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‘Kent, Home of Hump and Hustle’

Normal School was a stable investment for city of Kent Kristine Gill

Daily Kent Stater Editor’s note: Every week throughout this semester, the Daily Kent Stater will be taking a look back at Kent State’s history in honor of the Centennial celebration. This article is the first of the series. It used to be you could go anywhere in Kent for a bluegill fish fry. The pervasive breed inhabited the Cuyahoga River, the Twin Lakes and neighborhood ponds. You could catch them in the morning with your own fishing pole and have them for dinner that night. The Tavern at Twin Lakes used to do just that. But owner Richard Gressard doesn’t serve bluegill anymore. He said the fish is a small breed that is tedious to prepare and requires a commercial license to raise or catch. “I would love to serve them again though,” Gressard said. The fish were big enough on Sept. 27, 1910, when Gressard’s greatgrandparents, Frank A. Merrill and Ida Haymaker Merrill, served up a memorable meal that became part of Kent State’s lore. That day was a rainy one. Fog and mist overshadowed the beauty of the scenic hillside in Kent where three men were waiting anxiously for five very important guests to arrive. Those guests comprised the Ohio State Normal Commission and they were to survey Kent as a potential site for a new teacher training school. The Lowry Bill had been passed in the Columbus Statehouse in January of that year, calling for the establishment of two normal schools to train teachers for the state during a time when the need for education was growing. One school was to be in the west and one in the east. The commission would visit 13 other sites including Ashtabula, Canton, Chagrin Falls, Geneva, Hudson, Massillon, Medina, Poland, Ravenna, Salem, Wadsworth, Warren and Youngstown. Kent jumped at the chance to start fresh. A fire had destroyed the Seneca Chain Company in December of 1909, and 250 men and boys


Hurricane in Galveston, Texas leaves an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 dead (Sept. 8).


McKinley’s second inauguration (March 4). He is shot (Sept. 6) by anarchist Leon Czolgosz in Buffalo, N.Y., and later dies from his wounds (Sept. 14). He is succeeded by his vice president, Theodore Roosevelt.


Enrico Caruso makes first gramophone recording. Aswan Dam completed. lost their jobs, devastating the town. The loss sparked Mayor Martin Davey of the Davey Tree Expert Company to begin a board of trade, which would later become the city’s chamber of commerce. “They started this board of trade with the idea that this could be a stabilizing influence in this part of Kent,” said Sandra Halem, current president of the Kent Historical Society. “It would be a source of jobs, and then people would move to the town.” Davey helped organize a committee that author Frank Vazzano writes was “to persuade the Ohio State Normal Commission that their village was perfect for the new town,” in his book “Politician Extraordinaire: The Tempestuous Life and Times of Martin L. Davey.” As part of a town competition around the same time, residents were challenged to come up with a new slogan for Kent. The winning phrase was, “Kent, Home of Hump and Hustle.” Halem pointed out the slogan would have a much different meaning today. At the time, it signified a renewed vigor. The Kent Courier editor in 1910, John Paxton, challenged the city to go after the normal school when the Lowry Bill was passed, citing the town’s new slogan as a reputation it needed to prove.





Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, fly first powered, controlled, heavier-thanair plane at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Henry Ford organizes the Ford Motor Company. The Boston Red Sox win the first World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.


New York City Subway opens.


Albert Einstein develops theory of relativity and other key theories in physics.


San Francisco earthquake and three-day fire; more than 500 dead. Roald Amundsen, Norwegian explorer, fixes magnetic North Pole.


Financial panic of 1907 in U.S. Oklahoma becomes 46th state. Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon introduces cubism.

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Merrill Hall with construction nearing completion.

In 1910... Most popular boys’ names: John, William, James Most popular girls’ names Mary, Helen, Margaret ■ Kent Population 4,500 ■ Divorces: 83,045 as compared to 1,135,000 in 1998 (most recent data) ■ US President William Howard Taft

Average salary: Less than $15 per week US Population 92 million ■ Percentage of female undergraduates in US: 40 percent


Model T produced by Ford Motor Company.


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Nor th Pole repor tedly reached by American explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew Henson. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is founded in New York by prominent black and white intellectuals and led by W.E.B. Du Bois.


Boy Scouts of America incorporated. Angel Island, in San Francisco Bay, becomes immigration center for Asians entering U.S.


Snow removal: KSU welcomes Buffalo to the jungle your civil duty The Flashes give the Bulls their first MAC loss

City residents expected to clear own sidewalks

Cody Erbacher

Daily Kent Stater In the minutes leading up to tip-off before the men’s basketball game against Buffalo, “Welcome to the Jungle” echoed through the M.A.C. Center. It wouldn’t take long for the Flashes to show the Bulls the meaning of home-court advantage, as they proved it with an 89-54 victory. With the student sections packed and cheers erupting with every Kent State basket, it seemed difficult for the Bulls to regain composure going into halftime down 10 points. “When you’re playing well, there’s a lot to cheer about,” Kent State coach Geno Ford said. “I thought the crowd helped us. The biggest thing with our students is when they come, they have a good time because where else are you encouraged to act like an idiot?” Kent State (11-7, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) sent an aggravated Bulls (10-5, 3-1) squad into the locker room at halftime with a 34-24 lead. Although the score favored Kent State in the first half, the team went 0-of-7 from the 3-point

Melissa Dilley

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Junior guard Rodriquez Sherman travels down the court during last night’s game. Sherman scored a total of 13 points. The Flashes beat Buffalo 89-54. line, but that would change as the Flashes finished 10-of-14 from behind the arc. Kent State continued pushing around the Buffalo defense in order to maintain the lead for the remainder of the game. “The second half we were fantastic,” Ford said. “(Senior guard Tyree Evans) got us started and when he got it going, it kind of spread from there.” S e n i o r f o r w a rd A n t h o n y

Simpson started the Flashes overwhelming second-half offense with a breakaway windmill dunk, which began an 18-8 run and gave Kent State a 56-34 lead. The run included three 3-pointers by senior guard Tyree Evans and one from the hands of senior guard Chris Singletary. While leading the Bulls 64-38 with 8:49 in regulation, Singletary was unable to capitalize on two foul shots following a fla-

grant foul. But senior guard Mike McKee followed up with a 3-pointer to give Kent State a comfortable lead at 67-38 with eight minutes left. The Flashes offense didn’t stop there. Freshman guard Randal Holt hit back-to-back 3-pointers with under five minutes left in regulation to give the Flashes their biggest lead of the game at 86-47. See BASKETBALL, Page A8

Taylor Collins bounces to class, jumping over certain spots on his walk, ensuring he doesn’t slip on the ice patches that cover College Avenue sidewalks. Despite his dismay with the conditions, the sophomore electronic media productions major admits he and his housemates haven’t done much this winter besides put rock salt on the steps leading to the front porch. Instead, he said he thinks Kent should be responsible for clearing snow and ice from walkways. “The houses aren’t (the city’s), but the sidewalks are, and if they’re willing to make the streets good for drivers, why not the sidewalks safe for the walkers?” Collins said. Before this winter, Collins and all Kent residents relied on the city to provide citations for those whose sidewalks weren’t cleared, but this year city council has decided to take a different approach — the honor system. Because no one was ever cited

for having unkempt sidewalks and there was no one to enforce the former policy, the city is giving up control of the code. “We haven’t enforced the natural accumulation (on sidewalks) because there would literally be thousands of houses we would have to enforce it on, “ Troy Loomis, city code enforcement officer, said. “It would be impossible.” While homeowners and renters won’t be fined, they will be held up to scrutiny by their neighbors. One way neighbors can deal with someone who won’t clear a sidewalk is by picking up door hangers available at the city offices that will remind them of their civil duty. Ward 5 councilwoman Heidi Shaffer suggested students buy a shovel now, before a big snowstorm and be considerate when thinking of neighbors. “Snow shovels are cheap; everyone can afford to buy a snow shovel,” Shaffer said. “It is my fervent hope that off-campus students who live in rental houses will take the responsibility to keep their sidewalks clean … if you (clear your sidewalk), they might do theirs, and it’s a chain effect.” Shaffer also pointed out that sidewalks aren’t just for the students walking to class, but also for elderly residents, dog walkers and city workers among others, so keeping them cleared should be an effort of the entire community. See SIDEWALKS, Page A6

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TODAY’S EVENTS Have an event you want to see here? Send it to by Thursday the week before. Huntington Bank information table When: 9 a.m. Where: Student Center lobby Haiti Relief Fundraiser When: 11 a.m. Where: Student Center lobby

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City council approves neighborhood liaison Kelly Byer

Daily Kent Stater City council approved the establishment of a neighborhood liaison on a two-year trial basis at last night’s meeting. The position is aimed at increasing cooperation between the university and city. Hired by the university, the liaison will be jointly funded at an estimated cost of $20,000 for each party. “We view this as another incremental investment to build that collaborative relationship,” City Manager Dave

Ruller said. “In this case, the university, city and the students, frankly, and the residents share desire for a quality lifestyle in the neighborhoods, and this person’s supposed to help make that happen.” The position stems from the city’s Neighborhood Enrichment Program, intending to enhance the quality of life in Kent neighborhoods, according to Ruller’s blog at Some council members, however, disagreed on the best method to enhance neighborhood cooperation. Ward 4 councilman John Kuhar said in

the meeting that while it’s a nice idea to have someone watch over trouble areas near the university, it shouldn’t necessarily be a joint responsibility. “When I look at the money going into this, I think of other little things that we’ve done on a trial basis … where we put tax payer money out there and it really wasn’t the answer to any of our problems,” Kuhar said. Ward 6 councilwoman Tracy Wallach and professor in the department of mathematics and science at Kent State, said she thinks the liaison will be worth the cost and would save the city

money through time, especially with party cleanup, which was needed after last year’s College Fest. The Daily Kent Stater last reported on May 8, 2009 that expenses for extra staffing in response to the College Fest riots exceeded $26,000. “It’s also meant to ease tensions between residents and students, and it’s also meant to work with residents in other areas also,” Wallach said. “So, it’s not just specifically for students.”

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OhioLINK has faced frequent maintenance issues since November as result of a reorganization of the Ohio Board of Regents’ Internet systems. The idea behind the project is to merge all OhioLINK servers belong-

ing to the Board. OhioLINK is in the process of merging with OARnet, which is a network service of the Ohio Board of Regents that links search databases from around Ohio. “The migration of all the technology isn’t as smooth as you’d hope,” said Tom Klingler, assistant dean of the university library. “It’s been real bad communication.” According to the OhioLINK Web site, the service has recently been unavailable twice. The maintenance alert on the Web site shows the server ’s most recent failures occurred Jan. 11 and 13. For 20 years, OhioLINK has been an independent structure where

anyone in Ohio can gain access to research materials from all over the state. In order for OhioLINK to be upto-date, its staff must always work to put in new journals, books and data. “An awful lot of daily work hasn’t been done,” Klingler said. The current data is slowly coming back on, but it may take a few weeks to load. Students who will be arriving back to school should know the local system, KentLink, is still working smoothly, as well as the Electronic Journal Center. Klingler said despite the “bumpy” takeover, the system should run normally in about one month.


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Number of legal cases opened each year Source: Student Legal Services

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Last year, the provost office kept busy with two main initiatives. Here’s an update on where they stand:




What you missed : Discussion of Liberal Education Requirements reform began almost from the day President Lester Lefton arrived on campus four years ago. On Dec. 8, 2009, Faculty Senate approved a plan to reform Liberal Education Requirements. With the restructure, LERs should no longer be an obstacle to students changing majors prior to graduation, said Robert Frank, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

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Students see increase in legal service fees Lydia Coutré

Daily Kent Stater Student Legal Services raised its fee by $2 this semester to accommodate for the cost of hiring a new staff member and moving to downtown Kent. The fee is now $9 per semester, a price students can expect to remain the same for the next five years, said senior staff attorney Carol Crimi. The recent increase is the first one since SLS opened in 2005. SLS is a non-profit general practice law firm. “Our fee levels are set at what we project our necessary operating expenses will be, which are primarily the overhead, running the office and standard salaries,” Crimi said. Students who wish to opt out of the $9 fee may do so through their Flashline account at the beginning of each semester. By doing so, students forfeit their eligibility for the program. SLS can assist students with misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic cases, landlord-tenant matters, consumer matters, family matters and numerous other miscellaneous matters. The firm began operating by the initiative of Undergraduate Student Government. Kent State is one of only six campuses in Ohio that has a program like this, Crimi said. SLS is working to meet the growing demand for its services. “Throughout the years, our case load has increased every year, and that’s why we’re at a point where we need to add a third staff attorney,” Crimi said. Current paralegal and office administrator Jamison Offineer

will become the third attorney, and newly hired Stacie Sandrock will take over his job. “We’ll need additional funds to provide compensation for that staff member,” Offineer said. “Also, because of having to add another staff member, we had to move here, which has caused a lot more overhead than what we were paying on campus — a significant amount more.” The SLS offices are now located at 164 E. Main St. Suite No. 203, in Acorn Alley. Crimi said staff members of SLS are excited to be at a new location, and she sees several benefits of the new office: the close proximity to the courthouse and to neighborhoods where many of their clients reside. Attorneys from SLS don’t take any money they recover for a client, unlike attorneys from other firms who would want a portion for compensation. Crimi said she considers the $9 fee a good value. “It’s basically like an insurance policy,” Offineer said. “If you think about it, it’s probably the cheapest insurance policy — considering the benefits — you get.” Since the time SLS has been in existence, Crimi said she can comfortably estimate that she has personally saved clients $300,000, whether from getting people their security deposits back or settling accident cases. Offineer said students seeking legal council should call the SLS offices at 330-672-9550. Contact news correspondent Lydia Coutré at

What’s new: Senior Associate Provost Tim Chandler said Kent Core, the new system, will help students’ learning experiences in LERs be about more than just the grades — it’s now about what students take away from the courses. “If all you’re interested in is the right answer, then we haven’t made much progress,” Chandler said. “Students shouldn’t be left guessing.” Frank said 50 faculty members have already aligned their course rubrics to the new model.

What’s next: Kent Core will be in effect by Spring 2013, which is when faculty must have rubrics aligned with the new learning outcome model.

What this means: “Students will be able to take courses and have them count toward graduation and not have to repeat courses,” Frank said.

TENURE What you missed: On its Dec. 8, 2009, meeting, members of the Faculty Senate also approved a revision of the tenure and promotion policies. The changes, submitted by the Senate’s professional standards committee, removed Boyer language from the policies. A key part of tenure and promotion reform is having clearer language so that members reviewing faculty information can look at accomplishments more clearly, Frank said. “Old language is not as clear, and the new language points more at a certain level of accomplishment, and directs people to look more at metrics of performance,” Frank said.

What this means: Chandler said overall, the reform of tenure and promotion should make Kent State a more successful research university. “If you want to be a nationally prominent public research university, then quality of faculty is going to be important,” Chandler said.


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CITY Tuesday Criminal damage was reported at the 800 block of Silver Meadows Boulevard.



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SUMMARY: The city of Kent relies on the honor system in enforcing side walk snow removal. Therefore, students should do their part to make city sidewalks safe for walking.


Take responsibility for yourself Snow is a vicious cycle in Kent. Sometime during November or December, the first snow falls. It continues sporadically through the end of the year, and, by the time students return for the spring semester, they are greeted by a blanket of snow. And though the biting temperatures are annoying to say the least, the bigger problem seems to be the snow buildup on city streets. Some cities require residents to shovel the snow on their sidewalks within a 24 or 48 hour time period after a heavy snowfall. If they fail to comply, they are either fined or charged for an independent contractor to come remove the snow. Kent, however, leaves residents on their honor to shovel sidewalks on their property. In theory, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It saves city officials time they could spend doing other things, and it prevents people from being fined if there is an extraordinary circumstance preventing them from shoveling within a short time frame. And it’s nice to think people would take responsibility for their property and prevent fellow residents from getting hurt. Kent City Council spent months debating whether the city should charge fines but ultimately decided against it. And maybe the

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months of conversation were effective — City Manager Dave Ruller noted last week in his blog,, that from his observation, people are doing a better job shoveling their sidewalks than in the past. Yet, anyone who has walked down College Avenue during the past two weeks can see his statement doesn’t exactly hold true for the street populated with student renters. The Daily Kent Stater asked some students living on College Avenue how they felt about the state of the slippery sidewalks, and they all said that they have troubles walking because of the snow buildup that has recently turned to ice. Yet, none said they have shoveled their sidewalks. Some even said they believe it’s the city’s responsibility to clear the snow. That’s not the case, however. Unless a landlord has specified that he or she will take responsibility for clearing the sidewalks, responsibility falls upon the student renters. When you rent a property in the city, you become more than just a student — you’re now a city resident. And with that comes additional responsibilities that dorm dwellers don’t have, and one of the most important responsibilities is snow removal. Consider the consequences: Someone is

walking home from campus at night and can’t see the patches of ice and they slip and fall. Sometimes, these falls can cause serious injuries. Someone may even choose the alternative option of walking in the street to avoid the sidewalks and face a potential confrontation with a car. The snow won’t clear up anytime soon. Even last week’s warm streak did not melt the snow that had piled up in previous weeks. And anyone who has spent a winter in northeast Ohio before knows that it will be April before we begin to see permanent patches of green. So do your part. Split the responsibility with your roommates. And shoveling your snow doesn’t need to take a long time. It will save your fellow residents a lot of problems and maybe an injury or two. If you do happen to injure yourself on another’s slippery sidewalk, remember that you do have the legal right to sue. The above editorial is the consensus of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board whose members are listed to the left. React to this story and more at


Conservatism might not be what you think it is I have gotten used to receiving puzzled looks from acquaintances after telling them I’m a conservative. Those looks are usually followed with the question, “Oh, so you like President Bush?” The questions and puzzled looks are the result of a big misunderstanding about conservatism and the Republican Party. Oftentimes, it is believed that these two matters are the same; however, it is a wrong interpretation of these ideas. The Republican Party is a political platform, and supporters of the party are interested in winning elections. Conservatives, on the other hand, are interested in maintaining the traditional culture. First of all, conservatism is about conserving. This philosophy fights for conserving traditional values and promoting freedom. The one unifying principle that differentiates all conservatives from all non-conservatives is that the conservatives are trying to preserve and conserve something from the past for the future (in a political, social, economic and/or moral sense). The reason conservatives believe in traditional values is not because we are uninterested in societal progress, and it is also not because we are stuck in the past. We simply like slow, well thought-out evolution that’s likely to lead to positive change. Now, more than ever, Americans should know that shallow hope and change can lead to disaster. Conservatism is about believing in the great principles on which this country was founded and which made this nation the greatest. The Republican Party, which technically represents conservatism on the national political level, does not often stand for the traditional philosophy of the United States of America. The biggest difference between Republicans and conservatives is that conservatives believe in the good for America, while Republicans will do good for anybody to gain power. But there are some other major differences. Conservatives are in favor of fairness. Republicans have often expressed desire to help struggling foreign countries by sending millions of dollars overseas. Of course, providing help is very generous; however, it is not fair when this “help,” a.k.a. taxpayers’ dollars, goes to corrupted politicians’ pockets and not to the families who need it to make ends meet. For example, the American government under former President Bush provided millions of dollars to Ukraine during its Orange Revolution, hoping to gain another close, political ally. It did not happen. The money was wasted. Real conservatives would be respectable about using this money and would send it to working American citizens because in the end, they were the ones who earned it. The concept of personal responsibility is as conservative as apple pie is American.

Anastasia Spytsya Lately, however, American people have not seen much of this responsibility from either Republican or Democratic governments. President Bush and many other Republicans thought it was appropriate for some reason to bail out the manipulators on Wall Street. Maybe it was to gain more votes during the next elections. Or, maybe, it was to gain influence over such powerful institutions such as Wall Street. Now, if it was up to a true conservative, he or she would make Wall Street hucksters pay for their own mistakes. The concept of personal responsibility is one of the fundamental principles of the conservative philosophy, and it applies to everyone in the society. Conservatives will care for the country and its people over political business any time. A few months ago, the Republican Party lost yet another seat in the House of Representatives when a Democrat won in the historically Republican 23rd District in New York. At the beginning of the race, there were the candidates: Republican Dede Scozzafava, conservative Doug Hoffman and Democrat Bill Owen. Scozzafava, from my point of view, was a fake Republican who is pro-choice, pro-gay marriage and pro-big government spending. At the beginning of the race, Hoffman was called a “spoiler” of the Republican ticket because people favored him and Scozzafava equally, which gave Owen the majority of votes. However, some famous conservative Republicans campaigned for Hoffman, which (a) made him a favorable candidate and (b) made the Republican National Committee realize that if Scozzafava stayed in the race, she would play that “spoiler” role and the Democrats would pick up the seat, so they forced her out in an effort to save the seat. Which brings me to my point. It’s a common stereotype that conservatives are part of the Republican Party. Yet, Republicans managed to poke us in the eye with a sharp stick by choosing a candidate who doesn’t support the basics of conservatism. Republican leaders chose political business over the fight for traditional values. As Michael Savage said, “America thought Bush was a conservative. He turned out to be just a Republican. And while there are Republicans who are conservatives, too, don’t let the ‘R’ after the name fool you.” Anastasia Spytsya is a senior Russian translation major and political science minor. Contact her at React to this story and more at

Networking in times of crisis For college students, our use of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are merely extensions of our social lives. However, social networking has taken on a new meaning in how the world responds to crisis situations. Far from just simple social tools, the ability to Facebook, Tweet and post videos online has been key to ensuring that the world learns and does something about dire global situations. Take last summer. The leftist movement in Iran, led by masses of college students and more liberal-leaning Muslims, was harshly suppressed by its own government. There were beatings of peaceful protestors in the streets, which just led to more violence from both sides. The government of Iran banned all non-state media from covering the largescale protests. So what did left-wing agitators do in response to spread their message? They Tweeted about it. And they posted camera phone videos, showing graphic beatings and mid-street gunfights. This kind of homespun media supplanted CNN as the method the world used to understand the conflict. The U.S. State Department, recognizing the power Twitter had to influence the situation in Iran, asked Twitter’s administrators to delay their scheduled maintenance and site shutdown for a few days. Twitter agreed. The bad press hurt the Iranian government. As a Time magazine article pointed out, “Totali-



Christopher Hook tarian governments rule by brute force, and because they control the consensus worldview of those they rule. Tyranny, in other words, is a monologue. But as long as Twitter is up and running, there’s no such thing.” The recent earthquake in Haiti, which has killed more than 70,000 and left three million without their basic needs provided for, has shown how technology can be used to assist in relief missions. As it was reporting the story, the New York Times set up a missing persons hotline, where Haitians could submit photos or written accounts of missing loved ones. So far, 15 people have been located. Facebook was well-utilized as well. I joined a group immediately after the quake that promised to donate $10 for every member in the group. Group membership stands around 300,000. And the International Red Cross raised more than $22 million through text message donations alone. You too can text the word “Haiti” to 90999, and $10 will

be added to your phone bill at the end of the month. And in the ultimate example of how technology has changed how people deal with crisis situations, check out this story: Documentary filmmaker Dan Woolley was shooting a movie when the earthquake struck. Buried under many pounds of rubble and injured, Woolley turned to the First Aid app on his iPhone that helped him find his way out of the rubble and treat his own wounds, which included a bleeding head. Technology can be over-consuming, distracting us from what is really important in life. Even as I write this, my mind flickers to my Facebook page and what possible comments people have written. But in the hell that is Haiti, and for emergency situations to come (knock on wood), the technologies of the 21st century are vital for uncovering the truth, or even for uncovering a person in a perilous situation. Social networking platforms, YouTube and text messages may be the best means of relief in a situation of crisis.

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A lesson of Massachusetts? Anger

You can bet that political strategists in both parties will be parsing the meaning of the Massachusetts senatorial struggle for some time to come. If there was a slam dunk left in American politics, it should’ve been the Democrats’ ability to easily retain a Senate seat they’d held for 57 years in what has become essentially a sea-blue state. Instead, they lost. Given its importance in the issue of the moment, the Massachusetts vote is going to be analyzed as a referendum on President Obama’s health-care reforms. Increasingly, it does seem as if this first-year president made a profound strategic mistake by pressing forward on health care while simultaneously trying to contend with the worst global economic crisis since the Depression, exit one war in Iraq and gear up to fight another in Afghanistan. Truth to tell, the president and his surrogates have done a lousy job selling the electorate on reform. Social Security and Medicare are our most popular social programs because they have two crucial attributes: They cover everybody, and their benefit to the individual can be explained in one declarative sentence. By contrast, the benefits of health-care reform are diffuse. In this nation of 300 million, only 30 million people are without health insurance. That’s a scandal and, frequently, a tragedy for the uninsured. In political terms, however, the problem is that most of what the other 270 million will gain from reform seems marginal and remote. But if the lessons gleaned from Massachusetts stop with health care, something far more profound and potentially disruptive will have been missed. There is a deep and increasingly restive anger stirring in the country. Its focal points at the moment may seem to be health

care and “big government,” but if there were a Republican in the White House, they might just as well be tax cuts and “limited government.” The fact is that the president and both parties’ congressional delegations have approval ratings under 50 percent. Much of the disaffection in Massachusetts came from self-described independents. That’s significant because independents are concentrated in middle-class suburbs where physical and economic security are overriding preoccupations. Today, those anxieties are both real and justified, though not as critiques of Obama’s first year. The truth of the matter is that, if you adjust for inflation, the average income of American males has not grown in real terms since the 1970s. Most families have compensated for that by sending mom to work outside the home. (The simultaneous push for equality by the women’s movement masked the fact that significant numbers of women now in the workforce were drafted by economic necessity.) The mass unemployment that followed Wall Street’s meltdown upset even that precarious balance, and the situation is even worse than the unemployment figures suggest. According to work done by Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren, who chairs the congressional panel appointed to oversee the bank bailout, 20 percent of all Americans are either jobless, underemployed or simply have given up looking for work. One out of every eight Americans is on food stamps, and one out of every eight U.S. mortgages is in default or foreclosure. The wholesale flight of American employers from the responsibility of maintaining traditional pension plans forced tens of millions of 401(k) participants into the equity markets to secure

their retirements. The crash erased $5 trillion from their accounts. Scolds would have you believe that middleclass Americans were complicit in the financial collapse because of their profligacy. Warren points out that the numbers state a different case. “By the early 2000s, families were spending twice as much (adjusted for inflation) on mortgages than they did a generation ago,” she wrote recently, “for a house that was, on average, only 10 percent bigger and 25 years older. They also had to pay twice as much to hang on to their health insurance. ... Families today spend less than they did a generation ago on food, clothing, furniture, appliances and other flexible purchases, but it hasn’t been enough to save them.” As employers have come to regard their employees as little more than another fixed expense, layoffs have become a routine tool for manicuring quarterly profits. Thus, even those lucky enough to have full-time jobs have little security in their current positions — in which, as the current productivity numbers show, they’re forced to work ever harder for less — and none about their future, including retirement. This shift of economic risk onto the backs of the middle class has allowed the top 5 percent of income earners to amass a share of the country’s wealth unmatched for a century. There’s the real source of the country’s anger. The above column was originally published Jan. 20 by the Los Angeles Times. Content was made available by MCTCampus. React to this story and more at

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Panel sets goal of 400,000 Afghan forces in 5 years The dangers of sitting Kathy Gannon

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KABUL — A joint panel agreed yesterday to boost the number of Afghan security forces from the current level of about 191,000 to 400,000 within five years, bringing it in line with similar goals announced by the United States. Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal also sharply denounced a U.N. report released Tuesday that claimed Afghans paid nearly $2.5 billion in bribes — worth almost a quarter of the country’s GDP — in the 12-month period ending last autumn. He acknowledged a problem with corruption but said the report was exaggerated and compiled without government input. “It was made up of lies,” he told reporters at a news conference. “We accept that there is corruption, but we have come a long way.” The force level goals, meanwhile, were announced as part of the Afghan government’s strategy for confronting the insurgency, including overtures to Taliban militants, building up its security forces and tackling corruption one week ahead of a key international conference. The Jan. 28 conference is aimed at bolstering support for the gov-

Man tells cops he paid for sex, but didn’t get it MARLBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Police said a man and woman from New Hampshire are each facing prostitu-

ernment at a time when the U.S. and NATO allies are sending 37,000 reinforcements to ramp up the fight against the Taliban. The government is calling for 240,000 Afghan soldiers and 160,000 national police to be ready in three to five years, Zakhilwal said. That’s up from about 94,000 Afghan police officers and 97,000 soldiers now. More specifically, he said the board approved a goal of 134,000 soldiers and 109,000 police by the end of this year. That would increase to 172,000 soldiers and 134,000 police by the end of 2011. U.S. officials have said the goals would be reassessed after 2011 based on results of the U.S. and NATO troop surge and a plan to reintegrate Taliban militants who renounce violence. The Obama administration believes the key to stability in Afghanistan is a strong security force that can protect the country and allow U.S. and other foreign troops to go home. The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, also has set the goal of building the Afghan security forces to 400,000 by 2013. The goals were approved during a meeting yesterday by the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board, including representatives from the government, the

U.N. and major troop contributing countries. The board was finalizing programs to be presented at the London conference. U.S. officials have said the military effort cannot succeed without major reforms in the weak and corrupt Afghan government. Former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani, a sharp critic of President Hamid Karzai, also submitted a report outlining new ideas for tackling corruption, which international officials believe has been driving Afghans into Taliban ranks. Zakhilwal said the proposals, which included an anti-corruption mechanism for each ministry, would be discussed. A Taliban reintegration plan also was approved during the meeting, which was held amid tight security following Monday’s coordinated attack by Taliban suicide bombers that brought the capital to a standstill. Karzai’s government is promising to have a two-pronged reintegration plan to persuade Taliban militants to switch sides ready by the spring to present to international donors who will have to come up with the money needed to lure them off the battlefield, according to an action plan that was approved yesterday. The international community

has said key Taliban leaders like Mullah Mohammed Omar would not be part of any reintegration plan. However, the document does offer “key leaders of the Taliban movement” an opportunity for amnesty and reintegration, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press. Central to the plan will be a Grand Peace Council that will include representation by all aspects of Afghanistan’s society, including religious leaders, with the purpose of giving armed opponents a guarantee that their views will be heard. “The government will provide the Taliban and other insurgent groups who wish to respect the constitution a dignified way to renounce violence and peacefully reintegrate into their communities and separate themselves from their past,” said the draft report. “The rank-and-file Taliban are not al-Qaida, they are our neighbors and cousins, and to achieve peace we need only remove their reason to fight,” the document said. “As victory will not be achieved on the battlefield alone, but in the hearts and minds of our citizens, no effort can be spared to eliminate the civilian casualties that strengthen the enemy and rally support for their case.”

tion charges after the man called police to say he’d paid for sex, but the woman then refused. WMUR-TV reported a 22-yearold woman and 32-year-old man were cited into court at a later date. Police said the man called Marlborough Police on Monday to say he’d paid the woman and a third party $150 to have sex with him on Sunday, but she

wouldn’t follow through. Police said they’re still investigating the third party.

to find out who took more than 200 bales of hay from a farm early this month. State Police said someone broke into a barn in Wellsville, York County on Jan. 3 and took about 245 bales of hay. The barn’s owner does not live on the property. Trooper Matthew Pavone said the hay is worth about $1,000.

Pa. police puzzled after thief steals bales of hay WELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — It’s a crime with high bale. Police in central Pennsylvania are trying

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Associated Press LONDON — Here’s a new warning from health experts: Sitting is deadly. Scientists are increasingly warning that sitting for prolonged periods — even if you also exercise regularly — could be bad for your health. And it doesn’t matter where the sitting takes place — at the office, at school, in the car or before a computer or TV — just the overall number of hours it occurs. Research is preliminary, but several studies suggest people who spend most of their days sitting are more likely to be fat, have a heart attack or even die. In an editorial published this week in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Elin Ekblom-Bak of the Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences suggested that authorities rethink how they define physical activity to highlight the dangers of sitting. While health officials have issued guidelines recommending minimum amounts of physical activity, they haven’t suggested people try to limit how much time they spend in a seated position. “After four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals,” Ekblom-Bak said. She explained that genes regulating the amount of glucose and fat in the body start to shut down. Even for people who exercise, spending long stretches of time sitting at a desk is still harmful. Tim Armstrong, a physical activity expert at the World Health Organization, said people who exercise every day — but still spend a lot of time sitting — might get more benefit if that exercise were spread across the day, rather than in a single bout.

That wasn’t welcome news for Aytekin Can, 31, who works at a London financial company, and spends most of his days sitting in front of a computer. Several evenings a week, Can also teaches jiu jitsu, a Japanese martial art involving wrestling, and also does Thai boxing. “I’m sure there are some detrimental effects of staying still for too long, but I hope that being active when I can helps,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to think the sitting could be that dangerous.” Still, in a study published last year that tracked more than 17,000 Canadians for about a dozen years, researchers found people who sat more had a higher death risk, independently of whether or not they exercised. “We don’t have enough evidence yet to say how much sitting is bad,” said Peter Katzmarzyk of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, who led the Canadian study. “But it seems the more you can get up and interrupt this sedentary behavior, the better.” Figures from a U.S. survey in 2003-2004 found Americans spend more than half their time sitting, from working at their desks to sitting in cars. Experts said more research is needed to figure out just how much sitting is dangerous, and what might be possible to offset those effects. “People should keep exercising because that has a lot of benefits,” Ekblom-Bak said. “But when they’re in the office, they should try to interrupt sitting as often as possible,” she said. “Don’t just send your colleague an e-mail. Walk over and talk to him. Standing up.”

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Experts say another major earthquake in Haiti unlikely

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CENTENNIAL ‘Kent, Home of the Hump and Hustle’ “If Kent wants a state normal school, there’s no use being bashful about it,” Paxton wrote. “Let’s go after it.” Halem said education was the most stable “industry” Kent could invest in. “Education is not subject to fire and unemployment and depression,” she said. “There was the idea that the school would continue.” Professor Emeritus William Hildebrand, author of “A Most Noble Enterprise: Kent State University, 1910-2010,” wrote in his book that the new school’s site should have sufficient infrastructure and a good public health system among a few other things but “perhaps most important, a large parcel of suitable land available for the campus.” William S. Kent, son of Marvin Kent for whom the city was named, offered more than 50 acres of his farmland as the site, but the commissioners couldn’t see it through the fog that afternoon in September. They made it to the site, but muddy, wet and eager to make their noon appointment in Ravenna, the commissioners were unimpressed by the view. Sensing their discomfort, the Board of Trade members convinced them to stop for a prepared lunch in Twin Lakes, which they claimed was on the way to Ravenna. Vazzano wrote that it had been a boldfaced lie. But it was over that fresh fish fry and cigars — and untold amounts of spirits — the Kent men wined and

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A Kent Normal School Subscription form for $25.00 used to raise money for the establishment of the college. This subscription was signed by Abel Christensen. Photograph appears between pages 24 and 25 of The Years of Youth. dined the commissioners from the state, who showed up late for their meeting in Ravenna and refused the cold meal that had been waiting for them there since noon. “They actually got drunk here (in Twin Lakes),” Gressard said. “But no one likes to talk about that.” Regardless, it was a fish fry, Hildebrand said, that likely sealed the fate of the struggling city. “I think it was definitely a turning point, because it gave the men who took them to lunch a chance to talk about (Kent) and make their case in a happy frame of mind,” Hildebrand said. “They were much more receptive than they would have been otherwise and it delayed Ravenna. There were lingering feelings of resentment over that.” But the bluegill luncheon was not the only reason Kent won the bid for the normal school. Fog had obscured the commissioners’ view of the town, and so they planned a second trip to see the land. The commissioners had narrowed their search to Kent, Wads-

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A Davey Tree crew clearing trees on the hill where Merrill Hall, Kent State’s first building, would eventually be constructed. A similar photograph appears on Page 23 of A Book of Memories. From Page A1

SIDEWALKS Snow removal: your civil duty City council has been working with Dean of Students Greg Jarvie to build a program that would pair students with residents who physically aren’t able to shovel sidewalks and driveways to press the importance of the issue. Because sidewalk clearing will be

left in the hands of Kent residents, the city’s focus this winter will be on snow pileups that obstruct views or cover sidewalks. Loomis said he has given warnings to numerous businesses so far, but no citations. Those businesses or residents who fail to heed warnings will face a first-time fee of $100, which escalates with each offense. As for those who are concerned about sidewalk snow pileup from city plows clearing the road, Kent has hired a private contractor.

worth and Warren by then. As Hildebrand wrote in his book, it was the second visit that brought Kent its school. On Nov. 25, 1910, Ohio Gov. Judson Harmon announced Kent as the location for the eastern school and Bowling Green for the location of the western school. “The best evidence points to the Kent farm itself as having made the decisive impression: its proximity to the village, its spaciousness, its rich forest of virgin timber, its freeflowing spring, and, preeminently, its sheer natural beauty ...,” Hildebrand wrote. “Although what (the commissioners) heard at the bluegill feast may have persuaded them to give Kent a second look, it was the magnificent land itself that won the normal school.” The feelings of resentment Hildebrand mentioned from neighboring towns and competing universities would last well into the 1920s, but for now, the city had reason to celebrate. A few hundred Kentites gathered on Normal Hill days after the governor’s announcement to take a look at what would become the school’s campus — Normal Hill, they called it. “I enjoyed writing that part of the book very much,” Hildebrand said. “I enjoyed bringing out the beauty of that hillside. It was really the reason why the city got that school and the townspeople knew it. It was a day of thanksgiving.” Kent Normal School was named after William S. Kent, not the town, for his donation of land. The first building would be constructed a few years later and named after the couple who prepared the bluegill that afternoon in September. Merrill Hall still sits atop the semicircle of buildings at the front of campus. Contact enterprise reporter Kristine Gill at React to this story and more at The contractor is using a new plowing system to ensure the snow is pushed down the road and into corners instead of intersections. So far this winter, the city plows have cleared 151 intersections to avoid obstructive snow piles. Contact public affairs reporter Melissa Dilley at

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MIAMI — Does another “Big One” loom over Haiti? The question came up Wednesday after a magnitude 5.9 aftershock struck 35 miles outside of Port-au-Prince — eight days after a major earthquake shattered the city. Another major quake is unlikely but possible, experts say. “It’s really hard to predict,” said Brady Cox, assistant professor of civil engineering at University of Arkansas. “Any time there’s a large quake it causes significant stress redistribution along earthquake fault lines. It relieves stress in some areas and increases it in others.” “There’s a natural progression of aftershocks,” says Dr. Paul Mann, a geologist with the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas. “The general trend is for them to become smaller over time.” On the Richter scale, a magnitude 5.9 quake like Wednesday’s is considered “strong,” with light damage expected. Still, on the mathematically complex scale that measures earthquakes, even a 6.0-magnitude quake would have only 1/30th the destructive power of a 7.0 quake. Wednesday’s aftershock was centered 6.2 miles below the Earth’s surface; the big quake a week ago was centered 8.1

miles down. Quakes closer to the surface do more damage, experts say. “To a building already damaged by the earlier quake, it could be a very serious thing,” said Tim Dixon, professor of geophysics at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami. Wednesday’s tremor wasn’t the first strong aftershock. Since the big quake, the area around Haiti has had 44 aftershocks measuring 4.1 to 5.9, according to the United States Geological Survey. Wednesday’s 5.9-magnitude aftershock was bigger than expected, but not too far out of line, Dixon said. In Haiti and the Caribbean, the original earthquake and the aftershocks are taking place along the Enriquillo Fault Zone that starts in Jamaica in the west and goes through Haiti and into the Enriquillo Valley in the Dominican Republic. It’s part of the ever-shifting boundary between the massive North American and Caribbean tectonic plates. The Enriquillo zone is 600 miles long. Last week’s earthquake near Port-au-Prince ruptured only about 50 miles of that fault line, increasing the stress on the portions remaining unruptured, Dixon said. Still, most of the current aftershocks are in the part of the Enriquillo line that slipped in last week’s big quake, not in areas outside it.

“They’re just stress being redistributed along the line that already slipped,” he said. Most of the 44 aftershocks have taken place to the west of the original earthquake, he said, because the original quake was created by a slipping of the plates in a westerly direction. The aftershocks may continue, but they’re unlikely to be as big as Wednesday’s, Dixon said. He said the 5.8-magnitude quake that rattled the Cayman Islands on Tuesday was not directly related to the Port-auPrince quake. It’s on the same North American/Caribbean tectonic plate boundary, but not on the same fault line, he said. Still, another big quake is possible, Cox said. He said two major separate quakes struck Turkey, both within 100 miles of Istanbul, within three months of each other in 1999. A 7.4-magnitude quake hit near Istanbul on Aug. 17, 1999, killing 17,000, followed by a 7.2-magnitude quake on Nov. 12 that killed 1,000. Geologists said the second quake was not an aftershock, but a separate seismic event on the same Anatolian Fault Line. “These things are unpredictable” Cox said.

This article originally appeared in The Miami Herald and was distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.


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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 6. You have your marching orders. Don’t be afraid to start out early and work hard all day. A female begs you to take a break for supper. Follow her instructions to the letter. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 6. Exert yourself to push aside an obstacle at work. Challenge yourself to move up a rung on the career ladder. A female provides support. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 6. Connect with a female who has a special connection to private information. Don’t expect her to reveal her sources. Just accept the data gracefully. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 6. If you collaborate with a much older person, you’ll love the results. Both of you feel vindicated when the news gets out. Feel free to pat each other on the back.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 5. Get down to business early and stick to it. Most of the day is spent clearing up mistakes and trying to grasp what seems like an ancient concept. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 6. A woman presents a compelling argument. It’s unique and yet practical. It’s hard to imagine anything working better than that. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 5. Relationships have been tough lately. Today you get a handle on how to communicate your ideas reasonably, without seeming boring. Get exercise later. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 5. Share the stage with a female who knows her lines perfectly. Even if you ad-lib, she can handle the banter. Who knows where the play will take you?

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BASKETBALL KSU welcomes Buffalo to the jungle Six players scored doubledigit point totals for Kent State: Singletary (18); junior guard Rodriguez Sherman (13); Simpson (11); Holt (11); sophomore forward Justin Greene (10). The Bulls remain winless in the M.A.C. Center with an 0-13 record. Kent State welcomes its rival Akron, who is coming off a 69-49 win against Ohio, at noon on Saturday. The game is scheduled to air on ESPN U. Contact sports reporter Cody Erbacher at

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Senior guard Chris Singletary passes the ball to his teammate during the second half of yesterday’s win against Buffalo.


Senior forward Anthony Simpson scores during the second half of yesterday’s game against Buffalo. Simpson scored 11 points in the Flashes’ 89-54 win.


Senior guard Chris Singletary celebrates after his teammate scores a 3-point shot.


Sophomore forward Justin Greene celebrates with his smallest fan. He scored a total of 10 points in last night’s game.

A teammate pulls junior guard Rodriguez Sherman up from the floor after a fall.




New year, new you? The party may be over, but are your New Year’s resolutions still going strong?


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oseph Paydock, Kent State ROTC Admissions Officer and U. S. Army Lt. Col., was a smoker for almost 20 years until one August day about four years ago, he quit. Seven months earlier, just after the new year, he told himself, “This is the year I’m going to quit.” But being a self-proclaimed “non-conformist,” Paydock wouldn’t label this desire a New Year’s resolution. Instead, he called it his chance to “hit the reset button.” Hair dryers have reset buttons, as do toaster ovens and watches. People do not. Yet, as December days dwindle, people start making their lists of things to do to improve their lives. “The new year is an opportunity for change,” said Paul Szeltner, junior exploratory major. “It’s a time for people to start anew.” Sitting in the Student Center, Szeltner thought back to the first New Year’s resolution he ever made. It was the transition from 2008 to 2009. Like Paydock, Szeltner wanted to transition from being a smoker to a non-smoker. “It was family influence,” Szeltner said. “My parents hated that I smoked. I knew as summer was approaching and I would be home more often, I should just try to quit early in the year.” He failed. At first, Szeltner said he was fine. He wasn’t smoking at all. But as the months grew warmer and the parties became more frequent, his old habits came back. “When I had a beer in my hand, I needed a cigarette,” he said. Szeltner’s story can be translated to others who resolve to improve their lives at the beginning of each year and find themselves lagging a few weeks into January. Emily Grein, junior international relations major, said she thinks people failing at their resolutions can be attributed to the attitudes people have in making them in the first place. “People look for instant results in resolutions,” she said. “They never go for longterm goals, then they get busy and just forget.”

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However, Grein’s outlook on New Year’s resolutions is positive. She said resolutions are something you try out; if you fail, it doesn’t make you a failure. What does it make you, then? Paydock said it makes people a constant work in progress, attempting to be the best person they can be. “The resolution doesn’t start January 1,” he said. “But from the turn of the year and forward, we’ve made the commitment to renew ourselves for the entire year.” Paydock bent his non-conformist ways this year, making a formal, joint resolution with his 13-year-old daughter. “We are going to read the Bible together this year,” he said. “I want us to establish and solidify our faith.” So far, neither Paydock nor his daughter has read a single page, “but I haven’t let go of the dream,” he said. Szeltner is looking for a rebirth of himself this year, too. While home over the break, he found himself looking at high school pictures, noticing how lean his body was then from running track. “I’ve been putting on beer weight,” he said. “My resolution is to cut back on drinking and to start running again. I can see the room for improvement in myself.” Contact features reporter Darren D’Altorio at

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Mugs: Blue Lagoon, $3.25; Washington Apple shot, $3.25; Honkers Ale, $3.50 pint $4.25 tall; and Miller Lite, $2 pint $3 tall Professors Pub: Half-off drafts for the first half of every Cavs game Dominick’s: Miller Lite, $2 pint BW3: Coors Light is the beer of the month, $2.75 tall; Happy hour is from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with 75 cents off tall drafts; Thursdays are $2 margaritas and $3 Long Island Ice Teas; and Fridays are $3 bombs and $4 cosmopolitans. Riverside Wine: Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $1 off drafts; Mondays and Tuesday have no corking fee so patrons pay retail price to drink wine in restaurant. Franklin Square Deli: Monday, Smazzi’s Chicken gyro; Tuesday, Meatball Italia; Wednesday, Sicilian Submarine; Thursday, Louisiana BBQ Pork; Friday, Sandwich Cubano; and Saturday, A1- A Roast Beef. Euro Gyro: Small 1-topping pizza, $5; Philly Steak sub, $5; Chicken hoagie sub, $5; Gyros, $5; Any pizza pita, $5; and Wednesday is $5 large 1- item pizza for pick-up only. Ray’s Place: Labatt Blue is the draft beer of the month, $2.50 pint $2.95 tall; Newcastle Brown Ale, $3.95 pint $4.50 tall; Jim Beam Red Stag shot, $2.75; Sex on the Beach shot, $2.95; Cherry bomb, $2.95; Chilled Shark Water shots, $3; Long Island Ice Tea, $3.50; Spiced rum and coke, $2.95; Tropical rum and coke, $2.95 and Amaretto Sour, $2.95. The Loft: Miller Light, $1.50 mugs $7 pitchers; Labatt Blue, $8 pitchers; Girl Scout Cookie, Long Island Ice Tea, Bubble Gum, Rocket Pop and Snake Bite, $3; Grape and cherry bombs, $2.50; and Natural Light, $1.25 mugs $6 pitcher. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with $2 off pitchers, 75 cents off pints and 50 cents off mugs and liquor.

Making your 2010 resolutions easier to keep Stick to a workout routine by mixing it up Tools to deal with stressors of college The cheapest to most expensive ways

Kelley Stoklosa

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Brittani Cicero, freshman nutrition major “When it’s colder out people tend to exercise less, and they can gain weight that way. Exercise can help get you motivated, which can also benefit your studies.” Jenna Walker, sophomore nursing major “I feel a lot better overall. A good physical appearance makes you feel better and it’s fun.” Caitlin MacKenzie, special education graduate student “I feel like being outside puts you in a better mood. I have warm clothes to run outside in the winter, but if it’s too cold, there are lifting and spinning classes at the rec.” Many students are trying to reap the rewards of working out even in the frigid winter months. These rewards include physical, mental and emotional well-being. Some students brave the cold air, while others find ways to stay fit indoors. The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is a great way to stay healthy all year round, but if you are looking for alternative ways to stay in shape, check these out.

Cheapest to most expensive The Biggest Loser Club: Sign up for free exercise and healthy eating advice at biggestloserclub. com. Those who sign up can pledge to lose up to 50 lbs in the Pound For Pound Challenge. For each pound pledged, 14 cents will be donated to Feeding America, which is enough to deliver 1 lb of groceries to a local food bank. The Daily Plate helps track calories and workouts at livestrong. com and costs $2.99 to download to an iPhone or iPod touch. Crunch: Fat Burning Dance Party $6.49 on


of getting healthy

Margaret Thompson Daily Kent Stater

College is meant to provide new opportunities and experiences, but a pileup of activities and responsibilities can take over and make the journey more stressful than enjoyable at times. With classes, friends, clubs, roommates, possibly a job and the worries of scheduling out your future and paying for it, college becomes a juggling act. Each student has his or her own set of stressors. Here are some ways available to Kent State students to help them cope with anxiety in the new year.

150 100 50 0 The Biggest Loser Club — Free The Daily Plate — $2.99 Crunch: Fat Burning Dance Party — $6.49 Dance with Julianne: Cardic Ballroom — $7.99

Dance with Julianne: Cardio Ballroom $7.99 on Pussycat Dolls Workout $7.99 on Billy Blanks: Ultimate Tae Bo $15.49 on Kim Kardashian: Fit in Your

Billy Blanks: Ultimate Tae Bo — $15.49 Weight Watchers three-month plan — $53.85 Wii Fit — $134 Wii console — $199

Jeans by Friday $17.99 on Weight Watchers is now offering a one week free trial. After that, a three month plan costs $53.85 for workouts, eating guides, a calorie tracker and

K e r i Slepecky Junior fashion merchand i s i n g major “I listen to music o r w a t c h Slepecky a movie. Sometimes I’ll go shopping or read a book.” Traci Hoffman Freshman education major “I listen to music, and I read a book or I watch TV.” Joe Smakula Sophomore business major “I go to the gym and binge eat a lot.”

meetings. Wii Fit $134 plus Wii console $199.99 both on

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 Work out at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The rec center offers yoga classes as well as other exercise classes, which can be a good distraction and can keep you healthy.  Take a break from your schoolwork to see a movie or hang out with friends. Free movies are offered at the Kiva every weekend.  Set a bedtime for yourself. Getting a healthy amount of sleep can greatly improve your general quality of life.  Buy a planner for the new year. Keep your events and class assignments organized so you don’t take on too much at once.  If you are feeling completely overwhelmed, schedule an appointment with the university’s psychological health services. Counselors are willing to discuss your own unique situation. To make an appointment, call (330) 672-2487.

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Budget your money to make the most of your savings this year Cassandra Adams

Daily Kent Stater Alex Terlacher Junior nursing major “My New Year’s resolution is to learn to budget my money better. I’m trying to save some money. I’m allowing $40 spending money a week. The rest is in the bank.” Between eating lunch out and weekend trips to the bars, it can be difficult to save extra cash. Here are some useful tips for keeping track of your spending from economics professor Kathryn Wilson: Tip 1: Make a list of what you spend money on “If you really want to take control of your finances, for two weeks write down every penny you spend and what you spend it on. Two things will probably happen. First, there will be money you don’t spend because you think about it before spending it; second, you will be surprised at how much money you spend in certain areas and be able to make changes that save you money.” Tip 2: Pay cash “Pay cash for everything you can (and I mean actual cash, not using a debit card). There is something about seeing the actual dollars leaving your hand that causes you to think more about your

How much should you be spending? 3% transportation 4% books and supplies 4.7% travel and vacation 6.5% entertainment 6.7% apparel and services 19% tuition 26% room and board 30.1% other spending, and you will make sure you don’t spend money you don’t have (and don’t have to pay high bank fees for overdrawing.)” Tip 3: Deposit into your piggy bank (savings) “The first thing you should do when you get a paycheck is set some of the money aside for savings – don’t wait until the end

of the month and plan on saving whatever is left over because there will probably not be anything left over.” Tip 4: Recognize the true necessities Yes, this may mean less frequent trips to Starbucks. “If you are on a really tight budget, think about what necessities really are. Do you need that many cable channels? Do you


need a cell phone plan that is as costly? Do you need to drink a coffee from Starbucks instead of making a pot of coffee in your room?” “Remember that when you are in college, you are investing in your future. Doing well in college will help you become a more critical thinker, get good recommendations, have a solid resume and get a good job when you

graduate. Consider spending fewer hours working in a job during college and more hours focused on your education. You may have to give up some luxuries now, but it may greatly increase your lifetime wealth,” Wilson said.

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What Kent will be talking about in 2010 Nicole Hennessy

Daily Kent Stater More than ten years ago, people prepared for the new century by stocking up on things like canned foods, bottled water, endless cartons of cigarettes and cases of liquor. Y2K — society’s seemingly inevitable meltdown because of the fact that computers would not understand the date of the new century, therefore combusting and leaving us helpless humans to our own devices — never happened. Now, embarking on the second decade of the 21st century, there are many things to look forward to. “Seeing friends after break.” L i z M i l l e r, sophomore fashion major ”I’m looking forward to finding happiness Miller within myself, because if I’m not happy, who should be?” Mike Boerio, freshmen nursing student

The 40-year anniversary of May 4 — Aside from this event being a time to come together as a campus, there is also a May 4 movie in the works starring Evan Rachel Wood and a new May 4 visitors center beginning to take shape in Taylor Hall.

“I’m excited about the senior fashion show and seeing all their fashions.” Stacie Moss, sophomore fashion major Contact features reporter Nicole Hennessy at

This year’s college fest — Get ready to throw your couch out the window — or not. Police and city officials will be creating a dialogue about student partying throughout the semester so it doesn’t accumulate at the end of April.

New design of Risman Plaza — Beginning the day after graduation, construction will begin to make the plaza greener and more spacious. The first step of the project will include tearing down the fountain and tearing up some concrete. The Plaza is expected to be finished by 2010 Homecoming.

Fairchild Avenue construction — A new Sheetz gas station won a zoning suit in July 2009 to be built at the corner of Fairchild Avenue and North Mantua Street. The City of Kent Community Development department said construction for the gas station is still in the planning stage.


Laing Kennedy’s retirement

— After 16 years at Kent State, Laing Kennedy, director of athletics, will be retiring in June. A search committee was formed to help President Lester Lefton find potential candidates for the job.

Esplanade extension — The Esplanade, the large walkway that extends through the center of campus, will be expanded to lead students downtown instead of simply to the edge of campus.

Evolution of radio at Kent State and beyond Allison Smith

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On Jan. 15, Wikipedia, a free and user-generated encyclopedia, launches online.


Audiences are introduced to Dory and a clownfish named Nemo with Pixar’s release of “Finding Nemo.”


Facebook is founded by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates on Feb. 4.


YouTube is launched on Feb. 15. The first ever video uploaded by the site’s founder, “Me at the Zoo” can still be viewed today on the site.

MTV begins the series “The Osbour nes.” Thanks to the show’s wildly popular success, MTV, along with many other cable networks, begins focusing programming around reality shows.


The popular seventh generation-console Nintendo Wii hits stores on November 19.


— Kent State and Bowling Green will both be celebrating their centennial in 2010. To celebrate this milestone, the schools will compete in a points-based rivalry competition throughout the 2009-2010 academic year. The winning school will claim the Centennial Cup.

As the medium struggles to adapt, NPR thrives

High schoolers across the country dance to “Who Let the Dogs Out?” by the Baha Men after the song appears in the Nickelodeon movie, “Rugrats in Pairs: The Movie.”


— The dance and theater department’s addition, which began construction in the fall of 2008, is set to be completed near the end of the semester. Some amenities will include dance and acting studios, costume construction facilities and a welding laboratory.

Kent State’s Centennial Cup Challenge

Kent State

A brief look back at the Oughts


The completion of the Roe Green Center


The final installment of the Harry Potter series — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — hits bookstores. 11 million copies are sold in the first 24 hours, and it becomes the fastest-selling book of all time.

Michael Phelps wins eight gold medals in the Summer Olympic Games held in Beijing to give him a total of 14 — the most held by any Olympian in history.

The World Health Organization declares H1N1, commonly known as Swine Flu, a global pandemic — the first since the 1968 Hong Kong flu.

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The introduction of radio in the ‘20s helped create a culture for America, but today the only form of broadcast getting by are public channels like National Public Radio affiliate WKSU-Kent’s own radio station. Ben Whaley, an assistant professor for journalism and mass communication, said radio tied Americans together by allowing them to listen to the same performance no matter where they were in the country. “If you lived in Ames, Iowa, for example, and wanted to hear a symphony orchestra, you’d probably have to jump on the train and go to Chicago where there was one,” Whaley said. “Where, if you stayed in Ames, Iowa and listened to NBC, you’d hear Arturo Toscanini, one of the great conductors of all time, conducting one of the better symphony orchestras of all time, the NBC symphony orchestra.” When radio was popular, it featured programs much like those on television today, he said. Today, most radio stations play syndicated shows such as “The Rush Limbaugh Show” and “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest.” “What I like to say is the minute the first cassette player, or even the first 8-track player, went into an automobile, radio started to die,” Whaley said. “Because once people were able to program their own music, what did they need music radio for? And advertising revenue started to dry up.” Whaley said the only radio stations that are doing well today are those affiliated with NPR. “There’s only one area of


Above, an audioboard at the WKSU studio, which is located on Kent State’s campus. Bottom, radio announcer Sylvia Docking operates the system while hosting her afternoon classical music show at WKSU. radio I know of that actually has an increasing demographic: NPR,” Whaley said. “And the reason NPR is increasing is you can’t get it anyplace else except newspapers that are going belly up all over the country. So, unfortunately, what you’re really seeing is the shift of the newspaper demographic to NPR’s demographic.” Whaley said the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which NPR is associated with, was started to tie the public stations across the country under a government corporation. WKSU Executive Director Al Bartholet said WKSU has been at Kent since 1950. It began as a teaching program and was originally broadcast from Kent Hall. It moved to the third floor of the Music and Speech Building in 1968 and then to its current location off of East Summit Street in 1992. “We became a professional station in 1973 and 1974 when NPR and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting started funding university licenses,” Bartholet said. “Since then, we’ve gone to HD … we created Folk Alley, which is a 24/7 folk music service. We’re the number one provider of folk

music content in the world.” Bartholet said high definition radio presents a similar opportunity to satellite radio, but the consumer won’t have to pay a subscription for it. He said WKSU is the only radio station in the state that offers three high definition channels. “I think the future of radio will depend in part whether HD radio is successful,” Bartholet said. “I’m not certain that satellite radio is the panacea, it’s not doing very well financially.” Whaley said XM and Sirius Satellite Radio have merged because there wasn’t enough revenue. He believes satellite radio is not the future of radio because he thinks the next thing is wireless Internet radio. “You already have services like Pandora,” he said. “But what we haven’t got right now is a business model. I don’t know how you make money, and neither does anybody else.” Contact features reporter Allison Smith at

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Style Eye on Kent A toast to Kent State Allison Smith

in contrast to whatever ’s the cliché at the time.”

Remah Doleh For the next couple of weeks, Style Eye will be sharing the styles I have captured from my trip in New York. While in New York, I had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people from numerous parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. There is a certain touch to style that is seen in NYC. Details, innovation, uniqueness and effortlessness are what sums up the overall style captured from my trip. I started Style Eye in the city. There are so many parts of the city I had to visit, such as Chelsea, Greenwich Village and Soho, to name a few. So I got right to work. I hopped on the subway and got off at Broadway. There I was standing directly in the middle of the city, where streetwear originated (sure, you may argue with that, but it’s the truth). I clutched my camera, ready to take the city by storm, while of course occasionally slipping into a few shops — how could I resist? Style was everywhere. It was in the walk, it was in their attitude, it was in the air. I discovered a group of friends, and each of them had a great sense of style. One particular person of the group really caught my attention, Donald Hobson, from the Bronx. From his cuffed jeans to his scarf-styled ascot and his purple pocket square, every piece of his outfit worked so well together. I was eager to learn more about the guy from the Bronx. What is your personal interpretation of style? “Style is an expression of everything you believe in. Me, personally, I don’t like to follow society’s rules, so I just do whatever feels good, and I try to be

Please explain what you are wearing. “I mixed prep and urban. I have my jeans cuffed up. I’m also wearing a blazer. I always tuck my scarf in; I like the way it looks. I like mixing colors and patterns, I’m wearing purple

and plaid.” Do you believe in the infamous fashion rules? “No, there is no such thing of that. If you look in the mirror and you’re confident, then you walk out that door.” Contact Style Eye columnist Remah Doleh at

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There are lots of obvious events that come with a centennial celebration such as parades, performances and parties, but alumnus Jim Facciuto had something else in mind — wine. Facciuto owned a label company and is also involved with a wine distribution company that distributes to the Professional Golfers Association. Steve Sokany, associate vice president of institutional advancement, said Facciuto introduced the idea because he wanted to donate a gift to the university. “As we were discussing the university’s upcoming centennial,

he said, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we did a centennial wine program for the university as an added way to commemorate?’” Sokany said. Sokany said when people first tasted the centennial wine they were surprised because they thought it was going to be an Ohio wine, but were amazed that the wine came from California. “When we did the centennial kickoff in October, the public launch of the campaign, we had two of the varietals, a white and a red, at the kickoff,” Sokany said. “At the Homecoming festivities on that Saturday, in the tailgate alley we had a little area set up where we were doing wine tasting.” Sokany said the university is responsible for marketing the wine and ushering people to the

Web site where bottles of wine can be purchased. “We’re still waiting to get our report from them because they are supposed to give us a report at the end of the calendar year,” Sokany said. “It’s my understanding that there has been a lot of activity, but we haven’t seen the actual results yet.” There are five wines to choose from: merlot, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, old vine zinfandel and sauvignon blanc. Each bottle of wine costs $18 and a 2-bottle gift box for $46. All of the profits will go to a scholarship fund. Tony Carlucci, enologist and instructor for the class Geography of Wine, gave advice on what kind of food to eat with the centennial wine.

The wines:

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“Merlot is going to go well with pizza and pasta, hamburgers, basically light red meats, nothing too rich or anything like that. It’s easy to drink. Merlot usually has low tannins and some nice fruit to it, so it’s an all-round easy to drink red wine pretty much.”

“Chardonnay, being a white wine, goes well with seafood. You’re going to go with poultry, chicken, turkey and things like that. You could use something like an alfredo sauce in pasta, that would also work well with it. A number of mild cheeses would also go well with chardonnay.”

Cabernet Sauvignon:

Old Vine Zinfandel:

“Being a bigger red, you want to pair it up with something that has more flavor and more intensity, so things like steak, beef, stew. Game foods like duck, for example, would go well with it. It has more of what’s called tannins in it, which is like antioxidants, and the tannins will help with the fats in the steak. Dark chocolate would go real well with it, also.”

“It’s something that basically California only makes. It’s become more and more popular. I’m a big zin fan. Zinfandel is going to go well with barbequed food again, red meats in general, although you could get away with barbequed chicken. Again, pasta and pizza go well with it. This is a red zin, not a blush zin.”

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Sauvignon Blanc: “Any sort of seafood is going to work really well with sauvignon blanc. In France it is also paired off with chèvre or goat’s cheese. It is a very classic pairing for that. You can also do poultry, like chicken. If you did a lemon chicken in the oven, it would also work really well. But seafood is really something that it’s usually paired up with. Clams on the half shell would go really well with sauvignon blanc.”

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