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Seven things you missed this summer

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ou may have been by the pool working on your tan or maybe you were kicking butt at that three-month internship. Whatever you were doing this summer, it’s possible you lost touch with the news around the university and the City of Kent.

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Here are seven big summer stories you may have missed out on while you were laying in a Coppertone coma. Story by Julie Sickel jsickel@kent.edu Graphic by Rachael Chillcott rchillco@kent.edu

1It’s Pepsi time

At the end of June, students and staff started seeing Pepsi trucks appear around campus. July 18, the university officially announced it would not renew its 10-year contract with Coca-Cola and instead would sign a five-year contract with PepsiCo. The contract began in August and has an anticipated value of $6.2 million over its fiveyear period. Some of the new products available on campus include Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Aquafina, AMP Energy and SoBe Lifewater.

moving out, 3Residents new freshmen moving in

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A record number of freshmen led university officials to offer sophomores the opportunity to live off campus. Students were notified mid-July, when most off-campus housing complexes were full. In June, the Kent planning commission approved plans for “the Province at Kent,” a new apartment complex to be built on South Lincoln Street. Construction was set to begin in July, but a civil suit filed by two nearby residents has slowed the project. In late July, residents of Sunrise Town House Apartments were informed by word-of-mouth they had weeks to find new housing before the complex was razed August 1.

DuBois Bookstore closed its doors forever June 28, marking the end of nearly 75 years of service to Kent State students. “We felt it was best to leave somewhat abrupt and do it now because if we order all of those fall books, we’ll get into a whole other season,” said General Manager John DuBois in an interview June 29. In a recent interview, DuBois said the store received more money to sell the land than it would have received selling merchandise. He could not disclose the amount.

4 Latecomers need not apply

At the end of June, the university had to halt freshmen applications for Kent’s main campus after receiving a record number for Fall 2011. “In the past, Kent State has taken applications up through the start of the fall semester,” said T. David Garcia, associate vice president for enrollment management. “That will not be the case this year.” Students who applied to the main campus after June 22 were told they could attend a regional campus or delay their enrollment until the spring semester. Emily Vincent, director of university media relations, said the cap—based on the number of students who applied and the number of students signed up for Destination Kent State — was necessary because of a combination of limited residence hall space and academic course accommodations.

5 Acorn Alley II leads downtown development The second installment of Acorn Alley is nearly complete. New tenants are set to move into the new building along Erie street by mid-September. Zoupwerks, Popped! and Wild Earth Outfitters will occupy spaces on the first and second floor said Ron Burbick. By the middle of October, two new restaurants and a coffee shop with a drive-thru window will open. In November the Kent State School of Fashion will take a space on the second floor to sell and showcase student work. PARTA will begin construction on its new transit facility, Kent Central Gateway, after razing the former Car Parts Warehouse on South Depeyster Street. Progress on the downtown hotel and conference center and the University Esplanade moved forward in early August.

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Frank to step down as Provost On July 8, Provost Robert Frank announced plans to step down as provost and university vice president after the 2011-2012 school year in an email to Kent State faculty and staff. “At age 59, you tend to reassess your priorities, and I've long dreamed of being a college president,” Frank said in the email. “Realistically, I've one career move left, and now's the time to make it.” Since becoming Kent State’s provost in 2007, Frank has helped implement programs aimed at increasing the university’s retention rate. The Math Emporium and the Graduation Planning System (GPS) are two examples.

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Two new sculptures donated by the Ohio Arts Council appeared on Kent State’s main campus this summer. An untitled James Clover sculpture, positioned in front of Bowman Hall, is made of blue-painted steel and valued between $40,000 and $60,000. Kent State emeritus professor Brinsley Tyrrell created the second sculpture titled “The Legend of The Iron Hoop.” Located outside Henderson Hall, the main piece of the installment — constructed out of fiberglass and powdered iron—is surrounded by other smaller Tyrell sculptures made of the same materials.

PHILIP BOTTA | DAILY KENT STATER Lauren Jasica and Rachael Lyons, junior and senior physical education majors, respectively, move boxes in their new apartment. Jasica and Lyons were told the original move in date Tuesday, Aug. 23 but had to wait for their apartment to get finished.

Cassandra Beck cbeck6@kent.edu Several Kent State students were faced with dilemmas when old leases ended before new ones began, leaving them temporarily homeless between moves. Rachael Lyons, senior physical education major, lived in Campus Pointe Apartments

for two years before deciding to move to the Whitehall East Town Homes complex with three other roommates for the 2011-2012 school year. “We had to move out of Campus Pointe on July 31 even though it was supposed to be a yearlong lease,” Lyons said.

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Students live in lounges at start of fall semester Residence Services implements transitional housing, again Drew Parker dparke16@kent.edu Some students will be living in converted lounges this fall until other arrangements can be made. Residence Services is implementing transitional housing to accommodate the increase in enrollment for the fall semester, which has left several students without standard living arrangements. In June, the university announced the main campus had received a 22.6 percent increase in freshmen applications since last year, and would no longer be taking applications for the main campus. In previous years, students were

SAM VERBUELCZ | DAILY KENT STATER Samantha Stover, Barberton High School senior, helped her boyfriend move into his residence hall on Thursday, Aug. 25.

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LOUNGES Students placed in lounges for fall semester up until the beginning of the fall semester. “We’re expecting to open (the semester) with all our 6,260 beds full,” said Betsy Joseph, director of Residence Services. Residence Services made offers to cancel housing contracts to 140 sophomores close to junior status in order to meet the growing demand for residence hall housing. The offer,

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in converted cubicles with two to three other students in the lounges of Koonce, Wright, Eastway, Verder, Dunbar, Prentice, Lake and Olson halls. Students living in transitional housing will be given a 25 percent reduction on their room and board fees, meaning that the converted housing costs about $700 less than a basic double room fee. Leia Belt, freshman psychology major, was assigned to transitional housing in Eastway for the fall. “At first I was nervous, but after I saw (my room), I think I got a better deal. It feels like I have a lot of

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which only eight students accepted, gave them a refund on their $200 housing deposit and a $155 credit to their Bursar account that could be used for a commuter parking pass. Joseph said she believes most of the students chose to keep their contracts because they were satisfied with on-campus living. “Surveys show that students are having a positive experience here,” Joseph said. “People see the value of living on campus. They were happy and didn’t want to move.” Due to this increase, about 60 students who completed their housing contract after July will be living

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In a story on page A8 of the Stater’s Orientation Issue, “New renovations connect campus, Kent community,” several mistakes were made due to the use of an unedited version of the story. Capstone Development will be renovating Silver Oaks Place, not tearing it down. Capstone will build a 520-bed complex, not 250. New projects in Kent will add 1,535 new beds, not 1,265. They can house every student currently living in Twin Towers, Eastway Center and Korb Hall, not Tri-Towers and Korb Hall as was stated in the story.


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LIVE Left with no place to live “Our new landlord said our new apartment wouldn’t be ready for move-in until Aug. 25. Where were we supposed to live for 25 days?” Lyons said she and her other roommates made countless calls to management at their new apartment complex asking for an earlier move-in date. Lyons worked in Kent over the summer and had to drive from home, a little more than an hour away. “I had to come back two times a week to work,” said Lyons, an employee at Ray’s Place. “I went through a lot of gas, and then I had to find places to stay after work since I would get off around 3 a.m.” Some of the roommates rented a storage unit to store their belongings instead of finding trucks and renting U-Hauls to bring all of their things home and then back to Kent again in late August. Greg Horning, manager of Kent Storage on East Main Street, said that he’s seen a huge increase in self-storage units during July and August. “We didn’t have enough units to accommodate all the people looking to store things with us,” Horning said. “We started dividing up bigger units to help more people store things.” However, Horning said he always sees a jump in sales around this time of year. When Lyons and the rest of her roommates attempted to move in to their new apartment Tuesday, they found the residence a complete mess, with filthy carpets and a beer stench. Some of her roommates even took pictures as a testament

to the level of disarray in case they needed to file a lawsuit. “It was ridiculous. We were told we could move in on that date and nothing was ready,” said another roommate, Lauren Jasica, junior physical education major. “It was unlivable.” The roommates demanded the landlord install new flooring in the living room and on the stairs – a demand they were granted. But this meant they would be moving in with gutted floors. “We finally got to move in on Aug. 24,” Jasica said. “They didn’t work with us at all.” At the end of all the drama, the roommates were temporarily “homeless” in Kent for a total of 24 days. “It’s hard to go back and forth between here and your hometown when your life is

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Rachael Lyons student apartment is ready and livable for the new tenants. “All of our apartments are cleaned thoroughly,” said an employee at Ryan Place Apartments. “We shampoo the carpets, scrub the walls, fix any holes, and every single apartment gets repainted.”

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basically here in Kent,” Lyons said. “What if this would have happened to someone who lived in another state, not just an hour away?” For some students living in Kent though, home is another state. During the past month, students have crashed on couches, slept on the floor and made the trip back and forth between their hometowns and Kent. Ryan Place Apartments, a Kent apartment complex, said it does everything it can to accommodate residents on a timely basis, but ultimately it comes down to whether the

Ryan Place Apartments said it tries to accommodate those residents who request to move in by a certain time, but it generally depends on what condition the previous tenants left the apartment. Luckily for most students though, the college moving month is coming to a close, and apartments and houses are finally ready for new tenants to move in. “I’m just happy we are finally all moved in,” Lyons said. “It has taken long enough.” Cassandra Beck is a news correspondent.


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Peace Corps volunteer’s adventures in Guyana

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Jody Michaels Columnist In case you missed it, Jim Tressel, Ohio State football coach, resigned on Memorial Day after a Sports Illustrated investigation discovered the program’s widely known NCAA violations dated at least as far back as the Buckeyes’ championship season in 2002. Some of Tressel’s players had been trading championship rings and other awards for tattoos, though NCAA rules prohibit such arrangements. Tressel was aware this was happening and didn’t notify the school; instead, he lied and said he had no idea. I’m not sure which is worse: Ohio State breaking these relatively insignificant rules, or the masses of Buckeye fans who blindly continued to support the team, careless to the program’s wrongdoing. One needn’t look further than my Facebook news feed during the past several months. “You’re a good man, Jim Tressel,” one of my friends posted. (Apparently, good men don’t mind breaking rules.) She and two of my other friends participated in a student march across campus to show support for Tressel. Why? His players broke the rules on his watch. Why would anyone celebrate his failed leadership and, in effect, pretend his incompetence is completely acceptable? One of Ohio State’s most notable alumni is Kirk Herbstreit, former quarterback and current ESPN analyst, but he had to move from his Columbus home this year because some Ohio State-obsessed idiots were too vitriolic towards his family out of anger that Herbstreit actually attempts to be objective instead of a complete Buckeye homer. But these pale in comparison to what investigators have been discovering at the University of Miami (the one in Florida, not Ohio) this month. Football booster Nevin Shapiro used his part ownership in a sports agency to lavish players with illegal benefits, offer players cash bounties for injuring opposing quarterbacks and even to pay for a prostitute to have an abortion after a player got her pregnant. Hurricane fans, as one writer put it, are “showing amazing solidarity in their pathological state of denial.” I have a few Facebook friends who are Hurricane fans and thus posted lots of links from Miami blogs that have been relentlessly shifting the blame or pretending a reporter with 20,000 pages of financial records had insufficient evidence. Meanwhile, here at Kent State, we should be proud of the 120 schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision; our athletic department is one of just 17 to have never had a major NCAA violation - but that doesn’t mean our athletic programs are perfect. Last season, three men’s basketball players were part of a brawl, and another was arrested for a theft. This tested my support of the team — I didn’t want to root for them and consequently endorse this behavior — but ultimately I cheered on the Flashes during their exciting postseason run in the NIT. What makes this different? It’s simple: Those players’ suspensions eventually ended, and they had a right to redeem themselves. Kent State fans learned what punishment is supposed to be. Now it’s time for Ohio State and Miami to learn what’s supposed to happen when people break the rules. Jody Michael is a junior broadcast journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at jmicha10@kent.edu.

Cheers & Jeers of the Week Cheer: To the Youngstown State University professors for calling off a planned strike so that students could resume classes. Jeer: To overcrowded living situations in the dorms, again.

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A whole new experience in not being boring

Quit being your father’s newspaper. That’s what one design expert told us when he critiqued the Daily Kent Stater last spring. In the world of college journalism, it’s easy to lose sight of your audience. Every journalism student strives to imitate The Washington Post or The New York Times, and the design of most college newspapers tends to be too newsy and predictable. As we quickly found out, that’s not what the Kent State community is looking for. After various student surveys found the newspaper boring, we set out to change the way we present information. Per-

haps more importantly, we set out to change the content we put in the paper. Instead of making a few design changes and pretending like we have a new and innovative product, we want to change what we cover. We talked with students and found out they aren’t necessarily interested in what programs the University Libraries will host next week. Our readers want to know what to do on the weekends and how to save money. They want to read about fascinating people and they want quick blurbs of information while waiting for the bus. At the same time, we’ve

invested heavily in a team of reporters to write more investigative pieces. Both students and taxpayers have the right to know how the university is spending its money, and with a projected budget of more than $540 million a year, there’s definitely a lot to be curious about. In short, readers want to know more about stuff that affects student life. The Stater has always been a student-run newspaper, written by students and for students. Over the course of the semester, we’re hoping to get back to our roots. The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.

Is the GOP losing touch with reality? It’s only been a few months since my last column here at the Daily Kent Stater, and a lot has happened. Washington, D.C. was overwhelmed by the debt ceiling battle highlighting just how broken our political process has become. Of course, America’s pristine AAA credit rating was downgraded for the first time. The space shuttle program was canceled. We Are Ohio managed to gather an incredible 1.3 million signatures to repeal Senate Bill 5. The NFL lockout ended just in the nick of time. Riots broke out in England, and an earthquake shook Washington, D.C. Out of all the newsworthy events so far, there is one I have chosen to write about for my first column of the year. This is, of course, the 2012 Republican Party presidential race, and I have decided to call it the “WTF Factor.” To explain the “WTF Factor” I’ll start by quoting some of the candidates. First is Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Nothing proves my point more than this little gem: “Not all cultures are equal.” Or this one from 2004: “It’s part of Satan, I think, to say that this is ‘gay.’ It’s anything but gay.” Or, how about this one: “If you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslave-

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ment.” But Bachmann is just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s look at Herman Cain, who isn’t exactly a frontrunner but is still polling in the middle of the field. He was on the record saying that communities had the right to “ban mosques.” But his statements get even more troubling. When asked if Cain would appoint Muslims to his cabinet if elected, he said “No, I will not and here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, there’s this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government.” It doesn’t end with Cain. Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the new darling of the Republican establishment. Perry once said, “We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know who knows what might come out of that.” Then there is Rick Santorum, the former senator from my home state of

Pennsylvania. Santorum is known for being a bit frothy on the issues, if you get my drift. For example, Santorum said while defending laws against sodomy that the right to privacy “doesn’t exist in my opinion in the United States Constitution.” It even goes beyond the candidates. The GOP-controlled House of Representatives also had one of the year’s biggest WTF moments when they denied deal after deal to raise America’s debt ceiling, even when many of the deals overwhelmingly favored the GOP’s ideology. Now, I consider myself a fair guy, so it wouldn’t be right to characterize the entire field of GOP candidates as out-of-touch nuts. There are several reasonable candidates that come to mind. Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and recent dropout Tim Pawlenty have all expressed reasonable views while maintaining their Republican identities. If the WTF factor continues to stay strong, I fear the Grand Old Party might be stuck on the fringes of American politics. Bryan Staul is a junior Political Science major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at bstaul@kent.edu.

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Have you ever lived in a place where it was hot like summer all year long? Where you had more mangoes in your possession than you could eat in a day? Or where people chose to eat spicy fish (with hard scales) for breakfast? I am fortunate enough to have had all of these experiences! Why, you might ask? I am currently a Peace Corps volunteer serving in Guyana. Guyana is located in South America about 6 degrees north of the equator. Because of its location, it is considered to be part of CARICOM, the Caribbean Community; therefore, it is filled with a lot of character and spice. It has mountains, ocean, plains, luscious rainforests and the highest single drop waterfall in the world. Before venturing to Guyana, I assumed that it was a Spanish speaking country for obvious reasons, such as its placement around other Spanish speaking countries like Venezuela. Guyana’s official language is English; however, most of the people in the local villages speak Creolese, which is a derivative of standard American English. The language also changes depending on which part of the country you are located in. My Peace Corps experience has been far from boring. Guyana has kept me occupied in more ways than one. First off, it has a diverse mixture of people and cultures. Back when the British ruled the country, people came from India, Africa and Asia to work as indentured servants or slaves. After gaining independence in 1966, the people who travelled from other countries simply stayed in Guyana in conjunction with the native people known as the Amerindians, and soon the many cultures meshed as one and became proud to call it their home. Because of all the diverse cultures, my experiences have also been diverse. The culture exchange has been really beneficial for me. The Guyanese have taught me so much, especially in terms of cooking. Dishes such as cook-up rice and multiple kinds of curry have kept my American taste buds completely satisfied. I have also learned firsthand about the Guyanese warm welcome and hospitality. So many people that I have met are quick to invite you into their homes and share a meal with you. I have not even been in Guyana for a full year, but I already feel as though I can call it my home. Right now, I am working in a primary school teaching phonics to children in grades one, two, three and select seventh graders. Some of the other Peace Corps volunteers and I are also working with the teachers and sharing teaching methods that have worked for us in the United States, in hopes to create a sustainable change. I am also in the midst of creating an after school football (soccer) club and a girls empowerment group to get the youth involved in a healthy after school environment. I hope to have shared some of my American culture and expertise with the Guyanese as I continue to learn and grow from the people of Guyana. Chelsea Dulaney graduated from Kent State with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She now serves as a Peace Corps volunteer in South America. Contact her at cdulaney@kent.edu.


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College of Business gets interim dean Heisler plans to retire by late September Megan Wilkinson mwilki11@kent.edu The College of Business Administration announced Thursday that Kathryn S. Wilson will replace Robert (Yank) Heisler as the interim dean for the school. Heisler plans to retire and step down from his position by Sept. 30, said Frederick Schroath, associate dean for the College of Business Administration. Wilson is expected to serve as interim dean for about a year as the provost searches for a permanent replacement.

This will be an important year for the college given all we hope to accomplish.

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“Because there is still a search for a new provost, we need to wait to look for a permanent dean for the college,” Schroath said. Wilson will be responsible for all of the college’s programs and financial resources with her new position. Wilson wrote in an email that she plans to help prepare the college as it will be accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business next school year. She also said she hopes to increase the number of internship and study-abroad opportunities for students in the program. “This will be an important year for the college given all we hope to accomplish,” Wilson wrote in an email. “It will be necessary that we transition to Heisler to (myself) without losing a beat.” Wilson has been involved with the faculty at Kent State for 15 years. Schroath said Wilson served as interim associate dean in the past. Wilson taught primarily economics courses and performed research related to poverty and inequality. Megan Wilkinson is the academic affairs reporter.

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Kupita orientation helps incoming minority students Amy Cooknick acooknic@kent.edu Incoming minority students experienced a first look at campus life this week through the Kupita/ Transiciones orientation program. Hosted by the Kent State Student Multicultural Center, Kupita is a four-day event designed to aid African-American, Latino-American and Native-American freshmen and transfer students in their transition to Kent State. Nathaliah Carver, sophomore fashion merchandising major, was inspired by her freshman experience with Kupita to volunteer as a peer mentor this semester. “I think it’s a really great program,” Carver said. “Those who have already been in this college help incoming freshmen who maybe might be first-generation college-goers, or they just really need help going to school and they need advice on how to navigate through Kent State’s campus ‘cause it’s their first time.” Shana Lee, director of the Student Multicultural Center, said the program focuses on how students can successfully transition into college life and make the most of their time at Kent State. Kupita is a voluntary orientation unique to the university. Students spend the week in peer teams based on their college. Upperclassmen lead the students from their respective colleges. In this way, new students become acquainted with faculty and staff on campus, as well as with other students. Lee said 283 students attended Kupita this year, the highest number to date. She estimated this number to be nearly half the AALANA freshman population on campus this semester. Michael Weisel, freshman exploratory major, said he learned a lot at Kupita about Kent State and what to expect from his time here, but would like to see changes in the program for future classes. “It’s been an amazing program,” Weisel said. “I learned a lot about Kent State, about what to do here and what not. But the past three days, I’ve learned about African-American culture and Latino culture. I want to learn about my Native American heritage. So maybe in the future, more Native Americans (will) come and, if there’s enough, we can have more stuff for Native Americans.” Lee said changes are being

PHOTOS BY JACOB BYK | DAILY KENT STATER Sade Moose (far right), freshmen fashion merchandising major, shares in good conversation inside Oscar Ritchie Hall. The event turned into a social gathering quickly after everyone had gotten food.

It’s been an amazing program.

Michael weisel freshman exploratory major

made to the program to make it more personalized for each of the three groups involved. This year was the first with a special reception for Latino students, and more specialized programs are in the plans for future classes. “The purpose of the orientation is to orientate our AALANA students to campus from a culturally relevant perspective,” Lee said. “They get acclimated to the university and the campus where there’s absolutely nothing else going on, so we can concentrate on what their specific needs are.” During the week, students attend presentations on topics such as advising, understanding the terminology of the university, getting involved on campus, keeping up with coursework and achieving goals through graduation and beyond. Students also participate in cultural celebrations, such as an ethnic dance and

food festival hosted in Oscar Ritchie Hall. “I think the experience (the students) have is really personalized for them, so when school starts the following week, they’re prepared,” Lee said. “They get to meet the dean of their college, their RA, their RHD. They know where their classes are, and they’re very familiar with campus (after Kupita).” “It’s helping (new students) understand school, how to get through it, how to graduate and keep a straight head on their path to graduation,” Carver said. “Have fun with it, but still your main goal is education and to get out of here and start a career.”     Amy Cooknick is the minority affairs reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.

Victoria Meneese (left), junior integrated health studies major, and Faun Seavers, junior fashion merchandising major, laughed outside Oscar Ritchie Hall. The two shared in a good time, recovering from a rather intense game of red rover.

Kupita/Transiciones began in 1988 as an orientation program for African-American freshmen and transfer students, said Shana Lee, director of the Student Multicultural Center. The program has since evolved into a four-day multicultural event for all minority students at Kent State. The focus of the program is to highlight the issues faced by minority students on a predominantly white campus and to equip those students with the resources needed to thrive at Kent State, Lee said.

KENTWIRED.COM Go online to see a slideshow of photos of the orientation.

MOVE-IN OF THE MASSES

SAM VERBULECZ | DAILY KENT STATER Moving is a group effort for Kent students moving in on Thursday, Aug. 25. Whether enlisting the assistance from one’s family as Nicole Diederich, freshman exercise science major (2nd from left), did, or getting a hand from the Kent Interhall council’s Movers & Groovers (far right), help moving in is never far away.

KSU remembers late journalism professor Evonne “Von” Whitmore, Ph.D., associate professor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, passed away Thursday morning after a battle with WHITMORE ovarian cancer. Whitmore had been a staff member of JMC for more than 20 years and specialized in electronic media and broadcast news. She was part of study abroad programs in Paris and Geneva and spent some of 2009 in Egypt. Whitmore served several terms as the JMC graduate coordinator and assisted the school in greatly increasing graduate enrollment. Whitmore was also a senior officer for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Jeff Fruit, director of JMC, said that

Whitmore had a broad impact on the life of the university and the journalism school. “I would characterize her as a force of nature around here,” Fruit said. “She will be greatly missed here.” Stanley Wearden, dean of the College of Communication and Information, said that Whitmore made a huge contribution to the broadcast news program. “(Whitmore’s) standards really helped transform the program into one of the leading broadcast news programs in the country,” Wearden said. “She is an institution in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.” Whitmore was a leading scholar for the study of diversity in journalism education and recently worked to develop a course for media convergence. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening and traveling with her family. Whitmore is survived by her hus-

band of nearly 40 years, Arthur Whitmore III, her son, Kinney, and daughter, Lauren. Arthur Whitmore described his wife as very orderly, knowledgeable and gracious. “She was very well-studied and well-read. She beat ‘Jeopardy’ all the time,” Arthur Whitmore said. Lauren Whitmore said that her mother always strived to help students succeed. “The only side I know of her is loving, yet stern,” Lauren Whitmore said. “She had high expectations and always challenged me to go beyond my limits, and I know she did the same for her students.” Funeral services will be held Monday at noon at the Arlington Church of God in Akron. Donations can now be made to the Dr. Evonne H. Whitmore Memorial Scholarship through JMC.


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Visit KentWired.com to view a slideshow from Sunday’s field hockey game.

Nix expected to be team leader entering this season. Full story on A10

Sports editor: Lance Lysowski •llysowsk@kent.edu

Youth holding Flashes back during 0-2 start Defender Gabi Ingram passes the ball during a game last season.

Gironda continues to pace KSU offense Matt Lofgren mlofgren@kent.edu

PHOTOS BY ANTHONY VENCE | DAILY KENT STATER Freshman midfielder Hannah Faulkner fights for possession of the ball during Friday’s game at Murphy-Mellis Field. Kent State lost to Northwestern by a score of 4-0.

Inexperience leads to field hockey losses against NH, NU

Sorry, Steeler Nation

Nick Shook nshook@kent.edu The 2011 Flashes’ roster is top heavy with experience. The team’s five captains are all seniors, with a combined 211 games worth of playing experience in three years. Senior forward Debbie Bell is the alltime goal-scoring leader for Kent State with 76 goals, and senior Amy Wimsatt earned All-Mid American Conference Tournament honors in 2010. Having two all-conference performers was not enough for Kent State in its opening weekend of play, losing 5-1 against New Hampshire on Sunday in Columbus, and dropping its home opener on Friday against Northwestern. After one looks past the seniors, the experience level takes a sharp downturn. With only one junior (forward Andrea Camut, who has played in only one game in two years due to injury) on the roster, Kent State (0-2) has found itself reaching into its pool of younger players to address depth issues.

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kathleen wiler COACH In its season-opener at home versus Northwestern, Kent State started four sophomores and two freshmen. Five other freshmen also saw action as substitutes. “The younger kids are doing a great job,” said coach Kathleen Wiler. “The main goal is, when you have a big freshman class, you have to get them to assimi-

Friday night at Morehead State, the Kent State women’s soccer team got a special performance out of sophomore forward Jessacca Gironda to grab a 1-0 victory over the Eagles and improve to 3-0-0 on the year. Scoring her third goal of the season, Gironda put the Flashes on top for good in the 50th minute of the match. “Jackie (Dutton) was open at the top of the 18 and she took a shot and the goalie barely tipped it and it hit the post and bounced back out,” Gironda said. “I was just there for the rebound and put it in. I think there was a lot of build up to it, I feel the defense felt it too, because we put a lot of pressure on them during the game.” The game also marked the second straight 1-0 victory for the Flashes. With back to back shutouts over St. Bonaventure and now Morehead State, the Flashes have a scoreless streak that dates back to Aug. 19 against Cleveland State, and has accumulated more than 235 minutes of scoreless play. Early in the match, it was evident that calls were not going to go in favor of the Flashes, but the team battled forward. Playing on field turf was another large adjustment the team had to make as the speed of the ball was greatly changed compared to home matches on grass. Perhaps the largest obstacle the team made was dealing with a big crowd, under the lights and on the road. “We faced some adversity during the game. We didn’t get some calls in the beginning and we weren’t winging a lot of the head balls and we just weren’t

playing out game to begin with,” Gironda said. “It took us a few minutes to get into it, but then we played our game and everyone got into it and we started doing really well.” Defense, other than Gironda’s goal, is what won the game for the Flashes. Morehead State was only able to get off a total of five shots during the match, four of which were saved by goalie Kelly Sherwood. “Our defensive four, the back line had a really nice game and limited Morehead State to very low opportunity in the offensive third,” Kent State coach Rob Marinaro said. “The entire team did a great job of defending really well and Kelly Sherwood had another solid game in the goal.” Friday night’s game against the Eagles marked the 10th career shutout for Sherwood. This year, the senior leader has only allowed two goals. Marinaro knows his message of playing strong defense not only individually, but as a team, is a big factor in the Flashes early successes. Growing stronger as a team, Marinaro feels his players have matured together from last season to become a well-rounded group that communicates to keep everyone on the same page. “You can see us building confidence, as we pick up wins you see a lot of the kids step up and feel a lot more comfortable in their roles with communication,” Marinaro said. “We’ve been getting really good leadership from our seniors. At this point, they’re communicating and directing the game very well.” The Flashes will head to San Francisco to take on California as a part of the California Invitational on Friday at 7 p.m.

Senior forward Debbie Bell challenges the referee’s call during Friday’s game at Murphy-Mellis Field. Kent State lost against Northwestern by a score of 4-0.

late as quickly as possible. They arrive on campus and have two weeks of practice before their first game. They’re working hard and learning a lot. They’re putting in effort every day.” Wiler found herself in a peculiar position this past offseason after both of her goal keepers graduated. Incoming freshman keeper Jahna Jordan was thrust into the starting role as soon as she arrived on campus. Although the Flashes’ defense has allowed the opposition multiple scoring opportunities early in the season (33 shots-on-goal in two games), Jordan is performing admirably, making 13 saves and allowing eight goals. Jordan allowed five goals on 18 shots on Sunday versus New Hampshire (2-0), a game in which the Golden Flashes lost 5-1. “Jahna’s doing an excellent job,” Wiler said. “The stats don’t lie. They (New Hampshire) had more corners than we did. A corner is like a foul shot, and Jahna is doing a great job with them. She got a lot of action today and I think she’s gotten even better than she was on Friday.” Defense has been an issue for the Flashes, as they have been outscored 8-1 in two games thus far. However, Wiler isn’t discouraged by the lack of scoring in the team’s first weekend of play. “We really focused on cleaning up

some defense in our mid-field today and we really did a great job,” Wiler said. “I was so proud of the way they took responsibility and faced the challenge. I think we’ll continue to get better with each week.” The Flashes have had multiple opportunities to score on offense, but have failed to convert on all but one attempt. Bell scored the team’s first goal of the season on a penalty corner in the second half of Sunday’s game. However, one goal in two games will not consistently record wins, something that Wiler is aware of. “Friday we had more action than we did today,” Wiler said. “ ... We’re going to continue to work on all parts of our game. They (New Hampshire) were really strong defensively.” The loss in Columbus on Sunday marks the Flashes’ second of the weekend after falling to Northwestern at home on Friday. Kent State will travel to Iowa in search of their first win of the season. The Flashes will face the Hawkeyes at 6 p.m. on Friday. Nick Shook is a sports reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.

I can rattle off just about every quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers dating back to my birth year. Running backs and wide receivers, too. I sat in a corner (literally) and cried when Neil O’Donnell threw the ball to more Dallas Cowboys than Troy Aikman did in Super Bowl XXX. That was nothing compared to what I’ve been doing at my internship. For the past few weeks, I have been interning with Cleveland’s WEWS News Channel 5. I’ve been learning everything about this profession, including the old saying, “Sometimes you’re going to have to travel outside your comfort zone.” How about to be permanently parked in it? The internship was based around the Cleveland Browns training camp. That’s like having one of Jesus’ Apostles job shadow Satan. I had to wear a Browns lanyard with my name on it. I swear if some of my friends from home saw that they’d bring me down horse-collar style. I was required to use my personal Twitter account to post updates at camp and during the games with a hash tag for the station’s camp coverage. The first thing I thought of was how annoying it was going to be to people who didn’t care (sorry, ‘Twamily’). Second, how my friends and family would react, and finally, how the Cleveland fans here in Kent would take it. To make a long story short, I probably lost more friends than I did Twitter followers. In this rivalry, you don’t just jump ships. First day of Cleveland Browns training camp, this guy was on the field. Second

day? Yours truly. Every day I’ve been out there. I would see guys like Mohamed Massaquoi and Josh Michael Cribbs but could only Moses think of James HarColumnist rison. It was strange at first, but I was becoming very comfortable with my surroundings. Yes, I said it. Cleveland, my hometown’s diehard rival, was growing on me. People try to make sports more than just the game itself. I’m to blame for this, too. If you asked me years ago, even months ago, if I would know more about the 2011 Browns than the 2011 Steelers, I’d write you a slip for the psychiatric ward. It’s just not socially acceptable for Steelers fans to be working in that brown and orange atmosphere. This experience has given me a whole new outlook on the Browns organization. The front office is trying to give the city a winning team. I learned that this is a team that backed by passionate fans just like the black and gold. The two cities are for more alike than they are different. One of my bosses asked how I thought the Browns were looking lately, and I replied, “We look pretty solid.” “Did you really just say ‘we’?” That was a set up. Don’t believe that, Pittsburgh.


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Sports editor: Lance Lysowski •llysowsk@kent.edu

New season begins, Nix expected to be Flashes' team leader Doug Brown dbrow127@kent.edu Roosevelt Nix is a quiet, soft-spoken 19-year-old sophomore defensive tackle. At just under 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, he is the smallest lineman on the team. But unlike the start of his true freshman season, when few could have predicted his success, Nix won’t sneak by opponent scouting reports any more. He enters this season as the reigning Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year — leading the conference in tackles for loss (20) and sacks (10) — and one of 65 players on the Bednarik Award (given to the best defensive player at the end of the season) watch list. “Just the fact that I’m known makes me work a little harder,” Nix said in late July about entering this season with high expectations. “We’re trying to get to this MAC championship. That’s the only expectation I have this year,” he said during the first week of practices. “Individual accolades, if they come, they come, and if they don’t, they don’t.” With veterans Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, Dana Brown Jr., Lee Stalker and Jake Dooley returning to the defensive line, analyst Phil Steele ranks the unit as the best in the conference. As one of the top returning players for the Flashes, his teammates and coaches are looking to Nix to be a more vocal leader. Nix was one of five true freshman to earn varsity letters last season. For the rest of his class, this fall is the first chance for them to see the field.

Even seniors respect him as a vocal leader on and off the field.

DANA BROWN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN “Leadership skills” is the one thing Nix said he wanted to improve from last year. “I’m not a freshman anymore so I want to take some of the freshmen under my wing and teach them some things that I was taught from the guys last year and just keep the cycle going.” Brown, junior defensive lineman, has noticed Nix accomplishing that. “Last year I think he was trying to get the feel for it,” Brown said. “ But now he’s more vocal than ever. He’s a senior in a sophomore’s body — he doesn’t act like a sophomore. Even seniors respect him as a vocal leader on and off the field.” New defensive line coach Brian George understands that Nix is a man of few words. He expects him to lead by example while becoming more of a vocal leader. “We have to realize, number one, is that he’s only a second year player,“ George said. “A lot of guys redshirted in his class last year. None of those guys are asking to be leaders on our team. He’s stepped to the forefront as a player, so we’ve expected some leadership out of him.”

FILE PHOTO BY HANNAH POTES | DAILY KENT STATER Freshman defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix and senior Brian Lainhart tackle a Temple offensive player last season. The Flashes lost to the Owls 10-28.

Six seniors named captains by Hazell Following his mentor at Ohio State, Hazell elected only seniors to represent the team as captains. The following players were elected as captains for the 2011 season: •

Center Chris Anzevino

Running back Jacquise Terry

Wide receiver Sam Kirkland

Defensive back Josh Pleasant

Defensive lineman Lee Stalker

Linebacker Kyle Reese

KENTWIRED.COM Go online to watch TV2 coverage of the football preview and the full story on Hazell’s captain announcement.

-AJ Atkinson

JENNA WATSON | DAILY KENT STATER Roosevelt Nix iced his foot after injuring it during a summer practice.


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