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lcoutre@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Black United Students is still on campus. Contrary to posters suggesting the oldest student group on campus might not see another semester, BUS Programmer Danea Rhodes assured members in an emergency mass meeting Tuesday, “as of right now, BUS is still here.” BUS Secretary Jamilia Bush said the organization’s advertising tactic was a matter of sparking interest in running for executive board positions. “When everyone has something gossipy to talk about, they always want to know what it is,” Bush said. “So we kind of said it as gossip, but it was really something that we really cared about as far as, you know, continuing our organization and making it effective.” She said there were no other rea-

sons for holding the meeting. Tristian Holmes, former Kent African Student Association president from 2008 to 2010, said he feels the purpose of the meeting was “to raise awareness that one of the long standing minority organizations on campus risks not existing anymore.” He said the risk can be mainly attributed to general apathy. However, another reason “could be personal issues that people may have with past BUS (executive) board members,” Holmes said. “In the time I’ve been here as a student leader, as a president, I’ve seen that some organizations have a certain arrogance about themselves, that they feel like they can just program over other organizations instead of just working with them, or supporting other organizations,” Holmes said. He said there were “most definitely” issues of groups not working together when he served as KASA president. “I feel that if they truly realize that it’s not just about them, but there’s other student leaders on this

campus serving a purpose also with them, then they’ll be more inclined to support and co-sponsor the other student leaders too,” Holmes said. Bush said there aren’t such issues between the groups. “There are no tensions. At all. None. No tensions. Zero. Cero. I don’t even know any other words, but there are zero tensions between any other groups,” she said. Holmes said he thinks the meeting helped resolve some issues, especially in respect to potential executive board applicants for next year. Bush said prior to the meeting, there were no applications for students to be on the BUS executive board. The meeting produced a list of “about 20” people interested in a position, Rhodes said. Rhodes urged members at the opening of the meeting to step up and lead the organization into the future. “If no one runs on the board when we leave, then how will the organization be able to run the next

semester and plan events like Black History Month next semester?” Rhodes said. During the meeting, Rhodes and other executive board members took questions and comments from members about concerns, from knowing exactly what BUS does to cooperate with other student organizations. Traci Williams is a lecturer in the school of Journalism and Mass Communication and Pan-African Studies and BUS President from 1998 to 1999. She said although the cause of the meeting wasn’t officially stated to her, she had an idea it was the lack of participation. “Because of my involvement in BUS,” Williams said. “I knew something wasn’t right.” She said the events receive so much promoting on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter — mediums of communication she never had as president — that there is “really no excuse for students not to be at events.” See BUS, Page 2

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Robin Wright, senior Pan-African studies major and president of the Kent State NAACP chapter, addressed the crowds while a former president spoke via Skype at the emergency meeting for Black United Students Tuesday. The BUS executive board wanted to generate interest in executive board positions for the upcoming school year.

Student robbed at gunpoint at Dartmouth Place Apartments Kent City Police are still investigating an armed robbery that occurred at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday on Lincoln Street near Dartmouth Place Apartments. A Kent State student was robbed at gunpoint by three males, according to a Flashline message. Keep checking kentwired.com for updates. — Kelly Byer, managing editor

Let’s talk about sex Ryan Collins

rcolli12@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater A speaker on sex urged students to focus on partners’ passions, desires and pursuits rather than their body during a lecture Tuesday called “Campus Sex: The Truth Revealed.” “If sex is the main focus of our communication, then that means that we know more about each others’ breasts, hips, vaginas, penises, thighs and all of

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Allison Caja, sophomore interior design major, shows off her bare feet to support TOMS, an organization whose goal is to get footwear to those who have none. For every pair of shoes purchased from TOMS, it will donate a pair to someone in need. Despite the cold, Caja and others went without shoes Tuesday to spread awareness for the cause.

Walking on hard ground Students celebrate TOMS One Day Without Shoes by walking barefoot across campus Megan Wilkinson Daily Kent Stater

would participate in the movement. “The movement raises awareness about the importance of shoes,” said Kristin Mulcahy, Kent State’s Invisible Children president and sophomore international relations major. “So many children around the world do not have this basic necessity that we take for granted every day.” Weber said TOMS Shoes gives away a pair of shoes to a child in a developing nation for every pair it sells through its website. She said the company also helps give shoes to children in some U.S. inner city programs. The event was open to all individuals who heard about TOMS One Day Without Shoes. Several organizations on campus promoted the movement. Mulcahy said she encouraged

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NEOUCOM president to speak on campus

Thursday’s Bowman Breakfast will feature Jay Gershen, president of Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. The topic of Gershen’s speech is “Medical Research and Education: Good for the Health of Ohioans…Good for the Health of Ohio’s Economy.” Gershen said he will talk about the value of higher education in Ohio and the programs NEOUCOM is involved with. The doors will open at 7 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., and the program will start at 8 a.m. The cost is $9 per person at the door. The semi-annual event, sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chambers of Commerce, started in 1963. It takes place to bring townspeople and university people together, said Mary Mandalari, senior secretary of University Communications and Marketing. Gershen said he is looking forward to speaking at Kent State.

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Students participating in TOMS One Day Without Shoes at Kent State got a feel for what it is like to be one of the millions of children across the world who walk miles for basic necessities without shoes. “My feet were a little raw from walking barefoot, but it was kind of liberating to not wear shoes,” said Heather Weber, former president of the Kent State TOMS club. “The weather wasn’t the best, but it’s not like a child who doesn’t have shoes can just put on a pair because the weather is unfavorable outside.” Weber said participants went through their normal routines Tuesday, but without any shoes. Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoe Company, started the international movement to let participants learn what it is like to not have shoes. Weber said its goal is to have people walk around for one day without shoes. According to the Kent State TOMS Facebook event page, at least 91 people said they

those things,” Hasani Pettiford said. The event in Oscar Ritchie Hall was sponsored by student group Harambee as part of this week’s Pan-African Festival. Pettiford talked about sexual and racial issues and related them to college and university campus life. “Being a former student myself, I know how sex and relationships significantly impact the lives of college students,” he said.

members of Invisible Children to take part. Lynsey Simonette, freshman visual communications design major, participated in the event after hearing about TOMS One Day Without Shoes online. “I’ve gotten a lot of funny looks today,” Simonette said, “but that’s cool since I probably left an impact on other people. You don’t realize how much you appreciate shoes until you don’t have them. People spend so much money on shoes when other people in developing nations would appreciate just owning a pair of shoes.” Megan Wilkinson is a general assignment reporter.

Commissioners vote to keep courthouse in Kent

The Board of County Commissioners decided Tuesday in a 2-1 vote that the location of the Kent courthouse will remain in the city limits. According to Portage County Commissioner Tommie Jo Marsilio, Commissioner Christopher Smeiles made the motion to keep the courthouse in Kent regardless of the costs and Commissioner Maureen Frederick seconded that motion. Although Marsilio voted against it, she said she will serve as the liaison with the city of Kent and will be meeting with city officials Friday to discuss a new selection of potential sites for the building. Courthouse officials said the current building is not up to codes because of size and structural problems that have come with age. “We’re going to try to see if we can come up with something that is win-win and that the city could partner with us either by doing a land swap or coming up with something that is more economically feasible,” Marsilio said.

— Jackie McLean, public affairs reporter


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Inside Out Youth Ministry meeting When: 7:15 – 9:15 p.m. Where: Student center Room 304

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Red, Black and Going Green When: 7 – 9 p.m. Where: Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 214

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Invisible Children meeting When: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m Where: Student Center Room 307

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CORRECTIONS A headline reading, “US Border Patrol: Fake ID shipment started in China” on Page 1 of Monday’s Daily Kent Stater should have read “US Customs and Border Protection: Fake ID shipment started in China.” U.S. Border Patrol is a part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. JACKIE FRIEDMAN | DAILY KENT STATER

Anthony Imes, sophomore public communications major and LGBT minor, was harassed in the dorms during his freshman year. When living in Manchester Hall, Imes found a note under his door that read ‘fag,’ and that is when he decided to say something about the bullying that he was experiencing.

Since his parents cosigned his loan before the fall semester, he said he was able to get through the spring semester financially on his own. But what made it worse, he said, was that the verbal harassment was turning violent, especially because he was living with his boyfriend. “I was physically assaulted twice,” he said. “We were right across the hallway from the bathroom. We’d have to wait until that time when no one’s out — like, 3 in the morning — to go to the bathroom ... We just kept our mouths shut about it.” Then one night, he said, someone slipped a note under the door that said, “We’ll kill you, fags,” which prompted Imes and his boyfriend to contact police. When he returned in September 2010, harassment was so bad that they dropped out to live with Imes’ boyfriend’s parents in Omaha, Neb. “It was probably the worst experience of my life,” Imes said. He said he worked in a warehouse with Mexican migrant workers, until one day

he decided to come back to Kent. That was in January, and that was when he first met Molly Merryman. “(Losing your parent’s support) is emotionally devastating,” Merryman said. “It has the potential to completely disrupt a student’s education.” Imes said he explained his situation to Merryman. “(I told her) I’m not old enough, nor do I have the credit to sign bank loans or an apartment lease and not have a cosigner,” Imes said. He also told her how losing his family’s support was much more of an emotional than financial burden in the long run. “(It) kind of screws up how you do to school and how you do well on tests,” he said, “because it’s always in the back of your mind.” He said he used the majority of the LGBTQ Scholarship Fund for his $1,300 single in Leebrick Hall, though he has received roughly $5,000 through different grants and loans Merryman found.

Student group proposes extra dining location Kent State students like Matt Cola, sophomore electronic media production major, often spend a great deal of their time on the north side of campus. “Outside of class, I spend anywhere from an extra 6 to 14 hours every week in Franklin (Hall),” Cola said. Cola hosts a radio show, “The Fizz,” on Black Squirrel radio and said he spends any free time he has editing video and preparing for his show in Franklin Hall. “Whenever I want to eat while I’m at Franklin, I have to either go halfway across campus or go out and spend money off campus, neither of which are really great options for me,” Cola said. The Provost Leadership Academy is asking students to participate in an online survey that would secure a new dining location on the north side of campus. Students can take the survey until April 7. The PLA is a leadership development program comprised of 65 freshmen who work with Provost Robert Frank to propose projects to improve student life for all Kent

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On Jan. 16, Anthony Imes was homeless and carrying his clothes in two suitcases, without means to pay for food or clothing, let alone college. But within a week of talking to Christina McVay and Molly Merryman, Imes, sophomore theatre studies major, was set up in a single room in Leebrick Hall with his tuition paid and a little extra money left over for groceries. Imes was the first student to benefit from the LGBT Emergency Scholarship Fund, a pool of money intended to help LGBTQ students who have lost financial support from their family since coming out. Merryman, an associate professor in the Sociology Department, said since an anonymous faculty member’s $500 bill started the fund last fall, it is in danger of drying up. That is, until Saturday night when a fundraiser for the scholarship garnered about $2,000 for students like Imes. A reception, held in the Cleveland Ballroom of the RitzCarlton, was followed by a showing of “A Marine Story,” a movie featured in the Cleveland Film Festival. About 70 people, including the director of “A Marine Story,” attended the event, and Sen. Sherrod Brown honored Kent’s LGBTQ Studies program with a video message, Merryman said. “Anthony gave a great speech,” she said. Imes got to tell his story as a featured speaker at the reception. Imes said he waited to tell others he was homosexual until he came to Kent State in Fall 2009. “I figured college would be a good time to do it because we’re in a place of higher learning,” Imes said. “So I thought people would act like it.” But he said the reactions he got were surprising. “My roommate told me there was no way I’d be able to live with him,” he said. Imes said his Residence Hall Director transferred him from Eastway Center to Centennial Court B because of the verbal harassment he experienced for being gay. Realizing he didn’t want to pay for the more expensive room, he decided to move back to Clark Hall, where the harassment persisted. “Thinking I wasn’t getting any support at school,” Imes said. “I thought I could get some support at home.” Imes told his parents he was gay during winter break in 2009, and his parents told him they were “done” with him. “I relied on this core group of people — my family — to support me and help me,” he said. “And now that they’re gone, it’s a feeling I never thought I would experience.”

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State students. The program is in its first year of operation. Nadir Akbar, assistant director of Student Success Programs and adviser for the PLA, said the program is split into blue and gold teams, both of which work on separate proposals. “The provost led with some suggestions, questions and things to consider for each group and on each project,” Akbar said. “He also provided some insight on which direction he felt might be most achievable by the end of the semester.” Julie Young, sophomore fashion merchandising major, said she and the other members of the gold team decided to propose a dining cart option on North Campus. “The cart would allow the option of moving between buildings such as Franklin, Rockwell or Cartwright,” Young said. The online survey, which students can access via Facebook event, asks students questions about where they’d like to see a new dining location, what types of food they would like to be served in the new location and what hours of operation would be most beneficial to students. “Provost Frank and a small group of administrators met with us toward the beginning of the semester and gave us feedback on

our initial list of project ideas,” Young said. “The group reacted positively to our idea of a new dining option, but both teams are only working on proposals.” Young said both teams will present their proposals on April 25. “There is no guarantee that our proposal will be put into action, and if it were, the timeline all depends on the university,” Young said. “We will all do our best to be persuasive, but it ultimately comes down to what the university officials decide and many factors come into play before our proposal could become a reality.” Young said she will personally benefit from having a dining location on the north side of campus. “I am a fashion student, and over the next four years, I am going to be spending a lot of time in Rockwell Hall,” Young said. “Having a dining cart that accepts my meal plan and is located somewhere on North Campus would potentially save me a lot of time and money.” Leighann McGivern is the student finance reporter.

“I have trouble finding one successful person that got where they are completely on their own,” Imes said. “Everybody got a push, whether it was financial, physical or an emotional push — something that triggered you to go that extra mile. I’m really just wanting everybody to receive that push.” Imes said he doesn’t mind paying his own way through school because a lot of people do it. But every student needs to feel included at Kent State, he said. “I think it’s a really, really important thing, especially at our age, not to feel completely alone,” he said. “I really want students who are afraid to say something about it. We shouldn’t be afraid to live here. We should be able to brush our teeth. Sweeping it under the rug won’t make it go away.” Daniel Moore is the diversity reporter. From Page 1

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BUS looks for members at emergency meeting During the meeting, she said that when she was affiliated with BUS, there weren’t any problems of organizations working together and these issues are new. “There is not that many black students on this campus,” Williams said. “There is no reason you should not be working together and having fun.” However, Williams said she believes BUS will get it together. “BUS is going to be here; it stands the test of time,” Williams said. “There’s a lot of support from PanAfrican Studies and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They have our support. I think the students get it.” Bush said she wants to set the stage for people to come after her. “I want 40 years of history to live on,” she said. Daniele Moore is the diversity reporter and Lydia Coutré is an assigning editor.

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The president of Harambee agreed that romance is important at school. “Looking at the aspect of romantic relationships is a big thing on college campuses,” President Kimberly Miller said. “We thought that it would be good for us to have an event that talked about a way to approach relationships that was healthy,” Pettiford discussed what he called “four seasons” of a relationship: dating, committed courtship, engagement and marriage. He also discussed sex and when he thinks it is appropriate. “You’re giving this brother all your treats, right, you’re having sex and giving him all your benefits. I mean, it takes 90 days for the benefits to kick in on a job, and you’re giving him all your benefits on day one,” Pettiford said. The event was sparsely attended, giving audience members a chance to speak directly with Pettiford. Lauren Mullin, freshman fashion merchandising major, said she was at the event for a class requirement. However, she said she thought she could benefit by attending the lecture. “I think it’s important to go to different events and do different things outside of the class that involve the class,” she said. Pettiford also talked about the dangers of sexual activity in his lecture. He asked whether audience members knew anyone who had died from something after having a sexual experience. “Every individual that you engage in sex with outside of a committed, monogamous relationship should really be looked at as a potential murderer because it could be him or her to be the very one to take you out of here.” Ryan Collins is the ethnic affairs reporter.


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SUMMARY: BUS held an emergency meeting Tuesday night to recruit new members, but attempts to prevent reporters from covering the event and tensions with other groups became the focus of the evening.

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hen Daily Kent Stater reporter Dan Moore and photographer Valerie Brown went to cover Tuesday night’s Black United Students emergency meeting, they were met with strong resistance. They were told at the beginning of the meeting that it was a closed executive meeting, so they could not report on what happened. However, they were permitted to stay as students. The reason reporters were there in the first place was because of news that one of the oldest organizations on campus was at risk of disbanding. This is a story that would affect many students on campus who have a right to know what is going on. BUS programmer Danea Rhodes explained that the meeting was for active BUS members only. Any student who had never been to a BUS meeting before would be allowed to enter because attending would make he or she an active member. Because the meeting welcomed more than executive members, the Daily Kent Stater could

not be legally excluded from reporting on what happened in the meeting. However, after several warnings that their presence was prohibited, Brown was escorted out and Moore was warned that if he took any more notes, he would also have to leave. According to BUS’ Constitution Article Six, Section A, “All meetings shall be open to the public.” Although Moore and assigning editor Lydia Coutré stayed until the end, Rhodes said anything discussed in the hour-and-a-half meeting could not be published. According to the Ohio Revised Code Section 121.22, all meetings of any public body are open to the public at all times. Under Ohio’s “Sunshine Law,” BUS is a public body. Allowing students into the meeting makes it public, and therefore reporters are allowed, too. We have a responsibility to tell students what the truth is behind the organization’s advertising. But this duty also falls to BUS.

We urge BUS to be more transparent as a major student organization on this campus. It receives allocations from the university and should be more open with its actions. Rhodes said the entire reason for the meeting was to get students interested in running for executive board positions for next semester and that BUS will continue to exist. During the meeting there was also discussion of how to make the minority organizations coexist better. Former Kent African Student Association President Tristian Holmes said there are issues of groups not working together. Others in the meeting expressed similar sentiments. However, afterward, BUS Secretary Jamilia Bush said there were no tensions between groups. If there are in fact tensions, BUS should be more willing to discuss them. How else can the group move forward and gain strength? There’s nothing to hide. The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board whose members are listed to the left.

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DID YOU KNOW? On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. At the opening of the Athens Games, King Georgios I of Greece and a crowd of 60,000 spectators welcomed athletes from 13 nations to the international competition. — History.com

On measuring truth and morality READER COMMENTS Response to These comments are in response to “KSU students arrested in fake ID scheme” Attention Readers!!! These accusations and comments are absurd and very hurtful. Everyone of you commentators, especially the parents commenting, were a 20 year-old college student at one time. You cannot seriously say you never made a mistake at this age because that would be completely unethical. If you are a parent, how would you feel if you were reading the comments that were crucifying your offspring. These boys made a huge mistake, there is no doubt about that, but they are fully aware of their mistakes. They’re all over the news for Christ sake! The Kent Stater is also, blatantly taking a shot at Delta Upsilon Fraternity. DU could find a cure for Cancer and the Stater would find something wrong with what they were doing! All in all, these boys made a BIG mistake, however, they are good guys and very humble individuals. Those of you who don’t know them would very quickly befriend them if you had met them. They would go out of their way for pretty much anyone, and you could verify this by asking their close peers. Stop taking stabs at people you do not know. — Greek Member Please stop blaming the Stater for this. They reported the news. They are NOT out to get the fraternities or sororities. This article is completely unbiased and it is not only unfair and uneducated but PARANOID to imply or flat-out accuse the Stater of taking a stab at the Delta Upsilon fraternity through this article. These boys created their own bad publicity, the student media.experience. Connect tonot a better Web — Kaysea

People have wondered about the origins of truth and morality since the beginning of time. Does the environment in which we were raised determine it? Personal instinct? Religion? The answer can be determined by any, or a combination, of those things. However, it is my belief that truth and morality are anything but relative. Most of us would agree that certain acts, such as rape and child abuse, are always immoral regardless of the circumstances. We say they are wrong because innocent people are being harmed. We also happen to live in a society where both behaviors are considered crimes and are punishable. But what if you grew up in a culture that condones “honor killings” of women who have been raped? Isn’t it likely that you could feel radically different about the issue? Clearly, there are some people who feel that such a heavy penalty is warranted in that situation. We may find it reprehensible, but on what grounds? How can two different groups of people strive to live moral lives in completely opposite ways? Who has the correct moral “truth,” and who doesn’t? When we insist that truth and

Sarahbeth Caplin morality are relative, something that everyone decides for himself or herself, we risk not having any real reason to justify why we have been wronged. Say that someone breaks into your house and steals your new TV. Your first instinct might be to call the police and report it, but maybe the burglar’s moral code perfectly justifies him taking what does not belong to him if he can’t afford one for himself. Would it not be fair, then, to impose a truth that stealing is always wrong? When making important decisions, doing what “feels right” is another common route. In this “if it feels right, do it” culture, simply having the desire for something is reason enough to go for it. Imagine a husband

trying to explain to his wife that he had an affair with a neighbor because it “felt right” at the time. Clearly, making the right choice must require criteria based on something more concrete than emotions. I have to laugh every time I hear someone say, “There is no such thing as absolute truth.” My response is always, “Is that an absolutely true statement?” If everyone defines truth based on their own madeup standards, why do we have laws? If we believe that justice is determined by culture, what we really mean is that we let society tell us what to believe. We live by behavioral trends and then get offended any time someone has the nerve to share an unpopular way of measuring truth and the origins of morality – especially when shared in an opinion piece. Why bother getting offended if my version of truth is just as relative as everyone else’s? I make no apologies for having strong, narrow views. But I don’t expect you to follow them. Sarahbeth Caplin is a senior English major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at scaplin@kent.edu.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR This letter is in response to the articles covering the deadly protest in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan which appear to be as a result of the antics of Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. Mr. Jones, when did God die and leave you in charge? The name of your selfproclaimed religious organization is now the poster for hypocrisy. How about changing the name to Hawk World Outreach Center because that is exactly what you intended: to aggravate a group of people who are already seething with anger at their oppression. You, sir, are what is wrong with religion today; do as I say not as

I do. What would Jesus do? Or didn’t you even consider how Christianity came about? As for the murderers in Mazar-i- Sharif: how dare you take it upon yourselves to defend your “sacred” religious beliefs by killing innocent people who meant you no harm and were there voluntarily. Perhaps it was the Christian belief in charity that motivated them to serve. Now you have taken them away from us and discouraged others from serving the needs of the Afghan people in spite of the differences in faith. What would Muhammad do? Or didn’t you even consider this as well. The inciting of hate and the reaction-

ary killing must stop before it is too late and the world descends into more chaos and confusion on the way to unraveling completely. Both Jones and the murderers need to request some sort of forgiveness by extending whatever they can to the families of the survivors. Follow your true religious precepts; don’t use them for your own self-aggrandizement. Joe Bialek Cleveland, Ohio Bialek graduated from the University of Akron in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in 1992 with a Master of Arts in Public Administration.


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University mourns death of emeritus professor Exceptional faculty honored Ben Wolford and Thomas Gallick
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Friends and family of Craig Lucas, local artist and art professor, are confident his impact will be seen for years to come through his work and the work of his students. 
 The painter and Kent State School of Art professor emeritus, well known in Northeastern Ohio’s art community but also among various groups in Kent, died in his sleep April 1 at his home in Kent. He was 69. “Kent’s just such an art community,” his son Ian Lucas said. “Any gallery around town, any music, any film. He was there.” 
Longtime friend Roger Thurman said it was hard to live in Kent without running into and becoming friends with Lucas, who began teaching at Kent State in 1969. “He sort of defined that period in the late '60s when Kent was really taking off artistically,” Thurman said. 
 Heidi Shaffer, Lucas’ yoga instructor, said he had just started taking lessons again on Wednesday. 
 “I just have this wonderful memory of Craig being healthy and able to do the exercises. It was not an easy class,” Shaffer said.
“At least I got to say goodbye to him in a sense.”
 Lucas was active in several facets of Kent society as member of the Unitarian Universal-

ist Church of Kent and the Kent Environmental Council. He practiced yoga, gardened and stayed active in the contemporary art world.
 A friend of more than 40 years, sculptor Brinsley Tyrrell of Freedom Township, went to school with Lucas at the Kent State School of Art in the late 1960s and later worked with him there as a professor.
 He called Lucas a “fixture of the school” who was always devoted to his art.


He’ll always be there. His art is going to live on. ROGER THURMAN | FRIEND “It doesn’t seem possible Craig’s gone,” Tyrrell said.
 Lucas retired from teaching in 2004 but continued creating works for display. His art was often abstract and toyed with artistic ideas like “networks and systems,” according to a 2008 Plain Dealer article about Lucas winning the Cleveland Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.
 Lucas wanted to be an artist from childhood, drawing from the encouragement of a high school art teacher, and once hitchhiking to New York to see Jackson Pollock’s work.
 “Most of Lucas’ art was sort of very contemporary but somewhat abstract,” Tyrrell said. “It would be a little difficult to categorize.”


In 2008, his massive piece “Surge” went on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland — one of the rare works that speak to Lucas’ views on peace and social justice.
 Using images of combat veiled by stars and stripes, Lucas reacted against the war in Iraq.
 “He just hated the war and hated the ideas behind going to war,” Ian Lucas said. 
 Ian Lucas said his father saw parallels between the war in Iraq and the Vietnam War. Lucas had also witnessed the shooting at Kent State on May 4. 
 The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, said Lucas once delivered impassioned remarks on the intersection of the justice issues that shaped his spirituality and his art. 
“Certainly he was involved through his art,” Carvill-Ziemer said. “He’s had his art on display in the sanctuary, and he’s donated art for our annual service auction.” 
Thurman said he is the proud owner of three works by Lucas. 
 “I go over to his painting on the wall and there’s Craig,” Thurman said. “He’ll always be there. His art is going to live on.”
 A memorial service for Lucas will be held at a later time. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory are handling the arrangements. Ben Wolford and Thomas Gallick are staff writers.

Jessica Costello

jcostel4@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Seventeen faculty and staff members were awarded Tuesday for their willingness to go above and beyond what is required in the classroom. “We believe all of you are like starfish; you have the ability to give a piece of yourself, your compassion, your understanding to students for their benefit,” said Laura Lansinger, member of Ability Unlimited. “Not everyone is given a starfish, this is exactly what this reception is about. We would like to accredit you, cherish you and honor you for the unique faculty that you are.” Student Accessibility Services and Ability Unlimited hosted the annual awards ceremony. Ability Unlimited is a student organization that is focused on promoting awareness that everyone on campus has the ability to contribute to the university. Office of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs also contributed its time and resources

to this event. Faculty and staff were nominated by their students through letters they wrote to the selection committee. Students wrote why they f elt their teacher should be nominated. “I nominated Michele Wollenzier because she actually cares about her students and makes it easier to learn,” said Marvin Patten, sophomore public health major. “She has a true passion for her job and she has a big heart.” Wollenzier, an English professor, said she was touched. “It means a lot for a student to take the time to write something up and nominate me,” Wollenzier said. Art teacher Linda Hoeptner Poling was also honored at the ceremony. “I am overwhelmed, honored and humbled,” she said. “We are all here for the students.” Jessica Costello is the undergraduate and graduate reporter.

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Aries (March 21–April 19) Today is a 9 — Great business opportunities arise. Find out where to get the best deal. Make your move. Put the money you save in the bank. Your luck has just improved immensely. Contemplate recent revelations. Taurus (April 20–May 20) Today is a 9 — It’s easy to take life with a sense of humor today, which is always useful, even when projects move along easily. Rely on a trustworthy person. Discover abundance at home. Gemini (May 21–June 21) Today is an 8 — It’s a good time to tune out the din of the conversation and just focus on something you really want to learn. Get lost in study. Don’t expect immediate results. Cancer (June 22–July 22) Today is a 9 — Today you make a deep connection with a partner and discover a hidden treasure. Share the load to get to it, and prepare to take advantage of a lucky break.

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Virgo (Aug. 23–Sept. 22) Today is an 8 — You have more than expected. Go ahead and make people laugh, but don’t try too hard. Just be yourself and share your brilliance. There are lots of reasons to smile.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20–Feb. 18) Today is a 9 — Abundance is available. Build a cozy nest, and line it with comfort. Upgrade your home to support your future dreams, and be supportive of the dreams of others.

Scorpio (Oct. 23–Nov. 21) Today is a 7 — Others are saying nice things about you. Now is a good time to cultivate your relationships and take things to the next level. The action is behind the scenes.

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TUTORS/SI LEADERS NEEDED! The Academic Success Center is accepting SI Leader, Peer Mentor, and Tutor applications until Thursday, April 14th for Fall Semester 2011. Tutors are needed for Accounting, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Finance, French, Geology, Italian, Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, Seven Ideas, Spanish, Study Skills, and Writing. Tutors must have a 3.0 GPA and be available to work 8-12 hours per week. Starting Pay: $8.50 To apply or for more information, visit 207 Schwartz Center or www. kent.edu/asc/jobs Rockne’s in Streetsboro is now hiring full and part time servers and line cooks. Please apply in person between 2pm - 4pm. Triple Crown Services Needs Owner Operators. Increased rates, fuel surcharge paid on all miles Paid tolls, Fuel cards, Health Benefit programs, Baseplates, Truck lease purchase assistance. Call today and ask about our sign on bonus. 800-756-7433 triplecrownsvc.com Steady strong company is what you need! Landscape/gardener needed. must be available 8am-2:30pm. 330-2088226 Now hiring full and part-time summer positions. Seeking highly motivated people for Nuevo Sol Tanning and Guava Juice Bar. Apply in person 1634 Norton Road, Stow.

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Basketball player juggles team, fashion design Brad Tansey

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On the bus, Leslie Schaefer is frantically drawing a design for her fashion portfolio, trying to not let the bumps of the road disturb her. Because she just got done with a basketball game, Schaefer, sophomore fashion design major and center on the women’s basketball team, has to prioritize more than other students. In the fashion school, Schaefer is known as the basketball player. On the basketball team, she’s known as the fashion design major. Schaefer wouldn’t have it any other way. Standing 6 feet 3 inches tall, she spends the majority of her time on the court in the paint, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots. But that’s not all she wants to be known for. Schaefer wants to be known for her abilities as a designer. Although basketball and fashion are separate entities, Schaefer has found a way to fuse the two. “It’s kind of an eye opener for some people because people really do think basketball players are tough girls who always wear sweats,” Schaefer said with a laugh. She’s even become accustomed to being called the “girly girl” on the team.

becoming the ‘beast’

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Kent State sophomore Leslie Schaefer hopes to own a clothing line for tall women.

In high school, Schaefer used to confuse the other team by smiling all the time and not trying to act like a tough player. After the opening tip, the opposing team soon realized she was tough. “I just change into a different person,”

time as center with senior Ellie Shields and freshman Kate Francisco Points per game: 3 Rebounds per game: 1.8 Minutes per game: 9.9

she said. “It’s like ‘Transformers.’ I just transform into a beast.” In college, Schaefer tries to act tough all the time. She tries to psych her opponent out in pregame. “[Coach Lindsay] doesn’t have to tell me,” Schaefer said. Schaefer ’s tough play is a product of the built-up stress from her fashion classes and projects.

Managing both passions

Because the two programs are very demanding, Schaefer sometimes struggles finding time for each. The studio is a place where Schaefer can be found late at night working on a project, which can take about 15 hours to accomplish. Basketball practice consumes about three hours out of the day and about 25-30 hours a week. When she gets back to her dorm room for the night, it’s time to get to work, sometimes until 3 a.m. when practice is at 9 a.m. the next morning.

Love of both worlds

Kerrie James, Kent State assistant coach, is Schaefer’s academic counselor within the

basketball team. Her main duty is to help Schaefer juggle her time evenly between fashion and basketball. Schaefer attributed her dedication to both fashion and basketball to her love of both. “That’s what motivates me,” she said. “If we don’t have practice the next day, I’ll be in the sewing room all night because I know I can just sleep in the next day.” Designing is an art. Sewing and drawing take a lot of time, and Schaefer has considered herself an artist since she could pick up a pencil. “Art and fashion go hand-in-hand,” said Schaefer, a Verona, Wisc. native. Despite bringing her work with her on the road, creating a quality project is still difficult. Sometimes Schaefer finds herself just throwing a project together in order to turn it in on time. While she has two loves in her life, basketball will be over in about two years. Basketball ending isn’t the worst thing to happen, though. After graduation, Schaefer’s goal is to one day have a clothing line for tall women. As one of the only fashion majors in Kent State athletics, Schaefer said she wants to be known for both design and basketball. “I like how that makes me different,” she said. Brad Tansey is the managing editor of KentWired.com.

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