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After finishing the 117th Boston Marathon, On-Lam stayed near the finish line while walking off his recently completed 26.2 miles. Then the earth shook and a blast sounded. One, two, three … eight, nine, ten. And it happened again. “Who attacks civilians like this? We’re out here celebrating a marathon,” said Lam, who owns Lam’s Garden, located on East State Street in Athens. At 2:50 p.m. Monday, two explosions rocked the marathon’s finish line on North Boylston Avenue in Boston, Mass., killing three people and injuring 144 as of press time. Of those injuries, 10 resulted in amputations, according to a CNN report. A possibly related fire broke out in John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, and Boston law enforcement officials later confirmed to CNN that two more explosive devices were found and disarmed.
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A woman is carried away from the Boston Marathon’s finish line after being injured in one of the two explosions. They occurred during the race on Monday, April 15.
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Passion that works
Atco, Inc. uses art to remove stigma, improve the lives of people with disabilities
ithin the colorful walls of Passion Works Studio, people living with cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities become some of the town’s most treasured artists. The Uptown studio’s renowned Passion Flower, made of recycled aluminum printing plates, has become an icon of Athens County, and one that’s opened Athenians’ eyes about the possibilities of people with disabilities. “When someone steps in here, they might perceive themselves as someone with a disability, but once they start coming here, they take
LEFT: Artist in residence Chris Biester gives Passion Works artist Jason Hanning a helping hand as he paints an old cigar box, while Christine Chandler Miles examines a piece Sarina Winner, 37, is currently creating at Passion Works Studios. (Isaac Hale | For The Post) TOP RIGHT: Clients of ATCO Adult Services, a work training center for adults with developmental disabilities located in Athens, work on crafts. Vocational and lifeskills training are taught through ATCO’s employment program. (Emily Harger | For The Post) BOTTOM RIGHT: Members of the ATCO Vocal Choir show off their personality traits that most wouldn’t see at first glance using folders as signs through a demonstration at the Disabilities Fair at the Beacon School in Athens. ATCO Adult Services is dedicated to placing people with disabilities in the workplace through vocational and life-skills training. (Emily Harger | For the Post)
Editor’s note: This is the second story in the second installment of The Post’s Aiding Athens series, which profiles non-profit organizations in Athens County. Check out each story for ways in which you can help.
on the identity of an artist,” said Wayne Savage, Passion Works Studio coordinator. They are participants of the Atco, Inc. program, a nonprofit organization that boasts a handful of day programs — including the Beacon School, PersonnelPlus and ProPoint Pen — each helping people with developmental disabilities become independent, social and financially secure. “Everybody loves a paycheck,” Savage said. “Whether it’s $6 or $60, they’re thrilled to have it.” Passion Works artists receive a portion of sales from fine art pieces, including their oneSEE PASSION WORKS, PAGE 3
of-a-kind paintings, as well as an hourly salary for making Passion Flowers, ornaments and other items sold in the store. But a paycheck isn’t the only thing that keeps the artists coming back. Besides their love of art, the hobby is habilitating in itself. Sarina Winner, a 37-year-old Athens resident whose lupus and cerebral palsy affect her movement and speech and require her to use a wheelchair, has been coming to the studio since 1998. “It’s great therapy for my arms, my mind and my soul,” she said. “When I feel bad, I come here and do this, and it loosens me up.”
Palmer Place owners stop fest rowdiness
This Friday, there will be a method to the madness that is Palmer Place Fest. Renters at Palmer Place Apartments received fliers from Cornwell Properties on Monday morning that stipulated a list of 10 rules for the annual apartment fest. Officials from Cornwell Properties, which owns the apartment complex, met with local law enforcement and city government officials in order to articulate a list of behavior rules and expectations to prevent property damage and ensure safety for partygoers, Ohio University Police Department Chief Andrew Powers said. Renters will be forbidden from having more than 40 individuals inside each apartment, and no more than 10 partygoers will be allowed on balconies, according to the flier from Cornwell Properties. Anyone stepping on the grass courtyard after 5 p.m. will be escorted from the complex by security guards or police officers — who will be able to move freely in and out of the property, according to the flier, which added that Cornwell Properties spent more than $15,000 last summer to repair the courtyard. The precautions will help Cornwell ProperSEE RESTRICTIONS, PAGE 3
Student advocacy not included in job of student trustees
Though the name includes the word “student,” Ohio University administrators say the role of a student trustee stems more from the latter part of the title. Allison Arnold and Amanda Roden, OU’s current student trustees, do not have the right to vote but are still instructed to act similarly to the normal voting members. “(Student Trustees) are expected to represent the university as a whole — not just a student’s vantage point,” the student trustee information packet states. Peter Mather, secretary to the Board of Trustees, said he feels student trustees are key in bringing student perspective to the board but, at the end of the day, should be seen as representatives of the state — not student advocates. “The students are appointed by the governor,” Mather said. “That suggests that they have a larger governing role than just being representatives or advocates for students in particular.” Roden said OU Student Senate, rather than student trustees, should advocate for students through presentations to the board. She added student trustees have to be focused on the holistic
Elected students awarded influential perks
The job of an Ohio University Student Senate executive is full of meetings, long hours, access and cash. A full-tuition scholarship, valued at $8,960 this year, and the voice of students in the eyes of the administration are the chief perks for Senate President Zach George. The president sits on numerous committees and boards. He chairs the General Fee and uFUND committees and sits on the Budget Planning Council. He is also given a free parking pass at Baker University Center and 24hour access to the building. However, the intangibles can be more valuable than anything else, as indicated by OU President Roderick McDavis, who views George — whom he meets with monthly — as the point man for representing student opinion. “It’s part of the shared governance process that the leadership of the Student Senate are kept informed,” McDavis said. “We talk
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Two students have the privilege of representing the other 20,000 of us on the board that makes the university’s most important decisions. In the opinion of the state and the university, however, those students are not supposed to represent our point of view. Board of Trustees Secretary Peter Mather said that because the student trustees are appointed by the governor, “they have a larger role than just being representatives or advocates for students in particular.” If student trustees are not supposed to represent us, though, why are they even called “student trustees?” Newly appointed student trustee Keith Wilbur said it best: “To separate the two (words) is just illogical.” But it’s more than illogical to expect student trustees to check their perspective at the door — it’s deceptive. Look at the 13 members of the Board of Trustees and decide which you think are supposed to represent students. The obvious answer is the student trustees. The correct answer is none of them. Additionally, because the student trustees are not allowed to vote, their best opportunities to influence trustee decisions are in closed-door meetings. That pushes whatever sway student trustees might have out of the public view, obfuscating the way decisions are made. A public university should be making every effort to be transparent, but OU President Roderick McDavis said it’s easier to get things done behind closed doors. “When you’re in the privacy of an office … you’re freer to say things,” he said. It’s an argument we’ve heard before from the university — the very same reason Budget Planning Council meetings are closed to the public. The university’s soon-to-be senior student trustee, Amanda Roden, claims that trustees are already effective and that they are not on the board to advocate for students. In fact, Roden says it’s Student Senate’s job to represent students to the board. In that case, there is no reason for the student trustee position to even exist. As McDavis said, “It’s all about influence.” And we have none. Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post’s executive editors.
VOICE’s promises will Illogical, deceptive, ineffective benefit foreign students If student trustees aren’t advocating for students, who is?
I am Zi Wang, a senior studying psychology, and I am the president of the Chinese Student Scholar Association at OU. I am writing this letter to show support to VOICE for Student Senate next year. I support VOICE for two reasons: its plan for diversity and international students, and its plan to enhance college experience. In recent years the number of international students has kept growing on campus. While the international students receive highquality education here, they also add to the diversity and culture communication on campus. My friends and I have compared the platforms between VOICE and FUSS, and we are glad to see the international mentor program and language (culture) campaign raised by VOICE. Whereas for FUSS, we failed to find anything in particular that was relevant to diversity and international students. My friends and I believe that the VOICE ticket is able to provide benefits to the international students at OU. Second, while I admit that tuition is an important issue, there are many other aspects to focus on. Among the students on campus, international students (particularly the undergraduate students) normally pay the highest rate of the tuition. The tuition at OU is much higher than the tuition in my home country. However, like many other international students, I chose to come here because of the high-quality education and excellent college life experience at OU. My friends and I believe that the goals set by VOICE are achievable and will enhance the college life experience. We are particularly interested in its plans about bus expansion, franchise restaurants on campus and a smoothie bar in Ping. We think these goals will benefit all students at OU. Finally, I want to show my appreciation to the education and experience that OU provides. I believe VOICE has the better ability to improve our college life. Zi Wang is a senior studying psychology and president of the Chinese Student Scholar Association at Ohio University.
Attacks on senate candidates are undeserved
As a graduating senior, I have not felt the need get involved with the Student Senate election this year. I have opinions, but the choices Ohio University will be making in a few days will not be directly affecting me. However, the April 14 letter, “FUSS’ claims of senate stagnation are out of line” deserves a response from someone. First, FUSS has never attempted to belittle the good things that Student Senate does. Jacob Chaffin, the vice presidential candidate, is a member of the senate. Matt Farmer, the presidential candidate, has worked closely with members of senate in his role as the Residents’ Action Council president. But when FUSS says that senate has been ineffective, there is a legitimate argument behind those words. Over my past four years, I have seen senate do the following things: 1) coordinate multiple wonderful programs, including Pride Week and Take Back the Night; 2) pass resolutions either agreeing with or disagreeing with something the administration is going to do anyway; 3) push for things I do not really need. I take no issue with No. 1. Senate should continue doing those things. I have no real beef with No. 3. Yearly concerts and smoothie bars seem like a waste of energy to me, but if senate wants to put their efforts there, I don’t really mind. But I am frustrated that senate hangs its hat on No. 2. As a student, I want my opinion to affect real change. The idea that a senate resolution that administrators largely ignore is somehow a better use of my opinion than marching or rallying or phone banking is simply absurd. Mr. Howell and Mr. Ballinger raise the complaint that “FUSS does not advocate for students but instead only protests with personal interests in mind.” I hope this is not an attack on the work of the individuals behind FUSS (which, I remind you, is three people), because I don’t think people who have worked in service roles for the university and who have organized marches and rallies are doing it for personal gain. Perhaps Mr. Howell and Mr. Ballinger are suggesting that FUSS is trying to turn the election into a debate over guaranteed tuition. To that, I say they probably are and with good reason. Guaranteed tuition is a huge problem not because it necessarily means higher tuition right away, but because it strips students of their interest in advocating for lower tuition. It encourages complacency and will make it harder for organizations like the Ohio University Student Union to affect change. Over the past couple years, I have watched as senate has grown increasingly close minded, attempting to characterize outside opinion as wrong, radical or impolite. That’s not how a democracy works. Election season is the one time a year when senate insiders have the opportunity to listen to outside opinions. It is shocking to me that VOICE would rather spend that time discrediting the hard work of the FUSS candidates and calling into question their integrity. Spencer Smith is a senior studying English at Ohio University.
FUSS should back up its tuition buzzwords
With all of the talk about buzzwords in the VOICE campaign, let me throw a few buzzwords your way: TUITION! AFFORDABILITY! Do I have your attention now? Well that is pretty much the strategy behind the FUSS for OU Student Senate platform. Throw out the “tuition” word; say that you are against a tuition raise (who isn’t?) and claim that you will make OU a more affordable college. That’s great and all, but how is yelling at the administration and opposing any plan that they have going to accomplish anything? Wouldn’t you take someone more seriously if you had a serious conversation with them, rather than them just yelling that you are wrong all the time? Also, FUSS wants to reform the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds student organizations using student fees. However, what they want to do is basically give the money away, saying, “If a student organization wants funding for a program, they should be able to access their money.” So you are telling me that after I pay for something, that money is still mine? How convenient! They also want to “remove the need for extensive price documentation,” which only leaves the door wide open for some crazy amounts of corruption. In conclusion, on April 18 I will be voting VOICE, and I hope that you will join me in doing so. Brett Weiler is a junior studying biology and statistics and the Academic Affairs Vice Commissioner on Student Senate.
Bieber’s publicist has world’s hardest job
Graduation is approaching, friends and enemies, and let me tell you, for a while there I was terrified. It seemed like I’d applied for jobs everywhere! The music production thing with Glee fell through, then there was that Pope fiasco, and after my botched attempt at applying to Chipotle I’m no longer allowed 50 feet within the Mexican border. But I’ve finally found the perfect entry-level job for the young college graduate: Folks, you’re looking at Justin Bieber’s new publicist. Now, I’ve never considered myself much of a “belieber,” but in my defense that’s because I originally thought the term applied to some sort of medieval demon. Now that I know it actually refers to a Canadian pop superstar’s legion of adoring fans, I totally consider myself a beliezabub or whatever it was I was just talking about! As Mr. Bieber’s new publicist, part of my job entails damage control whenever some embarrassing details of his personal life come to the surface. Considering he’s a 19-year-old pop singer from Canada, this is basically me getting paid to do nothing, which has always been my lifelong dream. I mean, seriously, what could he possibly do that would require me to — oh, wow, already? He tried to attack a photographer? Okay, well, that’s — that’s understandable. As a journalism student, I’ll be the first to admit it’s hard to resist punching myself sometimes. The photographer in that video was being really crass, and Justin’s under a lot of pressure! The poor kid is the single most scrutinized celebrity in the world, and he’s got a constant legion of manipulative publicists and PR people trying to build an entire media empire around him. (Note to self: check to see if Stephen Harper got back to us about re-naming the country “Bieberland.”) And then, well, I guess I should talk about the monkey thing. Yes, I know Justin has a bad habit of adopting animals, using them as props in media appearances, and then giving them away, but come on, Mally the monkey was different! Those two shared a special bond: one a small, squeaking primate that shrieks nonsense, and the other... Oh, I see what this is. You think you can trick me into insulting the Biebs! Nice try, funnyman. The point is, there comes a time in life where we all have to let our pet monkeys go, step on our private jets and fly away to the Playboy Mansion. It’s part of growing up. Also, look me in the face and tell me that “Justin Bieber loses his monkey” isn’t the best headline you’ve ever read. Spoiler alert: you can’t, because it is. See, here’s the thing: for all his fame and fortune, Justin Bieber’s only a human being, and humans make mistakes. Just this past weekend I stabbed a drifter 17 times and buried his body in my grandma’s petunia patch! And since I’m not famous, the incident was forgotten about almost immediately — whereas if Justin had done the same, it would be national news. We all have our bad days, but for celebrities it’s ... hmm, do you guys hear sirens? All right, speeding this up. Point is: no matter how the media RYAN might spin it, I M c ANDREWS firmly believe the best medicine that Justin Bieber would never do anything truly offensive, America. Mr. Bieber is a squeakyclean role model for children and young teens everywhere, and as his publicist I’m confident that we’re going to have a long and fruitful business partnership, and also, what is this I’m hearing about Anne Frank, now? ... Huh. Back to SimplyHired it is, I guess. Ryan McAndrews is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University and a columnist for The Post. What should he do to help Justin Bieber’s image? Email Ryan at rm287608@ohiou.edu.
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Student Senate executive candidates to take questions from Post moderators
In the last chance Ohio University’s Student Senate candidates will have to debate one another, each ticket’s presidential candidates have promised to not pull any punches. The executive candidates of VOICE, the internal senate ticket with people running for every position, and FUSS (Fighting to Uphold Student Solidarity), a ticket running only for executive positions, will face off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in Porter Hall 105. The debate is being put on by The Post. “We need to be challenging this mentality in Student Senate that things are good right now,” said Matt Farmer, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio and FUSS’ presidential candidate. “We are endorsing the other 29 members of the VOICE ticket because we honestly believe they have a lot of great ideas.” Farmer says his ticket will continue to hammer his platform’s key pillar of affordability for students. Nick Southall, a junior from Marietta, Ohio and VOICE’s presidential candidate, believes his platform addresses college affordability adequately — along with a wealth of other issues FUSS does not. “We have an (affordability) pillar of the same size, but we also have more pillars (than FUSS),” Southall said. “I think that they rely on (affordability) a lot.” Southall says his ticket will not enter the debate looking for a fight, but if FUSS attacks his platform, he won’t hold back. “Of course (Matt is) going to endorse the people that are inevitably going to win. It’s obvious that everyone he endorsed prefers our executive ticket,” Southall said. “If he endorses 29 people that believe in our ideals, I don’t really see the logic in not endorsing us.” Post Editor Pat Holmes is looking forward to a forum where the candidates will be asked the tough questions. “In theory, it’s for the students and it’s about their representation — whatever that POST STUDENT SENATE DEBATE Porter Hall 105 at 6 p.m. Tuesday Tweet @ThePost and use the hashtag #postdebate to ask questions of the candidates means to them is their prerogative,” said Holmes. “But we’re going to try and put all six candidates under a magnifying glass and if they’d like to join us tonight in Porter, they’re more than welcome.”
The injured were taken to multiple hospitals in Boston, including Massachusetts General Hospital, where Liz Love, 28, works in the chemotherapy infusion clinic. Love spent about a half hour in the hospital’s emergency room, which was being prepped while caring for the initial patients, many of whom had lacerations to the legs and head. “The staff was ready for anything that came through the doors,” Love said. “We haven’t had a mass injury type event recently.” Lam was one of the more than 17,000 participants to complete the marathon before the explosions, according to results on the Boston Marathon’s website. Ninety-six countries were represented at this year’s race. Among the top 10 finishers of the marathon was former Ohio University track student-athlete Craig Leon, who graduated in 2007. Leon completed the marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 38 seconds, and placed third among Americans. He confirmed his whereabouts and safety via Twitter,
saying, “Our group is safe. We are in a hotel on lockdown nearby and cell phones are out. Prayers to everyone outside.” Ohio track and field coach Clay Calkins received word of the incident from his wife. “(Leon) reached out to me after the marathon, sent me a text and let me know that he was happy with the result of the marathon,” Calkins said. “I knew he had gotten through fine.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation deemed the explosions terrorist attacks later Monday afternoon. Benjamin Banta, visiting assistant professor of political science, said all acts of terrorism are politically motivated to maximize fear in the “enemy” population and signal that the terrorists’ causes are worthwhile. “Terrorism is a weapon of the weak, and rarely succeeds because it is so difficult to achieve the balance between terror among one group and sympathy among another with some horrific use of violence,” he said. Banta added that the public reaction to the explosions in Boston was normal given the symbolic nature of terrorist attacks. Some OU students’ family members competed in the mar-
Go to thepost.ohiou.edu for a STORIFY with Twitter reactions to the explosions & a photo slideshow athon, including Sean Welch, father of Shannon Welch, president of Ohio University College Democrats. Sean said events such as 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombings aren’t far from his or anyone’s minds after the explosions. “We are in shock about the horrific nature of the incidents and how quickly the tenor of the beautiful day changed,” Sean said. “This is a very graphic reminder of the chaos and fear that terrorist acts create.” President Barack Obama addressed the nation after the explosions, ensuring the city of Boston would have “every federal resource at their disposal.” “I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together,” Obama said. “And the American people will be with them every step of the way.” – Emily Bamforth, Will Drabold, Kelly Fisher, Olivia Hitchcock, Sam Howard, Danielle Keeton-Olsen, Sophie Mitchem, Nick Robbe and Laura Scheer contributed to this article.
Winner is one of about 65 Atco members. Mark Cullison, adult services director for Atco, estimated that 25 percent of eligible adults in Athens choose Atco over the five other dayservice programs in the county, which include Goodwill, HAVAR, RHDD, Buckeye Community Services and Echoing Meadows Residential. In 2011, Atco worked with 181 individuals, according to the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities annual report. For 50 years, the organization has ensured its members are anything but disabled. “How we empower our folks is an initiative called self-advocacy,” Cullison said. “We are very heavily invested in getting people to determine the course of their own lives with the supports they have around them.” Each weekday, members assemble at the Atco workshop off Stimson Avenue, where they paint, sew, build boxes for Diagnostic Hybrids, take care of Mack, the therapy dog, learn cooking skills or just hang out. When they’re not at the workshop, they’re bowling at Rollerbowl Lanes, holding
dances, attending Ohio University football games and performing concerts. “Not too long ago, it was really easy for people who had a disability … just to stay at home, not to be included in local schools, to be housed and sheltered from their communities,” said Jesse Stock, community inclusion specialist for Atco. “To include them gives them an opportunity to socialize, to be recognized that they’re no different, to segway into independent living so that they can pursue their own goals.” Atco’s members are encouraged to vote, have a job and even learn how to drive a car. Most people with disabilities have a Medicaid waiver that will cover the $40-per-6 1/2hour day Atco services. The members’ Medicaid waivers, along with tax dollars from local levies and subsidies from the state and federal government, are what keep the workshop afloat. However, the organization is still heavily dependent on donations and volunteers. With only 25 paid employees in the entire operation, Atco relies on volunteers from OU’s social work, medical, special education and music therapy
departments. The university’s Greek organizations have proved to be a big help to the workshop, too. “We couldn’t expand or have the resources to do this without them,” Cullison said. Passion Works hires six student interns each semester, while also allowing two studio volunteers at a time. Savage said saving money is a top priority for Passion Works to fulfill its goal of being entirely self-sufficient, an essential value to the entire Atco production. Wendy Jakmas, president of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, said Athens is an inclusive community when it comes to accepting people with disabilities, and Atco has put that front and center for all to see. “It just shows that everyone is equal, that everyone is capable of art and holding a job,” Jakmas said. “I think it’s another piece of what makes Athens so unique and special.” To volunteer with Atco or find out more ways you can help, call (740)592-6659, or go online to atcoinc.org. To volunteer with Passion Works or find out more ways you can help, call (740)592-3673 or check out passionworks.org.
ties avoid additional property damage and potential lawsuits, said Kara Cozort, an agent for Cornwell Properties, who added partygoers have threatened lawsuits in the past after being hit by glass bottles, which will be banned on Friday. Cornwell Properties’ list of
rules will be the first of its kind for the fest, Powers said. Powers said he expected a strict interpretation of these rules by local law enforcement, which will consider entering the property on a “case-to-case basis.” “Basically, it’s an event where the proprietor of the property has circumscribed some rules around it,” Powers said. Faced with the threat of re-
moval, Eric Soukup, a freshman studying biological sciences, said he might stay home Friday night. “I’m debating about whether or not to go for two reasons,” he said. “ (Palmer Place Fest) could be boring, but I wouldn’t put it past a few drunk students to just start a riot. If you limit the amount of what OU students can do, it can end badly.” the decision-making process.” Administrators fear conflicts of interest may arise from voting rights as well. “Because they are directly impacted by board votes on tuition rates, fees, program and curricular issues, student trustees may be required to recuse themselves from votes on those subjects (if they have voting rights),” said Jennifer Kirksey, chief of staff to President McDavis, in a statement. For McDavis, influence is shown through frank, closed-door discussions — not public votes. “It’s the input that’s important to the decision making process,” McDavis said. “You do that best through one-to-one meetings and personal contacts.”
vote,’ so there is a difference in terms of that relationship,” McDavis said. “When you’re in a nonuniversity perspective — a job voting position, for me, I’m much description her new counterpart freer to talk about things.” disagrees with. Wilbur does support student “To separate the two (words, trustee voting rights, while Roden student and trustee) is just illogi- and Arnold do not. cal,” said Keith Wilbur, the newest McDavis said that though OU student trustee who will replace has not actively lobbied against Arnold, of his title. “(We need) voting rights — an accusation he unity of the student and trustee called a “misunderstanding” — perspective, because ultimately, top administration is concerned that’s the nature of the role.” student trustee voting power Ohio student trustees are only would detract from the trustees’ able to voice their opinions, but OU current role. President Roderick McDavis says “When you’re in the privacy of an they are effective without a vote. office … you’re freer to say things. “When I speak with elected of- It’s all about influence,” McDavis ficials in Columbus, my 3 perspecsaid. “A big part of occurs 12 MessAds:MessAd x 6 3/26/13 3:11 PMwhat Page 1 on a tive is ‘this is a person who has a campus is one’s ability to influence
about whatever issues the president of Student Senate wants to talk about.” Though McDavis considers opinions from other students on a daily basis, he said his interaction with the elected head of the university’s student governing body is most valuable. “We have 23,000 students on campus, but … if you’re going to go to a group that represents students, you go to the group that’s been elected by students,” McDavis said. George said he believes OU’s current model of “shared governance” is effective. “We have a senate that represents each of the colleges … and constituencies on campus,” George said. “I use that
to make my opinion going forward, especially when I talk to people in Cutler.” George did acknowledge that student leaders often agree with the administration but said this stems from the fact those students are in meetings with administrators and see the same data that prompt unpopular decisions such as raising tuition. Students have only an advisory role in managing OU’s money — although their tuition contributes to more than half of OU’s budget, according to a previous Post article. “I think (raising tuition is the lesser of two evils), because we can continue to say we’ve got to cut the fat, but at the end of the day, there’s really no fat left at the university,” George said. “Every time I go in and talk with (McDavis), he’s very concerned about
what students say about him and the school they attend.” Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi and Interim Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones both indicated they use George and the two other senate executives — Vice President Amrit Saini and Treasurer Evan Ecos, who both receive half-tuition scholarships — to gauge student opinion. “There’s been questions about whether that voice is fairly represented, and I think that’s a fair question and a fair story, but at the end of the day, they are the elected voice — like it or not,” Lombardi said. Both administrators said they do consult other students as well. “I think it is often that when we’re forming committees or want formal student feedback, we often go to senate first,” HallJones said.
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from Saturday Night Live
star of NBC sitcom Whitney
Thursday, 7:30 PM April 18, 2013
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HVAC creates detours in Stacks
In addition to high temperatures, students navigating the Stacks in Alden Library have to contend with the tarps and tubes that block sections of bookshelves. Those leak diversion kits, called PIGs, are a temporary solution for the air-handling units that have exhausted their lifespan and are in need of replacement. Only three of the nine airhandling units residing in the eighth floor of Alden have been replaced. These three units service Archives and Special Collections, where the library houses its most sensitive documents, said Executive Director of Facilities Management Mike Gebeke. Two units are up for replacement in Fall Semester 2013, said Robin Krivesti, Facilities and Stacks manager at Alden. The replacement project, which took place in May 2010, cost $500,000 for all three units, while replacing the larger units, which circulate air for two floors, will cost around $250,000 per unit. Gebeke attributes the high price of replacing the larger heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units to their removal, which is difficult when the building is in place. “Those little ones are not anything compared to other ones (in price),” Gebeke said. While the lifespan for an HVAC unit is 25 years, the remaining units in Alden are 43 years old. Facilities put these on deferred maintenance for almost 20 years because there were only funds available for immediate concerns, such as safety concerns or federal compliances, Scott Seaman, dean of OU Libraries said. Facilities has a difficult time replacing individual parts on the air handling units because as they age, individual parts become more difficult to find and pay for. Three years ago, a replacement fan for one of the HVAC units cost $75,000, Gebeke said. In the meantime, Krivesti uses PIG devices as an inexpensive way to prevent damage to library books and equipment. Krivesti said the PIG devices usually catch all leaks. “In the past we’ve had a few books get wet, and usually those can be dried or replaced,” she said. Seaman said that the biggest problem that Alden has experienced from old HVAC units is the uncertainty in temperature. “There are times when you can walk into the second floor, and it’ll be 85 degrees,” he said. When Alden was built in 1969, the designers prepared the building for around half the traffic it receives today, and there was no way to prepare for the computer technology today, Seaman said. “I don’t think students realize what it takes to keep a building like this functioning,” he said.
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Barbecue-inspired buggy to serve up southern food for Uptown perusers
A new food buggy is bringing southern hospitality to West Union Street. After seven years of selling barbecue at Southeastern Ohio festivals and fairs, Patricia Thomas, owner of Adam’s Rib, will be offering her southernstyle grilled and smoked meats to passersby in Uptown Athens. As her business expanded beyond the Athens Farmers Market and music festivals, Thomas said the logical transition was to move onto West Union Street, where she expects a strong fan base amongst Ohio University staff and students. “I want to offer more people in the college community good quality meat and food other than pizza and fast food,” Thomas said. “My ribs don’t taste like McRibs.” Thomas said she began selling smoked meats, in addition to her usual grilled dishes, two months ago when she met John Strohl, a 60-year-old OU student in the sustainability specialized studies program. Strohl, who previously owned a barbecue restaurant in Pacifica, California from 2002-03, said he’s been doing Texas-style barbecue since living in Texas in the 1990s. Smoking and grilling are complementary skills to have in the barbecue business, Strohl said. “With my time around barbecue in Texas and at my own restaurant in California, I would say this makes for the perfect combination with (Thomas’) abilities,” Strohl said. Thomas said she expects Strohl’s selection of smoked meats to boost sales. “People have liked my ribs, but adding the smoked meats added an element to my business,” Thomas said. “It was a good move for me.” Adam’s Rib will be Uptown every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. until the bars close, Thomas said. Prices of Thomas and Strohl’s fare range from $2 for a hot dog to $25 for a slab of ribs. Sean Redmond, a freshman studying neuroscience, called his Adam’s Rib pulled pork sandwich “voluptuous.” “I thought it was goodpriced,” Redmond said. “The meat was pretty delicious and well-seasoned.”
Pedestrians go about business on College Green in front of Galbreath Chapel.
Renovations yet to begin for College Green chapel
After being closed for more than a year, not much progress has been made toward the reconstruction of Galbreath Chapel. The $1.25 million renovation project was approved in November 2012 by the Ohio University Board of Trustees after possible water damage caused small pieces of the chapel’s roof to fall. In a previous Post article, Associate Vice President for Facilities Harry Wyatt said he hoped to accelerate the Galbreath Chapel project as much as possible, adding that the design process usually takes about three to six months, with construction lasting an additional three to six months. However, the building has been closed since January 2012 and according to Wyatt, “work hasn’t started.” “Most of the work is ahead of us during the summer,” he said. “That total $1,250,000 construction is just starting and some demolition will take place involving some asbestos removal.” OU spokesperson Jennifer Krisch said Galbreath Chapel is slated for completion in October 2013. “In terms of scopes, the building gets a new roof, there will be touching up on brick on the outside of building, there is an elevator that will be added and there will be modifications to the restrooms,” Wyatt said. “The main issue that initiated the rehabilitation was the roof.” The $30,000, 10-ton, 10,000-part organ still remains inside Galbreath. “We made a very expensive effort to protect the organ during this construction; it is still inside and is boxed in plywood.”
Author to discuss research about The Ridges, usage of Alden Library as resource
Research and writing tips will be given Tuesday night when Katherine Ziff, author of Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape, gives a talk at Alden Library. The presentation is part of Alden Library’s series, “Authors @ Alden,” which the organization has been holding since October 2011. Ziff will discuss the process of writing her book, about The Ridges Asylum, and doing research in Alden Library. There will also be six tables of artifacts on display from the asylum archives, Ziff said. “I hope people will appreciate the huge importance of libraries, archives and archivists as a resource for exploring history, constructing a narrative about a topic, researching family and community, and making works of art and literature,” Ziff said. Ziff also said in regards to the demolition of Building 26, what’s done is done. “You know, all the brick, mortar and tile from the demolition were ground up and spread on the hiking path leading to Radar Hill,” Ziff said. “I read that Ohio University plans to maintain the site as green space and I hope that is true.” With continued planning for The Ridges going forward, there must be consideration for the historical significance of the grounds, Ziff said. Doug Partusch, the Director of Development at Alden Library, said this event has been in the works with Ohio University Press for at least a year. “Well, I think there continues to be interest, of course, in the Athens Asylum and Katherine did much of her work here at
WHAT: Authors at Alden: A Conversation with Katherine Ziff WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday WHERE: The 1951 Lounge, 4th Floor Alden Library ADMISSION: Free
the library,” Partusch said. “We thought that would be helpful to people who were doing that kind of research and also show the kinds of resources we have in Special Collections here at the library.” The event will also be broadcasted on the Authors @ Alden website in order to allow alumni and other interested audiences to see it, which is a first for Alden, Partusch said. “It’ll be interesting to see how many people log on to the
Katherine Ziff |VIA PATRICK TRAYLOR webcast because it is something new for us,” Partusch said. There was no cost to bring Ziff to Alden because the Ohio University Press published her book. Copies of Asylum on the Hill will be sold at the event.
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Speaker warns of foreign policy apathy
President Barack Obama does not wake up worrying about nuclear weapons or terrorist attacks. His cares tend to trend toward domestic matters. This assessment of the president’s mindset came from John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President George W. Bush, who says the lack of a national debate on foreign policy has only allowed America’s enemies to grow stronger. The George Washington Forum and Alexander Hamilton Society jointly sponsored the event more than 200 people attended in Walter Hall Rotunda on Monday night. “We gather here thinking about what happened in Boston today. We don’t know for sure who committed this terrorist attack … but we do know from the death and destruction that is caused that the world remains a very dangerous place,” Bolton said. “There are a couple reasons for (lack of a debate on foreign policy): one is the president of the U.S. and the other is the Republican Party.” Nuclear proliferation, the global war on terror, protection of allies and preemptively heading off enemy threats were some of the policy topics Bolton said there needs to be a debate about in the U.S. Without a debate, Americans will lose sight of the international threats to the homeland, Bolton said. “I think it has been clear since 1945 that America’s nuclear weapons and system of alliances has been the strongest force for order in the world that we’ve seen,” Bolton said. He added that if the U.S. stops fulfilling that role, other countries not interested in American interests will take our spot protecting them. “The more we don’t devote adequate resources to our national security, the deeper the hole we’ll have to climb out of when we wake up and see how threatening the world has become.” Robert Ingram, director of the forum and a history professor at Ohio University, was ecstatic with the response to Bolton’s talk. “There was a substantive debate. You could see that in the questions,” Ingram said. “The more exchanges there are like this, the better it will be for our country. We don’t have experience, especially students, dealing with people whom they fundamentally disagree with.” A frank and sometimes controversial event can be beneficial for a campus that is often set on a one-track mindset, Ingram said. “(He brought) a unique viewpoint to our campus,” said Allison Arnold, co-president of the Hamilton Society and a senior student trustee. “It is interesting to bring someone to our campus who has real world experience.”
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John Bolton, former United Nations Ambassador, speaks about the nation’s foreign policy challenges. Bolton spoke at the Walter Hall Rotunda on Monday, April 15.
Faculty expresses semester woes during senate meeting
Faculty feedback from this year echoes some of students’ concerns from the quarter-tosemester switch. At the Faculty Senate semester feedback session on Monday, senate chair Elizabeth Sayrs addressed common complaints that faculty expressed, such as the timing of spring break and class scheduling. After the first year of semesters, Sayrs compiled the list of comments and complaints associated with changes in the academic schedule and addressed them in front of Faculty Senate participants. Some of the respondents’ biggest concerns were the placement of spring break, the 14-week length of semesters and flexibility of scheduling for students. Sayrs said that her family had three different spring breaks, which did not allow for a relaxing break. David Descutner, dean of University College, said he and Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit have had discussions with the administration at Athens County Public Schools in order to move spring break into the second, third or fourth week of March. “Pam plans to have a conversation with him, and he’s been extremely congenial about this all year,” Descutner said. However, OU would not see a later spring break until Fall 2014 at the earliest, Sayrs said. “The issue is that so many things are scheduled quite far in advance,” she said. Sayrs said some class scheduling problems are dependent upon the major, such as languages, which are not productive in 80-minute class periods. “What we’d be looking at mostly is what level of flexibility we can work into the schedule that we don’t have now,” she said. After looking through the survey results and hearing feedback from the faculty that attended, Sayrs will take this feedback to the quarter-tosemester transition team, who will decide what should be presented at a Senate meeting in early to late fall. “(They) will look at all of the responses and sort out what the priorities are,” she said. Once the desired changes pass through Faculty Senate, Benoit and the Registrar’s Office will choose some changes to put into effect for the following school years.
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The Windy City held true to its name Monday afternoon, as gusts reached up to 20 mph at the Kemper Sports Intercollegiate. The Ohio men’s team finished in seventh place after the first day of play. Junior Connor Coldwater finished with two rounds of two-over 74, the lowest of any Bobcat. Seniors Byron Firestone and Michael Lamping finished one stroke behind him. Shooting less than twoover on each nine, Coldwater limited his mistakes, scoring no higher than bogey. After going bogey-bogey on the third and fourth holes in his first round, he followed with a birdie on the fifth and pared all but one of his remaining holes. In the second round, he had five bogies, but negated some of those strokes with three birdies. Lamping started his first round on the par-4 13th, with a birdie. He would finish his first nine holes at one-under, but after two strings of three consecutive bogies later in the round, he wound up shooting 75, three-over par. Firestone remained consistent all day, making 27 pars, five bogies, and three birdies, but a costly triplebogey during the first round on the par-5 18th plagued Firestone from taking advantage of the above-average weather conditions. He would mirror Lamping’s first two rounds, going 7574, five-over total. Freshman Brad Burgess and sophomore Andrew Mlynarski rounded out the Bobcat roster, shooting 79 and 77, respectively, in the first round. Yet, each shot 81, nine-over par, in the second round. Burgess undoubtedly had the most colorful scorecard for Ohio on the day, racking in five birdies, 14 bogies, two double-bogies, and one triplebogey. Mlynarski had limited blunders in the morning round, bogeying three holes and double-bogeying the par-4 fourth, a hole the team shot eight-over on the day. He would make two doublebogies in the second round. Host Northwestern leads the field by six shots (567), with fellow Big Ten school, Ohio State (573), in second. Ohio (604) was in sole possession of fifth after the first round of play, but an eighthplace finish in the second round pushed them back two spots overall.
Boston Marathon finish line takes on a whole new meaning for runners
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First baseman Caitlin Colvin (14) watches the ball. The Bobcats took on Miami on April 12.
Bobcats slug through slump
Despite already having set a new program record for home runs in a season and also being on pace to break the all-time Mid-American Conference long ball mark, Ohio is in the midst of a seven-game losing streak. The Bobcats (19-20, 4-8 MAC) have had a streak of the same length only once in the past nine seasons after being swept by Ohio State, Miami and Ball State last week. Ohio’s big-play offense has been its key to victory all season, but against tough competition it has failed to make adjustments at the plate. “I can still do more with my hitting and make more adjustments,” senior catcher Lauren Gellerman said. “Everyone needs to know that we are good hitters. We’ve done so many good things this year — everyone up and down the lineup needs to know it.” Although Ohio has averaged just three runs per game during the losing streak, it is still hitting homers at the sixth-best rate in the NCAA with 1.51 long balls per game. The Bobcats have hit 59 home runs in just 39 games this season, which is 12 more dingers than they launched over the fence in 57 games last year. Ohio is also tied for the second-most homers in MAC history, behind Ball State’s 70 from last season. Ohio witnessed first-hand the power of Ball State this past weekend, as the Cardinals outscored the Bobcats 17-11 in a pair of games. Junior outfielder Jenny Gilbert hit her 19th homer this season for Ball State on Saturday, which is tops in the MAC and the secondmost in the NCAA. A pair of Bobcats — Gellerman and senior first baseman Caitlin Colvin — also place among the top nine power hitters in the country. While she did not homer this past weekend, Gellerman hit three long balls against Ohio State last Tuesday, giving her 17 on the season and fifth-most in the NCAA. Colvin has cooled off lately after not launching a ball over the fence all week but is still ninth in the NCAA with 15 dingers. Both she and Gellerman also have broken the program record for singleseason home runs. “We have some depth in our roster to call on kids,” Hermanek said. “We just need to come out and work for wins, because they don’t come easy.” Colvin and Gellerman have set the pace with long balls, but sophomore outfielder Adrienne Gebele has added a quiet nine homers. The trio comprises the only players that have hit more than four dingers, but 11 Bobcats have homered this season. Ohio has 14 games remaining in the regular season, including 10 MAC games, but the Bobcats are currently tied for eighth place in the conference. Because only eight teams advance to the MAC Tournament, the Bobcats will need their bats to come alive earlier in games. “(Recent comebacks) have really got the energy going and everyone saw we can do it,” Gellerman said. “We out-hit Ball State (Saturday) and it shows that coming down to the last inning we put up a fight and didn’t give up when we were down by a lot.” The Bobcats will finish their 10game homestand this week with a pair of doubleheaders against Marshall and Wright State.
Team hopes to maintain momentum
Fresh off Ohio’s best pitching performance of the season, the Bobcats are back into the pitching uncertainty of their midweek games. Freshman Connor Sitz pitched a complete game on Sunday against Akron, allowing only seven hits, an earned run and no walks in a 4-2 victory for Ohio (8-26, 4-8 Mid-American Conference) in a game coach Rob Smith termed as a “must-win” after dropping the opening two games of the series. But on Tuesday, Ohio will return to its typical non-conference, midweek routine against Marshall (13-22, 3-6 Conference USA), in which it will rely on a bevy of hurlers pitching short outings. It is what sophomore reliever Logan Cozart termed as a “Johnny Wholestaff” game last week. Marshall, similar to Ohio, is a team that gives away a large number of what Smith terms as “free bases,” which is any event in the field where the opposing runner “doesn’t earn their base.” The Thundering Herd leads C-USA with 63 errors — 14 more than any other team in the conference. They are also last in the league with a .952 fielding percentage and 890 putouts. Teams thrive on the base paths against Marshall, as runners have successfully stolen against the Herd in 55 of 75 stolen base attempts this season. Both sums are the highest in C-USA this season. Pitching has also proven to be a problem for Marshall, as it leads C-USA with 43 wild pitches and five balks, while ranking third in hit batters (42) and second to last in team earned run average (4.46). On Sunday, it was a balk by Akron redshirt sophomore pitcher Matt LaRocca that allowed two Ohio runners from first and second to advance a base when the Bobcats held a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning.
WHAT: Marshall (13-22, 3-6 C-USA) at Ohio (8-26, 4-8 MAC) WHEN: 4 p.m. Tuesday WHERE: Bob Wren Stadium
Freshman outfielder Nick Squires capitalized on that mistake and drove in both runners on a single that scored what proved to be the winning runs. And after Sunday’s contest, Smith said the team that avoids mistakes would often be successful. “Most games are lost, not typically won,” he said. “That’s what this game at this level is about. The team that can keep from breaking down and making mistakes to put the other team in a position to score runs is typically going to win.” Squires said he hopes to continue to capitalize on the opposition’s errors and carry the energy from Sunday’s win into the midweek contest. “This will build a little bit of momentum coming out with a win on Sunday,” Squires said. “We need to take this into (this) week and we need to take care of Marshall and hopefully get a win.”
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Ohio pitcher Connor Sitz (20) pitches the ball as the Bobcats take on the Zips at Bob Wren Stadium. Ohio beat Akron with a score of 4-2 on April 14.
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