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Monday, December 2, 2013

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vollmar wants to make designs in the foam of the coffee he makes. He got the idea from a coffee shop in Chicago and on the West Coast, called Intelligentsia.

Ben Vollmar, 22, uses Kickstarter.com to launch coffee shop in Bowling Green; plans to incorporate design into foam By Alex Alusheff Managing Editor

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Ben Vollmar is enlisting the help of the Internet to start a coffee business downtown. Vollmar, 22, created a profile on Kickstarter.com to reach a goal of $60,000 for his prospective business, Flatlands Coffee. Funds are raised by donors who can give varying amounts of money from $5 to $10,000. “It’s been a crazy ride and we still have quite a ways to go,” said Vollmar, a former University student. “It’s just the difficulty of explaining to people how much a small amount makes.” Vollmar and his wife, Cassy, have until today to raise the money. As of Sunday, he had raised $12,993. If the deadline is not met, none of the money is collected. Vollmar was inspired to open a coffee shop when he visited Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago. Besides the friendly customer service, what impressed Vollmar was the latte art in the foam and the taste. “When I took that first sip I knew this is what I wanted— to bring out the best flavor as possible,” he said. Though Vollmar is trying to start a business through nontraditional means, it is not an uncommon method to use. “The advent of the Internet and the ability to more easily communicate with a large group of people became an alternate way to raise funds,” said Dwayne Gremler, professor of marketing at the University. To be successful in this type of fundraising, Gremler said the entrepreneur needs to incentivize people to donate. An emotional connection to the person, business or industry helps, too. “You want to get people participating and be more of an advocate for the coffee shop once established,” he said. To do this, Vollmar has set up packages for each donor depending on the amount they give, ranging from a free T-shirt to having the store rented out for a night with free coffee. Vollmar has also sent out press releases and hosted pledge parties.

BEN AND Cassy Vollmar prepare hot beverages, they plan to open a coffee shop called Flatlands Coffee in Bowling Green.

See COFFEE | Page 2

Community college classes to be offered Partnership to allow students not accepted to University to take classes from Owens on campus, transition to University By Amber Petkosek Social Media Editor

A new partnership is in progress to start the 2014-2015 school year. Due to the University being more selective, some students do not meet admission standards. However, the new partnership may give these

students a chance to attend the University while taking Owens Community College classes, said Rodney Rogers, senior vice president of academic affairs and provost. “With some appropriate support and some other coursework, we believe they may be admissible to Bowling Green at a later date,”

he said. “Owens could very well be delivering a transitional program.” Students who apply to the University but do not meet the requirements may be approached by Owens Community College with this new opportunity. Students can live on the University campus and participate in the dif-

ferent events and organizations, but be taking Owen’s classes that are taught by instructors from Owens. The program is currently expected to be a year’s worth of classes that will transfer directly to the University.

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UAO to take students to Chicago for day Dec. 7 University Activities Organization bus trip to give travelers time to explore city, landmarks; costs $30 By Dylanne Petros Copy Chief

When students from the University go to Chicago on Dec. 7 for a day trip, Ariel Chachoff won’t be looking at the skyline. Instead, she will be looking at students’ faces. Chachoff, a senior and University Activities Organization

co-director of the series program, planned the trip for the first time with UAO. “[I’m] excited to see [students’] expressions when we get into Chicago,” Chachoff said. UAO has hosted trips for students as part of its series program. Each year, the series program takes students on two to four trips, said Mike Freyaldenhoven,

FalconS CONQUER BUFFALO The BG football team clinched the MAC East Division Championship with a 24-7 win against the University of Buffalo this past Friday. The Falcons will face the Northern Illinois University Huskies in the MAC Championship at Ford Field in Detroit on Friday. | PAGE 3

adviser for UAO. UAO picked to go to Chicago for the second year in a row. “We went last year but it was such a huge hit that we decided to do it again this year,” said Ally Tharrett, a junior and co-director of the trip. Trips are planned to give students a chance to explore more than just Bowling Green.

“[We] try to give a way out of Bowling Green to the foreign exchange students and other students who don’t have the chance to go to places like Chicago,” Tharrett said. UAO tries to plan as many trips as possible since Bowling Green is so close to major cities like

LOOKING AHEAD Columnist Abigail Kruse talks about not being the partying type, but being an individual concerned about what future employers see online. | PAGE 4

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CAMPUS brief

USG to end semester of meetings with speakers

The Undergraduate Student Government will prepare for the end of the semester by having two speakers come to its meetings both this Monday and next. The speaker for tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Union 308 will be Nick Hennessey, sustainability coordinator. “There is a big push for green initiatives within [the Undergraduate Student Government],” said Speaker Katie Post. “A lot of people have interest in the green initiatives and the green funds in the University.” Next week, on Monday, Dec. 9, Sarah Swegan will be coming to the meeting to talk about United Way. United Way’s mission is to “improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good,” according to its website. “She will be talking about United Way in Wood County and the programs available to students,” Post said. “It’s good information to relay to students.” Even though there will be no meeting the week of finals, USG members will still be working. “We will continue to work on some issues so we can hit the ground running,” Post said.

WHAT KIND OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY DO YOU THINK THE UNIVERSITY SHOULD USE? WHY? “Wind energy because BG got that mad air flow.” Justin Betancourt Senior, Theatre


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Samuel Marquell Gilbert, 24, of Toledo, was arrested for receiving stolen property within the 1600 block of E. Wooster St. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 1:31 P.M.

Timothy Ryan Croninger, 33, of McClure, Ohio, was arrested for forgery within the 500 block of W. Wooster St. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center. 5:29 P.M.

Genero Montez Cofield, Jr., 20, of Bowling Green, was cited for underage possession of alcohol near East Wooster Street and Thurstin Ave. 6:35 P.M.

Complainant reported that sometime during the day or night, an unknown subject broke a mirror off the driver’s side of a vehicle within the 600 block of Lafayette Blvd.

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Complainant reported that sometime during the night, an unknown person threw a beer bottle at a window, breaking the screen and two windowpanes within the 500 block of E. Merry Ave.

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COFFEE From Page 1 “Once people see what we are doing, they are very supportive,” he said. University alumnus Scott Andrew, one of Vollmar’s friends and supporters, donated because he thinks Flatlands Coffee could add to the downtown atmosphere. “I’ve never been satisfied with the coffee scene in BG,” Andrew said. “I’ve had one of his Brazilian roasts and its one of the best cups of coffee I’ve had in months.” Andrew donated $100 to his friend’s business and feels the shop would stand

Hunt, 31, of Ottawa, Ohio, were both cited for possession of marijuana within the 1600 block of E. Wooster St. 6:24 P.M.

Complainant reported the theft of a 32-inch flat screen TV and $56 in cash within the 800 block of Scott Hamilton Ave. The TV was valued at $350.

University looks into geothermal energy to help heat, cool campus

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Complainant reported that sometime during the day, an unknown person punched or kicked the driver’s side mirror of a vehicle causing it to crack within the 500 block of S. Summit St. Estimated damage is $250.

By William Channell Reporter

The University has been researching possible alternative energy sources that can be tapped here in Wood County. With the recent fracking issue on the Wood County ballot, and with this year being the 10-year anniversary of wind turbines being in Wood County, the issue of alternative and renewable energy sources seems especially relevant. Charles Onasch, director of the geology department

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Aaron Allen Blachuta, 22, of Wayne, Ohio, was arrested for burglary within the 300 block of E. Merry Ave. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center.

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University plans to reduce carbon footprint, encourages students to participate

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Nicholas Drake Desantis, 18, of Bowling Green; and Logan Allen Wilson, 18, of Bowling Green, were both cited for disorderly conduct/nuisance party within the 700 block of E. Napoleon Rd.

By Abby Welsh News Editor

The University signed an agreement to become more environmentally friendly and has been working toward reducing its carbon footprint. The project to reduce the University’s emissions has been delayed since the agreement was signed in October 2012. The project has been delayed because of obstacles that needed attention immediately, said Nick Hennessy,

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out compared to existing coffee shops in town. “People would notice his passion and knowledge [for coffee] … and the different ways coffee can be prepared,” he said. “This is just another part of exciting development happening in northwest Ohio.” Though Vollmar has a ways to go to reach his goal, he remains optimistic. “It’s crazy how possible it is,” he said. “We just have to get more people to jump on board.” Vol l m a r ’s pr of i le can be viewed at kickstarter.com/proje c t s / 9 6 0 62192 3/f l atlands-coffee-an-authentic-coffee-experience.

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PARTNER From Page 1 Rogers said the partnership will give students a “seamless transition” to the University. When students pay tuition for the program they will pay the tuition for the University that is offering the classes, Rogers said. If students are taking classes from Owen’s they will be paying Owen’s tuition and if they take classes from the University they will be paying University prices. The University is following in the footsteps of other colleges in the state that offer similar programs.

One of the reasons for expanding with more partnerships is to continue to serve the surrounding communities and develop the University in more of Northwest Ohio. “We are looking to serve a different geographical population,” Rogers said. The Firelands campus will not be affected by this partnership; it will remain as it is. “Firelands serves Sandusky, Huron and the Northeastern part of Ohio,” Rogers said. “We want to continue to serve that region and have a partnership. We’re not trying to compete.” Owens Community College was chosen for this

partnership because it is the largest community college in Northwestern Ohio, and it reaches into two geographic areas: Findlay and Toledo, Rogers said. “The other community colleges don’t have as far of a reach,” he said. Owens Community College was contacted about the story, but declined to comment until the partnership is solidified. Students have mixed opinions about the partnership. Junior Madi Perrucci said she thinks the partnership is a good thing. “I think that gives students a good opportunity and the opportunity to be on a state

campus,” she said. Perrucci said if she had this opportunity given to her she would have been grateful for the chance. “It would seem like you were a BG student,” she said. “I would be really grateful; I came to BG for the opportunities and the big campus.” However, junior Kyle Wandel feels differently about the partnership. “I would have been disappointed and looked for somewhere else to go,” he said. Wandel said one of the big concerns he could see would be the housing and that students may find more issues with getting the housing they want.

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BG football team scores 21 straight, overcomes early deficit to defeat Buffalo, wins Mid-American Conference’s East Division, advances to championship game By Alex Krempasky Sports Editor

The BG football team did something it has not done in 10 years— won a Mid-American Conference division title. The Falcons defeated the University of Buffalo Bulls 24-7 on Friday to clinch the MAC East Division title for the first time since 2003 when they

won the MAC West Division. “It’s a great feeling,” head coach Dave Clawson said. “I’m really proud of our football team. A lot of people have worked really hard for a number of years to win the MAC East again for the first time in a decade. I couldn’t be more proud of our football team and our staff.” BG came into the game

with a “Detroit or bust” attitude, as the team needed to beat Buffalo to clinch the divisional title and the chance to derail the defending MAC champions, the Northern Illinois University Huskies. “It was win or go home,” quarterback Matt Johnson said. “The fact that we were able to come out on top against a very good team and

a very good defensive team, it’s a really good feeling.” The Falcons started the game off slow with one drive in which they were forced to punt. However, the BG defense held Buffalo’s offense scoreless on its first two drives and allowed their offense to set up kicker Tyler Tate for a 40-yard field goal, which gave the Falcons a 3-0

lead with less than five minutes left in the first quarter. After BG turned the ball over on downs on its first drive of the second quarter, Buffalo made three first downs, which set Buffalo up for a two-yard rushing touchdown by running back Branden Oliver. Buffalo’s 7-3 lead lasted for the rest of the quarter and BG went into halftime down by

four points. The Falcons started the second half receiving the ball and began to drive the ball down the field. Johnson threw a 31-yard pass to wide receiver Shaun Joplin who was downed at the Buffalo 19 yard line, but Johnson threw an interception

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Women’s basketball team triumphs in tourney finale

Falcons boost record to 7-1 with win against Hawks at neutral site By Tara Jones Reporter

The BG women’s basketball team defeated Monmouth Universit y 71-48 on Sunday afternoon in its final match of the Basketball Hall of Fame Challenge. The Falcons took control of the game right out of the gate in the second half and never looked back. Monmouth managed to hang in with the Falcons in the first half. In the middle of the half, both teams hit a scoring drought, neither scoring for nearly seven minutes. The Fa lcons ended the drought with a Deborah Hoekstra threepointer and Monmouth answered back w ith a made triple of their own. From that point on, both teams got the offense f lowing again. BG scored 15 points and Monmouth scored 12 in the final six minutes of the half. The Hawks pulled within two points of BG a few times throughout the half, but never claimed the lead. BG entered the half leading Monmouth 30-24. The Falcons began the second half by scoring the first eight points of the half, and that’s when they began to pull

“I’m glad we got that surge at the beginning of halftime”

Jennifer Roos | Head Coach away. Monmouth went on another drought early in the second half, going six-plus minutes without scoring. With about 17 minutes left to play, the Falcons reached their largest lead of the game thus far at 10 points. BG maintained a commanding lead for the remainder of the game. BG head coach Jennifer Roos said that despite Monmouth’s winless record, they are a talented and tough team. She said the Hawks have played close games with many talented teams so far this season. “They’ve played a lot of talented mid-major programs but haven’t been able to finish,” Roos said. “Their opponents have always needed a late surge, and I’m glad we got that surge at the beginning of halftime.” With a littlemore than six minutes left in the game, freshman Leah Bolton checked in the game for the Falcons. Bolton was previously sidelined with a

knee injury, but was able to make her BG debut Sunday. Bolton is a “very talented player” whose minutes should continue to grow as she returns to full strength, Roos said. BG guard Hoekstra led the way for the Falcons with a career-high 18 points. She made went 7-of-8 from the floor, including 3-for4 from behind the arc. Miriam Justinger added 16 points for the Falcons, which was also a careerhigh for her. Redshirt Erica Donovan recorded 11 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Falcons. Roos said Hoekstra did a little bit of everything for the Falcons Sunday. She said Hoekstra made many big shots, got a few assists and steals and got the opportunity to defend Monmouth’s leading scorer. “She has turned herself into a primetime contributor off the bench, and I could not be happier for that kid,” Roos said. “Honestly, the shot that she missed, she could’ve made, so she had a chance to shoot a perfect percentage today.” The Falcons will return to the Stroh Center for their next game. BG will take on UW-Milwaukee on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

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Pierre-Luc Mercier jukes the puck around a Minnesota State player during the weekend home series in November.

Hockey team loses 2 games at Lake Superior State Falcons give up 8 goals, third straight loss against No. 16 ranked Lakers By Corey Krupa Reporter

The BG hockey team lost 4-3 to t he No. 16-ranked Lake Superior State University Lakers in both games during this weekend series. On Friday night, freshman Matt Pohlkamp, sophomore Brent Tate and senior Br yce Williamson scored goals for the Falcons. BG was 2-3 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill in the first game of the road series. Sophomore goaltender Tommy Burke saved 20 of 24 shots in the losing effort. BG entered the final period tied at two until Williamson scored 2:04

into the period on a power play goal. Williamson, who was named the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 22, scored the Falcons second power play goal of the game. It was Williamson’s third consecutive game with at least one point and he currently leads the team with 15 points on the season. H o w e v e r, Lake Superior State scored the final two goals of the evening and BG lost 4 to 3 in regulation. “We’re not defending very well and that’s disappointing,” BG head coach Chris Bergeron said. “We’re not able to play with a lead and it’s costing us games.” On Saturday night,

BG lost to Lake Superior State again 4 to 3, despite receiving two goals from forward Dajon Mingo. The two goals is a career high for the sophomore forward. Junior forward Dan DeSalvo also scored a goal for the Falcons, while Tomas Sholl made 28 saves in the losing effort. The Falcons went 0 for 4 on the power play, but were 3 for 3 on the penalty kill on the night. BG had the lead early in the third period following a Mingo goal. However, the La kers scored the final two goals of the evening to give the Falcons their second loss of the road series.

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FORUM

Monday, December 2, 2013

PEOPLE ON THE STREET “Wind turbines because it’s so super windy here.”

ROBIN THOMAS Freshman, Early Childhood Education

What kind of alternative energy do you think the University should use? Why?

“Solar panels because it’s a very easy energy to come by. It would be good to use on a small scale.”

Joe benbella Freshman, Asian Studies

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“Solar because it’s natural and less damaging than other sources of energy.”

Joyce giciro Sophomore, Biology

“I think we should use geothermal because it is continuous unlike solar or wind.”

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To whom it may concern: As a budding academic and alumnus of Bowling Green State University [MA English 2011, now attending University of Florida in pursuit of a Ph.D], I cannot begin to find the words that appropriately express my sincere dissatisfaction with the recent faculty cuts, as well as the rhetoric and logic University President Mary Ellen Mazey chose to employ in order to defend them. First and foremost, why is Mazey not fully transparent about the budgetary situation at the University? Mazey consistently gestures toward the recently formed faculty union after introducing the budgetary concerns in her memos, implicitly stating that it is the

cause for the recent firings. Surely Mazey must understand that part of remaining up-to-date and competitive includes a faculty union, especially as we are now witnessing an influx of even adjunct unionization [adjuncts, needless to say, that are such because of moves colleges and universities like Bowling Green are making]. But this does not even begin to scratch the surface of Mazey’s conscious avoidance of full and honest fiscal transparency. What keeps Mazey from noting the salary raises administrators have been taking in, including hers [a rather generous raise, if I may say so]? While citing some of the specificities of the union agreement, why not also note the salaries of Mazey’s administration, perhaps side by side with the average

Awareness about social media needed for jobs ABIGAIL KRUSE COLUMNIST

I’m not the heartiest partier on campus. I totally sympathize with the meme on Facebook about staying home and watching Netflix sounding more appealing than a night out— when I have excessive downtime. I’ll be the first to admit I’m like an old lady these days: by the end of a weekly dose of 18 credit hours, I’m tired out and more than likely have something going on early the next day. Overly playful evenings do not make for fun early mornings. Nobody who knows me would be surprised, either. I’ve been called “Mom” and “old” by friends many times on account of my lack of partying. I might not be too popular. From an employment standpoint, however, it seems that my premature “mom-ness” won’t hurt me in the long run. The hype about employers checking out potential employees’ social media profiles is true. Those who are studying to become teachers, like myself, especially might want to tread lightly online. After all, we will be in charge of other people’s children. Nearly everyone has

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instant Internet capacity. Gone are the days when most of us had to wait until we got home to upload pictures from a camera, or connect to the Internet. You can tell a lot about people from what they post [or what they allow to stay] on their Facebook pages. That might seem like unfair snooping, but it makes sense. Think about it: would you rather hire somebody whose pictures mainly feature being held upside down over a keg, or somebody with photos of friends and family? More to the point, who would you rather leave your children with for seven hours a day? If it sounds like teachers have undue pressure to behave a certain way, that goes with the territory. Like it or not, they are the ones that children look up to and parents count on. Blame it on history or society: there are things that teachers are expected to do— and not do. Take the October case of Cristy Deweese, the teacher in Texas who posed for Playboy [two years ago] and was fired once the school found out about it. I took it as a cautionary tale. Role models, not Playboy models, are what school administrators are looking for.

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unionized faculty member? Is this because some may feel the “budgetary realities” which require “hard decisions” include a gross reduction in administrative pay? Or, at the very least, a salary freeze? Are these absurd suggestions? Of course, we should not forget about the investigation into the University’s [paid, out-of-universitypocket] work in the drafting of Ohio’s SB-5 bill. This might explain much of the above— but if so, what is the point of me pointing it out? I guess I mean to note a general ideological difference concerning my concept of the public university and what appears to be Mazey’s. Yes, the bottom line is always important, and we are, indeed, still in tough times. The budget only allows for so much. But if

Mazey is truly intending to have an open and honest dialogue concerning the future of the University, then she needs to be more willing to lay her cards on the table. Combative rhetoric [even when implicit] and ill-thought cuts to faculty do not promote the fundamental goal of a public university— the free exchange of ideas and the advancement of higher learning. Remember, the University is not a corporation— at least, not yet — and its students are not customers­ — yet. Mazey is not a CEO; she is a servant to the classic principles of the University system. I learned about “integrity,” “principles” and “ethics” because of the fine liberal arts education I received from faculty.

—Scott Sundvall ‘11 sundv004@ufl.edu

Education structure based on triangle of strengths PHIL SCHURRER FACULTY COLUMNIST

A university professor recently wrote a column about the role of students, faculty and administrators in a university. She recounted the story of a history teacher who explained the role of university administrators and their existence of managing the university’s logistics. Infrastructure and logistics now play an essential role in achieving a university’s mission. Students, faculty and administrators form an educational triangle. Contrary to current talk, students are not the center of education any more than they occupy the center of the educational triangle. All sides of the educational triangle should be centered on this objective, each using their unique perspectives and talent. An engineer or architect will attest that the triangle is one of the strongest geometric shapes and is widely used in design and construction. However, outside groups have grafted themselves onto the educational triangle, and the resulting structure is not only weakened, but also unrecognizable. Faculty unions place themselves opposite from the administration. Faculty

unions are not a proxy for the faculty, a substitute side in the educational triangle. A faculty union does not speak for the entire faculty. As with any organization or bureaucracy, their interests tend to revolve around power and self-perpetuation. Just as in geometry, where changing the length of a side distorts a figure, so too is the educational institution distorted and weakened as students, faculty, the union and the administration jostle for power. Other parties can intervene, just as additional sides can be added to our geometric figure. Student alliances with unions, excessive government interference and certain types of outsourcing can soon transform our educational triangle into something strange and grotesque. Understood properly, the three sides of the educational triangle have a symbiotic relationship with each another. None can exist or prosper without the active aid and support of the other two. At a modern university, the active and constructive support of all three elements is essential in achieving the central goal: the pursuit of truth. When we introduce other elements, or distort a position or place in the structure, we do so at our peril and that of the educational institution.

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at the University, was involved in University President Mar y Ellen Mazey’s climate committee dedicated to looking into the possibility of alternative energy sources on campus. Onasch said geothermal energy was at the top of the list. Usi ng geot her ma l energy will help reduce the University’s carbon footprint. Geot herma l energy refers to gathering energy from the natural heat produced by the Earth. Onasch said the energy can be used for both heating and cooling depending on the season, as the temperature in the ground stays constant throughout the year while the temperatures above the ground vary. “You could see how you can use the lower temperature down there for cooling purposes [in the summer],” Onasch said. Onasch said in the colder months the ground is still about 52 degrees, which is relatively warm for a winter climate. “We have that heat energy in the earth that we can then extract and use for heating in the buildings or heating for hot

CARBON From Page 2 director of sustainability. “We have had four other projects called immediate tangible actions, which we are supposed to do right away,” Hennessy said. University President Mary Ellen Mazey signed the American College and Universit y Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2012. The agreement commits the University to taking actions in order to achieve climate neutrality in a timely manner for the University. As part of getting to climate neutrality, a goal is to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is how much carbon dioxide is released into the environment. There are multiple ways for everyone to participate in reducing the carbon dioxide in the air. “Cutting down fossil fuels, coal, commuting,

water purposes,” Onasch said. “It can both heat and cool, and that’s the beauty of geothermal.” Nick Hennessy, director of sustainability for the University, said geothermal could cut down on the cost of utilities. “Geothermal reprsents for us a possible option for reduction of heating and cooling costs,” Hennessy said. “It would save us electricity because if we are using less in energy to heat and cool, we’re going to use less electricity to run things like pumps or fans.” Hennessy said people should think of geothermal energy as a means to cut down on energy consumption rather than a new source of energy itself. “Geothermal will not provide us with electricity,” he said. “Geothermal is strictly a heating-cooling type of technology.” Onasch sa id t he University has been consider i ng geot her ma l energ y since this past spring, when the president’s committee filed its report. The main inspiration for geothermal was Ball State University, which Onasch said has the most notable geothermal installation of any major university. “A couple of people

on the committee took a trip to Ba ll State to see t heir insta llation,” Onasch said. “They have c ompletel y repl ac e d their coal-fired heating plant with a geothermal system.” Onasch said though wind power is a popular suggestion, the Wood County municipal airport prevents the University from erecting wind turbines on campus due to Federa l Av iation Administration regulations preventing structures of a certain height near airports. Hennessy said the University is working with a firm called MEP Associates, LLC, which is currently conducting a feasibility study regarding geothermal energy on campus. MEP is the same firm that worked with Ball State, and has also assisted Miami University of Ohio and Ohio State University in planning and constructing geothermal systems. “We should get some type of report from MEP in mid-December that says, ‘here is what we think are your options in the geothermal area,’” Hennessy said. “I think it should include some ballpark estimates for each one of the options that it

provides to us.” Socia l work major Adel le Polask y sa id she would support a University initiative to switch to more renewable sources of energy. “I think [alternative energ y] would be better for the environment,” Polasky said. “If they are going to go more ecofriendly, that would be cooler.” Hennessy said Ball State is an extreme example of a university using renewable energy sources, but does represent one of the most successful instances of geothermal systems to date. “[Ball State] didn’t fool around. They said, ‘we’re doing a full campus reversal,” Hennessy said. “[Ball State said] ‘here’s when we’re going to have it done, and here’s how we’re going to pay for it.’” How t he Un iversit y h a nd le s a lt er n at i v e energ y depends on how much money can be put toward it. “The big ticket item [is] finances,” Hennessy said. “It’s an expensive form of installation that certainly has a payback on your invest ment, but it certainly helps to obtain the type of grant funding that Ball State was able to obtain.”

heat, trash all produce carbon into the atmosphere,” Hennessy said. “It’s pretty much everything you use, so recycling more and purchasing products that don’t produce a carbon footprint would be a good start.” Mazey has sent out two emails that Hennessy said he can recall to the students, faculty and staff asking them to participate in the data collecting to help move forward in their efforts to reduce the University’s environmental impacts. The most recent email was sent on Nov. 15 and asked students, faculty and staff to help collect data regarding commuting, paper use and other aspects of the University to move forward to reduce carbon dioxide, according to the email. But two emails isn’t enough to some students. “I don’t think the emails are specific enough to what we want [from the

student body], so how are students supposed to know what is going on?” said Madison Thomas, Env ironmental Action Group president. “This should be top priority.” EAG is a student-run group that pushes for a more environmentally friendly campus. Junior Josh Weinsheimer isn’t exactly sure what data the University wants to collect. “I honestly don’t read the emails. I’m not sure that is the best way to reach out to students about something so serious,” he said. “There weren’t much details and students will have to do research to figure how to help reduce this carbon footprint.” Ca mpus Operat ions bases an accurate reading of the carbon footprint at the University on data from the past four years to show the amount of carbon dioxide that is produced. This includes things

that may have occurred in the past four years to accurately portray what determines high carbon from low carbon in the air. “Maybe a bus or two was down that year for a while, or enrollment was low,” Hennessy said. “Four years is more safer to look at this accurately.” Because the data is not yet complete, results will not be in until January. The deadline can be extended for about three months, but Hennessy said he would not like to see that happen. Neither would the EAG. “We are really pushing to keep this project going on time,” Thomas said. However, they won’t know how much carbon dioxide to cut until they see the problem for this year, Hennessy said. “We know that this year’s carbon footprint will be high,” Hennessy said. Look out for an update on the ongoing project in The BG News next semester.

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HOCKEY From Page 3 “It’s a combination of a number of different things which is the funk we’re in,” Bergeron said. “We’re really, really finding ways to lose games. It’s not just one person. It seems to be a different person each night.” Over the weekend, the two teams combined to score eight goals over the final 20 minutes of play, and tallied 41 shots on net. The Falcons and

Lakers saw seven lead changes over the WCHA weekend series. The loss moves the Falcons record to 6-7-3 overa ll a nd 4-5-1 in league play. The 16th ra nked La ke Superior State Lakers improve to 9-4-1 overall, and 5-3 in WCHA conference play. The Fa lcons w ill be back at the Ice Arena this weekend when they host the Universit y of A laba ma-Huntsv i l le Chargers. It will be the last series on home ice for the Falcons until Jan. 10.

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BG’s Cameron Truss during the fourth quarter. While BG was running down the clock, running back Willie Houston fumbled the ball after rushing the ball 29 yards, his second longest run of the season. BG was able to hold Buffalo scoreless during the second half and came away with the win, 24-7. “We’ve been picking it up all year,” defensive linesman Ted Ouelett said. “We can get better and better as we go along. We started the year off with a lot of injuries … and we’re finally healthy.” Ouelett led the team with three tackles for loss which included a team-high two sacks on the day. Johnson finished the game with 11 completed passes for 230 yards and one passing touchdown. Joplin led the team in receiving yards with six catches, amounting 149 yards and one touchdown against the Bulls. Greene gained 129 rushing yards against Buffalo, marking his eighth game with 100 yards or more on the ground. It also put him at second on the school’s all-time in single-season rushing yards with 1,422 yards this season. He is 22 yards shy of the all-time singleseason rushing yards record set by Fred Durig in 1951. BG finished the regular season 9-3 (7-1 MAC), the best since the 2003 season when the Falcons finished 10-2 but was defeated by the Miami University RedHawks 49-27 in

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