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OU alum could land job with state senator
SAMUEL HOWARD For The Post | sh335311@ohiou.edu ——— When Ohio Sen. Lou Gentile, D-30th, begins representing Athens County for the first time on Jan. 1, he may do so with the help of an Ohio University Bobcat. Steven Blalock, who graduated from OU in 2011 with a degree in political science, said his experience in Athens gave him the tools to excel as a fellow in the Legislative Service Commission, where he has worked in Gentile’s office since December 2011. After he completes his 13 months with the commission on Dec. 31, Blalock’s fellowship may translate into a fulltime job as an administrative assistant in Gentile’s Columbus office. “I had spent time abroad, and I knew I wanted to get back into American politics,” Blalock said. “I was always interested in political parties and interest groups, and there were some of these courses (at OU) that I really
Boyd Ruth walks through the Christmas trees he has for sale in his front yard. The Ruth family sells trees from home.
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Local farms offer option to chop own tree
XANDER ZELLNER For The Post | az346610@ohiou.edu ——— or Athens County residents looking to get in the holiday spirit, several Christmas-tree farms cater to those who want to cut down their own tree, in Griswold-esque fashion. For John Hutchison, the owner of a private 140-acre farm off of Worley West Road in Albany, allowing strangers to cut down their tree on his property has been a part of his business model for almost 25 years. Hutchison started out leaving three handsaws and a shovel near his mailbox so that visitors were able to chop down their own tree. All Hutchison asked was for visitors to leave $15 dollars behind as a payment. “We have an honor system at our farm,” Hutchison said. “When I first started, I put an old mailbox in the field and people would put the money in after they cut down their tree. It worked beautifully for a few years, but eventually someone started coming and cleaning out the mailbox of the money, so I put a lock on it.” Though there are some “bad apples” that take advantage of Hutchison’s business model, he said he tends to make more money than he budgets for himself each year. Hutchison attracts hundreds of buyers each year because cutting down trees is not allowed on public or private property, said Dan Perko, wildlife officer for the Ohio Department of Wildlife. “Any state-administered land is off-limits to people wanting to cut down a tree,” said Perko. “There are some private tree farms, like Hutchison’s, so people are able to do business there.” Similar to the Hutchison’s farm, Boyd Ruth, owner of Ruth’s Christmas Trees, has turned Christmas-tree selling into a family business. With three generations of Ruths literally working under the same roof, the Ruths have
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via Steven Blalock enjoyed.” Blalock’s professors said he excelled in the classroom and as a research assistant and, after he graduated, encouraged him to pursue a fellowship at the Legislative Service Commission, a nonpartisan committee that aids the Ohio General Assembly. “Dr. DeLysa Burnier recommended this opportunity to apply for the (commission),” he said. “So I decided to give it a go.” Burnier, a political sciSEE STATE SENATOR, PAGE 3
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I’ve noticed some students coming because they’re here for three weeks longer than in years past, and it’s definitely starting to make a difference. The next two weekends will be the biggest for sales among students and faculty.”
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Council members to vote on pay raise
JOSHUA JAMERSON Asst. Local Editor jj360410@ohiou.edu ——— Athens City Council members make more money than those in the cities of Oxford, Bowling Green and Kent, but a proposed ordinance would increase their salaries by another $75 to $90 each year. Two weeks after Athens City Auditor Kathy Hecht told council members that the city would have a surplus of about $3 million as the planning stages of the 2013 budget began, council members proposed an ordinance that would give a pay increase to members in office on Jan. 1, 2014. Council members currently make $7,462 a year, with the exception of Council President Jim Sands, who makes $9,282. The proposed pay increase would take effect after the November 2013 election so that, in theory, council members aren’t directly giving themselves a raise, said Councilman Jeff Risner, D-2nd Ward. If the ordinance that would give council members a raise were passed, it would put an
Green holidays can be perfect gift to nature
ANGELICA OSWALD Staff Writer | ao007510@ohiou.edu ——— The holiday season can leave a mark on wallets after dishing out dough for lights, food, presents and trees, but the price of the holidays can go much further than monetary costs. With environmentalism and sustainability on their minds, some people are trying to make the festivities more energy-efficient and eco-friendly while still maintaining holiday traditions. One of the best ways to save energy and money is to switch to LED lights, said Michelle Decker, executive director of Rural Action, a nonprofit dedicated to regional sustainable development. “LED lights have an incredibly long life, but they are a great deal more expensive,” Decker said. “What my family does is to add a new cord of lights every year, so we are switching older lights out over time.” Putting lights on a timer can also help save energy and make them last longer, Decker said. The lights being used to brighten Athens for the holidays have been switched to LED lights, said Ron Lucas, the deputy servicesafety director for the City of Athens. The lights are plugged into the top or bottom of the light poles, and due to the electrical setup, the lights stay on all day, Lucas added. “In order to turn the lights off, they would have to be unplugged separately, because it is very difficult to shut off the power to indiSEE GREEN HOLIDAYS, PAGE 3
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ATHENS CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS’ BENEFITS: - $25,000 life-insurance policy, which terminates on the member’s last day of employment. - 10 to 24 percent of their salary paid into the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. - Free parking at the city parking garage on Washington Street, where meters cost 25 cents per half-hour
end to a three-year pay freeze for those who hold the office. “Being a council member is a paid position; it is not volunteer work,” Risner said. “Since the budget is in better shape, it’s something we should do.” If there were no surplus and it appeared the city were in serious financial trouble, council would have continued the freeze, Risner said. But Risner said the proposed increase was “pretty nominal” — at least for the first few years. He said over time, the pay increase will make the office a more attractive job position for citizens to seek out, and that pay
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McDavis presents state funding plan to senators
WILL DRABOLD Staff Writer | dd195710@ohiou.edu ——— Ryan Lombardi, interim vice president for Student Affairs, was greeted by about 30 seconds of applause upon entering Student Senate Wednesday night, as senators expressed their congratulations on successfully defending his dissertation for a Doctorate of Education degree from North Carolina State University. However, Lombardi wasn’t the only administrator from Cutler Hall in attendance; Ohio University President Roderick McDavis walked into Student Senate with a smile to give an update from his recent trip to Columbus. McDavis spoke to senate about the recently proposed changes to the formula that provides State Share of Instruction funding to public universities in Ohio, which would place more emphasis on graduation rates rather than on enrollment. “Instead of looking at how many students come through the door, let’s look at how many students we graduate, how many students finish their programs,” McDavis said. “(It) creates for universities the incentive to try to find ways to help you graduate.” These changes were officially proposed to Ohio Gov. John Kasich last Friday by 12 university and college presidents. McDavis also spoke to how he believes the model better reflects the founding vision of OU. He added that the proposed changes to the formula are in line with the original vision for
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DUSTIN LENNERT | Picture Editor President Roderick McDavis addresses Student Senate in Walter Hall. McDavis spoke about a plan proposed to bring in funding based on graduation rates as opposed to enrollment numbers.
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State’s funding plan will devalue degrees
I was disappointed reading The Post’s recent editorial, “Quality, not quantity,” that supports the move by Governor Kasich and university presidents to change the way funding is allocated to state universities. The ironically titled editorial supports a proposal that would restructure the State Share of Instruction formula, in a way that would favor universities with higher graduation rates rather than enrollment. If this formula is adopted, we will certainly see an increase in the quantity of degrees being pumped out, but students will suffer from an overall decrease in the quality of their education. In his email to students, President McDavis stated that, “Governor Kasich has rightfully articulated the need for higher education to focus on degree attainment,” which indicates that Kasich is more concerned about turning universities into degree mills, rather than providing students a quality education. Inevitably, this funding model will lead the university administration to encourage grade inflation in order to ensure that students are graduating from the school. Instead of providing students with a quality education, universities will be forced to focus on getting students in and out as quickly as possible. At the same time, funding from the state going to higher education is being reduced, and tuition costs continue to soar. We should not allow the university and the state to get away with simultaneously devaluing our degrees and charging us massive amounts of tuition. While it is possible that Ohio University will benefit monetarily in the short run, this proposal will only serve to diminish the value of education in Ohio. Matthew Farmer is a junior studying political science.
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Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ humanizes a monument
Shortly after Abraham Lincoln’s final breath on the morning of April 15, 1865, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, standing over the slain leader, is supposed to have remarked that “now he belongs to the ages.” Re-creating the life and times of a man so revered in American history is certainly a difficult task, but one that Steven Spielberg’s recent film Lincoln overwhelmingly succeeds at. The film covers the final four months of Lincoln’s life and illustrates the struggle to assure passage of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of the 16th president is both sympathetic and gripping. From telling long-winded stories to make a point, something Lincoln enjoyed doing, to clashing with his oldest son Robert about the young man’s wish to join the Union Army, Day-Lewis’ depiction does not disappoint. In fact, this film solidifies the method actor’s place as one of the great performers of his generation. The movie also benefits from solid supporting roles from Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field among others. Performances aside, what makes Spielberg’s Lincoln so compelling is that it reminds us just what was at stake during the American Civil War: the United States of America and “the fate of human dignity.” Early on filmgoers are treated to Lincoln justifying to his cabinet just why the 13th Amendment is so critical. The war is in its final stages and Union victory is almost certain. The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 was a wartime measure and would most likely be deemed unconstitutional when the war ended. In order to prevent the South from continuing on with slavery once hostilities ceased, a constitutional amendment was necessary. The conundrum facing the president is whether to push forward in support of the amendment or engage in immediate peace talks with confederate negotiators. Throughout the film, Lincoln is repeatedly advised to abandon the amendment and seek peace, but he demurs. During an impassioned defense of his desire to earn enough votes for passage he clearly articulates the magnitude of what his administration is trying to accomplish, “abolishing slavery by constitutional provision settles the fate for all coming time, not only of the millions now in bondage, but of unborn millions to come.” Ultimately, Spielberg’s greatest achievement is that he humanizes Abraham Lincoln, an historic figure known only as a monument to many. Through scenes of the president tending to his youngest son, Tad, to Lincoln wandering the halls of the White House late into the night contemplating the momentous decisions before him, moviegoers earn a sense of the man and the challenges he faced. This film will be remembered as one of the best cinematic portrayals of United States history. You should go see it! Matt Jacobs is a graduate student studying history.
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Making resolutions for a new food year
Dear Baby New Year, This year was an alright year in my book. I didn’t do anything completely amazing, but I got through it. I know typically I am not one to make these resolutions simply because I typically stop following through with them around the second weekend of January. However, for next year I would like to make a change for the better. Not with resolutions, but with “food-olutions.” Food-olution No. 1: I’ve heard of this great mystical creation that many have been calling the food pyramid. I think I should probably try that out. I’d like to be able to say that I eat the proper amount of servings of each food group most days. At the moment, I can’t even remember the last time I had fruit. Unless strawberry Jell-O counts as a fruit, but I’m almost certain it doesn’t. Food-olution No. 2: When I was younger, my mom used to decide what dinner would be in the morning and then when we got home it would magically be made. As I’ve grown older I have realized it wasn’t magic — it was a slow cooker. My roommates and I have a slow cooker, maybe two, and none of us have used it once. I want to make more crock pot meals so when I come home from a long day of class, all I have to do is reach in and grab some pot roast. Food-olution No. 3: These people on Extreme Couponers spend about five cents on groceries for the entire month and I’m spending hundreds of dollars. Clearly there is something I’m doing wrong. I, however, have a leg up on the competition in that my mom is becoming an extreme couponer. She may not be TLC-ready, but she spent five cents on $25 worth of groceries. After the break, with her help and the 60 coupons I have already started collecting, I should be ready to go. Food-olution No. 4: My pallet needs to be expanded. Really expanded, not just trying-new-cheese-expanded, but trying new food. I have never had organic food, and it’s healthier so I feel like it should be worth a try. I’ve also just recently tried stuffed-pepper soup. I didn’t think I’d like peppers because I never had them. They were amazing! I need to stop being so picky and try new things. Food-olution No. 5: This time next year, I will be living in the real world and I want to be able to host Thanksgiving dinner at my place. I want to make everything from scratch and I want everything to go smoothly. From past experience, my kitchen experiences are more hectic than smooth, so I will probably have to have some amazing backup plan, like buttered noodles. Food-olution No. 6: My final food-olu-
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tion is to not catch anything on fire, waste an entire meal, forget the main ingredient in a meal or give myself food poisoning. All of these things I somehow managed to do — not in a year, but in a semester. I have learned from my mistakes and would really like to make this my top priority. Food-wise, this was not an incredibly awful year. I had more successes than fails in the kitchen and I was able to try a few new recipes. While I did cave and bribe some freshmen to take me to the dining hall a few times, I survived. Now it’s time for break, which means it is time for food back home. I hope my mom, Raising Canes, Texas Roadhouse, Steak ‘N Shake and Fazoli’s are ready for me. Love, Mesha Mesha Baylis-Blalock is a senior studying journalism at Ohio University, a novice cook and a columnist for The Post. Tell her about your own food-olutions at mb345109@ohiou.edu.
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GWEN TITLEY | Director of Photography (Left to right) Boyd, Jack and Trevor Ruth, stand in front of the sign advertising their Christmas-tree business. The Ruth farm has been in the family since 1951. Boyd started selling Christmas trees in 1986.
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been selling Christmas trees from their house for 25 years. Ruth hopes to sell trees to some OU students before winter break. “We advertised in (The Post) for the first time this year because we’re hoping to catch some of the students in houses and apartments,” Ruth said. “We’re anticipating a little more sales because of (the change to semesters).” In the past, Ruth said he has sold trees to some graduate and international students staying on campus over break, but this year undergraduate students have be-
come a focus. “I’ve noticed some students coming because they’re here for three weeks longer than in years past, and it’s definitely starting to make a difference,” he said. “I’ve seen some pickup. The next two weekends will be the biggest for sales among students and faculty.” However, for Jake Prokopchak, a junior studying engineering and technology management, and his four roommates, a fake Christmas tree was the right choice for them. “We have a six-foot-tall tree in our house that has some decorated lights on it,” Prokopchak said.
“We also put some empty beer boxes underneath to make it look like presents.” Though there are several Christmas-tree farms in Athens and surrounding counties, Prokopchak found his plastic tree online. “We were just up late one night and looking at trees online, and since it was only $30 we thought, ‘why not?’ ” he said. “Since it’s fake, we definitely plan on using it next year too.” Ruth’s Christmas Trees is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Christmas Eve. The trees range from $4 to $8 for each foot of height.
vidual light poles,” he said. The lights draw little energy, but it is hard to estimate how much money the lights end up costing, Lucas said. “It is difficult to discern what is being billed for the Court Street lights because the bills are not broken into specific areas or individual poles,” he said. “Based on our estimates, it looks like there is an additional $40 of cost to our Court Street-area lighting during the month of December.” Aside from switching to LED lights, Athens can help promote a more sustainable holiday season by promoting local goods to students and residents, said Philip Wight, a resident of the Ohio University Ecohouse and a master’s student studying environmental history with a consumerism focus. “A problem with this time of year is that it’s very consumeristdriven,” Wight said. “Obviously the greenest option for gift giving is not buying anything, but I
think the most important thing you can do is be creative.” Shopping in thrift stores, giving family heirlooms, buying locally made products or giving someone an experience they’ll remember forever are better for the environment, and they mean more, Wight said. “Ultimately though, the greenest good is the good that lasts longer,” Wight said. “Some things can last forever if you take care of them.” Rather than purchasing wrapping paper, people can use reusable bags, shopping bags or newspapers to wrap presents, helping them to save money and be more eco-friendly, Decker added. Christmas trees are important to a lot of people, but the type of tree used can affect the environment, said Megan Chapman, a master’s student studying environmental studies. “Plastic trees will probably end up in a landfill, but with real trees, there are options available such as compost-exchange programs or replanting if you have a backmembers’ salaries are paid into the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, said Claudia Reagan, the city’s human resource director. Members are not awarded their retirement benefit once they stop working — they have to apply through the retirement system. When on official city business, council members may park for free at the garage on Washington Street, but the city doesn’t keep track of how much it costs to continue the practice, Reagan said. The standard cost at the garage is 25 cents per half-hour except on Sundays and holidays. Council members also receive a life insurance benefit of $25,000, which begins the day employment starts and ends on the employee’s last day of employment, Reagan said. If a pay raise took effect, Reagan said those benefits would be “Nobody picks up a brick and keeps it as a keepsake if this is not a special place,” McDavis said. McDavis addressed a question from at large Senator Drew Hudson concerning how OU’s graduation would fit into the proposed funding formula, saying he was “cautiously optimistic” that the
GREEN HOLIDAY TIPS
REAL TREES
Real trees are more eco-friendly than fake trees. True pines, evergreens or firs can be composted after use, whereas fake trees will eventually end up in a landfill.
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Recycle newspaper, old wrapping paper or shopping bags to wrap your gifts this year.
LED LIGHTS
Swap your string of lights for LED lights. They last longer and use less energy. A 150-light string runs about $22 at Wal-Mart.
yard,” Chapman said. For Athens residents who use real trees, the City of Athens does a curb collection to gather them after the holidays. In the end, though, the holiday season isn’t about the lights, presents or trees, Chapman said. “Holidays are being with the people you love and giving thanks that you have the ability to live life the way you want to,” she said. “If, at some point, you can take a break and see what it means to you, you’ll recognize that it would be easy to go green.” unchanged. Council members deserve a raise to reflect inflation, said Councilman Kent Butler, D-1st Ward, who added that council members have had the same salary since they voted to freeze their wages in 2009. “At the time, we were worried about some grave fiscal issues, and it made complete sense,” Butler said at a public hearing last month. “So I see merit in a new one percent raise in the future because of the (increased) cost of living.” Risner said he doesn’t know what he’ll do with the extra money if he were to decide to run and be re-elected, but did say he’d be worth the extra cost. “Each city has to decide what it likes and how it treats its council members,” he said. “Are council members worth an extra $75 a year? Yeah, I think we are.” changes will benefit OU. Student Senate President Zach George expressed his thanks to McDavis for coming to a Student Senate meeting Fall Semester, adding that he hopes McDavis will come next semester as well — a suggestion McDavis mentioned himself.
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ence professor, said Blalock was one of the best students she’s had in 25 years of teaching and added she felt confident he would be accepted into the fellowship. Shortly after joining the commission, Blalock was assigned to Gentile’s office to work with lobbyists, interest groups and constituents in the 30th District — a job he is wellsuited to hold, Burnier said. “He is an excellent person to have work with constituents,” Burnier said. “He knows how to listen to people and how to communicate in a way that gets the point across.” Although Gentile cannot officially hire Blalock until he
completes his fellowship on Dec. 31, the Ohio senator said Blalock is a strong candidate to become his newest administrative assistant. “Steven is very well-rounded,” Gentile said. “He’s got a large amount of talent, and we’d like to retain that.” Blalock’s connection to Athens has proved to be particularly valuable, Gentile said. “Steven understands the culture and the university,” he said. “He keeps me plugged in to what is going on (in Athens).” If he becomes Gentile’s newest administrative assistant, Blalock said he would cultivate his connections with Athens even more. “I want to stay on with Gentile, and stay with the agenda to make sure he is in and around
Athens and all of the new district,” he said. Whether or not Gentile hires him, though, Blalock has the ability to have a successful career in politics, Burnier said. “He’s the kind of person you can send out to research an issue, and he will come back with an incredibly wellresearched and organized report for an elected official,” she said. “He has superior writing and research skills that are invaluable.” Hard work, though, is most important when trying to move up in the world of politics, Blalock said. “You need to work really hard, because people notice what you do and what you don’t do,” he said. “It’s vital to take note of that.”
increase every year is a “worthwhile investment.” Six council members are in support of the pay increase ordinance, with Councilman Elahu Gosney, D-At Large, opting to keep the pay freeze in effect, said Council President Jim Sands, who also supports the ordinance. “It’s not an amount that any of us are going to think much about. We don’t want to make a significant impact on the city finances,” Sands said. “We’re discussing all the time our employees’ increases, and it maybe seems a little strange for us not to take anything.” In addition to their salaries, council members get certain perks and benefits. As employees of the city, 10 to 24 percent of the council
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OU, dating back to the 1700s. McDavis said he was personally transformed by his undergraduate experience at OU and strives to transform students as its president.
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International students bring hoops passion
JACOB DESMIT For The Post | jd202409@ohiou.edu ——— Far from their families, but closer to the basketball superstars they admire, many of Ohio’s Chinese students feel at home playing on the hardwood courts of Ping Recreational Center. Xinyi Du, a senior studying in the College of Business, plays basketball as a way to ease his mind from the pressures of class. He said the high level of competition he finds on the court is what brings him to Ping at least twice a week. Growing up in Guangzhou, China, Du was a fan of the Houston Rockets’ Tracy McGrady, a former star in the NBA who played alongside China’s most celebrated basketball icon, Yao Ming, from 2004–2010. The NBA is seen as the most prestigious level of play in China, where the sport has been recognized as a national pastime since 1935. According to the NBA, an estimated 300 million people — a figure close to the entire population of the United States — play basketball in China. Among many students in China, the popularity of the sport reaches its apex when they are in middle school and high school. Dongchen Song, a junior studying business management, said the way in which the game can involve anywhere from one to ten players helps make basketball a favorite with the younger crowd. “The way that basketball can be played, with a group through teamwork, or by yourself, is what I think makes it such a popular game in China,” Song said. Jie Tang, a sophomore also studying business, plays pickup ball on a daily basis. Having learned to play at the age of five, he plays at Ping to hone the skills and techniques that he has learned from watching the professional game of American players like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. Tang said that while there are a lot of people who play basketball in China, the sport takes on a more recreational role in Chinese culture because of its popularity. “For Americans, if you can play basketball or football well, you can make money from it,” Tang said. “In China, the population is so large that it’s much harder to do that.” The Chinese Basketball Association, created in 1995, exists as a way for players to play at a professional level in China. However, the games in the CBA are not nearly as intense as those of its American counterpart. Zuopin Qin, a sophomore studying
For Americans, if you can play basketball or football well, you can make money from it. In China, the population is so large that it’s much harder to do that.”
JIE TANG, SOPHOMORE STUDYING BUSINESS
communications, said that the CBA is almost an afterthought in China because of the dominating prominence of the NBA. “A lot of people in China are more interested in the NBA than the CBA,” Qin said. “The NBA is the one that has the best players.” The difference in style isn’t confined to the professional level. Tang said that the way that American students play, often focusing more on a single, powerful player making moves to the basket rather than making plays through passing and teamwork, can be disadvantageous to his Chinese peers because of size differences. Despite that hurdle, the passion that these Ohio students have for basketball hasn’t faded. Though they spend a fair amount of their time out of class studying — between two and three hours a day — making time to watch or play the game they love is a top priority.
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Xinyi Du drives past Jie Tang on his way to scoring a layup. Du, a senior in the College of Business, plays pick-up basketball at Ping on a biweekly basis.
Hell Betties shred in Athens County
JACOB DESMIT For The Post | jd202409@ohiou.edu ——— While the looming winter weather has forced many students to bundle up, a small contingent of women have been working up a sweat in Nelsonville in preparation for the coming roller derby season. The Appalachian Hell Betties have begun preparing for their 2013 season by holding weekly informal practice sessions on Sunday and Tuesday evenings in Dow’s Rollarena in Nelsonville. In January, the team will also hold a set of clinics and a tryout for prospective recruits. Started in 2010 by Jessica Beckford, the Hell Betties have slowly become a local favorite among Athens County residents. After packing a thawed Bird Arena with roller derby fans from around the area during one of last summer’s bouts, the Hell Betties are now looking to match their gradual growth in popularity with an expanded roster. Loran Marsan, an Athens resident and Ohio University professor teaching women’s and gender studies, has been with the team since October 2011. She said that the Hell Betties are setting the bar low for new recruits in order to promote women with a passion — or even curiosity — for the game to join. “They don’t even have to know how to skate to get into (the Hell Betties),” Marsan said. “If they’re dedicated and want to try, we definitely want to have space for these players on the team.” The Hell Betties will look to strike another deal with Ohio
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Judith “Dame Von Pain” Winner laces up for roller derby practice.
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Members of the Marching 110 perform “Gangnam Style” during halftime at Peden Stadium. The YouTube video of the Sept. 22 performance garnered more than 1,000,000 views.
OU alumni, Office of Annual Giving hope for new 110 gear
JILLIAN BLOEMER For The Post | jb351009@ohiou.edu ——— For the past 14 years, Ohio University’s marching band members have been playing and dancing their way to viral videos and national recognition in uniforms purchased in 1998. OU’s Office of Annual Giving is hoping the Marching 110 will be marching in new style soon, having promoted a fundraiser for new uniforms since 2011, said Jennifer Bowie, executive director of development. “We’re working with alumni and friends to help fund this project. Historically, they’ve been very supportive through private giving,” she said, adding that the current uniforms were paid for through private giving. After 14 years of performances, the band’s uniforms are showing obvious signs of wear and tear, according to Annual Giving. Trevor Patton, a junior studying journalism, first year band member and previous OU cheerleader, said he feels it is important to represent the university well. “We work just as hard as the guys and gals on the sports teams, just in our own regards. We deserve to be able to put on a presentable uniform to be proud of while playing and marching our best for old Ohio,” Patton said. According to Patton, his uniform is currently off-color, has bloodstains down the front and the trim is frayed. Junior Gretchen Kessler, a three-year mellophone player in the band studying theater performance and video production, has had similar problems with her uniform. After a hiccup at the drycleaners last year, she said her uniform was returned with the pull-tab missing, so for the remainder of the season, it had to be sewn into her uniform before each performance. The current uniforms have been worn more than 300 times and dry-cleaned more than 50. In October, the Marching 110 performed in front of the president of the United States during his visit to Athens. “We were representing Ohio University in those uniforms. It would just be rewarding if the state of our uniforms could match the caliber of excellence with which we perform,” Kessler said. In addition to uniforms, the university does not fund trips like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Private donations and out-ofpocket money fund the band’s participation in those events. “Alumni love the 110 and love to come out and support it. We like to do anything we can do to supplement the university funds,” Bowie said. Band members pay close to $500 in fees throughout the year. Some of those fees include dry-cleaning expenses, shorts and shirts to wear underneath the uniform, white gloves, spats and the band jacket. “Although the band jacket is not required, it’s probably the most recognizable aspect of the 110 attire, so most everyone buys it,” Patton said Some aspects of the band are university-funded. According to Bowie, the band just purchased new instruments with $300,000 from the university. Additionally, the university has funded the purchasing of a few uniforms in absolute need of replacing. Annual Giving’s goal is to raise $175,000 for a full set of new uniforms. Currently the university has raised $48,000. “I feel very confident we will be able to raise the necessary amount of money to fund an entire set of new uniforms. We have a great support system through the Bobcat family,” Bowie said.
men’s hockey head coach and Bird Arena director Dan Morris to rent and convert the rink for upcoming practices and bouts. The venue, a drastic improvement over the limitations of the aging Dow’s, proved beneficial for the team last season. Morris, who estimated last season’s price tag for renting Bird at “between $6,000 and $7,000,” said that he is interested in hosting the Hell Betties for their next season because it provides him an opportunity to support something important to Athens County. “When the Hell Betties are here, students are not, so their reach is entirely to the community and they do a great job with it,” Morris said. To pay the fee for using Bird Arena, the team holds fundraisers, said Corina Hurley, who joined the team last March. This year’s fundraiser is still in its early planning stages. Halfway through January — the exact dates are yet to be decided — the Hell Betties will host four “Fresh Meat Clinics.” These meetings will provide interested newcomers an opportunity to learn the rules and
requirements of roller derby, as well as an introduction to some of the sport’s basic skills. Following these clinics will be team tryouts, where women of all ages can come and attempt to earn a spot on the roster. Marsan said new recruits “may or may not be tested on limited skill sets taught in the clinics.” Membership on the team carries a $20 price tag, which helps to cover renting practice space. Sallie Sauber, an Athens resident and 1991 OU graduate in communications, first became a fan of the Hell Betties after watching a home bout last June. She had been learning the ins and outs of roller derby this past summer, and is working to become a member in January. She said that while she has had difficulty keeping up with the younger “spring chickens” on the team at age 43, the experience has been rewarding up to this point. “Everybody on the team has each others’ backs,” Sauber said. “It’s empowering, encouraging and it’s a place that I’ve never been before — it’s nice to have that experience and sisterhood in my life.”
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BRANDON CARTE For The Post | bc822010@ohiou.edu ——— An Ohio University student and three of his or her friends have a chance to get free tickets, airfare, hotel rooms and some spending money for the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl. AdvoCare, the bowl game’s primary sponsor, is offering a trip to the game for fans who create the winning video explaining why their university’s mascot is a champion. “We are having the contest to provide students with an opportunity to attend the game and support their school,” said Allison Levy, general counsel for AdvoCare International LP . “AdvoCare’s tagline is ‘We Build Champions,’ and we want to know what makes your school and mascot a champion.” The winner will get four tickets to the bowl game, two hotel rooms for Dec. 27-29 and $250 credit per room that can be spent at the hotel. Winners will also be invited to the AdvoCare Jazz Brunch on game day. “The contest is open to all students and fans of OU and ULM and all participants must be 18 years of age or older,” Levy said. According to the contest rules, the video must be “family friendly” and be no longer than two minutes. Submissions must be emailed by Dec. 16. Richard Wright, president and CEO for AdvoCare, said in a news release that the company is always looking for unique ways to get students and fans involved. “We at AdvoCare are looking forward to an exciting game on Dec. 28 and know that fans from both schools will provide fun and creative videos,” he said. The winner of the contest will be notified by Dec. 19 and his or her winning video will be posted on AdvoCare’s Facebook page and website. For more info visit AdvoCare. com/company/sponsorship/ IBowl.
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JIM RYAN Asst. Sports Editor jr992810@ohiou.edu ——— Ohio waited until Thursday morning to make a return flight from Memphis. It was probably a good thing, as the Bobcats couldn’t have handled much more turbulence than they experienced in their blowout loss to the Tigers Wednesday. Memphis (5-2) cruised to an 84-58 win, handing the Bobcats (6-2) their worst loss since falling to Kansas by 57 in the 2010 Las Vegas Invitational. The loss was the Bobcats’ second straight, and marked the first time since 2010 they had been defeated twice in a row in nonconference play. Ohio led by as much as six early in the game before allowing its opponent to mount a 24-16 run to end the opening half, complete with a stretch in which it did not score for more than four minutes. Ohio coach Jim Christian said he thought the Bobcats were playing smart leading into the stretch, but turnovers did them in from that point on. “If you let them become confident by turning the ball over in the open floor leading to layups and dunks, they’re going to look pretty good,” he said. And boy, did the Tigers look good. Memphis junior guard Geron Johnson exploded for 21 points on eight-of-11 shooting. His partner in crime, freshman forward Shaq Goodwin, had 20 points and nine rebounds. The duo had averaged a cumulative 14 points in the Tigers’ previous six games. The tale of the tape favored Memphis in every category except for foul shooting, as the Tigers feasted off Ohio turnovers to connect on more than 50 percent of their field goal attempts. Memphis converted Ohio’s 17 turnovers into 23 points, while Ohio cashed in only four points on the Tigers’ nine mishandles. The Tigers’ real damage was done in the paint, where they put up 48 points — more than double Ohio’s output down low. They also had 17 secondchance points as a result of 11 offensive rebounds. Ohio redshirt junior forward Jon Smith was the Bobcats’ most efficient offensive threat, as he drained four of his six attempts from the floor in a 12-point, seven rebound performance. Fellow big man Reggie Keely, a senior forward, was largely ineffective, totaling four points and as many rebounds in 17 minutes. Christian sang the praises for Smith, who has been stalwart for the Bobcats this season. “Jon is the most solid guy on our team,” he said. Ohio senior guard D.J. Cooper had his sixth-straight game with 10 or more points, but was not at his best in terms of distribution, as he had only four fruitful dishes. He finished with 19 points. Smith said heading into the game that the Bobcats would be judged nationally for their performance against Memphis — their most high-profile nonconference opponent. There’s no doubt a fair amount had little hesitation jumping off the Ohio bandwagon judging on what they saw Wednesday. However, for Christian and company, everything goes on like business as usual heading into a game against Oakland Saturday. “Every game is going to be big, and we have to make sure we continue to get better,” Christian said.
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Ohio guard D.J. Cooper drives to the basket past Robert Morris defender Velton Jones. The Ohio Bobcats were defeated Dec. 1 by the Robert Morris Colonials at the Sewall Center in Moon Township, Penn. The ’Cats lost their second game in a row Wednesday in Memphis.
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Winter brings a host of seasonal beverages perennially enjoyed by Athens residents and OU students alike in stores, at home and at the bars.
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With more than 60 breweries operating in the state, some point to Ohio as a national leader in holiday-inspired ale. Local brewers and bartenders say they don’t expect an upsurge in Christmastime attendance, but they’re hoping this year’s quarters-to-semesters change will get Ohio University students into the holiday spirit. Among the many winter ales brewed in the Buckeye State, Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Christmas Ale tops just about every list of best holiday beers in the nation. Made with a mix of smooth honey and spicy ginger and cinnamon and brewed with Hallertau and Cascade hops for a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, Great Lakes calls it “the yuletide merrymaker.” Only available in November and December, it’s the drink that distributors cannot keep on the shelves. “We started brewing it around 1992, and around that time, the craft beer scene was pretty new,” said Marissa DeSantis, communications assistant for Great Lakes Brewing Company. “It’s become part of people’s traditions.” Jackie Siekmann, media and government relations manager of Kroger’s Columbus division, said the state’s top-selling holiday ales include Sam Adams’ Winter Lager and White Christmas, Here’s to Beer, Leinenkugel’s Fireside Nut Brown, Akron-based Thirsty Dog Brewing Company’s Twisted Kilt Scotch Ale, Columbus’ Elevator Winter Warmer and Woodchuck Draft Amber Cider — all ranging from $8 to $15 per six-pack. But the hands-down best-selling beer for this time of the year, she said, is Great Lakes Christmas Ale, $12 for a six-pack. “People will call our stores ahead of time to see when it’s coming in, and when it does come in, it flies off the shelf,” she said. Skye Milliken, manager of Bella Vino, said the store orders 30 cases when the popular ale is initially shipped during the second week of November, but the entire stock is sold out in one day. After the first week, Bella Vino will only order about five to 10 cases per week, Milliken said, because that’s the most available. “Great Lakes Christmas Ale and some other Christmas beers shoot up sales for microbrews the minute they come out,” she said. “People wait for them to come in, and I have noticed a lot of those people are students.” Other popular sellers at Bella Vino during the holidays are Anderson Valley Brewing Company Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale, $9.99, and Thirsty Dog Brewing Company’s 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale, also $9.99. Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, based in Northeast Ohio, is also often named on best holiday beer lists with its Twisted Kilt and 12 Dogs of Christmas ales. Though Twisted Kilt is available year-round, 12 Dogs of Christmas is a seasonal brew, made with honey, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and “Santa’s secret recipe,” its website states. Brad Wharton, owner of Broney’s Alumni Grill, calls 12 Dogs of Christmas his favorite holiday ale. The most requested, however, is Great Lakes Christmas Ale, which Broney’s doesn’t sell. “It will be different this year because the students will actually be here, but I don’t anticipate it being much different than previous years,” he said. “I know that Christmas Eve is a big night to go out, but that’s not really how it is here. In Athens, most (bars) are closed on Christmas Eve.” Among the handful of Christmas ales that Casa Nueva Restaurant &
Cantina offers, ranging from $3.25 to $6.50, Great Lakes Christmas Ale is the most popular, said Greg Lyle, cantina coordinator, and the only one they have on draft. This year, the bar ordered 20 kegs of the popular beverage. Casa Cantina honors Ohio beers Thursday through Saturday nights each week. It offers deals on brews from Northeast Ohio, Central Ohio and Southeast Ohio on each respective night, Lyle said. “It’s weird to see student rental houses decorated,” he said. “But (the holidays) have always been about the townspeople and people who are away at different colleges and coming back. It’s usually a lot slower, and the townspeople like that, having their town back.” Brad Clark, brewer at Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, said the holidays are a busy time for bars because people from out of town are looking for something to do, and Athens residents, he added, are looking for ways to get their guests out of the house. Of the 38 tap lines at the Jackie O’s bar, Clark said there are a number of winter stouts, seasonal holiday beers from other breweries and more spiced Christmas ales offered. The winter stouts are dark beers made with malt, hops, water and yeast. They’re known for having a potent flavor. Among the winter stouts offered at Jackie O’s are Java the Stout; Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sweet Chocolate Love, an oatmeal, chocolate milk stout; Cinnamama, a cinnamon spice India Pale Ale; and an unnamed stout brewed with walnuts, cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar, pumpkin and butternut squash. Clark said he likes to switch up the stouts often, but that they sell equally for $4 a pint. He said though it isn’t offered at the bar, his favorite holiday beer is Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, a red ale heavy in hops. “I think many people get excited to be with their families during the holidays, and beer brings people together,” DeSantis said.
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SPICED WINE
I’m an Arbor Mist girl; if I’m at a party on any given day about 11 months out of the year, that’s probably what I’m drinking. But get me to December, and I’m all about spiced wine. The citrusy, cinnamony taste, set off with a little bit of a brandy kick, is good enough, but warming that all up is pure genius. You know, scratch December — I’d drink spiced wine year-round. —Rebecca McKinsey, Managing Editor
GLÖGG
It’s my understanding that Glögg (“glug”) is synonymous with Christmastime in Sweden. I discovered the beverage with my good friend Zach Poulson (of Swedish descent) at a family party in Erie, Penn. The skinny: It makes you happy, keeps you warm and puts you to bed — so mix to taste. Ingredients often include: port wine, bourbon whiskey, white rum, cardamom pods, a cinnamon stick, cloves, orange peels, cheesecloth, white sugar, dark raisins and almonds. So cheers with a “skål” (“skoll”), and enjoy a winter’s warm embrace with kith and kin. It’ll knock you on your keister whether you drink it fast or slow, so, have at it, slugger. —Pat Holmes, Editor-in-Chief
IRISH WINTER
In my family, whiskey sits on the same tier as food at holiday gatherings. It’s a tradition that was inaugurated the year my grandma mistakenly prepped our Thanksgiving turkey a week early and snubbed her nose at the idea of basting the parched bird. Adding the libation to our menu whet our appetites in ways weekold white meat couldn’t, which in turn gave it tenured reign over future holiday cocktails. Though many of my relatives enjoy the beverage on the rocks, I prefer an Irish Winter, which in my book, is the favored brethren of the Irish Coffee. With one part Kahlua Coffee Cream, one or five parts Jameson Irish Whiskey, strong coffee and whipped cream for garnish it’s not likely you’ll be disappointed with the result. —Sarah Grothjan, Asst. Culture Editor
GREAT LAKES CHRISTMAS ALE
Every year, one beverage seems to disappear from Athens shelves faster than any other — Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Its magical blend of Christmas-y flavors stands out even among the thousands of other holiday beers available as the season approaches. Unfortunately, because it’s so good, it can be hard to find in Southeast Ohio, turning a simple shopping trip into an all-out war for the most incredible winter warmer. It’s all worth it though. One sip of the spiced, flavorful ale and you’ll nearly forget that winter is coming. —Joe Fox, Associate Editor
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