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Lack of transportation leads to host of problems for impoverished
The leading symptom and cause of poverty in Athens is transportation, according to the Athens County Department of Jobs and Family Services. More transportation funding from the state is being requested.
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Rising costs of transportation mean fewer job opportunities and fewer trips to the doctor, according to a county report released Friday. The report, issued by HockingAthens-Perry Community Action and the Athens County Department of Jobs and Family Services, called for more public and private efforts to improve countywide
transportation. The report said lack of transportation is a “symptom of poverty and a cause of poverty.” Athens County residents struggle to pay for transportation because the department doesn’t have the funds to support their needs, said Nick Claussen, community relations coordinator for Athens County Jobs and Family Services. “We could use more funding through the cash assistance pro-
gram,” Claussen said. “We used to have programs that would fund car repairs, but that was cut, so now if people’s cars break down, they’re out of luck.” In 2012, the department provided direct transportation for 298 county residents and gasoline vouchers for 1,985 residents — but this represents a small segment of the county’s total need, according to the report. About one-third of Athens
County residents live below the poverty line, meaning they have an annual income at or below $11,490 — about half of which would be spent to maintain transportation, according to the report. Lack of transportation is a statewide problem but is compounded in rural areas such as Athens County, said Jessica Stroh, HAPCAP community services director. Stroh said she expects more
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Average cost of owning and operating a vehicle in the U.S. : $5,650 Maximum annual Ohio Works First cash assistance benefit for a family of three: $5,496 Estimated number of impoverished Athens County residents: 20,000 Athens County residents who received direct transportation in 2012 from Department of Jobs and Family Services: 298 Athens County residents who received gasoline vouchers in 2012 from Department of Jobs and Family Services: 1,985
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Sources: Internal Revenue Service According to an Athens County Department of Jobs and Family Services and Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action report
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ALCOHOL & DRUG-RELATED JUDICIARY CASES HAVE DECREASED BY WEEK OVER PAST SEVERAL YEARS
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Editor’s Note: Judiciary numbers have been averaged by week to show better correlation between quarters and semesters. to environmental strategies that we have in place like AlcoholEdu; we’ve had that in place for many years,” said Terry Koons, associate director for campus involvement. The best way to analyze the numbers would be to divide them by the number of weeks in a quarter or semester, providing the average number of offenses per week, said Jenny Hall-Jones, interim dean of students. For Fall Semester 2012, there was an average of 43.2 cases a week involving alcohol. That is down from the Fall Quarter of 2011– 12, when there was an average of 46.7 cases per week, and the 2010–11 Fall Quarter, when the average was 52.9 cases per week. Ardy Gonyer, acting director of the Office of Community Standards, said the decrease, while small, is significant. “I would say that if things were a little down one year and a little up the next year, that, to me, might be a normal fluctuation, but the fact that it’s continually gone down
OFFENSES OF UNAUTHORIZED USES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES (FALL 2012–13)
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Moms have wealth of events for weekend
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Moms hit the bricks this weekend, descending on Athens to drink, relive their glory days and walk for a cause during Ohio University’s annual Moms Weekend. Myriad events peppered the weekend, from Friday’s Aza! African Dance and Music Concert to the Upright Citizens Brigade show at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium on Saturday night. And while for many, Saturday morning might have begun with rehydrating and recovering from the night before, others started the day with a cause as University Program Council held its 13th annual Mom’s Walk for the Cure. More than 100 mother and student pairs attended the walk, which raised money for the Susan G. Coleman breast cancer research fund. “The walk was great,” said Aly Mitchel, a freshman who is undecided as to a major. “It’s so important to raise money for the cause, and also, it was great that they had signs and facts about breast cancer everywhere so that people could be educated.” The walkers took off onto the predetermined three-mile trail, which had volunteers along the way holding signs bearing facts about breast cancer. Most of the many participants were in rows of two: a mom next to her OU student. One such pair was freshman Brianna Windle and her mother, Betty. “It was such a nice day for a
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hroughout the years, Ohio University has made a conscious effort to eliminate its party school reputation, and numbers show it’s paying off.
Division of Student Affairs survey results from Feb. 28, which said student drinking has decreased on campus during the past six years, were found to be true according to judiciary numbers obtained by The Post. The number of cases involving alcohol use by students has decreased slowly over the past three years, according to numbers from the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility. “Part of (the decrease) is due
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When you look at it, it’s like a 200 number and then a 400 number; it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ but it’s totally in the realm of normal.”
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for the past three years is good, very good,” Gonyer said. The number of offenses of unauthorized uses of alcoholic beverages has increased to an average of 30.1 offenses each week from 26.5 offenses in 2011–12. Although the average did go up, there were still fewer offenses than the fall of 2010–11, when the average was 34.9 cases per week. While the number has slightly increased
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MARIJUANA POSSESSION OFFENSES
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THE ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS SURVEY SHOWED UNDERGRADUATE MARIJUANA USE DOWN BY
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Festival celebrating arts brings locals, students, moms together
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Nuit Blanche, an international festival celebrating the arts, took over the town for about 12 hours Saturday night and early Sunday morning. A Pre-Nuit festival for children took place Saturday afternoon at Howard Park. The children made globally-themed crafts while listening to music by Motown Steel Band and chowing down GoodFella’s Pizza. The crafts included instruments made out of recyclable materials and flowers made of tissue paper and coffee filters. “I wish we could stay up all night for it,” said Nicole Reynolds, Athens resident, who was at Pre-Nuit with her 3-year-old son, Guy. “It’s a nice gesture to do for the kids and the community.” After Pre-Nuit, Nuit Blanche kicked off at 5:03 p.m. with a parade down Court Street. Volunteers, Athens residents and university students chanted “Ohio” while pounding on drums and tambourines. From free classes at Inhale Yoga Studio to a performance in the Glidden Recital Hall featuring a kora — a 21-string harp used mostly in West Africa — to theater pieces at Union Arts, the festival covered many different types of art. “I loved it; I wish I had gone to more events,” said Tshepi Mogwera, a junior studying economics and global studies. “It celebrates every type of art and art from many cultures. It’s cool that it’s not an Athens-only fesSEE NUIT BLANCHE, PAGE 3
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A passerby steps behind a lit screen and exhibits props at the Nuit Blanche festival on April 6.
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Plenty of evidence to oppose tuition plan
We are writing in response Nick Southall’s April 5 letter, “Senate ticket should consider options more fairly.” We appreciate the opportunity to start a public dialogue about the costs and benefits of the guaranteed tuition model, and will explain why FUSS believes it is necessary and appropriate to oppose the model actively right now. In his letter, Southall stated that FUSS’s stance that “the new model will not alleviate student indebtedness … is nothing more than a presupposition … There is no evidence to make an argument for or against such a model yet.” We are happy to point out that the administration has already provided us with plenty of evidence to conclude that the guaranteed tuition model will not relieve student debt. In their Feb. 26 testimony given to the Statehouse, President McDavis and other administrators stated that, “guaranteed tuition programs are not tuition savings plans but rather are intended to provide transparency and predictability.” Furthermore, the same testimony showed that after four years students would be paying approximately the same total cost, regardless of the tuition model used. Predictability should not be confused with affordability. FUSS also believes that a guaranteed tuition program makes it easier for the Board of Trustees to raise tuition every year, because the students currently attending will have no self-interest to advocate against future tuition hikes. Tuition will still go up every year for incoming students, and with little on-campus opposition, the Board of Trustees will feel more comfortable raising tuition every year because they will have no fear of student backlash. Southall continues to believe that we should wait “for the details about the model to come in,” before coming out in complete opposition. We would like to politely remind him of a September letter to The Post he cowrote with the other Student Senate commissioners in regards to the administration’s policies, in which they stated, “We will have to distrust until every detail is verified.” But Southall’s more recent rhetoric points to a change of heart. He appears to trust that the administration will somehow come forward with a mysterious piece of exonerating evidence refuting the mountain of data discrediting the model. Finally, urgency is in fact required on this issue. The Board of Trustees will be discussing this model on April 19 and could potentially vote on it as early as September, giving students little time to react. We call on VOICE to stand with students and FUSS in opposing the destructive guaranteed tuition model. We have seen the data. We have weighed the options. Guaranteed tuition is a false solution to student debt. Matt Farmer is a junior studying political science. Jacob Chaffin is a senior studying education. Rebekah Rittenberg is a junior studying education. They are candidates for Student Senate president, vice president and treasurer, respectively, on the FUSS ticket.
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Sinkholes: a danger lurks beneath our feet
Your happy local information tidbit of the day: Athens and the rest of Ohio are in perpetual danger of sinking into giant holes in the ground. On Feb. 28, in the middle of the night, a sinkhole opened up underneath Jeff Bush’s house in Hillsborough County, Fla. The sinkhole, which was caused by the collapse of earth underground because of rainfall saturation, is estimated to be at least 60 feet deep. Last week, investigators lowered a camera through the house’s window to show the giant, gaping cavern that took the house’s entire bedroom and claimed Bush’s life. And the Florida case isn’t the worst. In 2010, a sinkhole that appeared in Guatemala City swallowed an entire three-story building in a perfectly circular hole. It too was caused by a ground collapse from extra rainfall. Staring at the hole where the three-story building went, I, being the reasonably paranoid person that I am, immediately Googled “sinkhole threat in Ohio.” And I, being the optimistic person that I am, expected to see a report on how safe and snug from sinkholes Athens is. Unfortunately, I was wrong. All of eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania is part of the 35 percent of the United States that lies on weak evaporite or carbonate rock. That is, our rock is composed of large amounts of limestone, gypsum, salt or other similar minerals that dissolve in water, which makes the land particularly susceptible to collapsing from increased rainfall. Feel afraid. Very afraid. This leads to an equally distasteful but relevant subject: insurance. In Florida and Tennessee, the government mandated that insurance companies include sinkhole coverage in the basic insurance package, so that all residents are allowed protection from sinkhole damage, which can lead to thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars in damage. For example, the Hillsborough County house had to be razed entirely because it was structurally unsound. And, of course, there was that entire three-story building in Guatemala that disappeared into the earth. But insurance companies don’t always (if ever) play fair, and the government should regulate their policies and actions even further. For example, the house of another Florida couple, John and Tina Furlow, was hit in August 2011 with a small sinkhole about 2 feet wide and 5 feet deep. They attempted to get insurance money to either have the sinkhole fixed or to move out of the house. However, a year and a half has passed, and the insurance company still refuses to acknowledge their claims. Meanwhile, the couple does not have enough money to move to another house, and are forced to remain in the house, where the sinkhole has grown to some 8 or 9 feet in diameter. The insurance company’s unfair practices are needlessly endangering the family. In other cases, insurance companies are allowed to deny sinkhole insurance to people who live within a mile of a previous sinkhole incident. This second case is an obviously blatant example of geographic discrimination. Just because a client lives in a particular area that the insurance company deems dangerous KEVIN HWANG tough love and unprofitable, the client is denied the same equal opportunity to obtain sinkhole insurance. The government should intervene in such cases, and force insurance companies to obey contracts and refrain from restricting insurance eligibility. Sinkhole insurance is just one example of a situation in which bigger government is necessary to protect citizens from the discriminatory and unfair practices of private corporations. Kevin Hwang is a senior at Athens High School who is taking classes at Ohio University and a columnist for The Post. Are you afraid of sinkholes? Email Kevin at kh319910@ohiou.edu.
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School should be ashamed of tradition of racism
Students at Wilcox County High School in Georgia are raising money for an interracial prom because, well, they still have racially segregated proms. I don’t even ... What? The school canceled prom when the school became integrated, according to Yahoo! News. Students and parents then chose to sponsor their own proms and they kept it segregated, which is not against the law. A group of students now are trying to change that. The students are actually getting opposition from people who have been tearing down their posters for the interracial prom. “We’re embarrassed, it’s embarrassing,” exclaimed Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace and Keela Bloodworth, according to WGXA TV. Those girls are all friends, but cannot attend each other’s prom according to their skin color. It is embarrassing. I’m embarrassed. I’m frustrated. I’m outraged. When I first saw this story, I couldn’t believe it — I thought it was a joke. How, in 2013, with a president who is of a mixed race background, can this still be happening? Maybe it’s because I attend Ohio University, a fairly liberal and accepting campus, that I feel equality should just be a given. No, this shouldn’t happen anywhere. But it does. A documentary titled Prom Night in Mississippi is based on the issue of racism in Charleston, Miss., and how normal life activities, such as a prom, are still segregated. One girl in the opening trailer for the documentary said she cannot get a job in some parts of her town because she has black friends. “They have two proms: one white, one black. How stupid can that be?” said Morgan Freedman, who appears in the film offering to pay for the interracial prom for Charleston students. It can’t be any more stupid. It’s racism. It’s wrong. Racism equals wrong. How can anyone see that equation coming out differently? How can people who know that it’s wrong stand by and do or say nothing? “We realize that we’re making history, because this has never happened before,” said Mareshia Rucker, according to Yahoo! News. In 2013, a group of young students shouldn’t have to be making history like this. They should be worrying about their grades so they can get into universities. They should JESSICA make hisENSLEY tory through in the news finding a cure for cancer or coming up with the latest technological advancement. Making history by having integrated proms should have been made at Wilcox more than 30 years ago. Jessica Ensley is a sophomore studying journalism at Ohio University and a columnist for The Post. Email her at je726810@ohiou.edu.
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and federal government realize that we need to be working toward a comprehensive plan for transportation.” Until minimum wages rise and better jobs become available, though, lack of transportation will persist, Claussen said. “More public transportation efforts would certainly help a lot of people,” he said. “Jobs that pay more would help, though, because it’s just the overall poverty problem in the county.” Claussen said that lack of transportation is a forgotten cause of poverty. “It’s something that most people don’t realize,” he said. “You’re just concerned with filling up your own tank, and so you don’t really think about it.”
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direct funding from the state and federal government to help alleviate transportation problems in the county. “There are more than 80 sources of federal funding that go into transportation programs,” she said. “The state
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walk,” Betty said. “I’d never done a charity walk before Saturday, and the weather was so lovely. There were a lot of people involved in the walk, but it was organized very well, so there was no chaos whatsoever.” Brianna also commented on the number of people in attendance. “There was so much pink everywhere!” she said. The weekend continued with an improv comedy night in MemAud Saturday night. After an
opening from Athens’ Ready for Men — a comedy troupe comprising OU students — the famed Upright Citizens Brigade took the stage. The performers brought Verity Hodgkinson, a senior studying early childhood education, to the stage and, after a brief chat with her, proceeded to base the first half of the show on their conversation with her. For the second half, the troupe improvised sketches based on two text messages — “the police department called for you” and “haha naw you
don’t look Jewish” — that had been shouted out from the crowd. While many students took advantage of the on-campus events OU had to offer, others took to the town and made their own fun, said Laney Pierani, a freshman studying engineering. “We mostly just went out to eat, went to a few Athens spots and went to a few shops on the street,” she said. “Sunday morning, we got breakfast, and I finally got to go to WalMart. Not too exciting, but I loved every minute of it.”
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since 2011–12, Hall-Jones was not alarmed. The actual numbers for unauthorized uses of alcohol for Fall Semester 2012 was 452 offenses and 265 offenses for Fall Quarter 2011. Because the current numbers compare a semester to a quarter, it might appear as though there was a drastic increase, but averaging the numbers isn’t the case. “When you look at it, it’s like a 200 number and then a 400 number; it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh,’ but it’s totally in the realm of normal,” Hall-Jones said. The number of offenses for possession or use of marijuana has also declined. The numbers in 2010–11 and 2011–12 lingered at 12.8 and 12.4 offenses, respectively. For Fall Semester 2012, the average dropped to 9.8 of-
fenses each week. The numbers correspond with OU’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Survey that showed marijuana use has gone down by 5 percent among the undergraduate student population. Judy Piercy, associate director for residential education, explained the housing department trains resident assistants to look for signs of parties in the residence halls, such as loud music, not the alcohol or drugs themselves. “It’s not something that we go out looking for, but if there is a reason that draws our attention to the room, we will knock on the door,” Piercy said.
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In Friday’s issue of The Post, photo captions incorrectly spelled the names of J. Malcolm Smith, Jenny Hall-Jones and Joel Newby.
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Josh Dannir makes custom shirts with a 100-year-old printing press at the Nuit Blanche festival. The arts event took place on Court Street on April 6.
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CLARIFICATION
In Friday’s issue of The Post, an article failed to mention that Interim Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones received a doctorate of philosophy in higher education administration from OU in 2011.
tival. It brings global cultures to the small town of Athens.” Desjavae Conway, a communications coordinator for the festival and Ohio University student, said she enjoyed the festival because it gave her and her
mother something different to do on Moms Weekend. The festival’s grand finale occurred at the Central Venue from 1 to 3 a.m. Despite the late time, many were still out waving glow sticks, throwing balloons and dancing to the Motown Steel Band — even asking for an encore, which
they received. Zelma Badu-Younge, festival co-director and associate professor of dance, said she was happy with the festival’s success. “We had about 5,000 programs, and they all ended up gone,” she said. “I feel so good that people could come together to value the arts.”
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The defending Mid-American Conference champions and College World Series participant Kent State trailed in the bottom of the eighth after a four-run outburst in the fifth provided Ohio with a one-run lead Friday night. The Golden Flashes found a way to prevail, however, as a shallow fly ball off the bat of sophomore outfielder T.J. Sutton flew past the outstretched arm of a diving sophomore centerfielder Tyler Wells and to the wall, leading to a two-run inside the park home run for Sutton, which gave the Flashes a 6-5 victory. But indicative of the effort coach Rob Smith has praised all season, Ohio did not fold up shop after dropping the opening game of the series. The Bobcats rallied to defeat the Flashes 6-3 Saturday. Although Ohio (6-24, 3-6 MidAmerican Conference) eventually dropped the series after a 10-3 loss to Kent State (14-15, 6-3 MAC) Sunday, Smith was proud of how his team fought back and didn’t recoil after a heartbreaking defeat Friday night. “I thought we did a good job rebounding,” Smith said. “Obviously we were disappointed with what happened Friday, but I think the team knew that they played well, and it made them feel pretty confident that they’d be able to come out the next day and put themselves in a position to win a game.” Unlike past weekends, the Bobcats had pitching appearances that showed growth in what has been a weak point for Ohio thus far in the season. After freshman starting pitcher Jake Miller was knocked out of Friday’s game early because a ball ricocheted off his hand, senior Brett Barber stepped up to pitch 5.2 innings, in which he allowed four hits and three earned runs. Saturday, senior Marck Paliotto, who was tattooed for five
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earned runs in one inning of work against Xavier on Tuesday, pitched one of Ohio’s most impressive performances of the season. He threw 7.1 innings, allowing three runs, only two were earned. “I just knew I had to throw strikes,” Paliotto said. “And the more strikes I threw, the more times that they’d swing. I got them out on some ground balls; they rolled over a lot and I got some pop flies. It was really good for me to stay consistent staying in the strike zone.” On Sunday, the Golden Flashes’ offense, which was contained Saturday, broke out, tallying 15 hits, including three from sophomore left fielder Alex Miklos who had two doubles, a home run and three runs scored. Despite the offensive outburst, Smith felt freshman starting pitcher Connor Sitz pitched better than what the box score showed. Sitz pitched four innings, allowing ten hits and six earned runs.
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“He did a good job throwing strikes,” Smith said. “They didn’t hit a lot of balls hard against him, but unfortunately they just found some holes. And there were a couple plays on defense I think we could’ve made that we didn’t, and it ultimately made it tougher on Connor.”
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Ohio faced a 14-team field at the Eastern Kentucky Lady Colonel Classic this weekend, but was able to muster its fifth-lowest three-round score in program history and a fifth place showing. Ohio shot a combined 311 and 308, respectively, in its first two rounds before spotting a 307 in its second Saturday round. The Bobcats’ cumulative score was 33 strokes worse than Toledo, the tournament’s victor. Mid-American Conference teams made up five of the tournament’s top seven finishers. Ohio junior Kara Brinkmann was the Bobcats’ strongest performer, being that she tied for eighth place out of 87 golfers with her three-round score of 228. Sophomore Julie Lechner and freshman Angela Codian finished the weekend tied for 12th place with scores of 230. The top-10 finish was Brink-
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mann’s second of her Ohio career, while Lechner sliced 16 strokes off her previous 54-hole best. Senior Sarah Tranelli finished tied for 49th with a total score of 241, and junior Kristen Helmsdoerfer finished tied for 59th with a 244. Lauren McKinzie, a freshman who entered the weekend as an independent player, finished her three rounds with a score of 237, which placed her 37th overall and bettered her individual record by 11 strokes. Ohio will next compete on Saturday in the Falcon Invitational at Bowling Green.
Despite breaking all-time program marks at an incredible pace, Ohio has yet to win a series in Mid-American Conference play, after splitting with Toledo and Bowling Green this weekend. The Bobcats (19-14, 4-4 MAC) set a handful of team and individual records this weekend, but inconsistencies continue to hinder Ohio in its quest to win the MAC. “It’s exciting to know that offensively we are able to make
adjustments,” coach Jodi Hermanek said Saturday. “I’m really glad we’ve been able to score runs and get RBIs all season, so congratulations to the offense” Hermanek was not made available for comment after Ohio’s final game of the weekend Sunday. Offensively, the Bobcats hit at least one home run in each of their four games. By doing so, Ohio has now hit 49 homers this season, breaking the single-season record of 47 set last year. With 20 games remaining in the regular season, the Bobcats
KATHARINE EGLI | Picture Editor Ohio senior Lauren Gellerman runs to first during a game against Akron. The Bobcats took on the Zips on April 15, 2012.
will make their run at the MAC’s single-season record of 70 home runs. Senior catcher Lauren Gellerman was at the forefront of Ohio’s long balls this weekend, as she hit four over the fence, with a pair coming on Friday and Saturday. She now has 14 on the season, but ranks second on the team behind senior first baseman Caitlin Colvin. Colvin also hit a pair of home runs Friday, giving her 15 this season. She and Gellerman already have passed the program’s previous single-season record of 13, which Gellerman and junior third baseman Raven King set last year. Not only did Gellerman’s home runs pass prior team records, but now she is also Ohio’s leader in career RBI, having driven in 118 runs. She has a team-high 41 RBI this season. “(Breaking the record) is really exciting,” Gellerman said. “I’ve been working hard and if I’m hitting RBIs that means I’m helping the team win and score more runs.” The Bobcats had success at the plate all weekend, but lost a pair of close games.
OHIO (19-14, 4-4 MAC) Friday: Toledo 4, OHIO 3 OHIO 6, Toledo 0 Saturday: OHIO 5, Bowling Green 1 Sunday: Bowling Green 3, OHIO 2 Ohio has hit 49 home runs this season — a program record. The Mid-American Conference single-season home run record is 70 homers.
In the first game against Toledo on Friday, Ohio began the bottom of the seventh inning ahead 3-2, but allowed a pair of runs for the Rockets to finish victorious on a walk-off single. Then, Sunday against Bowling Green, both teams scored a pair of runs in the first inning, as the game remained tied until the Falcons scored again in the fifth. Ohio once again fell by just one run to remain .500 in MAC play. After playing their past eight games away from Athens, the Bobcats will have one day to prepare for a home doubleheader against Ohio State on Tuesday — their first of 10 consecutive games at home.
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When mid-distance runner Danielle Winningham took to the starting block for the 4 x 100-meter relay, she found herself in an unusual event. Seconds later, Winningham was given a false start and the relay team had to watch Marshall run the event by itself. The race was indicative of Ohio’s team challenge last weekend. In a meet, in which only Marshall and West Virginia made an appearance, Ohio coach Clay Calkins tried out a different lineup, putting numerous athletes in unusual situations. “This was obviously a low key meet and we’re getting prepared for the All-Ohio Championships next weekend,” Calkins said, adding that many top athletes sat out. “This time of the year you’re running your non-traditional races to see what your athletes can do.” Despite the aggravated conditions, the Bobcats held off last-minute addition West Virginia by scoring 107 points, putting them in second place behind Marshall with 153 points. The Bobcats finished behind the Thundering Herd for the second consecutive year. “Marshall ran a lot of their top people in the sprint events,” Calkins said. Because the Bobcats had one top-three finish in sprint events — senior Kiley Mathews in the 400 — the rest of the team needed to score Ohio’s points. Once again the distance runners made up for the lack of scoring, by securing two of Ohio’s four wins. Just seven days after competing in the 5000-meter race at the Stanford Invitational, junior Melissa Thompson was successful at the much shorter 1500-meter distance, winning the event in a time of 4:41.49 minutes. “This was a different race and a different mindset,” she said. “It brought me back to having quick feet, which we weren’t focusing on during the 5000-meter (race) because that was more endurance.” The junior was on the track 30 minutes later and finished third in an 800-meter race won by Winningham. The senior recovered from her false start to finish in a time of 2:13.24 min-
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Cadets traded in their training gear for finely pressed uniforms Saturday night as they celebrated the accomplishments of the Bobcat Battalion. About 300 friends, family and members of Ohio University’s Army ROTC filled The Convo to recognize 75 years of service and the achievements of one man who made the program possible. Thomas Marshall, a retired colonel of the United States Army, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame for his work with the Bobcat Battalion and the creation of the Simultaneous Membership Program. The program allows incoming freshmen to enroll in both the university’s ROTC program and the Ohio National Guard, revitalizing the battalion from the four members it had in the 1970s to the over 100 it has today. “I was told to go here and do the best that I can,” Marshall said. “It is incredible to see the expansion of this program over the years from that little seed we planted back in ’76 and ’77.” Also honored were the 20 graduating seniors, each escorted by a guest as they walked through the saber arch, remembering years of early mornings, sweat and dedication. “ROTC has been a lot about the relationships I have made with the other cadets,” said senior cadet Jessica Growney, who also served as cadet battalion commander. “I hope that (others) see how close our class has become and how hard we have all worked together to become the team that we are.” Guest speaker Maria Kelly, Brigadier General, addressed the seniors in her remarks. “One difference between the rest of the student body and you … (is that) you are already a part of a profession … a calling,” Kelly said. “You will be faced with decisions far more difficult ... decisions that could result in life or death.” The event cost between $12,000 and $20,000, according to junior Gwen Storch, co-chairman of the Military Ball Committee. The evening also served as a fundraiser through both silent and live auctions, raising close to $4,000. As the seniors reflected on their years in the Bobcat Battalion, many also took time to thank the man who had brought them there — John Hansen, a recruiting officer for the battalion. “The trick is to get them here,” Hansen said. “You can come here and be a real college student … and still get some of the best officer training in the army.” Awards honoring the academ-
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The 2013 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee Col. Thomas Marshall presents at the 75th annual Military Ball. The event was hosted at The Convo on April 6. ics, leadership and patriotism of the cadets were presented, along with the Col. Leo A. Codd Memorial Award to operations officer Tim Green, the U.S. Army’s most prestigious teacher award. “It’s our goal every year here to continue our OU tradition by recognizing hardworking cadets and showing the seniors that are about to commission one last good time,” Green said.
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Kickstarter, an online community supporting filmmakers, not only funds movies like Veronica Mars, but its services are also reaching creative visionaries a little closer to home. Jeremy Zerechak, a secondyear Masters of Fine Arts and School of Film student, is hoping to gain the company’s support for his next project, the documentary Hackers in Uganda, with a goal of raising about $15,000. “Kickstarter has become a valuable resource in the filmmaking world, particularly for documentary filmmakers,” Zerechak said. “By its very nature, documentary film engages with a particular aspect of society, culture, and civilization.” Along with his colleagues, Rachel Mihuta Grimm, the film’s co-producer and production coordinator, and Joe Miller, the music composer and sound mixer for the documentary, the crew is hoping to raise the money to share the story of Hackers for Charity (HFC). HFC is a group of humanitarian computer hackers who are providing technological education and services in Uganda. “I think Kickstarter is changing independent filmmaking,” Miller said. “I don’t think it really matters to the big studios, but it can be the difference between having a great idea and making a great film.” When working on his last documentary, Code 2600, Zerechak discovered the organization and their operations. When he began talking to them about the concept he said that they were “immediately receptive to the idea.” “Uganda is such a beautiful and fascinating region,” Zerechak said. “I have no doubt the personal stories surrounding HFC and its students will make this a unique and moving documentary.” Zerechak and his crew plan to use the funds from the site to support their round-trip airfare and accommodations while filming in Uganda. “Documentary filmmaking requires a significant amount of time and resources,” said Grimm, an Ohio University 2012 graduate with a degree in French and English. So far, the group has raised $2,698. “Of course any viable funding options will be kept in consideration for future projects,” Zerechak said. “Documentaries take an immense amount of time and effort to produce. Proper funding helps me realize my vision and tell a good story through my film.”
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Federal debate over gay marriage close to home, complicated topic
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With discussions of both the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 in the Supreme Court, it may seem that most stand in solidarity with a side of the argument, but to some, the issue of marriage equality is not so simple. Since 1996 when DOMA was enacted, the federal government has defined marriage to be between a man and a woman. But with nine states passing marriage equality bills in recent years, “non-traditional” couples in select states have been able to enjoy the 1,100 federal benefits to marriage. “The way the system is structured there are a lot of legal issues that come to marriage,” said Nate Kelly, a senior studying political science and member of Students for Liberty. “Marriage is going to play a big role in a lot of things like hospital visitation and government benefits, but they are denying a large amount of people these rights. That’s a huge issue here.” Because of the lack of federal allowance for same-sex marriage, about 93 percent of the 646,000 LGBT couples in the United States would not be given the benefits of a “traditional” marriage. Kelly said this
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68% -- The percentage of Americans opposed to same-sex marriage in 1996, according to a Gallup Poll. 48% -- The percentage of Americans opposed to same-sex marriage in 2012, according to a Gallup Poll. Obama views on same-sex marriage reflect societal shifts 3.5% -- The approximate percentage of Americans identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual, according to the Williams Institute at UCLA. 646,000 -- The number of same-sexcouple households in the United States in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 80.4% -- The percentage growth of samesex couple households in the U.S. between
focus on marriage is a catch-22 of the government. “The way society is structured, we are tilted towards marriage,” he said. “The system is tilted on some level because I think marriage is important in some ways. But on a personal level, I don’t need a government document telling me that I love this person. It’s a very personal thing, and it’s kind of strange that the federal government is involved at all.” This discussion about “redefining marriage” and its benefits came into focus just in time, said Jason Armstrong, an Athens resident who identifies as queer. “Marriage is antiquated; it is a tradition,” he said. “Thus, if
2000 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 10% -- The percentage of people identifying as LGBT living in the District of Columbia, according to a 2012 Gallup Poll. This is the highest percentage in the country. 1.7% -- The percentage of people identifying as LGBT living in North Dakota, according to a 2012 Gallup Poll. This is the lowest percentage in the country. 7% - Approximate percentage of same-sex couple households who live in states that recognize same-sex marriage, as of 2010. 115,064 -- Number of same-sex couple households in the United States with children, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
one personally holds traditions to be important, then marriage could definitely be important. It certainly is to me.” For some, the marriage equality fight is an issue that takes the focus away from larger problems, said Gino Anello, a sophomore studying philosophy. “While there are heartbreaking stories about gay men and women getting screwed over because they are not considered married, no gay man or woman is facing prison time for being gay,” he said. “The amount of hard prison time low-level drug users face in my opinion outweighs not being able to be married. Still, gay marriage is an unnecessary ban that I would love to see changed. I just wouldn’t argue that it is the most important issue facing us today.” Despite arguments about the validity and utility of marriage, federal recognition of marriage is something that should be an option to any consenting adults who wish to be married, Armstrong said. “Federal recognition of same-sex marriages is very important for many reasons, from showing the youth that all are equal and none need be ostracized, to certain federal benefits these couples deserve to have,” he said. “Most importantly, it is a right that every American citizen deserves to have. LGBTQ people are not second-class citizens and should not be treated as such.”
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