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Yarn-clad performers pose as part of artist Olek’s performance during the opening of the “Hi-Fructose” exhibit at the Akron Art Museum on Friday. Eslah Attar / The Kent Stater

Youth filmmaking team captures meaning of creativity Alex Kamczyc Arts Reporter


o many students, Saturdays are reserved for sleeping in and ignoring homework. But for one group of kids it’s spent in a conference room laying the groundwork for a new filmmaking venture. Independent Film Works LTD is a local film company made solely of kids aged 10 to 14 who plan, write and create their own films. The company is comprised of seven students — Hunter Seachrist, Theo Lovinski, Adam Khan, Andrew Nguyen, Finley Clapper, Raina Gmerek and Collin McCann — all currently enrolled in either elementary or middle school. Their leader, Chip Hawks, is a gifted intervention specialist for the Kent City School District. “One of my primary goals is for the kids to experience the art

of collaboration,” Hawks said. “My hope is to mentor them as they learn how to listen, process, share and respect each other and themselves. These are life skills.” Packed into a small room at the Kent Free Library last Saturday morning, the group met to discuss their recently released film “YOU … The Artist,” a documentary about the Kent Creativity Festival that was organized by Kent State’s College of the Arts and held on Kent State’s Esplanade last September. The first film the team has produced, the premise explores the definition of creativity and what it means to the people and artists who attended the festival. The group showed up in the morning before the festival began at 11 a.m. and filmed until 5 p.m. Each member of the group had a specific job on set, some just learn-

ing how to use the equipment. “This is how I learn,” said Seachrist, the director of photography for the film and oldest member of the group. “If I do it, I


Two members of Independent Film Works LTD record video and audio for their film durin last year’s Creativity Festival, held on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of Chip Hawks

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have to know it. I never knew how to use the Cannon camera we used before filming this documentary.”

Endless flyers, posters and brochures plaster bulletin boards across campus, most of which tend to be designed by students. Lacy Talley, a junior visual communication design major, is one of those students that has her designs make it across campus. At a young age, Talley was influenced to start drawing by watching her father, who would draw around her often. “He drew raw stuff,” Talley said. Talley skipped over the artistic phases of stick figure drawings. Talley would draw full body characters — people and faces were some things

that Talley enjoyed working on most. “I really love people, eyeballs and the way you can restore a person’s face,” Talley said. She said she liked drawing people rather than animals because it is easier and realistic. As a student in visual communication design, Talley enjoys class since it allows her to draw within her own style, which is “fantasy and realism, but not too realistic.” Talley is known for her originality and creativeness. “Her ideas are unique,” said Angelica White, a senior business management major and president of Flashettes. In Spring 2016, Talley and White came together and founded the on-campus dance group Flashettes, meant to represent the black community and allow females on campus to have more bonding experiences with each other. “Elegant (and) poised ladies,” Talley said. “That is how we want to be seen as a group of black women on campus.”


Fashion design students learn value of illustrating Payton Moore Features Correspondent Long before the glossy fronts of magazines were adorned with celebrities and models, fashion illustrations in periodicals and costume books arrested the attention of those admiring their artistry. The sketches, created by designers or interpreters of sample clothing lines, were used to market the new collections. Their popularity in the 1800s is something celebrated as a long-lost artform in museums in New York City, Paris and Milan. Making way for fashion photography, the designs of the past were left to be considered a renaissance – the process much too slow and lacking detail the masses demanded on the covers of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Today, the art of illustration is much less popular in mass media, but is a dominant means of interpretation for fashion design students at Kent State. For Alia Bertot, a junior fashion design major, sketching her illustrations allows her designs to evolve seamlessly, unless, of course, unwieldy stitching is what she’s going for. “Sketching out my fashion designs is so crucial to my design process,” Bertot said. “Sketching out figures helps bring your design to life and helps to give you a clear visual on what you want to do when you eventually create your garment.”


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FILM Youth filmmaking ... After filming and gathering the footage from the festival, the kids then edited it and turned it into the final product with little to no supervision from Hawks. Overall, an estimated 165 hours was dedicated to making the documentary. “The main thing I really like about this group is that it’s hands on,” said Lovinski, a fifth grader and sound recording supervisor of the documentary. “There’s a lot of doing, not just talking.” This isn’t the first time they have worked together though.

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In 2015, some of the kids in the group worked on a project called "Sidewalks of Gold," a film about immigrants who came through Ellis Island. Through this film, they found a new opportunity. “After producing ‘Sidewalks of Gold,’ one of the parents who was part of the Kent Creativity Festival programming committee mentioned making a documentary as a means of keeping filmmaking alive for Kent kids,” Hawks said. Most of the members in the group are part of the gifted program at each of their respective schools and have worked with Hawks for a few years. “I still have the footage of me showing Fin how to use the clapper on set of ‘Sidewalks of Gold,’” Hawks said. “It’s only coincidence that that is his last name also.” Each kid brings something unique

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FASHION Fashion design students ... Junior fashion design major Dani Bennett agrees, adding in that she’d never leave her house without her sketchbook. Design students are encouraged, and often graded, on their initial sketches. It also allows for them to conceptualize an outfit they may be able to create at some point in their careers; problem solving with a pen and paper. However, senior fashion design major Meleah Honeycutt knows there are only so many resources made available to students. Often times she’s left seeking materials her designs need, but aren’t accessible. “The biggest challenge in sketching is designing a garment before you have the fabric,” Honeycutt said. “Sometimes I'll fall in love with a design and be very disappointed when I can't actually find the fabric I visualized in my head.” The 300-year-old artform of fashion illustration isn’t easy to manipulate to suit the tech-driven audience of today, but Bertot sees illustrations on social media every day as she chooses to follow artists that curate the art. And for Bennett, the initial drive to begin studying fashion came from popular musicians like Lou Reed, Bootsy Collins and

Incipit Aureola feliciter The earliest printed book in the collection, from circa 1470.

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Talley has made an impact on members of Flashettes by empowering them and always having a positive attitude to their ups and downs. By expressing her love for drawing, Talley has “incorporated her art with Flashettes’ fashion and marketing,” White said. “I have seen many sketches and they are amazing,” White said. Even with her hands tied between events, class and her job — which is at a “paint and sip” shop — Talley found herself creating a line of hats specifically catered to people who have larger natural hair. “The main reason I made the hats is to protect the hair by having a satin lining inside the cap,” Talley said. With more experience in the future, Talley hopes to make a career at an animation studio like Pixar or Dreamworks.

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bach, head of Special Collections and Archives and an associate professor. Although it is located right on campus, many students are not aware of the Special Collections and Archives department and don’t utilize its materials. However, students are not the only ones able to access the historical inventory. “Anything that is in the collection is open to anyone," Gilgenbach said. "People don’t even have to be affiliated with Kent State to use our materials."

In fact, Gilgenbach estimates that most of the people who use the Special Collections and Archives are non-students looking to conduct their own personal research. Since it is important that these materials are preserved, there are extensive security measures in place to keep all of the items intact. When people come in, they must fill out a registration and keep their coats and bags in an assigned area. They can then use the materials right there in

“Incunabula” The collections have 12 examples of what are commonly referred to as "incunabula,” books printed in the west in the earliest years of the invention of the printing press, before 1501. Borowitz Collection There is a very large collection on true crime and its influences on art and culture under the Borowitz collection. d.a. levy There are extensive collections related to Cleveland-born poet and participant in the socalled mimeograph revolution in printing, d.a. Levy.


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Library top floor houses rare historical documents Located on the top floor of the University Library is Kent State's best-kept secret. The Special Collections and Archives preserves primary sources and rare materials for people to learn from in the future. “They’re here for students and other people to look at and use to tell a story or to answer historical questions, those sorts of things,” said Cara Gildgen-



David Bowie. Between the three, watching the illustrations come to life in any form is what is truly awe-inspiring. “It's very surreal to see a garment from my own head on a runway or on a person. At that point, the garment has changed so much in the process, it's almost like it's a completely different design, but in a good way ... in a great way,” Honeycutt said. “Kind of like finishing a novel and realizing it's better or worse than what you originally planned.” Bennett said the illustration process is one that’s constantly evolving, even in the final stages. “Sometimes, the design looks exactly how you envisioned it in the drawings, and other times, the design evolves as you sew it and try it on a mannequin countless times," Bennett said. The three hope their designs will lead to a field they’re passionate about. Bertot said sketching her designs has taught her that there’s always room for improvement. But what they all agree on is how the fluidity of fashion illustration has changed their perspective on “wrongness.” “Sometimes the accidents, squiggly lines and unerasable pencil marks end up being unexpectedly my favorite designs,” Honeycutt said.

Cara Gilgenbach, head of Special Collections and Archives, provided us with five unique items housed in the top floor of the library that she finds most Paige Brown Libraries Reporter interesting.

Pages from the Past The oldest item in the collections, this is a clay tablet with cuneiform writing dating back to approximately 2500 B.C.E.

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to the table: From directing to editing, everything is created by them. The most notable thing they bring is their spirit. “It feels meaningful,” McCann, a fifth grader, said. “It feels like something you want to do.” The crew premiered its work on Dec. 6 at the E. Turner Stump Theatre on campus to an audience of friends and family. They received praise, as well as mini Academy Award replicas for their work. “I can honestly say that we all had smiles on our faces,” Hawks said. “I was elated for the kids. It was their evening, and my hope was that they would leave with an exuberant spirit. They did.” The film also screened at the 14th Annual Standing Rock International Shorts Festival on Jan. 28 at the Kent Stage, featured along with professional and amateur entries from around the world. The meeting was long but lively, with each member having an opinion to voice. One way or another, those with voices let them be heard. “We have a lot of A-types here,” Hawkes noted about the room and its members. “Actually, I’m an O-type,” one of the kid’s responded among the chatter. The room erupted in laughter. The meeting ended with them going over ideas on how they want to create their next film, which ends with no clear resolution. It served as the first step in a long process toward youth art appreciation. “I really like that these kids have something to look forward to,” said Renee McCann, a parent of one of the members. “It means the world to me knowing they are learning skills that can help them in their future.”

On the 12th floor of the Kent State University Library is the Special Collections and Archives that holds a collection of historic books and items. This book is the oldest printed book in the collection, printed in 1470. Inside are the writings of St. Jerome, in Latin. Deidre Pulley / The Kent Stater

the reading room. “We have the same kinds of security and use protocols that almost any special collections department or archival department would have,” Gilgenbach said. “None of our materials can actually be checked out, unlike the rest of the stuff in the library.” All of these measures are in place to help ensure that these materials can survive for the future. “It’s really about preservation and being sure that these maybe one-of-a-kind materials actually can be used by people a hundred years from now,” Gilgenbach said. Employees make all of the photocopies for people instead of patrons doing it themselves, and other precautions are in place to prevent fingerprint damage. “If you’re working with photographs, for example, we might ask you to put on cotton gloves to try to protect those,” Gilgenbach said. Gilgenbach said the two most heavily used collections are materials that document the history of Kent State and the May 4 Collection. The Special Collections and Archives also always has new exhibits up ­— and has a huge "Babar the Elephant" collection. The Special Collections and Archives Library was awarded a matching grant in September 2016 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. According to Digital Projects Librarian Virginia Dressler, the $119,000 grant allowed the library to pick 34 sub-collections from the May 4 Collection to convert to digital. “We have four sub-collec-

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tions up online to date. We got to hire a full-time project archivist to help in this whole initiative and two student workers that started in the beginning of January,” Dressler said. This project is still ongoing and students can check out the progress on the archives' website. “I think the biggest challenge we have is people just knowing we’re here,” Gilgenbach said. “I guess what I would want people to know is yes, we have these protocols for using our materials but the collections are really here for you, these are here for you to use; we’re going to help you access them, but you can also just come out of general curiosity.”

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OGE’s first ‘Cultural Cafe’ presents Israel and Nepal Alec Slovenec University Diversity Reporter The Office of Global Education hosted its first Cultural Café of the semester on Wednesday in the Ballroom Balcony of the Student Center. Tuesday’s event featured Kent State students from Nepal and Israel, but will feature several other countries later in the semester. During the event, students from these countries gave presentations on their respective cultures and free food was served to all who attended. To see the extended article, visit

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Why we need Betsy DeVos

On Feb. 1, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as secretary of education in a rare tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Two Republican senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, voted against DeVos. Such an odd set of occurrences in the Senate caused heads to turn and many to wonder: Who is DeVos and why is she so controversial? After all, students at Kent State noticed there was an organized walkout and protest against DeVos this past week. DeVos has been an advocate for charter schools and school vouchers, which help students succeed in low-income school districts. Not only would this help the poorer districts but it would benefit schools all across America. These vouchers are a way for low-income students to attend private schools through tax funding. Through the program, students who are in failing schools have the opportunity to attend schools that are succeeding. Additionally, to say DeVos is unqualified is ridiculous. She has been involved with school districts across the United States for years and has spent most of her career trying to fix Detroit Public Schools. Taking note from a campaign slogan by President Donald Trump, “drain the swamp,” I firmly believe that as a pick for secretary of education, DeVos is someone who will drain the education swamp that has been created. At a budget of $69.4 billion, there is no reason why we should have failing schools in this country. We have one of the best school systems in the world, so to have at least 10 percent of schools that are failing or have an “F” rating is terrible. We truly do need to drain the education swamp of the bad and get our schools back on track. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman turned many heads this past week as he gave his support to DeVos. Portman was quoted saying, “I support Betsy DeVos for secretary of education because during the confirmation process she committed to strongly support public education and because of her support for local control, instead of having the federal government dictate education policy at the state and local level.” I believe that he made the best decision to support the people of Ohio. By supporting DeVos, he has made it clear that he put the people of Ohio first, which will help us in the months and years to come. Giving the states more power to control education will help students, especially due to the fact that each state is at a different pace and needs personal control over schooling. As secretary of education, DeVos will be a fighter and someone who will put the needs of the students and parents before her own. She will make sure every kid will receive a quality education that will help them move forward to work in order to advance their own lives. The best is yet to come, and I look forward to seeing what DeVos does to our education system to help every child succeed.

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But back to DeVos. It took former Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie within the U.S. Senate to appoint her and served as the first time a vice president ever had to do so in terms of appointing a presidential cabinet nominee. Senate Democrats warned of the dire consequences that could arise for parents and the futures of their children via her appointment to lead education. Hell, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken called her “the most incompetent cabinet-level nominee I have ever seen” at the time of her accepting the role. Remember when she said that thing about needing guns in schools to protect from grizzly

As Poe puts it:

Michael Flynn got fired because the press did its job Matt Poe Columnist Dear reader: There is no satire in today’s column. This is largely due to the fact that I simply can’t make this stuff up anymore, at least not for today. I just can’t — and won’t — do it because my sanity is slowly slipping, and I need a firm kick in the groin today from reality rather than an escape. On that note, let’s see what’s happening today in the circus that’s become our executive branch. As many of you know, national security adviser and ornery schnauzer Michael Flynn resigned this week amidst major scrutiny and allegations that he had contact with Russian intelligence, unbeknownst to many in the White House. The findings allege Flynn had contact with a Russian ambassador and misled Vice President Mike Pence on much of the information discussed between the two; there was supposedly considerable contact with the Russians during Trump’s campaign bid for the presidency as well. Pence allegedly did not find out he been misled until two weeks after the information was exchanged. Oh Mike, your level of unawareness continues to amaze me. Don’t ever change. The allegations are disturbing for a variety of reasons, beginning with the fact that anyone who declared themselves some ‘truther’ or conspiracy theorist on Russia’s interference with the general election suddenly doesn’t sound like such a crackpot. All of us who wore tinfoil hats and had our suspicions about Russia’s serious meddling and instigation for the last 16 months would like a sincere apology — you owe us that much. On the other hand, it’s been absolutely hilarious to watch the way this administration has dealt with the termination of Flynn, with different members providing completely different statements on the security of his former job. Monday afternoon, counselor to the president and sleep-deprived organism Kellyanne Conway said that His Orangeness had full confidence in Flynn. After Flynn’s resignation late Monday night, press secretary and rabid guard dog Sean Spicer essentially said that Trump had been briefed on the allegations three weeks prior to Flynn’s resignation, yet Flynn kept his job. I think poor Spicey just needs a hug, a Milkbone and to have someone tell him everything’s going to be OK. All this culminated in His Orangeness finally taking the stage on Wednesday afternoon during a joint conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the relationship between the two countries. When the press got its turn to seek comment, little attention was turned to the allegations surrounding Flynn’s resignation. As CNN’s Brooke Baldwin alluded to, he only took questions from conservative-based news outlets, which gave Trump the chance to hedge his answers where he saw fit.

How did President Cheeto assess the aforementioned allegations and resignation of a key member of his administration? He did what he does best: blame the media, stating that Flynn was treated very unfairly. He also managed to drop “fake news” and “sad” in there, for which I proceeded to smack myself in the forehead in response. You might be asking yourself why I’ve subjected you, dear reader, to this timeline of shenanigans, which oftentimes seems endless. The revelatory impact that Flynn’s allegations pose — aside from the increasingly likelihood of ties between the Trump campaign and presidency with Russia — is the revelation of how this administration assesses and conducts itself. Make no mistake: Flynn did not get fired because of the recklessness in which he acted, nor did he get fired for misleading his bosses about the alleged information. He didn’t get fired because he possibly put sensitive information in harm’s way because of gross negligence (or worse, purposely). Flynn got fired because the press did its job by investigating and reporting the facts, largely due to the outstanding reporting of The Washington Post and The New York Times. Think about it. It took two to three weeks for Flynn’s resignation to occur after White House officials had allegedly already known about allegations. If this doesn’t prove how little respect His Orangeness has for the free press, I don’t know what will. Had The Washington Post not continued to break this story for the months leading up to Flynn’s resignation, I seriously believe he’d still be employed under the Trump administration. This administration continues to prove both to itself and the American public that it doesn’t give a rat’s ass about proper protocol or integrity in its actions. It’s the same administration that repeatedly praised WikiLeaks when such leaks benefitted them, only to damn them when that same method is unbeneficial to them or to the fear-mongering veil they operate under. And where are all the people who blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private server when this poses a much more serious breach in protocol? Sitting in silence with no cries for an investigation being sounded because it would not behoove this administration. You can thank The Washington Post and others for making this troublesome story known to the public and, while many in this country continue to believe investigative journalism is dead, I’ll cheerfully point to this as a counterargument. If only for today, chalk one up for the good guys.

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The right road Stephen D’Abreau Columnist “As much as I ever did, more than I ever did, I believe in liberalism. But there was a rosy time of innocence when I believed in liberals.” These eerie words of G. K. Chesterton haunt me as I look at what is happening in the world. At the beginning of the month, a riot at University of California - Berkley shocked me as I watched rioters assault attendees of a Milo Yiannopoulos event hosted at the university. The rioters shot fireworks at the buildings, assaulted Milo fans and the damage and violence was so great that the FBI is investigating it. Yet, Berkley’s student paper published five op-eds defending the violence, and organizers of the riot said recently they were “proud to have shut down fascism.” The use of political violence to shut down a speaker at a university flies in the face of America’s commitment to freedom of speech. The university that started the free speech movement in the 1960s acts to ironically shut it down half a century later. No wonder Amazon’s best selling book of 2017 so far is George Orwell’s “1984.” But the irony doesn’t end there. Milo, the British gay, right-wing free speech advocate, had his book catapulted to the Amazon’s 2017 best sellers list as well, where it remains as I write this. “Dangerous” briefly held the No. 1 spot immediately after the riot, and still holds a top 20 spot at this very moment. President Donald Trump, too, has enjoyed a surge of popularity. According to the Morning Consult/Politico poll, even Trump’s most controversial executive orders have higher approval ratings than disapproval. For example, the order to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership boasts 47 percent approval and 33 percent disapproval. Ending federal funding to abortion provider’s abroad, also known as the Mexico City Policy, stands at 47 percent to 42 percent. Most shocking is the travel ban, which has an approval rating of 55 percent, making it Trump’s second-most popular order. The right wing is gathering traction, and even moderates like me find that the left wing isn’t being honest or representing the nation’s desires. I feel this more and more as the right wing rises in popularity. I would plead with other liberals and moderates to end the dishonesty and violence, as well as hyperbolic partisan pandering, but I’ve done so already. As C.S. Lewis put it, “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” I honestly don’t know if liberals are capable of turning back and coming onto the right road. As the weeks roll by in Trump’s America, it seems more likely “Make America Great Again” will be the the battle cry of the about-turn this nation will get. I’m just not sure that will lead to the right road either.

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Main Street Kent announces second Potterfest

Harry Potter enthusiasts crowd 'Diagon Alley' in downtown Kent's Acorn Alley for Potterfest on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Cameron Gormon / The Kent Stater

Madeline Crandall Entertainment Reporter After a large turnout to the “Harry Potter" themed takeover of Acorn Alley, last summer, Main Street Kent recently announced plans for round two of the Wizarding World for Potterfest. Local fans of all ages came to downtown Kent to celebrate the release of “Harry Potter and the

Cursed Child” last July. Acorn Alley was converted into Diagon Alley, and businesses offered special menu items and activities inspired by the best-selling franchise. The high participation in last year’s Potterfest has convinced Main Street Kent organizers to arrange a bigger, more developed festival this year, scheduled for July 29 from noon to 9 p.m. “We are still in planning stages for entertain-

ment,” said Heather Malarcik, executive director of Main Street Kent. “After having such a great response last year from the community and from so many out-of-state fans, we are excited to see this year’s end result.” Main Street Kent planned activities include a costume contest, potion classes and vendors to line the streets. “This year will have food trucks and several

more vendors selling event-themed, handmade items,” Malarcik said. “We are also working with Kent Stage to provide live music inside the venue for community members to enjoy.” City council approved for certain streets to be closed in order for event-goers to freely walk and explore. Shuttle services and parking are in the works to be available throughout Kent State.

Library professor casts away nerves before TEDx event Paige Brown Libraries Reporter

Marianne Martens poses for a portrait in the the Reinberger Children’s Library Center with “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone” Martens is scheduled to speak at the TEDxKent event on Saturday. Jana Life / The Kent Stater

Marianne Martens, assistant professor of library and information sciences, has been eagerly preparing for the presentation she will give at the first Kent State TEDx event on Feb. 18. Martens will be speaking about fan-fiction and the popular “Harry Potter” website Pottermore in particular. Martens has a background in children’s publishing and has been working in publishing for more than twenty years. “I’ve sort of seen the way publishing has gone from being print only, to being print plus other formats,” Martens said. “I’m really interested in these digital extensions of books and participatory elements of books and how young people are able to get involved with digital formats.” Martens became interested in Pottermore after hearing people complain about the relaunch of the website. “I really looked a lot around September 2015 when the relaunch hap-

pened and then around last summer when ‘The Cursed Child’ play was released,” Martens said. While her presentation will revolve around Pottermore and the use of growing social media, she is careful not to give too much away. “Dr. Martens' presentation will provide a unique opportunity to understand opportunities and challenges youth face while engaging with social media technologies," Lala Hajibayova said, Martens' colleague and assistant professor of library and information science. Martens talked about how she is preparing for the event and joked that “freaking out is probably 90 percent of the process.” She has also been reading Chris Anderson’s book about TEDTalks, has been watching other TEDTalks online and plans to practice in front of her colleagues. “If you want to be good at something, just do it over and over and over again, and I’m trying my best to do that,” Martens said.

Colleagues are not the only ones excited for Martens — her former students speak highly of her as well. “In general, TEDx speakers are intelligent yet relatable or personable, and I enjoy their ability to bring laughter, positivity and good energy to complex topics and fields,” said graduate student Alexandra Bell. “Dr. Martens did this as a professor and I believe she will do the same at the TEDx event.” Although Martens said she has never done something like this before, she is still excited for it. “I think this is a really incredible opportunity, I’m really excited about it and I think that it’s really cool that it’s mostly done by student organizers here at Kent State,” Martens said. “It’s going to be a really great event for our community and for the university.” The TEDxKentState event "Rewind, Rethink, React" begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

Zombie outbreak infiltrates health professor’s lesson plan Abigail Winternitz College of Nursing and Public Health Reporter Students may now be one step closer to surviving the zombie apocalypse — or at least one step closer to understanding how one might occur. Tara Smith, a microbiologist, infectious disease epidemiologist and associate professor of environmental health sciences and epidemiology, teaches her students how infectious diseases are spread by citing zombie outbreaks in popular culture. Smith uses media including "The Walking Dead," "28 Days Later" and "World War Z" as a way to explain infections to her students. Smith said she has been fascinated with zombies since she was young. “I’ve always had an interest in the horror and science fiction genres; I grew up on Stephen King and fell in love with '28 Days Later,'" Smith said. “My incorporation of zombies into my work and teachings really just stemmed from there.” Smith uses zombie outbreaks to teach her students about zoonotic infections — diseases transferred between animals and humans, such as HIV, Ebola and the Zika virus. She said she incorporates zombie outbreaks into her curriculum as a way of inspiring interest in her students about the diseases that are actually occurring throughout the world.

“In a lot of places in the world, infectious diseases are still a number one killer,” Smith said. “By using zombie outbreaks as the example, I can teach my students how these diseases are spread, just in a more compelling way.” Christopher Woolverton, a professor of environmental health sciences, said Smith’s unique, yet traditional teaching methods are an effective way of getting students captivated in the field of epidemiology. “Smith has spiced up her classes and made them much more engaging,” Woolverton said. “We hear from a lot of our students just how exciting and pertinent her classes are, especially with today’s fascination with the zombie apocalypse.” Gino Cioffi, a public health graduate student in Smith's epidemiology infectious disease class, said Smith's integration of zombies into the curriculum has made the class come to life. “I look forward to coming to class because of (Smith),” Cioffi said. “Her energy and her incorporation of the zombie apocalypse makes it really easy to get into the material and follow along.” Smith also integrates zombie folklore into her work outside of her classes. In December 2015, Smith published an article in the British Medical Journal that summarized the epidemiology and pathology of zombie infections and what needs to be done to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. Smith is also a member of the “Zombie

“We always write off zombies as kind of a Research Society,” an organization created by authors, filmmakers and scientists as a means joke,” Yee said. “But it’s really fascinating to see (Smith) walk back through these works of collaboration between the three fields. “We help writers and filmmakers make their of fiction to actually show how the infections zombie movies as realistic as they can be, consid- could be possible and how we would really ering the circumstances,” Smith said. “We don’t prepare for them in real life.” really research zombies, of course, but we do help people write realistic stories about them.” Currently, Smith is researching methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria, an antibiotic-resistant type of staph, in both man-made and natural environments in a laboratory on campus. Smith currently offers two classes in epidemiology: “Epidemiology of Infectious Disease,” which is a graduate-only class during the spring semester, and “Plagues and Pandemics: How Infection Shaped Culture and History,” a graduate and undergraduate class during the fall semester. Clair Yee, senior public health major, said it’s compelling from an epidemiologist's perspective to see how Smith relates zombies to realAssociate professor Tara Smith teaches during her ”Epidemiology of Infectious life diseases in her work. Disease” class on Monday. Photo courtesy of Taras Ustrytskyy

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Recovery Rocks: The Science of Addiction Learn about the scientific side of addictive tendencies at this Kent State Fraternity and Sorority Life event. Starting at 7 p.m. in the KIVA, attendees will gain insight into supportive services available on campus.

Further Further Reading Reading

ALLELES Design Studio team members will speak in Rockwell Hall at 3 p.m. to discuss the fashionable prosthesis covers they create. Their work is featured in the Fashion Museum’s current exhibit “(dis)ABLED BEAUTY: The Evolution of Beauty, Disability and Ability.”


TEDx Kent State The first live TED event on campus, this will be a full day of speakers covering a range of topics, including politics, computer programming and theatre, among others. Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., all in the Student Center Ballroom.


Kent State University Orchestra

Unwind from class with some Beethoven. Conducted by Katherine Kilburn, the KSU Orchestra will perform in the Cartwright Auditorium at 3 p.m. featuring undergraduate and graduate winners of the annual concerto competition.

Take a look at last year’s installment of the annual event that brings area artists to display their work for attendees to explore.

See how students and psychology experts view the adult coloring craze, and relieve some stress by working on an exclusive coloring book design created by a local artist.


Art is always a big part of the Kent community. Read more with these stories on



It may be too late to see this gallery exhibit, but read how featured artists view tattoos as permanent works of art.

This member of the band, which originated in Kent, worked with two students last spring to create digital and print artwork.


Artist: Tame Impala Song: Runway, Houses, City, Clouds

Artist: Roy Ayers Ubiquity Song: Everybody Loves The Sunshine This sun-soaked track is exemplified by the vibrant cover of the album’s shared name “Everybody Loves The Sunshine.” Ayers is posed in front of a yellow pallet sporting a T-shirt of the same color. A playful keyboard and chords from a hypnotizing synth lay the foreground. Female vocalists affirm the pleasant demeanor of living a carefree life of joy in the glory of the sun.

“InnerSpeaker” is the debut album from the psychedelic rockers from Australia. The imagery is the feel of drifting forward over a colorful forest with an indefinite end – a metaphor of the inside of a speaker. “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds” encapsulates this perfectly. It mixes psychedelic intensity with a change in mood — a calming musical euphoria to ease the listener along the way.

BSR Beats: Artsy Albums

For the Art Issue, this week we take a look at some interesting album artwork and conceptual songs.

Artist: Matt Martians Song: Southern Isolation Artist: Thundercat Song: Them Changes After dropping two summers ago, Thundercat’s “The Beyond/The Giants Roam” is much bigger than an EP. A silhouette of a terrifying figure in a dusk-soaked forest set the tone for this jazz-infused project. “Them Changes” samples the Isley Brother’s “Footprints in the Dark” and showcase Thundercat’s prodigal bass chords and velvet vocals.

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An album recently dropped by The Internet’s Matt Martians, “The Drum Chord Theory” is an eclectic mix of neosoul and psychedelic funk. Martians conceived the album in his childhood bedroom using only keyboards and drum machines exuding the album’s authenticity. A highlight track, “Southern Isolation,” breezes listeners along and takes them to a balmy paradise. It’s chill and simple to vibe with. The album cover sells the concept home as Martians surrounds himself with his musical tools.

Artist: Erykah Badu Song: Window Seat In “Window Seat,” Badu addresses a wish to be somewhere she can relax and get away from the mass demands of the world. She emphasizes three important things in her life: her music, lover and her babies. All of these are symbolized on the cover by three moons, three trees and three babies. This relaxing tone is present, thanks to the cool infusion of jazz and her pristine vocals.

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STARKEY, FLASHES EMBRACE OPPORTUNITY Henry Palattella Sports Editor On April 19, 2016, Todd Starkey was hired as the head coach of the Kent State women’s basketball team after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at the University of Indiana. Starkey inherited a team that limped to a 6-23 season and finished 11th in the Mid-American Conference the previous season. He had a core that consisted of a senior guard with only one Division I offer coming out of high school, a junior 6-foot-2 forward who was still establishing herself as a force in the paint and a former Michigan State softball player who was in her second year of college basketball. Meanwhile, Starkey came off a 21-12 season at Indiana where his star guards — Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill — led the Hoosiers to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Fast-forward 10 months, however, and Starkey and his aforementioned core players —senior Larissa Lurken, junior Jordan Korinek and senior McKenna Stephens — have a 14-11 record and are sitting at fifth place in the MAC. A home win against Ohio University on Saturday would put the Flashes in the driver’s seat for a firstround bye to Cleveland. But don’t mistake their success for complacency.

A different style

This past Tuesday, the trio of Lurken, Korinek and Stephens were sitting in Starkey’s office after practice remembering when they first found out the coach had been hired. “That was so long ago,” Korinek said before scrunching her face up in an attempt to rack her brain for the memory. Lurken, who has benefitted the most under Starkey’s coaching, wasn’t present for his first meeting with the team. “(Starkey) came in and talked with our team before he was hired, and I wasn’t there so I met him actually after everyone else did,” Lurken said, still uniform clad from practice. Coming into the season, Lurken averaged a little over 11 points per game in her first three years. However, it was a career that looked to be defined more by losses than individual success; the team had compiled a record of 18-71 over those seasons. Under Starkey, however, Lurken’s game has changed significantly. Before, Lurken being in the paint would have been something of an anomaly, as her game was more built around her jump shot. Now, Lurken makes a habit of driving into the lane and absorbing contact, which is the main reason she leads the nation in

both free-throw attempts and makes. Lurken has still proved that she has a deadly jump-shot, as she’s made 52 three-pointers this year on a 36.1 percent clip, but she’s also adapted her game. It’s one of the biggest reasons for the team's success. “It’s a different style,” Lurken said. “I’ve had many different coaches over the years so it wasn’t really scary, it was just different. And we liked the change.” Korinek, as a compliment to Lurken, has established herself as a solid presence in the paint, averaging 15 points per game to go along with six rebounds, while Stephens (8.8 ppg) leads the team in three-point shooting percentage at 36.5 percent. Stephens originally committed to Michigan State University to play softball, but transferred to Kent State after she suffered an injury. “For people who played under (former coach Danielle O’Banion) longer, it was probably harder to adjust,” Stephens said. “It wasn’t so much the system (that was tough) for me, but more just learning about basketball. I was so focused on softball so when I transferred … I didn’t know what a lot of (basketball stuff was). It was more switching sports.”

Same team, different result

What makes the Flashes success so baffling is the fact they’re succeeding with the same pieces that they’ve had for the past two years, as the team’s starting five of Lurken, Korinek, Stephens, sophomore Alexa Golden and junior Naddiyah Cross is virtually made up of the same players as last year. Despite this, Starkey said the idea of stepping into a program that had a veteran team wasn’t something that influenced his decision to apply for the position. “I decided to come here because I believe in the vision of where the athletic administration and ... Warren want women’s basketball to go,” Starkey said, “(I applied) because I think the MAC is a really good conference with really good coaches and I was excited about that challenge.” After growing up 45 minutes away from Kent in Youngstown, Ohio, Starkey said the opportunity to be a mid-major Division 1 head coach was exciting. “There’s something about coming back home that’s a new thing,” he said. Despite Starkey’s hiring leaving the team in an awkward logistical position — with his late-April hiring affecting his ability to recruit — he was able to have two workouts with the team before the semester let out for the summer.

The lack of recruiting is evident with the Flashes roster now, as there is almost no change in this year’s roster compared to last years. F re s h m a n A l i Poole is the lone newcomer for the team, who lost both Ty r a J a m e s a n d Samantha Neace in the offseason. James suffered a seasonending injury in the offseason, and Neace didn’t return to Kent State this past fall after missing all of last season due to illness. G u a rd M e g a n Carter (who knocked down the Flashes’ lone game- Kent State sophomore point guard Alexa Golden dribbles past the University of Miami defense in a game at the M.A.C. winner this season Center on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The Flashes won, 84-66. against Bowling looked like it would loom large for Green State University in January) Akron on the road. The Flashes took the Flashes. Not only did it end their could also count as a newcomer, as the game over in the second quarter, two-game winning-streak, but it also and eventually cruised to a 72-58 she had her freshman year cut short dropped them to third in the MAC after three games last season due to a win at James A. Rhodes Arena. The East with a record of 6-5. win marked the first time that the season-ending injury. The Flashes proved their resilience, Starkey knew over the summer he team beat Akron since 2012. however, as they followed the loss up “It felt really, really good,” Korinek had a team that had some talented players, but he knew their success said in regards to beating Akron. “It with two straight wins while the Bulls hinged on how they did as a team. was a long time coming. Hopefully dropped their game against Northern He’ll admit that the team’s success we can keep that success up against Illinois University, which catapulted them back into second place in the them.” this year has surprised him. While the win over the Zips may MAC East. “We’ve exceeded ours, and probAll that sets the Flashes up to their ably everybody’s, expectations to this be the most satisfying accomplishpoint for sure,” Starkey said. “I think ment for the most of the Flashes, it Saturday afternoon matchup against it’s a testament to how much the play- doesn’t mean that it was the only one. Ohio (18-6, 9-4 Mid-American ConF i r s t , L u r k e n a c h i e v e d h e r ference) that, with a win, could give ers have bought in. They’re just play1,000-career point against Baylor Uni- the Flashes first place in the MAC ing above where they thought they versity in December at the Gulf Coast East, an opportunity that hasn’t be could and where we thought they Showcase in Florida, a tournament in lost on Lurken. could. It’s not where we wanna be for “(Having a MAC home game) which she also set the scoring record the program and the end of the year, would feel great, but there are no for a Gulf Coast showcase game (39 you’re chasing your goals as you go." guarantees,” Lurken said. “Like I’ve points) and knocked down her 131st Starkey said that establishing goals said before, I think any team can win career three-pointer, the most in proas a team has been something that he any day, so it’s not guaranteed that gram history. has been doing since his first day with we’re going to Cleveland yet. It’s still “I think (my mentality) changed the Flashes. nerve-wracking … but I’d feel nerdown in Florida when we competed “The first goal (we had) was to win vous after any game.” with some top teams like Baylor, as many games as they did last year. All this pressure to win doesn’t Then we wanted to win 10 games … Florida Gulf Coast and Western Kenmean that the senior guard has lost tucky,” Korinek said. double last year’s win total,” Starkey perspective, however. Korinek also etched her name in said. “Now it’s we want to end the When asked if she thought the the Kent State record books this seaseason with a winning record, if we team would be where they’re at now son, as she scored her 1,000-career get to sixteen (wins) we guarantee a at the beginning of the year, Lurken point against University at Buffalo winning season. Then we want to get was quick to respond. in February. The loss, ironically, also to Cleveland and play in the postsea“No way,” she said, before looking son, all those things are motivating marks what could be the low-point over at her coach. for the Flashes this season, as they factors for us.” “It’s okay,” Starkey said with a slight lost 77-62 to the Bulls in a game that No guarantees would have helped them gain ground grin on his face. “I said the same thing." Last Saturday, the team completed in the MAC East. every Kent State student-athlete’s At first, that loss to the Bulls dream: beating the University of

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