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THE BG NEWS
ESTABLISHED 1920 A daily independent student press serving the campus and surrounding community
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Volume 104, Issue 143
Arts council could help students network, find jobs
Swap ‘till you
By Ella Fowler City Editor
the need for a website for better communication and the need for participation from Some local residents hope an youth. Meetings will occur arts council can establish the monthly, and the next meetcity of Bowling Green as a ing will take place on May 16 at an undetermined location cultural center. Two meetings have already and time. The arts council has a occurred between artists, nonartists, community members Facebook group, called “BG and University personnel in Arts Council” where people regards to re-establishing an can find updates and information about upcoming arts council in the city. “[An arts council is] a meetings and decisions. Previously, there had been group of people in a community … getting together an arts council in the city, said to promote arts in the same Jacqueline Nathan, University community,” said Craig Blair, gallery director. This counexecutive director of the Arts cil had decided to put on an event, which would eventuin Common, an artist co-op. Arts in Common had the ally transform into the Black idea to revive an arts coun- Swamp Arts Festival. Nathan cil in the area; and had the said the arts festival was a fullfirst meeting to see if there time job and the arts council was any interest, Blair said. couldn’t take on the responsiThe first meeting confirmed bilities of a normal council. An arts council, said there was interest in the Katerina Ruedi Ray, director idea, he said. At the previous meetings, of the school of art, has the Blair said, much has been disSee ART | Page 2 cussed, including what the group wants to accomplish,
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CERAMICS: Freshman BFA 3D major Chelsie Corso coats a plate in preparation for the kiln. An art’s council could help Corso network with other artists and find jobs in the area.
Graphic design class allows students to trade clothes helping reduce consumption, recycle materials
CAMPUS BRIEF University Police offer reward after assault of students April 23 A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information regarding an assault of two University students. The University Police is investigating an aggravated assault that occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. April 23 in or near Lot 4A, across from the railroad tracks from Thurstin Avenue and behind Lot E, according to a campus crime alert e-mail. Two University students were returning from the downtown area when they were confronted by two unknown males,
By Heather Linder Senior Reporter
states the crime alert. The encounter quickly escalated into assault, in which one of the students were transported to the Wood County Hospital. The suspects have been described as two white males, college-age with scruffy beards. One was approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and the second was approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall. Both suspects were wearing sweatshirts and fled from the scene east on Pike Street. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the University Police at 419-372-2346, or the Wood County Crime Stoppers at 419-352-0077 or 1-800-54-CRIME.
free new wardrobe is just a few donations away. Project Enlighten will host a clothing swap from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Union oval. To participate in the swap, students must bring clean, gently used clothing to the Oval. They can exchange donations for the same number of items they gave. Or, they can simply clear out their closets of unneeded attire. A ticket system will keep track of all items given and received. “In the spring, people always want new wardrobes and go buy new things,” said senior environmental policy major Krista Elvey, head of research for Project Enlighten. “But there are so many good things out there. Why not take what people aren’t going to wear, and put it in one centralized location? Instead of losing materials, we’re using what’s there.”
See CLOTHING | Page 2
CAMPUS Battle in the ballroom
FORUM ‘South Park’ should not be a target
Falcon golf places eighth
Photos of students preparing for battle at Monday night’s “To Infinity and Beyond” laser tag event in the BTSU ballroom | Page 3
The controversy over “South Park” episodes revolving around Muhammad are overblown, especially since the show featured Muhammad on the show previously, accoring to Forum Editor Kyle Schmidlin Page 4
The BG women’s golf team finished eighth at the Mid-American Conference Championships after posting a final score of 983 | Page 5
PEOPLE ON THE STREET What would you trade in Wednesday’s clothing swap? JULIAN JACKSON Freshman, Special Education
“My old Power Rangers Halloween costume.” | Page 4
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was arrested for burglary within the 400 block of Napoleon Road.
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Lindsay Hoover, 25, of Findlay, Ohio, was cited for disorderly conduct within the 200 block of E. Merry Ave. 8:19 A.M.
Complainant reported sometime after 12 a.m. an unknown person put a dent in the front passenger side fender and broke off the passenger side mirror of his vehicle, damage valued at $500, within the 100 block of E. Oak St.
Matthew Mlady, 23, of Olmsted Township, Ohio, was cited for disorderly conduct within the 800 block of N. Main St. 11:06 A.M.
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Resident within the 100 block of Manville Ave. was warned for a litterfree premises.
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CLOTHING From Page 1 Known to group members as â€œfreecycling,â€? swapping clothing helps recycle materials and reduce consumption. The clothing swap and â€œfreecyclingâ€? are a culmination of Project Enlightenâ€™s main goal â€” to educate students, faculty and community members on how to reduce their consumption. â€œThere is more to being â€˜greenâ€™ than just recycling,â€? said sophomore graphic design major and Project Enlighten lead designer Jesup Brooks. â€œRecycling helps, but it does not solve the problem.â€? The project was formed as part of ArtD 4950, a sustainable graphic design class, taught by art instructors Amy Fidler and Jenn Stucker. The students devel-
oped and promoted three installments, keeping sustainability and eco-friendly habits in mind. â€œFor the clothing swap, we used old paper from design storage to make the advertising posters,â€? said senior VCT major Mark Metzger . â€œInstead of screen printing, we hand cut our stencils and used chalk instead of ink.â€? When initial clothing swap donations were made from Residence Halls and last weekâ€™s Eco Fair, the number of items donated were written down on â€œticketsâ€? made from half of old postcards to avoid printing. The group also used word-of-mouth and electronic advertising to do the majority of promoting. Since all project costs came out of the studentsâ€™ pockets, the environmentally friendly behavior reduced consumption and also down on costs.
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While the clothing swap is Project Enlightenâ€™s last installment of the year, many of the students plan to continue the sustainability practices learned throughout the semester. â€œMy goal is to keep learning how to lessen my environmental impact, especially the impact of my design,â€? Brooks said. â€œMany people in our class are also interested in keeping Project Enlighten going after the class is over.â€? Brooks also took the lead in designing informational graphics with step-by-step instructions for other schools interested in forming their own versions of Project Enlighten. The group organizers hope students will be excited about the opportunity to swap
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potential to brand the city as a place for the arts. â€œ[An arts council] begins to help represent wherever it is located as a place with culture,â€? Ruedi Ray said. â€œThat doesnâ€™t mean there isnâ€™t culture without them of course â€Ś but they help to funnel information so there is more awareness in the community of itself and its cultural locations.â€? If a community is known for its arts, people will come to that community for art. â€œI think that it helps the community economically and culturally,â€? Blair said, â€œand anything that helps a community helps people in the community.â€? An arts council will not only establish the community as a cultural center, Nathan said, but will also provide a way for the arts in the University to merge with arts in the community. â€œI think an arts council will help facilitate better communication between all of the various art groups in Bowling Green, both on campus and in town,â€? Nathan said. â€œBy creating a space where people who are interested in the arts and artists to talk about the kinds of projects they are doing and ideals they have for the future, they can create an opportunity for collaboration.â€?
â€œThere is more to being â€˜greenâ€™ than just recycling. Recycling helps...â€? Jesup Brooks | Sophmore clothing and find it easy to do, according to junior graphic design major Nick Yoho. All of Wednesdayâ€™s left over clothing will be donated to Goodwill. â€œUltimately, the incentive for reducing consumption goes beyond free clothing,â€? Elvey said. â€œThe Earth is a finite resource. The purpose of sustainability is not compromising future generations for the present. Plus, itâ€™s fun. Reused items have more character.â€?
â€œI think that it helps the community economically and culturally.â€? Craig Blair | Executive Director Ruedi Ray said having an arts council will allow both the community and the University to showcase the arts together. There is no one place where community members can find all art events going on in the city, but an arts council could provide that information, she said. Arts students on campus could also benefit from an arts council. â€œArts council could help create the kinds of conditions where students could have useful internships now or job opportunities later,â€? Ruedi Ray said. An arts council could also give students an opportunity to network with other artists in the community and could keep graduates in the area by providing jobs locally, she said. Overall, an arts council can create a better community. â€œ[An Arts council] creates a richer atmosphere for everyone who lives in the area and it is not an exclusive type of activity,â€? Nathan said. â€œIt is the kind of activity that encourages people to get involved, to participate and to become more creative in their own lives.â€?
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