaviors.

During this year’s open enrollment, UT will launch its “Healthy U” wellness campaign. The campaign will provide opportunities for employees to gauge current health status and their health-care needs to develop a customized program to ensure a healthy you.

University leaders say the energy and enthusiasm permeating the campus is something they are looking to build on to infuse excitement into this year’s open enrollment activities and programs.

“UT’s ‘Healthy U’ initiative is one I plan to take advantage of personally,” said President Sharon L. Gaber. “I believe maintaining a commitment to healthy behaviors can help make us more successful at work and at home.”

As UT prepares for the start of the University’s wellness initiatives, it is important during open enrollment for employees to carefully examine their health-care selections to ensure that they are properly aligned with their and their families’ current health-care needs and that they are taking advantage of all of the plan offerings.

To assist in understanding the available benefits plans, Human Resources has scheduled a series of information sessions across all UT campuses during the first and second weeks of October. A listing of the sessions can be found here. Employees are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions.

Different than in years past, all employees will need to re-enroll and select a benefits plan. Doing so will ensure that employees are making the most appropriate benefits choices to meet their changing lifestyle needs, are taking advantage of enhancements to benefit plans, and are preparing to participate in “Healthy U” initiatives.

Open enrollment for 2016 health benefits will run from Thursday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11:59 p.m.

Also new this year, while examining current health-care needs, employees will be required to recertify eligibility for their covered dependents. To do so, employees will submit verification documents for spouses, dependent children and domestic partners. A new feature has been developed where employees can upload their documentation through mobile devices. The list of acceptable documentation can be found here.

This year’s process will be highlighted by a Benefits Fair Thursday, Oct. 8, on Scott Park Campus. Staff from UT Medical Center will be on hand to offer voluntary “Healthy U” screenings, free flu shots for UT employees, and access to benefits and health insurance representatives to answer any questions as employees examine health-care options.

“Employers across the country use their wellness programs as a competitive advantage to recruit and retain the best talent,” said Jovita Thomas-Williams, UT vice president and chief human resources officer. “The University of Toledo is committed to achieving this high standard on behalf of UT employees.”

Beginning Oct. 1, employees will be able to access the open enrollment website through the employee tab inside the myUT portal. Computers will be available for employee access Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Human Resources offices in Academic Services Center Room 1000 on Scott Park Campus.

Employees with questions or who would like to schedule an appointment with a benefits representative can do so by emailing benefits@utoledo.edu.

University schedules events for LGBTQA History Month

The University of Toledo will celebrate LGBTQA History Month with several events this October.

The Office of Multicultural Student Success, LGBTQA Initiatives and Spectrum UT are dedicated to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied students.

“It is important to celebrate LGBT History Month because, like any other marginalized group, LGBT people’s history has been erased from popular media. It’s critical to know how LGBT people got to where we are today, with things such as marriage equality and representation in TV and film,” said Jack Alferio, president of Spectrum UT.

LGBTQA poster 2015“Although we have come very far since the Compton Cafeteria Riots, the event that is recognized as being the beginning of the LGBT rights movement, we still have a long way to go,” Alferio added. “The fact that LGBT people have not reached true liberation from oppression is why we continue to celebrate LGBT History Month each October.”

Listed by date, events scheduled to increase awareness for LGBTQA History Month include:

Thursday, Oct. 1
• “Learn the Facts,” 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2591.

Thursday, Oct. 8
• “Gender Spectrum,” 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2592.

Monday, Oct. 12
• LGBTQA History Month Celebration, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room.

Tuesday, Oct. 13
• All Love Photo Shoot, 3 to 5 p.m., Student Union Room 2500. Free professional shoot that will provide prints to all participants.

Thursday, Oct. 15
• Spectrum Drag/Talent Show, 8 to 10 p.m., Rocky’s Attic in the Student Union.

Tuesday, Oct. 20
• Spectrum Hate Crimes Candlelight Vigil, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Steps.

Thursday, Oct. 22
• Spectrum Film Screening, “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 8 p.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room.

Monday, Oct. 26
• Cake Social, noon to 2:30 p.m., Student Union Room 2500.

Thursday, Oct. 29
• Keynote address by Katharine Blaque, who will talk about intersectionality and her experience as a black transgender woman, 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2591.

Friday, Oct. 30
• Spectrum UT Halloween Ball, 7 to 10 p.m., Student Recreation Center Oak Room.

For more information on these events, call the UT Office of Multicultural Student Success at 419.530.2261.

Used book sale to be held Oct. 1

Carlson Library will hold a used book sale Thursday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the concourse to help celebrate Banned Books Week.

“A wide variety of books that have been donated by various people throughout the years and don’t fit into our collection will be on sale at the event,” said Barbara Floyd, interim director of University Libraries and director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections.

USed Book SaleThe sale will feature reference books and higher education books, as well as a small selection of popular titles.

Prices will be 25 cents a book or 10 for $1.

All proceeds raised will go to the library’s acquisitions fund. Sales are cash only.

The 18th annual Banned Books Week Vigil will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the fifth floor of Carlson Library. Read more here.

For more information about the sale, contact Sheryl Stevens of Carlson Library at sheryl.stevens@utoledo.edu.

Satellites to hold $6 sale Oct. 1

The Satellites Auxiliary’s $6 sale will take place Thursday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

Check out a wide array of items that will be for sale for $6: rings, watches, bracelets, scarves, ties, sunglasses, belts, earrings, cuff links, purses, wallets, totes, reading glasses, pendants, chains and more.

PrintCash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information on the sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Rockets move up in polls, now just one spot from Top 25 in AP Poll

Toledo’s 37-7 victory over Arkansas State Saturday night caught the attention of college football writers, as the Rockets (3-0) picked up 68 points in the latest Associated Press writers’ poll, leaving them just one spot outside the Top 25.

Toledo is listed at No. 26, just one place behind Florida (140 points) and ahead of Oregon (64), Arizona (48), Boise State (38), Iowa (37) and Texas Tech (36).

Rocket football logoA week ago, Toledo ranked No. 30 in the AP poll with 36 points.

The Rockets also moved up in the USA Today coaches’ poll, picking up 15 points after having just two points a week earlier.

The last time Toledo was ranked was Oct. 29, 2012. UT was 8-1 at the time with an eight-game winning streak, its only loss in overtime at Arizona in the season opener.

Toledo will play at Ball State Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Mid-American Conference opener for UT. Ball State (2-2, 1-0 MAC) was narrowly beaten, 24-19, at No. 16 Northwestern Saturday.

Freedom to read celebration continues for 18th year

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird has garnered a great deal of recognition: a 1961 Pulitzer Prize and the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and status in 2011 as the American Library Association’s 10th most banned book.

The last week of September marks the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. The University of Toledo will join the celebration Thursday, Oct. 1, on the fifth floor of Carlson Library for the 18th annual Banned Books Week Vigil.

web Banned Books Week artwork courtesy of the American Library AssociationThe free, public event will begin at 9 a.m. with programs running every half hour until 5 p.m. Speakers will celebrate the right to read, think and speak freely with the campus and Toledo community.

“Our festival is a mirror of how greatly this campus believes in intellectual freedom,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, founder and coordinator of the event, which the UT Banned Books Week Coalition spends months planning.

“This campus’ belief is evident in many ways — our library, our IT and computer support, the free access for Wi-Fi, The Independent Collegian, UT:10, the radio station — these all show that intellectual inquiry is very important here,” she said.

Light snacks and refreshments will be available all day, with free banned books and prizes distributed every half hour. Also this year, the first 400 attendees will receive a goody bag at the entrance, and one bag will have $50 cash donated by New Sins Press. WXUT also donated 21 shirts for prizes in an all-day Banned Music Twitter Trivia game.

“We are proud to host this campus-wide celebration of the right to read and think freely,” Kilmer said. “Our event gives UT people an opportunity to support freedom of expression. We set aside all sorts of holidays — for groundhogs, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day — and they’re all good, but we could really afford to add a holiday for reading, too.”

Banned Books Coalition logoTopics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Welcome,” Barbara Floyd, director of UT’s Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections and interim director of UT Libraries, and Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, professor and chair of the UT Communication Department;

• 9:30 a.m. — “Reflections” by UT Interim Provost John Barrett;

• 10 a.m. — “Silencing Through Stereotypes: Native Americans in Children’s Literature” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor and interim chair of the UT Women’s and Gender Studies;

• 10:30 a.m. — “Toledo Free Press Memories” by Sarah Ottney, Toledo freelance journalist;

• 11 a.m. — “The Helicopter Problem” by Dr. David Tucker, UT professor of communication;

• 11:30 a.m. — “Women Who Know Better” by Warren Woodbury, Toledo author;

• Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Do Criminals Have First Amendment Rights? Civic Death and the U.S. Constitution” by Dr. Renee Heberle, UT professor of political science;

• 1 p.m. — “Innocence Seduced: A Brief History of Comic Book Censorship” by Dr. Matt Yockey, UT associate professor of theatre and film;

• 1:30 p.m. — “The Shifting Lines of Intellectual Property in the Digital Age” by Wilkinson;

• 2 p.m. — “College Confidential: Censorship of College newspapers” by The Independent Collegian Editor-in-Chief Amanda Pitrof and Forum Editor Morgan Rinckey;

• 2:30 p.m. — “Trigger Warning Here! A Reflection on ‘Trigger Warnings’ in Higher Education” by Dr. Glen Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities;

• 3 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” hosted by The Independent Collegian staff;

• 3:30 p.m. — “Naughty Girls or Nasty Minds? The Evolution of Pin-Up Models” by Torrie Jadlocki, local photojournalist;

• 4 p.m. — “You Can’t Teach That!” by Cindy Ramirez, English teacher at Bedford Senior High School; and

• 4:30 p.m. — “Banned Books, Birds and Expressing Beliefs Through Art,” by Lee Fearnside, associate professor of art at Tiffin University.

In addition to Kilmer, UT Banned Books Week Coalition members are Sheldon; Arjun Sabharwal, UT associate professor of library administration; UT alumna Laura Kinsel Mitchell; and communication students Danielle Pigula and Josie Schreiber.

Kilmer said the Banned Book Week Vigil would not be possible without help from generous sponsors: Barry’s Bagels; Ann Lumbrezer; Promedica; UT Starbuck’s; The Independent Collegian; WXUT; Kroger; Society for Professional Journalists; New Sins Press; Phoenicia Cuisine; Barnes & Noble University Bookstore; UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development; UT Federal Credit Union; UT Foundation Friends of the Libraries; UT Libraries; Jesup Scott Honors College; UT Student Government; UT departments of Art, Communication, English Language and Literature, Foreign Languages, Theatre and Film; UT offices of the Provost, Student Involvement, Excellence and Multicultural Success, Greek Life, Enrollment Services, Communications, and Dean of the College of Communication and the Arts.