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astaver@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Eric Fingerhut, Board of Regents chancellor, announced his resignation Tuesday one year before the end of his five-year term. “The governor and I were clear with each other when he took office that I was not going to serve a second term,” Fingerhut said in a phone interview. The chancellor said once that decision was made, it was a matter of deciding when to leave office. He said he thought it would be best to leave after the new legislators had settled into their offices in Columbus but before Gov. John Kasich gave his budget to the legislature March 15. “At that point it’s really impor-

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A man stands in protest of the Senate Bill 5 outside the Canton Civic Center on Tuesday. Hundreds of local union members joined the rally when Ohio Gov. John Kasich visited the area.

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Cries of “Hey hey, ho ho! SB five has got to go!” rang out over the sound of car horns Tuesday evening as hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Canton Civic Center to protest Senate Bill 5. “I think we need to mobilize opposition fast. It’s going to pass committee probably this evening and then it could be up for a full senate vote as early as tomorrow morning,” said Tom Bird, a Ravenna attorney whose wife and brother-in-law are teachers. “We need to follow Wisconsin’s model. If they’re going to fast track this bill, we need to fast track our opposition.” Despite Bird’s concern of fast tracking, Senate Bill 5 is still in committee hearings, and the full Senate vote is yet to be scheduled. The bill proposes to take away protections for Ohio unions. The main issue under scrutiny is the elimination of collective bargaining — the process of voluntary negotiation between unions and employers for wages and benefits.

“I was there for the birth of collective bargaining; I will not stand for the wake,” said Ron Brabel of Canton, who was on the very first Ohio Civil Service Employees Association committee for collective bargaining. “This bill brings about a unity of labor that would never have occurred. So the blessing of this is that we’ve unified all of labor, and it will be evident in the coming presidential election and in the governor’s election in four years.” Union members, as well as friends and family members of union workers, turned out to the demonstration to show their support. “My mother had to work in conditions where they did not have unions, and she raised me to understand how important it is to have unions,” said Kelli Green, a teacher in the Perry Local School District in Massillon. “She did the same job that other teachers in her building did, but because she was a woman, she didn’t get paid as much. I came out here to fight for our collective bargaining rights.” See RALLY, Page 4

Connection speeds receive a big boost Sidney Keith

skeith1@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Kent State is in the experimental stages of increasing the Internet connection speeds on campus. The connection speed doubled between the Fall 2010 and the Spring 2011 semesters, said Tom Beitl, manager of network and telecom services. In early December, the university asked the Ohio Academic Resources Network, one of its Internet providers, to increase the

speeds, he added. “The boost was really done on a temporary basis,” Beitl said. ”We’re working to come up with a permanent solution.” The university currently has two Internet providers: Time Warner and OARnet. The OARnet connection speed was bumped up three-fold, and the Time Warner connection stayed the same, Beitl said. “Having two separate connections allows the university to stay online in case one connection fails,” he said. In the past, if one connec-

tion failed, the connection speed would slow considerably. But with the faster speeds, people would barely notice an outage, Beitl said. “We’re trying to determine how much bandwidth we need and which vendor is going to provide it,” he said. ”I don’t have an answer to that at this point.” An increasing number of devices on the network means the Internet connection on campus receives more demand, and more demand means potentially slower connection speeds, he said. Professors using YouTube to

demonstrate ideas or concepts and a number of new devices like laptops, cell phones and tablets all suck up speed, Beitl said. The faster Internet will allow everything to work. “The use of multimedia is just growing by leaps and bounds,” said Paul Albert, executive director of Information Services. Whatever bandwidth we had a year or two ago is going to be out of date.” Sidney Keith is the technology reporter.

tant that he have a chancellor that’s not only going to see him through the budget process but through his administration,” Fingerhut said, “I couldn’t commit to doing that.” Provost Robert G. Frank said Kent State is looking forward to working with a new chancellor. “Well, certainly the (former) chancellor has had strong views, and those views have brought with it an agenda,” Frank said. “And with this change in administration, there’ll be different possibilities for the university.” If former Gov. Ted Strickland had been re-elected, Fingerhut said he would have stayed for the remainder of his term. See FINGERHUT, Page 4

Ray’s Mo-Fo burger to appear on the Food Network May be one of the biggest burgers featured on “Best Thing I Ever Ate” Dwayne Yates

dyates1@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Cameras, cords and tripods f i l l e d R a y ’ s P l a c e Tu e s d a y morning to film a segment of “Best Thing I Ever Ate” for the Food Network. The crew came to film footage of the restaurant’s Mo-Fo burger — a sandwich that has two buns, two patties, cheese, bacon and mushrooms. It’s so big that Robert Paone, head cook at Ray’s Place, said he hasn’t even tried it. Rebecca Roberts, director of photography and producer for “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” said it might be the biggest burger ever featured on the show — and the one with the most outlandish name.

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The Mo-Fo burger, a specialty at Ray’s Place in downtown Kent will be featured on the Food Network.

One of the show’s chefs, Michael Symon, has mentioned the burger on air and has chosen it as one of his “old school” favorites. The segment, which will air in fall, is themed around foods at restaurants that remind Symon of old times. See RAY’S, Page 4

Armed robbery was a false alarm, police say

A robbery at knifepoint that was reported Sunday night on campus never actually happened, according to Kent State Police. “After further investigation of the armed robbery that was reported on Sunday, Feb. 20, the Kent State University Police have determined that it was unfounded, and that there was no robbery,” a press release sent out Tuesday night stated. The alleged robbery was reported at 9:25 p.m. Sunday. KSUPD investigated the incident Monday and Tuesday, looking for two suspects. The university sent out a Flashline alert e-mail and text message around 10:30 p.m. Sunday warning students of the alleged robbery behind the library.

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Black United Students, Advocates of Cultural Knowledge, Focus on the Future and Undergraduate Student Government will present “The Great Debate: Transformation Through Words” Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. “Actual teams will be debating controversial issues, and actress Jurnee Smollett will be moderator for it,” said Danea Rhodes, programmer for Black United Students. A “common ground for students of all ethnicities” to interact, the event will allow students to display, create and support analytical arguments, according to a press release. The debate will mirror the movie “The Great Debate,” in which Smollett starred with Denzel Washington. The topics of the debate won’t be revealed until the event, Rhodes said, and there is a $300 scholarship prize for the winning team. The debate is free for Kent State students and $5 for non-students. —Daniel Moore, diversity reporter

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International intellectuals talk environmental change Kids a big part of the ‘green’ change Kelsey Misbrener

kmisbren@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater The U.S. isn’t the only country focused on “going green.” In Ecuador, Bangladesh, Lebanon and Indonesia, high schools incorporate environmental awareness into everyday life. Four international scholars from those countries spoke Tuesday in White Hall as part of the “Cultural Dialogue” series on the topic of “caring for the environment.” The scholars agreed global warming is a huge problem, along with different natural and man-made disasters specific to their region, like logging or forest fires. To conserve energy and preserve the environment, the schools’ teachers said they try to educate their students. “We have made a school flower garden, planted more trees and clean our school environment every day,” said Swapur Mohajon, an English teacher from Bangladesh. Betty Rahmawati, a social studies teacher from Indonesia, said she doesn’t depend solely on the

government to improve the environment; she thinks it’s everyone’s responsibility. “I point one finger to the government but four fingers to me,” Rahmawati said. In her school’s “Think Globally, Act Locally” project, students must make a plan of action that goes along with one of the five R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, respect and replant. Some students choose to make a nursery and others organize tree-planting events. “The agent of change in this project is students – not us,” Rahmawati said. Fabiola Cordero, an English teacher from Ecuador, said a student invented a water treatment system that treats water in 24 hours so it can be used for irrigation. Following the discussion, Daniel Mahony, dean of the College of Education Health and Human Services, presented the scholars with certificates for their efforts. Rita Palkovic, senior middle childhood education major, said she was impressed that other countries take initiative to help the environment in the schools. “A lot of educators say, ‘The government will take care of it,’” Palkovic said, “but I think kids have a lot of pull.” Kelsey Misbrener is the College of Education, Health and Human Services reporter.

Diversity discussion to inspire creative changes in workplaces 100 Commitments Program helps to move KSU forward Cassandra Beck

cbeck6@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Two speakers will use research, common sense and humor to create a new definition of diversity from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in University Library Room 1018. The presentation, labeled “Innovation, Adaptation, Diversity,” will discuss the Kirton’s adaptation-innovation theory of how a group of people works together. The Kirton theory approaches diversity not by gender or skin color but from the perspective of thought process. “The presentation is about how a company has two types of people,” said Roman Panchyshyn, assistant professor in University Libraries and catalog librarian. “You have the adapters, people who think inside the box and are adapted to their surrounding, and you have the innovators, people who

think outside of the box and question structure.” The speakers are Lee Gill, chief diversity officer and associate vice president for inclusion and equity at The University of Akron, and A.G. Monaco, associate vice chancellor of Louisiana State University. Gill and Monaco worked together at The University of Akron to develop the presentation and present the topic throughout northeast Ohio. Panchyshyn said the presentation will proceed to a hands-on activity where the audience members will find out if they are adapters or innovators. “The whole idea of this is to see that in order to have an effective committee or company, you need people who think both inside and outside the box,” Panchyshyn said. The “Innovation, Adaptation, Diversity” presentation is a part of the 100 Commitments program that Kent State developed last year. The program promotes and encourages diversity through speakers and events. The program helps faculty, staff and students aspire to learn about diversity in different ways and to move the university forward. “The dynamic between the two presenters is humorous, and they feed off each other,” said Peter Lisius, music and media catalog librarian. “It will be a very hands-on presentation and enjoyable.” According to the press release, “This is not your grandpa’s idea of diversity.” Cassandra Beck is the library reporter.

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The Campus Kitchen at Kent State will hold its kickoff event on Wednesday at 5 p.m. on the second floor of Beall Hall. Students will prepare hot, healthy meals for the people of Portage County in need. The Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that provides meals and groceries to those in need. There are approximately 30 Campus Kitchen locations at high schools and colleges across the nation. Kent State is the only college in Ohio invited to participate in the program. “The Campus Kitchen at Kent State is trying to meet the hunger and nutritional needs of those within our county,” said Ann Gosky, senior special assistant in the Office of Community Service, Learning and Volunteerism. “We have partnered with Kent Social Services, and our students will be preparing one meal a week each Wednesday to be served at the center for Thursday dinner.” These hot meals will be delivered every Thursday to Kent Social Services to feed between 50 and 60 people. Anyone who attends the kickoff event is welcome to sample the food. According to a press release, The Campus Kitchen will receive $15,000 from the national Campus Kitchens Project, which be used to help the kitchen open and start cooking. Gosky said students were inspired after their alternative spring beak trip to Washington D.C., where they stayed in the largest homeless shelter in the United States above DC Central Kitchen and the National Campus Kitchens Project. “Students thought if other campuses can do this, we can as well,” Gosky said. “They really identified that there was a need in Kent, and I think that students felt they had a responsibility to meet that need.” Claire Rosenwasser, sophomore pre-med and psychology major, attended the alternative spring break trip last spring. She said she hopes a lot of people come out and show their support for the kickoff event Wednesday. “Everyone is excited,” Rosenwasser said. “We’ve been planning this for awhile. Anybody can come. We are trying to get people to attend, whether it’s prospective volunteers, community partners or faculty. It’s going to be really fun.”

The Little Black Dress event Wednesday will showcase sophomore fashion students’ designs at 7 p.m. in Rockwell Hall Auditorium “It gives a chance to sophomores to demonstrate what they’ve done,” said Sherry Schofield-Tomschin, professor at the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. The event will showcase 34 sophomore designers and their dresses. This is the first time the students made an entire garment from scratch, Schofield-Tomschin said. “The students get really excited about seeing their own works on the runway,” she said. Previously, sophomore design students had both created and shown their designs spring semester. This year, though, is different. They constructed their dresses in the fall but left the show for spring. “There wasn’t time for a walk-off in the fall,” Schofield-Tomschin said, “but students really liked that opportunity (to show their dresses).” Admission is $3 at the door, and proceeds will support the annual portfolio show at the end of the semester.

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Students take initiative for change with new May 4 documentary film Caitlin Restelli

Daily Kent Stater crestell@kent.edu A new documentary film will replace “The Day the War Came Home” within Kent State’s Student Success Series next fall. “We offer (the documentary) because the success series is really marketed towards first year students,” said Meghan Factor, program coordinator. During the May 4th commemoration last spring, “Fire In the Heartland” premiered. Elizabeth Ajunwa, Black United Students political affairs chair, said she attended and was inspired. “It made Kent look like a very unique place where all different kinds of people came, and it just made me proud to be a part of this university,” said Ajunwa, sophomore international relations major. She said she felt it would be beneficial for other students to see it as well. Last summer, Ajunwa, and BUS secretary Jamilia Bush brought the film to the university’s attention to incorpo-

rate it into Kent State’s education. Since last fall, a committee has been collaborating to incorporate it within the first year experience course. “We worked really hard as a committee to come up with some options for FYE (first year experience) instructors,” Factor said. The committee brainstormed teaching ideas for the classroom along with discussion questions and supplemental assignments for students.” “It gives you perspective,” Ajunwa said. “It kind of gives you a real kind of feeling of how it was on campus back in the 60s, early 70s.” Bush, sophomore early childhood education major, said this documentary “shows a more interesting perspective,” and she can see the passion. “Although it was a long process, I’m so happy.” Factor said this film shows more history than “The Day the War Came Home.” “We feel as a committee that the events surrounding May 4th were pivotal for national history and that Kent State is part of a bigger history,” she said.

Caitlin Restelli is the student politics reporter.


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SUMMARY: Senate Bill 5, which eliminates collective bargaining, could negatively impact our education by pushing our highly-qualified professors to other states.

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enate Bill 5 has been inciting debate all over Ohio this week. According to a Cincinnati Enquirer article, the bill will “make layoffs based on merit instead of seniority, allow governments to replace striking employees, stop governments from paying the employee share of pension contributions, require workers to pay at least 20 percent of health insurance premiums and require merit-based pay raises for most public employees.” State government now pays 85 percent of premiums for medical plans and 100 percent for dental and vision plan, while more than 850 local-governmental units in Ohio pick up more than 80 percent of their employees’ health insurance premiums, at a cost of $627 million, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Those supporting the bill said the changes are needed to balance state and local budgets while others say it’s the government’s attempt to bust unions. Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Berding said the current situation isn’t working for cashstrapped cities.

“City leaders, managers — elected to represent the taxpayers — need the ability to pay what we can afford and not have it dictated by unions gaming the system and unelected third parties,” Berding told the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee during hours of testimony Thursday. “I must share with you my profound personal disappointment to realize that union leaders and their members prioritize pay benefits over averting layoffs.” Former Gov. Ted Strickland has another opinion. “This has little to do with balancing this year’s budget,” he told the Associated Press. “I think it’s a power grab. It’s an attempt to diminish the rights of working people. I think it’s an assault of the middle class of this state, and it’s so unfair and out of balance.” Either way, eliminating collective bargaining will affect about 42,000 state workers and more than 19,500 others who are employed at public colleges such as Kent State. Many fear that the passing of Bill 5 will

drive qualified educators out of the state. If top professors looking for universities to teach at are worried about job security in Ohio, what would stop them from looking at neighboring states where collective bargaining is still allowed? Ohio boasts a number of highly ranked public and private universities, but we doubt reputation alone would keep a professor here if his or her job were on the line. Why would an engineering professor teach at Case Western when Purdue is just six hours away? Why would a fashion professor teach at Kent State when Parsons is eight hours away in New York City? Our worry is that by eliminating collective bargaining, educators will flee to other states and jeopardize the quality of our education in Ohio. This goes beyond saving money from the budget. 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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On this day in 1945, during the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Division take the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raise the U.S. flag. — History.com

No trophies for good sex-manship Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “prude” as, “a person who is excessively concerned about propriety and decorum.” Nowadays, it’s commonly used to insult anyone who doesn’t follow the current sexual norms. Somehow, both men and women have bought into the lie that the amount of sex you’re having – or not having – is a primary measure of validating your worth as a dating partner. Watch any TV show or listen to any popular song and the message is the same: Bragging about your sex life is cool, and the “prude” label is as horrifying as a pregnancy scare. It’s no secret that sex is amazing. However, calling someone out for choosing to abstain from a physical relationship by saying, “You must be jealous that you don’t get laid as often as I do!” proves absolutely nothing. It doesn’t mean that something is wrong with a person, that they aren’t attractive or that they are physically unable to “perform.” Whatever it means to the person who chooses not to engage in sex, it’s no one else’s business to pry or make judgments about it. Maybe some people can’t imagine their lives without sex, but the truth is that no one ever died from a lack of it. Not every circumstance is right simply because the hormones demand it, and the world is not anywhere near experiencing a low population crisis where procreation is necessary. Let’s be honest: Sex is extremely easy to come by. There are clubs, bars, services and street corners devoted to satisfying that urge, and there are substances to help overcome short-comings that may interfere with one’s ability to “get laid.” Anyone can look attractive with a good pair of beer goggles; therefore, everyone is able to have sex if they want to. Many just choose not to.

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It’s easy to have sex, but it’s not easy to make love. That is the only kind of sex that is worth bragging about. Why? Because true love is hard to come by in an age when the success rate for marriage is as high as the divorce rate. If you’re going to brag about how often and how great your sex is, I don’t see the point in boasting about it unless it’s with someone who is fully committed to you. Why should anyone envy a promiscuous person if it’s so easy to be like that at any time? People who do have sex aren’t any better than those who choose not to, nor are those who choose to abstain any better than those who don’t. Therefore, feeling pity for those who aren’t doing it isn’t necessary. Don’t pity someone for their lack of bedroom action; pity someone if they lack the respect and self-esteem to hold out for someone who is looking for more than just a good time. God forbid if anyone calls you a prude for thinking this way, well, there are a lot worse things to be in life. Sarahbeth Caplin is a senior English major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at scaplin@kent.edu.

The more things change

Were things “better back then?” Have things really changed that much? I probably spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about the answers to questions like these. Of course the world is always changing, but how much? When you hear an account of someone’s past first-hand, you aren’t hearing a true representation of that time, but rather a representation of how that person felt at that time. Ask someone about the era they grew up in, be it any decade from the 50s to the 90s, and they will probably tell you it was the best time to be a kid; they had the best toys, they had the best television, etc. Ask the same person how the world has changed, and they will tell you that things are more complicated now, the world is more dangerous or things of that nature. Could it be true that the world hasn’t really changed? Sure, technology progresses at an exponential rate and minorities are slowly being granted the rights they deserve (specifically in the U.S.), but apart from those, has the world changed? I would argue that the world has not changed much in the last 50 or so years. And by world I mean the United States first and

James Sherman the rest of the world second. I am not as well traveled as I would like to be, so my worldview is limited. There may be drastic changes in particular countries (Egypt springs to mind), but I will lump them in with all the other countries in the world, as many Americans do, for the sake of this column. The world doesn’t change. People change. Their perspectives change. Did the world, particularly the political landscape, change that much between 1990 and the next 20 or so years that Dennis Miller changed his politics from a liberal leftwing view of the world to a more conservative rightwing view? No. Dennis Miller changed. He changed from just a regular, albeit funny man, into a rich, less funny

man over those years. Of course, dramatic things have happened within this small window of time. Wars have been fought, political leaders have prospered and others have failed, but these things always happen. When it happens in our lifetime, it’s hard to put it into perspective with all the things that have happened in the past. Now, because of the progress of technology and the 24-hour news cycle, we have a kind of instant-nostalgia about news as it happens. You can physically see a split-screen of breaking news and footage from half a century ago trying to put the breaking news into perspective. This doesn’t help us understand what’s going on. This makes things more confusing. The news is now telling us how we should view the story. Ultimately, I think the world is slowly becoming a better place. When more people gain freedoms and civil rights you will ultimately have a better world. We’re getting there, I guess. Slowly, but we’re getting there.

James Sherman is junior newspaper journalism major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at jsherma8@kent.edu.


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RAY’S Ray’s Mo-Fo burger to appear on Food Network Symon was born and raised in Cleveland and took classes at Kent State. While in Kent, he said he frequented Ray’s Place. Day manager Mike D’Alessandro said he remembers Symon as “laid-back and personable.” Roberts said Symon couldn’t make it to Ray’s Place this mornFrom Page 1

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Maggie Smith and Hugh Martin, winners of the 2009 Wick Center Chapbook Competition, review their chosen excerpts to read at the Wick Poetry Center Tuesday.

Poets discuss folklore and war Kelly Tunney

ktunney@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Vivid poetry about dark Spanish fairy tales and Iraq War experiences filled a small room in the Student Center Tuesday night. Maggie Smith and Hugh Martin, winners of the 2009 Wick Chapbook competition for Ohio Poets, read from their published poetry chapbooks to a room of about 40 students and faculty members. Smith, whose works include the award-winning “Lamp of the Body” and “Nesting Dolls,” shared poetry based on Spanish folklore and old, English fairytales with dark twists from her chapbook, “The List of Dangers.” Smith said her chapbook centers on these dark themes because she was captivated by the imagery in Spanish folklore. “I was reading old, Hispanic folktales and fell in love with the language because it was so unfamiliar,” she said. “Then I went back to old fairy tales such as the Grimm Brothers and couldn’t stop writing once I started.” One such dark poem included Smith’s “Seven Disappointments,” based off a fairytale called “The Seven Ravens.” Meghan McElroy, freshman graphic design major, said that the different view of fairy tales gave Smith’s poems a unique angle. “It was an interesting twist on fairy tales I think because they’re normally known as happy things,” she said. “And it seems like the Spanish versions are a little dark, so I can see where she was inspired by that.” Martin, an Iraq War veteran,

shared poems from his chapbook, “So How Was The War?” which used intense imagery to explain his experience overseas. One of Martin’s most jarring poems was named “The Burn Pit,” which described a fire pit they used as a garbage can that filled the guard tower with smoke. Martin’s poems set a serious mood in the room, but he joked that not all of his poetry was so dark. “I do have some funny war poems,” he said. “I just didn’t bring them with me.” Robbie Woods, senior English major, said he could relate to Martin’s experience because he also served in the military. “I’m former military, so I’m able to connect with a lot of what he says, and it takes me back to where it was,” he said. “I was in the navy; I was in it around the same time he was so we had a lot of the same experiences.” Smith and Martin also visited Katherine Orr ’s Poetry I classes during the day to share their poetry with students and discuss their lives as poets. David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center, said bringing the winners of the chapbook competition to Kent State to read is an exciting event for both the Wick Center and the poets. “You often sense a kind of freshness in their own reading of these poems that it’s all new for them as writers,” he said. “And that gets translated to the audience; it feels a kind of added excitement.”

Board of Regents chancellor resigns before term ends “It would have made sense to have stayed for five years out of an eight-year administration, but it does not make as much sense to stay here for a year out of a four-year administration,” Fingerhut said. Gov. Kasich said he wishes the chancellor well.

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RALLY Ohio protesters rally against Senate Bill 5 Protestors in Canton weren’t the only ones showing support for the opposition of Senate Bill 5. Members of the KSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors provided fac-

ing because he was a bit fatigued. “We’ve been shooting with him five days this week, so he had to go back to his real life,” she said with a laugh. The crew also filmed in Cleveland, where it featured the pasta primavera at Lucky’s Café and giant hotdogs at Happy Dog. The crew also stopped by Columbus’s Katzinger ’s Delicatessen and Berea’s Buccis for a breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Dalessandro and Paone are both regular viewers of the show. They said they hope the Ray’s

Place feature attracts new customers as well as ones who haven’t been in a while. In the past, Ray’s Place has been featured in Playboy and on WJW Fox 8 for its extensive beer selection. Drew Carey has also been in a few times. But even with these accomplishments, Dalessandro said he was still surprised by Food Network’s recognition. “I was pretty amazed that little old Ray’s Place would be featured on national television,” he said. Dwayne Yates is a public affairs reporter.

“Eric is a good man, I think he moved the ball forward as the chancellor,” Kasich said. The two men spoke yesterday morning before Kasich and Fingerhut went public with the announcement. “In this job, you kind of have to have your person that is going to buy into your agenda,” Kasich said. “I’ll have an announcement at some point here about how we are going to operate going forward.” Last fall, Kent State failed to come to an agreement with ulty members the opportunity to write Ohio senators about the bill. “We provided all the labels, pre-made all the envelopes, we stuffed the envelopes, we made copies of the letters and we mailed them out personally,” said Coleen Casey, chapter coordinator of AAUP-KSU. “We’re very pleased with the number of faculty members who came in.” Casey said the chapter mailed out two “fairly large” boxes of faculty letters so far.

Fingerhut about the bonds for university-wide renovations. Frank said the university is not rushing to submit a new proposal once the new chancellor is named. “Well, not in the immediate future we wouldn’t propose it,” Frank said. “Not until we understand the implications of the budget and the considerations of the budget that are coming forward.” Anna Staver is an administration reporter. Provost Robert Frank said the university has no official position on Senate Bill 5. “It certainly is a complicated piece of legislation that would have a lot of implications for us as an institution,” Frank said. “We haven’t done any analysis to know whether it would save or cost the university money.” Julie Sickel is the administration reporter.

POLICE BLOTTER The blotter is a record of charges filed by the police. The listings do not represent convictions or reflect guilt. It is the Daily Kent Stater’s policy to publish on-campus and off campus arrests, charges and incidents of interest to the public.

CITY

FRIDAY n Jerome D. Calvano, of Alliance, was

arrested for theft and possession of criminal tools at Plum Creek Park.

SUNDAY n Bruce E. Sherbert, 41, of Copley, was arrested for physical control at the Bob Evans restaurant at 400 Devon Place.

Tyrone J. Barboza, 24, of Kent, was arrested for domestic violence at the 800 block of Silver Meadows Blvd. n

Jose E. Quinones, 52, of Cleveland, was arrested for drunken driving at the intersection of S. Water Street and Haymaker Street.

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MONDAY n Reuben M. Hively, 21, of Windsor,

Pa., was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at Fletcher Hall. n Joshua W. Thompson, 18, of E. Aurora, N.Y., was cited for possession of marijuana at Fletcher Hall and Manchester Hall Courtyard. n Frank J. Calovini, 19, of Parma, was cited for possession of marijuana at Fletcher Hall and Manchester Hall Courtyard.

Kelly Tunney is a College of Arts and Sciences reporter.

President Obama recognizes Kent State’s Liquid Crystal Institute during his speach in Cleveland.

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Pierce brings back positive feedback from Obama’s forum in Cleveland American youth viewed as vital for economic recovery Caitlin Restelli

crestell@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Kent State was the only higher education institution discussed in President Obama’s closing remarks at his “Winning the Future Forum on Small Business” on Tuesday in Cleveland. O b a m a re c o g n i z e d K e n t State’s Liquid Crystal Institute. Justin Pierce, Undergraduate Student Government - executive director, was selected to be one of about a dozen young leaders in the Cleveland area to serve on a panel to discuss youth issues.

About half of the young leaders were student government presidents from Case Western Reserve University, University of Akron, AshPIERCE land University, College of Wooster and Tri-C. The other half were executive directors of non-profit organizations such as the Power Network, Cleveland Clinic and a few Cleveland State Organizations. “It was just phenomenal. It was an unbelievable experience,” said Pierce, a senior finance major. “I walked out of there more confident in our administration than I ever was.” The White House public engagement and Obama held a roundabout table to have exten-

sive conversations with the students. “Not only did he come in and slowly shake all of our hands, but he spoke to us,” Pierce said. “I was very impressed with how comfortable he was to be around and how easy it was to talk to him.” After Obama spoke about some of his priorities and issues, he opened the table for questions and a few of the young leaders — including Pierce — spoke. “The Office of Public Engagement and the president gave us a lot of information,” Pierce said. “But they were primarily there to listen to us, so we sparked most of the conversation.” Pierce said Obama said the American youth is intelligent and is vital to help the economy recover. “Two out of three jobs are created out of small businesses, and the American youth is what is

going to drive the economy and really lead us into a prosperous one,” Pierce said. Obama’s administration plans to hold about 100 more of these roundabout tables throughout the country to reach out to local communities. “We need to understand that our opinions really matter because the state policies are going to affect us more and more as we grow older,” Pierce said. The White House plans to continue the conversations with the panel participants through e-mail. “I was excited and I was ready to talk about these issues and provide value to the conversation,” Pierce said. “I was there for business.” Caitlin Restelli is the student politics reporter.


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Cam Newton at the NFL Combine is the right choice Pro basketball took over mainstream media on Monday night when Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks in a three-team, blockbuster trade, and this past weekend, the NBA All-Star festivities engulfed the sports world. We’re not going to analyze Anthony, Blake Griffin and the dunk contest, Kobe Bryant’s record tying fourth All-Star game MVP trophy, or LeBron James and his triple-double performance. This player, though, was in Los Angeles for the All-Star game. He just wasn’t in season. Cam Newton made headlines for the right reasons this time. Auburn University Tigers quarterback, and this year’s Heisman Trophy award winner, announced earlier in the week that he would be a full participant in this year’s NFL Combine, which starts Friday. The news comes as somewhat of a surprise to most NFL insiders and general managers. Typically, highly touted quarterbacks choose against throwing and running at the combine. They prefer to do so at private workouts with individual NFL teams (Missouri quarterback and potential top 10 pick Blaine Gabbert is going with this route). “I want to be transparent throughout this whole thing, I don’t have nothing to hide, and I’m a competitor,” Newton said while accepting the Davey O’Brien Award that recognizes the nation’s top quarterback this past Monday night. “I’m going to go out here and do what I’ve been working on this whole time and preparing for this moment right now.” This might be Newton’s best decision in these early stages of his career. It shows that Newton doesn’t believe he is “too good” for the NFL Combine. It shows that Newton knows he has to prove himself to the NFL scouts, despite completing 66 percent of his passes for 30 touchdowns and only having 7 interceptions during his 14 career starts at Auburn. Newton will be reminding people of his skills and further proving to general managers that he should be the first quarterback taken, while players like Gabbert come off as shy and conservative when skipping out on such workouts. It would be easy, even understandable, that the national champion would not take part in the combine.

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Michael Moses After all, Newton took the college football world by storm. In addition to his 2,854 yards through the air, he also ran for 1,473 and 20 touchdowns. Newton even caught a touchdown pass. His 51 total trips to the end zone accounted for 306 total points. That’s more than 41 Division-I offenses had this past year (Kent State had 256). “I just feel like if I have an opportunity to speak with a person or let a person evaluate me as a person and not something that has been stereotyped, I think their perception about me will change,” he said. Some say Cam Newton is cocky. Some say he cares about himself. And I say that’s a bunch of bull. Cocky is a kid who thinks he’s bigger than the NFL Combine. Thinks he has nothing to prove. Newton? He’ll be there. Cocky is a kid who runs to the locker room after wins (a la Pryor). Newton? He jumps into the stands after victories, hugs fans and celebrates with them. He doesn’t run into the locker room, he doesn’t shy away from the media, he doesn’t treat himself like he’s a superstar. He plays with such passion and is overly personable. This is a quarterback, a superstar who actually is smiling in his team photo. No mug shot, tough-guy look here. This may seem small, but hell, Jamarcus Russell was looked at as a thug. Look where that got him. There’s more to the game itself, and that’s being a good teammate and person — off the field, especially. “It’s just as important, if not (more) important than the play on the field,” Newton said about the interview process Monday night. Look no further than how he conducts himself in the public eye. Cam Newton is the real deal, on and off the field. He will only solidify those statements at the NFL combine — not hurt them. Michael Moses is a sports columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at mmoses3@kent.edu

mlofgren@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Above the entrance to the M.A.C. Center hangs a banner with “Drive for 20” on it. For five seniors on the women’s basketball team, it’s a reminder of a goal – 20 wins. “It’s real important to get to 20 wins; it’s been a part of tradition at Kent State for long time,” said senior guard Jamilah Humes. “And then it gives us a better chance at post season play.” For Humes and four other seniors, Wednesday’s game will be their last at the M.A.C. Center in front of a home crowd. Along with her, Taisja Jones, Stephanie Gibson, Ellie Shields and Chenel Harris will all be taking their last bow versus Ohio University (7-19, 3-10 Mid-American Conference). Jones, who was named last week’s Co-MAC East player of the week, has only been at Kent State for two years after transferring but fits right in with the rest of the girls. “It’s going to be a really emotional game because for most of us, it’s the last home game,” Shields said. “It’s the last time we’re going to play on this court, and it’s going to be sad even though it’s something to be proud of; we stayed here the whole time.” In their drive for 20, this class met their goal last year by posting a record of 20-11 but finished second in the MAC. With their strong determination, this Flashes team

looks to use their senior leadership in the post season. “I think it’s really rare to have five senior starters,” Shields said. “It means a lot on the floor to know you’re playing for each other.” With their current record of 18-7 (9-4 MAC East), the Flashes have a tight hold on the number two slot in the East behind Bowling Green. The Flashes could take over the number one spot with some help and a victory in a crucial game on Saturday at Bowling Green, which will be televised on Sports Time Ohio. The five seniors have been through a lot together. From a rough 9-21 season in 2007-08, to last year’s birth in the National Invite Tournament, this teammates have kept themselves confident through each other. Facing the Bobcats for the final home game may look like a cake-walk to some, but none of the players are forgetting about the last game against the Bobcats. “I know that all of our seniors are going to come out and play as hard as they can and protect this home court, especially because last game we only beat them by one,” Humes said. The 55-54 win on Jan. 12 in Athens, Ohio, arrived right in the midst of what would become a five game MAC East winning streak for Kent State. With only one game left, the seniors reflected on what they will miss most about the place they’ve called home for the past four years. “It’s the last time playing in front of a home crowd and I really like getting our names called at the

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14-13

Buffalo

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16-9

Akron

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14-13

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Porrini’s late-game heroics earn Kent State a first place position Rachel Jones

rjones62@kent.edu Daily Kent Stater Michael Porrini single-handedly helped the Kent State men’s basketball team defeat Western Michigan 74-72 on Monday, but two days earlier, he did not even know if he could use his shooting hand. During the ESPNU BracketBuster game on Feb. 18, a Drexel player fouled Porrini as he was driving to the basket. The junior guard fell, jamming his right hand as he hit the floor. He went to a Philadelphia hospital on Saturday for an X-Ray, but there was nothing on the scan. Just to be safe, Kent State coach Geno Ford did not start Porrini against Western Michigan on Monday. Four minutes into the game, Porrini made his debut and remained in the main rotation. “Coach (Ford) saw that I was hot, and he

kept going to me,” Porrini said. “The team helped dramatically, and I was able to get to the bucket and get the points.” Nineteen points to be exact – the highest on the team. But the final few points were the ones that were most crucial. After senior guard Rod Sherman earned the Flashes the lead for the first time in the second half, Porrini scored on an acrobatic jumper with 1:06 on the clock. A Bronco player fouled him on the way down, and Porrini’s effortless foul shot put the Flashes up 72-70. Western Michigan scored again 20 seconds later, tying things up at 72-72. Porrini rebounded the ball, and Ford used the team’s final timeout. “The offensive rebound that Mike got won the game as much as the shot that he hit,” Ford said. But the shot was pretty cool. After eating up the 48 seconds on the clock, Porrini scored the winning basket with just two seconds left in the game. “Porrini was fantastic the last five or six minutes of the game,” Ford said. “He won us the game at the end – everyone knows that. But really, we had a lot of guys contribute. Mike just took over and made a couple huge plays for us.”

team they’ve had in a while,” Humes said. “It was a really good game for me because I had 33 points in a win versus our rival.” Matt Lofgren is the women’s basketball reporter.

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8-18

Eastern Michigan

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8-18

Northern Illinois

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Inside the mentality of a backup wrestler

Daily Kent Stater

front because it gets you pumped for the game,” Jones said. “For me, what I’ll remember most about the M.A.C. Center is when we played Akron here last year because Akron really came out strong and that was the best

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Rachel Jones is the men’s basketball reporter.

aatkins2@kent.edu

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Those plays also contributed to the Flashes (18-9, 9-3 Mid-American Conference) tying with Miami for the first place seed in the MAC East. “We feel we’re the best team in the league,” Porrini said. “We know that, and since we know that, nobody can tell us that we’re not.” And it’s not just movie-like, game-winning baskets that got them there. The Flashes attribute much of their success to their defense. Even after the game-winning shot, Porrini continued to play hard, showing his defensive toughness. Western Michigan threw the ball across the court for a last chance to tie up the game, but Porrini stole the ball in midair. “For us to win, our defense has to be big,” Porrini said. With 47 steals this season, the most in the MAC, he should know. As the Flashes move on to face Buffalo on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the M.A.C. Center, Porrini will not expect to have an equally amazing game as he did against Western Michigan. Instead, he will try to continue playing his best and staying tough. “Nobody is going to play good every night,” Porrini said. “If we don’t come to play, then we will lose.”

A.J. Atkinson

Senior guard Jamilah Humes drives the basket during Saturday’s senior game in the M.A.C. Center. Humes recorded 15 points in the Flashes’ 72-52 victory over Buffalo.

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Junior guard Michael Porrini drives to the basket in Kent State’s game against Toledo on Jan. 30. Porrini, who scored a team-high 19 points in Monday’s win against Western Michigan, leads the MAC with 47 steals.

Back at home for the last time Matt Lofgren

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Throughout the season, backups on the wrestling team are able to stay motivated knowing they may have a chance to compete each week. But when the season ends, a backup has to stay sidelined watching his teammates compete in the postseason. There are three thoughts that keep the backups motivated: 1. Workouts will help for the future seasons. 2. Working hard will help their sparring partner. 3. This is the last time senior athletes practice with the squad. Racing around the track on a Tuesday afternoon practice is what the Kent State wrestling team does best. Each team member give it everything they have, even though 15 of the 25 wrestlers’ seasons are over. Junior Mallie Shuster, a backup at 157 to senior Matt Cathell, said he is able to still go out each day because he knows that even if he is not a starter now, the practices will make him stronger for when he does wrestle. “It’s great thinking about making it to the MAC Tournament and becoming an All-American,” Shuster said. “But when you’re out here and we’re running and you don’t know when the hell it’s going to end, you just focus on how this is going to make me stronger. “This is going to stretch my lungs, make my heart stronger and keep my feet moving in the third period.” The backup seniors: Joe Tymoszczuk, Chris Estep and Sli Bostelman, do not have next season to look forward to.

“If you’re doing something, do it to the best of your ability and get better everyday,” Tymoszczuk , the backup heavyweight, said. He continued by quoting Kent State alumnus Lou Holtz: “‘If you don’t wake up every morning with the burning desire to achieve something, you don’t have enough goals.’” Those goals, Tymoszczuk said, are to work his best and make those around him work their best. “You try and make people around you better by making yourself better,” Tymoszczuk said. “It definitely gives you a boost to your self-esteem and confidence when your sparring partner is a national champ or an All-American. That’s who you are pushing and helping accomplish their goals.” Making his sparring partner better is what Shuster said makes him most dedicated to work his best. “Now knowing that my season is over, it’s to the point where when Marcel (Clopton) wrestles, I wrestle,” Shuster said. “All season I’ve taken it upon myself to make sure he’s warmed up and mentally prepared. If he falls a little short, I feel a little failure in myself. ” Jim Andrassy, head wrestling coach, said this is the mentality he wants his backups to have. “If our backups aren’t motivated to wrestle, it’s hard to get our starters motivated to wrestle,” Andrassy said. For the next two weeks, the backups and coaching staff continue preparing the starters for the Mid-American Conference Tournament in DeKalb, March 5-6. A.J. Atkinson is the wrestling reporter.

Feb. 23, 2011  

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