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Students turn Super Bowl into learning venture

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Eight Sport Management Alliance members volunteer in New Orleans By Noah Jones Reporter

After a weekend full of late nights, early mornings and a roller coaster of surprises and stressful situations, eight students from the Sport Management Alliance returned from volunteering in New Orleans over Super Bowl weekend. Hunter Haas, vice president of the SMA, said the idea to volunteer began when he sent out several emails to find something for the SMA to do. “It started back in the fall,” Haas said. “I wanted to give back to the University and the program because I got so much from the sports management program. I sent some random emails out to people who worked with the Super Bowl, and they wrote back and said ‘If you can get here, we’ve got a spot for you.’” The group volunteered at events such as the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl Saturday, where they took care of celebrities as talent handlers. “As talent handlers, basically we said ‘Hey, here is your bag, we have to go to the blue carpet — which is basically like red carpet — to take pictures, here’s food and your family is over here.’” said senior Josiah Blevins. After seeing superstars such as Peyton Manning, Eddie George, Lil Wayne, Terrell Owens and Tom Arnold at the event, Blevins said he couldn’t help but think to himself, “I shouldn’t be here.” The coolest event, the eight unanimously agreed, was the Beach Bowl. “Working the Beach Bowl was a pretty unbelievable experience. We got to work along side a lot of celebrities so that was a pretty once in a lifetime opportunity,” Haas said. The experience the students had will be remembered for a life time, and helped them realize what their future could hold, Haas said. “It helped open our eyes up to what we could be doing in our future, and how much work we will have to put in if we plan an event as big as the Super

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CORY HUBER, junior, member of Pi Kappa Phi, poses with his bicycle outside his fraternity house. He will ride across the country this summer for Journey of Hope.

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90 fraternity members to bike across country for disability awareness during summer By Geoff Burns Reporter

Instead of a summer job or an internship, junior Cory Huber will be spending his summer break bicycling across the country. Huber and 90 fellow fraternity members from Pi Kappa Phi will be embarking on a 3,900 mile voyage to raise awareness for people with disabilities. The annual event, called “Journey of Hope,” is hosted by the non-profit organization known as Push America, which was founded by the fraternity and held its first official journey in 1988.

The event consists of three different routes They are the TransAmerica route, starting in Seattle, a north route in San Francisco, which also goes through Toledo and a south route in Long Beach, Calif. Each route, consisting of 30-35 riders each, will finish the 64-day journey on Aug. 10 together in Washington D.C. Each member will find out which route they are taking in March. Each member individually is required to raise $5,500 before

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Canvas 101 | How it will affect students

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Training specialist outlines attractive features of future web portal By Tyler Buchanan In Focus Editor

As the University looks to fully transition to using Canvas as a web portal, Training Specialist James Tyree helps teach beginner and advanced courses on the basics of Canvas and its various features. Nearly half of all classes on campus already utilize Canvas, while all classes will eventually be switched over by January of 2014. Tyree outlines five ways that make Canvas an improvement over the current Blackboard web portal, for both instructors and students on campus. MOLLY MCFADDIN | THE BG NEWS

ANDREW ART, freshman, reads “Letters from a Werewolf” during Poetry Night in Prout Chapel on Tuesday. The event was hosted by Sigma Tau Delta.

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Student Engagement Professors are able to better interact with students through Canvas, Tyree said. Instructors can more efficiently send out reminders and emails through the new system, as Canvas gives the opportunity to sort a course’s students into different categories. For example, if a professor wants to send out a notification to only struggling students, the new portal will automatically sort the message sending to those with particular class grade. Instructors can also use webcams and media to upload video or audio messages to more personally relay information directly to students, Tyree said.

This “increases the engagement in class,” Tyree said, because students can receive quicker and more direct feedback from their professors. Even in a large class setting, the individualized communication online helps the student be more involved in their coursework, he added.

2. Notification The messaging system itself is more efficient on Canvas, Tyree said. Students will receive notifications when teachers want to send reminders and other messages to their class, but this is not limited to just email.

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BOWL From Page 1 Bowl,” sophomore Shaun Higgins said. The SMA Super Bowl volunteers’ hotel was about a half hour from the New Orleans, which the group toured after their 14-hour drive to Louisiana, Blevins said. The group was able to visit Bourbon Street, the French Quarter and saw all of the ESPN sets, he said. As the group walked down the historic New Orleans sites, they saw tons of celebrities and sports stars.

“We saw Wade Phillips, the defensive coordinator of the [Houston] Texans. He saw us awkwardly taking pictures of him in a restaurant from outside, and he waved us in and talked to us and took a picture,” Blevins said. “It was a good first day.” Higgins said every inch of the city pertained to the Super Bowl. “To be able to see how a city transforms for an event like that and how much planning goes into the Super Bowl was really pretty eye opening,” Higgins said. There were nearly 75 applicants for the trip and Haas said professors

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helped narrow the search down by interviewing students. “All we had to pay for was the hotel and the gas to get down there,” Haas said. Higgins said the Sport Management department played a huge role in the success of this trip. “[This trip] wouldn’t have been possible with out the great faculty in the program. They were really supportive with the interviews and offering advice and help,” Haas said. Sophomore Loren Branch said the whole experience was fantastic. “You can’t go wrong with the Super Bowl,” he said.

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Bookstore offers new t-shirt design website

By Amber Petkosek Reporter

Having the perfect shirt design can help spread the word around campus about different events and ideas. The University Bookstore has recently started their own website with the company Promoversity called Fa lc on sB yDesig n.c om where students, departments and organizations can design t-shirts and other accessories for their group. The website is an expansion of a program the Universit y Bookstore offered previously. “It’s so new there isn’t much of a pattern yet, but I think it will be popular with organizations,” said Jeffrey Nelson, the Universit y Bookstore Director. Despite being a new program, it is gaining popularity on campus. “Within the first week we got out first order from a sorority,” Nelson said. The shirts some of the student workers in the bookstore wear were designed using the program as well. “We ordered the staff shirts to test the program,” said Wendy Schortgen, the merchandise manager for the bookstore. The website is being

advertised to students, staff and organizations in different ways. “We have a banner on our website,” Nelson said. “We will be sending out flyers and contacting the head of different organizations.” Senior Paris Osborne said that while she wouldn’t use the program for herself, she knows of bigger groups that may. “I’m part of an organization that might look into using it,” she said. The website offers more design options than just t-shirts for organizations. “It can be anything; it’s not just clothing,” Nelson said. “There is a wide range of things: blankets, pens, pencils.” Schortgen said the designs are not limited to Bowling Green or University-themed items. “You can upload your own logo to the website, and they have clip art and word art,” she said. Nelson said the bookstore made sure the University logos were available for those who want them. The Bookstore has worked out a promo with the company to help Dance Marathon. “The company agreed to give 10 percent back to Dance Marathon on

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DAJON MINGO skates past two Lake Superior State defenders to get the puck. The Falcons swept the Lakers, marking the first time that they swept a conference opponent since November 2008.

LAST HURRAH AT HOME Hockey prepares for weekend series with playoff status on the line against Northern Michigan

By Ryan Satkowiak Senior Reporter

The BG hockey team can potentially clinch a first-round home playoff series this weekend. The Falcons sit at eighth place in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings, the lowest possible seed to have a first round series at home. They are five points ahead of ninth-place Northern Michigan, this weekend’s opponent. Should the Falcons sweep Northern Michigan this weekend, BG would mathematically clinch a first round home playoff series. The Falcons are six points ahead of 10th place Michigan. The Wolverines would need to win

out and have BG finish, at best, 2-2 during the final four games to force a tiebreaker scenario. Even then, BG would own the tiebreaker with a better conference winning percentage. “It’s a good position to be in,” said BG head coach Chris Bergeron. “We’ve put ourselves in a good spot with our results in the second half. “We’ve talked a little bit about playoff mentality [in terms of] not taking tomorrow for granted, but we’re not trying to get too dramatic for it.” After starting the season 0-7-2 at home, BG has won six straight games at the BGSU Ice Arena. That recent success at home could poten-

tially give the Falcons a big advantage should they secure a first-round home series. “It’d be awesome to get a home series here,” said BG forward Mark Cooper. “I don’t think we’ve had one since [Bergeron] has been here. Our fans have been really good, and we’ve been really good at home [during] the second half, so I think that’d be a really positive thing.” SENIOR NIGHT The team will celebrate senior night on Saturday, the final home regular season game of the year. The senior class began the 2009-10 season with 10 members. However,

Falcons take break from conference play BG to host New Orleans Thursday and travels to IPFW Saturday By Alex Krempasky Assistant Sports Editor

The University of New Orleans Privateers will sail to BG Thursday for a non-conference tilt with the Falcons. This marks the first non-conference game for the Falcons since Dec. 31, when they lost to Temple 75-57 in Philadelphia. “Its an opportunity, looking at the big picture, they are non-conference games to add to your overall record,” head coach Louis Orr said. “This time of year helps you want to improve. It gives you an opportunity to play some people outside your league.” Since the start of Mid-American Conference play in January, the Falcons are 5-7 and have won three out of the past five games. The University of New Orleans Privateers competed in Division II after leaving the Sun Belt Conference after the 2009-10 academic year. After Hurricane Katrina, the University of New Orleans lost nearly 6,000 students, which in turn hurt the athletic department with a $600,000 loss in student fees. UNO had to cut scholarships and later downgrade to the Division II level to cover the costs of running the athletic department efficiently. The Privateers have finally made it back to Division I membership and is compet-

“This time of year helps you want to improve.” Louis Orr | Head Coach ing as a Division I independent this season. New Orleans will officially join the Southland Conference in July. The Privateers, who are currently boasting an 8-14 record, have had a tough season but recently started to gain momentum. New Orleans started off the season with a 72-68 win against San Jose State Nov. 9, but it would not see another win against a Division I opponent until Dec. 12 when it defeated Nicholls State. During that time the Privateers fell to Southern Illinois, Bethune-Cookman, Nicholls State, Southeast Missouri State and Duquesne. They defeated NAIA member Blue Mountain College Nov. 20. After their win against Nicholls State Dec. 12, the Privateers lost their next seven games against Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri State, Boise State, Mississippi State, the thenranked No. 17 Butler and San Jose State. The Privateers snapped their losing streak Jan.

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with transfers, cuts and players leaving the team it is down to four — defensemen Bobby Shea and Ryan Peltoma, forward Marc Rodriguez and goalie Andrew Hammond. “It’s been a long four years with some not so good times and some really good times,” Peltoma said. “But it’s been an awesome four years. Hopefully we’ll be able to end it on a good note.” This senior class was the final recruiting class that had association with three different coaches. They committed to play for Scott Paluch, who left the program following the 2008-09 season. They played one year for interim head coach Dennis Williams before Bergeron

took over the program in 2010. “I knew that I wanted to come here,” Shea said. “I communicated with [former defensemen] Ian Ruel and Max Grover because they were coming in at the same time as I was. They said they were going to stick with it and I wanted to play for the coaching staff. I committed to the school because I wanted to be here.” However, how many of the four who will play this weekend is up in the air. Hammond is still day-to-day with a knee injury, and Rodriguez hasn’t played since Jan. 26 at Miami.

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Women’s basketball hosts Akron on Wednesday Falcons look to tie up top spot in MAC-East with win against Zips By BG News Sports staff

Despite the long season ahead, the most important matchup the women’s basketball team may face will be Wednesday against MAC East leading Akron. The Falcons sit just behind the Zips in the east with a 16-8 (7-4) record while Akron boasts a 17-7 (8-3) record. The winner of the game will take over first in the East. The stakes are high but Akron is not an easy foe. The Zips are currently on a five-game win streak and are 11th in the nation in scoring offense with 75.7 points per game. Akron also defeated the Falcons in January 65-63. If the Wednesday game isn’t enough pressure on the Falcons, BG will have to face Miami, who sits just behind it in the East. “The next two games will feel like MAC Tournament play,” coach Jennifer Roos said. “With Akron with the one game lead and Miami one game behind us … there are a variety of different scenarios that could unfold” The Falcons are coming off a game where they defeated Northern

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is 16-8 (7-4) in her first season as head coach Illinois with high-percentage shooting. However, the Falcons previously lost to Western Michigan due to the lowest-percentage shooting of the season. BG will need to be consistent in all areas against the Zips because Akron has been all season. Aside from the national ranking in points per game, the Zips rank 27th nationally in field-goal percentage and 25th in three-point field goals made per game. To combat this, the Falcons are ranked 26th in scoring defense and 48th in three-point FG defense. BG will be home for the first time in three games and has won eight times at home in 12 games. In the overall series between the schools, BG leads 48-3 in all games played including a 25-0 at home record against the Zips. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. at the Stroh.


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JAKE OLSON Junior, Communication

Great leaders can be found in unconventional places GREG BURLESON COLUMNIST

An examination of leadership is not an endeavor I take lightly. This topic includes the most charismatic and dynamic actors in the world’s stage. This is not meant to be a biographical series of significant world leaders, nor is it any sort of compilation or worship of success. Instead, I will focus on the traits, behaviors and dynamic individuals that have shaped Western civilization over the last 2,700 years. An appropriate place to begin is precisely where one expects to find no candidates: the ideal leader. While it is difficult to find the ideal leader, one such candidate does exist. Beginning his rise to prominence in March of 1941, this American enlisted to serve his duty and never looked back. This All-American overachiever demonstrated a host of traits that made him the epitome of a true leader. This man took every opportunity to stand for his beliefs, to lead by example and to demonstrate humanistic values. This man even showed the moral intensity to break rules to facilitate the right and pious outcomes. Quickly rising to the rank of captain, this man was a key figure in defeating the Axis powers and making the world a better place. If you have not already guessed the true identity of this perfect leading figure and hero, no need to question your knowledge of 1940s military history. This man is none other than Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America. Considering no man or woman has ever lived up to our extreme standards of leadership, this facade was first created to define the values which Western soci-

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“To top his list of character traits, Captain America was even willing to sacrifice his own life in the pursuit of protecting his fellow soldiers.” ety has evolved to judge our leaders. Examining Captain America can teach us of leadership. Attempting to list the leadership qualities of Captain America is surprisingly difficult as there are too many to name. Before the great transformation of his physical stature, Captain America truly had the heart of a champion. Displaying courage, honor, patriotism and virtue, he lived the life of an undersized, unhealthy castaway. Rogers began by proving his numerous virtuous attributes and then carried the pain of the oppressed and never forgot the lessons he learned as the “little man.” He led by example both on the battlefield as the war’s greatest soldier and off the front lines, supplying an emotionally starved nation with an embodiment of patriotism and valor. His skills as an orator were unmatched as the nation and world hung on his every well-spoken word. To top his list of character traits, Captain America was even willing to sacrifice his own life in the pursuit of protecting his fellow soldiers. In short, Captain America was the perfect leader. More information on this and related topics can be found at TheCaveJournal. wordpress.com.

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A best friend can come in all shapes, sizes PHILLIP MARTIN COLUMNIST

I love Martha. Martha will be a 12-yearold house resident this September. She still acts like a shy, little girl. She wears a small coat, black with splotches of white. A small black dot also covers part of her little pink nose. Martha walks around with her white shoes. With them, she takes delicate, tender steps, as if she’s afraid to break her little, frail legs. She likes to walk over to her favorite door mat and scratch her favorite corner. Martha stands with great posture. She stares at you with such seriousness, even though her mouth may show a misleading smile.

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Her cute, green eyes glare deep into your eyes when she wants attention by day. By night, her eyes glaze as bright as dim street lamps, piercing the darkness. Martha has a small voice. I wonder what she would say if she spoke English. She has a few friends, whom she may consider closer than friends. She often calls loudly for her friends when she desperately wants their company. However, Martha likes to hide from her friends. Martha mostly likes to keep to herself because she lives by fear. Although she loves company, she won’t let you get near her unless you earn her trust. She would rather sleep each day, nestled in her little tight space of safety. Martha barely gets into trouble, as a consequence

of her fear. She gets aggravated by change, and she hates to travel. Also, don’t make Martha upset. She hisses a lot. Martha makes me sad when I see her uncomfortable and afraid. Part of her anxiety is my doing from early on. At times I feel like I should give up part of myself to see her happy. For that, I consider Martha one of my closest friends. We developed a mutual respect for one another. This is why I miss her so much when I leave home for college. Finally, there’s something else particular about Martha: She is a quadruped. She has long white whiskers. Her face is shaped like Ohio. Martha is my favorite cat. As I said, Martha is my beloved friend. Even though she hides most of the day at home, she’s eased my loneliness. I will

miss her when she perishes. Although I’m afraid to rub Ms. Martha Partha anymore, I still prefer her over any dog. Most dogs scare me, no matter what size. Most dogs I’ve encountered were always energetic, loud and quick to jump and bark. A cat like Martha is perfect for me. If you’re a pet owner, you most likely can relate. Your relationship to your pet might be like mine with Martha. Each time you see your beloved pet, express your love to them. Whether your pet is a puny goldfish or a bear-sized dog, go do it. Cherish your time with your pet. Live in the moment. Remember the moments. How fitting to speak of pet love during February.

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Gymastics returns to the nest for meet with Western Michigan By Noah Jones Reporter

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ALYSSA NOCELLA performs her routine on the uneven bars in a meet earlier in the season.

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The Falcon gymnastics team return home after finishing sixth in a sixteam meet in Raleigh, N.C. this past Saturday, a result that may not look good for the standings, but will give the team experience for the upcoming Mid-American Conference Cha mpionsh ips nex t month. The team scored 193.300, a full two points behind the meet’s host and eventual winner, North Carolina State University. The Falcons will look to improve their scores at the Anderson Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. against the Ball State Cardinals and Eastern Michigan Eagles. “The Cardinals’ head coach [Nadalie Walsh] is my best friend, I call her after every meet,” head coach Kerrie Beach said. Because the Falcons already faced the Eagles and beat them 194.025 to 193.900, the meet will only count the Cardinals as a MAC competition. “The Eagles are just swinging into the mix,”

Beach said. T he C a rd i na l s a re coming off of their f irst M AC loss to the Western Mich iga n Broncos, but Beach k nows t hat t he Ba l l State tea m is st i l l competitive. “We are out of their realm, and we are not going to go in feeling comfortable,” Beach said. “They have done well against other MAC teams scoring around 194 to 195’s.” The Falcons are excited to have a meet back in their own gym. “We get to start on vault and use our equipment.” Beach said. She said that the team will look to have competitive practices throughout the week in the gym to prepare the team for this weekend. “I want our athletes to start out strong, not have to find momentum during the competition,” Beach said. Beach hopes t hat Amanda Lievendag will be able to compete this week, as the sophomore had to miss last week’s meet due to flu symptoms. The falcons will con-

tinue to look for strong routines from Jamilah Ali, Megan Harrington, Gina Locigno and Alyssa Nocella — all-around gymnasts on Saturday, meaning they participated in all four events: balance beam, uneven bars, floor exercise, and vault — who together scored 154.275 of the 193.300 points the Falcons acquired. “It is hard to be the top six in all events,” Beach said. “Each routine is very difficult; it is rare to have this many all-arounders competing.” Mega n Ha r r i ng ton, recently awarded BG’s Pizza Hut Athlete of the Week, finished with an allaround score of 39.000, her career high. “Megan has upgraded her routine, adding more value to her routine and has gained a lot of confidence,” said Beach. Beach said that it is rare to have so many gymnasts perform in every event. “It is hard to be the top six in all events,” she said. “Each routine is very difficult; it is rare to have this many all-arounders competing.”

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BG baseball heads to Kentucky for the second straight weekend to take on Murray State By Tyler Buchanan In Focus Editor

Hoping to build off of an opening-series win against Western Kentucky, the Falcons’ baseball team will look to continue its non-conference success against the Murray State Thoroughbreds this weekend. The three-game series at Reagan Field in Murray, Ky. will feature a Falcons team riding its best start through three games since 2007. Prior to winning two of three against the Hilltoppers this past weekend with a pair of one-run victories, the Falcons had lost the first three games of the season in each of the past four years. Mea nwh i le, t he Thoroughbreds also began their 2013 season on the road, getting swept by Central Arkansas in a series that included 10-1 and 13-1 blowouts. The Thoroughbreds scored just seven runs in

those three games, including a 6-5 loss in 12 innings this past Sunday. In that game, the Thoroughbreds blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth before allowing the winning run to score on a passed ball three innings later. After a week off, the Falcons will likely rely on veteran co-captain Cody Apthorpe, who pitched four innings as the openingday starter. Against the Hilltoppers, Apthorpe gave up just two earned runs off four hits, striking out five batters while walking one. For the Thoroughbreds, however, bouncing back from two crushing losses to open the season and the frustrating 12-inning loss which followed will require a short memory to forget their struggling weekend in Arkansas. If that doesn’t work, perhaps Murray State coach Rob McDonald can recall back to February of 2011, the last time the two teams met,

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when the Thoroughbreds took two of three against the Falcons including double header sweep. In game one of that double header, the Thoroughbreds faced both Apthorpe and fellow RHP Mike Frank for four innings apiece. The two combined to give up five earned runs off six hits. Apthorpe struggled with command that day, walking four batters in as many innings. But that was two years ago, when both pitchers were sophomores, Apthorpe a starter and Frank a backend relief pitcher. The two mixed flashes of brilliance that year with control issues. When they did find the plate, oftentimes they did so too well, offering easily hit pitches without fail. Apthorpe sandwiched a complete game loss against Miami where he gave up a lone run and another complete game win against Toledo between a 2011 season of walking 25 batters,

hitting 11 more and throwing a dozen wild pitches while posting a 4.42 ERA in over 73 innings. Frank, who missed the entire 2012 season, had been used mostly as a reliever the year before. But while his batting average against in 2011 was the best of any Falcons pitcher who appeared in more than 10 games, the metric stood more to say about his team’s pitching staff than it did his apparent dominance. He averaged almost two full baserunners an inning in 2011, making for a stressful year out of the bullpen for the pitching star out of Anthony Wayne. The two teammates may or may not remember that game in 2011 at Reagan Field, but for the Falcons’ 1-2 punch in the starting rotation, building off opening weekend will be a test for them and their team, in its first promising start in nearly a decade.

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City council approved the S-District site plan for the addition of a 2,300 square foot space at the southwest corner of Wood County Hospital for a radiation oncology office Tuesday night. The vote passed 6-0 with the absence of Fourth Ward Council Member Greg Robinette. The addition of the oncology unit was first presented to the city’s planning commission at the end of November 2012 a nd constr uction was recommended for the clinic on Jan. 2, said Planning Director Heather Sayler. The plan for the office is to provide a more complete treatment center for cancer patients in Wood County, said Bill Kidd, vice president of Support Services at Wood County Hospital. Cu r rent ly, pat ients have to travel to Toledo if they need radiation treatment. “We currently have a medical oncologist doctor’s office on [the hospital’s] campus,” Kidd said. “What we’re going to be doing as a result of this addition is building

a radiation oncologist’s office that goes next to that so they’ll be side-byside.” Right now, the hospital can only provide chemotherapy treatments; this approval will allow the hospital to add a linear accelerator for radiation treatments, Kidd said. The 2,300 square-foot addition allows the size of the office to reach a net size of 6,000 square feet. The building cost of the office will be approximately $1.8 million, Kidd said. The hospital will need to apply for a zoning permit before it can begin con st r uc t ion, Sayler said. However, the timetable for construction is now completely in the hands of the hospital, she said. The radiation portion of Wood County Hospital was phased out in the late 1980s and early 90s because it was not sustainable at the time, Kidd said. He believes it is sustainable now and will provide a great service to the community. “These families need to make multiple visits a month [for radiation],” Kidd said. “Taking out that 20-minute drive [to

Toledo] can only be a help to them.” As part of the ordinance, 20 additional parking spaces will be constructed on the north end of the hospital, Sayler said. The additional parking spaces will properly support the added office to the hospital. This zoning change is the third one approved by city council this year, along with approval of a CVS Pharmacy on the corner on South Prospect and East Wooster streets, and the controversial strip mall on East Wooster Street, between North Prospect and North Summit streets. Unlike the strip mall, which was met by opposition from residents in the area of construction and only passed council by a 4-3 vote, the radiation office addition was met with open arms. “I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback; I think this shows Wood County Hospital’s commitment to the community,” said Mike Aspacher, Third Ward council member. “There are many residents who have to travel for this service. I don’t see this as another by a benefit to our community.”

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