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‘It just seemed like it wasn’t even real’ Cody Francis

Daily Kent Stater On Jan. 22, Jon Koch went downtown to a few bars for his friend’s birthday. With Koch, among others, were his girlfriend Heather Weber and his friend John White. Weber and a friend decided to call it a night around 1 a.m. Koch and a few others stayed out until 2 a.m., when they got into a cab to go home. Koch said White decided to walk to his house instead of getting in the cab. Shortly after Koch left, White was assaulted. On Sunday, White died from injuries suffered in that assault at Akron City Hospital’s intensive care unit. Weber, senior art history major, said she and White’s other friends had been receiving updates on his condition from White’s mom and his friend Ted. She said she was startled when she received the news of White’s death. “It’s really shocking,” said Weber. “It’s really hard

to wrap your mind around.” Koch, a graduate student in the College of Business Administration, said he was under the impression that White was on his way to healing from his injuries before he heard about his death on Sunday. “We had heard nothing but good things,” he said. “He was going into physical therapy. He was having some short-term memory issues, but we figured that was normal. I didn’t think anything like this would happen. I was just shocked. We thought he was going to be on his road to recovery.” Koch said he still remembers when he heard about the assault almost a month ago. “I woke up to make some coffee and I found out,” Koch said. “None of us really knew what to think, it just seemed like it wasn’t even real. There’s no way it could have happened, we just saw him six hours ago.” See WHITE, Page 5

Kelly Byer

Daily Kent Stater County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said he is awaiting the autopsy report in the case of John T. White, who was assaulted Jan. 23 and died from his injuries Sunday at Akron City Hospital’s intensive care unit at 2:25 p.m. Vigluicci said the report is needed before taking further steps in the case against John H. Ragin Jr. and Hallie E. Nuspl, both 21-year-old Akron natives. “Based on what we find, we can then re-present the case to the grand jury for additional charges,” he said. An autopsy was performed yesterday to determine White’s cause of death, but results are pending, said Gary Guenther, supervisor of the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office. Guenther said hospital records and police reports still need to be reviewed and more testing needs to be

done. He said it could take days or weeks to reach a result, depending on the records. “Everything’s pending right now,” Guenther said. Kent City Police said they had no further information to add on the incident and are deferring all inquiries to the prosecutor’s office. White, a 28-year-old Iraq War veteran and graduate student at Kent State, was assaulted in downtown Kent near the intersection of South Water Street and West Main Street at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 23. He received head injuries from the physical altercation and was transported to Akron City Hospital.



Drug busts just a ‘coincidence’ Heroin dealer unrelated to Nov. incidents Simon Husted

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Students demand options Healthier choices on the way Ashley Sepanski

Daily Kent Stater Changing times and appetites at Kent State have brought healthy food options to the forefront on campus. With the classic college breakfast of cold pizza and beer becoming more of a delicacy than an everyday food option, dining halls are altering their menus to provide healthier choices for students.

Dining Services Director Richard Roldan said student feedback has helped create new food options. “Our menus are constantly changing,” Roldan said. “We are offering more vegan and vegetarian options. Food that has no preserves and gluten-free bakery items are available upon request.” Roldan said Prentice Café is also starting Veggie A-Go-Go, a vegetarian service where students can call in and order food to be prepared and picked up at a designated time. Jodie Luidhardt, Kent State Nutrition Outreach coordinator, said eating healthy on campus is all about choices. See OPTIONS, Page 5

With three heroin and one ecstasy bust this school year, drug activity is surging in Kent. Commander Pat Burns of the Portage County Drug Task Force said Friday’s heroin bust had no connection with the two November heroin busts. Roderick Wheeler, 28, of Ravenna, who was arrested during Friday’s bust, has an eight-year-long criminal history related to drugs, Burns said. “I’ve actually arrested him personally on another drug investigation about seven years ago,” Burns said. Burns added Wheeler has also been charged with dealing cocaine before. Burns said Kent campus’ high student population and central position between Cleveland, Youngstown and Akron make it a clear target for drug activity. Wheeler was charged with trafficking in heroin, a 3rd degree felony, possessing heroin, a 4th

degree felony, and possessing criminal tools, a 5th degree felony, Burns said. During the arrest, Burns added, Wheeler had $1,600 worth of heroin on him. Burns said the Drug Task Force had 133 open cases in 2009. John Peach, chief of the Kent State Police Department, said the bust was never intended to happen at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. He said that’s just simply where the suspect ended up stopping before his arrest. Burns added that many of the busts occur on campus only out of coincidence. “It’s not that we’re specifically targeting the university, but when we get a call, we don’t discriminate, we go to wherever the call takes us,” Burns said. Some students are not surprised by the insurgence of drug activity on campus. Nicholas DePaola, freshmen pre-dental and biology major, said his hometown of Harrison City, Pa., was a quiet, isolated suburb 20 minutes away from Pittsburgh. Although the town was secluded from much violence, DePaola said high school students there experimented with drugs all the time. “It was rich kids with too much money and too much time on their hands,” DePaola said. He said the same environment seems to be true here. See BUSTS, Page 5

They are healthy and ready ROTC students in good mental health Megan Dunick

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There is an ongoing trend that many soldiers returning from Afghanistan or Iraq suffer from mental health diseases. But for two Kent State students, that is not the case. Senior criminal justice major Brad Taylor and senior history major Joe Gray are dressed comfortably in casual clothes as they

sit their tall frames down in two oversized plush chairs. The room is dim yet relaxing as they begin to converse about their personal experiences overseas and what it is like mentally to serve in the military. “When I went over, I was initially scared,” said Brad Taylor, senior criminal justice major. “When you see all the coverage about the war on T.V., I thought — you know — you are getting shot at 24/7. But it was a lot different than that.” Both Taylor and senior history major Joe Gray served overseas before joining the ROTC Army program at Kent State. Taylor

was deployed to Afghanistan in June 2004 where he served in the military. As for Gray, he was in and out of Afghanistan and Iraq for 15 months. Gray and Taylor agree that they had many worries before being deployed overseas. “I was pretty nervous when I first went over,” Gray said. “I was scared shitless on the flight over because I had no idea what to expect.” They both were taught the essential military skills needed in the basic training camps, which are held throughout the United States. See ROTC, Page 5


Senior history major Joe Gray and senior justice studies major Brad Taylor stand in the Army ROTC office on campus.

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Daily Kent Stater The Kent State Stark Campus’ Diversity Chat “I am Woman” is dedicated to women who are students, employees or mothers. The discussion will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Main Hall Auditorium. Lisa Sewell Givan, pre-college programs coordinator and enrollment management advisor, will be the facilitator of the chat. She said she thought of the event

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Sociology, justice studies to merge Suzi Starheim

Daily Kent Stater The Educational Policies Council decided to merge the sociology and justice studies programs at their meeting yesterday. Robert Frank, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, said the merging of the programs was well thought out. “They had done extensive internal conversations so it was appropriate that would be passed easily because they had done all their homework,” Frank said. Timothy Moerland, dean of the College

of Arts and Sciences, said this merge will not take anything away from students. “This will reinforce the experience for students both in sociology and in the justice studies program,” Moerland said. “It provides greater depth of faculty expertise.” Moerland said this merger is logical because there are many faculty members in sociology and justice studies who have educational backgrounds that overlap. Another action decided at the meeting was the deactivation of the horticultural technology major, which is now only available at the Salem campus, and the industrial trades technology major, now

Students lunch with Lefton Students have the chance to meet oneon-one with President Lester Lefton. Lefton will be meeting students for lunch on three different occasions throughout the semester, and the invitation is open for all students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students can contact Darlene Adel-

man in the president’s office at dadlma1@ and are asked to provide their academic year, major and contact information. The lunches will be held on March 4, April 6 and May 6 in the Student Center. - Jenna Staul

at the Trumbull campus. Tom Janson, Faculty Senate chair and professor of music, said this merger was decided mostly because of the lack of students and faculty within the majors. “If you have two students or three students in a program, it’s not the students’ problem, it’s the university’s problem to deliver instruction,” Janson said. “Obviously, with only two students in a majorm we don’t have the staff to offer all the courses.” Contact academics reporter Suzi Starheim at

for a cause Kelly Maile

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A dodgeball tournament for Haiti, hosted by the College of Business Administration, will bring students and faculty at Kent State together at 5:30 p.m. March 4 at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. “We need 2,000 students to participate to reach our goal of $10,000,” said Michael Matousek, president of the Financial Management Association. “As long as people are aware, and they don’t forget the message behind the tournament, I want them to come to the event and have a good time.” The teams, which will be divided by major, will be able to have an unlimited number of people. “I don’t want to put a limit on the number of kids you can have on a team because it will get students to collaborate, and it also brings in more money for Haiti,” Matousek said. “It is going to be really fun because the teams are by majors, and it will help students in the same major get to know each other.” In addition to registering for the tournament, participants can bring supplies that will benefit the people in Haiti, including masks and bottles of water. “The scale of this event is going to be huge,” Matousek said. “I got the right people on board who are excited because they see the magnitude that this event can have and how it will benefit the people in Haiti.” Matousek said anyone who wants to register for the tournament can go to up until the day of the tournament. The cost is $5 per person and all proceeds will go to the people in Haiti through UNICEF. Contact College of Business Administration reporter Kelly Maile at

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Police station not up to standards City mulls how to fix facility Denver Collins

Daily Kent Stater A roof collapse in early February at the Kent police station revealed a serious problem for the Kent Police Department. The facility, which was built in the 1920s, has had maintenance problems for years, including a leaky ceiling, which contributed to the roof collapse. A 2008 inspection by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Bureau of Adult Detention found the facility to be in noncompliance with more than onethird of the minimum standards. Out of 14 Ohio Minimum Jail Standards under the facility category, the Kent police station failed to meet five. The station lacks sufficient space for prisoners, seating, natural light and interior lighting under the standards. Kent Safety Director Bill Lillich said the best estimate for having an up-to-code police station in downtown Kent is 18-36 months. The city has had architectural plans commissioned for two options: repairing the current facility or building a new one. However, the city has not yet decided which option it will pursue. “Both are expensive, but we’re working on figuring out how to

afford one or the other,” City Manager Dave Ruller said. Ruller also said the city has been exploring building a joint facility with Kent State police and Portage County Sherrif’s Department. “Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to get the timing to work for a combined project, so now it looks like we’ll have to pursue it on our own,” he said. The $9 million budgeted for a new station was pulled in late 2009 because the city’s finances were “not real great,” Lillich said. Lack of funding is a large issue preventing plans for remodeling or development from going forward. “We hope to come to a decision by mid-year,” Lillich said. But the choice seems black-andwhite to Lt. Jayme Cole, who has worked at the station for 22 years. “It would be a physical impossibility to fix this building,” Cole said, adding the cost of bringing the building up to code would be as much, if not more than building a new station. Cole joked about the situation, noting police officers face enough danger on the job. “It’d be ironic if I died from having a beam fall on my head,” he said.

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.


FRIDAY n Criminal mischief was reported at Lake Hall. Theft was reported at Michael Schwartz Center and Lake Hall.


SATURDAY Criminal damage was reported at Wright Hall.


Melissa D. Rubenstein, 18, of Beachwood was charged with underage drinking at Allyn Hall.




Students with umbrellas walk in the rain on the Esplanade outside of the Student Center yesterday.


Criminal mischief was reported at Lake Hall.

Disorderly conduct was reported at Wright Hall.


Eric P. Simon, 18, of Ashtabula was charged with underage drinking at the Business Administration Building R2 lot.



Lauren Z. Brenza, 18, of Akron was charged with underage drinking at Allyn Hall.


Criminal damage was reported at Rockwell R1 lot.


Matthew J. Gladfelter, 20, of North Ridgeville was charged with underage drinking at Kent Drive near Kent Hall.



SATURDAY Telecommunication harassment was reported at Prentice and Koonce halls.


Vincent A. DeCrow, 18, of Concord was charged with underage drinking at the Business Administration Building R2 lot.


The Kent police department is currently looking for a solution to problems within its building. The ceiling collapsed in early February.

Sarah E. Roche, 18, of Lyndhurst was charged with underage drinking at Allyn Hall.



Criminal trespassing was reported at the TriTowers Rotunda.

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James E. Fohrd, 19, of Parma was charged with underage drinking, a miscellaneous drug offense and possession of drug paraphernalia at Bowman R7 lot. Jacob M. Thrasher, 18, of Bedford Heights was charged with underage drinking at Bowman R7 lot.



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SUMMARY: Candidates for Undergraduate Student Government positions have begun campaigning. We hope they’ll not just reach out to the student body and form feasible platforms, but also keep their promises if they are elected.

Please keep your promises

It’s that time of the year again. Last week, students interested in Undergraduate Student Government had to turn in their applications, and this week, they’ve begun campaigning for their positions. You might’ve seen signs around campus asking for your vote or Facebook groups asking you to invite all your friends to garner support. And by election day — March 9 — it’s very likely that you might be sick of all the campaigning. Despite the overload, it’s encouraging to see students enthusiastically thinking of ways to better the campus. However, it’s rather disheartening months later when we don’t see results. If someone visiting campus during the next few weeks observed all the campaigning that’s going on right now, they would probable presume that USG has a large presence on campus. Yet, at any other time of the year, the organization has a rather small presence. We’ll give credit where it’s due — USG has made some progress in working with the

city of Kent by attending council meetings and going door-to-door during big party weekends, promoting responsible behavior. But there’s still more to be done by people who run such an enthusiastic campaign. It makes us wonder the intentions of many people campaigning: Do you really want to change the campus, or are you trying to win a popularity contest? Part of the problem comes from being a bit too enthusiastic in campaigning. Instead of promising some earth-shattering results when elected just to get votes, why not do your research and make a few modest promises? It’s proven to have worked. Last year, USG senators decided they would rather focus on bringing one big musical act to Kent State and forego some of the smallscale acts they’ve brought in the past. This week, Jay Sean, one of the music industry’s bigger artists right now, will be performing in the M.A.C. Center, a result of USG’s work. We haven’t seen the smaller, washed-up acts like OK Go and Third Eye Blind, like we

have in the past — acts that used up much of USG’s budget. Unfortunately, though, this is the exception rather than the norm. In previous years, we’ve heard USG candidates make some outrageous promises. And this may be why so little gets done. Having an impossible goal to work for is frustrating. Instead, we encourage USG candidates to talk to students to see what they want done, and then talk to administrators and other Kent State officials about what actually can be done. Form a few mid-point goals that add up to the larger one. Don’t lose sight of your goal as time passes by. That’s how things get done in the real world. And maybe at the end of your term as senator, you’ll find that something has changed. 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

DON WRIGHT’s VIEW DID YOU KNOW? During the bloody Battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines took the crest of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position, and raised the U.S. flag. —

A ‘performance’ for the ages

It was late Saturday night. I had a column ready to go about Tiger Woods and my refusal to watch his contrived apology and how society should not feel entitled to any information about this man’s personal life, blah blah blah. Then I watched a film that changed my life and could very well change yours, and I jolted my old column and everything I thought I knew about motion pictures along with it. As such, I dedicated my column (a dubious honor, no doubt) to the greatest 93 minutes ever committed to celluloid. The film was called “Command Performance.” It was written, directed by, and starring Dolph Lundgren as Joe (yep, just “Joe,” which I think signifies the character’s disconnect from his past or something). Joe is an ex-biker human drum machine who — as could be best ascertained by simply watching the movie — lost his brother to Colombian drug lords or gunrunners or anti-abortion nuts or the Parents’ Music Resource Center (they were Colombians with assault rifles, and not much else is known or explained, but, come on, do we care?). As a result, Joe has an aversion to gun violence, or at least he does for about 15 minutes, until he uses a drumstick to impale a terrorist under the chin and forces it out through his eye socket, warning him to “watch the hair, dude,” and realizing that to do so a couple hundred more times would be much more time-consuming than opting for a good old Soviet-surplus assault rifle. Oh, did I mention what scenario would allow a drummer the opportunity to impale a man’s head with his drumstick? Well Joe’s band, CMF, which we come to find stands for “Cheap Motherfucker,” is an opening act for a concert held in honor of the Russian president, but the concert is overrun by communist holdouts who want to do away with the Russian Federation. As the terrorists fire into the crowd indiscriminately, Joe sneaks himself a little doobie and plays air drums in the bathroom. A la “Die Hard,” his convenient trip to the pisser allows for him to be on the inside and under the bad guys’ radar. By the way, the film was inspired by a Madonna performance in Vladimir Putin’s honor, and Lundgren, a drummer in real life, wanted the opportunity to show off his two most honed

Nick Baker skills: killing and drumming, through cinema. Though my brother called it “piss poor” and my roommate added that it was “worse than watching an abortion,” it is clear they do not appreciate groundbreaking cinema. A roommate with a more refined theatrical pallet called it “pure gold” after a moment of stupefied contemplation and head shaking. Yet another put up the metal devil horns sign, which was exchanged at least half a dozen times by characters laden with bullet holes in dramatic, predeath rock ‘n’ roll solidarity gestures, as he said to me, “Rock and load.” I don’t want to offer any spoilers, but we can safely say that Lundgren’s “rock and load” line at the end of the flick will likely be the “I’ll never let go, Jack,” of this decade. Lundgren is no stranger to finely tuned dialogue. Remember “Rocky IV”? If you do, then likely there is an indelible image in your mind of a Soviet steroid superhuman named Ivan Drago staring blankly after murdering national American hero Apollo Creed. That mechanized Russian bastard was played by Lundgren. Best we can figure, he had less than a dozen words of dialogue in that movie, but offered jewels like, “If he dies, he dies,” and, “I must break you.” This is surely a film that will transcend generations and cinematic trends, a film so badass that it can ride its own wave of celebrity for decades to come. As our beloved hero Joe pointed out as he readied himself for the final showdown with the terrorists, “Dying is easy. Rock ‘n’ roll is hard.” And that is something to which we can all relate. Nick Baker is a senior magazine journalism major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at

Check it out Check out the trailer online: < command-performance/promo-trailer>

If Orwell could only see London now LONDON — For the first time in my life, I had the feeling I was being watched. I knew I was being watched, actually. I visited the Tate Modern art museum in London a couple weekends ago and was enjoying a Mark Rothko painting. He’s pretty abstract, I know. But I like his philosophy, and he’s less over the top than some of the other “art” on display. (My friend jokingly told me he lost his wallet in Tate Modern, and when he went back to look for it a crowd had formed around it taking pictures.) Anyway, Rothko’s work makes nice cell phone backgrounds, so I snapped a picture, being careful to turn off the flash and to make sure the room attendant wasn’t looking. Ten seconds later, the room attendant tapped me on the shoulder. “You may not take pictures in the gallery, even on mobiles. There are security cameras all around this place, and they saw you.” They must not have seen the crowd around the wallet. I was impressed. Someone was watching me and radioed the guy in the corner before I could even leave the room. For the rest of the weekend, I became more aware of closed-circuit television cameras, CCTV they call it, on light posts, sides of buildings — every public place. It’s creepy. I was doing some research for class last week and stumbled upon a journal article about the Panopticon, an invention of the

Ben Wolford British empiricist Jeremy Bentham. It’s a type of prison that asserts total power over the prisoners because everything they do might be watched, but they can’t ever see their observer. I was surprised to run across the Panopticon again while researching for this column. A story a year ago in The Guardian explored the British surveillance methods and alluded to it. That Guardian story also mentioned that the United Kingdom “has more cameras per citizen than anywhere else.” And what I didn’t realize as I milled around Piccadilly Circus with my camera and drank a Heineken in the streets of Chinatown is that people are actually watching the feed. “On separate screens,” reports The Guardian, “a mother walked a pushchair in Belgravia, a chef emerged from a Chinatown basement clutching bin liners and a cyclist tapped the window of a Burger King restaurant.” An American study-abroad student dodged traffic, trying to read his Tube map.

And apparently those cameras can zoom in on a face from 250 feet to identify a person. Despite this, one official The Guardian interviewed said police only solve about 3 percent of crimes with CCTV. Toward the end of my visit, I was descending a London Underground escalator and a voice came on the public address speakers. “There is absolutely no smoking in the subway. If you are smoking a cigarette right now, put it out immediately.” I’m almost certain someone was spotted by CCTV because that’s not a typical announcement. And as much as I hate cigarette smoke, the reality of the incident was a bit alarming: A faceless voice of authority echoed down from above with commands. I almost fully believed I’d hear another announcement: “There is absolutely no reading in London. If you are reading a book right now, incinerate it immediately.” Ben Wolford is a junior newspaper journalism major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at

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When dreams go up in smoke, should you, too? In the last two weeks, two incidents took place and stuck in my mind. In both cases the perpetrators of the deeds have taken extreme measures to cope with situations of stress. I refer to Amy Bishop, the woman who went on a shooting rampage at a university departmental faculty meeting, leaving three of her colleagues dead and another three injured. Bishop was denied tenure, and this fact is supposed to have contributed to her rampage. People do strange things when their life’s dreams are thwarted and when their hopes of a bright future die. But this is not acceptable. One simply has no excuse to harm other people even when one’s own life is falling apart. My life dreams have been thwarted many times. Not having an IQ of 180 like Bishop, I did not resort to extreme violence. Instead, I resorted to finding a way around my obstacles so my life could go on. It is hurtful (especially to one’s ego) when one’s dreams go up in smoke, but

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it is in no way a license to ruin and end other people’s lives. Meanwhile, after leaving behind a note with a rant against the tax system, a man named Andrew Stack, 53, from North Austin, Texas, flew his plane into the local IRS building. Once again, perhaps an example of a desperate act by a person who felt he had no other choice. I cannot condone the actions of those who feel they have no choice. In the depths of depression, I still felt like I had to look for other ways to deal with situations that

seemed grim and desperate. When people feel there is no hope, they are driven to desperation, which leads to crazy actions. Is that how this cause-andeffect relationship works? Can this truly be an excuse for their behavior? I want to understand how and why these people felt like they couldn’t deal with their situations and took these extreme measures. Anyone who cares to write in and speculate is most welcome to do so. The human spirit I believe is more resilient than one would like to believe. There are more ways to deal with grim situations than escape. Sonali Kudva is a journalism graduate student and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at React to this story and more at

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WHITE ‘It just seemed like it wasn’t real’ Weber said many of White’s friends would describe him as an intellectual. White, a 28-year-old Kent State graduate student and a veteran of the Iraq War, “had a strong opinion of pretty much everything.” “He was really, really smart,” Weber said. “He would debate with you about anything and even if you disagreed about something, it didn’t matter. You would argue about something and then two seconds later you’d be laughing about how stupid it was.” Laura Lofgren, junior newspaper journalism major, was a fellow member of College Libertarians with White last semester. She still has a hard time figuring out why anyone would assault someone like White. “John was one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met,” Lofgren said. “For something like this to happen to someone who did not deserve it whatsoever, to me it’s just bullshit.” Before coming to Kent State, White received a bachelor’s degree in religion from Ohio Wesleyan

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CHARGES ‘It just seemed like it wasn’t real’ “The whole Kent State community is keeping his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers,” President Lester Lefton said in a statement. “We grieve the loss of this young man who served his country and was a graduate student here.” It was reported that the altercation occurred outside the bars in Kent after Ragin involved himself in a verbal argument between White and a female. Akron police, who were assisted by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Task Force, arrested Ragin without incident at his residence for felonious assault, a seconddegree felony, on Jan. 26. He was then transported to the Kent Police Department. Ragin’s defense attorney, Danny James Weisenburger, said Ragin had made arrangements with Kent Police Lt. Robert Treharn to turn himself in. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment before Judge John A. Enlow at

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They are healthy and ready “Mentally, over there, you just take your mind off of everything during your time off,” Gray said. From spending time playing basketball and video games to calling or e-mailing loved ones, the military was somewhat of a home away from home. “The way I saw it was going overseas was kind of like a vacation,” Taylor said. “It was my first time out of the United States, so I was like, ‘Alright I’m going to go to Germany, then to Russia and then to Afghanistan.’” After graduation, both Gray and Taylor will have to serve in the military again; however, they will have the status of officers. There is a chance of being deployed to serve overseas and the concern of leaving with a mental disease such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder — but this does not faze these two cadets. “It is always a possibility because you never know what you are going to run into,” Gray

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 | Page 5 University before serving in the military. He completed a master’s degree in Library Science at Kent State and was attempting to earn a second master’s in Instructional Technologies. Last summer, White volunteered at the Kent Historical Society on a weekly basis. He served the society primarily as a researcher, writing a paper about John Brown for the 150th anniversary of his death. Sandy Halem, president of the historical society’s board of trustees, said she remembers White for his “intense” personality. “He had a distinctly wicked sense of humor,” Halem said. “He tried to say things in a way that people would react to them. He definitely liked to stir the pot a bit. He really had a very clever wit.” Koch said the only way to describe White is with one word: “unique.” “There’s no one I know that’s like him,” he said. “I think it’s this kind of ironic tragedy that he can survive the Iraq war and then come back to Kent and this is what happens to him here.” Contact public affairs reporter Cody Francis at React to this story and more at the Portage County Common Pleas Court and is being held at the Portage County Jail on a $250,000 bond. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on March 25. Hallie E. Nuspl was arrested on Feb. 8 for one count each of obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony, and assault, a first-degree misdemeanor. She was booked at the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and released on the same day after posting a $20,000 personal recognizance bond. Nuspl pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Feb. 16 and has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 9. This is the second student death following a physical assault in downtown Kent within the last three months. Christopher M. Kernich, 28, died Nov. 21 from injuries sustained in an assault on East Main Street. Adrian A. Barker and Ronald G. Kelly will face trial this spring for Kernich’s murder. Contact public affairs reporter Kelly Byer at React to this story and more at

said. “I mean, let’s say you just have your regular raid mission and you run into something you were not expecting. That could affect your mental health later on.” Both Gray and Taylor believe it is hard to tell whether or not the ROTC prepares cadets well enough mentally to fight in the war, mainly because they were in the core first. “I think the ROTC is more or less training you for the military,” Gray said. “They are not training you for the war per say, but they are preparing you to become an officer instead.” Most cadets join the ROTC fresh out of high school, and Gray and Taylor can give them some sort of insight on what to expect in the military and the memories that can be made. “You’re going to miss everybody once you are done serving,” said Gray of those who served with him. “That’s for sure.” Contact ROTC reporter Megan Dunick at React to this story and more at

Olympic training, Kent State-style Amanda Klitsch

Daily Kent Stater With the Winter Olympics competition in full swing, many students may be inspired by the caliber and excellence of the athletes performing. “Those athletes push their bodies and their sports beyond normal limits, ” said Eddie Olschansky, junior electronic communications major and avid snowboarder. “Those are the best athletes in the world. Anyone interested in improving can take notes from Olympians, no matter what the sport.” The workout routines and skill training that goes into reaching an Olympic level can be exhausting and overwhelming, but there are workouts that can help the everyday athlete improve their game even in Olympic sports. “It’s huge to have a good workout in order to improve at a

sport,” said personal trainer Ben Cope. “When you have someone working to improve at a certain sport, I recommend more sport specific training, which means helping them to mimic and improve at the skills they’re doing when competing.” Many athletes find that simply participating in their sport is enough of a workout to improve. “ P e r s o n a l l y, I t h i n k j u s t practicing is the way to go,” Olschansky said. “You don’t have to be the strongest person in the world to ride well, and the strength you need in the legs you gain from practicing.” Cope said he does not necessarily disagree with this method but believes training can definitely do more to improve an athlete in most sports than just consistent skill practice. “I can do a sport over and over and over again and you’re going to get better skill wise,

but when you want to work on something like say your leaping ability, you’re only going to get so much better while playing,” Cope said. “I would take that person and do plyometrics with them over a six-month period and do a lot of band work with them. You take what they do in a game and making them stronger, quicker and faster at that specific thing.” Sometimes workouts used to improve at a specific sport can be out of the ordinary or even out of season. “I run a lot to improve in ski cross,” said Kevin Stone, sophomore organizational communication and German translation major. “There are several other drills I know for off-season fitness, but I’m not good at going to the gym.” Even Olympic athletes seek off-season and alternative drills to improve at sports, Cope said, and they have no choice but to

get to the gym. “The skiers that do a lot of flips and even skiers that do jumps use a lot of gymnastics skills,” Cope said. “They do a lot of trampoline work and indoor training with foam pits to mimic what they are actually doing on skis.” Many athletes, no matter their training level, just enjoy improving their skills and participating in their sports, despite how much work it takes. “My goal is to just have fun, to progress and to never let snowboarding become a chore,” Olschansky said. “To become the best rider you can be that is what progression is all about.” Contact Student Recreation and Wellness Center reporter Amanda Klitsch at React to this story and more at

Resources available for study abroad Multiple scholarship opportunities are possible for students Lindsy Neer Daily Kent Stater It might not be long before studying abroad becomes more affordable for Kent State students. Teaming together with organizations like Phi Beta Delta, International Affairs has started providing students with small scholarships to help fund their study abroad trips. Two to five students receive the $500 Phi Beta Delta scholarships each year.

“We realize that for the typical Kent State student, finances can really be an issue for them,” said Ted McKown, associate director of international affairs. The British American Chamber of Commerce gives out two $1000 scholarships a year to students traveling to the United Kingdom. Some Kent colleges, such as the College of Architecture and the College of Communication and Information, give out scholarships to help students fund trips to Florence. “When you think about funding your education when you’re studying abroad, there are some great alternatives here at Kent State so that the money you’re paying really isn’t that different than if you were here on the Kent campus,” McKown said. Sometimes it’s actually cheap-

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er to study abroad than to study at Kent. The first year when students went to Turkey, the university paid 10 female students’ housing expenses. Similarly, National Taichung University in Taiwan gave 10 students full-ride scholarships. The next year, they paid for five students to attend the university. Exchange programs are another way to travel abroad. Instead of paying the host school’s tuition, students pay Kent tuition, plus the host school’s living expenses. Kent students can enjoy exchange programs in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Hong Kong, Japan and Russia. Ediz Kaykayoglu, special assistant in the Office of International Affairs, said joining a scholar exchange program such as Fulbright Scholar Program

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Drug busts just a ‘coincidence’

Students demand options

“Maybe people are just looking for new things to do,” DePaola said. “They’re getting sick of the drinking and partying.” Peach said the upswing in drug activity is nothing all too unusual. He said activity and even the different types of drugs circulate between years. “When we have drug enforcement cases going on, and when we wind up arresting eight to 12 drug dealers on campus, it has a pretty strong, chilling effect for a year or so,” Peach said. Although the number of drug busts has increased from previous years, Peach said law enforcement needs to crackdown on more people before drug activity decreases on campus. “It’s not going to have any long-term effects until they (drug dealers) or their operations are threatened,” Peach said. Some of KSUPD’s success with cracking down on crime comes from tips students give through the department’s confidential phone line, Peach said. “We are really dependent on students telling us what they are seeing and hearing,” he said. KSUPD’s confidential phone number is (330) 672-2212.

“Dining Services does a pretty good job at providing healthy foods, vegetables, fruits,” Luidhardt said. “They also, however, have cheeseburgers and pizza and fried chicken. “I think a lot of times students think ‘Oh there’s no healthy food to eat’ because it’s just in the habit of going to that station (for burgers, etc.), but they do have healthy options and now you can get the nutrition information for all the food offered on (Dining Service’s) website.” Now on kentstatedining. com, students need only to look up the location where they want to eat to find the nutritional and ingredient information of all the meals offered that week. “It’s nice too because you can submit a comment or leave a complaint,” Luidhardt said. “I know a couple years ago we had students complain that the salad bars only

could also help students get money toward studying abroad. The Institute of International Education acts as a middleman between students, scholar programs and scholarships. The most important thing for students to do is to get out and search for scholarships on their own, said McKown and Kaykayoglu. “Kent students find their own (scholarships) all the time,” Kaykayoglu said. “Sometimes it depends on the country or the major, but throughout the United States and throughout the world there are so many opportunities for scholarships.” Contact student affairs reporter Lindsy Neer at React to this story and more at

had iceberg lettuce. There were a lot of students writing in asking for more greens, spinach, romaines and now (Dining Services) is doing that, so they respond.” Alyssa Conti, senior biology major and Centennial A resident assistant, said she has noticed a change in campus food. “When I first came in, we had the fried food and everything else like that, but throughout the years, I feel like the school has become more conscious of what they are providing,” Conti said. “There’s more vegetarian options, more healthy options instead of just putting everything in a fryer.” Luidhardt said prepackaged food offered in the dining halls can also be a healthy option. “Lean Cuisines and Smart Ones are great because they’re portioned,” Luidhardt said. “They’re not that expensive. They’re only about 300 calories though, so that’s probably only going to fill you up for an hour so I always recommend to either add fruit or some vegetables so it’s more of a complete meal.”

Luidhardt also recommended filling Styrofoam takeout containers with salad and vegetables from the salad bar to have on hand in the dorm rooms. “Also always have healthy cereals,” Luidhardt said. “Cereal can be a great breakfast, a great snack food, so I always say ‘Hey, keep that cereal around’. It’s better than keeping other things.” The key to prepackaged success, Luidhardt said, is to check serving sizes and make sure each one has fewer than 800 milligrams of sodium. With all the food options on campus, Roldan said eating healthy is an individual process. “Healthy is your own personal thought,” Roldan said. “Whether that’s three meals a day, getting lots of protein, whatever your lifestyle is, we want to offer a balance for all lifestyles.”

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More senior citizens decide to try smoking pot before they kick the proverbial bucket MATT SEDENSKY

Associated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) — In her 88 years, Florence Siegel has learned how to relax: A glass of red wine. A crisp copy of The New York Times, if she can wrest it from her husband. Some classical music, preferably Bach. And every night like clockwork, she lifts a pipe to her lips and smokes marijuana.

Long a fixture among young people, use of the country’s most popular illicit drug is now growing among the AARP set, as the massive generation of baby boomers who came of age in the 1960s and ‘70s grows older. The number of people aged 50 and older reporting marijuana use in the prior year went up from 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent from 2002 to 2008, according to surveys from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Ser-

vices Administration. The rise was most dramatic among 55- to 59-year-olds, whose reported marijuana use more than tripled from 1.6 percent in 2002 to 5.1 percent. Observers expect further increases as 78 million boomers born between 1945 and 1964 age. For many boomers, the drug never held the stigma it did for previous generations, and they tried it decades ago. Some have used it ever since,

while others are revisiting the habit in retirement, either for recreation or as a way to cope with the aches and pains of aging. Siegel walks with a cane and has arthritis in her back and legs. She finds marijuana has helped her sleep better than pills ever did. And she can’t figure out why everyone her age isn’t sharing a joint, too. “They’re missing a lot of fun and a lot of relief,” she said.

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Report puts cities at center of Ohio’s new economy Julie Carr Smyth

Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio may be proud of its cows and its cornfields but its Clevelands and its Cincinnatis are the future. That’s the message in a new report from the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and the Greater Ohio Policy Center. The think tanks paired up for two years to look at how best to establish the hard-hit state as an economic powerhouse after the U.S. regains its financial footing. The answer: Invest in the cities. The report released Monday calls metro regions “the key functional units in the global economy today” and sees Ohio as a good national testing ground for its ideas. “It’s the new spatial geography of the country and of places like Ohio,” said Bruce Katz, co-founder of the Brookings metro program.

“Almost every single Ohioan lives within an hour’s drive of an urban area, and 50 percent live within 10 miles of an urban center.” The report identifies 16 separate metropolitan areas in the state, regions that include cities and their suburban, exurban and rural surroundings. The areas range in size from cities like Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland to the Ohio River towns of Ironton, Marietta and East Liverpool. Ohio has more metropolitan areas than any state except California, Texas and Florida. But researchers say it needs a fresh vision for its cities that moves away from the reputation they have for bloated bureaucracy, parochial politics and geographic turf wars. Those often valid perceptions have sometimes fueled us-vs.-them battles between rural Ohioans — including state policymakers from less populous areas — and their urban counterparts.

The report recommends rewarding local governments for innovation, explicitly permitting local government tax sharing, modernizing Ohio’s planning statutes, and changing the funding rules for infrastructure projects so major transit projects, inter-modal hubs and road improvements aren’t caught up in government bickering. Lavea Brachman, co-director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center, said the trick is keeping local pride and respecting every city’s economic strengths and unique identity while scrapping the inefficient ways cities, counties, townships and school districts interact. “We’ve got to look at how to pay for maintenance of state highways that pass through cities instead of stopping maintenance at the city’s edge,” she said. Independent research commissioned as part of the study also found that Ohio ranks 47th among

states for the share of its education dollar that goes to instruction and ninth for the share that goes to administration. Katz said those rankings need to be reversed. The report recommends tough remedies. It says Ohio should impose new “best practices” standards on school districts through a state-level review commission, push aggressive service sharing arrangements, make administrative cost data readily accessible to the public, and ultimately cut the number of school districts statewide by a third. The end goal of encouraging government to be leaner, less expensive and more innovative is twofold: to make cities more pleasant places to live, work and do business, and to help Ohio business and industry succeed, the authors said. The idea is that by encouraging walkable waterfronts and neighborhood revitalization, cities can

become more attractive places for knowledgeable workers to relocate as high-tech industries such as biomedical research or alternative energy development replaces Ohio’s old industrial, manufacturing economy. Among recommendations is renewal of the popular and successful Third Frontier program and funds investment in innovative high-tech projects. “Even the most imaginative, energized government cannot replace a strong private sector, and policies cannot compensate for fundamental weaknesses in markets,” according to the report. “But if the state government adopts the policies recommended here, it will go far in laying the groundwork for private sector strength, filling holes that the private sector will not, and creating the conditions in which markets, places, and therefore people can flourish.” But the Brookings Institu-

tion’s estimates suggest Ohio’s strongest future still lays in the goods it produces. Ohio is the 7th largest exporter of goods by value in the nation, the report noted, and the value of exports has grown every year for the past 11 — even as overall state productivity has declined. The report recommends a closer, more focused partnership with the federal government in Ohio’s future. It recommends that Ohio work to secure a federally funded Energy Innovation Hub, organize for a National Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, develop a list of nationally significant projects potentially eligible for National Infrastructure Innovation and Finance Fund grants, and press federal policymakers to earmark funds for planning and operation of countywide land banks capable of reclaiming vacant land.

South Carolina man Archaeologist sees proof for Bible in ancient wall killed mother with sword in dispute Matti Friedmann Associated Press

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Associated Press GEORGETOWN, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man killed his mother with a sword after the two argued late Sunday night in the home they shared in a rural hamlet, police said. Laura Ferrante, 51, was cut several times with the sword in her modest one-story home in the rural Brown’s Ferry community about 10 miles northwest of Georgetown on the South Carolina coast. The fatal wound was a large slash to her neck and head, authorities said Monday. A neighbor called police after Ferrante’s adult daughter found her bleeding on the floor and ran to a neighbor’s home, saying her brother had driven away, said Georgetown County Sheriff ’s spokesman Lt. Neil Johnson. An officer later saw the car in Georgetown and pulled over 29-year-old Jonathan Maurice White, who was arrested and charged with murder, Johnson said. He would not say what type of sword was used to kill Ferrante and said investigators haven’t determined what the mother and son were arguing about. White was in jail awaiting a bond hearing, and officials didn’t know if he had a lawyer. A neighbor said Ferrante had been struggling with her son for years, trying to help him keep a job and helping him out of scrapes with law enforcement.

“He seemed to be in trouble all the time,” said James Vereen, who lives about a quarter mile away. Vereen said that White had been let go from his job at a local grocery store and his mother had been trying to help him get his job back. “We’re not sure what happened,” said Terry Prior, the 48-year-old brother of the victim. “We were together all day yesterday and everything was fine,” he said. “We had a glorious time. We went to church.” Asked if White collected swords, he said the sword “was just something that was there.” Prior, speaking outside Ferrante’s house as light drizzle fell in the community of modest ranch homes and towering pines, said he is mystified by the killing. His sister, he said, “was a beautiful person. She was a helpful person, and he was a good kid.” Prior said he didn’t know of any previous problems between the mother and son. Vereen, 80, said he watched Ferrante grow up in the tight-knit community. She worked as a young woman in the fields and later worked as a housekeeper for a resort hotel in Pawleys Island. He said White didn’t always live with his mother. “Everybody in this community gets along together and lives together. We’re church people,” Vereern said. “It’s just hard to see something like this happen.”

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli archaeologist said yesterday that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era. If the age of the wall is correct, the finding would be an indication that Jerusalem was home to a strong central government that had the resources and manpower needed to build massive fortifications in the 10th century B.C. That’s a key point of dispute among scholars, because it would match the Bible’s account that the Hebrew kings David and Solomon ruled from Jerusalem around that time. While some Holy Land archae-

ologists support that version of history — including the archaeologist behind the dig, Eilat Mazar — others posit that David’s monarchy was largely mythical and that there was no strong government to speak of in that era. Speaking to reporters at the site Monday, Mazar, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, called her find “the most significant construction we have from First Temple days in Israel.” “It means that at that time, the 10th century, in Jerusalem there was a regime capable of carrying out such construction,” she said. Based on what she believes to be the age of the fortifications and their location, she suggested it was built by Solomon, David’s son, and mentioned in the Book of Kings. The fortifications, including

a monumental gatehouse and a 77-yard (70-meter) long section of an ancient wall, are located just outside the present-day walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, next to the holy compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. According to the Old Testament, it was Solomon who built the first Jewish Temple on the site. That temple was destroyed by Babylonians, rebuilt, renovated by King Herod 2,000 years ago and then destroyed again by Roman legions in 70 A.D. The compound now houses two important Islamic buildings, the golden-capped Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque. Archaeologists have excavated the fortifications in the past, first in the 1860s and most recently in the 1980s. But Mazar claimed her

dig was the first complete excavation and the first to turn up strong evidence for the wall’s age: a large number of pottery shards, which archaeologists often use to figure out the age of findings. Aren Maeir, an archaeology professor at Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv, said he has yet to see evidence that the fortifications are as old as Mazar claims. There are remains from the 10th century in Jerusalem, he said, but proof of a strong, centralized kingdom at that time remains “tenuous.” While some see the biblical account of the kingdom of David and Solomon as accurate and others reject it entirely, Maeir said the truth was likely somewhere in the middle. “There’s a kernel of historicity in the story of the kingdom of David,” he said.

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horoscope By Nancy Black and Stephanie Clement Today’s birthday (2/23/10) Whatever ails you in the coming year, dreams provide surprising cures. Pay attention to the messages that come to you when you’re sleeping or simply daydreaming. This powerful source of feelings and symbols helps you deal with family issues. You may shift old ways of thinking, letting go of worn-out attitudes. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 5. Share a musical experience with friends. It could be a concert or an e-mail link to a new tune. Relax in the comfort of a familiar venue with people you know.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 6. Put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and let the ideas flow. Take extra care with medicines and monitor dosages diligently.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 6. Uncork all of your persuasive powers. You can use them at home, in social settings or in a confrontation over money. Dial down your opinion.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 6. It’s time to bring your ideas to the table. Words flow smoothly as you express yourself to team members or family. Wait for the final result. It’s worth it.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 7. Your partner really needs a vacation. If you can’t plan it instantly, at least schedule it. Choose a destination not too far from home.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) Today is a 7. If you bring all your powers of persuasion to the table, you’ll find that others defer without objection. Argue angrily and you’ll lose your audience.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 7. You need imagination to penetrate a tangled web of concepts and feelings. Free your words, but don’t etch them in stone. There’s room for different points of view.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 7. Focus on written work. You make headway on a paper or report. Include unusual tidbits of information to make the material more interesting.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) Today is a 6. Every ache and pain you wake up with can be relieved with a hot shower. Sing your way to relaxation. Then take charge of the day and do as you wish.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is 6. Rein in early-morning enthusiasm. Others aren’t quite ready. You’ll convince them later. Celebrate with ethnic food. Try something new.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7. As the Moon enters the sign of Cancer, you find yourself freed up to pursue more than one great opportunity. Power is yours to wield.

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All real estate advertised herin is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.” State and local laws forbid discrimination based on factors in addition to those protected under federal law. We will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate that is in violation of the law. All persons are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised are available on an equal opportunity basis. If you feel you have been wrongfully denied housing or discriminated against, call the FHAA at 330-253-2450 for more information. FALL—Now Renting: 1 bedroom apartment, 7 and 8 person houses. 1 year lease, NO PETS. (330)6783489. For Fall: 3 bedroom apartments $400/month per room, security deposit required. Heat included, laundry room. No pets. Across from KSU. (330) 554-3024 KENT/BRIMFIELD. Newer 3 & 4 Bdrm duplexes. 1 car garage. $900$1100 per month. 330-338-5841 or 330-329-1118

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“We wanted to be able to model people’s relationships on Facebook, but how do you deal with an interaction with someone who is no longer able to log on?” Memorialized profiles help friends, family cope with the death of loved ones Kelley Stoklosa

Daily Kent Stater For most people, checking their news feed on Facebook is a common occurrence. But sometimes the experience can be unsettling. “Every once in a while the side bar will say that I haven’t spoken to Kris in a while,” said Laura Vanzo, sophomore history and political science major. Kris, who is Vanzo’s cousin, died from cancer more than a year ago. “I hit ‘don’t show me this again,’ but every once in a while it comes up again,” Vanzo said. In the first few months after her cousin’s passing, seeing Kris’ profile picture made the grieving process even more difficult. Facebook has set up a service that will memorialize a deceased person’s page. A friend or family member can request to have a profile memorialized. “We wanted to be able to model people’s relationships on Facebook, but how do you deal with an interaction with someone who is no longer able to log on? When someone leaves us, they don’t leave our memories or our social network,” Facebook posted on its official blog. “To reflect that reality, we created the idea of ‘memorialized’ profiles as a place where people can save and share their memories of those who’ve passed.” To have a profile memorialized, the person submitting the request must give proof of identity and relationship to the deceased. Facebook also requires proof of death, such as a news article or obituary. Memorialized profiles will not appear in a search and sensitive information will be removed to protect the person’s privacy. Facebook will also not release the person’s password. Once a person’s profile has been memorialized, the profile will no longer appear under suggestions, and statuses can no lon-

ger be updated. “My friend passed away and one day her mom updated her status. It was weird,” said Michella Carlisle, junior PanAfrican studies major. Only people added as friends prior to the person’s passing will be able to view the profile. New friends cannot be added. Essentially, the profile will be there for when friends and family choose to see it. Vanzo said she would like to see her cousin’s page memorialized, but doesn’t feel it is her place to put the request in. Carlisle also said she thought memorializing profile pages was a good idea, but not everyone agrees. The group “Facebook DISRESPECTS The DEADS ( WeHaveToGetThisMessageAcross)” is protesting Facebook’s decision to preserve profiles, claiming it is a violation of free speech. The group currently has less than one hundred members and does not actively update. The link to have a profile memorialized can be found in the Web sites’ help center. Another popular way to pay tribute on Facebook is to create a group in remembrance of the deceased. Groups can make it easier for family and friends to cope. F r i e n d s a re s t i l l p o s t i n g i n groups created for Shawn Wilkes, Chris Kernich and Jessie Schenk, Kent State students who have died recently. Immediate family members can also request to have the profile removed completely. Vanzo said she wouldn’t want to have her cousin’s page disappear because it can be useful when she wants to reminisce. “Every once in a while I go and look at her photos,” she said.

Facebook isn’t the only Web site where people can memorialize the death of loved ones. A number of other sites exist specifically for friends and family to remember their loss. Here are two of the most popular sites. Valley of Life Valley of Life allows the grieving to create a “Life Story Memorial” for the deceased. An online obituary, photos, videos and audio of the person can be added to the story, and a “Memory Bank” holds thoughts from family and friends. Those who created a Valley of Life account may e-mail others so they, too, can read and enjoy the memories posted on the site. Legacy If you’ve ever searched newspaper obituaries online, you’ve likely stumbled across Legacy. com. The site offers the obituary found in the corresponding newspaper, but also has remembrance categories for those who passed away in the armed services, Sept. 11 and celebrities to name a few. Friends and family may also leave comments on obituaries.

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— Staff report

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