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Brave New World

Short-term study abroad programs offer long-term benefits

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Most people are familiar with the typical study abroad setup: living with a host family and taking classes at a university with local students for a full semester. Area universities offer a plethora of options for students interested in broadening their horizons through such study abroad programs. In addition, short-term immersion programs over spring, winter or summer breaks have become increasingly popular.  

Textbook Buyer’s Guide

Planning and research are key to lowering textbook costs

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
College is expensive. There’s no doubt about it. College is also incredibly finite. One can lose the opportunity to attend easily. One of the biggest culprits of failure is, well, literal academic failure. Thus one must be armed with all the right tools to succeed.  

The Value of the Degree

Today’s competitive job market is forcing students to consider the future of their fields

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
No one has to tell a college student that the job market is scarce. Now, more than ever, it seems like students are struggling with choosing the “right” degree — one that interests them but will also provide job security and a steady income for a lifetime. Even after making that tough decision, some students still wonder even as graduation approaches: Will the degree be worth the sweat, blood and money that went into it?  

Ever-Changing Scene

Creative endeavors continue to complement Cincinnati's staple gay bars

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
In Cincinnati, the oscillation of gay culture keeps the community on its toes for several reasons. Cincinnati is not a large city. It only lends to reason that as a result of a smaller population, the gay community itself is also small and more sensitive to anomalies in the social fabric. When gay bars and gay businesses close, it’s a big deal. And there have been some big deals this year.  

Seelbach 4 All

Bucking status quo comes naturally for gay candidate

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Seelbach, 31, is making his first run for Cincinnati City Council this fall after having worked on several political campaigns for candidates and issues. A Democrat, he is an openly gay man who lives in Over-the-Rhine with his partner, Craig. Although another gay person, conservative John Schlagetter, ran twice unsuccessfully for City Council in 2001 and 2003 as a Charterite, Schlagetter never trumpeted his orientation. By comparison, Seelbach thinks it’s important that he be honest and forthcoming about his personal life when seeking public support.  

Reality Check

Stop AIDS moves forward despite local and state budget cuts

4 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
To raise awareness of the 30-year anniversary of the CDC's first-recorded AIDS case, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this year that June 27 will be National HIV/AIDS Testing Day. Unfortunately, some local AIDS organizations will miss out on the opportunity to raise awareness, as the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) earlier this year cut funding to Cincinnati’s oldest HIV/AIDS nonprofit organization, Stop AIDS. The agency provided case management, education and testing in the region for more than 28 years.  

LGBTQ Resources

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Listings for health services, youth services, peer support groups and education and community organizations.  

Equinox Parade & Festival 2011

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Cincinnati Pride 2011 offers a full-weekend schedule of events, parades and gatherings.  

Green with Energy

Custom builders join forces to bring Cincinnati its first-ever custom green home show

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Recycle the images of upscale builders competing to sell McMansions on postage-sized lots in distant suburbs. The city of Cincinnati and six custom builders have concocted a new home show geared toward making your lifestyle convenient, affordable, rewardable and environmentally friendly.  

Go Grab a Scoop

Cincinnati’s local ice cream makers offer plenty of creative, delicious options

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Nothing beats the heat better than ice cream. Therefore, in the interest of science, a few of us recently gathered at the CityBeat World Headquarters for a totally non-scientific taste testing of our favorite local ice creams and gelatos. Yes, it truly was a sacrifice, but one we were willing to make for our readers.  

Too Hot for Cincy?

Why hip Indie bands are choosing nearby cities over Cincinnati for summer tours

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
During an interview in advance of May’s MusicNOW festival, Bryce Dessner — its organizer and guitarist for The National — told me something very provocative about Cincinnati as a concert market for Indie Rock bands. And it might offer insight into why “vanguard” Indie acts — those whose experimentalism or artfulness, whose risky newness, resonates with enough fans to make a cultural impact — seem to skip Cincinnati once they reach mid-level (or higher) popularity.  

Heating Up Screens, Big and Small

Godfather of Summer Steven Spielberg brings the heat yet again

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Cincinnati native (a sometimes forgotten fact) Steven Spielberg is the Godfather of Summer, much like James Brown was the Godfather of Soul. And like Brown, he has proven to be the hardest working man in the movies. We are used to his herculean efforts behind the camera, but this summer Spielberg is setting up the tent poles throughout the season, both in the multiplexes and on television. He’s the Man.  

Opera-tunity Knocks

Cincinnati Opera’s 2011 season is another surefire summer bet

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
How does an opera company follow up a 90th anniversary season? For starters, it returns to the usual four-work schedule, which this year includes a company premiere. The season features two chestnuts, a work not performed since 1984 and an opera written in 2006.  

Restoring Hope

Hartman Rock Garden celebrates a historical piece of folk art and a struggling Midwestern city

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Springfield, a smaller city some 75 miles slightly northeast of Cincinnati, has lost plenty during the post-industrial era. So it’s important when it can reclaim, restore and celebrate something that once made it so special — an outdoor folk-art environment known as Hartman Rock Garden, created during the Great Depression. And the way it did so is a good lesson for much larger cities struggling with urban-preservation issues.  

2011 Festival Guide

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The 2011 summer festival season is already upon us. Here's the lowdown on enjoying three months' worth of cultural celebrations all over town.