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Monday, August 26, 2013
Volume 93, Issue 2
University passes smoking ban
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Ban sets designated areas, to go into effect in January By Danae King Editor-in-Chief
As students come back to campus, they may see information about a new policy posted on sidewalks, doors and banners across campus. The Clean Air Policy will go into effect Jan. 1 and states that students, faculty, staff and University visitors can only smoke in designated areas in parking lots or in their car. “It’s asking people to really respect the rights of others,” said University President Mary Ellen Mazey. Campus discussion of the policy began in July 2012, when the Ohio Board of Regents, a coordinating body for Ohio higher education, suggested all Ohio university campuses go tobacco free. This summer, the University Board of Trustees approved the Clean Air Policy, after about a year of gathering opinions from five different representative groups, said Jill Carr, dean of students and senior associate vice president of Student Affairs. Underg raduate St udent Government President Alex Solis thinks the policy is a compromise of sorts. “Students come from all walks of life,” he said. “If they choose to smoke, that’s why there’s designated areas.” This policy won’t come without it’s problems, he said. “There’s going to be problems with this policy— bring it to someone’s attention,” Solis said. “What I don’t want people to think is this is the end all, be all policy. We want this to be realistic.” A potential “tricky” part of the policy may be enforcement, Solis said. There won’t be specific people to enforce the designated areas, instead, it will be a community effort, Carr said. “The whole community has to
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he University has made several changes during the summer. From new buildings to new milkshake machines, students are coming back to a changed campus.
Check out stories about:
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—New health center —Dining changes —The tuition hike —Parking changes —Rec renovations
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Linked courses could promote working together Alcohol abuse in college can cause By Danae King Editor-in-Chief
When professors and instructors assign a lot of work, it may seem like they aren’t aware of what else students have going on. Karen Eboch, senior lecturer in the college of business, said a new way of scheduling classes through linking courses, helped her realize students have more classes than just hers.
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Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education “I was more aware of life outside my class,” Eboch said. Linked courses is a University initiative to try to improve freshmen’s connections with the campus community and
their peers. “The basic idea is to get students seeing each other across courses and there’s a lot of evidence from other universities that that simple thing enhances their learning experience,” said Susan Kleine, associate vice provost for Undergraduate Education.
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brain damage, memory loss
University, students offer alternatives to drinking By Abby Welsh News Editor
While some freshmen may look forward to drinking during college weekends, they should be aware of the damage they will be doing to their brain. “Your brain is still growing until you are 21 years old so there could
be major brain damage,” said Mary Jon Ludy, assistant professor in the Dietetics and Family and Consumer Sciences Department. “Students’ first experience with alcohol is typically in college, so they may not
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What is your goal this semester? why?
Forum Editor Matthew Thacker encourages students to get involved and make their voice heard, whether it be through The BG News’ Forum page or in other organizations on campus. | PAGE 5
“To actually keep on task. It’s a whole new world and I want to keep up with academics.” Connery McGuire Freshman, Psychology
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Complainant reported that sometime during the night, unknown subjects egged a home and two vehicles within the 800 block of Ferndale Court. There is no reported damage. 8:35 P.M.
Complainant reported that sometime Thursday, an unknown person stole corn hole boards from the yard of a residence within the 300 block of E. Merry Ave. The boards are valued at $150. 8:56 P.M.
Justin D. Hazard, 35, of Bowling Green, was cited for underage sales prohibited within the 300 block of S. Main St.
Nathan Roger Dotson, 21, of Wyandotte, Mich., was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia near Fairview Avenue and West Poe Road.
Ryan Rusincovitch, 34, of Bowling Green, was cited for underage sales prohibited within the 400 block of E. Wooster St.
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Cedric William Little, 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for open container and underage possession of alcohol within the 100 block of S. Prospect St. 5:10 P.M.
Coty Jacob Rodgers, 21, of Saint Joseph, Mo., was arrested for disorderly conduct/soliciting without a permit within the 200 block of Syracuse Drive. He was lodged in the Wood County
Michael Anthony Spinks, 20, of Sylvania, Ohio, was cited for open container and underage/under the influence of alcohol within the 800 block of N. Enterprise St. 10:39 P.M.
Michael A. Bemer, 18, of Cleveland, was cited for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage possession of alcohol within the 1600 block of E. Wooster St. 10:51 P.M.
Taylor Ann Tanski, 20, of Eastlake, Ohio, was cited for underage possession of alcohol near Clough Street and Troup Avenue.
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David M. Yunker, 18, of Napoleon, Ohio, was cited for open container within the 100 block of N. Enterprise St.
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Cody E. Dukes, 20, of Leipsic, Ohio, was cited for underage possession of alcohol and littering near East Wooster Street and University Lane.
Ellis Michael Angelopoulos, 18, of Westerville, Ohio, was arrested for obstruction, open container of alcohol and underage possession of alcohol near Pike and North Enterprise St. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center.
Joseph P. Cantley, 24, of Grafton, Ohio; and Alexander Robert Severns, 21, of Bowling Green, were cited for open container near Clough Street and South College Drive.
Michael K. Hart, 21, of Bowling Green, was cited for nuisance party within the 900 block of E. Wooster St. Davin Denise Fumich, 19, of Bowling Green, was cited for underage possession of alcohol.
Lance R. Stahler, 21, of Cincinnati, was cited for open container near North Enterprise and Pike streets. 11:47 P.M.
Alonte Surae Brown, 19, of Toledo, was arrested for obstruction of official business, underage/under the influence of alcohol and disorderly conduct/public urination near North Enterprise and Pike streets. 11:58 P.M.
Jay J. Clark, 22, of Bowling Green, was cited for open container near North Summit Street and East
Sunny J. Amin, 20, of Strongsville, Ohio, was arrested for underage/under the influence of alcohol within the 900 block of E. Wooster St. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 12:46 A.M.
Kerrigan Mahoney Carter, 19; Rachel L. Sherwood, 20; and Daniel James St. John, 18, all of Bowling Green, were cited for underage/under the influence of alcohol and disorderly conduct fighting within the 300 block of N. Enterprise St. 12:20 A.M.
Zachary Allen Manick, 18, of Hillsdale, Mich., was cited for underage possession of alcohol and open container at Lot 2 downtown. 12:39 A.M.
Robert Michael Turick, 23, of Bowling Green, was cited for
Dominic Marcel King, 19; of Fostoria, Ohio, was cited for open container and underage possession of alcohol near South Summit and Clough streets. William Edward King Jr, 19; of Fostoria, Ohio, was arrested for underage/under the influence of alcohol and lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 12:57 A.M.
Complainant reported that sometime during the night an unknown subject stole a cell phone within the 500 block of E. Wooster St. The estimated value was $499. 1:05 A.M.
Matthew D. Iwaniuk, 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for underage/under the influence of alcohol near North Enterprise and Ridge streets. 1:09 A.M.
Marquita M. Bowen, 26, of Toledo, was cited for open
container at Lot 4 downtown. 1:58 A.M.
Peter Frederick Klauser, 19, of Lambertville, Mich., was arrested for disorderly conduct/public urination, underage/under the influence of alcohol and obstructing official business within the 100 block of E. Wooster St. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 2:43 A.M.
Demetrice Harvey, 28, of Toledo; and Kenneth Joseph Hirschmann, 26, of Royal Oak, Mich., were cited for open container within the 100 block of E. Wooster St. 2:46 A.M.
Perry E. Johnson, 22, of Fostoria, Ohio, was cited for disorderly conduct/public urination within the 100 block of S. Main St. 2:54 A.M.
Alec D. Reeves, 24, of Bowling Green, was cited for operating a vehicle impaired within the 300 block of E. Napoleon Road.
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Average GPA and ACT scores of incoming University freshmen 3.21 22
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a stop in thedrop Freshmen class smaller, brings highest GPA in University history
By Alex Alusheff Managing Editor
This year’s incoming freshman class is raising the bar as the smartest in University history. With a class size of roughly 3,500, the average GPA is 3.31, the high-
est average so far, said Gary Swegan, director of admissions. The average ACT score is 22.59, the best since 1991. Joining the class will be 490 out-of-state students, 230 who are from Michigan and 670 multicultural students.
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HARSHMAN Residence Hall will be demolished in the next six to seven years.
While the class size is down from 3,635 this past year and 3,899 in 2011, the final number for this year’s class won’t be released until 15 days after classes begin. Even though it’s a smaller class, Swegan is content with quality over
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OLSCAMP BUILDING will have classes that are offered in prototype classrooms.
quantity. “It’s a credit to the entire campus,” he said. “We’re really pleased with the quality [of the class].” The University was able to achieve this success in
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HANNA HALL is next in line to be regenerated as part of the ‘traditions buildings.’
Master plan outlines major future renovations By Amber Petkosek Social Media Editor
Interactive classrooms and new buildings are just two things students can look forward to in the next few years. The University master plan outlines renovations for many areas of the campus.
Steve Krakoff, vice president of Capital Planning, said some of the changes that can be expected within the next four years include renovating and demolishing buildings, a new college of business and the possibility of a new residence hall.
The buildings that are set to be regenerated include Hanna Hall, University Hall and South Hall, which are also referred to as ‘traditions buildings,’ Krakoff said. As well as regenerating the traditions buildings, there are also plans to renovate
buildings on campus. Starting this fall in Olscamp Hall, there will be classes offered in prototype classrooms that are tdesigned to emphasize
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The renovations happening to the Student Recreation Center won’t cost students as much as they may think. The Rec is currently undergoing $13.4 million in renovations, and there will be over $600,000 of new equipment in the center, said Steve Kampf, assistant director of Student Affairs and director of recreation and wellness. “There will be no new fees [for students] as a result of the health center being taken over by Wood County Hospital,” he said. “The general fee used to fund the health center is being used to pay off the bond on the Rec Center.” Sen ior Alyssa Piccolomini said, “It is nice we do not have pay additional fees because we already pay so much.” Despite the fact she will be studying abroad her final semester at the University, she still must pay the general fees. “I still have to pay for it and I won’t even be here to use it again,” Piccolomini said. One of the changes students can expect is there will be two separate entrances and exits into the facility. There will be an entrance that leads into the aquatics area, and the other will lead to the weights, cardio, group exercise and basketball courts, Kampf said. Kampf said there are multiple reasons why renovations to the Rec are important. One of the main reasons for renovating the Rec is it can no longer compete with the other schools is the state, Kampf said. “The age of the facility is getting close to 35 years,” he said. “The infrastructure is starting to falter and is becoming quite costly.” As well as the building physically needing renovations, Kampf said the Rec is a good tool to help with retention. “Studies we have done show that students who use the rec center are retained at a higher rate than those students who
“The infrastructure is starting to falter and is becoming quite costly.” Steve Kampf | Director of Recreation and Wellness do not,” he said. A lex Solis, the Undergraduate Student Government president, said students who currently use the Rec have had problems with it. “The majority of students weren’t happy with it for a long time,” he said. Kampf said the main thing currently different is about 95 percent of the wood paneling is gone inside. “ We a re i n demol it ion mode r ig ht now,” Ka mpf sa id. Solis has been working on the Rec Center renovation project since his freshman year. As well as retention, the Rec Center also assists with the enrollment at a university. “W hat’s interesting about the Rec is no matter your major you use it,” he said. “It’s like the student union, it’s a focal point of the whole undergraduate student body.” The renovations to the Rec are not absolutely necessary, Solis said, however, he said they are “much needed.” “The Rec Center is functional but when you look at the competition we lack completely in usage and operation of the facility,” he said. One thing Solis particularly wanted to see changed at the Rec was the navigation. “There was no direct pathway between the whole building, you’re always weaving in and out of staircases curving and going to the back of the Rec to go to the basement or the [winding] staircase that goes up to the cardio area,” he said. “I wanted to identify a staircase from top to bottom that is much easier to navigate.” The goal is to have the Rec fully reopened by the Fall of 2014.
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Move in weekend: The time when 8,000 drivers who have no idea where they are going pack the roads and take up all the parking places. Because of you I had to park farther away and nearly got hit by a car on the way to work. Thanks. — SALTY SENIOR Why would my teacher require a specific sketch pad for a class that is completely computer-based? This isn’t an art class. — ANNOYED STUDENT I can’t stand how messy my roommates are! How hard is it to wash your dishes when you’re done with them or put your dirty clothes in your room? – CLEAN FREAK Sophomores: Don’t say, “I remember when I was a freshman ...” because that was like five months ago for you. You are really no better than them. —SHAKING MY HEAD I hate hearing your yelling and giggling all night. I live right across the hall and I can hear everything— have some respect and make your friends go home at a decent hour. —NO SLEEP TONIGHT I know you’re a freshman, but stop standing around. I know where I’m going and I’m trying to get there fast. Find your way or get out. —GET A MAP Stop losing your keys. I know we’re roommates but I can’t keep interrupting my day to let you in. —GET A CLUE I ordered my books from the bookstore in early August so I’d be ready on the first day of school. Not only did they not send them like they said they would, but when I called to check on them I was told they’re out of stock. Send my books or tell them to look elsewhere! —FALCON UNPREPARED
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Welcome fellow Falcons! It is time for another exciting year of college to begin, and hopefully for you, it will include The BG News. In case you don’t already know, we here at The BG News are your source for all the news on campus and in the Bowling Green community, but here on the Forum page we are not as worried about the news, so much as your opinion of what is happening in the news. The Forum page is your hub for venting about things that may bother you or
things you see on campus you love. As an independent, student-run publication, we have the autonomy to print things everyone doesn’t necessarily agree with, which means this is where you need to go to get your voice heard even if what you have to say may not be the popular opinion. We publish weekly and biweekly columns from columnists who have committed to writing for us, and you don’t have to be a journalism or communications major to write a regular column. We also have guest columns for those who want to write about a topic just once, letters to the editor, which are similar to guest columns, but shorter. Also, don’t forget about Falcon Screeches, which are short anonymous
Looking at ‘big picture’ can shape education MARY ELLEN MAZEY BGSU PRESIDENT Dear students, Welcome to the fall 2013 semester at Bowling Green State University. Right now, you are immersed in organizational tasks. You’re stocking up on the right supplies, figuring out how to get from class to class and taking care of last minute changes to your schedule or housing. I encourage you to set aside some time to think about the “big picture” and your future. What do you want to get from your four years at the University? The effort you put into answering this question and then seeking out the experiences that will help you meet your goals will directly shape your educational journey. This journey will be unique for each of you. One thing is true for all of us: the more we put into an experience, the more we gain from it. I encourage you to work hard, immerse yourself in the life of the University, and take part in activities that will enrich your academic learning and your understanding of the world. At the University, we continue to expand our
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academic opportunities with classroom and experiential offerings that prepare you for a global marketplace. Our facilities provide the backdrop for a world-class education, from our residence halls and dining centers to the student-centered Union. You can attend basketball games, concerts and more at the Stroh Center and head to the Wolfe Center for the Arts for theater, music and arts events. With so much to choose from, know that we are committed to helping you every step of the way. With a robust one-stop tutoring and academic assistance hub at our Learning Commons, teams of academic advisers and faculty and staff in our nationally recognized programs, you will be engaged, challenged and prepared for a meaningful future. If you have problems or concerns, please let us know. We’re here to help you have a great experience at the University. As a student, I always loved the feeling of new possibilities as I prepared for fall semesters. As president of the University, I have the same feeling as I think of all the opportunities and experiences awaiting you. I look forward to personally welcoming you to campus. Have a great semester. President Mary Ellen Mazey, Ph. D.
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Hey fellow students, Glad to have you back. It’s refreshing to come back to campus after a summer away. It’s nice to be back at home in t he newsroom a nd i n the cit y. It’s also nice to see new things around campus and changes. This is how we hope The BG News will be for you this year. We want the paper to be refreshing and something that explains all the changes and events going on around campus. But don’t just look for your news in the paper, which prints Monday, Wednesday and Friday; also look for it online at BGNews.com. Online, you don’t have to wait until the paper prints. You ca n check out content 24/7, which is as often as we will be posting. Also look for a renewed presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll be updating a lot more often, so you can always have news when you want it. We at The BG News hope you will continue to read the paper this year
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New Falcon Health Center for students opens after 6 months By Eric Lagatta Campus Editor
A shovel raised the first clump of dirt in spring, construction continued throughout summer and now there’s a new health center before fall. After breaking ground on Valentine’s Day, the Falcon Health Center opened its doors to students Monday, Aug. 19, followed by a dedication ceremony and open house Wednesday. Located on the corner of Wooster Street and South College Avenue, across the street from Hanna Hall, the $5 million center is the result of a collaboration between the University and Wood County Hospital. Wood County Hospital manages the center, the University leases the land to the hospital and same of the employees from the old Student Health Center on Ridge Street will continue to work there, albeit as University employees. The decision to both outsource the service to Wood County Hospital and also to construct a new building stems from a variety of factors, said Richard Sipp, associate vice
president for Student Affairs and executive director of the Center for Student Health. The services will expand and improve as a result of the partnership. In addition to being a primary care health service for students, the center also offers psychiatric services, radiology, a drive-thru pharmacy and a lab for blood draw and urine analysis. Also located in the building is the Student Insurance Office, the only facet of health services still managed by the University. “We really wanted it to be a one-stop shop for the students,” Sipp said. “I hope they get the same level of quality access and satisfaction that they did previously.” To improve access, the University added a shuttle stop at the new building. The building offers more space and larger exam rooms, Sipp said. The ever-growing College of Health and Human Services will now be the sole occupant of the old Student Health Center building. The second floor remains empty space, should a need arise for expanded services, Sipp said. “This new building is
definitely an improvement,” said Jill Carr, senior associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. Though the University no longer manages health services, Sipp ensures Deb Busdeker, director of Student Health Services and Nicholas Espinoza, the center’s medical director, understand the needs of students. Wood County Hospital is no stranger to working with the University. “This is just another aspect of our partnership with the University,” said Catherine Harned, director of Marketing for Wood County Hospital. “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work with the University to offer this service.” And while $5 million may seem like a high price tag to offer this service in a new building, students won’t be burdened with the cost. Student fees didn’t increase at all to fund the construction. Instead the $1.6 million in general fees, which are fees students yearly for the health center was redirected to renovate the Rec Center, allowing the University to accomplish two large projects, Carr said.
The building, which took six months to construct, has an orange and brown scheme with an architectural design that incorporates the array of architectural themes on campus, Carr said. “Not only does the exterior fit in,” Sipp said, “but when you go inside, you’ll see BGSU graphics.” The hope, Sipp said, is that students will feel like they’re still in a University-operated building. “We want the students to feel comfortable,” Sipp said. “We want them to feel like they’re in a space dedicated to them.” FALCON HEALTH CENTER BY THE NUMBERS: —Approximate cost of the health center: $5 million —Amount of increase to student fees to pay for the health center: $0 —Number of private patient exam rooms: 22 —Number of parking spots: 65 —Number of total employees: 37 *Information provided by the Office of Student Affairs and Wood County Hospital.
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State funding cuts cause University to raise tuition By David Skowronski Web Editor
Students might have noticed an email earlier this summer telling them tuition will be raised. In the email, President Mary Ellen Mazey stated that the Board of Trustees approved a 2 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students. Tuition will be about $106 more per semester in fall 2013 for
full-time, in-state undergraduate students. “We’ve lost nearly $30 million of state funding since the summer of 2009,” said Sheri Stoll, chief financial officer. “That represents a loss of almost 30 percent.” In 2008, 2009 and half of 2010, tuition was not raised because the state held funding flat or gave a funding increase, she said. The total budget for the 2013-2014 school year is
almost $3 million less than this past year, Stoll said. Even though the University has raised tuition, it still doesn’t fix its money problems. The money generated by the tuition increase does not replace all of the money lost due to the decreased state support, Stoll said. Some students think the extra money they are paying
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embrace this, we’re not going to have smoking police walking around,” Carr said. The idea is that students, faculty and staff will go up to others and ask people to stop smoking. Solis doesn’t think students will “go out of their way and confront someone. “That’s an intimidating conversation, that’s uncomfortable,” he said. If students don’t listen to their peers, an incident report may be filed and the student will be charged with a violation of the student code of conduct, which may lead to a hearing, said Michael Ginsburg, associate dean of students. There is also a process for faculty and staff through human resources, he said. “I think some students will adapt and go to the
Dining services adds food options, nutrition kiosks in food halls By Abby Welsh News Editor
Dining Services will be shaking up eating options this year, as certain eating facilities will feature new equipment, specials and menu items. “After looking at a combination of student feedback from satisfaction surveys, focus groups and recommendations from our Dining Advisory Board, implements to change certain things in the menus, service formats and brands were necessary,” said Mike Paulus, director of Dining Services. “Students will enjoy the changes because it is what they asked for and we want to please the students.” Some of the changes incorporated in the menus will include a Build Your Own Burger option, a milkshake machine, personal pizza and wing options, a food bar and iPad kiosks in each dining hall. “iPads will be available for students to see what is the healthiest option and what ingredients are in the food,” said Sara Meyer, director of marketing for Dining Services. Meyer said the nutrition kiosks will include suggested links to websites for students who want to keep track of calories and meals. The kiosks will be in every dining hall and will include allergy and dietitian page options. The Sun Dial will offer B.Y.O.B., milksha ke machine, food bar, personal pizza and wing options for students. “‘B.Y.O.B.’ is an option for students who love meat to
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nearest area,” Solis said. “I think other students will be frustrated that there is this newness. This transition is going to be challenging.” So far, the University has spent $9,000 on materials to help educate students about the policy during the fall semester. The campus is marked with signs, door clings, ALYSSA BENES | THE BG NEWS stress balls, banners and flistickerS explaining the new smoking ers about the policy and the ban are posted on doors on campus. designated areas— which But Mazey said it has to are cigarette receptacles in parking lots— have infor- be both. “I think we want to help mation about programs to help them stop smoking and people,” she said, “because I think that tobacco is a about the policy. “Culture shift takes time health issue, it’s a health and you need to educate issue for them, it’s a health issue for their colleagues. people,” Ginsburg said. The policy will be You really don’t want to be reviewed on an annual basis around cigarette smoke.” Solis said it’s not his place and could change as early as to tell students what to do, next year, Ginsburg said. He said the goal of the pol- instead, he wants them to icy “is not to encourage peo- take away that the policy’s ple to stop smoking, but to purpose is to strive to make BGSU a healthy campus. present them with choices.”
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Seniors lead men’s soccer team, Falcons score four in exhibition win By Cameron Teague Robinson Assistant Sports Editor
“Culture” is the word Head Coach Eric Nichols used when speaking about the key to the team’s improvement during the past few years. The Falcons have improved their wins each season, including an eight-win season this past year giving them the most wins since the 2003 season. “It’s been guys holding everyone to a higher standard and a higher expectation, that’s just our team culture,” Nichols said. The Falcons began their fall camp Aug. 15 and have been working all offseason to prepare for another season under Nichols. With so many returning starters and upperclassmen familiar with each other the freshmen seemed to come in and make a big impression very early, according to goalkeeper Michael Wiest. “We know a few of them can come in and make difference to our team and they are adjusting well to the college level,” Wiest said. With six seniors returning, the team may be able to balance out the young players with experienced players who have been on the team for the long road of improvement. The three captains for this year as voted on by the teammates will be Joey D’Agostino, Brandon Silva and Michael Wiest. The return of former Falcon Zach Lemke to the coaching staff will give them some more experience as well.
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Notable 2013 Men’s Soccer Matches vs. Michigan Sept. 2 (7 p.m.)
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anthony grant dribbles the ball up field during the exhibition match against the Cincinnati Bearcats this past Saturday. BG kicks off their regular season Friday against the Malone Pioneers.
Injury-prone players risky in Fantasy Football
Griffin, Richardson among list of players returning from injuries, picks could be a gamble for team owners ALEX KREMPASKY SPORTS EDITOR
It’s that time of the year again: draft time for Fantasy Football leagues throughout the world. Everybody is thinking, “who will I take for my team?” The first choices are the obvious ones: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Houston Texans running back Arian Foster. But the real questions people are asking have to do with the players who are going to be a risk. Players are getting hurt every day during training camp and this could affect how people construct their fantasy teams. One player many fantasy football team owners will take a risk on is Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. He suffered a serious knee ligament injury before the Redskins’ playoff run this past season, which required surgery after playing three games with a sprained LCL. Griffin has not played in a preseason game in 2013 and is not slated to be ready until Week 1 of the regular season. Team owners will be taking a gamble with potentially losing Griffin during the 2013 season. However, Peterson made a comeback in 2012 after tearing his ACL and having surgery only eight months prior and nearly broke the NFL’s single-
season rushing yards record. Griffin could be a great pick if he can avoid injury and a sophomore slump in his second year in the league. Another player that could potentially have injury problems in 2013 is Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson. Cleveland’s star running back, who had knee surgery this past offseason and has been recently suffering from a shin injury, made his preseason debut against the Detroit Lions Aug. 15 and rushed for 33 yards on six carries. Though Richardson played 15 games and ranked fifth in the NFL in touchdowns, he is prone to injury but will be a great fantasy player as long as he stays healthy throughout the season. Despite having injury problems, Griffin, Richardson and a number of other players in the NFL can potentially overcome the adversity of their injuries and be playmakers for their teams. Though team ow ners can speculate all they want about which players might potentially get injured or suspended, there are t wo things to remember that will help prepare for the worst-case scenario: stack up backup players and watch for those midseason pick-ups to give teams that extra boost toward the end of the season. Stay tuned this fall for full Fa ntasy Footba ll coverage from The BG News sports staff.
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ted ouellet (93) pressures the quarterback with two defensive teammates during practice this past Wednesday night.
Defensive line steps up with senior leaders By Alex Krempasky Sports Editor
BG’s defensive line has a hole to fill with the loss of its leader, Chris Jones, who was drafted by the Houston Texans in the NFL Draft in May. Jones played in 50 consecutive games including 44 straight starts on the defensive line for the Falcons. Now, seniors Jairus Campbell, Ronnie Goble and Ted Ouellet are looking to seal the gaps on the line. Ouellet has played a total of 25 games as a defensive tackle for the Falcons and earned a spot on the Third-Team All-MidAmerican Conference in 2012. Ouellet collected 35 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks during the 2012 campaign that led to the first bowl bid for BG since 2009. “As far as leadership, we’ve got a lot of upperclassmen and a lot of seniors,” Ouellet said. “So we’ve got a lot of strong leaders that can fill in for [Chris Jones]. As far as production goes, we’ve got a lot of depth. We can’t necessarily solve it with one player, but we’ve definitely got the players to do it.”
Defensive end Goble was a team captain along with Jones in 2012 and played 24 games alongside him from 2011-2012. He doesn’t doubt the ability of this year’s defensive line following the loss of Jones. “Obviously losing Chris was a big thing but we had a lot of guys come back,” Goble said. “The attitude that we had when Chris was here is the same attitude that we have now. We just go to work everyday.” The final senior looking to make his way back onto the starting defensive line for BG come Thursday is defensive tackle Campbell. After being redshirted his first year, Campbell played in 24 straight contests in 2010 and 2011, but his 2012 season was cut short after suffering a knee injury in the third game of the season at Toledo. “Chris was a work horse,” Campbell said. “I believe we all work at the level Chris did. We just got to apply that over to games. A lot of us get banged up. Chris was fortunate enough to not to be hurt and leadershipwise, I don’t think the level has dropped at all. Leadership in our room wasn’t just Chris, it was
everyone, including the freshmen. I believe that everyone is at the same level that bought into this. Everyone is ready.” Defensive line coach Larry McDaniel, who is in his third year in the program, took his unit from 16 sacks in his first season  to 38 sacks the following year, which ranked No. 10 in the nation. “Our line was identified by Chris,” McDaniel said. “So I think these guys have taken upon themselves … they really don’t want to live in that shadow anymore. The bottom line is the only way you replace a talent like that is you’ve got to go out there and perform on the field. They’re practicing just as hard, they’re doing all of the things off the field to get to that level, but at the end of the day it really boils down to what they do on the field.” The defensive line’s first chance to prove to the nation what they’re all about is in the season and home opener Thursday, Aug. 29 against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.
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PAIGE PENROD bumps a ball during the scrimmage this past Saturday. The Falcons start their season Friday with a home match against Marquette.
Volleyball starts new season with intersquad scrimmage By Noah Jones Reporter
The Falcon volleyball players met their own teammates across the net during the Orange vs. White scrimmage on Saturday. The White team headed by right-side Danielle Tonyan and left-side Lindsey Butterfield swept the orange team. “We are still working on the tempo of our offense and I can see that we still need to keep working on that, but I saw a lot of great things today, too,” Tomic said. The Orange and White teams keep the score close throughout all three sets. The white
team by two points in the first and second set and by six in the final set. “I think we did well at being scrappy, running down balls and keeping the ball in play,” said Kaitlyn Skinner, who played middle on the orange team. Left-side Paige Penrod said she struggled today with passing and hitting because she was having trouble focusing on more than one thing. “I felt like when coach [Jessica Hohl] pushed me up, it went a lot smoother for me,” said Penrod. “That shouldn’t be the case, but when it was my only job to do I was able to focus only on hitting.” Tomic pointed out fresh-
man Alyssa Maloney and how well she played in the front row for all three sets because freshman Desi Klaer sprained her ankle during warm-ups. ‘Believe BiG’ was the motto for the Falcon volleyball team this past season when the team won the Mid-American Conference championship and a bid into the NCA A tournament. Head Coach Danijela Tomic knows this to be the only way to success. “We focus on these things: hard work, perseverance and that grit will make a lot happen,” she said. “If you don’t do these things, you have a slim chance of making big things happen.”
Tomic said it is important for her team to get behind this motto. “In athletics, that’s the way it has to be,” Tomic said. “Nobody wants to come into a team and think ‘OK, we are going to be an average team, somewhere in the middle of the pack,’ I don’t want my players to have that attitude.” Despite finishing victorious for the first time in 21 years at the MAC tournament, Tomic said she and the team are not focused on the past. “I am now finishing preseason, I am not even
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Running backs inherit ‘rifle’ after loss of Samuel, coaches choose Greene as starter By Cameron Teague Robinson Assistant Sports Editor
“Pick up t he rif le” is a say ing t hat’s going a rou nd t he r u n n i ng backs at camp this year. In ot her words, when one person goes dow n, the next person has to be ready to step up. That is what running backs coach John Hunter said needs to be done after the loss of running back A nt hon Sa muel t h is summer. On July 17, Samuel announced that he was transferring to Florida Internat iona l for t he 2013 football season on his personal Instagram account. Samuel led the Falcons in r ushing attempts, rushing yards, average yard per rush and touchdowns this past year. “A nt hon was li ke a brother to me. I felt he made the right decision for him a nd his fa mily,” sophomore Trav is Greene said. Samuel’s family, including his young son, lived in his home state of Florida while he attended the University. Samuel’s departure left
a team striving for a MidA merica n Conference championship with a big question mark for the running backs, which was before thought of as a strength. It was originally thought it would be a collaboration of Jordan Hopgood and Jamel Martin to fill Samuel’s presence. “Everybody plays here at running back; it doesn’t matter if you’re the first, second or third string,” Hopgood said. “We are all still going to learn from each other and be friends because we all want to win a MAC Championship at the end of the day.” On Aug. 20, it was announced that w ide receiver turned running back Travis Greene will be the starter opening day against Tulsa. That announcement came as a surprise as Greene was converted to running back during this year’s spring practice. “The playbook came really easy to me and I know the holes so it’s not a problem,” Greene said. “I’m not worried about blocking, I’m little but I can hold my own.” Hopgood, a fifth-year
Named starting running back for home opener senior, is not worried about not being the starting running back going into his final season. He is going to be used as the first back up in short and 3rd down situations. “Jordan is the focal leader of our room. He is a tough kid, plays hard and is a great example to the other men on how to approach the game every day,” said Hunter. “I’ve been blessed to have groups of guys who are all competitors, yet they play for each other.” One worry about having Greene at the running back position is the fact that he is not used to passblocking in the backfield. Greene comes in a bit small standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 181 pounds. Greene will be guarding against the bigger linebackers that may come through on a blitz. Hunter is not too worried about this being a problem. “There is no worry about
Greene pass blocking, he is doing well at that and he has been doing it all spring,” Hunter said. The r unning back core will not be limited to Greene and Hopgood. There are also other running backs such as sophomore Andre Givens and true freshmen Fred Coppet and Marcus Levy, who have been competing well throughout camps. “Our goal is to protect the ball, protect the passer and play hard— that is what we do,” Hunter said. The Falcons will look to continue their success from the past few years with their season opener at home against Tulsa on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. Greene will earn his first start as the Falcons running back and will look to start out the season 1-0. “I’m just going to take it easy,” Greene said. “I’ve been doing this all my life so it’s just another game for me. As a team we are saying we are going to win a MAC Championship a nd go undefeated. Yes, A nt hon lef t but we a re past t hat.”
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Title: Associate Dean of Students Office Location: 401 Union Job Description: He oversees the 275 student organizations, Fraternity and Sorority life, all major events and programs that connect students’ family members to the University. Role on Campus: His role is to provide meaningful events and programs for students. How role affects students’ lives: “I think my primary job is to help students connect with other students and the campus so they feel like they belong,” he said.
Mike Paulus Title: Director of Dining Services Office Location: 2nd floor of the Oaks Dining Center Job Description: He operates both residential and retail dining on campus, such as the Falcons Nest and Outtakes. Role on Campus: “Every day is different,” he said. “I respond to the needs of the faculty, staff and students.” How role affects students’ lives: “Dining Services is here to primarily serve the 6,800 plus residents while at the same time satisfying the needs of the community,” he said.
Rodney Rogers Title: Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Office Location: 230 McFall Center Job Description: “My role is to ensure that the academic affairs aspect of the University is operating effectively,” he said. “I’m responsible to … [University President Mary Ellen Mazey] to ensure our academic program is world-class.” Role on Campus: As the chief academic affairs officer, he constantly meets with college deans and department chairs to make sure the programs are aligned with the University’s mission. How role affects students’ lives: “My job is to make sure we have the programs in place [and] the highest quality faculty to engage students,” he said.
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Title: Director of Residence Life Office Location: 470 Math and Science Building Job Description: “I oversee the oncampus residential experience, including the programs and facilities for the residence halls,” she said. Role on Campus: “I provide leadership to the Residence Life staff,” she said. How role affects students’ lives: “With almost 6,500 students living on campus, the office is dedicated to being a partner and key collaborator for the student experience,” she said. “We provide that home away from home for on-campus students.”
Chris Kingston Title: Director of Athletics Office: Sebo Center Job Description: “My job is to direct and lead an 18-team Division 1 intercollegiate athletic program,” he said. Role on campus: “My role is to ensure that our 450 athletes and coaches have all that they need and a lot of what they want,” he said. What he did last year: He worked at N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C., as the executive senior associate athletic director, primarily working to generate revenue from ticket sales and other promotions. How his role affects students’ lives: “I believe that athletics has the opportunity and arguably the responsibility to ensure the students at large have a first-class collegiate experience and doing that through athletics,” he said. Why he wants to be here: The University has “tremendous” people, resources and opportunties, he said.
LINKED From Page 1 The initiative will allow students to be in two to four classes with the same group of students. “The linkages were defined with the students’ major in mind,” said Rich Rowlands, project specialist. “It’s another means to connect with their campus community.” Rowlands worked with different departments to identify the best links and he said about 450 links were defined. For students who come in undecided, Rowlands worked with pre-major advising to identify areas of interest. The students were put into the courses during Student Orientation, Advising and Registration this summer, he said. The process isn’t perfect, said Kleine, and a few students may be unlinked. “Odds are they’re going to find groups anyway,” Kleine said. The reason some stu-
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“The linkages were defined with the students’ major in mind ... It’s another means to connect with their campus community.” Rich Rowlands | Project Specialist “It worked really well,” she said. “The students got to know each other well.” Students were also able to excel due to what Eboch calls positive peer pressure, which means students were reminding each other of homework assignments and tests for both classes. “There were a lot of crossover conversations I saw happening with the students,” she said. “Now they know somebody and feel connected to somebody.” The pilot groups were more strongly linked than they will be this year, as every student was in both classes, Eboch said. Being linked with GSW also helped Eboch to be aware that students were learning something in the class that they could bring into her class.
Eboch thinks linked courses are important because “it’s a matter of as a freshmen class, you’re really establishing what the expectations of college classes are.” “I think it’s going to have more of that academic focus and hopefully create those positive peer groups to bring that success over the long haul,” Eboch said. “At least it gives them a foundation to go off of and have a little more confidence.” The program is one of many that students can take advantage of to enrich the first year experience, Rowlands said. “Some of the anecdotal feedback from students was they appreciated coming in and having some of their courses set up for them,” he said.
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Title: Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Office: 107 Conklin Hall Job Description: “My responsibility is to coordinate, plan and oversee the vast majority of programs and services available to students outside of the classroom,” she said. Role on campus: She supervises many campus departments. How role affects students’ lives: “What we provide to students helps each student develop their experience on campus,” she said.
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dents may not be linked is due to complications such as students enrolling late and student involvement, such as band, athletics or advanced placement. “There’s always going to be a little bit of fuzziness,” Rowlands said. “It’s not a perfect match between the number of seats in one lecture versus another, we’re dealing with room sizes, pedogogical constraints.” Though this is the first step in a “difficult” effort to do this, Kleine said “our goal in the long run is to increase the extent to which people are matched from one course to another.” In the future, Kleine is also hoping it will provide opportunities for faculty to collaborate. This past fall, the University tested the program with two pilot linkages. There were two General Studies Writing sections paired with a section of the first business class and the first philosophy class. Eboch was involved in the pilot.
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Take time to explore your new community, enjoy its historic features RICHARD EDWARDS MAYOR To new Universit y students: Welcome to Bowling Green, a tradit iona l American college town and a city deeply rooted in community life and outstanding municipa l services. I applaud your decision to further your education at the University and wish you all the best for the 2013-14 academic year. On behalf of the citizens of Bowling Green, I hope you will take time to note t he many distinctive features of your new home for learning and living, to enjoy your new surroundings, exper ience t he nu merous
and varied offerings in historic dow ntow n BG, ex plore our att ract ive cit y parks and wooded nature trails and to participate in various public events during the year. And speaking of public happenings, don’t miss the always fun-filled and exciting Black Swamp Arts Festival, now in its 21st year, beginning on the weekend of Friday, Sept. 6. As mayor, I would be remiss if I did not a lso encourage you to respect your new neighbors and t hei r resident ia l settings, honor our va lues a s a com mu n it y a nd cooperate w it h t hose who a re here to ser ve and protect you and a ll other residents of BG. G ood luck . Enjoy Bowling Green. Richard Edwards Mayor
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Undergraduate Student Government President: ‘It will be an exciting time to be on campus’ ALEX SOLIS USG PRESIDENT
Fellow Students, Welcome back to campus. I hope all of you enjoyed summer and are ready to be back for another amazing year. As we look ahead to the fall semester, it can easily be said that it will be an exciting time to be on campus. So as you begin
“I encourage you to embrace new friendships, challenge yourself and more importantly, have fun.”
your first year here or start your last, I encourage you to be a part of everything the University has to offer. During our time here at the University, we have a chance to create many memories. I encourage you to embrace new friendships, challenge yourself and more importantly, have fun. Bowling Green is our home and a place where you can have valuable experiences inside and outside the classroom.
The Undergraduate Student Government is here to serve you and we will continue to do our best to advocate for all
LINGXIAO GE GSS PRESIDENT Dear University Graduate Students: On behalf of the Graduate Student Senate, I would like to greet you with a warm welcome to the University. I am sure you are excited and you may also be ready for some new challenges as you begin your graduate career. I want to tell you a little bit about some challenges I have faced at the University. Bowling Green is more than 7,000 miles away from my hometown in China. When I first came here to pursue my master’s degree,
received as well as my self-confidence, I successfully dealt with my challenges, and also learned a lot from them. I came to enjoy my life to the point where I now consider Bowling Green my hometown away from home. I know the first week can be really overwhelming for you in your new surroundings and when you are away from your loved ones. There might also be many challenges you will have to face. But remember you are not alone. The graduate student body is composed of people from very diverse backgrounds, but together we form a big University family, and we can always get support and help from T:5.278” our family members to overcome our challenges.
I faced many challenges, such as homesickness, culture shock, language problems and first-time teaching nerves. So how did I get through them? It was thanks to the many people who have helped me. My wonderful parents are my no. 1 supporters. Even though they were thousands of miles away, they were always there for me 100 percent with understanding and encouragement. The faculty from both the English and biology departments were also super helpful and supportive. Especially, my mentor Professor Paul Morris was very nice and patient in guiding me through my research projects and helping me with studies. With all of the help I
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VBALL From Page 8 thinking about last year, that is over,” she said. “This is a new season; a new team and we just have to start again.” The team began the offseason by teaching the incoming freshmen to buy into the team’s culture and its competitiveness. “Teaching our freshmen about our tea m has been a lot easier t han I expected,” said lef t-side hitter Lindsey Butter f ield. “They a re more t ha n w i l ling to learn and adapt, I think they are going to be a great addition.” The first regular season game for the Falcons is aga inst Ma rquette, who finished 27-7 on the season and beat BG this past year. “Marquette is a good team, they are a top 30 team; they play fast offense, they are well coached, they are ver y good,” Tomic said. “Out of all three teams [BG, BYU and Marquette] we have the worst [ranking]. I want us to play
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Danny Baraldi chases down a ball in the midfield. The Falcons start their regular season Aug. 29 against Malone.
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“We couldn’t have asked for such better captains this year,” Nichols said. “With nine seniors the tricky part is that any of them could have been a captain, but that feeds into our culture because everyone is a leader and helping each other get better.” To help the team relax after fall camp ended, the coaching staff took the team on a canoeing trip for a few days in Walhounding, Ohio. That trip was made for them to get away from soccer for a little bit and take some time to recharge, Nichols said. “The trip definitely brought the team together,” Wiest said. “It was fun and it was nice to do something different for a bit.” The team’s first chance
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“I think we are where we need to be at this time ...” Danijela Tomic | Head Coach hard, play disciplined, be a great team and be aggressive; if we do all of those things, if we beat Marquette, great, and if we don’t, we will come back next week and work harder.” Butterfield said she thinks about things this past year’s team did well when it came to being a winning team. “As long as we mold together, trust each other and have respect for each other I think the result will take care of itself,” she said. Tom ic sa id t he preseason has gone well and the team w ill be work ing on tech n ica l t ra i n i ng this week. “I think we are where we need to be at t his t ime a nd it is ha rd to gauge where we are until we line-up against somebody else,” she said. The team is returning with seven seniors, three
to see some in-game practice before the season was at its exhibition game Saturday, Aug. 24 against Cincinnati. The Falcons beat Cincinnati 4-2 on two second half goals from freshmen Dan Looker and Joe Sullivan. Midfielder Danny Baraldi and forward Anthony Grant also scored for the Falcons. The game had a regular season feel, and according to the coaches and players, that’s what they work toward every game. “We treat every game like a championship game,” senior captain Brandon Silva said. “Whether it’s Cincinnati, Akron in September or West Virginia in November, everything is a championship game for us.” This s e a s on t he Fa lcons pla n to continue the improvement t hey have had dur ing t he past few yea rs. It has improved from f ive
of which were na med to t he First-Tea m A llMAC is past year. Paige Penrod, a left-side hitter was named the MV P of the MAC Championship, right-side hitter Danielle Tonya n a nd L i ndsey Butter f ield a re players Tomic expects big seasons out of. Sprink led with freshmen expected to get some playing time, the 18-player roster has “more dept h in ever y position,” Tomic said. Tomic and the players k now it w ill not be easy to lower a not her M AC Cha mpionsh ip ba n ner, but t hey bel ieve t hey can do it. “It’s like a GPS, go straight, go right, take a detour, all things happen during the regular season, there is no one way to reach your destination,” Tomic said. BG will be hosting a tournament at the Stroh Center this weekend. Participants include BG, Ma rquette Universit y, Creig hton Un iversit y a nd Brigha m Young University. BG will start with a match against Marquette Friday at 7 p.m.
w ins in 2010 to eig ht w i ns i n 2012 w it h a near w in at Ohio State in 2011 a nd t wo w ins aga i nst M ich iga n i n 2011 and 2012. “We want to win every game we play, but that doesn’t mean we think we are going to win 19 games,” Nichols said. “We want to approach every game like it’s the only one that matters … I think when we walk on the field this year we will be sending a message with the way we carry ourselves.” The Falcons will open their regular season Friday at home against Malone University at 7 p.m. Malone is coming off a six-win year and will look to leave BG with a win to start off the season. “We are ready for the season to start, we have been busting our butts this offseason,” Baraldi said. “We are ready to stop kicking each other and start kicking other people.”
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Get to know your student representatives Alex Solis
Title: President Year: Senior Major: Sports Management Why that major: “I was a student athlete in high school and was raised on athletics growing up,” Solis said. He also liked management and business, “so they seemed to fit.” Why he chose this University: “I chose BG for my major in sports management, they had a good program,” Solis said. He took a tour of the University while he was searching for a school. “By the time it was done, I was completely connected t o BG.” His platform: Solis has four components. “The first is the carryover of last year’s campaign which was retention,” Solis said. “Recruiting and retaining students are important.” The second was academic success, which included involving faculty and staff in issues and focusing on technology in the classroom. “Student engagement outside of the classroom is the third and finding out what students are passionate about.” Last was advocating for the students and what they want through the master plan for the University. Upcoming issues: “I think that budgets and cuts from the funding will be an issue,” Solis said. “We will be having conversations with [the administration] as the University moves forward to ensure everything is done for the students.”
Title: Speaker Year: Senior Major: Business with specialization in Supply Chain Management Why that major: “I thought the career path would be a good balance between data analysis and interpersonal communication.” Why she chose this University: Post came to the University as an education major. “I liked the college of Education here, along with the honors program.” Her platform: Post had a vision for both outside and inside her organization. “I hope to improve communication and collaboration with students and administration in BG,” Post said. “Also, to enhance relationships and foster growth in the senate.” Upcoming issues: “Enforcing a smoke free campus will be a big one this year,” Post said.
DATA From Page 3 part by a change in admission criteria. By accepting 160 less students on the lower end of the ACT scoring scale, such as 17, the University was able to recruit more students who scored 24 or above, bumping the overall average, Swegan said. Some incoming freshmen don’t think this tactic is fair. “I feel it would make people try harder to get into college but also discourage others from even enrolling,” said freshman Morgan Schneider. “I didn’t think of college until my junior and senior year and luckily I had a good enough GPA to be accepted.” Schneider finished high school with a 3.2 GPA and said being in the smartest freshman class would make her try harder to get better grades. “I am already nervous about getting good grades and starting off smart,” she said. “In high school I screwed around in the
ALCOHOL From Page 1 know their limit yet.” Incoming freshmen are breaking away from their home environment and living by themselves, so naturally they are curious about alcohol, Ludy said. Students don’t realize drinks with hard liquor have higher levels of alcohol than a beer of the same size, said Faith Yingling, director of Wellness. “One 8 oz malt drink, which could be a Jack and Coke drink, is the equivalent to four shots,” Yingling said. When drinking a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time, students need to think about grades, alcohol poisoning and long-term brain effects, Ludy said. Senior Erin Elias, 21, tries to focus mostly on her grades without letting her social life interfere too much. “I just drink because everyone else does it and I know that sounds bad, but it helps me loosen up, allowing me to have a better time while I’m out,” she said. “I was always on a tight leash when I was growing up and my parents always told me to make my own decisions but beware of the consequences.” Junior Bailey Simon, 21, learned the consequences of drinking alcohol the hard way when her grades started to slip. “My freshmen and sophomore year I used to drink every weekend,” Simon said. She noticed an overall drop in performance in her
David Neely Title: Vice President Year: Senior Major: Accounting Why that major: “I enjoy numbers,” Neely said. “I’m very analytical and like the rational thought process.” Why he chose this University: Neely chose the University for several reasons. “I knew I wanted to go here because it was close to home, I wanted to go into business and I could get involved here,” Neely said. His platform: The students were on Neely’s top list. “Student involvement and engagement is important,” Neely said. “Retention and getting students to stay at BG need to happen, which goes along with engagement.” Upcoming issues: He is concerned about revising the academic honesty policy. “We need to make the policy more current and understandable,” Neely said. “Misquoting or not citing one line is different than the whole paper. We need to make so it’s not a one size fits all.”
Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from the Aug. 23, 2013, issue of The BG News.
“For all new students our primary goals we have is to adjust them to academic expectations of college and help them get engaged.”
DINING From Page 6 Paulus and Meyer said they are always updating new things and changing things to meet the students’ needs. “Menus and brands are always evolving and our students expect [the University] to offer the most contemporary of services available,” Paulus said. Senior Jake Rogers lives
Andy Alt | Director of First Year Programs beginning so I am going to have to buckle down and work hard.” Fortunately for freshmen worried about adjusting to college life, the University has programs specifically catered to them. “For all new students our primary goals we have is to adjust them to academic expectations of college and help them get engaged,” said Andy Alt, director of First Year Programs. Following move-in day, freshmen will participate in an extended orientation and be introduced to the four pillars of success: academic success, career development, leadership and engagement and personal and fiscal responsibility, Alt said. “Getting engaged and
involved is critical to retention,” he said. The retention rate from fall 2012 to spring 2013 was 89.5 percent. The rate from fall 2012 to fall 2013 will be available Sept. 9. Alt hopes to see the retention rate increase by 2 to 4 percent each year. A way the University is looking to increase retention is by linked courses, an initiative from the Provost’s Office where students take two or three of the same classes together. Schneider likes the initiative and sees it as a way to get to know other students better and work together. As the year draws nearer, Schneider is more thrilled about being a freshman than worrying about school.
PLAN From Page 3 collaborative learning. “There will be better and more productive collaboration between students and faculty,” Krakoff said. Four buildings that are set to be demolished include the Administration building, West Hall and the Family and Consumer Sciences building and the Education building. “Several of the buildings that are older or that have maintenance and renovation needs that are really too high ... will be demolished,” Krakoff said. Also planned for demolition is Harshman residence hall. “We will be demolishing Harshman over the next six to seven years, there will be a new [residence hall] to replace it,” Krakoff said. “Not as big
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studies since she began to drink, leading to her decision to tone the drinking down. “I usually don’t really have to study a lot but I’ve been noticing, especially this past year, I needed to study more than usual because I don’t remember stuff as well,” Simon said. Because she would consume alcohol four days of the week for almost 30 weeks her first two years of college, she lost brain cells because of high levels of alcohol toxins. “The brain will move at a slower pace and will have trouble remembering things because the damage being done to it,” Ludy said. Both Yingling and Ludy want to remind students that there are alternatives to drinking on the weekend. Students could volunteer to be a designated driver for the night, drink water in between drinks or limit themselves to two drinks a night, Yingling said. Yingling also said students can participate in activities the University provides, which students can find out about through campus update emails and on the University website. “Being involved in campus organizations can also take up time and be a fun thing to participate in on weekends,” Ludy said. Another main reason Elias refrains from drinking a lot is because she doesn’t want to make stupid decisions. “I’ve seen too many of my friends wake up in the morning confused and upset at dumb things they did
“Students will enjoy the changes because it is what they asked for and we want to please the students.” Mike Paulus | Director off campus and does not get the luxury of eating on campus with a meal plan like he
as Harshman, but probably a few hundred beds.” Freshman Brian Brousseau said he thinks the changes that will be made on campus are going to benefit everyone involved in the University. “I think it’s good for the campus itself, but it’s also going to make the students more able to reach their full potential,” he said. Another aspect that will be incorporated is academic neighborhoods, said Rodney Rogers, the senior vice president of Academic Affairs. “It’s not so much pulling colleges together,” Rogers said. “But beginning to locate— physically locate— academic programs together.” The programs will be brought together to help with collaboration between them, Rogers said. Universities know knowledge moves forward, but
ALTERNATIVES TO DRINKING ON THE WEEKEND
• Join student organizations • Volunteer to be a designated driver • Limit yourself to two drinks a night • Drink water in between alcoholic beverages * Information from Mary Jon Ludy, assistant professor in the Dietetics and Family and Consumer Sciences Department.
the night before,” she said. “I would never want that for myself.” Instances of poor decisionmaking students could be a part of if they aren’t careful may involve sexual assault, injuries, suicide attempts and alcohol poisoning, Ludy said. Alcohol poisoning occurs when someone drinks a large amount quickly in a short amount of time, Ludy said. Call 911 and make sure the person is positioned on his or her side to avoid choking on vomit, she said. Drinking water inbetween alcoholic beverages will help students avoid this, Ludy said. She also said food acts as a way to sober up. Elias said not drinking as much as her friends, who drink five times a week, is one of the best decisions she’s made. “Letting my social life get in the way of my school work just because it’s what everyone does in college is not worth it,” Elias said. “We are here for school, not to drink every night of the week.”
did his first two years and thinks these changes are just what students need. “I wish this was offered when I was a freshman or sophomore living on campus,” he said. “I like that I can cook what I want off of campus, but I always like having a meal plan because it was fast and always there when I was hungry.”
Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from the Aug. 23, 2013, issue of The BG News. they are notorious for remaining separate and not collaborating, Rogers said. The neighborhoods will help students and faculty collaborate, he said. One of the first changes that can be expected is the construction of a new greek village. Students can also expect a significant change at the Rec Center. “When students come back they will see two separate areas within the Rec Center,” said Steve Kampf, assistant vice president of Student Affairs. The aquatics area of the Rec will have its own entrance, and the second area will be for weights, cardio, group exercise and basketball, Kampf said.
Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from the Aug. 23, 2013, issue of The BG News.
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USG prepares for upcoming year Student government has strategic plan for student body
By Kendra Clark In Focus Editor
For the people who represent the undergraduate student body, communication is important. The Undergraduate Student Government is working to increase communication between students and representatives this year. “We are that student organization that really advocates for students and is the liaison between the administration and the student body,” said USG Vice President David Neely. “We will have a presence at Campus Fest and try to utilize social media as much as possible, along with just showing our presence around campus.” USG Speaker Katie Post agrees. “We are trying to improve our communication between campus and students,” Post said. “We will also be posting on Facebook about speakers because the information we get from them is important to students so we want to give them an opportunity to see what’s going on.” This is the second year USG President Alex Solis and Neely have been leaders of the student body. Neely believes having a year under their belt is beneficial. “It’s a good thing,” Neely said. “Staying with the consistency in leadership is good. There is definitely a learning curve, it took Alex and I five or six months just to learn what the job entails and to establish connections with the faculty. Now
we have all of that knowledge, it makes this a lot easier to focus on the students at the start.” Solis plans to continue what he started last year. “We will focus around different pieces involving student success,” Solis said. Post has been working on the academic honesty policy throughout the summer. “We have been trying to revise the different degrees of academic honesty,” Post said. “What is defined for the schools so far is plagiarizing a sentence on a paper is the same as a whole paper and we don’t think that is right.” Solis is also concerned about the school’s academic honesty policy, which has the same punishment for any kind of plagiarism. “We have made steps to approach academic honesty,” Solis said. “The last time the policy was updated was about eight to 10 years ago, and we have had great conversations with the faculty and staff. We want the process to be fair.” Neely understands the importance for revising the academic honesty as well. “We need to make it more current and understandable for people,” Neely said. “It can’t be a one size fits all policy.” Neely has also been working with the library to change the hours of operation. “We have been working with the library pretty closely for new hour arrangements for exam week,” he said. “We will be sending out surveys to the student body to see if students will use 24-hour library
Administrators provide advice to incoming students
Daniel Gordon Position: First Ward Council Member Office: N/A Contact: gordonforcitycouncil@ gmail.com Salary: $5,000 One thing to know about them: “I am the only student on city council and part of my mission is to be a voice for students in city government.” One thing to know about Bowling Green: “BG is a great place to live, work and play.” Advice for students: “Get out into downtown area. There are so many restaurants and shops.” Favorite thing about Bowling Green and why: “Grounds For Thought because the coffee is amazing and I love to read.”
Brad Conner Position: Police Chief Office: 175 W. Wooster St. Contact: 419-352-8775 Salary: $92,000 One thing to know about them: “I am a graduate of BGSU and I have been where you are.” One thing to know about Bowling Green: “BG is a great community and has a lot to offer.” Advice for students: “Behave responsibly as you would at home.” Favorite thing about Bowling Green and why: “Downtown because it’s easy to access and has good restaurants.”
Richard Edwards John Fawcett Position: Municipal Administrator Office: 304 N. Church St. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Salary: $117,000 One thing to know about them: “My job is to oversee dayto-day operations of all aspects of the city.” One thing to know about Bowling Green: “BG has a lot to offer anyone at any age and I encourage you to explore beyond Main Street.” Advice for students: “Live your days in Bowling Green as you would at home.” Favorite thing about Bowling Green and why: “Downtown because of its vitality.”
Position: Mayor Office: 304 N. Church St. Contact: email@example.com Salary: $30,000 One thing to know about them: “I have a long history with BGSU and am always open to discussion.” One thing to know about Bowling Green: “I encourage students to take advantage of disctinctive features of downtown and to participate in public events.” Advice for students: “Go to the Black Swamp Arts Festival.” Favorite thing about Bowling Green and why: “Call of the Canyon because I love eating there and it’s always welcoming.”
Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from the Aug. 23, 2013, issue of The BG News.
hours the week before and week of to make it a hotspot for students.” Solis and Post have been watching over the new Falcon Health Center being built during the summer. “I have spent a lot of time on the health center,” Solis said. “I have done walks through the building with the Wood County [Hospital] staff.” USG passed a resolution calling for gender neutral bathrooms to be in the health center last spring, something Post is happy was included in the building. “We want it to be inclusive for all people,” she said. Starting off the new year, Solis has his focus on Not In Our Town, a campaign started last semester to help bring awareness to issues and tolerance of diversity. “We will be supporting and focusing on Not In Our Town this year,” Solis said. “We will be reviewing it and see how we can take part, why it’s in place and see what we can do.” We have the opportunity to build on what we already have done, Solis said. “We want to continue to do better, we learned a lot about what we can do so hopefully this year we will get an opportunity to be successful for the student body,” he said. The first USG meeting is Aug. 26 in room 308 of the Union at 7:30 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from the Aug. 23, 2013, issue of The BG News.
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GSS to focus on outreach
By Danae King Editor-in-Chief
When Lingxiao Ge came to Bowling Green from her hometown in China, she was surprised by how friendly everyone was. Now, as Graduate Student Senate president, she tries to return the friendliness by advocating for students. “If someone wants to be involved, we want to incorporate them,” Ge said. “We are that sounding board, we want to hear your concerns and if we can help, we want to try.” Graduate Student Senate is an organization that represents and advocates for the interests of graduate students, said Michael Salitrynski, GSS treasurer. This year, the executive board is focusing on hosting forums, a professional development day and the Shanklin Colloquium and Awards, Schaffer said. The organization is also working to reach out to a population they haven’t in the recent past. “Our goal is to make sure we are doing outreach to the online graduate population,” said Martha Schaffer, GSS vice president. “[Online graduate students] have their own issues ... We want to make sure that com-
mmunication is flowing both ways, but also know they can come to us if they have an issue.” The senate is starting to communicate with these and all graduate students more this year. “There are lots of solutions to lots of problems if you can just get the right people in the right situation,” Shaffer said. The organization is also looking into professional development funding. Salitrynski is conducting research on how students receive the funds, which can be used for trips to conferences and colloqia. The research is now in the information collecting stage, he said, but he’s finding that some departments differ in the funds they have and the funds they give out. “I want to try to find some ways to create balance,” he said. “Culturally, there’s just different perspectives, in some departments there is a very real financial tension where students are struggling to find funding.” Salitrynski encourages students to come talk to GSS if they have questions or problems. “I think really in GSS over the past couple of years we’ve seen a number of
“If someone wants to be involved, we want to incorporate them.” Lingxiao Ge | Graduate Student Senate President
funding changes,” he said. For Ge, GSS is an opportunity to speak with more students and talk to University administrators. “It’s a really enjoyable experience for me,” she said. At first, Ge was uncertain about being GSS president, but she soon gained confidence from her peers. “I thought about it for several days and then I thought, ‘yeah, I can give it a try’,” she said. “I think I can, I think I’m a natural leader.” Ge said students should come to GSS with questions and issues and the senate will do their best to help. “If we don’t know the answer ourselves, we might be able to connect you with the person who knows,” she said. “We can be points of contact for issues students have.”
Editor’s Note: This is a reprint from the Aug. 23, 2013, issue of The BG News.
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ALYSSA BENES | THE BG NEWS ANTHONY MALINAK | THE BG NEWS
THE INTERACTIVE play educated incoming freshmen on situations from parties to getting your roommate to go to class.
Play promoted bystander intervention Playfair offered a variety of
upperclassmen welcome incoming freshmen during Playfair Saturday night at the Stroh Center.
icebreakers for freshmen By Dylanne Petros Copy Chief
The second annual Playfair, an event hosted for incoming freshmen, took place Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Stroh Center. “It’s really trying to get people out of their comfort zones, to meet others [and] have fun,” said Holly Grunn, coordinator of fraternity and sorority life. The University hired Playfair to come and run the events for freshmen. Playfair Coordinator Emily Andrews travels across the country and is in charge of choosing the icebreakers and games for the freshmen to play. “[There are] 25 facilitators … we go around the
country and visit different campuses in the summer until late fall and do orientation for the new students,” Andrews said. The icebreakers help students get to know each other and make friends before classes even start, said Jacob Clemens, assistant dean of the Center for Leadership. Freshmen were put into different groups throughout the night so they would be able to meet as many people as possible. “Students were put in different groups based on their locations or majors or hobbies and got to know each other better,” Clemens said. Students were also put into groups based on their birthday.
“My favorite part was when we were separated into groups based on our birth months,” freshman Carly Willis said. “After getting separated into the groups we stayed in that group really for the rest of the night. It was so nice to get to know a small group of people.” Playfair has other goals than just having new freshmen get to know each other. “It’s called Playfair because it’s about teambuilding,” Andrews said. “We do not exclude anyone.” For people to work on their team building skills, there were some activities where the freshmen had to work
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For freshman Kimber Riley, going to Wal-Mart for Midnight Madness this past Friday was a no-brainer. “I needed stuff from here,” Riley said. “I heard you could get things for free. I also heard it’s one of those things you shouldn’t miss.” Midnight Madness was an event hosted by the University.
TUITION From Page 6 towards tuition now is being used to pay for all the renovations around campus. “I see the tuition increase going towards the new renovations to the University,” said senior Kayla Fackler. Senior Doug Hawkey also thinks the money is going towards renovations. “We have to pay more money and the whole campus is under construction, it’s stupid,” Hawkey said. But, the money will go towards the University’s general operating budget, which includes things like faculty salaries, health insurance and
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ond time the audience could intervene when they saw an issue and give suggestions on how to fix the problem. Then the actors would take those suggestions and re-act the scene with them. The play consisted of issues students may go through such as alcohol poisoning, sexual assault and depression. “We want students to understand that they are not helpless, but they can make
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Approximately 1,100 incoming freshmen flooded the Union Ballroom Saturday afternoon to participate in an interactive play, which taught students when it is necessary to intervene in certain situations. A collaboration between the Wellness Center, the Opening Weekend committee and the Humanities Group hosted an interactive play called “What Could You Do?” showing students
how to step in to help during situations. The turnout was so large people had to be turned away, said Michael Ellison, an associate professor in Theatre and Film department and director and adviser for the Humanities Group. “We hoped for this kind of turn out, but certainly wasn’t expecting to fill up the room,” Ellison said. The play was presented to the audience twice: the first time was an uninterrupted run-through and the sec-
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It provided transportation for freshmen students to go to either Meijer or Wal-Mart after the end of move-in day. “The biggest thing is just making sure we have the items they need,” said Tom Kehres, store manager for Wal-Mart in Bowling Green. “It’s making sure we got the wide mix of everything.” Midnight Madness is also a way to help students get
familiar with the town. “We are open 24 hours a day, anyway, so for us it’s to let the students know where we are,” Kehres said. “They might not even know where we are located, so to have the opportunity for them to come over on the bus and see where we’re at, it’s a big advantage for us.”
electricity, Stoll said. Stoll encouraged students who have questions about tuition and the budget to can contact the Department of Finance and Administration. The approved budgets for the University are also available on the University’s website under A-Z links, Stoll said. Every year when looking at the budget, if tuition has to be raised, the smallest increase possible is considered, she said. Deciding what happens with tuition every year is largely dependent on state support and it’s important for students to vote and elect someone who supports higher education, Stoll said. It is still unclear what is going to happen with
tuition next year— whether it will increase, decrease or stay the same. “It’s too early to tell if tuition will increase again next year because we don’t know what kind of support we will receive from the state,” Stoll said. “We will begin by modeling a budget with no increase, an increase is not what we want to do.” But students like Hawkey aren’t optimistic. Tuition is just going to keep increasing, Hawkey said. “If you look at the cost of attendance at all four-year schools, there are only four that are less expensive than [the University],” Stoll said.
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MIDNIGHT From Page 14 Midnight Madness for WalMart is geared toward providing students with what they forget from home, Kehres said. Freshman Maya Rothman was one of the students who needed to find things she forgot at Wal-Mart. “I forgot a lot of stuff at home,” Rothman said. “I wanted to come and get what I needed.” Midnight Madness was scheduled to last from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday night. However, the buses arrived to Wal-Mart later than expected. “They came much later than we had thought they would,” Kehres said. “I asked around at 11:30 and nobody was there. They didn’t show
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a difference depending on how they handle a situation,” Ellison said. For freshman Arianna Dyer, the message was crystal clear. “[The play] highlighted a lot of issues that students can relate to, so I think now I understand the affects a decision has when you don’t do anything,” Dyer said. “I feel like I will become more responsible instead of standing around.” Faith Yingling, director of Wellness, brought attention to the subject “bystander intervention,” after she saw a video on YouTube. “A house was on fire and everyone who watched it happen got their phones out to videotape it, but no one thought to call 911 because they all thought someone would do it,” she said. “They had lots of footage to show the cops, but no one called. It absolutely amazes me that no one called.”
up until about 12 and it didn’t end until about 1:30 a.m.” Meijer was the other stop for Midnight Madness and it has hosted the event for other colleges before trying it at the University. “It started out where we did some of the major colleges,” said Rod Unsinger, second-shift store director for Meijer in Bowling Green. “It’s worked out for the whole company to wherever there is a major college we do a back to-college night.” Like Wal-Mart, Meijer participates in Midnight Madness to advertise its location to the student body. “It’s a chance for people who might not know Meijer, whether they come from out of state or don’t know where our stores are, to see
what we provide to them,” Unsinger said. Freshman Tyler Porter came to Meijer because he heard a lot about the event. “It was advertised a lot,” Porter said. “I wanted to go to be with my friends and to be a part of everything.” Already familiar with Meijer, freshman Brooke Heuerman came for the deals to save. “I came to Meijer for the discounts and the free stuff,” Heuerman said. “It’s something to do. I shop at Meijer a lot, anyways.” The event bussed students to both Meijer and Wal-Mart. Sophomore Quiana Douglas took advantage of the drive. “I came because the school was offering a free ride,” Douglas said. “It’s a way to stock up for stuff I forgot.”
The theme “bystander intervention” promotes stepping up to help when people are in need, as opposed to standing around doing nothing. “As bystanders, we feel like we can’t do something but we want too,” Ellison said. “This play was to help raise questions and strategies on how to help those in need.” The organizations began working on the play when Yingling suggested the idea this past year to Ellison. A “pilot play” was shown to students this past year around the same time, which received positive feedback that was a determining factor to continue working on the play for this year, Yingling said. Before the play on Saturday, the actors participated in the Late Night at the Field House Friday night where they acted out “tidbits” or segments of the play. Students who participated with the actors were given a T-Shirt that had the message, ‘Step Up and Step In’ on it, Yingling said. If students wore their T-Shirt to
the play, they were entered in a raffle to win a pair of Beats Headphones. “We wanted to make the play more interactive with students, and received a greater turnout than last year,” Yingling said. “I think allowing students to put themselves in a situation really helped get our message across.” Actor Sarah Maxwell said she thought letting the audience members participate was a great idea. “I am so interested in how to use theater to change the world and how it can affect lives, so I really hope today’s play sent that message,” said Maxwell, a senior. Even though the actors didn’t get through all of the scenes in the play, Ellison said he thinks the message was received and people will start to step up. “I am more than pleased with how many students participated during the interactive part,” he said. “We accomplished what we wanted: making people aware.”
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