Men's basketball highlights week as the team returns to the court

Discussions of civil rights, American school systems fill week's calendar | December 8, 2003

One of the most anticipated events of the week comes the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 9, when the men's basketball team takes on Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, at 7:00 p.m. This is the Musketeers' first game since the nail-biting 80-77 overtime loss in the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis during Thanksgiving weekend.

But all of the week's action isn't happening on the court. Each day through Thursday, Dec. 11, students are invited to sign up for a Nintendo Mario Kart tournament sponsored by Habitat for Humanity. Sign-ups are outside Gallagher Student Center each day from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., in the cafeteria from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and in all resident assistant (RA) offices. The tournament is Saturday, Dec. 13, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the student center, Room 214. For a $2 entrance fee, participants have a chance to compete for first- and second-place prizes of $75 and $25 gift certificates to Best Buy. For more information, contact Katrina Mahlerwein at

Wednesday, Dec. 10, a nationally recognized civil rights leader in the area of nonviolent, social change is speaking at 7:00 p.m. in the Schiff Family Conference Center. Bernard LaFayette, director of the Center for Non-Violence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, is delivering a lecture titled "Contemporary Civil Rights: The Spiritual and Social Journey of Bernard LaFayette." The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday afternoon, the weekly international students' society coffee hour is being held in the Faces of the World Lounge from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail or call 513 745-2862.

Wednesday evening, the University chamber music ensemble is performing at 7:00 p.m. in the Long Recital Hall in Edgecliff Hall. For more information, e-mail or call 513 745-3801.

Also Wednesday, the women's basketball Musketeers head to Lexington, Ky., to compete against the University of Kentucky Wildcats in a 7:00 p.m. game. The team, which is 4-2 for the season, is coming off of a strong 78-40 win over High Point in the Provident Bank Invitational on Sunday in the Cintas Center.

A book discussion of Jonathan Kozel's Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools is being held Thursday, Dec. 11, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the McDonald Memorial Library's second floor instruction room. The event, which features members of the University's department of education, is sponsored by On the Same Page, a Cincinnati community-building project designed to use reading to inspire discussion of race, tolerance and diversity. Published in 1991, Savage Inequalities explores the disparities in our national education system and shows the long-term effects of poverty and poor education on the children of America. Kozel wrote the book from his experiences visiting a number of urban public schools across the country, including Oyler Elementary in Cincinnati's Lower Price Hill neighborhood. For more information or to order a box lunch for $7, contact Donna Patterson at or 513 745-3883.

For more information about any of the above athletic events, visit the athletics web site or call 513 745-3411.