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DAILY KENT STATER Monday, April 27, 2009 • The independent student newspaper of Kent State University

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“questions burn after riots “They dragged me down the street without shoes on ... They didn’t even tell me what I was being arrested for.” Joey smith, senior psychology major

INSIDE NEWS

Renowned Japanese artist creates in Kent Ceramic artist Yasuhisa Kohyama came to Kent State this weekend to create his latest piece of art using the Ceramics Lab kiln. His trip from Japan was possible in collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Art. Page 3

FORUM

Editors comment on Lefton’s ‘no comment’ When the Daily Kent Stater called President Lester Lefton for comment on Saturday night’s riot, he wouldn’t talk and questioned our decision to call his house so late. We question his concern for his university. Page 4

SPORTS

RACHEL KILROY | DAILY KENT STATER

College Fest partygoers watch as others throw tables and couches into a giant fire on East College Avenue Saturday night. The riot broke out about 8:40 p.m. and continued until almost 11 p.m, with four fires ignited down the middle of East College Avenue. SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE RIOTS ON PAGE 8.

Offense sputters in Blue and Gold game The Kent State football team held its final spring scrimmage Friday, and the offense had a night to forget. The Flashes mustered just three points in 60 minutes in the annual Blue and Gold game. Page 6

LOOKING FORWARD More East College Avenue riots coverage Check back to KentNewsNet.com, the Daily Kent Stater and TV2 for continuing coverage of the College Fest riots. We’ll be following up to confirm what started it and find out who will face consequences.

CONTENTS

4 fires, 53 arrests trigger big batch of court visits Kristine Gill

Daily Kent Stater More than 50 students have arraignments set for Wednesday and Thursday after this weekend’s College Fest riots. But it still remains unclear what sparked the riots. Only minor injuries to officers were reported by the Kent City Police and Fire departments, and there were no reports of major injuries to partygoers. In a news release issued around 3 a.m. yesterday, Kent Police reported that about 53 people

were arrested after multiple warnings for charges, including failure to disperse, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Dispatchers said that number is climbing. “We got arrested for failure to disperse, but we didn’t hear the order. We were inside, and we went out on the porch to grab some things and they arrested us,” senior psychology major Joey Smith said. “...They dragged me down the street without shoes on, with all the glass and the fire. They didn’t even tell me what I was being arrested for.”

What students saw

According to the press release f ro m p o l i c e , t h e r i o t s t a r t e d “when partying students and others began pelting police officers with bottles and rocks at the scene of an arrest.” See RIOTS, Page 5

WERE YOU THERE ON SATURDAY NIGHT? If you want to send us your first-person account of what happened Saturday night, we’ll select a few for tomorrow’s Forum page. Send them to stater@kent.edu. Location of fires on EAST College Avenue

For Your Information Page 2 Police blotter Page 3 Forum Page 4 Sports Page 6 Classifieds Page 7 College Fest Photos Page 8

SATURDAY NIGHT ON EAST COLLEGE AVENUE: Before 8:30 p.m. a large crowd of College Fest partiers gather on East College Avenue. About 8:40 p.m. police attempt to break up the crowd, and protesters began to throw glass bottles at officers. Police responded by firing non-lethal ammunition from paintball guns. About 8:50 p.m. rioters start a large fire in the middle of the street, fueling it with tree branches, furniture, street signs and a TV. Cheering crowds gathered around it, filling lawns and piling onto rooftops. About 9:05 p.m. police in riot gear assembled at the west end of East College Avenue and prepared to march toward Lincoln Street dispersing the crowd. They arrested anyone who would not leave the scene. About 9:20 p.m. firefighters extinguish the fire as police continue to disperse the crowd. Minutes later rioters started another fire farther down the road. Eventually two more fires were started on the street. At 10:51 p.m. police called off the detail in charge of crowd control on East College Avenue and removed road blocks.

KATIE CARLSON | DAILY KENT STATER

At 12:23 a.m. the university sent a statement to student e-mails reporting 125 arrests and calling the events “inexcusable.”

DANIEL R. DOHERTY | DAILY KENT STATER

SWAT members handcuff two partygoers while others look on from the neighboring house. There were more than 65 arrests during the three-hour riot.

ONLINE

Check KentNewsNet.com for constant updates on the East College Avenue riots and a new reader-submitted video from Max Nixon. Have photos and videos from College Fest? Send them to stater@kent.edu. Go to twitter.com/kent360 for constant updates on new information throughout the rest of the week.

RELAY FOR LIFE

‘You inspire us with your strength, and we celebrate you’ 3,000 participants raise money for cancer research Anthony Holloway Daily Kent Stater

RACHEL KILROY | DAILY KENT STATER

Cancer survivors take an honorary lap around the track during the national 25th anniversary of Relay for Life Saturday. The event raised about $75,000 for cancer research.

After 12 hours of walking, a crowd filling nearly half of a usually empty track gathered around a white tent to listen to the words of those who refused to be beaten by cancer. Alyssa Baynes, the 10-year-

old honorary speaker for Kent State’s eighth annual Relay for Life, said she was “a little” nervous about telling a crowd what it’s like to have cancer. Later, Alyssa, the daughter of a Kent firefighter, puttered in her own shyness as she stepped up to the microphone. She began to explain how she was 3 years old when doctors diagnosed her with leukemia. She finished chemotherapy while she was in first grade. “It was very inspiring to see the youth of America here,” said Alyssa’s mother, Kim. She went on to explain that Alyssa endured

three years and 37 treatments of chemotherapy. It was not just the words that caused inspiration, though. It was also the feeling of “hope” that came after them. As a song of remembrance written specifically for Kent State’s Relay for Life played, 410 white and purple paper bags labeled with names of hopeful people with cancer and those who passed lined the edge of the Liquid Crystal Institute Track Saturday night for the Luminaries ceremony. The 24-hour event, which raised an unofficial total of $78,139.76,

kicked off at 10 a.m. Saturday with the opening ceremony. Throughout the day, 84 teams kept at least one member walking around the track at all time to raise money for cancer research. Rachel Kessler, co-chair for Relay for Life at Kent State, said about 40 cancer survivors came. The opening ceremony, which included the Kent State Pep Band, Kent Fire Fighters Color Guard and a flyover from the Kent State Flight Team, spoke directly to the survivors present on the sunny, 72- degree morning. See RELAY, Page 5


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FOR YOUR INFORMATION

CAMPUS CALENDAR Association prayer When: Noon Where: Student Center Room 308 n Phi Delta Epsilon’s Annual

Barbecue When: 3 p.m. Where: Behind the basketball courts by Twin Towers n Black Greek Council

meeting When: 6 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 320 n International Film Society

meeting When: 8 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 321 n National Society of

Collegiate Scholars meeting When: 9 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 310C n College Republicans

meeting When: 9 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 302

n Kent State Students for

Sensible Drug Policy meeting When: 9 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 315

n h2o Ministries meeting

When: Noon Where: Student Center Room 311

n Mind Body Soul meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 322

n Suicide Awareness Speaker

When: 6 p.m. Where: Kiva

n Find Your Match

When: 7 p.m. Where: The Rathskeller n KSU Animal Rights

Organization meeting When: 7 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 304 n Pan-Hellenic Council

meeting When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 309

n Kent State Anti-War

Committee When: 8 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 314

n Israel Fest 2009:

Mini-Jerusalem When: 11 a.m. Where: Risman Plaza n “Pure Romance Sex Toy

Party” When: 7 p.m. Where: Twin Towers Studio A n Pizza with Rabbi Feld

When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Hillel

n Amnesty International

n No Pants Dance

When: 11 a.m. Where: Risman Plaza Sponsor: Sigma Nu n FlashFest

When: 2 p.m. Where: Manchester Field n International Socialist

Organization meeting When: 7 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 314

meeting When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 310C

n Circle K meeting

n College Libertarians

n Pride!Kent meeting

meeting When: 8:30 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 309 n Movie: “Bomb It”

When: 8:30 p.m. Where: Kiva Sponsor: International Film Society n College Democrats

meeting When: 9 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 316

n Celebration of Diversity

Awards When: 6:30 p.m. Where: Student Center Ballroom n Rockin’ the Ratt

When: 8 p.m. Where: The Rathskeller

Editor Timothy Magaw tmagaw@kent.edu Managing editor Jackie Valley jvalley@kent.edu

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Famous Japanese ceramic artist fires new piece at the Kent State Ceramics Lab kiln

BAG LADY WEARS WASTE FOR EARTH DAY

Latest work requires 24-hour supervision Daniel Owen

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KRISTINA DECKERT | DAILY KENT STATER

Laurie Wagner, assistant professor in Health Education and Promotion, wore a painter's suit with 500 plastic bags attached at Saturday's Earth Day celebration in downtown Kent. She said she was doing this to show how many bags the average person wastes in a year. The event promoted recycling, using organic products, buying local food, preventing litter and using renewable energy.

Spontaneous plays set to pop up around Kent If a few actors happen to burst into your classroom, don’t fret. Fringe Fest is this week, today through May 2. Fringe Fest is a weeklong string of small theatrical productions on and around campus. Its name came from the idea of performing on the “fringes” of mainstream theater. Two students started the festival at Kent State in 1998. During that year, the theater program hosted Celebration of Stars, an event where alumni came back to Kent State to perform. The Student Theater Festival that year was canceled because of Celebration of Stars, and many students were upset.

In response, they held small productions all over campus, and the tradition continues 11 years later, said Chuck Ritchie, associate professor of theater. Senior theater major Molly Maclagan, head of the Fringe Fest committee, said there is a great sense of community and students get heavily involved. “A lot of students get the chance to get on-stage,” Maclagan said. Many productions will happen in classrooms in the Music and Speech Center and at sites such as Risman Plaza and Heritage Park in downtown Kent. — Sara Petersen

The Ceramics Lab had a little more buzz in the air than normal this weekend. That’s because famous Japanese artist Yasuhisa Kohyama came to Kent State for a week to work on his latest series, which is untitled at this point. Kirk Mangus, professor of art and ceramics at Kent State, said Kohyama’s trip to Kent is a good chance for students to see the work of a visiting artist. It broadens their horizons. “Bringing in someone with different views and outlooks is important ­— to have someone come in and shake the branches,” he said. Kohyama, 73, lives in Shigaraki, Japan. He has been actively involved with art for most of his life. Kohyama’s trip to the area was made possible in collaboration with the Cleveland Institute of Art. The Cleveland Institute of Art does not have a wood kiln, so Kohyama came to Kent State to use its kiln. Kent State has the only wood

kiln in Northeast Ohio. “The way (the sculpture) is placed in the kiln and how the ash hits it are important. The rhythm of firing, how you put the wood in is very crucial,” said Eva Kwong, adjunct faculty in the Ceramics Laboratory. “It’s different than a barbecue.” The wood kiln needs 24-hour supervision during the firing process. Kohyama was there for a majority of the time, but his assistant, Wakae Nakamoto, Mangus, Kwong and other students also shared some of the duties. Kohya ma a nd Na k a moto joked about Nakamoto’s overnight supervision of the sculpture. It left her very tired, but she said it’s all part of the work. “We are so happy to come here and work with nice students and people. Everyone is friendly at Kent State,” Kohyama said with the help of Nakamoto’s interpreting. Professors and students from the Cleveland Institute of Art and other Kent State facult y and students frequently filtered through the Ceramics Lab just to get a chance to come by and greet Kohyama. But it wasn’t just people within the art community who took advantage of a visit. “(Art students) have been bringing their friends by, as well as other students who have heard

DANIEL OWEN | DAILY KENT STATER

Japanese artist Yasuhisa Kohyama has been working on his latest series over the weekend at Kent State. He is using northeast Ohio's only wood-kiln. about it; you can definitely notice the extra foot traffic,” Kwong said. “It enriches everyone.” Mangus and Kwong both agreed that because Kohyama would not be presenting a lecture, it would leave time for the students to have direct, personal interaction with him. “These are the things you can’t learn in a book,” Kwong said. Although Kohyama doesn’t speak much English, Mangus said it is never an issue. “The language is through the art,” he said. “There has been

no problem with interaction and communication.” Visiting artists like Kohyama are also important in other aspects to Kent State. “It helps our students network, and it can lead to jobs and internships,” Kwong said. “It opens their eyes to the rest of the world.” Contact school of art reporter Daniel Owen at dowen@kent.edu.

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Vampire expert traces history of blood suckers Katie Young

Daily Kent Stater “Vampires: immortal, alluring, dangerous.” With these few words, Michelle Belanger summed up the characteristics that have drawn people to vampires for centuries. B e l a n g e r, a mo de r n - d ay vampire and vampire expert, sha red her k nowledge w it h a crowd of 150 people in the Kiva Friday night. Her lecture, “Vampires: The Real Underworld,” detailed the history of vampirism, as well as its evolution in popular culture. Belanger began by talking about the earliest vampires, who appeared

in Eastern European folklore. “Vampires of eastern European myth have a lot more to do with our fear about the dead,” Belanger said. The more modern-day perception of vampires began to emerge when vampires made their way from folklore into fiction in the late 1700s. Belanger then explained the transition of vampires from aristocratic womanizers, to monsters, to rock stars and sex symbols and eventually to more human figures. Belanger also addressed the use of vampires in shows like “The

Munsters,” “The Addams Family” and even “Sesame Street.” “You know something has really wormed its way into our culture when it becomes the focus of comedy and when it becomes something as lovable as Grandpa Munster,” she said. Belanger uses the term “the golden age of vampires” to describe the 1980s and 1990s, when the vampire became a sex symbol. This is also the era when vampires became associated with alternative subcultures. Belanger compared the vampire lifestyle to country music, which drew laughter from the

crowd. Belanger said the cowboy is very similar to the vampire, in that both are seen as “outsiders” and “rebels.” Belanger said she knows several sanguinarians, blood-drinking vampires, who are also nurses. “They don’t sneak snacks at work,” she joked.

Contact on-campus entertainment reporter Katie Young at kyoung15@kent.edu.

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FORUM

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SUMMARY: President Lefton was called by a Daily Kent Stater reporter about the riots on College Avenue, but he had no interest in much else besides being disturbed on a Saturday night.

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That’s all, Mr. President?

ear President Lefton: When one of our reporters called you at your home Saturday night, you didn’t seem too happy. You asked our reporter whether we thought it was appropriate to make such a call and then said you had no comment. Hundreds of protesters shouting. Fires burning near campus. Dozens and dozens of students arrested. Multiple departments dispatched to the scene. This wasn’t a small party gone awry — it was absolute chaos. Apparently all of this wasn’t worth a comment from the person we pay about $380,000 annually to lead this university. We rarely call you at home and would only do so in the most extreme circumstances. Your twice-a-month meetings with our administration reporter usually suffice.

Nonetheless, maybe you should have chosen your words a little more wisely Saturday night. If you were unaware of the situation unfolding, maybe you should have refrained from insulting student media and said you wanted to look more into the situation. Kent State and the City of Kent had an extremely embarrassing night. The actions of the students and police were both questionable. Your disregard for what was happening, however, only added to the embarrassment. The university community deserves more from its leader. You had an opportunity to lead during this crisis, and you failed. You expressed no concern for students who were being pelted by rubber bullets or thrown to the ground and handcuffed. You expressed no concern for the university, which sits a block away from where fires blazed. You only expressed concern

for being bothered on a Saturday night. As president of Kent State, you should pay extra attention to situations like these, considering what happened almost 40 years ago on this campus. Luckily, the university issued a FlashLine message and FlashAlert (albeit a bit late), but a comment from you was still absent. If you have something to say (and we hope you do), let us know. You’re supposed to be the voice for the institution. You still have an opportunity to make a statement, although it might be a bit tainted by your initial inaction. The university community is waiting to hear what you have to say.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board whose members are listed to the left.

DON WRIGHT’S VIEW

FROM THE EMERALD ISLE

A two-week Easter vacation plus six European cities Where did you go during spring break? Florida, maybe Cancun. That’s nice. Me? Oh, I traveled around Europe. My Easter vacation consisted of Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice, Italy, as well as Vienna, Austria, and Munich, Germany. Roman ruins, Michelangelo’s famous work, castles and cathedrals filled my days. I dined on gelato, pesto and wiener schnitzel. But most importantly, I met interesting people and had some unforgettable experiences. The night my friends and I arrived, we were introduced to Rome when a taxi driver told us to close our eyes, opening them when he told us to. Upon opening them, the Coliseum stood before us, spotlights illuminating the impressive structure. Walking around Rome, we also happened upon a communist rally. Seeing balloons and hearing music from a crowd of people, my initial thought was of a festival. “Why not check it out?” I thought. Once we got nearer, however, it was noticeable that the color red was everywhere. And while the signs people held were in another language, flags with the communist symbol explained their purpose. Then there was the day in Venice my friends and I spent wandering around. We were unable to find any sites and ended up asking at least a bazillion people how to get back to the train station. It was found after a kind person let us follow him back to the general area, pointing us in the right direction before departing. But once we reached the city of our hostel, we continued the day’s trend by asking more people, some of whom didn’t speak English, for directions because ours didn’t do the job. When passing people eating on a patio for the second time, going the opposite direction, we received funny looks. One man even pointed as he made a comment to the woman beside him, who was trying to push his hand down. Eventually, we did find the Venice hostel. And as we were led around the back to our rooms, we passed through a gate marked with a dentistry sign. Meanwhile, the friendly clerk was advising us on what to do if the hot water didn’t work, which it didn’t. The other hostels throughout the journey provided their share of interesting experiences as well. In Rome’s hostel, the wooden planks supporting my bed decided to fall

Kelly Byer out. With no open beds and no one to repair it on short notice, I ended up camping out on the floor with my mattress. In Vienna, the hostel was surprisingly pleasant. There was only the surprise of having desk clerks look up, saying, “Hi, how can I help you?” in almost perfect English, immediately after they had been conversing in German. I also realized what a small world it really is. Over the course of my travels, I met Americans almost everywhere, Italians in Germany and people from Northern Ireland at the Vienna hostel. One guy from Northern Ireland said he’d actually be attending the University of Ulster in Coleraine next year, which is where I am studying now. In Cinque Terre, five small towns on the western coast of Italy, there was a girl wearing an Ohio State T-shirt. One of my friends approached her as she got on a train with us and asked if she went to Ohio State. After finding out that she did, we informed her that we were from Ohio, too. As we continued talking about how odd it was that people from two Ohio colleges were in the same Italian city at the same time, some people sitting behind us turned around, asking if we were from Kent State. “We’re from Akron,” they replied. Imagine, traveling halfway across the world to find yourself sitting next to people from the same state and a neighboring university. But before I knew it, the trip was over. I was on a plane heading “home.” I had to say goodbye to my new friends and return to the familiarity of Northern Ireland. But I brought with me a bag full of souvenirs and memories of a trip that won’t easily be forgotten. Kelly Byer is a sophomore newspaper journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at kbyer@kent.edu. React to this story and more at KentNewsNet.com

ONCE FOR POSTERITY: SENIOR COLUMNS

People are strange In “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Blanche DuBois says she has always “depended on the kindness of strangers.” In my experience, strangers have been anything but kind. At least that was the case until I came to Kent State two years ago. I was riding a wave of disappointment; I was responsible for at least part it. The first day of classes terrified me, and I hadn’t even set foot in a classroom yet. I credit the first professor I met with changing my expectations of strangers. She parceled out encouragement even as she corrected papers. Before I realized what she was about, I had a job working for this paper. The first person I worked with here at the Stater didn’t hold my inexperience or who I was against me. They introduced me to a second person and a third, and so on. The strangers in the newsroom became coworkers, then colleagues and friends. Scratch that; these people who were strangers are like my family now. The professors whose classes I’ve taken have also become like family. There are the newsroom moms who tell us to go home when we’re not feeling well, feed us or sometimes just remind us not to worry about what we can’t change. I’ll be graduating in August, nearly two years to the day I started at Kent State. I’ve learned more from the strangers here

Brittany Moffat than in all my previous years of education and life experience. They taught me how to take my work seriously while celebrating the aspects that make it fun. In many cases, they taught me how to actually do my job. My classmates and friends have been as much my teachers as the professors have. They taught me that sometimes loyalty is rewarded. They taught me the value of speaking up, even when no one in a room knows your name or why you are there. They taught me that sometimes the best way to deal with frustration is to throw your baseball cap across the room. And sometimes it’s a bottle of $3 wine shared with friends after a long afternoon cooped up inside. They taught me the importance of being passionate about what I do — and of complimenting the work of others who are equally passionate.

They taught me the importance of not being intimidated in this profession just because someone thinks he or she has more experience or seniority or whatever over me. They taught me not to say “no” just because it’s more convenient. They taught me the value of being part of something larger than myself, especially when the end result is something joyous or horrific, and we need someone to turn to. And they taught me that sometimes all anyone needs is a dark room, a disco ball and blaring music to make the world all right. I’ll be leaving them in a little more than three months. I’m terrified again of what lies ahead of me — mostly because I don’t know what is ahead. But the strangers I’ve come to call my friends have cemented in my mind perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned in the last 10 years. They taught me to endure, to thrive and to give strangers a chance. For that, I will always be grateful.

Brittany Moffat is a senior magazine journalism major and a guest columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at bmoffat@kent.edu.

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Open letter to President Lefton Dear President Lefton: I understand that you were highly upset at being woken up to be asked about the disturbance in Kent on the night of April 25. I believe the direct quote is, “It was inappropriate for a reporter to call him at his home late on a Saturday night.” Well guess what, Mr. President, I believe both as a parent of a current Kent State student as well as an alumna that it was very appropriate that you be woken up, asked your opinion and, whether you liked it or not, be involved in a potentially

volatile situation that involved the students and residents and the city in which you live. My daughter felt that it was appropriate to notify me in the middle of the night. Multiple parents either were called or called their child in the middle of the night to ascertain their safety. That is what people do when they are concerned about something they care deeply about. And yet you thought it was inappropriate to be woken up about “your child,” Kent State University and its sur-

roundings. Hmmm … seems to me that the Board of Trustees hired you to be concerned about “your child,” yet you don’t want to be disturbed. President Lefton — you had a chance to show this university that you cared and guess what … you blew it. Thanks for showing me just what the money I, as well as the other parents of Kent State students, are spending it on.

Amy Siegfried is a guest columnist, 1982 Kent State graduate and resident of Riverside, Calif.


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RIOTS Questions burn after riots Students corroborated that story yesterday. “There were four or five cops, and they started arresting people on the sidewalk for open container. This girl’s friend got arrested and she went up to see why, then she got pushed down,” said Kirk Price, junior justice studies major. “People started throwing bottles after that, and the cops fired those rubber bullets right after.” Students said partygoers responded by starting a fire in the middle of East College Avenue. “The fires didn’t start first. I was running from the cops’ shots before any fires started,” said Lauren McCumber, junior integrated language arts major. Max Nixon, junior airport management major, began taking video between 7 and 7:30 p.m., after what people are calling “the push,” when he said an officer shoved a girl onto the pavement while she was apparently inquiring about the arrest of a friend. Nixon captured video as the girl, who was pushed, went back to talk to officers again. His video is posted on YouTube. “The officer kind of rushes over to the female and arrests her (in the video). He pushes her around and swings her around,” Nixon said. “In my opinion it was excessive force.” Nixon said beer bottle throwing that followed this scene was in direct response to “the push.” He said officers retreated to the dead end of East College Avenue, where they regrouped and later advanced down the street to disperse students using paintball guns and tear gas. “I was told they just blindly fired rubber bullets into the crowd to disperse the crowd,” Nixon said. Flames and smoke licked tree branches hanging over the street where students had climbed for a better view. John Tosko, Kent City Fire Department captain, said firefighters received a call at 8:19 p.m. and arrived at the scene shortly after. They had to wait for police to clear the streets before trucks could get to the fire. “(The fire) didn’t look like it was going to spread anywhere,” Tosko said. “We were worried about the electrical wires, so we called the power company.” Tosko said firefighters met with police to form a game plan to safely extinguish the flames. “Police had to get enough officers together to form a large enough group to safely go down and clear the street of partiers,” he said. “It took a little while to get everybody together. Once we did, we were able to get down the street to put the fire

out between 9 and 9:30 p.m. “Police kind of put people toward campus. They were lighting other fires as they were retreating,” he said. “It was a pretty good fire. We were putting the main one out; then from the other end, three other fires started. We got those out, too.” Tosko said firefighters were hit by glass bottles, but no one was seriously injured. Extra ambulances were called to the scene in case of injuries as a precautionary measure. Tosko said the fire department was well prepared and able to call in extra manpower from local stations. The police department’s press release makes no mention of the methods police used to disperse the crowds, and dispatchers said a new press release will be available today. Officers at the scene late Saturday night weren’t in yesterday to comment about the events. Students said they were hit by rubber bullets and paintballs filled with mace.

Cleaning up and moving forward

The Health Department issued about 10 citations to East College Avenue residents whose lawns had not been cleaned by 10:30 a.m. yesterday when commissioner John Ferlito went door to door. “I told them they had to clean up their front yards, and I asked them to clean the street,” Ferlito said, adding that students were asked to clean their yards by 5 p.m. “This doesn’t give us a good image. It makes it sound like college kids are always partying when most of the students aren’t that way,” he said. “I have nothing against partying if you do it responsibly.” Ward 5 City Council member Heidi Shaffer, whose jurisdiction includes East College Avenue, said she was disappointed by the events. “I think this is going to set us back. It’s difficult for residents who see this kind of behavior to have a good impression (of students),” Shaffer said, adding that she plans to look into reports that police used unnecessary force on partygoers. Shaffer said some students she talked to said they expected the city to clean up the streets and repair

the damages. “We can’t afford, as a city, to go in and replace all (the street signs) without someone taking responsibility for it,” Shaffer said. Shaffer plans to meet with Greg Jarvie, associate vice president and dean of students, this week to address upcoming parties this semester. “I think we are going to be talking about this for a while,” Shaffer said. Saturday’s events come eight years after 40 people were arrested for flipping cars and setting dumpsters on fire at University Townhomes. Tosko said there was more damage in 2001 but that this event was similar. “This is probably the worst since then,” he said. Ferlito agreed that the scene in 2001 was worse. “Students were setting cars on fire,” he said.

The university responds

University officials issued a statement at 12:23 a.m. yesterday after things calmed down, saying they were disappointed in the events that occurred and found the behavior inexcusable. President Lester Lefton would not comment on the incident and said it was inappropriate for a reporter to call him at his home late on a Saturday night. Jarvie would not comment because he said it was family time. Pete Goldsmith, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, did comment. “My current belief is that there was too much alcohol in too long a period,” Goldsmith said, adding alcohol was a fuel and students used poor judgment and didn’t respond when police intervened. “I think the issue is that it really isn’t appropriate to throw bottles or rocks at police or anyone else or set fires in the middle of the street,” Goldsmith said. Contact public affairs reporter Kristine Gill at kgill2@kent.edu. Regina Garcia Cano, Ted Hamilton, Nicole Stempak, Christina Thomas, Caitlyn Wachovec and Ben Wolford contributed to this story. React to this story and more at KentNewsNet.com

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RELAY ‘You inspire us with your strength, and we celebrate you’ “You inspire us with your strength, and we celebrate you,” Kessler said during the ceremony. Louise Ditchey, academic program director of the graduate school of management, was one of the survivors. Ditchey said in 1993 she received the diagnosis of having Hodgkin’s Disease, a type of lymphoma, which deals with the immune system. She said she experienced both chemotherapy and radiation before becoming cancer free. Ditchey said the support of her friends, family and coworkers is what kept her going. Ditchey has participated in the Kent State Relay for Life for the past four years. She said she and other survivors appreciate the effort Kent State students put into making it work. “Students take the leadership roles, and survivors just want to say thank you,” Ditchey said. Sandra Montgomery, assistant director of student financial aid, said the support is “kind of overwhelming.” Montgomery, a 1990 Kent State graduate, said she in part came to Relay for Life in remembrance of her son, Brian, who passed away in 2006 from brain cancer. She said doctors diagnosed Brian when he was 7. He went through chemotherapy and radiation treatment before falling to cancer. Montgomery said she also came to support Brian’s Buddies & Blankets, an organization set in remembrance of her son, which raises money that goes to the research of children’s cancer and brain tumor research. “You hear about it, but you never think it will happen to you,” she said. Senior theater major Molly Maclagan said she didn’t understand her diagnosis at first. “At first, I didn’t understand the doctor was telling me I had cancer,” Maclagan said. She said she was 15 years old when the doctors diagnosed her with melanoma, a type of skin cancer. She said she had a cancerous mole, which the doctors were able to identify early and remove. Maclagan said her case isn’t as severe as some others, but she feels compelled to come out and support others. “I owe it to the people who caught my cancer early on,” Maclagan said. She said she understands the

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Luminaries line the track at Relay for Life on Saturday evening. anxiety of first being diagnosed. “It messes with you until you know you’re clear,” Maclagan said. “You’re always wondering if it’s your last time visiting your grandparents or last time riding a roller coaster.” Katie Cleary, senior political science major, said she is familiar with losing time with grandparents. Cleary said her grandmother died when she was 6 and her grandfather when she was 7, both because of cancer. She said Relay for Life is a great way to advocate for a cure for cancer so people can “get to know their grandparents.” Kessler said she estimated nearly 3,000 people attended the event. A handful of the attendees decided to take the challenge of walking for the entire 24 hours. Two of them were couple Jon Berry, senior flight technology major, and Andrea Premraj, senior biological chemistry major. Berry said this year was his third year participating in Relay for Life. He said he is in part walking for a 3-year-old he knows with an inoperable brain tumor.

“I hope doing this brings more awareness about the cause,” Berry said. Premraj said this was her fourth time walking for 24 hours straight and sixth year in Relay for Life. “It hurts a lot,” Premraj said, “but just imagine what cancer patients have to go through.” She said she worked in a hospital and saw the consequences of cancer first hand. “It touched my heart to see kids in chemo and parents in chemo,” Premraj said. The night proved important for Premraj and Berry for another reason. Berry said he planned for about six months before he mustered the courage to “pop the question.” Berry said he chose to do it at Relay for Life because he knew the importance of the event to Premraj.

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Women’s golf wins 11th straight title Team wins MAC Championships by 39 strokes Caleb Raubenolt

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Redshirt freshman defensive back Mark Follen goes after a fumble during the Blue and Gold scrimmage on Friday night. The Gold team won 3-0.

Offense falls flat again Flashes score three points in last scrimmage Josh Johnston

Daily Kent Stater S ophomor e pu nt er Mat t Rinehart got a good workout out of Friday night’s Blue and Gold football scrimmage. The offense was another story. Rinehart punted 10 times in a 60-minute, running-clock scrimmage where Kent State’s defense ruled the show. The Gold team beat the Blue team 3-0 behind a 36-yard field goal into the wind by junior Will Kandray. While Kent State coach Doug Martin said he was intentionally holding back the offense Friday night, sophomore

and senior quarterbacks Giorgio Morgan and Anthony Magazu were less than pleased with their performances. “Me and Giorgio, we’re both upset,” Magazu said. “We wanted to come out of this scrimmage with no turnovers, which we both did, but we’ve got to put points up. That’s disappointing.” Neither quarterback posted lengthy drives, but both had promising starts. Morgan connected on his first two passes — for 5 and 7 yards respectively — and Magazu found a receiver under the coverage for 20 yards on his first attempt. The defense pressured both Morgan and Magazu throughout the night, sacking them six times and forcing them to run on numerous occasions. Still, neither quarterback turned the ball over. “The thing that they both did was they didn’t really make any mental mistakes, either one of them,” Martin said. “I really thought that was probably their

best scrimmage.” Senior running back Eugene Jarvis made just one carry for 3 yards, fielding punts for the rest of the night. Without Jarvis or junior Andre Flowers, sophomore Jacquise “Speedy” Terry and junior Alan Vanderink led the ground attack. Terry rushed for 22 yards on nine carries, while Vanderink totaled 24 yards on 12 carries. “Alan’s had a great spring,” Martin said. “He always makes positive yards. Jacquise has just gotten better and better. He’s still got to get a little better protecting the quarterback on pass protections, but we’ve really got four quality running backs.” In the fourth quarter, sophomore quarterback Sal Battles nearly led the Gold team to a touchdown, marching the offense to the 6-yard line. However, sophomore Marc Lechlitner intercepted his pass over the middle in the end zone to end the threat. Despite the low-scoring affair,

Martin said the most important thing is that the team is healthy. “We had a really healthy spring, and we’ve done a lot of contact,” he said. “I think that’s a testament of how hard our kids have worked.” Still, the Flashes’ offense has a long way to go before the season begins on Sept. 3, Morgan said. “When you come out to your spring game, you’ve got to have some explosion — you’ve got to have some positive,” Morgan said. “I mean, yes, the turnover margin was a positive, but still you’ve got to come out with points. “To put a goose egg on the board, that’s just inexcusable. We’ve got a whole lot of work to do.” Contact sports reporter Josh Johnston at jjohns64@kent.edu. React to this story and more at KentNewsNet.com

NASHPORT — Winning 11 consecutive conference titles is an impressive accomplishment. The Kent State women’s golf team achieved that over the weekend in dominating fashion. The Flashes won this weekend’s Mid-American Conference Championship at Longaberger Golf Club by 39 strokes, with every golfer finishing in the top 10. Going into yesterday’s final round, the Flashes held a 29-stroke lead atop the team leaderboard, well ahead of conference runnerup Eastern Michigan. And when Kent State sank its final putt of the day, that lead had been increased by the team’s lowest round of the tournament, a 4-over-par 292. “What I’m really happy about is how well we played as a team (on) these last 18 holes on a hard golf course,” Kent State coach Mike Morrow said. “It was a really strong finish for the MAC Championships.” In its 11th year as a program at Kent State, the women’s golf team has finished in first place every year in the conference tournament. The key to its streaking success, Morrow said, begins with strong leadership and consistency. “When the young players come in, they see how the upperclassmen handle themselves and the expectations,” Morrow said. “They executed today. We don’t really make drastic changes, and we keep positive attitudes. Success breeds success.” After dominating on the course, the Flashes impressed the crowd at the Longaberger Golf Club even

more at the awards ceremony, with three team members earning conference awards. Freshman Mercedes Germino, who won the tournament by one stroke over senior teammate Kirby Dreher, was named MAC Freshman of the Year. Dreher, who finished yesterday’s action with a tournamentlow 71, earned MAC Player of the Year. Sophomore Martina Gavier, along with Dreher and Germino, was named to the MAC First Team. With three holes remaining, G e r m i n o a n d D re h e r w e re tied at 14-over-par for the top individual golfer. Dreher then carded a birdie on the par-5 16th hole, only to be answered by an eagle from Germino. “I was so happy,” Germino said about making the shot. “In the hole before, I had a really bad hole, so I tried to take it easy and hit better.” Along with Germino and Dreher, senior Maddi Swaney, Gavier and freshman Mandi Morrow all placed in the top 10. “I’m very happy. I’m mostly happy for the team — we golfed amazing,” Germino said. The MAC also honored Morrow with his ninth Coach of the Year award. “I always say if we get a little better each day, these results will take care of themselves,” Morrow said. “I think a lot of people know how good we’ve been with our consistency over the years, and winning the conference championships is always a start.” The women’s golf team will compete next at the NCAA Regionals from May 7 to May 9, with the location to be announced this afternoon. “(Winning the MAC) is our first goal,” Morrow said. “Making it out of regionals (is another), and (so is) getting our highest finish ever at the national tournament.”

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Sophomore Martina Gavier hugs freshman Mercedes Germino after Germino made her last putt on the 18th hole, making her the Mid-American Conference champion.

Baseball team takes over first place with weekend series win Flashes win two out of three games with Ohio Cody Erbacher

Daily Kent Stater The Kent State baseball team moved into first place in the MidAmerican Conference after beating Ohio 8-5 yesterday in Athens. The Flashes moved a halfgame ahead of the Bobcats after winning two out of the three games this weekend. The Flashes won Saturday’s game with a 28-16 score, while they lost 17-8 on Friday. Yesterday’s game showcased pitching instead of the batting

frenzy of the previous two games. “The wind wasn’t blowing out as much during the game compared to (Saturday’s) game,” freshman closer Andrew Chafin said. Sophomore Kyle Hallock started for the Flashes yesterday. Hallock entered the first with a comfortable five-run lead, but that quickly changed after the Bobcats scored four runs. The score remained 5-4 until the bottom of the fifth, when Ohio right fielder Hayden Johnston hit a solo home run to tie the game. After Hallock left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Flashes’ pitching staff gave up no more runs. Hallock gave up five runs on

seven hits. Two of the runs were unearned because they were scored off errors in the first and fifth innings. The teams were still tied until the sixth inning, when senior designated hitter Ryan Mitchell hit a two-run homer to give the team a 7-5 lead. Junior Jon Pokorny got the win in relief, pitching through the seventh inning after entering the game for Hallock in the fifth. Pokorny had two strikeouts and gave up three hits in 2 2/3 innings. The Flashes got an extra insurance run in the ninth when freshman second baseman Jimmy Rider hit a sacrifice fly to score junior catcher Cory Hindel. Chafin entered the game in the eighth and struck out three batters in two innings to end the game and earn his seventh save this season. “I just wanted to go in, shut them down and let my defense work behind me,” he said.

The two teams’ offensive efforts yesterday seem positively tame compared to Saturday’s game, when the teams combined for 44 runs and 46 hits. The victories Saturday and yesterday were enough to move the Flashes ahead of Ohio and into first place in the MAC. Ohio had a halfgame lead going into the weekend. Chafin said the Flashes are happy to be in first place now, but it’s not that big of a deal to the team. “It doesn’t matter where we’re at right now because it matters where we finish up,” he said. The team travels to Pittsburgh on Wednesday to take on Duquesne in a doubleheader. Contact sports correspondent Cody Erbacher at cerbache@kent.edu. React to this story and more at KentNewsNet.com

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Sophomore Kyle Hallock pitches during yesterday afternoon’s game at Ohio. The Flashes won 8-5.


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Avail for Aug- 3 & 4 bdrm apts Summit & Willow locations prices starting at $375 pr rm. includes some utilities 330-678-3047 www.BuckeyeParksMgmt.com Avail for Aug-2 bdrm duplex, large rooms, hardwood floors, $425 per room. Includes all utilities. 3 3 0 - 6 7 8 - 3 0 4 7 www.BuckeyeParksMgmt.com Avail. for Aug- 3 & 4 bdrm. townhouses, LARGE rooms, close to downtown, includes ALL utilities $395 pr rm 330-678-3047 www.BuckeyeParksMgmt.com , 2/3/4/5 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, W/D, central A/C. $240 per bedroom + utilities. Call 330-678-4248 or go to www.university-townhomes.com. We accept Credit Cards!

Oakhaven Condo 2 bdrm 1.5 BA $725 plus dep. heat & water pd. off street parking shown by appt. 800341-4002 pin 7368. Whitehall East 4 or 5 BR, 3 bath, A/ C, W/D. Avail. in fall ‘09. Rent as low as $260/ month per BR. Call 440-543-1388.

Nice 5 BR, 2 BA, 2 kitchen house close to campus $425/BR/mo. + utils. 330 554-8516 or 330-554-1491

2 bdrm. 1 ba. duplex. New kitch., & carpets, full basement. Near KSU, $700/mo. + util. 208-870-3611 Avail. Now! 2 Bdrm. Pets welcome. Heat and water provided + other utilities. $725/mo. 330-388-0325.

New envir. friendly, customizable condos, avail. for lease/sale. Brady Lake Road. 440.334.6032 Clean, quiet studio loft apt. Located at Park and Mantua $450/mo + electric and security. 330-677-4778 Kent Condo. Close to KSU. 2 bdrm, 1.5 ba. Heat,incl. No pets. $725/mo. Ask about student special. 216926-8739

1 bedroom apts. great location 224 E. Main St. available June 1. and Aug. 1 rent $450 - $500 plus electric. Call (330) 518- 6591.

2 bedroom condo available June 1. $375.per bedroom plus electric. Call (330) 518-6591. 6 Bedroom house located at 119 S. Mantua St. 2 blocks from downtown available for fall semester $350. per bedroom. Call (330) 518-6591.

Rooms for fall. NON-SMOKING HOUSE. 1 blk from campus. $330/ mo INCLUDES utils, cbl & internet. Caring landlord. Ask my tenants. Chris Myers (330-678-6984) 2 Bdrm, 1.5 bath condo, updated, all appliances, FREE HEAT. 1 Block to KSU. Leasing for August. No pets. 330-957-3083

Still thinking we’re a hotel? THINK AGAIN! Studio, one & two bdrms available NOW & FOR FALL! Stop in & see what you’re missing! University Inn 330-678-0123. We give you MORE than you EXPECT! Duplex for rent. Avail. fall semester. On E. Summit, across from campus. $345/person. plus util. - 2/ 3 bedrooms. 216-407-6703.

Room for rent on S. Water Street in Kent. Close to downtown and bus service. $245/mo includes utilities and parking. Call 330-256-6061 University Townhome 4/5 bdrm available for fall. $260/room. Call 330-626-4694 or 330-554-7844.

Services

WANTED: locker in men’s locker room at Rec Center, will give $500, contact 672-2770 or 330-351-0353


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Daily Kent Stater

THE COLLEGE FEST RIOT

Students gathering on East College Avenue shout “KSU” Saturday night during the College Fest riot. The large crowd dispersed after tear gas and rubber bullets were used.

RACHEL KILROY | DAILY KENT STATER

REACTION TO THE COLLEGE FEST RIOTS “The students were definitely not acting appropriate, but the police didn’t help things, either.” — Corey Williams, senior international relations major, shot at with paintballs while sitting on the roof of his house on College Avenue “From what I saw, the cops started getting more aggressive than the people.” — Brianna Foreman, sophomore exploratory major “Everyone could see the girl’s friend getting arrested from their front porches, so everyone saw her get pushed by the cop, and she fell over — that’s when people got angry.” — Kirk Price, junior justice studies major “I’ve lived here for 23 years, and it seems like having College Fest is a rite of passage for the spring. The cops break it up every year, but this year was the biggest riot.” — Craig Russell, Kent resident at 417 East College Ave. “What a shame. It’s such a disappointment.” — Heidi Shaffer, Ward 5 City Council member “Have a good party and have fun, but clean up.” — John Ferlito, commissioner of Kent City Health Department

GLENNIS SIEGFRIED | DAILY KENT STATER

Students use snow shovels to clean up the beer cans, glass bottles and plastic cups outside their home yesterday morning. East College Avenue was littered with remnants of Saturday’s College Fest activities.

KATIE ROUPE | DAILY KENT STATER

While one student runs away from the riot, others, showing the peace sign, watch as firemen extinguish the first fire. Crowds began to disperse once the police reached Sherman Street.

RACHEL KILROY | DAILY KENT STATER

Students cheer as a couch is thrown into a fire on East College Avenue Saturday night. Other items thrown into the fire included picnic tables, alcohol and an entertainment center.

DANIEL R. DOHERTY | DAILY KENT STATER

A student gestures with peace signs as the SWAT team marches down East College Avenue. The SWAT members progressed toward Lincoln Street as rioters fled.

RACHEL KILROY | DAILY KENT STATER

Students scream and shout while setting things on fire Saturday night on East College Avenue. Four fires were ignited on the street after rioters grabbed furnishings from houses on the street.

College Fest 2009  

From the Daily Kent Stater archives.