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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
VOLUME 92, ISSUE 41
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Student input sought for new health center, projected completion next fall
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NEOCLES LEONTIS, University professor of chemistry, speaks against rezoning at the public hearing. He said the rezoning could drive homeowners away from the area University and decrease property values.
City council hosts debate on controversial rezoning
After more than three collective hours of testimonies and discussion regarding a controversial rezoning ordinance of properties near downtown, city council decided to postpone it indefinitely. The rezoning ordinance would change properties on North Prospect, East Wooster and North Summit streets from B-2 general commercial to B-3 central business zones. The properties are currently owned by Wooster Street Apartments LLC, SAG Investments Ltd. and Robert L. Hudson. Offices, motels, transportation terminals and bars are allowed under B-2, but is currently host to rental homes, offices and a parking lot. B-3 would allow for everything B-2 would allow but with the maximum of four stories to a building, according to Heather Saylor, city planning director. The applicants who requested the zoning change, plan on demolishing four of the rental properties and putting up a two-story building accommodating eight business units on the first story and 16 efficiency rental
UAO provides buses Students can take free ride to Columbus home game By Abby Welsh Reporter
University Activity Organization, along with the help of other campus organizations and athletics, is providing a free bus for students to the football team’s last game against Buffalo in Columbus, Ohio, at the Crew Stadium this Friday, Nov. 23. “UAO wanted to provide a bus because we know that [athletics] is really trying to get attendance to this game and not all students get to go home for Thanksgiving, so we just thought this would be a great opportunity for students for a free ride there and back for the last game,” said senior and President of UAO, Maureen Carr. Carr said that there will be two buses, a Falcon Club bus and a student bus, leaving from Lot 13, which is across from El Zarape, at 10 a.m. Friday. This way, the students will be there in time for the 2 p.m. kickoff. Even though the game is away, it is still considered a home game so students will be able to get into the game
for free with their student I.D. “Athletics just wanted to have the game in a different location because I think once every other year there is a game after Thanksgiving and they decided to have it at the Crew Stadium,” Carr said. “They’re decking the whole stadium out in orange and brown and they’re still going to have the alumni tent so we are just trying to get students down there for the game.” Carr said athletics motive was to “go where the students are” because the University’s biggest student population is in Cleveland and Columbus. “Because of this, instead of having it in BG, it was decided to have it in the Crew Stadium,” Carr said. UAO vice president of Marketing, Amanda Matthews, a junior, said that it’s important to make sure students are still going to this game. “I think it will help [the football team] have more motivation wherever there is more fans cheering and
FALCONS TRY TO PUT STREAK ON ICE Coming off five straight losses and two this past weekend to nationally ranked Ferris State, the Falcons look to snap the streak at Michigan Wednesday. | PAGE 5
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units on the second, said Michelle Green, who represented Wooster Street Apartments, LLC. Residents in the surrounding area, however, were wary of the proposal, vocalizing concerns about lower property values, problems with student renters and future construction. “We have too many student rental units there already,” said Les Barber. “All of the houses [currently on the properties] are in good shape and are still attractive, but we all know that student housing in the long run is a form a urban blight.” Rose Hess said creating more rental properties for students will only increase the litter and nuisance parties in the area. Hess noted police had responded to nearly 20 nuisance calls to a particular house on North Prospect. If retail stores are installed, there wouldn’t be any nuisance problems and the residents would have no problem with it, she said. Some residents proposed that the proposed building be moved downtown. “We have a number of vacant store-
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By Alex Alusheff City Editor
The new health center is projected to open fall 2013, and the Wood County Hospital is currently presenting to student groups and working to get student input. The preliminary sketches of the new building are being presented to Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student Senate and exofficio, said Richard Sipp, associate vice president for Student Affairs and executive director of the Center for Student Health. “I think the design is very good,” Sipp said. “They’re really working to make it as student-friendly as possible.” It is a work in progress, but the company is definitely seeking input from students, Sipp said. Wood County Hospital will build the new health center and operate it once it is in the new building. The new health center will be located on the corner of Wooster Street and South College Street and will be two floors and about 20,000 square feet, Sipp said. It is possible that the ground breaking for the new health center will begin around mid-December, Sipp said. “It depends on the progress of the construction,” he said. “It’s possible.” The University would like to stay as close to the original timeline, fall 2013, as possible, Sipp said. Wood County Hospital is working with a program called design-build to design the building. The program focuses on the size of the building and the frame, while allowing the customer to design the interior of the building simultaneously, Sipp said. The program will help to cut about six months of time off of the planning and construction process, Sipp said. In addition to what the current health center offers, the new health center will also possibly offer radiology and a gynecologist, Sipp said. “They’re working to try to make it as convenient for the students as possible,” he said.
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Internet usage can turn into addiction
Students, others experience problems with going online too much to escape By Geoff Burns Reporter
For college students, using the Internet can be an essential aspect of completing homework assignments, but using it too much could potentially turn into an addiction. Internet addiction is referred to as when a person cannot control his or her urges when dealing with the use of the Internet, causing stress in their life, said Craig Vickio, psychologist at the University Counseling Center. Factors such as online gaming and social networking sites are major inf luences in the development of Internet addiction, he said. “It has to do with an escapist mechanism that it may be a desire to try and cope with things in their lives by just escaping, and I think that people sometimes turn to the Internet just as they would some other kinds of behaviors, like sleep or drugs and alcohol,” Vickio said. “Occasionally, people use this as a coping circumstance by means of
getting away from it all.” Richard Anderson, associate professor in the department of psychology, said Internet addiction experts don’t agree on what distinguishes an addiction from a strong desire for something. “It’s not clear to me whether it matters if you’re addicted or not; what matters is if you have a desire that has gotten out of control that has been causing problems in your life,” Anderson said. “So if you’re addicted to the Internet for example, you’re not going to have the same kind of withdrawal symptoms that you would have with alcohol or heroine, so then it becomes a much trickier thing when considering what is an addiction and what isn’t.” Vickio said many students use Facebook and Skype on the Internet in order to fulfill a desire in ways that couldn’t be met any other way. “Students use these to fulfill other needs that aren’t being met,” Vickio said. “They can be healthy ways and sometimes
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problematic, depending on the extent to where it may be interfering with other aspects of their life and the amount of time they are spending.” Freshman Noah Hester uses the Internet at least eight hours each day and considers himself to be addicted to the Internet. His main uses consist of playing online video games and for homework assignments, he said. “If I’m bored then I’ll just get on the Internet,” Hester said. “Now that I’m in college, I always have to look up information for my classes and my usage for the Internet has definitely increased since I have become a student.” Anderson said that in order for people to help cope and get rid of their addiction, they should seek help. “If they have a trusted friend or family member, that would be a step in at least identifying that you have an addiction,” Anderson said. “Letting people you trust and know about the addiction is a good way to utilize the problem.”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THANKSGIVING FOOD? “The morning after, we eat waffles with leftover turkey.” Danny Shae Freshman, Graphic Design
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Complainant reported that an unknown person damaged a poster, stuffed animal, sofa and Lazy Boy of an apartment within the 700 block of Fifth St. The items were valued at a total of $64.
Complainant reported that an unknown person sprayed a vehicle with a fire extinguisher within the 700 block of E. Napoleon Road.
SUN., NOV. 18. 12:24 A.M.
Complainant reported that a loan company had been withdrawing money from his account even though he declined the application. The company withdrew a total of $1,600.
Robert Lanier Hiley Jr, 26, of Bowling Green, was arrested for felonious assault and obstructing official business within the 1400 block of Burrwood Drive. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. Irijah Marq Kanoyton, 21, of Bowling Green, was cited for nuisance party.
Complainant reported that a bike was stolen within the 600 block of High St.
Curtis Ray Humphrey, 20, of Columbus, Ohio, was cited for open container and underage possession of alcohol near East Wooster Street
and Alumni Drive.
the 200 block of N. Main St.
Leon R. Malcom Jr, 21, of Cleveland, was cited for open container at Lot 2 downtown. William Balhal Watson, 18, of Bowling Green, was cited for open container and underage possession of alcohol at Lot 2 downtown. 1:49 A.M.
Albert J. Latimer IV, 24, of Walbridge, Ohio, was arrested for disorderly conduct with persistence within the 200 block of N. Main St. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 2:30 A.M.
Nevin M. Gray, 22, of Toledo, was cited for robbery within
Greek housing moves to phase 2 USG sees options of location, architectural style of new Greek houses By Emily Gordon Reporter
The Greek housing replacement project is one step closer to being finalized into a working plan, said Chris Bullins, associate dean of students. Bullins spoke to the Undergraduate Student Government Monday night about the project’s progress. “I’m very excited,” Bullins said. “To give students what they’ve asked for cannot be done in the existing houses.” In what he called “phase two” of the project, Bullins explained the next step will be to recommend a course of action to the Board of Trustees. This proposal will consist of a location for the new houses and an architectural style in which to build them, Bullins said. “Hopefully phase two will culminate at the Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 7,” Bullins said. “Phase
three will be the execution of that...picking the final architects, relocating chapters and ultimately demolition and construction.” Bullins showed USG members pictures of the location and architectural style options in a powerpoint presentation. The location options being considered for the new houses include the land where sorority row currently stands on Thurstin Avenue and where fraternity row currently stands on Wooster Street. The existing buildings would be demolished so the new houses could be built in their footprints, Bullins said. Current chapter leaders, alumni volunteers and chapter advisers were surveyed to see which location they preferred, Bullins said, and the Wooster Street location was favored by 60 percent. Brian Kochheiser, IFC senator, also prefers the
Wooster Street location. “I think it’s a more central location to campus,” Kochheiser said. “It’s safer for the community to not have to cross a street and it won’t become separated by a street. Jared Pokorny, off-campus senator, said he also prefers the Wooster Street location, as it will be a welcoming entrance for people coming into town. “It would also be better to have a cohesive place where all the Greek kids could be together,” Pokorny said. Bullins said he is excited to see the project move forward. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback [from students] that this project is exciting for them and could jumpstart the community in terms of more people going Greek,” he said. “New housing will provide chapters new opportunities to create an experience for future students and future alumni for decades to come.”
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Timisha N. Cooks, 19, of Bowling Green, was cited for nuisance party within the 100 block of State Ave.
Complainant reported that sometime during the night, an unknown subject broke a pane of a window of a door of a business within the 300 block of N. Main St. The window was valued at $250.
sometime during the night, an unknown subject threw a cement block through the windshield of a vehicle within the 500 block of Ridge St. The estimated damage is $200.
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Johnny D. Miller, 54, of Bowling Green, was arrested for open container and a warrant from the police division and Wood County Sheriff’s Office within the 800 block of S. Main St. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 10:00 A.M.
Zachary E. Harmeyer, 22, of Bowling Green, was cited for failure to maintain a litterfree premise within the 100 block of Manville Ave.
Tyler M. Kralovic, 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for failure to maintain a litterfree premise within the 100 block of N. Prospect St. 11:44 A.M.
Jennifer Lynn Nelson, 32, of Bowling Green, was arrested on a warrant from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office within the 800 block of E. Napoleon Road. She was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 5:51 P.M.
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FOOTBALL From Page 1 support,” Matthews said. “This way the team can feel more motivated to win.” Carr said she got the word out through Facebook, flyers and campus updates.
COUNCIL From Page 1 fronts on Main Street; we are not in need of commercial space,” said Kathleen Dixon. “Strip malls are synonymous with urban blight.” All community members who spoke were concerned with the possibility of later development turning the area into a four-story apartment. Even though the rezoning would allow for a four-story building, Green said they would not stray from the original design and population density would actually decrease as a result. Collectively, 21 total people could reside among the four properties. The proposed building would bring that down to 16, Green said. It would also bring business into the area and increase
Zachary Tyler Barmmer, 19, of Chesterland, Ohio, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia within the 1400 block of Ridge St.
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Amanda Limpy, freshman, said she saw it through campus updates and thinks the free bus is a great idea for students. “I wasn’t originally going home for break so when I heard about it, I thought it was a great idea,” Limpy said. This is what Carr and the
rest of UAO was hoping to hear from students, such as Limpy, when planning this. “I think this will still give students who live in the Toledo area and who are staying here for break an opportunity to still support our athletics,” Carr said. “I think it will be a great turn out.”
income and real estate tax revenue, which would bring more money to the city and school district, she said. Saylor justified the rezoning by noting the high traffic volume in the area would make for economic success and it is an ample spot seeing as its in close proximity to downtown. She also linked it to the ongoing city and University visioning process, which one of its objectives is to improve and link the corridors between the two, which the rezoning would complement. Dixon believes that the potential new housing in the area wouldn’t impact the corridor. “There doesn’t seem to be a problem with students getting downtown over the 25 years I’ve been here,” Dixon said. In an attempt to negotiate,
members of council asked if the zones were changed and the proposed building did not go through, they would consider requesting to revert back to B-2. Green said it was fair and they would if that situation occurred. Ultimately, council decided to postpone the ordinance to look into a better alternative to appease both sides of the issue. Fourth Ward Council Member Greg Robinette motioned to postpone the ordinance while council and the planning commission looked at possibilities of amending the B-3 zone to restrict fourstory buildings. If a change can be made to the code, Robinette said he would reintroduce the rezoning proposal and close the issue for good.
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Small businesses downtown anticipate holiday shoppers this weekend By Tara Keller Pulse Editor
Black Friday shoppers may need to rethink where they spend their money later this week. Instead of going to the big retail stores early that morning, they may find better luck at the smaller businesses downtown. The Flower Basket will be opening at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning and owner Maryann Sandusky-Gibson said that later time slot will make a difference. “This is the best place in the entire world to come to for Black Friday because we’re not that busy,” Sandusky-Gibson said. “The small ma and pop shops here like our’s are great because the customers get more personalized attention.” For Floyd Craft, owner of Ben Franklin Crafts and Frames, the customer-flow is pretty even at his store that he’s owned since 1976. “It’s spread out evenly over the day,” Craft said. “It’ll be a long day.” Next door, Craft’s daugher, Amy Craft Ahrens, said she’s excited to work at her gift store For Keeps on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. For Keeps sells the popular Vera Bradley brand that is sure to reel in
customers, Ahrens said. “Vera will be big that day,” Ahrens said. “[For Keeps] is really just a hodgepodge of things.” Like her father, she doesn’t expect big crowds like Walmart will have. “We don’t have the craziness,” Ahrens said. “If you want to avoid the crowds, come here.” Past exposure may lead customers into downtown for Black Friday. After a downtown open house this past weekend, Art-A-Site owner Becky Laab hopes the people she met then will come shop on Friday. “We had that open house and had such a good response,” Laab said. “I hope the holiday mood continues on Friday.” Ace Hardware manager Carol Tolles said seeing her customers’ holiday mood is one her favorite things about Black Friday. For some stores, Black Friday is just a miniture version of another big sale. Finders Records employee Erica McCulure said Black Friday for them is similar to their large sale, Record Store Day, in April. “It’s a really big day,” McClure said.
Country singer Chris Young to perform at Stroh Center Nov. 29 will be singer’s first visit to University By Erin Cox Social Media Editor
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CAST MEMBERS of “A Christmas Carol” practice a dance scene in preparation for their Nov. 29 premiere. This will be Geoff Stephenson’s second time directing.
Students ring in ‘A Christmas Carol’ By Eric Lagatta Pulse Reporter
Some say it’s never too early for Christmas, neither is it too early for the “bah humbugs” of Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns the true meaning of the holiday. The Theatre and Film Department will host “A Christmas Carol,” a play based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella. With five showings, the play opens Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. and closes Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center. Director Geoff Stephenson, who directed the play four years ago, noticed that “A Christmas Carol’s” popularity is still strong since families are always looking for ways to celebrate Christmas. “It puts butts in seats,” he said. “Christmas is one of the few times where people still go to the theater.” The audience might be surprised by the way Stephenson, a lecturer in the Theatre and Film Department, chose to stage the play. Set in 1843, it is staged as if a group of actors in
a London street are performing the show. The audience will see the crew as they come on stage to do things such as spread mist. “In that regard, it’s kind of a play within a play,” Stephenson said. The play does feature Christmas carols from the time period, yet Stephenson doesn’t call it a musical, as the songs add mood to the scenes rather than advance plot, he said. These carols include “We wish you a merry Christmas,” and “Deck the halls.” Sophomore Natalie Golz plays Scrooge’s past love interest, older Belle, after she has left Scrooge, remarried and had children. “She regrets not marrying him now,” she said. “When the past memory of Scrooge comes back, she questions what she’s doing.” Sophomore Eric Batts is playing the part of Bob Cratchit, Scrooge’s employee. Since Cratchit is a “human copy machine,” Batts will give him a slumped posture to communicate the trying times Cratchit’s endured, he said.
Because Cratchit always manages to provide for his family, he is a role model to his children, particularly Tiny Tim, Batts said. “He’s just a normal guy, but when he comes home, I want to capture the idea that he’s the hero to his children,” he said. The theme of family coming together has made the story a classic, Batts said. “Everyone can relate to the play because Christmas is such an important time in everyone’s life,” he said. Stephenson sees the main theme expressed through Scrooge’s nephew Fred, who embraces hospitality to all. “I really think that Fred speaks for Dickens in this case that Christmas is a good and charitable time,” he said. Stephenson is confident in his actors, and there’s one thing he looks forward to most. “Seeing the cast take possession of the show, the point at which it’s no longer my show but theirs,” he said. Tickets are on sale at the box office for $9. and online for $1.75 at http:// www.bgsu.edu/cultural_arts/.
Universit y senior Grace Robinette said she has never had a bad time at a country concert and hopes Chris Young keeps in tune with the rest. Country singer Chris Young will take the Stroh Center stage Thursday Nov. 29. “One of my friends bought four tickets close to the day the tickets went on sale, I think the actual day after, so there’s a group of four of us going together” Robinette said. Stroh Center General Manager Ben Spence said Live Nation Entertainment asked the Stroh Center to be a stop on Young’s headlining tour. T he L iqu id Neon Tou r sta r ted Nov. 15 at a soldout Ry ma n Aud itor iu m i n Na s hv i l le, ac c ord i ng to You ng ’s of f ic ia l website chrisyoungcountr y.com. The tour highlights Young’s third album “Neon,” which was released in July 2011. He also won Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2011 and Single of the Year for “Voices” at the American Country Awards, according to the website. Robinette said she has been to a lot of country concerts, but has not seen Young in concert before and is excited to see him for the first time at the Stroh. “He just has an awesome voice and the meaning behind his songs are great, like most country songs,” Robinette said.
“He’s one person that I’ve always wanted to see live and hear his real voice in person.” Grace Robinette | Senior
“It should be a really good concert.” The Liquid Neon Tour also has special guests Thomas Rhett and Joanna Smith, according to the website. “I’ve heard of Thomas Rhett, but I’ve never heard of the girl,” Robinette said. “What I tend to find is that if I like the headlining artist, I like the other musicians too.” Robinette said her favorite song by Young is “The Man I Want To Be.” “I love hearing his songs on the radio, CDs and my iPod, they’re catchy,” Robinette said. “He’s one person that I’ve always wanted to see live and hear his real voice in person.” Spence said Live Nation rented the Stroh to host the concert in the venue and Live Nation deals directly with Young’s management. The Stroh will get some money from parking and concessions, he said. Spence said the Stroh is working on getting more shows this winter, but nothing is confirmed yet. “Country concerts always have a fun atmosphere,” Robinette said. “The music, the people, it’s always a fun time.”
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THANKS-SCREECHING WHAT IS THANKS-SCREECHING? Thanks-screeching is a special addition only to this issue’s Forum section. Students submitted what they were thankful for instead of what’s pissing them off today. Tweet what you’re thankful for at @FALCONSCREECH or with #FALCONSCREECH.
This is a big thank you to all the people out there who are great significant others. Your faithfulness has given me faith in relationships. I used to think love was for fools and that every girl was a cheater, but my amazing girlfriend has changed that stereotype for the better. — CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE I am thankful for all the friends and contacts I have made throughout my college career and the experience I have gained. Without my support group constantly keeping me on my toes, I would be holed up in my room, playing Halo 4 like my roommates. — DEDICATED TO T.B. I’m thankful for country music, cowboy boots, my family and boyfriend. Without these, I would have never made it through the hardest semester of my life. They have been my comfort through all the tough spots I’ve run into this year. Thanks y’all! — SOUTHERN COMFORT Shoutout to all the professors and instructors who cancelled class this week. Honestly, you knew no one was going to show up. You used critical thinking and made a decision for the best. For that, I will try my best to pay attention for the rest of the semester. — HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS I’m thankful for my quirky mother who will do anything, including Dumpster-diving, to make her three children happy. She always makes me laugh, even when she’s not trying to. I love you. — MANIC FOR MOTHER You know that feeling you get when you know your friends have your back? That’s what I get when I’m around my hometown friends. Here’s to the rest of the year; full of parties, trumpets and dancing after 3 a.m. — WOO WOO HOMETOWN HEROES The BG News is one of the most influential aspects of my life. The people who work here have made me feel as though the University is my home and caused the transition from high school to college to be a simple, enjoyable feat. You guys and gals are the best. — LOVE WHO THEY ARE
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A large table full of turkey, dressing, yams, mashed potatoes, scalloped corn, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, fresh rolls and pies in varieties ranging from pumpkin to chocolate cream. Gathered with friends and family around the holiday table, eating and laughing until your stomach is swollen and your sides hurt with the merriment of it all, until at last, you can take no more and must retire to the living room to fall asleep in front of a football game on television. Your Thanksgiving tradition may vary somewhat from mine, but some semblance of this tradition is the first thing that most of us think of when we think of Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, however, not everyone is so blessed as to be able to expect this type
of Thanksgiving celebration. According to the website of Toledo’s Cherry Street Mission there are approximately 147,000 people in Ohio who are homeless this year. For many of those people, the thought of a Thanksgiving feast with loved ones is but a dream; an unattainable fantasy. You may think that there are not any homeless people in Bowling Green and it’s not your fault that you might think so. As a nation we are trained to look through, beyond and around the homeless. We all tend to look at them without seeing them. That is because if we actually see them and take an interest in them then we have to ask ourselves some tough questions such as: why are men, women and children left to live in the streets without adequate food and shelter in America, which has been called the most prosperous nation ever in the history of the world? Well this Thanksgiving I
challenge all my readers to help do something about it. Greg Litzenberg, a former University student, has been collecting contact information from people who may be interested in helping to start new homeless shelter here in Bowling Green. Litzenberg said that practically everyone he has approached has been supportive of the idea of a homeless shelter in Bowling Green, but that many people would rather just sign a petition than to actually get involved by giving out their contact information. Others have tried before to open a homeless shelter in Bowling Green, but the problem is a BG town ordinance. “There’s an ordinance in Bowling Green where only three people with different last names can live in a two or three bedroom house,” Litzenberg said pointing out that off-campus student housing is specifically zoned to exempt them from this ordinance.
This is one reason why attempts to start a homeless shelter in Bowling Green have failed in the past. Other bigger cities have similar ordinances, which are why many homeless shelters tend to cater to homeless families who all have the same last name so that this rule is not an issue. “One of the first things I wanted to do is to try to raise awareness about the [homelessness] issue,” Litzenberg said. His goal is to have contact information from 1,000 people who are interested in working toward this goal of a homeless shelter in Bowling Green. Litzenberg has started a Facebook page where interested people can stay informed on how the process is going and receive updates about what they can do to help out with the effort. Litzenberg also said anyone interested in helping out
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Hostess closure results Thanksgiving is most in consumer dilemma genuine of holidays TYLER BUCHANAN IN-FOCUS EDITOR
Hell has frozen over. Pigs are flying. The zombie apocalypse may be upon us. Hostess is no more. Ah yes, the classic American company founded in 1930, which has produced such confectionaries as Twinkies and HoHo’s, has gone bankrupt. Remember in “Zombieland” where Woody Harrelson’s character goes on cross-country quest for the last Twinkie? Last Friday, it was kind of like that at Meijer, where peoples’ eyes scanned the snack aisle for the Hostess section and groaned at the empty Twinkie shelf, then at Meijer’s gas station, where I joined a mother and daughter rushing in, then quickly out after no Twinkies were to be found there either. I had almost given up myself. After all, I hadn’t eaten a Twinkie in at least 10 years. It was the subject of talk radio, the topic in classrooms, the trend on Twitter. The thought that I would miss
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this chance at history, ascertaining a golden treat of treats on the last possible day percolated in my head. I couldn’t give up. Another gas station. Miss. Could life ever be so simple? I told myself the next station would be my last chance. At least I could say I had tried. I scanned each aisle and nothing. No Hostess to be found. But suddenly, as I turned towards the door to leave, there it was. Hallelujah chorus fortissimo. The Stars and Stripes Forever triumphantly thundering away with Old Glory wrapped around a bald eagle in front of a stack of Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers. The glorious sound of melodic “ahhhh’s” from fat cherubim descending from heaven on a golden cloud with harps in hand. The last Twinkies, two of them in fact. A dollar and fifty nine cents. I’d found the last Twinkie in the gas station, perhaps in Bowling Green, but it felt like the last of the entire world.
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I’ve always held the simple, succulent spirit of Thanksgiving in high esteem. It’s just a few short days away and to say I’m excited is an understatement. Soon my family will convert my aunt and uncle’s kitchen into a smorgasbord, where we’ll gather, gab, play games and enjoy great food. After a few hours, licking the salty remnants of a turkey and potato dinner from my lips, I’ll waddle over to the television with my cousins, sink into a food-induced coma and possibly doze off for a little while. And I assure you, I’ll love every minute of it. Anyone who knows me shouldn’t be surprised that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday — after all, I love rooting for the underdog. (Fellow Cleveland Indians fans, you know what I’m talking about.) And it certainly goes without saying: Thanksgiving is the “underdog” of mainstream American holidays.
Most children haven’t even had a chance to finish their Halloween candy before they’re bombarded with advertisements promoting the latest toys, gadgets and gifts of the Christmas season. I can’t even enjoy a fallthemed pumpkin spice latte without confronting the commercialized colossus of holidays, as Starbucks is already decked out with tinsel-covered trees and red holiday cups. Annually this “Christmas cheer” seeps earlier into our calendar year, overshadowing my beloved Thanksgiving as we’re encouraged to partake in overzealous spending. It’s disheartening. After all, Thanksgiving is much more than just a day-long feast. It’s one of the few remaining holidays that have yet to be overtaken by commercialized greed. I love turkey, pumpkin pie, corn and mashed potatoes — especially considering an elaborate home-cooked meal is rarely incorporated into my college kid diet — but I love Thanksgiving’s
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Hockey looks to rebound at Michigan By Ryan Satkowiak Senior Reporter
ie Shawn Hunwick, who paced Michigan with 24 wins, a 2.00 goals-against average and a .932 save percent this past season. This season, Michigan has had major issues in goal, with a pair of freshmen in net. The Wolverines have the most porous defense in the CCHA, allowing 3.55 goals per game. Neither goalie has had much success. Steve Racine has been the better of the two, playing in eight games with a 2.92 GAA and a .885 save percent. Jared Rutledge has played in four games, with a 4.46 GAA and a .855 save percent. But what Michigan lacks on defense, it more than makes up for on offense. The Wolverines lead the conference with 3.64 goals per game. Leading the way for Michigan is senior forward A.J. Treais, who assisted on Michigan’s double overtime winner against BG in the semifinal game. His eight goals and 13 points are both team-highs. Also having a strong year is Alex Guptill, the reigning CCHA Rookie of the Year. He ranks second on the team with 10 points.
The BG hockey team will look to rebound this week as it takes on Michigan in a mid-week matchup. The Falcons will head to Ann Arbor for a pre-Thanksgiving, Wednesday night. Puck drop is set for 7:35 p.m. BG and the Wolverines (4-61, 2-5-1-1 CCHA) only play each other twice this season, with both games being played at Yost Ice Arena. The Falcons will make a return trip north for a single game Jan. 8. The two teams also only played twice in the regular season this past year. Both of those games were played at the BGSU Ice Arena. The Falcons and the Wolverines also met at Joe Louis Arena in the semifinals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs. BG jumped out to a 2-0 lead in that game before losing 3-2 in double overtime. However, that Michigan team is a much different version than this season’s team. Lost to graduation was goal-
The Wolverines have gotten strong production from their defensemen as well, despite having played without stalwart Jon Merrill, who has missed the entire season after suffering cracked vertebrae in the team’s exhibition game against Windsor. Mac Bennett leads the blueline with 10 points. Michigan has also received strong contributions from hard-hitting freshman Jacob Trouba, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. Trouba has four goals and five assists in 10 games. He was recently suspended one game after receiving a match penalty for a hit he put on Northern Michigan’s Reed Seckel. BG is currently on a five-game winless streak. For the season, BG is 2-8-3. However, the team made some strides this past weekend against Ferris State. The Falcons heavily outshot the Bulldogs, despite losing both games. BG also received multi-point weekends from Ryan Carpenter and Dan DeSalvo. Carpenter leads the team w ith nine points, while DeSalvo ranks KATIE LOGSDON | THE BG NEWS second with eight. ROBERT SHEA, regroups for the Falcon’s next attack against Ferris State Saturday.
Men’s basketball loses to Colonials Falcons drop third straight game in NIT Season Tip-off, move to 1-3 overall By Alex Krempasky Reporter
The men’s basketball team fell short against the Robert Morris Colonials, 71-60, on Monday night. The dynamic senior duo of A’uston Calhoun and Jordan Crawford scored 35 of the Falcons’ 60 points, 17 and 16 respectively. Junior Cameron Black was the only other starter to score points against the Colonials. Senior Luke Kraus and sophomore Chauncey Orr both played 23 minutes, but the pair missed all seven shots that were attempted. The bench helped BG stay in the
game, scoring 21 points against Rober Morris, but the effort was not enough to stop the Colonials. Robert Morris had four players with 10 plus points and six players with more than 20 minutes played in the game. This loss extended the Falcons’ losing streak to three games, dropping their record 1-3 on the season. Robert Morris moves to 2-3 as they go in to Tuesday’s game against Cleveland State. This marked the fourth straight game in which the Falcons were not losing at halftime. BG will be facing Division II opponent Alabama-Huntsville
Chargers Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Robert Morris University. The Chargers nearly defeated Cleveland State on Monday night, but the Vikings came out on top, 71-69. Tuesday’s game against AlabamaHuntsville is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start. Live stats and audio will made available on the BG athletics website. The Falcons will return to the Stroh Center for a five game homestand after Thanksgiving Break when they take on the Detroit Titans on November 27 at 7 p.m. After that they will host Youngstown State, Wright State, Samford, and No. 15 Michigan State.
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CHRISSY STEFFEN, looks to make a lay-up in a game this past season against Central Michigan.
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My grandmother will be swearing I don’t really like the Luckeyes. up a storm while watching her fellow Michiganders lose.
No. 1 Notre Dame It goes against my character to vs. USC not big an underdog.
I was told that Notre Dame’s per- I don’t like undefeated teams. formance this year made former Sports editor Ryan Satkowiak’s life. Notre Dame 31, USC 28 USC 36, Notre Dame 2
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Women’s basketball falls to nationally ranked Purdue No. 14 Boilermakers lead early, beat Falcons 59-45 By Max Householder Reporter
The BGSU women’s basketball team has ran into into a wall, metaphorically speaking, as they lost their first game to No. 14th ranked Purdue. The Falcons gave a poor performance as they shot 14-51, or 27.5 percent. BG had three players score eight and nine points but none had double digits. As a team, the Falcons struggled to score as nothing seemed to fall for them. Although they only trailed by seven at halftime (2518), things really fell apart for the Falcons in the second half. The Falcons went eight plus minutes without a bucket before Allison Papenfuss made a two point jumper with 10:33 remaining. Size seemed to be a factor in the match as BG could hardly muster an inside game with players like Alexis Rogers. Purdue has nine players larger than 6’0 and they were led in this
game by forward Drey Mingo who had 13 points and 12 rebounds. After the long scoring drought in the second half the Falcons did manage to get some offense going but it was a little too late. After just three points in the first eight minutes they managed to put up 27 over the final 10:33 to bring the final tally to 45. With the Falcons suffering their first loss of the season against a ranked Purdue team, people will now get to see what this years Falcons are made of. The team is currently in the midst of a four game road streak. Under new coach Jennifer Roos the Falcons had yet to be tested until Purdue Monday night. BG will have a chance at redemption this weekend as they will be competing in a tournament in Las Vegas. The Falcons will play Villanova on Saturday, followed by a double header against Montana and UNLV on Sunday.
Check online during break for: Football The BG football team will finish up their regular season this Friday agaisnt Buffalo. The game will be the first ever Division I football match-up to be held in the soccer stadium. Coming off a tough loss to Kent State the Falcons will look to make a statement and finish the season strong to earn a bowl appearance. UAO will be offering free bus transportation to the game that leaves from Lot 13 at 10 a.m.
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BUCHANAN From Page 4 But … what was I to do with it? See, I collect things, historical things. Important things, trivial things, things that only I possibly could take comfort or satisfaction in collecting. I secretly imagine most Americans buying their Twinkie, smiling, reminiscing on childhood lunches and late-night snacks, eating their beholden gift and that’s it. But to me, all I saw was a $1.59 plastic-wrapped collectable of an end to an era. Or was it? Do Twinkies really main-
WIDMAN From Page 4 simplicity, character and message much more. You aren’t forced to shower anyone with presents they probably don’t want or need, as implied by commercially warped Christmas. It’s impossible to outgrow, like an Easter egg hunt. Unlike Halloween, there’s no pressure for females to pry themselves into slutty costumes and parade across town. No, on Thanksgiving I just dress down, eat up and take a break from life’s stressors. I reunite with family members from across the state, many whom I haven’t seen for several months, thankful we can take time out of our busy schedules to be together. We spend little money — just enough to prepare a dish to contribute and maybe a bottle of wine — and our biggest concern is just ensuring we don’t vomit from con-
THACKER From Page 4 can call him personally at 419-290-2074. For me, I don’t understand why anyone would be opposed to a homeless shelter being started in Bowling Green, but from my understanding certain organizations have been less than receptive to past attempts to start one. I tried to reach the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce for a comment about whether or not they would support (or have sup-
tain their composition until the end of time? Certainly their taste would expire like everything else, but would it really be worth collecting? Would a few months go by, the Twinkie beginning to mold or rot or something, leaving me wishing I had just eaten it when I had the chance? Do I stand to become the proverbial kid who doesn’t wear his new pair of shoes so as not to ruin them, only to outgrow them before he ever had a chance to wear them? Is life worth living in the present, with only the memories to cling onto in our hearts, or is it better to keep their tangibility and shape? Should my shelf at home
remain as bare as Meijer’s, or full of life, of color, of a golden treat of treats? Or rather a moment of happiness, followed by remembering, remembering, remembering … I need your help. The wrapper says “best by Nov. 30.” I need to know whether to eat it or collect it. Think deep in your heart. Find me — on campus, on Facebook … send in a Letter to the Editor, a guest column, a carrier pigeon, a smoke signal. I’ve got until Nov. 30. To eat, or not to eat?
suming too much food. Simply put: What’s not to love? I suppose people with lessthan-functional families or family members spanning the country might not be as fond of the holiday as I am. But I assure you, it’s possible to celebrate Thanksgiving your own way, with any group of individuals, and make it just as special. For example, my group of friends from The BG News coordinated our own Thanksgiving celebration this weekend before we headed home for break. It was an inspiring collaboration. Whether someone brought beer, bacon or a box of stuffing, everyone contributed to our delicious, albeit slightly unconventional meal. Ultimately, it wasn’t the food that mattered though — it was the group of people we were sharing it with. Many of us are seniors graduating in December or May, meaning our time
spent together is even more cherished. I was very thankful for one of my last opportunities to be around everyone as a University student. So what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving season? Very few people will probably answer that question with “nothing.” I’d argue everyone has at least one thing or one person to be grateful for. So, please, before you begin purchasing presents, singing Christmas carols and hanging twinkling lights across your porch, take some time to appreciate those things and those people.Don’t shove Thanksgiving aside. Go share it with someone. After all, spending genuine quality time with loved ones expresses more compassion than any material object can offer — it’s the ultimate form of gratitude.
ported in the past) such an effort but was unable to reach anyone for comment. So as we go into this Thanksgiving break, and we go to dinner with our loved ones, I ask everyone to keep in mind that giving thanks for all of our blessings should not be done on auto-pilot. We need to truly think about things like having a safe, secure place to live and enough food to keep our stomachs full and our bodies healthy, and remember they are not birthrights that are owed to us. And while we give thanks
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