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OU expects search firms to speed up dean hires
ALEX FELSER Staff Writer | af234909@ohiou.edu ——— Ohio University has invested almost $180,000 to find replacements for three deans who left last year. To expedite the replacement process for the deans of OU’s Arts and Sciences, Scripps, and Graduate colleges, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit hired search firms to assist the faculty committees conducting searches. It is common to use firms for high-level academic administrative positions, said Ann Fidler, Benoit’s chief of staff, although she did not name the search
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“It scares me. I know a lot of people that can’t handle their alcohol.” Freshman; Bell Fountain, Ohio “It’s pretty stupid to mix alcohol and a weapon in any case.”
WILL HOFFMAN For The Post | wh092010@ohiou.edu ——— With 1,389 concealed-carry licenses issued since 2004, Athens County is no stranger to the Second Amendment. But after a recent gun-range closing and a summer change in legislation allowing firearms in bars, area officials are making an effort to keep Athens safe. The recently closed Strouds Run State Park gun range, 11661 State Park Rd., was where Hill Top Gun Club had been shooting since 1963, said Kevin Martin, the club’s chief instructor. “Idiots man — 40 students up there on the range,” said Martin about the closure. “It was becoming overused and unsafe.” Patrons were untrained, using the wrong targets and showed no regard for safety, he added. In addition to recent reckless gun use, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed off on legislation in June, allowing anyone with a conSEE SAFETY, PAGE 3
“I don’t like it. Most people are crazy when they’re drunk.”
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Court rejects former OU student’s appeal for new trial
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Vincent Reeder, co-founder of Campus Kicks, opened the clothing store inside the Chop Shop Barber Shop with fellow Ohio University alumnus David Hirsch and OU senior Michael Laplaca. Campus Kicks makes shoes, fitted caps, apparel and accessories more accessible to students.
SARA LOWENSTEIN For The Post | sl642509@ohiou.edu ——— Athens is now home to Campus Kicks, a student- and alumni-run business that sells wholesale fitted and snapback caps, shoes, apparel and other accessories to students. Located inside the Chop Shop Barber Shop, 20 S. Court St. and online at campuskicks.net, is a business dream of entrepreneurs and co-founders Vincent Reeder, a 2008 graduate; David Hirsch, a 2011 graduate; and Michael Laplaca, a current senior. “After graduation, I decided I wanted to work hard in (Athens) and put my money into something that I would be proud of (in hopes of) making something of myself,” Reeder said. “So I
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MARIKA LEE Senior Writer | ml147009@ohiou.edu ——— A former Ohio University student could spend three years in prison after an appeals court denied his case yesterday. Matthew C. Kulchar, 23, was convicted of tampering with evidence at a trial in October 2009. He was found not guilty of rape and kidnapping. OU police officers arrested Kulchar, saying he held another
OU student in her Boyd Hall room and raped her for several hours. W h i l e police were KULCHAR holding Kulchar, he sent a text message to his roommate asking him to dispose of the Spongebob Squarepants boxers he wore during the sexual encounter. Kulchar said the sex was
consensual, and the jury found him not guilty of rape and kidnapping. He was sentenced to three years in prison for the charge of tampering with evidence. He was allowed to remain out on bail until his appeal — which he filed Jan. 26, 2010 — was finalized. In his appeal, Kulchar said he did not know he was being investigated when he sent the message because the police did not define “investigation” for him. He also said he
was convicted by insufficient evidence, according to court documents. Kulchar asked for a new trial, saying he could not be charged or convicted of tampering with evidence because he was being investigated for a crime he did not commit. Thursday, the court filed its decision to overrule Kulchar’s appeal, stating that he was sentenced lawfully and police had sufficient evidence. Disposing of the underwear
warranted a charge of tampering with evidence because Kulchar did “impair its value or availability as evidence.” The court did not need to have the underwear as evidence because investigators had the text messages from Kulchar’s cellphone. Kulchar’s three-year prison sentence will not be imposed for another 60 days to give him time to bring the case before the Ohio Supreme Court, according to court documents.
Public figures stress importance of student voting
MARIKA LEE Senior Writer | ml147009@ohiou.edu ——— During his on-campus speech earlier this week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson encouraged students to use their voting power to influence where they live. Jackson underscored the importance of students voting in Athens during his speech Monday, which aimed to encourage student-led initiatives to combat poverty and unsustainable student debt. “This is where you live. This is where your power is,” he said. Mayor Paul Wiehl agreed with Jackson’s sentiments that students have political power in Athens. “If student numbers were consistent, they could run this city,” Wiehl said. If every undergraduate and graduate student enrolled at Ohio University during the last election voted, they would have exceeded the total number of voters by 2,417. “Historically many students don’t vote,” Wiehl said. In the 2010 election, 9.6 percent of the registered voters in the mainly on-campus studenthousing precincts voted. The number was low compared to the rest of Athens, where 40.7 percent of registered voters participated in the election, according to the Athens County Board of Elections. Wiehl and the other candidates in the upcoming Athens elections agree that student voting is important and could affect the outcomes of the election. “Students should vote where they go to school,” Wiehl said, adding that most OU students consider Athens their home. Wiehl, a Democrat, is up for re-election this year and is running in one of the city’s few contested races against Republican Randy Morris, who also encourages OU students to vote in Athens. “A lot of them like to vote here. I encourage them to vote here or at home,” he said. R.J. Sumney, who is running as an independent for the 3rd Ward council seat, also said students do not consistently vote in Athens. “Traditionally students don’t
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During his visit to Ohio University Monday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson stressed the importance of students’ voting in their university’s area.
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OPINION
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Wesley Lowery
For the first time this year, I missed a Student Senate meeting this past Wednesday night. Now that’s not extremely significant, seeing as I’m not an elected member of the senate (although I did get invited to run with one of the tickets a few years back) and because I long ago gave up my gig as the beat reporter assigned to covering those student leaders. But based on yesterday’s front-page story, this week’s meeting was certainly one worth attending. More than 50 students showed up to the weekly meeting, with many hoping to convince senate to weigh in on the statewide efforts to repeal the controversial Senate Bill 5. Other students, primarily from the College Republicans, attended to support the decision of Senate President Kyle Triplett to not put a proposed resolution condemning the bill’s wording on the senate agenda. In this case, I have to side with Triplett. Campus opposition to SB 5 has been overwhelming since the bill was initially proposed. It makes sense: Athens is a Democratic stronghold amid the otherwise GOP territory that is Southeast Ohio. Furthermore, college students, faculty and public employees — who make up a huge percentage of the local population — are much more likely to be enraged by the bill, which limits the ability of unionized public workers to collectively bargain. From protests to signature sheets, OU students and local officials have made their outrage clear. And it’s been great. There’s nothing better than seeing students coming out and mobilizing behind a cause. In fact, as the Rev. Jesse Jackson suggested earlier this week, if students were more willing to mobilize, we would be quite a force to be reckoned with — both at the local and national levels. But with that said, energy being exerted to pressure senate leaders into taking one side or the other on this clearly partisan topic is misguided. The attempted voter repeal of SB 5 clearly is important to students, especially to those who are politically minded, but there are enough pressing on-campus matters that senate shouldn’t be spending its time taking a formal position. Student Senate is a diverse, complicated body comprising students from different walks of life, different educational backgrounds and different sides of the aisle. If the body as a whole were to pass a resolution on one side or the other, it would clearly, and needlessly, be speaking for some members who in fact disagree with that stance. Furthermore, the senate is a representative body meant in part to speak for our 20,000-plus students at OU. Any partisan political statement by this body risks alienating and misrepresenting students from both political parties. Nothing could be more encouraging than dozens of students showing up to the usually dull “Student Speakout” segment of this week’s senate meeting. I just hope students organize this type of turnout when senate discusses campus safety, university programing and the budget. But in the meantime, I hope President Triplett stands by his original decision. This senate has the potential to be the most productive in my four years at OU. Let’s not muddy things with partisan politics.
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Issue 2 worthy of Student Senate’s attention
As a senator emeritus of the Ohio University Student Senate, I urge State and Foreign Affairs Commissioner Taylor Abbott, or any other voting member of the senate, to introduce a resolution to the senate floor concerning Ohio Issue 2. Because of the direct implications that Issue 2’s passage or failure will have on OU, and based on the senate’s history of entertaining debate on statewide ballot issues, I strongly believe this is a conversation elected student leaders must have on behalf of the students who have elected them to office. The notion that OU students will not be affected by the outcome of Issue 2 undermines the work of Ohio’s elected officials, who are seeking out measures to balance a statewide budget that includes OU, and the work of state-employee unions — including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is committed to enhancing the lives of OU students on a daily basis. I am afraid some members of senate have drastically underestimated the impact that this issue will have on the OU community. Whether you are in favor of Senate Bill 5 because of its cost-cutting measures or are opposed because of its limitations on state employees, the result of Nov. 8’s vote will affect the student experience. It is the duty of Student Senate, as the formal representation of the student body, to take up this debate and add the OU student voice to the fray. In addition, there is ample precedent from previous student senates where voting members have taken a stand on statewide ballot issues. In 2006, senators fiercely debated and later passed Resolution 0607-15 opposing Issue 3, a constitutional amendment that would have permitted slot machines and additional horse-racing simulcast stations in Ohio despite the promise for increased funds for the Ohio Board of Regents. In addition, in 2004, Senate passed Resolution 0405-13, which opposed a Constitutional amendment that banned gay marriage in Ohio. As an openly gay freshman who had just arrived in Athens, the fact that my student leaders took such a frank stance on an issue I felt very passionate about created an instant respect and admiration for the body and, in my view, gave the senate legitimacy. I understand there might be a discrepancy or misunderstanding about what President Kyle Triplett’s role in this resolution may be. With that said, I want to make it clear that it is absolutely not President Triplett’s job or responsibility to determine what is worthy of discussion and what is not. The beauty of Roberts Rules, which the senate’s own governing rules echo, is that the body decides what is and is not appropriate for discussion. President Triplett was not the only one elected to represent OU students, and although there are times when the president needs to speak for senate as a whole, this is not one of them. Finally, I would like to remind the members of Student Senate of the responsibility that comes with being elected or appointed to this influential body. If some student senators fear repercussions, perhaps they should seriously consider choosing another extracurricular in which to participate. For those senators who feel a recorded vote on the issue might hurt their career prospects, they can always vote “Present.” And if President Triplett is opposed to the resolution being discussed or the resolution itself, he can always “pass the gavel” to express his opinion on the relevance of such a resolution and the role of the senate on statewide ballot measures. As with any major issue affecting OU, silence from Student Senate cannot and should not be tolerated. Will Wemer is a 2008 OU graduate and served as Student Senate treasurer in 2007-08 academic year.
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Mind your A’s and B’s: Class etiquette matters
I am not a model student. I skip a little too much class, I am a champion procrastinator, and I put too much unwarranted stock into my multitasking abilities. All of these things are pretty obvious offenses. But recently, I learned of some additional offenses I wasn’t aware of, and I bet a lot of you are in the same sinking boat. I am a UTA this quarter, which means I am experiencing what it is like from the teacher’s side for the first time. I have learned many things from this experience so far, but the most enlightening is that students are annoying. Don’t get me wrong; I doubt most, if any, of the irritating things my students do are done with the intention of causing me to bite my tongue from the desire to call them an inappropriate name, but they are still done. So my peers, I would like to offer five pieces of advice that could potentially get you off of your teacher’s hate-list: 1. Seriously, stop texting in class. Your professors are not stupid (that’s why they are professors), and they probably are not blind. They know that you are not so interested in your material that you need to have the book constantly open in your lap for reference. They know there is a clock behind their head and that you aren’t just checking the time.
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Melissa Knueven
It is so much more disrespectful and blatantly rude than it seems to you, probably because you think it goes unnoticed. Well, it doesn’t. 2. No one likes a know-it-all. Those people are hated by not only the professor but the entire class as well (and most likely by coworkers, “friends,” the unassuming grocerystore clerk, family, etc.). Even if you are, or think you are, smarter than everyone else in that room, no one else cares. Actually, people who are seemingly never wrong generally intimidate others, and they will avoid you. That is not to say that you shouldn’t contribute your input, but we don’t need a walking, talking thesaurus. That’s what the Internet is for and it’s a lot more fun to surf the Web than listen to your pretentious rambling. 3. Conversely, contribute to the class. If you know the answer, say it. It is much more embarrassing and uncomfortable to sit in total silence while the professor stares everyone down in an academic standoff than to just answer the question.
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4. Don’t talk about irrelevant/personal stuff unless prompted to do so. This happens much more often than it seems it would, and it is one of the worst in my opinion. Your professors really don’t care what your stupid dog’s name is or what your “ironic” tattoo says. You aren’t their friend and they don’t want you to be. 5. Don’t be cynical/aggressive/sarcastic. These are things that should be kept to a minimum in any aspect of life (although sarcasm does have its place, your teacher doesn’t think it’s funny). But in the classroom, they are even more unlikable traits. Your professors are people; you can make them feel demeaned and self-conscious, just like you feel after getting publicly called out. These are things that we have all been guilty of at one point or another, and most of the time, we don’t realize how much it makes the professors dislike us. They are not entirely objective, and they have opinions about you that they tell their spouses over dinner. Don’t be the guy your teachers are calling an idiot while they’re twirling their spaghetti. Mind your classroom etiquette. Melissa Knueven is a junior studying communication and a columnist for The Post. Can’t stand the class know-it-all either? Email her at mk241609@ohiou.edu.
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sition of associate provost for academic affairs on the Athens campus. firms OU is using. “There’s a posThe search firms sibility that I would solicited applications apply for the (OUduring the summer. Chillicothe dean) The provost’s office DEWALD TITSWORTH SHIELDS position permanenthopes to have offers out for the three positions by Janu- things for students is exciting ly, but I’m not going to make a decision until the end of the ary, but the timing could change, every single day.” Fidler said. Joe Shields, who replaced academic year,” he said. “If I “We are on a pretty ag- Rathindra Bose, is serving as decide not to apply, I will go gressive timeline to get these the interim Graduate College back to Athens.” Tuck retains tenure on the searches done,” she said. “I dean. think we are right where we The search committee for Athens campus and could rehave anticipated.” the Graduate College dean po- turn as a faculty member in the The provost’s office is pay- sition is reviewing applications Department of Chemistry and ing $70,370 each for the Scripps and expects to interview can- Biochemistry. The final interim-dean posiand the Arts and Sciences dean didates this fall, said Craig Corsearches. nell, vice provost for enrollment tion is being held by Richard The search for the new Gradu- management, who serves as the Greenlee, who stepped in as ate College dean, who also holds non-voting staff member on the the OU-Zanesville dean when the position of vice president for Graduate College dean search Fonseca left to work as the executive dean for regional higher research, has cost $38,650. committee. The money for all the searchShields could not be reached education. No search committee has yet es comes from the provost’s of- for comment. fice, and expenditures include Interim employees are filling been formed for the OU-Zanescompensation for professional three additional OU dean posi- ville dean position. Another dean announced this services, advertising, airport in- tions, but these will not be filled fall that he would be stepping terviews and bringing finalists to as quickly. campus, Fidler said. Fidler said a search commit- down. Jack Brose, dean of OU’s The three positions are cur- tee to replace Dan Evans, execurently being held on an interim tive dean of regional higher edu- Heritage College of Osteopathic basis. cation, should be formed within Medicine, will retire July 1 to take a new position in the proHoward Dewald, interim Arts a week. and Sciences dean, replaced Ben James Fonseca, former OU- vost’s office. The university plans to form Ogles and began working July 1. Zanesville dean, replaced Evans. Dewald said he believes he “I thought I could do some a search committee this acais qualified for the position and good things for the university, demic year and have a permahas filed an application for the having been a campus dean for nent replacement in place by July, Fidler said. There are no permanent job. 13 years at Zanesville,” he said. “Serving the role of interim Fonseca said he would not plans for an interim OU-HCOM dean and having served as one apply for the permanent posi- dean. OU President Roderick Mcof the associate deans for nine tion but rather plans to return to years, I am familiar with the col- the position of OU-Zanesville’s Davis said he is not concerned about the turnover in OU’s adlege and continuity of the work dean. taking place,” he said. Interim OU-Chillicothe Dean ministration. “People come and go, but as Scott Titsworth, the interim Martin Tuck will have an entire dean of the Scripps College of year to work with faculty on long as it is for the right reasons I Communication, replaced Greg campus after replacing Donna don’t have a problem with it. Our deans left for great opportuniShepherd. Burgraff. Titsworth said he would not “With the upcoming switch ties,” he said. “I would be disappointed if apply for the permanent position. to semesters, the provost “I have absolutely enjoyed the wanted to wait until the tran- no offers were ever made to our experience so far,” he said in an sition to semesters was over to deans, vice presidents or proemail. “Being able to work with conduct a permanent search,” vosts … because what that says to me is, ‘Did we hire the right the school directors and faculty Tuck said. Tuck previously held the po- people?’ ” across the college to do great
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cealed-carry license to bring a firearm into bars, pending the bars’ discretion. “I’m totally against it,” Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly said, adding that he is backing the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police in taking a stance against the bill. Uptown bar owners share the same sentiment. Of 14 Athens bars that responded, none has chosen to allow firearms. “I’m afraid of that rule,” said Art Oestrike, owner of Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery, adding that it might negatively affect his business.
Oestrike added that he does not want to discourage business from either side of the topic but still personally disagrees with the law. “Of course, there is no alcohol,” said Melissa Riley of the Athens County Sheriffs Department. “While you can carry a firearm into a bar, you are not permitted to drink alcohol. If you’re caught consuming alcohol while armed, you could be charged with a felony.” Despite unrest in terms of firearms in Athens County, Kelly said classes offered to those receiving their licenses are doing their jobs to teach safety as long as alcohol stays out of the mix. To obtain a license, one must
be 21 years old and a resident of the county you’re applying in for a minimum of 45 days. Once the license is obtained, a onetime, 12-hour class is required to keep it; this includes 10 hours of course time and 2 hours of time on the gun range. Classes require a background check and are held at the Athens County Sheriff’s office at $61 for 5-year Athens residents. “(The class) trains and equips a person to handle a weapon safely,” Kelly said. With 44 percent of all Athens County licenses issued since 2009, Kelly added that safety is key with the recent surge. “Law enforcement can’t protect everyone all the time,” Martin said.
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grabbed two of my buddies, and we started this business together.” In 2009, the co-founders opened the Chop Shop because of the lack of places for students to get a haircut — especially for minority students. Since that time, they have accomplished their goal of expanding the business by launching Campus Kicks last year. “When we opened, we wanted to make the Chop Shop a one stop shop for students,” Reeder said. “We’ve accomplished this as the Chop Shop is now a place where you can get your hair cut, pick out some shoes, listen to music and get your apparel. At the Chop Shop, it’s all you want and need at one place.” The hassle of driving to larger, more metropolitan cities to buy fitted caps, apparel and more was one of the main reasons why the co-founders established Campus Kicks. According to campuskicks. net, “the creators of Campus Kicks, having been through
the Ohio University experience, have shared the frustration and hassle of students in keeping up the latest fashion trends.” Reeder added to the website’s mission, explaining the personal inconveniences he experienced as a student in buying his preferred apparel. “We pretty much live in the middle of nowhere in a college town with nothing but college kids around us,” Reeder said. “When I was a student, I thought it was a real hassle to drive home to Cincinnati just to buy what I liked.” In addition to filling “a void in the fashion culture of Ohio University,” Campus Kicks sells name-brand products — such as Nike, Timberland, Ralph Lauren and Armani — to “College Kids on a College Budget,” just as the website suggests. “Unlike retail stores that mark up their products for customers, we decided to keep our prices reasonable and affordable with students in mind,” Reeder said. “Also, because we are mainly an online business, this allows us to save
storefront costs and deliver products straight to students’ doorsteps.” The founders of Campus Kicks also collaborated with student organizations on campus, such as different fraternity and sorority chapters, OU ImPRessions, and Bobcats for Israel. The website is created by web-design students, the advertising is produced by marketing students, and it has students working on the Campus Kicks Street Team to promote the business. Becky Sebo, a freshman studying dance, is both a customer and Street Team member. As a promoter for the business in the process of creating a Campus Kicks flash mob, she sees the success of this business and knows it will become and stay an Athens staple. “There’s really nothing else like it in Athens,” Sebo said. “All of the students that I have talked to about this store are excited and love the products they have bought. I know that every Ohio University student can find something that they will like at Campus Kicks.”
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vote except if it is a presidential election or there is an issue they find important,” said Sumney, who is the business manger for The Post. Both Sumney and Wiehl said they think Issue 2, a referendum to repeal Senate Bill 5, will at-
tract students to this election. Michele Papai, a Democrat also running for the 3rd Ward, and Morris stressed the importance of students being informed about the issues. “When it comes to local issues it is important for students to get informed about the issues and candidates and not just vote on party lines,” Papai said.
Papai said she also supports student voting as long as the students are well-informed. Morris said knowledge about the election is important for all voters. “I hope (students) get informed about candidates and issues. And the same goes for long-term residents, as well,” he said.
2010 ELECTION NUMBERS
ELECTIONS
THE STUDENT VOTE
Total registered voters living in mainly on-campus student-housing precincts: 8,406 Total ballots cast from student precincts: 810 Total registered voters: 49,440 Total ballots cast: 17,513
Total vote: 35.4 percent
THE ATHENS VOTE
Total registered voters in rest of town: 41,034 Total ballots cast from rest of town: 16,703
Student vote: 9.6 percent
Town vote: 40.7 percent
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junior year. He also fared well at defensive back. By then, Ohio coach Frank Solich had seen enough ROBACK to recruit Roback. “They offered me the first week of my junior year,” he said. “I had played four games at quarterback, I came to their camp and they said they wanted me then.” Roback also had offers from Cincinnati, Marshall and four other Mid-American Conference schools. He gave a verbal commitment to play for Toledo, but then mighty Notre Dame came calling. He signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Fighting Irish, showed up to fall camp and was converted to a full-time safety. Roback learned he would be redshirted and remembered the team that offered him his first scholarship. Soon after, he decided to return to his home state. “It’s about the family that you have with your teammates and your coaches and the people at the university,” he said. “All the other stuff is not that big of a deal. You just have to learn that yourself — just learn the hard way.” But the transition period continued for the Southeast Ohio native. The Ohio coaching staff decided he would be a better fit at tight end after six practices at quarterback in spring camp. The decision made sense tactically. He was the largest quarterback on the roster at 6-foot-4 and well more than 200 pounds, had an excellent knowledge of the playbook, and was familiar with catching passes. “He was just a big, athletic guy,” said redshirt junior tight end Jordan Thompson, who played quarterback at Parkway High School. “That’s one of the things you look for in a tight end.” Roback adjusted well and picked up 34 yards on three receptions in the 2011 spring game. But early in fall training camp, he herniated a disk in his back. He herniated another while lifting weights and then made it a hat trick with another back injury. “I’ve been getting epidural injections, actually, in my spine,” he said. “I can handle the pain, but I was getting nerve pains down my legs. And that’s a big deal. That’s something that, if I don’t take care of it, it can be permanent damage.” Four weeks into the season, Roback has been cleared to play. He will line up at tight end but will function mostly as a receiver because he is still an inexperienced blocker. The twisting and turning required to block a defender might aggravate his injury, too. Despite all the delays and setbacks, Roback thanks God for his opportunity to play and is excited to get back on the field. “His energy level’s really very high. He’s looking forward to playing, and I think we have him settled in on a position that he’s really going to be able to excel at,” Solich said. Ohio faces Kent State in the MAC opener. The Golden Flashes (1-3) have the second-lowest offensive production among Football Bowl Subdivision teams, but they played No. 2 Alabama and Kansas State during the non-conference season. Kent State beat Ohio 28-6 last year to stall Ohio’s run to the MAC championship game. “The problem with that is that they haven’t had a lot of problems with us over the last couple years,” Solich said. “We always get their best shot, and I’m sure that’s going to happen again.”
MICHAEL STAINBROOK Sports Editor | ms229908@ohiou.edu ——— When life gave Derek Roback lemons, he did what every good quarterback does. He called an audible. Twice. After almost two years on the sidelines, Roback will take the field Saturday as a tight end. The redshirt freshman from Waverly has not played a snap in exactly 700 days. The road to lining up at tight end was long, tedious and frustrating at times, but Roback has learned much from his journey. He was a three-position star at Waverly High School, compiling two seasons as a standout wide receiver before converting to quarterback before his
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NICK ROBBE Staff Writer | nr225008@ohiou.edu ——— Ohio has been the victim of opponents’ point runs in several of its matches this season, but the Bobcats strung together a few runs of their own to defeat Kent State in straight sets. “(The Golden Flashes) are a different team to play because of their style,” coach Ryan Theis said. “We had to get runs in unconventional ways.” Theis said Kent State employs a strategy in which hitters attack from different zones. The attack makes it difficult to keep track of where the volleyball is going, which makes blocking difficult. Despite Kent State’s unfamiliar style, redshirt sophomore Lexie Hartnett said Ohio was able to play effectively. “They definitely bring a different style. Their sets were quick,” Hartnett said. “We just controlled the ball on our side of the net.” In the first set, a mix of blocks by Ohio (11-6, 3-0 MAC) and unforced errors from Kent State allowed the Bobcats to stretch their lead to six points at 20-14. The teams traded points, but Kent State came within five. A kill by freshman setter Bailey Karst and two consecutive attack errors by Maigan Larsen sealed a Bobcat victory in the first game. The second set brought some more back-and-forth action, but with the score at 7-6 in favor of Ohio, the Bobcats got into a similar rhythm as the first game. A kill by senior Katie Post started Ohio on six-point run. The Golden Flashes recovered to take the next three points but it would not be enough. Ohio stretched its lead to 19-9 and eventually closed the game out to take a two-set lead in the match. Kent State stayed close
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throughout what proved to be the final set of a Bobcat sweep. Ultimately, Kent State committed attack errors, and Ohio capitalized on them. The Bobcats will play their first game against a MAC West opponent when they take on Eastern Michigan Saturday. Theis characterized the teams in the MAC West by their defense. “The MAC West is terrific at defense,” Theis said. “ They dig a ton of balls.” The top four conference leaders in digs all play in the West. Western Michigan leads the way with 161 digs in MAC play followed closely by Eastern Michigan with 154 digs.
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BRIDGET MALLON Staff Writer | bm257008@ohiou.edu ——— A local festival will celebrate Southeast Ohio’s Native American history this weekend. The Plains Indian Mound Festival starts today at The Plains Community Park. The festival, which continues Saturday and Sunday, features games and entertainment suitable for all ages. “It celebrates the Hopewell and Adena Indians in this area,” said Jim Norris, president of The Plains Lions Club. “They built about 20 mounds in The Plains, and this celebrates that heritage.” Food and craft vendors will begin selling their wares at 4 p.m. today. Children’s games, American Indian dancers, music, karaoke and a car show will also be featured at this three-day event, which made its first appearance in the early ’80s. “I like to hear the music and so-
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cialize and meet the people,” Norris said. “It’s a community event. We have crafters and vendors, horse rides, and face painting. There’s something for everybody.” Today, visitors can attend or enter the car show and check out the Brave and Princess contestants’ introductions, as well as the Queen evening gown presentation. “We’ve added a senior queen pageant this year for girls aged 13 to 19,” said Clyde Bartlett, vice president of The Plains Lions Club. “We’ve always had our 5-year-old Brave and Princess pageant.” Saturday features a magic show, a ’50s and ’60s style rock ’n’ roll concert, line dancing, and a fish fry. The Plains Fire
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Windy City’s comedic troupe blows into town
JESSIE CADLE For The Post | jc543108@ohiou.edu ——— Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell all got their starts at The Second City, a comedy theater and school of improvisation based in Chicago. This weekend, Athens will get a taste of the Windy City’s best comedy with Second City’s Laugh Out Loud Tour. “Second City does social and political sketch comedy. It’s Saturday Night Live meets The Daily Show,” said Daniel Strauss, a cast member in the touring company. As part of the Performing Arts Series, Second City will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Tickets for the show are $18, and seating is general admission. Ticket sales have covered the $9,000 it took to bring in the company, said Andrew Holzaepfel, associate director of Ohio University’s Campus Involvement Center and booking agent for the Performing Arts Series. The show is peppered with the best sketches from the past 50 years, original sketches by the cast, and improvisational comedy games. Though the sketches are pre-written,
Department also will put on a vehicle-rescue demo. “We have country music and rock ’n’ roll music,” Norris said. “There’s also a karaoke music festival. It brings out the local talent.” Sunday, gospel music and a parade with almost 50 units are on the agenda. A full schedule
of events can be found at www. athensohio.com. “It’s a good fall activity if the weather stays nice,” Bartlett said. “We keep adding new stuff each year.” The Plains Community Park is located off state Route 33 and state Route 682, Connett Road, in The Plains.
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BRIAN VADAKIN For The Post | bv111010@ohiou.edu ——— Former U.S. Senator George Voinovich’s donation of his senatorial files will be commemorated Saturday with a dedication ceremony for a new part of Alden Library: the George V. Voinovich Seminar Room. The dedication ceremony is the culmination of a series of events taking place while Voinovich is at Ohio University today and Saturday. In addition to meeting privately with some staff and faculty, he will join a public panel titled “Leadership in Public Service.” The panel, which will take place at 3 p.m. today in the Walter Hall Governance Room, will be open only to OU students, said Amista Lipot, special assistant to the director at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. “There’s a lot VOINOVICH of students that take on leadership roles in their life and in school, and I think they can learn a lot from these people that have dedicated their lives to it,” Lipot said. The panel also will include David Wilhelm, a 1977 OU alumnus; Yvette McGee Brown, Ohio Supreme Court justice and a 1982 OU alumnus; and Jo Ann Davidson, Ohio House speaker. There also will be a discussion on “Women and Leadership” taking place at 1 p.m. today in the Faculty Commons on the third floor of Alden. McGee Brown and Davidson will take part in this discussion and will be joined by OU Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit. “I think this is what the senator likes to do when he comes to Athens: interact with all the different types of people,” said Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research and education services at Alden Library. Alden houses Voinovich’s gubernatorial collection. Voinovich approached OU about housing his senatorial collection after he chose not to seek re-election to the Senate in 2010. The library then decided
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to construct a seminar room in his name. Several sponsors funded the fifth floor room. The seminar room will be a study space when unoccupied. Former OU President Vernon Alden will attend the dedication ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. in the new seminar room, said Doug Partusch, director of development at Alden Speakers at the ceremony will include Voinovich; Benoit; OU President Roderick McDavis; Scott Seaman, dean of OU libraries; and Mark Weinberg, director of the Voinovich School.
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dialogue in the improv games is made up on the spot. “Improv is very freeing,” Strauss said. “It really feels like you are putting yourself out there, and when you can make the audience laugh, it’s a wonderful feeling. When they don’t laugh, you feel like burying yourself into the ground.” Strauss’s interest in working with Second City sparked after seeing a show in Chicago with his parents at age 16. He started as an intern during a summer break from college and worked his way up after graduation. “It’s just the absolute greatest feeling in the world for me and everyone else in the company to be on stage performing with Second City,” he said. “It’s something that will never get old for me.” But his interest in comedy came long before improv, when he adopted it as a survival technique as a child. “It’s easier to stop a bully from beating you up if you can make him laugh,” he said. “He’ll be like, ‘You’re funny, man. I’ll keep you around.’ ” Strauss and the rest of the five-member cast perfect their comedic art through six hours of weekly rehearsal and performing almost every weekend. At rehearsals, they throw out original content and learn sketches pulled from the archives. These new sketches are added to the show’s everchanging running order. Each show is different and geared toward the new audience with musical interludes provided by the company’s musical director. “What’s great about a Second City show is it’s really just a blast,” Strauss said. “It’s fastpaced, funny and different from anything else that has been brought to campus.” The company performs at many colleges, but Strauss is particularly excited to come to OU. A Michigan University graduate, he sees Ohio State University as his arch rival. “When your mascot tackled OSU’s mascot, that was one of the best moments in collegiate football history,” he said. “I love you guys already.”
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