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High on-campus food costs cover more than just food

KSU evaluates process of finding ASL interpreters

Courtney Kerrigan

University says current process hasn’t worked

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t’s no question that the price of food on campus is more expensive than most places off campus. Suspicions loom and opinions ensue, misleading more and more students to believe Kent State is stealing money from right underneath them. Sophomore art education major Alex Murphy has been using the meal plan for two years and believes it’s just another way that Kent State is “ripping off” students. “I feel like there is no sufficient reason for the prices to be higher than in a store,” Murphy

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said. “I just don’t understand why I pay about $6 for a box of cereal anywhere on campus when it costs $3 at a store.” Much like Murphy, many students don’t know the real reasons for the high cost of food. The meal plan prices are determined by taking into consideration the way students eat, and the overhead costs it takes to operate the food units on campus, such as equipment, renovations and general upkeep, said Rich Roldan, director of Dining Services. “One of the things people don’t realize is that nine months out of the year, students are here, but for 12 months we’re maintaining the buildings,” Roldan said. Because the meal plans are determined based on a 12-month period, students don’t get what money they have left over at the end of the year on the basic and light meal plans. “We come up with the prices for the meal plans to make sure it covers all our expenses at the end of the year,” Roldan said. “It will take the value away from the plan if we start allowing people to take the money, and the minute we start refunding, we shut down.” There was a 4.9 percent increase in meal plan prices from the 2008-2009 to the 20092010 school year, mainly because of the recent economy, Roldan said. “The cost of doing business drives the prices of the meal plans and what we’re required to do,” he said. Roldan emphasized that the majority of students end up spending all of the money on their meal plans, and that a lot of people overspend and end up putting more money on their Flashcards.

‘The cost of doing business’

Kelly Petryszyn

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Eastway: $3.79

Walmart: $1.72

For years, deaf faculty members say, Kent State hasn’t addressed — or even noticed — the struggles they had getting interpreters for out-of-class meetings and events. Now the university is trying to change that. “We failed,” said Alfreda Brown, vice president of diversi-

ty, equity and inclusion. “Whatever we have in place — it hasn’t really worked. “I read the procedure. We need a process that wasn’t so cumbersome.” Under the current procedure, deaf faculty members requested an interpreter through the department or the organization hosting the event. The hosting department then had to fill out a form with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to get the interpreter fee reimbursed. See DEAF, Page 5



Eastway: $5.98

Walmart: $4.28

A new committee is improving the procedure for accommodations requests for easier access, better communication and more education on Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The committee was charged with making recommendations to the administration about the top three or four challenges associated with Title 1. The recommendations have yet to be submitted, said Belinda Duncan, a member of the committee who also holds the new position of equal opportunity and diversity training manager in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Her new position will make her the adviser on the Americans with Disabilities Act. She said the recommendations could be implemented as early as Fall 2010. See COMMITTEE, Page 5



Eastway: $3.79

Walmart: $2.92

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See MEAL PLANS, Page 5

Pringles Original Eastway: $1.89

Walmart: $1.50


Eastway: $3.99

Walmart: $2.88

Making the world aware one vagina at a time 90 percent of proceeds donated to Townhall II Lauren Vogel

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Sara Gedeon, first-year deaf education graduate student, performs at the Kiva during the “Vagina Monologues” on Friday. The group of skits brought awareness to women's health issues.

The hilarious and often shocking “Vagina Monologues,” a series written by Eve Ensler, was performed this weekend in Kent in honor of V-Day, a global movement to end violence towards women. “It’s really important that people are aware of different issues going on with women, how women are sexually assaulted all the time, every second, especially in other countries,” said Gabrielle Bonar, senior and member of the Women’s Liberation Collective. “Maybe if we’re more aware, we can work to stop it.” Of the three performances, 90 percent of the proceeds were donated to a sexual assault prevention program for teens and young adults available at Townhall II in Kent. Townhall II provides 24-hour hotlines, free clinics for uninsured adults, chemical dependency rehabilitation programs, a halfway house and a rape crisis center. See MONOLOGUES, Page 5


Prosecuting attorney Connie Lewandowski shows the jury police photos of Adrian Barker’s hand from the night Christopher Kernich was assaulted.

Jefferson subpoenaed to appear in court today Barker trial continues Anthony Holloway Josh Johnston Daily Kent Stater

Jurors will hear from the man who was with Adrian Barker and Ronald Kelly the night Kent State student Christopher Kernich was assaulted when Glen Jefferson Jr., takes the stand this week.

The star prosecution witness in the murder trial of Barker, Jefferson, is expected to appear in court today after being subpoenaed Friday by Barker’s attorney, Scott Michael Lear, according to online court records. Jefferson was Kelly’s roommate at the University of Akron and drove Barker and Kelly around Kent the night of the assault on Nov. 15, 2009. See TRIAL, Page 5

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POLICE BLOTTER The blotter is a record of charges filed by the police. The listings do not represent convictions or reflect guilt. It is the Daily Kent Stater’s policy to publish on-campus and off campus arrests, charges and incidents of interest to the public.


WEDNESDAY n Cameron M. Miller, 23, of Kent was charged with domestic violence and unlawful arrest at the 900 block of Walnut Street. THURSDAY n Duane J. Miller, 45, of Kent was charged with drunken driving at the 100 block of Franklin Avenue. n Justin M. Moran, 22, of Kent was charged with felonious assault at the 1300 block of West Main Street. FRIDAY n Holly K. Knapp, 23, of Stow was charged with drunken driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at the intersection of Cuyahoga Street and Hudson Drive. n Jodi L. Supel, 35, of Atwater was charged with public intoxication at the 100 block of North Water Street. n William E. Schuler, 34, of Kent was charged with physical control at the 100 block of North Water Street. n Maxwell T. Wiseman, 22, of Copley was charged with public intoxication at the 100 block of North Water Street. n Kyle L. Sonagere, 20, of Salem was charged with disorderly conduct at the 100 block of South Water Street. n Trenton J. Kerpsack, 19, of Canfield was charged with underage consumption at the 200 block of College Avenue.


THURSDAY n An alcohol violation was reported at Fletcher Hall and the Verder C-lot. n Trenton D. McConnell, 20, of Elyria, was charged with underage drinking at the Wright R-6 lot. FRIDAY n Criminal damage was reported at Fletcher and Manchester halls. n Disorderly conduct was reported at Dunbar Hall. n An assault was reported at Terrace Hall. n Trenton D. McConnell, 20, of Elyria was charged with disorderly conduct at Wright Hall. n Kaleigh E. Briner, 19, of Concord was charged with disorderly conduct at Wright Hall. n Joseph G. Steward, 20, of Strongsville was charged with underage drinking on the Esplanade near Rockwell Hall.

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Celebration welcomes springtime Students add American flair to Indian holiday Bethany English

Daily Kent Stater Colors swirled across the stage, shimmering like a mirage of vivid purples, blues, greens and golds, as students in sparkling beaded outfits danced to the pulsing Indian music. The Indian Student Organization coordinated an evening to celebrate the Indian spring festival of colors called Holi, which is the second biggest Indian celebration after Diwali, the festival of lights. Sahil Pandya, a senior in the NEOUCOM program, said the festival is not just a celebration of spring. According to a traditional story, it is also the celebration of good conquering evil. Pandya explained that according to the story, people used to hide in their homes and not come out in the spring because of the evil in the world. Once good triumphed, the people came out and celebrated by dancing and singing. “It’s a big part of our culture, dancing and singing,” said Siri Hiremath, a senior in NEOUCOM program and secretary of the Indian Student Organization. Hiremath said many of her friends have been singing and dancing since they were very young. Although the celebration occurs all throughout India, the country celebrates in different ways depending on the region. Rakesh Sharma, the father


Members of the Indian Student Organization perform “Dandiya Dhamaka” during the Kent State Holi show Saturday night. Holi is the Indian spring festival of colors that includes singing and dancing. of Neel Sharma, a senior in the NEOUCOM program, said the students at Kent State are able to celebrate Holi in a unique way. If they lived in India, the way they celebrate would be “regionalized,” he said, and they would not have the opportunity to be exposed to all the other forms of celebration. The students even added some modern American flair in a performance, where one group did hiphop and another group did bhangra, a type of Indian dance. Toward the end of this performance the two groups merged together with a mix of the two styles and created a new dance form. “They can take the best of both worlds and put them together,” said Purnima Sharma, mother of Neel Sharma. “Everything comes together in a fusion dance.” Many students who were not

ONLINE Watch an audio slideshow of the celebration at of Indian descent participated in the festival. They dressed in traditional clothing and kept pace as they performed along with their friends. “It’s wonderful our children who are born here try to keep up with our culture and traditions,” Geetha Hiremath, mother of Siri, said. “It’s even nicer,” Hiremath added, “that everyone who’s American joins in.” Contact international affairs reporter Bethany English at React to this story and more at

New tree at Stark Campus honors Earth Day Despite the foreboding skies and autumnal temperatures, Kent State Stark’s annual Earth Day celebration went off without a hitch. The day began the planting of a red oak tree. Senior Groundskeeper Greg Walker was one of four people that helped physically plant the tree. Facilities Manager Brent Wood, Interim Dean Ruth Capasso and a student also helped with the planting. This

is the third tree planted for Earth Day at the Stark Campus. “It’s a slow-growing tree,” Walker said. “Over 50 years, the red oak will grow to 75–100 feet.” There were a multitude of different events for people to enjoy, including presentations by the Garbage Busters, musician and storyteller Foster Brown and the Terrific Trash Toccata (a group that performs music using recycled materials).

Katie Long, senior applied communications major and member of the Stark Communications Society, understands why a celebration such as this is important. “I think Earth Day helps people take the time to reflect on what we have and what the Earth provides,” Long said. “I don’t think people take the time to reflect enough.” — Kyle Nelson

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Where: Art building When: 10 a.m. n Relay for Life information

table Where: Student Center lobby When: 11 a.m. n Beyond the Media

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n Jewelry table

Where: Art building When: 10 a.m. n Relay for Life information

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n The Marijuana-Logues

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show Where: Risman Plaza When: 5 p.m. n Yoga

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n 8 ball tournament

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n “Campus Conversations”

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n Relay for Life information

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Association meeting Where: Business Administration Building Room 106 When: 4:30 p.m. n Flicks Fest

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n Relay for Life information

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n Karaoke

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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7. Almost everything falls into place when you wish for it. Enjoy this fleeting moment. Persuade others to think big and ask for the moon.


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FAMOUS QUOTE “Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so.” — David Grayson


SUMMARY: This year’s May 4 commemoration includes a group of speakers who we worry won’t be able to relate to the younger generations. If the significance of May 4, 1970, is truly to live on, people who our generation can actually relate to and learn from should have been invited.


May 4 speakers disappoint On May 4 every year, hundreds travel to Kent to listen to speakers and remember the day together. But this year, with the 40th anniversary fast approaching, the talk has gone beyond just Kent. More people than usual — an entire generation that was moved by the events and others who have since been touched — will be coming from all over to commemorate. And many of them, in addition to current students, have been wondering for some time what speakers the May 4 Task Force would bring in for this monumental day. In choosing speakers for this very important day, the May 4 Task Force should look to reach all groups of people who will be present: students, parents, alumni, faculty and more. And in terms of bringing in speakers who would truly make May 4, 2010, memorable — and relevant — to all, we’re disappointed for the most part in their choices. To give credit where it’s due, Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who is speaking May 3, is a great

choice for this year’s commemoration. A leader of the American Civil Rights movement, Lewis witnessed the many social movements of the 1960s and has served in Congress since 1986. He’s been both a civil rights leader and a leader of the nation itself. His speech is titled “Coming Full Circle: Democracy, Engagement, and Social Change,” and we hope he will be able to give a full circle kind of perspective. On the other hand, headline speakers for May 4 itself include Bobby Seale, a Black Panther leader, and Mark Rudd, who helped form the group called Weatherman, which opposed the Vietnam War. They’ve got the cream of the crop in terms of militant speakers, but we have to ask ourselves whether this is the message that they really want to send. Time and time again, the May 4 Task Force has emphasized that they want today’s students to be able to relate to May 4. After all, we are the generation that will carry the significance of this day on once the generation that witnessed the events firsthand is gone.

The average student doesn’t know anything about the Black Panthers or Weatherman, giving them little motivation to come and hear what these people have to say. We weren’t here for the civil rights movement or the 1960s anti-war movement, but there is a new anti-war movement going on today. Reaching into that spectrum of speakers — who might be able to connect yesterday’s issues with today’s — might be able to bridge the disconnect between today’s students and May 4. It’s a disconnect that needs to be bridged if the true significance of May 4, 1970, is to live on. The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board, whose members are listed to the left. React to this story and more at

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It’s time to grow up It was the first week of the fall semester in 2005. This campus was a brand new world to me that I found both intimidating and exciting. Back then, my priorities were radically different. I had money from school loans, a seemingly endless food plan, no job, no curfew and no responsibilities. Back then, making it to class came second to fun. Those rum hangovers only went away if you slept past 2 p.m. and smashed a wrap from Rosie’s in your PJs. And are you really going to make it to Intro to Sociology when it’s 80 degrees out and you got invited to that house party on Water Street? If you’re at all like me, you’re probably going to the nearest ATM and then hoofing it to the gas station where that “cool” guy works who doesn’t mind if you left your ID in your other pants. The world was ripe with freedom and adventure, and I wanted a taste. Back then, class seemed to get in the way of my top priority: having fun. Besides, it’s much more punk rock to ditch class. Studying for three tests a semester was a lot of work at one time, and the dreaded all-essay Bluebook exam felt like cruel and unusual punishment. And then I grew up. By the fall of 2007, I had to have a job to pay for my new apartment, my car and my food because as it turns out, rent doesn’t include a meal plan in the real world. I attended class full-time, worked full-time and had a beat with the Daily Kent Stater. Classes became more difficult, and skipping almost guaranteed you would fall behind. Spending time with friends became a luxury. I still had fun, but school came first. I remember some days wondering if it was worth it to keep trying so hard. It would have been just as easy to give up or sleep through class. I chose to keep pushing myself, and here I am about to graduate.

Jeremy Nobile Yet, it seems like for every student who perseveres, two more drop out. Usually, it’s the students’ faults. Know that the path you chose throughout your college career is a reflection of your maturity. And it’s time to grow up. If there is any bit of advice I have to share with you, the students, it’s this: Go to class. When it comes down to it, you’re here to be a more educated individual because that means a higher income. It costs thousands of dollars just to be enrolled here, and whether it’s yours or your parent’s money, you’re wasting it when you ditch. So next time, reconsider if it’s really worth sleeping through that morning session. It’s immature, and you’re an adult now. Furthermore, when you pay tuition and miss class, you’re basically giving this multi-million dollar institution a handout. Do your parents have money like that to throw away? Do you? If you did, you probably wouldn’t be in school to get a degree and a decent-paying job. So commit, be responsible, go to class, put forth the effort and you will succeed. Or don’t. After all, it’s easier to apply yourself to beer pong than learning. Will you let your college experience be a roadblock in life or a launch pad to a successful future? The choice is yours. Jeremy Nobile is a senior newspaper journalism major and guest columnist for the React to this story and more at

For the first time in my life... If there is one quote that sums up the mood in our country this past year, it’s from wacky conservative activist and former Saturday Night Live actress Victoria Jackson: “ We l l , I ’ v e n e v e r b e e n involved in politics. ‘Cuz it’s just neh neh neh, neh neh neh. But all of a sudden it was, it was: Oh, Hillary Clinton is a socialist, she wants to socialize medicine. Well, I’ll have to vote against her. And then all of a sudden a communist (Obama) appears! Out of nowhere! And that’s when I started to get involved. So I did research.” While there is no doubt Jackson is crazy, she is really not that far off in showing how many Americans feel today. As I’ve written before, I live in a dominantly conservative district (my representative is currently on Sarah Palin’s hit list of

Frank Yonkof vulnerable congressmen), and the local newspaper is filled with letters to the editor that are becoming more politically intense every week. Most of the time, they are from conservatives who seem to be obsessed with the “socialist” in the White House. A reoccurring theme lately has been testimonials from people who have never been involved in the political process, but have been forced to take a stand against Washington elites. See YONKOF, Page 5

Identity crisis Well, in the words of LeBron James, we’ve been waiting for this since Game Six of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals. But James, despite being three years my senior, seems to have more of a short-term memory than myself. It’s playoff time, and I’m starting to conjure up all kinds of memories. I’ve been waiting for this since the Cavs got swept by the Spurs in the NBA Finals in 2007. I’ve been waiting since the Indians lost in seven against the who-the-hell-are-they Florida Marlins in 1997, back when I was nine years old and seeing Omar Vizquel sit by himself on the back of the dugout bench after the game made me cry. I’ve been waiting since Ernest Byner fumbled on the three-yard line when I was 19 days old and recovering from a hernia operation that resulted from screaming too much. I’ve been waiting since the Choke, the Shot, the Fumble and the Drive. And that wait has become a part of my identity. Cleveland sports teams are known for never quite being good enough, and it is something that has leeched itself to the mindset of anyone who has ever had his or her heart broken by a Cleveland sports team. It really started for me back in 1995, when the Indians made a World Series run and my dad bemoaned decades of shame. That year I became obligated to root for all underdogs. Being both a Youngstown native and Cleveland sports fan, it was something I

Nick Baker understood. I learned a lot about where I lived and what Northeast Ohio was all about in 1995. I was seven, but even then I took away lessons that were really being taught to me subconsciously, things that paralleled the city with its sports teams. I learned that there used to be glory days, but they were long gone. I learned that it’s always more convenient to put things off until later and complain in the meantime. Something in the city that goes far beyond sports seems to fit in all-too well with the ever-present, “there’s always next year” mentality. This time, there is no next year. If LeBron James leaves, I am confident that the entire city of Cleveland will break off and sink into Lake Erie. And Cleveland might be loyal and hardworking, but it takes more than that to please a diva. The brightest lights in Cleveland’s history came from the Cuyahoga River being so polluted that it caught fire.

We would do whatever it took, which includes putting up with all the attention from more established suitors and brushing it off, and going purely on the hope that he just loves us too much to leave. And we will once again sink into that reoccurring funk, the one that finds us kicking ourselves and wondering what could have been done differently to change the outcome, all the while maintaining that what happened is ultimately a part of who we are if the Cavs fail to deliver. But there is another possibility that must be examined: What if we win? What if they raise that banner and James gets his ring and everybody born after 1964 experiences a Cleveland championship? What if James signs on for a few more years and Cleveland becomes part of a dynastic championship run? It is practically incomprehensible, and not everybody deals well with success. We just need to hope that, in the event of an actual championship, the city doesn’t go all Kurt Cobain. But when something is so alien that it’s hard to even imagine, it certainly makes it tough to say what will change after it comes. If it ever comes. Nick Baker is a senior magazine journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at React to this story and more at

Get your ass off the couch One of the first things people always ask me when they find out that I’m from California is, “Why the hell did you come to Ohio?” I have, over time, realized that this is a question faced by nearly every out-ofstate student who goes to this school. No one ever seems to believe we might think this is a worthwhile place to go to school. But I’ve learned to have fun with it and spin tales that usually involve drunken bets and the witness protection program. The people in Ohio are some of the friendliest I have ever met, and despite some differences in sense of humor, I’ve found it easy enough to assimilate — even if I still get a kick out of seeing Amish people shopping in Walmart. Sometimes I think living in a place makes you blind to the things that make it unique. I’ve done a fair bit of traveling, and this is not something that is particular to any one state or group of people. One of the greatest things about getting out and away from school now and again is the chance to see something new. Just because you’re a “local” doesn’t mean you should be afraid to get out and act like a tourist. I can bet you haven’t seen everything that even your immediate area has to offer. I

Molly Cahill remember talking to one of my friends who grew up in Akron who said she had never been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone should travel at some point if they can. Nothing will make you appreciate the place you come from more than getting out and seeing the rest of the world. The beauty of a place is in the details and the odd quirks of its people. Those are the things that you will remember years from now. People-watching helps you learn a great deal about your fellow human beings by just looking around a bit when you’re out with your friends. One minute you might be rocking out to a guy singing Tom Petty covers and the next you find yourself surrounded by a post-reception wedding party at the local Irish pub. A while ago, one of my fellow columnists

wrote our country is culturally pretty much the same from one end to the other, and to a certain extent this is true, but so is the rest of the world. Crossing the border into Mexico will not transport you to another plane of existence. Any place you go will have the same basic things like buildings and roads and people with jobs sending their children to school. The differences come from how the people who inhabit those places interact with each other and how they take care of everyday tasks. Here if you tried to haggle with a sales person in Acme about the price of their tomatoes, you’ll get laughed out of the store. But in many other countries it’s considered disrespectful not to haggle as part of the process. My advice: Get out and see what your state has to offer.

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In terms of the stores on campus, Harold Nash, assistant director for dining services, said he uses a price guide directly from the retailers and then marks the price up a certain percentage. A Macaroni and Cheese Lean Cuisine at Eastway is $3.99, but at Walmart it only costs $2.88. The same goes for a 12-pack of Coke, where Eastway’s price is $5.98 and Walmart sells it for $4.28. “We have to add a markup of prices so we can pay our utilities and our 900 student employees to keep them employed,” Nash said. “The money cycles back through the system.” He also said he has to take into account the costs of delivery. Supermarkets such as Walmart and Giant Eagle use their own trucks to pick up products, while Kent State has the products delivered directly to the markets on campus. “We buy through a middle man — basically a company that distributes all products to us,” Nash said. Roldan emphasized that they don’t have the purchasing power of a Walmart or Giant Eagle because there are hundreds of those stores in the country, while there is only one Kent State. “We work really hard to try to bring some costs down,” Roldan said. “It’s something we struggle with to make sure we give you guys a good value.”

Jefferson, 21, of Mentor, was subpoenaed Friday to show up at the Portage County Court of Common Pleas this morning. He was detained last week at the Lake County Jail for violating probation on felony theft charges from 2007. Jefferson will be transferred from jail to the courthouse in Ravenna, pending approval of Judge Laurie Pittman, who is presiding over Jefferson’s case. Since Barker’s trial began last Tuesday, Jefferson’s involvement in the Kernich assault has been a point of contention between the prosecution and defense. In his opening argument Wednesday, Lear said the Kent Police Department compromised its investiga-


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DEAF KSU evaluates process of finding ASL interpreters But, Brown said, requests sometimes got stuck on people’s desks, resulting in interpreters never being requested or being requested too late. And, if faculty members had not registered as needing an accommodation, they had to get records from their physicians.

An ongoing problem This winter, Sheila Owolabi, American Sign Language lecturer, was invited to another department’s meeting with the promise of being provided with an interpreter. When Owolabi arrived at the meeting, everyone was deep in conversation and there was no interpreter to be found. Owolabi was told to call Affirmative Action and was promised that there would be an interpreter for her at the next meeting. Two weeks later, the department’s secretary called, telling her there would be no interpreter at the next meeting. “I was shocked,” Owolabi said. “They know I need an interpreter. Why did I not get one?”


tion by never taking Jefferson into custody, despite him later admitting to kicking Kernich. Jefferson was charged with two counts of obstructing justice, a third-degree felony, in connection with the Kernich slaying. On Friday, prosecutors presented videos of Barker’s statements to Kent police following the assault. In the first video, taken from Kent police Sgt. Ed Wheeler’s cruiser, Barker is heard telling Wheeler he was inside Phi Sigma Kappa when the fight on East Main Street started. He also said the fight broke out when someone said a racial slur to Kelly, who is also charged with murder. “It appeared to me he was minimizing his involvement,” Wheeler said while on the stand Friday. “There were several inconsistencies. The story just didn’t make sense because of the time line.“ In a video taken from Barker’s

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The show included monologues that were based off of interviews with more than 200 women of all ages, races and ethnicities. They covered topics like childbirth, sexual assault survivor stories, interesting and shocking facts, different sorts of moans and humorous anecdotes, all dealing with women’s rights and, well, their vaginas. In the monologue “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy,” Tricia Clay, sophomore fashion design major, humorously demonstrated the different moans of a woman. “It’s healthy; women need to know these things, men need to respect these things and most men do,” Clay said.

“For the first time in my life…” is a common phrase that has been thrown around. It takes a lot of courage to write a letter to the editor and to make yourself vulnerable to public backlash, especially if you have little factual knowledge of politics to back up your opinion. But these people are so passionate and worried about their country that they’re willing to take whatever criticism comes their way, usually in the form of a harsh rebuttal the following week (I’ve written a few, if that’s a surprise to anyone). Upon first glance, it seems good that more people are interested in politics. But these


Contact student life reporter Lauren Vogel at It was a question Owolabi had asked before. Without an interpreter, “All the hearing people get together and talk,” she said. “All the deaf people get together and sign. We are not working together.” Laurie Pesarchick, an ASL instructor at the Trumbull campus, said she avoided requesting interpreters altogether because she found the procedure to be a waste of time. She said requesting an interpreter requires a lot of time and the interpreters who arrive aren’t always able to interpret at the level she needs. “If I use an interpreter, I fear that the interpreter may incorrectly interpret what I say and thus put me in a bad light without realizing it,” Pesarchick said in an e-mail. She said she hasn’t requested an interpreter for a long time, despite the fact that she has limited hearing and can only hear no more than 50 percent of the information without an interpreter. So she simply does not attend. Robertta Thoryk, ASL coordinator, said the interpreter issue is a part of a lack of inclusion for deaf people within the university as a whole. Many times, a flyer will advertise an event as open to all, but many times this does not


mean open to deaf people, she said. Deaf people have to make special arrangements for an interpreter to attend the event. Kent State may be violating federal law. Lack of proper accommodations for disabled employees is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act Title I. The act prohibits discrimination against involvement in social activities and other privileges of employment. In response to the question of an ADA violation, Brown said, “We always had services available, but we didn’t have enough people providing the service. “In Northeast Ohio, there is a shortage of interpreters. Kent State has always tried to adjust to the problems, but we were missing the mark on it.” She added many reasons contributed to why there wasn’t proper coverage under ADA. One reason she mentioned was that sometimes interpreters weren’t available, despite attempts made to secure an interpreter.

booking at the Kent police station, Barker said Kelly and others started fighting because of a girl. Barker could also be seen rubbing something off his shoes when Sgt. Wheeler had his back turned. The final video shown came from Kent police Detective Norman Jacobs’s interview with Barker the morning after. Barker told Jacobs he had no physical contact with anyone that night. Jacobs confronted Barker about inconsistencies in his previous statements and repeatedly pressed him to tell the truth. “They (witnesses) are saying you threw the first punch and then stomped on the kid,” Jacobs said to Barker during the interview. “… People who don’t know anyone involved say you and Ron did this.” Jacobs then asked Barker in the video why they would say this. Barker replied, “I don’t know.”

Also on Friday, the prosecution called three eyewitnesses, all of whom testified they saw Barker stomp on Kernich’s head. The three testimonies were consistent with Thursday’s prosecution witnesses who said they saw Barker assaulting Kernich. Portage County prosecutors Connie Lewandowski and Tom Buchanan had each eyewitness demonstrate how they saw Barker kick or punch Kernich. Kent State student Anthony Gallas, who testified Friday, also said he saw Jefferson give an “aftermath” kick to Kernich that night. Gallas, a senior business management major and Kent State baseball player, was the first witness to imply Jefferson physically took part in the assault. Barker ’s attorney Lear questioned Gallas why he never mentioned Jefferson’s involvement until he made a statement

people have not been motivated to get involved by good citizenship, but rather, hatred and paranoia. What is most troubling is these people have little to no experience following politics in the media, and are easily swept up by the likes of Glenn Beck and other commentators. They are not experienced enough to really understand biased coverage. These newcomers to the political arena simply don’t understand how the system works. They see political negotiations as shady backroom deals that are corrupt, and they are naive enough to believe their personal opinion should form policy. One man wrote a letter to the editor fuming about how his representative never personally returned his call. Passionate but uneducat-

ed voters is a mixture that can have dangerous results for our country. I just wish these people would sit down to actually watch politicians debate the issues on C-SPAN, instead of watching Fox or MSNBC, but of course that will never happen. Over the course of writing this column, I’ve come to realize for the first time in my life, I’ve clearly understood why the Founding Fathers were so adamant on having an electoral college choose the president, rather than to leave the decision in the hands of the average Joe Sixpack.

Thoryk said inaccessible meetings and events result in a lack of perspective from deaf people. “It limits creativity. It limits access. It limits free flow of ideas,” she said.

Change is on the horizon Brown said the issue was not addressed until now because the small size of the deaf community at Kent State didn’t make the problem visible for many. “Sometimes when you have a small group, their needs are not as pronounced,” she said. “They are located in different places, so you don’t always have a handle on the fact that there is a great need for change.” The issue was first brought to Brown’s attention when a professor showed her letters about problems she experienced several years ago. The professor said she is experiencing the same problems today. At that point, Brown said, she knew she had to make it one of her priorities. Since then, other deaf fac-

Frank Yonkof is a sophomore newspaper journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at React to this story and more at ulty members have approached her. The topic struck a special chord with Brown because at her previous job at Rochester Institute of Technology, where there were 1,100 deaf students. There she implemented initiatives such as making more interpreters available, offering sign language lessons for faculty and staff and creating a campus dialogue on deaf culture. Brown has two major goals to help achieve the same level of inclusion at Kent State: a better procedure for accommodations and more awareness about deaf culture. Brown has assembled a committee to look at the current procedure for accommodation requests and recommend changes. She also plans campus events to increase individual awareness. She plans to bring a speaker from Gallaudet University, a university that specifically designs all its programs and services to support deaf and hard-of-hearing students, to give a speech on deaf culture to faculty, staff and administrators.

to Portage County prosecutors in December. “I didn’t want to falsely accuse anyone,” Gallas said to Lear. “If I didn’t know, I didn’t write it (in the police statement) … I just didn’t want to do something that would … you know, it’s a person’s life.” Gallas also said he had never filled out a police report before and left out details he was unsure of in his statement. Today at 8:30 a.m., Barker ’s defense will continue its crossexamination of Detective Jacobs, which was cut short after an objection made by Lewandowski that caused Judge John Enlow to dismiss the courtroom Friday. Contact public affairs reporters Anthony Holloway and Josh Johnston at and jjohns64@

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Alfreda Brown, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion, said she would like to see the procedure streamlined so the requests only go through Duncan instead of various people in other departments. She also wants the statements on file so the person requesting the accommodation won’t have to repeat the same forms each time. She added the committee was formed out of the changes that needed to happen to the procedure the deaf community used to make accommodation requests. React to this story and more at

When Brown goes to campus events today, she said Owolabi seems to be always by herself or just talking to her interpreter. People don’t approach her. “We have to stop doing that on campus,” Brown said. “We want to be a campus that believes in inclusive excellence in action. How will we ever get there unless we come out of our comfort zones and really make people feel welcome across differences? Why is that they can only associate with each other and not throughout the campus?” Brown met with deaf faculty members Friday so she could understand these issues further and lay a framework for what needs should be addressed.

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Senior pitcher Kylie Reynolds whips a pitch to the catcher in Saturday’s game against Ball State at The Diamond at Dix. Reynolds ran her weekend strikeout total up to 25 and left nine runners on base, including two in the seventh. The Flashes finished on top with a 3-2 win.

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Daily Kent Stater Wind, rain and even a little snow weren’t able to stop the Kent State softball team this weekend as the Flashes swept Miami and Ball State at home. Kent State coach Karen Linder said she was extremely proud of the way her team played against two tough Mid-American Conference opponents. After going 4-0 this weekend, the Flashes moved into sole possession of first place in the MAC East standings. “It’s the best weekend we’ve had so far,” Linder said. “I’m really proud of the way we played in clutch situations.” Despite an hour-long storm delay after the second inning, the Flashes (21-16, 8-2) defeated Miami 5-1 in game one of Friday’s doubleheader. Senior pitcher Kylie

Reynolds captured the win with 11 strikeouts in her complete game performance. Senior center fielder Leah Archual went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. The Flashes finished the sweep in game two, defeating Miami 2-1 in 12 innings. Kent State freshman pitcher Danielle Abernathy started the game, allowing one unearned run and striking out six in four innings. Reynolds picked up the win for Kent State, pitching the final eight innings for the Flashes. She pitched a total of 15 innings Friday, allowing one run and striking out 18. Reynolds returned to the mound Saturday, leading the Flashes to 3-2 victory against Ball State. After a brief weather delay after the top of the fourth inning, Reynolds notched her third win of the weekend, pitching another complete game while recording seven strikeouts. Kent State senior designated player Alyssa Frobase had two solo home runs against the Cardinals. The home runs were Frobase’s second and third of the season. Senior first baseman Amy

Hair also added her fifth home run of the season. Yesterday, Kent State faced Ball State again, defeating the conference contender 6-5. “This was our biggest weekend, and the wins just were phenomenal,” Reynolds said. “It felt really great. We worked really hard.” In the top of the first, Ball State (28-11, 6-4) scored three runs after a two-out, RBI single by junior outfielder Alyssa Collins and tworun double by junior first baseman Kate Wilczynski. Reynolds replaced Abernathy after 2/3 innings pitched and struck out sophomore catcher Amanda Montalto. In the bottom of the third, Kent State scored its first run on a twobase sacrifice fly by freshman outfielder Lauren Grimes, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to 3-1. Reynolds shut down Ball State hitters after entering in the first, striking out 11 and scattering eight hits. In the bottom of the fifth, Kent State took the lead 6-3. Hair led off the inning after being hit by a pitch. Frobase then drew a walk and senior

second baseman Heather Duhon followed with a sacrifice bunt, which moved the runners to second and third with one out. Junior third baseman Jessica Carmichael capped the rally by launching a three-run shot over the left-field fence to clear the bases. It was Carmichael’s seventh home run of the season. In the top of the seventh, Ball State scored two runs to bring the score to 6-5. Reynolds thwarted the Cardinals’ comeback, striking out pinch hitter Kristy Stratton to end the game. With four wins on the weekend, Reynolds improved her record to 16-12. “This is probably the best I’ve seen her (Reynolds) maintain her composure through four intense battles,” Linder said. “Every time somebody threatened, she kept her composure.”

With spring practices underway, the Kent State football team is looking for its offense to regain the success it saw in 2008 when the team finished 14th in the nation in rushing. On Saturday, the team participated in their second intersquad spring scrimmage and saw some flashes of that success from a duo of running backs. Although the spotlight is on senior running back Eugene Jarvis, sophomore Dri Archer and junior Jacquise “Speedy” Terry held their own against both Kent State’s starting and second-string defenses. Archer finished with 14 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Terry carried the ball 14 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. Kent State coach Doug Martin said he is impressed with the team’s offense so far this spring, especially with its ability to stretch the field on the ground and through the air. “In the past, we haven’t been able to run the ball effectively against our defense in the spring, and we haven’t been able to create any explosion plays,” Martin said. “All of a sudden, those things are happening for us. I think getting away from the spread offense is positive for us.” “We’re starting to get back what we did when I first got here with (Josh Cribbs) — a one-back, westcoast offense.” Jarvis, who sat out last season because of a lacerated kidney, rushed seven times for 10 yards in one of his first contact practices of the offseason. “We’ve been going really slow with Eugene,” Martin said. “He did a lot of workouts this winter with the strength coach, on his own. I think he’s come along really well, I

just think it’s him getting the confidence and feeling comfortable.” Handing off to the Kent State trio of running backs was sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith. Keith, who missed the final games of last season because of a shoulder injury, wore the red jersey in Saturday’s scrimmage as the team’s starting quarterback. Keith showed confidence and chemistry with the first-team offense, completing 14-of-29 passes for 142 yards with a touchdown and an interception. “It’s still a battle,” Keith said. “It’s still spring competition, and I have to do everything I can to keep my job. Every day I have to go work out in there, be consistent with everything, make my reads and make the throws I need to make.” Martin said the playing time Keith received as a freshman is paying dividends going into his sophomore year. “He’s just matured so much for that experience he had last year,” Martin said. “He did a great job looking people off today and he did a great job throwing (hot routes). He’s so much fun to coach right now because he understands the game and understands the offense.” On the defensive side of the ball, the Flashes were playing without senior linebacker Cobrani Mixon, who is sitting out this spring because of injury. Mixon’s high school teammate, senior safety Brain Lainhart, shined with four tackles and an interception. The secondary, which has lingering questions about its depth, showed promise with junior defensive back Norman Wolfe, who finished with eight tackles, a blocked field goal and a tipped pass. While the Flashes will continue to prepare for the upcoming season, Kent State’s spring game will be held at 7 p.m. on April 30 at Dix Stadium. Contact sports reporter Lance Lysowski at

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Flashes drop two in series with CMU Team struggles after Saturday’s 13-0 win Lance Lysowski

Daily Kent Stater After taking an early 3-0 lead, Kent State’s pitching and defense let the game slip away, giving Central Michigan’s baseball team a lead it would not surrender as the Flashes fell 7-6 yesterday. Trailing 7-5 in the eighth inning, the Flashes (20-18, 7-5 Mid-American Conference) were in position to rally against the Chippewas after junior right fielder Ben Klafczynski singled to right field with one out. Klafczynski advanced to second after a Central Michigan balk, and scored after freshman second baseman Evan Campbell hit a right field single with two outs. But the comeback was halted with a strikeout by senior center fielder Jared Humphreys to end the inning. After Kent State’s defense held Central Michigan (20-13, 10-2 MAC) scoreless in the ninth, its offense couldn’t capitalize in their final attempt for the win, as the Flashes stranded two runners in the bottom of the ninth to end the game. Klafczynski, who hit a threerun home run in the second inning, went 8-for-12 on the weekend with a homerun and six runs batted in. “I worked hard on a couple of the off-days to find my swing; I’ve been struggling a little bit so I was just able to find it this weekend,” Klafczynski said. “I think we played well, we battled, but didn’t quite get that last win.” After Klafczynski‘s home run, the Chippewas responded immediately. Junior pitcher Kyle Hallock walked the first two batters of the third inning, Central Michigan piled on


Junior rightfielder Ben Klafcynski reaches home plate during the sixth inning of Friday’s game at Schoonover Stadium. The Flashes lost 11-7 to Central Michigan in the first game of the series. five hits to drive in four runs and the Chippewas never looked back. Hallock, whose record drops to 3-3 on the season, struggled finding command of the strike zone as his earned run average rose to 6.22. “They did a good job offensively,” said Kent State coach Scott Stricklin.

“They had a good approach against him (Hallock), and really battled. He wasn’t as sharp as he had been the last couple times out.” Trailing 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning, Central Michigan threatened to add to their lead with back-to-back singles off sophomore relief pitcher

Ryan Mace. Central Michigan senior shortstop Ricky Clark hit a grounder to sophomore shortstop Jimmy Rider, who sent an errant throw sailing past junior first baseman Brett Weibley. The Chippewas plated two runners on the play — one of the initial hit and the other on Rider’s fielding error. Central Michigan added an insurance run in the seventh inning after a two-out single by second baseman Ricky Clark brought in third baseman James Teas from second, giving the Chippewas a 7-5 lead. “We made a couple errors, made a couple missteps on the bases and that’s the difference in a one-run game,” Stricklin said. “That’s what we told our guys. It’s not one thing you can point at when you lose by one run, when there’s 54 total outs in the game. We had some opportunities, and we just came up a little short.” Senior left fielder Anthony Gallas went 3-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI but it was not enough as the Flashes dropped the final game of the three-game homestand with Central Michigan. Kent State lost the series opener 7-11 Friday. In Saturday’s 13-0 shutout victory, Gallas plated his 187th RBI of his career, making him the all-time leader in the offensive category for Kent State. Gallas managed another RBI Sunday, giving him 188 career RBIs with 16 games remaining in the regular season. Contact sports reporter Lance Lysowski at React to this story and more at


Sophomore linebacker Luke Batton tackles senior running back Eugene Jarvis during Saturday’s scrimmage.

Women’s golf places fourth at Ohio State Marshall leads team with 6th-place finish Rachel Jones

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The No. 30 Kent State women’s golf team ended its regular season with a fourth-place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus this weekend. Kent State coach Mike Morrow said he had a different goal in mind, but this finish will give the team something to build on before it competes in the Mid-American Conference Championship next weekend. “Our expectations were higher than that, but after where we were (Saturday), we made up with some pretty good strokes,” Morrow said. “Overall, I’m very happy.” The Flashes were sitting sixth place Saturday before jumping up to fourth place yesterday. Sophomore Shamira Marshall led the team with a tie for sixth place, her first top-10 performance of her career. Morrow said Marshall played consistently throughout the tournament. “Shamira got off to a great start

with a 76 (Saturday),” Morrow said. “I think that was the lowest score for the first round. The conditions were very difficult for us, so that was a good jumpstart for us.” Morrow said the cold and windy conditions at Ohio State’s Scarlet Course made the golfers stronger. “The conditions were tough, but the more you play under tough conditions, it makes you a tougher and better player,” Morrow said. “It makes you realize a par is a very good score on a hole.” Sophomore Mercedes Germino tied for 10th place with an overall 20-over-par 236, two strokes more than Marshall. Morrow said he was proud he had two golfers finish that well. “It was a pretty strong field on a good golf course, so to have two players in the top 10 is really good,” he said.

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Daily Kent Stater for Monday April 19, 2010  

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