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NUMBER OF STUDENTS REPORTED FOR ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS After alcohol violations spiked between Fall 2007 and 2008, residence halls’ policies became stricter about calling police for alcohol incidents in the dorms. Since then, alcohol violations dropped from 1,171 in Fall 2008 to 486 in the Fall 2009.

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The university’s Board of Trustees will soon be adding new student members to its ranks. The deadline for nominations for the board’s student trustee position is today and the deadline to apply for the position is April 9, according to Greg Jarvie, interim vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. The student trustee sits on the Board of Trustees and is expected to attend meetings and stay informed on issues pertaining to Kent State’s student life, academic programs and budget. Jarvie said the board is looking for students with both a strong academic record and a deep involvement in Kent State’s community. “It’s important that we have a student voice on the board,” Jarvie said. The newly selected trustee will serve until May 16, 2011. Qualifications for the position include Ohio residency and voter registration, as well as a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA and an 8-credithour enrollment. Applicants must submit a resume and three letters of recommendation, two of which must be written by Kent State-affiliated individuals. The names of five finalists will be sent to Gov. Ted Strickland’s office for a final selection. Applications can be found in room 250 in the Student Center and more information can be obtained through Pat Dennison in the office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Contact administration reporter Jenna Staul at jstaul@kent.edu.

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University to test tornado alert system

The university will test its tornado alert system at 9:50 a.m. today as part of Severe Weather Safety Week. The test, which consists of an audible outdoor siren, will last nine minutes. Similar systems will be activated throughout the state. People do not have to take any action during the test. Severe Weather Safety Week is meant to educate people about emergency warning procedures and precautions. Today is Tornado Awareness Day. About 140 tornadoes have been recorded in Ohio since 2000. — Staff report

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Police presence sobers students Policy change lowers drinking in dorms Simon Husted

Daily Kent Stater A policy implemented January 2009 has cut the number of alcohol violations this Fall by more than half. The number of reported alcohol violations in residence halls

dropped 59 percent from 1,171 during Fall 2008 to 486 in Fall 2009, according to the most recent report from the office of security manager Brian Hellwig. Hellwig said the drop can be attributed to Kent State Police Department’s intervention in alcohol violations in residence halls since January 2009, when Residence Services changed its enforcement policy on these incidents. The change mandates law enforcement presence whenever an alcohol violation is reported in

KSU analyzes course sections Faculty given grants to determine class size Suzi Starheim

Daily Kent Stater Kent State is funding course size experiments to facilitate active learning for students. Provost Robert Frank said the university began giving grants to faculty so they could develop different course formats for larger classes. “We’ve targeted classes that students are most likely to be in and said to faculty, ‘We will give you this amount of money to give you time to rethink how you offer this class and how you do it,’” Frank said. This is a time to rethink how you match class activities and class material with what students need as learners, he added. “We teach so many different things here, it’s really hard to come up with one rule that fits all,” Frank said. “Some of it is how faculty are most comfortable presenting mate-

a residence hall room. “If there’s alcohol parties, we now call the police,” said Hellwig. “That’s why there’s been such a huge reduction.” The decision to change the policy was a result of the 20.5 percent spike in alcohol violations between Fall 2007 and Fall 2008. Kent State police are now sent to every report of alcohol violation and charged a first-degree misdemeanor against any violator who is below 21-years-old. “It’s a violation of the law,”

said Dean Tondiglia, associate director of public safety of the Kent State Police Department. “Part of our responsibility is to uphold the law.” The violator will also be forced to meet with judicial affairs or a resident hall director, regardless if he or she was charged for underage drinking. Jill Church, associate director of Residence Services, said although the policy now creates a more coordinated effort against alcohol violations, the

larger, overall effort is to prevent “alcohol-related incidents” in residence halls. Church said it’s not just the fact that students are using alcohol, but they sometimes follow it with vandalism and disruptive behavior.. She added that besides reducing criminal damage and disorderly conduct, crimes that sometimes involve alcohol consumption are also goals behind last year’s policy change. See ALCOHOL, Page 5

BASEBALL Freshman DH Jason Bagoly hits the ball during the fifth inning of yesterday’s game against Cleveland State. The Flashes were defeated 7-5 in the eleventh inning.

rial. We know when you feel more comfortable you are going to be a different teacher.” Associate provost Stephane Booth said determining class sizes is difficult for departments because of all the factors that come into play. These factors include the number of faculty, students, rooms and seats in university classrooms. “The department looks at what is it they want students to learn in that course,” Booth said. “They are looking at how they want students to learn and can that be done in a large section or smaller section.” Booth said even if course sections had to be larger, alternative options would be offered to engage students like break out sessions and online supplements. “We don’t have enough rooms to have 100 students in every room,” Booth added.

Cost-effective courses Courses with high studentto-professor ratios are the most costly to run, Frank said. See CLASSES, Page 5

Search for neighborhood liaison underway; 129 applications received Officials hope to fill position by early April Kelly Byer

Daily Kent Stater A more cohesive community is at the core of the new plan for a neighborhood liaison between Kent State and the city. Ann Gosky, chair of the search committee, said 129 applications were received for the position, which was advertised in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal and the Record-Courier. 

 Gosky said an undergraduate student representative is one of the eight members of the search committee, and students were also consulted in the decision to create a liaison. 

 The committee met for the first time Feb. 8, and Dean of Students Greg Jarvie said he hopes to have

chosen a candidate by early April. 

 “I am looking for someone that’s got some energy, that I would consider a self-starter, someone that has a real interest in expertise and communication,” Jarvie said. “It’s real critical that this person really is someone that can obviously communicate between individuals as well as groups of people.”

 The university is responsible for the hiring, and Jarvie and Community Development Director Gary Locke will be the primary supervisors. The liaison will be jointly funded by the city and university at an estimated cost of $20,000 each for an initial two years. While the liaison would mostly do field work, going door-to-door, Jarvie said an office will be located in the Student Center. “This individual could be anywhere in the city,” Jarvie said, adding that areas most likely to be focused on will be north of Main Street, around North Lincoln Street, Uni-

versity Drive and Sherman Street. 

 Other student neighborhoods such as East College Avenue could be under the liaison’s supervision as well. “We’d like to see this person be able to communicate and develop lines of communication with some of the students and some of the student groups kind of talk about what kind of responsibilities that everyone has, whether it be students or nonstudents,’” Locke said. The liaison would be active in neighborhoods around campus, possibly developing informational pamphlets about the responsibilities that come with living in a community. Locke said these would be given to new Kent State students or those moving off campus, and the liaison would also be someone people can go to when they would like to resolve an issue non-confrontationally. 

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Freshman second baseman Evan Campbell swings a strike, while at bat during the fourth inning of yesterday’s game at Schoonover Stadium against Cleveland State. The Flashes tied the Vikings 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, but were ultimately defeated 7-5 in the eleventh inning. KentWired.com The Kent State baseball team battled with Cleveland State at home yesterday, but fell to the Vikings in the 11th inning. Check out KentWired.com for complete coverage of the game.


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– Erin McCourt junior art education major

– Nicole Merickel sophomore zoology major

“I’m going to South Carolina just to getaway and have fun.” – George Carson junior psychology major

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Cheers to the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Senate’s health care bill in a vote Sunday night. Among the changes is a provision allowing young adults to remain on their parents’ health care plan until they turn 26, up from the current 23.

Cheers to Ohio University’s men’s basketball team for dominating Big East power Georgetown in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. It’s good to see the Bobcats represent the Mid-American Conference so well.

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Jeers to U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas), who yelled “baby killer” at Rep. Bart Stupak during the debate over health care Sunday night. The move was unprofessional during one of the most important votes in American history. n

Jeers to the Board of Trustees for raising room and board rates for the 2010-11 school year. We realize that costs have to go up sometimes, but we’re growing tired of how constantly it happens.

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Jeers to the university for planning not to hire someone to monitor five planned security cameras along the Esplanade. It makes no sense to install cameras when nobody’s there to watch them. n

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Old school gym gives students chance to relive past

Students prefer dodgeball over other activities

Michelle Bair

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Students can look back to their childhood gym classes, free of charge, through Kent Student Center Programming. Kevin Pospichel, a senior physics major, said that he always had fun in gym class back in the day. “Not the whole ‘let’s do a pullup’ part…but the fun parts,” he said. “Like dodgeball.” Pospichel, co-student manager for KSCP, said he came up with the idea of Old School Gym Class. Freeze tag, sharks ‘n minuets, dodgeball and steal the bacon are some of the games on hand for participants. It happens twice a month, every other Wednesday, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in room 153 of the Gym Annex. “It’s really fun,” he said. “And attendance is increasing each week.” Pospichel said they use softer balls for dodgeball “so it’s not intimidating.” He also said there is a tentative list of ideas for every class, but the students can decide what they want to do when they get there. “We cover the rules in the beginning and have fun for about an hour

and a half,” Pospichel said. “It’s a pretty loose agenda.” Tonight’s schedule includes knockout basketball and Four Square, so students have a couple options to keep in mind. Pospichel said he came up with the idea of Old School Gym Class at the KSCP’s annual brainstorming retreat. He said they got lunch and went bowling as a way to bond and figure out new activities that are fun and interesting to students. “Every semester we like to do something different,” said Event Staff Programmer Elise Miller, a sophomore special education major. She said the only events that KSCP continues to do each semester are the ones with good turnouts, like movies in the Kiva, Black Squirrel Festival and Rock the Runway. “We probably won’t offer Old School Gym Class again next semester,” Miller said.“This is just something extra.” She said students have the opportunity to play anything they want, “but they usually end up playing dodgeball,” Miller said with a giggle. “One week, there were 14 people in attendance, so we played seven on seven and had a really good time.”

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Sophomore special education major and student center programming event staff member Elise Miller prepares to throw a ball at another Old School Gym Class participant during a game of dodgeball in the Annex last Wednesday night.

Registration for the 2010 luau-themed Little Sibs Weekend is open now until April 8. The annual event hosted by the Kent Interhall Council will be held the weekend of April 9, 10 and 11. Little Sibs Weekend offers a chance for students to spend time with their siblings and participate in activities ranging from a luau dance party to movies and inflatable obstacle courses. The event is for siblings between the ages of five to 17. Check-in will take place in the Allyn and Clark lounge from 5 to 9 p.m. of Friday April 9. Late check-in will be held Saturday April 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. outside the Kent Interhall Council office in Tri-Towers and in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Late registration will also be available at those times. Little sibs will stay with and eat with their older sib for the weekend and leave Sunday following a breakfast provided for all who attend bearing a wristband. Students can register themselves and their siblings online at the Kent Interhall Council Web site. T-shirts are also available for purchase online through April 1. Go to www.kic.kent.edu to register. Contact student recreation and wellness reporter Amanda Klitsch at aklitsch@kent.edu.

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Last Wednesday evening, students showed up in the Annex for Old School Gym Class to play dodgeball. Old School Gym Class is open two Wednesday evenings a month to all interested students.

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 oncampus and off–campus arrests, charges and incidents of interest to the public.

CITY

MONDAY n Stephone D. Hillard, 45, of Kent was charged with the unlawful use of a motor vehicle and passing bad checks on the 1100 block of Rose Court.Avenue. n Michael L. Dillon, 31, of Kent was charged with theft on the 1400 block of North Mantua Street. n Tamara M. Rousey, 37, of Kent was charged with driving while suspended on the 1500 block of South Water Street.


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FAMOUS QUOTE “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” —Jiddu Krishnamurti

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SUMMARY: The university is currently funding experimental ways to engage students in large lecture classes. We hope professors take full advantage of this opportunity.

VIEW A better learning experience for everyone B y the time a Kent State student graduates, it’s almost guaranteed they’ve gone through a large lecture hall-sized class. But whether students passed or learned anything from these lecture classes may be questionable. There are many reasons why students have a hard time learning in classes with 100-plus students: It’s hard to ask questions, grades are normally based on two or three multiple-choice exams that give students few opportunities to boost their grades and there’s often no motivation for students to come to class. But Kent State is currently funding experiments to facilitate active learning in large courses. With a campus this large, it’s hard to avoid these large classes from both a student and university perspective, and it’s a good thing that Kent State is trying to find better ways to engage students in these classes. This past fall, the university began requiring incoming freshmen to buy clickers, which allow students in large lecture classes to “buzz

in” their response to a professor’s question. The clicker is linked to a student’s name, and some professors use it as a way to gauge class participation in lecture classes. Others use it as simply a way to get students engaged in class discussion. While this is a start, the clickers are also a bit pricey for students to buy, and we hope this isn’t the only step professors decide to take. Associate provost Stephane Booth has mentioned breakout sessions for lecture hall-sized courses as another option. These breakout sessions are made up of smaller groups of students in lecture classes and often are led by graduate students. Some lecture classes already have these sessions, but it’s a good idea that could be implemented more across the university. These sessions are a great opportunity for class discussions and presentations that aren’t possible in classes with hundreds of students. But there are options out there that haven’t yet been explored. Professors should use their expertise, both in their field of study and educa-

tion, to develop even more ideas that can engage students in large lecture classes. In funding these experiments, we hope the university encourages professors to draw from their experience in teaching small classes and bring that to the larger lecture classes they teach. This is a worthwhile investment that the university is making. We only hope professors do not limit themselves and that those participating in the experiments remain fully committed to making the lecture class experience better for the student. Give them a reason to go to class, a chance to boost their grades outside of tests and a way to be engaged, no matter how many people are sitting in the room.

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WAYNE STAYSKAL’S VIEW

DID YOU KNOW? On this day in 1989, the worst oil spill in U.S. territory began when the supertanker Exxon Valdez, owned and operated by the Exxon Corp., ran aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in southern Alaska. — History.com

My letter addressing a personified America Hey America, it’s me, Garrison. Congratulations on finally making it half way to a civilized country’s health insurance system. I know this whole thing has its flaws, but you know, I’m cool with that. I’m pretty sure I can put up with being forced to provide myself with some form of insurance. After all, it’s not half as bad as being forced to limp on one foot for a week because I’m too broke to see a doctor. This is pretty big achievement, America, but I do know that a lot of people are a little pissed off about it. They’re all bad-mouthing health care, talking about how our country is “screwed” or turning into a “socialist” state or some crap like that. But hey, don’t sweat it, America. These are just those “glass half empty” kind of people. The moody gloomy type, always desperate for an excuse to say the worst is yet to come. They probably think the world’s going to end in 2012 anyway. And the whole socialist banter? Some of the people with that rally cry don’t even know the difference between socialism and communism, or what either actually is. Even with staunch opposition calling this bill unconstitutional and saying we’re teetering toward tyranny, I’m sure you can endure some criticism like this again. We’ve heard this garbage before. Paranoid minimal government types have been warning about the coming dictatorship since the Civil War. And look, we’re still here, and I feel pretty free and liberated compared to someone of my stature in almost every past society on Earth. My autonomy is, indeed, still intact. I mean, if we survived the New Deal 80 years ago, this thing should be a breeze. And for those arguing that you’re economically screwed, well, no offense, but I think you already crossed the line on that one. They’re just looking for more excuses to blame the president for … everything. This endeavor probably won’t make matters a whole lot worse, so go easy on ‘em. As for those people marching on Capitol Hill, ranting about you killing off the old people, killing babies and hailing Satan, they just listen to way too much Rush Limbaugh and still have a bone to pick about a black dude sitting in the Oval Office. If I were you, I’d try to only listen to people who actually read stuff for themselves. You can let everyone else follow Limbaugh to Costa Rica.

Garrison Ebie But anyway, at least you’re not totally taking over the insurance market. For real. Even I might be against that move. Given your decision-making skills in regards to the last half century’s worth of foreign affairs, the bailout of failing banks filled to the brim with lying scoundrels and your general shrugging of the shoulders when it comes to anything environmental, you leave me cynical. No offense, America, but I don’t trust you that much. These subsidies to help afford a basic right are good enough, I guess. Sure would be nice if you could just mass produce an immunity pill that cures everything. You know, something that regenerates and fixes cells and muscle tissue within microseconds, thus eliminating cancer and lost appendages. But hey, I’ll leave that one to future generations. Oh, and that 10 percent tax on indoor tanning services? Mad props on that one. I think if a woman (or a man, to be fair) really wants to look frighteningly orange and destroy perfectly good skin tissue, he or she ought to pay extra in order to look that gross. Just saying. America, seriously, I’m surprised. I really didn’t think you’d actually get your act together and make this health care thing happen. That president of yours must be good for something, if at least being coherent enough in speech in order for people to pay attention. So lastly, I’d like to leave on this note: Don’t screw up. I know, America, you have a fine reputation for doing so. (See: Deregulation, Funding the Taliban, the Trail of Tears, slavery.) But that’s all behind us now, I hope. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt when it comes to this brand spanking new reform, for whatever reason, so don’t prove me wrong. Sincerely, Garrison Ebie Garrison Ebie is a senior electronic media major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at gebie@kent.edu. React to this story and more at

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Cool with a sense of irony As I turned the corner on the clutter of mud houses that would be my home for the next four months, I spotted Sebastian sitting against a tree, lost in contemplation as he smoked a cigarette and swigged from a bottle of wine. I was instantly intrigued. A Viennese Hipster wandering the holy land. Later that night, as I shared in another bottle of wine with him, our conversation mingled from literature to history to music. “I tell you, my friend, Jack Kerouac was a smooth cat. Oh, and Neal Cassidy, nothing was ever black and white to him. Nothing was just ordinary,” Sebastian passionately articulated as our conversation landed on the book “On the Road.” Later that evening, Thomas walked in, his beret tilted slightly to the left, a cigar hanging out of his mouth. An Irish man who didn’t like to drink sipped from his cup of tea as he entered. He brought in a Tom Waits cassette and soon the raspy voice was crawling on the walls of our simple mud house. Thomas directed the conversation to friendship. “The beauty of friendship, Dave, is that when two friends sit down to talk, there aren’t two minds interacting, but one mind thinking.” The memory of Thomas and Sebastian entered my mind as the keyboardist of Morrison Hotel slammed at the keys for the song “Light My Fire.” I didn’t like the band that much. In fact, I thought

David Busch they were ruining the legacy of the Doors. This concept — a cover band — was also bothering me. The lead singer, wearing leather pants, a long beard and long hair was desperately trying to be Jim Morrison — when he wasn’t. He was someone else; someone he had yet to define. Every year there are new television shows, clothing lines, new cars and new music and with each new television show come new lines that catch America’s interest and are heard for weeks to come until it loses all its rhetorical substance. With each new clothing line come new styles that alter one’s individual clothing expression. With each new song comes the same monotonous beat that reverberates through bars and stores. With each new advance in technology come new addictions in the forms of the iPhone and the GPS. Someone without an iPhone seems anachronistic. We’re a consumer nation. We’re sold on everything — information, comedy and enjoyment. Comedy has conformed

to sex jokes; libertarianism is en vogue; and enjoyment seems to be defined by the Friday (or Thursday) happy hours. Purchasing power, sadly, has become intertwined with definitions of freedom and with expression of identity. Although all of us are aware of this reality, as a nation we continue to buy and continue to conform. Of course we do. We want to be “cool.” We want to fit in. It’s cool to have the latest gadgets and to fly to Vegas and act out “The Hangover.” Cool, though, is something far different than the consumer products of America. Cool is an expression of one’s individual dynamics outside the facade of consumerism. I think about Thomas eating his chips, sandwiches and lounging in his purple pants he bought in India before he teaches his French class in Madagascar. Or I think about Sebastian, playing his Bob Dylan records at a hidden bar in Tel Aviv, his blue-collared shirt he bought at the second hand shop half tucked in. They know what “cool” is. They see it every day. But they live on the outside of that. They live on their individuality, on their own expressions. They’re cool with a sense of irony. David Busch is a senior psychology and history major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at dbusch@kent.edu. React to this story and more at KentWired.com

Health reform gets ugly and House Republicans get uglier I am rarely ashamed to be American, but behavior from certain Americans lately, especially those in opposition to health care reform, makes me remember why those rare occasions exist. Those who voted for President Obama because he stood for reform and believe the Democrat-driven health care bill is a victory, are pleased for the most part. Those with preexisting conditions should have full access to health care, and insurance companies should be obligated to spend a certain amount of their revenue on actual health care, instead of shameful perks for their employees. There are still plenty of issues with the health care system that will exist beyond the new law, including the impracticality of mandating insurance coverage and the lack of reproduction rights featured in the legislation. However, the Obama Administration and the Democratic majority in Congress needed something to happen in their favor before appearing inactive to a population that will head to the polls this November. House Republicans who voted against the bill could barely blink before they started to respond to the ruling. Many expected them to respond with disappointment and campaigns degrading the new law, but even the bluest Democrat could not predict their childish actions, similar to ill-behaved children who should be on punishment at recess. To say the Republican response to the bill is childish may even be giving Republicans too much credit. Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer shouted “baby killer” on the House floor in response to the health care bill, even though President

Marchaé Grair Obama issued an executive order that maintains the standard that federal funding cannot be used for abortions. House Republicans cheered on protestors who heckled Democrats walking to the health care debate. Two African-American congressmen were called the “N-word” and a spectator spit on one of those representatives. Representative Barney Frank was called homophobic slurs as he walked past other protestors. Such actions have not been denounced publicly by Republicans and are encouraged by their silence on the matter. The Republican Party needs a reminder of what decorum is and needs to pass that reminder on to its supporters. In a country that is supposed to nourish healthy debate, health care opposition has turned into a mud-slinging, hateful spectacle. Protest signs comparing President Obama to Hitler and threatening the lives of health care supporters are not only ignorant, but border a dangerous line of free speech and insanity. The offices of many Democrats who are avid health care supporters have been vandalized with graffiti and bricks thrown through windows. This assassination on the nation’s character must end. Disagreeing with legislation does

not legitimize hate speech, vandalism or irrationality from legislators or protestors. Former President George Bush’s presidency was full of contention, but I don’t remember people vandalizing property and breeching House decorum to express their dissatisfaction with the president. Enough with the propaganda that insinuates the nation did not want this reform. A much more radical version of health care reform, universal health care, was one of the president’s main platform pieces in 2008, and he was elected in a race that was not remotely close. I’m guessing a presidential election does not signify much. Enough with those “going rogue” by masking their ignorance by defending their acts with party loyalty. To put it bluntly, it’s time for Republicans to either put something better on the table or shut up. An immediate act to recall the new law will not provide answers to the American health care crisis unless Republicans start thinking about solutions, rather than sabotaging Democrats for future elections. There is no room for this new form of scare tactics and fear mongering in a society that claims to be a democracy. Shame on you, Republicans. Shame on you. Marchaé Grair is a senior electronic media management major and columnist for The Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at mgrair1@kent.edu. React to this story and more at KentWired.com


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Search for neighborhood liasion underway; 129 applications received “If somebody does something illegal or in violation of law, they’re going to have the same consequences they would have now, but where I think the liaison position could come in is to try and deal with some of the issues before they get to that point,” he said. 

 A resident of North Lincoln Street, Heather Horschler, has lived in Kent for three years and graduated from Kent State last year. She said she wasn’t aware of plans to implement a liaison and doesn’t think one is needed. 

 “This is actually a quieter street,” she said. “Everyone’s friends with everyone.”

 But Craig Burgess, whose family is originally from Kent, has been a resident of University Drive for three years and said he thinks there is a need. 

 T h ro u g h o u t h i s t i m e o n University Drive, Burgess said he’s had problems with people in his yard, trash not being

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 | Page 5 picked up and beer bottles being thrown in his yard and left in the street. 

 “They should remember that they’re here for an education,” he said. Although Burgess said only a small portion of the students cause problems, he has spoken to Jarvie and the Kent Police about issues before. He has also gone door-to-door to talk to students on his own, which, he said, seemed to be effective.
 “I don’t want another College street fiasco happening on University Drive,” he said. 

 But as long as everyone acts responsibly, Burgess said he doesn’t mind the parties. 

 “I can party as hard as they can, I just don’t get in fights,” he said. Another University Drive resident, Jackson McGreevy, said he saw trash left out this past fall but hasn’t heard of any neighborhood issues since then. This is the first year the sophomore flight technology major has lived on University Drive, but McGreevy said he thinks the community could benefit from a liaison. “I think it would be a good idea to keep the relationship between the city and university

good,” he said. 

 Jarvie said the liaison position has been considered for years and originated from the Neighborhood Enrichment program, which aims to improve the quality of life in Kent. “There’s been a need for a long time, and we just finally have been able to really kind of put the resources together and the commitment from the city and university to get this thing done,” he said. The position has the potent i a l t o i m p ro v e u n i v e r s i t y retention and quality of life in the community, Jarvie said. “ Yo u t a l k a b o u t w h a t I would consider a true student retention opportunity,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that this is about keeping students here at Kent State and really, in some ways, of protection of them, to make them understand that there’s certain things you just can’t do. It doesn’t matter what community you live in.” Contact public affairs reporter Kelly Byer at kbyer@kent.edu.

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Library and Information Science attracts graduates Program ranks top 20 in the nation Ryan Stainbrook

Daily Kent Stater The School of Library and Information Science graduate program at Kent State has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. “We are one of the largest programs in the United States,” said Dr. Richard Rubin, dean of the school of library and information sciences. “And we are the only one accredited by the American Library Association in Ohio.” The School of Library and Information Science graduate program was recently ranked number 20 in the nation by U.S News and World Report in 2009. U.S News and World Report arrives at a school’s rank by sending out surveys to different schools across the nation and having the dean, program director and a senior faculty member grade other schools performances.

“Every four to five years these rankings come out,” Rubin said. “We always fall somewhere in the top 20.” Rubin said the school is proud of its high rank, despite not offering a doctrine program. Trent Roberts, an Ohio University graduate, chose Kent State for graduate school. “Kent State is the only school in Ohio that offers a graduate degree in library sciences and information,” Roberts said. “It (the program) was way more than I expected. Everything that I learned here I can apply in my career.” After completing the program in December, Roberts is now working with the school as a special project assistant and helping with recruiting. “This profession is very rewarding if you’re interested in helping others,” Roberts said. “You’re really able to work with everyone and help them solve their problems.” Elizabeth Ellison, clerical specialist, helps students, from undergraduates to graduates, throughout the program “It’s a pretty diverse group.”

Ellison said. “Our student body is largely local, but we do have quite a few international students. I think the fact that it is a specialized program draws a lot of attention to us.” Along with the attention the school gets nationally, Ellison also said she feels the strong faculty attracts students. “I think our faculty is wellknown,” Ellison said. “Many of them have made different contributions to the field. I know that a lot of students come here for that reason.” Rubin said being accredited is nice, but doing the best they can is what the school of library and information sciences strives for. “Although we take pride in the ranking, we take a lot of pride in the program,” Rubin said. “We are constantly trying to improve and do the best job we can.” Contact library and information science reporter Ryan Stainbrook at rstainb1@kent.edu. React to this story and more at KentWired.com

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KSU analyzes course sections “We don’t have enough rooms to have 100 students in every room,” Booth added.

Cost-effective courses Courses with high student-toprofessor ratios are the most costly to run, Frank said. “We have said ‘consider what is the best way to teach,’ and, ‘what are the most cost effective ways to teach?’” Frank said. “We encourage deans and chairs to look at those two measures, and it would be foolhardy not to recognize that running classes of eight people is very expensive.” Frank said the most costly courses to run are the nursing courses. “These are just high intensity courses and so they are going to be more costly to manage,” he added. Laura Dzurec, dean of the College of Nursing, said this is due to state laws about supervising nursing students in clinical settings as well as finding expert faculty to supervise. “You cannot practice nursing without a license, so our students have to be supervised, and we cannot have more than ten in the clinical area by state law,” Dzurec

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Police presence sobers students Yet the difference in alcoholrelated incidents between 2009 and 2008 don’t show the same dramatic drop as alcohol violations. The following are the number of reported criminal damage, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct incidents reported in 2008 and 2009: n One hundred and seven criminal damage reports in 2008 compared to 99 reports in 2009. n Eighty-two criminal mischief reports in 2008 compared to 62 reports in 2009. n Forty-six disorderly conduct reports in 2008 compared to 43 reports in 2009. Nevertheless, one RA,

said. “There is only so much we can do because there is size limitation.” Dzurec said nursing courses can range from small ten-person classes all the way up to 160-person lectures. The average class size is about 40 to 60 students. “Clinical space, classroom space and clinical faculty really limit us,” she added. “It’s very complex choreography. It’s a real juggling act.” Booth said cost certainly comes into play. “We can’t run every class at 20,” Booth said. “It depends on what it is you are trying to accomplish, and maybe things can be accomplished in a large class as well as a small class.” When it comes to the nursing program, Booth said small course sizes are very justified. “Any place where they would be out in the field, students would have to be certified,” Booth added. “You wouldn’t want to be watching too many students at one time.”

Preferences Kelsey Barber, sophomore fashion merchandizing major, said the largest class she has been was a 350-person psychology course, and the smallest was an honors Seven Ideas course of 15 people. Barber said she benefitted much more from the smaller Seven Ideas course and even got a better grade in there due to the one-on-

Amanda Cox, who has worked at Lake Hall for two years, said she has seen a significant drop in disruptive behavior between this year and last year. She said she’s impressed by the trouble her residents have avoided. “My wing of girls are phenomenal this year,” the junior integrated language arts major said. Prior to the policy change in January 2009, Tondiglia said residence hall security notified his department about alcohol violations, but not always asked for their presence unless the situations included disorderly conduct or criminal damage. He said now with the policy change, KSUPD’s involvement is more consistent. Since the enforcement procedure was changed, Church said Residence Services has received no complaints from students.

one nature of the class. Barber said of her large lecture that she “hated it.” “I couldn’t concentrate at all,” she added. “I definitely think I did better in the other class because of the smaller size.” Frank said he thinks most professors prefer classes that are large enough to facilitate group discussion. “That said, in general, most people in smaller classes tend to engage students more and we know the more active students are, the more likely they are to retain material,” Frank said. “Usually departments say ‘in this discipline, these are the kinds of course sizes you can have and be effective at what you are doing,’” he added. Booth said her ideal number is what an average course is across the university. “If I had my preference, for me I like to see a course around 30 or 35,” Booth said. Frank said overall, it’s about availability for Kent State students. “We really want to make more classes available to students in nontraditional delivery,” Frank said. “It’s just making courses available in the right way for students.” Contact academic affairs reporter Suzi Starheim at sstarhei@kent.edu.

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Instead, when the notice first went out, Church said, she heard from four or five different students praising the new policy and hoping it would change the disruptive behavior of their next-door neighbor or roommate. “I didn’t expect to hear anything,” Church said. “So to hear stuff positive about it was kind of interesting.” Though Hellwig and Tondiglia correlate the decreasing number of alcohol violations with the policy change, Church said Residence Services wants to hold off until more semester reports are published and a concrete pattern can be found. Contact safety reporter Simon Husted at shusted1@kent.edu

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Student poetry reflects culture International Poetry Society accepts works in any language Bethany English

Daily Kent Stater The Office of International Affairs is introducing a new way for international students to express themselves and their creative talents through the International Poetry Society. Leila Ghannad, international student and scholar adviser, said she started the organization to help international students share their feelings, ideas and talents with other students. The International Poetry Society, which accepts any type of creative work in any style or language, will offer readers something more than entertainment.

“If it’s good, you give a little glimpse of your soul,” she said. Ghannad also said that having international students share this glimpse of themselves, their cultures and their viewpoints can help debunk the stereotypes often associated with certain groups of individuals. In less than two weeks, international students have submitted 20 items to the International Poetry Society. Pritam Mandal, an international student from India pursuing a Ph.D. in physics, said he entered his piece because he wanted other students to see it and give him feedback. He said responses from readers help motivate him to write more. “Everyone has his or her own world,” Mandal said. “I would like to invite people to see my own, personal world.” Le Su, sophomore electronic media major from China, entered a drawing of the Temple of Heaven, which is a

famous building in China. Su’s drawing, which was also a birthday gift for her mother, was done in a style she called “pen and ink.” She said she hopes to create an interest in Chinese culture through her drawings and introduce students to something new. Ghannad said the International Poetry Society’s goal is to use the submissions for a journal that can be published at least once a year. She also said she wants to bring a stronger focus to art and literature because it’s something that doesn’t seem to be “as present in pop culture” as it used to be. Although the long-term goal is to have a yearly journal, right now Ghannad said she is focused on just sharing the works with other students and getting the artists and authors published. The submissions have been added into the newsletters Kristi Campbell, assistant director of the Office

of International Affairs, sends out to international students. At the end of the year, the Office of International Affairs plans to host an exhibition showcasing all the submissions the International Poetry Society has collected. Ghannad said after the society gets more organized, she would like to include work by domestic students who have studied abroad. The journal will reflect a global perspective because the contributors are from various cultures and viewpoints, but Ghannad also said the importance of this project is that it can “help foster friendships and understanding.” Contact international affairs and honors reporter Bethany English at benglis3@kent.edu. React to this story and more at

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Black United Students members elect new leaders Jenna Staul

Daily Kent Stater Dylan Sellers, senior Pan African Studies major, will again serve as president of Black United Students. The organization announced the results of its election yesterday in what Sellers described as a “close race.” “The plan is to build on what we started this year,” Sellers said. “More workshops and making sure we’re a part of the Kent State community.”

Vice President, Ebonie Parks Parks, a sophomore marketing

major, said she hopes to get the word about BUS through an organizationsponsored publication and videos on YouTube. She also said she looks to see BUS sponsor additional cultural and social programming for its membership. “I want to make sure that each person is doing their job,” Parks said. “And that we’re providing programming that fits our mission statement.”

Secretary, Jamilia Bush Bush, a freshman early childhood education major, served BUS as an administrative assistant this year

and said after working closely with the organization, she decided to run for a leadership position. “I have such a passion for it,” Bush said. “So here I am.” Bush said she hopes to educate students on what BUS has to offer Kent State’s student body. “I really just want people to understand what Black United Students is,” Bush said. “I want people to feel like they can come to us. That’s why I’m here. Not just for education; I’m here to help people.”

Programmer, Olivia Ryan Ryan, a sophomore fashion design major, will return for a second

year as a programmer for BUS. “I want to bring in programs that make them think,” Ryan said. She said she will be looking for student input when it comes to booking comedians for the group’s comedy tour, as well as in selecting programming for Black History Month. “I love this organization,” Ryan said. “I love everything about it. I have a passion for it.” Contact administration reporter Jenna Staul at jstaul@kent.edu. React to this story and more atf

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Slain 17-year-old inspires new law Sex offenders to be monitored closely Elliot Spagat

Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The parents of a 17-year-old girl who was killed after vanishing in a park began campaigning Tuesday for a law that aims to strengthen oversight of child sex predators. Brent and Kelly King said in an interview they will begin their effort in Sacramento by backing a state bill being called Chelsea’s Law in honor of their daughter. The bill is expected to be introduced next month in the state Legislature. The Kings also want to see changes in federal law. If that fails, they intend to work stateby-state for heightened electronic monitoring and other measures targeting sex offenders such as the one charged with the murder of their daughter. “If that’s what it takes, that’s what we will do,” Brent King said. The campaign comes less than a month after Chelsea King failed to return from a run in a San Diego park, and her body was found near a lake. John Albert Gardner III, a convicted child molester, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Chelsea and attempting to assault another woman in December. Gardner, 30, is also a suspect but has not been charged in the death of a 14-year-old Amber Dubois, who disappeared walking to school last year. The Kings said they were educating themselves about the legal system while staying focused on their priority of raising Tyler King, Chelsea’s younger brother. “We’re still in the very infancy of trying to even breathe in

the morning,” Brent King said. They have met for hours with Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, a San Diego Republican who intends to introduce Chelsea’s Law. Fletcher appeared Tuesday with the Kings at a news conference and spoke only in broad outlines about the proposed legislation. He said it would include “an effective one-strike provision” to send predators to jail, changes to the parole system and closer monitoring of sex offenders. Fletcher said he was also considering the possibility of lifetime parole with GPS monitoring for sex offenders and having parole violators go before the Board of Parole instead of lower-level corrections officials. Gardner, he noted, repeatedly violated parole and was never sent back to prison. Records showed one violation involved living too close to a daycare center, while others were issued for letting the battery on his ankle bracelet run low and missing a meeting with his parole officer. Gardner served five years of a six-year sentence for molesting a 13-year-old neighbor in San Diego in 2000 and was on parole for three years, until September 2008. “The unfortunate reality is this case has exposed a broken system,” Fletcher said. Brent King said he can’t bear to read about Gardner’s history and has been infuriated by the news stories he has seen. Since the death of their daughter, the Kings have put their careers on hold. Brent King worked for years in mortgage banking. Kelly King is a medical assistant in a dermatologist’s office. “We are parents first, activists second, then everything else will sort itself out after that,” Brent King said.


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Today’s birthday (3/24/10) See past limitations this year. You know all about hard work and the results you can gain from it. Now, add imagination to make your work fun! You stand to make personal strides when you act boldly, even if you’re not certain of the outcome.

Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 7 – All intelligent activity earns praise from those in power. Throw in a little creativity and you’ll appreciate the work as well.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22 Today is a 7 – Two people get together to hatch a brilliant plan. The logic escapes you at first, but later you agree wholeheartedly.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7 – Make sure everyone dances to the same drummer. Logic dictates the need for responsible effort if change is to occur.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 6 – Work could be difficult today unless you try lighting a fire under a creative co-worker and letting him or her run with the ball.

Gemini (May 21-June 21 Today is a 5 – Well, you’re halfway out of the box. Creative thinking really works. Imagination carries you past the hard work to the goal.

To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Cancer (June 22-July 22 Today is a 5 – Put yourself in the driver’s seat early. Let your partner ride shotgun. At least you control the speed, if not the destination.

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Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Today is a 6 – No one’s fooled when you cover up your feelings. You wear your heart on your sleeve. Confession is good for the soul. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19 Today is a 6 – You have your eye on the prize. Make sure that your heart agrees. Otherwise, emotions will block the path and cost you the race.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Today is a 6 – Ease into a public presentation by considering the possibilities. Try not to focus on your nervous stomach. Eyes on the prize.

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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20 Today is a 7 – Keep the ball rolling. Whatever you’ve started is important enough to merit consistent effort. Provide direction for others.


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SPORTS Sports editor: Cody Francis • E-mail: cfranci1@kent.edu

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1. A perfect 10 A gymnast can score up to 10 points on a routine for each of the four events: floor, vault, bars and beam. The top five scores on each event are taken out of the six gymnasts who compete, and those scores are added to the team total. Two gymnasts compete “exhibition,” and while the scores don’t count, the gymnasts compete to show their coaches what they’re capable of scoring during a competition. Points are earned by including acrobatic skill sets as well as jumps and turns. Bonus tenths can be earned by placing these skills in direct succession with another, depending on level of difficulty. Tenths can be deducted for falling off the apparatus, losing balance, a leg separation, an arm bend or even a rhythm break in the routine. Routines are performances. Exclusion of necessary elements or lack of composure results in low-scoring routines. “When it comes to scoring, judges can take off for anything, bent legs, body positioning, stuck landings,” senior Carly Conroy said. Most team victories are decided by merely tenths of points. For example, one fall off the beam costs five-tenths and can result in the loss of a competition entirely. In the Flashes’ meet against Kentucky on March 5, Kent State lost by one tenth. Had Kentucky fallen on one routine, Kent State would have won. For the best teams, all five counting scores must exceed a 9.8. The skill level required to prevent deductions is accomplished by years of intense training and dedication.

2. Don’t boo the judge Unlike other sports where a coach can throw a flag down to protest a call by a referee or umpire, the challenging of a gymnast’s score is much more particular. Judges are relatively unapproachable. Nine times out of 10, challenging a score will do no good, and on the off chance the judge made a mistake, only a few tenths (maximum) can be awarded back to the gymnast. “There’s no instant replay,” senior Lydia Barrett said. “There’s nothing you can really do to change what they saw other then inform them what’s in the routine, but it’s up to them. The judges do check each other, if there’s a huge difference, then something wasn’t counted by one judge.” A gymnast’s routine can be left to interpretation. A judge may miss a skill the gymnast performs, thus creating problems for a coach who knows the gymnast’s routine beginning to end. “Really there’s not a lot you can do,” Kent State coach Brice Biggin said. “Inquiries are when the judges’ scores are drastically different or if there’s an occurrence where they might have not given credit for something. “The only real way to approach them is by giving them looks. Certainly astonishment, disbelief or complete utter disdain for

what they put up there. I’ve been known to do that a lot in my career. And most judges know that and just don’t look at me.” If routines don’t build, the judge won’t grant a gymnast the benefit of the doubt. On a full turning jump, she may have barely missed 360 degrees, but if the judge isn’t feeling accommodating, the gymnast will not receive full credit. However, if the gymnast does not give reason for the judge to deduct and the judge still does, a challenge may be placed in on the routine. “It’s all about discretion,” senior Brittany Kopp said. “For a bent knee, they can take up to a tenth, some will take a half a tenth. Some will take the full tenth every time.”

3. Why did she only compete on floor? In club gymnastics, gymnasts are required to compete in all events, but in college gymnastics, event specialists are more common than all-around competitors. A gymnast can be recruited for being an excellent beam worker or based on her abilities on a combination of events. Having many event specialists can provide invaluable depth when a teammate is sick, injured or doesn’t warm up well. The ability to put out six solid routines that can score the highest is pivotal in winning meets. “In gymnastics it’s so different, we have 20 girls and the top six compete on each event,” Biggin said. “Not all the girls are on the same level as far as expertise. We want to find a team where we have eight, nine, 10 girls who can go up at any time and throw a great routine. “That’s the easiest way to win championships — with good depth.”

4. It’s all about the team While gymnastics appears to be an individual sport, in college gymnastics, it’s all about the team. Each gymnast competes individually, but each gymnast also depends on her teammate before to build the scores. Scores should technically increase from gymnast to gymnast in the lineup. The most difficult and solid routines will compete last, and if the previous gymnasts are successful in hitting their routines, the last gymnast will more likely have the highest score possible. If a judge sees a series of falls or unclean routines, he or she will not expect the next gymnast to execute and will not give her the benefit of the doubt on the skills in her routine. It’s unfair. But that’s the sport of gymnastics: It’s imperfect and competitive. “If someone goes before you and gets a high score, if you go up and do that much better, they technically have to give you a better score,” Conroy said. “You have to make individual sacrifices if you’re having a bad day. The easiest thing to do is let yourself fall, but you can’t do that, you have to find confidence and go for it. You have to push to hit.” “Everything you do affects someone else,” Barrett said. “If someone doesn’t do well in front of you, that puts that much pressure on you. We try to build a family atmosphere where everyone behind you is pushing you. It’s individual when you’re up there, but it’s about the team at the end of the day.”

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Junior gymnast Christina Lenny performs on the vault at the Friday, March 5, meet against Kentucky. Lenny received a 9.900 on her performance and took first place in the overall vault results. The Flashes lost the meet against the Wildcats.

5. Yes, she has to dance Gymnastics is comprised of many elements, mostly rhythmic and acrobatic. The sport is intended to look polished, flawless, delicate, strong and easy. The most successfully artistic gymnasts can combine all of these characteristics into one routine, and, if they’ve scored well, you can tell if they have. “Gymnastics is artistic, so part of some of the deductions the judges can take are within the choreography,” assistant coach Sharon Sabin said. “Are skills artistic? Are skills dynamic? If we didn’t do any dance, we’d be like men’s gymnastics. So that gives a feminine touch to the sport. Yes, we can do all these skills, the other side to that is the flexibility. Their personalities come out in the dance. We work with the girl’s strengths.” The dance moves break up skill sets and give the gymnast a break between, for example, her flight series (the flips) and the jump series. Dance is designed to make the routine flow. Especially on the beam, where the gymnast needs to move to different sides to ensure she has enough room to complete the required skills. JESSICA KANALAS | DAILY KENT STATER

Junior gymnast Christine Abou-Mitri performs on the uneven bars during the Friday, March 5, meet against Kentucky. Abou-Mitri received a 9.750 on her performance, but the Flashes lost the meet against the Wildcats.

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Gymnast Rachel Goldenberg winces in pain after hyperextending her right knee while landing a one and a half punch front during Kent State’s meet against Eastern Michigan Friday, Jan. 22.


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