Former Kent State students set for trial for fake ID scheme Tuesday at 9 a.m.
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IS GR K LIF RIGHT FOR ME? D
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uring the first week back at Kent State, ‘Go Greek’ is seen chalked along the sidewalks. The decision to get involved with Greek Life is one most students face. Some people know from the time they step onto campus Greek Life is for them, whereas others know they would rather be involved in something else. However, there are always those students in the middle that ask the
Stereotypes Barnes, senior theatre studies major, said the media often determine how students perceive the Greek community. She said the ABC Family TV show “Greek” added a lot to the stereotypes. “While that had a lot of truth to it, some of the stereotypes about the partying and that it’s four years of partying — that’s not what it’s about,” Barnes said. “It’s about helping women become better women and men becoming better men.” Another stereotype Barnes said she hears is that sorority girls are all about brand names and boys. “For some members, that may be true but not everyone,” Barnes said. “When I went through sorority recruitment, it was a completely different community than it is now,” Barnes said. “Back then, we were very stereotypical, and now we’re very value-oriented.” John Meine, Interfraternity Council president, said when he first came to Kent State, he did not plan on joining a fraternity, until he met someone in one of his classes who convinced him otherwise. Meine, junior finance major, said he hears the stereotypes, such as hazing and brothers being party animals. Meine said some things can never be prevented. “You can’t be 100 percent sure it’s never going to happen, but we’re very against (hazing),” he said. “We have tons of policies that prevent it, and we kicked off a fraternity last semester for doing it.”
question: “Is Greek Life for me?” Sorority and fraternity life isn’t for everyone, said Brittany Barnes, Panhellenic Council President. “It’s a personal choice; it’s a big commitment,” she said. “There’s a time commitment involved, and there’s financial commitment. You have to give a lot of yourself, but you get a lot back in return.”
“It’s a way to learn leadership, get more involved and just figure out who you are.” —John Meine, junior finance major
“It costs money. From what I’ve heard, it’s pretty expensive.” —Anthony Gravino, junior zoology major
“It gives you skills that you’re definitely not going to learn in the classroom. Social interactions are just as important as academic skills because you’re going to go out into the real world, and you’re going to need to know how to talk to people and interact as well.” —Nick Catalano, sophomore deaf education major “I’ve really grown into who I am because of what I’ve been able to do.” —Brittany Barnes, senior theater major “The close-knit community makes Kent feel smaller and a lot more like home, the service opportunities, the leadership opportunities, the sisterhood.” —Lauren Zakelj, senior integrated science major “It makes you a better person as far as a student, as a young man, as a student representative as a whole.” —Anthony Gould, senior political science major
Interfraternity Council (Fraternities) Each Fraternity at Kent State has its own form of recruitment. Meine, member of Sigma Nu, said his fraternity has a wing night every Tuesday at Eldorado’s. Brothers can invite people to come, and if any students are interested in joining, he said they are welcome to attend. Recruitment takes place during both Fall and Spring semesters; however, Meine said the Fall rush is bigger. During September, Meine said fraternities will start to look for potential new members and if people are interested, they should speak with the fraternities. If students want to learn more about a certain fraternity, they can visit the Greek Life website at kentifc.com and email a fraternity’s president or walk up to the houses and ask for information.
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“It’s a big time requirement because you have to go to a lot of meetings and events.” —Kara Daugherty, junior communication studies major “I didn’t enjoy (Kent’s Greek Life) as much. It wasn’t the same, it felt more like the Greeks are all competing here.” —Zach Kanter, senior music education major, transferred from Miami University where he was involved in Greek life “From what I have heard, it sounds like a party scene, so I’m not really that interested anyway. I’m just more interested in staying serious about getting through college. I don’t drink, and the party scene there seems to be a lot of alcohol involved.” —Philip Shackelford, sophomore music and history major “A lot of people say it’s less about friends but more about the whole charity thing... I can go and do charity work for free, and I don’t have to pay $700 to wear a T-shirt with Greek letters on it.” —Emma Fagen, sophomore visual communication design major
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Facebook vs. Google+ Compare the most used social media site to its brand-new competitor Cassandra Beck firstname.lastname@example.org Myspace, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and now Google+. Social media is becoming a full-time job for students, teachers and professionals in order to keep up with the times. Facebook, the world’s largest social media platform with nearly 700 million users worldwide, is now challenged with the installation of Google+. Google+ debuted in June and is still in its beta, or testing, phase. Google+ is currently only available by “invite only,” so someone with a Google+ account must email others who want access. Otherwise it is not available to the general public just yet.
Google+ seems to be the biggest competition that Facebook has encountered. Let’s take a look at the differences:
NEWSFEED VS. STREAM Facebook’s “newsfeed” is the list on your home page that updates you on what everyone is doing. Google+’s “stream” is virtually identical.
WALL VS. POST Facebook’s “wall” is the same as Google+’s “post.” Update your status and have your friends write to you on both social media sites.
FRIENDS VS. CIRCLES While Facebook allows you to either accept or decline a friendship invitation, Google+ has “circles” to add people. Of course you can deny adding someone to a specific circle on Google+, but the circles were created to better organize your friends. You can divide your circles into anything you want – “friends,”“family,” “work,”“companies,” etc. Google+’s circles make it easy to control which circles can see your profile or specific pictures and updates.
CHAT Both sites allow instant message chat and video chat. Facebook launched its new video chat feature just a few weeks before Google+ hit the scene. Google+ offers “hangouts” where you can schedule chat session with your circles. You can have multiple hangouts with multiple circles.
PICTURES Both sites allow users to add pictures, videos and albums, and you can tag friends in this content.
LIKES VS. +1
By the numbers (as of Spring 2011): 1,069 students involved with Greek life Members:
Sororities: 580 members
Fraternities: 465 members
NPHC: 24 members
National Pan-Hellenic Council: 3 chapters (1 sorority, 2 fraternities)
Cost: Sororities: $300-$600 per semester Fraternities: $200-$400 per semester
Facebook’s “Like” is virtually the same as Google+’s “+1.” You can “+1” a picture, post or company just like you can “Like” it on Facebook.
SPARKS With Google+, you can search for interests on a search engine, which brings up the most popular websites, articles, pictures and videos for that search. You can then share these results with your circles.
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Ashtabula campus offers Some college freshmen getting remedial help Ohio’s first wine majors Students can study enology and viticulture
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Drew Parker email@example.com Two wine industry associate degree programs will be available at Kent State Ashtabula starting this fall. Students in the two programs will earn an applied science degree in enology, the study of wine and winemaking, or viticulture, the study of vine growing and grape harvesting. Through an affiliation with the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance, these two programs have become the first winemaking degrees offered in the state of Ohio. According to a Kent State press release, Ohio’s wine industry, which produces about 850,000 gallons of wine each year, is estimated to produce $580 million annually. Lori Lee, senior special assistant for the Office of Academic Ser-
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vices, said the majority of the 151 wineries in the state of Ohio are located in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. Ashtabula County alone houses 20 wineries. “(The program) brings a different type of student to campus,” Lee said. “It brings people from a variety of backgrounds who may not have otherwise come to take classes, to the campus. It also gives us an opportunity to serve an industry that is
Why should I care? •
Some students may be interested in the programs.
Wine-making is a large part of the culture in Northeast Ohio.
so vital to our region.” Only two of the program’s classes, Intro to Enology and Intro to Viticulture, will be offered on campus, while several other courses will be available online. The programs will cover sensory evaluation, winery equipment operation, geography of wine, regional vineyard management and other topics open to traditional and non-traditional students. The programs are also designed to accommodate current winemakers and growers looking to improve their businesses and learn new skills for their trade. Drew Parker is a news correspondent for the Daily Kent Stater.
Fake ID trial begins Tuesday Anna Staver firstname.lastname@example.org The trial of two Kent State students arrested in connection with a fake ID scheme begins Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Portage County Common Pleas Court in Ravenna. Drew H. Patenaude, 21, and Antonino G. Bucca, 21, were both charged in March with identity fraud, forgery and telecommunications fraud. United States Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted 45 pairs of fake IDs hidden inside an electronic device shipped to the defendants from China. The Kent Police said in April that
they believed Bucca and Patenaude intended to distribute the IDs to students at the university. If convicted on all three charges, the two could each serve up to three years in prison.
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As students start classes this week, they may learn a hard lesson. They’re not ready for it. In Ohio alone, 42 percent of first-time full-time students at public colleges and universities take at least one remedial course in English or basic math to prepare them for collegelevel work. Remediation slows their journey into higher education, forcing them to invest time in subjects — most often, math — that they may not have liked the first time around, racking up additional tuition costs to boot. “It’s a difficult issue,” said Tim Chandler, Kent State’s senior associate provost. “It’s a shock for students who think they’ve reached a certain level” to still have to take developmental classes. Part of the reason is that a growing number of people believe a college education is a necessity for today’s difficult work environment. Many who would not have enrolled a decade ago are doing so now — including many at midcareer. The cost to get those students up to speed was $189 million in 2007-08 in Ohio alone, according to the nonprofit Alliance for Excellent Education in Washington, D.C. That included $126 million in direct costs and $63 million in lost lifetime wages, because remedial students are more likely to drop out of college. At the University of Akron campus, more than one in every three full-time, first-time freshmen — 37 percent — took a remediation class in math or English in 2009-10, the last year for which statewide figures are available from the Regents. Numbers are similarly high at many other public universities statewide: At Cleveland State Univ e r s i t y, 4 3 percent took at least one developmental class; at Kent State’s main campus, 53 percent did. Numbers are generally higher at regional campuses and two-year institutions, which tend to attract older students who may have graduated from high school years, even decades ago. “A lot of our incoming freshmen don’t remember their math
because they’re not using it,” said Sandie Crawford, University of Akron’s director of developmental programs. “With the use of calculators, they have not had core mastery of these skills.” In contrast, Miami University’s main campus in Oxford, Ohio, does not offer remediation classes at all because it is more selective in the students it accepts. Most other universities statewide extend admission to anyone who meets basic requirements. With basic knowledge so questionable, most institutions have resorted to testing students who apply for admission if they have low ACT scores or grade point averages in high school. The testing aims to place them in the right courses for their skill level. “The last thing we want to do is put students in a course for which they won’t be successful,” which could prompt them to drop out, Chandler said. Colleges and universities receive state subsidies to teach remedial classes, but that may change in the future. For many students there is no mystery about why they need remediation, particularly in math. They stumbled through high school classes, don’t remember what they learned or didn’t take the right courses to prepare them for college-level work in the first place. Fifty-year-old Christina Dearing of Akron said she hasn’t used math since she graduated from high school in 1979. She took her last math class even earlier than that: 1975. She has enrolled at the University of Akron to get an English degree and eventually teach at the college level. She said she is grateful for remediation programs, as they should make the rest of her college career easier. She said she is not at all surprised that her m a t h skills are rusty. Still, Ron Abrams h e oacc president t odds are stacked against students who need remediation. Most will never get a bachelor’s degree, at least according to statistics. At the University of Akron, only 21 percent of students who take a remediation class earn a bachelor’s degree in six years,
Part of the problem here is the history and culture of higher education.
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$300,000 grant for Visitors Center makes remembering May 4 easier Caitlyn Callahan email@example.com There are big things in store for the future May 4 Visitors Center thanks to a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Laura Davis, faculty coordinator for May 4 initiatives and co-author of the proposal to NEH, said she first submitted a proposal four years ago for a planning grant. Since then, Davis and proposal coauthor Carole Barbato have continued to send proposals for grants for the exhibit itself. After much positive feedback from NEH, they awarded Kent State the money. “I was beside myself … startled and surprised,” Davis said. “I was speechless.” The grant is going to help with the “actual fabrication of pieces and parts that become the physical entity of the exhibit,” Davis said. It will also be used for the cost of permissions of materials such as photo images, for design fees and for video production. Judy Havemann, director of the Office of Communication at NEH, said they are only able to fund 11 percent of people who ask for grants, and the grant they gave to Kent State was “a very good one.” Alan Canfora, a founding member of May 4 Task Force student organization and director of the May 4 Visitors Center, was one of the students wounded in the shooting in 1970. Canfora said receiving the grant is a great achievement for Kent State. He said people who visit the outdoor site are looking for information and want to know where it happened, and the grant is a big step forward for the Visitors Center to present accurate information. The May 4 Visitors Center, which will open in 2012 in Taylor Hall, will be a museum-style indoor exhibit that will have three galleries for visitors to walk through. The first gallery will be a representation of the 1960s, where people can learn about what that time period was like, including the civil rights movement, social and cultural change and the Vietnam War. The second gallery will be iconic photos of the events on May 4, 1970. A film will project on the wall where people can stand in the stream of the projection like they are at Kent State during the shootings. “People will have a very immersive experience,” Davis said. In the third gallery, people will see headlines, magazine articles and letters from that era. They will see discussions about why that day is still important and be able to enter their own thoughts on a
gallery 1: the context
gallery 2: what happened gallery 3: impact and relevance
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computer. “It’s a great contribution to awaken the American people of the reality of the events,” Canfora said. In order to decide which school or cause will get the grant, Havemann said the NEH brings in experts to review the proposals and decide on a basis of scholarship, national importance, topics seeming to be in need of explanation and the quality of the proposal itself. “Public memory is shifting, and people need to make up their own mind about events of the past,” Havemann said. Havemann said the board looked at the center’s script, detailed outline of all wording and images to be presented and decided Kent State had done well in explaining the meaning of the shooting and the effect in society today. “It’s wonderful because it’s a significant amount of money, and it comes in tough economic times, which makes us that much more appreciative,” Davis said. “It’s validation. The way the exhibit is the way it should be.” Caitlyn Callahan is the student affairs reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.
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WHY STUDENTS SHOULD CARE: •
The May 4, 1970, shootings happened on Kent State’s campus.
The shootings were a turning point in the way Americans felt about the Vietnam War.
Four students were killed and nine were wounded. The Visitors Center, now with funding to open, will commemorate those students and teach future generations about what happened that day.
The May 4 Visitors Center is an indoor compliment to the outdoor memorials already located on campus. “(Students and staff) have been working on a number of projects related to institutionalizing the history of May 4,” said Laura Davis, faculty coordinator for May 4 initiatives. One outdoor site, the walking tour, is a 17-acre walk that goes through the site of the shootings. There are seven walking tour trail markers that have photographs from May 4, 1970, and descriptions about the events. In the parking lot between Taylor and Prentice Hall, tourists can find markers exactly where each of the four students died. The memorials are rectangular granite pieces surrounded by six light posts, with the student’s name engraved on a plaque. Also located by Taylor Hall is a sculpture created by Don Drumm. The sculpture has a bullet hole from the May 4 shootings.
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Why I Don’t Like It Sidney Keith, senior public relations major Each Google+ account offers the chance for you to send 150 invitations out. “I’ve sent a few out, but most of my friends are still on Facebook. I check Google+ every few days, but the people who have it will update every few days or so. It’s not as constant as Facebook.” Keith said he’s not impressed with the iPhone App for Google+ either and thinks Google+ hangouts are not incredibly useful.
Why I Like It Kyle McCallum, junior public relations major “Google+ interacts with your different Google accounts like Google Reader (and) G-Mail...” “Google+ is way faster than Facebook because the traffic on Facebook is so heavy. It’s also easier and faster to check notifications on Google+ because you go right to the update on the side link, but with Facebook it takes you to a whole new page.” “I think Google+’s video chat is easier and faster than Skype. “I feel relieved to know that an online organization such as Facebook is never too big to face competition. Wish I could say the same about Walmart.” Cassandra Beck is a news correspondent. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davis said she thinks there is one overall message when it comes to the May 4 memorials and remembering what happened that day. “Young people can make a difference,” she said.
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Irene: the new Katrina our Seth Cohen Columnist With all the warnings and media coverage on Hurricane Irene, most people assumed the worst, as they should. Whether the outcome is horrific or not, the people on the East Coast were warned to take what they need. As of Monday, according to CNN, 27 people died and at least 4 million people are living without electricity. It’s tragic of course, but ever since news broke out of the hurricane arriving, I asked myself and other people if this is similar to Hurricane Katrina. Back in 2005, Katrina lasted more than a week, killed 1,836 people and cost the city of New Orleans $108 billion in damages, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency; however, the people of New Orleans were not warned as much as the people on the East Coast. In a news article written by Luis Martinez of ABC News, documents released by Congress show two days before Katrina hit New Orleans, the White House received detailed damage forecasts from Homeland Security officials predicting that the city’s levees might be overtopped or breached. “Yet in the days after the storm struck on Aug. 29, 2005,” Martinez said, “federal officials, including President Bush, said the levee breaches could not have been foreseen.” I don’t understand that term “foreseen” because on the weather reports, many meteorologists saw what appeared to be a big cloud forming over the Bahamas, which became progressively bigger over time moving over to the West. The White House did not properly handle Katrina’s aftermath. Many people also put blame on FEMA, and even the media, for stereotyping people based on race with descriptions of photos saying that a black family was stealing food and in a similar photo, a white family was gathering food for themselves. Let’s not forget Kanye West’s outburst on TV with his infamous quote, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” FEMA was an even bigger disaster — it did not provide enough people with the shelter, food and water they desperately needed, which caused additional loss of life. This also led Michael D. Brown to resign as the head of FEMA, which was great because before that he was the head of the International Arabian Horse Association. What? Now the Obama Administration announces it will be fully prepared and will expect the unexpected for these next few days or weeks. Sadly, this is something learned from Katrina. So with all these warnings and coverage on what will happen next with Irene, why didn’t we have all this information for Katrina? I receive emails from the Washington Post telling me what’s happening next. It’s become infamous, but it’s known, and many people are taking shelter and moving west until the commotion dies down. I wish all those on the East Coast the safety they need if they can’t go anywhere else, but I really hope the outcome isn’t like Katrina. Seth Cohen is a senior magazine journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUMMARY: Some students every semester deal with overcrowded living situations. This semester it seems even more face housing issues.
Campus sees more housing headaches
At the start of each semester, it’s inevitable that some students will have to deal with housing problems both on and off campus, but this semester it seems the number of issues is growing. Like in previous semesters, some students were placed in transitional housing (lounges) until other accommodations could be made. This is due to a 22.6 percent increase in freshmen applications since last year. Students in past years were accepted into Kent State right up until the beginning of the fall semester, but because of the spike in enrollment, the university announced in June that it would no longer be taking applications for main campus. A necessary move, but it almost seems like a decision made too late. Not only that, but earlier this
month Residence Services offered to cancel housing contracts of 140 sophomores in the hope of opening more housing for freshmen on campus. Only eight students actually took the university up on that offer and in return got a refund on their $200 housing deposit and a $155 credit to their Bursar account to be used on a commuter parking pass. Perhaps only eight students took the offer because by the time the university created it there was scarce housing to be found even off campus. Which brings on the next issue: Students with no place to stay due to a gap between leases. Many students encountered a dilemma when apartments were not ready for move-in on the agreed upon date, leaving them with nowhere to go when one lease ended and another was set to start.
Current and future residents of Sunrise Town House Apartments were forced to find new housing before Aug. 1 with no official warning from a landlord. Residents found out unofficially through word-of-mouth and office visits that the apartments were being demolished in early August — despite that the decision to sell was made months before. This left even more students and Kent residents looking for some place to live. It seems the university and the city need to combine to figure out how this situation will be handled. Students don’t need the added stress of not knowing whether they’ll have a place to live next month. The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.
From Potter to Pierrepont Whether we like to admit it or not, we all are strangely interested in what’s going on in the lives of the rich and the famous. I’ll be here each week to give you the scoop on your favorite stars. This week’s pick: Daniel Radcliffe. We all know and love Radcliffe as the fearless wizard in the movies based on the bestselling book series by J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter series turned Radcliffe into an unforgettable star. Radcliffe had an interest in acting from a young age. His first role was a monkey in a school production. He was clearly destined for bigger and better things. The groundbreaking role in Radcliffe’s career was in 1999 as Charles’s Dickens famous character, David Copperfield, in a British TV movie. Radcliffe told the fan-based website, DanRadcliffe.com, “A friend suggested that I audition, as a bit of fun, for the role of David Copperfield. I never expected to actually get the part as I knew there would be hundreds of boys trying for it, so when I did, it came as a huge surprise.” After that role, young Radcliffe had a few small roles, one with the talented Jamie Lee Curtis.
Emily Perrott Columnist While filming with her, a major hunt was underway in the UK for a young boy to portray a character in a famous book series. Curtis told the fan page, “One day I was looking at Daniel, who was standing beside the swimming pool. I turned to his mother and said: ‘He could be Harry Potter.’” Who would have thought that those words would have been so true at the time? Not Radcliffe. Another thing you may not have known about Daniel Radcliffe: His parents were skeptical of the harsh world he could be entering by playing Harry Potter, so he denied the role the first time. Eventually, the film’s producer and screenwriter realized he was the one. They took it upon themselves to contact Radcliffe’s parents and convince them to let him play the role that would change his life forever. With all of that said, who knew that he had a passion
for performing live? In 2007, Radcliffe took on the role of the disturbed Alan Strang in the play “Equus” in the Gieglud Theatre in London. His most recent live appearance is in the energetic musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Radcliffe plays the young J. Pierrepont Finch who is following the steps of a “How to Succeed” book to make his way to the top of a successful business. His singing, dancing and humorous acting had the audience roaring the entire show. I had the honor of seeing Radcliffe alongside the well-known actor John Larroquette in the musical phenomenon this August. Being a huge fan of theater, I’ve seen my share of shows, but this show was by far the best I’ve seen on Broadway. Radcliffe’s talent can clearly be molded from serious wizard, to hilarious window-washer trying to find his place in the world, to his newest role in the horror film, “The Woman in Black.” Emily Perrott is a photojournalism and dance performance major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at email@example.com.
Labor Day means a carefree long weekend for many nine-tofivers, but some laborers can’t just close up shop and forget about their jobs, even for a day. For animal shelter workers, the work never ends because the stream of battered and bruised animals in need of refuge never ends. Few people have a more emotionally wrenching job than those who punch in every day knowing that they will likely have to euthanize the animals they’ve devoted themselves to helping. We can all help ease shelter workers’ burdens by doing our part to slow the stream of homeless animals. That means always having our cats and dogs spayed or neutered and adopting animals instead of buying them from breeders or pet stores. As someone who has spent years volunteering at my local animal shelter, I know that animal shelter staffers are some of the hardestworking people around. They scrub down fecal-strewn kennels, comb animals who are matted and crawling with fleas and give belly rubs to dogs who have never had a bath because they’ve been kept chained up like old bicycles their entire lives. They get peed on, slobbered on and covered with muddy paw prints and cat hair every day. They heft heavy dogs onto examination tables, unload vans full of 50-pound bags of food, get bitten by petrified dogs who have known nothing but cruelty from humans and get scratched by cats who are frantic after having gone from the home they’ve always known to a cage in a roomful of other crying felines. They cuddle cats, throw balls for dogs, slip treats through cage bars, speak kind words and give many scratches behind the ears. They do their best to make the animals’ stays at the shelter as happy and full of love as possible. But because shelters don’t have a magic wand that they can wave to create loving homes for all the animals who so desperately need them, those who work in openadmission shelters must also perform the thankless, gut-wrenching task of holding the animals they’ve played with and loved in their arms while the euthanasia needle slides into a vein and the light in their eyes softly flickers out. These people are heroes for doing the right thing for animals even though it takes such a toll on them personally. Breeders, pet stores and people who haven’t had their animals spayed or neutered put shelter workers in this tragic position. Every new puppy or kitten who is intentionally or accidentally brought into the world will take the chance for a home away from one of the thousands of animals waiting in shelters. Some of them will end up homeless themselves. Every new puppy or kitten means an animal in a shelter will die. And every new puppy or kitten means another broken heart for a brave shelter worker. Shelter workers’ jobs will never be cushy, but if more people commit to spaying and neutering their animals before that first litter and if more people open their hearts and homes to the many loving, eager-to-please dogs and cats waiting in shelters, we could dramatically reduce the number of animals shelter workers must euthanize for lack of a good home. We could save thousands of lives — and make shelter workers’ lives a little bit easier, too. Lindsay Pollard-Post is a staff writer for The PETA Foundation.
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Campus food just got faster Students’ proposal for food cart on front campus implemented this week Megan Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org
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provides 15 different question formats as opposed to Vista’s seven, has a group management Students at Kent State are in system for students and allows for a new learning experience self and peer assessments. It also with Blackboard Learn, the suc- has a new anti-plagiarism feature called Safe Assign, which cessor to Blackboard Vista. Preeti Palvankar, who is in “looks through a lot of global charge of Blackboard at Kent State, said Blackboard Vista was last updated in 2008. She said the change to Blackboard Learn won’t be instant. Why should “We usually give faculty one I care? to one-and-a-half years to transition,” Palvankar said. “This fall it will be open to all faculty This is the new Blackwho choose to use it ... and by board, so many assignthe end of next summer we’ll ments will go through have everybody moved over here. (to Blackboard Learn).” Palvankar said Blackboard Study guides, class Learn greatly improves on the schedules and cancelclunky user interface of Blacklations are usually sent board Vista and gives faculty the over Blackboard. ability to upload videos, images and audio files. In addition, it
databases and detects if something has been copied.” Blackboard Learn also has Wimba, the next step in online classes. “You can get all your students together,” Palvankar said. “They all log in, they can raise their hands, talk to you; you can do desktop sharing, you can do PowerPoint. It’s a pretty robust tool.” Palvankar said there are currently more than 300 sections — not courses — in Blackboard Learn, and as she makes presentations to the various colleges, the number will undoubtedly grow. Students should expect to see the change in the near future, especially when the spring semester rolls around. Dominique Lyons is a news correspondent for the Daily Kent Stater.
Flashes prep for competition
Students stranded on front campus for class do not need to worry about rushing over to the Hub or Eastway during lunchtime this academic school year. The dining cart started its rounds Monday. The new mobile dining cart will drive around Cartwright, White and Oscar Ritchie halls from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m Monday through Friday. Richard Roldan, director of Dining Services, said the cart may be used at sports games, concerts and university events if there is a strong demand. “We want to run the cart during lunch hours this first week as we test the program,” Roldan said. “Provost Leadership Academy just had the idea to put something up on that end of campus, and we came up with the detailed solutions.” The PLA is a team of freshmen students who propose two ideas each academic year to change or improve Kent State based on the needs of students. PLA chose to put its food cart plan into effect first. The cart will only accept cash the first couple of days, but meal plans, FlashCash, credit and debit cards will be accepted later this week. Tia Protopapa, a marketing specialist with Dining Services, said Kent State is still working with its vendors to get the meal plans to work properly for the carts since it will run on wireless access. “Once all this chaos is resolved, we’ll accept all payment methods,” Protopapa said. “This will be extremely convenient for passersby between classes.” Food from the cart will be
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mostly grab-n-go snacks and meals for students rushing between classes. Sue Huzvar, a manager with Dining Services, said the menu will include pre-made Boar ’s Head sandwiches, Simply-ToGo sides, cookies, brownies, bottled beverages and coffee from Eastway Deli. Food prices will be the same as listed prices at Eastway Deli. Roldan said Dining Services followed as much of the PLA’s advice as they could to put this into effect. “There’s definitely been a lot of noise made about (the cart),” Roldan said. “People know it’s coming. I think the support of the Provost Leadership Academy, along with the need for students to use their meal plans, will be a huge advantage to bring traffic to the carts.” Funds for planning and organizing this project came from the Student Success Programs office. N.J. Akbar, assistant director of Student
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GREEK Is Greek life for me? Fraternities will also hold events in the next month to make introductions and assist students in determining if a fraternity is the right fit for them. The chapters will start to give students bids, or offers to join, in about a month or less, Meine said.
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MATT HAFLEY | DAILY KENT STATER Redshirt senior defensive-lineman Lee Stalker, head coach Darrell Hazell and Junior quarterback Spencer Keith talk about future plans for Kent State’s Football team during a press conference on August 29.
AJ Atkinson firstname.lastname@example.org Kent State football coach Darrell Hazell addressed the media Monday afternoon — not about playing Alabama but about beating the Associated Press’s second-ranked Crimson Tide. As many sports fans view the Flashes’ season opener against Alabama as only a money-maker, Hazell has his team preparing for a possible upset — Kent State received a combined $1.2 million from Alabama and Purdue for this game. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Hazell said in his opening press statement. “We’re excited to fly down to Tuscaloosa on Friday. I know (the team) is ready to go, and they are excited to get down there to find out what this 2011 team is all about.” Making no predictions that his team would win, the firstyear coach talked about what his team needs to do in order to beat the Crimson Tide Saturday. Hazell said a big factor when playing Alabama will be how the players and coaches handle the adversity they are sure to face. “They’re going to make plays on us early,” Hazell said. “They’re going to stop us on offense. To think it’s not going to happen is unrealistic. But how we handle those situations and move forward from those situations will determine how
We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.
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the game unfolds throughout the rest of the quarters.” One key strategy that determines much of the Flashes’ success is protecting the quarterback, junior Spencer Keith, from one of the best defenses in the country. Alabama attacks with senior linebacker Courtney Upshaw and senior defensive lineman Josh Chapman, two players Hazell considers the best defensemen in the country. “Those guys are disruptive, they’re physical, and they can take a game over if you allow them to,” Hazell said. “We can’t allow them to do those things. So we’re going to do some things without giving away the game plan, to try and neutralize those players.” A position to keep an eye on is the running back position for Kent State. With senior running back Jacquise Terry recovering from a shoulder injury, his time in Saturday’s game will be limited. The majority of the plays will be carried out by freshmen running backs Anthony Meray and Trayion Durham. “The one thing that concerns us is that Alabama blitzes a lot,” Hazell said. “A lot of six-man pressures, and our guys have to be keyed into these pressures.
That’s where you concern yourself with these freshmen tailback. But they’re good with the ball in their hands and with the passing game, so we have to be able to play those guys. Other than that at the running back position, we’re good around the board.” Hazell said he believes his players will come off the bus Saturday ready to play. “They are going to have a little bit of swagger,” Hazell said. “I think they will be confident. There is going to be some young guys who have never played a college football game that will be extremely nervous, but probably a little oblivious, which may help them as well. It’ll be interesting because once it’s kicked off, you just have to execute. But still, they are a good football team, and they are going to make some plays. It’s how we handle those situations.” Kickoff is scheduled for 11:21 a.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Alabama. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network and streamed online at ESPN3. AJ Atkinson is the football reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.
The first step to learning more about sorority life is to attend informational nights held by the Panhellenic Council. Dates and times for informational nights are listed in the calendar. Members from the six chapters of the council attend the meetings. Barnes said it “gives (women) the opportunity for them to meet sororities before going through recruitment.” The next step is to attend orientation. Orientation allows women to learn what to expect during recruitment — what to wear and how long each recruitment day will be. “It’s a final question night,” Barnes said. Then starts the four-day recruitment process, also known as rush. Every student must pay a $30 fee that covers food, drinks, bus transportation and a computer recruitment program. The computer program helps match the potential new members with the sorority of their choice and the chapters’ choices to keep it mutual. This saves the council from doing everything by hand, said Brenda McKenzie, associate director of the Center for Student Involvement. “There’s no pressure for you to join a sorority at any time during the recruitment process,” Barnes said. During the first two days of recruitment, potential members meet with the six chapters and rank their choices in preference order, “so you can base your first ranking on the women,” Barnes said. On the third day, the potential new members take tours of up to four houses they are invited to. After the visits are finished, the girls rank the chapters they toured in preference order. The fourth and final day of recruitment is called preference day. Girls can visit up to two chapters and then they rank their first and second choice. Bid Night begins at 7 p.m., and the potential new members are told what sorority they belong to. “It’s more of an emotional night,” Barnes said.
National Pan-Hellenic Council (Historically African American Fraternities and Sororities) The NPHC works a little differently than the other two social councils. NPHC president Anthony Gould said students have to be a sophomore to be a part of the NPHC fraternities and sororities. “We prefer that you show us that you can handle the simple stuff which is just is going to class, and getting up and doing your home-
Success Programs, said students from PLA performed research among other Kent State students to see what they wanted most on campus, and the mobile dining cart was something that was in strong demand. “The Provost Leadership Academy did a great job with this first task, and I am impressed to see their research and ideas move forward,” Akbar said. Heaven Burns, a sophomore biology major, expressed her approval of the new dining cart. “I think the cart is a good idea since it will slow down some of the busy lines at both the Hub and other major eating places on campus,” Burns said. Megan Wilkinson is the academic affairs reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.
...you get a lot of camaraderie, a lot of brotherhood, a lot of love and understanding from people who have the same interests or different interests than you.
Anthony gould NPHC PRESIDENT work,” said Gould, senior political science major. The NPHC holds information meetings for students to meet all of the chapters. Gould said there are currently three chapters on campus, and they are looking to have two more by the end of this fall semester. “As far as my fraternity, you get a lot of camaraderie, a lot of brotherhood, a lot of love and understanding from people who have the same interests or different interests than you,” Gould said, “but you all come together with the same interest in being in the same fraternity, and you learn and grow with each other.” Caitlin Restelli is an assigning editor for the Daily Kent Stater.
Sorority rush schedule*: • • • • • • • • • • • •
Meet the Greeks: Sorority Information Nights Monday, Sept. 5 (7 - 9 p.m.) Tuesday, Sept. 6 (7 - 9 p.m.) Sorority Recruitment Orientations Monday, Sept. 12 (7 - 8 p.m.) Tuesday, Sept. 13 (7 - 8 p.m.) Sorority Recruitment Round 1: Thursday, Sept. 15 Round 1 (continued): Friday, Sept. 16 Round 2: Saturday, Sept. 17 Round 3: Sunday, Sept. 18 Bid Night: Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
*Each fraternity and NPHC conducts recruitment its own way
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horoscope By Nancy Black Today’s Birthday (08/30/11) Your love life provides you with pleasant surprises this year. And professionally, you’re ready with solutions to new challenges. Use your wit and passion for the most sustainable solution. Steady growth leads forward. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 7. Jupiter goes retrograde today, inspiring philosophical thought. Concerns about the fairness or justice of a situation may arise. Consult with someone you trust.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 9. As you crank it up at work, make sure to take extra care of your well-being. It’s easy to forget to rest when you get tangled up in tasks. The creative action is intense. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Today is an 8. What’s love all about? What’s the meaning of life? Indulge in romance and conceptual wanderings. Ask someone attractive for his or her point of view. Young people inspire. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Today is a 7. There’s plenty of fastmoving action. Let yourself get lost in daydreams during routine chores. Love the ones you’re with. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is an 8. Things can seem unfair. Follow deep spiritual questions wherever they take you. Study, research and explore. You discover peace of mind where you least expect to.
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Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 9. Give thanks for the abundance, as you share the sumptuous feast you’re preparing. The pots you’re stirring hold great promise. Rake in the dough.
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Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 6. You keep answering persistent questions, but more keep popping up. Perhaps the trick is just to sit with the questions. Maybe the answers don’t matter.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 6. Don’t take it personally. Maybe you’re just being too harsh on yourself. Look at all that you’ve accomplished, and pat yourself on the back. Take it easy tonight. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 6. Your friends can help you decide what’s next in life. Listen to the ones that support you in growing and following your dreams. Choose happiness.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7. Things seem to go a million miles per hour today. No matter how far along you get, there’s always further to go. Get some rest whenever possible. You get a lot done.
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“Fashion is born by small facts, trends or even politics, never by trying to make little pleats or lengthening a skirt.” —Elsa Schiaparelli
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FASHION ON A MISSION You’ve heard the phrase “pound the pavement” used in context of finding a job or being productive, but have you ever thought of it as a way to describe your personal street style? So often as college students we fall into mundane morning routines that smother the way we express ourselves through fashion. But now, with the help of Tuesday’s fashion section, it’s time to take back the reins and learn how to treat the “pavement” as if it is your personal runway. Every Tuesday you can turn to us for styling tips, tricks and how-tos, as well as local and national fashion news to get you through the week. If once a week isn’t enough, you can also follow us on Twitter @Fashion_Blitz, find out new fashion blog at KSUFashionBlitz.com and email us with any suggestions or requests at KentFashionBlitz@gmail.com. —Missy Pasquale
It’s in the bag Tired of toting around that good ol’ JanSport book bag you’ve had since seventh grade? We thought so! This fall, stride to class in style with these fashionable carry-all options.
BLITZ TAYLOR’S PICK DATE NIGHT OUT
Looking for a perfect date night outfit? This color block dress from Akira, shopakira.com, is great. The colors will show your personality and that you’re not afraid to step into the spotlight. Pair it with accessories that complement the dress without showing it up. Try gold bangles and earrings to flatter the coloring of the dress. They will keep your look simple yet fun. Charming Charlie is a great place to get accessories for an inexpensive price. After you have the jewelry, you need the shoes. These Jessica Simpson clogged heels work well with this dress. They give you height while being comfortable.
Think of the rucksack as the backpack’s stylish and carefree big sister. Although still a backpack in nature, the slouchy, relaxed rucksack is a great way for those concerned with function to carry books and school supplies in style. As one of fall’s hottest items, rucksacks can be found everywhere this season and at every price point, from Target to Urban Outfitters to Barney’s New York. This tribal printed rucksack by Dusen Dusen is one of our top picks. You can pick up yours at Urban Outfitters or online at urbanoutfitter.com. ($129 Urban Outfitters) Photo courtesy of urbanoutfitters.com
HEADED TO CLASS
Each morning as you roll out of bed after hitting the snooze button one too many times, the thought of picking out what to wear to class can be a terrible task. But all you really need to do is remember one thing and one thing only — it’s all about the accessories. It’s okay to wear jeans and a T-shirt like this one from Kohl’s, but liven it up a little by taking simple steps such as replacing flip flops with gladiator sandals or oxfords. Adding a wrist full of silver bracelets or bangles like these from Forever 21 spices up any outfit. Another great idea is to layer a denim or utility vest over any T-shirt to add that extra edge.
The Classic Messenger The classic messenger bag is and always has been the go-to alternative to the backpack. The popular cross-body is perfect for girls and guys on-the-go. This gray messenger from Moop’s waxed canvas collection is perfect for those who love minimal, well crafted design. The sturdy fabric is constructed to get better with age, like leather or vintage denim, and the surprise pop of the turquoise lining makes this a must-have. Log on to moopshop.com to order one for yourself. ($187 Moop/moopshop. com) Photo courtesy of moopshop.com
The Satchel Walk into class in style carrying a satchel, and your classmates will surely be struck by bag envy. The satchel is a stylish update on the classic messenger and is one of the “it” bags of the season. There’s a satchel out there for everyone’s unique taste and style. And we’ve narrowed down three that we think you’ll love: ModCloth’s The Purr-fect Satchel, the Asos’ Premium Leather Turlock Satchel and the Asos’ Premium Leather GEORGIA Satchel. Check them out at ModCloth.com and Asos.com while supplies last! (ModCloth.com – $62.99, Asos.com - $155.51 each, bags named in order) Photo courtesy of modcloth.com
The Tote The shopper tote is another back-to-class staple for trucking a bag full of textbooks around campus. The roominess and classic silhouette make it timeless, functional and sophisticated. If you’re looking for a carryall that will transition from the classroom to your internship to meeting up with roommates for dinner, the classic tote is your fall necessity. Try a color-blocked bag like this one from Zara, and you’ll be on trend without coming off too trendy. ($49.90 Zara.com) Photo courtesy of zara.com
KAREN’S PICK WEEKEND LOOK
The Purr-fect Satchel – ModCloth
Weekends are all about letting loose and letting your sassier side come out and play. Pair this unexpectedly sweet leather H&M skirt with menswear inspired pieces and a straw fedora to amp up the funky factor. On the Fall 2011 runways, lace made its grand appearance in countless designer collections, proving itself as a mainstay in your fall wardrobe. The lace detailing in this chambray utilitarian blouse adds textural interest but maintains the look’s overall femininity. Continuing the theme are black patent oxfords. These shoes are hands down the perfect weekend footwear because, although we don’t often admit it, it’s not always so easy to discover the sweet spot where style meets comfort. Top off the look with a classic rose gold watch and stylish statement necklace for a look that is cool, casual and ready to play.
PHOTOS BY THOMAS SONG | DAILY KENT STATER Clothes modeled by Alyssa Newman.