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Past and present photos show trees obstructing the National Guard’s line-of-fire.
Commemorative trees obstruct history of May 4 M4TF urging university to act
Daily Kent Stater The May 4 Task Force wants Kent State to fulfill a promise made in 1978 by an ex-president to remove four trees between Taylor Hall and the Gym Annex that were planted to commemorate the slain students of May 4, 1970. One tree in particular obstructs the line-of-fire the Ohio National Guard took, which the task force says may have been the plan all along. “It makes it look like they shot through all these trees into the parking lot, like they couldn’t see where they were shooting,” said Nora Rodriquez, co-chair of the May 4 Task Force. “They knew where they were shooting.” She said the trees’ presence lessens the historical value of the site. The task force is beginning the first steps of negotiating with the administration over the issue. The organization wants the university to uproot and replant the trees, rather than simply chop them down. They have no new location in mind yet. Heather White, Campus Environment and Operations grounds manager, said chopping down one of these trees could cost a couple hundred dollars. However, she said transplanting a tree of this size would require specialized equipment the university doesn’t have. Contracting a project like that could bolster the cost between $5,000 and $6,000. “I don’t know that I’d recommend transplanting these trees,” White said.
She said transplanted trees are usually rare species or are unique in some way. She doesn’t think these trees have any of those attributes. Alan Canfora gave a brief history of the trees. Canfora is the director of the May 4 Center, an organization that works closely with the May 4 Task Force. Canfora said ex-Kent State President Brage Golding wrote a letter in 1978 promising to remove the trees in an effort to “heal the wounds” of May 4. Golding never followed through with his promise. “He was basically doing it for cosmetic reasons,” Canfora said, “which unfortunately many leaders do.” The tall trees were once small saplings, planted by the university in 1971 as a “healing gesture” to commemorate the slain students, Canfora said. White said the university doesn’t have records on trees that far back, but that the university probably did plant them. She did confirm the trees were not there in 1970. White said the university has tried trimming the trees in an effort to avoid removing them. She wanted to see if the National Guard’s line-of-sight could be restored without removing the trees. Canfora led the Board of Trustees on three site tours over the summer of 2009. When he explained the issue of the trees, he said President Lester Lefton and the board seemed sympathetic and interested. Members of the task force said the university may have planted the trees to distract the public from the truth. “I don’t think (planting the trees) was for commemorating (the slain students),” co-chair Rodriquez said, “but I think now it’s what they say (it was for).” See TREES, Page 7
When John Flynn’s father called him May 4, 1970, he made his message clear: Stay away from Kent. “He called me and told me students had been shot,” said Flynn, then a student at Mount Union College about 35 miles away in Alliance. “He told me, ‘I don’t want you coming home.’” But as a curious college student, Flynn didn’t heed his father’s warning. He and a friend navigated side streets into Kent until they reached his father’s gas station — the only one open in Kent, which was servicing National Guard and law enforcement vehicles. Flynn hopped out of his car to fill the tank, but a sheriff’s deputy came up to him and put a gun to his head. “Yesterday, we came to dance,” the sheriff’s deputy told him. “Today, we came to kill.” Flynn’s father burst out of the station and pointed his finger at his son, reiterating his warning from the day before: “I told you not to come home.” That was all it took for Flynn to follow his father’s advice this time. “I was scared to death looking down the barrel of a gun, and I said ‘I’m out of here,’” said Flynn, now an attorney in Kent. “I got in my car and immediately drove back to Mount Union College. My only thought was, ‘I’m a student, and they’re shooting students.’” Five days earlier, the atmosphere in Kent was relatively normal for a Friday afternoon. But that was before destruc-
PHOTOS BY HOWARD RUFFNER
ABOVE: Riots break out in downtown Kent in the days leading to May 4. BELOW: Officials look on as flames rise from the ROTC building. tion in downtown Kent. Before the National Guard’s presence in Kent. Before the ROTC building on campus burned down. Before student protests on Main Street. Before the 13 seconds of gunfire that left four students dead, nine wounded and a country asking “Why?”
Afternoon — Friday, May 1 Jean Jacobs, wife of family practice Dr. John C. Jacobs in Kent, remembers driving through town to pick up her children, Steve and Jan, from middle school. “It was very quiet and not much traffic,” she said. In other words, it was a typical Friday afternoon. She had no premonition of the events that would unfold over the next four days — events that would change the history of Kent, a nondescript Midwest college town at the time. See MAY 4, Page 6
Flip to page 2 to read profiles for more speakers coming to Kent State including John Filo, Mary Ann Vecchio and Mark Rudd.
Civil rights leader Activist to discuss to speak tonight journey to Vietnam U.S. Rep. involved in ’60s movement Nick Glunt
Daily Kent Stater Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), one of the top civil rights leaders of the 1960s, is speaking today at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. His speech is titled “Coming Full Circle: Democracy, Engagement and Social Change.” It is free to attend. Lewis was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, an organization involved in the American Civil Rights Movement, while attending American Baptist Theological Seminary and Fisk University, both in Nashville, Tenn. He earned national recogni-
tion in the 1965 civil rights marches from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery, Ala. He spoke several times at marches and civil rights gatherings. LEWIS He was elected as a congressman in 1986 and has served non-stop since. He is currently the senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic Party. Lewis’s speech is just one of many events planned for the 40th anniversary of the shootings by the Ohio National Guard that left four Kent State students dead on May 4, 1970. Contact student politics reporter Nick Glunt at firstname.lastname@example.org. React to this story and more at KentWired.com
KSU alum sought to pay reparations Courtney Kerrigan Daily Kent Stater
Liberal activist and Kent State alumnus Bill Arthrell had just a backpack and his heart as he journeyed through Vietnam. He was not there as a soldier of war, but rather a soldier of atonement, searching for forgiveness for his country’s actions. “I’m the Vietnam generation, and I felt tremendous guilt,” he said. “It was my country and it was my taxes — I was part of it too, even though I resisted valiantly against the war. It was still partly my responsibility and I had to do something to
rectify it.” Arthrell will describe his five and a half week trip through Thailand, Laos and Vietnam at 10:30 a.m. today in the Kiva and ARTHRELL the reparations he paid for the Vietnam War. “I hope students listen, and I hope they feel it,” he said. “And ultimately, I hope the U.S. keeps its word and rebuilds Vietnam.” Arthrell spent his time at Kent State from 1968 to 1973 as a leading activist fighting against the war with various rallies and sit-ins. “I burnt my draft card on Taylor Hill in the fall of 1970 — I would not go fight in that war,” he said. “I was not a GI or veteran — I was not a veteran of foreign wars, but I was a veteran of domestic wars.” See ARTHRELL, Page 7
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How it affected my life” Where: Franklin Hall Room 340 When: 3:30 p.m.
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Bobby Seale, 73, co-founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1966. He was one of the original “Chicago Eight” defendants charged with conspiracy and inciting riot in the wake of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
John Filo, 61, took the 1971 Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of 14-yearold runaway girl Mary Ann Vecchio, crying while kneeling over the body of 20-year-old Jeffrey Miller.
Gerald Casale Gerald Casale, 61, is the bass guitar/synthesizer player, a vocalist and one of the founding members of the new wave band Devo, famous for the hit song “Whip It.”
Mary Ann Vecchio Mary Ann Vecchio, 53, was the subject of a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Kent State photojournalism student John Filo in the aftermath of the May 4 shootings.
Gene Young Gene Young, 59, was a civil rights activist, student leader and witness to the May 14, 1970, Jackson State shootings.
Russ Miller Russ Miller, 63, is the older brother of Jeffrey Miller, one of the students who was killed in the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State.
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Daily Kent Stater Commuters may see fewer parking spaces available on campus today and tomorrow as visitors convene to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the May 4 shootings. Lawrence Emling, manager of Parking Services, said personnel will be stationed around campus guiding visitors to available parking on both days. “Campus Center and Music and Speech have enough open space to accommodate the visitors,” Emling said.
Sanford Rosen was the attorney for the dead and wounded students of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State.
on campus for the 40th anniversary of May 4 and its dedication as a registered national historic site. Parking Services determines which lots to open May 4 by looking at available space. Emling said there should be adequate spacing for students and visitors to park on both days. “I’ve never recalled any problems in the May 4ths I’ve experienced in the last 12 years,” Emling said. He added that tomorrow morning may present a challenge because of important events, such as the Alumni Reunion, mixed with classes. Emily Dottavio, a junior dance edu-
cation major, said she’s concerned with finding a parking space tomorrow for her 2:15 p.m. class. Her solution is to arrive to campus early, check out the traffic at C-Campus Center, and if it’s full, park at the C-Midway lot instead. Dottavio said she thinks parking services should open the pay lot both days for free and designate visitors there first before placing them in lots where commuters need to park for classes. “They should consider the students,” she said. Contact safety reporter Simon Husted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bernardine Dohrn, 68, is the former leader of the anti-Vietnam War radical organization Weather Underground. In the late 1960s, Dohrn became one of the leaders of the Revolutionary Youth Movement, a radical wing of Students for a Democratic Society.
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Joseph (Joe) Lewis, 58, was one of the students wounded in the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State. He was the student closest to the National Guard.
Lama Surya Das (born Jeffrey Miller), 59, is one of the country’s top Western Buddhist meditation teacher-scholars and spiritual activists. He began his path to Buddhism after his close friend Allison Krause
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CORRECTIONS In the “40th anniversary events list for May 4” that appeared in Friday’s Stater, the incorrect location was given for the film “The Story of the Kent State Shootings.” The film will be showing at 5 p.m. tomorrow in White Hall Room 200. The error occurred in the reporting process.
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New May 4 play recreates personal testimonies Performance based on concept of healing Kyle McDonald
Daily Kent Stater T h e “ M a y 4 Vo i c e s P l a y ” debuted last night, attempting to bring to life the personal testimonies found in the May 4 Oral History Project. Wick Poetry Center Director David Hassler spent the summer listening to each testimony found in the May 4 Oral History Project. “I scripted a play from these transcripts, pulling out voices from all these different perspectives, sharing their memories of the May 4 tragedy,” Hassler said. “It educates an audience about the historical reality around the May 4 tragedy.” The play’s dialogue gives the audience a sense of perspective from numerous viewpoints, including guardsmen who joined the Ohio National Guard to escape the Vietnam War draft, different types of students, townspeople protecting their businesses, administrators struggling to guide their students and parents of students. “Whatever place you were standing on that day, when you hear these stories — these very human stories — you get a sense of a shared sense of trauma and confusion and fear,” Hassler said. “My hope is that in distilling their stories and voices, we hear something that speaks to all of us.” After the performance, community members were encouraged to gather and share their opinions and thoughts on the historical event. “The whole concept around it (the play) was designed to bring healing,” said Katherine Burke, director and producer of the play. Thirteen students performed the play as part of a devising theater class taught by Burke. “I feel very excited and proud of the passion and conviction with which the Kent State students have
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.
SATURDAY ■ Rebecca A. Smith, 18, of Willowick was charged with underage drinking at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Martinel Drive.
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Students in Katherine Burke’s class rehearse “May 4 Voices Play” on Thursday. The play debuted last night and is part of the three-piece May 4 Voices Community Arts Project coordinated by the School of Art Galleries and the Wick Poetry Center.
View an audio slideshow of “May 4 Voices Play” embraced this project,” Hassler said. “We’ve spent the whole semester dealing with examining May 4 through the lens of theater,” Burke said. Jay Washington, a sophomore theater major performing in the play, said he wasn’t familiar with the history of the incident before coming to Kent State from his hometown of West Palm Beach, Fla. After spending a semester studying the event and rehearsing the play, Washington said he feels more connected with the university. “This university is not just about going to classes,” Washington said. “It’s a lot of history involving this incident. It’s
a school built on excellence and history.” Washington said his biggest challenge was relating to the voices in that time period. “It’s kind of challenging to relate to my character; portraying a black man at the time, right after Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated,” Washington said. Burke said she hopes the play helps inspire today’s generation, which she feels may have trouble relating to the incident that happened 40 years ago. “I think that one of the reasons this play is important, especially for students, is that seeing and hearing these words, spoken by people who are now the age that those people were in 1970, really bridges a gap,” Burke said. The “May 4 Voices Play” is part of the three-piece May 4 Voices Community Arts Project coordinated by the School of Art Galler-
ies and the Wick Poetry Center. The other two pieces of the project are the May 4 Voices Installation, an interactive art gallery on display at the Downtown Gallery and the May 4 Voices Community Story Quilt, a quilt that will be pieced together with donated patches from community members. Burke, who moved to Kent two years ago, said she feels the project has connected her with the university and community. “I feel really blessed to be able to be a part of this,” Burke said. “For me it’s a way to understand and know my new community. I’ve learned so many things about this campus and this city that I never would have known had I not done this.” Contact performing arts reporter Kyle McDonald at email@example.com. React to this story and more at KentWired.com
■ Nicholas J. Novisky, 18, of Akron was charged with underage drinking at the 200 block of University Drive. ■ Michael A. Labondano, 19, of Aurora was charged with underage drinking at the 200 block of South Lincoln Street. ■ Terique A. R. Boyd, 18, of Newark, Del., was charged with underage drinking at the 100 block of South Lincoln Street.
■ Jacob T. Henninger, 19, of Stow was charged with underage drinking and possession of marijuana at the 300 block of North Lincoln Street.
FRIDAY ■ Bradley S. Borgione, 21, of Willowick was charged with furnishing alcohol to an underage person at Engleman Hall.
■ Adam B. Barnhuzer, 20, of Poland was charged with underage drinking at the 100 block of South Lincoln Street.
■ Ashley A. Dainton, 19, of Sewickley, Pa., was charged with underage drinking at Engleman Hall.
■ Taryn A. Cook, 19, of Stow was charged with underage drinking and falsification at the 200 block of North Lincoln Street.
■ Christopher M. Leszcz, 19, of Brook Park was charged with underage drinking at Prentice Hall.
Garrett J. Mcelwain, 19, of McKees Rocks, Pa., was charged with underage drinking at the 200 North Lincoln Street. ■
■ Caitlin M. Matthias, 18, of Westlake was charged with underage drinking at Engleman Hall.
■ Bradley M. Weaver, 19, of Grafton, was charged with underage drinking at the 100 block of South Lincoln Street.
■ Elizabeth P. Murray, 19, of Evanston, Ill., was charged with underage drinking at Engleman Hall.
■ Justin K. Stevens, 22, of Kent was charged with domestic violence at the 300 block of South Water Street.
■ Sean M. Patterson, 19, of Brook Park was charged with underage drinking at Prentice Hall.
■ Steven A. Riley, 20, of Northfield was charged with underage drinking at the 200 block of South Mantua Street.
■ Disorderly conduct was reported at Moulton Hall and at the intersection of East Summit and South Lincoln streets.
■ Shawn C. Schuster, 18, of Northfield was charged with underage drinking at the 200 block of North Mantua Street.
■ An alcohol violation was reported at Centennial Court D.
Terence E. O’Connell, 26, of Ols, Conn., was charged with drunken driving and peel and squeal on the 200 block of South Water Street. ■
■ Matthew C. Zone, 19, of Cleveland was charged with underage drinking at the 600 block of East Main Street. ■ Chris A. McDonald, 52, of Kent was charged with domestic violence at the 800 block of Silver Meadows Boulevard. ■ Sylvia R. Matthews, 50, of Kent was charged with domestic violence at the 800 block of Silver Meadows Boulevard. ■ Scott D. Batty, 20, of Hamlin, N.Y., was charged with underage drinking at the intersection of South Willow Street and East College Avenue.
SUNDAY ■ David L. Hlavach, 23, of Walton Hills was charged with drunken driving at the 800 block of East Main Street.
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■ Justin L. Anderson, 20, of Akron was charged with underage drinking at the 300 block of College Avenue.
■ Theft was reported at the Tri-Towers Rotunda. ■ A miscellaneous drug offense was reported at Centennial Court F.
THURSDAY ■ Joseph J. Zigler, 18, of Newton Falls was charged with underage drinking at a sidewalk near Centennial Court C. ■ Disorderly conduct was reported at Manchester Field. ■ An alcohol violation was reported at Clark and Manchester halls. ■ Criminal mischief was reported at Olson Hall. ■ Criminal damage was reported at Verder Hall. ■ Theft was reported at East Campus Center Drive, Hillel and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
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SUMMARY: Think the non-presidential elections don’t matter? Read up on the issues and candidates and think again.
Get informed, then vote
uick, what are you doing tomorrow? Going to the May 4 commemoration in your few hours out of class? That’s good. What else? If you forgot May 4 is an election, you’re forgiven. It’s not one of the glamorous ones. There’s no smoking ban or casino or presidential candidates. That doesn’t mean this election is not important. For one, voters will have the chance to vote on important issues for Portage County and the state of Ohio. Issue 1 is a $700 million extension of the state’s Third Frontier Program meant to bolster high tech businesses. Do you love government investment in the private sector? Do you wish the state would stop spending more money? Do you still have no clue what the issue is about? Go do some research, then vote your conscience. The other statewide issue, Issue 2 would change the casino amendment that passed in November to change the location of the proposed Columbus casino. If you live in the state’s capital, you definitely should have an
opinion on that. Issue 12 would renew the levy for Portage County Children Services. Issue 13 would pass the first additional levy for the Portage County Health Department since 1955. Democrats will have their chance to choose their candidates for Portage County commissioner. Incumbent Chuck Keiper, who has held the post for four years, is running against accountant Vicki Kline. Tommie Jo Marsilio is unopposed for the Republican nomination and will face the winner of the Democrat’s primary. Maybe you can’t name any of Portage County’s commissioners or what they do. They serve as the administrative leaders of the county, which, as you may know, you live in. Their decisions will affect your life. Look up the duties of county commissioners in Ohio and research the candidates. Democrats will also vote on which candidate will run for Kathleen Chandler’s Ohio House of Representatives spot. Chandler cannot seek re-election because of term limit
rules, and one of three candidates will win the chance to face Republican W. Roak Zeller in the election in November for the 68th district’s seat, which represents Kent as well as much of Portage County. Rick Hawksley, who tied for Kent mayor and lost on a coin flip in November; Sean Buchanan, an attorney who worked as a district representative for U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, and Kathleen Clyde, an attorney who has worked multiple jobs involving the Ohio Congress, will vie for the Democratic nomination tomorrow. We’ve given you some information that scratches the surface of what’s going on tomorrow. Now it’s your turn to continue researching and become an informed voter if you’re not already. Democracy doesn’t just happen every four years after all. 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 KentWired.com
Don wright’S VIEW
Focusing on the positives Over the past two semesters as a columnist, I have received a lot of criticism. Most of it came from either wing nuts or animal rights activists, so I really didn’t pay too much attention to it. But one criticism I tend to agree with is that perhaps I was too negative in my columns. It’s true that I spent most of my time bashing Republicans, rather than talking about all the good things Democrats have accomplished. It’s also true that most people focus on the gripping negatives when expressing their opinions rather than the dull positives, and I am no exception. I can’t lie and say I didn’t mean what I wrote, but looking back now, I wish I wrote a few more positive columns. Of course, when you sit down to start writing at 10 p.m. every Saturday night, sometimes the only way you can crank out 700 words before deadline is by getting pissed at conservatives. Instead of focusing this column on the hypocrisy of the Republican Party or the Tea Party movement, I chose to instead focus on some (but not all) of the major things President Obama and my fellow Democrats have accomplished. It’s no secret that this last year has been tough for the Democrats. And chances are we will lose the House in this upcoming election. But I have honestly never been more proud of my party or my country before this year. Even though it may cost some congressmen their jobs, we finally have politicians who are not afraid to stand up for what’s right. And in a world as crazy as ours, we really do need people to do the right thing. The fact is, Congress will
Frank Yonkof change hands many times in our lifetime, but policies like health insurance reform and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will have a lasting effect. Naturally, there will be some who try to repeal such accomplishments, but how do you explain to the American people that they will again be denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions? Even from an international standpoint, the policies set forth by this administration have greatly improved relations with Russia and Middle Eastern nations, which is vital to our nation’s security. Most importantly though, we finally have a president who is down to earth. We have a president who is not afraid to admit we were wrong in the past. And we have a president who reads 10 letters from ordinary Americans every night, even letters from people who think he’s wrong about everything. I am truly proud of all the accomplishments this president and this Congress have made, and I am optimistic that they will continue to tackle tough issues that have been put off for too long. Even though this next election cycle is sure to be tough, I’m confident most Americans will look past all the talking heads on TV. See YONKOF, Page 7
A FINAL TOAST: Senior columns
Forget what you thought you knew The following are phrases I wrote for the Summer Kent Stater’s Orientation issue during the summer after my freshman year. I decided to reminisce while writing my senior column, so here’s what I thought I knew three years ago and what I know now. What I thought I knew then: The biggest myth about Kent State is that it isn’t a good or prestigious school. Just because we don’t go to Harvard doesn’t mean we don’t go to a good school and that we shouldn’t be proud of it. What I know now: I don’t know if I would give Kent State quite as much credit as I did back then. I wish my professors would’ve pushed me a little harder in class — I wish they would’ve blown my mind more than just a few times. The times I learned the most were outside of the classroom: from my friends, coworkers and casual conversations with professors. What I thought I knew then: Before starting college I wish I had known that your first year really isn’t that hard; you can
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And so it’s come to this
It sure has been a fun ride, hasn’t it? For three semesters I’ve written this column, doing my best to entertain, inform, ramble and offend. And we’ll call this one my senior column, but I have very little interest in recounting my college experience and the things I’ve learned in a nostalgic yearbook fashion. So instead, you get a column about my columns. At times my columns have been simple, self-indulgent musings (and, well, I can’t be more self-indulgent than writing about my own columns). Other times, they’ve been valiant attempts at making relevant commentary on any number of pertinent issues (yes, Dolph Lundgren movies are indeed pertinent). Either way, it’s been a pleasure. And I just want to thank anyone who ever read my column and thought about it, whether it was, “Gee, he sure makes a good point,” or “God, I hate this asshole.” It really is flattering. The column has been great. Newspaper writing can often be rather bland, and I have relished the opportunity to spout off all my random thoughts in a relatively open forum. Plus, because of the accompanying head shot, I’ve been recognized while slinging wraps at Prentice or drinking at parties and at other random spots
Nick Baker by people who otherwise would have no idea who I am. So, you know, it’s made me immensely popular. And the people who tell me they recognize me from the paper generally have positive attitudes about my columns. Just once, I would’ve liked to have a real hater say: “Hey, I recognize you from the newspaper! You’re Nick Baker. I can’t stand you! You suck.” A little diversity is always nice. In all seriousness, I think the Opinion section is great, and more people should take advantage of the opportunity to rattle off their own grievances (including some of our frequent online commenters). My editor, Sarah Steimer, has always given me a good amount of freedom, and I thank her for that (save one instance when I wrote a sentence about Wilt Chamberlain dragging his overworked member across America). It’s made writing this column worthwhile. I mean, how many newspapers will let someone write, “Fuck your life, seriously.”
as a closing to a column about a popular website? I haven’t kept count, but I think I’ve snuck three or four f-words into the Opinion section, so we’ll chalk those up as personal success stories. And when I look back on my time as a columnist, I’d like to point to a pair of comments on my column “Kent read, Kent write, Kent dance” which basically sum it all up. Kristen writes, “Are you kidding me? I really find this article offensive. I’m so sorry you’re too cool and the most amazing reggae music aficionado who can bedazzle all us stupid ‘white suburbanites’ with your sick dance moves and your oh-so-amazing and ‘original’ taste in music. Because nobody else can enjoy the same music as you and have a good time without being a poser.” To which Lester responds, “I’m high and this is funny.” Thank you, Kent State. It’s been really real. Nick Baker is a senior magazine journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. React to this story and more at
Apathy or Comedy Central politics Kristina Deckert become good friends with your RA and you shouldn’t take classes that are across campus when you only have 15 minutes to get from one end to the other. Oh, and carry an umbrella — we are in Northeast Ohio, and the weather can change at any given moment. What I know now: I was never friends with my RA. I have no idea why I said that. I had a class in Music and Speech and had to run to Michael Schwartz my freshman year in 15 minutes. You can bet your ass I never scheduled my classes like that again. And finally: Duh, always carry an umbrella. And wear boots to get through the 14 feet of snow. And a windbreaker for the 546-mph wind. See DECKERT, Page 7
I don’t like the Tea Party or agree with a lot of what they profess and support (ditto for the Libertarians). But I can applaud the fact that its members do what so few people in our country are willing to do: Speak up. The Constitution gives us the right to free speech, and our own government protects our right to speak against its actions. There are few places in the world that can claim the same. Yet how do most Americans honor that privilege? With an indifferent attitude toward honoring the sacrifices the people who came before us made so we could even have a vote. A good majority of our peers get the sum of their political exposure from Comedy Central. Shows like “The Colbert Report” and “The Daily Show” are very entertaining and are worth watching, but they are also biased and slanted toward a particular viewpoint. I’m concerned the majority of their viewers are not fully aware of this. When we limit our resources to the information provided by such popular sources, we lose the opportunity to form our own idea of what direction we want our government to go. The simple wealth of information that is out there for you to take advantage of is staggering and much more readily available to us than it was in prior decades.
Molly Cahill A lot of people say there is simply too much information out there for them to sift through and that it’s easier not to bother. This apathy is not so much a lack of opinion as it is information overload. But if you take the time to talk to people, you will find that many of them do have an opinion on at least the major issues. The problem is that they don’t do anything with that opinion. In a given presidential election, an eligible voter turnout of 60 percent is considered good. That means about 40 percent of the population decided they didn’t care who the president was. If nothing else, we should show that we care about that. As a nation, we are in a unique position to let our voices be heard, moreso than the majority of other countries. Yet we have a significantly lower percentage of voter turnout than
many European countries. There has been a lot of outrage in the news lately about the new law in Arizona concerning illegal immigration. People all over the nation and especially the border states have been bleating about how the new law is nothing more than racial profiling, which it may very well be. But if the people in Arizona are so against the new policy, they need to stop just complaining about it and take their indignation to the polls to elect people who will change laws and enact policies more in keeping with American ideals. Tomorrow on May 4, the anniversary of an event that went to the heart of the anti-war movement in the 1960s and 1970s, Ohio will be holding its primary election. This is your chance to make your voice heard. So get out, vote and show that what people stood for that day hasn’t been forgotten . Molly Cahill is a senior pre-journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at email@example.com. React to this story and more at KentWired.com
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Verder spreads art appreciation Students and parents circled the art gallery in Verder Hall on Friday night, admiring art pieces students had submitted as part of the hall’s Living Arts Week. Living Arts Week began Sunday, April 25, and ended on Saturday with Soundfest. “I think that people are mostly excited about the art gallery and Soundfest,” said Mary Miller, studio mentor at Verder Hall. The gallery displayed fashion
pieces, monotypes, oil paintings, glasswork and many others types of art. “It’s nice to be able to show my work that I do outside of classes,” said Danny Lawler, junior fine arts major. “I was able to put my monotype pieces up, and I also do portraits and ink drawings as well.” There were many other activities students could participate in this week, Miller said. Some of those included a graffiti wall, the
junkyard fashion show and an improv show. “The purpose of this week was to allow people to get knowledge about the arts,” Miller said. “And for people to see just how artsy we are.” – Samantha Worgull
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Today’s Birthday (5/3/10) Injecting personal power into your career does not necessarily increase the drama. It challenges your capacity to accept responsibilities and use them as milestones to measure progress. If you follow intuitive insights and dreams, your luck will greatly improve this year. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.
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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 6. Although today’s work is done in the spotlight, the goal is to satisfy associates who aren’t present. Be prepared to answer questions.
Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 6. Accepting responsibility becomes an issue for someone at work. Luckily, another person steps in to fill the gap. This may work now, but not for long.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 5. If you’re able to harness your power, you could get very lucky today. Forge ahead forcefully, but keep in mind that the devil is in the details.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 6. You need your emotional strength to withstand the bombardment of conflicting desires. Just because some folks want to address details, don’t exclude flights of fantasy.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) Today is a 6. Part of your attention remains riveted on household responsibilities. Extra effort is needed to get your mind on task at work. Accept guidance from your boss.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 6. Messes that work well at home don’t get you far at work today. Accept responsibility and do your work in solitude. Let others party if they want.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 7. Group efforts provide a rigorous challenge today. Some parties want to curtail spending. Others feel that throwing money at a problem could solve it.
Cancer (June 22-July 22) Today is a 5. You run into someone who thinks he or she has all the answers. Maybe they do, but you’re not sure you agree. Decide later.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 6. Take advantage of your position now. You’re well placed to voice your opinion and expect others to accept it.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7. Group activities strain your capacity to remain objective. Push yourself forward in a new direction.
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Former newspaper staff recalls May 4 FBI asked faculty to ID students Rabab Al-Sharif
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Students studying journalism at Kent State in 1970 never could have imagined that they would be covering a part of history. Susan Zimmerman, a member of the JMC faculty, was part of the Daily Kent Stater staff in 1970. She said she covered a rally on Friday where the Constitution was buried and then headed home for the weekend. When she saw on the news there had been damage to businesses downtown and the ROTC building had been burnt, she knew she had to get back to campus. “I said to my mom and dad, ‘I gotta get back to school ASAP.’ So we came back as early Sunday morning as we could get here,” she said. Zimmerman lived in Lake Hall, and she could see the guardsmen stationed at the old football stadium, that was next to Bowman Hall , from her window. “It was kind of startling to see the military on our college campus,” she said. Zimmerman said it was interesting because a lot of the guardsmen were the same age as the students. “A lot of the guys in the National Guard were 19 years old, and we were 19 years old and we were flirting with them,” she said. “You know, they were cute boys.” On May 4, she was standing on the front porch of Taylor Hall, where the Stater office was housed, when she saw the National Guardsmen marching across a practice field where the Gym Annex now stands. “Suddenly, the guard as a unit whirled, knelt down and aimed their rifles into the crowd,” she said. “That was the moment when I realized these were not guys we should be flirting with. It wasn’t fun; they were taking aim at a group of essentially unarmed students.” She said it’s true that people were throwing rocks and bricks, but nothing that could match rifles. “It’s like that rock, paper, scissors thing,” she said. “Guns win.” She immediately went inside the building to find her editor, Bill Armstrong. “We heard this noise, and I said, ‘Is that helicopters?’ and he said, ‘No, that’s rifle fire,’” she said. When she got outside again she said it was pandemonium. “There was blood running
down the sidewalk,” she said. “I had never seen any kind of — no traffic accident, nothing — I had never seen blood running down a sidewalk.” She said she was then part of a sit-in on Blanket Hill immediately following the shootings. “We wanted the military to get off our campus, and I for one wasn’t planning to leave until they left,” she said. “Of course, as it turned out the military didn’t leave, we left. The university shut down the campus, we all packed up our bags and went home, that was it. School did not reopen that semester.” She found out later the FBI had asked a faculty member to identify students from photos taken at the sit-in. “One of the faculty members at the time came up to me the following year and the FBI asked him to identify students that were at that sit-in,” she said. “He said, ‘They had a really flattering photograph of you, Ms. Zimmerman.” Zimmerman said she didn’t ask him whether he identified her, but if someone were at a student protest in that era, as many journalism students were covering the events, then they had a file on them. Paula Slimak, a journalism graduate student at the time, said the only day she ever worked for the Stater was on May 4, when she volunteered to write headlines for a paper that was never published because the university shut down. “It was a difficult story,” she said. “One of the saddest things about its release of the information was the release of incorrect information.” Throughout the chaos, it was impossible for anyone to know what was actually going on. Zimmerman, who was stringing for The Associated Press, was able to call the news organization from a payphone in Taylor Hall despite all of the phone lines on campus being jammed. “The first report we had was that guardsmen had been killed,” she said. Zimmerman was one of many people who passed on incorrect information. It’s hard for students now to even consider what it was like then without cell phones and the Internet, Slimak said. “It was very hard piecing together the information because there was such chaos,” she said. “In today’s world, the Stater could have done it online.” Armstrong said he would love to take on the challenge of reassembling the staff and put out a May 5, 1970, issue of the Daily Kent Stater. See MEDIA, Page 7
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Focusing on the positives
Forget what you thought you knew
YONKOF Although the loud voices of the Tea Party try to convince everyone that the president is Satan himself, no one should ever feel ashamed for supporting President Obama. After all, he is an intelligent and honorable man, and the fact that his opponents have to make up pure lies to slow some of his initiatives only goes to show how undeniably good his intentions are. On another note, I am leaving the Opinion page at the end of this semester, and this will be my last column. Perhaps I will return later on down the road, but life is getting busy. Before I sign off, I would like to thank everyone who has continued to read my columns, and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to share my opinions and ideas with you on a weekly basis. Frank Yonkof is a sophomore newspaper journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org React to this story and more at KentWired.com From Page 7
ARTHRELL Activist to discuss journey to Vietnam He was part of the 2,000 protesters hit with shock and confusion on May 4 as the Ohio National Guard turned its guns on students. “Not only had Cambodia been invaded, but now our campus had been invaded by the military — it was really frightening,” he said. Arthrell later became one of the 25 arrested and indicted in the fall of 1970 for events related to the shootings. After graduating in 1973, he returned to his alma mater in 1977 and quit his job to protest the construction of a gymnasium over the site. “I always said that to put a gym there would be like putting a Pizza Hut on Gettysburg — you wouldn’t tamper with Gettysburg,” he said. Arthrell quit teaching for the third time in 1986 and, at age 37, travelled around the world for two years living out of a backpack. But it wasn’t until he had lived in Thailand for a year that his life came rushing back to him and he fell apart emotionally. “Once I was back in the U.S.,
My favorite college memories now are still centered around friends, though. From banquets to bars to bonfires, I had the best times with Stater kids. There’s nothing like having intelligent, witty conversation over a beer at the Zephyr’s second-floor bar (RIP) with great people. Those are the times I truly felt like I was invincible. What I thought I knew then: You don’t just have to go to class, do homework and drink some beer on the weekends. There’s so much more out there — give it a chance and take total advantage of everything life throws at you. You won’t regret it. What I know now: You don’t just have to go to class, do homework and drink some beer on the weekends. There’s so much more out there — give it a chance and take total advantage of everything life throws at you. You won’t regret it.
What I thought I knew then: My favorite class is … Introduction to Ethics. Although it was a lot of work, it was extremely interesting. I enjoyed reading the philosophical writings of many people, past and present. The class really made me think so much differently than I did in high school. What I know now: Intro to Ethics is definitely still No. 1, but it’s closely followed by Pilates. Take exercise classes because they’ll force you to get in shape even if you’re busy or lazy. Exercising your body as well as your mind is much more fulfilling than just one or the other. What I thought I knew then: My favorite college memories are of moving into the dorms and going to parKristina Deckert is a senior ties on Thursday nights. Both visual journalism major of these experiences were new and guest columnist and exciting, and they seemed for the Daily Kent Stater. to bring endless possibilities. What I know now: This phrase makes me want to punch React to this story and more at KentWired.com my 19-year-old self in the face. though, I really wanted to go back to Thailand, but I realized I wanted to go back to Vietnam, meaning emotionally back,” Arthrell said. He first went to Thailand and Laos before spending his last two weeks of the journey in Vietnam. Arthrell admitted he was trapped in his hotel room out of fear when first arriving in Vietnam. Once he was out, though, he said every person he met was “completely forgiving, gracious and welcoming.” He noted that one of the first things he saw was an amputee man pulling himself across the street on roller skates attached to his knees and elbows. “I will never forget that sight — a victim of American violence,” Arthrell said. He then spoke with pure remorse as he grabbed his heart and described a woman in a conical hat who had told him, “You Americans, you killed my husband!” Arthrell explained how he engaged people in conversation and then apologized for the war and took responsibility for it. “My goal was to do what my government didn’t do, and that was to apologize for the war and then pay reparations, and I paid about $800 worth out of my pocket,” he said.
Arthrell donated to the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh, where a picture of Mary Vecchio outstretched over Jeffrey Miller ’s body rests, and to the Red Cross in Hanoi. While in Hanoi, Arthrell visited a hospital filled with people suffering from birth defects as a result from Agent Orange, a defoliant the U.S. Army used during the Vietnam War. “It was just heartbreaking — there were kids with cerebral palsy and mental retardation,” he said. “There are 600,000 Vietnamese who have died since the war from Agent Orange poisoning.” He also journeyed along the Mekong River for two days and Mylai, a village where American soldiers killed 504 villagers, ranging in age from six months to 90 years, in 1968. Arthrell explained one final acquaintance with such passion and appreciation for the Vietnamese as he said, “I also met a veteran of the war and when I apologized to him, he said in perfect English, ‘I love you,’ and then he hugged me.” Contact student finance reporter Courtney Kerrigan at email@example.com. React to this story and more at KentWired.com
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Commemorative trees obstruct history of May 4
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Krista Napp, the other May 4 Task Force co-chair, said she believes the university was trying to dissociate itself with the shootings, so it built the Gym Annex and planted the trees as a cover-up. Napp said she thinks the task force will eventually have enough influence to demolish the Gym Annex as well. “We’re hoping that (Lefton) will be more sympathetic to (the tree issue),” Napp said. “He seems to be more on our side than previous presidents.”
“I sort of still think about this, and I don’t even know if it would be possible now,” he said. “What would we write, w h a t w o u l d w e s a y, h o w would it look? Could we put together the paper knowing just what we knew then?” One aspect Slimak felt the national and local media never covered was the passion and dedication of faculty members who worked hard to make sure students could finish classes even after the university closed. “We had classes in garages and driveways and church basements,” Slimak said. “The faculty were so focused on making our Kent education not become expendable in spite of the tragedy.” Both Slimak and Zimmerman recognized a huge divide between the students and the community members who disagreed with student protestors. “People thought that the pro-
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Men’s golf captures 18th MAC Championship Page said it was “mind-boggling” that Hughes placed third with a 2-under par performance, which is exactly what he did last year. After an inconsistent regular season, Page said he was proud to see his top three golfers do well. “I kept saying, ‘When those three put it together, we’re going to do some damage,’ and we did that,” Page said. “We’ve played our best golf of the year these past three days, and, boy, that’s the sign of greatness.” Freshmen Kevin Miller and Isaac Charette also stepped it up in their first MAC Championship appearances. Miller’s 11-over par tied him for 13th place with Toledo’s Jerel Whiting. Charette finished in 28th place, shooting 19-over par. After battling eight other teams, the No. 47 Flashes finished 22 strokes ahead of MAC runnerup Eastern Michigan to win its 18th conference title. The championship is Page’s 14th MAC title in 31 years coaching Kent State. “It doesn’t get old winning this,” Page said. “We’ve won this a bunch of times, but we’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of great players.” However, Page said playing for Director of Athletics Laing Kennedy, who is retiring this year, meant
testers were disrespectful, and they should all be arrested and thrown in jail,” Zimmerman said. “I don’t know, maybe they didn’t think people should have First Amendment rights to free speech and free expression of their viewpoints.” Slimak felt the media could have done more to bring the students and the community together. “It wasn’t like some of the media reported,” Slimak said. “You know they weren’t all flaming radicals.” Slimak now gives a scholarship in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications in memory of the students killed or injured on May 4. “I think as students go through their careers, especially as journalists, they will better understand the value of free speech,” she said. “That is truly the core of that day.” Contact communication and information reporter Rabab Al-Sharif at email@example.com. React to this story and more at KentWired.com
the most to him. “What was nice about this, for me, was to share this with Laing Kennedy,” Page said. “He was here in person, so we wanted really to win this for Laing and have him hoist up that trophy. He’s our support, for a program like golf can get overlooked. “We have a tradition of excellence and an expectation to win championships. This just doesn’t happen by accident. People don’t understand how hard it is and how much work we put into it.” That hard work will advance the Flashes to the NCAA Regionals on May 20-22. Hahn said the victory will boost the team’s confidence for its upcoming tournament. “You absolutely need it going into the postseason,” Hahn said. “Once you get some kind of momentum and rhythm going, you can really take it that pretty (far) into the postseason.” Page said the momentum will help, but for now, the team is planning on enjoying its victory. “At this time of the season, you don’t need to work on stuff,” Page said. “You just need to keep that momentum going and sort of enjoy it. Keep playing golf.” Contact sports reporter Rachel Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org. React to this story and more at KentWired.com
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MAY 4 Days before May 4 The mood, however, was far from idyllic. The day before, President Richard Nixon had announced the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. The announcement fueled more discontent about the Vietnam War, especially among college students. Cass Mayfield, owner of McKay Bricker Framing in Kent, commuted to Kent State from Cuyahoga Falls in 1970 and faced scorn from older adults for being a college student. “There was a lot of hostility on both sides and a lot of friction,” said Mayfield, then a freshman art major. “It was very tense.” And Kent wasn’t an exception. Ohio State officials, with the authorization of Gov. James Rhodes, called the National Guard to campus the day before, April 30, to restore order after a destructive daytime demonstration, according to a timeline in the June 1970 edition of the Ohio State University Monthly magazine. A few Ohio State students came up to Kent for a Friday afternoon rally on campus, former student Dennis Dyer recalls. They talked about the November 1969 march in Washington, D.C. called the Moratorium protesting the Vietnam War. Still, it was a relatively calm rally. But Dyer heard rumors of an anti-war demonstration downtown that night.
Night — Friday, May 1 Dyer and his girlfriend decided to check out any action downtown, so they left Tri-Towers and took a bus downtown. They headed into a bar just before 10 p.m. and had a few drinks. By 11 p.m., Dyer, his girlfriend and friends went outside on the nice spring night and watched as kids on motorcycles ripped up and down the street doing wheelies and showing off for the crowd. “At this point, it was really a mix of hippies, partiers and anyone who happened to come on by,” said Dyer, who now lives in Ashland and works as counselor at a small agency. Students started chanting antiwar messages. The crowd booed a passing police car, and Dyer said the chanting got louder. People set several small fires on North
Daily Kent Stater Water Street, which eventually became blocked by the crowd. “Not everyone was really that political,” Dyer said. “Some were. Some weren’t.” Someone called for the group to march to campus, so they marched to the intersection of Main and Water streets, where the police met them in a formed line. At this point, Dyer said some of the students — but not all — began throwing bricks at storefront windows. Not liking the looks of the situation, Dyer cut up an alley and walked back to campus. By the night’s end, 47 windows were smashed downtown, according to James Michener’s historical account “Kent State: What Happened and Why.” That night, former student Craig Morgan received a call from Jerry Lewis, professor of sociology, asking for his help. Morgan, then a junior and senator for the Undergraduate Student Senate, had avoided the downtown disturbances because he was in the basement of a Presbyterian church making campaign posters for his bid to become director of the student government. “He told me, ‘Did you hear what happened downtown?’” Morgan recalled. “He expressed concern that there was the potential for explosive demonstrations over the week.” Lewis wanted Morgan’s help as a student peace marshal — a term that originated in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement for people who had the confidence to stand among the protesters and diffuse any violence.
Day — Saturday, May 2 The next day started peaceful again, as Morgan remembers. “I can’t recall much significance happening until that night,” he said. But Jean Jacobs, who was born and raised in Kent, didn’t want to take any chances. She and her children stayed in as her husband, the town’s family physician, went to his office. “It was disturbing. It was our town,” she said. “I hated to see the town destroyed — the riots and the fire.” Forty years later, Jacobs still vividly remembers those turbulent days in 1970 and wonders whether the outcome could have been different had the weekend events not turned destructive. “I was upset that (students) were doing what they were doing, but I really feel like people have a right to express themselves,” she said. “But it didn’t have to be in a
destructive way. I wish they would have behaved themselves.”
Night — Saturday, May 2 The university sponsored special dances Saturday night in an attempt to quell any more disturbances. But students gathered in the Commons to protest the war anyway. A crowd demonstrating near the Victory Bell turned its attention to the ROTC building, a twostory wooden structure resembling World War II army barracks. For students, the ROTC building was an outward symbol of the Vietnam War on campus, a training ground for new soldiers. Dyer and his girlfriend joined the protests and watched as people flung rocks across the field and advanced on the ROTC building. Jeffrey Miller, who was killed May 4, stood next to them at one point, looking nervous. Dyer tried to calm him: “I said ‘Don’t worry, Jeff. As long as we stick together, we’ll be all right.’” But students had ignored a prominent Black United Students leader ’s pleas for peace. If the crowd didn’t listen to him, Morgan knew his efforts as a student peace marshal weren’t going to succeed either. After several failed attempts, one flare thrown finally set the ROTC building ablaze. “I can remember standing there looking out into the dark and watching those flames come out,” he said. “The ROTC building was engulfed.” Acting as a faculty peace marshal, professor Jerry Lewis convinced students to leave the Commons. Most students went downtown, but a few students stayed and formed a bucket brigade from Prentice Hall — dousing a fire that had been set to an archery equipment shed and tree. “We ended up saving the tree,” Lewis said. After walking students back to their residence halls, he went home. Meanwhile, Kent Mayor Leroy Satrom requested National Guard troops. By the end of the night, sheriff’s deputies, state highway patrolmen, police and guardsmen had assembled on campus.
Morning — Sunday, May 3 Ohio Gov. James Rhodes visited Kent Sunday morning, and in a press conference vowed to use all law enforcement available to stymie what he called “Ohio’s problem” — campus demonstrations. “…These people just move from one campus to another and
terrorize a community. They’re worse than the brownshirts and the communist element and also the night riders and vigilantes. “They’re the worst type of people we harbor in America. And I want to say that they’re not going to take over a campus. And the campus now is going to be part of the county and the state of Ohio. “There’s no sanctuary for these people that burn buildings down of private citizens of businesses in the community, then run into a sanctuary. It’s over with in Ohio.”
Night — Sunday, May 3 By night, former student Bill Arthrell, who was later indicted along with Morgan on misdemeanor riot charges stemming from the May 4 protests, joined students protesting the military presence on campus. Helicopters circled campus overhead. Military jeeps manned every corner. And students had to show their IDs to pass certain points on campus. More than a thousand people gathered by the arch on front campus and blockaded the corner of Lincoln and Main streets. They sang John Lennon’s Vietnam War-era anthem “Give Peace a Chance.” “All we are saying is give peace a chance … All we are saying is give peace a chance...” Soon, a student protester using a state patrolman’s megaphone told the crowd that if it stopped blocking traffic, Mayor Satrom and Kent State President Robert White would talk to everyone. But as people drifted back on campus, Arthrell said the National Guard advanced on the crowd with their bayonets, drawing blood from a few. As students ran in panic, Arthrell approached a state patrolman and said, “The guards are betraying us!” The patrolmen pointed at his billy club — a signal for Arthrell to run as fast as he could back to his Tri-Towers dorm room. *** All the ingredients for a tragedy were in place. Anger and frustration on both sides. An unwillingness to back down. And beautiful spring weather suitable for more demonstrations. By the next afternoon, Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Bill Schroeder and Sandra Scheuer lay dead on the ground. Contact enterprise reporter Jackie Valley at email@example.com. React to this story and more at KentWired.com
Alumna recalls tension at KSU Megan Dunick
Daily Kent Stater Nora Jacobs was one month away from finishing her first year of college at Kent State when the May 4 shootings occurred. “It was such a turbulent time, and it was so emotional. That’s not even a good way to phrase it,” said Jacobs, a 1973 English literature graduate. “If you weren’t there, it was almost indescribable, and that’s the best way to put it.” Jacobs recalls sitting in Metcalf Hall having lunch with friends at the time of the shootings. Even though she was not an active rioter, Jacobs was used to many escalating protests. “You know, my whole college experience up to that day had been protests,” said Jacobs, a Sagamore Hills, Ohio, native. “There was a constant beat of protests against the war, so it was business as usual to me.” Students attending college in 1970 were constantly aware of government issues. Being exposed to many tragedies in history such as the John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations, these young adults wanted one thing. “Back then, there was a feeling of young people not being heard, being misunderstood and having such strong feelings about things with the feeling of having no voice in the country,” Jacobs said. “You thought you were protected and had rights of free speech, and you didn’t. It was such a wake up call for so many people.” With technology being nothing like it is today, Jacobs did not get in contact with her family until she showed up at the front door of her childhood home on the evening of May 4. Even though the university closed down the campus for the rest of the quarter, Jacobs did not have any second thoughts as to coming back the following year.
“I wanted to get back. I wanted to get back to my friends, my classes and my norm. I wanted to b e b a c k i n JACOBS Kent,” Jacobs said. “You felt very isolated because you just got kicked out.” Even though some of Jacobs’s friends did not return for the following school year, she said she would not have wanted to go anywhere other than Kent State. Jacob’s plans on returning to Kent State for the 40th anniversary commemoration ceremony of May 4 tomorrow. Alumni are welcome to gather at the Williamson Alumni Center, where the alumni association will be hosting an informal reunion from 9 to 11:30 a.m. “We are excited to be hosting an open house for any Kent State alumni,” said Nancy Schiappa, associate director of Alumni Relations. “It’s a great opportunity for alumni to gather here before everyone begins to go over to the actual site for the beginning of the remembrance at noon.” Jacobs said she hopes people will come back and remember May 4. “In American history, it was such an enormous event,” Jacobs said. “May 4th has a place of special significance, and I hope people don’t forget about it.” Contact alumni and graduate affairs reporter Megan Dunick at firstname.lastname@example.org. React to this story and more at KentWired.com
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Spring Game: Blue blanks Gold Jarvis named team captain
Coach Linder gets 400th win
Daily Kent Stater Eugene Jarvis made his first appearance in-front of a Kent State crowd Friday night at Dix Stadium after missing all but two games last season from a lacerated kidney. The team captain and senior running back played only one drive in the team’s annual Spring Game but showed flashes of the running back Kent State fans saw two years ago. Jarvis carried the ball six times for nine yards and caught a sevenyard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith. The points were all the Blue team needed to defeat the Gold team, 14-0. Jarvis said he was nervous playing in front of a crowd at first, but after the game kicked off, a calm feeling fell over him. “I’m blessed to be out there,” Jarvis said. “I haven’t been out there in so long, since September. My teammates calmed me down, and after that first carry, it was on to playing football. Sometimes I was a little hesitant and things like that, but after that first hit, it was back to playing football. I haven’t scored all spring. Like they say, you save your best for last.” During halftime, the Flashes announced their spring awards, where Jarvis was named a team captain for the fourth time in his career. Jarvis was also awarded the Matt Ramser Award for courage and commitment to the team. Kent State coach Doug Martin said the award, which is named after a former scholarship winner who battled cancer, has a special meaning to the team and Jarvis winning the award made perfect sense. “That Matt Ramser award is
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Junior quarterback Giorgio Morgan scrambles out of the pocket to evade a defender in the Spring Game Friday night. really important to our players because of Vicky and Carl’s loyalty to our program,” Martin said. “For Eugene to win that was very fitting. It was great to see him in the end zone again. He’s an inspiration.” Keith’s playing time in the annual Blue-Gold game was limited to prevent injury, but the sophomore showed Kent State fans why he’s the team’s starting quarterback. Keith, who was also named a team captain, completed 7-of-9 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Although Keith’s primary target, sophomore receiver Tyshon Goode was playing for the Gold team, he connected with junior wide receiver Sam Kirkland twice on the first drive for 34 yards. Jarvis said he was impressed watching the Flashes’ starting quarterback’s development last year. “I’m happy to have a guy next to me like Spencer Keith,” Jarvis
said. “Just sitting back last year, watching him play, his poise in the pocket and how he takes command — I admire that about him. I’m definitely excited to see what we can do in the fall.” While the offense showed explosiveness, the defense held its own Friday. Senior nose tackle Quinton Rainey had four tackles, all for a loss, while junior linebacker Byron Tyson led the Flashes with 4 1/2 tackles. Rainey said the team’s work ethic and camaraderie helps them succeed. “We work hard, we always work hard,” Rainey said. “We never try to slack or anything like that. If somebody does try to slack, you have to work it out and pick them up. We just tried to limit mistakes. We’ve really gotten better with communication between us, and knowing what’s coming at us.” The biggest position battle of the spring is for the backup quarterback job, between junior
Giorgio Morgan and freshman Cedric McCloud. McCloud’s one-yard touchdown run sealed the Blue team’s victory, but Martin said neither quarterback gained an inch on the competition. “I thought both of those guys had pretty good command,” Martin said. “I think it’s pretty even. I liked what Cedric did when he got the ball down the field. One of those guys is going to have to win a game for us next year.” While spring drills have come to an end, the team has plenty of work ahead to prepare for the season opener on Sept. 2 against Murray State. Contact sports reporter Lance Lysowski at firstname.lastname@example.org. React to this story and more at KentWired.com
Flashes split doubleheader with OU Gallas hits .875, collects 4 RBIs Lance Lysowski
Daily Kent Stater After dropping the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader 11-3, the Kent State baseball team overcame late fielding errors to defeat Ohio in the second game, 15-6. The Flashes trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning during the second game, but back-to-back singles by freshman second baseman Evan Campbell and junior first baseman Brett Weibley put runners on the basepaths for Kent State (27-19, 12-6 Mid-American Conference). Junior right fielder Ben Klafczynski was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases for senior left fielder Anthony Gallas, who hit a two-run single to right field to tie the game. Kent State coach Scott Stricklin said Gallas, who went 7-for-8 with four RBIs this weekend, continues to be a model of consistency this season. “With his entire career he’s been really consistent, and he’s having his best year yet,” Stricklin said. “Hopefully he can con-
Softball team goes 3-1 in MAC weekend
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Sophomore catcher David Lyon shows the umpire the ball after tagging a runner out to end the eighth inning during the Flashes’ 5-4 win against Ohio University Friday. tinue to swing the bat and be the run producer we know he is as we continue into the tournament.” Sophomore third baseman Travis Shaw followed with a fly ball to left field that Ohio junior left fielder Robert Maddox III dropped, which brought Gallas in for the score. With Kent State up 3-2, sophomore designated hitter Kyle McMillen drove in two more runs to put the Flashes up for the remainder of the game. Kent State’s timely hitting has carried the team to wins in two of
its last three series. “You’ve got to have guys who perform in pressure situations,” Stricklin said. “Our guys, for the most part, have done that. That’s the encouraging thing. You get guys with two strikes or two outs and they’re able to find a way to get a base hit.” After allowing two early runs to the Bobcats (13-29, 7-11 MAC), junior pitcher Kyle Hallock settled down to earn the win. Hallock pitched six innings to improve
his record to 5-3 on the season, striking out six and allowing five hits. “We needed a great start out of him,” Stricklin said. “He’s a guy we put a lot of trust in. He’s an upperclassman, but he started out a little shaky. He really settled in and gave us a really quality outing.” After the five-run third inning, Kent State piled on eight runs in the fourth behind the bats of Weibely and Gallas to secure the rubber match against their MAC East Rivals. In the first game of the series on Friday, the Flashes trailed 3-0 entering the seventh inning. Klafczynski and Gallas hit home runs to take the lead as junior pitcher Brennan Glass’s record improved to 4-0. Maddox’s solo home run and Kent State lapses on defense led to an Ohio 11-3 victory in the first game Saturday. The Flashes will return to action tomorrow, hosting Niagara at 3 p.m.
The Kent State softball team solidified its position atop the Mid-American Conference standings after splitting a doubleheader with Eastern Michigan on Friday and sweeping second-place Central Michigan Saturday. Despite a 12-6 loss in the first game Friday’s doubleheader, Kent State coach Karen Linder said she was happy with the way the team played overall. “We had a couple bad innings from a defensive standpoint,” Linder said. The defense made four errors in the loss to the Eagles. Senior center fielder Leah Archual led the Kent State offensive, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in game one. In game two Friday, junior lefthanded pitcher Markie Pozzuto (2-1) picked up her first conference victory on the mound. Pozzuto pitched 5 1/3 innings, striking out two and giving up one run on six hits. “I thought she (Pozzuto) did a really nice job,” Linder said. “She’s starting to pitch with a lot more confidence.” In the bottom of the first inning, Kent State (27-18, 14-4 MAC) jumped to an early 4-0 lead after a two-run double by sophomore designated player Jessica Blanton. After Blanton’s double, sophomore shortstop Mary Holt launched a two-run home run over the left field fence. The Eagles (16-27, 5-11) scored their first run of the game in the top of the second after an RBI single by junior third baseman Lauren Delapaz. With a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, the Flashes scored two runs to increase their lead, 6-1. Following a leadoff single by Archual, junior outfielder Beth Cinadr ripped a double to center field, scoring Archual. With pinch runner Lauren Brocklehurst on second, Blanton hit a single to center, scoring the senior outfielder. Eastern Michigan closed the gap in the top of the seventh with a two-run home run by Delapaz off senior pitcher Kylie Reynolds. With two outs in the seventh, another two-run home run by senior outfielder Jenny Scherer forced Reynolds out of the game. Freshman pitcher Danielle Abernathy entered the game and struck out the final batter of the game, allowing her to earn her first save of the season. The Flashes and Eagles combined for 35 hits in the doubleheader. The win in game two gave Linder her 400th career win at Kent State. On Saturday, Kent State swept Central Michigan, winning the
first game 9-1 in six innings. Linder said the sweep of Central Michigan was “extremely important.” “I went into the weekend hoping we would sweep both Eastern and Central,” she said. “I was very happy that we responded and we were able to sweep them (Central Michigan).” In game one, the Chippewas (25-16, 11-7) scored first in the top of the first inning with an RBI single by senior right fielder Katie Greenman. Kent State tied the game in the bottom of the third after a solo home run by freshman outfielder Lauren Grimes. The Flashes took the lead in the bottom of the fourth after scoring six runs in the inning. Senior first baseman Alyssa Frobase and senior second baseman Heather Duhon hit a pair of doubles that plated three of the six runs scored. Archual and Cinadr added RBI singles. Grimes added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth after a two-run home run. Reynolds got the win for Kent State, pitching a complete game with eight strikeouts. In game two of the doubleheader, the Flashes defeated Central Michigan 4-2. With one out in the bottom of the first, Grimes hit her third home run of the day. She has a team-leading 11 home runs on the season. The solo shot gave Kent State an early 1-0 lead. The Chippewas tied the game in the top of the fourth inning after an RBI single by junior third baseman Amanda Patrick. In the top of the fifth inning, Central Michigan took a 2-1 lead with a two-out RBI single by Greenman. The Flashes tied the game in the bottom of the sixth after a solo home run by Frobase. After a scoreless seventh for Central Michigan and the game tied 2-2, Kent State came to bat. Archual grounded out to start the inning. With Grimes already having three home runs on the day, the Chippewas elected to intentionally walk the freshman. With one out, Cinadr blasted an opposite field home run to win the game. Cinadr finished the day going 4-for-7 with one home run and 3 RBIs. Reynolds picked up her 21st victory of the season, pitching the final 3 2/3 innings in relief of Pozzuto. The Flashes return to action tomorrow with a make-up game against Robert Morris. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
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Men’s golf captures 18th MAC Championship Hahn, Cairns tie for medalist Rachel Jones
Daily Kent Stater Kent State golfer John Hahn defended his title as the MidAmerican Conference Championship medalist this weekend, sharing the honor this year with Brett Cairns. The junior duo led the Flashes to their second MAC Championship in a row. Kent State coach Herb Page said he was glad to see not only
the team win, but also the roommates share the title. “Thank goodness we didn’t have to break the tie with a playoff,” Page said with a laugh. “I’m just thrilled for both of them. They work very hard at their game, so it’s nice to see them rewarded.” Hahn began his season with a cracked rib, which he said was difficult to overcome. “It’s never fun to play with an injury,” Hahn said. “Mentally, it kind of got me out of it. I just had negative thoughts about golf and my game.” After some time, the Honorable Mention All-American said he found a trick to boost his confidence. “I think the more I kept telling
myself, ‘Hey, John, you’re a good player. You can do this,’ the better I played,” he said. “It sounds corny, but it’s kind of what helped me.” Page said he was glad to see Hahn turn his game around. “He’s just starting to play his best golf right now,” Page said. Cairns, who is ranked 79th in the nation, also finished the fourround tournament at 3-under par. Previously, Cairns shot this season’s lowest round in the NCAA, a 62, which was also a Kent State record. Page said that helped Cairns this weekend. “In the last two or three tournaments, you could just see his confidence grow,” Page said. “He played unbelievable today and as
steady as can be.” Cairns said the records gave him the confidence and momentum to succeed in the tournament. “I just kept plugging along all week,” Cairns said. “I tried to stay positive and take good golf shots. (Sunday), I didn’t really have it, but I just grinded it out.” While he was excited to win the individual medal, Cairns said he was glad to share the title with a great player like Hahn. “(Hahn)’s a great person to share it with,” Cairns said. “He played a great (final) round, which I knew he would.” See GOLF, Page 7
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Kent State sophomore shortstop Mary Holt pulls back to make a throw to first base during Friday afternoon’s first game against Eastern Michigan. The Flashes lost 12 to 6 in the first game, but came back to win 6 to 5 in the second.