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Quinn Corrado has his given last name tattooed on his right arm and his father’s last name, “Gibbs” on his left, both were tattooed while he was intoxicated in Cancun. He got his father’s last name tattooed on his left arm because his parents didn’t marry and he felt that it wasn’t fair for his father not to be represented in his body art.
Dazed and tattooed
Corrado said he thinks they turned out well and he has no regrets about having them done. Not all drunk tattoos come out as success stories, however. Corrado’s third tattoo, a Reiki symbol for balance that’s located on his upper-back, was done by a friend through the “stick-and-poke” method. “My friend was practicing with (tattooing) a lot and he asked if anyone wanted to be a guinea pig,” Corrado recalled. The stick-and-poke method involves dipping a needle in ink and then marking the skin. The method is not known as a particularly professional one and the tattoos tend to fade unless multiple sessions are done, he said. “I just remember everyone being really drunk and then someone said, ‘Who wants a tattoo?’ ” said Corrado’s friend, CJ Rolnicki, an undergraduate studying political science. Although Corrado said this last tattoo didn’t turn out very well, he said he isn’t sorry he got it. “I don’t really regret much because I think everything
Athens residents share their drunk tattoo stories while living without regrets.
With the return of warmer weather, fest season and St. Patrick’s Day comes an upswing in the drunken debauchery in Athens. And for some, the results can be permanent. Though people get tattoos during all times of the year, when booze gets involved, they could be more likely to make an impulse decision. Quinn Corrado, an undergraduate studying exercise physiology, is no stranger to drunk tattoos. In fact, he proudly bears three. He received two in Cancun during one session. Scrolled across his upper-right arm is his last name,“Corrado,” and on his upper-left arm, his father’s last name, “Gibbs.” “We’d (my friends and I) been drinking on the beach all day,” Corrado said. Though the tattoos came out of a drunken decision,
is kind of a learning experience,” Corrado said. Though most tattoo shops in the U.S. have policies against tattooing intoxicated individuals, a person’s level of intoxication might go unnoticed until the marking of skin actually begins. Shawn Hawks, co-owner of Skin Hooked Tattoo and Body Piercing, 8 N. Court St., had one such person stop by during Homecoming. The woman involved didn’t seem drunk when she first came in, but after the tattooing began she started to get clammy. She then passed out and urinated on herself. “She started to come to, I looked at her and I said, ‘Ma’am, I need to ask you a question. Have you been drinking?’ and that’s when she told me she had,” Hawks said. Hawks added the parlor’s policy is not to tattoo people that are “obviously intoxicated,” and they make clients sign paperwork stating they are not under the influence of alcohol, drugs or blood thinners.
CLEVELAND — Ohio coach Jim Christian slowly made his way to the podium and sat down to open a news conference, holding back tears and trying to hide the lump in his throat. The second-year coach and the rest of his team were filled with disappointment after Ohio fell to Akron 83-77 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the MidAmerican Conference Tournament. “As a coach, I’ve always judged our teams by the finality of if you lose in the conference tournament or if you lose in the NCAA Tournament,” Christian said. “What is the reaction in the room? And there wasn’t a dry eye in our house. So what that tells you is that those guys put their heart and soul into this.” A high-level of intensity could be felt in Quicken Loans Arena throughout the game, especially in the second half, when both teams traded punches like heavyweight fighters. Akron senior forward Demetrius Treadwell and Ohio junior forward Maurice Ndour battled on each end of the floor. When Treadwell hit a layup on one end to trim Ohio’s lead to three points with 16:58 remaining, Ndour answered on the other end with a jumper to put the Bobcats ahead by two baskets. Zips sophomore wing Reggie McAdams nailed a 3-pointer from the corner with 13:33 left to cut the Bobcats’ lead to 50-49 before Ohio senior guard Travis Wilkins followed that up with a three of his own on the next possession. But in the final 9:04, Akron kept punching and Ohio couldn’t respond. The Zips outscored the Bobcats 27-13 in the homestretch, with Ohio committing five turnovers and hitting just three of its 12 shot attempts. In the final stanza, Akron
Athens prepares for first fest weekend
Athens residents and law enforcement prep for the first round of spring festivities.
New faces, more badges
Though it’s not officially spring until March 20, it’s already spring fest season in Athens. This year’s festivities will kick off Friday with Milliron Fest, followed by Mill Fest on Saturday. Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle said because Milliron Fest is almost exclusively on private property and has not been problematic in the past, it’s Mill Fest that will require all of the department’s manpower in order to maintain order. He said APD will start bringing in extra staff at 11 a.m. and continue to intensify its presence until 3 p.m., when all of APD’s law enforcement officers are to be on duty. As the event starts to calm down, which typically is around 7 p.m., APD will slowly recede its forces. “It’s the same approach as last year,” Pyle said. “We will
have a strict nuisance party enforcement throughout the day and hopefully everyone will be cooperative and there won’t be any problems.” The Ohio University sponsored “green jacket” team will not be working the fest this season, Pyle said. Instead, OU Police will work in conjunction with APD during Mill Fest and will provide assistance during Milliron Fest if requested by the neighboring department, OUPD Chief Andrew Powers said. “They’re starting at 11 a.m. with us, and they’re going to be doing the same thing, bringing everyone in across the period of hours,” Pyle said. “They will have a certain number of officers assigned to the same area of the fest with us.” Mayor Paul Wiehl said the city has become better at controlling Mill Fest. “We’re rolling out the usual playbook,” Wiehl said. “We’ll be making sure everybody spends time being safe, being legal, of course watching the noise and the public intoxication or drinking.”
Ryan Powers, a freshman studying journalism, marches in the Student Union rally.
Board talks potential changes
The Board of Trustees met in Athens Thursday and will vote on its agenda’s resolutions Friday. The board, Ohio University’s governing body, spent
Thursday in individual committee meetings to further dissect the agenda’s topics. About 30 members of OU’s Student Union walked to the hall where the board had previously met during the day after protesting on College Green. “Hours are being cut and students are being forced to quit second university jobs, which are funding their lives,” said
Megan Marzec, a junior studying studio art. “It’s a really huge problem for students.” The university clarified that the residential assistants’ positions are a 20-hour job. The university caps the amount of hours students can work on campus at 20 hours. Though RAs can’t hold a second campus job, they can
Ohio University students would see more cops around campus under an OU Police Department proposal to hire an additional five sworn officers, a notion that has received support from top university administrators. The expansion is part of an approximate $414,000 budget add-on made last summer that would use tuition money and other general funds to bump the number of full-time officers from 25 to 30. That money, which is to be allocated in the university’s fiscal year 2015 budget that will be before the Board of Trustees for approval in June, would also cover the new cops’ “operating costs,” said Stephen Golding, OU’s vice president for finance and administration. “More personnel would allow us to enhance existing services and provide more depth for staffing special events,” OU Police Chief Andrew Powers said. He added other new positions will be allocated to patrol shifts
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Board’s decision to postpone tuition vote is not fair to students
The days of the Ohio University Board of Trustees’ spring meetings are usually a flurry for us, as we work to contextualize the university’s recently unveiled budget for the next academic year. Although our newsroom was abuzz with other Board of Trustees happenings, the familiar feeling of fashioning a story about next year’s finances wasn’t a part of the excitement. The board decided to postpone its presentation of the budget for the coming financial year until its next meeting, which is in June. That budget, by the way, includes next’s year’s tuition prices. Pushing back the tuition vote to a time when students won’t be on campus to raise hell might not be the board’s direct intention, but it sure is a convenient maneuver that smells suspiciously like a sidestep. Board secretary Peter Mather said in an email that the vote was delayed to give trustees more time to “consider the implications” of raising tuition. If that’s true, and they still vote to raise tuition after an extra three months of “considering” it, we’ll be even more suspicious. We think it’s a cop-out to make a decision that so significantly affects students smack-dab in the middle of their summer, the one time when the board knows students won’t be in town to protest its meetings and probably won’t be keeping up with university news. Of course, the meetings are streamed online. But in order for students to get their voices heard in front of the board this summer they would have to make a day trip to OU’s Eastern campus in St. Clairsville. For students who want to get a glimpse of what’s going on in this season’s meeting, there’s still plenty on the agenda. If you feel so inclined, the board and university administrators will be discussing measures such as the two-year closure of our beloved Jefferson Hall beginning in 2016 and the repurposing of its now-closed dining hall, adding five officers to the ranks of the university’s police department and closing Mulberry Street (by the graffiti wall). Each of these stories is detailed in today’s front-page story on the board’s agenda. Still, students have the most at stake at Board of Trustees meetings, and we’re disappointed that they will be able to hear discussion about tuition in the meetings this week but won’t get wind of a decision until midway through the summer. But don’t you fret, fellow truth seekers, we will be covering the June board meeting as thoroughly as this one despite the time of year. If you’d like to hitch a ride with us over to St. Clairsville, please feel free to drop us a line. Or we can at least watch the live stream together. Editorials represent the majority opinion of The Post’s executive editors.
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Financial-information tool not only for reporters
Hola, partners. Here’s looking at you, kid, on the other side of spring break. The weather’s been as surreal as it has been to be back in class. Eight weeks down, seven to go. Just hang in there, people. On Thursday, two Post employees and I sat down with Nick Baker, who graduated from Ohio University in 2000 and is a former Post staffer. He is now a team leader at Bloomberg News and he led the three of us through the basics of the Bloomberg Terminal. For those unaware, the Bloomberg Terminal is the cornerstone of Bloomberg itself. It is a specialized computer that acts as a portal to Bloomberg’s seemingly immeasurable amount of information about anything that might be tied to the financial markets. I mean anything. It has information about the price of stocks, bonds, commodities (like copper or oil), foreign currencies and everything in between — prices ranging from decades ago to right up to the second. Its news service works to provide comprehensive information about anything that might affect the price of anything else within minutes. Knowledge is power (especially in the financial sector), and Bloomberg attempts to put as much of both at your fingertips as possible. There are so many shortcuts and specific commands that we were only able to scratch the surface of the terminal’s potential. Toward the end of the hour we had scheduled, I asked what we might be able to find about Ohio University on the terminal. We soon found some basic information and records detailing all the bonds the university had issued dating back 10 years or so. There were financial documents and bond maturity dates and copies of audits and credit ratings and plenty of other information. As someone who knows a couple things about the university, it was daunting. But that’s the thing. Ohio University is a massive, living thing that has more nooks and crannies than a geriatric backside. It’s nigh impossible to keep tabs on all of it. Even following the proceedings of a Board of Trustees meeting without making a puzzled face is a feat. But Post reporters spend hours preparing for the hours they spend in the sessions themselves to understand the meaning and significance of what exactly is happening. So, yeah, like the financial world, there’s a ton of information about Ohio University out there. But that doesn’t mean you should tune it out. Just as the actions of the Federal Reserve have a huge impact on trading at the New York Stock Exchange, so too do the decisions of the Board of Trustees have ramificaRyan Clark editor-in-chief tions for the university. But just because you don’t know what the yield on a 10-year Treasury note means or don’t know exactly how the State Share of Instruction works doesn’t mean it doesn’t impact you. Lemme tell ya, it does. Ryan Clark is a senior studying journalism and the editor-in-chief of The Post. Have any good stock tips? Email him at
NYX Cosmetics line is an impressive bargain buy
As I’m sure many of you Beauty ’Cats have noticed, the CVS Pharmacy on East State Street has added a new makeup brand to its lineup — NYX Cosmetics. Before recently, I had only ever purchased NYX at Ulta or Nordstrom Rack, and I’m excited to have it more easily accessible while at school. NYX has products comparable to professional, high-end products at a much lower price, but still pricier than the regular drugstore brands. Because I’ve heard such great things about the brand, I decided to pick up products similar to the higher-end ones I already use and compare them. Spoiler alert: I was not disappointed. The first product I picked up was the NYX Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray, which is about $8. I love setting spray because I am one who tends to touch my face frequently throughout the day and ends up rubbing off my makeup. Setting spray does exactly what it sounds like: it sets your makeup in place and protects it from grubby fingers or anything else that may compromise your look. Normally I use the Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, which is about $30. I can’t say that the NYX spray is better than Urban Decay’s, but I have been preferring it to the All Nighter. When using the Urban Decay spray, I tend to only spritz a little bit onto my face in order to conserve the product, but because the NYX spray is so much cheaper, I have found myself using more of the product and thus setting my makeup a lot more effectively. I also picked up the NYX Pore Filler primer, which reduces the look of pores and provides a basecoat for your makeup. The Pore Filler is about $14, which is a steal when compared to the Benefit POREfessional, about $31, which is also a part of my makeup collection. I honestly haven’t noticed much of a difference in the pore-filling qualities of this product, and I think they’re fairly comparable in that regard. I do, however, think that the Benefit product is a better primer and helps my makeup stay in place more than the NYX product does. But if you’re looking for a good dupe of the POREfessional that is more budget-friendly, I would definitely try out the Pore Filler. My sources (a.k.a. my best friend Maddy) tell me that the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is also a good substitution, but I have yet to try it. As a religious user of the Anastasia Brow Wiz eyebrow pencil (about $21), I decided to try the NYX version of the product: the Auto Eyebrow Pencil (about $5). I love this kind of brow pencil because they don’t need to be sharpened and they are usually a lot skinnier than the pencils that do. I have liked the NYX pencil so far in terms of the way it works and its durability. It does last a pretty long time, much like the Brow Wiz. I do, however, prefer the Anastasia product to the NYX product because it is an even skinnier pencil, which allows a more natural look when filling in your brows, and it has a spoolie brush on one end that makes it easy to blend in the pencil and comb your brows into the perfect shape. The NYX pencil also doesn’t come in very many shades, making it harder to find the perfect match for your eyebrows.
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“I’m looking forward to Mill Fest the most. It’s the first major fest and on the first weekend of fest season. There is so much hype about it and everyone I’ve talked to says that’s their absolute favorite.”
— Alex Bertolini freshman studying restaurant, hotel and tourism
“I am most interested in Milliron Fest because I know someone who is hosting a party this year. I think it’s important to explore all the houses ... so you meet new people, get to do new things and interact with a completely different crowd.”
“This is my first year at Ohio. Last year when I came to visit it just happened to be in April and I ended up going to Palmer Fest. ... I’m hoping to experience more this year and also see what Number Fest is all about.”
“Probably Palmer Fest and Mill Fest. I know people at both and they each have some really nice places. It’s always a better and more reliable party when people you know are hosting it.”
— Olivia Musci freshman studying business
“I’m not really into the fests all that much, but I hear Mill Fest is about to be pretty big this year so I figured I would at least stop by and check it out.”
— Nelson Patterson — Vivian Small graduate student studying sophomore studying international development studies media arts and studies
— Matt Friend senior studying pre-medicine
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including a scout from the Jacksonville Jaguars, which was the only team that brought two representatives. “Preparing for this event was fun,” Carrie said. “It’s something that you love doing waking up at five, six in the morning getting to the facility, eating right, and stretching. It hasn’t set in yet there is still a lot of work left to be done, still a lot of meetings left to be completed. It’s just getting started actually, just stepping stones to take to achieve a dream I’ve wanted for so long.” Another Bobcat who impressed scouts Thursday was Foster, who raised his stock after good performances in every event. According to Ohio strength coach Zac Brouillette, Foster posted a 4.47 40-yard dash and a 42-inch vertical jump. After posting impressive numbers on Wednesday at Oklahoma’s Pro Day, Beau Blankenship drew some interest from Jacksonville and Kansas City Chiefs scouts. Blankenship, a Norman, Okla. native, ran a 4.47 40-yard dash and posted a 37-inch vertical at the Sooners’ Pro Day. He thought that it took him a while to get loose, but was still happy with his performance on the field. “It was good to come out here and run a little bit and show the scouts what I could do,” Blankenship said. “I talked to some teams today and yesterday and I heard some good feedback.”
’Cats showcase skills at Pro Day with Carrie taking center-stage
The newly constructed Walter Fieldhouse played host to the annual Ohio football Pro Day on Thursday in preparation for May’s NFL Draft. In their quest to fulfill their lifelong dream of playing professional football, a handful of former Bobcats displayed their skills in front of 18 scouts from 17 NFL teams. Participants included cornerback Travis Carrie, wide receiver Donte Foster and running back Beau Blankenship The day allowed players to have their skills measured through a variety of different onand off-field workouts. Events included speed, quickness and jumping ability tests, which were identical to events at the NFL Combine except specific to Ohio football. Much of the scouts’ attention was focused on Travis Carrie after he did not participate in any of the skill workouts at the NFL Combine. Carrie was Ohio’s only invite to the February Combine, where he only participated in the bench press and posted 17 reps. Green Bay Packers scout and former Bobcat running back Chad Brinker was impressed with Carrie’s performance. “Travis Carrie was invited to the Combine and he was unable to work out at the combine, so a lot of scouts came down here to workout.” Brinker said. “We needed him to run the 40 and do position drills and all those things. He did a nice job. ... Overall it’s a good crop of guys.” Scouts tracked Carrie hard,
Neico Teipel, a 2013 graduate and former Ohio football player, prepares for an agility drill as NFL scouts ready their stopwatches.
Bobcats say goodbye Ohio to host St. Bonaventure at Wren to seniors, look Up Next forward to next year
After finishing a season full of adversity and success, the Ohio hockey team had reasons to be optimistic heading into last weekend’s American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament. The Bobcats (30-7-3) featured Central States College Hockey League coach of the year in firstyear mentor Jonathon Sheridan and the CSCHL Rookie of the Year in forward Patrick Spellacy. They were set to face an opponent that was all too familiar in Iowa State, who the Bobcats won three of five games against in the regular season. Unfortunately, optimism does not always translate into good fortune. Ohio dropped its first and only game in the ACHA tournament 3-1, which shut the door on a national title and ended their otherwise impressive 2013-14 season. “I don’t judge the season on one weekend at the national tournament,” senior forward Brett Agnew said. “We went through a lot of highs and lows this season, but I’m proud of everyone’s effort. It wasn’t the ending we all hoped for, but that’s how it goes sometimes.” One shining moment this season was when Ohio swept No. 3 Robert Morris the last weekend of January, marking the first time the Eagles lost on their home ice since the previous season. Ohio came back from twogoal deficits in both games. The Bobcats were also notorious for outshooting their opponents and scoring at a high rate. Ohio found the back of the net 183 times, while 18 of its 30 wins came by a differential of at least three goals. Another bright spot for Ohio was goaltender Aaron Alkema, who finished fifth overall,
and second among qualified rookies, in the ACHA in goalsagainst average (1.85). He also posted 15 games won, which was second most by a freshman in the league. In addition to Alkema’s stellar goaltending, Ohio defense allowed just 90 goals on the season, which helped contribute to a plus-93 goal differential. Although junior defenseman Mike Kretz has solidified himself as one of the league’s premiere defensemen, Ohio will still lose a pair of valuable defenders after this season in J.C. Gulch and Athens native Duncan Green. Gulch and Green, along with Agnew, are three members the graduating senior class that have left their mark on the organization. Agnew will graduate as one of the team’s all-time leading scorers, as he finishes his Bobcat career with 181 points, while Gulch and Green combined for almost 100 career points. “It’s definitely hard to look back on it and not tear up a bit,” Gulch said. “It has been the best four years of my life and I’m glad I got to spend it with people that I am honored to call my brothers and best friends.” However, the Bobcats are looking ahead to next season with a positive outlook. “The team returns everyone except for myself, (Duncan) and Gulch so I think they will be in great shape in the future,” Agnew said. In other words, the Bobcats have ambitions of being champion contenders in 2014-15. “We’re going to be national contenders,” sophomore forward Michael Harris said. “We always have a top-5 team in the country and make runs. … It will be another successful season.”
Weather delays and cancellations have become second nature to the Bobcats this season. After having its initial home-opener against Marshall cancelled Wednesday, Ohio is now set to open its home campaign at Bob Wren Stadium with a four-game series with St. Bonaventure from Thursday through Sunday. The Bobcats have now had seven of their 18 originally scheduled games either postponed or cancelled due to weather, which amounts to almost 40 percent of their games. “As far as the bad weather goes, there’s not much you can control,” freshman outfielder Mitch Longo said. “The days that we have gotten rained out we got a lot of good workouts in. We’re chomping at the bit to start getting out into some good weather and start playing some teams.” St. Bonaventure started the season with eight consecutive losses and has only been
Who: Ohio (4-9) vs. St. Bonaventure (1-8) When: Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
able to grab one victory so far, which came in a 6-4 victory against Lehigh on March 3. The Bonnies have not played in the 11 days since then. Ohio is coming off a four-game series against Longwood in which it dropped three games after recording inconsistent performances. The Lancers outscored the Bobcats 14-12, but won a pair of games by at least three runs. 
 Ohio has been outscored 83-50 this season and the Bobcat pitching staff has an ERA of 5.38. Bobcat freshman Jake Roehn will start Friday after coming off a 1-0 loss to Longwood last Saturday, where he pitched 9.2 innings, allowing just four hits and one run, which came in the bottom of the ninth.
Scott White scurries to first base to beat the throw from the Akron Zips. Ohio lost 4-2 in extra innings. Roehn holds a 1-2 record and 3.27 earned run average, while striking out 18 batters in four appearances for the Bobcats this season. The Bobcats have been able to get solid workouts and practices in during the poor weather conditions, which has helped younger players adapt better to the team and the college baseball lifestyle. “We’ve practiced a lot on the road, so a lot of the younger guys are getting used to playing,” junior outfielder Tyler Wells said.
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Who: Wright State (2-13) vs. Ohio (13-12) When: Friday, 2 p.m. Where: Ohio Softball Field The more significant difference between the two sides is Ohio’s offensive firepower and Wright State’s lack thereof. Opponents have batted .356 against the Raiders, while Wright State batters have posted an average of just .189 this season. Becka Peterson, a freshman infielder for the visitors, has JULIA MOSS | FILE PHOTO the highest batting average of any Raider, hitting .244. If she Amanda Dalton, freshman, walks back to her base during the second game of a double were on the Ohio roster, she’d header against Wright State University. The Bobcats won 13-1 last year. find herself ninth in the same statistical category. “It’s always exciting to be on fans and the home crowd. Being With the Raiders 0-5 on the your own home field for the first in our own setting is very comroad, Friday’s game could be time,” Hermanek said. “Even get- forting to us.” an opportunity for the Bobcats ting our first practice on the field to slowly gear up for the Mid- this week was a lot of excitement @CHARLIEHATCH_ American Conference play set for the girls. We’re really looking GH181212@OHIOU.EDU to in two weeks. getting 13begin MessAds_MessAd 3 x 5" 2/24/14 forward 1:39 PM to Page 1 in front of our
Senior forward Brett Agnew slashes across center ice with the puck. Ohio beat Iowa State 4-2 in January.
After beginning its season with their best start in program history, Ohio proceeded to lose 11 of its next 12 games. However, the team will look to regain their early-season stride Friday during their home opener against Wright State. The Raiders have struggled throughout this season, and the Bobcats are in need of a morale booster after losing to three schools that received votes in the Top 25 poll, highlighted by No. 16 South Alabama. “We’re not going to dwell on the losses whatsoever,” coach Jodi Hermanek said. “The losses were certain games that could have gone one way or another in certain situations. We’re going to keep focused on the positive things that we walk away with holding our heads high.” Ohio has won three of its last four games against the Raiders, including a 13-1 romp in a doubleheader sweep last year. But even against a team that is statistically inferior, Hermanek doesn’t want to overlook any opponents as the team enters what she considers “the second half” of the season. “We have to take each inning and each game for what it brings you and we can’t overlook anybody,” she said. “We’ve got to bring our best game forward no matter what the opposition is like on the other side of the field. We just have to focus on us … and we’ll hopefully get the outcome we worked for when we do those things.”
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Kellogg, a senior guard, lead all scorers with 25 points and was called “unbelievable” by Dambrot. Wednesday’s loss eliminates any chance Ohio had of entering the NCAA Tournament. And with a National Invitation Tournament bid unlikely, Ohio’s postseason hopes rest on bids into either the College Basketball Invitational or Tournament. “This is the toughest thing I’ve went through since my senior year of high school,” Hall said. “It’s tough, man, because you just think about everything in one moment that’s happened in four years. It’s just tough, man, for everyone.”
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Senior guard Nick Kellogg winces during the final seconds of the game against the Akron Zips at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ohio lost 83-77 Thursday.
scored 12 points off Ohio’s seven turnovers and 13 second-chance points off of seven offensive rebounds. “We just hung in there and made enough plays when it mattered,” Akron coach Keith Dambrot said. “We had the advantage at the end. They tired a little at the end, I thought, having to play Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, so I think that’s why we won the game.” Ohio players disagreed with
Dambrot’s assessment, summarizing the late struggles as simply a lack of execution. “I don’t think we really got tired,” senior forward T.J. Hall said. “We’ve been taking care of our bodies. We just started turning the ball over and we just couldn’t hit any shots.” The first half started off at a frantic pace, with the teams combining for 25 points just 5:29 into the game. Ohio’s offense was quick but efficient, avoiding its first turnover until the 11:54 mark, and found itself with a 22-15 lead
with 10:18 before the break. But a stretch of five consecutive possessions ending in giveaways threw that efficiency by the wayside. Despite Ohio’s inability to hold onto the ball during that stretch, the Zips didn’t take advantage, and the Bobcats exited it still holding a 22-20 lead. The final 7:14 of the half saw Ohio steadily expand a twopoint lead to eight points in the final 40 seconds, getting easy post touches to freshman forward Antonio Campbell and Ndour in the paint as a good deal of Akron’s defensive attention focused on Ohio sharpshooter Nick Kellogg.
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MAC Tournament Quarterfinals No. 4 Akron 83 No. 5 Ohio 77 Nick Kellogg scored a game-high 25 points along with six assists Akron attempted 34 free throws, while Ohio shot just 11. Akron outscored Ohio 27-13 in the final 9:04.
to enhance the department’s visible patrol and response to calls for service. “At least one of the (new) positions will be assigned to investigations to enhance our threat assessment process,” he said. “Another will be used to replace the officer who is assigned to the new bomb dog,” of which expenses will also be paid for in part with the new money requested in the proposal. OUPD received a $28,555 grant to pay specific start-up costs for the canine program, such as retrofitting a cruiser for canine transport, procuring the animal, training the animal and handler and procuring any specialized equipment for the program. “If we get everything we need for less than that, the remaining dollars will be re-allocated for spending elsewhere in our region,” OU spokeswoman Katie Quaranta said. In addition to its current officers, the department has five communications officers, one clerical support employee and a number of part-time student employees, according to the OUPD website. Golding said the new staff would be paid out of the general fund budget and would be covered by tuition and other general fund receipts, which includes those from the studentsupported general fee. “The university leadership understands that with the growth of the Athens campus and the expansion in students, faculty and staff, these additional resources are needed to fulfill the ongoing need to provide for a safe and secure campus environment,” Golding said. “Once we have a proposed operating budget we will share it with the campus.” He added he was working with OU deans and vice presidents on how to best manage the operating budget of the university to cover these cost along with other institutional priorities. Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle said the increase in OUPD’s staff would not impact the cooperation between the two police departments. He added a beefedup city police force would come in handy, too. “It’s nice that they can afford that,” Pyle said. “The city obviously doesn’t have that kind of budget, because I truly believe if the city could afford to add five officers, they would. … But, I’m pretty confident that the city council and the mayor, when money becomes available, they will take a look at bolstering our forces.” OUPD is already accepting applications for new jobs in its 2014 applicant pool and has some viable applicants remaining from its 2013 pool, Powers said. When the budget is finalized, the department plans to make the new hires over a period of about six months.
find one off campus. Academics and Resources Joint Committee: The board presented its “Transforming OHIO” plan — the university’s new term to describe its large projects, including the Capital Improvement Plan (planned construction) and the Total Compensation Plan, which is an effort to make all OU salaries more comparable to positions in other Ohio industries. “What we’ve done here is we’ve shown you a snapshot of the kinds of planning that we’re doing that move us forward,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit. “It’s not all the planning, you’ll continue to see more of that, but here are snapshots of the kinds of things we’re doing that we believe will move us forward and transform Ohio University.” Usually by this time, the board has voted on its budget for the next fiscal year. However, the board will decide its budget for fiscal year 2015 at its June meeting. The board also chose to vote on tuition changes at the June meeting. It discussed the following scenarios Thursday: -No increase, which would give OU $1.26 million to invest in programs toward academic and college needs -A 1 percent increase, which would leave $2.56 million to invest -A 1.5 percent increase, which would leave OU with $3.23 million to invest The state cap is 2 percent. “Am I arguing for a tuition increase at this point? No, I am not arguing for a tuition increase at this point,” said Stephen Golding, vice president for finance and administration. “What I am promising to start to do is to show you here is another way that this budget commits to institutional priorities: salary, debt service per capital, financial aid. That’s what we solve for in the first part of this budget.” OU’s undergraduate enrollment numbers are up 2.7 per-
cent, graduate enrollment is up 1.3 percent, and regional campuses’ enrollment collectively increased 28.3 percent from 2006 to 2012, but Golding said growing the student population would not solve the university’s funding problems. “As we said in the past, we’re not going to grow our way into financial equilibrium. We really have to manage our way into financial equilibrium,” Golding said. Resources Committee Mulberry Street, the road that connects Richland Avenue. to Park Place, will be closed beginning Friday morning for emergency utility tunnel repairs. It may have to remain closed indefinitely if extensive repairs are needed. Costs could be as much as $2 million from university reserves, Golding said. OU is also considering closing Park Place to make the street more pedestrian-friendly. The board hopes the proposed plan will create a gathering place for students, and address the safety and needs of pedestrians. A study will be conducted by the university and city of Athens over the next year to better understand the available improvement options. Academics Commitee Jefferson Hall will soon close for two years and won’t be a dining hall when it reopens. The building will be “offline” from spring 2016 until fall 2018, Peter Trentacoste, executive director of Residential Housing told the Board of Trustees’ academics committee. Student indebtedness was also discussed with the board. A committee consisting of provosts and deans analyzed the topic. OU students have an average of about $27,000 in debt, while the state average is about $29,000, said Dennis Irwin, Russ College dean. There was a dramatic increase in student debt at OU from 2007 to 2012, likely because of the recession, according to the committee’s report. “Although total cost of attendance and the tuition and fee
bill do not seem to be highly correlated to student debt over the 2007-2012, it would be premature to conclude that cost will never be correlated to debt, since many of the effects of the recent recession are likely to be transitory,” according to the report. The Honors Tutorial College wants to focus on recruiting more diverse students and increasing graduates’ involvement in alumni activities, said Jeremy Webster, HTC dean. The Graduate College has seen an increase in enrollment numbers, and the college receives about 7,000 applications per year, said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate College. “The growth we’re seeing … is almost entirely in the online programs,” Shields said. There are multiple new technologies available for OU faculty and students, including Blackboard updates, said Duane Starkey, interim chief information officer. The Office for Institutional Equity, which oversees equal employment and education opportunities, disabilities, and sexual misconduct, has seen a decrease in the number of complaints that it has received in nearly every category. For the 2013 fiscal year, 87 harassment or discrimination complaints were received. Only 46 were received for the 2014 fiscal year as of Feb. 25. “We need to respond to the immediate concerns that come up,” said Dianne Bouvier, interim executive director for the Office of Institutional Equity. “We want to incorporate disability into every aspect of campus.” OU will also soon operate with a “living/learning” concept which adds additional working areas in new residence halls and across campus. “We want to make sure that in all of these new processes that we are capitalizing on the strengths that we already have,” said Jenny Hall-Jones, dean of students. The University Completion Plan and Faculty Compensation Plan were also on the agenda,
but the compensation plan was pushed back for discussion at Friday’s meeting, and the Completion Plan remained on the consent agenda.
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Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital redesign: $20.2 mil. budget Boyd Hall: $200,000 to design from Culinary Services’ auxiliary budget with a $9 million total budget Schoonover Phase 2: $4.4 million to design with a total budget of $17.4 million, which includes replacing the Scripps Hall roof and removing asbestos from the RTV building. Allen Help Center expansion: $700,000 from university reserves College Green exterior painting: $750,000 from state appropriations College Green landscape improvements: $1.2 million from university reserves The Convo concrete repair: $1.1 million from state appropriations Crawford Hall roof and Mackinnon Hall gutter replacement: $1.2 million from residential housing reserves MemAud upgrades: $1.5 million from state appropriations Park Place Tunnel Repairs: $1.2 million from state appropriations Pickering Hall electrical and fire alarm upgrades: $900,000 from residential housing reserves Read Hall Roof replacement: $800,000 from residential housing reserves South Green electrical substation replacements: $2.34 million mostly from residential housing reserves (69 percent) Southern Campus HVAC improvements: $700,000 from state appropriations and regional reserves West Green Roof replacements: $1.1 million from state appropriations
Purim party at OU’s Hillel
The week’s festivities include a speech by Division I’s first openly trans basketball player.
Inclusion is Pride Week’s focus Liquid courage abound
Ohio University Student Senate will be loud and proud as they host Pride Week, starting Monday, featuring guest speakers, socials and educational events on LGBTQA issues and focus on inclusion. The theme of the week is “Break Out Of Your Shell,” which Taylor Hufford, commissioner of LGBTQA Affairs and a sophomore studying athletic training, said she hopes brings individuals of all communities together. The week will kick off with a Pride flag being raised in front of Cutler Hall and an event on Monday called “Out and About,” where there will be music, food and submitted artwork featured. On Tuesday, Kye Allums, the first openly-transgender Division I basketball player, will be speaking to a crowd at Ping Center. One of the goals that Hufford and Paige Klatt, vice commissioner of LGBTQA Affairs and a sophomore studying communications and human development, sighted is to bridge the gap between athletics and the LGBTQA community. “Athletes in social media and coming out in the LGBT community has been really big lately,” Hufford said. “We really thought if we could get the athletic community from OU involved, it would really be an awesome way to bring the community together.” Another issue the week hopes to talk about is OU’s work in creating a preferred-name policy. The policy will be a way students can change the way they are addressed in class and in school documents. Hufford said they hope to talk about the policy itself, as well as collect feedback. “(The policy would) give (students) the opportunity on all the university documentation … and even on class rosters to have whatever name they preferred to be called by, to have that listed, so that way they don’t get purposefully ‘outed’ in a class,” Klatt said. The week will end with a social at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, 24 W. Union St. “It’s great to educate but it’s also good to be in that social aspect and take what knowledge you’ve gained from the educational experiences and programs and be able to have fun out in public with your friends,” Klatt said. The two commissioners said they have been planning the week’s theme and events for months and have reached out to other LGBTQA organizations for input, including Delfin Bautista, director of the LGBT Center. Bautista said they are hoping to see an impact on the relevance of LGBT spaces on campus, as well as celebrate not only tragedy, but triumph. “Given the lack of spaces for the (LGBT) community here in both the university and within Athens, just carving out a week where people can be out and proud, and ‘we’re here, we’re queer’ cheer, it’s exciting,” Bautista said. Hufford and Klatt said they also don’t want the “A” to be silent throughout the week’s celebration. “Our community includes our allies,” Hufford said. “We would not be anything if we did not have those allies to help us and support us.” Klatt and Hufford said they are looking forward to the week’s events, hoping to put an emphasis on education, but also on celebration of the LGBTQA community, and the efforts someone can make on campus. “As we like to celebrate our individual letters on the spectrum, it’s great to celebrate us as a whole as well,” Hufford said.
Although she was intoxicated while having her tattoo done, she was allowed time to regain her composure and the tattoo was finished, but not without tiny flaws in the art that resulted from her moving and involuntary twitching. The results can range from an almost-perfect drunk tattoo to a disastrous scribble. However, both Hawks and Corrado agree that those getting tattoos, especially those under the influence, need to be careful and think through what they’re doing. “I always tell people, ‘Get an image that you like, put it up on your fridge and look at it every day for a month. And if it’s something you can still look at everyday, get it,’” Hawks said.
Costumes, drinks and shouts will abound in Hillel at Ohio University, as the Jewish community observes the festive Purim celebration. Purim, which begins Saturday evening but will be celebrated Friday, commemorates Queen Esther’s help in saving Persia’s Jewish population from a plot to eradicate them. Esther was a Jewish girl who became the Queen of Persia but had to keep her Jewish background a secret. Haman, the king’s prime minister, made a plan to kill all of the Jews in the empire. Esther eventually revealed her identity and Haman’s plan to the King, who condemned Haman to death. The reading of the Megillah, the Book of Esther, is one of the most important parts of the holiday and tells the story behind the celebration, said Cydney Goldberg, peer network intern for Hillel at OU and a senior studying early childhood education. The reading is an interactive experience, said Lauren Goldberg, engagement professor for Hillel at OU. “People get quite feisty, dressing in costumes and shouting and generally acting in ways that are not usually permitted,” she said. “Purim is one of the more festive holidays, and it’s not as holy as other holidays, but definitely a ‘crowd favorite.’ ” One common Purim tradition is baking hamantashen — a triangular, filled pastry, Cydney said. “The shape of the cookie stands for Haman’s hat because he wore a three-cornered hat,” Cydney said. “We eat the cookies as a way to acknowledge his defeat.” Jemma Marens, a freshman studying social work, said she is excited to eat the pastries and see what people are dressed up as, because many people wear costumes to celebrate Purim. Some other methods of celebrating are exchanging food and drink gifts, doing charitable acts, and getting a little tipsy, Lauren added. “All should come on Friday because we are doing all of those things,” she said. “It’s a fun way to be a part of the Jewish community here in Athens, and it connects us to the rest of the Jewish world, as all over there will be great celebrations.”
Mill Fest mild, police still vigilant
Wiehl and OU President Roderick McDavis put out a release to students Wednesday highlighting the increase in law enforcement during fest season as violations regarding nuisance parties, open containers and disorderly conduct will be at the forefront of the police focus.
During last year’s Mill Fest, 29 people were arrested on 42 charges by APD and OUPD. Charges included underage consumption, open containers, obstruction of official business and possession of marijuana, according to an APD news release. At one point in the day, there were 26 active house parties on the street, and about 10 had to be shut down because of rowdiness
and violations. Yet, Wiehl, Pyle and Powers all said Mill Fest is milder than some of the other street fests, such as Palmer Fest. “Mill Fest tends to be one of the larger of the unsanctioned parties, but it is usually less problematic because Mill Street is longer and wider than other streets, so the crowd remains dispersed and thinner,” Powers
said. Wiehl said he will be in attendance during the weekend’s festivities. “I’ll be there just to check things out,” Wiehl said. “I don’t think I’ll be wearing a party hat.”
OU students take part in celebrating Milliron Fest, a smaller Spring Fest that takes place on Milliron Street.
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Athens barbecue staple After Mill Fest, OU officials not to host new Irish event worried about St. Patrick’s Day
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What: Kiser’s Eclipse St. Patrick’s Day Party When: 5 p.m., Saturday with the first show at 7 p.m. Where: Kiser’s Barbeque Eclipse, Jackson Dr., The Plains Admission: $25 dinner and show; $5 just the show
Two months after acquiring a liquor license, Kiser’s Barbeque at Eclipse is ready to take a shot at its first big event. The first Kiser’s Eclipse St. Patrick’s Day Party will be held Saturday and will feature Irish dancing, drinks and food. “We’re excited to get the season started here,” Sean Kiser, owner of the restaurant, said, adding that the St. Patrick’s Day Party is the beginning of what he aims to do with Kiser’s Barbeque Eclipse, Jackson Dr., The Plains. “We’re going to do themed events,” he said. “In the future, we could do a Kentucky Derby party. We have a great building that really calls for it. It’s a twostory building that was built in 1901, so it screams for people to come out here and hang out and have a good time.” To add to the Irish celebrations, the Athens Irish Dancers will perform two shows at Kiser’s Eclipse. Sue Farley, a board member for the Athens Irish
Dancers, said the group will do a mixture of Irish dances, including reels, jigs and ceilis, which are group dances. Farley said the dancers will even teach the audience how to do a ceili dance. “The dancers are really excited to be able to dance for people in their own community,” she said. Besides the custom dances and music, Farley said the dancers will dance to non-traditional and contemporary music as well. Andrea Vanarsdalen, events coordinator at Kiser’s Eclipse,
said the Athens Irish Dancers have performed at Kiser’s Eclipse in the past and could think of no better day to bring them back. For $25, customers can see the show and have an authentic Irish meal, which includes potato leek soup with soda bread, homemade corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, and Baileys cheesecake. Vanarsdalen said there will also be a vegetarianfriendly option of colcannon, a dish consisting of mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage. In accordance with Kiser’s Eclipse’s new liquor license, Irish beers and whiskeys will also be available. With the combination of food, drink and shows, Kiser said he hopes to create a new entertainment venue for Athens. “A place that involves music, themed events and just a new place for people to go and get away from Court Street and have a new place to come to and hang out at,” he said.
Despite the desire to shed Ohio University’s proclaimed party image, administrators did not consider pushing spring break back two weeks to fall during St. Patrick’s Day. According to administrators and the Ohio University Police Department, St. Patrick’s Day is not typically one of the events that the university is concerned about. “I don’t think it was really a consideration,” Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones said of the placement of spring break. “I think really from a calendaring perspective it was more along the lines of ‘what’s the middle?’ ” Currently, OU is ranked seventh in the Princeton Review’s list of top party schools; a rating which has been dropping during the past few years. “This weekend is Mill Fest so we’re already going to be at full staffing for Mill Fest anyway,” OUPD Chief Andrew Powers said. “We’ll respond as needed to wherever the problems may be. We’ll
“We’ll respond as needed to wherever the problems may be. We’ll have plenty of people on duty and we will respond as we need to.”
— Andrew Powers OUPD Chief
have plenty of people on duty and we will respond as we need to.” St. Patrick’s Day activities at other universities, such as the University of Dayton and Miami University, typically draw large crowds, similar to the amount of people attracted to OU for Halloween. Last year, Dayton gained national attention after St. Patrick’s Day celebrations turned into a riot, said Cilla Shindell, director of media relations at the University of Dayton. “We take it very serious and our entire efforts are to keep our students safe and healthy and encourage them to celebrate responsibly,” Shindell said. Similar to OU’s policy during Halloween, Dayton takes certain
preventative measures to ensure students’ safety. Among the policies is that students aren’t allowed to have guests in residence halls for the duration of the weekend. On Wednesday, OU students celebrated Green Beer Day, where local bars dye beer with artificial green coloring. Students at Miami University celebrate the unofficial holiday the Thursday before spring break, said Claire Wagner, director of university news and communications. Wagner said that the city of Oxford, where Miami is located, is known for its celebration of Green Beer Day, although the event is “not an activity welcome by the university.” “(St. Patrick’s Day) hasn’t tended to be an Ohio University thing, but we do keep our eyes and ears out all the time,” HallJones said. “Any kind of highrisk behavior is going to raise a flag and we’re always going to keep our eye on it.”
Youngstown band brings quirk-pop style to Donkey Coffee
Donkey Coffee & Espresso audiences may have seen Third Class perform before, but the band is bringing its “quirk-pop” style back to Athens. Featured band Third Class will be performing at Donkey Coffee Friday evening with another band, Second Story. They said they plan to bring with them a theme of music that is all their own.
The band comes from the heart of Youngstown, Ohio. Pepe Parish and brothers Lee and Jack Boyle started out when they were teenagers in 1999. They’d play in Youngstown bars even though they were underage at the time. “We were allowed, though. People appreciated that we were creating something of our own,” said Lee Boyle, who mainly plays the guitar or keyboard for the band. This creativity is the driving force behind the band’s
specific style of music. The band isn’t just interested in its sound, but the meanings behind its quirk-pop lyrics. “Quirk-pop. That covers our style pretty well. We’re trying to make pop music but it comes out a little different,” Lee said. This different sound can also be attributed to the way the trio play their instruments. Lee’s guitar is specifically tuned with only two strings. “He’ll do a whole solo with
just his thumb. It’s ridiculous,” Jack said. It isn’t always intentional, but most of Third Class’s focus is on the themes of childhood and nostalgia. “We’ve been living so close for so long. There are a lot of things we’ve experienced together. It brings out a really pure feeling of growing up,” said Jack Boyle, who mainly plays bass and drums. Third Class’ show on Friday
will be more stripped down from its previous shows at Donkey. The band will be working with quieter acoustic sets for a more melodic feel. The acoustic sets are more common in the light environment of coffee shops. “We love coffee shops, some of our best shows have been in coffee shops,” Lee said, explaining that audiences find more meaning to the band’s shows in coffee shops rather than the bars they sometimes perform in.
Although Third Class will be performing live at Donkey Coffee Friday, it plans to focus more on online releases than live performances in the future. Those attending the performances can expect to hear some of the band’s more popular songs, such as “Blue,” “Explode the Sky” and “Laugh and Cry.”
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Women’s Center to put on festival celebrating progress for all
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What: International Women’s Day Festival When: 2 p.m., Sunday Where: Baker University Center Ballroom Admission: Free
Ohio University’s Women’s Center will host its annual International Women’s Day Festival on Sunday to celebrate women’s history, struggles and progress on an international level. The theme of this year’s festival, “Equality for women is progress for all,” corresponds with the theme that the United Nations sets for International Women’s Day, which occurred during Spring Break on March 8. Susanne Dietzel, director of the women’s center, said it is an important day to celebrate. “I think it’s important for us to sit down and think about where women are, because obviously there is still a reason for us to have International Women’s Day because women don’t have the same
status that men have,” Dietzel said. The festival will boast free food, child-care and about 30 presentations and performances including dances, speeches and vendors set up around the Baker University Center Ballroom for attendees to come enjoy. Another presentation will be a FACES fashion show as well as a traditional and cultural fashion show. Kathryn Warren, a college
student personnel graduate student intern for the center, said she is looking forward to seeing the planning of the event come together and the inclusion of women across cultures. “(The day is) something obviously worth celebrating: what women have accomplished in the past, what we’re doing now and the future of women in our community and women around the world,” Warren said. Bhakti Shah, executive committee member of the Indian Students Association and Hindi instructor, said she will be partaking in a Bollywood fusion dance and doing henna on attendees. As an international woman from Mumbai, India, here in Athens, the appreciation of women during the festival is necessary for women and their progress, she said. “I come from a culture where
women are not easily acknowledged,” Shah said. “There is change, but the change is so slow and for me it matters to be recognized, to be appreciated for what I am.” Warren said she hopes people will come out to appreciate women and come together as a community. “We live in our own little bubble and we forget maybe about the other things that are going on around the world, and together we are all united,” Warren said. “We all can contribute to the greater good of each other and for equality.” Creating henna is a personal connection between Shah and the people she is working with, she said. She learns a lot about them and likes to be someone they can talk to. With Shah seeing a need to recognize women, she urges students and faculty to be a part of the festival. “For the students it is very im-
Cheryl Cesta (left) and Viki Larson-Walace (right) from Athens Bando perform the Kabo Razi sword dance form in Baker Ballroom. portant (to attend) because they are the future,” Shah said. “Their actions will determine what the future holds for us. And for the faculty, because they are the ones who inspire these students.”
NPR show returns to Athens, Concert to bring music, funds brings sound of music to Athens Historical Society
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce will be returning to the hills of Athens Sunday for an evening of eclectic entertainment. Mountain Stage, a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 1983, is a live two-hour radio show that will be broadcast on NPR stations. In Athens, it is sponsored by the Ohio University Performing Arts Series and WOUB Radio Network. The show has been coming to Athens for more than 10 years, said Andrew Holzaepfel, associate director of the Campus Involvement Center. This year’s lineup includes Pink Martini featuring the Von Trapps — the great-grandchildren of George and Maria Von Trapp, whose family inspired the story in The Sound of Music — Parkington Sisters, Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo and Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound. “This is going to be a little different show because they’re giving Pink Martini and the Von Trapps a full hour,” Holzaepfel said. “Usually, it’s divided equally and everyone gets the same amount of time as other artists.” Pink Martini was formed by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and features 10 to 12 members in what he describes as a “little orchestra” which performs a variety of multilingual pieces all over the world. Joining Pink Martini will be Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August Von Trapp, who have
Ha Ha Tonka performs at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium for a past Mountain Stage.
If You Go
What: Mountain Stage with Larry Groce Concert Series When: 7 p.m., Sunday Where: Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium Admission: $25 first 10 rows, $15 remainder been singing together for the past 12 years under their legendary family name. Together, Pink Martini and the Von Trapps released a new album Dream a Little Dream on March 4, which is a collaborative studio album. Frank Vignola, a renowned jazz guitarist who has performed with legends like Les Paul, Madonna and Ringo Starr, will join Vinny Raniolo, guitarist and educator, on stage Sunday.
The Parkington Sisters are four songwriting, multi-instrumental sisters who have toured with Mavis Staples and the Dropkick Murphys. They shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen at the 2011 Bonnaroo festival. Holzaepfel anticipates to fill nearly 1,000 seats. “For us, it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring an established radio program that’s been going on because they always bring in an eclectic group of artists. Our audiences find it to be a treat to watch a live program being recorded,” Holzaepfel said. “For OU it’s important because not only do we get the performance but it ends up going out nationally, live from Ohio University.”
Something To Suit Everyone’s Fancy.
Music and history buffs alike might be interested in attending a local concert that benefits the Athens County Historical Society & Museum. The 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regimental Band and the Davis Men’s Choir will be performing a joint concert Sunday to raise funds for upcoming Civil War Exhibits at the museum. The event is just one of several Civil War-themed events the Athens County Historical Society has organized during the past three years to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war, which lasted from 1861 to 1866. These events precede the annual Civil War Ball, which will be held later this month. The concert, held at 3 p.m. at the First Christian Church on West State Street, will feature many musical renditions of popular songs of the Civil War Era. Admission is $10. The band, which was formed in 2012 by John Huffman, a former music director from Waverly High School in Pike County, performs in the same outfits that members of the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry would have worn, and plays on instruments that are from the time period of the 1850s and 60s. The band attempts to accurately portray the sound that the original regiment band would have had, which is different from the type of sound that is commonly heard in similar bands today. It is the only band of its type in the state, Huffman said. “I really fell in love with Civil War music fifteen years ago,” he said. “My goal was to join a Civil War Band, but there were none in the state of Ohio. It looked like, if I wanted to play in a Civil War Band, I would have to form one.” The Davis Men’s Choir, formerly known as the D.M. Davis Male Voice Choir, is a community-based choir from Jackson, Ohio, made up of 38 members, according to their
Kevin and Cathy O’Neil watch from the sidelines as others at the Civil War Ball perform traditional dances of the 19th century.
“I really fell in love with Civil War music fifteen years ago. My goal was to join a Civil War Band, but there were none in the state of Ohio. It looked like if I wanted to play in Civil War Band, I would have to form one.”
—John Huffman Former Music Director
website. The choir performs in a variety of styles, including barbershop, glee club and gospel. The choir’s director, Wilbur McCormick, said that this concert is important to the group because of some of the close personal ties some members of the choir have with the cause. “We’re just happy to be in the concert,” he said. “We have some members who are involved in the Athens Historical Society, so we’re happy to
be able to help out.” The Civil War was a formative time in the growth of the Athens County area, said Athens County Historical Museum Curator Jessica Cyders. Many soldiers from the 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was made up entirely of members from Athens County, later went on to become vital members of the Athens community. Charles Grosvenor, a Major General in the regiment later became the namesake for Grosvenor Hall on Ohio University’s West Green, and William Parker Johnson, another member of the regiment, went on to found the Ridges asylum to treat mental patients who were affected by the war. “What I find interesting about the Civil War is the very personal stories involved,” Cyders said. “For the young soldiers who fought in the war, their experiences certainly defined their lives.”
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